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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Day Six - Shopping

The Tiffany catalog came in the mail today. Shopping in regular stores now pales in comparison for the rest of the season. Wish I was back in NYC...Christmas shopping was never so fun as the year I went there and got to see all the window displays. I think maybe next year, I may have to go back again. Yes, that's definitely the plan.

This is part of a Capturing December photo-a-day challenge.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Day Five - Today's Temperature

It's unusually warm this winter...and I LOVE IT! I have no problem with the temperatures staying where they are. I do not like to be cold whatsoever. I'm afraid my time is almost up on this perfect winter though...I hear a cold front is coming thru. But today when I checked the temperature at 2:05pm, it was still nice out and sitting at 59 degrees. One of my favorite things about winter are the sunsets I get to witness on my drive's sunset was clear and bright. So beautiful! Thank you God for blessing me with the beauty of your sunsets!
This is part of a Capturing December photo-a-day challenge.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Day Four - Joyous

It took me forever today to decide what picture to take to represent joyous. I actually had decided on cleaning up and organizing my home office with before and after pictures. But, turns out I just needed a night to veg out. I've been going 100 miles a minute for the last few months. I finally didn't have anything I HAD to do, so I didn't. That in itself was an extremely joyous thing tonight.

So as I did nothing in particular tonight, I took some pictures of various things...all things that make me happy, but they didn't scream joyous. Then I saw first Christmas card of the season. I remembered how excited I was when I went to the mailbox when I got home from work today and there was actually something fun inside! I love getting Christmas cards...especially from people and families I truly love. I love to see their pictures and what design and messages they've picked out for this year. I love to display all my cards. This year I'm using a clothespin trick I spotted on Pinterest that I thought was so cute!

It was a no-brainer for this first Christmas card of the season to be my "joyous" pick of the day. It also reminds me that I better get to work on my Christmas cards before it's too late! Did you have something joyous happen today?

This is part of a Capturing December photo-a-day challenge.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Capturing December

Last month, as I was preparing for my Christmas Party, I was pinning away every cute Christmas thing I could find on Pinterest. I ran across a photo-a-day challenge. I had seen these before and always love when one of my friends do them. So I pinned it. And now I'm going to do it for myself! I fell a couple days behind to start off because of my Christmas Party (entirely too much decorating going on to think about the photo challenge) but now that it's over, I have plenty of time to start. So I'm playing catch up in this post and will hopefully be consistent over the next month to daily post my picture. You can also follow me on Twitter(@jillfuqua) or Instagram (@jill02ny) for my daily posts. I will be using the hashtag #CapturingDecember.

Day One - Your View Today
My December 1 was spent getting ready for my church group to come over and celebrate with a Christmas Party. If you know my Mom and I, you know that we can't do anything small. We like to decorate every last square inch. So my view for the majority of the day was putting the final touches on all my decorations both upstairs and downstairs... Then the food table had to be set up. I'm very thankful for my friend Christy who came over early to help me set up...I wouldn't have made it without her! Finally, at the end of the day, I stood back and took in the view of all my friends and their ugly Christmas sweaters enjoying our time together with great food and great company.

Day Two - Favorite Holiday Movie
So there is just no way on Earth that I would be able to pick just ONE favorite holiday movie. I love them all. They all have great lines or corniness that just makes it the best. Every year when I'm decorating for Christmas and wrapping packages, I always pop in these movies to get me into the spirit. It is a must that I watch every one of them at some point during the holiday season and that I quote them as much as possible.

Day Three - Red
I kept my eye out for red all day long because I knew that was today's theme...and I wanted it to be something special. What could be more special than spending time with your Grandma? I went to her house because she was teaching me how to bake an apple pie with crust made from scratch. So when I saw the color of her cook book, I knew that was my shot for the day. My top crust didn't exactly turn out as we had planned (it broke when we tried to put it on, so we improvised) but we had a great time hanging out together and talking and teaching/learning. I love time spent with my grandparents.
I tried to salvage the crust by making a cute Christmas tree cutout for the top. And I love that I can blur the ugly out with the Instagram app. But let me tell tasted SO good...even if I do say so myself! :)

Are you able to pick out just one movie as a holiday favorite? If so, which is it?

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Going to the Big D for some Love


So, about 6 weeks ago, I was going about my day, reading all my blogs like I usually do when up pops this post from my favorite blog, Young House Love. They are going on a book tour. They are going to Dallas. I didn't even finish reading the post. I immediately went to my email and this is what I wrote:

It didn't take Erlita long to respond and say that she was in. Woooo Hoooo! We were so excited!

Since John and Sherry weren't going to be anywhere near Kansas, we decided to take a little Kansas to them. We brought a Kansas care package to give to them at the book signing. We wanted to keep it simple since that's kind of their style, so it included postcards from Kansas and Wichita, some Cocoa Dolce artisan chocolates, Chocolate Covered Sunflower Seeds from the Nifty Nut House (since the state flower is the sunflower), and a Wichita State Shocker Sucker with WuShock on it. Just a small token of thanks for all the hard work they put into their blog and all the enjoyment we get from reading it.
Had to throw in a little Wizard of Oz on our KS care package...#rubyred

Love me some Wu.
Erlita and I drove into Dallas Friday night. Side note: GPS is not always right...what should have taken us 6 hours took us 7 thanks to a detour AROUND Dallas. Geez Louise. It did provide quite a few laughs over the course of the weekend though..."only 45 more minutes" seemed to be a theme. We got to our hotel and it could not have been in a more perfect location. It was just a couple of miles from the West Elm we would need to be at Saturday morning for the Young House Love book signing and just a couple miles the other direction from the North Park Mall which would provide the afternoon's entertainment. Yay for the Campbell Centre Doubletree!

We woke up Saturday morning and our goal was to be at the West Elm 2 hours before the signing began. There had been over 600 rsvps on the Facebook event page, so we wanted to be sure we got in. It was perfect weather for waiting outside. Hooray!

The day was finally here. We couldn't believe it. Erlita had been reading Young House Love for years and is the one who introduced me to them. I had been reading them off and on, but then a couple years ago when I was without a boss for 11 months and had nothing to do all day at work, I started at the beginning and read my way thru the ENTIRE blog. I was in love. These people are not only talented and creative, but also hilarious and so fun. I really need to be their friend in real life. Thank you John and Sherry for keeping me company during those 11 months...I don't think I would have made it without you!

SO worth the wait to meet John and Sherry!
We had waited in line for 2 hours when John and Sherry made their entrance. We all happy they were finally here and in just a little while we would be able to talk with them! 

Sherry and John making their grand entrance - complete with curtsies, bows and blown kisses!

While we were waiting for the line to start moving, they started handing out the books that we have been waiting so long to read! They gave us a post-it so we could write our names on it to make the book signing process go a little faster.

I FINALLY had the book in my hot little hands! Woot!

As we were walking up to the table, Sherry saw my name on the book and said "Your name is Jill? You wanna hear a story about the name Jill?" So I say yes and she tells me about a girl who had her guess what her name was...the only clues she gave was that it was short and vertical...JILL. Then my dorkiness came out of nowhere and I said "Yep, this is my name" and held up my hand. Do you see it? The thumb and pointer finger are the "J" and the other fingers are the "ILL." I never know what is going to come out of my mouth when I first meet people...especially ones that I have been dying to meet forever. Haha. It was none of the things I had planned to say, that's for sure. But it makes for good storytelling and it made them laugh and that's all that really matters.


So as we chatted with our new friends, The Petersiks, we told them that we had driven all the way from Kansas and had brought them a Kansas care package. Sherry said it was like Christmas...and then we got to take our picture with them. We did one normal smiley one with Erlita's camera which you saw at the beginning of this post. But then with my camera we did a fun pose. You see, Erlita and I crack up at Neil Patrick Harris' tweets...and when he takes pictures of someone he thinks is awesome, he points at them. So we decided that since we think Young House Love is pretty awesome, they should also get the pointing treatment. And they even joined in on the fun.

How cute is Sherry? For realz.
Then sadly, our short time together was up. So we had to say goodbye. We told them again how much we loved them because that's what you do when you meet people for the first time in real life, right? That's what I do anyway. They reminded us to sign their YHL Book Tour Yearbook and we walked away. BUT WAIT..."JILL, JILL!" I hear them hollering my name, I turn to look and crack up because John is flashing the "Jill" hand at me as they are yelling. I forgot my book on their table. I was so excited to talk to them that I completely forgot about it. It wouldn't have taken me long to figure it out, but I think secretly I really just wanted to come back to the table and talk some more. Haha...SO glad I didn't lose my book. I would have been so sad.

Erl and I signed the YHL Book Tour "Yearbook" (Notice my hand...I wanted them to know which Jill signed here.)
Thank goodness we got there early!
The line was still so long after we had left West Elm and shopped around the wrapped around the parking lot. Crazytown. So happy to see that so many people love John and Sherry as much as we do.

All in all, it was a fabulous weekend...and I love that they are the same in person as they are on their blog. So much fun. So much awesomeness.

If you haven't checked out their blog yet, you should. Right now. Young House Love. You'll love it. I promise.

Friday, October 12, 2012

200 Days

So a couple weeks ago, I was informed that as of April 30, I would no longer have a job. Well, actually, they told me I could keep my job if I moved to Dallas...and worked in a call center, for 4 bosses instead of 1, in a dead-end job that I don't like. Sounds tempting, huh? Needless to say, I turned that down. Had it been my dream job in Dallas, I probably would have jumped at the chance, but I don't love what I do enough to move away from all my family and friends.

I cried twice.

The first time was right after we were informed and I was talking to my boss. He told me he thought I had handled the news very well and with class. I began to tell him about the peace I had felt that morning coming into work. As I walked in from the parking lot, the MercyMe song "where You lead me, I will follow" popped into my head and I told God that was my prayer to Him that day. It wasn't until I began talking about my plans for the future that I got choked up. I told my boss that I just looked at this as a kick in the pants from God to start doing what I love...not just something to pay the bills.

The second time I cried was after a friend of mine sent me this verse:

Deuteronomy 31:8, "GOD is striding ahead of you. He's right there with you. He won't let you down; he won't leave you. Don't be intimidated. Don't worry." (The Message)

They had let us have the rest of the day off...before I left, I sent an email to my close friends and family to let them know what I found out. I was doing a little retail therapy in Hobby Lobby when this email came thru. I was fine reading it until I saw the word Deuteronomy. Then the waterworks started. Mom asked me what was wrong as I ran around the corner fanning my eyes. I couldn't speak and I hadn't even read the verse yet! So, we immediately left the store so I could compose myself. We got to the car, I started to read the email out loud to her, got to "Deuteronomy" again and couldn't get anything Mom had to read the rest to me. I sat there and cried it all out. (Kind of getting misty just typing about it...) It was just what I needed to hear and to be reminded of. God is faithful and I know He has an awesome plan for me.

So what are my plans? Well, I've decided to stay until the bitter end at my current job instead of immediately going on a job search. The severance package is pretty good and it also gives me time to complete something that I've been dreaming about for a long time now...

I have enrolled in an event and wedding planning course. It's self-study, so it will take some discipline. But, I LOVE to throw parties and help with weddings, so it will all be worth it in the end AND I will have an official International Certification. I'm so excited to see what the next chapter of my life looks like...

I've counted up and I only have 200 days left at this job.  I can't wait to see what happens over these next 200 days...what kind of opportunities and lessons I will experience. I'm ready to get this party started!