Archive | May, 2013

What is Wrong With the World?

28 May

I mean seriously, what the heck is wrong with people?!

There have been SO many ridiculous things happen in the news/life that I have to share in case you haven’t seen or heard about it.

Of course, we all know about the shootings in schools, malls, movie theaters, etc.

Then there was the Boston Marathon bombings.

Then last week there were the two guys that hacked up a British soldier in the middle of London in broad daylight.

Yes, that is blood on his hands. Yes, that is a butcher’s knife and a meat cleaver in his hands.  Yes, that is the poor dead soldier laying in the street.  These guys were completely nuts!  They stuck around after killing the soldier to be video-taped with their “message” of this soldier being and eye for an eye because Muslims are dying everyday from the hands of the British soldiers.  Absolutely crazy.

Oh and I forgot to mention what I saw in downtown Houston on my way to lunch a couple of weeks ago…

I was walking down the street, running a few minutes late on meeting Joseph for lunch.  I noticed ahead of me that about 7 or 8 cop cars were in the street and a few cops were roping off the street.  My first thought?  Must have been a pretty bad wreck.  I continue on further down the street because it is on my path to the restaurant.  I get closer and see a flip-flop in the middle of the street and think, “Oh no! Someone was hit by a car!” because that is not all that uncommon downtown.

Flip flop on right side of the picture

Flip flop on right side of the picture

I get a little closer only to see two cops covering a body in the middle of the street with a sheet.  I look around and don’t see a car that hit this person.

very center is the guy covered in the sheet and his flip flop to the right of the picture

very center is the guy covered in the sheet and his flip-flop to the right of the picture

An officer on horseback rides up to the one next to me and he begins to tell him that this man lying in the street jumped from the top of the parking garage just moments ago.  He hit a parked car on the way down, bounced off, and landed in the middle of the street.  Right in the middle of lunch time.  I am so thankful that I was running late to meet Joseph because who knows what I would’ve walked up on if I had actually been on time.

car on right is the one he hit then landed in the middle of the street

car on right is the one he hit then landed in the middle of the street

Lincoln Towncar that he hit then where he landed in the street

Lincoln Towncar that he hit then where he landed in the street

The last two pictures were taken after the body was already picked up, not when I first walked up on what happened like the first two pictures.

I felt awful for taking the pictures but Joseph hates when I’m late and I had to have proof of what I saw.  Also, I needed to be able to show you what happened.  The weird thing was that there was no media around and I only found one thing online about what happened and it wasn’t very detailed.  Nothing on the big local news websites or anything.  I thought that was very strange.

So, people are nuts.

THEN, today I read a story and see a video about a baby being rescued from a sewage pipe after BEING FLUSHED DOWN A TOILET in China!  What the heck is wrong with people??

I am literally SHOCKED on a daily basis.  People never cease to amaze me in how absolutely crazy and completely horrible they can be.  Honestly, who flushes a newborn baby down a toilet?!  I cannot even imagine what goes on in these people’s heads.

Does anyone else feel like the world is becoming more crazy and violent or is it just that the media is covering every aspect of it now where as they didn’t in years past?  All I know is that it is quite terrifying.  We just have to pray for all the screwballs and hope they find help before doing anything crazy and drastic like anything in this post – or worse.

Sorry to be a Debbie Downer today…

 

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Carrie Underwood

24 May

At the end of April, Joseph and I went to see Carrie Underwood in concert at the Toyota Center.  Joseph bought the tickets for me for Christmas and I was super excited because as I have mentioned before, I have a super girl crush on Carrie.  Joseph bought tickets in the same section that we sat in for Trans Siberian Orchestra because we liked the view from there because we could see the whole stage.

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Hunter Hayes opened up the show.  I know I’ve told y’all that I am partial towards him because he used to play at the Willis Birthday Blast and Conroe Catfish Festival when he was a little kid and we used to watch him before he was famous.

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Hunter Hayes Concert

This tour was the “Blown Away Tour.”  So it started off with a little video of the beginning of a storm and Carrie walking into a small house and the storm picks her up – very Wizard of Oz-ish – then screen looked like this…

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and then all of a sudden the house slammed down and Carrie walked out of the “front door” which was really the screen but it was pretty cool-looking.  I have a video but I am too “thrifty” to buy the video add-on for my blog so you will just have to visualize it from my 4th-grader explanation.  Sorry.

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She had several wardrobe changes and she could quite possibly be one of the fastest changers in the history of performers.  She would finish the last line of the song and drop into the stage and the band would finish the song and start the next and she would be back on stage in time for her first line of that song.  It was impressive.

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She and her band got on this smaller square stage and were lifted above the crowd and came towards the back of the arena.  She sang a few songs on this stage while it spun around so everyone could see from all angles.  Every time that I have seen a performer do this it is usually just them above the crowd so it was interesting to see Carrie with her whole band…I would be lying if I said if I was on the floor and they were hovering over me that I wouldn’t be freaking out thinking they were going to fall on top of me…that’s a lot of weight to have dangling over your head!

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Then Hunter Hayes came out on stage and sang a couple of songs with her.  They thanked everyone for coming out to support them and gave a special thanks to the military men and women fighting for our country.

Carrie and Hunter

When she came out for her last few songs the stage was set up like the corner of a room with a bed that she sat on while the storm that had been brewing was on the screen behind her.

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She sang a few songs then went away.  For her encore the screen played a video of an abusive father and the storm got more intense, which obviously meant the big finale was her singing “Blown Away” (but anyone could’ve guessed that because it was the “Blown Away Tour”).  She started off sitting on the bed singing and the storm picked up on the screen outside the house and as the tornado blew through on-screen, pieces of the house were ripped apart until there was nothing left behind her but the bed.  Confetti shot everywhere and the wind (aka big fans) blew all the confetti around as well as her luscious golden locks.

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We had a lot of fun.  Carrie Underwood has an absolutely AMAZING voice.  She sounded exactly like she does on the radio.  What I love about her is that she doesn’t seem to have forgotten where she came from.  Carrie seems genuinely humbled by the love her fans give her.  She is donating $1 from every ticket she sells on this tour to the Red Cross to help disaster victims.  She thanked everyone countless times for all the support, thanked the military, and thanked God for all that He has blessed her with.  Carrie Underwood is an awesome role model and I would gladly go see her again if she is ever performing near by!

Home Sweet Home

22 May

Joseph and I closed on our brand new house April 19th!

Which happened to be exactly a week after we got engaged!

Which means my life has been completely nuts lately.

So yet again, I apologize for not posting more!  I promise I am going to try to do better organizing the craziness so I can keep y’all updated on my life!

Okay…so back to the house.

Here it is again.

Here it is again.

Before I get started, let me point out something…

One thing I have noticed is that everyone seems to have an opinion or comment about something regarding the house’s size.  For instance, SO MANY people have said, “That’s a big house.  You don’t need something that big.” or “How can you afford a house that big? You are going to be house broke.”  Really??  I didn’t realize it was big (insert sarcasm) and I also didn’t realize that you knew every aspect of my financial situation.  But fun fact. I HATE MOVING.  Joseph and I wanted a big house that we could GROW into.  As in have children there.  That’s why we picked an area with a great school district where we could settle down and raise a family.  So yes, it is big.  But also, we both lived at home with our parents for 2.5 years and hoarded our money to be able to afford a house this big.  So sorry I’m not sorry.

AND people thought we just spontaneously jumped in on buying a house overnight.  We had actually been looking at houses, subdivisions, school districts, etc. since February 2012.  We found this house in November 2012 and watched it and it’s price tag until we made a move on it in February 2013.  I don’t know about most people but I wouldn’t consider a year to be a hasty decision.

Okay, now that I am done with that rant…

 Here’s a “virtual tour” via pictures.  (side note: these pictures are from before I moved in so there isn’t anything in the rooms and our kitchen appliances and blinds weren’t in there yet but I’m sure you could have figured that out from just looking at the pictures…)

Study

Study

Dining Room

Dining Room

Kitchen & Breakfast Nook

Kitchen & Breakfast Nook

Back Porch and Yard

Back Porch and Yard

Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom

Master Bath

Master Bath – One of my favorite things is that the counters are made for our different heights (Obviously mine is the one of the left)

The 4 Upstairs Bedrooms

The 4 Upstairs Bedrooms

Game Room

Game Room

Media Room

Media Room

And my favorite part of the house…

The Spiral Staircase and Juliet Balcony

The Spiral Staircase and Juliet Balcony

So there you have it!  Our humble abode  🙂

I have been living in our home for about a month and I absolutely LOVE it.  I still haven’t fully grasped the fact that we actually own the place.  I still feel like I am staying at someone’s house or renting or something.  Maybe it will sink in one day…

What I do know is that I started feeling extremely old in a mere 7 days from the engagement and closing on the house…but do those things actually make me old??

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