HELLO
Mom to Iris. Wife to Todd. Our little family lives at the foothills of the Ozark Mountains in Fayetteville, Arkansas. We love it here and I love sharing little bits of our life.

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Another week of madness. And by madness, I mean total awesomeness. Saturday I got off work at the very last minute, so Todd & I were able to drive up to Kansas City to attend Seth & Aaron’s party (which was to celebrate that they’ve been friends for 20 years). It was a total blast, especially since other Fayetteville friends came up as well.

Before the party the ladies took a trip to the grocery store, but got side tracked at Urban Outfitters.
Bev, Laura, & I
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Snake Island in full effect
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Sunday morning we all met up for lunch at this place called the Flea Market. It’s an actual flea market, but is also a bar/restuarant. Apparently legend has it that a serial killer use to have a booth there and he sold weird bone jewelry. Amazing.

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As for the rest of the week, I really only need to talk about one day and that’s my birthday. I turned a quarter of a century old this year, but it was seriously the best birthday ever. It all started a couple days before my birthday when I received a couple early presents. One from Kerri (a gift certifcate that I used to buy some new fancy blue jeans) and one from Todd (an Arkasas hoodie I’ve been wanting).

On my actual birthday I was delivered a vase full of flowers thanks to my dear Brandy & her fam.
Lovely!

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That night Todd & I had reservations for dinner. Before hand he gave me Sims 2, which by the way is amazingly addictive. Anyways, he wouldn’t tell me where we were going, but he said it was pretty casual. I didn’t understand why you needed reservations for a casual place, but you never know.. Next thing I know he had made a wrong turn and it seemed like we were going to be late for our 7:30 reservation. Todd takes little side roads that I assume are short cuts, but before I knew it we were stopped in front of Laura & Eric’s house.

What? Laura is cooking us dinner? How incredibly sweet!

We go inside where Laura meets me with a hug & I am still a bit confused.
THEN I round the corner…
where I find a room full of friends yelling surprise!

I literally could not believe it. Everything was amazing… We had fajitas, wine, presents, & even my favorite birthday cake of all time (strawberry). Thank you to everyone who helped out with the party and to everyone who left me birthday messages. I wasn’t able to respond to them all, but each one means a lot. And a very special thanks to Laura for hosting an event that I will never forget!

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Birthday loot!
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"you get the car, i’ll get the night off"

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Yet another busy, busy week has passed. School just about killed me with three exams and a paper due, but at least the semester is half way over and I’m looking at some A’s.

Built To Spill played on Tuesday. As much as I love them, I wasn’t exactly excited to see them since I just their show in Memphis a few months back. They still jammed quite a bit after each one of their songs, but they were good nonetheless. Jessica and I made our own fun by dancin and playing air bongos (not only did they jam, but they also strummed out a reggae-ish song).

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My days also consisted of bunnies and roses. Can you get any cuter than that?

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As for the weekend, Todd and I watched about 2287 episodes of Six Feet Under. Now every where I go I feel like I’m going to die in some random & tragic way. We took a break on Saturday night to meet up with friends and walk in a single file line on Dickson St. for Bikes, Blues, & BBQ. I’m glad I went, but it seriously got old after about 15 minutes.

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Mmmmm – corn and thongs.
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The people watching was prime.
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At least they had tie-died onesies for sale!
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Now it’s Sunday, the calm before the storm that is next week. I’m off to enjoy it..

My mom got arrested today

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…and I couldn’t be more proud.

She was one of 370 people (including Cindy Sheehan) who were charged with a misdemeanor at an anti-war protest in Washington today. That’s her under the letter R with the pink bow in her hair (she was with Code Pink).

Go mom!

"so cute when you’re slurring your speech"

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So we have a few hurricane Rita evacuees staying with us till everything settles down. Todd’s dad, step-mom, and their huge poodle Louie(see above) have been here since Thursday. It took them almost 24 hours to get here from Houston. Normally it would be about a 9 hour drive. I seriously can’t even imagine.

As for this weekend…
Another Friday night that actually began Friday afternoon. Laura and I set the weekend off early at Jose’s with some girl talk right after we got off work. From there we continued down the street to the Dickson Theatre, where we met up with Cory Branan & friends. The night ended at Maxine’s just before it closed. A fun, but long evening that left me feeling a bit rough on Saturday. I took a bunch of pictures, but here are the few that survived..

Cory playing an early show
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Laura and me at the show.. I think there’s one of these pictures of us every time we hang out.
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All from Maxine’s (the new JR’s)…
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An old guy dancin past our booth
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By the way

Bill Clinton totally just talked to me.

I was at work when all the sudden the place is buzzing with body guards in fancy suits. As he walked out he came by the coffee shop and waved at me. He then said hello, I said hi and waved back. Then he said, “It’s beautiful.” As much I would like to think he was admiring my new necklace, I’m pretty sure he meant the library.