October: Brought To You By The Letter “M”

Oh…um…hi? Good MORNING!

I know what you’re thinking…and I’m truly sorry for leaving you guys hanging for the last  MONTH, BUT by the end of this post, I think you’ll understand. It’s time for another “Currently” post so I won’t waste anymore time…though I guess this will be more like a “Catch You Upper-ly”, won’t it? 😉

Selfie Red Lips

How ’bout we start with my bomb-digging MAKEUP? You’re gonna have to allow me a MOMENT of vanity here. Sorry I’m not sorry MODEST, but when I got all gussied up to go out with the besties last week, I couldn’t help but feel like my eyeliner and lip combo was on POINT! And in case you’re wondering, yes, that’s MORE Rocksbox jewelry.

Current Confession:

What I’ve been doing for the last thirty days issss…

Cleaning and packing and cleaning and unpacking and cleaning and having several emotional breakdowns and cleaning and MOVING Jason into my house!!! I should clarify that the mental breakdowns were not due in any part to him actually moving in, just dealing with the stress of it all and ugh…trying to figure out where to put everything. Yeah, no comment on that at the moment.

Current Book:

Clash of Kings Book & Breakfast

In between boxes and scrub brushes, I’ve been letting my MIND run away (since my legs are too tired to even consider such a thing) with Mr. George R.R. MARTIN. Damn, he writes a good book! I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to get to the second book in the Game of Thrones series. Luckily, I haven’t forgotten too much.

Current Music:

MODEST MOUSE. Yes, they’ve been around forever, but they’re still going strong. I got to see them in Nashville this month and they were awesome! And I haven’t been able to get this tune out of my head. How coincidental…he’s MOVING too!

Current Guilty Pleasure:

English Muffin Addiction

So, let’s talk about my good friend E. Muff. Oh yeah, betcha didn’t know Thomas was a gansta grain, huh? Well, not everyone knows, but after meeting for breakfast nearly every day for a month, I’d say we’re pretty tight now. He tells me things. I call him the

Current Entertainment:

Painting Pottery

It feels like ages ago, but Jason and I had the MONKEYS the first weekend of the month for their fall break. It went wayyyyy too fast, but we MANAGED to fit in a lot! We had some great days with those two and we even got to check the last thing off our summer to-do list (just a few months late)…painting pottery!

Current Wish/Needs:

Storage totes! Markers! Labeling Strips! MUST ORGANIZE ALL THE SHIT!!
But first…a MASSAGE!

Current Food:

Meatballs & Mushroom Gravy

I was pretty proud of myself when we had the girls with us. I cooked not once, not twice, but FOUR times in five days! And I may or may not have shed a tear when everyone went back for seconds of my grandmother’s MEATBALLS in MUSHROOM gravy recipe.

Current Drink:

Pumpkin Coffee Keurig

Everyone, I’d like you to MEET Kevin. Kevin travels all the way from Jason’s apartment and was the first to get settled into the new house (because…priorities). Oh yeah, and that’s the MUG I painted with the girls. 😀

Current Triumphs:

 The fact that due to outside forces, most of the MOVING (and cleaning) for the month occurred within the last week and a half AND we finished a whole day early.


Also? I’m starting to turn my black thumb green! I MADE something grow, y’all!!

Current Bane of Existence: 

Tom the Toolshed

So remember my little toolshed? Yeah, how about a tool nightMARE! First, it wasn’t delivered when it was supposed to be. It came a week late. Then it wasn’t straight. Then it wasn’t level. THEN I wanted to pull every fucking hair out of my head!!! Sorry, got a little flash back from emotional breakdown #271 there. Ok, I’m recovered. But god am I glad that’s over.

Current Blogger Crush:

MEGHAN! Oh my gosh, can I just say this woman made my day with her glorious apple pie pancakes that were inspired by my Zucchini Bread Pancakes? Because she made my day. There, I said it again. While I was oogling her amazing pancake shots, I started realizing how much I miss her pretty little face.

Current Indulgence: 

Besties & Pizza

Carving out time in this MANIACAL month to slow it down and savor some time with the besties…and this insanely delicious cheese bread from Blackhorse, our local brewery.

Current Blessing:

So MANY! My dad for helping level out the toolshed. My mom for being there for moral support. My girls for teaching me how wonderful it is to be a mom. My besties for helping me get away. And…

Me & Jason Selfie

My man for giving me a reason to hurry back home…to OUR home!

Current Outfit:

Well, since I’m typing this up on Thursday night just hours after loading up the last box…PJ’s and a MUCH-NEEDED bucket of hot water with epsom salt under my feet.

Current Excitement:

Somehow, over the last month or so, I’ve started to get the hang of this whole decorating thing. Slowly but surely, this house is coming together room by room. Guess I just needed someone to claim some space to help me out a bit. Now if only I had a little more space. Lol.

Current Link:

bedbathandbeyond.com and target.com because? Easy at-home shopping with free in-store returns! 😉

Current Mood:

MOTIVATED...that is after the my MUSCLES get the memo.

When’s the last time you MOVED?

What have you been up to this MONTH? Did you MISS me??

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September: A Bookworm in the Pumpkin Patch

Good morning, broccoli bites!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Thursday morning…and if not, well at least we’re halfway to Friday, right? And I can actually be excited right along with you becaaaaaaaause I don’t have to work this weekend! The girls are on fall break so we took the weekend and plan on smothering them in hugs and kisses.

BUT before we head off to go pick up our little beauties, I thought I’d pop in with a “Currently” post and let you guys in on what I’ve been up to for the last thirty days…you know, since I’ve been MIA for umm…twenty-six of them?


Well, first off, I’ve still been rocking the jewels and even coming to the realization that yellow gold? Well you ain’t so bad after all. Sorry I’ve been dissing you for all those years. Also, I’d like to give a big shout out to “Chrome”, my photo filter extraodinaire that made my hair look so ravishing red! 😉

Current Book:


I’ve definitely been flying through some pages lately! From my book haul earlier this month, I’m already on my fourth book. Summer Sisters was amazing…I laughed, I cried, I wanted to punch a fictional character in the face. One Day was just as maddening as the movie which I hadn’t realized I’d already seen until after I started reading. Dogwalker was a mind-blowing…or possibly warping eclectic mix of stories, and finally Warm Bodies is holding up to my expectations and kinda making me fall for a zombie.

Current Music:

RahBERT DEEEElonnnnnng!!

I was in love with him before but after seeing him perform at Loufest and then finally getting my hands on his latest album, I am now obsessed. So much so that my friends and I are driving up to Kentucky next month to see him live again. My favorite song is “Jealousy” isn’t available on the web yet so I’ll leave you with Jason’s favorite. All it takes is 45 seconds…and then he’ll ♫ make you fucking dance! ♫

Current Guilty Pleasure:

Pumpkin Palooza

I keep thinking that one of these days I’ll grow out of my pumpkin addiction, but I just don’t see that happening any time soon. So kiss my ass, Huffington Post!

Current Entertainment:

Well, other than having my nose in books, Jason and I have been hitting up the Redbox hard over the last week. We’ve seen Mad Max…INcredible, Cinderella…sadly underwhelming (I really wanted Helena Bonham Carter to have a bigger role), and Age of Adaline…so sweet I almost cried.

Current Wish/Needs:

To magically wake up and now all the ins and outs of interior design. I’ve decided this house needs an overhaul in a bad way so what little bit of time I’ve had this month, between movies, books, and time with my loves, I’ve been click, click, clicking away through window treatments, accent tables, wall art, and bedding sets. To make matters worse, I visited a friend the other day who instantly made me jealous with her house that looks like it came out of a West Elm catalog…and she’s only been in it for a few months!

Current Food:

Flamingo Row - Chicken Nachos

Cheese. Plain and simple. But more so when not so simple like with these mouth-watering nachos that I enjoyed with my friends on the way back from Loufest a few weeks ago. Also, I’ve been whipping up some tasty dips left and right lately. Just hand me a few blocks of cream cheese and watch me go! Lol

Current Drink:

Pumpkin Beer

And speaking of pumpkin,  I might as well be drinking it too, right? Mark my words, I have found the KING of all pumpkin ales. I tried it at a bar in St. Louis and then lucked up and found it at Publix when we got home. No weird spicy taste that burns your tongue. Nope, this shit tastes like pie!

Current Triumphs:

Lowe's Haul

Helping Jason successfully stack eight bags of mulch, one bag of garden soil, and two bags of daffodil bulbs in Lowe’s garden center, then shoveling 193586 buckets of rock out of the backyard, and planting eight pots of ground cover that has so far made it through the week and remains green!

Current Bane of Existence:

Apple. They just HAD to go and change shit! I was already having enough problems with my laptop and then they had to go and force me to update my IOS, photo library, AND iTunes. I can’t figure out anything! Hence the reason for only popping in four days this month. Grumble.

Current Blogger Crush:

Do you know the muffin man Lindsay? If not, you are definitely missing out. She is…well, she’s pretty much the shit. There, I said it. I’ve known her for a while now – almost as long as I’ve been blogging actually – but a couple of years ago I was lucky enough to meet her in person. She truly is just as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside. And? Along with being an ace at anything gluten-free, she has some KILLER food photography! Oh, and let’s just say she has a way with balls. 😉

Current Indulgence:


Arriving to work early just so I can paint my nails in the car! I made sure to squeak out the last few days of summer with my pinks but now I’m moving on to fall neutrals. And HELLO? How about I finally got my nails back?! Just took some patience…and about four coats of polish. 😉

Current Blessing:

I know I’ve gotten pretty gag-worthy sappy on you guys dozens of times already, but I just have to say that Jason is the best thing that’s ever happened to me. Not only the way I feel when I’m around him, but how he makes me feel about myself. And how I can make a complete ass of myself and HE’S the one who does the apologizing.

Current Outfit:

New Leggings

In an effort to whip some motivation into my lazy ass, I got on tjmaxx.com a few days ago and went wild in the workout leggings section. I ended up ordering five pair of some pretty crazy patterns. Three of them fit. While wearing this pair to the gym last night, I struck up a conversation with a girl who is going to buy the other two from me! Score!

Current Excitement:

Tom the Toolshed

Everyone, I’d like you to meet Tom…Tom the Toolshed. Jason and I adopted him on Friday of last week and the stork delivery man will be arriving with him tomorrow night! His arrival only precedes more good news, but well, you’ll just have to wait to hear more on that…we only have space for ONE excitement per month. 😉

Current Link:

My new comforter set! <- What do you guys think?

Current Mood:


Are you riding the pumpkin palooza train with me? What goodies have you found?

Anyone want to come over and fix my computer? I’ll pay in food!

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Flamingo Friday

What up, peoples?


I have a BIG treat for your eyes today…besides my lovely face. Lol.

But before we began…well, umm, you may want to make yourself a little snack because, you see, this post could induce gnawing on mice, drooling on keyboards, or damaging other computer accessories due to uncontrollable Pavlov responses.

So it all started back in July when Jason took me to a little place in Paducah, KY for dinner called Flamingo Row. He’d been there before and said he knew I would love it…and he was right! I’ve wanted to tell you guys about it for a while but well, you know…life. Then we went again in August and I forgot to take pictures. THEN, on the way back from Loufest, we got the chance to go for the THIRD time AND introduce it to our friends. So now I’m basically bursting at the seams!

Flamingo Row - First Visit

The first time we went, I swear it took me twenty minutes to pick something off the menu. In the end, Jason was a true gentleman and ordered the other item I was thinking of as my second option. Yep, that’s when I knew he was a keeper. Lol. Also, I went with the item that came with the bacon-chive potato salad because Jason had talked it up pretty big…I was in NO way disappointed.

Flamingo Row - Monte Cristo Fillymingo

He ordered the Monte Cristo Fillymingo, one of their famous hand-stuffed sandwich that are baked fresh daily. This one was stuffed with ham, turkey, Swiss, and Provolone cheeses, sprinkled with powdered sugar and served with a side of raspberry jam. But would you just look at that #cheeseporn?!

Flamingo Row - Cuban Mojo

And if that wasn’t enough, my sandwich was over the top! I ended up with the Cuban Mojo: Panini Parmesan bread, roasted pork loin, Black Forest ham, Swiss, with spicy mojo sauce. I swear I wanted to lick that sauce off my fingers, the plate…if it had fallen to the floor, I may have checked to see no one was looking…you only THINK I’m kidding!

Flamingo Row - Bamboo Sticks

The second time we went, I only managed to get a picture of our appetizer, the Bamboo Stick: Bread stick filled with Muenster and caramelized onions served with butter, garlic oil and marinara. The caramelized onions weren’t very pronounced, but holy JEEZ that cheese was good…especially with that butter garlic sauce.

After that, we were a little disappointed with our entree selections as we both took a chance and ordered something other than one of their sandwiches. But they were edible AND when I asked the waitress about all the amazing sounding sauces they have, she brought a sample of most of them to our table! I tried the “Lizard sauce” (habanero pepper, raspberry preserves, and liquid gold), horseradish raspberry mustard, and the mango chipotle barbecue sauce. I was in heaven.

Flamingo Row - Chicken Nachos

When we took our friends, I was so excited that they wanted to try the nachos. I’d seen them brought to a table on one of our other visits, but knew we’d NEVER be able to finish our meal if we ordered them. And split between four people, we STILL weren’t able to finish our meals! These things were amazing. Perfectly cheesy, not too spicy with the jalapenos, and the sour cream came spiked with some sort of spices that was insanely good.

Flamingo Row - Club Fillymingo

This time, I ordered another of the Fillymingos, The Club. It was stuffed with ham, turkey, bacon & Colby-Jack cheese and I asked for a side of “Lizard sauce” for dipping. Also, I couldn’t very well go without the bacon-chive potato salad…even though I didn’t even touch it until I got home.

Flamingo Row - Carribean Dip

And Jason went with the Caribbean Dip, medium rare roast beef, jalapeno mayo, and melted Provolone on a toasted baguette with au jus and? bacon-chive potato salad! We both loved our picks and each others so it worked out perfectly that we were able to eat about half and trade leftovers later that day. 😀

What’s the best restaurant you’ve been to lately?

What did you order?


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