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23 Aug


You may have noticed things have been quiet around here the past week. Or you may not have noticed at all. Thing is, I just don’t have time to blog right now. There’s a good reason, though: I have a new job teaching 9th and 10th grade English online! It’s keeping me supremely busy these days, so…

I’m officially on hiatus from blogging until further notice. I’ve finished reading one book in the entire month of August, and it’s not likely I’ll finish another one by the 31st. I don’t have the brain space left to think of reading, or of writing any kinds of blog posts. Maybe September will bring settling in to the new job, cooler temperatures, and more books read.

So please don’t abandon me! It’s not time to unsubscribe or remove me from your reader. Know that I’m coming back, but it won’t be for a few weeks yet! Take care!

a lovely sentiment

9 Jul

I’ve been doing a little bit of Googling tonight, looking for blogs that focus on Southern-inspired decorating. I clicked on a random blog that I don’t even remember now, and the blogger’s “about me” blurb caught my eye. I loved one little sentence so much that I had to make a graphic out of it. I hope I can remember that this is true for me.

Happy Sunday, y’all. 🙂

Happy Fourth!

4 Jul

Friday night we took OT to see a balloon glow and a fireworks show in Ridgeland. John and I had never been to a balloon glow, and now I’m hooked. I don’t think I’ve ever been so close to hot air balloons, and I told John that if he ever wants to surprise me, he can take me up in one! The day was blazing hot (99 was the high) but as soon as the sun started to go down, the night was very pleasant and beautiful. Here are a bunch of photos!

OT was definitely a fan. 🙂

The balloons stayed inflated and glowed for about 45 minutes, and it was awe-inspiring! They slowly deflated one by one, and then the crowd was treated to a concert by country singer Darryl Worley. After his set, when the skies were dark, we had a great fireworks show that lasted over 20 minutes. OT was happy as a clam. 🙂

We’ll definitely be back next year, and next time we’ll be sure to take plenty of WATER!

MSU vs. USM baseball game at Trustmark Park

13 Apr

Continuing along with my “what we’ve been doing this spring” theme is our visit to Trustmark Park last week (on John’s birthday!) to see the Mississippi State University Bulldogs take on the University of Southern Mississippi Golden Eagle. Trustmark is where the Mississippi Braves, the AA farm team for Atlanta, play.We had GREAT seats close to home plate. I was given our seats for free from Spectrum Events just for hosting a ticket giveaway on Twitter and Facebook! Thanks, Spectrum!

It’s pretty clear who we were rooting for. 😉 My husband and both of my granddaddies are State men! OT proudly wore his shirt and let Bully share his seat.

Nice plug for Eat Jackson!

State at bat. They took an early lead, lost the lead for much of the game, and then re-gained the lead near the end.

By the bottom of the ninth, the whole crowd was standing and nearly silent. For a college game early on in the season, it was intense!

State won! Whew! Final score: 5-4


The weather was gorgeous, even though I was freezing by the end. It was a great night for me and my fellas! 🙂

a trip to the zoo!

11 Apr

During spring break (which, yes, was almost a month ago!), OT and I took a little trip to New Orleans with my mom and aunt. Our families have all ended up in Hattiesburg, which is less than two hours from New Orleans, so it makes for quite a fun day trip. OT has never been to the Audubon Zoo, so a visit was in order! Somehow we managed to go on a blistering-hot day. It was just about miserable! Here are some photos of our fun!

(And remember, we don’t use OT’s real name or show his face on public parts of the Internet. So yeah, I got lots of photos of his face that day, but I also made sure to get some of the back of his head for blogging purposes!)

“Freen-goes,” as OT used to call them. ❤

Elephants were my favorite as a kid, and now they’re OT’s, too. Aww!

The white tigers are beautiful, and this one was headed to play with a giant ball, just like a kitten. 😉

OT got to pet a turtle.

And a goat.

And he surprised us with his bravery!

And then he climbed a tree!

It’s amazing how close you can get to the giraffes. I didn’t zoom in for this shot at all.


That’s the truth!

We had a great day, despite the wicked heat. We ditched our plans to mosey around the French Quarter and instead went home for cool showers and an early bedtime!

I’ll be back later this week with photos from a fun baseball game and a trip back to New Orleans for the aquarium and a music and food festival.

Y’all have a GREAT week! 🙂

Sweet Tree Yogurt: Yummeh!

25 Mar

My fellas and I have been to Sweet Tree Yogurt no fewer than four times in the last couple weeks.  My book club friends introduced me to it, and I was an instant fan. I mean, just look at this.

De. Lish. My friend who runs Eat Jackson asked me to go review their granola and write a little blog about it. Uh, gladly. You don’t have to ask me twice, dude. So go check it out! My first stint at guest blogging! Woo!

*cheep cheep*

15 Mar

If you’re viewing my blog in a feed reader, go see my new header. I’m cracking myself up.

(Get it? Cracking? Har-har!)

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