Friday, May 31, 2013

Happies and Crappies.

Happy Friday, y'all!! Don't know about you, but for a short week, this week has felt so long. I'm excited that the weekend is here, and it's going to be full of fun (and lounging in my new pool!).  Linking up with Steph and Sarah for Happies and Crappies today for the first time in a while!
The Vintage Modern Wife: Happies and Crappies Link Up

I'm LOVING my new car.  It's so cool.  When I have the bluetooth on, it even tells me how much battery and signal my phone has!
Husband got me addicted to The Office, and we've been watching it on Netflix like crazy.  I never liked the show before, but I'm really enjoying it now.
Tonight (or sometime this weekend), we're going to see Now You See Me, which looks awesome.  I've been so excited about this movie since I saw first saw the preview!

We officially extended our DC trip an extra day!  There's just way too much that I want to show Donny to get it in only two days.  So now we've got some extra time to see all the cool stuff!  (But see also below...)

Didn't work out this week except Monday.  I have been so fatigued this week, that I didn't even hear the alarm go off or notice Donny get up.  So, I obviously didn't get up and go work out myself.  Hoping to get some tennis in this weekend to help make up for it.

Yankees have lost 4 straight games, getting swept by the Mets, going in to a series with the Red Sox.  Sad.
Tell me about it, Robbie...

The rate for our hotel in DC almost doubled from when we initially booked it, so our extra night there ended up being more expensive than the previous two.  Lame.

Hope you all have a great weekend!  :)

Thursday, May 30, 2013

A Parade of Morons.

It is that time of year again-- Bachelorette season!  I have a pattern of loving these people when they are contestants (Emily being the exception to this rule-- I never liked her), but then when they get their own season, they somehow become super annoying.  I hope Desiree does not fall victim to this because I think she is lovely.

I've never really wanted to be the Bachelorette, but if Chris is in the business of swapping out ten year old Honda Civics for brand new Carolina blue Bentleys, I might be persuaded!  (Hope the husband doesn't mind...)
Of course, then the parade of morons begins, and I decide no car is worth it.  Here are some of the winners that the ABC producers have selected for Desiree...

1. The Tailor/Magician-- I really don't even know what to say about this guy other than he genuinely has listed his occupation as a Tailor/Magician.  This is a joke, right??
2. The Hashtag Guy-- Kasey (apparently) works in social media.  Therefore, he feels the need to provide constant commentary via hashtag comments.  #stop
3. The Naked Guy-- Zak is from the middle of nowhere in Texas, where it seems that he is perpetually naked.  So it's only natural that he appears half naked to meet his potential future wife to ask her to "accept these abs."  (And shock of all shocks, she gives him a rose.)
4. The Tin Man-- No really, he wore a true life suit of armor.  'Nuff said.
5. The Whiner-- This guy attempted to spin and dip Desiree in a highly practiced dance (on 50ish people, according to poor Larry).  Sadly for him, she stumbled and her shoes got caught on her dress.  I honestly think he could've gotten through round one despite this misstep (haha), but the guy could NOT let it go.  He spent his whole time with her whining about how upset he was that his moves didn't go well.  Good gracious, man-- it happened, you apologized, it's over.  Learn to laugh at yourself and quit whining.
6. The Sexual Predator-- Of course, I can't very well recap this show without mentioning the creeper.  This lunatic (who btw-- is a lawyer from a town about an hour from here, I'm sad to say...) shows up and his first words are to proposition Desiree.  Later, he does it again.  And then finally a THIRD time before she finally tells him to get the heck out of there.  Then Jonathan drops the winning line, "My mom says I'm good looking."  Oh honey...

It's always hard to tell from the first night who is going to turn out to be a good guy, and this year was no different.  The producers play up the crazy pretty hard on night one, so I didn't see much normal.  Hopefully as the weeks progress, the good guys will start to emerge.

Did you watch?  What were your thoughts?  Have an early favorite?  
No spoilers please!!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Memorial Day Weekend.

I love long weekends. All day Sunday, I kept thinking that I had to go to work the next day but would then realize that no-- I had another day off! Best feeling ever. We actually had a pretty eventful weekend despite not doing any of your typical Memorial Day activities.

Friday, I got off work around lunch time and had a great lunch date with my mom.  Then I went home to read and relax while I waited for Donny to get off work.  Then we headed out for our date night to celebrate two years of being together.  :)  Greensboro has a new theater much like the Studio Movie Grill in Texas, and since we saw Fast Five at SMG two years ago this weekend, we thought it would be perfect to see Fast and Furious 6 there this weekend!  (For those of you not acquainted with Studio Movie Grill, it's basically a restaurant and theater combined.  They've got a menu, and you order from your seats while waiters bring you food and drink before and during the movie!)  
The movie was okay.  Granted, all the F&F movies are ridiculous by nature, but I actually did enjoy Fast Five.  Not so much with Fast & Furious 6.  The food, however, was DELICIOUS.  I had a margherita flatbread, and Donny had a grilled cuban sandwich.  Both were amazing.  The food was not even a little economical, but it was a special occasion.  This place is definitely not an outing for a regular weekend.
Saturday, we had breakfast with a cousin of Donny's who lives in eastern NC.  Jennifer and her boyfriend were coming through our town, and we got to meet up with them!  Donny had never met her before, but she and Richard were delightful.  Hope we can see them again in the near future!
After breakfast, we decided to go test drive a few cars.  We were on a fact-finding mission to determine which one we liked but weren't really angling to buy one.  But, to make a (very) long story short, we bought a 2013 Hyundai Elantra!
I absolutely love this car. I knew the moment I sat in it that this was the car.  It's so pretty, and it's got all the awesome features.  I'm in love.  :)  When we first sat in it, there were only 4 miles on it.  Brand new.  I've never had a brand new car in my life, and I like it!
We had dinner that night with my parents to show them the new car, and they loved it too. I think my mom is even considering a Hyundai for her next car. :)

Sunday was our usual Sunday.  We went to church, had lunch at my grandma's house, and then went to hang out with my dad for a bit.  Memorial Weekend Sunday is his favorite day of the year-- the Formula One race in Monaco, the Indy 500, and the Coke 600 all in one day?  He's in heaven.  But that also means that he doesn't leave the house after church, so we went to him to say hi and to pick up the title to my old car that I had to take by the dealership.

We then spent most of our Sunday afternoon watching The Office on Netflix and reading.  Donny is slightly obsessed with The Office at the moment.  I have never liked the show at all, but now that it's been on around me for about a week solid, I feel invested and have to know what happens!
Monday was my favorite day though.  It was a bonus day, so I was already excited about not going in to work.  I got to sleep late, read my book for a while, then Donny and I went to play tennis before it got too hot in the afternoon.  When we got home from tennis, he blew up my inflatable pool that we had bought at target!  So, while I didn't lay by the pool all day, I did get to lay IN the pool and get some sun!  This one was just the perfect size that I could rest my head on one side and prop my feet on the other.  I was in heaven...  Donny left me to go see the Hangover, but I was cool in my pool.  :)

How was your weekend?  Hope you all have a great (short) week!

Friday, May 24, 2013

Book Club Friday-- The Night Circus.

GoodReads Synopsis:  The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night. 

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands. 

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead. 

Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.

My Thoughts: I finished this book on Sunday, and I still don't know exactly how I felt about it.  It was beautifully written, the story was incredible and imaginative, and the characters were so colorful and interesting.  But somehow, I just didn't LOVE it.  It was good, and it's definitely worth reading.  But the story got a overly complicated at the end and lost me a little.  There was a LOT of mystery surrounding the story, which I usually love, but it was a bit much here to the point where I'm not 100% sure what even happened.  

All in all, I'd recommend it.  If nothing else, then you can read it and help me figure it out!  :)

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

You Can't Judge a Book By Its Cover.

Well maybe not, but I certainly can have my attention grabbed by one.  Definitely the quickest way for someone to get me to read their book (if I don't already know the author) is to have a pretty or interesting cover.  I like walking through the bookstores and discovering new reads and authors, but I'm not likely to pick up a book by an author I don't know unless it is visually interesting.  Today's topic at The Broke and the Bookish is top ten covers of books you've read.  But I'm cheating a little and doing five that I've read and five that I picked up and want to read thanks to the cover!

Sammy's Hill and Sammy's House by Kristin Gore-- These are the best book covers!  So cute and actually give you a really good feel for the tone of the story.  
The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger-- yes, I know this is the movie cover, which violates all my long-held beliefs.  But it's just SO perfect for this story.
11/22/63 by Stephen King-- I really think this book would be at the top of my list in every book category ever.  It's just that perfect.  And the cover is what kept me coming back to this book.  Every time I went to the store, I was drawn to it until I finally gave in to my fear of Stephen King and an 800+ page book and picked it up.
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon-- Already from the cover of the book, you know it's going to be a mysterious, dark story.  This was one that I knew nothing about but looked at because of the cover.  And I was well rewarded with a phenomenal story which became one of my favorite books ever.

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter-- I have zero idea what this is about.  But I want to go to wherever this cover picture is taken, so I obviously must read the book now.
The Fame Game, Starstruck, and Infamous by Lauren Conrad-- I love how her series book covers are different depictions of the same thing.  The LA Candy books were candy hearts, and these are stars.  It's very clever.
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie-- Again, I have no idea what this book is about, but I'm so intrigued.  Whose shoes are they?  Why aren't they wearing them?  Are they hurt?  Dead?  Kidnapped??  They look small-- do they belong to a child or a woman?  So many questions just from the cover that make me want to read the book to discover the answers.
Sad Desk Salad by Jessica Grose-- This one makes me laugh, so I imagine the book will be funny.  A face made out of vegetables... Hehehe...
Paris: The Novel by Edward Rutherford-- This book really didn't have anything exciting going on other than a picture of the Eiffel Tower and the word "Paris" on it.  But considering my burning desire to go there, that's really all it takes to get me to want to read it.

What are some of your favorite book covers??  Anything amazing you discovered thanks to a pretty cover?

Oh, and before I finish, I would be remiss if I didn't mention that two years ago today, I walked up to the rodeo at the Fort Worth Stockyards to meet this guy in the Brooklyn Dodgers hat.  I had no idea that two years later I'd be married to him.  Love you, Donny!  :)

Monday, May 20, 2013

This Weekend I...

... celebrated Donny's new job!! I took him to his fave place, Buffalo Wild Wings, on Thursday (the day he got the offer), and on Friday I got myself a manicure/pedicure (that I didn't want to spend the money on while we only had one income)! He's been out of work this time for three weeks, but got a call last week from one of his millions of resumes sent out. Initially they couldn't match his salary ask, but after calling his references and last employer in Texas, they decided they HAD to have him and offered MORE than he asked for! I'm so proud of him and I'm so thankful that God provided this opportunity for him. He starts the new job today!
We also went to see Pain and Gain on Friday (even though I still think it should be called "Muscle Beach," but whatever...).  I wasn't too excited to see it, but it actually ended up being really funny and better than I had anticipated.  Definitely worth a redbox rental if you can't catch it in theaters.

... went to the Greek Festival!  We had plans to play tennis on Saturday, but the rain quickly dashed that idea.  So instead, we had a delicious lunch of souvlaki and loukoumades (two of my favorite things ever).  The Greek Festival is held every year at our local Greek Orthodox church, which is absolutely beautiful.  These pictures can't do it justice.

... did some shopping.  First was at our local library's book sale, where we got a dozen books, two CDs, and one vinyl album all for $14!  Next was A.C. Moore, where Donny had to drag me away from the Sharpie aisle...
We also went to Best Buy, where they had The Lincoln Lawyer for super cheap. So of course, I had to get it and watch it immediately upon arriving at home.  This movie is definitely one of my favorite book adaptations-- it stuck EXACTLY to the book and really captured the feel of it.  When an author writes an article raving about the movie adaptation of his book, you know it's good.

... had a lazy Sunday.  We slept through church (oops), had a nice lunch at my grandma's house, got some yard stuff at Walmart, then were back at home where I spent the afternoon reading while Donny watched the early seasons of The Office.  I came SO close to finishing The Night Circus yesterday, but the closer it got to bedtime, the more I knew I would dream about it, so I put it down with about 50 pages to go.  I'm desperate to find out what happens from here!
Per someone's request, I made the Pioneer Woman's mac and cheese, which is always a fan favorite in our house.  It's super easy (if you don't have old milk like me that requires you to make a second roux with fresh milk that your husband had to go get when the first batch started to separate...) and so delicious!

How was everyone else's weekend??

Mingle 240

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Husband Takeover.

Katie asked that I write her blog post today because she didn't have a prompt and, well, I've got nothing but time. She turned my attention to a few posts written by the husbands of bloggers she follows. In said posts they described/talked about what she likes to do or what she doesn't like to do or her quirks or why he loves her... But I'm going to take a little bit of a different approach and talk about the things we do together. 
Katie and I have an awful lot in common. It's obviously why we were attracted to each other (actually I think she was only attracted to my tattoos and thought I was some sort of bad boy --I'm not, sorry honey). To begin with, we love going to the movies. While most of the movies were because we were both interested, she has gone with me to see movies that I'm sure she had no interest in watching, for that I'm grateful. Likewise, I have gone to see movies I really had no interest in. One was Les Misérables, and I actually really enjoyed it (look at me, enjoying movies that don't star Will Ferrell)! Another movie was that Nicholas Sparks book-turned-movie with the hunky guy and blonde girl --definitely needed more Will Ferrell and maybe some cowbell. 
We love our Saturdays with no plans. While we don't have places to be and scheduled things to do, we have a sort of routine. I usually end up at Waffle House (alone, because Katie claims she doesn't like it). After eating, I get a to-go order for Katie (who still claims she doesn't like it) and head home for a day of watching/listening to baseball and reading as much as possible. We may not leave the house again until sometime in the evening when hunger starts to set in-- then we wander out into the urban wilderness and forage through the vast restaurant parking lots in search of a short waiting list to be seated. 
One of my favorite things about Katie is that she supports the things that matter most to me --one of these is the Texas Rangers. While it's been tough for me, I reciprocate my love by rooting for the Yankees (as long as they're not playing the Rangers). For the record, this is my first public admission of rooting for the Yankees--that's true love.  (I've never loved you more, Donny!!  :)) Katie doesn't sport it too often, but she has a Rangers shirt that looks absolutely fabulous on her and I believe she should wear it more! Baseball will be our child's first word. Or maybe it'll be Rangers... 
Proof of my love.  Thank God he's not a Red Sox fan...
We love to travel and see new things and learn new things. Between the two of us, we have a perfect traveling pair --she loves making lists of things to do and I love to go do stuff! We especially love it when we can incorporate baseball into our traveling schedule like we did a few weekends ago on our trip to Durham and Chapel Hill. In the midst of our summer plans are places I've wanted to see most of my life and I think Katie is at least as excited as I am about going. 
Honestly speaking, one of the things that Katie liked about me when we met was that I was preparing to go on a mission trip to Africa. Serving God is important in my life, and He is important in Katie's life as well. All the things mentioned above pale in comparison to the importance of sharing my life with someone who will join me in making Christ the center of our lives and wants our relationship built on the model God prepared for us.  
 All in all, I'm a pretty lucky guy.

And I'm definitely one lucky lady.  Thanks for taking over my blog today, honey!!  :)