Thursday, May 28, 2009

Grayson Antics

Have you ever wondered what is going on when your 19 month old gets very quiet? And someone (I don't know who that could be...) left an ink pen within his reach? It might look something like this...

And in other Grayson antics, I was working on my scrapbook the other night in the dining room when I heard Burge ask Grayson why he was naked. That is not a question you ever want to hear. After a house-wide hunt for the discarded diaper, I finally found it. And I must say, it was pretty smart thinking on Grayson's part. He put it in the dirty clothes hamper. Clever boy!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

An Epic Fail

Burge has been off several days the past few weeks. That's what happens when you get three weeks vacation time, and you wait until your year-end to take the majority of it. We've gotten some much needed stuff done around the house and gotten to do some family stuff. Yesterday was one of those days.

We headed out yesterday morning to Scottsboro to Unclaimed Baggage. Now I've lived in Northeast Alabama most of my life, but I've never been to Unclaimed Baggage. It might have something to do with this, what Scottsboro is famous for that has absolutely nothing to do with Unclaimed Baggage. After checking out the store on its website and reading how people all over the US come to Scottsboro to visit Unclaimed Baggage, I was pumped.

Burge and I were thinking that we would probably leave disappointed, because there would be so much awesome stuff that we wouldn't be able to purchase all that we wanted. We were disappointed all right, but not for that reason. We left with nothing. Zip. Nada.

Let me say, as we were discussing this little excursion, I was thinking that a whole store filled with the contents of luggage that the airlines had lost might not be a stunning recommendation for the airlines' competency. However when the luggage was obviously lost somewhere near 1983, the blow is softened a bit. I have never seen so many pleats in all my life. And just a note to whomever prices the items at Unclaimed Baggage: Even if the item still has tags on it that read $60, if it was obviously first sold over 2 decades ago, you cannot sell it today for $40. I don't care who the designer is.

And as a public service announcement, these items are not cleaned before they are put out. I had gone through several racks of acid washed jeans when Burge came back from the men's department. He said he had found a couple of pairs of athletic shoes that he liked only to find out that they were $60 a piece. And then the blow that sent me digging for the antibacterial hand gel, "And they still had grass in the treads." Eeeewww! I am not opposed to wearing clothes once worn by someone else; I just want them to have a go or two in the washing machine first. And let me say, I openly cringed when I saw all the people fawning over the swimsuits.

So, in review, we drove an hour, bought nothing, drove back to Fort Payne, ate lunch and went to Big Lots. Fun times!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Family Vacation 2009

We spent this past weekend at the beach....Okaloosa Island, Florida to be exact. It was Abby's second time on the Gulf, but the first time she can remember and Grayson's first.

The beach was a huge hit, especially with Abby. She is definitely well on her way to being a beach bum!
Grayson, being blessed (or cursed, as the case may be) with my blue eyes had better get used to squinting. Or learn to keep sunglasses on! It would have helped, I suppose, if he actually had a hat that fit his big noggin. And he does now...
Sand was not his friend. As was my suspicion, he did not like the sand on his hands. As you can tell from the expression on his face. Whining soon followed.
Abby, on the other hand, loved the sand! Up until it made its way into her swimsuit. That wasn't pleasant for anyone involved. Here is her (and her dad's) first sand castle.
She liked the water too, as long as it didn't get near her face. Can't blame her there. There's nothing worse than a big wave to the face.
Grayson had several firsts...He learned to say "Cheese" when getting his picture made. Can't you tell?
He also became obsessed with kissing things. Here he is laying one on a plastic crab.
Abby is definitely her mother's daughter. She loves her some crab! She would've eaten it three meals a day, if we had let her (and could've afforded it!).
And finally, the whole family at The Back Porch, which I think might be my favorite restaurant in the Destin area. It was a great trip! We think we would've liked to stay longer, but we were all glad to be home, sleeping in our own beds. There's nothing like leaving for a few days to make you appreciate coming home...

Wednesday, May 20, 2009


Here is some randomness for your mid-week...

1. I did not fall off the face of the bloggy world. I just spent a few days at the Gulf of Mexico.

2. While my OCD tendencies might have calmed a little since I left the workforce, they are still there, as it took me a week to plan and prepare for a 4-day trip.

3. I realized last night that this is the first season of American Idol that I have not once voted in. I just didn't feel passionate about it. Am I outgrowing AI? I hope not.

4. We got caught up on the 24 season finale last night, and I was highly disappointed. I was glad to get some answers about Tony, so my extreme dislike for him is tempered somewhat, but everything else was a bit of a letdown.

5. I'm already getting sucked in to The Bachelorette. Did anyone else think Jillian is watching this now and is really creeped out by Tanner and his foot fetish? Ewwww!

6. I did something this weekend that I said I would never do: I read Twilight. I have thought it was a bit strange that grown women were swooning over a teenage book series about a hundred year old teenage vampire. I might have even made fun of it. But, y'all, it's a good book. I'll be reading the rest of the series.

7. Seeing as how I didn't post about AI for the last two weeks, here's my rundown. I think Danny's better off not winning because now he can make the kind of album that he should make. Not the kind of album that AI wants him to make.

8. I predict this will be the closest vote in American Idol history. I initially thought Adam had it wrapped up, but he did not do so hot last night. Kris had a few cringe moments too, but his songs, once again, showed what kind of artist he is. Beautifully.

9. Why are they still having these cheesy, inspirational, original (and I use that term loosely. All these songs are really interchangeable, no?) songs? They stink. And I love it that all the other judges obviously hated it, but couldn't pan it because Kara wrote it. And didn't she look all smug with her "cat that ate the canary" look on her face while they were singing it? I hate to be the one to break it to you, Kara, but it stinks.

10. I don't really have anything else to say, but I can't leave the list on an odd number. Darn that OCD!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

American Idol, Top 4

Tonight's show will be called "The One Where Everything Fell Apart...Literally". So, yeah. The stage fell apart, there was no dress rehearsal and they're singing duets. I kinda felt like the whole show was a bit disjointed. Anywho...

I am always in much anticipation of rock night. For me, it does not get any better than rock night. Until you introduce Slash as the mentor. Then you've reached a whole new level. Now, mind you, I have no idea what kind of critique Slash might offer because I've never heard him say a complete sentence. But that's all right. All he needs to do is bust through the door and start playing the guitar solo from November Rain while wearing chaps and standing in front of a church and it'll be okay. Slash, for me, is what good guitar-driven rock is all about. I'm not really sure what that has to do with American Idol. I got sidetracked in all of Slash's rock goodness. We'll move on now...

Adam Lambert started the show out with "Whole Lotta Love" and I hated it from the first note. I'll commend his stage presence. He can flat take control of a stage, but I did not like him doing Led Zeppelin. And what was that weird twich he kept doing? Did he develop some kind of strange tick over the last week? Plain and simply, Adam just makes me feel dirty and not in a good way. I feel like I should shower every time I hear him sing, but unfortunately, that's just not something you can wash off.

A Janis Joplin tune was a perfect choice for Allison. Allison and I finely got on the same page tonight with "Cry, Baby". She looked good. It all fit, yet the judges didn't like it. What? Allison totally won me over by correcting Simon on the Queen/ Jefferson Airplane thing. Seriously, who could possibly think Queen's "Somebody to Love" would be a better choice for her? Well, someone who could mistake Jefferson Airplane for Queen, that's who.

In a new twist for this season (because really, there hasn't been enough of those and they've all been colossal successes, right?), contestants were paired up to sing duets. Kris and Danny chose "Renegade". If there is one rock song I cannot stand it's Stix' "Renegade". I hate that song. With a passion. And I honestly didn't think I was going to like this when it started. I didn't like it when it started. But then the tempo picked up and Danny let loose and I started to forget that I hate this song. Danny has that effect on me.

Kris sang the Beatles' "Come Together". Tough song because Carly Smithson owned it last year. I liked it, and I loved when Kris said he almost wet his pants when Slash handed him his guitar.
I think Kara is deaf. Seriously. And why can they not keep her from being shiny? Honestly, there is some good make-up out there these days. She should look into it.

I got 4 words for Danny Gokey: No guts, no glory. "Dream On" could have been a train wreck. As it stands, I thought it was only a mild fender-bender. I think the lack of dress rehearsal hurt him the most. And that last note, it could've been a lot worse. I've heard a lot worse. Straight up, Kara is an idiot. Does she really work in the music industry? "Crazy" and "Cryin'" are not early Aerosmith. "Dream On" is early Aerosmith. Check your discography. I think there has not been a show where she has not said something ignorant. She's turned into Paula.

I kinda feel sorry for Allison having to share a stage with Adam and his striped pants. Somehow, I don't think he's used to sharing the spotlight. However, "Slow Ride" was a good choice for them. And for the most part, Allison held her own. I'm going to jump on the conspiracy theory bandwagon and say that I find it a bit odd that they opened the show and closed it.

I think it should be Allison's turn to go home, but this was such a weird show, I just don't know. I really felt like the judges were trying to sway the votes in favor of Allison and Adam. Funny, but not funny as in ha-ha, funny as in weird.