Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Memorial Day Weekend {And the Joys of Dog Ownership}

This past weekend, TG was fishing in Siesta Key so I was flying solo for the day. It was SO wonderful to just have time to be alone and do whatever without worrying over school work. I layed by the pool and read. I'm almost finished reading The Help. I like it a lot and I'm so excited to see the movie when it comes out!

Sunday we ran some errands, hit up Pinkberry, and then lounged around until it was time to go to the movies. We saw Something Borrowed and we both liked it. I've heard a lot of people say that it wasn't that great and I know it didn't get awesome reviews. I mean, I was not expecting it to be some award-winning piece of cinematic art. It's a romantic comedy/chick flick. I enjoyed it and enjoyed seeing John Krazinski for 2 hours as well. After the movie, we walked over to one of our favorite restaurants downtown, Cassis. We got a couple of drinks and headed home.

Yesterday, we took the dogs over to Davis Island to swim. We came home thoroughly pleased with how exhausted the dogs were.

We dropped the dogs off at the house and headed to the store to grab groceries. When we came back, one of the dogs had had an accident (without getting to graphic...explosive, you know.) Luckily the majority of it was water. (Yes, I just said that.) They always swallow a lot of water while swimming but it's not usually a big deal.

For a solid 5 minutes or so, TG and I just stared at each other. Speechless. Then it was time for teamwork. It was no easy feat but it was done.

When you first get a puppy, you don't think about all of these type of incidences that may occur. You certainly don't think about the vet bills you'll face when your sweet dog eats a tide-to-go pen. Or an entire tube of chapstick. Or the first 30 pages of a book.

When I was picking Barkley out, thoughts of messes that need Stanley Steamer services did not enter my mind.

And the crazy thing is...they're so worth it. It's like a happiness tax. They bring so much joy to us each day but sometimes we have to pay a little bit.

Note: These were not my thoughts as I was scrubbing the carpet yesterday.

I couldn't help but think of Forrest Gump saying "Shit happens".

Thursday, May 26, 2011

The Last Thursday of May

I always have the hardest time coming up with a title for my posts. This one rhymes so that's kind of catchy, right?

I feel like my head has been spinning for the last 2 weeks. Spinning with grad school work, Spinning with stress over our next move, Spinning with questions. Will we love Chicago? Are we 100% sure it's the right move? What neighborhood will we live in? Can we handle the winters? Should I get a full-time job and cut back on grad school courses? Grown up questions. Boo.

But most of all, my head is spinning with things that I'd like to do but just can't seem to fit in. Nothing absolutely urgent. But the extras.

Like...more exercise.
Like...seeing the Hangover 2 and Something Borrowed.
Like...getting frozen yogurt (It's been like a month since my last cup. Hello withdrawl!)
Like...laying by the pool.
Like...cleaning my closet.
Like...read the newest issue of Southern Living.
Like...browse around Target.
Like...read blogs and sip a chai tea latte.
Like...paint my nails.
The list goes on.

TG is going fishing out in the gulf with some friends this weekend. So I think I will check some of these things off my list on Saturday. Speaking of TG, he ate a peach at lunch and had an allergic reaction. He's been eating peaches his entire life. I suppose that says something about all of the pesticides and yuck they spray on our produce. He called and asked me if I had an EPI pen at the house. Umm, no dear...seeing as neither of us has a life threatening allergy.

*I was, however, thrilled with his appropriate use of our "911 system". It's not so much of a system but more of a "if there's an emergency, text me 911" code. In the past I have abused the 911 system. Apparently Barkley having a poop explosion in the living room isn't an emergency. Neither is the vacuum cleaner breaking.

I digress.

While I'm not certain of all of the answers to these questions. I am certainly glad we're doing this together (TG and I, that is). Living together has really made us a team. There isn't anyone I'd rather do life with.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Wedding Weekend in Atlanta

This past weekend we attended the most fabulous wedding. One of TG's best friends from high school got married in Atlanta. The church was absolutely beautiful. It is honestly one of the best weddings I've ever been to.

We met up with some of TG's buddies on Friday night. Shenanigans ensued.

The wedding on Saturday night. They served southern-inspired food at different stations. My favorite was the station that featured "Mason Jar Stackers". These had a mini sweet potato corn bread muffin on the bottom, topped with pulled pork and cole slaw. On top was a small piece of fried okra. So good! And they looked adorable served in mini mason jars.

We enjoyed great food, great drinks, and even better company. And there was plenty of dancing.

TG's Atlanta friends are some of the nicest people I've ever met. Needless to say, we are exhausted from attempting to relive our glory days. We don't recovery nearly as quickly.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Bridesmaids & Happiness

Hello friends! Last night, TG and I went to the 10p.m. showing of Bridesmaids. I don't know the last time I've laughed that hard. Kristen Wiig is absolutely hysterical. There were a few parts in the middle that some might say (TG) were slightly boring but even those parts proved funny. Since I refuse to be robbed at the movie concession stand, we made a quick stop at the gas station en route to the movies. I still want to see Something Borrowed. I was so excited for it to come out but all of the mixed reviews I've heard have kinda deterred me.

Little things that are making me happy this week:
  • My bamboo plant. It has rocks in it and all I have to do is add water. I don't exactly have a green thumb so this was a good call on TG's part. Bonus: it's supposed to be lucky.
  • We are heading to Atlanta friday morning. One of TG's best friends from high school is getting married.
  • The prospect of seeing the Bodies exhibit on Saturday while in Atlanta. (Nerd Alert). Has anyone been? I've heard it's amazing.
  • The previews for the movie The Help. It looks so good. I'm reading the book right now and looove it.
  • Texts from my sister. She helped me decide what to wear to the wedding through text message pictures. Technology is crazy, isn't it?
  • Barkley laying right behind me while I'm trying to do yoga. He truly has no concept of personal space. Namaste dog.
Happy Tuesday!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Kindness (Some suggestions)

Say "Good morning" to a person standing next to you in the elevator.
Pay for the person behind you in the drive-thru line
Bring a box of doughnuts to share at the office.
Take a minute to direct someone who is lost, even though you're rushing.
Write a letter to a child who could use some extra attention.
Give a homeless person your doggie bag.
Say "I love you" to someone you love.
Put a coin in an expired meter.
Forgive someone a debt–and never bring it up again.
Listen with all your senses.
Put your shopping cart back in its place.
Throw away your trash—and someone else's—after a movie, picnic or visit to a park.

taken from Oprah (of course.)

image via

*filed under: things I need to remember.*

Monday, May 9, 2011

Point taken.

The following conversation took place via text message this morning.

TG: I overslept and didn't have time to take a shower this a.m. Definitely need one at lunch.
Me: Smelly.
TG: I feel disgusting.
TG: I can't believe you are like this all of the time.
Me: Haha. Point taken.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to my sweet mom who...

has loved me unconditionally.

made me feel beautiful even in my awkward, chubby, adolescent years.

helped me with countless school projects.

let me cry/ugly cry on her shoulder when my heart was broken.

reminded me that pretty is as pretty does.

taught me to be kind and help others.

taught me the importance of making mistakes in order to learn.

encouraged me to do my best.

let me know that being myself was always great. And always enough.

Thank you mama. I think you're pretty great!


Friday, May 6, 2011

My Sister's Visit

My sister visited during her spring break a few weeks ago.

We had a such a good time just catching up...enjoying dinners and lunches al fresco...lounging pool side...making TG take pictures of us. We're vain like that.

Here are some highlights:

How cute is this mailbox? Love.

Spending the day on the beach. The water was still pretty cold but some crazy people were still swimming.

Of course frozen yogurt was a must.

...Iced coffee was also a necessity.
Not to mention we had the best deviled eggs ever. The green ones had avocado, jalapeno, and a little bacon on top. Delish!

I'm already looking forward to her next visit.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

I'm still here.

The past few weeks have been crazy and I have, indeed, neglected my little blog. I just got back into town last night from being in NC with my family. It went by so fast and was much too short. A lot has happened in the world since my last post. Terrible tornadoes wrecked the South. The Royal Wedding. Osama bin Laden was killed. Eesh! Quite the week.

I still can't get over Kate Middleton's wedding dress. Absolute perfection. By far the most gorgeous gown I've ever seen. (My Kate Middleton obsession continues...)

One of my sweet friends from college got married on Saturday. It was so great to see my best girlfriends from college. And the bride looked gorgeous, of course.

I thought these garden things were too cute.

*these pictures aren't great because they were taken with my little camera and not the SLR.

The rest of my time home was spent hanging out with my family and visiting my grandparents. Both of my grandmothers are class-act women. One is a country mouse and the other more of a city mouse. City mouse grandma makes magic happen in the kitchen. And I'll go ahead and say she makes the best cakes this side of the mason-dixon. Country mouse grandma is one of the most warm people I have ever met. She makes me laugh. Oddly enough, country mouse grandma has an ipad. Needless to say, I enjoy the company of both.

It was also good to visit with my papa (who belongs to country mouse grandma). He is having some heart related health issues. So if you're a praying person, please pray for his improved health!

Yesterday I had lunch with my friends, Amy and Joslyn before heading to the airport. I was thankful we were able to meet for lunch. Sometimes it's so hard to squeeze so much into such a short trip home.

I miss my family already but I was certainly glad to see TG (and Barkley and Chip too).

Hopefully life will slow down just a tad so I can blog more and have a little more time with my Google reader : )

There are lots of good giveaways right now.
Head on over to Shasta's blog. She's giving away a Visa Gift card!
Let The Tide Pull Your Dreams Ashore is also having a giveaway for the cutest Nico and Lala stuff!