Monday, July 23, 2012

Beach Trip!

I apologize that I've been MIA on the blog here lately.  I've had a pretty full plate and am just now getting to sit down and write anything.  But don't worry, I've been doing lots of fun things to keep you all entertained!
I will start by saying that I, like the rest of the world, extend my thoughts and prayers to those in the Aurora/Denver, Colorado community.  As we pray for those who were victims in this tragedy, remember also to pray for this very, very lost soul as he has ruined many lives as well as the peace of mind of countless others.
 "43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor[a] and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
This Wednesday I will be departing on the Senior Trip I never had with 3 of my best friends.  Our Senior year of high school we decided that we wanted to go on a beach trip together.  *Backstory: we were the complete opposite of troublemakers or party girls.  We had every intention of having ourselves some good, clean fun.*  However, our plans were foiled by our mothers who insisted that we could not drive to Florida by ourselves and that they would caravan along behind us and go too.  Only we "wouldn't know they were there."  They said they would stay on different floors of the condo, eat at different mom even said we could call them and tell them not to go somewhere because we were going to go there.  Ultimately we thought that was super lame and didn't even book the trip.  
So here we are, seven years later, and we are going to the beach together!  In honor of this momentous occasion I am linking up with my BFF Lindsay at Simple & Chic and sharing some of my favorite beach trip must haves!
Beach Towel
Most people will probably find this weird, but I LOVE beach towels!  They come in such fun and bright colors, it's hard not to.  I'm loving this one!

Bathing Suit
Granted I wish I looked like this in the bathing suit...I don't!  But I love the top!  I would pair it with a different colored bottom, like black or something.

This Chair
I typically have trouble trying to load up all of my beach goodies and am quite clumsy when it comes to actually getting to my spot in the sand.  This year I bought this chair at TJ Maxx for $10 less than I had seen it on Amazon (woo!).  It has a backpack-like set of straps to help you make it to the beach with one less thing in your hands.  I'm sure I will look like Screech Powers but frankly I do not care.

The Cooler Tote
Is it just me or is this quilted cooler tote precious?  Plus it looks enormous so you could fit all sorts of snacks, drinks and ice in there!

I love big floppy hats, but I am just not that glamorous while sitting at the beach.  I feel like I really would spend more time chasing the big, beautiful hat down than I would relaxing.  So, while that would be entertaining for other beach-goers, I choose a good ole ball cap!  This is one of my favorite hats from Volunteer Traditions...I have the mint green one!
Don't forget the sunscreen!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Inspirational Ladies

You know when people always ask "Which celebrity, living or dead, would you most like to have lunch with?"  I've always wondered, "Why do we have to have lunch? Couldn't we have a glass of tea or some pie or something?"  Everyone knows sitting around chatting over dessert always seems to last for hours!  

In typical Bethany fashion, I can't choose just one person so we are changing this question to "Which celebrities, living or dead, would you most like to invite to your home to have a glass of tea or enjoy a slice of pie?"

1.  Dolly Parton
I swear, I really think Dolly and I could be the best of friends.  I think she is truly one of the most gracious and candid people in the spotlight.  In an age where people are famous for just being born, this lady is a rare gem of talent.  Not only is she an amazing singer/songwriter, but an actress and a business woman.  She also plays the fiddle, drums, harmonica, piano and even the flute!  With all of her great success, you'd think she'd definitely be on a high horse...but no!  Dolly frequently laughs and jokes about herself, never taking herself too seriously.  I once saw an interview where she was asked if she would ever pose nude for Playboy.  She answered "No, not until I'm 100.  And then won't you be sorry!" She's very proud of her roots as a Tennessean and as a Christian.  I have attended church in the chapel at Dollywood and let me tell you, if you find yourself in the theme park on a Sunday morning you'll be sure to be blessed.

Fun Dolly Facts:
-She met her husband of 45 years at a Nashville laundromat.-She wrote the bare bones of the song "9-5" by "playing" her acrylic fingernails.

2. Reese Witherspoon
Is or isn't Reese Witherspoon the cutest person there ever was?  That's right!  She is.  She is just so spunky and adorable, it would be easy to view her on her pretty face and sweet demeanor but Reese Witherspoon made her way from Harpeth Hall to Hollywood using the good sense God gave her.  With doctors for parents it's probably hard not to be a smarty.  In her acceptance speech for the MTV Generation Award a few years back I remember she said how disappointing she thought it was that women were becoming famous from scandalous videos and pictures on the internet.  She is a dedicated mother and just seems like such a down-to-Earth girl.  Therefore, she's invited to our Pie Eating Date.

Fun Reese Facts:
-She is said to be a relative of John Witherspoon, signer of the Declaration of Independence.
-She graduated from Harpeth Hall. The all-girl school in Nashville.

3. Dale Smith Thomas
I became familiar with Dale Smith Thomas while at a work conference this past fall.  They loaded us all on buses (I was one of the lucky riders of the County Workhouse bus) and took us to an auditorium for a "motivational speaker" session.  Now I will be the first to admit that I have heard some less-than-motivating motivational speakers in my day so I wasn't so sure how this adventure was going to go.  I could not have been more pleasantly surprised!  I boarded that Workhouse bus back to my room feeling so uplifted and really eager to attend her session the next morning.
Not only is Dale gorgeous, she's also got the right mindset to tackle whatever life may throw...bonus points, she is hilarious!  One of the points Dale made was that if you wake up each morning with a defeated attitude, you're already down for the day.  She challenged us to wake up, look ourselves in the mirror and say "Good morning Gorgeous!"  Then we had to say it to people as we passed them in the halls, at breakfast, etc.  You might have felt a little silly at first, but seeing other people's reactions was great.    Dale also spoke on the power of positive thinking.  How we can be winners by choice.  She spoke about the time she had competed in the Mrs. America pageant and was ready to win and catapult herself into a speaking sensation.  The only problem with that is that she didn't win....but did that stop her?  Not a chance!  She has definitely made an impression on me as well as many others nationwide...including Dr. Phil!  
Check out her website for more awesome tools on how to have a great, positive mindset here

Fun Dale Facts:
-Dale Smith Thomas was born and raised in Mississippi but lives in Nashville.
-She won the title of Mrs. Tennessee.
-Her program "Boot Camp for Beauty Queens" was featured on an episode of The Simple Life with Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie

So these are my Tea and Pie dates.  Who would you eat lunch/pie/tea with?

Sunday, July 15, 2012

The Tale of the Stoneware Jug

My friends and family often tell me that the weirdest things happen to me and I should write a book chronicling them someday.  It is for this reason that I present to you the second installment of Bethany's Tales....The Tale of the Stoneware Jug!
A few years ago I was on a quest to find the perfect stoneware jug for my room.  I have always liked old stoneware items but hadn't realized how expensive they could be.  You can imagine my excitement when I found a jug that was not 5" tall for less than $50.  The jug I bought came from a local antique store's back room that has a dirt floor and innumerable items crammed on shelves.  Charming or claustrophobic, you be the judge.  I paid for my jug and made my way back to my apartment to show my roommate, Katy, my cool find.  The jug looks really similar to this one.

Katy was on her way out the door but also thought that my jug was perfect.  Coming from a dirt floor room it needed a little washing off so I filled the sink with soapy water and let the jug sit for several minutes.  I came back to rinse out the jug and as I dumped the water out I noticed something was somewhat blocking the opening.  I shook it around, trying to knock the blockage loose assuming it was just some dirt-turned-mud but it was pretty stubborn.  I grabbed something to try and loosen whatever this thing was.  A few curious clods fell out and upon inspection I decided this must be some old man's ancient spitter and this was the world's oldest wad of dip.  Gross. 

By this time I was fully committed to releasing whatever nastiness my poor jug was afflicted with and forged on.  I tried to take a closer look and saw that the blockage was not tobacco but appeared to have antennas of some form or fashion and thought "Oh sick, this is the world's largest roach.  I am going to throw up."  I wanted the roach corpse out of my jug so I gave it one good pry and something flung out of the jug's opening and into the sink.

It was a dead mouse.  I threw down the jug (don't worry it didn't break) and I screamed like a dead human was laying in my sink and ran straight out the front door.  I know what you must be thinking..."Why did you run out the door?  The mouse was dead, it wasn't coming after you," but I was not expecting a dead mouse to come flying forth from my stoneware jug and was traumatized.  Plus I had a plan.  So...I ran out the front door and began banging on my neighbor, Will's, door.  Will answered and I told him I needed help with something.  After explaining the situation he took a deep breath, collected himself and grabbed his gloves.  They were something like I would imagine him to wear on a ski trip.  So Will and his North Face gloves accompanied me to my apartment where I gave him a plastic sack to grab the nasty thing and he took it to the back door to throw it over the fence out....where he let go of the mouse a little too soon and it fell onto the back step.  I screamed, then laughed.  On the second try mousey found his final resting place on the other side of the fence.

My best guess is that the poor mouse fell into the jug's opening and then couldn't get out.  Kind of sad...but still disgusting.

So what have we learned here friends?  Let's review:
  1. If you buy a stoneware jug from an antique store with a dirt floor back room, splurge on the one with the cork.  It will cost more but will most likely be critter-free.
  2. If you wind up with a dead animal/bug in an antique purchase, wash that thing in bleach and scalding hot water.  You don't want diseases.
  3. If you ever need to dispose of a mouse carcass on a ski trip, your North Face gloves will do just fine. 

Thursday, July 12, 2012

DIY Photo "Frame"

Hello friends!  I hope everyone is having a happy Thursday and congratulations on making it over that hump!  As I mentioned in a previous post, G has a new job (same company, new position) and also a new office.  I had printed one of my favorite pictures of the two of us around Christmas time and have yet to do anything with it so when he said he needed a picture of me for his office (what a sweet guy!), I decided to grab my craft box and get to work!

I wanted to do something a little different using wood but G is super picky about things like this.  I made a trip to Hobby Lobby and found these manly looking "wood hunks" and decided that was my best bet.  

Now, if you would like to create your very own "wood hunk photo frame" here is what you will need:
  • Piece of wood (could be from your own backyard if you've got some spare wood handy)
  • Mod Podge (I made mine with equal parts white school glue and water mixed)
  • Desired photograph
  • Scrapbook paper of your choosing
  • Paint brush/sponge
  • Spray sealant
  • Easel

Step One:
Cut your scrapbook paper to the size of your wooden piece.  If you are using a piece of wood from your own home you could always cut it into a fun design of your choosing.

Step Two:
Brush your wood piece with Mod Podge.

Step Three:
Place your scrapbook paper onto the wood and cover with Mod Podge.
Does anyone else have the problem of their paper bubbling while Mod Podging?
Let me know if there is a way to fix that!
Step Four:
Place your photo on your layer of paper.  Smooth from the center using your sponge or brush and apply one last coat of Mod Podge.

Step Five:
Allow the whole project to dry for a few minutes.  Then spray the entire project with a spray sealant.  I used a Krylon clear coat.

Step Six:
Once dried, sit your new photo "frame" on an easel and enjoy!  
This bad boy is sitting on G's bookshelf in his office.

And that's it!  It's that easy!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Liebster Blog Award

I woke up to a wonderful surprise yesterday morning, Linny from Kangaroos, Shoes, and I Do's gave me the Liebster Blog Award.  I had no idea what that was until I visited her sweet blog for this description:

The Liebster Blog Award is given to upcoming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. The Meaning; Liebster is German and means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing and welcome.

The Rules for Receiving This Award:
1. Each person must post 11 things about themselves.
2. Answer the questions the tagger has set for you plus create 11 questions for the people you've tagged to answer.
3. Choose others and link them in your post.
4. Go to their page and tell them.
5. Remember, no tag backs!

So here we go!  I'm usually bad at the "Say a Fun Fact About Yourself" icebreaker games you have to play in first-day settings but I'll try!

1. My initials spell the word BAM.
2. I have had Lasik eye surgery and I think it was one of the weirdest things, ever.
3. My very first favorite band was The Beach Boys.
4. I don't think I have a celebrity look-a-like.
5. I never got the "Don't Talk to Strangers" memo as a child.
6. I didn't get my ears pierced until I was 17-years-old.
7. I hate for anyone to feel left out.
8. I hate rubber bands.  
9. I loathed volleyball day/week in gym class.
10. I don't know how to ride a bicycle without training wheels.
11. I can (or could) roller blade but not roller skate.

Linny's Questions
1. What is your favorite childhood memory?  Time spent with my grandparents.

2. Where is your favorite vacation spot?  Las Vegas or the Beach

3. If you are on Pinterest, what is your favorite thing to look at on the website?  DIY crafts...or clothes...or really depends on my mood.

4. What is something you enjoy doing when it is a rainy day?  Watching a movie in my jammies.

5. What is your go-to gift for friends birthdays, or wedding showers?   Anything I can turn into a theme such as a Kitchen Basket of towels/dishrags/pot holders/etc.

6. You are traveling internationally, what do you bring on your carry on?   Passport!

7. What do you enjoy having for lunch?  Sandwiches or Lean Cuisines

8. When you are stressed, what is something you do to relax?  Talk it out to someone who will make me laugh.

9. What is your favorite TV show (can be old or new)?   I've recently started watching How I Met Your Mother and The Big Bang Theory now that they are syndicated.

10. How do you encourage the ones you love?  Cheer them on and remind them why they are awesome.

11. What is your favorite book?   The Hunger Games Triology, and yes, I was that girl who cried during the movie....twice.

Here are my 11 questions for the girls I have tagged

1. What is your favorite song of all time?
2. If you could visit any country where would you go?
3. Who is your favorite character in a book and why?
4. If you won the jackpot how would you choose to spend it?
5. What is your favorite gift you've ever received?
6. What is your favorite gift you've ever given?
7. If you had (or have!) a son, what would you name him?
8. If you had (or have!) a daughter, what would you name her?
9. What has been your favorite pet?
10. What was your favorite subject in school?
11. What do you look for in a friend?

And the nominees are......

Lindsay @ Simple & Chic Homemade Designs and FindsLinea @ Downtown Darling
Lori @ Paisley & Pearls

Chelsea @ Love Him Like Crazy

Monday, July 9, 2012

A Weekend in Clarksville, Tennessee

Hey there friends!  This weekend was fun but exhausting...I'm getting too old for these shenanigans!  I'll just blame it on my sunburn.  This weekend involved seeing lots of old friends and trying new establishments in Clarksville, Tennessee.  For the Weekend Roundup I'll also be reviewing one of Clarksville's summer pastimes as well as a new watering hole/dance hall. 

Friday night I had Mexican with my former roommate/sorority sister/one of my favorite people in the world.  We then went to try out the newest place in town, Electric Cowboy.  If you haven't visited many Clarksville establishments the thing you must understand is that they have a "window" of fun.  Some places have a larger window than others (RIP The Deli) but it seems like places eventually are overcome by the "sketch factor."  By "sketch factor" I mean the prevelance of suspicious and/or creepy patrons, severely "over served" patrons and just general filth.  For example, the last time I went to a place called the Pea Patch was the time they metal detected everyone who walked in.  No thank you.

According to its website, the Electric Cowboy is a "Country and Dance Nightclub" meaning one minute you're doing the Cotton Eyed Joe and the next they are playing Nelly.  Between Friday and Saturday nights I am pretty positive I saw everyone I have ever known, including a friend from college who is really going to be doing/already doing big things in New York.  So proud of him.  But back to the Cowboy's review!  Things I liked about the Electric Cowboy:
  • Line dancing.  I LOVE line dancing and was hard up to find a place to go.  There was Silverado's which had a very high sketch factor, and the Wildhorse Saloon which is super touristy, expensive and entirely too large for my liking.  I also appreciated that the EC didn't stop the line dancing and country songs after 11 p.m. like Silverado's used to do.
  • Size.  The place is large and in charge.  There are three bar stations in the building so the whole place isn't in line together at one station.  However, that being said it seems to take a hot minute to get a drink...even just a water.  We'll chalk that up to them getting into their groove.
  • Bathrooms.  Big thanks to the designer of this building's restrooms as there are more than 1-2 stalls.  On the flip side they may need an instructional class on "How to Properly Throw Away Your Paper Towels" for all who enter or an employee who checks the trash can regularly. 
  • Cleanliness.  Despite the paper towel overflow situation, the place is pretty clean and hopefully it will stay that way.  I hate sticking to the floor or slipping in an unknown substance when I go somewhere.  Seriosuly....I once saw a picture on Facebook of someone's flip flop that had stuck to the nasty floor of another establishment.  First of all, ew.  Second of all, who just walks out of their shoe and doesn't retrieve it?  Thankfully no was left behind.  They wouldn't even let you hold any liquids on their nice dance floor.  Good looking out, EC.
  • Age of patrons.  The people inside ranged anywhere from late thirties to the college crowd.  Thus preventing the thoughts of "I am way to old to be here" or "I should really start a designated driving service for these people."
The con list is as follows:
  • Smoking allowed indoors.  I hate leaving a place feeling/sounding/smelling like I've just smoked ten cigarettes when I have never smoked a day in my life.  Come on folks, take it outside.
  • Enforcement of dress code.  Let me start this by saying that I am in support of dress codes.  However I do think they should be enforced equally.  One of G's friends was wearing a white t-shirt and was not allowed in.  Once he changed he came inside to find that there were at least two others in white t-shirts, one of which said his brother wearing a very similar shirt was not allowed in.  Weird.

Saturday evening I headed out to Beachaven Vineyards & Winery for our 2nd Annual Chi-O Alumnae visit to Jazz on the Lawn.  I have touched on the subject of Jazz on the Lawn in a previous post (read here) but here is the real low-down on Jazz.

Jazz is held every other month at Beachaven Winery, right off of I-24.  Throughout the week the winery offers free tastings to those 21 and up and also free tours of the facility but every other weekend from May-October they have a band set up on stage and invite folks to come enjoy music (not always "real jazz" but different varieties) and some of their Tennessee made wines. 

I'm no wine-o (nor do I even know if that is truly how to spell "wine-o"), but I do know that they have some pretty tasty wines at Beachaven.  Some have even won awards!  The kicker is that most varieties of wine only cost $9-$15!  I personally like Harmony, Budbreak Blush, Heavenly Peach, Blackberry (mix the Blackberry with the Peach for a delicious "Bleach" mixture), and everyone's favorite...Golden Rose.
Harmony via Beachaven website
An important tip for Jazz, it is typically hotter than Hades at this time of year so ladies, your best bet is a cool, breezy sundress...which I had to forgo due to my sunburned shoulders.  The girls and their husbands/boyfriends all had a great time together! 

I will leave you with a few photos from our post-Jazz visit to Electric Cowboy.  Our cars were in different locations and instead of taking a cab back to our vehicles...we somehow ended up in a limo?  This would be the doing of G's friend.  Might I add that said limo was circa 1990 (but was clean as a whistle!) and was having air issues.  The driver rolled down the window so we could have some air.  I kindly asked if he could roll it back up as I was getting rained on.  Enjoy!
Pardon the red eyes & red skin

Thursday, July 5, 2012

DIY Fourth of July Shirt

I hope y'all had a fabulous Fourth!  We're currently under a Stage 2 draught and a burn ban.  But, thanks to some law breakers out there I got to see some fireworks.  Plus it actually did rain for a spell, praise God (again, the draught)!

As a part of our celebration, G and I hit up Walmart early that day to get our American wear as this was indeed, a 'Merica Party.  Now if there's one thing I love, it's a good theme party!  For your reading pleasure, I'm going to show you how to turn
Disclaimer: You'll have to pardon my lack of step-by-step photos as I made this beauty in a bit of a hurry.  Also, the red-eye corrector kind of gave me a wild eye.  I apologize.

Step One
Cut off the sleeves of the tshirt about 1/8 of an inch on the inside of the seam.

Step Two
Depending on the original length of the shirt and your desired length of the shirt cut off any excess fabric at the bottom.  This shirt was a men's size and pretty long so I took off a couple of inches.  I've found the best way to get an even cut is to fold the shirt in half and cut through four layers.

Step Three
Laying the shirt flat, begin cutting strips (through both layers of the shirt) about 1-1 1/4 inches thick.  Optional: I cut the strips on the side seams along the seams so that I'd have two extra fringe pieces.  You can choose to do this or not, it shouldn't affect your final product too significantly.

Step Four
Tie a knot in each strip of fabric close to the top of the cuts. 

Step Five
Wear!  Put this bad boy on and show your 'Merican pride in all your glory.  Here are some photos of how we wore ours!  We may have gotten a little carried away....

PS - this is not my typical procedure for making clothes.  I consider this and other costumes appropriate for theme parties and other instances where others will be dressed up (ie Themed pub crawls).  This is not acceptable to wear in public unless accompanied by others who look just as ridiculous/awesome as you.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

It's (Almost) Football Time in Tennessee!

There's 59 days until college football season begins friends!  Who is ready to sing Rocky Top?  Let's hope this season is considerably better than last and we will get to sing it a bit more often!  Derek Dooley, I'm looking at you.
 For some reason I am in the gameday spirit today and thought I would post some of my favorite gameday attire to get y'all in the spirit too!

I'll start this off by saying, if you're going to a game at Neyland--do not wear heels.  You'll most likely be walking a lot and Knoxville is located smack-dab on a mountain so flats and boots are go-to gameday footwear.  Trust me, nobody wants to be "That Girl" who is hobbling the streets/stadium like a newborn deer plus your feet will thank you later!

This breezy dress is great for the early part of the season.  August & September can still be extremely hot.

This outfit is versitale in that you can wear the white skinny jeans with the shirt untucked or tucked into the scalloped shorts!  Either option would be good for the game with flats and wedges for the night out after.

I personally love a good blazer.  I'm in the market for a nice orange one at the moment and this one is super cute!  If only it wasn't $$$....  This girl could trade the platforms for some flats and she'd be ready to roll.

For the cooler months, a nice jean/riding boot combo paired with an orange blazer and monogrammed earrings.

It's a well known fact by Tennessee fans, primarily ladies, that "UT Orange" is a hard color to duplicate.  Most shades of orange can be acceptable on gameday but don't forget to bear in mind your opponents!  You don't want to be caught in "Auburn Orange" or "Gator Orange"when playing Auburn or Florida.

Happy Fourth of July Eve!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Weekend Roundup!

Happy Monday everyone!  I was really glad to spend some quality time with some quality people this weekend.

My friend/pledge sister has been living in Cross Plains, TN since she got married last September.  I guess people typically tend to move in with the man they marry but still, she's about 30 minutes farther from me than I have been accustomed to.  :)  Anyway, she had told me about "Trash and Treasures" that was going on this weekend.  Basically it's a string of yard sales that goes through the main area of town for maybe close to a mile.  I got in my car and headed to the land of Rob. Co. and we set out on our adventure.  Now Cathy's husband Greg refers to this tradition as "Trash and Junk"...which we did see a lot of....but we also found a few treasures in the mix too.  It was one of the hottest days thus far so we judged purchases on whether or not they would be too heavy to pack around the rest of the time.  We also started judging things on whether they were too hot to purchase.  For example, I picked up a galvanized bucket and could not sit it down fast enough without flinging it across someone's yard.  It was on fire!  We also saw and entire trailer sitting in the sun, filled with countless cast iron cookware.  It looked like good stuff but there was no way I was sticking my hand into that lava trap.

Among other things we saw an entire stock of dolls.  These were seriously the creepiest dolls I have ever seen.  They reminded me of the Goosebumps book (and TV episode) with the ventriliquist dummy that comes to life.  I was going to take a picture for the blog but I didn't want to scare anyone.

We stopped into a shop that sold a number of cute and unique items.  Some were antiques, jams and other food items, and others were furniture/decor made of local barn wood.  By this time of day we were more interested in the fruit tea they were selling.

After we pryed ourselves from the air conditioning, I found a house whose yard had a good selection of things I could use for "projects."  I got even more excited when the girl said "Everything is half's hot!"  I found some wooden shutters that looked promising and asked her how much she'd take for them.  I walked away with both of those shutters and some barnwood for $4....and an invitation to go around back and see if I wanted anything from their shed.  The next yard we made it to just gave me a little mail holder/corkboard thing because they were so hot and ready to pack up.  We were too so we headed back to the house to swim.

Cathy with the yard sale shed

That night I got together with my dance team pals for dinner and Magic Mike.  When I first saw the commercial for Magic Mike I thought "Maybe I'll Redbox it so no one knows I went to see it."  That is until everyone and their mother were going (I mean that literally as I saw two friends and their moms at the theater that night).  It was definitely a fun girls' night movie...I mean just look at these fellas!  It did however confirm that I will never set foot in a strip club.  I just don't think I could tolerate some guy rubbing his business all over me.  Channing's dancing was wonderful and the group routines were good too.  You know a row full of former dancers had to critique that!

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Sunday was just how I like it, relaxed and spent with my family.  We surprised G with an ice cream cake celebrating his new position at work.  He's a manager now and doesn't have to work on-call anymore, so I am really excited about that!  Way to go, G!

The man loves Ice Cream Cakes.
 So, how was your weekend?  Who's excited about the Fourth of July??  This girl is!