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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Wishful Wednesday: Pets

'I wish' .... My pet could talk because I have been dying to know why Knox eats his poo.


Yes, my cute son eats his poo. Now, it's not every single time, but it does happen about once every other day. It's disgusting and we try to lure him with treats and toys, but sometimes, that is just not enough. He's done this since he was a puppy.

We've tried putting meat tenderizer, the packet from the vet, and oil on his food and nothing worked. Since he's started eating Greenies, the poo snacks are less, but they still happen.

After he eats some, Fred and I call the "10 Minute Rule". No puppy kisses please!! (obviously we wait longer than 10 minutes)

He has every kind of treat, toy, and bone that you can imagine. I just don't know why he does this. He gets enough food (dog food and people food).

Knox, please stop this nasty habit.

To participate in "Wishful Wednesday", head over to The Seattle Smith's! See you there!

The Kreativ Award


Sweet Southern Momma presented me with this award. I absolutely love her blog and she too is a Tennessee gal. So, here is what I am supposed to do:

The rules are as follows...
1. Thank the person who nominated you for this award.
2. Copy the logo and place it on your blog.
3. Link to the person who nominated you for this award.
4. Name 7 things about yourself that people may not know.
5. Nominate 7 Kreativ Bloggers.
6. Post links to the 7 blogs you nominate.
7. Leave a comment on each of the blogs letting them know they've been nominated.

7 Things You May Not Know...
1. I've just started painting. I find it very relaxing. Fred is actually quite impressed at how well I can paint. I guess the years of art lessons have finally paid off. I may even start my own etsy shop. Knox is my muse
2. I feel like I am surrounded by babies. Most everyone I know just had a baby or is expecting. While this is not pushing us to have babies, we are thinking about a family.
3. I wanted to be Gloria Estefan when I was younger. Yes, a little white girl from Memphis wanting to be a Cuban singing sensation. My mom and dad bought her biography for me and donated it to my school's library. I wonder if it's still there?
4. I hate lights on in the house during the day. I love to open the blinds and let natural sunlight shine through.
5. I am planning an actual 1st birthday party for Knox. And I don't care who thinks I am nuts.
6. I secretly like the Miley Cyrus song "Party in the USA". Well, I guess it's not a secret now. I despise Miley, but I like that song.
7. I was in a commercial for Fred's Family Discount Store when I was in kindergarten.

Now, it's time to nominate bloggers. Ugh, this is so hard:
Heather @ Live.Laugh.Love
Jill @ The Young & the Precious
Lauren @ The Lovely Life of Lauren
Rebecca @ The Taff's
Heather @ Step Inside...
Natasha @ A Day in the Life
Jessica @ Chloe the Doxie Love

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Beauty

No wonder our perception of beauty is distorted. Check out this video:

Fall = Beautiful Weather

I hadn't come to terms with the fact that it is in deed fall until this morning when I opened the door to let Knox out. Since we had rain for about 18 days straight, it was so nice to see the sunshine this weekend. I am definitely a fan of warm weather, but I am really enjoying these sunny, cooler days. It makes me want to be a kid again and play outside all day.

Fred and I took Knox for a walk on Sunday and we weren't ready to go in so we took Willie (my parents dog)for a walk. I think we spent about 3 hours walking around our neighborhood. It was just so nice that I didn't want it to end.

Here's a picture of Knox and I enjoying the weather:
I hope all of you had a wonderful weekend like we did.

There were two other things that made me happy today:

1. Rob Thomas is coming! He'll be at the casinos on December 4 (8 days before my birthday). Tickets go on sale this Saturday and I can't wait.
2. Since I am the only one with a company credit card, I had to run to Lowe's this morning which meant a stop by Starbucks for a caramel apple cider. Yay!

Ok, is it weird that I am waiting until October 1 to put out my Halloween/fall decorations? I just can't bring myself to do that before then. Fred and I go out at our house. Last year it was bigger than Christmas. I'll post pics as soon as we decorate, after the 1st of course.

Happy Fall, y'all!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Dine at Chili’s on September 28 and support St. Jude


From: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

This Monday, Chili’s Grill & Bar® asks you to dine out for lunch or dinner (or both!) and support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

On September 28, as National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month comes to a close, participating Chili’s restaurants around the country will be donating 100 percent of the day’s profits to St. Jude. It’s called Donate Our Profits Day at Chili’s and it is part of Chili’s month-long Create-A-Pepper to Fight Childhood Cancer campaign.

During September, guests can make a donation to St. Jude and receive a coloring sheet they can decorate and have displayed in the restaurant. Since September 1, thousands have stopped by their local Chili’s to Create-A-Pepper and used their creativity and imagination to color peppers and show their support for children fighting cancer.

“We are thankful to have enthusiastic and generous partners like Chili’s,” said Richard C. Shadyac Jr., chief executive officer of ALSAC, the fundraising organization of St. Jude. “Even during tough economic times, Chili’s honors its commitment to donate 100 percent of one day’s profit to support St. Jude. Every dollar donated by Chili’s guests helps St. Jude continue our efforts in finding the cures and providing the treatments that will save children's lives.”

In addition to dining at Chili’s on September 28 and creating a pepper, patrons can support St. Jude in other ways:

Purchase Create-A-Pepper T-shirts that can be customized with permanent marker.
Buy a customized Create-A-Pepper key that can be cut for use at home or the office.
Visit www.createapepper.com to make an online donation.

So stop by your participating Chili’s restaurant and help St. Jude in the fight against childhood cancer.

For more information, to purchase Create-A-Pepper T-shirts and keys, to make an online donation or to create a pepper online, visit www.createapepper.com.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Show Us Your Life: Desserts (German Chocolate Heath Bar Cake)


Who doesn't love dessert? It's Dessert Week at Kelly's Korner. I got my recipe from one of my sorority alumnae association friends and it's so yummy. You can also check out Cookbook Jungle. It's my recipe blog. Enjoy!


Ingredients:
1 box of German Chocolate Cake Mix
1 14 oz. can of sweetened condensed milk
1 16 oz. jar of caramel ice cream topping
1 8 oz. Cool Whip
1 Heath Bar (crushed)

Directions:
Bake the cake as directed on the package for a 9 x 13 pan. Let cool for 15 minutes and poke the top of the warm cake every ½ inch with handle of a wooden spoon. Drizzle condensed milk evenly over the top of the cake and let stand until absorbed into the cake. Drizzle with caramel topping.
Cover and refrigerate for two hours.
Spread with Cool Whip and sprinkle with Heat Bar chips (and/or chocolate chips). Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Ahhh....

Weekend
Weekend by PomPon00 featuring Nike


Unfortunately, Fred's family reunion was canceled, but the good news is that we get to spend the weekend at home! Yay!

Above is how I plan to spend my weekend! Have a great one and GO SOUTH FLORIDA BULLS!!!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

One Letter at a Time

I got this cute entry from Heather at Live.Laugh.Love. Her blog is cute and she too has a dachshund puppy!

One Letter at a Time...

A - Age: 26 (soon to be 27 in Dec)

B - Bed Size: Queen. We really should upgrade since Fred is 6'6".

C - Chore you hate: Cleaning the house. That's why I have a maid.

D - Dog's Name: Knox Barksdale Smithwick

E - Essential start your day item: Chap-stick

F - Favorite Color: Pink

G - Gold or Silver or Platinum: White gold

H - Height: 5'5"

I - Instruments you play: None

J - Job Title: Jack of All Trades (I do a bit of EVERYTHING)

K - Kid(s): One day

L - Living Arrangements: We own a house.

M - Mom's Name: Valerie

N - Nickname(s): Carlonias, C, C-line

O - Overnight hospital stay other than birth: Tonsils/Dehydration

P - Pet Peeve: When businesses (especially day cares) misspell words (i.e. Kidz Korner), idiots in general, rude people

Q - Quote from a movie: "I love lamp"

R - Right or Left Handed: Right

S - Siblings: Just me

T - Time you wake up: 6:15am during the week

U - Underwear: I'll never tell

V - Vegetable you dislike: Most of them (I really would like to like them)

W - Ways you run late: Traffic, watching the "Today Show"

X - X-rays you've had: I can't think of any

Y - Yummy food you make: Lots of good dishes. Check out Cookbook Jungle.
Z - Zoo Favorite: Giraffes

No, this isn't Knox, but this looks like something he would do. Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

I'm a Loser


Last night, Fred and I broke tradition and actually watched "The Biggest Loser" on it's regular night. That show gets me every single time. It's so amazing to watch these people not only transfer physically, but mentally as well.

I love Abby, the girl who lost her husband and children in a car accident. I don't know how she does it. She is so strong. I'd love for her to win.

I would have to have Jillian as my trainer. I love how she yells and screams at contestants. I need someone to kick my booty!!!

I can somewhat relate to these contestants. I lost 35 pounds over a year ago and I've managed to keep it off. It's definitely a lifestyle change, but so worth it. I just want to kick myself for not doing it sooner, but it's never too late!

I did feel bad for watching the show after eating Chinese and frozen yogurt (it was no sugar added vanilla soft serve), but I did work out for two hours yesterday.

I've almost reached one of my goals for this year. Yesterday, I went to my 125th Jazzercise class of the year. My goal is 150 classes which I should acheive since it's just September.

Tonight, my mom has asked me to join her for a yoga class. I could use a good stretching, but I am afraid that I will fall asleep if I get too relaxed. :)

So, who do you want to win "The Biggest Loser"??

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Happy Fall, Y'all!

Thank you for the sweet comments about my dress. I got it at Macy's back in July. I forget the brand, but it was on sale. I love it. My mom actually has the same dress in purple (the purple is a pretty color too).

Happy Fall, y'all! I can't believe this is the first day of fall. I do love the cooler temps and watching the leaves change, but I HATE when Daylight Savings Time ends and when winter begins.

Not a whole lot has been going on around here. It has rained 16 out of the past 22 days. I need to see the sunshine!!! I feel like I have been in this funk for the last month. Ugh, I just can't shake it!! Maybe fall will bring sunny, beautiful weather.

With all of the new shows starting back, I snapped a picture of my two favorite boys as they watched television.
Is anyone else excited about Eddie Cibrian joining the cast of "CSI: Miami"? Even if he is a cheater, I've loved him since his days on "The Young and the Restless".

Monday, September 21, 2009

Celebrating 50 Years of Marriage

Fred and I had quite a busy weekend. We spent the majority of it preparing for my great aunt and uncle's 50th wedding anniversary! Here are some of the pictures from the event:
The Happy Couple NowThe Happy Couple ThenPictures Before the Party
My shoes were killing me by the time the party was overMy grandfather, mom and ICrazyFred, Mason and IFamily
Next weekend, we're heading to Mississippi for Fred's family reunion! It's like Christmas in September!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Who's Smarter Than a.....


Last night, my sorority alumnae association decided to do something a little out of the box for us. We went to team trivia night at a local restaurant.

Dates and friends were invited to join in on the fun! Our team did awesome. We got 5th place out of 13 teams. We would've placed higher, but Fred and Kim were too scared to wager the full 20 points to take the lead. Had we done that, we would have won. Oh, well. Maybe next time.

Surprisingly, Fred and I did very well. Some of the answers we knew and others we guessed. The Smithwick's looked smart last night. :)

All in all, the food, trivia and experience was so much fun! We'll definitely have to repeat this event soon. Luckilly, it happens every Wednesday night at 8pm.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow??

Dear Sunshine,

Are you on vacation this week? I haven't seen you in over a week and it's driving me crazy! This is worse than Daylight Savings Time ending. I am cranky, tired and depressed. I miss you! Your rays of light bring me happiness!

If you're not going to do it for me, please do it for Knox. He refuses to go outside to go potty in the rain. It's pitiful. He cries and shakes. This little angel face needs you:
I hope to see you soon! I miss you! I love you!

Love,

The Smithwick's

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Hard Day's Night


If you drove past my house last night and heard some screaming and shrill noises, don't be alarmed. We're all ok. Fred and I were just playing The Beatles Rock Band game on the Wii. My grandfather came over last night for dinner and we gave him a show afterwards. I think he felt like we were holding him hostage and making him listen to our awful musical skills. He did not want to partake on any of the fun.

I must say that I am an awesome singer of The Beatles songs. My lowest score was 90% and that was on a song I didn't know (something from the early days). But, I am not as good on the drums or the guitar. I guess I'll have to keep practicing. Now, my singing skills are not so good in real life. I know that I would definitely get air time in the "American Idol" auditions. Yes, I am that bad.

Fred bought us the Rock Band because I love The Beatles. Paul McCartney was the first concert I ever went to. I was in the fifth grade. I actually went to it twice, once in Memphis and once in Orlando. No, my parents and I weren't roadies. Awesome show!!

On Friday, two of my co-workers were listening to digitally remastered Beatles cds. I felt like I was in a 1968 dorm room. So, we got on the subject of Rock Band and I said that I wanted to play it since I had never played it. So, Saturday, my loving husband surprised me with it. I was so excited.

I wonder when they'll come out with Pop Band. I could totally break out all of my Britney Spears/NSYNC moves.

Fred is learning to be a Beatles fan. I've converted him, although he butchered "While My Guitar Gently Weeps".

So, if you drive by and hear loud noises, don't be alarmed, we're all ok. We're just rocking out!!!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Running of the Weenies 2009

As you know, Knox and Willie ran in the "Running of the Weenies" yesterday. Neither of them won, but we had a great time. Knox was about to come in 2nd place for his heat when he veered left and headed towards the gate. It was hilarious! There's always next year.

The Smithwick's

Fred's niece, Jessica, sporting an official Team Knox shirt
Fred with his Team Knox shirt
Doxies, start your engines
Fred walking to the starting line with Knox (they're discussing the game plan)
Prepping Knox for the run

And they're off...

Friday, September 11, 2009

Where Were You?


Where Were You by Alan Jackson

Where were you when the world stopped turning that September day
Out in the yard with your wife and children
Working on some stage in LA
Did you stand there in shock at the site of
That black smoke rising against that blue sky
Did you shout out in anger
In fear for your neighbor
Or did you just sit down and cry

Did you weep for the children
Who lost their dear loved ones
And pray for the ones who don't know
Did you rejoice for the people who walked from the rubble
And sob for the ones left below

Did you burst out in pride
For the red white and blue
The heroes who died just doing what they do
Did you look up to heaven for some kind of answer
And look at yourself to what really matters

I'm just a singer of simple songs
I'm not a real political man
I watch CNN but I'm not sure I can tell you
The difference in Iraq and Iran
But I know Jesus and I talk to God
And I remember this from when I was young
Faith hope and love are some good things he gave us
And the greatest is love

Where were you when the world stopped turning that September day
Teaching a class full of innocent children
Driving down some cold interstate
Did you feel guilty cause you're a survivor
In a crowded room did you feel alone
Did you call up your mother and tell her you love her
Did you dust off that bible at home
Did you open your eyes and hope it never happened
Close your eyes and not go to sleep
Did you notice the sunset the first time in ages
Speak with some stranger on the street
Did you lay down at night and think of tomorrow
Go out and buy you a gun
Did you turn off that violent old movie you're watching
And turn on "I Love Lucy" reruns
Did you go to a church and hold hands with some stranger
Stand in line and give your own blood
Did you just stay home and cling tight to your family
Thank God you had somebody to love

I'm just a singer of simple songs
I'm not a real political man
I watch CNN but I'm not sure I can tell you
The difference in Iraq and Iran
But I know Jesus and I talk to God
And I remember this from when I was young
Faith hope and love are some good things he gave us
And the greatest is love

I'm just a singer of simple songs
I'm not a real political man
I watch CNN but I'm not sure I can tell you
The difference in Iraq and Iran
But I know Jesus and I talk to God
And I remember this from when I was young
Faith hope and love are some good things he gave us
And the greatest is love

The greatest is love
The greatest is love

Where were you when the world stopped turning that September day


We all know what today is and we all remember where we were when we heard the tragic news.

I was a sophomore at the University of South Florida. I was sitting in my 8am Geology class when our teacher announced that a plane had crashed into the World Trade Center. We all thought it was an accident. After class, we learned that there was another plane that had hit the other tower. School was canceled for the day and my friends and I sat in their apartment watching the news and crying. I will never forget.

I was in Florida, my parents were in Oregon and my grandparents were in Tennessee. I was so scared and desperately wanted to be near them. I think we all learned to love harder and deeper after that day.

My how the world has changed. My thoughts and prayers go out to those who lost loved ones in the tragedies. We will NEVER forget! GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Gossip Girl

I don't know about you guys, but I hate summer television. There's nothing on, but Big Brother and other reality shows. Since Fred and I have Netflix, we try to get caught up on a lot of the HBO/Showtime shows (True Blood, Weeds, Californication, Entourage, etc.) that we don't get to see because we don't have it. But, with a week and a half to go of nothing to watch, I stumbled upon "Gossip Girl".

Ok, ok. I may be a little behind in the times, but I love it! I don't need another show to watch in the fall, but this is in my top three! Although I should finish up season 1 tonight, season 3 starts Monday. I guess we know what I'll be doing all weekend (minus the Running of the Weenies, if it doesn't rain).

If you haven't seen it, you should definitely check it out.

XOXO-
Gossip Girl

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

I Carried a Watermelon

One of the many reasons I hate to see summer go...
One of our co-workers has a farm and he grew this watermelon. It was so delicious!!!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Lazy Day Instead of Labor Day

Labor Day is to be celebrated by being lazy, right? For a three day weekend, I don't really have much to say. We slept late and enjoyed ourselves by "vegging out". I rented the first season of Gossip Girl to see what all of the fuss is about and I love it!!! We did manage to squeeze in some training for Knox's "Running of the Weenies" race this coming Sunday. But other than that, we were lazy.

So with else nothing to say, I'll leave you with some cute pics of Knox...

Knox swimming with his life jacket
Willie and Knox begging for food (look at Knox's tongue)
Willie and Knox - Kings of the Boat (dachshunds love high places)
Knox with his monkey on the back of the couch
Knox and Fred relaxing

Friday, September 4, 2009

Go Bulls!


Can you believe all of the football frenzy? Is it really time for it to begin?

I do not enjoy watching sports on television. I'd rather be watching something more entertaining or doing something else. But, I have to talk smack.

My husband and his father are graduates of the University of Tennessee and so I am told that my University of South Florida team is nothing. Um, I beg to differ, we were ranked number 2 at one point last year and Tennessee was??? I keep telling him that one day we will be finish out the year on top (I didn't say it was going to happen this year).

So, USF kicks off their football season this Saturday (tomorrow) and I hope they finish out the year ranked higher than Tennessee!! They don't have to be #1, just higher than Tennessee!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

There Goes an ADPi

Thank you for all of the "get well" wishes. I am feeling much better. I am so glad I broke down and went to the doctor. He emailed me last night to check on me. Such a good doc!

This was taken on my Bid Day 2000!

So, it's that time of year and no, I am not talking about college football, I'm talking about sorority recruitment (or rush as it was called when I went through).

Tonight, I am going to help the local Alpha Delta Pi chapter, at the University of Memphis, with mock recruitment. Our alumnae association does this event every year. It's probably one of my favorite things that we do. We pick characters and act out recruitment scenarios. You never know what type of girl will walk through the door.

I loved recruitment when I was a collegian. One year, I was even Recruitment Chair. It was great!!! For the past few years, I've helped out with recruitment. It always takes me back and makes me feel that ADPi love again! OBIC!!

Am I the only one who loved rush/recrutiment?

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Dr.'s Orders

I rarely ever go to the doctor. When I have a cold, I medicate myself with over-the-counter meds.

Now, I love my family practitioner. He's fantastic. He treats you like a friend and confidant.

For the past eight days, I have been self medicating and nothing. With my "make believe" medical degree, I couldn't cure this sickness; so, I gave in and went to the doctor this morning.

I have been sick for eight days; so, I finally gave in. He told me that I have a stomach virus that's going around. Yuck! The word virus just sounds dirty. I have to stay away from sugar and spicy foods. Two of my favorite foods in the whole entire world. How will I deal?

Last night Fred told me to drink Gatorade because he said that I had lost electrolytes. Now, I hate Gatorade and Powerade. Needless to say, the doctor said that was the worst thing that I could have possibly done. I consumed all of those calories and sugar for NOTHING!!! Thanks, Dr. Fred.

So, I am stuck eating non-sugary things and things without spice. We'll see how long this lasts.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

September One

Can you believe it's already September? Today would have been my grandmother's 74th birthday. She passed away from Alzheimer's two years ago. One thing she always knew throughout her battle with the disease was her birthday. You'd ask her when her birthday was and she'd say, "September One".

This woman was Martha Stewart before Martha Stewart even thought about baking one of her cupcakes. My grandmother was a world-class cook!! Everything she made was delicious except for roast (we all know I hate roast). There are so many things that I wish I could have learned from her. The woman was a genius.

I now have some of her recipes, but they're all missing key ingredients. I guess when you do it from memory, you tend to forget or this was a sign of the Alzheimer's.

So, in celebration of her birthday, I am making one of her specialties, John Ben Getty and strawberry cake. Now, the cake came from a box, but since she loved strawberries, we're having strawberry cake.

I hope my attempt at one of her best is successful! My grandfather is eating with us; so, the pressure is on!

Today, I will also begin my 5K training. With the race two months away, I have go to get ready. The weather is perfect; so, the time is right!!!