Thursday, August 28, 2008

Just My Luck

I having a little bit of a mental breakdown right now. Ok, not really a breakdown, but an "Are you kidding me?" kind of moment. I tend to have those a lot. The BOK Center just announced that Janet Jackson is coming to Tulsa on October 26th...JANET! It has been rumored around the media circles that she would be coming for a few weeks, but it wasn't official until a few hours ago. So why am I having an "Are you kidding me" moment? Well, about one hour before the show was announced I booked tickets to Las Vegas for the AOA convention. AHHHHHHHHHH! I'm really excited about going to Vegas (for free), but seriously do I have to miss Janet? Maybe I'll be able to see someone amazing in Vegas. Boo. It really is just my luck, bad timing. When it comes down to it I know I won't care that much, but right now I'm just a little bit weak about it.

Now for the better news... college football starts today!! Fourteen games are on tonight, none of which I really care about, but I will watch because I love love love college football. Today in the office this comment was said about me, "College football is as big as Ginny's birthday". My birthday, by the way, is a huge deal. The Florida/Hawaii game is on Saturday, but only on GamePlan and online. The OU game isn't even on TV. Kody and I are going to the lake on Saturday with some of his family for Labor Day so more than likely our DVR will be set all day long so I don't have to miss a thing from opening weekend. It won't be same as watching it live, but at least I have the option this year. DVR is going to save my life!

Can't you just feel the excitement?

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Not Just for Kids!

Last night the Mr. and I had a Wal-Mart date. I have discovered the secret to getting him to accompany me to the store is to not buy anything he actually wants when I go alone. This forces him to make a choice...go to the store with me to get it or deal with not having the item of choice. Ok, I don't intentionally not purchase what he needs/wants so he'll go to the store with me, but if he is desperate enough for it he'll go. Last night he just happened to be desperate for Carmel Peanut South Beach bars, hot dogs, and Diet Dr. Pepper.

After CrossFit we headed to the Neighborhood Wal-Mart in Jenks. We were casually rolling through the bread aisle and moved onto the paper items. We needed paper towels. Kody stopped to look at the books. He was smiling and looking at the children's books so I walked over to see what the fuss was about. "Look at this shelf and tell me if you notice anything strange," he said. I walked over and we both just started giggling. What in the world could have been so funny you ask?

Hmmm..."Her Little Black Book" you say? The well defined male chest on the cover seemed a little out of place between Disney's Pixar Storybook Collection and Scooby Doo. The catchy phrase "She would never be the same again" graced the front. Fitting. And no, it wasn't like someone just threw the book on the shelf, there were multiple copies of this classic. It looked intentional. Maybe we should all shop for leisurely reading in the children's section more often. Thanks Wal-Mart!

Monday, August 25, 2008

The Herbie Awards

Yes, two in one day, but it is for something incredibly important....The 2008 Herbie Awards! Now football season can officially being! Thanks Kirk!

Nothing but a t-shirt on...

Friday was Kellen's first football scrimmage of the year. Kody and I headed to Skiatook with Stephen Tidwell to scout the Bruins. Kasey made the drive in to watch as well so the whole King family was there. We had fun watching, although I was completely out of it and exhausted from the week. It was just a scrimmage so no one really won. They looked pretty good though. Maybe this year will be a better season! All the boys came back to our house that evening, yes, me and four boys age seventeen to twenty-five. Luckily Bailey was there to add a little more femininity to the group! We had a really good time. We watched the finale of America's Best Dance Crew...again. During the evening I started talking about what I was going to have Bailey be for Halloween. I'm sure no one that was there cared that much, but it is almost October so it is something I have to think about! Kody decided he wanted to show everyone how well Bailey wears clothes. Sometimes we like to put our clothes on her for fun. I know it sounds mean, but she is so laid back that she just wears it and doesn't care. Kody put his "Virginia Beach" t-shirt on her. He thinks it is funny because as he says he is "Virginia's Beach". Get it? Funny...kind of.

Seriously, how cute is she? There is a reason we are obsessed.

Sleepy head dog.

Friday, August 22, 2008

My Dearest

Kody has been begging me for days to post something about his favorite spot from the Olympics. Does he ever read my blog? No. Will he ever read my blog? No. Should he have a say of what goes on my blog? No. However, being the amazing woman that I am, I am going to indulge him and post it anyway. I actually think it is a pretty sweet commercial as well. I'm sure most of you have seen it. It pumps us up. Really pay attention to it. I catch new things every time I see it. Kody calls this spot "Subliminally Awesome". Enjoy the subliminal awesomeness courtesy of my husband.

I had an interesting conversation with Kody last night. It went a little something like this:

Me: How was your day today?
Kody: Pretty good. I try really hard not to touch females breasts during the day.
Me: I'm posting that on my blog tomorrow.

Well, I guess at least now I know it won't be on purpose if it happens. When I questioned him further on the comment he told me he meant that he tries not to when he is listening to a patients heart. I told him it might be good to say things like that before the comment about touching breasts. He agreed. We laughed. At least in his profession of choice a comment like that makes sense. I would probably be more concerned if he was an IT tech. Touching breasts there would just be borderline inappropriate.

Just look at him...he's so innocent...

Thursday, August 21, 2008

I Might Make You Cry...

Yesterday, as you know from my Olympic trivia win, we had our monthly staff meeting. What I didn't tell you was that I cried during our staff meeting. I don't think anyone noticed, but it is true. I had real tears running down my face. Why you ask? This is why....

It completely tore my heart out! All I could do was think of my dear, sweet Bailey dog not having a home. It is such a crime! Pedigree had such a response from this ad they had to make a new one to lift viewer's spirits and let them know that Echo was OK. This will make you feel better...

The agency that does brand planning for Pedigree has won a lot of awards for their branding campaigns. Our brand planners recently went to a conference in Miami. They gave us a report on what happened while they were there yesterday and they showed us those two spots as examples. I started tearing up telling Kody about it last night. He laughed at me. I'm such a nerd.

3AM Update: Bailey slept through the night last night. No wake up call for me! She got a good walk in last evening so I think I wore her out a little bit. Hopefully this will be a trend.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

My 3AM Routine

Bailey likes to play a fun game at night. Well, I guess she thinks it is fun. I haven't quite come around to see the humor in it. We have a routine. I am a routine kind of gal. Every night before we go to bed Bailey has to go outside to go "be a big girl". I don't let her back inside until I have witnessed confirmation that she was indeed a big girl. Yes, I supervise her big girl time, but only because she'll try to trick me so she can come back in immediately. She prefers to be indoors to being outside...except at 3 AM. There is something special about 3 AM. She must have a secret boyfriend that sneaks in the backyard or visits on the other side of the fence. Almost every day at 3AM she starts to jump on and off our bed until someone (me) lets her out. I know, I should ignore it or lock her out of the room, but I'm too much of a push over. I used to try to sleep through it. She would jump in the middle of the bed and then jump off. She would repeat this until someone got up to pay attention to her. Pretty soon, Kody would just ignore it. He is able to do that because he can sleep through anything. My brilliant dog soon learned that jumping on his side of the bed was getting her nowhere. She started to only jump on my side of the bed about neck level. I am a very light sleeper so I wake up every time. She is persistent as all get out. I'm not sure how to stop this behavior because every time she goes out she "is a big girl". I don't want to be the cause of a urinary infection or cramping because I won't let her relieve herself, that would make me a horrible dog mom! I don't particularly mind her 3AM jumping anymore because it is kind of routine now and like I said, I'm a routine kind of gal. She also eats her food at 3AM. I think she is just weird, but I love the weirdness. It makes me happy. She is getting a long walk tonight in the hopes that she will sleep through the night. Keep your fingers crossed for me!

How could I ever tell that sweet little face no? I'm done for when I have children. Sorry Kody.

In other news: I won a $15 iTunes card at work today during our monthly staff meeting. I won it playing Olympic trivia. I really enjoy winning. I also won a plastic "gold" medal which I did in fact wear all day. It was special.

Article of the day:

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Kitchen Pictures

You wanted them and you've got them. Here are the pictures from our kitchen remodeling adventure!

Before the demolition....

More before....

Demo begins. Taking the stove out was an adventure.

No more beautiful butcher block laminate sad...

The new and improved King family kitchen! The stove is an early Christmas gift from my family. We tiled the back splash ourselves. I did the tile all along the countertop and Kody did the part over the stove.

New sink and fixtures.

I love this sink. It is probably my favorite part of the kitchen. Very sleek!

We still have to clean up our supplies, but you get the idea.

View from the living room. Yes, it wouldn't be our kitchen without an empty Diet Dr. Pepper box by the trash can!

The bar.

More back splash. Love it!

We had a lot of fun working on the kitchen. The best part was we did it all ourselves (minus the install of the countertops.) The other great part is I did a lot of the handy work as well as Kody. It was a complete 50/50 effort. Tiling is pretty fun. I was nervous about it since I had never done it, but it turned out great. All in all it was a very successful project. Thoughts?

Monday, August 18, 2008

Weekend Highlights

I'm posting pictures of our AWESOME newly renovated kitchen tomorrow. We have to hook up the sink and clean up the work area and we will be officially finished. YAY! Here are a few highlights from the past four days:

  • Thursday evening dinner at Wendy's. The Honda starts acting funny on the drive home.
  • Kody and I waking up at 7AM Friday morning on our day off to watch our countertops be installed.
  • Watching eight hours of Olympics while our countertops were installed.
  • Holding a hockey stick in "ready" position so I could whack Kody's arm at a moments notice if he was electrocuted while disconnecting the stove....not something you never want your husband to ask you to do ever.
  • Wendy's dinner...again.
  • Five mile run Saturday morning followed by CrossFit. Stupid.
  • Celebrating my ten year anniversary with the Acura Legend. How many people have their first car after ten years? We've been through so much together...
  • Tiling my first back splash.
  • Carrabas and snow cones Saturday night.
  • More Olympics.
  • Strawberry cake at the Clark gathering Sunday afternoon.
  • Finishing the kitchen at 11:30PM Sunday night.
  • Dropping the Honda off at the Honda dealer at 7:30 AM Monday morning.
  • Getting a call at 10 AM from the dealer telling me everything is covered by our extended warranty. Thank you Honda Care.

I'm looking forward to a relaxing week at home and cooking in our beautiful new kitchen. No more Wendy's!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Demo Day

Today is the day we have been waiting for since we moved into our cute little home in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma two years ago. Tonight we are knocking out the hideous wood laminate counter tops that grace our kitchen landscape. I have been waiting to knock those suckers out for awhile now and tonight I will get my chance. I'm actually pretty excited about Demo Day. I see people bust kitchens up all the time on HGTV. I get envious. Tonight Kody and I get to be design rock stars. Home Depot comes tomorrow at 8AM with our brand spankin new granite counter tops. They will also be installing our huge new beautiful black sink. The new stove we ordered comes on Saturday. This is pretty much covering both of our birthdays and Christmas for the next two years. It is totally worth it and just in time for football season! I can't wait to turn on the television at 10 AM on Saturday and see the ESPN Game Day crew ready for action. It will be music to my ears. Sixteen days and counting...

Olympic article of the day:
Don't miss swimming tonight. It's gonna be a good one!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Heeey Yo, I'm Tired of Using Technology

My eyes are about to burn out of my skull. That might be a little dramatic, but today has been a day that I have done nothing but work at my computer. Boo. I've been really busy, so the day has gone by quickly, I just wish I could see straight. It might be helpful when I drive home in an hour. I wonder what kind of eye sight problems we are all going to have when we get older. Our generation is one of the first that has had the computer play a major role in our everyday lives for the majority of our lifetime. I wonder if we knew the actual effects technology would have on our health and life span (if any) if we would use it less? I don't think we would because our society is so dependent on technology. Just something to ponder.

Here is a random picture of three pandas on a swing. No reason, I just like pandas and think you should too.

As you may or may not know, I am the president of OSU's Student Associate Advocates group this year. It is a group of spouses and significant others of medical students. We advocate for osteopathic medicine and support the medical students as they go through school. I get to go to Las Vegas in October for the AOA convention, fully paid for I might add, because of my awesomeness. Kidding...kind of. Last night we had our first SAA "Kick Off" event for the year. I've been hounding the first year students with emails about it for two weeks. Sorry to your inbox! Last year we had about six people show up to this event. Last night we had over forty people there. FORTY! I'm seriously so excited. If you know me well you know I get very enthusiastic about things. They don't even have to be that exciting or important, I just like to be enthused. I could make popping popcorn seem like the most exciting event to ever take place on the planet. Ask Kody, it happens every night. Excuse me...I digress. I started thinking about popcorn and got excited. Back to SAA, I guess my presidency is off to a good start and being email obsessed is a blessing in disguise. Lesson of the day...persistence pays off!

Olympic tid-bit of the day:

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

A Weekend of Rings (Wedding and Olympic fun!)

Kody and I had a great weekend in Edmond. We got to hang out with Tyler, Darin and company at their Olympic party. Lots of red, white and blue fun! Saturday Kody and I went to Oak Tree with my parents to hit some golf balls. Kody is a newly obsessed golfer, but that is a whole other post. I am horrible. I was a junior golf champion when I was ten, but it seems over the last sixteen years I have lost a little bit of the skill. How unfortunate! It will be fun to re-learn how to hit the ball. I made massive improvements over the hour we were there, but I am still far from even being mediocre. That is hard for me to accept, but I am dealing with it.

Saturday night was Kinsey and Jared's wedding. Kinsey was gorgeous and everything went beautifully. The best part was getting to spend time with some of my best friends from high school. It is very rare that all of us are able to be together at the same time. We had eight of the ten there. Not to shabby! Every time we are together it is just like the good old days...crazy. :)

Jacey, Cari, Natalie, Brit, Cass, Aimee and I pose for about the millionth time that evening. Kinsey is off somewhere being married!

Kinsey and Jared are heading off for St. Lucia. Those were the longest lasting sparklers I have ever sparkled. They lasted at least three minutes...
I hope everyone has been enjoying the fabulousness that is the 2008 Olympics. I'm missing out on sleep because I have to watch all of it. I watched seven hours on! I'm completely obsessed. My new favorite is Matt Grevers, who I have named "Ginormous Matt Grevres". He is fantastically huge. Read up on him!

Friday, August 8, 2008

Be Beautiful

We are heading to Edmond this weekend for Kinsey and Jared's wedding on Saturday. I am so excited to see my dear friend tie the knot! I'm also excited because she is moving back to Edmond and will be so much closer to Tulsa. Fort Worth was too much a distance for us to be apart! I love seeing my friends happy.

A fellow CrossFitter posted this on this morning. I hope all the females read this and take it to heart! I know body image is something we all struggle with, me especially. This really made my day and helped me appreciate what God gave me and the abilities that came along with my "athletic" build.

“Be beautiful”
“If I were feeling a little more lawless, I’d gather all the copies of Cosmo and Seventeen, douse them in kerosene, and strike a match. I’d throw in reams of print ads from Calvin Klein and watch with delight as Kate Moss’ stick-thin image was reduced to carbon. I’d add copies of Shape and Runner’s World until the flames reached toward the heavens, and then I’d crank call the editorial desk at Muscle and Fitness until they stopped publishing pictures of women on steroids.I’d get the master tapes of America’s Next Top Model and dub over them with “Nasty Girls”, broadcasting the results on every television station in America. I’d skywrite “” across the Boston skyline, and gently admonish the hoards of long distance runners trotting along the Charles River—with a bullhorn.I’d take every woman with mass media-induced ideals of beauty, and I’d show them what it really means to be beautiful. Beautiful women are strong and powerful. They are athletes, capable of every feat under the sun. They have muscles, borne of hard work and sweat. They gauge their self-worth through accomplishments, not by the numbers on the bathroom scale. They understand that muscle weighs more than fat, and they love the fact that designer jeans don’t fit over their well-developed quads. They know that high repetitions using light weights is a path to mediocrity, and “toning” is a complete and utter myth. They refuse to succumb to the marketers that prey on insecurity, leaving the pre-packaged diet dinners and fat-burning pills on the shelf to pass their expiration date.Beautiful women train with intensity. The derive self-image from the quality of their work and their ability to excel. They don’t wear makeup to the gym, and they wouldn’t be caught dead with a vinyl pink dumbbell. They move iron, they do pull-ups, they jump, sprint, punch, and kick, and they use the elliptical machine—as a place to hang their jump rope. They spend their weekends in sport, climbing walls, winning races, and running rivers. They laugh as they sprint circles around the unschooled, turning the image-obsessed into benchwarmers. Beautiful women don’t care if they’re soaked in sweat and covered in dirt, if their nails are chipped or their hair out of place. They care only about quality of life. Beautiful women are happy, healthy, and strong, and they’re right there beside me, tossing conventional beauty on the ever-growing flames of what used to be. Be beautiful.”
- Jon Gilson,

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Air Repair!

The verdict is in...our air conditioner had a leak. Luckily the air repair man was able to fix it and fill it back up with freon. Our house will be back to normal in no time! Finally, some well deserved rest will be had by all. Air repair is fun to say.

Apparently there is a blogging party today in E-town and I'm not there. I feel like I am missing out. I'm not really linked to a blogging community here in Tulsa. It doesn't seem to be the hip thing to do. I'm a rebel though, I go against the norm. I secretly read all the "OC blogs" as I call them, but they don't know it. Sure, I'll admit it. I read blogs of people I don't know well. Is that creepy? Maybe. Do I really care? Nope. I'm sure everyone in the blogosphere is dying to read what I have to say. Some call it blog stalking, but since I actually have a blog it is totally legit. You could say I am 2 legit 2 quit. You knew that was coming, didn't you?

Link of the Day:
Do you have Olympic fever yet? If not you are crazy. 14 hours until official prime time coverage begins. We all love the big sports like swimming, gymnastics and track, but let us not forget the little guys. Read up on a backyard favorite...badminton.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Pen Down

I knew the day would come eventually, but I didn't want to believe it was true. I was in denial for at least five minutes this morning. Yes, that is right, my Google pen finally ran out of ink. I loved this pen. It was fat and had a great grip. It was also pink. I keep testing it every few minutes just make sure it is really dead. I don't think anything will bring it back at this point. I had to bring in back up in the form of a Bic Soft Feel Medium Point pen. It works just fine, but it isn't the same. Maybe over time I will grow to love it as I did the pink Google pen, but I'm not very optimistic.

On a positive note, I finally got a great, full night of rest. Kody and Bailey slept together in the guest room. I hope I didn't sleep well because they weren't there, but right now all signs point to yes. Actually, I went to bed about 9:30PM and Kody wasn't sleepy so he stayed up to play. I think he went to the guest room because he knew I was actually asleep and didn't want to risk waking the beast. As you know from reading, our air conditioner has not been cooperating and I do not sleep well when I am hot. It cooled down fairly well last night so I think that helped a lot with my insomnia. The air repair guy is coming this afternoon. Hopefully he can work his magic and we'll be back to 70 degrees in no time! I expect Kody and Bailey will rejoin the marital bed this evening...but they better stay on their own side. I don't like visitors when I am in dreamland.

Speaking of marital beds...
This is an interesteing study that I read about on the Advetising Age website this morning. It is about TV's portrayl of marital sex. Don't worry, it is completely appropriate reading. Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

A Bunch of Nothing...

Today I need to do something mindless. I need to zone out and make it through the day. I have powered through nearly two hours of the work day and I need a I'm blogging. I wish I had some exciting story or something insightful to write about. Honestly, I only know of about three people that actually read this so it probably doesn't matter that much. Here is a picture of Kody and I getting our box jump on at CrossFit. I'm jumping off the box and he is jumping on...that is why he looks awesome and I look like I'm falling!

Since the Olympics are starting in three days and I am a humongous Olympic freak I thought I would take this opportunity to share with you some interesting consumer habits of those who view the Olympics. This came from my daily media research brief I get from Scarborough Research:

  • Almost half (49 percent) of Summer Olympics Fans visited McDonald's during the past month, making it the top restaurant for Summer Olympics Fans

  • Summer Olympics fans are 22 percent more likely than the average consumer to have used Starbucks during the past month

  • These fans are 25 percent more likely to have enjoyed Panera Bread.

  • Summer Olympics Fans are seven percent more likely than all consumers nationally to have eaten at a fast food restaurant five or more times during the past month

  • They are 15 percent more likely to have eaten at a "sit-down" restaurant five or more times during the past month.

  • Among Summer Olympics fans, 22 percent are more likely than the average consumer to own or lease a Volkswagen in their household.

Link of the Day: Here is a link to an article I read this morning on John McCain's energy plan. Interesting read.

Monday, August 4, 2008

91 Days

When I look back over the last four years, I am amazed at how much my life has changed. I'm no longer a student, I have a full time job, I pay for my own health care coverage, I don't go to Taco Bell at midnight every Wednesday, I pay my own takes, I'm responsible for paying my mortgage every month and budgeting my daily life. Four years ago I was a carefree, graduate student enjoying the limbo period between being a student and becoming a responsible adult. Sadly, I am now in adult status, even though I wish it wasn't true! Knowing how much things have changed in the last four years convinces me that there is no telling what is going to change in my life in the next four years. This is why I think the presidential election should be one of the top things people in our age group are thinking about right now. We have big issues that we have to look at that are going to greatly effect the rest of our lives and our children's lives. It's scary to think about what could happen to our country and the rest of the world. The really scary part is that a lot of uneducated voters are going to help decide the direction of our country. When I say uneducated I do not mean in schooling, I mean uneducated on the issues. I've said it before and I'll say it again, people need to really know what they are voting for and why they are voting for it. Don't vote for someone because that is how your parent's voted, or because you think they have a cool commercial, or because you hate the other guy. Vote because you believe in what the candidate stands for and because you think they offer you and this country the best possible outcome. I said I would stay unbiased when I post about these things and I will. The media has completely tainted our view of politics and candidates and I refuse to do that. I do, however, want to encourage you to do your research and come to your own conclusions about the candidates and their policies. Here is a pretty good article that briefly outlines some of the big issues and how each candidate plans to address them:

There are only 91 days left until the big day. I plan on being prepared when I go to the polls. The right to vote is a great privilege we have in this country and so many of us take it fore granted. Americans died for the right to have a voice and a choice. Yes, I am being a little dramatic, but politics is something that I get very passionate about. Knowledge is power!

Side note of the day: I went to Wal-Mart during lunch to do a little grocery shopping. I bought some popcorn because we are out. Shameful! Anyway, I am having a vision of walking to my car and seeing it filled with popped pop corn since it has been sitting in my 100+ degree car all afternoon. My afternoon snack will be ready to go! I'll post pictures if I am right. :)