Saturday, February 28, 2009

Anniversary Gift!!

Our anniversary gift to ourselves was an amazing sound machine. We have wanted one for awhile now and we finally got one! This is very exciting news because Scott can't sleep without some sort of noise and I don't sleep very well on a normal night. We decided it was a win-win gift idea. It's only been two nights and we are hooked. So far it is a tie between "white noise" and "thunderstorm" for favorite setting. The "summer nights" setting is out for sure ... too many strange animal noises, it sent our poor dog into a frenzy.

We opted for this model because it was by far the most value for the money. It has a power cable, backup lithium battery and you can add 4 AA batteries. It is ultra light weight and perfect for travel ... even has a super cute case. It has a home and away setting for both the clock and alarm. Best of all to make it truly the compact version of the 18 setting sound machine (that only does the sounds btw), they chose the top 8 sounds from the sleep and relax settings on the original and made them standard on this one. Needless to say I am confident this will aid in both of our sleep woes.


FYI: Apparently the only way to purchase one of these is online or in Brookstone. Who knew these little babies were so tough to find?

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Sharpie LOVE

Anyone who knows me ... I mean really knows me ... is keenly and hilariously aware that I have an unnatural love for all things that fall into the "office product/school supply" category. This includes things like binders, post-its, clips, markers, tabbed organizers, datebooks, dry erase boards, push pins and ESPECIALLY pens. My latest addiction is the Sharpie Pen. Oh you haven't tried it? Shame on you. It is amazing. Fine tip. Four great colors. Does NOT bleed through regular paper. Seriously. Try it.


While perusing the Sharpie website today, I discovered these two little treasures.
1: You can personalize your own Sharpie with two lines of text and clip art. HELLO?!?! How have I never heard of this? Ridiculous.


2: There is a stainless steel Sharpie Marker. BLING!!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Quote

"In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility."
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Quote

"Experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted. And experience is often the most valuable thing you have to offer."
-- excerpt from The Last Lecture
By: Randy Pausch
CLICK HERE if you peref to watch this amazing lecture instead of read the book.

Monday, February 9, 2009

"7 Whole Grains on a Mission"


During my on going journey to find healthy food options, I have stumbled across some really great finds. Some have been recommended by friends and others have been discovered through pure trial and error (errors = items not tasty enough to be considered food!!). I was introduced to these bars-o-goodness on my Sunday hike up the mountain with my folks. Thanks mom!
Anyhow, Kashi is a brand that rarely disappoints. They have a wide variety of products and it helps that part of their mission is to keep things healthy and flavorful. Check out the Kashi GOLEAN® CRUNCHY! protein and fiber bars. These bars are designed for an Optimized Glycemic Response with slow release carbohydrates to balance blood sugar, and protein and fiber to help you stay satisfied. I love these little snack-a-liciouis treats - the chocolate almond is my favorite!!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

2009 Atlanta Sports Awards

Some of my favorite folks were in attendance at Monday evening's Atlanta Sports Awards @ the FOX theatre in Atlanta. We hung out with a few mascots, saw some local sports celebs and enjoyed the evening. Kudos to the Atlanta Sports Council for a wonderful event!


Sunday, February 1, 2009

Nashville


My trip to Nashville to see Ashley was long overdue. It was a much needed change of scenery. I've been to Nashville a few times and every trip I see something new. Thanks for being a tourist with me in your own town Ash!! 

Friday night Ashley took me to the best family style restaurant, Monell's. I was already excited about the food, but we actually shared one of the most surreal moments I have experienced in a long time. At Monell's the tables seat about 12 people. They keep seating folks until the table is full. They also just keep bringing out huge bowls of food that everyone shares and passes around. We were sat first and then joined by what appeared to be a family. Conversation came easily and steadily as we passed and ate and ate and ate. We soon discovered that the wife in one of the couple's was a UGA alumna. The father of two little boys was sitting next to me. The young boys were inquisitive and so animated, they were very interested in Ashley and I and a little confused as to why were eating dinner with them. It was adorable. They also had no problem hanging with the adults when it came to puttin' down the grub. We chatted about how there were actually five generations of their family sitting at our table. Then, it was revealed that they were actually there to celebrate a 50th birthday of a woman who could have barely passed for 30, much less 50!!! They very generously included us in their private celebration as if we had known them forever. Not only did they share a delicious homemade cake that they had specially prepared by a fellow church member, when Ashley and I said our goodbyes and went to pay our bill ... we were told it had already been taken care of. The patriarch of the family was treating his brood to a special meal and without any fanfare, he selflessly included us on his tab. It was such an unexpected act of kindness that Ash and I were stunned into silence. We just kept repeating "that was so nice" all the way home. It certainly humbled me and gave me a renewed faith in the generosity of strangers. The meal was fantastic and one I won't soon forget. 
Monell's has the most hilarious "receipt" system. Once they take your last plate away, they drop this at your spot on the table. The card says, "I've eaten and I can't get up!" and is such an accurate description of how you feel. 

Saturday was downtown day. We ate lunch at Jack's BBQ, which was incredibly tasty and VERY filling. I recommend the pork bbq and the crazy delicious mac & cheese. 


We also hung out at Layla's to see one of Ashley's favorite local bands Jypsi. They are a sibling ensemble and they absolutely blew the doors off the place. They have unique style and sound. Fantastic song writing skills and the lead singer has some major chops.

There was a round of shopping (mostly browsing) at some superb little boutiques. My favorite was Bookman/Bookwoman. A charming discount bookstore that I could have spent decades in. After a quick pit-stop at the house, we decided to have a girl's movie night since ACDC was in town and everything else was packed. The cinematic choice, without hesitation, was Revolutionary Road. It was fantastic. Every honor and accolade it has garnered is well deserved. Kate and Leo were fantastic. They were incredibly raw and believable. Just a head's up, the story was very dark and if you were expecting a silver lining at the end ... there isn't one. Nashville is great. Hopefully I'll be able to get back again sometime soon. 

R&R