Monday, December 29, 2008

Oy Vey

See I said I was going to blog over my vacation. This might be the only one I get to until I'm back in Texas. I've been in Alabama for about 9 days blogs have come to mind. I didnt want to do the "This is what I did for Christmas" blog. That would be like pages and pages. I've been a regular social butterfly. So my question is, why is it that I have a million things to write about when I'm in school and doing the same thing over and over again, but when I'm not in school and doing different things EVERY DAY I can't seem to come up with something clever to blog about? Maybe my brain just doesnt work when I'm not in school. I know some that would argue that is true. I tell you what, I definitely feel the crickets chirping up there. There just arent a lot of bloggable thoughts twirling around my brain these days. I suppose I've resorted to blogging about not being able to blog. I'm sorry if you clicked my link and were under the assumption that there was something interesting to read. No worries. I've officially grounded myself from blogging until I have a vialbe topic. Hope everyone has had a wonderful holiday with their family and friends. I know I have enjoyed the heck out of the holidays. But that is for another, as yet to be written or thought of blog. :)

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Before All the Good Ones are Gone

I decided to write one more blog before I go out of town. I dont know how much blogging I will get to over the Holidays with all of our traveling, so I thought I would figure something out for one more really good one before a string of, what I can only imagine will be big fat duds.

I have been toodle-ing around some other blogs and saw a couple of different things. One was a list of things the person wanted to do/had done already, the other was a wrap up of the year, and finally 100 things someone was grateful for. I also saw over on facebook a list of 21 random things about yourself. SO, I thought of just doing one big fat post will all of them...sounded kinda long and boring to me, instead I have decided to mix and match them all together and make my own!

In the words of one of my favorite housewives on TV "Hold on to your daddies girls!" lol.
Here goes nothing.

This is a list of things that I have done, that I'm grateful for, or that I have discovered are random about myself all in the last year.
In No particular order, and for no rhyme or goes nothing

1. Got Married (July 27)
2. Had my first married Thanksgiving, about to have my first married Christmas and Birthday...look ma! I'm growing up!
3. I'm grateful for some awesome new friends...they make school all the more tolerable
4. I recently discovered that I have an "inner gay man"..I now refer you to a previous'll have to find it as I am being extremely lazy at the moment, and do not wish to find the link for you. happy hunting.
5. I got my first credit card..not something I'm particularly proud of, but hey...I needed it
6. Something totally random about me that I recently re-discovered...all the magazines in the bathroom must be turned "face" down. I cannot handle it if I look down and someone is glaring at me from the cover of US weekly...
7. I am grateful for central heating and air. Although I do not have it at the moment, when I do get it again, I will love it more than anyone has ever loved a thermostat. I kid you not.
8. I am grateful for my new sister. She's pretty awesome. Who knew you could have a sister from another set of parents, that is only a couple months older than you? Funny how that worked out huh K?
9. I got a new name. My step mom isnt crazy about me dropping my maiden name altogether, but I quite like my new name, and I figure that my parents gave me a middle name for a reason...even though I might not love it all the time "Jean"
10. Random fact: my car has a name. It's J. Lo because she has a big ole booty. When my bff Sarah took me to my car in college, we could always see where I parked because the butt end of my car was always sticking out, not from bad parking...from bad design I say
11. I discovered more this year that I love to cook, and I'm pretty darn good at it if I do say so myself!
12. Sometimes I can't stand movies on TV. There are important parts they cut out! But I do love me some lifetime movies. Especially the "I was a battered wife and now I'm starting over and falling in love with this new hot dude but he is questionable and so am I" ones. heck lets be honest, I can be distracted by most any Lifetime movie.
13. I aslo found out that it is not always awesome to be better than your husband at things.
exhibit A: our Christmas tree didn't get put up until the very end of finals because my husband told me that I put it up better than he does. I would like to argue that if you've never done something, there is no way to know if someone else is better at it than you.
exhibit B: I am waay better at household chores, unfortunately that means that during finals certain ones don't get done. Or, and sometimes more importantly, they dont get done well.
exhibit C: I totally watch TV better than my husband. Or maybe I just watch better TV...who knows, either way..I'm wayy better at it, he kinda sucks. Stupid History channel.
14. I started training for the half marathon in Feb., and I'm still not so sure I'm going to be able to run the whole thing. I like to sleep, watch TV, know..anything other than running more than 6 miles...we'll see. wish me luck.

and finally, I'll end with something I want to do next year...
15. Get a real job. Maybe not something that pays, but something I can write on my resume. Believe it or not...that whole "Job" part of my resume is completely blank. Unless you can include a way awesome-er list of jobs that I do on a somewhat daily basis: I am fantastic at washing my hair, I study more than an ape on crack trying to learn sign language, I am a good toe painter, I wash clothes like a much that I could almost consider it a hobby if it didnt suck so much, I am able to keep up with a 7 year olds train of thought and on some occasions I know what he's going to think before he does, and last but not least I'm totally awesome in general. :)

OK. I hope everyone has a totally aweometasticly wonderfulistic beautifulishous holiday season.

Merry Christmas Ya'll.

Since its the end of the year, I'll leave you with some pictures of the happiest day of my life :)

My Bouquet, It was beautiful

The Church...didnt need much, it was gorgeous on its own:

Best MOH, ever.

Walkin down with my Daddy..I dunno if you can tell in this picture, but we look A LOT alike

Dancing always makes you feel better..even if you look like an idiot

Jacob, Garrett, and Hayden...handsome dudes

My two favorite guys...being themselves.

Thats it! Hope you stuck around for all of it!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

8 days

Until Christmas. Seriously. Would you like to know how much shopping I've done? Next to none. I bought my Mom's on Black Friday. That is IT. We took care of Jacob's Mom this past weekend, but that did nothing for my own list. (not that she's not on my list...Jacob and I split up who is buying I still have like 5 people to buy for, including Hayden!) Oy. Not to mention I mosly have no CLUE what to buy for my little dude. He has everything his little heart could desire. I'm sure I'll think of something! And now I know how my parents felt with my birthday being so close to Christmas. With him having a November's hard to figure out what he still needs/wants for Christmas a month later!

In other not so related news...the weather here was so bad yesterday! And while I am usually the one who just snuggles up and stays indoors, I had to get out in the crappy weather pretty much all day. I took Kristin to the airport in the morning (it took like 2 hours, I'm not kidding). Booooo, she's gone for 3 weeks. What am I going to do with myself? I have no clue. After I dropped her off, I headed to Arlington/Grand Prarie to get my hair done. (picture to follow) Back to the driving. I SEROIUSLY almost shadoobied in my pants. I have never never ever ever driven in "icy conditions". In the 4 years I lived in AL, it never iced. And when I was living here in TX I was too young to have to drive, or it just wasnt bad enough to care about. But yesterday was a totally different story. I drove, in the ice. It. was. nerveracking. I would normally call myself a pretty safe driver, I try to be as cautious as I turn I have been labeled a granny driver. But I take it as a compliment, most days. I'm not a big speeder, but I dont drive UNDER the speedlimit. ok.....Moving on.

Ok Ya'll I'm sorry I have nothing fun to talk about. I'll leave you with my latest hair do. And a promise for a funny blog the next time I pick up my computer. I have a list...just got to want to write them~

Sorry my face is so large...I can't help it. In all the other pictures I looked either petrified or just scary. lol. I'll try and take some pictures while I'm out of town. But dont worry. I'll still be blogging Im sure!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Ode to CockTailLand

Last night was the most fun I've had in months. Good friends, good food, good booze and good gab, it really doesnt get any better than that! Emily and Nick were such good hosts. Nick is by far the best nursetender barnurse bar-practitioner I've ever met. Seriously, the best mixed beverage. Just dont ask me what was in it. Couldnt remember even if I wanted to, because I do want to, but I do remember that it had to do with shipping the mixer in from Disney WorldLand. Anyway, it was a fantastic way to end a less than fantastic semester, and it MUST be done again! Either in Fort Worth or back in CockTailLand!

As for the rest of my weekend: it was pretty good too. Went to Sam Moon on Saturday, and aside from being a cluster eff of people, it was good. Got Jacob's mom's Christmas presents. But I will say that there are some interesting folk who travel to the Sam Moon on a Saturday afternoon. The crowd ranged from middle aged women trying desperately to fit in with their daughter's friends (questionable outfit..lemme tell you) to the not so figure flattering extremely tight clothes, leggingings included. ew. I'll just say ew. Most of Saturday was spent shopping. Did I get anything for myself? why yes, a pair of sunglasses. Thats it! I was proud. I definitely spotted things that I wanted. Everywhere we went things were jumping off the rack asking me to buy them. Everwhere that is except the Gap. I could not for the life of me find a frigging $25 sweater. See they were having a "every sweater is $25" sale. Well it should have been "every ugly sweater we have is on sale, so buy it, cuz if you dont we wont sell any new ones that you might ever like" sale. I know the name is a big long, I suppose that is why they went with the abriged version. I digress...

Sunday (today) I cleaned ( house was a mess) then we went to the nature center for a little site seeing. Something to enjoy this wonderful weather we're having! I hear we should enjoy it because it isnt going to last. Cold front tomorrow, freezing rain on Tuesday. BOO!

I think that about sums it up! Other than a little video gaming, that is how my weekend went. Aside from a small panic attack when I woke up thinking I had all this work to do for school. Boo. That sucked.

Here is to a fantastic rest of the Christmas Break!

This is K and myself in front of ancient indian scripture. or....grafitti..either way...

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Tuesday Tunes

Instead of studying for my very last final of the semester, I decided to blog. Smart I know! Gotta keep my readers satisfied! lol. And I need a distraction from the ever looming Thursday Final Exam. BOOOOO. But on the other hand, I will be DONE until January 12! A whole month! Well deserved I say!

What am I listening to these days you ask? Nothing really, other than the usual Christmas tunes and whatever is on the radio when I run to pick Hayden up from school. But, in the interest of trying to keep up with the theme of the Tuesday (supposed to be Monday) post, I'll blog about what music I'm excited to listen to once this beast called finals gets of my back.

Theme of todays music selection: what I will be listening to on my looooooong road trip over christmas break, I-20 here we come!

1. Britney's new CD. Dorky, maybe. But I really dont care. I love her and I'm looking forward to her entertaining me on my longggggg car ride/drive to Alabama next week!

2. Taylor Swift's new CD. Ok again, remember the long car ride referred to in the previous number? yeah. And I have enjoyed "Love Story" its cute, upbeat and hopefully will not lull me to sleep whilst behind the wheel.

3. My questionable Diva Music--it will all be loaded up on my Ipod. And I can't wait. I will also be putting my Reception playlist back on the ole Ipod..
(you dont get a picture for this "divas" and you'll see why..seriously..)

Seriously, have you ever be stuck in a car for 13 hours? OMG BORING. But on the upside, I will be spending a lot of time in the car alone. Why is this so appealing you ask? Because I can listen to the aforementioned music without husband, brother, or kid asking me to a. turn it down, b. turn it off, c. get better taste in music!

Husband also downloaded all 4 Twilight audiobooks. Im pretty excited about that too. I have no clue what its all about, just a vague idea, but they are about 11 hours. So I'll get through a book on the way out and a little more than a book on the way back. So thats 2 books! I'm going to make a trip to half price books and see if they have any of them (crosses fingers) so in the meantime I can read the ones I dont get to listen to. Speaking of half price books...I'm also going to be heading over there to load up on books to read over the break! So if you have any suggestions of books I just have to read, lemme know. (and E, if the comments still aren't working lemme know...maybe I'll yell at someone important as my next clever way to avoid studying!)

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Oh Boy

UPDATE: I looked at my Feedjit...I have a hit from Wasilla Alaska. Please tell me it's a Palin. Please!!! If you visit again Alaska, leave a comment, lemme know who ya are! Too friggin cool ya'll!

Commercial on TV: You need a vacation...from cruise .com. DUDE My TV is creeping me out! How did it know!?

Finals have been brutal. But I must say, better than last year this time. I have 2 open book tests..sweet sweet deal I tell you. AND only 1 exam that I had to write an essay (which was the death of me, we'll get to that in juuust a minute). Lets just say that after Friday, the pressure was off. I've spent the last few days workin on my mental health. This includes, but is not limited to, sleep. I cannot tell you how precious sleep is in this current state of stress. haha I can't "stress" it enough! lol. If I don't get enough sleep, or enough good sleep, I'm no good to anyone. Not even myself.

So...Thursday, 5p.m., I'm bawling. Friday 1 a.m. I'm STILL bawling. It was rough. Very Very rough. I cant even begin to explain what that kind of stress/lack of sleep can do to you, but its not pretty. I am so thankful that I have a mom who totally understands me and knows when I need coddleing and when to just tell me to shut it, I'm not dropping out, period. And a husband who will do the same. And a best friend for that matter. She said she'd disown me if I did. Needless to say, I'm still enrolled. Not happy about it, but enrolled. Barring another all out nervous breakdown, I'll get to graduation "aka" the hooding ceremony (so freakin sweet, almost worth it just to say I got hooded at graduation....does that mean I get to wear baggy pants and call all my friends shorty? lol..soooo wrong). For the simple fact that if I dont finish, I'll disown myself. This is something I've wanted to do since I was knee high to a grasshopper. (thanks for that saying babe). So, I'll finsih. Mostly for the wanting to, but also because if I dont, there will be a long line of Hollons, Whites, Grzymeks, Griswolds, Tacketts, Duggans, Buntes...and the list continues....that will be ready and willing to kick my butt!!!


On to better news. I'm seriously looking forward to being done with finals so I can bake. Paula Deen had a show on last night that was about a cookie swap and she had so many good recipes on there I just HAVE to try and make. There is one I'm going to tweak...I can't wait to see how it turns out!! And Ms. Deen was on this morning making a Apple Cinnamon Cheesecake with Strusel topping..OMG it looked TO DIE FOR! So that will be getting made. (and em, lemme know if you want me to bring any of this yummy goodness to Cocktail Land. I'm so down.)

I also was able to assemble our Christmas tree, it has no lights nor a significant amount of decorations. Our "The Whites" ornament that I bought on Black Friday made it and the tree topper made it. Thats it. I suppose we will tackle that either later today or tomorrow. Who knows? I did get the rest of the decorations out. The tree is all thats left. But don't be too impressed. I just started collecting Christmas decorations, so there isn't very much that had to be put out!

OK well I guess I need to get back to my studies. Hope everyone out there is having a wonderful holiday season, and by that I mean the holiday season is the only thing getting me through these finals, so it better be wonderful. I am oblivious to the fact that it might not be.

Here is a picture of our wonderful ornament. Then a picture of the kiddo. He's a goob.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Its D-Day Ya'll!

War Eagle.

I like to think I'm optimistic. Most days, I know I'm more pessimisitc than most...Just really dont wanna get my hopes up just to get them dashed.

But today, I'm an optimist. I hear Alabama is gonna get caught looking ahead to Florida..And I also hear Tubby doesn't want to disappoint lonely Auburn fans in Texas who are buried underneath Con Law outlines. :)

Lucky Jersey---check
Optimism--sorda check

My War Eagle swagger might not be up to par these days....but I'm hoping for 7 in a row.

Take that Saban.

Oh. Husband is downstairs. I'm upstairs in Auburn Country.


WHOA IS ME. The smell of defeat is pungent. I will say Bama could have been a little bit more classy..that last touchdown was pretty asshole-ey. Whatever. We lost. I'm pissed. Now its time to look toward next year. And hopefully a better coaching team. Whether that includes Tubbs or not, I dont know. We will see though.

In the end. I'm still an Auburn fan.

But.....Go Gators. Get 'um next weekend Tebow. I'd like to see Florida take it to Alabama. I'd be ok with today if that could happen. Did you hear that football gods??

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Turkey Day!

Happy Thanksgivin' Ya'll!

In the spirit of the are just a few things I'm thankful for:

  • my health: if you know me, and my family history...this is a good thing!
  • my husband: even when we're arguing, I still can't deny I love him
  • my kiddo: he's awesome. best thing that ever happened to me hands down.
  • my dog: she's terrible. but the best dog EVER
  • my education: I might complain now, but I certainly wont once I'm getting paid to bust my a*&
  • my family: I love them,...I miss them today..and pretty much every day..I can't wait till Christmas when I get to see them again.
  • my mom in particular: this green bean casserole is going to rock. and its all because of you :)
  • my new family: they have accepted me with open arms..and I can't ever thank them enough for that. from day one, they have treated me like one of their own, and I really needed that then, and I cherish it now
  • my homemade family: from Uncle Kaleb to K...I cant imagine how I would have gotten through these past few years without you certainly wouldnt be as much fun!
  • K: you already got an honorable mention, but you definitely deserve you're own bullet point. I'm so thankful to have you as my best friend. I dont even want to know what my life would be like right now if I didn't have you around. seriously.
  • my law school family: I love you guys! Matt, Carla,'re the best lunch bunch ever!
  • last but not blog: thanks for being there when I needed to vent, or when I needed to tell someone how much they mean to me. Thanks Blogger world... :)

Happy Thanksgiving Ya'll---from all of mine to all of yours.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

8 Long Years in the Making

I went to church for the first time in 8 years today. I'm guesstimating around 8 years because Hayden is 7 and I was preggers for 9 months, so give or take 8 years. Jacob has been sick the last few days so he and Hayden stayed home. I went to the Fellowship Church out here in Fort Worth. It was good. Different than what I was used to. The last church I went to was the First Presbyterian Church of Dallas, down by the Farmers Market. I loved the pastor, he was awesome. But I got pregnant with Hayden, and life happend. I'm not making excuses, but I did have my reasons. You would have to know me to understand, explaining them here wont make a lot of sense. But suffice it to say that I was bitter. And, let's be really honest with ourselves. I was 16 when I got pregnant. Show me one girl who gets pregnant at 16, who has everything going for her, who is happy about it. I was an honor roll kid, super involved in soccer, and had a million friends. I was seriously the LAST person you would ever expect to get into that kind of trouble. I think that is enough to make a girl bitter. I didn't think I needed church.

But now I'm older, and I have a little bit more sense (not much mind you lol). And I just kind felt like something was missing. I thought about it...and figured that maybe it was God. I've putzed around here, the blogger world..and a lot of ladies around here seem to have a strong sense of faith and I thought maybe that was what I was missing. So I'm giving it a try.

Wish me luck on our journey to find a good fit for us. The whole family is going next week. Fellowship Church has a great kids ministry program that I think Hayden would really enjoy, and I think Jacob will like it too. So we'll see if the search ends there or if we're in for another round of church that the right thing? Church Shopping?? hmm..doesn't sound right, but hey...I kinda like it!

OH and If you're looking for my fit friday post, you wont find it. Sorry. With nothing but a couple runs to report..there isnt much to say.

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! Yay for Turkey Day!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Happy Almost Holidays

Before I begin my FANTASTIC post. I would like to give a shout out to the Netherlands! WHAT UP GELDERLAND?! leave a comment...tell me about yourself! how'd you stumble across this place? please and thank you ;)

I would like to point out for those who are not aware, it is November 20. Not December 20. Therefore I should not be hearing Christmas Music when I'm in the middle of the mall. C'mon people. I know we're all excited about Christmas. But if I cant put up MY Christmas Tree, neither can you WAL-MART.

If you would like to indulge yourself in Christmas music, that is fine. I, however, will not be indulging until after Thanksgiving, silly me with my traditions. ( I know I decorated my page..leave me alone)

Ok, without further ado; here is my list of things I enjoy about the Christmas/Holiday season:
1. Decorations: I dont do every holiday, but I make a point to decorate for Christmas and a little for Thanksgiving. I really like all my stuff for Christmas so far, but I am really excited about collecting lots of decorations to put out with my kiddo now and future kiddos. My parents always had so many decorations, and I loved putting them out, well helping. :)

2. Holiday Spices: Thanksgiving and Christmas. I love Apple Cider, and I've been enjoying the last few years with Pumpkin Spice flavors. Coffee, bread, scents. I LOVE it!

3. Family: I'm super excited about spending this Christmas with my new family. AND I get to spend a lot of time with my mom. Which makes me super super happy. I don't get to see either of my parents very much, but it has been especially hard having my mom out of town. We get to spend the first 5 days of our vacation at her cute new house. I'm pretttyyy excited! AND I get to see my dad too. I dont know for how long, but I'm looking forward to seeing him and my grand-dad. There are some extenuating circumstances that are going to make that hard, maybe I'll blog about that whole situation, but its not fantastic. Small recap: my gramd-ma is really sick. ANYWAY I'm excited for my Thanksgiving too. Because sometimes even the family you make for yourself is pretty awesome :) and I'm super excited to share one of my fav. holidays with my awesome Texas family!

4. There is so much more I love about this time of year, it could be such a long post. I love the food, the colors, just all of it.

So, what do YOU love about the holiday season?

2 Christmas Pictures
1. A Texas Christmas
2. An AU Christmas (before they quit putting the Christmas tree out...and before they started calling it a "Holiday Tree"..stupid...what? so can we put it out on all the holidays? Memorial day here I come with my big ass decorated tree!)

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Little Secrets

O.M.G. !!

I was putzing around on the internet, I mean studying the social scene with intentions of doing some sort of super smart study, lol, when I stumbled upon my inner-gay-man. Ok. Now this may come as a surprise to most people, probably even husband was surprised when I brought it up. lol. But I sooooo have an inner gay man living inside me somewhere (and not in a dirty way E/K).

Exhibit A: My love for Cher, Madonna (old, not new, new freaks me out), Celine Dion, Britney, Cristina....diva's in general
Exhibit B: When said diva songs come on, I cannot help myself, I either sing or dance along. I would rock some karaoke...I'm not saying I sing well, but I have heart :)
Exhibit C: When I see videos like the one below, I cannot help but connect with said gay man. I seriously loooove him. This is what I picture he looks like. And if I were a gay man, I would totally have some sweet sweet moves like his.

Alas. Here is my inner-gay man. He is my hero. Thats right, love me some Mariah too...oooh Bette..Bette Midler, gotta love BEACHES! lol. (sorry I can't embed it, it was disabled)

I have a holiday post for you, but I'm going to save it for another day. I need to make a rockin list of why I looooove the holidays so. Well, maybe make a condensed list, it goes on and on in my head :)

have a wonderful time watching the REAL sasha fierce. :)

Ill leave you with one of my fav. silly pics

oh and this one too

Monday, November 17, 2008

Music Monday :)

Thank you Blogspot for posting a completely blank "music monday". Thank you very much.


Lest you think all I listen to is pop radio (which lets be honest, it is pretty much a lot of what I listen to, but whatev, I will occasionally stumble upon something fantastic). Just so it is noted, I could do an entire Music Monday on my disdain for Beyonce's new song "If I were a Boy". ICK.

OK so for a really long while now I've been loving this one musician. To be fair 2 musicians. One of them is Gavin Degraw. I don't LOVE his new cd. It just doesnt feel like "Gavin" it kinda feels like the record label go ahold of it and made him do some "radio" tunes. Not very excited about it really. Ok the other musician is Citizen Cope. I heard him one day on One Tree Hill (the best music by the way. seriously. espeically the old episodes). I picked up his CD (yes, pre i-Tunes, I actually have his real CD lol) and it did not come out of my CD player in my car. I loved it. Well I still love it. And while we are on the subject of music found on One Tree Hill, before I forget, did anyone happen to catch the song Hayley sang? It was amazing. I found it on i-Tunes, and I'm tempted to spend the 99cents for 1 song. Its beautiful. I digress.

My song for Music Monday.
My Way Home

Sometimes I miss a step
I stumble here and there
I'm findin' my way home
If I'm lost then I'll admit
Sometimes i plain forget
I'm findin' my way home
You can try and stand in my way
You can say what you're gonna say
But I'm finding my way home

Fitting I'd say. I'm constantly in a back and forth about where to make my 'home'. I have all these different people trying to tell me where I should or shouldnt go (unsolicited advice mind you, when I bring it up, its not big deal). I'm just trying to find my way to a place where I can make a home, a life for my family. I dont want to move Hayden around like my mom moved me and my brother around. I dont fault her for that in any way, but I want Hayden to have a little more stability. We have already moved 4 times in 7 years. One time out to AL and one back to TX included. I just want somewhere that he can make friends and not be worried we'll move away. I think I have found that in Fort Worth, but I just don't know. Around this time of year I get terribly homesick. I miss being in AU, and I miss being near my family and now that means Jacob's family too. I miss doing dinner at his parents house on the weekends, and impromptu dinner parties with his entire family. I swear they make up holidays so they can have an excuse to grill out and have everyone over. It's an awesome thing that I truly wish I could take advantage of more often.

Ok. So that's your music monday. Sorry its a bit long. You get to be my sounding board for "finding my way home". :)

Picture Time

me pregnant with Hayden. Be kind. I'm 16.

AAND baby Hayden.
cutest. kid. ever. :)
can't wait to see what mine and husband's little one will look like. just gotta wait a year and half..then 9 months :)

Friday, November 14, 2008

Not so Fit Friday

My Fit Friday goals have been pretty pathetic these days. I hate that I've fallen off the wagon, but I just haven't been doing so well.

Stress is certainly a factor. I cannot even begin to articulate how stressed out I am about finals, and even the paper that I turned in. There are some people who read this who understand, and I appreciate that. But what only K knows about me is that I am extremely hard on myself. I am pretty much convinced at this point that I'm going to blow my finals. There is just so much to do between now and then, it seems insurmountable.

I understand that the other ladies participating in Fit Friday have their own things going on and experience stress for completely different reasons, and I'm not asking for pity. I haven't run in over a week, we've eaten out SOOO much. The only thing I can say is that not buying any 100 calorie snacks is probaly the only reason why I havent gained everything right back. I refuse to weigh at this point, but I now I havent gained it all back because my pants fit :) So here is to a better week next week! I swear I'm getting back on the wagon after this weekend. I seriously think that running is the only thing that kept me sane before that paper was due. I will test the theory with finals. And get these 8 or so pounds off! I WILL be skinny by Christmas. I WILL! My first Christmas as Mrs. White will be a good one. And I will not spend it worried about my weight.

Thats it for now.

A wedding picture. Thats all I got for ya! This is my husbands tie after it held a very close meeting with the meatballs we served. (I can't blame the tie really, they were ridiculously good) more..This is why I love my husband. Because even when I'm taking things seriously he keeps me grounded. I love that about him. He keeps me laughing. He keeps me out of my head. He keeps me "me".
I love you husband :)

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Tuesday Tunes--a day late

Monday should have been Music Monday, but alas, I was a lazy bum yesterday. And I would like to say it was well deserved. Very rarely have I taken an entire day off during the week. I will at least feel guilty if I do. But yesterday, not so much. It felt fantastic. Although now I really have to hit the books. Finals start frighteningly soon, and I am NOT ready. So the next couple of weeks will entail: teaching myself an entire semester of copyrights, making con law outline, BA outline, comparing PR outline with notes. Only 4 finals. SWEET! I had 4 last year, but writing didn't end so far from exams. I'm pretty sure our cite exam was decently close to finals. But this year, not so much. I'm done with writing FOREVER. OMG, that sounds amazing.

Now for Tuesday Tunes...which should have been Music Monday. I apologize :). Lately I havent really been listening to stuff that I want to blog about. Otherwise this would just be a tribute to The most magical internet radio. Unless you've been listening to it for 2 weeks straight. Then you get used to all the stuff they play. Oh well. It still gets me through.

Instead, here is one of my fav. John Mayer songs. I know there are some of you out there that sicerely do not like him. I am not one of them. I still love him and Dave Matthews for that matter. Its easy to listen to, and especially when it comes to Mr. Mayer, it can be pretty soothing when you're stressed. So here is one of my fav. songs of his recent album. I think it is kinda fitting for the current state of things.

Is there anyone who
Ever remembers changing their mind from

The paint on a sign?
Is there anyone who really recalls
Ever breaking rank at all

For something someone yelled real loud one time

Everyone believes
In how they think it ought to be
Everyone believes
And they're not going easily

Belief is a beautiful armor
But makes for the heaviest sword
Like punching under water
You never can hit who you're trying for

Some need the exhibition
And some have to know they tried
It's the chemical weapon
For the war that's raging on inside

Everyone believes
From emptiness to everything
Everyone believes
And no ones going quietly

We're never gonna win the world
We're never gonna stop the war
We're never gonna beat this
If belief is what we're fighting for

OK. no explanations. I just like this song. If you ask me why, maybe I'll tell you. But for now, its staying in my pretty little head.

Now if I can just convince the media to stop talking about the election......Seriously, I just wanna know "whats happening in my kneck of the woods" Al!! Hopefully it will all die down soon. I miss the Today show. Seriously, I dont even want to hear the rest of the Palin interview, because then I have to hear the commentary for the next 2 days. SHOW ME SOME FALL FASHION! haha at least at 8..maybe then I can manage to stay awake rather than fall asleep. I will say I'm looking forward to the "ends of the earth" segments. Mount Kilamanjaro, Sydney Harbour....the 7 year drought in Aussie-land. I'm excited. I can't help it. They said today it would take Ann like 8 days or something to summit the mountain. Well she better get on it! I need to see some snow!
OK. I feel like today will be a 2 blog day. So you'll have to wait for the later installment for something more interesting if this didn't fit your fancy.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Hello to all my wonderful blog readers! I know you've been waiting with bated breath for me to supply you with another look into my wonderful life....HA who am I kidding? ANYWAY.

This week was filled with little milestones. I'm done with Legal Writing FOREVER! AWESOME. and I hopefully never have to give another oral argument for the rest of my life. THANK YOU! And most importantly my son turned 7! I really can't believe it. Last but certainly not least, my very good friend Crystal got married on Saturday and I had the honor of being a bridesmaid. It was beautiful. And I am supremely jealous that she is on her honeymoon in Hawaii right now. :) I hope they have a great time and a wonderful marriage! Now I just have to convince her to get pregnant in 2 years with me :)

So what else has been happening? Nothing. My life was consumed by school last week.

There really isn't much to blog about today. Mostly because nothing happend, and mostly because I'm too tired.

As for Fit Friday. I'm taking the day off. Well, the week. I'll be back for regularly scheduled programming next week. This week was a total bust, I lost weight, I think. Both of my scales (yeah that's right I said both) are being stupid. My digital one is weighing me 4 pounds heavier than my dial scale. But according to my dial scale I gained a pound, according to my clothes, I dunno about that. BUT regardless of what I think, the scale is what it is. I gained a pound. BOOO. Must have been all that eating and not eating that occurred last week. But if you had a week anything like mine, you wouldn't have lost weight either. I promise. So I am ending this post with a big BLECH. Hope everyone else had a better week! Thank goodness for a good weekend!

This is a picture of what the VW Routan website thingie where you can upload your picture and someone elses says mine and Jacob's kid will look like. Not bad I say, Not bad at all. I would assume the mouth area wouldnt be so large, unless I had an affair with Jay Leno. But since I dont see that happening, this is a really cute fake baby!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Tired doesnt do it justice

The first thing you learn about in law school is sleep deprivation. I kid you not. I think they should teach a class on it, call it AWAKE 101 .They would serve coffee and sugary snacks and there would be no chairs. Why no chairs? Because the second thing they teach you in law school is how to sleep anywhere possible. I fell asleep for a short 5 minute nap on my computer yesterday. I have no shame. It was magical. So in AWAKE 101, I would not be able to have a chair. I would just figure out a way to pass out in it. I'm not sure what the exam would be. But it would not involve sleeping. Or maybe they would hop you up on mountain dew and make you try and sleep. I would ace it. See above :)

I have always been a sleeper. Always. I would consider it a hobby. But during the week I have discovered how to run on about 6 hours of sleep. I usually need about 8. 2 hours is serious business for me. I'm not saying that 6 is bad. But I am saying that it is difficult for me, the person who needs sleep, to operate. Because, since I forgot to mention it, getting to sleep is hard, waking up is hard, and having a good, uninterrupted, slumber is rare. I almost never wake up feeling refreshed. Unless its the summer. And I woke up at 11. This 6 hours of sleep is hard fought, and rarely fantastic.

But I digress.

Right now 6 hours of sleep would be friggin awesome. I havent gone to bed before 2 in a couple of days and I wake up at 7. Last night I went to sleep around 3. AWESOME. And tonight, I plan on staying up as long as it takes to finish this paper. Read: I plan to stay awake all night.

I should also inform you, the day before sleeping are freaksihly busy. Work Work Work. If I got paid based on the hours worked on a brief or studying for an exam, I would be stupid stupid rich. But alas, I do it all for free. One day I'll get paid and still not be able to bill for half the work I do from home.

How do you keep yourself awake during these times? Caffeine. In all shapes and sizes. Soda, coffee, tea. Right now water is a four letter word.


Law students should buy stock in it. Or any other caffeine based drink that gets you through the day. For boys I see a pattern that it would be those MONSTER drinks. They smell so bad. Like smarties, ground up, stirred in water and fructose.


OK. Enough complaining for the day.

Meaning: I will not discuss the outcome of the election. :) You're welcome.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Voting: like Nike, JUST DO IT

I dont want to hear ANYONE whine about long lines, inconvenience, any of it. Get your ass out there and vote. (and by the way, its called early voting people. you've had 2 weeks most places, my mom excluded, they did away with early voting where she is, lame)

But please. Try and be educated. Lets not vote for celebrity. Lets vote for the person we think can run our country without running it into the ground. I did. I know that doesn't mean we have to vote for the same person. But, I would like to think my faithful blog readers are able to think with their brain, not the media or internet. If you can't, I feel truly sorry for you, and I take back my instruction for you to vote. Please dont, sit at home, eat bon bons and watch the election I would prefer that you not participate in. :)

I digress.

GO vote.

Get free coffee, doughnuts, ice cream. And be glad you live in a country where you're allowed to participate.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Music Monday

I often find myself identifying with songs. Sometimes good, sometimes bad. So I decided that at least once a week I will post about a song that I'm diggin' or a song that is descriptive of what I'm going through or where I'm at. Brace yourselves, I listen to A LOT of music :). It is something that I truly enjoy.

In keeping with the previous post about my boy T.I.--I put his new cd on my ipod for while I run, but coincidentally I got stuck in my car by myself this weekend and just had to listen to my ipod to get the "I swear I'm not bitter I'm awake" juices going. And this is what I heard:
(yes, they are edited for the part I feel is the most descriptive. please see who I am talking about, so if you get offended for whatever I do or don't edit, sorry, sucks for you)

"My Life, Your Entertainment"
My life, your entertainment
You watch it while I live it (live it)
I walk they follow (ay)
I talk they holla (ay)
Just here for your amusement
My life, your entertainment
You watch it while I live it (live it)
You waitin' for me to lose it
I guess I'm just here for your amusement

See I don't think it would even matter
Woking a nine to (five) would it be better
I mean be honest, would you care to gossip about me
Not likely
I guess that's just the way that it goes (the way that it goes)

--Sometimes I feel like my life is on display (not from this blog by the way) Like every move I make gets picked over by someone with a fine toothed comb. I'm not saying I feel like a celebrity must feel, but get pregnant at 16 in a small-ish town, dont end up sucking at life and end up in Law School. Trust me, people talk. More of it is good now, unless youre a jealous B (then you just end up hating me because I didnt fail, and just live in your own jealousy and become a "hater" for no reason other that the fact I dont suck) But I still feel like people are just waiting in the wings for me to fail. To fall on my face so they can jump at the chance to point and say "see, I knew she wouldn't amount to anything"

So songs like this...they aren't me wallowing, they are my way of listening to them and saying you know what, sometimes my life is your entertainment, and I might be here for your amusment, but I'm not going to fail. Be amused by my ability to not let your crap and negativity get in my way.

And yes, you better believe, if I didn't go to law school, and just graduated college and gotten a 9-5 job, people would have a hell of a lot less to say. Sometimes girls can just be real catty. As long as you dont "shine" you're fine. But the second you're up on the choping block because you made them feel inadequate.

I'm not complaining. Just telling you how I feel. Now to finish, here is my favorite quote. When I was in college, I would find quotes, pictures, sayings, statistics and post them around my room. This one stayed up till I moved, right up with "Dont be a statistic"

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
--Nelson Mandela

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Fit Friday on Sunday

OK. really quickly, this past week was a beating. Most of the week it looked like I would end the week having gained a pound, but luckily, in the end I lost 2! Now I just have to manage to keep it off. I would like to say thank you to fit Friday, I now fit into the bridesmaid dress much better than I had previously. Thats what happens when you lose 5 pounds. Hopefully by Saturday I will have lost a couple more. I was really bad this weekend...stupid halloween. But honestly, I'm not eating very much. I'm so stressed out and while I have eaten bad stuff, its about all I've eaten. And that isn't very much. That is totally not to say I thin that is a wonderful idea, but I'll take what I can get. This Appellate Brief is kicking my butt. Usually I stress and want to just eat, apparently I'm passed that. Im eternally hungry, but can't actually eat. Awesome. Well I can, but only if its a cookie, pumpkin cheesecake or Halloween candy. Again Awesome.

Don't fret, there are meals. Yogurt in the morning this morning with granola, sammich for lunch with Fat free chips...and a few bites of a salad for dinner. So two meals outta 3 isnt bad. There was much snacking and consumption of caffiene inbetween. And sometimes, thankfully, caffiene is an appetite supressant for me. So that Venti non fat pumpkin spice latte did its job all day.

Thats it. Just didn't want to flake on Fit Friday!

Hope everyone had a much better go of it than I did!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Circular Inspiration....

My bestie K, well..she's the best. I inspired her to post about Loyola and Chicago. She took me on a wonderful photo tour of some of her favorite spots and some landmarks. I will now embark on a quick photo tour of my college experience. I also see some picture of Duncanville coming on, the kind that doesn't involve what's been putting my hometown on the news lately..sheesh.

My previous post included a picture of Samford Hall. It is "the building" in AU. It is just an administration building now, and I'm pretty sure they told us duirng orientation that it burned down a long time ago, so they put sand inbetween the walls so it would never burn all the way down again.
Next, my personal favorite, the ugliest building on campus. The Haley Center. My goodness. I cannot believe this bad boy got bulit, but EW. So this is my favorite picture of my favorite building on campus. Its from an anti war strike back in the day.
Next up, Toomer's Corner. The oak tree gets toilet papered every time we win a football game. SO basically its pretty bare this year. lol. The "Toomer's Drugs" sells the best lemonade that side of the Mississippi.

It wouldn't be a post about AU if there wasn't a picture of Mama G's. Best Sandwiches and Ghetto Nachos EVER. And no, you're not hallucinating, that is an Auburn water tower. AWESOME.
There WAS going to be a picture of downtown Auburn. Not campus. The town. But, drat. Google Images let me down. I found zilch. Nothing representative of the loveliest village on the plains. (thats what they call it you know. Also, I found zero pictures of duncanville worth posting. Stupid other candidate was there..there were plenty of pictures of him. Stupid. Oh well. Instead. MORE AU! woo hoo. In honor of my bestie...a picture of the business buliding. It doesnt match in about the same way that the Haley Center doesn't match, but I liked it. Mostly because it was insanely close to the parking lot :)
thats it. Any more and I might pack up my stuff and move back.


Hope you enjoyed!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Double Poster Disease

So I was trying to explain to Kristin the other day, the importance of the Auburn Creed. It is one of the few things I really identified with at Auburn that made me feel like an "Auburn Woman". I wasn't a part of any sorority, I didn't hang out with frat boys, in fact I might have avoided them on purpose. That will stay between me and you, blogger world. I digress. There are a lot of things that tainted my Auburn experience, but one thing that kept me connected was the Auburn Creed. It always plays, at least some of it, during Auburn games. It was written by George Petrie, whom I believe was one of the first Auburn football coaches. I believe in what it says, and it connects me to my Alma Mater in a way that some people don't get to connect to theirs. It makes me proud to be an Auburn Woman. It reminds me that being an Auburn fan and an Auburn Alum is about more than just winning and losing football games. Auburn will always be a part of my life and my history, and for that I will always be proud. It makes me believe in Auburn and love it! :)

I believe that this is a practical world and that I can count only on what I earn. Therefore, I believe in work, hard work.

I believe in education, which gives me the knowledge to work wisely and trains my mind and my hands to work skillfully.

I believe in honesty and truthfulness, without which I cannot win the respect and confidence of my fellow men.

I believe in a sound mind, in a sound body and a spirit that is not afraid, and in clean sports that develop these qualities.

I believe in obedience to law because it protects the rights of all.

I believe in the human touch, which cultivates sympathy with my fellow men and mutual helpfulness and brings happiness for all.

I believe in my Country, because it is a land of freedom and because it is my own home, and that I can best serve that country by "doing justly, loving mercy, and walking humbly with my God."

And because Auburn men and women believe in these things, I believe in Auburn and love it.

-George Petrie (1945)

All you can do is handle it

So as random as it is, one of my favorite songs right now is "No Matter What" by T.I.
I know, odd right? I do listen to rap music, but mostly just what comes on the radio while I'm listening to a pop-station. But this song really got me. Its a reality check. So since I'm talking about it, you get to hear my favorite part. And forgive me for changing it from slang, it just sounds silly to me.

"Life can change your direction, even when you didn't plan it. All you can do is handle it, Worst thing you can do is panic. Use it to your advantage, Aviod insanity, manage every obstacle, make the impossible possible. Even when winning is illogical, losing is still far from optional."

Thoughtful right? I've been going through a lot emotionally the past few years, and this song just helps me remember that its all about character building. Everything I've been through is for a reason, even when its hard, there is always some reason why its happening. I know that its hard, and school is hard, and being married is hard, and being a mom is hard, but at the end of the day all I can do is be myself and do what I can handle. Some days its less than others, and some days I feel like I'm super woman minus the awesome figure and cape. (even if she didn't have a cape, if I was super woman I would demand a cape, super MAN gets a cape, so why wouldn't super woman? I'm serious, I would need something to balance me out if you know what I mean, or else I never fly, I would just do somersaults from being top heavy. and again..I dont think she flew, but I would demand the power to fly.) the previous dialogue all happened before i realized that i was thinking about WONDER woman, not super woman. this occured to me when i did a google image search for super woman and found homegirl flying around with a cape. so you get a picture of wonder woman instead.

That is enough of the gushy girly stuff.

E posted a blog about dogs in costumes and I couldn't resist talking about Bailey's costume. Its awesome. She hates it, which with her attitude of late, makes it even better. She has been such a brat dog! Whining, staring, being doggy manipulative. I'm serious. If you dont think that dogs manipulate, you haven't met the right dog. I am the queen of giving dogs human characteristics. and I know Cesar Milian things its wrong. Whatever. My dog is my daughter, and I will treat her as such and suffer the consequences. The End. She is no worse for the wear and neither are we. So pplllttthh.

OH and I would like to say that I am innocent and do not appricate the "sketch" that my husband posted on his blog. :) Most of the cases that an item of clothing that has been "stolen" did NOT FIT anymore .Or was never worn. The most recent case of "theivery" was because its just comfy and wayy too big for me. So plllthhh to you husband. Maybe you shouldn't buy hoodies that are too big for you then I wouldn't steal them and snuggle up with them. Maybe you're the problem. :)

OK. That is enough blogging for right now. I do have a lot more to say, but I'll save it for another post.
its a purple monkey. she hates the part around her ears the most. hence the fact its under her mouth. lol

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Just call me a slacker

I'm ok with that. It wouldnt be the first time anyone has called me that. I pretty much live up to the name on a daily basis as well. I do just enough to get by without going crazy. Right now I'll take that. I'm not down for pushing myself over the edge. If you are, go ahead. More room for the rest of us. But if you're like me..lets all settle down, sit back, and procrastinate.

I like procrastinate much much better than slacker. Because lets be really honest, I'll get whatever it is that I need to do done, it just might not get done until the last possible second. I just haven't completely learned that lesson yet. I really should, but yet, here I am, procrastinating about my Appellate Brief. I mean, c'mon that thing isnt going to write itself...I'll get to it, eventually..I do it in pieces..they just aren't big ones. And its left me feeling pretty guilty at the lack of appellate brief that exists in my document files on my computer. Yep, you read it here first, I feel like a big lazy loaf for not having enough done. I dont want to waste this coming weekend working on this beast, but I will. Hopefully I'll get it written this weekend and spend the rest of the week editing. But who knows.

BLAH. I'm tired of talking about the Appellate Brief almost as much as I'm sick and tired of talking about this election. If I am forced to watch one more Obama commercial I might puke. I blame my TiVo for not knowing that I dont want to watch them and not letting me fast forward. Stupid TiVo. I take that back, I love my TiVo..please TiVo if you're reading this I'm truly sorry, dont break, YOUR MY BOY! Or girl, or electronic. whatever you choose, just don't stop recording my shows. They bring me joy and sanity when they are in short supply!! (sanity and joy, not the shows...I'm slightly addicted to TV so I have plently of shows..don't fret)

SO..back to the wait. nevermind. I cant do it. I cannot dedicate another part of MY BLOG to you sir. Mr. Election. I have a sinking feeling you're not goin to go "my way" even though I'll get my lazy butt out and vote. Because, lets face it, the man is just not on our side in this election. I've never seen such a one sided coverage of anything...even the Olympics that were only covered by one station were less one sided. LOL.

AHEM. Changing the topic to something infinitely more interesting.


I've got nothing that fits the bill. So back to blabbering incoherently about nothing.

I'm really looking forward to Christmas. Its not because of the holiday's per se, I just love Christmas. I am really excited to spend my first Christmas as an official part of the Griswold/White family. (its going to be my first WHITE Christmas...haha lol) I've had Christmas with them before, last Christmas was the first time I was there for Christmas and it was a blast. Jacob's family is a hoot. It is a LITTLE overwhelming at times, but awesome. I'm really looking forward to having some time to just relax too. I might not even read a book over the holiday. Over the summer I read a TON, and last Christmas I read 2 or 3 books. So this Christmas, maybe I'll only read magazines! I like it. Tabloids and Girly magazines it is!

Ok maybe this is enough blogging for now.

very quickly. someone needs to motivate me to keep eating well and running....i have lost all motivation to do anything other than just try and eat a little better than really bad and as far as running is concerned, i'd rather poke myself in the eye just sooo tired! so...if anyone has some motivation...please leave it in the comment section~ thanks in advance!

So picture time this post will actually be a homeade picture! Me, my brother, and my boy

Friday, October 24, 2008

Fit Friday!


Progress report.

I did really good all week. I mean REALLY good. I ran 3 times already and I am planning my long run for tomorrow morning. I started e-mealz, an email recipe program that emails you once a week with meal options. I picked the low fat program, its not a weight loss program, but its getting us to eat at home. The food is fantastic and we ate at home 3 times this week. We ate out last night and for a late lunch today (I'll get to today in a minute). But we're planning on eating at home tomorrow and Sunday so that is amazing for us to eat out only 2 times in one week. I made it through so far without a beer or wine, not that hard though, we just didn't buy any :). I didnt eat ONE 100 calorie pack. I substituted 100 calorie popcorn, I think that is better, but who knows, it helped me eat better all week, so if its not, I'll still take it for now. My snacking was so much better. I was really dreading coming home a lot of days because that's what I typically do when I get home. I go to the pantry and find something, then go back at least one more time before dinner. So even if I've done good all day, there is still the pantry deamon. Stupid. I should charge that thing rent!

So today...on fit friday no less...I. ate. so. bad.

Husband wanted Zaxby's (totally fantastic chicken fingers). I had planned on ordering the salad and just being done with it, but by the time I got there I hadn't eaten since like 930 and it was after 3. I ate 4 chicken fingers, some of my fries (not a lot) and sone homeade chips. And regular Dr. Pepper. Totally horrible I know. But seriously, it wasn't that much food now that I look at it. Not nearly what it could have been. So I'll take it as a "minor hiccup" in the process.

LBS: Before my little debacle today I stepped on the scale.
10/17: 67.1 kilos (this is when I posted, I can't remember if I actually posted that day or Monday, but we'll just go with the day it says on my blog)
10/24: 65.77 kilos

Thats 2 kilos! (3 poun ds!) Soo fantastic. Hopefully I didnt mess it up with today's little fiasco! We'll see in the morning I suppose!

So all in all it was a decent week, just one flub and some fantastic at home cooking!
I wasnt sure if we were all going to be putting a new picture up, I saw that It's Almost Naptime said she was going to, so I guess I'll join in! Hope everyone else had a good week!! We can do this ladies! Oh yeah, I got a haircut today too!! YAY! (disclaimer, this picture IS from day of food related debauchery so be kind)

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

This is Your Brain.....This is Your Brain on Babies

This blog was going to be about my desire to have a baby. But instead it turned into a lovely blog about my current recommendations for a more functional existence. And, I told Jacob's mom I have a blog, and personally, I like her and don't wish to give her a heart attack any time soon. So, no babies. (and in case you're wondering mama white, no babies for at least 2 heart attacks here :) )


I personally blame hormones and my inability to get a good nights sleep.

My obsession of the day is using "thats what she said". Whether it fits or not. I have hit some jackpots though. I did make Em. laugh pretty hard. She said it first, then I added was good times. Lunch a Taco C. with good friends is worth getting up at 545 to register for classes. Especially when you score some Starbucks with good friends along the way too.

So in blogging, I feel as thought I now have some responsibility to A. make people laugh..I know I should take this one more seriously, and in the future I promise, more laughing and B. I ought to impart my vast knowledge on the general blogger public (see..already with the laughing!!)

OK So I came up with some recommendations. For what I don't know. Just some general, do this don't do that kind of things.

1. Learn how to spell "recommendations" if you're going to use it. That red line can be very angry looking and ominous.
2. Not sleeping, waking up before the sun does, and then drinking A LOT of caffeine, then attempting to sit through class with a guest speaker..not a good idea. it leads to playing MASH (hilarious by the way) and a general inability to sit still, have a continuous thought, or keep your eyes on your own notes however minimal they may be.
3. Do not leave a roast in the crock pot all day (8 hours) it tends to get dry and taste like dirt. Really, I don't recommend it. UNLESS you're feeding a herd of 6 year olds with undeveloped palates. They freaking love it. I swear if Hayden could have licked the bowl he would have. So I will add "disgustingly dry meat preferably with the texture of dirt" to the list of things my son enjoys. It now totals 5. lol
4. Being attacked by spiders outside the car is equally as scary as one inside when you're working on 4ish ours of sleep. Because at that point spiders have super powers and can come through windows. I'm serious. I'm just trying to help you out here. You choose to listen or not. Its at your own risk really.
5. It is perfectly normal to sing it the shower. I recommend you do it often. What I do not recommend is getting caught by your husband mid "ditty" when you insist on dancing while singing in the shower. There ARE some things that even your husband doesn't want to know about. Put that on your short list, unless you're like me and don't mind being laughed at. I personally thought it was embarrassing as hell, but one of the highlights of my day.
6. Listen up. This is good advice. If you don't take it, its really you're fault when it happens to you. Because it will happen to you. I hope it doesn't but..if you are really tired, and I mean really tired, not ooh I'm sooo tired I only got 8 hours of sleep (if that's the case, we need to have a pow wow about your sleeping habits) I mean 4 hours of sleep, when you're only averaging 6 then attempting to come to school. This usually means you need some sort of caffeinated beverage. I do not suggest you get coffee without a lid. Unless you have the reflexes of a cat, in slow mow, in a matrix movie, on life 1 of 9. Because, you see, stress plus tired and caffeinated, means you will inevitably make a poor decision. This decision might even be to put said caffeinated near your computer. DANGEROUS. Chances are you will be minding your own business when WHAM. Your coffee jumps RIGHT OUT OF YOUR CUP onto your computer. This is when the reflexes come in. I'm telling you, ninja skills wont save you. Only cats in slow mow with lives to burn. Otherwise, you'll be freaking out about the number of things you just lost, or potentially lost and not about the fact you're supposed to be learning something. (assuming you're in class) However, if you're lucky, your computer will live. Like mine. :)

The end.

Pic of the day: My new family. Be jealous. They are pretty friggin rad.

Because Apparently Someone Forgot to Tell You

Apparently it is not common practice to inform people that when they have a runny nose, it is perfectly ok to USE A TISSUE.


That is all.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Regularly Scheduled Programming

Today I decided that I would come home and work. Well, unless blogging is considered work, we see how far those aspirations went. I am, however, sitting upstairs, at my desk NOT ON THE BED! I consider this a huge step in the right general direction. I have my book sitting next to me as well as all the necessary things to work on my appellate brief. But, alas, to bloggerdom I came.

Now, the first question might even be, hey Katelin, since you're blogging instead of working you must have something to say, something interesting perhaps?

Not so much. Sorry for the oh so unfortunate teaser. But alas, I'm just plain using my sweet sweet avoidance tactics and blogging instead of working.

Interestingly enough, a good real life and blogger life friend of mine recently (and very eloquently I might add) spoke out about Kangaroo-Hos (its becoming an epidemic you know). Now, you'll just have to figure that out on your own by reading her blog. But I digress. If you are reading this, chances are you know what I'm talking about.

I recently had an encounter, via my brother, with a Kangaroo-Ho. Many of you might know that my brother and his long time girlfriend (finace and the time thank you very much) broke up about 2 months or so ago. Well, his birthday was yesterday. And what did that Kangaroo-Ho decide to do on this very magical day? Call. I understand that she might have wanted to wish him a happy birthday, but in this particular situation I think that sending an e-mail would have sufficed. Or even a lovely text. BUT NO. Kangaroo Ho had to go and call. WTF? I seriously don't understand. They did NOT end on good terms, unless you consider him staying at my house for a week then every weekend since good terms. I dont know about you but I'm going with NO. What is NO for 200 Alex?

So anyway, I was supremely irritated. I just don't understad how that is a good idea. I just hope that when she called back she didn't open any more wounds for him, I'll find out later.

And last but certainly NOT least, I will cut and paste my lovely message to Kristin on facebook.
To all my facebook friends and future facebook friends. please, and I mean please here, I could insert FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS HOLY, but alas, I did not.

moving on, please do NOT tell me that you are sick on facebook, I dont mean sniffle sniffle sick, I mean I dont need to know that you are sick and throwing up. I may have, in the past, insinuated (spelled right the first time thank you) that I was ill, that my stomach was upset, but I cannot recall ever saying that I was sick and throwing up. maybe I did, but from now on, that subject is firmly off limits. I MEAN REALLY

SO what do we take from this lovely facebok note besides the fact that I was utterly grossed out by someones "status" message?
If you are ever in the situation to tell someone a quick snippet ( I dont mean blog, blog about throwing up, just please, make it funny) of 25 words or less that you are sick and throwing up. There are still things in life that I choose not to know. You and your bowel habits are one of them. If you do decide to violate this rule, please, delete your message, go BACK TO BED, or your bathroom, for I am sure that if you're really that sick, you probably shouldnt be informing people of it on facebook. THE END

PICTURE TIME. This picture is from the internet, as I have not taken any pictures in a while. I took my time trying to find something. This popped up on the 6th page or something for my google search of "vintage advertisements" and all I could think when I saw it was "that's what she said"..(technically "he" but you get my point)

Friday, October 17, 2008

To fit or not to fit, fat is the question!

LOL. So Emily posted on her blog about fit Friday. I don't know any of the ladies who are doing it. But I do think its a good idea. Maybe my blog can keep me accountable to myself (and others too I suppose). A couple of the other ladies put some pictures of themselves on here. I'll get to that. I took them, I just need to upload them..and see if I'm super comfortable with putting them on here. But the beginning of the process is setting some goals. Here goes nothing:

--run at least 30 min/3-4x per week, with one long run on the weekend
--get serious about a diet...less diet though, more healthy lifestyle. I dont know how I feel about "dieting". maybe cutting back on ice cream a little till I jiggle less, but in the end that is just being healthy. so lets say: get serious about eating more burger binge weekends!!
--no more alcohol until I get some weight off. the weekends are the hardest, because I mostly drink beer. aka, calorie busters. I'll do so good, then get a beer, then munch..and there went all the work I've done! beer. only wine, and only if I absolutely NEED a glass to wind down..(and it must be white)
--quit snacking so dang no more 100 calorie snacks in the house, period.
--no more eating late. 8 is the cut off, no late snacking (see the last one)

I think that about does it. I really need to get serious about this. We're supposed to be running the half in February, and the furthest I've run is 5 miles, less than half of the half. UGH! I really thought it would be easier to get on a schedule, but it isn't. It is really really hard actually. By the time Jacob gets home I'm just done for the day. 6 o'clock is dinner time and study time. So I guess I should come home and actually study now so that I can get on a schedule instead of coming home and either napping (oh how I love sleep) or watching 90210 re-runs from 1994. LOL. Ok. So in keeping with tradition, here is my weight as now: 67.1 kilos OMG..that looks so big. DO NOT GO CONVERT THAT~ please. Just trust me, its not good.

Overall Goal: 58.9 kilos
Goal by X-Mas: 61.2 kilos

That would be 5 pounds less than I weighed on my wedding day by Christmas, and I tell you, I can do it. Wedding should have been more motivation, but in the end I was worried about spending more money on alterations, and I was just plain stressed. And for me stress=eating.

I digress..My overall goal is what I figure is a good size for me. I've never really weighed any less than that, and it's what I weighed when I was in high-school and was playing soccer, but eating like a haaas. SO I figure, if I can work out, and eat well, that wouldn't be so bad! We'll see.

Final Goal: Stop using school as an excuse. My dad became a marathoner in Grad School. No more Excuses!

Ok. If I'm going to get real about this...Here is a picture to prove it. It is a side view...I'm so not ok with the front view. Not happening on here kiddos. Maybe when all is said and done. BUT not now. NO.

Here is to slim-down success!!