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!

CSN & Origins Giveaway Winners!

I’ll stop bugging you about entering my giveaways… because now I have the winners!!!

*drum roll* (ahem, Ryan)

Chosen by, here are the lucky winners!  I’ll be contacting you soon.  :)

First, the $50 CSN gift certificate…    Congrats to Eliza!!!

And for the 6 winners of the Origins giveaway… Congrats to….

John Tibbs Music t-shirt: Janel C

Signed copy of Origins: MaggieSmith

$10 iTunes gift card: ShootingStarsMag

$10 iTunes gift card: Jennifer Horn

$10 iTunes gift card: Rdemille

iPod shuffle: Laura Wirth

Thanks to everyone who entered!!  You are all winners in my book.  :)

Late Night Rambling

Well, here we are… a few days into the month of June. Already! I am pretty depressed that I start summer classes this upcoming week. I bought my books this week and paid the bills (Yeah, I actually had to pay for summer classes as opposed to my free fall and spring semesters…welcome to real life?) One is in a classroom 5 days a week/2 hours a day for 4 weeks (West Civ)… oh and did I mention it starts at 8 AM? Wow, I think I might regret this soon. Two classes are online (Intro to Stats and Political Science) for 8 weeks. None of them are my cup of tea, but I have no choice but to take them. Preferably now, so I can graduate in three semesters. And so I can get them out of the way, yuck!

Speaking of tea, my boyfriend has been working on getting the BourgeaTEA website up and running. Among many other things, Ryan works for Chris Bourgea, a guy that also goes to Anderson University that started his own tea business. I’ll show you the website once it officially launches. Is anyone else a tea drinker? I looove iced tea, but I usually drink the cheap Lipton kind that my Mom over-steeps. But pretty soon I am going to be able to make all the high quality, loose-leaf tea I want (as long as I have some tea to make, of course.)
How? Many thanks to CSN Stores, a company consisting of 200+ online stores, where you can “shop easy” for sofas, cookware, grills, office supplies… or, you name it! They are providing me with my choice of a product to review, and the one I chose has to do with tea (or coffee, if you prefer) and I will tell you all about it really soon! I’m excited! Stay tuned.

The days and weeks go by so fast it’s hard to keep it all straight. Ryan and I went on a bike ride yesterday and today, both about 7-8 miles near my house. Today the ride was soo hard for me because of all the hills we had to climb, and the gravel roads. Also, the muscles in my legs were burning the first half mile! I whined every time I caught my breath. (Poor, poor Ryan.) I think I’ll give my legs (and his ears) a break tomorrow so they can recover. But no matter how tough the bike rides get, I’m always eager to go back out and ride again. I guess that’s a good thing? ha. It’s definitely good that I’m finally getting some exercise. I hope to also start getting my Zumba on, maybe this week!? Ryan’s Momma, Sara, is going to join the party too! Can’t wait to get started again. Oh, but my chiropractor is definitely going to see my face soon. With all this exercise, I need a major back/neck adjustment.

We went fishing from our pedal boat after our bike ride yesterday. We had to wait out a storm before our ride and before we fished. They were popping up out of nowhere! We did see two pretty rainbows though. I caught a few nice sized bass and Ryan caught a catfish and a crappie. We were going to fish again after our bike ride today, but it stormed again. So instead, my Mom treated us to dinner. This storm is still here, five hours later. Apparently the tornado sirens were going off at dinner, but we didn’t hear them. We’ve also been wanting to make s’mores, but the storms have postponed our plans. We have the materials, just waiting for the weather to cooperate! My mouth has been watering for the s’mores and I may have snuck a few marshmallows already. To top it all off, we were going to rent Alice in Wonderland tonight, but it was either sold out or not available. So much for our plans!

You’d think I was a fish out of water as badly as I’ve been wanting to go swimming lately. But guess what? We hardly have any nice options for pools around here. They are working on building a good one in this town (finally), but it won’t be done ’til next summer. I’m determined to go swimming though, no matter where I have to go!

Lately I started entertaining the idea of buying a new (used) car, but I think it’s becoming more than just an idea very quickly. I began looking for cars online and I’m starting to really like the idea. I didn’t think I was really ready to buy a new car, as I’m kind of attached to mine, but I think it’s time. And now I’m really excited! Especially because I may have already found the one. I’m in the market for a Honda Civic Hybrid, and I hope to go check one out in a few days. Possibly even buy it?! Eeek, we’ll see! You’ll hear about it if I do.

A few days ago, I was more convinced that I was about to buy a new camera, an upgrade to a dSLR from my point and shoot. Per Ryan’s recommendation, a Canon Rebel t2i. But now I may be too broke if I buy this car. Bummer… I guess I’ll have to keep stealing Ryan’s camera for a while! I just bought him a new lens for his 23rd birthday that is coming up this September. Yes, it’s a bit early, and I just bought him his presents from his 22nd birthday really late… so this time I’m making sure it’s early rather than late. Plus, I really wanted to use the lens. Ha.

I really don’t like spending money, so all this talk of purchasing big items is not really a normal thing for me. I’m still using the same computer that I bought almost 4 years ago. I’ve had my car for about 6 years, although my parents bought that. I bought my current camera 2 years ago and it was my first camera. Just some examples.

It’s almost 1:30 AM and I think that about does it for this post. I wasn’t tired when I started, but now I’m pretty sleepy! Good night (or rather, good morning when you read this… if you make it to the end of this long post.)


This post you are about to read is what MckMama likes to a “stream of consciousness.”

I’ve wrote a similar one before which I called Organized Rambling. You know, it’s where you literally just ramble on and write all the random things that come to mind and hope that it makes sense… oh and pretend like someone is listening.

It’s the perfect night to write one of these because I am in a super talkative mood! This doesn’t happen very often, but oh do I like when it does happen! It’s fun and not my normal quiet self. I’m sure the other people that have had their ear talked off tonight (my Mom, Nour, and Ryan) don’t like it as much. Who knows, maybe they do.

I haven’t felt very bloggy this month, as you probably already know. I could probably think of something to write about if I really tried, but I feel pressured not to bore my readers. And the things I could write about are boring. Oh well. But now I will talk advantage of my talkative mood before I go to bed. And if you read this, then thanks for listening! :)

But let me tell you… this weekend won’t be boring! RYAN IS COMING TO SEE ME! It’s our weekend to celebrate Valentine’s Day because this past weekend he was at an Ultimate Frisbee tournament in snowy and cold Ohio. All these crazy boys (and some girls) choose to risk getting frostbite rather than spend V-Day weekend with their loved ones. Weirdos! :) I still love you though, Ryan.

Thankfully, this week is already going by fast! Tonight I kept thinking that it was Monday. Oh shoot! That reminds me, I forgot to watch the Duggars since I forgot it was Tuesday. Dang, I’ll have to catch it later. I should’ve known it was Tuesday because I was babysitting tonight like I often do on Tuesday nights. Then again, I also sometimes babysit Mondays and Thursdays and then pretty much any other day anyone needs me and I’m available. So nevermind about that.

Tonight when I got home my ears were on fire! Sometimes they get hot and red and it seems like for no particular reason (the outside of them). Does this happen to anyone else or am I even weirder than I thought? Oh and I have a tonsil stone (ew) that is making my ear and throat hurt. Sometimes they do that, or other times they make me want to gag (like last week). Seriously, I have way too many issues and I promise I don’t make them up!

Oh about the sleeping disruptions I mentioned two posts ago… I appreciate your suggestions, but I think I might’ve been a little unclear. I don’t really have trouble getting to sleep, it’s just that I wake up in the morning before my alarm goes off and it’s annoying. It might be because sometimes I turn my alarm off so I’m waking up to see if I’ve done that and missed class. I also have annoying dreams a lot that make me feel like I’m not getting good sleep (even though REM sleep is supposed to be good?). Last night I had a dream that Ryan and I broke up and I woke up sweating and hot (and sad). The night before I had a dream I met my blog friend Mrs. Haid and her cute baby. It’s not the first time I’ve had blog related dreams… or dreams about breaking up. Sometime I’m going to write a post about recurring dreams of mine… because my dreams are more eventful than real life.

Did I mention Ryan will be here THIS WEEKEND?! Oh, yes I did. But it’s notable and exciting enough to mention twice!

I’m ready for spring. SO READY. The spring fever is increasing by the second, but it keeps getting colder outside. My Mom and I were talking about how much we hate winter and how it seems like it’s always winter here. Also, our cats have been driving us crazy because they are tired of winter too. It’s true. And it’s also true that I need to move out of the mid-west, which I’ve mentioned a million times before. Can’t-take-this-four-season-decidious-forest-stuff-anymore. Will-go-crazy (crazier, I mean).

Since I’ve already mentioned being crazy pretty much this whole post, I might as well add something else. I mess with my hair allll the time, but I can’t stop and it drives me crazy. If I shave my head, you know why.

Umm… I hope this anxiety medicine kicks in really soon. Don’t you? ;-)

And I hope you will still be my (blog) friend after hearing all this. I must go to sleep because I gotta get up in 8 hours for class! Sweet dreams (to you and me!)

P.S. (Because when you’re talkative, you can’t just end a conversation at your first goodbye) …
Feel free to comment about any random thoughts or any strange issues you may have. I’d love to listen!

Good night!