Friday, February 29, 2008

Keeping Up Appearances

Do you like the new blog design? I've never created a blog header before, not to mention wallpaper. I usually get tired of the same design but I just felt so plain compared to everyone else. We'll see how long it lasts...

Monday, February 25, 2008

Completely Booked

Anyone a fan of Sophie Kinsella? I just got her new release yesterday. This particular one isn't a part of the Shopaholic series, nor about Becky Bloomwood. But for those of you who do love Becky, there's going to be a movie and Isla Fisher will play her! You can read about additional casting here.

I'm also just counting down the days until May 13th for Emily Griffin's newest release! I've loved all three of her books so far. This one is about a woman--just 100 days married--who revisits an old love. I guess this means no more Rachel or Darcy.

So, during an interview a while back ago, Emily recommended Sarah Dunn's The Big Love. Anyone ever read it?

Lastly, has anyone tried SimplyAudioBooks yet? I'm just wondering if you like it. It appears to be Netflix for books on tape. Hubby and I listened to a book on audio (Gods of Alabama, not so great) while traveling to New Mexico. I know that Cracker Barrel rents them for really cheap too. Here's their program...

-Buy a Books-On-Audio tape at any Cracker Barrel location (prices range from $9.99 to $48.00). We also offer some titles on CD. Visit New Releases for a list of newly available books on tape or CD.
-Enjoy listening, and then simply return the book at the next Cracker Barrel you visit. We'll refund the purchase price, minus $3.49 for each week you've had it.
-Do it again!

Table Talk

As if I haven't received enough this month, Hubby also let me buy a dining table. I guess we're blowing right through all of that money we're saving! After living in the house for eleven months and looking for the right size, we've finally filled the dining room. Now I have no excuse not to host Bunko since I have muliple tables!

Fun-Filled February

How cute is this mouse pad? I'm going to have to get me one!

I feel like I have so much to post about but no time to do it these days. This month is flying by! I haven't even had time to post about what all I've been up to. I'll try to re-cap the past week...

Attended Saltimbanco and ate at Pearl's Oyster House- both were wonderful; worked the Furniture Market in Tupelo; designed three new invites with Jennifer (during lunch breaks and at night while at Market) for upcoming bridal shower, couples' party, & anniversary party, along with setting up numerous note card orders; rode with Leah to Libby's baby shower in Memphis- had so much fun gabbing with my girlfriends I never see (Mollie Walker, Hailey, and Christi); drove back to Tupelo to celebrate Stacey & Ray's big engagement party; bought a Highlander last night; and now I'm finally looking to buy a laptop this week with Dell before the sale ends.

Whew! I told you a lot has been going on.

Oh, and while I was busy with all of the above, both Blizzard Bailey & Hurricane Hubby decided to touch down at our house. Can you believe that? I mean I just got through with washing all of the long underwear from our trip to New Mexico. I guess you know what I'll be doing this week... cleaning!

As for the birthday recap, I'm finally ready to give one...

First and foremost, I want to thank everyone who remembered me with phone calls, texts, e-mails, blog comments, and cards this month. It seems I'm still getting them in the mail! You each know who you are and because of your words, February was extra special. Several of you I do not see or talk to as often as I'd like, so it meant that much more to receive them.

I truly have been spoiled by family, friends, and especially by Hubby this month. The family gave me mostly money and McCarty. I plan to buy a new laptop this week using my b-day $$!

The travel coordinator (read I) booked our ski trip during my birthday so I could have the day off of work since it fell on a Monday this year. Hubby bought me ski boots and a cute top from Lola. We also had an incredible dinner at Joseph's Table in Taos. We actually dined in one of the three booths that are recessed and can be private by drawing a curtain, which makes the cubby holes look like a Turkish harem. The complimentary dessert was the icing on the cake!

Yep, I'm all double black diamonds now! Just wait 'til our trip to Jackson next year, Stacey.

You sit elevated on cushions, Indian style!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Tonight's Plans...

I'm going with my Mom & Mother in Law to see Cirque du Soleil's Saltimbanco tonight. Anyone ever seen this particular show? It should be fun!

Multi-coloured beings slip onto the stage and climb on Chinese poles, which symbolize the sky-scrapers of Saltimbanco. Leaping from pole to pole the acrobats soar through the air in a breathtaking display of agility, power and speed. This act is inspired by a Chinese discipline and features the house troup performing acrobatic moves over 25 feet above the stage.

In a display of tremendous power and an unwavering sense of balance, two men engaged in a hand-to-hand duo push their bodies to the limits of human strength.

Full Court Press

Today is a big day at our house. Hubby is going in front of the Tennessee Court of Appeals this morning. He's arguing an appeal on a case that he won back in April when he first joinged The Firm. Win or lose, he's got to start somewhere. Many of his buddies from law school have not yet been given this opportunity, so we're proud.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Name That Tune

Familiar with Songza yet? It's a web jukebox and music search engine. Users can search and listen to songs, add them to playlists, embed the player in other sites (as I've done below), and rate songs.

Songza actually accesses music that's available on YouTube. But instead of showing you the video, it strips it and plays only the audio track. You can enter just about any band, album, or song title into the search box, and you'll most likely see at least a few songs listed. And best of all, it's FREE!

It just launched in November, so maybe that's the reason I've had several songs to load incorrectly and not play. Either way, it's worth checking out if you have limited music options at your desk.

Yes, I know this song is annoying. Imagine waking up to it in the mornings. Hubby has this song set to play as his alarm. Ugh!

Pots, pans,


and dishes, these were just a few of Laine's wishes!

Laine and her mom, Mrs. Sally

Mrs. Ginger and Sara Beth's beautiful fruit display

Lyndsey, Laine, Me, and Sara Beth... best of friends

Mom and I had a great time hosting Laine's shower in Corinth with all of our friends. Laine got so many great gifts to help decorate their house in Oxford. I know one of her favorites had to be from Sara Beth, a Danielson Designs' decorative sign from Ginger's. It says it all...

CORINTH- Where your story begins

This is especially true for the four of us!

Oh, and I got one too for my birthday. Thanks SB!

Friday, February 15, 2008

On the road again...

The Orpheum Broadway Club
Valentine's Day 2008

I hope each of you had a lovely Valentine's! Mine was extra special with chocolate covered strawberries from Hubby and a card from Bailey. We spent last night in the Broadway Club at the pre-party before enjoying The Wedding Singer musical. You should check out The Orpheum's new website, by the way.

Well, I'm heading home to my parents' house to host Laine's bridal shower and to celebrate my birthday with my high school girlfriends. Hubby will be staying behind to care for Bailey Girl and to spend Saturday in the office preparing for some upcoming trials.

Thursday, February 14, 2008


Love (luv), n., v., 1. a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person. 2. a feeling of warm personal attachment or deep affection. 3. the feeling I have for you.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

We're Back

Rio Grande Gorge
Taos, New Mexico

and we made it home safe and sound! We had an amazing time in Taos. We couldn't have asked for better weather. I can't believe I survived the 16 hour car ride with Hubby. It was all his idea to make it a road trip. We usually fly but he convinced me otherwise. I had no clue that it would be so much cheaper to drive! We spent less than $250 on gas for the whole trip. That's almost half the price of one plane ticket. Well, I'm buried knee deep in stinky long underwear so I'll post more later...

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Wish you were here...

picturesque Taos, New Mexico. I got fitted for new ski boots yesterday. Hubby suprised me with them for my birthday!

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Laine & Clint's Engagement Party

Blakley Fowler, Moi, Lyndsey Newcomb, Laine Dillingham, Sara Beth Stockton, & Joanie Vaughan

"Fluffing our hair" after previewing the digital pics of our flat hair

Another attempt at the perfect pic for our upcoming class reunion

Moi and Judy Atkins (Blakley's mom)

John Rogers, Jay Shipp, Joshua Bryant and Bo Butler just being their typical selves, goofing off with fudge brownies stuck to their teeth

Awe, aren't we cute?

Above are the pictures I've been meaning to post from Laine Dillingham & Clint Mitchell's engagement party in Corinth. We had a great time seeing everyone and can't wait to celebrate at the wedding in April!

Friday, February 1, 2008

La La Love February

Some more door decor at your request - my most recent craft.

Ah, February is finally here! Below are just a few of the reasons I've been looking forward to this month...

- We leave for our ski trip in less than a week. Taos, New Mexico here we come!

Anyone ever been here? Any suggestions? Please leave a comment if so.

- My birthday is the 11th! I should be hitting the powder this day.

- We're going to see The Wedding Singer for Valentine's.

Speaking of Valentine's Day, have you seen this promotion for The Wedding Singer? the opportunity to get engaged on stage on Valentine’s Day after the show. The engagement package also includes dinner at Sauces, a $500 gift certificate for Robert Irwin Jewelers, and a bouquet from Flowers and Gifts by Regis. Oh, and two tickets to the show!

Do you know anyone that is planning an engagment soon? Rumor has it that no one has entered this contest yet. Can you believe that!?!? They're accepting e-mails for this cool prize through next Wednesday, the 6th.

- Tupelo Furniture Market is coming up. Yes, I have to work but I always find time to do some shopping. This make Hubby nervous. Some of my readers may recall this story. I always find so many rugs that I think I need.

I have a couple of more posts that I need to play catch up on before I start packing all of the long underwear. I'll be back...