Everyone seems to have done the “Month of Thanksgiving” posts on Facebook/Twitter this year – you know, where every day you say one thing you’re thankful for. Well, for half of this month, I was in Peru…and the internet is shotty AT BEST there. So here is my list of 30 things I’m thankful for :)
- Jesus – Without him, I would have no life.
- Chad – He’s the best gift God could have given me! He’s so loving, patient and kind. He’s a truly genuine person – something that’s hard to come by these days. He’s never fake, never spiteful, never arrogant. He’s humble, a great leader, and my best friend. I could go on forever!
- Toilets and toilet seats – I told you I’d been in Peru for half the month! I peed in a hole and toilet seats were very hard to come by. I’m telling you, it’s the little things!
- Family – Between me and Chad, we seriously have some of the coolest relatives EVER. Of course, I love my own mother and sister to death, but I feel the same way about Chad’s mom, sister, brother and stepdad! And of course Payton and Lilly have special places in my heart :) Not to mention our amazing aunts, uncles and grandparents!
- Southwest Rapid Rewards Credit Card – Not that we need a credit card, but we put our monthly gas, groceries and some other expenses on this bad boy in order to earn frequent flyer miles. We went to Vegas for free in August, and we’ve earned two more round trip flights already!
- The gym – It always makes you feel better, even if you didn’t feel like going!
- Homemade meals – I love to cook, and I really love trying out new things. I’m glad Chad is open to eating what I make! And it makes me feel really good to cook delicious, healthy meals for us :)
- Pictures of corgis and dachshunds – We WILL be getting these dogs when we get our first home. Mark my words!
- Christmas decorations and music – Christmas is my favorite time of year, and seeing all the sights, hearing all the sounds, smelling all the smells and tasting all the foods of the season makes me SO HAPPY!
- Laughing – Chad and I are ALWAYS laughing – and if you ask me, there isn’t enough of that in the world! We’re even able to laugh when the times are tough, which is always great.
- Fleece-lined tights – Seriously. These things are great! They keep me warm in winter (they wouldn’t cut it in Chicago or somewhere with a REAL winter), and allow me to wear something besides pants every.single.day.
- Mexican food – I really don’t think this needs an explanation.
- Cuddle time – There is really nothing better than curling up on the couch with your husband, in your PJs or sweatpants and fuzzy socks, and watching TV. Promise.
- Football – How about the Texans this year?! AWESOME. And the Longhorns did better than last year…that’s about all I can say about that. But YAY TEXANS!!!
- Employment – In a time where so many are jobless, I’m very thankful to have a job that allows me to use my degree, talents and passion. The paycheck is nice too :)
- My charity/cause-loving friends – Every time I turn around, someone is raising money for a cause that is near and dear to their heart. That is so great. THANK YOU, friends, for dedicating yourselves to such worthy causes!
- G-chat – Because I live in another state, G-chat enables me to talk to some of my best friends almost every day. Whether they’re in Texas, New York or somewhere in between, it enables me to stay connected to their lives, despite the distance.
- White sand beaches with turquoise waters – Sadly, we did not make it to the beach this year. But that does not take the beach out of my list of loves! There is nothing like sitting under an umbrella with your toes in the sand, the wind in your hair, and the waves crashing around you.
- All things pumpkin and gingerbread – Are there better cold weather/holiday season flavors? I think not. My first attempt at pumpkin bread went AMAZINGLY WELL, so that is going to be a new tradition. Gingerbread lattes are like Christmas in a cup, and how could you not like that??
- The Walking Dead – I know, a silly thing to be thankful for. But we really do look forward to it Sunday nights! Plus, it gives us cuddle time, since it’s filled with scary and cringe-worthy moments. See #13.
- Elf – My sister and I watch this together EVERY YEAR. We can quote the entire thing, and sometimes do so via text. Until I got married, when I’d go home for Christmas, Kourt and I would share her room/bed (because the kids are in my old room) on Christmas Eve night. We would always watch that movie and then wake up together just like when we were little kids. TMI? Get over it – this is my blog!
- Coffee – It’s delicious. It’s a great way to start my day. And it’s always made and given to me by my amazing husband – BONUS!
- Your prayers – We’ve had so many people praying for us this year, through some really tough times. I cannot tell you how much this means to us, and how much it has lifted our spirits. There aren’t enough words to say how much we appreciate all of you and your prayers!
- Blake Shelton – He’s hilarious. He’s attractive. He can sing. Need I say more? The bromance between him and Adam Levine is hilarious on The Voice, and I’ve been a fan of his long before he became the megastar he is today.
- Our church family and friends – We’ve been so blessed to meet so many great people here in Little Rock, who have really taken us in as their own. These are some really genuine, loving people with servant’s hearts – and I’m so glad we’ve gotten to know them over the years! From inviting us over on a random Tuesday to letting us spend major holidays with you, we REALLY appreciate it!
- Immanuel Baptist Church – Our church is amazing. We unapologetically stand for what the Bible says and Jesus. My faith has been strengthened and I have spiritually grown so much, thanks to the teachings of Pastor Gary and the other leaders in the church.
- Loganberry Frozen Yogurt – It’s Chad’s favorite place, and I can always convince him that we need to go there for a guilt-free treat :)
- Old school Christmas movies – I love them all! Charlie Brown, The Grinch, Rudolph, Frosty…you name it! And I’ve scheduled them ALL to record this year. JOY!
- Pastor Victor and Pastor Roger in Peru – These are two extremely hard working men, who face incredible hardships in their work every day. It was a pleasure to get to know them while on my mission trip, and I pray that God continues to use them to further His kingdom!
- YOU! – I have so many amazing friends, who fill my life with laughter, pride and joy every day. Thank you for always being there for me – whether I needed a sounding board, a shoulder to cry/freak out on, or a room to stay in while in town :)
October is my FAVORITE month – and it’s finally here!! WHOO HOO!!!
Why do I love October? There are SO MANY reasons!
1. The weather! It’s fall and fall ROCKS. I LOVE scarves and boots, and October is perfect for those things!
2. Football season! It’s in full swing, and the best game of the year happens the second Saturday in October – Texas/OU weekend!
3. Pumpkin EVERYTHING. Lattes, scones, raviolis, pies…pumpkin ROCKS and is the official food of October – at least to me :)
4. Orange! There is a lot of orange everywhere these days, which warms my Longhorn heart to the core :)
5. Baseball playoffs! This is my beloved Chipper Jones’ last season, and if the Braves could make a run for it, I would be one very happy fan.
That’s right, it’s FOOTBALL SEASON!! Couple that with my favorite ACTUAL season (fall) and all things pumpkin, and you’ve got yourself one happy girl. I love this time of year because of the abundance of orange (leaves, pumpkins, Longhorn attire), delicious recipes (I made pumpkin cheesecake trifles the other day – YUM) and of course, FOOTBALL. I don’t discriminate between college and professional football – it is all glorious in my book! And with both the Texans and the Longhorns currently undefeated, I can say that this season is starting off nicely.
What else is great? On Wednesday, The Weatherman said the low will be 48 when I wake up. FORTY-EIGHT!! I’m PUMPED to bust out the jeans, boots and scarf for a fall fashion fest! Everyone knows I LOVE scarves (just look at the inordinate number I own, given where I live), and boots are the best thing since sliced bread, I’m pretty sure. Bless you, Wednesday – and get here soon!
Last night, the BCS and other Bowl games for 2011-2012 were announced. I was sad to hear that the National Championship game would be LSU vs. Alabama. We’ve already seen that game and it was like watching paint dry. I would have much rather seen LSU play Oklahoma State in the big game. As Mike Gundy put it after the Oklahoma State-Oklahoma game, “It depends on if you’d rather watch a 9-6 game or a 39-36 game.” As for me, I’ll take the high scoring game every time.
I was also sad to see that Texas got the Holiday Bowl. Now, I’m not saying that we deserved to be in a “legit” bowl this year – I’m just saying it’s sad that we’ve slipped this far from glory. Thankfully, I went to UT when we dominated, and that is the team that will forever live in my heart.
Finally, OU got a dumb bowl too. The Insight Bowl? Lame. Oklahoma has clearly already given up on their season (did you watch the Bedlam game??), so this should be no fun to watch either. Sad face.
I love you. Remember when we used to hang out every single day? We’d frolic amongst the hundreds of thousands of people wearing burnt orange on any given Saturday and mock other places for being less fortunate than ourselves? Those were the days.
Now, we are in a long distance relationship. As you know, I am very good at long distance relationships and am committed to seeing this one through until one day we are reunited. Thankfully, we got to spend some much needed time together this weekend – I think we both enjoyed it.
Bright and early Saturday morning, I boarded my first of two planes en route to my beloved city. It was a beautiful day, and my BESTIE met me at the airport with a smile. It was almost time for the bachelorette festivities to begin!
The bachelorette party consisted of the W Hotel, Lambert’s BBQ, Hangar Lounge, Six Lounge and Roial. I’m not particularly a loud bar kind of gal, but when you’re surrounded by 8 of your best ladies, you can’t help but have fun! The next morning we had a gentle brunch at La Condessa – sadly, only a few non-egg options :( But delish nonetheless!
The rest of the day was filled with watching football, being lazy, hanging out with friends and eating the most delicious pork chops ever, thanks to Lindsay. I must say, it was a lot of fun! One of my favorite parts (there were lots of favorite parts) was getting to hang out with the newly engaged Emily and Bryan – one of the cutest couples on the face of the earth. If you don’t know them, get to know them. It will be one of the best decisions you’ve ever made! Special thanks to these two for graciously hosting me, transporting me to and fro, taking me to the airport before the sun came up and for just generally being amazing :)
And the Longhorns won. Bliss.
As you guys know – and if you didn’t know, I’m not sure how we’re friends – today is the first Saturday of college football season. If you ask me, this should be a national holiday, it is THAT sacred. The hubs and I woke up this morning and immediately dove into a favorite ritual – ESPN’s College Game Day. Three hours of talking about football before watching 12 hours of football? SIGN. ME. UP.
Oh yes. It's that time again!
Fast forward to 6 p.m. It’s one hour until both the UT and OU games kick off. I’ve decided to cook mozzarella-stuffed Italian meatball subs for dinner, as it seems like an appropriate game day meal.
Courtesy of Rachael Ray
I’ve already resigned myself to watching the OU game on FX while following my beloved Longhorns on Twitter, since no major cable provider has agreed to pick up the newly launched Longhorn Network. (PS – My school has its own TV station. That’s what’s up.) Shortly after dinner, and 5 minutes before kickoff, the hubs slinks into the guest bedroom/home office. A moment later he exclaims “I am the man!” “Tell me something I don’t already know!” I say. He then bounds into the living room, proud as a peacock, to tell me he’s found the Texas game online, for my viewing pleasure.
I shattered the world record for time it took me to go from the living room couch to the guest bedroom – I’m pretty sure it was milliseconds. There, on the giant widescreen computer monitor, is a sea of burnt orange and my beloved Texas Longhorn football team in high definition.
And THAT, my friends, is how you score Husband Points. Take note!
Christmas has come early you guys – Greg Davis is no longer UT’s offensive coordinator! This warms my soul more than the blazing hot fire that engulfed the CDC on last night’s season finale of The Walking Dead (side note: if you’re not watching that show, START.)
MISERABLE FAILURE - GOOD RIDDANCE!
After what was quite possibly the most abysmal, embarrassing season in the history of Texas football, Greg Davis “voluntarily” resigned as offensive coordinator. Riiiight. Articles say he’s trying to find another OC gig – hope there’s a school out there that only believes in bubble screens, as that’s all he’s capable of calling.
No word yet on who will replace Greg Davis, but really – could it be much worse? Meanwhile, I’ll keep my cell phone handy – I’m expecting an employment offer from Mack Brown any moment now. We all know I would make a great offensive coordinator for Texas. I meet all the criteria: an undying love for football, Texas, Austin and UT; a strong working knowledge of the game; and the ability to call more than one type of play (especially on 3rd and long)! I’m a shoe-in!
Who do you think Texas should choose as it’s new offensive coordinator?