Annie Are You OK?

Jackson had a ton of problems in his life, but he made some very good music. Smooth Criminal blows my mind everytime I see a video for it. I think they next time I am at the bank or the grocery store I might just do that lean at a 45 degree angle move just for the hey of it.

We’re back!

We made it home from Hawaii safely.  We had a wonderful time and hope to share our pictures and experiences with you soon! While in Honolulu, Chad was told, once again, that he looks like Ben Affleck.  How many times do you have to be told you look like someone before you quit your job and become an official celebrity impersonator?

More about the trip to come…

Chad Affleck

One Year Anniversary

Sunday was our one year anniversary!  We finished up celebrating in Nashville by going to church and dropping by to give Peggy a birthday card (Happy birthday, Peggy!)  That evening, back at home, I decorated the table and kitchen counter with elegant decor and pictures of us.  Chad grilled us some yummy turkey burgers and corn on the cob, and we dined by candle light. If you were at our wedding, you might have tried the punch made with pineapple juice, ginger ale, and peach sherbet.  We did not.  In fact, I completely forgot about the punch fountain until I saw it in pictures.  This was devastating to Chad Webb.  I think he was sold on the caterer as soon as she described it.  It might have been the thing he looked forward to the most that day.  Well, because he did not get his so desired punch on our wedding day, I recreated it for us to have on our anniversary.  I don’t know how it was really supposed to be made, but I guessed and it was good.  Chad was happy.

After dinner, we opened our gifts.  The traditional first anniversary gift is paper.  I had decided to get Chad some gift certificates to the movie theater because he really likes movies and I just don’t care all that much to go to them.  Little did I know they had joined the modern world and now have gift cards.  So, it wasn’t paper, but I still gave it to him and let him know I would go see whatever he wants.  The real gift I was excited to give him was still part of the paper theme.  I purchased a picture frame and got a large matte cut for it.  I had a black and white picture of our wedding rings printed and put it in the frame, and I had someone (with better handwriting then me) write our vows on the matte.  I had been wanting to have something with our vows on it for a while, and this was the idea I came up with.  I think it will be nice to have them displayed so we can seee them and remember them.  We didn’t actually write them ourselves, but we did pick them, so they are special to us.  I also believe that we should honor our vows, and the best way to do that is to know what they are.  It will be nice to have a reminder around.  Chad really liked his gifts.

Then, it was my turn.  I opened my paper gift, which was Scrabble Slam, a new card game.  I had seen the commercials and it looked like a good time.  We played that night, and it was pretty fun.  He also got me the game Partini.  The cards in it are paper, but he really just got it because, on the way to picking up Scrabble Slam, he noticed it was on sale.  Along with the traditional, Chad also gave me the modern first anniversary gift, which is clocks.  He found a cute math clock, which I’m sure will annoy the heck out of my students at school and bring me minutes of delight.

The frame I gave Chad came in handy because after exchanging gifts, we exchanged (or renewed, I guess) our vows again.  Then, after dancing to our wedding song in our living room, we ate the top layer of our wedding cake.  Actually, it was a replica of the top layer of our wedding cake.  We didn’t save ours.  I thought there wouldn’t be enough for the guests if we did, and I was totally wrong.  Anyway, I wanted to still celebrate this tradition, so I had Walmart recreate it for us with the same design and everything as before.  It looked just like it, but it was fresher and a little bigger.  I can’t say I regret not saving the original.

I have to admit, I thoroughly enjoyed my wedding day, but that was only the begining of the best year of my life (so far).  I have been truly blessed to have a wonderful husband who loves me and is amazing to me everyday.  Thank you so much, Chad, and happy one year anniversary!  I hope I can spend the rest of our many years together making you as happy as you have already made me.  I love you!

Anniversary Weekend

This past Sunday was our one year anniversary, so we decided to celebrate all weekend with a trip to Nashville.  We went down on Friday and stayed at the Marriott right across from the Parthenon.  Our room had a really nice view of the Parthenon and Centennial Park.

On Saturday, we got up and headed to the Nashville Zoo.  I had never been, and Chad hadn’t been in a few years.  It was a pretty warm day, but it wasn’t too hot to walk around and check out all the animals.

My favorite part was the Lorikeet exhibit.  Lorikeets are a kind of parrot.  They were in a free-flying exhibit, so you are warned that they might land on you.  I bought a cup of nectar for $1 to feed them, and was able to get a lorikeet to come and drink from my cup right away.  Later, I stuck out my arm and waited.  After about a minute or so, a lorikeet landed on my hand and drank the nectar from the cup.  It was pretty neat.

After the zoo, we went to the Parthenon because I had never been there before.  It is a replica of the original Parthenon in Athens.  We took a quick little self-guided tour before heading back to the hotel.  It looked like they were going to have a wedding or some event there that evening because they were already setting up.

That evening, we had a reservation at the Melting Pot.  Once again, I had never been there.  It was a neat experience as we cooked our own food in a fondue pot.  We had a four course meal of cheese fondue, a salad, an arrangement of meats, and chocolate fondue.  I have to admit that my favorite part was the dessert.  We got milk chocolate to dip strawberries, rice krispy treats, brownies, cheesecake, bananas, pound cake, and marshmallows.  Yum!  It was fantastic!  I wasn’t overly impressed with the rest of the dinner, but the dessert was fantastic.  I definitely want to go back.

The  next day was our actual anniversary day.  More to come on that later…

Fan of Glee

So, it’s official… Glee is my new favorite show!  The premiere was tonight, and although I had seen most of the scenes in the previews, I still thoroughly enjoyed it.  It’s pretty funny, and I just love a show that I can sing along with.

Just wanted to also mention that I am also a fan of Kris Allen (American Idol finalist).  I don’t think either he or Adam did a super stand-out performance, but I’ve been growing more and more fond of Kris throughout the season.  He is very talented, and I don’t think I would enjoy any album that Adam put out.  So, as I was waiting for Glee to begin I repeatedly texted my vote for Kris Allen.  I looked later and counted 14 votes in all.  I hope it helps!

Speaking of being a fan… I enjoyed tonight’s TV viewing under the gentle breeze of our lovely new ceiling fan.  My wonderful hubby put it up for us.  It was a lot of work for him, seeing as he is not an electrician, and I’m not a lot of help.  We’ve never really loved the fan that was in the living room when we moved in, and after living here for a year, we finally decided to replace it.  We updated it with a darker and perhaps more modern fan.  I like it a lot.  I think it looks fantastic, so thank you very much, handy hubby!  We were going to move the old fan into the office, but that probably won’t happen now.  Does anybody need a fan?