Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Introducing...Des.

Some of you may already be well aware of what has occurred in the last few days regarding our white trash neighbors.

Last weekend, David came home from work very excited.  He noticed the neighbors looked as though they were moving out.  Mattresses were piled on top of a car and more crap than usual was strewn across their yard. 

But we've witnessed this type of behavior before, so we didn't want to get too ahead of ourselves here...

Monday morning, I noticed an article in the Stillwater Newspress about a guy driving a pick up had struck and killed a toddler in the middle of a neighborhood street.  Apparently, it happened that Sunday evening, after 8pm, with no parents around anywhere.  Several witnesses mentioned how the child had routinely played in the road by herself.

I thought to myself, "sounds like something those neighbors would do..."

Turns out, it WAS my neighbors.

Apparently, they had moved to a nearby trailer park in Stillwater that weekend after being evicted from the home next to mine.  And obviously, picked their behavior right up where they had left off.  Leaving their children to roam freely, without any regard to their safety.

And unfortunely, paid the ultimate price for their laziness.

The remaining neighbors around me have all come together to act as witnesses to their prior behavior of negligence so that this 25 year old kid that hit the child is not held legally responsible for her death.  He will live with that for the rest of his life, and it has been determined at this point that he was not under the influence nor using an electronic device at the time of the accident. 

Due to the child's death, the family has not been back to the house to complete their moving out process.

And left their kitten on the front porch.

David noticed last Thursday the tiny thing attempting to walk across the yard.  And then collapse.

Since losing Tatumbell, David has become an advocate for kitties that need help.  And so he took food and water over to it. 

And then fell in love with it.

We spent that evening coercing it on to our porch instead of the neighbors, and before we knew it, we had a porch kitty.

It's still pretty tiny, and already in the few days we've been feeding it, have noticed it has put on weight and added a ton of energy.

It's (hey, I can't yet tell what gender it is...we're going to the vet this week, so we'll know eventually!) black and orange, so of course, it needs an OSU name.

So without further ado...this is Des (after Desmond Mason)...
and if the little booger would sit still long enough, I'd have more pictures...!  So hopefully, I can get some more soon :)

So far, it's a good little kitty.  (Allie's not all that thrilled, but she'll get over it).  It knows how to use the litter box, eats really well now, and just sleeps whenever we aren't around. 

And is extremely loving. 

And I think more than a little grateful to David.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Fry Dummy

David's uncle recently gave us a ton of catfish he caught on a recent fishing trip.  I was stoked; I could try my hand at frying something...but, I had to first purchase a fry daddy.
Just a small one for now, just until I figured this whole thing out.

So I bought the catfish batter and even a package to make hush puppies.  We felt so confident in my frying abilities, we even invited our friends Kathryn and Phil over to try it.

And, it was a hit.  I had immediately surged to the top of the cooking chain with my newly acquired skill of frying stuff.

So I tried it again this weekend.  But this time, I did fried chicken legs and okra.

Again, a hit. 

But the fry daddy was awfully dirty after, so I left it in the sink to soak; careful not to get it's electrical bits all wet.

But then, David did the dishes last night...

I woke up this morning and noticed an empty sink.

Oh no.

I quickly glanced at the dishwasher.  The red "clean" light was on.

I opened the dishwasher.

And there was my fry daddy.  On the top rack.  Dripping wet.

Apparently, my husband had no prior knowledge of electrical equipment not being submerged in water.

I woke him at 7am this morning to ask him what in the hell he was thinking putting my fry daddy in the dishwasher??

His response...

"I didn't put the cord in."

Monday, August 16, 2010

Recruitment 2010

Ahhhh, the post many of you have been hounding me for the last couple of days :)
although I'm sure if you have seen my facebook stuff, you are well aware of how well this year went.

But I can get a bit more detailed here than I can on facebook.

Work week ended with the annual alumnae skit night, and because this is my last recruitment as their adviser, I was given a beautiful bouquet of flowers and a nice little speech about me by good friend, Harlan Ross.  I was literally speechless after, and especially when everyone stood up for me.  I really felt appreciated for all the sleepless nights in August, compromising time at my full-time job on campus, and making my husband feel like a "Phi Mu widow" by helping with Epsilon Nu's recruitment since 2004...and Epsilon Beta's the two years before that...so needless to say, stepping down from doing anything at all, will make for a difficult August for me next year.  And yes, I'm well aware of the fact that I am not a pretty crier...
So then recruitment started...the first round is split into two days with 8 parties each.  The t-shirts are provided by Panhellenic, and all the chapters look the same.  The only difference obviously being the appropriate letters on the shirt.  This year, I wasn't too impressed with them, but at least we're cute girls, so they could pull it off.
Wednesday morning I was awoken early (4am early...) to learn of a few rush infractions the members had committed at some point in the previous two days...awesome.  I had to go to the house by 7am to remind them of certain rules, and that I would kick their asses if they had any more infractions.

House tour day (formerly known as 8 party day) went extremely well, and while it is normally our weakest return rate day, that was not the case this year...I'm used to releasing around 30-40 that night.  However, when I logged into the system that evening to see the numbers, I about hit the floor...we were to release over 150!  I had to call Panhellenic and confirm that number.  And I was told, "You guys skyrocketed today."  The members were thrilled when I told them.  It set the stage for the next day, skit day, a day they normally KILL.

And kill they did.  They performed the "campus' greatest recruitment skit" (as told to me by the panhellenic adviser) 6 times that day.  And had a little dance party afterward...
I was expecting a big release night after skit day, and it was.  About the same as the evening before.  So by this point, we had released 100 more than the we normally do. 

So on to pref day we went...
 (much thanks to my own pledge sister, Jennifer Helms Morgan, on making the cupcakes...they were great!)

The members wore pink dresses...different shades, but mainly hot pink.  It looked fabulous!
and then, the greatest bid day ever :)
Quota 54, Phi Mu receives 59

For my final recruitment, I went with the seniors to pick up the Phis at the Student Union...
as the sophomores waited in the heat outside the house for them...
and the juniors took pictures...

but here they come!
and I lagged behind cause honestly, it was the absolute hottest damn day of the year...
PC '10...!  All the new baby Phis.
PC '07...the seniors.  I remember vividly when this group pledged.  They are a fun group, and they will be missed once they graduate.  And yes, there are 30 seniors...!  Quite a bit different from when I was a freshman and the chapter only had TWO seniors!
And the entire chapter...it was difficult to get them all in one shot.  The total is now 175...
So that's it, I'm done!  I'm finishing my binder for the next recruitment adviser(s), and once that is completed, I will pass this on to them...maybe a little hesitantly, but with very little reservation.  I have had the absolute pleasure of getting to know these women over the last few years, some becoming good friends once they graduate, some even working for me on campus, and I will miss the opportunity to make connections like I have in the past.  But it is time for someone else to make those connections and positively influence the lives of these collegiate Phi Mus.

LIOB.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Favorite TV Show.

Oh, we have loads of favorite tv shows...
But the main one we get super excited about??
Yeah, we LOVE Friday Night Lights.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Favorite Movie...?

This one is tough for me.  Ask David, he'd tell you that I'm constantly saying about any particular movie, "Oh, this one for sure is in my Top 5."  He calls it my "rotating movie list."

But there are some staples that will always be near the top.

My #5: Grandma's Boy
This movie is one that David and I will quote all.the.time.  We love Nick Swardson, and he's pretty effing awesome in this.  

#4: Up
This is a new favorite for me.  We try to watch it at least once a month, but David refuses to watch the first 15 minutes or so.  I have a dream of naming a dog Dug.  And making him talk.

#3: Christmas Vacation
My family used to begin watching this on Thanksgiving night and then every night following all the way through Christmas.  I no longer have the time for that, but it's put on when I wrap presents or make divinity (a holiday only activity).  Please do not watch this with me unless you too can say every line cause pretty sure, I'm only going to annoy you.

#2: Steel Magnolias
I'm a girl.  And I LOVE this movie.  If I find that it's on t.v., I'll watch it up until Shelby collapses at her house on Halloween.  I cannot handle it after that. 

And the #1?  Yeah, it's Animal House
I think this is the funniest, most quotable movie ever created.  I fell in love with this movie in college actually, and it remains in the top spot for me.  At least for now...

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Day 1 of a Challenge

So I have stolen this idea from Kaylyn and I wanted to do it too...so feel free to steal it too :)

I'm currently knee-deep in my final Phi Mu recruitment, so I may not be able to keep up with this for the full 30 days, but I'll try.

The 30 day blog challenge.
Day 01 — Your favorite song
Day 02 — Your favorite movie
Day 03 — Your favorite television program
Day 04 — Your favorite book
Day 05 — Your favorite quote
Day 06 — Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 07 — A photo that makes you happy
Day 08 — A photo that makes you angry/sad
Day 09 — A photo you took
Day 10 — A photo of you taken over ten years ago
Day 11 — A photo of you taken recently
Day 12 — Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 13 — A fictional book
Day 14 — A non-fictional book
Day 15 — A fanfic
Day 16 — A song that makes you cry (or nearly)
Day 17 — An art piece (painting, drawing, sculpture, etc.)
Day 18 — Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 19 — A talent of yours
Day 20 — A hobby of yours
Day 21 — A recipe
Day 22 — A website
Day 23 — A YouTube video
Day 24 — Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 25 — Your day, in great detail
Day 26 — Your week, in great detail
Day 27 — This month, in great detail
Day 28 — This year, in great detail
Day 29 — Hopes, dreams and plans for the next 365 days
Day 30 — Whatever tickles your fancy
So, Day 1: favorite song...
Honestly, this changes almost daily.  I'm currently really into the Hairspray soundtrack.
I know I'm a couple of years behind on this, but whatever...I like it.  Especially this one.

I'm a big fan of anything Fleetwood Mac, too.  Especially the Rumours album.

Love Love Love this whole album.  It's pretty much my cure-the-funky-mood music. 

I cannot listen to "For Good" from the Wicked soundtrack without getting a little teary-eyed.  The lyrics powerfully describe how I feel about some of my friendships.

But there's one song that will get me every single time.  Before our wedding, David asked if I minded if he chose the song we would dance to at the reception.  (of course I didn't mind, one less thing to worry about!)  But he wanted to keep it a secret until the reception.

However, either he's not very good at keeping secrets or I'm just that good at getting them out of him, but about two weeks before the wedding, he could no longer hold it in.

He had chosen "God Only Knows", by the Beach Boys.
 

So while I have many other favorites, this one is by far my most favorite.