Thursday, August 30

Xzibit and Baby Landon

I have crazy dreams. I mean, hide yo babies and hide yo wives-crazy dreams. I noticed I have these dreams when I eat dinner later than normal or have some type of sugar close to the time we go to bed. But every now and then, I have really wacko dreams for no apparent reason. And they're pretty entertaining. So sit back and enjoy reading my story about my baby, Landon, and Xzibit-being a ninja instead of a rapper-who so happens to save my life.


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I had just given birth to a beautiful baby boy. I was talking with my mom about what I should name him. I had a list of my top three names. I don't remember what the top two were but my third choice was Landon. And for whatever reason, I was not around when the nurse came in my room with the birth certificate. So my mom filled out and signed everything for me. The shitty thing about this, and I feel a little pissed in real life, is that she named my son Landon. Not that it's not a pretty name, but it was my third choice! I went to confront her and she told me she thought that it was what I wanted. But after explaining it was my last choice of a name, she argues that THIRD sounds like FIRST so she thought she was helping me out when I wasn't there. And because of this mix-up and the name not being my first choice, the hospital wouldn't let me take Landon home. I was about to steal my own baby!!

Off we go. Nonchalant. Through the hallways. Not a person in the front lobby tried to stop me. As soon as I stepped my foot over the hospital's property line, these ninjas started appearing over the rooftops. I froze and just looked at them all. There must have been two hundred, at least. The ninja in the far right corner makes the first move and I just dash for my car putting baby Landon in my over sized pocket for protection. Because that was the only way to protect him, apparently. Before I could reach my car, Xzibit pulls up in his pimped out Impala and orders me to get in. I did. And as he's driving away I'm stunned in silence. Xzhibit just saved me! How in the world did Xzibit know where I was or what was about to happen? Then I noticed he wasn't wearing his typical clothes but ninja-wear. Thoughts are just leaping in my head. Xzibit is a ninja now? What happened to his rapping and his Pimp My Ride show? Is he going to save me? Do I have to rap for his approval? What's going on?!?! I found out that he was a ninja and when I asked him about his rapping career, he acted like he knew nothing about it. Weird. I turned around in my seat and could see the other ninjas just jumping and swinging from building to building, getting closer and closer as we sit in traffic. Xzibit turns down some random alley and as soon as we reached the end, we weren't in the city anymore. We were in this mountainous area with snow in some places and floods in other places. But I looked back and the ninjas weren't there anymore. Xzibit said it wouldn't be long before they were on our tails again so we had to think quick of an idea to hide.

He drops me off at this ski equipment/rental store and tells me to hide inside so he could fight off the others once they got there. I could hear the tires squealing when he drove off as I was looking around for a place to hide where I wouldn't easily be seen. I began looking around and thought maybe behind clothes would be a good place or in the back room where employees sit but I knew that would be the first place they'd look. I decided to jump in the front window, donned with all the ski apparel I could find and act like a mannequin. But by then, baby Landon was softly crying and beginning to wake up. I wanted to sing to him but as soon as I started to sing, the ninjas barreled in the store. I instantly took my pose and smiled with my mouth closed and hummed. Baby Landon could hear the humming and he began to quiet down but the ninjas became suspicious and the clerks told them it was the store music. They believed it and they left. Thankfully. I started to move down from the podium to soothe Landon and one of the ninjas busted through the back door and saw me.

I ran out the front doors and grabbed a boogie board on the way because while I was in the window I noticed the snow was starting to melt. And since the store was on a hill, it was gushing down the mountains like a flood. That's how I knew to grab the boogie board. As I sat on my knees and let the water wash me down the hill, I look back and see Xzibit fighting back all the ninjas. He yelled to me that he had my back and to get to safety.

Then I woke up.

Wednesday, August 22

How I feel about society's norms

There have been several things on my mind lately and I wanted to write separate blog posts about them but I decided not to. I'm just going to combine them in this one post and keep them short and simple.

1. Why is marijuana illegal? It has more harmful affects than alcohol supposedly. Did you know the study that was performed on monkeys so many years ago was done with a mask over their faces? Not only were they only inhaling marijuana but there wasn't any oxygen flow. Low oxygen flow by itself has major affects on the brain! So it was a skewed study. I think they wanted to make it illegal. But if you really think about it, do you know how much money the country would be making especially if they taxed the stuff?! I honestly think that if alcohol is legal, so should marijuana. Part of the reason people get so addicted to it is because they are having to sneak around with buying it and smoking it. (pic source)

2. Why does the country have to follow the rules of the Bible? I understand that we are a mainly Christian country but with how diverse we grow each and every day, I think that needs to be thrown out the window. It hurts me to think that just because we were all raised in Sunday School and led to believe everything our pastors say that it is the truth. I was like that. But lately I have been wanting to find those answers on my own. So I have started a reading plan of the Bible, chronologically, so I can see what Jesus and the prophets were trying to tell us. I don't want to hear it from anyone else. That way I will know if any pastors were twisting the truth just to get us to believe what they want us to believe and to keep us in church. It also hurts my heart when I hear the Muslims in Murfreesboro can't build/open their mosque for their own form of worshiping. I believe that as long as people are not worshiping satanic gods that it is alright. But then again, I am being prejudice if I want our country to be an open religious nation. I honestly believe that God is real, not many gods, but that is what I am trying to find out for sure. Christians believe in one true God. Muslims believe that Muhammad was the last messenger of God so they worship him. Prejudice is just not pretty. (pic source)

You can read about it here:
Judge allows Muslims to use TN mosque

3. This is probably the most important one in my eyes. WHY IS GAY MARRIAGE ILLEGAL?!?! Again, I understand that our nation is Christian but it is not up to us to say who can marry and who can't. That is only up to God. He is the only one to make those judgements. Not us. It's shit like this that makes me want to move as far away as possible from the Bible Belt and never look back. It is so sweet to see pictures like this. I can't find the article that goes with it but they were the first same sex couple to marry in NY after the law was passed to make the union legal.



4. There are people in this country that get so riled up when it comes to politics. Whether you are a Republican or Democrat shouldn't define who your friends are. With the recent Chick-fil-A freedom of speech issue, there has been a clear line drawn between smart and stupid people. I, for one, am pro-gay marriage. The manager of that specific branch of restaurants just stated his opinion that he did not think it was right for gays to marry. He was entitled to his opinion and could freely voice that. One of the politicians declared a "Chick-fil-A" day on August 1st to support his opinion. Although this was just to support that opinion, tons and tons of conservative people swarmed the local restaurants because they oppose gay marriage. But that was not what they were trying to state to the public. It got so twisted!! It wasn't about if they supported or opposed gay unions but that they were able to publicly say it one way or the other. I had so many people say on Facebook "I am so glad I live in the Bible Belt" or "Thank God for conservatives". It went the other way too. There were some liberals who went out to Chick-fil-A's the following Friday to protest this acclaimed day and one of my husband's relatives said "Let's get some conservatives down to Chick-fil-A Friday morning and show them what a conservative presence is really like." I just want to scream at all these people and tell them that their heads are in the wrong place and to think about the real issue.

You can read about it here:
Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day

These are just some of the pictures from various locations and how crazy the lines were.

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But then the internet has pictures like these which didn't capture the movement either.

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I also find it kind of odd that people are so angry about this appreciation day when Nashville has declared themselves as an LGBT community. I know, in part, that it was declared so we could have more diversified tourists in Nashville but where are all the news stories and protests about this? I love living in the South but this is starting to get a little ridiculous. I want everyone to get along and respect others' opinions and lifestyles without getting offended.

All I want is peace, love, and harmony!!

Wednesday, August 15

Updates on the house

I wanted have this amazing mash-up blog of different topics like fashion, relationships, DIY, and my attempt at being fit but blogs are hard to keep up with! I don't know how some people do it. I'm going to make it my goal to have at least one really really good post about something that pertains to people my age. I thought about doing that in this post but I wanted to give an update on some of my home revisions.

We moved in our house in November last year and I picked out navy to be our master bath color. The tiles were a speckled navy and light blue color so I thought navy would look really good! A few weekends ago, the sun was shining in the window above the shower and I noticed that these tiles were actually gray. I must need my eyes checked because the gray was very apparent. My mind began to spin in ways to fix this. I made a post with pictures of ideas that I liked and I finally gotten it all fixed. Our walls in the entire house are gray. In some lights they look purple and in other lights they look taupe. Compared to the gray speckled tiles in the bathroom, they looked more taupe. I bought a white shower curtain with these cute ruffles at the top and bottom, a black and white flower bath rug, white frames, and I painted thick white stripes on one wall.

We also just got new counter tops in the kitchen and both bathrooms and new sinks. Our bathroom counters were called "White Star" and has more of a mosaic look with glass specks in it. The sink is a basic, clear vessel bowl and I am in love with it all! Isn't it adorable?

I wanted to keep things mainly black/gray and white with just a little bit of coral. You can see the coral flowers in the picture but I still have on my project list to paint the inside of the drawers of the cabinet. I bought those acrylic bottles like from Hobby Lobby in three different coral/orange colors. As soon as I get around to it, I'll have a blast doing it.

I wasn't going to mention this but those mason jars on the counter? I made those!! I bought the jars at Hobby Lobby and small plastic pump bottles because I couldn't find the pumps separate. I wasn't quite sure how to make a hole in the top of the jar's lid but I soon realized it was super easy to hammer a screwdriver to start the hole. I had some all-purpose glue in one of my junk drawers so I was able to glue the soap pump to the hole in the jar lid. And after an hour or so of drying (just to make sure it wouldn't drip in the soap), they were good to fill up with soap and use! I thought about just using too but I tend to keep my face wash out on the counter so I have one for hand soap, one for Germ-X, and the other for face wash.

And if you want to make a cute make up brush holder like the one I have on the right of the counter, I just filled up an open vase with clear stones and placed them accordingly. Some people have used coffee beans or colored sand. That is up to you. Luckily I had that vase left over from the candy bar at our wedding so I was happy to be able to reuse it.

The kitchen was re-done too with new counters, backsplash, and sink.

We have gotten a new 2 cu ft Samsung Microwave put up since this picture too but I haven't taken a new picture yet. Gorgeous, right?!

I think you can tell from this picture but the kitchen used to be painted green. There is still green in this picture around the inside frame of that window cut-out over the sink. Now that the back splash covers up most of it, there is still green to the right of the sink on the wall of the pantry and to the left of the fridge around the actual window and below that where we keep the trash can. I love the brightness of the green but I feel as though it's really random now.

I also decided to change up the pictures along the wall of the stairs. I had put up several wedding pictures but I wanted to change that. I have no clue when you're supposed to take down wedding pictures, but I figured a year and a half was long enough. One of my bestie's Lauren, had this massive L that someone gave her and she said I could have it so I was glad to take it off her hands. I ordered several other L's and put them up beside it. There were a few wedding frames that I didn't reuse the frames so I put them in one of the bedrooms upstairs.

This was what it originally looked like.

And this is what it looks like now.

I am absolutely in love!! I had to rearrange it a couple of times, but needless to say, I am happy with this arrangement so it'll stay :)

Home improvement projects are one of my favorite things to do so if any of my friends want/need me to come over and help with any of that, or decorating for that matter too, I'm your girl!!

Wednesday, August 8

Nada, Zilch, Goose Egg

As you probably remember, the hubbard and I are trying to conceive. It wasn't entirely planned out but I was getting towards the end of one of my birth control packs and we just decided not to take the pills anymore. We went on a trip to the lake over Memorial Day and we were pretty messed up the entire weekend. I was definitely regretting all that partying when I got to work that next week. I sort of "forgot" to take my pills any of those nights and after some convincing, Jerry said it was okay with him if I didn't take them anymore. I wasn't going to argue!

I'm pretty sure we looked like this the whole time.

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Sorry if this is TMI but I had my period the week after we got back from the lake. Several months go by and still nothing. After each passing week that I am supposed to start my next cycle I take pregnancy tests at home. But they kept coming up negative. I thought I might be pregnant but I had to keep telling myself that I wasn't and to be patient. My body would tell me if I really was. Some of the signs were there but still no positive test. So I decided to make an appointment with my OB-GYN.

I got blood work done last week because if, by chance, all the home tests I were taking were faulty, the blood test would definitely tell me if I was pregnant or not. I met with the doctor two days later and the test was negative. I wasn't so much concerned that I wasn't pregnant but that I hadn't started my period yet. The doctor said it was normal not to get pregnant this quickly especially right after coming off birth control. She gave me some medicine to make me start my next cycle and then we would go from there.

After several days of thinking, we decided to wait. For one, I don't have medical insurance. I had it through my employer but our medical practice got kicked off because we didn't have enough employees on the plan. I just didn't sign on with a new plan. And if I could go back in time and sign up then, I wouldn't be in the stressful situation I'm in now. I was kind of looking for a plan but at that time, all payers told me that in order for maternity to be covered you had to be in a plan with your employer or in a family plan. My husband has a heart condition so it is a little hard for any insurance to cover us because of that. I had gotten denied twice because of that so I gave up looking and was just going to get pregnant and hope that TennCare picked me up. After finding out that I wasn't pregnant after all, we decided to try and get insurance one last time. Jerry has BCBS and his heart condition is covered with that so whenever we do switch to a family plan, getting BCBS myself would be an easier transition. I got accepted Monday this week but the downside is that there is a ten-month waiting period. I still thought I could get pregnant now and I wouldn't have the baby until after that waiting period had expired but then they would probably deny the delivery as being pre-existing. I took some time to think about it again and we officially decided we are going to wait another year to try to have a baby. My whole issue was that I wanted to be under thirty to have at least two kids but the more I think about it, the more I think it's no big deal. If we start trying next year, I'll be 28 by the time the kid pops out and I am okay with that. I don't want to go back on birth control though for fear my body does this again when we're ready next year. Jerry will just have to suck it up and wear condoms for ten months.