Nov 30, 2011

The final countdown...

3 days, 23 hours and 58 minutes until we're onboard the Disney Dream.....
We will be leaving Saturday morning to make our trek to Florida for our big trip.  We'll be back next Thursday, so you're sure to see several posts about our trip next weekend.  Here is just a taste of what's to come....
This is a photo of the Aquaduck, the very first (and currently the only) cruise ship waterslide that actually extends out over the ocean.
Their three restaurants are magical in their own right.  Animator's Palate changes from black/white to color during your dining experience.  Enchanted Garden has flowers that bloom while you dine.  You rotate to a new restaurant each night (since there's only 3, you'll eat in one of them twice), but your wait staff follow you, so you still get the same familiar faces during your meal. 
Animator's Palate Dining Room
Royal Palace Dining Room
Enchanted Garden Dining Room
We may have to have the cats shipped to us via UPS/Fed Ex, I'm pretty sure we won't want to leave.

Nov 29, 2011

Nooooo cold, go away

It was almost as if an alarm went off in my sinuses as soon as I pulled in the driveway last night.  I felt a funny tingle in my throat...I ate dinner and pretended it didn't bother me.  The only thing in the house was Benadryl so I took a couple doses and while it did make me sleepy, it didn't last long.  Benadryl has a very short lifespan and I woke up several times throughout the morning tossing/turning.  Trying to find a comfortable position to sleep in that would allow breathing took FOREVER
I started taking 500mg of Vitamin C last night to hopefully boost my immune system.  I won't lie though, I'm looking forward to my lunch break where I can go to the drugstore and attempt to self-medicate.  I generally only get sick like this once a year, but WHY NOW?!?
I cannot be sick on our cruise, I refuse!

Nov 28, 2011

Thanksgiving Break

On Wednesday after work, Hardy and I drove up to Gatlinburg, TN to stay with his family. We had a nice room at The Edgewater right behind the main strip into town. Aside from an apparent little leave football tournament going on our stay there was nice.

Thursday we got up and road around Pigeon Forge. We ate lunch at Corky's which was pretty good and then did this cool attraction called TOMB. It was only $12/per adult and lasted 45mins. You go in a "tomb" with a tour guide and have to solve all of these puzzles as a group before advancing to the next room. It was definitely the best $12 I've spent in a while.

We ate Thanksgiving dinner at Texas Roadhouse. They actually were offering a Thanksgiving dinner, but we all opted for steak. Our plan was to eat lunch at Dick's Last Resort back in Gatlinburg....huge mistake. We waited on a table (for 8) for 45mins, we finally sat down at 2:50pm. Our waiter greeted us immediately and took our drink orderFrom there it was all down hill.  We got our drinks and about 45mins later we still had no food...our waiter came around and asked us what we ordered, we all thought he was kidding and that it was part of him being a "dick", but it wasn't. He came back and said we scared him, he thought he didn't have our order.

Come to find out he never even put our order in even after he asked us what we ordered a second time. Finally after a 2hr wait from the moment we walked in the door, without any food (and plenty of other larger tables had all been fed) I went and complained to the hostess. The manager came over, apologized profusely and offered us free nachos and cheese sticks on the house while our food got preparedOnce our food finally did arrive, we were informed our original waiter had been fired. The manager comp'd our entire meal and I thanked him letting him know we knew it wasn't HIS fault.  We all had horrible headaches and were starving by the time we actually did eat, but the manager righted the situation and we appreciate that. 

Since this was our last night, some of us got funnel cakes and the others donuts and ice-cream.  Hope, Hardy's mom, Holden and I all did this weird 5D theatre where you sat on a mechanical horse and shot at targets on a big movie screen.  Holden won the first game and I won the second - - another cute attraction I would recommend.  Saturday morning we got up, checked out of the hotel and enjoyed a most delicious meal at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.  The meal was high, but the food was worth every penny.  We were sat in our own little hole that looked like the Gump house from the movie Forest Gump.  While we waited on our food, the waiter came by and asked us trivia questions about the movie, I was very proud of Hardy and myself as we got nearly every question (actually kind of sad to know we've seen the movie that many times ha ha).

After lunch, Hardy and I headed back home to our cats who missed us so much.

Nov 26, 2011

Always reminded...

Ever seen a rainbow-ball? Quite an interesting sight.

Nov 24, 2011

24 Days of Thanks (Day 24)

I am thankful for the freedom to be a Christian.

Not every one agrees with it and not every one likes it, but too bad, I.AM.A.CHRISTIAN.  I belive in God and I have faith in him.  I may not talk about it on a daily basis, or make religious posts on Facebook frequently, but that doesn't make me any less of a Christian than the next person.  I am so glad I met Hardy and began attending church regularly when I visited him.  I was finally shown compassion in church (I have had some not so great experiences in church).  It's easy to be misguided in any religion and it's our job to know right from wrong and make sure we put our feet on the right path and walk with Christ.

We will never be perfect, but striving to be right isn't so bad, is it?

Nov 23, 2011


Hardy and I are so ready for this vacation.  All the anxiety and waiting (and money) it's taken us to get to this point will certainly pay off - after all it is DISNEY.

I don't know if any of my readers have been on a Disney cruise (if you have give me some tips).  But we will be taking a trip (of a lifetime I hope) on the brand new Disney Dream - it started sailing in Jan 2011.  Just GOOGLE this amazing ship and see all of the goodies it has for all ages. 

It does have several aspects that cater to adults, but it seems like an awesome ship for kids, I almost wish I was one or had one so I could experience the magic as a little person.

10 days...10 days...10 days


24 Days of Thanks (Day 23)

I am thankful for other bloggers

It is YOU that inspired me to start my own.  Whether I'm any good at it or if anyone even bothers to read my posts, I still try to document things in my life so that I can look back and re-read them.  I admire the hard work most of you put into your blogs.  Unfortunately with work, I'm so tired of being on the computer after 8hrs that when I am home, I don't even turn ours on (and we all know the mobile version of anything isn't always better).

So thank you fellow bloggers for sharing your stories/lives/adventures with us and being an inspiration for others :)

Nov 22, 2011

24 Days of Thanks (Day 22)

I am thankful for running water

I don't really feel this one needs an explanation....just think about it and how lucky we are to have it.

Nov 21, 2011

Thanksgiving yum

This delicious plate is my lunch today at work :)

24 Days of Thanks (Day 21)

I am thankful for Thanksgiving.
I am so happy the Pilgrims and Indians decided to have dinner together.  If they hadn't, you know we wouldn't be celebrating this delicious holiday.  Today at work is our Thanksgiving Lunch, every one pitches in and brings something to contribute to the big dinner.  I love stuffing my face with wholesome, guilty foods :)
I hope you all have a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving Week!!

24 Days of Thanks (Day 20)

I am thankful for my brothers
Happy 31st Birthday Michael 11/20!!
I have two brothers, Michael who is 31 and Trevor who is 15.  We've all fought and gotten on each other's nerves, but we love each other just the same.  Michael and I fought like cats and dogs when we were younger, almost felt like we were out to kill one another sometimes.  He burnt a hole in my blanky one time and I've chunked the TV remote at was always war.  Trevor was my pal, I can vividly remember watching Toy Story religiously with him and of course, who can forget Thomas the Train?  Now he's a teenager and although he can be sweet, he's a brat.  Michael and I have been closer these last 5yrs than we ever were and I am so happy for that. 

24 Days of Thanks (Day 19)

This post is late....whoopsie!!
I am thankful for my KIA Forte
Hardy and I are both on our 2nd KIA's.  We both owned '07 KIA Sportage's, I traded mine in for a Forte in Feb 2010 and he traded his in July 2010 for a SOUL.  The Forte is better on gas than any other vehicle I've ever owned and I have owned a few.  It has amazing MPG on long distance trips.  The SOUL is cute and comfortable to drive, but sucks on gas...literally. 
They're very reliable cars (from what we've experienced) and thankfully low maintenance.  I would recommend a KIA to anyone who ever asked for my opinion.  Not to mention they offer the 10yr/100,000mi warranty - how could you turn that down?

Nov 18, 2011

Breaking Dawn Part 1 review (spoiler alert)

Ok I'll be done talking about this today (at least on my blog), but I have to get it off my chest and out of my system or I'll burst.
We met up with Michael & Kristin at 6 or so last night to eat a quick dinner @ Wendy's and then we headed to the theatre.  I am SO SO SO happy we did the marathon tickets prior to the midnight viewing.  There were less people in our theatre and it stayed that way the entire evening.  We didn't have to worry about being elbow to elbow with strangers or sitting on the front row breaking our necks to see the screen.
We made it just in time to see New Moon.  It was nice to reminisce certain scenes and quote the movies (yes we're that nerdy).  New Moon came and went, then Eclipse and finally it was time for Breaking Dawn Part 1.  I was hooked from start to finish.  These are just a few points I would like to comment on.
The Wedding
Absolutely gorgeous.  Everyone looked stunning, even the guests.  Being the softie I am, I cried when Bella's Mom & Dad saw her before the wedding.  I cried when Bella and Charlie walked down the isle, I continued to cry as Bella and Edward met eyes.  The entire scene was beautiful.  Believe it or not, Kristen Stewart (Bella Swan) was beautiful too.  She has a uniqueness to her, she's not the most gorgeous actress/woman I've ever seen, but she pulled off this part very well.
The Honeymoon
Perfect.  There were a few aspects of it that were left out (none that involve romance, lol), but they weren't entirely crucial.  They did a nice job keeping Bella looking pretty and there were some adorable ADORABLE expressions by Robert Pattinson (Edward Cullen) - you know the kind that make you swoon and smile and giggle.
The "problem"
I was kind of hoping they would have her calling "it" her little nudger in the movie, but they didn't.  Again that was a small detail, but something I did remember and was expecting to hear.  Edward was great at playing shocked, angry...etc.  They did (what I thought) was a great job at making Bella appear sickly/gaunt.  Even if you hadn't read the books, you would get the hint that "it" was killing her.  Rosalie of course was protective and by her side, just as expected.
They represented the wolves decently in this film.  I felt they really captured Jacob better than in any other film.  They also allowed you to see how the wolves communicate with one another as it does in the book.  His break down is really heart wrenching, but he gets something even better in the end (you know what I'm talking about if you read the books).
The birth
I'll admit, I was one of the disappointed ones who heard this scene wasn't going to be as bloody/gory as described in the book - BUT I was wrong to feel that way.  The director (Bill Condon) did an amazing job of portraying the events without all of the nasty details and do not fret, there is some blood as to be expected with any birth.
I am still in shock at how well they showed Bella before/during/after the birth.  They did an AMAZING, absolutely amazing job making her dead.  As many horror movies that I've seen in my life, this was almost disturbing.  It was believable and I couldn't have asked for more.  That part of the book was raw, powerful and very sad.
I don't want to tell you when/where/how it stops, but I cannot wait for Part II

24 Days of Thanks (Day 18)

I am thankful for midnight movies....

I have been to several over the last 7yrs. Star Wars, New Moon, Eclipse, Pirate's of the Caribbean 2 & 3 and as of last night/this morning Breaking Dawn Part 1.

For any of you Twilight fans, it was in my opinion, without a doubt the BEST movie thus far.

Must see....

Bill Condon did an incredible job bringing those pages of the book to life. I tried to sleep for 3hrs before having to get up and go to work, but I can't stop running scenes through my head!

Nov 17, 2011

I'm a Twi-hard

Incase you haven't figured it out...
Michael, Kristin, Hardy and I are spending the evening at Great Escapes @ Hamilton Mill.  Like last year with Eclipse, they're offering a marathon prior to the midnight release of Breaking Dawn Part I.  The marathon starts at 4:30, but we don't plan on getting there until sometime after 6:30 or 7:00.  I know we're insane, crazy...say whatever you like, but in times like these, following a book/movie series doesn't hurt.  If I can escape for a few hours (or in today's case SEVERAL hours) and forget about our bills, the economy and how faulty our government is - why not?
I am looking forward to this film, but I'm also sad to see it so close to its end.  Now I understand what all the Harry Potter fans felt when the last books/movies were released.
As the good sport I try to be, I plan on working a full day tomorrow, so I guess I'll get 3hrs of sleep or so and be right back up for work!

24 Days of Thanks (Day 17)

I am thankful for the seasons...

I am one of the few who enjoys different seasons. I love Spring and Fall, I like Summer less and Winter is ok. Could you imagine living somewhere where the seasons never change? If you were stuck in winter (as we know it) all year long or summer....ahh no way. I hate sweating as it is and cannot imagine living where there is no change.

Not to mention being able to witness nature transform before our own eyes in response to the seasons.

Nov 16, 2011

24 Days of Thanks (Day 16)

I am thankful for rain.
It does make it difficult to drive sometimes and it can cause floods and landslides, but we need it.  I love the way the air smells before/during/after rain.  It's a soothing sound to listen to if you're sleepy.  If the temperatures are right enough, it can even turn to snow :)

Nov 15, 2011

24 Days of Thanks (Day 15)

I am thankful for scary movies...
If it weren't for horror movies, I may not love Halloween and by domino effect, may not have ever liked haunted houses.  I thank my parents for sharing the horror genre with Michael and I because it certainly influenced who we are today.  When I was younger, the "scariest" boogey man for me was Freddy Krueger.  I've had nightmares for as long as I can remember, so it was always realistic to me to have a killer in your dreams.  The new genre of horror is a little strange, too much gore.  The SAW series got way out of hand and quite frankly I can't even watch most of them because they gross me out. 
What happened to slow chase scenes? Boogey men with masks and a machete or butcher knife?  I think horror has lost it's level of suspense.  The youth of today may love it, but I appreciate what was.....the movies from the 70's, 80's and early 90's.

Nov 14, 2011

20 days...

....and counting

24 Days of Thanks (Day 14)

I am thankful for my iPhone
Here's another cheesy one.  I have an iPhone 3GS and I'm so pleased with it.  I've always had the crappy cell phones, you know the ones that range between FREE - $19.99 when you sign up for a new contract?  Yep that was me.  In February 2011 I finally decided to jump on the bandwagon and I took advantage of the $49.99 offer via AT&T with a new 2yr contract.  I have had NO complaints of this phone, except the Facebook app, but I know that has nothing to do with the phone. 
I continue to learn new things about it, I'm amazed at how little I knew about it.  It has become quite the handy tool whether out shopping, needing directions to somewhere, finding a phone number or address.  It's my own personal assistant.  Another note to add, if it weren't for having an iPhone, my friend Erin wouldn't have given me her otterbox case which in turn I would not have gotten signed last week, lol.
I <3 you iPhone!

Nov 13, 2011

24 Days of Thanks (Day 13)

I am thankful for patience.

While I may not have it as often as I like, I am glad I know how to use it. If it weren't for patience Hardy and I may not have ever gotten married or bought our house. There are a lot of things I may not have done in my own life had I not used patience. So it's true....patience really is a virtue.

Nov 12, 2011

A healthy cat :)

24 Days of Thanks (Day 12)

I am thankful for my eyes and ears.

I can't imagine my world without sound or sight. I admire those who are deaf and blind, they are far more talented than I am. I think it's amazing how our bodies can heighten our other senses when one or more fails us.

How would we ever learn about God if we couldn't see or hear?

There's something to think about....

Nov 11, 2011

24 Days of Thanks (Day 11)

I am thankful for my stepfather, Phillip.
Today is his birthday (HAPPY BIRTHDAY PHILLIP!).  I believe he's the perfect match for my mom and I wish them many many years of happiness.  He has been a great influence on my younger brother, Trevor and he's always treated us like we were his own.  I honestly couldn't ask for a better stepfather.  His love for my mom is immeasurable and I know she feels the same. 
Two more things to add
  • HAPPY VETERANS DAY - Thank you to all of our Veterans old/young for their service to our country
  • Today is also National Metal Day so make sure you jam out and show your support :)

Nov 10, 2011

24 Days of Thanks (Day 10)

I am thankful for pets. Animals are therapeutic. Whether they know it or not, they can touch our lives just as a person can. I have a huge heart for animals. Tinker Bell and Flower have touched my heart and soul like I could never imagine. They're my kids (fur now) and I dread the day when they'll eventually pass on. They bring a smile to my face, they make me laugh, bring me warmth, keep me company and most of all they love me. We are all God's creatures and should equally be loved and appreciated.

Nov 9, 2011

Breaking Dawn Cast & Concert Tour 11/7/11

Megan and I left work at 2pm on Monday so we could run home, get dolled up and then head to Buckhead hoping to beat rush hour. 
We arrived at 4pm and immediately lined up along the barricades so we could see the red carpet action.  
Unfortunately, the spot we chose for the red carpet was directly behind the press booth,
so most of our view was obstructed during the whole red carpet part. 
The event was "supposed" to start at 5:30, but that came and went. 
Nearly an hour later, we were finally seeing the stars walk down the red carpet.
First up was singer/songwriter Christina Perri.  She had a hit earlier this year called Jar of Hearts,
but she's also featured on the Breaking Dawn Part 1 soundtrack with a beautiful song titled A Thousand Years (its Edwards point of view on his love for Bella). 
She had a tag along, I didn't recognize him, but from what other people were shouting, he was a winner on The Voice?!?  Javier or something like that....IDK
Second was Nikki Reed (aka Rosalie Hale) and Charlie Bewley (aka Demetri from the Volturi). 
Peter Facinelli (Carlisle Cullen) was originally listed in the line up, but I  guess something came up,
so they replaced him with Charlie which was fine with us because he was a cutie and very kind to the fans. 
Nikki was very graceful and sweet, I think she's one of the few in Hollywood that hasn't let the fame get to her head. 
Third was Jackson Rathbone (aka Jasper Hale), umm so HAWT!  Robert Pattinson might very well have some competition. 
I've thought Jackson was cute, but in person it's an entirely different story, he's so so so HANDSOME! 
After doing a few interviews, he was kind enough to hop over the press barricade to get closer to the group of us who were behind the press box. 
Here is a screenshot of a video from 11Alive, they caught the exact moment he signed my Otterbox
He signed autographs and took photos with fans and we were all so grateful. 
He's a true gentleman too, very cordial and friendly.
Fourth was Ashley Greene (aka Alice Cullen), from my view, there was nothing special. 
I didn't hear her respond to the fans cheering or anything...she may have, but my eyes and ears never caught it. 
So I didn't take home a very nice impression of her. 
Once the red carpet was over, we went inside and rushed to find some chairs because our feet were KILLING us. 
They decorated the lobby of The Buckhead Theatre to match that of the wedding. 
A lot of white and was beautiful.  We snacked on candied apples and mini red velvet cupcakes. 
There were some sandwich's floating around somewhere, but we never found them :(.  
The best part about this entire event was that EVERYTHING WAS FREE.  Drinks free, food free, activities, FREE.  
They had a temporary tattoo booth, make-up booth, two photo booths and a few of the dresses on display from the wedding in Breaking Dawn Part 1. 
We eventually made our way into the auditorium, only to be disappointed there were NO seats.  We were going to have to stand again all.night.long. 
To some that might not be anything and in flat shoes or bare feet standing would have been a breeze. 
They had a big movie screen shuffling the many trailers for Breaking Dawn Part 1 and  they showed some behind the scene clips/interviews. 
By 7:45 our feet just couldn't hack it anymore, even after taking our shoes off for a while and then putting them back on it was awful!! 
We elected to ditch early and head home.  We did not see Christina Perri perform (3 songs) nor did we see the Q & A with the cast, but that's ok.  We had our fun on the red carpet and just taking in the scenery of how the theatre was decorated.  A wonderful experience, I'm glad I was able to participate.

24 Days of Thanks (Day 9)

I am thankful for technology.
Something weird to be thankful for huh?  A blog is supposed to reflect honesty, so lets do it. 
I remember using a cassette tape to record radio interviews and VHS tapes to record Hanson or movies off cable.  Now we have DVR instead of VCR's and flash drives instead of cassette's and cd's.  I'm amazed every day by technology.  Facebook can be VERY annoying, especially with all of the unnecessary updates that in my opinion seem to jam things up instead of make them better.  Technology has given us new avenues for keeping up with friends and staying in touch with family. 
We often find ourselves texting and emailing more often than picking up the telephone, but I still think that's ok as long as we don't lose touch with humanity.  It's quick, easy and convenient.  Now that we're all so used to a fast-paced and touch screen lifestyle, what would we do without it?  I'm thankful to have grown up in a generation that taught us computer has always been fun to "train" my parents and grandparents how to use the computer.  Who would have thought early days of playing The Oregon Trail on a 3 1/2" floppy disk would pay off??

Nov 8, 2011

24 Days of Thanks (Day 8)

I am thankful for the time I had with my grandmother.
Although I may not mention her every day or even weekly, I think of her often and miss her terribly.  In just the 8mos she's been gone, things haven't been the same.  I am happy to know she's no longer suffering, but it's hard not to feel selfish and want her back.  I can't look at a bird, hear a country song or even eat broccoli and cheese casserole without thinking of her. 
I took the time I had with her for granted and I regret it every day.  My mom always reminded me to call her and talk to her, wish her Happy Birthday...etc.  Of course I always would when reminded, but I regret not doing it on my own and more frequently.  I miss you Grandmother.

24 Days of Thanks (Day 7)

I am thankful for Atlanta.
It's such a "happening" city that musicians almost always stop here on tour.  Hardy and I LOVE music and counting both of our experiences (together or separate), we have been to well over 200 concerts. Most of which have been Mötley Crüe, ha ha ha!! 
It's also now been part of The Twilight Saga phenomenon on several occasions (conventions and cast tours).  My friend, Megan and I were lucky enough to be on the news not once, but twice over the last three days as a result of the latest Twilight movie: Breaking Dawn Part 1.  We participated in the Breaking Dawn Cast & Concert Tour in Buckhead on Monday evening and we had a fantastic time - - post to come later!

24 Days of Thanks (Day 6)

I am thankful for the United States of America.
Even though our government may not make the best decisions, I'm still happy to live here.  Looking at certain countries in comparison to ours, we have it made.  We have clean water, firm housing, electricity (yes there are still some people who live without it and not by choice), durable clothing, civil rights (although ours seem to be constricted recently). 
Just remember, you could have it a lot worse.


There's a longer post to come about our evening at The Buckhead Theatre for the Breaking Dawn Cast & Concert Tour. 
In the meantime...check out this cool screenshot from 11Alive news showing the exact moment I got my autograph from Jackson Rathbone (Jasper Hale).  He was signing my cell phone case because I couldn't think of anything else!

Nov 5, 2011

We were on CBS!

CBS Atlanta was out yesterday morning before they started distributing the Breaking Dawn Cast Tour tickets.  We knew they were around, but they never said they were actually taking pictures or filming.  They did do a small clip of the first 6 people who were in line since they'd been there since 6pm Friday evening, but I don't know if it showed up on the news or not.

You can see Megan and I in the photo associated with the article

AND in this video, twice :)

1. In line like we are in this photo
2. Showing us at the table on the left getting our passes

Camp out for Breaking Dawn

This morning at 1am, my friend Megan and I got in line on the sidewalk at The Buckhead Theatre in hopes of getting passes to the Breaking Dawn Cast Tour coming to the ATL on Monday 11/7/11. 

We never had a dull moment, even with the cool cool temperatures.  Whether we were cracking up with our fellow twi-hards or scratching our heads at the interesting drunk citizens walking home from nearby bars, it was a night we'll never forget.

Here's our journey in photos....

45 minutes in

A visit with "The Storyteller" on one of our trips to/from IHOP
for a potty break and yummy hot chocolate.
**Might I add the staff at the Buckhead IHOP was above and beyond courteous and friendly to us even though we never dined in, we still contributed via coffee/hot chocolate and some to-go pancakes!

Megan w/ our new friend Carlos

Our teeth never chattered, but it was totally colder than a vampires touch outside

Megans cool boyfriend...John, Ed..who knows what his name was.  He wouldn't stop talking and eventually decided to join in on the Twilight fun (until he caught us taking photos of him ha ha ha)
Here he is laying on the sidewalk like a dumba**

I'm crazy and delirious in front of the theatre

6:30am, a Summit Entertainment rep puts up the official "event" poster

A bakery in Loganville came by to treat us with Twilight themed sweets...
A mini cupcake with two wedding bands

Me with my cupcake and complimentary poster...

Our new friends, Crystal, Jamie and Carlos with their posters

Approx 10:05am, us with our FREE passes to Monday's event!!

It was a very LONG and COLD 9hrs, but I'm thankful for every minute.  Thanks Megan for tagging along and thank you to our new friends for keeping us company!

24 Days of Thanks (Day 4 & 5)

I am thankful for my job.

Although I may get frustrated and feel overwhelmed, I appreciate my position.  Calling collections isn't easy, especially in todays economy, but it's my job and it helps pay the bills.  I have been with King GREEN since March 2004 and am so grateful they've kept me over the years!

I am thankful for my twi-friends.

If you've read my blog before, you may be aware I'm a Twilight fan.  I loved the books and the movies are just a part of the package :)  .  In 2009, my BFFLADYFI (best friend for life and don't you forget it) Tabitha tagged along with me on an overnight parking lot trip to Mall of Georgia so I could purchase a $30 tshirt and get a wristband to a cast event for New Moon.  None of my Twilight friends at the time wanted to camp out, nor did they want to attend the cast event, so Tabitha was a great friend and did both.  We got to meet Edi Gathegi (who plays Laurent) and Jamie Campbell Bower (who plays Caius), while we didn't get to take any photos, they did autograph posters for us and were very nice.

About a week ago, I found out that they were doing another cast tour for promo for Breaking Dawn due out November 18th.  Tabitha being the trooper she is said she would tag along with me if I couldn't find anyone else.  Her cousin, Megan is also a Twilight fan, but a little more reserved about it :)  I mentioned it to her and she immediately confirmed she would be my date (thanks Megan).  At 1am this morning, we got in line on the sidewalk at The Buckhead Theatre with our chairs and blankets and remained there until 10:15am after we got our passes for this years event. 

On Monday November 7th, they'll be having a red carpet event at the theater, those with passes will get to attend inside.  They're having a mini-reception, mini-concert featuring Christina Perri (one of the artists on the Breaking Dawn soundtrack) and immediately following a Q & A with Ashley Greene (Alice), Nikki Reed (Rosalie), Jackson Rathbone (Jasper) and Peter Facinelli (Carlisle).  Actors are subject to change, but I'm happy with the line up we've originally been given. 

The event is a "celebration of the upcoming wedding" of Edward and Bella so party attire is recommended :)   I cannot wait until Monday!!

I'm crazy!!

Megan and I on the sidewalk (right now at 1:45am) at the Buckhead Theater waiting on passes for The Breaking Dawn cast tour!!

Nov 3, 2011

24 Days of Thanks (Day 3)

I am thankful for the way I was raised.

Open minded parents who let me bloom into my own person. No judgement on my personality or life decisions, they've always been supportive, adding in constructive guidance as needed.

Be you and love yourself.

24 Days of Thanks (Day 2)

I am thankful for my husband.

We have been together almost 12yrs. Hard to believe, but true. We met at a concert in Atlanta March 31, 2000 and we are. Took him long enough to propose, but I knew one day it would happen.

It's interesting, we've been together longer than some people have been married. We have two cats, Tinker Bell and Flower and maybe one day we can add an actual kid into the mix hahaha.

We share many of the same interests including music and movies. Of course we both love Disney! We've visited Disney World 5x's together since 2005 and its still not enough to satisfy our itch. In just a few weeks we'll embark on our first Disney cruise and we are so excited :)

Nov 2, 2011

24 Days of Thanks (Day 1)

I decided I wanted to do a THANKS a day until Thanksgiving.  Shame on me for not doing it yesterday, but I was totally worn out by the time I got home, I didn't do anything except eat dinner and sleep.
I am thankful for my family. 
Although at times we don't see eye to eye or don't keep in touch like we should, I am still very thankful.  Most members of my extended family I don't even see unless it's a Holiday.  I wish we saw one another more frequently, but it doesn't always happen.  However, it does make me cherish the times we do see one another a little bit more. 

Nov 1, 2011

That's a wrap!

That's me...
The haunted house is officially over and I have my weekends back now (insert exclamation here).  I don't mind the haunted house actually, but I do mind the drive to and from.  It's roughly 35mi one way for us to Dahlonega and after doing that twice a week for a little over a month, it's really put a strain on our budget.  We went out with a bang though.  Since this was our last weekend open, I decided to play a little.  On Friday (yes we were open in the pouring, freezing rain), I played a puker....I was a bum living in a storage unit, and would roll over to puke at just the right time to startle people.  I wasn't ACTUALLY puking, but to make a note....pretend puking hurts just as bad as puking, minus the horrible taste.
Last night, I got to play "baby mama".  We have a baby doll who's been airbrushed to look real, I'm talking EXTREMELY real.  I held her swaddled in a blanket and made my way in line...I actually cut in line, but none of the teenagers seemed to mind.  I got some interesting looks from people, there's no telling what was going on in their heads.  When I got about 20 people away from entering the haunted house, the security team pulls me to the side (in the middle of the line where everyone can see) and they proceed to tell me I cannot bring my baby inside the haunted house.  I kept telling them she wouldn't be a problem and that she sleeps through my vacuuming and cleaning, I'm sure a haunted house won't be any bother.  Then security motions for a police officer to come assist, both men start telling me I can't carry the baby in there, I need to leave her with a friend or relative if I plan on going through the haunted house myself.  I explained I carried my baby for 9mos so carrying her isn't a problem.  They kept edging closer to me so I dropped the baby in a nearby trash can and took off running.  Most customers laughed because they realized it was a hoax, others actually approached the cop or the ticket booth to inquire whether or not what they just saw was real.
Now now, I know you must be thinking how cruel am I?  That's not a funny joke, but was
A. It's a baby doll
B. If it were a real baby it would have been crying