Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Who just got back from NYC. THIS GUY!

Let me start this blog by being rather rude.  Screw You NYC.  There that was said in true New Yorker fashion.  

Many people love to visit this place, but I personally think its a dump.  Sure there are some really nice things about NY.  Like the two wonderful vendors located at the corner of 44th and 7th Ave.  For those that don't recognize that corner it is smack dab in the Middle of Times Square (shudder/vomit in my mouth out of disgust).  These two wonderful people could for a small price of say 11 dollars provide with all you would need for a day. (diet coke, nice big hot dog, and sweet classy I love NYC tshirt, what more could one want for a day)

Lets take a step back and let me explain why I was in NYC to begin.  I work for a wonderful company that pays me very well to do very little, but I do manage the NYC territory as its internal wholesaler.  Ruth, an associate of mine, manages the territory as the external wholesaler (and makes a lot more money than I do.  Like 10 times or more money than i do).  Working as an internal is not a bad gig.  I occasionally get to travel to the center of the universe, or at least that is what every NYC resident seems to think.  Well NYC I got news for you I like London, Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta, Charlotte, Raleigh, Richmond, Baltimore, DC, Boston, etc. etc. etc. more than I like you.  

Good things about trips to NYC for company business, I get a free dinner with Adam Prida on the company dollar at a great restaurant.  Bad things about the trip to NYC for company business, I get to go to NYC for business.  I had to set through possibly some of the worst/most boring seminars in my life.  Who knew finance could be so painful.  Lets remember this was in NYC the center of World Finance.  It was a terrible conference company that will not be named.  Other bad things about the trip.  The little man at the airport who offered us a ride, I thought he was a taxi driver, and then charged us 85 dollars for said ride.  BOO to you man from the DOminican Republic.  I think he was the DR.  It was definitely Caribbean.  

Ok the trip wasnt nearly as bad as I am making it sound, but it wasnt as good as you would have thought it was going to be since it was NYC.  NYC is an interesting city that lies.  It claims it never sleeps.  Well since im trying to lose weight I get up early to work out.  At 5 am there was no one in Times Square, and only 4 other people in the Marriot Marquis's fitness center, which proves NYC definitely does sleep, and probably more than the rest of the country since the people in the Marquis were visitors and they were up.  Eat that NYC.  I also never saw the naked guitar playing cowboy guy (huge disappoint, I really wanted a picture with him for the Christmas card next year)

With that I am going to call this blog officially over for the evening.  This blog entry is dedicated to a very good friend and huge fan Stacy Dooley.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Our first Christmas...

Marty got to experience the Ford's Christmas up in PA this year! We began our celebrations with a potluck and pollyanna party with my girlfriends from high school, and some of their fiances and husbands. As always, we had a blast catching up and acting silly :)

Christmas Eve, Eve, we always get together with my Aunt and Uncle and cousins. This year we played a mean match of bowling and enjoying dinner together afterwards...









On Christmas Eve we went to my parent's church. Afterwards, we started a new tradition since Marty is a new addition to the family. My parent usually gave us new pajamas every Christmas Eve to wear on Christmas morning, we decided to keep this tradition, but to have some fun with it. We decided to buy each other pajamas, yet silly pajamas to wear :) It turned out that Bethany and I were the only ones to get really silly pajamas though!



Marty and I before church
Let the pajamas begin...


Apparently, Bethany has not wore footed pajamas since she was 2!


Look, my snowman pajamas have a butt flap, very convenient!



Christmas morning was fun as usual. We got lots and lots of presents and enjoyed family and good food, here are some highlights...













Too much fun for Dad!


Thank you for sharing in the Ford/Cates Christmas!!!  We hope you had a wonderful Christmas with loved ones and a happy new year!  
~  Meredith 

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Its New Year Resolution time-For Marty

About this time every year billions of people across the world start their New Year off by making a resolution to accomplish something they know they will ultimately fail at. So in keeping with the traditions of the masses I will now list my New Year's resolutions.

  1. I will lose weight (by lose weight I want to be skinny.  Now I know that wont happen,  but its always good to try for the unattainable).  Lets be honest if you are reading our blog you know me, and you think I am overweight (I chose overweight because its more "PC" than Fat). 
  2. I will on average read 2 books a month.  This is an easy one I am a bibliophile.  I love books.  I'm one of the type that for someone reason can't carry a library card because I have to own the book for my library.
  3. I will lose weight.  (see #1)
  4. I will Quit smoking.  Check that one off the list I quit this morning and things are going great.  I'm glad I never started because I hear quitting is really hard.
  5. I will be better about keeping in touch with friends.  Some friends make this hard.  One friend of mine makes this extremely hard by moving to China.  He is my best friend yet I have to be careful what I write, say, type, or think when it comes to said friend because the Chinese govt likes to regulate everything.  If they knew half the stuff about Mark that I know they would kick him out of the country immediately.  Hear that China send Mark home.
  6. I will learn.  
  7. I will Blog more often.  This is the most important one to y'all out there in Blogiverse.
  8. I will lose weight.
  9. I will quit my dependency on cheap crack cocaine and other illicit drugs.  I throw this in here for all of you who care.  At least you'll think I'm quitting, but really I'm just becoming more secretive with my addictions.
  10. I will take Meredith on the trip of her lifetime.  
I hope all of you are having a wonderful so far this year and please keep me accountable on my goals.  If you see me and I'm still overweight holler out at my "Hey Overweight guy I thought you were going to get in shape," to which I will respond, "It takes time."  I have a year to complete this list and daggummit I am going to. Many happy journeys and blessings to you.

I will blog more often.