Thursday, March 27, 2014

Cinderella’s Closet & Fairy Godmothers

While on Facebook one night, I saw a link to South Central Kentucky Cinderella’s Closet. I clicked on the link and read all about how this organization was having an event at a local church. I immediately knew I wanted to be involved.


Cinderella’s Closet is an organization that helps young ladies in the community find prom dresses, shoes, and accessories for a prom they otherwise may not be able to attend due to costs. All of the items are donated by the people and businesses in the community.
     
I signed my mom and I up as fairy godmothers, and we eagerly awaited the Saturday of the event. After arriving, we learned that each girl would be assigned a fairy godmother whom would help her choose a dress, shoes, jewelry, a bag, and she would have the dress altered if needed, and steamed, all for free by people that had kindly donated the items or their time.
    
Mom and I worked with 2 sweet young ladies last Saturday morning. We learned where they went to school, what their favorite things were, what they wanted to do after school, and so much more. It was so fun helping them find their dress and accessories and making them feel like a princess.


Mom and I both got a picture with one of our Cinderellas, and I forwarded the photos to her. That afternoon, I got the sweetest text back from her.


I will never forget those few hours I spent with those young ladies, helping them do something they might not have been able to do without this organization. It reminded me how lucky I really am, and how wonderful my little small-town community really is.


If you find that your town is participating in Cinderella’s Closet, I encourage you to attend. You absolutely will not regret it.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

PLL Questions

Last night was the spring finale of Pretty Little Liars, and it did not disappoint! I was pretty much on the edge of my seat the whole time- with all of the lights on in my house, of course. That show seriously makes me paranoid!

If you haven’t watched it yet, you may not want to read any further.

While it did finally answer some questions we’ve all had, it left plenty more in it’s place.  Here are a few of mine-

1. Why does Noel know Ali is still alive? I obviously missed something here.

2. Who the heck was Ali’s mom afraid of? My bet is on Jason, but I have no idea. Who else would she be covering for?
3. Who killed the blonde girl in Ali’s grave? Why?
4. What the eff is wrong with Mona? Why was she so obsessed with Ali?

5. What did Melissa, Spencer’s sister, whisper to her dad? His face was one of shock.
6. Is Ezra really a good guy? I’m not sure.

7. Does Ezra live? A shot to the stomach is pretty tough stuff.
8. Who was the mad man/woman in the black hoodie carrying a gun? I told you I’m always leery of people in hoodies. Perfect example of why!

9. Who is burying Ali’s mom? It can’t be the same person in the hoodie, right?
10. Why is Holbrook, the new cop, playing games with the Hastings? What do they think they have?

Did you watch? Did you love it? What are you stumped about?!

Monday, March 17, 2014

What I'm Watching

Forget What I'm Wearing posts....you don't want to see my jeans, sweatshirts, and tennis shoes that have been the norm since I sprained my ankles and can't fit into other shoes. No. You don't want to see that.

Instead, here are some of the shows that I'm hooked on as of late.

House of Cards
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I've actually watched both seasons on Netflix already, but if there were more, Id be watching. While the story lines can be quite slow at times, there's something that keeps me coming back. And I'll tell you what that is: Frank Underwood's slimy ways. While I hate that character, I love him too. What an ass.
 
Downton Abbey

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I'm on season 4 right now, and I can't get enough. I love the characters- all of them. The Granthams. The Crowleys. Even the minions in the basement that wait on the snobs every single day. I love the scheming. I love the costumes. I especially love the English accents.
 
The Walking Dead

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This 2nd part of this season has been terrible. I've been bored with the storylines and haven't really liked how they are only doing a few character each episode. However, last night's episode was awesome. So emotional and shocking. Great episode.

Revenge

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Revenge has gotten so good lately! I love that Aiden is back, and I'm really hoping that he and Emily get closer. #TeamAiden I really want Emily to take down the Grayson's soon. That family has got to go.

Real Housewives of Atlanta & Beverly Hills


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Currently, there are three different Real Housewives that are airing on Bravo. I'm not really sure why they overlap like that; it actually drives me crazy. However, I'm not mad that Beverly Hills will have their reunion tonight. I love hearing the slurs fly! And as far as Atlanta goes, it's always going to be entertaining.

Rich Kids of Beverly Hills


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I'm almost ashamed to admit this, but I love it. I really do. Morgan is basically the rich, blonde, skinny version of me. She is absolutely hilarious. I love seeing her with Brendan, who looks just like Peter Russo from House of Cards. Doesn't he?
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The others- Dorothy is obnoxious, but so freaking funny, and Roxy is ok. She's cute, but eh, not much else there. Morgan makes the show though. I mean she blogs for goodness sakes! I do hate the fact that these "kids" are well into their 20s and have everything, literally everything, handed to them by their uber-rich parents, but they are entertaining, dang it, and I can't stop laughing at them.


So that's what I've been watching. What shows are you all hooked on?

Friday, March 14, 2014

20 Questions

Need to know even more about me? Of course you do. Why not, right?

One of my favorite bloggers, Julia from Black Tag Diaries, posted these 20 questions on her blog, and said feel free to play along. Well, Julia, I think I will.

1) What is your full name?
Melanie Kay Smith
2) Where were you born?
Glasgow, KY

3) Do you like your handwriting?
Sometimes
4) Do you have kids?
Just my little nugget, CaraMia Pupcake, a 2 lb. Yorkie
5) What is your favorite cereal?
Cap'n Crunch w/ berries
6) Would you ever bungee jump?
Mmmm. I like the idea. However, I don't have the kahunas to actually do it.
7) What shoes are your wearing right now?
My favorite Target flats- that they no longer make. Sad face.
8) Who was the last person you talked to on the phone?
A random customer
9) Favorite sports to watch?
College basketball or NFL
10) Do you dye your hair?
Nope. This black is natural.
11) What is your favorite ice cream?
Baskin Robbins Chocolate
12) Scary movies or happy endings?
Happy
Scary movies are too much for me.
 
13) What book are you reading right now?
Danielle Steele's Happy Birthday
(a recommendation from my mom)
 
14) Summer or winter?
Summer
15) What are you listening to right now?
The catty, obnoxious women of The View
16) Beach house or mountain home?
Beach House-- in a fun color like purple or green.

17) When was the last time you cried?
When I sprained both ankles 2.5 weeks ago.
18) How many states/countries have you lived in?
Just good ole Kentucky.
19) Morning person or night owl?
Night owl, for sure.
20) What are you supposed to be doing right now?
(that you are obviously ignoring by playing 20 questions:)
Filing papers
 
If you want to play along, make sure you link back to Julia!
 
Happy Friday, friends!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Walmart Observations

Let's continue with my observations of people, shall we? Last week, I posted about my mall observations. Today, you have the pleasure of agreeing with me on what you will see/what I saw while doing my grocery shopping yesterday afternoon.

1. Screaming kids
Maybe it's just the fact that they are out in public and don't know how to act around the madness that is Wally World. Maybe their parents never taught them manners. Or maybe they are young and just want their skittles. (I screamed once when I was three over and over in the middle of a store, "I WANT MY SKITTLES.") Needless to say, I didn't get them, and my mom spanked me. Why are kids not being spanked now? But back to the point, why are kids always screaming?!?!?

2. Beer bellies on display
If a man (or woman) has quite the large belly, usually from the copius amounts of beer that is consumed, make sure the shirt you wear in public is short enough so that everyone can see said belly.

3. Motorized wheel chairs
If one is in a motorized wheel chair it is because they are either old (acceptable), injured (acceptable- and could have been me last week), or because they are too large to walk. If it is in Walmart, it is probably the latter. And the person that is too large to walk and in the scooter is in the very middle of the aisle where you can't get around.

4. Teens in hoodies
It's still technically winter, so I understand the hoodie. But why in the world do you wear a hood on your head inside? It is creepy, and makes me think you're carrying a gun and trying to hide your face. If you are just trying to cover up your month old greasy head, wear a cap, not the hood of your black sweatshirt.

5. People you know
And you keep passing them in every aisle you go down. The first hello is painful enough. I don't want to keep making eye contact with you after that.

6. Empty shelves
I think maybe the rest of the town knows of a storm or apocolypse coming that I don't. I can't tell you how many things were on my list that I couldn't get because they were out of it. The ONE item I go to Walmart for because I have to get that brand and they are out. Go figure.

7. 25 lanes. 4 open.
This is a given though. Nothing new or surprising there.

Any observations this weekend?

Friday, March 7, 2014

Mall Observations

I decided to brave the pain of bum ankles and go to the mall to do some exchanges and pick up my new glasses. I may or may not have driven around the parking lot for a good 10 minutes looking for a close parking spot, because distance, snow/ice and two wobbly legs just don't mix.

While I hobbled around, I made several observations. Possibly because I was walking at snail's pace and looking around to see if anyone was making fun of me.

1. If I had a dollar for every skinny jean/riding boot combo I saw, I'd be one rich bitch. Don't get me wrong, I love them. They're adorable. I'm just saying that every other female does too.

2. While writing female in the above sentence, I totally wrote it as "femail."  I also just did it in this sentence for the first one. Thank God, I fixed it before hitting publish. Although, now I've told you so what does it matter if I fixed it.  #dummy #PromiseImEducated

2.1. I just proofread this post, which I never do, and noticed I had spelled pick the wrong way. I wrote pic. I really need to be back in school or something.

3. Families that walk 4+ people wide and slow as molasses should be shoved in a closet for a few days. If I were walking normally, I'd be furious, impatient, and try my best to squirm my way around them. However, since I was the one that was crazy slow, it didn't bother me since they were moving pretty fast compared to me.

4. I carried around my "shopper" bag that said "Keep Calm and Go Shopping" to hold some returns that I didn't have bags for. I thought I'd be embarrassed. Turns out- I wasn't.

5. No one really noticed my gimp walk. If they did, I didn't notice them noticing. I got worked up over nothing. Story of my life.

5.1 I googled "gimp" to make sure it meant what I thought it meant and that it wasn't offensive or something. Urban Dictionary proved me right. As usual, I was.  #bam

Anything you notice in the mall?

Thursday, March 6, 2014

I Don't Agree

I'm pretty outspoken on things I like and don't like. Just ask anyone that knows me. That often gets me labeled as negative, but I just know what I do and don't like.

For instance- I disagree with many bloggers/twitter users about lots of things. Here are 5 off the top of my head.

1. Jared Leto's hair

No. I don't like it. I don't think it looks good, and I'm certainly not jealous of it. I've never liked long hair on men, and he's not changing my mind.

1b. However, I do like his eyes.

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2. The Bachelor

Everyone I know complains about how obsurd the whole premise of the show is, but my twitter feed is blowing up on Monday nights about the crazies that are on it. I watched some of the season with Sean, and it reminded me why I stopped watching after season 2. Some shows need to quit before they hit 10 seasons.Speaking of shows quitting before they hit 10 seasons, let me also bring up Survivor, American Idol, and all of those other reality shows that bore me to tears. Just stop already.

2b. Except for Real Housewives of Anywhere. I could watch those ladies (and I use the term ladies loosely) until they end up in a nursing home with each other, beating the caretakers on the head with their canes because they didn't put enough "champs" in their oj.

3. Starbucks

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Don't get me wrong, I love a good coffee concoction, but I'm not a Starbucks snob. It's expensive, and you can get drinks even better at other places. Gloria Jean's anyone?

4. Chipotle

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Only because I've never had it. I've had Qdoba; is that the same?

5. Benedict Cumberbatch

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I just don't get the appeal. Granted, I've never seen him act in anything, but based on what I see, I don't get it.

And to each of these I say: #sorrynotsorry.

What things do you not get?

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Just Call Me Crip

If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, I'm sure you've seen the results of last week.

It all started with a silent auction at my aunt's benefit last Tuesday night. I was determined to win a set of chimes; I mean I liked them and all, but I just wanted to beat the heifer that kept bidding against me.

The family was seated in the balcony for the concert, and before it started, I was making my way down the stairs for another peek at the bidding sheet. Unfortunately, I didn't make it to the auction room for the fourth time.

I stepped off the last step, which was quite a bit taller than the rest, my feet hit the floor and my ankles turned. Yes, I said ankles.  Plural.

The next thing I know, I'm on my knees, in pain. Mom said she looked up and it looked like I was praying. I couldn't get up. After a few minutes, I managed to stand up and sit on the stairs. I knew I was in pain, but I was way more embarrassed that I fell in front of everyone. The lobby was packed; however, my mom said she didn't think many people saw me.

While fighting tears, I raised my pants to two egg-like knots on my ankles. Super swollen. I knew I couldn't climb the steps, or heck, even walk into the auditorium. My cousin, who is a nurse practitioner, said I needed to go in for x-rays to be sure they weren't broken.


I painfully managed to get to the car. Intense pain, might I add.

Fast forward a bit-- I didn't break anything, and the x-rays showed I had sprained both ankles. The nurse gave me two aircasts and crutches. I felt like I needed a wheelchair because standing was so painful. I went back to my parents house, my parents picked up some things for me at my house, along with my dog, and I ended up staying there for 6 days.


My mom waited on me hand and foot. They let my little Mia out. Kept my ankles iced. Cooked me food. Got me drinks (non-alcoholic, dangit). Sat in my dad's recliner to prop my foot up. (Whoa!!!) Let me have free reign over the remote. (Whoa!!!). Lots of Netflix was watched.



Besides being waiting on, I had a delivery Wednesday from the flower shop. My mom had a basket of flowers and wind chimes (yep, what caused this whole fall anyway!) sent to me. How sweet was that?



Then on Friday, one of my best friends came to see me and brought two carnations and a bag of candy.



I finally went home last night. It was sooo good to be back home and in my own bed. But when I got hungry, or had to let Mia out to potty, I certainly missed being at my parents to let them wait on me. Especially when Mom posted a bowl of snow cream that she had just made. "I left too early," I said!

Im back to work today, and I couldn't be happier. I never thought I'd say that, but sitting in a recliner for 6 days really got to me.

So that's it. Call me Crip. Call me Grace (as Hello Miss Chelsea does). Whatever you call me, I can take it. I've been laughing at myself all week.
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