pinterest SUCCESS

I tried my first Pinterest recipe last night…and boy was it YUMMY!

We had homemade Mac and Cheese, bacon-wrapped Talapia, and stuffed crab shells. OMG. So freaking good. (FYI, the stuffed crab shells were from the seafood deli in Kroger. On sale for $1.00 each with Kroger card. It was a damn good deal and mighty tasty.) It was the only thing on our plate that I didn’t fix last night. Now Jefe knows why I love watching cooking shows like Top Chef so much. I get ideas and then I CREATE! Cooking…it’s food science!

I can’t wait to get home and eat some more Mac and Cheese. And now that I’ve made the recipe once, I have some ideas on how to tweak it. I used only Half and Half in the recipe and I think I needed to mix it up with milk. It’s very rich…and would be fantastic with lobster, scallops or crabmeat (or all of the above). Next time I’ll probably leave out the Dijon mustard. I didn’t use much, but it was still a pretty strong flavor.

Have you seen yet? I love that blog. “Where good intentions go to die.” HAH!

In Itty Bitty Kitteh news…she still has no name…but she is settling in quite nicely.

Ruby is apparently still circling her. Jefe says she’s like a little annoying black shark. I guess new kitty smell is addictive…

fun with breakfast

Okay, so I got these new camera apps yesterday and I’m kind of developing a habit. But these apps are cool and so whatever. Shut up.

This morning, I decided to take pics of my blueberries and almonds just to see how different each lens filter was using the “Fisheye” camera.

Yes. I have a problem. I’m aware of said problem and I’m working on it. (by upgrading the apps to the paid versions so I can have access to even MORE awesome… I mean, nothin.)

sing it Alice Cooper!


Well, sorta. School is definitely out for Ian, but Rader has 3 more days. We had his Convocation today…and I would like to proudly announce he received the Presidential Scholar Award for maintaining a 3.5 or higher GPA throughout 6th, 7th & 8th grades. this is the only pic I could get that was worth a damn.

Here we are after the ceremony.

All that hair is gonna be gone on Friday. Snipped, clipped and donated to Locks of Love. He’s thinking about going hardcore short…as in a buzz cut. My heart can’t take the thought of him not having any hair! But it’s his to grow and his to cut and not my place to tell him what he can and can’t do. Apparently he’s supposed to curl it for school tomorrow. His friends are really enjoying this last week of Hairmageddon.

Alrighty then. Tonight is guitar, then tomorrow is the beginning of a very long and awesome weekend. I can’t wait for Friday when I’m spending the day with my boys before spending the evening with my guy. I’ll have new nails, new toes and new hair…surely that means date night, right?

Super Nerd is Super!

My kid is awesome. He also isn’t quite right in the head, but I love him anyway. Yes, he wore this to school today. These pants are his 2nd pair of “John Daly” pants. (see other pair below)He has to wear a tie on game days (football starts tonight, YAY!) and so he figures if he’s gotta wear a tie, he should wear it with “style.” Ahem. Well, he is his own person, that’s for sure…

In other news, I woke up full of anger and discontent this morning but after I fed on the souls of several babies, kicked a kitten*, and drank 4 cups of coffee, I felt much better.

Honestly, the souls of the innocent work every time. You should try it.

*ETA: no actual kittens were harmed in this mornings kicking… Don’t send me any hate mail because you have no sense of humor. Mmmkay?
Or send it…and then I’ll blog about it. Yeah. Do that.



This show is just amazing. I can’t even begin to express how much I appreciate the character development and the complex nature of the stories.

If you are watching then you need to check out these hysterical reviews that my friend Stoney writes. (Also, you can read them if you’re not watching because they are so well written, it’s truly like you’re watching the show while reading.)

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Episode 1.02
Episode 1.03
Episode 1.04

Episode 1.05
Episode 1.06

My favorite storyline right now is the developing romance between the Dothraki leader Khal Drogo and his young wife Daenerys Targaryen. At first I thought she was going to be another whiny, wimpy girl who I would want to beat with a skillet to stop her eyes from their incessant leaking. But no. She’s turning into quite the strong woman. Writers should be watching this show for her character development alone. They do it right. Period.

In other FANtastic news…I got a fabulous Fan letter today and my favorite part was where she said I’m her hero because my books make her want to read more books.

Love. Love. Love. 1000 times Love.

bullets of awesome

  • William Shatner is doing another album and he teamed up with Zakk Wylde to cover Iron Man. Be still my heart.
  • My kid turned 13 yesterday. He had a nerdsplosion with his buddies over the weekend. Like a bad onion, the nerd still lingers in the air, even after everyone went home.
  • Saw my nieces yesterday when they popped over for pizza and birthday cake. Miss my girls. Don’t see them enough these days.
  • Birdrunner and I did the Death Valley Happy Fun-Time walk on Saturday but we were rained out yesterday. Hoping the rain stays away today so we can get our groove on.
  • I’m totally thinking of doing a Warrior Dash. Dude, it’s fire, mud and BEER. Epic.
  • The terrorists kittehs spent the beautiful weekend outside and now they are addicted to hunting leaves, bugs, and sunshine. My tee-tiny little house is grateful. Now to build kitteh doors…
  • My friend Dee’s horse placed 3rd yesterday in its first long race at Oaklawn. We’re hoping he’s running the weekend of the 12th when we’ll all be there.
  • I finally cleaned my house…except for my room which has 3 baskets of laundry and an unpacked suitcase. Sigh. It will never unpack itself, I know. But I keep waiting…
  • I’m down 8 lbs. This makes me happy. I’m glad I’m back on the stick.
  • I want pie.

Bill does Cee Lo Green’s F*** You

That about sums it up. It was an absolutely gorgeous 77 degrees on Saturday. I soaked up all the sunshine I could manage. Unfortunately, Mother Nature is intent on being a big ol’ tease and we’re gonna have highs in the 20s and 30s later this week. That sucks. I’m so ready for spring. Also, THE MONTH OF MEL is just around the corner. I’m planning a new tattoo to celebrate…

Hope ya’ll had a great weekend!

you will laugh-cry, too. if you don’t, then you don’t get me at all.

There are very few things that make me laugh til I cry. Now, I will snort like I’m rootin’ for truffles all day long, but to make me cry? Well, that’s just a special gift. If you’re one of the few, you know you have the golden ticket to eternity, right? Congratulations.

Anyway, I found this site yesterday through a friend. The first post I read was funny and made me chuckle. I loved the style of the art work and her voice so I thought I’d skim through some of her past posts. I started with the her Best Of list. I scrolled down and found a post on Spiders. Now, if you know me at all, you know how I feel about spiders. The only thing that remotely compares to my spider fear (they are all out to kill you) is my fear of clowns (they are also out to kill you) and if spiders and clowns ever got together? I would die on the spot. OMG. Seriously. I just had a panic attack at the thought.

Anyway, Allie and I apparently share a brain when it comes to spiders:

Spiders are scary. It’s okay to be afraid of them.

Go. Read the post. Then come back here…if you can. Because Trust Me. I couldn’t leave her website after I read that. I AM NOW ADDICTED TO ALLIE BROSH. IS THERE A 7 STEP PROGRAM TO PULL ME AWAY FROM THIS WEBSITE? 2 STEPS? Anything? Anyone? Bueller?
Okay, the spiders are funny. And I won’t even talk about how one time I was chased by a wolf spider in my own home. Fishdog was in Chicago on business and I actually CALLED him to tell him that when I was found dead it was because I was chased down and eaten by a wolf spider. Because they are part wolf and they do eat humans. I don’t care what you say. I also won’t tell you about how I carried a baseball bat around with me all night. And that I brutally bludgeoned that wolf spider before it got me first. TRUE STORY. (that I didn’t tell you about)
Anyway, you’re back, right? Okay, cuz now I’m going to send you back to the website to read the BEST POST EVER ON THIS EARTH. I mean, if I’m telling you it is THE BEST POST EVER ON THIS EARTH then you know it is. Right? Right.
The Alot is better than you at everything.

I have been known to abuse Alot and as an English major and a writer, I know better. Just like I know All Right is two words yet I write Alright all the time. Just like I know I’m not supposed to end a sentence with a preposition yet I find myself asking stuff like “Where’s my deoderant at?” constantly. (and for the record, if I ask you where my deoderant is at and you answer BETWEEN THE “A” AND THE “T.” you are likely to get a skillet to the head. Consider yourself warned.)
Anyway, I just had to share my new obsession with you. I hope you find it as awesome as I do.
Hyperbole and a Half is the Epic of Awesome.


Yesterday was National Waffle Day. Yes, we here in America, celebrate he anniversary of the first U.S. patent for a waffle iron. Which is The Awesome if you ask me.

(the only thing missing from this picture is bacon. Hmmm, wonder when National Bacon Day is, cuz you know there is one. BRB. I’m checking that now… )

[insert musak while you wait]

and I’m back.

From Wikipedia: International Bacon Day or Bacon Day is an unofficial observance, often celebrated on the Saturday before US Labor Day (the first Monday of September). If I found it on Wikipedia, you know it’s true…

Wait. I was just totally lured away from the Waffle by Bacon. Bacon is a naughty meat and should be punished by me eating it. Come here Bacon…

ANYWAY, I love National Waffle Day and I’m sad I missed it, so tonight, I will be celebrating with my kids by making waffles for dinner(with a side of yummy bacon to punish it for being so tempting).

Here’s some waffle trivia for your reading pleasure. (Everyone wants to learn more about waffles)

  • The ice cream cone was invented at the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904 when an ice cream vendor ran out of cups and asked a waffle vendor to help by rolling up waffles to hold ice cream.
  • The first Waffle House restaurant opened on Labor Day in 1955 in Avondale Estates, GA.
  • Each year Waffle House customers eat more than 334,000 pounds of pecans in their waffles. That is more than 21 million pecans. Visit for more fun facts.
  • 13th Century A.C. – Ancient Greeks cook flat cakes between two metal plates. These early waffles were called obleios and were primarily savory in nature, prepared with cheeses and herbs.
  • 1620 – The pilgrims bring Dutch “wafles” to America.
  • 1735 – The word “waffle” – with two “f”s – appears in English print for the first time.
  • Late 1800’s – Thomas Jefferson returns to the U.S. from France with a long handled, patterned waffle iron.
  • 1869 – Cornelius Swarthout patents the first U.S. Waffle Iron.
  • 1953 – Frank Dorsa’s Eggo Frozen Waffles are sold in Supermarkets for the first time.
  • 1964-65 – Brussels restaurateur Maurice Vermersch brings his wife’s Brussels Waffle recipe to the World’s Fair in New York. The fluffy yeast-infused waffle becomes a huge hit and becomes known as the Belgium waffle.

Now you know…and knowing is half the battle!

LOVE SUCKS! in the flesh…

These three things absolutely did NOT happen when I opened the UPS envelope from HarperCollins.

  1. I absolutely DID NOT squeal like a little girl when I saw the glossy cover.
  2. I certainly DID NOT spend 20 minutes with my iPhone trying to take the perfect picture of myself holding the book.
  3. No way did I sleep with the book. No way.

Obviously #2 was a total FAIL (not that I did that at all. because I didn’t.)

I will tell you, originally I wasn’t thrilled about the cover. I wanted a different background (more in line with BITE ME!’s bright solid cover) and I wanted the prom dress (which you can’t see in the picture that I DID NOT spend 20 minutes trying to get the perfect shot of both the cover AND me being cute) to be black. But now that I’ve slept with held the book in my man hands, I LOVE everything about it. The dress isn’t nearly as mauvey/rosey in person. And the girl on the cover is beautiful. And the back of the cover is a GORGEOUS shade of purple.


And it loves me, too. It whispered it in my ear last night as I fell asleep. Not that I slept with it or anything. Because I didn’t.

a new discovery

I grew up in central Arkansas. Other than the 7 years I was in Oxford, MS, I’ve lived in Arkansas my whole life.

This weekend, I discovered something new about this area…we have a covered bridge! How did I not know this?

I forsee many a beautiful fall and spring day sitting on this dock, soaking up inspiration.