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Archive for September, 2010

There’s an Old Flame Burning…

Country music is really an old love that has popped back up into my life recently. When we lived in Mississippi in 1994-95, country music stations were about it. I’m a big music person, so I just jumped right into country and for the most part loved it. When we moved on back to Alabama, there were more choices, so I mixed things up a bit.

Country music pretty much fell off the chart at that point. There were occasional artists that would catch my attention. For example, I’ve been a Faith Hill fan since my Mississippi days. Same with the Mavericks. In fact, our whole family loves the Mavericks, including both kids, and we can pretty much pop in a cd and sing along with every song.

Recently, the Rick and Bubba show moved from Y102 to WLWI in the mornings. After they go off at 10:00 a.m. I always forget to change the station. In the past, this would mean I would listen to Y102 for awhile until I finally noticed or something on the station would get on my nerves. Well, as you can imagine (my mind being what it is), I continued to forget to change the station after the move. Low and behold, I began hearing old songs and remembering how much I loved them, as well as getting turned on to some great new artists.

Some I’m so excited about that I’m kind of mad at all these people who I tell about them who seem to have known about them for years. Come on guys – you can’t share?

So I won’t be “that guy” here are a few I would like to share with you.

Zac Brown Band – This is probably my favorite band right now.  I started liking them for “As She’s Walking Away” with Alan Jackson. But when I googled them, I found out that they actually sing several songs that I’ve grown to love over the past couple of months.  Like “Whatever It Is” and “Chicken Fried”.

Sugarland – I think that Sugarland is just plain fun.  If you don’t believe me, go on YouTube and watch the video for “Stuck Like Glue”.  It’s simply hilarious.  I love a band that has a sense of humor and can totally make fun of themselves.  It also doesn’t hurt that Jennifer Nettles can sing like nobody’s business.  Just good, clean fun folks.

Luke Bryan – He has the “good old boy who is really cute but probably not really good” thing going on.  Which I totally get (you should have known Bud back in the 80’s).  He also can sing and did I mention I can write as well.  Not only did he sing and write the song “Rain is a Good Thing” (which I love), but he also wrote the song, “Good Directions” which is one of my all-time favorites.  He writes really down-to-earth songs.

There are a ton of others both old and new (I’m really starting to like Lady Antibellum, Uncle Kracker, and Darius Rucker, too), but these are some of my current favorites.

OK…everybody get to sharing…


The Boob Tube…

Our family didn’t have cable for approximately 3-4 years.  We recently decided to try it out again and I feel like I’ve missed so much of our culture.  I don’t know if that is a good thing or a bad thing.  I guess it depends on the point of view.

That being said, I think I’m addicted to the show Hoarders.I’m not really sure what that says about me but I can’t seem to look away. I recently discovered that there is also  a show called Animal Hoarders and it’s wonderful too.  Of course, each time I watch Hoarders I feel like I need to totally clean my house before going to bed.  I guess that could be considered a good side effect of watching it.  Maybe?

Oh, and last night I watched a show called “I Shouldn’t Be Alive.”  It was the most nerve-wracking thing I’ve ever watched, but it was so good.

I feel like I’ve missed so many shows that are just like train wrecks.

A couple of other cool shows I’ve been watching:

Dog The Bounty Hunter – I’ve seen this before and forgot how much I liked it.  There really isn’t much of a redeeming quality to it.  I do like how kind they seem to the people after they have nailed them.  The also usually won’t put handcuffs on a fugitive (especially if it’s a woman) in front of their kids.

Cupcake Wars – this is a new show to me.  This is a really fun show.  I didn’t know there were so many varieties of cupcakes in this world.  The only negative about this show is it makes me crave cupcakes and I can feel the weight attaching to my thighs just from watching it.

Swamp People – this is a show about alligator hunters in the Louisiana bayou.  This is definitely of the train-wreck variety but I can’t look away.

Gene Simmons’ Family Jewels – I’m facinated with this family and Gene’s work ethic and skills as a parent.  OK…I understand that his morals aren’t that good (can you say happily unmarried?), but I still love to watch this show.

Scrubs Reruns – these just make me smile!  Who doesn’t love JD, Chocolate Bear, Carla, Dr. Cox, the Janitor, and Elliott?

So, I’d love to know – what are your favorite shows?

Potpourri of Thoughts, Part 2…

So, we got Joey moved out and I did better than expected.  Aside from the fact that I was carrying stuff to the truck and crying, that is.  I think I hid it pretty well from the other guys.  The actual move out was pretty hard for me, but once they pulled off I felt much better.

He has gotten settled into his new place.  I did have a really hard time when I visited his new place and saw his furniture in a new room.  This is the furniture we bought Joey when he was two years old.  It has always been in MY house.  It just doesn’t look good in someone else’s.


Bella had a GREAT party for her 23rd birthday.  It was a Nintendo Themed Costume Party.  She spent days decorating the house (some of which is still up).

She had a PacMan room in our Living Room:

A Donkey Kong Country Room in our Den:

Mario in our Kitchen:

Rainbow Road in our Hall:

And Star Fox in Joey’s old room:

Prizes were awarded to Alaura Cook (3rd place), Andrew Eastwold (2nd place), and Caleb Quave (1st place).


College football kicked off tonight…WOOOOO HOOOOO…just saying.


We are planning for a visit to California to visit my Dad and my stepmom Louava for Thanksgiving.  It will be just us two girls since the boys will both be working that week.  I’m really excited and can’t wait to see them.  I don’t get to see my Daddy and Louava near enough.  The last time we got to see them in the flesh was when Bella graduated from high school.  In case you don’t know when Bella graduated…that was back in 2005.  They were going to come and visit again when Joey graduated high school, but due to some health problems were unable to fly.  I absolutely cannot wait to put my arms around my Daddy and give him a great big hug!


I forget between times that I write on my blog how much I enjoy it.  I definitely need to take time to do this more often.  I don’t know if anyone else really enjoys reading what I write, but it is great to get it out of my head.


Mullets…I still don’t get them.  Business in the front, party in the back – what’s that about???  And why are people still wearing them?  What brought that up?  Just saw Billy Ray Cyrus’s video for “Acky Breaky Heart.”  Wow…


It’s September – WHY are your Christmas lights still up?  You are either way late in taking them down or way early in putting them up.  STOP IT.


I’m still on the South Beach Diet.  I’ve lost 16 lbs. and 18 inches.  The inches have gone down the last couple of weeks but the pounds not so much.  I know this is normal but I’m ready for some pounds to get moving.  I keep having to tell myself that I didn’t gain all this weight overnight.  It took closer to 15 years actually.  Therefore, it might take awhile to take off.  I do feel like I’ve finally gained some control in this aspect of my life.


“For You formed my inward parts:  You knitted me together inmy mother’s womb.” (Psalm 139:13).

As someone who could have been aborted but was instead born and put up for adoption – I just don’t get it.  How much clearer do some people need it to be.  I’m NOT a mistake, I was NOT an unplanned pregnancy – God planned me.  God formed me and planned for the parents I was to have.

So how can people really believe that abortion is okay?  How can they say that these babies are mistakes and unplanned?  Again, I just don’t get it.

[getting down off of my soapbox now]