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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Grocery Store Lady

Sometimes I wonder at what point of my married life I will become the super domesticated grocery store shopping lady (SDGSSL for short)? Do you ever watch older women in the grocery store?

The other day I was at grocery store picking up every item my recipe for dinner that night called for; because who actually plans their dinners out for the week and pre-shops for said dinners? Anyways, while I started in the produce aisle (because that is where the Starbucks lady gives out free samples), I noticed a lady smelling pineapples. At first I was really grossed out by the rudeness of her sticking her nose on several fruits and setting them back down if they didn't satisfy her smell pallet. But then it hit me, as I was throwing anything in my cart that looked good because I was hungry, this was one of those SDGSSL!! I bet SDGSSL didn't break the number one rule of shopping, and come to the grocery store hungry like I did. After cursing her for assuming she didn't break the rule, I decided to follow the SDGSSL around to see if I could learn a thing or two. Like picking a golden pineapple isn't enough, you have to smell it to make sure it is just perfect.


I lingered behind, trying to act cool, as SDGSSL casually made her way to her next mission, the grapes. The only grape smell I am familiar with comes in the form of wine, so I was going to be shit up a creek if that was her technique on these babies. To my surprise she didn't sniff them, she just carefully examined a couple bags, and then I watched as she stuck her hand in the bag of grapes that past her eye exam, and plucked one of that babies of the vine and popped it in her mouth!  As I stood there thinking "Holy shit lady, this isn't a buffet, that's stealing", SDGSSL tossed the bag of grapes into her cart and moved onto the next department of the grocery store, meats.

I just knew SDGSSL had something up her sleeve for this department and couldn't wait to find out what it was. While I nonchalantly lurked behind, SDGSSL was breathing down the butchers neck. As I stalked her, she was stalking him, snatching up the first picks in all of the "manager special" markdowns. I was thrilled to learn this trick because buying meat can be expensive. I understand that the butcher is not always out there marking down proteins, so I will have to learn his schedule I suppose, I'm sure SDGSSL has it written down in her little daily planner. Because I was afraid SDGSSL was on to me following her around, I decided to lay low for a while, and meet back up with her in the flower department by the check out line.
I stood from afar watching SDGSSL admire a pretty house plant, just when I thought she was going to toss it in the cart like the bag a grapes, SDGSSL threw me for a loop. She plucked a leaf from the plant and stuck it in her pocket. Duh, why wouldn't SDGSSL have a green thumb too. She was going to go home and make a starter plant from the leaf she shoved in her pocket! After that, SDGSSL got in line to check out and my curiosity got the best of me, so I got in line directly behind her. There was no shock factor when SDGSSL pulled out coupons, but I was amazed that she had "rain checks" ( I later learned, if the store is out of a sale item, they are obligated to let you pay the sale price when the items are back in stock). As SDGSSL left the store with her half priced grocery items, I watched as some Justin Beiber looking girl rang me up for my full priced items. And since I am clearly not a  SDGSSL, I forgot half the items on my list, resulting in PB&J's for dinner.



P.S. The lady in this story, the SDGSSL, may or may not have been my mother....

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Sunday Social!

((1)) What was your Best Birthday?

The one coming up, it is not actually happening on my birthday, but the week before, 2 of my best friends are coming here to Memphis, for a celebration of all of our birthdays. I CAN'T WAIT!

((2)) What was your best vacation?

Growing up, we always vacationed at the Jersey Shore, before the guidos made a show about it. Some of my favorite childhood memories would happen on those vacations, from morning walks on the beach with my aunt, frantically gathering all of the seashells my little hands could hold to "crabbing" in the bay. There was also that one time the lifeguards had to come out and get us because our raft drifted too far...

((3)) What is the best date you have ever been on?

My husband is the king at getting us into places that need advanced reservations. One just happened to be in Disney, directly across from the Magic Kingdom, at the same time as the spectacular firework show. It was magical.

((4)) What is the best movie (quality) you have seen?

I love avatar and could watch it a thousand more times!!

((5)) What is the best TV show ending of all time?

I'm such a T.V. addict... and I get so involved in trashy reality T.V. That's why I think the "hills/laguna beach" had the best ending because it showed me how much I really get into fake "reality". I know, this is a horrible, horrible T.V. show to pick. I also liked the way full house ended, thank God Michelle got her memory back!

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

A little Weekend Recap.

On Friday Taylor's mother and step father came to town for a visit. I love showing off our new home, and will post pictures soon (I just always seem to find something else I want to add!!). It was really nice out when they arrived, so we had happy hour out on the deck. My in-laws brought their chocolate lab, Shadow, and him and Stella chased each other around for quite some time. We decided we missed the seafood readily available when we lived in NC, so we went to Joe's Crab Shack for dinner (certainly not as good, but well enough to curb the craving!).

Saturday we headed downtown to check out Sun Studio, and since we were already downtown we had to take them to Rendezvous for some BBQ. After lunch we walked 42 blocks (yes, I am exaggerating) to Sun Studio. If you are not familiar with this place, it is a famous recording studio that has produced some pretty famous singers (Elvis and Johnny Cash to name a few, heard of them?).  It was really an interesting tour, and our guide was so excited and enthusiastic that it really made the experience that much better. The really cool thing about this place, is that they give tours during the day, but artist still come in to record at night. All that music history made us thirsty, so we wandered over to Beal Street for a drink. The drinks from Beal Street had us feeling lucky so we headed over to the Casino for an hour or so (see how that escalated so quickly there?), we weren't lucky and decided to come home to grill out.

Sunday was our last day all together so we decided to go out for brunch. We went to a place called Owen Brennons. It was the fanciest buffet brunch I have ever seen. If you wanted it, they had it! From oysters on the half shell to a made to order waffle and omelet bar. I ordered their house made Cajun bloody mary, it was a little too salty for my liking, so if you go, I suggest getting the mimosas. After brunch  Taylor took us for a tour of his new boat (I've been so busy with my job, it was my first time seeing the boat as well!). After that it started to rain so we retreated back to the house to lounge around and watch movies. The weekend was quite relaxing and it is always nice to catch up with family. 


Thursday, April 3, 2014

...More of Brandon's Graduation.

Not only was visiting with Brandon great, it was nice to get a little vacay out of the trip too! The hotel we stayed in had a mutual kitchen and living room area, and then we had separate sleeping rooms. It was basically a tiny apartment, which came in handy for visiting. Because besides going out to eat, there isn't much else to do in on base or within driving distance (there is a casino somewhat near by, but Brandon was only allowed so far).

My husband can hardly ever be taken seriously...

After all of our goodbyes, it was time to head back home. But of course we had to make a few impromptu wine stops along the way!!
No, pictures of the wine, because quite frankly, it was not good...

I don't think Stella missed us one iota. She was having the time of her life at Doggy Daycare.

And of course anytime someone new comes to visit, it is an excuse for us to go explore our new home town.
Taylor and I have already been here, but it is so good, and right downtown!

Thank goodness it is Friday and I have taken the whole weekend off to spend with more visitors heading this way, not to mention, I have kiiiiinda missed seeing my husbands face this week!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

In the Army Now..

A few weekends ago, my in-laws came down from Indiana so we could car pool on over to Oklahoma. I have never had a dying desire to trek on over to Oklahoma, and I can't say that I saw all the glorious things OK has to offer, but I DID get to see my little bro-in-law, Brandon, graduate army boot camp, and that was pretty cool! Sadly, I didn't get to see Taylor graduate boot camp, so I really enjoyed my first military graduation. There is something so, so patriotic when someone announces "please give a round of applause for your countries newest soldiers". My brother in law's fiancĂ© and her family met us there and we spent two days visiting with Brandon. It was really nice to hear how excited he was and learn about all the things he had been doing for the last few weeks. We even got to see pictures and a video.

Momma was happy to see her baby!

Brandon's fiancé and her family.

Husband wore his fancy clothes too!! :-)


Love Him!

We're so proud of you Brandon!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The Time I was on Downton..

To say I am obsessed with T.V. might be an embarrassingly gross understatement. The trashier the show, the better! I suppose you could say it's my drug. And when I find someone who shares in the same fiend as I do when it comes to T.V., I do a happy dance. I tend to talk about these T.V. characters like they're my friends, and love when someone else shares in this absurd obsession. I sometimes wonder what it would be like if I were on these shows, and it would be a shame not to share with you the acting career that goes on in my head.

I'm going to start with Downton Abbey, because I secretly wish I were born in that era. Clearly I would be the daughter of some wealthy heir, and I would go by the name Lady Claire ( Lady Heather doesn't really seem to fit). My family and I would be traveling across country with our boat load of servants, when poppa would decide to stop in at Downton Abbey to see his dear old chap, Lord Grantham. I would of course win the ladies of Grantham over with my wit and charm, or maybe I will just get them really drunk in order to make them think I'm funny. Yeah that is probably more likely what would happen. At some point in the evening I would sneak off to powder my nose, and over hear Thomas being a creep; I would report his behavior and have him removed the property immediately (because who doesn't want to see him go?). My drunken heroics will land me in the arms of Tom Branson, who will undoubtedly knock me up and marry me to save face. This will obviously land me my permanent roll on the show. This roll would eventually land me my own spin off reality show called The Real House Wives of Big British Homes.

Siiiiike, we all know if I landed a roll on Downton it would be downstairs with the other servants. And if you don't watch Downton Abbey, you should!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Stella is Stealing the Show Today

I'm very busy today, so I decided to let Stella write today's blog post, she has been begging for me to let her write one ever since I published her letter to Taylor while he was deployed (you can read that here). So without further adieu..

Heyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy Y'all! What's shakin bacon? Actually, since were talking about it, does anyone have some bacon? I miss it dearly.  As my mom may have told you, she's on some sort of diet. She really thinks she is "suffering", but y'all know who is really suffering? ME!! It has only been 5 days since she started this crap, and all I know is, every time I come around looking for a little taste of her plate, she just shakes her head no and tells me I won't like it. I of course don't believe her and come back 30 seconds later looking for a little tasty treat. Hello, why would she be eating it if she didn't like it? Maybe that's what a "diet" is? I really don't understand human's lingo and actions sometimes. For instance: Mom does this thing she calls "working out" in the living room, but I know secretly it is her way of getting me to play with her. So when she is jumping, I jump all over her, and when she lays down trying to do something called "crunches" I just know that is my invite to sniff her hair.

Anyways, in case you haven't heard my mom and dad moved us yet again, but this house, well, it's pretty amazing. I officially have, for the first time in my young 7 years of a life, a fenced in backyard I can call my own. I can sunbathe as long as I care to on the patio, and chase squirrels and birds until my heart is content. It is a quite glorious feeling. I have yet to find some kind of cat poo to play in, but the dead winter grass sticks quite nicely to me when properly rolled in. My parents don't approve but #YOLO (unless you're a cat, stupid bitches).

That's all I have time for now, I've got to see if I can get dad to start eating pizza rolls, because that's what I miss eating most with mom.
Love, Peace, and Chicken Grease,