Thursday, December 17, 2009

I suck at Air Drums

So not only do I suck at REAL drums, I suck at air drums too. I downloaded some new tunes to jam too when I come into the work early in the a.m. to take care of menial boring administrative tasks while it's nice and quiet. This is for the work that requires no brain power what so ever.. expense reports, work orders, employee evaluations.. (haha, just kidding) Anyway - the tunes are counter productive. Instead of allowing me to zone out or forcing me to work harder because the tune is upbeat.. I find myself playing air drums for 10, 15 or 20 minutes at time. Note - I don't play air guitar because I don't know how to play the guitar. The drums seemed like it would be much easier. Uhh helloooo, I'm not a poser!

Anyway - a co worker came in and saw my impromptu air drum concerto and thought I was having some sort of spastic convulsion. Actually I think his exact words were "crazy white girl" At least he didn't think I was trying some attack of some sort and try to call 911. (I've had my share of 911 calls lately. When the 911 operator recognizes your voice, it's time to wonder if it's not just an odd set of circumstances that you always find your self in.. or if it is just INDEED, you.)

Anyway - you won't see me in Europe performing at the Air Drum concert. I'll have to come up with another career back up plan.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Slacker!

So I have been a slacker and haven't posted lately. To my defense - I was in Georgia for a week and then I came home and had to go to Boston for a week. I'm going to catch up this week. Below are some pictures of my freakin' ADORABLE nieces and nephews. Seriously.. they are so cute! I'm going to miss these little punks!






Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Dinner with the Gals



We had a mini Marietta High Class of 95 girls reunion last night! There was only 5 of us that could make it but we had alot of fun! It was great seeing everyone and catching up with them face to face. Then AlliMac loaded us up in her sweet mini van and dropped us at Johnny MacCrackens. Then we kept the party going by heading to the Back Porch. And ran into another friend from high school!


It was a great night and thanks to Alli for setting it up!!! Love ya'll! Hopefully I didn't scare Chelsea, Kerri and Garrett too badly at the bars afterwards. I was hitting the red wine pretty hard. I kept telling everyone that it was "the same as a vitamin" Sure didn't feel like a vitamin the next day!!! My cousin Shawn said it will be another 14 years before anyone wants to hang out again.. haha.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Home Sweet Home, Ya'll

We are leaving bright and early tomorrow to go to Georgia and I'm soooo excited!!! I can't wait to get home and see all my family and friends.

This little punk below turns 2 today. (J-Bob is lucky enough to share a birthday with my step dad Joe. Happy B'day Joe!) J-Bob's birthday party is on Saturday afternoon.

I can't wait to see my sister, brother in law and nieces and nephew!!! Gage came over to my parents house last weekend and got upset because he thought we were going to be there. Hopefully Gage remembers my name. He has a habit of all calling me "The Other Aunt Beth" Silly kid. I can only hope my sweet niece Carley is still giving out her kisses. I'm telling you that kid had me wrapped around her finger at the beach.


We are celebrating Christmas early since we will all be in town. We are going to have our Christmas on Sunday. I'm just so excited! There will be lots of posts to follow. We are doing a Marietta High '95 Girls dinner on Monday.. can't wait to see all my friends. Also, we're getting together with friends this Saturday Night at Hemingways on the Square. Stop by if you are around!

I'm also keeping my fingers crossed that my friend Mandy will have her little girl either WHILE I'm at home or sometime in the next day so I can meet this little bundle of joy!!!

Everyone have a great Thanksgiving and hopefully I'll see some of you!!!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

New Camera.. Finally!

I FINALLY got a camera this week. My friends and sisters gave me gift certificates to get this camera at my birthday in Jan!! Anyway - hopefully I'll post more pictures for you. Above is a picture of Colin - I was testing out the "sport" feature and making him jump all around. hahaha - sucker. Bet he didn't think this would end up on the world wide web!

Trip to the North Pole? Naw, just to Mama's.


This weekend I went to Mom's house. I left my house with 2 bags of laundry to do and I came back with ALL THIS STUFF! My Mom is extremely generous to the point that you can't even tell her you like something because she's starts clearing it off for you to stick in your bag! I tell her to chill out! Just because I compliment something - doesn't mean I want it.. (unless you don't want it.. and if it's just a burden for you to keep it, then I'll take it!)
My Mom also complains about not having grandchildren. We try to remind her that she doesn't a) like kids and b) hates messes even more. She's moved onto golf with a borderline obsession. I know you are thinking that I'm exaggerating (who moi?) but she's knitting golf club covers! Have you ever heard of such a thing?
Anyway - here's a list of my random but OH SO AWESOME stuff I came home with this weekend....
-one red comforter that goes perfectly with my decor and 2 European sham covers that I'm going to use as giant toss pillows in my living room.
-a cool jean jacket-ish, cowboy ish jacket. I need to buy some cow boy boots and it would look so cool with jeans and black shirt!
-Coffee and flavored teas for my coffee machine (supplied by Mom as well)
-one black Coach purse. (I'm just borrowing this though. Mom has had it her closet and she's worried that its lonely from not being used)
-Waffle iron
-Waffle mix
-Giant round brush that gives your hair lots of body and makes it so shiny and straight
-one knitted dish scrubber (that's for Beth.. Mom found some time to knit on her breaks from the golf club stuff)
-hair ties
-books
Not included in the picture is a bag of stuff for my Grandma that I'm supposed to give her b/c I'm driving to Georgia! I just left that in my car so I wouldn't forget it...
Thanks for all the stuff Mama! Love ya!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

WW Wednesday

So - I didn't weigh in last week. Work is pretty busy and we've got alot going on. I was in training last week and I'm also in training this week. I was able to weigh in this week on my way to Manhattan for a client meeting.. and BOOOO... I gained a 1/2 lb. However, due to training, I didn't pack my lunch every day or work out during lunch. I also didn't track AT ALL this weekend. I wasn't HORRIBLE but I have to track every single day!

I've got a challenging few weeks ahead. We're going home for Thanksgiving.. YAH! We've got reservations at Woodfire Grill (Top Chef contestant restaurant) I don't have a crystal ball but I foresee a chicken biscuit or two in my future. (SWEET SWEET Chicken Biscuit.. How I have missed you!!!) Rich is dying to go to the Varsity and I'm sorry but there is nothing, I mean NOTHING, healthy about that menu.

This just means I need to get my butt up and work out every day. I wonder if my Dad still has a membership at Health Place! (I LOVED working out at Health Place!!!! That was the best gym.)

As soon as I back from Georgia, I am heading straight up to Boston. The hotel we are staying in has a gym that was updated in 1989. And we are staying in "Southie" which SOME might consider the "wrong side" of the tracks in Boston. Hey - it's the right side for me.. I can only pray I would get mugged by a Ben Afflick/Matt Damon/Good Will Hunting type of thug! Anyway - our hotel is on the side of the Mass Pike. And are any of yall on the road for work? I'm sure you know how hard it is NOT to go out every night. Team Dinners, client dinners, drinks with friends, teamster house paaaar-tay (that happens only occasionally.. not every single trip) Anyway - it's challenging.

So - next week will be better.. AS GOD IS MY WITNESS!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Apple or Pear

The so called experts claim there are 2 body types for women: Pear and Apple. I would like to respectfully submit the 3rd body type category, and the one I fall under, the freakin' ORANGE. That's right.. I'm shaped like an orange. I carry my weight from literally my chin, down to the top of my legs. Hmmm, I might have to rethink this ... I guess I'm only an orange from the front. I don't have any "junk in my trunk"... I'm just one big uni-boob and belly. I've got nice legs.. well, I wouldn't say NICE but they are nice in the fact that they don't have fat on them. However, they are a bit on the freakishly muscular side. I don't lift weights or anything... they get plenty of exercise cartin' around the big freakin' orange all day. No, I have nice legs but if someone looked at my legs and tried to guess ... I might be mistaken for a Russian heavy weight squat lifter. Except less hairy.

Anywho - it's tough being an orange, man. I'm totally into ruffles right now. I wear lots of ruffled shirts with jacket to create "AN ILLUSION" I don't know if it's working. But it's my schtick.

With the help of my excellent, hottie tottie Cardio Kickboxing Instructor RRRRIIICOOOO, this will all change. Like all middle age adults that work at a Gold's Gym FULL TIME, he is a border line loser. (I'm sure I'm making a gross generalization out there.. but seriously) Although, Rrrriiico is also a champion kick boxer. Which basically makes him a slightly more successful Mickey Rourke (Who saw the Wrestler? Good GOD - was that not depressing?) I'm digging the cardio kick boxing class. You burn so many calories and the time flies. Of course, you are praying for death for most of that time, but I'm telling you it flies.

Alright all you pears, apples, oranges.. and my LEAST FAVORITE.. TWIGS (HISSS.. boooooo) stay away from the left over Halloween candy. Or at least try!!!!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

WW Wednesday

I weighed in on Monday and I lost 1.6 lbs. Woo hoo! I thought it would have been more because I've been working out alot and really trying to cut back on carbs. Oh well, I feel better and that is what is important.

Cousin Allie's boyfriend is doing weight watchers with her (and let me just add that Cousin Allie is wicked skinny... I still don't understand why she is doing it but whatever) This is why I hate men. He's been doing it for 2 weeks and he's already lost 7 lbs!!!! I wish I had the metabolism of a 12 year old boy. It's almost like a superpower... the ability to lose weight that quickly. And honestly, to me, I think men are cuter when they are heavier. Maybe because I don't want to be the fattest one... and they gotta be pretty hefty to keep up with me. I'll never be a svelte ballerina type, that's for damn sure.

Have a good week everyone !!!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

WW Wednesday - Thursday Edition

So I never got around to posting yesterday.. I should actually post on Monday since that is my weigh in day but "Weight Watchers Monday" just doesn't have a fun ring to it.


Anyway - I weighed in and I didn't LOSE ANYTHING! I'm trying to think positive, I didn't gain, but I didn't lose. I don't know about ya'll but I practically turn into the Incredible Hulk when I don't lose and I've had a good week. I was so excited to weigh in so I could see how much I lost .. the victim (umm, I mean lady) told me that I didn't lose anything. What did you say to me? Didn't lose? Are you serious? Are you really mother-truckin' serious? Is your SCALE broken? Do you think my bra weighs 5 lbs? I'll take it off! I SWEAR TO GOD I WILL TAKE IT OFF!!! THIS IS BULL SHIT!!! Then I called my long haired yankee boyfriend and he had to listen to me rant for about 5 minutes (which I'm absolutely certain he wasn't paying any sort of attention) while I screamed about how his fat girlfriend had to get her fat self weighed at the stupid weight watchers and how I hope he liked FAT GIRLS cause he's girlfriend is a FAT GIRL. So anyway, I obviously calmed down but I swear I was gonna run out of the weight watchers like cool-aide man runs through a wall... or Janet Reno on Saturday Night Live.



I met all my goals last week except for the 2 classes before weighing in. That was out of my hands and due to a work though so I don't feel too bad. HOWEVER, I did track every single day last week!! My friend Carol made a great point - if you don't track on the weekends, that's 8 or 10 days. I don't know about ya'll but weekends are tough. I have hard time getting motivated to work out, I want to drink beer, watch football and eat nachos on the weekend.. and wear only pants that have an elastic waistband. (I LIVE in yoga pants on the weekend.) I need to change that mentality.

Weekly Goals:
-Drink all my required water every day. (About 4 days a week I get all my water in... then I'm come REAL close the other 3 days. I need to consistently drink my water.)
-Continue tracking every single day.
-Work out at least once this weekend.

Sooo, if you see some crazy red head running around the parking lot of a weight watchers trying to tackle oncoming cars, you know I've had a bad week. Break out the dart gun so I won't innocent bystanders...

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Football!


Colin is playing football this year.. YESSSSSSS!!! I haven't been able to get to a game yet with my schedule but his Mom was kind enough to take a few photos in his uniform and send them to me. Being from the South, we live, eat and breath football.. especially high school and college ball. Being Southern means that Fall isn't about leaves changing but about SEC FOOTBALL!! GOOOO DAWGS!!!


Anyway - I got distracted.. where was I? Ahh yes, Colin. This boy is such a sweet kid. When I was 12 years old - I was an absolute HORROR to be around. God, I was such a bitch. (Sorry Mom, Beth, Leah and everyone else in my family.) Colin is so good and non hormonal. He does such unusual things as come up to you and just HUG you and says that he loves you.. what's up with that? Crazy right? (I'm so cynical, I'm always like "what do you want?".. gotta give the kid some material to work with his therapist when he's older) He is really helpful around the house. The other day I told him I would pay him to help me clean the house, and do you know what he said? He said I didn't have to pay him, he's just glad to help. Whhhhhaaaaaaaa???

No worries, we aren't perfect and neither is he. I'm not trying to paint you a picture of us picking wild flowers on the side of the hill in matching sweaters. He does have a bit of a potty mouth. (We catch him saying damn all the time - which DUH, I tell him be like a normal 12 year and not CUSS in front of his parents, but rather behind their back. Sheesh) I told him if he has a filthy mouth, he's going to do filthy chores.. like scrub the toilet. I think I may institute a swear jar at our house for the weekends that he is over because Rich and mine language isn't better. By the time the weekend is over, we would have enough $$ for a fine dining experience! HA.

Good luck with football Colin. I love ya (even though I tell you that I just "like" you because I'm not ready to make the commitment yet.) You're a great kid and a joy to be around. And we'll never speak of this again...

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Weight Watchers Wednesday

So, I've been a TOTAL slacker about my WW posts... I've been doing the tracking online but I haven't been going to weigh in. ***I MUST GO WEIGH IN EVERY WEEK*** That's the only way this works for me. I have to be held accountable. For about 2 months now I haven't weighed in BUT I thought I was okay b/c I've been tracking (except on weekends.. more on that below) and I FINALLY went this past Monday and I only lost 1.8 LBS!!!!! I guess it's good that I lost rather than gained, but had I been going in every week, I would be celebrating a 10 or 15 lb weight loss. I'm so pissed at myself.

So, I thought about setting weekly goals and I thought of rewarding myself with a manicure if I met these goals every week.. but then I thought, who am I kidding, I get a manicure every week anyway. (It's a medical condition.. other women may be afflicted as well) if a pro doesn't do my nails, they look shitty. I also can't paint my right hand with using my left hand.. well I CAN, but it looks like my 18 month old niece did it.

Anyway - I figured I'm old enough to set goals for myself EVEN though I'm not going to get a reward. I think this might be what they call "being a grown up"

Weekly Goals:
-Track on the weekends. I really good about tracking during the week, I don't track AT ALL on the weekends. And obviously I tend to overboard. If we are off on the weekend, we cook good meals, we lounge around the house, relax, eat desert.. etc.

-Work out on the weekends. I don't work out on the weekends. During the week I work out just about every day and about 2 or 3 times a week, I work out twice a day. I need to get to the gym, take a walk, ride my bike or SOMETHING AT LEAST ONCE on the weekend.

-Attend my cardio kick boxing class twice before weigh in on Monday. This week is tough because I am at show site. When you leave the house at 6 a.m. and don't get back home until 7 or 8 p.m., it's hard to squeeze in a work out. I'm sure some people are hard core and dedicated by not me.

So wish me luck!!! Hopefully I'll have good news to report next week!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Born in the USA - Hell YAH I was!!!

Steve and Lucia with the LEGENDARY E-STREET BAND
Nitschke and Hovan (our tailgating host)

Lucia and I with Giant Stadium, and the porta potty, behind us


Sooo, as many of you know and are prob sick of hearing, I went to see the Boss this past Friday night. Rich couldn't make the show so it was just me, Nitschke, Lucia and Steve. This was the last concert in Giants Stadium and Bruce was playing his Born in the USA album. (If you remembered - when I saw him last Wednesday, he played his Born to Run album) I don't normally listen to Born in the USA and I forgot what a freakin' AWESOME ALBUM it is!!! It was such a great concert.. and lemme tell ya .. when he hollers "ONE, TWO, ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR" and the drums and keyboard start playing BORN IN THE USA, you go freakin' bananas!!! I wasn't the only one! Steve said he was probably going to faint when he heard the song and Nitschke shed some tears.

Born in the USA was the first album Springsteen played in the 80's for his FIRST concert at Giant Stadium (which Nitschke attended) so it was a bit emotional for Nitschke... bless his heart.

We had a great time. These yankees ARE SERIOUS about their tail gating. We went to meet up with a friend and he had penne a la vodka, sausage and peppers, and freakin BAR set up, and COSMOS.. and honestly I don't know what else, cause I made the a bee line to the cosmos. Luuv me some martinis. Thank God we only met up with him later cause I would have been face down in the weeds of Meadowlands. Scootch over Hoffa, I need a place to rest!!!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Cross to Bear

So - Rich has decided NOT to cut his hair... even with everyone telling him it looks much better shorter and one comment that he resembles a serial killer. (Thanks Mom) He said that instead of getting his hair cut, he was just going to start using conditioner. *Sigh* Yeah, conditioner. Whatever, I give up. I'm throwing in the towel.

Rich claims he's keeping his hair long for our trip to Georgia. It's his homage to Greg Allman. Laaaaadies, I know I know, don't be jealous.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Restraining Order

So - I promise this blog isn't turning into some sort vehicle to stalk Bruce Springsteen. The concert last week was so KICK ASS that I got tickets to see him again this Friday night as well. This is going to be a milestone - the last concert at Giant Stadium. Bruce is playing his "Born in the USA" album.

I'm so excited.. so excited. I can't even tell ya'll. Picture a contestant on "Price is Right" winning the Se bring Convertible or Winnebago with the flat screen t.v., multiply by 10, and that's how excited I am!

Now - I can't decide.. should I get an American Flag bandanna and wear it on my head as a sweat band? Should I cut off the sleeves of a white tshirt and wear some jeans.. in honor of the Boss? I might get picked to dance on stage if I match the American Flag in the background. Hmmmm....

Thursday, October 1, 2009

The Promise Land







I-ah have-ah been-ah to the-ah river-ah and it has washed me clean-ah. (For those of you that haven't been to a fire and brimstone sermon, it's just like a regular sermon but add the "ah" after every word and talk about hell alot. That's pretty much it!)





Last night was the best concert EVER!!! It was absolutely AMAZING! Words cannot describe how incredible it was.. it was practically a religious experience. As soon as he hit the chord for the beginning on Thunder Road, I got a glimpse of just how manic I could be as a fan. I'm talking screaming at the top of my lungs, jogging in place, hysteria!


And Backstreets... oh my god Backstreets. Did you go download the song yet like I told you? Well, hopefully you got the live version, there is one part in the live version where he sings "I hated you when you went AAAHHHHHWAAYYY.. OHHHHH OHHH... ohh yaaaah" (the last part is where he "croons" at the top of his lungs) That is prob my FAVORITE part in any Bruce Song. That part came on.. and it was like it was just me and Bruce in the stadium. I even did the hand motions when I sang that part (you gotta sing along.. you just gotta) You know the hand motion - the one where your hands start by your side, and as your signing along at the top of your lungs, eyes closed of course, your arms go higher, and higher.. slow motion .. very William Dafoe in Platoon...


The Boss played for FOUR FREAKIN' hours!! I barely have the stamina to sing along for four hours, it's incredible that he can! The concert was so amazing, I don't know if I can go see him live again. I don't know if my expectations could live up to last night. Oh, who am I kidding. We're trying to get tickets for the last night. Last concert in Giant Stadium.. that's gonna be a hell of a show!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Tramps Like US!


Baby we were born to RUUUUUUNNNNN!!!


I got the best news EVA yesterday. We are going to the Bruce Springsteen concert tonight in the Meadowlands and he is playing the "Born to Run" album in it's entirety!! To you know how FREAKIN AWESOME this is going to be? It's his BEST album (in my opinion.. and this is my blog, so that's really all that counts) in his home state! I'm so excited. My 2 favorite Bruce songs are on this album - Thunder Road and Backstreets. If you have never heard these songs before, down load them RIGHT THIS INSTANT on your Ipod. You can thank me later.


This will be my 4th Boss Concert. Seeing him in his "natural Jersey" environment is something else! I love it when he throws out random Jersey landmarks or locations in his songs and the crowd goes wild. It's like he's personally identifying with each and everyone one of us.. even though it's completely generic. For example, last year when we saw him at the Meadowlands he sang "Jersey Girl" There is one line that goes "Down at the shore, everything is alright" The crowd goes freakin' bananas ... THE JERSEY SHORE!!! WE KNOW THAT PLACE!!! BRUCE - OVER HERE, OVER HERE, i'VE BEEN TO SHORE!! YAAAAHHH!!! Same thing when he does AmericaLand and mentions New York City.. Holy shit... I almost passed out with excitement. We think it's ironic or a coincidence. NEW YORK CITY!! i LOVE NEW YORK! I WAS JUST THERE TODAY! I CAN SEE IT FROM HERE! BRUCE I LOVE YOU!!!


Anyway - this might be the best concert that I'm going to in my life! I'm so excited!!! WOOO! Don't be surprised if you see me on Bruce's next video dancing with him on stage.. he does have a soft spot for red heads!!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Vote for your favorite look!

Long Hair or what I like to call "I won the Air Guitar World Championship"
Short Hair, Nice Hair, Pretty Hair

Rich and I have had some "discussions" regarding his hair. I think he should get his hair cut, he thinks that I'm just jealous because his hair is so luxurious. I'm not even trying to be funny when I say that.. those are literally the words coming out of his mouth. Which A) I'm not jealous and B) if this WERE a competition, I would win because I have great hair.



Friday I "did" his hair for him. He hasn't had a hair cut since the time I buzzed it for him last winter, which was a complete disaster. I put mousse, and smoothing serum in his hair and then dried it. He then informed me that his hair would look good if put a little extra effort into doing it. (I know.. that's sooo wrong on so many levels. I think my eyeballs are going to be in a permanent eye roll. And my new term of endearment is "you're an idiot")

Sooo - since Rich thinks I'm trying to sabotage his beauty, why don't ya'll tell me which hair you like better? Leave a comment!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

New Couch (FINALLY)

Old Couch - BEFORE
New Couch - AFTER

So I'm going to bore ya'll with pictures of my new couch. It took me FIVE YEARS to pick out a couch, so deal with it. Our couch FINALLY arrived on Monday! Those of you who I am friends with on Facebook know that I had some serious reservations about the couch fitting through the door. Well, it did.. thank god. If it didn't, I would probably still be laying in my front yard sobbing.

Anyway - I picked a leather couch. I figured it would last longer and be a bit more stain resistant because SOME PEOPLE in my house spill things. (okay.. mainly it's me and usually my wine..)

I need to get new cushions. I also had a rug but it looked weird with the new table. I moved the rug in another room and I think I've found one I like at JCPenney. (JCPenney has the BEST home stuff!) I love love LOOOOVE the Rooster cushions. I keep looking for cushions and I keep coming back to these. This TOTALLY goes with my somewhat "Cracker Barrel" theme I have going on. (You can't see my "Georgia Wall of Fame" in this picture, but just know that I have one in my living room. Don't be jealous)



P.S. I know my pictures aren't that great. I need to start using a "real" camera instead of my cell phone.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Mary Poppins!!

Yesterday a friend from work called because he had some extra tickets for the matinee of Mary Poppins on Broadway today. Colin was my lucky little guest! (Well, mainly because Beth didn't want to go.. lol! Thank God "Aunt Beth Death", as Colin calls her, was too tired from her trip to Vegas)

This a.m. we got up and went to the city early. I packed us a lunch (to save some $$$) and we ate in Bryant Park. They were dissembling the remnants of Fashion week and since I work in the "Special Events and Tradeshow" field (i'm a glorified carnie) I geek out watching stuff like that!

We moseyed around Times Square and people watched and went into various stores. Colin wanted to into Toys R Us and I have never been in the one at Times square.. very cool! They have a giant Barbie house, a huge T-Rex, all this neat-o stuff. Then I told Colin since I went to his toy store, he was going to have to go to mine.. SEPHORA!!!! There are TWO Sephora stores in Times Square. I dragged Colin into both.. I had to make sure I wasn't missing anything!

The play was AMAZING! First of all, I love the movie Mary Poppins. (Hmmm, who doesn't?) This was also my first Broadway play in NYC. YEs, I know.. I've lived up here long enough to have gone to one but never have. It is incredible all the things they can do to the stage! It was spectacular! I'm so glad we got the opportunity to go! Thanks Tom for the tickets!

Friday, September 18, 2009

What Would Reba Do?

Some people use the WWJD (What Would Jesus Do) as a guide for their life. That's pretty lofty and I wish I could say that I do that, but I do the next best thing.. WWRD. WHAT WOULD REBA DO.

I love love love Reba. (For those of you that live under a rock, I'm talking Reba McIntyre. Country Music Legend, Renowned Actress and Comedian and my very own personal hero.) What is not to love about Reba? She has red hair, her music kicks ass, she has one of the funniest shows on TV.. she's great!

I'm not sure which is my favorite Reba song. I would say it's a toss up between "One Promise too Late" or "Fancy". Reba is so awesome, she can sing a song about a prostitute turning her life around! Who else could do that?

I gotta say too that I'm a little sad that Reba's not wearing her hair so big anymore. I'm definitely subscribe to the "the higher the hair, the closer you are to God" theory. Nothing says Country Music Legend like big hair and lots of sparkles.

If you aren't a fan of Reba, I would encourage you to watch just one of her shows and download some of her music. In an age when the TV is filled with a bunch of crap, she has a wholesome, funny family show that isn't cheesy. You can really see her code of values.

Maybe Reba will read my blog and hire me.. hopefully she won't turn me in for being a creepy fan. LOVE YOU REBA!!!!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Happy Birthday Leah!

Yesterday was Leelee b'day. (Sorry this picture isn't too clear... it was all I had with me) I won't give an age because then people could figure out my age. We still haven't gone out for her b'day yet. She is on a long term assignment and is flying back and forth to Chicago every week. With her schedule, Beth's schedule and my schedule (or lack of) we will probably have to celebrate when we all congregate in Georgia for Thanksgiving. I even got Leah's b'day present on time this year!!! I think that's the first time that has ever happened!

Happy B'day Leah! Love ya!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

What's Wrong with this Picture??

What is wrong with this picture? The answer is NOT that Matthew Mc. is wearing a shirt. Nope - what is wrong is where in the heck is their stuff? Is that tiny little bucket all they brought to the beach? Do they have some fabulous "schelper" who carries their stuff for them? You should see all the shit (I mean essential items) that Rich and I bring to the beach. We have 2 beach bags (one big one for the towels and beach blanket and the other for our wallets, car keys, drink coozies, sun tan lotion, books, ipods, cell phones, hair brush, deodorant, etc.) 1 cooler, 2 beach chairs and 1 umbrella. We are loaded down with stuff walking from our car to the beach. And this isn't just us!!! That's everyone you see going to the beach! Homeless people own less than what it takes for us to go to the beach.. I know we've all seen the poor dad of the family of 4.. especially if that family has 2 small children. It's exhausting just to watch those poor fellas!

Must be nice Matthew, must be nice!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

More Dixie Playground Photos

My Aunt Lea is going to kill me for uploading these photos (I would say Grandma Betty too but we've never ever done anything bad enough for Gma to get mad. Heaven help us if we do! Gma could catch us with a bloody knife over a dead body and she'd just make us some breakfast because we were obviously "out of sorts" and pat our hand!)

Anyway - these pictures just make me laugh. I guess we are little bit more laid back in the South. I remember cutting the grass when I was 10 years old.. now no one dream of letting a child near a lawn mower at such a tender age. A few years ago, I suggested that Colin and his little friend ride in the back of Rich's truck on the way home. You should have heard the gasps of horror! You would have thought I suggested that we take Colin and run him over 10 times. Apparently it is illegal to ride in the back of a truck up here.. they don't even let you carry your dog in the back! I spent half my life riding in the back of my dad's truck.




Monday, September 7, 2009

Labor Day Weekend

Whhhaaazzzup guys? (Did I even spell that right? There is nothing more horrifying than a middle age person trying to be young and cool... but basically, that is YALL'S cross to bear, not mine.. hahaha)

We went to the beach this weekend. We got a late start on Friday because ummmm, it took me a while to clean up from Book Club. Like all freakin' day... OKAY, OKAY.. I won't lie. Book Club kicked my ass. I had a hangover that would make a roadie from Motley Crue proud. Good God.. I'm not even sure what book we are reading next, when our next meeting is.. and even if I am still allowed back to the club (and I started it!) As usual, Rich made EXCELLENT appetizers. We had tempura friend chicken fingers with different dipping sauces, grilled veggies with a sherry vinaigrette, grilled pizza with a home made roasted tomato sauce, and grilled steak bruschietta with broccoli rabe (that's sorta like yankee collard greens.. I hadn't had them until I moved up here.) Rich had to run out for a fire call and then Beth and I jumped into the kitchen.

Saturday we went to the beach all day and yesterday, because it was overcast, stayed holed up in the trailer and watched "Band of Brothers" Marathon. There is something about the trailer lifestyle that really makes you want to lounge in your pj's all day. We aren't fully integrated to the style yet.. there are still some tell tale signs. 1) Rich wears a shirt 2) we don't smoke 3) we weren't drinking canned beer for b'fast. But a person always needs goals. Maybe next year.


Today, I'm going to try something different. I'm going to make a Menu Plan. I have friends on other blogs that do it every week. I don't have the energy or the know-how to post it but it seems like a good idea. Rich and I normally shop for what we need for dinner that day... I'm going to try it b/c I have all these recipes that I have cut out, pasted in a notebook, but still have not cooked. I know- that's pretty lame. Don't get me wrong.. we eat WELL here. Rich whips up the most amazing food and I do okay (as long as there is no stupid crock pot involved) I'm more of a "concept" person though. I like the idea of cooking but then halfway into it, I'm like screw this.. I'd rather be reading on the couch with a glass of wine. We also don't have a dishwasher, so I don't even attempt anything that will dirty alot of dishes.

Anyway - I'll give this meal plan a try this week. We shall see.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Why Hath Thou Forsaken Me?

Crockpots are stupid and I think mine is broken. The crockpot claims to make your life easy.. just throw the ingredients in the pot and you'll have a great meal. All I have to say is bull s&^t!!! Everything I have stuck in a crock pot has come out tasting like something you would scrap off the bottom of your tennis shoe after spending the afternoon walking in New York City...yah, that gross.

The only thing I CAN make in the crock pot is bbq.. I only think that is because the crock pot recognizes the dixie in my blood and is scared to go up against it. But chicken?... sawdust. Pot Roast? Pot Ass is more like it.

Anyway - I'm super close to drop kicking my stupid crock pot. Go away and quit taunting my lack of cooking abilities.. You think you are SOOO funny.. taunting me like that. Yeah sure, everyone should be able to throw something in a pot and let it cook unsupervised for 8 hours. You suck crockpot!!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Fine Line

My sister went to a wedding this weekend. I looove weddings.. love 'em. Not the ceremony part (BOR -- ING!) but the party part! Nothing is more fun than getting dressed up and going to eat appetizers all night, drink beer and dance.

Before I go to a wedding.. I do have to prep. There is a FINE LINE I must traverse.. like a tight rope ...while I am at a wedding. Let me start by saying that I am a self conscious dancer. Shocking.. I know. Someone that is as loud, obnoxious, attention grabbing as myself hates the attention that I so obviously crave. HOWEVER... I love to dance. It's a dilemma alright. (Last night I downloaded some new music and went on a walk. I walked for 30 minutes but was gone for 45.. I spent 15 minutes in my mud room dancing like a maniac.)

Yah baby - I got moves alright. Moves that will end me up on America's Funniest Home Videos.

Back to the wedding.. when I go to a wedding, I need to have JUST enough to drink so that I can dance BUT not so much that I'm the talk of the wedding/family/town for years to come. There is no science to achieving this goal.. and truth be told.. I haven't yet. The wedding invitations, while so plentiful years ago, have come to a screeching halt. Ohh, I've got friends getting married, but word has gotten out. No one wants some fat girl on the dance floor (with the crowd cheering "Go White Girl, Go White Girl" )trying to clog like she was trying out for Hee-Haw.

So - the wedding season is winding down but here are some "don'ts" for you to learn from.. take my tails of humiliation.. let it be a reminder to you. If I can help just ONE person from being a jack ass, my job will have been successful.

1. Never take a person with the nick name "Meat Sauce" to a wedding with relatively new co-workers.
2. If you have a date being an idiot (such as meat sauce) feel free to leave him immediately. Do not, REPEAT, do not think he just needs some water or coffee.
3. Do not try to console the bride with the words "don't worry, this won't happen at your next wedding" when your idiot date crashes into the bride and grooms table.
4. Do not give the bride's little brother wine coolers (thinking that no one could possibly get drunk on wine coolers) just so he'll quit asking you to dance. Realize that the 15 year old boy was probably a much better choice than the lame-o you brought as your date.
5. Don't brag that you can do "the worm" .. especially if you are one of the bridesmaids.
6. Don't pack a cooler in the trunk of your car because you are worried the reception will run out of booze. That doesn't happen at receptions.. and then don't invite everyone back to your car for a party when the bride leaves. (and don't' hang out with people that will actually show up)
7. When your (male) date tells your (male) co worker that he has a pretty mouth - leave immediately. (Also important that your male co worker tells you what happened RIGHT AWAY as opposed to waiting until MONDAY! Also, don't cry. Note that the crying wasn't because your date was hitting on a guy, but that uhh helloo, you looked sooo much better than the co worker. What the hell?)
8. Don't try to prove that someone is wearing a toupee by trying to dance it off of him.
9. Don't, don't, don't request Freebird and don't wear you dates tie as a head band to push back your hair cause you are dancing so hard.
10. Don't invite me to your wedding.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Nerd Herd

The Nerd Herd's entertainment for the weekend.



We went down to the beach this weekend. (I know.. I write the same post every week...) It rained purdy dang hard on Friday and Saturday a.m. Then the clouds blew away and we were left with a BEAUTIFUL afternoon. We went to the beach on Saturday around 4 pm and stayed until 7:30 or 8. I think I have said before that that is my favorite time on the beach. Sunday we got up and headed in and spent all day as well.
Colin starts school next week. He still has one book left to read for the summer. I am the book reading NAZI at our house. Read, read, read! I got a book on CD that I thought Rich and Colin would both enjoy for our ride down to the beach to a) make the time go by quicker and b) be slightly educational for Colin. The book I chose was by Lee Child. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this author. He has a series out with a main character called Jack Reacher. Reacher used to be a cop in the military until he was discharged. Now he roams the United States being a total bad ass. Colin would love the bad ass part, military part, etc. Yeah, I know it's not Charlie and the Chocolate factory but whatever.
Rich was complaining the whole time about the book on CD.. he didn't want to listen to it.. he called us nerds, etc. etc. Whining whining whining. I put the first CD on and we hit the road. Low and behold, Rich was hooked. He was driving us to our destinations slowly so he could hear more of the story. Saturday night we got back from dinner and Rich wanted to bring the CD inside. We ended up putting the book on CD on our radio speaker in the trailer and staying up until 2 a.m. listening to all the disks. Who is the nerd now?
We are now a geeky, nerdy family that does stuff like this! I used to stay up until 2 a.m partying.. now I'm listening to books on CD. Oh well. It was fun and I've got a good CD picked out for us next weekend!


Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Beth's Homecoming Date!

Last night, after work, we went to our favorite after work hangout - Tony G's - and then to our favorite restaurant - Franco's. By "we", I mean Beth, Leah, Bill Burns and myself.



I love Bill Burns. He is prob one of the funniest guys I have ever met. Bill wanted to leave work around 3 p.m. today to go to Tony G's but I was too busy to leave. I told him to go bug Beth into going.. Bill, looking very dapper today in his suit, said some folks may mistake him and Beth being on a date, since Beth was wearing a dress (hence, the picture above.. after a few glasses of wine.)



When I first moved to this area and got the job at GES, I didn't know anyone. Bill was one of the first people at my company to make me feel welcome. He was also my "wingman" or "partner in crime." I would always go to Bill's office and ask if he wanted to go out after work and he would always accompany me. I don't if he just enjoyed my company (HA) or, more likely, the company of his Coors lite but he was literally my first friend up here. He's such a fun guy and literally the life of the party. Love ya Bill!

A Ride on the Delaware



Sunday afternoon we went on a ride on Joe's new boat...the Dixie Livin'. Joe took us out on the Delaware River and we saw Philly, the Walt Whitman bridge and the SS New Jersey. We had a fun ride!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Before and After

So, I had today off and I did some changes around the house. Rich and I have the world's oldest couch. I've been literally looking for a couch for about a year. I finally picked something out this weekend and it opened the flood gates for more house hold changes. Its been hard for me to pick things out because we have a "unique" living space... and it gets hard. I work alot and travel alot and then in the summer we go to the beach every weekend, you just run out of time or steam. I also keep holding out hoping I'll find different and unique items. I start looking for stuff...then have a show, work alot of hours, then get back on track, just want to relax.. it's a vicious cycle and now 5 years later, I bought the new couch that I swore I would get rid of within 6 months of moving in with Rich.

This weekend I went to Mom's and she gave me her coffee table. It's an family antique. She also gave me 2 kitchen chairs that went with the table. (The coffee table was originally a kitchen table and my step dad cut it down.) I bought a kitchen table from Ikea. Everything else I re did was just using other things in the house.

Kitchen Before: A big table. I reupholstered those chairs several years ago. The chairs were falling apart and our kitchen is TINY (if you can't tell from the photo)
Kitchen After: Used a rolling cart that was in another room. I'm not sure what I think of the black table but it gives us more room. Don't be jealous of the yellow tile. You can't see it from this picture but the cabinets are white. They used to be yellow but I painted them. Just about everything in my kitchen is red. Red dishes, red towels, red rugs. Red is also a main color I use throughout the rest of the house (red, chocolate brown, and SOME green.. not forest green but grass green) There are still a few things that I need to do in the kitchen but that's another project for the fall. Another angle of the kitchen "after": You can see the chairs Mom gave me. Also, that's a basil plant on the table.. it's literally days away from death.
TV Stand Before: Yeah, I know.. 1992 wants it tv back. We're not going to buy a new t.v. until this one dies. This one is perfectly fine.. it's just big and heavy.
TV Stand After: I used a rolling tea cart that was in my dining room. Mom also gave me my dining room furniture. There is buffet that goes with it.. it has a TON of drawers.. Mom has been trying to give it to me for 2 years but I haven't had room for it. Now, since I'm using the tea cart as a tv stand, I do have room! I put the old tv stand in Colin's room (it goes with book cases, that I also put in Colin's room. I was never a big fan of that unfinished wood look.)
Couch Before: I ordered a couch. It won't be coming until October but that's okay. I've waited this long, what's a few more weeks.
Couch After: You can see the round coffee table below. I moved the rug into our spare room. I need to get a larger one. It looked really weird with the round table. I moved the side table beside our desk b/c it was too cluttered by the couch. Also, if you can see the red jug on the coffee table, I'm using that as the "remote" holder for right now... I'm not sure if I like it but I don't have anywhere to put it until I get the buffet.. haha.
So Colin and I were pretty busy today. Colin also went through all his old toys, he is taking his old toy box to his Mom's for his little brothers. Love it!!! Love love love getting rid of old crap. I've got some project ideas for the fall.... I've picked out a new desk, however, it's from Ikea. After spending the past 3 hours putting together that tiny kitchen table, I'm not sure if I can put together a desk. I might pay one of our NYC tradeshow carpenters (can't afford their rates.. but I can pay in beer) to come do it for me.

Sunday, August 23, 2009