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$5 Steals!

I'm in a rush, but I wanted to alert you to the deal of the day... Go to Amazon and check out their magazine section. They have their top 10 best sellers for $5! That's $5 for a year subscription!

These include Southern Living, Real Simple, Cosmo, Sports Illustrated Kids, Travel & Leisure, Food & Wine, House Beautiful just to name a few.

Another deal I saw, but it was $10 whole dollars, is the full 52 issues of Entertainment Weekly.

The best part is that you can start a subscription for yourself, renew one of your subscriptions if you already take the magazine or gift it!

I don't know how long this deal will last, so get to shopping my friends! Magazines for everyone this Christmas!

P.S. I got Travel & Leisure (because I'm so worldly you know and have so much extra cash and leisure time!), and Real Simple for myself

Wanted: Paper Bag

Would someone please get me a paper bag. I think I am about to hyperventilate...

It is now Sunday (12:20 a.m.) and I haven't even started decorating the inside of my house. Where have these few days off gone? I wouldn't be in such a panic except Monday is my "busy" day at school and I have both morning and evening classes which means that I have to spend some time tomorrow preparing for those. Ugh!

On the bright side, I have managed to decorate the outside, finish Christmas shopping, wrap all my presents (including Christmas, 3 birthday gifts and 2 baby gifts), do several loads of laundry, straighten up the house, put up all the fall decorations, put the photos in all my Christmas cards, address all my Christmas cards, list a whole host of items for sale on Craigs List, give Lola three flea baths (don't even ask!), hang the curtain rod and curtains in my bedroom and finish getting my room all in order. So I haven't been lazy, I am just running out of time!


All Decorated

Just Kidding... the outside IS all decorated though. Usually this is the last part of the decorating that I tackle, but not this year. This year, the outside decorations got to come first. Maybe it is the nice weather we have been having. Maybe it is the threat of rain later in the weekend. Who knows, but it is DONE!

I've got some pictures for you, but first a little background. Many years ago, my Dad decided that he was going to be Clark Griswold. He lined the house with lights, had lights in the shrubs, lined the sidewalk with lights, and the driveway. Since the majority of you have never seen their house, let me tell you that their driveway and yard is enormous, so we are talking a lot of lights. From the highway, their driveway looked like an airport landing strip.
Anyway, then a couple of years ago Dad decided he was Ebenezer Scrooge. No more lights. Maybe it was the fact that my granddad had taken out a long strip of lights while backing out of the driveway on Christmas Day t…

The Day After Turkey

I'll get to the day after, but first a couple of photos from Thanksgiving. I didn't do a good job of getting photos of people this year, so give me a giant FAIL on that one, but I got a couple of the pups.

We had about 15 people over to my Mom and Dad's for Fajitas on Wednesday night. I don't recall ever seeing Lola so tired in her whole darn life. This is her the day after (Thursday), still recuperating from all the action...

Milly had to get a bath on Thanksgiving morning because she seemed to be itching (they are in the middle of a huge flea outbreak up there in the country...the exterminator guy is going to have a grand Christmas at my parent's expense he has been out so much!). Anyway, fresh off her bath, little Milly (aka: Pig Pen), went and had a roll in the leaves...

I will say right off the top, that I'm not a huge Black Friday shopper. I like a good deal, but I hate crowds. Plus, I'm never really in the market for any of those big ticket items…

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

I started Christmas decorations last night. I tweeted this question, but I'll ask it again: is anyone out there able to mess with Christmas lights and not cuss at least once? I can't. I blew out 2 strands by plugging too many into each other. Not two at once mind you, but at different times. They were suppose to go in the same spot. I quit after that. I'll tackle it later. When I have more patience (or maybe alcohol)!

I am in Nocona now and Mom & Dad's is all decked out for Christmas too. Mom decorated early. I'm here alone watching General Hospital. I love watching my stories on HDTV! I so need it!

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Gobble gobble!

Trying to Scare her Straight

Lola has been a bit of a naughty girl this afternoon. She was outside for a while, but got loads of mud on her paws and had to have a bath. Then I made her stay inside. Since then, she has barked at every gnat that has flown within a quarter mile of the house. The little devil is driving me up the wall.

Then I was flipping through the channels and saw the Wizard of Oz on. I stopped and tried to show her what can happen to bad little dogs. Scary old ladies come to take you away.

Then I started thinking about the Wizard of Oz. When I was little it was the flying monkeys that gave me nightmares, but really, the scary part is the mean old lady trying to take poor Toto away.

By the way, Lola watched for a minute. I'm not sure if she is scared straight, but her bark has given way to a growl. I think it is marginally less annoying.

Christmas Shopping

My Mom came to town yesterday and we took care of her Christmas shopping. I picked out my own presents as I always do, but one of my gifts that I'm very excited about will complete my bedroom Mom is getting my chair recovered for me! I'm very excited. I picked out a very pretty fabric and Mom hauled my chair to Nocona to take to the upholsterer. I can't wait to see it. It will really complete the whole look (of course so would curtains, but as I've said that is a story for a completely different post!).

I didn't do that much shopping because I've done most of my Christmas shopping, but I did buy something for my adorable little pup.

I bought her a new sweater at Dillards. I saw it and couldn't resist. It is black with red trim and has these little ball things that are all over it. She isn't loving it, but as soon as the temps drop, she will.

P.S. Dear Blogger, All I want from you for Christmas is to put spell check on your updated editor. I'…

A Sneak Peak!

I was out running errands (I promise that I do work...sometimes, I just really have a case of the Holidays right now!). Anyway, I was gone from the house for a couple of hours and when I pulled into the driveway, I looked up to the front door and said "What the Heck?". There was a very large box sitting there. Yep, you guessed it. My headboard! I wasn't expecting it this soon since on Tuesday they said 2-3 weeks. They were also suppose to call and schedule a delivery time, but they just dumped it on my doorstep.

I also found a bench today. I was contemplating ordering a custom bench from Ballard, but the cost and wait were deterring me. Then I found one that looks almost exactly like what I wanted for a couple of hundred cheaper!

You want a sneak peak? Okay, here you go...

Someone is already enjoying the set-up!

New nightstand and lamp moved in today from the garage too

Disregard everything to the left of the bed. It is still a mess because I haven't hung the new curtain …

Bad Hair Day

Lola had a grooming appointment today. We have been using the same groomer for a couple of years now. Pet Pazazz, doesn't that sound peppy? The owner, Kathy, is Lola's actual groomer. In addition to being really nice, she has always seemed to care about Lola. If Lola had been sick, she would get her done pronto, so she didn't get too tired.

Anyway, it has been a while since Lola's last grooming, so today she had an appointment. When I walked in, it looked the same, but something was different. One thing that was different was that Kathy wasn't at the front desk. I started looking around and noticed that Kathy's adorable puppy wasn't there and some of her photos were gone too. So I asked the lady who came to get Lola from me if they were under new management and she said that Kathy had died 3 weeks ago and they had just re-opened! I would estimate that Kathy was only in her 50's!

I of course was super sad for Kathy and her family, but also for L…

A Good Day!

I received an e-mail this morning from Ballard Designs saying that my headboard was finished being made and had been shipped! I was very excited because it wasn't suppose to ship until December 3rd. It is a bit of delayed gratification however, because they claim it takes 2-3 weeks for shipping. I guess they are driving it from the most southern point in South America or somewhere equally far. Anyway, because that has shipped a little bit earlier than expected, I am so glad that I spent 6 hours on Sunday finishing the paint job on my room.

I know I said I wasn't going to share until all was done, but I'm just pleased as punch about the outcome and I need to share. I shared with a couple of friends and that didn't cure the itch, so now I'm publishing to all of blogworld. For a little explanation, I painted my room a color called mayonnaise. Disgusting right? I like to think that it looks like a vanilla milkshake. I had mentioned that it was controversial, and I still…

Cause of the Week

I'm not wholly changing my Cause of Week, but I'm adding to it really.

This week, I'm combining a cause and one of my favorite artists. Ryan Star was on "Rock Star", one of those talent type TV competitions, a few years ago. Anyway, I've been crushing on him ever since! I love his music and in fact listen to him almost every single night while I'm in the bath and getting ready for bed.

His last single is "Breathe" and he took up the unemployment cause in his music video. Unemployment is of course tied to the Hunger issues that I have already highlighted. Check out Ryan's new video...

Click Here to get more information about the people you saw in the video.

In other news, ...

Oh My Gosh Y'all! I spend all stinking day today working on Christmas card issues...finding a card, working on the photo for the card, the newsletter, etc. The photo issue really dogged me for a while. I'm not doing one photo, but a collage of photos. It got…

SATC Saturday Sabbatical

I'm taking a SATC Saturday Sabbatical. The reason for this sabbatical is multi-fold. First, there really isn't a whole lot of interesting SATC scoop leaking on a weekly basis. Second, I have a zillion other things to do today like work on Christmas cards (it is mid-November and I have no idea what I'm doing which causes me to break out into a cold sweat), clean my nasty house, work on finishing my bedroom project so that everything will be complete when my headboard arrives next month, grade papers and tests, work on some stuff for a couple of judicial campaigns I've gotten myself wrapped into, pet a cute little white dog, etc.

Hopefully I will get a few things on my "To-Do " list accomplished this weekend and I hope that you do too!

Go Tech! Beat those OSU Cowboys!

What the Heck?

Today has been full of "What the Heck?" moments for me. I'll list them out for you...

I got an e-mail from the head of government at one of the campuses for the College that I teach at. He wants me to send him a copy of my syllabi and writing assignments because he has decided they are good and he wants to copy them. What the heck? I mean he is a real teacher, why is he copying off of me?I got to class tonight and there was a Whataburger sack on my podium. After quizzing my class this student in the back said it was mine. Apparently the last time this student was having his full on Whataburger meal during class and causing a disruption, I commented that he should bring enough for the whole class the next time (read into that comment...maybe you shouldn't bring a whole meal to class!). Anyway, he brought me a burger. What the heck? What am I suppose to do? Eat it up at the podium? Uh, no. I can't walk over and trash it because then I'm a super bitch…


As I mentioned over on the right hand column "On my Nightstand", I have been reading Andre Agassi's Autobiography Open. It was released on Tuesday. I had done my new favorite thing in the world and pre-ordered on Amazon, so it was delivered to my doorstep on Tuesday afternoon. In anticipation of the release, I had not started reading another book after I finished my last, but had just been re-reading through some Jane Austen to tide me over. So, I started reading "Open" immediately of course.

I forced myself to finally put it down at about 11:30 on Tuesday night because I knew that my 5:45 alarm clock was going to come early the next morning. Then yesterday afternoon (still feeling a bit poorly), I wanted to curl up on the couch and read, but I had a hair appointment that I had already postponed due to being sick. Last night I hit up the outlet for a little Christmas shopping and then about 8:00 it was on. I read until I finished at about 1:00 a.m. I …

Getting Better

These guys have been my best friends since last Wednesday

I've been sick since then. It started with Allergies and progressed to Bronchitis. As many will point out, I haven't been to a doctor, so this is just my diagnosis. To that I say two things (1) One, I am a doctor. So what if it is in jurisprudence and not medicine. We lawyers are the only people who have a doctorate and don't get to be called "Dr". and (2) I have had both of these conditions so many times, I don't need a doctor to diagnose me. If the congestion, ear ache, sore throat, lost voice, and coughing weren't enough signs to point toward being really sick, then the fact that I've had no appetite is. I am always hungry, but yesterday I only had lunch, and even then it wasn't because I was hungry, but was just figuring that I needed to eat something at some point in the day.

But I think I'm finally getting back on track. I would say getting back to the land of the living, but…

SATC Saturday Resumes

This was suppose to publish this morning.  Who knows why it didn't!

After the absence last week due to painting, I am back reporting the latest on the SATC Movie.

The girls are in Morocco filiming and here are a few shots...

Also those rumors about Bette Midler playing the role of Carrie's Mom are not true.  Apparently Bette's daughter is a PA on the film and she was there supporting her daughter.

Patricia Field let it slip that all the 80's Flashback looks are in fact that. Carrie is waiting on the girls to meet her and while waiting, has a flashback to the 80's and how the girls met.

Breaking News!!!!

Okay, so everyone may not agree with me here, but I think what I'm about to share is Breaking News. I'm frankly amazed that Charlie Gibson or Katie Couric hasn't broken into regular scheduled programming to alert us all to this Breaking News, which leads me to believe that many people may not find it as horrifying as I do.

Are you sitting down?


There is a pumpkin shortage! A pumpkin shortage at Thanksgiving! Seriously!

I went to Super Target to purchase this...

I was contemplating making Paula Deen's pumpkin cake. You see, this time of the year I'm all about anything pumpkin... pumpkin pie, pumpkin cake, pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin milkshakes, pumpkin smelling hand soap, pumpkin candles... I think you get the picture.

Anyway, I was going to make a pumpkin cake and needed 15 oz. of canned pumpkin. I found nothing but an empty shelf and a note saying that due to bad weather and growing conditions this year, there was going to be …

Nothing Overly Exciting

I've got nothing exciting to report, but feel like I should blog, so here are the things that come to mind in list form:

(1) I've been having my annual Fall allergy attack. It started with my throat feeling like it was on fire for two days. Then last night I took some of my miracle drug "Mucinex D" which at some point really dried up all the drainage that was causing my throat to hurt, but left me waking up in the middle of the night feeling like I had just trekked across the Sahara Desert. Anyway, my throat feels better, but I'm more hoarse than previous days and I'm a snot factory (TMI I'm sure).

(2) I am in LOVE with Amazon pre-order. I'm sure everyone knows about this. I'm not a huge online shopper, so I'm probably getting on board late here, but if you don't know about it, here is the scoop. If you place a pre-order (for books that haven't released yet), it locks it in at the price you "purchase" at, but if at any point it…

New Kicks

I went shopping today. I found lots of great deals everywhere I went, but the one purchase that I'm most excited about came from Coach. I went to the Coach outlet because (1) I haven't been in a while to survey their inventory and (2) my wonderful friend Abby forwarded me her 20% off coupon she received via e-mail (try as I might to sign up to receive those e-mails, I never receive them). What did I get?

Here's a hint...

looks like a show box

definitely a shoe box

cute little tennis shoes?

yes! cute little tennis shoes!

I actually had looked at them several months ago when they were like $100. Guess how much I paid for them today? No. Lower. No. Lower.


Help Me Decide (Updated)

Updated:  If you haven't read this yet, please keep in mind that encouraging me to purchase the super expensive one at Ballard is not helpful.  I can pick out things that I cannot afford all on my own, thank you very much!  The point of this game is what will make this $18 stool look real cute in my bathroom, not help talk Kara into spending a mint on a stool from Ballard!  Besides, the stool is way down the list of things I would spend that much money on right now.  If I had extra cash, I would order a bench from Ballard that I want cutom made in the same material as my headboard... or, I would recover the chair in my bedroom into a fabric that better goes with "my vision".

So stick to the task people and help me out!

I need help deciding what to do with my new $18 stool for my bathroom vanity. It is really an ugly duckling right now, but I think it has enormous potential. I have several ideas, but I think I need your assistance...

Here is my old one.
I like it but it is f…

We got an extra what?

I'm Tired! We got an extra what? An extra hour of sleep you say? Well, I don't care, I'm still tired!

I had many plans for this weekend and none of them really went as, well, as planned! On Friday, I had planned to go to one of my favorite McKinney events...Scare at the Square. But as the day wore on and I looked at what all else I had planned for the weekend, so I decided that I had better skip the Square and start painting. Since I was missing out, Jennifer brought little Joshua by so I could see him in his Tigger costume

Moving the pumpkins was big entertainment around here...

so cute...
in the effort of full disclosure, I think this next photo more closely reflect his opinion of his costume...

On another Halloween note, I got so many cute, cute cards! I have to show you some... This is from my friend Suz and her kiddos...her son Bennett (3) picked out the card and just knew that I had to have a Pooh card!
a cute photo Winston who clearly likes his costume better than L…