Monday, January 28, 2008

Um, no.

This just in: I do NOT like tomato soup. Alex and I got the bright idea of having "healthy" grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup for dinner tonight. I was all pumped because I even had 100 calorie packs of pretzel goldfish to go with the soup and it'd be just the commercials and the pictures on the cans of soup and we'd be a wholesome American family!

Except that that stuff is jank. YUCK. Seriously, no amount of goldfish can save this soup. Is it because I forced Alex to buy the kind with 60% less sodium? Is the sodium where all the (non-nasty) flavor is?

Okay, I just tried a few more bites. It still sucks. How do y'all do it??? Does anybody actually eat tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches?

Also? I got a King Cake in the mail today. Pictures of the remains will be posted later.

Sunday, January 27, 2008


Yeah, so, hi! That Heath Ledger post was pretty depressing. Let's put something more happy on the top of the page, shall we?

The good news is that Canon has introduced a new camera, which means that our lusted for XTi is coming down in price! We've been wanting one for a few months now, but were hoping that the price would adjust a bit, so we could justify the hit to our bank account. And now, the time is almost here! Prices are falling, our mouths are salivating, and our bank account is feeling full(-ish).

On the spur of the moment, we purchased DDR for the Wii at Wal-Mart this afternoon. I have been wanting it and since Alex and I are on a weight loss kick (We're competing with some of our friends until Memorial Day in a "Biggest Loser" type competition,) we thought an addictive video game that moves more than just your fingers would be a good investment. Plus, I just like jumping around a lot. It'll be interesting to see how I do, because this game also incorporates the Wii Remote and Nunchuk in game play. I can barely get my feet to the right parts of the control pad, much less move my arms in any sort of pattern either.

It's Sunday and I'm blogging, so you know that means I am putting off a homework assignment. I have locked myself in the bedroom with the laptop and STILL haven't done anything. However, I did read the TWOP recap of last Sunday's season finale of The Amazing Race. Does that count as productive?

This weekend was kind of a rough one, so I'm trying really hard here. I realize this post's contents seem boring, but let me tell you, it's better than what I've really been thinking and feeling for the past two or three days. Frustrations have been at an all time high both at work and at home. And while I realize that these things happen with the ebbs and flows of life, it doesn't make them any more fun or pleasant or easy. Some days, I just want to crawl into bed and wait for someone to come get me when all the icky stuff is over with.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Heath Ledger

I'm not sure why his death is affecting me so much. I think it might be because he's my age. Or because his performance in "10 Things I Hate About You" is seared into my brain thanks to the girls from OCB2. But for whatever reason, I simply cannot get over the fact that Heath Ledger is gone. When I saw the story on People, I actually gasped. I assumed it was a mistake. I kept telling myself that it was a mistake. But it wasn't.

I really have nothing deep or funny or profound to offer. I mean, it's not like I KNEW him. He was just another movie star who played some roles that I enjoyed. But the thought of him not playing any more roles saddens me greatly. Life is so short. And this is making that very real. So sad.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

So there's this game I've been playing...

Alex and I finally, FINALLY found Guitar Hero III for the Wii last week and between it and class, I have had no time for blogging. I have been wanting this game for a while, but it took my brother-in-law buying Rock Band to convince Alex that you can COMPETE in that game and he had to be BETTER than people at it. Boys.

So I finally got him on the Guitar Hero bandwagon, but the game was nowhere to be found. It was sold out online at Wal-Mart, Best Buy, and Circuit City. It was available at Amazon for an inflated price, so that was out as well. We called every Gamespot in the Dayton area and couldn't find it. Last Saturday night, we checked several different stores in the mall, more Gamespots, Circuit City, and Sam's and nothing. We had pretty much decided Guitar Hero wasn't available that day, but on a whim, we decided to try GameCrazy since we were driving right past it and they had it! Sucecss! Finally!

So we've both been playing all week, although to Alex's dismay, I am actually better at it than him. Which is disturbing since he beats me in all video games and in pretty much all things sporty. However, while he seemingly excelled on easy, I have kicked his booty in Medium. Yes, we have already beaten the game on Easy and I am only one level away from winning on Medium. Alex? Still stuck on the first boss on Medium. Ha! Victory! For once!

I write this as he practices, so he'll probably come back and kill me on this level, but I'm enjoying my victory while I can.

Also? It is currently 15 degrees out and feels like 1! That is far too cold to go outside and while we had high hopes of getting the kitchen painted today, I am thinking it's not going to happen. It's just too cold to function right now.

But! We are out of hot chocolate and I have no soup for lunch tomorrow. So maybe, just maybe I'll venture out to in the cold today. Or I'll get Alex to pick it up on his way home from basketball tonight. Which he might not do after reading this post. Oops.

Monday, January 07, 2008

And They Won!

Woo! I am SO GLAD I didn't hang out with my friends because I couldn't stop maniacally laughing as the Tigers won. Why? Because I am a freak. Alex is being an extremely gracious fan and thank goodness he is a better sport than I am.

EEEEEEEEE!!!! Yay for the SEC!

The Big Day

I am home alone while Alex is out watching the National Title Game with our friends. I opted out because I wasn't sure how good of a sport I would be throughout the evening. I was afraid I could neither be a gracious winner or loser, so I decided it would be best for all involved if I stayed home with LSU chapstick instead. I'm not watching the game for any lengthy period of time either. The Tigers always seem to do worse when I don't watch (although I missed the Arkansas game, so you can't blame that one on me). Here's hoping Alex and I can keep our mouths shut about this subject for the next 50 years or so in order to remain in the happily married bliss we are currently in.

In other news, my Maw Maw is doing much better and I am so, so, so, so, so happy about this. While she is not out of the woods yet, her heart is pumping on its own and that is always a good thing.

Now, if you'll excuse, I've got a backlog of Amazing Race episodes and a exercise bike waiting on me.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Christmas 2007 was good though!

Double posting, because there is positive to report on as well.

Alex and I made our first official trip to the homeland as a married couple. We survived, just barely, and our New Year's Resolution for this year is to convince my parents that we are, indeed, adults. Apparently they missed the memo that we are staring down the barrel of 30 AND married AND that we make it through our day to day lives just fine. And while I don't believe that marriage or age really signifies adulthood, my parents do. Well, they used to, but I guess they rescinded that rule now that their baby girl gone and done it. My mom still takes pleasure in waking me up way too early and then complaining that we sleep too much, like we are teenagers. My dad? Same basic variation on that theme. Our refrain for most of the week was, "Just let us sleep!"

My Maw Maw was, as usual, awesome. She cooked all of her specialties for Alex and I think she was really excited to have someone new try her cooking. While we all appreciate her gumbo and calda and whatever else she comes up with, we've all had it before. But Alex is a fresh face with a completely different food past. He is a midwestener! He doesn't eat seafood! He doesn't eat rice with EVERY.SINGLE.MEAL! So he gladly ate everything presented to him and was wonderful and charming and funny the entire time. And so, she came to love him even more. It is the story of his life, people.

We also hung out with one of my awesome bridesmaids and her brother and some other friends. We headed down to the House of Blues one night and we took Alex on his very first night in the French Quarter. We did not see Brad and Angelina (except for on the news), but we did see dueling pianos. And strippers. (Though that part was not on purpose and the look on Alex's face when he turned and just THERE SHE WAS IN THE STREET was quite priceless.)

So overall our holidays were fantastic. We have yet to exchange presents with Alex's family because most of them took a much needed vacation to Florida for the holidays. While I was jealous of their many, many hours on the beach, I would never trade it for the many, many hours of rain below sea level. Plus, we got to wear just t-shirts during the day too! (And pants and shoes. I mean, we didn't just run around pants-less. While we would have fit in the Quarter like that, we did not.)

I had a few regrets from this trip . 1) I didn't get a Grenita from PJ's. 2) I didn't get a smoothie from Smoothie King. And 3) I didn't get a King Cake. But since all of my regrets are food related, I feel as though the trip as a whole was a success. I'd show you pictures, but I didn't take that many and they are somewhere that is not here under my cozy blanket. (High of 16 degrees today! And snow all day! Too cold to do anything productive!)

Also, just in case you think my parents don't love us, they were quite generous in the gift department. Not a sign of thinking we are adults, but a sign that they care for us deeply. (My mom is a super gift giver. It's completely and totally her way of saying "I love you."). We received three gifts cards in much larger amounts than expected (which is what we asked for...we are old and boring now and want to buy things like tile and a dishwasher), as well as a brand spanking new set of luggage. My parents also gave Alex an LSU antenna topper that he plans on leaving on the car of someone he hates.

Although, I will share that I think he is less of an LSU hater now that I took him to campus. He will definitely argue this, but I believe he found campus charming. He also got to ooh and ahh over Mike the Tiger. As he said, that is way cooler than having a nut in a cage.

So that was Christmas. I'd say it was a rousing success for our first (married) Christmas together. Plus, my mother and Alex's grandmother gave us ornaments commemorating the event and I am so excited to hang them up next year. I am looking forward to forging new traditions together in the years to come, but this year was a good "starter" year with my family. And Parsnip didn't tear up any linoleum. That in and of itself made the entire holiday season a success.

Yeah, it's 2008 now

I am beginning to wonder if I am cursed. Or perhaps carry the touch of death? My grandmother who was fine, FINE I TELL YOU, on Saturday, December 29th (when Alex and I left Louisiana) is now in the CCU with what amounts to a broken heart. And while I some days feel like a disappointment as a grandchild, I don't think I literally broke her heart. Right? Right?

It is surreal to think that from Saturday morning to Monday night, she went from perfectly fine to unable to breathe. At varying points throughout the day, I have gone from "I don't think I can handle this," to "This can't be happening. Not another loss. Not yet." My Maw Maw has lived through all sorts of scary hurricanes and gunfire and perhaps scariest of all, raising my father. And now she is lying in a hospital bed, unable to move, having a pump work her heart for her. It is agonizing because we have no idea what is going to happen or what we should do. And flights to New Orleans are not cheap right now, just as an FYI. Plus, I have taken off an inordinate amount of time from work recently and when I told my boss this latest development in the soap opera of Cora's life, I could tell he could hardly believe it. Not that he's a jerk or anything, but seriously. That is a lot of drama to pack into a short time period. I got married, lost a father-in-law, went home for Christmas, and then come back just in time to announce that my grandmother might not make it through the week. Even as I type that sentence, I simply cannot wrap my brain around it.

So my goal for 2009 is to begin the new year with no bad news. Because 2007 began with news of Alex's father's cancer diagnosis. And now 2008 began with this. I'm sure we will recover and I know I will be fine in the long run, but I would really appreciate a smoother ride for now.