I SHOULD like November. It's my birthday month, Thanksgiving, (sometimes) cool weather...it is supposed to be great. However, if you work in the hotel industry in Natchitoches, LA, there is no great. November and December are the WORST. We are overbooked every weekend until after Christmas. People want rooms that we don't have. Everybody and their fake Service Dog want to check in hours early before the rooms are even cleaned.
On the 1st, the day was going alright. And then...bombshell.
I didn't feel that great anyway, so after 5 1/2 hours, I went home and laid on the couch until bedtime.
On the 2nd, I was determined to turn my frown upside down....even worse news. I did however, put in 9 hours.
I have made it this many years, so I am not going to let this year do me in.
Last night the Cubs won the World Series. Who knew that would even happen in our lifetime? I made it all the way to the tenth inning, and then there was a rain delay. At 11pm. I set the DVR to record, got in the bed, and followed it on Twitter.
The best part about everything?
Dale Murphy's sandwich.
As in this Dale Murphy:
The Night I Spent Stalking Dale Murphy <<<<<<
This was way more interesting to me than updates and people complaining about how only the "real" Cubs fans should be watching and tweeting.
Fact: I still am unsure what a "rollover" sandwich is. I mean I have made a sandwich with just one piece of bread and folded it over? But it looks all weird.
I don't know. If Dale Murphy says it's a thing, it's a thing.
Guess what is on it's way!!!
It normally takes 12 days to get here from overseas, but it's ON IT'S WAY!!!!!!!!!
9 years I have waited!!!
So I voted.
First time ever.
I then deleted a large sum of my Facebook and Twitter followers.
It was horrible y'all. People that I have known and interacted with for years.
This was the most positive, no hatred, no gloating, no race, no gender tweet of the night that I saw. NASCAR driver David Ragan.
I had a birthday!!
Nothing spectacular. Every November in Natchitoches we host a Cross Country meet. It is our busiest day as several schools are checking in and out, and there are ALWAYS people that show up that think they have reservations, but do not.
I plan for this weeks in advance, so it was smooth sailing, just busy, and a very long work day.
Scott and I got off from our jobs around the same time, when we got home he made tacos for me.
Then I went to bed.
Every year, including the 9 I lived in Alabama, my birthday cake is delivered to my mom's.
The food coloring that is used here will turn your poop green.
My mother asked me what I wanted for my birthday. I wanted a Yeti with a flamingo on it. However, she stresses me so I went simple. Pioneer Woman seat covers for my kitchen table.
5 days after my birthday I hear a knock on the door, Scott looks and sees Bailey, my loving sister driving away.
She got me exactly what I asked for.
Best birthday present ever.
Also my dear husband stood in line for 2 hours and bought 1 of the 11 Mini-Nintendo systems that Game Stop had. I have done nothing but play Dr. Mario, Mario 3, and Mega Man 2 for days.
I believe in the month of November there are 8 employee birthdays.
Lori Tate is a busy woman.
Speaking of work, we had our Thanksgiving Dinner. It was divine.
I hide this in all of the rooms for the ladies to find when they're cleaning.
I am sure they love it.
I am not saying that my tree, Christmas decor, and lights went up on the 15th....but yeah.
And the dreaded put-your-life-back-together phase begins.
During all of the shenanigans, Lily and Scott played Hide and Seek.
She is the champ, but he comes in a close second.
Look what came in BABYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!
If anyone needs to find Lily lately, she'll be at the library,
Everyone made fun of me for wanting to go to the Festival of Pygmies.
So it was lame. BIG DEAL!!!! There were pygmy goats!!!!!
2 people that meant a lot to me passed away.
Bro. Gerald Blackmon was a member of Maylene Pentecostal Lighthouse Church where I attended when I lived in Alabama. He was the rock of the church, always happy and joyful. On his property he had "Christmas Fantasyland" which put our Natchitoches City of Lights to Shame. He was a good man, with good family.
Gerald Lee Blackmon (1949 - 2016)
Oct. 10, 1949-Nov. 22, 2016 age 72 of Calera, AL passed away Tuesday, November 22, 2016. Gerald was predeceased by his parents, John Wesley and Lennie Mae Blackmon and brother, J. W. Blackmon. His survivors include his wife of 47 years, Dianne Blackmon; daughters, Felicia Lang (Vince), Catreace Jones (Ray) and Wessica Wargo (Wesley); sisters, Joyce Hall, June Yarbrough and Doris Caputo; brother, James Blackmon (Annette); grandsons, Corey, Gregory, Chase, Jacob ,Trace and Cason granddaughters, MaKayla and Cortlyn and sister-in-law, Bonnie Sue Blackmon. "Mr. Blackmon brought much joy and happiness to the community through his Christmas lights at CHRISTMAS FANTASYLAND. His greatest joy was God, his family and helping SANTA CLAUSE." A visitation is Friday, 6-8 pm, November 25, 2016 at Charter Funeral Home. A Funeral Service will be 1 pm, Saturday, November 26, 2016 at the Maylene Pentecostal Lighthouse Church. Charter Funeral Home is directing.
Ms. Bea has lived across from my mother a lot longer than my 38 years. She has always been there, sitting on her porch for as long as I can remember. In school we would always sell the same ol' junk all school sell, and she would be the first house that I would go to. She bought that crap from me every year.
When I got older I always said I would walk over there and sit on the porch with her, but being my super-awkward self, I didn't know what to say. I would just wave and smile every time I would get out of my car. This hurts my heart.
Graveside services for Beatrice McLaren will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, November 25, 2016, at Weaver Cemetery in Flora, LA. Arrangements are under the direction of Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home in Natchitoches, LA. Beatrice, 85 years of age, of Provencal, LA, passed away at her home surrounded by her family on November 23, 2016. She was born December 20, 1930, in Flora, LA. She was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother. She touched the lives of many people. Her kindness and her cooking will always be remembered by those who knew 'Granny Bea'. She will be dearly missed. She was preceded in death by two husbands, Armon Rials Sr. and Rufus McLaren; one son, Armon Rials Jr.; her parents, Marshall Huffman and Rushie Mae Crow Huffman; two sisters, Rachel Bailey and Mary Treadway; and one brother, H.A. Huffman. She is survived by two daughters, Beverly Ann O'Bannon and her husband Eddie of Tioga, LA and Connie Denise Broadway and her husband Darren of Coldwater, MS; seven grandchildren, Tim O'Bannon, Trent O'Bannon, Jeremy Rials and wife Sherry, Darren Broadway, Jr. and wife JoAnn, Waylon Rials and wife Jessie, Colinda Walls, and Harlei Rains and husband Jeremy; twelve great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Daniel, Hunter, Savannah, Jackson, Troy, Jayce, Alexis, Travor, Kendall, Wes, and Aubrey; one great-great-grandchild, Bentley; and one sister, Virgie Powell of Robeline, LA. Those honored to serve as pallbearers will be her grandchildren.
Pictures I accumulated:
I was devastated to watch the coverage of the fires in Gatlinburg. Absolutely one of my favorite places to go. It's the only spot that Scott and I have went to twice to vacation.
I read a lot of uplifting and encouraging words.
I also read a bunch of crap like this:
This was my favorite picture. These brave men had just ended a 30-hour shift.
Lily is ready! It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
I enjoy sports, binge watching TV, food, reading, and slightly bearded men.