Friday, May 28, 2010

Fashion Friday

From now on, Fridays are going to be all about fashion.
Each week, I am going to tell you about either a new purchase or my favorite not-so-expensive brand and expensive brand for different items.
There will probably be more favorite brand posts than new purchase posts since Josh has a firm hold on our budget.

My two favorite not-so-expensive brands for formal dresses are...

and


Maggy London dresses are perfect special occasions without being too over the top to wear to church.
Would be a perfect Easter dress for only $128.

Ann Taylor Loft also carries great dressy shirts and pants, but they are a little on the pricey side for what you get. Their dresses are to die for though. They carry "church" dresses as well as fun "going out" dresses.

This would be great for dinner, church, or work and only $79.99!


My two favorite expensive brands for formal dresses are...

and



Being a curvy girl herself, Shoshanna's designer makes clothes that fit me perfectly. Her prints are always whimsical and unique. The dress below retails around $350 though.

Milly dresses are also unique. Her style ranges from crazy patterns and cuts to clean lines and classy designs.
I ADORE the dress below which would relieve my bank account of $335.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

same blog, different look

sorry for all the changes, i am experimenting with new templates!

forget Paula Deen, I like Mema Dean's cooking better


That is a bowl of Mema Dean's homemade soup riding in the foot of my dirty car.
Yes it is in a cool whip container.
And yes it was delicious.

Who needs fancy, schmancy dishes garnished with inedible items and crazy spices with names I can't pronounce? Mema Dean cooked a roast Sunday had some leftovers, so she threw it in a pot and made some soup, and then of course called to see if I wanted any. :)

hungry dogs and smelley armpits: our engagement story

On July 28, 2007, Josh and I got engaged.

ahh, so young & thin

That is almost two whole years before we got married, but I wanted to have a big girl job before we settled down as man and wife (don't even get me started on the topic of still living on your parents' dollar while shacking up with your husband).

On that day, Josh and I were with his whole famn damily in Temperance Hall at his grandma's pool for his little brother's 17th birthday party.

We'd been in the sun all day and in and out of the pool, so towards the afternoon I was starting to smell less like a lady, so I turned to Josh and asked him if I could borrow some of his deodorant.

He said, "sure, we need to go back to the house and feed Mac Daddy (our sweet Brittany Spaniel) any way and my deodorant is in my bag there. We'll just run there real quick and come back".

that's the Mac Daddy
I threw on a cover-up and we hopped in the jeep.

The whole way to Josh's parent's house, he was weird. He was hyped up and drumming the steering wheel and acting very un-Josh-like. I just assumed he'd had too much sun.

When we got to the house, Josh goes "my deodorant is in the side pocket of my suitcase, just grab it" then bent down to put food in Mac's bowl.

I reached into the suitcase and pulled out a small box instead, I tossed it to the side and found and applied the deodorant. Then when I went to put the box back into the bag, I realized it was a jewelry box.

At first I freaked out because I was worried that I had found it by mistake, but when I turned around Josh was on one knee on the floor beside Mac.

I gasped and immediately burst into tears (you know how emotional I can be) before he could even ask me the question.

I got myself under control and opened the box and found the perfect ring. It was vintage looking with a emerald cut diamond framed by smaller circular ones with a thick band with several smaller emerald cuts bordered on each side by circulars.



I immediately said yes! and we hugged and kissed and got back in the car to go to Josh's grandparents.
His whole family was waiting, apparently they knew what was going to happen.

The funny part is, Josh had no idea how he was going to ask me. While he'd already asked my parents for their permission and gotten the ring, he had yet to think of a way to pop the question.

So, when I just happened to be stinky and he knew the ring was in the same pouch as the deodorant, he decided it would be perfect. Not cheesy, not too over the top gushy romantic and surprising. Just like us :)

So that's the story of how I became Mrs. Joshua Edmondson, my pits smelled and Mac was hungry.
And we lived happily ever after.



Tuesday, May 25, 2010

sororities and throwing chairs

"They didn't agree on much. In fact they rarely agreed on anything. They fought all the time and they challenged each other everyday. But in spite their differences, they had one important thing in common, they were crazy about each other." The Notebook

As I have said before, Josh and I were alike in a lot of ways, but different in others.
Josh was brought up like me in that he had grown up in church and around his family, but there were some things he hadn't been taught as a child that I had been, just like there are some things the Edmondson's taught him that my parents hadn't instilled in me.

I was a preppy girl that had manners beat into her and had been told the socially acceptable way to handle any situation. Josh had manners, but only used them when necessary and since he hadn't been forced to attend lots of social occasions he didn't always know how to handle them.
So, I fussed over his outfit choices or how he blew his nose at the table at a nice restaurant or that he rushed right into placing his order without waiting for the ladies at the table to give theirs first, while he fussed at me for dressing up too much, being uptight and worrying about silly things.
In a way, I liked that about Josh. He wasn't a pompous you-know-what like the guys I went to private school with and didn't care what other people thought of him.

Well, those fights were nothing compared to what we now call "the chair throwing incident of 05".

In August 2005, after we'd only been officially dating for around 7 months, I left home to attend UNC-Wilmington.
I didn't like it.
Not because Josh wasn't there or because I was homesick, but because I just didn't fit in there.
I needed a football team to cheer for and a feeling of camaraderie with my classmates that cheering for the same team brings (like I'd always experienced when attending ECU football games or a Carolina basketball game).
So, I decided to transfer to ECU after my freshman year at UNCW. And since I would be transferring in as a Sophomore I was worried I wouldn't meet many people since most students meet their friends while they are staying in the dorms their freshman year or during freshman activities.
Therefore, I decided I might join a sorority at ECU.
Josh was less than thrilled about the idea of me rushing.
In fact, the day I told him on the phone he freaked out.
He was worried that the sorority would take up WAY too much of my time and he didn’t want me around the fraternity guys that the girls hung out with.
This sent me into a rage. Who was he to tell me who I could hang out with, and was he so insecure about our relationship that I couldn't hang out with frat guys and him trust me?
I voiced this opinion and he flippppped.
He claimed that all the sorority girls he knew at ECU were dumb and slutty (not true, I know a few of the sisters at ECU and they are all sweet and smart) and he didn't want me to become like them.
So I hung up on him, got in my car and drove from my dorm to the beach.
I sat on the beach and fumed. How stereotypical of him! I was so worried I was going to be the girl that only hung out with her boyfriend and people she knew from high school once I got to ECU and here he was making it worse.
Meanwhile, Josh sat in Greenville. His neighbor (who later became my roommate and is now the wife of his best friend Ryan) watched as Josh exited his duplex with his metal, folding desk chair and threw it into the street, them walk back inside.
Apparently this calmed him down a little because he called me back and said he was sorry and explained his anger towards the issue.
Turns out, Josh was worried that I would join a sorority and find a fraternity boy that had the manners, money and wardrobe that Josh thought he lacked. He said, “You’ll upgrade and find a guy who does everything right and I’ll lose you to some preppy rich guy.”
I told him, “If I wanted one of those kinds of guys, I wouldn’t be dating you. You fit every mold that I want you to and I love you for it.”

When I transferred to ECU, I decided not to join a sorority. I met lots of people in my English classes that I liked and while I still hung out with people I went to H.S. with, it wasn’t like they were my only friends.

We enjoyed football games, parties and tailgates together and our core group of friends remained close through college and we’re still great friends now. In fact, most of those people were in our wedding. Read about our engagement story tomorrow!

Friday, May 21, 2010

awkward and mistaken "I love you"s

Fast forward to February.
The scene:
Cloudy Saturday, Joshua and I sitting on creamy-colored couch in his apartment watching "8 Mile"

The clothes:
Me - Sweatpants, Oakland Athletics T-shirt, Josh's socks (his apartment was always freezing and I never wore socks) and my hair in a messy, messy bun.
Josh - Basketball shorts, a cut-off t-shirt and of course white socks with his Nike sandals

As Joshua and I watched "8 Mile" I joked on him about being able to rap most of the raps and how he used to look like Slim Shady in his early high school years (he had almost white hair).
Josh, sick of being teased, jokingly said "man, I hate you."
I laughed and pretended to leave.
Josh yells out "I'm just messing, you know I love you."

**Awkward silence**

Josh stammers and mumbles "uh, well you know what I mean, now shut up I'm missing the rap between Rabbit & Lotto"

The moment passes.

Scene:
The Monday after, rainy day in February, I am driving home from school and my phone is ringing.

Dialogue:
Me: Hello
J: Crap, why did you answer? You are supposed to be at soccer practice!
Me: Uh.. sorry it's raining, it got canceled. You want me to hang up?
J: Yeah, hang up I am going to call back, don't answer. I am going to leave a message.

So I hang up.
And he calls back.
I let it ring and the whole time I worry that he is breaking up with me over a voice mail, why else would he be too scared to just say it to me while he had me on the phone!?
I am going through all the dates and meet the parents moments to see where I messed up and how I could have been stupid enough to think I was lucky enough to think i was actually going to live happily ever after with a guy who was not only taller than me and handsome, but had a great family and liked me.

So, my phone beeps to let me know I have a message.
I am sweating bullets.
On the voice mail Josh says, "Lauren, I know we've only been dating a little while and I am not usually one to throw around the L word, but I love you. I feel more strongly about you than I have any other person. The other day when we were watching the movie, it kind of jumped out of my mouth, but I meant it... uh that's it. Call me back."

"He loves me" I said to myself.
I immediately dialed his number and told him the exact same things.

But despite our love, we had our share of arguments....

meeting Temperance Hall.

So, we had a great first date, despite Josh leaving the movies with a suspicious-looking stain on the crotch of his pants.
On New Year's Eve, I went to Greenville to stay at Morgan's apartment (who just happened to be Josh's roommate).
We had a big shin-dig.
This is not true.
We basically all hung out like we usually would on a regular night only at midnight we all kissed our dates/boyfriends/girlfriends/closest person to us.
Josh and I kissed at midnight and it was great.
Nothing mind-blowing about the evening, but the next day we became official "boyfriend and girlfriend" despite the limited amount of time we had hung out.
We just clicked and things felt right.
So, the next weekend Josh invited me over to meet his family.
Granted, I already knew Josh's mom Vivian because she was a teacher at my high school (but I didn't really KNOW her) and I already knew Denise since she was my "Aunt Neecy", but I had never met the rest of them.
When I say "them" I mean not only his dad, brother and grandparents I mean his grandma's 9 brothers and sisters who all lived on the same road and alllll their kids and grandkids.
So, Sunday night I went with Josh to Temperance Hall Road and met the crew.
We walked into his grandparents house and he introduced me to his dad and brother. Then his grandma Ethel came and said "Well I already know you because your mama's been my pharmacist for years, but it's nice to finally meet you".
They were great, I loved how close the entire family was and how he ate dinner at his grandparent's every Sunday night just like my family eats lunch with my Mema every Sunday afternoon.
They all went to the same Methodist church and Josh had been taught the same manners, morals and ethics that I had.
I knew then, that I was going to marry this boy.
Even before he told me he loved me.
Which came shortly after....

Thursday, May 20, 2010

5 years and 50 pounds ago

I was bored during my lunch hour last Friday and started looking through some old photos online when I found this gem (click on it to make it bigger):
Skanks
That is me on the left with my friend Melissa during her 16th birthday in November 2005.
Note how incredibly thin I am.
I am fairly certain I weighed around 110 lbs. at the time.
Now take a gander at this photo:

(I'm in the middle between my friends Hope & Laura at LP's wedding)
How is that possible!?!
The first picture was only five years ago and I didn't even TRY to be that thin, I just was, I look like a COMPLETELY different person.
So I ask myself, how in the world did I morph from that skeletor to the curvy person I am today?
Granted, I always had the "Harrell booty" but it has now expanded taking my hips and legs along with it.
I showed hubby the picture, and like a good man he said, "I think you look better now, you looked sickly skinny then."
I kind of agree, but I would love to be AT LEAST 30 lbs. lighter.
It's not that I want to be as thing as I once was, I just want to like myself a little more (and I don't want things to jiggle that aren't supposed to and I want to fit into clothes that cost too much money to just sit in the closet).
I have been doing Weight Watchers now for about 3 weeks and I have already lost 6 pounds, but I've got a LONG way to go.

Monday, May 17, 2010

lauren & joshua - part 2

Now that Relay for Life is over (we won first place in the theme, campsite AND banner categories!!) I can finish the tale of how Josh & I ended up married.

So... shortly after the phone call where Josh informed me that he could "rock my world", my friend Kat invited me to a girl's night sleepover at her friend Morgan's apartment. Morgan just happened to be Josh's roommate.

When I got to their apartment, Josh was on his way out the door with his friend Ryan & cousin Michelle. He didn't mention our phone conversation, but as he left he said, "Any of ya'll can use my bed to sleep since I will be gone all night."

After a fun evening of card games, laughing and random late night gas station visits, the girls and I decided it was time for bed. I took Josh up on his offer and slept in his comfy bed.

In the wee hours of the morning, Josh came home. To his room. Where I was sleeping. After he realized there was a person in his bed, I sat up and said "Do you want me to leave?" He told me I could keep sleeping and would I mind if he slept there too.

I gave him a weird look and he said "i will sleep on top of the covers and you can sleep underneath, it will be like I'm not even here". So that's what happened.

When I woke up the next morning Josh and I sat there and talked for hours and hours until the other girls woke up.

Later in life he told me he had orchestrated the whole setup with kat & morgan.

to be cont.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

opposites attract

While the handyman fixes the printer in my office so I can print out the Retirement Banquet packets, I am going to take a little me time to blog.

I have heard several people say, "i never would have imagine you & Josh being a couple".
I can't say I disagree, in fact I just told a friend the other day that if someone had told me 6 years ago that I was going to marry Josh Edmondson I would have laughed.
So, I am going to tell you in about 3 or 4 blog posts allllll about how Josh and I, two very different people, got married.
Don't get me wrong, I didn't think anything was wrong with Josh, but we didn't hang out in the same crowds and while we knew of each other because his cousin Denise was my mom's college roommate, we didn't really KNOW each other.
Not only that, but I was extremely preppy in high school, especially my jr. & sr. years. Ralph Lauren more or less took over my closet and
Josh on the other hand wore basketball shorts, sweat suits, basketball socks with black Nikes sandals (I know I DIE) and would happily wear jeans and a plain white t-shirt out to dinner at a nice restaurant.
But, one night while spending some time with my friend Hope, she got a phone call from a guy she used to date who just happened to be with Josh. Midway through her conversation she held the phone out towards me and said "Josh Edmondson wants to talk to you". I gave her a strange look and took her cell.
All I heard was laughing and then Josh said, "I heard you were a freak, I will rock your world". (They may or may not have been some alcohol involved) I just laughed and handed the phone back to Hope.
Shortly after that we started dating, instead of "you had me at hello" Josh had me at a wonderful phrase like "i will rock your boat".

To be cont.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

EAT SOMETHING, some words to chew on

I have such a hard time looking at models.
There are those who look great and in shape like the VS girls or basic catalog/commercial models but the runway chicks look ready to absolutely blow away.
What about the picture below is attractive?! Her face is beautiful, but would be so much prettier with some meat filling in those sunken cheeks.
Granted I am not a boy, but if I was, I can't imagine WANTING to sleep with or even date someone this thin. Hello bruises from her bones poking into me.
It's one thing to be naturally thin and just a petite person, but to strive to weigh less than 100 lbs. when you're 6 feet tall is not a smart move.

May needs to end

So busy.
Relay for Life
* decorating
* banner making
* making sure we have vendors
* making/buying some things to sell
* getting someone to donate some things to give away
* coordinating with my 15 team captains
* 24 hour stay at the track
* cleaning up after

Retirement Banquet
* program making
* sending out invitations
* selecting gifts
* having said gifts engraved
* coordinating with banquet site for decorations
* preparing speech for boss

Gold Key Program
* program making
* sending out invitations
* getting Gold Key pins
* making certificates

Graduations
* luckily nothing huge, just answering lots of parent questions

see you after Relay (this weekend!)

Monday, May 10, 2010

crazy 8's

I was recently tagged in this 8 things survey, so I feel obliged to do one :_

8 TV Shows I Like to Watch:
1. Big Bang Theory
2. How I Met Your Mother
3. Accidentally on Purpose
4. The Office
5. Grey's Anatomy
6. Rules of Engagement
7. Deadliest Catch
8. Desperate Housewives

8 Favorite Places to Eat and Drink (Casual Dinning List):
1. On the Square
2. La Mama's
3. Finelli's
4. Wimpie's
5. The Oceanic in Wilmington
6. Panera Bread
7. Ichiban
8. Hibachi Express

8 Things I Look Forward To:
1. Pirate football season (ARRRGHHH!)
2. T-shirt & Rainbow weather
3. Easter (when I can begin wearing Lilly again)
4. Time with family
5. Christmas
6. The day I tell my parents they're going to be grandparents (it'll be awhile)
7. Getting home from work and getting trampled by Sookie
8. Spending time with friends

8 Things that Happened to me Yesterday:
1. I ate the Wendy's famous chicken & broccoli casserole
2. Josh & I gave presents to our mom's and grandma's
3. I lost several straight pins somewhere while sewing the ECPS Relay banner
4. I watched Deadliest Catch with Josh's grandparents for 2 hours
5. I went to Webbs Chapel
6. I cried thinking about Mema Kay not being here to celebrate Mother's day
7. I felt faint all of a sudden in Walmart and had to drink a cold drink
8. I controlled my rage thinking about an ugly situation

8 Thinks I Like About Winter:
1. Thick cable-knit sweaters
2. BOOTS!
3. Hot chocolate at night
4. Christmas :)
5. Bringing out pine-scented candles
6. Wearing thick socks
7. Being cold enough to snuggle under the comforter w/ Josh
8. Celebrating with family during New Years & Christmas

8 Things on My Wish List:
1. New Lilly bathing suit
2. Personalized floor mats for my new car
3. A trip back to St. Lucia
4. A pair of PLAIN SILVER FLATS!
5. Papa Dude to stop drinking
6. Being around 30 lbs. lighter
7. A pale blue Longchamp bag (my dark purple looks to winter-y)
8. Black Jack Rogers

8 Things I am Passionate About:
1. Writing
2. Family
3. Joshua
4. Sookie
5. Justice
6. My faith
7. Labels (i realize how shallow that is)
8. Making people laugh

8 Words or Phrases I Use Often:
1. "So, how bout"
2. Ridicurous
3. Have a good one!
4. Reeeeally?
5. Good lord.
6. i Die.
7. BLAH
8. No WAY!

8 Things I Have Learned From the Past:
1. there are no mistakes, just lessons learned
2. it's possible to make enemies become friends
3. sometimes friendships ends, but it's okay
4. do not try to carry heavy furniture up and down steps if you want to keep your knee
5. never give up.
6. just blindly sending out resumes will not get you a job
7. god answers prayers
8. bad knees + cha cha slide = bad news.

8 Places I Would Like to Visit/See:
1. Ireland
2. Teluride, Colorado
3. Venice, Italy
4. Naples, CA
5. Belize
6. the Lilly Pulitzer warehouse sale in PA
7. Burmingham, AL
8. Spokane, Washington

8 Things I Currently Want/Need:
1. Money
2. To brush up on my Spanish
3. PLAIN SILVER FLATS
4. To lose 30 lbs.
5. To paint my toenails
6. To paint my kitchen island to actually match my kitchen
7. A membership to a gym
8. To stop typing and get some work done.

oops, I lied.

Sorry I didn't blog this weekend as promised, it was such a busy couple of days because of Mother's day and my filthy house that needed cleaning.

So, I will post twice today :)

Last Tuesday night marked the last time I will ever be able to show my face in Lowes Foods again.
Following dinner with my friend Hope and Wimpie's (which serves the BEST Shecrab soup around, ask anyone) I decided to make a trip to the grocery store since we only had beer and eggs in our refrigerator and Josh was due home that Friday. Seriously, we didn't even have mayonnaise or mustard in there.
Hope was kind enough to act as my secretary as we traveled around the grocery store stocking up on healthy food, Gluten-free products, toilet paper, meat and everything else on my list. When Hope finished checking off all the items on my endless grocery list, my cart weighed around 50 lbs.
We get up to the register around 8:30pm and the girl (who was already kind of rude) rang up all my items (which ranged from lemons and Feta cheese to Edamame & ground Turkey meat) and the bag boy put them in their plastic bags {SHUT UP i know I should be using recyclable bags}.
As the girl announced the grand total of $330, I opened my wallet only to find my debit card missing. I panicked, until I remembered that I had pumped gas when I got off work and put the card into the back pocket of my dress pants I'd worn to work.
So, here I stand with a red face, a debit card-less wallet and a cart full of expensive groceries at 8:45. I think quick and just say "no problem, I will put it on my credit card".
WRONG
I scanned the card only to be told "insufficient funds".... yeah I sort of went a little crazy last month with credit card purchases since we were so broke.
PANIC
I turn to Hope and ask if she can get it and I'll write her a check. But Hope had just paid her rent and therefore couldn't afford my ridiculous amount of food. (COME ON HOPE DON'T YOU KNOW A FAT-KID'S NOURISHMENT IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN A ROOF OVER YOUR HEAD?!)
EFF
So, I say "I'm sorry" and the girls looks at me and says "Can't you just go back to your house and get the card?" To which I calmly (and shamefully) responded, "I don't live in Greenville".
She just looked at me and said "ugh, it's fine."
I told both her and the bag boy that I was sorry like 24 times and hung my head and walked out of the store.
Those poor kids had to stay late and put back alllll that food I am sure.
Looks like I'll be doing my shopping elsewhere.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

so.... busy....must... work

no post, too busy at work with Gold Key awards letters & programs, Relay for Life things and press releases out the wazoo. Stay tuned this weekend (yes i am actually going to blog on the weekend, something I NEVER do) for fun stories about how I can never visit Lowes Foods again and how I am now missing a freckle I've had since birth. love!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Less red, now pink


The sunburn is already starting to go in a little thanks to a bottle of Solar Recover that I purchased at Bert's Surf Shop.
I was a little skeptical at first of this $12 potion, but before I bought it I googled "cures for sunscreen" and read that Lavender Oil and Vitamin E are good for sunburn, well this spray bottle contains both those things.
I've been spraying it on myself 3x a day and it is really taking the burning, tightness, itchiness and redness out of my burn.
The best part is that it isn't tested on animals and it made out of all natural ingredients. It was developed by a coupe in California who spend a lot of time in the sun and needed something that would help their burn heal faster. Regular aloes cost around $7 and this is a little more expensive at $12, it works so much better and doesn't leave you sticky and gross feeling. Learn more about Solar Recover at http://www.solarrecover.com/index.php :)
Before



After

Monday, May 3, 2010

sunscreen, who else knew it expired?

While I am usually quick to tan (despite the auburn hair), this weekend at Emerald Isle, I got FRIED.
I woke up around 11 Saturday morning, applied sunscreen, pulled my hair back and put on my favorite Ralph Lauren one piece (not quite bikini-ready yet) before joining my mother-in-law and Aunt Denise (who is really Josh's cousin and was my mom's college roommate, which is why I call her Aunt, and Josh calls her just "Denise") on the beach.
We laid out for around 3 hours or so then headed inside to get ready and eat at Amos Mosquitoes.
As I was enjoying my crab legs, I started to notice how hot I was, then I noticed how my dress was hurting me ALL OVER. I was worried I was having an allergic reaction (yes, I am allergic to crab, but I had taken a Benadryl and I like it too much not to eat it). I got up, went to the bathroom and saw that my skin was the incredibly red. I thought, no worries it's just a little burn and went back to eat.
After we ate, I felt absolutely miserable my skin hurt, my joints were a little swollen, my lips were burnt and swollen and I had a headache. I went back to the beach house while the rest of the family went to play putt-putt and put on some aloe. As I was putting the aloe back in my ditty bag, I saw the bottom of my sunscreen spray said "12/2009"... my sunscreen had expired.
It made for a horrible night's sleep and an even unhappier ride home the next day.