Friday, February 27, 2009

I need a spa day.

Can someone please hand me a winning lottery ticket? I have been in a wish-y mode this week. So I thought I'd put my wish list on here to give me something concrete to aspire to.

First, a whole whopping 7 hour spa day at the Mint Julep would be nice. I wouldn't even mind missing a day of work to go. I promise!

I would also LOVE a new laptop. Mine is almost 5 years old, which is ANCIENT as far as computers go. Especially with all of my nerdy bloggy-ness and pictures that hog up my memory.
If it's not too much trouble, I would love to tack on a Vera Bradley shopping spree. I would have almost every piece in her collection if I could.

Have a great weekend, yall!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

I suffer from lethologica...or why one hundred gazillion fire ants can't be wrong

In ancient Rome, when a man testified in court he would swear on his testicles.
See what a man values?

The ZIP in “ZIP code” means Zoning Improvement Plan.
NEVER EVER EVER in my wildest dreams did I wonder what it stood for!

It’s estimated that at any one time around 0.7% of the world’s population is drunk.
Whoo Hoo! Put the lime in the coconut…

Most lipstick contains fish scales.
Note to self: stick to gloss.

Coconuts kill about 150 people each year. That’s more than sharks.
That must be for the ones who don’t put the lime in there

The phrase “rule of thumb” is derived from an old English law, which stated that you couldn’t beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.
Let Hubbs come at me with ANYTHING! Let’s see what he gets.

Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying.
Interesting. I’m gonna try this one.

Jim Henson first coined the word “Muppet”. It is a combination of “marionette” and “puppet.”
Too cool- I think I want to name my next cat Muppet

The word “lethologica” describes the state of not being able to remember the word you want.
I have this problem all of the time.

People photocopying their buttocks are the cause of 23% of all photocopier faults worldwide.
DO.NOT.DO.IT…that’s just gross!!!

Everyday, more money is printed for Monopoly sets than for the U.S. Treasury.
Speaking of Monopoly…have you ever wondered why mono=one and poly=many, so they named the game One-Many???

Every year 4 people in the UK die putting their trousers on.
That’s why the Scottish wear kilts

Our eyes are always the same size from birth but our nose and ears never stop growing.
I had this theory about my nose getting bigger and everyone told me I was crazy. Mmmm---hmmmm I was right!

If Barbie were life-size her measurements would be 39-23-33. She would stand seven feet two inches tall and have a neck twice the length of a normal human’s neck.
She’d look like a freak! Image the gorgeous Heidi Klum in Barbie proportions next to a doll. She’d look like a troll.

Title 14, Section 1211 of the Code of Federal Regulations (implemented on July 16, 1969) makes it illegal for U.S. citizens to have any contact with extraterrestrials or their vehicles.
Dang! I wanted to go party with ET next Friday

The Pentagon in Arlington Virginia has twice as many bathrooms as is necessary. When it was built in the 1940s the state of Virginia still had segregation laws requiring separate toilet facilities for blacks and whites.
I’ll have to ask the boss about this-he worked there for a while.

No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple.
Yet again, I told Justin about the purple the other day. He thinks I’m crazy.

$283,200 is the absolute highest amount of money you can win on Jeopardy.
I wouldn’t mind an extra quarter million and change lying around.

A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.

An ant always falls over on its right side when intoxicated.
Especially at the Fire Ant Festival Street Dance! Whoo-hoo!

The average chocolate bar has 8 insects’ legs melted into it.
ICK! Reason enough for me to start a diet.

There are a million ants for every person on Earth.
One hundred gazillion fire ants can’t be wrong

Right handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left handed people do.
Suzi- you’re in trouble.

A “quidnunc” is a person who is eager to know the latest news and gossip.
Hey-that’s my old buddy Perez Hilton!

Judy Scheindlin (”Judge Judy”) has a $25,000,000 salary, while Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg has a $190,100 salary.
Yeah and how many pro ball players are making 10 times more than the PRESIDENT?!?! That’s just public service for you.

The name for Oz in the Wizard of Oz was thought up when the creator Frank Baum looked at his filing cabinet and saw A-N and O-Z.
I never knew this. TWOO is my favorite movie of all time.

The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.
The average Sarah (me)=2.5 seconds

Around 2,000 left-handed people die annually due to improper use of equipment designed only for right handed people.
Darn Suzi---they have it out for you!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Walking my blues away!

Wow! I really have missed out on almost a whole week of blogging. My life has been pretty boring for the past few days. Hubbs had to work a 48-hour shift this WHOLE weekend so I have been catching up on my DVR movies and shows. Yesterday I took the pooch for a walk for the third day in a row. I really like having a purpose for walking and getting outside. I can't STAND a treadmill, so I'm hoping it's going to be a trend. I'm partnering with a group of folks from work to create a Walk Georgia team. You can read about them here:

Here are some pics of our adventure and my lovely husband and cat after we got home. Have a great day!!!

P.S. I'm a Georgia Blogger!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

25 Things

A few weeks ago, all of my friends tagged me in the "25 things about me" craze. I was sucked into it, but it might give yall a little insight to me. Here goes:

1. I really try to be funny. I get a lot of laughs when I’m in a crowd, but I think I have laughed with Lori Andrews more than any other person in the world. Maybe that because she just “gets” me and I can take her abuse.

2. I have a great hubbs—so great he lets me call him “Hubbs”—and puts up with my craziness even after almost 8 years.

3. I hear all of the time that I’m just like my mama, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

4. I don’t really know what my natural hair color is—thanks to my bestie/hair guru.

5. I HATE FROGS!!! My college roommate Amanda caught one when we were sophomores and put it in our bathtub and made me touch it to get over my fear, and it still didn’t help.

6. I truly, sincerely believe I wouldn’t be the same person I am now if we didn’t move away from New Jersey. The attitudes and general grouchy-ness from the area I was in would have overtaken my otherwise sunny disposition. (No offense to you sweet nice Jersey folks. :)

7. I am a knowledge junkie. I currently read over 100 blogs, which is probably 600+ mini articles, two local online newspapers and the entire contents of every day.

8. I took the test to be on Jeopardy! because I watch it every chance I get, but I froze up when I took it, which is probably why I didn’t make the cut. I can try again in March.

9. I love my ever-expanding family. Supper at my parents’ house Sunday made me realize by the time my sisters get married and we all have kids, my mama is going to have to install an industrial kitchen to feed all of us.

10. I wish I could be the cook my mama is and the baker my mother-in-law is. I’m working on it more and more every day. I just got a recipe to make soft Philly-style pretzels.

11. My SIL Amanda and I have grand plans of starting a business. I see myself as an entrepreneur one day—she’s got the creative gene and I got the cheap, deal-finding gene.

12. As the oldest of three girls, I am STILL the shortest. I don’t think that’s changing any time soon.

13. My mama and daddy got me a sewing machine for Christmas and I have made 1 ½ sets of curtains, six key chains, and have a notebook FULL of ideas that I can’t wait to get started on.

14. I seriously think my youngest sister and I were twins born four years apart. We are so alike and so different at the same time. She even guessed the CD I bought for my Nanny for Christmas (Frank Sinatra) after it was already wrapped.

15. My sister Suzi and I get along really well. We were MORTAL ENEMIES growing up, and I think we turned out all right. I guess my mama was right when she said we’d be great friends someday.

16. I can’t wait to have kids with Justin! We both want to get done school before we settle down to start a family, but I know he’s going to be the best dad! He talks a lot about little league games and fishing with our kids as if we already have them. We like Caroline and Wyatt for kids’ names. But I’m not gonna know the sex of the baby. I want Justin to be the one to yell out “It’s a boy!/girl!” for the first time.

17. On that same note, I think it’s my generation’s shot at having twins and I would love for it to be me! I’d like to get it done and over with all in one shot.

18. I have a bachelor’s degree in Regional Economic Development and I love my job! I would love to work for Ashburn or Turner County if only for better pay and without small town politics. I have a passion for making Turner County great. I’ll end up there someday.

19. Orange is my favorite color, as evidenced by my crazy fall wedding. I like that it’s different and so “me.”

20. I have the craziest taste in music. For example, during the course of writing this I have had Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, 3 Doors Down, Buckcherry, Corrine Bailey Rae, the Backstreet Boys, and Miranda Lambert belting out tunes. (I know, it takes me a while!)

21. I am a technology freak! I am so excited about the latest gadgets. I told Justin yesterday that when we build a house, it’s gonna have a Smart system in it that I can use to control our AC, lights and stuff from the internet. I just found out my DVR is going to have the capability to be set from the internet in a few months and I really think it made my whole day.

22. I had the coolest roommates in college. Amanda, my roomie of four years was the picture of cool. She could keep her room neat, maintain an almost perfect 4.0, and explained to me the meaning of “Cake=lies.” She was my nip/tuck watching buddy, cooking partner, and all-around the best roommate a girl could ask for. I will always be grateful for Southern for randomly pairing us up freshman year. Emily was next and she’s such a free spirit. She’s the reason I know about the cult classic Rocky Horror Picture Show, Vagina Monologues, and exactly what living a vegan/vegetarian life can be like. I didn’t always know what her hair color would be the next time I saw her and I love that! She’s gonna be a star someday, either on stage or in print and I’m glad I got to experience her enthusiasm for three years. Erica was our pseudo-roommate for one year, actual roommate for 1. She and I are a lot alike and Justin really took a liking to her fiancĂ© Nick. I wish I could cook like her too!

23. I can’t carry a tune in a bucket, but sing at the top of my lungs in the car, much to Justin’s dismay.

24. I got a pizelle maker from Justin for Christmas, and never once in my life did I know that “pizelle” was the plural for “pizelle.” I always added an “s.” Some Italian I am. Geez.

25. If I won the lottery, I think I would end up giving away more than I keep. I love shopping for other people. My ideal job would be to be an errand girl, including grocery shopping for rich people. I wouldn’t mind that one bit.

What about you?

Open letter to my bestie/hair guru:

This is an open letter to my bestie/hair guru, Lori:

Dear Oh-So-Wonderful LA,
As you might know, my hair grows abnormally fast. Like, seriously fast. It has been a mere 4 1/2 weeks since I have last had my hair done. I have the worst roots ever. I am so glad you could fit me in today and I owe you a week's worth of home-made suppers of your choosing.

So folks, here is the sadness:

There was a time in my life when I wouldn't DARE color my hair. Now, I look back at my mousy brown hair and wonder where the definition was. I guess that comes from being a guinea pig for your best friend making her way through cosmetology school and doing your hair at 1:00 am in her pjs. :) I have been dark dark brown, platinum blonde, red, and a particularly unusual shade of what's been called "that peanut butter and grape jelly stuff mixed in a jar." No fears, that wasn't Lori's fault. She got her hands on some bad color from the beauty supply store. Look out, folks. I'm not sure what color it will be tonight :)

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

A Great Valentines' Weekend :)

*Sigh!* Have I mentioned I have the sweetest Hubbs in the world?!? He is such a great guy. We decided this year we were going to let Valentine’s Day go by the wayside since being newlyweds, every day is sort of a mini VDay. *hehe—snickers*

Justin got off duty on Saturday morning around 8:30 and he had asked me to be showered, dressed and ready because we were making the great pilgrimage to the Great Outdoors Show in Perry (read: hunting and fishing stuff that Hubbs actually thought I might be interested in). As we were walking out the door, he asked me what we had forgotten. Running a mental checklist (phone: yes, keys: yes, camera: yes) I told him we had everything we needed. Suddenly a sneaky grin creeps on his face and he says, “WAIT! We forgot to pack an overnight bag!”
WHAT?!? An overnight bag? What was my Hubbs thinking? Secretly he made plans for us to spend two days up in Atlanta, even down to getting my sister to take care of the animals. Is he not the sweetest thing or what?

We did indeed spend a few hours at the Great Outdoors Show and then set out for Atlanta. We ate a wonderful meal (with the exception of the 6,000 cheerleaders and their families that invaded Atlanta for a cheerleading competition) at Ted’s Montana Grill on Saturday night. I had a bison steak. Trust me, that thing was so tasty, I would head up to Atlanta today just for another one.

On Sunday morning we headed out to Stone Mountain Park and had a blast riding up to the top of the mountain and watching all of the kids play in the Snow Mountain area. (All you Northern ladies—these parents were paying $25 a pop for the kids to tube and build snowmen.) I had a slight twinge of jealousy…I wanted to build a snowman and have a s’more over the fire pit!
So that was my weekend. Don’t let me forget to mention that we had to stop at Bass Pro Shops in Macon on our way home. I guess it was a weekend of compromise. I had a great time and it was just good to get out of South Georgia, if even just for one night.

P.S. I think our local meteorologist needs to learn how to spell "ingredients."

Friday, February 13, 2009

Wow! I have two new followers! Since I'm so new at this whole blogging thing, I didn't even know that people could even stumble on my tiny scrap of the interwebs! Woot!

My 'other' private blog is more of a journal where I can fuss about my hubbs (which of course I don't do often at all) or my bestie or the latest person at work that has made me mad, but I really enjoy just being able to post positive stuff and talk about all of the random ideas that hit me. I was worried that I wouldn't have anything to talk about or that I would just ramble endlessly (but wait, isn't that what I'm doing?), but I just sat down and I officially have at least 10 ideas for blog posts. At the risk of overwhelming anyone who might be reading, and to save some ideas for when I get writer's block, I'm gonna go easy on yall today.

My sisters and my mama were at a crafts show just before Christmas this year and stumbled upon this little gem:
Where have you been my whole life you witty little charming store?!? They have some of the cutest designs and needless to say, all of the ladies in our family got at least one. Mama gave me this one because I am probably the biggest Pink Ribbon and breast cancer awareness supporter there is:
(mine is hot pink)
Here are a few more, including the shirt I got my blog title from:

Well yall have a great Friday the 13th (black cats and broken mirrors and all),

a Happy Valentine's Day,

(From, but that's another whole post all together!)


Thursday, February 12, 2009

A paper cut on my cornea

Yeah, it just sounds awful, huh? Trust me, it sure was! I was proofing some letters today at work and *POOF* a letter was up near my eyeball and I couldn't see through all the tears pouring out. Luckily I am a clumsy person and scratch my cornea about once or twice a year, so I had some antibiotic eye drops from my last incident at house right along with my glasses. This is how you go from happy, contact-wearing Sarah on Wednesday . . .

. . . to sad, glasses-wearing, scratchy-eyed Sarah on Thursday.

*This was the best smile I could rustle up. That's a big deal cause I have more cheese when I smile than the state of Wisconsin!

There's no place like home

I bought this too cute sign from Kirkland's Saturday when I was shopping with my mama and my youngest sister, Sami. If you know me, you know I can quote The Wizard of Oz backwards and forwards. It has taken up quite a nice residence on my DVR/Satellite/DVD player console, right next to the bouquet from our wedding and one of our engagement pictures.

A plantation lodge just for me!

Last week, I had the opportunity to work with the 2009 Georgia Quail Hunt. This is where large corporations come to a lovely mini vacay to hunt quail at plantations all over Southwest Georgia and learn about the area and what it has to offer to businesses looking to expand or locate.

*Okay, enough about all of that economic development stuff*
The sweetest girls from the Georgia Chamber of Commerce arranged to have decorators come down from Atlanta and transform a lowly (albeit very nice as far as hotels go) conference room into a four-star plantation lodge. Man, those boys from Atlanta got skills! When Justin and I rennovate our little hut or build a new house, I'm taking a page (okay copying everything down to the bowl of pecans on the coffee table) those boys did. Imagine large chocolate leather couches and chairs, chocolate silk dripping from floor to ceiling and beautifully hung David Lanier artwork (not prints!) on the walls beside deer heads and the like. Now if my living room looked like that, Justin could kill a whole zoo's worth of animals and get them stuffed!

So it is without further ado I give you the Lodge at the Hilton Garden Inn (AKA my future living room!):

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Guess who...

... has a leopard print camera courtesy of a $1 thrift store find?! I found a gift card thing at the local thrift store for a camera skin from It was only a buck so I figured if it didn't work, I was only out a little bit of cash. Well, boy did it work! I have an adorable skin and when I went back for more, I found three! Now my bestie has a black and hot pink polka dot skin, I have a really cute skin for my mp3 player, and I have a laptop skin on its way.

If you are not fortunate to come across such a great deal, Skinit does offer its skins for about $15 each. It seems a little steep for some items, like my little mp3 skin, but it's really worth it for the laptop skins. :)

My Blogroll

Since I have started reading blogs about a year and a half ago, I have amassed a TON of cute ones that I like to get recipes or crafty ideas or just a laugh or two from. My sister, SIL and bestie are all wanting to get into blogging and are constantly asking how I keep up with so many. I have one simple answer: Feed Demon.

I know--villianous sounding right? Believe me, it's a blog reader's friend! Check out their site here:

If you want a quick export of my feeds, email me at

Hi there!

Hey yall! I have a confession for my very first blog post under my real name (read: I have a secret blog where people don't know who I am) : I'm not really a southern belle. Not technically anyways. My family moved to Georgia from New Jersey when I was in first grade, so I did develop a little taste for Northern life, but boy am I glad we found Ashburn! I couldn't imagine my life turning out any better than it has. So here's a little about me: I am the oldest of three girls. My sisters are great and it turned out Mama was right: we are good friends, despite oh, I don't know, fifteen years of fighting like cats and dogs. See here we are at Christmas this past year:
That's me on the right. Our middle sister (here on the left) is Suzi and the youngest (in the middle of the pic) is Sami.

I have been married to my high school sweetheart, Justin, for four months now. He's a firefighter/EMT and is going to be a paramedic after May. We started dating when I was a freshman in high school and he was a senior(!) and dated all through college. I graduated from Georgia Southern University in May with a BBA in Regional Economic Development and we finally got our special day on October 4th!
Together, we have a Great Dane named Skie and a cat named Mow. They have made the transition to living together fairly well. They're our only babies for now. We're gonna wait for a few more years to add to our nest :)

I have some of the best in-laws a girl could ask for. They have been a part of my family for going on 8 years now, so I guess they would have to be pretty awesome to know my family and still like us. Desiree and Sheldon are their names.

I also have a sister- and brother-in-law. Amanda is Justin's sister and her husband is Michael. And then come my favorites so far: my nephews and my niece. Jake is 7 (his mama and daddy found out they were having him just after Justin and I started dating), Ben is 5, and Rivers is 2 1/2 going on 20. They're such cool kids and trouble-makers to the extreme. Amanda has even taken to writing a blog about their crazy antics: Check her out at

Last but not least is my bestie: LoriAnne has put up with me through thick and thin for the past five years and I couldn't imagine a better friend. She's a blast to hang out with, she and Justin are best friends too so it's not weird if it's just the three of us hanging out at the house, and she's the best hairstylist EVER! She's my hair guru and she's brought me through almost every hair color possible and one terrible perm she ABSOLUTELY didn't want to do.

So you can see I have a crazy crew to surround me every day. I hope when you stumble across my little piece of the web you find something interesting.