Monday, September 30, 2013

Crash Diet

Oh, it's about that time again.

Time to dust off the running shorts and cut out the carbs.

I have a little less than two months to get into shape before the big Oxford trip.

Last year I lost somewhere close to 15 pounds right up until we flew down to Mississippi for my friend's wedding. 

There's nothing that lights a fire under my ass like knowing one of our reunions is coming up.

And mostly, I feel the need to show a few people up. And of course, make a few people jealous. And last but not least, let certain people see what they missed out on.

But that's another story for another day.

From here on out (with obvious exceptions for Beer Fest and Halloween), I'm the carb nazi.

Zumba, watch out. I'm on my way back.

After work I'm going grocery shopping for veggies and chicken.

I often forget how GOOD it feels to get skinny.

As Kate Moss once said, "nothing tastes as good as skinny feels."

Amen, sister.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

The Grove

If you've never been to Ole Miss for a football game, You're sincerely missing out. Everyone hates how much I talk about the Grove, but it warrants mentioning. Because for several years we were the #1 school in the country for tailgating.

On nights before the game, everyone stands around with tents and chairs and folding tables. When the clock strikes midnight, the university police begin blowing their whistles and everyone dashes into the Grove to pick out their spot. The prime spots to set up your tent are usually as close to the Walk of Champions as you can get. In the picture you can see the path carved out down the middle of the Grove, which is basically the only path in or out of this place on gameday (unless you know where you're going and you can cut down the walkways between tents until you reach the edge of the field).

Before I went to Ole Miss, I couldn't have cared less about football. I probably didn't even know what a field goal was. Now, I'm the polar opposite. After spending four and a half years at Ole Miss, I was taught better. And now, I'm probably one of the most obnoxious, die-hard Rebel fans in my group of friends. Certainly the most-so among my girl friends. But I don't care. It gives me something to love. It gives me something to obssess over. It brings me back to the school I love so much and provides me with a sense of purpose.

The experience of the Grove is extremely hard to put into words. Here's what Wikipedia has to say about it:

Described as "the Holy Grail of tailgating sites" by Sporting News, The Grove comes to life for Ole Miss Rebels football home games with as many as 25,000 fans. Fans arrive often around 12:00PM the day before the game (campus rule is no one allowed to "stake their claim" before 9:00 pm, which is strictly enforced by campus police) to grab their spot in The Grove. This usually serene area of campus becomes a sea of red, white and blue tents. Ole Miss students generally dress in their Sunday best: Men wear slacks, button-up shirts, bow ties, Sperry Top Siders, and coats while women wear cocktail dresses or brightly colored sundresses and high heel shoes. Some older fans also dress in this style.

Many tents are set up with fine kitchen ware. You'll often find lots of lace and designer doilies, fine china, chandeliers, sterling silver or silver plated candelabras and sterling silver or silver plated utensils along with chandeliers in some tents. Much of the food is laid out on table cloths in sterling silver or silver-plated servers.

The food fare often consists of hors d'oeuvres, but as with most tailgating parties, barbecue still has authority. There's also the traditional Southern food: fried chicken, pork, homemade dressings, mashed potatoes and stuffed eggs.

Every now and then, a loud voice breaks the hum of the crowd present in The Grove with the yell, "Are you READY?" This is the beginning of the Ole Miss cheer, known as "Hotty Toddy."
On cue, hundreds of fans reply, "HELLLLL YEAH! DAAAAMN RIGHT!"
Then, in unison, they begin to chant the Hotty Toddy cheer.

Spencer, one of my best friends who went to Ole Miss with me and now lives in Raleigh, and I are flying down for the Ole Miss v. Missouri game on November 23rd. Spencer's family is from St. Louis, so they plan on driving down to meet us there with a bunch of their family friends. Luckily, they plan on tailgating the whole shebang, so everything is taken care of.

I can't wait.

I'm going home.

Here I Go.. Again..

I guess I should start this thing out with an introduction -- I'm Molly. I live in Raleigh, NC and I've been working as a civil litigation paralegal for the past few years. I was born and raised here, but once I graduated from high school I high-tailed it to Oxford, Mississippi, where I spent 4 (or so) years loving every minute of the college life. In 2009 I graduated and moved back to Raleigh, where I've been working and living ever since. I'm an avid cooker and I'm always trying to learn new recipes (several of which I'm sure I'll be sharing here on the blog) and I also enjoy hiking, writing (obviously), photography, and traveling to new, exotic places. I'm currently single, but I'm sure I'll be sharing some dating stories on here as well, which are usually good for a laugh or two.
As for the writing component, I've started many blogs in the past, and never kept them updated.

But lately I've been reading other peoples' blogs from all different walks of life, and I've decided I want to give this thing one more try. I love the idea of sharing daily experiences, thoughts, and recollections with others, so a blog seems to be a natural choice for me. I mean, why not? If nothing else, hopefully it will help me sharpen up my writing (and photography) skills!

I'm a writer; I've always been a writer. I can't tell you how many times I've sat down and put pen to paper and let my thoughts flow. And to me, there's nothing more cathartic.

Who needs a therapist when you have the written word?

Unfortunately for my blogging tendencies, as is true for most things in my life, I'm an all-or-nothing kind of girl. I'm either writing twenty posts a day, or none at all for weeks at a time.

That seems to be a bad habit of mine. I get so consumed with one thing at one time that I can't manage to focus my energy elsewhere. And I need to get better about that.

Anyhow, I figure this thing is worth a shot. If it goes down in flames (as I'm sure it eventually will, knowing me) then no harm no foul. I just need something, if only for the moment, to keep my mind occupied and to make me feel like I'm contributing something worthwhile to.. well, the blogging world I suppose?

Here goes nothing.