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On November 24th, T and I had our 3-month married anniversary.  It’s hard to believe that the wedding and all of its exciting festivities happened so long ago.  It still seems like it was last week!

If we weren’t married, tomorrow we’d be celebrating our 9 year anniversary.  9 years!  That is such a long time.  It’ll be weird to not really celebrate that day anymore since we now have our wedding anniversary to celebrate instead.  Even if we don’t do anything special on that date anymore, I will never forget it.  It’s the day I landed the boy I had been eyeing for weeks. 🙂

I’m super excited about Thanksgiving tomorrow for a few reasons.  One, I love the food and can’t wait to chow down.  Two, it’ll be my first real holiday as a wife (I still giggle when I think of myself as a wife).  I know not much will be different, except for the fact that I now have T’s last name, but I’m still excited.

Tonight we’re doing our pre-Turkey Day tradition of getting together with the family and friends for Mexican.  It all started because T’s family used to come down to visit for Thanksgiving.  They do not have any good Mexican where they live, so we always went there since they got to eat it so little.  Afterwards we’d end up in my parents’ basement bar playing darts, Foosball and singing karaoke.

T’s family isn’t coming this year since it’s so expensive to fly the whole family down from NY and his mom hates driving down here.  They always leave in the middle of the night (like 2 a.m.) and make the 15 hour drive straight through.  It’s rough.  Even though they won’t be here, we’ll still hit up the Mexican restaurant with some friends.  I can’t wait.  Texas margaritas, here I come!

I hope you all have a very wonderful and fat kid Thanksgiving!  Stuff yourselves like you are a turkey!

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I really don’t feel like working today because I am in the holiday state of mind.  Plus I can feel the wind blowing through the cracks in the door, and I’m freezing.  I’m stealing this from Hillary and Sharon, because it made me laugh and hopefully it will entertain you too.It’s All In A Name

1. Witness Protection Name (mother’s & father’s middle names)
My mom doesn’t have a middle name – I’ll use her first name.
Gabriele Martin

2. Nascar Name (first name of your mother’s dad & father’s dad)
Joachim Ernest – international racing super star – vroommm

3. Star Wars Name (the first 2 letters of your last name & first 4 letters of your first name)
Mainga – that’s just special

4. Detective Name (favorite color & favorite animal)
Blue Cat

5. Soap Opera Name (middle name & city where you live)
Maria Atlanta – sounds very latina

6. Superhero Name (2nd favorite color & favorite alcoholic drink, optionally add “The” to the beginning)
The Red Rum & Coke – Shining style

7. Fly Name (first 2 letters of first name & last 2 letters of your last name)
Inne

8. Gangsta Name (favorite ice cream flavor & favorite cookie)
Chocolate Samoas

9. Rock Star Name (current pet’s name & current street name)
Zoey Triumph – I love this!

10. Porn Name (first pet’s name & street you grew up on)
Spooky Vicksburg

Since I was (and still am) gimpy, on Friday night we decided that taking it easy would be best.  We gathered a small group of friends and went to dinner at this cute restaurant.  Since my ankle is still sore, I wanted T to valet his car so I didn’t have to walk far.  But he was embarrassed by all of the cans and bottles that were strewn about the car, and he didn’t have cash so we opted to park on the street.  The food is amazing at this place, but it’s located in a semi-sketchy area.  We made sure to cover up T’s phone that he left in the car to charge and headed to dinner.

Around 10, we decided to head to the neighborhood bar to have some drinks and play darts and pool.  T, JD and I made our way to the car.  As I hobbled to the passenger side, I noticed the broken glass.  Yup, someone had smashed out the back passenger window.  We sent some friends to go grab the cop that was working outside of the restaurant.  Turns out he was only a security guard, so he wasn’t much help.  Then we did the inventory and realized that T’s old broken laptop had gotten stolen, along with his cell phone.  Luckily his iPod was black and blended in with the car’s interior in the dark.  It sucks that the laptop got stolen because it had a ton of pictures and music on it, and he was planning on taking it somewhere to get the hard drive taken out so he could get the info off of it (that’s why it was in the car in the first place).  His cell phone was purchased through work, so they were able to wipe all of the info off of it, and they’ll replace it for him.  What sucks the most is the broken window.

Be careful when you leave your phone in the car to charge, because I think that’s what attracted the thief.  The charger glows bright red when it’s plugged in, screaming to come check out the car.  The computer was under a box in the backseat, so I know the thief couldn’t have seen it.

The most annoying thing about the whole ordeal is that it took the police about 2.5 hours to get there, and it was freezing out Friday night.  Luckily the restaurant was open so we could stay inside while we waited.  They said they were having problems finding the place.  I don’t know how many times we gave them intersections, the name of the restaurant, and the address, and they couldn’t get there.  I know they have GPS in the cars, so it really shouldn’t have taken that long to find it.

A little after midnight, I finally lost it and called the police department back.  I got a little bitchy, but it was well-deserved.  They had us waiting in a sketchy neighborhood with  our car wide open for anyone else to come by and take stuff.  Hell, for all we knew the thief could have still been in the area watching us.  Finally at 12:30 a cop showed up.  It took him 10 minutes to write a report, which we didn’t even get a copy of because he was out of them.  He tore off a piece of paper from his notepad and gave T a confirmation number.  Then he told him if he needed the report, he could call city hall and get a copy.  Awesome, all that waiting for nothing!

My friend’s (ASP) boyfriend works at a car dealership, so he can help us get the window fixed, but the glass place wasn’t open over the weekend.  So we have to wait to do it sometime this week.  What sucks is that it’s about 30 minutes from our house, and we’ll have to take it after work, through craptastic Atlanta traffic.  Hate.

The rest of the weekend went fine.  Saturday we just bummed around the house watching football.  We finally started on our thank you cards, there are only like 27 left to do! Hooray!  We couldn’t finish because we ran out of cards.

Sunday we did some shopping and I got some cute outfits at H&M.  After shopping, we had some drinks and got majorly hooked up by the bartender.  He only charged us for half of the drinks.  I love it when that happens.  Then I dragged T to see Twilight.  And, it really wasn’t that great.  I figured I wouldn’t love it, but I didn’t think I’d be so disappointed with it.  The acting wasn’t impressive, the chemistry was seriously lacking, the script breezed through the love story, and it left out some pretty important parts of the story (in my opinion at least).  It did have us laughing though, even at times that weren’t meant to be funny.  Oh well.  At least we avoided the psychotic teen fans by going at dinner time on Sunday.

If you saw it, what were your thoughts?

I know you are wondering what’s going on with the wonderful birthday present I gave myself last Friday.  Did you forget?  My fat and jacked up ankle.  Ugh…

I decided to go to the doctor on Wednesday just because it was super swollen on both sides, various shades of black, blue and purple, and it was pretty stiff.  I went to an orthopedic doc that my co-worker recommended (she broke her foot when T and I were on our honeymoon).  After unwrapping the million things from my foot that I was using to support it, I got 3 X-rays taken.  Luckily there were no broken bones.  Yay!  But I might have slightly torn the ligament.  Boo!  The doc gave me some pain meds that would also reduce swelling (upon further investigation, I discovered they were the same meds they give to fibramialga and arthritis patients.  I’m hoping they help shrink my ankle back to it’s regular size.) and told me that I need to do physical therapy to strengthen my ankle.  He says that it will help shrink the tendon back to it’s normal size, making me less likely to sprain it in the future.  I start in 2 weeks.

The ankle has gotten a little smaller as I was able to cram it into my boot this morning.  I’m just hoping I can get it back off at the end of the day.  I also had to wear 2 different socks so that it would slide in fairly easily into my boot.  My sprained foot is cold since I could only wear a nylon stocking, while my left foot is fairly toasty.

My busted up ankle has also lead to us postponing our little Savannah vacay in honor of my birthday.  Walking is still not going so smoothly, and standing around for long periods of time still hurts like a bitch.   But seriously, I have perfected the pimp walk! 🙂

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On the Twilight front, I finished all 4 books in around 9 days.  I had to take a few day break in order to wait for my sister to give me Breaking Dawn for my birthday.  I liked it, but it was a little strange.  I still like Twilight and Eclipse the best.  But now I’m sad that the I’m done with the series.  I guess it’s time to find something new to read.  I’ve decided that I will see the movie just because of all of the hype.  I really hope it doesn’t suck.  Like I said before, I really hate it when movie makers don’t transfer the true meaning and emotions behind the story into the on-screen version.  I’ll keep my fingers crossed that I don’t hate it.

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The weather in Atlanta is ridiculous.  The high is in the 40s.  In November!  This is completely insane.  It’s supposed to drop into the 20s tonight.  I’m not looking forward to this at all.  I foresee a lot of snuggling under heavy blankets going on this weekend.

Plus, my office might as well be outside since it’s so damn drafty.  I can feel the air blowing in through the cracks of the door.  The heater is turned up to 76 (ridiculous) because this old building does not retain any heat whatsoever.  Sigh…

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It was so much fun participating in and reading everyone’s secrets during BlogSecret.  Some people seriously shared some super juicy things!

Happy weekend!

Hello freaders!  Today I will be taking a break from writing you a post to participate in the great Blog Secret exchange.  I have shared a secret, which is hosted somewhere out there on the Internets.  I can’t wait to read what everyone else had to say.  Without further ado, I bring you my anonymous post from an anonymous blogger.  Happy reading!

blogsecret1I hated her with everything I had. Because of the betrayl, the words, the newspaper article. The betrayl. She apologized, of course she did. I gave her a syrupy sweet smile, told her I understood… when really I was only seeing red.

Weeks later and I’m dancing in my stilettos while she’s pouring jager down my throat, hoping I’ll forget what she did. There’s a fog in the bar and the whole sorority is drunk and stupid. I’m having a hard time not ripping her hair out on the dance floor. Her hair is like a crotch of pubes. Then I notice her purse.

Her purse is so casually flung in the corner of our booth because crotch-head wouldn’t dare believe a sister to betray her the way she betrayed me. I stumble towards it in my alochol-induced stupor. We’re all embarassingly drunk. I flip open the sequined clutch and take out all of her stuffed bills. No one notices.

I put the money down my cowboy boot and continued with the dancing and the jager. At closing time crotch-head realizes the terrible injustice, and I just laugh and take my friends to eat at Steak-N-Shake.

For more secrets and participants, visit Nilsa’s page.

As you may know, my birthday was on Saturday.  I turned a whopping 26 years old.  Crazy, I know.  Originally I had made all of these plans for fun things that I wanted to do, but things got a little shaken up after Friday night’s events.

It rained off and on all day on Friday.  Since it was gross out, we decided to hang out close to home.  One reason was that I didn’t want to be out late, and the other was to celebrate mourn the fact that JD was moving to her new condo this weekend.  About 15 minutes away.  We figured a night at Fox would be the perfect ending to her time in the neighborhood.

We had a group of friends together, chatting, laughing, doing birthday shots.  It was all a lot of fun.  Around midnight, we decided to head back to the house to play Rock Band.  As we pulled into the parking lot, I saw Fado running around outside.  Naturally, I went to go catch him to bring him inside.  I walked towards him on the front lawn area, and he bolted towards the front door.  I thought everything was fine and followed him.  Then things went down hill.

We have this huge oak (I think) tree right in front of our condo.  During this time of the year, it drops it’s acorns all over the damn place.  The bad thing is, they lose their tops and turn into death acorns.  They are so round, it’s like they are giant marbles.

In my haste to get inside from the cold with the cat, I stepped on one of those lovely little acorns and lost my footing.  Of course I was in my slouch boots, which have very little ankle support.  I started to feel my left ankle twisting, so I stepped more weight onto the right foot to avoid disaster.  Bad choice.  Instead of helping, my right ankle rolled, causing me to face plant in the front yard.  Thank God it was midnight and no one was outside.  I ended up with one really sprained ankle (the right one) and one slightly sore ankle (the left one).  Like I’ve said before, I am super graceful!

The right ankle is my weak one, due to all of the prior sprainings it’s been through at the hands of my clumsiness.  Now it’s fat and disgusting.  And it caused me to change my birthday plans.  Instead of dinner out at the Spice Market, we opted to stay in.  ASP cooked some amazing pork tenderloin and sides with T’s help.  Then we headed back to Fox because I was scacred that walking and being in a crowded bar without seats would be a bad choice.  I ended up having a great night, which I wasn’t sure would happen.

After the fall, right before I went to sleep, I went into hysterics.  I kid you not.  I was sobbing and blubbering like a bitch because I was upset that my ankle ruined my birthday.  And PMS to that and you end up with a crying, snotty-faced mess.

And in case you’re curious about what it looks like today, here are some pictures.

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On Saturday I turn 26, which seems a little strange to me.  As a kid, I remember thinking this age was so far away, it almost seemed as if centuries would pass before I ever got that old.  And now I’m here.  On the brink of 26, and in a way I guess I’m a lot different than the version I would have imagined when I was 8.

My parents married young, my mom not quite 21 and my dad on the verge of 22.  They had me at age 24 and Little S at 27.  As a child, I’d imagined my life going in a similar direction.  Little did I know that times and circumstances were different then, and the path that I would eventually end up on wouldn’t match their path so closely after all.

At 21, I was in my junior year of college.  T and I had decided to go on a break.  I was single and partying, the thought of marriage nowhere near my flighty mind.  At 24, I was hating my life at McHell.com.  T had just finished up grad school, was starting work.  We hadn’t even really discussed marriage, let alone starting a family.

At 25 we finally married, after 8.5 years of dating.  We are happy where we are right now.  Discussions about starting a family have been had, but we both know we want to wait a few years before having kids.  I could wait till my late 20s and he until 30.  I guess we’ll see what happens, and where the rest of our friends are.  I know it sounds strange, but I would like to have children around the times that some of my other friends are, so we can all be sort of on the same page in life.

In my (almost) 26 years, I have learned a lot, made some mistakes, broken hearts, but I know there are still so many things that I have left to do.  So, I’ve decided to share with you some of my accomplishments and the things I still hope to experience.

Been There Done That

  • Lived in a foreign country
  • Learned more than one language
  • Met the love of my life
  • Married that love
  • Had my heart broken
  • Had my heart healed
  • Broken some hearts
  • Held grudges
  • Been über forgiving
  • Studied abroad
  • Got a Brazilian (ow)
  • Owned a condo
  • Gotten a diploma
  • Graduated college
  • Adopted rescue kitties
  • Worked at a job I hated
  • Worked at a job I loved
  • Made friends that I will never forget
  • Lost touch with friends over the years
  • Owned my own Christmas tree and decorations
  • Traveled in Europe
  • Lied/cheated (not on a person)
  • Broken some laws (who hasn’t?)
  • Swam in glacier run-off water (that was cold)
  • Been to Oktoberfest
  • Gotten published

Still Need the T-Shirt

  • Travel to Asia
  • Travel all around Europe for an extended period of time
  • Start a family
  • Drive a really fast car
  • Drive on the Autobahn in that really fast car
  • Win the lottery
  • Buy a real house
  • Adopt a dog
  • Make a remarkable difference in someone’s life
  • Skydive (I waver on this one)
  • Own my own company (waver on this a little too)
  • Swim with dolphins
  • Swim with Shamu (probably will never happen, but a girl can dream)

That’s all I can think of for the moment.  If there’s anything else you’ve done that you think I’m missing out on, let me know.

I’m off to enjoy my last day and a half of being 25!

This weekend was pretty relaxing, which I really needed!  Friday night we had planned to go to Sweetwater (local Atlanta brewery) for happy hour, but it was raining pretty bad after work.  This meant that everyone would be crammed inside, so we decided to skip it and head to the house.  We were planning on having a game night, but with Rock Band around we all get sucked in.  The night ended early since everyone was pretty tired, and I was completely fine with that .

Saturday I woke up at 11and decided to do some reading.  Thursday night I was at the book store picking up magazines for work, when I came across the Twilight Series.  I’ve heard everyone and their mother talking about these books, so I figured I would pick up Twilight to see what all the fuss was about.  I didn’t get the chance to crack it on Thursday since T and I had a date night, so I figured Saturday morning was a good time to start.

So start it I did.  I read and read and read, until I finished the entire thing, all 500+ pages, by 6 p.m. that night.  Crazy, I know!  But I couldn’t put it down.  It was like crack, sucking me in with every turn of the page.  I now I have to admit, I’m hooked!

I bought New Moon yesterday afternoon and am already 300 pages in.  I seriously stayed up until 2 a.m. reading, like an obsessed crazy person.  But I really have a hard time putting the book down.  I think to myself, I’ll just finish this chapter, then stop.  But then I can’t wait to see what happens next, so I keep reading.  My birthday is Saturday, and I’ve already asked Little S to buy me Eclipse and Breaking Dawn for my birthday present.

I’m debating if I want to see the movie when it comes out.  The last few books that I’ve really liked that have been turned into movies have been let downs.  For example, White Oleander the movie is nothing like the book, the same with The House of Sand and Fog.  In both cases the movie, especially the endings, strayed so far from the book, that I was pretty angry when I finished watching.  I don’t want that to be the case with Twilight too.  I guess I’ll see how it goes.

Speaking of my birthday, I got the new G1 Google Phone from my parents yesterday, and I love it.  It is seriously the coolest phone I have ever owned.  The screen resolution is amazing, the touch screen works so smooth, and I can pull up actual Web sites and they look just like they do when you open them on your computer.  I can’t stop messing with it.  This may be another form of crack.

Maybe I have an addictive personality…

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I just found out about Nilsa from SoMi’s Blog Secret on November 18, and I’m totally excited to participate.  It seems like such a fun way to write something that you just don’t have the guts to normally blog about (or don’t want to offend people by writing).  And it’s a cool way to discover new blogs.  You can never read too many!

It’s really simple to play along. Just write an anonymous post, then send it to her by November 15.  She in turn will send you an anonymous post to post on your blog on the 18th. And your post will end up on someone else’s blog.

Sounds fun? Check

Great way to find new blogs? Check

Makes for some interesting reading? Check Check

Some recaps for you:

Halloween weekend was so much fun!  I dressed up as Chun Li from Street Fighter and seriously felt like I could kick some major ass!  I ended up wearing the costume both nights because I didn’t like any of my dress options for the dead homecoming queen.  I am going to borrow some photos from JD since I can’t get my card reader on my laptop to work, and I don’t know where the camera cord is.  Such is life!

chun-liBetter hope you don’t run into me in a dark alley!

groupGroup shot: FL Gator fan (T), Chun Li, Sarah Palin as Miss Alaska, Queen of Hearts, Black Cat, FL Gator fan

The election night party/Obama victory party was a huge success! 8 people ended up coming over, and we ate, drank and watched the election coverage.  It was a lot of fun, but we stayed up way too late!  I was hurting yesterday morning.

I made Crab Stuffed Mushrooms (so yummy and fairly easy to make), Olive Cheese Bread (thanks to Adriana for the recommendation), corn dog nuggets (I didn’t make them, only heated them up), and cheese and turkey pepperoni slices for French bread.

election-foodDeliciousness!

election-nightReady for Obama to win the election!

Today I decided to do some random online shopping and ended up ordering 4 items.  I really wanted some fun new fall dresses and shirts.  It’s been pretty hot here this week (75 degrees), so I figured these would be good in between weather outfits.  Now I just hope they get here by my birthday next Saturday and that they fit!

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T and I are having a dinner date night tonight, and I can’t wait.  It’s been a few weeks since just the 2 of us have gone out since he’s been working so late.

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