Thursday, June 28, 2007

Bad News

I almost had to kick Jared out last week. He had already moved everything in, and we were slowly putting things away in places. On my footstool, after moving some towels and such, I found Jared's CDs. In a panic, I rifled through the pages of CDs looking for what I hoped he had left out. Passing through Tantric and Shinedown, I finally found what I had not been hoping to find:

I almost had to kick jared out.

Yes, that's right, a Creed CD. *Shudder*

A few months ago after I had expressed my deep dislike for the band Creed, Jared quietly confessed to me his deepest secret, that he owned a Creed CD. It took a lot of work, emotionally and physically to still accept him and love him, but I got over it and I warned him never to bring it into our house.

And then he did.

At first I panicked. I didn't know what to do. I told him he was evil for doing it. I had a genius plan to get Beefcake to poo on it. That didn't work out because after a minute I got tired of holding Beefcake there. After several attempts to get rid of it, I've finally accepted that it is there. I am okay with it, as long as he never, ever plays it on any CD player in the house. Or in my car.. ew.

The fact is, he doesn't like them anymore, and he is embarrassed he still has it in there. I guess everyone has embarrassing CDs left over from long ago.

Here are some I found rifling through my CDs:

-Coneheads movie soundtrack (come on, who doesn't love Tainted Love by Soft Cell?)

-Insane Clown Posse (they were pretty funny... 10 years ago..)

-Limp Bizkit (to be fair, it was a gift and I've never listened to the whole CD)

-Marilyn Manson Remix & Repeat (uh, I don't know)

-Savage Garden (That guy was kind of hot.)

-The Prodigy Experience (um, it was, um... free?)

and the most embarrassing
-N*Sync's Girlfriend, the Remix featuring Nelly (I didn't include No Strings Attached on this list because it is a great CD and I will defend that to the death)

These are pretty bad. Hey, at least I don't have Hanson's MMmBop. .... .. anymore.....

What are your embarrassing CDs?

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Florida Pictures

I finally finished uploading my Florida pictures:

All in all Mom and I had a great time. It is always good to vacation once in a while. Seeing my Grandpa was nice since you never know how long they'll be around. He's 91 and sharp as a tack and still downright funny. I hope he and his wife enjoyed having us as much as we enjoyed being there. You never know.

And it was really nice to spend that time with my mom. It's amazing how much I resented her in high school, for pretty much no real reason at all. She is who she is and I should have been more accepting of her. But I guess that was just me being a teenager. It's good that we can be friends.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Meeting my new (and 1st) second cousin

Micheal Patrick (there was a better pic, but the internet is being an ass and won't let me view it)

Driving a new Mustang Convertible

After Hertz Car Rental's first rental broke down, this is what I drove back to the airport (where we missed our plane)

Hot Hot Hot

Ah, it's good to be home. Good old North Carolina. Nothing makes you appreciate 88 degree weather more than spending 3 days in Florida. The humidity is so bad it makes my hair stick straight up and then it drips from the roots.

Pictures/More blog to come, as soon as my tired body recovers some more and I get around to posting the other half of my pictures.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Carmen and Jon, June 19th 2007

My best friend Carmen got married last night!

It was awesome. Just Carmen, Jon, Edith (the preacher), Jared, and me, on a rooftop in downtown Hickory. It rained a little, but that just added to the charm. We had to climb up a ladder and out of a hole to get to the roof, but it was fun.

I can tell this is gonna last forever.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

The one with the What Ifs...

Sometimes I wonder how different my life would be if I had taken different steps in life. Like, what if I had chosen to go to UNCG instead of Appalachian? Would I have ventured into Geography? Probably not. I would probably be teaching history somewhere in the Triangle area of NC. I would probably be closer with Brad but rarely ever see Carmen. I obviously would never have met some of my friends here, like Katie and Andrea and Stephen. And I certainly wouldn't know Jared. I probably wouldn't be a home owner yet because I wouldn't have had Andrea's homeowner influence. I wouldn't have my two awesome kitties, because apartments generally don't like that. I'm sure I would have found some guy to hang around with, maybe date, but I bet he wouldn't be permanent. I'd probably be driving a different car too, because I would most likely not have picked a Saturn. Why not? Because the reason I picked a Saturn was from driving my brothers to and from Hickory while he was away at boot camp. I'm sure I wouldn't have been able to commute to Greensboro from Kannapolis.

What if I had gone to App, but hadn't chosen break up with Joe F? He was a nutcase, but he was crazy about me. I was into him too, but I took him for granted. In the end the religion and jealousy got in the way. But what if I had been mature enough to handle things differently and to actually give some back instead of refusing to change any? Would I have married him? Would he have gone to medical school like he said he would? Would I be one of those yuppy doctor's wives (not to say that all doctor's wives are yuppies, but I bet I would be) who ended up completely resenting her husband for never being around and then ultimately cheating on him? Would we have kids? Would they be nuts like him? I bet I would have even quit my job and been a stay at home mom. Not that there's anything wrong with that. I would much rather be a stay at home mom than send my kids to daycare, but that's a long way down the road.

What if I had gone to App and did end up in Hickory, but never worked at the Brush? I wouldn't be able to afford a mortgage. I would probably move from Andrea's into a crappy apartment now that she's leaving. I wouldn't have my two awesome kitties. I would be poor all the time (not like that's any different). I would have a lot less friends. I would go out a lot more and spend all my money on beer and stuff. I wouldn't be able to afford clothes or any of my fun accessories. I would never get to go on vacation. And I certainly wouldn't know Jared... Or would I? Would our paths have crossed if we didn't work together? Would I randomly meet him at a bar one night? What would I have thought of him if I just saw him on the street? I probably wouldn't have taken a second glance. Nor would he. I'd probably still be stuck with old what's his name from 2 years ago. Or I'd still be dating boys off the internet *shudder*.

The point is, I'm happy with my choices. I'm happy I went to Appalachian. I'm happy I broke up with Joe F. I'm happy I work at the Brush, and I'm happy I'm doing what I'm doing. Now, what step do I take next?

Monday, June 18, 2007

good gravy.

Howdy yall.
I'm having a much better week than last week.

So far, I have not injured myself in any way.
I have not accidentally charged my card with an $1100.00 charge that would put me $900.00 in the hole.
I have not had any tummy aches that would rival the plague.

So far, Jared's completely moved in (as of today).
I had a sweet ass time in Durham, NC visiting my best friend Brad.
brad pimping the go-cart cart at target.
I finally finished Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
I magically got out of having to work last night so I had time to get some cleaning done at my house.
I made it to and from Durham in 2 hours (each way), without going more than 7 over the speed limit.
Tonight I'm going to finish putting Jared's stuff away.
This weekend, my mom and I are flying to Florida to visit my grandfather!
My flickr friend Kari is going to be a mommy!!! Congratulate her!
Tomorrow night is a huge night as it is Carmen's Wedding night!
carmen and jon 3

Things are only going to keep getting better from here.

Friday, June 15, 2007


So, for the past few months, I've been re-reading the Harry Potter books to get ready for the new movie and final book. I was speeding along pretty fast with The Sorcerer's Stone (book 1), The Chamber of Secrets (book 2) and The Prisoner of Azkaban (book 3). About 3 weeks ago I started on The Goblet of Fire. It feels like I've been reading it for 2 years. I've read it before and I knew most of the story, but since the movie leaves things out and I wanted to remember them for the next book, I needed to read it all the way through. This book is not as good as the others. It is so. long.

Yesterday I finished reading the part where he gets back to the tournament after meeting with Voldemort. I totally thought I was going to finish it yesterday. Then I kept reading. And kept reading. Curious, I looked at the page numbers on the page I was on and the last page and realized I still had 50 pages to go. 50!! and I was already past the climax of the story. The resolution takes more than 50 pages! arrgh!

I know I've read it before and should have remembered it was so long, but I didn't. I hope tonight I have time in between my two jobs to finish it off. I'd really like to finish reading the last 2 before July 21st when Harry Potter and The Deathly Hollows (the last book!!) comes out. I'm a slow reader. I never could get all my BookIt! star stickers.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007


Last night was Tuesday. Tuesday is date night around my house. It's the only night Jared and I have off together so we always spend it together. Other people may or may not join us but we are still together.

Usually we go out and do something. We had planned to go to the Crawdad's game last night, but it rained so we nixed that. Then, we decided to just stay home, watch movies and order delivery. Since we had had pizza a couple of days earlier, we were going to use delivery chef. The problem with that is that the only place that has good dinner type food, it's way way expensive. So I ended up going to pick up take out at Texas Roadhouse.

After eating and watching a movie we were snuggling on the couch deciding what movie to watch next when all of a sudden, I got the worst.tummy-ache.ever. I was sweating and cringing. Jared almost had to carry me upstairs so I could lay in bed. After writhing in the dark for a while, I convinced him to go buy me some Pepto. This made me feel mostly better, but still out of it. I didn't move a whole lot after that, other than taking out my contacts. Nothing ruins a date night like an alien inside your tummy trying to escape (at least that's what it felt like).

Jared is so sweet when he wants to be :)

In other sad news, Mr. Wizard died. Did anyone else LOVE his show as a kid?

Bad kitty! Caught white handed!

It was dark and he didn't see me coming around the corner with a flash!

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Friday, June 08, 2007


Beefcake is getting big, and rowdy. For example, yesterday as I was preparing his food, the plate where I was dishing out his wet food was on the edge of the counter. While rinsing off the spoon, Beefcake jumped several feet into the air and tried to get to this plate of food. Instead, he knocked the plate off onto the floor, breaking it. I stood there stunned for a second while he scarfed down food that was amidst a broken glass plate. After a second, I grabbed him up and pushed him into the next room. Turns out the plate luckily broke into only 3 fairly large sized pieces. I sleepily (did I mention this was 7:45 in the morning?) scraped the icky food off of the floor and threw it away.

He is a rambunctious little kitty to say the least. He LOVES to play. Poor Meatwad can't escape the kitten's wrath. Ne'er a moment goes by when Beefcake isn't after Meatwad's tail. The only times he isn't are bath time. That is what makes my heart melt. They curl up together on the couch and start bathing away. Cute!

The point is, it is most certainly a fun adventure so far with a one year old and a three month old kitten. I love my boys.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

What's goin down, Charlie Brown?

What's been going on with me lately?

I had an awesome day Saturday. It started out at 7:00 am when I had to be at the Brush for a mandatory meeting with all employees. I would have tried to argue my way out of this, but since my boyfriend is my boss, it didn't seem appropriate. Well, it was over and I was home by 10:00 when I took a most excellent nap.

Then at 5:00 Katie and Daniel came to see me and Beefwad. Then, it was off to Charlotte for Taste of Charlotte and The Oyster Fest. We had a great time walking around in the rain and trying fun and yummy food. We got to meet Potter, Bandy, and Matt from 107.9 the Link. Matt and Bandy were a total hoot and may or may not have been a little tipsy. Speaking of tipsy, Katie and I may have had a few.. At about 9:00 we headed over to Dixie's Tavern for the Oyster Fest, which is a concert by Coyboy Mouth. They are always awesome. It was raining and we were absolutely soaked, but it was a great time. When we finally got back to the car at 12 after a long walk in the rain, I was a little tipsy and was convinced I lost my phone. So, reluctantly, Katie and I headed back out in the rain to try and find it. Daniel drove the car next to us and after a minute we gave up and got back in the car, where I found my phone in my purse, where I had JUST put it. I am a total goober.

It wouldn't have been too terrible losing my phone though, since on Monday I finally got a new one! I bought an LG Chocolate, a Mint Chocolate, which is simply the coolest phone ever. It's beautiful and it takes great pictures:

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Also, it works like an MP3 player holding songs and stuff. I haven't been able to put any mp3s on it yet, but I will.

Then yesterday was completely awesome because Jared's sister Amy came out from Canton (which is an hour away) to visit us! We met up with their other brother, Josh (who lives in Taylorsville) for dinner at Backstreets and I think his brother is finally starting to warm up to me.

All in all I've been having a pretty good time lately. Other than of course being sick on Monday and having a moving mess going on at my house. But that's worth it since Jared is moving in!


Friday, June 01, 2007

Allison's Favorite Things.

Okay, I'm going to be a dork and copy Eddie and Pigs and do a favorite things post. My favorite things may seem odd to you, or they may seem perfectly natural. Feel free to copy me, who copied them, at any time.

Dove Cool Moisture Body Wash. It's like bathing in the freshest water and getting a moisturiffic massage. And it makes me smell so good! I'm also a big fan of the St. Ives Body Wash but that's getting harder and harder to find.

Simply Orange. I'm not usually an orange juice drinker, but that stuff just plain rules. Exactly the right amount of pulpage. And tastey! mmmmm mmm!

Method Cucumber hand soap. Environmentally friendly hand soap the smells superbly yummy and gets my hands clean? Yes, please!

Style Network. Unfortunately with my switch from cable to the dish I don't get this anymore.. and I mourn that loss quite often. Oh how I miss Niecy Nash and Clean House. TLC will have to fill in for me. Not quite as good, but it'll do.

DVDs. I am addicted to DVDs. I have probably 150 of them and Jared has another 60ish so we are never without a movie to watch. Of course lately, all we've been buying are 80s movies, like Karate Kid and Rocky, Volumes 1 thru 4.

These awesome shoes. 18 dollars at JC Penneys! They make me feel so pretty! I LOVE them.

My new Avett Brothers CD, Emotionalism, which is majorly great. (yes, Sam, emo for short)

And finally, Facebook. It's like Target and Myspace is WalMart. It's more sophisticated, more environmentally friendly, and it doesn't cost you anything more. Plus it's not blocked at my office, like Myspace.