Wednesday, July 29, 2009

This and That

I always think about things to blog about when I can't sit down and write a post. Then, when I have the chance: nothing.

Let's see, what have we been up to lately?

My Aunt Bobbie passed away on Friday evening. She had had cancer and lost the battle. She was a wonderful Christian woman who was always a joy to be around. I will really miss her. Please pray for her only son, Chris, and his wife, Lori, as they get ready to move on with their life after caring for her for the past few months.

This week is Restaurant Week in Downtown Atlanta. That means that there is a list of restaurants in the area that offer a very small selection of dishes for $25 a person. These are restaurants that usually end up being over $100 for two people. Last night, Scott and I went to Morton's to take advantage of this deal. It was very good. We both had the filet mignon and it was one of the best steaks I'd ever had. I got the Lyonnaise Potatoes and Scott got the grilled asparagus. The asparagus had this balsamic stuff on it and Scott wasn't a huge fan of that. I loved the potatoes and Scott liked them too. We both got caesar salads as well, but they had too much anchovie paste in the dressing, so I only ate about 3 bites of that. Yuck. The dessert was to die for. We both got the double chocolate mousse. It was rich and creamy. I had to hold myself back and only eat half. I had eaten my entire steak and about half of the potatoes. I still felt full when I got up this morning. I know that is not on my Weight Watchers plan, but I didn't want to miss out on the chance to go to such a nice restaurant for so cheap!

I must admit that this has been my worst week yet on WW. I decided last week that I absolutely had to have some hot wings and soon. We had tried to make them in a healthier fashion at home and it just did not quench my need. I like them super crunchy. So, Scott went to Buffalo's and got us some wings on Saturday night and I made fries in the oven. It was really good and hit the spot. I needed that. Of course, I didn't realize then how much I would be eating in the next few days. The church made a meal for us after Bobbie's funeral and I didn't know how many points were in all the food I had. I didn't eat a lot, but I had a little sliver of Chocolate cake (with homemade chocolate icing that my Aunt Noma, cousin Judy, and I were drooling for) and I wasn't sure how any of it had been prepared. However, since it was prepared by a bunch of Southern ladies, I can only guess. Plus, we'd eaten out several time over the weekend driving to and from Austell for the funeral home. At this point in time, I have blown through my extra 35 points for the week plus an additional 13.5. It would be 16.5, but I got some exercise on Saturday.

Since we took our house off the market, we are going to take our stuff out of storage so that we aren't paying for storage any more. Plus, we really do use or need most of that stuff and had only put it in storage so that the house would look more empty for the "staging". I will say this: it is one thing to have your home "staged" for selling for a couple of months; it is quite another to live that way for a year and a half. Needless to say, we were glad to go and get some of our bigger items on Saturday that we had been missing. We still have a bunch of boxes with all our extra linens, books, picture books, picture frames, and other items and a couple of large items to go and get. So, I am thinking 2-3 truck loads in my truck. Our sweet neighbors, Nan and John, came over and helped us rearrange our living room several times until all agreed we had the perfect set up. I should take some pictures and post them.

I went and got my hair cut for the first time in about six months on Saturday morning. I like it. I need to take a picture of that too.

Okay. Dilemma. When we packed up all of our stuff for storage, we threw away a big old bookshelf that was in danger of falling apart. So, now we need another book shelf or two for around the house and one small one for our bedroom. We went looking on Saturday and didn't find anything we liked. We'd like to not get something that looks cheap, but we don't want to spend a lot of money either. I have heard a couple of people suggest Ikea. Does anyone else have any suggestions of where to look?

We went a couple of weekends ago and saw the new Harry Potter movie. I liked it, but was a little disappointed in some parts. They changed some things completely, but not like in previous movies. They had some great opportunities to have some really exciting action scenes, and they passed those by. But, overall I enjoyed it. I purposefully did not read any of the books for a LONG time before the movie came out this time. In the past, I have always re-read the books right before the movies came out and it caused me to spend the entire movie analyzing the differences. So, now that I have seen the movie, I of course wanted to read the book again. Luckily, we have the book on MP3, so I listened to it on MP3. I finished it today.

My current computer at home is about 7 years old. Scott has been talking about getting me a new computer for quite a while and I have been holding him back because we just didn't need to spend the money. Of course, we still just don't need to spend the money, but I just can't stand the slowness of the internet any more. He found a sweet deal on a HP laptop for me and is going to get it tomorrow to take advantage of the tax-free weekend! I can't wait! Now, I will feel like I really need to clean off my desk. Ugh. I hate doing that. I dread it, actually.

Well, I have rambled on for long enough. I am in the calm before the storm right now and don't have much to do at work.


Carrie said...

I enjoyed reading your update! I would not be able to pass up that chance to eat somewhere super fancy either! I want to see a picture of your new haircut, and excited for you and your new computer! That will be fun!

Josh Stringer said...

Ikea for the bookshelf. Its the best selection for the best price.

The Shadburn Family said...

The Salvation Army store across from the Sam's club in Duluth always has nice furniture. It's usually good, solid, wood they often have sets. Also try craigslist.

I'm on the lookout for you, too.

Andy's Bethy said...

I was going to suggest craigslist too. You never know what you will find on there.
If you are going to get a new computer, go for a Mac. They are totally worth it! Plus, they take up less room on your desk, so you wouldn't have to clean off as much...
Can't wait to see the new hair cut. I just cut mine too!

Erin said...

Oooh, I want a new computer, too! Ours is the same way, I'm considering discussing it with Michael because it is tax free weekend, and all.

I get bookshelves at Target. They have 5 shelf bookshelves for $30 or so. OK, so they're not "real" wood, but they really don't look terrible, either. But I'm more of a function over form gal, so its ok if you don't agree, lol!

Have you ever checked out "Wood World" on 78? They have some really nice unfinished bookshelves. Not sure on the price, but they're pretty. I love that store. I've never bought anythign there, but I do love to go and look.

I'm rambling. ;-)

Oh, I meant to offer you my condolences on Sunday, I'm sorry to hear of your aunt. What a wonderful thing she knew the Lord, though!

Scott said...

I bought Marcy's laptop today. In case anyone wants an IT guy's opinion... I bought an HP DV6-1245DX at Best Buy for $699. It was the best machine for the price. I could have gone cheaper (like I usually do), but went for the better value instead. Hopefully we won't have to upgrade for at least another 4-5 years.