Saturday, December 17, 2011

Moving Day

Mom says I haven't blogged in a while. Reference the picture as to why.

It's moving and packing day in this household! That is a picture of the townhouse living room. Not so livable huh?

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

It has begun...

Well Christmas has started, and Thanksgiving hasn't even happened. 

I wrapped the first official Christmas present of the season tonight. My husband is such a sneaky snoopster that I have to immediately wrap everything! So the first present, his present, is wrapped all pretty with a bow and everything! 

Merry (early) Christmas! 

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Tis the Season

Ahhh, Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Followed by Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the full-on Christmas season!

Of course, this is one of my favorite times of the year- for many reasons.

One, I love food. Good food. Food made by my family and friends and enjoyed with family and friends. So naturally, this is a great time of the year.

I like the cooler weather the season brings. As I get older, I like the colder weather. Hot weather...well, it's just too hot. Ick. (But don't let me fool you, I do like to get my tan on at the beach).

I also like this time because it brings me back to when Chris and I first met and then a year later when we were engaged. I originally won him over with my pumpkin pie. How could he resist? :)

Any who... the what I am thankful post will come later. Back to Tis the Season...

Tis the Season to COOK! To cook all things yummy and fattening and scrumptious and not feel bad about it!!


Rolo Turtles!
I will be making these little beauts again this year. The most delicious and easy snack ever! I made them for a gals Christmas get-together a couple of years ago and they were a hit!!
Whatcha need:
  • Some form of mini pretzels... I just use the mini twists. But I have seen the circes (I feel like the chocolate would melt all the way through though.)
  • A bag of rolos. This is the most time consuming part, because you have to unwrap all those suckers!
  • And halved pecans. Which seem to get astronomically expensive this time of year. If you are a Southern lady like myself, try to pick some off the ground! (Though shamefully I paid the astronomical price for mine)
  • Wax paper! Don't forget this part!
Lay out the wax paper on a cookie sheet cram as many pretzels on there as you can and top with the rolo. Pop them in the oven heated at about 300 degrees, and let them "cook" for about 4  minutes. Take them out and immediately smoosh (that's a fancy cooking term) a pecan half on top of the rolo. Let them set for a few minutes and then you can peel them right off the wax paper! They make perfect travel treats for any occasion.

What else am I making? Thanks for asking. I am also making sausage balls. Another classic that can't go wrong.

  • 2 cups of bisquik
  • About 2 cups of sharp cheddar cheese
  • And a pound of sausage (I am going to attempt these with deer sausage, should be less fattening because deer has less fat than beef, but...they may not hold together because of the lack of fat. We shall see.)
Dump, (another fancy cooking term) dump everything in a bowl. get your hands dirty and mix and knead it all together. Roll out in to 1 inch balls. Place in a oven pre-heated at 350. bake 20-25. Look for that golden brown color. VoilĂ ! Yumminess.

Other dishes to be made? Pumpkin pie, but I vary the recipe every time I make it because I can never remember exactly what I did the time before. But I never get complaints. Deviled eggs, another one that changes everytime. You know, you just put a couple of scoops of mayo a dollop of mustard. Garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, a little Tony's for spice and a little sweet relish- sometimes, just the relish juice. Mix together, BAM! A deviled egg. Easy peasy.

I'm sure Mom will be whipping up some treats that I will help her with too. Can't wait to stuff my face!!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

In-laws visit

Last Sunday Chris and I took his parents out to where the house will be built. We had a lot of fun- showing them the lot, touring the model homes and showing them all the different things we picked out.

We showed them the pond and pier, the pool and the playground that is being built. We took them into all the model homes where we found what we liked to put in our home.

We should be standing right in front of the front door! 

We had a great Sunday and ended it by going back to their house for porkchops. YUM!

So blessed. <3

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Selection Day

Last Wednesday, Chris and I went to the new neighborhood to meet with Russell and have "selection day." Also known as the longest day of my life!!

This is the day you pick out every little detail of your house. Starting from the top:

  • roof color
  • brick color
  • paint color for all rooms
  • carpet color, hardwood color 
  • cabinets
  • sinks
  • faucets
  • tile
  • grout
  • knobs
  • doors
  • garage- color and windows
It.never.ends. 

Well actually it did end, FIVE (5) hours later. WHEW!! We were both exhausted. BUT we got everything picked out. We are still waiting on a few custom change orders to be priced, but then we are good to go!

The section of the neighborhood where our house will be built is brand new- like no streets new. So right now, we are waiting on streets and then they will start the house! 

Friday, November 18, 2011

Running

Running, running, running!!

I have been running like crazy these days! And I mean that as in running around super busy and running in some 5Ks!

First there was No Excuses - 29:51

Then there was the Great Pumpkin Run- 28:51
It was REALLY cold during this run. It was an 8 a.m. race, which is normal, but it was just really cold!!

Then I had the Southfield Pie Run- 28:46
I was a little disappointed I didn't do better, but this course was EXTREMELY hilly. It was a little cold that morning, but the hills are what did me in. Bummer.

I have done pretty good running during the week. Usually three or so times, except for this week. But I do not want to quick right before the holidays! Yikes!

Still debating on a half marathon in March. That is a lot to work up to and March will be here before we know it!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

A new casa

Welp, Chris and I took a HUGE step on 10/31/11....we signed a contract on a lot for a house!!! WAHOO!!! House hunting is not fun and I am so glad the process is o-v-e-r!

So, how did all of this happen? Well, let me tell you. 

Chris and I took a Sunday afternoon to drive alllllll over Bossier to look at houses. We had pretty much exhausted all of Shreveport, so we look across the river. We went from South Bossier to Haughton, to North Bossier. We wandered through the back roads of north Bossier and ended up in our (soon to be) neighborhood. After a long chat and lots of questions with Russell, we found a lot and house plan! Just.like.that.

We did go home and sleep on it and the next day 10/31/11 (I wrote this date a million times) we signed the contract on a lot! Naturally, after we signed we went to celebrate! ...We ate dinner at Subway! Come on people, we are on a budget now! ;)

Soon to be home!
I never thought I would be moving across the river. But when we got there, and we walked out to the lot that would be ours, everything just felt right. You pray and you wish and you hope and you pray a little more that you make the right decisions. Not just for right now, but for the future. Everything just felt, right- for now and later. (You can see the elementary school from the front yard ;)) I had no apprehensions after talking with Russell and Chris had all (of his MANY) questions answered. It just seems right and all the pieces are falling into place. I continue to pray that the townhouse is rented/sold and that the home buying process continues. We were approved for our loan and we are well on our way! 

Can't wait to start building!! Pictures to come!! 

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Thoughts for the evening...

This evenings thoughts include...

  1. I'm exhausted.
  2. Red Velvet Yoplait Light is to.die.for. YUM!
  3. I watch entirely too many cooking competition shows:
    • Chopped
    • Cupcake Wars
    • Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs
    • Top Chef
    • Worst Cooks in America
  4. Saying a prayer for sweet friends adopting a baby boy right now! They made it to Colombia and get to meet him Friday!!
  5. Saying another prayer for friend being induced tonight at midnight! Prayers for momma, daddy and baby.
Happy November! 

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

5K Madness!

Mom and I ran a 5K this weekend. It is definitely 5K season. There is one, sometimes 2 every Saturday from now through January! I doubt I will be participatin in all of those, but I hope to run in a few. The cooler weather makes running in the mornings AWESOME!



Mom and I ran the NO EXCUSES Anytime Fitness 5K. And I swear, just the name of the 5K hit me square between the eyes. But I promise, I always have an excuse for why I am not at the gym or out running. Always. And I would like to think they are pretty good excuses.

I saw the owner of the Anytime I used to work out at (pre-wedding), and it really makes me want to get back in there! He said he would give me a week, because I have an excuse (dog sitting). But after this week. It.is.on.

There is another 5K this weekend- the Pumpkin Run. Should be a good course and I hope to do well! We'll see if I can run the whole way again!   

Saturday, October 22, 2011

What a day!

What a great day!

Mom and I ran a 5K thus morning. I ran the whole time and it was my best time ever- 29:51. Pretty proud. The gym I used to go to hosted it and I saw a lot of people from the gym. Makes me want to get back into workin out. I don't want to quit over the holidays. Let's face it, everyone feels better about themselves when they're in shape. I don't want to lose that.

Then LSU played Auburn and pretty much beat the snot out of them. Awesome. I CAN NOT WAIT until the Alabama game. It's going to be an amazing game.

Then Chris and I went to Pie Works and had some yummy pizza and now we are watching the Rangers game- which isn't going fabulously, but it's early.

My pjs are on, my teeth are brushed and I am snuggled on the couch. There is a good chance I will not see the end of this game. Ahhhhhh, goodnight world.

P.S. Chris fixed my car and we didn't even have to take it to the shop! Woo!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Geoffrey Canada


This week I had the honor and privilege to hear Geoffrey Canada speak. I have so much to say about the event I don't even know where to start!

Let me begin by saying it is incredible that Shreveport is even fortunate enough for him to come and visit. The Community Foundation of North Louisiana and a few other private foundations paid for his visit. Second, it is incredible that he spoke to a sold out crowd. This is a sign that people in our community really do care about each other and more importantly about the children in the community.

For those of you who do not know who Geoffrey Canada is please take a moment to learn more about him. He is the founder of the Harlem Children's Zone. He is an out-of-the-box thinker who has revitalized the inner-city schools in Harlem. While the concept of HCZ was around in the 80s, Canada really focused in on the idea in the early 90s. He took one single block in Harlem and focused all his time and energy on that one block. Making sure the children and adults alike were taken care of. "The idea was to address all the problems that poor families were facing: from crumbling apartments to failing schools, from violent crime to chronic health problems," (from the HCZ website). His team came up with a 10 year business plan and by 2007 the Harlem Children's Zone has grown to more than 100 blocks serving 10,000 children and 7,400 adults. Incredible.

The mission: "in doing 'whatever it takes' to ensure that our children graduate from college so they can be prepared for the high-skills job market." There are two keys to that statement. One- whatever it takes and two- graduate college. Whatever it takes means staying until 6 p.m. for teachers if that is necessary. It means working every Saturday. It means working one-on-one individually with students until they understand. It is doing whatever it takes, a selfless act to help the students. The second step, graduating college. Mr. Canada gave a hilarious and oh-so-true quote, " When is doubt, do what the rich people do." What he means, "rich people" don't let their children settle for a high school diploma, the are expected to go to college and graduate. And that is now what he expects of his students. E.V.E.R.Y. student in the Harlem Children's Zone attends and graduates college. EVERY student. How? Because HCZ does whatever it takes to ensure that.  They don't drop them off on the college campus the first day of freshman year and say, "Ok, good luck!" (Is that what the rich people would do?) No, they are followed through until the day they graduate college.

I could go on and on about Mr. Canada. He was incredible. Some of his ideas are controversial and can bring heated discussion. But if you listen to his ideas and believe that we, as a community and country, have the responsibility to take care of our children then you must at least consider what he says to have value.

I could continue about the film he was in Waiting for Superman. But that is another day, another blog.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Dancing with the Stars

No, I do not watch that show. But my mother does and I was at her house on Monday night. Nancy Grace came out with her tight dress, curled hair and I couldn't help but think she looked like someone I have seen before...




The resemblance is uncanny.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Bigger Picture

Generally, I plan my day with the given that my car is going to start that morning. That I am going to be able to zip off to work and go about my business. That plan only works...if my car starts. Can you see where this is going? Right, my car did not start this morning. Awesome.

Now if this was the first time this were to happen, I might handle it a little better. But this is the third time in a month and the second time in exactly two weeks this has happened. I also paid some one $50 to tell me nothing was wrong two weeks ago. So this morning when I went to the car and it did not even groan or attempt to start when I turned the key, I was a bit peeved.

I grumbled and whined and immediately begin to run through everything I was suppose to do today- if my car was working properly. How I need to get to work now and start the day, how I was supposed to go to the bank and deposit a check and pay a bill. How was supposed to... you get the point. As I grumbled, I stopped and thought, "Ok God, what are you trying to teach me here?" Patience, obviously.

But then I really began to think about it. Last night, Chris backed my car in. At the time it was so we could easily load and unload the car. In reality, it was so it would be easy to jump off in the morning when it was dead. At Target last night, I bought a bunch of lunch to-go soups. This was so I didn't have to buy lunch meat 2 days before I start housesitting and then it all go bad. In reality, it was so I would have a lunch to take to work today, since I would be without a car because it didn't start this morning. I had to call my Dad this morning, because of course Chris left to go to the rig at 4:30 a.m. and he took his truck keys with him. In reality, I called Dad because he could take me to work and was able to pick up the spare key to Chris's truck from Chris's mom who also works downtown.

You can't deny God has the bigger picture in mind. Sure, you could chalk it all up to coincidence. But not me. There's no way I could. I know my God is bigger.

Is my car still dead? Yes. But did God provide? YES!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Currently Listening to...

All My Fountains by Chris Tomlin


This video is from a Passion concert. I couldn't find the official Chris Tomlin video, but you get the point.

My favorite lyrics, apparently the bridge of the song:
Come on, and rain down on us
Rain down on us, Lord 
I love this both figuratively and literally. We really need rain. Please Lord, bring us rain.

And please Lord rain down on me. Rain down your love, mercy and grace.

Friday, September 23, 2011

The Big Easy on my Mind

The Super Dome- New Orleans, Louisiana
Last weekend Chris and I decide to go play in New Orleans. We decided this Friday around 3 o'clock. Just a little spur-of-the-moment. Chris already had a duck hunt planned for Saturday, so we weren't able to leave until Saturday afternoon. So off we went to New Orleans Saturday afternoon....

We got to New Orleans just at dinner time and Lauren and Nat treated us to a local favorite for dinner. No idea what it was called, but it was good. We watched some football and then went back to the house. Everyone was tired, and we had a big day the next day, so we called it a night.

First, we had breakfast at Refuel. I have been there once before with Lauren and have been craving the cheese grits ever since. They did NOT disappoint. They are so creamy, with just the right amount of grit. Just a bit of salt and pepper on top and they were perfect!

Then on to the main show- the home opener for the New Orleans Saints against the Chicago Bears. To say I was excited is a serious understatement. 

Just Sunday morning with a few of our closest friends. 
Chris and I snagged so pretty good tickets. We didn't buy them until that Friday, but we were pretty pleased. 
Inside the Dome.
Pre-game run out tunnel. 
Sean Payton said ON YOUR FEET!
Drew Brees! 
The Saints played an awesome game! We had 6 sacs and amazing defense! I was so excited to be at the game and even Chris cheered a few times. We were starved after the game so we walked to Landry's Seafood. Chris wanted crab legs and I knew we could find them there.  

The beautiful Jackson Square 
In Jackson Square
 And no trip to New Orleans is complete without a visit to Cafe du Monde. 
Beignets!!  
Until next time New Orleans...

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Currently listening to...

Mercy Me - Move



I.Love.This.Song.

Of course the lyrics are great, but the beat of the song just makes ya wanna dance! I get so excited when I hear it in the car and start doing that whole- dance like no one is watching jig.

When life wont play along
And right keeps going wrong
And I cant seem to find my way

I know where I am found
So I wont let it drag me down
Oh, I'll keep dancing anyway

Friday, September 2, 2011

Friday Five


1. Yeah!!! It's the weekend! And it is going to be a great weekend! LSU opening game is TOMORROW!!! I wasn't paying much attention to that fact until this week, and now I am just SO excited for football to be back!! GEAUX TIGERS! (and Saints, even though they played like garbage last night)

2. Chris is also coming home for the weekend. His work schedule had been C-R-A-Z-Y, for pretty much the last 2 months. He's been home 13 days in the month of August and 7 of those were for the wedding. Glad he could make it.

3. Along with LSU football starting tomorrow, dove season is opening. Not that I give two wahoos about hunting anything, but I know Chris does. He loves hunting and I am happy he will be able to enjoy something he loves. Down side- even when he is "home" on the weekends, he won't be at home. He will be in a dove field, duck blind or deer stand.

4. I am also house sitting starting today. I enjoy house sitting, but do not enjoy packing. It is hard to pack up for a week and try to remember everything you might possibly need while you are staying in someone's house. Oh well. And I will be the temporary owner of a dog for one week! Yay! Though Libby isn't much of a cuddler...

5. LSU game tomorrow and a pool day before that. I am whipping up a fabulous dip for the football party. Chris will be home tonight = date night! [I am craving Mexican :)]. Church Sunday and Sunday School fellowship Sunday night annnnnnnnnd no work Monday!! Told ya it was going to be a good weekend!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Food Blogger?

Everyone knows I love food and love to cook. Not that I will be a food blogger, but I would like to dabble with it. Here is an attempt. 

At the bridal luncheon at the Glennwood Village Tearoom, we had 3 scoops of chicken salad and a delicious biscuit. The chicken salad was full of pecans and celery, which is great if you like that sort of thing. The celery was largely chopped, read: easy to pick out. The pecans were more finely chopped, read: unavoidable/impossible to pick out. But really, the pecans weren't all that bad. It added the texture and crunch that I took out with the celery. The salad itself was great, not very mayonnaise-y. There was also a granny smith apple slice on the side, which added a sweet, juicy crunch. 

The biscuit. I can't even begin to describe how delicious it was. It didn't even need butter. It was served warm. It was almost a cheddar biscuit, but not. It had a hint of garlic that was perfect. Basically, in one word- yummy. 


For dessert we had Chocolate Kahlua Mousse. Again, one word- yum. A dark chocolate thick, yet fluffy, kahlua mousse. Then drizzled with chocolate syrup, which was a little off putting, because it tasted like straight Hershey's. It was very rich so I couldn't finish it all, but it was still yummy. 

Bored

It takes about 7 minutes of me sitting still for me to become bored. It happens instantly. Not that I don't have things I could be doing, but I don't really want to those things. 

When I get bored, I eat. When I eat, I get fat. Boo. Why can't every time I get bored, I just can't fight the urge to do 1000 crunches??? Or I feel, I just have to finish alllll the thank you notes. I get bored and just feel the need to clean the house top to bottom, so we can put it on the market. 

I hate being bored. But I also hate lacking motivation. Currently, I am exhibiting both. Tragic. 

Monday, August 29, 2011

Geaux Tigers!

Football season is here! The Saints played last night, and won- handily. Woo. And LSU football starts this weekend!!!! I, along with many others, can't contain my excitement!

Though the Tigers have had a quite terrible off season, everyone is more than willing to put the past behind his and kick this season off right! Several players have been declared ineligible by NCAA regulations, Jefferson and sidekick are out on bail, and the offensive coordinator has been with with Parkinson's disease. I think Les Miles, more than anyone, is ready to move forward with the season and head straight to the National Championship.

A friend on Facebook posted a link to the great article about LSU that was published in an Oregon paper. Here is the link, but it won't be up forever so I post article below as well. it is a little long, but really good, and pretty darn accurate!

"If you 'geaux' to Oregon-LSU, here's what you should know"
A look at the people you'll meet at Cowboys Stadium
By: Carl Dubois

While the LSU Tigers and Oregon Ducks sort out their personnel groupings and matchups, in light of all the offseason suspensions, let’s talk about the LSU people who aren’t listed on the school’s depth chart.

Let’s talk about the people you’ll meet if you go to the game next weekend in Arlington, Texas — the LSU fans.

These are people who conduct tailgating practice every summer. I’m talking about tailgating practice.

They will yell “Tiger bait!” at you if you walk past them in green and yellow. They might even call you a tree-hugging, dope-smoking liberal. But if they have any jambalaya or red beans and rice to spare, they’ll invite you over.

These folks can cook. If you think seasoning means a dash of salt, think again. Start with the holy trinity of Cajun cooking — chopped onions, bell pepper and celery — and get ready to work your way on — quickly — to the strong stuff.

I’ve got two words for you: Cayenne pepper.

Now I’ve really got two words for you: Duck gumbo.

Be afraid. Be very afraid, Ducks. Not of losing the game — of getting too close and being eaten.

Do you know this expression? Keep your friends close, keep your enemies closer? Please understand that proximity is your call, your risk.

But I can offer a few suggestions on how to keep it friendly.

Tell them you think Terry Baker never should have won the Heisman Trophy over Jerry Stovall. You’ll be BFFs.

To make sure you get second helpings of jambalaya and andouille, dismiss the AP national championship USC won in 2003 and call LSU the real national champion that season.

If LSU fans are wearing what looks to you like purple and yellow, call it purple and gold. You’ll darn near crack the circle of trust by your when-in-Rome flexibility with definitions of color.

Call it sunflower gold if you must, but if you simply refer to purple and gold, you’ll be golden.

Boudreaux might be there. Thibodeaux too. Which brings me to another word: Geaux.

You’ve known it all your life as “go.” That’s just silly, almost like saying “you guyses’ ” when you have a perfectly good word like “y’all” available.

If you hear “Go … Tigers … Go … Tigers,” I promise you it’s spelled “Geaux … Tigers … Geaux … Tigers.”

“Go” would be like having someone named Thibodo. See how stupid that looks?

Louisiana is a state with a city named Natchitoches (NAK-uh-dish), a waterway named Atchafalaya (uh-chaff-uh-LYE-yuh), a parish (county) named Calcasieu (CAL-kuh-shoe) and a town called Cut Off (Cut Off). Why have a word so simple as “go” when you can complicate it with silent letters?

If you think Les Miles jokes are in order, let someone in purple and gold tell them. Les might be an idiot, but he’s their idiot.

Except, of course, when he’s their hero, their mad genius.

Or he might be both, which is often the case.

They’ll call him “The Hat” because he can’t quite seem to get a baseball cap to fit like everyone else can. An ESPN talking head turned that into “The Mad Hatter,” but LSU fans prefer “The Hat,” as in “Fear The Hat.”

I’ve got another word for you: Lesticles. Don’t look it up, but if you’re good with rhymes, you probably can guess it speaks to Miles’ bravado, dating to LSU’s 5-for-5 conversion rate on fourth downs in a thrilling 2007 victory at home against reigning national champion Florida.

“Onions!” is how Verne Lundquist of CBS describes it.

“Lesticles” is a word that will have you in good stead with LSU fans, provided you wait to giggle until they do.

Some other things you might find interesting about the new friends you’ll make next weekend at Cowboy Stadium:
Louisiana has drive-through daiquiri shops. A big piece of freezer tape over the straw hole of the snug-fitting plastic lid ensures you don’t end up driving with an open container, so rest easy.

Louisiana allows people 18 to 20 to be present in places where alcohol is served, which is why nobody there raised an eyebrow upon hearing LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson was at a bar called Shady’s the week before his 21st birthday.

You can’t buy alcohol if you’re under 21, but Louisiana still has some of the most liberal drinking laws in the country. Remember that when someone calls you the L-word, especially if you’re sitting in Section 420.

One reason LSU fans take scandal in stride is the most celebrated player in school history, 1959 Heisman Trophy winner Billy Cannon, served roughly three years in federal prison in the 1980s for counterfeiting.

His Heisman is now on display in a glass case at a Baton Rouge restaurant called TJ Ribs. As far as anyone knows, it’s not counterfeit.

For his part, Cannon has a sense of humor about scandal, but less so when it’s about his. A call to his office Friday morning was answered with the greeting, “Clearinghouse for all rumors about the LSU FIGHTING Tigers!”

Fighting Tigers, you should know, is the official nickname of LSU sports teams. Awkward right about now, huh?

There is an Internet meme, reworked from an original that pokes fun at Nebraska fans, and itsuggests LSU fans smell like corndogs. But bourbon might be closer to the truth, in many cases.

Don’t dare suggest there is a better game-day atmosphere anywhere than LSU’s Tiger Stadium on a Saturday night. Don’t hint that any other fan base might be louder or more loyal.

If you point out that Tiger Stadium was half-empty when the Tigers finished their second-half comeback against powerhouse Troy in 2008, please remember that was the loudest, most loyal half-empty stadium in the history of sports.

Oh, and LSU fans love their marching band — just like every other fan base does, only more so. If you see the hair on the back of their necks stand up after the first three notes of pre-game “Hold That Tiger,” know that’s a normal reaction.

Did you see the “Seinfield” episode in which Elaine Benes’ boyfriend became transfixed upon hearing “Desperado” by the Eagles? He wouldn’t let her declare it “our song,” because it was already his song.

Well, the pregame music the Golden Band from Tigerland plays is “our song” to every LSU fan you’ll meet.

LSU fans, and Louisiana natives as a whole, want you to know they don’t give a nutria’s backside what you think of them. However, they will read everything you post online anyway, because they can’t help themselves.

If they declare you an honorary coonass, don’t be insulted. It’s a compliment, despite what one angry Louisiana historian might say in an official letter of protest. In no way is it intended as a racial or ethnic slur, so if you hear it directed to you, it wouldn’t hurt to wear it as a badge of honor.

If, while you are at the game, you verbalize your knowledge of anything LSU-related, you will soon find out what message board your new buddies frequent online.
“I see SOMEBODY reads the Rant!” Tiger Rant loyalists of TigerDroppings.com will say.
“Looks like SOMEONE has been on the Lair!” a subscriber to The Tiger’s Lair on TigerRoar.com will say.

“You must read TigerBait,” a TigerBait.com veteran will say.

And they’re all correct, because nobody could possibly know anything about LSU that wasn’t first reported, conceived or invented on fill-in-the-blank.com.

LSU fans are the greatest in the country, except when they’re not. They can turn on their Tigers at the drop of a Hat.

When you’re winning, it’s the best place to be a coach, former LSU head football coaches have said. When you’re losing, the same coaches went on to say, it’s the worst.

Some wearing purple and gold acknowledge the LSU fan base has no qualms about eating its own.

That might be true, especially if there’s any Cayenne pepper or Tabasco handy.

They are a fun bunch.

Laissez les bons temps rouler means “Let the good times roll.” Those were believed to be the first words ever spoken by former Gov. Edwin Edwards, who just got out of prison.

He’s the one who famously said the only way he could lose a certain election was to be caught in bed with a dead woman or a live boy.

Edwards is a Cajun. Not everyone from Louisiana is, and you should know that.

The Ragin’ Cajuns of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette will tell you LSU stole “Geaux” and other Cajun ways from them. They can make a good case — and a good jambalaya too.
“Lagniappe” means “a little something extra.” You’re sure to get that with just about any LSU fan you meet, whether we’re talking food, drink, conversation or Tiger-baiting.

It’s OK to make eye contact. There’s a good chance you’ll pass a good time (another expression you might hear) if you hang out with the right LSU fans.
When y’all get back, I want to hear all about it from you guys.
GEAUX TIGERS!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Date Night!

My sweet hubby is finally home after being gone 14 days!! That's a loooooong time in the newlywed world! It was really sad when people would ask me how married life is, and I didn't really have an answer because we were only together for 4 days until he went back to work!

But he is back and it is great! Sometimes when he is gone it slips my mind how funny and fabulous he really is. It is so great that we can just laugh and laugh and act ridiculous together now, because we are MARRIED! Eeeeeek!

While Chris was gone, I asked him if he would take me on a date when he got back. Of course he said yes, duh. And then he said he already had a place in mind! Woot! And of course I got him to tell me yesterday where we were going. (That boy can't keep a secret from me if his life depended on it!!! Hence the reason we got engaged 3 weeks before he planned and only 4 days after he bough the ring! Haha!)

Anywho, we are going to Superior Steakhouse tonight! Whoop! Probably just because Chris wants a good steak. But that's ok because I could eat the au gratin potatoes for days. And they actually have really good fish. I knew date night was going to be somewhere nice, but not that nice. I asked him why there. And he said, "Because it is date night! And because it is almost our one month anniversary." Too sweet <3


Friday, August 19, 2011

Friday Five


1. Almost three weeks into married life. Time flys. Actually it seems like it is dragging because Chris has been on a rig pretty much since we got back from the honeymoon :( I sure do miss him.

2. I want a dog. I need a dog. Soon.

3. I know everyone says it everyday, but it is so hot!!!!! It is insanely hot! Uneabrably hot! The grass crunches like leaves when you walk on it. We need some rain!!!!

4. School starts Monday. Oh.My.Goodness. I have to teach public relations to college students next week! what the heck was I thinking!! I hardly know what I am doing every day! How am I going to teach someone else what to do?!

5. I have busy, busy weekends coming up! JL retreat, wedding shower, another shower, and a wedding! But what is most exciting is the FOOTBALL is underway! Well, almost. Preseason has started, but that a good enough reason for me to wear my Saints jersey! :)

BONUS- With football, comes cooler weather, and with cooler weather comes Thanksgiving! Yes, I am already looking forward to Thanksgiving. Don't judge me.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Bridal Pictures!

I took my bridal pictures back in May, but I haven't been able to share them yet!! Hunter from Three Nails Photography did an amazing job with the bridal pictures. I can't wait to see the ones from the wedding! I know I am going to want a copy of every single one!!

If Hunter posts more photos on his website, I will insert a link.

Here are some bridal pics:














Monday, August 15, 2011

Wedding day!

July 30, 2011

Our Wedding Day.

It was actually a completely stress-free day, for me. I believe my mom was freaking out bit, but I just knew if anything was going to come up, we would get it figured out. I knew where all the wedding party was. The girls were with me all day, the boys went paintballing. Everyone knew their time to be at Hill Country, and it was all easy as pie.

I actually slept pretty good the night before. I did wake up 30 minutes before my alarm. The girls began showing up at my house to get ready. Susan came to my house to do everyone's hair and we went two at a time to Couture Cosmetics to have make up done. Casey and Jennifer (and of course Faith) were fabulous and our make-up was AMAZING!

Me and Momma after makeup
Mallory came to help with hair. 
The only person to cut my hair. 
We had Jason's Deli for lunch plus candy galore, rice crispy treats and pink lemonade to top it off- though I had about 17 bottle of water. 

That is one thing I noticed, I had to pee every 5 seconds. I don't know if it was nerves or what. Weird.

We all got ready and ended up having about and a hour and a half before we had to leave for Hill Country. We sat around chatted, had a toast, and watch The Break-up. Irony? We were all talking about that scene at the table where they sing, so we just had to watch it!

One last toast before we head out. 
We made it out to Hill Country. We looked at all the finishing touches Jeanie was putting together. Listened to a little music. And tried to relax a bit. I really wasn't feeling any nerves yet. Chris said he was just anxious and ready for everything to start.


My favorite picture.
We got dressed and took group pictures out front before the ceremony so we wouldn't have much to do after the ceremony. 
Maid of Honor.
Amber
Mom
Crystin
Readers: Brooke and Lindsay
There ceremony was perfect. There were way more people there than I expected which was nice. I can't wait to get the pictures back from Hunter so I can see the whole ceremony!!