Friday, October 30, 2009

He's Just Another Part of Me

All About Amber & Ben

Memphis Mama posted this little quiz and I thought I would play along too!

1. What are your middle names?
Lane & Mathew

2. How long have you been together? 5 years and 8 months

3. How long did you know each other before you started dating?
7 years

4. Who asked who out?

There was some mutual flirtation that led to visits and hanging out. Our first official date though- he asked me!

5. How old are each of you?
We are both 25. His birthday is in December, mine is in August

6. Did you go to the same school?
Middle school and half of high school

7. Are you from the same home town?
Neighboring towns just a mile apart

8. Who is the smartest?

We are both smart in certain arenas.

9. Who majored in what?
He: graphic design Me: Theater w. a minor in Arts Management

10. Who is the most sensitive?
Depends on what its over. Ben is more likely to get sensitive during movies and things where as I am sensitive over comments and the way people act.

11. Where is the furthest you two have traveled together as a couple?
Lake Cumberland

12. Who has the worst temper?
Me! I can be a bit moody. Although I will say that Ben has a temper when it comes to putting things together (like IKEA furniture) or fixing things.

13. How many children do you want?
When we first started dating Ben said he never wanted kids - I said 4. His number has gradually increased. He holds strong for 3 but I say we at least need to have 3 since we are both the youngest of 3.

14. Who does the cooking?
When we were both working I basically did all the cooking. Now that Ben is home he does a heck of a lot of cooking and is getting pretty good at it. If I'm off- I usually cook for us- if not Ben usually cooks or starts and when I get home I help.

15. Who is more social?
I would say we are equally social

16. Who is the neat freak?

17. Who is the most stubborn?
Ben says me. I say he has his stubborn moments!

18. Who wakes up earlier?
Me- but I pretty much make sure he's awake and moving by the time I leave for work

19. Where was your first date?
The White House Restaurant

20. Who has the bigger family?Me

21. Do you get flowers often? Ben is aware of his floral obligations

22. How do you spend the holidays?
We split them with both our families

23. Who is more jealous?

24. How long did it take to get serious?
Any day now....

25. Who eats more? That's a tough one- guess it depends on what we're eating!

26. What do you do for a living?
I am the Director of Activities for a senior living community, Ben was laid off in Feb but is doing some independent programming

27. Who does the laundry?
We both do.

28. Who's better with the computer?
He is for sure.

29. Who drives when you are together?
He does most of the time.

30. What is your song? I'm Yours by: Jason Mraz

I'm Exhausted but TGIF Anyhow!

Last night was my BIG Halloween party at work. I crammed 100 + residents AND their families into our little community and watched madness ensue.

It was really a fun little shin dig but when I returned home at 9pm and sat down, I realized other than driving; that was the first time I really sat down all day! Did I mention I went in at 9?

Loooong, Exhausting day.

The good news? Now that its over there is one small work day standing between me and the greatness that is Halloween weekend! And today will definitely feel very small in comparison to yesterday. The biggest thing on my plate is cleaning my Activity room / office and then a scenic drive for my residents. Usually we drive downtown or somewhere out in the country. Today we are going to drive out to Spring Grove Cemetary for some Creepy Cruisin'!

I know what you're thinking- isn't it a little morbid to drive a group of senior citizens through a graveyard?!?!

Not at all! This cemetary is the second largest in the country- after Arlington and boasts a gorgeous arberatom (I know I didn't spell that right!) so it should provide just the right amount of scenery and morbidness for Halloween Eve! This works out as well because I read the history of the cemetary to the residents Tuesday night along with other "haunted" area attractions such as: Bobbie Mackies, 20th Century Theatre, and Big Bone Lick State Park.

Tomorrow I am supposed to go to my great uncle's visitation but after not having seen that part of my famile in many years- I'm thinkin I may take a pass.


My Uncle Gene did in fact have a heartache earlier this week. He is awake now and off the respirator so things are looking up. We should know soon how serious it was and what kind of permanant damage he may have. He seems to be doing well though so Thank God for that!

I hope everyone has a great weekend and the best Halloween ever! Eat lots of candy, drink lots of spirits, and take lots of pictures!

Happy Halloween!

Miss Amber Lane

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Free Falling Thoughts

1. Why is it that when I'm behind on my blogger readings and I'm finally ready to catch up, that's when blogger decides to move so slow I get frustrated and just give it up already!?!?!

2. Work is KILLING me this week! Its hard to be in Activities and Events during special occasions such as Halloween (even worse: Thanksgiving & Christmas!) Long day yesterday, longish day today, and LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG day tomorrow!

3. Wednesday TV on ABC is fun

4. Excited for Halloween this weekend! Trick-or-treat. chili, costumes, makeup, bubblegum vodka and oh so much fun!

5. I got the worst paper cut today- under my pinky nail on my left hand received from: a karaoke song book ( yes two hours of my work day was dedicated to karaoke- but I assure- its not all fun and games- case in point: paper cut!)

6. My great uncle passed away on Monday- visitation and memorial on Saturday morning. I don't remember him well as I haven't seen him in many a year but its still sad.

7. Speaking of uncles; my Uncle Gene had a heart attack last night- he is in CICU and also has pneumonia- I don't know why this wasn't the first thing I brought up tonight- seeing how as I've been thinking about it all day- I guess I finally got a little distracted for once. Please pray- if you're into that sort of thing- and if your not send good juju!

8. On a lighter note: really want to see The Blind Side, Precious, and This Is It..... ASAP!

9. We carved our pumpkins last night and they turned out very cute. Pictures to come soon!

10. I finished my bustle and though cutting tulle sucks terriblly- the final results are fantastic- at least I think so...can't wait to put the whole costume together and show you all!

That's all for now. I'm sleepy and thinking that a 9:30 bedtime doesn't sound so bad.

Happy Hump Day!

Miss Amber Lane

Monday, October 26, 2009

Show Us Your Life: Fall Decorations & "Weekend" Update

So I'm FINALLY linking up with Kelly's Korner to show off my fall decorations. We don't have a lot and they're definitely not as spectacular as some of the ones that have linked up with her blog- but their kitschy, and their fun and they suit our teeny, little, vintage town house, and they're ours, and we love them.

Living Room:

(I was watching re-runs of Grey's Anatomy on Lifetime)

(I noticed after taking this that our cabinet is super unorganized.....oh well...we aren't perfect)

This little scarecrow pumpkin is on one of our end tables and our dining room table is super spooky/cute but I didn't get a picture of it (must have been stacked with mail per the usual)

Downstairs Hallway:

Over the cabinets in the kitchen:

Front Door:
(there are also stick on leaves on the door below the wreath that you can't see)


Ben made these tombstones for us a year ago and yes we have them for our fur babies as well.

We don't rake the leaves around them to give it a more authentic/spooky feel (don't mind Boo's cigarette butt down there ...ugh the bain of my existance!)

Look Up! A big spider is gonna get ya!

A little ghostie lives in the rocking chair on the porch

I do love our neigborhood in the fall.....

So many trees, so many colors.


Leaves wrap around both banisters

And adorn the back of the bench in the upstairs hallway (I LOVE that bench! We got it for free from Ben's brother- it needs to be repainted but the seat opens up for storage- which we all need!)

And that's it for the decor! If that's all you came for you can stop reading now. If you're here for all the good stuff- keep reading!

This Friday Ben and I had a sorta date. By sorta I mean we made plans for a date but then invited my friend Emily to come out with us to dinner at Chilis.

I took my own picture because I thought my hair looked exceptionally shiny and pretty.

Boo and I outside of Chilis

Emily and I enjoying our drinks

Emily and I at the bar for a nightcap afterwords (Ben went over to a friend's - see that's why it was a sorta date)

I got home around 11:30 and went right to bed to be up for work in the morning. Saturday and Sunday flew by because I had to work but I arrived home Sunday to the gang already good and comfy for the Bengals vrs. Bears. Good and comfy and sipping cocktails made of this:

Three Olives Bubble Vodka. Its bubblegum flavored!!! Mix it with 7up and its an amazing little drink. Consider it officially recommended to you all!

So we all had cocktails and watched the Bengals stomp the Bears 45-10: Bengals. Who Dey!

Afterwards we were all feeling a bit loopy: here I am trying on Will's crazy hat...


Today I was off but I have to admit the day was a bust. So many plans fell through including finding the perfect pumpkin. The only things that were successful were grocery shopping and custome fitting my vampire teeth...


Now its dinner time and then time for TV and getting started on my bustle for Halloween. Hope everyone had a fab weekend and has an even fabber week! 4 more days until Halloween!

Much Love!

Miss Amber Lane