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while i was down in PBI (after we procured the flowers) i attended a lovely party for amc and jpc.  their engagment party was wonderful.  here is a visual recap for you:

can you tell i got a new camera?? (everyone should thank LISA and PAT) such a step up from backberry pictures


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look where amc took me:

We (me, amc and her mom Ann) went to this palace to pick up flowers for the party. This is the flower palace owned by SILVIA

This women and her bird, cat and dog need to be in her own bravo show ASAP!

AMC and her got started talking about her wedding flowers. AMC wants peaonies. Said pea-ON-ies. Lord help her b.c aparently the pea-ON-IES are very expensive.

You see you have to order them in advance from Netherlands and by the box at first the box had 500 flowers by the end of our time at the flower shop it had 50.

She went on and on about all the ugly arrangements. Each bride was “this one”. My favorite quote “whatever bitch”. In reference to giving a bride calla lillies. In her country these flowers are for funerals they belong on the ground not at a wedding. “whatever bitch”

Each bride was described by their ethnicity.

She pulled out her 20 inch stack of photos and walked us though each one. The Mexican wedding was at least 200 pages. OUT OF CONTROL.

I get nothing until 10 days before so you tell me. I do it. I hate it when they come a tear in advance, I don’t know if i’ll be here in a year. I take no money from them until the day. I give great deal. Shop around.
You tell me.

as we were leaving silvia took belvadear out of his cage

and cranked up adele:

Vodpod videos no longer available.

together this is them dancing:

I am going to miss silvia, her bird, and her flowers.  there is video of the dancing.  if i get my hands on it i will upload it.

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tomorrow starts my favorite week of the year.  it is the week i go to Florida to see AMC.  this time is extra special for a few reasons:

  1. shes ENGAGED
  2. she is moved into her new house
  3. her engagement party!

this is how last years trip went, and this is my favorite pic:

it is so hard to believe that it has been over a year since we have seen eachother.  and how much has changed in each of our lives since our last visit!

what makes this trip extra special is that my lovely mother and father bought me a camera for graduation!  so i will be able to do a college of the trip when i return.  NO more BLACKBERRY pictures for me!

one not so nice thing about this vacation is that when i return i have 2 days until i am homeless. right now my life is in shambles and besides the suitcase i have backed for PBI and my hanging items everything else is thrown into boxes and ready for storage.  (that is a SLIGHTLY large lie, as i wish it was all in boxes but i just can’t get it all put away.  its so hard to put everything away when you are just so sure you are going to need it)

i packed up all of my crafting items, workout clothes, unmentionables, winter shoes and teaching stuff, yet there is still just so much CRAP lieing around.  i cant even summarize what it is b.c its just junk (but junk i cannot part with or live without so don’t get any ideas about tossing it lisa!)

i will be off from blogging until i am back next week… unless something amazing happens then you will get a lovely post from my crackberry.  perhaps some awsome airport photos from my NEWARK layover.  YUCK

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that’s right.  this girl in on a gluten binge and is going ALL OUT.

ever since i got baking with julia i have been dieing to make croissants.  i have been tres nervous about it b.c well there are a ton of steps and i did not want to fail.  then i saw that whitney made them: christ on a croissant this and the recent go ahead from the dr. was just the push i needed to make them.  whit used the annie’s eats recipe you may remember her from the blue berry scones. i will use grandma julia’s because, well, i love her.

i tried to make the dough 2 days ago but when i went to roll it out yesterday something was wrong.  you may have seen this tweet:

when i figured out that it was wrong and i needed to start over.  this is really putting the pressure on today b.c i wanted to have the dough finished completely to take down to SC for easter.  now i am hoping to rush though the next 2 turns so i have it in the pre-roll out stage to take it down.

heres hoping they turn out.  if so i will post a picture of us enjoying!

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today is the first day of spring break!  and it could not have come a day sooner!

i knew it was going to be a good day when i woke up to this guy on my cellphone:

i just love how everyone i know KNOWS i am dieing to get a gooldendoole.  i e-mailed a breeder on sunday about a few pups they had on their website but have not heard anything back. I have been asking doodle parents at the dog park about where they adopted their pups from but they are so secretive.  maybe they see that i already have two dogs and do not think i should own another.  little do they know that both bailey and dusty are going to texas while i stay on the EC.  well bailey might stay with me because we dont think he can make the air plane ride but even so i NEED MISTER BELEVDERE GIMLET to keep me company when the unthinkable happens to grandpa (my newest nickname for bailey)

so anyway AJH’s BFF JENIFER (if only you could hear how k$ says it) sent me the pic becuase her sister just adpoted the pup.  JENIFER is also the same person who gifted me a airline credit so i can go to AMC’s engagement party so right now i basically LOVE HER.

today is all about me.  i am only doing things that make me happy.  so besides searching for potential MISTER BELEVDERE GIMLETs i gave myself a little mani pedidon’t be so j. of my awesome pictures (and fat feet) i am still in need of a new digital camera, and have always had fred flintstone feet. hence my love of mens shooes (story for another day).

next up on my day of me: BAKING!  now that i am on a gluten gorge (getting a scope done on june 1) i am consuming gluten out the wazzo.  while i was in pain all weekend, today i am shitting up a storm so who knows what the next 5 weeks hold.  all i know is i am going to indulge!

first up:



CROISSANTS from my julia child book.  and if i get really creative pain au chocolate.

sorta really makes me miss urbn explorer and our parisian adventures!

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Sunday (our last day in Houston) we YES WE ALL 5 OF US went house hunting.

I have only been house hunting one other time in my life. When Mr.match took me to see the house he was going to buy in Norfolk before he had to move. I was not well behaved that time and have decided to keep my opinions to myself this time. Because let’s face it no one cares.

This is very hard. VERY HARD.

Aparently as in most things my parents and I have VERY DIFFERENT opinions of acceptable houses. Good thing I will not be living with them… The past 25 years and this vacation have been plenty!

Lisa has decided she wants a small old home. I.e. a mini version of our home in Charlotte. Or perhaps just transplant the home from ft.lauderdale.

When I hear old small home I think of a home from the early century (1900 not 2000) Reminiscent of my college home or the homes of my relatives in the Chicago suburbs.

Not a late 1990 prefab home that’s only difference from the others in the neighborhood is the facade. Like seriously who thought this was a good idea?

But again I’m not gonna live here and aparently they are only living here for 3 years. I remember the last time I heard that. 1996. We move to Charlotte. Believe it was 13 before we moved

But I digress.

Lisa and pat want a home in a ‘hood. K$ wants his own bathroom and ajh wants to move in. I want to get my nails done. Out real estate agent wants to find her brain. So as you can see at least we all have a common goal…

Lord help me for when I have to find a house because from what I see they don’t build houses like I would want.

Now do not get me wrong. Any of the living spaces would be fine if they were gutted.  ALL the houses come with really nice things like this texas star glass door:

And really nice pink tile. I have an extreme hatred as in I DETEST tile. This pink tile made my skin crawl.

Also interesting about homes in Texas: they all have fireplaces. Seriously isn’t the all time low here like 60? and again with the pink tile and carpet.  WHY??

About this house:
We walked in and out. Ajh’s comments “no. Fuck no. I’m not going in. You will not live here”. “there are snowmen on the WINDOWS”.

Conclusion: I don’t care because I’m not moving in.

I really just want my nails done.

And a pack or two of emergen-c.

And a xanax.


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This is now the catch phrase of the weekend. This is also the endearing term k$ was screaming at all of us last night. And yes I do mean us as it was lisa and thugs only interaction with him that day.

Other amazing things k$ has said/done during our time together:

locked the door with ajh and I inside while going to watch for thug and lisa to roll up.

Got a $20 chicken dinner dish at the sushi place last night. (Friday in lent=no meat) he did not eat or even touch it. Claiming he does not like sushi.

While watching the Justin beiber pro-active commercial he claimed I need that. Ajh get it for me for my birthday.

Woke up at 5 in the morning to nosh on a cookie that sounded just like squirrels mating.

At mission burrito told the woman he wanted a meat quesadilla. When she asked what kind he said MEAT as if she knew that meant chicken vs steak, ground beef, and pork.

He is now contentley watching sex in the city with ajh and I. I think he is picking up tips. Aparently his last interaction with the female form was sticking his hand up a mannequins skirt at [Ann Taylor] loft. I think it was to check if she was anatomically correct (because he would know)

I guess if lisa and thug do follow through on my new outfit we have to leave k$ at home.


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Well today is day three of our “family vacation”. Aka today is the third day I have spent 99% of the day alone with k$. the rest of the time has been spend listening to complaints of those now aggravated with k$.

Please send me back to my 7th graders.

For this I blame lisa and thug. The have spent the past two days “house hunting”. Ajh had a job interview yesterday and because of her skin is able to excape inside time with k$. My poor white body can only handle so much sun at a time and well k$ does not like laying out so again I find myself alone with him on our “family” vacation.

From the time we were set to arrive in Houston I had two wishes. 1. Shopping at the galleria 2. Whole foods.
Two niceties I have been deprived of in Norfolk.

I am beginning to realize no one in my family gives a shit.

Last night lisa made a fleeting comment that I am owed a new outfit from j.crew for my babysitting services. At this point i think I am owed an hermes bangle, an outfit and sunglasses. (may I also note that I just realized I again lost k$)

I know I will get nothing in return for my babysiting. But if anyone cares. I have down graded my wishes to a mani-pedi. In Houston they are only $25. Um YES PLEASE.

Well I should go look for my 17 year old brother … The joy of family.

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we left.

on a jet plane.

be back on monday.


so not really like the song but i tried.

it was k$’s first time on a airplane and i am pretty sure that it was lisa m. hughes first time too.  she had us arrive at the worlds smallest airport 2 hours early because well shes neurotic.

this was wonderful because i was able to change my seat from sitting with lisa and k$ to sitting in the exit row with this individual:unfortunately i could not get a better picture but as you can see he was in a 3 piece jean suit and pimp hat.  he kept his hat (with feather) on the WHOLE flight.  he was also on our second flight to Houston but i did not get to sit by him.

we had a layover in Atlanta.  JOY.  it actually was not that bad and we got k$ a milk shake.  there was a moe’s across from the gate so i went there to get some chips for the next leg.  While i was in line they started boring the plane.  PANIC ENSUED.  both kevin and lisa freaked out as if i was going to be be left behind.  finally after waiting in line for 15 minutes we boarded.

i was being a nice sister and letting k$ take my exit row seat for this leg.  lisa and i settled in and all was well.


the flight attended came up and wispered “is that your son in the exit row?” we said yes and she replied HE CANNOT SIT THERE.  GREAT!  so i got all my stuff moved to the back and sat down.  halfway though resettling the lovely fight attented was back at my side.  “sorry miss there was a miss understanding you can go back to your seat”.

WHAT?!  so now i have to move again.  (NOW I HATE FLIGHT ATTENDANTS almost as much as real estate agents so i was already pissed.  further more i DETEST airtran flight attendants the MOST.  we were flying airtran) apparently the flight attendant assumed k$ was under 15 (actually she said 12) and without asking anyone made us all move.  once lisa told her he was 17 she made us move back.  SERIOUSLY????

so i sink back to my seat.  get settled and there is my LOVELY little firend again.  this time she wants to sit in the middle seat and have a chat with lisa.  WTF.  apparently during the exit row speech k$ said he knew what to do b.c last time he was in the exit row (NEVER B/C THIS WAS HIS SECOND FLIGHT EVER!!) he rammed the beverage cart into the door to get it opened.  so now he was a security hazard and had to sit with us.  GREAT.  now i have lost my exit row and have to sit crammed with k$ and lisa for 2 hours.

(not on the airplane)

oh and did i mention he listened to black eyed pea’s MY HUMPS the whole ride and sang OUT LOUD.  no fear i pretended not to know them for the majority of the flight and read my book.


FINALLY WE LANDED IN HOUSTON: as you can tell i took this as we were zooming though the city (thug drives like a bat out of hell).

poor k$ was so tired from his big adventure: so after our dinner at mission burritto we put him and bed and ventured to a new airport to pick up AJH!

she was so happy to see us:

i just LOVE family TIME!!!  tune in to twitter to see the latest!

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.weekend.wrapup.part 1

are you dieing to know about my weekend?

well i am dieing to tell you.  lisa and i took the 6 hour cartrip down to charlotte to visit with some old friends and get some much needed friend time in!  while mom went off to see her old tennis friends, I got to spend the weekend with WJK (for more about her read splash #2 here).  i stayed with her and her finance in their new apartment.  it was so nice, i am just so jealous of people who have their own spaces and own lives and can decorate, but i digress.

on saturday we did lots of wedding stuff.  i got to try on the bridesmaids dress.  the bridal botique was a mad house, aparently everyone, but me, got engaged over christmas and felt the need to go wedding dress shoping that day.  after squeezing my fat a$$ into the dress, we tried to tackel what shoes the bridesmaids would be wearing.  WJK had her heart set on a pair of platforms but paired with the dress i looked more like a street walker and less like a bridesmaid.  poor WJK’s heart was shattered, and against better judgement her mom and i kept pushing her to pick a pair of shoes.  as tensions rose the LOVELY sales associate decided to tell me that it would be better if i went up a size or two in my dress.  WELL NO SHIT SHURLOCK, however, they were only stocking the dress in 2, 6, 10 and 26.  HMMM becuase those are obviously the most reasonable sizes.  i mean if your not a 1o you are most certinaly a 26??

i harshly told her that i was just a little round right now as i have not been able to work out due to a hip stress fracture and i plan on being back to my normal size by the wedding… she rolled her eyes and went away.  i wanted to take my hooker heals and drive them threw her snotty eyeballs, but i bit my tounge.

after shoving my Fred Flintstone feet in to every type of shoe the store was caring we finally decided on an option that was just the lesser of all evils.  WJK did not love them but she wanted the shoes to be the same color as the dress and that narrowed down our options quite a bit.

this is when we did my FAVORITE thing and went to borders to look at wedding magazine and floral books.  it was so hard for me not to force my opinion onto WJK and even harder for her mom.

I am so proud of me hear friend as she has started exerting herself more.  our friendship always worked because i told her what we were doing and she said ok.  she has become way more assertive and i love it but it is causing quite the issue with her mom and wedding planning.  i know it will get all worked out as WJK has a vision and is determined to see it.

I also went makeup shopping at ULTA.  since i start student teaching TOMORROW i need to get my Sh*t together.  my battle with my acne is at a high right now so i am suffering from red blotchy scaly face (don’t you wish i included a picture??)

since freshman year of highschool i have had a fear of makeup.  i was waging a war with acne then too and anything i would put on my face would BURN, but i could not go to school looking like i just got a chemical peel so i suffered through.  that was the last time i wore something other then a loose powder on my face.  after getting air brushed for julie’s weeding i have been dieing to try out a makeup that did not burn and gave me that coverage.  i found it in SMASHBOX.

i have been wearing the primer on the left for a while, it really helps keep powder makeup in place and i loved the light feel of the Camera Ready Full Coverage Foundation UVA/UVB SPF 15

I went back and got the Camera Ready Full Coverage Concealer because well why not?

While there i also got talked into a mega splurge but after using it sunday morning i know it was worth every penny.  Dermalogica’s Daily Microfoliant is the exfoliant i have been looking for my whole life.  it is a powder and you add just a bit of water to make a past that you then rub all over your face.  it is gentle enough to use every day.  it got all the little skin flace off my face without leaving that redness so common with an exfoliant.  totally worth the $50 price tag.

i will cover lil deb cakes 50th birthday tomorrow because well this weekend was so great it deserves 2 posts!


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