Family Photos

Y’all. Three days of sugar overload finally got the best of me. Last night I was completely unable to write to you, despite having so many wonderful things to share. As I lay on the couch clutching my stomach, I thought about all the blogging I was missing.

It was so great seeing my family this weekend. My cousin’s wedding was amazing, and his bride was stunning. I ate more than any one person should (did someone say pasta bar?), and cake and ice cream at a wedding might be one of the best ideas ever. Who says ice cream only has to accompany cake at birthdays?

I also finally got some great family photo opps. I love this photo of all of us – my aunt and uncle, mom and dad, sister-in-law (with nephew), Patrick, brothers and me.

And my mom brought me an old photo album of pictures of all of us kids when we were little tykes.

This is my mom and me on her birthday. She’s so pretty.

Check out my dad’s awesome ‘stache and tight ’80s polo.

And this might be the best family photo ever taken. No words necessary. Except maybe an apology to my dad, who no doubt will not be thrilled about the fact that this photo of him is on the internet. Love you, Daddy. (I think my mom still has that exact same plant…)

Stay tuned. More great photos are still to come.

Addictions

I don’t have an addictive personality, but if I did, here are some things I could easily see myself getting hooked on.

1. DQ Ice Cream cake. I had some again tonight for the first time in years. The last time I had one was probably my 10th birthday party. It was the sweet taste of nostalgia mixed with chocolate crunchies. The fact that Dairy Queen calls them “Chillabration Cakes”, however, makes me cringe a little.

2. Twitter. I just jumped on the Twitter bandwagon, and I’m starting to enjoy it. It’s still a little strange updating people about the mundane details of my life, but then again, that’s kind of what I do on this blog. If I think of Twitter as a micro-blog, I don’t feel so bad. Plus, I can see what Ben Folds is up to, which is really pretty awesome.

3. Tabbed browsing. Okay… there’s no point in sugar coating it… I’m ALREADY addicted to tabbed browsing. So addicted in fact that Patrick had to put a limit on the number of tabs I can open at one time on Firefox. My max is five. If I exceed this, a pop-up box comes up to scold me. What can I say? I love information overload. I love having the world at my fingertips. I love being able to set something aside, knowing that I can come back to it later. Tabbed browsing rules no matter how you slice it.

4. Bravo. I don’t have cable right now, but the Real Housewives are one of my guilty pleasures. Cut me some slack.

5. Target and TJ Maxx. I’m giving myself a break from both these stores for a while. While I may love them, my credit card does not. They are my oasis in the desert. I am led to water, and I leave satiated but much, much poorer.

6. Saving stray animals. I have been known to rescue a stray cat or two. Some of them I find homes for. Some of them wind up living with me. I’ll be sure to introduce you to Fish Taco and Simba. I’d rescue them all if I could. Nonetheless, spay and neuter your animals, people.