Friday, April 30

I Should Be Asleep

And I should be. But I am not. I thought I was tired, but then I just could not fall asleep. After a long day at work, I found myself at the gym, a charity event, and then home eating leftover Chinese food. That, of course, is after filling the tank up with gas. Oh how my Friday nights have changed. I have been without my wife for a few days now and the longer the time is, the more I love her. Absence does make the heart grow fonder. I'm living proof. It is quite amazing how dependent a husband becomes. After years of being the single, solo, ladies man, independent type (I'm referencing friends here), it is astonishing how dependent a guy becomes. I'm not yet two sheets to the wind (sorry Mom:)), but I did enjoy a fine Bourbon this evening. Good ol' Jim Beam. He is good to me.

I finished the evening off watching We are Marshall. You can always count on TNT to give you a tear jerking, heart wrenching, on the edge of your seat kind of Friday night movie. Commercial free of course. More importantly, the movie's soundtrack is pretty amazing. I have a fond attraction to the 60s-70s era of music. I know its hard to believe seeing how my last post was that of the Bieber, but believe me when I say its true. I am a hippie at heart. I get it from my father. A good man, with a free spirit, he has taught me many things in life. Most were not acknowledged upfront, but always appreciated and kept in storage. When I was in high school, we had a conversation post me driving my car into the building adjacent to our house. Until now, I never knew quite what that conversation meant. He said "You can't control the big things in life. It's the little things that shape who you are and can easily be controlled." So true.

With that, I have decided to post two songs that remind me of my father. It doesn't matter where I am, what I am doing, or who I am with, when I hear these songs, I am taken back to the thought of him. P.S. I am not coming too far out of left field here with this post. All thoughts have a similar theme. The movie I just watched was set back in the 70s. My wife used to enjoy the style of the 70s. Hippies loved the 70s. My father loved the 70s; he was a hippie. I love the music from the 70s. There ya go. Good night y'all.

Until Next Time.....

Why Do I Like This? Why?

This kid is on fire right now. Sean Kingston is in it too, which helps with the creepiness of my liking to it. Maybe I should just look at it as me broadening my musical interest.
Enjoy the Friday.

Don't eff with da Bieb. Don't do it.

Saturday, April 24


Living in D.C., I often reminisce all the great times I had while living in Mississippi. It has been two years since I left the state, and while I know where I am is right for both Lo and I, there is just no place like home. The tornadoes that hit the state today make me very sad, but as I watch on The Weather Channel and online, I know the state will again come together and we will survive. I say we because I mean I still have a MS driver's license and plate, I work for the state, and more importantly, still pay MS taxes. I love the Governor for many reasons, but mainly because of the love he has for the state. People have died, cities have been destroyed, but the love and bond Mississippians have always lasts forever. I overheard a colleague of mine trying to describe to an outsider the feeling of Mississippi. He referred to us a club, not a state. Once in, your love and devotion grows stronger.

To understand the world, you must first understand a place like Mississippi. - William Faulkner

Picture from Yazoo City in the Clarion Ledger

I am about to do more Mississippi things....Drink wine and watch The Blind Side.

Until Next Time.......

Friday, April 23

Funny Friday- I Could Not Resist

My brother from a different mother, Sam Waters aka Lil Buddy sent this email to me a minute ago. I hope Lo and I will be this funny when we are retired. One thing we will have that the couple in the clip doesn't, a glass of wine....scratch that, a bottle. Happy Friday folks.

Parking ticket
Working people frequently ask retired people what they do to make their days interesting. Well, for example, the other day my wife and I went into town and went into a shop. We were only in there for about 5 minutes. When we came out, there was a cop writing out a parking ticket. I went up to him and said, "Come on man, how about giving a senior citizen a break?"

He ignored us and continued writing the ticket. I called him a Nazi turd. He glared at me and started writing another ticket for having worn tires. So my wife called him a poophead. He finished the second ticket and put it on the windshield with the first. Then he started writing a third ticket. This went on for about 20 minutes. The more we abused him, the more tickets he wrote... Personally, we didn't care. We came into town by bus and saw the car had an Obama sticker... We try to have a little fun each day now that we're retired.. It's important at our age.

Tuesday, April 20

Yea... we have been busy...

So I apologize for the blog vomit, but life has been a little hectic lately and tonight we are finally trying to catch up. March basically consisted of me working too much and Wesley having to put me to bed at 9:00pm. Working hard for the money :) Needless to say, we have been out of commission in the blogging world for a bit. We also had tons of great visitors in March! Here is a little recap of our March and April up until now (ps is it really almost May.... you've got to be kidding me). We had back to back visitors and it was a lot of fun. Candace came in town the third week in March and kicked off the visitor parade. I took Friday off work and Candace and I toured all the monuments around my house. We went out and ate a lot of good food :) and even relaxed just a bit and watched a movie. It was so nice to have a bestie in town! We did dally around on Sunday... and Candace almost missed her flight!! Here are some pics...

The next weekend Kayla and Kevin came in town. We had a great time exploring DC with them and heading out to our favorite places to eat (do we see a trend here... eating... nonstop). We went to dinner a Oya, Cava and then cooked homemade pizza the last night. So much fun :)

The following weekend which was Easter my parents and brother came in town. It was great to see them since I hadn't seen them since Christmas. We laid low and did local stuff which included driving out to Virginia and wine tasting at some of the local vineyards. You know us Houks loved that. :)

After having guests of our own, we headed to Jackson for Kristen Fountain and Colby Mason's wedding. The Zimmermans graciously opened their home to us and let us stay there all weekend. It was so nice to be in the South and see all our friends. It made us miss it so much. Kristen's wedding was beautiful and she made a gorgeous bride.

SOOOO needless to say we have had a great time but are a little exhausted. We were in DC this last weekend and spent most of our time at the Nationals baseball game (even though we are terrible!!). We will be laying low for a couple more weekend until we are off again!

PS I love Glee. Can someone give me voice lessons? I feel a song coming on...

What Lo Wants: A Vacation

Could someone please take me? Now. Thanks.

Four Chords, That's All

I thought I would share this unique experience with you. It is pretty amazing to think that every song in this sequence has something in common with each other.

Preface: They are foreigners and foreigners like to use the dirty words. I think there are only two, but in both instances, it is the one word that will make my momma slap a man.

Tuesday, April 13

One Liners That Really Hit You in the Gut

"When making life decisions, you should always involve wine." -L0 Clay

Monday, April 12

One Liners That Really Hit You in the Gut

"Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens." - Carl Jung

Monday, April 5

What Lo Wants: Anything by Nicole Richie

I am usually not the biggest fan of celebrity designers (okay I won't lie... I loved J.Lo's shoes when they first came out...oops!), but I am completely obsessed with everything that Nicole Richie puts out. Between her new clothing line Winter Kate and her jewelry/ shoe line House of Harlow 1960, I could basically fill my closet with every item in the collections. I am having a hard time, but below are some of my favorites. Welcome to Spring everyone!

Sunday, April 4

And Then There Were Two

Another Sunday here, the visitors have left and it's back to just Lo & me.

Thursday, April 1

One Liners That Really Hit You in the Gut

"People who soar, are those who refuse to sit back and wish things would change." - Charles R. Swindoll

Got Me Lookin So Crazy Your Love

I have had crazy love for my wife in the recent days/week or so. I'm sure she will do something to piss me off (she likes to start fights) and then I will be over it. I'm kidding. This is another great song that reminds me of both her and our brief stint in Oxford post wedding. The weather is getting nicer here and it brings back memories of blaring Michael Bublé, grilling out, and of course drinking wine. Miss those days, but we know we are where we are supposed to be right now. Happy Easter silent readers.

Until Next Time....