A Quote about Life....

This is a quote dedicated to my grandmother "Mamaw Kit" who passed away earlier this evening. May she rest in peace.

"Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.

Life is beauty, admire it.

Life is bliss, taste it.

Life is a dream, realize it.

Life is a challenge, meet it.

Life is a duty, complete it.

Life is a game, play it.

Life is a promise, fulfill it.

Life is sorrow, overcome it.

Life is a song, sing it.

Life is a struggle, accept it.

Life is a tragedy, confront it.

Life is an adventure, dare it.

Life is luck, make it.

Life is too precious, do not destroy it.

Life is life, fight for it."

- Mother Teresa


Maybe I should have just gone to Winston...

Last Saturday night after I got off work I was contemplating whether or not to drive to Winston to see my family. I was tired and it was close to dinner time and I hadn't even packed anything, so I decided not to go and I called Shannon to see if she wanted to have dinner with me.

"Have you had dinner yet?"


"Do you wanna go to the Pineville OG to have dinner with me?"

"Sure. I need to get ready though."

"Okay. How about 8 o'clock?"

"That sounds good. I'll see ya then."

So I go back to the house and change out of work clothes, let the dogs out and give them dinner, and kill a little time on iTunes. I was getting ready to make an awesome old school 90's rap/pop cd when I realized what time it was -- 8:00. "Oh crap! I need to call Shannon and tell her I'm just now leaving."

I hop into my car and back down the driveway, hit the garage door button and then think, "Oh crap! Did I lock the front door after I took out the dogs?" (Since we go out through the garage instead of the front door, I always have to ask myself this question.) I take my keys out of the ignition, run up to the front door, and TGIL (<=--thank goodness it's locked!). I turn the car back on and then it cuts back off. I think, "REALLY? Seriously? This is happening right now?" (I don't like to be messed with when I'm hungry y'all. Elliott* starts yelling at me.) I turn it over again, still nothing. I call Shannon.

"Um... have you left yet?"

"Not quite yet, why?"

"My car won't start. Well, actually it will start but then it cuts off again. Like, the engine goes and everything and then.... no more."

"Hmm... hold on-- my mom's on the other line. I'll ask her to ask Dad."

(Five minutes later and still no resolution about my car problem but somehow it magically starts!)

"Hey! It started! I think I'm just gonna take my chances and drive down there instead of you going out of your way to get me."

"Ok. Well, it'll still take me a little longer because I need to stop for gas."

"That's ok. I'll go ahead and put our name in for a table so you won't have to wait as long."

"Ok. I'll see ya in a little bit. Bye."

Fifteen minutes later I pull into Carolina Place Mall. Turn left to go into Olive Garden's parking lot and then


Not an Emeril kind of BAM! a baaad kind of bam!

The kind that results in a police report.

So I sit in the car for like 30 seconds and then I'm like, "Ok. I'm okay. But my car is soooo not okay. That felt really bad." Do I really want to get out and look at the damage? No. Not yet. I need to call someone. And then I burst into tears. (I don't know why because I've been in wrecks far worse than this. I think it was more frustration than anything. Anyway, I'm digressing.)
I look for the OG Pineville number in my cell phone and call it. (And I'm still crying.)

"Thank you for calling Pineville Olive Garden. This is Tiffany. How may I help you?"

"Is Tim there? This is Olivia."

30 seconds later...

in his professional voice: "Hi, this is Tim."

"Hey. (pause) I've been in a wreck." (still crying)

"Oh my God! Where are you? Are you OK?!"

"Yes, I'm outside in the parking lot-- just come out the back door!"

The police come, some witnesses stay behind to say that it wasn't my fault and then twenty minutes later Shannon gets there, and I finally get to eat** and have a glass of wine.


*Elliott is my tapeworm. Don't ask and don't hate.

**Try the shrimp carbonara -- it's new and it's soooooo good. I also highly recommend the pumpkin cheesecake. But not on the same night because you'll be so full you'll be sick. Seriously. Or maybe that's just me...

And now the door won't open and the window won't go up or down.

I think this means I have to get a new door. :(



I'm a little bit late posting these since Festival In The Park was, oh, about a month ago. (And besides the fact that I keep wanting to call it Art In The Park and people don't know what i'm talking about....) But I must say it is one of my favorite Charlotte things-to-do thus far. It's pretty much an arts and crafts fair combined with festival food. Well, there are kiddie rides, too, but those don't really pertain here. I mean, festival food + arts and crafts + live music = me never wanting to leave. It's a good thing Heidi was there to keep me on track.

In other news, I had a nice trip up to Winston last weekend to see family. I spent lots of time with them Saturday evening and Sunday. My grandmother on my dad's side has been at the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home for about two weeks now. I saw all these people from my dad's side that I haven't seen in years. My brother, sister and I went to visit her last Saturday night and I think that's the first time the three of us had been together with her in maybe a good ten years. It was emotional... but in a good way. Lots of hugs and kisses, holding hands and getting her the things she needs to be comfortable. I know that it won't be much longer before she passes so we'll all cherish that hour that we had together then. And it's so great to reconnect with family that you rarely see or hear from. A bittersweet time for sure. I'm hoping to go up there again this weekend and spend some more time with everyone. I think we all need it.

And here's a cute picture of Layla and Bella curled up on the couch thrown in for good measure.


just stuff

Well, it hasn't been a terribly exciting week but it moved right along I guess. Let's see...

Did a couple of interviews at work this week for front desk. Not too happy with the results, lots of "Don't call us, we'll call you" going on there. I guess that's how it goes sometimes... Hopefully the ones for next week will turn out a little better.

This weekend I'm going up to Winston to see my family. I'm pretty excited about that. It's been a while since I last saw them. I hate that I wasn't there for my mom's birthday but you know how moms are... she wanted me to save my gas and just come when it was convenient. Then I found out that my grandma on my dad's side is in Hospice (and not expected to get any better) so I figured this weekend was as good as any to visit the family.
And this is totally random, but I found out yesterday that one of our clients at work is going to be on Nip/Tuck this season! How cool is that? He is a totally cool, nice guy too.

And can VH1 please retire the Jason Mraz "I'm Yours" video already? Everytime I see that darn thing it makes me homesick for Kauai....

OK -- Can we tell that I'm tired and need to go to bed? :) I'll spare you guys the rest! Have a great weekend!


Pure Genius.

You have got to try the new iTunes add-on program Genius.

The name says it all.

It reads my mind people.

No, really! I'm serious!

How did I discover new music before this existed?

And how can I become their spokesperson?

Forreals, my friends. Try it and you'll be hooked too.

Don't say I didn't warn you!

And PS -- I hear they're making new iPod nanos that will have Genius too! Brilliant!



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