Friday, November 30, 2012

Friday Tidbits

I'm a spitfire full of energy today, y'all! And since I don't think I have the ability to pull my random, wandering thoughts into a blog post, here are some tidbits.

  • I'm currently eating mashed potatoes for lunch. I'm not claiming to be an impartial judge, but I think I make the best mashed potatoes I've ever eaten. I have even said in the past that I want people to miss my mashed potatoes when I die. 
  • Last night BBC woke me up with a tale of roadside hooligans and dirty laundry. It took about 5 minutes, but then I realized he was talking in his sleep. The story goes that he was washing his dirty undies in the middle of the street when some motorcycle hooligans ran over a sock. (At least that's what I heard in my half asleep stupor.)
  • You know how you can get a song stuck in your head and it keeps replaying over and over again? Well, I have a phrase from Strangers With Candy stuck in my head that Mr. Jellineck recites in a jingly cadence and it's driving me crazy that I can't find the clip online. If wishes and butts were clusters of nuts, we'd all have a bowl of granola!  If you have Hulu Plus you can watch the episode HERE.
  • I'm captcha illiterate. In today's world of spam bots I'm at a severe disadvantage and am frequently debilitated by my inability to read jumbled words.
What does it all mean?!?!

  • Last night while I was sleeping, BBC was wide awake (high on math) and trying to put in numbers the thoughts in his head. At 5am he texted me, You are alseep right now... I know it's me totally dorking out on math, but it totally makes since and I want you to see it. It's all about zeros and how math would be easier for everyone. I know I'm a fucking dork. I love you. Can I show it to you on the computer anyway?  He and I have had friendly arguments about math. Yes, you read that right: math arguments. He has told me multiple times that 8 should be 10. Yes, once again, you read that right. He thinks math would make more sense if the number 8 was, in fact, the number 10. I never understood what he was saying until he showed me this morning the very second I woke up at 6am. Needless to say, I love this man!
8 should be 10

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Miday Music

Man alive, I am dragging today. Here are some jamZ that are pumping my blood:

There are many reasons why I am thankful to be friends with my work colleague Jessica, but the #1 reason has to be that she introduced me to Robyn.

Before dating BBC, I had never heard LCD Soundsystem. They're in his top 5 favorite all time bands and I like to dance around in my panties while listening at home.

My dad is English. When I told him I had a crush on Phil Collins, I thought he would be pleased, but instead I got this text message in response.

When I told him I had a crush on Bob Geldof, however, he told me he was proud that I was his daughter. Here's some topless Bob Geldof and python action:

Monday, November 26, 2012

Full of Thanks

I didn't travel, spend time with family, or have a huge holiday feast at my house with my favorite people on Thanksgiving, but it was still one of the best holiday weekends I have ever had! I had a 5-day weekend full of friends, fun, food, and relaxation!

I spent Thanksgiving day at the UT football game and surprisingly had a nice time working. Most of my time was spent laughing and joking around with Letty and Karen, but after the game I got to live the suite life with BBC in the private suite he was working in. In the 5+ years that I've worked at the UT football games, this was the first time that I had ever been inside one of the suites! It was pretty posh and had a great view of the field, but for the most part I found it a little depressing to see how much food goes to waste and the silly luxury that is behind it. I did, however, get to take home some of the leftovers, which means that my Thanksgiving dinner didn't just consist of football nachos and chicken wings. We got turkey and dressing as well!

The sweetie and I had our Thanksgiving dinner Friday afternoon, which was naturally followed by a nap. We relaxed and loafed around the house until the sun went down and then we painted the town red. The best part was coming home from the bar to raid a fridge full of tofurkey leftovers.

Tofurkey on my turkey plates

Photobooth kisses at the White Horse

Saturday BBC and I spent the day relaxing and helping JJ out with a school project. My sweetie had to work that night, so I went over to Pam and Wells's house with some Christmas cheer and helped decorate their tree. I wasn't really in the holiday mood when I first got there, but after hanging a few ornaments I exterminated my bah humbugs and went back home to do my own Christmas decorating. Brandon and I now have a stairwell filled with ornaments, a small rosemary tree, and three stockings hung and ready to be stuffed. I'm not sure why, but Brandon didn't think it was fair that I got two stockings and he only had one.

I was a little bummed waking up Sunday morning with the knowledge that my mini holiday was over, but in the end it went out with a bang. We met the gang for Wes's birthday at Yellow Jacket and naturally brunch turned into a BBQ at their house. Goofing off with Andre and Danielle applying lipstick in unison had to be the most fun I've had all month. The thing that made me squeel the most was meeting Honky Tonk Man, a Bengal cat that goes to bars on a leash. He was pretty sweet and loved the attention.

Lipstick gang: LD, Andre, Danielle

Honky Tonk Man

The best part of my extended Thanksgiving weekend was spending so much time with my sweetie. This was our first holiday together and it turned out wonderfully. I'm really looking forward to our Christmas together in Georgia with his family.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Thanksgiving Tidbits

Happy Thanksgiving, y'all.

Thanksgiving has been my favorite holiday for years, but more recently it just seems to pass by with little fanfare. I work at the Thanksgiving Day UT football game every other year, which leaves me with little to no turkey! This year I will be working, but for the last four years I've been fortunate enough to spend alternating years in countries that don't celebrate Thanksgiving. In 2009 I went to Rome with friends and last year I visited Chad and cousin Kat in London. Next year I'm hoping for Vietnam!

Matt, AT, JJ, barefoot LD, and Mr. Ex in Rome, 2009
Our Roman Thanksgiving, 2009
With Chad in Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese pub in London, 2011
Cousin Kat, LD, and Chad discotheque-ing post feast

So in the spirit of the holiday, here is a list of 10 things I'm thankful for:
  1. My wonderful friends and family. I am fortunate enough to be only surrounded by exceptional and caring people. It certainly hasn't always been this way, but I can guarantee it will always remain as such.
  2. Medical stability. I've had multiple medical issues in the past and will always have autoimmune disorders and chronic illness to work with, but I feel so fortunate to have reached a steady and maintainable place in my treatment.
  3. My sweet kitty cats and cats in general and cats dressed up as people and pictures of cats at tables eating Thanksgiving dinner and cat nipples (visit my cat nip slip blog HERE) and, and... Here kitty kitty!
  4. My jobs. I don't know how I got so lucky to have two jobs that are fulfilling, rewarding, and enjoyable. I do, however, hope to only have one job by the end of 2013.
  5. My mum! I know I already listed my family on here, but my mum is truly the brightest light in my life. 
  6. Electronic cigarettes. I have hated smoking for about as long as I have smoked cigarettes, but electronic cigarettes have saved the day. Sure, I'm still addicted to nicotine, but I don't smell and taste like an ashtray, my skin will remain supple and young (fingers crossed), and I don't have to worry about dangerous and unhealthy side effects. If you're interested in trying or learning more about the Blu eCigs I smoke, you can get a special introductory price HERE. (sales plug)
  7. Words cannot fully express how thankful I am that a long time acquaintance turned into my wonderful boyfriend, who truly is my best friend.
  8. I am thankful for the time I had with my dear friend, Karen. From 1997-2003 we spent every single Thanksgiving together. Thanksgiving was terribly hard after her passing, but now it reminds me to let those people I love and adore know how special they are year round. It also reminds me to cram as many deviled eggs I can into my mouth on turkey day, because it's what Karen would have wanted.
  9. Pigeons! Truth be told, I don't think there is a single living thing that can warm my heart like a chubby, iridescent pigeon roaming the city streets. Coo, coo, sweet pidges. And in one final shameless self plug, my pigeon blog is HERE.
  10. I am very thankful for THIS BuzzFeed post about sexy Phil Collins and the following video.

I hope everybody has a lovely Thanksgiving and gets to enjoy it with the ones they love. While I won't be celebrating in true feast form, I will get to enjoy the company of my sweetie BBC, Karen, and Letty while we all work at the football game. And while I will gladly accept any charity plates from those of you who will be having your own Thanksgiving feasts, BBC and I plan to gorge ourselves of tofurkey Friday!

    Thursday, November 15, 2012

    Peeves, Perks, and Observations

    Here is a list of things I dislike, enjoy, and have general thoughts on:

    • I'm slightly annoyed by the multitude of petitions being sent to the White House requesting peaceful secession of states from the Union. This one, however, I fully support! Let's get rid of Arizona.
    • My biggest pet peeve is inconsiderate walkers. Stopping in the middle of a walkway, a group of people walking too slow and blocking a sidewalk, and people who walk zig-zaggy drive me out of my mind!
    • Three times in my adult life I have tucked my skirt into the top of my tights after using the bathroom and walked down the hallway into my office exposing my rear. 
    • I really, really want a gold nugget Texas shaped ring. I don't really understand why they are so damned expensive since they are clearly hideous. 
    This ugly thing is $1,300

    • It's customary for me to throw back a High Life as soon as I get home from work and I've learned over the years that my "unwinding" time is necessary for relationship bliss. Several weeks ago I was having a pretty rough week at work and BBC and I had early dinner plans. I pretty much only had time to go home to meet him, feed my kitties, and change my shoes. My sweetie met me at the bus stop with a cold one resting in a koozie. Clearly, this is love!
    • Quality Seafood makes the best macaroni and cheese I've ever eaten. It's a WT casserole version made with spaghetti noodles. A very close second place goes to Julia for her perfection of Martha Stewart's recipe that you can find HERE.
    • I dated a guy named Mary-oh once. He was funny and thought I was pretty. He's just come out with a neat little product and an even better video to promote it. You can preorder it HERE:

    • Shellac manicures are the best manicures ever. I've only had one (with super posh shellac pedicure) and ever since I've been lusting after an at-home kit. No other polish compares to the shine and long-lasting nature of shellac.

    • If someone had smelled my pee this morning they would have assumed that I had eaten asparagus for dinner, but I didn't.  
    • Several days ago, the BF asked if we could get fake married. I told him I could agree to that so long as I don't get a fake ring.
    • When Warren G. Harding was running for President a scandalous rumor nearly ruined his campaign. The rumor was that he had African American blood in his family.  I love that 80 years later we now have a 2nd term black president. GObama!

    Friday, November 9, 2012

    5 Facts Friday

    • Last Saturday, I held an intimate impromptu dance class showing Andre, Beth, Lacey, Matt, and Tom Lee how to "smang". Smanging is a very sexual dance move, not to rival my signature "ice cream dance", that starts with a smash and ends with a bang!

    • One of BBC's favorite movies is True Stories, which until this week I had never seen. It's a David Bryne film that is pretty great and I highly recommend watching it if you haven't already. Halfway through the film I told BBC that if you made all the crazy ladies from the movie into one person, it'd be pretty similar to me. He laughed and said he was thinking the same thing but didn't want to say anything lest I get upset. Here's my favorite clip. It reminds me of "singing" with Katie and Amanda and changing all the words to cat sounds.

    • One of my celebrity crushes is the blonde Bond, Daniel Craig. (To see the full list, check out my April 2012 post, A Stalker is Born). I am so excited about the new Bond film, Skyfall, that I've already bought my tickets for next week. My last BF was so annoyed with my crush that he wouldn't watch Daniel Craig movies with me. Since BBC isn't threatened by my Phil Collins and Rick Rubin moans and groans, I'm pretty sure he won't have a problem with my 007 fantasy. 
    • The amazing Acro-Cats are in town, y'all! It's a kitty cat circus with a live cat band. I went a couple of years ago and had a blast. Naturally, it's kid friendly, so take your kids and enjoy a nice cold beer while you watch. (Yes, they have a full bar!). You don't have to be a cat lady to enjoy it!

    • On a personal note, my mum amazes me. She has recently gone through a rehab program and has been sober for many, many weeks now. I honestly can't remember a time when she hasn't been an alcoholic, but I have always loved and adored her, am shockingly surprised by how much we're alike, and truly feel like we are spiritually connected to each other in this life and beyond. Nearly all of my friends have met her and love her as equally as they love me. She's an exceptional lady. For those of you who know how brightly she shines, please keep her in your thoughts and send the good vibes her way as she takes yet another life journey. I love ya, mum!
    My mum in 1977, the day Elvis died
    With my mum, 2009 at my 27th bday Quinceanera

    Halloween 2011 with my newphew

    Tuesday, November 6, 2012

    The Most Fun Had

    This past weekend was exceptional! Not only did I have fun, fun, fun at FunFunFun Fest, but I feel like I had the best staycation a girl could ask for.

    Jessica, LD, Tofte, Tofte's ass, and Audra

    My memories of the festival these past few years are slightly soured, due to bad experiences with a bad ex-boyfriend. Without exception, we got into heated arguments daily at the festival, resulting in the regularly scheduled breaks in our relationship until FFF came to an end. So this year, when my sweetie and I agreed to attend together, I was mildly afraid of the FFF curse, but wholly excited. In a nutshell, the curse has been broken! This weekend felt like a honeymoon at the Disney World of music.

    Since many of my lovelies reading this attended FFF themselves, I won't be going into any performance reviews, but here is a list of my favorite things from this year's FunFunFun Fest:

    • Kreayshawn: I'll be honest, Kreayshawn was on the top of my list for FFF. What can I say? I like girly hip hop and songs about hoes in secondhand clothes. My favorite Kreay quote: You can put a pig in makeup but you can't disguise a skank. I wasn't very surprised that Jacob was the only person who shared my excitement about seeing Kreayshawn, so I had already resigned to the fact that I would be twerking by myself. However, my sweetie pulled a boyfriend of the year move and watched backstage with me. I think Kreayshawn is adorable, her mother is Boom Boom from the Trashwomen, and on mornings when I'm so tired I want to skip out on work I use this song to motivate me out of bed:

      The Trashwomen: Boom Boom in the back!

    • By far, the best thing about FFF is seeing so many of your friends in one place. I got to spend a little time with everybody, including Audra!!!!!! Friends, however, are kind of separated into social stratifications like a classed society. Some of my favorite people were working, so I only saw them under their oppressive wage-slave conditions, and others didn't have the "Homie pass" hook up and couldn't go backstage. I'm not entirely sure that Max Weber would approve, but I loved how I could grab a beer from Beth whenever I missed her face.
    • With all great relationships come sacrifice and compromise. First we will go watch the nicest man in hardcore, Mr. Damian from Fucked Up, so long as we watch De La Soul afterwards. I was pretty excited about De La Soul until I realized that I had confused them for A Tribe Called Quest.
    • I would easily say Valiant Thor put on the best show I saw all weekend. These guys rock harder than a metal version of ZZ Top. In the middle of the show Valiant Himself jumped off the stage, broke up the pit, laid down in the dirt, and worshiped the guitarist during a solo while insisting that the crowd do the same.

      Sexy scary faces with Matt and BBC
      Four drunks on a roller coaster

      Fagan, KB, LD, Tofte, and Sherry baby up front