Wednesday, August 28, 2013

What Football Has Taught Me About Myself.....

It is absolutely no secret at all that I am a football fanatic when fall rolls around. It is by far the highlight of my fall and I get crazy excited every August as the football trash talk starts coming out as well as everyone just hyped up for the thrill of tailgating and watching their team go back to business.
It is also no secret that I love college football over NFL. I love my Saints don't get me wrong but I love my LSU Tigers even more! There's just something about all the tradition and amazing fans that I love dearly. Not to mention you get to watch future hall of famers before they get big.
So I thought I'd add a little list to all the football talk and say what football has taught me about myself......hold on for the ride folks there may be a few laughs involved as well.
Football has taught me.....
  1. How to be a raging lunatic and total asshole to opposing teams....especially Alabama.
  2. That it's ok to crack open a beer at 10:00AM because your team plays at 11am on a Saturday, no shame at all.....don't judge me!
  3. How to brain wash your kid into liking your school and all the football teams....even if she wants to have a choice, she has none!!
  4. That spending asinine amounts of money to watch your team is totally normal.....especially when it involves traveling to a national championship or the first game of the season.
  5. How to color coordinate every outfit I have during the fall to somehow reflect my school colors of purple and gold......try me I always have purple on Friday and Saturday. Sunday is reserved for Black and Gold.
  6. How to make lasting and bonding friendships of heckling the living shit out of opposing team....nothing brings people together faster than making fun of the opposing team.
  7. That screaming so loud during a game and not having a voice for the next 2 days is perfectly normal and completely forgetting to act like a lady is too.....if you don't have a voice you aren't doing it right.
  8. There's only room for one LSU fan in a relationship......I've dated LSU fans and I much prefer to be the only one.....I also prefer to not date SEC fans. In fact we will do better if you have no college football team at all. I cannot share the TV during college football season, sorry.
  9. Getting into Facebook battles with your friends is totally normal.....especially when your team is the best and let's face it they always are.
  10. How to judge someone's driving based on the team they are affiliated with.....Alabama and Ole Miss drivers are pretty damn bad!
So there's my Top 10, what's yours? Oh and......

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Just Call Me Accomplished

I know it's only Tuesday but I have accomplished almost all of my weekly to-do's this week. It feels fabulous!!

Yesterday we went and registered for dance classes. Miss B had taken dance for the past 2 seasons at her school. While we enjoyed the program immensely and think it was a great starter program, we are moving more towards a studio environment and competitive dancing. I have quite the performer on my hands and when she expresses interest in something that she clearly enjoys it motivates me to step her interests up. Therefore, we will be taking jazz, tap, and ballet at Studio 413 this year in Collierville. Judging by the long line at registration we think we have picked a great dance home. Miss B will jump from a 45 minute class that she has been used to the past two years to a more intense 2 hours and 15 minutes. I hope she enjoys it and advances more and more in her craft. We're pretty excited about it!!!

I also managed to take the hem out of Miss B's school jumper last night as well. This has been a task that I've put off for weeks now!! With school starting on Monday though time is definitely not on our side. I went ahead and took the hem out so she can hopefully get one more year out of the jumper before we have to let it go.

Today we went to Miss B's school and got her registered for the year. We picked up a used jumper at the used uniform sale so now we have 3 and I'm hoping to gain one more in the coming weeks so we will have a full weeks worth of school clothes. It's hard to build up a school wardrobe, it's definitely on my to-do list this year! Miss B loved going to school and finding out who's class she was in and who was in class with her. Luckily she has some of her really good friends in class with her this year. Her bestie is back in class with her again. :)

Tomorrow leaves parent orientation where I can clear up some final school supplies questions and actually meet the teacher as well. Then after that we are off to the races ready to start another exciting school year. My baby is starting the 1st grade ahhhhhh!!!!!

Friday, August 9, 2013

Rocking In Memphis - This Weekend!

I know I've been looking for Friday all week, what about everyone else? This week marked the start back to school for most kids in the Memphis metro area, the only kids left to start back are private schools. Miss B is a catholic private school gal and she starts back on the 19th. We go to register next Tuesday. It's been a nice break but boy am I ready to get back into the swing of things. I've got to finish our school shopping this weekend and do some sewing on Miss B's uniform.
We're taking a trip to the zoo tomorrow with my lovely BF, his sister, and all the kids in their family. It should be a fun filled day, nothing like wearing the kids out during the day so they will sleep well at night. I have made the conscious decision to stay in this weekend as well. I will not be partying it up this weekend, I need rest!! I've been going non-stop all summer so I'm staying in this weekend and looking forward to it!
For those of us that do not want to stay in though I wanted to share my top 5 things to do in or around Memphis this weekend:
  1. The Sunflower River Blues Festival in Clarksdale, MS - This is a free three day festival featuring an abundance of very talented local musicians. Luther Dickinson of the North Mississippi All-Stars will be performing as well as a plethora of other performers. It should be a great weekend with lots of great music. And it's free!!
  2. Harry Potter & The Sorcerer's Stone at The Orpheum Theatre - Tonight at The Orpheum in their Summer Movie Series they are showing the first Harry Potter, how exciting!! It would be a great night to go downtown with the kids, grab some food, and then see a great movie at The Orpheum on the big screen. Children's tickets are $5 and adults are $7.
  3. The Rolling Stones at The Levitt Shell - Now don't freak out and think the Stones are actually performing. This month at The Levitt Shell they are presenting an Indie Film Festival featuring all the old greats in concert for your enjoyment. This week they are featuring The Rolling Stones in two concerts Rock and Roll Circus and Some Girls. The Levitt Shell may be my favorite Memphis to-do. You can bring your own food and drink and watch great local bands or even music legends all for free. It's family friendly and just an all around amazing time.  
  4. Blind Wine Tasting at Salsa - On Saturday's from 1-3pm Salsa restaurant is partnering with Great Wines and Spirits to offer a blind wine tasting through August 31st. They pick the wines and you enjoy! The price is only $10 which is a steal for any wine tasting.
  5. Food Truck Rodeo - Every Sunday at 12pm through August 31st The Food Truck Alliance teams up for The Food Truck Rodeo. These food trucks park and you get to taste each and every one of them. It's great fun for the family or for a cute day date. You pay the cost of food and they do this every Sunday at Shelby Farms.
So with all that to do you have no reason not to get out and about this weekend!! I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend, I know I will. :)

Monday, August 5, 2013

10 Things I Wish I Could Go Back and Tell a Young S

Just the other evening I was thinking to myself about things I wish I could go back and tell a young me. I was reminiscing about the past and people that have come and gone and how my life had changed for the better. At least once a month I always think about the path I'm on in life and where it's headed, weird I know.
Anyway so while I was having my monthly life planning session with myself I started to realize how much heartache and drama I could have saved myself if someone.....oh say future me had walked up to me, slapped me on the head, and said listen to this because it will change your life. I probably wouldn't have listened anyway but having a daughter makes me want to do the exact same thing for her when the horrid teenage years approach our lives. So without further ado, here are the top 10 things I wish I could go back and tell young S.
  1. Learn to Let It Go  - In my younger days I was awesome at holding grudges and using my anger to get what I want. Little did I know though I came off as a raging bitch and only the people that really loved me wanted to be around me. In my adult years as I have grown leaps and bounds I've learned not to sweat the small stuff.
  2. Constantly Challenge Yourself - I think this goes without saying but in this day and age I feel like for some weird reason kids feel entitled and want everything given to them. If you aren't constantly challenging yourself to be better and do better you will always be stuck right where you are. I would tell a young me to go out and grab life by the horns and hold on for the ride.
  3. Learn to Love Unconditionally - Everyone has their first love and of course the love of a close friendship, however for me I didn't learn to love until much later in life. I'll admit that I never felt real and true love until the day Miss B graced my life. I've probably only been in real love once maybe twice. So I think if I could go back I would learn how to wear my heart on my sleeve a little more. I'd learn to not be so cold-hearted and embrace love for what it is.
  4. Learn from Lost Loves and Friendships - This was probably the greatest lesson of all that I have learned in life. I would constantly make the same mistakes with friends and significant others until I learned to see what the lesson was and the mistakes I had made. I was constantly dating the same people over and over again and surrounding myself with dramatic friends. Once I learned to let go and figure out where I went wrong it was easy to cut the fat and right the wrong.
  5. Don't be Dramatic - Being a young girl this is almost nearly impossible but it is also one of the most annoying things in the world as well. Dramatic girls are so overly annoying and rarely do people like them. I can admit to being one of these girls at some point or another in my life. Thank goodness I left it in my teenage years though and I haven't looked back once!
  6. Do What Makes You Happiest - Don't follow the crowd just because you are afraid no one will like you. In the end, do what makes you happy because those that love you always will and those that don't support your decisions don't matter. I don't think you should ever have to compromise your passions because someone does not agree. If it really makes you happy then your real friends and family will support you because they only want the best for you.
  7. Be Yourself - This one probably goes without saying but I think it's also commonly missed as well. It took me well into my late 20's to finally realize and accept the person that I was. In that there were also some changes that took place in order for me to come to terms with my wonderful individual personality. Your friends and family can change you sometimes for the better or worst. It takes a strong individual to be un-swayed by the ways of the world. Once you are comfortable in your own skin you can conquer all and be un-swayed.
  8. Be Mindful of What You Are Putting Into Your Body - I think one of the most valuable and eye opening experiences I've learned is what all is really in foods. Our food especially processed food is piled high with cancer creating chemicals, hormones, and pesticides. I have learned so much about real food and eating clean and how important it is for your body to function properly. I'm now educating not only myself but Miss B in hopes of her making the correct decisions for herself when she is my age and younger.
  9. Pick a Lucrative and In Demand Career - In my rush to just be done with college I picked a career that maybe is not as lucrative as I thought it would be. I've been in banking since I was 18 and sometimes it seems like it is a black hole. I'm always really envious of those people who sat down and researched what they wanted to do with their life and then actually followed through with it. I would have loved to do something with dance but I knew immediately that would not pay the bills, shame on me because many of my old dance friends are out there working and making a living as a dancer.
  10. Create a Long Lasting Bond with Your Family - The one thing I miss the most in my family is the closeness. Both my mom and dad's side of the family are not close with one another. I long for that good old fashioned family fun where everyone genuinely enjoys each other and has fun with them. I have cousins but we are not close at all nor do I think that we like each other which is sad on multiple levels. I hope that when I gain another family when I choose to marry that family will be close and awesome and enjoy each other's company. I think it's a great thing to have.