I want to be a part of it...NY, NY!

Monday, December 17, 2007








And here you have it... back from the land of slush, wind, sleet, ice, and pure FUN! We had such a grand time in New York this weekend! I did my best to take as many pictures as I could remember to. Not bad? It's hard w/3 people to not leave anyone out, you know? But we got a few good ones of the three of us.

The first picture is us in front of Tiffany's. They had the most beautiful lights up around the doors and windows. The place was a pure madhouse... we went there the first day after Bloomingdale's and walking down 5th Avenue. The windows and lights were all mesmerizing. And that night we went to see Mary Poppins, which was really phenomenal. There were about 6 new songs in the show, written by 2 guys who collaborated with the original songwriters from the movie. I was skeptical reading about them in the Playbill before the show started, but they really blended seamlessly into the storyline. The sets and special effects were really top-notch, the grand finale being Mary Poppins flying up over the audience and into the ceiling before the curtain call! We were about 30 feet away from her on the Mezzanine level. I have never seen so many people as we did in Times Square that night. It was insane. Don't know how people go there on New Year's Eve... I'd be scared of being crushed to death.

The second day we went to brunch and then down to Soho and Chinatown. We didn't have to go into any sketchy backrooms, but I did have to wait in a phone booth and look at a laminated chart with corresponding numbers next to the bag I wanted. Then the guy came to the phone booth, and I said, "36." He said, "Wait in the phone booth and I'll be right back." He comes back with a black plastic trash bag, and we struck a deal on my "Louis Vuitton." It was all very exciting and funny.

Oh, one of these pictures is in our hotel's lobby: the University Club on 54th and 5th. It is such a beautiful hotel, but you can only stay there if you're a member. Luckily, my parents' stock broker is a member, so we got to stay there. It's a perfect location. But the funny thing about this picture is that we walked into the lobby to check in, and I was in the midst of taking this picture, when I got remonstrated for being in the lobby wearing jeans. The rules say you must be "appropriately dressed" (i.e., no jeans or sneakers) to walk through the lobby; otherwise you have to go in and out through the side basement door. So I got in trouble for this picture. Ha.

H&M was kind of a disappointment, as was Forever 21 (minus the jewelry section). But we had fun at Urban Outfitters and the Flagship Banana Republic (of course), Zara, and Chinatown. By the way, the pink knitted cap I'm wearing saved my life yesterday. Not sure I would've made it walking around in the freezing and windy drizzle without such protection. Don't know if I'll ever wear it again, but I told my mom it was the best thing we bought yesterday. It was funny sitting on the subway and looking at the reflection of the 3 of us all wearing knitted caps with ear flaps.

Tip: GO TO PINKBERRY if you're ever in New York. It's worth the transportation. I promise.

Happy Christmas to all and I'm glad to be home but will definitely be glad to go back someday!

Procrastinating

Thursday, December 13, 2007






I'm not done packing yet. We're going to New York tomorrow--me, Martha my sister, and Pam my mom. We've been talking about a girls' trip to NYC for years. And it's finally here. It's tomorrow, for crying out loud! I am so excited.

I'm good at some things (grammar, correspondance), but I'm REALLY NOT good at other things; i.e., packing and taking pictures. Both of these should be amended pronto. I'm working on them. Actually, Martha helped me lay out the clothes for this trip (last night, a whole 2 days before the trip!), and I've GOT to take pictures this weekend or I'm a crazy person!

Here are some updated pictures from the past few weeks. The baby kitten, Sam, is growing up fast. Look at him! He's the permanent kitty of my friend and former boss, JC. Is this not the cutest kitty picture you've ever seen (yes, even you, Schepp)?!

Also, here's a picture of me at the desk @BR on my last full-time day. Ha. More to follow.

Enjoy. Hopefully, I'll have plenty of NYC pics to share next week! We're going to see Mary Poppins, for heaven's sake!

Disclaimer of Sorts

Monday, December 10, 2007

I have a self-inflicted reputation as a "text-er," if you will. I like to text message indeed.

Just so everyone know pubicly, my phone screen has been completely out since 2 weeks ago. It is all white and I cannot see a thing on it. I can receive calls and I can dial them if I know the number by heart. So if you've sent me a text message and expect a prompt response as usual, sorry I've been falling down on the job....technical glitch.

Hopefully this will be amended by the end of this week. Thank you.

A Thought on Christmas Music

Thursday, December 06, 2007

I, like any other self-respecting Christmas fan, do indeed tune into Christmas music following Thanksgiving Day. WRVR and "StarLite" (the Sirius Satellite Christmas station) play very frequently between Thanksgiving and Christmas on my radio--'tis true. I only have one question:

Does anyone really like Kenny G Christmas music?

You'd never listen to him any other time of the year... yet somehow, radio stations near and far seem to think that just because he plays a version of "O Tanenbaum" on his saxophone/clarinet/mutant musical instrument, it's now acceptable to play LOTS of Kenny G on the radio. I mean, after all, it's Christmas. Let me tell you... it's not acceptable! I don't care that he may be playing an exceptionally heartwarming version of "Silent Night." It's still his weird saxophone/clarinet/mutant musical instrument sound blaring at me obnoxiously through my speakers and I don't care that it's Christmas--I still don't want to listen to Kenny G just because it happens to be December.

I much prefer Bing Crosby, Carpenters, Rosemary Clooney, and even if I must, I can tolerate boy-band-genre Christmas tunes when taken in light doses. But NEVER Kenny G! It's almost as bad as that "Little Drummer Boy" fusion song with David Bowie.

Am I stranded on an island of my own opinion on this one?

Question

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Does anyone have any brilliant ways of keeping shed hairs off of the bathroom floor? I know Kelly loves the Swiffer Vac... does this work sufficiently? It drives me crazy--I clean out my brush after every time of use--and I don't know how to keep up! I wish our heads never shed except I realize that they need to! UGH!

Look at that little face...

Monday, October 29, 2007







Okay, whoa, you're thinking. This amount of pictures may be excessive. Is this little kitty not the cutest little guy you've ever seen? Can you see how tiny he is?

Here's his story: my boss, also named Jonathan, discovered a litter of kittens had been born outside of his back window, next to the air conditioning unit. There were five kittens, but the mother cat growled whenever he tried to come near and look. A few days later, two of the kitties had died, and there were three left. The next night there was a big storm. So, the mother cat decided to move the remaining three kittens to another place. She never came back for this little guy (we're calling him Sam/Sammy). He will probably be 3 weeks old on Wednesday. He has the key to my heart. I have been helping nurse him and take care of him since Jonathan C. found him. We've taken him to a nearby vet, too, who has inspected him and helped us with instructions on nursing Sammy. We got to watch his eyes open for the first time, and aren't they so blue? He still has to be fed every 3-4 hours, and has started to purr like crazy whenever you cuddle him! He has so much personality!

If anyone is interested in bringing this tiny bundle of joy, I will definitely interview you. Yes, I am very protective of this little angel, and want him to have the best home possible. He will make a marvelous pet. Red, our cat, really likes him, I think. I love the picture of the 2 of them together, because you can see how small Sammy really is. Can you see how fuzzy and cute he is?

Vacation, Indeed

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Sorry for the long absence. Jonathan and I are headed to Destin tomorrow for a long weekend (and his fall break). If you work for Gap, Inc. full-time, you cannot take vacation days from November 1-January 10. So, I'm trying to get in one last fun weekend before Holiday Craziness ensues. I'm very much looking forward to sitting in a chair reading a book. Or not doing anything. Maybe just sitting. Maybe walking. Maybe talking. Maybe nothing. All of the aforementioned sounds marvelous. I cannot WAIT for R-E-S-T!

To dispel any lingering questions...

Thursday, September 13, 2007

I've gotten several (in person) comments recently that have led me to address the issue of this blog's title.

Yes, it's true: I really cannot wear earrings anymore. Apparently, my skin is allergic to metal. Yes, this includes my wedding rings. Yes, I'm suffering through it and wearing them most of the time anyway. The last time I wore earrings for more than a few minutes was at our wedding. My ears were red, swollen, itchy, etc. afterward. Now, they're almost closed up (I can get an earring about halfway through from the front on each ear).

I don't know how this happened. One day, in college, one of my earlobes got infected, so I took my earrings out and doctored it for several weeks. After trying to put my earrings back in, they immediately were inflamed, red, etc., again. I've tried hydrogen peroxide, neosporin, rubbing alcohol, and Lotrimin, all to no avail.

And for most of 2007, my wedding ring finger has been broken out around the knuckle and underneath where the band is, and my pinky finger is red where it touches my ring. The dermatologist says that there is really no solution for this. He gave me some prescription hydrocortisone cream but there is no real cure. I was always a pearl studs kind of girl anyway, so not being able to wear earrings isn't the hugest loss in the whole world... but, it does stink if you're trying to feel all dressed up, and you can't put earrings on. I've gotten used to my face without them, by now.


p.s. We returned from the truly magical land of Disney on Monday morning, and yes, it was an unbelievably good time. I will load some pictures once we find our camera battery charger. AND I GOT TO MEET MARY POPPINS (no, not Julie Andrews)!

JT, Fish, and Flowers

Friday, August 24, 2007







































Some pictoral updates for the readership. (Sorry I couldn't get them to line up chronologically.)

1. The Justin Timberlake Concert was only the most ridiculously FUN concert I've ever attended. By the end (not even the end, more like the beginning/middle), I found myself literally jumping up and down waving my hands in the air and screaming like a 12-year-old girl. We were on the floor, so our proximity to celebrity was crazy-close. Timbaland showed up, and the visual effects were like candy for the eyes.

2. Speaking of candy for the eyes, get a load of the rainbow trout I caught in the Little Red River. Jonathan and I got to go fishing a few weekends ago on our way back from Bentonville. I caught 4 fish, and by the 3rd one, I took him off the hook myself and released him back into the river. It was my first time in the waders, and I didn't fall in (came awfully close twice, though).

3. Someone-Who-Prefers-Not-to-Be-Named got me these white daisies just because; they were waiting for me on the kitchen counter when I came home from work yesterday. This is the first time this has ever happened to me... and hopefully not the last (even though it was threatened to be the last if I listed this Person's name).

4. Are lists like this any fun to read?

Dear Month of August,

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

No one likes you except extreme Elvis fans. So go away and let September come back. We all like football and pumpkin carving and wearing hoodies better than we like you. Yet somehow, no matter how often you come (once a year), we southerners still get completely surprised at your searing vicious temperatures.

However, I will give you this: I love me a good bouquet of freshly sharpened pencils.

My Opinion About Towels

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

I would LOVE to have a fresh towel every time I showered! Unfortunately, I don't have enough energy to do that much laundry (plus, we're dealing with a small stackable washer & dryer that raises the temperature of our condo by 2 degrees when the dryer is going).

Jonathan is very good about hanging his towel up--but he would use the same towel for days and weeeeeeeks if I didn't change it for him. Thus the contention has been this: Leslie wanting to change her towel often and Jonathan thinking that we're doing too much constant laundry.

I'm also a 2 towel girl (1 for hair, 1 for bod)... so this generates even more usage of multiple towels. Final consensus: Maybe someday I'll have a new towel for every shower. But for now, I'll go with 2-3.

Tesney, I only dry my face with my hair towel anyway, which is obviously the cleaner of the 2. Is this acceptable?

I need to take a poll...

Wednesday, July 25, 2007















How many days/washes do you go before changing out your towels? This has gotten to be a spot of contention in our household? Plus, I'm curious... ?

(This pictures is me with the bride and the maid of honor at the Austin wedding Jonathan & I recently attended... aren't they beauties?)

Trip to Austin

Thursday, July 12, 2007

I just got back from a visit to Austin, Texas, where I was a bridesmaid in my dear friend Katie's wedding.

Notables include:

1. People driving on the highway in the daytime rain don't turn their lights on anymore. I'm serious, I bet less than 50% of drivers I encountered had their lights on! Jonathan drove back to Memphis with me, where he experienced this same phenomenon. I wanted to shout, I CAN'T SEE YOU! Especially with trucks spewing rain all over your windshield as you pass them--makes it very difficult to see anything.

2. Anyone ever had chocolate-covered sunflower seeds/kernels? I hadn't either, but they were the favor at the rehearsal dinner.

3. I visited the Steve & Barry's SJP store. I'll give them a little slack: maybe it's between shipments or something. Everything was incredibly picked over, and they had mostly Larges and XLarges left. There was one black jacket I liked, and several screen print tees, which was a surprise. I didn't know the screen print tee would be a focus for her. Also I realized that the fashion shows on TV were outfits put together by trained stylists, who had a tough job of taking BASICS and making them into something fahionable.

4. Still want that houndstooth coat, though. Now at least I can project my exact size in her clothing.

(I'll post a few pictures once I put the pictures on my computer)

Hope everyone's summers are going along wonderfully!

Look at this baby...

Monday, June 11, 2007




Thanks for the encouragement, Carrie. And THANKS for the info on the Jonesboro location, Kelly. The complete Oprah fashion show is at http://www.oprah.com/beauty/fashion/beauty_fashion_20070518_bit_201.jhtml.

I'm already strategizing about how I am going to get this coat. The facts: I know it comes out in August, and I know it's $19.98. Beyond that, it's going to be pure grit to get one of these puppies in my closet.

That's the beauty of this clothing line (I'm sure most of you've heard), but EVERYTHING is less than $20. How does she do it? Well, she said on the Today Show that she made a deal with some of the manufacturers, who usually mark up their manufacturing costs by factors of ten. I guess her charm and vision broke these barriers of cost. But really, who cares? I figure if this coat is $20, and it falls apart after 2-3 wears, I got my money's worth. Seriously. People have expressed concern to me about the quality of this clothing line. But if they're trend-conscious basics, and it's $10 for a woven blouse, who in the world cares if it falls apart after one season?

You get what you pay for, right?

Anyone up for a trip to Jonesboro?

What to Write, What to Write...

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Here's the deal:

I don't have so many flashy pictures to display all of the time (no children). Witty banter is more appealing, yes, but the mass of it can be intimidating if time is limited. My readership may not be extensive enough for open-ended survey-type questions, and topics that interest me lately are common grammatical errors and growing healthy annual groundcover plants in full summer sun. Thus I find myself at a loss in the blogging world. To question or not to question? To challenge or not to challenge?

I won't write about the 5 most annoying things customers do when you work in retail. I won't write about my current pet peeve of misplaced apostrophes that signify no possession. I won't write about how my cat can jump almost 5 feet in the air and still faithfully plays fetch with us every day. I won't write about my new obsession with Sarah jessica Parker's clothing line, Bitten, in Steve & Barry stores, and how the closest one is in Nashville, and how I missed seeing its opening by one week when we were in a Dallas store location!

So, what to write, then?

Eeek! New post!

Tuesday, June 05, 2007







The first picture is the wall of Jonathan's cubicle before his last day of work. The second picture is Jonathan's adjustment of the letters.

He started school on Monday: General Chemistry I, calculator, lab goggles and all. I'm doing Memphis Workcamp this week, and am so excited to return to the outdoors! Before and after pictures of our Workcamp house to come!

Update

Friday, May 04, 2007








So much has been happening for us recently, that I wanted my next post to be as comprehensive as possible.

1. We were going to move to Oxford, MS for school--and now we're not. However, Jonathan is starting summer school at the U of M on June 6.

2. We had our first anniversary.

3. Jonathan shaved his 8-month-old beard.

See? Life changes galore, or at least imminent life changes have been occurring left and right.

Our anniversary was very fun, but it was like most of the milestones in my life; it came and went with no surprise, only fun and joy. We celebrated at Texas de Brazil for dinner (each of our first time there!), and it was very tasty.

The One Year: It seems like we've been married a long time in some ways, almost like Jonathan and I have always shared a home together. In other ways, it seems like our wedding was just yesterday! I still love looking at the pictures and reminiscing, but after the anniversary, I finally got to the place where I was happy with our wedding being Over; I'm not going to be the bride anymore (I'll always be Jonathan's bride), and that's fine with me. We've had a good year together, learning about keeping house together, getting our first pet together, making job changes and career moves, taking care of one another when we're sick, making plans, etc., etc. Jonathan is my best friend and my partner in life. And I couldn't be happier with our situation, no matter what external circumstances change, the core of our family--the two of us--is constant.

And our cake top was TASTY.

Misdirected Bang Trims... What gives?

Thursday, April 12, 2007




My bangs feel like this.

I am DONE with getting strangers to trim my bangs. One bad experience in New Orleans with the curvature (longer on the sides, shorter in the front); one bad experience yesterday (I had a gift card for a free haircut at a new salon in Germantown and thought, why not? Now I know why not!). This new lady is MID-CUT on my bangs, painstakingly trimming one hair at a time practically, when she asks me, "do you want them straight across or kind of jagged and different lengths?"

Of COURSE I DON'T want them straight across my forehead like a six-year-old! And when is it EVER a good idea to ask an opinion of the person whose hair you're cutting mid-cut?!? Never! By then, it was too late. And they're too short! AGH! There's nothing to do but wait for them to grow, at this point. They're too short to pin back or even wear a headband.

Maybe I can bring back hats?


p.s. I got a sewing machine for my birthday. Learning to use it is the next battle.

You Know You're Married When...

Thursday, March 29, 2007

...you spend the rest of your Macy's wedding credit on Corningware that you've realized you actually do need. Zzzzzzzz

Sorry for the delay, folks.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

BOO on Memphis' loss tonight. But, Ohio State definitely deserves to be in the Final Four, for sure. Jonathan says that Greg Oden will one day be like Patrick Ewing in fame and reknown. So, at least there's that.

Also of note, my AI favorites have not wavered: girl is still Melinda, although I don't know what modern recording niche she really falls into; boy is still Blake, who seems like a true musician and dedicated worker at getting his desired musical point across. But I must say, my love for either of these contestants by no means competes with my last year's love for Elliott Yamin. Last year's contestants' collective talent does NOT rival this year's group by any means, but it makes the show no less interesting.

This will not become an AI-centered blog, so I shall take a moment to acknowledge that Lost has really stepped it up these past few episodes. I guess JJ Abrams is still [somewhere] at the helm. (Don't want to give away any plot points so I shall stop there with my analysis.)

I love when the dogwoods bloom. It makes up for the cherry trees' short-lived blossoms, which always kind of bum me out when they start turning green. For the rest of the year, it's difficult to remember the light pink glory that overtakes our eyeballs every March.

Happy official Spring!

Melinda....

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Doolittle is in a different echelon from the rest of the AI contestants. Who knows if America will pick her as the champion, though. These things are never in the bag, as they say.

Going to Austin this weekend, and I'm so excited. I'm going to get a sno cone at my old sno cone stand, Sno Beach, if it's the last thing I ever do. Still debating between blackberry & red raspberry. The wedding cake and canteloupe are favorites as well. Maybe a splash of almond over the top will do the trick.

Which flavor of sno cone is your favorite?

Somewhere Only We Know...

Saturday, February 24, 2007




I'm sure 1 out of every 3 of you has been watching or is watching American Idol this season. We love American Idol at the our house, because, after all, we are American.

My favorite male contestant this past week was Blake. He sang a Keane song, "Somewhere Only We Know," and I thought he was the best male vocalist (the last guy might end up being really good, but he needs to grow some hair...just give me some stubble!). This song is probably my favorite song on the February Banana Republic CD, and there are even 4 Keane songs on it. Does anyone listen to Keane much? They're very melodic and wonderful. I'm so happy that Blake chose such a pretty song (and pretty unknown, probably). It catapulted my like for him by 1,000x. He was probably known to you as the "Beat Boxer" before this. If you haven't heard the song, I'm sure there's a video of him singing it on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NfHwgPNEBU), or look on iTunes. You won't be disappointed.

Who's your favorite contestant?

Another question I had today was this (please help): Does it seem like people always capitlize the show LOST when referring to it on cyberspace or in print? Is this because

a) It is their favorite show and they need to emphasize this?
b) They think it is the greatest show of all time, thus garnering all caps for all eternity, in any circumstance?
or c) JJ Abrams & Co. want it to be in all caps, aka The Man wants it to be in all caps?

I'll post another time about my feelings on the use of all caps.

Citizens & Hair

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

A la Julie Kiser's blog, I will make a confession that I just need to accept about myself:

I will never spend a lot of time on my hair, no matter what the style or my best intentions. It doesn't matter what hair I may imagine for myself for X event, or how much imaginary time I budget to "do" my hair: it never happens. I don't have the patience, and I guess at the end of the day, I just don't CARE as much as i may want to. Maybe that's the bottom line. Regardless, low-maintenance haircuts must be mine if they are to be a success.


RIP in a certain way for my beloved Citizens of Humanity jeans that I've worn the tar out of for 4 years now--they have finally bit the dust. This is my very first pair of jeans to have had a huge hole in the knee from actual wear and tear.

Whats the most beloved article of clothing that you've ever worn out?

Lost and FOUND!

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Thanks for the suggestions, folks. Jonathan found his ring under Red the Kitty's food bowl. Whatever.

...the night we've all been waiting for. Lost's 3.5 season premiere! Yippee!

Mad Search

Monday, February 05, 2007

Right now, our household is in an uproar: Jonathan left his wedding ring on the counter before going to the Y to lift weights. When he just went to put it back on, it was gone.

Red the Kitty is full of mischief. It must have been all his doing. Jonathan just said to him, "Are you trying to make it hard for me to like you?" We've looked all over the floor, under the couches, in the sink... etc. Suggestions?

Will we find the wedding ring? Stay tuned.

Calling all Mothers of Young Children

Thursday, February 01, 2007

I need the official opinion of mothers on taking young children out in 20 degree weather to go shopping for oneself. What is right and what is wrong? Are there enough clothes you can put on a baby of (+) or (-) 4 months old to warrent taking them out?

Opinions, please. I don't want to make a judgment call until I have all the information.

There you go, Jesse.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

I kind of like having the old template back, I must admit. Thanks.

p.s. I got my Bible engraved with my new name on it today (not the top of the priority list, but a good errand for a Thursday off from work). Now I can feel like my married self while reading Romans! Yippee!

5 Week-Month.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007


January is a long ole stinkin' month. One of the bright spots, however, is my good friend Kelly Schepp Hovater's birthday is in 5 days. Shout out shout out.

Retail is dismal in January; spring lines are out, but it's cold. Everyone spent a honking amount of money for Christmas and is now paying for it (literally). I am not ready for warm weather yet, 'tis true. We need a good snow, some ice, something before it gets hot again. I have been enjoying way too much hot cocoa recently for it to be 80 degrees soon. The mere thought makes me want to move to Maine.

Basically, the point of this post is I Like Cold Weather. (Or, I Like Being Inside During Cold Weather.) Nothing groundbreaking. Does anyone else share this love of cold with me? Or is it really fear of hotness?


p.s. I've begun Tale of Two Cities.

Jonathan & His Algorithms

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Ever since we saw the move The Pursuit of Happyness, Jonathan has made up his mind to solve the Rubix cube. Yesterday (Saturday), I was at work all day, and when I called late afternoon to see what he had been doing, he first said, "nothing," and then admitted to having worked on the Rubix cube for a good chunk of the day.

Sitting next to me is this object of obsession, and he has one full side solved, with 7 others having 6 colors correct, and the final one has 4 colors correct. I think he's getting close. After extensive research, his main comment is: "it's all about the algorithms, baby."

The Newest Family Member

Monday, January 01, 2007













































And Happy New Year to you too!



This is the newest member of our family . . . RED. He is approximately 8 months old, and was found outside of Gerald & Susie's house on Cherry Road. My compassionate mother-in-law began feeding him, and noticed how exceptionally affectionate was this kitty. It got extremely cold one night, and she took him into their "back house" room. He lived there for several weeks, got "fixed" and necessary shots, but then, alas! Chris, Nikki, & Kendall were coming visiting for Christmastime! What would Small Black Kitty do when their dog Waker came into the scene? Where would Waker stay?

Solution: the Jonathan's family took him into our cozy little townhouse, and he took to it right away. By the second night, he was sleeping all through the night right next to me... purring while sitting in my lap, sitting underneath whichever chair I happened to be sitting in, etc. Thus, he was delegated the name "Red" --having been assigned to the back house, away from the other animals, it reminded us of the old adage, "Red-headed stepchild."

So here he is with us, to stay. We've grown accustomed to his little black kitty face. The first picture is him with his favorite toy, his foam ball. We've taught him to play fetch, and hopefully soon I will figure out how to upload the video we took. In that way, maybe he is the dog I've always wanted.

(This last picture is a picture of our very first Christmas tree. RIP.)
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