Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Summer loves!

Tuesday's mean Top Two Tuesdays over on the Undomestic Momma!

Today it's about "two favorite things about summer".



1. Swimming!

I've always loved pools. Every time we went on a trip, I made sure to check out the hotel's pool! I remember being a wee little thing at a Braves baseball game and begging asking my mom to go back to the hotel so I could swim. The thing is, I don't actually swim. I just wade, splash, play etc in the water. I probably couldn't swim a stroke if you paid me, but I still love the water!

2. Air Conditioning!

I thank God for the person who invented AC! There should seriously be a Holiday on the day it was created! I'm a "city" girl, and Tennessee's summers sure do get sultry (as my Nannie would say)...and city girls and heat don't really go well together!

Happy Tuesday!
em

Monday, April 26, 2010

wrap up

It figures that last week went by waaay to slow and the weekend went by waaay too fast! Oh well, I guess it's better than the alternative, right? We had a low key, relaxing weekend (well I did...B worked!) that seemed to be what the doctor ordered!

We got massive storms on Saturday. We thankfully missed the big tornado that hit in MS (prayers for those affected), and didn't get any damage.

Sunday, the sun finally decided to make an appearance just in time for the Arlington in April. This is a neat little festival that our town hosts every year. It was scheduled for Saturday but since the storms it got postponed (which made it not as big).

We walked around the "square" and purchased the yummiest rosemary and garlic bread from the local Amish shop! The blacksmith "shop" was opened with demonstrations, so of course we had to watch. I'm always amazed with how things are made etc!
I should have asked what he was making, but I didn't want to interrupt!

After we gawked for several minutes we decided to check out the rest of the festival. It was mostly kids stuff, so we called it a day. I really wanted to do the bouncey/velcro thing....maybe next year!
 part of the festival

As we were leaving, I said "oh...take our picture".
Should have picked a better backdrop though!

When we came home, the girls were experiencing some major cabin fever, so we let 'em out to play. Of course, they found every single mud puddle.
Dixie is a ball hog!

I left them outside for literally 10 minutes...only to hear a knock on our door. It was our behind us neighbor. Apparently, Dixie wanted more room, b/c she went through the one loose fence post and into our neighbor's yard. Needless to say, we fixed that post! Thankfully he was cool about it and even let us use his fancy nail gun! We put the escaped convict on strict house monitoring!

Memphis Girl!

Have a wonderful week...
em

Friday, April 23, 2010

another...

I decided to participate in yet another blog hop! (is there a 12 step program for these things?!) 
 
 
1. What was the first car you owned?
I had a Toyota Camry that was actually my now SIL's (Brother's wife) car! My parents sold that to my cousin and inherited my mom's Volvo (that I still drive!). We tend to keep cars in the family...ha!


2. What song are you embarrassed to know the lyrics to?
 
Ice Ice Baby....stop, collaborate and listen...

3. Have you ever had stitches?
 
Yes, but not for anything major!
 
 
4. What was your first job?
Grocery bagger at Kroger's when I was 15!
 
5. Who is your favorite Sesame Street character?
Big Bird or Cookie Monster!

Favorite Eats

Friday Five time!
Just Me and My LifeThis week it's about your favorite restaurants. I love to eat. I espeically love to eat food I didn't have to prepare, ha! I just wish they donated it too me though, but oh well!


Here are my 5 favorite restuarants:

1. Jim and Nicks:

It is my new addiction, but they really do have wonderful bbq, fries (majorly addicting), and sweet tea! Ben loves their food too!
(Runner up for bbq: Germantown Commissary)

2. FIVE GUYS.

True story: my dad had to live in the DC area for a few months for work a few years ago. B and I went to visit and my dad introduced us to Five Guys burgers. It was love at first bite. We literally ate there at least 4-5 times (had to get it to go on our drive home) and on one trip I wrote a comment card..."Please come to TN" (with my e-mail). A few weeks later, I get an e-mail from a lady at FG stating "we receieved your comment card and we're building in TN as we speak!" It was a happy day when the one in Green Hills opened! Of course, I moved to Memphis and they're not here yet. Just another reason to go home (Sorry mom/dad!)!

(Runner up for burger/fries: In-N-Out....they're runner up because they're only out West!)

3. Soul Fish Cafe

It's a local Memphis place that truly has the best catfish! I'm not a catfish person, but I love this place! You can definitely feel the soul in their fish!

(Runner up for catfish: Vinegar Jim's in Arlington, TN)

4. Pei Wei (or PF Changs)

I love their lettuce wraps, crab wontons and their teriyaki (sp?) bowl!

5. Jimmy John's

If I'm in the mood to pay $ for a sandwich, this is the place to go!  Their bread is delicious and beats those other sub shops hands down! There service is super fast and friendly too, so that's a plus!

(Runner Up for subs: Lennny's, founded in Bartlett!)


Okay...I'm officially hungry now...

Places I cannot stand:
1. Ruby Tuesday (one of B's favorites!)
2. O'Charleys


Here's to good eats this weekend!
em

Girl meets Marine...

Today over on Kelly's Korner is about "how you met your spouse".
Show Us Your Life with Kelly's Korner

I'll refer to ourselves in 3rd person....sorry in advanced, it's just easier that way!


October 8, 2002:

Emily and her good friend Jessica went to work out at the Y. During their 30 minutes of eliptical, Jess asked Emily if she was "talking" to anyone anymore (Em was a serial dater that summer...ha!). Emily said "no..why?". Jess informed Emily that her boyfriend's (Jason) good friend (Ben) had come back from Japan annd wanted a "FRIEND" to hang out with. Em thought "sure why not...just friends...perfect".

Jess gave Emily the "friends" number and told her to call him that night. Em had to teach dance that night, so afterward she bravely picked up the phone and called.

Em and Ben talked for a looong time. Em insulted Ben by asking "So...you're in the Army, right?" Apparently there IS a difference between the Marine Corps and the Army...oops! :)

After talking forever, Ben asked if Em wanted to hang out. Em agreed, but only if Jess were there. So, they all meet at the local grocery store (where Jess worked) and decided to go to Ben's parent's house to watch a movie.

After the movie was over Ben and Em talked for hours. Ben was so interesting and easy to talk to. They decided to go on their first  double "date" that weekend!

Jess and Em went over to B's parents house for our "date"...and out comes Ben in his full Marine dress blues! Now...that's one way to impress a girl!

He changed into something more haunted house appropriate and they went to the Slaughterhouse  and had a scarily good time!

After their "date", they continued talking a lot. He was home for 30 days, so they tried to see each other a lot! Finally one night before Em was leaving, Ben decided they should have the "talk".  Em had no clue how the whole Marine thing worked and asked if he'd ever be able to come home etc. Of course, Ben reassured her and Em said "YES! (to being boy/girlfriends that is!).

Ben had to leave at the end of October to go to his new duty station in California. They talked every day and he was able to come home for Christmas that year!

Christmas Eve, 2002.
Ben got word that he would have to get deployed soon after, so Em (and her mom) made a trip to San Diego to see him before he went off to war!
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At Ben's barracks in Camp Pendleton, CA.
Feb 2003.
(ignore the crazy hair)
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Operation Iraqi Freedom
 March 2003
Thus....their story began...

Okay...back to 1st person....

I never in a million years thought I'd meet my husband at 18 (he was 21). I also never thought I'd have a long distance relationship, or do the whole relationship during war time thing (when we only had snail mail).  It has it's ups and downs...but it was worth it!!

Moral to the story is: if your friend has a "friend" for you to talk to....talk! The least that can happen is a wasted phone call...the most..well...marriage!! :)




Monday, April 19, 2010

Got Fur?

If so, get the Furminator!!


I wish we had purchased this sooner because it is awesome! Our dogs are double coated and of course shed all.the.time! We've been using a regular ole brush but it was pathetic. Our Vet recommended the furminator and after researching it we decided to give it a try! 


 Memphis Girl always flops down when we brush her!


 This is just from Memphis Girl.
We got another bag full from Dixie Belle too!

 There should seriously be a "Fur of Love" for dogs!
We could seriously "create" another dog just out of this fur!
ha!


So, here is the Fishbowl's PSA: if you own a dog....it will behoove you to get the Furminator!


(My 7th grade English teacher will be so proud of me using the term behoove!!!)

Sunday, April 18, 2010

date day!

I can't believe I forgot to post about our anniversary date!

Ever since we've moved here, B has talked about trying out the "Texas De Brazil" restaurant downtown. After much debate, we decided to go there for our anniversary celebration. They have a Sunday brunch which worked great for our schedules! 

I'm not a huge eater, so I was hoping I could at least get my money's worth. I knew B could tear up some food, so decided to give it my best shot! 

They have a big salad bar set up with a ton of different foods (shrimp, veggies, salads etc etc) and bring out the yummiest garlic mashed potatoes. I tried to limit myself from the salad bar because I wanted what they're known for...MEAT!

You have a coin that is red on one side and green on the other....red meaning no mas and green meaning bring it on!

They serve you everything from chicken, lamb, pork, and beef. It is truly a carnivore's mecca! I tried a little of everything, but B just stuck with the beef and pork!

B and I agreed that it was good, but (for us) not worth going back. 

After we filled our bellies, we decided to walk around downtown. We walked down Beale, but weren't filling the "bar" scene. B works down there, so he took us to the nice restuarant, Sole, he has seen! It's a Raw/seafood place, but it's open early because it's with the hotel next door. We were the only two in the place, so it was perfect! (no, we didn't eat...just hung out in their lounge area!)
The "bartender" just got out of the Marine Corps, so naturally they talked about the "good ole days"! I just sipped on my mimosa and watched the NCAA bowling tourney! HA!




It was a fun day and a great way to celebrate 2 years!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Why didn't I...

I think of these:

1. Silly Bandz.

Practically every single kid in my class has these things. They're basically glorified rubber bands in a variety of shapes, and are a huge hit! I think they're kinda neat and wish I had invented them! Seriously, $5 a package of these jokers adds up!

2. Command Strips (picture hangers):


(I think I purchased the wrong size, but they still worked!)

I cannot hang pictures straight for the life of me. I cannot stand little holes in the walls, so I was thrilled to see these! They're perfect for level challenged people like me! Super easy to "install" and looks like it will be easy to remove too!



You have to let the adhesive sit for an hour before you hang the picture!


much easier
and I'm pretty sure B will like not filling all those holes!!


I guess I'll just have to keep racking my brain for the next future "it" thing!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Things you don't know...

This week's Friday Fives over at Just Me and My Life, is 5 things you don't know about me!
Just Me and My Life
1. I'm not a movie person. I still have yet to see The Wizard of Oz, if that tells ya anything!


2. I was born on Thanksgiving! This may be the reason why it is my favorite holiday...ha! Every year my family makes a point to remind me that "I" burned the turkey that year (my uncle accidentally left it in the oven and it dried out). I'm surprised I'm not in therapy now!! :)

3. I have Mitral Valve disease. I have to go to the cardiologist 1x a year for an echo, and every.single.visit I have an older gentleman tell me "Why, I didn't know young people came to cardiologists". I just smile and say "yes sir...unfortunately".

I had to have a transesophageal echocardiogram done in December.
I pray I never have to have another because it was HORRIBLE.
The drugs kicked in after the procedure, and the horrible stuff I had to drink
to numb my throat made me sick as a dog.
HORRIBLE.
(yes, I look like crap but I felt even worse!)
4. I started working when I was 15. I was a Kroger grocery bagger and made a whopping $5.25 an hour. Fun times.

5. I cannot stand Granddaddy long legs. Ever since I was a child, they've freaked me out.


So, there ya have it...5 things you could care less to know about little ole me!!

Happy weekend!
em

Monday, April 12, 2010

I Do, take Two!



Two years ago today, B and I said "I Do"!!



These past 730 days have gone by so fast!

It was truly a perfect day and a perfect way to start our new journey!











It has truly been the best one-day-at-a-time and we can't wait to see what the next 50+ years have to hold!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Shop. Eat. Repeat.

Yesterday my mom came down for the day! Of course, I had the entire day planned to the "t"!


First: we stopped to view an "open house" down the street since it was Open House Day in Memphis! Plus, we both love looking at other houses for ideas, so this helped our nosiness curiosity.

Second: we ate lunch at the cutest restaurant, The Beauty Shop in Midtown Memphis!
click here!

It was an actual beauty salon back in the day that they converted into a restaurant! They still have a lot of the original hair dryers, shampoo bowls etc too!
We had the grilled cheese special: Gruyere with bacon and tomatoes, with their home made chips! Yum!


Hopefully I can convince Ben to come with me next time to try out their dinner!

Third: we headed to the Spring Market! click here We shopped for a couple hours, and saw a lot of cute clothes, home goods etc!

Fourth: we headed to the neatest local bakery, Muddy's Bakery, for some cupcakes. I wanted a special treat for our anniversary (tomorrow) and this seemed to fit the bill!
click here!


The place was packed, but we managed to score some yummy treats:


Prozac, Capote and Mint!
YUUM!



lovin' from the oven...
definitely true at Muddy's!

Fifth: after we picked up our Prozac (name of a cupcake!), we headed over to the Pottery Barn and Williams Sonoma outlets! We didn't see anything there we had to have, so decided to call it a day!

Sixth: apparently the Easter bunny left us some plants at my parent's house, so my mom brought those with her! Ben and I are going to overhaul our landscaping soon...so they'll be perfect! We weeded our beds and my mom helped us decide the layout of our new design!!

Seventh: we ate at Huey's for dinner and then quickly headed home to devour our cupcake!!


We had a lovely time but we were both worn out when she left today! Maybe next time, we'll leave off the "repeat" part!! :)

Friday, April 9, 2010

Funny!






It is Friday! Wow. This week has flown by for me, but I'm not complaining!

This week's Friday Fives is about the things/people that make you laugh, giggle etc!

1. My brother.

Since the day I was born, it was his job to make my life both miserable and entertaining! He succeeded at both! He is always saying things that literally make me laugh out loud. I can't even recall just one story b/c I have a quarter century worth of stories!

2. These two:

My nephews make me smile and laugh too! They're beyond precious and W says the cutest stuff. He randomly asked me the other day (on the phone), "did the Easter bunny hide your eggs?" I know to most it wouldn't be funny, but it was what the Dr ordered for me!

3. Comedians:
Jeff Foxworthy
The stuff he says about marriage, families, life cracks me up! I appreciate him being a CLEAN comedian too! Seriously, does dropping the F bomb every 3 minutes make your routine funnier....I think not!

Bill Cosby:

if you know me, you know my love for Bill Cosby and The Cosby Show! I've seen every episode probably dozen's of times (I have 'em on DVD too!). The show was hilarious then, and still relevant and pretty darn funny now! Also, his stand up routines are wonderful too!

4. Kids at school

Kids say the funniest things!
Example:

While at our dramatic play center, a boy and girl were "driving to the river". They get to the "river" and apparently were having a good time because the little boy shouts "Oh NOOO, we are out of beer"!

I laughed and told him to drink water! ha!

(I have a ton more but my brain is on Friday mode!)

5. Last but not least, Ben!

He makes me laugh every day. After almost 8 years we have a ton of inside jokes, stories etc! He and I have different humors, but have learned to adapt well!