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Umbrella

Do you guys know who Fonzworth Bentley is? He is the guy who got "famous" for holding Sean Combs' umbrella (aka: Puff Daddy, P Diddy, etc.).

Here is a photo in case you don't know and think I'm crazy and making this stuff up:
Why in the heck am I blogging about this? Well, it is raining here again. Lola, my little precious pup who believes that she made of sugar (and thus would melt in the rain), hates getting wet. I was just trying to take her out to go potty and she ran under the eaves of the house and wouldn't come out, and well, she just couldn't find the right spot under the eaves. I was outside with an umbrella held primarily over the pup (thus I was getting wet while she stayed dry) while she went potty. I thought to myself... you are just like Fonzworth, but you'll never get famous for this and you're not getting paid! Oh to have the life of P. Diddy and Lola!

The Straw...

I hate doing yard work. You know, the mowing, weedeating, and blowing off the sidewalk, etc. Many of you lucky readers have husbands to do this task, I of course, do not. I had a lawncrew when I lived in Dallas. They came every week and it was wonderful. When I moved to McKinney, I decided I would do it myself to save money.
I have basically hated every minute of the lawn work since. I have a very tumultuous relationship with my weed eater. First, when I bought the thing, the stupid guy at Home Depot told me to buy the curved shaft weed eater because it is easier for women to use. Maybe short women, but it kills my back! When it comes to refilling the string, well, that is just very unpleasant. If you were on the other side of the fence, you would probably think I had a sailor visiting, because lots of cursing occurs!
When I moved here, my Dad gave me his mower that was "the best one he ever had!" but of course it died every 10 minutes of use when I was mowing with it. Last y…

Oink!

Ok, so I've had three persistent fears over the past few years... I find it a little odd because I'm not really a fearful person (other than my frog phobia which is really at the top of my fear list), but most of my fears come from some worst case scenario show I saw on CNN, Discovery Channel, etc.

Here's the list:

(1) Gigantic Hurricane wipes out New Orleans
(2) Tornado hits downtown Dallas
(3) Pandemic

As far as #1 goes, back in 2004 or 2005, I saw a worst case scenario show on CNN about when "the big hurricane" hits NOLA. My roommate at the time, Jennifer, walked through the living room as I was watching it and said, "What has happened!". She said the look on my face was like I had lost my best friend. I told her about the horrible things that would happen to NOLA if the big one hit. You can imagine my state of mind as I watch Katrina heading for NOLA...I knew it wasn't going to be good. So obviously, #1 has happened, so not really on my worst …

I love Make-up!

I just heard a comment from a friend at MSU wanting to know if I still loved to shop and if I still go to the make-up counter religiously.... YES!

I love to shop for just about anything. I shop for myself. I shop for friends. Heck sometimes, I end up shopping for people I barely know!

My favorite shopping splurges are purses, shoes, and make-up (including other face cleaning, moisturizing, etc.). I have always had a thing for make-up. I remember the first time my Mom took me to the Clinique make-up counter... HEAVEN! I haven't stuck with Clinique over the years though. In fact, it is a common question friends always as me, "What brand are you wearing now?"

In college, I switched to Lancome. That was primarily out of necessity. Clinique didn't actually have a foundation that was light enough for my complexion. In law school, I switched to MAC. Post law school I went to Laura Mercier, then Chanel, next was Trish McEvoy and now currently Armani. I know! My friend Lisa clai…

A Full Weekend

This was really a weekend full of activities. Saturday morning I went to Fort Worth to visit my friend Suzanna and her family. I hardly EVER make it to Fort Worth. Usually Suz is the one nice enough to travel over this direction to see me (though I figure I'm only part of it since the outlet mall is so close to my house!). She has been remodeling some bathrooms, so I decided it was time for me to make the journey southwest of here to visit her for a change!

We went to Fred's Texas House for lunch and feasted on hamburgers. It has apparently been recognized by The Food Network's "Guy's Diners, Drive-ins and Dives". It was yummy. After lunch we took an adventure to an interesting area of town to the Habitat for Humanity Re-Sale shop (located next door to the Grande Goodwill and a Mercado). Suz had heard that they get appliances donated by Lowes when special orders go bad. Though we weren't really in the market for such a things, we decided to go loo…

Busy Bee

So I was quite the busy bee this week if I do say so myself!

On Wednesday, I purchased and planted some impatients out front, but I've already blogged about that. But beyond that, I managed to also do a load of laundry and mostly clean the house! This is really unprecedented for me during the week. I'm usually just a blob after I finish work, but this week I was actually productive. I guess maybe because I have several different things planned this weekend and the next, so it all has to get done some time, right?

Yesterday I went from nursery to nursery buying more flowers. I thought I only needed a few more plants in the front yard, but that actually turned into about 20 more plants. I also purchased most everything I was going to need to plant the back yard too. Because I had a long night of classes last night, I wasn't actually able to get any of it planted.

Today after I had finished all my work, I started planting. Here are some pics of the final results:

I'm complet…

S L O W L Y. . .

Slowly, I'm continuing to check off items from my "To Do" List. Here is today's progress:



I purchased and planted flowers in my front beds. I purchased these at a garden center out north of town. They usually have lots of flowers to choose from, but today the selection was not that great. Hopefully with a little water, these guys will perk up and look better. I bought three flats and am probably about 4 or 5 inpatients short. I will need to pick up a few more to finish planting around the tree.



I had hoped to purchase flowers to put in my pots, but they didn't have what a wanted. That is really just the story of my life! Nobody has everything I need! Why in today's superstore climate can we not get everything in one spot? Walmart has things that Target doesn't and of course the opposite is true too. I have to go to Market Street for things that neither Walmart or Target carry. You have to go to Lowes for some things, but then Home Depot for others... It ne…

The Fence

I have been trying to get a new fence for months now. It is a shared fence and it is completely falling down. I have it propped up with 2x4's, but needless to say it is very difficult to mow. I just hold my breath every time the wind blows that it won't blow completely over! I have some very indecisive neighbors...have I mentioned that I hate a shared fence situation? I want board on board cedar and my neighbors say they don't care, they don't want it, they do want it, then back again!

I think we finally have the situation resolved. In two weeks the fence crew will be here and I finally put my foot down and said, it doesn't cost much more, so let's do the board on board!

On another note, I contacted the county rep who appointed me to that case I mentioned yesterday and told her that I have a conflict. I honestly think that the defendant deserves a defense and I cannot do that, thus the conflict. I have just received news that I have been un-appointed.

Live from Broadway!

I just purchased tickets for "Legally Blonde...the musical"!!!! I've been impatiently awaiting the tickets to go on sale and they did today!!!

Additional Progress Report

Here are some additional photos from my spray paint palooza this weekend!

Chaise Lounge Chairs were repainted and also the side table. See... Lola is still white so I didn't paint EVERYTHING! Also, you can see the new cushions I purchased last month at Garden Ridge.
I also had to repaint my little bistro table. These cushions are kind of new. I could never find this size anywhere, so I purchased some outdoor fabric and my grandmother recovered them for me. I think they turned out very nice.


Now, I realized today that one of the upsides to being an adult is that when you have a self imposed grounding, you can also end the grounding early for a special circumstance! I was at Garden Ridge today and was wondering around looking at everything because this one in particular has become quite the ghetto flea market. Anyway, I happened upon tables and tables of books for $2.99 and $3.99. That's cheaper than Half Price Books! I actually stumbled upon one that was on my "T…

List Progress

Alright, here is the progress report on my "To Do" list:

Finished watching General Hospital for the week- Done!
Watched disk 2 of "In Treatment"- Done!

Kidding... not about doing those things, but that they were anywhere close to being on my "To Do" list!

In all seriousness, I think that I did accomplish a lot this weekend. Since there are a few more hours left in the day, I hope that this isn't a complete list of things accomplished. Yesterday I did manage to unload the dishwasher and re-load it (because you see it had needed to be unloaded for so long, it basically is full again immediately!), and I did ALL of my laundry and got it hung up/folded and put away.

I also tackled my "organize my closet" item on the list.

Here are some before photos... I purchased a case of the clear shoe boxes 3 1/2 years ago when I moved into my house. The plan was that out-of-season shoes would be stored in them (see above) and that the shoes I am currently wearing…

List Help

I am publishing my list of "To Do's" for the weekend. To be realistic it may be more than one weekend's worth of "To Do's" and if so, that is okay, I just want to publish it so that I feel like my blog readers are holding me accountable! You see, I do need someone to hold me accountable or I may never get it all done... Lola isn't so good at this because she would just assume that I sit on the couch and read or watch a movie as long as she is getting petted in the process!

Outside: (I'm already making an excuse on this one...It is raining today) Repaint outdoor furniture Paint flower pots Spray for weeds in the backyard Buy dirt and mulch and spread Move plumaria plants from garage to backyard Buy flowers to plant and get them planted (you'd be surprised how often I do step 1 and not step 2!)
Inside:
Usual litany of laundry, clean house, unload dishwasher... Box up all Easter stuff Continue working to organize closet (specifically shoes) Clean out garag…

Heard it on the Radio

Okay, I normally do not listen to the radio in the car, I listen to my ipod. I cannot stand the constant yammering of the radio personalities! I find that they are generally stupid and half the crap they say isn't correct anyway, much less its probably something I don't even care about hearing. That being said, I listen to our local Collin County radio station on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings when I'm headed to the College because they give local traffic reports. I have only recently started doing this because I got stuck in some major traffic jams (Can't wait until 121 turns into a toll road!).

I heard a couple of very interesting things this morning...

First, Rick Springfield is coming to Ardmore, Oklahoma to do a concert. Ardmore, Oklahoma! What in the world! My have far you have fallen Rick! I'm not even going to lie about it... I've been contemplating a trip up to Ardmore to see the 80's rock star. Not so much because of the music, but because as…

Heaven from a Bundt Pan

I stumbled upon some super yumminess on Tuesday night. Corner Bakery has a new ,mini bundt cake that is a citrus bundt cake (made with orange, lemon and lime) with a ginger glaze poured over it. I'm in so much trouble for having discovered this! It is the best...truly, it is heaven from a bundt pan!

On another food note, Lisa is in N'awlins again. Mito was going to a continuing education seminar and she is along for the ride (and lawfirm paid hotel room). She called today to ask specific directions to "our candy stores" and to take my official order. You see most people go to NOLA craving a hurricane, but we have a list of candy stores we love and a specific type of candy at each that we crave when we are back here in Texas. I can't wait for her to get home on Saturday with my candy delivery!

ZaSpa

I taught class this morning but as of 8:50, I was taking a day off (well for the most part anyway). Today was the day that Suzanna and I were headed to the Hotel Zaza to visit the ZaSpa. The hotel, restaurant and bar are so great I had really high hopes...which as usual probably isn't a good thing. I always find that it is so much better to have low expectations and be thoroughly surprised than for it to go the other way around.

Don't get me wrong, a massage is a massage and that is always nice. I think that my biggest complaint about the place is that it really seems like an afterthought (I think it may really be one too). In addition, my massage lady was kind of mean. When she called me, we were placing our lunch orders (because the spa staff had been dragging their feet in getting our order) and when I didn't come immediately she yelled at me that "time was wasting!". I appreciate that she wanted me to get my full massage, but someone yelling at you isn&…

Welcome to the New Blog!

Welcome to my new and improved blog! I love it and I hope you do too!

First, you will notice the massive change in design. Thank you Ms. Traci with Sweet Cheeky Designs! She is fabulous at what she does and had the patience of Job while dealing with me and my many "change this to that" e-mails that went her way. You can link to her webpage from the icon on the right column if you want to check out her portfolio or have her re-do your blog.

Second, you've known that a name change was coming for a while, but not what the new name would be. You know in my online vote, I threw out several options, but has second thoughts about all of them because I didn't LOVE any of them. I settled on "Legally Blonde's Proceedings" because of the play on words with "proceedings" having legal conotations, but also according to Webster's Dictionary, proceedings means "events, happenings" and "an official record of things said or done", which I…

Today's Quest for Perfection and Youth

I have been working with the blog designer extraordinaire this morning. She had my first draft blog design completed. Of course I'm too difficult and couldn't just say "Love It" though I did really like it, so we have been tweaking it. I can't wait until the big reveal!

In other news, Lola is really feeling so much better. I feel like such a bad mom that I didn't realize she was sick for so long. I thought she had just progressed past the puppy stage, I mean she did just turn 4 after all. This morning first thing she was hot on the trail of a squirrel which led to a super muddy dog that had to be put in the bath. Then while I was showering, I could see (at least see her as well as I can without my contacts in) darting in and out of the bathroom. She would dash in and raid the trash can for kleenex and then run into my bedroom and shred them. This was repeated over and over until I was done showering. It is kind of annoying to have to pick up the mess, but it i…

Easter

Happy Easter! I hope that the bunny came to see you and brought you some yummy chocolate. I will give an Easter update in a moment, but I want to update on what I did Saturday after I blogged.



I watched all the movies I had from Netflix. "Doubt" was really good with great acting by everyone...Meryl Streep, Viola Davis, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, and Amy Adams. "In Treatment" disk one included the first 5 episodes. I had heard some good things about it and knew that Blair Underwood was nominated for his role, but primarily I got it because of Gabriel Byrne. I love him in almost everything he is in, but I think this is a really interesting series and I can't wait to get some more disks and continue watching. As for "Marly & Me", well I was correct that I had no business watching this in public... I cried so hard I had to stop the movie and regroup. It was ugly!



I picked up some beautiful peppers the other day at Market Street on sale and decided to make…

Good Friday = Chores on Saturday

Kids have a great day playing and doing just what their hearts' desire and that is it, it ends there. Not when you are an adult. Yesterday I had a great day doing nothing but what I wanted and not doing anything that I didn't want to do. Well today it is time to pay the piper...chores!
I'm calling it my clean up the messes Saturday. What are those messes? House, Yard and some little creature named Lola.

I had hoped to catch my neighbor's yard guy this week and have him knock out one of those chores for me (especially since my Live Oaks in the front had dropped a ton of leaves since he was here a couple of weeks ago). I usually do the yard myself, except in the spring when there are leaves and my allergies are terrible. Alas, I never caught him this week, so I decided to do it myself before my parents come tomorrow and my Dad points out how terrible it looks.

My house is a mess again too. I don't know why I'm so messy. I kind of always have been and it used to driv…

Good Friday

...And it was a good Friday! I slept as late as I wanted and then started my day. I went to the outlet mall to do a couple of things... pay on my account at Ann Taylor and Neimans, see whether the wallet I'm eyeing at Coach has been marked down any, and stop by Gap to use a $5 off any purchase coupon and get a price change on a sweater I purchased last week that is now 30% off. After that I headed to The Shops at Legacy. I had lunch at Taco Diner and then saw "Sunshine Cleaners" at the Angelika. Sorry Abby, despite your speculation, you were wrong, no way-no how was I going to see Hannah Montanna. :) I hate that little Miley Cyrus...not quite as much as I hate Ann Curry from the Today Show, but almost that much!

After that, I went to the mall to do an exchange at White Barn Candle and I hit up a sale at Gap Body. Then I headed home to let Lola outside (I was sure by this point she would be standing with her legs crossed!). Aside from the horrendous traffic on the way home…

Fires!

Montague County seems to be on fire again. I'm trying to keep up with it and everyone from class right now. I am giving a test so it is allowing me to monitor wfaa.com.

I think a good deal of my grandfather's land has burned. I see on wfaa that the fire on his place is one they are saying is "out of control". That's great because when I spoke with my grandmother an hour and half ago that is exactly where they were instead of in town at their house.

I just spoke with my parents and they were heading toward the fires in Montague because Dad needed to turn off the pumps at his oil leases over there.

I hate that my family seems to be going the opposite direction from where they should be!

I'll keep you posted...

Sleepless in McKinney

I started planning and plotting last night to revamp my blog. I am getting professional help... not for my obsessive designing issues, but professional blog help! I have been eyeing this one designer for a while and contacted her yesterday. We were in e-mail contact many times, some conversation was about the blog, some was just about other things. She viewed my blog briefly and said that she feels as though she is really my long lost sister, AND she is originally from McKinney! Too crazy! Poor thing, I hope I'm not too obsessive about things and drive her nuts, plus by claiming to be "sisters" she upped the ante and I now have greater expectations that she will "get me" and get "my vision"!

Anyway, as with every creative type of project I take on, I couldn't stop thinking about it last night! I honestly don't think I got more than 1-2 hours of sleep all night. Of course, it was an early morning of subbing again, so that didn't real…

VOTE!

I'm always telling everyone to vote for each election. Now this one isn't earth shattering in importance, BUT... I want to come up for an official name for my blog because I'm about to get a major overhaul to the blog design.

Be sure to vote over to the right. Also, if you have another idea, let me know in comments or via e-mail.

Come On!

I liked playing with my Strawberry Shortcake dolls when I was little. I was even happy to see S.S. make a comeback a couple of years ago.



It really goes without saying that I LOVE Carrie Bradshaw and all the gals from Sex and the City.



Now you may be saying to yourself "Where in the heck is she going with this story?" and I don't blame you, because in my mind Strawberry Shortcake and Carrie Bradshaw have no similarities or common threads! Never have been, never will be... but, the people at Dollar Tree have other ideas:



Exhibit 1: A Puzzle they are selling at Dollar Tree. This leads me to say "COME ON!" What in the Hell is going on in those production meetings? Who thought that it was a good idea to make a knock off Sex and the City puzzle for children? Maybe the kids wouldn't even know that it is a knock off of SATC, but seriously, aren't they tarting kids up enough these days?!

Dog = Kid

I know most people don't think I have any kids since I don't have any human kids, but let me tell you, I believe that my dog is just like a kid. I think even some of my friends would agree, as we are regularly comparing things Lola does to things their kids do.

Yesterday was the first day that we had to shake up or normal routine and get up early so I could make it to the 7 a.m. class that I'm subbing for. You wouldn't really think that would affect Lola much, I mean she wakes up, I feed her, she eats a few bites and then goes to lay on my bed until I leave, at which time she goes and lays on her bed until I return...how could waking up an hour early really shake up her world?

Well let me tell you, it darn sure did! She was IMPOSSIBLE all day long. Nothing could make her happy and it wasn't as if I didn't try. She ran through the house whining all day. She would get in her kennel and then that didn't work for long, so she would move to the couch until…

Food and Sleep

My goal for this weekend was to sleep as much as possible. For some reason on Friday, I realized that I was just exhausted! I had a list of about 10 things I needed to go and do on Friday afternoon, but decided that if I wasn't going to get any of those things done, at the least I would enjoy the chaise lounge chairs and the sun in my backyard. Problem was, that I laid down on the couch for a couple of minutes and woke up 2 hours later!

Yesterday was a busy day once it got started, but Lola and I slept in as late as we wanted first. I met Jennifer and Lisa over at Jasper's in The Shops at Legacy and had a great lunch celebrating Jennifer's birthday. I had the pork loin and it was wonderful. We ordered a side of the Gouda mac and cheese and it was very yummy too. We got the trio of mini desserts. The best thing on there was a rocky road ice cream sandwich. It was ice cream rolled in nuts, covered in marshmallow cream and caramel stuffed between two chocolate cookie…

Week Update

I don't have anything all that exciting to report, but just a couple of follow-ups on various issues. In an effort to keep from having a schizophrenic post, I will number the various topics:

(1) Lola post-surgery report: Lola has been doing very well. You could never tell that she had surgery just a couple of weeks ago. This week she gave me a scare when I went to get my phone in the kitchen and turned around to see her drinking my morning orange juice out of my glass that was sitting on the coffee table. It doesn't seem to have caused her pancreas to flare up (Thank God!).

I took Lola to a new vet here in McKinney to have her stitches removed this morning at 8:00. I got a recommendation for a local vet (I could honestly walk to them in less than 5 minutes) from a friend. Lola really does need a local vet and I was hoping to find one that could remove the stitches and prevent me from having to drive to Wichita Falls just for stitch removal. The vet was really nice and even recom…