Sunday, January 28, 2007


FINALLY, we have some snow. Sure, it's snowed a bit here and their but today we actually had SNOW. It's funny how it came too. This morning we went to church and when we arrived it was warm. Jason said it had to be almost in the 40's. So I took off my coat and went into church with only a long sleave shirt. Almost as thin as a T-Shirt. We came out from church and the same thing. I told Jason it was awesome hiking weather and maybe we should go. We had to run to Lowe's first and return a shower head. We went to Lowe's. When I looked over to the west it was dark, almost like it was going to storm. At that time I told Jason it looked like some weather was moving in and that would eliminate our hiking adventure. We talked into Lowe's returned the shower head and then looked for a dog bathing tub. I promise, we was only in Lowe's for no more than 15 minutes. When we walked out it was freezing outside. It had truly dropped about 20 degrees within that 15 minutes and it started to snow. Not just the light snow we've been getting but it was heavy big snow. We went to eat at Charlie Browns Steakhouse and then headed home. It had snowed heavily over by Lowes however when we got back on the mountain near our home no snow in sight. I told Jason we was hexed. That we wanted snow so bad it just was never going to come. I laid down for my Sunday nap and when I woke up around 3:30 to get ready to leave for agility class it was coming down hard. Within the hour I had slept we had already had 1 - 2 inches of snow. I loaded up the crates in the Jeep, dusted the snow off it and then got ready. The driveway was a little tricky. I couldn't use my breaks because I started to slide down the drive way. This tells me when we really get some heavy snow we're going to have to park at the end of the drive and walk up the hill. Our driveway is so crazy steap. The roads we're slick on the way to dog class so I didn't take the back way over to Bloom. I took the long way through town.

Agility class was a blast. Again she set up an excellent standard course. We worked on 6 obstacles sequences at a time and then before we left we ran the whole thing together. Chase was her usual self. We worked a bit on her stays at the jump. She actually did VERY well. I know if I keep working with her at home and at class she'll get it no problem. Someone new came to class today. I decided I wanted to get Sam back in the ring this fall so tonight was her first class in a long time. Well, almost 2 years. She was wild at first, running around like crazy, but in the end she did so good. I was so proud of her. Sam is my favorite so any time I get to spend with her is special. Sam's easier to run because she has great start line stays so I can lead out and she's not as fast as Chase. Tonight we could only use front crosses on the course so that was VERY tricky with Chase. Chase acted up tonight in the ring like she does at the show so Jacqui was able to see what problems I am having. THANK GOODNESS. Jacqui came over and talked to me a bit. During that time Chase did her down on the table since I wasn't paying attention to her so I treated her. Jacqui told me that maybe when she gets on the table I should just ignore her and let her do the down. It worked wonderful. We'll see if she does it in the ring ok like that in March.

Well I'm ending this VERY long blog with some photos of our new kitchen furniture. When we got it home Jason said our house is finally starting to look like a home and not a dorm room. So true, so true. I'm also including some photos of the snow. It was dark when we went out tonight so I wasn't able to get any of the snow on the mountain (which is beautiful). Maybe tomorrow ont he way to work we can take some photos.


They love to eat the snow. Just don't eat the yellow snow. he he he.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Busy Busy Busy and Bored Bored Boring

Work is starting to get really busy. Which is exciting to me. Today I had my first meeting with the VP of an account I will be handling. I was very excited to become involved however it was a bit overwhelming. They were talking fast and I was trying to jot down notes I thought was important. It always seems the notes you jot down just is never enough. So, I'm thinking about asking them if they will purchase me a hand held recorder for meetings. I need to sit in a few more though to be sure that's what I really need. After that I spent the rest of the afternoon working on a project they needed me to complete. Now this can be quite challenging since I'm not sure what all the products are yet. Some of these Christmas items just have the weirdest names. Some of it is so UGLY I wouldn't buy it for my dogs chew toy! Maybe a gag gift though :-) But, most of the items are really cool. It's also really exciting since I really like to decorate my house for Christmas. They have this bow in the show room that I'm dying to have for my Christmas tree. Not only that but our office also has a outlet store hooked onto it. You can get all the ribbons, bows, even scrapbooking stuff for nearly nothing.

Now why am I bored? Well tonight I cleaned the house. BORING! Now I'm sitting here trying to think of things to say. I know mostly my family and friends from far away read this to keep up with what we're doing but honestly, it's been nothing this week but work! May I say how thankful I am that God has blessed me with a good job? And how awesome it is that we're so close to work? Jason and I used just 1 tank of gas in 2 weeks. Can you imagine that? We drive back and forth to work 2 times a day. Once to actually go to work and go home and then we go home for lunch every day to visit with the children and let them out. This works out really well since Tasha is getting so old and is starting to have problems holding herself during the day.

Thank God tomorrow is Thursday. I'm ready for the weekend. Jip and her hubby are coming over and bringing their sheltie Ania on Saturday night. We're going to have pizza and a movie thon. Then on Sunday it's dog training class. Taylor sure is getting antsy and needs something to do. If she jumps off the stairway onto the couch again I'm going to kill her :-) Not really but she's been getting into tons of trouble lately because she's doing that. Hopefully by the end of this year we'll have a railing up so she can't do that any longer.

Super Bowl Party - Now normally we have a crowd over. Since we just moved though Crazy Carie and Chris, Jacob and Trish, and Andrew and Jennifer can't come. Boo Hoo. I'm going to try to talk Jip into coming (you hear that Jip?) he he he. Then we're just going to pick random people we work with and invite them over. Sounds fun huh? It's the best way to meet new people and develop new friendships. Although some of them may think, after the party, MAN IS SHE STRANGE! he he he.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

While looking for a funny Cheerleading photo to post low and behold. Look what I found. The Gangs all together.

Abs, Shae and Brandi. I sure miss you guys.

THIS MEANS WAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So all of you know that I HATE football. But, Jason told me today that the Chicago whatevers are going to the super bowl. Since Jason lived in the Windy City for several years of course he's rooting for them Super Bowl Sunday. Then I asked who was playing them. He said probably the Colts. Now seeing that I grew up in Indiana and lived their until I was married of course I'm rooting for the Colts. So, I plan to have on my White and Blue (I think that's their colors) and maybe I'll make some Colt Cookies or something to rub it into Jason's face. He he he.

Now they haven't officially won yet but I'm rooting for them. Actually I'm not going to watch the game I'm going to watch Prince and Me so I'll just wait until Jason tells me they won. Woo Hoo. Go COLTS!

Should I bring back my old Cheerleading days and make up a cheer?

Beat those Patriots.

I'm such a nerd.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Friday was our first snow of the winter here in PA. I was so excited. When we got home we let the dogs out, got the camera and shot some photos of the kids playing around in the yard. The sure did love to eat the snow :-) Just don't eat the yellow snow. He he he.

Today was a very fun day. Jason and I got up early and went over to NY to go Eagle Watching. We had such a blast. Although it had to be in the teens and VERY WINDY it was great. We saw a few eagles in the few hours that we were their. We met up at one of the lookout points with an eagle watching expert. He then directed us to another location in NY where the eagles had just been seen. Since we're novice eagle spotters and honestly didn't know what to look for it was nice having him around. He spotted several eagles and Jason was able to shoot a few pictures of them.

After that we drove through the Delaware Water Gap. We stopped at one place to view some falls.


I said "Burr, it's Cold in Here" Jason's poor face is so red

I tried to smile, however, my face was frozen!

Monday, January 15, 2007

Wayne Palmer is President? Who would have thought. For all of us 24 fans wasn't last night just wonderful? I can't wait to see what tonight will bring. Jason and I are geared and ready. Oh yeah, looks like Jack is now a cannibal.

This weekend went by way too fast. Friday night it was our weekly night out at the Quaker Steak and Lube. Man, it was so good. They also have this thing called a lube tube. It's the coolest thing ever. I keep telling Jason I'm dying for one but after we found out the price, I think I'll pass. It's $80.00 to purchase. Basically is't a beer bong. It's the coolest looking thing ever too. Of course I wouldn't fill it with beer, it would be more like Diet Coke but it would be a party throwers favorite.

Saturday it was clean the house day. I hate this day. I spend a few hours cleaning up all the dog hair and stuff that was scattered throughout the house that week. Yes, I do clean the house through the week but I spot clean on Saturdays. I did get to go to Dalo's for my cream horns and donuts though. That's always a +. We came home and put our new Beef Stew in the crock pot. Man is it awesome. Jason created a spicy seasoning that's out of this world :-) After all that I watched some of LOTR and then watched all of 13 going on 30.

Sunday we visited a church down the street. It was a really nice church and we would consider going back. However, we're going to keep looking. Don't want to make a decision right away! Afterwards it was nap time. Then we went to our first agility class in PA. It was such a nice class. Our new instructor is an AKC agility judge. For our course it was an Excellent A Standard course. How's that for starting out with a wild child. The course was tough but we broke it down into 6 obstacle sections. At the end of class we ran the whole course. Chase did so well although she spent her time digging at the dirt, barking and jumping on me. She was just so excited about being back in class. Taylor is the classes goody goody dog. Just like Patty Perfect (you know who you are) :-) he he he. After class we rushed home to watch 24.

Oh, I almost forgot. I have a friend. Her name is Jip and I work with her. She's in HR. She's very sweet and I'm trying to talk her into taking agility classes with her Sheltie. Our class was 1 1/2 hours long and she didn't look bored the whole time. Now that's a trooper.

Now it's Monday. 24 Monday. I'm about to finish a movie I started the other day before the show starts. Tomorrow I plan on renting the Guardian. I'm so excited about seeing that. Oh, by the way, I also am sending in our agility entries for our first show in Philly in March. I'm so excited.

Friday, January 12, 2007


So I have been officially been accepted into our Seasonal Team. Today when I walked into the office and to my cube their was a bag that held a Dalo's Cream Horn in it. Elizabeth had went to Dalo's (a local bakery) today and purchased ne a Cream Horn because she knew they were my favorite. It brought the hugest smile to my face and I really savored every minute eating it. Ahh, 350 calories totally worth it. So my day went really well. Elizabeth said she purchase it for me hoping that I would stick around for a while. Right now that's a running joke. The lady before me quit after 1 week of being employed. Everyone says Elizabeth scared her off. So every day I tell them before I leave that I'll be coming back. My boss today told me not to think too hard this weekend so I wouldn't talk my self out of quiting. It's so funny.

Tonight we went on our weekend date. We went to Quaker Steak and Lube for wings. I can't wait until all my friends come to visit so I can take them their.

Also tonight I plan on taking out my Shenandoah NP trail map and mapping out what sections we'll be hiking Memorial day weekend. I'm really looking forward to our first overnight backpacking trip of the season.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Stupid Questions get Funny Looks......

So the other day, like my second day at work I asked the stupidest question ever. Well, at least I felt dumb after it came out of my mouth. We are a ribbons and bows manufacturer. It's mostly Christmas bows and ribbons but they also have their hand into Valentines Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and other small holidays. So it's almost the middle of January and still all this Christmas stuff is out. So I ask Elizabeth who's training me, "Does this Christmas stuff stay out all year round" I get a funny look and her answer was "Well our main holiday is Christmas" Now Elizabeth is very nice but I can understand the funny look and the short remark. Afterwards I was thinking to myself, now what does she think of me now? Does she think I so stupid? Anyway, Elizabeth and I are very similar in the way we do things and get things done. We're both anal about things and like to stay busy and do things right the first time. I've really enjoyed spending the last week with her helping me out. She did a run through of stuff the first day and by the second day I was on the computer and she was looking over me making sure I was doing things right. She's a very interesting lady too. She travels all over the world a few times a year and has so many cool stories and photos. This year she's heading to Austria. The first time she said that I was thinking "Austria, well Good day mate. Let's put another shrimp on the barbe." Good ol Dumb and Dumber quote. But, I didn't say that one out loud :-) I really think I'm going to like my job. I'm excited about it actually.

In other news, our HS reunion is suppose to be this year. That should be very exciting, if I even get to go. It will be interesting to see everyone. See what their like. See if the popular people ended up being bums or something like that. That seems to be what happens. Or how many people are still rotting away in Union County :-) All my friends I have been in touch with live away from Union County and we are always laughing at the people who go to this little bar in Liberty to hang out. First off, if you have ever visited Liberty it's the smallest town on earth. Or it seems like it. For the only hang out to be in a bar that's another thing. Where did this bar come from? Why do they even need a bar in Liberty? If I was still living their and wanted to meet people I would drive to Cincy, Richmond or even Indy. Ahh, it's funny to laugh about it though.

Well I better go help Jay with dinner! Carie, my dear Carie......WHERE'S ALL THOSE KUWAIT PHOTOS I'M DYING TO SEE? (he he he)

Monday, January 08, 2007

Temper Tantrum

So those who know me very well know I have one of the worst tempers around. Not only do I get so mad I feel like I'm going to have a heart attack but I also like to throw stuff. Remember the song I posted earlier, "Give me something to break" anyway, one of my favorites. So the whole reason behind my temper tantrum......this stupid computer. I love to archive photos and create home videos by video editing footage I've shot. My current project I have been working on is my last agility shows with all my agility buds. I promised them I would have it by Christmas but honestly this darned computer keeps acting up. I have tons of footage already on the hard drive but it just freezes whenever I start to work. I do not have any other means of copying video to give to my buds so video editing is the only thing I can do. But......the computer isn't allowing me to do it. Also, Jason and I are photography nuts. We've had our camera for a little over 1 year now and we've already taken over 8000 photos. That's right, 8000. So, with these photos they need to be archived. Since the photos are huge files 2+ megs I normally save up a few sets of photos and then when I have about 4 gigs saved I archive them on DVD. Now when I want to view these photos again on this computer.....well, it won't let me. It freezes also. So tonight has been a temper tantrum throwing time for me. I'm frustrated because I want to work on my movie and I'm frustrated because I want to take photos to work with me.

Now about work. I started my new job today. I'm very excited about this new job. I really think I'm going to like it. I think I'm going to be very busy which I'm really looking forward to. Pilot kept me very busy because I was the only OE person in the plant but at Univar I wasn't busy at all. Actually, I spent my days surfing the internet and talking to friends via email. To my Univar boss who may be reading this. You really already knew that I surfed the internet and really didn't have much to do so this shouldn't come as a surprise. I like to stay busy and I like to work my brain. Anyway, so I'm the new Sales Coordinator at Berwick Offray. My husband works their also. Funny thing though, I was reading the employee handbook and it talked about interoffice dating. He he he. I guess Jason and I are breaking the law, breaking the law. Anyway, my boss is really nice and the people I work with so far are really nice. Today was boring as most first days are. They do not want to overload you so they bore you with handbook reading, catalog memorization, etc. Tomorrow I'm sitting with a lady that's going to start more in depth training. I'm really looking forward to it. Jason works right across the hall but the funny thing is, I NEVER see him. When we get ready to go home for lunch we email and when we get ready to go home we email. It's humorous. By the way, my computer hadn't arrived this morning when I did. When I was given the office tour my boss walked me through IT and stopped by Jasons office and said I needed my computer pronto. We all thought it was funny :-) Their are tons of people who love offroading in Jeeps too. So, it's going to be really nice. Several people who like to hike and do so often. Actually, Jason has already been invited on a white water rafting trip in May with some of the guys. So, Carie, Trish, and Kim would you be interested in coming and spending the weekend with me? We could visit NYC, hike and hang out, eat tons and get fat.

Oh, I almost forgot, Jason and I have some hiking trips planned for this year. So far only 2, we could add more. Anyone who would like to go with us please let us know and we'll plan our trip. We're planning on hiking Shenandoah NP Memorial Day weekend and then hiking around Acadia NP in Maine Labor Day weekend. If you're interested please let us know.

Anyway, back to the photos. I was able to get some of the CDRs to load and I found this photo that was taken Thanksgiving 05. Jason, Stacy and I spent all evening playing with GI Joes and building pyramids with them. I thought it was freakin' hilarious and we kept everyone up because we were laughing so hard. So, I hope you enjoy this photo as much as I did. Seeing it again brought laughter tears to my eyes. Do you know what that spells?

Friday, January 05, 2007

Check out this bad boy!
Welcome back Trish and Crazy Carie! I missed you guys while you were gone. I meant to send this earlier but totally forgot.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

I've been meaning to update my blog however I keep finding stuff to do. Ahh, excuses, excuses. Our annual New Years Party went off with a bang. I picked my little sis up on Thursday evening. Friday while Jason was at work we drove around exploring the area. We went to some antique stores, covered bridges and other places. While we were out we received a call from "The Boys" Mike and Matt who said they were coming to stay with us over New Years. Both of us were very excited since Mike and Matt have been attending our New Years Parties for 3 years now. It's funny how no matter where we move our friends still come to our party. Guys, you don't know how much that means to us. It's awesome. Anyway, so Jason Best friend Kegan decided to also come from Raleigh, NC on his way to Virginia Beach. Make Sense? Well, that's Kegan. Kegan was our Best Man in our wedding and has been best friends with Jason since he was in college. I also was very excited that he was coming. The last time he came to our party was when he returned from the Navy. So Friday we waited for Kegan to arrive. I went downstairs and opened up the curtains and low and behold there he was, at the bottom of the hill looking for our house. (our house doesn't have a number) How did I know it was him? He had Christmas lights drapped all over the outside of his car. Ahh, Kegan the nut. On Saturday Jay, Kegan, Stac and I went to the Leigh Valley for a hiking trip. It was so beautiful on the trail and we had to do some waterfall crossing, which was tons of fun. I was the first one across while everyone else debated over how and if they were going to go. We hiked around a bit taking in the beauty and then decided it was time to head home so we could be home when Mike and Matt arrived. Once they arrived it was off for pizza. That evening we played Nertz (a Tonya Favorite) and Stacy and I watched movies. Sunday we drove to Ricketts Glenn State Park for another hiking trip. We ended up hiking around 5 miles that day. By the end of the day we were all so tired and hungry that we ordered pizza again. All the men played games while Stac and I watched movies. After the ball dropped all of us went to sleep. Monday it was farewell to everyone. I was very sad to see everyone go but I know they will be back. I've attached some photos of our New Years Bash. I hope you enjoy.

Tonights Sunset. Isn't it beautiful?

We're Nertz Playing Fools

I LOVE making funny faces. Looks like I'm scared, eh

I'm surprised the camera didn't break on this shot. he he he jk

My crossing the waterfall pose

It took Sam forever to cross. She was so scared. So, I had to help her along.