This was no doubt the longest month of the year. The hotel industry in Natchitoches is not the place you want to work if you desire sanity.
There is the Christmas Festival which causes us to sell out months in advance, graduations, reunions, everyone and Aunt Carol wanting to come see the lights.
Crazy Train. Not to mention, 5 employees quit this month, so that's a record.
I honestly didn't take a lot of pictures, so the ones that I stole......thanks.
Charades was a time....I tried to coach them with scenarios about movies.
They drew Star Wars, so I suggested a light saber fight and then someone slink down like when Ben Kanobi was killed. It worked, until they kept swatting "him" with the light sabers and every one was yelling, "The Color Purple!" "Roots!", I was like "NO ONE IS GETTING WHIPPED!"
The next movie was Dirty Dancing. They said they got it.
They straight up did the scene from Risky Business.
The next movie was Titanic. I said "okay, someone get behind another person, put your arm around her, and let her stretch her arms out".
Literally the most iconic scene from the movie.
What did they do?
Our church had it's yearly Christmas Program. I could have done without Scott's commentary in my ear, LOL.
For about half a day, there was a slurry of ice/snow on the ground.
After one particularly hectic day at work I came home, through my laptop bag on the floor, and didn't touch it until my way out the door the next morning. After being at work 2 hours or so, I go to get my binder out of the bag. THE binder. My entire life, personal and work, is in this binder. It was soaked. I lost many important papers, but most importantly......
A Diet Mtn. Dew can had exploded I am guessing when I threw the bag down and sprayed everything in the bag. Poor Kindle here was at the bottom of the bag and drowned for over 12 hours No amount of rice could help it.
I did get another one, bigger and brighter, but I felt bad. We have logged so many hours together.
On Facebook I made the comment "Goodbye my old friend, I am sorry I let you drown", with this picture.
A week later, this was a conversation I had with an unnamed coworker.
Her: Good morning
Her: Who died?
Her: Your friend?
Her: What you put on Facebook...your friend that drowned.
Me: OMG, you mean my Kindle?
Her: I don't know the picture didn't load.
Me: You thought I would let someone drown and then post it on Facebook?
Her: I don't know, you be weird sometimes.
My Black Friday purchase has arrived!
Everything was so much better than I anticipated! The color was perfect, it was larger, softer, and way more comfier than I thought it being so cheap would be.
Thank you Wayfair!
I have changed the pillows up 3 times in one week. Who knows what the final outcome will be.
I attempted to make sausage balls for the first time. They were very tasty, however the recipe insisted that I use a mixer instead of hands to combine everything. Well poop yeah!!!!
It was a no.......
I have no doubt that I am the most hated house on my route.
If I thought for one second that I could fit into this, I'd be all over it like white on rice.
Just keeping the romance alive in our marriage.
Callie, being rude at my mother's house. She is not a fan of their new dog Molly.
Can't take her anywhere......
At work, had to take a picture of my favorite guys!
Our Night Auditor is better than your Night Auditor:
Stolen pre-Christmas pics of Lily:
After we opened present and ate I went to work.
None of us took an obligatory Christmas group picture or posted a picture of food.
We fail as Americans.
Lula, who I ditched at my mother's house after she peed on my iPod and it caught on fire, is slowly making her way inside my mother's house. I warned them; she will pee on everything you love.
You know that yo live in Louisiana when you have an alligator pulling Santa in a boat..
Scott turned the big 4-3.
We were both off, but can't say we did much. He played his new video games on his loudass surround sound system he bought, and I meal planned for next week. We met my mother and Bailey for dinner, and pigged out, then bought groceries. If that doesn't scream a good time, then I don't know what to tell ya.
And again, we took zero pictures.
I snapped this one while he was putting together a quilt rack in his old man bath robe.
We rang in the New Year by watching hockey and Carnival Eats.
Here we are piled on my new couch (yay!) in my old lady nightgown.
Here's to 2018, may it not be a dumpster fire.
I turned 39. Didn't start off well, haha.
I have the absolute worst toothache. To make it worse, there isn't a tooth there, just a shell of a tooth that was pulled a long time ago. If I thought that I could go in, have it pulled and go back to work the next day I would, but I know they're going to have to cut stuff out.
Sigh. No birthday steak for me, but I did cheat and eat Stuffed Crust Pepperoni pizza.
I share a birthday with my most favorite Houston Astro:
I went to my mom's and collected my birthday cake. Every year our family friend Randy makes one for me. Even the years I lived in Alabama:
I haven't done a random blog in a while, so I have a lot of pictures on my flash drive with no dates, and no explanations, so I am just going to throw them on here all willy nilly.
Cheesy Garlic "Bread"
Scott and I took a trip out of town to El Dorado, Arkansas.
We didn't do much, but it was fun.
I may have went a little Christmas crazy this year...
All of my Black Friday purchases are starting to roll in....I had the same amount yesterday here and at my mom's.
I even bought a couch from Wayfair. It should be here in about 2 weeks!
The month ends today, I am looking forward to December. Hopefully some cool weather. My Christmas shopping is mostly done, and only 25 days to 24 hours of A Christmas Story!
Houston is going to the World Series!!!!
Lazy day off. Church, grocery shopping, and catching up on DVR.
Long work day.
I also broke my toe.
Like straight up broke my toe.
I cooked! Loaded Baked Potato Dip and Seasoned Salmon
Our escapades today were just too much for her.
Only Dead on the Inside: A Parent's Guide to Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse by James Breakwell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
It was well worth the wait! I love following the daily adventures of this family on Twitter!
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I always fix my hair fancy for a Saturday night.
So maybe tonight's game lasted until almost 1:00am.
Since I am off work tomorrow, I wore my only semi-Halloween-related thing I own.
It's my favorite day of the year!!!!!
Way more than just one picture today.
The best Halloween picture ever? The lady on the right went as my MOM!!!!!!
One more bonus...
Only in my hometown.....
My sister's Facebook:
So umm... I'm in the kitchen, Lily is on the porch playing with the cat, when she comes barging in screaming "There's a pig on the road!! And it's not pink! It's gray!!" I'm like wtf?? This kid is nuts. But sure enough!
Thank you so much for indulging me in my 3-part October blog.
It is my favorite time of the year! Can I say it again!
Tomorrow is Game 7 of the World Series!!! I am hopeful!!!!!!
Being the greatest month of all, why wouldn't you want to document every day?!
The Astros won Game 1 of the ALCS!
I lost my aunt today.
My Mother's sister, Donna, had been fighting cancer.
I really don't want to get personal on here, but I stood 2 feet away when her son Troy took his last breath a couple of years ago. I was standing there in the doorway when Donna took hers. This isn't fair. I lost my Daddy. My grandmother. Too many family members I have had to say goodbye to because of cancer, and liver failure, and for whatever reason our Lord decided that it was time. I would never question His decisions.
But it hurts.
And I am angry for the pain my family is going through. No one should have to lose a sister, a mother, a grandmother, an aunt.
I know it happens every single day, but I take it personally. Two people that I worked with have lost their dads this week.
I hope as a society that we pray for the peace and comfort of all of our fellow people, whether you know and like them or not.
I worked a 16 hour shift at work. Voluntarily.
Bailey stopped by, LOL
I cooked! Ugly Inside Out Enchiladas
This happened Sunday, but nothing at all happened today, so I thought I would share.
I don't want to talk about it.
Well..I thought it was funny.
My birthday present came in early! I am going to try hard to keep it put up until November 13th.
I took two pictures, none of which show what exactly it looks like.
A lot of heartbreak this week, but as always we made it through.
The Astros will advance to a Game 7 to determine who will go to the World Series.
Here is hoping to a happier week!
Do you know the phrase "Been there, done that, bought the tshirt?", well that is me.
Call it a quirk, when I find something I am interested in, I automatically look for a tshirt.
When I started watching Astros baseball, I was adamant that I had to support my team via shirt. This is much better than my "sticker on my car" phase. (I have three on there right now, I am prohibiting myself from a flamingo sticker).
I ordered the shirt, put it on, and was ready for some baseball!!!!
Not a big deal. The next evening I was ready with my slightly dirty shirt on!!!
They ended up losing 5 in a row.
When they made the post-season playoffs, I condemned the shirt to "the rod".
I wore it here and there, mainly to sleep in.
So FINALLY! Dallas Stars hockey begins!!!
They lost, yo. I had on the shirt, and they lost to the Golden Knights.
You know what?
They lost the following night to the St. Louis Blues.
The shirt is in the "winter pajamas" drawer.
Ya'll!!!! I just wrote this post yesterday, I come home from work, changed clothes, and turn on the hockey game.
Look what I did!!!!!!!!!!
I need to put it with my "workout" clothes, those NEVER get looked at!
It is my favorite time of the year!!!!!
Even though it's still in the 90's, Autumn is in the air.
Here is a pic a day for the first few days of October! (please lower your expectations)
No caption needed.
Guess which one I grabbed to freshen up my face?
This.....was the highlight of my entire day. I could have eaten the entire thing myself, but I did share it with Scott.
Very long and hard work day. I ate one meal and drank half a bottle of water.
I am not doing well at the whole "adulting".
I thought these were wine bottles. #drunk
I accidentally deleted a ton of pics off of my phone, but today I was off work, cleaned the house all day, and caught up on all of my shows. At one point I had Scandal playing on DVR, while I had on my laptop split screen Chicago Fire and This is Us.
But since I deleted the one picture I took today, here, enjoy this image of Baron Corbin.
Dallas Stars hockey began today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So maybe I spent the entire day indoors, holed up watching sports and pigging out on burgers and hot dogs.
I didn't take the first picture. Enjoy this image of Baron Corbin.
A bonus picture day. It's Lily's birthday!!!!
We went to church, ate lunch, then had cake and presents at her house.
AND!!! (I would never say but more importantly..) THE HOUSTON ASTROS ARE HEADED TO THE ALCS!!!
I posted this to my loving husband's Facebook wall.
Because I am classy like that.
Busy work day, and time with my family.
Go buy this book! I received the pre-order and downloaded it to all of my Kindle apps.
Here's to a busy upcoming week!
A few years ago I remember on Blogger doing a daily blog, portraying nearly every moment of your day.
I always did good at first, but then I would forget.
I did make $23....whoop!
Now to push myself to do better eating and exercising, I am going to try it for a week. (spoiler alert, I exercise zero aside from day to day work stuff)
Day off from work.
I snooze for probably 20 minutes before I drag out of bed.
You know what happens when you get into bed after midnight with wet hair? You wake up looking like Shinsuke Nakamura.
After deodorant, toothpaste, a hair straightener, and makeup, I am ready for church.
I was curious to see which sister was going to say I either needed to fix my hair or dye it.
It was Bailey.
Does anyone else keep their makeup on a discarded hotel breakfast tray?
Decided to check my sugar before I left.
My jam is on when I leave the driveway...
I was happy for like 2 minutes.
I drive just over a mile, and there a car sitting in the road, completely still.
It moves SOME, so I get behind it, all happy, going to the house of the Lord, praise Jesus.
Ya'll. This car never got over 45mph.
I couldn't be cussing, I was on my way to church.
I got there so early, so I jammed out with my worldly music whilst waiting for my family to get there.
As usual, when I check my phone after church, I have about 40 of these.
I stuffed faced at El Patio, then headed home. Ya'll will not believe this. We left church a little late, then spent 15 or so longer then usual minutes at the restaurant, I drive home, turn off the highway onto our road, and GET WHO I GET BEHIND!!!
What are the odds? I have never seen this car before, nor do I know where they live.
Can you not.
I get home, and Scott is doing what he does best.
I said that I was going to go home and clean up from the football party the day before (notice the scales left on the floor from Lily), but I was out on the couch after about 15 minutes.
Callie thought it was a good idea too.
I finally drug myself off the couch, put my bra back on, then headed to the grocery store.
Lord, lead me not into temptation......
We check out, I provide excellent music on the drive home, and then we eat dinner.
Scott had hot dogs (again), and I had THIS!
Beef and Slaw Stir Fry
I did zero house work, watched a WWE ppv/Astros game, and drank tea.
I set my alarms and was off to bed.
May I add, this is pretty much the only day that I took pictures.
So, so early. I pulled up in the parking lot and sat there until I had 4 minutes to clock in.
I LOL for real when I read this post from my cousin Casey:
It was a pretty good day at work.
I faked smiled to all of the Guests and employees.
When I got home, I said "this is the day! I am going to straighten up before everything gets messy!"
Yeah....I watched old episodes of CSI until I had to cook dinner.
I made meatloaf and potatoes for Scott, I didn't eat really anything, not much of an appetite.
Baseball, WWE, dishes, and bed.
I started to have terrible chest pains, to the point where I was weak and slightly disoriented.
Did I go to the doctor? Well no! I got a good, cold washrag and went to sleep.
Scott got out of the shower, then disappeared, leaving his towel behind.
This is not unusual.....
I woke up at 4:00 when I thought I heard my phone vibrating, but it wasn't lit up so I rolled over. I never really went back to sleep, got to work at 6:45am again, only to find out that my phone did indeed ring, but it wasn't too major of an issue.
My chest felt better, so I knew I would live another 8 hours.
The work day though?
As soon as I walked in, the chest pains were back.
What a turd.
Bailey had as much fun as I did today.
All productivity ended when The Mummy comes on.
I made Salisbury Steak for Scott, and I had salmon and veggies.
That's pretty much it, watched tv, complained about my chest/shoulder hurting, and then I went to bed.
Today was a long day. I got to work early, we had a meeting about an hour away, so I sat in my office with no lights on until the GM got there so we could leave.
This is the cleanest my desk has been in years.
We sat through what seemed like 10 hours of sales and marketing talk, then finally headed back home.
I was all prepared to cook dinner but Scott had an even better idea with Chinese takeout. They have a scrumptious low carb option, that I totally defy when I eat 3 wontons.
My night consisted of simultaneously watching "This is Us" and baseball.
I tried to catch him in action, when he took off this pair of pants, there was another pair underneath.
It's been like this is 2004, I don't ask questions anymore.
My favorite day!! Any off day is my favorite day.
I got up, showered, then headed to pick up Rebecca and Lily for our "town" day, but not before Scott made breakfast.
She had to "put on "Eesa's makeup".
In her underwear.
After picking up my check and going to the bank, we feasted at Trail Boss.
I finally bought a decent pair of black shoes at Payless, then we headed off to Cato then Walmart.
I need this.
As soon as I got home, Scott was ready to go to the grocery store.
The woman that drives this car I know personally. Be glad you didn't get stuck with her in public.
Dinner was quick. Lil' Smokies for me and tamales for him.
May I add we do have a kitchen table, but...baseball.
Good news is, I finally cleaned the house.
Work though....was terrible.
It was SO bad, that when I got in my car, I couldn't even listen to the radio.
I went straight to the bedroom and just covered up my head.
I sucked it up, cleaned up the house, and made tacos!!!!
And of course watched baseball.
I have been dreading Saturday morning at work, I knew it was going to be butthole.
I survived with a splitting headache, but made it out in one piece.
I went to see the fam, and we drew names for Christmas.
I made Cheesy Crab for dinner, and you guessed it, I watched baseball.
That is my life. Mundane, work, sleep, family, and church.
Tomorrow is October!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I had to share this.
I wake up at 5:15 this morning, roll over, check my phone, and I have a missed call and a text from Annie, our Night Auditor.
The power was out. Whaaaa? It was a crystal clear night!!
I messaged her to see if it's back on, and told her if not, she would have to knock on people's doors that requested wake up calls, since the phones didn't work. The power was back on, thankfully, and everything was in working order.
When I get to work, our GM was giggling, OMG, did you see why we lost power?
I can't make this up.
Here is the link if you wanna.
This happened not too long ago with a snake.
Chicken fried snake takes out power to City
Welcome to Natchitoches, Louisiana!!!!
I have no idea why I feel the need to share this. For two weeks now, I have wanted to make a Facebook post about it, and then I think, "dude, no one cares!"
The Braves have been in my life since I was 8 years old. Calling myself a hardcore fan was an understatement. I can name players from the late 80's through the early 2000's like I can recite the alphabet. I can tell you their full names, where they went to school, and how many times they have been on the DL.
When I moved to Alabama, I got really spoiled, our Fox Sports was out of Atlanta so I never missed a game. When I moved back to Louisiana in 2010, I got nothing. It was seriously like drug withdrawal. As trivial as it may sound, it was like I got broken up with after a two-decade relationship.
I tried every cable company, looked at online options...nothing. My only hope was a random ESPN game.
One night I decided to find something to fill the void. I channel surfed and it ended up on hockey. If I was going to watch, I wanted to pick a team that a local channel would show regularly. I went to one team, I honestly can't remember which one, then I switched to the Dallas Stars, and there he was.
I knew this was where I needed to be.
I still watch regularly, although Trevor was traded in 2015, but no fear, Jamie Benn won my heart.
The entire point of my blog is, we switched from DISH to Direct TV, and I got the sports package. There it was. Atlanta Braves baseball. For five glorious days I boasted and soaked in as much as I could. Only one player remains from when I last watched in 2010. I didn't care, I had them back. For 5 days. I went to watch a game, and it said it was blacked out. Weeks later, they're still blacked out. We've talked to no less than 4 different people, and it isn't actually Direct TV's fault. The team actually blacks them out, something about marketing, blah blah.
I felt like a million bucks was right inside a glass case and I couldn't touch it.
I was going through every channel of the Fox Sports channels cursing and pitching a baby fit because they were all blacked out. I found on ATTSW, the Astros were playing. They have three former Braves players, so I watched. The next day I watched. By day three I am hooked.
I felt like a scum bag, like I was betraying the Braves, and if people found out, this would be like the LSU/Alabama thing all over again.
Yes, I switched teams because I dig Nick Saban. I've been called so many names, but mostly a "trader", spelled just like that. Whatever, I couldn't even name one you one player on the LSU team, and I really enjoy watching Alabama, so I felt zero guilt.
Like a 13 year old girl (and many adults) I felt I needed to update my status, so on Twitter it now says Braves/Astros fan. I didn't want all of my Braves peeps to wonder why I was rooting for Orange.
Last night they actually showed a Braves game. I was completely uninterested. What kind of person does that!? For real, I feel so disloyal to a team that I bled for over 30 years.
I have no idea why I feel I need to get this off of my chest.
I know it may sound ridiculous, people have real problems.
But for me, having a team to watch and root for now isn't one of them.
Work, eat, sleep, church, and watching sports.
That has been my life as of late.
I did finish a couple of books:
When we switched to Direct TV I was so excited to be able to see the Braves again.
For 4 days. Then all the games became blacked out. No one could give me a straight answer, but whatever, I am in this contract for 2 years. I started watching an Astros game, they have a local channel, and now I am hooked. The Braves will always be my team, but who says I can't have two?
I blogged about it: That Time When the Braves Broke Up with Me
Work has been busy, but good.
Lily has been adorable as always....
Mule went to the Grand Canyon, Vegas, Mexico......My Baby Mama got married
Baron Corbin.......for no reason......
How Not to Make Paprika Chicken and Potatoes
The Night the Lights Went Out in Louisiana
The Most Yummiest Cheeseburger Casserole
The Eclipse came and went.
I was watching from the window at work, and was heckled into coming outside and watch through a welder's mask.
It looked like Pac Man, then a crescent moon. I went in when a love bug flew up my nose.
In a nutshell.....
My friend Scott took this one:
They show up every year. I have never witnessed anything as bad as this year.
Facebook is flooded with everyone's pictures of their cars and houses engulfed by these little bastards.
At work, it's impossible to keep them away.
We planned a weekend away a month or so ago, and at the last minute we changed destinations.
We ended up coming back to Tyler, Texas.
In the middle of a hurricane.
Same trip as always. We ate at the same places, shopped in the same stores, stayed at the same hotel, fought the same fight.
I learned that at The Jalapeno Tree, when they offer you queso in either a bowl or a cup, go for the cup:
I may never poop again.
After a day of eating, shopping, and driving around in the rain, we called it a night.
The Mayweather McGregor fight came and went.
It is hard to watch all of the devastation going on with the flooding from Hurricane Harvey. We are currently under a flood warning here, but I think 10" is the most we are expected to get.
My thoughts are prayer go out to everyone affected.
I enjoy sports, binge watching TV, food, reading, and slightly bearded men.