Wednesday, May 20, 2009

More Catching Up!

OK, so yes, three blogs in one night but I've been a blog slacker lately so I have much to report! Even Josh asked me the other day why I hadn't posted in forever. It's nice to be missed. :)

And I haven't posted a picture of Scarlett in a while, and as you can see, had some cute ones from this week!

Another highlight this week was trivia! Josh and I have "date" night every Monday night at the Mexican restaurant near our house. They have trivia every Monday and Josh and I have been going pretty much every Monday since January. We FINALLY placed Monday night for the first time!! We won 3rd place...and you would have thought we just won the lottery! When the announcer announced that the final category was fashion, I clapped my hands in joy! There is no telling how much we have spent eating there every Monday for the past 4 months just to win a $5 gift card but it was worth every penny!
THEN, we met my friend Oliva and her boyfriend Sean for dinner at another Mexican restaurant tonight so they could experience the joys of trivia with us....AND WE CAME IN 1st!!!!!!! Back to back victories after not winning at all for the past 4 months! 1st place was a gift card for $15!! So that brings our total winnings to $20 and our pride level to priceless! (By the way, I was the one who knew the final 20 point questions each night).

The last picture is very random but I went into the kitchen tonight and had to laugh at myself when I saw all of this on the kitchen table waiting for me. After our victorious night at trivia, we went to Publix. As you know, I HATE going to the grocery and so this was probably the first time I have set foot in a grocery store in months. (But there's no greater incentive than running out of toilet paper).
I think Josh probably wanted to wring my neck as he unloaded these gems out of the grocery cart and as the lady checking us out looked for a few small children that were obviously absent. We literally had no food in our house and my "must haves" were water balloons, water balloon sling shots and a handshake buzzer. I've just always wanted one. If only there had been a whoopie cushion my excursion to the grocery would have been complete.
Josh just shook his head in disbelief and bagged them. I can hardly wait to see the look on his face the first time I'm at some stuffy event and use my handshake buzzer on some unsuspecting politician. I can hardly wait!

A.T. (After Tokyo)

I had a busy week after returning from Tokyo. I returned late Tuesday afternoon, had Just Desserts on Thursday night which is a fundraiser for the Williamson Co. Republican Party, a charity event in Nashville Friday night (where we met Lee Greenwood) and Steeplechase, a graduation party and dinner with friends on Saturday. Phew!
Below is our "girls" picture from Steeple. We attended with Allison & David Taylor, Kat & Thomsen Smith and our current Lt. Governor (and future Governor) Ron Ramsey and his wife Sindy. It looked like it was going to rain all day but the sun ended up coming out eventually and we had a great time! And I ran into Jenny Beth and Matt Kroplin - I met Jenny Beth the FIRST day of college freshman year!

After Steeplechase we went to a graduation party for Colton McInturff. Rory and Joey (Rory wrote Blake Shelton's song "Some Beach") performed and we enjoyed the most beautiful sunset. It was the perfect ending to a wonderful week. I think it was God's way of telling me to slow down and not forget about Him...which is so easy to do when you have a few jam packed weeks. I got the message. And wonder how many other "reminders" I miss every day.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009


Ok, so here is my blog entry for Japan...FINALLY! I know everyone has just been on the edge of their seats. ha! So, Japan as you can expect was amazing! It was so awesome to hang out with Lori again and see where's she's been living for the past few years. The plane ride over was not bad at all! It was a 13 hour flight and I slept for 10 1/2 hours! So when I arrived, I was ready to go!
First, when we landed we had to be inspected by the Tokyo Health Dept. because of the swine flu outbreak and were all issued masks we could wear if we wanted. I took full advantage of my new accessory and met Lori like this! ha!
On arrival day, we went to the Tokyo Government Building, Kabukicho and Shibuya. Lori wasted no time in letting me see the must sees of Japan which included "hosts" that walk around the busy areas at night. I didn't take a great pic of them while I was there but here is a pic I found on google that sums up what these guys look like! From what I understand, they are paid to sit and talk to you. Yes, they are men. And no, we did not order a hostess with the mostest. But there's always next year.
Day 2 we went to Odaiba. We visited the Toyota Showroom and Leisure Land which is such a fun place! It is full of all kinds of games and these photo boths called purikura. If I could get a booth over here I would start a new business! They were so fun. Here we are some of our purikura shots!

We also went to a science museum and it was not so fun but it did allow this photo op with our cool 3D goggles so it was worth it.

Day 3 in Asakusa was really neat (this was the old city where it looked like what you think of when you think of Japan). We also went to the Imperial Palace and checked out the Emperor's new clothes, Hibiya Park and walked every single street in Ginza. We were so pooped by the end of the day we literally sat in Mark City for an hour just people watching. The Japanese people are also SOOOO stylish. Unlike here in America where I will go to the grocery in my pajama pants, they are always dressed up. And by dressed up I mean, they have on their Prada, Chanel, Dolce and Gabbana, Gucci, etc... And it was a virtual Louis Vuitton parade. Even the men carried LVs. So stylish and even more depressing, so skinny. Here are some pics from day 2. I also chased down a real Geisha!

Day 4 was spent in Harajuki (shout out to Gwen Stefani). We went to the Meiji Shrine and I met Akira (Lori's boyfriend). Both were really nice! ha! This was a "lucky" day on their calendar too so we caught two different traditional style weddings. Then that night we went back to Shibuya for Karaoke! We had our own private room so we could sing as loudly and badly as we wanted...and did.

Day 5 we went to Kamakura and saw Daibutsu (the big Buddha), Hasseidera and shopping. We ended the night at TGI Fridays so I could finally eat...kidding! The best part about TGI Fridays was that they had actual Diet Pepsi which in the states I hate. But I was craving either a Diet Coke or Diet Pepsi so badly I would have paid $10 for one, and almost did at our hotel. For some reason they do not sell Diet Coke in Japan, it is Coke Zero which is NOT Diet Coke. I think I missed Diet Coke most, right behind Josh of course! :)

My last day there was not the best day I've ever had and I broke my camera so that is also why there are no pictures. We spent most of the day hoping I hadn't lost all my pictures of the trip!
And finally, I think what I will take back from my trip to the far away land of the rising sun (it is indeed that) with a totally different culture than the U.S., is that I love their toilets. I felt like I was ready to be rocketed off this puppy! The seat was even heated! I even had to call Josh and request two for our next house...and that call cost $1.99 a minute from my cell phone so that should tell you how impressed I was.

So all in all, I had a WONDERFUL trip and I'm already saving to go back...I left a purse there while shopping one day that apparently is not sold in the U.S. so guess that is reason enough to go back!

Thanks to Lori my wonderful Tokyo tour guide. Josh had just gone to Japan a few years ago and said that without a shadow of a doubt, I experienced a side of Japan that he did not! And that is exactly what made my trip so special.