Monday, September 29, 2008

Happy Birthday Baby Sister!

I won't be all mushy about my little sister's birthday, but I want her to know how much I love her and how much I think of her every day.

She's been a bit busy lately. Ahem. So, I hope she is able to relax a little on her special day.

Or, if I was there, Barb, we could be doing this:

Win a handbag!

Me and most of my girl friends are purse junkies. We spend lots of time oohing and aahing over each other's beautiful bags, but lately my handbag collection has looked quite shabby. There is a solution. I just entered to win one of the 24 handbags that will be given away over 24 hours in just 16 days. The contest is by in order to celebrate the launch of their new website.

I won't lie. I get 25 more entries into the contest by posting about the contest ( But then again if all of you enter I have just voided all my additional entries. So, let's just say I'm doing this so I can ooh and aah if you win. Just visit Good luck!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Me and my nieces, my nieces and me

I hadn't seen my nieces for a month when I took these photos. A MONTH. Do you know how long that is in baby years??

AVA - Four Months Old

Good morning.

Ava loves this toy.

And she loves chewing on her hand. Or any hand that is...wait for it...handy.

And, oh my, does she love her mama.

She totally did this to herself.

I was so happy to see and love on my nieces.

I think my five chins scared Ava.

Look at those cheeks!

And those lips. This child is definitely one of us.

I adore this photo. I wish you could see that lower lip tremble in real life.


We think she might be rabid.

She just saw her mama.

Hi, Auntie Nicole!

NOLA - Exactly One Month Old

This was Nola's preferred state. Sleeping. On my knees.

Out cold.

I can totally see Barbara in her here.

Do you know how much I kissed those cheeks?

I seriously tried waking her up.

No position seemed to work.

She started to wake up when Barbara changed her.

Can you see the absolute preciousness that is her face here?

I look ridiculous, but this is the most awake photo I have of her and me together.

Aw. This is comfortable.

So, why are you pulling me away and laying me out on your arms, Aunt Nicole?

You shall now feel my wrath.

Oh. This is better.

In fact, I think I'll go back to sleep.

And it was really great to finally see my family again, too! Funny how we don't get any photos of us together anymore. Who needs photos of adults when you have babies!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

My week

Ava's face perfectly describes how my week has been.

Won't somebody hold me?

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Need a good laugh?

From my sister:

A couple from Tennessee and a couple from the New York were seated side by side on an airplane.

The girl from Tennessee, being naturally friendly and all, asked the couple, "So where y'all from?"

The New York girl replied, "From a place where they know better than to use a preposition at the end of a sentence."

The girl from Tennessee sat quietly for a few moments... and then replied: "So, ...where y'all from, bitch?"

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

100 things for my 100th post

This was actually easier to write than the first '100 things about me' on my old blog. Um, enjoy?

1- My favorite comedians are Mitch Hedberg (RIP), Ricky Gervais and Steve Hofstetter.

2- In the last four months I have lost 27 lbs and gone from a size 10 to a size 4.

3- I am running in a 5k this weekend.

4- I have a friend who constantly asks me when I will find him a classy girl.

5- My favorite beer is Blue Moon.

6- Though I’ve never been super keen on having a wedding, if I do have one I know who I would ask to be my bridesmaids.

7- Apparently I forgot to cash my 2006 tax refund and the IRS actually contacted me to reissue the check about a month ago. It was a great surprise bonus!

8- I have my Master’s degree in Media & Cultural Studies from the University of Sussex in England.

9- I lived in Brighton, England for 14 months.

10- I hated tomatoes for 27 years but have recently begun to like them.

11- No such luck with olives.

12- My current restaurant favorite is La Parilla’s Enchiladas de Cerdo (pork enchiladas).

13- My best friend, Kari, lives in Lyon, France with her husband, Jonathan. I miss her terribly. If you haven’t visited her blog you totally should.

14- Having nieces - Ava and Nola - has made me really want children for the first time in my life.

15- My favorite coffee flavor is German Chocolate Cake from Barnie’s Coffee & Tea Company. Thanks to Kole’s parents for the introduction!

16- Last weekend I made Roasted Chicken with Goat Cheese-Macadamia Nut Crust and Sun dried tomato and basil couscous with toasted macadamia nuts and balsamic vinegar (I highly recommend this one!).

17- Autumn is my favorite season for many, many reasons, including sweater weather, changing leaves, s’mores on an open fire and Kole’s seasonal decorations.

18- Kole and I both have a ridiculous love affair with coats/jackets.

19- I am a very optimistic person.

20- But I still can’t believe I will ever get married.

21- I bought a pink iPod almost two months ago, and I still haven’t used it.

22- I still haven’t seen Juno.

23- I’m going to Scottsdale, Arizona in 2.5 weeks.

24- It will be my first college football game and tailgate.

25- I am a Steelers fan.

26- I have only been truly hung-over once in my life.

27- I quit drinking milk four months ago and while I miss it, I feel much better physically.

28- But then again, I also quit drinking sodas four months ago, so maybe it’s the combination of the two.

29- I’m afraid I won’t finish the half-marathon that I have been training months for.

30- I average going to comedy clubs about twice a month.

31- I really enjoy knitting, but I have only completed one project since learning how to do it eight months ago.

32- I volunteer teach adults English once a week. And I love it.

33- It took me four years to learn how to roll my R’s for Spanish. I learned how to roll my R’s by saying ‘pot of tea’ as fast as I could over and over in front of the mirror. I felt like a dumbass, but it totally worked.

34- My astrological sign is Pisces, but it doesn’t mean a thing to me.

35- I never thought I would want a cat until now. After living with Kole and her two kitties for almost a year, I can’t imagine not having one. But I won’t get one because my dad and older sis are allergic and I’d much rather have them around.

36- My first boyfriend’s name was Stephen. We were 12 when we ‘went out’. When I was 22, I became friends with Stephen’s older brother and it wasn’t until I was 25 that I realized Stephen was his brother. Small world.

37- I love playing board games, especially Scrabble, Payday, Scattergories and Monopoly.

38- I’m fairly good at playing Texas hold ‘em, which is funny because I have been told I have the most expressive, easily readable face.

39- My favorite perfume is Exotic Coconut from Bath and Body Works. I’m sad because I don’t believe they make the Eau de Toilette version anymore and I wear it nearly every day.

40- I really wish I could draw well.

41- I watch Food Network way too much and want to eat my way through Italy or Spain.

42- I chew gum too much.

43- I smoked my first cigarette when I was 14.

44- I don’t smoke now and I think it is a very gross habit.

45- I am extremely affectionate with people I care about. I get it from my very loving family.

46- I cannot imagine not saying/hearing ‘I love you’ to/from my immediate family every time I talk to them or see them.

47- When I was five, my older sister convinced me that Icy Hot was toothpaste and after I used it, I told my dad that my mouth felt funny. Once he figured out why I used the Icy Hot for toothpaste, Steph got in very big trouble.

48- This is the same sister who told my parents that I said the word ‘crap’ when I was about seven because she wanted to see how much trouble I would get into. I didn’t even know what the word was back then and yes, I got into big trouble. Thanks, Steph, and Dad, are you reading this?

49- I love being surprised.

50- My favorite flowers are tulips.

51- I have a long list of TV shows that I would like to watch but don’t think I’ll ever get around to seeing. I’d rather read.

52- I don’t really like texting, though it seems to be many of my friends’ preferred method of communication.

53- I’m a heavy sleeper except when I have to be somewhere early in the morning, and then I will wake up at the drop of a pin.

54- I get so excited about events/people that I can’t sleep. This happens a lot.

55- When I yell and cheer by myself in the stands at sports' games I don’t feel foolish in the slightest.

56- I wish I had known my grandma and grandpa on my dad’s side better. They both passed away a few years ago and I think about them a lot.

57- When I was growing up, I wanted to be a nurse, a lawyer and the first female president of the United States. Not particularly in that order.

58- Instead I work in public relations.

59- My boss is one of my best friends.

60- My favorite drink is now a vodka tonic on the rocks with lime.

61- I love the sound of a rustling newspaper.

62- I really enjoy doing crossword puzzles.

63- And coloring. (Yes, at the age of 27. It’s very relaxing. You should try it.)

64- I think TV programs on eating disorders help perpetuate the problem. And I say this from the perspective of a recovering anorexic.

65- But strangely, I love buffets, and will choose Golden Corral for special occasions.

66- I love grocery shopping and will spend hours in natural food stores like Whole Foods Market.

67- I have fallen in love with wine.

68- I miss living in England but I will never move back.

69- I love musicals!

70- My favorite musical is Wicked.

71- I think Hal’s is the best steak restaurant in Atlanta.

72- My favorite piece of meat is a filet, medium rare.

73- I think bison burgers taste better than cow burgers.

74- One of my biggest food weaknesses is Cold Stone Creamery’s Peanut Butter Cup Perfection with added brownie.

75- I would like to be cremated when I pass away.

76- The closest I’ve been to a television celebrity is having Ben Savage (of ‘Boy Meets World’ fame) sit in front of me at Disney World.

77- I really want a baby grand piano and that is at the top of my ‘to-buy’ list should I ever become rich.

78- I eat oatmeal almost every day for breakfast.

79- I go to IHOP or other breakfast restaurant almost every weekend.

80- I think I make really great coffee but I’m sure many people would disagree.

81- I really want to go bungee jumping and sky diving but am afraid I never will.

82- I don’t like having my picture taken, but don’t want to miss out on having the memories ‘immortalized’.

83- I am a bad liar except when I absolutely have to be one. And don’t ask when I have to be one.

84- I cry very easily at movies. It can be ridiculous.

85- I think peanut butter and corn syrup sandwiches are amazing.

86- Even though I haven’t worn a watch in more than a year, I still look down at my wrist when I want to know the time.

87- One of my ultimate goals in life is to write and have a book published. And it will most likely be science fiction.

88- If I have a daughter, I would like to name her Lillian Grace. Lillian was the name of my dear aunt who passed away recently.

89- I really enjoy going to concerts, but I would rather sit than stand with the crowd.

90- I used to collect teddy bears, and my possible children will inherit a huge collection.

91- I named all my stuffed animals after the people who gave them to me and I still remember every single name.

92- I have been in a grand total of three car accidents; two of which I was the driver and none of which were my fault. Well, unless you blame my car hydroplaning on me.

93- I would drink coffee all day if there weren’t caffeine-related consequences.

94- I’ve had the same car since I was a senior in high school. And her name is Bessie.

95- I wash my hands incessantly and it’s typically the first thing I do when I go to a restaurant.

96- I usually sleep on my back.

97- I don’t usually move once I have fallen asleep, and I have been told that I am dead quiet.

98- I started ‘going grey’ when I was 17. My head’s version of going grey is curly, white hair. Yeesh.

99- I am not a violent person, but when I was 17 and went to see Titanic with my high school sweetheart, I punched him hard for laughing during the drowning scene. Because if I hadn’t, every girl in the theatre would have done it for me afterwards.

100- I’ve only driven a stick-shift a couple of times about eight years ago and since then I have told myself to practice driving one again in case of an emergency. It still hasn’t happened.

OK. Now I am completely sick of me.