Tuesday, November 24, 2009

It's Coming...

I love Black Friday. Although I don't even really know why. More times than not I end up sleeping in on that morning, and on the occasion that I do make it out super early, I rarely even buy anything. After all, the lines are always ridiculously long, and in the end, I really don't need anything, even if it is a $3 toaster.

Target has those this year by the way...along with a $3 coffee maker, sandwich press, and slow cooker. I realize they are all probably bogus and burn everything, but still, throw anything at me with a $3 price tag, and I don't care if I despise coffee and already own 2 types of slow cookers, it gets me excited.

As you can see, I've spent a fair amount of time on the Black Friday websites the past couple of days. I've mainly been using blackfriday.info. It has ad scans for all the major stores, as well as product listings and a shopping list creator. Pretty cool, huh? Yep.

The only thing I'm really interested in is the $12.99 Gossip Girl Season 2 offer at Target. That's legit people. It's normally around 40 bucks, which I'm totally willing to pay for hours upon hours of overly dramatic upper East side entertainment, but $12.99?! That's worth waking up early with the masses. Although I'm sure they will be gone within 7.38 minutes, and I am not one to push and shove, but if I manage to roll out of bed on time, that just might be the first goal.

I wish I had more of a need to hit up the sales, but I really have no desire for cheap towels, discount board games, and value luggage. Still, though, it's just a fun thing to look forward to. People go crazy, and I like watching them stress over filling their carts with as much junk as they can. And the stores sure are allowing plenty of time for cart-filling to take place. Kohl's opens at 3:00 am. That. is. ridiculous. I mean like potentially not going to sleep the night before ridiculous. You will not find me out that early, but, I wish happy shopping and lots of caffeine to those of you who do plan to brave those hours. And maybe, just maybe, I'll see ya a couple hours after...

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Ouch. Ick. Mmm.

It's Sunday morning. I wish I could be at church. But I've got a loong day ahead, so I am here. And I should be writing a paper, but instead I am writing a blog post. Typical.

So my original goal of multiple posts this week somehow failed miserably. Nothing really to blame, just life I suppose. Go fig. Oh well, here's at least on an update on the past few days, which have been pretty eventful, so gear up...

Friday morning I trekked way out west (of K-town, that is) to see the doctor about my frustratingly intense leg pain I've been experiencing the last couple of weeks. Although by Friday morning the hurt was really next to nothing, and I feared the doc would think I was crazy, making things up, and wasting her time. Not the case, however. Turns out I have a left tibial stress fracture. Ugggghhh. This means no running or impactful exercise for 4-6 weeks...which kills. Now I have to rely on swimming and stationary biking to burn calories, and in my experience, this does not always work out for me...especially when the temperature begins to drop (which it like just did...). It's ok, though. I'll give up running until the new year, but I just hope when that time rolls around everything will be totally well and I can go at it with no interruptions!

Friday night meant Fall Formal! I went back and forth on whether I was actually going to go all day, especially since my throat was killing me and my lymph nodes were super swollen and tender. Not the most comfortable experience. In the end, I took enough drugs to ease the pain and showed up. Was it fun? At times. Like the point on the bus where the dude across from me puked all over my feet and dress? Not fun. And the really smart decision to only have one bus to transport our entire sorority halfway across the country and back? Also not fun. But the band was good, and the Benjamin and I got some good dance time in before the masses arrived later. Here are me, Gav, and Mel at Gettysvue where it was held:

PS: Gettysvue makes some bangin' chicken fingers in case you ever happen to be dining at the Country Club. That was another perk of the evening.

Ok. Cue Saturday night. Unfortunately I spent all morning and afternoon in bed trying to overcome the sickness so that I could enjoy the football game later that night. It worked, and I got to go with the fam to the Club Seats at Neyland to watch the game. Soooo wonderful up there. There is food everywhere, and we all know that's all it takes to make Emily happy. I'm pretty sure I consumed five thousand calories, but hey, I figured I'm only up here once, so what the heck. And I got to venture up to the skyboxes where I saw Geouque and Erin and Dave. It was overall super fun and I wish I had a money tree so I could sit there every game. Here are me, Benjamin, and Maddie in the sweet leather chairs out above the field:

Alright. I'm really going to write my paper now. It's gotta happen or it isn't gonna happen. Come 1:00 the day is devoted to slating and an early Thanksgiving dinner at the grandparents. It will all be great and grand, but neither involve writing a paper. So here goes...4 days of classes left!!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Week in Review

Hello friends! It has been far too long, and I apologize for the lengthy delay. I could blame the absence on the test and homework craze that was last week, but really I think the reason for lack of posting is, well...lack of anything to post. Sometimes I think I live a pretty darn boring life, and since I don't have any precious little children running around to spice up my blog posts, I usually just resort to not sharing anything as opposed to sharing the mundane happenings that are actually going on.

Still, though, I have to post something. So here's my attempt to at least try to entertain you folks...a glimpse at a view of the more exciting moments that marked my week:

Monday, as in the Monday that happened a whole week ago...oops, I finally addressed my long-time goal of conquering homemade gnocchi. See, I've become a bit overly obsessed with food blogs over the past month or so, and when all you do in your spare time is peruse through recipe after recipe, it's likely that you'll get quite a hankering to cook. That definitely has happened to me lately, and look what it produced:

Fresh little potato dumplings made with my own two hands. I definitely have a long way to go before I can ever compare my gnocchi to that of the classic Italian grandmothers out there, or even the pre-packaged version available at the store for that matter, but these were at least edible. I'm not even really sure what recipe I used, if I even followed one. I really just read as many posts and recipes concerning gnocchi that I could and then tried to combine all the useful advice into my own creation. But like I said, it needs some work. When I perfect it, I'll let ya know.

Let's see...Wednesday mom booked our trip to New York City for my b-day! That was definitely a highlight of the week! We have a great looking hotel reserved in Time Square, and we also already have Wicked tickets! I've been trying all week to locate restaurants for us to hit up, seeing as how food is my number one priority when traveling, but I haven't had much luck. It's ridiculously overwhelming, so we might be questioning the concierge upon arrival in order to decide on eateries. No worries, though, I have tracked down a few must-go dessert joints, so at least we'll be good in the sugar department.

Moving on to the weekend, Sunday the Benjamin and I headed to Nashville for the Titans-Bills game. We had a wonderful day together, and I'm glad I finally got to see some NFL in action! It was surprisingly warm considering it's mid-November, and I did encounter a bit of a sweat fest on the endlessly long walk to the stadium. I'll admit...the Benjamin had to purchase a dumbly-overpriced $28 t-shirt for me to change into because my nice blue button-down was a wet mess from the blazing sun. I felt bad for him, bit he insisted, and I was disgusting...and miserable. The overall experience was great, though, and the boys even pulled out their 3rd win in a row! Woo hoo!

Fun times, fun times. Well that's about all I can really remember from last week...today's start to this week has been a super long one, so everything else has started fading away. I'm really going to try to post more this week...interesting or not, so get ready!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Holy Smokes, Folks!

Well, I did it. For the first time in my two and a half years as a student, I finally completed an entire crossword puzzle in the Daily Beacon! And I'm pretty stoked...

I attempt it every day...well, except Fridays that is. See, they get more and more difficult as the week progresses, so I figure it's a lost cause by then. But still, yay!

I guess I'll go to class now...but come on, I figure if I've got enough stuff up there to fill in answers for 78 random clues, then I've got plenty and anything more is just excess.

Hah. Take that college. :)