While I Was Away...


Hello everyone!

My bloggy break was just like a real vacation....I enjoyed my time away but it's great to be back.

Here's a little glimpse into what I did while I was gone.

The most important thing I did was spend less time at the computer and more time with the people that mean the most to me. Spring (and a little bit of summer) arrived while I was gone and we spent time doing little things that mean a lot.

I went to see the awesome and incredible Olympic Swimmer Dara Torres when she was in the ATL for a book signing at The Carter Center. My good friend and neighbor, Kelley, went with me and we've had lots of laughs about how starstruck we were.

I completed some home design projects (with many more to go). My favorite was replacing the light colored carpet on the stairs between our main and top level with a wild cheetah print runner. Grrrrrrrr......

You'll also notice Olympia got a face lift and a new home...surrounded by a bunch of lovely red tulips!

Hubby and I hosted our second annual Kentucky Derby Party for 40 people. This year the sky opened up and poured rain right after I had the deck all set up. We had to reconfigure and rearrange 30 minutes before the party started...

...but we still managed to have a great time with our cherished family and friends.

Less computer time meant more time for reading. And I'm thrilled that I have more stacks just as wonderful waiting for me.

I'm also in the midst of doing a little prep for bathing suit season. If you want more info on this, let me know. The first couple days are rough, but it's a great plan. (bread? bread? Did someone say bread?)

And of course there was shopping and flipping out the winter closet for spring and summer. That deserves a post all its own.

It's great to be back and I can't wait to catch up with all of you.


Preppy Pink Crocodile :

looks like you got a lot done on your bloggy break!

Unknown :

We're kinda related to Randy Owen. HIs FIL is my FIL's second cousin. So I've met him twice. Cool?

Hubby would love that book.

Glad to have you back!

Melissa :

Glad you're back! Did you get your study book?

Anonymous :

Welcome Back!!!

Unknown :

Welcome back! Love that cheetah print runner, looks gorgeous!

Susan :

Sounds like you had a wonderful time. It's always fun to go, but it's also nice to get home.

The 5 Bickies :

Yeah...you're back! So glad you had a good break. And so productive too.

It's always great to hear from you!

Amber :

I'm all about the cheetah stairs. LOVE IT!!!!

Marilyn *Pink Martinis and Pearls* :

Welcome back from your sabbatical. It feels good to take one once in awhile from technology. I think it's important. Glad you're refreshed. :)

Colleen :

Welcome back! I was envious of you meet Dara and that stack of books! I'm glad your break was just how you intended it to be!

Pink in a sea of blue :

Glad you're back and had a nice bloggy vacation. Love the cheetah runner!

Leah :

Glad to see you're back! Looks like your vacation was full to the brim! =)

Just Mom :

Oh, thank GOODNESS you're back.

Glad to see you were productive on your bloggy break.

btw ... I'm not sure I could survive a day without "joe." Two weeks without carbs is almost more than I can handle.

More power to you.

Unknown :

Welcome back, we missed you! Sounds like you got a lot accomplished on your break!

Wacie's Way :

Welcome back! Thanks for sharing your stepmom story with me. Any advice you can pass on to me about ways to handle being a stepmom would be greatly appreciated!!!! I totally agree with you - being a mom is hard, but being a stepmom is much harder.

P.S. LOVIN' that runner! (And your wall color)

"Cookie" :

Welcome back!! LOOOOVE the new stair runner!! It's fabulous. That stinks we guys got rained on for the Derby party...the rain held off at the one we attended until later on. Did you guys enjoy some Mint Juleps??!! :)

Tina Leigh :

I missed you so much! Glad you had so much fun. It's good to take a break now & then. Love the 1st picture!!! So sweet!

Stacy at Exceedingly Mundane :

Wow, what a break! Sounds like you need a break from that break, LOL! Love the photos of you and Dara, I think I must have seen them on Facebook, cute! Wow, you guys do the Derby like we do the Superbowl, sounds like a big fun party :)

Hope you have a wonderful day, glad you're back!

Justabeachkat :

Welcome back! I'm finally back from my blog vacation too and having fun catching up with everyone. Girl, you accomplished a lot on your time away. Me...not so much. As a matter of fact, I need another break. LOL


Jill :

Welcome back. The cheetah print runner on your staircase is so cute!

Meg :

Welcome back!!! I know you have been busy! I will say it once again, I think your staircase looks absolutely FAB!

I want to hear more about your prep for swimsuit season...

Meg :
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Katy :

So glad to see that you're back. I love your new rug going up the staircase, lovely and fun!!

Linda :

Wow look at all you got done on your break. That's great. Sorry about the rain, doesn't it always work out that way? The best laid plans.... Glad you are back.

Ms. Mayhem :

That carpet on the stairs was worth the wait. Love it!

Justabeachkat :

I'd love to hear more about the Fat Flush Plan.


Anonymous :

Found your blog while I was googling "Cheetah Stair Runners"...yours is beautiful, Do you mind telling me where you got it or the manufacturer? Thanks!!

Jill :

Dear Anon: I got the carpet through a local carpet store in Atlanta-- Myer's Carpet. I had it cut to runner width, bound and then installed. I am not sure the manuf. of the carpet as Myer's reups it under their branding. Like you, I tried finding an existing manufactured cheetah runner and couldn't fine one I liked. Hopefully you have a carpet warehouse near you.

Anonymous :

Thanks! That's exactly the look I'm going for...yours is gorgeous. I'll keep looking.

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