Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Its Been A While... No?

Just thought I'd check in with the blogverse...

I have SO much talk about, but first I'm going to visit a couple of my favorite bloggers to see what's new in their world.
After that it's all about me :)

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Happy Birthday, Mr. Bear!

oh, my beautiful bobby! you are a year old today, but you've had my entire heart since the beginning of eternity. i can't imagine my life without you and your sweet, sweet smile.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

It Really Does Work

Go read the reviews of the infamous 3 wolf tee-shirt here.
The people who are saying it has changed their life... I believe them.

This guy is the evidence.

Father's Day is just around the corner.

I highly recommend getting your dad one of these if you want to be the best child ever.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Monday, June 15, 2009

One Of My Favorite Days...

Happy 61st Birthday!
you are totally my favorite person and
you are still the most beautiful woman I have ever seen

have fun this week and don't worry about the poopy dog
i've got him under control
(which is why it took me so long to write this)

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Happy Birthday, Vicki!

i'm glad you were born
(my life would not be near as interesting without you in it)

I love you so much!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Don Fajah is 78!

a girl couldn't ask for a better step-fajah

Friday, June 5, 2009


even work can be fun!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

The Webb Tragedy

If you live in Knoxville, then you've probably seen or read the coverage regarding Erik and Sara Webb.
This is not a post to defend Erik, in any way, for what he did. It was absolutely senseless- the horrible act of a sick and desperate man.
But even though what he did was indefensible, I stand by this conviction- he was a good man. His kindness and generosity were always so evident to those who knew him, and anyone that had even one conversation with him knew how much he loved his children.
No, his actions were wrong- so wrong there are no words for it. But he was a friend, and I still think of him as such.
I am shocked and heartbroken.
Please pray for the family and friends of Erik and Sara, who will never be able to understand why this happened.

Monday, May 25, 2009

In Memoriam

These heroes are dead. They died for liberty - they died for us. They are at rest. They sleep in the land they made free, under the flag they rendered stainless, under the solemn pines, the sad hemlocks, the tearful willows, and the embracing vines.
~Robert G. Ingersoll

Saturday, May 23, 2009

I Laughed So Hard I Snorted...

...when Raina told me that, not only did she buy a tiara for her wedding day, but that she wore it around the house all day.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Even Knoxville Rocks

Be sure to check out Tara under "You Must Love Them Too" to see her Dixie Pixel blog. She took pictures of my friends, Adam and Amanda, on their wedding day- and I've been slightly crazy (seriously, almost stalkerish- on her blog) about her ever since.
If a lobotomy is ever performed and I decide to tie the knot again, she's the one I'm going to!

It is, in fact, possible to spend hours and hours looking through her amazing pictures... I know this for a fact:)

Have a fantastic Friday!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

How Strange It Is...

... that sometimes when grasping for the right words console a friend, you end up saying the very thing that is a comfort to yourself.
And even stranger that you didn't know it hurt in the first place.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Reason I ♥ My Parents #347

Stepfather: Do you like the pork sauce?
Me: I don't know, it tastes funky
Stepfather: Don't say that word at the dinner table!
Me: No, funky. Funky! Fun-ky. Like Funky Cold Medina
Stepfather: Funky coumadin? I've had some funky coumadin...

Mother: I think we need to start doing activities together. I've signed us up for a couple of classes.
Me: What kind of classes?
Mother: Garden Club and shooting practice at the Gun Club.
Me: Of course. That makes perfect sense.
Mother: Don't get smart with me. A pretty garden is just as important as learning to protect yourself.

My life would be absolutely boring without them...

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Bad Blogger! Bad, Bad, Blogger!

I'm a bad blogger, and I need to be spanked!
Wait... This is not that kind of blog.

I need to be punished.
I need you all to tell me how bad I am.
How I've let you all down.
How i act like I don't care.

That will make me feel better.

My May Year's Resolution is to be a better blogger.
Because truly, I don't necessarily miss writing, but I do miss you.
I miss my blog girls and my couple of blog boys.
I love you all!

Emma, how I've missed your pretty pictures.  I just gave the world's biggest sigh!
Amanda, How I've missed your words, so clever that they cant be described by such lame words as clever.
Jenn, Your cards make me happy (even the yellow ones)

Please don't hate me too much after my ridiculous absence!!!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day!

thank you ...

for giving me a chance when you weren't supposed to
(and sorry for almost killing you)
for keeping a journal about our childhood
for staying at home with us
for eventually going back to work
for swim, ballet, and piano lessons
for telling me i was pretty
for saying "i love you" 42 times a day
for being strong when you had to be
for supporting me- always
for taking me in when i was desperate and broken
for making me better
for being the best role model that i know
for being the best mom in existence
you mean the universe to me!

Monday, May 4, 2009

You Must Read...

Just a few of my favorite lines (the book is filled with them!):
It's a thing about fog. Doesn't matter when it comes, it smells like April. Birdie was born April twenty-second. Every time it fogs like this, I tell her, Happy birthday, love.
At once I took a fierce chill. A sob rippled up my throat and I couldn't do a thing about it. It sure is one thing to say you're at war with this whole world and stick your chest out believing it, but when the world shows up with its crushing numbers and its predatory knowledge, it is another thing completely. I shut my eyes and rocked.
But here, let me finish quickly. Swede, who would know, says drift is the bane of epilogues...

Thursday, April 30, 2009

I Am So Old

I know this because I still hurt.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Sometimes I Forget I'm 28...

and do something like this. My body hurts.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Weekend Recap

Raina and I went man v wild. Okay, we went hiking. It was an easy hike trail at first, about 2 miles and most down hill. The second 2 miles- well... that part blew. I tripped once and fell on my face (or would have if my baseball cap bill hadn't stopped the impact) but it wasn't as bad as it sounds. You see, the hill we were climbing was so steep that I literally fell 15 degrees down. Didn't hurt at all! I do have the most spectacular farmer's tan this world has ever seen. I have to keep it covered up lest I provoke everyone's envy.

SUNDAY Sister and I did a different (and better to my way of thinking) kind of exploring. Boutiques! There is the most charming little store in Jeffersonville, IN called Gatherings. It was like I woke up in a dream... it was the most perfect little place, filled with tons of things to make me happy and little treasures hiding all over the room. If I could rent space in Gatherings to hang out in for hours on end, everyday- I'd consider it money well spent.

Sister and I drove to the University of Kentucky for the Jason Mraz concert and we both bought adorable t-shirts. But alas, I'm afraid that my love affair with Mr. Mraz is over.
He has a man claw on his right hand. Not kidding. Lord Voldemort's nails have nothing on this kid! Its really, really disturbing.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Thursday, April 23, 2009

last time

i suck molasses from
magnolia blossoms
and beckon him to come.
a tear escapes his eye
for the comfort of mine
while inside me a tree unfurls.
it branches up arms and down legs
and i name the fruit as it grows
strong in the pink shade of dusk.

Well, I'm not going to sundown tonight. I got caught up in Paradise Alley and didn't do my laundry or pack for this weekend. Sigh. I'm most upset because rumor had it I was finally going to meet Lenina there... It would have been like a (very, very small, quite possibly the smallest ever) bloggers convention.
Have a fantastic Thursday night for me. I'll be sitting around the house moping...

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

I really love...

...getting flowers at work!


refuge is at my grandfather's feet

where between sips of beer
and swatting flies his
fingers play piano
across his belly.
the problem, he says
is you don't listen.
i watch the peacock clock
tick away time while he
whistles a lullaby.
take a seat baby girl
and pats his lap with
weathered hands that
helped to raise me,
my cheek pressed against
the sun-warmed buttons
of his overalls.
stop crying for your father,
devil's got a daddy complex
enough for the world

Dreams are fantastic, aren't they? I've been having a bad daddy week, and then this dream surfaces and puts everything back into its perspective. My subconscious is so smart...

Tuesday, April 21, 2009


I only took this picture of my stepdad so I could take a picture of the 1/2 naked guy behind him.

I still get this excited about Gone With the Wind

I love late night dance parties with Vicki

My sister and I are incapable of just having a casual drink together.

But we blame our parents

For all my talk, I really am afraid of taking a hit.

I'm not a fan of this band

I still dress myself, and I still make mistakes

**In case you can't tell, I've been cleaning out my storeroom. Sigh.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Q and A

Miss Emma has tagged me for a little q & a! Since I'd do just about anything she told me to do, here it is...


1. Respond and rework: Answer the questions on your blog, replace one question that you dislike with a question of your own invention, add one more question of your own.

2. Tag other un-tagged people.

What are you wearing?

My "Missy-Elliot-look-a-like" purple velour pants and a Rolling Stones tee. Comfy!

What would you like to learn to do?
I would love to learn how to fence. There is something ridiculously sexy about swords.

What did you have for dinner?

Lamb Chops. Not the puppet.

What was the last thing you bought?
A photo with Rachel complete with re-enactors from Gone with the Wind production at the Fabulous Fox Theatre!

What are you listening to right now?
John Prine. Thanks for the CD, Bryan!

What is your favorite weather?Beach weather is definitely my favorite!

What is on your bedside table?
A lamp, my journals, To the Lighthouse (only because I haven't reshelved it), 1 picture of me and my friend Marida, 1 of me and my sisters on my 22nd birthday, and 1 of my parents on their wedding day. Oh, and a bottle of water, because dehydration is the number one killer of women (who are stuck in the desert for more than 3 days without a drop to drink).

What is the smallest gesture that makes you happy?
When strangers smile at each other for no reason.

Which actor/actress do you think is similar to you?
I asked my sister and she said Catherine Zeta Jones. She was probably trying to make me feel better...

What is your most challenging goal right now?
To not be too rash. Its very hard for me not to throw caution to the wind in one particular aspect of my life (Sorry to be cryptic! I'll explain everything before too long!) but right now slow and steady is the best way to go. It is so hard for me to do! I'm not used to curbing my spontaneity!

What is a fashion style you can't stand?

Forever 21's Shop by Outfit. Basically they've taken all their sale items and coordinated them badly. It isn't edgy or stylish. It's lazy and repulsive.

Favorite vacation spot?
Considering I only have one vacation spot I'll have to say Fort Morgan. After all these years, I'm still in love with the Gulf Coast.

Name the things you cannot live without:
books music air water shelter
(in that order)

What would you like to get rid of?
My old handbags that are coming apart at the seams. I can't though... too much sentimental value.

If you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would you go?
I'm totally going to Italy with Emma!

What language do you want to learn?
I really want to conquer Chinese just to prove to myself that its possible. Then Klingon as a conversation piece.

What quality do you dislike most in a a person?
Its a rather nasty tie between arrogance and hypocrisy.

What countries have you visited?
Jamaica, England, France, Switzerland, Germany and New York City

What is your all time favorite movie?
Yet another tie for the girl who can not commit: Gone With the Wind and 39 Steps

What's you favorite quality about yourself?
My generosity... even if it is to a fault sometimes.

What is your favorite quote/saying?
It used to be, "peace out, bitches". Now I guess it's, "really? I mean, really?" or "brilliant"

Say one random fact about yourself:
I can't pass up the chance to buy a toothbrush. I'll even charge it if I don't have any cash. Totally compulsive and I have no idea why I do it!!!

What is a charity that is close to your heart?
DogTown. If you haven't heard about it, check it out here.
What are you most afraid of?
Not following through on my dreams.

I am tagging my sister to welcome her to the blogtastic life, Lenina to see what she says, and California Jen because its a great way to get to know her!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Too Much Bedtime Reading

Last night I had a dream that I had to learn Occlumency in order to sleep. Snape (only it was a really hot version of what I think Alan Rickman is really like) was trying to get into my head but I had to keep him out so he wouldn't know that I'm stalking Gary Oldman. Not Sirus, mind you, but the actor. I was sweating bullets.

No more HP&OP after 8 p.m.!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Hating the Hiatus

I really despise not having blogger at work, but I'm going to do my best to post more when I get home at night!
Now it's time for the recap... Sigh.

Sundown in the City

**I've had these two ridiculous blemishes on both sides of my face for a week and I couldn't figure out where they cam from until I posted these pictures and realized my bumps are where I wore stickers all night. Note to self, stop wearing stickers.


Tornadoes ripped through the southeast. My family survived, cause that's how we roll!

in atlanta

Pizza at Fillini's Pizza... mmmmm!


I got my much needed face time with Mr. Bear. I love this last picture because it looks like he's taking time to smell the roses.

Of course, I had to change his diaper shortly after this picture... which did not smell like roses.

Monday kicked off the busiest week for me at work so I haven't done anything remotely exciting. Except when I talked Raina into starting a blog. I can't wait!!!

Last but certainly not least, I have to give a love-filled congratulations to Maggie May! I am so thrilled for you!!!