Monday, May 31, 2010

A Road Trip with Gloria in Review

Last week, as you know we went on a trip to our future home. We went with my mom, and siblings. Growing up, when we went on vacation we usually roat tripped to where we were headed. And this time was no different. The following is a list of the highlights of the trip.

  • We discovered that Oklahoma roads are not the worst in the world.
  • We looked at an apartment that is a mile from campus. They were awesome and we can't wait to live there.
  • We tried Mexican food and let's just say, they need a lesson or two.
  • I love my school already and everything is in one building. So when it snows that will be nice.
  • We got a call for a job for Brandon WHILE I WAS DRIVING IN THE MIDDLE OF INDIANAPOLIS!!!! Don't get me wrong, I was and am still super pumped he got a call, but it was scary because I had Gloria the GPS guiding me. This leads me to my next point.
  • I know GPS systems are supposed to be great but every once in awhile they like to go on their own little tangent which is why we wound up on a random two way highway before we got to our destination. It delayed our arrival time by an hour or two.
  • My little brother has the most gas I've ever seen in a teenager.
  • We had a flat in the town of Effingham, Indiana. No I'm not effing kidding you. That is the name of the town.
  • Everything is so GREEN. Seriously, it is wonderful!
  • We saw the St. Louis Arch and the Great Mississippi. It never gets old seeing the Arch.
  • We're going to be in the EST once we move to Michigan.
  • They like Asian food up there. I like it too, but not enough to put five to six places every few blocks.
  • The trees are so pretty. I know the trees again, but seriously, they're awesome.
Really it was a teaser for us both. We can't wait to be there. Please be in prayer for a job for Brandon. This will make the process go so much quicker.

I'm going to announce the winner for my giveaway soon!

Happy Monday and thank you to those who serve our country and to those who make the ultimate sacrifice doing so!

P.S. What is a Kroger?

Friday, May 28, 2010

For your reading pleasure...

Press play and read on friends....

Yes, we're on the road again.

This has been a fun, fruitful and eventful trip for all. I am looking forward to our new home town and all that this adventure in our life together will hold.

In the meantime, for your reading pleasure, I received a blog award and I thought I'd play the game and pass it along. Thanks to Gina by the way, for the award.
The rules about this award are that I have to list seven things about myself.

  1. I am currently growing out my hair because of my separation from my hair dresser in Oklahoma. The longer it gets, the more I want to a)cut it or b) let it grow to a ridiculous length. Think Amanda Seyfried from Dear John and Letters to Juliet. It is a highly controversial move that is regularly debated in my mind and in the minds of my family. I recently discovered I can put it into a small ponytail and think I may be changing some minds soon.
  2. Every time I step into Forever 21 I buy a new pair of sunglasses. I can't help myself. And really, you'd think I'd have a huge collection by now, but I don't. And the reason I don't is because these rockin' glasses are either a)taken by my hippie baby sister Loren or b)lost. It's cool though because they're only $5.80. I think that price adds to their greatness.
  3. When I nap, I need to have a 2-3 hour nap. If this doesn't happen, I am a big grizzly bear. I freely admit it here, but I will deny it should we ever have this conversation in person.
  4. My family loves to play twenty questions. Basically we can ask any question we want of the person and the who, what, when, where, and why's of the situation do not count as part of the 20. I love this game we play. I learned that my dad loves the 4th of July and my mom loves Valentine's Day. The game continues tomorrow on the road.
  5. Officially, Paisley is my child. I miss her something fierce right now. I have been sleeping like crap for the past two days because I don't have that 30 pound fur ball snuggled right up against my back. I can't wait to see her! We are so excited to bring her with us when we move.
  6. I have a very small composition book titled "Blogging Homework." When I say small, I'm talking handheld size. I think this is something every blogger should have. It would help organize their thoughts or be a place for them to jot down ideas for posts. I know this sounds nerdy. But I'm cool with it.
  7. If there is a royal engagement this summer for Prince William and Kate Middleton, you can bet your booty that I'll be staying up late to watch the wedding later this fall. I love the royals. There is just something about their tradition and history.
I am passing this on to all who have entered my contest!! And speaking of, today really is the LAST day to enter the giveaway!!

Happy Friday!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Just a really pretty day in Michigan.

I officially LOVE this place.

We went to the school first thing this morning. Got a tour of the place and it is a nice campus. Very pretty.

I can't get over all the trees and just how green everything is here.

And oh yeah, the weather is great.

It's going to be like Oklahoma without the tornadoes.

Of course, there is regular snow here, but it starts anywhere from October to December. It won't be bad because there is NO ice and they believe in owning the necessary equipment to keep the roads clean.

We looked at apartments today and we're so pumped because there is a dishwasher. I know big whoop right, but when people have been without this simple luxury like we have for the past 2 and half years like we have, you'd be excited too!

We ate local Mexican today and it was good. We'll definitely miss Mexican food from the South.

But then again we'll have to have friends over to cook Mexican for them like my sister said.

And Paisley will fit in well here too.

I'm excited about everything.

Really, I can't stop saying that.

And I can't get over how pretty it is and how green everything is and ALL. THE. TREES.

Anyway, just a really pretty day in Michigan.

Happy Thursday.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

When in Rome...err Ann Arbor.

Yes, that's right. I'm blogging this from my future home.

It was interesting to think about this trip.

Normally, people get excited because they're going to see a new place and then return home. It is a place to check off their list of places to visit.

But for me and Brandon we're seeing our future home for the next few years.

I will be the first to admit that when we first took off last night I was completely overwhelmed. I cried even. I also can blame part of this on PMS, but that's another time and another story.

The point, my dear friends is that I was very scared about everything and every fear that I'd already dealt with or pushed back to wherever washed up last night.

Up until now, it hasn't been real that we're actually going on this adventure.

But today when we saw this sign for our exit, I felt a sense of relaxation and assurance from God that this is where we're supposed to be. I cried again but it was a few brief tears of joy because I know that God is with us.

I am so excited about our time here, however long that may be.

It is beautiful! There are trees everywhere. I really have never seen a place so wooded as this area. I knew it was famous for its trees, but still it is very beautiful to see. Brandon and I have already found tons of local places we can't wait to try out for dinner some time. It looks like a fun and good place to be.

And I am so excited about all of it!

So, if you'll excuse me I've got to hit the showers so I can learn to do like the Ann Arborites do.

And show them a thing or two about bein' a Sooner while I'm at it!

Happy Wednesday again!!

P.S. I'll be posting a lot during the trip, but I won't be able to comment.
P.P.S. I have decided to leave the giveaway open until Friday because it will be easier to tackle when I get back. I will announce a winner sometime later this weekend.

Wednesday is "Mourning Period" Day.

Mourning Period: the conventional manifestation of sorrow for a person's death, esp. by the wearing of black clothes or a black armband, the hanging of flags at half-mast, etc.

I have black maxi dress.

It looks like this!

It goes well with my hippie loving ways. I feel so free and I can even wear it to work because I dress it up.

And I've broken a personal rule with this one by wearing it at some point each week.

And sometimes in the last month or so I've worn it on the weekend too.

Well, I think subconsciously there may have been a serious reason why I was doing this.

It has come to my attention that my days dressing like my hippie self are numbered.

Last week I called to set up a tour to visit my new school.

The lady was very nice and we talked about when I would be there.

And then she said "Well, the dean likes to meet with all incoming students, but she's not available so let's have you meet with the deputy director."

Okay no big deal I think as I finish up with the nice lady.

And then the million dollar question pops into my head.


I casually pick up my phone like the calm person that I am and tweet the question and send a text to b.e.g. and wait for a response.

And the silent freak out ensues as soon as I put my phone down.

Because really, I'm not a calm person.

I come off like I am, but I'm not.

Or may I think I come off that way, but really I don't.

Y'all will have to meet me to determine that sometime.


b.e.g. responded about the time I was ready to hyperventilate.

b.e.g:"I'd wear some nice slacks, a shirt and pearls."

me: "okay, that's what I was thinking. Shoe thoughts?"

b.e.g.: "pumps, or flats depending on how long you're walking."

me: "I think I'll stick with flats. I'd like to not put myself in the situation of falling flat on my face out of the equation as much as possible."

I began thinking about my options and was pleased.

I talked to one of the ladies at work about it and she said about the same as b.e.g. but she added that I could wear a dress.

And it hit me.

I couldn't wear my go-to outfit from the past month.

It wasn't appropriate.

My life suddenly felt over.

I mean I knew that I had dress code once I hit school. I was aware of this. This wasn't something that I was shell shocked by, but I didn't plan on hitting the state for the first time wearing my best business to the nines the first time I walked on campus.

NOW, hear me out.

I want to be an attorney.
I knew about this life of new clothing style I'd lead.
I happen to look good in a suit.

And I also like all of the above mentioned things listed that are part of the deal.

And I know that I'll add color and my touch of somethin' somethin' to make it pop.

But I didn't know that I'd be sad about my dress and all other hippie clothing like this.

I can wear it on the weekends and believe me I will.

I'll be like the Catholic school girl breaking out on the weekends in fact.

But it's just not the same.

So when you wear your black maxi dress in the near future, think of me and take a moment of silence for me and for my loss.

But don't worry, I'll be alright.

I always am.

The mourning period will pass.

Time will roll on and before you know it, I'll graduate in my aviators and bare feet, pearls and all.

Happy Wednesday!!


Don't forget today is the last day to enter my giveaway!!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

top two tuesday: my eighth!

Top Two Tuesday: Favorite Dates

  1. We just had a really good day one day. We didn't do anything special. We went to the Elephant Bar for lunch, ran to the mall, and I got my first Vera. I love when something mundane turns out really lovely like that. The weather was great and it was just a good time. We still have those dates.
  2. We got married really close to Christmas. So we wanted to get away for a couple of days and then be with our families for Christmas. Brandon wanted to plan it. I have to admit I was totally nervous. And by the way this was back when Facebook walls were on the bottom right of your Facebook profile and one day, Brandon said, "What about St. Louis for a mini-moon?" I said, "Okay." And the week before we got married, he told me that he had tickets for us to see WICKED!!! It was at the Fox Theatre which is a beautiful building by the way. We loved the architecture. We stayed at a hotel by the Mississippi that overlooked the Arch and it was wonderful!! We had breakfast, crashed and then woke up to get dressed for the show.
Anyway, those are my top two.

Happy Tuesday!!

Don't forget to enter my giveaway!!
The time to enter ends tomorrow.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Press Play and enjoy the Show!

Love Story-Taylor Swift

We were both young when I first saw youI close my eyes
And the flashback starts
I'm standing there
On a balcony in summer airSee the lights
See the party, the ball gownsI see you make your way through the crowd
And say hello, little did I know

That you were Romeo, you were throwing pebbles
And my daddy said stay away from Juliet
And I was crying on the staircase
Begging you please don't go, and I said
Romeo take me somewhere we can be aloneI'll be waiting all there's left to do is run
You'll be the prince and I'll be the princess
It's a love story baby just say yes

So I sneak out to the garden to see youWe keep quiet 'cause we're dead if they knew
So close your eyes
Escape this town for a little while

'Cause you were Romeo, I was a scarlet letter
And my daddy said stay away from Juliet
But you were everything to me

I was begging you please don't go and I said
Romeo take me somewhere we can be alone
I'll be waiting all there's left to do is run
You'll be the prince and I'll be the princess
It's a love story baby just say yes

Romeo save me, they try to tell me how to feel
This love is difficult, but it's real
Don't be afraid, we'll make it out of this mess
It's a love story baby just say yes
Oh oh

I got tired of waiting
Wondering if you were ever coming aroundMy faith in you is fading
When I met you on the outskirts of town, and I said
Romeo save me I've been feeling so alone
I keep waiting for you but you never come
Is this in my head? I don't know what to think
He knelt to the ground and pulled out a ring
And said, marry me Juliet
You'll never have to be alone
I love you and that's all I really knowI talked to your dad, go pick out a white dressIt's a love story baby just say yes

Oh, oh, oh, oh
'Cause we were both young when I first saw you
Happy Monday!!
(photos courtesy of the RTH and Alexandria Photography)

Don't forget my giveaway ends on Wednesday!!

Friday, May 21, 2010

because I haven't talked about RHONYC in a bit...

Traci, this blog post is for you.

Real Housewives of New York last week...

Alex- She is probably the most real one on there. She is passionate about her children. She is professional in her work and she likes to let her hair down and have fun. She is appropriate in all situations I guess is what I’m trying to say. Of course there was that incident where she unleashed on Jill, but it seems that was a long time coming.

Bethenny- It seems like she’s just been dumped on each week with life changing events, but can’t focus on them to grieve or to be happy because of all the petty crap she has to deal with from Jelluan. (Jill+Kelly+LuAnn). But she still has a big fat mouth at times.

Jill-Needs to grow up and detach herself from LuAnn. She is nothing but bad news so long as she is connected to LuAnn.

Kelly-NUT. CASE. Whatever Bethenny did to you regarding the press was wrong, but she's apologized for it. It seems like she was the one being fake about accepting it so the ball is Kelly's court, not Bethenny's. Also, feelings are very much in style. This is why she's on something. She has to be. That is the only explanation I have for her CRAZY behavior.

LuAnn-Still a snake in the grass, now we can add tone-deaf to the mix. Oh yeah, and she has no manners. Oh yeah and she is a horrible kisser and a terrible flirt. And when she kissed what's his face, I almost puked in my mouth a little.

Ramona- I LOVE TURTLE TIME. And she was killin' me when she was on the Hooters boat. "I'm just gonna shut her up if she comes over her trying to cause trouble. And her bathing suits were so cute.

Sonja-She just wants everyone to feel included and also for everyone to get along. I'll be interested to see what team she is on as time progresses.

Real Housewives of New York this week...

*************SPOILER ALERT************************

Alex-I love the swimsuit she wore in her photo shoot. And Alex can't get a word in because she's so baffled by the ridiculousness that is Kelly.

Jill-She has a good heart, she just has more pride than she does heart. That's why she can't get over Bethenny. Ha! And she said Kelly couldn't make a full sentence.

Kelly-More crazy and so beyond the point of blunt, she's crude. And she is nuts. Did I mention that?And what is the deal with the NOTE PAD??? And oh yeah, Kelly it is Ramona's Bachelorette Party! So it is about her completely!!

LuAnn-Yes, Ramona has been married for 17 years and she's celebrating it. LuAnn, bitter party of one! That's the real reason why she's not going. She's still a snake in the grass and now she's jealous. And she didn't want Jill to go because she'll have no one except her ugly boyfriend.

Ramona-She looks so happy the whole time. And I like how she tried to make peace even when Kelly wouldn't allow it or accept that she is the problem. By the way, Kelly is nuts. And oh yeah, if Ramona calls you coo-coo, you gotta be some kind of crazy.

Sonja-She's like a girl with her first bad hangover in college. And that leopard suit is AWESOME.

Best line of the night: "She's coo-coo for cocoa puffs!" -Bethenny

And guess what!!!! There's more!! Jill hasn't even arrived yet!!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

I'm havin' a day.

I am not feeling it today.

And actually, I haven’t been feeling it since last night.

You see, I’m tired.

This weekend—while fun and an important moment in time for my husband and I—was very busy.

And after everyone left, we like morons went floating down the local river in town with our church.

We were dog tired that night, but it was the finale of Brothers and Sisters so of course we had to watch that on DVR before hitting the hay.

Well, I headed to work the next morning struggling to keep my eyes open. Thankfully, my job requires that I work with people and see people all day long so there was not a chance for me to fall asleep as I so desperately wished to do. I told myself if I could just make it to lunch that I’d be okay.

And I made it. I even had one of my favorite meals with my newly husband, who I might add looked like a spring chicken despite the fact that he said he didn’t sleep all that well. Hmph.

That night, we stayed up late again because we still had a life to lead. And that life was still rolling along its merry way whether we wanted it to or not. We realistically had a good shot at getting to bed at a decent hour that night. However, that went out the door because Paisley had an allergic reaction to something. So I saw my pillow late again that night.

Tuesday went by. I didn’t struggle through the day as much because I think I was delirious. At least that’s what I’m calling it. We always watch Biggest Loser and Glee at my parents house on Tuesdays. So we had that to attend and believe me, the shows did not disappoint.

But yesterday I woke up and knew that I had better get my blonde-headed booty to bed at a decent hour or else. Not sure what the else means, but it sounds good, so let’s just go with it okay? My husband seemed to be having the same issue and decided to take a day of freedom from work and stay at home and sleep. I told him to have a good day. I knew he was as tired.

I made it through the day. I called my husband to tell him of my plan for the night. The plan was for me to eat an easy dinner, blog for about an hour and then go to bed. I even had a cute blog for today ready to go in my mind. And when I got home, my sweet husband had made pizza for us to eat. He had started laundry from the weekend and had straightened up around the house.

So I began the necessary routine to get ready for my big night. I found my favorite sweats and went for a t-shirt from our room.

Now I have to tell you at this point in the story that in all fairness, I was tired and my husband was rested. These are keys to the story.

The other keys to this story is that I can handle our house being a little messy just don’t do two things to me. First, don’t jack with my pillows. I am a wiggle-wart when it comes to getting situated to go to sleep at night. This kinda made my husband crazy when we first got married. We didn’t live together prior to marriage and so we had things we had to get used to. He snored and I wiggled. Among other reasons, we didn’t get a lot of sleep those first months of marriage. Ahem. But we found that if I had my pillows situated just right that it made my process of going to sleep easier and quicker for all. And by we, I mean I discovered this. My husband thinks it’s funny to torment me every so often and jack with my pillows.

Secondly, do not leave the toilet seat down. I grew up in a house of girls in the majority and Brandon grew up in a house of boys in the majority. And I still feel bad for his momma having to deal with this issue. Thankfully, we have reached an agreement that the seat goes back down when he’s finished. This agreement was reached back in those early months when I was low on sleep. Falling into the toilet during the night was not a favorite pastime of mine nor was it a welcome sound to my husband to hear my scream in shock that he’d done it again.

So now that we all know the back story, here goes the rest of the story.

While my husband had in fact done all of these wonderful things for me and my evening, he had jacked with my pillows. In fact, they were on the other side of the bed.

HIS. SIDE. To be exact.

Forget the part that it looked like my husband had lived like a hermit for the day in our bedroom. I could’ve have handled it but the man had jacked with my pillows.

My pillows that were finally in the right position.

So I huffed and walked into the bathroom.

And I don’t need to explain to you what happened next.

It seemed that my husband had reverted back to his old ways.

And I probably would have been able to accept it for the day, being tired included.

But that little turd was laughing about it.

I huffed again. Then I told him about my pillows.

Y’all he blamed it on the dog!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So I got ready, scrapped the cute blog post for today idea and went to bed.
I ate my pizza in bed, watched my movie in bed and went to sleep.

Of course, I couldn’t go to sleep right away because my pillows were all jacked up.

So I wiggled for about twenty minutes and THEN I went to sleep.

It stormed AGAIN last night, but I slept right through it because I was that tired.

I’d like to say I woke up refreshed and replenished and raring to go.

But I didn’t.

I woke up cranky.

In fact, I woke up grouchy.

Because my dog had not only stolen the covers in the night she had dragged my second best pillow down a little bit so she could be comfortable.

My husband sleeps with like 6 pillows. Why she couldn’t take one of his is beyond me.

And I was almost late because my alarm didn’t go off because of the storm.

Needless to say, I didn’t wear make-up and I am not sportin’ a good hair day.

Quite frankly, I just feel like throwing myself down in the floor and throwing a class “A” temper tantrum.

It won’t do me any good.

But I sure as hell might feel better to yell and scream and cry about all the stupid stuff.

Well, now that I’ve complained about nothing for one thousand and one-hundred and eighty-two words about nothing of significance, I think I’ll close for the day.

And actually, I am starting to feel a little better. And whatta ya know, the sun is shining outside!

Maybe this complaining did me some good.

Hope this finds you well and if you’re havin’ a day, don’t worry this too shall pass and if it doesn’t well you’ve got yourself some good bloggin’ material.

Happy Thursday!

P.S. Don't forget about my giveaway!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Wednesday is "GLEE" Day.

GLEE: An intelligent musical comedy. It breaks down the established stereotypes of high school cliques in a feel good comedy drama, interspersed with catchy song covers and dances.

If you don't watch this show you are missing out.

For real y'all.

If you like music you will LOVE this show.

If you were any sort of stereotype in high school, you will LOVE this show.

If you like pop music, you will LOVE this show.

If you like rock music, you will LOVE this show.

If you like Broadway, you will LOVE this show.

If you like Madonna, you will LOVE this show.

If you only like one of the options listed above, you will LOVE this show.

My dad loves this show and he is P.I.C.K.Y.

Seriously, just check this episode out. It's my favorite of this season.

And finally, if you like Lady GaGa, you will LOVE this show.

Do whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat????!!!?!?!?

Yes, that's right, Lady GaGa will be featured next week.

And I can't wait!

Happy Wednesday!

P.S. This video is from by the way!!

Don't forget to enter my giveaway!!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

top two tuesday: my seventh!

Top Two Things to Do Before I Die:
(All of you know I want to be an attorney and some day a good mom. So I'm not counting those tonight!)

1. I would love to go sky-diving. I don't know why, but I think it would be fun. I am a big risk taker. It makes my dad really nervous sometimes, but I'd totally be down for it.

2. I want to go to Europe. I know most people have already made a trip there, but I'm not one of them. I'd love to explore Italy and England especially. I love history. Biblical history and British history are two areas that really interest me.

Happy Tuesday y'all!

Don't forget to enter my giveaway for a blog make-over!!

Monday, May 17, 2010

The Ruby Turtle Hippie's First Giveaway!!!

I am joining the part of the blogosphere that does giveaways.

I am becoming more official so to speak.

You see, blog readers, I used to be against blog giveaways.

I thought they were only ploys to get more readers. And in many ways for the blog world, they are. Some are more famous than others for pulling this stunt so to make more money on their ads. Don’t act like this isn’t a real thing that happens!

But there are some bloggers who do giveaways because they love their readers and they want to show their appreciation.

My readers are the best…all 51 of you.

So for this reason, I will be more than happy to oblige and become a more official blogger in the bloggy world.

The longwinded-ness is over because….

Drum roll please…..

I am pleased to announce that am giving away a Kolossal blog make over from Kreated by Kelsey!!!!!

A blog make-over is a rite of passage too, so it is fitting don't you think?

Kelsey designs my blog and several other favorite blogs of mine I read. She is extremely talented and a college kid! I love giving my business to those who are getting their education. College kids need to make money ya know!

Anyway, to enter you can:

  1. Comment on this post. Tell me what your favorite song or band is. (1 point!)
  2. Be a follower (1 point!). If you already are, tell me! This gets you an extra point! (So technically that’s two points if you’re a follower!)
  3. Tweet about it! (1 point!) Of course, if you follow me that's extra too! Don't forget to tell me your name if you follow or decide to follow. (1 point!)
  4. Blog about the giveaway on your blog! Make sure to put the link in your comment for me. (1 point!)
  5. And if you’re feeling saucy, you can plead your case as to why you should win. See here and here to know the back story. (This equals 4 points!)

So that is a total of 10 points a person can have for a shot at the blog giveaway!!

Enter away y’all!!

The time for entries will end on May 26th and the winner will be announced later that week!!

Happy Monday!!

Friday, May 14, 2010

School's Out!

Today at 1pm, my husband will take his last final.

He will be free!!!!

And so, I think it's only appropriate that the right tune is paid hommage to and also played today on my blog.

And besides we need a little bit of rock-n-roll around here on the RTH.

You know the one.

Happy Last Day of School sweetheart! I love you!

And Happy Friday to all you rockers out there!!
Note: Yes, Brandon has a summer class this summer, but it's online so it doesn't really count. And besides, we just want to celebrate today!!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Teachers matter.

Every student can learn, just not on the same day, or the same way.- George Evans

I grew up in a teaching household, both literally and figuratively.

My mother is an elementary teacher and my father has his degree in math education. Every situation was a learning opportunity and they still approach their parenting life this way with my youngest brother and sister who are teenagers. And naturally with four children there are at least two different learning styles amongst us.
I am extremely grateful each day for this advantage and blessing that God bestowed upon me. Because my mom was a school teacher in the system, my siblings and I had advantages that others did not.

Specifically and most pertinent to this particular tale, is the fact that because my mom was in the school system, she could talk with our teachers if there was a problem with our learning process.

The teachers were and are her peers.

So if there was a problem, the lines of communication were open and at a much easier rate than the average parent.

I’m not saying this made it any easier on me.

In fact, I think the teachers expected more out of me because of it. I was in all the honors classes possible as a result of it too. I appreciate their drive because it is a large part of my educational success today.

I graduated with honors. I was number 13 of 320 academically and went to college with several scholarships as a result. As you may or may not know, I have a BA in Political Science from OU and am set to start law school this fall. Learning comes easily and naturally to me.

My educational story is one of how teachers positively impacted my life.

Unfortunately, not all kids have the same story as I do.

And today, I’d like to tell you a story of one such instance.

This little boy grew up in a caring household much like mine.

His mom was and is a nurse and his dad designed drill bits for big oil rigs. Education was and is valued. He was the middle child of three boys. He was like most little boys in a classroom, learning best when doing hands on activities.

He did not learn like the “average” child did and as a result was written off in many classrooms.

He was dismissed as simply having a learning disorder.

But one classroom and teacher, in particular, wrote him out of education completely.

His third grade teacher told his mom that he would never amount to anything and it was going to be impossible for him to graduate from high school because of his behavior and attitude on life.

This was quite the devastating blow for the mother and so she kept it to herself. How could someone make a determination for a person’s entire life when they’d only lived a mere 9 years of life?

Well, the years passed and the little boy grew into a young man. He graduated not only with his high school diploma, but his welder’s license too.

On the day of the high school graduation, his mother told him that she was so proud of him and told him the story of his third grade teacher’s misguided views on his life.

She reminded him that with God all things are possible and so he had, in essence, done the impossible.

Naturally, he had very mixed feelings on the matter. While he was very happy, he still couldn’t shake the awful things the teacher had said of him.

After he graduated high school, he went straight to work, but about two years into the job, he decided that he wanted something more.

He wanted a miracle.

So he went back to college.

He is so very smart, contrary to the poor and hastily made opinion of that 3rd grade teacher.

And this Saturday, he graduates with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Information Systems.

Y’all know the guy too.

The little boy in the story is my husband.

And I cannot express how proud I am of him.

Teachers matter, bad ones included.

Happy Thursday.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Wednesday is "the Graduate" Day.

The Graduate:The 1967 classic starring Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, and Katherine Ross. The Graduate is about a recent college graduate (Hoffman) who is seduced by the wife (Bancroft) of his father's business partner, then ends up falling in love with her daughter (Ross). Anne Bancroft's character became one of the most famous characters in movie history, Mrs. Robinson. The popular song "Mrs. Robinson" by Simon and Garfunkel was used in the movie; my husband in a couple of days

Yes, he's graduating, but he won't be doing this kind of graduating. Yes, there will be a cap and gown, but he is not Dustin Hoffman, thank goodness.

Brandon is a first generation college graduate. He has worked hard and his efforts will pay off this Saturday. He has learned many a lesson in his time as a student.

He's learned that reading signs and using the signs we read are two different but yet equally important things.

He's learned that like his precious Xbox, my blog is important to me. I may have even won the West or something like that in the process proving my point.

He's learned that seeing the world is important and if you tell Jesus you're committed to each other's dreams it might just land a person or two or two and a dog across the United States in say somewhere like...Michigan.

The point here ladies, is that my honey is ejumacated and this Saturday he will walk across a stage with his head held high, shades and shoes ON-because let's face it, I'm the hippie in this relationship!- while I hoop and holler because I'll be so damn proud. Tears will definitely be shed.

But before he learned all these valuable lessons, he had to get his start somewhere.

He had to learn the lesson of taking a chance and asking the girl in french braids out for an icy date.

What? What's that you say, dear blog reader?

You've never heard this story.

Okay, okay, so I haven't answered this part of the Q and A that I started back in January.

But I am now, so get excited because it's story time.

I'll even start this story today because as you know there's always a story before a story.

Let's go back in time to the Spring of 2005....

Yours truly was a sophomore at OU and had just been elected to serve as Chaplain of my sorority. Kelly Clarkson's "Since You've Been Gone" and Gwen Stefani's "Hollaback Girl" were among the popular tunes of the time. I was serial dating like it was going out of style. Friends made regular jokes about who I was datin' and ditchin' each week. I wasn't popular, I just knew what I wanted and none of the guys I was dating was it. I was looking forward to summer and being away from my parents. I had interestingly enough had a conversation with my dad about finding the one, but really didn't think anything of it.

Meanwhile, up I-35, a boy named Brandon was taking some classes at a small state college. He was playing guitar for his local BCM and leading worship for the church youth group. He interviewed for a small group of college kids that would work at the same summer camp, I was working. He had been on a couple of dates with a few girls and played Xbox in his free time. He was working for an after-school program with 6th and 7th graders. He'd never been away from home for an extended period of time from his family. He didn't really think that he'd get the job at the summer camp.

But he did.

And both of our lives were changed forever.

This summer marks 5 years that we've been together and I thought it would be great if I told our story.

It may not seem like a big or even exciting deal to you, but I thought it would be nice to have our story down somewhere tangible for our kiddos.

So, this summer in the month of June, I'll be posting about how we met and fell in love.
I'll try to post as historically accurate as possible and maybe even get Brandon to post during this too!

I'm excited about this and hope you are too!

Happy Wednesday!!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

It's officially tornado season!

Last night we had our first taste of severe weather in Oklahoma. And I thought I'd pull out one of my favorite emails that I get occasionally about living in Oklahoma.

Every part of the world has some kind of adverse weather conditions...Michigan included.
And while I'm not crazy about the blizzards that we're headed to; I will say they're better than hurricanes any day.


You know you're from Oklahoma if:

1. You can properly pronounce Eufaula, Gotebo, Okemah, Coweta, Okarche, Muskogee, Nowata, Weleetka, Wetumka, Oktaha, and Chickasha.

2. You think that people who complain about the wind in their states are sissies.

3. A tornado warning siren is your signal to go out in the yard and look for a funnel.

4. Your idea of a traffic jam is ten cars waiting to pass a tractor on the highway.

5. You've ever had to switch from "heat" to "A/C" in the same day.

6. You know that the true value of a parking space is not determined by the distance to the door, but by the availability of shade.

7. Stores don't have bags, they have sacks.

8. You see people wear bib overalls at funerals.

9. You think everyone from a bigger city has an accent.

10. You measure distance in minutes.

11. You refer to the capital of Oklahoma as "The City."

12. It doesn't bother you to use an airport named for a man who died in an airplane crash

13. Little smokies are something you serve only for special occasions.

14. You go to the lake because you think it is like going to the ocean.

15. You listen to the weather forecast before picking out an outfit.

16. You know cow pies are not made of beef.

17. Someone you know has used a football schedule to plan their wedding date.

18. You have known someone who has had one belt buckle bigger than your fist.

19. A bad traffic jam involves two cars staring each other down at a four-way stop, each determined to be the most polite and let the other go first.

20. You know in which state Miam-uh is and in which state Miam-ee is.

21. You aren't surprised to find movie rental, ammunition, and bait all in the same store.

22. Your "place at the lake" has wheels under it.

23. A Mercedes Benz is not a status symbol. A Ford F350 4x4 is a GT.

24. You know everything goes better with Ranch.

25. You learned how to shoot a gun before you learned how to multiply.

26. You actually get these jokes and are "fixin" to send them to your friends.

Finally, you are 100% Oklahoman if you have ever heard this conversation:

"You wanna coke?" "Yeah." "What kind?" "Dr. Pepper."

Now, guess which ones are true of me?

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, May 10, 2010

I just LOVE Mondays don't you????

Okay, so that question was just slightly ornery. And by slightly, I mean completely.

So in order to turn my frown and maybe yours upside down, let's start the week with a blog award!

I received it from one of my favorite bloggers, Brittany at Living in the Moment.

She is great. She is a teacher that has a husband who serves our country in the Navy. Both give greatly to each of us on a daily basis. I am so thankful for people like them all across the country. I am also so thankful for her in general. She is a bomb dot com friend and I'm so glad I met her.

Let's get to it, shall we?I'm supposed to list ten things I love!

  1. Text Messages/Notes in the Mail/TWEETS: I love to send texts to others to check on them/see how their day is going. It's also fun to send a note just because. I also love to get texts/notes. And twitter gets me through the day some days. If you tweet, you've cracked me up at some point.
  2. Music: I am obsessed with listening and singing music all the time. It is something that moves me on a regular basis. I really do love it all except for the yelling music. That's not music.
  3. Lasagna: If I had to pick one food to eat for the rest of my life, it'd totally be lasagna. If I'm at an Italian ristorante, then I'm eating lasagna.
  4. Turtles: If you're new to the RTH Times, I started collecting turtles on our honeymoon because you know T is for Turtle. Our last name starts with T. Anyway, I just love them. I'm so sad about all the little turtles that have lost their lives in the oil spill down by the Gulf.
  5. the Movies: I did not have cable until I was 14 years old so we rented a lot of movies to make up for lack of content to watch. And I still love to go to the movies now.
  6. Road Trips: There is nothing like driving down the road to a vacation destination with your family right besides and the tunes blarin'. Some of my favorite childhood memories were from our road trips.
  7. Football season: I know this isn't a shocker for most of you, but y'all I LOVE football season. I have to admit I'm a little sad about this season because I won't be in Big XII country, but football season is football season. Of course, I hear the Northerners don't take their football as serious as we do. So we'll see.
  8. SNOW CONES: My favorite flavors are red velvet cake, wedding cake and caramel cheesecake. AMAZING. Run don't walk to get one.
  9. Getting my pillows situated just right: This is an art people. I am a bit of a wiggle worm until I am just right. Once I'm just right I can go to sleep and getting my pillows situated just right is a major factor in this process happening.
  10. Paisley: She's such a sweet dog. She is our only kid as of now, but we love her tons!
So here are ten of my favorite blogs to read:

  1. b.e.g.
  2. Gina at Namaste by Day
  3. Brittany at Sweet, Sassy and Oh So Classy!
  4. Ivy at Little Woman, Little Home.
  5. Mrs. Potts at Experiments in a Galley Kitchen
  6. Kelsey at Lavender, Leopard and Lace
  7. Megan at Tales of the Trees
  8. Erin at Blue Eyed Bride
  9. Heather at Life at Sonic Speed
  10. Traci at Her Hillbilly Highness
Hope this put some pep in your step for the beginning of the week!

Happy Monday!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

This one's for my momma.

So, story before the post: Our home church has a "Mother of the Year" awards ceremony on Mother's Day morning and I forgot to submit mine. I'm a bad kid. BUT, I figured that I could post here what I would have said in church because I'm just that sure I would have won. Ha!

To the committee:

I'd like to nominate my mother, Lori, for the Mother of the Year award in the adult division for many reasons. You see it is as simple as A-B-C why my mother should win.

The A stands for the adventure in all of us because of her. If you know our parents, you know that my dad is the one who encourages us to know what we believe and why we believe it. But it is our mother that encourages us to put it into action. My senior year of high school, I ran for Class President. I made signs and put them up all over school, but my mom thought we should take it one step further and put them up on the way into school. So at 1 o'clock in the morning the night before election week, we were out there putting up my signs just me and my mom. I was outgoing and still am, but it was in due part because my mom encouraged us to get out there and try new things. She is the reason that I'm always willing to get in the car for a road trip just because. And she is the reason that I am not afraid of going off to far off places like say, Norman, Oklahoma or Michigan to go for my dreams.

The B stands for the believer she made out of us. In today's society, there are so many people who think it is okay for moms to be friends with their kids. Our mom made sure she was our mother first and friend later. I am so thankful that she instilled such a sense of right and wrong within us and now I'm so thankful for her friendship. She always knows just what to say and how to say it. I will miss the convenience of her friendship these next years.

Last and certainly not the least, the c stands for the committed person she is. Our mom taught us to let our "yes" be "yes" and "no" be "no". She made a commitment to the Lord to make sure we were in church each Sunday and because of that commitment, we have all made the biggest and most important decision of our lives by becoming Christians. Without her, our lives would be so different. She wants us to be committed to whatever we do with our whole heart and she wants those around her to do the same. She carries this commitment from home to her job or what is her second home in my opinion, the classroom to her children she takes care of every day. She has never been Teacher of the Year by the way and I think this is a shame because my mom is the teacher that buys supplies for her kids because they have none. She's also the teacher that kids in town tell me that she was their favorite throughout their entire time in school.

There are really so many things I could say about why my momma is the best, but they would not be enough.

So I'll close with this.

I love my mom and am so very proud of her.

She has taught me that with God all things are possible.
She has taught me to love and treat one another how I wish to be treated.
She has taught me that a life of public service is a life worth living.
She has taught me to always make education a priority.
And she has taught me what kind of mom, I want to be some day.

And I just wanted y'all to know that.

Happy Mother's Day, momma. I love you.

Friday, May 7, 2010

The Return of Big Curly Hair

I got my hair did on Wednesday. It's long enough I can do it curly. PTL y'all.
Praise. The. Lord.

So whadda ya think?

And speaking of big hair!!!

Let's talk Real Housewives of New Jersey!!!

By the way, I'm so glad there is just five. It makes life a lot easier and the blog post a ton shorter.

Caroline: Hooray for Albert's new look and it was so nice to see a couple in love after all this time. I can't wait to see how the relationship with Vito and Lauren plays out. They look so cute! I have to say I was not surprised to see her eat up the gossip that Kim from Posche put out there about Danielle. Dirty D caused a lot of trouble for her family so I'm sure it was nice for her to see confirmation from an outsider of what she already knew. But still, she probably shouldn't have got so caught up in it.
Danielle: It really saddens me that her CHILDREN are what kept her from going to Caroline's house. She is the ADULT. She really needs to grow up and start acting like one too. She needs lots of help.
Dina: I was really impressed that she is giving Danielle a chance. I thought they were done after the reunion, but she is a woman of her word and gave her a chance like she said she would. She also is consistent in what she doesn't like i.e. two-faced people like Kim. Her cats were CUTE. And I'm not a cat person. And I miss Lexi. I'll say it. Her daughter lights her up so she will be missed this season.
Jacqueline: Nicholas is officially so cute. Glad Chris finally told her to drop Danielle like a bad habit. And Ashley needs a wake-up call. She strikes me as a spoiled brat.
Teresa: I LOVE LOVE LOVE her little girls. They're too precious for words. And her parents, oh my gosh! I took Italian in college so watching and listening to them speak this season will be so much fun!

And finally, if I could get my hair done at Chateau I think I would.

What did y'all think?

Happy Friday!

P.S. The blogs the girls wrote for this week's episode are linked to their name. You should totally read them.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

The Thrill of the Kill

I like to get where I’m goin’ in a jiffy.

Simply put, I like to go fast.

I’m not sure where I got the need (…the need for speed!)

Maybe it was the Beach Boys cd that my dad got for me when I got my car.

They just put pep in my step.

Or maybe it was the fact that I drove a muscle car for my first car?

I still have that Camaro by the way. It was a stick shift. It was meant to be driven that fast.

Or maybe, it’s the fact that I’ve decided I’m going to drive fast cars for the rest of my life.

I currently drive a Monte Carlo SS to add to this decision. I also want a new Camaro for graduation from law school. Yes, I’m stating this now. I figure people will want to contribute and I plan to help that process along just as much as I can.

Maybe, just maybe it was all that Nascar that I watched growing up.

I mean after all, we went to the races on Friday night and Sundays were devoted to who wiped out in 235th lap in the summer time.

Or maybe, it was the fact that my dad didn’t prefer that I go fast.

The rebellion factor definitely was a draw, I admit.

And while all of these are very good reasons why I go fast, there’s just one reason that beats them all out.

The reason I like to go fast is for the thrill of the kill.

And by kill, I mean totally leave the kid who thinks he’s too cool for school sitting in the next lane in the dust once the light turns green.

I’m talking about smoking a boy at the stoplight.

You know what I’m talking about.

They’ve even made a bumper sticker for it. You know the one that goes…

”You’ve just been passed by a girl.”

Yeah, that one.

I don't have it. It's tackier than all get out, but it still is what you're thinkin' when it happens.

Boys act like they don’t care, but I know they do.

The reason I know they do is because I speak from experience.

One time, when I was in between dating and being a friend with benefits, I was having a bit of a day and was on my way home.

I looked over and there he was in the lane next to me.

A college dreamboat. A college dreamboat that just happened to make someone in particular jealous.

I was probably 18 or 19 at the time.

I decided to reel him in...slowly but surely.

When I made it to the stoplight, I suddenly felt the need to put on a fresh coat of Lip Smackers in French Vanilla. (By the way, I still swear by this gloss.)

I made sure that my sunglasses were just right.

I checked my phone to see what time it was.

I turned on the Beach Boys. Okay, so they did have an influence. What can I say? They write fast car songs. And they happened to pump me up.

I looked over and acted like I saw him for the first time, smiled and waved and then looked straight ahead.

He revved his engine.

Clearly, he had taken the bait.

I revved back.

And here comes the best part: the thrill of the kill.

I smiled one last time.

The light turned green.

And I left his little GMC Sierra in the dust.

There's just nothing like watching a guy hit his steering wheel in the rear-view mirror out of disgust.

Nope...sure isn't.

Wanna know how I know he's still disgusted?

Because after I applied my lip gloss, put on my sunglasses and flashed my wedding bling, I smoked him AGAIN yesterday on my way to my hair appointment.

Nope...there's just nothing like it. Well that is of course, unless you do it again.

Happy Thursday.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Wednesday is "Morning Routine" Day.

Morning Routine: a regimen that a person uses when getting ready for the day. Some are more complex than others.

I have a very complex morning routine.

I am definitely Type "A" when it comes to getting ready as I am Type "A" in most areas of my life. If there is any kink in this routine, it makes for a catastrophe.

I usually have my outfit picked out the night before in my head, but I do know where my clothes are. This morning was no exception.

I turn the water on, use the restroom while the water warms up. I check my tweets that I got during the night, check my email and sometimes my blog.

I get into the shower. I shampoo. I rinse. I put in the conditioner. I wash my body. I rinse my body. I wash my face. I rinse my face and rinse the conditioner. I put on my head towel and then I put on my robe.

I brush my teeth and check on Paisley and Brandon who are usually still in bed. I spit and brush out my hair. I put on undies and a bra. I also put on deodorant because I hate to sweat while I blow-dry my hair.

I blow dry my hair and clip up two sections of my hair to be flat-ironed last. I flat-iron the hair that is down and then put on my clothes.

Today I wore long capris, a white peasant top with a white tank top from Old Navy. (By the way I think that no girl can have too many Old Navy tank tops.) I put my clothes on while Brandon was watching Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.

I go back in and finished the sections of my hair that were clipped up, make a sandwich and head out the door.

I put my make-up on at work.

Now this is fine and dandy and I'm sure you're wondering why I just told you my full routine. I mean really, after all who cares.

Well, remember the part about having a kink in my routine.

Yeah, well, this morning I was pleasantly surprised to find that I had a white tank top clean. I thought I was going to have to go with a blue or pink underneath the shirt.

I happily grabbed my white tank, put it on and then put on my white peasant top.

And I finished my hair and headed out the door.

When I looked in the rearview mirror before I backed out I was particularly pleased with myself about my whole look for the day.

In fact, it put a little pep in my step. I knew today at work was going to be hectic and yes, there were some rude people, but there always are. They weren't going to get to me.

And then I went to the bathroom.

I did my business and then was washing my hands when I looked in the mirror...AND SAW MY BLUE WITH WHITE POLKA DOTTED BRA THROUGH MY WHITE SHIRTS!!!

I wanted to crawl in a hole and die.

See, I told you!!

One little kink = TOTAL. CATASTROPHE.

And I still had a half a day of work ahead of me.

It figures.

Happy Wednesday!

P.S. I'm going to talk about this week's RHONJ on Friday!!! Just a heads up y'all!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Top Two Tuesday: my sixth

Top Two Things to Splurge On!

1. I have two words for you: Vera. Bradley. Seriously, when I get the chance, I drop money on a new piece of Vera. It pretty much is my go-to retail therapy.
2. Pandora charms: When I got married, my mom gave me a Pandora bracelet with a wedding cake charm. Since then, I've received a graduation cap for my graduation from OU, a turtle because well I like turtles, and a red bead because red is my favorite color. My mom also gave my sister a bracelet the same day and eventually, my youngest sister one too. Then we got our mom one. So it is a mother/daughter thing. It's special, but still something really fun at the same time! So this is definitely a recommendation for Mother's Day if you need some inspiration.

Happy Tuesday!!

Monday, May 3, 2010

I am still a rock star.

Two years ago today, I started a blog.

This is the post that started it all. Cute isn't it?

Well, I have decided that I'm going to keep up that little tradition and continue blogging.

And I've also decided that to commemorate such a momentous occasion, I'll be doing a giveaway.

Yes, I said giveaway.

(Jessi, you can pick your jaw up off the floor now.)

It'll happen later this month.

So stay tuned.

It'll be all kinds of fun and something every blogger loves.

Of course, you'll have to blog about it. You may even have to do a special post.

Happy Blogaversary to ME.

And hooray for the RHONJ premiere tonight.

Happy Monday!

P.S. How do you like the NEW look????

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Happy May y'all!!!

April was extremely busy and great for many reasons.

Let's recap shall we?

  1. I saw The Last Song with my husband for a date night.
  2. We celebrated Easter with my family.
  3. Saw the return of GLEE and Army Wives and realized that we have a GREAT summer coming!
  4. We established that I can't have a Kindle.
  5. Sam Bradford went first in the NFL Draft and we celebrated Earth Day.
  6. I decided I'm ready for Michigan.
And May only promises to be better!

It starts with seeing my nephew later today!

His name is Greyson and he was looking at a TURTLE in this picture!!!
And this is him with his Uncle "B".

Happy Saturday and Happy May Day y'all!
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Hi y'all! The name's Samantha. You can call me Sam if you like. I am a lover to a boy I met at Falls Creek in the summer of 2005, that is a student of Jesus, a Sooner born and Sooner bred and when I die I'll be Sooner dead, Democrat by party, blonde to the core, and oldies but goodies kind of girl.
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