Thursday, July 30, 2009

Beaches and Speeches

Sorry it has taken me so long to post! I know I promised to post some scrapbooking sites I use so I'll do that on this post.

So I haven't been up to a whole lot but have been out of town a lot and have kept myself very busy. My how the summer has flown by! I went last week to Pensacola Beach with my friend Laura and her daughter Lily. We had a great time and I really enjoyed Pensacola - just as much as San Destin which I wasn't expecting.

I also have to just mention that the best discovery of the summer was tying a rope to the end of a 5 lb weight to "anchor" my float in the ocean. I hate how the waves always takes you away from where you are sitting and back to shore. I love just floating! I think it is so peaceful! However, this next trip I am stepping it up a notch. I actually bought a real mushroom anchor people use for small canoes! It's 10 lbs but I have two different floats that are pretty big that Josh and I will be using together so I thought I needed to bring out the big gun this next trip! We shall see how that works!

Then Saturday night we went to the Statesman's Dinner. This is the state Republican party's big fundraiser each year. We sat at the table with our future governor, Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey and his sweet family. And also got to see our sweet former governor, Governor Don Sundquist who Josh used to work for and it's always so good to see him. Side note is that Gov. Sundquist came and dedicated a nature trail my dad created when I was in highschool. Come to find out, Josh was actually there that day with Gov. Sundquist - of course we didn't officially meet until later but still a funny coincidence.

As for the scrapbooking/blogging questions, I have been using Smilebox however in order to put them on my blog, I have to copy the page after designing (control/printscreen) and then paste it into the paint program on your computer. Then cut out the designing, copy it to a folder just as you would a picture. Another cool website is However on that site, you can copy directly from the program into a jpg. On scrapblog, you can even make your own designs unlike Smilebox. On Smilebox, you just drop your pictures in pre-designed templates.
So that is all for now! Off to the beach for one last bit of summer fun before I start my new job! Not sure I even posted that here but I am going to be the Director of Development for Columbia State's Williamson County campus. I wasn't exactly actively looking for a job but when this one came to my attention, I felt like it would be a wonderful fit and I'm really looking forward to getting back to work. It will be an adjustment for sure but I just felt like it was time for me to start doing something. My first day is August 10th so until then, I shall be floating! :)

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Flower Power!

So we are trying to sell our house right now and for some reason, I think fresh flowers are the key to selling our house. (yeah, not sure why it's still on the market then).

But regardless, I try to have fresh flowers in the house everytime someone comes to view our house and have really enjoyed doing the arrangements. (1st new tidbit: look for the discounted ones!...and I'm starting to learn which ones can last a few days longer once they go on sale)!

I got my first inspiration at the Tour of Homes. I was a docent at Larry & Candy Westbrook's house and I loved the arrangement in their breakfast room. It was a clear glass pitcher with sliced lemons so it looked like a pitcher of lemonade with flowers. So I've done that arrangement twice now, one for me and one for Josh's mom for her birthday. My 2nd arrangement was in a wine decanter and I filled it with grapes in the bottom. Tonight I did my 2nd lemon one and my my first lime one. My friend Beth came over and helped and I think they look great!

Now every time I go shopping I try and find something new and creative to put flower arrangements in. I would love to learn actual flower names...I'm horrible at that but want to learn more!

I've also received lots of questions about online scrapbooking. I wish I knew more than I did but plan to divulge as much as I know asap on my next post! But until then, below are a few pics of my experiments as a florist!

Monday, July 06, 2009

The show must go on!

Josh and I had our first stay-cation this weekend. Josh's parents will go and stay at a local hotel every now and then and I always thought this was a fun idea! It's a lot less expensive and way easier than actually going out of town but you still kinda feel like you're on vacation! So we decided we'd go back to the site of our wedding reception (The Hermitage Hotel), eat dinner and watch the fireworks in downtown Nashville. Josh's parents actually had already booked a room at The Hermitage too so it was fun to spend time with them! We met his parents in the lobby, luckily grabbed 4 umbrellas from The Hermitage and walked to Merchants for dinner. We had a great dinner but had to rush outside because the fireworks started early to try and beat the rain...which still came POURING down in the middle of the show! Everyone got soaked but the rain did not put a damper on our fun! We then went back to the hotel and hung out with his parents at The Capitol Grille before calling it a night.

Scarlett also went with us and had her first hotel stay. I don't think she enjoyed being away from home and I could tell she was confused and VERY upset when we left her alone in the room. But she did get room service prepared by a chef so I didn't feel too sorry for her!

I hope everyone else enjoyed the holiday as much as I did. I felt so blessed this weekend and I am so thankful for my country, my friends, my family and my WONDERFUL HUSBAND.


Hot day, cool event!

I forgot I never posted any pics from Chukkers for Charity. Josh and I had never gone to this event before. If you haven't either, you MUST go next year! I have never watched a polo match before so that alone was neat. I knew nothing about polo and still know VERY little but was able to learn a little bit about the game. We were guests of Dr. Monty McInturff who is the vet for Steeplechase and Chukkers so I got to go "behind the scenes" after the match and see the horsies close up. It was so neat! Well, MOST of it was neat until...

So some of the horses had to be given electrolytes after the match (just like humans getting an IV) and so they were tied up near their trailers while they were being treated. One poor horse kicked at a fly and cut his leg on the trailer and hit an artery. It was SOOOO disgusting and just so traumatic for an animal lover like me to see! I told Josh it was literally like watching a fake horror movie when they have blood spurting everywhere. I did not stick around to see what happened but thank goodness the horse was fine and just needed to be stitched up!!

So even though it was a miserably hot day, it was well worth it and I hope to go back and watch my 2nd polo match next year!