Turkey Day Traditions

I have a pretty odd family and we do some strange things often times but we do have some fun family traditions that I thought I would share…

Ever since I was very little, all the kids in the family got their own little pot of dressing. Mainly because some of the grand kids didn’t like all the ingredients so Nana would always make each of ours individually. So now, my mom makes special pots for all of us since she has taken over cooking for the entire family. So even though we are all grown, we still get our very own pot of dressing. She also makes special dishes for each of us, for instance, she makes flake mashed potatoes for Aaron because that’s what he likes. She makes spiced sweet potatoes for me. She makes two kinds of gravy because Zack doesn’t like what the rest of us like. She makes 3 kinds of rolls to appease everyone and she always makes deviled eggs for my sister because for some reason that’s what she likes. She also would always make about 5 different kind of pies so that everyone could have way too much dessert. However, Katie is in Chili this year so no deviled eggs – actually not much of anything… our family is all going separate ways and so I am kinda sad because lots of our traditions will not take place this year.

We normally always have our big Thanksgiving meal on Wednesday night. This is for many reasons, while my sister was in school most of her friends would go home for a long weekend but some would stay so my mom would host a ton of people for Thanksgiving Eve.
It became an event for my friends as well as they were all making their own family traditions here in NWA, they still enjoyed a big home cooked meal, especially since most of them couldn’t cook – their husbands loved my mom because of that!
It was also handy for me because while I was working for the evil empire, I always had to go into the office on Black Friday to watch sales come in – really? Do lots of people buy private label food on the day after Thanksgiving? Yeah, I didn’t think so…

Another tradition is to watch Letterman on Thanksgiving because Dave always has his mother on satellite and they play “guess the pie” – I know it’s silly but it’s fun.

What are some of your traditions for Thanksgiving?

Happy Birthday Kenny & less than 15 days til’ NYC!!!

Saturday night we went out to celebrate another year of Kenny. The evening consisted of lots of yummy sushi, a wine bar learning adventure and lots of “that’s what she said” jokes compliments of KC! It was also a fun filled game of figure out the supplier and can we stay here? You see – Kenny works for a certain CPG company that has rather strict rules about consumption of the competition. SOOOOO…. we either had to ask and risk having to leave the establishment OR just lie to him and tell him everything was OK. Lying tended to work out for the best!

As promised, here is the Kenny montage of pictures – had to steal some from Kodak Gallery collections. A great time was had by all. However, there was a Wii injury from the evening. I thought it would be a marvelous idea to play my new Dancing With the Stars Wii game when I got home at 1:30 in the morning – I cha cha cha’ed right into the coffee table, now I have an AWESOMELY gross yellow green bruise on my leg – it’s hot, let me tell you. No pictures of that though – sorry. No one wants to look at my gross leg.

Also, here’s 4/5’s of the THSC girls: me, Amanda, Brittany and Jennifer. In other news, only 15 days until the THSC Girls take on the Big Apple – look out NYC, you aren’t gonna know what hit you!

Charlotte bound

I’m headed to Charlotte today for some focus groups! I get to be the gal behind the double sided mirror watching people watch my commercials and noting every single detail. Jealous?

Double sided mirrors are creepy! When I was in college, I worked at a tanning salon that shared a space with a movie rental place and there was an “adult room” that had a double sided mirror in it. You could see in said “adult” room from the managers office. When ever someone ventured in to look at various oddities, one of the movie store employees would have to go “supervise.” Some of the stuff that was escorted out of the adult room, well you can only imagine – but hurry erase that from your mind because it’s gross. There was also the occasional token wierdo wanna-be porn star couple that would ask if a) they could tan together and b) if they could watch their adult movies while tanning — double ewwww and very bad for the eyes.

Anyway, so I’m headed to Charlotte which as we all know (or at least common, no child left behind geography tells us so) is EAST of Arkansas, yet I have to fly to Dallas first (WEST of Arkansas). There used to be a direct flight to Charlotte, but I guess someone finally realized that not too many people go straight to Charlotte from Walmart, JB Hunt and Tyson. Oh well. Can we have the direct to Vegas and Miami back please? So I’ll wave at Presley when we fly back over.

I do hope to get some awesome people watching pictures in Dallas – always a good hub for that! I need to figure out how to update the blog from my blackberry? Anyone know how to do that?

Have a fun rest of your week!!!
FYI only 41 days until Christmas!
ps Happy Birthday to Kenny! Look for an awesome Kenny montage coming soon, if I can dig up the appropriate inappropriate picture, and I’m pretty sure I can!

I love Global Warming

Ok, so that may be a bit harsh, overly dramatic and probably greatly offends my uber-hippie parents. But have you met me (or at least read my blog)! But seriously, I’m so over winter and it ain’t even really winter yet for more than a month! GROSS! I hate the cold, I hate the rain.

MZ loves the cold – brrrrrrr – I only like to wear his over size jackets and sweat pants, which I know, I should quit doing, but they are so comfy! I do like being able to have a great excuse to cuddle up on the couch and watch movies because it’s too cold to venture out, but eventually, we will both go stir crazy. So I’m slowly, VERY slowly getting better about it, but not too fast mind you.

There really is nothing that is good about this weather! It hurts my skin, it dries out my contacts, my dog even hates it! It adds to the fact that I’m going to potentially gain back the weight I have lost because I come home and immediately put on fuzzy sweat pants which of course have elastic waist bands – if you’re trying to lose weight – get rid of all elastic waist bands NOW, they help you not, it’s a false sense of hope – no one ever says “yeah, but I can totally still fit into my sweatpants I wore in college on Sundays when I was trying to find the remains of my liver swimming in the Vodka bottle and inhale as much taco bell as possible” – Have you gotten rid of your sweats yet? I’m also pretty sure it contributes to my future in skin cancer. I get so cold and miserable, that at lunch sometimes I go and nap in the tanning bed – best 20 minutes of the day for sure!

I’ll let winter hang out during the Christmas season – it’s nice for about 2 weeks, cozy and what not and then it should be back to Patio Weather! The cooler weather is nice for the occasional tailgate and football game – but home football games are over here in Arkansas so there goes that theory!

But until this happens – winter can kiss my toasty tanning bed ass!

House Warming to Waffle House… and everything in between!!!

It was a crazy busy weekend!
Saturday morning I woke up and went for a brisk run with Presley. When I got back home I attempted make Hog game watching plans, which at this point in the season is more like beer drinking plans, as the Hogs aren’t going to win… we’ve accepted that, it’s a “rebuilding” year.
Anyway, before the game I was going to head up to Benton county to check out some sales with Michelle. On the way, I got flat tire! BOOOOOO! So there I was, in my cute little game watching outfit, consisting of my new tall brown boots that I actually wore over my jeans and my little hog t-shirt and my tight jeans – NOT at all the proper attire to be standing on the side of the interstate to change a tire! But no one, I repeat NO ONE stopped to help me – I’m pretty sure I do not look like an axe murderer, but I guess I’m wrong. So, by golly, I just got out and changed the tire my damn self! I really did it – I was very proud of my self. I rewarded said victory with a mini shopping spree at the Promenade – YAY me!

I finally made it back to Fayetteville about the beginning of the 2nd quarter of the game – I met up with Allison and Ryan and lots of Ryan’s friends – that neither Allison nor I knew. Allison was decked out in her Auburn Orange and we just sat and chatted about everything while the game went on without us – and by us I mean not only us two ladies, but without the Hogs as well – we suck. We suck so much that the announcer didn’t even realize that Nathan Dick was in the game to replace Casey Dick – yes, don’t even get me started on the fact that we have the brothers’ quarterback. much like the brothers’ Grimm, the Dick boys might be better at writing fairy tales than playing football. There was an almost brawl on the field – that was fun – we got to yell at Steve Spurrier though the magic of tivo over and over again.

After too many Bush Lights – hey now, they were free – with all the tire drama I didn’t make it to the beer store to buy more appropriate beverages. Thanks for the beer Ryan – I owe you! I went home to take a much needed nap.

That evening, KC and Joe (aka Johnny and June from Halloween) had a house warming party for their new home! I LOVE their house, it’s just fabulous. It’s in the historic park area and they are both so talented and have superb taste in decorating! I couldn’t stay long though, Staci and I had a 30th birthday party to attend! That one got a post all to herself… see below! So we headed north to Benton county for my second time in one day!

Staci and I came back to Fayetteville to do our own celebrating on Dickson Street – so we headed out in below freezing weather in our cocktail dresses, too tall shoes and fake eyelashes because at that point in the binge drinking that seemed TOTALLY appropriate! It was a blast – or so I was told. It apparently was so good, that we ended up at Waffle House! I can not even recall the last time I was at WH – it’s been over a year I’m quite sure.

Like I said, it was a super crazy busy weekend, but it was all a lot of fun – however, only fun I can inflict upon myself and my liver maybe once a quarter…

Happy Birthday Cheryl

This past weekend, we celebrated Cheryl’s 30th birthday! It was great party and of course Cheryl looked FABULOUS! This is one of the few parties where this group has been together where no one was pregnant, pretty much everyone farmed their children out for the entire night and since the party was at a hotel bar, you can only imagine how that worked out = lots of crazy drunk parents!

I’ve known Cheryl for about 8 years. We met when she moved to Fayetteville from Dallas and worked at Bath and Body Works with me. She and I actually didn’t get along at first… but we both got over that! =) She was part of our super fun group of girls that went out too much and had WAY too much fun. She was one of the few that were supportive of me when I up and moved to Dallas. Now she is a an awesome mother of two perfect little girls and also has a wondeful marriage – one most everyone should try to aspire to have! She has led our girls Bible study group for many years and has really been a solid bond within our group of friends! I am always amazed at her energy and her spirit and her fabulous style!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, CHERYL!!!

I must also share with you my shoes I wore just for Cheryl – I knew she would totally appreciate them!!!! You’ll have to imagine them with a black and silver accented flower rather than the all white and black straps. Actually, there were quite a few picture taken just of my shoes, but they have yet to surface.

Office Ettiquette: Bitch of the Day

So I’m pretty short – it must have been the milk man because everyone else in my family is 5’10” or above – me – I lie about being 5’4” on my drivers license. Therefore, I almost ALWAYS can be found in heels. I also walk pretty fast, so you can imagine I click click click down the hallway. It’s ok, I always say “well, you may not see me coming but you sure can hear me!” I love to say this in my most Southern Sweet drawl whenever I get glared at by passersby.

Anyway, with this in mind, I was walking toward a meeting, making my way through the corridors and there were two women walking side by side in front of me. Very sl_o_o_o_wly…We have a weird complex – its 3 “towers” that were all built in totally different decades by way different designers and they are connected by very weird hallways, some wide some narrow… which makes people think they can walk side by side by side down the hallways!
SO back to the point, I really wish people would be more considerate of those behind them, there is no need to walk through the halls aimlessly and chic chat – you should have some place to go, and if you don’t get out the way, becasue I do!
Don’t you know who I think I am?

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