Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Wednesday is "Vacay" Day.

Vacay: aka vacation or an extended stay away from one's home;

"'I'm going to Harvard."
"You mean like on Vacay??"
-Legally Blonde

If you follow me on twitter you know I've been alluding to a mysterious Vacay recently.

You also know now that we have been in Oklahoma!

And yes the answers to your questions are that I ate Mexican at least 4 times, Sonic countless times, went to Wal-Mart like it was my job, saw some losers from high school, watched a tornado from my parent's porch, and finally re-adjusted my accent.

As you can see my time here was fruitful and definitely eventful but more on that later. I promise after I watch the Royal Wedding things will get back to normal. There is big news and I've got some good stories to tell too.

Until then, y'all behave and Happy Wednesday!!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Wednesday is "Consistent" Day.

Consistent: constantly adhering to the same principles, course, form,etc.

In a few weeks, I'll be celebrating my 3rd anniversary of writing on this blog. That seems like forever and then it doesn't. I have done lots of little ditties like "Monday Mumblings," "Fabulous Fridays," "Top Two Tuesdays," and "Tuesday's High/Low" but the one has stuck is the one I started from the beginning which is "Educational Wednesday's" aka today's post.

I'm not sure why this post stuck.  I shouldn't be surprised when I freak when I realize I only have a few minutes left in the day before I post this because I like consistency. In fact, my body craves it. I am always the one who is screaming for vacation and the one who just can't wait for a break. I enjoy it for all of two or three days and then I start getting antsy. I'm ready for the next thing.

So the past two breaks I've had have been great, but I've learned that I have to have a pile of books ready to go so I keep myself occupied and I also let the laundry pile up towards the end of the semester so I can work through some laundry as well.

I do like consistency. It serves me well. Probably why this particular post has been around so long.

Anyway, now that I've talked about nothing for a few paragraphs, I'll close. I've got some laundry and books to read before we head out of town for vacation.

Happy Wednesday!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Monday mumblings...back in the saddle again.

I mumble on Mondays. It's a thing. It just takes me a bit to going at the beginning of the week. You get used to it. This is kinda going to be a catch-up of sorts.

  • Today, the First Lady is going to be on the The View. I am so excited because I get to be awake and there for all of it without feeling guilty about watching it.
  • My nickname at school is "Big Momma." They claim it's because I'm like a motherly figure. I find this to be a HUGE joke. But apparently, I come across as motherly in some form. So I have to ask, do I come across as motherly to y'all? 
  • Blogger didn't post one of my guest posts while I was busy studying for finals, but that should post sometime soon. I haven't had Blogger be stupid for me yet so this is interesting.
  • I am glad to be on break and am glad to be getting out of the state soon. 
  • I have been writing on this blog for almost three years. That blows my mind.
  • I bit my nails off during a final last week and am now super pissed that I did. 
  • Sometimes, I have serious diarrhea of the mouth and until I can explain myself, it really bothers me what the other person thinks of me. 
  • Have y'all seen the show, "Mob Wives?" So cuh-razy!
  • I seriously have the best girlfriends up here. I know I say that a lot, but I do.
  • I had one El Presidente margarita from Chili's the other day and y'all I came home and passed out.
  • Can't wait for "Something Borrowed," "Soul Surfer" and "Harry Potter 7.2" this summer.
  • What do y'all think about fake bubbies? 
  • I want more bangs. 
  • Who is excited for RHONY and RHONJ??
Happy Monday!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Alone on a Friday night...

Hi all,

So I survived round two of finals. I have lots to catch up on and lots to tell too.

There are 496 unread posts in my reader. I am really tempted to click the read all option, but I have a feeling that it would not in my best interest as it seems your lives have been just as busy as mine.

So let's get to it shall we?

First things first, if you don't follow me on the Twitter or Facebook, my Grannie past from this life a week ago today.

I'd like to take the time to talk about her for a bit.

My Grannie was quite the opinionated woman. She said what was on her mind and sometimes it could be startling. But she also cared deeply about her family, sometimes to a fault. She was a high school graduate that married my Pappaw shortly after he returned from WWII. They had my dad and aunt in the fifties and lived a modest life. (I'll talk about my Pappaw a bit too because their story kinda goes together naturally.) They made sure that my dad and aunt made it to church regularly and to this day, my dad and aunt have a very rigid line of wrong versus right. This doesn't always come along with being a Christian. My dad and aunt were first generation college graduates and my grandparents although seldom mentioned, were very proud of them for this. My Pappaw was the type of Pappaw that made every grand-kid feel like they were his favorite. If there is someone I wish that Loren and Will had the opportunity to know, it would have been him. He is probably the finest example of what a pappaw or grandfather should be like. He loved all of us unconditionally and made sure we knew it. We knew only love from him. He passed a year before my parents found out that they were pregnant with Loren and Will. I think they are his piece of heaven to us to never take life for granted.

My Grannie carried on and continued to make her many and sometimes unnecessary trips to the Dollar store. She enjoyed her Sunday school ladies quite immensely and they always stopped us in church to tell us how much she went on and on about us. I always found this kind of amusing because when she introduced us, it was "these are my oldest set of twin grand-kids and these are my youngest set of twin grand-kids and these are my other grand-kids." My sister, cousin and I were part of the so-called others. It bothered me for a long time that she said this. Now, I just think it was more a generational thing than it was something else.

The last time she was somewhat lucid was about the time that I married Brandon. There is a photo I have of her on my wedding day that is almost heart-breaking because she has a blank stare. It was as if she was already gone and in some ways she was. We had known for awhile that she had Alzheimer's, but it was around that time that things really started to get hard.

Now almost three years later, she really is gone.

I have decided that Alzheimer's quite possibly is the worst way to die. I know that if she were lucid, she would have been very upset to know the condition she was in as she was a very proud, independent lady while not educated beyond high school was very aware of the world around her.

While we had plenty of time to mourn her loss, the hardest part of her passing for me was that I didn't get to be there for my dad like I wanted. When my Pappaw passed away, I was only 11 years old. Now an adult, and as the oldest, I feel as though I now have an obligation to make sure my dad was okay. It was also hard because it was Loren and Will's first experience with losing a loved one. As many of you know I had finals this week, so I was unable to go home for the funeral.

Speaking of finals and school, I am very thankful first of all for my husband. He made sure that I stayed focused as he knew that is what my family and I both wanted to happen. He also spent the majority of the day Friday on the phone with my family when I couldn't because I was at school. I am also very thankful that I attend a small school. Everyone last weekend was absolutely wonderful and supportive. I was met with several hugs in the library and I was more than blessed by the friendships I have made.

I am glad that finals once again are over and cannot believe that in a few short months we'll have been here a year. Sometimes I am blown away by how drastically different our lives are from last year to this year. I think sometimes I come across as not being happy with being here in Michigan. I will admit there are times when I really am homesick. Things are definitely done differently up here, BUT I am so glad that we have the friends we have and the church we have as well. In fact, we often wish that we could transplant our church back to Oklahoma when we go home in a few years. There is always something the Lord has for me to hear and I know that is only because our pastor is a willing vessel.

I have spent the past day and a half just enjoying the quiet. I'm currently reading books to keep up my reading speed. I have homework for the first time during a break that I'm not exactly excited about, but oh well, that's part of life I suppose.

I hope all of you are well and happy. I will be commenting on your blogs very soon.

Happy Friday.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Wednesday is "Answers Part Two" Day.

Answers Part Two: answers to questions asked of me a few weeks ago. 
Mrs. D  asked..."How would you describe your personal fashion style?"
I’d say that I’m a bit of a prep meets hippie.  Love to dress up, but also love a good maxi dress and flip flops too. I figure I have the rest of my life to look corporate, so for now I’m enjoying flip flops, sweats, hats, big sunglasses, and t-shirts like it’s my job.

Mrs. D also asked, "What did you want to be growing up?"
The President of the United States of America.

Mrs. Potts asked "Where would you vacation if you had 2 weeks and $5000 to spend?"

Right now I'd say: Somewhere tropical with lots of massages, mai tai’s and sun, sun, sun!

But if I wasn't so sick of the cold, I'd totally go somewhere historical like Washington D.C., Rome, London, or Athens with B. Because I'm limited by budget, I'd probably go with D.C.
Kara asked... "Maybe you've written about this before and I've missed it, but I'm so curious about how you selected Michigan for law school. I mean, you clearly love OK, and there are scores of law schools that would have allowed you to be closer to home, so how did you end up making your way to Michigan?"

Long story short, it’s where I got in. We miss our families like crazy, but we now realize that God was as always totally in control of why we’re here. Because of the thousand mile distance, I’m able (and now that B has returned for his masters) to study without distraction from our families. If we were in Oklahoma, we’d be expected to be at family functions and that’s just not feasible while in school. So it’s good that we’re so far away. 

That said, we are both looking forward to being back in Oklahoma with our loved ones when we're finished with school. 

Lucy Marie asked, "What's your idea of a perfect Saturday?"

Eating at one of my favorite joints. These days that’s Chipotle. Running errands and shopping with B. Topped off with a date to the movies. I’m really pretty easy to please. Of course, I'm having a hell of hair day and the sun is shining, so I can wear flip-flops and big sunglasses.

Brittany asked, "What type of lawyer do you want to be?"

Prior to law school, my only answer was a prosecutor. Now that I’m here, I really am learning that I need to keep my options open. So far, I have three possible directions that really interest me. So we’ll see what happens when it’s time to make that decision. 

This was fun! 
Remember if you read this post from 9-noon EST, then I'm in the middle of a final. Prayers are definitely appreciated! 

Happy Wednesday!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Monday mumblings...

From 9 to Noon EST today I'll be taking a final. Please lift me up in prayer if you feel so inclined to do so.
In other news, my sister mumbles on Monday mornings this week. It's a thing. You get used to it. Clearly it's genetic.
• I like to be able to see through the water I am swimming. The thought of a fish swimming by my leg and me not knowing give me the hebby gebbies.
• My computer CRASHED while over spring break! Good timing in that I had time to get it fixed, but not good timing in that I am trying to graduate.
• I want to go sky diving…anybody want to go?
• I have not had pop in 1year and 3 months
• I have babysat since I was 13!
• I want to plant a garden really bad
• I want to set out on the open road with my girls for a road trip!
• One of my roommates eats these sandwiches called fluffer nutters (it’s a sandwich with peanut butter and marsh mellow crème on it) does anyone else eat these>
• I like to wear my shades on the way to class so people can’t see what my eyes think.
• I wish I could read a fun book instead of textbooks.
• I want to own at some point in my life a boxer, English bulldog, French bulldog, and a St. Bernard
• I don’t like odd numbers so this is why I added this bullet point

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Random Handwriting Meme

A few weeks ago, Gina posted this little ditty. I really liked it and also I need material while I'm off studying for finals. So here we are.

The Rules:

1} What's your name and your blog's name?
2} What's your blog's URL?
3} Write: "A quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog!"
4} What is your favorite quote?
5} What is your favorite song?
6} What are your favorite bands and singers?
7} Anything else you want to include?
8} Tag people.

The Answers:
Sus, Britt, b.e.g., and LG-you're it!
Happy Sunday!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Favorites on a Friday (aka I love alliteration)

Yep, it's Friday and I still have no life. So my sister is still writing blog posts for me.

• I love that my cap and gown is hanging in my closet.
• I love the color yellow. You can tell this by looking at my bedroom.
• I love dogs….cats on the other hand is a different story
• I love to bake…..I want a Vera apron real bad
• I love to have my toes painted let alone get a good pedicure
• I love to lines a vacuum makes on the carpet
• I LOVE the flowers on campus!!! (I always text people pictures who don’t get to see them often)
• I love me a good chick flick
• I will always love my IPHONE!
• I love a good tea from Sonic
• I love old farm houses or just old houses in general. They have lots of character to them.
• I don’t like odd numbers so this is why I added this bullet point

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Wednesday is "Answers Part One" Day.

Answers Part One: a few weeks ago I opened the floor to questions and these are the answers I have so far.

Brittany and Mrs. Potts asked, "How do you and your husband meet?"

My husband and I met at summer camp. Obviously, it was a specific camp, but I prefer to maintain some anonymity on my blog so I won't be divulging that information. This summer we'll be celebrating 6 years together. That seems like forever and then really a short time as well.

For a more detailed version, you'll want to read these posts.

Endless Summer: Part One
Endless Summer: Part Two
Endless Summer: Part Three
Endless Summer: Part Four
Endless Summer: Part Five

Mrs. Potts asked, "Are you planning on having kids?"

Yes, we are! I want 4 and B wants 2, so we're still figuring out how many will be the final number. Some days we go back and forth on which way the pendulum is swinging, but we're both very amenable to what God wants for us.

Mrs. D asked, "What is you and your husband's most common argument about?" 

I had to sit and think about this one for a minute for many reasons. First of all, I want to put out there that we do not have the perfect marriage by any means, but we also are very private people. I realize that seems a bit ironic since I'm sitting here writing on a public blog, but for the most part I don't really talk about our marriage/families to major detail. Part of that is my doing, but part of that is B is a VERY private person so I have to respect his wishes. Secondly, we hammered out the majority of the big issues before we got married. We had a very wise marriage counselor that said to hammer out major questions prior to marriage. Obviously, we're still working on details, but we both try very hard to take things as they come. This is much harder than it looks. Finally, I just want to say that we've only been married a short while, so we're still learning a lot about each other. But we do try to fight fair. It is very hard sometimes, but that is our goal.

However, if I had to pick something that's almost a weekly thing that doesn't get too personal I'd probably say cleaning. It's not that one person completely shoulders the responsibility, we share everything we do because we're both in school. We argue b/c our approaches are very different. This is natural because we come from different styles of cleaning. So we have made some new rules, taken from both schools of thought so to speak, but sometimes my husband likes to watch me get all fired up about his cups on the nightstand. Men have really odd senses of humor sometimes don't they?

That's all for this week. Tune in next week for more!

Happy Wednesday!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Monday mumblings...

Hi all, I'm officially in the last week and half of the semester. So I have no life. My sister has graciously written this week's and next week's Monday mumblings which is fitting b/c she is not a morning person ANY day of the week! Hope y'all enjoy.
Love, Sam

• I want to go swimming right now, because the apartment complex just repairs our pool. They are currently filling it with water.
• I can’t wait until the movie Something Borrowed comes out. You must read the books. I am even more excited for the people playing the roles and one being Kate Hudson.
• I want a pair of Chaco sandals real BAD!
• I have will be soon writing my capstone paper that has to be at least 10 pages and another paper that has to be 8-10 pages. I am not the least bit thrilled.
• I always tell people I learned how to cry in college. I never cried over books or movies at ALL. Sam and I would go to movies and it would be sad and she turn and look at me and say ok you had to cry in that one. I didn’t until I came to college.
• Since I am graduating in May I have been busting out the tears really easily. Like I cried when I was on my way back to Norman just thinking about how I am about to not going to be able to yell out my bedroom door to have a conversation with the rooms.
• I love to buy movies out of the $5 bin at Wal-Mart.
• I could eat turkey sandwich from Jimmy Johns every day or just turkey sandwich in general.
• I love to buy bags….I made a special trip to a town just to have one made. I am in love with it.
• After living with people who are not my family I have learned that I am anal when it comes to cleaning.
• I have got so used to DVR that I try and fast forward every commercial possible even if what I am watching from my DVR
• I don’t like odd numbers so this is why I added this bullet point

Friday, April 1, 2011

Happy April y'all!

This month should be filled with good things like:
  • the end of finals
  • Easter
  • much needed sleep
  • quality time with my husband
  • reading for leisure
  • spring baseball!
What are you looking forward to this month?
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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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