Wednesday, December 31, 2008

happy new year!

Wow! I cannot believe Christmas is over and it is almost 2009!

We had a wonderful Christmas, which included many trips to the airport. We started out spending our first afternoon in Houston. Right after my dad picked us up from the airport, we headed to Kelly's house to meet Mr. Garrett. We had lunch with Kelly, John and Garrett at Wings N More. Garrett was super cute and very well behaved! I think he even liked me a little bit! (c: Kelly posted some pictures here. (She is much better at keeping her blog updated than I am!)

The next day we headed to Lubbock to see Clay's family. We spent our time in Lubbock visiting family from both of Clay's parents side of the family. We saw some of the most beautiful sunsets while we were there. Clay told me the sunrises were pretty, too, but I definitely slept through those!

The day after Christmas, it was back to the airport to head to Houston. We had Christmas with my family that afternoon. Saturday, we saw Marley and Me. This was a very good movie, and even though I knew what would happen, I bawled like a little baby! We ended the weekend going to the Texans game (they WON, which made it even more fun!) and then to the REK concert. We met Brad and Deanna for the concert, and we had a good time seeing them. The venue was standing room only, and Deanna and I ended up standing on the front row for the concert! I guess it pays to be nice to the people who were only there for the opening act!

We don't have big plans for tonight. I have never been a big new year's celebrator, though. Tomorrow we are going to drive to Wilmington to meet some of our friends. (That is a long story that I won't go into!!) Anyway, I hope you have a Happy and Healthy New Year!!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Mixed feelings...

So, I am super excited because my hubby is on his way home!!! We sure have missed him. But, at the same time, I am sad because Miss Aggie has to go to the doggie hotel today. This is a new place for her, so I hope she likes it as much as she liked Mr. Jeff's (the place she stayed in Morgantown). This place is not my favorite already because they don't have Sunday drop offs/pick up and Saturday, they are only open until 1. But other than that, it looks like she will enjoy it!

Well, I better go get some stuff done before my Hubby gets here!!!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Happy Anniversary!

I can't believe 4 years has gone by so fast! It seems like yesterday I was walking down the aisle! I truly hope all brides have as much fun on their wedding day as I did. I didn't stress...I just enjoyed the moment. Each and every one of them. I'll leave you with one picture from the day, then I will move on from my sappiness. Oh, and I LOVED that the church was all decorated for Christmas!

Clay has been in Morgantown all week, so it has been just me and Aggie. We sure miss him! But, we have had a good time and gotten a lot done around the house. I am getting adjusted to my new work set up. I just need a few things such as a desk chair (the folding chair just won't cut it!) and maybe some more desk space. I found some office furniture I like, but I don't really feel in the position to spend the money on it right now. I am making due so far, so we'll see.

Monday it is off to the great state of TEXAS!! Yipee. We will do our annual "Tour of Texas" Christmas splitting time between Houston and Lubbock. One of the many highlights of the trip will be FINALLY meeting Mr. Garrett! I am so excited to meet the little dude! I am also looking forward to an entire week of time with our family and friends.

Sunday, December 14, 2008


My blog has been a bit neglected lately. I promise it will get better now that we have internet and most of our stuff is emerging from boxes! For today, though, I am planning on meeting my hubby in DC for lunch and to swap Aggie. (YEAH!!!!!) That way she can get accustomed to the new house before we have to leave town for Christmas, and she does not move here then have to go to the Doggie Hotel the next day!

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Back to reality...

I have to admit, I was pretty spoiled last week.  I worked Monday then we headed to Greenville for a couple of days.  So, I basically had a 6 day weekend!  I can't believe it is already winding down and it is back to work tomorrow.  Now, I love my job, but...I'd rather be just hanging out!  (c:  

We did end the weekend with a bang, though, and had pizza with the Coxi Family.  (That is our nickname for them...)  The kiddos were super cute as usual, and we had fun just spending time with all of them (Brody and Fletcher included!) We are gonna miss them!

Ok - I am exhausted, so Night Night!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

so much... blog about! First of all, a big THANK YOU to my friend Allison who gave me a "Your Blog is Fabulous" award, which is my first blog award ever!  
For this award, I get to name 5 things I find Fabulous and pass the award to 5 of my fabulous blogger friends. So, for my Fabulous list (in no particular order):

Our New House
Clay and I are moving soon, and I absolutely love our new home. Just a few things that I love about it are the huge master bathroom and closet, the backyard, the front porch (I just need some rocking chairs!) and all the storage! Less than two weeks until moving day.

My Friends From Work
I have been lucky to have a great family at work in Mo-town. I could not ask for a better group to spend 8+ hours with each day. Saying bye is going to be hard, but I know I will be keeping in touch!

I am not the best at it, but I love taking pictures and I also love looking at other people's pictures!  This picture was taken by Daren in Belize (which is one of my favorite places!)  He is a really talented photographer!

The Sky
I love the sky. I love sunrises and sunsets. I love when you can see the rays shining through the clouds. God has given us a beautiful creation to enjoy!!  (This was taken Thursday night on our way to Thanksgiving dinner at Max and Janie's!)

My Family
Moving to WV was a huge change for me because I had always been close to my family. The distance has not changed this, though. Good thing for cell phones! I cherish the time I do get to spend with them!!  Of course, there are the two that I get to see every hubby and our brown dog!!
(We missed Ben in this picture!!)

Now, about the Fabulous Blogs I like to read. Some of these people probably don't even know I read their blogs, but I'll let them know that I enjoy following their lives online.

Kelly is one of my best friends from back home. We played soccer together and we were in each other's weddings. Kelly has a precious baby boy, Garrett, who I hope to get to meet SOON!!! Until then, I will have to keep checking for pictures online.

Mindy was my twin in Chi O. I cannot tell you how many times I was called Mindy on campus or other random places. She is super cute and super creative, and her blog makes me smile.

Betsy and I went to high school together and were in Chi O together. She married her highschool sweetheart and has chronicled their journey to adoption!

Lauren was also a Chi O with me. I am not sure how I found her blog (facebook maybe??), but she has recently moved to London and I love reading about her adventures. Not going to lie...I am a little jealous of her recent trip to Africa!

Courtney was yet another Chi O. I think I found her blog through Lauren's, and I just think her little man, Jack, is absolutely adorable. They are such a cute little family!

I hope everyone had a wonderful thanksgiving - I know we did!  (Oh, and I got my stitches out on Monday...YIPEE!!)

Tuesday, November 18, 2008


I cannot believe it has been 9 years since Bonfire fell.  I was a senior in high school, and I remember being glued to the tv watching coverage.  I was scheduled to go on my college day visit the next day, even though I already knew I was A&M bound.  I cannot describe the atmosphere on campus that day.  If before I had any doubts about going to school there, they would have been gone after witnessing what I did on campus that day.  It was such a somber atmosphere, but the Aggie Spirit was so strong.  My thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends who lost loved ones in the Bonfire Tragedy.  

On a better note, I got test results back from the dr. today and my blood work, chest xray and margins (the skin around the melanoma that they removed..) all came back clean.  YEAH!!!!  I still have one more follow up appointment, so hopefully that goes well, too.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

All stitched up! (Warning: Stitches pics below!!)

So, it has been a big week for me. After the news on Monday, I scheduled a follow up appointment for Wednesday, where they went in and took skin around the "bad" area just to make sure all the bad cells are gone. I went in Wednesday afternoon, and the Doc explained that with a Melanoma my depth, they take a centimeter around the area. Off the went, numbing me up, and it was over before I knew it. (I distracted myself talking to the nurse...she was really cool and I think we should be friends! Haha!) Anyway, I am not sure how many internal stitches I have, but there are 6 external. There are a couple of pictures below of the masterpiece on Friday...I won't put the Thursday pictures up because they are a little yuckier!

This weekend will be spent packing (fun), cleaning (more fun) and staying inside because it is cold and rainy (most fun), but it will hopefully be productive! Hope you have a good weekend, too!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

always wear your sunscreen!

I have been going to the Dermatologist regularly to get my moles checked.  Last month, during my check up, they removed a suspicious looking one.  I got a little nervous when it was sent out for a second opinion.  Well, on Monday, I knew something was not quite right when the Doctor called me back rather than the nurse.  Turns out, the doctor at Harvard who reviewed my case determined it was melanoma.  It was only .3 mm in thickness, which is considered very superficial.  He said it was good that it was caught so early.  Anyway, I get to go back tomorrow so they can cut out the area surrounding the mole that was removed just to be safe.  Oh, and after all that fun news on Monday, I got to go to the dentist to have a cavity filled.  What a day!  Needless to say, I was exhausted that night.  I curled up on the couch, and Miss Aggie could sense something was night right, so she came to cuddle with me.  What a good little girl! Anyway, you can guess the reason for the title of this blog...oh, and go to the dermatologist! Ok - I have done my preaching. (c:

Speaking of Aggie, she has been a little confused about what is going on around here.  She is curious about all the boxes, and the house is starting to look a little bare.  The other night she was hanging out on the couch with her Daddy because I was wrapping pictures in bubble wrap, and she didn't care for that!!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

trail camera

We have not been too impressed by the Remington trail camera we bought at Wal Mart a while ago.  Yes, we have had a handful of good pictures, but there are time where I know there should be some pictures taken (like the time I watched 4 deer eat in front of the camera for 45 minutes...) with NOTHING!!  Anyway, I was testing the camera last week while we were filling the feeder, and it actually did take a picture (imagine that!)   The picture honestly entertained me a bit...maybe you will get a chuckle out of it, too:

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Tag - I'm it!

My lovely friend, Kelly, tagged me to post my 4th picture in my 4th folder...So, here it is. It is a picture of my hubby playing his guitar when we were in Belize last year! Ahh...good memories. Now, who do I tag? I don't really know what other bloggers actually read this, so I will be lame and not pass the tag along.

I hope you had a good weekend...I have an annoying cough I am trying to get rid of.  Hopefully we all sleep better tonight!

Saturday, November 1, 2008


My friend, Kelly, told me yesterday that there was something in the paper about a Sonic being built in Morgantown. I am a big fan of Sonic. It was conveniently about 2 minutes from where I lived through most of college, and I took advantage of "Happy Hour" with half price drinks. I am happy that Morgantown will be graced with a Sonic, but it makes me wonder why I have been tortured with commercials for Sonic for the 4 years that I have lived here and they build one as we are moving. Maybe I will consider it my going away present to this lovely town.

Happy November!

Thursday, October 30, 2008


For those of you who have never been to West Virginia, let me explain something to you. The roads here are far smaller than the typical roads in Texas. I remember the first time I went back to the street I grew up on, and that cul-de-sac seemed SO WIDE! I mean you can park cars on BOTH sides of the street and still comfortably drive on the road? Not so much in Morgantown. Our neighborhood is notorious for lacking parking space for visitors. This is where common sense should come in, but unfortunately for many people, this seems to be missing. We live on a corner, where the narrow road turns left. Shortly after we moved in, we put a landscaping rock on the corner of our yard, hoping that it would stop people from cutting the corner through our grass (and getting too close to Clay's car!) Anyway, we often have people who make very unwise decisions about where to park their cars. Tonight, we get home and there is a car parked directly behind our driveway/the rock and on the corner. (I wish I could take a picture, because I know my description is not doing this justice.) I honestly don't think I could have made the turn into our driveway without hitting the rock or the car in my 4 Runner...thankfully we dropped it off for an oil change and I didn't have to make that attempt! So, I was so annoyed when I got home, that I put a short little note suggesting putting a little more thought into future parking decisions on the windshield of the car. I am contemplating going to take the note off the car (even though it was not rude!!)

Thanks for letting me vent. (c:

PS I am a wimp...I took the note off!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

my new best friend...

Ok, so "best friend" may be a little over-exaggerated, but I do love my Roomba. I was afraid that Aggie would hate the thing, but she could honestly care less about it. We have the "pet series", which seems to do a pretty good job with Aggie's shedding. I don't think there is anything that could actually keep up with her, which is why I am considering shaving her. (Just kidding!!) Anyway, I love it that I can come home from work, hit a button on my Roomba and it is off doing a chore I don't really care for! As I Googled "Roomba" looking for a picture to go along with my post, I discovered they make little costumes for them, too! Wow...

Alright, I have to go watch The First 48 now...

Monday, October 27, 2008

say it ain't SNOW...

Yeah, a little bit of a dorky title, but I cannot believe they are calling for snow showers this week! YUCK! It is still October, for goodness sake! I know that I shouldn't complain, but this Texas girl doesn't do well with the winter weather. (By the way, I just checked the weather in Greenville, and it was more bearable!) Oh, and while I am complaining, I thought I'd mention the days are getting noticeable shorter, which makes me sad!

I wish I had something exciting to blog about, but right now, I really don't! I won't bore you will all my hunting stories, which is what we have spent a lot of time doing lately. We have been enjoying the evening hunts lately, which I am liking better than waking up super early. Oh, I did finally watch Sex and the City (the movie) last night! Hubby was a good sport and pretended to watch it with me. I thought it was cute.

Since I have probably put my few readers to sleep, I'll sign off for now. Have a good week!

Monday, October 20, 2008

new look!

In honor of fall, I have re-designed the blog a little bit. I hope you like it. I had fun creating the new look.

Things have been busy around here. Last week, I went back to Greenville (we had just been there two weeks before!) for a job interview. It went well, I think. We'll just have to see, I guess. It was a whirlwind of a trip though, and made for a couple of long days. The Saturday, we were up bright and early for opening day of bow season. Unfortunately, we didn't have any luck. It was quite chilly, though, and I think I am going to have to face it that the cold weather is most likely going to be occurring more these days!

I am also taking a photography class with my friend, Kelly. It is just a short 4 week course, but we have had fun trying to learn a few things about our cameras.

Well, I cannot believe we are so close to Halloween already! I was a little shocked the other night when I was driving home from the airport, and there was a radio station playing CHRISTMAS CAROLS!! Are you kidding me?? I love Christmas just as much as the next person, but that is a bit much! Enough complaining, though...time for bed! Night night!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Birthday Week!

We had a fun filled week this week in the Caswell household. With Clay's birthday on Thursday and mine today, it was a good week. We'd like to say THANKS to all of you who sent cards, emails, text messages, etc. Thanks so much for thinking of us!

Today we hung out at Max and Janie's all day. It was such a BEAUTIFUL day that we could not say "no" when they asked us to stay and cook out for dinner. It was great...we headed to another part of their property where they have been working to fix up a cabin that Max built over there several years ago. Clay drove the 4 wheeler and Janie and I rode in a trailer pulled behind the tractor. live in the country!! We hiked around a bit and get to see some great fall colors. Later they spoiled us with too much yummy food. After dinner, we did a little deer watching before heading back to Morgantown.

Here are some pictures from our day. I tried to capture some of the great fall leaves for those of you who don't get to see them!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Busy, busy...

This will be a quick post because I am exhausted tonight. But, it had been too long since I last posted, so I wanted to write a little bit, even if it wasn't much! We have had a busy few weeks...we went to Greenville this weekend, but I'll do a whole post on that later! (c: I will say we did get a lot accomplished and even managed a beach trip one afternoon! This week we'll be celebrating both of our birthdays. Is turning 27 moving from "mid-twenties" to "late-twenties", or do I have one more year?

I'll leave you with a picture of me as we crossed the state line into North Carolina this weekend! (It is a self portrait of myself as Clay drove like he did the entire time both ways...what a good hubby!!)

Thursday, September 25, 2008

It was worth the wait!

Who enjoyed The Office tonight? I did. Some parts were a little slow, but overall I liked it. A couple things to point out...they mentioned the Counting Crows. How great is that? (Yes, we are big fans!) And...Jim and Pam's engagement...he proposed at a gas station!?! Sound familiar? (c: Made my night.

Now time to fall asleep during ER. I wonder who it is that dies tonight!!

the office

Tonight is a night that as been highly anticipated in the Caswell house. It is the Season Premiere of The Office, Season 5. In preparation, Hubby and I are watching the last episode of Season 4. There are so many great things in this show! Other than that, I am ready for Saturday so I can go bear hunting!! (Sorry, Mom.)

Sunday, September 21, 2008


Friday night after work, Clay and I drove out to Max and Janie's to camp out. It has been great weather the last little while, and I wanted to get a trip in before it got too cold. We could not have asked for a better night! Janie made mohitos with fresh mint that Max picked is kinda crazy it just grows wild out there!! Clay grilled some steaks and we had baked potatoes and bread, too. Not exactly roughing it, huh? After stuffing ourselves, we went out by our tent and sat out looking at the stars! I was extremely happy because we saw a great shooting star!! It was a perfect night to be snuggled up in a warm sleeping bag...even aggie slept great out there!

The next morning, we explored around a bit (checking feeders, etc) before stopping by to see Max and Janie. Max continued to spoil us with pancakes with homemade apple topping. They are too good to us!

It has been a bad football week for us, with ECU and A&M both losing yesterday (and the Mounties on Thursday!) We had fun watching the game with Lou, Lista and Gary, though. Hope you had a great Sunday!!

Sunday, September 14, 2008


just talked to my mom....YEAH!!!!!!!

just another sunday...

Not too much to post today, but I have been on a roll lately, so I may as well continue. I spent the morning doing an online application for the hospital in Greenville. Sounds like they are a popular employer and get TONS of applications, so I'll just have to wait and see. We then went out to the Wine and Jazz Festival here in Morgantown for a couple of hours. It was warm, but a pretty day. We got to taste some yummy wine and food, but we didn't stick around too long. Mel brought us back some more peppers from Charleston, so we did a bit of canning tonight and now we are settling in for the evening and I am finishing the movie I fell asleep during on Friday. Oh, and I haven't been able to get in touch with my parents all day, though, so that has been frustrating!

Hope you had a great weekend!!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

relief and bears!

Another random blog title, with the two words having nothing to do with each other.

I got a text from my mom this morning around 8 am, and she said the eye of Ike was going through Conroe and that so far things were OK for them. I didn't get to talk to anyone again until after 1 pm. I was glad to finally get through to Barry and to hear all was well. No power, but no complaining if that is the worst of it. (Then again...I am not the one without power!)

Now for the bears part...I mentioned a few blogs ago about evidence of bears by our feeder. Well, last week you cannot imagine my disappointment last Saturday as I opened 30-something pictures of a tree and just a tree. Ok, there was one picture of a squirrel, but that doesn't count. I was very annoyed and wishing I still had the box to the camera because I wanted to return in. So, this morning I wasn't expecting much. When I looked at the camera and there were only 7 or so new pictures, I was expecting even less. I knew a few would have been from us coming that morning. The first picture I looked at was something, but it was dark and you could not tell what the white figure was. We were progressing, though, and it was more than a boring tree. The next picture made my morning. There was clearly a bear, climbing the tree, eating corn our of our feeder!!! I am sad because it is pretty dark so it is hard to tell how big he his, but he (or she I guess) looks to be a good size. We messed with the colors in the picture a little bit in iPhoto and we could see it's outline a little better. Bear season is right around the corner! Here is the pic:

Finally, we picked some apples today at Max's and we are trying our hand at homemade apple pie. Just call me Betty Crocker. (c:

Hope you are having a good Saturday night!

PS I just looked at this post, and the picture is very hard to see on here!! Click on the picture and you will see a bigger view. Still hard to see a lot of it, but you know what it is!!

PPS The apple pie is amazing...if I might say so myself! (My hubby says it is, too!!)

Friday, September 12, 2008

ike and regrets

The title of this blog is a little misleading. For me, the two words are not related (although they may to some people who didn't leave Galveston!!) First of all..Ike. Being far away, all I can do is watch and hope phone service doesn't go out too long so I can know everyone is OK! Looks like it is going to be a bit of a mess, but thankfully my family is far enough inland that they should be OK. I was looking at pictures online earlier, and it broke my heart to see dogs left in flooding backyards. I wanted to go rescue all of them myself!

Now for the regrets part...I really have few regrets thus far in life. One of them gets me this time of the year, though. Six years ago last night I made a decision that I regret to this day. My friend, Lauren, was in the battle of her life fighting cancer. She wasn't doing well that night. Instead of driving from College Station to Houston to go see her that night, I decided to wait and go after class the next morning. Seriously? Chemistry isn't THAT hard, but for some reason I thought I needed to not miss class. Well, I missed my opportunity to see my Lauren, as she passed away the next morning when I was on my way to the hospital. My regret? Why didn't I drop everything and go home that night? Something I'll never forget and I'll never let happen again. Tell those you love that you love them. Don't go to bed mad. Make people smile. We know these things, but live them. (By the way...I love y'all!) (c:

Here is a picture of my and Lauren my last day of high school. Who can't love that beautiful smile?

Be safe if Ike is headed your way.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

for sale and signs of fall

Well, our house is officially on the market!! Keep your fingers crossed for some good luck!

I have been noticing several signs of fall lately. First of all, it is staying darker later in the mornings and getting dark earlier in the evenings. I already miss the long summer days! There are also a few leaves that are starting to show colors, and the deer are getting more active, which means hunting season is just around the corner. Another sign of fall is my worst enemy: candy corn pumpkins. Although I know they are disgustingly sweet, I have a weakness for these evil candies. It is not even mid-September and this Halloween candy is taunting me. I splurged tonight on some with my hubby, which I am now regretting.

Clay and I are catching up on The Office in preparation for season 5 starting two weeks from tomorrow!!

(wow - sorry for the boring post!!)

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Obviously not in Texas.

So, one of my biggest food cravings living in West Virginia is BBQ. BBQ is a staple food in Texas, but is very hard to come by here. Just to put this in perspective, Texas Roadhouse was a recent winner in the Morgantown Rib Fest. Ok, so now that you understand how serious this issue is, you will love this story. First of all, Clay friend decided to tell us recently that there is a place close to his house called Herb's Smokehouse. I still don't know why he waited so long to mention this fact, but we'll forgive him. Anyway, we decided to go give it a try today. Well, while we were enjoying our meal (which was pretty good for this area, but wouldn't cut it in Texas!) we were entertained by the following conversation:

Person A: "The sampler has 1/2 chicken, ribs and brisket"
Person B: "What is brisket?"
Person A: "I think it is pig gristle"

Wow...they just don't know what they are missing out on! to watch some football!!

Monday, September 1, 2008

a little more...

So, I mentioned the move in my last post, but didn't go into too much detail. Clay was offered a post-doc position at ECU, which he is really looking forward to. Sounds like he gets to work with some cool stuff, but I won't even attempt to discuss Science because I know I will get it wrong. I think th most common comment I got when telling people we were moving to NC, was that they assumed we would leave WV, but assumed we would be headed to Texas. I knew that was coming! Greenville is warmer, flatter and close to the ocean, so I am excited (and will especially be come December and I am already sick of winter!) Oh, and they have BBQ. Now, I know it isn't quite what I am used to, but BBQ is something WV is seriously lacking!! Anyway, I am on the hunt for a job...what fun.

On another note, Clay and I have become professional pepper picklers in the past few weeks. Our friends gave us two cases of peppers recently, and we canned (I don't think that is technically right, but it what I say) 35 quarts of peppers!!!! Yes, that is quite a few jars. We have also made a few different kinds of jam. I got creative with some of our blackberries and peppers, and it turned out pretty yummy. It is a little sweet but spicy at the same time. It is good on crackers.

Here are some pictures of our pepper excursions...

Oh, and one more exciting story! We have had a feeder set up at Max's where we hunt for a few weeks now. A couple of weeks ago when we were out there, we saw evidence of bears!! This week when we went, the bark on the tree where the feeder is hanging from was all torn up from the ground to the feeder. Looking closer, I could see actual claw marks where a bear had been climbing to get to the corn! How exciting is that? We set up a trail camera, so hopefully we'll get some pictures of it! We'll find out on Saturday!

Night night and have a good Friday tomorrow!

Saturday, August 30, 2008


Wow..I am a slacker. Sorry for the delayed blog. We have been busy in our house lately, though. We recently confirmed that we are moving to Greenville, NC this December. So, we have been working hard to get our house ready to be put on the market. You really don't know how much you own until you try to pack it all up!! The past few weeks have been sent packing boxes, cleaning and throwing out or donating things we have accumulated but don't really need. If you know anyone who needs a townhouse in the Morgantown area, send them our way!! (c:

What else? Last weekend, Brad and Deanna came to visit. We went to the Counting Crows concert in Pittsburgh. I think Brad and Clay thought they were in Heaven...of all they were together, secondly they were together at the CC concert! They couldn't ask for more! This weekend, we first got to go to the Mountie game (thanks, Pam and Mel!!) and now we are going to attempt to watch the Aggies online. Oh, and the ECU Pirates beat Virginia Tech today, so that was exciting!! Other than that, I am just enjoying our long weekend!! Tomorrow we are going to put up a camera by our tree stand because we saw evidence of BEARS last time we were there! I can't wait to see what the pictures show us.

Ok - going to find the Aggie game online now! Have a great weekend!! Oh...before I leave, my grandparents celebrated their 60th anniversary this week - how awesome is that?!?! Congrats, Grandma and Grandpa! (c:

Sunday, August 10, 2008

A Great West Virginia Weekend...

We had a great weekend at the Caswell household. Saturday, we woke up early and went to the Farmer's Market. We got peppers, some hot pepper relish, jam, and a few other veggies. This was the first time we have been to the Farmer's Market this year, and we were impressed by how much it has grown over our past few years here. After that, we went to the bike shop to get some new road bikes, which were an early birthday present! Actually, we bought them at the second place we went...the first store seemed like they could care less that we were there. At the second store, we got the full attention of the owner, who even cut us a deal since we were buying two bikes! That afternoon, we smoked some ribs and chicken to take over for dinner with the Cox family. We had fun with Kelly, Phil and the boys as usual. After dinner, margaritas and watching some Olympics, we canned peppers before heading to bed. It was an action packed day!!

Sunday morning we went out to Max and Janie's to pick some blackberries. This was my first berry picking experience, and although my arms are pretty scratched up, I had a blast. (Aggie had tons of fun, too!) We probably picked about a gallon of blackberries while we were out there. Keep in mind, that doesn't include however many I ate in the process! This afternoon, we worked on cleaning out the garage. After assisting in the blackberry picking all day, Aggie was super exhausted. She was out cold on the driveway while we worked in the garage. We then settled in for the evening by making homemade pizza and cobbler made with our fresh picked black berries.

Here are some pictures from our weekend!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Thank you, Coca Cola!

I have lots to blog about from last weekend, I have been a little lazy and have not taken the time to sit down and write everything out. But just as a preview, the weekend started with a trip to Wal-Mart for jello and some other random things. To my pleasant surprise, my hubby found VANILLA COKE ZERO! If you don't know, I am pretty much obsessed with the flavor vanilla and coke zero, so you can imagine my disappointment when Coke pulled this wonderful product from the shelves. Hopefully this isn't just a tease and it is here to stay.

Yes..I did take a picture with my Coke Zero when we got home from Wal-Mart!

Well, enjoy your Thursday evening, and stay tuned for a future blog about our weekend at a West Virginia family reunion!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

It's a love/hate relationship...

I know I just posted about 2 hours ago, but out of frustration, I had to post again. Several months ago, Clay and I took the plunge into the Mac world. There are so many things I love about the Macbook Pro, but for some reason, the internet is worthless. So, right now I am on our ghetto old laptop so I can actually check my email and stuff. Ok, I am over it. Thanks for letting me vent! (c:

Just because I am on this old computer, here is a picture I'd like to share. It is a photoshop creation that I had fun with!

We are not groupies...

We went to Alexandria this weekend to see a Jerry Jeff Walker concert. People I work with think I am crazy because most of them have no clue who he is. Others think we are groupies. I won't admit that, though. It was a very good concert. His band was there, and he was in a good mood. One guy from the back almost ruined it for us by yelling requests, but thankfully someone shut him up in time. If not, I was about to go back there and take care of it. Kidding.

The rest of our trip was good, too. We took a water taxi from Alexandria to Georgetown to enjoy the sites. Beofre the water taxi, we walked around Old Town Alexandria a bit. They had a great Farmer's Market there. I wish I could have bought more, but I settled on some cherries and hot sauce. Nice combination, huh? We also ate way too much on Saturday. I enjoyed my first experience with Five Guys Hamburgers. Umm...amazing. They pretty much only serve burgers and fries. I was a little disappointed because due to the recent jalapeno issues, they were not serving jalepenos on their burgers. I would have ordered them if I had the option. Oh well...

The weekend ended with a nice drive home, picking up Aggie from the Pet Hotel and a little bike riding/tennis playing. Not sure why I thought it would be a good idea to ride 7 or 8 miles to go play tennis then having to ride it back again! Since then, it has been back to the daily grind of work! I will spare you the details on that, no fear....

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Girl's Weekend!

My hubby is out of town for a few days, so that made a great excuse for my mom to come into town for some quality girl's time with her daughter and grand-dog!  Plus, I had a wedding I wanted to go to, and didn't want to go all by myself, so she was my date!  Plus, when I was checking the the hotel website, I saw that pets could stay on the first floor!  So, I cancelled Aggie's reservation at the pet hotel, and she went on an adventure with us.  Minus one little bit if mischief on the way home, she was an ANGEL!  I was very impressed with how well she behaved in the car and in the hotel.  

Jason and Tracie's wedding was absolutely beautiful.  (A few pictures below...)  They both were extremely happy and looked like they were having fun.  I know my hubby was sad he couldn't be there, but I am glad I was able to go.  

We got back today and did a little shopping before the Cox family came over to visit.  My mom got to meet Kelly, Philip and the boys.  That is about it for now.  We are just relaxing tonight before my mom flies home tomorrow and I have to get back to work.  Weekends go by too fast.  Here are a few pictures I took at the wedding!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Strike 2, Aquarium.

So, after mentioning yesterday that we had sworn off Aquarium, yet we were going back, I had to tell about our meal last night.  First of all, don't go there if you plan on quick service.  It was not what I would call fast pace at all!  Anyway, I had my heart set on some yummy prime rib.  So, I ordered that, done medium.  As we were waiting, I heard someone from the table behind us tell the waitress that his steak was well done, and he had ordered medium.  I felt bad for him, but then she said they would comp the steak, so I didn't feel so bad.  (Plus, it sounded like they knew each other).  Eventually, out comes our meal.  My "medium" prime rib had blackened edges and absolutely no sign of pink inside.  I was not about to send my meal back because, well, it took way too long the first time!  Anyway, so I started eating it, and it had a good flavor, just wasn't like it should have been.  When the waitress came back, I politely told her I was still going to eat it, but I wanted to let her know that my steak was nowhere close to medium.  She mentioned another table had made the same complaint (which I knew due to my eavesdropping habit!).  However, when she came back a little later, she said they would comp HALF my meal.  Why did that man get his steak free and I still had to pay for half of mine?  Is it because she knew them?  Or, was it because I am a girl and ordered the king cut?  (I wanted leftovers!!)  Anyway, after being snubbed at the door last time, this is strike two, Aquarium.  You will be lucky if you even have a chance for strike three.  (PS  Blame this rant on my mystery shopping experiences!!)

On a happier note, I do have a brown dog cuddling with me on the couch.  Oh, and she is snoring away!  Too cute.  Have a great Sunday!!

Saturday, July 12, 2008


We went to Wheeling, WV today for a triathlon. It was fun, and we both did well. I can't speak for Clay, but I know I was a little tired from our soccer game last night, so I felt slow. Oh well...not out there to win it all! Tonight, we are going to celebrate this with dinner at Aquarium. Some of the best prime rib I have ever had. We did make reservations this time after the issue we had last time. So much for our vow to never go back - can't resist the food! Here are a few pictures from our morning! (Oh, and one of the princess!)

Thursday, July 10, 2008

New Toy...

So, for quite some time now, my Hubby has been wanting a guitar.  Today just felt like the day to go ahead and get one!  So, after work, instead of riding bikes like we had planned, we ventured to the music store.  After Clay tried out a few and I gave my nod of approval on the colors (I am not a big fan of the gold accessories) we had settled on a new guitar!  He's been playing since we got home and seems to like it!  

On a totally random note, I made cute cookies for our 4th of July BBQ.  They tasted yummy, too!