Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Shock and Awe

Last Friday night Scott PROPOSED!!! I didn't want to bury the lead;) Here is the story:

I called him on my way home from work on Friday and he said he was already at my house. We had 6:30 dinner reservations and it was around 5:15 so I didn't think much of it. On some level I thought that he has purchased this army truck he has had his eye on and I was fairly consciously preparing snarky comments about the purchase. Not because he had purchased a big truck-but because he purchased something that looked like it should be on MASH, literally. Anyway-that's what I thought he was doing there. My imagination even went so far as to think he might have bought me flowers to ease the blow:)

I walk into the kitchen and am greeted by Bailey....wait for a tuxedo. I thought that was odd...i remember thinking-where did he get that followed by how damn cute is he??? So I was puzzled. Then I noticed he has a note on his back. Scott was in the kitchen doorway and told me to look at the note. This was my first inkling that something was up....

Bailey after we removed the hat. Nice view of his shirt and tails...

The note was a poem, from Baileys perspective on why we "Bailey, Molly and I collectively" should keep Scott and go so far as to marry him. I was floored. Then Scott got down on one knee with a spectacular vintage ring and asked me to spend my whole life with him. I said YES!!!!

Someone is not happy to be in a dog tuxedo with a hat!

I really thought we would get engaged this summer, so the timing totally threw me. I didn't see it coming AT ALL. I also am so extremely excited and happy with how he did it. Scott and I talk all the time about how Bailey taught me the patience and humor that is needed to deal with someone that is a bit grumpy sometimes. Bailey can be a total sour puss. Scott has his moments too. The fact that he included Bailey in such a very special moment reminds me how lucky I am to have him...and of course Bailey and Molly too.

And because everytime someone finds out I am engaged they feel compelled to ask-NO, i don't have a date yet;) I need to sell my house first then on to wedding planning...

Molly trying the hat....tiny hat...big head.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

New Year, Fresh Start

Hello Lovely Readers (all two and threes of you;))

It's a new year, time for fresh starts. Like every new year I make resolutions and usually by this time into January I have broken them. This year I am trying a different approach. I am making small goals to help me reach my big goals. This way I get lots of tiny wins. So far so good.
1. I want to be more fiscally responsible. This said-I am not, not fiscally responsible. I don't have credit card debt and totally live within my means. However, I might be putting more into my Jcrew closet bank than my savings account. At the end of 2010 I took a serious look at how much I spend on clothes and home items. Ladies-it wasn't pretty. It was very sad that as of 12/22/10 I made a small goal to not spend any money on clothes for 30 days. Like sugar or caffeine I knew I would have to go cold turkey to break the cycle. I can happily report-so far so good!!! I am shopping my closet so much that Scott thinks I am breaking my mini goal because I keep pulling out looks he hasn't seen.
2. I want to be healthier. Not skinnier, healthier. If I could be both-great. If not I don't really care. After a few minor health issues last year I realize you can't take being healthy for granted. I went grocery shopping today and stocked up on all sorts of good for me foods. Small goal-start eating in more and do at least one new dish a week. So far I have tried faro, homemade ham and bean soup, quinoa and homemade veggie pasta soup. And Scott and I both liked 3 out of 4-quinoa not so much.
3. Live with less. I am in the process of putting my little Pandoras Box on the market. End of an era. Time for new opportunities. More space-new projects!! I have been packing like a crazy person. Emptying out closets to make everything look bigger and better. Its amazing how much stuff I have. Out of everything in the boxes the only thing I have missed was my turkey baster (could have really used it when I made my ham a week ago;)) I am on a kick-and I like how much clutter free makes me happy. Maybe when I get to the new house I will just sell all the extra stuff. Small goal-pack at least a few boxes every week until I sell this gem.

Hope the first couple of weeks have been good to you so far;)