Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Wednesday is “Holy Week” Day.

Arise my love by Newsong

Not a word was heard at the tomb that day.
Just shuffling of soldiers feet as they guarded the grave.
One day, two days, three days had past.
Could it be that Jesus breathed his last?

Could it be that his Father had forsaken him?
Turned his back on his son, dispising our sin.
Oh hell seemed to whisper, "Just forget it, He's dead."
Then the Father looked down to his son and he said..

Arise, My love.
Arise, My love.
The grave no longer has a hold on you
No more death sting
No more suffering
Arise...Arise...my love.

The Earth trembled and the tomb began to shake, and like lightening from Heaven
The stone was rolled away.
And this dead man the guards they all stood there in fright
As the power of love displayed its might
And suddenly a melody filled the air
Riding wings of wind, it was everywhere
The words of creation had been longing to hear.
The sweet sound of victory, so loud and clear.

Arise, my love.
Arise, my love.
The grave no longer has a hold on you.
No more death sting no more suffering
Arise...arise....

Sin, where are your shackles?
Death, where is your sting?
Hell; has been defeated. The grave will not hold, the king.

Arise, my love.
Arise, my love.
Arise....Arise....Arise!



Holy Week in the Christian year is the week immediately before Easter.

It is commemorated by reflecting and celebrating the week. Four specific days are especially important: Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and of course, Easter Sunday.

Palm Sunday begins the Holy Week. Palm Sunday commemorates the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ into the city. It is considered a feast or celebration day. (See Matthew 21:1-11)

Maundy Thursday is also a feast day and one that commemorates the “Last Supper” that Jesus had with his disciples. (see John 13:1-16)

Good Friday is considered a fasting day and one of reflection as this is the day that Jesus gave his life for all. (see Matthew 27:11-56)

And finally, Easter Sunday is a day of celebration for Jesus Christ has risen. It is the most important celebration of the year as a Christian. (see Mark 16:1-8)



While I do love Christmas very much, Easter makes my life as a Christian possible.



Happy Wednesday friends.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Top Two Tuesday: my first


This week, I decided it'd be fun to participate in a blog carnival. I wanted to do something easy. And, so thank you in advance to the undomestic momma for creating this fun little ditty.

So two random things about me...

  1. Every time I want to eat Mexican with my husband when I get home from work, my husband has always eaten Mexican at the competing Mexican restaurant in town. EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.
  2. I watch waaaaaaaaaaaaaay too much tv. No, really. These are the shows I watch in a year. Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice, Brothers and Sisters, Castle, Army Wives, RHONJ, RHONY, DWTS, Biggest Loser, Parenthood, The View and GLEE.
Hope your Tuesday was terrific!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Team Jill...and the return of RHONJ!!!

Well, since I haven't talked about Real Housewives of New York City in awhile, I thought now would be appropriate to do so since I'm caught up on the episodes.

So here goes...

Alex: Oh Alex. I go back and forth about liking you and it's all to do with your hair. Honey, you make enough money to make sure your hair looks fabulous. It looked great at the party where Bethenny peddled her Skinny Girl Marherita product and then at Jill's Saks party it looked atrocious! What happens?? I feel bad for her because she's has to make a decision soon about where her loyalties lie. And I don't think that Alex is the type of person who likes to do this sort of thing. I also think she had a right to be upset about Jill/LuAnn talking about her kiddo. I mean really, he's four. Plus, pick on the adult all you want, but don't touch the kids I say.
Bethenny: Sigh...where do I start? I still think that Bethenny doesn't know when to close her mouth and she has no tact either. Have the conversations at the appropriate times. I did think the scene at the beginning where she was with Jason was cute. Also, not crazy about acting like she and Jill were honkey dorey after not seeing one another for 4 months, but I have to admit it was professional of her....GASP. I know!
Jill: The scene with her sister and mom was priceless. She totally cracked me up. I thought she was a little scarce this episode. I felt bad for her when Bethenny tried to have it out with her at the show. She looked hurt that Bethenny wanted to have it out then...maybe even scared. But, I'm interested to see how it all goes down in the episode to come. Because Bethenny is crying and Jill is not in the previews.
Kelly: She is growing on me. And I completely agreed with her when she was upset that Ramona sent her daughter in a cab to go home by herself. I think she might have overreacted a tinge when talking about her bubbies. I mean, it was just girls at the event so why the fuss? I thought she handled talking to her girls well about the Playboy shoot.
LuAnn: SNAKE. IN. THE. GRASS. Seriously, she likes to stick her nose where it doesn't belong but when someone calls her on it she pulls the etiquette card every time. And really who cares whether or not you get two kisses. Jill, you need to get away from her.
Ramona: You are the biggest drama of them all. I cannot believe you acted the way you did at Jill's party. And also, why did you put your daughter in a taxi??? You said, I'm gonna put you in a car. If it was a private car service, it might have been just a little better. But it wasn't. This is New York City!!

But the best news of all from last week!!

The return of the Real Housewives of New Jersey is upon us!!!

I can't wait for May 3rd!! I'm Team Everyone but Danielle of course!

Happy Monday!!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

my springtime fantasy wish list...

I am borrowing this idea from Blue Eyed Bride. I thought it was a great idea.
So here are my five.


1. I wish for a pair of the Jessica Simpson "Cane" sandals. They are fabulous.
2. I also wish for this Lilly Pulitzer "Surf Blue Big Bam" bag.(credit)

3. I'd like to have The Pioneer Woman Cooks book. It'd be nice to take a little Oklahoma in paper form with me to Michigan.
4. A good manicure and pedicure would be wonderful!!

5. And I like these two bedding sets from the Better Homes and Gardens collection at Wal-Mart. (credit)

I can't decide between the two.
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Happy Sunday y'all.

P.S. Happy Birthday to Vince Vaughn and Lady GaGa.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

In my defense...

I feel as though I should offer my side of the story. After all, there are several big sisters who read my blog. And as a big sister, you know that little sisters like to exaggerate.

Like any case in a good and decent court room, you and I both know there will always be two sides to the story.

And since, Jessi has so quickly taken the title of “poor little ole me”, I suppose that makes me the defendant.

There are some facts that Jessi has already provided to you. And then there are some parts of the story where apparently her memory has become a little fuzzy it seems at least to be because she forgot some very important details.

To be specific, she left the details that landed her a one way ticket to the hall way.

It’s true that we shared a room until Loren and Will were born. Jessi gladly and voluntarily moved that time. But the first time was different.

Here's the short version of why I moved her little butt outta there.

She invaded my personal space.

I know it sounds petty, but really did all of her babies need to be all over the room?

Does playing "school" and "house" and "grocery store" require the whole room?

The answer is no. In case you were wondering or needed clarification.

And I'd been crowded one too many times that day.

So I moved her blanket, pillow and Pooh Bear out into the hallway.

Yeah, I did it, but wouldn't have you?

I knew what kind of punishment was coming my way. And yet I still did it. I had a point to prove thank you.

Have a good evening.

P.S. There wasn't any tape in the room that I remember. She's being drama...I think?

P.P.S. Mom, I just want to clarify that I had nothing to do with that statement about you being "wrong". That was all Jessi.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Educational Wednesday:"You are Outta Here" Style

Ok first of all BOOOOO, because my computer was being really dumb, that is why this post is coming to you so late, but I finally got it to work so here you go.



Well it's that time of the week again for the educational Wednesday a personal favorite I might add. If you have not figured out by now this is not Sam, it's I the younger sister aka Jessi. She asked me to guest blog so here I am. I am only 2years and 11 months to the day younger than Sam, so you can say we go way back in time together. I consider Sam one of my best friends in life and probaly will when we are old grannies, but at one point in tie we did not see eye to eye on things. This is where the educational part comes into play.

When Sam and I were younger we lived in the same room as each other. Now I do not know why we did, because we had another bedroom, but my parents I guess thought it was a good idea...some days they were right and other days they were WRONG. Yep, I just wrote for the world and my mother especially since she reads Sam's blog in all to know that I am telling her she was wrong on this particular day to making us live together.

Anyways we shared a room until our younger brother and sister came into the world. On one particular day Sam and I were hashing it out like D.J. and Stephanie Tanner from Full house would. We were I say 7 and 10 at the time and Lord knows we were not getting along. I mean we had a strip of tape down the middle of that awful red SHAGGY carpet in our room, because we got on each others's nerves so bad. Sam thought it was good idea, but was she wrong. Sam told me that it was a way of life to know when I was in here personal space aka her side of the room.



Well my side was on the opposite side of the room as the door, so if I wanted to leave I had to walk on her side. I mean there was no other way of getting out unless I wanted to jump onto the ceiling fan and swing over and out the door. On this particular day I was rather on her "last nerve," so when I decided to leave the room she yelled at sweet little ole me. She said, "That's it your outta here!" I said, "Well yeah I am leaving." She said, "No, I am kicking you OUT." I said, "Whatever and went on my merry way to play with my baby dolls, I think I was taking them to the grocery shopping that day. I did not think she was being serious, but little did I know.



Well I later returned from the "grocery store," but really it was time for bed or so my mother siad. I go down the hall and I see it a SIGN on the door that said NO Jessis allowed. I had to figure out what it said, so I knocked on the door to my own bedroom because I had to talk to the Royal Hiness and see what the deal was. She said, "I told you earlier that you are outta here you don't live here anymore. She said, " Your stuff is at the end of the hallway and with that she slammed the door, and I saw my pillow, my Pooh Bear, and my blanket laid on the floor for me.



So I did what any other confused kid would do I got under the covers and started snoring. My mom later headed to bed, but was disturbed by the child in the floor asleep. She woke me up and asked what I was doing and then told me to get in my bed. I had to explain the whole situation and boy was she not happy. Needless to say I was not kicked OUT of my room forever.



So in the end if you are going to kick someone out at least do it the right way and give them a blanket, a pillow, and a Pooh Bear to at least show them you still love them. Hope I did not bore you to much and don't judge if you find grammatical errors in this post, because I had two test today so my brain is shot to say the least.



In the picture below is the original Pooh Bear!





Hope this finds you well!

Boomer Sooner,

Jessi

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Why do YOU blog?

I am seriously asking this question.

I've been thinking about it recently. I'm not giving it up any time soon just in case you're curious.

But really, why do YOU blog?

I have to admit that the comments are nice. I also have to admit I get myself into trouble when I get sucked into commenting to get more comments. It's a vicious cycle.

I started because my best friend moved to New York. It was a way for us to keep in touch with one another.

And then I met some friends. You know who you are.

I am so glad that you are a part of my life now.

To say that I wasn't blogging for you would be a lie because there are several days when I think "Oh man! I can't wait to blog about this."

I get excited about what each of y'all will say.

Sometimes, I'm right on the money and other times I'm way off.

I think to that extent blogging for others is okay.

But what about the part where I blog for me?

Why do I blog for me?

Blogging has helped me get through some rough times. And I'm not just talking about the last few months. It's helped me realize that you have to take the good with the bad.

And on my worst day some how I found a way to find the good.

I don't dismiss the bad.

I think hard on the bad. Always. It's a fault of mine.

I do admit there are days where the bad gets the best of me.

But I still try every day to see the good.

So now, it's your turn.

Why do YOU blog?

Monday, March 22, 2010

Monday musings...

  • We had a great weekend just doing a whole lot of nothing. Seriously, we got 15 inches of snow, so it's not like we had an option.
  • This is what I have to say about the Health Care Showdown.... Aside from the racist and bigot remarks, I was glad to see the House get a little heated in their debate. It's about time they got fired up about something. I myself still am not sure what I think about it. However, wishing for W to be back in office is the WORST alternative imaginable in my opinion.
  • I am hooked again on Dancing with the Stars solely because Kate Gosselin is on there. Yes it's true. I have no shame.
  • It was 55 degrees today and tomorrow is supposed to be up to 70 degrees. Bring on the summer weather I say!
  • My husband graduates in less than two months from now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • If you haven't read, "Same Kind of Different As Me." Go pick it up. It is wonderful.
  • I have decided that I'll get a french manicure/pedicure for Easter Sunday.
Happy Monday.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Q & A continued....

Will Rogers, a famous Oklahoman and humorist said this about Oklahoma weather, “If you don’t like the weather stick around for a bit and it'll change.”

For all of you enjoying warm weather and sunshine, I am jealous. I had 70 degrees and sunshine yesterday.

And today?

There is snow on the ground here in Oklahoma.

So while, I'm hulled up in my apartment, I realized that I've sucked it up at answering the questions you guys asked of me, oh...three months ago.

So I promise to make more of an effort starting with these three.
  1. Would you ever be a groupie for a band? If so, which band? (could be during any era in time)

    I'd totally be a groupie for a band. I know it only says one, but I have several.

    The Beach Boys, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Jon Bon Jovi, The Beatles and Blondie.

  2. Favorite college class?

    Again, more than one.

    Southern Politics and The American Presidency. The two professors that taught these classes were amazing. I learned a ton.

    Also, I had an amazing psych class that I ate lunch with one of my sorority sisters in every time the class met.

  3. Most romantic date you've gone on with Brandon?

    I sat and pondered this one for a good while in the shower today. Odd place to ponder, I know. I do get some good blogging ideas while I'm in there I must say.

    But here is what I came up with...

    Pre-marriage: It was the time he bought me my first Vera. We went to the Elephant Bar and it was just a really great day.

    Post-Wedding Day: any time we get ready to go somewhere and our plans suddenly change.
Hope this day finds you enjoying sunshine!

Happy Saturday.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Books, clothes, magazines, mail and movies.

Last night after work, I headed up to Tulsa to meet with my family for dinner and a movie.

I got a wonderful surprise!

My momma bought my Easter dress and shoes! (to be revealed at a later date.)

AND...she handed me $50 to just blow.

So I did what any self respecting blondie would do.

I bought another dress and 3 books. I know it sounds nerdy and all, but I don't care.

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And I bought what any self-respecting hippie like myself would begin to need this time of year.

I bought a black maxi dress from Old Navy.

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We had a great evening and we saw the Blind Side. I've already seen it, but I forgot just how much I love that movie. If you haven't seen it, take the time and do so!

And now this brings us to the three "M's": magazines, mail and movies.

We ran to Wal-Mart for a few things because while it was beautiful, sunny and 70 today, it's supposed to come a blizzard tomorrow. Literally. Accumulating snow all weekend long.

I know crazy huh.

Welcome to Oklahoma weather is all I have to say to that.

So I made sure to get some magazines and I bought my second copy of "The Lightning Thief" because Paisley ripped the first one to shreds.

As you can see, I read a little bit of it all. I've got to finish "Chasing Harry Winston" by Lauren Weisberger before I get to this stack.
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I expect I'll be through all of this before a month is over. I've been trying to increase my reading to help get myself ready for all the lovely law school reading I'll soon have to do.

I also got some snail mail from b.e.g. today!!! I LOVE getting mail. So thanks b.e.g.!!

Also, Julie and Julia and 500 Days of Summer came in the mail today too.

So while the weather was super nice today, I won't be offended if I have to spend the weekend with the stack of my lovely goodies.

Hope you have a great weekend.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Life Lesson #92: Parenthood is a really good show and Liver is REALLY REALLY bad food.

Tuesday evening, I mentioned that we had turkey for dinner. When I say turkey, I mean my mother had two turkeys and decided she wanted to cook one of them.

And since I’m supposed to stay away from deli meat, this turkey sounded great!

So after work, I headed to my parents house with little sister in tow and we got caught up on some DVR shows (you know the important ones like Hannah Montana’s last episodes) while my mom waited for her turkey to finish.

Now I know that everybody’s momma is a good cook. I don’t doubt it for most of you.

But I know that my momma can cook a turkey like no other. Seriously.

So the turkey was made. My sister carved as I held the serving plate. I may or may not have sampled it as it was being placed on the plate. That evidence remains to be seen.

In any case, we had a lovely meal. I was glad to be full for once and our mom and my sister are definitely hooked on Parenthood. (It’s a show on NBC that you should totally check out.)

I got back up and decided that I wanted just a little more turkey.

I picked up some pieces that had fallen to the bottom.

I tried one because well, I just couldn’t wait any longer.

And it was AMAZING. It had been sitting in the juice so it just melted in my mouth.

Yeah, you know what I’m talking about.

Now, I’ve told you this story to tell you this one.

As you know, I have two younger siblings that are 13. That means that there is quite a bit of an age gap between my sister and me.

We were 12 and 9 when they were born.

And they are the babies of the family. So if you’re an older kid you’ll be able to relate with me when I say, “My parents have gone soft in their old age.”

I don’t like certain foods.

They include the following: peas, bleu cheese, kidney beans, LIVER, mayonnaise, cottage cheese, hominy, heart, calf-fries, potato salad, raw onions, coleslaw, turnips and beets.

The reason that I know I don’t like these foods is because I have tried them. You know why I have tried them?

I’ll tell you why.

My momma is old school.

She believes that she fixes a meal and what is on your plate is your option.

Also, you could not get up from the table until you tried everything on your plate.

I agree with this thought process.

During this process, I thought it was the “most awful thing ever” of course. But I’m appreciative of it now.

I appreciate that my mom was my parent first, and now that I’m older we’re friends.

This is still true for my parents and younger siblings, but they didn’t go through the experimentation phase in the food department like Jessi and I did.

If they had, they might have understood better and even related when I gagged and almost puked in the kitchen because I ate LIVER and not a dark piece of turkey!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Blech.

It still makes me cringe when I think about and that was two days ago.

And when it happened, I couldn’t move. I spit it in the trash can immediately of course, but I was in such shock that I had to get Loren to get me a glass of water.

And until I had that glass of water to rinse my mouth out I simply put could not function.

This is how our life as Christians can be.

We know when something is wrong for us. We even have people in our lives like our parents that help guide us in our path with Christ.

And even though I’ve struggled with being stressed out recently. Until I reached for Jesus I was not going to find the cleansing relief that my heart, body and soul needed. 1 John 1:9 promises me that.

And no matter what my “valley of death” (see Psalm 23) looks like at the time, Jesus will always bring me through.

He is faithful and just.

I know I don’t talk about my faith all that often on here, but after I recovered from the liver, I immediately thought about my struggle with stress and how I’m coming through it but only because Christ’s blood has washed me white as snow.

And this song came into my head.

I hear the Savior say,
"Thy strength indeed is small;
Child of weakness, watch and pray,
Find in Me thine all in all."

Jesus paid it all,
All to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow

-Jesus Paid It All

God is bringing me through this deep valley and it is because of His grace that I can smile through my tears and fears of the unknown. (Jeremiah 29:11)

Hope this one finds you well and if not, I hope you’re on your way to getting through it.

Happy Thursday.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Wednesday is "Luck O' The Irish" Day.

Luck O' The Irish: It is an ironic phrase. The Irish have been, and are a spectacularly unlucky race.Some trace the origin of the phrase to the US where, during the exploration for gold in the West, there were a high number of Irish people who got lucky, and found their "pot o' gold" in the gold fields of California, or were equally prosperous in silver mining.


Happy Saint Patrick's Day!!!!


Everyone has their holiday that isn't necessarily a holiday. You know Greeting Card holidays. Saint Patrick's Day is mine.
(I know it is a holy day of obligation for some. But y'all I'm Southern Baptist.)
I don't really do anything other than wear green, but I like it all the same.

For me, it's the start of warm weather or the promise that it's on the way. And I like that. I get out of my winter slump and I'm myself again.

My Irish self included.

Yes, I'm Irish.

My mother's paternal grandparents were German and Irish. They came over on a boat.

I am fair-skinned, with blonde hair and blue eyes.

Of course, I'm also just fair skinned in general due to my European ancestry. (I'm also Danish.) The only reason that I am able to tan is because I am Cherokee.

My husband is also Irish. His name is Brandon Kyle to be exact. But English too, and that explains our last name. Of course, you'll not be finding that out on this blog.

But I digress.

We're Irish and we're proud.

So proud that I'd be content to name my kids _________ and ______________.

(Ha. I'm not going to give that up either.)

Every so often, our grandparents remind us of our Irish heritage too.

I happen to think that the Luck O' The Irish helped me out with law school too.

And Teddy Kennedy believed in it too. He knew where he came from and was proud. I hope that whatever you are, that you are proud of where you come from and the road that brought you here.

Happy St. Pat's y'all.

And Happy Wednesday.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Goodbye Winter?

I don't know about y'all but there comes a time in the spring where I simple refuse to wear close-toed shoes anymore. It happens the day after I wear my flip-flops for the first time.

Well, that was a week ago. And I've been rockin' the sandals/flip-flops ever since. And as you know we had our first warm weather meal this past Sunday.

My little sister went to work with me today and on our way home we jammed out to THIS:


THIS:


THIS:


THIS:


Annnnnnnnnnnnnd THIS:


I know. It's magical. You can thank me later.

In the meantime, I'll be eating a very Winter dinner. (Turkey, mashed potatoes, corn, green beans and salad to be exact! Don't worry, you need not be jealous, I can't eat half of it.)

What can I say?

I lead a complex life.

Happy Tuesday.

Monday, March 15, 2010

4 x 100 = 400...posts that is.

As you can tell, this is my 400th post.

I wish I could tell you a list of things that have to do with the number 400, but sadly there aren't that many fascinating things that have to do with the number 400.

So instead, I've decided to take the time to thank my readers.

Thank you for reading my little ole' blog.

I get so excited when I get email notification that I have comments on my blog.

I appreciate them more than you know. It brightens my day immensely.

This past month and a half has been a trip and all of you have been there for me every step of the way and I can't thank you enough for it.

And to all of my followers, I appreciate you too. I know I don't have a ton, but still I get excited when I get a new one.

Seriously, it's a family event when I do. No really!!!
My sister texts me to tell me I've got another one.

And if you're a follower who hasn't commented, then make today your first! I love to know where my readers are writing their own blogs. So shout it from the rooftops!

Hope this finds you well.

Much love and Boomer Sooner,

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Sunday Dinner

First, I'd like to say that who knew RHONY would get so many comments. I'll have to talk about it more regularly I think. Maybe do a Friday/Saturday recap depending on when I get to it. RHONJ is my absolute favorite and I follow all the housewives from that group including you know who.
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This afternoon we had lunch at my parents and y'all Spring has sprung because we had ribs, corn on the cob, baked potatoes and salad. I might have cheated a little because it all looked so good. Well, here see for yourself!

The Main Course: Ribs
Side Dish #1: Corn on the CobSide Dish #2: Baked PotatoesAnd of course a salad.(b.e.g., my momma doesn't know what a Hugh Jass salad is, but this is what I think when you list yours on the menu for the week.)

It was deeeelicious!!

This is another reason I am SO glad that warm weather has returned.

The food is just better.

Hope y'all have a fabulous Sunday.

And yes, Brittany and Gina please come to Oklahoma for Sunday dinner anytime. Actually, that goes for any of you that comment.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Time for a New Post.

So, I realize I've been sucking at this whole 5 posts a week thing I set out to do at the beginning of the year. So if I post tonight and tomorrow I can get back on track. I plan to do just that.
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I went to the doctor this week and I have duodenitis.

I'm on medicine and I have felt better the past two days. I am still on a bland diet, but I'm not on the BRAT diet thank the Lord!

BUT, bananas and me are pals. This is a major deal because I use to eat a banana every once in awhile. If asked to choose from a bowl of fruit, the banana was not my first choice. So you could say it's moved up in the fruit world a little bit.
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I sent off my deposit for law school this week.

So it is as official as it can get that we're headed to Michigan.

Please pray that we find a job for Brandon. We've had two people tell him already about how bad unemployment is up there. We have to be real about the situation, but to be frank I don't think it is anyone's place/business to be so negative especially since the two people didn't know Brandon all that well.
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I am soooooooooooo glad that are Real Housewives of New York are back on tv.

And here are my thoughts.

Ramona: She is still as crazy as ever. I have to say that I felt sorry for her about her dad. And then she acted like Ramona. And well...it was over.

LuAnn: She seems to be breaking her own etiquette rules this season. She definitely wants to smooth things over on her own terms and sometimes those terms aren't always considerate of others.

Jill: I LOVE Jill! She is my favorite of this group. I love the way she talks and the way she dresses. I'm a little concerned about this alliance with Kelly, but we'll see. I was sad to hear about Bobby having cancer.

Kelly: Snake. In. The. Grass.

Alex: I like Alex. She's the only one who seems normal and isn't so drama. Her friendship with Ramona is a little interesting to me.

Bethenny: I do not like Bethenny and I for one am glad that Jill got away from her. She is bad news.

Do you all watch RHONY? What do you think?
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My husband will be a college graduate in May. It is March! Wowsa that's not long from now!

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And who else is jazzed about warm weather showing up again?? I know I've busted out the flip-flops. I also need a pedicure, but until then I'll have to paint my own.

I better get on that.

Happy Saturday.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Wednesday is "Facebook" Day.

Facebook:An online network open to college students at certain universities. Students make up their own profiles which include a picture, name, birthdate, interests, and classes. They can then search for other students at their university or another university that has the facebook. One can add people they know or random people as their "friends."; A much cleaner, more private alternative to MySpace;
WARNING:
The new addictive drug that has devastatingly hit most colleges, universities, and highschools. The drug causes lasting effects: procrastination, swollen fingers, dropped grades, irritation of the eyes, increased need to add more friends to your friends list, and skipped classes. Be cautious, some think they are immune to the effects of facebook, until they try it and by then its too late. Protect Yourselves.


Everyone who is reading this post knows what Facebook is.

If you don't you must live under some sort of rock.

And no, b.e.g. this isn't the post where I convince you to join Facebook.

In fact, you'll be surprised to hear what is about to come out of my mouth.

I recently saw a question on one of the meme's that we all love to answer. It went a little like this...

If you had to give up one of the following three including facebook, twitter or blogger which one would it be?

I would give up ...DUH DUH DUH...Facebook.

I know it's a shocker for many of you that are reading this post.

But really I would.

I would give up Facebook because I get tired of people being drama.

Sometimes, facebook is nothing but drama. And really, I don't have time for it.

I don't care what your latest life crisis is. Okay that is a little harsh. I care, but have some tact people.

And also, when I struggle with the Green-Eyed Envy Monster the most is when I see all the things people have that I don't.

I know it sounds a little materialistic of me. But I can't help it.

So yeah, I'd give up Facebook.

Happy Wednesday.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

And the Oscar goes to...

I know everyone has stated what their favorite looks of the evening were times 100 by now, but I'm still gonna post my favorites.

The Best Blonde...Cameron Diaz
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The Best Actress...Sandra Bullock.
Seriously, she dressed like she came to win y'all. And win she did! Woot!
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The Best Youngster...Anna Kendrick(credit)

The Best Still Got It Girl...Demi Moore
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The Best...Miley Cyrus.(credit)
I know lots of people aren't fans of hers, but seriously I just couldn't get over her look that night. She looked beautiful.

Annnnnd...the Worst...Charlize Theron and Zoe Saldana.
I just have no words.
(Credit)

All in all, I LOVED the Oscars this year. I thought that Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin were absolutely dynamic together and I hope they host again. It ran over, but I didn't care. I would watch if it were longer than 4 hours.

I thought the tribute to John Hughes was excellent. So many of his movies are among my favorites and now I am enjoying sharing them with my little brother and sister.

And of course, one of the best parts of all...George.(credit)

Happy Tuesday y'all.


Monday, March 8, 2010

Bits and pieces

  • Started reading again. It's a good book.
  • I want to go to the Brownstone for an event. Yes, the Brownstone as in the one the Manzo family owns from RHONJ. I know how hokey this sounds of me. The idea still sounds cool to me.
  • I am feeling okay as far as the ulcer is concerned. I have good moments and bad moments of the day still, but they are not as intense as they were a few days ago. So things are getting better.
  • I LOVE reading The Pioneer Woman. Seriously, she is amazing and she's an Oklahoman.
  • I am starting to get excited about going back to school. I know I've said that I am, but y'all I stand and gaze for a good 10 minutes in the school supplies aisle now. I'm definitely getting the fever.
  • I want to go on vacation. This statement needs no emphasis.
  • I spent a good deal of time in prayer tonight and it was exactly what I needed.
Happy Monday.

P.S. What are some good books y'all have read lately?

Friday, March 5, 2010

I gots an ulcer y'all.

Gimme Three Steps by Lynyrd Skynyrd
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First, I hope y’all have enjoyed the great weather today. Of course, that is if you’ve had great weather today. Heh heh.

I’m not one of THOSE people who got to be out in the weather today, but I definitely took the time to rock out like I was.

Hence, the Lynard Skynard video at the beginning of the post.

In any case, this weather is long overdue. It has definitely lifted my spirits. And I’ve got the blogging bug again.

I have been a bit elusive the past few weeks and that’s because I’ve not been feeling well. I blogged a bit about making myself sick with worry a few weeks ago.

And I did.

So sick in fact, that I have an ulcer.

So until next Thursday, I am on the BRAT diet. What's the BRAT diet you say?

B: Bananas
R: Rice
A: Applesauce
T: Toast

Yeah.

It's as lame as it sounds.

But the good news is that I'm on medicines that are making me feel better by the day.

So hopefully, I'll get to eat some form of food soon.

Happy Friday!!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Wednesday is "Whatever it Takes" Day

"Whatever it Takes" – giving 100% everyday to transform Houston

Hello! My name is Katherine and I’m really excited to be the guest blogger today. I met Sam in the fall of 2005 at THE University of Oklahoma through Phi Lamb. We’ve shared classes, meals, tears and fears. I even got to spend Easter with her and her amazing family last year. Speaking of which, Happy Birthday to Lori, Sam’s mom!

Today I’m going to share about doing “whatever it takes” to get low income students ready for college. I am a 2009 Teach For America corps member and I currently teach 7th grade Science and P.E. at a YES Prep school in Southwest Houston. 100% of my students come from minority backgrounds and many of them are English Language Learners. My students face many challenges I never have. By now you can hear the Lifetime original music playing in the background. Yes my students are in a community where teen pregnancy, poverty and gang involvement is high. Yes I am one of those idealistic, young white liberals determined to eradicate educational inequality. My lips are stained with the Koolaid. However, I've realised that doing "whatever it takes" has to be an every day thing - more than just a motivational phrase. It means arriving to work between 6:30 and 7 every day. It means staying past 6 or 6:30 most nights. It means doing work in the evenings at home. It means dodging the stares at Fiesta (international super market)when picking up Takis to bribe my students. (Taki's are like Hot Cheetos but 10 times better.) Doing "whatever it takes" is working through the 5 step lesson plan ensuring that every lesson is aligned. It means spending money on everything from desk trays to marshmallows. It means following grade level iniatives and school mandates. It means having difficult conversations with parents and often showing students "tough love".

Our school has an extended school day (7:30-4:35) and we have approx. 3 additional weeks to our school year. The following is a video about our longer school day. (note: It does mention having school year round. We do not have school year round though we start a few weeks earlier.)
 
[The teacher wearing the purple scarf is one of my good friends, Meghan. The student who shares, Nardos, is one of my favorite students. She is wise beyond her years and so eager to learn. I can’t wait to see how she improves our world. I mostly posted this video so you could see what my school looks like and meet Nardos.]

The to-do list is never ending. One of my closest friends from work, Heather, wrote an awesome piece on time management you can find here.

The last 7 months have been exhausting. I often feel like finals week is on repeat. Even with all the hours I've put in, I still have mountains to learn. Yet, I still push on. I have faith that experience, perseverance, and God's grace will shape me into the teacher my kids need.

On our country's report card many things are checked with 'Need's Improvement', Social Security, Health Care, Foreign Policy, etc. I am certain that the solutions to these failing entities lie within our Nation's youth. This is why I push on to give "whatever it takes" everyday.

Happy Wednesday!
Katherine
http://magnificentlyprivileged.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

March is gonna be a good month y'all.

I am so glad it's March y'all. Spring is not too far away for us here in Oklahoma. And I am so happy about that.

Did I mention I was happy about it being March?

Well I am.

And here's why...

1.Remember this post? Well, the giveaway arrived today!!! And I'm in serious trouble y'all. The books I got just opened up a serious can of worms for me.
2. This movie comes out this month.
3. This movie comes out this month.
4. And this movie comes out this month.
5. My Avon make-up comes in tomorrow.

And there's a ton of other reasons. But these are just a few to get me started.

Happy March y'all.
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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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