Sunday, August 31, 2008
SO... all of that to say, don't you worry about me. I'll be fine. And if any of you who are headed north need a place to crash, or just a warm shower, give me a shout. I have a spare bed, and I would like nothing more than to help you out. Just so long as you don't mind a couple super excited puppies and some bugs.
Anyway, I just wanted to send out a little update. Wouldn't want you to worry about me ;)
Friday, August 29, 2008
(I really love the fact that I have another excuse to post this photo!)
Oh, and if you're wondering about her username (it's Cargabalack), it's pieces of her kids' names all smashed together :D
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Anyway, one thing that you should know about my sister is that she's totally addicted to bags, purses, etc... She always joked that she loved having babies cause it gave her an excuse to buy adorable monogramed baby bags. Moving on... I'd like to share with you her latest project. My jaw literally dropped when I saw it...
Anyway, she mentioned that a couple of people have asked about buying one (like she was surprised, I'm thinking, uhh... yeah!), and, being the pushy younger sister that I am, I think I'm going to urge her to start up an etsy page. I mean, this is what she does in her spare time. Just because she loves it. So... that's all really. You know I'll be posting that link if it happens. In the meantime, if you're as in love with this bag as I am... I know the girl who could make you one ;)
Alright, I'm soo excited that It's Real Life is back :) This week's theme is "That's How I Roll" . I'm actually pretty proud of my car. Josh and I bought it earlier this year. It's my first new new car, and I love it. Normally, I wouldn't really care what I drive (and I honestly didn't hate my old car), but it was definitely time for an upgrade. My old car didn't have air conditioning (remember, I live in Louisiana. There's like 9 months of summer, and then some really warm winter), and it didn't like rain (as in, it wouldn't start when it was raining, and it stalled when I tried to drive through puddles deeper than an inch (again, remember, Louisiana. It's kinda wet here)). Anyway, it was time for an upgrade. So, without further ado... here's how I roll...
This is the cd that's currently playing. It's a mix that I made for my trip to Hattiesburg for KD's wedding.
Here's my gear shift and my sunglass cubbies :)
This is the inside of my center consol. I have wipies for everything. I have Windex wipes, Handi-Wipes, Noxema face wipes, wipes made for car interiors, and pledge static wipes for dust :) There's also an adaptor that turns the cigarette-lighter outlet into a normal three prong outlet and that white box is a first aid kit. I like to be prepared.
This is Yoda. I love him.
Here's the inside of my trunk.I have all the necessities, a fuller first-aid kit, a couple extra jackets, an ice scrapper, a deck of cards, a couple water guns, a frisbee, a water bottle, jumper cables, and Monopoly (and yes, all of these things do live permanently in my trunk. You never know when you might have a Monopoly emergency or a spontaneous water-gun fight. Seriously.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
So there he is, the lowest of the low men on the totum pole, brand new to the whole military thing, never done anything to really prepare him for this. He's getting yelled at (just like everbody else). He has to wake up early. He's not getting good food. It's just a huge adjustment for him.
Anyway, I know he'll be fine. He's a big boy :). I just hate hearing him being unhappy, you know?
That's all for now, really. Crazy things are happening at work, so I need to get back to real work (shocking, I know).
Have a Happy Day!
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
So... I was just in the bathroom (peeing, just to clarify), and I don't know if I forgot to lock the door (I never ever forget. It's something that is first and foremost in my mind everytime I go) or if the lock doesn't work... You can see where I'm going with this... I totally just got walked in on, mid-pee, by some seriously large mill worker. Now, I'm not saying that this couldn't have been prevented. I mean, maybe this time I did forget to lock the door. Still, though, if I see a bathroom door closed (especially if the light is on (which you can totally tell in this particular one)), I knock! I thought that was just what people do!
Anyway, I'm of course totally embarrassed... I just keep telling myself that it could have been so much worse. I mean, sure, I'm in a dress today, which means I had it all tucked up into itself by the neckline (by that I mean, I was totally exposing a whole lotta me), but still... he mostly maintained eye contact, and he was totally shocked (hehehe, maybe that'll teach him to KNOCK!). So it's not like he was rude about it... but still... awkward... Seriously, I think that I create awkward situations. It's like I'm some giant awkward magnet.
Anyway, I am thankful for the fact that I have my blog. Because now, instead of keeping my embarrassment to myself and letting it fester all day, I can share it with you and hope that I get some sympathy ;) I mean, who else will I tell? All my co-workers are men. They won't get it.
Monday, August 25, 2008
The only thing that I would like to add is that, though we did use the red wax seal for half of them, half of them had a red feather holding them closed (slits in the two flaps with a feather through (like in The Count of Monte Cristo)). Anyway, Josh was not a fan of the feather, so my friends were the only ones who got one. All of his friends got the wax :)
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Fat Quarter: A fat quarter is a particular cut of fabric. It is used mostly by quilters. While fabric is most often cut one way (imagine a piece of fabric cut into four strips), a fat quarter is a yard of fabric cut like a window (more like four squares instead of four strips). Savvy?
Mullet: A mullet is a a hair style wherein the front and top of the hair is cut short, but the back is left long. Therefore, an expression often used to describe a mullet is "business in the front, party in the back". Billy Ray Cyrus used to sport a very notable mullet. This guy has a nice mullet... The end.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
Here it is (a little belated, but whatever), my post for Blog Around the World. YAY! I'm pretty excited that Louisiana is the first state that's being represented (if only cause I'm selfish, and I like to go first (not that you would know that seeing as how I wasn't even prepared)). Anyway, before I really get into it, I'd like to get a couple things strait. First, I am not from Louisiana. I just happen to be living here at the moment. I am from Texas, so I have a couple biases. Second, I apologize for anything that I might say that may be construed in a negative light. I mean no offense. I'm just keepin' it real. Third, there may be very little cohesiveness to this particular post, it's just a compilation of what I think when I think "Louisiana"
Ok, here we go …
Let's start at the very beginning… I moved here a year and a half-ish ago. My husband was born and raised here (we live strait east of Shreveport on I-20), and when I finished college (pre-marriage) a semester earlier than him, I moved here so that we wouldn't have to do the whole long-distance thing anymore (I'll probably need to tell our story someday, but I've got a feeling that I'll probably be rambling enough in this post, so I won't get into that right now). It is definitely a totally different culture. I grew up in Lubbock, TX, went to school just outside Austin, TX, and then studied for a few months in Rome before coming here. To say "culture shock" would be a bit of an understatement. The first thing about this place that stunned me was the humidity. I mean, hello, I grew up in a city that sees rain like 5 times the whole year and is more used to sandstorms than rainstorms. In the summer it is like a sauna (no joke). There are seriously days when I walk outside and don't even know why I bothered showering (don't be grossed out, you would have the same reaction). I suppose there are the benefits, though… like the fact that my backyard looks like this…
Also, can we just say "bug capitol of the world"? I mean, seriously, this place must be the breeding ground for all the bugs in the world. Also, maybe it's just my house, but somehow the bugs here are these freaky mutant bugs, as in, grasshoppers that are a solid 5 inches long. I mean, come on, that is not normal. And speaking of bugs, one word, crawfish, aka mud bugs. Now, I know that there are going to be a great many of you who are appalled at my lack of interest in what seems to be the state-food, but seriously… I can't handle it. Moving on…
It's beautiful to me.
Now that I've gotten totally off track, I mentioned culture shock earlier and haven't even come back to qualify that. It's just a very different life-style here. I'd gotten really used to my hippy-liberal-arts-tree-hugging-vegetarians-recycling-bike-riding-peace-loving life in Texas. I went to a little tiny liberal arts university, and I loved it. Then I moved here where it's more of a my-truck's-bigger-than-your-truck, I-schedule-my-life-around-hunting-seasons, that-vegetable-looks-a-little-sad-we-should-fry-it mentality. I'm not saying anything is wrong with that. It's just different. Most everybody is very nice (although, I think that's a general southern thing, cause Texas is the same way). They definitely have their accents, and there's no shortage of mullets (Josh and I saw the best mullet last night. The guy had to have been somewhere in the 6'3" range, 300 lbs, beautiful business-in-the-front-party-in-the-back. A good six inches past his shoulders, nice glossy curls, it was priceless!
Oh man, I never realized how much I have to say about Louisiana until I get the chance. Well, I suppose I should stop here for today… I do hope you enjoyed my little bit of "Impressions of Cajun-Land".
Y'all fell free to come on back ;)
*Edit* Oh, and I'd like to add one thing (mostly for Amy), while I myself haven't actually encountered one, I can honestly say that I live just down the road from a Gator Farm. No lie. They don't allow tours. That's all :D
Well, everybody from Blog Around the World who are visiting for the first time today, please excuse the lack of preparation. Feel free to look around... I promise that I'm not always so disorganized. Thanks for coming by, and have a happy day!
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Here are the rules (as usual) :
Choose five fabulous bloggies, let em' know in your post or via email, twitter or blog comments that they've received an award*
Share the love and link back to both the person who awarded you and back to http://www.mammadawg.com/2008/08/kick-ass-blogger-award.html*
Hop on back to the Kick Ass Blogger Club HQ to sign Mr. Linky then pass it on (which you can also get to on the above link)
So now I pass on this prestigious award to the following Kick Ass Bloggers :
1. Lula from Lulaville
2. Debbie from This is the Life
3. Carol at Siswick Construction Zone
4. Heather at Mindless Junque
5. Melissa at Stretch Marks
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Josh wants everyone to know that, though he sustained a few minor injuries from the Man Eater (apparently the Man Eater's venom is poisonous, and so anywhere it got on Josh, he had angry red welts (really just on his arms, nothing too crazy)), he's healing up just fine. His injuries have almost completely gone away. He was sure that you would all be concerned.
That's all :)
Monday, August 11, 2008
As far as stories from this weekend go, I have a few (though no pictures to accompany any of them :/). I will tell you all some of them as soon as I finish this...
Also, I tend to not be easily inspired at work, and Josh is now officially done at the hospital, so he'll be home every night for the next two weeks until he leaves for COT. We all know what that means... Anyway, I suppose what I'm saying is... If I seem distant, out of touch, or lost, please forgive me. I will be back as soon as possible. No promises, but I'll try to make it like nothing has changed :)
Anyway, have a great week!
Friday, August 8, 2008
You see, I tend to be a jumper. By this I mean, when I find something that I'm excited about or something that I really enjoy, I totally jump in, all in. Therefore, when I finally decided that I did indeed need to begin reading this wonderful saga, I was in, and I knew that I could not rest until I had not only read all of them, but that I also knew as much as possible about them. Anyway, all of that to say that this week, all of my spare time had been devoted to Twilight. It is wonderful, and I love it.
So, I'm so sorry to have abandoned my happy little piece of blogland, I have been bewitched. I would like to say that I'll make up for it this weekend, but I can't. Josh and I are heading over to Dallas this weekend. Our anniversary was Monday, so we're headed to Six Flags. I'm pretty stoked :)
Anyway, I hope all of you have an absolutely wonderful weeked. Hopefully I'll be back soon with pictures :)
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
- Freshly cut grass
- Really good sushi
- An amazing book
- Niece #3... I'll tell that story someday
- Celtic music
- Real, intense, unashamed discussions (about anything, but God and faith are probably my favorite topics)
- Sandwiches with avocado and alfalfa sprouts
- My sister
- The smell of books (on that topic, did you know that there's a particular type of mold that grows in old books (something about the paper) that is a hallucinogen, and there are a ton of theories about famous authors who were "inspired" by some of the classics and ended up writing some of their works while they were high on this mold? (sorry for the worst run-on ever))
- A really good cappuccino
- Brick or cobblestone streets
- Anything sculpted by Bernini
- Driving with the sunroof open
- Cotton dresses
- A freshly made bed
- Opening all the windows in the house and turning the a/c off
- The feel of really heavy satin
- Vintage luggage
- A smooth ball point pin (with green ink)
- Wax seals
- Making up recipes as I go
- Copper-bottom pots and cast-iron skillets (they go together in my head)
- Clean laundry
Saturday, August 2, 2008
I have put together a commemorative slide show to uhh... commemorate this event
Before moving on with life, I just want to highlight some of those pictures from the night it all went down.
Here's the beast, minding its own business (or so it would lead you to believe...)
First, it was chained
Then Josh stealthily hooked it to his truck
He pulled, it would move a little, but did not come down (this went on for a long time, it was like some epic tug-o-war)
Finally, it tumbled...
And it flew after Josh and his deadly Danger Ranger
Here he is, the conquering hero, standing over his dead adversary
Don't worry, though, the Man Eater didn't go down without a fight. It took one of our stepping stones with it as it fell.
The End :)