Thursday, April 30, 2009


I met Jordan in high school. I was a junior. He was a freshman. He was my buddy. We just understood each other. Just one of those cute friendships- where we just genuinely enjoyed being around each other. Then he moved (back) to Charlotte, North Carolina- and we rarely kept in touch. We're friends on facebook now and still chat every once in a while. He and I are really different today- both changed a lot. He's way more liberal now, and sometimes doesn't think that I "get" his life.
But. I still love him. and we can still talk to him for hours.

So, when I saw his facebook status telling me to go to some link at The Atlantic, I had to check it out. (BTW- if you don't read The Atlantic, you should. It's awesome. I'm a big fan.)

Pay off for sure.
This is what I got.
hahahaha. you're welcome.

Friday, April 24, 2009

dog movies

Last night my friend Jesse made me watch Eight Below.
He told me I would love it.
I doubted him.
This was foolish.
For multiple reasons.

Number one.
Paul Walker. Do I need to elaborate?
I didn't think so.

Number two.
I learned that the scariest animal I've ever seen does actually exist. Excuse me, but do you know about leopard seals? Hands down the scariest thing I've ever seen. Outside of a dinosaur. In Jurassic Park. (Felt the need to clarify since the dinosaurs in Land Before Time are precious and make me want a pet dinosaur.)
Number three.
It's a dog movie.
And dog movies, by definition, are great.
And sad.
I'm not going to lie when I tell you that I cried in this movie. Not a lot. But enough. I am a movie cry-er anyway, but dog movies? Please. Game over. I honestly do NOT understand people who don't cry in dog movies. Because even the ones that are good, are sad. Seriously. I cry in all dog movies.

Example 1. Homeward Bound. They get home in the end. I know. But when Shadow comes over the hill at the end? Game over. BAWLING. hot mess. Cannot even contain it.

Example two. My Dog Skip. I took my little sister, her bff Anna, and Anna's brother Will to see this movie in the theaters when it came out. We were all crying our eyes out by the time it was over. Seriously. If you've never seen this movie, I highly suggest you stop reading blogs and locate it and watch it now. No seriously, right now. Go. Heart wrenching. (And- bonus- Luke Wilson is in this. And I love him.)
Example three. Marley & Me. My god-brother Bo pointed out that this "family movie" came out on Christmas day. And (spoiler alert) the dog dies. I'm sorry? Family? Christmas? It's almost as bad as The Family Stone (which I love, but is SO sad). I dare you to watch this without crying. If you win, you have no soul. I'm just sayin.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009


I know it's not football season. But, I'm dying here.
Alabama's Spring Game was this past weekend- if you aren't familiar with the concept, it's the intra-squad game at the end of spring practice. It's a game against ourselves- Crimson vs. White. Every team has this game-- but in the last few years, they've become these huge deals. It's open seating at the stadium. Alabama broke a NCAA record for spring game attendance (92,000) a few years ago when Saban held his first spring game. It was full capacity. For a scrimmage. Ridiculous. There were 70,000+ people there this year- 2nd most in the NCAA.

My friend was making fun of me for planning my day around the game.
I told him that it was just working as a placebo. I KNOW it's not the real thing. But, it's close enough to fake me out for now.

Been chilling on while my kids have been testing this week.
Found some great stuff. Love it times a million.
You want some interesting reading? Click away.
Most of it isn't about Alabama. It's just random stuff around Southern football- not even all SEC. But, reading pleasure for sure!

Roll Tide!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Be A Rebel. Read Banned Books.

During the course of every year, I have my students gain a little understanding of the whole concept of a book being "challenged" or "banned" by people, a school, or even a government. In different years, I have used different approaches-- but I always want them to walk away with an understanding of the injustice of banning books.
(A quick aside- I do believe that there are certain books that are more appropriate for certain ages and shouldn't be in Media Centers of certain schools- but I don't think that's the same thing as banning it).

This year we read Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury- it was intense- and took FOREVER. But, the pay off was so worth it. My kids loved it. They had a hard time, but when they got it, they GOT IT.
One of the major themes throughout the novel is the idea that making everyone happy- and offending no one- only makes us dumber. Everyone's not going to be happy. Everyone's not going to be able to enjoy the comfort of not being offended. It's such a good book. If you somehow slipped through your education without reading, I'm going to highly suggest that you get on it.

All of that to say this...
I want this bracelet.It's SO cute! AND it's a collection of commonly banned books- like F451. So cool!
It's from Carolyn Forsman- very cute. Her line is called "Conversation Piece Jewelty"-- love it!!
A lot of other cute things, but this is my favorite for sure!

Thursday, April 16, 2009


I love this movie.
I have the tape. Like VHS. Yes. It's true.
I have loved this movie since I was a kid- my mom loved it and made us watch it. So, I've grown up watching it. And I still have about 10 VHS tapes in my life- mainly because I haven't been able to replace them on DVD. Either I haven't found them, or I haven't looked. People in my life make fun of me for watching this movie. And then double the fun making when they find out that I have the tape. But I don't care. I love it.

I want to BE Gidget. In the scene above specifically- when Moondoggie is singing to her. Cannot take it. Love it. Love the boys. Love Kahuna. Love Moondoggie. Loves James Darren times a million. AND to top it all off, it makes me want to surf! Now, I've grown up going to the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico- not really known for their killer waves. So, I do not surf. But this movie makes me want to surf. But a sad thing happened on Saturday.
I was watching my moive in my room.
And then I had to leave.
And while I was gone, a TRAGEDY OCCURED.
Like with the news.
I don't know how.
I don't know why.
But it happened.
And I am BEYOND sad.
So, now I need a DVD.
If you would like to support my happiness, you can follow the link (click the pic) to buy me a copy of this movie. Seriously. I may die without it. I'm just saying.
It has all 3 movies on this DVD. Which I mean, whatever. I really just NEED the first one. But I can't find it alone on DVD. And I like the other ones ok.

Am dying without my movie.

The SEC as Tom Hanks Movies

From Rebelations- used to write The Dead Guy's SEC Site. Now devoted to Ole Miss sports- but he's interesting, so I still read his stuff.
This is priceless.
So I'm a few New Belgium Mighty Arrows into the Final Four games Saturday night and start thumbing through the guide during a commercial break when I stumbled across three Tom Hanks movies on at the same time. While the beer certainly didn't live up the standards set by its Fat Tire brethren, it did help inspire this ridiculous post.

So, here they are, without further ado, all 12 SEC football teams as Tom Hanks movies. Got better suggestions? Leave ‘em in the comments.

Alabama: Turner & Hooch
Detective Scott Turner is a straight laced, no frills kind of detective. Nick Saban is a no-nonsense, no frills kind of coach – never a hair out of place in his feathery bangs. Between his owner dying and pairing up with Turner, Hooch was a mess. He drooled everywhere, tore things up, and basically a lost cause. Between the Bear dying and before hiring Saban, Alabama was much the same way. Sure they would do well every now and then, but they had to cheat to do it. They bought a national title in the early 90s, then suffered through several ignominious years before hiring Saban.

Want More? Sure you do!
Keep reading here.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


I am not a mother.
Praise God.
I mean, I want to be. One day. But not today.
Step One- find hot man to be my husband so we can have lots of the sex in order to have a baby.
Step Two- have baby.
Step Three- be mother.

Am still working on Step One. So, hold the phone.
When I am a mother, I do hope that this represents my life.
I'm just saying.

I know what you're thinking. It can't be THAT funny. It is. Trust me. I do not lead astray.

Read this on Heather Whittaker's blog. She's so funny too. I would like to be like her one day too.

Picture 3

Ok Pearmama has done it again. I promise you this is the funniest post I have EVER read. I was at Starbucks reading it laughing out loud. I was hitting the side of the chair and stomping my foot. I had to stop mid-way to contain myself. Heather... there were others in the room. Pull yourself together.
Please go and read this post she did on her sex talk with her kiddos. Warning do not eat or drink anything as you read, it is a choking hazard!

When is Love Biggest?

I hope you read Stuff Christians Like. Because it's hilarious. And true. And smart. And honest. And Jon Acuff is the man. You should start reading it today if you don't. I'm sure you don't have anything better to do but read hours and hours of blog entries.

Today he's writing about love.
And makes this poignant statement.

An act of love is amplified exponentially when it is given in response to an act of hate.

I've been thinking about it all morning.
This is EXACTLY what Jesus calls us to do. And be. His love for us is amplified times a million because we do so much to hate. It may not be hate in the way we think of it, but it's still hate. Doing exactly the opposite of what someone asks of you is not love- so it's gotta be something else.
I don't really know what else to say. But I think that this has challenged me. And opened my eyes. Not only to see my shortcomings. But also to see the times where God has given me an incredible measure of grace to be able to love people in light of their hate. And even bigger- to see where people have loved me in spite of my hate.

The closing of the SCL entry is this:
Hope is heard loudest when it's a response to hurt.

Comfort is heard loudest when it's a response to pain.

Love is heard loudest when it's a response to hate.

Let's be loud.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009


I've been using Google's online picture storage program, Picasa, for a few years now. I have just recently downloaded their storage/editing program to my computer.

I am obsessed.

I have been going to TOWN.
By FAR- my favorite thing to do is make collages! So fun! Love them! How cute for Christmas cards and such- or framed gifts. ADORABLE! Loves it!

Best April Fool's Joke EVER

Introducing CADIE
I freaking love Google.

People are going to be freaking out. Thinking this is real.
And well, that just makes me happy.