Long Weeks and Short Weekends…

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Well – it is Sunday again and I don’t know how your week went, but mine was long. So long. You’d think that when you only have to go to work 4 days instead of 5 that the week would be shorter, but this week was just long and stressful. Maybe starting my Monday by separating from my family and then having a bumpy flight from Dallas to Jackson just set me on edge. Maybe I was out of whack because of the time difference from Colorado to Mississippi. Both are unlikely, it is most like this was just one of those weeks. Whatever the reason, I was glad to see Friday at 5 and I am really not looking forward to Monday morning. I took several pictures this week and I even wondered the other night if I put too many pictures on my blog; but then it hit me that it is MY blog so if I want to post 100 pictures every day, I guess that is totally cool, huh?

Here’s hoping that this week is a vast improvement over last week – because I’m not a fan of last week. I’m so over it.

On to the pictures interspersed with some anecdotes about the week….

Glad to have me home on Monday night and already begging for a bite of my supper…

The office went to Cheri Barry’s re-election announcement at the carousel. While that wasn’t exactly riveting (I can’t even vote for her because I live in the county…) it was fun to see the carousel again after such a long time.
These are coming right along – although the tag in the pot said they were pink and white. Obviously, that is wrong.
I got mail on Tuesday! Fun! Fun! I love to get mail.

Wednesday was where the week really went from seeming really long to being stressful as well. When I got home from work on Wednesday, my dog was fine, playing in the yard like he always does and just having a grand old time. Five minutes later when I go to let him in, I discovered that he’d been bitten in the neck by a newly acquired neighbor’s dog. A dog that is about 5 times his size. Firstly: he is fine. Thank the Lord. He was very pitiful for most of Wednesday night and I would be too if I’d been chomped in the neck by a 100+ pound Husky. Secondly: this just opened up a world of problems. I don’t feel safe letting him outside to play anymore because all I can think of it that if the dog had bit a little bit harder, I might not have a dog anymore. Watson has Small Dog Syndrome – in that while he only weighs about 19-20 pounds, he thinks he weighs about 120 pounds and so he has no intention of backing down from any dog that comes at him. It’s just been an added stress that I worry about now – sigh.

I had my dog’s blood on my hands – not cool. He got some chicken and spinach as part of the healing process…
Bright spot on Wednesday? Bath & Body Works had their candles on sale and I had a gift card. Now at least the house will smell like Spring until the weather catches up permanently. 
Not feeling so great with a hole gouged in his neck…

Thursday was pretty dismal mostly because it rained for a large portion of the day and that always tends to make a person dreary. Watson and I caught up on our TV shows while a storm raged outside the house on Thursday night. I don’t remember lightning being so bright as it was on Thursday night but luckily while it sounded ferocious outside, it wasn’t actually ever too bad.

Raindrops keep falling on my head…
Watson hopes he can beg for some supper since he is still recovering from having a hole bitten into his neck.
Thursday dessert – leftover Valentine candy from my parents!
I discovered on Thursday night that Watson is more afraid of thunder than of bath water when he crept into the bathroom after a particularly loud clap of thunder and settled himself on the rug until I was done in the bathtub. 
Watson now gets driven to Nanny’s each morning to avoid getting munched on again.

Friday night I was really lazy – which is saying something because if I don’t have plans on Friday nights then I usually try to do laundry or clean up a little bit while I watch a movie. I didn’t do anything but watch movies/TV on Friday night. I was a completely lazy bum and I actually really enjoyed it.

On Saturday, I discovered just how very hard it is to keep your pet entertained when he’d really rather be outside. You see, I’d let him out with caution on Saturday morning but it made me a nervous wreck… especially when minutes after he came back in, the dog that bit him was walking through the middle of my yard. I’ve seen the dog that bit Watson no less than 5 times in my yard since Watson was bit and so just letting him out for a few minutes makes me a nervous wreck, but at the same time I can’t exactly walk around with him leashed all day long. It is crazy and causes unnecessary stress to say the least.

Trying to get him to play with his monkeys – as you can see, he is like “no way.”
We now have to be leashed in our own front yard to prevent getting eaten…and as I would learn on Sunday, sometimes even that isn’t enough.
Signs of Spring? I hope so!
Kisses from Watson while we are outside on our walk. Sweet puppy. 
Getting his owie cleaned – he was very good about this all week long.
Daffodils – again. 

Watson and I walked outside about 4 times on Saturday, I did laundry, cleaned the house and read. I made waffles on Saturday night and we watched more movies: Argo and Battleship. Argo was the perfect example of what an excellent movie should be; Battleship…well let’s just say it had Alexander Skarsgard and that was about it’s only redeeming quality.

The best part of Battleship…and spoiler alert; he doesn’t even survive for a full hour of the two hour and fifteen minute movie. Fail.
I thought I’d chop up some Dove chocolates to go in my waffles. I chopped my finger too. Chocolate in waffles – good. Blood in waffles – not good. 
The fiery sunset on Saturday night.
Chocolate chip waffles with coconut syrup. And don’t worry, I gave Watson a bite of regular waffle and not the chocolate infused flavor. I’ve already been working too hard this week to preserve his life.
The full moon over the trees while Watson and I were walking before bed.
I was trying to catch a picture of him stealing a Frito from me and this was what I got – it is actually pretty hilarious. He looks really thrilled about his bite of Frito.

Sunday…today has seemed fast and slow at the same time. Sunday morning came too fast for me and the afternoon has gone by too fast as well, but other times have seemed to drag. I played with my boys at church and tried to take a Sunday afternoon nap but when Watson started staring out the window and crying to go outside, I knew we had to make a change of plans – so we went to the lake for a little while. And now the headache that I started to get after lunch has grown with each passing hour and since I’m about done here, I’m going to take more headache pills and lay on the couch in anticipation of watching the Oscars tonight. I’m not too invested in any one person winning beyond Jennifer Lawrence – she has swept it so far at every awards show and I hope she wins Best Actress tonight for “Silver Linings Playbook”. I’d love to see Bradley Cooper win Best Actor as well, but I think Daniel Day Lewis probably has that category all tied up for “Lincoln”. I could get behind “Argo” or “Silver Linings Playbook” winning Best Picture and I’m pretty shocked that Ben got jilted for Best Director because “Argo” is amazing. That being said, that’s all I’ve got when it comes to the Oscars. A little over 2 hours till it all goes down…

Two of my favorite little people, who seem to understand every week that they should come sit on my lap so I can take out picture. They’re both so smart!
Going to the lake to escape the terror of taking a walk in our own front yard….
More signs of Spring…I can feel it, it’s coming!
Gatsby? What Gatsby? – I don’t think I appreciated this book as much in high school as I do now.
At least somebody got in their Sunday afternoon nap.

Colorado Springs: Part Three

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The third & final post about the trip to Colorado Springs – because I know you’ve all been waiting with baited breath. All 3-4 of you that read this. 🙂 We ate a light breakfast on Sunday morning because we had lunch plans with some friends and then we went back to the Academy to get some pictures and let Lindsey show us a couple more things.

She gave my Mom and I a small replica of the class ring she will be getting in the next couple months (month? It is soon, I know that…) as a way of thanking us for the love and support we have given her over the past 4 years she has been at the Academy. It’s hard to believe that we only have one more Parent’s Weekend to go before she graduates. It seems like only yesterday we left her at the Prep School and now she is just a little over 15 months away from graduating and being commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Air Force. It’s mind-blowing y’all. I’ve worn my necklace every day since she gave it to me.

It’s so tiny…but still so detailed at the same time. Amazing.
Mom and her new jewelry – and by the way, this is a great picture of my Mom!
Posing on the Terrazzo…Sunday was another beautiful day!
The marble stripes on the T-zo…Squadron 20 had performed a spirit mission & dyed the tiles green, so there was a little bit of mint spirit residue was left behind, ha-ha!
The chapel is never not beautiful…
I love it. That is all.

We met our friends the Goebels at Olive Garden for lunch. My parents met the Goebels back when they were all stationed at Vandenberg AFB in California; I’ve known Lisa since she was born, since I was born just a bit before her. We attended each other’s earliest birthdays before we all parted ways when our parents were stationed all around the country. Lisa is married now and has the most delightful little dumpling of a baby boy named Hudson. I was so glad we all got to have lunch and I got to meet sweet Hudson, he was just the sweetest little guy!

Getting some Hudson cuddles – they were delightful!
Lisa turned me on to this – it’s orange soda & vanilla cream mixed together. She learned about it when she worked at Olive Garden during college. It was good stuff.

We decided after we ate that we were going to just take Nanny on a tour of some of the sights in Colorado Springs; that way she didn’t have to get out and walk around if she didn’t want to, but she could see all the great things that there are to see in the Springs. I took quite a few pictures at this point because the scenery in Colorado Springs is just too beautiful not to be taking pictures – I don’t know how people who live there get used to seeing that every day. Maybe it just becomes habit, but I’d hope if I lived somewhere with views that beautiful, I’d be thankful every day. All I see out my front door is scraggly trees, bramble and the street. It’s not exactly thrilling.

On the grounds of the Glen Eyrie Castle – which borders Garden of the Gods…
Glen Eyrie Castle – just as awesome as the last time I saw it, because hey…it won’t ever quit being a castle and castles are awesome. That is all.
We stopped in the bookstore for a minute (bathroom break!) and Lindsey found this little “yam”…which yes, I know is called a ram. It’s an inside joke from when she was about 3-4.
The Rocky Mountains – Pikes Peak is on the left of the picture, all topped with snow!
Catching a breeze at the overlook – this kid always looks like she is trying to soar away!

Okay – maybe I took more pictures with my actual camera than with my phone. I know I took all these scenery pictures because the scenery is too great not to photograph. After we had cruised around town, Lindsey suggested we go to Lulu’s to get yogurt because my Mom said that was something she’d like to have. I got some delicious lemon yogurt with strawberries on top and some coconut yogurt with chocolate flakes on top – delicious. Lindsey got some kind of crazy mixture of red velvet cake with cake batter and then swirled in just about every fruit topping they had, along with some chocolate toppings. It looked like sludge to me…but she ate every bite. I just don’t know about that kid sometimes…

We went back to the hotel again because we watch “Once Upon A Time” on Sunday nights and we were pretty excited that the 3 of us would get to watch it together. We hung out in the lobby, I checked Nanny and I into our flights (too soon…too soon!!) and then while Mom poked around on the computer, Lindsey and I talked to Dad and then plotted and planned what the next vacation would be. You see, we’ve made this pact with one another that no matter what, every other year we will go on a vacation together – just us. No matter what. And I kind of love that about our relationship. I’m really blessed to have such a great relationship with my sister because I know everyone in the world doesn’t get along with their siblings like we do. It’s just one of many blessings. After “Once Upon A Time” went off, we went to eat a later supper at Cheddars and then it was back to the room to pack up, get some sleep and head home. All too soon.

Plotting and making pacts. We’re very good at these things.

Monday morning dawned early and cold – our flight left at 10:25 and it was really all too soon, but as with any vacation you have to take the moments and store them away to cherish. Which is what I’ve done.

It snowed a little bit overnight. Brr!!
Good-bye Colorado…until we meet again, I shall miss you!
Airport artwork in Colorado Springs – it was light and airy, probably because it’s in an “air”port…hehehe
Saying see you again soon – not goodbye!

The flight from Colorado Springs to Dallas was smooth and easy, which was really nice. I can’t say the same for the flight from Dallas to Jackson – it was like being jerked around on the end of a string. Way too much chop for my taste and it made the 55 minute flight seem like it was an eternity. I was so glad to see the ground in Jackson and ready especially to see my pup!

The almost alien looking landscape somewhere in between Colorado and Texas…
The weather was gorgeous in Dallas – if only I could have left the airport to explore…
A bumpy flight…but I got a couple nice pictures.
He was happy I was home and excited to ride about 100 yards in the car to the house. Silly pooch.

Well – I guess that’s it for now. Even though I’ve only had work 4 days this week, it has seemed like one of the longest weeks ever and to be honest, it hasn’t been so great. I’m thrilled that today is Friday and I have big plans for tonight: DOING NOTHING. And I’m going to do so with my lovely little dog, because like me..his week has also been pretty rough. Hope you have had a better week than me and hope that you have a wonderful weekend because I’m certainly going to try.

Colorado Springs: Part Two

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Here we are again – for part two of the Colorado Springs weekend adventure! There are going to be three parts to this because I realized that I just took so many pictures. And these are only the pictures that I took with my phone, I have plenty of pictures to fill up a Facebook album sometimes this weekend. I feel like pictures can often say more than words could say; sometimes there aren’t adequate words to describe certain things and you know the saying “A picture is worth a thousand words”. I think that statement is pretty accurate, so without further ramblings from me…away we go on part two…

We started Saturday morning with breakfast – yay for a waffle station at the hotel. I probably should have taken a photo of the glorious waffle that I crafted on Saturday morning. It was topped with strawberries and whipped cream and it tasted pretty amazing if I do say so myself. Also, I’m not sure what kind of coffee they were brewing at the Academy Hotel, but with some sugar & vanilla creamer it was absolutely delicious and I drank some every morning. I wish I had some right now. After breakfast we were off to Denver to see Red Rocks Amphitheatre. I’ve never been and it was certainly a sight to behold. I really think I need to go to a concert there – maybe I should add that to my bucket list?

Red Rocks Amphitheatre – In one word: Incredible
Posing at Red Rocks – I’m so cheesy y’all!
Apparently dinosaurs used to roam where Red Rocks is and this is my hand in the footprint of an Iguanadon. Not a creature I would have preferred to share any landscape with.
Lindsey and the jaw of a T-Rex. Again, no thanks.
Feet next to the S on the compass, because we are some Southern girls.
Absolutely beautiful. Glad I got to see this.

After we surveyed Red Rocks, we decided that we needed a little afternoon snack. We knew that there was a Gigi’s in downtown Denver and since my Nanny had never experienced the magic of Gigi’s cupcakes we decided that was where we had to go. I know there are different baking rules for high altitude and I’m pretty sure that is what made the difference, but these cupcakes tasted a little different somehow. Not bad, but just different. They were a bit more dense than the ones I am used to having in Jackson. They were still delicious though and I think my Nanny approved of all 4 flavors that we tried.

Lindsey with our “mascot” – Robert the cow.
View as we were en route to Gigi’s…more of those gorgeous red rocks.
Chocolate Chip Cheesecake, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Scarlett’s Red Velvet and Italian Creme Cake. The red velvet was easily the best and we all agreed on that. It was the cupcake I chose. 😉

We were gifted with absolutely beautiful weather on Saturday and Sunday, so in an effort to take advantage of the gorgeous outdoors we went to the Denver Zoo because Lindsey has been before and was pretty impressed with all the animals they had. The Denver Zoo is pretty huge, so we rented a wheelchair for my Nanny – not necessarily because she needed one but because we didn’t want her to get worn out wandering the zoo. The altitude in Colorado can really do a number on you if you aren’t used to being in such thin air. Of course, when my Nanny wasn’t using the wheelchair Lindsey and I made sure that we got our money’s worth by riding in it. Also, I do think that Lindsey craves jet engine speed with any vehicle she is manning…including a wheelchair. She was driving Nanny around the zoo like it was the Daytona speedway. Thankfully, Nanny seemed to think it was great fun as opposed to fearing for her life. I rode in that wheelchair with Lindsey driving – it was touch and go at every moment. High adrenaline stuff. That being said…on to the animals!

A little monkey napping on a branch – he was cuter in person, this picture didn’t quite capture his sweet little face. I guess the bars are kind of in the way…
A sun bear, ironically enough..laying out in the sun.
A grizzly bear – I’m telling you, these things are absolutely massive. I think if I ran into one in the wild I would save that bear some trouble & just go ahead & die of fright.
I took this picture solely for Nickolee because not only did it say Madagascar but the Gallery of lemurs was called the Malagasy Gallery! My Mom & I were pretty excited about that. 🙂
Some kind of rock penguin that doesn’t necessarily have to live in the cold..they were all hiding in their burrows…
I told this goofy animal to smile…this was as good as she could give me. Silly Nanny.
A monkey just roaming free overhead in the Elephant Passage – he took a bathroom break while he was hanging up there and every little kid within 100 feet was reduced to a puddle of giggles. What is it with little kids and the toilet?
A statue of Ganesh in the Elephant Passage; they believe that more elephants in India are being saved because Hindu people worship Ganesh and the likeness of the god is that of an elephant. Thought that was pretty neat.
If only this peacock would have fanned out his tail – it would have been amazing.
Sleepy snow leopard…all the cats were asleep. That figures.

Lindsey took us into downtown Denver to the Cherry Creek area to get some supper at a place called the Cherry Cricket. It was one of those places that look like a hole in the wall, but the food was excellent. I ate an amazing burger with bacon, Swiss and barbecue sauce on it that was killer. And the house made guacamole was to die for, especially when mixed with the salsa.

Yes please – I’ll take a jar to go.

After we had finished eating, we headed back toward Colorado Springs and made a short stop at the outlets at Castle Rock. We made one last stop at Starbucks where I got a tall Vanilla Spice Latte, which was delicious and then we headed back to the hotel. Mom and Lindsey played catch-up on one of their favorite new shows and then we all crashed, another good day under our belts. Well…until part three, that’s the end!

Colorado Springs: Part One

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On the road again….or maybe I should say, flying the friendly skies again! I am becoming quite the jet setter these days, which is ironic since I really don’t like getting on airplanes at all. Unless I’ve taken my meds and then I’m totally cool with it; give me a window seat and lets get this party started. This trip was unique because my grandmother was traveling with me; so I had some company to keep my amused on the plane rides. My grandma and I have a really good relationship and we are able to have really good conversations, so I was glad to have her for a traveling companion. We started our journey on Thursday afternoon at 3 when we set out from my office for Jackson and our flight to Dallas…and then on to Colorado Springs.

*This post is going to have to be split up into 2-3 posts because I realized last night that I took a ton of pictures and I can’t/don’t want to make a post that is a million miles long. So, enjoy part one and part two will come along very soon!*

The sun set while we were waiting to board our plane…the perfect end to a day; knowing you’re headed to see family.

Traveling buddies! My Nanny is a real trooper – she travels like an old pro.
Dallas from the sky…

We had really calm flights, for which I was immensely thankful. Even though I take calm pills, I still like everything to go fairly smooth because too much “chop” tends to set me on edge. I was really hoping that in the Dallas airport I would see some evidence of the show “Dallas”…like maybe a sign for the show or even a sign advertising that you could visit South Fork. A co-worker informed me that if I happened to stumble upon certain cast members in the airport I couldn’t just jump them. I made no promises as to that, but it didn’t really matter because all I saw in the Dallas airport was the Skylink train, a standard issue Hudson News store where I bought a granola bar and lots of older people eating McDonald’s fruit and yogurt parfaits. Not even a single sign of anything “Dallas” related in Dallas. And yes, I know…I have a slight obsession. It is totally okay.

Ah – the hotel. I was glad to see this site at 11:30 on Thursday night. 11:30 Colorado time, so 12:30 to my system.
My Valentine gift from my Momma & Daddy – chocolate & gift card “bouquet”. She is crafty y’all, I’m always impressed!

I slept like a log on Thursday night but once it was about 7:30, which felt like 8:30 to me…I was ready to get out and about. Colorado Springs is so gorgeous and even though it was chilly, I was ready to get out in the midst of it all, to see the mountains, breath that clean, cold air and see the Academy again. It doesn’t matter how many times I go to the Academy, I am always blown away by how beautiful the setting is and the level of dedication that each of the kids there possess. Because they are kids and they have knowingly signed up for a college experience that is a vastly more challenging and difficult 4 years than what most of us will ever experience; if we are ever challenged that much at all in life…but I know that it is also vastly more rewarding in the end as well. I’m always just overwhelmed with pride at knowing that my little sister not only wanted to do this, but has done so immensely well at it. I don’t call her Beast for just any old reason!

Back at the Academy again…yahoo!
I think the Air Force Academy Chapel may be one of my favorite places on Earth. Absolutely breathtaking every time I see it. Which is probably why I never get tired of taking pictures of it.
Just glorious. Have you ever seen such an impressive pipe organ, because I haven’t….
The Catholic Chapel at the Academy – the mosaic work is amazing.
I had to check out the Buddhist temple – it was too intriguing not to.

Side note on the whole Buddhist temple thing – the Academy has to cater to all faiths because it cannot be seen showing favoritism to one religion or another. The Buddhist temple has these little poofs that you sit on to meditate; I just had to sit on one. Why you may ask? One of my little sister’s friends used to go to the Buddhist temple on Sundays when he had his chance to attend a worship service. His mother got a little concerned that maybe he was having a crisis of faith…but Lindsey set his Mom straight real quick; he was going to the Buddhist temple because while they meditated, he could sneak in a short power nap! Ha-ha! I had to test the poofs out for myself and while I’m a hardcore lover of Jesus, I have to say…maybe we should replace pews with poofs. Although maybe they aren’t really conducive to paying attention because they’re so comfy.

I’m such a nerd – when we were in the visitor’s center, I realized that I could see my reflection in the miniature of the chapel. Well, I just had to take a picture of that. Ha-ha!
The Academy from the overlook – beautiful as always!

Once Lindsey was done for the day, we sprinted up to her room (seriously, they only gave us 30 minutes) to gather her things and headed out for a weekend away from the Academy. We had to make a short stop at the Association of Graduates building and check out the new gift shop – which worked out great for Lindsey and I because we got some awesome headbands. I’m already planning my outfit for the football game at Parent’s Weekend and it revolves around my headband. No lie.

Our blinging Air Force headbands – love it! Wore it the rest of the day.
I think we look just a little bit alike – don’t you?
Go Air Force! Now I just have to find a whole outfit to wear solely to go with this headband. I’ve only got 6 months to plan…

After we decided to hang out at the room for a little while, mostly because my Nanny said we had worn her out. You see, my family can go all day and never slow down when we are on vacation…but we realize that isn’t how most people vacation. My family thinks that when you vacation, you need to see as much as you can see in the time you are given; I’ve been conditioned to go, go, go and sitting in a hotel room for more than just a couple hours starts to make me stir crazy. Thankfully, I had Lindsey to chat with, a book to read and every once in a while I would just stare out the window at the mountains. They are absolutely breathtaking and when my Nanny first saw them on Friday morning, she exclaimed “that is beautiful, just like a painting!” You are so right Nanny. A painting by the master painter Himself. After we finished up some of Lindsey’s laundry, we headed out to get some supper at a local restaurant called the Rocky Mountain Brewery (I think that is right…Lindsey will correct me if it isn’t…) where I got a BBQ Bison Burrito with homemade black bean salsa. It was delicious. I’m a really big fan of bison and I really wish it was available here in the South. I could do some good cooking with some bison!

BBQ Bison Burrito and sweet potato fries – delicious. It was agreed that I picked the best meal of the night.

After we finished eating, we tried to coerce Nanny into going to the movies with us to see “Safe Haven” since she has read every Nicholas Sparks book ever written. All she wanted to do was go back to the room, take a bath and go to bed…so we obliged her and then set out for the theatre. I’ve also read every Nicholas Sparks book ever written and I love them all. I’ve seen a lot of criticism of this movie but I have to say, I loved every minute of it. It had been awhile since I’d read this one, so I didn’t remember the little twist at the end – but I loved it. I also loved that Cobie Smulders was in it since she is on one of my favorite shows, “How I Met Your Mother” and I think she’s pretty great in most anything she is in. If you like a nice romantic movie, go see this. I’ve seen where the critics have really panned this one, but as I’ve come to find out…if the critics hate a movie, I usually love it. I think most movie critics are very cynical and it’s nice to hope for love and romance as a possibility in this crazy world.

Yep – I give it two thumbs way up!

Well, I’ll leave this one at an end here. Part Two will be following shortly, maybe even later today. It all just depends on how the rest of my day goes. Until then, enjoy this post! Have a good Tuesday!

The ABC’s of Me…

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Ok – so you’ve probably seen things like this before & I completely stole this from another blog that I love called The Sowell Life. She posts daily & I really need to be that good…so in an effort to maybe add a little more content, I decided to add this today. I’ll be posting later this week about all the good times that were had in Colorado Springs…but for now, hope you enjoy this small insight into who I am!

All About Me….Sort of….

A — available or married?
     Available…single…not spoken for, but I’d be glad to have someone change that! 🙂

B — book?
     The book I am currently reading is “A Dance of Dragons” which is book 5 in a 7 part series called A Game of Fire & Ice. The show Game of Thrones (coming back on 3/31/13!!!) is based on these books & they are excellent. The books that is. The show is pretty great too.

C — cake or pie?
     Cake. Always cake – especially red velvet. Not that I’d pass on pie, but given the choice…always cake!

D — drink of choice?
     Sierra Mist

E — essential item?
     iPhone, which I know might be sad…but that thing has everything I need on it; a Bible, my contacts, the internet, the weather, my music, etc….

F — favorite color?
     Blue. Always blue. A rich, royal blue.

G — game to watch or play?
      I enjoy watching football, I like playing Taboo, Scattergories, Clue…games that make you think!

H — hometown?
     Meridian, MS

I  — indulgence?
     TV on DVD…I kind of like to be able to watch my favorite shows again & again & again…

J  — job?
     Benefits Management Group…don’t even get me started…

K — kids and their names?
      I plan to have them one day…& I’ve already got names picked out, but I’ll save those for then.

L — life is incomplete without?

M — music group or singer?
      Maroon 5

N — number of siblings?
     1 delightful little sister

O — oranges or apples?
      Apples all the way, unless the oranges are those little mandarin oranges.

P — phobias/fears?
     Bad weather, flying, heights…wow…I sound kind of like a spazz, huh?

Q — favorite quote?
     Can a Bible verse be considered a quote? I like “”Now faith is the confidence in what we hope for, the assurance in what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1

R — reason to smile?
     I’ve been saved by Christ so everything else is just icing on the cake.
S — season?
     Autumn because I love the nip in the air, the colors & smells of Autumn & it kicks off the start of the holiday season: Halloween, Thanksgiving & then…CHRISTMAS!
T — tattoos?
     Nope. And I don’t see it changing because I hate needles… Maybe I should have added needles to my phobias list? Sheesh…
U — unknown fact about me?
     I have no idea…this one is stumping me. Not that I don’t have unknown facts, but I don’t know what I’d really want to share. So…maybe we will say pass on this for now & you can just imagine all kinds of crazy things.
V — vegetable you love?
     Peas & Butter Beans
W — worst habit?
     I worry about everything, all the time. I think I probably get headaches from worrying. I need to get a handle on it.
X — X-rays you’ve had?
     No more than 5; I’ve never broken any bones…
Y — your favorite food?
     It used to be macaroni & cheese….& it probably still is, but I’m really expanding my horizons as far as food is concerned so I think this really just depends on the day & my mood. I like good food in general.
Z — zodiac?

A Weekly Wrap-Up…Early…

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So – this is the Weekly Wrap-Up that I normally do…but you’re getting it a few days early because I’m leaving on a jet plane (sing along…you know the words!)…and I won’t be back till Monday night! I’m going to Colorado Springs to spend a few days with my sister, my Momma & my Nanny. It will be my Nanny’s first time visiting Colorado Springs & seeing the Air Force Academy, so I’m sure looking forward to having a great couple days in the Springs with some of my family!

This week has seemed to speed along for a little while & then grind to a halt & drag at times. I guess when you’ve got places to go & people to see that’s what happens. So far this week hasn’t really had anything that thrilling to speak of – no unexpected packages, events to attend or otherwise random fun to be had. I just went to work, came home, ate supper, slept…repeat steps through 3 again. We’ve been very chill this week, at least at home. The evidence of this is below; Watson’s yoga poses:

I don’t even know what he is doing…

This definitely isn’t downward facing dog….
Let’s play the staring game – don’t be the first to blink!

Sunday night was kind of crazy – the weather was really bad in MS on Sunday. My Alma mater, the University of Southern Mississippi really took a beating in the storms, especially since a tornado saw fit to roll right down Hardy St in Hattiesburg. Thankfully, it wasn’t too bad in Collinsville, although you wouldn’t know that from Watson’s reactions. I went to church on Sunday night & did what I thought was the kind thing & left him inside. When I came in I had to search the house for him, only to find him hiding under my bed. Not only was he obviously terrified of the weather…but he’d had some kind of wild freak out in the bathroom – my rugs were tossed around like crazy. That silly dog, I just don’t know about him. He’s a mess for sure.

The crazy rug pictures are below – as well as several others from this week, thus far. Hope y’all have a Happy Valentines Day. Or as I still like to call it, Singles Awareness Day. *sigh*

I mean – what in the world?
I asked him what had gotten into him – this was all I got in response.

Someone brought donut holes to the office – FAIL.
A brief glimpse of the sun on the way home Monday afternoon – it rained so much. Most of Sunday, all day Monday & most of Tuesday. Blegh.
Water water everywhere…and not a drop to drink…
My porch was more like a dock….
Watson on the ottoman, ready to watch Bones & Dallas on Monday night.
Tuesday started out so promising…but that only lasted about 15 minutes.
Tuesday night – the rain was getting to us all.
My once sad Daffodils were so happy to see the sun on Wednesday – even if it was only out in brief spurts…
This is the “why are you packing that bag, I don’t like it” face…
I fit everything I needed into a bag that is just a carry-on. I’m kind of proud of myself.
Watson’s face this morning when he saw the suitcase. My heart broke just a little bit.
I think I did pretty good though – it doesn’t look too fat!
Another sad packing face from Wednesday night. Bless his heart – I told him he could be my carry-on.
Just taking a picture before I left on Thursday – he refused to look happy.

The End!

Unexpected Encouragement

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“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11

 I’ve already posted these pictures – so this isn’t really a new post or anything. I just wanted to elaborate on these pictures a little bit more. I’m sure some of you have seen the Facebook status that was going around at the beginning of the year about random acts of kindness. The idea is that five people respond to your post and sometime during the year, you will get a little happy, book, surprise in the mail. The catch is that you in turn must post the challenge to your status so you can pass on the kindness. I thought it seemed like a neat idea, so I commented on the status of one Victoria Johnson. She is seriously crafty – I’ve had her make an anniversary gift for my parents last October that was amazing and was a really big hit with them. She needs to open a business. She needs an Etsy shop (maybe she has one & I am totally clueless, which is too possible) because she has skills. Anyway – enough on that.

Wednesday was pretty much like any other Wednesday & I was just completely glad to be headed home after another day of work. I knew I was expecting packages from 1-800 Contacts & Pet Meds, but neither of those deliveries is that thrilling, right? I mean – the Pet Meds are to Watson because he gets a free dog bone, but that’s about it in the thrill department because he hates the meds…especially since they gave him a bad fur day. Oops. I’m rambling. There was a third package & when I saw who it was from, my first thought was that I’d asked her to make something & completely forgotten about it. That made me think that I probably was supposed to pay her & hadn’t…so I had a mild freak out, ha-ha. About halfway home it hit me what this was – I had responded to her random acts of kindness status & that was really the only explanation. After that realization, I was excited to get home & see what was in the box.

A box full of happiness!

I was not disappointed. The contents of the box are enough to make anyone feel mildly weepy, but there was also a really lovely card stuck to the top of it that I read before I even looked at the picture. I’ll keep the card to myself (not because it is scandalous or anything…) because I don’t really think I need to share that, but I was already crying a bit from reading the card & then I looked at the framed print & really started crying. I’m pretty sure my dog thought I’d lost it at this point. That & he just really wanted me to open “his” package so he could have his dog bone. It was really a nice moment.

Settled in the new place of honor in my kitchen!
Really nice words – I need to be reminded of this sometimes.
This was such an unexpected surprise…but more than that, it was an unexpected encouragement. It is the kind of encouragement that I can look at every day. I don’t necessarily get down on myself or depressed, but certainly there are days that are not as good as others. There are times when I wonder what the world is coming to & I think that maybe there are no good people left in this world – but then little things like this happen & I have to re-think my whole philosophy. I think that is a good thing though. I’m always looking for good things that make me see the world in a better light. So – thank you Victoria. You made a good day even better & on a bad day, this will make it a little bit better.
*Side note – only 2 whole people commented on my status when I made it the random acts of kindness post…which kind of bummed me out, especially since this so made my day. I’d love to make some other people’s day(s)…so if you read this blog post & comment about it on Facebook, I’ll take the first 3 comments & add them to the 2 people that I’ve already got. Mom & Victoria – you can comment, but you don’t count. Ha-ha!