Tuesday, August 24, 2010


Could it be? Could it be possible to be addicted to delicious morsels such as these? The crunchy, melt in your mouth, homemade chips & the fiery salsa that leaves my tongue and lips burning and aching for more? Trini and Carmen's in Waterford is by far my absolute FAVORITE Mexican restaurant for this very reason - the chips and salsa.

Yesterday I had some testing for a position I'm applying for and so I was in the neighborhood, and how could I resist stopping by and picking up a carry out? Little did I know that when I ordered the largest portion of chips and salsa they could offer me I would be coming home with a grocery bag full of chips and at least 21 ounces of salsa. Needless to say, I am in heaven. My tastebuds are in limbo though - how can something so spicy and almost unbearable be so delectable? I have to take breaks now and again from my chips and salsa eating frenzy, but I think the little buds are starting to get used to the heat.

If I don't even end up getting the job I'll be upset for multiple reasons, as you can see. Waterford just isn't remotely close enough for me to justify driving out for my weekly chips and salsa fix!

Now of course, they do have other food which I am also fond of. Don't you worry your pretty little head about that! But if I could just waltz in there and order a huge heaping helping of these chips with the hot salsa on the side (though the mild is also good, but not as tantalizing) I'd be set.

Saturday, August 21, 2010


Remember that interview I had in July? That interview that feels like an eternity ago? Well, I didn't hear anything back yet. They told me three weeks and they would contact me, and to "be patient." When someone says "be patient" like that, doesn't it seem that you should exactly be calling them up and bothering them about if I got the job or not? But three weeks exactly from my interview date was Thursday, and now it's Saturday. I have another juvenile testing session for the another local county on Monday afternoon so I suppose Monday morning I'll call the first county's office and see what's up.

I don't know how I feel about it. I don't feel any certain way, which is maybe a good thing, but maybe I bad thing. Since it has been such a long process I feel really detached from the whole idea of actually getting the job. I'm hopeful, but not exactly optimistic.

I'm in somewhat of a bad mood right now. I had a hard time making the choice this morning of whether to go with Mark to the Woodward Dream Cruise like we planned. First of all, it's supposed to rain all morning - in face just peering out right now I can see some sprinkles on the window pane. Secondly, I feel like this is going to be a guy thing because we were going to be meeting his dad. Mark also explained last time it was him, his dad, and his dad's work friends. What I really wanted was for it to just be me and Mark doing something fun together and taking in the scenery. I just decided to stay home, after all. We are planning on going to Somerset Mall today probably, so that'll be something I guess. Maybe I can convince him to take me to PF Chang's.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Cheated a bit...

Operation Frugal Samantha didn't work out as well as I had hoped. I know, I know...that wasn't very long ago that I pledged to be "frugal." But I did make some credit card purchases as I await my next paycheck.

Sorry :(

They were decent purchases though. Thursday night Mark and I went to TGI Friday's for dinner...and oh my gosh...that place FILLS you up. For not a small fee, either. We mistakenly got an appetizer because I was famished, and while it was very delicious, we probably could have walked out of there satisfied from just those. Last time we went I ordered that 3 course dinner thing and was about to explode, so I'm glad I didn't have to endure a dessert, but let's just say we had plenty of leftovers.

After that we went to Target and looked around at random stuff - by random stuff I mean pretty much ever inch of the store. I am considering going back soon because there was a really cute tunic sweater that I am interested in. And I found some possible bridesmaid's shoes! However I'm holding off since the dresses are not even picked out yet. Once we go in a couple weeks and I at least settle on a color then I'll maybe check back and decide on those. Mark didn't think they were cute. We never agree on fashion related things, though.

I ended up buying some face wash, a birthday card for my dad, and some Dr. Scholl's insoles for Mark. All legitimate purchases.

I have the day off today so I am about to play The Sims. I also have a long list of chores to accomplish. I'm not heading over for my dad's birthday until tomorrow afternoon, because I believe the plan is for my parents to go out to dinner alone tonight. And I think that is a very nice idea.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Check - Officiant

So we finally decided to book an officiant for our wedding and I could not be more relieved. This search was seriously getting to the point of annoying. Mark was thinking about just choosing a random person off the street to do the job for us. I don't know why we had such a struggle with it, but I'm so happy that it's over now. All we have to do is send in the deposit and then we'll start formulating the ceremony and vows and such. I think that we'll probably end up doing a sand ceremony, though I'm not sure yet. I doubt that we'd be able to use a unity candle since it is outside and could be windy (and would they allow candles near the garden or would it be a fire hazard?).

I've also chosen a couple dates to go out and peruse bridesmaids dresses. We'll have a preliminary shopping outing two weeks from now, just to find some we like and narrow things down. I wrote out a list of about ten dress styles that I liked from David's Bridal, so if they have them in stock I'll have whoever is able to come try those on and then go from there. I'll also choose the official dress color, which is pretty exciting. I hope they have the shade of pink I'm looking for. Then the last weekend in September my NY bridesmaid will be flying in so we'll retry on the finalists and make the decision then.

I feel like I haven't made any big wedding decisions in a long time so I'm pretty excited about this. I also plan on doing some cake tastings before school starts back up, and maybe we'll even be able to book that too!

Once we send out our save-the-dates in October it will really start to feel real. I'm so excited to send those out. I never thought I'd see the day.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Operation Frugal Samantha is a Go.

I have a plan in place. I have new tools in which to utilize my plan. So here I go! No more addiction to grocery shopping and target and fast food for me. I am about to become a coupon snipping, calculator calculating, money saving kind of girl.

I started using mint.com recently and I think I am in love. It puts everything right in one place, even my debts, and so I can track budgets and even goals I have set up.

I was also chatting a bit with a family friend who told me about some great sites that help in the frugality process. I've only checked them out briefly so far, but they seem pretty neat. Once I get the hang of them more I'll post my recommendations here.

This month my goals include absolutely NOT using my credit card under any circumstances; NOT taking any money out of my savings account; and not going out to eat. That last one will be a bit difficult because I have a birthday gathering to attend Friday night and I might have to cheat a little bit. But I'm going to stick to my guns on that credit card one. I'm entering my last year of college which means this time next year I'll have about a trillion dollars in student loans dumped on my head, and I'm not going to have more debt than necessary.

Here's an interesting question - I've had my credit card since 2008, and it's a student credit card so it has a fairly low interest rate. It doesn't expire until 2012 though I'll be graduated in 2011. Do I still get to keep the low interest rate I'm at right now? I really hope they wouldn't change it on me.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Emelia Faith has arrived.

Mark is now and Uncle and I am now and Aunt! (For the most part, of course I am not officially by law an aunt until 321 days from now, but as far as this little girl knows, I am her aunt :] )

A new baby is just such a wonderful blessing and I cannot say enough positive things about it. It's so amazing to wonder what this little girl will be like when she turns one, or what her favorite color will be, or who her friends from school will be, and if she'll like to play sports or dance or sing. She's so tiny and precious. She's an incredible thing to see.

Then it makes me and Mark wonder what our future baby is going to be like. We're a little preoccupied with that thought right now. Particularly the thought of WHEN will he/she arrive into our lives and hearts. When will he/she begin to exist? When will we be ready to open that door?

I hope relatively soon. Of course, there is much to do before that time and we can't lose sight of that. But seeing a tiny little amazing gift that God gives to the world like that makes it very easy for my mind to wander away from the present and into the future. As if I wasn't already preoccupied with the future enough!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Tired of school.

I really am beginning to regret taking two classes this summer. It shouldn't really be a big deal, I am just SO over anything school related right now. For example, I have a paper to write that's due on Tuesday - it's a pretty big deal I would say. The paper is on a self-modification project of our choosing. I chose exercise. It started off okay, but then I pulled that muscle in my back, and so the last week of my intervention was kind of a bust. I'll write about the reasoning behind why I failed at the end and how I believe everything would have continued to work well had I not hurt myself.

But I don't feel like writing it. For a one major reason:

The paper is in APA format. Now, I don't know how many of you are familiar with it - maybe you like it, I don't know. But I for one DO NOT like APA in the slightest. And it seems to be all psychology courses ever use (wonder why haha).

It just seems to change too often. There is a sixth edition now. I swear last semester we were using fifth, weren't we? Or do some of my profs just not follow it precisely? All I know is I've never heard of a running head before; and cover pages feel like such a waste of time/paper.

I found this video though, and it has been helping me so far. I'm about 3/4 of the way through it, but it requires that I actually start writing the paper at some point, so it is paused for now.

In just 9 short months my undergraduate career will be over! I cannot wait.