Thursday, October 18, 2012

High Maintenance

I walked Ansley in school this morning. I was wearing a dress that I got from Target and maybe paid twenty bucks for it.

It is looks a lot like ^ and quite honestly it has always reminded me of a swimsuit coverup. It's super comfortable and you can just throw it in the washer. I have two of them. Anyway, I got several compliments. The other moms were asking if I had plans for the day. Truth is I'm having cramps and the thought of wrapping anything around my bloated midsection is more than I can handle.  I, by no means looked nice. I had gone to bed with a wet head the night before and wasn't wearing any makeup. Don't get me wrong, that is norm for me. It just made me realize how crappy I must really look every other day.  Then, this afternoon I had a lady come out to measure my closet for shelving and she asks, "How many pair of shoes should I allot for, 50?" I was like, "No, I  have ten pair or so." She asked, "Well, how many handbags?" I replied, "I don't carry a purse at all." Duh, that's why I wear a bra. My debit card tucks nicely in there and it easy to find.  

I'm really starting to think I should do more with myself but I've never really been all that into "girly" stuff. I mean I was the girl that took wood shop for four years! I spent my weekends as a teen hanging out in a garage modifying lowrider trucks and going to car shows. In my twenties I worked at Consolidated Freight and Ford Motor Company on the assembly line. I'm pretty sure my "inner fashonista" is a wallet carrying lesbian. (No offense if you are a wallet carrying lesbian)

I feel that I'm getting older it's time to fix my hair, wear makeup and maybe even put on clothes that don't look like I'm still in my pajamas. But lets not get crazy. Oh jewelry let's not forget about jewelry. I should probably wear jewelry. For what reason, though? I mostly spend my day cleaning or running errands. So should I get up early to be more presentable so I can come back to clean toilets. Yes, I probably should.

Anyone want to volunteer to do a fashion makeover on me? Well, my hair is almost dry. I'm going to bed.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Petit Jean State Park

We left Little Rock and drove about an hour and a half west to Petit Jean State Park. As you are coming into the park there are signs that point to Petit Jean's grave, this is where the following pictures were taken.

 Note: To preserve the scenic beauty and ecology, fences and warning signs have not been installed in some park locations. Caution and supervision of your children and husbands are required while visiting these areas.
 Ansley and ChaChi weren't taking any chances.
 I always make sure his life insurance is current.

 This is the beginning of the Cedar Falls Trail. It is a two mile hike. 

The difficulty of this hike is said to be moderate to hard. However, we passed these guys on our way into the waterfall. All I could think was, I put on a sports bra for this hike and these two are in their business casual.

 The falls were really beautiful but after you've been to Amicalola Falls it's like comparing a female rugby player to a super model. 
 What does this rock formation look like? I know, I'm so mature.
 We also hiked the Bear Cave Trail that is 1/4 mile and is said to be easy.
 Can you see the fear it their eyes from here? It was all fun and games until they had to climb down. Then they panicked a little.

Bear Cave

The view from our cabin. It over looked Cedar Creek Canyon.

 The inside of our cabin reminded both of us of a horror movie. I would definitely go back to Petite Jean but I'm not sure I'd want to stay in a cabin. The beds were hard as a rock and seemed to aggravate everyone's allergies. Our cabin was a duplex and the walls were so thin I could hear the neighbors spoon hitting their cereal bowl in the morning. So if you go be sure to take some Tylenol PM or something to help you sleep. I think I'd just spend the day at the park and get a hotel in Conway. It's about an hour from Petit Jean. It seemed to have a lot of hotels and restaurants.
The pool at Mather Lodge.
 The view from the top of the falls.

After no sleep, I wasn't feeling especially photogenic. 

Here is the what we spent at Petit Jean. We stopped at WalMart because I forgot to pack socks. There were not a lot of options for food in Morrilton so we got some snacks and stuff to make sandwiches. Our total was $31.64.
We had dinner at the onsite restaurant, Mather Lodge. Though, the views were beautiful the food was a bit lacking. We ordered two chicken fingers and two BLT's and our total was $46.33. Our cabin rental was $115.24. Grand total is $193.22

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Little Rock, Arkansas

 What to do for Fall Break? We decided to take a trip to Little Rock. It is just about two and a half hours from Memphis. I did a little research on www.tripadvisor. com The Flying Fish of Little Rock was ranked #6  so we figured we'd give it a try. I didn't know at the time it was a chain and there is one in Memphis.
You order from a sign board and are given a beeper to pick up your food when it's ready. You get your own condiments and refills. We were there on a Wednesday and the place was pretty busy. Ryan got a shrimp poboy and a soda. Ansley got a shrimp and catfish combo. ChaChi got a kid's meal and I got the two filet combo meal. I thought the food was pretty good. I'd like to try the one in Memphis to see how it compares. Our bill was $36.41 for lunch. 

Our next stop was the Museum of Discovery. We loved this place! If you've never been it is worth checking out. For two adults and two kids admission was $36.00
 Lots of hands on educational stations that are energy related.

This lets you compare the energy you need to light an incandescent vs a compact fluorescent.   

Pulley systems
 Electromagnetic field, yes I was totally freaked out that other people had those on their heads. So far, we haven't noticed any lice.
 The object was to try to clear your mind so that a little ball would roll away from you. We found what Ryan can do best...relax and clear his thoughts. I suspect he fell asleep. He never lost a match.

 They even had a small display of some reptiles.
 The weather desk.

 After we left the museum, we walked over to the Riverfront Park. 

"Little Rock"

 Small play area.

 If you look closely you will notice this guy has the outline of Arkansas on his left calf with a star in the place of Little Rock. I should have asked him where to eat. I bet he knows all the good places.

It was really nice that there was so much to do within walking distance. We made a quick stop to our hotel, Comfort Inn to checkin. I chose this hotel because of its rank on tripadvisor. It was about three miles from the River Market but it had a shuttle service available. We spent $95.89 on the hotel. We were automatically upgraded to a suite because I am a member of Choice Privileges. Yes, it sounds exclusive...but it's free. We drove about seven miles to eat at The Purple Cow. I had a patty melt and everyone else had burgers that come with chips. The atmosphere was similar to a 50's diner and the quality of the food was comparable to Steak and Shake. However the shakes were amazing. I have to say the best I have ever had. We spent $45.06 for dinner and three shakes. They are really big so I just sampled everyone else's.

We had a great time! Our total cost for the day in Little Rock was $213.36. That is equal to what one night in a condo at the beach would have cost. Sure, we didn't get to lay on the beach or by the pool but we did have fun! Crap, I miss the beach!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Vesta Home Show

I went to the Vesta Home Show today. I really enjoyed it. If you get the chance to check it out I recommend it. Save two bucks on your ticket by going here first,

 If you notice the bald man in the jacket is the Henco Furniture man "It's worth the drive." and his daughter. Their store provided the furnishings for some of the homes. I overheard a woman in her 70's complain to her friend about getting stuck talking to the man. I'm thinking how long do you have to talk for a 70 year old women to get bored! So if you see him, steer clear.
 I love this bedroom! I like the mirrored night stands.
 I want the retractable screens for the back porch. How cool is that?

 Yes, that is chicken wire in the cabinets.

 I like the shape of those green chairs. They were really comfortable.
 I liked the way this room was set up for different purposes.

 Love, Love, Loved the framed chalk boards. This was in a laundry room.

 More retractable screened porches. Also, notice the swinging bed. 
 ChaChi even had a good time. You know, after he knocked down those dominos he had to play checkers.
 I can't even imagine this being practical for five minutes. My kids would have holes knocked in the walls in no time.
 3D TV's We can't even keep up with remotes around here. I doubt we could keep up with those glasses.

 Time for a photo stop.

 Pretty sure ChaChi planted his little butt in all the chairs.

 I loved the way this house was decorated the best. I like all the pops of color.

 Would love to have a fire pit!

 He is cracking me up! He enjoyed it as much as I.
 I thought this kitchen layout was similar to ours.
 These furnishings came from We bought our new dining table from Stash. I'll post pics as soon as I find some chairs to go with it.
 I like how they put a desk behind the sofa.

 This shower is just awesome!

I wore heels today...which was incredibly stupid. Make sure to wear some comfortable shoes because you will be doing a good bit of walking. There five homes to go through but they are all in the same culdesac. Don't forget your camera!