Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Lunch dates are great for catching up with friends

Had lunch with Tammy and got to catch up on everything. Its hard to believe we need these kinds of lunches -- we used to spend 40 hours a week together. Kind of sad that we don't see each other on a daily bases anymore but its nice to be able to have lunch dates.

My mom took me shopping @ Target this afternoon and we hit up Sonic for a Rt. 44 Diet Coke on the way home.

And then Andrew and I played Mario, ate some fabulous roast beef sandwiches with the fam, and packed for our trip to Cape tomorrow. My outfit is so cute. Wait till you see it. Its ba-na-nas. I die.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

3/4 of the Order


I've been shopping for clothes with my mom the past couple days. Got some pretty cute stuff. But so far, my favorite thing is this bracelet. It makes me happy. I have been wearing it everywhere.

Got to hang out with Kat and Kristin tonight. We finally did our Christmas gift exchange and went out for dinner @ Sticky Fingerz where I'm pretty sure this drunk guy tried to hit on us but Kat ended up giving him hair advice. It was pretty entertaining.

Then we played this couples game that Kristin got us and it was cracking me up.

And then Andrew and I played Mario. We are getting pretty good at it. We almost have it beat.


This was my first full day as a 25 year old. Don't I look it? Not really. But atleast I don't look 14 anymore.

Happy Birthday Tammy! I hope your birthday is super fun.

Sunday, December 27, 2009


This picture was taken today, 23 years ago. It was my 2nd birthday and my brother's 4th. This was always our tradition: share the day, share a party, share a cake. This year I have decided to start a new tradition: The Kindness Project.

If you didn't get the email and don't know what its all about, its basically a worldwide movement that encourages you to perform acts of kindness for strangers as a way to honor the memory of someone. Its a way for me to share my brother with all those who never got the chance to meet him.

So every year on our birthday, I'm going to participate by doing an anonymous act of kindness for someone and leave a little card behind so that they know that his life and death continue to matter. And I encourage you to join me. Not just on our birthday, but throughout the year, because every time you participate, you allow my brother to touch the world again.

For more information and ideas about what you can do, please visit

Saturday, December 26, 2009

The day after Christmas is reserved for laziness.

We spent the day after Christmas hanging out, eating, playing with toys, and catching up on sleep. Andrew had to go to work this morning but came home early enough to sneak a nap in between dinner and watching Star Trek.

And we got to open some Christmas presents that arrived late. Andrew got me a bottle my favorite perfume and he got I Love You Man on DVD.

Oh and I got to see Laura for about 5 minutes today which was nice since she now lives in Florida.

And now we're settling in for a little more Mario before bed.

Good Day.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone. I hope your holiday was as good as ours.

We are filled with warmth and cookies, our eyelids are heavy, but we are very happy.

Tillie is the most worn out that I have ever seen her be. And Andrew is enraptured with his new video games. And my thumbs hurt from playing too much Super Mario. And I wouldn't have it any other way.

And apparently this year was the year for starting all kinds of new traditions. But I think I am okay with that.

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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Twas the night before Christmas

Santa is coming tonight!

Leave out some cookies and milk and get to bed early so he can do the creepy Santa thing and come down your chimney and sneak around in your living room while you're asleep.

And to Rim, who is on the other side of the world and has been celebrating Christmas for almost half a day now, I hope you're having a very Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

I hate waiting

The last few days before Christmas are the worst. I hate all the sitting around waiting. I just wish it would hurry up and get here so we could all get on with our lives already.

So to pass the time, I've made even more cookies and finished Tillie's stocking.

Oh and 500 Days of Summer is a good movie. You were right Kat, I did like it.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

More baking

Did more baking this afternoon.

Tillie's stocking is almost complete.

I got to hang out @ Starbucks with the girls tonight. I'm lucky to have such good friends.

Oh and we made our hotel reservation for New Year's Eve today. Cape, here we come.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Happy Birthday Dad!

Happy Birthday to my dad!

And hello to winter. I do not want to see you this year unless you bring snow.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Cookies and Avatar


Worked on Tillie's stocking, made aliens with Tyler, and hung out around the house with Tillie.

Tonight we all went out to the IMAX to see Avatar. It was really good. You should go see it.

And I am really excited about the new Alice in Wonderland. I've been waiting for this movie for a long time.

And I cannot believe that Brittney Murphy died today. Its sad. Watching Clueless will never be the same.


Did some last minute errands, got groceries, and laundry.

Andrew and I have been trying to find healthy alternatives to eating red meat and so we have been trying to find good recipes that include tofu. Tonight we tried spaghetti with tofu meatballs. It was really good.

I baked Christmas cookies and Kristin came over, fresh from Delaware. We got to catch up a little.

Friday, December 18, 2009

One week and counting

Andrew worked this morning and mom and I got the last of our Christmas shopping/shipping taken care of. I started working on Tillie's stocking and hope to have it done tomorrow.
Kristin, 1/4 of the Order, is back in town for the holidays. I am so excited to be able to spend an extended period of time with her. At least I'll get to spend Christmas with one Walker twin.
Andrew and Tyler had a Halo session this evening. They are cracking me up. And Tyler is so excited about Christmas he can hardly stand it.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

If This Is A Sack, Then Get In It.

I'm sure a lot of people have heard of and love Jim Henson's The Storyteller and love it very much and I'm sad to say that I have only just now discovered it. I love it. I mean LOVE it. Meghan doesn't think much of it which is ok, I know she didn't grow up with a fondness for the same side of Jim Henson as I did.(She loved Seasame Street and Fraggle Rock, I loved The Labyrinth and other things like The Storyteller.) If you get a chance to watch these episodes, and I hope you do, then I think you'll find it very entertaining. Especially my siblings.

Can't really say much about today. Not much going on. I pinched my pinky pretty good and the little guy is a tad sore. I watched Conan O'Brien. Love that guy. Caught the SNL Christmas special. Excellent.

And that is it.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

A Netflix Night

We got Angels & Demons in the mail today and sat down with our Subway dinner to watch it. I had read the book but had yet to see the movie. It wasn't bad, just not how it is in the book. But what movie is?

Andrew is increasing his hours at work now that he is on a break from school.

And we are wrapping up all of our "to dos" for the Christmas holiday. It feels good to be on top of things.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

I wish I was lost in New York

Tonight we watched Home Alone 2 (the best Home Alone movie, in my opinion). And I cooked dinner which didn't turn out to be such a good idea. And with all the freezer burned broccoli and cold weather minus the snow, I am wishing now more than ever that I could be lost in New York too. Only instead of getting a room at the Plaza, I'd move into a brownstone and never come back.

After much planning and packaging, the Christmas surprise that Kat and I made for Lauren traveled thousands of miles and finally ended up at her door in South Korea. She documented the arrival and opening of said surprise with pictures on her blog here. I seriously miss that kid like a roach and am wishing there was a box big enough for her to mail herself back to us in.

We're mailing out our Christmas cards now so if you haven't gotten one yet, its coming. And if you have, you're welcome.

P.S. Rim -- you and your adorable self are now the background on our computer.

Monday, December 14, 2009

A little more Christmas every day

The house is looking a little more like Christmas every day. There are multiple trees up, the cookie baking is underway, and lighted garland is strung everywhere.

Tillie got a bath today.

I found the coolest rug @ Target that I want want want.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Just trying to hold on a little while longer

Today's highlights:
More cookie decorating
Childhood Christmas memories
Warm clothes & blankets
Water line finally hooked back up on fridge

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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Christmas Cookie Season

We broke in the new ovens tonight by making Christmas cookies. Every year, Tyler makes frosted sugar cookies and tonight we made 2 batches of them.

We also got up really early and hit up Old Navy where we scored 6 (3 for me, 3 for mom) fleece jackets for $5 each. I hope the rest of you took advantage of that deal. I am wearing one right now to combat the nasty weather outside and it is most comfortable.

Andrew hung out with Schuck tonight at his house. Tillie and I stayed in. We cooked homemade whole wheat french bread and potato soup.

Friday, December 11, 2009

I really have no idea

Not a whole lot going on today: ran some errands, wrapped some presents, got the fabric to make Tillie's Christmas stocking.

Andrew worked. Then we had dinner and watched Year One -- our newest movie from Netflix. And we tried one of our new teas, Chocolate Coconut. Not bad.

One of my friends overcame a huge hurdle in her life tonight which is a really good thing, I think. If you're reading this, I am proud of you! And I hope you took pictures.

Tomorrow they are having women's fleece jackets on sale for $5 @ Old Navy. You should get up early in the morning and check that out before all the good ones are gone.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

"I am a visitor here, I am not permanent"

Andrew had the day off of work and school so we hung out together, got some lunch, and ran some errands.
The electrician came today and hooked up the rangetop, microwave, and ovens so we celebrated a little by actually cooking something that didn't require a George Foreman grill.
We checked out a new store in Park Hill this afternoon, a few doors down from Kat's new salon, called Park Hill Pantry. They make their own local coffees and teas which you can buy by the pound or ounce. We got the Old Mill blend of coffee, named after the Old Mill down on Lakeview which is the same mill seen in Gone With the Wind. (and where some of our wedding photos were taken). And I got two different types of teas. I tried one tonight. It is delicious.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Internet is crap

Our Internet has been working on and off all day -- stupid Comcast.

Today Andrew had his Nutrition final which he thinks he completely aced. Yay.

I ran some errands with my mom and got my hair cut @ Kat's. Its cute.

We watched the 100 best songs of the 90s on VH1 tonight. I loved almost every single song on there. We are thinking of making a compilation cd. Anyone interested in a copy?

Also we took our picture for our Christmas card tonight. Don't we look ridiculous?

New countertops!


The countertops were installed today. And with the fridge moved in, it is starting to feel like an actual real kitchen. Its hard to believe its actually happening. Hopefully by Thursday, all the appliances will be working and we can bake some Christmas cookies. That is what I am most looking forward to. I love baking.

I feel like we were very productive today. We had Jason's (our fav cold/rainy/any day place) for lunch and brought it back to the house and ate it in front of a fire. Then we paid a little visit to Kat, did some Christmas shopping, and mailed a very important package. I also had a chance to work on some more of my projects during my down time. And we ate dinner @ Larry's. Delicious.

I'm still wishing for that snow.

Monday, December 7, 2009

I got my productivity on

Today I jumped out of bed and got to it. I painted cabinets in the new kitchen and worked on all kinds of other projects. I starred at this machine for too many hours today. And I am worn out by it.

Andrew is done with his first aid class! Definitely a cause for celebration. No more early morning class for a little while.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Christmas is definitely on the way

Today we woke up early. Andrew went to work and I went to Cracker Barrel for breakfast.

And then we did a little Christmas shopping. And I wrapped a bunch of presents.

When Andrew came home, we ate dinner, watched Meet Me in St. Louis, and I worked on a few Christmas projects I've got going on. And with the cold weather outside, it is really starting to feel like winter. Now if only it would snow.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Another Christmas Tree

Today we hung out with Tyler, played video games, and played spy.

I started putting up the Christmas tree in the living room -- the one with all the family ornaments. I usually help put it up but this was the first year that I did it myself. My mom taught me how to string the lights and I did most of it myself. Tyler helped me hang the ornaments. I think tomorrow we will finish up with the ribbon and garland.

We had this Macaroni Grill thing for dinner and wine in front of another fire. It was nice.

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Friday, December 4, 2009

I cried on your forehead

Today was cold -- a bundled up in blankets kind of day.

I woke up with a headache. Andrew and I messed around on Netflix (I'm officially obsessed, btw). I got to skype with Laura all the way down in WPB.

Andrew went to work and I picked up my nephew from school and stopped for a snack on the way home.

Since it was so cold out tonight, we made a fire, got Chinese takeout, and played board games. It was fun. Sitting in front of the fire I thought of you, Laura & Dan, enduring the heat down in Florida.

And in case the title of this blog didn't give it away, Andrew and I are freaks.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

If Cookies Had Tales...

What would they be like? Adventurous and full of action or dramatic and filled with teenaged angst? Do you think the story the cookie would tell might determine how delicious it is or are all cookies innately scrumptious? This is a dark chocolate, flax seed, Omega 3 cookie. I know, exotic right? Well it is good and no matter what his story is I know he is pretty good for me.

Not much to report. Slow news day. Meghan ran errands with her mother and I was sick...talking to cookies and learning about their wonderful stories...

...cookies with tails...thats something all together different and exciting and for another post.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Oh Christmas Tree

This morning Andrew went to school and work. I applied for a job with the Arkansas Coalition for Excellence. And had lunch @ McAlister's.

When Andrew got home from school, we got all of the Christmas decorations down and put up our Christmas tree. Its pretty.

We ate spaghetti for dinner and caught up on the shows we've missed over the past week. I don't know how I feel about the new Scrubs. Its weird. I wish Elliot, Carla, and the janitor were still around.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Happy December

Someone special out there is going to be seeing my little owl friend very soon. That's all I'm saying. Don't you wish it were you?
We enjoyed some Chick-fil-a for lunch this afternoon. It was delicious as always.
We also started a 2 week trial membership of Netflix tonight. Very fun. I am loving the whole "watch a movie instantly on your computer" thing.
I can't believe its already December. Hard to believe this year is already pretty much over.

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Monday, November 30, 2009

Cabinet love

I finally got to mess around with our new cabinet. I decided that first off, we will use it as a linen closet since we don't really have one. I love it. It makes me happy to see it sitting there, full of my most favorite smell in the entire world.

Tonight we ate at that new place, Five Guys Burgers and Fries. Apparently, the rest of the world already knew how delicious it is. We just found out tonight.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving #2


We enjoyed a St. Louis Thanksgiving with the Sever family.
We ate delicious food.
A special favorite this year was the TWO types of homemade cranberries.

First of all, Happy Birthday Ben! We hope it was super fun even though the Rams lost. We got to listen to part of the game on the radio on the way home and thought of you guys.
Second, I cannot tell you how much this picture made me laugh when I discovered it on our camera. Seriously Bachs, you are cracking me up.
We made it home safely and are completely worn out. Too much driving/sleeping on air mattresses all weekend has really done a number on us.
And we have our cabinet! Look for pictures soon.
Oh and we have a special project that we have been working on for a long time now and are getting ready to share with the world. Look for news on that coming soon as well.

Friday, November 27, 2009

St. Louis

Headed to St. Louis today. Stopped for lunch @ Taco John's along the way. Hung out with the fam, ate, and watched a movie.

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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving #1

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Tyler's Thanksgiving Play

We hit up Tyler's Thanksgiving play at school. Well, it's more of a recital type thing. All the different grades sing songs, recite poems and Bible verses, and do dances. Tyler's class did patriotic songs. They were so cute.
Here's a little sample of his performance. I used our camera to catch video but for some reason, while zooming in and out, the audio doesn't work. Not real sure why that happens.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Kristin is home!

Kristin is home for Thanksgiving! She got in this afternoon and we met up with her and her friend Victoria for dinner and a little catching up this evening. I wish we were going to be home this weekend so I could spend more time with her.

Andrew and I went to Wal-Mart, got the oil changed in his car, got Tillie the most adorable Christmas sweater, and found a puppy ornament for our tree that looks just like Tillie. This is our first Christmas with her so we thought we should commemorate the occasion.

This morning it was pretty warm out but by late afternoon it was FREEZING. I hope it stays this way. And I hope snow is involved.

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Monday, November 23, 2009

A free afternoon together

Andrew got done with work early so we got to spend the afternoon together. We went by the AT&T store, ran some errands, and hung out.

We also went over to Kat & Gary's to work on our special top-secret projects.

Amazon is having some crazy Black Friday deals. And I mean crazy. You should check them out.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Happy Birthday, Roof.

The roof is done, the gutters are up. Doesn't it look pretty?

Today Andrew worked. I cleaned out his car and had my dad look it over in preparation for our trip to St. Louis this weekend.

I also discovered lots of cool new music.

Mom cooked dinner and Andrew and I did the dishes.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

A Christmas Carol

The whole family (and Rachael) went to see that Christmas Carol movie in 3D tonight. Andrew and I thought the glasses were particularly awesome. The movie was really neat. I don't think I've ever seen a movie in 3D (not including anything showing at Six Flags or Sea World). I think it was done really well too. Tyler was a little scared at times but it was good. You should go see it.
I have discovered something wonderful:
You can get a book for less than $5 and free shipping.
Now I am in the habit of going to Barnes and Noble, browsing their fiction section, taking pictures of books, and going online to Thriftbooks and finding them for about ten bucks cheaper. This is probably wrong, I know. But who cares. Times are tough. We've all got to tighten the belt somewhere.
3 days until Kristin comes home! Lauren, I wish you were coming with her.

Friday, November 20, 2009

New boots, not New Moon

That vampire movie, New Moon, came out today. It's all anyone talks about. But not me. I don't care about it at all. I've got new boots. Who cares about all that vampire drama when new boots are involved?

Andrew had a hard day at work today so we just hung out at home and ordered in pizza with Tyler. Andrew is still addicted to Ultima Online. I am still playing around with the new Sims 3 expansion pack.

My dad got my mom a new iPod nano. This one has a video camera on it. I played around with it a little. It's insane how that tiny little thing can hold 16 gigs of information and shoot HD video. I want one.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Tillie loves ice

Tillie loves ice. It's her favorite treat. She especially loves Sonic ice, just like me. Tonight we gave her a big bowl full of Sonic ice and she gobbled it up.

I had a giftcard to Forever 21 that has been burning a hole in my pocket for a long time now (thanks Laura) and I used it today. I bought a really cute houndstooth jacket.

We had Chick-fil-a for lunch. I can't believe how much I love Chick-fil-a. I could seriously eat it every day and not get sick of it. That and pizza. But then I would be huge.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Today I remembered what winter feels like

A cold front moved through the state and everything is cold again. I guess this is how November should feel but I felt a gush of wind outside today and was sad that it's that time of year again. I hate the cold. I hate being cold.
Andrew made a 109 on his last Nutrition exam. Smartie pants.
I did some major cleaning today. It felt good to get a lot of stuff done that I have been putting off. And I made a little holiday arrangement for the dining room table. The one good thing about this time of year is the ornaments. I love ornaments.
And I love Sour Patch Kids.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Flannel sheets are my fav

Flannel sheet sets are on sale this week at Target. I love flannel, I love Target, and I love these cozy chocolate brown sheets with snowflakes on them. They are sure to keep us warm all winter long. They have a bunch of other patterns, so go pick yourself out some. Then we can be flannel sheet twinkies. Just kidding.

Sims 3 World Adventures came out today. We picked it up this afternoon and already Andrew and I have been to France where we explored an ancient tomb, found historical artifacts, enjoyed cheese at a cafe, visited shops, made friends with the locals, made our own wine, and discovered secret passageways in the basement of an old house.

Andrew is on the hunt for some new RAM for our desktop computer. And Tillie is giving me her puppy eyes because we won't let her under the covers.

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Monday, November 16, 2009

Hello Monday

This is Mr. Frog -- Tillie's favorite cuddling companion. Andrew makes him do a dance and Tillie snatches him up and loves him. It is very amusing to watch.

Today Andrew had another Nutrition exam and a busy day at work.

I hung around the house, ran some errands, and worked on a fun surprise with Katherine.

Andrew and I enjoyed a dinner date at Jason's. My favorite soup was especially delicious in this cold weather.

Oh and we got new covers for our phones that can also be worn on an armband while running.

Tillie ate, slept, and got into trouble all day.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Dark Blue, Dark Blue

Got bored today so I painted my toenails navy blue. And I think they look a little like troll toes in this picture.
I have been having severe sinus pains and pressure today. Its a lot like having a headache, it completely knocks you on your butt.
Andrew worked today and then tonight we ate leftover pizza and watched the Colts/Patriots game. It was a really good game. And I'm happy to report that the Colts beat the Patriots. I'm not a huge Colts fan but my Grandpa is. Plus I have a strong dislike for Tom Brady. I want bad things to happen to him.
And I really hate writing on here. This was mainly supposed to be pictures. I'm not really sure how it became to include so much writing.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Home Goods = No good

The roof is done. Finally. I won't post any pictures on here until the gutters get installed though because it still looks kind of funny without them.
We went to Home Goods in Conway today. It sucked. I did see some cute pillows that I liked but put them back because I didn't LOVE them. And I've started this new thing where I don't buy anything that I don't absolutely love. I did see some cool lamps but couldn't justify buying new lamps right now. Anyway, Home Goods will disappoint you. It isn't nearly as cool as they make it out to be on the commercials. Don't waste your time. And if they've got one up in St. Louis that you or someone you know frequents and loves it, well, then it is probably better than ours and I would love that one too. Everything is better in St. Louis.
We went for a walk today around with neighborhood with Tillie. If you look behind me in the photo, you can see a neighbor's house that got rolled. And being an expert roller, I am allowed to criticize another's work. And it wasn't bad. And I give them props whoever they are because they must have known this family wasn't home and that their art would be displayed all weekend long. Way to go.
Also, the longer you look at this picture, the weirder my right eye starts to look.
Watched a video about Google Wave tonight. It is going to be pretty cool, I think.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Happy Friday the 13th

Andrew had work today. I stayed here while the roofers continued to work. Still didn't finish, btw.

No news on the job front.

We cooked veggie burgers and rented movies. Tyler got a game.

Then we snuggled in to watch Annie (my fav musical ever).

It's Friday the 13th. I hope you did something scary.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

When can a measured bacterium chart the spectrum?

Woke up today to the roofing guys pounding away... at 6:30 in the morning. Ridiculous. I am still angry about it. We are so ready for them to be done and out of here.

We gave Tillie a bath tonight. She has been bad today. But she is sweet now. Sweet and clean.

We are watching season two of F.R.I.E.N.D.S. and loving it. We are wishing for the entire series on DVD for Christmas.