Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Anywho...so we'll start with the Biggest Loser. I would like to point out that while watching the Biggest Loser I also managed to bathe the dog and make dinner all the while flipping to DWTS during commercial breaks in hopes that Debi Mazar or Aaron Carter would be the ones to get the boot this week. No such luck...nonetheless we consumed our tacos and guacamole while watching Tracey who, let's call a spade a spade, has a little crazy in 'er, screw over her sweet partner Coach Mo and all of her "friends". But y'all know I totally cried when Coach Mo was the last one to head up the ramp with his weight and all of his peers walked with him up that ramp to cross the finish line with him. Oh man...I think I might have a serious hormonal imbalance. And then, I was so sad to see Antoine and Sean go. You know I cried for the second time when they were so self sacrificing and asked the others to vote to send them home so Shay could stay at the ranch.
After all the waterworks I flipped over just in time to see Kathi Ireland go home on DWTS. Kind of a shock if you ask me. Next on the list was the Hills. Oh gosh...here we go. I have been faithful since the beginning. I was a Laguna Beach fan, then I was all Team LC and loved watching her grow into her own and mature from LC to Lauren in her quest for fashion fame. Unfortunately, I am not a fan of Kristin Cavallari and Speidi makes me nauseous. I don't dislike Audrina but at the same token she is fairly un-entertaining, so I think I might be done with the Hills. Now the City...ok, last year when the City started I didn't think it was that great. I watched the entire season, but thought it was kind of lackluster. I think season 2 is coming on pretty strong. I like that Olivia is going to be working for Elle now and might get taken down a notch and I love the professional relationship between Kelly Cutrone and Whitney. I'm so glad Whitney has Kelly on her side and it will be interesting to see what happens with her designs.
The final show in my insane Tuesday night arsenal was Flipping out on Bravo. Oh Jeff...Jeff, Jeff, Jeff. How do you sleep at night? That guy cracks me up. He is unlike anything I've ever seen. And I think that's why we keep watching it. Dave loves it too....it's just a fact.
I would say that I need to get my Tuesday night's in check, but I think with bathing the dog, making dinner, cleaning the kitchen, showering/washing my hair/drying my hair, and putting out my new pumpkins I was pretty effective at multi-tasking. And we all know I'll gain 30 minutes of my life back from 9:00-9:30 next Tuesday night. If the going gets tough good thing the tough's got TiVo!
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
So here goes...here are a few of my favorites that I could think of, and they've made this list because I like the original but in most of these cases I like the remake better.
Title/original artist/remake artist:
All Along the Watchtower (obvi!): Bob Dylan/Jimi Hendrix/Dave Matthews Band
Sailing: Christopher Cross/Nsync (Nsync killed this remake! It's awesome!)
Come on Eileen: Dexy's midnight Runners/Save Ferris
Heard it Through the Grapevine: Glady's Night and the Pips/Creedence Clearwater Revival (Most of y'all know that CCR can do no wrong in my book, so pretty much anything they remade I liked better!)
Higher Ground: Stevie Wonder/Red Hot Chili Peppers
Landslide: Fleetwood Mac/Dixie Chicks
Nothing Compares to U: Prince/Sinead O'Connor
Proud Mary: CCR/Ike and Tina Turner (Love both versions!)
Red Red Wine: Neil Diamond/UB40
Respect: Otis Redding/Aretha Franklin
Crazy: Gnarls Barkley/Ray LaMontagne
Ain't no Sunshine When she's Gone: First of all, I love this song. Period. Bill Withers was the original artist of the song, but Van Morrison sings my favorite version. Kris Allen did an amazing version on AI last year, so he's up there with Van Morrison, but he's my second fave. And on that note....I leave you with this...
On this next list are a few songs I can think of that should have never been remade! Why would you even try to mess with the original??
Drift Away: Doby Gray/Uncle Kracker (My dislike for UK could have something to do with this...)
Sweet Home Alabama: Lynard Skynard/Kid Rock (Again, it could have something to do with the artist)
I Will Survive: Gloria Gaynor/Cake
Pretty Woman: Roy Orbison/Van Halen
Tuesday's Gone: Lynard Skynard/Metallica
Wonderwall: Oasis/Ryan Adams
Your turn! I know there are a million I couldn't think of, so do share your faves!! I need some new downloads. :)
Monday, September 28, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
Moving on to fashion and such...I received a couple of e-mails this week about great deals this week and I am going to share one of them with you today. I will share the other in due time my friends. I'm helping you hone patience...it's a virtue. :)
Have y'all ever shopped at Swoozie's before? It's pretty much fantastic. All things monogrammed, personalized, imprinted, embellished....yes please! Right now they are offering 30% off of all online orders and I'm not kidding when I say this is a great deal! Do some early Christmas shopping or indulge in something you've been eyeing for a while. Baby gifts, address stamps, birthday presents, just for fun, koozies for a party....Here few of my favorites!
Because it would not let me use the images I have linked to many fun products. Use the shopping code celebrate30 when you check out to enjoy 30% savings! Happy saving!!
Thursday, September 24, 2009
When we were juniors (maybe seniors??) in college we had a date party at Minute Maid park to watch an Astro's game. For those of you that have ever been there, a lot of times (maybe all the time?) they will keep the roof closed until around the 7th inning and then they open it up to the nights' sky. Well, there we were, an entire sorority and all of their dates sitting in the upper deck cheap seats and enjoying the game when the roof starts opening....y'all, I'm not even exaggerating it was an invasion of crickets! They were coming in near the lights and they were flying and landing and jumping and....I had a panic attack. I was on the inside of a row and they were hitting my shoulders and I was truly doing everything I could to get out of there and get air in my lungs. IT.WAS.AWFUL. And it was terribly embarrassing.
SO, you can imagine my horror when Dave sent me a link yesterday with the title, "Do you want to go to a game?" I saw that the link was for something Aggie related so I was thinking he finally wanted to go to an Aggie football game! I clicked on the link and it was an entire forum post about how the Aggies have a problem.....A.BIG.FREAKING.PROBLEM.
So are those. (I think I just threw up a little in my mouth...)
Dave's comment: "I don't even want to think about the scene you would have caused."
Neither do I.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
When we moved, we had a mod-podge of furniture from our days of singledom that certainly didn't match, but we really had no other option at the time. We are slowly trying to update, upgrade, or reinvent items to help the rooms come together. One of the things I have really wanted to take care of are the bedside tables in our bedroom. We both need a bedside table. I need a place for my chapstick and Dave needs a place for all of his "stuff". I'm not kidding y'all, you wouldn't believe what he accumulates over there. Wallet, keys, CHANGE, receipts, cell phone, glasses, books, gift cards...you name it and it's on his bedside table. I can assure you that our current bedside madness is a complete eyesore. Until last night we had an off white bed, my bedside table was brown and Dave's was black. It was pretty neat-o. We were just trying to channel the college dormitory days. *This "before" picture isn't that great. I forgot to take an actual "before" picture, so this is a photo I had, but you can kind of see the mismatched furniture on either side of the bed.
Dave's grandfather is very talented and has made a ton of fabulous furniture. The table I have been using for quite some time was made by him. Well, I noticed the last time I was at my in-laws that they had another table just like the one I was using in their storage room ready for a good home. So I decided that maybe we could finally have a matching set! This weekend, Dave went hunting and would be passing through his hometown so I sent him with the duty of picking up our new furniture. Yesterday, armed with 4 cans of spray paint I went to work....
The finished product is a set of matching night stands....finally!!! I'm not finished, but it is a great start. I want to get another lamp like the one on my side for Dave's side, and since there are no drawers I am thinking of getting a basket to put on the bottom shelf so that books and things can be put in the basket without all of the clutter showing. I also need to figure out a method of hiding the cords hanging down. But it's a start! Any other ideas for me to help fancy up my new tables??
And here is the finished product....
Friday, September 18, 2009
Sometimes the awkward stage can be difficult to maneuver through and I feel like I'm in one right now. You see, it is currently Fall. But I live in Texas. So it is still 85-95 degrees daily with high humidity. But, it can most certainly be 90 degrees when you head out to that Friday night football game but in the mid 70's come time for nachos and a halftime show. You can see the predicament. So I have found a few items to help with this awkward stage where it's too hot for a coat but too cool for spaghetti straps. And my friends know my creed: If it's warm enough for a mini-skirt it's not cold enough for UGGs! I'm sure it's just me, but that's not my favorite "trend". It's like my mom always said, "Just because the girls in High School Musical can get away with it....."
I'm pretty sure I will own this before the weekend is over. It's Gianni Bini from Dillard's.
I just love, love this Cocoon Shrug Sweater also from Banana.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Like most of America I was most brought to my knees by Abby. Abby is 35 years old with a starting weight of 245 lbs. She is also a Texas girl! I love her already! What I learned about Abby last night is that in October of 2006 she lost her husband, her 5 1/2 year old daughter and her 2 1/2 week old son in a car accident. They were hit by a driver going over 100 miles an hour and in an instant her life changed. She said, "In an instant I lost every role that was important to me." I thought to myself, oh my gosh....wife, mother, best friend...in an instant those roles are gone forever for her. I listened to her talk about her tragedy but what I heard in her voice was hope and her spark for life. She was the only person in her family not in that car and she point blank said, "There is a reason I'm still here. I have a lot left to do, and although I don't know what exactly that is, I do know I ran a mile today." And a huge, contagious smile spread across her face. Now that is inspiration. As she stepped on the scale at the end of their first week she could celebrate the fact that she lost 15 pounds!! Her journey had begun. And while all the other contestants had exclaimed that their weight loss was for their wife, or their husband, or their children, for the chance to watch them grow...she said, "I don't have anyone else to do this for but for me. And that's enough. I have to wake up every morning and choose to get up and take steps. I'm not afraid of death. Death would be much easier. But I choose life and I choose to live it to the fullest."
And in that moment, not kidding I had alligator tears streaming down my face, I thanked God for each and every blessing and each and every day He gives me with them. And I thanked Him for showing me so clearly a moment of living beyond the end of my nose. Abby, I don't even know you, but I appreciate you and your heart. My word what you've been through. But last night, you taught me more than calories burned must be higher than calories taken in to achieve weight loss. You taught me to choose joy. I heard it last week in bible study, but you showed it to me. Go green team! (*For the record I LOVE Coach Mo too!!)
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Background: Bradley had just informed us that she has a list of things she wants to accomplish here in the next year or so. These accomplishments include learning calligraphy, taking a photography course, taking a photoshop course, and of course cake decorating which she can check off her list. To which Angie replied with the QOTD:
"I will do a calligraphy class with you. I don't need photoshop. I can certainly add myself into a ski vacation."
And that, my friends, is an evening well spent with girlfriends.
Monday, September 14, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
The reality is that although I spent close to $50 I got a LOT of bang for my buck. I honestly felt like ULTA was paying ME to get fabulous products! Well, maybe not quite, but it was still pretty awesome. So it is my duty to share the fabulousness with you.
How I love thee, let me count the ways....Y'all, I am completely addicted to chapstick. And while the Lipslicks will not replace my beloved Burt's Bees it has become a staple. I do not hold any natural color in my lips, so once my red lips wear off from my morning makeup I can look a bit...boring. My new Lipslick gives me the moisture I need from a chapstick but a bit of color as well. It also has a nice gloss! For $3.99 you're in business!
And right now, for your buying pleasure, ULTA is running free shipping on orders over $50 as well as a $3.50 off your purchase online. Happy Shopping! And do share some of your Fall faves!
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Alas, I survived, two F's and all. But I ask you....how on earth is a young boy supposed to survive varsity football with a name like SPARROW? Come on Nicole Richie. Give the kid a break. You named him after a bird. Bless his heart.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
You see, I got my little, precious, funny, totally entitled Rook man when I was single, (Dave and I were dating, but I mean that I was living alone, unmarried, etc.) so it was just the 2 of us. We did what we wanted, ate what we wanted when we wanted, watched whatever we wanted on TV and most importantly....the bed was all ours. This is when I made the fatal mistake. I let Rookie sleep with me. I know what you're saying, "how much room can a Yorkie take up in bed?" Well, he is a big Yorkie. He is about 15 lbs and he sleeps horizontal, on his back, arms up in the air, head on a pillow on our feather bed covered with a down comforter. Most of the time. Other times he snuggles up right next to me with his head on the pillow. Either way, he's livin' the life of Riley and would flip his lid if someone told him he's a DOG! He'll sleep right in between Dave and I and sometimes I find myself waking up in the middle of the night with no covers and sleeping on an inch of the edge of the bed only to look over and see that Rookie has completely dominated and is in my spot. Last night was no exception. I had taken him out for about a 2 mile walk and he was just exhausted. We got ready for bed and when I walked in the bedroom he was laying on my side, with the covers over him and his head on the pillow. I got in bed and literally pushed him out of the way and he was none too thrilled. He laid right next to me in between Dave and I and rolled over so we could pet his stomach. When Dave leaned over to kiss me goodnight I guess he was cramping Rookie's style because he let out a low growl. I guess he was just lettin' us know who's boss.
Do you have a diva in your house?
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
- It was a three day weekend. Can I get a Whoop??
- I got to sleep in on Sunday and Monday! When Dave woke me up at 8:15 for church I had sheet marks on my arms and face. That's when you KNOW you've had a good night's sleep!!
- My sister was in town
- We were able to walk our 14 mile training walk together
- Dave and I had a fun date night of Mexican food and bowling on Friday night....the girls bowling next to us said, "Do you guys bowl a lot? You're good!" My answer was absolutely not. Unless you count Wii bowling. And I'm not sure it adequately prepares you for the stress on your wrists. By the way...we bowled 3 games and I only broke 100 once. Her standards weren't set very high.
- College football. I'm not sure why it took me this long to list it...
- Freaking Melanie Oudin kicking butt and taking names at the US Open. 17 years old and she is so much fun to watch. She was saying "thank you" to all of the ball boys and towel people and the announcers were making such a big deal out of it and about how sweet she is. I was just thinking, "why on earth doesn't everyone say thank you to them?? I don't care if you're Maria Sharipova." Anywho, I hope she keeps winning! It's so fun to watch her.
- The weather! It was high 90's during the day and in the 70's at night! Thank you, Fall for busting those 100+ dedree days!
- I found some really fun new products at ULTA yesterday! I'll be sharing in the coming weeks.
- I enjoyed time with my family!
- The Fischers treated us to a fabulous BBQ, skeet shooting tourney and dove hunting at their farm. It was a great Sunday.
- Kristen got rear-ended heading back to Dallas. BOO!! And she's only had her car for about 10 days....ugh! Thankfully she is ok.
- Mom's back went out, so that made for a LONG weekend for her.
- I really have no more cons....life is good.
How was your long weekend? Do anything fun??
And PS...I almost forgot! Mom's blogging!! Check her out... www.jesusintheordinary.blogspot.com
Friday, September 4, 2009
I was raised by my daddy to first and foremost love the Lord, to respect my elders, and to know the difference between right and wrong. Like when it’s really pass interference or when we just got hosed on the 10 yard line. I’m a firm believer that a girl can wear her pearls and yell at a referee at the same time. It combines a certain amount of class and sass. :) I just thank the good Lord for football and the Big 12!
I don’t know what color you’ll be sporting this weekend but I do want to help you out with a few game day goodies….Although Southern women do love football and have just as much fun tailgating and yelling at big men running around with a pigskin, we do like to look our best! I’m not a huge fan of jerseys and you WOULD NOT catch me in a pair of painted overalls (I do love me some Aggies but the overall thing was never my cup of tea…). So let me tell you what you would catch me in….anything from this divine line. Two best friends from LSU decided that there just wasn't enough "cute stuff" to wear on game day so they created their own line! I have included a few of my favorites below. (They have the color combo of your choice, but why would you want anything other than burnt orange??)
You can find more at http://www.trucolorsapparel.com. Also, for those with a larger "game day outfit budget" than mine www.teamcolorscouture.com has some adorable outfits in colors of all of the Texas teams. You can even find some Maroon! (Thanks Big Mama!) So tell me, what game are you most looking forward to this weekend?
“The reason women don't play football is because eleven of them would never wear the same outfit in public.” ~ Phyllis Diller
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
When I went to put it on for the first time I noticed that it was kind of a quirky camisole. "Why on earth does it have that funky hook-and-eye type thing on the straps? And why does this built in bra not completely cover my girls?" Oh well, I still liked the way it fit. I liked it so much I bought one in black too!! There have been a few times when I was putting it on and the hook-and-eye on the shoulder strap has come undone and it has been kind of annoying and I always wonder why on earth they made it that way?? Well, last night I was changing clothes from work and taking off my cami and the left strap popped open again. "UGH!" I thought, and the entire top left side fell down. "OH MY GOSH!" I thought to myself. "THAT'S WHY IT'S MADE THIS WAY!!!!"
Y'all, I have been wearing a nursing camisole for 5 months.