Saturday, November 24, 2012

Husky for the holidays

The most wonderful time of year is upon us, and you know what that means.  Holiday goodies and treats!  YUM!!  I'm a firm believer in that all constricting clothing should be banned from the beginning of November till the beginning of January.  (or maybe just in general!!)  The holidays are supposed to be about "letting it all hang out" and enjoying yourself.  No worrying about the holiday calories.  I've never had an indulgent carrot or a to die for salad.  And trust me, no one ever enjoyed seeing the spandex brought out during Christmas.  Know why Santa's suit is so loose fitting... because that fat jolly guy wants to enjoy his cookies and milk!  There's a reason Santa isn't a skinny guy.... it's the holidays that make him put on the weight!  He is the poster child for the inner fat kid in us all!!  Bring on the sweats!

With all this being said, since the beginning of November, I have gained 4 pounds.  And I have no intention of even thinking or trying to loose the pounds over the holidays.  I'm sure just gonna try and maintain, but definitely won't be depriving myself of my mother's delicious candies or my grandmother's delightful dishes at Christmas dinner!  I do find it rather odd that I've gained 4 pounds.  I've been training for a 1/2 marathon since September and doing most of my rough training this month.  Even did a long run while on vacation in little rock!  Ah well.... it's muscle right?!

So folks, remember.  As you deck your walls with jingle bells and decorate the tree with those homemade ornaments, it is ok to indulge yourself with treats and eats!  The holidays are for enjoying those things that we only get once a year.  That's what new year's resolutions are for right?!  Can't have something to work for next year if you've already done it this year!  So I will be maintaing husky for the holidays campaign and everyone is free to join!!

The cranberry bread and butter sauce is calling.... No way I'm not answering!!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012


As Veteran's day approaches every year, I am reminded of my wonderful Grandfather, aka Pop.  He has been one of the most influential and inspiring persons in my life.  I would go as to say that he is my hero.  I am saddened every day that he did not get to see the person I turned out to be, but I hope he would be proud because he was a huge driving force behind my decisions.  Some people may ask why and I'll tell you.

James "Bob" Andrews was no one famous.  He did not invent any great invention.  He was no genius or wealthy man.  He never won any great prize and never found the cure for cancer.  What did he do that was so special?  When he was a young man, he voluntarily enlisted to fight for his country.  Out of the tons of things he could have done, he went and placed his life on the line for the freedom of others because this is what he thought was the most important thing at that time in his life.  He enlisted in the navy and spent several years defending our country in WWII.

I can remember listening to the few stories he would tell us when we were kids.  He told us that he was next in line to get on a ship in the Atlantic, and they cut off right in front of him.  That ship, he told us, would later be blown up with no survivors.  He also showed us a Japanese gun that he took home from war with a bayonette on the end.  I thought this was the coolest piece of history that I had ever seen.  He also had pictures and a journal from the time that he served in the military, and I received these treasures from my grandmother last year along with 2 uniforms and a flag.  The flag, I later found out, was hung in the front window at his mother's home as a symbol that she had a soilder in the war.

You may still wonder why he's so influetial on my life.  I can't imagine making that kind of sacrifice at that young of an age.  What an admirable thing to do?!  At 18, I'm pretty sure that I was more worried about where I was going Friday night and who I was going to be with.  Not worrying about if I was going to have to kill someone or be killed.  I have a major respect for veterans and the sacrifices that they have made in order for us to enjoy the freedoms that we have.  I'm even more greatful that my pop got to come home from war and I was able to enjoy the time I did get to spend with him.  I know there are so many that did not get to come home.  I get so angry when people are disrespectful to Veterans and those serving in the military.  At least they had the courage to make sacrifices we couldn't!

All in all, I guess what I'm trying to say is that I'm very thankful for those veterans, past and present, who chose to fight for our freedoms.  I feel that what I do is nothing compared to leaving your family for an extended period of time and deal with less than ideal conditions in order to protect our country.  Thank you thank you thank you to all you vets out there and thank you for those that continue to serve.  God bless you and God bless America!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

It's the good life

Oh Frankie baby.... you had it right when you sang this song.  It is the good life.  I mean, I have a roof over my head, food in my mouth, awesome friends and family... and most important an incredible husband who loves me unconditionally.  I mean, it's definitely the good life for me.  

While we are on the music scheme of things, I've found the theme song of my life.  Linus & Lucy from the Charlie Brown movies/cartoon.  It's one of those songs that you can't help but bob your head and smile when you hear it.  It seems like the only time you hear this song is during the holidays. But my goal shall be to make this a year round favorite, which I feel like is an impossible task because no one listens to jazz/classical anymore.  Friends, if you do nothing today, put in A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving/Christmas and listen to this treasure.  At least you'll have a smile on you face.

More on the music... Most people don't know that I'm very muscially inclined.  I've played the piano since I was 10 years old.  My present from my pop that year was a piano and piano lessons.  It was not a grandios piano, but it holds lots of sentimental value and I don't see myself ever getting rid of it.  I still love to go over to my parents house or my grandma's house and playing some tunes.  Makes me feel closer to him even though he's no longer here.  He instilled that passion for music in me with the gift of that piano.  Still play the piano, a little rusty, but I enjoy every minute of tickling those ivories!

With the teenage years approaching, I started band in jr high and played the flute.  Continued to the marching band in high school.  Ended up switching to playing the tuba in concert band.  Which brings me to one of my proudest accomplishments.  Why yes, I was a drum major for my high school band!  Call me a nerd, dork whatever.  I beam with pride any time I get to tell people that!  I also sang in the choir in high school, another very fun time.  Onto college, where I did play in that amazing Goin' Band from Raiderland!  Just for one year, but one awesome year!  Marched the tuba in the Tech band.  All fond memories that I look back on and can't help but smile.  These events are major contributors in my musical career.

Now, years later, (just 8 years, but feels like so long ago) I really miss those days filled with music.  The only music I really make these days, is a bad version of whatever is on the radio, but always at the top of my lungs.  Right after college I made a bucket list, and on it, I put play in a dueling piano bar once.  I still hope to forfill this dream one day, but I guess I need to get on the ball about practicing more.  As the holidays approach, I'm making myself a promise.  To get back on that bench and practice my scales, songs, and reherse to forfill this dream!  Wish me luck!

The ivories are calling....

Monday, November 5, 2012

It works!

I truely believe that the demise of all productivity of women lately has been because of pinterest.  I am one of these women and I'm not afraid to say so.  Sometimes I wish I had the job of testing the pins that people want to try.  You know, like they do on the news with does it work... I'd make a does it work pinterest style.  I'm sure there are pins that everyone repins with the intentions of trying it out one day.  I know I have.  I want to be that girl that tests them out and tells you whether they work or are easy, ect.  Recipes, DIY projects, remedies.... Was it actually worth it to repin it... or is it just a waste of time.  That being said, I'm interested if some company wants to pay me for my supplies and time.... but I highly doubt that this will happen.

I would like to share some of my "yes it works" knowledge from pins posted with my fellow friends and family.

1. 1/2 cup warm whitevinegar with 1/2 cup of blue dawn.  This remedy is supposed to clean the soap scum off your shower.  And it worked in my shower yesterday!  I had to give a tiny bit of elbow grease to get it to work, and the vinegar has to be warmed in the microwave... but it worked wonderfully!  Pin approved!

2.  If any of you have a microfiber couch or piece of furniture, I have found the remedy to clean the stains! Grab a spray bottle and saturate the stain with rubbing alcohol, then scrub with a white sponge.  I was absolutely amazed at the dirt and yuckiness that came out of my couch!  But it looks almost brand new now!  Yippee!  Pin approved!!

3. And finally I'm topping of my list with a cocktail.  All these remedies have worn me out for the day!  And I think everyone should end the day with a nice cocktail.  I'm freezing some coffee (as best I can without an ice cube tray) and am going to pour baileys over it.  I love baileys and I love coffee... so even though I haven't actually drank this yet, I'm giving it the Pin approved status!

I'm feeling a pinterest party for Christmas coming on!!  Whose in?!?

I promise all my posts will not be about pinterest, but I just felt overwhelming joy at my accomplishments and had to share.  Anywho.... Pinterest is calling.... and I must see what I can get into next!

Sunday, November 4, 2012


Family, friends... whoever is reading!  The holidays are upon us!  It's the most wonderful time of the year!  Not only to I look forward to the decorating, shopping, and general merry-ment, but the thing I look forward to the most is the obsessive time spent in the kitchen!  Hours of my holiday time is spent either in my mother's kitchen, my grandmother's kitchen, or my own kitchen.  I think one of my favorite past times is spending time with my mother making her famous "Fantasy fudge" or when she taught me the Williams special "date nut loaf."

Most people loath all the Holiday calories, but I say, you only live once and I'm going to enjoy all my holidays to the fullest.... and until I'm the fullest.  I'm feeling overly excited this year because it's my first holiday season as a wife!  I'm so excited to smother my husband with my domesticated skills!  Decorating and cooking and my obnoxious holiday cheer!  He's probably going to be sick of me come January!

One of my domesticated duties is I'm trying some pinterest remedies for house cleaning so the house will be extra clean. Just in case the in-laws drop in... don't want them thinking that I'm some sort of slob.  Maybe if the house at least smells good, they won't notice the mess around the house.  I don't consider it a mess, I consider it the "lived in look."  Anywho, I'm trying the 1/2 blue dawn, 1/2 white vinegar remedy on the shower and alcohol spray to clean the microfiber couch.  I'll let you know if they are a waste of time or worth the effort.

Just call me the domestic goddess.... or the tidy bowl queen!  I'm off to save my house from dust bunnies and soap scum... the bath tub is calling!!!