Thursday, April 28, 2011


I just knew that was it. That was going to be it. My house was about to fall apart with all of my nearest and dearest in the storm shelter with me. My worst nightmare, one I've had since I was a child, was about to become reality. The tornado was baring down on us and we were sitting ducks with nowhere to run and nowhere to hide. By what I believe to be nothing short of divine intervention, it lifted just in time to pass by and leave my home unscathed.

I don't remember much of when it passed. I was too busy losing my ever loving mind. But this happened yesterday late afternoon. Over 200 are confirmed dead in Alabama today. Two towns on either side of mine are reduced to nothing. It's completely surreal on facebook with people asking "have you seen this person? have you heard anything from that person". I can't really collect my thoughts enough to describe what it's like.

Please send your prayers to Alabama today.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Catching Up

I'm behind like whoa. I've had frequent headaches this week along with dizziness. Went to a ENT yesterday and got a new round of medicine to try. Hopefully this gets rid of it. I wish this was something where they could say "this is what you have and this will nip it in the bud". But I guess that's not the case. We'll see what happens.

Tomorrow is Easter and I'm very excited. First Easter home since 2008, right before Chris came home from the 2nd deployment. There's church, Easter baskets, lunch with the whole family, and an egg hunt for the kiddies. Last year we went to Myrtle Beach for the day. It's hard to believe that was a year ago. Two days from now and it will be a year since we moved back home. Crazy. We got some wonderful news yesterday about Chris' Marine Corps disability. It's a huge weight off of our shoulders. There's nothing stopping us now from buying a house! Thank you, Jesus!

I've gotten so behind on my lists, here's two! Lists 22 and 23:

Sunday, April 17, 2011

World Traveler

Hello all. I'm finally back from a whirlwind trip to DC for one of my best friend's wedding. I left Thursday morning feeling a little icky. I figured I still just wasn't over sinus junk. I was patted down at security because I chose to travel in a flowy maxi dress. Apparently it would have been a good place to stow a grenade. Nothing to embarrassing. I went from Birmingham to Atlanta and from there to Dulles Airport. The bride picked me and two other girls up and we were off to the rehearsal dinner where I sampled my first taste of Afghan food. After the dinner we had her lingerie shower where I learned it's time to update my own stock.

We got to bed around 1:30 to wake up at 7 and make our way to the wedding venue. The actual rehearsal was that morning. After a quick run-through all the bridesmaids started getting ready. A lady came to do our hair and I did my own make-up. For gifts, the bride's sister made us each a necklace and pair of earrings to go with our individual dresses. Marissa was so beautiful I couldn't take my eyes of her. I teared up during rehearsal...then watching her get her make-up done...then during pictures later.

Here's the only picture I have of the bride and me:

The wedding was beautiful. I of course cried through the whole thing. I am so happy for her! We talked about our weddings countless times when we were friends in middle school. Dreamed about the dresses we would wear, the hairstyles we wanted for our bridesmaids, who the groom would be... And now they've both come and gone! I felt so special because after we'd pelted the happy couple with rice and before she got in the car to leave she hugged her mom, dad, brother, sisters...and me.

I got to sleep around midnight that night and woke up at 9 to get ready to head to Dulles. I woke up with an awful headache feeling really hot, shaky and weak. I was only wearing a tank and jeans but I was having to fan myself with my boarding pass through security. By the time I reached my gate (which I had to take a subway to get to. neatest thing I've ever seen) I knew something was wrong. I was BURNING UP. The pain in my head was excruciating. I was light headed and dizzy. I called my mom crying because I just felt to bad and scared being alone. I was tempted to just seek medical attention but I knew if they thought I was sick there was no way they'd let me fly. So I just did my best and pushed through. A nice lady held my hand on take-off because I was freaking out. Flying makes me nervous anyway but flying in rain totally scares me. I slept most of the flight.

I pushed through the pain from Chicago's O'Hare to Birmingham. By now it had eased up. At baggage claim I turned and who was behind me? Crystal Bowersox. The runner-up from last season of American Idol who got totally jipped. What are the odds? So I got a quick picture with her and welcomed her to Alabama.

My day still wasn't over. After Chris picked me up we went straight to Aldridge Gardens to see Kaylen before the limo picked her and her friends up for prom. Me already being super emotional, I cried when I saw her. She looked so beautiful and grown up.

So that was my trip. I wouldn't have missed that event for any sickness in the world...but having said that I'm so happy to be home again.

[Pictures later]

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

If I could smell at all, I'd smell spring.

I have ONE MORE DAY to get rid of this cough. Thursday I'll be leaving on a jet plane. My mom said "we've got to get you better if you're going to go Thursday". There's no "if" to it. I'll go and I'll be in the wedding sick or not. I'll be walking down the aisle coughing up a hairball, dripping snot and all. Yesterday I was at work for a grand total of an hour before leaving for the doctor. I got my first shot in the butt and some medicine (which has done jack). Excellent.

Spring is officially here and I love it. Spring and fall are my favorite seasons because they're constantly changing.

List 21:

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Celebrity Crushes

List 20:

I KNOW I'm forgetting someone. Don't you hate that feeling?

[Edit: Olivia Wilde! THAT'S who I forgot!]

Royal Wedding Fever!

Who else is going to be up at 5 a.m. (central time) on April 29th to watch Kate marry her prince?? I AM!

I find it REALLY cool that they're getting married a day after our anniversary (4 years).

Kaylen texted me Friday at work saying "hey, I'm doing a project. can u give me comparisons between Kate and Will's wedding and princess Diane's" What a goofball.

Here's some eerily similar fashion moments from Diana and princess-to-be, Kate:

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Is this really my Saturday?

Today hasn't been one of the greatest Saturdays. My throat started hurting last night and by this morning I sounded like Carl from Slingblade (french fried taters..mmmm). Looks like my sinuses finally caught up with me. Then my dad told me that he saw Gus throw up two or three times that morning. So me and the husband got up and ran some errands (picked up dry-cleaning, wal-mart, dug some shoes out of storage) and then took my Gus Gus to the vet. He HATES the vet. Cried ALL the way there in his little cage. And not little meek meows. Loud, "get me #$!@ outta here" wails. His favorite nurse was there but even that didn't calm his cattitude. I paid $200 for them to run tests and tell me to gradually switch his food. But it's whatever. I had an easier time paying $200 to make sure my baby was OK than I did paying $80 to get a car tag Thursday.

Tomorrow is Tristan's baby dedication so we're all visiting David and Tracie's church in the morning. I know I'm going to cry. The little guy owns me. After that is catered lunch at their home. They always have the best food at their parties.

Speaking of food, List 19 is "Recipes I'd Like to Try". This perplexed me because I don't really cook and there are none that I'm just dying to try. After thinking about it, only one really came to mind:

That's right. Apple pie. I love me some apple pie. I bet it would be fun to make and even more fun to eat.

Friday, April 8, 2011

"It'll be Anarchy!!"

Let me start off by saying the fact that the federal government is going to SHUT DOWN in about 4 hours scares me to death. And the fact that our military will miss at least one pay check pisses me off. I don't know what we would have done if Chris had missed just ONE paycheck. We would be royally screwed. It makes me cry just thinking about it. It's sad that they're willing to let American families sacrifice their hard-earned money yet Congress will still get paid to sit around and argue. It's really a ridiculous situation. I hope Congress and our President are embarrassed.

Moving On.

Tonight the husband and I are having a pizza and TV night. Right now we're watching the Braves whoop up on the Phillies. Later it's Dancing with the Stars or Celebrity Apprentice.

List 18:

PS. Is it "sudoku" or "soduko"? I never know.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

"Heaven is for Real"

If you want a good read go check this out. This little boy has a pretty incredible story. I was CRYING last night reading it. I got through half the book in one night and plan on finishing it tonight. I'm usually a skeptic but I absolutely believe that children can see and experience things that we, as adults, cannot. The part that got me most was about Jesus' "markers".

List 17

Hard words to spell:

"Definitely" gets me every time. One word I will NOT misspell is "solve". I lost my 4th grade spelling bee to that stupid word. I left off the "e". I was crushed. Won't make that mistake again. Other than that, I'm actually a pretty good speller!

(Now watch there be an obvious spelling error in here that I didn't catch.)

Sunday, April 3, 2011


As soon as I read what today's prompt was, I knew it would be a short list. Hueytown is a great town to grow up, raise a family and retire happy. There's just not much to do within city limits. The best thing you can do here is catch a high school football game. We had a phenomenal team last year and the greatest high school quarterback in the country. And a pretty cool cheer squad. =) Friday night football games are electric. The whole town (of about 15,000) shows up.

Gus's Hot Dogs is a little whole in the wall of a restaurant that makes THE best hot dogs you've ever had. The owner is on Chris' bowling league.

There's more to do AROUND Hueytown (Baron's baseball, McWane Center, Birmingham Zoo, Riverchase Galleria) BUT not so much IN HYT.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

My Productive Day

Today has been a great day to myself mostly. I had the house to myself (that rarely happens). I got showered and dressed and did laundry (which I rarely do). Not only that, but I cleaned out my closet of shirts and shoes that I don't wear anymore and cleaned and sanitized the kids litter box. I let the box soak in bleach and Gus looked very confused when I sat down a shoe box with litter in it. His face was like "is this a joke? April Fool's was yesterday, mom."

Tonight me and the husband finally watched Black Swan. I'm still not sure what I just saw. I can definitely see why Natalie won Best Actress though.

Tomorrow we're going to the Tornado Alley Imax we've (me, Daddy and Kaylen) been dying to see!

List 15:

Is it sad that I thought to get them a brush before food?

Friday, April 1, 2011

I love the way you love me

You have never seen anyone more happy that Friday has come than me today. Tonight the husband and I went to the mall to get a quick gift for a certain bride-to-be. After that we tried a new place to eat: Bone Fish Grill. We're doing this thing where we try a new place to eat over a place we've been to 1000 times. Tonight it was either Bone Fish or Red Lobster. It was hard to turn down that lobster fest but the Bang Bang shrimp at Bone Fish was amazing. Enough about fish.

List 14:

There's so much more but these are just a few key points. =) This photo was taken June 28, 2002. I was 14 and he was 15 and we'd been "boyfriend and girlfriend" for 3 days.

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