Sunday, December 30, 2007

Malled Out

Amy and Hilario are here visiting. We spent the day at Traders Village. Afterwards, Amy wanted to hit up the mall. After this week I'm malled out, so I decided to stay behind and watch football with Trey.

I got this hat for Trey. And that would be Trey's "Anderson" sign.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

2007: The Year that Exceeded My Expectations

It seems like an eternity ago, but at the beginning of 2007 I felt like a loser with a capital L.

My spirits were high, but I was overwhelmed with frustration. I was frustrated with the job market in Abilene. I remember applying for what seemed like “the greatest job ever.” After I got the rejection phone call, I rushed home, stormed through the door and collapsed on the floor. I wallowed in pity for a good hour or two. That day felt like the worst day of my life. Little did I know that rejection was the best thing that could have happen to me.

Trey and I made a bold decision to put our house on the market and move to Fort Worth, so Trey could advance in his career and I could begin mine. Fort Worth felt like a fresh start, a new beginning and opportunities that Abilene couldn’t offer. I’m not trying to bash Abilene. I love the town, it’s just that it was time for something new. With the move at the forefront of my mind, I began interviewing at UTA for a video position. When I got the phone call to accept, I told my boss, “Thank you. You just made my year.”

Months later I can look back on this year and see how far we’ve come. For me, it’s been more than just landing the sweetest job. I’ve learned it’s about being fulfilled in all things: spiritually, physically, emotionally, socially, mentally and financially. The highlights of this year was definitely the job, the move, the house, the financial debt snowball Trey and I are working on, and the joy of enjoying life.

I haven’t come this far to be disappointed now, so I can only expect great things ahead. I’m ready for 2008!

Friday, December 28, 2007

Dallas Cowboys Stadium

Yesterday, Tasha and I spent the day in Arlington. We watched this amazing laser show at UTA's plaentarium, went to the mall, and managed to stop by the new Cowboys stadium.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Crazy Water

About a month ago I watched a news segment on Mineral Wells--Famous Crazy Water. The history of the town and water fascinated me, so when Trey and I drove to Abilene, Monday, we stopped by. The shop was closed and Trey told me he'd buy me some water the next time he was in town. If you're not familiar with the history of this water, you should check it out here.

My favorite bottle is No. 2.
No. 4 taste like salty tap, but contains the most minerals. Trey warned me not to drink more than 8 ounces a day of 4 because it can cause diarrhea, then he dared Natasha to drink the entire bottle for a dollar. She refused.

Natasha is spending the holiday break with us. She'll be here for about a week. We've already managed to find plenty to do. She's 14 and likes going to the mall, so we ate lunch at the Olive Garden and spent the rest of the day at the mall. According to my cell phone, we walked over 5 miles. There are more than a few malls near us, so I think I'll mix it up the next few days, so we won't get bored. I also plan on taking her to that french restaurant I went to with Cortnee.

this has nothing to do with this entry, I just think it's adorable

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

I'll Be Home For Christmas

We celebrated Christmas last night, and we're already back home. Trey and I attended two Christmas gatherings, one on the Anderson side and the other on my side.

My older sister Amy had a late party at her place. It started at 9 pm so I knew it was going to be a long night. Trey stayed up pretty late playing video games. I had about 2 adult beverages and went out like a light bulb. It's sad, but true. It was hard to find a good place to sleep at her place b/c there were a lot of people. Some, like Trey, slept on sofas and recliners. I can count my blessings I got a bed, even if it was kiddie size.

All Trey wanted for Christmas
...Cowboys stuff

No Escaping the Christmas Camera

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Christmas Candles

Christmas is just around the corner.

Accent Wall in the Office Nook

I painted the laundry room the same color. That room is almost done, Trey just needs to trim in the paint. Then after that, I'm making my way to the bedroom to paint it ORANGE.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Feliz Navidad

The Anderson Christmas Card

Today has been a home improvement day. Soon I will start painting and Trey and I just hung curtains...finally.

In the living room we have an entire wall of windows. We haven't found any curtain rods long enough. We were originally thinking we'd have to buy 3 or 4 curtain rods and somehow put them all together to make one long rod. That was the plan, until Trey had a great idea. He bought 2---3 dollar conduit poles and put them together. I'm estimating he saved us about 90 dollars. Handyman Trey.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Adding Color to My Life

It's been such a good week for me, especially at work. Since Monday, I've been editing and I completed that project today. When I get back from the holiday break, I have another project waiting for me. Job security, aye.

Well, I'm done with work until the next year. I'm looking forward to the break and I already have a to do list. One thing I want to do is paint a few rooms. I'm seriously considering orange for the master bedroom. I know it sounds crazy, but every paint color I've ever selected has looked, red, blue. Yes, I really like color. I was thinking of backing down from the orange color, but Trey thinks it'll really compliment our furniture. The orange, I'm considering isn't bright, it's more of a burnt tone.

So, Christmas is next week and to get into the holiday spirit, Trey and I drove around the neighborhood and looked at Christmas lights. He kinda got car sick, so it was a short drive. When we got home, to my surprise I saw 3 deer a few yards away from our house. They were beautiful.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

2 Meals Later

I've made two meals following Seinfeld's recipe. I'm not sure what to think of the food. Personally, I like veggies a lot more when I can see them, but for Trey's sake I'm giving this a try.

I've gotten mixed reviews from him. Last night I made "Cigar Tortillas" (yeah, it's a weird name). Anyways, I thought the recipe was bland and Trey said he wouldn't mind me making again. Tonight, I made pita pizzas. Now, that was good. Trey didn't care for it and even though the recipes claim they are deceitful, Trey could totally see the spinach in the sauce...hmmm, I guess it's not child proof. After seeing and taking a bite of the pizza, Trey refused to eat the rest.

I should have thought of this to begin with, instead of introducing new recipes to our menu, I'm just going to add veggie purees to select meals that we frequently eat. It's worth a shot, but this week I'm going to make a few more recipes out of the book. Who knows, maybe we'll find something we both like.

These are just a few of the purees: Carrot, Squash, Spinach. Not included in the photo: Acorn Squash, Sweet Potatoes and Cauliflower.

Acorn Squash. The produce guy at Central Market told me this was butternut squash and I didn't know any better...Now I know.

Monday, December 17, 2007

A Mini-Vacation

This past weekend, felt like a mini-vacation. Trey's company had their Christmas party in Abilene and they were so generous to book us a hotel. I love staying at hotel's. Trey and I scooped the place out and found the fitness room. We didn't work out, instead Trey cranked up the treadmill to 10 mph and we took turns testing our speed. I caved at 10 mph and Trey got right up to 11 (show-off).

Sunday we meet up with family at Buffalo Wild Wings to watch the Cowboys game. And from there we headed home. On the drive home I had to listen to Cowboys commentary on the radio, like I don't hear enough of football.

Now, it's back to work and I'm looking forward to editing. All the students are at home for the holidays and it's going to be nice and quite. Wow, the year is almost over. Where did it go?

Friday, December 14, 2007

Sneaking-In the Spinach

Have you heard of Jessica Seinfeld's cookbook for kids, Deceptively Delicious?
It's a cookbook marketed to mother's who have kids who hate to eat healthy or in my case a very picky husband. Well, a few months ago Trey and I saw her on Oprah. After watching the episode he encouraged me to add the healthy recipes to our menu. I was so eager, I started looking for the book, but there for a while I couldn't find it at any bookstores (I think it was the Oprah Effect). Well, now I have it and this week I'm gonna to try it out.

The whole idea is to cook normal meals like eggs, pizza, quesadillas, chicken nuggets, burgers, desserts, etc. The catch is adding pureed vegetables and sometimes even fruit to the meals. Trey already told me he doesn't want to know what veggies I'm sneaking in and that's good because that's the whole idea.

I always have fresh greens in the fridge, but it's so nice knowing that Trey will be eating some too. Everyone should add color to their plate, even if you can't see it hehehehe. Let the deceiving begin.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Deep Breathe

Today is going to be a busy day. I have two big production shoots. Well, ready or not, here it comes.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Googles Street View

This morning I heard about street view, a new feature in google maps. There is some controversy about it and I can see why...literally. I looked our address up and it's not even on the map, so good luck finding us. No, really you should check this new feature out. I think more good will come out of it than bad.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Staying Warm & Conserving Energy

This is the second night in a row, we've had the fireplace burning. Even Corky likes getting snugly near the flames. I prefer sitting on the brick and roasting marshmallows for s'mores.

It's December and we've only turned the heater on a few times. Thus far, the home insulation is paying for itself. However, I have noticed the bedrooms are significantly cooler that the living area. Trey and I have a heavy winter comforter and we just add another one on top to stay comfortable through the night.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Married by Area Code

Dominique and Trey: official residents of DFW

That's right, I changed my cell number to a local number (Trey too). I didn't have to change it, but it was time. It was also time for a new cell phone. Friday I went down the DFW AT&T call list, to see who had this phone in stock. Luckily, we found one that had 3 in stock and a worker offered to hold 2 until we made our way to the store. Good thing too because I was getting really tired of my old cell dying every time I sneezed. Trey and I both got the Sony Ericsson Walkman in black/orange not white (hey I just like the white picture).

So far, I'm very pleased with this product. It has all the bells and whistles anyone would expect from a new phone, favorite--fitness applications. Yeah, its really cool because there are all kinds of fitness tools like pedometer, distance tracker, calorie counter, graphs and charts to view progress. Cool aye?

Now all I have to do is learn how to use the thing. Ha ha ha!

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Everyone Loves Corky

Cortnee came over yesterday. We ended up going to see that movie The Golden Compass. This film has a lot of violence. It's definitely not a kids movie, like I originally thought. Other than that, I discovered this french bakery/restuarant that's not too far from where I live. Cortneee and I got a cold drink before the film. I told her the last thing I need to find is a 3 dollar drink that I really like. The caffene was good and the visit was great.

Trey didn't join us, instead he met up with a friend who was in town. They went and watched the Abilene High football game. AHS was playing in the Fort Worth area. Later that night when I got home I had the house to myself so I watched the Pursuit of Happiness....gosh talk about a depressing movie. I almost turned it off because it was such a sad flick. Well, other than that, the rest of the night was good.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Almost Done

Sunday, Trey and got on the roof to mount the Christmas lights. It was pretty windy and I was scared the wind was going to blow us off. We still have about 4 more boxes of lights to mount and Trey promised he was going to finish it soon. Its already Thursday, so I'm wondering when he's going to get to it.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Lights Out

Trey's old boss, from Abilene, was in town today. We meet up with him and went to eat at Fuddruckers for dinner. As we were eating at the table, the lights went out. It must have been a black out on the entire block. It was really dark too. Luckily, Trey had a small flashlight that he put on the table so we could see what we were eating. We ate in the dark for about 15 minutes. When we left, the lights were still out. Yeah, it was an interesting dinner.

Well, it's kinda late for me so I'm gonna turn the lights off...right now.


Monday, December 03, 2007

Cell Phone Screams: Kill Me

I've had my cell phone for 2 and a half years. I've never replaced the battery and these last few weeks it's been dying rapidly. Even though I could buy a new battery I would rather upgrade to another phone. I'm with AT&T, but you won't hear anytime soon (by that I mean years) about me getting the iPhone. As much as I love Apple products, this is one product I will pass. I'm hoping the next iPhone that comes out will have turn by turn GPS. That is something I would like to invest in.

No iPhone for me. I have my eyes on another cell and it's fairly inexpensive. The only problem about it, is that it's currently out of stock everywhere in the DFW area. I'm suppose to look online and try to purchase it. I may wait, as my current cell dies a slow and painful death. Every time it beeps, it screams, "Kill Me!"

You wanna hear something funny about my cell? I dropped it while back, while riding on my scooter. I was driving at about 38-40 MPH and it slipped out of my pocket. The battery fell off and I just put it back together. The old Razor and I have been through some hard times, but it's time to say goodbye.

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Clowning Around

Another funny find in the old Anderson video achieve. Natasha is now 14 years old. Trey and I were dating at this time and he remembers her at this age. We both had a good laugh.It was Trey who encouraged me to make this public. He wanted me to post this on her myspace page, but I don't know how to do that, so this is the next best thing. Enjoy.

To Natasha:

Love you sister