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As this Labor day weekend comes to a close I keep feeling like everything is surreal.  After my first week at my new job I have a three day weekend – going from one day weekends to a three day weekends sure can throw a person off.  I keep feeling like I am going to wake up tomorrow morning and realize that the new job was all a dream.  Unfortunately this feeling of living a surreal life happens more often than not and I always wonder if I am real…if my life is real…if this is all really happening.  However I am not feeling very introspective today so I am just going to ignore the feeling and remind myself that no matter what, right now it is real so I will just enjoy it.  If I happen to wake up days from now in an alternate reality maybe I will re-evaluate the whole surreal thing…IF.

I’m not sure what other people do for Labor Day, probably go on vacation and have fun with friends or family, but this weekend I stayed inside most of the time.  Obviously I got my tattoo Friday night, then I went to my bar Saturday night to show off the beautiful artwork and I was reminded once again how much like Cheers my bar has become to me.  I don’t even have to worry if anybody will be there because guess what…I know someone there no matter what!  And everybody DOES know my name.  It.  Is.  Awesome.  And so are the people.  Maybe it isn’t always a bundle of excitement but it’s MY bar and I love it.

Yesterday I literally spent the entire day inside working on either my cross-stitch (because I am ridiculously cool and do silly crafty stuff like that) or my friends birthday gift while watching movies.  Lots of movies.  We started with Stardust and, if you haven’t seen this, you should.  It will give you a new respect for Robert DeNero.  Battleship was second since I hadn’t seen it yet, which seriously made me want to play the game because it was one of my favorites as a kid; I mean, who doesn’t like fake blowing stuff up??  Nobody I know.  Actually blowing stuff up is way more fun but generally frowned upon.  Then we moved on to Transformers 3- who wants to guess why?!?  And then, the brilliant idea of Lord of the Rings…the extended editions.  I have only sat through all the LOTR movies one time, and it was on TV.  But my sister likes the movies a smidge more than I do and has all the lovely four hour versions of the movies.  I still couldn’t tell you anything that happens in the movies, but I CAN tell you that Gimli is my favorite.  I want him to be real.

I can’t believe I will actually be admitting all this to people because reading it makes me realize just how boring of a person I am.  It also makes me realize that once I have saved up more money and have my own place there will be few of these days.  Hopefully most will contain an abundance of friends and activities that leave me exhausted and ready to go back to work for the rest it will provide me.

Anyway – today, being the actual Day of Labor (or lack there of) we came to our parents house to enjoy a feast of home made pulled pork, chicken, brats, and rolls.  Add some friends, and a little Shiner (because we are from Texas, people) and you have yourself an afternoon.

Pulling the pork is the best part of making the food. Some of the pork accidentally falls into my mouth before it makes it to the bowl. It’s such a difficult job…

I know it probably seems like American’s use “holiday’s” as an excuse to eat lots of food, but it’s just what we do.  Food brings us together.  Food is fun to make.  Food makes us happy.  Plus there are always left-overs and who doesn’t love that??

Once we finished lunch and were in a food coma Shrek was put on (another movie, yay!).  Now, I haven’t seen Shrek in years and I was blown away at how old the technology looked.  I used to love that movie!  It looked so cool!  Sadly it no longer looks cool, just old.  I can’t believe I am this old…my aging needs to stop, two years ago.  Especially since I realized earlier today that, as I put it, “I have had Nutz for over ten years!”  Imagine being next to me in the car when those words came out of my mouth…you might be confused, huh?  Nutz is my stuffed animal.  My dog, to be exact.  I took him to college with me and when my guy friends would mess with him I would say, “Stop touching my Nutz!”  I honestly never did it on purpose, I’m just possessive and always called him “My Nutz.”  It became awesome and now I am glad I was so innocent as a child and didn’t realize how fun it would be in my old age.

I hope everyone’s weekend was exactly what they wanted.  I can’t believe it is already September but I am excited to see what this month will bring!


Reasons to Smile – Part 2!

It is time for Reasons to Smile post number two.  Fair warning though, if you don’t like birds or squirrels this one might not make YOU smile.  But I have a treat at the end, so just scroll down there!

#1 reason to smile to day?  IT’S MY BIRTHDAY!!!  I am officially 24…but I maintain that I am 22, I like that number much better.

Today I thought I would focus on a day spent at the Arboretum with my mom and a friend.  And the fuzzy snugglies we found along the way.

We began our visit with a nice picnic in the park area.  One of the first things I spot is this guy:

You might not like birds, but I LOVE birds.  From a distance.  And not in my house.  I especially love brightly colored birds and this guy was just too good to pass up, I whipped out my camera and, on über-ultra zoom, I snapped some pictures.  As I always do, I named him, but I have since forgotten his name.  Sorry little guy, you aren’t important to me anymore.

Anywho, the entire reason we came was to celebrate my mom’s birthday (I see a trend!) and I thought it would be fun to pack a lunch and enjoy the nice day.  When we get there and start getting everything out of the picnic basket we notice something is missing…  We remembered condiments, cheese, and even lettuce, but we forgot the meat.  So, meatless and amused we compromised and had plain ole cheese sandwiches!  And we decided to share them with this little fella:

I always want to lure squirrels to me when I am in a park because, not-so-secretly, I want to have a squirrel as a pet.  Oddly enough my mom and friend were in on it and we began tearing the extra bread apart and tossing the pieces towards him.

At first he stopped and nibbled on his own scrumptious goodies and gave us a nice view of his manhood.  I decided to name him Tedward because I couldn’t decide between Ted and Edward (this was before I had ever heard of Twilight, I promise), but called him Ted for short.  As he sits and tastes his victuals, we continue on ours, hoping our nibbles of bread will lure him into our trap of cuddles and kisses.

Out of nowhere he springs into this position:

We assume this means Ted is on to us and is going to flit away, mocking our attempts.

But, no.  Instead he does this:

Yup!  That’s right folks, our plan is working!!  Little Tedward is slowly making his way towards us, lured by food.  If only we’d had Cheetos, he would have been in our laps in no time.

I remember when I was still under three feet and could count my age on one hand my family was in California and we were eating our lunch in some forest/park and the squirrels were not shy at all, they came right up to our table and took the Cheetos right off our plates.  Like we had invited them or something.  Maybe that’s why I want a squirrel as a pet, our mutual love of all things Cheeto-y…

Once Ted finished a few pieces of bread and gets within touching distance of our little picnic:

He turns around and leaves.  So typical.  Use us for food and then leave.  YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO STAY FOR CUDDLES AND KISSES!!

Knowingly this guy snickers, I swear, he snickered at us!

Him I didn’t name.

Once we admitted defeat we packed up our picnic and strolled around looking at all the beauty that nature has to offer.  I would put up some of my Arboretum pictures but I am already planning a flower post and I don’t want to repeat pictures.

As we were leaving, we passed by our spot in the park and who do we see??  Our little Tedward, back for more!

He missed us.  Can’t you tell?!?

You might not have smiled thinking about luring a squirrel into your lap, maybe you think they are rodents with fluffly tails.  You are probably be right.  But I also happen to LOVE mice and rats.  Call me crazy!  No, seriously, call me crazy.  I promise I am.  However, I have decided to give you anti-squirrel-rodent people something to smile at.  Or maybe laugh at.

Ready for it??  I give you…


I give you Bear and Evi, respectively.  Also lovingly known as Bearykins, Burr, Butch, Evikins, Evester Beavster, or Evel Knievel.

Now tell me you didn’t smile.

To end post number two I will remind everyone to never overlook the small things.  Looking back, it is always the little moments, or the spontaneous trips that bring me the most happiness and make the best memories.  Make every day the best it can be!  And don’t forget to SMILE!!

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