Monday, May 12, 2008

long time, no blog

Wow, I can't believe it's been over two weeks since I blogged. I guess that's what the spring/summer will bring as far as blogging goes. Many, many things new in my world to share...

New job - I accepted a new job as a Sr. Sales Analyst in the CardioVascular business unit (still at Medtronic). I'm super psyched. This is what I've always wanted to do and I'll be working for one of my former bosses who is fabulous! My first day is next Monday.

New paint & fixtures in the dining room! I've been wanting to repaint the dining room area ever since we moved in. Originally, I wanted to paint over the yellow - just not my color, I thought. But as we've been living with the yellow for the past 1.5 years, it's kind of grown on me. So, we decided to repaint to a warmer, more golden yellow and I love it! We repainted the red wall too. Oh, and we replaced the brass and etched glass fixture over the dining table and the wicker 80's ceiling fan. Now, when I say "we", I really mean my dad and bro-in-law Jason. They love this home improvement stuff. And I'm so grateful for that - seeing as though Mana just doesn't have time for that kind of stuff.

Landscaping in progress - Mana started working on the landscaping in the front year. Last year, he started by removing all the rock and ripping out most of t he shrubs and plants...leaving a dirt bed with weeds. I think I got to him when I said that it looks tacky when his customers walk up to the house. So far, the front lawn is torn out (by means of a rented sod kicker - Zander helped too). And the black edging is in too - although these photos were taken before the edging. Mana knows what shrubs and perennials he wants to plant, so I think the boys will be hitting the garden centers on 'Daddy daycare' days for the next few weeks. They LOVE garden center visits.

Shopping - Today, I took the day off from work to go shopping, so I headed to Albertville Outlet Mall. LOVE that place. My absolute favorite place is Bass Outlet. They have pants that actually fit. I have the hardest time finding pants & capris. I'm so damn short that I need petite/short length and they're hard to come by. Bass has a good variety of petite lengths and just good fitting pants. I bought a ton f tops too. I know Mana doesn't read this, so I can safely say that I spent almost $150 at Bass Outlet. I bought 6 pairs of pants/capris and 5 tops. Not bad for that much stuff...or at least that's what I'm telling myself!

Mother's Day - We spent the morning at Eric & Mindi's. The guys made breakfast/brunch for us. It was so nice. Then the kids (big and small) played dodgeball, explored in the backyard and played on the swingset. We spent the afternoon at Marissa & Jason's house. They grilled brats and made homemade beans. We had ColdStone ice cream cake for dessert - yum, yum!

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