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As hoped, Clemson pulled it out and beat the Citadel (45-17), NC State (27-9) and SC State (54-0). Yes, all of those were easy games and they were expected to win, but hey, three W’s to offset that initial L against Alabama. So, “GO TIGERS!” My blood runneth orange again.

Twenty-one days without a new post. Sorry about that. This little thing called life keeps happening in a great way and tends to keep me away from the computer when at all possible. But I think you’re all deserving of an update:

Newlywed glow — Our friends, Kirby and Meredith, came down for Labor Day weekend after only being married for six weeks. We were impressed that they were even willing to leave their house after such a short time of wedded bliss, but hey, we were thrilled to host them here in Savannah. We had a great day at the beach and exploring downtown Savannah before watching the depressing Clemson vs. Alabama game at Wild Wings that prompted my previous post. So glad that things are looking up, up, up for the Tigers now! Later in the weekend, we went out to Tybee Island for the Labor Day Beach Bash and fireworks show. The fireworks were incredible. It was a blast to be around such a great couple that weekend.

His team name is “Henderson” — David’s on a soccer team here in Savannah started by Travis Henderson…hence the name. I just cheer based on jersey color, “go blue!”, instead of “go Henderson!” I can’t sound like I’m cheering for Travis the whole game. David’s really enjoying being back on the field again and honing his skills. He’s hoping to teach me some basic moves so that I can be on the indoor league in early 2009. We’ll see, folks.

Parental visit — I love my mom, and I love when she’s in town. She came down to Savannah not too long ago to “visit, cook and shop.” Awesome! She cooked two fabulous meals for me and David, and she and I got to go shopping downtown. Too fun! My mom is down nearly 30lbs and is looking fan-stinkin-tastic these days. It’s a blast to go shopping with her and see how great she looks in everything. Go mom! Come visit anytime!

A grandparental visit — My mom left on Friday morning, then I worked all day, then my mom’s parents came to town. They had been in Hilton Head for a conference and thought that a quick jaunt to Savannah would be nice; David and I agreed. They treated us to Papa’s for dinner–delicious–and we got to get all caught up with them. They’re about to embark on a trip to Nova Scotia…by car. I wholeheartedly respect their patience with being in a car that long, but then again, when you have a great travel buddy, cross-country driving can be fun.

Saw the whole thing, dude. First you were all like “whoa,” and we were like “whoa,” and you were like “whoa…” — As spoken by Crush from Finding Nemo. For those of you who haven’t seen the movie (you should rent it tonight), Crush is a sea turtle, and David and I had a couple of pretty cool sea turtle experiences recently. Not only did we get to observe two hatched sea turtle nest excavations, but during one of those, a live sea turtle that had been trapped in the nest for at least five days was uncovered. That night, he was released back to the ocean. How cool to be so close to an endangered species. Aside from that, David and I were both blown away by that little guy’s (or gal…you won’t know until he/she is 35 years old) determination. No matter how many times the waves pushed him back onto the shore, he–after at least five days without nourishment of any kind–kept fighting to get into that water knowing that he had at least a 36-48 hour swim to safety. Unreal. Certainly refreshed my determination in areas of weakness in my life. Only 1 in 4,000 baby sea turtles makes it from the egg to adulthood. Go little guy, go!

Upcoming excitement — This Thursday, September 25, is exciting for at least three reasons. First, it’s Gap’s payday-woo hoo! Second, Cold Stone Creamery in Savannah is having the “World’s Largest Ice Cream Social” from 5-8 with FREE delicious ice cream creations put together by two make-a-wish children. Donations accepted of course. And third, Grey’s Anatomy starts up its 5th season with a two-hour premiere. What could be better?

Mud + obstacles + race + 5,000 competitors = fantastic weekend — David and three guys from his work joined forces to create a team to compete in the US Marine Corps Mud Run at Ft. Jackson last weekend. When I thought of what a “mud run” would look like, I definitely pictured 4.5 miles of dirt and mud, but not in pits chest-deep. I didn’t picture my husband and his team having to climb up dirt/mud mountains and go under logs that laid right on top of previously mentioned mud pits. It took David a couple of days to get all the dirt out of his ears. But you know what? It was a great time! I wanted to be in there with the guys, competing. David and his team really enjoyed their time and are already talking about how they’ll beat their 1:02:54 time next year.

Speaking of athletics — David and I are still training for our respective long-distance races in December, but it’s been anything but easy here in Savannah. Between the heat (which thankfully seems to have broken for at least this week), humidity, lack of running trails/shoulders and hills, aggressive beach traffic and extremely busy schedules on our end, each run is like a little victory. In fact, as soon as I finish this post, I’ll be heading out the door to tackle one of those runs and accomplish a big victory. Should be fun!

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From my wedding. Just needed a header change, and I miss those girls.

To those of you who have my mom’s poppyseed chicken recipe, you can replace all of the naughty ingredients with their cheaper, healthy substitutes. I tried it recently, and I couldn’t tell a difference:

Replace:
-butter with applesauce (preferable the plain “no sugar added” kind)
-sour cream with 8oz plain, fat-free yogurt (not vanilla, just “plain”)
-Ritz crackers with generic low-sodium “snack crackers” (that’s the Wal-Mart name for them)

Oh, and for those of you who do not have the recipe but want it, let me know!

Go healthy!

Those who know me well know that I thrive on being busy. That said, I can’t remember a time when I’ve had just one job; I’m normally juggling a few.

That said, I’m working to regain balance since beginning my job as brand logistics expert at Gap. It’s a super fun job, but I’m trying to figure out where to fit everything else in along with my other jobs. Keep me in mind as I sort this out with God’s guidance and David’s support.

I hope to be back to blogging soon!

What’s universal? Bad dancing and the smiles and laughs associated with it. I’m taking a brief break from the “playing catch up” posts to ask you for a favor. Take five minutes to watch the video that I’m about to describe.

Matt set out on a mission to dance all over the world. He went to 42 countries over 14 months and created an incredible video commemorating it. As the clip goes on, more and more people join him dancing. It’s really motivational and encouraging to see people from all over the world…from different backgrounds…that speak all different languages…dancing together with Matt.

It’s like no matter how different we are, we can all have a crazy fun time together.

When you open the video, click beneath it to “watch in high quality.”

Here’s the link: Where the Heck is Matt?

So I was thinking that David and I could save a lot of money by becoming vegetarians (haven’t done it yet), but then I went grocery shopping this morning. PET-brand milk at Wal-Mart was $5.98 a gallon.

$5.98!

The generic was $3.40, but my gosh, what is happening to food prices, people? Whew.

Anyhow, vegetarians still drink milk, so becoming a vegan may be the best way to go to keep your wallet nicely padded. We’ll see…

While talking with my dad this morning, he mentioned something that his dad told him back in the day in regards to career aspirations. With my job search still in full swing, this really stuck with me:

“Whatever it is that you become in life, let it be said about you that you were one of the best”

Shameless plug for Goodwill.

I had my first Goodwill shopping experience recently. I tried on 17 shirts. I bought 5. I paid under $18 total with tax. Two were from New York & Company, one was a Danskin dry fit running top, and two were random, but oh-so-comfy.

Haven’t tried Goodwill? Well, have you ever donated clothes to them? Were they good quality? Other people do that too. It’s true!

I’ll definitely head back. You should too.

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Remember him? I’m such a fan of old-school cartoons. You know, the kind that were drawn by hand?

Anyhow, I went on a walk this morning with Sarah through her neighborhood, and we had some close encounters of the bird kind. There were two separate instances where a falcon/hawk/some kind of large bird with pretty significantly sized talons was being chased away by tiny little mockingbirds. They were likely protecting their babies.

It’s amusing, though, to see such a massive bird get bullied away by two or three little birds who incessantly peck at them. Neither time did the larger bird do anything to fend off the mockingbirds. It just flew away eventually with a trail of angry mamas behind it.

Later on our walk, we encountered a baby mockingbird…on the ground. One of his legs was pretty twisted, so he was hopping around on just one. We weren’t sure if the parents had rejected him or if he fell out and hurt is leg. His parents were freaking out in a nearby tree over a couple of blue jays that had been swooping near the baby. Trying to be good Samaritans, we picked up the bird and took him back to Sarah’s house to assess his situation.

The power went out last night (apparently a woodpecker got into the transformer…oh my), and while mine was on, Sarah’s was not. The poor guy seemed to be in shock or playing dead or something. He wouldn’t budge after we put him in a box (with cushioning, of course). We couldn’t do any research to figure out what we should feed him or anything (power out), so I headed back to my place to sort it out. Turns out, we should have just left him. He was likely fledging (learning to fly) based on the amount of feathers he had and based on the fact that his parents were still protecting him (hadn’t rejected him).

As I type, Sarah’s putting him back out into the wild. I so hope that he doesn’t come face-to-face with any of the many neighborhood cats or blue jays. Eep!

Sarah just tagged me for this meme. I normally don’t do these sorts of posts, but this one was quick and somewhat informative. Enjoy!

5 things under $5 that I couldn’t live without
1. Orbit teeth whitening gum–any flavor will do, so long as my teeth are white and my breath is fresh
2. Yellow legal pads and post-it notes–they’re perfect for my to-do lists
3. Filtered water–without it, I’d be a pimply, dehydrated mess
4. Stamps–so maybe I can only buy 11 of them for $5, but how else would I send cards and letters?
5. Intense mouthwash–I’m really particular about my breath (see Orbit gum above)

5 favorite movies
1. The Shawshank Redemption–watched this on my 17th birthday; my first R-rated movie ever!
2. A Beautiful Mind–I love movies that make me think and teach me something. This was great.
3. Matrix trilogy–rented the first one on my 17th birthday too; my second R-rated movie ever. I’m a rebel.
4. Bourne trilogy–saw Bourne Identity on my first date with David
5. Lord of the Rings trilogy–I cried when Gandalf “died” and one of my guy friends laughed.

5 baby names I love
1. Caleb
2. Abigail
3. Anne/Anna
4-5. TBD…honestly, David and I haven’t given it a ton of thought, but will once the time comes.

5 songs I could listen to over and over again (note “*” links at bottom of post)
1. I will lift my eyes by Bebo Norman–used as the background for our wedding clips. Thanks, Brady!
2. Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol–anything of theirs, and really anything that appears on Grey’s Anatomy*
3. Apologize by One Republic–first heard this on “So You Think You Can Dance”…love it
4. The Moment I said it by Imogen Heap–really, anything of hers is great. Thanks Garden State for introducing her to me by way of her old group, Frou Frou!*
5. All things by the Dave Matthews Band–several of my favorites are Stay or Leave, Crush, The Maker, #41, Warehouse, etc

5 people who have influenced me in a positive way
1. Christ–he’s a life-changer, for sure
2. David–he challenges me to better myself, and for that, I’m truly thankful
3. My mom and dad–they’re amazing and truly love unconditionally
4. My brother, Greg–he knows how to call it like it is and keep me smiling
5. Sarah Allen–my maid of honor, my closest friend from childhood, the sister I never had

5 things that are always in my purse
1. Cell phone
2. Wallet
3. Pen(s) and paper
4. Gum
5. Camera

5 moments that have changed my life forever
1. Becoming a Christian
2. Marrying David
3. Walking on to the women’s rowing team at Clemson
4. Being completely broken down and subsequently built back up by God during my graduate school career
5. Moving away from Greenville, SC

5 obsessions I have now
1. My husband–he’s pretty much amazing, so I love all the time I get with him
2. Running–and it’s culminating in a marathon on Sunday; I cannot wait!
3. Google Apps–especially the calendar and reader.
4. Reading–currently finishing up “Cold Mountain,” then it’s on to “On the Road”
5. Exploring/Traveling–I hope David and I take as many weekend/day trips in GA as we did in PA. Too fun!

5 places I would like to go
1. The Amazon–how amazing would that be?
2. Back to Vermont–our honeymoon in Stowe was excellent, and David and I would love to visit again
3. Alaska–the thought of the sun staying up all but 4-5 hours in the day during the summer sounds great
4. St. Lucia, St. Kitts, any Caribbean location, really–because everyone else has
5. Europe–especially the UK, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, back to France…all over

5 kitchen tools I cannot live without
1. Scissors–how can you do anything in the kitchen without scissors?
2. Spoon–quite possibly my favorite utensil. It scoops what it should, then picks up the fork’s slack.
3. All my Pampered Chef gadgets–we had a Pampered Chef wedding shower and got spoiled. Everything is incredible!
4. Spatula–a wonderful multi-purpose tool
5. Measuring cups, mixing bowls, mixing spoons–how else would I bake properly?

5 people whose top 5’s I would like to see
1. Jen
2. Kacie
3. Blythe
4. Emily
5. Greg

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*Of course if you want to see the particular scene it was shown in, Grey’s fans, here you go!
*This song was debuted–at least for me–on So you Think you can Dance, here.