4 Days...

June 30, 2011

Until I turn 26. Weeee!  I have a bit less than 5 hours of work left, then it's home to pack, wait for Matt and we're off to New Wilm aka the land of very little traffic, Amish, quiet, and FAMILY!! Ok- must get back to writing (yes, I'm blogging at work but don't make a habit of it).  In the meantime, I leave you faithful followers with a song that I always think of when I'm going home:

Hope you're all sleeping well :)

10 Days...

June 24, 2011

I couldn't find an actual picture I took, so again I Googled an image.

So listen up everyone.  I turn 26 in exactly 10 days and I'm 83% excited!  Turning 26: not so much.  Although it IS an even number.  What I'm excited about is having a birthday.  I feel as though I haven't had one in years!  (I am not kidding)  I want to do something fun, great, different to celebrate.  Matt and I will be home with my family for it and I cannot wait.  But why not celebrate like the whole month of July??  I've already decided I'm getting a facial and treating myself to a haircut.  (My locks haven't been cut since January!)  But what else could I do?  Maybe Matt has a surprise up his sleeve..........

Well, just in case, here are 10 ideas of gifts you all can send/bring me anytime in the month of July:

1. A real vacation -- like Florida, California or hey why not splurge and take me out of the US ;)
2. A Kindle
3. World Peace
4. Louboutins (black, tan or leopard to start my collection)
5. Something silver in a little blue box
6. A husky
7. Apple's Macbook
8.Gift cards to my favorite stores
9. An endless supply of lip gloss
10. I am in need of a pedicure
11. Wait, I only kept the list at ten.  If you need more ideas, I will help you out. And, as always checks can be made out to Alissa Kelly.

You Never Call...

Day 22: A picture of something you wish you were better at.

Insert mental picture here.

(No one said it had to be an actual picture!!  Besides.. I'm not sure how I can portray this topic in a fitting picture.)

So what am I, Alissa Lynn Kelly, wishing I were better at?  After much thought what I was going to write about -- it came to me before I fell asleep yesterday: keeping in touch.
I live nearly 6 hours away from home.  Where my parents, siblings, family-in-law and all the people I adoringly love are.  (There are also some in Florida)  Anyway, I've been on my own since a couple months after graduating college. 
I have my good days and bad days where I just want to be home.  For good.  However, since I can't do that, I should at least call, right?  I completely agree.  It's just so hard with my work/sleep schedule to talk on the phone.  Everyone is at work when I'm off work, awake when I'm sleeping, sleeping when I'm awake, sane when I'm crazy.. you get the idea.  I shall try to do a better job at keeping in touch.  Though as I tell my Dad, the phone DOES work both ways.
Love you all and I'll talk to you soon ;)

Rockin' It In Rockville

June 23, 2011

We have our own back entrance!
Hello my faithful followers!
I must gush about our new apartment and tell you that it is everything we thought it would be and more.
We still have some boxes to unpack (I'll take updated pictures when they're gone) but for the most part we have everything in its place.

This apartment is amazing!!  It was spotless when we moved in.. there were even perfect vacuum lines on the carpet. (!) You just get the feeling the people who take care of these places actually care.
Luxurious living room (& dining room)
We have so much more room than our last place as well.  While we sacrificed some closet/storage space we'll be okay.  It's so worth it.  And even thought it was a bear moving into a third floor apartment, we don't have to worry about leaving the blinds closed and we can actually utilize our balcony.  (I was just hanging out on it talking to my sister)

Matt and I also received a monthly newspaper in the mail that our complex writes up.  I'm such a dork, but I love that!  We've already found a whole foods market to check out.

Kool kitchen.
<--- And just let me gush about the kitchen.  A-mazing!  Lots of cabinet space and a pantry (to the left of the refrigerator) to hold all our food.  Eek!  I almost never want to leave.

I must say this place is a much better fit for Matt and I.  The people here are so nice (the first thing anyone said to us was "Let us know if we're too loud) and the area is great.  My demeanor has already changed.  Now if I could just get a better work schedule.... hey! But at least I have a full-time job!!
Well, that's all for now. Ta ta!

I'm So Tired!

June 20, 2011

Day 21: A picture of something you wish you could forget.

This is not my window, nor my room - but you get the idea.
 So this is what I wish I could forget right now: the days of trying to sleep in the middle of the afternoon, sun blaring through the window (and tightly closed blinds). I finally fell asleep today -- after a sleepless "night" before work -- and was rudely awakened by the maintenance guy loudly pounding on the door.  I wait up for him as long as I possibly can, decide to try and pass out (with 3 cats locked in my room annoying me) and once I fall asleep I'm up again because he's here.  I'm so tired!  Geez louise I can't wait for the day when I have a normal working schedule and actually sleep when it's dark outside.  Goodnight. (afternoon)

Happy Father's Day!

It's another holiday where I get to basically brag about my amazing family.  So I'll get right into it: This one's for you, Dad. :)

He doesn't like to just smile in picture!
I have THE best Dad.... hands down, ever, in the history of dads since cavemen.. mine is the greatest.  There are so many thoughts I want to get into this post about why he is who he is, so I hope I cover them all - though it'll never do enough justice.
First of all, (and I get this comment ALL the time) my Dad is fun.  Yep, I said it. F-U-N.  I like to say he's like a little kid!  And anyone who has had the privilege of meeting him always says how funny and cool he is. I have no problem admitting it.  I can remember my whole life how much fun we've had as a family with my father leading the way.  Life's too short to be a grump and when I'm around him, I'm not.  He certainly brings out the goofball in me, too.  We've been to Penguins games, amusement parks, sled riding, camping, family vacations and much more together and it's a blast.  Stomach-pains-I-can't-stop-laughing-blast.



Ready to take over the world!

In addition to being funny, my dad is smart.  He didn't go to college right out of high school like everyone else (and neither did I) but you know what?  He's thriving in the world and is living proof it's never too late to earn a degree -- or several.  After graduating from Westminster, he went on to Purdue for his Masters.  It's been almost a year since my Mom, siblings, and Grandparents drove to Indiana to see my Dad walk across that stage, cheering him on.  I didn't think I'd be so emotional like I was, but I was SO incredibly proud.  I kept thinking, 'That's my Dad!'  He is such a smart man and hard worker and earned those degrees!  He was at my HS and college graduations, and I got to be at his.  How cool! ;)

My parents are so cute.
To recap: my Dad is fun, funny, smart and great.  He is also a wonderful husband and role model. The total package, my mom is lucky and one day I want a marriage like theirs.  My Dad knows how to treat my mom well and they're so darn cute!  Actions speak louder than words and his actions speak volumes...
He also gives great advice mostly because he's been down the roads I've been.  I always hate (I mean, hated) hearing his advice or asking because I know what he'd say.  But really, he's been there done that.  Set curtains on fire and put my Grandparents through the ringer... but when I need advice (even now at my old age) I call him up (because he never calls me) and he knows just what to say.  I love that!
Now, the list could go on and on about how superb my Dad is- but he doesn't need to know that.  (Who am I kidding? He's the only follower of my blog!)
So here are some of my all-time faaavorite memories of my Dad:
A thorn between 2 roses
Having braces and visiting the Orthodontist together
"Family meetings" (Kristin, Jeremy, Travis -- you know what I'm talking about)
Playing games & jumping on the trampoline at our house in Jackson center (Dad breaking my leg on the trampoline)
Our huge family trip out West
Hockey practices
Trips to Wal-Mart before I was driving (you miss it!)
Family holidays (duh!)
Backyard volleyball
To name a few.

"The older I get, the smarter my father seems to get." ~ Tim Russert
"My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it." ~ Clarence B. Kelland

Love you and I can't wait to see you when I come home in July ya big weenie! xoxo

Packing

June 14, 2011

I HATE packing so much. 

I don't know if I should divulge this or not but: it makes me nervous!  Literally.  All those boxes.. every. where.  Clutter.  Chaos.  Life just seems so disorganized and I don't like that.  Weird/OCD, I know.
I'm keeping in mind that it'll be worth it when Matt and I are moved to a MUCH better area/apartment.  The kitties are even moving down from Pennsylvania!  We are both very excited about that, too. 
There are no 'cons' I can think of once we are moved.  Since I'm being more positive -- Pros: closer to work, Matt can walk to the Metro (no more bus!), our kitties, big apartment, lots of windows, new building, great area and we cannot wait to be moved in.  Tomorrow we begin the process!  Since it's during the week, we're not doing it in one day but this weekend we are putting our butts in gear (along with more muscle) and leaving Silver Spring in the rear view mirror. :)

Was There A Weekend??

June 13, 2011

Yowzers!  I am so tired my eyes are burning.  It was a long weekend that flew by (I know it doesn't make sense) and it went down like this:
Friday: Matt and I ran to our new apartment to sign the lease, and tried to get money orders. (who accepts those anymore?!  Apparently, our apartment HAS to have them for the 1st months rent.) Then to the MVA to get titles/plates transferred.  Since we had all the paperwork :-o we had to drive to Lancaster and AAA with Matt's mom to finalize it all.  We left to come back Saturday afternoon.
Saturday: >>cue relaxing & doing nothing.<<
Sunday: I left at 11:45am to Freelance for my friend Matt and the Kennedy Center.  From 1p-11p I advanced 225 powerpoint slides for an awards Gala.  Then, I drove the 3 minutes to work, slept in the parking lot for an hour and a half, which brings us to
Monday: working 12:30am-9am.

Breathe... stretch, shake.. BED!  Night night 0:-)

Italy

June 9, 2011

Day 20: A picture of somewhere you'd like to travel.



Ciao!  I want to go to eeeeeeetaly!!  (toss hand up in air back and forth like the Italians do)
Yes, I'm Italian: I talk with my hands, have dark hair and that's pretty much it.  I don't have olive (aka tan) skin year round like true Italians do.  But I'm okay with that.  -- Helloooo sunless tanning!--  Anyway, where was I?! 
I have seen pictures and movies involving Italy, heard stories from my Grandma and it is driving me bonkers I have yet to hop a plane and set foot in the most beautiful place in the world.  I want to go where my ancestors lived, drink vino, eat proscuito, true Italian pizza and pasta (my 2 favorite food groups) and finish that meal off with some gelato.  Then for lunch.......
Before I pack my bags, though I want to learn Italian.  I know some phrases/words from my Mom & Grandma, but not enough to live life to the fullest in the country.  With my current skills, I'd ask for a table and get a camel.  I should probably memorize 'Mi sono persa.' (I'm lost)
One day I'll get there with my camera and a smile.  Maybe some clothes, too. 

P.S. ~ il mio italiano รจ orribile.

Waaay Back When...

June 7, 2011

Day 19: A picture of when you were little.

Can you tell we're related?!
How's this for a picture when I was little?!  I have been working on my baby scrapbook (which is full of laughs).. and I found this picture in January when I was at home.
My parents had a box full of pictures, and we were all going through them laughing.  I am still laughing now as I look at this picture of my sister and I.  It's just too funny!  I know you're chuckling, too.  The way we're sitting, our dresses (same, but different colors as many of our outfits were growing up) and my HAIR!  I don't really know what to say about that except, "Wow, I look Amish."  Hahaha.  Oddly enough, I also look as if I'm a cone head.  I think I need to get this in a frame cause I love it -- it makes me laugh and reminds me of my great childhood. :)  Well.  My embarrassment quota has been met for the day.

My Insecurity

June 6, 2011

Day 18: A picture of your biggest insecurity.

Disclaimer: These are not my legs.

My biggest insecurity: my legs.  I've pretty much always had bigg(er) legs and I'm also short which isn't a good combination. 
I hate trying on clothes in the dressing room with the mirror RIGHT in front of me.  Ew!  I can't help it, but that's really the only thing that makes me insecure on my body!  In my opinion, short dresses aren't as flattering on me as dresses that hit just above the knee.  (But I rock short dresses anyway ;)
I am working on how I feel about my legs.  Pants I'm fine with (obvi) and even though I might not like my legs... I rock dresses anyway.  You just have to know how to work it and be confident.  I love heels and wedges not just because I'm much taller but because it makes my legs look better.  And for pictures, I know my legs always look better from the side, instead of straight on. :)  Now you know my insecurity!!

Some Friday Fun

June 3, 2011

I am so pumped it's Friday!  This short work-week seemed to drag!  But I made it.. and as I'm sitting here watching one of my guilty pleasures (The Real Housewives of OC) I saw a commercial I hadn't seen in a while.  And I cannot stop laughing.  You're in luck, I found it on YouTube ;)


I stopped at Target after work this morning for some necessities, and I found the next book I cannot wait to read!  I am obsessed with learning and knowing as much as I can about the SEALs and the life of a President.  I'll report back on how the book is... I'm sure it won't disappoint!

Have a great weekend everyone!! :)

Thinking of You, Dan :)

June 2, 2011

Day 17: A picture of something that has had a huge impact on your life recently.

Matt, me, Kristin & Dan
I haven't been able to fully relate to having a loved on in the Armed Forces.  Writing stories and seeing video of what our troops and families go through breaks my heart and I send my thoughts up to them all.
What has made an impact on my life very recently was my brother in law heading off to basic training.  While teaching and doing construction jobs, life turned him in another direction.  He's been working out and preparing himself for this time and I'm so proud of him!  He's now in South Carolina -- working very hard and relying on letters from our family.  I've been thinking a lot of how much this impacts me and especially my Sister.  For the first time, I have very close ties to the Military and it's scary.  I pray for him and our families every day before bed.  I pray that God will keep him safe and strong in this time especially.

Before I knew Dan was committing, I've been wanting to volunteer for an organization to help our troops away from home.  (Still looking for one, if you know of any let me know!)  Now I want to help more than ever.  I cannot imagine how hard it must be... and all that is sacrificed by the troops AND their families.
Dan: I can't wait until you're home again!!  Stay strong and kick butt ;)

Bay Weekend

Allow me to recap my amazing (long) weekend.




Sun
Bikinis
Water
Crabbing
Relaxation
Drinks
Sun
Boats
Flip flops
Sun
Did I mention Sun?!?!!!

And that's a wrap :)  It was the most relaxing time I've had in a while -- and the first day off work I've had in a while, too!!  Just thought I'd share!  8-> (that is a bikini, by the way ;)

P.S. On my way home from work this morning, I saw a Metro bus being towed.  For some reason that cracks me up every time I think about it!  LOL