Wednesday, September 29, 2010


Sorry this is going to be such a long post, but I have a lot on my mind lately.

First. (Standing on soapbox, some might be offended-I DON’T CARE) I received a bill from the hospital the other day for some lab work I had done. My eyes almost popped out of my head when I saw the total. $665!!!!!  AFTER INSURANCE! It completely floors me that four little blood tests cost that much. I understand the hospital had input costs, but it seems a bit of a stretch to me. I can’t help but to think it can be attributed to people that CHOOSE not to have health insurance and get procedures done at the hospital and file it on indigent care. Trust me—I’ve known some of them personally.  I know there are some genuine cases that necesitate indigent care coverage, but there is so much abuse of the system. It burns me up so bad when Justin has to transport a “patient” in the middle of the night at the EMS only to find out she was waiting with a bag, left out of the emergency room—with no treatment—and loads up in her boyfriend’s car. Here girl—let me give you the 20 bucks it would cost you to hire someone to take you to Tifton rather than adding a few extra hundred to my hospital bill. GRRRRRR…..

Second. This whole “Sister Wives” thing creeps me out, but don’t lawmakers and law enforcement officers have better things to do than prosecuting a bigamist? I CERTAINLY don’t agree with polygamy for myself---if Justin got that crazy idea in his head, he’d be looking for a new place to live. The only reason he would be able to bring another woman into my house is if she is a housekeeper or a nanny—nothing else! I have him all to myself. BUT…But. But. But. If consenting adults are willing to put up with this, I don’t think it’s the government’s right to trample all over that. How many women in single, traditional marriages “look the other way” when their husband keeps a mistress? Is that not similar? Jeez! It goes hand-in-hand with gay marriage/partnerships.  Most people who reject gay marriage do so on the premise of religious beliefs. If we should hold up to their train of thought, should polygamy be legal? It is a stretch, but it is based, at least in part, on these people’s beliefs. Why should one group of religious people be held more true or certain than the other? So here’s my solution: unless they’re trying to get undue benefits or defrauding the government, let polygamists do their thing and let’s let gays marry too. It’s not headline news when average people divorce, so why should it be when they marry?

Now, for you sweet ones that are still with me, for some lighter content. I heard the funniest line of a song on the radio last night.


Oh Kenny Chesney, you had me at “Jesus sandals.” KC’s new song is called “Coastal” and talks about an old man retiring to the beach and snowbirds heading south for the winter. Check it out if you have a quick minute:

Finally, did anyone else LOVE Glee last night?

I thought it was pretty cool. They had a weird way of inserting the songs into the storyline, but I remembered the great million-record selling Britney Spears that I wanted to be when I was in middle school. I had forgotten how much those songs were ingrained in my mind until I realized I was singing word-for-word along with the show! Poor Brit- she’s so much of a train wreck the past few years that it seems like she’ll never make it back. I have faith, though. Ya’ll wait and see :)

Saturday, September 11, 2010

30 Days of Blogging: Day 24


Day 24 - where I live


I am proud to call Ashburn, Georgia {pop. ~5,000} home for the past 18 years. It’s such a great little town. I really love it! When I was a teenager, I really couldn’t wait to get out, but like many others I rushed back home right after graduating college.


I sure do wish it would have a few more restaurants or attractions, but it is a great place to live and I couldn’t pick a better place to raise our kids someday. Here are just a few of the best things about Ashburn:

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Via Vanishing South Georgia

Yes, you read that right! We are home to the Fireant Festival! Our little corny fireants have garnered us a lot of national and international attention. We have been spotlighted on Food Network, National Geographic, Georgia Public TV and many others!

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Friday, September 10, 2010

30 Days of Blogging: Day 23


Day 23 - a youtube video

Hands down, my favorite YouTube video is the old standby “The Evolution of Dance.” That guy is so awesome!

I also like checking out artists’ YouTube channels, like the ever lovely Taylor Swift’s video site:


Thursday, September 9, 2010

30 Days of Blogging: Day 22


Day 22 - a website

I have a few great go-to websites. I obviously check my Facebook every day and my Google homepage is great! It has my Gmail, my calendar, and my Google Reader all on one page.


Of course, I love to read blogs, so I recommend you check out all of the great sites on my Blogroll also!

I also love Be Different, Act Normal. Lorie does a great job linking to hundreds of great ideas and she loves Halloween as much as I do.


What are some of your favorites?

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

30 Days of Blogging: Day 21


Day 21 - a recipe

My mama has had a Betty Crocker New Cook Book for as long as I could remember and it was first on my list of things I wanted in my kitchen. I am a proud supporter of breast cancer awareness and saw they had a bright pink version one day at Wal*Mart. My husband and my mama know me so well—I got two copies for Christmas that year! Luckily, mama wanted to update hers and I let her keep the second one.


I have cooked the apple crumble recipe time and time again, so much so that you would think I would remember the recipe. I still look it up every time. I think it might be part nostalgia, part bad memory. It turns out great every time!



3 large apples, peeled, coarsely chopped (about 3 cups)

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup packed brown sugar

1 to 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/4 cup cold butter or margarine, cut into small pieces


1 pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker® oatmeal cookie mix

1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted

1/2 cup chopped pecans

Heat oven to 300°F. Spray bottom and sides of 8-inch square (2-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray. In large bowl, toss filling ingredients. Spread mixture in baking dish.

  1. In same large bowl, stir cookie mix and melted butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over filling.
  2. Bake 40 minutes. Remove from oven; sprinkle with pecans. Bake 15 to 20 minutes longer or until topping is golden brown. Serve warm or at room temperature

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Wedding weekend

This weekend, our friends Jeremy and Lori got married and it wore me out! We have a blast despite all the hard work and everything turned out beautifully. Here are a few shots from the festivities:
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For you wedding junkies, if you want to see more, add me on Facebook or email me and I'll be more than glad to send you a link to the whole album.

30 Days of Blogging: Day 20


Day 20 - a hobby of yours

I love blogging and the awesome people I have met over the past few years! It’s a silly little way to post about my life for those who care. For those who don’t, they have the option to stay away, so it’s a win-win for everyone. I have literally laughed out loud at some posts, and sat at my computer crying while reading others. For folks that say IRL friends (in real life), let me tell you: my bloggy friends are real life too! They can be just as much, if not more, supportive of the friends I see in person on a regular basis! Thank y’all!

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Sunday, September 5, 2010

30 Days of Blogging: Day 18


Day 18 - my wedding/future wedding ideas/past wedding

*This is an auto-post since I’m probably worn out from all of the wedding festivities! I'll return to the land of the living on Tuesday!

Justin and I got married almost two years ago, on October 4, 2008. It was a great day and we were just so happy to be married and be around our friends and family. Here are a few of my favorite snaps from the day:


This was at our rehearsal dinner.


My sister bought these glasses for us. We will definitely pass them on to my two younger sisters for fun!


Our cake was to die for! It had a vanilla layer, a chocolate layer, and a key lime layer. The next year on our 1st anniversary, we ate the top layer and it was just as good as our wedding day!

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Yes, my husband had a red velvet armadillo cake straight out of Steel Magnolias and he took special care to keep the butt for our honeymoon basket. He’s such a romantic.


I had the best bridesmaids! My two sisters are on the left, my bestie and MOH in orange, my college roommate Amanda and one of my friends since elementary school Becky.


My niece Rivers was the flower girl. Notice all that tulle—her mama decided her dress wasn’t poofy enough and added tons of tulle!

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My nephews Jake and Ben carried this sign instead of traditional ring pillows.  They walked out before us with it flipped to say Mr. & Mrs. Cook. My handy SIL came up with that all on her own, too!

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We had a wonderful day and are so blessed!