September 30, 2007

back to life. back to reality.

It is Sunday night and we are back from our excursion. And OH-MY-GOD. It was amazing. I am way too tired to report all the details right now, but rest assured, I will post away once I have more time. Right now, it's on to my homework that is due tomorrow. Like I said, back to reality.

I will tell you, though, that the past three days have been some of the most relaxing, amazing, fun, funny, and wonderful days I've spent with my husband...ever.

More details later when I can upload pictures and really sit and think about what I'm writing. Until then!

September 28, 2007

we out.

Aaron and I are about to head out for this "weekend" he's planned. I've already packed the camera and I'll be sure to post when I get back. How am I going to live without my blogs for three days?!?!

September 27, 2007

grey's update.

It wasn't that great, but next week will be amazing. AMAZING!

grey's anatomy! for real this time.

I don't even need to tell you that the season premiere is tonight, do I?
BUT IT IS!!!!

I'll be at another Krav Maga class during the show, so I've made triple-sure that the DVR is set appropriately. I already told Chelsey that if the show doesn't record for some reason, heads are gonna roll.

It's just not the same watching it the next day on the Internet. And like Chelsey said, if you guys post ANYTHING about what happens on the show, I will delete your link from my blog and never read you again....ok, not really. But seriously, don't tell me about it!!

i don't wanna!

I don't want to do homework. I don't want to do my grad assistant job. I don't want to conduct telephone surveys for my Processes and Effects class. I don't want to research information to write another editorial. I don't want to read. I don't want to write.

But I have to.

September 26, 2007

rendezvous.

Aaron is "taking me somewhere" this weekend. Unfortunately, he deploys soon...and very soon...and this weekend will kind of be the "last" one we have together before the craziness kicks in.

I'm sad. But let's not talk about that right now.

I have NO idea where we are going or what we're doing! He's usually not like this! The boy can't keep a secret to save his life. I am so excited and thankful - how romantic is he to plan a get-a-way before the deployment?!

He keeps saying we're going to a Hogs game in Fayetteville and that our dining out will consist of tailgating and Taco Bell. I know that can't be right...God, I hope not.

We leave Friday morning and come back on Sunday, so you won't know where I went until I get back! I'm bringing my camera, though, because stuff like this is usually rare. ;)

So here's to romantic husbands who take time and effort to make us feel beautiful! (Unless he's not lying and we really are tailgating...)

September 25, 2007

halo 3.

It came out last night. We bought it this morning. Aaron just turned it on. He's staring at the screen with his mouth open. Do I need to say more in order for you to feel sorry for me?



I actually enjoy the fact that Aaron likes video games. It beats liking bars or other women.

new, fun fabrics.

I picked these up yesterday at Joanne's. The first is going to make some fall-inspired place mats and a table runner for Sarah...assuming she likes what I've chosen. She may hate it and I'll just end up using this for myself. Hehe.

The second I thought would make a big, fun handbag.

It's official: I am a sewing geek!

glad to be a member of the 'net generation.'

I thought this was relevant considering the nature of the blog world, especially the connections made through my blog and the others listed in my links table.

"The Net Generation gravitates towards activities that promote and reinforce social interaction - whether IMing old friends, teaming up in an Internet game, posting Web diaries (blogging), or forwarding joke emails...many of their experiences on the Internet are emotionally open, sharing very personal information about themselves. The Net Gen has developed a mechanism of inclusiveness that does not necessary involve personally knowing someone admitted to their group. Being a friend of a friend is acceptable."

Is that us, or what?!

a new addition.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, we have convinced another to join our world. Welcome, Sara, to the blogging arena!

Can't wait to hear what's in store!

September 24, 2007

krav maga, updated.

I remember I said I'd tell you about my krav experience. I won't make this too long and drawn out because I just looked at the clock and realized what I should be doing is homework...boo.

Anyway, Krav Maga is an Israeli self-defense fighting...thing. It's not a mystical art with tons of rituals. In fact, on Saturday, our instructor said, "The point is to inflict as much pain on your attacker as possible." I liked that.

It teaches you how to counter-attack and how to put a hurting on some fool in the quickest way possible.

I won't reveal all the things I've learned in case some psycho stalker has been reading this blog and wants to find me. I won't let in on all my little secrets for taking him down.

It's an incredible workout and my body has been sore for about 5 days. I went to one class on Thursday and jammed my pinky finger because I punched the wrong way. Ouch. Then we went to a morning class on Saturday and I learned...oh wait, I'm not telling. But basically, I could kick some a**, if need be. Then, we went out to lunch and came back again for an afternoon class in which I learned car-jacking self-defense maneuvers. It was awesome!

Girls, you should look into taking a Krav class somewhere. You'll feel empowered.

i couldn't resist.

I made the pumpkin pancakes again for breakfast this morning. They were even better the second time around.

I'm in trouble.

September 23, 2007

pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins!

In the spirit of pumpkin pancakes, I googled "pumpkin recipes" and came across this great site that has tons of recipes for...you guessed it...pumpkins! I can't wait to try to the Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cake!

If you try any of these, let me know how they turn out! I think I'll make the cake soon...very, very soon.

raw edge tote.

I went over to Laura's last night and she had two huge Rubbermaid tubs full of material she was no longer going to use.

I just bought a "sewing" book at Barnes and Noble on how to make simple handbags, so needless to say, I was really exciting about the prospect of getting free fabric from her stash.

I decided to really enjoy myself today and made a handbag! By myself! I was inspired by this material from Laura's treasure chest:
This picture doesn't really give the material its justice. Here, it looks denim. It's really not. If you know me, a denim handbag is so not my style. It's a really dark, almost purple blue and the outline of the flowers are done in gold.

So, here's what I came up. It was the easiest out of all the patterns in the book. It's definitely not perfect - by any stretch of the imagination - but it's mine and I made it and it was practically free!
The inside is lined (I know, fancy!) and it even has a pocket. Don't look too closely at this picture because you can see all my mistakes.

I figure I'll put my school books in it and take it to class. Who knows? It was fun and that's all that matters, right?

charlie's web.

We have a friend on our back porch - a very fuzzy, eight-legged friend whom we've named Charlie. At first, his name was Charlotte, but I changed it to Charlie after having decided that since this spider is SO ugly, it must be a boy.

Charlie makes his home right outside the door to our back yard. We should have torn his web down and eliminated the little (actually, big) guy, but we can't seem to do it. We love Charlie. We're constantly amazed at how he re-builds his web every, single night.

The web is gone by the morning and back up in the evening. Amazing! Charlie reminds us of God's wonders. How in the world does a spider create a web? How does the spider know what pattern to follow? How does the web stay affixed to the patio? Where does that spider store all his "silk?" It's truly an amazing work of art!

Charlie doesn't like it when we open and close our door too loud - he gets scared and recoils into a tiny ball. I got the best shots of him I could, but he was tucked into himself, so you really can't grasp how big this guy is based on these pictures.


Charlie has begun molting, so we're not too sure how much longer he's going to be around...but for now, he's our little reminder of God's hand in our lives. And we like him.

However, if "terrific pig" is written in the web one night, I might be a little worried.

sunday morning breakfast.

Oh, Lord in Heaven. Our breakfast this morning was divine.

I was reading Kari's blog, which linked to Jamie's blog, who has a wonderful recipe for pumpkin pancakes on her latest post. (I don't know who Jamie is, but this recipe is wonderful!) Click here to steal it.

The combination of ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg smells so good. Oh, they were absolutely wonderful.

The recipe calls for a "teaspoon" of cinnamon...or something insanely small like that. I completely doused the batter with cinnamon and it was delicious. I'd say go overboard on the spices if you want to!

Try this recipe now! It was so good and so very Fall.

Here's the pancakes. Yummmmmmm.

September 21, 2007

krav maga.

Remind me to tell you all about my experience last night at my first Krav Maga class. It was awesome!!

(And I can barely type without wincing because I jammed my right pinky finger).

Go here to see what I'm talking about
. Until later...

not excited.

I get to take our huge dog to the vet today for heartworm testing and a fecal flotation exam. Yum.

Then, I get to go to the dentist for a cleaning. Ugh. I hate cleanings! I don't know why, but that little ice pick thing creeps me out! I think it's because nearly half of my teeth are fake (ok, not half, but quite a few), and I'm always afraid that ice picker is going to pop one of my veneers off. Ok, I'm making myself sick now.

Wish me luck.

September 20, 2007

i wanna get in the turbo zone.

We got our new dishwasher installed yesterday morning - thank you, Mama Webb!
Aaron was just so excited to show off the "turbo zone" knobs in the back of the dishwasher. Apparently, if you choose "turbo zone," the dishwasher gets serious and washes those dishes like you've never seen dishes getting washed before.
We purposely cooked dinner last night and dirtied up tons of dishes so we could try out our new gift. We took the dishes out this morning and they were squeaky clean! It's such a nice change from our previous dishwasher! We'd have to pre-wash everything in hot water until they were clean, then put them in the dishwasher, then wash them again after taking them OUT of the dishwasher because they had crusty spots all over them. What was the point!?

Finally, a dishwasher that works!

my favorite hobby.

Blogs. Seriously. They make me so happy.

I just love waking up knowing I have about 30 blogs that need my attention. I love reading about what's going on in people's lives. I love being encouraged by other people's zeal for life, their willingness to endure hardships, the way they love the Lord, their kids, their spouses, and their jobs.

I love tearing up when I read a sentimental post. I love the warm, mushy feeling that comes from reading a post about children, of which I still have yet to create. I love seeing pictures of people's daily lives. I love being able to get inside someone else's head for a moment and see things in new lights.

I love it when someone new creates a blog. I feel like it's Christmas, being able to add another read to the list.

I love the community it has created among people who never, ever see each other anymore. I love how it's been able to re-connect me with people from the past, incorporate people from the present, and introduce me to new people I've never even met!

If I could get paid for operating blogs, I would be the happiest person this world has ever known.

So thank you, my fellow bloggers, for giving me a reason to jump out of bed, for constantly distracting me from my homework, and for making me smile each and every day.

September 19, 2007

rw.

rw,

Reveal your identity! I don't know who you are. I want to know who you are because if you have a blog, too, then I want to read it!

- c

September 18, 2007

my first editorial.

Maybe Miss South Carolina Teen USA, Lauren Upton, hasn’t truly earned the reputation she’s acquired after her incoherent answer to the final question asked during the Miss Teen USA 2007 pageant in late August.
Since her going-nowhere-fast reply to the question about Americans not being able to locate the U.S. on a world map, Upton has appeared on CNN, the “Today” show and the 2007 MTV VMA awards.
Where has the winner appeared? No where.
It is true that Upton’s answer was scattered, fragmented, and let’s face it, comical. However, few have failed to realize that the other contestants’ answers to what host Mario Lopez, called “though-provoking” questions, were just as flawed.
For instance, Miss North Carolina Teen USA, Katie Coble, was asked: “What was the biggest risk you have ever taken in your life and what did you learn from that experience?”
Coble’s response: “I have to say the biggest risk I’ve ever taken was when I went to Canada and I went snowboarding. Uhm, it’s not like the mountains in North Carolina at all. It’s pretty, uh, hard work. So, that was definitely a big risk for me, going, uhm, down there. That was very hard, definitely a risk.”
Is that really the best answer? A response about staying strong during a time of adversity or speaking out against an injustice would have been more appropriate. And what about the second half of the question? She, like Upton, failed to listen and respond appropriately.
What about the irony that accompanies Miss New Jersey Teen USA, Alyssa Campanella’s, response to the question: “What skills are most lacking in teens today and how can they be taught?”
Campanella replied: “I think the skills most lacking in teenagers today is public speaking. A lot of teenagers don’t find themselves very comfortable talking in front of a group of large crowds, even small crowds, and I think if they feel comfortable with themselves, then maybe they can have a better chance of, with their skills in public speaking.”
The title eventually went to Miss Colorado Teen USA, Hilary Cruz, who was given a slumber party question one would expect to answer among peers, not a national audience: “Who do you prefer? Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie, or Lindsay Lohan?”
Cruz was quick to say that none of these women are people she considers role models and the audience responded in overwhelming praise. She then finished her answer by saying: “I would have to say Paris Hilton ‘cause she showed that, she, in the end, knew what was right and what was wrong.”
Yes, Upton’s answer was the most skewed. But what did the other contestants bring to the table? Not much.
Perhaps Upton is receiving the most criticism because she was the first contestant in the round, she’s blonde, she’s pretty and she was unfairly given a question no one really wants to answer. What beauty pageant queen would ever truly acknowledge the decline in the American education system without seeming pretentious or receiving excruciating backlash?
Ironically, Upton has been receiving backlash for her answer ever since the pageant aired. Isn’t it funny how our society is quick to emphasize Upton’s mistakes and criticize her for not being prepared or “smart enough” to win the title of a televised pageant, that, according to its 3.1 household Neilsen rating, no one watched in the first place?
America didn't care enough to watch the pageant when it aired. Why do we suddenly care now?

September 17, 2007

annoying.

Why don't people know these three basic things about the English language?

First, the word(s) "a lot" are spelled just like that. It's two words, people! "Alot" is not a word. Seeing it this way annoys me...alot.

Second, there are differences in the usage of the words "there, their, and they're."
THERE - "Look! Over there!"
THEIR - "Their house is on Main Street."
THEY'RE - "They're going to the picnic."

Third, there are also differences in the usage of the words "your and you're."
YOUR - "Your curtains are beautiful."
YOU'RE - "You're an idiot if you don't use these words correctly."

Don't mean to offend anyone if you write like this, but MAN!! I am so tired of seeing these mistakes everywhere I look!

i'm a sewing machine.

Remember how my Mom offered to buy me a sewing machine?! Well, I went and got one on Saturday, bought some fabric and my first pattern, learned how to use the machine, and viola! Made some placemats for our dining room table!

Sewing isn't as hard as I thought it was going to be, especially once you familiarize yourself with the machine. I say that, but I need to remind myself - they were just placemats! How hard is it to cut out a rectangle and then sew in a straight line?! LoL. Oh well. It was my first attempt and I thought they turned out pretty great!
Now the dilemma is: What to sew next?! I don't need any pillows or table-runners. I could make curtains for our guest room, but that sounds boring. I'm afraid to do any real clothes because I don't think I'm that good yet...so...any ideas?

dinner for a king.

This post is silly. It's just that my mother-in-law and I cooked dinner together and it turned out wonderfully. It looked (and tasted) so good that I had to take pictures of it. Very rarely does one find a meal like this at the Webb household. So...I just had to post.
What you've got there is sesame brocolli, egg noodles with butter, and swiss almond steak - another recipe from "Super Suppers." And yes, my salad is sparse. I'm not a fan of cucumbers or tomatoes. Hehe.

September 15, 2007

sewing machine.

My Mom has offered to buy me a sewing machine! After watching hgtv for about four years, I've decided I want to learn how to sew.

My intention with a sewing machine would be to be able to make curtains and pillows for the house, crafty things, gifts, baby paraphernalia, and CLOTHES! I've always wanted to make my own clothes. How many times have you ever gone to the store, found a cute jumper or top that was priced at about $50 and you think to yourself, "I could totally make that!" I want to make that thought a reality.

My Mom is an amazing seamstress, so when I told her about my interest, she immediately jumped on the "teach-Cassandra-how-to-sew" bandwagon.

She offered to buy me the sewing machine yesterday because she wants me to have it while Aaron is deployed - what a sweet mama.

I am probably going to look around for some today. She wants me to just get a basic one for now - nothing too expensive or intricate. After all, what if it turns out that I hate sewing? Or I'm not good at it?

Anyone out there a seamstress? Any tips on purchasing a sewing machine?

I am so excited! Betsey Ross better move on over!

the brave one.

The three of us went and saw "The Brave One," starring Jodie Foster, last night in North Little Rock. I had suggested going to see this film because all the other ones seemed lame. I had no idea this movie would be so good!

It's about a woman whose fiance gets beaten to death and, as a result, she "loses herself" and becomes someone completely different - a vigilante wanting revenge.

I won't spoil the movie by providing all the details, but if you can tolerate some graphic violence, a little nudity and Jodie Foster kissing Naveen Andrews - gross! - I would definitely recommend this movie.

You leave the theatre a little shaken up. Aaron was quiet the whole way home and when I asked him what was wrong he said, "That movie made my skin crawl."

If you're ever in a situation where your husband has to leave you for long periods of time, *cough military cough* then I think this movie perhaps may have more of an impact on you - like it did for us. The thought of being alone somewhere and being attacked for no good reason just scares the beejeezus out of Aaron. He's so afraid something like that will happen to me while he's deployed. He has plenty of reasons to be scared, too. This sort of thing happened to one of my good friends right after her fiance left for Iraq. And thinking about it still makes my blood boil. The guy who did it never got caught...

I guess it's time to get a gun license and take some Krav Maga classes so I can tear up on some fools who try to mess...ok, not really. But seriously, how do you ever prepare for something like blind-sided assault?

Oh, what a lovely world in which we live.

September 11, 2007

recipes for the soup-lover's soul.

Chelsey wants soup. And I don't blame her. Therefore, I thought I'd post some yummy recipes for soup that we've delighted in at the Webb household. (Am I posting fool today, or what?)
By the way, both these recipes come from "Super Suppers Cookbook" by Judie Byrd. Thanks, Erica, for mentioning this book in one of your blogs. So far, I have not been disappointed!

Baked Potato Soup
Makes 6 to 8 servings

Ingredients:

6 slices bacon, slivered
1 cup chopped onion
2/3 cup flour
6 cups chicken broth
4 cups diced baked potato
2 cups milk
1/4 cup chopped parsley
2 tsps. salt
2 tsps. dried basil, crushed
1 tsp. minced garlic
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup sliced green onion

Optional Ingredients:
Hot pepper sauce, crisp-cooked bacon, sour cream, Italian parsley

Steps:
One - In a 4 to 6 quart Dutch oven or soup pot over medium-high heat cook bacon and onion until bacon is crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon; set aside. Reserve 2 tablespoons of the drippings. Use a whisk to stir flour into reserved drippings. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, whisking constantly. Gradually add chicken broth, whisking to prevent lumps. Cook and whisk until mixture thickens. Add potato, milk, parsley, basil, salt, garlic, and black pepper to Dutch oven. Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring often.

Two - Add the 1 cup cheese and the green onion to Dutch oven, stirring until cheese melts and soup is heated through. Season to taste with hot pepper sauce - if you want.

Three - If desired, top each serving with additional bacon, cheese, sour cream, and/or Italian parsley.

How easy is that?!

Taco Soup
Makes 6 to 8 servings (this recipe is HUGE!! Unless you're going to have people over, I would definitely cut this recipe in half!)

Ingredients:
2 tbs. vegetable oil
6 corn tortillas, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 lb. ground beef
1 1/2 cups chopped onion
1 cup chopped bell pepper
1 tsp. minced garlic
2 14.5 oz. cans Mexican-style diced tomatoes, undrained
2 14.5 oz. cans water
1 15 oz. can small red beans, undrained
1 15 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 15 oz. can hominy, undrained, or 1 1/2 cups frozen corn
1 7 oz. can diced green chile peppers, undrained
1 7 oz. can sliced pitted black olives, drained
1 1 1/4 oz. package taco seasoning mix

Steps:
One - Preheat oil in a 4 to 6 quart Dutch oven or soup pot. Add tortilla pieces to hot oil. Cook and stir until brown; remove and set aside (and try not to eat all your home-made corn chips!) Add ground beef, onion, bell pepper, and garlic to Dutch oven. Cook until beef is brown. Drain off fat.

Two - Stir browned tortillas, undrained tomatoes, water, undrained red beans, black beans, undrained hominy, chile peppers, olives, and taco seasoning mix into Dutch oven. Bring to boiling. Turn heat to low. Simmer, uncovered, about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

To serve: Place a handful of grated cheddar cheese in the bottom of the soup bowl before adding the hot soup. It is seriously Heaven on Earth.

Enjoy!

professor webb.

Whoa.

My professor for tomorrow night's class is going to be running late and he has asked ME to run the class. Uhm, seriously?

Everyone in the class is older than me. I fear I will look like an idiot.

I'm honored that he asked me, but man, this is what I've always wanted to do - be a college educator. It's weird to be getting a little taste of it so early in the game.

So sit up straight, get out your pens, and be attentive. Professor Webb is in the house.

thank you, chris. you said it perfectly.

Dear God,

As I count my blessings on another sleepless night, I ask that you send comfort to everyone across the world. Through the midst of all the fighting and wars, we are all still human. Through the brutal attacks on us, and the attacks we have inflicted upon others, I pray for your forgiveness. Please send peace into the hearts of those who need it most. Please guard those defending what they believe, no matter what they've chosen. Please instill faith and peace in humanity, no matter sex, religion, or creed. Dawn a new day for us Lord, grant us serenity so that our children will not be the next to go to war, instead, leaders of a greater human race. Unite and guide us Lord, we are your instruments.

Love your child,
Chris

.....remembering 9-11-2001......

a plethora of good things.

Good stuff to mention on a Monday night:
  • We finally sold our truck! Hallelujah, thank you, Jesus!
  • Today is my Mama's birthday. I love you!
  • My other Mama, (Aaron's mom) bought us a dishwasher! Holy cow! It gets installed next Wednesday and I am soooooo grateful!
  • It's bed-time or else I would write more.
  • Just thought you'd like an update.
  • That's all.

September 10, 2007

why the fall is so fabulous.

It seems the general theme of recent blogs is the excitement about the approaching Fall season. I, in my boredom, have compiled a list of why I love the Fall. I got a lot of these things off the net at this address. If you have kids, I'd click around on this site and really do some of these fun activities. The Fall makes me wish I had children...but the summer-time reminds me why I don't want them yet. Hehe.

Reasons why Cassandra loves the Fall:
  1. Football games! The crisp, clean air blowing in your face, the smell of burgers on the grill near the concession stand, the cheerleaders in their cute, little outfits, the band warming up their instruments. It doesn't get any better.
  2. Leaf rubbings! How much fun is that? I completely forgot about the lost art.
  3. You can start holiday shopping!
  4. Corn fields. The girls and I have tentative plans to visit a haunted corn field in October. We are so going to pee our pants.
  5. Craft fairs and small-town parades. The smell of roasted corn in the air, couples holding hands, buying silly knick-knacks made by local vendors.
  6. Hay rides!
  7. Pumpkin patches. I've never been to one so I am totally excited about my plans to visit one this Fall! I can't wait to find the perfect one and carve it all up. LoL. I think I'll also keep some intact and use them to decorate my front porch.
  8. Fall wreaths. Sad to say, but ours is already on our door!
  9. Soup, soup, and soup!
  10. Halloween. The costumes, the sweet kids, the candy, the cider, the parties!
  11. Bobbing for apples! So much fun.
  12. Jumping in a pile of leaves. I haven't done that in a while. I remember at St. James, during recess, we kids would gather all the leaves we possibly could and when the pile was HUGE, we'd shuffle backwards a few hundred feet, then run with all our might and do front-flips into that huge pile of leaves. It really did hurt when you landed, but none of us ever admitted that. Not once.
  13. Fire-side chats. There's nothing better than having friends over and sitting on the porch with a fire glowing in the middle of everyone.
  14. S'mores! Enough said.
  15. Thanksgiving dinner. Again, enough said.
  16. Corduroy pants and sweater sleeves that cover most of your hands.
  17. Boots season!
  18. Seeing your breath as you walk outside.
  19. New seasons of great shows start! (i.e. Grey's Anatomy and LOST)
  20. How cute little kids are all bundled up in their Fall outfits.
  21. Being with family.
I am so ready!

September 9, 2007

shopping, i love you.

Aaron, his mom, and I went to the mall this afternoon. It was so much fun! I forget how great shopping is!

I am super excited because we went to Trade Secret and I ended up buying three of the new OPI nail polishes I referenced in a previous blog.

Boris and Natasha

Russian Navy


and Suzi Says Da!

I am sooooo excited! (I just got the nail polish on the last one, not the lipstick and that other scary thing).

I also bought some comfy pants at Old Navy for when Aaron leaves. It seemed like my uniform for his last deployment was "stretchy pants" (Nacho Libre reference there) and a comfy long-sleeved t-shirt or a sweatshirt. It's hard to get dressed up when no one's looking!

I also bought BigSexyHair Root Volume Plus - a must have that I ran out of earlier - and some eye makeup remover.

Sometimes it is so much fun to be a girl!

September 8, 2007

cafe prego

Aaron, his mom, and I went to Cafe Prego tonight for dinner. It's a little Italian restaurant located in the "Heights" of Little Rock.

It seemed like it used to be a house that they converted to a restaurant.

Rating: Food was excellent, atmosphere was horrible.

Because they renovated an old (and very little) house, each guest seemingly sat on top of each other. Luckily, we got put in the back corner of the front of the restaurant, but it still felt like people were all over us. It's almost like they could have taken out about five tables then everything would have been okay.

We got sat right next to this group of four older women who, apparently, were celebrating one of their birthdays. Everything seemed to be fine - loud, but fine - until our dinner arrived. They, of course, had already finished and had consumed a bottle of wine among the four of them.

Like I said, everything was fine until our food arrived. As soon as I stuck my fork into my delectable Chicken Prego, the women started talking about their daughter's periods...then they moved on to talking about "blossoming breasts."

Oh, it gets better.

Once my food was in my mouth, the big one of the group starting talking about laser-hair removal and how she knew one woman who's leg hair was "so thick it looked like spider legs."

They proceeded to talk about how to remove unwanted hair from various areas of their bodies and then started talking about how one of their ex-husbands is an alcoholic. Finally, the discussion ended with the large one commenting on how she was a "Weight Watchers failure." Ya think!?

Lovely, let me tell you.

I would definitely go back to the restaurant, but only on some idle Tuesday evening when stupid people stay home.

September 7, 2007

nail polish addict.

I am addicted to dark nail polish. And I am SOOOO happy that dark colors are in for Fall 2007. The newest color rage is navy! It's gorgeous! I am so excited!

I just spent about 20 minutes painting my fingernails "Plum Pudding," so I guess that means I'm trendy.

Bring on the dark polish, OPI! I can't wait to buy them all!

Go here to see the newest colors from the Russian collection.

chelsey, you're an inspiration!

You may have not known it, but Chelsey, you have inspired other teachers of little ones.

Go here to see what I mean.

September 6, 2007

mama webb is coming to town!

My mother-in-law is on her way to Arkansas! In fact, she should have already arrived at the airport. Why am I not there instead of typing a post? Her mom and dad, who live near the airport, have offered to pick her up.

She's going to stay with them for a few days to allow Aaron and I to do our work and school stuff and then we'll be hanging out during the weekend!

I am really excited and glad she's coming! She is a lot of fun and spoils us to death! ;o)

Rumor has it she's going to buy us a dishwasher (one that actually works) as an early Christmas present. Woohoo!

Sad reason for her visit, though: Aaron will be deployed over Christmas so she's getting her visit in before he leaves. Boo.

This is me, Mama Webb, and Aaron's Dad
June 2006, Florida

super duper sad.

I'm sad about Pavarotti. I used to listen to him and the other two tenors with my Dad when I was little. It makes me sad how swiftly we come and go on this Earth. *sigh.

This is beautiful.

super duper excited!

Thursday is laundry day! I already have a load tumbling away! I love me some clean clothes. Laundry is really not all that bad when you have time to do it.


Seriously. I am excited.

sweet dreams are made of...

not this!!

I have had the strangest dreams this week. I'm talking BIZARRE! I'm almost afraid to even mention what they were about for fear you'd find me strange. But I reasoned that most people find me strange already, so what's the harm in adding to that notion? Ha!

Here's a list of my recent dream content:

1. I could make flip-flops disappear. A group of people had taken off their flip flops and piled them in the middle of a room. I had the power to make them all disappear one-by-one.
2. I painted my toes with two friends, but I did not use the brush from the nail polish. I used my index finger to put the polish on my toe nails.
3. I had a conversation with one of my friends in which she declared she loved the "merms" of the ocean. What are "merms?"
4. I was riding in a limo with my friend, Shannon, who was on the phone with another one of our friends - normal, I suppose, except the phone was a cordless one from the early 90's - with the big antenna and "beep beep" buttons.

And those are really the only ones I can remember right now. If they keep being weird, I'll let you know. (And then there are some other dreams, but I'd feel awkward posting them in public because they center around people some of you know and that's just weird).

September 4, 2007

a mooshy-gooshy moment.

It just hit me. Three years ago, on Labor Day Weekend, this weekend, I met my husband.

Most of you know the details of how we met, so I'll spare you the entire story. But basically, two people trying desperately to not only find themselves, but find someone who would love whoever that person may be found each other at a bar in Mexico. Romantic, huh?

I saw him. He saw me. He smiled. I smiled. And two people who were once so miserably unhappy...have been happy ever since.

"Thou shalt raise up this flesh of mine, which has suffered all these things." - Job

Aaron, I love you. Thank you for being my Sun, and I your Phoenix.

Although I know you consider me your Sun...kinda beautiful how that worked out, huh?

September 3, 2007

it only took two years...

...but the bedrooms are finally painted!

I have been painting and cleaning out bedrooms all weekend. I am freakin' exhausted and although the guest room isn't yet quite up to par, I have surrendered working for the rest of the day. No more!!

I guess I will start off with before pictures of our master bedroom...horrible. It looked like we lived in a freakin' rental. White walls, cheapo window treatments, bedding from college - you get the idea.

Now, in our defense, our bedroom didn't always look this way, ok? We actually do make our bed and clean stuff up. This was RIGHT before I got started working on things. Just fyi. :o)

The view from the front door of the master bedroom:
The view from my closet:
The view from my bed-side table:
And finally, the view from where Texas sleeps:
God, these are embarrassing. Just so you know, this is what I did in the room: I painted the walls, got rid of a lot of random clutter, added window treatments (I still need to buy one more, though), got new bedding, and sadly, got rid of the TV in hopes of purchasing a flat-screen plasma soon. It was way too big for our dresser and we never intended on keeping it there. Ok, here are the after pictures...be kind.

The view from the front door:
The view from my closet (and yes, I need that other window treatment...lol):
The view from my bed-side table:
The view from where Texas sleeps:
Where all the magic happens (ha!):
Yay for having an adult bedroom that actually matches!!

Now onto the guest bedroom. These before pictures don't really represent the madness that was this room. This room is where every random thing in the house has been placed. These pictures were taken, again, right before the renovation. It actually looks clean in the room - trust me, this room was NEVER clutter-free.

The room used to be a little boy's room and the mama decorated it so the walls looked like the sky. There were airplane pictures all over the room before we moved in. Thus, we moved in to this house with blue and white cloud walls. This was something we always knew we'd change. It just took forever to finally do it.

The view from the front door. You'll notice I put our old bedding in this room:
The view from the closet (random Christmas present left over from last year?!?):
View from the far corner:
View from the window:
View from other far corner:
I painted the walls, hung up some random decor, cleaned out the closet, we moved Texas's crate from our bedroom to this room (he's stinky), and did a whole bunch of other random things to make this guest room actually....guestable. Here are the after pictures.

The view from the door (and yes, that's a skull from Mexico, and yes, I love it):
The view from the closet:
View from the window (sort of):
View from the far corner:
There's still some more work that needs to be done to the guest room, but I have to remember: Cassandra, it's just a guest room. As for now, I am tired and this officially is the longest post of all time.

I love my house now!!!

sorry, chelsey!

I know, I know. I haven't posted in forever. It's just that I have been SOOOOOO busy and quite frankly, don't have much to say. I'll sit down tonight and post, post, post away. I have lots of pictures from my painting projects and other random pictures I could make posts out of. Lame posts, but posts.

Sorry, Ms. Snodgrass!! I've been slacking! ;o)
 
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