Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Can You Tapas This?

When I think of tapas, I think of the yummy sliders (two miniature hamburgers with arugula, bacon, pickles, onion, mustard, and Mollie's sauce) and french fries served in a Chinese take-out box at Mollie Fontaine Lounge on Adams Avenue.


Now when I think of tapas, I think of the new OPI nailpolish from the España Collection, Can You Tapas This? It's sure to be one of my favorites for the season.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Baby Boom

'Tis the season for baby showers and baby gifts. Saturday I went to April's baby shower which brings the total number of baby showers attended this year to a dozen. And a dozen showers mean a dozen gifts. Buying the gift is the fun part though and my signature gift these days seems to be anything made by tea, a children's clothing line carried at Cotton Tails.

I love the onesies by tea; they are made with 100% cotton and are so soft. They made their big debut in People magazine a few years back when Julia Roberts' twins modeled them on the way home from the hospital. I figured if they are good enough for Hazel and Phinnaeus, then they are good enough for my friends' kiddos, right? Here's a pic of the romper I gave April for her little boy, Reid.



I have also given tea for many birthday gifts. They have adorable dresses and 2-piece outfits with leggings. Most of the collection is Asian inspired with non-traditional colors - lots of navy, red, purple and fuschia. The line runs a tad bit small, which is good for those transition times. When my nephew was turning 2, he was able to wear the 2x shirts I gave him right away while other brands were a little too big. Here is a pic of McKlain at her 2nd birthday party. She loved her outfit and tried it on at the party!


Here's my nephew, Max, in his shark tee I gave him for his 2nd birthday.


The wrapping is just as cute as the gift. Cotton Tails has the cutest wrapping paper for girl and boy gifts. If you get on the mailing list, you'll receive frequent coupons and the tea collection is always included in the sales. At their bigger sales at the end of a season, I've seen some great buys as low as $5! Sales are a good thing since I don't foresee the baby showers slowing down anytime soon.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Vera

Wednesday morning Bryant left on a 7 day trip after being home for almost the entire summer. Feeling a little out of sorts since my man just left, I decided to get out and run a couple of errands. My mom had given me a coupon for Vera Bradley so I decided to stop by the store in Saddle Creek. Now Mrs. Bradley has a serious business going for herself. No matter where I go, someone somewhere will have a Vera on her shoulder. You can't miss her bright, colorful patterns that come in about every shape and size.

Well, I was in luck since she just launched her 3 new fall patterns. I ended up leaving the store with a smile on my face and a new makeup bag in tow. That's all it took. A $21 bag and I've been happy ever since. Actually it only cost me $1. FYI: If you give them your birthday digits in the store, they will mail you a $20 off coupon (my mom just got hers for September and gave it to me).

Here's a pic of my new Symphony in Hue Medium Cosmetic that will replace my last year's Yellow Bird.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

First Day of Autumn

Today, September 22, is officially the first day of autumn and is deserving of its own blog post. Fall is my favorite time of the year. Even though the end of the calendar year is approaching, this time of the year is full of beginnings. A new school year, a new season of television shows, and actually a new year for me with a November birthday. With the start of fall there is so much excitement in the air, and I love the smell of firewood that warms you every time you step outside. The holidays are right around the corner and for me, looking forward to the holidays is more fun than the actually holiday itself.

I used to think fall began the first day of September and winter the first day of December. It's odd to think that winter doesn't begin until a few days before Christmas. Or that those mid-June vacationers are technically vacationing in the spring. How did I spend my last day of summer? Yesterday we closed on our house and became official house owners again. It's been very nice living with my parents this last month. Dinner prepared every night by my mom, coffee poured for Bryant every morning thanks to my dad, and the best part - no house payment (even for just one month).

Besides the new house, I'm also looking forward to the new Bible study I joined that starts next week, a new decade as I turn the big 3-0 this year, and whatever other new things come my way this fall season.

"Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness." -Lamentations 3:22-23

Monday, September 21, 2009

I Heart Advantage Multi

I recently had a conversation with our vet about heartworm prevention and lack thereof. He told me a good friend of his just found out her dog has heartworms. Very sad. What's also sad is she religiously gave her dog the #1 brand of heartworm prevention medicine, Heartgard. That's what I give Miles every month and I'm sure many other folks give their furry little friend the same thing. That was what was recommended to me by both vets that I've taken Miles to.

We now go to the Collierville Pet Hospital on Byhalia and Poplar and they are recommending Advantage Multi instead of Heartgard. Advantage Multi is a topical heartworm and flea treatment in one. They are finding the topical solution works much better than the chewable tablets offered by Heartgard. The Heartgard website warns the chewable tablet must be completely chewed and not swallowed. Well, if I had known that I could have guessed it probably wasn't working for Miles since he inhales his treats. At least I can switch Miles over while he is still young. No matter how old your canine friend is, it's not too late to make a switch. It's probably even more important as they get older to have the best protection.

So next month will be our first time to try out Advantage Multi. It will be nice to have only one treatment to keep up with, and even nicer to think it might actually be doing it's job. After all, I want to make sure we guard that heart.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Another Rainy September Day

I woke up this Sunday morning with a sore throat and pounding headache due to sinuses and so did not make it to church. I was bummed about missing church; I absolutely love my Bible Fellowship class. It really feels like a family and when I've missed a week I always look forward to reconnecting with my family, the body of Christ, the next Sunday.

There's not much to do when you don't feel 100%, and since it started out as another rainy September day I was hoping I could sink into a cozy corner of the house and read all day if my headache would allow. Yesterday I finished another Philippa Gregory book on the Tudor Dynasty, so this morning I needed to choose my next read. I enjoy many types of fiction and very rarely read the same author back to back. I went upstairs to browse my sister's collection (she has an amply stocked bookshelf as do all English majors) and wedged in between Shakespeare and Hemingway, The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis caught my eye.

Every time I have ever heard a synopsis on The Screwtape Letters, I got the impression it was intense, dark, and maybe even a little creepy. One would think so with demons named, Screwtape and Wormwood, as the main characters. Well, let me reassure you it is not creepy. At least the first third of the book hasn't been at all. As far as the intensity, it depends on your definition of the human heart or more specifically your response when reading what could likewise be titled, "101 Insights to My Soul." In the preface, Lewis claims his heart gave him all the material needed to write the Letters. And so I have one thing in common with Lewis, a desperate and deceitful human heart which can relate to every chapter of this book as though it was written about me. My incessant underlining of the text attests to it.

I would highly recommend reading this book if you haven't already. It has 31 short chapters, and in the first paragraph of each, Lewis introduces topics such as relationships, prayer, the mind, and new acquaintances. I will have plenty to share after I finish this book. For now, I'll leave you with the closing paragraph from the 12th Letter where Screwtape is advising Wormwood on how to distract believers:

You will say that these are very small sins; and doubtless, like all young tempters, you are anxious to be able to report spectacular wickedness. But do remember, the only thing that matters is the extent to which you separate the man from the Enemy (God). It does not matter how small the sins are, provided that their cumulative effect is to edge the man away from the Light and out into the Nothing. Murder is no better than cards if cards can do the trick. Indeed, the safest road to Hell is the gradual one-the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.

And so I found a gem on this rainy September day in this brilliant piece of work by C.S. Lewis.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

36 Hours and Marching

In a little over 36 hours, a march is going to take place on Capitol Hill. Who is going to be there? Small business owners, school teachers, doctors, stay-at-home moms... the everyday American citizen who is tired, burnt out, and fed up with those who have abused their power in Washington.

Why are they going? To speak up against the out-of-control spending. At least that's what I would call spending estimated at $100 billion every 5 weeks. Excuse me, I meant BORROWING. We're not spending it because we don't have it. We are borrowing $100 billion every 5 weeks. Try and work out the interest rates on that one. There will be a point where countries will stop lending us money and the U.S. dollar will collapse and where will that leave us... bankruptcy?

Our Congressmen and Representatives just don't get it. Numbers just aren't their thing. Everything they have controlled is bankrupt: Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare - even the Post Office is in the red. Now they want government-run health care. Not on my watch.

Will we make a difference? Watch the march live on September 12th on FOX News from 12:00-2:00 PM CST.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Mid-South Tea Party

Bryant and I went to the first open membership meeting for the Mid-South Tea Party about a week and a half ago, on Thursday the 27th. It was held at the Cordova Library on Trinity Road. We didn't know what to expect at the meeting. I admit it felt a little weird going. I was thinking, "Are we really about to take this to the next level and get involved?" Well, let me just say we cannot afford NOT to take this to the next level and start speaking out. And I am so glad we took that next step. The meeting was very organized and very informative. We heard many fellow Americans share their feelings and concerns about the direction in which our country is headed. It was very refreshing to be in the same room with those who share a passion and love for our country.

It was at the meeting I heard about the Tail Gate Party for last night's Tea Party Express that was stopping through Memphis as they make their way to Washington D.C. The Mid-South Tea Party is also meeting on September 10th at 5:00 a.m. to give the Freedom Train a big send off as they caravan all the way to D.C.

On the Mid-South Tea Party's website, you will find 4 core values that its members share and I will list them here.

We value... local, state, and federal government that:
  • Is limited in power, scope, and size.
  • Is financially responsible and limited in ability to tax and spend the people's money.
  • Supports, promotes and defends OUR national sovereignty, individual liberty, free markets, energy independence, and strong national defense.
  • Governs with the consent of the governed and strictly adheres to the United States Constitution and the 'Rule of Law'.
If you're like me, and you're not happy with what you hear on the news and media about what is going on in your government, here are a few simple things you can do to get involved and MAKE a difference.
  • Join the MidSouth Tea Party page and group on Facebook (or a Tea Party in your area) where you can stay updated on local events happening in your area.
  • Go to the next membership meeting on September 24th at 6:00 p.m. at the Cordova Library.
  • Watch Glenn Beck's coverage of the 9-12 Events on FOXNews on September 12, 2009 from 12-2 p.m. Central time. If you can, GO to Washington!
  • If you are totally ignorant about all things political as I was a year ago, read a book. This list is by no means conclusive, but just a few suggestions to get you started:
Glenn Beck's Common Sense by Glenn Beck
Catastrophe by Dick Morris
Liberty and Tyranny by Mark Levin
The Conservative's Handbook by Phil Valentine
The Heritage Guide to the Constitution by Edwin Meese
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

"Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."
- Benjamin Franklin
 

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