I have thrown out not once, or twice… but whole lot of times that I am a pretty good pumpkin carver. I thought I should back that statement up. Here are some of the pumpkins I have carved the last few years. Yay Halloween!!!
The best one I have ever done
I dare to say that Halloween is my favie holiday!! Now, Thanksgiving and Christmas are right up there on my list as well. But for some reason Halloween has just always been my thing. I like to think that I am freakishly good at carving pumpkins, pretty creative in the costume creations and just for kicks… I’m throwing in the fact that a couple years in a row I made the greatest orange and black construction paper garland ever!!! Best part… I put it up outside on our Victorian white grand porch… and after an afternoon rain shower… turned that beautiful white porch into a Halloween colored mess!!! Mom and Dad loved that, let me tell ya!
Soooooo this year… I couldn’t do my usual half clothed sexy costume thing because I needed a costume that was work appropriate. I have never dressed up at work before. So … why not!! Two of my very best friends work with me so I grabbed one and told her she was dressing up with me!! We needed something we could do together. (We thought it would be easier to win best duo award over best overall or most original) We didn’t have a lot of time… 24 hours really sooo this is what we came up with….
I know I know… people have done it before. But I hadn’t! I had never worn a costume made out of a box before. It makes you laugh just to put the dang thing on. This costume definitely has its perks too!!
The best parts about this costume….
1) Going to the UPS store and trying on boxes. haha the sales person thought we were nuts!! I mean hello… Halloween was a day away what did he think I was stepping in boxes for?
2) It’s sooooo freaking fast and easy!!!
3) The whole costume I think cost around $6 or $7 bucks… couple bucks for a box, couple bucks for a can of white spray paint, 52 cents for a piece of black poster board and TAH – DAAAAA there you have it!!
4) Can of White Spray Pain in one hand… a glass of red wine in the other… 30 something degrees outside and your best friend along side… I have not laughed that much or that hard in a long long time. That’s worth the time spent right there.
5) Comfy Comfy clothes…. I sit here now at my desk in Black cotton pants, my favorite v-neck tee and a black fleece… and my super awesome fuzzy black slippers. Sooooo I take the box off, and sit at my desk comfy and happy all day!! haha
Yeah … pretty damn good costume if I do say so myself!!
I’m not a big facebook user… I don’t get the features, I don’t know how to find people and I learned how to post pictures on the thing two days ago. I’ve had the account for a while I just haven’t really put enough time into getting things figured out. I’ve always been more of a myspace girl personally because that’s the outlet we most often use in radio/tv/media projects in general. Recently I have figured out that most of the people I want to be in touch with use facebook more then myspace … sooo… I’m making an effort to figure the damn thing out. Trying to get over my back and forth battle with the oh so confusing facebook world I have been talking to friends, commenting, getting in touch, keeping in touch and doing the best I can at all of it. A dear dear friend of mine and I talk maybe a few times a month… a phone call, a facebook message an email here and there… whatever the means we make it happen. Not as often as I would have liked… but none the less we did it. I met this friend in middle school. We are 27 clearly, we have been friends for what seems like forever. Today I went to his facebook page… we hadn’t talked in a little over a month or so. Last time we talked he told me he was moving back to Georgia and I was going to get to see him and we made plans on plans on plans to see each other. Last comment a few weeks ago I was counting down till I got to see him again! Well, it’s about that time… so this morning I had 2 mins to leave a facebook comment and jump into my meeting. I signed on… jumped to his page… left a post on his page that read something like this “I miss your face!! Are you here yet?… its about that time.. hope you are well!!” Typical Lacey message. I post and run into my meeting.
Now… I have facebook on my blackberry. Blackberry facebook is a less detailed version. You see when you get a message, a post or a friend request. Halfway thru my meeting my buddy sent me a message, my blackberry buzzes again, same buddy posted a comment… buzzes again.. another message. I click the link to read the message (in the middle of the my meeting) he writes to tell me that my friend in the first paragraph of this horribly sad post had passed away a little over a month ago. A new reason to hate facebook… I know its not facebooks fault but damn!!!! So I leave a I miss you and can’t wait to see you and call me when you get here message to a friend that is gone. Middle of the meeting tears down my face and an over the top pain because I didn’t know. It took facebook for me to find out. Ugh. I went back to his page and saw comment after comment of rest in peace, you are deeply missed… and thinking of you posts. I looked thru the pictures and just got lost for a while.
I’m sick and sad over this. I hate that I didn’t know. I hate that I didn’t go to the funeral, I’m sick with the idea that plans made wont happen and that I wont see him again when I was looking so forward to it. Just sick over it.
It’s not the best subject and maybe it is terrible of me to even write about all of this but my healing is writing… I had to get it out. The idiot move of the day… caring so much for someone and not knowing something this huge!!!! Not traveling out to see him, calling more, loving better!! We do what we can and life gets in the way… why do we let it?
I want people to know what they mean to me. I want people to know how they affect me, how they make me feel, what they have taught me and how they have pushed me to grow! I think I do a better job letting people know who they are to me and how much they make up my world… but I’m going to do better… much much better.
The top of my desk
I have a serious sweet tooth!! And when I say serious… I mean over the top. You can often find me eating peanut butter m&ms for breakfast at my desk or leaving the office mid afternoon for a milkshake run! haha It might have something to do with the fact my dad let me eat cake for breakfast and my mom makes the best cookies (well anything sweet really) ever!! It’s truly amazing I am not 800lbs. I eat healthy for meals I just love little junk food snacks here and there. At work, I have file folders and all of my office supplies ontop of my desk. My tape dispensor, stapler, pen holder, lotion… you name it, and it’s on top of the desk not inside of my desk. Why not in the drawer you ask….
Theres no room for office supplies because my candy takes up the whole thing. And let me just tell you… the people in my office love me when they need something sweet.
A look inside my desk drawer!
Have you ever put yourself out on a limb… knowing that after the grand gesture was made you would with no doubt be standing out there on your own??
I worked my way out on the limb as far as I could. So now… I guess we’ll see.
It’s amazing that when you forget just for a moment what you had wanted for so long… someone can come in for a second and not only remind you of what you want but prove that it is possible.
Life is wonderful like that!!
I feel like I have spent my life in airplanes and cabs as of late. I have to say … I don’t mind it. I love to travel and I’m seeing so much and going places I never would have if it weren’t for my job. People say that I will get sick of it and eventually the travel honeymoon period will end… But I’m not so sure. I will keep you posted on that. Two weeks ago I spent the weekend in Miami and Tampa, last week I was in Fort Lauderdale… This weekend Boston!! Next stop on my tour Los Angeles and Anaheim just in time for Halloween.
Boston reminds me a lot of NY… People walking, cabs everywhere (honking of course) beautiful none the less. Exceptional churches on every corner and building upon buildings as far as you can see in every direction. I’m writing most of this in my cab on the way to my work event and I have plenty of time to do so because the traffic is crazy!! I mean hello… Its Sunday… Isn’t it? The unique character of the buildings is unlike anything I have seen before. Even though I have no idea where I am in the city in relation to anything… I think this place is pretty great.
Keep in mind though… The sun is shining, I’m here to do a job I totally love and so far no problems.(Knock on wood) I’m sure if I had lost luggage, a bad work event or if it was December and freezing outside I may not like this city as much as I think I do now!!
I was telling a buddy of mine yesterday that I was lucky in life because I had grown up in two totally different worlds. As a kid and a little into the teen years… I pretty much had a city life and an escape to the farm anytime I wanted to jump out and get into something else. My parents are from farm country in Indiana. My mom was Miss 4-H and Miss Warren County… a gorgeous tomboy fire baton twirling homecoming queen of a small perfect town. One stop light, groceries from the IGA and neighbors that were your family and family were your neighbors. My dad was one town over yet still in the same school system. A hard hard worker, never slept in a day in his life because you had to work to live back then. An only child just doing what he could to make everyone proud. Working his summers away… and helping his father on the farm where they raised cattle. Student body president and as blue collar under a white collar that you could get. Both my parents were the first of both sides of the family to go to college… and move away from those small little towns in Indiana… that now have a couple more stop lights… a dairy queen, a gas station and a Wal-Mart.
My brothers and I would live in Atlanta thru the school year and spend summers on the farm. We would get up and help grandpa with the chores. They had all kinds of farm animals, a full on vegetable garden and crops that you could see for days. We rode horses and four wheelers, waded in the crick and jumped hay bales for fun. There was a TV but no one ever used it… we learned to drive on huge old tractors and old Chevy trucks. You never used the phone unless it was an emergency… if you wanted to talk to a neighbor (who was your aunt and uncle living next door on the other side of the farm or crops… you would ride the tractor, horse or jump in the truck. There was a tire swing in the yard, folding chairs in the yard and the days seemed to last forever!! You snapped peas in the rocking chair, fed all the leftovers to the pigs and played flashlight tag all night because it never truly got dark because the stars shined sooo bright.
We were in Atlanta the rest of the time. Suburbia’s finest, a great house… the “best” school system and the biggest yard in the neighborhood with a pool, basketball goal and the a green lot out front that you swore was put there for kickball and the greatest games or SPUD kids could get into. I had my very own car when I turned 16, the mall 5 mins away from my house and movie theaters, six flags, 18 and older dance clubs to list just a couple weeknight and weekend activities. Gourmet food on every corner, a mom who was over the top active with the PTA on top of having one of the most impressive jobs I will ever know anyone to have in this lifetime. It involves the medical world and computers. You have to be a computer geek, have crazy experience in medicine and just be over the top brilliant to jump on board with my mom and her crew. My dad wore suits all the time that I can remember while growing up coming and going from work. He traveled somewhere just about every week but never failed to be home with us on weekends for the two days solid no matter what. A man that has made his success story in sales and has amazed people with his honest and you get what you see “nonsales” approach. My parents built their dream home almost two years ago… and are exactly where they want to be when it comes to personal goals and growth. You would never know… ever they spent the first half of their lives doing the exact opposite of what they are doing now.
We really did have the best of both worlds and are lucky enough to continue with it. I don’t get to Indiana nearly as much as I should but when I do get there… I appreciate it that much more. I will forever be a city girl… I love traffic and interstates, I love tall buildings and parks surrounded by a bustling city. I love the opportunity here to be whatever you want and have anything and every recourse at your fingertips… but I still crave sitting around… snapping green beans, shucking corn and having 24 hours in a day feel like forever.
I find it hard to believe people don’t feel the love I do and don’t get to love the way I do on a regular basis day in and out. I have no idea what I did to deserve the constant variables in my life… but thank god I did it… because I wouldn’t be half the person I am today without my daily dose of my best friends. I have a handful of them …and they are amazing.
These friends are the ones that fix it when I’m sad, jump in when I’m happy and want to rescue me and push me in the right direction when I need guidance. They have allowed me to share the biggest moments in their lives and will with no question be there with me until the end. They are the most amazing, unique, intelligent, beautiful, creative, inspiring people in the world… and they are mine.
If that doesn’t make you want to go out and be the best person you can for no better reason then to give back at least a tiny bit of what you get … then I don’t know what could.
I love love love cupcakes. Now, I may not own and iphone but I still think they are pretty cool. To tell you the truth I am a blackberry curve lover. I can’t get enough of mine and even though it has glitches here and there cause I have had it so long and have used the heck out of it… I will still choose my curve and rolly ball over an iphone any day!! However, off the subject…
What do I-phones and Cupcakes have in common??
NOT A DAMN THING!!! But if you put them together this is what you get! How cool are these???