Saturday, December 31, 2011

A NEW 101 in 1001

Now, I feel a little silly doing this post, saying we all know the world is going to end this year!

Ok, not really, but I couldn’t resist the chance for the joke!

In 2011 I made a 101 in 1001 list. Then, a lot of things changed! We moved, I decided to go to school, etc. So, I decided the best way to handle this, was to just start over. So, here is my new list. One a little more forgiving of big life changes. But, not too forgiving. I wanted to make sure I included some of the important things to my current life stage in it. We’ll see how try number two goes!

This time, I’ve also done another thing differently. I started by creating a few different categories that my goals fall into. I think it will be nice to be able to have a little organization to them! Just because I’m a nerd like that. And, anything that I want to do each month I’ve allowed some wiggle room for error. It works out that there are 33 months in my project and I’m expecting myself to do monthly things 28 times. This allows me 5 times to flub up on them! (I’m leaving room to be human here people! I’m being realistic!)  So, without further ado, here’s my (revised) 101 in 1001 list.

{ Start Date }
January 1, 2012
{ End Date }
September 28, 2014

{ Physical Health }

1. Lose 10 Pounds
2. Lose 20 Pounds
3. Lose 30 Pounds
4. Lose 40 Pounds
5. Lose 50 Pounds
6. Lose 60 Pounds
7. Lose 70 Pounds
8. Lose 80 Pounds
9. Create a weight loss incentives list.
10. Run a mile.
11. Train for a 5k.
12. Complete a 5k.
13. Take boxing lessons.
14. Take dancing lessons.

{ Mental Health }

15. Make a list of things I am happy/thankful for once month. (0/28)
16. Do something to relax once a month. (0/28)
17. Write a letter to myself to open on September 28, 2014 by January 31, 2012.
18. Get a massage.

{ Spiritual Health }

19. Read Made to Crave.
20. Read the entire New Testament.
21. Read entire Old Testament.
22. Complete my Beth Moore bible studies. (0/3)
23. Memorize a passage from the bible each month. (0/28)
24. Complete the Psalms bible study from Walking With Women Through the Word.

{ Living Life Fuller }

25. Send Anniversary and Birthday Cards to Family.
26. Clean out our storage unit of unneeded items.
27. Get a file cabinet.
28. Organize papers.
29. Get a fireproof safe.
30. Finish organizing CDs.
31. Rip CDs to computer.
32. Finish organizing DVDs.
33. Paint the old table/desk.
34. Paint the bookshelf.
35. Make/Purchase a memory box and fill it.

{ Hubby Related }

36. Do one above and beyond thing a month for the hubs. (0/28)
37. Two date nights a month. (0/56)
38. Stay a night at a B&B.
39. Watch five movies he likes that I'm not interested in. (0/5)
40. Go to Morton's for our Anniversary each year. (0/2)
41. Complete the Love Dare devotion give to us at our wedding.
42. Video Mawmaw telling her stories for future generations.

{ School Goals }

43. Get enrolled in school for January.
44. Finish getting enrolled in LSU.
45. Set goals for each semester.
46. Become a college graduate.

{ Photography/Photo Related }

47. Make a Shutterfly style book for our Honeymoon.
48. Edit wedding photos.
49. Create a wedding album.
50. Complete a Project 365. (0/365)
51. Learn five new things with Stella. (0/5)
52. Take a photography class.
53. Go to three photography meet ups. (0/3)
54. Put photos into frames.
55. Finish organizing photos on computers.
56. Back up photos.
57. Organize the hubby's photos.
58. Start our photo albums.
59. Take 101 photos of things that make me happy.* (0/101)
60. Take a self-portrait each month.* (0/28)

{ Travel Related }

61. See all of the Mississippi River bridges in Louisiana.** (3/7)
62. Ride the City of New Orleans.
63. Got to NYC.
64. Visit 25 states as a married couple.** (19/25)
65. Complete five interstates.** (1/5)
66. Drive as far as I can in a single day with no destination.

{ Food Related }

67. Make my personal recipe book.
68. Bake ten cakes from scratch. (0/10)
69. Make twelve recipes from the Encylopedia of Cajun and Creole Cooking. (0/12)
70. Bake cookies to give away. (0/5)
71. Make a menu each month. (0/28)
72. Make homemade pierogies.
73. Make white chocolate banana pudding a la Chef's.

{ Blog Related }

74. Follow up on 101 in 1001 each month on my blog. (0/28)
75. Blog a recipe I try at least once a month. (0/28)
76. Buy a domain name.
77. Comment on 5 blogs a day (not weekends) for a month. (0/100)
78. Look cute for school every day for a month and blog OOTD posts. (0/30)
79. Keep my (blog) email empty for one month.
80. Prewrite my blog posts once a week for a month. (0/4)
81. Write a 101 in 1001 conclusion post September 28, 2014.
82. Write a new 101 in 1001 list.

{ Things for Others }

83. Leave an encouraging note on a post it in a bathroom.
84. Pay for someone else's order at a fast food restaurant.
85. Send my sister snail mail once a month for a year. (0/12)
86. Call my parents twice a month for a year. (0/24)
87. Call my grandparents twice a month for a year. (0/24)

{ Other }

88. Get a tattoo.
89. Start learning a foreign language.
90. Dye my hair a funky color.
91. Attend a Corks & Canvas event.
92. Read 25 new books. (0/25)
93. Find four mismatched dining room chairs and refurbish them.
94. Make five cute skirts. (0/5)
95. Make five cute dresses. (0/5)
96. Get the dresser and chest of drawers refurbished.
97. Make a headboard for our bed.
98. Participate in NaNoWriMo.
99. Make a wreath for each season. (0/4)
100. Embrace two new trends at the beginning. (0/2)
101. See a musical or play at the Saenger Theater when it reopens.

Well, after spending several days on this list, I finally have 101 things. And boy, I spent awhile trying to come up with those last 3 items. Seriously, did anyone else have as many issues as I did coming up with 101 things? It might have been the most challenging part of this whole thing!

I will be updating my original 101 in 1001 page with this list. Feel free to check back there for updates on my progress!

So, now dearies, I leave you with this awesome list! I will be picking my 2011 New Year’s Resolutions/Goals from this list. It seems a great way to get to work doing some of these things! I am planning to check back each month and let everyone know how the list is going!

Friday, December 16, 2011

If You Can Say the Name...

When I was growing up, every January me, my sister, my parents and grandparents did the impossible, we traveled east of Highway 6 from Katy, and made our way to the AstroArena (now the Reliant Arena) for the Car Show. Yep, we're that kind of family.

Well, I guess it was 2001 we were there and we reached the Lincoln area where they were trying to sell the good citzens of Houston on how awesome and amazing their new Lincoln Blackwood was. (In hindsight, not so amazing. It was only sold in the U.S. in 2002. )
Yep...there's the amazing Lincoln Blackwood.

So, we were standing there listening to the person give their presentation on the Lincoln Blackwood. And when he's finishing up he tells us: "And if you can say the name, you know every color the Blackwood comes in."

Now, at the tender age of 16, I was very confused. You see, I could name a lot of colors it could be. Mahogany. Cherry...I just couldn't figure it out. I could tell it was supposed to be all clever of him...but I couldn't get it.

Until I took my little pamphlet home and really looked at it. Yep. Then I got only came in black.

Now, was the my brightest moment? No.

But Lincoln was just plain ol' stupid.

Seriously? You thought everyone would want your truck in black? I could go get the F150 for half the price and in any color I wanted...I never will understand how Lincoln thought the Blackwood would be successful!!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Ornament Swap!!

Awhile ago Laura posted that she would be hosting an ornament swap!

I eagerly signed up and now we're all linking up to share what we got!

I was paired with Katie from Color Me Katie. It was so awesome to see how we approached getting an ornament for each other so differently! I went the route of pinterest stalking her, finding out she has a love of owls and the Aggies. So, after a little etsy shop, I got her a cute little owl ornament in Aggie colors. From what I hear, she loved it.

Now, she made my AMAZING ornament! She went the "celebrate my blog" route! And I love it. The colors she decorated my ornament with match my Christmas tree/decor perfectly! So, here's a few pictures of my amazing, awesome, ornament! Thanks Katie for making my first swap such a great experience!!

 Thanks again Katie! I absolutely love my ornament and it's quite at home on my Christmas tree!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011


Today I'm linking up for WILW. I haven't done this link up in awhile and thought this week would be great for it!

I'm loving my current nail polish!!
I've redone it since this pic and they look even better!!
Oh, and I'm totally rocking the accent's awesome!!
I'm loving taht Coke is wondering why people
were confused with the holiday cans.
Maybe this can help.

I'm loving that I spent the afternoon with this cutie!!!
We had fun playing, eating lunch and taking a nap!!!

Today's been a great Wednesday and I'm loving that I'll be spending the evening hanging out with friends tonight! It's going to be fun!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

I Want To Send You a Chrissymus Card!!!!

Now, I'm not the first to think of this, I actually got the idea from Mrs. Monologues (who is wonderfully snarky and worth being in your must-read list of blogs. You should TOTALLY go check out her blog and follow her. )

I'd love to send you a Christmas Card. Seriously, I've got some cute cards all picked out (via Target!) and my stamps are ready!! I'd love to send you a nice little note to make your holiday's brighter. So, feel free to add your address to the form below and I'll be sending you a Christmas card!!

Also, if you want to do a Christmas Card exchange, I'd love to receive one from you!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Comment Form PSA

Hey y'all, to show you just how caught up on life I am, I just finished commenting on every starred blog in my google reader and have read every blog in my reader!! It's a great day.

Now since I've recently done all of this commenting, I learned about an issue with bloggers commenting form.

If you do not use a pop-out comment form, not all of your readers will be able to comment.

There is a problem with the embedded commenting form and it is a known issue to blogger. They are working to fix it, but the issue has been around since October. They have instructed changing your blog comment form to either the full-page comment form or the pop-out comment form.

It's a shame I haven't been able to comment on some of your wonderful blogs over the past couple of months. And if you've had any problems commenting on my blog, I apologize. I didn't know about the problem until recently. I have since changed my settings per bloggers instructions.

Do me a favor too, can you share this with other bloggers? We all love giving and receiving comments, so let's all help keep the blog community great!!


I'm Home

After a long week, I'm home.

This trip was hard. Saying good-bye to my Grandma was so sad. But, in everything there is silver lining. And this was no exception.

On this trip I got to really spend some time with several of my cousins. With 15 cousins, sometimes it's hard to really get to talk and know each other. But this trip was different. I spent time actually talking to some of my cousins and getting to know them. It was such a great experience.

Tricia, Amanda & Me
I am one of three cousins born within about 9 months of each other, I'm in the middle and Tricia is almost exactly 6 months older than me! It was so much fun to get to talk to her. I learned so much about her that I never knew!

I also got to hang out more with Amanda. I hung out with her when we made our trip in October and spending more time with her was great. I really am enjoying getting a chance to know her better. She was pretty annoying about 5 years ago, but these past couple of trips she has become quite fun to hang out with!!

I also enjoyed getting the chance to hang out with my Mamaw and Grandaddy. I wasn't my most social self on this trip (understandably) but it was still good to get to spend some time with them. As I've said before, they are really the ones who instilled a love of traveling in me and so I always enjoy the chance to travel with them. This was the first road trip I've taken with them in years. It was such a pleasure to do!

In my post about the drive up, I let y'all know about my first anxiety attack. I had a second one the day after we got to Cleveland. My wonderful hubby made the best decision ever that day. He decided that we would rent a car for the remainder of our stay in Cleveland. It wasn't money we planned to spend, but it really made a big difference in my peace of mind up there. I still couldn't drive, but just knowing we had a car helped me so much.

You see, we had different places to be and different times to be there from my Grandparents. It made things so much easier to be able to go where we wanted/needed when we wanted/needed. It really helped make the whole experience better.

Now, I'm going to talk about the funeral some. This is my journal of sorts, and I understand if you don't want to read this. Please feel free to skip it if you want. I just want to have these thoughts written down somewhere.

On Thursday was my Grandma's viewing and Friday was her funeral. My Grandma was Catholic and I had never been to a Catholic funeral before Friday. Now, I grew up Assembly of God and non-denomenational. And I have been to many of those funerals and so those would be thought to be the most comforting services to me. But, I found something very comforting in the Catholic funeral. The structure, the ritual of it. It's hard to explain. I guess I appreciate the solemness of the of Catholic funeral for this particular situation.

I was honored to be asked to present the elements of communion to the priest at the funeral. While it was a sad day, I appreciate that I was able to participate in the service.

After the mass, we drove to the graveside for the final prayer and to say our final goodbyes. It was so cold out. It made it extremely difficult to really focus on what was going on. I had decided to wear a dress and tights for the funeral. But outside, I was just too cold. My legs were frozen. I had considered wearing pants for the funeral and in hindsight I would have switched the outfits for the funeral and the viewing.

Finally I left a hot pink carnation on her casket. This flower was special for me to pick as I had used that same color at our wedding which she was able to come to. It might seem crazy that that made it more special to me, but it did.

So, that's thelast of the sad posts fo now. I just wanted the memories of this trip recorded somewhere...

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Day 3 of the Worst Week Ever

First, thank you to everyone who left such sweet comments on my last post. Knowing my family and I are in your thoughts and prayers means a lot. The initial shock of my Grandma's passing has worn off and I'm glad to say I arrived safely in Cleveland today.

Over the coming week, I may do some blogging, as I am tonight. A lot of it will be focused on my Grandma and the time I am able to spend with family. There may be some nice stories of my Grandma, and you'll probably get some of my sad moments too. Just be ready for a lot of emotions.

So, on with this post...

It's so good to be with family over the coming days and know that we will be able to be together and enjoy the memory of her life. My Grandma was an amazing woman. She raised 7 kids, had 13 grandkids and 1 great-grandchild who was born just a few weeks before her passing. She has left quite a legacy in all of these people who all love her and will miss her greatly.

On the drive up to Cleveland, I was experience the whole gauntlet of emotions. Seriously, I would be joking about something and then it would hit me that my Grandma had just died. Those words are still so weird. And, for the first time in my life, I wished I had a Xanax.

My knees were hurting from not being able to stretch out, I didn't have a clue about what plans were going to be when I got to Cleveland. I had no idea even when my Grandma's services were. I had no control over anything. And I come from a family where when things go wrong, we become control freaks. It just helps me cope to be able to control something. (I think part of this might be human nature...) and I had nothing to control. I couldn't control where we ate. Or when we stopped. Or when we left. Try as I might I couldn't. And I couldn't control the car.

Driving in situations like this really helps me. This might sound crazy, but here it is. When I'm going somewhere, I want to be able to drive. If you're driving, there's something I would do different. Or there might be something about your driving that's making me uncomfortable, so I really just want to drive. When I'm driving, I know that everything possible is being done to get me where I'm going just as quickly, and as safely, as it can be done. And, I know there won't be any crazy, unnecessary detours.

So, we're riding in the car, no stop in sight, stupid questions being asked. I'm freaking out because I don't know what the plans are, I'm not worried about what exit we're taking in 400 miles, and I'm getting 1000 questions asked about it. I just want to be introspective, because let's face it, there's a lot going on right now, and I can't be alone. My space is being invaded by a foot and I want to escape. But, I can't. I feel like I'm trembling, but from my initial assessment, I'm just trembling inwardly. I just want to be alone. And I want to see my Momma.

I had talked to my Momma a little bit since finding out my Grandma died (this was my Mom's mother) and I wanted to see her and hug her. I wanted her to know I was there for her. That I love her and will help her any way I can.

I was so anxious, and I'm not an anxious person in the least. I just wanted to be where I was going.

I'm doing better now that we're here. I'm glad to be able to spend the time with my family and I'm glad to be off the road.

And I'm glad that the weather matched my heart over the past couple of days. The gloominess really helped. Here's a picture of what my view was the past couple of days.

Again, thank you for all of your thoughts and prayers. I truly appreciate them. If I don't post again this week, I would appreciate your thoughts and prayers on Thursday and Friday. Thursday afternoon we have my Grandma's viewing and Friday is her funeral. These are going to be difficult days and all of your thoughts and prayers will mean the world to me.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Holiday Treats

Because of my Grandma's funeral, I was unable to take part in the last 5 days of the Fabulous Holiday Blog Challenge, so I'm going back and doing them now. I can't help but feel that this prompt is the perfect one to start back on.

Today's topic is Holiday Treats and I have to feature two of my Grandma's treats. Now, I'll let you know up front, these are secret family recipes. I don't give the recipes out to anyone, and I'm not starting now! So, I'll just let you know how delicious they are!

First up, is my Grandma's Ice Box cookies. It's been so long since I've made them, I don't even have a picture of them. To me, this is a good sign that I need to hurry up and make some more. Now these are a great cookie to eat with tea or hot cocoa. They aren't one of those soft gooey cookies. Instead they are a cinnamon sugar crunchy cookie. But, if you dunk them into hot tea or hot cocoa, they get a great softness to them. Oh, I love them. I can eat them by the dozens.

What was left of a pie a couple Thanksgiving's ago...apparently we don't photograph dessert...

My other holiday treat is my Grandma's pumpkin pies. Fact of the matter is, there is not a better recipe. I will give you a couple of hints about pumpkin pie! Find a nice spice mixture and use pumpkin PUREE and NOT pumpkin PIE FILLING! Seriously, do you really want to use what someone else thinks is best? My other note, and this may sound so ridiculous. If your recipe calls for evaporated milk (and mine does, so your's probably should!) you have to use CARNATION evaporated milk. Seriously, we've tried all the other brands, and using Carnation makes a difference. So, here's the wrap up:
1) Pumpking PUREE not Pumpkin Pie Filling
2) CARNATION Evaporated milk.

So, there you go, that's the best you're going to get from me regarding the recipes!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

It's a Sad Day

My dear bloggy friends, today is a hard day. Last night my Grandma passed away. I'm going to be MIA the next week or so, as I am going to be traveling to Cleveland, Ohio to say good bye and be with my family.

My Grandma and I the day I got married.

Any prayers for me and my family will be greatly appreciated.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Umweo Bags & Giving With a Purpose

Y'all, I want to tell you about Umweo Bags.

I don't usually tell you about different products to buy, but this is one I will tell you about.

I go to church with an amazing woman. After a missions trip to Africa and visiting a clinic for malnutrioned children, she began making Umweo Bags to sell to help support the clinic. Please go visit the Umweo Bags blog to learn more about her story. The things she is doing is amazing!!

Now, I want to highlight just a few things about Umweo Bags for you.

{one} Umweo Bags helps to provide food and supplies to the clinic in Africa.

{two} Umweo Bags has donated more than $2,675 to the clinic since she began making the bags.

{three} They are a non-profit organization and are finishing up the official paperwork to be classified as such!!!

Now, I tell you all of this so that you can help Umweo Bags out in a couple of ways!!

{one} You can go buy one of their awesome bags. Just click here!! (You can buy one for yourself OR for a CHRISTMAS GIFT!!!!)

{two} You can go enter the giveaway at The Berteau Life and learn more about Umweo Bags!

{three} Friends of Umweo Bags have committed to donate more than $600 to the malnutrition clinic in Zambia if Umweo Bags can reach 250 'likes' on our FB page, 60 'shares' on FB and 25 new followers on Twitter @umweobags by January 1! All you have to do is like our page (not status update) and share it! Spread the word. For more information, check out our latest blog: Working Together for the Good of Others at (I borrowed this from their Facebook page.)

So, all of you wonderful readers, please at least Like their Facebook Page, Follow them on Twitter, and Follow Umweo Bags' blog. Those are free!! And, why wouldn't you enter the giveaway?? Seriously, go to Lindsay's blog now and enter!!!

I've also added their blog button to my sidebar so you can check them out in the future!!!

Chrissymus Movies!

Day 4 is about holiday movies. Now, I touched on this with Holiday traditions, but we'll talk about it again because I don't want to not have a post today! :)

First up, and foremost, I must always watch the 24 hours of A Christmas Story. Seriously, how can you not LOVE a movie with a line as awesome as "Oh, Fudge. Except, I didn't say fudge." Seriously, best line in a movie. Ever.

 This year, I think I'm going to have to watch National Lampoon's Christmas movie. I've never seen it before but everyone here in bloggy land keep talking all about how awesome it is and how it's the must see, so I think I'm going to have to check it out. How can all of bloggy land be wrong?

The other requirement Christmas movie in our house is Love Actually. I could watch it anytime of the year, but Mr. B only likes to watch it at Christmas to "keep it special." (Yeah, whatever.)

Now, the one movie we don't touch with a 39 1/2 foot pole (hehe, notice the Christmas movie reference. I know, I'm awesome!) is Elf. I'm sorrry, if Will Ferrell even considers a movie, I know it's not for me. I've seen it, but Will Ferrell just grates on my nerves. Like serious grate. Like a grater to cheese. It can't stand him. And just don't like Elf because he's in it...sorry. (Please don't hate on me Elf Lovers. Please.)

 So yep, that's the movie story at our house. I can't wait to see what all of y'all watch!! 

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Christmas Decor

Day 3 of the Holiday Challenge is all about Christmas Decor. And this is oneof my favorite parts of Christmas. I love decorating the house and getting it all festive. Now, this year we're with his parents, and I'm decorating their house some, but I'm going to feature how I decorated our apartment last year! This was standard for the years I lived there and I loved it! A lot of this was what my mom did when I was growing up and this really makes it feel like Christmas for me!
The stair rail wrapped in garland and decorated with ornaments!

My decorations for one of the walls.
Pine garland over the doors!!
And more over the window!
And cards and stockings!!
Decorating for Christmas is one of my most favorite things to do. I told my in-laws, there house will have never seen so much festive-ness!! I'll show off my handy work of their place in another post!!

Another Post Where I'm Honest

Y'all, I'm going to tell you something about me.

I love blogging. It's great, but I struggle with leaving comments and sending out responses on twitter.

And here's why:

I'm always worried that other people/bloggers won't like me.

Seriously, I write a ton of comments and replies on twitter and then don't post them.

Now, y'all aren't the problem. Y'all are wonderful and you always say the nicest things and are so sweet. Seriously. It's not you, it's me. (How cliche is that?)

You see, I've been judged a lot in my life. And I was made fun of a lot in school. And maybe everyone else was too but, I was just never well equiped to deal with it. You see, I'm a people pleaser by nature. I'll do things I don't like to do and go places I don't want to go, and overall just bend over backwards if I think it will make someone happy. I'll do it even when it makes me unhappy. It's kind of my default setting.

And, where my people pleasing drops off is where my fear of rejection comes in. So, I spend too much time worrying about what others think of me. And a lot of this just makes me socially awkward.

Like the times when I get nervous around people and then what I call vomit mouth starts. Seriously, I start talking and my filter turns off. And I say something I don't want to say or shouldn't say. And, it's generally not something wrong per se. It's more like the time I started talking all about my plans for a party to someone who wasn't invited.

So, these are my struggles. I'm a lot better than I used to be about this (seriously, I never would have written this post in the past) but, I still struggle with it.

So, I wanted y'all to know this. I wanted you to know why I don't comment as much as I would like. And, since y'all are so awesome, I was hoping for maybe just a little encouragement...and a few ideas to help me get just a little better this!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011


Traditions. Christmas is so full of traditions and I've got a couple of favorites.

I LOVE getting a Christmas Tree. Without it, it just isn't Christmas. And once I have it, Christmas is in full swing. Sadly, the tradition changed this year. Now, I think we're going to try something new. This year, Mr. B and I went to a tree lot instead of Home Depot and I enjoyed it a lot. Someone else did all of the hard work and I just got to look. Tree Lots are the Boutique shops of Christmas tree shopping! I love my tree this year, and it's the big focus of this post!

Mr. B & I with our tree at the tree lot!

Getting the tree trimmed!

The tree in my car all ready to go home!

So, we got the tree home and the next day it was time to decorate it!

Our tree all decorated!!
This has been our favorite tree yet! I usually multicolored lights and this year, I decided I wanted something different. And I love it! I think this is going to be our new standard. Except, I need to get a few more strands of white lights. Seriously, a tree with anything less than 600 lights on it is just not good enough!!

Now, the other major tradition I/we have is watching the 24 hour marathon of A Christmas Story each year. Seriously, it's my absolute favorite. And, even though we watch it all day on Christmas, I still watch at least once during the holiday's other than that!

Now, this leads me to ask., all you married girls out there...what traditions do you have with your hubby for Christmas? We're looking to adopt a couple of traditions just the two of us, but I have no idea what we should do...

Monday, November 28, 2011

Favorite Gift

Day 1: Fave Gift Received Ever

I'll be honest, I'm actually having to do some serious thinking about what my favorite Christmas gift ever was. Nothing really jumps out at me as my all time favorite.

My most memorable gift is probably the Super Sonic Ear my parents got me one year. It would amplify sound and I would pretend I was Harriet the Spy trying to hear things and find clues to solve things.

Yes, I was really this cool.

 (Mom, Dad, if you're reading this, the super sonic ear was really cool!)

I believe the same year I got the Super Sonic ear was the same year we got the Nintendo 64. With Banjo Kazooie. I still want to play Banjo Kazooie, but I don't have what I need...

I know I got plenty of cool things over the years, including a shredder (yes, a shredder, I love my shredder). But, I'm just not sure what tops the charts as my "fave gift ever."

Sunday, November 27, 2011


Y'all, this blog might be a little heavy. It's got a lot of thoughts that have been on my mind recently and I need to let out. Like so many bloggers, this little piece of the world wide web is my friend, my confidant and some days, my therapist.


I grew up moving around a lot. We always stayed in the same area, but we moved every couple of years. I actually reached a point where I craved moving. I needed it and wasn't sure how to function without the change it provided. I remember the first time I lived somewhere long enough that I actually considered rearranging my bedroom furniture. We just moved that much.

And then, I moved to NOLA. And my life became very stable. I wasn't moving. I found a job that I held down for almost 3 years before I was laid off. I stopped thriving on change. And I started to LOVE stability. It was strange, but it was oh, so good. I wanted roots.

Then, everything started changing. So much of it is good change. People (including Mr. B and I) got married. Babies were born. Things changed. And the traditions that we had spent the past few years perfecting are now gone.

We moved in with his parents.

We didn't go Christmas Tree shopping with L&L and her mom.

We didn't have Lindsay's mom for Thanksgiving. (She's married now.)

I messed up and couldn't even make my pumpkin pies for dessert on Thanksgiving.

It's just different. And I don't like it. I've actually kind of forgotten how to adapt. How sad is that? I got comfortable in the stability. It was a first for me. I was always ready to move at a moments notice and I finally let that guard down.

I finally let my guard down entirely.

And I accepted that stability. And here I am, and everythings getting flipped on end at the same time.

And, there's a lot of personal stuff going on. My mom's parents have both been in and out of the hospital. I made an unexpected trip to Cleveland, Ohio. Mr. B has had a couple minor health problems that we've been dealing with. I've had some minor health problems we've been dealing with. We've moved in with his parents. We've given up our first home we had as a married couple. They just put my grandmother on hospice. It's been a rough couple of months.

It's been unbelievably rough. It's been the type of months where you just want to crawl under the blankets and come out after the universe thinks you're dead and no longer worth bothering.

And, I'm tired of pretending everything's ok. I'm tired of pretending that I'm dealing with it all ok. Actually, all I want to do is mope. I just want to sit in front of the tv and surf the internet aimlessly. I don't want to be in the holiday spirit. I just want the holiday's to pass me by and leave me unscathed. I want to wake up and have it be 2012 and have everything be ok again. Because I'm exhausted with all of the stuff.

And, I'm tired of blogging like everything's great here. It's not. So, I'm being honest. I'm trying to be positive. Really, I am. But know that I'm struggling to get in the holiday spirit. I had to force myself to get a Christmas tree. But, I'm trying.

So, expect a mix of posts over the holidays. Some will be exciting, some will be more like this one. But, they will all be honest. And honest is what I really need to be right now. So, if you stuck out this post, thanks. I really appreciate it!

I Heart Thanksgiving...

...and my new lens!!!

Yes, this is my new lens! The Nikon 50mm f1.8G. It's a wonderful lens. I suggest you get one for yourself!! Gorgeous pictures and oh, so fast! I heart it!

I took this picture in super low light and without flash if I remember correctly.
So, Thursday was Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I know I've told you that before. The food, the family, the hanging out. Oh, and getting to use my new lens! So, here's our day, documented through my new lens!

First up was lunch! The food was great as always! Actually, I think the turkey was particularly good this year. At some point, I inevitably take some pictures of the food and some of the family around the table!

We made sure to eat some super delicious food.
This is my mother-in-law's plate so it's missing some delicious
food, such as the turkey!
Mr. B while we were eating dinner!

MawMaw, Mr. B's grandma, after we finished dinner!
 Next up was a family picture of Lee & Lindsay & Parker. It was Parker's first Thanksgiving and she was only mildly interested in having her picture taken at this point. She wouldn't crack a smile no matter what we did. So, we're just thankful she's looking towards the camera!
Linday, Parker and Lee getting their photo taken for Parker's first Thanksgiving!
After the picture was taken, she was of course, all smiles. So, while Lindsay was talking to Mr. B about something, I snapped this gem. Let me tell you, I love the way it came out. When I saw it, I just fell further in love with my new lens!
Parker and Lindsay.
I just love the way this picture came out!
After the pictures were taken (with not a shot of Mr B and I taken...ugh!) it was time for our family to do what we do best, play a game. We don't lounge around watching a football game, but we do make time to hang out together and Scattergories is our standard. It has set the scene for such conversations as "No, nitrogen is not something that is found in a park." Mr. B's answer was vetoed and I think he still begrudges us that. :)
Lee writing down those Scattergories answers!

Our Thanksgiving Day Game of Choice!
 So, yes, we had a great day. It was a very pleasant afternoon and we enjoyed the time together. That evening, Mr. B and I tried to go get our Christmas tree unsuccessfully. But, we did end up getting it the next night. I'll post all about that this week...

Also, if you are Nikon user and considering the 50mm f1.8G, please do yourself a favor and get it. It'll be the best $200 you'll spend. Seriously. The pictures have been beautiful! The bokeh it produces is awesome. So smooth! It really is awesome!

And, I'll be linking up with Neely & Amber for their "Fabulous Holiday Blog Challenge" the next two weeks! Why don't you link up too?

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