Thursday, September 24, 2009
My sister-in-law Amy sent me a really fun present in the mail today. This super-cute key fob! I was shocked, because I have really been wanting one lately. I have noticed that a lot of people around here have them, and I have noticed just how functional they are. You can put them around your wrist when you have your hands full, and they are made of really sturdy material. Plus, they are super cute!
Check them out at The Key Fob.
I'm pretty sure one of the first things my mom said when she found out we would moving was, "What about the state fair???" Or maybe it was me. In our family, the state fair is more than just livestock and carnival games. It's a marathon. If marathons include fried pickles and turkey legs.
I know it's crazy, but this is a day we dream about. A day to ingest as much food as possible without judgment or reproach. Okay, maybe some judgment, but only by the family who sits next to us in the food pavilion. If you think I am exaggerating, you can go here to see the list of all the foods we consumed last year. It wasn't pretty. But it was delicious.
We are going on opening weekend, which I am not sure we have ever done before. But, my dad starts chemo next week, so it's now or never. And never just isn't an option.
And just in case you are curious, I am sure that at some point somebody in my family will try the fried butter. And that person will most likely be me.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
In other news, my heart was very happy today when I drove into Germantown and Ann Taylor LOFT and Vera Bradley were in the same shopping center right next door to each other. It's like a little sign. I am not sure what kind of sign, but it probably involves spending money. I probably shouldn't go there very often. But I probably will. Even if it's just to smell the purses at the Coach store. Seriously...try it sometime.
When I was in high school we took a trip to Memphis and visited Graceland. Now, everytime I get on the highway I am reminded that Graceland in all its splendor is only a few miles away. I imagine that this is what people feel like when they move to Orlando and realize that they only live minutes from the greatness that is Disney World. But maybe not quite on that scale. More like realizing you live next to Dollywood. I only live 7 hours from Dollywood now, though, so maybe I'll visit and let you know.
Anyways, today was a very important day in my life, because for some reason I thought there were no LOFT stores in my general vicinity. Apparently the world is right again, because I can still visit and buy clothes that will be on sale for 2.88 when I go back in the next time. Seriously...there were clothes there for 2.88 today. Shorts and pants. Without holes in them! And they weren't sunshine yellow. Although if you own a pair of sunshine yellow pants I am sure they are very attractive on you.
So...in a nutshell, life is moving on here in good ol' Mississippi. People have been ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL, and we already know that we are blessed to have a wonderful new church family!
For those of you who have been wondering, my dad's leg has healed to the point that they can continue with chemo. He had his body scans today, has to have surgery to put in his ports, and he will be admitted to the hospital all next week for chemo. Then, he will go back to keep receiving chemo for several weeks after that. The news last week wasn't the best in the world, but my mom put it best,
"We are finding solace in the fact that our God is faithful 100% of the time. He is not limited by the statistics of modern science. He has carried us through this journey, and will continue to lift us up when we are too weary to fight on our own. I know that God answers prayers as nonspecific as, "Lord, be with that guy that has cancer." and, if that's all you can keep up with, then that’s awesome! However, I have some specific requests for those that have time. First, that Greg will tolerate the chemo with minimal side effects. Second, that the wound on his leg will not get worse during the course of treatment. Third, that God will allow Greg to be healed of all cancer…now and in the future!"
Monday, September 21, 2009
Here is what I have done so far to decorate for fall. I am working with limited resources decoration-wise this year, but I think it makes the house look more "lived-in."
IN OTHER NEWS, I start my job as a long-term substitute in a kindergarten class tomorrow. I know God is putting me right where He wants me, but I didn't think that place would be with 5-year-olds! Pray for me...lots. Ha!
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Last year (this is kind of like a blog re-run, so don't expect anything super cool):
these were a beating to make. but they look cute. if you want to take the beating for the cuteness, you can see how here.
remember these? to make some yourself this year, go here. they weren't a beating.
because decorating should always include food
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
1. The closets here don't have wooden shelves. They are metal/wire-ish. If that makes sense.
2. I passed several shopping centers today, and not ONE had a donut shop in it. I may just have to start eating something healthy for breakfast.
Wednesday, September 09, 2009
This business is good. I wouldn't recommend eating it everyday for breakfast, but it's a great party treat. Seriously...make some, and you won't be sorry.
2 cans sweet kernel corn
1 cup ranch
1 packet taco seasoning
1 bag shredded Velveeta (two cups if you want to self-shred)
1 bag Fritos
Mix all together, saving the Fritos to mix in at the last minute. Nothing worse than a soggy Frito.
Note: I bought Fritos Scoops and didn't add them in. We just ate it as a dip. Either way- delicious. Thanks, Amy!
Tuesday, September 08, 2009
Now, I have to go clean out the fridge. And the closet. And the garage. Oh dear...
One of my favorite parts of the drive, though, is just about an hour from here in Greenville, Texas. There, on the side of the highway, you will find this:
My grandparents used to live in East Texas, so we would make many a stop at the ol' Mary of Puddin Hill. I just love it. We stopped in on the way to Mississippi last time to pick up some snacks for the road. It was a little smaller (and older...obviously) than I remember, but it was still just as fun. Who doesn't need to see a chocolate Forrest Gump?
So, for all of you that will be heading out on 1-30 soon, make the stop. You'll be glad you did. And pick up some chocolate covered peanuts for me.
Monday, September 07, 2009
On Saturday, Amy and Jessica threw a party for Mike and me. We all had a great time just hanging out, talking, and of course eating. Amy got the best food from Market Street, and we had some fabulous desserts! The Vick and the McDonough kids have been friends for so long that they are practically extended family, so we always have a fun time together. My mom, dad, and sister came, too, along with some friends from our Woods Chapel days.
Jess and Seth.
Me and my sister.
Sarah and me.
Today, my family came out to Frisco to say their goodbyes. We went out to Babe's (I'm going to miss that fried chicken), and then we came back to our house. My Nana made some FABULOUS cake, which I am going to have to have more of as soon as I am done posting. I gave up on "getting healthy" until we move, because everyone knows that the only way to say goodbye is with fabulous food. Everyone in the family got together and put together a box for Mike and me. It is filled with letters from everyone, and I love it. Here's a picture of it:
My cousin's family. That's right.
My aunt and uncle.
Me and Nana.
All of these goodbyes can only mean one thing...less than a week until we head out!
I have absolutely been so blessed to work in such a great district and school with such fabulous people. I am so sad to leave them...I don't know if I'll ever have a job this good again! Since I "opened" the library last year, it is near and dear to my heart. I spent so much time trying to figure out the best way to organize it, arrange it, etc. I think if my aide had to move shelves of heavy reference materials one more time she would have quit. I have posted a few pictures of my library before, but I wanted to post a few to remind me of what it looked like when I left!
Friday, September 04, 2009
It could not have been a better weekend to go to Canton. Although it was SUPER humid and pretty hot, it could have been a lot worse. I don't know if it was the holiday or the threat of bad weather, but I have never seen the grounds so empty of people. Bad for the vendors. Good for us. I felt like apologizing to all of them for the lack of people, but I have to admit that I liked not getting run over. I went with my mom and sister, and we were able to cover lots of ground quickly. We were all about on the verge of passing out by the time we got in the car, but it was a great day!
Here are a few pictures from the day, and some pictures of a few purchases. Just for the record, I have a strict "no showering, make-up, or brushing the hair" rule on Canton days. So I apologize for what you are about to see.
These are what you call "fancy."
These are what you call "fancier." They have built in disco ball earrings. Seriously. It's a win - win.
I tried to talk myself out of this hat, but I just decided I NEEDED it. I don't know exactly why, since we are moving away from the Rangers, but I will figure it out. Anyone have any baseball games that need attending?
I loved these. That's all.
I am beyond explaining why I need another purse. I got one for my sister-in-law Amy, too. She understands.
I saw this in a shop. I am pretty sure I know what state it is. A sign of good shopping to come in Mississippi? I hope so.