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Thursday, December 27, 2012

I'm still here.




 I know y'all think I've quit.

I haven't.

I swear it's the iPads fault.

So much has happened.

I've been to Nashville, Mexico, Greers Ferry.

I've been (and still am) sick.

I started smoking again.

I've quit smoking again.

I had about six inches cut off my hair.

I've been going to water aerobics.

I finally saw a number in the 240's when weighing. Although I'm consistently weighing in the 250's.

Steroids make me channel the devil and try to eat the house.

I'll try to do bettter. Maybe someday I'll post all the pictures I've taken.

How's your life?

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Flying by the seat of my pants!



My hat from In-N-Out!
This has been a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants kinda week! Monday our Assistant Principal came in and asked if I thought Blaine would be willing to go to Dallas for a math conference on Wednesday. I asked "next Wednesday?" Nope, she meant in two days Wednesday!

Wow! I booked flights, got the hotel reservations switched, and started freaking out. But it all worked out fine.

Our hotel had a slide on every floor! It was awesome. We were near main street and some really cool restaurants. I know the waiters thought we were weird, we had to ask for separate checks every time!

Blaine took a walk and visited Dealy Plaza where the JFK assassination took place. The rest of the time he was in meetings.

I posted on facebook that we were in Dallas and a college classmate messaged me about dinner! How exciting and we had a blast. After dinner we stopped by Wal-Mart! We don't go out of town that we don't go there HA!
Dinner at Razoo's!

Suzette and her hubby Brian

I loved visiting with Suzette and her husband!

One of my all-time favorite pics of Blaine and me!

And I begged to go to an In-and Out Burger! I got a cheeseburger "Animal Style" and some fries. Perfect late night snack, if you're in college.

We left on Friday morning. I was sitting on the floor in the Dallas Love airport and saw a guy with dreads walk by. I immediately starting posting on facebook "I think I just saw a guy from American Idol!" Figured out his name was Jason Castro and told Blaine who I'd seen.

Blaine went and found him and asked if he'd be willing to have his picture made with me! I have an AWESOME husband! Jason was super nice!
Jason Castro was such a good sport. I immediately downloaded a song of his on iTunes!

Once we landed in Little Rock, we stopped at a place called Cotham's Merchantile. It was featured on "Man vs. Food" and we wanted to try it. The hamburger was HUGE and the fried green tomatoes yummy!

On the way home, we came to a DEAD STOP on I40 East. I noticed a persimmon tree loaded with fruit. Blaine couldn't believe I actually hopped out of the car and picked some!
NO, I did NOT eat any of them!


We finally made it back home and I immediately started getting ready for a mini-reunion my high school class was having. We went to a football game and then had a bonfire. I had a great time just hanging out.

While at the game, I got to visit with a classmate from college. I hate that I didn't get a picture with her! Love ya Deborah!


I'll leave you with a few extra pictures that got uploaded today:
feeding Kenya the giraffe at the Memphis Zoo

a lovely lioness

my beautiful friend Kissy

and Sweetie Pie Eli, he sure did love the blue icing!
Have a great week!

~Robin

Friday, October 5, 2012

"Time and Tide wait for no man, but time always stands still for a woman of thirty..." - Robert Frost


 It's been a wonderful day! From the very beginning, to right this very minute!

Blaine brought my fancy wrapped presents to school!

Inside was a beautiful Vera Bradley bag (or as Blaine calls it a Vera Wang!) and some Calvin Klein Euphoria perfume, lotion, body wash, and cute little bag!

My work Bestie, Tona, brought me this bag. Took me a few minutes to even look inside the bag!

She brought me this cute bag! I love it!

Some of the students came and sang Happy Birthday and brought me birthday cards they had colored. It really made my day! They were more excited it was my birthday than I was and I was pretty excited!

I love that one of them says "Happy 22nd Birthday!"

My friend Pam sent me these beautiful flowers (which I've already planted, before the rains came!) and a loaf of fresh baked bread!
I also received some great cards and other gifts. But, it isn't all about the presents. Just reading all the birthday wishes on facebook and having everybody tell me happy birthday was a blessing. It's a wonderful thing to feel so loved!

We were going to go to a fancy EYE-talian restaurant for dinner. I got all gussied up, put on make-up and fixed my hair. On the way to the restaurant I called to see if we needed reservations and they told me they were closed for a party. I was seriously bummed for about five minutes. Then we decided to head to Paulette's down by the river and ate some fru-fru fancy food. It was good, but spending time with Blaine was the best thing.

After dinner we went down and just watched the river and a storm front moving in. We decided to head home and now we're going to go spend some more time together and listen to the rain.

I love my husband. I love my job. I love my life. And I love all of you!

Thanks for one of my best birthdays EVER! I look forward to as many more as I'm blessed to have!

~Robin

Sunday, September 30, 2012

It’s so beautifully arranged on the plate – you know someone’s fingers have been all over it. -Julia Child




I don't know what it is, but since I've gotten my band, I really enjoy cooking. Don't misunderstand, I'm still feeding Blaine stuff out of bags and boxes, because sometimes that's just the easiest and quickest thing to do.

But, I like finding a recipe we both like and making it. Maybe it's because I want better food, instead of larger quantities. Maybe it's because he so appreciative of me taking the time to make him some love-filled food.

I'm a much pickier eater now. Maybe it's because I am doing better at keeping the dishes washed and the kitchen clean. Not good, just better. I still don't like doing it. But to cook, you go through ALL the pots, pans, and bowls!

Today we went to Sam's and bought some crab cakes. I'm not ready to make those yet! I decided I wanted some remoulade sauce to go with them. I found this recipe online at Easy Remoulade Sauce.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped green onions, white and green parts
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped sweet pickles
  • dash garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon or Creole mustard
  • few drops Worcestershire sauce
  • pepper, to taste

Preparation:

Combine all ingredients. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour to blend flavors and chill.
Makes about 1 cup sauce. Good with crab cakes, fish, fried seafood, etc..

I used parsley and green onions out of the pots on the front porch. I don't think I actually "measured" anything. I did add some horseradish for a little 'kick.'

I put it all in my tiny food processor and blended the crap out of it! I actually forgot to put any pepper in. I liked the sauce better than the crab cakes. I won't be buying them again. I will continue to be on the lookout for a good frozen crab cake. Someday, I'll bite the bullet and make my own.

 The picture is a little blurry and I'm not a big fan of the iPhone 3GS when it comes to photos. I still miss my Blackberry Torch. It took the best pictures! I'll get a new phone someday soon (when they cost $1!)

Blaine was still hungry about two hours later. We went to Sonic and ordered him a Jr. Deluxe Cheeseburger. Tell me why the menu board said the burger was $1.49 and they charged us $1.19 for a burger plus $.50 for cheese?
I believe I will find the email to Sonic and ask them the same question. I will include this picture and one of our receipt. I know it's only $.20 (why don't I have a cent sign on my keyboard?) But they need to get it right!

What would you do?

~Robin

Saturday, September 29, 2012

"In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes." - Andy Warhol

I love my job. There have been days I haven't but for the most part of the past 19 years I have enjoyed being in education.

I started out subbing for a semester. I subbed in every grade and every subject over 5 five months. I think every teacher ought to have to subbed for a semester before going into a classroom.

You get the kids at their sneakiest and wildest. You find out what it's like to fly by the seat of your pants and try to maintain control over children you don't know. You also prepare more diligently for when you are absent, because you know what it's like to walk into a classroom with NOTHING.

I never planned to be out of the classroom after six years. I do believe that becoming a librarian was one of the smartest decisions I never really made.

I had spoke about if I did go back to school I wanted to get a degree for library, but I never really followed through. My friend Cissy ruptured her Achilles tendon and needed somebody to drive her to grad school. I didn't have anything better to do and thought I would start taking classes with her.

The first day of our first class, a lady came in and asked if anybody was interested in being a librarian for the West Memphis School District! Wow! What nobody knew was that I had already filled out applications for Marion and West Memphis. I was interested in some stupid boy and wanted to move closer to Memphis.

I called and spoke with the Asst. Superintendent for Elementary. He said he was interested in interviewing me and I asked when he would want me to come. His reply "YESTERDAY!"

At my interview they were looking for my application and couldn't find it, until they looked on the Asst. Superintendent for Secondary's desk. That day they offered me the choice of Elementary Librarian or East Junior High Math teacher.

I took Librarian in a heartbeat! Little did I know that Blaine was at East. God knew I wasn't ready to meet him yet. Four years later, I was moved to East. Two years later, I was married to Blaine!

I have never regretted leaving the classroom for the library. I enjoy finding books that kids like to read. I love when their eyes light up about a book.

I don't get to read often at work, but it has given me a greater love for young adult fiction. I'm constantly watching for new books for my students.

I have always been a voracious reader. I come from a family of readers. I believe that children must be encouraged to read from the very beginning. Read to them every day. When they get old enough, have them read to you.

I've never had world-wide fame, nor do I really want it. I'm not even 'city-famous.' I'm EJHS famous! But it's still kind of a thrill to go out to eat, hear your name called, and see a smiling young face that's waving enthusiastically. Then hear him loudly whisper, "Mom, that's my liberry teacher!" "Hey Mrs. Reeves! Hey Mr. Reeves!"

It makes my heart happy.

The liberry lady,

~Robin

p.s. we got the new washer and dryer, they are working like dreams!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

A Death in the House

No matter the circumstances, when there's a death it's always hard. You may know it's coming, you may think you have prepared for it mentally. No matter, it still hurts when it happens.

This is true for people. It's also true for washing machines.

Ours died yesterday. It's cold dead carcass is just sitting there in the laundry room. I finally removed the clothes and wrung them out. Blaine took them to his parents and they rinsed and dried them. When he got home he scooped all the water out and dumped it.

I got online at sears.com this morning and ordered a new washer and dryer. We really thought the dryer was who was going to go first. So, since we were buying a new washer, we bit the bullet and sprung for a new dryer too.

We just got a plain jane, run of the mill, nothing special set. Yeah, the new front loader are super pretty, fancy and have all the bells and whistles. But, I got a washer AND dryer for about what a new fancy washer would have cost. I also did a little research and found a promo code and saved 5% off my purchase! woot woot!

I also hit overstock.com and ordered a new area rug! Found a promo code for it and got a super cute rug for $125!!!! That's including delivery. There's no way I could find a rug for that price in Memphis and them deliver it! I've ordered rugs from overstock.com before and loved them. But after six years of heavy traffic, we wanted a new one. I hope I love it just as much!

I'll be sure and take pics of the new stuff when it gets here!

Monday, September 17, 2012

It's Just a Jump to the Left!

It's been one of those days.

No matter what I eat. Elmer is NOT liking it. Next is a can of soup. He always likes soup.
Friday night, I had a first!

At my age there aren't a whole lot of firsts left. At least firsts that I want to experience!
-I've never been arrested
-I've never been in jail
-I've never been in ICU
-I've never been interviewed on television

and until Friday night I had never seen The Rocky Horror Picture Show in a theatre. It was great! There were people there dressed as the characters. We yelled at the screen, we threw things (no water, rice, toast or lighters per managements request!), and we sang and danced! 

Blaine may be scarred for life, but I had a blast. I'm ready to try the small theatre that does it once a month at midnight. I'm thinking it will be a pretty hard core experience!

Some firsts I have left:
-go to Italy
-go to Sun Studios
-go to Australia
-retire
-ride in a helicopter
-go to Alaska
-go to a cooking class
-see a professional football game
-go to the top of the Empire State Building
-live near the ocean
-spend a month on vacation

for your viewing pleasure:


What would you like to do?
~Robin

Thursday, September 13, 2012

I didn't trip I was just testing gravity.....yep, it still works!

Long hair, it's getting cut on the 29th!

Amazing hair corkscrew thingamajig!

All the hair is up and off my face. LOVE the thingamajig! Also, this was pic 600.
This is pic 60. I may not have lost weight in a while but I'll still take what progress I've made!~Robin

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Deja View

I find myself at Old Man River, watching another sunset with Blaine by my side. Just something about watching the sun slowly glide behind the trees lining the banks of the ambling water.

It makes me think of that old church song, "When peace like a river attendeth my way...." it ends "It is well with my soul."

~Robin

Monday, September 10, 2012

The picture

Riding off into the sunset

Actually we are sitting! We went to Lenny's, got a couple of subs, and headed for the river. We broke out the chairs and ate our food as we watched the river pass us by.

Some days at school are rougher than others and the river seems to soothe our souls.

Nothing like just sitting and feeling the calm in the air. Although, I do have to swat the occasional bug.

Life is too short to hold on to all that stress and tension. We need to just learn to let it out and keep on rolling.

What do you do for stress release?

I tried publishing this with a picture from my iPhone, but it just wouldn't cooperate.

~robin

Sunday, September 9, 2012

I'm still here. Just not motivated.

I haven't completely quit blogging. I swear.
It's my iPads fault. I hate typing on it. I'm a big fan of "fingers on home keys" and I just can't do that on my iPad.
The blue tooth keyboard is just too small.
The first weeks of school kicked my butt.
I just haven't felt compelled to share anything.
Not that there hasn't been anything going on :)

Okay, those are all my excuses, for now!

I don't even know where to begin on what's gone on since my last post, so I won't! I'll just hit a few highlights:

I haven't lost any weight.
I haven't gained any weight.
I did get a new passport and I look like America's most wanted!
I cooked Chicken Fried Chicken for the first time, Blaine loved it!
I bought some Mickle's Pickles yesterday at the Germantown Festival, I LOVE them!
My SIL gave me a Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer. I LOVE it! Thanks Sunday!
I had pink eye, blech!
I've had dinner with friends several times, fun!!!
I love being a librarian.
I love to travel, going on a trip soon!
I love Blaine and being married to him.
Reading on my iPad is the bomb-diggity!
I get excited when I find bargains on Amazon.com
I finally switched from my Blackberry Torch to an iPhone 3GS

What's been going on with you?
~Robin

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Party, Party, Stay out Late! We're the class of '88!


I thought I'd been stood up!

I flashed back to my BB (Before Blaine) years. You sit there waiting for them to show, then you start to worry,  the waitresses look at you with the "aww bless her heart' look, and you just want to crawl under the table. You finally decide you've waited long enough and you'd like your check and a to-go box.

Tonight, she was late, but she didn't stand me up. My classmate Rhonda and her husband showed up. I immediately knew why she was late. She was toting her THREE WEEK OLD granddaughter with her. Belle was just a doll. She's gorgeous. She slept most of the time. A few times she'd open her eyes and give us the ol' "stink eye." But a real beauty!

We were the only ones who showed for this planning meeting. We'll see how things turn out!

I can't believe that 25 years ago I was getting ready to start my Senior year of high school! I wish I had a picture from then to post. I think I look like a totally different person. I know I feel like one.

If I could sit down and have a little talk with my 17 year old self, I wonder what I'd tell her?

Would I try and convince her that cheetos aren't a food group?
Tell her how important it is that she exercises and moisturizes?
That she shouldn't just go for the first guy that is interested in her?
Definitely that she needs to hug more on her mom and call her more often!
How sometimes no attention from men is better than any attention you can get?
Why to make men respect her at all time and not allow them to behave badly?
Maybe that butter is always better than margarine, but to remember portion control?
Perhaps that alcohol does NOT make you a good singer or a good decision maker?
Most importantly don't marry a man you met on the internet?!??!?!?

All these things would have changed the person I am today. I wouldn't be who I am if I hadn't gone through the things I've experienced. I might not be married to Blaine.

So, I don't think I'd tell her anything. I'd take a couple of photos of the two of us and post them to facebook.

Robin

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Throwing stones, please don't.

I've really been pondering the whole "Chik-fil-a doesn't like gay marriage" explosion.

Since this is my blog, I figure I can type what I want. If you don't like it, "X" out.

That's the thing about our country, to an extent, if you don't like something you don't have to go there, use the product, watch the show, etc.

People (this includes Muppets) who say they will no longer do business with this company due to their stance on marriage, where have you been? This is a company that was founded on traditional Christian beliefs and are closed EVERY Sunday. You thought they were pro-choice and for same-sex marriage before this? Ever go to Hobby Lobby? They're closed on Sundays, wonder what their stance is.

Don't make yourself one of the hateful people that avoids somebody just because what you believe differs. The world needs more love. All this hate will just fester in your heart and make you say and think hateful things. Both sides, need to step back and just let the others live. I say all the gay couples (not to imply there aren't gay Christians) should go to Chik-fil-a and show the love, not the hate. All the Conservative Christians should go to Starbucks, Disney, and Home Depot and show them Christian love. You don't have to buy anything if it hurts, you, but be nice!

To many people are going around this world filled with hate. Quit letting them live rent-free in your heads! The only person you're hurting is you and maybe the people who witness your behavior.

Our place is not to judge, our place is to love. Love the sinner, not the sin.

I'm for people being happy. I'm for staying out of their business. I want them to stay out of mine. Who's to say which biblical sins get laws against them and which don't? Please don't outlaw the Turtle Pecan Blizzard. I know it's evil, but it's good.

I have friends on both sides of every fence ever built. Gay, straight, conservative, liberal, spankers, non-spankers, pro-choice, pro-life, year-round school, give-me-my-summer-vacation, drinkers, abstainers, atheist, agnostic, three-times-a-week (if not more Southern Baptists) the list goes on. Who am I to tell you what you believe is wrong? Why do you get to tell me what's wrong? You want to convince me? Set the example, love me, live the witness. Don't approach me with hate and a refusal to accept my differences, that will turn me off faster than anything.

How I was raised and what I believe are sometimes the same and sometimes different. I want to be allowed to believe what I do without fear of judgement. I just want to be loved. If you want to pray for me, that's awesome, please don't lecture me. At my age, 42, I'm going to do what I want. If you make me uncomfortable, I'm not going to be around you.

I'm don't like discussing politics with people I don't know well. Folks sometimes make assumptions based on whether you vote Democrat or Republican. You're a Democrat? Oh you're a baby-killing, give all the money to the immigrants liberal! You're a Republican? You're a racist, bible-thumping conservative. Please quit judging, IT'S NOT YOUR JOB!

Personally, if you want to marry your pet goat, go for it, as long as the goat is able to voice its consent. Oh, it can't speak? No goat wife for you. Two guys? Two women? One guy, five women? As long as everybody is a consenting adult, not my business. You answer to God, not me.

I have friends that have been with their partners, for years! Longer than most married couples. But when something happens and their partner dies they will have NO rights. They won't be able to make end of life decisions, be allowed in the ICU, because they will not be considered next of kin. What does it hurt for you to allow them the legal courtesies so many take for granted? Why is a same-sex marriage more damaging to family values than people living together? Why do they scare you?

Why not go after the people who've been married seven times and divorced seven times?The people who just live together but opt not to marry? Who are we to pick which sins get legalized. Are there still common law marriages? Why? Let's legalize pot while we're at it and tax the crap out of it! Wouldn't that help the deficit? Oh look! A Squirrel!

What makes somebody believe that they get to dictate how the rest of the world lives? Not everybody believes in the Bible, that's their choice. My choice is to allow them to choose. I'm not a historian, and please don't give me a lesson in the comments, but wasn't this country founded by people seeking religious freedom?

Please don't leave snarky comments, I will delete them. I don't care if you're a relative, a colleague, a friend, or a complete stranger. BE NICE WITH YOUR WORDS!

Whew, I feel better. Please remember to love your neighbor.

Robin

Monday, July 23, 2012

Hooker Chicken Recipe

Hooker Chicken

Raw Chicken - however much you wanna eat
Buttermilk - enough to cover the chicken
Flour - good grief I was supposed to measure? uhmm 2 cups?
Egg - 1
Salt - a dash
Sea Salt - sprinkles
Pepper - 4 hard shakes
Honey - a bear full
Pecans - 1 cup (maybe I didn't measure, I hate having to wash the measuring cups)
Bourbon - oh heavens, an ounce, maybe two if you wanna drink one?
Garlic Salt - two shakes out of the can
Stick of Butter - one whole stick, God Bless Paula Deen
Brown sugar - dang, I just grabbed the biggest clump out of the bag. Maybe 1/2 cup?

Cover raw chicken in Buttermilk, save some for the batter (maybe a cup). Soak for at least a couple of hours. I soaked mine for two days. I meant to cook it yesterday and got distracted.

Put the pecans on a cookie sheet, drizzle with honey, sprinkle with sea salt.
Bake at 350, take it out before it burns. (Wish I'd had these instructions)

Melt stick of butter, add shot of bourbon, (check on the pecans) drink a shot of bourbon, two shakes of garlic salt, brown sugar.
Bring to a boil while stirring constantly (check on the pecans!)

Take pecans out of the over before they turn black (dang, I needed this!) Chop up and add to sauce. (Don't forget to turn off the oven!) Let this simmer on LOW. Then turn it off and let it thicken.  (I just looked at mine, now it looks like caramel. I wish I'd left out the garlic salt and it would be delish on some vanilla ice cream!)

Take the chicken out of the the buttermilk. I washed mine and patted it dry. I don't know why, I just did. You can do what you want.

Mix up: 1 egg, 1 cup flour, 1 cup buttermilk, salt and pepper to taste. Mix it up, it should be kinda thick.

Mix up: 1 cup flour and salt, pepper to taste.

I rolled the chicken in the flour, dipped it in the batter, then rolled it in the flour again. I think I saw them do this on the Food Network. If I'm wrong, do it the right way! Don't listen to me, I'm still learning. Keele didn't use batter, I love crunchy fried batter, so I modified, sue me.

I dropped it in my Fry Daddy. Keele used an electric skillet. Do whatever makes you happy. Just get the chicken done, don't get Salmonella or some raw chicken disease! Check on the sauce and stir it.

Let the chicken cool, pour sauce on top, or on the side, it's a personal choice. Serve it up.

I have to warn you the sauce is super sweet, don't go over board until you've taste-tested it. Keele didn't use brown sugar, but it looked good, so in it went! Make it your own recipe, give it a new name. Be a rebel, don't use the measuring cups!

Robin

p.s. don't ask me what kind of flour it was, I have no idea.




“Thanks to the interstate highway system, it is now possible to travel from coast to coast without seeing anything.” – Charles Kuralt

I know, I know it's been over a month since I've blogged. My sister is very disappointed in me.

We've been busy!

We went to Las Vegas:
The view from our room in The Cosmopolitan.

Blaine enjoying the pool.

A night view from our balcony. The Bellagio fountains and awesome.

I got all gussied up to go see Dancing With the Stars Live!

Kyle Massey, me and Carson Kressley! I was super excited :D
We visited with my Aunt Patty and Uncle Jim while we were there, I don't get to see them often since they live in California.

After Las Vegas we took a trip to South Carolina with my Aunt Olivia. We went to visit her grandson and granddaughter (my cousins):
We ate at the Glass Onion. Somebody forgot to tell Patrice it was wear your yellow shirt night!

I enjoyed Ruby Falls and the Incline Railway.

Kevin and Nanny, aren't they sweet :)

Blaine enjoyed visiting the Hunley museum.

I loved getting to spend time with Aunt Liv

The Chattanooga Choo-Choo

Patrice is a great sport and let me take pictures.

Our matchy-matchy shirts

Chocolate from Europe makes me happy!

Never heard of it. Tasted weird.

Jack is always hungry.         

 I was lucky to get to spend some quality time with my sister Tanya. We flew to Arizona to visit some of her friends.
Tanya and S.H.E.

The landscape out there is just mind-blowing

I-40 is a lonnnnnnnng road!

Standing on the Corner in Winslow, Arizona.

Getting our kicks on Route 66

Flagstaff is gorgeous.

Roasted Chicken Stuffed Sopapilla at Salsa Brava (Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives visited here)

The view from our deck

Hookers separated at birth.

Sisters, Meteor Crater, Arizona

"But it's a dry heat"

Hooker Chicken
I'm tired, it's been a great summer. It isn't over. I'm planning more fun!

Robin