Thursday, May 29, 2008

A Great Visit

We had such a great time last week in Oklahoma. It's always wonderful to see friends and family, and I love wearing sleeveless's still kind of chilly in Chicago. So here's how our visit went.

On Thursday I spent time with the family, and Thursday night we went to Bricktown to eat dinner. We also invited along significant others (I really didn't want to invite Jason, but he is part of the family now). So let me introduce the others. MaKenna's boyfriend is Chase. This was my first time to meet him and I was very impressed. He's a super-nice guy. Matt's girlfriend is Jessi. She is sooo sweet and she really brings out the best in Matt. Needless to say, we had a great night.

On Friday night, we had dinner with our friends. I can't tell you how much fun we had. I think what we miss the most about being away, is having a group of friends to spend time with. It truly is priceless and we can't wait to get back. I love my friends, and I relish in the fact that my friends are now parents!! Dara and Mandy have the sweetest and happiest babies. I know it's due to the fact that they are such wonderful and loving moms. Maybe someday when I have kids, they'll raise them for me...I'm just saying, they're that good! The only time they cried is when I held both of them. Is that a bad thing? Probably.

The crying scene. They really wanted their moms!
Friday and Saturday were spent in Edmond with Jason's brother Nate, and his wife Holly. I love Nate and Holly so much! They have been so good to us and we always have a great time with them. They have the sweetest child, Addison. When Addy was born, they were living in Chicago (Nate went through the same program Jason is going through) and we were fortunate enough to be there as well. We've really enjoyed watching Addy grow and she is definitely one of the greatest loves of our life. She has grown so much since the last time we saw her, and she is talking so much!! I just love hearing her say, "Aunt Morg and Uncle Jasee."
Here are some pictures at their house, and the picture with Jason and me is at the Paseo arts festival. I keep saying that she's looking more and more like me, but nobody believes me! :)

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

A Mere Rebuttle

You're not going to believe this, my husband is actually interested in my blog! Gena, thank you for letting him know about the post. He was so curious abou the "Honeymoon" post, that he read it and loved, I might add. But he felt compelled to tell his side of the story. Here it is...the less funny and less entertaining version of our Rolla, MO visit.

In the words of Jason Lashley:

"The minute we pulled into the hotel with dessert in hand, a fierce wind picked up. Within ten minutes we were under a tornado warning. Little to my surprise, the lady at the front desk (who was also watching the weather channel in the lobby with we ate our dessert) hung on every word I said regarding the situation we were in. Before I could get the words out, "tornado warning" she was on the phone to every customer in the hotel commanding they duck and cover in the stairwell. There was also some snaggle-tooth fellow Okie exclaiming she saw a funnel drop down and pick up the pool furniture, only a few feet before it leveled the hotel. (NOTHING HAPPENED) So needless to say, I felt rather calm and mature for my surroundings, or compared to the people surrounding me.

So tell me, what would you do if your totally oblivious spouse was eating a blonde brownie, a la mode with caramel sauce, with her nose pressed against a floor to ceiling window as lightning strikes a few feet away from the hotel? Ask her to kindly throw away her dessert and step away from the window?--Or let her be? Tough question."

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Another Honeymoon

Jason and I are heading back to Chicago right now. We spent the past couple of days in Oklahoma and we had a really great time. (There will be more about our visit posted within the next couple of days.) Since we spent the last month apart and we don't have the money to really travel, we decided to split up our trip and take a "vacation." As with anything we do that remotely resembles anything out of our normal routine, I call it a honeymoon. What can I say? It's a little silly and unnecessary, but it makes things more fun (probably only in my mind). Jason plays along just to amuse me.

Here's how we're spending this very romantic honeymoon. We arrived at the tropical destination of Rolla, MO this afternoon around 3:00. The next hour was spent at the pool, where I inevitably ended up with a sunburn. After a shower (because I haven't showered in two days), we headed out to a romantic dinner at this remote restaurant called "Applebee's". I ended up ordering a sangria and the sixteen year old, brace-faced, extra smiley waitress tried to convince me to order the special peach sangria because it has peach schnapps, which is SOOO good--according to her. I ordered the normal sangria, which I told her was SOOO good. And by the way, I must interject that I'm not making fun of her for having braces; I was that goofy girl...I still am. During dinner, storm clouds started rolling in. If you know my husband, you know he gets very concerned about storms. He starts throwing out all of these meteorological terms and we have to watch the T.V. until the storm passes. In fact, we ordered dessert to go and he made me throw it away at the hotel while I was eating it because of the thunderstorm warning.

So here I am, on our honeymoon...blogging. I am blogging because my husband is watching the weather, he's finding all of the shelters in the hotel, and he's trying to make me move away from the window. AND, he made me throw away my dessert.

But all in all, I love anything out of the norm, and I love this honeymoon. However, I must stop writing because I think he's going to make me duck and cover in the bathroom any second now.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Why I Love My Job

I don't want to bore you with details of my job, but I need to let you know that I work for a medical school (just so you know what I'm talking about).

Why I love my job...A medical student stopped by my office to tell me that he finished his finals, blah, blah, blah. Before he leaves, he tells me that he's written a song and asked me if I want to hear it. Of course! To the tune of Rhianna's "Umbrella" he sings his own lyrics with the title being "Rubella." And when I say he sings, he literally sings the whole thing, 2 verses, 3 choruses, a bridge, and a tag. Of course with medical terms I didn't know. Welcome to my life!


Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Tulips, Tulips, and More Tulips

Since today was such a gorgeous day, MaKenna and I ventured out to take some pictures this afternoon. We had so much fun walking around Lake Forest; it was just so peaceful and wonderful. I definitely love this time of year.

After the serene walk, we went and devoured Italian Beef sandwiches. What good is serenity without 5 lbs. of meat?

Mandy, the pics are mostly for you!

Monday, May 12, 2008


SJP-I've followed you down many fashion roads, but I don't know if I can follow you down this one.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Five Calorie Snack

Extra gum must be desperate for sales. They are promoting their gum as 5 calorie SNACK. That's right, a piece of gum. Unless it morphs into an apple or a ham sandwich when chewed, it should not be considered a snack. Come on people! A piece of gum does not a snack make.

Side note: I just paid $3.91 for gas. I was pulling into the gas station and when I saw the price, I almost turned around. I really thought that I could find a better price out there. But then the stark and dooming realization hit. Plus, I really needed the gas because I had been driving on empty for the past three days. This gasoline had better be made of gold.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Listening to

Ray Lamontagne. Till the Sun Turns Black.

I love Ray Lamontagne's first album. You know how a song or an album can take you right back to a certain time or place? That's what "Trouble" does for me. I was listening to that album non-stop around the time Jason and I got married. It takes me straight back to our apartment in OKC. I most fondly look upon those times because of the countless summer porch nights spent with our dear friends.

I really have enjoyed listening to his second album. It's really quite beautiful. Hopefully it will evoke only happy memories in the future.

Don't let your mind get weary and confused-Your will be still, don't try-Don't let your heart grow heavy child-Inside you there's a strength that lies

Don't let your soul get lonley child-It's only time it will go by-Don't look for love in faces, places-It's in you, that's where you'll find kindess

Be here now-here now

Don't lose your faith in me-And I will try not to lose faith in you-Don't put your trust in walls-'Cause walls will only crush you when they fall

Be here now-here now

Saturday, May 3, 2008


My little sister called my last week and told me that my favorite person is coming to visit me. I was surprised when she told me that she's the visitor, but I guess she'll do... :) She will be here next Saturday and she's staying for six days. I'm really excited. I absolutely love hanging out with her. We laugh about things that only the two of us think are funny. She does a mean Jami Smith singing impression. She has a great sense of style and ease about her. She will talk to anyone and everyone for that matter. But I think the best thing is when we see our own mannerisms or looks in each other. Great for me, not so great for her! 

This really couldn't be better timing. I've tried to put on a brave face since the husband's been gone, but I really miss him. Also, MaKenna's going to PacRim in the fall...I'm going to miss her so much (even though I don't get to see her that often anyway). I'm very thankful that I get to hang out with her next week.

I'm ready for you to get here sister!