A couple of months ago I am like "hey, let's go to a zoo at the end of August in 108 weather".
So we did.
So I finally packed, picked up the fam, and we went West.
Of course we had to stop in Shreveport and have some Sumo first:
The only concern I had was how was Scott, Steven, Rebecca, myself, and Lily + carseat going to fit in my car? Plus luggage?
A car seat up my butthole the entire trip, that's how!
We made it with just one kink all the way to Tyler, TX.
We got checked into the hotel, and in no time, there was a cute little girl at my door with a pink tutu bathing suit on :)
To the pool we went.
I told them that I was absolutely not getting in the pool.
I got in the pool.
Tshirt, cotton capris, bra, panties.....everything.
Later that evening we went to Stanley's Famous Pit Barbeque. I am not a BBQ girl, but this was fantastic!
I may be a convert!
We then went clubbing and painted the town red.
JK. We went to bed.
But not before....
The next morning I was up early, and of course tried to wake everyone else up.
I get this:
So I had to send THIS:
Per Scott's infatuation, we had breakfast at Whataburger.
And then off to the Caldwell Zoo!!!!
I may have jacked some pictures from Rebecca's Facebook as well.....
We finished the Zoo with a trip to the Gift Shop. I bought some gifts for folks, and a cute flamingo for myself.
It made it all the way to my mother's house.
One of Scott's main reasons for getting out of town was to find Greek food.
He lives for Gyros.
We lunched at What About Kabobs.
You'll never guess what we did when we got back to the hotel..
After showing his dominance....
We went to The Jalapeno Tree. By far the best food I have eaten in a while.
They had Sugar Free Margaritas!!!!!
And of course being our last night out we for sure went out and tore it up!
We went back to bed.
The only downside to this trip were the hotel beds.
Now I work for Hilton, and at our branch, Hampton, we advertise Cloud 9 bedding.
IDK what this was, but it did not resemble a cloud in the least.
It gave ZERO and was genuinely rock hard. Scott seriously considered sleeping in the chair.
I can sleep anywhere, so I made do, BUT there was a gap between the headboard and the mattress and my elbow would go through it, my pillows, and several times my phone.
What is life.
So we got checked out and we were homeward bound.
When we got into Shreveport, we had to find a Carl's Jr. for Steven.
It was delicious.
At one point on the way home I was like "just do whatever you want"
And then skies went from Happy Days to Game of Thrones real quick:
So that's it! We had a lot of fun and I am ready for another trip!
I haven't been doing the daily blog the past 2 months, but I did blog a couple of things that have happened.
I got to fangirl:
Where I am Forrest Gump
Hey! Let's Never Paint Again
We took a trip Tyler, TX
Summer Trip to Texas
I finally finished a book!
Ya'll remember when I accidentally ate cat poop?
read here >>>>>> The Worst Late Night Snack Ever
Not as bad, but I think I have meet my spirit sister:
On my Facebook, it wasn't a good day to have Laura in your name.....
Bailey didn't have the greatest night either....
I said "OMG is that a frog, where was it?!"
And then in no time.....
So she leaves. She goes to another house for days.
She's not even safe at work/school.....
I have so many pictures accumulated from the past 2 months that I am not even going to attempt to organize or have some sort of layout/strategy here.
I donated blood for the first time.
I had a wicked picture of the needle going in with the blood coming out, but my phone didn't save it :(
I thought Kaushang was going to pass out. He donated plasma so he was there a while.
Bailey and Dylan came as well :)
You would think taking Lily to the park where she could run and play to her little heart's desire would wear her out? No. She just wanted to pick up sticks.
She ran more at the Aquarium.
Of course we had to go eat "Noo Noo"...
So maybe I have a lot more pictures....
I wish I could remember this entire story....
Life with Lily.....
After church on Sunday, Lily insisted on lining us all up and taking pictures. I could have least been warned to fix my hair and wear something more picture appropriate.
She could be the next Ansel Adams....
So that's pretty much it!
It is finally Autumn and I am doing a Happy Dance!
It's still hot as balls, but I know cooler days are coming!
So...I have been lucky in my stalker/fangirl life.
I got to see Dale Murphy in person at a ballgame in Birmingham. I just wanted to see him throw out the first pitch. He was signing autographs, but I was too wussy to meet him. As I said in this blog, I would be Forrest Gump meeting the president when he said "I gotta pee".
Scott knew I couldn't do it, so he got in line, met him, told him his wife was his biggest fan, and got an autographed ball.
That same month Little Texas was in Southside, AL. It was the second time I got to see them live, and they were signing autographs after the show. Again, I wasn't going to Gump this up and say something stupid, because that is what I do.
A couple of years ago, via Twitter, we chatted back and forth and they know how much I love them, they sang Happy Birthday to me, and then I died from excitement.
Once I was reading a new Brad Meltzer book, and I tweeted that I was reading it and an old character showed up and I was excited. He saw it, and PRIVATE MESSAGED me, "Thanks for the Nico love".
And then I died.
When I was obsessed with Man v Food, Adam Richman ate a bacon wrapped hot dog and I tweeted something along the lines of "I love this guy!". He responded with "why thank you very much!"
And then I died.
I didn't even know he had a Twitter!!!!
I have had a couple of NASCAR drivers tweet me, and even the great former Brave Mark Wohlers tweeted me.
One of my favorite tv moms, Patricia Heaton said I had a "hilarious tweet name".
All these were awesome because I never intentionally tried to get in touch with these people, they just happened to read what I typed.
Now Brad Keselowski, I tweet that guy every week, but nothing.
Anyway, I do have a point.
If you are around me for more than 5 minutes, I am probably talking about my favorite books of all time.
7 Ancient Wonders
The 6 Sacred Stones
The 5 Greatest Warriors
Matthew Reilly has many great books, but the Jack West series is my favorite.
Back in 2010, the last Jack West book came out, I bought it, read it, cried, and said my mental goodbyes.
At the beginning of this year, he announced that there was going to be another book. I am not going to lie, tears came to my eyes.
I have been stalking his website for updates, and last night he posted this:
There were almost 1,000 comments, and then more replies on top of that. It was good to know that there are other people that love this trilogy as much as I do. I never comment on things like this. I know the author will never see it, but I do always like it to boost the post.
Well last night I was feeling overwhelmed by so many things, and I wanted other fans to at least know I exist, so I posted in the comments.
One hour later......I died.
He responded!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He knows that I exist!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He not only read it but responded!!!!!!!! I was freaking out and having shortness of breath!!!! OMG I HAVE TO TELL REBECCA!!!!
And then it hit me......
What did I say???
IT WAS ABOUT PEE!!!!!!!!!
OF COURSE IT WAS ABOUT PEE!!!!!!!!
Just like I always feared!!
Not "thank you so much for these books, they have been a huge part of my life, and since I read the first one I have always just started them over again, and I am currently in Stones for the 5th time, and you are so brilliant, and thank you thank you for writing another one, and fangirlfangirl".....
No. I spoke about pee.
I Gumped up my one shot of ever reaching this guy.
I'll show myself out.
Brad Keselowski...knows that I exist. While it was nothing grand, and I wasn't even typing to him directly, he responded.
I had a question about merchandise....
While he isn't on my original YAY list, Tim Rushlow, the original singer for Little Texas has his own band now. He posted and warm and fuzzy video about our troops, and you know I get all mushy about that stuff. I posted that I loved it.
He responded. I squealed.
So in my Lisa-brain, painting the living room would be a half a day project. No mess, in and out, hit it and quit it.
This is day 2,134, and it is almost complete. I still have to get on my belly, with a sponge on a stick, and get off all of the white paint that I got on the gray walls.
Note to future self.
Get someone else to paint the molding.
This is what it looked like before:
And so it begins. My brother in law tackled "the big" wall, and removed the mirrors, and what I affectionately called "the foreskin":
And then all of of the priming started. I knew it was going to take a lot because the walls have never been painted, and I am pretty sure this place is at least 40 years old.
I knew one gallon of primer wouldn't be enough, so Bailey and I loaded up and went to the Walmart. Where....I bought gray primer.
Didn't mean to.
Totally worked out okay.
She left around 1am, and I crawled in the bed around 2.
The hardest part for me was taping the floor below the trim.
Luckily I have a tiny sister who did most of it for me, AND painted inside of the paneling grooves.
Every single groove had to be primed twice and then we we started painting, had to be painted twice.
Remember me saying I went to sleep at 2am?
At 5:20am, Scott came in the bedroom, scared the bejeezus outta me, saying "I have a flat!"
Of all mornings, he has to be there for a 6:00am safety meeting.
I threw on shoes and was out the door.
No bra. No panties. Paint still everywhere on my body.
So now I am up, and what a wonderful mood I am in ;)
So Rebecca and Lily arrive. The plan was, to keep the 2-year old entertained with movies and snacks, and kind of box her in while we painted.
She ended up with a brush.
Why yes she is spinning around in a circle with it.
And then it was break time.
And then it was over.
Just waiting for it to dry.
And then the chairs arrived!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I knew when Rebecca arrived the following day to hang/arrange the decor on the walls, that I was going to lose any input, so I snuck something real quick to maintain my dominance.
And now we're done!
I still have a butt ton of paint to get off of the floor, and I have a few areas that I need to touch up the paint, but otherwise, DONE.
I am offering free hugs and room temperature tap water to whomever wants to come get all of the paint off of the floor.
I enjoy sports, binge watching TV, food, reading, and slightly bearded men.