Since I’m cheap, I only brought a few souvenirs home from Florida.  Florida oranges and an illness.  Yep, I started getting sick the day we left Florida.  I think I caught a cold from my little cousins.  It’s been irritating my throat and making it so I can’t talk loud at all and sound raspy when I do talk.  If this doesn’t clear up when I wake up tomorrow, I’m going to the doctor.  And I hate going to the doctor.  But I want to feel better!  (I wrote this last night.  Today I went to the doctor, and it wasn’t worth the anxiety!!  No strep, nothing they can do.)

Yesterday I had a last minute dentist appointment.  Literally.  I called and they fit me in an hour later.  How’d this come up?  Well, I looked in the mirror to check out my throat and I noticed something dark stuck the middle of two teeth.  Brushing my teeth did not get it out.  What could it be?  Oh yes… Sand!  From the beach!  Add that to my list of souvenirs.

So anyway, I went to the dentist and got my 6 month checkup since it was coming up in August and of course, got the sand removed from my teeth.  They laughed at me.  But I bet that happens a lot at the dentists in Florida.  Right?! I really am curious now.

They also took an x-ray, which I’ve been scared to death of getting ever since I thought my wisdom teeth were pushing through several months ago.  Turns out, those suckers didn’t get very far.  They are still up above my bone.  That is some of the best news I’ve heard in a while!!!!!!  Now, if they just stay there for the rest of my life, I can avoid the dreaded wisdom teeth extraction.  Hallelujah!

I paid paid my brother $30 to wash and wax my car.  It had a million bugs squished onto it from our trip to Florida.  It was a mess and I didn’t want to tackle it.  It’s HARD work to do it right!  Thanks to my brother, it’s so pretty and shiny now!  Well, it was, until I drove it down our gravel road.  Ugh, don’t remind me.  Now I just need to vacuum out the sand.  Or should I keep it to remind me of how much I miss Florida?  :o)

My cousin Darah and her boyfriend Micah showed up at our house on Sunday!!!  They’re from California, but are on their way to Louisiana, where they are moving.  Their arrival was a surprise to me, although I had a feeling I knew they were coming.

My Aunt Marcie, Darah’s Mom, arrived tonight.  I am so SO happy they are all here!!!!  They will be here for about a week, and will leave right after my birthday.

But guess what else?  My BFF Nour will be here Saturday too!  YAY!!!  I sooo wish Ryan was here too though.  :(  He’s at a camp in Missouri, and we’re going to visit him this week.

The weird thing is, Darah arrived at our house on the exact same date last year, July 25th, to help with my Dad .  And this year, she did not at all plan on when she would be here.  It just happened to fall on the same date; very strange that it worked out that way.  Last year, my Dad passed away a week after she came here.  I can’t believe it has almost been a year.  In a way it seems like forever ago, but a year sounds like a LONG time to be without my Dad.  I’ll write more thoughts about this soon.

Last night we watched “Shutter Island,” which was my second time seeing it.  It’s one of those movies you HAVE to see twice because it makes you think.  It’s kind of creepy, but it’s really good.  The night before we watched “Avatar,” which I’ve now seen three times.  That one, of course, is a must-see.  Next up we’re going to watch “Titanic” because Micah and I have NEVER seen it!  I can’t believe I met someone else who hasn’t seen it either!  See any good movies lately?

There’s lots of other fun things in store… lots of memories to be made!

Let There Be Light!

Originally, I bought this lamp to use it in my dorm room at AU because it went perfect with my brown/pink comforter.  However, when I moved back home, it just ended up in my room and has been there since.  I’ve always wanted to replace it since the colors never matched, but I never got around to it until now.  Pink doesn’t really fit in with the blues, oranges, greens, yellows, and browns in my duvet.  I’d say it was time for some color coordination.

Goodbye Old Lamp

When I was recently at Pier 1, I saw some adorable paper lanterns.. and the lightbulb in my head went off!  (Pun intended.)  I knew they would look great in my room, plus be a nice replacement for my old lamp.

Hello New Lanterns!

I went with orange and white, small and large sizes, and all together with the lanterns and cords it was only like $35.  Not bad for a cute, yet practical addition in the corner of my room!  They really help to light up my somewhat dark room.  They hang over my desk and look lovely (special thanks to Ryan!)  He is always super sweet and is always willing to help me out with things like this!

Hello New Lanterns!

Hopefully my Dad can still signal to me through this new light source.  :)   (Believe it or not, he made my old lamp turn on/blink the night of his Memorial Service.  No doubt about it.  My cousin was with me and witnessed it too.)

Lunch Date at Sybill’s Saint James

With the Canon 7D, I captured a mother-daughter lunch date to one of our local favorites.

Nothing other than Sybill’s Saint James, a fine-dining restaurant perfectly placed in a small, rural town.

When inside, you forget that you passed a field of cows and hay-bales on the way.

It can be as formal as you make it, but it can also be a casual place for lunch.

Better yet, a delectable lunch at affordable prices.

Out-of-towners make a special trip to enjoy the exceptional dining experience.

And it’s a place for locals to treat their visitors, celebrate special occasions, or enjoy just because.

Sybill’s used to be a rarity for us, a place to eat dinner before Prom or to celebrate a birthday.

But we soon became regulars after my Dad passed away.  It was an inviting place to go and close to home, but a way to escape for a bit.

They know us by name.  Knowing our family situation, they offered my Mom a job to care for the flowers.

I hardly ever order the same thing, as they feature specials and have a lot to offer.

What you can expect to be on my plate, are the sweet potato fries.

They are heavenly, drizzled with a brown sugar glaze. It’s a side item and dessert all in one.

So is their blueberry pomegranate iced tea.  My very favorite, ever.  So good I had to buy some leaves to make it at home.

The few times I’ve had the chocolate lava cake, it was to die for (maybe not quite that literal, but close).

I would indulge in it more often, but my stomach has a limited capacity.  Sigh.

Oh and I can’t forget…their signature house salad is the best.

It’s all good, from the bread to the salad to the meal.

No wonder why we make a weekly appearance.

If you ever find yourself in this area, you better make yourself some reservations to Sybill’s.