Thursday, December 17, 2009
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
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
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.
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
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
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
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
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
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.
-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
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
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"
-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
Nitschke and Hovan (our tailgating host)
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
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
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
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
Monday, September 28, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
New Couch - AFTER
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)
Sunday, September 20, 2009
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
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 B'day Leah! Love ya!
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Must be nice Matthew, must be nice!
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
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
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
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
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
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
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!
Monday, August 24, 2009
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.
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.