Thursday, June 25, 2009


Obviously I'm bored at work...

Here is a list of firsts....:)

1. Who was your FIRST prom date? Adam
2. Do you still talk to your FIRST love? If I run into him, but we live in different places and only see each other every once in a while.
3. What was your FIRST job? Limited Too, well babysitting, but my first "real" job was Limited Too
4. What was your FIRST car? 86 Mazada something
5. Who was the FIRST person to text you today? I think Mr. McB...I haven't texted a lot recently
6. Who is the FIRST person you thought of this morning? Mr. McB :)
7. Who was your FIRST grade teacher? Mrs. Hall
8. Where was your first airplane flight/trip? Hmm..I think Chicago when I was little
9. Who was your FIRST best friend & do you still talk? Grant-we sometimes talk, but not that often
10. Where was your FIRST sleep over? Grant's, but that was common b/c we lived by each other-I would say "real" sleepover was Bethany
11. Who was the FIRST person you talked to today? Mr. McB :)
12. Whose wedding were you in the FIRST time? Aunt Sharon and Uncle Tim or Steve and Tina....can't remember which was first
13. What was the FIRST thing you did this morning? Get up to turn my alarm off and lay back down with the hubby :)
14. What was the FIRST concert you ever went to? I have been to a lot, but I think my first was Reba.....not sure
15. FIRST foreign country you've been to? Bahamas
16. FIRST movie you remember seeing? I would say Cinderella b/c it has always been my favorite, but the first I remember is Snow White.
17. When was your FIRST detention? Haha...high school for chewing gum....but the principal loved me and let me go after 10 minutes
18. Who was your FIRST roommate? Amanda :)
19. What is something you would learn if you had the chance? I'm not sure....I like to do so many things...maybe crocheting or knitting?
20. Did you marry the FIRST person to ask for your hand in marriage? First who was serious about it.....:)
21. What was the FIRST sport that you were involved in? I'm not sure if figure skating or gymnastics was first
22. What were the FIRST lessons you ever took? Piano
23. What is the FIRST thing you do when you get home? Put my bags down....then let out the animals

All about me!

Holly did a really cute thing for people to get to know her better. I really liked the idea. :) So, I decided to do one myself. :) Here goes......

A-Age: 24
B-Birth date: November 21
C-Chore you hate: the dishes
D-Dog's name: Kona
E-Enter or Exit: ? don't understand
F-Favorite color: PINK
G-Gold or silver: Silver
H-Hair color: Blonde
I-Instrument: Flute, Piccolo, Piano
J-Job Title: changing jobs-Admissions Director at a long-term care facility
K-Kids: not yet....
L-Living arrangements: Live with my hubby and our cat and dog
M-Monkey or Moose: Moose
N-Nicknames: None
O-Odd thing about you: I have a lot of odd things...I'm a hypochondriac
P-Pet Peeve: When people cut you off in traffic, when people act like you know nothing because you are young, when people treat you with no respect
Q-Quote from a movie: I have so many, but I love this one from Sweet Home Alabama.
Jake: You're shittin' me, right?
Melanie Carmichael: I never fully understood that expression, but no, I am not "shitting" you.
R-Right/Left Handed: Right
S-Siblings: None, other than the 6 I received when I married Mr. McB-Ann, Paul William, Matthew, Jeremy, Alexis, and Jonah
T-Time you wake up? It depends, usually pretty early
U-Underwear: depends on the day
V-Veggie you dislike: raddish
W-What makes you run late: waking up late
X-X-Rays: haven't had one for awhile....
Y-Yummy food you make: it depends on who you ask...I make an awesome grilled cheese
Z-Zoo Animal: baby elephants

Now it is your turn......:)

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

I'm kind of a big deal....

Not really, but I wanted to post about my new job-which I ACCEPTED. Yay!

Currently, I work for the university I attended, West Virginia University. The job was a good start out of graduate school because of the bad economy. I was lucky-I was one of my friends who came out of graduation with a job. However, I really felt like the job description was inflated. I was the development representative, but I was more like a glorified secretary-I wrote notes and signed thank you cards. Don't get me wrong, it was a fine job, but I didn't bust my butt for six years to be doing this.

My passion for awhile has been long-term care. My masters degree is in public administration with a focus on health care, most specifically long-term care. In January, I started searching for a position in long-term care, but never got one. I was a little bummed, but knew one would come along eventually.

Jump to two weeks ago, I opened the newspaper (which I never do) and the first job listing is an admission director for a long-term care facility in the area. So, I had to apply. This was the job I did when I was interning with a long-term care facility. From there, I got called to interview and then again and then I was offered the position. I accepted on Monday and gave my two weeks notice with the university. My boss at the university is not happy. Oh well, you can only worry so much.

I had to take this opportunity. This job was my short-term goal. I will be in administration at a long-term care facility. Couldn't really pass that up.....

I start July 7. I'm really excited....Wish me luck! Prayers are welcome! :)

Monday, June 22, 2009

I got the job offer!

I got it!

I got the new job offer. I think I will accept. The job is perfect for me. :)

BTW-Mr. McB found the camera cord. So, looks like I'll be updating soon. :)

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Not the happiest....

I still can't find my camera cord.

I want to put up details about our anniversary trip to Baltimore, but I can't do that without pictures. :)

So, I must find the camera cord to blog!!!!!!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Feeling Relaxed and Big Purchases

As you can tell by my blog, I have been have a rough time lately. I'm not sure I completely love my new job, I've been feeling really pressured and stressed (even though I didn't realize it at the time) and I am constantly thinking about bad things happening (such as bad health and such). So, I haven't been having the best last few weeks.

I have been praying about all of this and my worrying for awhile now. However, I still seem to have the anxiety and problems. Everyday I seem to feel a little bit more like myself, but then sometimes that slides away again. So, I continue to pray and ask for God to not let the devil put these toughts in my head.

Today, I took a walk at lunch. I went outside my office and there is a trail along the river for bikers, runners, walkers and I started walking. I've been trying to get outside every pretty day, but today I just started walking. I stopped and talked with God and to be honest, I feel much more relaxed right now.

Thank you God for granting me some peace! I pray that you watch over me and everyone struggling with worry and anxiety and help us turn our worries to you and get past this. In Jesus' name, Amen.

On a lighter note, Mr. McB and I now both have higher paying permanent positions. This is exciting. So, to celebrate, we purchased:

A Sanyo 42" flat-screen LCD....blah, blah, blah...I don't know everything about it. I just know that it looks great in our living room and it is so nice to sit down and watch with the hubby. To make it even better, we weren't planning on this. We just happened to be at Wal*mart walking around when we came upon this beauty. It was marked down over $300-not a bad deal. So, we bit the bullet and got it.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Our One Year Anniversary

We did it! Mr. McB and I have been married for one year. :)

I wanted to post on our actual anniversary with pictures from our weekend together. However, I seem to have misplaced my camera cord-or was that Mr. McB that misplaced it? Anyway, I will write a post today about our anniversary and then try to post pictures when I find the cord.

Overall, I have had a wonderful first year of marriage. My love grows for Mr. McB as each day passes. I can't imagine life without him near.

I also won't candy-coat things. The first year of marriage is hard. It is hard to always agree. It is hard to get use to the other persons' lifestyle. It is hard to be around the person so much. It is sometimes not beautiful and perfect.

However, the good outweights the bad and it is absolutely worth it-especially when he looks me in the eyes and gives me a big kiss.

Friday night, Mr. McB and I hung out with friends. We went over to one of Mr. McB's best friend's girlfriends' because his friend was in town from NY. They were nice enough to grill fajitas and they were wonderful. Then, we headed out to see "The Hangover" as a group. That movie was great. I laughed most of the time even though I wasn't feeling great. Then, we headed back over to their place to hang out.

The next morning, Mr. McB and I headed to Pittsburgh, PA for the Kenny Chesney concert. For our anniversary, we wanted to stick with traditional paper gifts-so I got Mr. McB tickets to see Lady Antabellum, Miranda Lambert, Montgomery Gentry, Sugarland and Kenny Chesney. What an amazing line up. First, we went to eat at The Cheesecake Factory. I wasn't very hungry, but had the fabulous lunch portion of their grilled salmon. It was fabulous! :) Then, we got stuck in traffic for forever. After finally parking, we stopped by Calico Jack's Cantina. It was such a great place. Then we headed inside for the concert. I had such a great time.

After the concert, we knew we would be in traffic for awhile. So, we decided to stay in Pittsburgh at the Holiday Inn Express. I was shocked by how nice it was. The breakfast the next morning was amazing.

Our actual anniversary was not very exciting. We drove home from Pittsburgh, rearranged our living room and then Mr. McB had to coach a baseball game.

I will leave with a few pictures from our wedding.

Trolley ride to the reception

One of my favorite non-professional pictures

Our beautiful cake
Cutting the cake

Our first dance

The Wedding Party

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Awesome Giveaway!

Fancy Schmancy Designs has her own Etsy site now. Yay! I love all of her cute stuff and I am sure you will also.

Check out her amazing giveaway and enter for a chance to win.

Monday, June 8, 2009


Although not specifically tagged, Becky, tagged her blog readers. So, I am actually going to do this one. :)

Tag, you're it!
Open your FIRST photo folder.
Now find the TENTH picture.
Post that picture on your blog and then tell us the story of the picture!
The tag FIVE friends and have them do the same!

I am not on my home computer, which would probably be more interesting, so I may post again later.

However, the first folder is College-Friends.

Here is the photo. This is me and my best friend's husband painting their new townhome prior to moving in. She always commented that you knew your true best friend when they came to help you paint your house for no reason. I love them and wanted to be a part of this special process for them. Also, we had to get out of the apartment we shared. Haha! So here we are in all of our painting glory.

So, I tag YOU!!!!! Anyone who wants to play along. :)

Friday, June 5, 2009

In Case Anyone was Wondering......

I'm not pregnant.

With this feeling funny, bad, awful, weird lately, I have gotten the common question for a newlywed: "Are you pregnant?" "Could you be pregnant?" It started at the first doctor I saw. At this point, it hadn't even crossed my mind. Then everyone, including Mr. McB's step-mother (a nurse), began to ask the question on everyone's mind. Finally, it ended up with my old boss asking through a message on Facebook.

Mr. McB and I checked and no we are probably not pregnant. However, blood work on Monday will confirm this for certain.

At this point, I am very happy to find this out. Not that I don't want kids, but now would not be the ideal time for either one of us. Hopefully in a few years we will be blessed with beautiful and healthy kids. For now, I am happy with myself and Mr. McB and our furbabies.

I went to the doctor today and am happy to report she didn't seem too concerned. I'm having blood work done to check everything out, but she doesn't think this is any huge issue. I loved the doctor. She is actually the mother of two kids who play on James' baseball team and I think I've found a keeper. She listened to everything I had to say and was very understanding.

Thank you for all the prayers. Please continue to pray for me until I am clear with everything.

Our God is an awesome God!!!!!!!!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Just What I Needed to Hear....

As I brought up in the last post, I haven't been feeling well. It all started a couple of weeks ago and I've progressively gotten to feeling better since then. However, I am still having times when I am really dizzy and light-headed and just don't feel like myself. Being scared of everything, this has caused me some small anxiety attacks because the thought of death or serious illness keeps coming back to mind.
Luckily, I have another doctor appointment tomorrow. The first appointment basically told me I was having anxeity attacks and not to worry about it unless it got worse, it hasn't gotten worse, but it is still hanging on. Well, I needed a normal appointment anyways, so I am going and just discussing everything with my doctor to make sure I am all on track. I am sure it is something minor, especially after talking to every health professional I know, but my mind still drifts to what if I have something that will kill me.
I am a typically happy person, but this is tearing me up inside and making me extremely upset. So, I am asking for your thoughts and prayers.
I know that our God is an awesome God and will take care of me and watch over me, but sometimes the devil gets the best of your thoughts and emotions. I have been working through this by turning to God everytime I begin to worry and battling against the negative. At times this works, other times I seem to fail at this. So, this morning I open my devotional and find today is about the devil getting the best of your thoughts and turning your worry over to Jesus. This truly helped a lot because I realized that worrying isn't going to help me any, but praying to our Heavenly Father can.
Then, I get on one of my favorite blogs, Kelly's Korner, and she has posted words of encouragement from the Bible. These scripture verses truly helped calm me down and praise Jesus for the wonderful life I do have. I will continue to pray to have God help me through this and battle through the anxiety and worry I am experiencing. I ask you to also not only prayer for my faith, but also for my health.

Thank you God for being a truly wonderful and eye-opening God!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

I am Back to the Blogging World!

Hello my few readers!

I am happy to say I am fully back into the blogging world. I was having a busy time with the change of jobs and finishing up graduate school. However, I am settled within my new position and feel I will have time for regular blogging. I hope to get back to my "exciting" life and things I love.

Also, I haven't been feeling well. A couple weeks ago I started feeling really strange. I went to a doctor and was told it wasn't anything that was a big deal-it could be a mixture of many small things. Anyways, I needed a general appointment anyway and will be trying out a new doctor on Friday. I'm happy to just be able to talk to someone about what I've been experiencing.
(Note-I am a hypocrondriac-I always think the worst is wrong with me)

My life has been consumed by baseball. Mr. McB coaches a Pony League (13-14 year olds) team in our town and he also plays softball. Also, he is a huge Pirates fan and the stadium is only about an hour from us. So, I have been living and breathing baseball the past few weeks.
Funny story-last night Mr. McB and I got kicked out of our first Pony League game. There is this one umpire who does not like our team. To be honest, I think he has anger management problems and definitely displays this while umpiring. It is important to take your job seriously, but I don't think it takes it seriously-he takes it as a power trip. So Mr. McB asked about a call and he got up in his face. This continued as he told Mr. McB to shut up, while staying in his face and pointing his finger between his eyes. This was extremely disrepectful. So, I had to tell him about having to earn respect, not just receiving it. So, we got thrown out of the game. I absolutely hate people on power trips-get over yourself.

Also, we got an adorable cat from people who rescue them. His name is Braxton and boy is he a cuddler. Kona, our dog, has had some trouble adjusting to life with a "brother", but she is doing rather well. :) I'll post pictures as soon as I get a good one. :)

Also, Mr. McB and I joined a small group to grow in our relationship with God, ourselves and other couples. Unfortunately, we had to miss the last one. :( I really am enjoying it and recommend it to anyone seeking more time with Christians.

My jeweler, Joyce's Fine Jewelry in Uniontown, PA, opened a brand new store. My mom came up and we went to the grand opening. What a fabulous store and fabulous evening. I was amazed by how I felt like I had stepped into New York City while still in Uniontown. Congrats to them! :)
Although we haven't been home in awhile, we have had a lot of family time. :) I love being able to spend time with our families. Most of our family was in town for my masters graduation and my sister-in-law's graduation. We were able to spend time with each family seperately and together. Eating was interesting considering it was an already busy weekend for restaurants and we had about 14 people. Unfortunately my dad was out of town and didn't get to come see me graduate.

Over Memorial Day we went camping with friends and family. Mr. McB plans a huge trip everyone. This is his thing-he loves this camping trip. Unfortunately, many people left early and I wasn't there a lot because I felt awful and I went to my hometown for the evening to see my cousin graduate from high school. I was not going to go, but his expression when he saw me was very worth it.

The group camping-minus me-Chris, Kayla, Jessica, Rick, Jill, Andrea, Tony, Mr. McB

Mr. McB's youngest siblings-Alexis, Jeremy, Jonah, Matthew

In the water-I hate lakes, but I sometimes get over it.

My mommy and me on the boat-please ignore my fat legs

Mr. McB piloting the vessel :)

Awww-Sutton Lake

Some of the girls-Lauren, Andrea and myself

Our campsite-well part of it
This past weekend, Mr. McB and I went camping for a night in a new place. We went with one of our best friends, Jill. The campsite was awesome and we slept really late. The whole area was surrounded by trees and the light barely came through. Also, we were surrounded by running water, which always puts me to sleep. That night, Mr. McB and I had great tickets to the Pirates Game. After the game, there were fireworks and the Zac Brown Band played. It was so much fun and so exciting. :) Also, we treated ourselves and rode over to PNC Park on the Gateway Clipper. I love being able to spend time with my wonderful husband. :)
Tonight we are headed to another Pirates game. Mr. McB scored the tickets for $2.50 each and they are decent tickets. :)