Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Movie Review-The Proposal

Last night, Mr. McB and I wanted to catch a movie. We wanted to have a relaxing evening away from home. So, we invited two of our best friends to join us. There were several movies Mr. McB and I were interested in seeing. However, our friends had already seen The Ugly Truth, they do not like scary movies, and Mr. McB wasn't in the mood for Ice Age. So, The Proposal it was.


Neither couple had eaten very much for dinner. So, we decided to stop at a little ice cream stand before the movie. Mr. McB decided on nothing and to be honest, my milkshake was not very good at all. Oh well!

We headed up to the movies and all bought stuff up there. If we get concessions, we always try to get the large size b/c our theater offers free refills on the large drinks and popcorns.

The Proposal starring Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds was fabulous. It is your classic humorous love story. Sandra Bullock plays an editor Margaret Tate who is originally from Canada. She is going to be deported; so, she tells her bosses she is marrying her assistant Andrew Paxton (Ryan Reynolds). However, the deportation office goes through a lot of checking up to make sure the marriage isn't fraud. So Tate goes to Alaska for Paxton's grandmother's (Betty White) birthday, where they are to tell everyone they are engaged. The movie is sweet with a lot of humorous parts in it. I won't give away the ending, but it is one of the best movies I have seen lately.

Everything was great, but the movie theater was way too hot. I was about to die. Mr. McB and I are thinking about a few more movies tonight. :)

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Going Strong...

Not me, my marriage, that is. Everyone always says the first year of marriage is the hardest. I heard variations from this, but I truly think it is. Probably b/c I never lived with anyone other than my parents and my two best friends. I had never lived with a guy and it has been extremely hard to adjust to life in a two bedroom apartment with even the man of my dreams. Needless to say, we have had our ups and downs and several fights over something stupid. However, Mr. McB and I have struggled to talk things out and have been successful in keeping our love and commitment to each other the focus.
This weekend provided reassurance that our love and commitment to one another are strong. Our weekend together plans got changed, which created a fight. However, we talked it out and came out falling more for each other. I always seem more in love than before whenever we fight.
Last week was extremely busy with work and all. Plus, Mr. McB and I are trying to eat healthier and cook more often. During Mr. McB's baseball/softball season, it has been really hard to cook very often. However, we want to work on cooking for our health and for saving money. So, this past week flew by.
Friday night we were going to camp at a campground close to our house. However, the forecast showed rain. So we brought up going to our hometown. I really wanted to spend time with my husband, but we headed to our parents'. We got about halfway and I realized I needed to head into work Saturday morning to have a test read. So, we turned around. By the time we got home, we went to bed and cuddled for the night. The next morning we decided to check out some yard sales. They really weren't very good, but we got a few things we didn't really need like poker table top and a few old VHS movies. After the yard sales, we were going to head to the Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival in Wheeling, WV. However, it looked like a lot of rain. So we headed to our home town. Mr. McB went to play golf with a few friends, while my mom and I headed to check out some sales in the area. We were supposed to eat at our favorite Mexican place, but they were closed b/c of a power outage after a terrible storm that afternoon. So, we settled for Steak Escape. Mr. McB and I then headed to the West Virginia Power baseball game with a few friends. It wasn't a lot of fun b/c of the on and off rain. I had my mom pick me up b/c Mr. McB went to see a movie with his step-dad and I heard it wasn't a girlie movie. So, I hung out with my mom and played with her pup. I ended up falling asleep on the couch I always use to. Mr. McB picked me up and we stayed with his family. We arrived to presents on our pillows from their trip to Maine and Boston. Mr. McB got a baseball hat and I got a mermaid nighlight. Cute! :) The next morning I woke up to fresh donuts. We didn't make it church, but we headed to lunch with his parents and my mom. We ended up at Olive Garden. I had the grilled salmon.

The salmon was delicious, but it didn't settle well with me. After lunch, we hung out with each family for a little and then headed back home.

It was a nice little weekend and proved to me how important our marriage and families are.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Getaway or "Get Away" Weekend

As if Mr. McB and I haven't had enough breaks this summer, we decided to take another weekend trip. However, you all probably don't know this since the disappearance of my camera cord halted any updates of substance. Well, I finally found the right cord and will update about this past weekend.

One of Mr. McB's best friends moved home to upstate New York recently. To be honest, Mr. McB has been kind of lost without him. So, when we got invited up to his hometown, we decided to take him up on the offer-the only stipulation was to bring his girlfriend back home with us.

Mr. McB and I left Friday after our work day was over. Unfortunately, we got out an hour later than we wanted due to issues we were having with the rental car we had. The trip was really unadventurous except for stopping at Soergel's, our favorite orchard, for wonderful ice cream. I love traveling with Mr. McB. I don't have an explanation why, but I do.

We arrived to Pittsford, upstate New York, around 11:30 p.m. Michael and Cassie had pizza waiting on us when we got there. Then, I got a tour of the house since I am the only one who had not been there. We needed to get up early, but stayed up and talked until almost 2 a.m.

Surprisingly, we woke up pretty close to on time. We went to downtown Rochester and checked out their open air market. The place was absolutely amazing. They had vendors with tons of fruits and vegetables, vendors with fake products like Canal Street and an inside market with fish, meat, etc. I truly wish we had something like this somewhere close. We got a few fruits and vegetables, but I wish I could go to something like that every week. After the market, we got a tour of Rochester, NY. We then stopped at Wegmann's, the most wonderful grocery store. I had heard a lot about Wegmann's, but you can't believe it until you see it. I wish I could share pictures, but you can't take pictures in the store. We got a wonderful tour since Michael has worked at the sub shop for several years. The store has a prepared food section bigger than some grocery stores I have seen. So, we ate breakfast there. I got a bagel and biali. If you haven't had bread in upstate New York, it is a must. There bread is 100 times better than anywhere else. After Wegmann's, we got a tour of Pittsford and the surrounding area and then traveled to Canandaigua Lake where Michael's parents have a condo on the lake. His parents were waiting on us for lunch. After eating and hanging out, we went out on the boat and cruised around the lake. It was a little chilly, but overall really nice.

The beautiful lake

Cassie and I-I love this cute picture

Here are the silly boys on Michael's balcony

Mr. McB and I

After our boating trip around the lake, we all went into the little town by the lake. This area is NY wine country, so we stopped at a cute little winery for a wine tasting. The wine was pretty good, but we didn't buy anything. They had the best smelling wine candle though. I really wanted it for my kitchen, but could not allow myself to purchase it for the price.

On our way back to Pittsford, we took a few detours. When we arrived in Pittsford, we stopped at a nice mall and looked around for awhile. They had Vera Bradley notepads on sale, but I also did not let myself buy that. After the mall, we stopped at a place called Beers of the World, where they sell beer from everywhere. You can pick out as many beers as you would like since they are sold as a single beer. Mr. McB and I picked up seven beers.

Then, we stopped at The Distillery for dinner. Dinner was good, but I like the atmosphere better.

When we got home, Cassie and I were really tired, but Mr. McB and Michael built us a fire in the firepit. To be honest, we had a long night planned, but headed to bed pretty early. I really wanted to hang out, but I was tired and freezing cold. I went to bed smelling like camp fire. :)

The next morning, we got up and headed back to Wegmann's for breakfast and some shopping. We got a few things we couldn't get back home.

After Wegmann's, we headed on the road for Niagara Falls. I had never been and part of Mr. McB's family is from there, so he wanted to show me the falls. The were beautiful, but not as wonderful as I expected. Next time, we hope to go to Canada for a few days.

After leaving the falls, we stopped to see the Whirlpool, which was a disappointment to me. Mr. McB was amazed. Then, we were off to an outlet mall prior to heading home.

On the way home, we saw beautiful New York and PA wine country and I was amazed by the beauty.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

More 101....

41. Play with Kona (our dog) and Braxton (our cat) more often-trying to do this more often, especially while it is nice out.

42. Celebrate Kona and Braxton's birthdays.

43. Take Kona on more walks-I love, love, love to do this while it is nice out.

44. Donate to a charity-for our wedding favors, we donated to two charties close to our heart. I would love to donate again.

45. Host Thanksgiving-maybe when we get a bigger place

46. Get wedding planning license-too expensive right now

47. Get long-term care activities license-too expensive and time consuming right now

48. Go to all WV State Parks-started working on this one.

49. Go to Disney World (again)-Mr. McB has been too many times, but I still love it! :)

50. Do a full scrapbook-I haven't done a full one for awhile.

51. Have a spa day with a friend.

52. Have eyebrows waxed regularly.

53. Go to wine country in California.

54. See more baseball-we have really boosted this. :)

55. Visit as many states as possible.

56. Buy a new laptop.

57. See a movie at a drive-in.

58. Go to a Broadway show again.

59. Have nice pictures taken of our family-only have wedding really

60. Watch AFI 100 List-probably won't like a lot of them, but it would be fun to do.

61. See Niagra Falls-going this weekend :)

62. Keep an address book/list of all important people and important dates.

63. Get a piece of Tiffany jewelry.

64. Read the Five Love Languages.

65. Buy nice sunglasses.

66. Whiten teeth.

67. Get job in long-term care -DONE-Admissions/Marketing Director at Mapleshire Nursing and Rehab

68. Get WVU season tickets to football

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

More 101 in 1001

Here are some more goals.....

21. Wash my face at night-I struggle with this. I get tired and want to go straight to bed.

22. Make a realistic budget -Mr. McB and I took care of this one prior to getting the truck. We wanted to make sure we could do it all.

23. Pay off all debt-This will be hard, especially if we buy a house anytime soon.

24. Boost savings account-Working on this one every pay period. We had a good amount of savings, but used it for our truck.

25. Go to garage sales-Mr. McB and I did this the 4th of July. I hope to continue.

26. Go to open houses-I love them and Mr. McB hates them, but we agreed to go to a few.

27. Spend one hour of quality time together each day-Working really hard at this one. I think it is going well.

28. Go on monthly date nights-We try to do this, but we are always so busy. The past few weekends we have been spending a lot of time together.

29. Buy a house-This will be a little while.

30. Get pregnant-We are waiting on this one too.

31. Take a family vacation with my family-We try to do this every year, but usually my dad does not go. :(

32. Take a family vacation with James' families-This one will be much harder.

33. Travel more-We have been doing this. However, there are some key places I want to go (Italy, Greece, Ireland).

34. Start videotaping major events-We usually only video Christmas.

35. Start doing random romantic things for James-I want to keep up the romance.

36. Send out Christmas cards by December 10th each year.

37. Vacuum at least once a week-Getting better at this.

38. Clean each room once a week-Also getting beter at this.

39. Keep pictures updated-I am awful at this.

40. Make our bed every day-Almost perfect!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

101 in 1001

I have been looking a lot at goals that I may have and decided to follow a lot of leads and do something similar to 101 in 1001. I am not following it as strictly as some. I don't know how many goals I have, but I do know that I will keep adding to this list.

1. Organize the files on the computers-I have failed to do this one recently and can no longer function.

2. Subscribe to a magazine-I use to buy magazines all the time, but recently have not hardly opened a magazine. I really miss it, so I want to subscribe to at least one magazine.

3. Go to New York City during Christmas-I love NYC. It means a lot to Mr. McB and I. We fell in love there, got engaged there....So I want to go back during Christmas.

4. Go skiing more often-We live in a place surrounded by skiing, yet we have failed to go very often. I would also like to own my own skiis again.
5. Start sewing-My mother is a master seamtress. However, I haven't tried very hard. I want to start sewing, but our lack of space has prohibitted me from bringing my sewing machine.
6. Get a massage-I admit it...I am the last person on earth who hasn't had one.

7. Get a facial-I have done this, but it has been awhile.

8. Buy at least one new car-DONE-The silver Civic is my new car (Mr. McB's old car) and we got the new red truck for him

9. Read more often-trying to do this one....

10. Transfer membership to Chestnut Ridge Church-wanted to do this for awhile, but the membership classes are always at bad times

11. Go to church every weekend possible-We try to do this

12. Start having more quiet prayer time-this one is a toughy

13. Decorate for Christmas early.

14. Read the entire Bible.
15. Pay for the person behind me in a drive-thru.
16. Send a care package to a soldier.
17. Make a meal for a family that has had a loss.
18. Get down to 125 pounds.
19. Work out more often.
20. Drink more water.
Here are my first twenty......