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    I'm a nice southern girl born and raised in southeastern Alabama. I moved to Maryland fall 2010 with the husband and our 19 month old son. Currently a SAHM until my dream job comes along, whatever that may be. I love to cook, write recipes, read, scrapbook, and clip coupons. I live such a wild life.
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Is there a song about Maryland?

It’s been roughly 3 months since moving to Maryland.  Here is what I have accomplished so far:

  • I can successfully use the metro in DC without panicking over which train to use
  • I am a much better driver on the interstate
  • I know my way around better than I would have ever expected
  • I don’t get panicky and sweaty while driving in downtown traffic

Doesn’t look like much but, I feel like I have come a long way in such a short amount of time. Thankfully, God blessed me with a pretty good internal GPS system and getting around is much easier. I am slowly handling the traffic better and have stopped hitting my steering wheel when I get cut off.

I have to say, I am more homesick than ever. And, all of this cold weather certainly doesn’t help. For my birthday, I received a plane ticket from Kyle to fly home for a week. Well, that week turned into 2 weeks. I didn’t realize how much I missed home until I got there. I missed the familiar faces of my family and the warm hugs of my girlfriends. I missed the southern charm of people and the certain twang that can only be found in country music..and sweet tea. I drank lots of sweet tea.

I think adjusting to life in Maryland would be easier if I had something for myself – a job, a social life, girlfriends…something. I feel like everything is falling apart and I just can’t get life back on track. I keep job hunting and nothing promising turns up and I just don’t understand.

I am trying to make mom friends, though. I’m actually hosting a play group at my house in a few weeks.

I try so hard to remain positive and look for the good in things. I usually find myself more disappointed than anything but, it’s something that I am really trying to work on as a person. At the end of the day, it doesn’t feel like it’s enough.

But, you know what?

When I am driving around in awful traffic and Lynard Skynard comes on, I smile and laugh at myself..somehow I know that one day, everything will be okay.

Greetings from Maryland, y’all.

Pardon the cell phone picture.

We’re here!

After what seemed like years, (actually about 17-18 hours) we finally arrived Saturday afternoon. We’re almost unpacked and settling into our new home. I am in love with our new house and simply can not wait to begin the REAL decorating.

Maryland is nice for what I have seen so far. I already know how to get to Target and back without my GPS =)

We are next to the bay so, there will be lots of sitting on the deck to be had. With a wine spritzer, of course.

I did have a job interview this morning. While I am looking forward to returning to work, the firm I interviewed with was not for me. I will have to continue searching for a job.

I do believe I am going to write a book for small town people moving to a big city. About interstate driving. See, I’ve never driven on an interstate except when traveling long distances. This whole exit lane only, left exit lane, 3 & 4 lanes thing is new to me and I about got run over this morning. I know the speed limit says 55 but, I thought I was right smack dab in Talladega.

I went to tour a daycare and was leaving. Their parking lot was big (and full) so I didn’t see the “exit”. The “entrance” was wide enough for two cars and their were no signs so, I went out the way I thought I was supposed to. Big mistake. This woman coming into the daycare flipped the frick out on me and was yelling…and gave me the bird. WTF?

Since I arrived so early for my interview, I went to Chik-fil-a for breakfast (my all time favorite). They did NOT have my chicken biscuit n gravy! I was given nasty chunks of “sausage” and watery mess these people think is gravy. But, their sweet tea was good. So, God bless you Chik-fil-a.

And, to top it all off I went to a liquor store Saturday afternoon. They don’t sell beer & wine in their grocery stores. I get in there, grab my items and stand in line. When I get to the cashier, they swipe my ID through a machine and it was DECLINED! My ID was delcined! Uhh – wtf? How does an ID get declined!? The gentleman behind the register said that “they had gotten into trouble” and had to swipe everyone’s ID. I still have no clue why my ID was declined, he couldn’t give me a reason. It’s not expired. They wouldn’t let me buy the beer so, I had to leave it at the counter and leave. Talk about freakin’ embarassing.

We still lack a proper internet connection so, it may be a few days before I am back. But, when I do return, I’ll have tons of pictures.

Goodbye for now

We’re going to turn off our internet and cable today.

I will see y’all in Maryland!

I wouldn’t want to hear me whine either.

I haven’t been up for much blogging. I’m just in a baaaad mood as of late. It wouldn’t be any fun to read anything from me right now.

The house is a complete and utter disaster. We can barely navigate through the halls without stepping over things. I understand this is all a process of moving but, I can not make the OCD wench in me understand.

DH has been working really late and has turned our living room into his home office.

I keep telling myself that if I can keep myself busy, things will be okay. I’ve been doing laundry, picking things up, and window shopping during the day.

Leaving our friends and family is slowly becoming a reality, too.

And, this will be the very first year in the history of my life that I have missed the awesome-ness that is the National Peanut Festival. Oh yes.

Oh my goodness – I am feeling stabby.

My heart is breaking today

If you know me from The Bump or in real life, you should know how much I love our family pet, Major. Kyle and I adopted Major 2 years ago, right before Christmas.  He’s a 2 year old German Shepard that has grown into a wonderful dog (he was hell on wheels as a pup).

We’ve been very blessed to have Major love Dillon so much. Major’s sleeping spot is right outside of Dillon’s door and he’s very protective of Dillon. As D has gotten older and more active, Major has become his favorite jungle gym.

It breaks my heart to have to tell you that we are having to rehome him. We were unable to find a house in Maryland that accepted a dog, let alone a “vicious” German Shepard.

I go back and forth between being angry and sad, it flat out sucks hardcore. I’m angry because we didn’t have enough time. I’m angry with insurance companies and breed restrictions. I understand that the GSD breed is an “agressive” breed but, I fully believe it’s the owner and not the dog.

And, let me say..I have met many asshole poodles in my life.

I grew up with GSDs and I wouldn’t expect any less for Dillon. Pets teach children responsibility and unconditional love.  Now, I’m growing weepy.

When you adopt a pet, you adopt him for life. Pets are not something you just throw away when you get tired of them. Pets become a part of your family and you couldn’t imagine a life without so much laughter without them.

I just know that there is going to be a very big hole in our hearts when we have to part ways with him. A hole that will be very hard to fill.