Thursday, January 20, 2011

Secreast, Out.

Did any of you watch American Idol last night? I always say I'm not going to watch any of it... that I'm not getting sucked in to the nonsense that is...

But then last night as I was not watching American Idol, my friend Lacey texted me and was all "Watching Idol? Hilarious." So I had to flip over to check it out.

I didn't watch the entire episode, but what I did watch was cracking me up.

However, the one person that stole the show (in my opinion) was not a contestant...but a judge.

Steven Tyler cracked me up. I'm not sure if it's just his personality or if it's the years of drugs talking (I'm going with the latter) but he owned me in last night's episode.

Disclaimer: I still say I'm not going to get sucked in! We shall see...

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

O.T.W- Sweet Georgia

Whew! What a weekend! Thirteen girls, one house built in 1820, an old historic town, and a bachelorette = A CRAZY GOOD TIME!

This was my first trip to Savannah and I have to admit I could not have loved it more. I'm already thinking about when I can return with Ryan in tow.

We got into town around 8pm on Friday and decided to have appetizers and drinks at Churchill's. The restaurant was cozy and offered a great place to hang out while the rest of the group found their way to Savannah.

Saturday we awoke to great weather and hit the town! Around lunch we decided to part take in one of the horse and carriage historic tours.

Fun fact we learned on the tour: Have you ever seen the movie  Something to Talk About, starring Julia Roberts and Dennis Quaid? Remember the scene where she goes to the bar where she thinks he is and sees him with another woman so she backs her Jeep up and jumps out in her night gown? Well, that was filmed right here! This is the bar they used. Kind of cool, huh?

It was a great way to see Savannah and the tour guide was able to shed some light on the history of the town. Other than the occasional smell of horse pooh it was perfect!

After the tour we headed to Moon River Brewery for lunch. We made friends with our neighboring table which turned into a bit of madness! After making our bride-to-be take an inappropriate shot...

...we joined in on some friendly competition with our new friends.

By far one of my favorite places we visited would have to be a bar called, Rocks on the Roof Riverfront Bar. It was a super cool bar on the roof top of one of the river front hotels, hence the name.

We were there in the latter part of the afternoon and the sun was getting kind of low on the horizon... it just had a super cool vibe.

We decided to make Saturday night a 'theme night' so the rule was everyone had wear black and the bride would wear white. It was a requirement that everyone rock a wig! It was kind of like we were supposed to take on a new persona, if you will.

So we got decked out in black and tossed on our wigs for a Haunted Pub Crawl. The haunted pub crawl took us to 6 different pubs that were supposedly super haunted! Our tour guide was a guy named,  T.C. He was truly a good sport for putting up with our nonsense! I can't say that I was ever scared, but it made for some serious fun!

T.C. in his 1800's outfit. He really was a good sport. I mean, he'd have to be... I have taken over his latern and he could care less.

After the Haunted Pub Crawl we ventured over to Savannah Smiles, which is a dueling piano bar. At this point in the night the group kind of got separated, but we all had a good time and met back at house well into the night!

On Sunday we had a lunch reservation at Paul Deen's!

I have to be honest and say that this was one of the highlights of the trip for me. Let's just say I tore down!

I texted Ryan after lunch and was like "hey boo. Paula's just did me right" then I proceeded to tell him what all I ate... and he was kind of scared. Let me put it to you this way... After lunch at Puala Deen's I had to go back to the house and lay down and unbutton my pants.

After regrouping from the food coma we hit the town for a bit of shopping and hit yet another pub to make some final plans for the lingerie shower. I can be honest and say this pub was truly scary and should have been on the pub crawl!
Apparently this bar has Mrs. Stevenson's (circa 1820) crypt tucked away somewhere in the building.  Mr. Stevenson apparently killed her, tucked her away in a sealed crypt and made off to live his life. I don't know if I was believing that, but it made for a interesting conversation.
The Raven (second from bottom of list) is what was purchased for KB. Anything Edgar Allen Poe favored has to be weird.

Sunday night we all met at back at the house for the lingerie shower. At the scary bar we purchased the most scary shot for the bride-to-be. After making friends with the bartender she hooked us up with some dry ice and a super freaky cup...
The shot was both scary in appearance and taste!

I won't say what all took place to during this portion of the weekend, but I will say that our bride was super cooperative (this may have had to do with the scary shot) and it made for some good laughs!

After the dirty little shower we hit up Jazz'd Tapas bar to top of the weekend with small portions of food (read: still recovering from Paula's), live entertainment, and cocktails.

I know I have left some of the events of the weekend out... partly because the post is already super long and partly because you might not be able to handle just how random we can be.

I think we made Katie Beth's last hurrah a true success!!  It was a great weekend with great friends and good laughs.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Girls' Weekend

This weekend 13 girls are traveling to Savannah, Georgia for my friend Katie Beth's bachelorette party.

Katie Beth is super creative and kindly created both mine and Lacey's wedding invitation suites. They were both beautiful. I could not love what she created for me more!

Lacey and I felt the need to repay her in some way... The only thing we could come up with is that maybe we could design and print her bacelorette party invitations.

Neither Lacey nor myself have any type of design in our background. So we did the best we could. We came up with a theme first. We decided that we wanted to do a play on fairys because Katie Beth has always had a knack for being a social gathering and sort of buzzing around. She's like a little social fairy.

So with the theme decided on Lacey and I decided that the best thing to do would be to turn Katie into an actual fairy.

So we came up with this beautiful masterpiece:
I'm actually ashamed to admit it took us quite some time to get it just right. I worked really hard to get Katie's head on that fairy.

The fairy was the main part of the invite. We then typed up the details and added glitter around the fairy. It's not the caliber invitation that Katie Beth would have come up with, but I think it turned out pretty great!

So this weekend while you're cleaning house or wasting time watching Bravo I'll be in Savannah celebrating with friends! We will be dining at Paula Deen's, taking a ghost tour of the city, and hitting up the local night life! I hope to have a full report next week!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Nook Worm

I have been loving, LOVING, loving my NOOK I got for Christmas!!

I have read four books since Christmas and I have four others downloaded and ready to go!

The first book I read was, The Help.

It was so good. I laughed in parts and teared up in others. I would highly recommend reading if you haven't.

The other three books I've knocked out are The Huger Games Series.

Let me tell you... I love a good series. Harry Potter, yes sir. Twilight Saga, been there, done that. The Sookie Stackhouse books, all of them under my belt. There is just something about knowing that the storyline will continue... That I will be able to follow a character I've fallen in love with on yet another adventure!

I had heard that the Hunger Game Series was good,  but I had my reservations. I didn't know if I would be into a series about a girl who gets called up from her district to fight other districts' children in some arena in a futuristic North America. It just seemed a bit out of the realm of what I tend to enjoy. But I didn't think I would ever be engrossed in wizards or vampires either. So I thought to myself... What the hell. It's only $5.99 (to download) for the first book. Why not?

Oh my goodness... I couldn't read them fast enough!! SO GOOD!!! I absolutely loved them. The characters have stayed with me. I find myself thinking about what Katniss (the main female character) would do. Throughout the book I was torn between Gale and Peeta (the male characters). It's a story of survival, sticking it to the man, finding yourself, fighting for what you believe in, and the power of love.

I found myself not wanting the story to end so I would try not to read as fast, but at the same time I HAD to know how what the outcome would be. Please take my advice and read these books!

May the odds be ever in your favor!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Hooooot Pocket

Every single time I think about the hot pockets I won I can't help but think about that Jim Gaffaghan's stand up routine...

The hot pockets I won have really sparked a lot of conversation! People are shocked at first to hear I won a years worth of hot pockets and then the number one question that has followed is:

How many hot pockets equate to a year's worth?

Well, my fellow pocketeers, the verdict is in! I received a package via FedEx on New Year's Eve. When Ryan told me I had a package I could not imagine what it might be... then it hit me-- HOT POCKETS!

I received 183 vouchers/coupons for either a box of Regular or Lean Pockets, which can be claimed anytime between Jan 1, 2011 and Dec 31, 2011. 

Two hot pockets come in a box and I got enough vouchers for 183 boxes, which comes to a grand total of 366 hot pockets...  I can rightfully say that a year's worth of Hot Pockets is one per day (with one to spare)!

We took five of the vouchers to the grocery store tonight and got several different kind to try out. It was pretty exciting!

I think Ryan is super stoked about it! If you're one of the chosen ones I may or may not share a Hot Pocket with you sometime during 2011!

I'm thinking I've got birthdays, anniversaries, showers, etc. covered as far as a gift goes! I mean, who doesn't want to celebrate with a mother freakin' HOT POCKET?

Tiny Sip

Welcome to 2011... I'm still trying to figure out where the flying cars are hidden away, but that's neither here nor there.
We brought in the New Year with great friends. Ryan and I headed to Birmingham on New Year's Eve to attend a party at Katie Beth and Brandon's house.

Everyone was told to bring an appetizer and their cocktail of choice. I'll let the pictures tell the story of the night:

Me and the boo about to kick off a fun night!

We may look sweet and innocent here, but don't let it fool ya.

Some how every party ends up in the kitchen. Tiny Sip, anyone?

Bess is random. She wins for the most sparkle in one outfit and she came equipped with glow bands.

Dancing in the living room-- that's when you know a house party has really began!

All the hot girls in one pic.

I spy Lacey peeking at the camera... haha.
Every year at this time people make all sorts of resolutions they may or may not keep. At one point in the night my resolution was to become more like Rhianna. After some sober and more careful consideration I have since decided that it may not be the best resolution (or the most obtainable). Truly in this new year I hope for many of the same things as always... good health for some, quick recovery for those who are having operations this year, closer jobs for others, a deeper spiritual journey for myself, and continued good times and love with my family and friends.

I hope that I can become more organized in 2011, but I'm doubtful, as I genuinely think that it may be a part of my genetic make up to just kind of roll with whatever in that department. I also hope to continue my work out regimen, even though it may not be much of regimen (treadmill, an occasional class, maybe a push up here or there), as I think it's important to stay in some sort of routine, and to learn some healthier menu items for Ryan and I.

2010, you were good! Trust me... I wouldn't change a thing, but here's to 2011 y'all and hoping it is kind to each of us!
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