Campfire Rebel

I'm an old fashioned bar of soap kind of lady!
I’m an old fashioned bar of soap kind of lady!

I’ve got quite a perfume habit.  I love them, and I love to buy them.  I can be a bit of a snob, though.  Also, a bit of a weirdo.  There are certain perfumes I own that I don’t dare wear at work.  They’re the sort that I know will elicit, “What’s that smell?” from the general public.  One of my favorite scents is Campfire Rebel by Pinrose that smells like you’ve sat around a bonfire all night.  To me it’s strange and mysterious and interesting, but I wouldn’t say everyone loves it.  Fortunately, not that I’d stop wearing it, the husband likes most of my scents, too.  The only one he has ever been not so wild about is an Orange Blossom I got from an old New Orleans fragrance house.  It reminds me of summers wandering in St. Augustine, but it’s a bit soapy so I kind of get it.  Most of my strongest memories are associated with scent.   Continue reading Campfire Rebel

Monster Baby

Consumed/Used:  an entire box of Kleenex and fudgsicles, several containers of ramen noodles, 1 bottle of Robitussin (started on my 2nd), and half a box of Alka-Selzer Cold & Flu in the two days last week I was out sick.  I was still not feeling the best, but email called so it was back to work.  While I was sick, I started my period too so last week won at major suckage.  I thought I had a cold, but I’m pretty sure it’s allergies.  It’s awful.  I had them bad when I was a kid, but it’s been years since I’ve struggled with them this much.  Mearl had her spaying surgery on Wednesday afternoon, and I think she feels better than I do!

Watched:  countless hours of Gilmore Girls, The Bat, Carl Dreyer’s Vampyr, and George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead.  There are some of those that I would be hard pressed to provide a plot on as I kept falling asleep.  Night of the Living Dead was the best.  The others were okay, but I don’t have to see them again.

Wanting:  besides all things Pumpkin Spice flavored (my award winning spouse brought me home Pumpkin Spice Cheerios and Pumpkin Spice Twinkies last week when I was sick), I’d like this Bill Haverchuck shirt from Etsy.  Kelly had me watch all of Freaks and Geeks once and about a year after that, I confused a memory of Bill’s childhood with Kelly’s, and they remind me of one another as kids–or what I picture Kelly like as a kid.  If I can’t get the shirt, I’d settle for the charm below because I like associating my young husband with Bill.  OR OMG, I JUST FOUND MY MONSTER BABY BROOCH!!!  YOU GUYS WHO ARE LUCKY ENOUGH TO HEAR THE STORY ABOUT WHEN I HAD MY MONSTER BABY WHICH IS, HANDS DOWN, THE BEST STORY I TELL, MY DREAM HAS COME TRUE AND I CAN OWN MY OWN DON KNOTTS THAT RESEMBLES THE ONE I HAD BACK IN THE DAY. I CAN EITHER GET A BROOCH OR THE SPECIMEN BELOW, BUT I MAY GET BOTH.  OMG.  TIME HAS STOPPED.  PLANETS ARE SHIFTING.  IT HAS HAPPENED.

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Teratoma Brooch
Teratoma Brooch
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Teratoma in Specimen Jar

Randomly:

Kelly suggested yesterday we run over to Memphis for a thrifting date and to go out to lunch, and since it’s been ages since we went to the city we love so much and were married in, we were off!  There’s never enough time in Memphis, but we did visit several of our favorite thrift stores (one new one) and The Four Way.  The Four Way was amazing!  I had the turkey and dressing and Kelly and the fried chicken.  I highly recommend trying it out!  I’m checking the internet for chili recipes to make today.  I’m craving a bowl even though it isn’t cold, yet.  Something spicy!

Droolworthy amazingness
Droolworthy amazingness

 

Ajax Diner

My sweet babboo enjoying the window view at one of many amazing restaurants in Oxford
My sweet babboo enjoying the window view at one of many amazing restaurants in Oxford

Kelly and I have now been to Oxford, Mississippi twice.  Whenever we travel, he typically arranges all our travel details.  I prefer just to show up with a suitcase and follow his lead.  He always has a list of restaurants he wants to check out.  In fact, I think our trips are pretty much built around where we’re eating.  It’s pretty rare that we would visit the same restaurant twice because we prefer to try a lot of different places.  Ajax Diner is a welcome exception to this rule.  Before travelling to Oxford, whenever we mentioned our upcoming trip, we were consistently asked one question, “So, where are you eating?”  With limited time and an endless amount of amazing options in town, it’s definitely a fair question.   Continue reading Ajax Diner

Graduate Oxford

Pride and joy. Mearl was featured on Instagram's Obsessed with Pugs site, and she's got over 3,000 views on her photo! I am the proudest.
Pride and joy. Mearl was featured on Instagram’s Obsessed with Pugs site, and she’s got over 3,000 views on her photo! I am the proudest.

It was another wonderful weekend with our sweet puppy Mearl.  We had the perfect day on Sunday with my mom-in-law, Auburn, and my sister-in-law, Ashley.  They were so sweet to bring many presents for both Mearl and the cats, and Mearl had an excellent day playing with them.  I’m so glad to have had them visit, first of all, to catch up, but also because I want to continue to socialize our little pup.  She loved her new toys that her Gigi brought her, and they seem to be her new favorites.  Aunt Ashley got her the most adorable dress ever.  It’s a teeny bit big, but if she keeps eating like she has been, she’ll be in it in no time!

I decided it was finally time to start my series of posts about our trip to Oxford, Mississippi.  These will be interspersed with my regular updates over here so it may take several weeks to get them all up here.  I’m also thinking of going back and adding posts and reviews from some of the things we did from our first trip to Oxford.  It’s one of my favorite places so there’s certainly always something else for me to go on and on about from that charming town.   Continue reading Graduate Oxford

Thankful Thursday for June 9th

Forgive the crappy iPhone quality photo, but look at that little belly!!
Forgive the crappy iPhone quality photo, but look at that little belly!!

So I don’t even know where to start on this post because the best thing ever happened last night.  It would be number 1 on this list of good things, and that is that we got our pug puppy, Mearl-Purvis Ponder (Mearl for short)!  She is darling, and we are in love.  She slept through the night (that is after we gave in to her whining in her crate and put her in bed with us).  K. and I are both smitten.

If you’re local and wondering if Mearl Purvis sounds familiar, you’d be right.  She’s the anchorwoman out of Memphis.  We were flipping channels watching for snow day information one time, and we somehow ended up on Memphis.  I heard the name Mearl Purvis, and I said, “That’s an interesting name,” and Kelly took to calling me that as a pet name whenever I’d get sassy (e.g. all the time).  When he asked me what we would name our new puppy, of course I said, Mearl-Purvis Ponder!  We named our last cat after the Pope so there you go.  Speaking of the cats, they’re kind of still a little freaked out/curious, but it hasn’t been quite as bad as I thought it would be so I’m hopeful we’ll all get on the same page!  We are now those people that have four pets.  Feel free to judge us.

Dimitri (Tuxedo Cat) and Francis (Russian Blue) enjoying a last moment of peace before Mearl arrived.
Dimitri (Tuxedo Cat) and Francis (Russian Blue) enjoying a last moment of peace before Mearl arrived.

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Thankful Thursday for May 26th

Just so you know, when I start these blogs, I always in my head imagine addressing you all in a radio voice.  “Good afternoon, blog world.  It’s Thursday again, and you know what that means,” and so on and so on.  I always have to fight the urge to do that at work when I use the radio, too.  Instead of saying, “Does anybody copy?” I always have to fight not to start my own little radio show right then and there.  I don’t know what it is about the radio because I hate the sound of my own voice (especially on Snapchat), and I rarely have anything that interesting to say.  I think I just like how radio voices always remind of summer. This week has been great, but I think that’s because I’m eagerly anticipating a three day weekend, too.  So without further ado, here’s your top ten countdown of good things (say in radio voice.  It’s not really a top ten.  I don’t know how many it will be, I just was thinking in radio speak, again.)!

  • The local farmer’s market has reopened.  We went recently and wandered around.  They didn’t have all the veggies ready that I like just yet, but we did leave with two tomato plants.  They also had greyhounds to pet which made me happy.  Although I am elated to get a pug, I’ll always have a soft spot in my heart for hounds.  I love Greyhounds and Italian Greyhounds, but my favorite are Afghan Hounds.  It’s just too much dog for our family, and in my experience, Italian Greyhounds are a little too skittish for our life with Fran and the other cats.
    Pretty veggie display at the farmer's market
    Pretty veggie display at the farmer’s market
    Greyhounds representing a winery. Is there anything better than dogs and wine, I ask you?
    Greyhounds representing a winery. Is there anything better than dogs and wine, I ask you?

     

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End of December Getaway

Don't you imagine this on the front of a Christmas card? We were happy to finally see the inside of The Southern Hotel!
Don’t you imagine this on the front of a Christmas card? We were happy to finally see the inside of The Southern Hotel!

We ended the holiday season with our second trip to Ste. Genevieve, Missouri.  Last Christmas we stopped there for a day, and as we wandered around during their yearly Christmas festival, I spied the most charming bed and breakfast.  Kelly and I promised we’d come back to visit someday, and I was so happy we went back after Christmas this year and finally stayed at The Southern Hotel. Continue reading End of December Getaway

Jolly Old St. Natchitoches

Ready to take on Christmas in Natchitoches in short sleeves?! It was so warm during our visit, I contemplated purchasing flip flops, and I definitely lost that scarf.
Ready to take on Christmas in Natchitoches in short sleeves?! It was so warm during our visit, I contemplated purchasing flip flops, and I definitely lost that scarf.

Another highlight of my holiday season was our little getaway to Natchitoches, Louisiana.  Last year, a friend of mine who visits every year was talking about it in the office, and I immediately posted a Youtube video on Kelly’s page with a “We have to go here” message attached.  Fortunately, Kelly’s family saw our posts, and in December of 2015 they gave us a gift certificate to Andre’s Riverview Bed & Breakfast.

A stay at this beautiful bed and breakfast was one of the best gifts we've received as a couple!
A stay at this beautiful bed and breakfast was one of the best gifts we’ve received as a couple!  We were on the third floor, and we so enjoyed our stay here.  It was very relaxing, and the location couldn’t be  more convenient.  We were able to walk to everything in town.

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Sweet Savannah: Travel Post Day Two (Part II)

Great location, quirky fun, and super cute!
Great location, quirky fun, and super cute!

On our second day in Savannah, we move on to a new place to rest our heads.  The outside of the Thunderbird Inn resembles every travel postcard that I’ve seen from the 1960s. It’s known as the “hippest hotel in Savannah.”  Oldies music is softly piped in the parking lot, outside the grounds.  The lobby is the first dose of fun with its brightly colored plastic chairs.  A darling handmade sign offers free lemonade and popcorn to guests.  Continue reading Sweet Savannah: Travel Post Day Two (Part II)