Monday, April 28, 2008

Wasted Away Again in Margaritaville

For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to see Jimmy Buffett in concert. When James told me he was going, I jumped on the chance and finally made it happen. So Saturday morning I woke up at 3:30 AM to get dressed and head to James' by our 5 AM departure. We arrived in Frisco around 8:30 with plenty of time to stop at Kroger to buy last minute supplies before heading to Pizza Hut Park for the pre-concert tailgating. I must say that there are some truly die hard fans out there and I learned a lot of lessons on what to do next time. Tiki bars and some form of motorized transportation are a must. Have you ever seen a crusin' cooler? Somehow I managed to get away without a picture of one but it was the most awesome thing I have ever seen. You don't have to worry about your drink getting warm while you are walking around. It is on ice under your butt! We made friends with our tailgating neighbors which made for an even better day. Wow...there were so many great things going on around us that I can't even think of what all I want to tell you about. So, check out the album. Post questions and I will fill you in on the rest of the story. I can tell you that Jimmy was as fantastic in concert as I had always imagined. He is someone who truly loves his job and can you blame him. It is awesome. I can't wait until he returns to the Dallas area (or Houston or San Antonio or anywhere else with in reasonable driving distance!) I will tell you that the funniest event of the day was probably post concert. We were still tailgating waiting for the traffic to die down before we headed to the hotel for the evening and this old, very drunk man drove by on a bicycle. The guy almost ran into a trailer and almost fell off the bike several times as he rode by. This prompted a discussion on whether or not you could get a DUI on a bicycle. After another pass by old drunk guy on bike, we noticed the Frisco police driving slowly in our direction. All of the sudden they stop and jump out of the cruiser and proceed to chase down drunk guy on bike. Apparently you can get a DUI on a bicycle! They didn't actually arrest him but they did make his friends take the bike away from him and take him home. All this time we were still sitting there (wishing we could take pictures) sipping our margaritas and enjoying our own personal viewing of COPS courtesy of the Frisco Police. Needless to say it was a great and the pictures prove it. So...FINS UP!!! Enjoy!Th
Jimmy Buffett

Friday, April 25, 2008

More DP Goodness

I am heading to Dallas tomorrow morning bright and early to see Jimmy Buffett in concert. I am super excited about this since I have never gotten to see him live. The man did grow up in my home town and he rarely plays there. So this evening I made a last minute run to Walgreen's (because they have everything!) to grab a few essentials for my trip. As I was about to stroll down the snack aisle to grab some granola bars for the road, I spotted a new Dr Pepper product that I just had to buy.

Dr Pepper Soda Pops...Dr Pepper Freezer Pops. Who knew!?! They are like the Flavor Ice things I used to eat all the time as a kid but in Dr Pepper flavor. AWESOME! So...of course I bought some and you better believe I will be sucking on one in the morning on my way to James' house for our 5 AM departure. Oh and the Krispy Kremes are for my trip mates. I thought I would be nice and buy us breakfast for the road. Besides, how could I drive by Krispy Kreme when the "Hot Doughnuts Now" sign was on? Fins up everyone! See you in Margaritaville!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Plumeria

Since several people have asked me the meaning of my tattoo and I figured it would be smart to look up the meaning so I could say something more intelligent than I liked the flower in Hawaii! So here for all the world to see is the meaning behind the plumeria flower as discovered on the internet (so we all know this is true):

Plumeria flower tattoos tends to have a tropical charm about them. They are considered as popular symbols of timeless beauty. Plumeria is a symbol of spring and life. So a Plumeria flower tattoo stands for vivid beauty and liveliness. Plumeria flower tattoo is generally chosen by people who have a very positive attitude towards life.

There you have it. So...what do you think? Did I choose well?

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

American Idol Goes Broadway

So I got a little excited and a little scared when I heard that American Idol was going to do an Andrew Lloyd Webber theme this week. As you all know, I love anything Broadway (well...just about anything...my jury is still out on Sweeney Todd) and Sir Andrew is by far the best composer and most well known name in musical theatre. That being said however it is also very easy for someone to butcher some of the classic songs from some of the most loved musicals in the world. The prime example of that would be Jason Castro attempting to sing Memory. I believe I have said before that he needs to go. If he isn't gone after tonight's performance, then America has some serious issues and doesn't know what real talent is. Jason has only nailed one performance so far and that was the evening he performed the Is version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow. That song suited him well. Memory, however, did not. First off, he didn't even know what musical it was from or anything about the storyline. How can you not know that Memory is sung by a cat? Hello...it is from the musical CATS! Moving on to the Davids and Brooke...now these three people are typically my favorites. I must say that I was a tad disappointed tonight. They chose great songs but they really didn't knock it out of the park for me. Brooke chose You Must Love Me from Evita which is a beautiful moving song. However her voice sounded a bit strained throughout the whole thing which kind of put a negative spin on it for me. David A. took on Think of Me with a bit of an up tempo. I thought the idea was great in concept but it is very difficult to take a song that is so well recognized and make a major change to it and really have people like it. David C. went with Music of the Night. Also a well known song that is expected to be sung a certain way and, I am sorry, but David you are no Michael Crawford. There is only one for a reason. He sung it well but just not well enough and he really couldn't reach the high notes. The winners for the evening in my book were Carly and Syesha. Carly chose wisely when she (actually Sir Andrew) picked Jesus Christ Superstar. For one, it is an upbeat fun song to sing. For two, she has the voice to carry it off. Now Carly is not one of my favorites but I have to say well done. However it was Syesha who stole the show from the opening minutes this evening. She by far made the smartest choice by picking One Rock & Roll Too Many from Starlight Express. I have the Andrew Lloyd Webber box set (Hello, my name is Julie and I am addicted to musical theatre) and I had never heard this song before. In fact, I had to go online in order to see which musical it was from. The reason I say it was smart is that very few people probably know this song so there was no expectation for how it should be performed. Also Syesha was a knockout in her red dress standing on top of the piano. Not only do I give her an A for song choice but she gets an A+ for performance. So there you have it...my opinion. Take from it what you like.

Simple Pleasures

Sunday afternoon after perusing the newspaper, I decided to head out to the local Super Target because they had dog food on sale. After all, Maverick tends to eat me out of house and home...mostly because he destroys all the toys and beds I give him. Anyway, I decided to don my earphones and iPod and proceeded to beep bop my way through the store. I am proud to say that I saved myself more than $10 with all the coupons I had clipped prior to leaving the house. As I walked through the aisles of the grocery section, I spotted something that just simply made my day (I know...I lead a sad existence). I have been trying to cut back my Dr. Pepper intake and for those of you who know my love for said drink, you realize how hard this is for me. I typically drink two a day at work either from a to go cup or from the break room stock while I am at work. So I try not to keep any at home so I am not as tempted to drink them at home. However, the item I spotted was something that I felt would allow me to keep my favorite drink at home but still not overindulge.

Who knew they made Dr. Pepper in an 8 ounce can? SCORE!

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Followup

So a couple of weeks ago I wrote a blog asking the MavsMom faithfuls to weigh in on whether or not I am codependent. And I got not even so much as a spam comment back on that one. Hum...makes me wonder because I know several of you have strong opinions and are typically not afraid to voice those opinions (cough...Aardvark...cough). So needless to say I was surprised. That being said I suspect the reason no one spoke up was out of fear of hurting my feelings (or at least that is what I am going to believe.) Here is the conclusion I have come to since then: Yes, I do think I am codependent and I do believe it is a problem. So I have taken the first step to remedy that problem today. I have an appointment to see a therapist later this week. I probably should have done this when Shawn and I first split up but I honestly thought I was handling everything just fine. The reality is that I wasn't. I am lonely and lonely is something I don't handle well. Just count the number of empty wine bottles in my garbage on a weekly basis and you will know I am not handling everything well. The breaking point came in the last 24 hours when I got mad for no reason after a bottle or 3 too many of wine and then later realized that I didn't know why I had gotten mad. The only thing I can figure is that I was taking my anger and frustration over everything that has happened in the last year out on the person I was supposed to be closest to (sorry, James). So today as he finished breaking up with me he told me that not only was he not ready for a relationship (why is it that I make all men realize that?) but neither was I and I needed to take some time for me. The thing was before I always thought I had had enough time for me since I had spent so much time alone. However I realize now that being alone didn't mean I was taking care of me and that is precisely what I need to do now. No more wine, no more boyfriends. Just me trying to figure out what I want and what I enjoy. So there you have it. Feel free to comment because I truly want to know what you think.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Inked

Today I took the plunge and did something I have been debating since I was 18. I got a tattoo. One of my co-workers, Edie, and I have been discussing doing this for several weeks now and today was finally the day. I picked my design:

And showed it to my tattoo artist, Leo, at Diablo Rojo who told me it would take about 20 minutes. Well that was by far the longest most painful 20 minutes of my life! (I think it actually took about 30 minutes not counting the break after the outline.) The outline was definitely the worst part and I started to feel flushed and began to think I was going to pass out and throw up. So a break and a cup of cold water was definitely in order. The shading actually wasn't as bad but still felt like I was being burned and scratched at the same time. Here I am as the shading was being done.



Don't be fooled...I was in pain. It still stings a bit but I think the finished result turned out pretty well. What do you think?

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Codependent Much?

So I am writing this post to give the Mav's Mom faithfuls an opportunity to chime in on a certain subject. (I believe I fixed the comments so you don't have to register. If not, let me know.) I was having a discussion with my new friend (boyfriend?), James, the other night because all sane people have serious discussions at 2 AM. Well, the topic of choice was both our failed marriages and most recent relationships and the question came up as to whether or not I am codependent. Now, I would like to think that I am not especially with my past life as a military wife. I feel that I am fairly independent and used to having to handle everything on my own. James confessed to being codependent so I am wondering if it is really a bad thing. Now here is where you, my readers, get the opportunity to express your opinion. My first question is do you (especially those of you who know me well) think I am codependent? Secondly, is codependency really a bad thing in a relationship? Now...discuss amongst yourselves.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Vote for SouthPaw!

As most of you know when it comes to college football, I bleed Crimson and White! However, I always have a dilemma when it comes to college hoops. While they aren't always the best team out there, the University of South Alabama (in my home town about 10 minutes from my house) holds its own in the SunBelt Conference. As a matter of fact, South made it to the NCAA tournament this year only to lose to Bulter in the first round. However, SouthPaw is still going strong. The USA mascot has made it to the Mascot Final Four. Here is the link so you all can vote for SouthPaw. Everyone needs to vote so the great state of Alabama can represent.

http://redeye.chicagotribune.com/sports/custom/tournament/red-mascottourney-2008,0,397087.special

Now what am I to do once South's football team starts playing? It is a good thing they won't be part of the SEC because I don't think I could give up on my Tide boys!

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Chick Fil A

OK...so anyone who knows me knows my love for all things Chick Fil A. Well I got an email for my favorite company in my inbox yesterday with the link for a fun little game. Check it out. I love the graphics of the cow in bed racing for chicken biscuits.

http://www.chickenforbreakfast.com/