Friday, May 30, 2008

Bags, shoes and dresses...oh my!

Tonight is ladies' night and I went out with the girls; Charlotte, Miranda, Samantha, Carrie and Jill. My great friend Jill and I saw Sex and the City tonight and it did not disappoint! I laughed, I cried and I laughed some more. It was worth sitting in a crowded theater with popcorn chomping, cackling women who wouldn't or couldn't shut up! Totally worth it! (It was also the worst place to be if you were a woman who just spent $5 on a medium soda and you have held your bladder since the previews.)

I won't spoil it for those of you who didn't see it yet, but I loved it and if you were a fan of the show, you too will love it. I wasn't sure how I would like Jennifer Hudson. I was a big fan of hers when she was on American Idol, in fact she was the best that season, but this is SATC! How can someone else join the cast, a girl no less? I was wondering how she would "fit in". Well she was okay, kinda cute actually. This was not an Oscar worthy performance by any means, but her character played an integral part in the storyline at the end. All the regulars are back too! It was like you hadn't seen your best friends in 10 years. I love them, just about every girl can relate to one of them. (I'm a little like all of them I think, well maybe not Samantha.) It was fabulous!
After the movie we went to dinner at Boston St. Food and Spirits where I indulged in some crab cakes and of course a Cosmo. Now this is the first alcoholic beverage that has touched my lips since well over a year ago but I had to have it. (Oh, and we didn't get carded...Bitch!) I am a loud talker normally, but get a little liquor in me and my voice gets even LOUDER. It's a good thing we were sitting in our own little room. We were laughing and having a great time talking baby and just enjoying some good adult conversation. I love ladies' night! Here's to girlfriends...

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

My hero

"True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost."

~Arthur Ashe

This is so true, and so true of my husband. When hurricane Katrina hit us my husband's first priority was getting us out safely. Once we were safe he returned to "do his job" as he put it. Now let me first say that this is his job in U.S. Coast Guard, but it was not mandatory for anyone to come back and go to work. Chad is very selfless, this is one of the many reasons why I love him. He didn't ask me if he could come back or if he should come back, he just came back.

Did anyone catch Extreme Makeover: Home Edition when they were here in NOLA? Chad was invited to be a part of the show as one of the first responders. He declined. He doesn't consider himself a hero, it was his duty. We urged him to do the show but he said he would rather stay home with his new baby and his family (Bryn was two days old). He also said that he would probably "choke Ty Pennington with his megaphone" I think were his exact words.

I can only imagine what he went through. Sleeping (or lack thereof) in the "tent city" they had put together, seeing the suffering, Geraldo Rivera, and the smell (or is that the smell of Geraldo Rivera?). The smell alone he said is burned into his brain. (I will save that story for another day).

This is a picture of him with some of his crew on the levy. He is on the far left standing like Captain Morgan.

I am so inspired

My Memorial Day was spent watching the Jon and Kate plus 8 marathon on TLC. I love this show (couldn't agree with you more Two Pretzels ). Kate Gosselin is an amazing woman. I have three to her eight and sometimes I feel like pulling my hair out. Her house is immaculate, I know what you are going to say. She has it cleaned so that they can film. I don't think that is entirely true. I have seen enough of the show to know that she is a bit of a clean freak. In that respect we are a lot alike. However she has the patience of a Saint, something that I lack.

After watching the show and seeing how they handle eight children under the age of eight, I feel inspired. If they can do it with eight I can certainly do it with three. Granted she has the help of family and friends, again something I am lacking, but not all the time. Love her or hate her, what she does on a daily basis is truly amazing. She is so organized and put together, I strive to be as great as she is. I love that she and Jon have a plan. They plan everything, (they kind of have to). Plus I love the banter between Jon and Kate. It reminds me of Chad and myself.
So many times I think that I can't do something because my children are holding me back, like shopping. I shouldn't give a crap what everyone else thinks of me or my children. We are a family and we go together.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

My green thumb

I love tropical, exotic plants and flowers. This is an amaryllis, a flowering bulb native to South Africa and related to the lily. It is commonly called a "naked lady". I thought I would share this beautiful flower with you. I bought it two Christmas' ago. This is the first time it has bloomed since I got it. I was so excited. I kept cutting it back and cutting it back because it would grow but not bloom. Finally! It seems to love my bathroom.

What's on my DVR?

I am so busy I really don't have much time to watch TV. I record everything that I must watch. Then I can watch them at my own pace. Chad and I have rules that we don't delete each other's shows. I told him that if he touches my shows I will kill him in his sleep. (I am kidding! Seriously, he better not.) I have all summer to watch this stuff and the other things I am planning on recording. I will watch them, eventually...
Here is the run down on what is on my DVR.
  • Three episodes of LOST
  • Two episodes of Grey's Anatomy
  • The Office season finale (I did watch this, but I have to see it again.)
  • Miami Ink (last week)
  • Top Chef (last week)
  • The Soup (I almost said Talk Soup again. I am really showing my age!)
  • Ugly Betty (I don't watch this show, I just wanted to see Chrisitan Siriano)
  • Four episodes of Ni Hao Kai-Lan (Nickelodeon cartoon for my 4 year-old. He loves this show. He may have an Asian thing.)
  • House season finale
  • Bones season finale
  • Four episodes of Flight of the Conchords
  • Knocked Up (love this movie)
  • Georgia Rule (I have every intention on watching this...really I do.)
  • Saturday Night Live with Steve Carell
  • Oprah Winfrey (Dr. OZ helps people with OCD. Apparently I have a hoarding disorder when it comes to shows on my DVR.)
  • Two more episodes of SNL (I already watched them but just in case)
  • Throwdown with Bobby Flay (There is an awesome recipe on there for fried chicken.)
  • Ghosthunters (Chad's)
  • Every football game the Colts played last season. (These are my husbands. You know so he can go through the games play by play and try to help them improve next season. I know Coach Dungy is relying on him!)

I am ashamed to admit this but I am planning on recording Living Lohan. What is wrong with me?!

Friday, May 23, 2008

Is that what I think it is?

So I am driving to work the other day, it is 6:00 in the morning, and I see something on the side of the road. I am always looking around on my drive. I drive the interstate and it goes through a wooded area. I have been making this drive since January and never really saw anything that exciting maybe an occasional nutria. I looked off to my left in the woods and there was a little furry thing with what looked like stripes. I did a double take and I was already passed it so I couldn't really see it well. I thought it was a pig! I told my husband and he said that there are wild boars here. I knew that but I didn't expect to actually see one. I thought they kind of stayed hidden. Obviously I don't know much about them. Chad thought that I was seeing things or that it was a nutria. Yesterday he drove me to work so he could do some work on the car and low and behold we both saw it, in the same spot. Just eating and swinging it's little tail. Only in Louisiana!!

This is what it looked like. Everything is cute when it's a baby!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Ten years!!

Today I have been married for 10 years! When I look back to May 22, 1998 I could never imagine being at this point in my life. Three beautiful children, a great job, and living in New Orleans. We've made mistakes and argued about things that now seem trivial, but I wouldn't change a thing. Those little trials and tribulations have only made us stronger. I love my husband more than ever! Thanks for putting up with me Chad!

The tenth anniversary is tin and I wanted to get him something traditional. So here it is, a new phone. (He also got an iPod and new clothes. )

Monday, May 19, 2008

Like totally um ya know?!

Nothing totally completely dumbs down a conversation than the use, or improper use, of these words. Um I am guilty! I like use these words unconsciously. It is an awful way to speak and I am like totally trying to change ya know!

Something to ponder

Why do days off go by so much quicker than work days?

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Ten years and counting...

My ten year anniversary is coming up on the 22nd. I have been hinting around at what I would like but I don't think that my husband can take a hint. I want a new wedding band. When we got married we were both kind of poor so I opted for a plain gold band and the much nicer more expensive platinum engagement ring. I haven't been wearing my ring because one of the brackets that flank the diamonds is loose. Here is me hinting around:

I really need to get my ring fixed and while I am there maybe I will check out some bands.


Isn't the tenth anniversary the 'buy your wife a new band' anniversary?

He ignores me. But this is what he said to me the other day:

Chad: I really wish I had some music to listen to while I am at the gym or jogging.

Me: Really? Do you want to borrow my iPod? (I got a dirty look.)

Chad: No!

Me: Do you want one for our anniversary? I was going to get you satellite radio but if you would rather an iPod I will get you what you want.

Chad: I don't want a gift.

Me in my head: Well I do and it better be a good one!

So like a good wife with my first paycheck back to work I went out and bought him an iPod and an itunes card. See, I can take a hint!

I got a Neti Pot!

Okay this I did see on Oprah and I thought I should give it a try. I suffer from allergies and asthma and get frequent nose bleeds. It is even worse since I moved to Cajun Country. The pollen and mold mixed with the humidity is hell on my hair, uh I mean nose. I tried it out and I was pleasantly surprised. It felt kind of weird at first but then refreshing. I however did not perform "Neti Pot yoga", I looked ridiculous enough with this thing hanging out of my nose. All I did was use a tissue and blew my nose. I will keep using it and see if it makes a difference in my allergies. Salt water is certainly cheaper than Zyrtec. If I decide that it doesn't work out at least I have a cute little watering can for my herb garden!

This video cracks me up!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

To wean or not to wean

What is the deal with Suri Cruise and the bottle? She's TWO! Does anyone else think this is weird? We are talking about the Crazy Cruises but c'mon! My kids were off the bottle by one. It must be a Scientology thing.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

100 scenes: 26-50...

26. Sitting on the front porch with my grandparents and just hanging out.
27. My first plane trip to Florida.
28. Parasailing in Key West and seeing a shark (drop me in this water and I will sue!)
29. Going on the rip cord at Cedar Point with my husband and my ex-brother in law
30. My dad taking me shopping at City Center and letting me get whatever I wanted for my high school graduation
31. The neighborhood block party and staying up late riding our bikes around the neighborhood
32. Swimming in the ocean in Myrtle Beach with my dad on rafts. We were so far out that the lifeguards were waving us in. There were also all these fish jumping out of the water and my dad said “There is only one reason fish would jump out of the water…get your hands and feet out of the water.” We were laughing so hard because we looked like idiots.
33. My grandpa taking Chad and I to The Original hot dog place, Anderson’s, and then getting us ice cream afterward.
34. Listening to Hayden sing “Here I am” by Tracy Silverman at bedtime when he was 2. (It’s on a bedtime CD called On a Starry Night. It’s really great!)
35. Upon bringing Hayden home from the hospital and not knowing what to do with him, we stayed up with him and just held him and watched movies by the fire.
36. Riding in my grandpa’s big ol’ LTD. The smell and the warmth of the red vinyl seats in the sun, listening to Along Comes Mary by The Association.
37. Looking into my children’s eyes and just starring in awe.
38. My 6th birthday. I got a 'Lucy' from Peanuts watch.
39. Going to JoJo’s for pizza and playing Forever in Blue Jeans by Neil Diamond and Elvira by The Oak Ridge Boys over and over.
40. Getting a great opportunity to go to a NASCAR race at MIS to see Greg Biffle. We sat in the pits, and we even got to sit in the rumble seat (above the pits where the crewcheif sits). Then he won! Nicole, his girlfriend and now wife, dragged us to the winner’s circle and we got our pictures taken like celebrities and we were on TV. 06/19/2005 Father’s Day.
41. Going to Saks Fifth Ave in Chicago with my friend Melissa and trying on fancy hats, we were 12.
42. Having my grandparent’s house filled with over 100 reptiles and amphibians (they were on their way to a reptile show. My uncle’s best friend owns Reptile Land in Pennsylvania). I got to hold a very large python.
43. Receiving an ‘honorable mention’ at the Governor’s Art Show in Columbus. It was a tribute to Andy Warhol. He did a silkscreen of Marilyn Monroe, I did Madonna. It was my favorite piece I had ever done. (My art teacher stole it, apparently he really liked it too!)
44. Being in the front row at The House of Blues and seeing the Kings of Leon. We saw them afterward and I was too shy to say anything to them.
45. Graduating from ultrasound school Magna Cum Laude.
46. My first car...I wrecked it.
47. The blizzard of '78. We got picked up on a snow mobile and rode to my grandparents house.
48. Going to the lake house with all my family. I would catch frogs and crawfish, hang out on the beach and play cards. It was a blast.
49. My grandma taking me to see E.T.
50. The canoe trip with my boss. We all had water cannons and it was freezing! I also got my head stuck in the canoe (don't ask). We were drinking needless to say. A good time was had by all!

The best gift ever

Today is Mother's Day and I awoke to my boys running into my room to wish me a Happy Mother's Day with kisses and hugs. Nobody even had to tell them what day it was, they knew. Of course daddy went shopping for them and bought a card with a great gift, but my favorite gift was from my 8 year old, Hayden. He made me a card (I cried when I read it) and he painted a flower pot and put flowers in it. The flowers were kind of mangled because he had it hidden, but I love it just the same. These are the gifts that I will cherish forever!

Friday, May 9, 2008

Everyday is Mother's Day!

Everyday is mother's day, or at least it should be. Being a mom means that you make sure your kids have clean clothes. It's giving your son the last piece of pizza even if you are still hungry. It's waking up at 3 in the morning for a feeding and not complaining about it. It's driving all over kingdom come for the newest transformer figure. It's watching Spongebob Squarepants for the billionth time in one day! It's changing poopy diapers. It's cooking a healthy dinner. It's going to every basketball game even if you just got off work and you are exhausted. It's wiping the tears away. It's a kiss before bed, every night. It's helping your second grader with his homework. It's kissing your baby for the first time. Being a mom is the most difficult job in the world, but it is the most rewarding!
Happy Mother's Day!

Monday, May 5, 2008

Cinco de Mayo: Feliz Cumpleanos a ti!

Today is a special day, not only is it a day to celebrate Mexican history with a margarita or two, but its also a day to celebrate birthdays.

My dear friend L'Oreal turned the big 3-0 today! Happy birthday!! I hope you have a fabulous day!
Killian, my boxer, is dog years. He is so lovable. Happy birthday Killy.
I can't imagine my life without either of you, thanks for being born ;o)

Sunday, May 4, 2008

A little gingecation

This is according to Wikipedia, I love Wikipedia.

Red hair (also referred to as auburn, ginger or titian) varies from a deep orange-red through burnt orange to bright copper. It is characterized by high levels of the reddish pigment pheomelanin and relatively low levels of the dark pigment eumelanin. People with red hair are often referred to as redheads. Approximately 1% to 2% of the human population has red hair. It occurs more frequently (between 2% and 6% of the population) in northern and western Europeans, and their descendants, and at lower frequencies throughout other parts of Europe, Asia and Africa. Red hair appears in people with two copies of a recessive gene on chromosome 16 which causes a change in the MC1R protein. It is associated with fair skin color, freckles, and sensitivity to ultraviolet light, as the mutated MC1R protein is found in the skin and eyes instead of the darker melanin. Cultural reactions have varied from ridicule to admiration; many common stereotypes exist regarding redheads, and they are often portrayed as the “fiery-tempered redhead”.

Here are some famous redheads throughout history, some I have to admit I did not know of.
1. Christopher Columbus
2. Van Gogh (Bonaduce kinda resembles him, ya think?)
3. Queen Elizabeth I
4.William Shakespeare
5. George Washington (really? I guess under the powdered wig)
6. Susan Sarandon
7. Geena Davis
8.Rupert Grint (Harry Potter movies)
9. Marg Helgenberger
10. Phillip Seymour Hoffman (love him)
11. Andrew Jackson
12. John Glenn (fellow Ohio native, I went to high school right next to his home town)
13. Molly Ringwald
14. Thomas Jefferson
15. Nicole Kidman
16. Ewan McGregor
17. Napoleon Bonaparte
18. Lucille Ball (natural?)
19. Wilma Flintstone
20. Lizzie Borden (mmmm)
21. General Custer
22. Emily Dickinson
23. Harold "Red" Grange (football)
24. Judas (I thought Lizzie Borden was bad)
25. Margaret Sanger
26. Ann-Margret
27. George Bernard Shaw
28. Mark Twain
29. Martin VanBuren (3 prezes!)
30. Sarah Ferguson (the original Fergie)
31. Carol Burnett
32. Ron Howard (Opie!)
33. Robert Redford
34. Eric Stoltz

The year of the ginger kid!

People magazine came out with their 100 most beautiful people issue on Friday with Kate Hudson gracing the cover. I am always curious who will make the issue. Beauty is subjective. I love unconventional beauty. What is beautiful for one may not be for another. You could be the most beautiful person but if you have a nasty disposition then you quickly become the ugliest.

I have to say that I was a little disappointed in the issue, First of all why are these Hills people in it? Why are these Hills people everywhere for that matter. I can't even watch the Kentucky Derby without seeing those idiots. In the issue I found it humorous that they asked the cast of The Hills to take a picture of themselves in the morning. All of them did it, appearing with no makeup, brushing their teeth, drinking coffee...all but one. Yep you guessed it, Heidi Montag. She took this "Glamour Shot", it was ridiculous. Props to People Mag they totally called her out saying "Really?". I love it! All in all I found the issue b o r i n g. It seems that they have the same people every year. Gee, George Clooney, Jessica Simpson...oh look Halle Berry, imagine that (they're hot, I get it)! OK its fine if you want to keep putting the same people in, but lets change it up once in a while. Here are some people I feel were left out. I love that Tina Fey is in there, but what about Amy Poehler? Drew Barrymore, has anyone noticed that she looks awesome lately? Boy that Mac guy does wonders for her. Joel McHale, a sense of humor hands down is the hottest accessory. Carl Edwards of NASCAR fame, have you seen his body? Sarah Jessica Parker, screw Maxim, Nate Berkus (WHY!?!), Chef Bobby Flay (there is something about a man in the kitchen), I could go on. Who would you add and why? Questionable beauties, Rumor Willis (Huh? I don't get it), Rachael Ray (soooo annoying), Ashlee Simpson & Pete Wentz (gross and grosser).

My favorite thing about the issue, the Year of the Redhead! Awesome! Featuring Julianne Moore, Lauren Ambrose, Christina Hendricks (?), Isla Fisher, Amy Adams and Marcia Cross. My only question, where is Conan O'Brien, Debra Messing, Cate Blanchett, Prince Harry, or Danny Bonaduce (jk) ? Thanks People, ginger kids rule!

Saturday, May 3, 2008

The fastest two minutes in sports

I was eagerly aniticipating today, the first Saturday in May, The Kentucky Derby. I watched the red carpet all the way to the end. I was cheering on the lady of the day, filly Eight Belles. She was the only filly among 19 colts and the first filly to run in the Derby since 1999, the last to win was Winning Colors in 1988. The minute the horses were out of the gates it was on. I watched, literally on the edge of my seat as they rounded the last turn on to the finish. Big Brown, was the favorite and he proved to be the safe bet. What can Brown do for you? Well, he can win you a hell of a lot of money. In second was Eight Belles, she ran her heart out, so much so that she collapsed. I saw her down and was worried, its never good when a horse is down. When the veterinarian announced that she had two compound fractures of her front ankles and she had to be euthanized I was so upset. The last time I was that upset about a horse was Barbaro in 2006. I get overly emotional when it comes to animals. I can't even watch movies about them. Eight Belles may not have beat Big Brown, but she kicked all other 18 colts' asses! R.I.P. Eight Belles.

Eight Belles and Big Brown

All too many racehorses come to a gruesome end in Mexico and Canada. End the transport to slaughter of American horses to Mexico and Canada. Go to American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act for more information.

Friday, May 2, 2008

My your truck is well equipped!

Have you been in your car, just running errands or something and you see this in front of you...

and then you spit your Starbucks across your dashboard in horror. Who is the bonehead, no pun intended, who came up with these? They are called Bull Balls, Big Boy Nuts, Truck Balls, Truck Nuts, Truck Nutz, Bumper Nuts or Biker Nutz and they are 'made to swing'. To quote Wikipedia "truck balls resemble oversized human testicles inside scrota of various colors". I'm sorry...WHAT? That is just gross. It's not manly or cool. Do you know what this says to me? That you are a douche bag who needs a set of chrome (or aluminum) balls to compensate for your..hmm..hmm...shortcomings. LOSER!

I would hate to see the Hillisarus Rex

My eight year old brought home a book about dinosaurs from the library. He was reading it to me and pointing out the dinosaurs. He pointed to one in particular and said this is a "barackasaurus". I starting laughing because this is what I pictured:

Sweet ride!

We went to Wal*Mart last night and as we were leaving my husband pointed out this little beauty.

Note the phat rims! This picture doesn't do it justice. The crap vinyl top was hand sewn together, probably not by 'Sewing Susan' and the back window, if you want to call it that, was mesh. Oh and the dash was covered in luxurious leopard (steering wheel too), the seats were faux fur (must be a member of Peta), and there were of course...fuzzy dice. Would this be what you call a "hillbilly convertible"??

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Like father, like daughter

At work my husband is revered for his 'stache, probably because some of those guys can't grow one. They joke with him that he is the mustache god and even his children have moustaches. Being the practical joker that he is, upon the birth of our daughter he took a picture of her and sent it to everyone. Here is that picture:

My dad, a patriot in the truest sense of the word

This is my dad, Veteran, retired executive, and proud Harley owner. Yes he strikes an uncanny resemblance to George Carlin, and he has his sense of humor too. My dad epitomizes what it means to be a patriot. I am not talking about someone who hangs a flag faithfully outside every 4th of July. He belongs to a group called The Patriot Guard, actually he is the captain of the group for North Carolina. If you were like me you have never heard of these people before. They are a group of motorcycle enthusiasts who ride to honor fallen heroes. They actually do much more than that. Here is their mission statement:

Patriot Guard Riders Mission Statement

The Patriot Guard Riders is a diverse amalgamation of riders from across the nation. We have one thing in common besides motorcycles. We have an unwavering respect for those who risk their very lives for America’s freedom and security. If you share this respect, please join us.We don’t care what you ride or if you ride, what your political views are, or whether you’re a hawk or a dove. It is not a requirement that you be a veteran. It doesn't matter where you’re from or what your income is; you don’t even have to ride. The only prerequisite is Respect.Our main mission is to attend the funeral services of fallen American heroes as invited guests of the family. Each mission we undertake has two basic objectives.1. Show our sincere respect for our fallen heroes, their families, and their communities.2. Shield the mourning family and their friends from interruptions created by any protester or group of protesters.We accomplish the latter through strictly legal and non-violent means. (Like crazy ass Cindy Sheehan)
To those of you who are currently serving and fighting for the freedoms of others, at home and abroad, please know that we are backing you. We honor and support you with every mission we carry out, and we are praying for a safe return home for all.

My Dad is a Veteran, he served in the army. We have many family members that have served and are currently serving, including my husband (USCG) and my nephew (USMC). I am extremely proud of my dad as he is proud to once again serve his country. The PGR (Patriot Guard Riders) keeps him very busy riding all over North Carolina and Washington D.C. He sacrifices his time. He hasn't even seen his new granddaughter yet because there are so many people that need him more. It's his way of saying 'thank you' and for 'standing for those who stood for us'.

This was my first Harley ride.