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Friday, November 27, 2009

Avoidance

I am avoiding any fashion posts after that meal! Happy Thanksgiving again!



Thursday, November 26, 2009

Giving Thanks


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!


Tuesday, November 24, 2009

New CDs


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?


Monday, November 23, 2009

An Attempt to Inspire. Round Four.

I am a little late this time, but I have finally posted my quote of the week. I really need to remember this when I find myself saying, "if only I had 5 more hours in my day."


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.

Have a great week!


Friday, November 20, 2009

Got My Hands on Some Photos

There aren't many photos (see previous post), but here is a glimpse into last weekend's festivities.


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!




Wednesday, November 18, 2009

I Drank The Kool-Aid



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?


Monday, November 16, 2009

Brief Weekend Summary

Hello friends!

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?



Thursday, November 12, 2009

The More the Merrier. Right?

This chatty gal is cleaning her house. Why? Glad you asked. Well, I have approximately 20 people staying here this weekend for the FL USC game. The best part? About 8 of them are staying on the side of my house in an RV. 1 bathroom and 20 people. Can we say, I call first shower? This is going to be interesting. I will keep you all posted!
Wednesday, November 11, 2009

An Attempt to Inspire Part Tres: Veterans Day Edition.


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.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Weekend Update. Better Late than Never.

Pat Green weekend was everything I hoped for and more. Kyle and I decided last minute to get a hotel in downtown Ft. Lauderdale, and we hit the jackpot. On Hotwire, you don't know exactly what hotel you will get until you pay. Well, we got the Riverside, right there in the middle of everything on Las Olas.



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?

Friday, November 6, 2009

I've got Three Days

Once again, I find myself at the Charlotte airport. This weekend I am flying back to South Florida for a Pat Green concert.



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!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

An Attempt to Inspire Part II

Last week, I decided to post one of my favorite quotes, once a week. (See last week's here). This week I want to remind everyone, that for the most part, the things we struggle with on a daily basis pale in comparison to many of the problems people around the world experience. I am especially guilty of thinking that a minor speed bump is a major dilemma. So, the next time you get angry that the line at the grocery store is too long, remember this:


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



Monday, November 2, 2009

Lady Gaga meet Tim Tebow

This past weekend was a whirlwind of wigs, microphones, orange and blue dresses, and a song that I once hated (but now have a new affinity for) Miley Cyrus, Party in the USA. Welcome to FL GA weekend in Jacksonville.

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.

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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.


Sunday, November 1, 2009

Your Prayers

A very dear friend of mine at law school sent this beautiful email a few days ago. Her young, talented, amazing cousin has cancer. He has already looked to the medical profession for help. Now, he needs your prayers. Please pray for Brant and his family.


[Note: This email was entitled "Foxhole"]

Friends,
Many of you know that my cousin, Brant, is fighting for his life with Stage 4 rectal cancer. Brant is 33, has a 3 year old son and a wife that loves him dearly. He has achieved much in his time here thus far. He finished within the top of his class at Duke Med School and has been at Stanford completing his residency for the past 6 years. Brant is also an inventor who has a patent on a new technology xxxxxxxxxxxxxx that many doctors believe will revolutionize the way we treat those with heart disease. With all this said, it is even more apparent that cancer is the Great Equalizer. No one is immune. With all of his training, knowledge, medical connections, and fortitude in facing invasive treatments, the cancer continues to spread. Brant has already contributed so much to this world through his ingenuity, and since he was diagnosed in January, his words have brought so much joy to those that read his blog. He is now pulling out all stops. Until yesterday, the plan was to undergo a risky surgery at xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, where they would install a hepatic pump into his liver to fight the cancer. The surgery was cancelled because they now suspect he may have pancreatic cancer. If they find it is an original tumor (not one that has spread), he will not be able to have the surgery. This is where God comes in. We, as human beings, can only do so much with our technology. There is only one Being that can affect this and He is who I am asking each of you to talk to today. Please ask God to bring his family peace, to heal his liver, pancreas, and all other affected areas. I don't know what else to do at this point other than to ask for each of you to keep him in your prayers today (10/30). If you have time, read his latest journal entry. I have never known anyone to handle something like this with more dignity and humor. Like my dad said, "you never know how you're going to act in the foxhole until you are in the foxhole." Brant is in the foxhole, and he's standing up, in the open, with both guns firing. Please, please say a prayer for him today.
With love for all my friends and family,
Beth


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