Oh, loyal, faithful readers, I am sorry I have abandoned you. In this economy when you need my wise words more than ever, I have forsaken you. A million times, I am sorry!
I wish there were some awesome reason for my absence...world travel, disease that led to weight loss and a new rockin' bod, monumental changes going on. But sadly, just life as usual, which has been pretty great lately. I won't update you on every little thing, mostly because I can't remember them, but I will give you a few highlights, with a promise to do better.
Everything around the house is still good. My decorating craze was put on hold, mostly because I just sort of stopped decorating, but soon it will be back when we get some shelves installed on the main floor, and I make some rockin' curtains for a few rooms. I did, however, get the office in great shape, with a new filing cabinet, my diplomas hung, and a general cleaning. It looks great, and Jim was really surprised! Yay!
A few trips we have made:
-Asheville, NC to see a Richard Buckner show, and visit our friend, Ezra
-Scott Mountain near Amherst, VA to go camping with Tasha, Jeremy, Gwen, Brady, Sophie, Gardener, Matt, et al.
-Jim went to Cincinnati for his last ever CISV Board Meeting!
-We went to Richmond for Kate's birthday and Halloween. We had a great time, as always!!
A few trips we are going to make:
-Jim is in San Francisco now at a conference
-Thanksgiving in Fredericksburg, with a visit to DC in the days following
-I will be heading to Philly and Swarthmore, PA to visit Sarah, Andy, Maddie, and baby #2, and to go to Emily and Roban's wedding with Marta!!! I am really excited about this trip!!!
-Christmas in Iowa, then Fredericksburg
-Perhaps Paris in April?!? We've been talking about it and would love to go. We think there may even be a direct flight from CLT to CDG. We're researching...
Some new things:
We bought a beautiful new LCD TV for the basement, with an HD Tivo, new Amp, Mac Mini, etc. We've really been loving it. I never thought I would really care about the picture quality of TV, as long as my favorite shows are on, but it really does make a difference.
New friends. Jim's geek connections have been paying off lately. We have befriended a guy he works with, his wife, and their adorable daughter too. Also, another fun couple that features a programmer. Our new friend Ben just left Charlotte to move back to Lexington, but we're hoping he and his girlfriend will return soon.
I dyed my hair for the first time in FOREVER! It's my Winter look, and I am really enjoying it.
I got an iPhone!! I have had the same phone for the past 4-5 years, and it was showing! I had a huge phone, with no data plan, that would freeze for 5 minutes after I sent a text message (which makes texting back and forth a huge problem!). I am glad to see it go. If you have not received my new number, and you are a friend, just email me for it. I absolutely love my iPhone--works wonderfully, calendars syncing, apps downloading...life is good!!
In other news...
-Jim's parents will be coming to visit in early December, which is exciting.
-Work is still going well, with some general annoyance from useless coworker.
-I am excited about the holidays. I have no idea what to get anyone this year...seriously. I started to make a list (because that's what I do), and it just a list of names with blank spaces next to them. So SEND LISTS!!!
-Jim and I are still loving Charlotte, our house, our lives in general.
Well, that's about it for now...I will try to be better about posting. With the holidays coming up, I will have some time on my hands (work will be slower, more vacation time, general happier mood for sharing). I will try to share that time with you, dear readers.