Sunday, November 27, 2011

Back with the living and a party!

Yesterday I got back to the land of the living.  I finally felt better.  Not 100% by any stretch, but better.  I was glad about this for a variety of reasons, but one important reason was that I had a party to attend.  Little Joshua was turning 4 (or will be on December 8th) and he was having a Cars birthday party while he had some family in for Thanksgiving.

Here's the invitation...

I found the idea on Pinterest for a race with the car's characters.  Jennifer made cars for all the kids out of cardboard boxes.  She did an excellent job!  Here's the Birthday Boy in Lightening McQueen...

His cousin Anson in Mader...

Little Harper in her birthday cupcake outfit...

The party set up...



The goody bags and Piston cups for the race winners...

Some of the food...

There were several races held...

One with the parents even...

After all that racing, it was time for some cake!

But first, you've got to blow out the candles...

Then the birthday boy has to lick the icing off of the cars...

Present time!
Finally, Joshua got a pillow pet (the finally would be his thoughts on the matter)...

Pinata time...

I'm glad I was able to make it to one of my favorite little guy's party!  I came home and watched the Tech game (ugh...).

Today, I have managed to start on Christmas decorations.  I have the mantle done, the nativity out and a few other things.  I haven't even started on my four trees yet.  Anyone want to come help? 

Friday, November 25, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving?

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving.  Mine was okay.  I'm not going to give it any higher marks than just okay.  Here's a wrap up of my Thanksgiving (note: it is going to sound an awful lot like complaining, but really, it's just the facts folks).

On Monday, I was trying to get things wrapped up so I could go home on Wednesday.  My mom's birthday is mid-December, so I wanted to get her birthday present and bring it home, so I wouldn't have to ship it.  I went over to Neiman's, got her present, and then on the way home, BAM! I got sick.  I thought it was allergies, and maybe it is, but I have felt like total crap-ola ever since. 

Tuesday was kind of a blur.  I had morning class and night class.  I lost my voice while lecturing in each.  I still felt bad, so I prepared nothing for my trip home.

Wednesday morning I got up, did some packing and was about to wrap my Mom's present when I got a phone call that my grandfather was on the way to the hospital via ambulance because they thought he was having a stroke.  So I finished packing up and loaded the car and headed out of town.  I stopped at my parents' house to drop off Lola and then I went to the hospital.  They think it was a TMA (mini stroke).  It affected his speech, but that is slowly getting better.  They kept him overnight, and now he has to follow-up with a neurologist because it is apparently a precursor to more strokes.

Wednesday night we had a fish fry at my other grandmother's house.  Thankfully I remember to bring the slaw that I made (because I forgot several other things in the rush).

Thursday morning was an early morning because Mom and I had lots of cooking to do.  The funniest part was that I got confused about the turkey and prepared the bottom of the turkey as if it was the turkey breast!  I only discovered when it was about to go in the oven and had to re-do the whole thing.  I'm not sure if it was a blonde moment or the mucinex I am living on right now.

Also on Thursday's list of misadventures is this little heart warming story:  I hadn't even gotten up from the dinner table yet.  My Dad came in and said, "You need to go home and take care of your dog.  She needs a bath and I've locked her outside."  Side note:  I didn't even know my Dad had left my grandmother's and gone home, so I was confused for a minute here.  It seems that sweet little princess Lola had drug one side of her head and beard through Milly's dog poop.  Yes, she was sh*t-faced and I do not mean drunk!  I cannot imagine what possessed her, but I had to put her in their garage sink and proceeded to do what Lola would testify to (if she could speak English) as "waterboarding". 

After all that, I never even felt like eating a piece of pie yesterday!  I did bring a piece of the pie my mom had made per my request home and have eaten a bite of it so far.

I came home last night.  I didn't do any shopping today, but I did go to Target and get 2 fresh turkeys.  They needed to be frozen or cooked by tomorrow, so they were major cheap...$3.25 each for 13.5 lb turkeys.  I put one in the freezer and cooked the other one this afternoon.  Yes, my second turkey in 2 days.  I didn't get any leftovers off the 21 lb one yesterday, so I plan to make paninis and a turkey-noodle casserole that my grandma makes.

I felt so poorly all weekend that I didn't snap one dang picture.  Here's a iphone picture of Turkey #2:

Oh, and at least I managed to purchase the one item on my Black Friday shopping list.  Yes, I cheated a bit.  I had gone to Sam's Club on Monday and they handed me a flyer which contained some of the Friday sales.  In it was a TV that I have been wanting for my bedroom for about $175 cheaper than the normal price.  Thursday morning while the turkey was baking and I was waiting to do everything else, I got online and found that I could purchase it on their website and they had free shipping!  No 5 a.m. lines required! 

So here I am on Friday night.  Still feeling puny.  Having a ton of stuff to do and no energy or desire to do it.  I do not even have the slightest desire to put up any of my Christmas stuff, which if you know me, just might be a sign of the Apocalypse.

Hoping you had a great Thanksgiving though!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving! Hope you all have a day filled with family and/or friends, good food, and loads of things to be thankful for!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Tis the season...

Tis the season...for good movies!  There is always a serious movie drought at various portions of the year and then we hit November and BAM!, tons of great movies.  Some are already out and some are about to come out, but I need to hit up the theatre ASAP!

Here's my list:

(1) The Ides of March~ I know.  This has been out for weeks now.  I was suppose to see it early October with a friend, but I was so busy, I cancelled.  I still haven't seen it.  I really am looking forward to finally seeing this political drama.

(2) J. Edgar~ Also already released.  I'm very curious about this Clint Eastwood directed film.

(3) The Descendants~  Another George Clooney flick on my list.  Hey, double the George is Christmas come early!  It came out on Friday and I'm itching to see it.

(4) The Muppets~ The Muppets and I go way back.  Even though I have the deathly fear of (FROGS), this has never impacted my love of Kermit and his friends.  It comes out on Wednesday, just in time for Thanksgiving weekend.

(5) New Year's Eve~ This is another Garry Marshall film with lots of big name actors.  It comes out on December 9th. 

(6) The Iron Lady~  Meryl Streep as Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. 

(7) The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo~  They say this is going to be darker than the book.  Is that even possible?  I'm still not sold on Daniel Craig as Mikael Blomkvist, but I'm looking forward to seeing it.  It releases on December 21st.

(8) In the Land of Blood and Honey~  This was written and directed by Angelina Jolie and it takes place during the Bosnian War.  I've been reading about it since before production started, and I'm very curious because I did some research and writing project on this region for my Master's.  It opens December 23rd.

What about you guys? Any must see movies on your list?

Thursday, November 17, 2011

A Litany of Things...

Here I am again.  I haven't blogged in forever.  I don't know what my problem is.  Strike that.  I do know what my problem is.  I've been busy and tired.  I know that it's a common problem with everyone this time of year.  Here's what I've been up to...

A couple of weekends ago, I went to see my cousin Gracie perform in Guys & Dolls.  It was a great show and she did a super job.  Those kids have been practicing every hour they weren't in school for months now.  The photography was pretty hard in there because it was dark and everyone was always dancing and moving, but here are a few shots I got of our Gracie girl...

The day after I attended Guys & Dolls, Jennifer and I decided to do a speedy version of a Canton trip.  We were there by 8:30 a.m. and we were leaving my 11:30 a.m.  Since it was Sunday and the last market day before Thanksgiving, we lucked into some Thanksgiving decor steals and deals. 

I got these cute Pilgrims (Jennifer got them too, and managed to buy the last set of adorable Indians to match.  I'll have to be on the lookout next year.). 

I have them in a planter by the front door.

I've been looking for turkeys to complete my mantel Thanksgiving decor for a couple of years and got these at a great price.

They are a pretty bronze color and so sparkly.

I did finally mange to get all my Halloween stuff put away and get the Thanksgiving stuff out.  Another new addition to the decorations is this door hanging on my front door (Hobby Lobby).  It really shows up from the street, especially at night when the front porch light is on.

Here is the mantle.  I'm not in love with it, but it's as good as it is going to get for this year.

I've also managed to get some planting done in the front and back yard.  I am only planting some containers for fall/winter.  I probably wouldn't even mess with it because I'm so dang tired of watering everything after the hot/dry summer we've had, but I just love Violas and can't resist planting some.
These are the planters out front.  I forgot to take photos of the back.

I've also been busy with non-fun stuff.  I have been in court for what seems like all day every day for the past several weeks (mostly all on the same juvenile case for which I have been the attorney for the past 4 years).  The said juvenile case has resulted in me doing all sorts of things that they never teach (or warn) you about in law school like:

(1) lecturing a teenager
(2) buying supplies (toiletries, etc) for a kid because their parent is too crappy to do it (this isn't the first time either)
(3) lecturing a teenager some more
(4) telling a mom all the ways that she is a crappy mother
(5) getting an escort to my car by the sheriff's deputies (for my protection)
(6) getting whisked out the back of a courtroom by the bailiff so that I could take a "secret" way out of the courthouse so as to miss the same people that resulted in my escort the week before
(7) trying to find a place for a pregnant teen who already has a one year old to live

I have also been busy with school between testing, grading papers, preparing for a classroom evaluation, and wrapping up the semester.  Today, one of my high school/college (dual credit) students had located a copy of an old exam.  At least I think that's what he was up to.  Why he brought it to class and was showing his friends there, I don't know?  Well yes I do.  He's 17, so he thinks I'm stupid.  Too stupid to catch on to what they are doing.  But the girl who exclaimed "How did you get the test?!" to which he replied, "Sssshhhhhhh!!!!!!" kind of gave it away.  So I wasn't planning to, but now, I'm totally re-writing that test.  I plan to keep the first 5 questions or so exactly the same and then I'm going blow their little 17 year old minds!   I kind of like being evil like that sometimes. 

So that's where I've been and what I've been doing.  Sorry for the absence.  I think that all of this activity, paired with the time change, has just zapped me of all blogging energy at night.  I'll try to be better!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Fall TV Update

I wrote about my tv watching plans in September. I stated that I had no intentions to pick up any new shows, but the best laid plans...

I started watching two new shows. Both air on Sunday nights. They are Homeland on Showtime & Pan Am on ABC.

Homeland is so good, but it scares the bejesus out of me on a weekly basis.  Here is a description of the show "Centers on Marine Sergeant Nicholas Brody, who returns home eight years after going missing in Iraq, and Carrie Anderson, a driven (and possibly unstable) CIA officer who suspects he might be plotting an attack on America."

Pan Am is not heavy drama tv, but fun and light.  I've found it to be very enjoyable.

I have dumped a few shows without really intending to. I just have not been into The Amazing Race this season. I have also dumped Desperate Housewives. I had several episodes of DH on my DVR & realized that I just didn't care to watch them.

Other shows I'm loving this season are:
Parenthood (NBC)--great show.  Love the cast, plus I get to still see Lorelai Gilmore on a weekly basis!
Boardwalk Empire (HBO) even though it has been really gruesome the past couple of weeks

Blue Bloods (CBS)--probably in large part because I love Tom Selleck.  Have I ever told you that when I attended at taping on "The View" back in 2005, he was the guest?!?

The Good Wife (CBS)--it's been really good this season, plus I love Julianna Marguiles & Chris Noth (the other actors are great too).

I'm also looking forward to some "new" shows starting up in the next couple of months.  At the end of November, "The Closer" will pick back up on TNT for 6 episodes.  Of course, I cannot hardly stand the wait until January when "Downton Abbey" starts back.  PBS has a countdown clock going... 61 days, 11 hours 20 minutes until the premier!  Finally, I think that ABC's "Good Christian Belles" might be good (Formerly known as "Good Christian Bitches" until it made too many people pissy).

What about you guys? What are you loving on TV this Fall?

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Lola at play

Last week, my Mom was in town.  We were shopping at Target and walking down the hair product aisle.  I stopped and said, "I need some new hair-bands.  Lord knows what has happened to all of mine.  They are probably piled in my nightstand drawer or something.".  To which my Mom replied, "Or Lola happened to them."

You see, even though Lola has nearly every dog toy (and many human toys) manufactured, one of her favorite things to play with are my hair rubber bands.  This evening I was laying on my bed reading news on the ipad, when she found one on the floor and started playing her little heart out.  I decided to film her on the ipad.  Keep in mind she had been doing this for a good 5 minutes before I started recording her.  She likes to fling it around and then try to find it.  Sometimes she likes to grip it with her teeth and stretch it out with her paws.  She's such a silly, but cute little pup!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Christmas Cards

Christmas cards start stressing me out in August.  No kidding.  Well, maybe I'm kidding.  It might actually start stressing me out in July!  Luckily, I have a friend who is the same way, so we keep each other company with our Christmas Card drama.

My card style has evolved over the years.  I've done various things, but I always like to include photos.  No matter what I've done in the past, it has always ended up costing way more than I intended at the beginning of the process. 

This year, I jumped on my co-crazy christmas card friend's bandwagon and decided to purchase a card template on Etsy and photoshop it to include my message and photos.  Problem was, I never found a card that just screamed my name, and I will not accept anything less than something that screams "me". 

In September, a new vendor opened a store on Etsy and had really cute designs.  Here are some of the cute cards that Casala Studio offers:

She even has some adorable Birth Announcements...

Anyway, I though that these designs were super cute, and while some "shouted" at me, none of them "screamed" at me.  So on Saturday night, I contacted her and asked if she could modify one of the cards so that it had "me" written all over it.  She said that she could and not only that, but she customized the whole card for me so that I didn't even have to mess with photoshop!  She has very reasonable prices and is very quick. 

Note:  This is in no way a paid advertisement, I was just really impresses with her quality, flexibility, creativity, price, speed and patience!

I got her all the information on Sunday and she got the completed images back to me on Sunday night.  On Monday, I uploaded the cards and placed an order with a professional photo lab I had signed up with, and would you believe that the cards will be in my hands tomorrow!

Of course, I'm not going to share my cards with you right now (I will in December).  You'll have to believe me for now that they are so cute and another bonus...the whole process combined, they will be the least expensive cards I've purchased in forever!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Another Birthday!

Today is my cousin's birthday.  Gracie is 12 today!  We celebrated on Sunday night.  Per the birthday girl's request, we had chicken fried steak and fried okra.

Her Dad cooked the dinner for us...

Rosie dog helped...

This was maybe the best fried okra I've ever had...

My uncle also made her a chocolate 6 layer birthday cake with homemade caramel in between all the layers...

Silly Maddie...

Sweet Rosie...


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