Saturday Fun

July 30, 2011

Day 25: A picture(s) of your day.

Our booty: Bread, Peachesss, Applesss, Apple Butter and Vino!
Ah, Saturday.  The sun is shinin' and time for me to relax.  We did get out of the apartment though!  I had seen on the events page of our newspaper that every Wednesday and Saturday there is a Farmer's Market.  I have never done the FM thing, but like the idea of fresh produce and supporting local businesses.  So Matt and I set out (walked) to the park where it is held.  I was surprised how small it was and how little people were there.  It was great though!  There were about 6 vendors selling everything from bread, empanadas, and fruit/veggies to "fresh killed chicken" (no kidding, that's what the sign said next to the cooler).  As you can see we were a little weary and didn't go the meat route.  Instead we got a lot of fresh bread, fruit and locally-made wine (after a tasting)!  It was really fun and so great we can walk there.  Can't wait to go back again!!!

That's a beautiful bowl of fruit right there.

Happy eating!

Sportin' a 'tude

July 27, 2011

Day 24: A picture of something you wish you could change.

This is yet another one where I don't need a picture.  I wish I could change my attitude sometimes.
Not all day, everyday, but mainly when I'm going to work and at work.  Things are getting a bit tough and bound to only get worse.  Those that know me, know it's not a good thing and it's hard for me to handle.
Maybe that's the reason I keep getting headaches (not just because of the harsh newsroom lights and computer screen), stomach aches (haven't eaten anymore Hot Pockets), and gray hair (I've never ever dyed my hair, and I certainly wouldn't go gray).  Anyways, I don't feel normal plus I'm irritable, tired and moody.  I guess the good thing is I CAN change my attitude -- and my circumstances.  That's the sunshine behind the clouds.  I'm in charge of my happiness and I just need to work on being positive and changing some things in my life.

Here are some great quotes I found:

"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined."

"The future starts today. Not tomorrow." ~ Pope John Paul II

"So, I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe, that you have received it and it will be yours." ~ Mark 11:24

In a New York state of mind

July 26, 2011

It was such a fabulous weekend in the concrete jungle.  I <3 NY.  Although a quick trip it was a great time walking through Times [], Central Park and celebrating my friend's birthday.  We took the Bolt Bus and it was certainly interesting.  On our way to NYC, I got no sleep and the people around us were annoying.  The ride back we had a good driver, comfier seats, WiFi and we even got home a little early.  Score!  We saw lots of interesting people, met new (great) people and ate yummy food.  I'm planning my next trip already.  Viva... New York!?

See some fun pics below :)

I adore Times []!

Steve, Jon and I: Fox & Friends Interns 2007

Steve and I with Jen: another fabulous F&F Intern!

For the tough days

July 25, 2011

Mayonnaise Jar & 2 cups of Coffee

When things in your lives seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours
in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the 2 cups of

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in
 front of him.  When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large
and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls.  He
then asked the students if the jar was full.  They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the
jar.  He shook the jar lightly.  The pebbles rolled into the open areas
 between the golf balls.  He then asked the students again if the jar was
 full.  They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar.
 Of course, the sand filled up everything else.  He asked once more if the
jar was full.  The students responded with an unanimous "yes."

The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and
poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty
 space between the sand.  The students laughed.

"Now," said the professor as the laughter subsided, "I want you to
 recognize that this jar represents your life.  The golf balls are the
 important things--your family, your children, your health, your friends
and your favorite passions---and if everything else was lost and only
they remained, your life would still be full.

The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house
 and your car.

The sand is everything else---the small stuff.  "If you put the sand
 into the jar first," he continued, "there is no room for the pebbles or
the golf balls.  The same goes for life.  If you spend all your time and
 energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that
are important to you.

"Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.  Play
with your children.  Take time to get medical checkups.  Take time to get
medical checkups.  Take your spouse out to dinner.  Play another 18. 
There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal. 
Take care of the golf balls first---the things that really matter.
Set your priorities.  The rest is just sand."

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee
represented.  The professor smiled.  "I'm glad you asked.

It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem,
there's always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend."

                                               Please share this with someone you care about.

Thanks, Mom for sending this to me :)

Cross that off the bucket list.....

July 22, 2011

Cross what off my bucket list, you ask??

"What did she do?!" you're wondering... anxiously awaiting......
"Spill the beans, Alissa"

..."Just tell me already!!!"

The poor lady who had to freshen up my tootsies & surrounding areas!

I got a pedicure!  Yep, my first pedicure in the 26 long/wonderful years of my life.
I shall not disclose the amount I paid for it -- but let's just say I had a pep-talk with... myself: 'It's a one time thing', 'It's okay to splurge every once in a while', 'You don't have to tell anyone the price' (at least not Mom)....
So how did I like it?  Once I got past sticking my feet in hot bubbling water, stopped laughing as the bottoms of my feet were massaged and scrubbed and gave up trying to understand the nice pedicurist -- it was 60 minutes of bliss!  As well as trying not to fall asleep in the chair.....

A Boost

July 19, 2011

The mug is so nice I don't ever want to use it!

What a long week it's been already!  But last night I got the best surprise.... a package from the soldier I adopted!!!  I was completely shocked and excited.
When I signed up through Soldier's Angels and read the information forums, they said don't expect to hear back from your soldier.  They're obviously busy, tired, and work long days.  I was OK with that (a little bummed, but I can only imagine what life is like for him) and hoped I could help just by writing and sending packages.  Boy did I get a treat!  He sent me an Operation Enduring Freedom mug, and two letters that are a couple pages long each. It was the coolest feeling to read the letters and get to know him.
This has definitely given me the "oompf" that I desperately needed to get out of this weekly funk.  I'm getting his first package together: snacks, toiletries and reading materials that he requested.  I'm excited to send it and for him to feel a little more like he's not so far away.  It makes me feel good to help someone else.  You should try it :)

PS ~ Thank you, Sgt. Jose and all the other troops out there for making such tall sacrifices!

So Ashamed

July 15, 2011

Ashamed to admit that I ate 2 Hot Pockets.  Not at the same time mind you -- but it might as well have been.

Let me begin this story with a little background: I used to eat HP's constantly in college (back when my stomach could... stomach a lot more junk).  Ham and cheese: my favorite.  And a quick lunch: 2 minutes in the microwave and done.  Though I've burned my tongue many times.
Fast-forward to this week.  Matt got groceries a couple days ago and low and behold: a freezer full of hot pockets.  (No, I'm not blaming you Hunni!)  Wednesday for lunch I had a hot pocket.  No big deal right?  Wrong, oh so wrong.  That night at work, my stomach hurt so bad.  Thursday lunch: hot pocket.  (Disclaimer: I wasn't thinking "O Yum!" but instead "I need a quick lunch.")  This time, I went to bed soon after only to wake up 3 hours later to excruciating stomach pain.  It was doing flips and I felt like I was going to throw up (which I hate and rarely experience).  I still don't feel well.
The moral of the story: Hot Pockets are nothing but a greasy, gross mess that apparently my stomach doesn't like anymore.  I won't be eating them ever again.

Also, writing this blog reminds me of a funny youtube video my family and I watched -- and you MUST watch because it's hilarious and 100% true!

Check it out:

I Need Some Ideas!

July 13, 2011

I've been pondering what I could write about in my blog on a regular basis.  Something fun, something me.  A topic that I can successfully write about once a week (for example).  I was thinking like a 'Wardrobe Wednesday' or a "me" topic like that.  I also love shoes, and I'm trying to figure out how I can work that in as well.

Any ideas, people??

Oh Happy Day!!

I'm working on a list of things that make me smile.  I need to cut through the constant tiredness to stop and smell the roses more often!  So here are just some things that make me giddy with excitement:

1. The sun (who doesn't smile when the sun is out?!)

2. Nutri Grain Super fruit fusion bars: Matt and I picked up two boxes of these since they were on sale, and I will never go back to the boring old Strawberry flavor!  The cherry pomegranate flavor is amazing.

3. Kate Spade jewelry: I love the fun sayings and bold, bright colors.

4. A new and improved apartment/town.

5. Swimming, and swim suits.

6. This video

7. Oreos

8. Payday

9. A website all about fashion. I want ALL the clothes and accessories.

10. My new MacBook :)

What would you add to my list?

It's A Sad Day...

July 12, 2011

Disclaimer: I still bleed Black & Gold.
OK, 82% happy and whatever-the-rest-is-left% sad.  I'm finally selling my car, after posting it on Craigslist a bajillion times.  Matt and I are down to 1 vehicle since I'm still driving to work.  It's been weeks and a thread of nearly 40 emails as well as getting recalls and emissions tests taken care of.  Now, all I'm waiting for is my Title to come in the mail.  That little piece of paper is the only thing stopping me from driving to AAA and transferring this car out of my hands.

Oh yeah, let me get to the picture above.  I am selling my car to a Redskins fan. (Ew, do I even need a capitol 'R'?)  He (nicely) requested I take the Steelers swag off my car before it's in his hands (something about 'I'm a 'skins fan and I can't let my friends see that).

As I was standing outside in the heat advisory/1000-degree weather, peeling the white glowing letters off I was bummed.  Now I can't zip around in my car sporting (pun not really intended) the best NFL team and probably ticking off drivers, thus causing road rage (hm, that explains all the mean drivers).  I'm excited to sell my car and save that much more money but now I just have to figure out how to still flaunt my team :)

Well, I do have a nice new Explorer now ................. ;)


July 11, 2011

Knights of Columbus it's been a busy weekend and Monday for me.

Weekend: GREAT.  And it went too fast.  Friday and Sunday we relaxed but Saturday we went down to the Bay, this time with Matt's boss and family.  It was so relaxing -- and sunny (I have the sunburn to prove it, too) I want to go back!  I also want a boat.  Biiiig boat.  So let me share some pictures I took.. cause I like pictures.

We were at a marina right by the Bay Bridge! Gorg!

The owner of this boat is a big wig at J. Crew!! Can a girl get some free clothes???

I then found this cruise ship, and found myself wanting to be on it.
Well, time for more Aloe on my sunburned back!

PS~ Today I took my car for its emissions test and it passed!  It's almost sold and out of my hands :)

Firefly Lane

July 6, 2011

Day 23: A picture of your favorite book.

My favorite book is definitely Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah.  I believe my Mom got this book for me because it's right up my alley since they're both in television.  It's about two girls who are best friends and goes through their friendship. From meeting, school and boys to marriage, family and careers.  It was SUCH a good book.  Very real and unpredictable -- how life really is.  I highly recommend this book, even if you're not in TV it's great.  There's nothing stronger than the bond of friends. :)

Baby, You're a Firework

...Well, you might not be.  But I am. See, I was born on the 4th of July (isn't that a song, too?!) and I got to spend it with my family for the first time in a while.  Let me tell you it didn't disappoint!  I have the best birthday ever, the best family ever and I thank God for that every day.  So allow me to recap my long weekend... cause I'm sure you've been dyingggg to know the deets.

It all started with a trip to Sheetz on the way to PA. YUM.  Ahhh, Sheetz, it's been a while.

Can I sit down now please??
Then my parents, Matt and I went on a bike ride all around Pittsburgh. 19.3 miles later my legs felt like jello but I felt like I ran a marathon.. or at least could afterwards.

It was so much fun!  We went on the trail in the heart of the 'burgh, on some main roads, up bridges and over water.

We even made a pit stop and saw my Uncle on his boat docked for Kenny Chesney at Heinz Field.

All 26 candles, baby!
Let's not forget my birthday/4th of July party!  I even got a cake!  Even though it wasn't my Mom's homemade cake and icing, it was delicious.  Lots of my family came and we laughed, played corn hole, ate lots of food and enjoyed our time together.

How was your 4th of July??