Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas time is here! Happiest time in all the year!

I hope everyone is enjoying their day. I have enjoyed the past 25 days with you all. I am still sicker than a dog as is Brandon, so this post will be short and sweet.

Merry Christmas y'all!!!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Wednesday is "What Christmas Is All About" Day, Charlie Brown

Howdy, y'all. I know you come here expecting to read the wise words of Miss Samantha Kay; however, today you are treated to the wise words of her friend Emily instead. Sam is sick, so I've been so gracious to step in as a guest blogger. Because, after all, we wouldn't want her 25 days of Christmas promise to be broken, nor could we miss an Educational Wednesday!

Because today is December 24, Christmas Eve, I think the topic of this educational post should be a pretty obvious choice. In the midst of the hustle and bustle of the holiday season - you know, shopping for gifts, traveling to visit family, decorating the tree(s), watching Elf, etc. - it's very important that we remember exactly what Christmas is all about.

And I can think of nobody better suited to educate us on that topic than Mr. Linus van Pelt.



I hope you enjoy the holiday, wherever you are, and take some time to remember what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.

xoxo--
Your friendly guest blogger, Emily

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Yes, I know it is not Favorite Friday.

After the 25th, I plan to fully enjoy the fact that I have not required myself to post every day for 25 days straight and will be skipping Friday's post. So I'll be posting my favorite's post today.

I've decided that I'll be returning to the movies for a moment. I love Christmas. I make no bones about this statement. If you haven't figured this one out yet, then you are seriously behind especially for the fact, that I mentioned 25 days in my opening sentence.

However that is neither here nor there. I am going to post my top 5 Christmas movies of all time.

5. The Santa Clause
4. Miracle on 34th Street
3. A Christmas Story
2. A White Christmas
1. Christmas Vacation

There you have it. Hope you're enjoying the holidays with kids and kin.

Merry Christmas.

Monday, December 22, 2008

6:25 pm = 1 whole year

If every word I said
Could make you laugh
Id talk forever (together my love)
I ask the sky just what we had
Mmm it shone forever
(together my love my my my my my my my my my my my my my)
If the song I sing to you
Could fill your heart with joy
Id sing forever (together my love my my my my)
Forever
Forever
Ive been so happy loving you
Forever by the Beach Boys


Today is our very first wedding anniversary. We are no longer newlyweds and I am a little sad about that to be honest. However I would not trade this year for anything. We have learned a ton about who we are as a couple and where we would like to be in the future. I love him more than I could ever tell him. We have had a ton of fun this year, as well as our fair share of ups and downs. But in the end, we have learned that marriage is commitment that must be worked on daily. I can't imagine a day without him in my life and nor do I want to really. God has blessed me with a wonderful man for a husband. He loves to love me. Sounds vain almost, but it is definitely important. If we do not love hard, we can never know what love truly means.

And speaking of loving hard, we need a dog soon or that whole no kids for 3-4 years policy is headed straight down the tubes.




SIKE!!


Merry Christmas.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

the night before

Tomorrow is my first wedding anniversary.

Tomorrow is my first wedding anniversary.

TOMORROW IS MY FIRST WEDDING ANNIVERSARY!!!

Nope. It still hasn't sunken in yet.

It hasn't sunken in that a year ago, I was a nervous wreck. I haven't talked about this at all before now, but I was really nervous the night before our wedding.

When we left the church, I formed a very huge knot in my stomach. The girls and Cody went to see Alvin and the Chipmunks, and the boys went to see National Treasure 2. I saw the movie, but I wasn't really paying attention.

Then we went to Wal-Mart, just me, my mom, and sister. I almost cried I don't know how many times on her. And Lord knows we saw our fair share of people while there. (Ha. I even saw my very first ex! I think this happens to every girl in some form or fashion right before their wedding.)

And finally when I got home, there was my dad. You know the part in the movie, Father of the Bride where the brother and sister say goodnight one last time? Well it happened for the four of us, and I definitely heard my dad crying down the hallway. (Btw I had only heard him cry one time before in my life.)

By then the knot was so huge, I thought I was going to explode. I wanted so badly to text Brandon and see if he felt the same way. It was well past midnight and I definitely was not allowed to speak to him at all at that point. So I had to wait.

I think I dozed off around 3 only to be wide awake at 8:30. I have never slept well the night before big events in my life. It just isn't my style.

....

And now here I sit, yawning, because I can't wait to get in bed...no knot in stomach at all. My husband is in the other room playing the guitar and tomorrow just seems like another day. The only reason I am still up at this point is so I can change my fbook status at the appropriate time.

That's so weird.

Merry Christmas.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Annnnnnnnnnnnd I'm safe!

I made it in time for my 20th straight day of posting! Phew.

I told Bear (nickname for my husband from now on) this morning that we had to be home from my parents by a certain time, because I had to blog and not only did I get a look of disgust followed by a smirk and one serious eyeroll, he added the ever Izzie remark..."Seriously!?!" to the mix. I explained to him that I was in the middle of my 25 days of Christmas posting session, somehow I still don't think he was concerned, even after I shot him a "watch it mister" look.

But it was I who had the last laugh.

Because after we found the 7th Harry Potter book, Bear says to me, "don't forget to blog sweetie, it's almost midnight."

And I said, "thank you for the blog topic."

The end.

Merry Christmas.

Friday, December 19, 2008

These are a few of my favorite things: Editorials

I was a political science major in college. So I like to offer my opinion a lot, especially if it is about an issue that is close to me. So as you might imagine, the editorial section is my favorite part of the paper. This is the best I've seen in a long while. I hope you enjoy.


Editor:
As I watch the coverage of the fate of the U.S. auto industry, one alarming and frustrating fact hits me right between the eyes. The fate of our nation's economic survival is in the hands of some congressmen who are completely out of touch and act without knowledge of an industry that affects almost every person in our nation. The same lack of knowledge is shared with many journalists whom are irresponsible when influencing the opinion of millions of viewers. Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama has doomed the industry, calling it a dinosaur. No Mr. Shelby, you are the dinosaur, with ideas stuck in the '70s, '80s and '90s. You and the uninformed journalist and senators that hold onto myths that are not relevant in today's world.

When you say that the Big Three build vehicles nobody wants to buy, you must have overlooked that GM outsold Toyota by about 1.2 million vehicles in the U.S. and Ford outsold Honda by 850,000 and Nissan by 1.2 million in the U.S. GM was the world's No. 1 automaker beating Toyota by 3,000 units.

When you claim inferior quality comes from the Big Three, did you realize that Chevy makes the Malibu and Ford makes the Fusion that were both rated over the Camry and Accord by J.D. Power independent survey on initial quality? Did you bother to read the Consumer Report that rated Ford on par with good Japanese automakers. Did you realize Big Three's gas guzzlers include the 33 mpg Malibu that beats the Accord. And for '09 Ford introduces the Hybrid Fusion whose 39 mpg is the best mids ize, beating the Camry Hybrid. Ford's Focus beats the Corolla and Chevy's Cobalt beats the Civic.

When you ask how many times are we going to bail them out you must be referring to 1980. The only Big Three bailout was Chrysler, who paid back $1 billion, plus interest. GM and Ford have never received government aid.

When you criticize the Big Three for building so many pickups, surely you've noticed the attempts Toyota and Nissan have made spending billions to try to get a piece of that pie. Perhaps it bothers you that for 31 straight years Ford's F-Series has been the best selling vehicle. Ford and GM have dominated this market and when you see the new '09 F-150 you'll agree this won't change soon. Did you realize that both GM and Ford offer more hybrid models than Nissan or Honda. Between 2005 and 2007, Ford alone has invested more than $22 billion in research and development of technologies such as Eco Boost, flex fuel, clean diesel, hybrids, plug in hybrids and hydrogen cars.

It's 2008 and the quality of the vehicles coming out of Detroit are once again the best in the world.

Perhaps Sen. Shelby isn't really that blind. Maybe he realizes the quality shift to American. Maybe it's the fact that his state of Alabama has given so much to land factories from Honda, Hyundai and Mercedes Benz that he is more concerned about their continued growth than he is about the people of our country. Sen. Shelby's disdain for "government subsidies" is very hypocritical. In the early '90s he was the driving force behind a $253 million incentive package to Mercedes. Plus, Alabama agreed to purchase 2,500 vehicles from Mercedes. While the bridge loan the Big Three is requesting will be paid back, Alabama's $180,000-plus per job was pure incentive. Sen. Shelby, not only are you out of touch, you are a self-serving hypocrite, who is prepared to ruin our nation because of lack of knowledge and lack of due diligence in making your opinions and decisions.

After 9/11, the Detroit Three and Harley Davidson gave $40 million-plus emergency vehicles to the recovery efforts. What was given to the 9/11 relief effort by the Asian and European Auto Manufactures?

$0 Nada. Zip!

We live in a world of free trade, world economy and we have not been able to produce products as cost efficiently. While the governments of other auto producing nations subsidize their automakers, our government may be ready to force its demise. While our automakers have paid union wages, benefits and legacy debt, our Asian competitors employ cheap labor. We are at an extreme disadvantage in production cost. Although many UAW concessions begin in 2010, many lawmakers think it's not enough. Some point the blame to corporate management. I would like to speak of Ford Motor Co.

The company has streamlined by reducing our workforce by 51,000 since 2005, closing 17 plants and cutting expenses. Product and future product is excellent and the company is focused on one Ford. This is a company poised for success. Ford product quality and corporate management have improved light years since the nightmare of Jacques Nasser. Thank you Alan Mulally and the best auto company management team in the business.

The financial collapse caused by the secondary mortgage fiasco and the greed of Wall Street has led to a $700 billion bailout of the industry that created the problem. AIG spent nearly $1 million on three company excursions to lavish resorts and hunting destinations. Paulson is saying no to $250 billion foreclosure relief and the whole thing is a mess.
So when the Big Three ask for 4 percent of that of the $700 billion, $25 billion to save the country's largest industry, there is obviously oppositions. But does it make sense to reward the culprits of the problem with $700 billion unconditionally, and ignore the victims?

As a Ford dealer, I feel our portion of the $25 billion will never be touched and is not necessary. Ford currently has $29 billion of liquidity. However, the effect of a bankruptcy by GM will hurt the suppliers we all do business with. A Chapter 11 bankruptcy by any manufacture would cost retirees their health care and retirements.

Chances are GM would recover from Chapter 11 with a better business plan with much less expense. So who foots the bill if GM or all three go Chapter 11?

All that extra health care, unemployment, loss of tax base and some forgiven debt goes back to the taxpayer, us. With no chance of repayment, this would be much worse than a loan with the intent of repayment. So while it is debatable wh ether a loan or Chapter 11 is better for the Big Three, a $25 billion loan is definitely better for the taxpayers and the economy of our country. So I'll end where I began on the quality of the products of Detroit.

Before you, Mr. or Ms. Journalist continue to misinform the American public and turn them against one of the great industries that helped build this nation, I must ask you one question.

Before you, Mr. or Madam Congressman vote to end health care and retirement benefits for 1 million retirees, eliminate 2.5 million of our nation's jobs, lose the technology that will lead us in the future and create an economic disaster including hundreds of billions of tax dollars lost, I ask this question not in the rhetorical sense. I ask it in the sincere, literal way.

Can you tell me, have you driven a Ford lately?

Jim Jackson, Elkins Fordland
This incredible editorial was from a Ford Dealer in the Pittsburgh Region….

Merry Christmas.


P.S. I don't even LIKE Ford.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Mr. Bear sleeps over

Last night for the first time in the time that we have been married, I went to bed without Brandon. He works for the library and since it is finals week they are open 24 hours a day. So last night was his turn. He only had to stay as long as he could make it. I originally thought he was going to stay until like 2 or something, but he said he planned to stay the whole night. Okay fine.

I think that it is important for you to know at this time that I am now and forever will be a fraidy cat when it comes to the dark. And when I say fraidy cat, I am talking, every light in the house in on until I go to bed. If there is more than one tv, both are on. If the boogey man is going to get me, it won't be because I couldn't see him, thank you.

Phew, glad that one is out in the open.

As a result, I have had a bear for as long as I can remember sleep in my bed. That of course ended once I was married to Brandon. He knew about the bear of course, because when I went somewhere, the bear went. Call me childish, weird, silly...whatever you will because I have no shame about this matter. At first, Mr. Bear was there for comfort and then as I got older it was because I started to go to cool places and I figured that he should come along too. Mr. Bear has been to Boston, LA, Washington D.C., Florida, Las Vegas, St. Louis, Breckenridge, San Antonio, Graceland, OU/Texas, Jamaica, Cozumel, and Grand Cayman.

The bear is goin' places, okay!

But as I mentioned before, I am married now with my very own real bear to sleep with every night. (Katherine, it is okay if you snickered. I did too.) And as one might imagine, Mr. Bear has been booted from the bed, and has not been on any major trips minus our honeymoon cruise. He didn't sleep in the bed, but I figured if I was to be a world traveler, he should too.

My POINT, to this madness ladies is this. Last night, since Big Bear was gone, Mr. Bear was back in...the bed that is. I mean, HELLO I was alone in my house!

So, I got ready for bed. I fixed the pillows into a semicircle around my body. I, then, worked my way through the house turning off the lights. I started with the lights furthest from my bedroom. As I turned off the lights, I checked every room making sure nothing was abnormally placed. I checked the locks about twenty times, and finally turned off the tv in the living room. I turned off the bathroom light, made sure I had my phone, my reading light and the remote control. I turned off my bedroom light and LEAPED into bed. I read more of Harry Potter 6, watched Sex and the City on TBS. It was then that I saw Mr. Bear on his stool in the corner. I was so excited that I jumped out of bed, grabbed him and put him right next to me before I even turned on a light.

I was so dang brave and it was all because of Mr. Bear. I slept great too...until Brandon called at 2:38 in the morning because he was at the front door. He couldn't stay awake any more and decided to come home. I should have put Mr. Bear back in the corner, but I didn't. It was nice for him to be there if only for one night. Maybe he'll be my sleepover buddy in the future when Brandon has to go on his business trips for work one of these days.

Merry Christmas.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Wednesday is "ultimate wish list" Day.

Tisdale did this a few days ago, and I am taking my turn now.

Should there be no monetary limits, I would want the following for Christmas.

1. Traveling abroad for at least three months to Hawaii, Rome, Mexico, London, New York City, Turkey, Greece, Scotland, and the Bahamas...and anywhere else I could think of...
2. a Chanel bag
3. acceptance to law school...completely paid for.
4. my dream house...built in Norman.
5. and the brand new Camaro..due out next summer.

Merry Christmas.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

for real?!?

I work very hard at every thing I do. I do not like to half-ass anything. If I feel like I did, then I will beat myself up over it for weeks. Naturally, I am always a work in progress. One of the life-long goals for myself is to be in public service. I used to tell people that I was going to be the President. I don't know if my ambition is still that high, but I would like to work in and for the public.

When you work for the public in the political environment we exist in today, not only are you held accountable for your qualifications to do the job, you are also held accountable for your private life as well. Since the Monica Lewinksy scandal, there seems to be no room for mistake at any point. (I don't agree with this scapegoating tactic used by the Republican party, but that's another post for another day.)

As a result, I try to maintain my professionalism level on a high rate at all times. I suppose in that aspect I am very much a child of the 90s. But here is why. It is so much harder for a kid to be taken seriously in this world right now. I take myself and the things I do very seriously...no matter how serious or piddly they may be. I do not and cannot afford to slip up on doing something right because the one time I do not fulfill my expectations, people older than I am lose all faith.

I REALLY HATE THAT.

I hate it because when the tables are turned, they just get to chalk it up to making a mistake. And everyone but most especially me, is just to accept it for what it is. I am expected to move on and make sure I don't make the mistake again.

THAT IS DOWN RIGHT RIDICULOUS.

It's ridiculous because all it does is create more people just like them. And we all know how that has worked out so well.




Phew.

Merry Christmas

Monday, December 15, 2008

so I changed my mind...SUE ME.

I had something posted earlier, but it was my lame excuse for not wanting to do a decent post. I have since taken a shower and now feel much better.

While in the shower, I contemplated what I would blog about...I find it funny, that I set aside time in my day however large or small to think about this ol' bloggy. Anyway, I found no inspiration in there. It seems that the shower was a rejuvenation factor only.

Tomorrow is our office party and I asked Brandon to brown the sausage. I can cook...very well in fact. However I do not like to cook fried things. i have been popped once too much. As we were standing there Brandon asked for a bowl to put the sausage in until it cools. He asked for the empty butter bowl that he had cleaned. I said '' Oh good I can just get rid of it tomorrow at work."

To which he replied, 'oh no you won't...unless you buy me some good storage bowls for things like this."

(At this point my post could go two different ways...what to get him for our anniversary which is a WEEK FROM TODAY...or to talk about the clean empty butter tub. I choose the butter tub.)

I have no problem with buying him some bowls. I do however have a major problem with keeping cleaned out butter tubs. For starters...

We are not hillbillies.

We can afford decent bowls.

I refuse to be one of ''those'' people.

We can still be good stewards of the Earth without these bowls and without leftover Wal-Mart bags I promise.

I won't even begin to discuss the origin of these nasty habits, but they are a major no-no.


And as a result, I will be throwing that bowl away tomorrow after I use it at the party.

Thankyouverymuch. Good day.

Merry Christmas.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

As soon as my sister gets home we are...

  • going to Rhema to see the lights.
  • going to Honor Heights to see more lights.
  • going to the Castle to see more lights and blow-ups.
  • staying up late to watch movies.
  • giggling and talking about the latest.
  • having a holly jolly Christmas!

Merry Christmas.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Sammy won it y'all!

I am first of all, very excited that Sam Bradford won the Heisman. The other two were way overrated and the right man won. That being said, let's hope for two things...

1. That we steer clear of the Heisman curse in January.
2. And that Sammy Bradford doesn't go pro.

I am working on my old movie watching and I need suggestions. So far, I need to watch:
Breakfast at Tiffany's
Sabrina
African Queen
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Moonstruck
The Shop Around the Corner
Charade
The Big Sheep
Vertigo

Gotta run. It's dinner time.

Merry Christmas.

Friday, December 12, 2008

These are a few of my favorite things: the Movies!

I loooooooooooooooove movies! When I was growing up, I was one of the children who did not have cable. (Insert Jeff Foxworthy "Flipper" statement here.) So when there was nothing on tv, we watched movies. As a result, I have many a favorite and thus the feature of today's post is born.

1. Pick 17 of your favorite movies.
2. Go to IMDb and find a quote from each movie.
3. Post them here for everyone to guess.
4. Strike it out when someone guesses correctly, and put who guessed it and the movie.
5. NO GOOGLING/using IMDb search or other search functions.
6. No looking at my favorite movies on my Facebook page...(if you are so fortunate to be my friend that is...)

1. "Shes not Chaylene. Think about it... Do you honestly think a Playboy centerfold would have nothing better to do on a night like this than show up at a Kappa party with a bunch of kids?" ADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING...MEREDITH C.
2." It has come to my attention that the maintenance staff is switching our toilet paper from Charmin... to generic. All those opposed to chafing, please say 'Aye'. " LEGALLY BLONDE...MEREDITH C.
3. "Anyone who wants to be a can't-hack-it pantywaist who wears their mama's bra, raise your hand. " THE SANDLOT...EMILY
4. "Why is Congress saying one thing and doing nothing? "
"Well, tradition mostly." CHARLIE WILSON'S WAR...SHEA
5. "I don't know if I oughta go sailin' down no hill with nothin' between the ground and my brains but a piece of government plastic."
"Do you really think it matters, Eddie?" CHRISTMAS VACATION...CARISSA
6. "Harry... It's not how you are alike. It's how you are not... " HARRY POTTER 5...EMILY
7."Better get under cover, Sylvester. There's a storm blowin' up, a whopper. Just speakin' the vernacular of the peasantry. Poor little kid, I hope she gets home all right." THE WIZARD OF OZ...CARISSA. (I'd like to add that I CANNOT believe some people didn't get this one. This is my ALL-TIME FAVORITE for crying out loud!)
8. "You're not going to use the story, Mr. Scott?"
"No, sir. This is the West, sir. When the legend becomes fact, print the legend."
9. "Maleficent doesn't know anything about love, or kindness, or the joy of helping others. You know, sometimes I don't think she's really very happy. '' SLEEPING BEAUTY...JESS T.
10. "Everybody's staring."
"Not that guy. No he just looked. Breaking all the rules now anyways."
"Since I'm going to hell. " TWILIGHT...EMILY
11. "I do independent study with her. I catch her lookin' at me a lot. It's kinda cool, the way she's always lookin' at me. "
"Maybe she's retarded."
"I'm being serious, ok. She looks at me like she's in love with me." SIXTEEN CANDLES...CARISSA
12. "You're her foster mother or you're a prison mother. "
"I'll take prison for 200, Alex."
13. "Who am I more? Jackie or Ethel, and you have to pick one. Who Am I more?"
"...Samantha" BOBBY...JORDAN
14. "Yes, Annelle, I pray! Well, I do! There, I said it, I hope you're satisfied."
"I suspected this all along!"
"Oh! Well don't you expect me to come to one of your churches or one of those tent-revivals with all those Bible-beaters doin' God-only-knows-what! They'd probably make me eat a live chicken! "
"Not on your first visit! " STEEL MAGNOLIAS...SHEA
15. "I can't color enough, I would color all day every day If I had my way, I would use every crayon in my box "
"We get it! You like to color..." SEX AND THE CITY...EMILY
16. "Now, they tell me I paid my debt to society. "
"Funny, I never got a check." OCEAN'S 11...MEREDITH C.
17. "In this country, you gotta make the money first. Then when you get the money, you get the power. Then when you get the power, then you get the women. "

Good luck.

Merry Christmas.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

What a day...well week for that matter.

Typically my work week starts off extremely busy and then tapers off. That hasn't been the case this week. While I do work better under pressure, I just haven't wanted that pressure this week. I go on vacation in 6 work days and there are some major projects that I would like to have tackled before that time. Bluh.

On another note, I finished New Moon...and when I say finished I mean I skipped the bad part in that book. And speaking of New Moon, it looks like there may be an earlier release for the sequel. Hopefully they don't botch it. I posted my very first comment on PITNB yesterday because of that very possibility.

Man...this posting every day thing is harder than I thought it would be. Good thing tomorrow is a featured post. I better start brainstorming now.

Merry Christmas.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Wednesday is "12 days of Christmas" Day

I always think it is neat to know the meaning behind the lyrics chosen. This year I learned something new about the "12 Days of Christmas".

1 True Love refers to God
2 Turtle Doves refers to the Old and New Testaments
3 French Hens refers to Faith, Hope and Charity, the Theological Virtues
4 Calling Birds refers to the Four Gospels and/or the Four Evangelists
5 Golden Rings refers to the first Five Books of the Old Testament, the "Pentateuch", which gives the history of man's fall from grace.
6 Geese A-laying refers to the six days of creation
7 Swans A-swimming refers to the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, the seven sacraments
8 Maids A-milking refers to the eight beatitudes
9 Ladies Dancing refers to the nine Fruits of the Holy Spirit
10 Lords A-leaping refers to the ten commandments
11 Pipers Piping refers to the eleven faithful apostles
12 Drummers Drumming refers to the twelve points of doctrine in the Apostle's Creed

Pretty cool huh?

Merry Christmas.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

My boss, the Scrooge

I do not talk about work at all, but today warrants a good occasion.

I absolutely love Christmas. I know you all know this, but my boss is the exact opposite.

He does not like the fact that it is too commercialized and that also he gets burdened by the fact that so many children go without at Christmas time.

This is a good reason to be a Scrooge.

He spoke about being fortunate enough to always HAVE at Christmas. His wife is a school teacher and every year like my mom she buys school supplies and at Christmas time she buys presents too.

I never knew what Christmas was like without presents.
I never had to worry about that being a possibility.
I never had to wonder at any moment where my next meal would be.
I never had to worry about being cold.
I never had to worry about my clothes not fitting/being worn through/whether or not my patches would hold.

This is all due to my parents. I hope that all of you enjoyed the same growing up. And if you know someone who isn't, I hope you do what you can to change that situation.

Merry Christmas

Monday, December 8, 2008

On the 8th day of Christmas

On the eighth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me.
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.


Annnnnnnnnnnnnd...u need to know the latest about Twilight. New Moon could be here sooner than later!

Merry Christmas.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Take that Texas CRYhorns! And I TOLD you Chase Daniel was OVERRATED!

Party in the city where the heat is on
All night on the beach till the break of dawn
Welcome to miami
Buenvenidos a miami
Bouncin in the club where the heat is on
All night on the beach till the break of dawn
Im goin to miami!
Welcome to miami!

In
case you haven't heard, the Sooners are going to the National Championship! I for one am totally thrilled. I hope we rock 'em, sock 'em and bop 'em!


In simpler terms...let's kick some ass!

In other news, I finished wrapping those Christmas presents. I read the rest of the Entertainment Weekly. I really like that magazine. As you can tell from my statements above, OU won the Big 12 Championship. I'm still working on New Moon and am currently in the middle of the 4th Harry Potter movie. My list of things to do are coming along quite nicely it seems.

Merry Christmas.



Saturday, December 6, 2008

well it finally happened...

I took the LSAT this morning. I think I texted everyone to pray for me. If Jesus had a cell phone, my text would have been something to the effect of "Oh please oh please let this go well!! If I get one wrong, how bout you change the answers up for me, okay?"

Ha...okay maybe it was only funny to me.

I sang along to Britney Spears' "Piece of Me", *NSYNC''s "Gone" Snow Patrol's, "Chasing Cars" and Coldplay's "Viva La Vida." I may have also listened to songs 1,3,4,5,6,10 and 11 of the Legally Blonde the Musical cd too. But if I admitted that I might sound a little cheesy...oops! I did it again! Haha. I also listened to that song too.

Side note worth mentioning, everything gets really blown out of proportion when a big test is looming in front of me. For example, I couldn't sleep because it seemed like our house suddenly went from being from the roaring 20s to pre-statehood status with all the creaks it made. Brandon's snoring...well enough said and I wigged when I couldn't find my favorite chapstick AND my lucky underwear this morning!

As usual, I have strayed from where this post was originally headed. That's a Southern thing I think. I feel that it is important background information for you as the reader/listener to know all details. Otherwise the story simply doesn't go together.




Alright, I'm ready to talk about what really happened today. After the morning LSAT debacle, I met up with my husband, siblings and mom for a cheer competition. My little sister is destined to be Homecoming Queen some day. I mean really, she's a shoe-in considering her big sister was THE Football Sweetheart...which as you all know is second in line to the crown as I walked out before the Queen. Not to mention the fact, that the girl is virtually amazing at whatever she does. She'll cheer in the fall, cheer and play basketball in the winter and run track in the spring....

Details are important people. Details.

So after we watched her perform we headed to Barnes and Noble. Now that I finally have a life again, I can return to my world of book worminess. I bought the new J.K. Rowling The Tales of Beedle the Bard. I also decided that I needed to read something of historical substance. Naturally, I went to the biographical section to find a Kennedy book. I've read just about everything there is to read in this section at Barnes and Noble...or so I thought.

I stroll down the aisle and realize the inevitable happened. I have read EVERY and I mean EVERY book in the Kennedy biographical section in the Tulsa Barnes and Noble. (Isn't it funny that I say Kennedy bio section as if it literally has its own section in the store?)

I don't know whether I should be proud or cry.

I mean, since I was 14 I've been reading...and reading...and reading...and reading about the Kennedy family.

Jackie, Joan and Ethel...read it...and own the movie.

Mrs. Kennedy...read it.

The Kennedy Men...read it.

The Kennedy Curse...read it.

The Kennedy's :The Next Generation...read it.

The Kennedy Women...read it.

Caroline Kennedy...read it.

And the rest I can't remember their title names. But I've read them and I've read all of these more than once.

So...if you need Christmas ideas for yours truly, find a Kennedy book that I have NEVER read...and you my friend will be an instant winna' full of life and viga'! (Winner full of life and vigor.)

Ah well, I did find out that Entertainment Weekly is now my best friend in the celeb goss' world. So I guess there is something to show for the day. And it's Harry Potter weekend on ABC Family. So it seems I'll survive...for another day. And then there's that second book of the Twilight series to read again. But it's no fun cause let's just go ahead and say it...Jacob is NO Edward. I'm trudging through it like a trooper in the trenches. And then there's the Big 12 Game where the Sooners will hopefully have their torches ready so that Chase Daniels can die in a fire yet again! And I do have some Christmas presents that desperately need to be wrapped.

It still isn't the same without a new Kennedy book to read...not the same at all.

Friday, December 5, 2008

These are a few of my favorite things...well people: The Kennedy Family

First of all, this is my 100th post.

Happy 100 to me....woo!

Not that I have that many followers at this point. But you know, it's some sort of accomplishment, I suppose.

Now onto the reason for today's post. As you all know, Sen. Clinton of New York is now the Secretary of State Designate for President-Elect Obama's administration. Naturally, she will need someone to take over her spot in the Senate.

And guess who the lead potential for that spot?

CAROLINE KENNEDY
I am beyond elated about this!!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Flightless bird, American mouth

I am obsessed with this song. It's from the movie soundtrack for Twilight.
I'm not kidding you, I can listen to it over and over again. And naturally I did some research on it. It's actually a song about the American dream. But it can also easily play into context for the movie. I hope you're having a good day little readers wherever you are.

Merry Christmas.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Wednesday is "Pet Peeve" Day

During my last semester of college, I stayed active in my sorority for many reasons. The biggest being that I needed that time to just be with other girls. One of the events for the semester was our Fall Member Retreat. At the retreat, we stayed up until the wee hours of the night giggling about nothing important. (When I say wee hours I'm talking 2 or 3...yes we might have been a little lame that night. Bite me.) One of the topics of discussion were our pet peeves.

I'm not really sure why I am thinking about this night or this specific conversation, but I am so bear with me....maybe I'm not feeling the motivation required to deliver the usual magnanimousness that I do. (Yes it is a word.)

Here are a few of my pet peeves:
  • I do not like it when someone does not close their mouth while eating. SMACKING is even worse.
  • LIARS.
  • People who act a certain way around one group and a totally different way around another group.
  • Grudge holders...you know the kind that have the ability to punish the ones who have committed offenses simply by being in their presence without saying one word. But you know they still hold it against you by their actions.
  • If you do not know the words to a song, do not sing. It is that simple. Listen to the song until you do.
  • Brown-nosers. I will not kiss your butt to get you to like me. I am a good person and that will show if you give me the time to do so. I have bad days just like every one else, including yourself.
  • Nosey people. We all are a little nosey if we let ourselves be honest, however there is a whole other level that is unneccesary.
  • Snide, underhanded remarks. If you have something to say, say it.
  • Agenda setters. Now I am not talking about having a plan for your life. I have no problem with that, but when your plan means you'll be the cause of friendship break-ups in order to do so, then count me out. ESPECIALLY if you do not own up to your own actions.
  • Finally, life does not happen to you. Take responsibility for your own actions and quit blaming your issues on other people. You have the ability to choose your responses to other's actions, whether they be vile or simply wonderful.

Well I've stepped off my soapbox for the afternoon. I hope you're having a considerably wintry afternoon. And for those of you who live in a city, I hope you're drinking Starbucks for me.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

"Now that's holiday!"

Kids, I've decided that like the ABC Family Channel, I'm going to have my own 25 days of Christmas...well sorta. I've decided that I am going to be committed to posting for the first 25 days of December. I know you're not surprised in the least at this point about my holiday spirit, but I've got a little story to tell kids.

Once upon a time...okay well actually it was yesterday, I finally let myself freak out about the LSAT. And the day before that, my sister went back to Never Never Land aka Norman. The skies were dark and the clouds looked grim for it is another 17 days before I see my sister again and it is only 4 days until I take the LSAT. They were dark times. And to top it all off, I was/am running on a serious lack of sleep. You can ask anyone, I am dragging tail in the office today.
I was on the verge of GASP...losing my Christmas spirit!!



Now do you understand the severity of the situation? I began to wonder if Christmas could exist with such a dark cloud as the LSAT waiting for me on Saturday. Oh sure I could celebrate after, but what about those 6 days lost...and then the magesty of Jesus appeared the vessel of one of God's creatures.

I work for the humina humina blah-dy blah and today one of the people who come into the office regularly came in early due to health reasons.

As he left, he smiled and told me "Merry Christmas."

I smiled and told him, "you too."

Now I know it might sound silly, but the simple wishes of a Merry Christmas to me totally turned my day around. (Not to mention the fact that this is the first time this Christmas season that someone has wished me so.)
And I thought to myself that the man's simple but genuine wishes were the very essence of what Christmas is all about.

God sent his son simply so we truly might be able to know his genuine love for us.
It is as simple as the wishing of glad tidings and great joy to one another.

So Merry Christmas everyone...Merry Christmas indeed.

Monday, December 1, 2008

oh shizzzzz!

That's great, nice plan. Now can we think this through? Harvard Law School?
ELLE(Spoken) I have a 4.0 average.
ADVISOR(Spoken) Yeah, in Fashion Merchandising. What makes you think you can do this?
ELLE Love! I'm doing this for love!
And love will see me through
Yes with love on my side, I can't lose
And Harvard can't refuse
A love so pure and true
Don't lawyers feel love too?
ADVISOR(spoken)Even if they do . . .(sung)What you want, sweetheart is no easy thing
If you're going to swing it, it will wreck your senior spring, yeah it's true
First, you'll need an LSAT score of more than 174
So no more parties for you
You'll need a killer essay, or do not even hope
And glowing letters from your betters
Any chance you know the pope?
Oh, no? Too bad cause that would be a coup
And you've got a lot of work in front of you!

Pray for me. I take the LSAT on Saturday. I've been taking practice tests and the school bug has bitten me again. I've never wanted to do something so badly in all my life. Yowza!!

So this Saturday morning, wake it up a little early...say around 8:30 am and pray for me...Sam the girl who will be start taking her LSAT at that very moment in some disclosed location. PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAASE!!!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

I won my first award...WOOT!



I have to list 5 of my fabulous addictions and then pass it on to five others.

1. College Football.
I don't talk about this obsession as often as I should. But let me talk about my devotion levels for a moment. I planned my entire wedding and the events that go with it around football season. All wedding showers were on away game weekends. My bachelorette party was the weekend AFTER Big 12. No, this is not a ridiculous thing to do and I do not understand anyone who would think otherwise. This love is deeply rooted in the fact that I am from the South, my dad and uncles were all obsessed with the game, and my high school friends were the boys from the football team. I may be a girly girl, but in the South, liking football is part of being a girly girl. I cannot get enough of the game. I can talk smack with the best of them and do not appreciate it when a guy thinks that because I'm a girl I don't know what I'm talking about. I happen to think that my teachers did an excellent job with their student.

2. celeb slouch look.
Another addiction of mine is the celebrity media frenzy. I have opinions on just about every celebrity out there. If I don't know a lot about the person, but have noticed their increasing appearances on Pink is the New Blog, UsWeekly, and People you can bet I've wikipedia'd them. One of my biggest addictions is what they look like when they are in their "normal" clothes. I could write a book on celeb requirements for a civilian look. For example, typically big sunglasses, a big bag, bedhead, a favorite t-shirt/jeans are involved and let's not forget the ever present Starbucks/green item in hand. I rocked all of the above the entire time I moved about in the airport this past Thanksgiving week. This is typically how I learn about the latest trends. No joke...and maybe my religious reading of the above celeb sources helps a little too.

3. twilight/sex and the city soundtracks.
I do not know how this has worked out, but I do not have the soundtrack for either of these movies. They are my favorite for sure from this 2008 movie season. I have seen Twilight twice and will go back tomorrow to see it again. It might be a good idea to buy it for my iPod I am getting for Christmas. But I digress, I cannot get enough of the music from these movies. I listen to everything but all day long with my iPod, but when I'm walking around humming it is to music from these movies.

4.my red glasses.
For as long as I can remember I have never been a fan of the fact that I required glasses. I got contacts as soon as humanly possible because I was so mortified in the 8th grade. But this semester, i got a pair of red rimmed glasses. They are amazing. The attorneys that I work with tell me all the time that I should wear them regularly. Then maybe I could become known as the attorney who wears the red glasses all the time. Kinda cool. I know this sounds highly nerdy of me, but it's a hot nerdy. I promise.

5. Christmas decorations
It is no secret that I love Christmas, but one of my favorite parts is the actual decorating part. When Brandon and I initially got married, he kept saying I want input on where we put our stuff in our house. And for me, that didn't really feel like it was something he should do. Yes he should definitely put the nails in the wall, but as for deciding where things go that was all me. I just feel like it's one of the things that i should be responsible for as the wife. And the same falls into our Christmas decorating. I have completely set up the inside of our house. I should post a picture about this soon because it is way cute. But decorating is an addiction because it is a physical way for me to contribute one of my womanly duties in this husband/wifey relationship.

So there you have it. I have decided to tag Emily, Mary kathy, Jess T., Kelsey and Jessi. I know you girls are fabulous and no it's not just cause you're my sorority sisters. ;)

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Wednesday is "Thanksgiving" Day.

Now I fully realize that Thanksgiving is not until tomorrow, but today is the educational post. I also won't have a chance to post tomorrow either. So to keep things respectable and short, I'll only list ten things that I am thankful for this year.

  1. I am thankful for my husband. He has understood me and heard me when no one else could so many times this year. He loves me with everything he is and treats me like I'm the president and he's the First Man.
  2. I am thankful for my job. I might complain about it on occasion, but I am thankful for the experience and the people.
  3. I am thankful for solid friendship. I didn't realize how much I would miss them once I left Norman last year,but I am thankful for all of you.
  4. I am thankful for good food. My grandpa is a retired executive chef for the Air Force and tonight on the menu is stuffed pork loin with twice baked potatoes. The appetizer is a salsa with shrimp and crab meat mixed in it. Be. Jealous.
  5. I am thankful to be in Vegas. This is the first time that my mom's dad's family has spent Thanksgiving has spent together and it is a blast to have everyone together. We don't get to do it enough.
  6. I am thankful for being able to wear flip-flops on Thanksgiving. Seriously, it is always so cold on Thanksgiving. The good weather is a nice change of pace.
  7. I am thankful that my grannie came with us. She has progressive Alzheimer's, so the time we have with her is precious and few.
  8. I am thankful for pumpkin pie. Not too many people like this Thanksgiving staple, but I am personally a connoisseur. Tomorrow is looking like a good day for us fans.
  9. I am thankful for blogging. It has been more fun that I would have ever expected.
  10. I am thankful for my new car. I don't think I have had a chance to mention this one yet, but a month ago, Brandon and I bought a Monte Carlo SS. It is a sweet ride. I'll be posting about my latest dilemma regarding the car soon.
I hope this post finds you well and with your family this Thanksgiving holiday.
Much love and hope for peace,

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

shoulda, coulda, woulda...

We shoulda asked to move when the little boy's mom asked if he was sick to his tummy.
We coulda avoided the disgusting smell.
We woulda had 2 pukers, if people didn't move in time for me to get away from the smell.

Events of the Day so far include:
  • The above incident happened as we were trying to get off the plane @ DFW.
  • I was the lucky winner of a patdown from the lovely people at TSA.
  • We had breakfast and I've read my usual amount of newspapers this morning.
  • I later gagged again when I saw an advertisement for UT on the way to our terminal.
And other than running on a serious lack of sleep, we're having a good time. I mean really, they have Starbucks around every corner. And this blogger seems to be in her natural state because of it. Hopefully I can update later in the day...and if not, you know what tomorrow is.

Friday, November 21, 2008

These are a few of my favorite things: iPod playlists

This is week 2 of my newest posting day. I thought I'd talk a little about my iPod love. Anytime I have a major event in my life, I make a playlist. Now please understand when I say major, it could be anything from a fun road trip home to the songs that came out my senior year of college. And naturally, I have made one for next week's trip to Las Vegas. The playlist's name is Destination:Thanksgiving. I know it's not a name that's absolutely mind-blowing.

(This post really isn't either, but I have a headache.)

And I am so pumped to jam out to it in the airport. Seriously, I halfway feel sorry for my kids one of these days because I will be a mom that jams out no matter where I am. As long as the music is solid, then I am there to deliver on the jamming part.

On this particular playlist I have decided to return to some of my high school roots. So there is plenty of *NSYNC and Britney. And I can't wait!!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Wednesday is "Womanizer" Day

Womanizer: guy who makes zillions of women think he is in love with them and that he is the best guy in the universe but never know he is making 12,774,763,836,543 other women think that too
Chuck Bass is a womanizer. Just ask Jenny Humphrey about it.

Man whore: A male who typically juggles "commitments" with multiple females at once, while engaging in non-committal sexual relations on the side; a man that tries to hang out with girls at his school/workplace in the hopes that he will one day get into their pants
Dr. Mark Sloan aka "McSteamy" is the resident man whore at Seattle Grace.

Man Bia': Male prostitute. One who does it for money.
Kevin Federline. Cash Warren. Nick Lachey. 'Nuff Said.

Playa': A male who uses women for sex or other favors usually by charming the girl till they fall in love with them. A lot of guys do this in order to be a "playa" cuz in our modern society it is(by idiotic ignoramo's) "cool" and "hip" to be labeled as a "playa".
Bill Clinton and John Kennedy were major presidential playas. Monica and Marilyn ringin' any bells for ya?

I haven't been literally educational in quite some time and I felt it as my duty to not fail you today. And maybe, just maybe I like Brit's new song.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

It's because I got a blog update okay?

Latest Shenanigans and how...
I've recently been reading other blogs. And when I say other blogs, I am talking about people I have never met in my life. It's kinda weird, but really cool because all of the ones that I have read are Christian women writing them.
And you know what I love most about them is that they are totally committed to their blogs and more importantly they have awards!!
Did you know that you could get awards for your blog? I didn't. So I've decided to branch out. I'm going to figure out how to win one and then how to post one of my own. So if you know anything about the two, I'd really appreciate your help.

The real reason for the post...
I like Christmas a lot. And in the spirit of the season, and for all of you nay-sayers out there I've posted a fun little survey.

Okay, here's what you're supposed to do, and try not to be a SCROOGE!!!
Change all the answers so that they apply to you. Then tag a bunch of people you know......
Remember--Tis the Season to be NICE!

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags?
Wrapping Paper typically.

2. Real tree or Artificial
ARTIFICIAL…because my sister is a walking allergy. Sorry Jessi, but you is what you is.

3. When do you put up the tree?
Middle of November

4. When do you take the tree down?
Epiphany…or January 6th

5. Do you like eggnog?
Never tried it.

6. Favorite gift received as a child?
Cabbage patch doll that I could curl and crimp her hair.

7. Hardest person to buy for?
My dad’s extended family

8. Easiest person to buy for?
Jessi/Brandon

9. Do you have a nativity scene?
No we do not at this point.

10. Mail or email Christmas cards?
MAIL

11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received?
Pajama pants that didn’t fit and were used

12. Favorite Christmas Movie?
Christmas Vacation

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas?
We started last weekend.

14. Have you ever re-gifted a Christmas present?
NO

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?
Anything my mom or grandma makes.

16. Favorite Christmas song?
There is no way in the history of my life that I could ever choose just one!! Are you kidding me? But to name a few…Last Christmas (Wham!), All I want for Christmas is You(Mariah Carey, Christmas Wrapping, Jingle Bells (Frank Sinatra), Carol of the Bells (Trans-Siberian Orchestra), Someday at Christmas (Stevie Wonder), O Little Town of Bethlehem (Frank Sinatra), I want a hippopotamus for Christmas, Feliz Navidad, Santa Claus is coming to Town (Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters), Rockin’Around the Christmas Tree, Run Run Rudolph!, Little Saint Nick (the Beach Boys)…okay that’s all I’ve got for today. But ask me tomorrow and it will be a whole other selection.

17. Travel at Christmas or stay at home
I wish I could stay at home…but I am still a stinkin’ newlywed who has no kids.

18. Angel on the tree top or a star?
STAR

19. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning?
Heh..heh…heh…well it depends on when I find them. I am a most excellent snoop. But recently I’ve been all on Christmas morning because all of my presents are hidden at an undisclosed location until the night before Christmas.

20. Most annoying thing about this time of the year?
People afraid to wish each other Merry/Happy Christmas because of the PC society we live in today.

21. What theme or color are you using?
red, green, silver and black

22. Favorite for Christmas dinner?
Chicken enchiladas

23. What do you want for Christmas this year?
Nintendo DS/new iPod…I’m not going to hope for world peace/ peaceful family together time. That’s lame. I’m goin’ straight for the money items people.

24. How many people are you buying presents for this year?
22

25. Favorite "Cool/Fun" tradition at Christmas.
My parents were engaged at Christmas time and so were Brandon and I.

BONUS: Can you name all of Santa's reindeer?


I am tagging Shauna, Emily, Katherine, Jessi, Jess T. , Kelsey, and Meredith.

Friday, November 14, 2008

These are a few of my favorite things...

When I was a little girl, I couldn't wait for Thanksgiving. It meant several things for me during such a special time in my life. It meant that I got to see my family, and that I would wake up in the morning to smell the turkey in the oven and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade on tv. But even more importantly than that, it meant that "The Wizard of Oz'' was on later that night!!!!

For those of you who view my tiny little blog on a regular basis that don't already know...I happen to be a MAJOR and I mean MAJOR fan. I think I have like 6-10 sets of dolls, countless books, of course the movie, board games...and the list goes on.
This year when McDonald's had Wizard of Oz dolls in their happy meals, guess who had to get a full set?
Me.
And guess who now has her full set?
Me.

I'm telling you the level of my commitment is extremely high. This movie has been my favorite since as long as I can remember. I don't ever remember a time of being afraid of the Wicked Witch. I always wanted to watch it at daycare.

Annnnnnnnnd to go back to Thanksgiving for a moment, I thought that the television knew it was my absolute favorite movie and that is why it was played on one of my most favorite days of the year. I am so serious too. I watched it on all of my other favorite times of the year and just knew that this was the one time I didn't have to take my movie with me if we weren't going to be home. I simply could not get enough of the movie. Even now, if the movie is on tv, I stop what I drop what I am doing. I just loooooooooooove this movie. I even bought ruby red slippers to wear on my wedding day. Yes, I'm that kind of weird.

And it seems that I've been following the yellow brick road all of my life. I've had my encounters with wicked witches, and lions and tigers and bears too. In the end, I've found that there really is "no place like home.'' So in honor of my favorite movie and because Emily asked me to do it, I am adding Fridays as a part of my regular posting days. I've just been waiting for the right inspiration and it seems tonight everything just came together.


I hope you have a wonderful evening and now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to see the Wizard...the Wonderful Wizard of OZ who just happens to be on TNT tonight!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Wednesday is "No I am not s****** you" Day

Okay so at work today, I explained to a client what he had to do 5 times. And when he finally had his ah-ha moment 10 minutes later, he said and I quote, "Are you sh***ing me?"

No I wasn't sh***ing him, but I didn't have the chance to tell him because one of the other clients in the office did. And then he proceeded to tell him what an idiot he was...I had to bite my tongue.

What a day...not very educational I know. But it was really gutsy of that person.

Peace.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

what a crap day

Today was a poop day. And it was one of my days off. Lame. Totally lame. The sun had better shine tomorrow. Do you hear me God? I mean it.

Monday, November 10, 2008

The Monday Report

Every morning on my way to work, I contemplate life. However, it seems to heighten on Monday mornings. I think this has to do with the fact that on most Sunday nights, I don't get to sleep as early as I do throughout the week. My lack of sleep on Sundays is due to me going ninety to nothing all weekend long, and my body just doesn't seem to know how to unwind...and neither does my mind. I think all kinds of things, so much so that it carries over to Monday morning.

Drivers in the Oklahoma Area
I have discovered that people are creatures of habit. I know this is no shocking revelation. But today, I'm discussing their habitual nature with regards to their driving tendencies. While in Norman for my collegiate years, I learned that the metro drivers like to flip people off. In Tulsa, they are horn happy. . No other time in my life have I ever experienced such road rage it seems. But it seems that I am outraged by the lack of people's common sense. Two examples will follow.

Example #1
I was driving along this morning. I found myself to be in an uncharacteristically good mood as I got more than the usual sleep I do on Sunday nights. (I know I just gave this huge schpiel about getting not enough sleep and I totally throw you for a loop. My apologies.) My iTunes playlist was simply outstanding. It was playing all the songs I wanted to hear. Some in fact would call this morning, stellar. I know I did. However, I was still trying to get out of Small Town, Oklahoma, so that was about to change. I was coming around a slight curve. There was a car waiting to turn out in the lanes of traffic that I was driving on. He was inside the ten...yard line that is...as far as distance from me to him was concerned. I was closing in on the touchdown that it would have been to get past him before he pulled out. I was at the five. Now let's pause for a moment on this situation and think. 5 yards means 15 feet. I just wanted to clarify that thought. And the JERK pulled out in front of me!! Is he for real? There was no room in the other lane for him to illegally get over, so he stayed in my lane. I had to slam on my brakes. I was doing 50! And then he has the nerve to raise his hands up at me in disgust when I glare at him through his rear view mirror! I mean really? As soon as I could I passed him. Then he honks his horn at me. What a moron. The guy pulls out in front of me. If an accident had occurred it would have been his fault! And yet, he has the audacity to think otherwise.
Example #2
Glad to have no accidents occurred, I moved on and continued to enjoy my music. And I got stuck behind a missy prissy who felt it was her duty to drive 65 and stay in the passing lane...no matter what. Of course traffic was a little congested, so it wasn't like I could pass her in the SLOW LANE or anything. But she managed to speed up just enough to pass those people. Now I pause at this moment to say, that yes the speed limit on HWY 62 is in fact 65, but she didn't want to pass people on the right until I threatened to go around her.
Finally, the roadway cleared and I got in the right lane to pass her.
SHE PULLED OVER IN FRONT OF ME.
So I moved to the left lane.
SHE PULLED OVER IN FRONT OF ME AGAIN.
That was it. I got over in the other lane and slowed down to 55, she slowed down thinking she had beat me. Then I gunned it and waved as I passed her. I set my cruise to 70ish and left her in the dust. Now is it wrong of me to speed? Yes. But it is also very wrong of her to sit in the passing lane when she is not passing anyone other than the fact so that she can continue to sit in the passing lane. I mean seriously, once I have passed a person, I move over into the right lane. So that other people like the Toyota Tundra that was behind us while this mess was going on could get passed her as well. (He flipped her off when he passed her btw.)
OH! It just really chaps me that people act this way.

Countdowns to major events...
  • The LSAT is three weeks away. I get nauseated every time I think about it.
  • Las Vegas is in two weeks. I am excited, but stressed because I have major studying to do before that time. And more studying to do while we're there. School first, play second. So I haven't really let myself get too excited over it yet.
  • Christmas is 45 days away. I am about to burst at the seems for my excitement, but I work with a bunch of Ebeneezer Scrooge's. So I'll have to wait to let my "Winter Wonderland" scentsy stuff smell up the office. And I'll have to wait to decorate my desk until after Thanksgiving. And I really have to wait to play Christmas tunes at my desk. I mean they really are lame ducks. Those poor people won't know what hit them. I even plan to schedule a Tacky Christmas Sweater day at work in honor of the festivities.
  • Our first anniversary is a month and a half away. I need a really good idea for a gift for Brandon. It's the paper anniversary. So give me your best. Plus I think we might be going up to Branson for a couple of days. To take in the sights at Christmas time in Branson is a must see, I hear.

I suppose that is all for my Monday report. I've got some things I need to get tackled before Wednesday.

Peace.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

I try to contain myself, really I do.

As ALL of you are aware, I LOVE Christmas. I feel as if that statement goes without saying. Some of you, I am sure are very sick of hearing about it. So I thought I'd throw a little twist to this latest rave about one of my favorite times of the year. I'm going to tell you all the festive things that I've never done....well sorta.

  1. I have never seen "It's a Wonderful Life."
  2. I've never gone one year without watching Christmas Vacation at least 7-10 times throughout the holiday season. It is in fact my favorite Christmas movie.
  3. I have never had a peppermint mocha from Starbucks. (really, you honestly thought I could make it through a post without mentioning my other obsession?)
  4. I have never been kissed underneath mistletoe. (I know, right?)
  5. Since the birth of Loren and Will, my siblings and I have never spent a Christmas Eve apart. We all sleep in the same room the night Santa comes to our house. Brandon joined right in on this tradition in 2005.
  6. I have never tasted egg nog.
These are just a few things I thought you might find interesting.
P.S. A regular posting day is soon to be added.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Wednesday is "Did you know?" Day

Yesterday, Starbucks gave out free coffee period. Not if you voted...just because. Did you know that this idea is all good and well, if....
  1. You have a Starbucks in your town.
  2. You actually like coffee.

I didn't qualify in either case.

Secondly, did you know we have a new president? I really thought that this matter would carry over into today, but it didn't. May God bless all four of these political players in the next four years. And may God bless America.

Third, I hope we all have enjoyed gas prices because they soon will be a rising again. The election is over...and so are the low gas prices. They'll be up soon enough. Because didn't you know, it's holiday season after all?

Fourth and finally, facebook has never been so ridiculous. I am an avid fan of the social networking system. But this is way over the top. And did you know I never knew people had such poor attitudes about life in this country? I mean really, and the anger that is dwelling in the hearts of people is unnerving.

It's lots to think about kids...LOTS to think about for sure.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

I've said it before and I'll say it again.

My fellow Americans, today is Election Day. I will not spend much time on this post as I myself am getting ready to cast my vote for this most historic election. But I will spend time on conveying my deep convictions to you about how important it is to vote. Most people think, "I'm just one person, how can I make a difference?" In 1960 a young man from Massachusetts won the election by 112,827 votes. Do you realize that on a game day in Norman we're just shy of that number by less than 10 thousand people?

I have said this before and I'll say it again. Your vote counts. And furthermore, if you don't vote, then you have forfeited your right to complain about the next administration. Your vote is your opportunity to use your freedom of speech to say what you want for this country for the next four years.
It is that simple. It really is.

Have a good day and may the best man win.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloweeny!

As you know, I'm not exactly Halloween's biggest supporter. If the Great Pumpkin and Santa Claus were in a presidential campaign, you could go ahead and cast my vote now in your head. It's just that simple. But it is still a holiday that is celebrated annually. And thus I felt compelled to write to you about my Halloween events for the day.

This morning I had to get gas on my way to work. I got up extra early...and a side note about holiday sleep time. It doesn't matter if it is Christmas Eve, my birthday eve, Thanksgiving eve, etc. I cannot sleep the night before because of the anticipation for the day ahead. I don't know what it is, but it is a lot of fun. Anyway back to getting gas, I was pulling out of the station when I saw a hearse drive by!!!!!!!!!!!! I about peed my pants.

And the people who come into the office today have been absolutely ridiculous. All the crazies are out in full force.

That's about it people. Nothing too eventful. Oh except I got my two dollars from my grand-rents in Vegas.

Thanksgiving will be a completely different matter. Thanksgiving will be spent in Vegas with the grand-rents. And yes this is after election day. No I'm not talking about the one between Santa Claus and the Great Pumpkin either.

I'll say two words about my grandpa on that situation: RETIRED MILITARY.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Wednesday is "Compliment" Day

I like to compliment people. I'm not trying toot my own horn here or anything. But I really like to compliment people. If someone looks nice or had their hair done recently, I like to tell them about it. Of course this seems superficial at best, but some people really need to hear these things. Unfortunately we live in a society now where most people do not have a high sense of self-worth. And it wasn't that they didn't look well before they put on the new outfit or had their hair done. It's because you can almost see in a person that they feel better about themselves, but aren't sure if they should flaunt it. And I want people to have that little extra help they need to do so. God didn't put us on this Earth to simply get by. He put us here to LIVE. So whatever I can do to further his kingdom, I'm totally game, even if it is just just little snaps. (Elle Woods calls her compliments, snaps by the way.) For all of my readers, minus my husband, I do not see you every day. Some I see you every few weeks, others months.
Nonetheless, today I have decided that I'll be complimenting your souls, if you will....and maybe a superficial snap here or there as well.

Em- Girl, you have star quality. When you walk into a room, you take ownership of it immediately and people recognize that. Not to mention, if I am looking for the latest music, or the newest trend, you should know who I call. And it ain't ghostbusters. (See Katherine, I can have some Halloween humor.)

Mary Kathy (Katherine)- You have one of the best servant's hearts I know, and you are not afraid to be a woman.

Meredith- You have been nothing but absolutely kind to me during the entire time that I have known you. And when you comment on my blog, I am totally pumped.

Jessi- There are so many things that I could say about you. But the number one thing that I will say is that you are loyal. And I have loved looking at all of the pictures of you while doing your officer duties this year. You look so happy and you look like you have found your place. Whether you thought it was or not, leadership is your place sister. And btw you looked totally smokin' at Hoedown. Hopefully, you know who noticed.

Meghan McCain- Now I am not a personal friend. And Lord knows, I am not voting for her daddy on election day next week. BUT, I greatly respect her for the representation that she has provided for her dad during this campaign year. And not to mention, she is one hot blonde.

Meg Tree- You are one of the best writers in the blog world. I've told you this before, but you use excellent imagery. (Mrs. Walker and Luke should be proud for my usage of this word.) And I think you should cut your hair, just because you can.

Kelsey- I could not think of someone more qualified to sit on the Alumni board for our chapter than you. You know the heart and soul of that group. And I love you dog Tilly!!! I still cannot get over that name. It is definitely the coolest dog name I know.

Brandon- Baby love, I want you to know how proud of you I have been recently. You are going to graduate!!! I feel like I'm a parent in this situation because I have been with you for so much of your journey to one of your life's successes. And you are going to be so great in your field. And by the way, you look totally smokin' in your blue and black sweater.

Shauna- We have never met, but you are one killer blog designer. And I love how you love your kids. I hope that I am a good mommy like you one day.

Have a good day and don't forget to pass on the love.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

just so you know I'm still alive...

Here is a fun and quick way to stay in touch.
Four, Four, Four, Four...

A) Four places that I go to over and over:

work
Dano's (gas station near our house
home
my parent's house (recently)

B) Four people who e-mail me (regularly):

Dad
Jess
Brandon
Crissy (from work)

C) Four of my favorite places to eat:

Texadelphia
JR's
Boomerang
Jason's Deli

D) Four places I would rather be right now:

home studying
Starbucks
on a plane to New York
on a cruise ship watching the sun set

E) Four people I think will respond:

Megan
Jessi
Kelsey
Katherine
(Emily and Meredith already have.)

F) Four TV shows I watch:

Brothers and Sisters
Grey's Anatomy
Private Practice
Army Wives
The Hills
Gossip Girl

Yes I know this is 6.

Here's what you are supposed to do...and please don't spoil the fun... delete my answers, type in your answers and send it to abunch of people, including me. It's SIX questions. Take the time

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Wednesday is "Cold" Day

It's that time of the week. It is educational Wednesday!! I've heard from some bloggers that this is quite the must read...even though they can be pretty lame at times. But I will have you know that I thought about this post all day long. I thought I might talk about school, as I miss it. I know I am a nerd. My sister and husband think I'm weird due to this. I always have liked school. As much as I hated going to class at times during college, I generally do love to learn. However, there is another post that seemed to fall right into my lap.

Kids, it is cold outside. I'm talking 48 degrees and raining. Now for most this is nothing but a bad hair day...myself included. But it means so much more than that people. Think of the possibilities!!!

This cold day means...
  • that Christmas really is coming soon.
  • Thanksgiving turkey is a month away
  • we get to wear cute snow hats and scarves!!!
  • Starbucks means so much more in our lives.
  • for the most part, we'll have good hair days
  • SNOW!
  • getting so snowed in I can't make it to work...rats.
  • Christmas movies
  • decorating for Christmas
  • reading Harry Potter. Of course this is after the LSAT
  • btw I won't have to stress about that law school stuff eventually
  • Starbucks
  • SNOW!!!

I hope you're having a good day!!!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

alright already.

I tried to watch last night's episode of the Hills. But apparently MTV needs some maintenance. So I thought maybe it was a sign that I should be on here instead.

A few weeks ago, I mentioned that eventually I would be talking about law school and where I am applying, blah blah blah. Well I can't avoid it any longer. So here goes. For the past month or so, I've silently been freaking out about law school. I think about it a lot on my commute home from work. I think about what happens if I don't get in, am I really supposed to be an attorney, etc. Sunday night I did not sleep well at all because I stayed up thinking about all of these things. And yesterday afternoon my well hidden silent freakouts became public when my boss was up on his way up front and saw me crying. He graciously reminded me that it was time to go home...10 minutes early. He didn't have to tell me twice. I made a beeline out of the office and called my dad. I've been good for the past 10 months of my marriage. When I had a problem, I always turned to Brandon to bounce an idea off him. But yesterday I needed to talk to my dad. As usual when my silent freakouts lose the mute button, I was crying before he even answered the phone. (Side note: my dad is very used to this as one of the women in his life call if not every day, every other day crying about something. Bless his heart for being such a good listener.) So he asked me what was wrong, and I told him I didn't know if I was supposed to go to law school anymore. And he asked what brought this on and how long had I been thinking about it. And I told him that I had been considering the idea for a month or so, and that I didn't know what I would do if I didn't get in.

And he said, "well sis, I've told you before, but you have to remember that they can't eat ya if you don't. And that if is a really big one. I don't see you getting in as the problem. I see the how you're going to pay for it all being your issue. But he said that's another concern for another day. I know you're supposed to be a lawyer. You eat, sleep and breathe politics. You've always wanted to be in public office. And in order for you to get to that point, you're going to have to go to school cause my name isn't Joe Kennedy. (Btw if he was, I'd be in the middle of my military service stint right now.) Right now, you're working in the grittiest part of the law. And so it is easy to understand that you are getting bogged down by all of it. What you see is no fun. And yes lawyers get a bad rap, but their purpose is to help good people not get the short end of the stick. They are there to keep people honest and to protect the innocent. And I know that it may not seem like it now, but this is excellent experience for you. This time will only help your intuition about people grow. And finally, you are a decision maker. You have always meant to do so. That's why you were in leadership every where you have been so far in your life until now. But you can't make the step forward until you have JD behind your name. You have to remember that until you have it, you won't be on their playing field. And finally, I have always felt like this is what you are supposed to do with your life. Even before you switched over to political science from medical school, I knew that you would be part of the law-making process. Your conviction of the difference between wrong and right is too high for you not to be a lawyer...."

And I felt better. I listened to him and we talked some more and then he had to go because he had a customer on the lot. I felt better. I knew what the practical point of law school was all along. I just sometimes let my brain wander a little...okay okay...a lot. I want to go to law school really bad. And it isn't about getting ahead of others. Don't get me wrong, the degree will certainly be nice, but I want to be able to speak out and have that leadership role again. I really do believe the concept that one person can make a difference. And I want my own shot on this earth to do so. So please pray for me in the next few weeks as I work on my applications. It is going to be a daunting task to say the least.

It still blows my mind that I have to sell myself again for this whole deal. I remember applying for undergrad and it was a breeze it seemed. Of course I could work on my applications at school as well as at home. So that will be harder, but also the test. Geez. THE LSAT. But that's not including that I will probably need to make campus visits again!! Campus visits...whoa that is a major step back in history. I didn't take a tour of the campus at OU until the spring. Is that okay to wait that long for law school too? And the application process. SICK!!!

Bleh...work is crazy so I'll have to finish this later. And I am really tired of attitudes. Peace.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Lame post, but it will have to do.

http://www.nbc.com/Saturday_Night_Live/video/clips/gov-palin-cold-open/773761/

Bless her heart, she just doesn't find Tina Fey very funny. But I do.

As you can tell from the title, this isn't my best work. I've got lots to mull over. Maybe I'll be ready to spill by tomorrow.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

I don't flip people off. It's called manners, thank you.

On the road, I have been known to have a slight case of road rage. However, that was not the case yesterday. I'm also getting ahead of myself. Let me start the beginning....

For the first two weeks in October, the bridge that I cross when I come to work was reduced down to one lane. I had to add an extra ten minutes to my commute because of merged traffic. Now Oklahoma has a law that at a certain point you have to merge. In fact, there is a sign that says, "State Law MERGE NOW." Obviously it is a traffic violation if you don't. Well, some people before this sign like to play teacher and sit out in the middle of the lane so no one can pass them. Remember how a person could get into trouble for cutting in the lunch line when we were younger? Well this is the same concept except we haven't passed the Merge Now sign. I understand that I am trying to get to work just like everyone else, but I have to be at work at 8am. No exceptions. I do not run late. And my boss does not want me to run late either. So why is it necessary for you to act like an 8 year old?

Now in my line of work, I see officers of the law on a daily basis. It happened that a Hi-Po would be my source of help on this particular day. I asked my question about the wanna-be teachers. Of course he wanted to know why I couldn't just go ahead and merge like everyeone else. I said I understood where he was coming from, but they could be a major source of traffic accidents too. So he explained that it would be an obstruciton of traffic and that they could be ticketed. We both went about our day. Two days later he came back to the office and told me that he issued three tickets to people about what we talked about two days earlier.

Now I told you that story to tell you this story...

Yesterday I was on my way home from work. I was the only person in the left lane. There was no one in front of me for a football field and the same in the back. Now I understand that I really shouldn't have been sitting in the left lane. After all, it is a passing lane, but I was by myself, with two hundred yards around me and I was doing 70. So it wasn't like I was putt-putting along.

I see this Chrysler SUV come up behind me. But she was coming so fast, I didn't want to move to the right lane because I thought she might go around me and it could have caused an accident. Plus for some reason, on this side of the state people do not know how to use their turning signal. So it was a good possibility that she was going to pass without letting me know about it. So I sat still.

Well she continued to ride my bumper.

Then she flashed her lights at me.

Yes there was still no one around us.

So I moved over to appease her royal highness.

She zooms passed me and then the bitty FLIPPED ME OFF! She really gave me the bird. I will be the first to admit that I do struggle with the occasional curse word, but I do NOT say THAT word in any form or fashion, thank you very much. I know I could have moved over, but really there was no one around us and she was the one driving like a bat out of Hades. Not me.

Now I'm pretty sure she could have used her brain if she wanted to, but then I saw her license plate and saw she was from Iowa. So that proved otherwise to me. So I did what any self-respecting Southern lady would do. I called her out on her manners literally. I waited for justice to be served.

About 3-4 minutes later, I was coming over the top of another hill when I felt a shift in the traffic. I braced myself because I thought I was coming up on an accident.

Then I came over the hill and what to my wondering eye should appear, but a Hi-Po with a Chrysler SUV pulled over for her speeding.

As I drove past, I waved because in the South we wave at each other when we say hello.

I don't flip people off. It's called manners, thank you Iowa.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Wednesday is "High/Low" Day

In the spring of my junior year I think....yeah it was my junior year because I was the chaplain of Phi Lamb at the time. I had the pleasure of being in a covenant group with Emily Westb, Laura Carr, and Jamie Cutchall. I say pleasure because as Chaplain, I had the duty to make up the cov. groups. So as far as privilege goes, you can decide that for yourself. I can't really say it was a privilege since I gave the group to myself technically. Anyway, every week that semester we had "High/Low" time. Now for those of you who do not know what High/Low is, basically you state your highs and your lows for the week. (That's the educational part you see.) So today I'll be telling you the highs and lows of my life. After all that is how life is. We take the good and the bad every day.

Lows...
  1. Old people: This low has to be written very carefully so I do not offend someone. So please understand that I have no intention whatsoever to be disrespectful. But I am really not a fan of the elderly who seem to have no respect for anyone but demand that they be respected for their age. Now I was raised to respect your elders like everyone else in the South who has manners. But it does not mean that I will just take a verbal beating because you have chosen to generalize me with the rest of my generation. Now I'm not perfect by any means, but I do like to think I am going to make something of myself one of these days. So please respect my experiences even if they do not match your time on Earth. They are still unique and no I did not grow up during the Depression like you, but I did grow up during the fall of the Berlin Wall and Monica Lewinsky, thank you. I guess I'm just sayin' if you want respect you have to give some too. To have a friend, you must be a friend.
  2. Doors Shut: When people are mad, have a secret, or something big is about to happen in the office, they shut their door. Well that has been happening a lot today. So something big is about to happen. And it may not be too great.
  3. People Hatin': People have been hatin' on my Christmas music all day and I do NOT appreciate it. You have your own office that you can shut your door and hide in...and listen to your own music for goodness sakes.
  4. Sam's Cam: My car is dying a little more every day due to old age and high mileage. Please pray that Jesus helps Camille hold out until the last possible second.
  5. Cowboy fans: No, unfortunately, I am not talking about the Dallas Cowboys. I'm talking about the other Cowboys...you know the O-State kind. While I was glad that Chase Daniel died in a fire, I am not glad that OU lost this weekend. I'm still wearing big Jackie O sunglasses over that one. And it doesn't help that I work with nothing but O-State fans for the most part. I could just puke.

Highs...

  1. Icky Days: For now I like the nasty weather because it means that Thanksgiving and Christmas and New Years will be here soon enough. It's nice to enjoy a cold day. Too bad there isn't a Starbucks in the nearest 75 mile radius....
  2. Grad Check: MY HUSBAND IS A SENIOR IN COLLEGE!!! Oh my goodness, I am so excited about this because I know how hard and how well he has done this past year in school to get his grads back on track.
  3. Car Shopping: Okay, so I'm just going to put out there that we have been shopping for a car. Not sure what we are going to get, but it will be new to us for sure. I'll let you know via post. And don't worry, I'll be sure to post pictures.
  4. Daily Dr. Pepper: I have been working out recently. You know post-graduation you actually have to join a gym. You can't go to the Huff anymore, which is totally lame. Anyway, I still let myself have a Dr. Pepper a day, should I choose to do so. And it's about that time for today.
  5. New Christmas Music: I am a major connisseur of Christmas music. And as such, it is very hard to hear a song that I have not already heard. Every song has been done in some form or fashion many times. Well this year, I found some Andrews Sisters stuff and an Italian Christmas song that I did not know existed. I am in heaven.
  6. Right as Rain: I am still regular.
  7. Not Preggo with an Eggo: I am not pregnant. Thank you Jesus!

And that's the educational post for today. Thank you. Good Afternoon and Good night.

Monday, October 13, 2008

What's wrong with America's youth today...

No discipline.
No Accelerated Reader.
NO DODGEBALL.




Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Wednesday is "No Computer" Day

Our server was down all day at work. It sucked. Therefore I'm just now getting a chance to post. So this is all you get.

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Hi y'all! The name's Samantha. You can call me Sam if you like. I am a lover to a boy I met at Falls Creek in the summer of 2005, that is a student of Jesus, a Sooner born and Sooner bred and when I die I'll be Sooner dead, Democrat by party, blonde to the core, and oldies but goodies kind of girl.
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