And I'm almost done with the Christmas shopping, thank goodness. It's always easy to do the shopping for my mom and sister but the gifts for the guys kill me. I never know! Just lucky guesses most of the time...
Can't wait for the Utopia Christmas party this weekend. Sure to be a blast!
Have a fantastic weekend. :) I know I will.
In fact, I pretty much get it whenever I remember to get it. Usually it's just junk mail because I pay most of my bills online these days so I don't really care about getting my junk mail and ads on time.
One evening a couple of weeks ago, I checked the mail when I was taking out the dogs, and there's an US Weekly magazine in the box. I thought, "Ooh! US Weekly! Wonder how that got in there? Must've been the neighbors or something. Maybe I'll browse through it tonight and then deliver it to them tomorrow. They'll never know the difference."
Nope. It was addressed to me.
Obviously, I did not sign myself up for US Weekly. Neither did Tim. (That's not really something he would do anyway.) I called my mom when I was driving home from work the next day and asked her if it was like an early Christmas present or something. She said no. Did Gabrielle do it? No.
Who did it?
Then, last week after work, I walked in the door from work and Tim says, "You got another magazine." At this point I've already received three weeks worth of US Weekly and I was really liking it.
"Oh, cool!" I said.
It was actually Rolling Stone magazine. Literally, he meant another magazine. Score! Love Rolling Stone.
So, I don't know who you are magazine fairy, but I like your taste in picking out my magazines. And if you're on a roll and I haven't met the magazine quote yet, I'd like to put in a request for any of these: In Style, Yoga Journal, Scrapbooks Etc., or Real Simple. (And if you'd like to reveal yourself, I'd like to thank you as well.)
PS - I'm much better about checking the mail now, too.
In other news, I have time off from work starting on Saturday! Hallelujah! Tim and I are going to visit his family and have an early Thanksgiving dinner with them. Should be lots of fun up in PA. However, the trip up there will probably not be lots of fun.
Nine hours ...
in the Mustang ...
with two dogs.*
What are we thinking!??!
Food is a strong motivator I tell ya. I'll let ya know how it turns out.
*Feel free to leave comments or suggestions about this as well. :) We need all the help we can get!
- Mother Teresa
And now the door won't open and the window won't go up or down.
I think this means I have to get a new door. :(
The name says it all.
It reads my mind people.
No, really! I'm serious!
How did I discover new music before this existed?
And how can I become their spokesperson?
Forreals, my friends. Try it and you'll be hooked too.
Don't say I didn't warn you!
And PS -- I hear they're making new iPod nanos that will have Genius too! Brilliant!
It's so nice to come home after a long day of work and find that you have mail from some of your favorite people in the world from the other side of the world! :)
I got a wonderful note from Val today with pictures included (and already up on the fridge as you can see. Sorry about the picture quality -- I just snapped them really quick with my phone). Anyway, it was just talking about different stuff like their ongoing house project, Grant and Griffin -- how Grant is a terrific big brother and Mommy's little helper, and Dave's latest Navy news. They are my little bit of home away from Aloha. I miss them a LOT.
But best of all........ I can't wait to see them in November!
Saturday morning on my way to work I called my longtime friend Yolanda who currently resides in the Houston area. I tried three or four times and the call wouldn't go through. Finally, later that evening around 6 or 7 after I had gotten off work I was able to leave her a message to see if she was okay. She called me back around 10 last night to tell me that she was okay but she definitely does not want to have to go through that again in her lifetime.
Amen, sister. I'm just glad you're alive and well. :)
David Glover gave an outstanding class at the salon on Friday. Awesome techniques for doing more avante garde hairstyles for the runway, fashion shows, etc. Great, great experience. I'll have pictures later when my co-worker sends me some.
Tim has been the chef extraodinaire this weekend -- making all kinds of tasty treats! Banana ice cream (which I really didn't think I'd like but it's gooooood), shrimp and sundried tomato risotto (yum!), mashed potato cakes (similar to crab cakes but with mashed potatoes obviously) and then lots of other good things. Hence, a trip to the gym was in order today! It wasn't pretty people. It wasn't pretty.
My favorite quote from this weekend (Tim and I were watching a COPS 20th Anniversary special episode on Saturday night)....
"I don't sell drugs -- I'm a prostitute!"
It doesn't get much better than that.
And now it's time for our Labor Day picnic on Lake Wylie. More yumminess. Oh yeah.
Such was the case yesterday.
I'm standing up at the front desk, checking people in and out, getting drinks, doing makeup... as I normally do on any given day and in walks this guy with a British accent.
Me: "Hi. Do you have an appointment today?"
British Dude: "No thanks. Is Max here?"
Me: "I'm not sure if he's still here. What's your name please?"
BD (with authority): "Mett."
Me (I sense some importance with this guy): "Hi, Mett. I'm Olivia. Nice to meet you." (We all shake hands.) "I'll see if Max is available. Can I get you anything to drink while you wait?"
Mett: "No thanks."
I check around and Max is already gone but Heidi our manager comes out to the front desk.
Heidi: "Hi Mett. Max just left but I can help you."
They step aside where I can't hear the convo but then she gives Mett and his guest (handsome Australian dude) a tour of V2 (our nickname for the salon). She comes back about 10 min later and makes an appointment for our handsome Australian friend later and the two guys leave.
Heidi: "I think he'll be back around 6 or 6:30. Just make sure that you comp his services and are especially accommodating."
Me: "Okay. Why?"
H: "That's David Glover."
Me (asking earnestly) : "David Glover? Who's that? Is he related to Danny Glover??" After I said that I was thinking, "Self, why did you ask that? We're talking about a white Australian dude here." But you never know I guess....
H (laughing at my ignorance) : "No silly! David Glover is a well-known editorial stylist. He's from Australia but he travels all over to do editorial work for big magazines like Vogue and stuff like that."
Me: "Shut up!!"
H: "Yeah, go in the back and check out his website."
Sure enough, I go on David Glover.com and that's him! There's some AWESOME stuff going on there. We're talking Tyra Banks and Heidi Klum's stylist here people. He has a very impressive list of references. Okay. So maybe that isn't exciting for you, but I'm excited.
And I think he's coming back to teach a class tomorrow afternoon. I'll let you know.
I'm such a nerd.
- Joined the rest of the country and finally watched The Dark Knight but I saw it at the IMAX Dome which makes me ten times cooler than everyone else... just kidding...only five times cooler.
- Completed some scrapbook pages! Here's a little sneaky peek of my favorite one. A picture of Gabby and I that Dad took when we were little. Awwwwwww.... :)
- Got misdirected (coughcough NOT lost) in downtown Charlotte.... twice. Don't ask. Just don't ask.
- Was inspired to clean out my closet because of all my "What Not To Wear" watching. Whew. There are gonna be some fashionable Goodwill patrons. And what's left will be Ebay'ed. Email me or leave comments if you want dibs on some Kate Spade purses and other cool things.
- Finally stepped foot inside Southpark Mall for the first time since moving to Charlotte. And it was actually work-related... so there.
- Managed to make it to work in under fifteen minutes. Don't ask me how. I think the Green Light Goddess was with me or something. :)
How was your week?
Anyway, in other news, I have been lovin' the Olympics coverage. Tim and I stay up as late as we can to get the updates on all the gold medals the USA has won. We are kickin' bootie! I gotta say my favorite so far has been the Women's Gymnastics. Those girls are fierce. They have thighs that could put a hurtin' on somebody I swear...
And other shows that I am currently addicted to are What Not To Wear, Project Runway and Rock the Reception. I might need an intervention with the first one. It's getting a little unhealthy. But the third one is totally cute and you should check it out. It's only a half-hour and gets you all inspired to get off the couch and bust a move.
So I know this was a bunch of randomness but I'm kinda all over the place today. Maybe I should go center myself and scrapbook...
Oh, and one more thing, I'm kind of in the mood to change my hair color. (It's been the same thing since May, gasp!) If you guys see anything cool and you're like, "Olivia could totally pull that off" then pleeeeeease send me a link or a picture. :) mahalos!!
After the exhibit we walked around downtown a little bit and had lunch at Rock Bottom Restaurant. Loved the food! We will definitely be back there.
I'll post the rest of the pictures to my shutterfly account so you guys can check it out. I'm also finally gonna upload all the pictures from July (Utopia farewell party, Sarah's wedding, etc.) because it's about time I did that.
One last thing: Happy Birthday, Shannon!!