Tuesday, November 30, 2010

City Sidewalks

 Tonight I will make my debut as a Christmas Tree in the Abilene City Sidewalks Parade. Pretty big deal.

I wish I had a picture of the costume to show you. I spent hours upon hours on that thing and it is STILL the weirdest, most awful costume I have ever seen.

I was in the parade every single year growing up and I basically loathed it. It seems like the parade always falls on the coldest day of the year. The high for today is only 52, which might as well be freezing in my opinion. The forecast says that it will be approximately 40 degrees during the parade.

Don't worry, I bought some HotHands to put inside my gloves and shoes.
'Tis the season!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Thank Goodness for Thanksgiving

Here we are at Monday again after a whirlwind Thanksgiving break. I think I needed at LEAST another week off.

We feasted on turkey on Wednesday and Thursday, but I could still go for some more right about now. I was a little under the weather last week so my appetite wasn't what it usually is. I didn't eat NEAR enough and what a shame that is!

It was pretty chilly on T-giving, but we still managed to wander around the farm and check out all of our old childhood stomping grounds.
We got to see Seth for a very short time before he had to drive back to Dallas for work... Chelsea stayed around for a couple of extra days which was a lot of fun! We were able to do a little shopping and go see "Burlesque," which I highly recommend. Unless you are a guy, in which case I do not recommend it.

The best thing about the Thanksgiving feasts was that I didn't have to cook a single thing myself! I still haven't picked up the love of cooking that the older women in my family seem to have. I guess I'll just keep hoping that someday I would rather be IN the kitchen than out of it.

Although I didn't partake in any of the traditional Thanksgiving cooking, we did have a small portion of Ethan's family over for lunch on Sunday as they were passing through town. I guess I was feeling in the cooking mood on Saturday so I got a pot roast together and decided to try my hand at a couple of buttermilk pies. Needless to say, I spent three hours whipping these little guys together and after an hour in the oven, the buttermilk was still in a milky state. I had taken the recipe from one of my favorite blogs and am still not sure whether the recipe was wrong or if I am just terrible at making pies. It completely ruined my vision of our meal and I'm still not completely over the annoyance. It may be awhile before I try my hand at pie making again!!!

On Saturday I finally allowed myself to decorate the Christmas tree! I had already made three different trips to Hobby Lobby to try to pick out a new ornament color. Last year's bright blues were just not going to cut it in our new living room. I have two huge rubber-maids of all of my old ornaments from the past 5 or so years. I am extremely non-committal when it comes to ornament colors. I bought and took back a couple of different colors before finally settling on silver and white and I couldn't be happier with the final outcome.
My lonely stockings sure make me miss my real fireplace from last year. It was good while it lasted...

P.S. ......... 28 days until Christmas break!!!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

More About Pillows

I have switched around the throw pillows in our living room about three or four times since we moved in back in August. I am the most fickle person when it comes to throw pillows.

After trying every possible throw pillow combination known to man, I FINALLY decided it was time to make my own.

Here is the most recent "before" throw pillow combo:
Definitely didn't fit the vibe that I'm going for in my house at all.

I made a throw pillow once in middle school, but it was a whale pillow so I don't know if that counts. I decided to make my new pillows have removable covers... you know... in case I change my mind again in a couple of weeks.

I'm too stubborn to use patterns so I always just sort of wing my sewing projects. This time I got extremely lucky and didn't even have to use a seam ripper once! I am so happy with the way the pillows turned out. They are exactly what I have been imagining. I hope they live a long and happy life in our living room.

I must now go and continue counting down to 3:00. Today I'm teaching 5th grade math, which requires a lot more brain cells than 2nd-4th grade math. I will need all of the patience that lies within me... which is not much.

Hope everyone has a very happy, restful, LONG Thanksgiving break!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Winter < Everthing else

The wind chill was in the 20s when I got to work this morning. I can only hope that this doesn't have to mean that winter has arrived. I prefer fall over winter x100,000,000.

A) I don't have any cute coats. My North Face jackets really don't look very good with my work clothes, nor are they very warm.

 Why oh why did I choose turquoise? Such a 22-year-old version of me thing to do.

B) I have two nice coats and one semi-nice coat. These are the only three coats that look somewhat good with my work clothes. Apparently the ultra long shirts of today were very much not in style back in 2007 when I bought the coats.

This morning I put on my longest Pea Coat and the ends of my cardigan were hanging below the coat... but only in the front. Even Ethan laughed at me (and let's just be honest, he has no sense of style). I ended up having to tuck the sweater in until I ditched the coat because it was so hideous.

C) The bottom of my right foot has been a strange mixture of dead and alive since 7:45 this morning:

If things don't change soon, I may not have a foot by January.

Sorry if it grosses you out to see a weird picture of the bottom of my foot.

Just trying to keep it real.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


Wayyyy back in August, Kasey and I decided that we needed to make a trip to a Tech game sometime this season. We chose to go big and drive to Norman for the OU game. Neither of us had been to Oklahoma before, so why not?

Little did we know, this wasn't going to be Tech's proudest season.

However, considering the way things have turned out, we knew before we made the trip that it might be a rough game to watch.

We did NOT know just HOW rough.

Taylor Potts (QB1 of the Red Raiders for the past two seasons) went to our high school and is one of Kasey's closest friends. Hence the reason that she has decided to be a Red Raider fan for the past couple of years. I'm guessing that's not going to last after this season. :)

Here we are in our little Tech section... 70 rows up in the endzone with freezing winds. Those Sooners must love their visiting teams. We seem to be smiling, so this picture might have been taken during the first five minutes when the score was still 7 to 7.
I don't need to give you the dirty details of the rest of that game. Just know that we never scored another point. And that OU scored many, many more. It's a good thing that I went into the game with the oh-so-positive attitude that we had no chance of winning. Even with that attitude it was a heartbreaking thing to witness.

After the game we had dinner at the Cheesecake Factory which was absolutely DELICIOUS. The next day we decided to roam around OU's campus for a little while before lunch. It was gorgeous. I loved the brickwork mixed with the pretty fall colors. It sure would be neat if we had a fall in west Texas.
All in all it was a great first visit to Oklahoma. I plan on forgetting the score of the game at some point down the road though.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Wreck 'Em

Somehow I only got one picture of our awesome time with the Hothan's last weekend. We had a lot of great food and the game was incredible! It was a great day to be a Red Raider.

Tomorrow I am heading to Norman with my friend Kasey for the OU game. I would say that I hope being at this game will be as awesome as it was to be there last week, but I am really afraid that I might look at this on Monday and regret it. Plus... maybe thinking we are going to lose is actually a form of good luck this season? :)

Happy weekend!!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Little Things

Back at the beginning of August I got to order $100 worth of free classroom supplies for being a first year teacher. I bought a couple of practical things that I would never want to spend my own money on and I filled in the remainder with office supplies.

I LOVE office supplies. Have I mentioned that before?

After that I forgot all about my free stuff. Until yesterday, when the office called me and told me I had three boxes of things!

YAY!! I can't use most of it until next year now. But YAY!

I opened up one of the boxes and found all kinds of post-it notes and a pop-up holder. It was a sight for sore eyes. I can't tell you how obsessed with post-its that I am.
How beautiful are they?! My early August self really knew how to give my November self a pick-me-up.

Still not quite as cool as these:
But that's okay because I save those for very special occasions. They're too beautiful to write on. I have a little collection of the ones that I have actually written on stuck to my desk. They are all old but I can't bring myself to throw them away. :(

Back to my goodies from yesterday. Know what else I found in my little box?

That's right, these puppies:
These are the most durable, beautiful cap erasers that I think I have ever seen. I had no idea that I had ordered 500 of these back in August. The cheap ones that I bought at Target a few weeks ago are almost hideous to me now. Perhaps I will just put all of the junky ones on my student pencils. I don't even care if they get stolen or broken anymore!

Oh, how far I have come.

But THESE beautiful babies... just look at them!

I won't be donating sharing these with the kiddos. I just might keep them in my drawer forever. Cap eraser love.

P.S. I'm so disappointed in myself for using my camera phone again. But it's just so much more simple. I wonder if there is such thing as a real camera that lets you email the pictures to yourself directly from the camera. I hate plugging my camera into my computer to upload pictures. Sarah, are you out there? Does that exist?

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Cattin' Around

I'm a cat person.

Sometimes that's a hard thing to say. Being a cat person is frowned upon in these parts.

I like dogs from a distance. I also like the idea of dogs and enjoy having one in my backyard to talk to and look at whenever I please. However, I do not like to touch dogs because they smell gross. Nor do I like for them to lick me.

How did cats get such a bad rep?

They are very inexpensive creatures to take care of. For example, there is no need for expensive toys. They can be easily entertained by simple things such as sweet tarts (which are biodegradable!).

{I promise that someday I will stop being lazy and start posting pictures taken by an actual camera.}

Sure, it may cause a tift or two. But these make for great entertainment while you are getting ready for work!

And the winner will celebrate by doing what cats do best: lying around doing nothing. Which might be slightly annoying when you would rather go back to bed than go to work. But at least SOMEONE is able to lie around all day without a care in the world.

If you are lucky you will even be able to dress them up once in a while. Who says dogs are the only good sports? Just make sure that you pin the clothing so tight that it cannot fall off. 

If the cats are annoying you, you can put them in a basket and lock them in the closet. Can't do that with dogs. Dogs bark. Sure, one of your cats might howl like a dog, but you learn to ignore it.

Best of all they will not bother you very often because they will spend most of their time perched in front of any available windows.

My cats love me. I just know it.

Friday, November 5, 2010


Last night I decided I had absolutely nothing to wear with my leggings this season. I know I have said this before... but shopping options in Abilene are VERY limited. I had spotted some cute shirts at The Buckle a couple of weeks ago, so to The Buckle I went.

Back in the day I had a bad experience at The Buckle due to their crazy commission working salespeople. I don't like strange people to be all up in my business while I'm trying to shop or try something on. IIIII will decide which shirt I like best, thankyouverymuch. I couldn't handle the awkwardness (yes I know you aren't surprised) so I stopped shopping there.

A few months ago I heard that the store had a salesperson makeover and that they were no longer as pushy. I'm a nice person, so I gave them another shot. It was actually a pretty pleasant experience! I've gone back several times since then.

Last night I walked in with one style of shirt on my mind... no help needed. Immediately one of the sales girls noticed the jeans I had on. "Omg I HAVE to show you the new Sevens that we got in today!!" She ran and grabbed a pair and brought them over. They were very cute but I let her know that I had just bought a new pair of jeans a couple of weeks ago. Doesn't she realize that I only buy like one pair of jeans per year? Doesn't everyone? I decided to be a nice person and make small-talk so I let her know that I was really just looking for a cute, long shirt.

After that the Peppy Sales Girl left me alone, seeming a little disappointed that I didn't want to buy a $200 pair of jeans on a whim.

Fast forward about 10 minutes. I'm looking around without much luck. Finally I find a shirt that should do the trick. About that time, here comes Peppy Sales Girl carrying five different outfit choices. Little half mannequins dressed in four layers of shirts topped off with sweaters, belts, and jewelry. "We've put together a few outfit choices for you! These will look great with jegs!" I was very caught off-guard. Many thoughts were flying through my head...
These outfit choices really aren't my style...
That belt looks like a biker babe...
Did they go to all this trouble to put these outfits together just for me?!?!?...
How in the WORLD am I going to get out of this??...

So I did what I usually do in this sort of situation. Nodded, smiled, and politely said I would try on the clothes. Poor Ethan left the store at that point. I went into the dressing room and looked miserably at all of the outfits. All I wanted to try on was the ONE shirt that I had picked out MYSELF. I carefully took apart the outfits they had created piece by piece and tried on only one piece from each. All the while Peppy Sales Girl was bringing me more and more things.

How's it going in there?!
Don't you just love the brown striped sweater?
The tan sweater will probably be too long on you, but try it on anyway!
Oh... I thought you might want to at least try on the new Seven jeans that I showed you. You will probably need to get them hemmed though!
Here are two pairs of jegs... that way you can actually see how the long shirts will look in real life.

I tried on a few of the things and ruffled the rest so it would look like I did. I spent a few minutes just standing there. I didn't want to come out after 2 seconds and be TOO obvious that I didn't actually try on 60% of the things she brought me.

After a few minutes I quietly emerged from the dressing room, carrying only the shirt that I had originally picked out for myself. I went to the checkout counter and the guy looked at the shirt I was holding, smirked, and said he was going to go see if Peppy Sales Girl wanted to check me out. She didn't. Guess my one little shirt wasn't worth her commission.

I left feeling a little offended and extremely exhausted. Thanks Peppy Sales Girl.

I won't be going back there for a while.

And that's unfortunate... because truth being said, I really did kind of like those Seven jeans. :)

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Thanks Texas.

I'm not typically a big procrastinator. In fact, I am usually on the extreme opposite end of the spectrum. But for some reason I have REALLY been putting off my defensive driving course that is needed to take care of the very unfortunate choice that I made to speed in a school zone. The court gave me until December 23rd to complete the course, and back in September that sounded like a very long time away. It was still in the 90s outside after all.

I have taken defensive driving once before. I was 16 years old and had only had my license for a month when I pulled out in front of someone on the way to school and totaled my little Camry. On the way out of the house that morning I realized that I didn't know where my Driver's License was. My mom was a little upset with me: "Well, you better not get pulled over because you will get a ticket." So of course I was stressed out. Crying. And the sun was in my eyes. I didn't even see that a little truck was coming at 50 mph when I turned left. My little sister was in the car with me and was probably scarred for life. Luckily everyone was fine, but my parents didn't let me drive again for months seeing as I didn't have a car. I went from being one of the first drivers in my high school class to one of the last. And worse? It turned out that my driver's license had been in the back seat of the car all along.

Mom was nice enough to attend defensive driving with me that time. It took place at a little BBQ joint called Betty Rose's and was extremely boring. Not to mention that we had to take an hour long lunch break and sit at a table with a bunch of total strangers (situations such as this one are extremely awkward for me). It was a very boring day.

Whew, that felt like a long story. All of that to say that I don't like defensive driving.

To avoid a wasted Saturday and a really awkward lunch with strangers I decided to do defensive driving online this time around. I fully intend on completing it 10 minutes at a time over the next 6 weeks.

Why didn't online defensive driving exist when I was 16?!

Yesterday I finally got the drive to enroll in an online course called Comedy Defensive Driving.

This morning I watched the introduction and was introduced to my fellow classmates. They include a hick farmer, a "toker", Bonnie & Clyde, and a ditzy blonde girl. Here's to hoping that they can find a way to make this experience exciting.

...Did my blog title trick you into thinking that I was going to talk about Governor Perry? I just realized that it probably seemed like that. I'm very glad that wasn't the case.

Monday, November 1, 2010

...LESS Cowbell Please

What is with high school football fans and cowbells? We counted around five of them at the packed-out stadium on Friday night. One of them just happened to be sitting directly in front of us. And ohhh, she was PROUD of that cowbell! No play could be spared. 

I really must know what sort of personality type these cowbell ringers have. You would definitely have to be someone who craves attention and does not mind annoying everyone around you. 

What is the point of the relentless ringing, anyway? Can the players hear these cowbells? 


We won't go into the final score of the game. Nor will we go into the score of the game of my other team. Instead, we will just be glad that this weekend in football is over.