Friday, January 30, 2009

Done and done

Cole and I accomplished two major goals today. He mailed his Bar application (woohoo!!!). Now maybe he can be a real lawyer one day.

And I cleaned the really, really dirty, disgusting kitchen. Mom probably would've disowned me if she had seen it. It was that bad. I've been a little under the weather lately, so we've let the house go.

The goal tomorrow is to tackle the rest of the house. Well, at least the den. We'd like to not have to step over piles of stuff to get from point A to point B. If we actually do it, I'll take pictures so I can brag.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Oh my

Cole and I were watching the Travel Channel tonight while making dinner, and "Man v. Food" came on. I had never seen this show before tonight, but it's a lot like "Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives" on the Food Network. Anyway, the host was in Atlanta on this episode, and he went to The Vortex Bar and Grill and ordered a Double Bypass Burger.



Wow.

This massive "burger" (surely there's a better name for it as this is nothing like any burger I've seen) is made with made with two fried eggs, four slices of American cheese, and five slices of bacon, with two grilled cheese sandwiches replacing the buns.

I think Cole kinda wants to go to Atlanta now.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Small confession...

I am absolutely obsessed with the Duggar family. They live in Arkansas, and all 18 of their kids' names begin with a J. If you don't know what I'm talking about, go here now. Right now. They are fascinating. I know it's weird, but I don't care.

I've been obsessed with them for a while, and now that they have a series airing on TLC ("17 Kids and Counting") the obsession is growing. So, why, you may ask, am I bringing this up now?

Well, tomorrow night (Sunday, 1/25) "A Very Duggar Wedding" is coming on. I cannot wait. Even though Josh (the oldest Duggar) and Anna were actually married in September, their wedding is finally airing on TV. The wait is over. Oh, and if you missed the engagement, it will be coming on shortly before the wedding special. You really need to watch the proposal. It was so awkward. I'm not even going to try to explain it to you.

I hope you'll be watching tomorrow night with me. Should be fun!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Cole's first deer!

Last weekend Cole went to Monroeville to hunt with my dad. It was kind of a last minute trip, but they had a lot of fun. And, Cole shot his first deer!


I'm sorry if you're squeamish, but I had to share.






I'm so proud.


And a little grossed out.

Inauguration Day

So yesterday was Inauguration Day. While I don’t at all agree with President Obama’s politics, it was amazing to see the inauguration festivities of our first black president. Unfortunately I missed his swearing in, so I had to stay up extra late last night to watch the repeats of it (such a sacrifice!).

While we’re discussing the inauguration, we have to discuss Jill Biden’s choice of clothing. Ugh. What was she thinking?? In case you missed it, here are the best two pictures I could find:


See what I mean? It’s not that she looks all that bad, it’s just the fact that she chose this outfit to wear the day her husband was sworn in as the Vice President of the United States. Hello people – that is a big deal. Even if she had worn black tights it would have been more appropriate. Or some simple black pumps. I really don’t think that’s too much to ask. Apparently she dressed herself that morning, and her stylist saw the disaster and came in to save the night. Here’s her dress for the balls last night:


Much better.

Let’s just hope her stylist doesn’t let her go it on her own again.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Pesto for Dinner

Tonight, I finally got the chance to try out my new food processor. When Cole and I got married, we only registered for a really small one. It’s been nice, but only for small jobs like chopping garlic. When I tried to make pesto though, it would get louder, and start shaking and smelling a little like smoke. Not good. So, for my birthday, Marcia got me a new 14-cup food processor. It’s definitely big enough to handle a little pesto.


Tonight I made cheese ravioli with pesto and chicken. I used the pesto recipe from Everyday Italian by Giada de Laurentiis. We absolutely love her cookbook. Everything we've tried from it has been great. Then we used frozen ravioli and a rotisserie chicken to go with the pesto. All in all, it was a pretty easy meal to prepare, and it was quite delicious too.


Worthy Posts

In New York, I didn’t post on my blog as often as I wanted because I tend to over think everything. I kept telling myself that every post had to be super-insightful, witty, or otherwise amazing. It was a lot of pressure. So, instead of trying to live up to that ideal post, I just didn’t post. I regret that I didn’t post about more of what we did and what we were thinking this summer, because I think I missed a lot of what we did.

I have found myself doing that already with this blog. I’ve written 3 possible posts, but I worry that they aren’t "worthy" of posting. In order to get past this, I’m going to issue a disclaimer: not all of my posts will change your life. In fact, probably none of them will. That’s not my goal. My goal is to chronicle our lives in Tuscaloosa – grad school, law school, work, preparing to move to Birmingham, family, friends, etc. Some of my posts will be pointless; some will be serious; some will be funny; and some will just be totally random. So read if you want, don’t if you don’t.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Old Pictures

I realized today that I haven't imported pictures from my camera in a while. I found some of the pictures we took while we were with the Hambys in Texas. We went to see them over New Year's and had a great time.


Here are some pictures while driving over the Mississippi River:





Pictures of Kendall, Cole, Simeon, and Wells looking at Simeon's baby pictures:



Cole and Simeon:


All four of us:


The Hambys were a HUGE part of our lives at Furman. In fact, Wells was instrumental in getting us together. We had so much fun seeing them.

Things I learned

A few days before we left New York, I made a list of things that I had learned about myself. I meant to post them on my NYC blog, but I never got around to it. So, I thought I'd add it to this blog.

What I learned about myself in New York:
I don’t like to dress up.
I like to sleep late
I like to stay up late
I don’t like to shop nearly as much as I thought I did
I like to eat good food
I like to eat cheap food
I like to eat junk food
I like to eat
Once I get an idea in my head, I’m stuck on it for a while until I get bored
I think I’d like to be a copyeditor
I really like the people I work with and wish I could take them with me to my next job
I don’t really miss cooking
I miss having a microwave – specifically because I can’t pop popcorn without it
I don’t miss my car as much as I anticipated
Cole and I really do want the same things in life
I can easily become obsessed with something (babies, learning about mortgages, job searches, etc)
I hope that I show people how much I appreciate them
I wish I were better about writing people
I wish I could sing
I wish I could dance
Cole and I have named our first 3 non-existent children, but we’re not telling
I worry that I’m not good enough to make it as a writer
I miss my girlfriends
I miss living with my roommates
I really like being married – on the good days
I'm an expert time-waster
I do not like ants
I don’t like being hot
I don’t like sweating
I wish I liked to exercise
I sorta want to live in NYC
I sorta want to live in Birmingham
I sorta want to live in Greenville
I wish all the places I sorta want to live were closer to my parents
I stay up way too late
I hate going to sleep
I hate waking up
I want to get Allstate insurance because of the commercial
Cole shocked me with his analysis of me last week – in a good way
I have no discipline (big shocker, I know)
I'm obsessed with tv
I really like my mother-in-law, and I'm seriously blessed to have her
I really want to buy the house that I love in Birmingham right now, even though I know it’s ridiculous (Edit: since then, that particular house has sold, but I am in love with 3 others)

Well, there you have it. That's probably more than you ever wanted to know about me.

So far today I have run errands and done some homework. I haven't touched the huge mess that we call our house. Ugh. Maybe it will just disappear. Maybe my mom will come over and clean it all for me. Or maybe I'll just keep putting it off.

My money's on the last one. Hey, at least I'm doing homework.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Overheard in class...

Girl 1: My identity was theft.
Girl 2: Theft?
Girl 1: Yeah, you know. (After realizing Girl 2 thought she was crazy) Oh...that's not right. How would you say that though?
Girl 2: Ummm, stolen. Your identity was stolen.

Yes, this was overheard in one of my advanced journalism classes.

Wow.

There's no time like the present...

I've finally gotten around to making a new blog. I love to write, and I want to get better at it. One of the best ways to do that is to practice. So, you're going to have to read my practice.

I'm taking a huge class load this semester, but I'm going to try my best to update the blog regularly. I started another blog this summer while Cole and I were in New York. It was a fun way to keep track of everything we did, but I was pretty lousy at updating it. Hopefully this blog will be a way for our friends and family to stay up to day with our lives in Tuscaloosa (soon to be Birmingham!).

Cole and I will both graduate in May (that is, if I finish my thesis and don't drop out of school), and then we'll be moving to Birmingham. We're casually looking at houses right now, but that's about to start heating up. We also need to get serious about putting our townhouse on the market. Ugh. There is so much clutter in here it's unbelievable. I'm definitely a packrat. I'm going to try to channel my best friend Emily, though, when we pack so that I won't end up with as much junk in our new house. We'll see how that goes.

Ok, until next time...