With a new year, comes a new person...a person that I can be more proud of than ever before.
Now, Don't jump on board with me yet... Just to be fair, I really don't believe in all those resolutions that people promise to keep. Just because you want something it doesn't mean that it will happen all of a sudden, just because you made a 'resolution' to yourself. Come on! How often do people actually stick by those? They come and they go, as fleeting as the snow here in Birmingham. Seriously! Did you really drop all the weight that you resolved to lose from the year before? Did you make amends with the person that you haven't spoken to in ages? Did you get a better job? Or even a raise? Have you attended church more than just on Easter and Christmas? And the list goes on and on, my friends. (In all fairness, there are a few of you guys that actually did follow through with your hopes of a better year....and to you I give an applause....more like a standing ovation actually)
So, here it is... 2010. A. Fresh. Start.
I am not making any irrational, radical decisions to 'change' unless I've already thought it through and committed to it in my mind. I'm not going to just run my mouth about this and that. I really DO want to be different, but most importantly I want to follow through with my change...and I want it to stick. With all this change, I still want to be me...just a better version of me. :)
Well, here it goes....my list for the
New 'Me' in the New Year:
1. Read my bible/pray more often- Where would I be if God didn't think He had the time for me? How can I not want to devote more time to further developing my relationship with Him? He is my ALL! He is my waymaker! My fortress, my strength, my help, my provider, my healer, my EVERYTHING!!! Without Him I would be nothing! But with His help I want to be more, I want to be better! If you feel the same, you should start by visiting my church's website. You can watch our services online, listen to old ones, or post prayer requests you may have.
2. Volunteer more of my time to helping others- Christmas isn't the only time of year to do this. I want to think of others year-round. It feels good to help those that are in need of it and I want to do more of it this year. I have already signed up for 3 different opportunities and have a friend that is sticking to it with me. If you are interested in giving a little of your time as well, go to "Hands on Birmingham" and sign up.
3. I want to be a better wife/homemaker than I have ever been. I want to manage my time more wisely and get this 'nest egg' looking good for my hubby. I want this home to be a place that my husband can unwind and relax and not have to stress about clutter, dirty dishes, laundry, etc.
I re-did our room the other day, I mean completely re-did, and it feels good. I feel everything has a place now, which will make it easier for me to keep it clean. I plan to do this with every room in the house, hopefully before the year is over, but I don't want to get ahead of myself.
I have been one to always try to cook dinner every night during the week and I've done a pretty good job of it so far...so this is something I want to keep up, as well as make it healthier. Now, if only I could keep all the dishes clean! Lol!
I want to love and respect my husband as he deserves, not as I see fit at the moment. He deserves so much more than, being human, I actually give him. I want to lift him up more than ever and never tear him down. I want to be everything he's ever wanted in a wife. I want to be someone he can lean on in a time of need, his second in command, no matter what.
4. I want to be a better steward our money than before. First off, I want to cut back where we can and save as much as possible. I also would like to start paying a good amound toward the principal of our car/house notes. And lastly, I want to REMEMBER to write that tithing check every. single. week!
Well, That's all folks... That's all I COMMIT to change for now. It's not all I WANT to change, but it's enough to focus on for now. I don't want to overwhelm myself and become like all those other
'resolution-makers', do I ? :)
With a new year, comes a new person...a person that I can be more proud of than ever before.
I now have many, many recipes to post on my 'beignets with tiffany' blog. I've been trying new ones out left and right. Everything from chicken tetrazzini to chocolate snowcap espresso cookies! Yum, yum! I have been cooking it up! My husband got a lot of the kitchen gadgets for me that were on my Christmas wish list and I just had to use them today! I made two types of homemade cookies, some tea cakes, and a pizza stick appetizer. I am sooo exhausted and my kitchen is a disaster, but it's been a blast! To say the least, I have had a great Christmas this year! I have enjoyed time with family and friends, as well as, a few new recipes and plenty of mouth-watering food! :) I even played Super Mario 3 tonight! Lol! What more could I ask for?
Merry Christmas to you all! Hope it's been a wonderful one!
Tell us allll about it! .............
December 10, 2009-
Have you ever been woken out of your sleep so suddenly that you felt panicked? You spring out of bed feeling as though you broke an instant sweat, heart pounding and all... You are so delirious and ill-focused that you feel as though you are still dreaming! Well, That was a few Saturdays ago for us.
My husband and I were fast asleep in bed when there was an unexpected knock on the door. The next thing I knew he was on his feet. I never even felt him move. Haha! He was so out of it that he couldn't find anything modest enough to answer the door in...at least not quick enough. By the time he got downstairs the mailman was driving off... and there it was...the ever-dreaded "sorry we missed you" note posted to our door. Great! Don't you just love these? I mean really, it's not like they ever REALLY wait for you to come to the door! They do their "it's-part-of-my-job-so-I-have-to-do-this-but-I'm-only-going-to-do-this-once" knock. They don't really wait! And they never knock twice! GRRR!
So, it's a certified letter from Regions, who we don't have an account with anymore. What is it? Who knows! Is it important? I guess so! It's now December 22, 2009 and we still don't have the above mentioned letter in our posession, despite our many attempts to have it re-delivered. What is up with this? We only have 3 more days before they send it back to Regions! Will we ever know?
November 13, 2009-We get off work, rush home to shower and spruce up, and head out to take our ever-dreaded church directory pictures. I always hate these, simply because of the overhanging stress of wanting everything to be perfect...because we all know that it never is! This is always the day of the year that your hair just doesn't want to cooperate, you can't find the right outfit, or your face just so happens to be broken out like you're entering adolescence once again! Surprisingly, we made it through the night, decent pictures and all. So, I decide that I am going to order some cute Christmas cards with this adorable picture of us, to send to family and friends. I decided to order them C.O.D. and pay half up front and half when we receive them. It's now 3 days before Christmas and we have yet to send out our cards. They are apparently lost somewhere in space. They were sent out from the photographer, but somewhere between the post office and our house they were lost, and they can't even be tracked! So dear family and friends, if you are reading this please forgive me! You are not forgotten about! We are thinking of you, I promise! Merry Christmas to you all!
And please let me know, am I the only one?
OH, Otis Spunkmeyer...how I love thee! You are so moist and delicious with your dark, rich chocolate flavor and your heavenly bits of chocolate morsels embedded in your top! How I enjoy you!
I don't eat you very often, but when I do, my oh my, you satisfy me! Just the thought of you accompanied with a glass of milk is enough to make me curse IHOP and their chocolate chip pancakes!!!!
For those that read my previous post, you know how bad I was craving chocolate chip pancakes and while I did not get any, my SWEET, PRECIOUS, PERFECT husband decided that he would go to the store and get something he thought I would enjoy, to curb my craving. He came home with a pack of Otis Spunkmeyer chocolate-chocolate chip muffins and a box of those little Entenmann's brownie bites. So, needless to say, I fell in love with my husband all over again!
And just think, we say that men don't understand us. :)
I know, I know. I'm in big trouble for not posting like usual. Lol! As if you guys care! Hahaha. I just haven't had a ton of time or material to post lately. I've been bad, I know. It's okay though, I'm here now. Let's see...what has happened lately?
Hmmm...I got my pistol permit and Josh got his also. This means that I can now carry a loaded gun in my car or purse, if I so choose. So, don't make me mad! :)
I finally watched "Mamma Mia". I actually just got done watching it like 10 minutes ago. It was really cute, but I honestly wasn't much in the musical mood today. I feel a little more like something serious, like One Tree Hill or something. I love that show!
Josh and I ate dinner at his parent's house tonight. His grandparents were in town from Louisiana and Ms. Brenda made a wonderful spaghetti dinner for all of us. It got crowded real quick, though, and was a little more hectic than our taste so we left after a little while. There were just so many people in a small house, which is usually great, but the kids were acting loud and crazy and Josh had just gotten off work...not a great combination. I guess I just feel kinda mellowed out tonight. I would be totally satisfied with sitting around with the adults sipping some coffee...quitely. Ah, how my mother-in-law and I love to do that! And Starbucks is right down the street from her house...which is perfect! Oh, and there is also a Cold Stone Creamery next door to it and a Dippin' Dots across the road. *Sigh. What temptations I have to face!
The meds the doctor put me on are working for my heart burn and acid reflux, but they are doing nothing for my stomach. Still the same ol', same ol'. So, I guess she will be having to do some tests when I come in on May 1st. I'm starting to really wonder if I will ever find out what is going on with my body. If anyone is going to find out, it will probably be this doctor. She just really seems like she cares to find out and not to just send me on my way. So, keep me in your thoughts and prayers, if you don't mind. I've had a lot going on with my body over the last few years and honestly, I just want to get back to feeling like my old self again. I am 22 years old and there is no reason I should be living my life like I'm 60!
Wow! I am really starting to wonder if this rain is ever going to cease. It has been pouring off and on all day at my house! Maybe I will make some decaf coffee and sit out on the upstairs porch? Hopefully I can do that without getting wet! We shall see.
Well, I think I am out for now. I don't have much else to say and I will be surprised to find out that any of you actually read this far into my lame ramblings. Lol! Aunt of 14, thanks for checking in on me.
I will try to post something a little more upbeat and interesting tomorrow.
Night, bloggy friends!
OMG! I am sooo famous right now. That's right people! You heard me. Little old Tiffany just got fancy! I recieved TWO awards today! And guess what? I received them from not ONE, not TWO, but THREE different people!!! I feel so famous right now! I am sooo loved! Woo Hoo. Go me! YEAH!
Yes, I realize you are probably experiencing the faintest feeling of wanting to vomit right now, but GET OVER IT. Let me just have my 15 minutes of fame, people!!! I am soaking it in. Soaking. it. all. in. Yes, it may be going to my head, just a little. But...Don't. judge. me!!!
MANY, very special thanks to my good friends Serenity, Ace, and Aunt of 14. You should pay them a visit sometime! They are just fab!
Here are the rules for this award:
1) Put the logo on your blog or post
2) Nominate at least 10 blogs that show great attitude or gratitude
3) Link to your nominees within your post
4) Let the nominees know that they have received this award by commenting on their blog
5) Share the love and link to the person from who you received your award
So....I am passing along BOTH awards to:
1 Mrs. McFann at "The Blog and the Bump"
2 Jade Bordeaux at "Unspoken Words from that One Curly Fry in the Box of the Regular"
3 Danita at "The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful"
4 Kristen at "Kristen's Palace"
5 H.I.T at "A New York House Wife In Training"
6 "Bama Belle in the Big City"
7 Dusty and Amy at "Chapters"
8 "Hoping for Our Own Peanut"
9 "Life at the White House"
10 "Feisty, Frugal, and Fabulous"
Stadium Fest is coming to Samford April 25th. Jeremy Camp, Chris Tomlin, Louis Giglio, and many others will be there. It all begins at noon with children's activities and continues to 9:30pm with the concerts, etc. The best part of all is that it's FREE!!! Yes, you heard me. FREE!!! To check out all the details, just click HERE or call (205) 380-6345
WHAT DO YOU PREFER?
Loud or Quiet → Quiet
Sweats or Jeans → Sweats
Phone or Camera → Camera
LASTS:Last food you ate → Chik-Fil-A grilled chicken sandwich.
Last movie you watched → Bedtime Stories with Adam Sandler (It was kinda stupid, so if you haven't seen it yet...DON'T...unless you have kids, of course)
Last song you listened to → "Vincent" by Don Mclean...very mellow, very relaxing.
Last thing you bought → Gulab Jamun, Indian spices, Naan, papad (We went to an Indian Grocery store)
Food → Indian, Thai, Cajun
Drinks → Coffee, Sweet Tea, Water, Vault, chocolate milk (but not too sweet)
Clothing → PJS
Books → Anything by Jodi Picoult, the occassional Louis L'Amour, any type of non-fiction self-help book on finances, marriage, self-betterment, etc. Yes, I realize I am an old, practical woman.
Music → I am all for some actual talent and a song that tells a story, especially with a hidden meaning or colorful background. I am usually a really mellow person when it comes to music...I love easy listening/jazz/blues...think Norah Jones, Colbie Caillat, Sarah Bareilles, Mikey Wax, John Mayer, etc. I also love oldies, Celtic, big band swing, broadway soundtracks, instrumental, pop, etc. Well, I guess just about anything, but country, rap, or hard rock. It really just depends what type of mood I am in...more times than not, it's mellow.
Colors → pink, green, orange,
Movies → Comedy, action/drama, thrillers/horrors, romance, chick flicks. Whatever mood I am in.
DO YOU BELIEVE IN:
Yourself → Yes, somebody has to. :)
Miracles → YES, I would be stupid not to!
Love at first sight → No! How can you love somebody you don't even know? You are only in love with the "idea" of that person. People say that people change after they get married. This is not true. They just finally reveal their true selves to you--that most likely, you were too blind to see in the first place. ***Sorry if I have stepped on any toes...just being real.
Heaven → YES! My life would be a WASTE if I didn't believe in heaven.
Is there one person you want to be with right now? → Yes, Josh...but I'm with him right now. So, I would love to be with my nanny and my ma-maw one more time.
Are you seriously happy with where you are in life? → YES! I am thrilled to be where I am. I know I have a lot of room for improvement, as does anybody, but I am content right here for now.
Do you believe in God → YES!!! Well, how else did I get here?
Though I had not really planned on it, we ended up having a pretty romantic dinner. I already had my laptop downstairs, to look at the recipe while cooking, so after dinner was ready, we decided to use the laptop to listen to some music. Our light switch has a dimmer that we have never used before, but there is a first time for everything. Then, we ended up lighting a few candles and enjoying our dinner and some good, fun conversation, while drinking our Mountain Dew from fancy wine glasses. For some reason or another, this is the first time that we have actually sat down to eat dinner TOGETHER all week. We both really enjoyed being able to sit and unwind with each other over a new meal, which Josh actually took part in preparing with me. Don't worry, I actually took pics before the food was gone this time.
I ended up making some fresh green beans and Uncle Ben's wild rice for some quick and easy sides to go along with our "Lemon Olive Chicken". The sides went well with the dish and overall we really enjoyed it. It's not something I will integrate into our weekly meal planning or anything, but it's something delicious to make for the occassional-want-something-different-dinner. I will be posting the recipe on my HERE later on, so check back.
I got a hold of a new chicken recipe. YES, you know me well. I just HAD to try it out. It's healthy and seemed a little fancy (well, different than what I usually cook), so I figured that I would cook it for dinner tonight. The ingredients weren't that expensive, though they aren't the types of things that I normally have on hand. As I am typing this, the chicken is on the stove. Josh and I are STARVING and impatiently waiting for it to be DONE! That's an understatement, but I can't think of a word more intense than starving. ??? Anyways, I will definitely be "reviewing" this recipe for you. So, check back with me to see if it's worth your time. In the meantime, I am going to make sure I'm not letting it burn. :)
I have been so lazy lately. I usually go to bed with my husband and get up early with him. The last couple of nights, though, I have been going to bed before him (before 10pm) and waking up way late! I have no idea why I would be so tired! It just feels like I can't get enough sleep. Yesterday, I found myself feeling a little groggy all day. I went to work and could have easily fallen asleep on the couch. I really had to push through it! Do you ladies have any ideas as to why I could be so tired? What about some tips to help keep me awake??? I am supposed to leave for work in 1.5 hours and I just woke up around 9:30am. This is not like me at all! For now, I guess coffee will be my best friend!
I went to the thrift store after getting off work yesterday, in search of a little computer desk for my laptop and school stuff. I found one that was in decent enough condition that I actually like for only $7.99!!! It was that yucky looking wood. You know, the kind that looks really country! Well, I fixed that! I used this awesome primer called "bullseye", so that I didn't have to sand it or anything. Then I painted a few coats of black paint and VOILA! Now, all I have to do is get some new handles or spray-paint the ones I have and I will be all set and ready to bring it inside. All together, after it's all said and done, I have spent around $20 for a new desk. YEAH! I am so proud! :)
Btw, I will be posting pics later
I went to a little carnival in Trussville tonight. My mother-in-law and her sister came with me. I guess I could call her my aunt-in-law, but I don't think that term really exhists. Lol! They didn't ride any of the rides. Instead, they sat around with their Starbuck's and funnel cakes and talked. I guess that's what happens when you reach a certain birthday. Lol! I met some of my (younger) friends there and we rode a few fun rides, which I am still dizzy from. I feel a little queasy, but nothing like the time in Louisiana (Becky, do you remember that? ROFL! ) For the rest of you, that's a story for another time. I brought a funnel cake home for my very special husband. And let me tell you, he put down the X-box controller for that one. Lol! Well, I am now home and in bed. I have had quite an adventurous day and I am sooo ready to pass out! I ate chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast, went to the Botanical Gardens with my best friend, an exciting baby shower, and then to the carnival. I am sooo tired...I feel like I'm nearing one of those birthdays too. :)
I went to a doctor yesterday that, FINALLY, didn't treat me like I was stupid! I have been having a lot of issues with my body for the last few years, don't know exactly what is wrong, just what symptoms I have...and that I haven't felt like myself in a loooonnnggg time! I was soooo impressed with this place. The receptionist was super nice, the nurse was a sweetheart, and the doctor was awesome too. She actually listened to what I had to say, without cutting me off, acted like she cared, and told me that we WOULD find a way to make me feel better. She put me on three different prescriptions to see if they will help me any and she took some blood to run some tests. I will be receiving a phone call if they find anything with the blood tests, otherwise, I have a follow-up appointment in 6 weeks. She said that if by then I am not improving, she will do some other tests and maybe try some different medicines. I am so glad that I finally found somebody that didn't just say tell me I was fine and send me on my way. This lady understands that what the other doctors have said was "normal" isn't necessarily normal for me. It's been about 3 years since I have had any kind of energy and I am only 22 years old! It was more than 6 months ago that my stomach didn't severely cramp up every day. I have gained over 50 pounds in the last 4 years, without changing my eating/exercising habits, except for the better. I don't eat fried foods (except for beignets like twice a year and french fries maybe twice a month), I don't eat too much food, I don't care much for sweets, and I love to drink water, and to eat fruits and veggies! And my jobs consist of chasing children around all day. Everyone that really knows me wonders why I have been the one to gain all this weight. Nobody knows...not yet. But, yesterday, I had a little glimmer of hope that we may soon find out. :) Those that have been praying for me, please continue to do so. And btw, I have my next pap coming up in June. I still don't know what's going to happen with all of that and to be honest with you, I'm a little scared!
"Finish the Sentences"
1. I've come to realize that my last kiss....will be with Josh! And will always be special!
2. I am listening to.....Josh yelling at the guys on Xbox live. Lol!
3. I talk.....way tooooo much.
4. I love....my husband, my family and friends, musicals, my house, my car, beignets and cafe au laits, cute clothes, LSU football, funky hair, shooting my gun, starbucks, anything pink, Louisiana, the orchestra, watermelon, people who are open minded and aren't afraid to try new things, go-karts, anything retro, fresh pineapple, paintballing, talking, giving out candy on Halloween, cute purses, seafood, girl's nights, flip-flops, tetherball, sarcasm, staring at wierd people, broadway, things that match, four-wheelers, crawfish boils, funnel cakes, vacations, "CSI", hosting parties, exploring new places, Valentine's Day, California, fancy looking drinks, my new balance tennis shoes, "House", roller coasters, good food, the circus, babies, a modern taste in decor, trying new things, baby showers, "Lie to Me", doing stuff like this, laughing, mowing the yard, lingerie parties, buttery popcorn, peanut butter brownies, carnivals, good music, bridal showers, birthdays, people that know how to cook/bake, singing, listening to Josh sing/play guitar, throwing a ball, concerts, anything outdoors, and the list goes on and on and on...
5. My best friend......is the exact opposite of me in every way you can imagine! Seriously!
6. My first real kiss....doesn't matter
7. Love is....the most amazing thing! Love is not a feeling, it's an action, but it's full of all sorts of emotions.
8. Marriage is...the best thing that's ever happened to me. Now that I'm married, I couldn't ever imagine being single! I love my husband and I love my life! I am sooo blessed and so grateful!
9. Somewhere, someone is thinking....that they could win the lottery. Ha, good luck with that one, buddy! :)
10. I always...keep secrets, pay my bills on time or early, talk too much in the middle of movies, pick something pink over any other color, ramble, forget stuff, stare at pregnant women, eat too much and exercise too little, forget stuff, make tons of lists, spend too much money at the grocery store, freak out in my head, when I'm on an elevator, put people on speakerphone, brush my hair when it's wet, forget stuff, wish I was pregnant, get irritable when I haven't eaten, say things about strangers right in front of them (Josh hates it!), forget stuff, wonder why I am sooo tired all the time, forget stuff, spend way too much time at Wal-mart, laugh at Josh's jokes...even when they are retarded, stay on the computer longer than I should, fantasize about faraway places, forget stuff (Have I mentioned that already? Lol!), ............
11. The last time I really cried was...a few days ago in the shower. I had the worst cramps I've ever had in my life and they wouldn't go away. My WHOLE body was hurting!
12. My cell phone....has a pink cover on it.
13. When I wake up in the morning...I yell at Josh to turn off his alarm, after it's gone off 16 times! Lol!
14. When I go to sleep...ummm...what else is there to say? I go to sleep....the end...
15. Right now...my back is killing me, I should be running errands, I should be cleaning, I need to wash my face, I have coffee breath, my computer is REALLY hot, I am thinking a little too hard about this...
16. Babies are...the most precious gift from God! I can't wait to have a few of my own!
17. I get annoyed when...people are ignorant, close-minded, and have no common sense...and think they know everything!
18. Today I...am cleaning. Well, not right now, but I should be!
19. Tomorrow I...will enjoy another day off from work, but not from cleaning, running errands, cooking, etc.
20. I really want to...learn how to play the piano, go ice skating sometime this week, plant some flowers, finish decorating our house, lose weight, get tan, have my house professionally cleaned, have kids,
21. Someone that will most likely respond to this is...How am I supposed to know? I guess whoever wants to actually do it will
I am sooo proud of myself! I did not give up searching how to make my own button for my blog. I finally found some pretty easy instructions and I DID IT! YEAH! I can't believe that I actually had enough patience to do it. I am so proud of myself. Now, there's only one thing left. Do YOU like it??? Tell me what you think about my new button. And show some love...grab it for your blog!!! :)
What is your salad dressing of choice? It depends what I'm eating with it....Thousand Island (on a reuben), Italian(in my pasta salad), Ranch(with my french fries), and Blue Cheese (with my hot wings)...but I don't eat salad!!!
What is your favorite sit-down restaurant? I have a lot of them. But I would have to say Silver Coin Indian Grill is my #1 fav.
What food could you eat every day for two weeks and not get sick of? boiled crawfish
What are your pizza toppings of choice? pineapple and italian sausage
What do you like to put on your toast? butter and honey/jelly
How many televisions are in your house? one...I think Josh would die if he didn't have something to plug his xbox into. Lol!
What color cell phone do you have? red, but I have a pink cover on it right now.
Do you have an Ipod? No, but I have an mp3 player
Are you right-handed or left-handed? A little of both. I can do almost everything with my left hand, but write. Sometimes I even eat that way. But I would say that I'm technically right-handed.
Have you ever had anything removed from your body? wisdom teeth, tonsils, adnoids, and a toe nail
What is the last heavy item you lifted? Groceries
Have you ever been knocked unconscious? NO
How many pairs of flip flops do you own? OMG! I used to have toooonnnsss! Probably like 12 or so now.
Last time you had a run-in with the cops? Pulled over for a warning...made a left turn without seeing the "no left turn" sign
Last person you talked to? Josh
Last person you hugged? Josh
Holiday? Valentine's Day
Day of the week? Saturday
Month? May...the month of our birthdays
Missing someone? Yes, Joshua
Mood? Happy, eager for Josh to get home
What are you listening to? "Build Me Up Buttercup"
Watching? My computer
Worrying about? What to cook for dinner
First place you went this morning? The bathroom
What's the last movie you saw? Traitor
Do you smile often? Every day!
Sleeping Alone Tonight? No way!
1) Do you always answer your phone? Yes, unless I'm in the middle of something
2) It's four in the morning and you get a text message, who is it?
Probably one of my sis-in-laws saying they are preggers AGAIN! Lol! :)
3) If you could change your eye color what would it be? I love my eyes.
3b) If you could change your hair color, what color would you change it to? I'm fine with my hair, but wouldn't mind it being darker
4) What flavor do you add to your drink at Sonic? I only drink Cherry-Limeades at Sonic
5) Do you own a digital camera? Yes and a video camera
6) Have you ever had a pet fish? Yes and killed every one of them.
7) Favorite Christmas song(s)? Mary Did You know, Baby It's Cold Outside (the duet),
8) What's on your wish list for your birthday? Hmmm...haven't thought about it yet, but I guess I need to since it's only 2 months away.
9) Can you do push ups? Yes
10) Can you do a chin up? Yes
11) Does the future make you more nervous or excited? Excited
12) Do you have any saved texts? Yes
13) Ever been in a car wreck? Yes
14) Do you have an accent? No, not really...though many people say I sound like a valley girl
15) What is the last song to make you cry? A song? Songs don't make me cry. Sorry, but I'm not the sappy type.
16) Plans tonight? Eat dinner with my husband and maybe we will take a walk?
17) Have you ever felt like you hit rock bottom? no
18) Name 3 things you bought yesterday? Chili beans, can of corn, and shredded cheese (for my taco soup)
19) Have you ever been given roses? Yes, of course! And orchids too!
20) Current worry? Nothing
21) Current hate right now? Cramps!
22) Met someone who changed your life? Yes
23) How did you bring in the New Year? I had to work...but Josh came to work with me, so that was fun.
24) What song represents you? "Bubbly" by Colbie Caillat
26) Would you go back in time if you were given the chance? Yes, I would change any way I have ever hurt anybody. Any hateful word, action, or deed...whether intentional or not.
27) Have you ever dated someone longer than a year? Yes
28) Do you have any tattoos/piercings? NO WAY to tattoos. I do have my ears pierced. Had them pierced when I was weeee little, but I don't wear jewlry now. I wonder if the holes will ever close up!
29) Will you be in a relationship 4 months from now? YES DEFINITELY! Sorry Josh...I think you have to endure being with me for a loooong time. lol! :)
30) Does anyone love you? YES, they better!
31) Would you be a pirate? No thanks. Not my desire in life
32) What songs do you sing in the shower? Whatever pops in my mind. Usually something Josh has been singing that gets stuck in my head.
33) Ever had someone sing to you? Yes, many times
34) When did you last cry? Yesterday, after reading Tina's post about her brother.
36) Do you like to cuddle? YES. It's the best!
37) Have you held hands with anyone today? Josh
38) Who was the last person you took a picture of? Josh
39) What kind of music did you listen to in elementary school? Vanessa Williams "Save the Best for Last" was my favorite!
40) Do you believe in staying close with your ex's/prospects? No
41) Are most of the friends in your life new or old? Pretty new. All my old friends are back in Oklahoma and California
42) Do you like pulpy orange juice? Yes
43) What is something your friends make fun of you for? Lots of stuff. Mostly how I am sooo random and I like to ramble. Oh, and that I eat wierd food.
44) If it were possible, would you want to know the day you were going to die? Yes, because I think it would make all the important things count soooo much more than they already do. I wouldn't waste one single moment in life!
45) If you could change your name, what would you change it to? I feel like a "Tiffany", so that's fine with me. But thanks for asking.
46) Would you drink an entire bottle of hot sauce for $1000? For a thousand bucks. Heck yeah! Who wouldn't? Be honest!
One of my "blonde moments" (This is for you Shalay...LOL!) happened just the other day. I was in the kitchen, doing the dishes, and I had a pair of my husband's jogging pants on. My phone started ringing, so naturally, I started to walk toward the sound, trying to find my phone. I kinda kept going around in circles because the ring was really close, but I just could NOT find my cell phone! I am embarassed to say that it took me quite a while to realize that my cell phone was in the pocket of the pants that I had ON! LOL! Sometimes, I really worry about myself with stuff like this. I mean, seriously...Who can't find a phone that's ringing in their OWN pocket? I can't believe I actually told you guys this, but I am one for good humor...hope you enjoyed it!:)
You know, sometimes we tend to take things in life for granted. There are so many people who do without, and I don't ever want to be the type of person that takes what I have, for granted. Read on...
A blonde & a brunette were watching the 10 o'clock news together. The current news was about a man up on a ledge threatening to jump. The situation cut to a commercial.
Brunette: "I'll bet you $20 he's going to jump."
(then back to the newscast.) He jumps.
Blonde: "Okay, here's my $20."
Brunette: "No, that was too easy, I can't take your money."
Blonde: "I insist. I lost!"
Brunette: "I have a confession to make. I saw the same thing on the 6 o'clock news & knew he jumped. So it wasn't really a fair bet."
Blonde: "I know I saw it too, I just can't believe he jumped again!"
LOL! Yes, I know...I am WRONG for that, but I just couldn't help myself! I love blonde jokes! I can't believe I haven't posted any yet. Please don't think I am a horrible person! :) I have my blonde moments too!
I was doing my daily duty of reading up on all my favorite posts that I follow each day when I came across this..."Flatulence Fib". OMG! I was ROFL! This is just the funniest thing to me. My husband and I joke about stuff like this allll the time. I may be killed for posting this, but let me just tell you Ms. "Impulsive Addict", you posted about it first...so it's fair game! LOL! Well, you guys...enjoy!
OMG! I can't believe that I now have more than 20 followers. Soooo cool! I am da' bomb! Lol! When is the last time someone actually said "da' bomb"? Well, never mind that.
Okay, so I feel totally like famous or something. I know that 21 people isn't a lot, but TO ME it sooo is! I have 21 people that care about us, what's going on in our lives, and about whatever it is that I have to ramble about next. I even have someone (won't mention any names) that will get up at "the wee hours of the night" just to check and make sure that I didn't post anything new. Wooo hooo! Go me! I LOVE to blog , as you know that I LOVE to talk. That's really all it is. It's just me talking...nonstop...everyday. If I'm not posting something, I'm reading and commenting on someone else's blog. How did I become sooo addicted to this? Wow! I mean, seriously, I'm at work right now...and look what I'm doing...
Today has been a really good day. I got to relax a little, but also ran some errands, did some grocery shopping, cleaned up the house, and started to mow the grass. I say "started" because not long after my husband got home he took over the lawnmower. Then, he took over the seed thrower thingy. Then, he set up the sprinkler, did the edging, trimming, blowing, etc. I don't know what it is with guys that makes them have to take over with stuff like this. Maybe they can't stand to see a woman doing their "manly" job...probably because they think we won't do it as well as them. In this case, I think Josh just really wanted to do it. You see, this is only our second time to mow the yard at our new house and we've never had a yard to tend to before. Plus, we got that brand new lawnmower and other yard equipment that actually make it kinda fun. Call us crazy, but we actually like to care of our yard. We are especially excited about it right now since Spring is so near. We have the biggest yard in the neighborhood and now we want to have the best yard on the block. Back to the main point....
Today really has been a good day. Nothing too fantastic happened, but it's just been all around good. Did I mention I actually went tanning today? Those of you that know me well will be proud. Those of you that don't...that's a story for another time.
We just had dinner not long ago. We had pork chops, rice a roni, and broccoli. Oh, and some AWESOME strawberries! Which, btw, are 3/$5 at Publix right now. Oh, and the cantaloupes are 2/$3 and the milk is 2/$5. I am always looking for good deals, so I thought I would help you out a little too. Okay, so seriously...I am TOTALLY rambling again! I can't really stay on topic...ever. It drives Josh crazy! I was joking with him and his dad the other day about that. It's funny how guys and girls are so different. We went out that day looking at guns in pawn shops and stuff. We went to a ton of different pawn shops and gun stores and even stopped for a long lunch. The whole mission of the day was to return Josh's gun that had messed up and to look for a good gun to replace it with. So, needless to say, that was the ONE topic of discussion allllll day! I swear guys have the biggest ONE-TRACK minds! The WHOLE day, I kid you not, that's alllll they talked about. What guns they liked, which ones they didn't, why they did or didn't like them...how much such-and-such gun costs at Billy Bob's compared to how much it costs at Billy Joe's...arguing about whether a .410 is the best option of a rifle, whether a Springfield is better than a Kimber....on and on and on. They talk as much as girls, but completely stay on topic! Knowing me, of course, I was sooo shocked! I mean seriously, how does someone do that? I didn't know it was possible. I mentioned to them how they are so different from girls. I told them that I would have talked about a million, different, random things by then, but they amazed me how they never steered clear of the "mission" for the day. Man, do I envy guys sometimes. If I could stay that focused, no telling what I could get done around the house, how good I would be at Math equations and remembering dates in history, etc. What's so funny, though, is the fact that these are the same creatures that can't stay focused on US for more than 5 seconds without their minds wandering to TEN different things! Hmmmm......The great mystery of man....
My whole life people have told me that I talk a lot, that I ramble on and on, and that I'm totally random. My parents say that when I was little, if I was telling a story and someone interrupted me, I would start over EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. This sounds like me...even today. II don't know how my parents put up with it then and I definitely don't know how anyone can put up with it now, but I just want to thank those of you, my devoted fellow followers, that actually "listen" to all of these random ramblings. I babble on and on, sometimes (okay, most the time) with no direction at all. That's just me, so I won't apologize for it. What I will apologize for is your precious, wasted time. Regardless, you still love me...right? Well, I hope so. And, I hope you continue to follow my crazy, chaotic, narcissistic, random, ramblings. Otherwise, I would be wasting MY time and that's what matters most right? LOL! :)
WARNING: This is going to be a long post. I would LOVE for you to read it, but don't say I didn't warn you first! :)
I find it sad when men don't know how to shoot a gun. There's really not too much to it. Focus, relax, control your breath, squeeeeeeeze the trigger. Instead, you go to the range and find these young guys that turn their gun sideways and shoot as fast as they can, many times not even hitting anywhere on the paper of their target. Sad. I thought people only shot like that in the movies. Never have I seen someone actually do that in real life, until Saturday. Wow. I shoot like "Annie Oakley" herself, or so I have heard many times. I have shot a gun less than 10 times in my life, but each and every time I make it count. I always hear men comment on how my husband "better be good", or "look out, a woman with a gun and good aim is a scary thing". I even had a police officer that I was out-shooting BIG time that kept commenting to my husband. He was sooooo shocked to see how I could shoot. And just think, how much practice has HE had?
One of my targets of choice was a big purple, Barnie dinosaur. Soooo. much. fun. I've been wanting to shoot him for so long! :) I started out shooting about 10 rounds right into his nose at about a good 15 feet off. Then, I moved on to his toe nails. I hope it was painful! He deserved every bit of it. After all he has put me through over the years! Thank goodness most children have moved onto the Wiggles or Dorah by now.
Those of you that don't know, Josh used to be on the JROTC at school. He was a freshmen and could outshoot the seniors on the team. He attended many shooting tournaments. I should make him blog all about the details for you. It's really cool.
The two of us together, I think, make a good (and scary) team. :) As we were leaving the range, Josh and I were talking about how HORRIBLE everyone in there shot! And how everyone thought we were just AWESOME! (Which, let me say, we ARE!). Then he goes on to make a comment about how we're like Mr. and Mrs. Smith. HAHAHA! That just tickled me pink to hear that. Lol! Especially since the other day, my best friend commented on how they reminded her of us in that movie. I got such a kick out of that. I guess partially because I could totally see us doing what they did. Well, maybe not killing people. Just the shooting part. I really enjoy shooting and I think everyone should have an opportunity to try it. Especially women. I think that all women should be professionally trained. Jk. Sort of. I have our pistol permit papers filled out. I need to turn them in today and in about 2 weeks we should both be allowed to carry one on our person. I think I might stick to having one locked in my trunk or under my seat in the case? Not sure exactly how I should do it just yet. I do babysit people's children, as you know, so it must be in a very safe spot! Though I don't really drive children anywhere anymore, but still the piece of mind is good for me and the parents. I don't have my pistol yet, but we are browsing around for the one I want. A Kahr pm9. It's pretty. You should "google" it. Until then, I guess my pepper spray will remain my best friend! (Btw, I got mine from academy for about $7 and it's in a pink case, has a glow-in-the-dark trigger, and clips on your key chain. I think it's a good thing for all women to look into)
At this very moment I am lying in bed, and yes, at 4:30pm...just lying here. I have been lying here for hours on the computer, finding any sort of distraction possible to avoid the butt loads of laundry that are chilling on the bed next to me, that my husband just so happened to "accidently" dump out as a casual reminder. I have promised him many times this week to get all the laundry taken care of, but it's just not happening for me. I usually don't mind it much, but this week it is just not appealing to me. Not. one. bit. I've even tried the "watch an episode of Csi while I fold clothes, to distract myself from actually folding clothes" thing and it hasn't worked. Literally, I am writing to you from under mounds of twisted panties, wrinkly cargo pants that I think Josh has worn like twice ever, work shirts that have permanent oil stains in them and will NEVER come out, and millions of random socks that are a part of my husband's obsession of wearing like 50 pairs a day. Yes, I realize that I do exaggerate a little, okay quite a bit, but this is how I feel. I guess maybe I'm coming down with something, maybe I''m burnt out from seeing so many clothes, maybe I'm just pure lazy. I don't know what it is, but I have never struggled so hard to make myself fold/hang up clothes. I feel so lazy, like a beached whale, but am too lazy to do anything about it. I cannot make anything but my fingers move today. I'm surprised I made something for my poor husband to eat for lunch today. I think the only motivation for that was the fact that I was soooo hungry. I don't know what to do, other than to lay here with mounds and mounds of clothes, and watch another episode of CSI... :)
Check out what M-I-A named her baby boy. What is up with stars naming their kids this stuff? I mean seriously. His name sounds like something you would spit up after gagging on something morbidly disgusting. Think about it.
----PLEASE Casey and G, you have to promise me you won't do this to your child!!!!
We have quite a few other blogs. I don't update them as often as this one, but you should check them out anyways....
Our First House- I will be attempting to post newer pics soon, so you can see the progress. Keep your fingers crossed for us...
Beignets with Tiffany-recipes, recipes, and more recipes. I will try to update as much as possible and also to post authentic cajun recipes and pics.
Our Family- our crazy family...we all have one...
Zoomin' Hot Spots that you should check out...places we like to eat or hang out, websites we like to visit, and random, interesting and helpful tips.
I am waiting ever-so-patiently for Spring to arrive! I love alllll seasons, but nearing the end of one, it always gets to the point where I can't wait any longer for the next to roll around! I can't wait for all the green grass and bright flowers, blooming trees and the smell of honeysuckles and magnolias, the cool breezes, sunny days, and tennis at the park. Robin, just in case you didn't know, you are going to be my tennis partner. :) I could use more than one, so if you're interested....
I changed my background to something that makes me think of Spring. Cupcakes. Well, not cupcakes per say, but the idea of cupcakes, cookies, lemonade, sweet tea, all those cute little sets of plastic dinnerware, in the back yard on your patio, with the cute patio furniture and the big umbrella. You get my point. It starts in the Spring and rolls around to the Summer with bar-b-ques, tikki torches, citronella candles, crawfish boils, fish frys. OMG! I can't wait!!! And also, I think that, in honor of the Spring/Summer season rolling around, I would like to do a GIVEAWAY! I'm not sure what to do just yet, or when to do it, but just stay tuned....
I came across a website that you should check out, if you're one of those "weight watcher" types. I know I am. I need to be. I'm on my way to being a fat heiffer already. Anyways...when you visit this website, all you have to do is type in your zip code and your price range and ABRACADABRA...you have your healthy dining options. This is such a handy tool for anyone who is enduring a weight loss journey. Check it out HERE
This was posted on one of my friend's blogs and I decided that I would love to take part in this...hope you will do the same....
The Red Envelope Project
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------On March 31 Americans are being called to action. It will take 3 minutes of your time and about fifty cents to help make a difference in ending abortion. In this critical political climate, every voice is essential. Dr. Seuss reminds us through the words of Horton that "A person's a Person No Matter How Small." We need to speak out for those who can't speak out for themselves. Check out www.redenvelopeday.com RED ENVELOPES Dear Friends and Intercessors: This afternoon I was praying about a number of things, and my mind began to wander. I was deeply distressed at the symbolic actions that President Obama took as he began his presidency. Namely, that he signed executive orders releasing funds to pay for abortions, permission to fund human stem cell research, and federal funding for contraception. I have been involved in the pro-life movement for nearly 20 years, and it pained my heart to see a man and a political party committed to the shedding of innocent blood. This man, and this party lead our country, but they do not represent me or the 54% of Americans who believe that abortion is wrong and should no longer be legal.As I was praying, I believe that God gave me an interesting idea. Out in the garage I have a box of red envelopes. Like the powerful image of the red LIFE tape, an empty red envelope will send a message to Barack Obama that there is moral outrage in this country over this issue. It will be quiet, but clear.Here is what I would like you to do:Get a red envelope. You can buy them at Kinkos, or at party supply stores. On the front, address it to:
President Barack Obama
The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Washington , D.C. 20500.
On the back, write the following message:
"This envelope represents one child who died in abortion. It is empty because that life was unable to offer anything to the world. Responsibility begins at conception."
Put it in the mail, and send it. Then forward this email to every one of your friends who you think would send one too. I wish we could send 50 million red envelopes, one for every child who died before having a chance to live. Maybe it will change the heart of the President.
My best friend FINALLY has become a blogger geek like me! It's about time! I have been hounding her for like FOREVER!!! She is new to this, so why don't you go on over to visit Robin at "Can You See Me Now"? She needs some bloggy love, comments, and advice. Give her what all you've got!
I am at work right now. Both of the girls are asleep and it is actually quiet in here, which is weird. The girls' mom went to get her hair done, so I have a minute or two of down time. She said she doesn't mind if I get on the computer when the kids are asleep, but I still feel weird doing it. It's reminds me of when I babysit really late and nobody really expects you to not be asleep when they get home, but you still feel weird having fallen asleep on someone else's couch anyways. It always feels like I have to sneak around, even though I know I don't have to. Do you ever feel that way? It's like when you go to someone's house and they offer you something to eat or drink. How often do you actually say "Yes, please, I would love some"? I mean seriously, most of us would be STARVING or totally DEHYDRATED before even thinking of responding that way. And even then, you take a sip of water or two tiny bites of food, so you don't look like a pig. You know what I am talking about don't you? You're just as guilty, huh? Don't you find that there are always those people that say they are cool with things and may even act like they are cool with things, but you know that they secretly have a problem with it? Have you ever felt that way? It's like you know they are thinking "How dare she! Who does she think she is?" I don't know, maybe it's just me...always paranoid. My husband says that I always think that people are out to get me. Lol! Well, at least with this lady, she really is cool about it. She's a very sweet lady, one I could actually hang out with...outside of work. How often does that happen? People never feel that way about their "boss", so I know she's very likeable. :) But I still feel wierd...
OMG! Four years! I feel so old! Lol! If you would like to congratulate us or send some encouragement or advice, send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment right here. Where did YOU get married? How long has it been for YOU? Do you have any special or funny stories about your wedding? Anniversaries? Please Let us know!!! We would love to hear it!!!
Check this out. It's called "Sky City". (It may take a few minutes to load, so be patient. Oh, and don't forget to turn OFF the music at the bottom of my blog) They are wanting to build this in Tokyo, Japan and have already started a lot of the preparation for it. It will cost way MORE than 3 BILLION dollars. They are preparing the steel for it now. It will house about 35,000 people and employ 100,000. It's a very interesting concept. It will consist of condos, schools, parks, movie theaters, shops, everything you need to live in it and NEVER have to step foot outside again! They believe this is the answer to the "crunch" in Tokyo. It will be the TALLEST BUILDING IN THE WORLD at 2/3 of a mile high. A lot of people say that they won't be able to do it because of the money, etc. But have you all thought about the 3.5 years of good in the Bible. We are going to have 3 1/2 years of prosperity FIRST and then the 3.5 years of famine. This could be part of the "Good". I would love to know your opinions. Let me know...What do YOU think???
(I had this on my sidebar, but never posted the pic of the contents of my purse...the pic wouldn't fit over there, so I am finally posting about it...)
Thanks Shalay at "Writefully Yours: The Misadventures of a Housewife in Training" for
"THE BAG TAG"
My sis-in-law gave this bag to me for Christmas...It's a Dooney and Burke and yes, it's real. I am not sure how much it cost because I did not buy it, which feels really nice, by the way. This is what's IN my purse...and YES, I have asked myself a million times, "How does all of this stuff fit in that little purse?" I have no idea, but it does.
Table of Contents:
*Dolce and Gabanna over-sized sunglasses
*Cute black and pink reading glasses and case
*other prescription med.
*wallet with tons of papers crammed inside
*keys with spray mace
*eye lash curler*blue lip gloss-it's CLEAR, don't worry and it tastes like peppermint
*cell phone (LG shine)
*Dove body mist
*foundation that is supposed to help with acne, but doesn't!
*Zicam nostril swabs
*hand cream (beauty control...awesome!)
*small tube of cover up
*3 ink pens
*2 ticket stubs for Underworld: Rise of the Lycans
*pink glitter case with toothbrush and toothpaste...I just went to the dentist the other day
*My jaw bone blue tooth...military technology...Josh got it for me for Christmas
*bobby pins in a little nifty holder
*camera...it couldn't be in the pic bc I had to use it to take the pic. Lol!
The 7 people that I tag are...
1. The polka dotted owl at "The Magic Risotto Diaries"
2. Brittany at "The Life of a Steel Magnolia"
3. Danita at "The Good, The Bad, The Beautiful"
4. Kat at "Sunshine and Lemonade"
5. Michelle at "Random Ramblings"
6. "The Blue-Eyed Bride"
7. "Bama Belle in the Big City"
Joshua bought a gun the other day. It's a Kimber...very nice...very expensive, but he got a good deal on it. He went a shot it at the range and come to find out there was something wrong with it. It was stove piping on him. So, he returned it and is getting a new one...but this time a better one, brand new, and a 9mm, which is my favorite! And this one is ALL stainless instead of having an aluminum frame. It's a lot more solid, came with two clips, and cost about $100 less.
This is the new one...(Check out the grips...cute)
Josh hasn't taken this one to the range yet, I assume he probably will before we go out of town. When he does, I will be sure to let you know how everything goes
Okay, so I've actually been doing some shopping lately to get ready for our New Orleans weekend.(I wish we could stay so much longer than that! Gotta love Josh's job!) Be proud of me, you guys know how much I really don't like to shop! I've bought a few dresses/skirts and shoes for me and we got some shoes and a new belt and dress shirt for Josh.
Here are my shoes...I figured I would need some good walking shoes because I plan on doing a lot of that while we are there...(I have to do something to not feel so guilty about the oh-so-good, artery-clogging food we will be eating there)
Here are the ones we got Josh...
His were a lot cheaper than mine, so he got more. I think I will go back today and hit the sales and clearance racks for some cute, dressy high heels and maybe some sandals for me. And I really need to get a mani/pedi today or tomorrow. I've got to be ready for these nice restaurants. And yes, I promise, we will get lots of pics and video of everything...
Oh, I almost forgot...we also got me a Gps for my car. It's a Garmin Nuvi 260 with the new 2009 maps. Yeah, for me!
I told myself that I would start posting our Friday Night Dates from now on, so here's the first....
We went to our favorite Indian restaurant. This place is sooo awesome!
As you can see, the place is called "Silver Coin Indian Grill". For those of you that live in Birmingham, this place is located off of Lorna Road in Hoover.
It is soooo delish! If you have never tried Indian food, I strongly suggest that you do...SOON!!!
Okay, first off...when you sit down in an Indian restaurant they bring you something called "Papadum".
It's their version of our "chips and salsa". It's actually crispy lentil wafers that taste a lot like lay's potato chips, but without the salt, and much better!
Then they bring you these 3 sauces to dip your Papadum in. Don't even ask me what these are, because I have no idea what they are called or what's in them. One of them, though, tastes a lot like a sweet bbq sauce. One of the others is a little spicy and the green one is, well, I don't really know how to explain. They are all delicious, though. You should try ALL of them.
This time around, I actually ordered a Mango Lassi. Everytime we go, we see the real Indian people order these and I have always wanted to try one. This is what it looks like.... This thing was so yummy! It basically tastes like a mango milkshake. I would have said smoothie, but it's creamy instead of icy.
We also ordered some garlic Nan which is a Tandoori exotic bread. It's leavened bread that is baked in a clay oven...The BEST!!!
You use this to dip in the sauce of whatever entree you order. These are what we got this time.
Chicken Makhani (my favorite that I order EVERY time!) and Rogan Josh, which is a lamb dish. The Chicken Makhani is tandoori chicken cooked in a creamy, sort of sweet, with a hint of spicy, tomato/creamy curry type sauce. The Rogan Josh is a more hearty sauce with a red color and a much stronger flavor.
Man, did we enjoy all of this!!! YUMMY! And your entrees come with a basmati rice that is so flavorful and aromatic. It's awesome! Everything that they cook is cooked all day with fresh herbs and spices, many of which you have never heard of.
For dessert, of course, we ordered the Gulab Jamun. It's a cheese dumpling fried and served with rose flavored syrup. For those of you that have tasted beignets, it's sort of like them, but a totally different texture.
If any of you ever want to try Indian, just let us know and we will be glad to give you some recommendations. And a note to all of you, when you are leaving and you notice a little bowl of something strange by the toothpicks, DO pick some up and put it in your mouth. It's real licorice with little pieces of candy...good for your breath and your digestion. Suck on it until the candies are gone and then spit it out. I know, all of this is quite wierd and takes some getting used to, but it is sooo worth it! You should try it, if only for the atmosphere and the experience.