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Friday, April 30, 2010

Memphis in May

Is it really the end of April already? What does this mean? It's Memphis in May! May is the best month to visit or live in Memphis. There are so many fun things going on during May.

Memphis in May officially kicks off tonight with the Beale Street Music Festival. This is a three day music festival in downtown Memphis, but when Music Fest comes, the rain comes. It has rained during Music Fest 7 out of the past 10 years. We actually call it Mud Fest now. Fred and I were going to go tonight to see Neon Trees, Mute Math, 30 Seconds to Mars and the Goo Goo Dolls, but the rain is keeping us away. When we were younger, the rain didn't bother us as much. I remember my mom would leave dry clothes in the garage for me to change into when I got home. We had a bathroom in our garage and I would shower and change into the dry clothes. You never wear anything good to Music Fest.
I was actually looking forward to going to Music Fest, but maybe next year!

Memphis in May is also meant to pay tribute to some other country. I believe this year is Tunisia. I remember being in 1st grade and wearing my panda pin when China was the country.

Some other fun things about Memphis in May: BBQ Fest, the Greek Festival, the Italian Festival, Sunset Symphony, the Zoom Through the Zoo, Zoo Brew and many more other great things! So, if you want to come to Memphis, come in May! But bring some rain boots and a poncho!

I have a very busy weekend finishing getting ready for the Memphis ADPi Alumnae Association's 22nd Annual Ronald McDonald House Benefit Golf Tournament on Monday. Pray for NO RAIN!!!

Happy weekend!!!

P.S. Tomorrow marks the 6 year anniversary of my graduation from college at the University of South Florida. I can't believe it's been that long. How time flies!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Thoughtless Thursday: Expensive Taste


Fred and I have had a VERY expensive week...

Our 15-year-old, hand-me-down washer from my parents died and we bought this beauty:

And I needed to replace my two rear tires on Lexi:

Lucky us! Thank you, tax refund!!!

To play along in "Thoughtless Thursday", visit Life in the Fulmer Lane! And don't forget to congratulate them on their pregnancy!!

And since we spent a fortune earlier this week, we took advantage of Baskin-Robbins' 31 cent scoop night last night. We stopped at to two different Baskin-Robbins stores, but we actually went to three of them (the third one was so crowded). I had Rocky Road, Mint Chocolate Chip and Rainbow Sherbert. It was delicious! I'll be working off my butt tonight!!!

Happy Thursday, everyone!!!

Wishful Wednesday: Youth Summer Job


'I wish' .... I could go back and spend one day working at a job from my youth, and it would be when I worked at an Algebra and Geometry summer camp for middle school kids!

I worked 4 hours a day for two weeks as a teacher's assistant. The kids had so much fun learning! The atmosphere was great and the pay was great at $10/hour (and this was in the summer of 2000).
I also spent one summer working at Old Navy and another at Abercrombie and Fitch. NEVER AGAIN!!!!!

To play along, visit Kelsey at The Seattle Smith's!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The Price of Beauty Recap: Brazil


Last night on "The Price of Beauty", Jessica, Ken, and CaCee traveled to Brazil in search of beauty. Brazil is one of the world's top places for plastic surgery.

Now, I've always wanted to go to Brazil. The beaches look absolutely amazing and I've always wanted to see the Christ the Redeemer statue. And after this episode, I am dying to go to Brazil!

When the trio arrived, the girls talked Ken into getting waxed. I've never had any sort of wax treatment, but after watching this, I don't think I want to experience that pain.

The trio met with their beauty ambassador (a gorgeous, Brazilian woman with legs a mile long).

She explained to them that Brazilians want to flaunt what they've got. People of every shape and size were sporting their itsy-bitsy, teenie-weenie bikinis. I think I would wear my bikini again in Brazil and not even think twice about it.

When Brazilians have plastic surgery, they want you to know. It's sort of like a "look what I just bought". Completely different than in America.

They met with a woman who has had over 40 different plastic surgery procedures. Heidi Montag, watch out! Actually the woman didn't look that bad. She'd actually been married to two plastic surgeons before and she's spent over $60,000 on her work. One of the things the trio noticed about her was something that was not plastic...the hair on her legs. Women in Brazil don't shave their legs. Instead, they have a treatment called a "golden shower" to bleach the hair on their legs. Let me just say that I died laughing. If you don't know what an American "golden shower" is, well, it doesn't mean bleaching the hairs on your legs.

They also met with a woman who spent money on a boob job rather than providing a better place to live for her and her daughter. She plans to teach her daughter that looks are the most important thing. Wow!

The trio then received a samba lesson and were invited to show off their new samba moves at a party. Jess stated that the samba was all about making your "booty clap".

Jessica got to step out of her comfort zone and dance her little heart out.
I have to say that I thought this was the best episode yet. I am dying to go to Brazil!! The Carnival costumes were so beautiful. I want to dance around in one.

Next week is the final episode and the trio heads into a high school in Los Angeles to talk to high school girls. I cannot wait to hear what they say.

Your thoughts??

Top 2 Tuesday: Favorite Things about Summer


Top 2 Favorite Things about Summer


1. Boating - Many of you know that my family is in the boating industry; so, we live for summer on our boat.


Even Knox loves boating
2. Eating Outdoors - I love being able to eat outside. I usually freeze in restaurants; so, it's nice to be warm outside. I also love when Fred or my grandfather grill and we get to be outside.
Summer usually means lots of time spent outside with the ones I love. I also love being able to wear dresses and sandals. They are so much cuter than winter clothes.

So, what are your two favorite things about summer? Visit Taylor at The Undomestic Momma and tell us.

Monday, April 26, 2010

I Don't Want to Grow Up

I need a weekend to recover from my weekend. We had terrible weather on Saturday. Ever since I got hit by fence boards while driving last year in a storm, I've been scared of storms. After the bad storms had passed and the sun was out, our power went out. It was out for about 3 hours, but it was actually good timing because we were able to take Knox for a walk and go grab a bite to eat. When we got home, our power was back on.

When the power was on, we spent several hours this weekend catching up on our television shows. When you go out of town for a week, you somehow get so far behind on your shows.

I also had my first experience at Chuck E. Cheese this weekend. It was Fred's nephew's 8th birthday and we made an appearance at the party. I must say the pizza was actually tasty. And I schooled Fred at Skeeball!!! He beat me in one game, but I beat him every other time. He also claims that I stole tickets because there were tickets hanging out of this machine and there weren't any kids around and I took the tickets to give them to Brandon (the birthday boy). I also had to stop this baby from taking my tickets out of the Skeeball machine. I felt like I was 8 again. :)

Here's a pic of the birthday boy (with Fred in the background):
Yesterday, I worked on finding people for our class reunion, worked on finalizing room lists for our golf tournament next week, trimmed the bushes, pulled weeds, cleaned pollen off of the patio furniture, cleaned the windows. I don't know what's gotten into me. Fred was gone helping his parents for the majority of the day yesterday; so, if you're wondering he wasn't helping.

I feel like I got so much accomplished this weekend, but now I need a few days to recover. Wasn't life easier when you were a kid at Chuck E. Cheese?

So, what did you do this weekend?

Here's a picture of us from my dad's birthday last weekend:

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Flashback

With my 10 year high school reunion coming up, I thought I'd show you guys some pictures from my days at Bartlett High School.

I was a member of the Varsity pom squad (dance team), a class officer, and part of our school's news channel. Here are some pictures from my old pom squad days:





This one is from our Homecoming powder puff football game (Yes, we were the Junior Mafia...so cool):
It was the late 90's. What can I say?

To participate in "Thoughtless Thursday's, visit Life in the Fulmer Lane!

Happy Thursday, everyone!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Wishful Wednesday: Glee


'I wish' .... I could be a GLEE character for an episode and it would be _____________! I am ashamed to tell you all that I haven't seen one single episode of "Glee". I know I should be watching, but I'm not. All of my friends tell me it's awesome, but I watch entirely too much tv as is and I didn't make time for it.

I even asked my friend who she would choose and I thought about lying to you and I couldn't do it. So, I admit, I am not a "Gleek", yet.

I promise to add it to Netflix and watch it over the summer.

Do you think less of me? Can we still be "friends"?

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Price of Beauty Recap: Japan


Last night, Jessica, Ken and CaCee traveled to Japan in search of beauty.

The trio met with their beauty ambassador

They visited a spa and had an interesting rock walk, a fish pedicure and were buried in sand. No thanks!

CaCee and Jessica learned how to be Geishas. Being a Geisha looked very hard, especially the walk. It takes 5 years to perfect the Geisha way.
The trio visited a Harajuku (yes, the word made popular by Gwen Stefani in America) store
And they had a fashion show to showcase all of the ways to be beautiful in Japan
We also learned about Japanese women having a medical procedure to make their eyes bigger. The Japanese eye is so beautiful to me. The trio spoke with a woman who was talking to a doctor about the surgery. Very eye opening, literally.

I loved this episode! I would prefer to be a Harajuku woman as opposed to a Geisha. There was this one blonde, Harajuku girl dressed in a pink dress and I wanted to take her and sit her on my shelf. She was just too cute.

Have you caught on yet?

Top Two Tuesday: Items Under $15


Top 2 items under 15 dollars!!!!!!

1. Fiji Water

Memphis has GREAT water, but there's nothing like opening a new, cold bottle of Fiji water. Yes, I know about the Fiji water controversy, but I still love the refreshing taste of their water. The bigger the bottle, the better.

2. Route 44 Diet Cherry Limeade from SonicAnd this bad boy is 1/2 price when you go to Sonic between 2 and 4pm. So refreshing especially for those hot, summer days!

To play along, visit Taylor at The Undomestic Momma. What are your two favorite things under $15?

Monday, April 19, 2010

Weekend Wrap-Up

Whew! We had a busy weekend! I am ready for another one just to recoup.

On Saturday, we celebrated my dad's birthday ALL day. Fred and I bought him not only one, but TWO Chevy Camaros.The picture would look real if my parents' neighbor's house didn't look so freakin' HUGE! :) My dad really wants a 2010 Chevy Camaro, but just won't pull the trigger and buy one. He loved the gift.

On Sunday, my mom and I went to buy bedding plants and ended up at the mall. How does that always happen? But, I did get some super cute church shoes. Yes, they are Jessica Simpson's Appleonia. I ♥ her shoes!

So, what did you all do this weekend?

Please say a little prayer for my father-in-law today as he is having his 2nd knee replacement surgery. He had his other knee done last year.

Happy Monday!!!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Look What the Stork Brought

Happy Friday, all! So, I know of two babies being born today. One to Fred's friend from college, Emily, and the other to my friend, Brooke. Congratulations, Mommies!!

And look what I found in my drink today...
No, no, no. I am NOT pregnant, but I did find it weird to find a stork and know of 2 babies being born. The stork was in no way altered and I have 2 eye witnesses.

I knew of three babies born on New Year's Eve. Crazy! I think there's something in the water. Now, I'm going back to sipping on my diet coke!

Have a great weekend everyone! And welcome to the world Tucker and Ali!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Another Award! Oh, my!

Yay, I received this little award from Neely at Neely's Nothings today! Thanks, girl! You rock!

Here are 10 things that make me happy...

1. God
2. Fred
3. Knox
4. family
5. friends
6. traveling
7. weekends
8. sunshine
9. warm weather
10. smiles

Thursday Modgepodge - Volume 3

Well, I did it. I wore this bikini when we were in Puerto Rico. I neglected to wear sunscreen; so I got burnt and I am now peeling. Yuck. Luckily, my red turns to brown quickly.
Now, I did not take a photo of myself in the bikini, but I swear I wore one. I was so proud and I noticed that there were a lot of women around me who didn't need to wear one who were wearing ones. It made me feel even better.

Here's a picture where you can kinda see my sunburn:

Moving on...

What are your Top 3 Restaurants you like to eat at?We eat at Moe's about every Saturday for lunch with my family.
We eat Buffalo on Thursday's.And we eat Pei Wei at least once a week.

Yes, we eat out A LOT, but it's one of the things we love to do. And I eat smaller portions, but I still eat crap. I just have to work it off. What are some of your favorite restaurants? Visit Kelly at Keeping Up with Kelly and tell us.