I was checking my email when I noticed a couple of familiar faces looking at me from my Cute Overload email.
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It was CSP & Zoe! Apparently someone took our America’s Funniest Video submission and edited it down to a GIF. It was even chosen for GIF of the week. CSP keeps saying “I can’t believe I’m GIFT of the week!”
Check it out! (you may have to click on it to get it to animate)You know, eventually all this fame will go to CSP’s head. Zoe’s keeping it real though, she’s gangsta like that.
Am currently reading Orange is The New Black by Piper Kerman. Can’t put it down! I’m embarrassed at the lack of reading I’ve done this year! Pitiful! Usually I’ve read this many books by Spring! Must do better next year!
CSP wrecked his beloved truck a few weeks ago. It’s a 2004 Chevy Silverado. The cd player is broken but it runs great. Our insurance covers a car rental and our body shop happens to also be a Hertz agency. So they hooked us up with our rental car when we dropped off the injured truck, Q-Tip.
They gave us a 2014 Chevrolet Equinox. Fully tricked out. All the bells and whistles. Leather seats, heated seats, sun roof, XM radio, back up camera, the works. It even has lane assist so if you cross over the painted lines on the road it beeps at you. Also if you get too close to the car in front of you it lights up and beeps at you. CSP instantly named the car Simon, because Simon says you’re driving too close, etc. If Hertz’s goal was to make CSP fall in love with the car, then they are clever, clever bastards because that’s exactly what happened.
I called CSP at work the other day and they said he was at lunch. I called his mobile phone. ”Where are you?” CSP- “Just sitting in the car”. He swoons over this car.
We finally got the call that CSP’s truck is ready to be picked up tomorrow. They are going to have to peel CSP away from Simon. It’s true love. Today I had a hair appointment. My salon is over 30 miles away. It’s a 65+ mile round trip (she’s fabulous and the price is right, even with gas). So I drove Simon and CSP drove my car, Blanca, to work. CSP said driving Blanca now is like driving a go cart. She’s a Toyota RAV4 and she takes offense to that. My phone beeped while I was at the salon, indicating I had a text message. The following is the conversation I had with CSP via text:
Notice how it starts out so sweet. Aw! He wishes he was with me! But NO! It’s Simon he really wished he was with! He’s obsessed! I mean, I get that it’s going to be hard going from 2014 spaceship on wheels to a 2004 truck that smells like coffee and farts, but come on! He may need grief counseling after he trades Simon in tomorrow. Pray for my husband.
There are certain things that the masses adore but I just don’t.
Pumpkin Spice Lattes from Starbucks (or anywhere) I’ll probably be labeled a communist for saying this but it’s true. Meh. They just don’t do it for me. And I’ve had one recently so I can say this. It’s just like pumpkin scented coffee for me. Now, whip me up a Peppermint White Mocha and we’ll talk!
Jennifer Aniston. I know she’s like America’s sweetheart or something. And she’s super cute, I’ll give her that. But to me she just plays the same character over and over in her movies. And she never seems happy or especially smiley. OMG if I were her (mega rich, beautiful, engaged, employed in a fun job like acting) I’d be grinning from ear to ear all the time.
Birthday Cake. I like angel food cake and pound cake but birthday cake’s texture I just don’t like. Especially those from the grocery store or a mix. For my 40th birthday I had a giant fruit pizza instead of a cake and I was thrilled! I love to look at gorgeous cakes but I don’t want to eat them.
Milk chocolate. I love dark chocolate and even white chocolate. But milk chocolate just isn’t my thing.
Shopping. I would MUCH prefer to shop online than just mill about in a mall or a string of stores. If I have to go to Target or another store I’m in and out with a list. I hate waiting in line and I really hate being on one side of the store and realizing what I need is on the other side. If I HAVE to shop brick and mortar then please take me to Target or IKEA. Otherwise I’m online!
Sunday we woke up, had breakfast, and chatted some more. I tell ya, the most fun we had was just sitting around catching up with everyone! Just before noon we went over to Valle Crucis so everyone could see the Mast house and the Mast General Store. It was raining so we decided to tour the house first. GOOD THING. Just as our home tour was wrapping up we heard a big noise. We ran out to the porch and right in front of the store was a Toyota truck FLIPPED OVER! You can see the tail lights of the truck in the pic above. See how there are cars parked just behind the truck? Well there’s a red convertible you can’t see that the truck hit on it’s way to flipping over. People immediately ran out from the store to help.The ambulance and State Trooper arrived pretty quickly. Next thing we knew there were all sorts of emergency workers there. BUT before the workers could arrive the regular Joes helped pull the driver and passenger out of the truck while it was still on its side. And there were 2 dogs in the truck too! You should have heard the gasps as the dogs came out of the truck! We were so worried they’d run out into traffic or just plain run off. They were so scared! But the truck people, let’s call them Katrina and Boyd, they had friends who were driving behind them who put the dogs into their car to be safe. WHEW.
You can see one of the dogs in the pic above.
Finally the tow truck arrived. By this time most of my group had gone over into the general store to shop. I stayed watch on the porch and texted when the tow truck showed up. That’s when my peeps started hanging out the windows of the store to watch! I was so proud! You can see some of the store looky lous in the pic above. The whole tow truck procedure was a bit anti climatic. I was thinking there’d be scraping metal and popping glass, real action. But that tow man knew what he was doing. He hooked up the truck and just winched it and all the sudden it was upright and driven off the road. And the red convertible? Only had a tail light broken! Amazing! Plus, everyone was fine- no injuries! WHEW again! Here’s a view from the store: If you squint your eyes you can see me sitting on the porch in this pic! SO, while everyone was shopping the rain came and went. At one point Katrina and Boyd were standing down at the base of our porch. I asked did they want to come up on the porch and get out of the rain but they declined. Then Katrina asked could she use our restroom. Of course! That was my chance to get the scoop! She came up on the porch and I asked if she was ok. She said she was just scared more than anything. Then she told me what happened. It started raining and she and Boyd had stuff in the bed of the truck they didn’t want to get wet. So they pulled over. But they didn’t see that there’s a creek there behind the telephone pole in the picture. And the creek bed is all grown over with grass and such. So when they came to a stop on the slick road they slid right into the creek! And that’s when they flipped. Katrina then went inside and used the restroom then skeedaddled back to Boyd pretty quickly. I had more questions but it seemed rude to just yell them after her!
All my peeps came back and I told the story Katrina told me then it was time for us to go. We stopped off at the Candy Barrel at the Mast Store Annex first for some candy. I picked up some of CSP’s favorite candies.
We went back to the house and played Phase 10 until it was time for a delicious dinner made by Kristie. After dinner we played Cranium- the most fun game ever! We laughed SO hard! Just get Chris to hum for you and you’ll know why! After Cranium we played a round of Scattergories. So fun! Then we Skyped with Chalica who couldn’t join us because she’s about to have a baby. She’s in Colorado and it was so fun to see her while we chatted! The whole crew huddled around the screen to see her and her baby bump! After we said good bye to Chalica we spent some more time chatting and catching up with each other until it was time to go to bed.
Monday morning we got up early, got dressed and Leah, Pam, & I packed up our things. We all went to downtown Blowing Rock for some shopping before it was time to go. I had to get Leah back to Charlotte in time for her flight so we had to leave by 1 pm. We gave our hugs, said our goodbyes, managed not to tear up and hit the road home for Charlotte! We made great time coming down the mountain and I got Leah to the airport with plenty of time to spare. We had a wonderful weekend and can’t wait to be able to do it again!
Friday night I packed up my games (Cranium, Phase 10 & Scattergories) & some clothes & headed out to the airport at 11pm. I picked up Leah, who flew in from Denver, and we drove up the mountain to Blowing Rock to meet Kristie & Chris from Raleigh, Punchy & Courtney from Upstate NY, Pam from Knoxville, & Tammy from Ashville. We got in a little after 1 am and went straight to bed.
Saturday morning we slept in a bit then hung out chatting and talking until about 3:30 when we met up with the next door neighbors. We went out to some property where there was a gorgeous stream, a fire pit, some picnic tables and some 4 wheelers.
We had drinks and snacks and road the 4 wheelers all over the property. We rode up to the top where they are clearing land for a house. Awesome view! We spent hours around the fire pit roasting marshmallows and talking until it was finally time to go home. Once home we played a round of Apples to Applesthen all headed to bed.
I normally like most of the books I read. But there have been a couple this year that I just couldn’t get through and/or just did not like. The Dinner by Herman Koch got great reviews from critics and people I know but I just. couldn’t. hang. I didn’t like the protagonist so I couldn’t commit to the book. Another book I couldn’t stand was Full Moon Bride. I read it for book club and that’s the ONLY reason I completed this book. I was super interested in all the Indian culture and traditions but I could not STAND the protagonist. And it was from her point of view which made me hate her even more. She was just awful as a person. A fictitious person, but still! I don’t want to comment on Snow Flower and the Secret Fan yet because it is October’s book club book so I’ll stay quiet for now!
Friday morning Brotha Marc made us all breakfast. Then we got dressed and ready to head into town. That’s when I noticed Sara had snuck out and decorated my car! Click to enlarge pics. She even drew CSP on his window with his goatee and baseball cap! So fun!
We went into town to Walmart, Staples, the pet store, Harris Teeter, then picked up lunch at the Come Back Shack. Best name for a burger joint ever! We went home and had our lunch then it was nap time! After our naps we hung out on the porch reading & knitting and watching Brotha Marc sell funnel cakes to tourists. The boys had a good time shooting beer cans with their BB guns. I tried a couple shots but all I could hit was the tree!
For dinner Marc cheffed up yummy stir fry. Then we played Phase 10 until even the pugs were conking out. We were trying to wait up for Papa & Gigi & Momo to arrive but we were all too tired to stay up any longer. We were in bed by 10:45. Having mountain fun wears you out!
We woke up early on August 1st and got to the DMV fast as we could so I could get my license renewed. We were in and out in less than 20 minutes. It would have been faster if I’d known that the sign is Divided Highway and not Island! Go Around the Island! Luckily I had a really nice instructor! Yay!
We went back home to pack up last minute stuff and do one last load of laundry. Then we hit the road for Valle Crucis. We had to take 421 up since they were doing construction on 321. 421 is the boring road. Sigh. But soon enough we were in the mountains! We pulled up to the house and Sara and the boys were already there. Sara decorated the house for my birthday! She went all out! It looked SO good! Check it: (click on pics to enlarge) Sara hung banners in every room and out on the porch. She made me the coozy and tiara AND the cool Celebrate dragonfly hanging! Plus there were balloons in every room all over the floor. I was blown away!
CSP & Brotha Marc did a little fishing after we unloaded the car while I visited with Sara, the boys, and the pugs. Then it was time to freshen up for dinner. We met up with Kristie and Chris at Red Onion Cafe. We started out with Key Lime Pie Martinis. SO good. We had a fabulous dinner with great conversation and wonderful company. Next thing we knew it was time to go home. We made a quick pit stop for breakfast goods at Ingles then went home and were in bed by 10!
My August Ipsy Glam Bag arrived! Another good month. In this bag I received:
Urban Decay Lipstick Mini in #69 (a bright red)
Smashbox Photofinish Primer (LOVE this stuff)
Pixi Beauty Lash Booster Mascara
MICABeauty Eyeshadow in Bronze (so pretty)
Michael Todd Pumpkin Nutrient Rich Face Mask
and because 2 people have signed up for Ipsy Glam Blags I received a full size Urban Decay eyeshadow in Moonspoon (a gorgeous silver)!
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