"I've discovered that my own little postage stamp of native soil was worth writing about and that I would never live long enough to exhaust it."
- William Faulkner

Monday, February 28, 2011

the end of an era

It's hard to believe that I'll no longer hear Jack Cristil on the radio for a Mississippi State sporting event. Out of the Bulldogs' 110 football seasons, Jack has called 58 of them. He's one of the true characters in college athletics, and he'll be sorely missed.

Not that he was nice all the time; his one-liners are legendary. He saw some really nasty football and basketball in his day, but here are some of the best from the 2008 Egg (Toilet) Bowl...

“The QB and the receiver weren’t on the same page there; but hey, it’s only week eleven.”

“Handoff to Dixon. And Dixon is murdered on the play.”

After Ole Miss went up 17-0 in the 1st Quarter: “They are going to have to send in their second kickoff coverage unit because the first unit is going to tire out with all of these kickoffs.”

“Ole Miss has just scored and we don’t know who scored because No. 85 isn’t listed on their roster. It’s academic at this point.”

“It’s third down and so long, you will need surveying equipment to see how much is needed for a first down.”

“There are only 45 seconds left. Maybe Ole Miss won’t score another touchdown. In the 1st quarter that is.”

“Coming up on the end of the quarter – the third quarter, that is. We’ve still got another one to play.

“At the end of the third quarter, Ole Miss barely out in front, 38-0.”

“Ole Miss has punted once today for a grand total of 12 yards. They ought to improve on that with this next punt.” (Laughter in the background)

“Let’s punt it again. McAdams has to punt it a lot in his final game as a Bulldog.”

In the 4th Quarter: “For the record both teams have all of their timeouts left. So, that ought to make it fun.”

“Well, what do you know? The Rebels have put a couple of backup linemen in the game.”

“Mercifully, the clock continues to run.”

“About 3 minutes left, many fans have long been gone. In fact, some of them are probably already home by now.”

“Chris Relf can throw it long. He cannot throw it accurately, but he can throw it long.”

“Well, that’s only a loss of 9 there. So, it’s only third and 19.”

“A great many of the 55,000 fans have left the game now (45-0), they might even be home now watching on TV”.

“It’s 4th down and 24 yards to go, this ought to dictate a punt right now.”
John Correro: “One can only hope so, Jack.”

“Well, the Bulldogs take a delay of game. That backs them up to their 4 where it will be fourth and 31. We just wanted to make sure McAdams had plenty of room to kick the ball because he has such a powerful leg.”

“That’s it. Ballgame over. Ole Miss noses out Mississippi State, 45-0.”

“Sonic drive of the game….My drive home to Tupelo, MS I guarantee you that is my drive of the game.” (Then he proceeded to give his home address.)

After Ole Miss was twice flagged for celebration after scoring: “That’s terrible, throwing a flag on a kid that just made a great play. Let the kid celebrate a little.”

Only Jack could make me smile after such a horrid game.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

wish list wednesday

What am I wishing for this Wednesday?

* That I wasn't having to eat convention lunches all week. Yuck.

* This awesome jewelry stand. I am in desperate need of some accessory organization, people.

* That I'd had hundreds of dollars to spend at Ikea this afternoon. That place is mind-blowing.

* An awesome springy dress (like this one) to dress up or down. Love, love, love these colors.

* To go to a super cool Oscars party like this. You can make it happen - check out the printables!

What's your wish?

Sunday, February 20, 2011

language of love

The 5 Love Languages is one of my favorite books ever. EVER. I recommend it to any and everyone that will listen to be gush incessantly about it. If you've never read it, it will completely change your life and the way you look at and treat others. I've been waiting for my Sunday school class to start discussion on it, and they finally did today! I think even Kell may be convinced to read it now.

Don't know your Love Language? Find it out here. You might be surprised... (And don't forget to take your Language of Apology assessment, too!)

Have a great week, friends. I'll be in the ATL for work, but I promise not to neglect you!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

I love weekends

Excellent weather + friends = a weekend for the books.

Hope you're enjoying yours.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

wish list wednesday

What am I wishing for this Wednesday?

* To be at New York Fashion Week. On the front row. Right next to Anna Wintour.

* This chair for my living room. I love that it's neutral but the print welting makes it special...

* To get on Ancestry.com. I'm dying to check out my little tree.

* This gorgeous one-piece swimsuit from Anthro. Yes, I'm already thinking about swimwear.

* And how 'bout some warm weather for said swimsuit? You guessed it - I'm finally over winter!

What's your wish?

Monday, February 14, 2011

happy love day

(print from here)

If there's anything that you want,
If there's anything I can do,
Just call on me,
And I'll send it along with love from me to you.
-John and Paul

Friday, February 11, 2011

21st century side pony

The last thing I need is advice on how to get messy hair (see also exhibit B), but I rather like this method, particularly because it calls for “day-old” hair. No problem. And perfect for a weekend!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

wish list wednesday

What am I wishing for this Wednesday?

* Some letterpress business cards. Too bad the business I might receive from distributing them would barely cover the cost to print.

* That I could alter my own clothes. My life would change dramatically.

* An invitation to one of Ina Garten’s parties in the Hamptons. She would LOVE me!

* This gorgeous JCrew purse. Anyone want to give me an early birthday present?

* To whip up this darling heart cake for my Valentine. (Yes, that’s red velvet in the middle!)

What's your wish?

Monday, February 7, 2011

cheese, please

The Super Bowl was last night. Whoopee. I have never really cared about it. One, I don’t like pro football. Two, I don’t like the idea of knowing that I’m expected to have fun. Three, I typically feel gross after such a high intake of sodium-laced snacks. This year, the commercials sucked, Xtina butchered the National Anthem and the halftime show was lackluster at best. Except for Usher! He rocked it!

Before the game began, I informed Kell that I thought I would pull for the Steelers because Mike Tomlin, their head coach, looks JUST LIKE Omar Epps, who plays Dr. Foreman on House (see photo). But Kell told me that since former MSU Bulldog Donald Lee is a Green Bay Packer, they are who we are supporting. Fine by me.

And...My team won! And in support of the Packers and the great state of Wisconsin, here’s a delicious dish in support of all the Cheeseheads out there!

I’m extremely picky about my macaroni and cheese. As a kid, I didn’t like the powdery stuff, but I LOVED Velveeta shells and cheese. My mom never made homemade M&C, so that’s as close as I got. It’s a part of meat-and-three restaurants all over the South, but not everyone does it right. Every time I order it at a restaurant, Kell likes to inquire if it’s “real.” Just ask me what restaurants in the area do it right, and who does it wrong. I’ll tell you. I don’t like it so creamy that it runs all over my plate. I don’t like it so dry that it’s just baked macaroni. I’d much rather it be tight enough to cut as opposed to scoop. I also like a cheesy crust. I like bread crumbs on top. If it’s too orange, I’m immediately suspicious.

Now, I have matured, as has my palate, and I prefer to make my own. No Velveeta here. No sir.

Mac & Cheese

4 cups cooked elbow macaroni, drained (2 cups uncooked)
4 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese, divided
1 cup bread crumbs (I like panko)
3 eggs, beaten
½ c sour cream (I used light)
4 tbsp butter
½ tsp salt
½ tsp white pepper
1 cup milk (I used skim)

Preheat oven to 350. Once the mac is cooked and drained, place it into a large bowl. While still hot, add 3 cups cheese and stir to distribute evenly. In a separate bowl, combine the remaining ingredients (minus the bread crumbs) and add to the mac mixture. Pour mixture into a 9x13 casserole dish and bake for 30-45 minutes. Top with remaining grated cheese and bread crumbs and bake again until cheese is melted and the casserole is bubbly and golden brown.

If you want to half this recipe, use only one egg and 1 cup of uncooked noodles.

Once your water is boiling, add a generous amount of salt. It’s the only chance you’ll have to flavor the pasta itself.
Shred your own cheese! It melts so much better and isn’t as dry as the bagged stuff.
I used white pepper only because I didn’t want little black specks all in my mac.
If you’re feeling fancy, try using cavatappi pasta. It’s a corkscrew tube pasta with ridges that will really hold onto the cheese.
I made this with crumbled bacon this weekend, and it was great too!

Friday, February 4, 2011

curl up this weekend...

...with a bowl of this! (photo from there, too)

My friend, Lindsey, shared this recipe with me, and she swears it's awesome. I haven't made it yet, but give it a try and let me know. (For you WW followers out there, it's only 5 PointsPlus per serving!) If you're a carnivore like me, it would be a great way to use some leftover chicken. So is this!
I'm getting very close to the moment when I can say I'm tired of winter. Are you?

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

wish list wednesday - guest post!

To spice things up a bit, this week’s Wish List Wednesday is shared with us by a guest blogger! My sister Harris is impossibly darling and trendy, so I know you’ll love seeing what she’s wishing for.

What am I wishing for this Wednesday?

* That I could have this fabulous A.L.C. skirt in my closet. It’s not on sale (yet!) but with a $400+ price tag, sadly it will never be mine. I also love the mixed prints of the outfit.

* That someone would make these for me… without any of the calories...

* That I was on a beach somewhere tropical with this swimsuit.

* A trendy pair of oxfords. How cute are these?

* That the groundhog doesn’t see his shadow today.. Come on, Punxsutawney Phil… Look the other way!

What's your wish?

If you'd like to share your Wish List Wednesday, give me a shout, and I'll feature you, too!
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