Sunday, October 24, 2010


This weekend we got a visit from one of my very best friends - SARAH!! She now lives in Memphis with her husband who is in the Marines, but for the past 3 years she has lived in Hawaii (5 time zones away...) It was so good to see her!! I think it has been over 2 years since the last time we saw each other.

We had planned this weekend a few weeks ago - Sarah found out about the Country Living Fair that would be in Atlanta this weekend and we made plans for her to come to Birmingham for the weekend and she and I would drive to Atlanta on Saturday morning. We woke up and were on the road by 7:00 AM. The fair was held at Stone Mountain Park and the weather was absolutely beautiful - could not have been better. The park was prett crowded but it was manageable -there were oer 250 vendors there with various crafts, decorations, furniture, etc. Sarah was on the hunt for several things in order to decorate her and Logan's new house in Memphis -

I came away from the Fair with these Christmas ornaments that you see above - they are rather unique and made of wire and beads. Overall the weekend was a ton of fun and so great to be ablet to spend time with Sarah. Once we got back to Birmingham on Saturday, Josh went with us to dinner and some more shopping on Saturday night - I think this is the longest that Josh has gotten to hang out with Sarah as well - we had so much fun!

Sarah - Thank you so much for visiting this weekend :). It was so great to see you and catch up!! I am so glad you live so much closer now and I can't wait till the next weekend we make plans.

Sunday, October 17, 2010


I have the sweetest husband :). I came home from my work trip this past Wednesday night (on our annviersary) and this is what I saw - Pretty tulips (my fav), a card and a delicious cake from Edgar's bakery. Josh went through the trouble of taking a picture of our wedding cake to the baker here in town so that they could try to imitate the top of the cake complete with red ribbon (which he brought to them) and black icing dots around the edge. He even remembered the flavor that was on the top of the cake - chocolate with raspberry filling: it was delicious!!

Joshie - thank you for going through the trouble of re-creating our cake. It means so much to me when you are so thoughtful :). Happy 3 years!!


Last week I traveled to Gainesville for a site visit to the project that I told you about here. It was so great to see the progress of the project at the beginning of construction. Hopefully the next time I see the project, it will be complete and I will be managing the furniture installation sometime next summer.

Just a refresher on this project - what you see in these pictures is the building that formerly housed the First Baptist Church of Gainesville, FL built in 1922. The church sold their building to a development company (us) in order to get out of debt and move to a smaller, newer facility. The sanctuary building will now be the "front door" to the housing complex that we are developing. Inside will be housed the leasing and management offices for the building, the fitness center for use by residents as well as several retail vendors (restaurants, cafes, shops.) Most of these uses will be in the lower level of the building - former sunday school classrooms and church offices will now be the leasing offices, etc. A vendor to lease the actual sanctuary space has not been found yet - it will be interesting to see what they do with the space. In the agreement with the church and the City of Gainesville, the sanctuary has to be restored inside and out and the original architecture and detailing must remain. I can't wait to see it all fixed up by next summer!

We are building 3 housing buildings and 1 parking deck that surround the sanctuary building. There is not much to see right now - but you can sort of see the concrete framing for the first building through the construction fence in the photo above. While I was there last week, I helped set up the temporary leasing office for the facility in one of the old pre-school classrooms of the sancturary building. It is not much to see right now as we did not want to spend a lot of money since this office will move in about 9 months or so when the final one is complete. We did a teal accent wall and dark vinyl plank "wood" flooring that shows potential tenants what finishes they will get in their units.

My main contribution to this project will be the furniture... I am designing it, presenting it to the project team, purchasing and coordinating the installation. We will have over 600 beds which means a whole of furniture and money!! Since the units will not be ready until move in day - we decided to contract out and have a workroom make scale models of a couple of the unit types in order to show tenants what the furniture and finishes will look like. I was amazed by the models when I saw them - all those long hours in the architecture studio (just a few blocks west of where this temp leasing office sits) made me truly appreciate the time and detail (and money) that went into these models... I can say one thing, I am so glad I am not spending my days (and nights) making scale models anymore... (can I get an "AMEN" from any former studio girls out there?!?!)

Being in Gainesville for work was great! I felt like a tourguide to the management staff that was there with me. We took a drive around campus to view all of the important sites such as Shands, Turlington, The Reitz, Jennings Hall (my freshmen residence) and of course all of the off-campus good eats such as Leonardo's pizza, Burrito Brothers, Satchel's (which is still cash only by the way!) and the Swamp. It was great to be in my second home so close to friends and family - on Monday night I got to have dinner with my good friend Laura and on Tuesday my Mom drove down from Jax to take me to lunch!

When I got home, I had someone who was beyond over-joyed to see me (which, of course made me feel good!) We spent the next hour sitting as you see below, waiting for Josh to get home. Molly says, "Don't leave me ever again!"

Visiting Gainesville and my project was a lot of fun, but I am definitely looking forward to being home for the next few weeks! The next trip will be in November (on my birthday...) to Baltimore, Maryland to visit the other project I am working on at Towson University. Until then, I am home for a while and very exciting about some guests we have coming very soon! Sarah (who I have not seen in over 2 years!) is coming this weekend and my Mom and Aunt Lala are coming the next... can't wait!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010


Today I am traveling home from a work trip to be with my wonderful husband on our 3 year anniversary. I can't believe that we have been married for 3 years already -time has literally flown by.

October 13, 2007 was such a pretty fall day and one that we will always remember and cherish... of course, as wonderful as the wedding was - the marriage is even better.

Joshie - I love you so much and I am so proud to be your wife! Can't wait to see you soon!

Sunday, October 10, 2010


I love my job as an Interior Designer, but as seen in the pictures here - it is not quite as glamo- rous as shown on HGTV. Last week my boss and I traveled down to Boca Raton, FL to decorate an apartment model for a new dormitory that our company is developing and building for FAU. Since the site is not yet complete and we do not yet have a CO (Certificate of Occupancy) from the city, hard hats, safety vests and construction boots must be worn at all times. While we were stylin' this gear, we staged the apartment over a 2 day period. It was a lot of fun to be in a Boca and to check out the site as it was in progress. Although I miss Josh (and Molly) terribly when I am gone - I really do enjoy getting out of the office and traveling for work.

I am hitting the road (or the airways?) again this week - I am going to Gainesville to check out the progress and set up the leasing office for the project that I told you about here.


Last week -end we went to the Florida- Ala- bama game in Tusca- loosa. (About an hour and fifteen minutes away...) We were able to get tickets from Josh's former co-worker from Wachovia - they were great seats! Although the gators lost the game by a landslide, I am still so glad that we had the opportunity to go to the game... when we found out we were moving here (after the 2008 Gators National Championship season where we beat Alabama in the SEC championship) I looked up the Florida Football away schedule for 2010 and saw that we would be playing this game in T-town and I am so happy that we actually got to go. (Even if the tables have turned a little...) Although this football season is turning out to be painful to watch for gator fans everywhere, I still love the thrill - after all, isn't that what makes it interesting, not knowing whether or not you are going to win?!?! One thing that did make this loss to Alabama a little better was the fact that Alabama lost this past weekend to South Carolina who just happens to be coached by none other than Steve Spurrier who is actually and most importantly originally a GATOR. Here are some more pics from the game....

I like to call myself a REAL fan - none of this fair-weather stuff. After our embarrassing loss last weekend, I proudly wore bright orange gator T-shirt to publix this weekend, by myself, in the middle of Alabama - I am and always will be a GATOR fan!!

Friday, October 8, 2010


Its that time again! Secret church is coming and this year it will be on November 5th. I am buying our tickets this morning. Check out details here.

Happy Friday!