For one, I am not what you'd call a domestica diva. I never had a home-economics class in grade school. And, I'm not even sure I've ever sewn a button onto an article of clothing. Because of this, my idea of "hemming" has evolved into grabbing some safety pins and/or duct tape and going from there.
My mom (thank goodness) has taken notice.
At 26 years old, I am now prepared to dip my toes into the pool of domesticity (if that's a word...). Wish me luck.
This year, like every year before it, we went to the candlelight service at my childhood church. Unlike past years, though, I found myself really savoring every moment.
My favorite part - when we light our candles and sing Silent Night - has never been more meaningful. Instead of singing, I couldn't help but just take in the moment. My family, overflowing into two pews, looked so happy. So blissful.
I sat there with my wonderful husband, nephew, sister, brother-in-law, mom, dad and three grandparents. (Definitely missed my bro and Aunt J.) Somewhere around the second verse, I couldn't hold back the tears.
I thought of all the years we've been in that same place. The same moment. With the same people. Then, for whatever reason, it hit me. That thought of not knowing how much longer we'd be able to celebrate this way, with all my loved ones. Emotions overtook me.
I pretended I had something in my eye when the lights came back on. My BP knew otherwise.
I don't think I'll ever be able to make it through Silent Night again.
To my faithful (and unfaithful) readers, may your stockings be filled with your favorite treats, your homes filled with laughter and your hearts filled with love.
"Political correctness" aside... Merry Christmas to all!
I found this incredibly interesting. As a person with absolutely no background in law, I would think that I'd want to be taught by lawyers who have some hands-on experience in their field. What do you think?
2) Detroit is not as bad as I thought it'd be. (Although, I literally get off the expressway and am on campus.)
3) I miss my Mac!
4) Having a fenced in yard for Cooper is definitely less irritating.
5) I'm amazed by the diversity at WSU.
6) I love coming "home" and turning on E!
7) I miss our home.
8) I miss our beautious Christmas tree.
9) I hate not knowing things at work.
10) Traffic sucks.
11) I think I'll really enjoy working with the women in my office. (There are no men.)
12) I've never met so many lawyers in one day.
13) I miss my old officemates :(
To be continued...
After nearly two years of nothing but my own thoughts to keep me company, I rejoice at the mere thought of melodic verses and bumpin' beats.
Thank you so much to B and G! What a WONDERFUL and incredibly thoughtful anniversary gift!
* The device featured is only a representation of our gift.
A and I were able to celebrate our one-year anniversary this year with the help of our good friends, T and C, who got married on Saturday. (A BEAUTIFUL wedding, I must say.)
They say that love grows stronger over time. With A, I find this to be 110 percent true.
The moment I met my BP, I knew. He was the one who made me laugh harder and smile longer than anyone I'd ever been with before. He respected me. He believed in me. He loved me. And, I him.
Since I met him, I wake up each day feeling more lucky than the last. I am truly blessed to have such an incredible partner in life.
I love you A.
I can't believe this chapter is officially over.
It's amazing how many wonderful people and friends have come out of it.
From the gang at work to the 'ol PC, T-Town has certainly been good to us.
Man, we were very lucky.
Cheers to new chapters.
"The hardest thing to understand in the world is the income tax."
Personally, I wholeheartedly agree. (Although, I'm pretty sure I haven't really tried to understand EVERYthing in the world.)
It was one of those that I could have sat through all over again - right after it finished.
I will definitely own this movie.
*P.S. I would also like to state that Jude Law is back on my list. His smile is just brilliant.
I googled “pro-ana” and found hundreds (maybe thousands) of websites devoted to losing weight. Apparently, many “pro-ana” supporters believe that anorexia is a lifestyle choice – not a disease. In their websites, they've found a place to network with other supporters to discuss their diets, new weightloss techniques, fasts and "thinspo" (inspirational images of emaciated models and celebrities).
I can’t imagine. The pain. The agony. The hunger. The sadness.
I know there’s no stopping websites like this from popping up. I just hope parents out there are playing an active role in the children’s lives and watching their computer habits. Peer pressure and the need to fit it can take hold of anyone I suppose.
* As I was looking for a picture to accompany this post, I actually felt like I was going to vomit from seeing some of the photos. How can anybody think that's attractive?
I am so excited for you! I can't believe it's actually here!
Have a great time celebrating tonight... Wish I could be there with you!
The Bravo TV star may not be joining judges Nina Garcia and Michael Kors and host Heidi Klum (who also executive produces the show) when Runway returns for its fourth season, Entertainment Weekly reports in its new issue.
His responsibilities as chair of the fashion design department at New York City's Parsons school, where Gunn, 53, has worked for 23 years, make him unavailable for filming during the academic year.
Last season – which resulted in a win by bad-boy designer Jeffrey Sebelia – began shooting after the end of a semester. Next season's schedule reportedly has not been locked in.
"As we have in past seasons, we will find a way to work around everyone's schedules, and are confident the team will be back," said Sarah Rothman, a spokeswoman for The Weinstein Company, which produces the show.
Gunn's good-natured mentoring of the Runway contestants has made him a fan favorite – and the feeling is mutual. "I'm the luckiest man on earth," he told PEOPLE earlier this year about his newfound fame.
So, if there are any other ANTM fans out there, what did you think of the results last night? Are you glad the "loose cannon" won or were you rooting for the "bitch."
Personally, I was rooting for CD all season but, after seeing the runway "walk" last night, could have easily been swayed to the dark side.
They'll both do well.
* Side note: Tyra needs to start covering up those floatation devices of hers. They're getting to be bigger than her head and are incredibly distracting to viewers.
Have you ever been out and about, and glanced around only to see a couple wearing matching jackets, sweatshirts, pants and the like? I have. And, every time I see it I ask myself if I would ever do such a thing with my sweety.
Is it corny? Is it lame? Is it cute? I can’t decide. I think it depends on the couple and their ability to pull it off in such a way that doesn’t leave audiences wanting to put their fingers down their throats.
What do you think? Would you do it?
* This post came to mind as A and I looked in the mirror last night while we were getting ready for bed. We had both put on (without the other’s knowledge) a bright yellow shirt and gray pajama pants. Made us both crack up.
P.S. I have absolutely no idea who the people are in the above picture.
It was so wonderful. There will definitely be more strawberry sundaes in my future.
* I got mine with no nuts.
This story is just so unbelievably sad to me. Makes you want to hold on tight to your loved ones.
Read the story here.
I just can't imagine what that family is feeling right now. And, I know that my husband, like many other loving and brave significant others out there, would have totally done the same thing.
I'm certainly praying for the Kim family.
It was a very successful trip.
K's list? Completed. A's list? About five more people to go.
I decided to wrap when we got home. And, sitting in our living with our Christmas tree and other decorations, I looked around and got "that" feeling. The feeling of happiness. Of bliss. Of celebration and song. Of Christmas.
Please. Just call me Tiny Tim.
A and I went to see Me First and the Gimme Gimmes – a kick-ass cover band – on Friday in D-town. Awe. Some. They were so great. They came out in cowboy hats and aviator shades (in true SuperTroopers style) and turned songs like “Goodbye Earl” and "Jolene" into punk. (Apparently they have a new “country and western" album out.)
Other favorites included “I Believe I Can Fly,” “Rocketman,” “End of the Road,” “Seasons in the Sun,” “Rainbow Connection,” “Leaving on a Jet Plane,” “Wild World,” “Summertime,” etc. (You get the idea… I liked them all!)
Seriously, nothing beats seeing that type of crowd jam to Boyz II Men and the Dixie Chicks. Truly amazing.
One thing I don’t understand about these types of concerts, though, is the moshing and body surfing. How is that in any way enjoyable?
To learn more about the Gimme Gimmes, click here.
I realized something this week, though. Most good change – like big change – in my adult life has occurred during the winter months. I transferred from good ‘ol Suck 4 to WMU in January. A few years later, I took off for East Lansing in the winter for grad school. I obtained my first full-time job and moved to Ohio in February of 2004. I got married last December. And, now, I’m geared up to start a new job (YES! I SAID IT!) just before Christmas.
Perhaps something is written in the stars that change – for me – comes only in the wintertime. Not sure when (or why) I had this little revelation but I’m pretty sure I’m more interested in astrology and such.
Has anyone else noticed any weird patterns in their life?
Three people who make me laugh: A (my husband), M (my brother-in-law) and N (my other brother-in-law)
Three things I love: (The husband, family and friends are a given) my dog (most of the time), our new computer (I can finally watch shows online!) and clothes
Three things I hate: dishonesty, people who keep driving in a lane that is ending (mostly during construction), people who cut in line
Three things I don't understand: Inequality, why I didn't grow just a little taller, celebrity marriages
Three things on my desk: Eyedrops, a turtle candle, a learn to draw Nemo book I got for free that I'm going to give to my nephew
Three things I'm doing right now: talking to M, wishing my work was done, thinking about what to get people for Christmas
Three things I want to do before I die: travel to Europe, take the Alcatraz tour in San Francisco, spend lots of time with family and friends
Three things I can do: make a mean cheesy potato dish (thanks mom!), sing karoake (how well wasn't the question...) and write
Three things I can't do: roll my tongue, a cartwheel, fly
Three things you should listen to: your gut, your heart and your mom
Three things you should never listen to: an alarm clock, nagging, that awful "O. H. I. O." chant
Three things I'd like to learn: to speak french, to cook, learn about different cultures and religions
Three favorite foods: crab legs, key lime pie and mashed potatoes
Three beverages I drink regularly: water, milk (skim!) and Vernor's
Three TV shows I watched as a kid: TGIF (back in the good 'ol days with Full House, Perfect Strangers and such...), Punky Brewster and Growing Pains
B Furtah... It's your turn!
I really think we should have two-day work weeks more often.
Hope all of you wonderful readers had a stupendous holiday with your fam and friends... Only a few more weeks until Christmas!
I grew up loving white lights. I think they are so elegant and beautiful. My husband grew up liking colored lights. So, every year, we butt heads a bit as to how to decorate our humble abode. (This year, white lights on the front of the house and the tree, and colored lights on our back deck. Chalk one up for me.)
Anyway, are we the only couple that clashes on Christmas decor?
* Pictured above right? Our tree!
* This certainly does not beat the 'ol card sent to your house thing that you always do... You're such an awesome friend:)
Before that phone call, there was almost a sort of wall between us. Like no matter how hard I tried to understand him – my own brother – I couldn’t really get to know him.
Since then, I’ve never felt closer – even though he lives across the country in a different time zone.
I love my brother so much and respect him for being brave enough to be himself. I also thank him for all he’s taught me – whether he realizes it or not.
This weekend was J and J’s wedding. (Absolutely beautiful!) Afterward, a few of my friends and I went out on the town and managed to hit a “gay” bar.
So. Much. Fun.
We laughed, drank, danced and were merry until the wee hours.
When we left, I had an awakening.
I’ve always thought of myself as a very accepting person, but, for the first time in my life, I didn’t even think about it. I didn’t think about how there were guys flirting with guys. Only that they were people. And, they seemed to be really happy.
I woke up the next day feeling really great (with the exception of my enormous headache and upset stomach…).
Thank you, C, for helping me get to this point.
You are freakin’ awesome. You apply well, dry quickly, cost half of your competitors and last a good week without chipping.
I will continue to rave about your performance.
Revlon and Maybelline don’t stand a chance.
I think last Bond film I saw was the one with Denise Richards where she was supposed to be some kind of scientist. Definitely not very convincing.
I'd probably be open to seeing "Royale" though. You?
* P.S. I can't quite seem to figure out if I think Daniel Craig is good looking...
J and J, I wish you the best of luck! Can't wait to come over and celebrate with some pinot grigio in your bee-infested hottub:)
* The picture to the right is not that of J and her flowers. The wedding is tomorrow.
If you're into any kind of punk/alternative music, you might enjoy. They're known for covering classics and making them their own. Think "The Rainbow Connection" (yes, the song that Kermit made famous) gone punk.
Very cool. I haven't been to a concert in ages.
Check out the Gimme Gimmes at www.gimmegimmes.com.
I refuse to even post his picture on my blog.
Read the full story here.
Now, I realize that wedding photographers aren't perhaps as skilled as the photographers we work with here at the OCC. However, I do expect that they have a slightly higher skill level than, say, Great Aunt Bertha.
Anyway, I constructed a list of things that were "wrong" with our photos and sent them to our photographer (who, by the way, was somewhat of a family friend - not a good idea). I then asked him if he might just send us the master photos so I might retouch and tweak on my own.
We got our cd yesterday. I'm definitely happier. Had I not sent the email, I probably would have still been upset about this situation 30 years down the road.
Besides, everyone loves constructive criticism, right? :)
I just lost whatever remnants of respect for Fergie I once had. I liked the Black Eyed Peas. I just don't think Fergie is as "Fergalicious" as she thinks she is.
Can't wait for Gwen's new album.
B and M (Haha... "BM") are throwing around some names at the moment. They seem to like Blayne, Nathan and Andrew as middle names (for obvious reasons...). Anyway, does anyone have any ideas for a first name?
(Don't get me wrong, one of my biggest guilty pleasures in life is following and reading about celebrities. I'm not sure what it is about them. I'm just fascinated.)
But, Tom and Katie (or "Kate" I should say) just give me the heebie jeebies. He got so creepy. I wish they'd just settle in the suburbs somewhere and never be heard from again.
Other celebs I'm sick of reading about? Jen and Vince, Brad and Angie, Paris and Nicole, Lindsay Lohan, Anna Nicole Smith and K-Fed. I'm sure there are more. Fortunately, I can't think of them right now.
P.S. Does anyone else find it incredibly strange that Nicole Kidman is NEVER photographed with her and Tom's kids?
To say that I'm a little emotionally unstable these days would be an understatement. Every little thing tends to set me off. Just ask my hubby.
Tonight, though, I kept my cool. For that, I'm very proud.
– Orchids to Fridays.
– Onions to celebrity marriages.
– Onions to stupidity.
– Onions to cheap, clingy dresses.
– Onions to long drives w/o radio.
– Orchids to surprise flower deliveries.
– Onions to people writing offensive things on bathroom stalls.
– Orchids to the 2006 mid-term election results.
– Onions to people picking at their teeth around food services.
– Many years ago in Scotland, a new game was invented. It was ruled "Gentlemen Only... Ladies Forbidden"...and thus the word GOLF entered into the English language.
– Men can read smaller print than women can; women can hear better.
– Coca-Cola was originally green.
– The state with the highest percentage of people who walk to work: Alaska.
– The cost of raising a medium-size dog to the age of eleven: $6,400.
– The average number of people airborne over the U.S. in any given hour: 61,000.
– If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle. If the horse has one front leg in the air the person died as a result of wounds received in battle. If the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.
– Obsession is the most popular boat name requested.
– In Shakespeare's time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes. When you pulled on the ropes the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep on. Hence the phrase "goodnight, sleep tight."
– In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts... So in old England, when customers got unruly, the bartender would yell at them "Mind your pints and quarts, and settle down." It's where we get the phrase "mind your P's and Q's."
* Brought to you by my friend, D.
Election Day numbers Tuesday showed the controversial proposal winning by a wide margin. Michigan becomes the third state to outlaw giving preferential treatment to groups or individuals based on their race, gender, color, ethnicity or national origin for public employment, education or contracting purposes.
With 99 percent of precincts reporting, 58%, or 2,129,506 people, voted yes on Proposal 2 and 42%, or 1,538,520 voters, opposed it.
The proposal was largely prompted by a 2003 U.S. Supreme Court decision that upheld a general affirmative action admissions policy at the University of Michigan's law school but struck down the undergraduate admission formula as too unyielding because it awarded points based on race.
U-M is the only university in the state that uses affirmative action to a great extent in admissions, but all public colleges and universities would have to reevaluate their outreach, scholarship and grant awards if they benefit gender or racial or ethnic groups. Programs that target specific groups in K-12 schools also would be affected.
According to a poll of voters conducted by Mitchell Research and Communications Inc. of East Lansing, voters under age 40 were the only group to oppose the measure in significant numbers on Tuesday.
Men overwhelmingly supported the ban; women narrowly opposed it. Democrats opposed it while Republicans and independents favored it. Black voters strongly opposed the proposition, but it was passing among white voters.
"Most" Americans "understand?" Interesting...
Pride certainly is a tough thing to swallow. Continuing down a path for the sake of pride, though, might not necessarily be in the best interest of our country.
Time to reinvent and refocus. Maybe there's still hope for you yet BS.
Read the full scoop here.