Tuesday, December 29, 2009

An Open Letter

Dear Laptop Warranty Techs,

While I appreciate it taking three and a half weeks, eight phone calls, and four five case numbers to finally convince you to send me a new hard drive since my original one sent itself to the great computer parts junkyard in the sky, after which my new hard drive arrived in one business day, I do not appreciate you FORGETTING TO MAKE AND SEND THE CUSTOM REBOOT CD THAT YOU WERE SUPPOSED TO SEND WITH IT. Please hurry your hineys up and get that to my door by Monday because classes start Wednesday and I have lots of other things I need to put on it before then. Like, you know, iTunes. And maybe Microsoft Office (maybe). Thanks.

Contemptuously yours,
Miss Preppy in Pearls

P.S. (for blog-readers only) Do you think, if I happen to, oh, say, forget to install Microsoft Office on said new hard drive that my professors will consider me exempt from all forthcoming paper assignments? No? Well, I tried.

Monday, December 28, 2009


First (and proof of an addiction), I received new pearls for my birthday from Mama. I opened (key word) a three-strand of pink pearls and matching pearl drops on Christmas morning. Today, I exchanged them for the same in white pearls. That was her idea since the only reason she bought pink was to have something to wrap since they were out of white at the time. The problem came when I bought a single strand of pink, well, you know, since my grandparents had gotten me pink pearl studs, I needed them, and I also got a new graduated strand of white pearls since it was easier and less hassle than having my broken strand restrung. I am getting more pearls, these custom made, later this week from Mama's best friend (she owns a custom jewelry business in addition to being an OR nurse).

I confess, I am addicted to pearls.

Second (and last) confession. I finally, after much internal struggle and deliberation, broke down tonight in TJ Maxx and purchased Twilight. To read. As in, I'm sucked into this thing I tried to avoid for far too long.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

You Like Me, You Really Like Me!

The Cowgirl Lawyer and Sarah at Wears Inappropriate Shoes have given me awards:

I received the Happy 101 Award from both of them...

... for which I am supposed to list 10 things that make me happy. So here goes, in no particular order.
1. Snuggling with Preppy Pup after a difficult day.
2. Snuggling with Mr. Preppy after a difficult day (what can I say, Preppy Pup never wants to discuss how her day was difficult, too)
3. The Christmas Season
4. Being the type of girl who is just as happy to stay in and watch a movie as she is to go out with everyone... maybe even happier to stay in.
5. Having such great friends and family, including all of you! Seriously, I am so incredibly fortunate.
6. Only having one semester left of real classes before graduation (next fall is my student teaching)
7. Anything monogrammed (although Mr. Preppy has banned all things monogrammed with my "current" initials...)
8. Warranties on products, because I definitely USE them.
9. Having been able to spend the wonderful 19 years I got to spend with my Daddy.
10. Having someone as wonderful as Mr. Preppy... he puts up with my sometimes (ok, almost always) high maintenance self, spoils me silly, loves Preppy Pup, encourages my sometimes silly behavior, and still lets me whine while he gives me a back or shoulder rub. I couldn't ask for a better half. :)

Cowgirl Lawyer also awarded me the Sugar Doll Award...

... for which I am supposed to list 10 facts about me.

1. I thought I had my dream wedding planned from age 16, but since Mr. Preppy and I have been together, that dream has changed significantly... but I have everything planned now, down to the favors. Now I'm just waiting for that left hand bling.
2. I am spoiled for three reasons - I am an only child, my parents divorced when I was in fourth grade, and Mr. Preppy insists on spoiling me.
3. I am incredibly clumsy, i.e., in the last two days, I've hit my head on the fire poker that was in the fire tool thingy holder while turning on the lights on our Christmas tree, and when putting a present in front of the (non-burning) fireplace (the present that I forgot to bring downstairs to give Mr. Preppy and only remembered when Mama saw it upstairs and asked me about it) Mama's (very heavy brass star-shaped) stocking holder fell on me and one star point stabbed me in the head and another stabbed me in the shoulder. Seriously, who gets injured by Christmas decorations?
4. I have been
that girl - the one who drives past a boys house to make sure there's not another girl there, and who reads emails because she has no trust (thank you idiots of my past)... thankfully I am past that and can admit it now. At one point Palmetto Preppy and I could've opened our own private investigation firm we were so good at it. I could even spy in stilettos ladies.
5. Aforementioned behavior finally ended when a) I realized very early on (like before we were "officially" a recognized couple) that Mr. Preppy was always with me and could therefore not be cheating, and b) his house is set so far back from the road that it's impossible to drive past it. (joking... sort of)
6. I get up each morning to check my email and facebook, but don't check blogs until I get to work. I depend on them to keep me going during the day because work can be B-O-R-I-N-G... and facebook is blocked.

7. I finally, after a horrifically long wait, have a pink Snuggie. With the free book light. Thank you, grandparents, for realizing what a huge dork and bookworm I am and seeing that I could not have one without the other. I did fail to consider that my just over 5 foot tall self may drag the tail of it, or trip over the front of it, a la the robes in a Harry Potter movie.
8. If Hogwarts were real, I totally would've begged to go. I have successfully converted Mr. Preppy into a Harry Potter fan.
9. I only see movies at the $1 movie theater (not an accurate nickname, as the movies are only .99 and only before 4pm, after which they are $1.99). I refuse to pay almost $10 AFTER my student discount to see a movie. I can wait a month.
10. After seeing the first Twilight movie (as noted, I will not see the second one until it goes to the cheapo theater), I may have to finally read the books. I have been protesting this for a while, but I'm just going to have to break down and do it.

Now, to pass these on to 10 of my favorite bloggers:
1. Katie at Let's Be Preppy
2. The Engineer in Heels and Pearls
3. Whitney at Glamorous Life of a Housewife
4. Mitsy at Tales of an All American Girl (yes, I know you have both of these already)
5. Amy at Sweet Home Amy
6. T-Shirts and Mini Skirts
7. Sweet, Sassy, Southern and Classy
8. Legally Blonde Mel at I Pick Pretty
9. Mrs. MBR at My Blonde Reality
10. Politics and Pearls

I am frantically searching for my camera cord to upload photos and will be posting as soon as the search is over.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!!

Merry Christmas, y'all!!!

...and Happy Birthday to moi. :)

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

An Early Birthday Delivery

Pardon the poor quality, this was from my crappy 1.3 megapixel cell phone camera... I'll upload a better photo, along with ones from Mr. Preppy's graduation party, when I remember to grab the correct usb cable from my desk instead of the one that's too big.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Christmas Anticipation (and a detailed account of Christmas purchases)

I cannot be more excited that Christmas is in 60 hours! If I haven't already mentioned it, my birthday also happens to fall on Christmas Day, so I am doubly excited... plus I can't wait for Mama and Mr. Preppy to open their presents! I love the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season (despite my grouchy comments to the contrary when shopping with Mama in PetSmart at 10pm last night) and Mr. Preppy and I have a PACKED schedule for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Christmas Eve I have to go to my Daddy's family's celebration from 2 - 4:45 (by myself since Mr. Preppy has to work), when I'll change really quickly and meet Mr. Preppy to head to church service at 6. After that we have a Christmas drop-in with his extended family. Christmas morning I'll do the birthday/tree/stocking thing with Mama and the puppies (I'll try to remember to take video of them opening their new toys, it's fabulous), after which my Mema (Mama's mama) and Pa and two aunts will come join us for Christmas dinner. Mr. Preppy will join us, too, we'll do those presents and head to his mom's house around 5. We'll stay there for a few hours and then drive around to look at Christmas lights.

I have gotten Mr. Preppy's mom the first two seasons of Mad Men (I still haven't watched an episode, so I'm hoping I can watch these with her and then get season 3 when it comes out to be all caught up). Mama's getting her Pandora bracelet with a present charm, a shamrock charm, a dog charm, and a poinsettia charm (the last one is Mr. Preppy's gift to her), a very cute mini covered cake plate, Martha Stewart cookbook, new marble coasters, matching table salt and pepper grinders (she is in desparate need of new ones), a tervis tumbler travel coffe mug, and a few other things that I've wrapped and forgotten about. My favorite tradition in our family is getting new pajamas on Christmas Eve... past ones included pink satin with white lace on the cuffs (I was 6) and white flannel with turquoise snowflakes and trim (last year). This year they will be the Victoria's Secret flannel in the Soldier Girl pattern. If you haven't seen them, they are a lavendar shade with tiny girl nutcrackers all over them, and y'all know about my obsession with the Nutcracker. I got Mama a pair of light flannel Lauren Ralph Lauren leopard print with red cuff lining (the arms cuff back to show the red as do the pants) with a five-point crown monogrammed on the pocket (for those of you not aware of my obsession with crowns, it's because my sorority's symbol is a five-point crown). She loves leopard print (no to an extreme, but she has touches of it everywhere), so these are perfect for her.

I can't talk about Mr. Preppy's Christmas presents yet, but I will do another post, maybe later today, about his graduation present and party we had Sunday night. I haven't taken a picture of the present totally finished yet, but he's assured me it's his favorite thing anyone has ever given him, so I'm pretty proud of it.

We got most of the presents for our puppies last night. I usually make a lot of homemade dog treats as well as a lot of people goodies to give to neighbors and friends in gift baskets, but I have been so slammed with work and helping do Mr. Preppy's graduation party that I didn't have the chance to this year. I will be making zucchini bread (people can also eat this, but I choose not to) for our dogs, my Mema's little rat thing (joking people, joking), Mr. Preppy's mom's mop-dogs (again, joking... but we all know Preppy Pup is superior to any of these wannabes), and Mama's best friend's dog (he, like Preppy Golden, is a cancer survivor, so I help spoil him). Our girls will each get a mini-loaf in their stockings, along with some sort of peppermint treats we got them last year. They are getting (for the most part we're not sure which toy is for which pet yet) a flamingo with rope legs and a squeaker and a squeaky monkey whose arms and legs aren't stuffed (this will most likely be Preppy Pup's since it's easy for her to carry) from Target. At PetSmart we found a fabulous sale -- everything Christmas-related was 50% off -- and finished their toy shopping there. Preppy Lab will be getting a holiday hedgehog, complete with pink eyeshadow and toenails and a Santa hat, that rattles, grunts, and squeaks (girl loves her stuffed hedgehogs, she ALWAYS gets a new one for Christmas). The other toys we've gotten that have yet to be decided are a rope circle toy with stuffed squeaky elf on top, a stuffed frog that ribbits, a stuffed gorilla that makes whatever noise a gorilla makes, and a three-pack of 18-inche (don't worry, it's thin enough for even Preppy Pup to tote around) Christmas/winter loofa dogs (original seen here) that includes a snowman, a reindeer, and, my favorite, a NUTCRACKER. We will be hitting the treat buffet at PetCo either tonight or tomorrow to pick up their other stocking-stuffers. Very unfairly, Preppy Pup is also getting a new collar. Not just any new collar, but a Coach dog collar.

I still haven't finished my wrapping I discussed earlier. I finally picked up the monogrammed blankets yesterday and will (hopefully) be wrapping them later tonight. I have to wrap one more of Mr. Preppy's presents, Mama's last charm and the charm Mr. Preppy got her, the present Mr. Preppy got his mom, and the puppies' presents . Hopefully I will be finished after that, but Mama is infamous for boxing and taping my presents and making me wrap them.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Outside Your Means

Why do people insist on living outside their means? I have a coworker that is tres tacky (she has Nascar paraphenalia surrounding her desk... and by that I mean no less than 15 pictures of "her" driver, including a lifesizes poster, takes a 15 minute cigarette break every hour, and discusses her every bm (sorry, I hate to even type that abbreviation) with every individual in our office, employee or patient). She has recently turned 40, has a 24 year old daughter (who has a 7-month old son... I'll let you draw the conclusions I most likely already have), a 21 year old daughter, and a 14 year old son who has diabetes. She treats her daughters horribly and spoils her son. He is still in 6th grade. As a future educator, I feel at that point responsibility and blaim lay with the parent. She doesn't feel that way; instead she sees everyone as "out to get her."

She is not getting any Christmas presents for her older daughters. At. All. Now, I am spoiled to the nth degree because a) I am an only child, b) my parents divorced when I was 10, and c) I spoil myself when I am able (Mr. Preppy helps). I pay a mortage and homeowners' assocation dues every month, I buy my gas every other week, dinners and the like on occasion, and other necessities (yes, I am spoiled in that my car is paid for and my mother pays my cell phone and my car insurance). She hasn't had to pay rent since last March (office speculation is that she pays in, um, other ways) AND she makes more per hour than I do AND works at least 10+ hours a week more than I do AND she gets child support. She does, however, buy enormous amounts of [insert Nascar driver's name here] merchandise and buys her married boyfriend things fairly often. She also stops at McDonald's every morning for breakfast and buys 2 cartons of cigarettes per week. The other woman (one of my work moms) who shares an office with myself and said coworker and I constantly try to figure out how she can afford to do all this, yet repeatedly overdrafts her checking account. NOW, as I type (I know some of y'all must blog from work or class, don't judge), she's ordering her son a Wii... not that she really wants to get him that. She'd rather get him the XBox Elite but she can't find one. He's already rented $40 of movies from the cable company without permission, and he's lost several video games he's cost her about $200 at Blockbuster. What kills me most is not that she spoils him, but that she waits until 9 days before Christmas to start to begin shopping and complains about spending when she doesn't need to, and she refuses to admit she can't afford it.

I have been buying things for Christmas since spring or early summer, just because when I see things I know will be perfect for someone I know, I go ahead and buy it. I have been finishing up some of Mr. Preppy's presents because they have taken weeks to find exactly what I wanted and have it perfected (I'll elaborate more after Christmas since he may read this... I did have a minor meltdown about his graduation present that I will explain after Sunday). I have 9 presents left to wrap -- one for this coworker, one for my work mom I just mentioned, one for both of my twin cousins, one (a belated birthday present) for one of my friends (these last three are still being monogrammed), one for Mr. Preppy, one for Mama that hasn't arrived yet (the dog charm I mentioned in the last post), and two for the Chinese Christmas swap with my Daddy's family. Hopefully I will be finished with the half of these that are in my possession tonight... the three being monogrammed will be finished Friday and Mama's should be here by next Wednesday. I am one of those people who have all loose ends tied up well in advance, in all aspects of my life. It makes me crazy to be around those who can't... which may be why Mr. Preppy wants me to plan and organize everything since he's so laid back he's practically horizontal.

I know this was a train of thought post and I apologize. I need to vent to y'all since we can't vent about this in front of our coworker. I will be back soon with a goings-on post.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Time to Play Catch Up

Today is the first day I feel completely and totally relaxed. Thursday morning was my last final and I still am not completely positive how I did in that class. This sounds horrible, but it's a sophomore level political science class (the teacher education program required I go back and take it as a stipulation of my admission, which is why I'm just now taking it) and it required more work than my other 3 political science classes (which are senior level) combined. I am just crossing my fingers for a C. This professor and I have never and will never see eye to eye, partially because I know what a dirty old man/ fraud his is, and I'm a little worried that may affect my grade. The way the teacher education program works is that once you're admitted you have 3 semesters, not including summer, to finish. I'm only taking 5 classes in the spring, two education, two (somewhat easy) senior level political science, and a chemistry survey (ugh)... I haven't taken less than an 18 hour schedule since I came back home to go to school, except last summer but I was maxed out with a 14 hour summer load. My entire goal was to not have classes this coming summer since Mr. Preppy is officially finished with school and we can go on an official adult vacation next summer (another post regarding this major accomplishment will come soon)... if I make lower than a C in this class that dream flies out the window.

So basically, I guess keep your fingers crossed. Grades are posted by midnight tonight, which means I'll see them first thing in the morning. I know I have an A in both of my education classes as well as one of my political science classes, and I think I have a B in two of my other political sciences, but I feel sick every time I think of this class.

I'll be spending the day doing laundry, wrapping the few remaining unwrapped presents (some of them aren't completely here yet and some aren't quite finished (the throws we're having monogrammed for one friend and my cousins)), and helping Mr. Preppy finish shopping for our mothers... at least he knows what he's getting and just has to actually go get it.

On a semi-related note (at least related to Pandora and other charm bracelets), I know that some of the companies' charms are interchangeable, but I wasn't able to find a dog charm that I like to give my mother. I ended up getting her the silver Pandora bracelet, a four-leaf clover charm (since we're part Irish), and a gift box charm. Mr. Preppy is buying her the poinsettia charm since it's Christmas, but since we're crazy about our four legged family members I know she'd love a charm like that. The Pandora one (I'm sorry if any of you have it) looks ridiculous. My co-worker asked why they made the Target dog look, ahem, mentally challenged. If you haven't seen it, this is it:
I just can't see how that does either of our retrievers or my feisty little Miniature Pinscher any justice. So, instead of spending $25 on one I don't like and I felt positive she wouldn't like, I resorted to eBay. I didn't find any comparable brands with charms that were cute enough, but I did find a knockoff sterling silver dog charm. This one looks much more like a retriever (I think getting Preppy Pup's likeness in a charm the size of an eraser will prove impossible, but if any of you know where I can get one of those, please tell. This is the knockoff:
I know it's not as good a quality (although it is sterling silver, it's just missing the brand name), but I think it will pass the recipient likeness test. My only concern is whether or not it will fit the bracelet. Has anyone else every bought off-brand for something like this?

Sorry for such a long post... back later today or tomorrow with more news.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Pre-Finals Week Exhaustion

I will be an absent blogger for the next week. This is a glance into my life for the next 7 days:

  • Errands with Mama at 9
  • Study group 11-2
  • Work on take-home final for World Politics with Mr. Preppy
  • Correct and email out the health care bill our Congress class wrote
  • Take-home final for one of my Education class
  • Purchase new flash drive (a nice, big 8 or 16 gb one)
  • Bake 7 dozen peanut butter cookies... package and print 6 recipes
  • Paper for Congress class summarizing our pre-bill writing opinion, negotiations during bill writing, summarizing post-bill results, etc.
  • Make flash cards for Constitutional Law
  • Make flash cards for Global Issues
  • Cookie Swap at 1
  • Work 8:30-5
  • Turn in World Politics final
  • Turn in Congress paper
  • Congress final 6-8 (we're simulating Congress and trying to pass the bill we wrote)
  • Post-final dinner with class
  • Work 8:30-5
  • Turn in Education final
  • Study for Constitutional Law final
  • Work 8:30-12:30
  • Study for Constitutional Law final
  • Constitutional Law final 6-8
  • Study for Global Issues final
  • Study for Global Issues final (get up early)
  • Global Issues final 10-12
  • Work 12:30 - 5
  • Work 8-12
  • Work Christmas Party (yay!) 12:30 on

...only to spend that weekend doing more holiday treat making and Sunday at Mr. Preppy's work Christmas party, his graduation the following week, his graduation party/Christmas drop-in the weekend after... then it'll be Christmas! This month is flying by already!!!

Please forgive me for my upcoming absence. I will definitely be reading blogs when I need a study break but will be light on comments and posts.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Swap package... shipped.
Work presents... purchased.
Pandora bracelet... sitting in my car. :)

Now I have to work like a little elf and finish wrapping!

...oh, and do that whole finals week thing next week. :(

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Oh, to be Clara

So as I clean this afternoon and cook dinner (Honey-Lime Salmon with white rice**, Zucchini Fries, Steamed Green Beans OR Honey Glazed Carrots, and CopyCat Logan's Yeast Rolls), I will be listening to the soundtrack from The Nutcracker since Mr. Preppy and I will be attending the performance next Sunday afternoon. It is one of my favorite parts of the holidays, and I'm so so so excited to share it with him.

I love Clara. When I was little and danced ballet I got a new Clara ornament each year. I used to have signed ballet slippers from the girl who portrayed Clara in every performance I've ever been to, but they were lost in one of our moves. I am a Nutcracker-aholic, y'all, and I make no apologies.

**White rice for Mr. Preppy, I will most likely have a baked potato. I want FLAVOR in my starch.

Check, Check, Sorta-Check

-Finish my project for my education class CHECK
-Paper for ConLaw CHECK
-Briefs for ConLaw CHECK
-Finish Paper for World Politics CHECK
-Send Thank You's to the teachers I observed during my labs CHECK (sorta - written, addressed, stamped, waiting to be mailed tomorrow)
-Laundry... all 84,000 pounds of it... I'm not quite sure how I accumulate so much clothing CHECK (currently doing this... it is taking DAYS)
-Clean room (completely - dust, vacuum, scrub, make perfect) since people are coming to clean our ductwork Monday (yeah, I didn't know people did that either) [doing later this afternoon]
-Move our big &*# EXTRA entertainment center into storage so that NEXT weekend we can put up our tree [unable to because of weather... hopefully this will be done this week]
-Exchange VS Christmas pajamas (they run short if you're thinking of getting some... I'm between 5'2" and 5'3" and mine were too short before washing) CHECK (sorta - packed, labled, waiting to be mailed tomorrow)
-Finish Christmas shopping (in person - for Mama - and online - for Mr. Preppy and Mr. Preppy's mama) CHECK (sorta - Mr. Preppy's item will be ordered later today, Mama's will be purchased next weekend due to an upcoming sale, and Mr. Preppy's mama's is ordered)
-Mail out silent auction thank you's [pending... I am waiting for the information from my co-chair to be able to send these]
-Put all of my Christmas cds onto my iPod. I am in desperate need of holiday music. CHECK

I also have my closest girlfriends' presents wrapped, the three that are being shipped are wrapped in standard brown on top of pretty paper and addressed (almost... waiting on which address they want them shipped to), and I will hopefully be wrapping more presents tonight or tomorrow night. Yesterday I went to Christmas Made in the South (if you don't know about it, it's a HUGE craft fair) and got a few goodies, after which I went to Mr. Preppy's mama's house to help her put up Christmas decorations. Her tree is completely up and the rest was put up after we left around 10 last night I think. I have one more assignment due this week and then it's all finals or final papers... and CHRISTMAS!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Slight Addition to my To-Do List

Put all of my Christmas cds onto my iPod. I am in desperate need of holiday music.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

To-Do List through the Weekend

-Finish for my education class
-Paper for ConLaw
-Briefs for ConLaw
-Finish Paper for World Politics
-Send Thank You's to the teachers I observed during my labs
-Laundry... all 84,000 pounds of it... I'm not quite sure how I accumulate so much clothing
-Clean room (completely - dust, vacuum, scrub, make perfect) since people are coming to clean our ductwork Monday (yeah, I didn't know people did that either)
-Move our big &*# EXTRA entertainment center into storage so that NEXT weekend we can put up our tree
-Exchange VS Christmas pajamas (they run short if you're thinking of getting some... I'm between 5'2" and 5'3" and mine were too short before washing)
-Finish Christmas shopping (in person - for Mama - and online - for Mr. Preppy and Mr. Preppy's mama)
-Mail out silent auction thank you's

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

I'm So Excited...

My swap partner from ClemsonGirl's swap is Emma from Tales of an All American Girl and I could not be more excited... I already have something super perfect (which is what happens when you order two for yourself so you'll have an extra "just in case") and I'm making a list of other things constantly. Check out her blog... you'll love it as much as I do!

Christmas is in 38 DAYS y'all... seriously, I started wrapping presents tonight.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Great Weekend

I co-chaired a wine tasting and silent auction for my sorority alumnae chapter that was held last night. It was VERY successful... we raised more than our goal amount and it was tons of fun!! Our old annual fundraiser was a golf tournament, but we raised about the same amount with much less work, and we all had more fun than sitting out on a (usually when we had our tournament) windy and cold golf course for hours. I'm pretty sure between my family and Mr. Preppy's family that came, they probably won about half the silent auction items.

I also finished my lab hours yesterday and surprisingly I felt sad when I left. I went into the experience thinking I would hate the school, but the only thing I really disliked was the 80 mile round trip drive each day. The teachers and students were wonderful. I have a few bigger assignments due in the next week, but I'll think of those tomorrow (I'm channelling Scarlett tonight, sorry y'all)... Tonight it's all about Little Women and An Affair to Remember.

Monday, November 9, 2009

I'll have time to breathe soon enough...

I'm teaching a lesson on the Federal Court System to 5 classes tomorrow (and my professor will be observing me, which is just lovely). I also have several papers due this week or next, in addition to my other assignments for my Education classes and a presentation next week (thankfully Mr. Preppy and I are presenting in the same group, so he's picking up some of my slack... if you're in school and dating someone from your major, I highly suggest taking the same classes when possible). The fundraiser I'm co-chairing will take place this Friday, so hopefully I'll be back to blogging on a more regular basis sometime in the next couple of weeks. I do apologize dearests, but I'm extremely overwhelmed. I will try to post and will definitely comment.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Clemsongirl's Christmas Swap!

If you'd like to participate in Clemonsgirl's Christmas Swap, click on this picture to go to her blog and give her your info!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

DIY Christmas Presents... and some rambling

I am the go-to gift wrapper in our family. My mother will box up my presents and then bring them to me so I end up wrapping them without knowing what they are. I love picking out paper and ribbon and making the packages look perfect. Don't even get me started on nametag placement (although for the record, it should be placed on the back/bottom if at all possible).

Our neighbors and family friends usually receive the standard DIY basket of Christmas goodies. I usually do sugar cookies, Tiger Butter (peanut butter/ white chocolate/ milk chocolate fudge), peppermint bark, graham toffee, peanut brittle, and roasted pecans (with the amount of pecan trees on our family farm, these are a staple around our house during the holidays, and really easy to make). For the homes with dogs, I usually add a few more things with recipes from the Three Dog Bakery cookbook including either the Oatmeal Purebred Bread or Barkin' Bread, Fiesta Bones, Fleas Navidad Nibblers, Hannukah Noshers, and Yappy New Year Yum Yums. Yes, those are the actual recipe names. I also make a huge batch of the Party Hearty Mix-It-Up Mix to keep on hand for when people visit with their dogs... plus our girls get to enjoy it, too! All of the recipes for dogs are all-natural and people can eat them, too. My friend's brother actually ate some of the Barkin' Bread last year with cream cheese and thought it was amazing... until I told him it was for their labs.

If you'd like any of those recipes, let me know and I'll be happy to share. I may change the recipes up a little this year because I just got my second dog cookbook. Yes, my girls are very spoiled. The upside is that we usually don't have to buy treats again until sometime in March because these (not including the bread) keep for a while in an airtight container.

My second DIY project this year is going to be painted ornaments. As I've mentioned before, I love monogrammed everything, so I decided I wanted to do monogrammed ornaments for my family this year. I think simple clear glass balls painted with cute designs in fun color combinations will add a new layer to our tree this year. This is a very budget-friendly project. You don't have to go with just clear glass, but I think it'll be easier than trying to coordinate colors with one another.

Our tree is a hodge-podge of Hallmark ornaments collected over the last 25 or so years (my grandmother owned a Hallmark store when I was little, everyone got an entire shopping bag full of new ornaments every year, not to mention the ones we scored during after Christmas clearance sales), priceless vintage ornaments, ballerinas from all the years I danced, personalized puppy ornaments (our tradition is that each member of the family gets a new ornament each year, including the puppies), memorial ornaments like the airplane I buy each year to remember my Daddy, crystal ornaments, fun stained glass or feathered ornaments from Target... each ornament means something to us. I think ornaments are one of the easiest ways to dress up a present as well as add an additonal layer to the present. Pick out paper and ribbon that coordinate with the ornament and then tie the ornament into the ribbon when you wrap the present.

I'll post pictures of the finished projects, at least the ones I personalize for me and my family that won't be part of gifts.

Thank God...

The day's finally here,
There's flowers everywhere.
The guests are waitin' with sweet anticipation.
As I look down the aisle,
The preacher stops an' smiles.
Church bells are ringin' an' the organ is playin'.
I'm so overcome that I could cry.
I'm so happy I'm not the bride.

She's such a pretty thing,
She don't know anythin':
Ain't gonna tell her that she's outta her mind.
The preacher asks the question:
No, I got no objection.
I do, I do; I want him out of my life.
Throw the rice an' let those white doves fly:
Oh, happy day: I'm not the bride.

Eat some more cake,
Throw the bouquet,
Pass the champagne, it's time to celebrate.
I'm gonna dance this night away,
Whoa, whoa, yeah.

The groom is gettin' loud,
His new wife starts to shout.
Oh, this is perfect, it can only get better.
They're fightin' in the car, off to a real good start.
His momma's cryin'. Aren't they lovely together?
They're drivin' away, we're wavin' goodbye.
Close call, relax, Amen, Hallelujah,
By the grace of God go I: I'm not the bride.
Well, I'm not the bride.

I'm free, I'm free, I'm free.
I'm not the bride.
Thank God!

Goodbye now.
Good luck girl.
You're gonna need it.
Ha, ha, ha.

(The Bride, Trick Pony)

My X (the big on, the one who messed me up so royally by cheating and lying and doing other things that I didn't trust anyone until Mr. Preppy) is finally engaged to someone else (whom he met on match.com while he and I were still together, but I digress)... he's finally someone else's problem! I'm having drinks with the girls tomorrow night to celebrate.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Random Musings...

Happy Halloween!!

We have no special plans for today. Mr. Preppy and I were supposed to go to the UGA-UF game today but thanks to my lab hours we were unable to. Instead we'll be watching it with friends (here in Augusta I'm outnumbered as to which game we watch as a group, so I'll be in my red and black today) and then going to a movie, after which we'll catch the end of the UT-USC game.

Being on the spending freeze that we are for the next few weeks, we try to only go see movies at the $2 theater (well, they call themselves a $1 theater, but after 4pm all movies are $1.98 at ticket, but whatever) since the big theater in town charges $9 a ticket AFTER A STUDENT DISCOUNT. That leaves us with the movies that are soon to be released, which is fine with me because the total cost of $3.98 for our tickets is less than renting it and easier than netflix, plus I get a nice big screen and movie theater popcorn, which we all know is the best ever.

Anyway, those are our plans for a boring Halloween. I'm trying to convince my mother to go have lunch at P.F. Chang's since I am having withdrawals and with my Warrior discount card we get 20% off everything today instead of just 10%.

On a semi-related note, I have inadvertently lost 7 pounds in the last two weeks without trying. I'm not really sure how that's working but I'm hoping it continues (and the last two weeks included a pig out day the one day I worked this week full of yummy potluck dishes, cupcakes from one of our drug reps, Halloween candy, AND dinner at Chili's with Mr. Preppy, plus our fat-filled date night last Saturday, so it's not a drastic change in my diet). My driver's license weight (that was accurate when I was issued that license three years ago) is my goal weight, and that's another 12 pounds away.

I'll be working on the rest of my to-do list, mainly laundry, this morning as I'm getting ready for the day. Please upload your fun Halloween pictures so I can enjoy the holiday vicariously through y'all!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Giveaway Alert

The Design Girl is hosting an OPI nail polish giveaway! I ADORE OPI polish, as proven in my About Me section. Head on over and check it out!

Monday, October 26, 2009

To-Do Update

*Laundry (84,000 loads) : approx 42,000 loads done
*Student Teaching Lab Hours this week (4 down, 20 to go) : 16 down, 8 to go
*At least 4 Reflections and 7 responses to other reflections about lab hours : 4 reflections, no responses done
*Roughly 200 pages to read for my Congress class : ~150 pages read, no quiz = success
*Another 100 pages for ConLaw : done
*Study for ConLaw test next week : test postponed a week, so this is n/a for now
*Collect Silent Auction items : original items picked up, new ones to be picked up
*Inventory Silent Auction items : inventory updated
*Sell tickets to Silent Auction, fill out tickets with buyers' information (this is the most irritating part) : waiting for people to send me money!
*Research for Global Policy : done
*Bathe dogs (an all day adventure) : will be done this weekend
*Clean room : half finished
*Unpack boxes from condo
*Catch up on correspondence
*Clean car
*Spend time with family and Mr. Preppy
*Figure out travel plans for the next two months (we have several football-related trips planned, as well as Thanksgiving and Christmas plans that aren't finalized) : football trips have been cancelled, thanks to Mr. Preppy's work schedule
*Make study schedule for finals (6 weeks left)
*Make list of Christmas/ birthday presents
*Order Christmas cards
*Get updated addresses
*Pay bills : done
*Figure out Halloween Plans


I am stretched veeeerrrrry thin right now. Sadly, that means I need to take a small break from blogging. I may make an appearance or two in the next week or so, but I'm not promising anything. Cross your fingers I actually finish my to-do list for this week!

Since I mentioned my to-do list, I wanted to add it so I have something to refer to when I need to see what I've accomplished this week:

*Laundry (84,000 loads)
*Student Teaching Lab Hours this week (4 down, 20 to go)
*At least 4 Reflections and 7 responses to other reflections about lab hours
*Roughly 200 pages to read for my Congress class
*Another 100 pages for ConLaw
*Study for ConLaw test next week
*Collect Silent Auction items
*Inventory Silent Auction items
*Sell tickets to Silent Auction, fill out tickets with buyers' information (this is the most irritating part)
*Research for Global Policy
*Bathe dogs (an all day adventure)
*Clean room
*Unpack boxes from condo
*Catch up on correspondence
*Clean car
*Spend time with family and Mr. Preppy
*Figure out travel plans for the next two months (we have several football-related trips planned, as well as Thanksgiving and Christmas plans that aren't finalized)
*Make study schedule for finals (6 weeks left)
*Make list of Christmas/ birthday presents
*Order Christmas cards
*Get updated addresses
*Pay bills
*Figure out Halloween Plans

Friday, October 23, 2009

Who was so exhausted from school today that by the time she got home at 4:45 all she did was eat something (for the first time all day) and go to sleep for about 5 hours?

Three guesses, and the last two don't count...

P.S. I officially have the best boyfriend ever. He is willingly going to see The Nutcracker with me Thanksgiving weekend, no complaints, no whining, and he even asked how good our seats were. I've NEVER had anyone that wanted to share my interests so much. Thank you, Mr. Preppy, for being the best! I love you!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

My First Award!

Leah, over at Thinking Out Loud, was wonderful enough to give me this award:

Here are the rules:

Use only one word, pass along to six favorite bloggers, and tell 'em you did so.

So, here we go:

1. Where is your cell phone? table

2. Your hair? down

3. Your mother? working

4. Your father? Daddy

5. Your favorite food? Reese's

6. Your dream last night? n/a

7. Your favorite drink? DietCoke (yes, I made that one word)

8. Your dream/goal? family

9. What room are you in? living

10. Your hobby? pictures

11. Your fear? roaches

12. Where do you want to be in six years? Augusta

13. Where were you last night? home

14. Something that you aren't? cruel

15. Muffins? banananut

16. Wish list item? sweaters

17. Where did you grow up? Georgia

18. Last thing you did? proof

19. What are you wearing? pajamas

20. Your TV? football

21. Your pets? puppies!

22. Friends? amazing

23. Your life? stressful

24. Your mood? decent

25. Missing someone? Daddy

26. Vehicle? Mountaineer

27. Something you're not wearing? jewelry

28. Your favorite store? Shoe

29. Your favorite color? pink

30. When was the last time you laughed? today

31. Last time you cried? today

32. Your best friend?(s) perfect

33. One place that I could go over and over? beach

34. One person who emails you regularly? school

35. Favorite place to eat? Chang's

I pick:
GracieBeth at Preppy Southern Princess
Sarah at Wears Inappropriate Shoes
Amy at Sweet Home Amy
Britt at Politics and Pearls
Shellie at Abiding
Legally Fabulous at Legally Fabulous

Monday, October 19, 2009

Monday Morning Boredom

I am: about to start four of the most miserable weeks of my college career.
I think: cuddling with Preppy Pup (and/or, preferabley and Mr. Preppy) will ALWAYS cheer me up.
I know: I will never again (after this job) work with someone as lazy as I currently do. It's simply not possible.
I have: the best possible friends and family ever.
I wish: that I was better at time management. I'm a huge procrastinator.
I hate: that there are people who expect to not have to earn what they get in life and instead choose to live off of others.
I miss: my Daddy. He's been gone almost four years and his birthday is this Wednesday. I don't go a day without feeling that loss.
I fear: heights, small spaces, large crowds, snakes, roaches (ew, ick... but a Southern problem that can't be gotten rid of).
I hear: too much information from all the patients I talk to every day. Hint, I work at an OB/GYN, let your imagination run wild with those complaints.
I smell: my new perfume.
I crave: Mexican food. Seriously, all the time.
I search: for signs and symbolism.
I wonder: if baking and frilly aprons were invented to relieve stress, or if they just happen to be my stress relief.
I regret: not spending more time with Daddy.
I love: God, my family, my friends, Mr. Preppy, Preppy Pup (and the other preppy canines)
I ache: for people I see eating alone in restaurants.
I am not: flexible with plans. If something is planned, darnit, stick to the plan. My biggest pet peeve is having plans change at the last minute.
I believe: that Christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year.
I dance: (d) for most of my childhood, until I fractured my ankle 9 years ago. Then (genius that I am) decided to take up tennis.
I sing: very quietly in church and very loudly in my car (when I'm alone).
I cry: often. Very often.
I fight: the desire to shop.
I lose: my mind when I try to write lesson plans.
I win: debates in class. My Con Law professors keeps trying to get me to go prelaw instead of education.
I never: thought I'd end up graduating from this college, but I'm glad I will because if I hadn't ended up here, I would never have met Mr. Preppy. Two nevers. :)
I always: wanted to be a sideline reporter. Until my very first journalism class at UT. Which was my first "real" college class (not counting joint enrollment College Algebra my senior year of high school). I stuck it out for the semester and became good friends with a couple of political science majors and changed my major after that first semester. I've never looked back. :)
I confuse: people when I talk because I leave out the connecting thought I had to get from thought a to thought b when I explain things.
I listen: to Preppy Pup snuffling in her sleep before I can go to sleep. It takes me forever to go to sleep without her.
I am scared: during haunted houses and trails. Last year I fell running away from the guy with the chainsaw in front of all my new coworkers. Yet I still go, every year.
I need: a variety of foods. I get bored with the same thing over and over. Except Mexican food. I'm always good which cheese dip and salsa.
I am happy about: finally being this close to graduation.
I can usually be found: at work, in class, or on my sofa at home. I have a very cute desk in my bedroom, but I work best from the sofa with my laptop and books surrounding me.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

And I was doing so well with this spending freeze...

So I document everything with pictures. Everything. I'm the friend at ALL gatherings with pictures. From the everyday pictures to candids at "events," I have photographic evidence. Which is why I decided to grab my camera to take pictures of what is sure to be the most humorous outing this month - taking all three of our dogs to the vet. A golden retriever, a chocolate lab, a miniature pinscher and two "capable" adults. What could go wrong you ask? Well, although Preppy Pup is a pro at walking on her leash, she is very excitable. Especially when Preppy Golden and Preppy Lab are with her. Also, the vet we use has a very small office, so two larger dogs pretty much take over.

Anyway. My camera, that I have loyally carried with me everywhere for the last 2 years (I have a Sony Cybershot that I purchased on Black Friday in 2007) is having issues. I LOVE this camera. It has taken great quality pictures with a minimal investment (I know I paid less than $150 for it). And today it is deciding that even with fresh AA batteries, it does not want to turn on. I'm giving it until 5pm today to start working until I go buy another one. Seriously. Tonight is a birthday dinner for one of my best friends and I haven't been out with the girls in over a month. Pictures are a must. Any suggestions on good quality cameras that won't break the bank? I'm doing much better than I thought on the spending freeze, so I have more than enough saved for this.

Please cross your fingers that my beloved Cybershot will get a new life by tonight. I really don't want to buy a new camera yet. :(

Update: My camera seems to be working right now... maybe it just needed to get used to the new batteries? I know I'll probably be getting a new one in the next few months, I just wanted to wait on Christmas sales and Christmas income (the doctors I work for give all of us a su-weet Christmas bonus each year). As long as it stays alive for at least the next month, I'll be ok. At least my mama was amazing and paid the vet bill for Preppy Pup (total for the three girls was $318).


When y'all text, do you use shorthand (idk, btw, bc) or do you spell everything out? I've realized I tend to spell everything out except perhaps bc, well, because I have so much else to write it frequently takes me two or three texts to get the point across. My cousins, who are both teachers, also said they spell everything out. But Polka Dot Preppy ALWAYS uses shorthand. Always. It sometimes takes me a few minutes to figure out what she's saying. And she's a teacher. It just made me wonder when I got an "idk" text from her last night what the texting habits were of my fellow bloggers.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Spending Freeze Update

I'm four weeks into my spending freeze. The plan is to only buy gas, food, and necessities (you know, toiletry-style items) since for the next four weeks I'll be driving 90 miles minimum for 3-4 days out of the week (and only working the remaining 1-2) and I drive an SUV. I'm finishing up the 90 lab hours of school observation I have this semester and I'm assigned to a rural school (next semester will hopefully be urban, leaving me with suburban for my semester-long apprenticeship). I wanted to get this one out of the way so that I can be closer to home when I have to go each day all semester.

Anyway. Spending freeze. I have purchased one thing I wasn't supposed to. But in my defense, they were for work. And $90 off. I bought these Dansko clogs:

So, overall, spending freeze is going well. In addition to my moment of weakness, I paid off my Victoria's Secret Credit card (not a big deal, I try to pay this off in full each month because of the outrageous interest rate, but this month it was charged almost to the limit) and... here's the key part... I haven't spent anything else on it. I have taken my lunch to work more often so that I didn't have to buy lunch. So, no more spending until after November 13th, at which point I will begin Christmas shopping. Please think of me and cross your fingers that I make it.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Aunt-Niece Animosity

Preppy Pup has taken to attacking Preppy Golden (see left side of blog for a pic) lately. Now, Preppy Pup is going to be 6 in a few months, Preppy Golden just turned 12. I got Preppy Pup from one of my favorite teachers my senior year of high school (which was a rough year personally for me) when he couldn't keep her anymore (she was 7 months old). I bonded with Preppy Pup because she was something I could pour all of my energy into outside of school. We adopted Preppy Golden when I was almost 12, right after my parents divorced (on the day their divorce was final actually) because I am an only child and Mama figured I needed company. Preppy Golden is like a sister to me (seriously). Preppy Pup is my child (my furry, four-legged, illegitimate child).

In the time since Marley and Me came out last year, I've tried to spend more and more time with Preppy Golden because she is getting older and had a cancer scare about a year ago. I sobbed through the movie next to Mama and have realized that I've been neglecting her since I got Preppy Pup. Preppy Golden had been my constant companion through middle and high school, through adopting Preppy Lab (who is more loyal to Mama than me), and everything. She protected me the night someone tried to break into our house a mere two weeks after we adopted her. Mama would come in the morning after she tucked me into the covers and left Preppy Golden at the foot of my bed... only to find two blonde heads on the pillows. Preppy Golden crawled up under the comforter on my bed to snuggle next to me.

Anyway, long story short, I think Preppy Pup is feeling like I'm not just "her" person anymore. I was just in the kitchen cleaning up after dinner. I had left her on the sofa and Preppy Golden was walking around the house. I heard snarling and barking yipping and walked back in to see what was going on. Preppy Pup was in full defense mode on the sofa and Preppy Golden had slunk under the coffee table. Preppy Pup has her issues (separation anxiety among them) so she was shaking, her hair was standing on end, and she was growling really low. I picked her up and took her into the kitchen until I finished cleaning, where she never stopped growling. She is now tucked into the arm chair with Mama so that I can escape to Mr. Preppy's to work on a paper (obviously our canines are too distracting... that's why I'm blogging and not working).

Do y'all have these problems with animals?

Monday, October 12, 2009

Skin Care

Here are some of my favorite skin care items, all of which are purchased on a college student's budget. Warning - lots of pictures to follow!

I rotate between several body washes depeding on the season and what my skin needs:

*Caress Daily Silk - This is a great refreshing body wash. I originally started using it when I was taking a Wellness class this summer (running every morning at 7:30). I always had to come straight to work after class so I showered at the gym. This was the only travel size bottle of body wash I could find that didn't smell horrendous. It didn't matter that I'd just run and worked out for 3 hours, just the smell of this and the way it makes your skin feel is enough to wake you up and make you feel like your day has just started. It's not an overwhelming scent (which is a trend in the products I use, I'm very sensitive to smells), just enough to catch a whiff of once in a while.
*Dial Yogurt with Aloe Vera - I bought this after my beach trip this summer. I was as red as a freshly cooked Maine Lobster and just applying aloe vera after showering didn't help enough. This is incredibly moisturizing and really does help alleviate the pain of a sunburn. I don't remember getting the tight skin that you normally get after showering with a sunburn when I used this product. I use this now when I start to feel my skin getting a little dry.
*Dial Clean and Soft with soy and almond milk - This is the strongest smelling body wash I use. I rarely use it, but it does make my skin feel wonderful. This is Mr. Preppy's favorite (for me to use when I'm not wearing perfume, usually during the day).
*Dove Energy Glow - This has never given me an extra boost of energy in the morning, but I love the way it smells. It never feels too heavy, and also has an accompanying line of lotions that are great during the summer.
This is one of my favorites, and one of Mr. Preppy's. It is Vaseline Cocoa Butter Vitalizing Gel Body Oil with brazilian nut and almond oils... so if you are allergic to nuts, like Palmetto Preppy (thankfully we realized she couldn't use it before she borrowed any) please don't use. It has a very fresh scent without being overwhelming. It is less greasy than most body oils. I can use a very small amount and have plenty to cover both legs. When I say small amount, I mean maybe a dime-sized dollop per leg. Maybe. For less than $10, it really does go a long, long way. I've had my first bottle for close to a year and have used less than 1/4 of it. Granted, I don't use it every day, but I use it often enough to make a dent in any other similar product.

I use Jergen's Naturally Smooth Shave Minimizing lotion and it really does work. If you apply this every day as suggested (it's a great moisturizer with little scent, so who wouldn't?) your hair regrowth really does become much finer and less noticable. I have blonde hair and very minimal body hair anyway, but I can easily go 4 days without noticable regrowth (Gross, I know. I realized this before Mr. Preppy and I started dating, I promise I shave my legs more often than that.). This lotion has been discontinued for some reason, but I bought it in bulk when it was marked down. I'm getting down to the last few bottles, so if anyone knows of a comparable product please let me know!

I adore the Intensive Heel Cream from Ms. Pedicure. It's only about $3 a bottle, so it's a great value as well. I don't have terribly bad feet, but since I wear socks most days my lotion gets absorbed before it can really do its job. I put this on morning and night and it really helps. It's thick enough to not be completely absorbed by cotton socks but not greasy.
I use the Noxzema Triple Clean Face Wash. It makes your skin feel really clean. On the weekends or if I take a shower after work without plans of going out (unless it's to Mr. Preppy's, where I rarely wear makeup) I can't stop running my fingers over my face because my skin feels so amazing. Plus the smell isn't overwhelming.
Probably once a week I use St. Ives Apricot Scrub (usually I use the medicated one). My skin breaks out more severely if I exfoliate too often. This seems to make everyone's list, so I'm sure I don't need to go on about it.
This makeup remover is the absolute best. Each time Victoria's Secret redoes their makeup line, the bottle changes, but the product remains the same. It's not much pricer than the Neutrogena remover I use when I run out of the VS, only 2-3 dollars more, and I think you get more in the bottle. It is one of the few that I can use since I'm sensitive to most makeup removers. I wear waterproof mascara every day and this takes it all off.

I use the AcneFree Cleanser every night to take off the rest of my makeup. Most nights (since I've swapped back to an all white pillowcase) I follow with the toner and repairing lotion. Warning! Since these do contain benzoyl peroxide, they WILL bleach your sheets. I got a new set of light turquoise sheets and in one night I had tiny bleach spots all over the pillowcase. Thankfully I have extra, but I still am going back to an all-white pillowcase on the pillow I use every night.
I use Clean and Clear Advantage Acne Spot Treatment under my primer every day. I just take an extra makeup sponge and apply it all over. It's one of the few that won't peel off when you apply makeup over the top of it. It also works quickly. I'm prone to breakouts and this makes a huge difference in a small amount of time.
Today's outfit: dark GAP jeans circa... one of the years I worked there. So between 2004 and 2007. Dark grey GAP 3/4 cableknit sweater. Pink duck boots (it's raining again), which are my pink item for the day. It's a blah day, so blah clothing. Sorry y'all.

Today's quote: "That is the beauty of cancer, it tells you that your days are limited, that you could die at any point. It is that perspective that allows you to live a better life while you're here." -Shelley Hamlin

I'm working on my next beauty post installment today, so hopefully it will be up later. :)
Seriously... three hours to write 7 days worth of lesson plans. Being creative SUCKS. On the other hand... my students have to develop a board game for their "performance task" in lieu of a test (besides the multiple choice test they'll take as prep for the high school graduation test). Would y'all like a teacher who had you make a game (and then you'd obviously have to take a class day to play each student's game so you could truly evaluate them)? Or is that dumb? We are talking about kids who are 16/17.

I'm curling up with Preppy Pup and prepping for another week of craziness. Good night readers!

Miss Preppy in Pearls

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Short Update

I'm working on lesson plans and legal briefs tonight, and have been in workout-ish clothing all weekend (due to running errands and the only "outing" I've had was going over to Mr. Preppy's last night to watch movies) so there are no pink items of the day worth mentioning.

Wish me luck. I detest writing lesson plans. Seriously. Many schools are making all teachers use the same exact lesson plans these days so it's just that much harder to figure out exactly why you need to write new creative ways to tell kids about history. If you aren't going to eventually be allowed to express yourself, why should you work so hard at making things fun?

Friday, October 9, 2009

Open Letter to the Patients

Dear Patients (that provide me with a job, so please disregard the following)...

Please don't wait until Friday after 12 to call the office for a refill, appointment, or just to chat it up with us. Half of our office is off each Friday afternoon. Things take time. If you get a voicemail after I transfer you, please LEAVE A MESSAGE. I promise, everyone is required to check their voicemail and return EVERY CALL. Please do not keep pressing "0" to come back to me... asking if we have the flu shot in is NOT an emergency. In addition, WRITE DOWN YOUR APPOINTMENT TIME. I understand things happen and you may forget. Once. But (yes, I'm talking to you Ms Neurotic that I speak to every day) when you call me every day and have gotten to know my voice and so you specifically ask for SASCHA (not my name, folks, not my name) to verify that, yes, in fact, your appointment is still on that day at that time, you drive me closer and closer to the padded room of my dreams.

Please know who you need to talk to. Simple guidelines - billing, ask for billing, nurse/dr, ask for nurse, appointments, ask for the appointment desk, medical records, ask for records... seems simple enough. Please listen to the person as they answer the phone. When I say "Appointment desk, this is [name that isn't Sascha], how can I help you today?" don't 1) say "is this the appointment desk?" or 2) say "I need an appointment" and leave it at that. I do not like dragging information out of you. Be prepared to tell me who your doctor is (and KNOW who your doctor is. I work at an OB/GYN office people, know who's looking at your lady bits!). Also, your doctor is Dr. So-and-so, NOT Mr. or Mrs. or Ms. or Miss... maybe in England, but not over here. They paid their money, they went to school, they did their time, they deserve the title.

When I have dreams that involve patient phone calls, they're not pleasant. And that shows that you people are finally getting to me. And that (ironically enough) I have no patience left. Did several of you get together and say, "hey, let's make Sascha's [again, NOT my name] life miserable and add to the GAD she already has?" Did you?!

Thank you,
NOT Sascha

P.S. Hearing my rants through the office that sound amazingly like this, my doctor has decided I finally need medication for me to handle my anxiety... apparently I feel things "deeper" than most people and am therefore more easily irritated/annoyed/ticked off/ homicidal. I have long suffered from GAD and panic attacks (especially from tests, I have to take a brown bag with me during finals so I can remember to breathe into them when I feel one coming), and I'm pretty positive Mr. Preppy is excited because I won't start sobbing so (he feels) randomly as often.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Today's pink item: Pink and White Striped RL Polo Oxford, Pink Argyle socks

Today's quote:
"Whoever said winning isn't everything... obviously was not fighting breast cancer." - Bumper Sticker (can be bought here)

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Today's pink item is a (one of several) dark pink J.Crew perfect fit crew neck tee.

Today's quote comes from Samantha Jones on Sex and the City:
Samantha : "What if it comes back? I could die, Carrie. With really bad hair."
That just goes to show you... keep your sense of humour. :)

Monday, October 5, 2009

A Time To...

It's October and you know what that means! That's right ladies, it's Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I'm an alumna of Zeta Tau Alpha and our philanthropy is breast cancer awareness. I plan to wear at least one pink item each day in October. I'm co-chairing a silent auction fundraiser (more details on that to come, along with giveaway) next month with my alumnae association. I will be posting (at a minimum) one fact or inspirational quote each day this month. What are your favorite ways to Think Pink?

*This quote speaks of sisterhood to me... true sisterhood, that which does not know boundaries created by your letters or chapter, but which unites all women, regardless of age, race, location, or affiliation.
"Women agonize... over cancer; we take as a personal threat the lump in every friend's breast." ~Martha Weinman Lear, Heartsounds

So, ladies, please remember to:

Rainy Monday Blahs

The high temperature here has gone from 77 degrees (Saturday) to 61 degrees (today). Add the fact that it's raining AND I have class until late and that puts me in an unhappy Monday blah mood. I wear scrubs to work every day but I change into regular clothes to go to class (yes, it creates more laundry, but it helps me feel like I'm not sitting in class in my pajamas). Today's outfit is blah - dark jeans, black cable 3/4 sleeve sweater, and my southern prep staple, the pink and black duck boots. It's not raining hard enough for me to justify wearing my pink wellies and my Sperry Pelican Loafers are hard to walk in on the slick tile floors we have on campus. Damp, dingy, and blah but that little bit of pink will cheer me up!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Umm, really?

Since when do charitable organizations decide your donations aren't worthy of taking? We (meaning my mother) are in the process of getting new furniture for our living room because having a cloth sofa is simply impossible when you have three canines who shed all the time. Long story short, she decided to donate our 1) sofa, 2) older vacuum cleaner (that still works really well and was VERY expensive when purchased), 3) arm chair, 4) set of dining room chairs, and 5) two bathroom vanity mirrors to the Habitat for Humanity re-store. We put it in plain sight of the road as they asked us to since neither of us were able to be home when they came yesterday. She worked until 6, I worked and had class until 6:45, we met for dinner... eventually we got home around 8:15, when it was almost completely dark outside. I pulled into the driveway first, and got the sickest feeling when my headlights hit the pile of furniture still. sitting. in. our. driveway. We thought perhaps the pickup day had been changed. Until I found the donation receipt taped to our back door... So not only did they NOT pick anything up, but they left a receipt implying they had so that WE could commit tax fraud. Thank you, reputable charity.

So I called this morning to ask what happened. I was told they "didn't find anything that [they] could accept to sell in the store." Now, I'm the daughter of a woman who loves restored furniture and doing it herself - so I KNOW what kind of things find their way to the re-store. I know that our (high-quality) donations would easily have sold, even though they may have needed a little restoring. Is that not what most of the materials there need? Our sofa could have been reupholstered (I mean, it is a few years old, but we used it until a week ago) but was still structurally fine... the only reason we didn't keep it was because we decided we needed leather with the canines and we couldn't exactly justify reupholstering it with leather. The chairs could have had new fabric on the seats and been very cute. I would've kept them for myself if I didn't already have too much furniture in storage.

Dear Habitat for Humanity Re-Store in Augusta, GA,
You have hurt my feelings. I hope Goodwill appreciates our donations more, both now and in the future.
Miss Preppy in Pearls

It's sad to me that when trying to do a good thing and help an organization such as this that you can be turned away.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Student Teaching Preview

So the last dress didn't make it in yesterday, but since I have a busy week (homework, class, more homework, class, student teaching an hour away, work at some point, 2 tests, a presentation), I am going to save my dress post for later in the week. I will, however, preview my outfit for tomorrow. I was originally going to wear a black beaded necklace but I think it kind of overwhelmed the shirt. Please forgive the un-made bed, the only full length mirror in our house is not in my room. :)

This is without the flash. The purple is really more vibrant, like in this next picture:

Top and pants, both Banana Republic. Black heels will most likely be Nine West since my Cole Haan's haven't arrived yet.

I think this is a good outfit because it's not too boring, but it isn't form-fitting and a distraction. Both the pants and the top are super-comfortable (hoping my shoes don't kill me tomorrow, I'm used to wearing my New Balances, Shox, or Rainbows all day, every day!). Plus, the total cost of my outfit is less than $50 for the top, pants, and shoes.

**Bargains from this weekend:
-Purple and Black RL Polo Cable Long Sleeve Sweaters ($29.99 each, thanks Marshall's)
-Light Tan Lauren RL Heels ($18.99 in the discount store I HATE but thankfully was dragged to... Ross)
-Black Bandolino Heels ($10.00 at Marshall's)
-Stainless Steel Salt and Pepper Shakers ($7.00 at Marshall's, for Mama's Christmas)
-Eiffel Tower Stone Coasters ($4.99 at Marshall's, for Mama's Christmas)
-Fleur de Lis Wine Collar ($2.99 at Marshall's, for Mama's Christmas)
-Presents for my Preppies' Christmas and Birthday presents... pity I can't share them with my readers because my loves do read the blog

Friday, September 18, 2009

Newest Obsessions...

I have a few new obsessions... I'm trying to go on a spending freeze (food and gas excluded) after this weekend. Namely because Victoria's Secret is putting several things I LOVE on sale, plus I have my nice coupons and Angel VIP card rewards to use. I am looking toward Christmas though, so my thoughts are the following:

*Pandora Silver Bracelet with these charms:
-Pink Ribbon Glass Bead
-Breast Cancer Awareness
-Safety Chain

*Coach or Dooney & Bourke Bag

... and I just realized I can't post about anyone else's gifts because they all read the blog. Humph. Be back soon with a better post.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Asking for your help...

Y'all may remember that I posted about Shellie Rushing Tomlinson's book, Suck Your Stomach in and Put Some Color On! in this post. I am a follower of her blog and love her website. She is asking for donations to Life Today's Water for Life. It will drill a well for a community whose current water sources are contaminated. Please go to her blog here and follow the links to donate if you are at all able. Any little bit helps... I am a struggling college student and I am donating. More donations are especially needed because the cost of the well has gone up from $2400 to $4800... Please, please help.

Saturday, September 12, 2009


Before I leave (in however long since I only got up about twenty minutes ago, you see where my priorities are), I wanted to show you some incredibly adorable ornaments (yes, ornaments. I LIVE for the Christmas season.). I have been collecting the Hallmark Gone with the Wind ornaments since the first year, there are a couple I don't have but I'm working on those. I've been collecting Hallmark ornaments in general since before I was born... my grandmother worked a Hallmark store and always got everyone a huge shopping bag full or ornaments at Thanksgiving, and then gave more after Christmas. After she passed away Mama and Daddy volunteered our house to separate those she had in storage among all the children and grandchildren and they covered every surface of the first floor in our 3000 square foot house (and the second floor only had two bedrooms and a bathroom, so just think about how many stinkin' ornaments that is!). Mama loves Christmas (more so because it's also my birthday) so we are always fully decorated by the end of Thanksgiving weekend... but that's another story for another post. I'm here to show you ORNAMENTS!

Here is the link to this adorable ornament. There's a button you press to hear the infamous "Frankly, my dear..." line. It's $24.00 and apparently (they may have always done this but if so I'm out of the loop), Hallmark has layaway. I'm taking advantage of this with other ornaments because 1) they are going to be presents and I don't want them seen, 2) I don't even have our Christmas things close to being out yet so I don't want to misplace them, and 3) I want to make sure I get all the ones I want so I'm shopping early.

I saw another Gone with the Wind ornament in the store a few weeks ago, but it's not listed online. As soon as I can get a pic I'll put it up.

Who doesn't love "A Christmas Story?" I keep the 24-hour marathon on TBS on in the background for almost all of Christmas. This ornament also has dialogue from the movie. You can buy it or see it closer here. It is $16.50.