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.

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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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