• Looking for New Music*

    Busy busy busy.

    Today I woke up early (after not getting nearly enough sleep because I stayed up waaaaaay too late playing Magic Pen) and went to work. There was another supply in the room today, and as much as I LOVE the teacher I work with, I almost really look forward to days when she isn’t there. When she isn’t there, the supply teachers really depend on me to run things as they don’t know the ins and outs of my class, so it ends up really boosting my confidence in the classroom! Today was one of those days. I hearted it. :)

    After work I was supposed to go apply for a job. But I didn’t have my summer bus pass yet, and somehow spring disappeared and it got wickedly cold out again so I hibernated instead. haha! Seriously though–what the freak happened to the hot weather? My apartment was FREEZING this morning, and although I’m grateful that we didn’t get snow (like they did in Btown the day after I left) it’s still much too cold for my liking. This morning I wore a SCARF. And I had to put shoes on again. I hate wearing shoes. I am a flip flop girl. *sigh*

    During my hibernation period I decided to be productive and did some spring cleaning. I now have TWO garbage bags of clothes and shoes to Freecycle which I think is pretty awesome. I’ve decided that if I haven’t worn it in the last year, then there is a good chance that I won’t wear it in the coming one. So, out it goes.

    I also started the dreaded reformatting process. Thankfully, this is the first time that I have had to do it in months. I always enjoy my computer after it’s finished, but the process of doing it is rather tedious. You know, backing up all your files, wiping it clean, then reinstalling everything from scratch. I’ve been doing it for the past 5 hours and I’m just finishing now. While I was cleaning I realized that I don’t have much music anymore, and I would love to find some new artists to love! Does anyone have any suggestions? I love upbeat, hip hop / dance music, slower stuff like Adele or Sarah McLaughlin, and really a little of everything. I would loooooooove to know what you are listening to!

    So, that has been my busy little day. I’m excited for my day off tomorrow for more cleaning out. I’ve gotten rid of so much stuff lately and I feel really good about it. Apparently I keep a lot of crap. haha!!

    Hope you all had a lovely day…

    Shop Girl*

    P.s. My apartment smells like skunk. Just thought you’d like to know.

  • Chapter Fourteen* My Valentine (Part One)

    I know… I know… I’ve been slacking with my posts about how the Hubster and I met. I’ve actually been waiting to write this one, and I wanted to write it as my LAST post, but I didn’t for two reasons:

    1) Even though I am not superstitious, I didn’t want to have my Valentine’s post as Chapter “13”.
    2) As it IS my Valentine’s post, how perfect is it that it is CHAPTER FOURTEEN? I mean, I’m just THAT good. :)

    So, without ANY further ado, this is the story of how the Hubster and I met, fell in love, and got married within 8 months…

    …and lived happily ever after*
    By now we had been dating for three weeks. As I had written in my journal, I had begun to sort through the feelings that coursed through my body when I was with him or thought about him. I hadn’t admitted out loud that I was in love with him yet, because I mean–that would be crazy, right? Being head-over-heels in love with someone I “hardly” knew? Even though I knew I was “crazy” about him, calling it love was something completely different.
    I had been in “love” before in my past relationships; first with my high school boyfriend of nearly a year, and then in other relationships over the years, but they were nothing like this. I had cared deeply for all of them and loved them in some way, but what I felt for the Hubster was something completely different. There was a deeper connection there that I couldn’t resist or deny even if I wanted to. A quote from It Takes Two sums it up much better than I ever could:
    “It was that can’t eat, can’t sleep, reach for the stars over the fence, world series kind of love.”
    or least it was becoming that. What shocked me most was how quickly it hit me. There was no gradual increase of affection that develops into a kind of love over time–it took me completely by surprise and knocked me off my feet. I had never ever allowed myself to feel it that quickly before… I have even had “I Love You” said to me by a significant other and was unable to say it back simply because I would not, could not believe that love came so quickly, and I don’t believe that you should say it until there is no doubt in your mind that it’s what you feel.
    Well, by February 14th, 2005, I felt it. Oh momma, I knew it and I felt it. Annnnnnd I didn’t know what to do about it.
    As our very first Valentine’s Day approached I fretted and fretted about what to do. I don’t think anyone ever wants to be the first one to say those three little words, especially when you are completely unsure of the response. So, I decided to pour all my energy into making him an AMAZING card (as I was too poor to buy one haha):

    I seriously poured hours into that baby. haha! Of all the cards that I have ever made for him, it is by far my favourite. On the 14th we had been dating for exactly 3 weeks, so I wrote out 21 reasons why he should be my Valentine. If you click on the pictures they will enlarge and you can read them if you’d like. :)

    We had plans to have a Valentine’s date that evening, and all day I fretted over what to do. Should I tell him? Should I wait? If I do tell him, will he say it back? What if he doesn’t? What if he thinks I’m CRAZY? …it was a stressful day.

    When he showed up on my doorstep that evening, every stress I had completely melted away and I simply knew. I knew without question that I was in love with this man that I had known for only three weeks. I loved him, and there was nothing I could do about it. He walked in (looking gorgeous) and handed me a huge bouquet of beautiful roses. Once I put them in water he told me that he had another gift for me, but we decided to wait until after dinner to exchange cards. I can’t remember what I made, but it was something simple. My roommates were out and we enjoyed a quiet dinner together… it was perfect.

    After dinner he pulled me over to the couch and I sat down beside him. We talked for a minute, then I pulled out my card, a little nervous that he would think it was silly. I shouldn’t have worried though, as he loved it–which is why we still have it more than 3 years later. (just for the record, I debated and debated about whether to write “love, Shop Girl*” instead of the heart, but I decided it was better to say it in person the first time).

    After reading my card, he handed me mine which had a beautiful note to me inside. I was perfectly content with my flowers, card and his company, but he also pulled out a long silver box. I just looked at it for a minute until I realized that it was a jewelry box. He smiled and put it on my lap, and I pulled off the lid. Inside was a beautiful silver bracelet (simple, just how I like it) with a little lady bug charm attached to it. A lady bug bracelet for his lady bug girl. Really, could he be any cuter?

    I was ready to tell him I loved him right then and there. My knees were trembling and my heart was beating so hard I thought he could hear it. As we sat together cuddling on the couch talking about this and that I thought that it might burst out of me…

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  • Moon Tag*

    Today was a pretty special day. My grandmother has been a member of my church for many years, but my grandfather has always chosen to live a different lifestyle. However, over the past several months he made some big life changes and today decided to be baptized into my church. It was amazing… and almost my WHOLE family was there. My dad is one of 8 siblings, and all but one came. My Gumpo looked so happy… and all in all it was pretty much an awesome day.

    My whole immediate family was there as well–my parents, all 6 of us kids, plus the Hubster and Fireman. Because we no longer have the vanimal, we needed to take 3 cars to get there. On the way home Mom, Dad and Doodle traveled together; Peeah, Fireman and Teep rode home together, and then Spart, Choppy, Hubster and I came together. We left first, but Fireman’s car quickly caught up with us and we were ‘racing’ on the highway. (By racing I mean playing catch up so that we were riding side by side on the road)

    They passed us first without realizing that it was us as we were stopped for gas. We quickly caught up, drove by while waving like idiots.

    They tried to catch up, but Spart is a speed demon and stayed ahead until we saw Peeah waving us back and signaling that she wanted to show us something. So, we slowed down and let them catch up…

    …and then we saw Teep’s naked bum in the window. haha

    After we stopped laughing (and being scarred for life) we decided we needed to play back. So, we sped up, and the Hubster rolled down his window and mooned not only their car, but also the rest of the highway. hahaha!!

    I don’t think I have laughed that hard in AGES. No one in our car or theirs expected the Hubs to do it, so the looks on their faces were PRICELESS. haha I love my man!!!

    Shop Girl*

  • The Internet-Eating Monster Virus*

    Uggggggggh….. I haven’t been able to blog for the last couple of days and it made my heart sad. *sigh*

    I’m currently up in Btown at my parents house! I came up on Tuesday and have been spending lots of time with my family. I’ve been shopping with Mom, driving with Dad, had a Chinese and Niles night with Spart, and last night we all just hung out together in the living room. (the Hubster made sure to turn off his death march phone this time… haha)

    The Hubs came up yesterday, and it was a good thing because a) I missed him, b) I really missed him… I kind of like him, and c) my internet died. I usually have less time to write when I am here to begin with as my family usually keeps me pretty busy, but not having the internet on my lovely little IBM was just not good. It was the most bizarre thing… it was working in the morning, and then I turned off my lappy to go shopping with my Mom. When I came back a couple of hours later not only could I not connect to the internet, but I couldn’t even access my internet options. Nothing. Nada. Zip. Gone.

    I was a little perplexed, to say the least. I tried all the usual options to connect and was getting no where. So I turned to the most brilliant man I know–my Hubster. :)

    Unfortunately, he couldn’t fix the problem over the phone and it would have been really complicated for him to try and explain it to me, so I had to wait for him to come. Which meant no blogging. Which made me sad.

    He did come the next day though. :) And after our joyful reunion, he sat down to try and fix my lappy (again) like the wonderful husband that he is. At first, he too was a little perplexed. He fiddled and pondered and tried this and that to no avail.

    And then it popped up:

    WARNING: YOU HAVE A MONSTROUS INTERNET-EATING MOTHER OF A VIRUS!

    Okay. So it didn’t really say that, but it may as well have! haha! I was bewildered–a virus? How? I couldn’t even remember downloading anything that would have triggered such a monstrous thing. When we found it, it had already begun working its ‘magic’, hence my no internet. So, after a thorough virus cleaner and deletion… here I am! I’ll still likely have to reformat again when I get back to Senior’s City, but whatevs. I’m just happy that we killed the beast. :)

    Shop Girl*

  • My Secret Project*

    Hello my dear readers,

    In recent posts I have mentioned that I have been working on a new project that has been eating up my free time. Well, today, after hours of work, it’s finished-ish. It’s complete enough that I cannot wait any longer to share it with you!! SO EXCITED!!!!!

    Some of you may have noticed that when you type in www.iheartmyshoes.blogspot.com it now redirects you to www.blog.iheartmyshoes.com (look in the bar). Why is it doing this, you ask? Hmmmm???

    BECAUSE I OWN IHEARTMYSHOES.COM!!!

    That’s right baby– I (with much help and artistic advice from the Hubster) have created a website for my little blog and I would LOVE if you would visit me there! I’ve posted pictures. I’ve posted other random information. AND I’ve posted Our Story in one place for your reading pleasure (only what I’ve posted here, of course… you still have to wait!).

    You may be thinking… what does this mean for my blog? Absolutely nothing–my blog itself will not change at all and will stay the same blog that you know (and hopefully love). It’s really just an expansion of my blog with new information and little extras that I will continue adding.

    So, without ANY further ado… I give you: www.iheartmyshoes.com

    Much love,
    Shop Girl*

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