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I’ve been back and forth with making a To-Do list before 30. Seeing as how I only have 2 months to go, I’ll just give myself a pat on the back for the progress made thus far.

In the words of Celie “I’m poor, black, I might even be ugly, but dear God, I’m here.” So job well done!

I will however make a list for the next chapter in life. Prior to our trip to London, I had the baby bug…BAD. However, during our stay there, I had lots of time to reflect on life and most! I tend to want to rush things, keep up with the Jones’, and want what I want when I want it (that was fun to type).
I’m learning and I’m growing and I’m grateful!

I’m sure my responses of “You made your choice, I’ll make mine” or “To answer your question, I’ll have one when I’m good and ready” offend people. Be warned, that’s NOT my intention. I’m a firm believer in fate, destiny, GOD, and the Tooth Fairy, so I know that none of this is in my control. However, a girl can dream, right? Going forward, I can now answer the question with.. “good question, check out this link!”

Here’s my “pre-baby bucket list:”


  • Master the art of to-do lists
  • Stop multitasking (as we speak I am blogging, drinking coffee, listening to Real Housewives, working, and IM’ing)
  • Consistently work out 3 times a week
  • Buy myself one major ticket item without thinking twice about the price tag
  • Successfully keep one house plant alive
  • Learn to sew

Personal Enrichment

  • Complete my master’s program (Spring 2013)
  • Get Mr. Q enrolled in an advanced degree/certification program
  • Launch (this dream will never die)
  • Learn a foreign language
  • Find jobs that we don’t grouch about waking up to


  • Go on a hot air balloon ride
  • Go back to Europe
  • Visit New York City together
  • Throw a major house party!!
  • Expand our group of “couple friends”
  • Take a girls trip with my mom
  • Take a set amount of money and hit the Roulette tables in Las Vegas.
  • Attend an NBA, NFL, & MLB game


  • Master couponing (nothing extreme, just the basics)
  • Figure out how to stick to our grocery/eating out budget
  • Purchase a family car (Mr. Q has declared this to be a Jeep)
  • Have a 6-month emergency fund
  • Pay off current car (13 months to go)
  • Buy a house
  • Pay off our credit card debt (half way there!)

I haven’t had too many bad experiences with baby bullies, so I can’t really point this blog at anyone directly. For the most part, my friends are pretty supportive of my plans, so a big kudos to you all!

PHEW!!! That was fun and tiring! I should probably get back to work, so I can accomplish some of these goals. I will continue to update this list as life progresses! What would be on your bucket list?

*this post was inspired by The Newlyweds Next Door

We actually returned Saturday, but I haven’t had a spare minute to sit down and blog!

Suitcases and clothes are everywhere and I have an Accounting Final tonight 😦

We had safe, wonderful travels, with no jet lag. Both Koda and Jeffrey are alive and well, so I won’t complain! Lots of pictures and insightful thoughts to come..I promise! We also have some upcoming weddings, baby showers (not ours), and house news on the horizon, so bear with me!

For now here are a few pictures to hold you over!

Horse Guards. Vince managed to get a thumbs up out of him! LOL

Parliament & Big Ben

Trafalgar Square

Headed to the Netherlands!

The best Fish and Chips EVER!

My Strong Hubby!

Our First London Rain! I promise it's how I was sitting.. no baby showers! Diet posts are soon to follow 😦

The Tube!

Burrough Market! Lunch on our day alone in London!

More to Come!


Posted: June 22, 2011 in Newlyweds, Travel, Weekends
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Surprise, failed me MISERABLY!

This is the 2nd time this has happened on a vacation – the 1st my honeymoon. Somewhere deep down inside I think the Social Media Gods know that I spend way too much time on my phone, so they do this on purpose. Some changes needed to be made to our Verizon phone before leaving, of course we didn’t know that or make them, so we were without our phone for awhile. We finally got a Pay As You Go phone, so we have been able to call our family and call Allyson in the event that we got lost. Angie, if you’re reading this..pick up from the strange, long number calling you!!

I’ve taken LOTS of pictures..thanks Luci! Unfortunately, I can’t post them until I get back to the States (like my London talk)?!

Just a brief recap:

Saturday – we started the adventure not able to find Allyson & Archie and no way to call them.. PERFECT! After finding them we took the train and the tube to our accommodations in London. Our hosts booked hotel rooms at the Marriott in Grosvenor’s Square for the weekend. We started our day at 9 am, we had breakfast, toured one some sights, and got caught in the WORST RAIN STORM ever.. even the locals said so! I have pics of that too. After a brief and WET cab ride back to the hotel, we changed clothes, took a brief nap and headed out for a night on the town. We headed out for great food, the casino, and fun!

Sunday, more touring (I’ll have to look at the pictures because my days all run together), WALKING, and the best fish and chips I am sure I will ever eat in my life. That was a meal to be shared with friends and I wish I could have had my McDonald’s crew by my side, lol. Archie made some DELICIOUS burgers on the grill which deserve a blog post themselves. I’ll have to insert here that the Cook’s (pun intended) have been absolutely WONDERFUL hosts. Anyone planning a trip to RDU, be prepared because me and Vincent plan to model their behavior!

Monday, Archie had to work..BOOOOOOO, but me, Allyson, and Vince headed to London to tour the Tower of London. A GREAT tour and it felt like home seeing all the Sir Walter Ralegh exhibits. Then we headed home to meet Archie, watch some tv, and go to sleep for our big day on Tuesday!

Tuesday, we woke up at the crack of dawn to fly to Amsterdam. A great experience seeing a totally new country – it felt so story book. We toured Anne Frank’s Attic and the Red Light District. A very quick, but well worth it day trip. Archie picked us up and we enjoyed a home town favorite – Domino’s! Tuesday was a movie night and pretty calm, because by today I think we were ALL tired between jet lag, work, and just ripping and running!! Allyson is working out – no need for me to join I’m sure I’ll have the calve muscle or a track star by the time I return. I’d settle for one like Mrs. Shannon Bullock though 🙂 Today was supposed to be Day 1 that Vincent and I tour London on our own, but it’s raining cats and dogs, I have a quiz to take, and Vincent is doing his normal US behavior…sleep!

Well, that’s my mid-week recap. Reality kicked in today, that I have to study, that we aren’t machines and need to sleep, that people still have to go to work and that this vacation is midway over 😦

Tomorrow we are wheels up and heading to London! I plan to blog from London – technology willing. As I know, my followers (all 5 of you) will be lost without my updates, so here are a few of my favorite blogs and great articles to fill your void!

There..that should keep you busy for awhile.. Miss us YET?!

P.S.A – The trip soundtrack will include but is not limited to – Estelle “American Boy”