LJCC Memorial Day Triathlon 2011

This weekend was Memorial Day! First off, we only have a Memorial Day because of the wonderful men and women serving in our armed forces that sacrifice their time and lives for our freedom and safety. So thanks to all of them for their service!

This Memorial Day, I participated in the LJCC Triathlon.

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I spent the whole weekend getting everything ready. When I got off work on Friday early, I headed to pick up a tri belt at the store and to browse some clothing. I didn’t find a tri top or suit that I loved enough to buy unfortunately. I am looking for something fabulous. Because if I am wearing head to toe tighter-than-sin-spandex, it’s going to be fabulousssss! When I find it, I will make sure to post a picture. And a picture from far away, because spandex does nothing for the bod and really isn’t cute on anyone.

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Def NOT putting up a pic of me clad in spandex!

I also went to pick up my new ride for the weekend. Thanks for a good friend, I had a rack now so I could transport in style, and safety on the back of the Camaro. Bumble rocked the bike rack all weekend carrying the awesome tri bike Cahaba Cycles let me borrow. We loaded up the car for a test ride! Doesn’t he look good??

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On Saturday, after a quick trip to Academy and Dick’s Sporting Goods, I had a new strap for my goggles, a new pair of Nike shorts (completely unrelated, those stores are a trap!), and a new UnderArmoud headband. I usually don’t like headbands that aren’t plastic and for fashion (partially because they hurt the scar on my head and pull on my hair extensions, but also partially because they make my head look funny shaped.) I went on a bike ride when I got home…and fell. Hard. It was a pretty nasty fall on a concrete trail and definitely shook my confidence there for a while. Lets just say that switching your hands from aero bars back to normal handles mid-ride, isn’t as easy as the pros make it look. I’m thinking I will go without the aero bars until I get a little better at my balance switching back and forth. . No harm no foul though, and minimal blood, so it wasn’t anything I couldn’t recover from easily! I rode a few extra miles to try and shake that one off.

On Sunday, after a test ride and a run, I went to packet-pick-up and course tour. They had a really nice facility set up and it was good to see it before actually racing. I headed home to body mark myself with the TriTats (whoo #188) and get my bag packed!

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Monday morning came early, but I was amped up and very awake come 6am! We had to be set up and out of transition by 7:30am, but I always like to be early and have more time than I need. So had a race day breakfast of Chobani blueberry, a banana and a granola bar and headed off! I set my area up and was ready to go!

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The actual race was awesome! We had a individual wave pool start, where they start the swimmers sequentially by number. The swim is my favorite part, since I swam all through high school and college, and consider it to be my strongest leg. I didn’t disappoint and clocked a great swim time, passing up quite a few people along the way. Then I transitioned to bike and set on my way for leg 2. The bike leg was brutal, and it had uphill both ways. I was definitely happy to get some of the downhill spots for a breather. In the middle of the race, as we crossed back by the venue, this random runner decided NOT to follow the cones for the running area and ran right into a biker! The collision was only about 300 feet in front of me and was so scary. Fortunately, both the runner and biker were ok. I biked on my merry way and finished up. They were really strict about the drafting rules in this race, so I had to be really careful with distance behind bikers and passing protocol. After the bike, my legs were burning, but it was time to run. They handed us a Gu pack on the way out and that was a mistake. If you have never had the original flavored Gu, it tastes like burnt honey, and when it’s hot, it makes you want to hurl. So I ran, and got to the turn around and was so excited to be almost halfway there. Wrong. You then had to turn and run up this trail into the woods for a while and do this big whole loop things before you came down and ran back. How lovely, really killed my buzz there. But eventually, the finish line approached and I was done! Great to hear your name while crossing the finish line.

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After the race, we headed to the food area and grabbed some refreshments. Since it was a smaller race, they were able to do the awards ceremony after the last person finished. I actually finished 2nd in my age-group, Women 20-24. There weren’t a huge number of us, but I’ll take it! They even gave us a nice little plaque thing.

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Overall, it was a great day. I was exhausted afterwards and ready for a shower! I spent the rest of the day relaxing, until I woke up and made myself a treat…pizza! Basil tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, chevre goat cheese, feta cheese and ricotta cheese. It’s my favorite kind, but isn’t exactly healthy so I don’t eat it a lot, but I thought I deserved it! Bachelorette and pizza made for my kind of holiday night!

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So it was an overall great weekend. The Memorial Day tri means a lot to me, more for just feeling fit and accomplished. Last year was my first one, and it was exactly 9 months from the date of my brain surgery. It was the first big thing I did after being fully recovered, and really showed myself that not only was I alive, I was healthy and succeeding. I could do anything after making it through that. Being able to live my life to the fullest was all I could really ask for after everything I went through with that. So now, it’s a meaningful tradition to me. This Memorial Day was 18 months out from surgery, and just as meaningful of an accomplishment. There’s truly a difference between being alive, and living your life…and I am definitely living my life to the fullest!

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Prepping through the Problems

Everyone loves Friday! It was a pretty good day from the beginning. I had on a cute outfit that I planned all week and got to wear my new Tory Burch flats! So cute, thanks Ma.

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And then unfortunately, they broke. Don’t worry, they can be fixed!

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A little wardrobe malfunction can’t round my day though, especially when my boss told me to leave at 1:30pm! Freaking sweet. I bopped out of there after lunch and was free for the freakin’ weekend!

But I actually had a lot to do. Its race weekend baby! I dont have everything I need here in Birmingham, so I had to pick a few things up for my tri on Monday.

First up, new shades. They’re the Ironman brand shades, and fit great. I personally think they look great too haha. They also fit really well with my bike helmet.

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Next up was a bike helmet. Since I didn’t bring a bike to Birmingham, there wasn’t any need to bring the helmet. And I can’t legally ride without it.

Then, the bike needed some air, and that had to happen at the shop. But I don’t have a bike rack. (I’m noticing a trend here, collecting stuff I don’t have here. I’m a wreck, but am going to pull it off!) The bike had to go in the trunk. I should have bought a Tahoe, but nooo, had to have the Camaro. I suffer my own consequences. But Bumble prevailed and we made it!

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At the bike shop, we got the Trek all pumped up and ready to go. It’s a hybrid, and although I would rather use a road or tri bike, I am fortunate that my friend Hunter is letting me borrow it and I really appreciate it! But then…the nice bike store guy goes, I have a bike you can race on here! And rolls out a sick tri bike.

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So now I’m racing on this bad boy! I was told it is a good bike by the cute customer in the store who said he had it. Let me digress here for a sec, this man was b-e-a-u-tiful. For the love of all things holy, he was 6’4″ and even training for an Ironman. And then I saw his wedding ring. Another one bites the dust…NEXT.

Back to the bike. Took it on a test ride and really like it! I’m so excited. Thank youuuuu Cahaba Cycles! The shop also had the best energy food ever, my favorite! It’s so hard to find the PowerBar Energy Blast Gel Filled Chews, and they had them in both flavors! They’re kind of like, big filled funnies. And they’re super delicious I’m SO excited I found them, I even bought three bags!

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Then, true to form I then had a dilemma…getting the bike home. The Trek fits (kind of) in my trunk, but the tri bike is like, 6 inches taller and doesn’t stand a chance. So I made plans to pick it up tomorrow with the help of a friend who has a truck.

Buy THEN, a friend responded to my tweet about not being able to take the bike home, and offers me his strap on bike rack. People are watching out for me here! So tomorrow, I’m headed with the new bike rack, to pick up the new bike! Things really fell into place for me this weekend, thank goodness! The moral of this story is, if you plan on racing after you move, take your stuff with you! You think I would have known, lord knows I brought everything else to Alabama.

After all the shipping and errand running, I went for a practice ride on the trek. I felt good and will do another tomorrow on the tri bike. Then it was home to make dinner (beef tacos) and watch Friday Night Lights. It was such a pretty sunset and dusk after the show ended that I decided to take a little run. Needless to say, now I’m exhausted and ready for bed! And it’s 9:48pm on a Friday night. I’m too wild, I know! 😉

Feeling Alive!

Happy Wednesday! Or hump day, to those who like to use that terminology. Personally, I hate it. It doesn’t give a dirty connotation to me or anything, I actually have only started hating it since moving to Alabama. Here in ‘Bama (as the locals calls it), we have speed humps. Now…what in GOD’s name is a speed hump? That would be the Alabama version of a speed bump. Why they call it that, I am sure there is a great story, but I just don’t know it yet. Should I ever find out, you’ll be the first to know.

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I completed registration for the triathlon here in Birmingham today! Way to wait until the last minute…did I mention this race is on Monday? Like, this Monday. You only live once, right? Memorial Day tris are becoming a tradition for me, and have a significance believe it or not. Last year, I did CapTex tri with Fit Chick Britt, and it was on the 9 month anniversary of having my brain tumor removed.

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So this Memorial Day is the 18 month anniversary! That means 18 months healthy and still kickin’ over here! The tri originally was kind of a bucket list thing for me, and I guess it still is. Shows me not only am I alive, but I’m doing pretty darn well and really living my life to the fullest. Next Memorial Day in Texas again!

But now that I’m registered, that means I have spent the past 2 weeks in crunch time to get ready! It’s a sprint, so I think I can handle it. The registration process had me estimate my finishing time…and I think I did a very bad job. How am I supposed to be able to do that? I’m not a timer when I bike or anything. Note to self, start that because I might have told them double the time it will actually take me…hopefully.

So back to the whole, I don’t LOVE running thing from the other day. The one thing that makes me really enjoy running (and at the same time makes running in a triathlon such a pain) is music! I always have my iPod of iPhone with me when I am running to jam to some tunes. I am a country fan for the most part, but when I am running, I like to have songs on with a good fast beat so I run to keep up with it. It tends to make me faster, and if I really like the songs, it makes time pass very quickly! I busted out my old iPod last night and listened to a playlist that came from my college volleyball warm-up CD. Check these throw-backs out…

David Banner-Get Like Me
FloRida-In the Ayer
Lil Wayne-Got Money (remix)
Savage-Swing
Pussycat Dolls-When I Grow Up
Nickleback-Animals
Linkin Park-Away from You
Dem Franchise Boys/Korn-Coming Undone with It
Remy Ma-Conceited
Mims-Like This
3 Doors Down-Ticket to Heaven
Timbaland-She Got It
Brittney Spears-Overprotected

SWEEEEEET playlist huh? Brought me back to college definitely. Liked it so much I’m going to use it again tomorrow haha I can’t use an iPod during the race, so I am winging it there.

Tonight was softball night for the firm. I was all excited because I got new Nike shorts to match my uniform and it was the first time I was going to wear them! Ok, ridiculous I know, but first of all I really like matching, and second of all, I am always looking for an excuse to get new Nike shorts! Baby blue, white and navy is totally cute, and matches my jersey perfectly! I probably look better than I play, but that’s what matters right? I play catcher and am absolutely not the star of the team. But the rules state a girl has to be on the field at all times, and they usually hit the ball so I don’t have to do too much. Regardless, it’s a really fun time!

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We won tonight, again! So far, CWCD is undefeated for the season…going all the way baby! After the game, we had an awesome dinner at Outakes in Homewood, AL. The chicken tettrazini was just to die for The owner was so nice and packed me a to-go container for lunch tomorrow! If you’re in the area, definitely check it out for lunch.

After a long day or work and play, I’m catching a quick episode of Criminal Minds while ironing my shirt for tomm, and hopefully not scaring the daylights out of myself so that I can sleep! Goodnight!

What an Egg-cellent day!

But really, today was fab. First of all, I wore my pants and they were long and didn’t show my ankles and looked just fabulous! I have never been happier to wear a pair of slacks in my life. It’s truly the simple pleasures in life that put me in a great mood for the whole day at work!

After a long and busy day at the office, I was in a great mood and had to get in a run. Tri approaching, yea yea yea. For the record, I dot actually love running. I enjoy it, but I don’t love it. But one thing that makes me LOVE going for a run, is taking my main man Sarge out with me!

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Sargent York, or Sarge, (a frequent mention in here) is my friend Hunter’s Australian Ridgeback/Pitbull. And he is just precious! Hunter is nice enough to let me take Sarge running since I don’t have my own pup and I love running with Sarge. I won’t lie, he’s not trained and has a mine of his own, so he is always an adventure to take out. He likes to chase me back around posts when he goes the wrong way and I try to follow. But he is a great time and keeps me so happy while running.

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After dropping Sarge off, I went home to make dinner. The only proper meal for an egg-cellent day is…egg salad! I love egg salad but have never made it. My favorite place in Houston to get egg salad is Kenny & Ziggy’s Deli on Post Oak Boulevard. I you haven’t been there, you should try it out!

Egg salad seemed like a good, cool meal for a hot summer day. It was easy to put together after work quickly, cheap(!), and packed full of protein! Healthy and easy…I like 🙂

Ao I gave it a shot, how hard could it be?

Boiled eggs? Check.

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Chop the eggs, mix with a little mayo and spices? Check.

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Serve with toasted French bread? Check.

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See, wasn’t hard at all! And it was SO good! I even made enough to have some lunch at the office tomorrow 🙂 but of course, I can’t find Tupperwhere to put it on, so that is my task for the night during commercials in the Bachelorette! Hope everyone had a egg-cellent Monday to start their week off right!

Amazon babes need clothes too!

Happy Sundayyyy 🙂 Does anyone else think Sunday nights are kind of boring without the Amazing Race on? Good thing there was a Harry Potter marathon haha.

Lets see, today i went shopping! So Capri pants are totally in style. And I love them. BUT when you’re just wearing pants that are too short for you, that’s a high-water, not a Capri. And that’s just not cute. Well, welcome to my life. I’m almost 6’1 and have been handling the high-water situation for as long as I can remember.

With the new job, I have been forced to trade in my Nike shorts and t-shirt regime for suits and button ups.

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But the one thing I can’t handle, is short work pants. it’s not professional, it’s not cute and it’s totally my pet peeve. And for an Amazon like me (Amazon sounds better than giant…) it’s a simple pleasure when you can find awesome pants. And today at New York and Co., my little tall-minded dreams came true! I bought pants this afternoon that might even be too long! They’re fabulous, I’m wearing them tomorrow and will of course take pics of how fabulously long they are! They were also on sale, score!

Well, that was the highlight of my weekend! Other than my sweet clothing find, we had a going away party for a girlfriend from England, I ran the long trail in the heat both days, laid out at the pool, and cleaned/did laundry.

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My party outfit, it was American themed. What’s more American than Lilly Pulitzer??

What a terrific weekend, I’m all smiles 🙂 Week 2 at the new job tomorrow, and and so far so fabulous!

Back in Action!

Whew it has been a LONG LONG time. My apologies, I have really gotten caught up in life and have not been posting at all! Let’s recap the last few weeks…

I finished my first year of law school! And then we popped serious bottles and celebrated hard! I am so happy to year is over, we survived and are on summer break for a while. 2L and 3L are up next, then I graduate and am the future of the legal profession. Scary, huh?

I went to Memphis. There was a wedding the weekend after finals were over, so I drove up. My mom came in from Texas and we saw a ton of her old friends from high school and their kids. The wedding was fabulous and spending time with everyone was so fun. Then Mom and I broke loose to do some shopping (what else do we do better?!) There was a Lilly Pullitzer boutique that I had to visit while I was there, and we had some fun for a day! A good friend there just got engaged, and I will be back soon to visit since the 3.5 hour drive was so easy!

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I signed up for a triathlon! On Memorial Day I will be doing the JVCC triathlon here in Birmingham and am very stoked. I don’t have a bike here, but my good friend Hunter has one that I am borrowing. I will miss my tri buddy Fit Chick Britt, but am still excited to be doing a race. I tend to slack on my fitness sometimes when I get busy with other things, but having a race ahead gives me goals to stay focused on.

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I started my new job. It is awesome! I love working at Cory Watson Crowder Degaris, P.C., here in Birmingham, Alabama. We are a plaintiff’s law firm and I truly enjoy my work. I have a nice office, great computer, awesome people around me, and even work with another friends from Cumberland! I am playing on the firm softball team and love it. We even won our first game against a rival firm on Wednesday, and hope to kick butt for the rest of the season.

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Ok now that you’re caught up, I will be back to posting daily! I have to get back in the routine, but it can be done! I hope everyone has been fabulous during my “sabbatical” and is having a great summer so far!

Counting it down…

Needless to say, I have NOT been diligent in my blooging for the past 3 weeks. That is completely due to law school finals being in full swing, and spending every waking moment studying or reviewing or taking an exam. Its just not really exciting to write about the same thing day in and day out.

In 24 hours, I will be done with 1L. Whew.

Heres a recap for you of the last few weeks:

I took 3 finals, and have one more tommorrow. After that, I’m done. Roll out the red carpet, popl the champagne bottles, were not 1Ls anymore baby and its summertime!

I got a cold. Who does that during finals? Oh thats right, everyone. Because this ONE girl came to the library sick and got the entire basement crew infected. I know who you are, and youre at the top of my list.After two full bottles of Theraflu in 3 days, I was so medicated I didnt know top from bottom.

I drank way too much diet coke. Dear god after finals I am taking a break from the DC and DDP for at LEAST a week.

I got a job. I will be working at a plaintiff’s firm here in Birmingham for the whole summer and am very excited about it.

My mom came to town. She was in my apartment for less than 10 munites before asking for a bottle of Clorox. The bathroom looks great, thanks Ma.

I need a haircut. For the love of all things holy I need to have my hair done. Its getting long (relative here) and looks horrible. ITs bordering on mullet. and NO, I will not post photos to embarass myself in this current fragile state.

Ok so thats it. My life really isnt that exciting right now but starting tomorrow, its a new leaf! This weekend, I am headed to the hair salon and the Memphis for a wedding with my mother to have some fun! But for now, I will spend the next 24 hours nailing Civ Pro so I can celebrate accordingly! Hope every one has had a fabbbbbulous few days 🙂

SRVA Junior Regional Championship Weekend Recap

I didn’t get a chance to post this weekend because things at the SRVA Junior Regional Championships in Atlanta, Georgia were so whirlwind crazy busy! BUT it was all worth it to end the season as CHAMPIONS and fm out on top.

I won’t bore you with the details of every match and play, but I will say that I am beyond proud of the team. They are a group of girls with such heart and passion for the game of volleyball and they truly played their hearts out for me. I was so lucky to have such a great team that played so hard for me, and they are all champions to me. I thank them for all the memories this season and will always remember 16 Black! (If I ever need a reminder, they bought me a fabulous Keurig machine that I use every morning, and will be putting a team photo next to!)

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Here are some shots from this weekend, a photo truly says a thousand words, and that’s the perfect recap and says it all for me!

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The Day the Lights Went out in Alabama

April 27th, 2011 is a day that will live in infamy for Alabama.

Yesterday morning, we were woken up to tornado sirens at 5:19am. Most of the city immediately lost power and the heavy rains commenced. After a few hours, the weather returned to normal and we went on with our days.

Looming over our heads was the weather service’s warning that “the worst is yet to come.”

The worst was an understatement of what was to come. Come 3:30pm, warnings spread across the state of massive tornadoes and impending damage. Birmingham itself didn’t see bad weather until around 5:30pm. By then, I had made it home to an apartment complex with no power and slews of worried neighbors. We battened down the hatches and weathered out the storm in a first floor apartment. Fortunately, the storm skirted south Birmingham and we did not take a direct hit.

Others were not so fortunate. Many cities in Alabama were beyond devastated, some even leveled. Entire cities were destroyed. The death count is over 200, with countless others still missing. Thousands are displaced and stranded without homes to return to.

Without power, it took a while for most of us to realize the gravity of the situation. I myself didn’t realize it until I met a fellow Samford student at WalMart while I was purchasing candles to rerun to my apartment. While I laughed about how unprepared I was by not having a single candle in my house, he answered in return that he went home tonight and no longer had a house. It broke my heart to hear someone have their life ruined like that, and it was then that I realized just how bad this round of storms was.

I was so fortunate to not suffer any serious damage, and am so appreciative of everyone that checked in on me to ensure my safety. Thank you everyone for your thoughts and concern! I spent a good portion of the night at the law school where there was power, and only returned to my apartment to sleep for a while. Sometime today, the power here fortunately did come back on.

But the sun came in in Alabama today, and it will be out again tomorrow. The state will rebuild, and the people will help each other out. It is tragic events like this that show the good in humanity and brings communities together. If you were fortunate enough to survive the storm, make sure you give to others an help those who were not as fortunate.

Pray for Alabama…lord knows it is needed right now.

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Adult Truths

Hello from the library friends! I am hunkered down here until we get sent home to hunker down for the impending tornadoes this afternoon. If they don’t send us home in time, we will be forced into the stairwells…yipee. Please GOD let tornado season in Alabama end soon.

Meanwhile back at the ranch, my dad sent me the absolutel funniest email I have ever read today. So I want to share it with you (in liue of my envigorating stories of Evidence studying) and hope that you get a good laugh too!! Enjoy…

ADULT TRUTHS:

1. I think part of a best friend’s job should be to immediately clear your computer history if you die.
 
2. Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you’re wrong.
 
3. I totally take back all those times I didn’t want to nap when I was younger. 

 4. There is great need for a sarcasm font.
 
5. How the hell are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?
 
6. Was learning cursive really necessary?
 
7. Map Quest really needs to start their directions on # 5. I’m pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.
 
8. Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.
 
9. I can’t remember the last time I wasn’t at least kind of tired.
 
10. Bad decisions make good stories.
 
11. You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you know that you just aren’t going to do anything productive for the rest of the day.
 
12. Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blue Ray? I don’t want to have to restart my collection…again.
 
13. I’m always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten-page technical report that I swear I did not make any changes to.
 
14. I keep some people’s phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.
 
15. I think the freezer deserves a light as well.
 
16. I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with Miller Lite than Kay.
 
17. I wish Google Maps had an “Avoid Ghetto” routing option.
 
18. I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.
 
19. How many times is it appropriate to say “What?” before you just nod and smile because you still didn’t hear or understand a word they said?
 
20. I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars team up to prevent a jerk from cutting in at the front. Stay strong, brothers and sisters!
 
21. Shirts get dirty. Underwear gets dirty. Pants? Pants never get dirty, and you can wear them forever.
 
22. Sometimes I’ll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not know what time it is.
 
23. Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car keys in a pocket, finding their cell phone, and Pinning the Tail on the Donkey – but I’d bet everyone can find and push the snooze button from 3 feet away, in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time, every time.
 
24. The first testicular guard, the “Cup,” was used in Hockey in 1874 and the first helmet was used in 1974. That means it only took 100 years for men to realize that their brain is also important.

Anything else you would add to that list?  I loved it!

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