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 know better than to try to make desserts.
It has never ended well.
Hall of Shame Brownies <<
*Maybe* I can redeem myself.
This looked pretty simple, minimal ingredients.
What you need:
Approx 1/2 cup of sugar free peanut butter. If you don't want this sugar free, regular peanut butter is of course fine. I dumped 3 heaping scoops of peanut butter from the wooden ladle thing.
1 stick of softened butter.
8oz softened cream cheese.
A pinch of salt (I used Kosher salt).
Just over a teaspoon of vanilla.
A swish of Stevia (or any sugar free sweetener).
Just throw it all in a bowl, mix well.
I of course started yelling for Scott, "OMG all of the *stuff* (edited for your virgin eyes/ears) is stuck in these mixing beater things!!!!!
He saved the day.
That is pretty much it. I transferred it to a smaller bowl and stuck some chocolate in it.
For visual purposes only, no way I am going to eat that!
There are so many things that you could use to dip this with, apples, carrots, celery, or even graham crackers.
I'm just going to dive in with a spoon as soon as it cools in the fridge.
I didn't blog last month's box. It was not good at all, and I didn't want to be a Debbie Downer.
This month...is different.
I still haven't a verdict for these. They taste WOW, then spicy, then sweet.
Scott didn't like them, and i is nothing that I would buy solo, but they were pretty good.
This was like a Nutter Butter. And sand. I like.
It had a very interesting consistency. I liked the flavor, it was rich.
This was like a straight up Moon Pie. I ate all of it, and didn't share.
This.....is still sitting in the kitchen. We are probably never going to eat it. It doesn't feel like Ramen noodles from the outside of the package. It's a no from me.
Free chopsticks, yo.
I also didn't share this. I am not a fan of hazelnut, but I was snacky that day, and these were like little sticks of Nutella.
A pretty good box all around.
Next month, Columbia!
In typical Lisa-fashion, I go to church this morning with the fam, I'm letting Lily waller all over me, I sing, I clap, the preacher is about to take the pulpit, and I feel something weird behind my armpit. I think for a second that it's an ant, it was just a little prick. Then I felt it. Fire. Knives. I jump, then I have to get up and run out. So embarrassing. I wanted to take off my clothes right then and there, but I had to walk out of the sanctuary, across the foyer, and into the women's bathroom.
I still do not know what exactly had managed to get inside my clothes, but it was black with a yellow stripe. All I could do was lay my head against the stall it hurt so bad.
Rebecca came in there and trapped it in a paper towel, and you could feel it vibrating her entire fist.
To me it looked like a huge beetle/spider, but she said it was definitely a hornet of some kind. I didn't see any wings, but that had to have been what was vibrating so bad. Neither of us had our phones, so we'll never know.
Almost 12 hours later it still hurts, it is still red, and I want to amputate.
Lily looked cute though, taking selfies with my phone.
We both wore polka dots.
Naps, grocery shopping, and cleaning was the rest of my day.
I also had a perverted tortilla chip in my basket at El Patio.
I finally got to see The Lost City of Z!!!
I may have watched it 3 times in less than 24 hours.
If you want a comprehensive account of Colonel Fawcett's life, I recommend this book:
The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I read many articles about this book, the figures and tribes in the story, and several of them said "that ending though!". I see what they mean. At 73% (if you're reading on the Kindle), the book ends. The rest is footnotes and sources, and to my delight, pictures. I kind of don't want to watch the film, which is loosely based on the expeditions of Col. Fawcett, because I know it will not hold a candle to this book and all of research that went in to it.
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So a cool thing happened.......
Missed it by one number!
We did get a check with a comma on it, AND A T SHIRT!!!!! I'm a sucker for a t shirt.
I finally had enough of DISH Network going out. We will be getting Direct TV on Saturday. Rebecca came over to help us try one more thing to get a signal.....Lil' was our entertainment.
The Direct TV is setup, and I am in love! All of the channels come in, the new tv is lovely, I can watch tv in the bedroom, and record up to 5 things at once.
I have Braves baseball again.
I may or may not have watched 30 episodes of The Golden Girls so far....
Obligatory Lily pics....
Work has been good.
Deanna is learning the art of towel animals.
I leave you with my two favorite things from the Natchitoches Aquarium:
I could make this short and name this "Pictures of fountains, food we ate, and Scott in the same shirt everyday."
7 days ya'll. 7 days with Scott.
We left for Hot Springs 3pm-ish on Sunday. With minimal arguing, we made it to Arkansas.
I for sure want to go back to this place because of this lake:
I never got a good picture, but it was massive. One side was all dammed up, and they had a beach area, and it just looked like the place that I need to be.
We made it to the hotel, unpacked, and didn't want to venture out too far for food, it was late, and there was a Zaxby's right there!
Chicken Club for the win!
The next morning was a definite pig out for breakfast:
The plan was to drive around, look at stuff, visit some of the Historic Downtown area, we drove out a little too far, so Scott went to turn around randomly, and then I saw this:
Yo, I was in heaven.
We decided today would be the outdoor day. We went back to the hotel and changed, then came back here, drove to the Hot Springs National Park, and also went to the Mountain Tower.
The next day was our "explore" day.
I read once that the male testicles are at a constant 88°.
This was way hotter than balls.
This was taken from the car, but I knew I had to get up and close to it to see just how big it was.
It was enormous.
Of course I had to have my picture taken in front of it.
And yes, I know it's "Hot Springs", but I didn't expect it to be SO hot.
We went to the aquarium!
Just for Bailey.....
With a quick stop to The Jerky Store, we drove back into the business district, and had lunch at The Hungry Greek.
There was this man in there, I couldn't understand some of what he said, but I did manage to gather than he had called the restaurant, told them he was coming, and to have his food ready. NOT as a take out, but as a dine in. He just didn't want to wait to eat. He cited "very poor management" when he got there as a WALK IN, and had to wait for his food.
We went back for a couple of hours, just hung around, then went BACK out for more food :)
Dinner at Purple Cow.
Took the hottest bath in my life! Also this tub was so deep to be a regular tub, I did not want to get out.
The next morning we were up and at 'em early.
I tried elk and bison on this trip, which was a first, I saw absolutely stunning landscapes, and I got to pet a tortoise named Slowpoke.
All Hot Springs pictures are here <<<<
We went back home for one night, I stopped and gave the fam their souvenirs, and apparently Bailey "hates" purple now, LOL.
I got some Lily snuggles, then headed home to do laundry. I had zero clean underwear.
We got up early Thursday morning, loaded up the bags again.
I had to stop by my doctor for my 3-month check up, drew blood, then we were off again!
When we got into Alexandria, it was pouring. We we got close to Opelousas/Lafayette, it was a monsoon.
We got off of I-49 and took this hillbilly hee haw road all the way to Baton Rouge.
It flooded. And flooded. When we got to I-10, it was still flooding, plus add bumper to bumper traffic, and the Huey P Long narrow ass bridge.
Navigating in a strange place+flood+traffic+husband that has been by my side for many days, I was ready to get to this hotel. The weather was so bad, we really couldn't see our surroundings, but made it safely.
I had checked into my room via the app, but it wasn't ready yet. I said I didn't really care, so I ended up on the first floor, first room.
Sigh. LOL. But it was good!
We hadn't eaten since breakfast, it was 3:30pm, so Scott ventures out to find the Taco Bell we know we passed. After 45 minutes of being gone, I started to worry. An hour passes, and I like well damn hell where are my tacos? I mean husband?
He made it. I saw the next day how horrible traffic was in that particular area.
We didn't go out to eat dinner, we just stuffed faced with tacos, pizza, and maybe adult beverages.
Got up early the next morning and headed out to see the USS Kidd!
When I went into the museum/Veteran memorial section, literally 2 minutes in I am a slobbering mess. Then I see a Vietnam Vet standing in front of a section of a man he knew.
We bawled together.
I waited so long for this!
Off we went.
When we wobbled back to the car, we just sat in the a/c for a good minute.
I brought a slip on pair of Tom's that I have had since 2010. We drove to the Mall of Louisiana, which, OMG, is huge, and just from the parking lot to the entryway, my shoe fell off 3 times. They had had it. WHICH!!!! On just this trip, that makes 2 pair of shoes that have went to Heaven.
We stopped in The Shoe Dept, and I bought these:
They felt good, somewhat stylish, I was hot to trot.
I pigged out on a gyro.
There are 2 miles worth of stores here.
About 1 mile into it, the shoe betrayed me.
It may not look like much, but it felt like knives.
We went into 5 and Below, where i bought a bunch of stuff for Lily. They did not have Band Aids...
We went next door to Target where they DO sell Band Aids, and I was back in business.
It still hurt come dinner time, so I just wore sandals.
LOL, Rebecca said it looks like the picture was taken with a potato, but she sees that I used Snapchat.
In my life, I don't think that I have eaten this much in one week.
I did walk 3 miles today, so maybe that counts for something?
I would never buy unnecessary things....
When we were in Hot Springs on Day 1, we went into TJ Maxx. I immediately go straight to the handbags. And I saw it. THE purse. Every woman has one purse in her lifetime that speaks to her.
Well I have had mine, but this spoke to me as well.
I didn't want to spend that much right at the beginning so I said on the day we go to leave, I'll go back, and if it's there, I'll get it.
Scott reminded me about 45 minutes outside of Hot Springs. I HAD FORGOTTEN!
When I got back home I searched online for almost 2 hours. Nothing.
When we left the Mall, I found a TJ Maxx, I walk in....and there is was.
We got up early Saturday morning and headed home. Blissfully uneventful, no monsoons. We stopped in Alexandria for lunch, and made it home by 2.
Our faces, after many hours in the car.
All Baton Rouge/USS Kidd pictures here <<<<
Got home, unloaded all the junk, and plopped by butt on the couch.
When Lily got home, I took her her bag of goodies.
She particularly liked the poop key chain and the edible bubbles.
Back to real life tomorrow.
I am currently on vacation, but here are a few things going on in my life.
I can't seem to get away from snakes. The Boss Lady called and said she was running late to work because there was a snake in her vehicle. She got a ride to work, but forgot her keys in her console.
I pretended to be brave and volunteered to go get the keys for her so she could get into her office. I grabbed John and we went a' snake hunting.
JK, I stood to the side while he tried to fish it out. He snagged the keys and we flew back to the hotel.
I asked him was he scared, but he said my driving was scaring him more than any snake.
Cheesy Cauliflower Bake
Pretty Little Liars ended tonight. I am 4 episodes behind, but I do know how it ends.
Maybe once I watch everything I won't be so disappointed on who the villain has been.
Rebecca and I took Lily to the Natchitoches Library for a Magic Show.
She started off in the back...
But slowly made her way to the front.
She reminded me of myself when I was young, she would look back every few minutes to make sure her mama was there.
Who I am kidding, I do that still.
I have many stolen pics of my family.
I end with, "Things you only see in Louisiana".
Vacation blog to come soon!
I said this week that I was going to blog a little every day and not get behind.
Well guess what, this is the most boring day in the history of days.
Our renovation has begun...yay new Front Desk wallpaper
I did triple duty today, I checked rooms when the Attendants were finished, I did reception, so I fake smiled and mingled, and I caught up on all my emails, reports, and began Time and Attendance.
I also made the saddest chicken salad in the history of lunch.
Tuesday was a turd.
I had pizza.
Wednesday, I went into the day thinking that it was going to be the worst, so I had LEFTOVER pizza.
It ended up being okay.
The meeting I was dreading (because I hate speaking in public) was alright.
Scott made Bacon Cheeseburger Rolls (well he cooked them, he bought them from Troy's Butcher Shop) and they were divine.
So right as dinner began, Jr (Uncle next door) started knocking. I tell Scott it's his turn.
As soon as the door open, Jr said "do you have a shotgun?" This may be startling to some, but we were like, "No, but we have pistols.."
No one asked why, LOL.
Turns out there was a rattlesnake in the backyard.
I think I handled it well....
I'll spare you the details, but it's dead now.
I have video, but it's mostly just Scott's butt crack.
Apparently the rule is, if you kill a snake you have to cut off their rattlers. Rattles?
The best part of the story was, why was Jr in our back yard to begin with?
He said he went to steal a cinder block, but it turns out they were stepping stones.
"Well damn hell, those ain't even got holes in them!"
Rebecca and I went walking, I came home, cleaned up the kitchen, and watched a movie.
CAN WE NOT!!! MORE SNAKES!!!!!
Thursday we loaded up and went to Alexandria.
Of course, I was putty in her hands......
When we got back, Scott had a surprise for me.
He still makes me swoon.
Scott and I went grocery shopping.
This is why Walmart is bad...
Below is my list;
Do you know how much was spent? $194....
And I forgot the avocado.
Friday I was off. I slept in until 9:30am. It was fabulous.
If you ever wondered what I do on my off days besides clean the house and laundry, this is it:
I stuff face, read recipes, and watch Harry Potter.
Saturday I got to sleep in a little, then head to work. It wasn't terrible.
When I got off, I headed to the grocery store to get more groceries, I get in line, I always have my card ready to go when they start to scan.
Yeah....after an hour of accumulating everything I needed for a week's worth of meals, I had no wallet.
I had to leave empty handed, do the walk of shame.
I get about 10 miles from home, and my fuel light comes on. It says that I have 12 miles left.
I found my wallet at home, in my bedroom, inside of a Shoe Carnival bag.
So Sunday morning I decide that I am going to rule this day. I made a list, got ready for church, got clothes to change into when I got to work, I even remembered shoes.
I pull up at the gas station and see a good looking guy, and I think, aw yeah, I'm going to get out, suck in, smile real big, make him fall in love.
I got to get out of the car......
and I was still in my seat belt. He saw me get caught. He mocked me.
I messaged Scott my dumbass move, and how we will be together forever because no one would ever want me. LOL.
Lily is always my BFF in church.
**cropping out the super fatty areas, lol**
That's all I have for this week!
Monotony at its best.
I feel like I haven't blogged in months.
Nothing much to tell....work, sleep, church, complaining about low carb, taking/stealing pictures of Lily.
We had a "town day" this past Thursday.
I am currently at 13 of 50 for my Book Reading Goal
Carnage at the Christmas Party: A Mystery Novella by Holly Tierney-Bedord
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
So after 25 years of reading nothing but serial killer+forensic+dark murder books, I decided I needed a change for a while. I have been looking at a more lighter genre, so I saw this and borrowed it from the Kindle Library.
It's a no from me.
I am neither a writer or an editor, but this was just bad on both parts.
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This book deserves its own blog, but I am just gonna leave this here:
The Four Legendary Kingdoms by Matthew Reilly
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
When I first started reading, I was so pumped up because I have waited almost a decade for this. It was not like the other books. I sat it down, and would read a couple of pages here and there. About two weeks ago I thought well pish posh, I'm going to finish it. I loved it. Once you figure out WHY this bizarre thing is going on, it IS like the other books. Loved it.
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Do to my affectionate personality, there is no doubt that I am not the favorite child.
I am loving this Snapchat filter....
Random thought: When I die, there is to be no "she has gained her heavenly wings", "she is free from the bounds of this earth", "she has gone to be with her daddy", none of that.
I died. I was cremated.
The heat has arrived. It will be here until October.
So maybe there was an alligator 5 miles from here (I did not take the picture)
That's pretty much all I have for now!
A few random pictures, and me, counting down the days until vacation!
I enjoy sports, binge watching TV, food, reading, and slightly bearded men.