Sunday, October 19, 2008

Layout Musings

Sunday Musings

I'm so proud of my new city ... St. Louis ... for coming out yesterday to support Barack Obama so incredibly yesterday ... Between 80,000 and 100,000 people in front of the Arch to hear this amazing man speak. Even if you don't support Obama, that is INCREDIBLE. This particular rally broke records all around - the sheer amount of people is truly amazing! This is a history making election and I'm so proud of St. Louis for coming out and supporting him. The picture below just took my breath away - to see all of those people in that space makes my heart sing. And if you want to hear what he said yesterday in St. Louis, you can watch the video HERE.

What struck me powerfully was this particular segment of his speech ...

'Because while my opponent thinks this campaign is all about me – the truth is, this campaign is about you. Your jobs. Your health care. Your retirement. Your children’s future. That’s what this election is about. That’s what I’m fighting for. Because I can take two more weeks of these attacks from John McCain, but the American people can’t take four more years of the same failed policies and the same divisive politics. That’s why I’m running for President of the United States.'

I think he is an amazing man that I would be proud to have as our next President. I've been very taken by his calm demeanor, his integrity, his honesty. I find him so refreshing and feel so good about the idea of him leading our country, particularly given our current challenges. I can't wait until Election Day! So that I can cast my vote for change.

I know that each of us decides who to vote for based on so many different factors. I wanted to share with you how I feel and where I'm at right now. But, ultimately, I just hope that, whoever you decide to vote for this year, please educate yourself about the issues and make your decision based on your own values! Try to get beyond the rhetoric and negativity in order to decide who you believe is the right person to lead our country. It's incredibly important that we all come out to the polls this year, whoever you decide to vote for.

(voting element by Penny Springman)

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Saturday Musings

Want to see the two cutest kids that ever existed (okay, I'm their mom and can say that!). Here's a photo today by the scarecrow we have out in front of the house. The kids love it! And I love my brand new camera which takes fantastic pictures!

And Alex got his Hulk Hands ... which he's been asking us for over and over every time we go to Target. He's loving them ...

And Meighan picked out a Doctor Barbie that came with twin babies. She immediately sat down in the dining room to play with her new toys!

Just wanted to show you a couple of photos tonight ... that's all I've got! Night!

Friday Musings

Just wanted to jump on for a moment and say hello. My camera arrived today so I'll be able to begin to post pictures again very soon. We are all ready for Halloween around here except for the pumpkins. We just might make a trip to the Pumpkin Patch this weekend to round up our pumpkins! If so, I'll post pictures.

Here's another of the Sweet Shoppe Designs quizzes ... this time with a Halloween theme. What kind of Halloween candy are you?

Halloween Candy Quiz

Halloween Candy Quiz

You are a Pumpkin Cookie

Like the pumpkin cookie you are both sensible and always welcome

Find out which Halloween Candy you are at

Apparently, I'm a cookie. Which makes sense to me right now since I'm cookie obsessed right now. I don't know why but cookies are calling to me these days ...

Okay, I'm off to bed ... Have a good one!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Layout Musings

Here are some recent pages for you to see ... I've been on a creative streak lately and I'm taking full advantage of it ...


Hello everyone ... I'm sorry I haven't posted an update in awhile. Needless to say, it's been crazy here. Well, in the end, Wachovia was purchased by Wells Fargo. That includes the securities business which means my firm. I'm actually really happy about the result of all this craziness. I think that the outcome is perfect for Wachovia, Wachovia Securities and the public. Wells is a great firm with a wonderful reputation. They have very similar values to Wachovia and their culture is quite similar to ours. The merger should be less painful than it would have been with Citigroup. It will also cost considerably less for the taxpayers than the Citigroup which is a good thing. In terms of my job, I have very high hopes for the merger and what it means for me and my department. Wells Fargo does not have much of a securities brokerage now which means that there should be very little overlap. Hopefully, that will bode well for us and our department. We don't know much yet as the whole thing is so new but I feel good about it and how it will impact me. Apparently, they've announced that our headquarters for securities/brokerage will remain in St. Louis which is good news. I prefer to stay here rather than have to potentially move again. We really like it here so I'm glad that its likely that we'll be able to stay on in St. Louis. So, ultimately, there will be a lot more change coming but at this point, I'm happy with where we are and where we're going at work right now. I'll keep you posted.

Otherwise, things are well here. We've been continuing to put the final touches on the house. I'm being entirely too indecisive about hanging things so I need to get it together so Paul can hang all of our pictures, etc. I need to let go of wanting/needing perfection and just go with what I like!

I'm planning to buy a new camera tomorrow when I get paid because my other one is still broken and its going to cost me almost as much to fix it as I would to get a new and improved camera. I'm missing mine soooooo much. I can't wait to get my new one in my hands!!!

One last little thing - over at Sweet Shoppe Designs they do a 'From Our Blog to Yours' series that I'm going to try to begin posting here on occasion. Just for fun!

So, here goes.

First, from the 9/25/08 post - how fast do you type? I thought this would be interesting since I think of myself as a fairly good typist and I have always scored very high on typing tests. So, I took the test and my results were:

73 words


I think that's a little slower than I'd expected but I didn't feel like trying again LOL

Second, from the 10/2/08 post - they asked what is your favorite fast food. Well, that is a tough one for me. I'm really trying to limit the fast food these days but if I'm forced to pick just one, I think I have to go with Wendy's (I've yet to see a Wendy's here in St. Louis, by the way! Do they exist here?). I like their burgers quite a bit and their fries are good (not as good as McDonald's but a close 2nd).

And lastly, from the 10/9/08 post, what is your ice cream personality? This cracks me up. So here goes, I did the Ice Cream Personality Test and apparently I am :

Your Ice Cream Personality:
You like to think of yourself as a fairly modest person. And it's true that you don't talk yourself up... but you're also pretty happy with who you are.

You are a pretty cautious person. You look before you leap, and you don't leap often. There's a bit of a wild child within you, but it doesn't get out often.

You are a somewhat open minded person, but deep down you're fairly conservative. You don't like trying new things very much. And if you do find something new you like, you stick with it.

You are a natural multitasker. You feel alive when you're doing more than one thing at a time.

You can be a big dramatic and over the top sometimes. You are bold in every way.

Well, as I read this ... I think it's actually pretty accurate. What do you think?

Okay, that's it for tonight! Thanks for checking in. I have a TON of layouts to share which I'll try to do this week. Maybe tonight if I'm feeling industrious!