Friday, April 30, 2010

Where I've been

Since I blogged 10 days ago, I . . .

Was completely celebrated on my birthday, which deserves a post all its own, but suffice it to say, my husband and kids really put together a fantastic family dinner including cleaning the house and even decorations.

Had dinner with Kathy.

Watched Up In the Air on DVD.

Officially retired and cleaned out the office. I emptied all the file cabinets and boxed up files. Cleaned out the desk, took all the cutesy cards off the bulletin board, gathered up the fun-colored post-its and my favorite pens, and moved all my stuff upstairs to the loft where my new desk is. Then I vacuumed and dusted and prepared the old office for its new occupant, my husband, who will have the place all to himself, as it should be.

Found a new desk on clearance at Target, for a steal.

Found a loveseat for the master bedroom for an even bigger steal.

Cleaned my son's room and found enough spare change under his bed to treat myself to Starbuck's.

Shopped with my 13-year-old daughter. It's amazing how my sense of fashion has suddenly improved. She couldn't get over how many cute outfits I kept bringing into the dressing room. The same things I've been trying to get her to wear for the past two years. You know, style basics like collars and buttons and belts and things that fit. Instead of sweats and her brother's t-shirts. "Mom," she exclaimed, "You're finding the cutest things!" There is a God. He's at Kohl's.

Watched lots of baseball. Watched it rain, snow, rain, snow and games were canceled. So, this week there are five games in five days, including makeup games.

Went to the eye doctor. Gave up on progressive lenses and ordered bifocals.

Realized the dogs trampled or dug up all the Columbines I planted last spring. Argh!

Provided 30 meals for 5 people.

Went for walks five out of the last five days!

Missed blogging and visiting all of my favorite blogs! So nice to be back:)

16 comments:

Robin said...

I know what you mean about it being good to be back - I missed everyone during my little spontaneous break!
How exciting to be all done with your job - I'm looking at two more years and I can't wait!
Next time I'm at Kohl's, I'll be looking for God!

Frog Hollow Farm Girl said...

A sweet hello from Frog Hollow Farm! Wow, you've had a wonderful last 10 days. It must feel great to have finally tied up all the loose ends to your job and move forward with more things that you love to do. Finding deals is really fun - it's like finding hidden treasure! I'd love to see the new office arrangement for your husband and your new office space in the foyer. FHFB and I (mostly FHFB right now) are still working on refurbishing our office and repairing the floor. When we were in the middle of construction we had a flood in the office, so that rugs were all pulled up. Frank doesn't want to put another rug down, and with the construction all finished he's ready to work on the office. We needed to sand the floor (cement) so we can paint it then cover it with an area rug that can be picked up and cleaned if need be, although there's no chance of flooding any longer. I am looking at purchasing one of the Pottery Barn corner desks - I have a $100 coupon from them that is burning a hole in my pocket. I'll probably post some photos once it's all done. Ciao, bella!

Joanne said...

Raising my coffee cup in a birthday toast to you ... Best wishes :)

Don't you love Kohl's? I can always find something there, and it's even better with a 30% coupon in hand!

Becky said...

Well it is nice to have you back. Great list. I love the change under the bed. A tip! yay for Starbucks as a treat!

And "there is a God, He's at Kohl's" just cracked me right down the middle. Ha ... my favorite store!

Congrats again on the retirement. And I'd love to see pics of the new desk and "office" area. You have accomplished a lot.

Judy said...

Feeling drawn to Kohl's all of a sudden!

Happy Birthday!

Jackie said...

Hi Karen,

Happy Birthday and congrats on the retirement! Finding the loose change under the bed is quite a treat!!

Jackie

Susanne said...

I'll bet it feels to get all the office stuff over and done with. Now you can really get to the business of being retired!

Happy Birthday to you!

Rizzi said...

WELCOME BACK BIRTHDAY GIRL, HOW DOES IT FEEL TO REACH THAT 30 MARK? :)
JENNA TOLD JACKIE THE SAME THING WHEN THEY WENT SHOPPING.
(TEENAGERS) THEY THINK THEY HAVE IT SO HARD. YOU REALLY DID A LOT OF WORK IN YOUR 10 DAYS, NOW SIT AND RELAX. ENJOY YOUR WEEK. LOVE, AUNT RIZ

Country Dreaming said...

Oh my--I'm worn out just reading this.
Happy late birthday! Sounds like you had fun.
It's nice to know where God is right now. Just in case. :)

Melinda

Inglesidemom said...

He's at Kohl's! That is too funny!

Renna said...

I envy your ability to summarize ten days in such a succinct manner, and have it be interesting. I simply don't possess the art of brevity myself, which is funny since I'm not all that talkative in person. ;-Þ

You have been a busy woman, but it sounds like a good kind of busy!

Oh, and happy belated birthday! Thirty, is it? ;-)

Anita said...

Sounds like well-deserved time to do what you felt like doing. :)

Trailboss said...

It's nice to have you back! Happy belated birthday. It sounds like it was great. I can't believe it is still snowing somewhere. Bleh!

Donnetta said...

WHEW! You have been one busy lady! Happy Belated Birthday and Retirement.

Great deals and classy shopping. Whoo Hoo

Nice to have you back.

flatrockcreek said...

I'm exhausted just reading all of this! Kohls is our go-to place for girls clothes. I just don't get the same response to the clothes I pick out! I do a lot of standing by and waiting. Oh, and paying. ;)

Mary
Flat Rock Creek Notebook

Jen said...

I havent been blogging either...its so busy in the spring time for us...no time at all. I guess you have officially retired..good for you! You will be busier now...lol.
Ball games are consuming...but contagious as well.
The change found in your sons room cracked me up...maybe I should go clean Madison's room....lol