Two months. Talk about a long time gone. That was actually rather unplanned. I may suck at writing consistently, but some reason plenty of you keep following along. I promise to do better! Needless to say, this semester has been insane. A few snippets of where my time has gone this semester. I will probably come back to a lot of these in detail in the future!
Fun with Friends
I’ve had a lot of fun with various friends this semester. My friends Matt and Claire moved to a new house, so I helped them. Gail, Puff, Bimmer and I try to meet up once a month and when the weather finally warmed up, I was able to get in a baseball game!
Fun with Family
Ok. So I realize that ending on work and hospital stuff makes it sound all awful. They are just at the bottom because they call me the most stress and I like to talk about them the least. While they are big, there has also been a lot of fun stuff too and it has just taken up all my spare time. When I get home at night I am much more interested in catching up with my family or curling up with a book to destress than blogging…. but I am determined to do better! Stay tuned!
I actually use this one and have had it used in my presence by others: I do declare!
This is generally used at the start of a sentence and is an exclamation of some sort…. frustration, surprise, etc. Example, ” I do declare, I have not seen you in a coons age!”
My friends in New England… I’m so sorry. I know your winter has been a crappy one and full of so much more snow than normal. Down here in the South, we are getting our first blast of wintery weather. Now, we have had some seriously cold days (it was 11 degrees one morning last month) but we have had no ice or snow yet. That is about to change. We have some weather coming our way, and while it is really not going to hit my part of the state, it will hit the upper region and schools are being closed already. They may get an inch of snow, maybe…. but things are still closing. Because this is how southerners and northerners differ on winter weather….
Tonight I went out for a fun night on the town celebrating my old friend, Rach. We’ve been friends for nearly 15 years and today was her 33rd birthday! In honor of her I am throwing back to her birthday dinner in 2004.
We had a tame group dinner at Outback that year. Tame after the craziness of her 21st the year before that had a surprise party, jello shot Twister and ended with a foot through the wall. I think…. it is all a little hazy now. So 11 years later I got to help her ring in her 33rd with a fun night out at a ritzy restaurant surrounded by friends…. can’t wait to see where we all are in another 10 years!
Y’all… I must have heard some variation on this from my Grandma every other day of my life until I was 18 and I left for college.
It is just a quaint way of saying being a good and kind person is important and if you treat people with kindness and love from the heart, that is more important than being pretty in looks. Being pretty is how you treat others, not how you look. Seriously… drilled.into.my.head. If my Grandma had sewed, I am sure she would have made a damn sampler and hung it over my head. You know the kicker of the whole thing though…. as I mentioned a couple of days ago I went to Cincy and had time with Lili…. and I TOTALLY TOLD HER THIS.
Full circle folks. Life is weird and words to live by: Pretty is as pretty does.
December is a bit of a blur. Three separate holiday parties for work alone, a weekend in GVegas, shopping, parties and gatherings with friends and family, a trip to Cincinnati… it was a little nuts- even with two weeks of winter vacation! Then the start of the semester means I am just getting to recapping it now. A few highlights from the family and friends advenutres
Weekend in GVegas
One weekend in December I headed down to GVegas to spend the holidays with Gail, Puff and Bimmer.
For several years I’ve drive out to the middle of the suburbs with them to see this house that goes all out with their lights. I mean, it has a Facebook page and it takes them three months to put the things up… it is pretty and crazy at the same time.
My favorite part of this whole display are the mini Smurf lights. These things have to be from the 1970’s but they are awesome. The giant mushrooms are an added bonus.
Cincinnati for New Years!
No food pictures, they were earlier in the week!
It was a busy and fun month! Even if I was freezing my ass off all of the time I was in Ohio. I loved spending time with all of the great family and friends in my life!
In about two weeks my cute little niece will turn four…
Somehow this tiny little baby who I was terrified to hold for fear I’d break her has grown into a cute, inquisitive and spunky almost four year old. Her parents, grandparents and aunts and uncles all adore her…. and so do I! I remember the day she was born I drove like a NASCAR driver for 500 miles to make it to the hospital in Cincinnati in time. I made it just a few minutes before the Bestie ended up having a C-section. This picture was taken the next day and I’ve adored this little girl ever since! Happy early birthday to this sweet munchkin!