Sunday, February 28, 2010

Day 49 - Reading Again

I woke up this morning and immediately picked up "The Time Traveler's Wife." After watching the movie yesterday, it made me want to re-read the book. After all, it had been nearly 7 years since I read it the first time. I breezed through 3 chapters before I even looked up. It was better than I remembered. And I forgot how much I love to read. I read several chapters throughout the day, then I took a nap while Chad watched the Nascar race. Around 5:00, I heard some banging in the kitchen. I stumbled down the hallway, rubbing my eyes, and discovered Chad cooking something that smelled insanely delicious. What a man. He cooked perfectly medium-rare ribeyes, ranch new potatoes and grilled corn. It was fabulous. After dinner we found "Christmas Vacation" on CMT... because who can really get too much of Clark and Eddie, am I right? It was a good day.

Cheers!
aarp

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Day 47 & 48 - Home Sweet Home

So I decided to go home this weekend at the very last minute. My dear friend Erin Napier encouraged me to come, and I just up and went. (She has that power over me). I had a lovely dinner with my aunt and cousin Friday evening complete with wine, fried chicken and macaroni and cheese (made with MSU cheddar of course). After dinner me and Barb piled in bed and watched the RIDICULOUS display that was Apolo Ohno's second-to-last olympic race. I won't get into it. I'm still upset. I fell asleep just before the USA raced in the speedskating relay, and I woke up at 6:30 AM. I know. What is that about? Barb and I lay in bed for about an hour just talking about life and stuff. She went to a work event, and I got back in the bed with a heaping bowl of Golden Grahams to watch "The Time Traveler's Wife." At 10 AM, I ran downtown to meet Erin at her loft/office for a "business" meeting. You'll know what for soon enough. After working for 3 hours, we scooted around the corner to Lee's for one of my favorite Laurel treats: homemade French onion soup in a toasted bread bowl. Mmmm. We sat at Lee's for about 2 hours talking about where we should put a new mural in Downtown Laurel, what business should go in the first floor of Lee's (I vote a locally-owned book store with readings for children and book signing galore!) and what might happen with the old Burton's storefront. After our extended lunch, I ran back to Barb's to gather my things and hit the road. On my way out of town, I looked in my rearview mirror and got a little teary-eyed. Who knew I would miss home so much? Just as the thought crossed my mind, I passed a Starkville School District school bus. Must be a sign.... of what, I'm not sure.

Cheers!
aarp

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Day 45 - Great Night to be a Bulldog

Chad and I went to the basketball game tonight. We played Alabama and won, but that's not the really exciting news. The really exciting news is that we were witness to history tonight. Two new records were set at The Hump, and we were there to see it. Jarvis Varnado set the highest record for shots blocked in the NCAA and Barry Stewart made MSU history by becoming the player with the most 3-pointers of all time. Of course before we left the house I turned to Chad and said, "I won't need my purse... I'll just leave it here." So I don't have any photos to post, but it was a great game nonetheless. Great night to be a bulldog.

Ps. I really want a "King of Swat" t-shirt.

Cheers!
aarp

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Day 44 - Weight Watchers

My mom is starting Weight Watchers this week, so I decided I'd do it with her. Ever since I started this new job, I have discovered that the weight just won't come off like it used to. I think it's partly because I am sitting down 85% of the day. And WW is basically the diet I've always followed (not so much with the points, but just calorie counting) so I didn't think it was going to be too difficult. Until they delivered my Girl Scout cookies today. Hmmm. I wonder how many points are in a serving? Surprisingly, they don't have all that many points, if you can stop at just 2-3 cookies. But I don't think I have to worry too much about them... Chad is coming home tomorrow, so I imagine they'll be gone by the weekend anyway. We're going to watch MSU vs. Bama in basketball tomorrow night, so I bet he'll have me put them in my purse for him to snack on during the game. Let's hope!

Cheers!
aarp

Monday, February 22, 2010

Day 43 - Dinner with the Hubs

I decided to start going to the grocery store on Monday nights because MSU Staff gets a 10% discount on Mondays. If you spend $200, that's $20. It's not much, but it's something. Chad said he would go with me (I love it when he goes with me). So at 5:15, I pulled into the driveway and honked the horn. Chad took me to eat at Restaurant Tyler before the grocery. It was really nice. We were the only people there (since it was so early), and he had a cold beer while I sipped on a glass of wine. He feasted on their amazing fried chicken with homemade pepper jack macaroni and cheese, and I had a caesar salad with a sweet potato cornbread muffin. Delish. After dinner we ran to the store. It was already 6:20, so we knew we only had 30 minutes to shop because it would take us the other 10 minutes to unload and get in our pajamas before the olympics started at 7. I'm happy to report that we made it well under our allotted time; however, I forgot to show them my Staff ID, so we didn't get the discount. Bummer.

Tonight on the olympics was aerial skiing, the finals of ice dancing and the finals of ski jumping. We're not huge fans of any of those events; however, I could not tear myself away from the ice dancing. I just HAD to see the USA team win a medal. I was hoping for gold, but they got silver. Of course, the ice dancing was the last event, so I didn't make it to bed until 11. But it was worth it. I simply adore the olympics. I'm thinking Chad and I need to go to London in 2012 for the summer olympics. My aunt lives there, so lodging would be free... but I bet the olympics aren't cheap. What do you think? Wouldn't that make a nice 3-year anniversary gift?

Cheers!
aarp

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Day 42 - I Could Never REALLY Have Children

When I was a little girl and grown-ups would ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would look them square in the eye and say, "I want to be a mommy." No hesitation. Well, I decided today that despite my lifelong desire to be the world's best mom, I'm not sure I could actually ever have children. You see, I love sleep. No really. I don't think you understand. I loooove sleep. For example, I went to bed at 9:30 last night and slept until 10:30 this morning (that's 13 hours for those counting), I got up and took a shower, went to the baseball game, came home and went back to sleep, after taking a 3 hour nap, I woke up and ate dinner, watched a little bit of the olympics and went back to sleep. If every day could be just like this one, I think I just might be the happiest person in the world. My friends are starting to have children, and it brings out the maternal side I've always naturally had. Some days I have severe baby fever and other days I think, "Good God. These women stay up until midnight, wake up twice during the night for feedings, then go to work. They're insane." I don't think I could ever part with my sleep.... unless I didn't have to work and I could nap all day (let's get real... mothers who don't work are still tired and busy, but it's a dream job really). I look at these young moms going on 2 hours of sleep, working 40+ hours a week, having dinner on the table when their husband gets home, and I literally think they are the world's most amazing individuals. Heros, really. I'm not sure I could do it... not well anyway. I require a minimum of 10 hours of sleep. Minimum. Anyway, to all you mothers out there who work, you are admired.

Here are some highlights from today's baseball game:


Cheers!
aarp

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Day 41 - Bulldog Baseball is Here

Left Field Lounge at Dudy Noble
(It's much larger and goes around the entire outfield, but I zoomed in).


That's right... it's the first 3-game series at Dudy Noble Field, and you can bet your ass I'll be sitting on the third baseline at Polk-Dement Stadium. I love baseball. I love the weather, I love the food, I love the atmosphere. Much more laid-back than football or basketball, baseball is my favorite sport. And what better place to watch a baseball game than Left Field Lounge? (For those of you who don't know, MSU's Left Field Lounge has been voted the #1 place to watch a college baseball game by Sports Illustrated for the past, um, I don't know.... 20 years? And in 2009, LFL was named "the country's best tailgating experience" (among ALL venues and sports) by ESPN Magazine. Take that.)

The ability of the Left Field Lounge to hold thousands of fans has enabled Dudy Noble Field, Polk-DeMent Stadium to hold the largest crowds in college baseball. Mississippi State currently holds the NCAA record for largest single game on-campus baseball attendance at 14,991, the largest SEC crowd for a 3-game weekend series at 29,915, and the largest single-game and series crowds in NCAA Regional and Super Regional history. They have had nine crowds over 12,000 and twenty-three over 10,000. Mississippi State has all of the top 13 and 21 of the top 23 on-campus crowds in the history of college baseball. Amen.

Cheers!
aarp

Friday, February 19, 2010

Day 40 - FINALLY FRIDAY

I really did think it was Saturday this morning. My alarm went off at 6:30, and I simply turned it off, not thinking much of it. Then when Chad's followed about 20 seconds later, I thought, "My goodness. Who sets their alarms for Saturday?! How rude." We both turned back over... But when I heard my mom moving around in the guest bathroom I remembered that it was not Saturday, and I had to go to work. Groan. Despite sleeping until 7:05, I was ready by 7:25. Mom followed me to campus (she was going to campus to judge a constitutional debate), and we walked to the union to get our respective beverages -- a LARGE coffee for me, a LARGE diet coke for her. We sat there and talked for about 30 minutes, then went our separate ways. It was a nice way to start the day.

The day was creeping, and I just had to get out of the office. It is Sheldon's (one of my GAs) birthday, so everyone in the office took him to Old Venice for lunch. It was a great way to waste time in the middle of a slow work day. Chad and I were planning on going to the first baseball game that evening, but we thought better of it once 4:00 came around. It was a little chilly, and we were both tired.... So I got home after work and headed straight to bed, as usual. We didn't have anything in the fridge, so we decided to order in. But only Chinese or pizza delivers, and we didn't want Chinese or pizza. We wanted Mugshot's. A big, juicy 8 oz. hunk of beef seasoned and grilled to perfection on the most delicious, moist hawaiian bread bun you've ever tasted. Topped off with all the trimmings and served with a side o' fries or onion rings. Man oh man. This thing is legit. And to those of you living in or around Hattiesburg, no offense, but Starkville's Mugshot's blows yours out of the water. I'm from Laurel, and I spent a lot of my high school nights at Mugshot's in Hattiesburg, so I'm really not biased... it's just that the atmosphere is so terrible at the one in Hattiesburg, which is rare for an original establishment.

Anyway, I returned with our to go order, and we immediately sat down in front of the TV to combine two of our favorite things -- eating and the olympics. Let me just say wow. We haven't been to Mugshot's since we moved back to Starkville, and immediately upon finishing my Pato Burger I wondered why. It won't be long until we're back. That's a promise. Rest assured that we will sleep well tonight.

Cheers!
aarp

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Day 39 - The Theater

Today felt like Friday... all day. My boss had an extra ticket to "The Dixie Swim Club" tonight, so he invited me to come. I happily agreed because I love the theater. Then my mom called around 4:30. "I'm almost to your house!" she said. Crap. I had totally forgotten she was coming tonight... Every year she judges the "We The People" constitutional debate at MSU, which is tomorrow. Now what? I thought. I had been looking forward to laying in bed and watching the olympics with my mom all week, and somehow it slipped my mind. So I decided I could do both -- Spend time with Mom and go to the play. So I planned on rushing home from work, taking a shower, having a quick dinner with my mom and then meeting my boss at the playhouse. Well, of course a student came in right at 5:00 (while I was locking the door) and threw my whole gameplan off.

Anyway, I had dinner with Mom and got to the theater on time. The play was hysterical. It was about 5 best friends who meet at the beach every summer for 50 years. At the end it was kind of sad, but hilarious for the most part. After the play, I rushed home to catch the end of men's figure skating. I'm usually not a huge fan of the men's skating, but an American was supposed to win for the first time in 22 years, and I just had to be witness to it. I made myself stay awake long enough to see him win, then I immediately fell asleep. I'm not even sure I told Chad goodnight. I'm excited though because tomorrow's Saturday, so I can sleep in..... oh, wait.

Cheers!
aarp

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Day 38 - Simply Exhausted

Since I was up until nearly midnight last night and did not get my usual 9-10 hours of sleep, I was exhausted when I got home this evening. I walked straight to the bedroom, put on my pajamas and crawled into bed. I had started watching "The Sound of Music" the other night but did not finish due to the fact that it is over 3 hours long. I've never seen it before, so I made myself finish watching it before the olympics came on. Between the movie and the olympics, I washed my face, took Gerty outside and then threw back some NyQuil. I stayed awake long enough to watch Apolo Ohno qualify in men's speedskating and Lindsey Vonn dominate in women's alpine skiing. She totally deserved that gold medal. Just after Vonn clinched the top spot, I finally gave into the drowsiness. I was asleep by 8:45. I love sleep.

Cheers!
aarp

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Day 37 - Disappointment

I'm not gonna go into the details. Everyone knows we played the #2 UK tonight and almost won (let me rephrase... SHOULD have won)... but for some reason, all anybody wants to talk about is how 2 students threw cups onto the floor to show their displeasure toward the referees at the end of the game. Then all I hear about the next day is how "appauled" and "embarrassed" people are of their university. Are you serious?

I'm just going to make a few points here to my fellow MSU fans: When you talk about how embarrassed you are by the behavior of our students last night, all you are doing is giving it more unnecessary attention. They are kids. They had to wait in line for 7 hours in the freezing cold to get tickets to cheer on our team, only to be treated unfairly by the UK players & refs. Give them a break. As disrespectful as it may have been, it's really not a huge deal. Go Dawgs. Here's the bottom line: 2 people out of 11,000 folks "acted up," 2 EMPTY cups and 1 water bottle were thrown (that's a total of 3 objects for those of you that are counting), no one at the game even cared that the objects were thrown until they heard ESPN had said we should be "ashamed" of our students and that we were the "worst" fans in the country (By the way.... are we the worst? Or the best ever? Think about it). ANYWAY, I'm not going to dwell on that. Here are the highlights from tonight's game.

Texaco gave everyone in the coliseum a free t-shirt. Each section was a different color, so it looked like a checkerboard. How cool does this look?! The Hump was ROCKING!!

Despite the refs being COMPLETE jerks and not making one decent call, we were tied up with 3.8 seconds to go. We held them and went into over time. It was a sweet feeling.... and I nearly had a heart attack during the entire 5 OT minutes. We'd score 2 points, they'd score 2 points. We'd make a 3-pointer, they'd make a 3-pointer. It was insane.

But there was one really awesome part. This little guy. He sits in front of us during every game, and he has the most awesome comb over EH-VER. I mean, just LOOK at that hair! He makes me happy.

Cheers!
aarp

Monday, February 15, 2010

Day 36 - The Good Husband

Today was pretty good. I got to work at 7:45 to find freshly baked bagels from City Bagel with strawberry cream cheese (a plus!) waiting in the kitchen. Then we had a huge feast for lunch in honor of December, January and February birthdays. We enjoyed BBQ cocktail weinies, Captain Rodney's cheese bake (oh my), Chick-Fil-A chicken, meatballs, seafood pasta salad, Reuben dip, broccoli salad, German chocolate pie, white chocolate and cashew bars (wow!), king cake, strawberry cupcakes, and the list goes on and on. As you can see, it was magnificent.


To top it off, when I walked outside at 5:00, it was snowing! I'm talking heavy, honest to goodness snow.... it was gorgeous. By the time I got to my car, I was covered in tiny white flakes. But it gets better. Chad cooked dinner (cheesy garlic bread topped with my mom's homemade meatballs and parmesan cheese -- the ultimate meatball sub) AND got me some NyQuil for my on-again cold. It was almost too much. After dinner me, Chad and the baby piled in bed together to watch... what else? The olympics!! We do love the olympics. I nestled my way into Chad's nook, and Gertrude made her bed right between us under the cover. It was only a matter of minutes before both girls were asleep.

Cheers!
aarp

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Day 35 - Valentine's Day

Let me preface this post by saying I am not a fan of Valentine's Day. And it's not because I'm sad or lonely or I had some traumatic Valentine's Day experience. And it's certainly not because I'm a cynic. I just don't get the hype. I don't need candy... I don't need flowers... God knows I don't need an 8 foot teddy bear. I just don't think there should be ONE day where husbands go "Oh my gosh! It's Valentine's Day! I better make sure my wife knows I love her!" It's cheesy. I had much rather be surprised with a single rose on some completely random day than be bombarded with unoriginal, generic gifts on February 14. Heck, I'd trade that single rose for my husband doing the dishes or giving our pup a bath! I had rather my husband show me one genuine, loving gesture than a bunch of hokey junk. I think I've made my point.

Our Valentine's Day was like any other day. I made Chad biscuits with honey and a side of bacon, and I brought it to him in bed (I usually serve breakfast/brunch in bed on weekends). After brunch, we laid in bed and switched between the olympics and the Daytona 500. I gave Gertrude a bath, and we all took a nap. We did a whole lot of nothing, and it was fabulous. I got Chad the new Dave Matthews/Tim Reynolds live in Las Vegas double disc CD, and he got me a white gold/diamond cross necklace. Chad always has to "win" in the gift department, you see. We had leftovers for dinner and watched the men's moguls competition on the olympics and laughed uncontrollably during commercials. No fancy dinners, no flowers, no candy, no big production to prove our affection for one another. It was just us. And it was a great day.

Cheers!
aarp

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Day 34 - Living With No Water

We slept in today. And by slept in, I mean 7:45. I took Gerty outside then settled in on the couch with a hot cup of coffee, where I stayed for the next 4 hours. I got up a few times -- once to make the pico de gallo and homemade guacamole for snacking that afternoon, a few times to go to the bathroom, once to take Gert out. It was the fifth time I got up that I realized our water had been turned off. We paid the bill, I swear! I thought. Then we saw the intruders in front of our house.... digging in our yard. "What's going on?" my dad asked. The workers explained that a water main had broken and water for the whole neighborhood would be off for a while. Well, at 11:30 in the morning I never imagined the water would be off until nearly 5:00. It was terrible... we couldn't wash our hands, flush the toilet, take showers, wash clothes or dishes. We were supposed to leave for the basketball game at 5:15, and our water didn't come back on until 4:30. I quickly took a shower but didn't feel like blow drying my hair. "Eh, I just won't go," I said. Of course, Chad pitched a fit, but I just really didn't feel like it. I wanted to be at home and watch girly movies and stay in my pajamas.

So the boys went on, and Mom and I stayed at home. We watched "Couples Retreat" -- PS. Don't bother. -- and prepared the enchiladas for when the boys returned. At 8:00, we began to wonder where they were. Turns out, we went into over time, and we beat Auburn by 10 points. Another one bites the dust. Chad and I watched several segments of the olympics before we went to sleep. Oh, how I love the olympics.

Cheers!
aarp

Friday, February 12, 2010

Day 33 - The Olympics Are Here!

Everyone on God's green earth got a snow day today. I was so hoping I would wake up and get a Maroon Alert (a text message sent by MSU warning students/faculty of extreme weather, etc.) saying we would be closed for the day. No such luck. I went to work and saw a total of 2 students all day. Around 9:30, it started snowing pretty heavily, but it didn't stick. At 1:00, I decided that I would use some comp time I had saved up. I left at 2:00, and it was the best feeling in the world. To leave campus while everyone was still sitting in their offices was a sweet, sweet feeling. I walked in the back door and immediately smelled the delicious aroma of homemade meatballs and spaghetti sauce. My mom was cooking. I helped her finish cooking, then I took a small nap (second time in the last week!). I woke up around 5:45, and you could tell the boys were getting hungry. We enjoyed a bottle of wine over dinner and settled in to watch the opening ceremonies of the olympics. Have I mentioned I love the olympics? Well, I LOVE the olympics.

Cheers!
aarp

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Day 32 - Beating TSUN

The grandest thing happened today... yes, we beat Ole Miss (AGAIN!), but I'm not going there yet. Something else happened today that made me happy. At about 4:45 PM -- You know the time of day when you're not thinking about shutting things down, but you're thinking about thinking about shutting things down -- this hippie-type character walks into my office. "Uh, yeaaah, I'm with Daaaave's." (Imagine this really tall, skinny guy with a beanie top his head saying this in that real slow, stoner-esque voice.) "I was just wondering.... would anybody like a coupon for a free pizzaaaaa?" Is this a trick question? I thought. "Of course we would. What's the catch?" I asked skeptically. "Ha. Ha. Ah ha ha. Nawwww, maaaannnn. It's not a joooke...." So he hands me a coupon for a large 3-topping pizza in honor of MSU Staff Appreciation Day. Rock on.

For those of you who have never darkened Dave's door, you ought to be ashamed of yourselves. Dave's Dark Horse Tavern is a gem... a diamond in the rough, if you will. It is a hole-in-the-wall dive bar most frequented by hippies. It is fabulous. They have THE. BEST. PIZZA. EVER. The gyros are equally divine. So, I called in my free pizza and went to pick it up about 6. Chad and I enjoyed the freshly-made pizza while we waited for my parents to arrive. They drove up around 7:15, so we hopped in the car with them and made our way to The Hump to watch The Dawgs defeat UM once again.

It was a great game, and we won 71-63 (despite what the score board says below... I was a little premature on taking the "victory photo.") The stadium was packed, and the student section was rocking.... except for the lone Ole Miss fan sitting amongst the crowd of thousands of MSU students. I imagine he was not rocking. I won't go into the whole thing, but after the students had endured nearly 2 hours of his taunting and trash-talking (even though WE were winning... I'm not sure what he was was going on about), they'd had enough. They booed him out of the coliseum, chanting "Go To Hell Ole Miss, Go To Hell!" and throwing drinks, food and any other debris they could find. Now, normally I am not a fan of ugly chants or violence; however, you could tell this guy was just asking for it. He was sitting smack dab in the middle of OUR student section wearing a UM shirt and smack-talking. Imagine if the situation were reversed... you think a State fan could show up to an Ole Miss game slinging around their cowbell, shouting profanities about their team on their turf and not get roughed up a bit? I think not. This kid was obnoxious.

Update: Turns out the Ole Miss fan is actually a State student, which begs the question... why? Oxford is 1.5 hours away. If you're such an avid fan, take it up north, son. But that brings me to my final point.... there's only one thing I hate more than an obnoxious LSU or UM fan... and that's an obnoxious MSU fan. Just don't do it, guys. Every true fan has passion for their alma mater... there's just no need to take it to the extreme. You're not making yourself look bad, you're making the whole school look bad. And that's why certain schools have become notorious for their snooty, "I'm better than you, and I know it," obnoxious behavior. Be true to your school, and have fun... but keep your mouth shut, especially when you're not on your home turf.


Cheers!
aarp

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Day 31 - Bubble Bath

Tonight was one for the record books. I ate dinner around 5:45 and plopped down in front of the TV to catch up on my shows. I DVR everything. I hate commercials. I watched 2 or 3 shows before I realized how filthy I was. I needed a shower.... no, a bath. I turned out all the lights, lit 5 or 6 aromatherapy candles, turned on the "Reading Music" playlist on my iPod, poured myself a glass of wine and sank into a bubble bath. As my iPod shuffled between Miles Davis and Edith Piaf, I closed my eyes and thought of absolutely nothing. The jets sent powerful bursts of water throughout the tub, hitting my back in just the right spots... I took small sips of wine here and there and only after turning pruney did I consider getting out. It was truly religious. If you haven't had a bubble bath in a while, try it. I have a friend who takes one nightly, and she is literally the most obnoxious happy person you've ever met. Maybe that's her secret weapon.

Cheers!
aarp

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Day 30 - Evening Nap

I got home around 5:15 tonight, and I headed straight for my bed. Chad was napping, so I crawled in and rested beside him. The next thing I heard was, "You hungry?" I didn't even know what time it was. "Uhn-uhn," I managed, with my eyes still closed tightly. "But I can still go pick something up for you," I lied. "Don't worry about it. I'll get it," he said, kind of harshly. I didn't care. I was beat. I figured he could manage running to Hardee's by himself. In all the years Chad and I have been together, I can count on one hand the times he has gone to pick up dinner. "But I pay for it, you see," he says, "so it's your job to go get it. I pay, you get. That's how it works." Apparently I missed the memo. So I always tell him, "That's fine. I'm happy to pick up dinner, but you just wait. Just WAIT until I'm pregnant. If God allows us to have children, it's going to be a living nightmare for you. It's going to be payback, buster." (Of course I don't mean this. I will expect him to wait on me hand and foot and pick up dinner whenever I want him to, but it won't be out of spite). Anyway, he picked up his own dinner... and I didn't even eat. I slept clear through dinner... and woke up at 6:15... AM. It was fabulous. When was the last time you got to take a nap? I was about 5.

Cheers!
aarp

Monday, February 8, 2010

Day 29 - Getting out of the Office

I'm not sure if I've mentioned this, but work has been insanely slow the past several weeks. We're talking about the kind of days where you think to yourself, "My God. It must be at LEAST noon." And then you look at the clock and it's only 9:24. So today I decided that staying here for lunch was absolutely not an option. Mary Kate (my new GA) and I started smelling the sweet aroma of homemade barbeque around 12:30. "I don't even really like barbeque," she said, "but I kinda want it now." So off we went to the Little Dooey for lunch. It was 1:45, and we weren't that hungry, so we noshed on sweet potato fries and Dooey nachos (chips piled high with baked beans, pulled pork, cheese, onions and jalapenos). It's a shame I didn't take a photo of the huge pile o' stuff. They are truly to die for.

As we were walking back to McCool Hall I said, "When we get back, I'll only have 2 hours of work left!" Now, don't get me wrong, folks. I like to work. And I like my job. But being bored at work is the equivalent of having to scoop your own eyeballs out. A busy day at work means a FAST day at work... I like those. I can remember days in October when I would look up and it would be 5:30 and I was still at work not realizing what time it was. Needless to say, I'm ready for advising season to pick up.

Cheers!
aarp

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Day 26, 27, 28 - Baby Fever, "Dear John" & Super Bowl

Day 26
Friday was the longest and most boring day I can remember in a long time. I was getting off work early so I could travel in the most daylight I possibly could. It was like Chinese water torture waiting for 4:00 to come. I firmly believe that time was standing still. When 3:40 came around, I said, "That's it. I'm shutting her down." I ran home to get Gerty, we stopped at the gas station to get an egg roll (God, don't you just love a gas station egg roll. It's one of the finer things in life), and we hit the road. My plan was to get home at 6, hop in the car with my friend Lacie and go to Hattiesburg. We were going to get Jenna's baby shower gift, eat dinner and go see "Dear John" (which I had already purchased tickets to), then go to Wal-Mart to get the ingredients for the punch and the supplies for the baby shower games. Well, knowing Lacie, I don't know why I purchased tickets for a 9:30 movie that were non-exchangeable and non-refundable because she is always... I repeat ALWAYS... late.

So I get a phone call as I pull into my aunt's driveway right at 6 and Lacie says, "Heyyy." (The kind of "heyyy" that means "don't kill me.") "I'm stuck in traffic in Louisiana. I won't be there until at least 7:30." Okay, first of all, Vicksburg is exactly 2 hours from Laurel. How do I know? I dated a boy from Vicksburg for 3 years. I know the trip well. So already she's at least 2 hours away, not counting the extra 10-20 minutes that it takes to get to Vicksburg from the Louisiana border. And she could only make it in 2.5 hours if she was literally ON the Louisiana border, which I doubted. At this point I knew we could scratch the baby gift and the dinner, so I headed to Walker's to meet my aunt for dinner. Now, let me explain about Walker's. It is a Laurel staple. It is basically a hole-in-the-wall dairy bar (if you don't know what a dairy bar is, we'll save that for another day) that serves hamburgers, po-boys and milkshakes. When I arrived, Barbara had a smooshed ham and cheese with tator tots waiting for me. Sweet Lord. After dinner, we headed back to her house to visit with my cousin and his girlfriend. About 8:00, I called Lacie to see how much progress she'd made. "It's gonna be more like 9:30." You don't say... So, I had a few glasses of wine with Ches and Sara and headed to bed. Naturally, I got in the bed around 9 but Barbara and I talked WELL past 11:30. It's what we do. I love coming home.

Day 27
Now because we had not gotten the baby gift, punch ingredients or supplies for games, we were in trouble. I woke up at 7:30 and didn't stop until midnight. I went to the ATM, got coffee at Lee's (I miss Lee's), went to Lindsey's to get her gift, went to the post office, got my hair done, took Gerty back to Barbara's (yes, she ran all those errands with me), threw on makeup, met Erin for lunch, went to Pretty Please to pick out gifts and have them wrapped, ran to Wal-Mart (Ha. That's an oxymoron. Is there any such thing as "running" to Wal-Mart?), ran back to Pretty Please to get the wrapped gifts, scooted to Chick-Fil-A to get the nugget tray, then finally headed toward Jenna's to get the shower set up. The shower food was a hit, and Jenna got fabulous gifts! Of course, after seeing the nursery and the awesome baby stuff, Lacie and I immediately wanted to pop out 6 children. Baby fever had hit us hard. We were soon over it when Jenna shared with us that the baby's feet were jabbing into her ribs and she could no longer breathe. The next 4 weeks should be great fun for her. I can't wait for Jenna's baby to come. I'm going to pinch her cheeks off and put them in my pockets. Maybe I shouldn't be around children.

After the shower was over, me, Lacie & Jenna sat around and played catch up while consuming mass amounts of food. We looked up, and it was 7:00 (the shower ended at 4:30). So we cleaned up, and Lacie and I decided to go to the movies to see "Dear John" (you know, the one I wasted $20 on the night before?) It was only 8:00, and the movie didn't start until 9:50, so we headed to Buffalo Wild Wings and had an appetizer and a glass of wine in honor of Lacie's 25th birthday. We got to the theater and made a B-Line for the bathroom to stock up on tissues. Nicholas Sparks books/movies get me every time, and I had read the book "Dear John"... So I knew what was coming. Yep... I started crying at the opening credits.

And as usual with Nicholas Sparks movies, I'm not so much crying because it's sad but because he is so sweet to her! I can remember going to see "A Walk to Remember" with my high school sweetheart. I was wearing long sleeves, and by the time the movie was over the entire length of my sleeves were covered in tears and snot. My boyfriend at the time asked me, "Why are you so upset?" and I said, "He's just so SWEET to her!" Nicholas Sparks movies are the type of movies where after watching one, you start hating your husband for no apparent reason. Everything he does or says rubs you the wrong way just because he's not John (from "Dear John") or he's not Noah (from "The Notebook"). Of course, in the back of your mind you're thinking "This kind of love doesn't exist." But I don't think Nicholas Sparks would be able to write so passionately if he didn't love his wife the way his characters love in his novels. Or maybe he just writes love stories the way he believes women want love stories to be. Who knows. But after the movie I found myself searching for sappy love songs on my iPod so I could cry all the way home. I love a good cry. I got home around midnight, poured myself into bed and immediately started a chat session with Ba. We went to bed around 2:45.

Day 28
I woke up at 11:30 craving a Vic's plate lunch. Now let me explain about Vic's. It, too, is a Laurel staple. You ain't never had a homemade biscuit like this.... I recommend the pork chop biscuit. At lunch, they serve blue plate specials, and that's what I wanted. So Barbara and I hopped in the car at 11:39 and headed to Vic's. Now, timing at Vic's is key. The church folk start arriving around 11:30, so I knew we were going to be in trouble. Not to mention, neither of us had on bras or had brushed our teeth. Going inside was not an option. We waited in line for 54 minutes (I know what you're thinking. But it's worth it.) and talked the whole time. I ordered chicken strips (you ain't never had chicken strips like this), dressing with gravy and cranberry, creamed corn, sweet potato casserole, jalapeno cornbread and peach cobbler. Ohhhh. Yeahhhh. Of course, I only ate about 1/4 of it. After lunch, I packed Gerty up in the car, and we hit the road. I nearly fell asleep about 7 times on the way, but we got home safe and sound. We immediately got in the bed and took a nap, then we watched the Super Bowl. Alone. With no food. Or alcohol. Or Saints paraphernalia. I know. I'm a sad American. At some point during the 3rd quarter, I discovered "Titanic" was on TBS, so I started flipping back and forth. Now, let me explain about "Titanic." It is one of my favorite movies of all time. I saw it 17 times in the theater. No, that is not a typo. And I don't have to explain myself to you. It was a good weekend.

Cheers!
aarp

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Day 25 - Sushi with the Gals

Today felt like it was going to last forever. You know how when you're really excited about something... like the county fair or a road trip or Christmas morning... and you feel like it'll never, ever get here? That was today. I have been looking forward to having sushi with my girlfriends all week. It rained cats and dogs all day long, but I didn't care. Nothing was going to bring me down. Mac picked me up, and we arrived at Sushi on Main around 6:45, and Hillary was nowhere to be found. So I call her. "Hill, where are you?" I ask. "Sushi Martini! I got us a table... come on!" she replies. "Well, I would... Except we're at Sushi on Main, and we have a table too." Simple misunderstanding. We have THREE sushi restaurants in this town. It could happen to anyone. So Mac and I ordered drinks and the Dumpling Sampler appetizer while we waited for her. When Hill arrived, I did the introductions (as they have never met)... and I must say, I think it was a hit.

In between bites of Volcano and Sunrise rolls, we gabbed about Hillary's burgeoning romance, Mac's tendency to yell at people in the service industry (especially waiters) and what we would do if our men cheated. Nearly three hours later, I guess someone finally looked at their watch. It was almost 9:30, and Mac still had to drive back to Columbus... and all three of us still had to pack for the weekend. We said our goodbyes in the pouring rain and ran quickly to our cars. On the way home, Mac and I decided we would carpool this weekend. She's going to Louisiana to visit family, and Laurel is on the way. I thought it was a fab idea. You see, Mac and I are a different version of the same person.... Or as Mac likes to describe it, I am the "nice" version of her. Where as I would NEVER send food back at a restaurant, Mac would not only send it back, she would ask for a refund. We have nearly all the same opinions, we just express them differently. So needless to say, we always have plenty to talk about... and I am so looking forward to the road trip. It should be a pretty good weekend.... old friends, baby showers, family and the Super Bowl. I'm excited.

Cheers!
aarp

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Day 24 - American Idol & Biscuits

Chad surprised me today. He wasn't supposed to come home until next Monday, but he was there when I got home from work! He's still going to be gone until Monday, but he made a pit stop at home before he left for good... He misses his two girls when he's gone (Mainly Gerty). I had grilled chicken, snow peas and a sweet potato for dinner... He had a frozen pizza. He made us biscuits and honey for dessert, then we watched two episodes of American Idol we had recorded. Idol is the ONE show we can agree on.... well, that and any Gordon Ramsey show.

We laughed and laughed and laughed at the sad contestants who were a) not good singers, b) not good looking and c) not leaving the room without a golden ticket. Our favorite is when a contestant sings, and Simon starts to say something like, "Seriously, Ernie, you're not a good singer. It's going to --" and the guy cuts him off and bursts into song, thinking that maybe if he sings in a different "key" or sings a new tune it might change their minds. It is priceless. After Idol, we went to our respective rooms and watched our own shows. He watched us BARELY lose to Vandy, and I watched Modern Family. By the way, if you haven't seen that show, do yourself a favor and watch it. It is the best written, best cast show since Will & Grace. And it's hilarious... it's one of those shows that's funny because it's so TRUE. Hear what I say... watch it.

Cheers!
aarp

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Day 23 - Just Another Tuesday

Okay, sorry I missed yesterday.... but my life ain't all that interesting, folks. I make the rules around these parts, and I say it's okay to skip a day or two here and there. Plus, I have been so down in the dumps lately. Because we've been so slow at work, I've had time to think. And I've decided that I'm sad because I miss my friends. Not that I had just tons and tons of friends in Laurel. I didn't. But our tiny little group had girls night every single Wednesday. We'd have wine and cheese and watch American Idol or just talk late into the night. It was fabulous, and I miss it badly. Around the same time I moved to Starkville, my good friend Lacie moved back to Kansas, and my other good friend Jenna (who is also from Kansas) still lives in Laurel but will probably move back to Kansas soon. So this weekend, Lacie and I are throwing Jenna a baby shower in Laurel, and we will all be reunited for the first time since July! I am so excited I can hardly stand it. It also happens to be Lace's birthday, so we have much reason to celebrate. In addition to seeing my girls night pals, I'll also be joining my good friend Erin Napier for lunch on Saturday, seeing my aunt and my friend Sara (my cousin's girlfriend) and possibly squeezing in a few minutes with my parents! (Don't get bent out of shape. I see them nearly every weekend in Starkville).

But thinking about seeing my friends again makes me wish I had a group of girlfriends here. I just miss being able to call someone to come over on a moment's notice or have drinks with when we've had a bad day. It's been really hard to make friends here because everyone knows everyone. And they don't mean to be, but they're almost cliquey (yep, I just took you back to 7th grade). Mac, who is one of my best friends, lives in Columbus. It's only 20 minutes away (not quite as far from Laurel to Hattiesburg), and I was so excited when I moved here. I just knew we'd have dinner once a week and hang out on Saturdays.... but let me tell you, people... 20 minutes might as well be 4 hours. We do see each other about once a month when she comes to the big city to get her hair done or when she's here for a meeting, but I must confess I've not once made the trip to Columbus to meet her. I know, bad friend. But in my defense, when we have dinner, she's already here. It's not like she makes special trips! Get off my case. But I'm going to do better. As a matter of fact, I think I'm going to her family's house for the Super Bowl on Sunday. Get excited.

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