when i ain’t drinkin’ baby, you are on my mind

26 01 2013

I’m sitting at St John’s with the roommates and we’re all working on our goals for the next year. Of course, this means I’m mostly listening to music and sometimes writing, sometimes distracting, but mostly staring at a page and drinking water.

My word for 2013 is commit. I want to commit to the things I’ve resolved to do, and to the life I am living here and to the relationships I have been given. This song doesn’t really apply to any of that, but it is the song of the moment, so I’ll share it as well.




Ruston Peach Festival

23 01 2013

The Ruston Peach Festival (again, a post 6 months in the making) was a blast. I had been talking about going since I first visited Ruston, scarily almost 10 years ago. It was everything I had imagined and more. I ate delicious peaches, baked/sizzled in the hot sun, and fed a coon with my bare hand. Also, I stocked up on random canned delicacies like Garlic Pickle Chips, Peach Salsa, and Peach Butter. Yum!

peaches in actionThe conveyor belt of goodness at Mitcham Farms.

Bubba the SquirrelBubba the motorcycle riding squirrel and her owner. This was a the craft/bazaar in downtown Ruston. We got to help Brittany’s mom, Ms. Michelle, sell some of her amazing handmade items. They’re all put together from old pocket watches. I love my earrings and the necklace I got that weekend!

coonsThe racoons at Grandmother’s house (Brittany’s grandmother). They come over every night for a meal provided by Mrs. McGehee, usually scoops of dog food and any delicious leftovers she may have in the fridge or pantry. She even has a pan of water she leaves out so they can wash their food, if they’re so inclined.

IMG_2733This is one of my favorite photos from the day, this little guy was so cute!

IMG_2731Here’s proof that I fed a ‘coon! I was pretty thrilled, since I’ve had a dream of owning or interacting with racoons ever since I saw Rascal. Needless to say, those little hand-like paws only poured fuel on the fire. If only they weren’t so destructive/didn’t carry rabies.

Cinco de Derby

15 01 2013

Please forgive me my late, late posting. I figure I’m under the mark for a full year since the event [pats self on back], so it seems to be not quite so bad.

This May we hosted a combo Cinco de Mayo and Kentucky Derby party, hence the Cinco de Derby title. It was a success, and I can’t wait for the second annual!

bar basics

The bar, prepped for Mint Juleps and Margaritas

back porch

Everyone on the back porch, enjoying the company, food, and slightly muggy weather.

Esca and Friend with Food

Esca made a new friend, always easier when there’s a snack involved.


Derby style.

derby win

Christine collecting her trophy for guessing the correct winner, I’ll Have Another.

The purse for this win almost rivaled the actual Derby purse. Almost.