Wednesday, September 30, 2009

an important birthday and a special memory...

First of all...
Today marks the 29th birthday of my dear friend Candy. If you're a reader of the blog, you've read about her and can somewhat understand why I absolutely love this friend! I've mentioned several times that God has not only blessed me by giving me lots of friends, but He's in fact given me lots of best friends. The friendships I have are very rare.
Candy is my best friend from college and we've remained as close (well...probably gotten closer!) since college. She's married with child #2 on the way, and she still somehow makes time for me! In fact, she lets me invite myself to visit whenever I want! Seriously. I love this girl. Want to know more specific reasons why she's so fabulous? OK! Just click here and here. Here's a picture of her and her cute hubby Chad (stolen from their blog). LOVE THEM.
I hope your birthday is fantastic, Candy! You're loved and MISSED!!!!
On a different note, today also marks the 19th anniversary of my cousin Kyle's death. He was killed in a car accident his senior year of high school (the picture below was taken shortly before then). Although I was only 9 when it happened, I still have memories of him and think of him often, especially every Sept. 30. I have thought of him today probably more than I have any other Sept. 30 that I can recall. I'm not sure why. I just can't help but think of what he'd be like now, where he'd be living, etc. He was just so young. I remember it being a sad time for our entire family.
Sorry to sadden the mood here, but I DO think it's important to remember those who have lost loved ones even if it has been years and years ago.
Kyle was loved and is missed everyday by us all.
I hope you're all enjoying the weather as much as I am! According to a student of mine (who says he's going to be a meteorologist), it's supposed to be rainy and "thunderstormy" again tomorrow night and maybe Friday. NOT AGAIN!
Happy Hump Day!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

PJ pants, "indoor" tailgating, and NO MORE RAIN(?)

(Before I begin; I just have to ask...did this make anyone else happy??)
Hello, loyal readers. I hope you're enjoying a lazy Sunday afternoon like I am!
Despite the fact that I was home sick from work Friday, it seemed as though it was really just a 24-hour thing. I basically stayed in my PJ pants and rested all weekend, and while I still don't feel 100%, I feel much better than I did 2 days ago. Kris, Rob, Henry, Heather, and Trey were all in town for the weekend, and we'd all planned on tailgating before the game THAT WE SHOULD HAVE WON!
I had already decided that I was going to crash on my parents' couch (wearing my PJ pants of course) and watch the game. I expected to be home alone, assuming the rest of my family would go to the game as planned. Although I was disappointed that it DID rain, causing players and loyal fans to get soaked, it caused my sisters, Henry, and Trey to decide to stay home, and that selfishly made ME happy. :) That meant I got to hang out with this cutie patootie longer...
(take a look at Henry's hair after a nap...totally UNexaggerrated!)

Kristen had done so much planning and preparing for the tailgate and she was determined that we WOULD tailgate despite the weather, (those of you who know Kristen are probably not surprised at this) so she decided to cook, decorate, and fix up my parents' dining room to look like a tailgate. I didn't complain A BIT.Kristen has never been known to "skimp" when it comes to decorating!Here's to the start of a new week, which I think is going to include SUNSHINE!!! :)

Monday, September 21, 2009

I'm going to be....

That's right! I found out last week that my little sis is going to be a mommy! Can I just tell you how excited I am? Mainly because I'm the best aunt ever ;), but also because I can't wait to see Heather and Trey as parents. They're going to be perfect for the job.
I can't wait to see these two with a little girl baby! Hurry up, April! (Oh, and in case you can't tell, I am CONVINCED that baby Skaggs is going to be a little girl. Obviously, I love LOVE having a nephew and I could have 20 more of him if I could. BUT, I just have "aunt tuition"'s a girl. Trust me).

Head on over to their blog and congratulate them yourselves!

Friday, September 18, 2009

a few things.

Hello, all.
I'm much too tired right now to think (much less write) in complete sentences, so I'm going to express my thoughts in number form.
1. I'm tired. This has not been a bad week; it's just been excrutiatingly long. LOOOOONG. My teacher intern is fabulous, which is really making my job easy. I'm still tired.
2. "The Office" made me happy last night.
3. MSU plays Vandy tomorrow night. GO DAWGS!
4. Did I mention that I'm tired?

Monday, September 14, 2009

Come out, come out, wherever you are!

If you're a regular reader, you know that a couple of times a year I like to find out who's keeping up with my exciting somewhat random little life.
You know what to do...
leave a comment and tell me who you are (whether I know you personally or not!)! It's fun to see how many people stop by. Also, if you've got a blog, and you're not on my blog list, let me know and I'll add you!
Don't leave me hanging! COMMENT! :)

Sunday, September 13, 2009

SA Class of 1999

Our 10 year reunion was a blast! I'm so very glad I went. In high school, I was the annoying girl who walked around with a camera, constantly taking pictures. As you can see by my slideshow, not much has changed! Ha! I'm pretty sure everyone just expected it from me.
Anyway, it would have taken entirely too long, and way too much room to post every picture individually, so I made another slideshow (via Enjoy!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Idol, Ellen, and 9/11

I am a true American Idol fan and have been for YEARS. I love music (and secretly wish I could sing), enjoy competition, and, well, I kinda think Simon is sexy. :) I have also become quite attached to the other judges; Randy, Paula, and the new addition, Kara, who I think is just a doll. I'm not big on change though, so I was saddened to hear that Paula was leaving the show! I mean...part of what made it so great was PAULA...her clothes, her dancing, and her absolutely bizarre comments. I mean...I'm just going to miss her.

It was recently announced that Ellen will be taking her place. I'm just a little unsure about this. I will give her a shot, but I'm worried that I'm going to be disappointed. Thoughts??

On a more serious note, I woke up thinking about what happened to our country exactly 8 years ago. I don't have a very good memory, but I do remember exactly where I was when this tragedy occurred. I was in college and living in the KD house. I'm sure I'll never forget that day.

I'm watching a documentary of 9/11 right now, and while I'm not really seeing anything I haven't seen before, it still hurts my heart and gives me chills to think about.

"This is a day when all Americans from every walk of life unite in our resolve for justice and peace. America has stood down enemies before, and we will do so this time. None of us will ever forget this day, yet we go forward to defend freedom and all that is good and just in our world. Thank you. Good night and God bless America."
-George W. Bush 9/11/01


Sunday, September 6, 2009

sisters? really?

This picture of me and my pretty sister, Kristen was taken at the KD reunion a couple of weeks ago. I'm very aware that she and I don't even look like sisters, and looking at this picture makes me see that we really do have very few similarities!
Being sisters, here are some things you'd think we just might have in common:
1. eyes? Nope. Hers are very blue, mine are hazel, and you can actually SEE hers!:)
2. nose? Nothing alike.
3. hair? We both have a natural curl, but that's about it.
4. smiles? no.
5. body shape? Um...NO.Isn't it odd how 2 girls who share the same parents and are only 2 years apart can look SO different???
(Side note: We DO have the same feet. We both have a lovely "gap" between our big toe and 2nd toe. Thanks for that, Dad!)
Now, me and Heather? Well...that's a different story...

Friday, September 4, 2009

Friday Flashback... high school reunion is next weekend. I have been going through old pictures this week, trying to find pictures for our directory. I found these very unfortuntate pictures gems that I just had to share. I wish someone had taught me about eyebrow wax and exercising back then! HA!


Thursday, September 3, 2009

who's ready???

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

too good not to share!

I got this forward from a friend earlier, and while I'm not one to spend time reading forwards, this one caught my attention. Perfectly hilarious.

-More often than not, when someone is telling me a story all I can think about is that I can't wait for them to finish so that I can tell my ownstory that's not only better, but also more directly involves me.
-Nothing stinks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.
-I don't understand the purpose of the line, "I don't need to drink to have fun." Great, no one does. But why start a fire with flint and sticks when they've invented the lighter?
-Have you ever been walking down the street and realized that you're going in the complete opposite direction of where you are supposed to be going? But instead of just turning a 180 and walking back in the direction from which you came, you have to first do something like checkyour watch orphone or make a grand arm gesture and mutter to yourself to ensure that no one in the surrounding area thinks you're crazy by randomly switching directions on the sidewalk.
-I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was younger.
-Do you remember when you were a kid, playing Nintendo and it wouldn't work? You take the cartridge out, blow in it and that would magicallyfix the problem. Every kid in America did that, but how did we all knowhow to fix the problem? There was no internet or message boards orFAQ's. We just figured it out. Today's kids are soft.
-There is a great need for sarcasm font.
-Sometimes, I'll watch a movie that I watched when I was younger and suddenly realize I had no idea what the heck was going on when I first saw it.
-How in the world are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?
-I would rather try to carry 10 plastic grocery bags up my forearms than take 2 trips to bring my groceries in.
- I think part of a best friend's job should be to immediately clear your computer history if you die.
-The only time I look forward to a red light is when I trying to finish a text.
- A recent study has shown that playing beer pong contributes to the spread of mono and the flu. Yeah, if you s*ck at it.
- Was learning cursive really necessary?
- Lol has gone from meaning, "laugh out loud" to "I have nothing else tosay".
- I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.
- How many times is it appropriate to say "What?" before you just nod and smile because you still didn't hear what they said?
- I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars teams up to prevent a moron from cutting in at the front. Stay strong, brothers!
- Every time I have to spell a word over the phone using 'as in'examples, I will undoubtedly draw a blank and sound like a complete idiot. Today I had to spell my boss's last name to an attorney and said"Yes that's G as in...(10 second lapse)..ummm...Goonies"
- While driving yesterday I saw a banana peel in the road and instinctively swerved to avoid it...thanks Mario Kart.
- MapQuest really needs to start their directions on #5. Pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.
- Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.
- I find it hard to believe there are actually people who get in the shower first and THEN turn on the water.
- I would like to officially coin the phrase 'catching the swine flu' to be used as a way to make fun of a friend for hooking up with an overweight woman. Example: "Dave caught the swine flu last night."
-I can't remember the last time I wasn't at least kind of tired.
- Bad decisions make good stories.
-Whenever I'm Facebook stalking someone and I find out that theirprofile is public I feel like a kid on Christmas morning who just got the Red Ryder BB gun that I always wanted. 546 pictures? Don't mind if Ido!
-If Carmen San Diego and Waldo ever got together, their offspring wouldprobably just be completely invisible.
-Why is it that during an ice-breaker, when the whole room has to goaround and say their name and where they are from, I get so incrediblynervous? Like I know my name, I know where I'm from, this shouldn't be aproblem....
-You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at workwhen you've made up your mind that you just aren't doing anythingproductive for the rest of the day.
-Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after DVDs? I don't want to have to restart my collection.
-There's no worse feeling than that millisecond after leaning your chairback a little too far when you're sure you're going to die.
-I'm always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten page research paper that I swear Idid not make any changes to.
- "Do not machine wash or tumble dry" means I will never wash this, ever.
-I hate when I just miss a call by the last ring (Hello? Hello? Dangit!), but when I immediately call back, it rings nine times and goesto voicemail. What'd you do after I didn't answer? Drop the phone and run away?
- I hate leaving my house confident and looking good and then not seeing anyone of importance the entire day. What a waste.
-When I meet a new girl, I'm terrified of mentioning something she hasn't already told me but that I have learned from some light internet stalking.
-I like all of the music in my iTunes, except when it's on shuffle, thenI like about one in every fifteen songs in my iTunes.
-Why is a school zone 20 mph? That seems like the optimal cruising speedfor pedophiles.
- As a driver I hate pedestrians, and as a pedestrian I hate drivers, but no matter what the mode of transportation, I always hate cyclists.
-Sometimes I'll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not know what time it is.
-I keep some people's phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.
-Even if I knew your social security number, I wouldn't know what do to with it.
-Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car keys in a pocket and Pinning the Tail on the Donkey -but I bet my a - - everyone can find and push the Snooze button from 3 feet away, in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time every time...
-My 4-year old son asked me in the car the other day "Dad what wouldhappen if you ran over a ninja?" How the heck do I respond to that?
-I think the freezer deserves a light as well.
-I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with Miller Lites than Kay.
-The other night I ordered takeout, and when I looked in the bag, saw they had included four sets of plastic silverware. In other words, someone at the restaurant packed my order, took a second to think about it, and then estimated that there must be at least four people eating torequire such a large amount of food. Too bad I was eating by myself. There's nothing like being made to feel like a fatty before dinner.
(I did not write this, but I wish I had.)