Vacation Extravaganza Day 3 (Part 2)

August 31, 2008 at 5:43 pm (Vacation) ()

So after our drive through the country side of middle Tennessee. My mom and I headed to my sister’s house to join the rest of my family for a Labor Day feast. When we got there, however, everyone seemed to be working on my neice’e bedroom.

They were taring up the carpet to put down hardwood floors.

Mom thought it looked like fun so she jumped in to give a hand.

Brian started to help, but then decided that it might not be such a good idea since the fuscia room was giving him a headache.

Eventually we did get around to eating some burgers and chicken followed by some home grown watermelon that my parents grew in their garden. Soon after the melon we left to go home and get some sleep.


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Vacation Extravaganza – Day 3 (Part 1)

August 31, 2008 at 5:20 pm (Vacation) (, )

As mentioned in my previous posts, Hubby and I are on vacation this week and my parents came to stay this weekend. My mom and dad are currently looking to buy a home closer to my sister and I as well as something that will be more convenient to Nashville.

Sunday morning my mom and I hit the highways to check out a few of the properties she is interested in possibly purchasing. We checked at a place in Petersburg and while perusing the town I managed to get a couple of shots of the town square.

From Petersburg we headed to Shelbyville to look at a few more houses. While checking out one of the houses I noticed this.

OMG!!!!! This is like the biggest non-Amazon spider I have ever seen!!! Needless to say, I did not get to close because I was afraid it might attack and kill me, but I did get close enough to take some quick pics. No joke. This think was about 3 inches in length. I looked it up and apparently it is a Argiope aurantia, or black and yellow garden spider. They are evidently harmless to humans. That is probably because they are too big and scarey for people to want to mess with.

If I didn’t have arachnophobia before, I think I might now.

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Vacation Extravaganza – Day 2

August 30, 2008 at 5:19 pm (Shopping, Vacation) (, , )

My parents came to stay the weekend and got here Friday night while we were at the ball game. My mom, sister, and I decided to head to the mall in Cool Springs for some shopping and girl bonding time.

For those you who read Hubby’s blog you know that our digital camera got broken few months ago and we have been borrowing an extra one from G-Man and SueBoo’s. I have been wanting to get the Olympus Stylus 850 SW which is weather proof, shock proof, and water proof to fit a variety of needs in our household, but it was a little outside our budget at this time. So, I decided that I would get a Sony Cybershot instead. It isn’t water or shock proof, but I got insurance on it so if I drop this one atleast it is cover.

So we got the mall about a 11:00. I went straight to Sears and got my camera. Then we headed to the food court for some refreshments before hitting the other stores. Our first stop after the food court was Shi Shoes. This was by far the best shoe shopping experience I have ever had. Not only did our fun and friendly sales man bring out the shoes I wanted, but brought a few others for me to enjoy…which I did. I bought three paid of shoes for $38.

Not too shabby if I do say so.

We then headed to Dillards. My mom went in one direction, and my sister and I went in another. We spent 2 hours looking at clearance racks. My sister managed to find a gold mine of apparel. I, however, was not so lucky. After paying for her purchase, we started looking around the store for Mom. We finally found her in the petite section standing in line waiting to pay for her own purchases.

My sister spotted another sales rack full of bathing suits and dragged me back off to the fitting rooms so I could give my opinion. My sister is a size 4. I am … Well, I will just say I am not a size 4 and have not been a size 4 since sometime in my 20s. To make matters worse I have 0 kids, and my sister has 2. Something seems very unfair about that, and there is nothing to make you feel worse about being chubby than watching your older sister try on clothes that you couldn’t fit around one thigh on your best water retention free day. But I did the good sisterly deed and sat there looking at the bathing suits giving my honest opinion. Of the three she tried on, she picked two. Once again I waited for her to make her purchase and then her, my mom, and I headed back into the mall to check out some more stores.

Our next stop was Kirkland’s. I could spend hours in this store looking for pictures and home accessories. They were having some excellent sales, too. But I was very good and spent no money although the temptation was unbearable. We wandered around for several minutes looking at pictures, and throws, and vases before deciding to leave before we all gave into our lust for home goods.

Our next stop was B Moss. I use to work at this store years ago. I haven’t been in there very much since then but my mom was interest in checking our their sales so we ventured inside to look at the sale racks. Again, there was not much to be found for my mom and I, but my sister managed to rack up again. I did manage to find one shirt that I liked and actually fit me.

We then went to Christopher and Banks, which is a store my mom and sister absolutely love. My mom and I didn’t find much, but again my sister managed to spend 45 minutes to and hour in this stored looking at things to mix and match with her previous purchases.

My mom and I got tired of waiting on her, so we headed to JC Pennys. By the time we made it there it was pushing 6:00 and my feet were screaming. I haven’t spent that much time shopping since Christmas. I now remember why I don’t go shopping that much. I think my mom was shopped out at this point. She looked a little, but couldn’t find much that she liked that would fit. She spent the majority of the time wandering around nodding and shaking at thinks we held up. This was the one store I managed to load up on sales. But I made sure not to break the bank.

Of all the stores we hit Saturday, my sister and I were the most pleased with Pennys. My mom, however, found Dilliard’s to be the best.

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Vacation Extravaganza – Day 1

August 29, 2008 at 2:10 pm (Uncategorized)

So as I have mentioned in my previous posts, Hubby and I are on vacation this week. Our vacation officially started at 11:30 for Hubby and 12:00 for me on Friday. We headed back to L’burg after work, grabbed a quick lunch at Subway, and then headed to the house for a little relaxation before we headed to Hendersonville for Little Harry’s first football game.

I’m not sure that the person who made these realize that Bucs is short for Buccaneers. Hmmmm… perhaps someone should tell them that pirates and deer are completely different.

When we got to the school, they were having a talegate party, which they evidently do before each home game. We grabbed some dinner and then headed to the parking lot to have some chat time with Harry’s mom, step-dad, and Hubby’s parents. While we were partaking of the all the goodies I noticed a guy walking around wearing a shirt that said COMMANDO PRIDE. When I inquired about the shirt meaning he was proud of not wearing underwear, I was quickly informed that the Commando was their mascot and not to make fun of it. Ooops!

Kick-off started at 7:00 and the game end somewhere between 8:30 and 9:00.

Unfortunately, Harry was not feeling too well and didn’t get to participate in the game, but the Cammandos still managed to beat the Beach Buccaneers 7 – 0.

After the game, Hubby and I stopped at Starbucks for a couple of Venti White Chocolate Mochas before heading to the house for some much needed rest. All in all, it was a pretty good start to the vacation week.

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Feel Good Friday – I’m Not Doing a Thing

August 29, 2008 at 12:10 am (Friday, Music) (, , )

 It’s Friday again, and this one is extra special.  Not only is it the beginning of a holiday weekend, but I I only have to work half a day today.  Whoo Hoo!!!  🙂 AAAAAAnd…I will officially be on vacation starting at noon today.  Man does it feel good to say that.   In honor of the special week ahead, I picked the Veggie Tales classic silly song by Larry “The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything.”  This song amuses me and pretty much describes the attitude I will have for the next several days.     

I hope you all have safe and happy holiday weekend.  I, like the pirates, will not be doing a thing.




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Another Gloomy, Poopie, Melancholy Monday

August 25, 2008 at 5:00 am (Monday, Music) (, , , , )

 The steady eh eh eh eh pierces the stillness of the early morning.  A low groan escapes the throat as the mind slowly registers the buzzing noise.  Eyes open followed by a groggy yawn then close again as every muscle fights any movement.  I laggardly wipe the sleep from my eyes and force myself to sit up.  The eh eh eh has become an unbearable annoyance, and I stagger across the room to the alarm clock and quickly smack the snooze button stifling the machine’s taunts. 

The fog begins to lift inside my brain and my eyes become thin slits peering at the darkened room around me.  It is then that I realize with dispiritedness and an overwelming gloom that it is yet another Monday.  The beginning of another week of monotonous bull poopie.  Monday is the gloomiest day of all the days in the week. 




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The Hits From Coast to Coast – August 21, 1982

August 24, 2008 at 6:00 am (American Top 40, Music) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

This week our Coast to Coast time capsule will be traveling to the date of August 21, 1982. On this date some interesting history facts: the Palestinian terrorists were dispersed from Beirut and Rollie Fingers (Brewer) became the first pitcher to get save #300. Obviously not a big day in the history books as these are the only events I can find for this day. I remember neither of these events as I was only 7 and was neither big into world events or baseball at the time. Even now at the age of 33 I can’t say I am really a big fan of either, but I will support the Red Sox since Hubby is from Massachusetts and a die hard Red Sox fan.

Another event on this day way back in 1982 was Casey Kasem counting down the hottest Billboard hits of the week.

I will skip over hits 40 -11 since they obviously were not the biggest hits of the week and will just count down for you the top ten.

#10 Take It Away by Paul McCartney
#9 Wasted On The Way by Crosby, Stills, and Nash
#8 Vacation by The Go-Go’s
#7 Keep the Fire Burning by REO Speedwagon
#6 Even the Nights are Better by Air Supply
#5 Hard To Say I’m Sorry by Chicago
#4 Hold Me by Fleetwood Mac
#3 Abracadabra by The Steve Miller Band
#2 Hurt So Good by John Cougar

and the number one song in the US on August 21, 1982 was…………….
#1 Eye of the Tiger by Survivor

And there you have it folks. The Billboard ranked them and Casey Kasem counted them down…once upon a time.

I am very excited that I actually know and was a fan of all but two of these songs. I am still a fan of most of these songs today. I do not remember Take It Away, however. I’m sure it was very popular back in the day but not popular enough for me to recognize it (my sincerest apologies to Sir Paul). I will place the blame of my lack of exposure to this song on my geographic location at the time of this count down and on my sister since she was mostly responsible for any exposure I had to pop music in the early 80s.

If you would like to check out the full list of songs from that week go here.

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It’s Feel Good Friday and I’m Yours

August 22, 2008 at 12:10 am (Uncategorized) (, , )

Well.. It is Friday again, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. It’s been a long week…month…year. One more week and I will officially be on vacation. I can’t wait! Although I have to admit, I have been a bit on the pessimistic side every time Hubby and I approach the subject of vacation. It is a little depressing to me that you spend all these months looking forward to one week…or two depending on the situation, and then whoosh, zoom, bam… the week is over and you have nothing to look forward to the rest of the year except the holiday weekends in November and December. It is all so very depressing.

So this week I really had to do some searching to find a song to put me in a feel good mood so I won’t be such a Debbie Downer.

My choice this week is the Jason Mraz song I’m Yours. Hearing the ukulele in this song, I can’t help but think of sitting on beach under a coconut palm, watching the waves, and sipping a fru fru drink while a light breeze tossles my hair. Ahhhhh…I don’t think there could be anything more relaxing than that. Too bad we are not getting to go to the beach for vacation. Oh well, I can listen to this song and dream.

Happy Friday everyone.

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Melancholy Monday – Down In a Hole

August 18, 2008 at 6:00 am (Uncategorized) (, , )

Another weekend come and gone. Another Monday on the horizon. Blehk!!!
The only good thing to look forward to today is a job interview that I have for a promotion in the company. Other than that it is just another Melancholy. My selection this week is Down In a Hole by Alice In Chains. Mondays tend to make me feel like I am in a hole trying to dig my way out especially when I start the day in a major fog which I am doing as I am still recovering from last week and my marathon evening of Olympic games watching. Happy Monday everyone. Hope the week gets off to a good start.

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The Hits from Coast to Coast – August 18, 1979

August 17, 2008 at 6:00 am (Music) (, , , , , , , , , , )

Last week I started a weekly feature in which I will travel back in time back in time and bring you the songs that were top ten hits this week on the American Top 40 from whatever random year choose to travel. To check out last weeks post go here.

This week we will travel to August 18, 1979
And away we go…

#10 Mama Can’t Buy You Love by Elton John
#9 You Can’t Change That by Raydio
#8 The Devil Went Down to Georgia by Charlie Daniels Band
#7 Ring My Bell by Anita Ward
#6 When You’re in Love With a Beutiful Woman by Dr. Hook
#5 After the Love Has Gone by Earth, Wind & Fire
#4 Bad Girls by Donna Summer
#3 The Main Event/Fight by Barbara Streisand
#2 My Sharona by The Knack
and the number one song in the US on August 18, 1979 was
#1 Good Times by Chic

I at least had been born by the time when this countdown aired, but there are still only three songs on this list that I recognise by title alone. It is interesting to me that so many hits that make it to the top of the charts get long forgotten over time, and songs that may not have necessarily been that big sometimes manage to stand the test of time.

So here are the things that jump out at me this week.

1. The group name Raydio automatically makes me think of the aliens from Sesame Street. You know the ones the come to earth and discover a radio and then spend like 5 minutes saying ra-di-o. yep yep yep yep yep yep. uh huh. So any way…moving on.
2. Someone actually chose to go by the stage name Dr. Hook. Do you suppose the name was chosen do to the eyepatch? Hmmmm… I don’t recognise this song and can only assume he/they was/were a one hit wonder of the 70s.
3. Ring My Bell by Anita Ward is annoyingly catchy. I will probably spend the rest of the day with this song in my head.

If you would like to check the full list of the top 40 songs for this week go here.

I will leave you again this week with a video of the # 1 song, Good Time by Chic.

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