Monday, April 29, 2013

see ya april

See ya April. I ain't sad this month is almost over. I'm writing this post to remind myself that it's not been all bad, so hold tight for a second with me. It's been 30 days full of a great deal of learning, stress and sleepless nights. But really, it's made me realize how lucky we are to be surrounded by friends and family that never cease to make me think twice about blessings in life.

It started off with an outstanding trip to celebrate the wedding of two of our closest friends with a huge group of really great friends to Anna Maria Island, Florida. Our groups of friends took over a resort, stayed up too late, laid by the pool, ate amazing food, drank a few too many drinks and had more fun & made more memories than I could have imagined.

Unfortunately, April really got to stinkin' after that Friday night we'd like to forget landed Charlie in the doggie hospital for a weekend, and then under the knife to repair his leg and pelvis. 

If it weren't for my Mom coming to stay with us, making meals for us, taking care of our lawn/flowers and walking Charlie the 10x per day the first week he was home, we might have lost all hope since we've not had a full night's sleep since early April.

Not to mention our amazing friends who've stopped by, texted, called and brought yummy treats and awesome cards to help cheer up the patient! Each of you deserve a gold star. Who thinks to bring an injured puppy get well cards and treats?! THANK YOU!

We were sent another amazing bright spot when the best friend God could have put on this earth, Ms. Parker, came for a visit with her terrific boyfriend, Mr. H. It was such fun for us to have their laughter and positivity here, even if they had to leave us to go back to Richmond. Next time I may hog tie them and keep them here forever.

Then this past weekend, we packed up the car, Jack & Charlie, two kennels and a lot of doggie toys, and headed to Charlottesville to celebrate two more of our awesome friends' engagement. It's always such a blessing to celebrate the happiness of our friends, and the excitement of their happiness and future that lies ahead. Congrats Alex and Braden!!

Now, May is lookin' pretty legit starting with Apple Blossom next weekend (more on that later), and then this exciting event - the graduation of my sister from college. (Shhh...she doesn't want people to know, but she was nominated as 1 of 10 seniors for Outstanding Senior in the ENTIRE graduating class.) I'm pretty darned proud of this gal.

I hope April has treated each of you well, and when the going gets tough just look next to you. We're all surrounded by more support than we realize, and it only becomes more apparent when we're tested. 

Thank you to each of you for your sweet posts, comments and encouragement. Mr. S and I are lucky to have each of you.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

time off

Our sweet pup, Charlie, was run over on Friday evening. We've spent the weekend going between home and the ER vet hospital worrying, crying, holding him and replaying how we could have prevented this from happening over and over again. Tomorrow, he'll have surgery to repair his broken pelvis and femur.

This week, I'll be taking time off from the blog in an effort to nurse Charlie back to health, while balancing work and Mr. S' travel schedule for work.

Please keep Charlie in your thoughts and prayers. He's one tough cookie, but will need a lot of love and care over the next few weeks while he heals and regains the use of his back leg.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

wise words for wednesday

I had a pretty cool conversation with my executive last week and he encouraged me to keep thinking and questioning...everything. So I thought this was relevant for all who are questioning because it's not until we start asking the tough ones that we find out who we are and why we're here.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

florida bound

We're headed out today for Florida for a long weekend. We're going to celebrate the wedding of two of our closest friends and we couldn't be more excited. Hope you all have a lovely weekend! I'll be back Monday with plenty of pictures, hopefully a sick tan and great stories and memories!

Anna Maria Island Photos

This photo of Anna Maria Island is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Tuesday, April 2, 2013


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If you haven't heard of the book Spousonomics, let me say that you're missing out. Mr. S and I have read it together, and we have several other friends read it too, and, like us, they found it to immensely helpful as they navigate living together and married life. Now, let me also say I highly recommend this book for people who aren't married, dating or even thinking of either of those two. In general, it's a great book for life about division of labor and roles in any relationship.

I'm no economist, nor does that "stuff" peek my interest, but there's something to be said for opportunity costs (disclaimer: this is the only economy term I can ever remember) when it comes to dividing the labor of household duties and chores. Just because a 50-50 split of chores, or the old idea that the wife takes the inside duties of the house and hubby takes the outside, "makes sense" doesn't always mean it's going to work for you and your partner. I'll say right now, that 50-50 split does not work in Casa De Surber, thanks in part to reading this book.

I don't want to give up all the nuggets of this gem of a read, but if you've ever sat back and scratched your head or thrown a vase in angst when it comes to sorting out roles, duties, chores, etc. I highly suggest picking up this read while you're on spring break! Trust me, it's an easy read with real-life examples and first-hand accounts of every situation you could imagine. And there may be a mention of wine and cheese a few times, which really helps when we're talking about economics relating to relationship roles...I'm just sayin'.

Monday, April 1, 2013

tortoise shades

Two of my fashion icons are infamous for wearing statement sunglasses....tortoise shades, my favorite. Here are some that I am crushing on from Karen Walker...perhaps the birthday fairy will read this post and bestow a lovely new pair on me in 2 months.


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