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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Time Flies...

Time flies when you're having fun....
or you're too busy to realize the difference!

School has officially started; kids and all. So far so good. A wise man once told me teachers get through the school year one of two ways...."the book or the bottle." This ones gonna have to use a lil bit of both!

Irie has now been with us a week and a half and has gone 3 straight days with NO accidents! Hallelujah! The small things in life to be grateful for... She is very much the puppy and continues to nibble on everything from phone chargers (yes, we now share one charger) to pinky toes. The sleep deprivation and pin-size bites are all worth it. She brings so much happiness to us.

ECU football season is right around the corner and Justin and I could not be more excited for that! I have officially become and ECU football fanatic since we started dating and going to the games. I even made the cutest flowers to put in my hair this year out of purple and gold fabric. Very easy to make, by the way, and from one of my favorite websites: www.bobbie.com She has some amazing ideas on there.

So, the other night while laying in bed, Jus rolled over and said, "This is the most we've hung out in a week." Sad. But true. This week has been hella hectic. However, our sweet niece, Elizabeth and her husband have invited us out Sat. night to see Brad Paisley in concert with them and we are looking forward to that.

Some more "small things" to be grateful for right now: wonderful neighbors (just brought over homemade apple bread!), free masters classes, our health, Breyers ice cream, and DVR...without it we would never get to watch tv together!

Anyway, the cooking has been put on a brief hiatus until I get back into my school schedule. Justin and I are still in search of a cooking class for couples and are considering looking at the local community college. I found this fantastic website I can't help but share with you that is particularly clutch when you have little in your fridge to work with: www.supercook.com You type in what you do have in your kitchen and recipes automatically pop up out of nowhere - its amazing! We have come up with some creative concoctions using this site.

Okay, I'm very scattered in this post because I feel as though its been forever since I last wrote and my brain is in 500 different places. I apologize. For now though, I must sign off - 10 miles last night means ice cream and an early bed time tonight!


Saturday, August 21, 2010

Where Does the Time Go???

Having a puppy is like having a 2 year old. I don't care what anyone says....in fact, it may even be worse. At least you can bring a toddler with you to the movies. No puppies allowed. Getting ready in the morning - close to impossible. At least one eye must always be on Irie. Now, don't take this as complaining...its not. Although...the alarm and coffee maker go off earlier now since she is around.

School has started back up - the hooligans come back Weds. Its bitter sweet; there have been times this summer where I've been rather bored, but I'm not sure I'm ready to go back. I've rather enjoyed being a housewife, especially now that I have company during the day.

Anyway, so life is hectic as ever and I'm sure its bound to get worse before it gets better, but all I can do is smile. Through the madness, we're happy, healthy, and blessed. We are a happy family.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Feeling Irie

Life in the Gaines household is pretty darn good right now! In the popular Jamaican phrase, we are feeling "irie." This is why we decided to name our new puppy Irie! (pronounced Eye-ree) Irie is a Rastafarian word for "positive emotions or feelings, or anything that is good. Specifically it refers to high emotions and peaceful vibrations." So, in Jamaica, on our honeymoon when asked how we were feeling...we answered, "Irie!"

So far, the first 24 hours of life with Irie have been great. However, I do think she will help deprive us of some sleep. First lesson: crate training is just as much torture for us as it is for the dog. Irie started the night asleep in her crate in the living room while we were watching tv. When she realized that we had moved into the bedroom, she immediately started whining. Problem solved: we moved the crate into the bedroom right beside the bed and she instantly fell back asleep - she just wanted to be near Mommy and Daddy. Around 2 a.m. she woke up and started whining again - smart girl knew she needed to go outside to peepee and poopoo.

I've already realized that I can't take my time doing things like laundry until Irie is asleep. Luckily she naps throughout the day. She needs at least one eye on her at all times.

Unfortunately, tomorrow is back to school for me. The excitement you hear are the voices in your head. I'm not looking forward to it; its been nice being home this summer although some days got a tad boring. I think, most of all, Justin will miss the small luxuries of having me at home each day. He particularly enjoyed having lunch waiting for him each day.

It will be back to the once-a-week cookbook reads to make the shopping list and early morning workout sessions. And the (moan) all dreaded alarm clock wake-up call. I try to read the cookbook once a week and make my grocery list accordingly; this means no random purchases at the grocery store and a menu for the week.

Alright, I'll close for now - Irie wants to play!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Love & Marriage

So many people have given me friendly "advice" on marriage since finding out we have just celebrated our one month anniversary a few days ago! Cheesy yes, but when you're in love you find any reason to celebrate it. We chose to do so by getting out some frozen wedding cake, grilling a steak, and washing it all down with a leftover bottle of reception wine.

Most of this "advice" has been unsolicited and therefore, I must put it in my back pocket until I get home to throw it out with the daily pocket lint. "Welp, some last, some don't." "It's not easy, it's the hardest thing you'll ever do, you know how most marriages end..." Wow! Thanks for the power talk, folks! (This typically coming from people who know nothing about me or my hubby, but apparently have the authority to deem our marriage typical.) I'm here to tell you - we're atypical. I can honestly say I have married my best friend. Cheesy, mushy, predictable, who cares! Blessed.

Justin and I have fun doing just about anything! Just last night we went to our first party as a married couple and had fun tracing each other in the street with sidewalk chalk. So silly - and traffic free. There have been nights we have stayed up way past bedtime playing Rock Band together (thanks to my brother - wedding gift). We are one rockin' couple with him on guitar and me on drums.

I'm going on and on about how happy we are with each other and with marriage because some of the other comments I've heard from people have allured to the "fact" that this is all going to some day change. Apparently after just a few, short years of marriage you stop wanting to do things for each other or together. Can you hear the inflection in my text? "Just wait, cooking will get old." "You know, give it a year and you won't do that anymore." Why the heck not?! If Justin and I have this much fun doing these things together why in the world would we let that change?

Yes, I know, marriage is work. Fortunately for me, I've just signed up for my dream job.

Friday, August 13, 2010

I can't do this...

Being recently married and feeling an unprecedented expectation to keep house while working as a school teacher fulltime, getting my masters degree, coaching middle school basketball, and having a life, I've found that this whole domestication thing is not nearly as time consuming as once feared. Okay, so I'm still learning A LOT, but I thought, what more fun way to learn than to share it with the world one crazy step at a time?! Plus, maybe someone else needs to have the same *smack on the forehead* aha! moments I'm having and I can share.

Anyway, as a new homeowner and wife, I've learned a few things right away about life: 1) get a coffeemaker with a timer so that its ready as soon as my feet hit the floor in the morning, 2) small jobs are quicker and less time consuming than large....any large job can be made into a small job (eventually), and 3) whistle while you work - it makes it more fun/bearable.

With that said, I must say there are sooo many things out there these days that help to make our lives a tad bit easier as working women. One of those such amazing things that I've recently encountered in the Triad Area of NC: www.theproducebox.com If you live in the area, go to this site- INCREDIBLE! You literally pick a box of fresh fruit and veggies and for $22 a week they deliver right to your doorstep! I love not having to stop by the grocery store on Friday afternoon after a long day's work. I also love knowing I'm eating homegrown produce and not something thats been on a truck for days on a voyage across state lines I've never even visited!