Friday, July 30, 2010

It's Moving Day!

The day has finally arrived.

We are packed.

The tunes are ready to be rocked.

Paisley has her blanket in the backseat.

I can't believe this is actually happening.

I am going to law school.

My husband is moving across country for me.

We're living in the land of the Big Ten conference.

I want to say thank you to all of you that have prayed for me and for my family.

I hope to have a post for you on Monday.

Happy Friday!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

God Bless Computer/Gadget Nerds.

Y'all I married a computer/gadget nerd.

It's cool. I came to terms with it long ago.

While it drives me a little crazy at times when I am second to the Xbox or Star Wars, generally I don't mind.

You see being married to a nerd has its perks.

I can hold a conversation about just about anything under the sun...except computers.

So you see, it was God ordained that we be married for many reasons, but also because He knew I'd need someone that would keep me from messing up my computer.

In fact, when I make a change to my blog and my husband notices and realizes that I did it he is thoroughly impressed.

And ya know what I'm fine with this arrangement. To each his own in fact.

So it's fitting that his future job will be something to do with computers.

However, this job and hobby is expensive.

And on occasion, I happen to complain about the cost of his toys. Of course he quickly mutters something about my hair appointments, Vera, books to read and the occasional mani/pedi.

But I don't consider his purchase glamorous. It sounds to me like he's getting excited about buying tires.

And I ain't down with that for the most part. But again to each his own...I can't say that I haven't benefited from some of his purchases.

I write from this computer. He picked it out for me based upon my preferences, uses and budget. He got the most bang for the buck.

I can't go anywhere without my iPod adapter. Lord, knows I can't exist without my tunes in my car...

Well that is until recently.

Y'all my radio in my car died about three weeks ago. I may have even tweeted about it.

And it wasn't that big of a deal because I could still just listen to my iPod and sing to my heart's content.

(Okay, to play it off would be a bit of an exaggeration. I was devastated. I mean, I love music. It's in the tagline of my blog for crying out loud. )

However, since I am about to make a trek across the country tomorrow to my new home, it is suddenly a big (read HUGE) deal.

Cause yours truly is going to be entertaining a riding buddy known as my little brother aka Bubba. In the civilian world, his name is Will, but to me he is Bubba.

And while he and I share the same taste in music, he's not to crazy about hearing me sing along to music he can't hear.

I haven't really asked him if he's crazy about it, but personally I don't want to listen to him. So I figured I better fix this problem for both of us.

And for days, I racked my brain about how I was going to fix this issue.

Okay it wasn't days but I did think long and hard about it yesterday.

And the solution came because of my computer nerd husband.

Back before we were married, he bought an adapter for his computer to go in the car because we we're headed to South Bend.

And so we're using that adapter because I can plug in my iHome alarm clock that will plug in my iPod which will play tunes all the way to Michigan.

I knew that husband man and all his computer toys was good for something.

Happy Thursday.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Wednesday is "Cyndi Lauper" Day.

First, thank you to urbandictionary.com for your wonderful definitions of life's most important words to be defined. Y'all always have exactly what I wish to convey.

Cyndi Lauper: an American icon who rose to fame in the highly visual era of the 1980's. Her family-friendly punk rock look (wild hairstyles and thrift store clothing) often overshadowed the legitimate brilliance of her music. During that era she exploded with seminal music hits from her first two albums, such as "Girls Just Want to Have Fun," "Time After Time," "She Bop," "Money Changes Everything", "The Goonies 'R Good Enough," "True Colors," and "Change of Heart".



This post is for all the girls at my former job. (Hi girls!)

Last Friday, my boss asked me to say a few words at my going away party. I am more of a plan my speech type person. It keeps me on track. And by keep me on track, I mean keeps me from crying more.

For the past 2 and half years I've been working for a District Attorney here in Oklahoma.

My time there was extremely fulfilling and fast paced. I enjoyed my time and would not change any of it. I learned so much from all. It was not just work but life experience as well.

I will miss our great conversations, lunches at Speedway, y'all complaining about my love for Christmas music, and youtube searches.

I hope that you all miss me as much as I will miss you.

I had a ton of fun with you all...just like Cyndi Lauper.

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The Weekly Report

Hi y'all!

As you know, we're moving THIS WEEK!

It is finally here.

Life is more than a little busy as you can imagine and my brain is very scattered at this point.

So I'm using lists to describe everything that is going down.

Me:
  1. Friday was my last day at work. I'm technically on "vacation" this week. But I promise this is no vacation.
  2. My Vera arrived in the mail and I'm the envy of the town.
  3. Everyone keeps asking how I'm doing with moving away from my family. That's a good question. The answer is that it is going to be very hard. We're very close. That's all I care to talk about this issue at this time.
  4. We've just gotta pack up our clothes at this point. It's odds and ends now.
  5. I got a good night's sleep last night because it rained outside.
Brandon:
  1. We said goodbye to his family last week.
  2. He has an interview once we get there.
  3. He kept me on task yesterday.
  4. I still can't believe that he's moving across country for me.

Paisley:

  1. She is really confused right now with all the boxes.
  2. But she is going with us!
  3. She's got a hard two days ahead of us this weekend when we drive.
  4. She's dried lots of tears when I've been upset this week. She's a good doggy.
Hope your week is going well. I'm keeping up with everyone at this point.

Happy Tuesday!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Hey (Vera Bradley) I Think I Love You!!

Hey, I think I love you so what am I so afraid of
I'm afraid that I'm not sure of a love there is no cure for
I think I love you isn't that what life is made of
Though it worries me to say I never felt this way
-David Cassidy/The Partridge Family “I Think I Love You”



It’s an exciting day here at the RTH Times.

A week or two ago, I wrote a post about my love for all things Vera Bradley.

And on that Thursday, I received my weekly report from my tracker. There were several hits from my favorite factory town. (Yes, I can see who looks at my blog y’all.)

And on that Friday, the most wonderful thing happened. I received a comment from Jennifer (Hi Jennifer!) asking where my friends from Vera Bradley could send me some fun things.

Naturally, this meant that she needed my e-mail.

So the necessary information was passed along.

And on the following Monday morning, I received an e-mail from Jennifer.

And yesterday, I received a package filled with a ton of goodies.

I got this.

And this.

And a whole little sack of goodies to go with it.

I definitely squealed with glee when I opened the package and told my husband before he could protest about having more Vera, that he didn’t have to pay for it.

And a cute note in wonderful stationery from Jennifer…which by the way, I’m going to be picking up some of that for sure. This wonderful, fabulous, fantastic, amazing, awesome gift only increased my love for Vera.

Now if you’ll excuse me I’ve got to get to lunch. Where did I put my side by side bag?

Happy Friday.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Wednesday is "27" Day.

27: the age of my husband as of today

Happy Birthday B!

I thought it’d be fun to talk about your year today on the blog.
  • In 1983, Reagan was President.
  • Blondie broke up.
  • Madonna released her first album.
  • It was a big year for Michael Jackson as Thriller premiered on MTV and Billie Jean and Beat It were number one hits.
  • Every Breath You Take by the Police was the number one hit the week you were born.
  • The Nintendo Entertainment System went on sale in Japan. (If your husband played Xbox like mine does, I can guarantee he played the Nintendo.)
  • McDonalds introduced the McNugget.
  • The first min-vans (Dodge Caravan and Plymouth Voyager) were introduced.

I love you B and I am so thankful for you.

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Snoop Skillz.

I’m a little legendary in the snoop department. In fact, I’ve only been surprised three times in at least the last decade.

My parents surprised me with my Camaro for my Sweet 16 in 2000.

Brandon surprised me with my engagement ring at Christmas in 2005.

Brandon surprised me with my puppy Paisley at Christmas in 2009.

I admit that most of the time, that I am the culprit when a surprise is discovered.

But sometimes, I have to make no effort in finding out secrets.

Some people just can’t help themselves. And in other instances, they don’t know it’s a surprise.

There have been three times when I’ve found out about a surprise.

All three were parties.

The first was my 18th birthday party. My parents worked extremely hard to keep it a secret. And it was a secret right until ten minutes prior to the party.

My friend Mark called the house and said, “Sam, the party’s still on right?”

And I hesitated and said, “Why yes, it is Mark. Who all is coming?”

“Oh crap.”

Click.

Ten minutes later a ton of my closest friends showed up for my surprise 18th birthday party. It was a good time.

The second instance was for my 24th birthday. I wanted to go to Norman for my birthday naturally. It happened that we were going to Norman the weekend before my birthday weekend. I was tipped off by one of my in-laws. She asked a couple of questions that made me suspicious.

I saw my husband later that afternoon, and said, “So do I at least get to pick the restaurant we’re going to for my surprise birthday party next weekend?”

He was not amused.

I found it hilarious.

And the third instance hasn’t even happened yet.

Yes, that’s right.

And I wasn’t even looking for it.

This Friday is my LAST day at work. I’ve taken vacation next week to be at home.

Get excited!!! I know I am.

And y’all there is a party.

Tee hee.

I feel so loved.

Isn’t snooping fun?

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Unanswered Prayers.

As you know, B didn't get the job offer.

I was less than thrilled about this turn of events. In fact, I'll be blunt and say I was pissed.

I am a planner. I don't use one physically unless I'm in school, but I have a mental to do list running in my head all the time. And when something doesn't get checked off, I can't handle it.

So when B didn't get the job, just know that my brain was in overdrive.

There are a lot of emotions that go along with moving across country. And for me, when the logistical matters don't fall into place, it makes it that much harder to deal with the biggest issue...saying goodbye.

I was at work when I found out and I felt like my world was falling apart. I couldn't hold back the tears any longer and I immediately ran to the bathroom, because I knew it was going to be a bad cry.

Remember, when I said I don't like to cry. Well, it's because when I let myself go, I get so upset that I make myself sick.

And I did exactly that. It makes me upset that I'm that upset. In fact as I type this I have tears in my eyes because it bothers me even now to think about how bad it was.

My co-workers were a little thrown because I've only ever cried openly twice in my 3 years there. So for my face to be so splotchy and eyes so blood-shot, it was an eye-opener that they didn't really like.

By the time I got home, I was mad. I move quickly through the grieving process by the way. I hate the way it makes me feel, so I want to get out of it quickly.

I received lots of comforting text messages and phone calls. Most of them were ones with a phrase along the lines, "God has a plan for you guys."

And I didn't want to hear it. I know God has a plan for us. I tell people all the time that God has a plan. But this was an area that I didn't want to be tested.

So when what felt like the bottom fell out, I was very vocal with God about it.

In fact, I definitely was yelling in the car at one point at God because I just couldn't hold it back anymore.

This move to Michigan is our time. It's Brandon's turn to get what he worked all these years in college for. It's my turn for law school.(And by the way, I am extremely blessed to have a man who loves me enough to leave his family behind so I can go after my dream. Brandon, if you're reading this, I hope you know that I love you so much for this.)

So many things had to fall into place for this to be the right time. So where the heck was God's plan for us because we still had a long way to go in a very short time. Didn't God care?

In fact, as of Friday, we still:
  • hadn't received official confirmation that I was getting loans for school.
  • we didn't know how we were going to pay for moving expenses.
  • we have some bills we have to finish up.
  • in order to get our apartment we had to have a letter from B's job which we weren't getting/a loan letter for school.
  • need a job for B.
We both didn't know how it was going to work out. We still are working, but we'd like to save our money as much as possible. It truly is just us paying for this part of the adventure. When we went to bed on Friday night I felt another big bad cry coming on so I prayed. It wasn't anything fancy. But it was between God, me and B. And I'm only telling you now because I want our time in Michigan from beginning to end to be for the glory of His kingdom.

I told God that I didn't know how it was all going to work out. I knew that I was supposed to praise Him in the good and the bad. And so I was going to choose to praise Him in the bad because He was in control. I told him that like Scarlett O'Hara says in Gone with the Wind, "Tomorrow is another day." I asked that He bless us and I prayed it all in His Son's name and went to sleep.

I woke up the next morning still concerned, but kept holding onto the hope of a new day.
While I was in the shower, the chorus of the Garth Brooks song, "Unanswered Prayers" came into my head. (And again by the way, the shower is one of the few places where I can get quiet. It usually is where solutions come to me too and a plan of execution come to me as well.)

Sometimes I thank God for unanswered prayers
Remember when you're talkin' to the man upstairs
That just because he may not answer doesn't mean he don't care
Some of God's greatest gifts are unanswered prayers.

And I thought, okay God, I get the not so subtle reminder.

I got out of the shower and finished getting ready. We ate lunch in the middle of the hair process to break up the hotness. We still felt pressure on our chest because of all that had to be done. Finally, we got out the door.

And we stopped at the mail box.

Inside was a letter confirming my loan money for school.

There was another card with a check to help with some of the expenses listed.

That was Saturday.

On Monday, we found some churches to check out in Michigan that are Southern Baptist.

We also received some more help. This time it is going towards our moving truck.

God is bigger than any check list.

All of the things that are happening are because God is ALWAYS at work whether we see it or not.

And in case you haven't noticed He's already taken care of or given us a good start to 4 out of five. B also has an interview once we get to Michigan too.

"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us," -Ephesians 3:20

He is knocking that check list out of the park and I don't think He's finished just yet.

Happy Monday.

Friday, July 16, 2010

A Job Update

He didn’t get the job.

We’re trying to keep our spirits up, but it’s hard.

I am asking that you please continue to keep us in your prayers.
We need a job for many reasons.

We don’t come from rich families, so it is on us to come up with money to live.

He has another interview set up for when we get there. But we really were hoping this was the one.

Thank you all for being lifting us up in prayer so far.

Hope your Friday is better than mine.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Wednesday is "Recipe" Day.

Recipe: a set of instructions for making or preparing something, esp. a food dish: a recipe for a cake.

Who knew that y’all would be interested in recipes that are a part of my family? I have to admit though; my family was cracking up at how everyone just LOVED the recipes.

You see friends; I’ve a confession to make.

I’m not exactly the cooking type.

It’s not that I can’t cook. I can. I just don’t get excited about it like everyone else does. I get excited about eating! So I’ve got that going for me right? Plus, when I’m at my parents’ house, it gets crowded in the kitchen quickly. So I make my contribution by sitting at the table or in the living room talking to my mom and sister.

In fact, I even hesitated to post those recipes yesterday because of my low profile in the kitchen. However, I also happen to possess some of the finest recipes known to man because of my family. I would only be doing my momma and her cooking a disservice too if I didn’t mention just how fabulous of a cook she is.

And like any good cook, she has her favorite ingredient. You know, Paula Dean has butter. My mom has cream cheese.

I am telling you now that these recipes are not fat-free. (And as a side note, when I start working out again, I also want to say that I do not diet. I just lower my portions. If my body craves something, it craves it for a reason. I just don’t go overboard when it does.)

So, here’s the top three recipes requested from my mom when she goes somewhere and these are just a main dish, dip and side. There’s desserts too! All three are recipes that were given to her to make, but when made everyone wants my mom to be the one to make them. They are very Southern and very good. I have more cream cheese recipes and in fact, it’s become a running joke in B’s family that everything I make for them has cream cheese in it. They’re not complaining obviously because they ask for it on a pretty regular basis for big meals. It’s just a tendency that the good ones have cream cheese in it.

Falls Creek Enchiladas (so named because it is made in our cabin each year at church camp)
Pkg. of 20 tortillas
2 or 3 pkg. cream cheese
1 bag of frozen chicken breast (boil )
1 small onion (chopped)
2 small cans green chillis
1 qt. of heavy cream
2 pkg. of colby jack cheese
½ stick of butter

Put butter and onions in sauce pan cook for about 5 minutes. Then add green chillis to the onions.
Add cream cheese until smooth. Then add cooked chicken. Mix all the ingredients together.
Roll that mixture into the tortillas. Put into pan. Cover with cheese and then the heavy cream.
Bake until cheese is melted and bubbling. Enjoy!

Cream Cheese Sausage Dip
1 pkg. of cream cheese
1 can of rotel
1 small container of sour cream
1 small pkg. of sausage

Brown the sausage. Pour all ingredients into a crockpot/slow cooker and set on low/medium. Stir until ingredients are melted. Dip with salsa chips. Enjoy!

Cream Corn
1 pkg family size frozen corn
1 stick of butter
1 pkg. of cream cheese
¼ cup of sugar

Dump all ingredients into crock pot/slow cooker. Set on medium. Stir occasionally until ingredients are melted. Salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!

I hope you make these recipes some time and get a taste of me and my world until we meet!
Happy Wednesday!

P.S. Today is my parents 31st wedding anniversary and so it is fitting that I bring a piece of them to you today on my blog!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Top Two Tuesday: Best Summer Recipes.

  1. Grilled zucchini: This one is super easy. All you need is a huge zucchini, some creole seasoning, extra virgin olive oil, and aluminum foil. Cut up the zucchini into cucumber thick slices. Spread them out on the sheet of aluminum foil. Pour the oil sparingly over the zucchini and then sprinkle on the Creole seasoning to your desire. Grill and enjoy!
  2. Bacon Cheddar Ranch Dip (BCR Dip for short): For this one, you need a Daisy Sour Cream (this size above), a Ranch salad dressing mix, bacon bits, and sliced cheddar cheese. First add in the ranch salad dressing mix. (Do NOT get the Ranch dip mix by the way!) Then add in the bacon bits and finally add in the sliced cheddar. Some people like a lot of cheese, and some do not so this last part is to your preference.
Happy Tuesday!

Monday, July 12, 2010

The Weekly Report

I think this may be a new post on the ruby Turtle hippie times. It will basically be a simple update on our lives. I may even switch it to Wednesdays here and there.

So, let's start with me:
  • My husband was gone for three nights last week. I stayed by myself 2 out of 3 nights. The third night I stayed at my parent's house with my sister and dad. My mom and baby sister and brother were out of town at camp. I missed my husband like crazy. I am glad that he is in the same bed as me again.
  • I googled my blog and wigged myself out. People creepers are weird. As a result, I now get google alerts.
  • I am down to 9 days left at work. The last week I took off to be with my family.
The Hubs:
  • Had his interview on Friday. We'll know something within the week. So keep praying for him.
  • I am so blessed to have a husband who loves me enough to move across the country so I can pursue my dreams. Really, I am very lucky to have him.
  • Got to go to Michigan again and I'm totally jealous.
This should be a good week. Hope you had a great start to yours.

Happy Monday!!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

a RHONY/RHONJ post

First, I must apologize to my father because he HATES these shows with a passion and yet endures them all the same. He also happens to read this blog and will utterly disgusted when he sees that I've decided to devote another post to these "ignorant and ridiculous" women. Dad, really I'm sorry.

Thankfully, I'm 25 and this is also my blog. So tough titty said the kitty!

Ahem. Now that I got that out of my system!

RHONY: For real, I think this one may have edged out RHONJ in first place unless things don't change soon.

Alex: I am glad she spoke up this season. She is well spoken and is very witty.
Bethenny: Seriously, I am in love with her new show. I didn't watch until last week and OMG it's wonderful! She looked beautiful at the reunion and didn't let Kelly off the hook. She didn't bully her by the way. She tried to make sense of the nonsense that was spewing out of her mouth is all.
Jill: I felt bad because she really was taken through the ringer, but really she needs to forgive Alex and move on.
Kelly: I don't even think I need to say any more on her except to say that I tweeted through a reunion one night and she tried to follow me. I quickly blocked her. No thank you Kelly. NO. THANK. YOU.
LuAnn: I thought she was extremely classy when asked about her divorce.
Ramona: She handled herself extremely well. And I'm glad she finally told Jill what for.
Sonja: I love her!! She's so fun. I can't wait to see what she brings next season.

RHONJ:
Caroline: She is without a doubt my favorite housewife. I think I'd be most like her if I was on a RH show. Her family is so fun and I can't get enough of them. She also makes no time for Dirty D.
Danielle: I wish they'd fire her already. I honestly do not care about what she brings to the show because it is so wrong on so many levels. I feel so sorry for her girls. They have to be so embarrassed.
Dina: I respect her a ton for removing herself from the situation. Danielle is toxic and she removed it from her life.
Jacqueline: I really enjoyed her blog from this week. I can listen to her about the Dirty D situation easier because she made an effort. However, her parenting approach to parenting with Ashley is a little too liberal for my taste.
Teresa: She is getting on my nerves. I admit it. It has nothing to do with her bankruptcy either. I just am annoyed by her currently.

Okay girlies, what are your thoughts?

Happy Saturday!!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Contact Information is really really GREAT!

I am about to burst with excitement.

Someone from—I think—Vera Bradley is trying to contact me.

And guess who doesn’t have her email available on her blog?

Yes, it is me.

I know.

I thought I was a legit blogger. I mean I have everything there is to have when one has a legit blog…except my email posted.

But apparently not.

Clearly, this needs to be changed.

So in case you were wondering, my email is samkbt@gmail.com

And oh yeah, Jennifer if you’re really from Vera…

EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEK!!!!

I.AM. SO. STINKIN’. EXCITED.

Happy Friday y'all!!

P.S. See this post to see the origin of the one you just read.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Let's talk about exercise for a moment shall we?

Or in my case, lack of exercise.

I know that by now most of you have probably figured out that I skirt around the issue of working out. I put up a good front. I talk about all types of issues, but I rarely discuss working out.

Here's why: My take is that y'all, working out is for the birds.

I know. I know. I should have a better outlook on this. And at one point in my life I did.

But for the past few years, I've definitely more than slacked off.

I read Britt's post from today and it made me sick to my stomach about wanting to be up that early in the morning.

No. Stinkin'. Way.

Plus, I like to work out by myself. I'm not into a work out buddy because I can't count on anyone to be consistent.

Plus, I'm not super radical about being organic.

Simply put, we can't afford it. So while it's nice that people can live like that, we can't.

Maybe when my husband gets his big boy job, that's something we can explore.

But for the next few months, it isn't an option.

Plus, I happen to like food. I know it's better for you to eat organically, but sometimes it's really good to eat fake.

However, there is good news to be had.

  1. The apartment complex that we're moving to has an awesome facility. I was actually pumped to see it.
  2. I'm tired of being a fattie. (I do not have low self-esteem. I just call it like I see it.)
  3. I'm going back to school and that -and this blog of course!-is my only responsibility, so I'm going to make time for it.
So give 'em to me. What are your best tips?

Happy Thursday.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Wednesday is "Mecca" Day.

Mecca: In everyday language it's an honourable mention; The center of any given thing, area or activity. The word originally comes from the arabic city name of Mecca which is considered the 'centre of Islam'.

Google is the mecca of internet searches.
McDonald's is the mecca of hamburger meals.
Barnes & Noble is the mecca of books.
London is the mecca of museums.
India is the mecca of curry food.


A few years ago, my cousin was married up North in South Bend, Indiana at the
Basilica at Notre Dame. We drove up there because my dad would rather view the scenery and take a road trip then get in a plane and fly.

“You miss out on the scenic views,” is one of his classic responses to our protests.

"Plus," he as he goes on, you miss out on big crosses, Cadillacs coming out of the ground, the world's biggest ball of yarn, and really awesome things like the Grand Canyon."

Although, really, the protests now are more in jest than they are serious because our family knows how to do a road trip.

I mean really. We’ve been to Vegas over twenty times in my life because we have family there. I know we drove at least 17-18 of those times. That’s a 24 hour trip. So driving to South Bend, Indiana which is a 14 -16 hour drive give or take depending on the amount of potty breaks your Granny needs, should have been a piece of cake. And it was.

I have to admit, I was looking forward to seeing the place. I hadn’t seen this part of the country, or at least this part of the state. I imagined it being this wonderful college town say like Norman, Oklahoma or Ann Arbor, Michigan.
And the campus was nice. Very nice. I must say, those Catholics know how to make a campus perty.

But y’all, the town was gross. I mean disgusting.

I’d heard growing up in classrooms about the Industrial Age in our country and what factories meant for us. I was excited to see this one too. I saw the pictures in the history books of all the very dirty factory workers, so I shouldn’t have been surprised. Historical or not, I couldn’t get over how dirty it was.

And me, aka Little Miss Doesn’t Like to Get Dirty-and ironically I was a catcher in softball!—was not close to interested in the joint. Plus there's that whole deal with Notre Dame ruining OU's winning streak after WWII that I still haven't got over. Nor has any other Sooner for that matter.

So you can imagine when we loaded up to head north to view my future hometown. I was less than thrilled about hitting all the factory towns along the way.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s cool to see all the Chevy plants along the way. It does make my heart smile, because working plants means people have jobs, but the dirt that goes along with it, isn’t. I think it kinda ruins the town’s shot at having a personality almost. Maybe it was just South Bend.

Anyway!!!

The point is that when we headed to Michigan earlier in the summer, we were definitely headed through some factory towns. I wasn’t jazzed about it based on my previous experience.

On our way up there we saw a particular town that was home to a Chevy plant in Indiana known as Fort Wayne. We saw the sign for the plant and were excited because the place was hopping and also because we’re a Chevy family. We took a picture and sent it to my dad because he’s the source of our Chevy love.

And as you know we rolled onto Michigan. We enjoyed ourselves thoroughly and I daydream on a regular basis about what it will be like to live there.

But on our way back, our view of Fort Wayne, Indiana changed.

We still were thrilled to see the plant because this time we noticed the kinds of vehicles that the plant made.

AND THEN MY MOTHER SAID THE MOST MAGICAL WORDS OF ALL…

“Girls, I see a VERA BRADLEY plant!!”

As evidenced by my profession of love yesterday for things Vera, and of course on several other occasions here at the RTH Times, y’all clearly know that I was beyond ecstatic about this development. I also learned later that not only is Fort Wayne home to a wonderful, fantastic Vera Bradley plant, it is where Vera and Bradley became one in holy fabric bag matrimony!!!

In other words, this Vera plant is THE Vera Bradley plant.

It’s the Vera Bradley’s version of Mecca y’all!!

(I'm going to pause at this moment so you can take in the magnitude of this discovery.)

You also better know that my sisters, mother and I will be making a stop in our own version of Mecca later this month when we move. I mean hello, they have discounted Vera y’all!

And naturally, we need to make our pilgrimage.

Life is so good.

Because when I go, it will just have been payday for all parties involved.

And I now am a reformed factory town lover…especially when Vera Bradley is involved.

I told you life is so good.

So, when y’all decide to head my way sometime and you like Vera, I’ll be more than happy to make a trip to Vera Mecca with you too.

After all, there is no such thing as having too much Vera. It just isn’t possible.

Happy Wednesday.

P.S. No I was not paid by Vera Bradley to write this post, but if they wanted to give me a Weekender in Cupcake Pink or anything in Cupcake Pink for that matter, I would most certainly NOT object. And neither would my husband or my dad's checkbooks.

In any way.

At all.

Just so you know Vera Bradley, my color is Cupcake Pink.

Glad we got that covered.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Top Two Tuesday: Best Purchases




  1. Tevas Flip-flops: Seriously, if you're a committed flip-flop fan, then you need a pair of Tevas. They are with out a doubt the most comfortable pair of flip-flops I own. I had no issue with blisters either and they were under twenty-five bucks!
  2. Vera Bradley Duffel in Cupcake Pink: So technically, this was a gift from Santa for Christmas, but really it counts. I think that every girl should have one. They are the perfect get away bag. It's super pretty and hello, it's VERA!!!
Happy Tuesday!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Leave your kids at home.

I've got a bone to pick with rude people.

Saturday night, I went to see Eclipse with my husband, siblings and a sorority sister. I was very excited to see the movie. Eclipse is probably my favorite book of the series.

However, all that excitement went out the door when two kids who looked to be the age of 2 or 3 started talking/crying/screaming ten minutes into the movie.

They then proceeded to do this the entire movie. It was so distracting and so RUDE.

I had a teacher in high school who used to get upset when kids would come to our choir concerts that couldn't behave. She also felt the same way about movies.

I agree completely.

Seriously, people leave your kids at home!

Here is what I and probably the rest of the movie theatre thought.
  1. YOU AND YOUR SCREAMING KIDS ARE RUDE.
  2. I didn't pay to listen to your kids scream. I paid to enjoy the movie.
  3. Why do you have your kids out that late? (This movie was a 9:50 PM start time.) Shouldn't they be in bed?
  4. GET. A. BABYSITTER.
  5. Furthermore, if you can't afford one then I'm sorry but wait until the movie comes out on dvd.
  6. This isn't a kids movie. If I was sitting in Harry Potter, Toy Story 3, or Iron Man, I'd expect there to be lots of kids. But this isn't an age appropriate for your 2 or 3 year old. There are heads being ripped off in scenes of this movie.
  7. Finally, I realize that people with kids want to have a good evening too, but you need to be respectful of others. Letting kids cry throughout the entire movie is RUDE. Sorry, you had those kids, therefore they are your responsibility. Your kids screaming in the movie is NOT MY FAULT.
  8. Finally, aren't you embarrassed? You should be.
I'm sorry if you don't like this post, but I don't care.

This is my blog.

Therefore it is my opinion.

If you don't like it.

You can lump it.

Maybe next time those RUDE people will leave their kids at home...or maybe not go at all if they can't find a babysitter.

Complaint session over.

Happy Monday!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy 4th of July y'all!!!



In case you were wondering, this 4th of July is brought to you by "Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie, and America's favorite car...Chevrolet!”

Happy 4th of July y'all!

I hope you're enjoying fireworks, hot dogs, hamburgers, the Beach Boys, guacamole, queso, blackberry cobbler, baseball, Coca-cola, Dr. Pepper, fireworks, and family today.

Don't forget that these luxuries are available to you because of the men and women who serve our country so bravely!!

God bless these United States of America!!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

these chipmunk cheeks need to take a hike!


So in honor of trying to keep it real around the RTH Times, I thought I'd show you a post-op shot from Thursday.
I had my upper wisdom teeth out. The left one was higher up and harder to get. The right was a piece of cake. I was really sore right after on the left side.
Today two days later, I'm doing a lot better. Although, I still indulge in a little nap from time to time. In fact, I'm heading there now.

So if you'll excuse me...zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Thursday, July 1, 2010

COHEN






Let love and faithfulness never leave you;
bind them around your neck,
write them on the tablet of your heart.

Then you will win favor and a good name
in the sight of God and man.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;

In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight.

Proverbs 3:3-6


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