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HOUSE:

We worked outside mostly this weekend.

jessamine on carport

The climbing plant is Carolina Jessamine. We bought it from Bates Nursery for $39.99 two years ago. It’s grown a lot but we never wrapped it around the carport as we waiting to paint it. So, we unraveled the thing and hope it takes over the carport to cover up the ugly supports.

WATCHING:

DJ Cavem rhymes about healthy food.

Seriously.

THINKING:

someone else to make you happyhere

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Musings

HOME:

We didn’t work on the house as much as planned. We’ve been doing everything but working on the house. I did hem our outdoor curtains and put weights in them. (Post coming) The side porch was looking like the set of a Shania Twain video.

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DOING:

Domino is coming! Domino is coming! It recently republished bi-yearly (3 have been published bi-yearly) and now it’s going to be quarterly. Plus, Michelle Adams and Deborah Needleman are back. Read about it here and here. I have always wished for a collection of back issues. I was fresh out of college, focused on teaching, meeting The Mister, moving to Nashville, my new career and getting married 2005-2009. I purchased a few issues in 2008 and 2009 but I never had a subscription. I’m watching some lots on eBay.

THINKING:

time to whine and complainhere

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I know I’m a little late on this parade. I was busy making cookies during Sunday’s airing. (Seriously) So, I watched last night. It’s been awhile since I’ve done a recap and these things take forever.

The MTV Music Awards had some weird and overall MTV Video Music Award moments. Let’s start with GaGa.

I like a costume change. I didn’t get the smeared make up but she doesn’t care. She probably doesn’t want me to get it. I’m thankful that the clothes were frankly tame. Yes, she looked like Ariel from a porno version of The Little Mermaid but I’ll take it.

Then, we had Taylor mouthing “Shut the F Up” while One Direction presented. Look at her go. I thought I had made it up in my mind to happily see everyone some people on The Internet confirm it.

Miley Cyrus got all hyped up on X and Adderall to fling her tongue around and sexually assault a foam finger. (Thankfully no bread was wasted this time.) She rubbed herself on Robin Thicke while trying to sing along. Robin Thicke is sexy. His wife is sexy. Miley Cyrus was not sexy.

robin thickeWe’re gonna have to send her to Promises aren’t we?

Daft Punk just presented. They were taken from Colbert to stand next to Pharrell? Boo. They were decked out in their “Get Lucky” video garb but they were silent.

daft punk with pharell and taylor swiftShe does NOT forgive and forget.

Justin Timberlake did his thang. The Mister even said he’d go see him live after his VMA show down. However, none of this was performed which was a shame. You can see my girl JBK and I at his concert in 2007 here. Man…2007…We’ve all grown up and gotten married. Bless it.

*NSYNC did come out and I was transported to high school. I liked watching Lance. I always knew I liked that kid. I knew this was a lot to ask but I really wanted them to bust out of the doll boxes like in their video “It’s Gonna Be Me.” Still, I’ll take what I can get. My mother gave me my Britney Spears single of “Baby One More Time” and the Backstreet Boys CD this past weekend. Sadly, no *NSYNC was found in whatever drawer she cleaned out. (I did listen to Britney’s single but Backstreet Boys are still in the case on my floorboard.)

Vampire Weekend didn’t perform but they presented and were perfectly awkward. Then, One Direction won “Song of the Summer.” Vampire Weekend just stood in the back with their arms crossed and whispered to each other a bit.

Immediately following was an intro by Jason Collins and ASAP Rocky (I didn’t know who he was and had to look him up). ASAP Rocky seemed a tad uncomfortable talking about homosexuality.  They introduced Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ “I Can’t Change” featuring Mary Lambert. I like this song and am not uncomfortable with homosexuality. I was singing along with Mary and then JHUD came out and was like “Sha-la-la…I have an amazing voice and cute, new short hair.” I stopped singing.

Adam Lambert cut down on his eyeliner and came out with a lady with similar hair to present the “Artist to Watch” award. Some kid that looked 13 beat out Iggy Azalea.

adam lambert hairI need you to know that the original photo came from a website named “Adamtopia.” See it here.

Drake performed and he’s sexy too. I’d have no objections to him twerking on Robin Thicke instead of Miley.

Bruno Mars won a Moon Man and performed “Gorilla.” I like to sing this song as a fake duet in my car. (I have pretty detailed car karaoke sessions sometimes.) I imagine Bruno and I would not take this song seriously in our introduction but he seemed pretty serious at the awards. He’s a great performer and I’ll have to stick with my routine. I can’t sing a song about “making love like gorillas” seriously.

Allison Williams introduced Katy Perry in a dress that would be cute to get married in at the courthouse.  Allison is a cute girl. She’d make courthouse weddings popular. Katy Perry then showed off her jump rope skills and dressed like a wrestler. Not a cheeky, sparkly wrestler – a wrestler with a uniboob sports bra and long shorts.

katy perry vma outfit

She’s still wicked pretty and there were gorgeous shots of her under the Brooklyn Bridge. I was prepared for what I consider the usual Katy Perry. So, her being dressed casually with Zumba-like dance moves took me by surprise.

Do you get GaGa’s makeup? Do you want *NSYNC to have a reunion tour even though you know it’s not gonna happen? Did you wonder where Katy Perry’s whipped cream can brazier was? Are you keeping your daughters away from Miley Cyrus? You should. You better.

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Weekly Thoughts

This weekend I saw The Queen (Beyonce) and it was glorious.

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If you follow me on Insta you saw some videos. I had a pretty good seat, especially for what they call “Bey Stage.” I’ve never felt more encouraged to get in shape, install some large mirrors and practice dance moves. Her body is delicious looking.

I attended the concert with some girls. I planned on being out of town and the concert sold out quickly. So, I didn’t think I’d get to go but I found my single ticket on Craigslist for less than face. I told myself that I travel and do things alone frequently so this was no big deal. However, I did feel insecure.

First, I almost hit Martina McBride. I could not find my section (turns out it was the only one without a sign) and was frustrated. So, I raised my hand and turned at the same time. I came close to whacking a woman in the ear as I turned. I began to apologize and she walked off. I thought “That’s weird. I didn’t mean to. Ooooh wait. That was Martina McBride.”

Second, I was smack in the middle of several large groups and couples that were not ashamed of PDA. So, I felt left out or skeezey – depending on who I was glancing at.

Then, I found out about the Trayvon Martin case. I got the text and began to cry. This made me the girl who was all alone and crying. (aka: The Freak) Nobody said anything to me and I quickly got my shit together. I exchanged texts with a couple friends.

I loved the concert and tried to live in it but also wanted to talk to The Mister and go hug some people. Bey (we’re close friends now) did have a moment of silence, sang “I Will Always Love You” and followed it by “Halo.” I talked with The Mister till early morning hours about the case. Then, went to bed and prayed for Beyonce’s feet (they had to be sore) and Trayvone’s family.

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Unfortunately, this is especially true if you’re a young black man in a hoodie.

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Weekly Thoughts

June 30 was not a Thursday yet you got something I thought was scheduled for a Thursday. So, that obviously didn’t go as planned.

I hope all y’all had a wonderful Fourth of July. We spent it with my family on the General Jackson. Before you think this is super fancy, you should know that we all agreed that we’re not going to do it again. We did it four years ago with two family friends and it was a much better time. In fact, one of The Mister’s favorite photos came from that holiday.

20130707-225429.jpgThe top photo is The Mister’s favorite and the bottom photo is one of my favorites. It is of one of my mother’s dearest friends, Gary. He unexpectedly passed away a few months later, right before our wedding. They’d been friends for over 30 years. Gary and his wife have always been in my life. It was very difficult but I’m glad to have these photos in our hallway. When the photographers came around and showed the table the top photo Gary announced “You have to have this photo! I mean…y’all are meant for each other.”

This photo is also from July 4, 2009.

Fourth of July 2009Let’s discuss how good my skin looks.

I’ve heard some discussion about “What is the song of the summer?” This is a silly question but I’m willing to answer it. My song of the summer is Lorde’s “Royals.” I can’t say I’ll continue to listen to it on repeat as it was in heavy personal rotation the month of June. You should add it to your current playlist.

In other news from the past week:

  • We opened my booth at Miss Lucille’s Marketplace – more details coming
  • We are ordering the awnings for the house.
  • The painters are coming! The house should be painted within the next few weeks.
  • I changed a diaper. I got to see a loved girlfriend that lives too many hours away (hey Kia) and meet her precious son. He’s pretty fresh so I was very much like a robot with holding him and she encouraged me to change his diaper. To her credit, she coached me through it and didn’t make tremendous fun. Let’s be clear: I’ve changed a diaper before but not a baby that just a few months old.

This week’s mantra:

christian d. larson

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Weekly Thoughts

THE CIVIL WARS ARE BACK! You know I was upset. The new single, “The One that Got Away,” is amazing.

Their new album will be available on August 8.

I decided to dig around on RealTracs for no good reason and found our dream house.

house on eastland

Yesterday, I convinced The Mister to drive by and I was crushed to see that it sold sometime during the week. I was seriously crushed. I drove by last weekend and saw the sale sign and I wish I would have acted sooner. It’s gonna haunt me. 

This will be this week’s mantra.

do what you canhere

I wish that house wasn’t the one that got away.

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We had dinner with my parents for Momma’s birthday. She went out with some clients and friends on her actual day.

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We should all hope for her skin.

Speaking of pretty ladies, I saw Carrie Underwood last night at CMA Fan Fair. She had a cute headband that was very much on the festival style trend. I tried to take a photo.

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Use your imagination and tune in when it airs on ABC.

This lady isn’t lovely, but you need to watch her. Seriously, watch her.

Always remember, “It’s better to be punching into space than in your face.”

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