Friday, December 21, 2012


I am "borrowing" the idea for this post from Lindsay! Just wanted to mix things up a bit! 


3 books I want to read:
1. Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern
2. Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn
3. The Weight of Silence - Heather Gudenkauf

3 shows I must watch:
1. The Mentalist
2. Giuliana & Bill
3. Big Bang Theory

3 movies I can watch over and over:
1. Oceans 11 (w/Clooney & Pitt)
2. Moneyball
3. All the Harry Potters

3 drinks I consume throughout the day:
1. water
2. coffee
3. almond milk

3 of my least favorite chores:
1. laundry
2. dishes
3. laundry

3 things I am proud of:
1. getting my AA
2. improvement on my pictures
3. how well I do my job

3 things I am looking forward to:
1. time off for Christmas
2. Disney in April or May
3. Cruise with the family in June

3 favorites stores:
1. Target
2. Best Buy
3. Barnes and Noble

3 things that make me happy:
1. taking pictures
2. people I work with
3. hanging at home with Firefighter watching Big Bang Theory together 

Thursday, December 20, 2012

My New Fave

But I can't decide if I like it better in color 

Or black and white..... 

Either way though it's a great pic!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

It's Official....


Wahoo!! Yippee!! GO ME!!!

I can't believe that it is all over now. Talking about it for months and the waiting and now it's over, just like that. No different than any other life events, it's all over in the blink of an eye and now we continue on with the job of living.  

I have to say though that this was something that I didn't really think was going to be that big of a deal. I mean it's an AA not a Bachelor's or a Master's and part of me felt a bit silly for making it seem like a big deal. I have forever been dwelling on the fact that it took me as long as it did when this is an achievement that can be done in 2 years by most other people. But that is my hang up. Last night when the graduates where gathering is when it sunk in a bit more, the weight of what I had accomplished  Because honestly I didn't really feel like it was that big of an accomplishment. Once I saw the other graduates, it hit home a bit more.There were people there of all ages and that was a comfort to me as well. It just reaffirmed that getting an education has no deadline. You can do it at any age.  

(one of my brothers and I)

(mom and I)

Another thing that was difficult for me was knowing that my dad wasn't there. When I got onto the stage and found my family it made me tear up a bit because I knew there was someone missing. It was hard to not burst into tears. I know he was there, but still... not the same. 
(my sister and I - btw our birthday was Thursday)

(Firefighter and I)

After the ceremony we went to Ruby Tuesdays for dinner. In the car on the way over, I confessed to Firefighter that it was weird being on the stage and to be the one graduating this time. I have been to 3 of his graduation ceremonies and this is the first one he has been to for me. It was a nice change. 

Now of course the question of the hour is, "What are you going to do now?" And my answer for that is, I do not know!! I am not going to stress right now about it, it's the holidays. I will do research and see what I find that strikes my fancy and go from there. For now though, it's time to bask in the glow of my achievement. And on Sunday.... we PARTY!!!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Family Fun at Disney's Boardwalk

Sunday was a great day. My brother from Pittsburgh has been at Disney World since Wednesday and Sunday we drove up to hang with him and his boy. It was such a nice time. 

We met at the Boardwalk Resort and ate at the ESPN Zone. We got there at a great time too. There was no line when we arrived, but when we left, it was building up! It's crazy that all the times I have been to Disney and to the Boardwalk that Firefighter and I have NEVER eaten there. Well, that won't happen again. Next time we go, we will definitely grab a bite there. 

So we strolled along the boardwalk for a bit, stopped in the little store there and at the Boardwalk Bakery as well, where my bro and the boy split one of the largest and heaviest eclairs I have ever seen. 

(My mom, brother and the boy)

Before departing the Boardwalk we were able to get some family shots. The black and white is my favorite. 

Here we are doing our best Rockette impression! 

Here is a pic of a portion of my family. We were missing some other very important people. 

Before heading out we ventured over to the brother's hotel to take a gander. Inside they had a Christmas carousel made out of chocolate. He was staying at the Beach Club Resort, which BTW is very pretty!!!! 

Just being on Disney property for me was like a tonic or something. I just feel so relaxed and at ease there. It truly is my happy place. 

After the Boardwalk we went to Downtown Disney to buy something at World of Disney. And of course we had to hit up Ghiradelli for some dessert goodness. I had a basic hot chocolate and mom has a warm caramel sundae. It was YUMMY!!!! It was all decorated for Christmas there and that made it even harder to leave. I did manage to persuade the group to allow me to get a picture of one of the trees on display there. It was quite unique. 

Overall...  A GREAT DAY!!!! I was very sad that it had to end!!! 

Until the next time....