Monday, September 30, 2013

Fall Fun!

Hey everyone!

     Well, Fall is definitely upon us, and I haven't done any blogging in quite some time. Things are really picking up here at work, the Hillsdale County Fair just commenced, which was a lot of fun.  One of my partner's and I worked the 9-1-1 Booth, and talked to residents about signing up for the county Code Red system. The Code Red system is simply a reverse notification tool that we in emergency services can use to notify residents of any emergencies in their immediate area such as a chemical spill, tornado warning or even a child abduction. So far, plenty of people have signed up and seem to like the idea. 

     I have also been toying with the idea of starting my own beauty blog. I enjoy the other blogs so much, and enjoy all things beauty related. I can blame that in some ways on my sister, we kind of got into it together. I would really enjoy doing it with her, but we would need to get together to talk about and develop it further. Right now it's just a dream of mine. 

   Also, Christmas is SO CLOSE and other blogs are starting to show the new Holiday Kits that the high-end brands are starting to roll out. This is so exciting, and the best time of year to get tons of great product all in one. Last year my sister got me the Tarte Carried Away palette, which I absolutely adore, and I got her a Lorac set. I am so excited to start my holiday planning and shopping.

     Well that's about it from me for now, I just wanted to make a new entry and get into the swing of blogging again! 

Thursday, July 4, 2013

The Sunshine State and Nasja

Hey everyone!

I wanted to share the details of a very exciting week! As I posted several weeks ago, Scott, Emmy (my sister) and I traveled to sunny Florida for a week-long and much deserved vacation last week. And how sunny it was, the temperatures reaching over 90 degrees daily. 
   Monday was a long difficult day, but we made the best of it. Detroit Airport is usually easy to navigate, but this time the long-term parking lot was re-located and the detour signs for it were confusing. We spent a half hour looking for the lot and the drive to access it. We finally got parked and got our luggage loaded into the shuttle, sped through check-in and were headed to security when our flight called to tell us it was delayed one hour. All that hurrying for nothing! We then picked a place to get breakfast, Emmy got pancakes, I got french toast and Scott got an omelet. After breakfast was over, we sat at the terminal for what seemed like forever. Emmy really liked the moving sidewalk that led to the gates, but she didn't like the escalators while rolling a carry-on bag. Our flight went well, it was fun watching Emmy look out the window while in the air, I don't think she looked away from her window once! She also got a kick out of our female pilot, since she wants to go into aviation herself.
   Upon landing in Florida, there was a long wait to get our rental car. We were upgraded twice due to the lack of economy cars! Then we tried to navigate through the lunch hour traffic to our hotel, which was extremely close to Sanibel Island, one of our destinations. We checked in and changed into our bathing suits and decided to head for Sanibel. When we arrived at Sanibel, we headed straight for lunch. We ate at one of Scott and I's favorite restaurants, The Island Cow. The muffins were amazing as always, and the food delicious too. And the best part? We ordered GATOR! And it was awesome! After our lunch we headed for the beach, which wasn't too packed. Emmy and Scott enjoyed looking for shells while I floated in the saltwater. At one point we were being poked in the feet by something round. It felt like it never stopped. We were so worried, and then we discovered that the ocean floor was covered by live baby sand-dollars. They made the bottoms of our feet orange! We quickly moved out of their way. A storm rolled in about an hour after we arrived at the beach, so we headed for the hotel. We swam in the olympic sized pool there for awhile before retiring to bed for our Tuesday adventure.
   Tuesday was reserved for traveling to Sea World, Orlando. The trip according to Google Maps was only supposed to take 3 hours, but it felt more like 5 hours. It was exhausting, and we had to be up early to get on the road. On the way up on I-75 we went through cities like Punta Gorda, Sarasota and Tampa. As soon as we got to Sea World, we sprayed down with sunscreen and got on with our day. We visited the new Antarctica exhibit (with Penguins!), fed dolphins and sharks, watched several animal shows (awesome as always) and ate awesome food! We had a great time, but then we had to drive the several hour commute back to the hotel. We got back around 0100, and went straight to bed.
   Wednesday was dedicated to shopping and various sight-seeing. We visited the Tanger Outlets, Coconut Point and Gulf Coast Town Center. Emmy found several cute tops and bottoms at a few stores and I window-shopped. We ate at Panera Bread for lunch while another storm passed. We shopped all day and visited Bass Pro Shops and Ron Jon Surf Shop too. We then visited Sun Harvest Citrus and were disappointed to find that late June is the off-season for citrus fruits in Florida. We enjoyed sampling the fresh juices and looking through the candy. Later that afternoon we ate at Chili's for dinner and visited yet another mall, the Edison Mall. We were literally shopped out and exhausted by 2300. 
   Thursday we visited the Six Mile Cypress Slough. We saw baby feral pigs, various birds, turtles and even alligators. It was very humid but the shaded boardwalk helped keep us cool. After we visited the Slough we had lunch and went to the hotel to get our bathing suits for the beach on Sanibel. Bowman's Beach which is known for it's fantastic shelling was our beach of choice. Unfortunately, the shells were picked over and there weren't very many to pick up. Toward the end of the afternoon we witnessed an alligator swimming very closely to the beach. Everyone evacuated as the officer on scene told the swimmers that the alligator was probably trying to reach a nest up on the beach. It was awesome to see. We also visited the Sanibel Lighthouse and Pier, where we watched a fisherman haul a 40 lb fish up from the water. Several feet from the Pier five dolphins were jumping in the water. It was such an amazing day.
  Friday was our flight home. After a quick lunch, we headed to the airport. We were informed that our flight was again delayed because of storms in Detroit. The plane had been waiting on the tarmac for two hours waiting for the weather to clear. We were never so happy to be home in our lives when we finally got back into Michigan and back to Homer around midnight.  
   Monday we added a new family member. I had been wanting a German Shepherd Dog for several years, and more so after meeting our Hillsdale County K-9, Baja. I found my girl on Craigslist, a 9 y/o female German Shepherd named "Nasja" and she has been a joy! I never knew that I liked dogs so much until I got her. She is so much fun, she loves to go for car rides and walks. Our other dog and our cat have had a rough time adjusting to Nasja, but I have been reassured that it will get better as time goes on! It has been a great July so far, and I hope everyone else feels the same!

Nasja

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The List

Happy Tuesday Everyone!

Another day rocking the mic here at work, hope everyone is having a great day. It has been warmer today here in Michigan, with impending showers and thunderstorms tomorrow evening. I did want to share something that I found on another website that I love, makeupandbeautyblog.com. I haven't done a survey since the days of MySpace, but I thought it would be fun to do one today. Here goes!


Le List:

* Have you ever had a bunk bed?
Of course! My siblings and I would tuck blankets under the top bunk mattress to make a "fort." It was so fun! I loved sleeping on the top bunk, it felt so cool to be sleeping so close to the ceiling.

* Are you working on any self-improvement projects?
The question is, when aren't I? Lately I have been working on patience, within myself and also on the job. I have to admit, it's hard sometimes!

* When was the last time you wore a formal gown?
Definitely at my sister's wedding, in March of 2011. I felt so glamorous, even though I wasn't the bride!

* How long does it take you to do your eye makeup in the morning?
Usually about ten minutes. Here is my routine: moisturizer, primer, shadow, mascara, eyeliner and under-eye concealer, in that order.

*How many different places have you lived?
Definitely not anywhere exciting, like Paris or Chicago. Only three places from the time I was born until now.

* This week I'd like to ...
Get through the work-week so I can go into vacation mode.

* When was the last time you went to Vegas?
I haven't been, but S and I have been talking about visiting sometime this Fall for a few days. (Birthday gift, perhaps? :D)

* What's your favorite doughnut?
Oh, that's a tough one. I love doughnuts, and I usually go for frosted cake ones with a glass of orange juice or milk. If I am feeling especially fancy, I will spring for a cream filled long john or a nut-topped cinnamon roll.

*How often do you prepare meals for yourself?
Daily, and usually something quick, as the life of a dispatcher is demanding. S also loves to cook, as he went to college for culinary arts. We usually try to go for a fun dinner once a week at our favorite Mexican spot the next town over.

* Did you have any posters on your bedroom walls as a kid or when you were a teenager?
So many! I had an entire wall in my room dedicated to the actor Josh Hartnett, silly I know! He was handsome though! 

So that was my list! I have to admit that I laughed loudly while I was typing it. It was so fun to do!

Special Thank You to Karen at Make-Up & Beauty Blog  for the use of her idea!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Old Time Rock and Roll

Hey Everyone!

Last night S and I were laying awake in bed talking about our day at the workplace, when the subject came up about classic rock (although I don't know how it came up)! We were soon scanning through YouTube on my phone and playing old music videos. You know, back when MTV actually played music videos!  We agreed that musicians just don't make music like they used to. The majority of the songs that we looked up and played were sung with so much heart, and the lyrics really told a story or expressed what the singer was trying to convey. I also made mention that I was glad that my parents raised my siblings and I around classic rock and country, because I appreciate music so much more now. Singers today like Ke$ha and the Black Eyed Peas use synthesizers and other instruments to make their music sound unique, and others don't sing live at all. I just wish it was pure and simple, like it was back then!

Daily Nubbins:

* Got our deck power-washed today. We are hoping to stain it this weekend to keep it looking like new.

* Had an awesome Sunday with my friend from Germany! We had hot dogs, BBQ sandwiches and lots of fellowship! I was really dragging butt the next morning at work because we visited so late!

* I am being given my own 911 assignment starting next week. I can't believe it's already time! I am nervous!

 

 

Thursday, May 30, 2013

June is Creeping Upon Us!

Hi everyone!

    Upon waking up this morning after suffering my usual bout of insomnia ... (Dispatchers across the world suffer from the same!) I realized that June is literally upon us. Normally I wouldn't think twice about Summer coming, mainly because I was always cooped up in a stuffy nursing home for the last 8 summers working. But this Summer holds promise, as I am doing what I have always dreamed of doing and serving the county of Hillsdale. I am looking forward to what the Summer holds, the different types of calls that we may get along with new experiences in dispatching.
    What I am most excited about the Summer bringing is a vacation with S, and my sister Emmy.  Emmy has dreams of being an airline pilot, and S and I invited her along on our annual vacation to Florida at the end of June. I can't wait to see her face as we arrive at the Detroit Airport and she gets to see the various different planes, as well as boarding a plane for the first time! We don't really have an itinerary at this time, but S and I think that it's the best way to do a vacation. Just the three of us!

Daily Nubbins :

* Judging from the radar here at work, rain and possible storms are headed our way. That should keep us busy!

* Hell's Kitchen is on tonight, love my Gordon Ramsay!

*Got a particularly large order from Maurices.com today, excited to try on and make some outfits out of my new clothes!