Monday, September 28, 2009

A Bad Case of the Mondays.

I have to say I'm a bit disappointed no one said anything about my last post...I was really excited to write it...but you can't win them all right?? Well, here is to hoping this one gets some better feedback. I've been asked to share some of my poetry and so here it is. This is a song I wrote is very different from the kind of poetry I usually write. I hope you all like it.

Bad Case of the Mondays

7:30 Alarm is screaming
I hit the shower too tired to sing and
All I want to do is crawl back in bed.

Get in my car, traffic is crazy
Man I wish you were here with me baby
I can’t help think of the words you never said.

I’ve got a bad bad bad bad bad case of the Mondays.
And it’s too sad that I can’t wait for weekends and fun days.
But no matter what I do (I do)
I know somehow I’ll get through (get through)
This bad bad bad bad bad case of the Mondays.

When I pull in no spaces are empty
That handicapped spot sure is tempting
There’s no way I can make it in on time.

This dog gone day is a long one
I can’t wait to go home when the day is done.
Get a chance to relax my body and mind.

I’ve got a bad bad bad bad bad case of the Mondays.
And it’s too sad that I can’t wait for weekends and fun days.
But no matter what I do (I do)
I know somehow I’ll get through (get through)
This bad bad bad bad bad case of the Mondays.

Get in bed when the day is finished
My despite of this day has diminished
I melt back into you arms again.

As I drift off into dreamland
I look down and see your hand in my head

And now this bad bad bad bad bad case of the Mondays
Its not as bad as I first thought when I woke up this morning.
And I know that the thing that helped me through
Is knowing I get to come home to you
You made my bad day turn into a rad day on this Monday.

-Mattie Gordon

Monday, September 14, 2009

3rd Times the charm, if you are reading this, that is…I have attempted to write this blog 2 other times this week and have been unsuccessful both times…obviously. In my original post I was going to address the subject of what I would spend my money on if I win the lottery in light of the purchase of my very first powerball ticket. I decided that the majority of my money would go to buying a house…and not just any house, a Dream House. So, I went to the crème de la crème, best of the best for luxury realty: Sotheby’s Realty’s website. . There I went “window shopping for my perfect home. Using their “Find A Property” search I was able to find a house from almost every state. Originally I had included a property by property commentary but that took a little over 2 hours to do (which then deleted itself) and I don’t have time to do that again. I will leave the list here of my top result state-by-state. If the house made my top prop list I will be sure to let you know by marking it TOP CHOICE PICK. There are 9.

Alabama 4192449 NO

Alaska 4183710 NO

Arizona 4168661 YES
this house was given as my #1 choice for the entire country.

Arkansas N/A N/A
apparently Arkansas does not have any luxury real estate.

California 4145537 YES
A yes, but not a top choice.

Colorado 4179096 ???
I’m not 100% sure on this but I decided to give it the benefit of the doubt.

Connecticut 0064405 YES

Delaware 4177697 NO

Florida 4125584 YES
TOP CHOICE PICK. I was literally salivating over this house.

Georgia 4182436 YES
Still under construction. I could do virtually anything I wanted with it. But I’m looking for something that is simple and easy.

Hawaii 4093270 YES
It’s Hawaii. Who wouldn’t want to live there?

Idaho 4136886 YES

Illinois 4193818 YES
Three things saving this property from the NO list: Kitchen, Media Room, Pool.

Indiana 4183478 NO

Iowa N/A N/A
No properties

Kansas N/A N/A
No properties

Kentucky 4194904 YES

Louisiana 4175936 NO
Looks like I won’t be moving to Louisiana anytime soon.

Maine 4075728 YES
I’m still on the fence about this one.

Maryland 4176917 YES
Not sure what to think.

Massachusetts 4130176 YES

Michigan 4180938 ???
No pictures, only drawings. Can’t get a feel for the house.

Minnesota 4181494 ???
Everyone knows I love Minnesota but the best house I got there was only OK for a luxury home.

Mississippi 4063248 NO
beautiful porches but overall, not a fan.

Missouri 4192258 YES
just look at it. Honorable mention at the least.

Montana 4122861 YES
The only thing that keeps this from being a top choice pick is that it only has 4 bedrooms.

Nebraska N/A N/A
No properties.

Nevada 4164702 YES

New Hampshire 4088757 NO

New Jersey 4169760 YES
TOP CHOICE PICK. I took a quiz that said I should live in New Jersey. This house was my #2 overall.

New Mexico 0572838 YES
Not too bad!

New York 0053192 YES

North Carolina 4192736 YES
still small though.

North Dakota N/A N/A
No properties

Ohio 4101803 YES

Oklahoma N/A N/A
No properties

Oregon 4185927 YES

Pennsylvania 4180481 YES

Rhode Island 4163920 NO

South Carolina 4188835 YES

South Dakota N/A N/A
No properties

Tennessee 4173647 YES

Texas 4137107 YES

Utah 4165503 YES

Vermont 4186084 NO
love the staircase though

Virginia 4129121 YES

Washington 4180384 YES

West Virginia 4091728 NO
Love the kitchen but not enough to save the entire house

Wisconsin 4181524 YES
very nice

Wyoming 0147801 NO
gorgeous but not enough bedrooms.

Washington DC 4193552 NO
missing the most important amenity: swimming pool.

Hope you enjoyed that segment of “what would Mattie do with her lottery winnings” tune in next time to see which car I would buy (hint: No Edward Volvo or Beemers for me)

God Bless.
Go Pokes.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

put your reading glasses on...this is gonna be a long one.

Hidey Ho readers! Long time, no blog. I promise I'm back now though! Think of it this I have so much more to write! So be prepared for a month's worth of blogging in this one (not so)little post! So lets get started! I don't want to waste anymore of your precious time!
Last time I blogged I told you all about my "Fall Five". Now about half of them have come and gone and I would like to follow up on how they were. First off, I watched the Private Webseries at and I was a bit disappointed. Each episode only lasts about 5-8 minutes tops. The series barely follows the books and looks NOTHING like the Billings in my head. Reed, however (played by Kelsey Rein) looks exactly how I pictured her...but no one else does. Thomas, as we all know, is my favorite character and no matter how much I like Brant Daugherty, he does not make a believable Thomas. Everything from his stiff leather jacket (which he looks completely uncomfortable in) to his attitude seems fake. With him, and the entire rest of the cast, it feels like an actor or actress playing a part instead of actually becoming the character. I am one of the biggest Private fans out there and it kills me to write a terrible review for something I hold so close to my heart, but I am NOT a fan of the webisodes. Too much is too different and I don't adapt well to change. Next, Suspicion, the latest of the Private books came out TODAY so I haven't had a chance to read it still hasn't even come in the mail. But you can officially buy it at bookstores today...anywho, I read the teaser chapter online (Chapter 1) and I CAN'T WAIT to get my hands on the rest of the book. I am soOoOoOoOoOoOoOoOoO excited and I hope everyone else is too! Lastly, OSU started their season off with a bang last Saturday (Sept 4) beating Georgia 24-10 on their home field at Boone Pickens Stadium. I am so excited to see my Cowboys ranked #5 (up from their #9 position) in the AP Polls while OU, after a devastating 14-13 loss against BYU falls from their #3 position out of the top 10 to #13. Bummer Sooner. :)
Twilight is coming upon us fast and furious (only 73 days left) so just a reminder, if you are planning on going with me to Harkins for opening night I need your name (and $10) ASAP so I can order the tickets!
A few other things have happened since August that I would like to fill you in on...2 big things that didn't quite make my "Fall Five" but deserved an honorable mention: School starting and My cousin Mallory's wedding.
As I said, school started for me a couple of weeks ago and with that comes mixed emotions. I love having structure and buying school supplies but there is a price for everything. much money goes into buying school supplies, books, and tuition...and those are just the literal costs. But money isn't necessarily the only thing that i'm paying time is as I get to spend hours studying and reading and writing assignments (woohoo.) I get to worry about homework, tests, quizzes and crazy teachers. I am fortunate to only have come across one crazy teacher this semester (physics). I started out the semester enrolled in 14 hours of classes. Biology LEC, Biology LAB, Physics, American Literature, and College Algebra. Unfortunately, however, after about 5 minutes in my physics class I realized I was in over my head and dropped it. Now I only have 3 classes on campus (my lit class is online) I have Bio Lec, and Algebra on MW mornings and Bio Lab tuesday afternoons so I am completely done with school for the week by Thursday. Also, with school starting, that means AWANA is starting at church and I volunteered my Wednesday nights to helping little kiddies learn Bible verses so wish me luck with them!
The other event, the wedding is very fun to tell people about. Firstly, it was held at Thorncrown Chapel in Eureka Springs. I was surprised how many people actually made the journey! One of my cousins Asher (AJ) was supposed to be in the wedding but then he got swine flu. He went to the doctor and got medicine and now he is all better so he ended up making the journey. He and my cousin Tyler (Bride's brother) walked down the aisle holding hands (AJ is 13 and Tyler is 27 and they are 1st cousins). That was so funny. I thought that would have been the funniest part of the wedding...but no. After the ceremony, we all left the chapel and were in the parking lot when it was revealed that someone brought their potbellied pig to the wedding in the back of their truck...Did you know pigs don't like having their feet off the ground....because that is one thing they told us when the pig was squeeling like crazy! Some other highlights of the weekend were: my mom asking the groom who he was, my aunt Dorothy telling us "the purple haired girl is a slut", being one of five sober people at the reception, my cousins trying to convince me to do shots with them, and them trying to get me to go do Karaoke with them, my mom "not knowing how to work a matchbook", and finding out one of my cousins, Evan, is on a website for a gym where he demonstrates how to use fitness equipment....
Now....things that are coming up in my life: Twilight, Lost Symbol, Perfect Mistake, The Van Alen Legacy, Lake trip, my birthday, fall break, thanksgiving break, christmas break, all the other breaks I might get (I like breaks), Rich and Becky's Baby Senn making her appearance sometime in January, baby shower sometime in the near(ish) future, etc... And I am sure EVERYONE is dying to know what I want for my birthday.... so Iwill post my wishlist HERE!

Airhead-Meg Cabot
Being Nikki- Meg Cabot
Paper Towns- John Green
Fragile Eternity- Melissa Marr
Ink Exchange- Melissa Marr
Geek Magnet- Kieran Scott
Harry Potter Should Have Died-(unknown)
Plum Spooky-Janet Evanovich
Twelve Sharp-Janet Evanovich
Lean Mean Thirteen-Janet Evanovich
Fearless Fourteen-Janet Evanovich
Finger Lickin' Fifteen-Janet Evanovich
Battle of the Labyrinth- Rick Riordan
The Last Olympian- Rick Riordan
Take A Chance On Me: Gossip Girl: The Carlyles- Cecily VonZeigesar
Killer-Sarah Shepard
Specials- Scott Westerfeld
Extras- Scott Westerfeld
Pretties-Scott Westerfeld
Off The Beaten Path Oklahoma-(unknown)
Lost Symbol-Dan Brown
Martha Stewart Cupcakes-Martha Stewart
Mermaid Cookbook- (unknown)
Autumn With Family and Friends (cookbook)-(unknown)-Gooseberry Patch Publishing
Farmhouse Kitchen (cookbook)-(unknown)-Gooseberrry Patch Publishing
Christmas With Family and Friends(cookbook)-(unknown)-Gooseberry Patch Publishing
Red Carpet Suicide: A Guide to Keeping Up With the Hiltons-Perez Hilton
The Perks of Being A Wallflower-(unknown)
ANY Travel "FOR DUMMIES" books--see me if you are confused by what this means.
101 Best Scenes Ever Written

Best Buy
Hobby Lobby
Old Navy
Jamba Juice
Barnes & Noble

Princess-Vera Wang
Rock Princess-Vera Wang
Nina-Nina Ricci
L-Gwen Stefani

and as always, cash is accepted as well.

There you have it! Now GO BUY...after you finish reading my post and comment!!!! (and if you comment without an account please leave your name [first and last] so I'll know who I'm talking to! If you are one of my people who have accounts I can find you from there!
I'm almost done if you can bear with me for just a little while longer I'm going to tell you something. I always go on and on and on about Private but what I usually don't tell people is that when I first read the books, I went through a BIG list of real life private boarding schools convinced that it was the way to go. I narrowed my list down to 7 schools. Deerfield Academy (Deerfield Massachusetts), Berkshire School (Sheffield, Massachusetts), Wilbraham and Monson Academy (Wilbraham, Massachusetts), Tabor Academy (Marion, Massachusetts), Phillips Academy (Andover, Massachusetts), Northfield Mount Hermon School (Mount Hermon, Massachusetts), and Cushing Academy (Ashbyrnham, Massachusetts). Can you tell I liked Massachusetts. Well, lately I've been on a secret society kick. The whole idea of a secret society is exciting and I wish I was in one. So I found a list of prep school tht have secret societies and guess what was on the list? Deerfield Academy, my #1 choice! So...I've pretty much decided if/when I have kids I'm gonna try to get them in there. I am BIG on tradition and I would have loved to go to an old school that has a lot of history and traditions that have to be observed and from what I can tell, Deerfield has everything I am looking for. Sure it cost TONS of money but that is what savings accounts and scholarships are for right? They have to use that endowment money somewhere don't they!

Okay well...thats all for now. I'm getting a bit tired. I'm going to go find my dad and pitch him the idea of painting the room i will be moving into orange.

Go Pokes. God Bless.