Holiday Craft Project

I’ve had a craft project in mind since I saw an etsy pin on pinterest.  I’ve been collecting wine bottles this year in order to create my idea.  The other week, I headed to AC Moore for decorations.  The basic idea was to create snowman and santa wine bottles.  I always find myself having a hard time giving gifts to my non-immediate family members, but who doesn’t love homemade holiday decorations?!?!

Step 1: remove the labels off of the wine bottles.  I soaked the bottles in warm soapy water and most of the labels peeled right off.  For the ones that did not, I used goo-be-gone.

Step 2: spray paint the bottles (red and white)

Step 3: let dry!

Step 4: decorate 🙂  see final product below for inspiration

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Ray

Wow…Where has the time gone?

I’m not really sure where my head has been, but it hasn’t been interested in writing blog posts.  Between my annual meeting and wedding planning my free time has been spent in front of a computer, but not with any motivation to write here.  I also feel like I haven’t really had much inspiration to write.  I am unsure if I will continue with this blog or say my goodbyes.

A few updates on life…

1.  My Annual meeting at the beginning of this month was a success.  My boss was extremely pleased and isn’t sure how I can make the next one better.  Eeeeek, a lot to live up to!

2.  A promotion is in my future.  I’m excited for that, but also a little scared!

3.  Wedding planning is going great.  All the vendors have been selected and now onto the little details!

I’d love to hear what my readers have been up to!  Hope life has been going well and you are getting ready for the holidays!

Ray

Here comes the bride….

K-Ten/Penguin/My Sister/Brother in Law and I had bought tickets months ago to go up the Washington Monument at 6:00pm on August 9th.  The 4 of us arrived early via Uber so we decided to walk down to the World World 2 Memorial.  As we were walking past the Washington Monument, I was reading the back of the tickets and it specified no weapons, knives, explosives, etc.  We were discussing if we would have to go through a metal detector which might be an issue for my sister cause she likes to carry a pocket knife in her purse.  Guess to fend off all those crazy animals she sees out in the country.
The Penguin pushed the subject one more time which I blew off as irritating…like how do I know what we are going to have to do inside?!?!?!
We made the walk down and played tourist taking fun pictures if front of MD/PA/VA.  We started walking back up to the Washington Monument (K-Ten was texting as she was almost there and didn’t know where to meet us).  The Penguin wanted to take some pictures in front on the Washington Monument…weird because when does a guy ever want to take pictures?!?!?!  I was kinda suprised, but we all rotated around to take goofy ones.  The Penguin then said me/him should take a serious picture.  I leaned in and he made some odd movement, but leaned in as well to take a picture.  Then he dropped to one knee!
He said something along the lines of “Will you do me the honor and marry me.”  I responded “Are you kidding…awkward pause…YES.”  I proceeded to take the ring out of the box and then realized he should put it on so I handed it back to him and stared at the shinny diamond!  Some passers by offered their congrats (it was nice because a lot of people weren’t around us).  Sister/Brother in Law gave us hugs and then we had to hike it to the entrance because it was almost 6:00pm!
K-Ten came walking up to meet us (no idea anything had happened) and I shoved the ring into her face 🙂  It was pure happiness.
Typical questions I have been asked so will spare you…
1.  The Penguin did ask my Dad (at the check out line at Lowes a couple weeks ago)
2.  He has had the ring for about a month
3.  Only his mom and BFF knew he bought a ring, but didn’t know when he was proposing
4.  Sister/Brother in Law I had no idea
5.  I am hoping for a Septmber 2015 wedding
6.  Our guest list is currently 340 people which WILL NOT WORK because I cannot afford that shit
Be ready for some awesome posts as we navigate the wedding planning process.  My sister is already calling me a Bridezilla!!!!
Ray

New Schedule Because of a New Addition

I’ve finally started to work out again this week.  I decided trying to fit in a workout after work wasn’t happening.  If I had a miserable commute, I had no desire to then workout and make dinner.  I could only muster the energy to do one of those things and food always won out over exercise.  In addition to waking up early to get my fitness on, I’ve also added two morning walks to my routine because of this cutie!

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The Penguin and I adopted a pet from the Washington Humane Society. I’ve been wanting to get a dog of my own for a long time and when I saw WHS was offering $10 adoptions, I just couldn’t pass this cutie up!  We have had her for a week and she is obviously still adjusting, but I just love her.  I can’t wait to get home at night to play with her and cuddle up next to her.

I know I have mentioned that owning a pet is like having a child.  The responsibility is huge and your life changes because of needing to let out and feed another thing, but we are ready for the challenge.  She seems to be perfectly content sleeping all day, but is ready to go whenever we pull the leash out.  She is calm in the car and likes to sniff new dogs. She doesn’t really know how to play with them so we are going to work on that with some puppy play dates/dog park excursions.

I am so excited to have her as a part of our family and I can’t wait to share more dog stories with you!

Ray

A Magical Mini-Vacay with Thousands of my BFFs

Before my Annual Meeting in Orlando, the Penguin, my sister, her husband and I took three days to explore Orlando aka visit the parks.  We hit up Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Universal- Islands of Adventures.  Unfortunately, MK was a bit crowded.  When I say crowded, I mean most rides had 45-60 minute waits.  We still had fun, but being surrounded by thousands of people with no space to relax and truly experience the magic was tough.

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Epcot was a lot more enjoyable. The pathways were larger and not as crowded so we were able to take a little more time to enjoy.  We did spend the whole day there (9:00am-10:00pm).  The wait times averaged 30 minutes and we were also able to visit all the countries and partake in some food/beverages.

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We had a great time at Universal, but it definitely had more rollercoasters which aren’t my sister’s cup of tea.  Harry Potter world was awesome, but SUPER crowded.  They really didn’t plan that well with the size of the “shops.”  We went there as soon as we got there and the castle ride was still a 60 minute wait.

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My advice for first timers…

1.  Get your tickets in advance (not will-call)

2.  Wear comfy shoes, you will stand/walk ALOT

3.  Disney- you can get free cups of water from the restaurants and not spend money on the bottled water.  I was surprised at how affordable the food was though.

4.  Disney- fast pass (you get three per park with your ticket), use them for the more popular rides in the middle of the day when the lines are the longest.  It is definitely worth planning out your day with the fast pass and what rides you want to go too (it will save you from back tracking).

5.  Universal- Islands of Adventure- you will get wet on the Jurassic Park ride and you will get soaked on the Popeye white water rafting ride (save these for last)

6.  Bring snacks with you to save money!  And don’t forget your sunscreen.

Ray

Ghost, Sleep Walker or Tow Truck?

I spent the night at my mom’s house last night for several reasons.  One being that I was going to leave my car there until Christmas day.  I arrived Sunday morning to meet Ten to head to the Redskins game (more on the game in another post).  I parked on the street, last spot in the row directly across from my mother’s house.  I unloaded everything into Ten’s car and popped the parking pass onto my dashboard.

When we returned to the game after another loss, we loaded my car back up and I headed inside.  I didn’t leave the house again that evening.  I went to sleep with my purse and keys in the bedroom.  When I got ready to leave in the am with my Mom, I noticed my car was in the same space, but facing the opposite direction.

I had a horrible feeling in the pit of my stomach when I saw it and realized it wasn’t the way I left it.  The box of gifts I had in the back seat were still sitting there and all my tailgating stuff was in the trunk.  I immediately thought a ghost moved my car….then I started thinking maybe I slept walk in the middle of the night…and then I called the Penguin.  He thought a little more rationally then I did and suggested maybe they towed my car and realized I had a parking pass after they moved it.

Whatever happened, it freaked me out!  My mom is going to call the tow company when she gets home tonight to ask if they moved my car!

Crazy.

Ray

Asking your Boyfriend for Fashion Advice

I lived with my sister for three years. It was like having a personal fashion consultant at my finger tips.  Now I live over an hour away from my sister and my boyfriend is the closest person I have to ask for outfit help.  And let me tell you…he is pretty much worthless!

He will say something looks fine or I wouldn’t have noticed those wrinkles unless you pointed it out or either option works, but he never gives me an solid YES or NO answers.

Then I state how I want to look decent because I don’t want him to be embarrassed by me. His response (hold the gags back) is that he doesn’t care what I wear because he doesn’t care what people think and he loves me regardless.  How sweeeeeeet, suck up!

Anyways, it’s hard not having my sister at my disposal.  I was trying to figure out what dress I was going to wear to a wedding via text with Ten.  I tried taking full length photos using my computer because I don’t even have a full length mirror yet!  Lordy!  What us girls will do for fashion.

Ray