Archives for April 2010

I Will Carry You

This past Tuesday night I picked up Angie’s book and figured I’d read a few pages before I went to bed.

When I finally put the book down, I was on page 129 and couldn’t figure out where the time had gone. I loved it immediately. And if you haven’t read I Will Carry You yet, know this: you will feel the same way.

I have three copies to share with y’all, and if you’d like to try to win one of them, just click over to my giveaways page.

The giveaway will close this Sunday night, May 2nd.

This Is The Place I Like To Go To Be Alone With My Thoughts

There’s a new “Office” AND a new “30 Rock” tonight. Or in other words: AN EMBARRASSMENT OF TV RICHES.

1) “I have it on very good authority that in the next twenty years everyone will be speaking German. Or a Chinese-German hybrid.”

2) “That’s what he says?”

3) “If you want people to put the best face on the company, then why would you pick two people who have probably never cut the face off of anything in their lives?”

4) “I don’t even know who you are anymore.”

5) “Did somebody order a hooker over here?”

6) “I can’t think of any CEOs, any race.”

7) “I could be the Indian Julia Roberts.”

8) “I get hit on all the time…. In my 20s it would have been annoying. In my late 20s I find it really flattering.”

9) “911, hello. Scranton Strangler’s in the house. INSIDE THE HOUSE.”

10) “Sometimes it makes financial sense to lose money.”

11) “I was after your money.” // “Well, the joke was on you.” // “Yes it was.”

12) “Why don’t you just move the M&Ms?” // “WHY DON’T YOU SHUT UP?”

13) “Most printer sales are done over the phone, Miss Boobshirt.”

14) “Sometimes my bangs cover it.”

15) “I’ll slap you in the face with a rainbow.”

16) “For hobbies? Yoga, belly dancing, snake charming, lying on a bed of nails…”

17) “She suckered you, too. Was it the cleavage?” // “And the shoulder cut-outs.”

18) “Oh. You’re still here. I have your baguette.”

19) “Thank you, Dwight. I’ll never forget everything you’ve done for me. Because I never forget anything.”

20) “I DID DO IT.”

The first half seemed a little slow, but the second half picked up and made me laugh a bunch (lots of Kelly = always a good thing).

What did y’all think?

American Idol – Top 6

The songs of Shania Twain?

Sounds good to me. We’ll sit back and relax and pretend like it’s 1998 all over again.

Here we go.

Lee DeWyze – “You’re Still The One” – Well I wasn’t at all prepared for that. At first I thought it was going to be a little weird, but it turned out to be a nice alternative spin on a country song. It wasn’t my favorite performance of Lee’s, mainly because he seems to do his best with rock stuff, but he did a great job with it.

Michael Lynche – “It Only Hurts When I’m Breathing” – Oh my word – I loved his version so much more than the original. I’m so glad he kept it simple at the beginning, and I really liked the falsetto at the end. Reminded me of some old-school Luther – and that’s never a bad thing.

Casey James – “Don’t” – It’s funny, but I feel like that’s the first time in this whole competition that we’ve really heard Casey’s voice. And Casey? Can sing. Loved the raspiness in his voice, loved the way he connected with the audience, loved the way he just sat there and sang his heart out. I thought it was great.

Crystal Bowersox – “No One Needs To Know” – Crystal always sounds good, but I would’ve never picked this song for her. It’s a little too flirtatious or cutesy or something. Plus, the arrangement was way too slow and borderline folksy. It just didn’t do her justice.

Aaron Kelly – “You’ve Got A Way” – The beginning was fine, but things got pitchy about half-way through the first verse. He sounded great on the last note, though. He mainly just needs some consistency; he still doesn’t seem comfortable and confident on the stage. But tonight was his best so far, I think.

Siobhan Magnus – “Any Man of Mine” – I know that the judges liked it, but I didn’t. I thought she seemed a little hesitant during the first part of the song, and I thought the screaming at the end was way too much. There were moments in the chorus when I thought she sounded better than she has in awhile, but on the whole it just didn’t strike my fancy.

Best of the night: I have no idea.
Worst of the night: Siobhan
Should go: Siobhan
Will go: Siobhan

What did y’all think?

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A Very Sassy Giveaway

Right now I am completely carried away with the clothes from a company called Nations Outfitters – mainly because they have some of the cutest, most feminine clothes I’ve seen in a very long time.

And the good news is that the great people at Nations are giving away a $100 gift certificate over on my giveaways page. You can use the gift certificate to stock up on all manner of spring and summer cuteness from their website; I know that y’all are going to love their stuff.

Just click here to join the giveaway fun!

From Zero To One Hundred

We spent the weekend in Mississippi, and for most of Friday afternoon and Saturday morning, our primary activity was Dodging Storms. The weather was absolutely terrible, but fortunately we avoided the worst of it. I am pretty fearless when it comes to bad weather as long as I’m sitting in my house, but if you put me in a moving vehicle in the midst of pelting sheets of rain, I will go all mashing-on-my-pretend-brake-from-the-passenger-seat on you. It’s a little annoying for the person who happens to be driving, but I for one find great comfort in my panicked behavior.

Friday night we had a great supper with my parents, my aunt C, my cousin Paige and her little boy Joseph. There was fried chicken, deviled eggplant (I will share the recipe later this week because IT. IS. DIVINE.), butterbeans, seven-layer salad, cornbread and banana pudding, and every single bit of it tasted like home. It was actually very special to be reunited with the seven-layer salad; I made it so often when David and I were first married that I burned out on it, and I honestly don’t think I’ve had it in about ten years. But oh, now that I remember its deliciousness I will be making it again very soon, and it will be my sweet privilege to serve it so frequently that I burn us out on it all over again.

Hi. My name is Sophie. From time to time I get in food ruts. It’s lovely to meet you.

After supper we sat around the table for about an hour, talking about who’s getting married and our favorite vegetables and whether or not Chinese chicken salad is a suitable entree’ for a bridesmaids’ luncheon, and out of nowhere Mama mentioned how she’s just sick and tired of everybody dying. And the thing about death is that it’s not really one of those things where you can just get fed up and take action. I mean, if you’re sick and tired of not being able to find your favorite brand of hair spray, you can usually do something about it. You can call a drugstore or talk to the person who cuts your hair or something. And if you’re sick and tired of not being able to get your favorite mashed potatoes on the Golden Corral buffet, well, you can take that up with the manager.

But if you’re sick and tired of death – well – that’s not really an issue where you can do much to effect change.

Anyway, Mama’s statement led to a back-and-forth between her and C that might as well have been titled “People We Know Who Have Died,” and after they’d named about six or seven people, Mama said, “You know what really made me sad? When my friend Margaret died. I just couldn’t believe when that happened two weeks ago. Or a month ago. Or six weeks ago. Or three months ago. Or whenever it was.”

About that time David piped up from across the table and said, “So what you’re telling us is that at some undetermined date within the last two days or two weeks or six months, your friend Margaret passed away?”

“Why yes, that’s exactly right,” Mama replied. And we all got very tickled. Mama’s recollection of the specific details wasn’t really the point, I reckon.

Saturday morning we left the house pretty early to drive to Jackson for the christening of David’s goddaughter. Our friends Todd and Marti had a little girl named Gracie back in December, and since they live in California, we were way past ready to finally see Miss Gracie in person. In fact, when we got to Todd’s daddy’s house Saturday morning, I may or may not have snatched her from her daddy’s arms and completely monopolized her for approximately one hour. But I couldn’t help it. She’s four and a half months and at that stage where she’s just a chunk of love who likes to smile and stare. I could’ve gnawed on her cheeks all days long.

GNAWGNAWGNAWGNAWGNAWGNAWGNAW.

We hung out at Todd’s daddy’s house for a few hours after we finished with everything at the church, and it was so fun to visit with the families and watch all the kids run around and marvel at how quickly the time flies and yes, I know that’s a total cliche’, but do you know why it’s a cliche’? BECAUSE IT’S TRUE.

It was the sweetest, best day.

After the worst of the storms had passed, we drove back to Mama and Daddy’s, but I can’t tell you about any of that right now because it’s almost midnight and my eyes seem to be closing involuntarily. So just know that I’ll be back later to tell you about a giveaway that I think you’ll love. Not to mention the tales of even more food and – get ready – Sissie’s 100th birthday party.

Yep. You read that correctly. We celebrated Sissie’s ONE HUNDREDTH birthday.

It was a big weekend, you know?

See y’all in a little while.

This Cookie Monster Thing Is An Opportunity To Show People That I’m An Authority Figure

It seems like it’s been about four months since there was a new episode of “The Office.” I can’t even remember what happened last time. Was it Andy and Erin at the dump? Did I miss one when I was out of town? Oh, wait – it was the one where they all went to a bar, and I watched it online because we had a Weather Event that merited live radar coverage for 45 minutes.

See? It’s all coming back to me now. Give me five minutes, and I’ll give you an exhausting, rambling account of past TV and weather events. It’s my spiritual gift.

Anyway. Let’s see what our friends in Scranton are up to tonight.

1) “Is that the program where all those puppets live in the barrio? Love that show.”

2) “If it wasn’t for secretaries, I wouldn’t have a stepmom.”

3) “I knew it existed. And I chose to let it die.”

4) “Yummmm yummmm yummmm yummmm yummmm.”

5) “They’re making fun of cookies. I get that. But in some way it feels like they’re making fun of me.”

6) “Would you mind if I listened to my book on tape? I’m kind of a bookworm. It’s a novelization of the movie Precious, based on the book Push by Sapphire.”

7) “I’ll have what she’s having!”

8) “I was just warming it up.”

9) “I think we can all agree that Angela is not so great.”

10) “I should probably get involved in this, but I think my energy is probably better spent on the Cookie Monster issue.”

11) “What? I was just slow-clapping your no-nonsense decision making.”

12) “Everyone here knows that I can’t and won’t keep a secret.”

13) “Take it up with the chief of police.”

14) “You are throwing up for the wrong reasons.”

15) “Sometimes the heart doesn’t know what it wants until it finds what it wants.” // “I hope you find what you’re looking for.”

16) “I gotta take this bad attitude, and I gotta go home, and I gotta adjust it, and I hope the suspension does that.”

17) “…humbly taking your hand, upon which I kiss to show my contrition.”

18) “What’s your real name? Lionel Frankenstein?”

19) “I think I have to be on my own a little bit, like that girl Precious, in Precious, based on the novel Push by Sapphire.”

20) “At least somebody made her happy on Secretary’s Day.”

What did y’all think?