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Archive for December, 2007

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!

Ed turns 30 today. We are still in Naples and leave tomorrow. Boo-Hoo. But we are going to have a lovely dinner tonight to celebrate Ed’s Birthday. I am very excited!

Happy Birthday, Baby! Here is to many more.

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Merry Christmas!

That’s just what I need after a HORRIFIC experience in the Atlanta airport, CHAMPAGNE!!!!!

Real life Sex and the City Story

Disclaimer: I have permission to tell this story. It is all true.

A friend of mine called to tell me about the date she had over the weekend. For the backstory, she is going back and forth to New York City a lot. The last time she was there she met this guy that she was really excited about. Like, go out and buy a really hot outfit excited. They made plans to meet the next time she was up in the city. Ok, great.

I have been anxiously waiting to hear what happened. Here goes. She goes to meet him at a bar. They have a drink or two and then he asks her about her dating past. She gives him the short version of the long term relationship she just got out of. Then he begins to tell her about his. Wait for it. Wait for it. He has a common law wife. In his words, they are “poly-amorous”. As a nice Southern girl who wants to get married and have kids, poly-amorous is not an option.

She said she would start to laugh every time he said “poly-amorous”, which he would not stop saying. My friend begins to press him for more info. Seems as though he has the common law wife and another girlfriend who knows the situation too. The wife dates other people. He said his common law wife would really like my friend. That they would be great friends and all have a great time together. And how stereotypical, their favorite show is Big Love.

I told my friend that it sounded like the old documentary on PBS called “The Lost Children of Rockdale County” and she should has to see a flow chart of who is doing who.

My friend said by the end of it, all she could think when he said “poly-amorous” was “Pollyanna and her positive spin f**k buddy”. Way to work the semantics of it all.

Anyway, when they left the bar it was hailing and he was on a motorcycle. He said “If you want to catch my collar and drag me up to your room go for it. Have your way with me.” She looked at him stunned. She said, “Why don’t I just give you a kiss on the cheek and you go home to your wife?”

They have decided to be friends.

Fashion – Atonement Dress, the cheap version

I am at work, but I thought this was interesting. The below is from Page Six.

New ‘it’ Gown

DESIGN house Faviana has competitors green with envy over its “must-have” Keira Knightley emerald-green gown from her new film, “Atonement.” The couture dress, which cost tens of thousands of dollars to create, was highlighted last week in The Post’s Pulse section. Then Knightley won a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress. So now the designers at Faviana are banking on selling thousands of knockoffs of the 1930s-inspired gown, to be in stores mid-January priced at $238.

I don’t really consider this a knock-off since the designers themselves are selling it. Remember, I try to stay away from knock-offs, if at all possible. I am interested in this though.

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You can buy it here.

Update: It looks a bit cheap. Rethinking that.

Memories, Holidays and being Thankful

So this holiday season has been very hard for me. I am beyond busy at work, and with the travel, and just everyday life. I am worn out. Like dragging, can barely get out of bed, want to fall asleep in the middle of the day tired. And it is our first holiday season with Daddy not here anymore. This was his favorite time of year and now he is not here and there is a huge void. I really did not think it would be this bad, but it is. My mom and I decided at the last second to not even cook Thanksgiving dinner and go to the Ritz-Carlton instead. Just couldn’t do it. We are not exchanging gifts this year. We are going on vacation. To be here without him would be just to much to take. And read all these blogs where everyone was so thankful for their wonderful lives. I just got depressed and angry. I feel robbed and cheated. I am going somewhere with this.

Today I was having a phone conversation with someone about what has been going on, including a segment where I started to complain about all the parties I have given over the past few years. Hell, I have given 6 this year alone. And lately I feel like I am the only one doing it. I feel like no one steps up and does their own. That I get counted on to do the parties because everyone knows they will be done right. And that I am turning 30 in May and had been thinking about having this huge party, but have been rethinking it. Due to being sick of paying for everyone to have a good time. And I want to go to Sea Island (my favorite place) instead. Very negative of me to say all this, especially since I LOVE MORE THAN ANYTHING a good party. I love entertaining and seeing people have a good time.

This person whole heartedly agreed with me. Saying things like, “Not every event deserves a celebration or to be made special” and “Sometimes the quite nights are the best”. And I nodded my head across the phone line and said “yes, that is true”. And the conversation ended.

Soon after I began to think about the conversation and began to get annoyed. I remember that this person doesn’t really care for parties and does not care for excitement. I remember this person’s attitude about birthdays and events in the past. This person does not put importance on most events of any kind.

And I think about the way I grew up. There were large parties and small parties. Birthday parties every year and spaghetti saturdays. I remember the cookouts during The Masters. I remember Krispy Kreme nest donuts for Easter. I remember picnics at Cheekwood with takeout from the caterer. I remember chinese after Church. I remember spur of the moment cheese and wine nights. I remember Sunday potluck with NFL ticket after Ed came into the picture. And I remember the last dinner at Nan before everything changed.

I don’t remember the quite nights. Neither does my Mom. I asked. There are no pictures and videos of those. So, yes, me and the Grinch are slowly starting to part. I realized I have two friends who had stepped up and I had sold them short. I realized I have these amazing memories of events and daily life, both small and big, that my parents went out of their way to make special. I have the memories of man who was given 4 weeks to live at 52 and died a year later at 53. I have the memories of someone who loved life more than anything and lived each day to the fullest. Brought light, joy and wisdom into other people’s lives. That is what he did. And if I can be a fraction of the good in him I will be happy.

And I am thankful for all the memories.

Pink, Green and Construction

This a picture of a new emergency department somewhere in the South.

Pink and green goes every where.

Can you see this site?

I think that if you have Explorer you might be having problems seeing all the site. Mozilla and Camino seem to be OK.

That’s what I am hearing. Let me know.

My hosting company has not returned my emails.

P.S. This all started with the Lola video. That dog would do this to me. :)

Cocktail Culture – Afterwork Cocktail Party

Last week my friend D- and I had a girls cocktail party. Come, meet new people and have some cocktails. You know the drill.

I had found the seasonal magazine awhile back called Southern Lady Holidays which has been very beneficial to the both of us. D- used many recipes and ideas for her big family Christmas party she hosted. This is her first Christmas as a Mrs. and she has a huge family so it was important to pull out all the stops.

Anyway, our little party was a stop in kind of thing. Here are a couple of items we used.

Cherry Champagne Cocktail

2 tablespoons marachino cherry juice
1/2 teaspoon almond-flavored liqueur
1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
3 ounces chilled champagne
Garnish: maraschino cherry and lime spiral

In a champagne flute, combine cherry juice, almond flavored liqueur, and lemon juice. Pour in champagne and stir gently. Garnish with cherry and lime spiral, if desired.

Changes: D- made this in a pitcher before the party started. We thought it tasted like cough syrup. We then added most of a bottle of champagne. It was VERY tasty, and VERY popular after that. Would definitely make again after the tweaking.


Creole Shrimp and Crab Dip

2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1-1/2 cups sour cream
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons Creole seasoning
2 teaspoons dried minced onion
1/4 cup finely chopped green onion
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon hot sauce (optional)
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 (8-ounce) cartons fresh lump crabmeat, picked for shells
1 pounds cooked medium fresh shrimp, coarsely chopped
Garnish: green onion, shrimp, and Creole seasoning

In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, sour cream, lemon juice, Creole seasoning, and dried onion. Beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until well blended. Add green onion, parsley, hot sauce and salt, stirring to mix well. Stir in crabmeat and shrimp until combined. Cover and chill. Garnish. Serve with crackers. D- did a mix of crackers which worked well.

Outfits
Everyone came from work. I was wearing jeans, a black sweater and heals.

Here is S- enjoying her bruschetta.

Stuck inside in MD.

Ok, so I am in Maryland. AGAIN. This month has been beyond hectic for me. And it’s not over yet. Still haven’t written about so many things. Plus, I lost my voice last week. It’s not totally back yet.

The below is what happens when you are stuck inside, don’t like the cold and have had to much wine.

P.S. If you want some IKEA furniture and a really nice bed when we leave, let me know. We'll make a deal. It doesn't go with the decor at home.

Atlanta Holiday Decorating Contest

If you live in Atlanta, you might be interested in the photo contest the City of Atlanta is sponsoring.

Grand Prize is $2,500.

Second Place is a $1,000 Macy’s gift card.

Third Place is a $500 Fresh Market gift card.

All of the top three winners will receive tickets to attractions such as the Aquarium, Botanical Garden and Fernbank.

Click here to send go to the site and submit.

Good Luck!