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The Usual Suspects
Because it is 12:30am, EST, I thought I would be one of the firsts to wish you a Happy Turkey Day! I am thankful for so many things it would take 1 million blog posts to list them all. Don't worry, I will spare you the tiresome reading and focus on one thing- I am so grateful for my family.
It's funny because even as a child, I remember thinking this holiday was amazing for many reasons, mostly mashed potatoes, turkey, and getting to sit next to my Pop Pop at the dinner table (a privilege of being the first grandchild!) As an adult living about 9 hours away from my family, I realize that even my little 6-year-old brain was right on one point- this holiday IS about sitting next to your family at the table.
I am extremely fortunate that this year my family picked my brother up in Gainesville and brought the Thanksgiving dinner table to me.
(Me and my brother watching a Gator game)
I will get to spend the holiday with them for the first time in 3 years. This is just about the best Thanksgiving a girl can ask for.
I hope that whatever you are doing for Thanksgiving, you have a wonderful day filled with good food and the people you love!
There is just something about downloading music for a new CD that brings a huge smile to my face. This warm fuzzy feeling is always in full effect during the exam period. The one thing that keeps me near my computer (which houses what I need to study) is new music (well, ok, & twitter, blogging, google reader, gchat, gmail, woot.com, etc....but who is keeping track?) I am currently in a playlist bliss of the old (e.g. The Beatles), the teenage memories (e.g. LLCoolJ, Alanis Morisette), and the modern dance party (Lady Gaga & Cascada). Wait...Do you hear that? That's my foot a-thumpin! What are you are listening to?
Don't say you don't have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresea, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein. ~Life's Little Instruction Book, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
This is M, Me, and N before we went out Friday night. You cannot really tell from the pic, but there is a dance party going on in the background at my house. I love dance parties.
The next morning on the RV. Kyle: "Bloody Marys anyone?" Group: "NOW!"
This is some of my girls at our tailgate, c/o my fabulous friend JG. She deserves a shout out because not only did she set this whole shindig up for us, most impressively, she drove a pickup truck filled with all the guys in the back (acting silly) all the way to the game. Thanks girl!
A just acting silly at the tailgate.
MD thought it would be a riot to wear cut off jean shorts to the game, to fulfill every Gamecock fan's prophecy that there would be at least one Gator wearing jorts. Notice the (um...vintage) Gator man tank. I love MD!
Back on the RV. Like I said in my previous post, it was a great weekend. Definitely a Party in the USA!
If you read my last post, you know that my phone decided that a 2-year relationship was just about all he could take. He so dramatically made his permanent exit this weekend by way of a pickup truck, at high speeds. It took me a few days to get over the whole ordeal, but today I decided it was time to stop lying to myself that he may be coming back. I, my dear readers, got a ...BlackBerry. I know. Once you go CrackBerry, you never go back. I am already addicted, and it is night ONE. K8 gave me a tutorial tonight, and I am right on track for a trip to BlackBerry rehab. The BBM and voice note thing are just too much fun. The best part is that it is orange! Has anyone else out there drank the Kool-Aid as well?
This weekend was muy bueno. Everyone had (a little too much) fun, everyone got along brilliantly, my team won, and none of the guys got arrested. I would say that is the true measure of a successful weekend when you have 20 people at your house, 10 (mostly guys) in an RV. Despite a phone casualty for CTK, all the planets stayed aligned. I will post pics later when my friends tag me on Facebook. Mine were on my no longer exisiting phone. :(
How was your weekend?
Happy Veterans Day! On this day (especially) I think it is important to reflect on how great this country is and how much we appreciate our men and women who fight for it. So this week, my favorite quote is in both America theme and Thanksgiving month spirit:
How often we fail to realize our good fortune in living in a country where happiness is more than a lack of tragedy. ~Paul Sweeney
Thank you to our Veterans who made what Paul Sweeney said possible. We may not tell you often enough, but we really appreciate all of your sacrifice and dedication.
Kyle and I got ready at our hotel and hit Johnny V's for a quick dinner. Delish.
(Before the concert. Look how excited we were.)
Finally, the most important part. THE CONCERT WAS AMAZING. Look how close to the stage we were:
(This pic is from my phone hence the blurry image. This isn't on zoom so you can see our precise view! )
He played almost every old song that I wanted to hear. We were also next to a fun group of people so Pat kept pointing up at all of us dancing fools. Unfortunately, I do not have many pictures because we weren't allowed cameras in the venue. But all in all, it was a great time. This past weekend made me realize how much I love concerts (especially at small venues). I need to do that more often. Are you all concert lovers as well?
I am extremely excited because he is my favorite country music artist, and I have never been to a concert where he was playing by himself. I was ever so lucky to meet him back in Nashville at Fanfair in 2006:
(Yes, my hair was still brown back then!)
I hope this weekend he plays a ton of his old stuff because that is what I like most. I do not necessarily believe that artists sell out when they go from having their own label for years and later sign with a big label. I mean they should be making money for the great work they are doing. But I do definitely believe that Pat Green's sound has changed since he hit Nashville. With that said, he is still my favorite, and I cannot wait to report how great the concert was.
Have a great weekend!
If you break your neck, if you have nothing to eat, if your house is on fire, then you have a problem. Everything else is inconvenience. - Robert Fulghum
PJ, Kyle, K8, B, D&Me and I all drove down to Jax to celebrate costumes, candy, and college football. On Friday, we indulged in an early Halloween and partied it up in costume at the Jax Beach bars. I was Lady Gaga, and PJ was my Paprazzi. K8 and B were 70's peeps, and Kyle was...wait for it..."on a boat."
The way Jill wore her hat in this photo made me laugh. But then, she got serious and flipped it backwards. This is Jill on the dance floor during the song "Paparazzi."
& here is Kyle:
My microphone ended up being the best prop because every time I would put it in front of someone, they made a fool of themselves (something I was pretty much doing all night.) I contemplated bringing it out Saturday to the game, but instead I opted for my standard orange pom pom.
Saturday morning, we started tailgating bright and early with Mimosas and various games. B and K8, the two non-Gators of the group, were the best dressed Gator-fans-for-a-day out there. Scratch that, they killed all of us long term fans with their game day attire.
We ended up watching the game this year at The Landings, the staple spot when you do not have tickets. It was a madhouse. But a good kind of one.
It was a pretty fantastic weekend. I came out of the mix only losing a hairpin and a cooler. Kyle lost nothing (but did break a pair of aviators). Success! I can't wait for next year.
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