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Oh. My. Freaking. GOD!!! 

The New Orleans Saints...the team that couldn't catch a break or too many wins....is off to the freaking super bowl!!!!!

Last night, as I knelt on the floor before the TV, praying like i've never prayed before in my life, I watched that football sail through the uprights.  And it was GOOD!!!

There was a collective celebration around the state of Louisiana. Fireworks going off, people running into the street embracing, people calling one another, and families realizing something that they’ve waited on for 43 years had finally happened.


And yet, in true Louisiana style, most of us gave the first shout out to those family members and friends who were NOT here to see the game.  Or who didn’t get to experience it like they should have.  My grandfather…who loved the saints and passed away decades ago.  We called my grandmother, who is going blind due to macular degeneration, and talked to her.  She’s been waiting for this to happen her entire life.  She watched it from the corner of her eye.  92 years old and weeping because the moment she thought that she would NEVER see just happened.  When my Dad was growing up, they had season tickets to the Saints games back at Tulane Stadium.  In ’75 they switched to the Dome and members of our family was STILL in those same seats last night cheering on our boys in the black and gold.


I jumped on my brother and hung on him.  My mother started crying and joined our hug.  My father sat in shock in his chair. 


I don’t know if anyone who’s NOT from Louisiana can understand what this meant to us. As a people.  As a state.  As a team.  After everything that we’ve been through…after everything that we’ve come up against…it’s finally happened.  The Saints are going to the super bowl.  AND they had a winning season.  AND our quarterback is the best in the league.  AND we had 8 guys who SHOULD be playing the pro-bowl but will not since we’re going to the FREAKING SUPER BOWL.  I can’t say it enough.  The lines around every Academy in the state were hundreds long last night at 11pm when they opened to start selling the NFC Championship shirts. 


What a joyous, glorious day it is here in Louisiana.  How amazing.  How uplifting.


I’m feeling just like the shirt I’m wearing:  Our city.  Our home.  FINISH STRONG.





another year....

So my birthday is tomorrow.  I turn 23.  I didn't think i'd be this old at 23.  If that makes sense to anyone.  At 23 I thought I'd still be basically a YOUNG adult.  Going out at night.  Staying up late.  Being responsible but still having those moments that make you a kid.  The times where you stay up late instead of going to bed early to be well rested for work.  The days where have girls nights out at the bar with your girlfriends.  You know what I mean??

I think i'm through with those days.  At 9pm last night i was yawning.  At ten when a college friend called to see what i'd been up to, the phone call woke me up.

When did this happen?  When did I become more of a grownup than a "kid"?  When did my birthday become something that's scheduled on my calendar more than celebrated?

It's sad when you start asking "what's so special about 23"?

I've already got the right to drink, smoke, and vote.  What's next?  Insurance going down.  My insurance doesn't go down until I turn 25, so that's out. 

So what's so special about 23....I've got the answer for ya.


But hopefully I can find something special about it.  It's one more year to become the person that I want to be.  One more year to find the person that I want to spend the rest of my life with.  One more day to appreciate my friends.  Take care of my animals.  Make impressions on my godchildren.  Become friends with my parents.  Help out my fellow man.  Be strong for those I love who aren't. 

Being a grownup is so much work. 

Didn't expect that when I was a kid.


You are a left social moderate.
Left: 3.66, Libertarian: 0.89


Foreign Policy:

On the left side are pacifists and anti-war activists. On the right side are those who want a strong military that intervenes around the world. You scored: -0.63


Where are you in the culture war? On the liberal side, or the conservative side? This scale may apply more to the US than other countries. You scored: -3.86

Backstory before I start this post:  Lafayette has installed speed and red light camera at big intersections in town to try and reduce the number of people speeding and running red lights.  I, personally, hate it.  Below will explain why:

So I got a ticket in the mail for running a red light.  Except I didn't run a red light.  I turned right on a red light.  And got a 125.00 DOLLAR ticket in the mail because I didn't come to a 3 second stop.

I'm so annoyed.  125.00 for not coming to a complete 3 second stop.  1.5 seconds...not good enough.  Your car stops moving totally...not good enough.  You MUST come to a three second stop in order for it to be a REAL stop. 

To make it worse, the light turned red as I was in the middle of making my turn.  Which means it was still yellow when i started turning.  So i shouldn't get a ticket in the first place.

The Lafayette Consolidated Government okay Redflex to come in and claim 47% of the profit.  I probably wouldn't be so pissed if I knew that my fine was going to provide the city with another 125 dollars that would allow them to hire more freaking cops that could do the camera job.  But it doesn't.  Lafayette City-Parish gets 53% of the fine.  That means $66.25 is going to the city and $58.75 is going to a privately owned company that is so shady it's been deemed illegal in several US States.


That's it.  Every Tuesday I will now be attending City-Parish Council meetings.  I'm so done letting these stupid assholes walk all over the people of this city and parish without letting the citizens have their say in what goes on. 

How did this pass through the legislature without being an issue?  You know the sad thing...they said it would help decrease traffic accidents.  It did reduce about 15% of front and side collisions. 

But rear end collisions are up 15% because everyone slams on their brakes so they don't speed though a speed light or run a red light.

Way to go Lafayette...

Oh LJ...

So it's been forever again.  Seems like that is a theme which continues to pop in on my LJ. Lol.

I get busy and forget about it.  I'm going to strive not to do that again.  Especially since most of the people that have an LJ are the ones that I really want to keep up with anyway. 

Life has been crazy lately.  In March I moved out of my mother’s house into a mother-in-law suite attached to a house (owned by the co-worker of my best friend Etienna).  We meshed really well and everything was wonderful UNTIL him and his partner (of 16 years) broke up.  For a while we didn't know what was going to happen with the house since they'd just purchased it.  Toby was going to get some roommates and try to keep the house and James was going to move out.  Then Toby didn't want to live with those people so they were both going to move out of the house and default on the lease to own thing.  Then they were going to transfer it over to another couple.  THEN James decided that he wanted to stay in the house.

So here we are...

My grandma got some bad news a while back.  She was supposed to have a surgery but when the doctors (all of them) got together they found some things.  They found that she had aneurisms scattered around her body.  They realized that these could go at any time and they should be removed.  If she were to go through with the surgery to remove the aneurisms then there were several things that could have happened.  One:  she could have stroked on the table and died.  Two:  she could have gone into a coma and never come out.  Three: she could become paralyzed because one of the aneurisms is so close to her spine that there is a chance they would knick it in surgery. 

SO, we all kinda decided that she shouldn't do it.  It's a waiting game now.  Hopefully nothing is going to happen.  Hopefully those little buggers will just decide to sit tight and not do anything.  But I'd rather her go through life as she is now than to risk being worse off than she is now.

Besides that, life is just peachy.  Job is going well.  Still love the people that I work with.  There's only one person who's on "you know what" list but she hops on and off of it all the time.  She steps on my toes then backs off.

Ugh...okay.  It's time for bed now.  Work calls early in the morning.  And i've gotta be able to function. 

So good night, dear LJ.  SO nice to see you again!




It is snowing.  And not the stuff that we usually get here that's more like rainy sleet.  It's snow.  Flakes.  Its awesome.  I've taken so many pictures--which will be posted later since I'm at work.  I hope you're all getting to play in the snow. 


bored at work...stolen from matt

Stolen from matt cause I was bored at work.  What better way to pass the time than answer tons of questions?  Right?

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So it has been forever.  Most of my posts seem to start this way....hmmm. 


I'm back in Lafayette.  It's different than when I lived here before college.  It's certainly different than Natchitoches.  They have their strong and weak points.  But I gotta say that I love being able to leave my house after 5pm and be able to go to a store.  That's freaking priceless.  I'm sure, however, that the novelty shall wear off after time.  As Matthew is quick to remind me.  lol. 

I'm working at Apex Freight Services.  It's a transportation brokerage company.  Awesome people.  Great location (downtown off of Jefferson).  Who could ask for anything more? 

I've been able to see my girl Madi a couple of times.  Not nearly enough...she has just whetted my appetite really. 

I miss my friends though.  Every time that I go back to Natchitoches it's like being able to see clearly again.  They're my rocks really.  They GET me.  I really am blessed to have such amazing people in my life. 

But I guess they're pretty lucky to have me around cause I'm pretty much Awesome.  Did you notice the capital A?  lol

So...if you live in Lafayette or come to visit...call me. 

I have to go back to work now because we are very busy right now.  Gotta love the batteries! 

peace out...

 What is it about parents that makes them think they can control your life forever?  Maybe it's the fact that if not for them we wouldn't be here.  I give them that.  It's true.  If they weren't making the babies we wouldn't be born. 

But why do they think they can tell you what to do with the rest of your life? 

I want a tattoo.  I've wanted one for the last two or three years.  It's just been something that I've been thinking about for a while.  And when I brought it up two years ago to my mother she told me that she would be very dissapointed if I were to get a tattoo. 

So I dropped it.  I put what I wanted aside and didn't think about getting the tattoo for two years. 

So here I am two years down the road and I decide, after seeing Mallory's amazing tattoo, that I still really want one.  I've always been fascinated by them.  I want one.  Badly.  And NO MOTHER!  It has nothing to do with the fact that Daniel has tattoo's.  So I don't want you to try to blame him for something that I've wanted to put on my body for two years.  I resent you for thinking that I would put something permanent on my body because of a guy.  I resent that so much I can't even find the words.

I realize that you feel getting a tattoo is putting a permanent mark on my body but I'm okay with that.  I'm getting a fleur de lis.  Something that comes from my heritage.  I enjoy it.  It helps make me who I am.  It's my culture.  How can you protest to something that I care so much about.  It's a small tattoo.  One inch tall maybe.  Small.  And in the most hidden place.  Between my hip and my ass cheek.  Hidden under my underwear.  Or bathing suit.  

So why are so you worried about it.  No one will see it.  Unless I want them too.  End of message.  That's it.

So why is it still a fucking problem?  I just don't understand it.  Let me get my fucking tattoo and don't judge me for it.  

Thank you.


Instructions: Open up your iTunes and fill out this survey, no matter how embarrassing the responses might be.

How many songs total: 1073
How many hours or days of music: 2.1 days
Most recently played: "Son of a Preacher Man" by Dusty Springfield
Most played: "Take Me the Way I Am" by Ingrid Michaelson
Most recently added: "The Pot" by Tool

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First Song: "Addicted" by Amy Winehouse
Last Song: "You're So Vain" by Carly Simon

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Longest Song: "Free Bird" by Lynyrd Skynyrd

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