27 on the 27th
It's my birthday! I am sitting in my office working, looking out at the rain. I'm very stressed, but things could be a lot worse
. I have a lot to be thankful for. I want to thank everyone for the kind thoughts, wishes, and in some cases, gifts. I'm a lucky gal!
What is your least favorite word or phrase?
I think mine is probably NO-BRAINER
. I hate it when people say that!!!
Conversations with Ethan
Ethan just called me on the phone. Here is the conversation (starting with me):
"What doing, B?"
"I'm working. What are you doing?"
"What on TV, B?"
"Oh, that's the news. Austin left it on. It's pretty loud, I guess."
"Telephone broken. Need batteries."
"Talk Mama, now."
"Okay, I'll talk to your mama, now. I love you."
"Wuff you, bye, bye."
He called my mom right after that and said "It's me! Ethan. Ethan eat crayon." My mom asked what it tasted like and Ethan said "Ethan draw wall crayon." Then, my mom said "Uh-oh."
My suggestion to Rebecca: Use Mr. Clean Magic Eraser.
Happy Birthday to my fellow Libra, Matt Partrich!!!
And a quick reminder to everyone else, my birthday is Monday, so if you haven't done your shopping yet, what are you waiting for? Just kidding! I'm such a brat! Here are Matt and Ashley at their rehearsal dinner.
Ugh, it is hard to post with a dog trying to lick the inside of your ear! Gross!
Okay, here is attempt 2 at putting our dog in clothes. All hail Queen Holly.
I just wanted to point out that someone found my website when they typed in these words together:
"lyrics to just the way you are okra"
And just to see if I can get people to my site through a post I'm going to make a short list of words that I think might take people to my website. I'll let you know what happens in a few weeks. Here goes:
Britney Spears Wedding Photos
Hurricane Ivan, Frances, Charley
George W. Bush
Okay, that's enough for now.
Sick and busy
I'm sick and busy today. Please forgive me for not posting those pictures I promised yesterday. Look for them in the next couple of days.
What's up Lamar Dodd, School of Art?!
I guess the first time I felt really slighted by the Art school was when I received a letter right before graduation from UGA to check and make sure that the info they had was correct to be put on my diploma. My name was spelled right, but my major said "Art." Now, don't get me wrong, I do think that art is a fine major and people who went to the art school did some amazing and beautiful work; however, to get in the graphic design school, we had to submit some portfolio pieces, take a test, and submit our grades in other classes to try out to get into the school. It was a very involved process in which about 14 or 15 people a semester were accepted into the school (out of usually around 70 or 80 people).
Then, once accepted into the graphic design school, we had some very difficult and intensive classes that required a lot of work from some very detail-oriented teachers. It was a great school and the best 2 years of my life. But I feel like after going through all that, maybe my diploma should have said "Graphic Design" instead of "Art." Besides, the faculty and students in the art school didn't hesitate to remind us that Graphic Design was a way of selling out, and not really Art. One of our teachers designed and hand-calligraphed diplomas for the class right after our class, but we missed out. I guess that's why my diploma is still rolled up in a mailing tube in my basement. (I do need to get it framed sometime.)
So, anyway, that brings me to my most recent gripe with the art school at UGA. Austin and I are both members of the alumni association, but his undergraduate degree was in comparative literature. Today AUSTIN got an invitation to the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Lamar Dodd School of Art being built on East campus. I didn't. I know I must sound like a tremendous brat right now, but WHAT-EVER?!!! Maybe my invitation is in the mail. Maybe I'll get it tomorrow and I'll have to eat my words, but if I don't... well, it just makes me sad. I loved that school. They suck!
Icky, creepy crawly thing
We just had an encounter with one of the largest spiders I've ever seen. I was doing laundry and Holly was running around at my heels. All of a sudden she let out a bark and I looked down to see this giant hairy spider skittering around right next to me. Holly was chasing it, but kept jumping back, barking because she was afraid of it. I screamed for Austin and he killed it, but my heart is still beating like crazy. Eww!!!
A great weekend!
Any weekend where I get to see so many people I love is bound to be great. It was so wonderful seeing Amanda, Steve, Ashley, Matt, Corinne, Caroline, Becca, Jake, Ethan, Doug, my mom and dad, and Adam Hunt. And it is always wonderful to spend time with my sweet husband. I was sad that Shanna couldn't make it on Saturday night though, and Andrea and Joe and others. But, I did get to see Shanna a couple of weeks ago and that was so much fun! I have to say that Shanna and Amanda are the happiest I've seen them. And that makes me so glad. They both deserve it so much.
I also have to say how much fun it is to be able to talk about graphic design with Ashley and Steve. We are the only people I know that can have entire conversations about typefaces we like without getting bored; although I know the people around us are totally bored to tears. Anyway, I'm crossing my fingers that Ashley found her rings.
I didn't plan on shopping today...
but as I was driving by the Mall of Georgia today, it sucked me in. I had a Gwinnett Business Connections
meeting this morning at 7:30 so the stores weren't even open yet at 9:30 when I found myself parking in front of Buffalo's and walking into the mall. A bunch of people were there walking to get excercise. I would get great exercise at the mall too if I didn't have to stop so much to look at and buy stuff. And really it would be too expensive to excercise at the mall every week. And the Starbucks coffee I had cancelled out the health benefit of all the walking anyway. Ughh. I need some will power, seriously.
Who are you?
The last two months have been the busiest ever for lizcjones.com and Fried Okra. I can't help but be a little bit curious about who is reading my website. If you are reading this, please leave me a comment to let me know who you are. You can just say hello if you want. Just click below where it says "comment" and type "hello" and your name. You don't even have to include your email and/or website if you don't want to. I look forward to hearing from ya!!!
My face is numb
I had to go to the dentist to get 2 fillings today. I hate going to the dentist. I requested gas because of my intense fear of the dentist. I actually remember having to illustrate a fear in one of my drawing classes (that class was one of the 2 C's I got in my academic career - the other was in math). I drew a picture of a dentist with a giant needle. Above him were the words, "The Dentist" dripping with blood. I wanted it to look like a movie poster.
Anyway, this particular visit started with the gas. When the dentist came in to give me the shot of Novacaine, "St. Elmo's Fire" was playing on the radio and he was singing along with it. Then, as my mouth became increasingly numb, "Candle in the Wind" came on the radio and as I sat there looking out the window at my car, all I could think about was how cool it was that I didn't have to drive very far to get there. So then, the most painful part of the procedure came, and Matchbox 20 was playing; so I don't really know if it was actual physical pain or the pain of having to listen to Matchbox 20. I'm still numb, but I'm just glad it's over.
Babies, a big brother, and stormy weather
Here is the first picture of my new niece or nephew. He/she is due at the end of March. Ethan was there at the ultrasound, but Becca and Jake said he didn't seem to care too much. When he talked to me about it on the phone he said "baby, mama's tummy, all gone!" Anyway, my Mom and I asked him this past weekend if he wanted the baby to be a boy or a girl and he said a boy. We'll see I guess.
And this is a very early picture of Ethan.
This was what the sky looked like the other night.
This is at Austin's parents' house. It had just stormed and I think it stormed some more after this picture was taken.
And I had to throw in one more picture of Ethan.