Sunday, February 28, 2010

Curiosity and the cats

Me and the husband were sitting on the couch watching TV in the dark and we saw movement close to the ceiling in the kitchen. And this is what we found when we turned on the lights: Our sweet kitties, Gus and Dixie on top of the cabinets. Gus probably followed Dixie. She's the braver of the two.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Fill in the Blank Friday

Go see thelittlethingswedo.blogspot.com to play along!

1. When I'm nervous I get really clumsy and it's embarrassing.

2. My favorite item in my closet is my Steve Madden black velvet pumps or my vans that I've had since I was 16.

3. Laying on the couch and reading til I fall asleep or reading tabloids is my favorite thing to do when I need to relax.

4. My favorite childhood memory is Christmas morning! Still my favorite holiday.

5. Something you may not know about me is that I have a black belt in tae kwon do and I can play the piano.

6. A true friend is someone you can completely be yourself with and tell them everything without the fear of the judging you. For me it's this girl that just moved to Texas. =(

7. Something I hope people think of when they think of me is that I'm kind to everyone and funny on top of that.

I forgot it was Friday! This week has gone by so fast!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Wishlist Wednesday

So today's been kind of a rough day for me. I said goodbye to my very best friend, Jamie. She and her husband are moving back to Texas where he will be stationed. They're probably driving through my home state of Alabama as we speak, with the dogs in tow. Oh how I will miss their boxer and his big ole eyes! Lots of crying for me today.
So anyway, I thought I'd cheer myself up by doing some internet shopping and making a wish list!
First off, this swimsuit from VS. Its WONDERFUL motivation to stop eating twinkies:
This. Somewhere in my house. Somewhere, someday:

A vanity. Just somewhere that I can SIT and put my make-up on. With good lighting preferably:
This ADORABLE top from AE:
Sandals from AE:
And this bright hoodie (also from AE) in my FAVE color. Seeing as this and the two previous items were from the store I work at, they will probably all end up in my closet at one point or another:
That actually did make me feel a little better.
Love and twinkies,
-Alyssa

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Can I just share my excitement??

I took advantage of my awesome employee discount at work today and got some spring stuff!! I'm SUCH a penny pincher and hardly ever buy more than one item at a time so three is a big deal!! Heres what I got! All for $35!
This CUTE tank that I've been eyeing since the day it came in:
THIS dress that I loooove and can't wait to wear it!
Aaaand these flats. Wanted them forever.

So yea! That was pretty much the highlight of my day!
Love and shoes,
-Alyssa



Friday, February 19, 2010

Jamie,
I'm so sad to see you leave. Over the past year you've become a great friend to me. My best friend. You're caring, sincere, funny and so much fun to be around. You're beautiful inside and out! I'll never forget some of our funny moments, including but not limited to: all of our trips to Taco Bell, "Bang, Janet, you're dead", being cornered by the cop for eating ice cream and "I laughed so hard I just farted a little." I think God put you in my life at just the right time. All of my friends had just left for overseas and I was about to fall on hard times. And there you were! My only regret is not meeting you sooner. I will miss you terribly but I wish you all the luck and happiness in the world. Thank you for being the great friend that you are.

Love,
Alyssa




Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Complete

You've waited months for a single moment. Long, agonizing, lonely months. You've lived in a quiet house and slept in an empty bed. You've felt incomplete. Every time the phone rang your heart gave a start and you lived for the time of day when the mail ran. For seven months you've had nothing to hold onto but pictures, emails and your husbands dogtags. He's been deployed and you've been holding down the home front, buying groceries, taking care of the house and paying the bills. You've been marking the days off the calender with a sharpee all the while dreaming of the moment he steps off the bus. Over 200 days gone.

Finally the day has come. You're family is here to welcome him home and wait with you. It's the longest day of your life. He was supposed to be home two days ago but was delayed twice in Germany. You received the long awaited call this morning that he would be home before the day is over. You've barely eaten all day because you're too excited. You're excited, anxious, proud and nervous all at once. you wonder what it's going to be likfe when he gets back. Are we going to have to get used to each other all over again or are we going to pick where we left off? Has he changed? Have a changed? You've missed him more than you could ever explain but you couldn't be more proud of his service to your country. Now you're back at Headquarters, the same place where you last saw him seven months ago, standing with all the other families who are pacing anxiously waiting for their husbands, sons and fathers.

The sun is getting lower in the sky and before long it's night. It's been three hours now but you're prepared to wait longer. Women in the crowd are getting short phone calls from their Marines updating them on the their location. With each call they get closer. Only moments to go. Finally two greyhound buses round the corner. It's them. The crowd cheers and applauds. Your heart is racing and you're so excited your can't even cry. Your mom is armed with her camera and your dad is videoing. The buses come to a stop in front of you. You can look inside the windows at the sea of desert cammies and all the men look alike. One by one they start to filter off the steps of the bus. Your dad yells "there he is!" and then you spot a familiar face under a cover. Your lock eyes with him from a few yards away. He stops andn you stare at each other for a fraction of a second. In that second the last seven months go racing through your mind...and then they disappear as you run into his arms. Then nothing else matters. There's chaos and crying and camera flashes going off all around you but all you can see and feel is him.

You've waited months for this moment. Long, agonizing, lonely months. But now you're Marine is home and you're complete again.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Happy Valentines Day!

Hope everyone had a great Valentines Day yesterday! We did! Chris woke me up with the cats in the morning and asked me to be his Valentine. It was 8 years ago when he first asked me that same question. We spent the day in Wilmington. We went shopping and then went walking around downtown looking for something to do. It was right at sunset and it was gorgeous!
After sunset we found a cute little corner restaurant. After we got to our table (which was incredibly small) we realized we weren't really dressed enough. But it was so dark I doubt anyone noticed. We ate crab dip, filet mignon and lobster. And for dessert, complimentary dark chocolate dipped strawberries! So nice!

After being seperated for three V-days I was just so thankful to have him home!




Saturday, February 13, 2010

Friday, February 12, 2010

Flowers and snow.

I got a knock on the door this morning that woke me up and received flowers from my daddy for Valentines day! Tulips and irises. I have the greatest dad in the world!






Heres a pic of the snow!! It started snowing when I was at work. My car was COVERED by the time I came out. Good thing we got he heat in it fixed a few weeks ago! This was my first time driving in snow!


Thursday, February 11, 2010

One Moment


Something I wrote a few months ago:


You dread for months a single moment. You think about it constantly, cry over it, even have nightmares about it. It consumes all your thoughts. In every happy moment its there in the forefront of your mind. Because you know in that one moment you will say goodbye to the person you love most in the world. Your soul mate. Your other half. You've made all the practical preperations. You've made sure you have his Power of Attorney, helped him pack his hear nad even sat in silent agony as you watched him fill out his will...just in case. But nothing can prepare you for this.

He says it's time to leave now. You help him drag his mountain of gear to the car and silently drive away from home trying not to think about how you'll be sleeping alone tonight. He turns on the radio trying to distract you from what's coming next, but immediately turns it back off when he hears Avril Lavigne's "When You're Gone" playing. Salt in the wound. You pull up to the Headquarters where other families are waiting with faces that match yours. Other than some chatter from the guys, it's quiet. You keep your arms around his waist as much as possible, trying to drag out those last few moments. You pull our your camera and take one picture of the two of you together. You'll hold onto that picture of him for the next seven months.

Someone gives the high sign and they begin to load the gear into the white van. You know you have just minutes left. Your heart starts to race and the calm facade starts to shatter. The tears fall. You contemplate begging him to stay but know it will do no good. He asks you to rip off the band-aid and go home now instead of watching the vans leave knowing it will break your heart. What he doesn't know is it's already cracked.

Here it is. The single moment you've been dreading for months. You've thought about it constantly, cried over and prepared for it. And here it is. You're about to say goodbye to your reason for living, your soul mate, your other half. Your husband who just so happens to be a Marine is about to deploy to a war-torn country. You hold him to you as tightly as possible and try to fit the next seven months into one kiss. He says he loves you and promises he'll be home soon. You in return promise to be waiting when he gets back. With that you pry yourself off of him and walk to your car. A friend gets in the drivers seat to take you home. You turn around and see him in the darkness standing in a circle of Marines. But he's not paying any attention to them. As the last solid peice of your heart breaks, you watch him watch you drive away.

Your clutch at this dogtags that are draped around your neck. That's where they will stay until he comes home to you.



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