Saturday, March 31, 2012

Give Me a Break

Hey y'all! I know, it's been over a week since I've posted here. I'm sorry! I have really missed it!

But, this isn't really an "I'm coming back" post.    :(

You see I've been feeling a bit burnt out lately. Seriously, school has been keeping me busy and this semester has been more difficult than I had thought it would be. And, I have been so busy trying to keep my head above water that I haven't really been doing anything I love. No reading, blogging's been random, movie watching has been sparse. I just haven't been feeling very much like myself.

So, next week is spring break (seriously, way too late in the semester. I hate UNO.) I spent yesterday eating junk food, watching movies (I watched 3!) And I read all of Hunger Games. O.M.G. Maybe I'll even go see the movie this week! Oh, and maybe sneak in the other 2 books too. They were great!!!

But, as part of this regrouping, I'm not using the computer much other than to do homework. I'm just decompressing. Not keeping up with stuff. You know being introspective and what not. Enjoying not being plugged in so much. It feels so great already.

So, this is just to let you know, I'll be back after spring break. (Just one week!) I'm going to spend some time deciding how this blog is going to work while I'm in school. I'm just not able to post as often anymore. And my post haven't been what they used to be. So, I'll let you know what I figure out when I come back, but I really need this break!

Y'all have a great weekend! And, a few prayers that I keep feeling better over the next week would be appreciate. I already feel so much more like me after just one day!

(Oh, and you won't be seeing much of me on twitter either...I'm just kind of pretending none of it's happening. It feels so good to be disconnected for a little while!)

And, one other thing. I know I haven't been commenting much the past month or so, but I wanted to let you know I've been reading your blogs whenever I can. Seriously, google reader is up on my phone a lot and I'm still reading all of the amazing posts each of you writes!



Saturday, March 24, 2012

Nail Files - Vol. 3

The Nail Files


Today I'm linking up with Fabulous But Evil and My Vickilicious Life for the Nail Files!


Let me start off by saying that Nail Polish has become quite the obsession for me recently. More birthday money than one should spend went to this new habit of mine! And today's manicure is a highlight of the birthday money that I've spent. I've also found a whole new world of bloggers. The nail polish bloggers. O. M. G. They only fuel the fire!


Without further rambling, here's today's mani!


In the Shade.
Here's how I achieved this look! First, one layer of base coat. (I used Sally Hansen's Diamond Strength No Chip Base Coat.) Then, it was on to two layers of NYC Long Wearing Nail Enamel in Black Lace Creme. Now, the pride of the mani, Finger Paint's Art You Wondering (Also two layers). And then the whole thing was topped with Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat. (My new nail polish love!)




In Direct Sunlight.
After testing a couple of different combinations, I found that Art You Wondering had the fullest look with the fewest coats, with the black polish underneath. I generally use my cheap nail polishes to preserve the more expensive bottles. (Seriously, NYC Black Lace Creme cost me like $1.50. I would much rather replace that!) And, I thought it looked fuller than just Art You Wondering by itself. It was a little sheer for my taste.


And I finally purchased my first bottle of Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat, and I'm not sure how I made it the past few months without it! And, this is just to let you know, I tried the Sally Hansen Diamond Strength No Chip Top Coat and it sucks! Seriously, don't bother buying it. My nails would chip the same day! (No chip my hind foot!)


So, there's today's mani! I hope y'all have a great weekend! And, check out your local Sally Beauty Supply, mine's currently running a Buy One Seche Vite Top Coat and get a bottle of the Seche Base Coat for free! (And, if you buy lots of nail polish, get the Sally Beauty Supply Card, it's $5 and saves you like 30% on your purchases, except sales, which you get the sale price. My store was selling the card for $2.50 this weekend and I paid for it in this trip alone!)



Thursday, March 22, 2012

Whew...Made it Past Draft

I've had writer's block recently y'all. Serious, unbelievable amounts of writer's block. I open up blogger, click the new post button and lose all ability to form a coherent blog post. I have like 7 posts in "draft" right now because I can't seem to finish them.

It's kind of got me down.

I LOVE blogging. Y'all, seriously LOVE it! It's the only thing in life I do just for me.

A lot of the other stuff is done with other people in mind. I do them because they make me happy, but also because of other things too. Anything I do with hubs, is done considering what will make him happy too. I watch my adorable niece on Wednesday nights (which I LOVE) but that is also to help form a strong relationship with her. I go to school knowing it will help the hubs and I accomplish our goals and dreams.

But blogging, blogging is just for me.

I am not a large blog by all means and I love each and everyone of my readers more than you'll ever know but, as much as each of you means to me, I write this blog for me! I make decisions on this blog because they make me happy. This is the one place that is all mine!

But, I've sadly been absent from the blog. My post are a little slower, but not much you may have noticed, but in my heart I've been absent.

You see, I've been busy with school. Seriously, calculus is kicking my buttocks (which always sounds like Forest Gump is saying it in my head). And I'm studying like crazy. You wouldn't believe how many nights I'm at the library until it closes. This first semester back is killing me! I know next semester will be better, if I could only survive this one! Because I've been so busy with school, I'm not really doing much. And since I blog about my life, and I'm not doing much beside school (those would make BORING posts) I just don't feel like I have much to say right now.

I have plans of blogging about my birthday (Which was now almost 2 weeks ago...ugh!), and I'm thinking about starting a nail polish feature. I've got a great Scentsy order coming in, that should be interesting. Oh, and I'll probably be going to see my family in just a couple of weeks. So, I'm going to have more to write about soon, but for the next couple of weeks, I'll probably keep struggling through this. And, if you can be your usual, supportive selves, and not abandon me, you will make my life better!

In the mean time, know that my brain really appreciated getting so wrapped up in this post! Oh, and I need to leave you with something cute to look at. So, how about this:

My sweet, adorable niece who smiles and makes me smile!
Wednesday nights are great and boy do we have fun!








Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Luck O' The Irish - A Little Late

This weekend, as we all know, was Saint Patrick's Day. And, here in New Orleans we parade for St. Patrick's Day just like we do for Mardi Gras. Ok, it's slightly different, but we'll get to that!

So, Saturday I headed out to the parade route with Mr. B to meet up with our friend Robin to enjoy the day. I grabbed my camera set on getting at least few pictures. It was a great time with friends just chilling on the curb and chit chatting before the parade began. It took awhile for the parade to get to us but it was a pretty nice day and I didn't mind too much. Sure, it was a bit warm with the sun beating down on us, but we were partially shaded and it wasn't 100 degrees, so I won't complain!

Now, in New Orleans, we have clubs that walk in the parades. They are made up of men, and they walk down the street carrying these large bunches of flowers. Then, they kiss all the women they can and they give you one of the flowers. Now, generally, they kiss you on the cheek, but later in the parade after they've been drinking all day, they may get a little bit more bold! Also, they are carrying garters and panties. And, they put those on you and then give you a kiss...seriously, this parade is better if you have no real notion of personal space and drink lots of alcohol...

The flowers they carry.

Now, I generally just don't let other guys kiss me. Seriously, it's a little awkward for me...but, Mr. B and I do have one friend who does walk in one of those clubs, and since I know him and kiss him (you know, on the cheek...it's pretty standard in this area...) anyways, I do go ahead and kiss him and get one flower for the day. (Then spend the rest of the day trying to be unkissable...camera's REALLY help!

Meet Brett Bretterson.
Obviously, not his real last night...but, it's what we use...

Now, we were standing by some people who had a ton of fun with the whole kissing and garters and panties stuff and it really was fun watching them. I took some pictures, but the sun make photos challenging, especially on Magazine Street where there are a lot of trees too. But, I got a few I like!  First up, garters!


The parade was fun, although a little frustrating. Since there are throws to be caught and no barricades to keep people in a designated area, the crowd shifts a lot during the course of the parade. At one point there seriously was only enough room for the guys to walk in a single file line. And I was a little concerned for the safety of my camera. (Drunk people stumbling around can make me feel that way!)



This fun guy was walking in the parade!

From New York, the New York City Transit Pipes & Drums came to march in our parade. I love the sound of bagpipes and I really enjoyed listening to them play.

I had composed this picture and was about to snap the shot when
this gentleman turned, saw me, and threw on the biggest grin!
I love how it turned out!


The parade came to a halt and the NYC Transit Pipes and Drums were stopped in front of us. It was so awesome to be able to listen to them talk about their experience in New Orleans. They had so many nice things to say and really seemed to be enjoying their trip. And, it was nice to hear the kind things the locals had to tell them in return. It's amazing, it's been 10 years since 9/11 and yet it still does more to unite strangers than anything I've seen. The amount of respect that people gave them was just amazing. It was such an amazing thing to see at the parade and stood in such stark contrast to everything else that went on!


The best part for me though, was the chance to people watch for the day. And since parades always attract families, which means cute kids, I had a lot of fun grabbing some pictures of the cuties around me!

This cutie stayed out for the whole parade
and, I think he got enough toys to redecorate his room!
But, boy, by the end, he was EXHAUSTED!
This group posed for a picture and I snapped my own copy really quick.
This cutie was directly across from me
and I just loved the contrast her hat gave!
This kiddo just didn't want to be set down.
If you look closely, you can see he's holding his feet up!





After the parade was over, I decided it was important to get a couple of pictures of us at the parade, so here they are!

Robin and me!

Robin and me again!

And of course, the hubs and I!

Well, I'm glad you survived all of those photos! It was a lot fun to hang out and enjoy the pretty outdoors! I'm hoping to get back to blogging more regularly soon, but school is keeping me super busy right now!




Saturday, March 17, 2012

Giggles

Thank you to everyone who left me such amazing comments on my last post! I have some things I'm working on because of that post, but I will tell you more about that later!

Today's post is all about the good! And to lighten the mood on this here blog!

On Wednesday Mr. B and I were watching our adorable niece. I had fed her dinner, which is a mess. I was supposed to just wipe her down with wipes but that would have used most of the wipes up...so, I grabbed a wash cloth, a couple of toys, and set her on the counter where I essentially sponge bathed her. This was some of the most fun I've ever had with her and ended up grabbing my phone to record this fun! She kept taking the toy (I call it a blowfish in the video and that seems to be right, so we'll stick to that) and throwing it into the sink. I would grab it and give it back to her and the process would start all over.  She loved it! It just tickled her so much and we did this for probably 10 to 15 minutes. It just got her laughing so much!

So, here's a video for you to enjoy, because everyone enjoy's baby's laughs...they're the absolute best!

*I edited this video on youtube, and eventually it should be a few seconds shorter and be rotated for a more pleasant viewing experiences...they said this may take a little while to update, so please bear with me while we wait on youtube to do it's thing!

**Thanks to Lindsay for suggesting I upload this youtube from my phone...I had no idea I could do that and I greatly appreciate her helping me with that. I really needed a chance to lighten the mood here!

Have a great weekend everyone! I'll be at a Saint Patricks Day parade tomorrow and can't wait to hang out with friends, take pictures and enjoy a beautiful day!! Do you have any Saint Patricks Day plans?



Wednesday, March 14, 2012

I Miss You, Buddy

This is the hardest post I've ever written. It's taken me awhile to write it and I've had to write it in bits and pieces. Thanks for understanding how personal this post is for me.

Wow. Fourteen Years. I can't believe it.

I can't believe that 14 years ago, my life changed so drastically.

I can't believe that 14 years ago my world as I knew it came to an end.

I can't believe that 14 years ago today, my brother died.

Left to Right: My Mom holding my brother Michael, my dad with my sister on his shoulders. And that super cute kid on the right, yeah, that's me!

I don't talk much about my brother here. But, I can tell you, He was the absolute best brother a girl could have. He taught me to love unconditionally. He taught me to see in people what others don't. He taught me how to take everyone as they are. He never said a word, but his laugh said more than words ever could. He never took a step, but he changed more lives than anyone I know. He helped me to learn to trust God and to accept when God says "no." He changed my life, he made me who I am today in so many ways. He is gone, but not forgotten. Today, I'm going to say the things that have gone unsaid.

My brother was born May 26, 1989. He was the most perfect, beautiful baby. When he was born, my parents didn't know he was anything other than perfect, but we would eventually learn that he had Downs Syndrome. He started out pretty normal for a Downs child, but then when he was only 7 months old he would stop breathing and he ended up with a lot of mental and physical retardation. He essentially stopped developing as a 7 month old.

Things were a lot different for me growing up then my friends. It was harder for us to do somethings because he was in a wheelchair. But we did a lot of things anyways. And despite the doctors saying he was going to be a vegetable, I can tell you all the ways he interacted with us. He knew when you talked to him. He would follow your voice with his eyes and would turn his head. He laughed if you played with him. He giggled so hard on bumpy roads. Blueberry syrup from IHOP was his favorite. And he liked mashed potatoes.

He proved the doctors wrong so many times, and we enjoyed each of those moment as a family. I want to tell you who he was, and yet I feel that all I'm offering you is a single drop of the ocean. And today, my heart hurts. I miss him.

I've been in a funk for about a week and half. I usually don't realize until the 15th why it just kind of sneaks up on me now. Normal is now life without him. I still miss him so much. But I miss him in a pleasant way, if that can even make sense. I can think of him and not hurt. I frequently think about things he would have enjoyed and wish I could tell him.

My brother had Downs Syndrome and was the most amazing person I've ever met. So, you can imagine how I felt today when I read an article online where parents sued their doctor for a wrongful birth. Because their daughter was found to have Downs Syndrome after her birth. Yes, they did genetic testing and it came back that she didn't have Downs and even though they now have this amazing child, they are upset that they couldn't kill her.

My heart is broken.

Literally, broken. I want to weep.

I want to weep because I know how AMAZING life is with a Downs child. Seriously, best thing ever. Was it hard, you betcha. Would any of us trade it for...anything? Oh my, NO! Was our life different? Yes. But, different is just that different. Different is not bad!

The most amazing thing is how despite all of his handicaps, he still changed the lives of others. No one he went to school with thought any differently of him. Matter of fact, they LOVED to help him. They wanted to push him to the playground. They wanted to help him color. They knew him even though he never spoke a word. He has a legacy far greater than many people.

Sadly, 90% of children with Downs Syndrome are never allowed to impact the people around them. 90% of children with Downs Syndrome are aborted.

My heart is broken.


How do people see this as ok?  I was reading on a website regarding Down's Syndrome where a girl named Bridget (who has Down's) made the very valid point that aborting babies with Down's is a form of genocide - the systematic killing of a people or nation. I had never thought of it that way, but she is so very right! And she expressed herself so amazingly well. And yet, as a society 90% of these amazing people are never given a chance.

So, today, I am sad for so many reasons.

I am sad that my brother died.

I am sad that those people won that lawsuit. (And I hope it is appealed and the decision is reversed!)

But, I am most sadden that so many amazing children are never given the chance to make a difference in the world. You can not know a child with Down's Syndrome and not see how amazing they are!

If you have any questions about Downs feel free to ask me. You can use the comments below or you can send me an email at bettyblogs1114 {at} gmail {dot} com. I'll do my best to answer what I can.

Or, you can check out Noah's Dad. He and his pediatrician wife gave birth to a baby with Down's and following their story is amazing and enlightening. They do a great job of talking about the medical side and the day to day side.

Either way, just try to learn a little bit of how amazing people with Down's Syndrome can be!





Friday, March 9, 2012

Friday's Fancies: Spring Break

I'm linking up with {av} at Long Distance Loving for Friday's Fancies!


Friday's Fancies: Spring Break




Here's my outfit! When I started out, I intended to highlight coral and teal. Instead, yellow became the color of the day and I LOVE it! Oh, and the jewelry? I want it...badly! The color is gorgeous! I love the coral pants and I think the shirt is just so spring-y. If I could add this outfit to my wardrobe tomorrow, I would be very happy!!



Thursday, March 8, 2012

Things the Hubs Says

Mr. B and I were sitting at the kitchen table last night eating dinner and I was perusing Entertainment Weekly. There was a story about Game Change a movie coming out about Sarah Palin running for vice president.  Julianne Moore is playing Sarah Palin.

Movie Poster
Me: It's amazing what hair and glasses can do.
Hubs: I know, I saw The Princess Diaries.

And, that moment was the moment I knew my writer's block was broken. You see, I just had to let the bloggy world know that my hubby said that. Because let's face it, when I grown man relates anything to The Princess Diaries, it's the most amazing thing ever!



Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Oh, How Pinteresting Wednesday {vol 10}

This is the 3rd post I've started in the past 2 days. I'm trying to blog but nothing is coming to me. So, today, I'm just going to link up with the Vintage Apple. I might not say much, I might say a lot. I don't know yet. But, it's a way to break the silence.



Today I'm featuring shoes! I LOVE shoes! And I LOVE all of the shoes I get to see on Pinterest I may have never seen otherwise. Shoes, you are one of my greatest loves!



Jimmy Choo. How I love you. And, you always make me sing Kelli Pickler's Going Out in Style.



I am very drawn to bows, and these shoes are no different!


Source: zappos.com via Betty on Pinterest

These have a great retro vibe to them!


Source: google.ca via Betty on Pinterest

2 straps? And they're red? Makes for such a unique shoe!


Source: twitter.com via Betty on Pinterest

I wasn't a big Sperry's fan. And then I saw these. Sparkles? Yes, thank you.



These are a need. Seriously, best shoes ever.


Source: google.com.mx via Betty on Pinterest

Because no post is ever complete without nail polish.


Source: bing.com via Betty on Pinterest

And a couple of laughs to put a smile on your face. (Doesn't this make you want to go listen to the song?)



And just because he's super sexy and this just perpetuates it.




 
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