Tuesday, September 30, 2008


Mickey and ate at Macaroni Grill last week. As you may know, there is always a huge bottle of olive oil on the tables for bread dipping. I told her how Greece was full of olive trees....everywhere you look in the country side is full of olive trees. She then pondered..."What makes it EXTRA virgin? That sounds kind of nasty." Well, you know me, I just had to find out.

So, to end the suspence....

Extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO) comes from cold pressing of the olives, contains no more than 0.8% acidity, and is judged to have a superior taste. Extra-virgin and virgin olive oil may not contain refined oil.
Virgin olive oil has an acidity less than 2%, and is judged to have a good taste.

There you have it!

Another useful tidbit for the day that I remember from High School Zoology is that Ostiechthyes is the class for bony fish in scientific classification. It is pronounced "aus-tee-ick-thees." Thanks Ms. Fisher.

Happy Tuesday!

Friday, September 26, 2008


....STOP THE PRESSES...Have your heard? Clay Aiken is GAY! OMG he came out in People magazine. Who would have ever thought it? (yeah right) Come on, please, give me a break!

And not that I am going to keep quoting Urban Dictionary, but his gaybie (gay couples baby) kind of looks like him.

Urban Dictionary - Chairdrobe

"Chairdrobe: The art of piling clothes on a chair to be used in place of a closet or dresser. If a chair is not available one can always defer to a floordrobe."

Here is my Chairdrobe.....hey, just keeping it honest. Actually most of the mound is made up of the green cover pillows from my bed, so it is not THAT bad. (And yes, that is the closet right behind it!)

Have a good weekend!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Spike's Posse

Here is Spike's posse...they are bad! There is Platypus, Snowman, Chipmunk, Woobie (he is a pig I think), Gorilla (has no stuffing left), and Lion. Not sure where Squirrel is, probably wrapped up in my sheets! Love that dog.

Long time, no see

Hey - I have been having computer problems...but I am back now.

Rayray went to South Carolina this past weekend to a music festival. I received her bank statement on Saturday and it was down to $200. I wanted her to know not to go crazy spending a lot of money on her trip because I could not replenish funds until Monday.

LL text: Hey got bank statement only $200
R text: yea living is expensive :-(

Tell me about it!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Feel the Love

Conversation with Rayray today:

ll: hello
r: hey
ll: what are you doing
r: going to Art Appreciation
ll: you didn't call me yesterday
r: i know. i went to class, came home and took a nap, and then we all watched a movie.
ll: oh, sounds fun
r: yeah, i was like watching the movie and realized i had not called you and i thought oh, no, mom is going to call and i will have to stop the movie, but you didn't, so all was good

Can you feel the love?

Urban Dictionary

Forgot the memory card again! Sorry. Big Brother finale was last night....Tim, nor Jenfer or I can get the time right for that show. We totally missed last Tuesday's show thinking it came on at 8:00. Ran inside and it was going off...it had come on at 7:00. Went to Jenfer's for dinner (thanks so much) and to watch at 7:00....DIDN'T COME ON UNTIL 8:00. I told them we should be glad it's over since we couldn't keep up with the time.

Anyway, congratulations Dan....I knew you would win! Not a single jurer (out of 7) voted for Memphis. Yea!

New Urban Dictionary:

Post-party Depression - the feeling you have after a big party you had been anticipating is over.

Miss-Wave - to return the wave to someone you thinkis waving at you, but is actually waving to the person behind you.

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Lifetime Movie

Last night I watched a Lifetime original movie (on Lifetime of course) about the life of Coco Chanel. Shirley McClaine played her in her older years. It was very, very good. I did not know that she came from nothing to be the leading fashion icon of the 1900's. You should watch it if you get a chance.

I also watched a documentary last Thursday "128 Minutes." It was about 9-11 but it was footage from just normal, everyday people in New York. They would film with their cellphones or out of their apartment windows, and you could hear all the sounds and what the everyday people were saying on the street. It was eerie, but REAL.

My dad's birthday was 9-11. He would have been 73 years old.

We had a pretty boring weekend. Boo came home and we watched the hurricane. I know all of your prayers are going out to those people.

I haven't posted a picture lately because I keep forgetting to take my memory card home. Will do so tonight!

Happy Tuesday.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

39th Birthday

My Boo made me a birthday cake back in February. As you can tell, she did not let it completely cool before trying to decorate. I thought it was precious, and very representative of my, oh, don't want to say crappy, lets just say messed up birthday.

It was supposed to go like this: arrive home from work with Chinese food gotten by mom for dinner, yummy cake to eat, relax and watch the presidential debate.

It went like this: Mom called and said for me to swing by and pick up the Chinese food. Later she called back and said she was not feeling well so I should just swing by and pick up the cake at her house. I said we could just eat cake the next day. She then replied that she needed me to come by her house and get all the stuff to make marinated carrots, and then GO HOME AND ACTUALLY PREPARE THEM FOR HER! ON MY BIRTHDAY! See, she had a party at church the next day (don't forget she is now sick) and needed them to marinate overnight.

So, while Tim and Rachel ate Chinese (that I bought) and enjoyed the stimulating presidential debate, I was in the kitchen up to my ears in carrots. Let's hope my 40th is a little more enjoyable.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Rachel and the Doctor

Jenfer was at my house last night saying that her daughter and pretended to be sick the other day so she didn't have to go to school. When Jenfer came home from work and asked how she was she said, "Oh, fine." It reminded me of something that happened to Rachel a couple of years ago.

She was still in middle school. It was a Friday and she said she had a sore throat. I told her she still should try to go. She said she couldn't, she would even go to the doctor. Well, on Friday our Doctor is closed. I told her I would get G-ma to take her to Med Surg (that's a doc-in-the-box in Decatur). She agreed and went back to sleep.

After a few hours I get the following phone call.


ll: what?


ll: What in the world are you talking about?


ll: (laughing) Well, he should have given you a shot to.

r: URGGGGG (hangs up)

You see, our doctor does not want to do anything uncomfortable to you. He looks at your throat and if he does not think it is strep, he won't do a culture. Here she was with a strange doctor, and he is going to do a culture, and she is honest and says she was faking, and he does the culture anyway!


Love you Boo

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Boo is Safe

Rayray made it back to school safely. I am so proud of her for sticking it out. She really enjoyed the camping part and would do that again in a heart beat. Neither of the girls were able to complete the full hike, but that was ok. They enjoyed hanging back and building a fire with Mike (a guide). Rachel pushed herself way to hard and got sick (yes, she threw up and you know how she feels about that).

(I survived not talking to her for 72 hours! If I had not had Luke's birthday party to deal with, I would not have made it).

Oh, and here is another proud moment for me. Rayray took her first test in college and made an 88. In her Psycology class (with 200 other students) that was an A because he scales the grades.

Yea Rachel!!!!!! I am so proud.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Speeding in Mississippi

When Rachel and Hillarious went to Memphis she received a speeding ticket in Mississippi. Now, if you don't know, speeding tickets in Mississippi are expensive. I got one 24 years ago (or 14 years last night - BJ) when I was 16 and it cost $113.50. So I knew that it would be pricy.

But here is the problem. She didn't tell me she got the ticket until 2 weeks later. I said, well, go get it and lets take care of it (meaning me). She said she would later. Another week went by, and then she left for school. I remembered the ticket last weekend. I said "go get that ticket our of your car".

Her response "I lost it, I think Mirl through it out when he cleaned the car"

Now what was I supposed to do. I thought, well, not really a big deal....I would just call the State Troopers of Mississippi and get the information out of there database....WRONG, WRONG, WRONG!

After I finally reached someone nice enough to help (about 3 phon calls) I was told I would have to call the Justice Courts of each individual county to try to locate the ticked! So I printed a map and started calling.

And let me tell you....every county is different about how they treat their traffic tickets. Boy, you would do best to receive a ticket in Tishiminga or Alcorn Counties because at least, when your court date comes they send you a letter saying you have 10 days to pay. But not Tippah, no way buddy, there it is straight to issuing a bench warrent for your arrest. Can you see my baby trying to fly on a plan and them telling her there is a warrent for her arrest?

Anyway, I tracked down the ticket like a good mommy and sent them a cashier's check for $183.50.

I could let this make me a little peeved, but not now that my baby is in the jungle of South Carolina, fighting off wild animals, and eating rations, carrying her own water, and sleeping on the ground, with no shower for 3 days. My poor baby - I hope she does ok. As she said this morning "This is not at all what I signed up for!"


Thursday, September 4, 2008

"I'm a little nervous"

Just got off the phone with Boo. She is not coming home this weekend, instead she and Hillary (roomate) are going with a group camping and white water rafting in South Carolina. They are leaving at 10 in the morning and won't be back until 10 Sunday night. She is not taking her cell phone....what am I to do. I have never gone 3 days without talking to my Boo! I miss her already.

She told me she is a little nervous. They are not camping in cabins, just on the floor of the woods! She did not know that part when she signed up. Also, they have to take their own food. Now, come on, what could Rachel take to eat? She is such a picky eater. She is taking peanut butter, bagels (they won't crush in the rapids), cups of pineapple and canned instant breakfast. I know she is nervous going off with 40 strangers, but I am proud of her and I know she will have a good time.

Boo - Use your OFF!


Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Words to live by

My friend BJ (who I will blog about soon) gave this beautiful card to her daughter Tami for her birthday. You remember Tami who had a birthday last Thursday. Anyway, I thought the message of the card was something I wanted to remember. It made me stop and think. I want to try to live my life like the card. BJ sent me a card so I would be able to read it whenever I wanted to (thanks, BJ). Now, I want to share it with you.

How to Make a Beautiful Life

Love yourself.
Make peace with who you are and where you are at this moment in time.

Listen to your heart.
If you can't hear what it's saying in this noisy world, make time for yourself.
Enjoy your own company.
Let your mind wander among the stars.

Try. Take chances. Make mistakes.
Life can be messy and confusing at times, but it is also full of surprises.
The next rock in your path may be a stepping stone.

Be happy.
When you don't have what you want, want what you have.
Make do.
That's a well-kept secret of contentment.

There aren't any shortcuts to tomorrow.
You have to make your own way.
To know where you're going is only part of it.
You need to know where you've been, too.
And if you ever get lost, don't worry.
The people who love you will find you.
Count on it.

Life isn't days and years.
It's what you do with time and with the goodness and grace that's inside you.
Make a beautiful life...
The kind of life you deserve.

I hope you all enjoy this as much as I do. Take care - LL

Lazy Weekend

Had a very lazy weekend and labor day....just sat around watching the hurricane with Rayray. I am so thankful that New Orleans was spared another catastrophe like Katrina. We had been praying for them. Yeah, me Rayray and Bikie pretty much sofa surfed all weekend. I ate from Big Bob's twice. Rachel had pie. We were, well I guess you could say, boring.