This weekend seemed to be a repeat of last weekend except this one was complete with sub zero temperatures. We did however find a break in the snowfall yesterday afternoon and headed out to Legacy Village to pick up our C&B furniture and have lunch at California Pizza Kitchen. The furniture still looks a little lonley in the living room but I love it so far. I still need to hang the curtains, buy throw pillows, side tables, lamps and some wall decor. That should keep me busy this winter!!
So I decided after a discussion with my co-workers to hop on the whole Facebook band wagon. I never got into the whole Myspace craze but feel that Facebook is a little more "mature" if that makes sense. Networking with a twist. Jeff and I both signed up this weekend since we were snowed in and completely bored out of our skulls with nothing else to do. I have to admit, it's been pretty entertaining so far. An old high school classmate that I haven't talked to in at least 15 years sent me an invitation to be her "friend." The whole thing just cracks me up but it's been fun so far. Anyone else getting into Facebook?
New Year's weekend was pretty low key for us. We decided not to go anywhere or leave the house for New Year's Eve which was actually OK with us. This has got to be the first new year's in years that I have not had a single drop of alcohol and I am not even pregnant. A sign of old age for sure. Anyway, with the long 5 day weekend, we got so much done around the house. First, we painted the bathroom Restoration Hardware's Silver Sage. I was torn between painting the room Sherwin Williams Comfort Grey (which is the exact match to Silver Sage) or just go with the RH Silver Sage paint chip itself and have Sherwin Williams color match it. I opted to go with Sherwin Williams color matching the actual Silver Sage paint chip and it turned out beautiful. We did such a great job painting this time around, Jeff is actually looking forward to painting the den Sherwin Williams Blonde in a few weeks. We were a great team, I taped everything out and painted some areas but he mostly took over on the painting. It was done in three hours and it was beautiful. We also ordered the Crate and Barrel furntiure I have been lusting over for a year. We purchased the set for our living room. It's perfect for in there because the room isn't huge and we won't use it that often but it had to look cute because it's the first room you see when you walk through the front door. We actually got an unexpected deal on the set. When we were checking out at the register, the sales rep at C&B told us that they had JUST discontinued that particular set and they did not have any left to even order. I was so upset, she checked the back room to be sure, and came back empty handed. Finally she told us that they had two floor samples that she could sell us at a discounted price. Thank God! We purchased one of the chairs and ordered the couch and ottoman. Those should be coming in within the week. I can't wait to finally have a finished off living room! The room has been vacant for a year and it will finally be complete. My parents also bought us these beautiful silk panels for Christmas to go with the set and I can't wait to hang them up too. I just need to purchase a curtain rod. Now all I need is a coffee table and two end tables and the room is almost done!!!!
I hope everyone had a great New Year's, I have already hit the gym twice this week and am already feeling it already from today's Bootcamp class. Hopefully those extra calories will be burned away in the next few weeks.
Better late than never, I wanted to post pictures of our Christmas trees before we took them down. We had two trees this year, a fake tree in the living room and a real tree in the great room. We had a little issue with the tree topper on the real tree, I don't know if it was too heavy or what, but it seemed like every day it would bend over more and more. It provided us with some humor at least. It was a bittersweet Christmas for us this year. It was the first Christmas in our new home even though we officially moved in December 22 last year. I didn't put up any real decorations last year except for a mini tree. This was the first full blown Christmas in the house. I didn't get too into it this year, I more or less used the decorating and preparations as a distraction from our baby uncertainties when I wasn't passed out on the couch from pregnancy exhaustion. I also want to apologize to everyone for not sending out any Christmas cards this year. My heart just wasn't into it and decided to just fore go the whole thing this year. Hopefully next Christmas will be a little happier for us.
We spent most of the day hanging around the house, completing a few projects, and even unpacked a little more! I had a few boxes with home decor items from the last house that I am trying to find a home for. Even after a year, it's still a work in progress. I finally found a space for my Pier One Iron Plaque. I really loved this thing, I bought it a year ago when it was on clearance and before we moved into the house. It was so big though, it was hard to find a place for it. I finally decided on our service hallway. The builder installed this cute little bench in the hallway and I have never had an opportunity to show it off yet.
I know everyone will be busy making their 2009 new years resolutions/goals. I have a few of my own!
1. First priority is to lose the 10 pounds of "baby weight" that I have gained without the benefit of the baby. I know everyone who knows me is saying I am nuts. No, I am not, I am just blessed with being tall so it doesn't look like much. Trust me, I have FIVE pairs of work pants that have been pushed to the back of the closet because they are too tight to wear to work. From all the fertility meds, surguries, and pregnancy I had to deal with in 2008, my workouts took a back seat and it is apparent!!! I just want to tone back up again and lose a few so at least I can wear my own clothes again! Since we are taking a break on the baby front until we get more test results, now is the time to focus on me again.
2. Get my real estate license. I have always wanted to do this, it's an interest of mine that I can't seem to let go of, so I signed up for a class at Lakeland Community College! I am so excited, it starts on January 14th and it is for Real Estate Finance. I am not quite sure what I would like to do with it just yet, perhaps become an agent for a more flexible work schedule when we do actually have a family. Or, if we ever decide to buy investment property one day, this is also something good to have. Having more knowledge and a reputable license on my resume is never a waste.
3. Run another race. I had a great time running my first 5K that I would love to do it again.
I hope everyone had a great new years and all your hopes and dreams come true in 2009!
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