Morsels from a Long Weekend

Morsels from a Long Weekend

How ever did y’all survive without me for 5 whole days? I know you were starting to shake in the corner of the room from withdrawals, but here’s the exciting news… I’M BACK! I promise to never leave you for that long again.

So Wednesday afternoon, we loaded up the kid, the dog, our clothes and some yummy food to head to Fort Valley. We stopped at the parents’ house to drop off the food and get Jason’s fishing gear. We got to pick up some pecans to snack on, too. Not at a store, just right there in the front yard. There’s nothing better than fresh from the tree pecans.

We made our way out into the Land of No Cell Phone Service where we would spend the next few nights. What a beautiful view from the back porch…

Our friends came out for pizza and beer that night. We hadn’t seen them in several months… well, since we moved probably. Newt and Amy are great! Newt is a pecan farmer and this is his busy time of the year. He pretty much makes Amy, who teaches at the Blind Academy in Macon and is also a photographer, a single parent for about 4 months at the end of the year. Their kiddos are precious. Meg is 7 and Russ is 4. I love em like I love my own!

Anyway, we ate, drank, played, were minding our own business when a MOUSE runs across the floor! I should say that the parents haven’t been out at Potterville in about 2 months so it’s been sitting empty. But a MOUSE. Newt grabbed the fishing net and in one swoop, caught it and threw it outside. There were many screams and lots of laughter from the kids (and girls).

Minding our own business again and dang if there wasn’t another. They were cute, too. I don’t care much for rodents, but they sure have adorable little faces… but are so menacing and frightening! We couldn’t catch that one and just figured, eh, it’ll be ok. The Hileys left. We got dressed for bed and DAMN IF 3 MORE LITTLE ASSHOLES didn’t run out from under the stove. Jason and I looked at each other and said, “Let’s get out of here.”

We packed our stuff up, dropped off the dog at my parents’ house and headed to the Days Inn. Yes. We stayed at a hotel in Fort Valley, one mile from my parents’ house. One mile from my 3000 square foot house that is sitting empty. Sad? Very. But it was all good… and mice free!

Thursday morning we headed to my parents’ house to get ready for lunch and watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Yes. I cried again. I always do. This year was special because a girl that was on my dance team when I was a Captain performed in the parade with the Indian dance troupe she has started, Arya Dance Academy. I am so excited and proud for Rupal… it’s a memory that can barely be topped!

Lunch was great. We were stuffed. Then it was time to prep for our yard sale. Friday and Saturday were yard sale days. We helped on Friday and the parents took over on Saturday. Henry had a lemonade stand and made $17. We racked up on Friday and I can’t wait to use the money in Vegas. I’m gonna turn it into THOUSANDS!

Jason and I headed home on Friday. Got home in time to watch the end of the Auburn/Alabama game aka the Iron Bowl which now should be known as the HeartAttack Bowl. Wow. What a game. Auburn won by 1 point. Typical game for this rivalry. It wouldn’t matter if both were in the top 5 or one was #1 and the other #374, it’s gonna be a great, close game.

Saturday involved getting up at the crack of dawn, packing up and heading to another rivalry game, the Georgia/Georgia Tech game. We got to Athens around 9am. For a game that didn’t start until 7:45. Yes. We’re hardcore. And stupid. We tailgated with some old friends and enjoyed the fellowship. Two of Jason’s buddies from Augusta came over and hung out with us, too.

The game was wonderful. I got to meet @libbycake and her awesome Grandpapa! The Dawgs ended up winning so my household is very happy at the moment.

Auburn moved up in the polls to #1 in the BCS. Still #2 in the others. We play this Saturday for the SEC Championship against South Carolina. There’s nothing good about having to play a Steve Spurrier team twice in one year, but I feel optimistic about it. Then it’s just biding time until we get to take on Oregon for the National Championship.

It was a weekend and holiday that included fear, peace, thankfulness and fellowship. Here’s to the beginning of the Christmas season!

Sunday Snippets

Sunday Snippets

This week’s 5 minute Stream of Consciousness post, hosted by All.Things.Fadra

I decided to pick a word to write about. This week, the word was brought to you by Jason and it is: Rummage.

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Rummage. Rummage sales. Yard sales. WHY? Why do people shop these things? I’m sure there are some great finds, but I don’t see the allure. Why would you want to get up at the butt crack of dawn and go ride around looking for people with crap in their front yards?

That said, we had one on Friday and Saturday at my parents’ house. Lots of good stuff. Lots of crap. LOTS was sold. Toys, old clothes, bags, pieces of furniture, Charlie’s rug from his room. Vases, mugs, more mugs, shoes. More toys. Somebody wanted this stuff. I don’t understand. I really really don’t.

Rummage. Rummaging for a deal. Rummaging for stuff they are going to turn around and sell at an “antique shop” or another yard sale. Will they sell the 50 cent piece of used tupperware for a dollar? Will they take it home and use it? What could they need the lid to a casserole for? Do they have the bottom of the casserole to go with it?

The money will go to Vegas with me. So I can rummage around the casinos and stores. And hopefully turn my money into millions. Or at least more than I went there with.

Going Undercover to Give Thanks

We’re heading to The Valley for Thanksgiving. When we’re there, we stay out at my parents’ cabin at a pond. There is very little to no *gasp* cell coverage. I know. I die. I may, in fact, die from not being able to check Facebook, Twitter, my Blog and my IM friends for two whole days. If I don’t come back by Friday afternoon, please send help. K, Thanks!

I’m starving right now thinking about all the deliciousness that we’ll enjoy tomorrow. But most of all I’m thankful.

I’m thankful we have a family to go to on holidays.

I’m thankful we have family who will come to US on holidays.

I’m thankful for my precious sons, one living, one who’s my guardian angel.

I’m thankful for my husband, who provides for, loves and supports me and Henry.

I’m thankful for my dear friends, who are there in good times and bad.

I’m thankful for ALL my internet friends. All of you. You know who you are.

I’m thankful for air, water, light, stars, electricity, flushing toilets, fiberoptic networks and most of all Starbucks. Without those, life would be kinda boring.

I’m thankful for my friends Jim, Jose, Jack and Basil… also known as The Liquors.

I’m thankful for passion. Without passion, we’d be nowhere.

I’m thankful for those who serve to keep our country free.

I’m thankful for those who dare to run for office and attempt to keep our country afloat. Yes, Republican, Democrat, Tea, I don’t care. They dare to help us and for that I’m grateful.

I’m thankful for cars because my legs would hurt if I had to walk everywhere.

I’m thankful for The Internets because it gives me information I would never know OR that I never needed to know.

I’m thankful for chocolate, because obviously…

I’m thankful for so many more things but won’t bore you with the details. There are too many things to list.

So before I go off into the “area which hath no signal” I wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving. Take a minute out of your coupon cutting and shop plotting to tell those around you how much they mean to you. Take a second (after you chew your food) to thank your husband/wife/spouse/partner/whatever for putting up with your nonsense. And take a minute before your child goes to bed (or your pet) to let them know that your life would be smaller without them.

I love you all!

Sister Wives, Oprah and Black Friday

Sister Wives, Oprah and Black Friday

Quiz: Which ones of those three things do I NOT like?

I’m sure you already know the answers but let’s discuss them, shall we…

Sister Wives. My favorite obsession. There was a special on Sunday night – The Honeymoon Special. Kody Brown, the douchebag polygamist on TLC’s Sister Wives takes his new wife, the 4th one, on an 11 day honeymoon in San Diego. The other three wives are left at home *sigh* without Kody and with ALL the kids.

While Kody and Robin (the new wife) are surfing, going on animal safaris, flexing muscles at the camera and being all kinds of idiotic and cheesy, the REST of his family is on a rustic campout picnic-type thing. The whole show was just oozing with cheesiness, really.  There was a little resent and anger on the part of the left-behind wives while the new wife was all, “ooh, this is so lovey dovey, I love you and all the wives and ooh ooh ooh.” Drama. Drama, I tell you.

My friends Stark Raving Mad Mommy and Mom-In-A-Million held a live chat and posted the transcript in all it’s glory today. Check out their recaps of all-things-douchey.

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Oprah. If you know me, you know I don’t like Oprah. Most people would say, “oh, Jana, you’re just jealous because she has more money than you’d be able to count in your LIFE,” but really it’s just that I uh, don’t like her. I think she’s fake. I think she takes on the tone and attitude of everybody she’s around or places she’s in. I think she has no grasp on reality. I know, I know… y’all love her. That’s cool. This is my blog so I can say what I want. And *I* don’t care for her.

BUT. BUT. I always watch her Favorite Things shows. Always. So on Friday, well, I was excited to find out it was on so I DVR’d it. I’m watching that episode right now. Then come to find out, there was a SECOND episode yesterday. One of my Twitter friends‘ sister was on the show. She and her roommate were invited because of the great things they do for veterans.

I watch this one show for the sheer entertainment value. Oprah acts like a doofus, jumping around, yelling, really being a parody of herself. People in the audience are weeping, fake-fainting, bowing down to her, hugging complete strangers, thanking the Good Lord for the opportunity to be blessed with such extravagance by Oprah.

Diamond watches, Coach bags, pies, iPads, overpriced popcorn, 7 day cruises, Nikon cameras, macaroni and cheese and oh, and I almost forgot… VOLKSWAGEN BEETLES. What the hell?

I’m 99.9% sure (according to everything I’ve researched) that Oprah does not buy all this stuff to give away. The companies sponsor the items instead of advertising. Their sales go THROUGH. THE. ROOF. after the show. So why wouldn’t they want her to give away a few hundred of what they have to offer? I know for a fact, VW donated the cars, see here.

I like seeing what she’s giving away (I mean, her sponsors are giving away) but mostly, I watch for the entertainment value of the insane reactions of the people. The SNL skit is spot on…

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Black Friday. No. No. Nononononononononoo. Never. Never ever will you find me getting up at 2am to go stand in line to get a deal on some overpriced toy that my kid will play with once. Never. NEVER. Can I be any more clear? NEVER!!

I don’t understand it. I just don’t. Why would the stores want to subject themselves to rabid customers that early in the morning, to get yelled at and cussed out by people who think it’s their right to get THAT DEAL. TODAY. NOW. It just blows my mind. Seriously.

And now, stores aren’t even waiting until Thanksgiving is over. They’re opening at 9pm on Thanksgiving night. Or worse… they’re open ALL DAY on Thanksgiving.

What do y’all get that’s so important and SO cheap that it’s worth standing in those lines on Black Friday and fighting the crowds? I wanna know. Leave me a comment letting me know what you’re planning to get that’ll be magnificent.

What do you think about Oprah? Do you watch Sister Wives? Thoughts?

Hallowistmas

Hallowistmas: (n) The last quarter of the year, beginning in early October and traveling fast and furiously through the end of December, completely skipping over Thanksgiving altogether.

You like my new holiday? You know you celebrate it. Don’t try to deny it. Well, I for one, have a problem with it.

Thanksgiving is by far our favorite holiday to celebrate in our household. It’s a day where you don’t have to do anything except eat and be thankful. Oh, and watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. But seriously. There are no gifts involved, no travel if you don’t have to (we try not to but are heading to Fort Valley this year), and there’s always a nap to enjoy.

Part of my great love for the Thanksgiving holiday came while I was in high school and got the honor of performing in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade not once, but TWICE. I wrote about it a few years ago… read it here. Yes, I cry every year when I watch it and it honestly makes me feel so thankful that I have parents who worked so hard to let me and my sister do things that we loved. I loved dancing. I was good at it. I was a leader. I earned the trip. And I, along with them, worked hard to raise money to get there. So I was thankful and grateful for the trips (and the ones to the Cotton Bowl and to Ireland to dance). And that gratefulness shows every year when the parade starts and for some unknown reason, the happy tears flow freely for no reason at all.

Growing up, working in my family’s jewelry store, Thanksgiving served as the tipping point. The point at which we worked extra hours, ate lots of frozen meals, worked Sundays catching up and caught up with each other again on Christmas Day. Throw my birthday in there on December 9th and my refusing to let them decorate the house until it was over… and you’ve got a family who kept all holidays separate. (side note: this will be the first Christmas in my LIFE I haven’t worked in our store for Christmas… it will also be my Dad’s first Christmas in his LIFE he hasn’t worked in our store… strange feeling)

Jason and I have always carved out Thanksgiving as “our favorite” holiday. It’s the one we love. We get excited about it and aim to make it great every year. It always brings the big football weekend, too… Auburn/Alabama and Georgia/Georgia Tech. Always a fun weekend of eating, drinking and enjoying friends.

Halloween is fun and all. But we just don’t get into it. If Henry didn’t remind us, we’d totally forget to get him a costume. It’s just not our “thing” but I have lots of friends who really go all out and I think it’s awesome. Everybody’s gotta have their thing, right?

Christmas decorations come out by Halloween now (or even before – there were decorations spotted at Hobby Lobby in JULY – JULY people! WTF?). People start decorating shortly after. I know people who are actually getting LIVE TREES right now. It’s 70-80 degrees in Georgia still. There is no way in hell they’ll still be alive by Christmas (or maybe I just kill trees too fast). They’re going to end up with a crispy, needly, flammable mess on their hands by the second week of December.

I realize Thanksgiving isn’t a big money-maker for most industries and companies except Butterball, Honey Baked Ham and the cranberry people but I think it needs more respect than it gets. It celebrates a part of our history that is very important. (side note: Anybody else notice that cranberries keep sneaking into everything? Juices, fruit bars, ice cream…what’s that about?)

Thanksgiving is a holiday to express thankfulness, gratitude, and appreciation to God (if you wish), family and friends for those things we are blessed with as far as material possessions and relationships. It’s also a time to give thanks for a bountiful harvest. Americans commonly believe that the first Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621. It finally became an annual tradition in 1863.

So while everybody else in the world (so it seems) is celebrating my holiday now known as Hallowistmas, I’m going to take this week to focus on what I’m thankful for and celebrate the holiday at hand – Thanksgiving. I urge you all to do the same. Even in this crazy world we are living in these days, no matter how much or how little we have, whether we are suffering or prospering, we ALL should be thankful what we are blessed with.

What are you thankful for? How will YOU help break the Hallowistmas cycle and try to celebrate one holiday at a time?

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