Thursday, June 30, 2005
a. my grandma's field peas and salmon patties..
yes, salmon patties. i was born in bradenton, florida and lived there til the age of six. it was cool because that's where my dad's entire family was. my grandparents house was just a short drive away. we'd go there every sunday after church (well, after they got out of church). my grandma was and may still be a great cook. her best meal, and my all time favorite of hers, is field peas (hand picked from their garden), and salmon patties, hand squished. yes, believe it or not, i used to eat seafood. it is the only seafood in my whole life that i have ever enjoyed. i couldn't wait for that supper.. of course she would spend hours in the kitchen making lunch, with other things to go with it, biscuits, fried okra, etc. the smell would radiate through the whole house and outside into the yard where my brothers and i would be chasing frogs, armadillos, and rabbits. that smell still haunts me when i think about it.. so good... and then FINALLY supper would be on the table. but of course, before we could eat, we had to pray.. this would usually consist of a regular prayer, and then a 20 MINUTE reading out of some bible handbook, and then a few passages from the actual bible. it always seemed to take FOREVER. and then finally, we got to sink our teeth into the salty, yummy goodness.
of course, now my grandma rarely cooks. she and grandpa live in georgia, and she is too busy taking care of a house, and a sick grandpa to be able to cook big meals. plus, there's no one really to cook for anymore.. seems like everyone has moved away.
i'm not sure i'd be able to enjoy the salmon patties anymore anyways.. i haven't eaten seafood in years.
that one was kinda long i guess..
b. the creek
when we lived on billy st. in kannapolis, down at the end, where the road dead ends into the woods, there was the entrance to a trail. at the end of this trail was a creek.. a pretty little creek. and at the creek was a cabin. although it wasn't deserted, i NEVER saw a human at this cabin, and never saw a car, in fact i don't even know how a car would get to it. it was nice though, with a little bridge, a rock wall, and a picnic table. this was a favorite place to go for all of us neighborhood kids. anytime we wanted to escape our parents or siblings, or to have imaginary soap operas, me and my best friend marissa would go down to the creek. my eighth grade birthday party (the first one with BOYS) happened mostly here. we played spin the bottle and i got my first french kiss from rory miller (who unfortunately passed away a few years ago).
but this wasn't the end of the creek's coolness. there was another trail, from the creek, that led to a deserted skeet shooting range.. there were several buildings, all delapitated, perfect for kids and wasps. most of the buildings were blue and for some reason they were really small, but they were so cool. one year the mostly absent owners of this farm had a haunted hayride trail through the range for halloween. when it was over, my brother and me and all of our friends had and even greater time, due to the fact that they just left all of the props laying around the area..
now the beginning of the trail to the creek is closed off. the owner of the house at the end must have gotten tired of all the kids cutting through his yard. but one day, i swear i'm gonna go back there and see what it looks like now.
c. the wizard of oz as performed by a and a suggs
when we were wee lads and lasses, my brother alan and i would watch the wizard of oz over and over and OVER again.. we knew every word. we would act out the scenes, using our cats, my parents, and occassionally my oldest brother scott, as other characters. i, of course, was always dorothy.. and alan was usually the lion. my cat mayonnaise was toto. my mom even bought me a plaid dress similar to dorothy's. we had so much fun...
d. family vacations.
my family was hardcore into road trips. we went on road trips all the time. when we lived in florida we would take weekend trips up to north carolina to see the mountains and the "snow" during the summer months (yes, summer, it's 900 degrees in florida during the summer). when we moved up here, we would take day trips to the mountains, since it was only a 2 hour drive from k-town. at the grand old age of 9, my family, including my mom, dad, two brothers, and nana (other grandma) went to new england. we took a two week trip driving all the way up to maine and back.. we saw new york, maryland, rhode island, boston and everything in between. i'd say my favorite part was the whale watching in cape cod. another cool part, which i didn't appreciate at the time, was that we got to see the twin towers and go inside. there is actually a picture of my bros and i inside looking out from the top floor of one of the towers.
when i was 11, we took a month long trip across country, all the way to california and back. my family, my cousin alicia, and my grandma and grandpa. a van, a truck, and two campers. it was awesome.. got sick in vegas, saw seals in cali, saw yellowstone, yosemite, mesa verde, grand canyon, devil's tower, mt. rushmore, and EVERYTHING in between. i have been to 44 u.s. states because of these two road trips alone.
these weren't the only ones, just the best. we also went on a cruise to mexico, and other various vacations.. i miss that..
e. let's see.. i guess this last one should be the most important.. um... i miss... naps!
naps!! the most important and stupendous thing ever invented. i was never one of those kids who fought to stay awake in kindergarden at naptime.. i always warmly welcomed my favorite part of the day. the soft towel and pillow, the dark room, the back of my eyelids... this tradition carried on to the afternoons all through elementary school, and yes, even in middle school my mother would often come home to find me asleep watching animaniacs and tiny toon adventures. those rocked. in high school, i had to get a stupid job, so the naps had to end. every once in a while i'd be able to catch one.. who am i kidding, i napped everyday, during class!! especially when we'd watch a video, i'd be out like that.. . but then of course in college, i had a job too. but in college, you can't sleep during class, or you're fucked. i tried a couple times my freshman year, but it never worked. my naptimes officially stopped for good.
now i have a regular daytime job.. and my nights free. i could take naps if i wanted. of course i want to.. but now if i take a nap in the afternoon, i can't fall asleep at night.. which totally blows. so... no more naptimes for ally.
wow, that was a LOT of rambling.. sorry..
Wednesday, June 29, 2005
i just wanted to test to see if this would work.. awesome.. Whoever can guess whose feet these are wins a prize! i'll give you a hint, he's a famous man, famous for singing. put your guesses in comments.. what prize is there to be won? well, you'll see. ;)
Tuesday, June 28, 2005
Monday, June 27, 2005
Friday, June 24, 2005
Thursday, June 23, 2005
ok, so you all know by now how big of a star wars geek i am.. but i'm not as bad as this dude.. hey, at least he's funny:
Now, if you're too lazy or scared to actually visit this site, here's a funny excerpt:
"Lines From Star Wars That Can Be Improved If you Substitute the Word Pants
1 A tremor in the pants. The last time I felt it was in the presence of my old master.
2 You are unwise to lower your pants.
3 We’ve got to be able to get some reading on the pants up or down.
4 She must have hidden the plans in her pants. Send a detachment sown to retrieve them. See to it personally commander.
5 These pants may not look much, kid, but they’ve got it where it counts.
6. I find your lack of pants disturbing.
7 These pants contain the ultimate power in the universe. I suggest we use it.
8 Han will have those pants down. We’ve got to give him more time.
9 General Veers, prepare your pants for a surface assault.
10 I used to bulls eye wamp rats in my pants back home.
11 Tk-421… Why aren’t you in your pants?
12 Lock the door, and hope they don’t have pants.
13 Governor Tarkin. I recognised your foul pants when I was brought aboard.
14 You look strong enough to pull the pants off a Gondar.
15 Luke… Help me take these… pants off.
16 Great, Chewie, great. Always thinking with your pants.
17 That blast came from those pants. That things operational.
18 Don’t worry. Chewie and I have got into pants more heavily guarded than this.
19 Maybe you’d like it better back in your pants your highness.
20 Your pants betray you. Your feelings for them are strong. Especially for your Sister!
21 Jabba doesn’t have time for smugglers who drop there pants at the first sign of an Imperial cruiser.
22 yeah, well short pants are better than no pants at all, Chewie.
23 Attention. This is Lando Calrissean. The empire have taken control of my pants, I advise everyone to leave before more troops arrive
24 I cannot teach him. The boy has no pants.
25 You came in those pants? You’re braver than I thought."
ahhhhhhhhhhh i love being a huge freakin dork.. oh and i'm thinking of building a darth vader dummy for the backseat of my car, any suggestions?
Wednesday, June 22, 2005
Tuesday, June 21, 2005
Monday, June 20, 2005
Here's how friday night went.
Started out fun, Andrea and I went to the gym, then grilled some yummy chicken and watched the greatest movie ever (POTCTCOTBP). Then it was time to head over to carmen's.. where Carmen, Satterfield, Brandon and Dustin were waiting, notice how dry Dustin looks.
Then it was time for Beer!
after mass consumption of alcohol by most parties, brandon and satterfield decided to go downstairs for a minute. carmen, dustin and i went out on the balcony, where dustin decided it would be a good idea to throw water balloons on them when they came out to smoke... only problem is, we had no balloons.. after a disappointed sigh by all, i came up with a BRILLIANT! idea.. why not use condoms? i knew where there were four in the desk drawer. damn, i'm smart. i ran to get them, we filled them up, only there was a small problem.. it was more fun to sling the water filled condoms around at each other, then to hold on to them waiting for the boys to come outside... so..
yep, that's a condom balloon. first, dustin and carmen had a duel:
why yes, carmen's "balloon" isn't a balloon at all, it's a cucumber that is well protected.
then, dustin turned to me.. and he got me, for some reason i don't have a pic. he got me with a "balloon", and then with several glasses of water.. i did not like this. so i chased him down in the parking lot, and smacked him in the neck with my "balloon"
soon after, carmen and satterfield went to bed... and the rest of the story is.. well, wouldn't you like to know? let's just say, i feel much better now.
Saturday, June 18, 2005
Thursday, June 16, 2005
I WANDER'D lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the Milky Way,
They stretch'd in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.
The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed -- and gazed -- but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:
For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.
By William Wordsworth (1770-1850).
Isn't that just so lovely you want to go outside and hug the grass? Yea, me too...
Wednesday, June 15, 2005
The second went a lot better. in fact, we were winning the whole game.. but then, i got the craziest, most F'ed up hand i've ever seen in my life! 3 Aces, and NO SPADES! "what the hell am I gonna do with this?", I said to myself. But then i did the only thing i could do, I dropped those aces faster than the Sisqo kid. (Insert Magnificent 7 music here) BAM! ACE! BAM! ACE! BAM! ACE! and it was all good. of course, it wasn't like a game changing hand or anything. we still had a couple more hands to go, but damn, it made me feel good to play them without getting cut!
The point is, we won. we put carmen and especially Dustin in their place. why especially dustin? because he was wearing a carolina blue shirt, and trying to play it off like it was "Sky blue". dork! haha! i have pictures.. but they're still in my camera. eventually i will post them on my flickr.. until then, be patient young paduan.
1 month 1 day til carowinds! yay!
Monday, June 13, 2005
I played SPADES thursday night with someone other than Dustin!!! we cheated on you!! hahahah!!! what are you gonna do? and i'm writing it in my blog!!!
honestly, he wasn't too good either.. i'd rather play spades with you dustin.. even though you suck at it, he sucked even worse. bad. i lost two games in 1.5 hours. bad.
Well my weekend turned out good anyways.. donated blood on thursday, didn't almost pass out!!
friday me and b went to see the KILLERS!! i got autographs!!! for pics go to my flickr.
too much fun to talk about.. i am SO bloody tired though from all the drivin and swimin and drivin and minigolfin and drivin and drinkin and drivin. (not necessarily in that order).
well at least i'm back in hickory and happy.. but i'll be gone AGAIn next weekend to hang out with my mom. . if any of my back home friends wanna see me this weekend, just gimme a call. otherwise, suckit.
Thursday, June 09, 2005
Happy 43rd birthday johnny!! i'll drink to you!
everyone raise a glass!
and stick out your ass!
A toast to us all tonight!
now blow off the foam!
there's no going home!
So drink to your heart's delight!
"What'd you think was gonna come out, flowers & puppies?" ok it made me laugh.
and then we were watching the Simpsons. Moe went to call a stripper for Principal Skinner's bachelor party.. he opened up a phone book and turned to a page with a giant add that said:
U - SAVE STRIPPERS
if we send your daughter, it's free!
Wednesday, June 08, 2005
oh and today at five i get to hang out with NICK!! my old roomie!! yay!!! i need to find a picture of him to put up in my flickr! grrrrrr
Monday, June 06, 2005
Saturday: Got up at 9! so tired and hungover, but drove to durham anyways to see b and all them (that dm crowd). had a shitton of fun at the pool party, playing volleyball, grillin hamburgers, light saber battles, learning to play DDR, drinking more, and being with friends, including one old friend i havn't seen in a while. Had a fantastical time.. (will post pictures on my flickr after i clear up the mess from sunday night (read below))
Sunday: pretty cool, got a PHONE CALL from the boy I met friday night (didn't say much, but hey, he called!). Went to see Madagascar with B! and went to On the Border for a yummy build-your-own burrito.. ah good stuff! plus, hanging out with b is always fun.. but then came the crappy part of the weekend: i lost my camera!! i spent all day saturday taking a bunch of fun pictures of my friends, but now i can't find my camera.. i think it could be in B's car, but he's too lazy to look... if it isn't then it's either a: in b's house, b: at on the border (called there, no one has seen it yet), or c: at the movie theater (am going to call there as a last resort) but i'm pretty sure i took it out of my purse before we went into the theater, which means it's prolly in B's car.. if he hasn't located it by friday, i'll have to look there myself..
but if i don't find it, i'll get over it.. it was a free camera anyways.. and well, i'm not a sad enough person to really get upset over it..
plus, my weekend was just too good to worry about these trivial things.. :)
Thursday, June 02, 2005
i'm going to see cowboy mouth friday night with katie and daniel! yay!
Wednesday, June 01, 2005
sunday with the ex-boyfriend.. and then
monday, with that boy.. you know who you are.
well apparently i talked shit about him earlier in this blog.. who am i kidding, i did.. there is no apparently about it... anyways, he saw it, and was like "if you're gonna talk spades shit about me in your blog.. then blah blah blah" i'm paraphrasing of course..
well anyways i was like "you know, from my perspective, you played me"
and then he explained the truth, which i won't go into too much detail about, for the sake of the boy's privacy, but let's just say, it was good enough..
so now i don't hate him anymore, i may even let him play spades with me again. ok, ok i already did.. twice.. on the internet (yahoo spades). and we won both games! cheated like hell, but won. it feels good to talk these things out. i feel a lot better now and don't feel like i was "played" anymore.. at least he admitted to being an asshole.. it's always good to admit when you're being a bitch or an asshole.. i may have been slightly bitchy to him too.. but i believe i had good cause..
anywho the finished product is two friends who weren't my "friends" before Sunday. YAY