April…Where Have You Gone?

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Another week has passed and another Monday is here. Mondays, as they usually go; aren’t exactly the greatest day. I’m getting a package in the mail today from my sweet parents, so this Monday has a built-in bright spot already. Here’s to hoping the whole day will go well.

Monday’s blue skies…these are from last Monday, obviously!

Okay, in case anyone hasn’t noticed; I have developed a full on Game of Thrones obsession. Seriously, love watching the show and most anything that has to do with it. I think one of the main reasons this show draws me in is that it is so intricate in the plot lines; there is so much happening and to watch this show requires attention – it’s a show that you have to focus on. The relationships, the plot lines, the twists and turns that you won’t see coming (unless you’ve read the books, which I have)…it’s basically one of the, if not the best show on TV right now. I think. I honestly wonder sometimes how people who haven’t read the books are able to watch the show because of all the information that she books provide. Of course, I’m just a big nerd and so I love knowing what is going to happen and then seeing these crazy talented actors bring to life the stuff I’ve already read in the books. Every episode is fantastic; last night’s was no exception. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau deserves an Emmy for last night alone, just saying. If you’ve never watched it – get into it. Or maybe read the books first.
So – I bought a cook book based on food from the show. That’s right. I’m going to whip up some beef and bacon pie, some pork pie, breakfast on the wall…even some lemon cakes. Lemon cakes that Sansa would be jealous of. Ha-ha. That’s right folks, I’m going to do some medieval cooking up in my kitchen!!

Books about Game of Thrones – because yep, I’m a nerd. Who wants to come eat?
Detail on one of my books – it’s the history of Westeros. Again – I’m a gigantic nerd. I’m completely okay with that too.
I need to vacuum out my car – someone got in with dirty feets….
Exactly. I think I’d die….
A lovely package on Thursday – my Thirty-One order! Can’t wait to use this stuff, Watson has already taken several walks with his new leash.

I have been growing my hair out now for months and months and months…I don’t think I’ve had hair as long as this in years. When I say years, I mean…since I was about ten. I’ve loved having really long hair, but on Thursday I finally decided to give it the chop. Let me preface this by saying I absolutely love my new hair do, but I guess I either didn’t realize just how long my hair was or I didn’t realize how much I was getting cut off. My wonderful hair stylist has wanted me to cut it for awhile, but she always does whatever I ask, even if it isn’t chopping off all my hair. She looked at the picture I showed her and went to town. When she was done, I loved it…and then I looked down at the floor and couldn’t believe I’d had that much hair!! My head felt so light and I’m loving the new do…but man, I guess my hair really was long!

Seriously – that cannot all be mine, right?
Taking too many selfies because I’m in love with my new hair!
Watson using his new leash for a Thursday evening walk…
Watson with his “friend”…that he isn’t quite sure what to think of.
Friday afternoon snack.
I swear – Wal Mart gets so much of my money. But I guess you’ve got to eat, right?
Nature walk with the little fur ball…
Friday night snack…
A girl at work had these on Friday, I made it my mission to find them on Friday night. Victory!
We went shopping on Saturday morning – I guess W thought he’d drive home?
A weekend full of presents – baby shower, birthday and wedding. Whoosh!

Oh hey – guess what? I got the best news ever on Saturday afternoon! My splendid little sister called to tell me that she’d be making her way down to MS to visit for about 5 days in the month of May. Too excited for this; I cannot wait to see my sweet little sister. I’m not sure what kind of mischief will get up to, but there are only 15 short days between now and when she comes!

Oh yeah!! Can’t wait for mid-May!

Speaking of little sisters, another crazy thing this weekend – McKenna turned 15. Whoa! I have known McKenna since before she was born and I’m pretty sure I was one of the first people outside of her family that held her at the hospital. She is like my second little sister and I’ve been watching her grow up just like I did Lindsey. I spend Saturday evening having cake and ice cream at her house and then seeing her off to her first prom. It made me feel old y’all. It also made me see how quickly time can pass – 15 years have flown by like 15 minutes.

Happy 15th Birthday to you!
The cute lil couple, all matchy-matchy and bound for prom!
Seriously – where has the time gone? I barely remember the people in that top photo.
And yes – she’s taller than me. She’d be taller than me without heels. Wow.
Such a beautiful young lady.
Visiting with Nanny on Saturday night – he’s listening intently to what she was saying.

Since Watson has been living as an inside dog these days, courtesy of the neighborhood attack dog, he spends a lot of time sitting at the front door. Well, on Saturday night I had shut the front door and that presented a problem for Watson. Not one to be deterred by a little shut door, he got down to figuring out the window. I’d had the windows open all day to let in a breeze and he kept going to the window, trying to sort out how he could see out of it. He’s done this before, but I moved some things around and he thought his path was blocked. Well..as you can see, he figured it out and then spent the next couple hours peering out into the dark night, growling and barking at Lord only knows what. Silly dog.

Watson on the scene – playing the role of security guard.
Slipped this one in just one more time – because I love this picture.

It came a flood on Sunday afternoon, which made for perfect nap weather. I managed to shake myself from sleeping for a couple hours to wade through puddles with Watson and go to a baby shower for a friend. It was one of the cutest showers I’ve been to in a long while, Dr. Seuss themed and absolutely precious. I rounded out my evening watching Once Upon A Time and of course, Game of Thrones! I spent the last little bit of my night reading, curled up in my bed. It was glorious.

Here comes the rain…and thunder…
Seriously cute couple and seriously cute shower. Loved every minute!
Watson got in several naps on Sunday afternoon, taking advantage of the rainy day.
Some photos from our rainy Sunday afternoon walk.

April is almost over y’all – 2013 is just streaming on along. Since we’re already a third of the way through 2013 (really, can you believe that??) I guess I can say that so far, it’s been alright. I’m not sure if it’s been what I thought it would be but I don’t know if life is ever that. So, here’s to seeing what unfolds in the other 2/3rds of this year!

I’m Running Out Of Titles…

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Yeah – exactly. I keep trying to think of cutesy, tongue-in-cheek titles for these posts each week and they just fail me. Maybe it is the state of my brain when I write them? I’ve got Monday brain when I do these things and I think that makes a difference in the quality. Example? I just spelled makes as amkes…I mean, hello dyslexic thinking! I’m going to certainly blame that on a bad case of the Mondays/tossing and turning last night in bed and move on; I love a good Sunday afternoon nap but sometimes I think they cause me major strife when bedtime rolls around on Sunday night. Oh well…onward!

This past week moved fast and the weekend moved even faster. I felt like I was basically useless when it came to getting things done on Saturday….but let me not get ahead of myself.

Someone in the office decided to share leftover gummie bunnies. They were amazing, obviously.
Sometimes he acts so much like a kid as opposed to a pup that it just kills me – look at that face? Hugging his stuffed hedgehog? Yes, it completely kills me. In the best way ever.

Quick interjection – last Monday night (4/15/13) was the second season finale for Dallas and the big question hanging over the show was; yet again, who shot JR? I don’t know if any of you out there watch Dallas (except Mom, I know you watch it Mom) but I have to say, I was not so pleased with the outcome. I’m not going to elaborate on that since maybe you will all decide to develop an interest in the show, but suffice it to say that my Mom and I (who have regular text conversations during “our shows”) were both like, “wait…what?” at the end. So…maybe it will get renewed for a third season, because I do love some John Ross and also because, I’d hate for that to be the way it ended…because that just didn’t do it for me.

My “baby” in the backseat on Tuesday morning. He loves getting to ride to Nanny’s each morning, even if it is only about 50 yards away.
So true. But it will make the numbers on the scale go up. Decisions, decisions…
Brilliant

Let me explain the above picture: Nathan Fillion, who plays Richard Castle on the ABC show Castle is also a huge fan of Game of Thrones and he came up with those absolutely amazing Bingo boards to use while watching the show. I’m torn now, because when I watch Game of Thrones, I assume the position of rapt attention and don’t normally respond to anyone or anything for an hour. If you’ve received a response to a text message between the hour of 8-9 on Sunday night, you should feel special. Anyway, I digress… these Bingo boards make me wish I had someone to watch with so we could actually play Bingo. Of course, I was so completely engrossed in the episode last night that I forgot about it until after the episode ended. It’s a conundrum really, but a good one to have.

No interest in watching Duck Dynasty on Wednesday night…he just wanted to mope.
The threat of crazy weather on Thursday night…which actually turned out to be an idle threat here. Just a little wind, a little rain & a rumble of thunder.
He just couldn’t take it – he crashed on Thursday night. Too funny.

Friday night had that glorious routine feeling to it and sometimes that bothers me, but this week it didn’t. I washed all my clothes on Friday night, ate pizza (this is a weekly routine) and watched both a movie and a small Game of Thrones marathon (the first 3 episodes of the 3rd season were on). It’s an addiction y’all, but it’s a good one. I read while I laid in the bed and that was also wonderful. Basically, Friday evening was just great.

I’m telling you, there is just something so wonderful about a lazy Saturday morning. I love them and at this point in my life, I get to have them a lot more often than not. I like to think I’m banking the extra sleep for one day when I need it; if only it worked that way. There is some kind of magic (at least to me) about being able to just lay in the warmth of your bed and know that if you really wanted to, you could lay there all day with no real consequence. Once you get out of the bed though, that spell is broken and I usually find something I need to take care of. This Saturday I was pretty worthless when it came to doing things. I managed to clean my bathroom and tidy up around the house a bit, but otherwise the day was spent laying around watching a random movie on HBO, reading some chapters of a book, meandering around the yard with my pup and just being lazy. It was good. I also watched the movie We Bought A Zoo, which was so good. Matt Damon was killing me with the tears, but they were warm fuzzy tears. Oh yeah…and I cooked red beans and rice; which was delicious.

Coffee….so good.
Colorful ingredients! It was smelling good in my house Saturday afternoon!
Delicious? Oh..yes indeed it was.
I just like how colorful this picture is…all the green and pink! And the yummy!
Throwback to earlier in the week – trying to keep cool with 2 fans. I refuse to cut my AC on before May. I refuse.
Silly boy – we were trying to send a picture to Mom & Lindsey. He is obviously thrilled.
The faces he makes….
I’m going to have to do something about the begging…he really is getting a little too forward.

Sunday morning was fun, which was nice because sometimes my Sunday mornings can become stressful at a moment’s notice. I spend Sunday School cuddling a little sweetheart who normally has nothing to do with me, but suddenly this week I was her favorite person. I’m going to be honest, that is a lovely feeling. She took a liking to my necklace and wore it for over an hour. Sweet girl. I also got to spend some time with a good friend and hang out with my little buddy for an hour; he was as sweet as always and I love passing the time rocking babies and talking to friends.

Precious – oh yes indeed.
My buddy – so glad to get to cuddle him again, even if only for a few minutes. He’s busy being a big boy these days.

Sunday afternoon was more laziness, napping, reading, walking with the little pup and doing just a little bit of tidying up around the house. The weather on Sunday afternoon was wonderful and I wish that I could let my sweet Watson run free…but right now, he just can’t. I prefer a live dog as opposed to a dead dog and the threat of being jumped is always there. *sigh*

What you looking at there buddy?
Late Spring…just a few pictures from in the yard, around the house & in the car.
He wanted to visit Nanny…but she wasn’t at home.
Watson says “hey Mom, I’m way cuter than those dragons and direwolves on Game of Thrones, right?”

Well, I guess that’s about all for now. Monday is more than halfway over, at least for me. Just got to make it about three more hours and then I’m home free until Tuesday morning. Hope this week is as good as last week was, granted…the weekend can certainly feel free to move a little slower.

The Routine of Day to Day Life

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Routines are what makes the world go round and I happen to be one of those extremely organized people that loves to have a good routine in place; although recently I’ve been itching to break out of the routine, if only to find a way to establish a new routine…

I told y’all, I like structure and organization. So, how about a little look at what my day to day looks like? It’s riveting stuff, I promise. 🙂

• My alarm goes off at around 6:45…because I love to sleep. Love it. My alarm is not bells/whistles/etc…because I cannot stand that being the first thing I hear when I wake up. Currently my alarm is the Game of Thrones theme, before that it was the Dallas theme…it changes…

• If I wake up before my alarm goes off, I will check emails, Facebook or Instagram on my phone. If I’m awake quite a bit before my alarm I may even look up a video on YouTube. Sometimes I just lay there and stare at the ceiling, enjoying the last few minutes of calm before the rush of the day.

• I have to put my contacts in as soon as I get into the bathroom because without them I am BLIND. Blind as a bat.

• Brush the teeth, fix the hair, put on the make-up….

• Clothes, then body spray before jewelry because someone once told me that getting body spray all over your jewelry ruins them. Then, body spray or perfume!

• I get my lunch for the day packed and open the blinds to see what kind of day it is going to be…

• I let Watson out of “his” room and then I sit in the chair to read my Bible. Once I’m done with that, I might check some things on my phone or just sit and look out the window until 7:20 rolls around.

• I have to drive Watson over to my Nanny’s house in the mornings; this wasn’t a part of the routine but ever since the attacks I get to cart my dog around like he’s my child. He loves his morning rides, even if we only go 100 yards next door. Goofy puppy.

• If it is Monday, Wednesday or Friday I go get the mail for the office, if it’s Tuesday or Thursday I get a few extra minutes at the house before driving the 25 minutes into work. Usually I pass the time by talking to either my Mom or my Dad.

• Once I’m at work, I make the coffee for the day – that’s right, I’m like the office barista. At least, I try to look at it that way.

• Once I’ve had my breakfast (either yogurt or a bagel with coffee) then it is done to the business of work, work, work…with a quick break from 12-1 for lunch and then back to work, work, work…till 5!

• If I have mail to take to the post office, I leave at 4:55 and head for the post office and then home. Again, I pass the time either talking to my Mom or listening to music.

• I pick up my little Watson from my Nanny’s, where she always give me a full report of how many times he has been out and how many time he has used the bathroom during the day. Ha-ha! Thanks Nanny!

• Once I get home, I have to decide what to have for supper. It usually hinges on whether I actually feel like cooking anything or whipping up something that doesn’t involve much; like last night I felt the urge to cook, so I made chicken, potatoes and green beans but the night before, I warmed up leftovers. It is all dependent on the mood.

• I normally listen to music while I cook and I clean up the kitchen, unload the dishwasher or tidy up in the midst of all that.

• I normally watch some form of television once 7 o’clock rolls around; I watch several shows: How I Met Your Mother, Bones, Dallas, Castle, Modern Family, Duck Dynasty, The Vampire Diaries, Elementary, Once Upon A Time and Game of Thrones…which all come on at different times, on different nights. And seeing them all written out makes it look like I watch too much TV – but I’m single and only have a dog to take care of, so I guess now is the time to do that sort of thing, right?

• I usually take a shower or bath before I go to bed because I’ve discovered that when I put my hair up slightly damp, I have instant wave! Who knew? Plus, it buys me more time to sleep in the morning, which is SO important. I finish off the evening by reading in bed and then it’s off to sleep…to prepare to face another day of the routine.

So, there you go. A little look at my day-to-day routine. I know, it is amazingly fascinating and I’m sure you’ve been on the edge of your seat reading this. Hey, it may not be much but for now it’s life and I’m sure one day when my life is far more hectic I’ll look back on these “boring” days with a fondness. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see, right?

Blink & You’ll Miss It

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Well – here we are again, at the start of another week. I swear, the past week went by so quickly it seems like it wasn’t even here. Hence the title of the post; because if the week went by that fast then the weekend went by even faster. I wish for once there was a way to make the week speed along and the weekend slowly pass – but if I had the power to manipulate time, I think I’d do a lot more than that. I guess that is why we mere humans aren’t able to do those things.

This past week was a really good week – probably in part because of the speed with which it passed; at least the week part of it. The days were fast, but they were also good. That isn’t always the case, so it’s nice to have weeks like that. Anyway, I think I’ve rambled enough about the week passing…on to pictures!

Monday night – being pressured to let him out. I appreciate the cuddles, the looks of begging & the kisses on the hand, but it just isn’t happening dear dog.
Begging for a bite of red beans & rice – if I could get a nickel for every time this dog begs, I’d be rich. Very rich.
He loves him some Beggin Strips…almost as much as he loves getting a bite of real bacon.
Office flowers – they are so gorgeous & are something small that makes me smile at the office – which doesn’t happen often.

I think I was most looking forward to Thursday of this week because I had a supper date with the Roberts. I’ve known Nickolee since we were three; we’ve been friends since we were three, twenty-five years is a pretty healthy base for a friendship don’t you think? Nickolee, her husband Steve & their daughter Ryleigh have been in Madagascar for the past (almost) 2 years working as missionaries with the Mahafaly people & they are home for about 5 weeks for a wedding. I was actually nervous about seeing them, which now seems so silly to me because as soon as I saw Nickolee all those nerves disappeared and I knew I was seeing my precious friend that I’ve known since I was small. I guess a part of me just worried that in 2 years we’d both changed and maybe it would be too much…which was such an unfounded fear, because Nickolee is one of those friends that I will always be so close too; she is a lifetime friend and that makes me so happy and blessed.

Ryleigh was five months old the last time I saw her and now she is almost two and a half – it was such a hoot to see what a funny, fascinating little person she has become since the last time I saw her. She reminds me a lot of a mini-Nickolee, but of course as Nickolee explained, Ryleigh spends all day with Nickolee when they are in Mada, so who else would she be like. Personally, I think that sounds just fine – Nickolee is a wonderful woman of God and an amazing friend, so if the world is getting another person just like her it will be all the better for it.

I promise she didn’t completely hate taking a picture with me…I don’t think…ha-ha!
Kisses from my love on Friday morning – I know you like my beautiful scarf, courtesy of the Roberts…all the way from Madagascar!
The breakfast of champions on Friday morning at the office.
I do love Superman – hopefully this movie will be a little better than the last one…it’s been almost 2 years since Smallville went off, I need my Superman fix.

My weekend can either be fairly active or absolutely lazy – thankfully this weekend was a combination of the two. I thought it was going to be absolutely lazy and I was somewhat worried that by noon on Saturday I’d be completely stir crazy. Watson & I spent Friday night taking a handful of short moonlight walks in the yard in between watching commentary on some episodes of Game of Thrones. Yes, you read that right – I am one of those nerds that watches the commentary on TV shows that I like; because how else would you really get the inside information on how the episodes are made? I cleaned a little bit on Saturday morning along with being something a bum…which is what Saturdays are for…but by about noon, I was getting a little bored. Thankfully my friend was in town and since he studied for a period that he deemed long enough, he came over on Saturday evening to save me from the monotony of passing another Saturday night on my own. Sunday was spent traversing the roads back and forth to the church – first for morning services, then for a shower and then again for evening services. As I’ve heard my Mom say, I was ratting the roads all day on Sunday!

Commentary on Game of Thrones – I mean, how else would I know Lena Headey was drinking Tesco grape juice for the hours that they filmed this? I wouldn’t have known…but now I do.
TV time with Watson – he was obviously so interested in Dallas….he could care less who shot JR.
Another perfect blue sky kind of Saturday.
My Grandma says dogs eat grass when they have an upset stomach – well Watson must have been feeling rough on Saturday because he treated the front yard like a salad bar.
Trying (and failing) to get a little bit of sun on Saturday afternoon.
Supper at Los Rodeos with David – those people are going to assign us a booth, we eat there way too much.
New shoes! I saw them 2 weeks ago but refrained from buying them – so I told myself on Friday that if they still had my size, I could get them. There were 3 pair left…& one was my size!
It poured on Sunday morning…so we had to have our afternoon walk through the puddles. Thank goodness for rain boots!
A wedding shower for a dear friend’s son – the food was good, the conversation was good & the couple was so sweet.
Oh yeah – I bought these shoes too…because they were on sale & they were absolutely awesome. I just couldn’t resist because shoes are my weakness.
Sometimes I organize what I’m going to wear for the week…sometimes I get excessively organized & lay out jewelry & all, because I am just that crazy I guess. Sure makes the mornings easier.
The best way to end the weekend – a car ride with my pup, a bubble bath & a new episode of Game of Thrones. If only Sunday evening could last forever.

Back to Reality…

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The past week has been interesting – I guess I should just leave it at that. It is always interesting to have to return to normal life and the routine of work when you’ve been on vacation. I’ve tried to make the most of the past week but it’s hard – all I can think about is trying to get back to Virginia as soon as I can. I miss my family, I miss my friends…I even miss the new friends that I’ve made when I visit my parents. It’s the struggle of making life work in one place when your heart want to be in another place – which sounds like I really dislike my life in Mississippi – and I don’t. I’m just ready to pursue life in another place and see what the world can offer outside the lines of Mississippi.

Trying to keep my desk colorful – it helps makes the days better. Sometimes.
The paw print of the attack dog next to my dog’s teeny foot – absolutely crazy.
He knows he’s been caught – rolling around & sleeping on the clean sheets. Good grief!
Exactly. This sums it up perfectly.
I’ve got him well trained – he knows to sit still & pay attention when Game of Thrones is on; especially when there are dragons or direwolves onscreen…

Tasting a bite of Turkish Delight – he was a big fan, but it was a little too chewy for him to eat more than a teeny bite at a time.

I made the mistake a few weeks ago of letting Watson sleep on my bed; he’d just been attacked by the neighbor’s dog and wasn’t feeling so bad. I felt horrible for him and so I just let him sleep there. I probably should have put an end to it after that once, but I didn’t. Now he will stand at my bedroom door and cry if he can’t get in to the bed…so I give in, because I’m a complete push-over apparently. He has somehow managed to figure out how to get IN the bed…not just lay on it. These naps on my bed, they may have to end soon. Little sneak!

Look what I can do Mom – isn’t this where you usually sleep?
Yet another gigantic paw print in my yard. Boo.

I don’t have a lot of pictures from the week itself – which is not the norm for me, but I guess I wasn’t feeling too into taking photos. I’m not sure, it just seemed like other things took precedence or there wasn’t anything to photograph but my dog…and while I love those pictures, I’m sure the only other person that doesn’t get tired of them is my Mom, because he’s basically the only grand kid she has right now.

Friday night, David came over so I could introduce him to the awesome TV show that is Game of Thrones. I’d already given him the first book in the series and while he is reading it, he says that it has to come second to his law school books – which I guess I understand. I suppose maybe that is more important, but I know it isn’t nearly as entertaining. I made supper using a recipe I got from Lindsey (which, surprise…wasn’t sure I’d ever say that since the kid really doesn’t cook much) and then we had a marathon. That was basically the excitement of my weekend. My life is thrilling, to be sure. 😉

Supper…before. I totally forgot to take an after; well, I forgot & David started eating it…
He’s better than an alarm – I always know someone is coming up the walk when Watson gets excited.
My newest kitchen tool is a little devil that you use to pull hot pans toward you to get out of the oven. Too funny!
Saturday morning errands with Mom!
Spring flag – just $1.50 at Dollar General for a little extra cheer.
I love the way red beans & rice smells when it is cooking – Watson & I both walk around sniffing the air, ha-ha!

Spring has definitely sprung in the past two weeks and Watson and I have been enjoying a lot more time outside. I’m so amazed by the blue skies, green trees and all the little flowers that spring up everywhere over night, so expect more outdoor pics for the next few weeks – it is all too pretty to resist!

This look of apprehension on his face kills my heart – he used to run around this yard like he owned it & now sometimes he is anxious to leave the porch. It kills me.
A random flower that has bloomed around this old branch – no clue what it is, but it sure is pretty.
The azaleas are pretty big this year – much bigger than I remember….
You couldn’t replicate this color blue…it is too perfect.
I’m going to re-do my bedroom to this color scheme – the blues & greens of Spring.
Easter bunny candy – Key Lime Coconut covered with Chocolate it was nothing but delicious.
He was so angry about staying in on Sunday morning. I try to tell him it is for his own good – but he’s not buying it.
No more babies – both of my boys have moved up & now I don’t have anyone to cuddle. At least for a few weeks.
Again – this sky amazes me. I need to move my office outside if it is going to look like this…
Spring has sprung! Flowers, sandals & painted toes!
Flowers in bloom outside the sanctuary!
Pollen – the one downside to all this gorgeous Spring weather. Everything is covered in a fine layer of yellow.

Sunday is also Game of Thrones day – at least for the next 3 months and if it isn’t obvious, I’m just ate up with it. It is one of the best shows on TV right now and I spend an hour every Sunday night completely engrossed. I was telling a friend last night that I laid across the ottoman to watch last night’s episode and was so engrossed that I didn’t move for the full hour it was on – which was a major mistake. Once the episode ended, I went to hop up and thought I was going to die. Maybe I’m not young enough to lay stretched out on my stomach for an hour anymore…oh well.

It was in my People magazine…most of them are only sort of similar, but the on in the bottom right – I’ll never not see that now when I see Jaime Lannister.
I let Watson ride to church with me on Sunday night – as you can see, he loved every minute!
Brienne & Jaime – they are easily 2 of my favorite characters & will be my favorite storyline this season.
My new Life’s a Hoot thermal from Thirty-One….this one is gonna make me smile when I see it.

I’m the Kinda Girl Who….

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I’m the kinda girl who…

• would rather have sweet tea than hot tea any day – I’m Southern y’all!

• loves my penguin pajama pants & I try to put them on as soon as I get home every day OK – not every day, they do get washed, ha-ha!

• wishes I had a personal hairdresser on call 24/7 – I see all these neat hair-dos but I am not so great at making them reality.

• loves to be loved.

• thinks prayer is vital & has seen the effects of prayer on my life.

• loves coffee & is still surprised by that – I used to hate it, but now I can go through 2-3 cups a day.

• can live on macaroni & cheese – of almost any variation.

• loves to play hostess.

• would love if there was an extra day in the week called laundryday or housecleanday…so I could use Saturday to be lazy or do my own thing.

• loves to be surprised.

• would rather shop for someone else than herself – sometimes. 😉

• remembers being the Momma when we played house in Kindergarten; I’ve got the house, I need the hubby & the baby.

• believes you can never have enough nail polish.

• could spend major cash in Sephora in just a matter of minutes – good thing the closest one is over an hour away.

• cries when laughing at something HILARIOUS.

• loves instrumental music if it is the soundtrack to a movie or show I love.

• loves to cook, but hates to clean up afterwards…*sigh*.

• hasn’t pinned down my favorite fragrance – I like to mix it up, but Himalayan Blue is coming out a winner.

• doesn’t love the color pink but I do love the color blue.

• thinks her mama’s cooking is better than your mama’s. Ha! So is my Daddy’s cooking!

• daydreams all day long…it is a constant state for me.

• thinks Beauty & the Beast is the best Disney animated movie. Ever.

• wishes I knew how to grill because I miss hamburgers on the grill and grilled chicken.

• has an obsession with making lists, and crossing things off – it’s a thrill.

• has more than one calendar & I love crossing things off of all of them. It’s an addiction.

• when alone in the car, sings at the top of my lungs…I even hum loudly to instrumental music.

• would love to hang out with the cast of Game of Thrones…or Bones…or How I Met Your Mother.

• enjoys being a blogger – just wish more people would read it.

• is a TV junkie but I do not like reality TV.

• thinks my pup Watson is the cutest, most wonderful pup I’ve ever known.

What kind of girl are you?!

Virginia in Pictures

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The only thing that can make me get up so early the moon is still the only light in the sky? Travel.
Window seat on plane #1 – here we go!
The landscape from the sky….
Nothing but clouds – and scratches on the inside of the airplane windows. These clouds, because of the sunrise; looked almost just like cotton candy.
Maybe it is the sleep deprivation, the meds or a combination of both – but I tend to take a lot of selfies while flying….
Breakfast of champions in the Memphis airport!
So – this guy crushed me the entire second flight. Thankfully I was sleepy, so I just kind of hugged the window & slept, but his elbow was in my ribs for the entire flight. And that was with him hugging his arms to his body to “make room” for me.
Winging it….
I thought it was supposed to be Spring – why do I see snow?
Down into DC we go….
Oh look – it’s my favorite sister! Ha-ha!
We love hats! And wow, I look so sleepy in this photo…wake up Natalie!
We just couldn’t take it – Lindsey’s hat was too funny.
Quite possibly the best ice scraper ever – my Dad won this at a Christmas party, Lindsey & I discovered it in the backseat of his car & had way too much fun with it. It’s designed to keep your arm dry while you get the snow off.
My family loves me – they got me a copy of the Game of Thrones TV Guide & had it waiting for me at the house. And Lindsey even picked the cover with the Lannisters on it because Lindsey knows I think Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is foxy!
Home Sweet VA Home
Ice cream cake for my Mom’s friend Jennie’s birthday!
Watching Over the Hedge with Jimmy & Emily – so sweet!
Easter sweets from all my Mom’s friends!
Coffee on the couch at the house – one of my favorite parts of being at home.
The Potomac & The Shenandoah rivers coming together at Harper’s Ferry!
It was a little chilly down by the river!
An old church in Harper’s Ferry – it was having some work done, but it was still awfully pretty.
Harper’s Ferry West Virginia
Ginger found some ginger in the candy store – ha-ha!
I love the little details on the roof of this house!
Just a bit windblown….
We stopped to get custard – I said I wanted a little bit. Apparently a little bit means something very different in WV…
Lunch at the Bavarian Inn – I chose to branch out & get something other than fries; they’re parsnips & carrot “fries”
River views from the back yard of the Bavarian Inn
This stuff was actually pretty good – there was even a rose flavored piece. Definitely some unique candy.
Pedicures with Rachel!
Lindsey & I both went with shades of green….
Filomena’s had some incredible Easter decorations…and even more incredible food.
Desserts like I have never seen – Turtle Mousse cake at the top, Fruit Tart Cheesecake to the right and Spumoni Cannelloni cake on the bottom. All of them were amazing.
Rachel & I with the random Easter donkey & the basket full of bunny babies…
In Jack Wills – a British clothing store; I liked the coat.
The line at Georgetown Cupcakes – we waited about 45 minutes. It was worth it though.
Look at all that goodness!
Smile – you’re at Georgetown Cupcakes!
Georgetown
Lindsey suffering from a sugar crash…
Yum, Yum & Yum – they were delicious.
Cherry Blossom Cupcake – vanilla cupcake with cherries in the batter & vanilla butter creme frosting. So yummy & the closest I got to a cherry blossom all week.
Lindsey in Beast mode, doing her morning exercise!
Just doing something different with my hair for Thursday – it may have been inspired by Cersei’s hair on Game of Thrones, although hers is usually much more elaborate. And also, blond.
Lunch at the Spring Water Tavern (I don’t think that is the right name) on Thursday. It was delicious. Everything we ate all week was pretty much delicious.
The stairs in an old house turned antique store.
The door knocker – I couldn’t decide if this was really cool or slightly menacing, but I loved it.
Looking out the window of the Tavern
This behemoth of a burger – BBQ sauce, bacon, cheddar cheese & an onion ring. It was awesome – even if I did have to unhinge my jaw to take a bite.
Spring House Tavern – I knew I had the name wrong! Pretty delicious place to eat.
Meems Bottom Bridge
My favorite chips at the Route 11 chip factory – they are delicious!
The Summerlin ladies at the covered bridge.
There was a giant cootie bug outside Shenandoah Caverns – I played this game all the time when I was teeny & this completely tickled me.
Snow on the way to the top of the mountains…Winter is holding on fast in certain places.
Breathtaking views at every turn.
These icicles were intense – some fell while we were taking pictures & it was pretty dramatic.
The good life – warming your feet by the fire at the lodge.
We found tons more hats at the Copper Fox Antique store & made my Dad become our photographer.
Sparkly shoes in the sparkly snow. 🙂
Heading back down the mountain toward the more Spring-like weather! Good-bye snow!
The neatest little bridge over the river – this was behind the antique store.
A little mountain creek flowing through the field.
Lindsey & my Dad love perusing antique stores & VA has plenty for them to hunt through.
Just being silly in another antique store.
Introducing the epitome of silly – this is obviously where Lindsey & I get our goofiness from.
Sweet Frogs goodness on Saturday afternoon.
Easter Eve sunset from my bedroom.
Waiting on the Easter bunny in my bedroom – he came early just for us.
VA had sad skies on Sunday – Lindsey said it was because VA knew we were leaving. I had a sad heart to match the skies.
Yolk Around the Clock at Eggspectations – this was amazing!!
The Egg tree at Eggspectations!
A little bird in the Dulles terminal – he was trying to figure out how to get outside with all the big birds, both real & mechanical.
I hate good-byes. I also don’t like living so far from all my family.
Inside Union Station in downtown DC
On my very bumpy flight from VA to GA – crazy weather in the South made for some thrilling flights home, but thankfully I was able to stay calm.
Nothing but clouds from GA to MS…and also, bumpy!!
Coming in for a landing in the fog – the wing lights were making crazy patterns.
Final shots – Crumbs Cupcakes in Union Station, a Key Lime Truffle from Nibblins & the brave puppy dog on my flight from VA to GA.

The End!