Monday, October 31, 2011

halloween party and tourist for a day

Happy Halloween everyone! Hopefully some of you dressed up for work today. Seeing as I forgot today was actually Halloween, I did not dress up. Plus most of my costumes are not work appropriate. :) We did, however go out all dressed up on Friday. Matt chose my outfit (see post below), our friends came over, and we went to a house party nearby. It was a lot of fun. It had been forever since we had gone out, especially to a house party. I was a little hesitant at first, I wasn't sure what kind of house party this was going to be. The more "adult" one where you can bring over a bottle of wine and people chill inside, or the "college" one where you stand in the yard with your beer in a backpack because you aren't sharing. Luckily it was more of the "adult" version but involved beer pong and shots like the good ol' college days. The perfect blend. It was so much fun we ended up staying until almost 2am! So much for boot camp on Saturday morning, oh well! :)

the group, on our way to the party

After recovering from a small but annoying hangover, Jessica, Joe, Matt and I went out to breakfast at World Famous on Saturday morning. It was a gorgeous day and we had nothing to do. Besides waiting forever for our food (which was annoying) it was a fabulous brunch. After saying goodbye, Matt and I headed off to the dreaded grocery store. Ah the joys of life. We even decided to hit up Costco while we were out (double fun!). After that we were exhausted and just wanted to relax, so we stopped off at the nail salon that afternoon and got pedicures. Those were awesome. I absolutely love getting a pedicure, and I recently talked Matt into going with me. He is now completely addicted. No, he doesn't get color, but they did "buff" the toe nails this time around making them all shiny and healthy looking. Plus they give a fabulous foot massage and get rid of those pesky calluses (yuck!). We spent the rest of the evening doing nothing and it was fabulous! One night out, one night in.

Sunday we did something that I have always wanted to do: we were cheesy tourists and took the Old Town Trolley all over San Diego. We went with a group of Supply Officers, their wives, and their kids. We spent the afternoon checking out all of San Diego and learning a lot! We made a few stops where we could walk around and take some pictures. We even grabbed some delicious dessert at Extraordinary Desserts....YUM! Here are a few snapshots of San Diego and Balboa park (2 of our stops).....

 the view from Coronado

my handsome hubby

in the trolley!

gorgeous balboa park

san diego, california baby!! :)

As you can tell, I love a good black and white photo. Feels more artsy or something. :) It was a lot of fun to ride around and check out the city we call home. And it was the perfect day to do it. While a lot of the east coast was getting covered in snow, it was 75 and sunny in San Diego. I was wearing shorts and a tank top all day long! Gotta love the gorgeous weather of Southern California. Hope all of you had a fabulous weekend too. Stay warm east coasters!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

dress the wife: day 7

This is a very special Halloween edition of dress the wife. Last night we went out to a costume party with some friends of ours. I have a few costumes from years past and was planning on just wearing one of those (easy and saves money). Matt was planning on going as white trash, so we needed to stop at the Halloween store to get him the perfect mullet wig. As we were browsing, a totally different costume caught his eye.....and it had a matching one for me too. He insisted I get it so we could go as a couple, and since it was a super cute outfit, and technically he was still dressing me, I agreed. 

Caesar and Athena (and Mr H)

Apparently I was not the only one who was dressed by their hubby for Halloween. As a negotiation tactic to get Joe to come to the party, Jess allowed Joe to choose whatever costume he wanted for them. He got SUPER creative.....

this is what happens when your hubby dresses you :)
Athena and Mrs Badass Burgess (to the rescue!!!)

Good job boys! Great costume selections :) And we had a blast at the party too!

And finally, day 7 of "dress the wife". For Saturday's outfit, Matt went with a jade dress I purchased for our beach pictures we recently had taken. We were going to brunch in Pacific Beach, it was 70 outside, sunny, just the all around perfect day, so a dress was a great choice. He told me to accessorize it exactly like I did for the pictures. Camel belt, bronze necklace, jade shoes. Done. And since I actually forgot to take a picture of myself today, you get a sneak peak of our beach pictures.....

So I guess this concludes "dress the wife week". I hope all of you enjoyed it as much as I did. It was exciting to see what Matt would select for me to wear, and while I would love for it to continue for another week, it's probably safer to stop while I'm ahead. Any longer and I would be rocking a different bridesmaid dress every day. The pressure to be creative was becoming too much. 

Matty, you did a great job and I am super proud of you. Thanks for agreeing to do this with me! And thank you to all my followers, public and stealth :). 

Friday, October 28, 2011

dress the wife: day 6

Today's post will actually include two outfits. Last night we went out to dinner for a very special occasion, it was our friend Tammy's birthday dinner! We all met up at Brigantine Seafood near her house and surprised her with dinner and cake (courtesy of her awesome roomie). And since it was still "dress the wife week", Matt got to select my outfit. He noticed this dress earlier in the week and had even considered it for a work outfit. I recommended the belt and shoes combo (we were in a hurry) but he did give his stamp of approval.

Dinner out on the town...

We were exhausted after getting back from dinner last night (us old folk go to bed by 10). So,it was straight to bed once we got home, figuring the Friday's outfit selection could happen later. As he was kissing me goodbye this morning I remembered I had nothing to wear and did not want to go naked to work. I asked him to select something and luckily he had been eyeing this top all week waiting for the perfect day for me to rock it. He actually selected the jeans too....although it could have been a "grab what's on top" moment. haha. And the flowery sandals match the flowers on the top.

Friday jeans day at work....
I went for the both hands on the hip pose today.

Happy Friday everyone!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

dress the wife: day 5

I figured at some point I would end up in a suit or dress and I was right. When I told Matt that Thursday would be the last "work attire" day (I get to wear jeans on Fridays) he got a little excited and a little nervous. The pressure was on to pick a great work outfit. He started off in the "suit" section:

Matt: "when do you wear these?"
me: "interviews"
Matt: (after looking through the shirts) "you need to get better suit shirts"
me: "I rarely wear them and I always put a jacket over it, so it doesn't matter that much"
me: " the pink button down is nice, especially with black"
Matt: "I only like this striped one with the grey"
me: "I wore grey pants yesterday"
Matt: (getting frustrated at the choices) "if I stand here for too long you will end up in a bridesmaid dress"
me: "grey and striped it is. fashion show?"
Matt: (after settling onto the bed) "yes please"

Matt also suggested I wear the pearls since he hadn't seen those in a while, and preferred black pumps over my tan ones. The final look:

I know, I need a new pose. I will try the left arm tomorrow. lol.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

dress the wife: day 4

Today's outfit was actually selected on Monday night. Matt had duty on Tuesday, so we planned ahead and picked this out early. He spotted the shirt when we were doing the closet inventory and was immediately sold (I think he liked the color best) :) He asked what sort of pants I wear it with and I offered him a few options. I was leaning towards black bottoms, either a skirt or pants, because I knew it would look great. However, he went with grey, the light grey too. I was a little surprised and I wasn't sure it would match well, but I was wrong. He did a great job! He then selected a sweater for me to wear (my office is unpredictable, but usually very cold). I showed him all the options and he settled on a navy blue which goes great with the shirt. And then he picked out a pair of black pumps to finish off the look. Done.

Mr H: "Mommy stop taking all these photos and FEED ME!!!"

I know what you're thinking, "Why did you take this photo in the kitchen?" Lighting. I should have taken the photo on Monday night when I tried it on, but I decided I would wait until the day of to photograph. That usually involves me placing the camera on the counter somewhere and using the timer.Typically this works great. Unfortunately this morning I was up extra early because I had a 7am conference call. As I was taking these photos it was still dark outside, so the lighting was horrible. I tried the sun room (no sun, not a good pic), the dining room, the spare room, our bathroom, and finally the kitchen. I wanted to capture the color of the shirt and it was not so easy. I eventually settled on this photo (time constraints), uploaded the images, edited the pic, and moved it to my USB. Phew done. Oh, and all this was done while I was making breakfast for both Harley and I, packing up my stuff for work and trying to get out of the house ASAP. Needless to say, I did not have time to do my dishes or brush my teeth. Luckily I have a toothbrush at work. :)

p.s. not to worry, I made it to work on time! yay!

Happy Hump Day Everyone! 

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

dress the wife: day 3

Last night, after getting back from boot camp and showering, it was time to select my Tuesday outfit. I decided a quick closet inventory would help him out a lot. We went through all the clothes, I showed him some dresses, fancy work shirts, suits, skirts etc. Every time he spotted something he liked we would set it aside. What immediately caught his eye was a silky ivory shirt. It is super cute and one of my favorites. Nice selection baby! He then asked what I usually wear it with. I pulled out pants and skirts to show him, but he went rouge and selected a red skirt I haven't worn in forever. I wouldn't normally pair these two together, but it actually worked out really well. We added in the tan pumps he got my for Christmas and the outfit was complete. Here is the finished look:

I actually match our living room decor perfectly! haha!!

p.s. not only is this fun and interesting, it makes getting dressed in the morning so much easier!! :)

Monday, October 24, 2011

dress the wife week: day 1 & 2

This week I am going to do something that could be fun, or it could be scary, or it could just go horribly wrong. I am going to let Matt dress me for a whole week! I am going to let him choose my outfits (they must be event appropriate), shoes, accessories, etc. I actually got this idea from an article I saw on yahoo while Matt was deployed (check it out here). I thought it was funny and totally awesome and knew immediately that I needed to try this out with Matt.

We started the "Dress Shannon" experiment on Sunday. Matt got to choose the outfit I wore to our anniversary dinner. He was quickly overwhelmed by the amount of clothes to choose from, not to mention jewelry and shoes. I helped him out by asking if I should wear a dress to dinner or pants? Dress. Ok, any specific color? Well he wanted me to wear the jewelry he got me for Valentines day a few years back. I grabbed the earrings and we started looking for a good match. He finally settled on a blue and white dress I just purchased, which matched perfectly with the jewelry. Awesome! Then I gave him belt options, he went with the black one. And then I tried on a few pairs of shoes and he picked black ones to match with my belt. And he knew right away he wanted me to wear the white coat he got me for Christmas. Done. Here is my completed look:

I love it! :)

After we got home from dinner I had him pick out my outfit for work on Monday. He gets up super early and is gone before I get out of bed, so we need to select my attire the night before. After perusing the closet he selects grey pants. He was overwhelmed by the amount of shirts he had to choose from so he said he wanted something purple. I pulled out a few purple shirts and he selected a winner. Then we were on to shoes. He liked the look of the white shoes with the silver details of the shirt. Here is my Monday outfit:

And here is Matt, mid clothing selection, acting like a crazy fool:

I think it is already getting to his head. haha. Stop by tomorrow to see what Matt selected for my Tuesday outfit!

happy anniversary!

Three years ago I married my best friend. And two years ago was one of the best days of my life: I said my vows in front of our friends and family and had the most amazing wedding ever. Despite some rain and some cool weather, the day went perfectly. We had our ceremony outside and we danced the night away with all of the people we love most in this world. One of my favorite pictures that sums up the night:

I feel truly blessed to be able to spend the rest of my life with such an amazing man. We share the same goals and dreams. We also love to do a lot of the same activities (which is so cool) and we make an awesome team! He takes care of me and loves me more than I can imagine. I know this because I love him the same. As time has passed and life has changed, our love has only grown, making our relationship even stronger. I am so excited about our future and all life has to offer. I know, no matter what, it will be great because I have Matt by my side.

My anniversary gift from Matt:

It's a vintage Tiffany's stained glass lamp. I love the one my Grandma has at her house, and Matt knew how much I hated our current desk lamp, so he got me this beauty. He even managed to match it to the decor already in the room. We named her Violet. The best thing about this gift: it has a story behind it. It isn't just a lamp I picked out from Target. It's an anniversary gift. It reminds me of my Grandma. It reminds me of Matt. I love it!

In honor of our anniversary (and since Matt was actually home this year to celebrate) we decided to spend the entire day together and then go out to dinner at one of our favorite restaurants. We started the day by jumping out of bed bright and early to go grocery shopping! I know, very lame, but it had to be done. It was actually a pretty nice trip to the commissary. If you go early enough (we were there around 830am) all the vegetables are fully stocked (with good looking produce!) and there aren't many people in the store. I guess a lot of people come after church to shop, so we missed the crowds (yay). After getting all the necessary items for the week we dropped it off at home and headed off to Yoga. There is a great yoga studio near our house that offered us a free one week pass, so we figured we would give it a shot. I had done yoga a few times before (mostly P90x...ugh) but Matt was a newbie. It was 80 degrees in the room, so we started sweating pretty quickly. It turned out to be a lot of fun (normally I dislike yoga), and considering neither one of us ever go (and we aren't flexible) we did an awesome job. I was surprised we were able to hold certain poses without falling on our butt and embarrassing ourselves. And it was actually really relaxing. We got a good workout in (my abs are still sore) and we de-stressed. Good deal all around. I think we will definitely be going back a couple more times this week. Matt already wants to go often so he can become a yoga master. :)

After showering I decided to make a special anniversary breakfast: grain free pancakes
I got the awesome recipe from my friend Samyjo over at Hooked on Healthy. I added blueberries to the mix and topped it off with fresh strawberries. YUM! Healthy and delicious.
Then it was time to watch the Charger game! We all put our jerseys on and lounged around and watched a ton of football. Even Harley decided he needed a jersey to root on his favorite team!

Unfortunately the Chargers lost, choking horribly in the second half. Not cool.

Then it was off to dinner at one of our favorite restaurants: Prado. Here we are, all ready to go:


It is located in Balboa park and has the most amazing filet mignon. Mmmmm. We also decided to splurge and get dessert. It was heavenly. And it was great to spend the evening out with my hubby, recapping our wedding day and talking about our future and all the wonderful thing we have to look forward to. To top it off: there was a lovely wedding going on right next door to the restaurant in a fabulous ballroom. After dinner, as we were heading out, you could hear the music and see the people dancing. It looked like a lot of fun. So we decided to get in on the action. Yes, we invited ourselves to a random wedding. All we wanted to do was dance and have a good time, we didn't plan on drinking their alcohol or anything like that. As we stroll into the ballroom quite a few heads turn and look. We quickly realized we stood out like a sore thumb (I was also wearing a white coat which happened to glow). LOL. And the dance floor was not as packed as we hoped. We evaluated the situation, and stood awkwardly near the door before finally heading out. We were too chicken and didn't want to get in trouble. haha. We gave it a good shot though. If the dance floor had been packed we definitely would have stayed. Maybe next time.

We ended our evening with a little tv time and cuddles on the couch. It was a pretty great day. Spending time together, doing ordinary stuff is one of my favorite things. And after that 7 month deployment, Matt agrees 100%. He even volunteers to go grocery shopping with me and push the cart. I married a great guy! I love you baby! Happy Anniversary!

Friday, October 21, 2011

friday confession

I have a confession to make. I am totally addicted to The Real Housewives of New Jersey. I was watching the reunion episode last night and dang those ladies are crazy! D-rama! I don't know why, but I love it. I'm not Italian, I'm not from the east coast, and I'm definitely not rich, but for some reason they fascinate me. And I blame my addiction on Sara. When Matt was deployed we watched a lot of reality TV, and pretty much all of the Housewives shows (OC & NY included). OC & NY were ok, but NJ got me hooked. It's like seeing a really bad car accident, you just can't look away.

For those who also watch the show (and if you don't, you should!), they just wrapped up season 3. The reunion aired this week and made me wish season 4 was starting tomorrow. I must admit, when I first started watching the show I really didn't mind Teresa. She didn't seem that bad (although Sara told me she was a huge B in season 2). And of course I love Caroline and Jacqueline (who doesn't?). But by the end of the season, Caroline and Teresa were in a battle royale and I decided I must pick a side. Goodbye Teresa, hello team Caroline! I seriously can't wait to see all the drama unfold in season 4. I really want to know what the hell set them off. There must be more to it than just the cookbook incident. Seriously. But I'm sure the more drama, the more people watch and the more money they make. Ahhhh reality TV.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

mama clute's visit and a trip to sea world

Last week we had a special visitor: Matt's Mom came out to see us. It had been a while since her last trip to San Diego, and when the airlines put out a killer deal, she jumped on it and booked a trip! Unfortunately Matt and I still had to work during the week, but she occupied herself by going out and taking pictures at all sorts of places around town, as well as keeping Mr H company. He sure loves his Grandma. :) And when we were finally free from work we spent the evenings having dinner together and doing lots of talking. It was a lot of fun and very relaxing.

On Saturday Matt was dying to get out of the house and go to Sea World. He had never been before (it was on his SD bucket list) and it was free for military and their families so we decided to check it out. Can't pass up a deal like that! It was a lot more fun than I was expecting it to be.

We saw the "Pet's Rule" show which was very funny and so cute! They had all sorts of animals doing tricks: cats, dogs, pigs, and birds. The Arctic Zone was one of my favorite places: it had polar bears, a walrus, penguins, and beluga whales.

seal, begging for food
mr. walrus cruising

After checking out most of the park and seeing all of San Diego from the sky tower, we headed over to the Shamu show (and sat safely out of the splash zone)!

Matt enjoying the show

And since it is October (and Halloween is coming up), people come all dressed up and kids can "trick or treat". I spotted this guy and had to get a photo:
We spent most of Sunday lounging around the house. I made grain free pancakes for breakfast (more on that later), we watched football, and eventually took a trip to Old Town. We walked around, listened to some music and then enjoyed a nice dinner out. Mmmm Mexican food. The food was yummy and the company was great. Spending time with family and friends always makes me happy. It was great having Mama Clute visit. Since we live across the country from each other we don't get as much quality time together as I would like. It was nice to do a little bonding. We only wish Dad could have made the trip too. Next time right? Hurry back!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

officially FLC

After 10 long, agonizing weeks I finally got my new license plates! Check it out....

I ordered this beauty in August and wanted it to be a surprise for Matt when he got home, but apparently the DMV runs on its time and not on my time, so I waited a tad longer. Luckily, it was totally worth the wait! I am officially "First Lady Clute". Why, you ask, would I get a license plate that says that? Well, long story short, it's a nickname I got when Matt and I were first dating. Everyone referred to him as "Clute" so I became "First Lady Clute". It stuck, I love it, and now it's on my ride. I am also a proud Navy wife. :)

Happy Tuesday everyone!

p.s. spellcheck does not approve of "Clute" (need to find a way to change that) also doesn't like "DMV", but who does?

Monday, October 17, 2011

its about itime

Hello, my name is Shannon and I have finally made my way into the 21st century. I purchased an iPhone! I kept waiting and waiting for the next version to come out on Verizon and was just about to cave when they finally announced its release. yay! I got the iPhone 4S beauty, who I have officially named "Pasty" (because it's white), on Saturday and have been loving it ever since. It has been a pretty big battle moving my phone numbers from my blackberry over to the iPhone (somehow only 35 of 90 transferred?!), but that has been the main hiccup. I am now busy downloading apps and learning how to do all sorts of things. And the Siri feature is AWESOME! It is such an improvement over the blackberry. Definitely a change for the better.

And now that I have one and have been showing Matt all the cool things it can do, guess what someone wants for Christmas? Yep, even though he has an iPad he wants to get an iPhone. We are currently in negotiations. haha. Maybe Santa will come through and get Matty the iPhone. You never know....

p.s. if you have an recommendations for cool (esp free) apps I should get, let me know!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

obsessed with all things pumpkin

Seeing as it is fall, this totally makes sense. I am craving all things pumpkin! My friend Samyjo introduced me to Dunkin Donuts Pumpkin Spice coffee a few weeks ago. I  searched ans searched and finally found it at Target and have been obsessed ever since. I am usually a tea person, but have switched over to coffee in the morning. I use my handy dandy Keurig converter, add the pumpkin spice coffee and bam, amazing morning coffee. mmm. Making me want a cup right now actually. I am also obsessed with Starbucks pumpkin spice latte. Besides the price (almost $5!), they are to die for. This is also what I like to call my "high maintenance" latte. I order it with only two of the pumpkin pumps (otherwise it gets way too sweet), non fat milk, and no whip. Delicious! If you haven't tired it, do it now. And then of course there are the lovely fall decorations. I pulled out my stash from the garage a few weeks ago and set about decorating the house. Then I took a side trip to Home Goods and found this little beauty.

a pumpkin. Are you really surprised? haha. But it's so cute!

Happy Fall Everyone!!!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

I can see!!

Seeing as I am writing this blog right now, and no I do not have a braille keyboard, Lasik worked! I can see!! Today is day 1 post-op and I am really surprised at the results. I knew I would be able to see better, but I never imagined I could see everything!!! I do have some halos around lights, and my left eye feels like it has a scratch on it, but these things are very minor and totally normal. I am told they should go away in a few weeks. In fact, my vision should improve over the next few weeks/months! That is super crazy to me because I feel like I can see perfectly today, day 1!

How about a play by play? here goes.....

We arrive at the Lasik center (Matt and I), I go in and get all my scans done again, have my numbers checked and my eyes examined one last time. They like to triple check everything to make sure they do it right. Then they gave me a Valium to "relax" me. I wasn't that nervous, and the Valium made me tired but not super relaxed. I really wanted to ask for another, lol, but by then I was heading in for surgery. (It's weird to even call it surgery since you are awake the entire time). Anyways, I lay down on the chair, they give me a cute bully stuffed animal to hold (it was like having Mr H with me) and then we started. They put on some sort of tape/device thing to hold my eyes open, then "suctioned" the eye. It sounds a lot scarier than it actually was. It felt like someone pressing on your eye, but it didn't hurt. It just created little air bubbles so they could lift the flap. Then they pull off the flap, and you look at a red light and for 30 seconds the laser does its job. Then the flap goes back on, they smooth it out, and on to the other eye. Done. Super easy. It doesn't take long at all. What I thought would be the longest 15 minutes of my life felt like 2.

And off to home we went. I went straight to bed, slept for 2 hours, then got up and had dinner. Matt went and got sushi for us. yum! Eating was actually hard, but only because the lights hurt my eyes and they felt dry and all I wanted to do was close them. After dinner I laid back down and basically slept until morning. Matt took great care of me though. He fed Mr H and made sure I got to bed ok and was feeling alright and took my eye drops if needed.

And when I woke up today, BAM, I could see! It's amazing, probably one of the best decisions I've made (besides marrying Matt of course) and worth every.single.penny. And for those of you who are worried about the cost, most places do interest free financing for up to 2 years, which is only a couple hundred dollars a month (and a lot offer military discounts!). That is a super good deal! Side note for those of you who are thinking about having a baby: you can't get Lasik if you are pregnant or nursing. So if this is something you want to do, plan accordingly. I did mine now because I didn't want to wait a couple of years to get it done. And I am so happy I did! Now when we have a little one, I can get up in the middle of the night and see! It really is life changing and I recommend it to everyone!

Monday, October 3, 2011

a pretty big change

Last night was very monumental for me. It was the last time I will ever wear contacts (fingers crossed). Today I am officially contact free, but still blind. I will be rocking my glasses for a week, and then I will be getting Lasik! I am happy and excited and very nervous. It's an investment in my future. I want to be able to see when I wake up in the morning, I want to go swimming and not be worried about a contact falling out, I want to fall asleep on the couch and not get the annoying dry eye, and I when we have kids, I want to be able to get up at 2am and SEE! I seriously can't even imagine. I know after the surgery I will have some moments when I wake up, able to see, and freak out that I left my contacts in overnight. For those of you with contacts, you understand how frightening that can be. LOL. I am also super nervous I am going to come out of the surgery blind. I know the likelihood is very small, but still, there is a chance. I am also not thrilled about being able to see what they are doing during the surgery. Luckily it is a short procedure, but still....a laser coming at you like that.....not cool.

So this week will be interesting. I will have to workout with my glasses on. Not sure how this is going to go, but it's only a week, I can do it. And I know I am going to be super nervous, especially next Monday at this time. Eeekkk! Might have to post how freaked out I am before I go in. And then another post about how I can see! Again, fingers crossed.The good news: Matty is going to be with me the whole time. And he had PRK a few years ago so he knows what it's like. He plans to take good care of me. :)