Friday, December 27, 2013

That time we moved to Arkansas...finally.

If you're new around here, today is your day to read ye ol' blog.

If you're not new, this is me basically talking about the past six months of our lives.

Back in June, Brandon got the job of his dreams offered to him. So we talked about things and decided that it was best he go ahead and take it. This meant we'd be moving to Arkansas after graduation aka I'd be taking a different bar aka we wouldn't be living in Michigan anymore.

While Brandon was in Arkansas, my sister came up to Michigan so I wouldn't have to be by myself. We lived together in college and so it was just part two of that. She worked for a dentist up here and I finished up law school.

By the way, I'm officially done with law school and now all I have to do is take the bar and walk at graduation on January 25th. Guess which one makes me want to vomit and break out in hives?

So anyways, last Thursday, Brandon flew into town bright and early and we loaded up the truck and the next morning we headed to Bentonville/Rogers Arkansas. We unloaded what would fit into our tiny one bedroom apartment that smells like smoke (more on that later) and then headed to my parents to unload the rest. But we had a burger from Ron's in Bentonville. It's a solid burger joint, if burgers are your love language.

We headed to my parents in Oklahoma and rested all of a night before we were in the car again for Christmas with my momma's family. That day also happened to be our 6th wedding anniversary. So when we got back from the festivities, Brandon treated me to a stay in a hotel in Tulsa and dinner and a movie. My favorite kind of date. We saw American Hustle and here's what I'll say about that. I've determined that I'm not a David O. Russell fan because I wasn't impressed with the film. We ate at Texas Roadhouse and the meal was delicious.

The next day we headed back to my parents for some shopping and taking the truck back to the rental place. We then celebrated Christmas the next few days with my family and then on Christmas day, we headed to see Brandon's side of the family. And now here I sit back in my parents house until tomorrow. We stopped back here because I had to pick up Pais. Sugar is too big for our apartment so for the time being she is staying at Nana's house.

Today is basically my last day of "freedom." I've got a ton of stuff to do with my bar prep course before Thursday when it officially starts. That starts with us finally organizing our apartment this weekend. So I'll finally get to experience Arkansas a little bit.

In the meantime, I'll be considering the question, "How does it feel to be back?" I don't have an answer that sits well with people at this point I don't think. I think it's because I don't respond with a resounding "Well, of course!"

The thing is that even though Michigan was far away from everyone and ultimately not home, I still really liked it there. So many good things happened while we were there. I got my education, Brandon got his first big break in his career, we had some great friends, I found my love of running, lost a bunch of weight, came to appreciate 20 degrees being a "heat wave", ran my first half marathon, discovered a new city, and so many other things.

But most importantly, Brandon and I had to rely on each other because we were all each other had. I feel like we united together as a couple in ways that might never had happened if we hadn't moved away. And that is priceless.

Don't misunderstand me. I'm very happy to be close to our families and extremely happy to live with my husband again. But I'm sure I'll go through a transition period again. I don't think I've crossed over to being a Yankee, but I certainly have learned how to tolerate the Michigander ways. So it'll be an adventure returning to the South. And it'll be an adventure learning a new area again. I'm looking forward to it all.

But getting over Michigan is going to take longer than I realized.

Our first real day in Arkansas starts tomorrow. I hope it's a good one.

And if you read all of this, I'm impressed.

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Wednesday Whats-Its

I mumble on Mondays. It's a thing. You get used to it. However, sometimes, I'm lame and it happens on a Wednesday. Roll with it.

  • I did a whole lot of nothing on Monday and it was wonderful. 
  • Part of my nothing has included researching running shoes. It's a sickness really. 
  • Can't decorate because we are moving soon. My house looks so lame right now. 
  • I need to get on some form of a Christmas card. 
  • There are 11 areas in my house that have to be packed. I've done one and it looks like a bomb has gone off in my house. 
  • We went to Frankenmuth, Michigan this weekend. We had chicken dinner at Bavarian Inn and went to Bronner's. It was awesome and I picked up some great ornaments and gifts. 
  • Tried on some Asics Nimbus 15s/Cumulus 15s today. I liked both. Need to think about which ones would serve me best. 
  • I'm pissed about the season finale of Sons of Anarchy. I'm still debating on whether I'll do an open letter to Kurt Sutter about it. 
  • This article on Evil Not Winning is wonderful. The video made me sob. 
  • Things will come together. They always do, but in the meantime, I worry about how it will all happen. 
  • My plan of attack includes sort, clean, trash, and pack. Lather, rinse, repeat. 
Happy Wednesday.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

The REAL Last Day of School.

Tomorrow is my last day of school. EVER.

But I've always felt like the day before the last day is the true last day. It's when a person is really doing the last real school work before an assignment is due or studying before the last final. Because the last day is spent taking a final or turning in a paper, and there is usually some fun involved after it's all over.

When I was in high school, I made a point to walk across campus on the last day of school. I can still remember standing near the entrance to the cafeteria looking up towards the choir room and athletic room at the time. It was hot because it was the end of May. It also, fortunately, was sunny.

When I was in college, I remember sitting on the edge of the South Oval on a bench in front of Cate Center after my Modern Catholicism final. It was dreary and snow was trying to fall. I remember thinking that I'd never forget that moment and how things were going to be so different.

And I didn't. And they did.

But the two days before the above mentioned days were spent doing homework and last minute studying. I don't remember a whole lot about them.

Obviously, this time I am trying to think about it all.

I've spent today wrapping up cases and working on final journal entries and assessments. I've been cleaning my desk for the next intern.

The excitement is so palpable I can taste it.
The finality of it all makes me cry almost instantly.

And I don't ever want to forget any of it.

The good friends.
The bad friends.

And all those in between.

I just want to remember it. And be in the moment.

Happy Thursday...look out tomorrow, you're almost here!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

My Top Ten Favorite Fun Christmas Songs

Apparently, it's the week of the YouTube videos. It's only fitting since it's been my tradition since college to look up YouTube videos during finals time. Although, I technically don't have finals this go-round, the tradition still stands.

This morning on the way to work, I heard a song for the first time and it made me think of all the fun songs I love to hear at Christmas time and thought, "HELLO easy fluff blog post!" I mean hey, I'm blowing my sister's mind that I've posted two days in a row, why not go for the gold?"

So here I am.

1. "Donde Esta Santa Claus" by Guster - I just heard this one for the first time today and I am now obsessed with it. Makes me wish I was on an island with some castanets.

2. "Mele Kalikimaka" by Bing Crosby and the Andrew Sisters - I will forever think of Cousin Eddie when I hear this song. If you don't know who that is, we need to talk.

3. "Feliz Navidad" by Jose Feliciano - This song always puts a smile on my face.

4. "Dominic the Italian Christmas Donkey" by Lou Monte - Listen, this song is so ridiculous, that it's awesome. And I'm sure if you play it for your kids, you'll want to find me because you can't get it out of your head.

5. "Christmas Wrapping" by The Waitresses - Not every song has to be ridiculous. This song is just plain fun and makes you want to tap your feet.

6. "Last Christmas" by Wham! - It's 80s Glam at its finest. How can you hate that?

7. "Christmas Cookies" by The Oak Ridge Boys - This link goes to a Fox News site. Yeah. But it's the only good quality video I could find.

8. "It's Beginning to Look a Lot like Christmas" by Perry Como - Listen, if you have a line in the song that goes, "...And mom and dad can hardly wait for school to start again" that's from the 1950s, that's called winning. I love that even then parents needed a break from kids. It makes things realistic.

9. "All I Want for Christmas is You"  by Mariah Carey - Because DUH.

10. "Snoopy vs. The Red Baron" and "Snoopy's Christmas" by The Royal Guardsmen - These two songs tell a fun story from WWI. Also, makes you want to march or tap your foot. 

What are your favorite fun Christmas songs? Happy Tuesday!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Monday Mumblings...

I mumble on Mondays. It's a thing. You get used to it.

  • We move in two weeks and I need to pack. Haven't started yet. Yep. Do with that what you will. 
  • Gotta figure out how to pay for my bar prep course. It stresses me out. If I got this taken care of, that'd be the perfect Christmas gift. I realize that's lame, but it is what it is.
  • Not sure if I'm going to decorate for Christmas this year because I'll get to Arkansas and it'll basically be Christmas and I have to unpack before I start studying. I really want to relax the last weeks before I start that as much as possible. 
  • I'm able to run in less than three weeks from now. I'm excited and I've even treated myself to some new running gear to celebrate. I also am looking forward to finding a barre class in the Bentonville/Fayetteville area. 
  • I ate like crap this entire last week and I need to stop. I'm looking forward to making good choices and getting back on track. 
  • This scene gets funnier every time I watch it.  
  • Chris Hemsworth or Liam Hemsworth? I personally am #teamthor
  • Watched Cold Mountain yesterday. I forgot how versatile Nicole Kidman is. I also didn't realize that Charlie Hunnam is in that film. 
  • It's Bedlam Week and I'm nervous. I want to beat Oklahoma State so bad. I'm sure I say that every year, but this year, I really want it to happen! 
Happy Monday! 

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Happy December!

This week is my LAST week of school! E.V.E.R.

Part of me is sad. I really like school. I always have. There is a sick twisted part of me that is excited about studying for the bar because it means that I get to "do school" just a little while longer.

I'm also sad because of all the fun I've had while in school. There are so many experiences that I wouldn't trade for the world and my favorite life experiences and memories have ALL happened during college and law school. I didn't really have time to process the end of college because I got married and moved a week later. It took me a bit to get my bearings post college. It's part of why I started this blog. I have a similar situation with law school in that I'm moving next week. But different because I'm starting in a new city and state again. This semester has confirmed so many things for me about my career. I can't wait to see how it all plays out in Arkansas. And yet I'm sad to leave Michigan at the same time.


There is also a part of me that is really excited! I'm about to graduate!! WITH A DOCTORATE!!

I keep thinking about the song, "School's Out" by Alice Cooper and how I get to rock out to it on Friday and it actually means something. Of course, I wish that the weather was beautiful, but gotta take what I can get!

I'm also terrified because I now am responsible for everything I've learned. People look to me....and it's a huge responsibility.

For now, I'm just going to enjoy my last week.

Happy December and Happy Last Week of School EVER to me!
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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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