Monday, July 07, 2008

My Birthday Bonanza Weekend

This was a great weekend full of fun and friends. It started Friday on the 4th at Erica's place for a great get together and watching fireworks. Then on Saturday, we headed to Kim's for a good 'ol BBQ with burgers and dogs. Sunday was definitely the highlight of my weekend- my 31st Birthday party.
This party was a great time and so many of my friends headed to Amy's place for the festivities. I learn something new everyday about Amy. I now know she is a master cake decorator as she hand sketched a Gator on top of my cake. What talent!!! It was also great to have David and Heidi drive from Orlando to help celebrate my birthday. Thanks guys!!
Amy bought me a beautiful bracelet which I love. Thank you so much.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

New Glasses and Shorts

Here is a picture of my new glasses and the cool Lander-style Blue/Orange Khaki Shorts

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

A weekend with Amy and her parents and Grandma

This past weekend Amy's parents came down from New Jersey and her Grandma came up from Boca Raton. Friday night we had a nice Shabbat dinner at Amy's house. I had to work on Saturday so Amy went with her family around Ybor City and Channelside in Tampa. Saturday night we went to Sweet Tomatoes for dinner and then relaxed at Amy's house. Sunday afternoon we met again for lunch and then her parents were on their way back to Boca Raton.

The day didn't end there. Amy and I made a trip to the Eyeglass store because I needed some new specs. We found some really nice frames there and I will show them on here as soon as I get them. We meandered to Brandon Town Center for some walking and of course shopping. I think this was the first time in a long time I went shopping with Amy and not buy any new Polo shirts or button down shirts. I did find some much needed new khaki shorts and a pair of Plaid Khaki Shorts- very similar to something Lander would wear. The plaid shorts happen to be Blue and organge and other colors so I can wear them to a game this Fall.

Rays Game

Well over the past 2 weeks I have been to 2 Tampa Bay Rays games against the Chicago White Sox. I am going to one more on Sunday against the Florida Marlins.

The first game I went to was with Todd. I had gotten free tickets from the St Pete Times so we decided to head to the ballpark.

The second game of the week I went with Amy, Joe and Ronit. After the game was a concert from Trace Adkins. Ronit is a huge country fan so we stayed for a few of his songs. The Rays won the game which made it even better.

Trip out West

I know it has been a while since I posted anything on here. I am sure everyone has been asking, what in the world is Parker doing? Well, here is a little update of my times in good 'ole Tampa Bay.

Amy and I celebrated our 1 year anniversary on April 21. We decided we wanted to take a trip and headed out west to Phoenix, Sedona, Flagstaff, The Grand Canyon, a stop at the Hoover Dam on the way to Las Vegas from May 10-May 17 . The trip was incredible and we had all sorts of weather from 30 degrees and snow in Flagstaff all the way to 97 degrees and hot in Phoenix. What a difference of about 4000 feet make in the weather forecast.

I know I haven't posted many pictures on here, but if you want to see my album, email me and let me know and I can send all 200 of them to you.

Here are some of our visit:

We woke up one of the mornings in Flagstaff to about 2 -3 inches of snow. It was the latest they had snowfall in about 10 years. I had to go out and clean off the car from the snow with a towel because who knew it was going to snow?

At Arizona State University with the Football Stadium in the background

Amy on the ASU campus in Tempe

We decided to drive to Northern Arizona University while we were in Flagstaff and came across this HUGE lumberjack who in turn is the NAU mascot.

Of course while we were in Phoenix, I had to get my picture taken in front of the US Airways Arena- home of the Phoenix Suns

I think I have been to one of the most beautiful and amazing places in the world: The Grand Canyon was simply breathtaking. We hiked the South Rim (about 8 miles around) and even hiked 1.5 miles down into the canyon and back up.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

New WAMu Branch

So last Monday my branch in Clearwater finally closed so I had to find a new home. After 4 months of not really knowing where I was going, I found out I was going to be the new Branch Manager at the New Port Richey Golden Acres Financial Center. My drive in the morning goes from 48 miles to about 28 miles. I save 30 min a trip in travel time and plenty of money on gas. I am really excited to be at my new branch and the staff is really excited for the change. I am hoping to produce some good numbers and stay #1 in Customer Service in my region where I was when my branch closed. Go figure.

I am really looking forward to meeting Amy's sister Lori tomorrow. She is going to spend the first 2 nights of Passover with my family in Orlando. Amy and I are approaching our 1 year anniversary on April 21 and I am looking forward to our vacation in about 3 weeks to Phoenix, Sedona, the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas. It should be a fabulous time and we have some fun stuff planned. We have had an incredible year and only looking forward to what the future brings.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

An update without pictures

I know when I update my blog, I usually update with pictures. Well today I decided to update so certain people who check my blog everyday, would be able to see something on it. I really enjoy updating this and had all intentions to do so but never got around to it. The pictures will come eventually. Here is a little update of what has gone on since my last post:

Amy and I made the mistake of trying to go to Sea World on December 30. We managed to get to the park early enough that we would be able to ride the roller coaster and see some animals but we had all intentions of meeting my mom for lunch. It turned out that her normal 25 min drive from her house to the park took her almost 2 hours. We left the park early and met my mom for lunch and she had a bag lunch packed for Amy and I. It was a nice touch and typically Penny style.

I thought the New Year would start off pretty well after a fun filled New Year's Eve Party at my friend Monica and Eddie's house. We were with alot of our closest friends and it was so much fun. I really enjoyed playing Monopoly with debit cards. Kinda cool but how can kids learn how to cound money without the cash. But.......

The next day was a dark day for the Gators. On New Years Day the Gators lost the Capital One Bowl to the Michigan Wolverines. I lost a wager to my close friend Marc, who went to Michigan for law school and he has bragging rights until the next time these teams play each other.

The first weekend in January, Amy and I took another trip to one of our favorite places, Magic Kingdom to meet her cousin and her husband who were in Orlando from Israel via San Diego. We had a blast exploring the Magical place and the weather was perfect.

The one nice perk of working for Washington Mutual, is that the annual Manager meeting for the entire company is in Seattle. I made the trip out there in the middle of January. I think the high for the 4 days was 35 so it was a lot colder than what I was used to. I had never been to Seattle and a few other managers flew in a couple days early to explore the city. We took a trip up the Space Needle, explored the Pikes Fish Market and walked around the city. That was a fun time.

Amy and I will celebrate 10 months together on February 21. This was the first time in a few years that I had a valentine to celebrate that day with. We decided to make dinner together and get each other a nice gift. We made salmon marinated in teryaki sauce and grilled veggies. Another fantastic meal grilled. The best part of the night was to see the gifts. I gave Amy her gift, which was a relaxation massage. She loved that and certainly deserves to be pampered. Amy's gift to me was nothing I could have ever expected. She spent the last few weeks gathering pictures and creating an amazing scrapbook. The book had a certain Magical theme. It had all the pictures in it from our first date, April 21 at the Magic Kingdom to our last trip there with her cousins. That book had pages left to continue to experience more magical times together. Amy is the sweetest and kindest and most caring person I have ever met. She makes me so happy and I look forward to getting home from work each day where I can call her or see her. She meas everything to me. I love Amy so much.

I hope you enjoyed my blog update. When I get the chance, I will add some pictures.