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Thursday, September 30, 2010

4 years 51 weeks ago....



Four years and 51 weeks ago I had tickets to see the Black Crowes. My friend, that was gonna go with me, backed out. I called everyone I could think of and asked if they'd like to go. Everybody had plans. I didn't know what to do, I wanted to go, but I hate going anywhere by myself. Sitting at the lunch table in the cafeteria was Blaine. We'd talked, but never much. He'd been in the library with his classes. That was about all the interactions we'd had. I asked him "Do you like the Black Crowes?" he said "yes." "I have an extra ticket for tonight, would you like to go?" "Sure"

He came to my house and drove us to Mud Island. He was such a gentleman and we were comfortable together. It wasn't actually a "date." It made us aware of each other. A little over a month later we started dating. Seven months later, we got married!

Time sure has flown by. I love him more everyday!

Tonight the Black Crowes were playing at Mud Island. Just one week short of 5 years to the date! Blaine drove us down Riverside Drive. Windows and Moon Roof open. Listening hard for the sound of the Black Crowes. He holds my hand while we drive. What a man!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Friends


This is my sister and me this summer. I love her dearly. I know that no matter how much I screw up or what I do, she will always be my sister and love me. I appreciate that more than she knows. I need to do a better job of conveying that to her. I don't get to see her or the rest of my family as much as I 'd like, but we're making the trip soon!

Tonight I went out to eat with a few people that work in the same school district. We don't get to see each other every day, but we sure do have a good time when we get together. We shoot the breeze and solve as many of the problems as we can! We sat at Applebee"s tonight for over two hours and just talked up a storm. Sometimes it's just good to get out of the house and have girl talk!

I appreciate them. Ouida and I became librarians the same year. We went through graduate school together and many other trials and tribulations. She is a very straight talker and will call you on stuff when you're being crazy. She's another person in my life who probably doesn't realize how much I appreciate her. She's a awesome librarian. I wanna be like her when I grow up!

I have many other friends that I've had for a long time (Lisa, Lori, Sharon, Cissy, Sara, Charlotte, Mandy, and a few others) that somehow, even when we don't talk or see each other as often as we should, are still able to just pick right up when on the phone or in person. My life would truly be less if it weren't for all the friends in my life!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Get your Gleek on!!


I have to admit that I am a HUGE fan of Glee! I have every episode saved on the DVR upstairs. I have cried during almost episode. I can't explain why. Maybe as I am getting older my hormones are out of whack.

Glee is everything I wanted to be in high school. I wanted to be a singer, a dancer, able to play an instrument, an athlete, anything! All I ever was, was an observer. I was the kid who did my homework and had good grades, but was never really the brain. I participated in Drama Club, but was never good enough to get more than 5 lines. I was a wanna be band geek. I moved there in 9th grade so I never had any really close friends and then moved after graduation. So keeping up with people from high wasn't easy, at least until Facebook. I never got invited to parties or on dates. I just wanted to be a part of something fun. I was in Key Club and worked had and was president my senior year. But I have still never felt that I was ever a popular kid.

I just think people remember me for being the fat girl who tried to be nice to everybody.

High school was not awful, I received a quality education. I just felt disappointed.

Although I am still the fat girl who tries to be nice to most people, my life since then has changed dramatically. I still don't sing, dance, play sports or an instrument well, I do get invited to parties! I have close friends that I treasure. I finally got asked on a date and met a wonderful man who loves me, just as I am.

There are still many things that could be better.

I am happy with my life.

Monday, September 27, 2010

B-E-A-utiful Day!


I could not have asked for a more beautiful day. I'm lucky that the library has a wall of windows, at least I could see how gorgeous it was today.

While Blaine was working on his paper work, I channeled my inner Betty Crocker and cooked dinner. Slow cooked green beans with onions and bacon bits, three cheese mac & cheese, sliced tomatoes, bread sticks, and a big ol' thick juicy steak! Leftovers for lunch tomorrow!

We went after dinner to visit with Blaine's parents. Had a great visit with them! After we went for a drive around town enjoying the nice weather and just being out of the house.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood!


Today we went to the Oak Court Mall because I had coupons for Auntie Anne's and Charley's! Then we went driving around stopped at TJ Maxx and Honeybaked Ham (another coupon) got sandwiches and headed home. I made Tomatoes and Noodles to go with our sandwiches.

I think we'll go back outside to enjoy the weather some more before we go to bed. Next week we'll definitely be making a trip to the zoo!

This is a picture of the Mississippi River taken down at the Mississippi Greenbelt Park by Harbortown.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

At Kevin and Patrice's wedding


This is my new favorite picture of Blaine and me. It was taken at my cousin Kevin's wedding this summer.
I've lived in Arkansas all my life. But I have never been an "all-out" Razorback fan. If I happen to come across a game on tv I'll watch and root for the hawgs, but I don't go searching for a game or heaven forbid, actually go to a game.

Sitting here thinking about it, I don't think I've ever been a big fan of anything. I've been exposed to sports all my life. I have a pretty good handle on the rules and how it works, just not going to arrange my life around the games.

Are you a fan of sports or just an occasional observer?

Friday, September 24, 2010

obviously, I didn't post any pictures. I can't believe it's been a year since I even created this blog. I'm going to try and do better! Even if I'm the only one who ever reads this, I'll have a record of how I felt and what I did.

There are 152 more mornings to get up and go to work until summer vacation.

Three months until Christmas.

I am done with ALL of my Christmas shopping (except for my MIL & FIL)

This has been one of the most stress-filled school years to date.

I went to a Weight Loss Surgery Seminar. Found out it costs between $16,000 and $21,000! Gonna have to save a little more money before I go down that road!