Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Wednesday is "Diptacular" Day.

Diptacular: a blog link-up event hosted by BooMama featuring our favorite dips of the most wonderful time of the year, football season.

I love a good dip during football season y'all. In fact, I live for a good dip.

When we watch football, our options for dinner that day always includes a dip of sorts.

I love a good guacamole.
I also love traditional Velveeta and Rotel ESPECIALLY since they came out with the blanco cheese.

Amen and amen.

But my absolute favorite is Sooner Sausage Dip.

Some people think I've changed the name, and maybe I have, but I refuse to like something with such an awful coughCowboyscough name.

So Sooner Sausage Dip it is.

Sooner Sausage Dip

Ingredients
2 lbs. of Country Sausage
1 Small Container of Sour Cream
2 pkgs. of Cream Cheese
1 Can of Rotel

Directions
  • Brown the sausage.
  • Cut up the cream cheese. 
  • Put the cream cheese and sour cream in a crock pot to start melting while the sausage is cooking. 
  • Put the sausage and Rotel in with the sour cream and cream cheese.
  • Stir and mix until cream cheese and sour cream melted completely. 
  • ENJOY.
 We LOVE this dip in our house. I'm sure lots of people have had this dip, but for those that haven't I hope you enjoy!

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Et tu Texas A&M?

We've been hearing rumblings of the Texas A&M SECession for awhile now.

As a Sooner, I am not exactly a fan of Texas A&M because while they haven't had a standout season in some time, they have been known to muck things up a bit especially when it comes to my team.

Honestly, the thing I love the most about A&M is their band and that's about it.

They supposedly have an amazing fan base, but really they just have organized cheers. That's it.

I mouth all this to say that when it came to bowl games, I still rooted for them because they are after all part of the Big XII conference.

Or at least they were.

Unless you live under a rock, you know that Texas A&M wants to be part of the SEC.

(By the way, the New York Times story is incorrect. They haven't submitted a letter to the Big XII...yet.)

Now, I'm not going to sit here and talk once again about how it irritates the piss out of me how the SEC thinks they're the ONLY conference and how they think they're the best conference ever because they're not.

I could go on and on about that one for days and let me say this: The day that OU becomes part of the conference (because it will happen at some point!) I'll be the first to let you know that I'm still not crazy about the idea.

To be a part of the conference that includes LSU is LESS than appealing. (Side Note: Anyone who watches Big Brother should not have been surprised by Shelly's snake in the grass move. She's an LSU fan. It's to be expected!)

But the question that I keep coming back to over and over in my mind is "What is the draw A&M?"

Really. I am dead serious when I say I do not understand the draw the SEC holds for Texas A&M. I don't. They're not a powerhouse for football currently.

Now please hear me when I say, I know that every team in the SEC is a strong program. I also am not naive to believe that the SEC is not a strong conference because they are. They have been the conference to beat for the past 5-7 years. Every game is a game that could be lost in that conference.

The POINT?

A&M is going to have their lunch ate over and over again for at least three seasons in my opinion.

And after that? I don't know.

I'm not dogging my conference. I said from the very beginning that I'm not a fan of A&M because they're a team that is known to cause trouble for my team when it seems to matter the most. They've also done that to several other teams that worked in my favor. (Texas in 2007 anyone?? Hello, OU went to Big XII against Chase Daniels the booger picker and the MIZZOU Tigers that year because of A&M.)

But I don't think this is a smart move for Texas A&M. I just don't.

OU and Texas would be a much better move for the SEC. MUCH better.

I would be kicking and screaming the whole way but it would be a better and smarter move for the SEC.

Their conference would definitely get tougher, as much as it would pain the SEC to say so. It would.

But A&M, I just don't get it.

That's okay, Texas A&M, you saw what my Sooners did to the Nebraska Cornhuskers on their way out of town.

We'll do that to you on November 5th too.

Happy Tuesday and cheers to the most wonderful time of the year: College Football Season! 

BOOMER SOONER!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Monday Mumblings...

I mumble on Mondays. It's a thing. You get used to it.
  • Me and B have been watching "How I Met Your Mother." Love that show!
  • We're back in the state of Michigan. 
  • I'm thinking about cutting off my hair. 
  • School starts September 6th. 
  • I've decided that while I love summer time. I really love the traditional start of the school year through right after Christmas aka football season. It truly is my favorite time of the year. 
  • That being said, football season starts Thursday. I cannot wait!
  • Today has been my last kind of goof off day. Tomorrow starts the cleaning and prepping my house for another semester of school. 
  • I miss the blog world like crazy. I'm going to do something to fix this problem.
Happy Monday!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Wednesday is "Lack of Material" Day.

Lack of Material: some writers refer to this problem as writer's block.

I've got nothing to say. My family will be flabbergasted to read that statement. It's rare, I have nothing to say.

It's not that nothing is going on in my life. I did something major today. I'm talking BIG. But, I'm not ready to talk about it yet.

Further, I don't want to bore you with a life update or me rambling on about Big Brother or Real Housewives.

So maybe it's a lack of material and lack of motivation.

Or maybe I'm just soaking up the last of being with family before we peel outta here.

Either way, Happy Wednesday!!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Monday Mumblings...on a Tuesday!

I mumble on Mondays. It’s a thing. You get used to it. Today I’m doing it from an undisclosed location in Oklahoma.

  • B and I have started reading Harry Potter. I love to hear what he finds funny when we read.
  • It is a hot mug down here.
  • One of the teachers that I’ve known since I was little told me I had an accent now. I’m not talking about a twang either. I promptly asked my husband and sister if I did and they said she didn’t know what she was talking about.
  • I get to make tye-dye t-shirts and friendship bracelets like I’m at summer camp and it’s my job this week. To say I am excited is an understatement.
  • I have fallen off the fitness train, but I will be getting back on soon because I feel icky.
  • My husband has very stinky feet and yet he still insists on putting them in my lap.
  • I kinda feel outta the blog loop recently. Vacation and finals will do that to a person I guess.
  • My momma and I have the same style of planner—No it’s not the Erin Condren planner that has been taking the twittersphere by storm—great minds think alike.
  •  If I were a teacher, I’d totally make my kid’s nametags in Harry Potter font. It would be stinkin’ awesome and I’d be the coolest teacher ever.
  • I about to fall back into the obsession that is Vera Bradley. I can feel it happening. It’s a slippery slope.

Happy Tuesday!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Priorities

I've mentioned on Twitter that my five goals over break were: blogging, running, reading, tanning by the pool, and Pottermore. I thought y'all might appreciate an update.

  • Blogging- I have really enjoyed getting back into the groove of things. I do like writing of course, but I've just enjoyed getting caught up in everyone's lives. I've missed y'all!
  • Running- I laid off running during the last week of finals because it was time I could have been studying. I started back on Tuesday. It was hard, but it was really good too. I'm in the last part of Week 7 of Couch to 5k by the way.
  • Reading- I've been reading Little Women again and Brandon and I started Harry Potter together. I have read a ton of the suggestions y'all made on Monday, but the others I will definitely be checking out.
  • Tanning by the Pool- Yeah, this hasn't happened yet, but don't you worry your pretty little heads kids. I'm currently in Oklahoma where the temperatures are H-O-T. I'll be tan before you know it.
  • Pottermore-I got the confirmation email, but I haven't received my access letter yet. Come on Pottermore!! I gotta get in before I have to start schoolwork back up!
What are some of your summer goals??

Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Wednesday is "Small Town, USA" Day.

Small Town, USA: A small town is the anithesis of a big city, which is not necessarily a bad thing.

 "Everybody dies famous in a small town." - Miranda Lambert

B and I are from small towns in Oklahoma. When we moved out of the state, it was quite the story.

Some thought it was great.
Some viewed it as a betrayal.

You wouldn't believe the people who were flabbergasted that we'd leave the state.

The people who supported us in our move of course included our families.

But for us, it has been exactly what we needed.

Even with B unemployed, we've learned a ton about ourselves in the last year.

Still we get homesick.

And it seems like with Brandon's job loss it was the perfect time to go home.

So we are!

In fact, we're already on the road.

If you live away from loved ones, hope you get to see them soon.


Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

There's a new kid in town.

And I am less than pleased about it. 
First, it was pictures of Loren and Will holding this little kid. 



In fact, I was willing to overlook it. They are kids themselves and don't know any better. I even overlooked the fact that she looked sorta cute when she fell asleep in their arms. I mean she is a baby and all, so it's bound to happen that people are sucked into thinking puppies are cute when they sleep.

That's when things took a turn for the worst. First, Peaches (that's this "adorable" thing's name...or so I've heard) was sitting by my Pop's chair. I thought, "Pais, this really isn't that bad. Maybe they feel sorry for her."

But then, I saw her asleep on the floor near my AJ. (AJ=Aunt Jessi for those of you who don't know.) And that's when things started to get a little fishy.
I soon started to wonder if they felt more than sorry for her and actually wanted to keep her when I saw that she was at their house late at night. 



But then, things crossed the line of fishy and turned right down sour. I saw this picture. She was with my Nana. Now, my Nana is a pushover when it comes to animals. So really, I'm trying to remain calm.


See this is me, trying to remain calm.
Don't I look calm?

My momma doesn't take me seriously, because apparently she grew up with these type of dogs, so she's sucked in as well.

But then I saw this picture.

 She gets to sleep with Loren! Doesn't this Peaches character know that I do that when I visit? Of course, Hercules doesn't because he's afraid of me. I'm not sure why. Momma says that's another post for another day because well... it's a little scandalous.

The point is that I did the only thing I know how. I went to my daddy! He told me that I'd better get my attitude in check because I was going to meet her soon.

And really, I could have handled it. I could have sucked it up and been the bigger dog.

BUT.

Then I happen to sneak onto momma's phone and I found not one but two! Two! Pictures of this brat with my Pops.



I was ready to cut glass.



Okay, maybe not cut glass, but I was mad. That is my Pops! When I go see him, he always is happy to see me. He always talks about how cute I am.

And that little turd has weaseled her way into my snuggle spot.

Hmph.

Momma says that I have the green-eyed monster something bad and that I'll change my mind when I actually meet Peaches. 

Ha! I think Momma has lost her mind.

 I mean she is supposed to get bigger than she is now. In fact, I've heard she'll be bigger than me!

Nope, I don't like this one bit. Not one bit at all. 


I'll let y'all know how this meet and greet goes next week. 

Happy Tuesday...I guess. 

Love,
Paisley

Monday, August 15, 2011

Monday Mumblings...

I mumble on Monday mornings. Yes, even the mornings that I have nothing to do because I'm on a break from school for three weeks. It's a thing. You get used to it. 

  • I love popsicles. But I do NOT love blue popsicles because they make my mouth blue. I know that I'm not alone in this. People at the popsicle companies need to look into making red, orange, yellow and green and no blue. Life would be so much better. 
  • A few weeks ago when I was wrapping up one of my outlines, I noticed that ALL of the episodes for Big Brother were OnDemand. So my husband and I watched while I outlined. I kinda like to have something for us to enjoy together. Well. We are now hooked. He loves the newbies and hates the veterans. I'm an underdog fan, but he really is. Oh boy is he ever.
  • My favorite classic work of literature is hands down: Little Women. But, I also happen to love The Great Gatsby as well. Of course, there's Harry Potter, but they're not quite old enough to be considered classic works of literature...yet. The point to this conversation? What are your favorite classic works of literature? Everyone had to read some while they were in high school or college depending on your major? I need some new material to read these next few weeks and I need suggestions. 
  • I really have figured out what the best way for me to study this finals go-round. So that means the past two rounds of finals have been different before the ones now. However, one thing that hasn't changed is the fact that I always feel like I come out of this weird time warp and it takes me a few days to re-acclimate to the world around me. 
  • The movie, "The Holiday" with Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet is one of the very best chick flicks. 
  • Brandon and I are going to read Harry Potter together. He doesn't know it yet, but we are. He's never read them and I want to re-read them, but not at a super fast paced level. 
  • I've grown my hair out, but now I kinda want to cut it to the point that I can still put it up in a pony-tail, but it's still not so long that it's high maintenance. But, then again I don't know if I want to cut it off. 
  • I didn't run or eat well at all last week because of finals. This week is going to suck when I start back. 
  • Lizzie McGuire...well Hilary Duff, is having a baby. I don't know what I think about this. 
  • Finally, I am now Team Gorga. 
Happy Monday!

P.S. One more thing! Today is my dad's birthday.

Happy Birthday Daddio!

I am sorry I've missed your birthday again, but I am so glad you're in my life. My love of music and films comes directly from you. I really should say my love of pop culture in general comes from you. I also love a good road trip because of you as well. I am fortunate to have a dad who loves being a dad to his kids. You make us your priority and have shown us what a good dad and husband should look like. I'll see you soon!

Love you lots,
Sambo

Friday, August 12, 2011

Studyin' on a Friday night....

I just wanted to post a small update. I had a final today. I studied super hard, did my very best and took my time. Hopefully, it will pay off.

I came home, took a nap, had some lunch and headed back to the library for some more torture action.

My last final is tomorrow morning at 9am. All prayers are appreciated.

In other news, my family sent me encouragement cards in the mail wishing me good luck. As in, I have 5 cards from 5 people who live in the same house. Yes, I cried, but it is absolutely wonderful to have people in your life who care and want the best for you.

Hope this finds you well. Tomorrow at noon EST, I shall be a free woman for all of three weeks and then it's school time all over again.

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Wednesday is "Birthday" Day.

Birthday: the day a person exits a mother's womb

Hey kids, it's Sam!! I'm still studying for finals, but I had to take time out to write this post for today.

Today is my sister's 24th birthday! For one month, it sounds like we're two years apart, but really we're closer to three. It's why I was a senior when she was a freshman in college and high school.

Jess,

I don't really remember a whole lot about when you came home from the hospital, but I kinda like to think that we were pals instantly. Even though, we had our moments during junior high and high school when all girls have issues with being good to other girls, we survived.

Now, I don't know what I'd do without you and you're a thousand miles away!!

You are my best friend and such a shining example of what true friendship is all about.

You're also my go-to gal when I have to sort through any problem and vice versa.

Loren and Will will probably agree that even though you try to be the oldest and run the show, we know that you do it out of love. Truthfully, I wouldn't have it any other way.

And hands down, you're my favorite person to cheer on our beloved Sooners during football season!

Bottom line, I love you sister and hope you have a spectacular day even though I'm not there with you.


Now rock out and get down with your bad self because you Jessi, are a total bad-ass.

Love always,
Sam

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Growing Up Is Not Easy.

Hey guys it’s Jessi here. Sam is already in study mode for finals and I have been trying to be ahead of her and write some blog post. I wrote some ideas down and friends have been heavy on my heart. It is has been heavy on my heart, because I am experiencing something that I did not think I would struggle with.

As many of you know I graduated in May and now have moved back home. My plan is to take few more pre-reqs and then apply to nursing school. I am sure you are wondering how this goes with the title, but hang with me. I love being home and love being able to do things with my family while I was off at college. BUT a girl needs to have some friends .

Let me give you a little back story my senior year of high school there was six of us who went from 1st grade all the way to senior year. We were a tight bunch to say the least. There was three girls and three boys. Out of the six 2 went AWAY to college, so when it came time for me to go to OU and the other friend who went away to school went to different school than me. So come the first day of college my world was ROCKED to say the least.

I remember going to my first class which was Comp I and my prof. told us to get out a piece of paper and just write what was on our mind. I wrote, "I am now going to school with 25,000 people, which is more than the population in my home town and I have one good friend, which is my sister."

I wrote that sentence and then stared at my paper for awhile. This huge football player leaned over to me after I sat there for 5 mins and said, "Are you okay?"

I wanted to cry. I walked back to my dorm, which seemed like the longest walk when you want to bawl your eyes out. Sam and I were roommates, so when I got back she asked how class was.

I said, "Good."

And she gave the look of "Sure it was good."

I immediately had tears start streaming down my face.

I told her that I felt alone she said something to me that has stuck with me ever since.

She said, "Jessi you are going to make friends and friends that will last you a lifetime."

I said I already have friends, but they're at home.  She said, "Yes, exactly they are at home and you are going to make new ones."

This did not include my one friend who went to a college just an hour away. Home was three hours away.

She said, "Your new friends will experience college with you and just life in general with you. They are going to be there with you through many life experiences."

At the time this was hard to understand, but now and through college I understood what she was talking about.

I tell you this, because now that I am back in my hometown. I feel alone when I know just about everyone. I feel as though no one understand who I am as a person and I feel that some do not care to know me. I have called and texted several to do different things, but I get excuses or no response. It really hard to experience being friendless when it is in your own hometown. We discussed what community meant to us and to me it means investing in someone’s or something you love.

I am a big Miranda Lambert fan and her song “The House That Built Me” which has won her many awards speaks a thousand words to me. I mention this song, because the house that built me were my parents, and my friends from OU which includes my older sister and my one friend who went away to college as well. They have experienced the most with me. They are my rock that keep me together, and even though growing up is not easy no matter how much I am struggling now with not having friends near. I know they will always want to invest in my life.

So I encourage you to do this which is to invest in someone’s life, because they may be looking to invest in you just as well!

With love,
Jessi

Monday, August 8, 2011

Monday Mumblings...

I mumble on Mondays. It's a thing. During finals, my sister does it for me.

Hey y'all, Jessi here. So let's get to it.

  • Why in the world do people allow their kids to walk barefoot in public places? Especially when the parents have shoes on.
  • Some Sunday’s I want to lay my head over in my momma’s lap like the little kids and take nap.
  • I nanny to kids, so majority of the time if the tv is on I have cartoons on for the little guys, but other than that THERE is no good tv shows on in the summer. I usually watch tv when they are down for a nap.
  • I have to take history in the fall Lord help me I pass it with flying colors. It’s not my best subject.
  • I have been off of pop until recently more than a year and a half. When I normally go out to eat I get water. I love water most people despise it, but I love personally. Now here is the kicker when they bring out everyone’s drinks and hand me mine, which is a cup half the size of everyone else’s I want to scream. Just because I wanted water does not mean I am taking cheap way out for paying for a pop and it does not mean I drink less with my meal. It makes me crazy to say the least.
  • I hate packing that is one thing I will wait till the absolute last minute to do.
  • Has anyone else seen like a gazillion grasshoppers in their yard or just around in general this summer. You walk through are yard and it’s like the grasshoppers are listening to the song “Jump, Jump, Jump Around.”
  • I have never been more ready for fall weather in my life. I am over at least 110 degree heat every day.
  • I got a new snazzy license plate frame that says Oklahoma Alumni!
  • I would say that I get approximately 20 emails a day form eharmony…..Lord hear my prayer in this is not how I want to meet my future man.
Happy Monday!

Friday, August 5, 2011

I'm a General Lawschoolstudentinbetweennewlywedandmakinbabies Blogger.

And don't you forget it.

I hail from the great state of Oklahoma but currently live with Michiganders while I pursue my life long dream of bein' a lawyer-which better be awesome!!

I think people who have manners are great.

I say y'all and not yous guys or you'ns.

I want four kids, but my husband says he thinks I'll re-think my policy after two.

We have a dog named Paisley. She rules the roost and doesn't mind telling people all about it.

I mumble on Monday mornings. It's a thing. You get used to it.

And like the tagline on my blog says, this blog is about the life and adventures of a Sooner who loves Jesus, politics, and rock 'n roll.

Feel free to kick off your shoes and stay awhile.

Happy Friday!

This blog has been a production of:



P.S. Happy Anniversary to my BIL and SIL, Matt and Shea!!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Cheerleaders are necessary.

Last week Gina wrote this post.

And I totally loved it. It is definitely worth your time.

It was one of those posts where God used another blogger to be a vessel for a lesson you needed to hear.

The most powerful lines from the post were, "I've talked on here before about my belief that you only have to hear something a certain number of times until you start to believe it. Things about you are the most powerful example of this."

I've talked about law school being a marathon. It is the ultimate race of endurance I've experienced in my entire life.

When training for any race, it is important to keep up motivation for yourself.

I am really good at encouraging others, but I flat out suck at this for myself.

So when I read Gina's post, I realized that I've got to remember to give myself a shot in the arm of pep/encouragement when it comes to I study for school.

I know it works. My best grades from law school are the ones that I believed in myself.

I realized that I needed a good saying to keep me going.

So far, all I've got is: I can.

Happy Thursday.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Wednesday is "Studying" Day.

Studying: pretty self-explanatory

I'm studying, therefore I don't really have time to blog today. I'll get you some posts soon.

Hope you're having a great week!

Happy Wednesday!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Monday Mumblings...

I mumble on Mondays. It's a thing. You get used to it. During finals, I mumble all hours of the day.

  • There are 12 days until my summer officially gets here. 
  • Football season is almost less than a month away.
  • I'm on Week 7 of Couch to 5k.
  • I think I've decided to wait to register on Pottermore.
  • My siblings got a new Boxer puppy named Peaches. Pictures soon. Just know that Paisley, while a thousand miles away, is less than pleased. 
    • Side note: Paisley also has a cousin named Hercules. He's a Maltese. I'll have to tell y'all a story about them sometime. 
  • I need a new iPhone cover. Not kidding.
  • Mutt and Jeff are the original good cop/bad cop combo.
  • I am very thankful for my husband and our relationship.

That is all you get. I'm busy studying for finals.

Happy August by the way!!
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