Monday, December 25, 2006

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to everyone. I am sitting here at work, just finishing up a full night on the clock. I'm very sad that I wasn't able to see my family for Christmas. I had a really lonely weekend because of it. Just knowing that I would have been home all weekend if I'd been off today was heart-wrenching for me. But now, Christmas is almost over, and I have something to look forward to. I am off on New Year's Day, so I am heading home this weekend. I will have Christmas with my family then.

Well, now I'm going home. I'm going to watch a couple Christmas movies, and then I'll be back to work tonight.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year everyone.

Monday, December 18, 2006

Deck the Halls

I spent my day Saturday at the Biltmore estate, and man, it was beautiful. The whole place is decorated for Christmas. It was a really good day. I did the audio tour, and it really added alot to the tour. Then I ate lunch at Deerpark, which is an absolutely amazing restaurant on the grounds of the Biltmore estate. After that, I went to the winery and got some more of the wonderful wine we had at Thanksgiving. Then I came home. IT was a great day.

My sister graduated magna cum laude this weekend at the University of North Alabama. Congrats, Lisa!

nothing new to report...gotta go...I'm starving!

Friday, December 15, 2006

this week

This week, for the most part, was a good one. Of course, my birthday was Monday, and I totally treated myself that day. I had a facial and then lunch with the girls. I wish everyday could be that relaxing! Then, the rest of the week, I've just been kind of chillin'. I bought my angel tree gift...I think this is a great Charity and I'm glad I was able to participate this year. It was so fun going to the store and buying for a child. I really hope the girl likes it!

Tomorrow, I think I may head up to the Biltmore Estate to see the Christmas decorations. I didn't get to go last week. And sometime this weekend, I need to finish my Christmas shopping. I have all gifts except for my sister's. Lisa, I really need some ideas!!!

Speaking of Lisa, she graduates from college tonight. And with honors! So, congrats, little sis! You did it!

And Happy 25th birthday today to my brother, Tim.

To a sad note...
Please keep the Hannah family in your prayers. They are old friends of mine from grade school that now live in southern Georgia. Anyway, one of the children...he was 24 now...died in a car accident this week. Reports are that he fell asleep at the wheel. And his brother, who was in the car with him, was taken to the hospital. I have no update on his condition. But that family needs lots of prayers right now.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Happy Birthday to Me!

Well, it's official! I am 28 years old. You know, when my mother got 29, she never aged again...for the longest time, she told people she was 29 no matter how old she was! That is, until her children got too old for people to believe it anymore! I am thinking that might be a good idea...stop aging at 29. What do you think?

I had a good day at work last night. My co-worker, Heather, made me a wonderful, chocolate cake! It was so tasty! She even brought candles, and they all sang happy birthday. It was great! Today was also a good day because our writer that's been on maternity leave is back, so we had extra help.

Now, I'm about to get ready to go to the spa to get a facial (I'm so looking forward to it!) and then I am meeting the girls for lunch!

The weekend was good. I went to the "the holiday" at the theater. It was great! And then I went downtown Greenville and walked around Friday night so I could look at all the Christmas decorations. Saturday, I did almost all of my Christmas shopping. I got everyone taken care of except my sister! I have no clue what to get her!

Well, gotta go! Have a good day everybody.

Friday, December 08, 2006

It Feels Like Winter!

I don't think I've ever been this cold in December! Some cold air from Canada gushed down here last night, and man, it's cold! It feels like it's 11 degrees outside here in Greenville. And up in the mountains, the wind chill is below freezing. People up there got a good bit of snow last night!

Okay, so I turn a year older Monday. It's my 28th birthday, and for the first time in my life, I'm really not looking forward to the celebration of my birth. As I inch closer to 30, it just reminds me that I'm getting older. I don't want to be older!

The good news is, I have plans on Monday, so I won't be sitting at home by myself. I am going to the spa for an hour to get a facial. I'm really looking forward to that. I've never spent money on myself in that way before! And then for lunch, all the girls from my morning crew will be heading to lunch at P.F. Chang's! Now, I do not like chinese food, but I love this place! The food is great!

I already received birthday gifts from my mom...thanks! I really love them! For everyone else, I accept cash, checks, or credit! Just kidding!

Well, I think I'm going to go to the movies today. "The Holiday" starts today and it looks really good. Then tomorrow, I am going to head up to Asheville (if the snow is gone) so I can go see the Biltmore estate at Christmas. I have a drama performance tomorrow night.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Hey Everyone!
So, I thought I would post some pictures that I've been itching to share! They are pretty random, so just bare with me...and enjoy!

Isn't this beautiful? I took this picture of the sunrise Thanksgiving morning at my dad's.

This is me and my nephew, Raphael. He was too busy looking at everything going on to take time to look at the camera! But he's still so cute!

Here is the fall colors that I miss so much right now. I took these at my apartment complex. I think it was so beautiful. Now, the trees are naked and blah!

And this one was just too cute not to share! This is my baby, Casey. He was sound asleep on my sofa and looking mighty confortable...complete with blanket and pillow! I swear, he thinks he's human!

Friday, December 01, 2006

It's Christmastime!

It's Christmastime! Yea! I absolutely love Christmas. Everything about it gives me warm fuzzies! All the lights, the music, and the smells of Christmas just make me feel so good inside. And thinking about Jesus and His birth just makes the season even greater.

I don't know why anyone can think about Christmas without including Christ. I mean, that's why Christmas exists. There have been several stories lately about Christmas celebrations in different cities...the one that come to mind was in Chicago...where they wouldn't allow the movie "the Nativity Story" to air during the festival because they didn't want people who weren't Christians to be uncomfortable. I really don't understand how you can differentiate between Christmas and the birth of Christ. Because the way I see it, if you didn't believe in Jesus, then why are you celebrating Christmas anyway? That's like saying, I don't believe Nicole exists, but I'm going to celebrate her birthday anyway. Christmas is just a big birthday party!

Okay, I'm off my soap-box. So, I had a wonderful visit with my family over Thanksgiving. I went to my dad's and my step-brother, Chris, along with his wife and baby, flew in from Chicago. It was the first time I got to meet the baby--he's 14 months old--and man, is he cute. His name is Raphael and he just took to me like white on rice. I went with my step-mom to the airport to pick them up and when I said hello, Raphael just fell into my arms. I had him in my hands before I could even ask if I could hold him. And it was like that all weekend. He was constantly with me. It was great! I hated to say good-bye. I love children so much, and I cannot wait until God blesses me with a couple. The weekend was also nice, because I got to know Chris's wife, Francoise. In the past, we had a really hard time communicating. She's from Paris, France, and her accent is really thick. Plus, with my thick southern accent she had a hard time understanding me as well. But I think both of us have gotten better with our English ((I didn't speak English, I spoke southern before (lol))) and we were able to enjoy each other's company. I'll post some pics next week.

I'm going to be busy this weekend...
Tonight, we have our first performance with our drama group at church. We are ministering at the Singles Bible study tonight. I'm kind of nervous. I just pray it goes well, and God uses us to minister to someone.
And tomorrow, we have our company Christmas party. I have the most awesome outfit I'm wearing. The dress code is semi-formal, and my outfit is "the bomb"! And yes, to everyone who's wondering, I'm going alone. No date this time. But that's okay...I"ll have fun with my co-workers, I'm sure.
I also plan to hang my Christmas lights on my balcony at my apartment...That should be fun!

Well, I have to get to the gym...kickboxing! Have a great weekend everyone...and don't take Christ our of Christmas.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Not Feeling Well...Again

Man, I am really getting tired of being sick. I have been sick so many times since I moved to Greenville, and here I am...sick again! I went to church yesterday, feeling just fine. Then about 30 minutes into the service, this overwhelming sense of nausea came over me. I had to leave for fear that I would get sick right there in the sanctuary. I came home, sent a couple of emails, and went to bed. I didn't even get up for drama practice. I slept until it was time to go to work.

Well, I really did not feel like being at work, but with our writer, Kate, on maternity leave, we are already short-handed. So, staying home really isn't an option. I got to work, only to find out most of our morning crew is sick. Amanda had strep-throat all weekend. Greg had stomach issues all day yesterday. And Heather wasn't even at work for 5 minutes before she had to run to the bathroom to throw up. So, we were all at work, and we were all sick. Something is definately going around. And it doesn't help when we all have to work sick. We pass it around like pre-schoolers at daycare.

So, now I'm home. I called my trainer and cancelled. Just can't work out feeling like I do right now. I think I'm going to go to bed soon.

I really hope I start feeling better soon. Thanksgiving is this week and I am going to my dad's. I really want to feel good while I'm there.

It's snowing in the mountains today (they're not that far from me). I think we're supposed to get some sleet here in Greenville. It's already raining a little. Winter is definately here. You know how I told you the leaves were so pretty a couple of weeks ago? Well, for the first time since I moved here, I think South Carolina is ugly! All the trees are bare...everything looks dead. It's just so yucky looking. I now appreciate all the evergreen trees in Alabama. But, still, I think I am going to enjoy winter here. I do hope we get some snow. I just don't like the way everything looks.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Friday, November 17, 2006

All I want for Christmas

Just a few moments ago, I went to a friend's blog. His post simply said, "What do you want for Christmas?" It didn't take me long to answer. This year, I don't want material things. But the one thing I want, I can't have. I want to be with my family on Christmas. That would be the absolute best Christmas present ever! But I have to work, so I cannot go home.

You know, as a child, Christmas was always so magical. I knew the real reason for the season. My mom made sure to teach me about Jesus at an early age. But my dad made sure I got to experience the other side of Christmas, too. Santa Claus was very real to me growing up. I remember hearing elves run through the hall on Christmas eve, and hearing the reindeer on the roof. One Christmas morning, I went outside and found sleigh marks in the dirt. Santa was there and he was there every year!

One year when I was little, we were all spending Christmas at my grandmother's house. We used to have these big family Christmases with all the cousins. I don't know why we stopped. But it was so much fun. My brother and I were the youngest of the cousins and the older ones had a lot of fun with us because of it. One year, they were trying to get me to go to sleep on Christmas eve, but I wanted to stay awake. And you know if you're still awake when Santa comes, he won't stop. So, I was laying there and I looked out the window, and I saw Rudolph's red nose in the window. Oh no! Santa is here and I'm not asleep! What am I going to do? It was so much fun. I miss those days. I can't wait until God blesses me with children so I can bring back that childhood magic of Christmas.

Thanksgiving hasn't even passed and I'm already thinking about Christmas, but I can't help it. Christmas is all around me! On the radio, stations are already playing Christmas music...and you go to the store and there's Christmas decorations everywhere! But I don't mind. Christmas is my favorite time of year. I've been known to listen to Christmas music in July! :)

I'm going to my dad's for Thanksgiving next week. I'm really looking forward to it!!! And I get to see my nephew for the first time...he's a year old! My step-brother and his wife live in Chicago, and her family lives in France, so we don't get to see them very often.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Mondays and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today is Monday. I hate Mondays. Yes, I know I've said that before, but I really do. I moved my training session to Mondays. I think it's good, because that's something else I hate to do, as much as I need to do it, so it just makes sense that I would do it on Mondays.

Last night, I went to drama practice. When I got there, I discovered that the drama leader wasn't going to be there. He put the practice in the hands of another girl. That didn't upset me. What did upset me was that he knew he wasn't going to be there the week before and he didn't tell us. I am a journalist. I like to be informed. I don't like things being sprung on me the last minute. And I felt like we didn't get much done.
Don't get me wrong...I enjoy this drama group. But if I am going to only get 4 or 5 hours of sleep on Sundays to go to practice, then I want it to be productive. Plus, I was tired and didn't feel like being there anyway. So, last night at work, I was not very useful, since I was so tired. I did, however, get my show finished. And I think it looked pretty good, too.

I ran a story this morning that I really love. They are building a national monument to Martin Luther King, Jr. in Washington, D.C. I think that's a wonderful thing. He will be the first African American to be honored in that way. And I really think he deserves it. So many people in this country are still very racist. It became very evident to me when I went home for my class reunion. I watched and my heart broke as the blacks and whites separated themselves from each other. Everytime we were was the white section and the black section. It is just natural for people in my home town to do that, but it broke my heart. I've been told by several people that it will always be that way there, but I pray those people are wrong. Since I've been away from Gordo, I have learned that color is only skin deep. What matters is who they are on the inside. King had a dream. And some of his dream has happened. People have rights, no matter the color of their skin, but people in the deep south still have their prejudices, and it's not only against blacks and white. It's against hispanic, chinese, indian, you name it! I pray that God will open their eyes and let them see people for who they are.

Friday, November 10, 2006

The Week's End

I'm doing a bit better than I was the last time I posted. Still feeling a bit lonely, but it's not overwhelming like it was a few days ago. Overall, this has been a good week. Monday I started working with a new trainer. Really like her. I was sore for several days following our workout. Then Monday night, I went and saw the Trans-Siberian Orchestra in concert. It was great. I had never seen anything like it! Today (friday), I went to a kickboxing class. And tonight I'm starting to feel the effects of that class! Tonight, I went to church. They had a praise and worship convention this week and the evenings were open to everyone. I really had a good time in the Lord. My friend, Patrick, and his girlfriend went with me. And it was great because I saw some of the people I'm in the drama group with and they said hello. It was great to actually know someone at church!

Tomorrow, I am going to get up and make a clean-up of my house. I deep-cleaned it last week, so I just have to maintain it. I still need to clean my bedroom. I've just been putting it off all week.
And tomorrow, I also need to go look for something for my dad and step-mom for Christmas, since I won't see them on Christmas, I need to bring them their presents on Thanksgiving. And my dad is the hardest person in the world to shop for. I never have a clue as to what to get him. HELP!!! If anyone out there had any good ideas, let me know.

I'm really looking forward to Thanksgiving. My step-brother and his wife will be at my dad's. I haven't seen them in about two years. They have a baby who's a year old, and I've never met him. So, I am really glad I will finally get to meet my nephew.

Well, I'm going to say good-bye for now. I need to go to bed!

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

All Alone in a Big, Big World

I'm feeling really lonely this week. More so today than I have in a long time. I have more than once the last few days felt my eyes tear up and blinked back the tears because crying won't help.

Can I be real?
Living alone gets to you sometimes. And I don't have anyone here I can go to when I feel this way. But that's nothing new. I haven't had anyone in a very long time...since before I moved to Huntsville, actually...and that was three years ago.

I don't like to share things like this that are in my heart. So many times I go on and on... trying to act like everything's okay. I don't like people knowing what's going on inside my heart. So, why now? Why am I being so candid now? I guess because it's gotten to where I just feel like I need to talk to someone about it. And the blogger world is out there, always ready to listen.

I could go on and on about the feelings I am having right now, but I will refrain from doing so. Some thoughts that I can't seem to shake keep coming to mind. Thoughts of a happy time when I was in the presence of someone I love dearly. That person is far away. It seems like everyone that I love is far away right now. Look at that...blinking back tears again.

I think it's probably the holidays getting to me. Yes, it's hard to believe Thanksgiving is upon us and Christmas isn't far behind. I get this way sometimes during this part of the year. All of the people I love the most are far away carrying on with their own lives, and here I am doing the same, but desperately wanting some companionship.

You might say, well pick up the phone and call those you miss so much. Yes, that helps, but it's not the same as being in the same room with the person, sharing conversation over a cup of coffee or tea. And since college, when my closest friends scattered, I have felt like I was all on my own. Don't get me wrong, I love South Carolina. I miss it when I'm not here. But while I was home in Alabama a couple of weeks ago, I got to visit some very dear friends, and truthfully, I didn't want to say good-bye. Why is it that life is full of good-byes...(tears again)...and never any "I'm here to stays"? I just want one person to enter my life and say "I'm not going anywhere. I'm here to stay forever." And I mean stay physically with me. Someone I never have to say good-bye to. I'm so tired of being alone.

So, here I am...hoping God here's my prayer this holiday season. Please God, you've done so much in my life this year. You rescued me from a horrible job situation in Pensacola, and gave me a great job here in South Carolina with co-workers that like and respect me. You've given me a good church and even given me a small group to start getting involved in. Now, Lord, grant this final Christmas wish. Help me not to be lonely anymore.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Fall Brilliance

It's fall and the colors here are proving it! When outside, I can't help but marvel at the beauty surrounding me. I walked around my apartment complex yesterday and just took pictures of the trees. The reds, yellows, and oranges are absolutely gorgeous! this is a picture I pulled from a website of the colors here. I'll post some as soon as I can of the ones I took.

The weather here is getting colder, too. I walked into work last night with a scarf, gloves, and a hat on and my co-workers found that quite funny! But I can already tell that I am going to be really cold this winter.

A ski resort is opening tomorrow in the mountains of Western North Carolina. That's not very far from me. Of course, it's not snowing yet, but they will be making their own snow. I guess I'm going to have to learn how to snow ski this winter.

I joined a drama group at church. I went to my first practice last weekend, and I really enjoyed it. Now, I'm thinking of getting involved with the Make-a-Wish foundation. I really love that organization, so I'm going to look into it.

Have a good weekend!

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Pictures are here

I finally have pictures from my trip home to Alabama. Check out the previous post to see them!!!

Saturday, October 21, 2006

10-Year Class Reunion

The Gordo High School Class of 1997. What can I say about our class. Most everyone hasn't changed much. Many, including myself, have put on some extra pounds. Some have taken some off. Some are looking much older than they are. Some haven't aged much at all. Most are married. Many have children. But not me. I'm still single and have no children. Some went to college and are now working in their chosen field. Some didn't go to college, but are working. Others are staying at home with their children. It's strange seeing
everyone in their different stages of life. We all graduated high school in the same stage of life...just starting life, actually. But what a difference 10 years can make.

If you haven't figured it out by now, I just had my 10 year class reunion. Yesterday was Homecoming at Gordo High School. We all met at the school at 10am. We had lunch together and toured both the high school and the elementary school. Then we went to the pep rally, where we had the roll call of the class of 1997. The pep rally was cut short because one of the cheerleaders fell during a flip and
hurt herself pretty bad. She's going to be okay, thank God. But
because of that, the pep rally didn't proceed as planned. We got on the flat bed trailer we called our parade float and rode through the parade. It felt like we were in a fish bowl and everyone wa gawking at the fish. The parade route went through downtown Gordo and several people were taking pictures of us. But it was funny, because there were some in our class who were taking pictures of the people watching us! I got quite a kick out of that! I guess they wanted to document the whole experience.

After all was said and done, a few of us went to "The Front Porch" to eat an early dinner. Then we went home to rest before the football game.

The Gordo Greenwave played West Blocton for Homecoming. And it was a slaughter. Gordo scored a touchdown before everyone got settled into the stadium good. West Blocton didn't score at all during the first half. They scored twice in the second half, but that was after Gordo put second and third string in. Final score? Gordo 41, West Blocton 14. After halftime, about half of the people watching the game decided the game wasn't worth their time, so they went home. It was such a boring game. I'm glad Gordo won, but I wish West Blocton would have put up a better fight and made it at least entertaining.

So, now, homecoming is over. Several of us are getting together at "Steamers" to eat dinner tonight, and then I will head back to the great state of South Carolina tomorrow morning. And then I have to go back to the great world of a working woman. I am so glad I had a week off, though. It gave me time to recouperate. I feel better right now than I have in several months. This night shift is killing me. But now, I feel good and I can go for another few months before my next vacation. I get Thanksgiving off, so I'll have four days off in a row for that. That will be nice. And I have a week off in March for Lisa's wedding. that's only five months away.

Thank you Gordo High School and Gordo Elementary School for a great Homecoming. And to the class of 1997, it was so good to see all of you. Keep in touch!

Monday, October 09, 2006

One More Work Week

I had a pretty good weekend. I spent the majority of my day Saturday at the Biltmore Estate, where I walked the trails and spent time in the gardens. I had already been in the house, but the last time I went it was pouring down rain. So, I didn't get to spend much time outdoors.

Just four more days and it's Sweet Home Alabama! I really can't wait to get home. I think I'm looking forward to sleeping at night more than anything! But I can't wait to see my family and friends, either. I haven't been home in over a year, and I haven't seen my sister is nearly two years, so it's really going to be a great homecoming. My whole first weekend is booked once I get there. On friday, we're having a big family dinner with everyone to celebrate my brother and sister's birthdays. Hers is Friday and his is Sunday. Then on Saturday, I'm going with my sister to get fitted for my dress for her wedding. And that night, she and I are going for a night out on the town. Who knows what we'll get into that night. Just as long as we get to spend some good quality time together, that's all I care about.

On Sunday, I will be visiting my childhood church, Daystar Family Church (it used to be Daystar Assembly of God) . Then on Sunday night, I get to see my best friend from high school, Jen, and her new baby girl. I am so excited! So, I will be busy for the weekend.

Monday is the start of getting ready for my high school 10-year reunion. Now, I still can't believe I've been out of high school for 10 years! But I'm getting used to the idea that I'm just getting old. Okay, so 27 isn't old, but it feels like it when you think of being out of high school for that long. And I am almost 28, which is a story all in itself. I am dreading my birthday this year. I really don't want to spend it alone, even though it looks inevitable that I will be.

Anyway, back to the reunion, where my classmates are really disapointing me and the other girls planning the reunion. As of Friday, we only had about 10 people saying they're coming to the party. Now, nearly everyone says they will take part in Homecoming, so I don't understand why they wouldn't want to come dance and be merry. But at the rate we're going, we don't have the money to have a party. So, we may have to cancel if we don't get a few more people to send in their money for the party. And that is a little depressing, since we spent so much time putting this together. Plus, we are afraid we won't have enough money to cover the costs of what we've already put into the reunion...and we still have to pay for the flowers in honor of our classmates who've died since graduation. I just really home some folks will make donations to that.

Back to the schedule as it stands...I have to get my hair cut on Tuesday, and do a few errands in Tuscaloosa while I'm there...and on Wednesday, I plan to drive up to Birmingham to see a couple of my friends there.

Friday is Homecoming...that should be fun! And then, if we have it, Saturday is the party.

It's going to be a busy week, but I just know it will be fun. On Sunday I will leave Alabama on my way back to South Carolina.

Sunday, October 01, 2006


Today is Sunday, and I regret to say, I didn't make it to church today. My alarm went off, and I turned it off and went back to sleep. It was the best sleep I've gotten in a couple of weeks! I slept until almost 11:00am! And it felt good. I guess I probably needed it!

I saw the musical RENT yesterday. It was so good. The music was great and the story line is real...not some fairytale ending that never happens in real life. It was about people dealing with real issues. And the underlying for today! With songs like "No Day But Today" and "Seasons of Love", you can't miss the theme.

Here are some of the words to "No Day But Today":
There is no future
There is no past
I live this moment as my last
There's only us
There's only this
Forget regret
Or life is yours to miss
No other road
No other way
No day but today

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Shop 'Til you Drop and A little Tipsy

I'm home from California, and I have to say, I had a great time. Anyway, I arrived Friday and my friend, Efrain, picked me up. We spent the day in San Francisco. HE took me to the Golden Gate Bridge, and then we drove around some areas of the city I'd never seen before. We even drove through the Castro district, which is where most of the gay population of San Francisco congregates. That was interesting, to say the least.

On Saturday, I went back to San Francisco, this time with my friend, Noelle. We did a lot of shopping and spent way too much money, but hey, it was fun! Get this! We were waiting for the cable car to ride to Fisherman's Wharf. Well, three of the cars had already passed us because they were full of tourists (which I don't consider myself anymore since I've been out there so many times). So, we're waiting and this limo pulls up and says he'll give us a ride for the same price! So, we hopped in the limo and rode in style to the wharf!

After shopping along Pier 39, we got a taxi to China town, where I shopped some more. I bought the cutest tea pot
set for 10 bucks! After we left China Town, we went to the San Francisco center and got some Hagin Daz ice cream (my favorite) and shopped a little more before heading home...We spent about 7 hours in the city total.

After the day in the city, we came back to Noelle's house and we, along with her friend, Flor, got in the hot tub and relaxed!

Now, Sunday was the highlight of my trip. And all of you conservative Christians out there may be a bit surprised, but I don't feel the least bit guilty about this trip. I have prayed about drinking alcohol, and I think it's okay as long as you don't go too far. That's my opinion. If you have a different one, then keep it to yourself.

I spent the day in Napa Valley, which is wine country. We started the day at a restaurant called Brix, where we ate brunch. They served me a Mimosa to drink, which is a mixture of orange juice and champagne. I really enjoyed it, to my surprise! And the food was absolutely fantastic!!!

We left Brix, and went to the Chandon winery, where I had a glass of was so good, but it was more than a normal was more like two glasses! We walked around there for a while. IT was so beautiful! I didn't do a wine tasting at this winery because they didn't have anything sweet, and I only like sweet wines. We left there and went to a winery called Milat. This was my favority one, because it was small and personable. The owner is actually who served us the wine. I did a wine tasting here, and Noelle and her husband bought some wine. Then we left and went to the Berringer winery. Berringer is one of the oldest wineries in Napa Valley, so we did a tour of this one. That was so interesting. And the tour ended with, you guessed it, another wine tasting. So, as you can imagine, by the end of the day I was feeling a little funny. I wasn't drunk, by no means, but I was a little buzzed. Give me a break, okay! I was in Napa Valley! I don't usually drink more than one drink in any given day, so this was a little out of the ordinary, but it was fun!

So, that was my trip. I came back to South Carolina Monday. Now, I am looking forward to my trip home to Alabama next month...but sooner than that, I will be going to see "Rent" this weekend. Fun!!!

Thursday, September 21, 2006

The San Francisco Treat

Happy autumn to me! I get to travel to San Francisco tomorrow! I am so excited. I haven't been out there in several years. My dad lived there for 10 years, and I used to spend summers and Christmases there. So, I'm having San Francisco withdrawals! My friend Efrain will be picking me up from the airport, and then I will be staying with my friend, Noelle...both of which I haven't seen in years! I will be smelling the foggy air (the fog rolls in every night) and munching on rice a roni (not really...but i do plan to take a ride on the rice a roni mobile...aka the cable car).

I had a really bad migraine Tuesday that knocked me on my butt for more than 12 hours! I have never had one that bad! And what made matters worse was the prescription migraine medicine I was taking wasn't working. So, I had to call into work. I was able to come in, but not until 1:00, so I was not a producer that day. I just wrote for the show, while the usual writer produced. I called my doctor and she gave me a new medicine, so we'll see if it works. Gosh, I hate migraines! I feel like I'm getting another one right now, but I've taken the new medicine. I'm just waiting on it to work.

I have failed to tell all you bloggers, and i'm sorry! My friend, Jennifer, had her baby...a girl they named Kathryn. SHe is so beautiful. Her husband sent me pictures of the baby and I can't wait to meet her!

Well, I need to go pack for my trip. Please pray that all will go well with the planes and I will depart and arrive on time! I'll tell you all about the trip when I return.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Baby, It's Cold Outside

You won't believe it, but I've had to wear sweaters to work the last two days. The weather has really cooled off just in the last few days! I love the weather right now, I just hope this doesn't mean it's going to be freezing all winter long. I know it gets much colder in South Carolina than it does in Alabama, but they say it doesn't snow here very often. Who knows? A little snow might be fun!

Today is Friday, and that means no work for two whole days! I live for the weekends. Tonight, a group of girls from work and I are going to a ladies' poker night. I've never played poker, so I'm looking forward to learning. Don't worry...there's no money involved (thank goodness!)

Saturday, I am going shopping for some jeans (pray that I find some!)...and then I'm going to head to downtown Greenville for Art in the Park.

My church is starting a 20 somethings drama team, so I think I'm going to go to their first practice on Sunday afternoon...I will be tired going into work Sunday night, but I really want to get involved at church and since I love drama, it sounds like a good fit. So, I will forego a little sleep to do that.

Next weekend, I am heading to San Francisco! I am so excited! I just know it's going to be a good trip.

I am helping plan my class reunion, and our invitations went out this week! That really takes a load off. The hard part was getting all the details together and getting everyone's address. Now, all we have to do is put together all the plans. GHS class of 1997, check out our blog at . That will give you all the information and a list of folks we still don't have addresses for.

Well, until next time!

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Busy, Busy, Busy

I have been so busy...and I'm loving it! My 10-Year Class reunion is about a month and a half from now...and I am helping with that...we are getting the invitations out at the beginning of next week. I made the invitations in newsletter format, and they look so good. I was quite impressed with myself. There's three of us planning this of the girls is in Huntsville, and the other is in Gordo, so we are quite spread out, but it's coming together nicely!

In two weeks I will be in San Francisco! I am so excited! I am going to visit some friends. My friend, Efrain, is going to pick me up from the airport, and then we are going to spend the day together in the city..then he is going to drive me out to the suburbs where my friend, Noelle, lives. That's where I will stay for the weekend. I am so excited!

Work is going well. Still having some problems with one person...but it seems everyone is having problems with the same person, and management is starting to notice. I'm just glad to know it's not just me!

Well, I have to go be domestic! I need to clean my apartment and do laundry. I hate doing laundry. I wish I had a maid!

Thursday, August 17, 2006

This Week

This week has been very boring for me. I have been so lazy...I didn't go to the gym once!!! And that's terrible, since I am trying so hard to lose some more weight before my 10-year class reunion and Lisa's (my sis) wedding. Not to mention I want to look nice when I go to San Francisco next month. It's just so frustrating, you know? Trying to lose the weight you gained in college. Why does every college student gain weight? The good news is I didn't gain much weight after college...but getting it off is not an easy task! I have lost 15 inches in the last four months...and hopefully that number will go up at my next weigh and measure day. But not likely. I've worked out a total of 2 times in the last 2 weeks. Last week, I had no excuse, but this week I do. For the last several days, I haven't felt very well. But I am feeling much better today and will be meeting with my trainer at 10:30 this morning.

Looks like we're going to have a band for our reunion. An old friend from high school says they're really good...I hope she's right! But it worked out great because now the cost of our reunion is going to be very affordable for everyone!

I've been reading a new book...I'm actually almost done now. I went to Barnes n Noble friday night and bought three books! I love books and the library was closed! There's this author that I absolutely love named Lori Wick...and I've read so many of her books, but I was actually able to find one that I hadn't read and that's what I'm reading now. If you're ever looking for some good, christian fiction, then you should read Lori Wick's books.

Can you believe it's football season! This friday, high school football starts here in the upstate (that's what we call this area of South Carolina). I absolutely love football, so I might have to find a team to root for up here. I can't wait until October when I get to go to Gordo's homecoming game. It's so much fun!

Okay, I need to vent a minute...I cannot stand smart elleck people! This is what happened. Like I said earlier, I am going to San Francisco next month. Now, I have been there several times, since my dad used to live there, so I don't need a guide, per se, of the city. But what I do need is a guide so I can know what events are going on and the guides always have coupons for attractions, which I'm sure I could use. Well, I went online to get a guide and the guides cost $1. I guess that's to cover the cost of shipping. So, I emailed the place and asked to get a guide and told them to tell me how to pay then the dollar, and all she did was paste what was on the website and sent it back to me! The nerve! Anyway, now that I got that out...

Have a good day everybody.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Lots O' Tidbits

It's hard to believe it's been nine months since I left Huntsville. Wow! But at the same time, it seems like such a lifetime ago! You know what's cool? We work through CNN for a lot of stuff, and it's always cool when I'm looking through video and I recognize a reporter's voice...I used a story in my newscast today from Huntsville...a reporter there did the story. It's just neat to me how even though you leave, you're still somewhat connected. Speaking of my job, it is going great! I absolutely love it here. I really hope I can stay here for quite some time. There were some rocky points, but most of those seem to be working themselves out...we'll see what happens in the future, but right now, I couldn't ask for anything better.

Guess what! I am on the committee planning my 10-year class reunion. I never thought I would be on that committee, but now that I am, it's kind of fun! We're having a planning meeting tomorrow. I will have to be on the phone, since I live so far away. I just hope it goes well. When you're from a small town, like I am, people really look forward to reunions. We were all like family in high school, and it's always great to be able to see each other again. And our reunion is going on during homecoming weekend, so we will be able to enjoy homecoming festivities, too. We have set up a blog where folks can go to get information about the reunion. Stop by at .

I am either an idiot or really brave. I bought plane tickets yesterday...the same day the new terror plot was thwarted. I kept asking myself, "Do I really want to do this," but I have been planning this trip for quite some time and had to make the reservations before ticket prices went up. I am going to San Francisco next month. I am so excited! My dad used to live out there. He moved about three years ago, and I haven't been back out there since. I have two friends who live out there, so I am staying with one of them. I am so excited. I do realize how nervous I will be getting on the planes, but I refuse to allow fear to keep me from doing something I really want to do. San Francisco is the most beautiful city! I love it there!

My best friend is about to have a baby. She emailed me yesterday and told me the baby probably would come within the next two weeks...which is earlier than expected. I'm so excited for her! She has a little boy, and now her first little girl will enter the world!

My sister is planning to come see me Labor Day weekend! This will be the first time we've seen each other in a VERY long it's really great. I can't wait to see her! I miss her terribly!

Saturday, July 29, 2006

My weekend

Okay, so this weekend, I went to a singles conference at my church, and it was so great! God really did a lot in me this weekend...and I really had a good time!

Last weekend, I went to Myrtle Beach with a friend and her kids. We had such a good time! I would love to tell you all about it, but I'm in a bit of a hurry.

So, I've been really busy the last couple of, I am looking forward to not being so busy next weekend. Let me tell you...I was at Wal-Mart today (my favorite store)...and I spotted the senior pastor of REdemption World Outreach Center (my church). Now, I haven't been able to meet him because our church is huge! So, I saw him and I was like "this is the perfect chance to meet him!" But he was on the phone and didn't get off so I didnt get to say hi! I was so upset! I mean, I really want the chance to meet him. I will have to try and find a way to do just that! I just don't like going to a church where I don't know the pastor and the pastor doesn't know me.

Gotta go...I am having dinner tonight with some friends.

Andrea Yates...Not Guilty

Okay, so this week, a jury found Andrea Yates not guilty by reason of insanity for the deaths of her five children.
She's the lady who drowned her five children in the bathtub in 2001. Now, I have lost all trust in our judicial system. Come on! The devil made me do it is not a good complaint. Do you know why? BEcause I believe that everyone that murders...the devil made them do it. Because the devil is sin and murder is, if that's the argument, then everyone that commits murder should me put in a mental institution! Just looking at those children's pictures makes me want to cry all over again! I cannot believe that a jury would believe that she didn't really know what she was doing when she one by one took those kids and held them under water in the bathtub...

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Sick and Tired

I have been sick since Wednesday Afternoon...I woke up with a horrible headache and vomiting. Well, I went to the doctor and I have a stomach virus. She did a blood test, and that was the result. Now, I have had a hard time convincing my work that I am actually sick. I had a really bad day Wednesday and the thought is that I have been playing hookie just so I wouldn't have to put up with the crap. But I really have been's not fun when you have to keep running back and forth to the bathroom.

Today, I am feeling much better, but I am so exhausted! I don't have any energy, so my plan is to just lay around the house today and rest up since I will have to go back to work tomorrow night.

Next weekend, I am heading to Myrtle Beach. I've never been there, so it should be fun! Then the following weekend is the singles conference at my church...redemption world outreach center. If you want information, just go to the church's website: . It's not too late to sign up!

Monday, July 10, 2006

The Meaning of Life

I believe that every person on earth was born for a reason...a purpose. The Bible says God knew you before you were born. So, He knew what your purpose would be even before you breathed your first breath. And I believe one can only find true happiness once that purpose is put into action. Which brings me to today's blog...What is my purpose? I really wish I had a full grasp on it. I know that God blessed me with a love for the written word, which is why I am a journalist, but I don't believe that's my purpose. I also know that God gave me a heart for people, and a love for children. I think we're getting closer. I always believed that working in television, in journalism, was good because I was helping people by keeping them informed. But, I'm not so sure anymore.

For example, when Hurricane Katrina happened, I was working diligently at my job, letting everyone know the situation along the gulf coast. But, all I kept thinking was "I need to be down there helping." Some of the greatest memories I have...some of my happiest moments in life, was volunteering at Camp Smile a Mile, Alabama's camp for children with cancer. So, I know what I need to do...I need to be involved with something that helps people...something that could possibly put a smile on their faces, even if for just a moment. But I don't know exactly where.

I know that I can still do my job and love it just as much as I always have, as long as I get involved somewhere else. Life is too short to live it for just me. I want to make it my mission to love those that no one loves...and befriend those that need friends. That's my mission in life...

What is your mission? I pray that you will let God show you...and live for that mission everyday. BEcause what is life, without purpose?

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

How Lucky Can One Get?

I usually don't like to write about news stories...because I like to escape that part of my life, so it doesn't feel so much like my job is my life...but I had some thoughts I just had to write.

I turned on my computer and got online...and saw that Kenneth Lay, the founder of Enron, has died at age 64. Now, if you've been keeping up with the news, you know that Lay was facing years in prison for the fall of Enron...and he had not been sentenced yet. So, the first thought in my mind wasn't about his family and the grief they must be feeling, like I probably should have been thinking. My first thought, and it still is, is how lucky can a person get? He avoids getting sent to prison. HE doesn't have to pay for the crime he committed that cost many people thousands of dollars. No...he gets to die...and who know, he may have even went to Heaven...paradise. Yeah, he claimed he was a Christian, which may be true. Even the worst sinner can be a all depends on their heart...I know I'm a sinner saved by the grace of he may be sitting in HEaven right now and never have to pay for his crime.

So, again, I say...he got lucky!

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Vacation from my Vacation Needed

I feel like I need a vacation from my vacation! I am so tired! My family from Saturday through Tuesday and we went non-stop the whole time...

Saturday morning, I went to my company picnic. We had lots of fun playing our own version of the olympics...and I even one two silver medals (well, they're plastic, but you get the idea). I had my parents call me when they got close so I could get home from the picnic in time for them to arrive.

Saturday evening, we went downtown Greenville. I showed them around a bit down there, and we ate dinner there.

Once we got back, it was time to get in bed because we had an early morning on Sunday. My step-dad and I went white-water rafting. It was so much fun! But it really wore me out!

When we got back, we went to the museum of art for a little while...
Sunday night, I took them to P.F.Changs to eat (my treat). It was really good. I've never really liked chinese food before, but it's different there.

Then on Monday, we got up early and headed to the Biltmore Estate. If you've never been, then you're missing it! It is the most beautiful house I've ever seen...I got a season pass since I liked it so much!

We slept in on Tuesday...but I still feel like I didn't sleep. And I slept all day yesterday. I am hoping after this weekend I can feel rested.

I hated to have to go back to work. It was nice not to have to sleep during the day and stay up all night for the few days I was off. I do like my job, I just wish I had normal hours.

I think I may go see "The Devil Wears Prada" tomorrow at the movie theater. I'll let you know what I think! Several of my co-workers went and saw "Superman Returns" yesterday. They said it was really good. I couldn't go because I was sleeping.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Exhausted...but Good

I am so tired this week. It's hard for me to keep going. But I have to. I keep going knowing after friday, I will have four days before I have to be back at work. I am so glad for the vacation. I want so badly to go climb in bed right now...but I'm going to wait a little while longer. I have to take a friend of mine's dog out to potty before I go to bed, so I am trying to wait a while before I do the dog won't get a need to go before I go to work tonight.

I went to the pet store today and bought Casey a toy that you put treats inside and it's like a puzzle...he has to figure out how to get them out. He's been playing with that thing non stop for the last hour. I think he likes it...what do you think?

I got a surprise email last night. It was from a friend of mine from high school that I haven't seen since then. So, Erin, if you're reading this, I am so glad you contacted me! It is so much fun to talk to old high school friends still remain the dearest to my heart...even though I've met so many people since then.

My parents will be here Saturday...and while I am so excited they are coming, I know I'm going to have to get some energy before they get here, because I imagine we'll be going non-stop through Tuesday.

Work has been good this week. We got some high ratings Tuesday...the highest we've had it's good to know the numbers are going up!

Salsa lessons are going great. I got to dance with the instructor a bit last Monday, and he said I am doing really well. I have learned I have a natural talent for it. I am picking it up really easy.

Can ou believe I've almost been in South Carolina for four months? I feel like I just got here! Wow! How time flies when you're having fun!

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Every Week has a Weekend...Thank God!

It's that time of the week again. Time for me to actually sleep when it's dark outside. To spend my days without any go shopping, go swimming, do whatever I want to do without having a schedule. I love the weekend. I live for the weekend. This weekend, I started it by going to Goody's to go shopping. Man, I love the fact that I am losing inches off my body! I went and bought a skirt, a pair of shorts, and two shirts...and then because I spent more that $50, I got a hammock for 10 bucks! So, I am going to hang it on my balcony for a wonderful place to relax. My apartment is completely shaded, so it will be great for a hammock.

After shopping, I went to the movies and saw "The Lake House". That's the new movie with Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reaves. It was a great movie. Ladies, if you like the sappy romance stories, you will like this movie. And there is a cool ending. I loved it!

Last night, I went to the singles bible study at my church. There were probably 50 singles there, and the singles pastor says there's usually a whole lot more than that! So, it was nice getting out and meeting some folks.

Now, I do want to address the definition of a blog. I think some people are having a hard time grasping what a blog actually is. A blog is a place where a person can say whatever they want. A place that can be an outlet for them. Now, the great thing about a blog is that it is like a tv. You can change the channel if you don't like what is said. With that said, I will continue to say whatever is on my mind. And if you don't like it, you don't have to stay. Please don't stay. Because this is MY blog. and no one is going to tell me what is right and what is wrong.

Moving on...
I am so happy I have a four day weekend coming up next weekend. I need it terribly. I had a rough day at work yesterday...I won't bore you with the details...but it's still just one person. I don't have a problem with anyone else in the entire building. Everyone treats me with respect, which is nice, and I even have several friends in the newsroom. One of our anchors and I are going to eat at PF Chang's on Tuesday. I love that restaurant and it just opened here. So, things are great. I can't really complain. If I could get this one guy onboard, then I wouldn't have any complaints at all. But then I would live in a utopian society, and I don't think God has that in mind for anyone. He wants us to be challenged...and our lives will never be perfect. But I still say one out of an entire workplace isn't bad.

I went to Salsa Dance lessons last monday night. They were so much fun! I did, however, find out how much I was out of my comfort zone. With Salsa, you have to dance closely with your partner. I am not used to being that "close" to a guy, expecially one I just met, so it was pretty uncomfortable. But by the end of the evening, I was having a blast! I am going to go back this Monday night.

Now, after Salsa, I was getting ready to go to work. I ate...sat down and watched a little bit of tv, and then it hit me! I got a migraine, would you believe! I hate migraines. They put me out of commission for several hours. I can't sit up...I can't concentrate...and all the lights in the house have to be off because light hurts too much. So, unfortunately, I had to call into work only one hour and 15 minutes before I was supposed to be there. That sucked...and I knew it, but what was I supposed to do? There was no way I could stare at a computer screen with a migraine, much less get a show on the air. So, my boss had to come in and work for me on very little sleep. I have decided I am going to get a doctors appointment and see if he can give me a prescription for some migraine medicine. I am tired of getting so sick with those!

Well, it's Saturday, and I have a lot of nothing to do today (don't you love it?). I may not post next week because my parents are coming into town and on Saturday morning, next week, I am going to our company picnic...before my parents get here. So, it's going to be busy, but lots of fun!
So, I am going to end now. Have a wonderful weekend, everyone.

Monday, June 12, 2006

It's Monday

It's MOnday, but it wasn't a bad day...just hectic...We have this computer system at work that runs the entire show...and it decided to act up today. But we handled it and came off fine...

It's so hot here...The last few days it's been in the 90s...which is really hot for SC. I spent two hours at the pool Saturday...and it was almost too hot to stay out there. I really hope it cools down soon.

I just got in touch with an old friend from High School. It's so much fun when you re-connect with friends! I hadn't seen her since junior year...

I don't really have a lot to say today. I'm about to go to bed because there are Salsa Dance lessons at church tonight and I want to go to that...Sounds like fun!

I am about to make reservations for white water rafting. My step-dad and I are going to go when he and my mom and grandmother come to see me in two weeks. I can't wait until they get here. They are staying for four days...and I am taking that MOnday and Tuesday off. It will be a nice long weekend and I am excited my family is coming. We are also going to go to the Biltmore mansion. I can't wait to see that!!!

Saturday, June 10, 2006

It's Paying Off!

Working out and splurging on a trainer is all starting to pay off! I went to the mall this week and decided to try on some clothes and guess what! I fit into a smaller two different styles of pants! So, I bought one of them! I haven't been able to fit into this size since I was a freshman in college, so I am very happy today! My goal is to be back down to the weight I was when I graduated from high school by October. In October, I will be going back home for my high school class reunion. I got weighed and measured at the gym Friday. It was another month...I did lose some, but not near as much as came off last month. The first month of working out, I lost 12 inches (see prior post), but this time I only lost 2 inches and two pounds. At least I did losee some. I just have to keep at it. The problem is eating...I don't eat like I should. I like food too much!

Now, Tuesday, many called an evil day. It was 6/6/06. I was aware of the date, but it's only a number. I didn't believe it was the apocalypse or anything...just another day. And if the Lord did choose that day to be the end of the world, it wouldn't have bothered me any. See, I am ready to go Home. Home being Heaven. God has done so much for me, I do long for the day when I will get to see Him face to face. So, on that day, I went to work as I always do. When I got to work that night (at 11:00), we had the biggest breaking news in a very long time. It happened just a few minutes after my shift started...Authorities caught the guy they suspect killed a local college student here. I love breaking's so much fun. I immediately started thinking ahead for the morning...We sent a reporter to Tennessee where the guy was caught...I started ordering graphics...and discussing with my bosses what I would like to see happen for the morning. And we did it! We slaughtered the competition! It was so much fun! This is why I got into news. You get a high better than any drug when breaking news happens in the newsroom. So, our show was a huge success...and our ratings proved it. We surpassed all ratings we have gotten up until this point. The next day, my news director sent me an email and copied it to our HR lady. She said I really impressed her. She said I really did a good job. And then the HR lady sent me a note back saying the email was going into my personal file. That is awesome! In the mornings, there is rarely an opportunity to impress the bosses, or to let your true colors shine...but these rare opportunities are what's going to eventually get me off of this god-aweful shift.

I"m still having problems with that anchor. It's like no matter how much I prove myself, nothing is ever good enough. Thursday was a horrible day. The whole morning I felt tears coming on, but I didn't shed any of them. I didn't want to give him the satisfaction. So, I just came home and went to bed. I was so exhaused from the day before that having to deal with all of that didn't help...and this time it was more than just him. I'm not going to go into what happened. But I still feel, after thinking about it, that I was right.

My family is coming to see me in two weeks. I am so excited.

WEll, gotta go!

Monday, June 05, 2006

Ode to PMS

I had a horrible week last week, and I blame it all on hormones. Ladies, you know what I'm talking about. When your hormones are all messed up, little things seem giant.

It all started last week when I went into work only to find some of my responsibility had been taken away. Now, let me explain a little about myself. I graduated high school 5th in my class. In college, I was the president of my honor society. In school, teachers used my work as an example. But now that I am in the business, my work is always being challenged. And it's really starting to wear on me. I'm not used to someone questioning my work...I guess I should be, since that's all anyone has done for the last 3 1/2 years. So, I tried to brush it off when I learned my boss was giving some of my responsibility to my writer.

The next day, things had been changed up even more...more of my responsibility taken away...and this time I really hated it. So, my hormones got the best of me...and I spent the day feeling sorry for myself. I even asked my boss what I had done to offend him so. HE just replied by saying we needed to have a chat. That made me worry terribly.

So, Friday, I met with my boss. HE did my 60-day review...and the review on my work was great. I ranked better than average on everything that pertained to the job I do. But lucky for me there's also a question on there about how well I work with others. Well, I've already told you how I hate for my work to be questioned...and I've already told you about the person I have trouble getting along with. Undoubtedly, my boss took his side. He gave me a lower than average score on that question...said I needed to learn how to "play well with others". So, it seems I am not liked very much at my job. I am starting to get used to this. I hate to admit it, but I like things done a certain way...and it's my show...I am the one who, in the end, has to answer to my bosses about my I run a very tight ship...and every good producer I know does the same. So, I don't know what's so bad about, I have made a decision...I am not going to let it bother me...unless it is going to make me look bad in the company. I refuse to lower my standards just to please everyone. It's not going to happen.

Now, by the time Saturday got here...I just needed to relax. So, I took myself to the nail salon and got a pedicure and a manicure...and man it was so relaxing. I needed that. Then I went to church Sunday at Redemption...had a great time there and God spoke to me in a lot of ways. So, things are getting back to normal...I am feeling much better...and that could have something to do with the fact that my hormones are back to normal...if you know what I mean.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Yea! Three-Day Weekend

After tonight, I will have three whole days off! And I am going to spend it with my daddy. He has been working on the Gulf Coast. He's an electician and he's been working to get the Biloxi/Gulfport area back up and running after Hurricane Katrina. Well, he and my step-mom are going home for the weekend, and since I haven't seen them in a while, I decided to go and see them. They live in northern Alabama, right on the Georgia line, so it's not too terribly far from South Carolina.

Last weekend, I had lots of plans, but I ended up sleeping the weekend away. I was sick the whole time, and couldn't bear to do anything but lay around. I have never had allergies before, but I think living in South Carolina is different...and there are things in the air that aren't in the air in Alabama. So, I may have to go see an allergy doctor and get some prescription meds...the over-the-counter stuff just ain't cuttin' it.

Did you see American Idol last night? Wow! I can't believe Taylor Hicks won, but I have to say, American Idol does make me proud to have been born and raised in Alabama. Watching Ruben, Bo, and now Taylor make it so far just goes to show that great things do come out of what some may refer to as "hickville".

I had to tighten my belt a notch today...that makes me feel good... but I have to tell you, I have been working hard at losing the weight. And I am getting in better shape, which will in turn make me healthier. It's a great feeling. My trainer got promoted to management, so it looks like I am going to have to work-out with a new trainer...and I'm not too happy about that.

I'm sitting here listening to the Carrie Underwood CD. If you don't have it, you should get it. It's great!

Well, I need to go feed the dog...and then start getting ready for bed. I will be so glad when one day I don't have to work nights anymore...I know the day is's got to come eventually.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Busy Weekend

There is so much to do this weekend...I don't know where to begin! There's a Greekfest going on all weekend, so I may go to that tonight...

I don't know if anyone knows this or not, but South Carolina's official dance is "shag". If you've ever seen "Shag, the Movie," then you probably know that. Well, Saturday night, there's a full night of Shaggin' downtown. I am thinking I might go. Maybe I can learn a few steps...

Of course, Sunday, I will be heading to church...

Things are going well. I am getting over being sick...again. I guess my body's having to get used to the weather and the new environment here in South Carolina. Man, I am so tired of feeling bad. This time it was a bad cold or something. My nose was stopped up and running...I was sneezing like crazy...and my whole face had pressure in it. Thankfully, that's starting to go away. I was worried that it would put a damper on the weekend.

I have a three-day weekend next week. Don't know what I'm going to do with the extra time yet...but one thing's for sure...I am going to enjoy it!

Things at work are pretty good. Can't complain there. I talked to a couple of the people I worked with in Pensacola the other day. Sounds like they are missing me a bit...there were a few people there that I am glad I got the opportunity to meet. Not everyone was like Sue.

South Carolina is way crazy. To get your Driver's license and car tag, you have to go to the tax office first, and pay property taxes on your car...then you take the receipt showing you paid your taxes to the dmv where you get your license and car tag. Well, I did all that and got down to the dmv...someone please explain to me why you would need to prove your a citizen when you already have a drivers license! They wouldn't let me get it because I didn't have my birth certificate! So, I guess I will have to go do that today!

While I was downtown paying my car tax, I decided to take a look around the city. Downtown Greenville is beautiful! If you've never been there, you should go. There's a park downtown that has two waterfalls and picnic tables and a huge pedestrian bridge over the river... It's so nice! There were several people painting the scene in the park.

Have a good weekend!

Saturday, May 13, 2006

12 Inches!!!!

In the last five weeks, I have lost 12 inches off my body! Can you believe it? It's not showing much in my clothes yet, but it's definately a start! I only lost 3 1/2 pounds, but a lot of the weight is turning into muscle. I am so happy. Words just can't describe it!

My mom, step-dad, and grandmother are coming to visit at the end of June. I am very excited about that.

Other than that, nothing really new to report.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Prayer Request

This is my 50th post. Can you believe it? That's a lot of thoughts...

Things are going pretty well for me. I visited another church Sunday. I really enjoyed it. It's called Redemption World Outreach Center. It's a huge church. I went to the early service and there was more than 3,000 people there. But the service was like a breath of fresh air. Real pentecostal...not watered down like a lot of churches. It was like the church I grew up in, Daystar Assembly in least the way it was then. Can't really speak for it now. I am going to go back SUnday. Evangelist Jesse Duplantis is going to be there and I LOVE Jesse. So, I'm really excited about it.

I work with a lot of Christians. It is so great. The other producer of the morning show and one of the writers are both christians. And one of my anchors is in church. So, it's nice to be around people who you can talk to about spiritual matters.

I did get some bad news this week. My grandmother's cancer is back. She was diagnosed with Ovarian cancer last year...and went into remission. Well, last week, her doctor told her it had returned. So, she will be starting chemo again at the beginning of June. Please pray for her that God will heal her. Her name is Ruth. Also, please pray that God will protect the other women in my family from this aweful disease. Ovarian cancer is extremely hereditary.

Sunday, April 30, 2006

Planning a Trip

I am off on Memorial Day, so I think I will take a trip for the long weekend. I don't really know where I am going as of yet, but I have lots of options. I am thinking either Myrtle Beach or Hilton Head for some fun in the sun...or Atlanta or Charlotte for a weekend of shopping. I really don't know what I am in the mood for. But I kind of want to head to Myrtle Beach. I don't know when I will get another chance to go this year...and this is the last season for "The Pavilion", so I really want to go and enjoy it. I love the Movie "Shag, the Movie", so I would love to go see first hand the things in the movie...and maybe even learn to "shag" . Shag is the official dance of South Carolina. I can learn it here in Greenville, just have to find the time to do so. I have asked my sister to go with me, but I don't know if she will, since she is so busy nowadays. So, we will see. I really would hate to go alone.

Things at work are great. I finally had a talk with the guy I was having problems with and I think we've worked them out. Thursday and Friday were great. We had no problems to speak of...and my show on Friday was amazing. I was so proud of it.

This week, I am supposed to get measured at the gym. It's been a month since I hired a trainer. I really hope I see some improvements.

I visited another church last Sunday. Still not really what I am looking for. I didn't go today. I was so tired, all I wanted to do was sleep.

I am having problems with Rooms to Go. I bought my furniture from them...and my sofa has a flaw. So, I asked them to replace it and they told me no. They say they don't care what it looks like. They won't replace it unless it's got a structural problem. So, I would advise that you don't deal with this company when buying furniture. It's not that noticable, but I know it's there...and now I have to live with it.

I know I haven't been updating as much as I used to. I will try to update at least once a week. PLease check in on me from time to time...

Have a good week!

Friday, April 21, 2006

Four Weeks and Counting

Well, we just finished up our fourth week on our new show, and things seem to be going great. Our ratings have doubled since our first week, which I consider a great thing. And it's getting easier to get the show finished. That's a big deal because I am responsible for two hours and once I get comfortable with getting it done, I can start getting more creative. That's when it gets fun!

I am still working out. I just purchased a year's worth of personal training sessions. I feel great and doing this really motivates me to get to the gym the rest of the week. I am only eating out once or twice a week now. That's a big change from every other day or so...I have so much more energy...I'm sleeping better at night...and the stress in my life is very small.

I am still having difficulties with that one guy at work, but as long as it's only one person, I can handle it. He's just so harsh in everything he says. Thinks he knows better than everyone and lets you know it. But it's okay. I am learning to ignore him.

So far, I have tried out two churches, but still haven't found the one I feel like I am supposed to be at. One of my co-workers has invited me to church at her church, so I think I am going to go there Sunday.

And you won't believe this! I may be going on a blind date in a couple of weeks! That same co-worker who's invited me to church says she wants me to meet this guy she knows. She is going to set it all up...we will double with her and her husband. Now, I have only been on one blind date ever. It was a lot of fun, and I actually dated that guy for a few months afterwards. But he turned into a major jerk, so I said good-bye.
So, I think this blind date could be fun...and I could make a friend in the process (or maybe more). I'm all for it.

I went downtown Greenville last Friday night. They have a Jazz concert downtown every Friday during the summer. It was a lot of fun. I went alone, but ran into someone I knew while I was there. Downtown is so beautiful. I wanted to go back tonight, but it's supposed to rain, so I probably won't. But I will definately get back down there.

Well, I hope all of you are well in the blog world. One more thing. I went back to pilates yesterday. It was the first time I had attended the class since I started working out with a trainer. And pilates was so much easier this time. I was able to do almost everything and I am not that sore today. So, I am definately strengthening some muscles.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Looking Good, Feeling Great

Okay, maybe not the looking good part, just yet...but I've been working out for a couple of weeks now and I am feeling great. It's amazing how much energy 30 minutes to an hour in the gym will give you. I had my first personal training session Friday, and it was so great! I learned a lot and really challenged myself. I meet with her again on Thursday. Meanwhile, I am working in the gym with what she showed me.

I went to church Sunday. I don't know if I like the church or not. It's kind of weird. They don't really have a's an elder-led church, so there are four or five guys that actually lead the church instead of one pastor. And I know that God makes apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, and where are they in this church? I am going to visit some others...starting this Sunday.

I am currently reading the new Frank Peretti book called "monster". Yes, it sounds scary, but it really isn't. However, it is hard to put down.

It's supposed to be near 80 degrees this weekend. I'm thinking it's time to lay out by the pool!

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

My First Problem

Sorry I haven't been updating much lately. I have found that it's hard to always have something to say when everything's peachy. With that said...

I have encountered my first problem since I've been here. And I'm beginning to believe most anchors are hard to get along with. I have an anchor that thinks if things aren't done like he's always done them, then it's wrong. He doesn't like my writing style...he doesn't like the way I stack my show...he just doesn't like anything...or so it seems.

I have tried not to take it personally for the last week or so when it started, but it's eating on my last nerve! So, I guess it's not really a problem yet...Once I talk to him about it...and it continues...then it will be a problem. Now, he is very smart...and I recognize that...but I also know that I am too. So, I am going to have to find time to talk with him and see what happens.

I know I take things at work too personal...but that's all I have right now. I don't have a family of my own...I don't have a social I have work...

Other than that, things are fine...Today, I am taking my dog to the vet for his first appointment since we arrived. I hope she's nice to furniture arrives tomorrow...and I am enjoying everything around me...and I plan to visit a church this Sunday. I had planned to go last week, but daylight savings time messed me up.

SO, things are good. As soon as I get this minor problem cleared up, things will be great.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Gordo High School, Class of 1997

Attention all of you that graduated at Gordo High School in 1997...I know that our 10 year reunion is coming up in October of this year...but what I do not know is exactly when...I need to start planning, since I no longer live in Alabama. So, if any of you have any ideas of the details...please let me know! I can't wait to see all of you and catch up!

Thursday, March 30, 2006

God is Good

Well, I've been at my new job for almost three weeks now, and all I have to say is God is good! I absolutely love my new job. I know I keep saying that, but it is so true. I've never had a job that I could actually say that about. This is how life is supposed to be. Not to say there aren't problems. We started our new show this week, and we are still having problems with the production system that gets us on the air. But the bugs are slowly being worked out and I am happy to say that come tomorrow we will have made it through an entire week on the air.

I've never been a part of starting a new show...and chances are, I won't ever be a part of doing it again, so I am trying to soak everything in and hopefully things will get great soon. Our ratings haven't been the best this week, but that is expected. (in metered markets, you get ratings every night)

I have a great team that's willing to help any way they can. And my new company is great! So many benefits! Plus, I got my first check last friday...NICE!

I am so proud of myself because I made my first "big-girl purchase" this week. I bought furniture! I bought an entire living room suit and a new queen size bed! So, come next week when it is delivered, I will officially be off the floor! (I have been sleeping on a mattress in the floor for several months because I didn't have the money to buy a bed). And then I will be inviting everyone to come visit me! I hope my friends and family will come. I actually have room to have company now. My furniture is so pretty! I am so happy that I was able to buy what I wanted and not something that was "the only thing I could afford". So, now I am going to work at getting my bills paid off...then I may make another "big-girl" purchase...a car!

In case you were wondering, my little sister and I are back to being friends. She and I are talking on the phone about once a week, which is about all our schedules can handle right now. I am so happy that we are back together. She and her fiance are talking about coming to visit sometime soon. I hope they do. I really want to get to know him. After all, he is going to be my brother-in-law.

I went to another Pilates class today. And I am exhausted! I am sure I will be sore again tomorrow. Yesterday, I got on the elliptical for the first time in a couple of years...I lasted seven minutes :) I am so out of shape! I am hoping to change that now that I have a gym membership...something else I never could afford until now.

I know I'm not updating as much as I was before, but you know, I have found that when everything is going well in your life, there's not much to say. I really learned how much of my conversations were made up of complaints and wonder I haven't had that many people wanting to hang out with me in the last couple of years. But I am hoping I won't have any negatives for quite a while. Things are great. I am still a little frustrated with the production problems we are having with the show, but it will be fixed...

Our team is getting together for happy hour tomorrow afternoon at the mexican restaurant in town. Now, I don't drink, but I am planning on going to hang out. It was lots of fun the last time we went...I can get a virgin daquiri and have just as much fun.

Well, I hope everyone is well!

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Stress and Burn

Well, we have one more practice before our new show goes on air...and let me tell you, Nicole is stressed out! I am so worried about Monday when we go on air! I was so stressed when I left today, that I thought I would what's the best thing for stress? Exercise! I got a free membership to a local gym from my apartment complex...and decided to go to their pilates class this morning. I have never done pilates before, so it was a new experience for me. Well, I have seen it on tv, and have always thought how easy it looked. Let me tell you! IT is NOT easy! I am feeling the burn and it's only been an hour since the class ended. I will probably be very sore tomorrow. But the good news is I'm not feeling the stress anymore. So, that's the good new.

I am still loving my job. I like most everyone I work with and the show is going to be great, once we iron out the kinks.

I still don't have my computer hooked up in my apartment...hopefully that will happen this weekend. I hope all of you in the blog world are doing well...

I get my first check tomorrow. I am so excited! This is my first check since I got such a big raise, so I can't wait to see how much it will be. I plan to go shopping for some furniture this weekend. Hopefully I will find some. My house is so bare!

Well, gotta go! Have a great day!

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

So far, so good!

Just a quick note to everyone...

So far everything seems to be going well...I hope ! :) I had to put together a pretend show today and I thought I would's so different than what I am used to and much harder. But I am sure I will be fine. I have to do the same thing again tomorrow. IT can only get easier!

I went to lunch with one of my anchors today. She and I have really hit it off. It is so nice to have friends at work!

There is so much I have to learn and I feel so overwhelmed, but my new boss is great and making sure I know everything.

The cool thing is I get benefits from day one here! So, I don't have to wait three months! ISn't that awesome!

I should have internet at home shortly, so I will be able to write more, but right now, I have to say good-bye. I'll write more soon!

Monday, March 13, 2006

Flu Bug

Well, I am back online...just in time for my first day of work. Let me give you a rundown of my trip...

Well, I had five people come and help me pack the truck...thanks everyone! So, things got off to a great start. I got to Greenville on Saturday night of last week, and checked into my hotel. Well, everything still was going great! Monday, I started looking for an apartment, and the second one I looked at I just fell in love with! It's two bedrooms...has plenty of amenities...and is right across the street from work...can't beat that! I was glad I found somewhere so quickly, because Monday afternoon, I started feeling sick...So I went back to the hotel, thinking maybe I was just tired, so I decided I would sleep it off. No such luck. I ended up at the dr on Wednesday and staying in the bed until Saturday. I had the flu. Now, you may remember back in November, I had a flu shot. NEver again will I put myself through such torture if I'm going to get sick anyway! So, my place is still packed up in boxes...but i feel much better and will start unpacking this week.

I start my job today at 2:30. I am so excited! Anyway, the weather is beautiful up here and everyone is so nice, so despite the flu, I think this is going to be a gret move for me. Til next time!

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Signing Off...

Well, this is my last post for a while... Things are really busy, and I just won't have time to post the rest of the week...But I really hope you all will stop back by in a couple of weeks. I will be back on as soon as I can. Until next time!

Monday, February 27, 2006

I'm Truly Blessed

My life really couldn't be any better right now...well, yes it could. But only if I were married and had a couple of wonderful children...but that's besides the point! :) NO, really... I have a few more days to go and I will be on my way to South Carolina. I am trying so hard to get everything packed up, but I am so exhausted. What was I thinking trying to work all this week and pack! But it's all good. My new company is putting me in a hotel while I look for an apartment. So, I will get there on Saturday afternoon...and I will have a week before I have to start my new job.

Good news! My sister did see my post about how I felt about our fight (see post My sister,my friend)...and she called me last weekend. So, she and I are talking again, which is definately a good start. That's the way it's supposed to be. She and I have always been so close and my life doesn't make sense without things can only get better with her back in my life. I thought the conversation would be awkward, but it wasn't. We probably talked for a couple of hours and just caught up. It was so great! I have missed her so terribly! I am hoping that she and her fiance will come visit me once I get settled in South Carolina. I really want to see her and I would love to get to know him.

I spent last weekend at my grandmother's house in Mobile. I was busy all weekend! Friday night, she cooked one of my favorite meals...crab casserole. Then we sat around and talked (and my sister called me Friday), so I was pretty busy. Then on Saturday, I met Sarah, Jeff, and Jeremy for lunch at Roadhouse. Then I went shopping at Sears Essentials (I love that store) and I went to the pet store, then I went back to my grandmother's house. She and I got ready that evening and went to eat Thai food. (I love Thai food). Then we stopped by my aunt's house and visited with her for a bit. Everyone wanted to see me before I left, so I was running all weekend.

Now, I am busy trying to get packed up. I don't know how much I will be able to post for the next couple weeks. Bear with me until I can get set up in my new place. I am so excited, I can barely contain myself! This is the job I've always dreamed of, but didn't know if I would ever get the chance! I will be packing up my computer in the next day or so, so if you don't hear from me, know that I will update as soon as I can.

Again, thanks to all of you who have so dilligently prayed for me. I don't even know many of you, but I hope one day I can meet some of you who have been my friend through the last couple of months.