Thursday, March 31, 2011

Gardening = Cross Training

Gardening = Cross Training

This past weekend, I spent some time in my garden.  I planted a bunch of Zinnias and Purple Coneflowers because I like the look of them, they don't need much water, and they attract pretty butterflies.

My back, shoulders, hips and thighs were not happy with my decision to garden...
nor were they happy with my decision to run 8 miles the next day.
(furthest I've run since the marathon)

However, despite the sore muscles, I hope to see my hard work come to fruitation. 

The past few days in the EBR have been a little like this :

Which, hopefully, will make these:

Grow into big, strong, butterfly-attracting plants.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Yellow Furniture for the Single Ladies

Yellow Furniture for the Single Ladies

Its no big secret that I'm a fan of pretty things.
Flowers, houses, food, wedding stuff...if its pleasing to the eye then I'll look at it for hours upon hours.
A few months ago, while browsing the wedding blog Green Wedding Shoes and came across this photograph which I immediately stored in my "MUST-HAVE-AT-MY-WEDDING" file.

Photo by Stephanie Fay

Yes, I want to get married in a field with a yellow dresser at the end of the alter. 

Months later, I came across this nursery by Erin at Domestic Adventure.

Photo by Domestic Adventure

Photo by Domestic Adventure

Do you see a theme?
Erin mentioned in her nursery reveal post that the star lights above the crib are from her wedding.  I know that I want to reuse as many things from my future wedding as I can in my home and thats when it hit me that I could use said yellow dresser afterwards!
Then I remembered...

I'm a single lady.

A wedding in a field is not in my immediate future, and neither is a baby nursery.

Then it finally hit me. 

Just because I'm a single lady, doesn't mean I should let all those brides and mothers have all the fun with their painted furniture.  I can have my own yellow furniture.
Enter green nightstand.

This little beauty has been mine since high school, and painted green since I inherited her.  She was my mother's growing up, but her aged finish needed some refreshing. 

This weekend, I decided to make my dreams a reality.
No sanding.
No priming.
A little bit of cleaning to get the dust off.
Paint her yellow with some sample paint I had.
Let her dry.
Lawn guys came and interrupted my progress.
Drink a beer.
Sweep grass clippings off.
Paint a second coat.
Lug her back upstairs.
Enjoy the newfound sunshine in my bedroom. 
{ignore the fact that my sheets are
in the washer and there's an ugly cord hanging out because my lamp is on my mattress} 

I also picked up this frame at goodwill, spray painted it white and printed up some song lyrics to go inside.

The candle holders on the bottom shelf are from an estate sale, and the "Drugs" book is also from Goodwill. 

I've been waiting to find a place to display my book on narcotics.
I think its the perfect jolt of spice for a pretty romantic bedroom.

I'm a smitten kitten.

And maybe I'll have some good furniture karma.

You know, like, "If you build it they will come".

Monday, March 28, 2011

Check In

Just Checking In


I had an insanely productive weekend.
I can't wait to post pictures for y'all!
I can't do it this second, but I will tell you that
there was yellow paint involved and as of now, no plantlife was harmed in the process.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Sandwiches, Sailboats and Priests

Sandwiches, Sailboats and Priests


  • 11:06 am
  • I am looking so foreward to Quiznos for lunch!
  • QuizNOs, not Quizyes.
  • I used to be loyal to Subway; in fact, I went so far as to say, "I don't like Quiznos".
  • Then I tried it again.
  • Yum Yum.
  • I'll be eating meat today.
  • I'm half-way Episcopalian.
  • They only suggest not eatin meat on Fridays during lent. 
  • Episcopalians area fine group like that.
  • In terms of openmindedness, they float my boat.
  • Not everyone will agree, but allowing people of the homosexual persuasion to be prominent members of the church makes me happy.
  • I also enjoy the traditional feel of their services.
  • Stand up. Sing a song. Sit down. Kneel. Pray. Stand Up.  Love it all.
  • I do have a lenten goal though.
  • I keep track of this by marking things off on the reciepts after I finish them.
  • I guess normal people would just look in their refrigerator.
  • Being a "normal person" doesn't float my boat. 
  • I like nautical fashion.  Navy and white. Yes please.
  • 11:21 am

Thursday, March 24, 2011

I Wasn't On The Track Team

I Wasn't On The Track Team

I don't think I even saw a track until after high school.
Our track was behind the practice football field.
And since I wasn't on the football team...
I never went back there.

Although I did date a football player.

Damn, I was cool.

I wasn't a cheerleader though...
I played tennis instead.
Varsity Tennis.
Watch out.

Thats about the limit of high school athletic career.

I went from being the least athletic person I know

to being one of the most active people I know.

The point of my little blurb is:
There is always room for improvement and you never know who you will be or what your future holds...
So do your best everyday, show love to those around you, and you just might win.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

I Got Punk'd

I Got Punk'd
by the State Library.

I love libraries!
Growing up, my mother would take me to the local library at least once a week.  I would pick out the same books over and over and I'm sure my mom got tired of reading the same stories.  Hardback children's books still hold a place in my heart and in the distant future, I hope to instill a love of the library in my future children.
Or child.
I really only want one.
I might slightly prefer a girl, too.
I digress...

So, in college I was a geography major and a history minor. 
We often had supplementary books to go along with our regular text book, and being the frugal lady I've always been, I would check out as many as I could from the library rather than purchasing them.

My favorite professor was Dr. Colten.
He taught my intro to Geography class, as well as my Louisiana Culture and Geography of the U.S. and Canada classes.
My love of geography started with him.
I even have this on my car:
Cafe Press
Naturally when I was picking out cruise reading material back in June, I wanted plenty of mindless reading, but also something educational.
What do you know,
my favorite professor wrote a book!

purchase me at Amazon
Perilous Place, Powerful Storms: Hurricane Protection in Coastal Louisiana by Craige E. Colten

After my cruise, it was time to return the book.  I put it, as well as some others in the book drop. 

About a week later, I checked my account online.
"1 Item Checked Out".
"Perilous Place, Powerful Storms".
I thought I returned that. 
I thought I returned everything.
I searched around my house with no luck finding the missing book.
I decided that I would just not ever check out anything again because I didn't want to pay the $40-something dollars for the book.

Fast foreward to today.
Twas a lovely day outside, so a coworker and I decided to walk to Smoothie King which is not far from our building.
The State Library is on the way.
We passed the book drop.

My coworker asked if I had looked on the shelf to make sure the book was indeed missing.
Grand idea!

I didn't remember which floor to go on, so I checked the online catalogue.
Lo and behold, the book says "Checked In".
I hurriedly checked my account.
No balance.
Zero items checked out.

Oh happy day!
I feel like I got punk'd by the state library.
But at least I don't owe them $40.00.

I may have woken up this strange German Shephard dog with my excitement.

Who leaves their dog outside the library anyway?

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Look At Me, I look French

Look At Me, I look French!

Oui Oui!

I decided to have a Diet Dr. Pepper with my lunch today.
My high-sodium Asian Noodle lunch which looks a little like this:

Photo via Simply Asia

Apparently, too much sodium makes you high strung.
When I hear, "high strung", I automatically think, "POODLE!"
Perfect for my frenchy outfit.

Complete with a vintage scarf.
I say vintage.
Its from an estate sale...which means, at least it isn't brand new.
Poor scarf.
She's a little bit raggedy, as you can see from the crummy photograph taken with my phone.

Speaking of my phone
(a Motorola Bravo, in case you were dying to know)
I've been tracking my calories, nutrients and exercise with this new app called My Fitness Pal because I seem to have gained ye about 10 pounds since this time last year.
I think it has something to do with running a marathon...
"How?" you say.
Well having this mindset doesn't help:
"Hey!  I'm going to run 26.2 miles...I can eat what I want...all the time...for every meal...for three months."
Nope, my body doesn't work that way.
So, I'm trying to get back on the healthy bandwagon...
And stop eating other people's snacks all day at work(thats not nice!).
And stop eating 2 pieces of cake when its someone's birthday(they should eat the cake...its their birthday!).
But mostly start eating MORE healthy foods.
I've already incorporated brocolli into my dinner for about a week and become more conscious of my grazing habits.

Success all around!

Avoir un jour fantastique !
(thats French for, "Have a fantastic day!")

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Yella House!

"Yella House!"
Kind of like, "Punch Buggy!"(VW Beetle)
or "Yella Car!"(Yellow Car)
or "Galant!"(Mitsubishi Galant)
or "Double Corolla!"(two corollas parked next to each other)

Yes, my friends and I will look for any excuse to punch each other in the car.
It keeps everyone paying attention to the road.
Speaking of the road...
I was driving home from running yesterday and I saw this little darling for sale at 612 Moore Street:

Now, I grew up in a yellow house.
Part of me really wants a yellow house after my condo.
An old yellow house.
Not a subdivision.
Its my opinion that houses built pre 1960ish will be around long after houses built now.
If I were on the market, with a larger income, this house would be a top contender! 
In one of my favorite neighborhoods.
Built in 1950.
Approximatly 1,192 square feet.

Some more stats about Ms. Moore :


Not very much bigger than my condo now...but with two full baths rather than my one and an adorable back deck that beats the pants off of my little patio, I could be sold! 

She can be yours for only $206, 900, reduced from $217, 500!
All photos are from from the original MLS listing which can be found here
Listed by CJ Brown Perkins  under Holly Hilderband as the selling agent. 

Saturday, March 19, 2011


What Are The Odds?

two teabags, same fortune

Friday, March 18, 2011

Wildlife Management Areas and Croutons

Friday Thoughts

  • 12:05 pm
  • Productive morning at work.
  • Who knew land purchases by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries were so exciting?
  • I didn't.
  • GO Wildlife Management Areas!
  • Reminds me of Antelope, Lions and Wild Boars.
  • Those do not reside anywhere in Iberville or Concordia Parish. 
  • You're more likely to find snakes, mosquitos, fish and deer there.
  • Much less exciting.
  • Friday Lunch at my desk = lame and boring.

Big, Uncrunchy Croutons

  • Yep, I took a picture of it.
  • Whole Foods croutons are not crunchy.  Don't be fooled. 
  • I really should bring my own croutons.
  • I brought my own cheese to McDonalds once.
  • Drunk College Nights
  • Do I want to go back to school?
  • Ponder Ponder Ponder
  • Nope, I still don't like these croutons.
  • Not making me "crou-tingly".
  • Ah, Space Ghost.
  • Same drunk college night as the cheesy McDonalds.
  • Three years can sure change things.
  • 12:16 pm

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Shop for a Cause

Shop for a Cause
March 17- 20, 2011

So,  I'll admit it.  I love to shop at Old Navy and the Gap.  Other people always find great things at Banana Republic, but I never can pick them's a little dressy for my office.
I recieved an e-mail with an in-store coupon code which will give you 30% off in store and give 5% to a non-profit. 
  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • WWF
  • Feeding America
  • Teach for America
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • JDRF
I know the world's focus is on Japan right now, but if you are thinking of going shopping at these stores anyway, why not help out a worthy cause as well?

Click Here For Coupon

Irish I Was Drunk

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Me, Heidi, Courtney, Sylvia

This year I celebrated by getting up bright and early and heading down to New Orleans.
First, we had breakfast at The Blue Plate Cafe located at 1330 Prytania, to make sure I started the day on a full tummy.
After a yummy breakfast, we parked our car on Magazine and headed to the Breaux Mart to pick up the essentials:
  • Beer
  • Ice
  • Ice Chest
  • Chips
  • Dip
The parade began at 1:00 pm, and reached us, at the end of the route around 2:00 pm.  Let me tell you, I've never had so much fun at a parade!  I had always gone to the big nighttime Mardi Gras parades with too many people...but this was a daytime neighborhood parade!  I had good company(can't say that about the Mardi Gras parades), I drank just enough to have fun, and thoroughly enjoyed myself. 

Not to mention, any parade that throws you your dinner is fine in my book.  Dinner, if you want to eat uncooked cabbage, potatos, onions or carrots.  Not to mention masses of older men in dress clothes trading kisses on the cheek for fake carnations.

Drunk Older Man : "You're cute.  You should be in my parade"
*awkward look.  Face bump(which is what most kisses are)*
Me : "Happy St. Patrick's Day!"

I think he gave me the glittery carnation.

Courtney got a garter.   I hope she uses it at her wedding. 

Other prizes included:

  • Pink Boas
  • Green Shamrock Scarfs
  • A Martini Shaker
  • Panties that say "I heart Italians".
  • Irish Spring Soap
  • Rub-on Tattoos
  • Large Sunglasses(see below)

We ended our night at Rock N' Sake for some sushi.  Not my 1st choice in drunk food, but it was very good!  Also, all the photographs were taken by Sylvia.  My photographs are still on my camera which I forgot in the city :(

"Your feet will bring you where your heart is." -- Irish proverb

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Day 15


Day 15- The First 10 Songs that Play on your Itunes on Shuffle.

Yep, that seems to be a good representation of me!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Friday Morning Thoughts

If you know the original photo credit, please leave a comment.

Friday Morning Thoughts

  • 9:02 am. 
  •  No clean bowls in my house so no oatmeal for breakfast. 
  • Mango-Honey yogurt instead
  • Mango-Honey tastes like peach.
  • Mellow Peach...Weed-smokin' peach, if you will.
  • "Obey, Serve, Love, Excel".  
  • I love that my tea has words of wisdom.
  • Thank goodness my toenail doesn't hurt anymore because I'm going to the city to watch a St. Patricks day parade with my bff tomorrow.  I need a brew.
  • I hope they don't throw a cabbage at me.  I don't like dodging vegetables.
  • Lima Beans are my favorite legume.
  • Is "lima bean" a term of endearment?
  • I think I would like being called, "my dear"...kind of old school, but something about it makes me smile.
  • Smile.
  • 9:09 am

Day 14

Day 14- A Picture of You and Your Family

Myself with my Mom tailgating for an LSU football game circa 2006

Myself with my Great Grandmother, Grams circa 2007

My Darling "son", Beauregard aka Bubba Bear

< insert photograph of Sasha Bear >

Everytime I thinik of taking a picture of her, she looks like an ewok because she hasn't been to the groomers in forever.  I try and do most of their grooming at home.  Beau is a dream to deal with.  Sasha is still scared of the clippers.  As of today, the only groomed part of her is her tail.  Otherwise, she is in desperate need of a haircut.   

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Day 13

Day 13- A Letter To Someone Who Has Hurt You Recently

Dear Quiznos,

I had the day off yesterday, ran errands, but did not go to the grocery store. 
I have no food at home. 
I ate both lunch and dinner out. 
I was so hungry around 9pm that I had an avocado and scrambled eggs. 
Today I was still hungry and decided to have a large Turkey-Bacon-Guacamole sandwhich. 
No tomatos...yuck,
   It was amazing. 
Now it is almost time to go run 3 miles, and you are still in my tummy.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Picture of the Day

Picture of the Day

"You Are Beautiful" Building
New Orleans, Louisiana

Picture of the Day

Happy Mardi Gras!
March 8, 2011

Mardi Gras Wreath
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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