Wednesday, December 30, 2009

I Resolve to Resolve

I'm a project-starter. I'm not a project-finisher. So I'm resolving to solve this in 2010.

Add to your blog reader and join me! Make sure you comment if you're in on the plan.

Monday, December 14, 2009

And the Dish Ran Away With the Spoon

2009 has been an enlightening year on so many layers. Let's grab a bite to eat sometime and we'll talk about all that's gone on the past 365 days. I think you'll notice one thing during our meal together. I just learned how to hold my utensils correctly.

Like this...
And this...
Luckily, these aren't my hands. Mine aren't nearly as plasticy looking.

I told Bob and Kay that I recently learned this eating technique. They claim they tried to teach me but I just wouldn't do it. I don't believe this but really that's beside the point.

I'M COUTH! I'M FINALLY COUTH!!! (opposite of uncouth.)

Sunday, December 13, 2009

I have to go Poddy(Cast)

It got your attention. Admit it.

So I've been listening to a lot of podcasts at work lately. I think I may add to my things to do in life to have my own podcast. Here are some of the ones that I love...

Numero Uno - Bill Simmons' The B.S. Report. While Bill is a writer for ESPN, he is much much more. Hilarious doesn't describe his podcast and while the sports episodes are funny, my favorite are those that Bill spends talking to his friends about reality shows. He loves all of the Road Rules/Real World competitions and has started talking about Jersey Shore. I can only hope you will begin to listen to Bill so we can discuss.

#2 - What d'ya Know. This is the NPR show that I grew up listening to with my family. It's fun, and I think I will always love it. However, I was informed by Kay that the host is a liberal. I guess that means I shouldn't listen anymore.

C - PTI. I love sports. I like Tony and Michael.

IV - Fresh Air from NPR. I'm not going to say that this is my favorite. I just started listening to it and in one week I have figured out that the main host is one of the worst professional interviewers I've ever heard. She insulted the guy from The Carpenters by insisting their music is cheesy and then played Sonic Youth's version of "SuperStar" even though he said he did not like it. During her interview with Clint Eastwood and Morgan Freeman, she insisted on calling them by their whole names...the whole time. For instance, she said, "Morgan Freeman, what do you think about Clint Eastwood's choice to not say 'Action' while directing?" or "In 'Million Dollar Baby', Morgan Freeman, you narrated...." She also uses filler words way way way too much. I may be about to nix this one.

Do you listen to podcasts? What do you suggest?

Christmas Wish List for Her

So I decided to pop in for a Christmas special...I'm pretty sure my New Year's resolution should be to blog more geez

Here are a couple of ideas for her for all of you last minute shoppers:

Seriously I die for this boot, so in love

Nine West Chiclet (who named that boot) in Tobacco, purchase here

how cute are these socks peeking out of the boots above

Free People Sweetheart Ruffle Over the Knee Socks, Purchase here

Lucky Brand Hope Necklace, purchase here

I loved this magazine, and you can have it all in a book!

Domino: the book of decorating, purchase here

Seriously I'm obsessed with this jewelry hook...perfect display and it holds everything

Filigree Jewelry Hook, purchase here

This Camera is great for vintage shots and its a mini! (you prob. want to buy the flash that goes with it)

Lomography Diana Mini 35MM Camera, Purchase here

If you want to get your 'old lady style' on and give to a good cause these are perfect

Gold Glitter TOMS, purchase here

Sephora has the holiday harajuku fragrances on sale for $15...I would pick fragrance G (great size for travel)

Harajuku Lovers Snow Bunnies G (.33 OZ), purchase here

Puma Oversized Knit Mits, Purchase here

Who doesn't want frozen hot chocolate?

Serendipity 3 Frrrozen Hot Chocolate Mix (3 pack), Purchase here

Southwest Giftcard, Purchase here

Saturday, December 12, 2009


Have you seen Jersey Shore on MTV? I know, I know...the 2 hour series premiere last week was a little daunting but I'm sure you can catch it one of the 100 times they are replaying it.

You think I'm crazy, don't you? You think I must be addicted to New Jersey since I loved the Real Housewives of New Jersey (remember, Caroline? "We are az thik az theeves.") You think Jersey Shore can't be good? Think again. Here's the cast in all of their guido-glory.

Let me assure you, you don't know people like this. You might never meet people like these. I can only thank the folks at MTV for capturing these creatures for all of us to enjoy.

Friday, December 11, 2009

One of these things is just like the other...

Loved the first. I think I'll love the second.

As if HS wasn't bad enough...

So people say that High School is much harder now than it used to be. Not so based on the editor's comments in Eisenhower's yearbook. (Poor Lois.)

What would Jackson Prep's yearbook editors have said about me?
(via Mental Floss)

Thursday, December 10, 2009

The Real Names of Products You Don't Know


1. Jovny the Vlasic Stork
2. Bibendum the Michelin Man.
3. Captain Horatio Magellan Crunch.
4. Martin the GEICO gecko

5. Mrs. Joy Butterworth.
6. Rastus the Cream of Wheat guy.
7. Sascha the Hamm’s Beer bear.
8. Gidget the Taco Bell Chihuahua.
9. Lorraine the Sun-Maid Raisin girl.

10. Mr. Six, the creepy Six Flags dancing guy.

It's a man's world

So I love where I work. I am surrounded by great, fun people. Strangely, the past two places I've worked I've been one of the only girls.

At my current job, I hear a lot about guns and hunting. I don't mind since I have my TuneBuds that I just slip in my ears and turn up the iTunes. Sometimes I listen to super girly music like Taylor, Carrie and Reba just to drown out the testosterone.

The guys have really been great to me. They are all super nice and besides the occasional belch, are very polite. However, sometimes they prove true to their gender in their words.

I give you "Was that a Compliment?"
1. I really like grey hair. (I got my hair colored that very night.)
2. Can I borrow that life vest? (Twice I've worn my cute, green puffy vest and twice I've been told this.)
3. You look like a lumberjack. (Said at lunch the day I wore my new blue and yellow plaid flannel shirt.)
4. Your eyes look like you're getting sick. (Ugh...ugh.)

These are not exaggerations. And luckily I can blog about them and laugh them off. I know the guys mean well, even if their words could use some help.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

PAM (Ewing) IN SPACE!!!

(imagine the Pigs in Space theme from The Muppet Show)

So Victoria Principal, aka Pam Ewing from "Dallas", is going into space. I've said before and I'll say it again, you can keep space. I love to see pictures taken of space...just don't expect me to take said pictures or see the matter that the pictures show in person. I don't care anything about it.

It seems that space is going to be in our fairly near future, according to Davy Fisher. He mentioned something called a Space Elevator the other day. Granted I kind of spaced (pun intended) out while he was talking about it, I heard something about a really long wire and an elevator and orbit and atmosphere.

I think it's the idea of being so alone that turns me off of space. I had a hard enough time being a foreigner in England and I was surrounded by people all speaking my language. I cannot imagine being in space where you are all alone.

So while all of you conquer Mars, I'll be keeping things real down here on good ol' Mother Earth.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Shoot for the (Circus of the) Stars

I would honestly be okay with Glee just being a weekly hourlong show where the actors sing song after song without any storyline. You could even bring on special guest stars to sing with the Glee cast.

This brings me back to wishing that Circus of the Stars still came on. I vividly remember watching this after the Garfield Christmas Special. Brooke Shields, Mario Lopez, Jo from The Facts of Life...all braving the big top to entertain. Am I the only one who remembers this? I loved it.

Who would you cast for the roles on Circus of the Stars?
-Lion Tamer
-Tight Rope Walker
-Trapeze Artist
-Seal Wrangler
-Human Rocket
-Dog Trainer
-Glass Walker

I've got my thoughts...what do you think?

Thursday, November 12, 2009

What's that you say, Reba?

I've always prided (is that a word?) myself in the fact that I know lyrics of songs. I'm pretty good at it and I might be good at Don't Forget the Lyrics but I'd never be chosen just because that's the way life goes. Country music is another story for me. It's not even that I don't know the's that I don't get the lyrics. There are quite a few songs that I've realized lately I just haven't understood. The most lyrically mystic is a certain Ms. Reba McEntire, the red-head herself. Below is a chat between friends concerning two of Ms. McEntire's finest.

(Please forgive me for the lack of capitalization and punctuation. This is how we do.)

Sarah: moon

Erin: yes?

Erin: hang on. i gotta get some tea before my throat explodes

Sarah: i've listened to Reba's "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia" for the majority of my life and I still don't think I have the story down

Erin: wait what?

Erin: how?

Erin: ?

Sarah: i can't remember from the beginning to the end who the characters are

Sarah: i always thought it was that Enos' boy Seth who was killed at the end

Sarah: but apparently it was Andy, the friend at the bar

Sarah: i'm going to write a blog about it

Sarah: trying to work out the confusion that maybe others feel but have been too ashamed to admit

Sarah: (i put toot ashamed at first)

Erin: TOOT!!!

9:20 AM

Sarah: go get your tea

Erin: i already did

Sarah: enos boy?

Sarah: so quick

Sarah: isn't that what it says?

Erin: amos

Erin: amos boy

Sarah: amos boy seth?

Erin: his name is seth amos

Sarah: oh

Erin: LOL

Erin: this is great

Sarah: ok, so brother's been away, right?

Sarah: he stops by webbs to have a beer before he goes home to his wife.

Erin: right

Sarah: he meets his friend andy who tells him that his wife has been with seth amos

Erin: andy tells him that his wife's been seeing seth and andy has ALSO been with her.

Sarah: ok, so andy loses bro as a friend

Erin: right.

Erin: bro goes and gets his shotgun and goes to andy's house (is that right?)


Erin: andy is dead (tracks too small for andy to make)

Erin: bros mistake was firing the shot just to flag them down

Erin: (georgia patrol)

Erin: then brother gets hung.

Erin: (in a dirty trial)

Erin: and reba was the one that killed andy

Erin: and also brothers cheating wife

Erin: you see?

9:25 AM

Erin: she delivers the punch (little sister don't miss when she aims her gun) or something

Erin: have i lost you?

Sarah: phone

Sarah: let's read the lyrics

Erin: you tell that person we are discussing IMPORTANT THINGS.

Sarah: yeah, customs and duties for an australian shipment

Erin: d-d-d-d-dang!

Sarah: right?

Erin: do you get it now?

Sarah: i used to think that the judge in the town had love stains on his hands

Sarah: how did the sister know?

Erin: i was always confused about 'Fancy' until I learned about prositution.

Sarah: reba is not afraid

Erin: i thought it was Glove Stains until i figured it out.

Erin: it doesn't matter how she knew.

Sarah: it's blood stains right?

Erin: yes.

Erin: i assume.

Erin: i can't imagine it would be anything else.

Sarah: and i guess he had been with her too?

Sarah: the judge?

9:30 AM

Erin: was there a video for this song?

Sarah: there was

Erin: maybe that will help.

Sarah: i don't think so

9:35 AM

Sarah: i've seen the video

Erin: would it help if i wrote it out as a short story?

Sarah: i just don't understand how reba knew

Sarah: yes

Erin: i'll do it. for you.

Sarah: are you doing this now?

Erin: not right now. but i will.

9:40 AM

Sarah: this won't be like the andy roddick story, will it?

Erin: ugh

Sarah: remember?

Erin: UGH

Sarah: fancy confused me too

Sarah: i thought she was getting adopted

Erin: hahahahaha

Erin: in a sense...

Sarah: yeah

Sarah: then i thought she was his maid

Sarah: is she still in the biz?

Erin: who?

Sarah: fancy

Erin: no. she got out.

Sarah: oh

Sarah: how did she make her money?

Sarah: that was quite the business suit she had on

Sarah: maybe she's the madam

9:45 AM

Erin: yeah i think she became a madam.

Sarah: so she still is in the biz

Erin: right but she's a lady

Sarah: ahahaha....she moved up in the business

Friday, November 6, 2009

Life in Technicolor

When I look at photos from the early 20th century, I see black and white images of people who look totally different from you and me. The Library of Congress has decided to shed some color on the early 1900s with a Flickr account. I saw these on today and decided to share some with you.

Don't they look fake, like they dressed modern day people up?

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Lady WaWa? (Walken does Poker Face)

By the way, this comes from Friday Night with Johnathan Ross on BBC America, which I DVR each week. You maybe should check it out.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

So it's not a knee?

OH NO!!! MY DREAM CAME TRUE....(only it's the wrong body part.)

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Awesome Halloween Tradition

From "The 10 Quick: Halloween Traditions"

#3 If you’re dying to know who you’re going to marry someday, here’s an update on the apple stem twist we used to do as kids(or was that just me?). Unmarried women used to sit in a dark room on Halloween night and look into a mirror. Eventually, their husband’s face would appear in it. If a skull appeared instead, the woman would surely die before she could ever get married.

If this is like Bloody Mary then I'll never get married. I never saw her. Berge claims that she did, in fact, appear to her at midnight one night after she said "Bloody Mary" 3 times and turned. Likely.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

On My Way to See the Bulldogs Playlist

Saturday morning I'll be heading out to a place that holds so many memories...Mississippi State University. I've spent many a Saturday driving up Highway 25 from Jackson to watch the Dawgs play. I lived 4 fantastic years in Starkville. It's in my blood. I decided to make a playlist of songs that can take me back instantly to my college years. Hail State!

I'm With You - Avril Lavigne

Something To Talk About - Badly Drawn Boy

Selwood Farm - Bebo Norman

The Downeaster "Alexa" - Billy Joel

End Of The Road - Boyz II Men

I Wanna Love You Forever - Jessica Simpson

Black Eyes, Blue Tears - Shania Twain

3x5 - John Mayer

Killin' Kind - Shelby Lynne

Kiss Me - Shelly Fairchild

A Thousand Miles - Vanessa Carlton

Never Been Kissed - Sherie Austin

Little Goodbyes - SHeDAISY

Mean to Me - Sugar Tonic

Stronger - Britney Spears

Everything You Want - Vertical Horizon

40 Acres - Caedmon's Call

Champagne High - Sister Hazel

Banditos - The Refreshments

We've Come To Declare - Shane Barnard

Wherever You Will Go - The Calling

Welcome to Delaware - Watermark

Every Little Thing She Does is Magic - The Police

Tonight - New Kids on the Block

Always Be My Baby - Mariah Carey

Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond

When The Stars Go Blue - Ryan Adams

Walk On - U2

Gratitude - Nichole Nordeman

Figured You Out - Nickelback

Yellow - Coldplay

Mrs. Potter's Lullaby - Counting Crows

Babylon - David Gray

Any Way You Want It - Journey

Someday We'll Know - New Radicals

Who I Am - Jessica Andrews

Leaving Town - Dexter Freebish

Amarillo by Morning - George Strait

Strawberry Wine - Deana Carter

3 AM - Matchbox Twenty

Starkville City Jail - Johnny Cash

Your Wildest Dreams - Moody Blues

Rhiannon - Fleetwood Mac

Tuesday Morning - Michelle Branch

Special - Garbage

On a Bad Day - Kasey Chambers

Say My Name - Destiny's Child

Meet in the Middle - Diamond Rio

Travelin' Soldier - Dixie Chicks

Don't Go Breaking My Heart - Elton John

At Last - Etta James

17 Again - Eurythmics

Till We Run Out Of Road - Jewel

When The Lights Go Down - Faith Hill

The Sound - Further Seems Forever

I Will Buy You a New Life - Everclear

At Your Feet - Natalie Grant

Little Black BackPack - Stroke 9

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Who's that Girl?

It's the birthday girl!!!!

A happy happy happy birthday to the one and only Laura Coggin.

She hangs with pretty great people...
Like Morgan Freeman
And Me
She is educated...

She is cultured...
She loves good food...

She's pretty and great....she's pretty great!


Wednesday, October 21, 2009

A Tebow/McDonnell Match Made in Heaven

Maybe you remember the story of Kay taking it up a notch (see here) from a few weeks back. This weekend as she and Bob were visiting their beloved youngest child, she let it slip that she's been talking up my love life to people in high places...namely the head coach of the MSU football team.

After discussing this topic with Haley extensively, we decided that we didn't know if this was a slip or if it was just a slight mention as to affirm my fear that she is still on the job. Either way, here's my question...

Coach Dan Mullen is just precious. He's brought energy and life to my beloved alma mater. He is also the mentor, friend and former coach of a certain Heisman trophy winner...Tim Tebow. HELLO?!?!?! Am I right, ladies?

That's right. While Kay is trying to fix me up with assistant coaches, there is an eligible bachelor just waiting to meet me. (You can sense my sarcasm, right?) Come on, Kay. If you're on this, you've got to shoot for the moon.

Because Bob thinks this whole ordeal is just a ticket boon for you, think of the amazing things you could have with Tim Tebow on the McDonnell team. The sky really is the limit for you (and me.) We're talking Super Bowls, National Championships, The name it, we're there.

It's too bad you missed your chance. We could have been HUGE!!!!

I love you for trying.

Oh, and he's a Christian! Perf!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Do It!

Let me give you a piece of advice. I know, I's unsolicited and you'll probably just write it off as another know-it-all telling you what to do. But don't...seriously.

You have a few months now of down time before the 4th season of one of the greatest shows I've ever watched comes back on. Friday Night Lights is more of an experience in TV than just an hour-long drama. It has changed the way I watch television and has raised the bar of what I consider good TV.

Here are a few thoughts that are probably running through your head:
1. I didn't like the movie.
2. I don't like football.
3. I hated high school.
4. I don't like Texas.
5. Isn't that the guy from Early Edition? Why would I want to watch him?
6. How can they keep the show interesting?
7. What do they do when seniors graduate and go off to college?
8. Won't people make fun of me for being the only person in America who watches this show?
9. It's 3 seasons in. I can't catch up.
10. I go out on Friday nights.

Here are my answers to you.
1. It's not like the movie. I fell asleep in the movie; I cry, laugh, sigh, yell and smile during the show.
2. I love football so I don't know where you're coming from. It's not really about football that much.
3. I hated high school. Strangely, this show will make you wish you had those days back. But then you'll remember that time you sat on a brownie and you won't want to go back.
4. I don't really like Texas either. But I do know a good amount of Texans and have spent time there. That's not really an answer. Just my thought.
5. Kyle Chandler is the guy from Early Edition, as well as HomeFront. You will absolutely fall in love with his character and his wife, Tammy (played by the underrated Connie Britton.) They are effortless.
6. In essence, FNL feels like I'm watching the lives of real people in small town USA. The situations and experiences feel very organic and real. Granted, there are a few dramatic occurances that take place. These are pretty few and far between.
7. When seniors graduate, they move on. The show helps you to let them move on.
8. You're not the only person in America watching this show. Chelsea Handler does and I do too. Maybe we can watch together.
9. The 2nd and 3rd seasons are short. You have plenty of time. When you watch, you will find yourself watching 7 episodes in a row. Trust me.
10. DVR, dude. DVR.

Oh, and reason 11 that you will want to watch this show (#1 in my opinion)...Tim Riggins!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Where I've Been...

Greetings from 1980s and early 1990s Sarah. Here's what I'm spinning on my tables. Some is old, some is really old. Some is pretty new. All is awesome. Enjoy!

(BTW, I'm ready for some ridicule. I've accepted the random variety of this playlist, but it's what I'm listening to.)

He Stopped Loving Her Today - George Jones

The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia - Reba McEntire

Little Bribes - Death Cab for Cutie

Sometime Around Midnight - The Airborne Toxic Event

All the Right Moves - OneRepublic

Need You Now - Lady Antebellum

Haven't Met You Yet - Michael Bublé

Knocked Up - Kings of Leon

Full Steam - David Gray

Swoon - Imogen Heap

Party In the USA - Miley Cyrus

Electrify - MUTEMATH

Resistance - Muse

Oh No - Andrew Bird

Dance Anthem Of The 80's - Regina Spektor

Fireflies - Owl City

Falling - The Civil Wars

New York to California - Mat Kearney

Glass Of Water - Coldplay

Dance On Our Graves - Paper Route

I'm Coming Over - Ashley Monroe and Trent Dabbs

Happy Fall!

Let's discuss...Balloon Boy

If you haven't heard of the kid who possibly flew in a ballon, you have been living under a rock, or maybe up in a balloon. It captured the attention of the nation late last week. Recap: A Colorado boy was thought to have climbed into the "weather" balloon he and his father had been working on and flown away. Helicopters and other law enforcement followed the floating balloon until it landed and Lo! and Behold! nothing was in it but a bunch of hot air...the same thing that was in this story from the beginning.

It's now come out that it was a hoax, a stupid ploy some dumb father used to get on TV. Well he succeeded. My thought is...We know that he did it for the publicity so shouldn't we not give him what he wants? Why are we still talking about it? Hasn't he won? I think the obvious choice for punishment is to send this joker up in a weather balloon over the Colorado mountains and see what happens. Then make him so nervous that he throws up on national TV.

Listen, balloon boy dad. You really sucked this one up. You could have told everybody that you climbed into the balloon but instead you had the whole country worried about your little boy. Now we worry for him because we think you are incompetant in your parenting skills and possibly abusive....not to mention the fact that this poor kid will always be known as the kid who threw up on national TV and all for nothing....he didn't even really ride in the balloon. You've really screwed the pooch on this one.

Your friend,


Sunday, October 18, 2009

Thoughts on It

Well, it has been a cool half month since last post on TWSS. I think I can speak for The Berge when I say I'm sorry. I can say that it's been a busy October so let's get started.

October is a fantastic month in general. It's been said it's the best month of all and I'd agree, mostly because of my birthday being on the 14th and the general awesomeness that comes along when September ends (insert GreenDay song here.)

Growing up, we had the Mississippi State Fair during October. What is my favorite thing about the fair? The taffy. Hands down. I got my parents to bring me up a box this past weekend and we got into the discussion of how to keep this delectable delight from pulling your teeth out. My solution? Sit on it. I do this for Now-N-Laters too. Apparently, telling people this obvious solution is not so good. I get strange looks. But I found out this weekend that my dad puts it in his pocket so I figure it must be hereditary.

As stated, Kay and Bob came up to visit this weekend. Actually they came up for a football game and I just happen to live here. It's the 2nd time in a month they've visited and I love it. (Side note...Isn't it funny how your relationship changes with your parents as you get older?) Friday night they took me and the Roomies out to dinner at a Nashville fave...Copper Kettle. This is the point that I got the box of taffy. The dinner was topped off with Bob giving each of us a piece of taffy and saying, "Here girls, put these in your pants." Laughter ensued, as it usually does. That Bob, so funny.

The Roomies and I then ventured over to The Sommet Center to see Kings of Leon, one of my personal faves. A huge thank you is in order to Haley and Lindsay who bought me these tickets for my birthday. Great seats, great music, so fun. I got a text from my mom as we left for the concert that said, "Have fun and don't get high." I had every intention of getting high that night but since Kay asked me not to, I didn't. Tonight someone told me that you can't get second-hand high if you've never been high. But this is from the same girl who refuted my claim that you can get mono from a toilet seat so I don't really believe her.

We went to the MSU/MTSU game Saturday where the Dawgs won...HAIL STATE! We froze and we won so that makes it fun. Losing would have totally changed the experience. Afterward, Kay, Bob, Haley and I went to J. Alexanders for dinner, then Baskin Robbins for dessert. While eating her chocolate chip ice cream cone, Kay asked, "This ice cream is good. What's the name of this place?" Yes, we do have Baskin Robbins in Mississippi. And for those of you who care, apparently bubble gum ice cream is in season now. I went a month ago and was told it was seasonal. See? That's what makes October so great!

We had houseguests this weekend from Birmingham. Wes (see posts here and here) and his friend Dayton came up to Music City for a few days. When I told Wes that I don't have any inspiration to blog, he told me my first blogging piece (isn't that what you called it, Wes?) was to be about them visiting. So here you go. I'm pretty sure these two know more about Broadway in downtown Nashville than I could ever know. I did hear mentions of 4 am, bachelorette party and Johnny Cash although I'm not sure how they all fit together. Glad you guys could stay.

Berge and Ish (FIRST MENTION ON TWSS!!!) came by for lunch today. This is a challenge to Amber to blog once a day everyday this week. I'll do it too.

So really you just got a play-by-play of the weekend. See? I'm lacking. OH!!!! I GOT STREP THROAT! For the first time in my 29 years, I succumbed to the childhood ailment that kept all of my friends home from school in elementary school. Now I know! But missing school was so much better than missing work. Probably because you couldn't get fired from school.

Talk to you tomorrow.

Your friend,