Thursday, March 11, 2010

Deans list

WHOOO HOOOO... I've not been this excited for such a long time.
I received a package today, it had no return address, so I didnt know who it was from.
When I opened it, I saw this

I knew what my grades were in my classes, but my brain didnt connect it to earning a place on the Deans list. (IT DOES NOW)
It had two letters, one from the Associate Dean of Business and the Executive Director of the Online Division. Very nice letters encouraging me to keep going strong

I didnt do this well in High school, and somehow this time around is so much easier.

There will be some celebrating tonight.... cheesecake, a nice dinner, and a night off from school

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Hot Tub Date

As some of you know, we got a hot tub about a month ago. We've used it quite a bit...we love having it.
Don and Jason have bee working in the back where the hot tub sits to make it a really nice area. It has been screened in so that we have some privacy. We have a nice outdoor closet for towels and the chemicals, on top of which we have put a radio.

This past Saturday, life was busy. We were on the go all day and got home, had dinner and my three nieces were dropped off for the night. (their parents were heading out to a send off for a soldier buddy of theirs that is leaving for Iraq on Thursday) I was pretty sure that there would be no date this week because after all, we did have the three additional kids (4 months-6 years)
but man was I for our date, after I had the kids in bed, Don handed me my swim suit and asked me to meet him outside when I could. I asked my teenage son to listen for the kids, and told him that we would be just in the back yard if he needed us.
I walked outside, and was pleasantly surprised to see candle light and bottled water sitting just outside the hot tub.
It was so quite and peaceful. We didnt talk at all for probably the first 15 minutes. Just enjoyed the noises around us, relaxed and cuddled. He knew it had been a long and busy day for both of us, and that the kids were going to have me up early the next day.
We only stayed out for about 30 minutes total, it was after all 10:00pm and he was due into work at 4:30am.
It wasnt a regularly long date this week, but it was enjoyable all the same. It was just enough time to reconnect and to relax.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Free out of towner

Don's company had a mandatory District meeting in a nearby ski resort town. The spouses/significant others were invited to join in for dinner and stay overnight on Friday night. whoo hoo... free dinner and out of town date night all completely paid for by the company.
So because the meetings were to go on all day on Saturday, and I needed a way to get home the following day.....we did drive two different vehicles to the restaurant. we first stopped in at the Hotel to drop off his company truck, and so that we could ride together to the restaurant.

We arrived at the restaurant... a real restaurant with linen table clothes, linen napkins, wait staff at our every whim. We sat and visited with everybody for a bit before ordering. We each had an amazing salad (one of the best I've had)

and ordered our 30 and 40 dollar steaks. I cant even think of a time I've ever had a steak or any meal from a restaurant that cost more than $14.

The area manager ordered 1 of every type side that was offered, which was then brought to the table and served family style.
It was great company, AMAZING food!!!
After dinner, we just sat and visited before heading back to the hotel.

We were able to relax in a nice KING size bed, we layed there just talking, catching up and enjoying each others company. We shared goals and plans for the rest of the year. Its been a long time since we've done that.
We decided to order a movie, it was one we've seen before but really we ordered 2012.

Because we didnt get the movie until about 10:30, I didnt make it all the way through the movie.
The following morning when Don left for his meeting in the conference room, I was able to relax in the hotel room until about noon before heading home. So I took my time waking up, then went down and picked up breakfast, got in the shower, and curled back up under the down comforter until 10:30.
It was nice just getting away, and even better was that it didnt cost us a cent.