Friday, August 27, 2010

Favorite Friday

These are my top 5 favorite things/people/dogs these days.

1. Paisley the French Bulldog-seriously she makes us laugh and if it weren't for her some days it would be really sad around our house. She makes us smile and laugh a thousand times a day. She really is a character. 2. My family but specifically our mommas have been a huge encouragement. They know just what to say and we feel their prayers always.
3. Twitter-Seriously, I love it. Last night was awesome when Gina had her baby! And I know it seems silly but really I love how cool technology can be sometimes. It's a way for all of us to stay connected and to encourage each other throughout the day.

4. Our new church-God is busy working on our other prayer requests that are still to be answered, but in the mean time He has definitely and quickly answered our prayers about where we should be at church. The people have been absolutely wonderful and we love where they are as a church body. It is NOTHING like the church we left back at home and yet it is exactly where our hearts are at this time. And God knew that we'd need it. It is no coincidence that He took care of this prayer request first for us. It was our biggest need.

5. Running- This is technically a love/hate relationship because I dread it before I go. But once I get going I love it. And afterwards, I feel great too! I definitely can tell that my body is in the detox state of getting back on the wagon. All the bad stuff that is in my body is on its way out because I am exercising again.

What are your favorites this Friday?

Happy Friday!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

The Soundtrack of My Life

Recently, Erin from Blue Eyed Bride wrote what the soundtrack of her life would look like and I absolutely loved it. So I'm borrowing the idea for today's post with a slight twist.

I listen to a lot of music. In fact, it seems like I can't get enough of it sometimes. And so I have music I listen to through the seasons of the year. Seriously, I didn't plan it or anything, it just kinda worked out that way. I discovered this quirk about myself during college.

When I stepped outside out today and it smelled like fall. I got so excited. I know last week I was singing a different tune. But a girl can change her mind.

So here's some favorite tunes I dig in the fall.

Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol

How to Save a Life by The Fray

Call to Action by the Dutton Band

Sadie Hawkins Dance by Relient K

All Out of Love by Air Supply

Breaking the Habit by Linkin Park

Neutron Star Collision (Love is Forever) by Muse

Flightless Bird, American Mouth by Iron and Wine

Life is Wonderful by Jason Mraz

Eyes on Fire by Blue Foundation

A White Demon Love Song by The Killers

For Those About to Rock (We Salute You) by AC/DC

Viva La Vida by Coldplay

Won't Go Home Without You by Maroon 5

Beautiful Girls by Sean Kingston

Big Girls Don't Cry by Fergie

Never Been to Spain by Three Dog Night (it is football season after all!)

Love Is All That's Left by Up From Under

No One by Alicia Keys

Manic Monday by The Bangles

Heart of Glass by Blondie

Hear You Me by Jimmy Eat World

I Hate Myself for Loving You by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

Hot Child in the City by Nick Gilder and Time Machine

The Boys of Fall by Kenny Chesney

Hey There Delilah by The Plain White T's

New York feat. Alicia Keys by Jay-Z

Here Comes The Sun by The Beatles

What are some of yours?

Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

What happens when my mind rambles...

This is one of those streams of consciousness posts. And I don’t know why but I hate that phrase. “Streams of consciousness.” It sounds like someone just said, “I hate your stinking guts.”

Really, it miffs me off.

You know what else miffs me off, people concerned with whether or not the President is a Muslim or a Christian. My thought is, who cares?? This country was founded for many reasons and one of the biggest was because of religious persecution. And we have bigger fish to fry at this point like public education, the economy, unemployment, and the war in Afghanistan.

Well, glad I got THAT out of my system. That was a little salty to start this thing off, but it’s where my mind is. Speaking of salt, you know what my favorite seasoning to use is? Lawry’s Garlic Salt. It’s on my toast tonight. I spread butter on it and then sprinkle some garlic salt and voila it’s Garlic Toast. We had Chicken Piccata with angel hair pasta by the Macaroni Grill. It’s a mix you can buy and it was awesome. Yes, we do meals out of boxes sometimes. I just broke a blogger code or something by admitting that we don’t make things all natural. I know it’s not cool but oh well.


It tasted good, but it didn’t burp well at all. That can only mean bad things in the future.

And speaking of future, I have decided that before my life ends next week aka I start law school, I’m going to have a Harry Potter and sports films marathon. Those are good pump up films, I think. I blame the Harry Potter film marathon that ABC Family Channel had this past weekend and the fact that they have on Remember the Titans on tonight too. They play good movies. What they don’t play that is good is that stupid commercial for that movie called “The Last Exorcism.” It is sick and playing it over and over is a nuisance and I haven’t been able to turn off the lights for over a month now because of it when I’m by myself.

My husband just made some snide remark about how my dog listens like I do. That means she’s a great listener because I listen well! Ha…okay, okay. I might have selective hearing on occasion.

But I was busy writing this random post.

And back to my life ending, aka law school starting. I don’t think my life will completely end, but can I tell you that while I am excited, I am still dreading it. I mean, I love school, but sometimes learning can be lame. There I said it. Self-proclaimed nerd, just called learning lame. But I am grateful for being here. A year ago, I was having a blogger identity crisis about what my blog was about. I wasn’t a mommy. I’m still not. I want to be some day. But now, I’m the wife who is going to law school. Not that I didn’t have an identity last year, but it was just hard. I didn’t know who I was for a split second. It was a sort of quarter-life crisis so to speak which was fitting because I turned 25 last year. But now I’m cool with who I am. And hey, Pioneer Woman didn’t become Pioneer Woman over night now did she? And by the way, if I had to pick a famous blogger I’d want to meet, I’d pick her. I’d pick her because she doesn’t take herself too seriously. She has given me serious cooking inspiration and she’s from Oklahoma. Plus, I’m dying to stay at The Lodge. And she dresses really cool. Can’t forget that part.

Speaking of dressing really cool, what should I wear for my first day? It is casual dress. What does casual dress mean? I saw people in jeans and a t-shirt.


Happy Wednesday…again.

Wednesday is "Fresh Out" Day.

Fresh out: out of stock

I am fresh out of ideas for this weekly post.


Nothing is wrong with me. I just don't have any ideas for this week's post.

Continue to keep us in your prayers. Brandon is still on the hunt for a job and it's starting to get frustrating.

And speaking of my husband, I decided that I'm married to Ron Weasley because my husband is deathly afraid of spiders. That makes me Hermione! How cool is that?

Okay, random mind wanderings are over.

Hope this finds you well.

Happy Wednesday.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Top Two Tuesday: Biggest Indulgences

1. The Real Housewives on Bravo. I LOVE LOVE LOVE watching these shows and the women of New Jersey are by far my favorite. By the way, if you watched last night feel free to discuss in the comment section. And if you haven't seen the previews for next week watch these two videos. It looks to be a doozy still. The latest I'm hearing on the show is that Danielle's ex-husband is going for custody of the girls. Also, that what's in the preview videos is just the tip of the iceburg.

I also like the women of New York. I can't stand the other two and D.C. women are flat out snotty and rude.

2. Hair Product- I spend a lot of money on hair product. I definitely consider it an indulgence because I tend to buy the more expensive stuff. It does make a difference, in my opinion. And speaking of my hair, I'm growing it out. I'm going to blog about that soon.

So that's it. Hope y'all are doing well!

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Back on the Fit Train

Last month, I blogged about getting back on the fit train.

And the truth of the matter is that I've been on the fit train before. I lost about 45 pounds my freshman year of college. I ran every day. I like cardio workouts. I hate running, but I liked the high afterward and the results that it brought.

I went home and continued to work out until I had my tonsils out and I lost more weight. So I was down 55 pounds at this point.

And then I gained the ten pounds back. It wasn't that big of a deal to me because I was happy with where I was before I lost it.

I was at a size 8/10 depending on where I shopped. I loved it. I'd always been fluctuating between a 12/14 for awhile. So I was proud of where I was.

Plus I am only 5'4'' on a good day. So this was a major difference in look for me.

Went back to school my sophomore year and still worked out off and on. I went up a size and was then wearing a size 10/12. I really was okay.

And then that summer I met my husband. I went down in weight again that summer a little because my job was outside. My husband dropped weight like crazy because he was drinking only water and well boys have it easier when it comes to losing weight. At least, that's my experience with us. That fall we were in love and went on lots of dates. We liked our food.

And I then proceeded to gain the weight back and then some.

I am now at a size 16.

It is not glamorous. But there it is. I'm not going to put out how much I weigh just because I'm not. I'll tell you in a year maybe.

But the point is that I'm back on the fit train.

I'm running and walking again.

I have cut out pop.

I am eating smaller portions.

And that's basically it. It's nothing fancy.

It's just me taking care of me.

Just thought you'd like to know.

Happy Monday.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Fruit Dip by day, Toast Spread by night.

Run don't walk to your nearest grocery store.

Pick up some powdered sugar and cream cheese.

For a small batch, you'll need one packet of cream cheese and 3/4 cup of powdered sugar.

Mix them together.

Now normally we use this for our fruit dip mix.

But y'all I think my momma's fruit dip has another calling in life.

And this other calling is a spread for toast.

My husband had a piece one night and I LOVED IT!!

I may be a total loser and behind on this discovery, but oh well.

It is wonderful.

It's my favorite afternoon or evening snack these days.

I've been trading chores with my husband so he'll make my favorite treat.

It's a problem.

In fact, I'd say it's my latest addiction.

And speaking of addictions, go ahead and add the Kardashian's and tweet deck to that list too.

I blame this rainy Saturday.

And the windows being open to hear it all.


Happy Saturday.

Oh and P.S. Happy Birthday to my nephew Greyson!! Aunt 'Mantha and Uncle B love you!!

Friday, August 20, 2010

I am protesting.

I am protesting Fall that is. (If you know me, you know I like to protest a lot of things.)

Don't get me wrong.

I love Fall. A. LOT.

Because with fall there is...



Crisp Air.

MUMS!! Oh the mums! (Specifically the ones on OU's campus in the fall.)

Roast, carrots and potatoes.

Leaves turning.

School Supplies.


Apple cider.

BUT there is a time and a place for everything.

And Fall does not and should not have a place in August!

It was 64 degrees the other night.

At this rate, it'll be winter by my birthday in September!

And so, I'm taking a stand. I'm protesting.

Now excuse me while I go put on my sweat pants. It's cold outside.

Happy Friday!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

The Boys of Fall

Y'all, football season is here.

And I am so excited.

It means fresh cut grass, Saturdays are booked, sweaty boys and tight white pants.

If you're new to the RTH Times, allow me to bring you up to speed.

I love football, but not just any kind of football.

You see my love for all things crimson and cream runs deep.

I am Sooner born and Sooner bred and when I die I'll be Sooner dead.

Seriously this is no lie y'all.

I was born in 1984, year of Oklahoma's 5th National Championship win.

I was bred at THE University of Oklahoma and am now one of their proudest alumni.

Class of 2007, thank you very much.

And some day, I'll be Sooner dead. Really, we want it on our tombstone.

And as far as I'm concerned, THERE. IS. ONLY. ONE. OKLAHOMA.

So as you can see, I was born to love football and being from the South only fuels this fire. There really is NOTHING like a football game in the South.

And that brings me to this video. I am normally not a fan of Kenny Chesney, but he has won me over with this song. I cried through the whole thing. It was awesome.

So grab some tissues before you press play.

Happy Thursday and BOOMER SOONER!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Wednesday is "Bored Out of My Gourd" Day.

Bored Out of My Gourd: To be so bored you don't know what to do, basically to be bored out of your mind; bored sh*tless

School starts in three weeks and up until recently there is only so much I've been able to do. We've been here for almost three weeks now too. And y'all I've kept myself busy.

But sometimes, I just get bored. And since, I'm better off keeping
my language "G" rated on here, I'll just go ahead and say I'm bored out of my gourd.

So I've decided to become productive with my time. And so I've made my birthday wish list.

Just in case.

You know people might be wondering about it and all.

  1. Sixteen Candles
  2. Meet Me in St. Louis
  3. Gilmore Girls Season 7
  4. Moolah (I sure hope you don't need a picture of this one.)
  5. An iTunes card for some new tunes would be cool too.
  6. Some new Sooner gear, after all it is football season.
Happy Wednesday and Boomer Sooner y'all!!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Welcome to my home...well part of it anyway.

I've been busy organizing the new place. For now enjoy these pictures of the living room/kitchen area. I took them with my cell phone. So that should explain the crappy quality of the pictures. There is still work to be done and these were taken at the beginning of things.

I am enjoying setting up things around the house.

In other news and completely unrelated, I might add, Danielle Staub from the Real Housewives of New Jersey has reportedly been FIRED!!!!(image found here)



Happy Tuesday!!

Monday, August 16, 2010

A Bouquet of Newly Sharpened Pencils...

"Don't you love New York in the fall? It makes me wanna buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address. On the other hand, this not knowing has its charms." -Joe Fox from You've Got Mail

Obviously, I'm not in New York, but I'm beginning to get a little snippet of Fall Fever that seems to be making its way around the South. At first, I resisted because well we're experiencing weather in the 80s here and so it doesn't really feel like summer.

(Side note: The weatherman while giving his report the other day said it was a "stifling" 85 degrees outside. Yeah, pop came out of my nose because I laughed so hard at THAT one.)
However, my tune has changed and I owe it all to school supplies.

I haven't had the opportunity to buy school supplies for myself since 2007. Yeah, I got to buy office supplies but I promise you it is NOT the same.So, I decided that I'd make this post about my list of must haves for back to school!
  1. A Planner: If I can see where I'm going it makes my life more manageable. I can see what tasks I need to tackle and also how far I've come.
  2. A Good Backpack: I am in the market for a new one so please give your suggestions in this area. I used Jansport through college, but am open to suggestion.
  3. A Cut and Color: Mock me if you must, but y'all having roots in class is NOT okay. However, this would mean that I have the nerve to step into a new salon up here.
  4. Pens: I am a medium ballpoint kind of girl. And the Xenon Retractable Rollerball Pen by Itoya are my FAVORITE of all time. I used to be a Pentel R.S.V.P. Pen girl, but I've gladly switched my allegiance.
  5. Notebooks/Legal Pads: I usually use Five Star and as for the legal pads, well this will be new.
  6. Binders: It is far easier to keep up with notes if they are organized as well.
  7. Highlighters: These have dual purposes. I color-coordinate everything in my planner. I also highlight in my books what their color is in the planner.
  8. Computer/Printer: I have both, but I am sure they will be just as important if not more this go round.
  9. Sticky Notes/Paper Clips/Stapler: While these are mundane, they are still a must.
  10. A Good Working Space: I want to get a new desk so my working space is just right. I have to be able to focus and have the least distractions possible when I'm studying.
(All images via here.)

What are your must-haves?

Happy Monday!

P.S. Today is an important day in rock-n-roll history! Do you know what it is?

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Happy Birthday Billy Badass!

"Before Elvis, there was nothing." -John Lennon

I'm sure by now, y'all are dying to know just who Billy Badass is.

Well, I tell you.

Billy Badass was born in 1950 making him a baby boomer born before Elvis was even on the radar.

Still no clue?

Billy Badass graduated high school during the tumultuous 60s. He saw John and Bobby shot and was totally rockin' along when the British invasion happened known as the Beatles.

You're still clueless?

Billy Badass was in college when Woodstock , Vietnam and Nixon's Watergate Scandal happened.

You still don't know?

Billy Badass fell in love with his "Hot Child in the City" in the 70s. Their relationship barely started when the King of Rock-N-Roll passed from this earth into the Great Beyond.

Whaaaaaaaaaaaa? How many more clues do you need?

Billy Badass started his family in the 80s when gas was short on commodity, the Berlin Wall fell, and Blondie, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Bon Jovi and Journey were the new hot tickets.

No? Still nothing? Well how about this one.

Billy Badass wrapped up his baby-making ways in the 90s when bands like Savage Garden and stupid shows like Dawson's Creek and Full House were blaring on his tv, President Clinton was in office and neo-con was a new political term.

Okay, okay this should settle it.

Billy Badass welcomed the millenium with his family in tow, settled down and became a deacon in the church while still riding his motorcycle on the side to maintain his image. He saw the invention of the iPod, Google, his oldest off to college and the death of the youngest Kennedy and gained a son-in-law.

Okay fine, I'll just tell you if you really don't know.

Billy Badass is the one and only daddio of yours truly. And he turns the Big 6-0 today.
Billy Badass is the reason that I'm so in tune with all things rock-n-roll, pop culture, film and politics.

Billy Badass taught me that having a good family foundation is key to a happy child.
Billy Badass taught me that in order to understand where I am in life, I have to understand what happened before that got me to my current place in life.
Billy Badass taught me that education is important and is something you'll never regret doing.Billy Badass taught me that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life.
Billy Badass taught me that balance is important.
Billy Badass taught me that no matter how bad I might be scared of a situation that no one can ever eat me.
Billy Badass taught me that wearing shades on graduation day are a must and going barefoot is downright stickin' it to the man.Billy Badass taught me that rocking out in my car is always in order and most especially on your worst day.
Billy Badass taught me that having a business side and a rocker side are more than acceptable.

And I know that he will always be proud of me. He believed in me from day one.

And I am proud of him, more proud than words can express.

After all, how many girls do you know have the biker name of Billy Badass?

I only know one.

Happy Birthday Billy Badass! I love you!! Hope you get some time in on your Harley today.

Now crank up the volume and press play.

P.S. Sorry Mom for all the bad words on my blog today. They were completely necessary. I promise...all twenty-one times. Okay, twenty-two including the title, cause Lord knows you're probably started counting the minute you saw it more than once in the post.

P.P.S. Neener neener boo boo Loren. Look who's the favorite kid now!

Random Rosy it is, then.

  1. I'm not a witty blogger. The more and more I read blogs I realize this. Sometimes it bothers me.
  2. The Beatles Happy Birthday Song and Soulja Boy Tell 'Em's Crank That (Soulja' Boy) are two songs that I have to stop and dance to all the way through EVERY time I hear them.
  3. My dog has to pee more than a pregnant woman does during the day.
  4. I have a major wants list for our new little home. Now if Brandon could get a job, that'd be great!
  5. I'm currently watching Season Six of Gilmore Girls.
  6. My sister Jessi and I are texting fools these days.
  7. I am reading Eat Pray Love and it is an interesting read.
  8. We've watched Star Wars 4-6 today. They're the best in my opinion.
Happy Saturday night.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Legally Blonde...Officially.

Yesterday my little brother and sister started back to school. My mom did too. She is a school teacher and is starting her 25th year of experience.

I will admit I might have been a little smug about the fact that I'm not quite back to school yet.

While the change has been a little hard, I have been enjoying having the days to myself. It is a summer break of sorts.

Yesterday was no different.

I enjoyed a little bit more of Eat. Pray. Love. before I started my day and I made myself a grilled ham and cheese with chips and salsa. Pickles on the side, thank you very much.

I settled into the loveseat with my favorite canine gal pal, Paisley to enjoy some good old fashioned boob tube.

I decided to check my email on my phone while I waited for the commercial to end.

So imagine my surprise to see that I could access my school accounts and schedule a day early.

God's sense of humor is real funny isn't it?

So I decided that since I was suddenly looking directly into my last day of freedom in the face, I'd better live it up while I could.

I'd get to that email when I had time.

The Man wasn't gonna bring me down. YEAH. That sounds really good doesn't it?


I took a long relaxing shower...lights off and everything! I may have only let my mind wander once or twice to scheduling out my days as a law student. But it was only once or twice.

I enjoyed an afternoon of tv watching. I watched Center Stage. It had a blonde who was going after her life long dream of being a ballerina. It was only a slight reminder about my upcoming dream chasing ways. But just a slight one.

I made spaghetti for dinner and cleaned up afterward. I love a clean kitchen and home these days. (Mom and Jessi, pick your jaw up off the floor because it's true.) And besides cleaning was a pleasant little distraction from the Life Dream that Shall Remain Nameless that I was trying not think about at that point.

I didn't read blogs or look at my computer because Wednesday is technically my day off in the blogging world and internets so to speak. I pre-schedule posts on these days so I can enjoy my day. So it wasn't unusual to leave my computer on the floor even if it was a constant reminder of something I needed to check on sooner rather than later.

We went on a little outing to learn our new city just a little more and we definitely passed the school. After all it is only a mile down from our new home. It's common to pass by on a regular basis.

However, it was at this point that I became anxious.

I mean really, I tried.

I made a good effort, but suddenly I was ready to see that email.

I admit it. I'm a nerd. A nerd that loves school and learning with all her heart.

But we were on a mission and I had to get a hold of myself. I thought about splashing my face with cold water, but I had already drank mine. Then I considered slapping my face, but then realized that was NOT a conversation I cared to have with my husband.

So I focused on loving on my favorite canine gal pal Paisley as we took in the sites. After all, this little trip was more for me than it was for Brandon.

I even suggested we take an alternative route home so I could learn just a little more.

Ten minutes later we were home. My husband decided that he wanted to check the mail. That makes two of us buddy, I thought. But I went along with it. Paisley had to tinkle anyway.

After what seemed like an eternity, we made it in the door.

I put in the movie I watched my first night in the dorm room which was more than appropriate and yet completely corny...Legally Blonde.

I made it through the opening credits before I grabbed up my computer.

When I finally looked up, Elle won the court case.

However, when I looked up, it was then that I realized I was different. Transformed, even.

Because I am officially a law student

I suddenly found myself with tons to do. There are planners and school supplies to buy, study schedules to plan, books to read and professors to email.

And that's just the starter's list y'all.

I am legally blonde officially nerdy ways and all.

Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Wednesday is "Eighth Grade" Day.

Eighth Grade: a year in schooling that can be traumatizing for any young adolescent.

Today, my brother and sister start the 8th grade.

They are pretty cool kids and I am super proud of them. They have great friends and share many of the same as they run in the same social circle.

Loren is a cheerleader, super smart and groovy in a far out way hippie. She and I happen to be similar in lots of ways. She wants to be a dermatologist. I'm still holding out that she'll wanna be like me.
(she's the one on the if you couldn't tell.)

Will is also very smart, SUPER funny, and a jock all the way. Football season starts soon and I can't wait to hear about all his great blocks and sacks of the game. He also happens to like a certain baseball enemy of any Yankees fan which shall remain nameless. He's young, what can I say?
(Bubba at the UM baseball fields...and that NASTY hat of his.)

The 8th grade was a great year for me personally. I got contacts and rid of my braces and felt so pretty. I was on my way out of the awkward stage of life I thought.

I was still playing softball, both fast and slow pitch, in the catcher's position and of course boy crazy.

No there are no pictures for your viewing pleasure, but if you need a reference see Little Miss Hippie above for a good guestimation as to how I looked but think Joey Potter from Dawson's Creek. I dressed like her a lot then.

I was in 8th grade in 1998. The two teenyboppers above were a whopping 2 years old.

Yeah. That's all I'm gonna say about that.

Other notable events include:

  • President Clinton was impeached by the House of Representatives and later acquitted of all charges.
  • Google was founded.
  • Dale Earnhardt Sr. won Daytona. (My dad is a Nascar man. What of it?)
  • Dawson's Creek started.
  • Celine Dion's My Heart Will Go On and Aerosmith's I Don't Want to Miss a Thing were top hits thanks to top movies, Titanic and Armageddon respectively.
  • Britney Spears was only 16 years old and had her first major hit.
My classes were Honors Algebra I, Honors Science, Honors English, Federal Government, Select Choir, and Athletics.

Life was simple. My biggest worries were what to wear to school and whether or not I'd survive Mrs. Crawford's vocabulary quizzes each day. I think this was also about the time I started my love affair with all things Kennedy.

And I LOVED every minute.

Hope your first day back is great bub and seestur.

Happy Wednesday!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Happy Birthday to my little sister in Eastern Standard Time!!!

I'm already up so why not go ahead and post!

Jessi, sweet child of the 80s sister of mine, it's your happy stinkin' birthday!!

Let's talk about your birth year: 1987!
  • Bon Jovi's Livin' On a Prayer and GunsNRoses's Welcome to the Jungle and Sweet Child of Mine were top hits this year. This is clearly significant as we rock out to the first really well, the second is a nod to our high school mascot and the latter I can totally hear dad rocking out to it in the car.
  • Aretha Franklin was the first woman to be inducted into the Rock-N-Roll Hall of Fame this year.
  • President Reagan nominated Solicitor General Robert Bork to the Supreme Court. He was rejected in the Senate. (Teddy Kennedy led this campaign.)
  • Microsoft releases Windows 2.0
  • We were still in the middle of the Cold War.
  • Sammy Bradford, Sooner football alum and Heisman trophy winner was born.
So let's see, it was a stellar year for women, the Kennedys, the Sooners and rock-n-roll. In fact, I'd go so far as to say it was kick ass. (Yes mom, I know I need to watch my language.)

Paisley would too, but she's a party pooper.

See party pooper. This is what the attorneys like to call exhibit "A".

Point is sister, I love you. I'm so glad you're in my life. And in essence, I guess I'm saying I'm glad mom and dad did you know what. Because without that third time in their life to do it, I wouldn't have you sister. (Once when they got married, once when they conceived me, once when they conceived Jess and once when they conceived Loren and Will for those of you who wanted to know where I got the number three.)

And a life without you sis would just plain suck.

I love you and I miss you like crazy.

Now press play and get down with your bad self...fancy pants and all.

Happy Birthday Jessi.

P.S. B says to tell you Happy Birthday and he misses you too!!!

An Ode to a Dishwasher

I am in love with my dishwasher y'all.

I know it's silly, but when you've been without one for 2 years and 7 months like we had, you realize just how important and convenient it is.

It also makes it so much easier to keep our kitchen clean. I dare I say it, enjoy cleaning these days and I owe it all to the dishwasher. I really do.

This dishwasher cuts down time wasted that could be used for what we'll call "extracurricular activities."

Oh please, if you turned up your nose in disgust, don't hate. I'm just keepin' it real around here. And if making a sexual reference on ye old blog does the trick at making my frown come from upside down, then so be it. (Sorry Loren and Will. I know you're grossed out right now. It happens what can I say.)

But I digress, really I do love my dishwasher. It's made my internal pledge to be a better housewifey easier.

So here's to you dishwasher, may our relationship be one that never ends.

Happy Monday.

P.S. This may have been one of the lamest posts I've written yet. I promise I'm trying to work on getting out of my blogging funk, really I am.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

How is Michigan?

This question is the million dollar question these days.

And truthfully, it's a different answer every time.

I guess it'd be easier to answer if I didn't miss the South so much.

I'll be straight and say that I'm dealing with plain old fashioned homesickness. There is just no beating around the bush about it. At our wedding, during my dad's speech he spoke about how I wasn't afraid to try out anything. He said that when I was born, my late pappaw thought I was going to be fragile. He then went on to speak about how he was proud and envious of my so-called bravery, but underneath could still see the tenderness that my pappaw declared that was in me at my birth.

And the truth is, I'm still not afraid to try lots of things.

But is it okay to say that this move is the biggest, scariest, craziest thing I've done in my life thus far?

I have cried more in the past week than I've let myself cry in a long time.

I miss the South.
I miss our families.
I miss Sonic.
I miss Wal-Mart.
I miss the hospitality.

Some of these things sound silly I am sure but I miss them all the same.

One thing that my dad didn't mention is my lack of love for change. I tease him all the time about it, but the older I get the more I feel like my dad.

Change is hard. This change especially. I am trying my hardest to see the good but I think it's been made harder because I don't have my school schedule yet and Brandon is still waiting to find a job. So we're just sitting and waiting.

I'm sorry to be such a Debbie Downer, but felt like I need to be honest y'all and with myself too for that matter.

I am so happy that God placed Brandon in my life. He knew that I was going to be an attorney and he knew that I was going to go far away to do it. He knew that I'd need someone to love and support me the way Brandon does.

So for God being in control even in the middle of all this stress about finding a job and being homesick, I will praise Him.

I will praise Him in the good and I will praise Him in the bad.

Today just happens to be me praising in the bad.

All of these things will pass away. As one of my good friends tells me on a regular basis, it will all work out. And it will. I'm just ready for that to happen.

I know it will happen because a lot of things had to fall into place for us to get this far, so I am more than sure that He will take care of the rest.

Happy Sunday.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

First impressions are everything.

Here are my five first impressions.

1. They're into the natural look. Make of that what you will.
2. No one really smiles when you smile at them.
3. I have seen more people than I care to wearing tube or crew socks with their tennis shoes and shorts. I thought the nineties were over.
4. They are whining about 80 degrees. Bless their hearts. It's 108 at home. They wouldn't last two seconds.
5. They do not have Ott's dressing. Life could be rough until I get a care package from my momma. Hint hint.

Happy Thursday!!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Wednesday is "Roadtrip Recap" Day.

Roadtrip recap: the breakdown of our trip to the big state of Michigan

My riding buddy up North this past weekend was my brother. He was lots of fun.

So let's break down the road trip state by state shall we?

  • We stopped in Big Cabin for a bite at McDonalds. Paisley went for a walk with her AJ.
  • I may or may not have cried when we crossed the state line into Missouri.
  • We rocked out to Bon Jovi, Journey, Pat Benatar, and Elton John.
  • We had a tire tread come off the moving truck in St. Louis and it was raining. It was not pretty.
  • Also, I thought people were bad about not following yield signs in Oklahoma, well Missourians have them beat. A guy pulled out in front of me in the rain in the dark and then proceeded to honk at me because of his ignorance. I honked bad and said a few choice words because you know he could hear me and all.
  • We listened to the shuffle option on my iPod at this point.
  • We stopped in Effingham. It was effing uneventful except for the part where Paisley didn't sleep well.
  • We woke up the next morning and headed out determined to make serious time.
  • We didn't get to stop in Ft. Wayne, but my mom and siblings stopped on Monday. They were really impressed.
  • We wasted 30 minutes going out of the way to find a Taco Bell. So we used another 20 getting Subway. We hopped back in our car because Michigan wasn't too far away.
  • When we got in the car we realized that the radio had gone to be with Jesus finally. Will was starting to doze on me so we played the letters game. He barely won...okay okay. We were tied at Y and he found the Z. I was in the lead the entire time until then.
  • Paisley slept the entire day because she didn't sleep well the night before. Lucky dog.
  • We finally made it and were never so happy to see the place!
  • I got really desperate and sang 99 bottles of pop on the wall. Will was less than amused.
  • And we made it into our new city of residence!!
It still is so crazy that we're here. I keep waiting to pack up our things to go home from vacation or something.

Oh yeah, Loren and Will this song is for you.

Happy Wednesday y'all.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

It's August yous guys!

Yeah...that still doesn't sound right to me either.

Y'all, we made it. Can you believe it? We are officially in Michigan.

The weather is in the 80s and we love it. We hear that it is sweltering back home. Of course, summer is just getting started there.

We're still dealing with some homesickness and feeling like we live in a different country. It's so crazy and yet so cool to think that our country is this diverse.

So, let's see what have we done so far?

  • We got in on Saturday afternoon. My siblings and mom helped us get up here. We couldn't have done it without them.
  • My mom and sister helped me get my kitchen in order.
  • On Monday, we organized the living room and kitchen area. It looks great so far and I really feel like I need just a few more things for the walls. I will post some pictures of our house once it's finished and up to my standards. We also went to the Kroger and we now have Kroger cards. I feel so cool.
  • Today, we watched some Dawson's Creek, made tacos for lunch and got to work on our room. We're without internet and cable until next week. So tv series watching it is.
  • And we're adjusting to life in EST.
What's coming up?

  • Brandon has a job interview tomorrow. The place is just down the street from us. Please pray for him!!
  • I get my assignments next week sometime. So I'm enjoying my summer break until then.
  • If I don't comment regularly for the remainder of the week I promise that I will get caught up sometime this weekend!
Hope your Tuesday is going well!

P.S. This is my 500th post here at the RTH Times!
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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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