April 27, 2009
April 26, 2009
Every house where love abides and friendship is a guest is surely home and home sweet home, for there the heart can rest. - Henry Van Dyke
On Friday, what you see in the picture above will be my driveway. I can't freaking wait! I also can't believe I have less than a week. Yesterday, I got a new refrigerator and my grandfather and my parents and I moved that in along with the large chair and bookcase that I posted pictures of yesterday. After that, I took the Gabs over there for the first time and let her sniff around while I moved in some smaller loads of junk I've had piling up in my car.
My boss often quotes the line "Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end" from the song "Closing Time."That line seems to make a lot of sense right now.
I have to admit, this weekend, as I was driving around my old neighborhood, checking out the sales, I sort of missed it. I miss being downtown and living 1/5 of a mile from the Police and Fire Departments and all the other hustle and bustle the city brings. I miss the scenery, the dogwoods and other flowering trees lining the streets, the old houses, people out walking their dogs, and as anti-social as I was with my neighbors, I sort of miss them, too. And as much as I hate to admit, this is around the time, last year, that everything began to pick up with "the job" and what the heck, I miss that, too.
It just seems like there is so much change associated with this move and it's mostly good change. There is so much to look forward to. For the first time in my life, I will have an actual house to myself. I can play my music and let Gabby bark as loud as she wants. I'll be close enough to my family that I can swim every day and since I'll be working from home and need the exercise, I'll be taking full advantage of that. I'll have so much more time to get things accomplished and plenty of space to do that in. The list could go on! One thing I'm looking forward to is getting back into my habit of being glued to the news and having something important to blog about. I know I've rambled about moving enough over the last month, and I think those of you I know outside of the blog world know why, and I appreciate all of you putting up with it! Once I'm settled in, I promise more updates. I also promise to be better with email. I have email from March that I still haven't had time to answer. I appreciate you guys being so patient.
But in the meantime, this week may be pretty slack as far as blogging goes. Not only do I have to finish painting the bedroom and living room, cleaning the carpets, get the utilities hooked up, and moving all of my stuff, I am in the last week or two of school for this semester and I have tests and papers due like crazy. I have to get caught up on work I've been slacking off of or I'll end up being kicked right back up the opposite end of that driveway. I've got pack up the few things I've been using here for the last nine months and clean up the bedroom so my mom can have her "work room" back. I've gotta clean out my car and get my oil changed because I have to drive to Macon and pick up something. I have to go shopping and buy dog food and the bare necessities so Gabby and I can eat this weekend and next week. Not to mention, my family is planning a birthday party for me on Sunday afternoon. Saturday, my new washer/dryer will be delivered and have to be hooked up. Also, I have to manage to do it all without running over myself or injuring myself in another way which as you know, is quite the feat. I know there's more on this week's "to do" list but I'm drawing a blank!
I need to get back to that list but I hope everyone has a great week! By Monday of next week, which is ironically my birthday, I will hopefully be fully engaged in a "new beginning."
April 25, 2009
Let me start by saying, remember my cute historic downtown home? Well, the whole neighborhood is having a big yard sale this weekend and that's where I got a lot of this stuff. It made me kind of sad, though. I miss living there, but I may carry on about that more in another post!
First of all, my favorite piece! I walked up to a house and the wife told me that if I bought this chair for $30, she'd throw in her husband who was sitting in it. I offered $20 and told her to keep her husband as I am not quite ready for one of those. A deal was made and I now have this huge comfy chair. It's not actually white, more of a cream color, but I LOVE it. I do not have a sofa, currently, and was almost on the verge of buying a really ugly one out of desperation. Not only will I be able to use this chair no matter what my decor, I can use it in place of a sofa for a few weeks until I find a sofa I really like (and please excuse picture quality):
At the same place, I bought this picture for $5.00. It's really big and will hang in my living room - I'm doing green/black/natural colors with maybe some splashes of red in there and it seems like I'm finding so many perfect items for it.
The other piece of furniture I bought was also $20 and it definitely needs some work! I have a ton of books and have been searching desperately for ways to store them without packing them up. I've seen so many blah bookcases, but when I ran across this, I had to have it! It's pretty old and handmade and just really unique looking. The door need new hinges and don't worry, I'm definitely repainting it another color - black or dark dark green.
The big sliding glass door in my bedroom was in desperate need of curtains and I think I've mentioned, I'm doing sort of a red, white, and mostly blue nautical thing in there. I don't know that I love these curtains but they were $8.00 for enough to fit that door and the window that's in there, and they will work without looking awful until I find something else...or who knows, I may end up liking them. This is what they look like:
Just a few other odds and ends I got:
These metal candle holders were $1.00
So, I thought I did pretty well. I'd like to have the house decorated by August/September. I plan to be there two years while I finish my teaching certification, unless I get a great job somewhere else or somehow can afford the $350,000 house up the street from my old one!
I also bought several books for myself, yesterday, but figured I'd spare you the list. I bought some really pretty curtains but those were retail, not "bargain" and I have my eye on these two really pretty rugs at Old Time Pottery, but they are $80, so that might not happen until my next pay day! I guess shopping can be fun after all!
April 23, 2009
Quote of the Day: "Nature knows no indecencies; man invents them." - Mark Twain
Typically, I'd agree with Twain. Nature knows no indecencies, indeed. As everyone in the free world probably knows at this point, I'll be moving into my new house in approximately SEVEN days. One week from tomorrow, actually, and well, my house is out in the woods. It sort of reminds me of being in the North Georgia mountains, which is always a plus. It's got a really nice, private setting and has some very pretty views. The front/side yard has a tiny creek that runs through it and of course, with all of this comes some wildlife. A few nights ago, my landlord was at the house, working on some last minute projects and she saw the motion detector light on that side of the house come on. She went to check and see who was out there and it turns out it was a deer, drinking from the creek. Upon hearing this story, I began to imagine myself prancing around the yard like Snow White, deer following me, birds fluttering around me, maybe a handsome prince...nothing indecent about that sort of nature at all.
But today, something else occurred to me:
I'm not sure why it didn't occur to me before today, but I heard a croak coming from the creek area. The loud, wet, nasty croak of a killer frog. A little history: I do not like frogs. I don't just not like frogs, I will scream and cry like a two year old if there is the small chance I will come in contact with a frog. Growing up, my family and friends got a kick out of it, now they just think it's pathetic, but there's something about those gross little creatures that freak me the heck out. So, the house has lots of sliding glass doors and window and the first time any sort of amphibian comes hopping in one of those sliding glass doors, it isn't going to be pretty. Throw that in with the mice I'm sure to deal with (come on, I don't know anyone who doesn't have to deal with mice and I grew up at the edge of the woods, they're definitely around) and I suddenly miss my cute historic downtown home.
So that leads me to the final part of my wildlife dilemma trifecta A cat. I don't really like cats. I wouldn't go as far as to call them an indecency of nature, but I wouldn't go as far as to say I'd ever get one as a pet if I didn't need it to rid my home of disgusting "critters." I really wanted to get another dog, but that would cost a little more and may be a "later in the year, after I'm settled in and can afford it" project.
I guess I'm going to have to decide between picking up creatures or scooping up cat litter, and right now, that cat litter don't look too bad. So, I'm thinking one of my first missions once I'm in the house will be Operation Find a Kitten.
Unless someone can think of a better suggestion. I'm all ears.
April 22, 2009
April 21, 2009
"Where man sees but withered leaves, God sees sweet flowers growing." - Albert Laighton
I was looking for a quote about spring and new beginnings, but I was also looking for something to fit my excitement about moving and how great the house is starting to look, and I think that one sums up both.
Anyway, nine more days until my move (though I'll probably start the actual moving stuff into the house a little sooner)! I promise not to start a countdown but I am lacking original material for the blog right now and anything I do come up with is being used for work-related writing, so you'll have to settle with me rambling about my new place! I really just wanted to post to let everyone know the blog is not dead, I just need to get through the next week and a half! So, please, stick with me, I promise once I move, I'll try to have some good material (and get to my email)!
I know quoting yourself is so terribly conceited but I'm lacking material and time right now and well, it's true.
April 19, 2009
I arrived about an hour before it started, only to find many streets blocked and already filled with people. After walking about a mile or two from my parking deck of choice, I began to see huge crowds surrounding the state capital building. Music was blaring, people from all walks of life and of all ages, were waving signs and flags, dancing, chanting, and some were even dressed up in period costume. I made my way to the outskirts of the crowd, but I was already too late to get too close to the staging area. I mingled and took pictures and looked for interesting signs, and before I knew it, I was no longer at the "outside" of the crowd. Thousands more had gathered behind me.
Before the festivities even began, I knew I'd made the right decision. In the days after the 2008 Presidential election, I'd felt alienated. I didn't recognize a country that would vote for someone like Barack Obama for President while allowing someone like Sarah Palin to be treated as unfairly as she was. I honestly wondered if the country was heading to a place none of us would recognize. On the night of the Tea Party, I got a different feeling. I felt so comfortable being around like-minded people and I rediscovered my love and positive attitude for the country. Even though we could have made up a small city and even though I saw very few people I knew, I felt like I was among friends and family.
Local talk radio host, Joel Aaron from 920 AM hosted the Tea Party and did a great job of keeping things running smoothly. It was chilling to hear that many people recite the Pledge of Allegiance in perfect unity. Fair Tax seemed to get a lot of mention. Throughout the course of the evening, we heard from some local congressmen and state representatives. We heard from everyday Americans and local celebrities. We heard from business owners, parents, and even thirteen year old conservative "wonderkid," Jonathan Krohn. Former Congressman, Dick Armey was there as were some of my favorite ladies from Smart Girl Politics. One of my favorite speakers was Georgia State Representative Melvin Everson who said,
"We will not fail. We will take our country back to its rightful place: the land of liberty, the home of the brave and the free, because America is the greatest nation on the face of the earth."He was amazing and got the crowd fired up, as did "Regular Guy" Eric Von Haessler. Fox News' Sean Hannity even hosted his 9:00 PM show from the event with guests such as "Joe the Plumber," Red State's Erik Erickson, John Rich, and live via satellite, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, radio host Neal Boortz, and former Arkansas Governor, Mike Huckabee.
But the best part of the whole night is that most people weren't there to see Sean Hannity or be on TV. Most of them weren't there for any other reason other than to secure their future and the future of their children. We weren't there to have a party as the media tried to insinuate, but to prove we are tired of being ignored by politicians who do not truly represent the people of this country or uphold the United States Constitution. We are tired of seeing members of Congress break the law and get a free pass. In three short months, we're tired of seeing our President apologize for our country, shake hands with our enemies, and mistreat our allies. We're tired of seeing our representatives do what is best their own personal gain and not doing the job they are supposed to do.
On April 15th, 2009, we did our best to let the world know how we feel and on July 4, 2009, we will do the same. And we will continue until our so-called "leaders" listen or until we find new ones who can properly and lawfully represent the country. I hear the President smugly said he didn't know about the tea parties. Unfortunately, I don't think this prompted Katie Couric to ask him to specify exactly which newspapers he reads, but I have a feeling that President Obama is going to have no choice but to know in the future.
April 18, 2009
If you know me in "real life," you know I've pretty much spent the last week getting ready to move. Yesterday, the move became official as I signed my lease and I paid the first month's rent. (A lot of people have asked, renting or buying? Renting. Once I finish getting education degree, assuming I do - again, it's pretty much a backup plan, I will hopefully move elsewhere.) The people who own the house had a few last minute major projects to finish this weekend and I volunteered to finish the painting and cleaning since they've been so great and it would speed the process along. Anyway, I'm in need of a new sofa and can't really afford to get a NEW one, so I decided to spend the morning out looking for a nice used one! I didn't really find one, but I did get some really cool stuff - all for under $50! Some of my friends, particularly my "mommy blogger" friends, are always posting about their money saving finds, so I figured I'd add my own!
Let me start by saying, I've become a bit of a yard sale junkie. Five or ten years ago, I wouldn't be caught dead at one but once I went to a few and realized you could actually get some nice stuff, well, I became hooked! (And keep in mind, good camera is packed up!)
The first thing I bought was this wicker rocking chair. I am not a fan of wicker but this has been painted black (though it looks speckled in the picture - it's not) and I thought it was really pretty. It's also really comfy! The new house has a nice big back porch and I thought this would be perfect for it! (I promise it's a lot prettier in person!)
I'd already bought some new Ralph Lauren sheets that I love love love for $1.00. I'm planning to cut them up and make a cushion for the rocking chair and also some throw pillows for my bed. (Okay, I don't actually sew, I'm planning to have my mom do it, but point is, I love the print and even though the pictures are awful, I can assure you, it looks really good with the black chair!!)
The same place where I bought the chair had several old wooden benches and tables. This one is bigger and darker green than it looks in the picture and it's got a very shabby chic look to it. I'm going to set this on the patio with pots of red geraniums on top of it!
The new house has a little bar between the kitchen and living/dining room and I imagine it's probably where I'll spend a lot of time. So, when I spotted these stools, I had to have them! I've got a wooden kitchen table that is exactly the same color as the stools and I plan to paint the kitchen chairs black (that sounds odd, but it's a really cute color combination). I'm thinking of also painting the stools black! They are really nice and heavy.
Finally, I stopped at a house that has a sale just about every other month it seems. I think the lady does some sort of interior decorating and she's super sweet! She's always got really nice stuff for really good prices and today was no different. I bought an antique mahogany coffee table that has been painted black (black seems to be the color of the day) and she said she was going to strip it down to its original color but to be honest, I kind of like the black. It just needs repainting.
She also had three really gorgeous framed pictures that I got really cheap! This first one will go in my red, white, and blue (though not in a patriotic way, it's more nautical) bedroom:
These next two I'm not sure what I'll do with them, but I really liked them and they were $2 a piece so I got them. I love the one with the black frame - it's hard to tell but it's got a french post card on one side and a picture of a hydrangea on the other.
So there you have it! My Saturday bargains! I am so excited to start moving my stuff in and decorating...and with the economy like it is, I have a feeling this summer is going to be great for getting deals such as these! I hope by the end of the summer, I can take pictures of fully decorated rooms!
Okay, that's enough girlyness. Now I'm going to go write about how Atlanta is becoming the center for drug trade!
April 16, 2009
Tonight, I stood with 15,000-20,000 of my fellow Georgians, Americans, and concerned citizens and it was truly an amazing feeling to be with like-minded people who understood exactly why we spent four plus hours standing in the streets of downtown Atlanta and why we will do it again. It was exciting and at times even chilling (have you ever heard that many people say the Pledge of Allegiance in perfect unison?), but it inspired me to continue to get involved with causes I believe in, almost as much as a young Governor from Alaska inspired me to jump back into politics eight months ago. I look forward to continuing my work with Smart Girl Politics Candidate Outreach and writing about more issues I feel are important and need to be talked about whether it's for my blog, Critical Politics, Women of the GOP, the new place I'm going to be writing soon that I'm not sure I can share yet, or anywhere else that will have me. I look forward to actively campaigning for politicians who I think can get real results and hope to start with Karen Handel for Governor of Georgia. But the important thing is, as Jefferson said, to never be idle, or we could very well end up losing the very things that make this country and our lives so wonderful.
Tomorrow, I will be doing a lot more blogging about the Tea Party and will be posting a lot more pictures, but for the first time in I can't even remember how long it's been, I'm going to try to get a decent night's sleep!
But before I go to bed, I'm going to ramble on about things that aren't important because that's what I do and because well, you just can't make this stuff up! If you were with me back in August, or what I now refer to as "the month it all went to hell," you know I ran over myself...sort of. Hilarity ensued (even the lady who fitted my knee brace couldn't stop laughing), as did what looks to be life with a knee that often aches and bends backwards and buckles without rhyme or reason (or warning). It was the kind thing that just doesn't happen to people. And it certainly doesn't happen to people twice within a year.
Unless those people are me.
I was on my way to the Tea Party and had to pick up my cousin who would be accompanying me. But when I pulled into the driveway, the garage door was closed. I'd accidentally left my cell phone at home so I decided I'd just open the garage and see if anyone was home. This is when it happened. I jumped out of the car and it took me a second to realize it was rolling and another second for me to think, "This is not happening again." I remember hearing their dog bark and thinking, "don't judge me, dog!" The only think I remember after that is realizing my car was about to plow into the garage door and turning around to jump back inside, but not before acquiring another running-over-yourself-related injury. I'm pretty sure the back tired went over my big toe, otherwise, there's no possible way it could have happened.
I managed to jump back in the driver's seat and hit the brake with my good foot, just inches away from the garage door. Then I realized something was terribly wrong. You know that kind of pain that makes you want to throw up? I was a trooper, though, for the sake of the country. I limped, hopped, and hobbled proudly down Courtland Street to the Tea Party. I stood for four hours in one of the biggest unorganized groups of people I've ever been in and cringed every time someone came close to stepping on my foot.
I'm not sure if it was some sort of weird patriotic adrenaline rush or what, because now that I'm home, I can barely hobble to the bathroom. The most ungodly pain has taken over my entire foot and lower leg, and my poor toe is black and swollen.
April 14, 2009
Anyway, I didn't catch this back in October when it was originally posted, but I found it during my research, tonight. Hot Air did a great interview with Heaton and in it she talks all about her political life among other similar topics...it's long but really interesting (for example, I had no idea Gary Sinise started a little club for Hollywood Republican-types)!
Here's the link: Hot Air » Blog Archive » Hot Air exclusive: Patricia Heaton
and here's the video:
April 12, 2009
April 10, 2009
As I mentioned yesterday, I'm going to be moving soon. Today, I got to spend some time at my new house and I am so excited about it and think it'll make a great place for me to live for the next 1-2 years while I finish school. One of the things I'm really happy about is that it'll be good for Gabby for several reasons. For example, she likes to lay in front of the window and just watch the world go by. At our last place, the windows were pretty high and I had nothing tall enough for her to lay on, so she could never really see what was going on outside. But this house has several places for her to look out. I don't expect there's going to be a lot of "world going by" out in the middle of nowhere, but she can watch the squirrels and other wildlife. Not only that, but there's a nice back porch right off the living room and she can hang out there if she'd like. It's a lot bigger than our old place so she'll have room to move around and we won't be sharing walls with anyone so barking (inside, anyway) won't be that big of an issue. Also, there's a great wooded yard (though it's not fenced in) with a tiny creek - she'll be in heaven!
Unfortunately for her, I'm really contemplating adding another dog to the mix. You see, the Gabs doesn't care for other dogs too much. She's not mean or anything, but she IS scared of them. My neighbor's miniature chihuahua got out the other day and started chasing her and I have to say, I've never seen my dog run so fast. The only dog she'll tolerate is my parents' old dog they've had since I was in high school and she's sort of learning to deal with Maddie, though I wouldn't exactly say she "likes" her). For so long, it's just been me and her and that is how she likes it. I hate to complicate that for the poor thing, but I'd also like to not have to leave her alone when I'm gone for several hours at a time. Plus, I just want another dog.
April 08, 2009
No, really. My long nat...er, personal? nightmare is over. I have been trying to keep the blogging about personal info to a minimum these days but since I spent several months whining about this, I thought I'd update those of you who had to put up with it!
April 05, 2009
I hate to break the news to everyone, but I'm going to be gone for a few days. I know you'll be so terribly upset. Unfortunately, where I'm going looks nothing like the picture, but I hope to have an okay time anyway! Not sure what kind of internet access I'll have and any I do have will be used for homework, catching up on email, and work. If I owe you an email, I promise I haven't forgotten about it and my inbox will be empty by the end of this week!
Speaking of work, if you haven't read my two-part series on Laura Bush, check it out at Women of the GOP! I had a lot of fun remembering our last First Lady (especially considering the uncouthness of the current one)!
April 03, 2009
Spring has definitely taken over Georgia! I took my crappy camera outside for a few minutes and tried to capture it but all I just ended up with the sniffles and a few crappy pictures!
A little Azalea bush...there are some bigger ones down near the pool but I didn't feel like walking that far!
My favorite - the wisteria! It doesn't photograph that well but if I could bottle up the smell and sell it, I would.
A look up through my grandfather's dogwood trees....
April 02, 2009
Unless it's some big media April Fool's joke, it looks like our dear POTUS gave the Queen of England an iPod that included 40 Broadway show tunes. This after he gave England's Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, a set of DVDs that aren't formatted to play on European DVD Players and for the PM's kids, cheap White House gift shop toys. And let's not forget the big
Fortunately, Obama still has TIMMY!!!! Geithner hanging around. It's hard to look too stupid when this man is one of you're BFFs! Turns out the Secretary of Turbo Tax can't exactly count...or tell the truth.
And that's all I have for today, but if you want more, well, me...check out: Women of the GOP - I just did a profile on conservative actress, Angie Harmon! Recently, she had some strong things to say about our current President and his supporters, and also, Sarah Palin
or you can check out a new blog: Critical Politics. I'll be over there, some, pretending to know what I'm talking about - my latest post is about the "Pay Performance Act of 2009" and if you don't know what that is, let me just say, it's pretty scary stuff!