Little Sicily Shares All...

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween

I wish that I was still a little girl and it was still socially acceptable for me to go trick or treating. Right now I am jealous of every child that gets to run around and demand free candy, and every child that gets to go trick or treating with their children. I didn't really get into the Halloween Season this year. I wanted to go to a hauted house and a pumpkin patch, but it just never happened. My part time job is sort of taking over my life- I didn't even get to go to one Halloween Party this year. Granted, I do enjoy my job, but it is just a little sad to me. I want to still be able to play all day...

I was able to do one Halloween activity this year- Pumpkin Carving!!! I'll post some pictures up later. It sucks though- the pumpkin started rotting the day after. Damn global warming and the pumpkin scarce.

My hopes for tonight: find random stuff to dress up as and take goofy pictures...haha I'm such a tool.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Crazy Style

While being bored at work, I decided to see what "kind of coffee" I am. It was right on the money!!!
You Are a Double Espresso

Hey Energizer Bunny Girl! Do you ever slow down?
You're a mix of high energy and ambition, perfectly matched with strong espresso
When you want something you get it - by any means possible
You're driven, determined, and no nonsense. Which is just how you like your java.

I always get doppios from Starby's.

I thought I'd share...I thought it was fun!!!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

At work today...

First Night

Last night was my actual first night of working at my part time job. It was great!!! I went on a tour of the store, not like I didn’t already know where every thing was located…but I learned the reason behind the madness…hehehe. After my grand tour, I was asked to put some items away…piece of cake. Though finding the proper home for the sheets of paper proved to me a little more problematic then I thought. I was taught the tricks for that as well. In a couple of weeks, I’ll be a pro. My next task was to open up new packs of stickers and place then in bins…I enjoyed this. Got to check out what fun stickers I want to buy!!! I will try very hard in being picky in what I buy. I don’t want my whole paycheck going back to the store. I simply have no place to put much more scrapbook materials. Once Steve and I have a house, then I will have a whole room dedicated to scrapbooking and other crafts. (I’m sure Steve is thrilled).

My next task was to go to a scrapbook class. It is offered for free to costumers and taught by an employee. Once I am fully trained, I hope to be teaching some classes. The class was very informative. And even though I am a seasoned scrap-booker, I learned a few tricks. They have strips of tape that are meant just for sticking ribbons…I have been using this annoying gel like glue that is a pain. The second part of that class consisted of making your own page. Yell yeah- getting paid to scrapbook. It was sort of hard for me to come up with a game plan- since I did not have any pictures, and the materials that we were given to use were left over scraps. I still was pleased with my page (I’ll post it later).

At the end of the night, I was asked to vacuum. I actually kind of enjoyed it. I liked seeing the carpet go from being nasty dirty to clean. (I have no carpet in the condo- so I never vacuum). All in all it was an excellent night. I really enjoy being in the store and being around coworkers and costumers that are so excited about scrapbooking.

Yesterday was also my first day of my Online Class. I'm taking AIC 33 through the AICPCU. It is only a 2 month course. After this, I will have 3 more classes to take in oder to have my AIC certificate. I'll be a busy girl I guess...2 jobs and a class.

Monday, October 15, 2007

I'm not a Douche...

In light of today being blogger action day, I would like to remind everyone to do their part in helping to save our environment. Remember the 3 R's...REDUCE, REUSE, & RECYCLE. There are so many actions that people can take to help save our environment. Anything from changing out Incandescent Light Bulbs with Compact Florescent. Not only will you help the environment, but you will also help your pocket is a win/win situation. What about using tin foil to wrap your lunch in, instead of a plastic can recycle the foil. Stop using plastic bags in general, paper bags can at least be recycled and cloth bags (tote bags) are so trendy right now and they can be reused.

Simple little actions will lead to big results. Steve and I have started to use laundry detergent that has plant based is biodegradable, non toxic, and works well with cold water.

It is time for people to stop making up excuses as to why they can't and start finding ways on how they can!!!!

Saturday, October 13, 2007

First Day

Today was my first day at my new part time job. It flew by...granted I only worked a few hours...I'm really excited about it. It will be a lot of fun working with my hobby!!! And also working with people that share my scrapbooking obsession.

This morning Sal and I ventured out to Geneva to see Riverside Receptions. We both really liked it. The building is old and looks and feels very intimate.

This is the outside of the looks like it is an old school town...I love it.

This is the room where the dinner would be served, there are big windows that overlook the Fox River. They have lights all around the windows (Christmas lights); I saw a picture, and it looked really nice.
We also went to the Westin in Lombard to look at their ball room. I liked it, I thought that it was very modern... but Steve referred to it as a corporate behemoth. So, I think that it is out.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Bouncing Around

I’ve been meaning to upload some pictures from the engagement party, but Sal has been hogging the computer at night…thanks. Luckily, I have been keeping busy…watching all my new shows, reading, and bouncing around on my mini trampoline.

Since fall has started, the TV has come back on. Thanks to ABC….Ugly Betty and Grey’s Anatomy are my Thursday night source of entertainment; Desperate Housewives and Brothers and Sisters are my Sunday. Tuesday night is spent watching House on Fox (ill) and I have even found a new show that I like. Gossip girl- yes, it is shallow and teeny bopper, but I like it. October 25 will be the start of Scrubs…I can’t wait I love that show!!! I watch way too much TV all of a sudden… this is bad news.

I just finished reading A Piece of Cake by Cupcake Brown. This is one of the best books that I have read in a long time. It is a memoir of Cupcake’s life. Her mother died when she was eleven, and due to the law, she was sent to live with her biological father that wanted nothing more then money. She was placed in foster care and was abused, raped, and got mixed up with drugs, alcoholic, sex, and gangs at a very young age. It is a truly inspirational story…she put herself back together and ended up graduating from law school. It really made me realize how good I had it growing up, and how grateful I should be for my family and friends.

Lastly, I have become obsessed with rebounding (jumping/jogging) on my mini trampoline. I just bought it a couple days ago, and I can not get enough of it. Sal is annoyed, because the according to him, “the whole condo is bouncing.” I do feel bad for the downstairs neighbors, but I have not received any nasty notes on my door yet!!! Plus, I am doing it before quiet hours begin. Man I can not wait till we have a house…no such thing has quiet hours then. Anyway, I started reading about all the benefits of this bouncing business…it is incredible.

It increases circulation, increases mental acuity, improves balance, improves bladder control(anyone who spends some time with me understands why this is an important one...heheh), and strengthens the Lymphatic system/immune system(helps to prevent colds and infections...who would of ever thought that bouncing around your organs would do so much good). It also helps eliminate varicose veins and helps with arthritis. Not to mention that you can burn more calories then jogging. I'm in love with, it is so fun!!!

Monday, October 8, 2007

The past week

Last week came and went; I can’t believe that I have been 25 for a week already. Sal's parents where here visiting all last week. I was a little nervous about how 4 adults and a dog could fit into the condo, but it was no problem at all. Lucky that I picked out very comfy couches…hehehe. I was actually sad to see them go. I wish that they would move up here. It would be nice to have the closer.

We went out to eat so much last week:
Monday- Brio
Friday- Ted's Montana Grill

I really enjoyed Ted's Montana Grill- they are very environmentally friendly. They use paper straws that can be recycled; actually the waitress told us that they recycle everything there. Also, everything is cooked fresh, and they do not have any freezers or microwaves in the restaurant. I would definitely recommend trying it out.

The weather is scaring me. Trust me, I love 90 degree weather, but in October? I just hope that people realize that it should not be this warm in Chicago during this time of the year, and take some pro active steps to try and help our environment. On Saturday I was able to go swimming in my parent’s pool- it’s still open!!! It is usually closed by now, but sine it has not gotten cold, they are still using it. And all the runners that were sent to the hospital yesterday while trying to run the Chicago Marathon because of the heat…wake up people!!!

Saturday evening was our engagement party. I’ll have to post pictures later. It was very nice, my parents did a wonderful job putting it together and cooking everything. It was very nice to have some of our family and friends together. My mom also got the best cake ever- it was pink!!! HEHEHE. I loved it!!! Luckily, Sal understands, and doesn’t mind that it was pink. As long as the table linens are not pink at the wedding, we’re ok…hahaha. That would be way too much pink anyway, so no worries.

We had a tasting yesterday at the Morton Arboretum…the food was great, and we really liked it. The only problem is that it is so expensive. Just to rent the room it is $6500.00, and the cost per plate would end up being about $115.00; Ahh that is so much $$$. That $$$ could go towards dinner for 60 people. We have started to look at other places, that do not charge a rental fee as long as a certain $$$ amount is met. We found a place called Riverside Receptions in Geneva, Illinois, which is not too far from us. It is right on the Fox River. We’re going to have to check it out sometime this week. We are also thinking that we may change our month to April or May 2009.

I worried that Archiver’s doesn’t want to employee me. I was sort of hoping that I could get a PT job there, make some extra cash while being able to get a great discount on their merchandise. They are coming out with a new line for Wedding Invitations. I think that I really want to make them, so having a 30% discount would be excellent. But they have not gotten back to me. My interview was over a week ago- how long does a background check take?

Monday, October 1, 2007

It's my birthday!!!!

Your Birthdate: October 1

You are a natural born leader, even if those leadership talents haven't been developed yet.
You have the power and self confidence to succeed in life, and your power grows daily.
Besides power, you also have a great deal of creativity that enables you to innovate instead of fail.
You are a visionary, seeing the big picture instead of all of the trivial little details.

Your strength: Your supreme genius

Your weakness: Your inappropriate sensitivity

Your power color: Gold

Your power symbol: Star

Your power month: January
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