December 31, 2009

a change is gonna better!

Well, Christmas has come and gone. I went to Texas and spent a few days with my folks. It was hard, as expected, but still good. This week proved to me, once again, that my husband is pretty great. I don't know if it's possible to love someone more than I love that man. He is so supportive in just the ways I need him to be. The silent, strong type. He is just who I need and at the right time (such is how it has always been with him).

It was while in Texas that I received some rather earth-shattering news. First, I didn't get the job I applied for (referencing the private blog, of course). That was a huge blow and the first time I was really upset about not getting the job I wanted. I was devastated, to be honest...and felt like a total loser. I'd go into detail about it, but well, I just don't want to. It's done and that's that.

Feeling obliterated, I asked Aaron, "Why am I not getting any of these jobs I'm applying for? I'd be a little less upset if I knew the reason why."

[Enter Reason, stage left]

The day after the bad news concerning "the dream job," the doctor called me with the results of my MRI. I have a very bad, very extreme, herniated disc. Yes, people, this is the worst-case scenario alive and well in my body. The doctor said he doubted 6 months of bed rest (gag!) would make it go away, so surgery it is. He is working on getting me a referral to a neurosurgeon who will then tell us what our next step is. Herniated disc. Neurosurgeon. It all makes sense now.

Finally, an answer to this pain I've dealt with for years. Who knows how long this poor little disc of mine has been torn open? Finally, an answer to why these jobs haven't been working out for me. Hello, back surgery. One can't quite start a Big Girl Job with back surgery on the horizon. Finally, an answer to why we haven't gotten pregnant yet. An 8-pound baby in my tummy with a herniated disc?! No, thank you.

For those who don't know or haven't seen, below is a diagram of a herniated disc. Pretty, huh?

It feels just like it looks. Mega pressure on the nerve causing extreme pain down my back, in my buttock, down my leg, and into my foot - which has been numb for almost a month now.

I was shaken by this news, but also relieved. I am SO READY to meet with that neurosurgeon and get this crap taken care of. I am beyond frustrated at my lack of mobility right now. I cry a lot. And those pain meds do ungodly things to my bowels. I'm ready. I am so ready.

Now, we wait for a call from the doctor. Please pray that surgery will go well (nothing else is an option for me, as I have tried EVERYTHING THERE IS to remedy the problem). I'll keep you posted. For now, I am going to drink my Dr Pepper, eat some pretzels, and rest until the New Year's Party tonight. I know, I'm insane to go to a party in my condition, but I will NOT let this control my life. I just wish I could wear sweatpants and orthopedic shoes to the shindig...

P.S. I am not necessarily a fan of the "fml" phrase, but if there was a ever a time to post an "fml status" it was a few days ago. It would have read something like this: "...just learned she didn't get the job she wanted, has a herniated disc that requires surgery, got peed on by her parent's obnoxious Dacshund, started her period, and just saw a budding cold sore in the corner of her mouth. fml." But not really, because I consider my life pretty darn swell :)

December 25, 2009

my cup runneth over.

The Lord has been good to us this Christmas. I am taking a small break (translation: reading blogs and checking Facebook) before I enter in to the Christmas dinner cooking! I am so excited! I just hope my leg pain doesn't keep me down too much. Ugh.

Anyway, Christmas was lovely at our house. The best part, though, is that it's not even close to over! We have dinner to cook and eat and then we're going to watch The Hangover (I bought it for Aaron. He loves it. I've never seen it) and maybe watch Up...if I can handle it.

I got some super great gifts and Aaron made me a delicious Irish Cream latte this morning...then he cleaned the kitchen! Whoa!

I miss our families today, but we are headed to Del Rio tomorrow to see my folks. It is bittersweet, this Christmas. Things are not as they should be, but God is still great and life is still good. I plan on relishing every moment of the time we are home. I plan on spending quality time with that Daddy of mine. By the way, his one Christmas gift request this year? "A very big beer." Hehe!

I want to hang out with my Mama, who has been to Hell and back this year. I am so proud of her and everything she has been through. She is such a victor! And boy, does she have some good presents coming her way!

I realize this post is sort of all over the place, but that's my brain this morning. I hope everyone is having a wonderful day full of peace and joy. Thanks to our God, who is so, so good.

December 23, 2009


I have to work today from 2-8ish. All I want to do is bake, bake, bake and get ready for the festivities! I have so many amazing things on the menu. I just want to get started!!!

Wanna check out my Christmas Eve/Christmas Day menu? Here it is!
Desserts that I am making for Christmas Eve dinner with Aaron's family:
  • Chai Tea Eggnog Cookies. Thank you, seph, for posting about these. I googled the recipe. I hope this is sort of the same one you used. They look delicious!!!
  • Red Velvet Cake Balls (using white chocolate instead of dark). Thank you, Tyly. You are officially the devil.
  • Mocha-Walnut Brownies. My, oh, my!!! I couldn't find "instant espresso powder" anywhere, so I am going to have to substitute it with...something??! They look delish!
Yeah, we sorta like Real Simple in this house :) Happy baking and cooking, everyone! I can't wait to don my apron tomorrow and get to it! But for now, reality calls. Boo.

P.S. Still struggling with major pain. I am taking painkillers every 4 hours to keep it manageable. Still don't know the results of the MRI. I am beyond frustrated. I don't like anything keeping me down! I have worked out the last three days in hopes of getting the blood flowing in that region. It has made me feel a little better, but hasn't taken the problem away.

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December 21, 2009

MRI and things.

First, read latest private post here.

Second, I had my MRI this morning. For someone who is moderately to severely claustrophobic, I'd say I did pretty well. I'm not going to lie, though. There were about 3-4 instances when I really felt the need to get out of that tube. I felt nauseated and very, very hot. That fan wasn't enough air for me! The worst part about it was I had one some headphones to block out the noise...that's a good thing, right? Yes, except they were blasting cheesy Christmas music! I had to endure this for 40 minutes. I thought I was going to lose my mind...I once thought I was going to have to rip them off and take a break. It was worse than Chinese Water Torture. Ok, maybe not, but it definitely was NOT a pleasant experience for me.

I had a cloth over my eyes, Christmas music in my ears, loud noises all around me, I was wrapped in swandling clothes (baby Jesus style), and I swear it must have been 85 degrees in that thing.

But, I survived.

Now I just have to wait for the results and then go from there. Until then, Vicodin (sp?) it is!

December 20, 2009

it really is the most wonderful time of the year.

I read the Sunday paper a few weeks ago about this family. I knew this is definitely something I wanted to check out, as interesting things don't really happen in my little town.

Tonight was the night!

We got bundled up, headed to Sonic, and then straight to Linda Lane where we were not disappointed. The music you'll be hearing in the videos is a "radio station" he created with his own transmitter. One can only listen to it in the vicinity of his neighborhood. We pulled up to his house, turned our radio station to 90.9 FM, and enjoyed the synchronized show!

The best part about the whole experience, however, was when we first got there. I knew the Craven's were asking for donations to help out a local charity. I had full intentions of giving some money and figured when a man (I'm assuming it was Craven himself) wearing a Santa hat approached our vehicle, we was asking for said donations. He wasn't. He was giving out candy canes. Oh, how I cried. What a wonderful, magical moment I got to share with my husband. This season truly has been wonderful to me, full of blessings each and every day. I am so grateful to be alive, to experience true charity and love, love, love. Enjoy the shows!

December 19, 2009

read all about it!

Comments welcome. Click here to read latest private post.

December 16, 2009


Click here to read latest private post.

P.S. I wonder how infuriating it must be to be on the "outside" of my secret circle. I'd like to give out a resounding (and oh-so mature) "nanny-nanny-boo-boo" to the haters who read my blog nearly two years ago and tattled on me. How do you like me now?!

P.P.S. If you're a regular reader of this blog and someone I call a friend (who may not happen to have the super-secret password code), I am not referring to you in the above paragraph. If you would like the password, please email me and I will be happy to send it your way.

P.P.P.S. No, I am not pretentious enough to think I have that huge of a following. It's jokes, people.

December 15, 2009

"and how old are you again?"

I went to the doctor this morning to see about this crazy pain.

I've dealt with sciatic symptoms since the beginning of time. I've always managed to "deal" with it, but this last week has been debilitating. The pain starts in my right buttock, shoots down the back of my right leg, pulsates through my calf and ends in my foot, which has been numb and cold for eight days. Sounds fun, doesn't it?

So, to the doctor I went.

Can I tell you people how nice it was to have a doctor that actually gave a crap!? I have been NEEDING, desperately wanting, a doctor to give me a dang test to see what the heck is going on. No one would. Physical therapy, they would recommend. Phooey!

I told the doctor my symptoms, and she immediately said, "You need! You need a MRI!" She scribbled it on her notepad. Then she said, "Are you pregnant?" I said, "Could be, but I doubt it." She said, "We'll do a urine! Blood test!" She then apologized for being overly efficient, and I said, "Are you kidding me? It's nice to see a doctor who covers all her bases."

I will be having a MRI sometime soon and bad news bears: I have to have protected sex until then (TMI? Sorry). I suppose you can't have a MRI while you're preggo. Bummer.

I am hoping the MRI won't reveal the worst. But it's better to know than not, right!? I will finally know if there is a spinal/disc problem and then we can work to fix it. If there isn't a serious problem, she said we'll do some steroid injections (among other things) to help me out.

My favorite part of the whole visit was the following exchange:

Me: ...and my foot has been numb for 8 days.
Doc: (looking up at me in total shock) Are you kidding?
Me: Nope.
Doc: And how old are you again?
Me: 27
Doc: Oh, this is no good at all. We've got to get this fixed. Have you had kids yet?
Me: Nope
Doc: Ha!
Me: I've heard it only gets worse.
Doc: Oh yeah! We've got to fix this now. You don't want to be a 35-year old mother on a walker, do you?
Me: No!
Doc: Didn't think so! I'm ordering a MRI!!

Then she walked out of the examining room :)

December 14, 2009

whilst i enjoy some rocky road ice cream.

I'm going to try to write down at least ten different things.

1. I have nothing to blog about.
2. I am very close to being done with Christmas shopping. Hallelujah!
3. Is Christmas really only ten days away?
4. Sing Off was sort of disappointing...maybe it will be better tomorrow.
5. I REALLY enjoy receiving Christmas cards in the mail.
6. I am reading My Life in France by Julia Child and it is fantastique!
7. I am going to the doctor tomorrow for severe sciatic nerve pain. So much fun, this life! I am hoping he/she gives me some good narcotics until my muscle decides to unclench itself from my sciatic nerve. Ouch!
8. We had some good friends over for dinner tonight. It was so nice! They brought their sweet baby girl and oh, how she made me want one of my own. Babies. They kill me! Oh, and I made that lasagna on your blog, Tyly. It was wow-yummy!
9. Struggling with this one...
10. This one, too.

Sorry I'm so dull these days! I really need to get back to writing on this thing, but I have to censor so much of what I say that I no longer feel free to write as I did before. I just can't get myself to do an all-private blog, though. Ya know? Uggggh.

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December 11, 2009

private again.

Click here to read. Again, not that riveting, but whatevs!

On a different note, I am super close to being the New York Institute of Photography's latest pupil! That's right, folks. I'll be a student again (my favorite thing to be in the whole, wide world). I have registered for a class called Fundamentals of Digital Photography. I can't WAIT to learn more about my craft! Yes, this is an online course (well, they ship a whole lot of paper materials to me, too), but hey - school is school. I'm excited!

December 8, 2009


Click here to read. It's not that exciting, but still.

granny cass.

I am currently sipping on Crystal Light lemon tea and sitting on a heating pad....after taking a two-hour nap in the middle of the afternoon.

God, I am getting old.

Today was bad before it even started. I knew immediately that I had slept wrong and my back was in knots before I even stepped foot on the floor. Pain. Major, major pain.

I ran some errands this morning in the pouring rain (and got soaked) and all I wanted to do when I got home was sleep. So, I did. And it was glorious.

My back/butt/legs are still killing me, so on the heating pad I remain. I suppose I should get out my knitting basket, too?

December 7, 2009

how am i ever going to have kids?!

What a sweet, sweet baby.

Get your tissues. And if you can still see the computer screen, watch the next video and cry even more :) I am so thankful that Aaron will be home for Christmas this year.

December 5, 2009

i kinda sorta want to do this.

This looks adventurous and fabulous. I wonder if I could pull this off in my own bedroom. Hmmm...

December 3, 2009


P.S. Not sure why the quality of these images are so poor on blogger. They don't look like this normally. Weird.

December 2, 2009

for the sake of blogging.

  • My Dad made it home safely yesterday. My mom has hired someone to help at night and so far, she seems great. She stayed with them last night - when she didn't even have to. It's comforting to know he is in good hands. Not sure if I have much energy to say anything more about this.
  • Moving on...
  • If you're on Facebook, then you already know that Kelly and Chad Sellers welcomed their daughter, Kennady, into the world this morning. I saw a picture text that Chad sent to Aaron this morning and Kennady is beautiful and perfect. My cup runneth over.
  • I am really into the Christmas spirit this year. It's a nice change. I have already started some Christmas shopping and can't wait to have a whole day off where I can devote it entirely to shopping. Yay for Christmas!
  • The Vegas trip is now a no-go. We thought Aaron's ticket was going to get paid for, but alas, it is not and I personally do not want to pay $1,500 (yes, $1,500!!!!!) to fly out there just for a weekend. Seems silly, no? You could go on a week-long cruise for that much money! It's a shame we will miss the graduation, but it just doesn't make any sense and Dave Ramsey would NOT be happy with us.
  • Backflip continues to flourish. I already have several bookings for December. What a nice feeling that is.
  • Speaking of photography, after the first of the year, I am going to enroll at The New York Institute of Photography. I know it's online, but doesn't that make me sound cool? "I totally studied photography in my home office in Arkansas New York." I plan on taking one course, getting certified/graduated, and then perhaps taking the Photoshop of course. I'd have to buy Photoshop, though, which only retails for about $900. HA!
  • I feel like there's more I want to "talk" about, but I feel like I can't. Well, not on here at least. Private post, maybe? Sounds like a good idea. In fact, go here to read it. Password is the same as before.

November 30, 2009

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a new high.

On the scale, that is.

Ugh! I am so annoyed at myself! Yes, things have been crazy busy here lately. But that's still not a good excuse. I guess I am back on the wagon (as much as I can be for the holidays). The number I saw this morning was...large. I knew something was going on when I saw pictures of myself from Thanksgiving. Fat cheeks, anyone!?

So, here I am. Counting my breakfast calories and thinking about where to work out this morning. I. am. so. excited.

November 29, 2009

melt my heart!

A shot from today's photo shoot. This makes me so happy :)

November 27, 2009

a really great thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving 2009 had to have been one of the best Thanksgivings of all time. Certain things were missing (my family), but despite their absence due to Dad's illness, I was blessed in so many other ways yesterday.

Morning: Woke up really early and went to Benton to have Thanksgiving breakfast with Aaron's extended family. Eggs, homemade biscuits and gravy, bacon, OJ, coffee, hash brown casserole. AMAZING. We chatted for a while afterward and then headed on our way to our Thanksgiving lunch.

Afternoon: Lunch at the squadron. Our commander and his wife were so gracious to open the squadron up to people who might otherwise not have had a Thanksgiving. One of the guys up there fried a turkey and OMG. It was my first fried-turkey-experience and lemme tell ya: I was not disappointed. The little ones played in a separate room and the adults shared good food and conversation. Sort of like what happened that evening.

Evening: Thanksgiving dinner at the Ochoa's. Their house is BEAUTIFUL and they had a spread like you wouldn't believe. I just realized that Aaron and I sound like the biggest moochers of all time. Rest assured, I brought goodies to each and every event, ok? We sat down for a beautiful (and healthy) dinner. The adults drank wine while the babies cooed and commenced being generally cute and wonderful. I got to hold a brand-new baby girl for most of the night and she fell asleep in my arms. *Sigh.

Thanksgiving 2009 was definitely a hit. Unfortunately, I received some very sad news last night that a childhood friend of mine had passed away on Wednesday. This was yet another reminder to love while you can and soak up every, single moment. I thought about all the wonderful people who surrounded us yesterday and was overwhelmed with how blessed I am. Despite the sad news of my friend's passing and parents who have been in a hospital for over 6 months, life is still good. It just is.

November 24, 2009

just had to share!

No, this is not my belly (although mine looks like this after I eat pasta). These are some pictures I took of our friends, the Lorenzini's. Baby Vincent (Vinny) is due next month and The Beast (my new camera) did not disappoint. What do you think?

P.S. Please don't be offended by the "inappropriate" use of the American flag. Daddy is a pilot and has been deployed many, many times. My vision was to create something strong and proud, not to "desecrate" the American flag. K? ;)

November 23, 2009

still alive.

My blogging has been piss poor lately. I've just been so busy!

Things with Backflip are going incredibly well, so well, in fact, that I need a break! Business is good. Marketing works, y'all!

Not sure what our plans are for Thanksgiving. Is it really this week?!! We'd like to go visit with Aaron's family in Benton (about an hour away from here), but if that doesn't work out, our wonderful squadron commander's family is hosting a Thanksgiving dinner at the squadron. How nice are they!? They are the best commanders we could ask for and really go out of their way to create a sense of family among us. It's just nice.

Other than Backflip and coffee shop, life is pretty much the same around here. Aaron starts IP school very soon, we're going to Vegas in a few weeks for a fast and furious weekend get-a-way, Daddy is still in the hospital (he got pneumonia in one lung, but it seems to be on the mend now), and Mom is still hanging in there.

Keep checking the Backflip site for new photos. There are lots of them! I am super excited because I've shot at new locations. I like the Old Mill and all, but it gets pretty repetitive.

That's all for now. Got another photo shoot in less than an hour! Ahhhhh!!!

November 19, 2009

go check out backflip's first wedding!

Please take a look (and comment if you're in the mood).


November 15, 2009

oh little thing...

Click to start the video and then scroll down...

I got an amazing new camera! Husband bought me the Canon 7D and is amazing!

Take a look at some of the images we took this morning, just farting around with it (I have only gone to page 25 in the manual).

Blurred backgrounds!

Super sharp details and rich colors!

Hallelujah, manual focus!

I am one lucky girl and I cannot WAIT for my next photo shoot to use this beast!


I'm better now. That last post was super depressing. Sorry.

I am readying myself for another booth tomorrow and Tuesday, so I can't make this long. I don't have much to say except that everything is better. It just is. At least for now :)

November 12, 2009

what do bonnie raitt, rihanna, and miranda lambert all have in common?

They sing songs about how I feel, that's what.

Y'all, I have hit a funk.

It's just one of those seasons, ya know? A valley. A dark and scary valley.

Reasons? There are lots, but here are a few off the top of my head:
  • Daddy. He's still sick. Mom is trying to get him home, but he won't be able to come home without the ventilator. Sigh. I try to live my life and enjoy it, but as I told Aaron, I feel like this is always in the back of my mind (of course it is) and the "happy" just doesn't feel as happy as it should knowing the situation back home.
  • Aaron. Something's off. You married people know what I mean. It's one of those weird stages. I feel like I'm always annoying him; he's always tired because work is super crazy. It's no one's fault, really. Just one of those marital lulls. It'll pass as it always done. I just kinda miss him.
  • Anne Pressly. Her killer was found guilty on all counts yesterday. This is a very, very good thing, but with it comes an array of gut-wrenching thoughts and feelings about the whole thing. My heart aches for my friends who were very close to her and her family. I'm glad justice was served, but it doesn't bring her back. The whole thing just makes me want to vomit.
  • The News. I can't even watch it anymore. If it's not some sensational news about a boy in a balloon or Jon and Kate, it's depressing news. I'm just tired of hearing about it.
  • Friends. Most of my besties have moved. I feel like everyone is moving forward with their lives, while I am stagnant. I am ready for my next adventure. And yet it doesn't seem like we're going anywhere any time soon. I miss my friends. I miss girl time. I miss laughing and talking about husbands. I feel very lonely.
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain. This is a fabulous book, but's rough to read. I feel very connected to Enzo (the dog, who is also the narrator) in a really funny way. This is a sad story and although I want to finish it, I am finding it very difficult to read without crying.
  • Camera. Aaron is buying me a super fancy amazing camera this weekend. And as much as I am excited, I am also uneasy about it. I feel humbled by his generosity and am having a hard time accepting the fact that he thinks I am good enough to deserve it.
  • The Dentist. I have to go tomorrow. And I don't want to. I experience so much anxiety over going to the dentist. I would rather go to the gyno. I mean, it's bad. I shake and cry and can't eat. Ugh.
I just want to hop into the car and drive away to somewhere beautiful and not think about all these things. But I can't.

I remember asking my Dad when I was little: "Daddy, what's harder? Being a kid, or being a grown-up?" He replied, "Definitely being a grown-up." I thought he was crazy. Grown-ups didn't have homework to do and curfews and mean teachers. But truer words have never been spoken: It's tough being all grown up.

Oh, to be able to fly away.

November 8, 2009

booth success!

I am totally drained, but yesterday was a huge success! Unfortunately, I remembered that I needed to take a picture of my booth halfway through breaking it down...maybe next time?

A lot of people expressed an interest in booking a session and I got a lot of lovely compliments on my work *blush*

57 people entered the drawing to win a free photo session and about 80% of those people indicated that they were interested in a booking a session. WOW!

My website got a hit today and someone wanted to book! How cool it's going to be taking photos of strangers! I've never done that before ;)

My friend Lana and I are thinking of doing another fair in about a week or so. If we do, I will be SURE to take photos this time! I am overwhelmed with things to do now, but am happy about its success.

Oh, and big news: Wonderful Hubby is going to buy me a new, fancy shmancy camera. I feel that I've absolutely outgrown the one I've been using. I cannot wait to start using the one I've got my eye on...I am so blessed, y'all.

November 6, 2009

backflip booth!

I am going to have my very first booth tomorrow at the Holiday Bazaar! I am so super excited and really hoping this will generate lots of business. Wish me luck! Oh, and I'll take pictures :)

November 5, 2009

wish i wrote this...

Written By Regina Brett, 90 years old, of The Plain Dealer Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio:

"To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me.. It is the most-requested column I've ever written. My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:"

1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don't have to win every argument.
Agree to disagree.

7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.

8.. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.

12. It's OK to let your children see you cry..

13.. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks.

16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.

18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.

19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.

24. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

25. Frame every so-called disaster with these words ''In five years, will this matter?".

26. Always choose life.

27. Forgive everyone everything.

28. What other people think of you is none of your business.

29. Time heals almost everything. Give time, time.

30.. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

31. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

32. Believe in miracles.

33. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.

34. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

35. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.

36. Your children get only one childhood.

37. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

38. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

39. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd

grab ours back.

40. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

41. The best is yet to come.

42. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

43. Yield.

44. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift..

halloween, a re-cap.

My, oh, my was Halloween a bust. I prepared all the fun, festive food (see below) and rented The Shining, Interview with a Vampire, Nightmare Before Christmas, and Ghostbusters - all in an effort to entertain my husband (and myself). My plan totally flopped.

The food turned out lovely (see below), but Aaron fell asleep during the very first movie, The Shining. I mean, seriously. I had no watch the little boy/Tony say "red rum" a million times all by myself! This was the first time I'd seen that movie, by the way. So...Halloween wasn't all that great. At least I tried, right?! Oh well, better luck next year!

Crunch Corn - this was yummy!

Mummy Dogs - so cute! Aaron loved them!

Eerie Eyeballs that look nothing like eyeballs because Walmart only had skinny carrots. These were delicious, by the way. Just carrots, cream cheese, and black olives.

Worms n Dirt, which didn't even get eaten because Husband was passed out on the couch. Lame.

October 31, 2009

change in plans.

Aaron is supposed to be coming home this evening. I say "supposed to" because you just never know with those planes.

I was able to sleep a lot last night and woke up in a much better mood. I've decided that we ARE going to celebrate Halloween, goshdarnit.

I've opted to stay inside tonight and have a movie marathon with lots of good Halloween treats. Since Aaron and I don't do scary movies all that well (we're both big babies), I'm thinking a lineup of the following: Ghostbusters, Beetlejuice, Addams Family, Nightmare Before Christmas, The Shining, and Interview with the Vampire. I'll have to see which ones I can get from Walmart or a rental place last minute.

On the menu? Super easy Halloween food since, well, it's 2:17pm.

Edible Eyeballs, Mummy Dogs (so cute), Dirt N Worms (a classic), Crunchy Corn, and a good old-fashioned bowl of candy should do the job.

So here's to Halloween, darnit!

Now let's just hope he gets home...

October 30, 2009

clare and i speak the same language.

"I suddenly began to see babies everywhere; a sneezing red-haired girl in a sunbonnet at the A&P; a tiny staring Chinese boy, son of the owners, in the Golden Wok (home of wonderful vegetarian eggrolls); a sleeping almost bald baby at a Batman movie. In a fitting room in a JCPenney a very trusting woman actually let me hold her three-month-old daughter; it was all I could do to continue sitting in that pink-beige vinyl chair and not spring up and run madly away hugging that tiny soft being to my breasts.

My body wanted a baby. I felt empty and I wanted to be full. I wanted someone to love who would stay: stay and be there, always. And I wanted Henry to be in this child, so that when he was gone he wouldn't be entirely gone, there would be a bit of him with, in case of fire, flood, act of God."

Clare, from The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

It's official: The Webb's are no longer on birth control.

I figured I should let the cat out of the bag, seeing as how I posted on Chelsey's BG post that I was no longer on birth control. I could have lied to her, you know. So there it is. Operation-Make-A-Baby-Webb is in full effect!

the halloween that wasn't.

Tomorrow is Halloween and I'm not sure I'm doing one darn thing to celebrate. My chronic holiday lackluster is due to the following:
  • Pure laziness. All decorative items are in the storage unit and/or attic and I just don't wanna.
  • The weather. It has rained nearly every day of this month. That kind of weather makes me not want to do anything at all.
  • Hectic work schedules. Mostly for Aaron, but for me, too. Lots of photography shoots (yay!) and the coffee shop. Takes up more time than I thought...but it's still good.
  • I'm old and really shouldn't eat Halloween candy, so I'm abstaining entirely.
  • I have no kids and dressing myself up doesn't sound nearly as fun as holding sticky hands with my very own Tinkerbell or mini-fighter pilot.
  • Personal problems on the home front have put me in a rut. I'm sure you can tell by the overall tone of my blog lately. And when I say personal problems, I am only referring to my sick Daddy and stressed-out mama. Life, otherwise, is blissful. It really is. But the illness stuff. It's really taking its toll.
So, yeah. I'm ashamed of my apathy, but Halloween 2009 is just gonna have to pass us by. Maybe next year...

P.S. Thanksgiving, however, will be celebrated. As will Christmas. I just need to get out of this funk...and get to the storage unit.

October 28, 2009

ok, seriously. hair pictures. for real.

Does anyone even still care about my hair?!?! LOL. Click here to see new pictures. Yay.

abundant girl time = over-rated.

Husband is gone...again. He left this morning for a however-long trip to Newfoundland. Seriously?!?!

I like girl time and all, but this is getting ridiculous.

P.S. I realized that the picture below doesn't do my haircut justice. I am going to take some pictures today before I head out to work.

October 26, 2009

a sort-of hair picture.

Just so you get an idea...I think it had fallen rather flat by this point in the evening. I'll have better ones soon.

P.S. Kelly, like the dress? I found it! ;)

home is where the heart is.

It feels so good to be home!

My sexy husband was waiting for me at the airport last night with a dozen roses. What a sweet guy. I think we both decided that this being-apart-when-we-don't-really-have-to thing really kinda stinks. Never again!

I have oodles upon oodles of pictures to edit this week. I am going to be a busy girl...but a happy busy girl. Today is my "regrouping day." I need to run a few errands and just sort of piece things back together. This weekend was a whirlwind!!

Oh, and yeah, I do realize that I still need to post some hair pictures. My hair is just so dark right now that I don't think you'd be able to see the cut that well...but once I actually TAKE a picture of myself, I will be sure to post it. I promise.

Aaron was sort of shocked when he saw my hair. He said, "You look like old Cass." (We met when I had super short hair). I like that. It makes me feel sassy. He kept touching it last night and saying, "It's all gone..." Indeed, it is.

That's all for now. Time to go renew my ID card on the base. Excitement!

P.S. I have gained a crap ton of weight in the last month. Tyly, seriously. I need a partner in this. Can we please wage war against the poundage and get back on track together!? I can't do it alone!

October 25, 2009


My weekend in Del Rio has been amazing, but I am ready to be home. I miss my husband so much!

Every bone and muscle in my body is aching. I'm just not that young anymore!

A rundown of the events since Thursday:

Thursday: Bachelorette Party that lasts until 4am. I mean, really.
Friday: Photo shoot at noon. Pedicure at 2pm. Rehearsal at 5pm. Dinner at 7pm. Home by 11pm.
Saturday: Lunch with friends at 11am. Hair and makeup at 4pm. Pre-wedding pictures at 4:30pm. Wedding ceremony at 6pm. Don't get home until 2am.


It's been great and the wedding last night was just beautiful. I can't wait to upload and edit pictures. But I miss my husband...and I think he misses me, too. ;)

Arkansas bound in t-minus 4 hours and counting. It's been real, Texas, but it's time to get back to reality!

October 20, 2009

online book club?

I am thinking about doing the Real Simple magazine No-Obligations book club. How cool! You should join, too!

It looks like The Art of Racing in the Rain is the number one contender for November's book choice. I just called the library to pull it for me :)

October 18, 2009

while the cat is away, the mice dull.

Aaron left for Las Vegas this morning. Big, fat boo.

He left our house at 5am-ish and I regret not getting up with him. I'm bummed out! He'll only be there until Thursday, but I leave on Thursday to go to Del Rio for a wedding. I guess we'll slap high-fives out the front door?

This means I will be sans husband for a week. Me no likey. Del Rio will be a blast, though. So, at least I have that to look forward to. It's these 4 days in Arkansas alone that are going to be oh-so-exhilerating.

I've decided I'll spend this time catching up on things I need/want to do. On the agenda?
  • Shopping. I need, desperately need, some new Fall dresses, some Fall-appropriate leggings/tights, some riding boots, and some super skinny jeans. Yup. I need them.
  • Editing photos. I had two shoots yesterday and I plan on working on those images today. This always makes me nervous.
  • Cleaning out the closet. In order to make room for new Fall clothing, I must clean out the Black Hole. It's gotten quite out of hand.
  • Catching up with the DVR. This is a must.
  • Continuing to work on my display for my Holiday Bazaar booth. My first booth! How exciting!
And of course, there's work in-between those fun things and household chores. You should see our kitchen...yikes! Ever noticed how when you cook with onions, the whole house SMELLS like onions for like, three days!?

Oh, I am getting my hair cut tomorrow afternoon. Yes, again. This time I'm getting this look, that can also be worn like this (but I want the bob to be just a tad longer than hers). I like this a lot. I had super short hair in college and although most people hated it and scolded me for cutting off 18 inches of hair (I donated it), I LOVED it! It is sooooo easy to manage and I am looking forward to not spending 30 minutes blow-drying it everyday. Freedom!

So, there ya have it. An update.

October 15, 2009

cassandra lately.

Is anyone else feeling the lack of bloggage lately? I can't get motivated to write much these days. Mostly because there isn't a whole lot going on worth writing about. But I'll try...

The balloon boy story today infuriates me. The coverage was so sensational and didn't make much sense. I watched a balloon fly through the air for an hour and kept thinking, "How is it possible for a child to be inside of that?" I had a feeling he was never in the balloon and sure enough, I was right. What a stupid story and a waste of time. What does this say for the news media? There were no solid facts to begin with and they totally reeled us in, claiming that a child was on board. I watched because I was scared...and then I realized that none of this made sense. MSN even brought a doctor to the panel to talk about how worried he was that Falcon could be inhaling helium...I mean, really. What has the news become!? Oh, and the family? Well, my opinion of them is unsuitable for the readers of this blog ;)

Backflip has been keeping me busy lately. I have two shoots scheduled for this Saturday and then two more next weekend, including a wedding in Del Rio! I am so excited!

Aaron's schedule has been CRAZY which, I think, is to blame for the recent feelings of "blah" we are both experiencing. It's thrown us off of the schedule we like and has made us sort of grumpy. Haha. It did feel for a while that things were spinning out of control. I finally claimed that I was taking my life back and have spent some of this week doing things that I LIKE to do...cook, paint, watch my shows, etc. It seemed for a few weeks there we did nothing but work and sleep. That's no way to live!

Speaking of living, Aaron is going to LAS VEGAS without me (for work). I am so stinkin' jealous. I have wanted us to go to Vegas together for a year or so and now he gets to go on the government's dime. When I was a kid, my parents and I went to Vegas twice and I loved it. I can only image now how fun it would be as an adult! What's most unfortunate about all this is the day he gets home is the same day I leave for Del Rio. Annoying!

Things at the coffee shop are still going great. I enjoy working there.

Other than what I've mentioned, there's not a whole lotta news to report. Maybe I should conjure up some grand scheme like sending my dog off in a space ship only to reveal later that he was in the backyard the whole time...maybe that would make for an interesting blog post.

October 11, 2009

i got snuggied!

Ever since Tyly's post, I've been talking about getting/wanting a Snuggie.

Aaron went to run some errands and came home quickly only to leave again. I was in the office when he left. I needed to go to the restroom, so I made my way to the bedroom and was stopped dead in my tracks at this sight:

A Snuggie and two chocolate bars from a school sale ('cuz I once told him the fundraiser chocolate was my favorite).

What a sweet guy I have!

He apologized for the blueness of my Snuggie. He said that was the only color they had. I told him I'll get the leopard print one and he can have my blue one. We tried sharing it this evening - it didn't really work.

I do indeed like the Snuggie. But let's be honest: You could totally put your bathrobe on backward and get the same effect...she types from the snugginess of her blue Snuggie...

October 10, 2009

date night!

Man, do we need one!

I am sooooo excited about tonight! Dinner with my main squeeze and then going to The Rep to see the Second City Comedy Tour. Ah, I can't wait!

October 6, 2009


There's all these little things I could write about, but I just don't have the motivation. I feel like I am entering a new season in my life and it's a weird one. Not great, not tragic, but sort of hazy, sort of blah.

I'll get over it, as I always do.

A hazy season or perhaps just PMS...


October 5, 2009


Not in the blogging mood, per se, but here's my feeble attempt at an update:
  • The visit to see my Dad in San Antonio was good. Fast and furious, but good. He seemed stronger than before and had more personality this time. It was comforting. His smile upon first seeing Aaron and me was priceless. I think my Mom was pretty happy about the surprise visit, too. I could go into more detail, but all of this just exhausts me...and it's already a blah day enough.
  • I did manage to find the Lauren Conrad collection at a Kohl's in San Antonio. I wanted to buy one of everything, but settled on three tops and I love them. In fact, I am wearing this one right now. I plan on buying more online closer to payday. They are SO COMFY.
  • I have Crockpot Enchiladas cooking in the, you guessed it - crockpot - and plan on making some Velveeta + Rotel queso to go with it. Healthy? No. Comforting? Heck yes.
  • Plans tonight include pajamas, dinner, and the DVR.
  • I carry stress in my left shoulder. I could really use a massage.
  • I ordered a banner and a display sign for Backflip Photography. I don't think I've mentioned that I am doing a booth (or have I?) at the LRSC Holiday Bazaar. I am super stoked about this and really hope people sign up for photo sessions!
  • Speaking of photo sessions, I thought I needed a lens for my camera in order to get particular shots I haven't been getting sans lens. I went all the way to North Little Rock today and spoke with a very nice salesman named Jeremy who showed me how to get the effect I want without purchasing a lens. Amazing. Thank you, Jeremy. You saved me
  • I love this kind of weather we're having today - grey and cold. I just wish I didn't have stupid things to do like clean out the fridge and grocery shop in this particular kind of weather. Boo.
  • That's all for now. I'm gonna go see if Reba's on.

September 30, 2009


I didn't watch the season premiere of The Hills...yet...

but is it terrible that I want to buy every, single item in the Lauren Conrad for Kohl's Collection?

September 29, 2009


I have been so busy lately with household projects, work, and this little thing I like to call Backflip Photography. Ha!

When things settle down a bit I'll be sure to post more regularly.

Items to note:

1. We are getting our front yard re-landscaped. I cannot WAIT for the end result! Did someone say Encore Azaleas??! :)
2. If anyone has tips on how to display a booth for a trade show/craft fair, I'd love to hear them.

I'm so tired I can't even think. I'll be back, I promise!

September 25, 2009


Read latest private post here.

facebook fan appreciation sale!

Backflip on Facebook now has 100+ fans! YAY!

To celebrate, the first 10 fans who book a session will only pay $50 for the Basic Package! This includes a 1-2 hour photo session in the location of your choice, 15-20 edited images, a slideshow set to music, and a CD of all the images taken at the shoot. Sign up now! ♥

September 22, 2009

busy bee!

Today was crazy!

I worked from 7am-1pm and then ran errands until 7pm! I'm exhausted!

Work at the coffee shop continues to be wonderful. I really like it there. It's such a nice environment and doesn't even feel like work. I am still waiting on that other thing I talked about in my private post...waiting very impatiently, might I add.

I went to Old Navy today with one objective: Buy a pair of $15 corduroys. Well, little did I know Old Navy's corduroy ad was really an evil ploy to get us naive shoppers in their stores! There were sales everywhere!!!!

I had my arms full of garments (I'm using that word now because it makes me sound posh. Thank you, Project Runway) before I even found the corduroy pants. "Oh yeah," I thought. "That's why I came in here."

I took all my goodies to the dressing room and it turned out that the corduroy pants were "mid-rise," which, for me, translates to: mega mom butt. Needless to say, but I'll say it anyway, I did not purchase any corduroy pants.

Instead, I bought $70 worth of clearance-priced "garments," including many-a-top and two pairs of $9 pants - one blue, one grey.

I then spent about two hours looking for canned pumpkin (in three different stored) because I really had my heart set on making some cookies tonight. I gave up the search and then ended up finding 3 cans in my pantry once I got home. Oy! I made the cookies (while I dyed my hair back to my natural color) and they are yummy!

No workout today. I could kick myself. But tomorrow's a new day and I don't have to work, so there is NO EXCUSE not to get to the gym. Plus, watching The Biggest Loser tonight inspired me all over again. How long has it been? A DAY?!?! My motivation sucks! But tomorrow is a new day. Of that I keep reminding myself.

So there ya have it. My Tuesday. Goodnight!

September 21, 2009

gotta do it: updated!

I. must. go. to. the. gym. today.

And I will. I should have gone this morning, but both Aaron and I accidently slept in! NO ALARM! That kind of threw off our whole morning. Ugh!

My three goals for the day are:
  • Go to the gym; complete first fat-burning workout! CHECK!
  • Go to flea market and buy a bookshelf for all my 100 BBC list books (I have collected 30 books so far)! CHECK!
  • Price and label the junk in the guest room to sell at the Thrift Shop.
Oh, and I can't WAIT to see Chuck Liddell on Dancing with the Stars tonight! That makes me giggle.

This post is all over the place. I guess I just wanted to write down my "goals" to make sure I do them.

Here's to Monday!

September 20, 2009

intolerance of lactose.

Too much information? I'm sorry.

I do indeed think I am lactose intolerant. This is devastating news (and a total self-diagnosis), but yes, dairy hates me.

Yesterday, my stomach was fine when I woke up (as it usually is). I ate some pancakes, still good. I got a Raspberry Mocha from my coffee shop (tummy started feeling squirrelly). We ate some Taco Bell for lunch, adorned with cheese, of course and then all hell broke loose. My stomach ballooned up to the size of one who was about 5 or 6 months pregnant. And it hurt! My goodness, did it hurt!

I proclaimed enough was enough and we went to Walmart and bought some dairy digestive supplements. It was too late to take now since the damage had already been done, but I did take two pills before consuming copious amounts of cheese dip last night and lo and behold - no bloat or gas! It was so wonderful!

I realize that my diet is sounding really terrible by now, but hey - it's the weekend and last night was the UFC fights. Gimme a break ;)

I took a pill before I drank my morning coffee this morning. So far, so good.

Am I bloat-free at last?? I sure hope so! I gotta have my dairy, y'all.

September 18, 2009

sharing the wealth (of knowledge).

My Brand New You class was great even though I was the only one there not in uniform (hehe).

I actually learned a LOT and he did for me everything I was hoping: Laid out a nutrition/diet plan, a workout plan, and told me about how many calories I should eat a day. And get this -- it's 1800-2000! YES! I am SO OVER starving myself! Vulture is not a good look for me after the starvation gets old.

I would be happy to offer you my wealth of knowledge via email if you're interested. Just ask! For now, here are some tidbits I learned and plan to apply soon (but not tonight because it's Bunko Night ((translation: Margaritas and cupcakes and all things gluttonous)), but soon. I promise).
  • I get to eat 1800-2000 calories a day. Have I mentioned how excited that makes me?
  • When I do cardio, I only need to burn 300 calories, not a million.
  • The Arc Trainer is actually the best machine for burning fat in the entire gym. Interestingly, this is the one machine that I've ignored for years. Stupid!
  • My new diet will consist of protein, dairy, fruit, veggies, fats, carbs (yes, carbs), and supplements/snacks in the form of protein shakes, Slim Fast, and Carnation Instant Breakfasts. Yum!
  • I just may be slightly lactose intolerant. I am going to buy dairy enzymes at Walmart sometime this weekend. Ever notice that you get bloated after you consume dairy? I do. You might want to consider these capsules. You take them WITH the dairy. I can't wait to see if this is the culprit for my ever-present pooch of bloatness.
  • And the BEST part of this new eating plan? He advised that we allot 150 calories a day to...JUNK! Yes, junk! What a sweet relief! He said if we deprive ourselves of those particular goodies, we become ravenous vultures and end up eating 10 pounds of chocolate cake in one sitting. Not cute. He said his "junk" each day is a can of Dr Pepper. I am so loving this new concept.
I plan on kick-starting this on Monday and/or Tuesday. I always feel super motivation while The Biggest Loser is on, don't you? I feel like if they can do it, I can do it.

So here we go!

September 16, 2009

brand new you!

I signed up for the Brand New You class at the base fitness center. It will be on Friday morning. It's a class that teaches us about proper nutrition and fitness.

I feel like I need some guidance, ya know? I need a Bob or a Jillian.

I am hoping this class will actually be of some benefit. Ideally, I would like to get a personal trainer and a nutritionist who can TELL ME EXACTLY WHAT I NEED TO DO in order to get the results I want. I am so tired of wasting time on things that don't work, ya know?

I am a bit apprehensive about Friday, though. I know this is going to sound stupid, but...what if people are rude to me because I clearly do not need to lose THAT much weight? I'm afraid of being judged or asked, "Why are you here??!" I think that will shoot down my motivation. Ugh. I hope I'm the only student there. Haha!

So wish me luck. I hope this is a step in the right direction.

September 12, 2009


Aaron and I are going to the Air Force Ball tonight. It's at the Peabody in Little Rock and Aaron even booked us a room for the night! Yay for staycations!

I am really looking forward to seeing my man in his mess dress. He's so handsome when he gets all dolled up. I haven't seen him in that uniform since our wedding. *sigh.

I have a dress and shoes and plan on wearing my diamond earrings he bought me for our anniversary. The only problem is my hair. Oh, this hair. I have no idea what to do with it. I'm sure I'll get it figured out...eventually. If you have any ideas, please comment...soon!

I'll be sure to post pictures soon.

September 11, 2009

private post.

Read latest quiet cup post here.

September 10, 2009

clw is a fan.

I love my job at the coffee shop. LOVE IT!

I work with some really great people, ALL of our customers are so friendly, and I get to drink coffee while I work.

I really loved working at Cheddar's during college. This job sort of takes me back to that time. But instead of coming home and smelling like ranch dressing, I come home smelling like coffee beans.

Am happy.

September 8, 2009

new photos on backflip! finally!

Go check them out here! Please leave comments! :)

still here.

Just been busy. I'll update soon when I have the chance. :)

September 3, 2009

the results are in!

Please click here to read.

I promise I'll have a post on THIS blog sometime soon. I'm sure it's annoying having to click over to the other one so much! Sorry!

September 2, 2009

August 30, 2009

August 27, 2009

as the decaf brews...

There's not much to report on my end. This has been a pretty crazy week! I am so glad tomorrow is Friday! Is is just me or is anyone else ready for the weekend!?!?

As for the long list of books, the plan I have for them read them! Well, to read them and see where the journey takes me. Winnie the Pooh and A Christmas Carol arrived in the mail today from And I am not ashamed to admit that I peeked at the last line of Dickens' book and yes, it did make me tear up a little. "God bless us, every one!"

Did I ever mention that my fabulous husband bought me the Martha Stewart Cupcake book? Well, he did! The first cupcakes we made were a disaster. Who knew there really IS a difference between all-purpose flour and cake flour!? We know now! Tomorrow I attempt cupcake #2. Ideally, I'd make a new cupcake each week...but I'm thinking that's not really good for my weight-loss plan. I'll keep you posted :)

In reference to the recent private post, I'm a nervous wreck! I got a great outfit from The Limited last night and I have been doing research on this "company" so I am prepared for my interview. Seriously, just thinking about it kind of makes me want to vomit a little. Too much information? Ok. I'll stop there. I'll save the rest of my thoughts about this for the private blog...ya know, just in case.

I'm off to watch Lifetime, sip my decaf, and...



August 26, 2009

holy crap.

Click here to read the latest private post. It's a doozy. Well, at least I think so.

granny cass.

I've started a new hobby and it makes me feel really old...


I know. I know.

I just find it so relaxing! And I love that I can watch TV and not feel like such a blob because at least I'm doing something with my hands and my eyes are focused on something other than a blinking screen. I cross-stitched for about 3 hours last night while watching a DVRd Lifetime movie and More to Love.

I don't plan on framing what I make or anything like that. I just enjoy the process.

Please arrange an intervention.

August 25, 2009

first day update.

I am ridiculously tired, so I won't make this long. Just wanted you to know I survived my first day at the coffee shop and aside from aching feet, enjoyed every moment of it. The people I work with are very nice and all the customers were SO friendly! Once I get the hang of how things operate, I think I'll truly enjoy this little job of mine.

Speaking of aching feet, what are your feelings about these shoes? I don't believe they "aid in weight loss," but I do have to wonder if they ease back/joint pain. As you know, my back is terrible and I'm worried that standing during these long shifts will only make it worse. Thoughts on good, comfy sneakers for the work place?


August 24, 2009

books and books and books!

My wandering brain has me toying with the idea of doing something really ridiculous that involves a lot of books. I am compiling as many of these as I can for free and having spent all my credits (so far) on, I am now seeking the aid of my blogger buddies.

If you have ANY of the following books, would you mind kindly donating them to me? I would be happy to pay for shipping.

  1. His Dark Materials by Philip Putnam (I think this is a series)
  2. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling
  3. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  4. Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
  5. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  6. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  7. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  8. Captain Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres
  9. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  10. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  11. The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
  12. Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
  13. Middlemarch by George Eliot
  14. A Prayer For Owen Meany by John Irving
  15. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  16. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  17. The Story of Tracy Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson
  18. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  19. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  20. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  21. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  22. A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute
  23. Persuasion by Jane Austen
  24. Dune by Frank Herbert
  25. Emma by Jane Austen
  26. Watership Down by Richard Adams
  27. The Great Gatsby by Scott Fitzgerald
  28. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  29. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
  30. Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
  31. Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian
  32. The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher
  33. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  34. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  35. The Stand by Stephen King
  36. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  37. A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth
  38. The BFG by Roald Dahl
  39. Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
  40. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
  41. Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
  42. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  43. Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman
  44. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  45. The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough
  46. Mort by Terry Pratchett
  47. The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton
  48. The Magus by John Fowles
  49. Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
  50. Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett
  51. Perfume by Patrick Suskind
  52. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell
  53. Night Watch by Terry Pratchett
  54. Bridget Jones' Diary by Helen Fielding
  55. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
  56. Ulysses by James Joyce
  57. Bleak House by Charles Dickens
  58. Double Act by Jacqueline Wilson
  59. The Twits by Roald Dahl
  60. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
  61. Holes by Louis Sachar
  62. Gormenghast by Mervyn Peake
  63. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
  64. Vicky Angel by Jacqueline Wilson
  65. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  66. Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
  67. Magician by Raymond E. Feist
  68. On The Road by Jack Kerouac
  69. The Godfather by Mario Puzo
  70. The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel
  71. The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett
  72. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  73. Katherine by Anya Seton
  74. Kane and Abel by Jeffrey Archer
  75. Girls in Love by Jacqueline Wilson
  76. The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
  77. Might's Children by Salman Rushdie
If you have any of these books and are willing to part with them, please let me know! :)

my "birthday gift" from fantabulously frugal!

Saturday was like Christmas in this house! Aaron got a package of software he ordered (nerdy) and I got my package from Pampered Chef AND Fantabulously Frugal. I was so happy!

As I posted a few days ago, I was randomly chosen as FF's winner of the Birthday Bash Giveaway. I had NO IDEA what she was sending me and after opening the gift, I was NOT disappointed!

She really did gift-wrap every, single item. It was so cute!

My favorite item of all is this card - how cute is that?!

What all was in that bag? Lemme tell ya!
  • 3.7 oz Lemon Zest Yankee Candle
  • The novel Something Blue by Emily Giffin
  • A gorgeous yellow Composition Book from carolinapad
  • A cute box of memo sheets
  • A matching pocket organizer (something I was planning on buying but don't have to anymore)
  • Burt's Bees lip balm
  • A Mary Kay pedicure set that includes polish, a brush, a pumice stone, a washing loofah thingie, and rosemary mint foot fizzies
  • 25 beautiful adhesive mail labels - LOVE THESE!
  • A sample set of various body balms and bath gels from H20.
  • A paisley self-stick note 2-pack
  • And an envelope full of lovely stationery items, including the bread and butter card and a wooden gift tag with a silver sparrow on it - LOVE THIS
What a great treat! Thank you, Fantabulously Frugal!!!


I'm back! My Cup is officially back in the public arena. The posts containing the password for "my other blog" have been deleted so I hope you remembered it! :) Yay for public!!

a perfect fit.

My addictions and guilty pleasures include, but are not limited to, Lifetime television, a good book, a sweet puppy dog, my husband, and a good cup of coffee.

Soon I'll be able to work right next to one of those all day long. Oh yes, people. I got a job at a coffee shop! Surrounded day in and day out by the sweet nectar of the gods. Working just inches away from a professional-grade espresso machine. Standing mere feet from Ghirardelli White Chocolate syrup. Be still my beating heart!

And the best thing about it is that there's no commute! I start Tuesday morning!

P.S. Subbing at the CDC last Friday went off without a hitch...unless of course you would consider getting thrown up on by a very, very sick 3-year-old just not your cup of tea!

August 21, 2009


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Oh, and I'm quite disappointed no one wanted to play Name That Tune! Do you know how long it took to upload those videos?! Hahaha!

August 20, 2009

name that tune, jamaica style.

It's just occurred to me that I sort of dropped off posting about Jamaica. How rude of me! (Be sure to read post below this one, too).

Here are a few videos of a fun night we had watching a band play the steel drums! We thought it was going to be a typical concert with reggae/tropical melodies. Boy, were we wrong! See if you can "name that tune" for each of these videos. The correct guesser will win absolutely nothing at all! OK, maybe you'll win some cool points. Have fun!

Video #1

Video #2

Video #3

Video #4

And finally, a video that perfectly displays why most of the Jamaicans we saw that week had six-pack abs and 0-5% body fat. No need to guess the tune here. Just watch in awe. Talk about cardio!!

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