I have a Vera Bradley obsession, I’m not going to lie about it. I love the bright-colored purses and bags. I even have the Vera Bradley luggage, large spinner and small spinner. So of course now my computer is decked out in Vera Bradley too, just like my Kindle and Phone. I mean of course I have a Vera Bradley laptop case but no one really sees that unless I am carrying my laptop somewhere. But now everyone can see it when I use my laptop. My prescription glasses and sun glasses are even Vera Bradley!
Sorry, it has been a crazy week around here. I feel like I am going non-stop all day everyday. This Southern Belle is wearing herself out. I work, work, work, try to have somewhat of a social life, make family time, plus try to fit a book or two in there somewhere too. I need a vacation! And except for a few weekend trips coming up in the next few months I don’t have a vacation planned till after the first of the year. I love working hard but some days I feel like I am working too hard. The one plus to the week is the new season of Duck Dynasty. I love that show and it makes me get my mind off stuff for a little bit. I will always make time for Duck Dynasty into my busy schedule. Hopefully the next week goes better.
Ten Random Things I have been thinking about and thought I would share.
- I think Hallmark Channel or someone else should make movies out of the “Yada Yada Prayer Group”. I would love to see my favorite characters come to live on the screen.
- Part of me thinks it would be cool if they did a “Gone With The Wind” movie re-make.
- I think it would interesting if they did a “The Nanny” reunion movie.
- While I liked that the new “90210” ended with Liam and Annie getting engaged, I would have liked it better if the show ended with them getting married.
- The Pioneer Woman is probably my favorite celebrity cook and probably the one I can relate to the most.
- I think I might write a book, or at least try.
- I would love to see Morgan and Garcia end up together on “Criminal Minds”
- I really don’t think “Scarlett: The Sequel to Gone With The Wind” is what Margaret Mitchell would have had in mind if she was going to write a sequel. The Scarlett in there was not the Scarlett from the original.
- On “Revenge” I don’t really think Declan is dead.
- I can’t wait to hear who is going to play Christian Gray and Gideon Cross in the movies for “Fifty Shades of Gray” and “Bared To You”. I think Colin Egglesfield could pull off one of them.
This past year I did not watch the show Nashville. Mainly because it is on at the same time as Criminal Minds and well I can’t miss my Criminal Minds. Well this summer I have been catching up on Season 1 of Nashville. I am watching episode 12 right now as we speak and I am loving this show so far. I can’t wait to get home from work each day so I can watch more. I will be ready for Season 2 when it starts this fall. I will still be watching Criminal Minds on Wednesday nights but I will catch up on Nashville the next day. September can’t get here fast enough!
I don’t usually listen to the radio, I prefer books on cd when I am driving to and from work. The only time I have the radio on in my car is if I have someone riding with me. But there is a song on country radio right now I can’t get enough of. In fact I can’t get enough of the music video either. I’m sure you are wondering what song I am talking about. It is “Redneck Crazy” by Tyler Farr. There is something about that song and his voice that has just drawn me in. I can’t wait for October 15th for his cd to come out. I can’t wait to listen to it for the first time and to hear his voice on different types of songs.
Yesterday afternoon in New Hampshire a man who has been through hell and back, or at least it seems, surprised thousands. Brian Vickers won the New Hampshire race yesterday. That’s right I said Brian Vickers won the NASCAR Sprint Cup race yesterday! Vickers does not even have a full-time ride. Yesterday he was racing the number 55 car for Michael Waltrip Racing. A few years ago it was unsure if Vickers would be able to ever race again after a health issue side-lined him. In fact it could have even killed him, so his winning yesterday was a great ending to a long story. Maybe this will mean Vickers can find a full-time ride for next year. Congratulations Brian Vickers!
I love Vera Bradley! Everyone that knows me knows this. I’m always caring a Vera Bradley bag. In fact every day I have a least ten pieces of Vera Bradley with me at one time. When we went to Disney World I took about 25 pieces with me. This past weekend when we went away for a couple of nights I had a least 15 pieces with me. When I found out that come fall the Disney Parks are going to start selling Mickey and Minnie Vera Bradley bags I was overly excited. Two of my favorite things rolled into one.! I can’t wait to either order one on-line or get one next year if/when I go back to Disney World. So when I found out there is a Vera Bradley Outlet Store in the newly reopened Opry Mills Mall in Nashville, I was a little excited. After all Nashville is one of our favorite places to travel for a weekend getaway. Well this past weekend that is where we went to get away, Nashville! The only thing I had on my list was to hit three stores in the mall; Disney, Vera, and Bass Pro. I know that is a strange list but that is where this Southern Belle wanted to shop at. Disney and Vera because well as you can tell I love Disney and I am obsessed with Vera Bradley Bags. Bass Pro because I wanted to see what kind of Duck Commander/Duck Dynasty stuff they had. Getting back on track now. On Saturday I made it to the Vera Bradley Outlet. Well I am not going to lie I was a little disappointed with it. The prices were okay and they were having a great sale but I think I do better purchasing from the on-line outlet. I did purchase a few things, and for the few things I did purchase I had to wait about a half hour in line in an extremely hot store, I was about to pass out by the time I got to the register. If I was purchasing on-line I could have done it in my PJ’s and with the AC freezing me out! In fact I was very disappointed with the whole mall, if I ever go back to that mall it will be too soon!
Thursday is America’s 237th Birthday! But 150 years ago, on her 87th Birthday, America was in the middle of the Civil War. Her native sons were fighting/killing each other. Gettysburg had just taken place. The wounded were still being tended to and the dead were still being identified, if they could be. That Independence Day in 1863 some families would have learned their love one was not coming home or they would be coming home but without a leg or an arm. We have come a long way in those 150 years, it is hard to imagine but things would be different if the war had ended differently. We might still be two different countries instead of One Nation Under God, united. It makes me wonder if Kentucky would be in the north still or the south? Would Kentucky have finally seceded from the Union or would they have stayed with the north? How would states like South Dakota and Wyoming fit into the puzzle? There would be no Mount Rushmore.
So my longing to go to Rapid City got me thinking. If I won the lottery and could live anywhere I want and be able to work from home, I would want to live Mid-May to Mid-September in Rapid City and Mid-September to Mid-May in The Outer Banks of NC. I love both places! They are both beautiful in their own right. The Outer Banks has the ocean, wild horses and peacefulness. Rapid City has rolling hills, buffalo that roam, and peacefulness. I wouldn’t want to do the winters in Rapid City because of the snow and I wouldn’t want to do the summers in the Outer Banks because of the crowds. By living like that I would have the best of both worlds. I would have a Condo in Rapid City and a Beach House in the Outer Banks. It would be so cool to spend Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years on the beach and to spend Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day at Mount Rushmore. It might never happen but a Southern Belle can dream! Dream about living the Perfect Life.
Two summers ago a family vacation changed a part of me forever. Now in June every year I start getting a longing to “Take a ride across the badlands, feel that freedom on my face, breathe in all that open space.” As Jason Aldean sings in the song “Fly Over States”. ‘Cause on the other side of that ride across the badlands is Rapid City, SD. A place I have come to love! And it is not just because my favorite four-year old lives there, it’s more. There is something about the Black Hills that has drown me in and won’t let me go. I find myself wishing, a lot, that I could be in the Black Hills of SD. Usually going out west is a once in a lifetime trip but I have been out west twice, two summers in a row. And I would love to go back this summer too but I can’t. It is beautiful out there! It is like a little piece of heaven on earth! And the ride out there is like none other. I know most people think I am crazy when I say how much I love to drive to SD and back. It is a little far but well worth every mile of it. I can’t get enough of it either. There is so much to see that you miss by flying to Rapid City. Golden fields of wheat and corn and the badlands! Each turn in the road brings something new and interesting to see. When in Rapid City I love to go to Bear County and to Custer State Park and see the buffalo roam. It’s amazing to think that at one time those beautiful creatures were almost gone forever. There are big and fast but beautiful to watch. To look into one of their eyes is like looking into their soul. Boy I wish I was leaving for South Dakota tomorrow. Maybe next summer I will go back! Makes me think of the song Doris Day sang in the movie “Calamity Jane” with Howard Keel.
“Take me back to the black hills, the black hills of Dakota. To the beautiful Indian country that I love. Lost my heart in the black hills, the black hills of Dakota. Where the pines are so high that they kiss the sky above.”
Read more: DORIS DAY – THE BLACK HILLS OF DAKOTA LYRICS