Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year!

Well, it's been a great day! Another day off work, woohoo!! It's been rainy & yucky all day, though. But it didn't stop me from getting out & about. I really wanted to run to Hobby Lobby (LOVE!) & Kirklands. I went to Kirklands first & didn't see anything i wanted. Well, Lane Bryant is next door. I went in there & got two sweaters that were half off. Yeah!! One is blue & the other is black. I have to wear black at the Manship job & i have no long-sleeved black shirts! The last few times, i've worn the one that says "LOVE" just because i'm not going to freeze in my short-sleeves! But today i found a solid black sweater. Yay!

I ran to Starbucks after that just to use their restroom. That's ridiculous. I have to pee ALL.THE.TIME. I am not pregnant. But i used to have the world's largest bladder. Let me just say, having to stop in a place JUST to pee does not make me happy! And if being pregnant (one day) is going to make me pee more, then i might as well just move my desk next to the bathroom at work! I mean, seriously! {I realize this is all TMI & I think maybe i should write a pee post for "Girl Talk" soon, becaues seriously, i have so much more to say on the topic! HA!}

ANYWAY, i went to Hobby Lobby & spent WAY too long in there! My feet were killing me! Got several picture frames for some pics i had printed. Got a mini 2011 calendar for work. Got some sharpie pens (my fave! And, Amanda, i got the kind Matt got you! NOT cheap! But so worth it! HA!). Went to Walmart for some toiletries. And got 2 pair of danskin capris for working out! Mine are all just in terrible shape! 

I just realized i got a black & a royal blue pair of workout capris. 

Same colors as the two sweaters from Lane Bryant.

How about some variety, Mel? 

ANYWAY, time for some FRIDAY/NEW YEAR memes! :) 

1. How long does your Christmas tree stay up? 
Well, i'll take it down tomorrow or Sunday. So, within the first few days of January.

2. Do you have plans for New Year's Eve?
Yeah...to chill with my man. We'll (FINALLY) watch ELF, maybe play a game & we already ate some pizza. :) I was kinda sad because Brad said he doubts he'll make it till midnight. ...and then i started yawning... HA! We'll see.

3. Do you have any new year's resolutions? 
Definitely...they've been running through my head but i haven't sorted them out yet. Will write that post probably tomorrow. 

4. How did you spend New Year's Even when you were younger? 
I don't remember...something different every year, i'm sure!

5. What was the best way you've ever spent New Year's Eve?
Uh, i don't remember that either. HA!

1.) New Year's is (awesome/lame/other) awesome! I mean, sure, we may not celebrate big time, we may even be in bed before midnight, but i LOVE the idea of a new year. A fresh slate. A new beginning. I love wondering what is ahead in the new year.
2. Last New Year's I think we went to bed early...

3. My New Year's resolutions will be discussed in a later post, but will include the obvious things (health, Bible) & some not so obvious things (maybe learn some piano? And maybe i should stop biting my fingernails?).

4. The best way to spend New Year's is with a huge bonfire, yummy smores, fun games, and good family & friends. :)

5. My prediction for an up-and-coming trend in 2011 is ummmm, i haven't a clue.

6. This New Year's Eve will be low-key...I will be staying in with my hubby, eating pizza, watching Elf, maybe playing a game or something...and hopefully staying up past midnight!

7. A fresh start is a good thing! Sure, you can start fresh anytime, but for me, there's nothing like new year! (Or new month, or new week, or day...whatever!) :)


2010: a year of celebration!

2010 was a pretty good year. Sure, some hard times & such, but overall - I'm thankful. =)

Here is a look back! {Warning: it is quite long. If you skim or skip it entirely, i will never know! HA!}

Stage Managed The Elephant Man at BRLT
{with my crew: Robert, Mika, Chelsea, & Valerie (my ASM)}

Celebrated Robert's birthday at Superior Grill 
{with girlfriends Natalie & Emily}

Acted silly with my man at The Elephant Man cast party

Celebrated Valentine's Day with my sweet husband.

 Celebrated my 32nd birthday with friends & family - dinner at The Cheesecake Bistro & Little Shop of Horrors at Ascension Community Theatre. Fun night!

 Stage Managed Queen of Bingo (which you should definitely see if it comes to your area...these guys are HILARIOUS!)

Celebrated Granny's Birthday. =)

Celebrated Easter with Brad's family at his Aunt's house
{Kiersten, Rylee, Whitney, Me & Brad}

Started walking the LSU Lakes with Brad (or at least started taking pics there!)

Finally went to the Red Stick Farmer's Market, which i LOVED.
{my friend Jenn went with me for my first trip there!}

 Went to the wedding of my beautiful friend Liz. 

 "Walked like Madd" to fight drunk driving in honor of my friend Ashley's sister, Amber. 
It was a 5k, by the way. I was proud of myself! HA! 
{Me & Ashley pictured above}

 Went to Megan & Trey's wedding shower! 

 Survived "Audition Extravaganza" week, where we auditioned 3 shows at once. It was crazy, y'all! {Susan, Jack & Chris!}

 Bought a dresser for our bedroom, which i LOVE. =)

Went to a Crawfish Boil mainly to see Tiffanie, a long-time family friend who lives in England {my sister with her BFF Tiffanie}

Chopped off my hair & went to Beaux Arts Ball, where i won Backstage Volunteer of the Year award {Pictured with Tim & Marion who we love & miss!}

Went to Amanda's bridal shower 
{Amanda with her beautiful bridesmaids!}

Had our annual Perry-Venable shindig
{A celebration of Brad & Michelle's birthdays & both dad's Father's Days} 

 Ate, slept & breathed Sound of Music as rehearsal Stage Manager
{Baylie & Katelyn}

 Had a BBA Reunion! Met up with tons of elementary friends after finding each other on FB!
We had a blast! Loved it! {Lea & Jenni, 2 of my favorite elementary school friends!}

 My sis got engaged! In NYC on top of the Empire State Building, i might add! =)

 Went to Megan & Trey's wedding! We had a wonderful time!
{Megan & her sister Erin; us with the newlyweds!}

 Went to Amanda's Bachelorette, where we painted at Corks n Canvas & had dessert at The Melting Pot. FUN! {Amanda & her mom}

Went to Amanda's wedding! It was beautiful & so much fun!

 Went to Jennifer & Kirby's wedding!

Had a FANTASTIC weekend with family & friends at the Beautiful Conference at Istrouma Baptist Church! 
Top pic - cousins (in-law) Megan & Whitney
Middle pic - Me & my sweet friend Robyn
Bottom pic - Me, my mom & mother-in-law

 Had a lovely dinner with good friends Charlynn & Danielle

Britt K came in town from NYC! Met her & Rachel for dinner!

We went to Destin for a whole week with the fam!! It was PURE HEAVEN! =)

 Had breakfast with Becca...without telling her that Amanda was in town!! She cried with joy! It was awesome!!

 Went to Natchitoches to see our friends Tim, Tim & Marion in Chicago. Didn't stay overnight because our hotel had no a/c & it was HOT! But the drive was worth seeing Tim propose to Amber on stage after the show (his girlfriend of 6 years!) {me & amber, above!}

 Served the elderly at my work's annual meeting. 

Went to the annual Sandifer family reunion
 Went to Blake & Andrea's wedding - GORGEOUS!!!

 Had family pics taken by Amanda Blythe Photography!

 Celebrated our 2-year anniversary!

Celebrated mom & dad's birthdays (they are a week & 2 years apart)

Celebrated Thanksgiving with Brad's dad's family - SO much fun! My sis & her fiance came too!

Went to Chris & Mary's wedding!! So exciting!

 Had a dinner party! 
{Becca, Katie & Amanda came with their significant others!}

 Celebrated Char's birthday at Zippy's!
{& brought her the requested Brownie-covered-Oreos}

Had a wondeful Christmas!!!!
{Which was more than about money - haha - but there were too many family pics & i couldn't pic just one! HA!}

It was a great year & when i look back, i love how much time was spent CELEBRATING. Birthdays, Anniversaries, WEDDINGS (So many in 2010!), friends visiting, holidays, etc! It was fabulous year of friends & family & celebration. 

Here's to 2011!!!