Just a little bit of guns & dresses

Sunday, October 31, 2010

i think i am the most tired i have ever been. for serious.  happy pumpkin night!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

One last Bettyism

Betty at her finest

The Long Road Home

If you know me at all, then you know I am a book nerd.  When I get a good book, I decide to read it in about 2 days.  This is actually a downfall because then it's over too fast....So I picked this book up the other day.  Loved it.  It is actually Mary Alice Monroe's 1st book and it has just been republished.  You should check it out.  It makes me want to marry a mountain man....not sure what thats about, but oh well.  Hope you enjoy.

Also check out this song: Wintersleep "Weighty Ghost"

Sunday, October 24, 2010

The Romper Strikes Again..

Some hilarious friends (Liz B and Rosemary "Cheese steak" Ford) found this while on a tour of some Budweiser factory or something.   Sorry the pic is a bit grainy, but you get the picture.  If there were rompers on Saved By The Bell, this one would have definitely been on it.  The big neon onesie.  I know I don't know anything about fashion, but come on.  I just don't understand adult onesies.  What are these people thinking??
The only person who should be able to sport a romper is this lil dude:
That's all I have to say about that!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Betty's Swan Song

Sorry I have been slack in my post wedding blogging, but homegirl is exhausted.  I know that you are waiting for me to sarcastically re live this past weekend's big event, but maybe for the first time in my life (monumental moment here) I don't have any sarcastic comments to make.  It was truly an awesome/beautiful occasion.  Here we go:
Thursday is really when the action began.  I got off of work and headed to small group.  About halfway through small group I realized that I really shouldn't be in there, because a had a ton of stuff I needed to do/find before the rehearsal dinner....Not good.  All during small group I realized I needed to learn how to style my hair, by some makeup, find some kind of cool/stylish hair contraption (otherwise known as a clip), maybe consider buying some product for the ol weave I have going on, look for a new bra (sorry boys who happen upon this), look into accessorizing (at this point I think I was hyperventilating in the middle of small group) and eat lunch so I wouldn't go down after one drink at the rehearsal.  I had all of this to do in 2 hours.  Plus I had to bathe.  So Betty put on her big girl pants and said her goodbyes then headed to the dreaded Towne Center.  Not gonna lie-I kicked some butt in that retail hell (that's what I like to call it bc shopping totally overwhelms me and I partially hate it.  Nope- I whole hate it.  I did so well. Until I realized that I had to go into Ulta.  Ulta is my worst nightmare in the form of real estate.  I hate that place.  But that is another story that only few know, but I may share on another day.  So I hurried home and on to the rehearsal.  The rehearsal was awesome.  I had so much fun.
Greg (Megan's padre) and I are besties...

                                                     Melinda (Megan's mom) is the best

(Here we are trying not to fall down laughing. Megan's sweet little innocent sister (far right) just told us something incredibly ridiculous...)

Then we went on to eat a glorious meal at Laura Albert's.  Speeches were made, drinks were had and all in all it was a grand time.  On to the main event.

                                                                     (Top 3 right here...)
Friday we had the bridesmaids luncheon which was delightful.  I only had like 7 mimosas...a proper bridesmaid must hydrate.  We laughed and drank and ate a delightful breakfast together.  Then I panicked because I realized I had not got my nail did.  So I bolted over to the dreaded nail place.  I feel like getting your nails done is so awkward.  Plus I feel bad for the people that have to deal with these feet.  After that I raced over to my stylist's to get the ol hair and makeup done.  I must say-it looked pretty awesome.  I sported my new clip also.

Soon it was go time.  We arrived-on time- at the church.  We spent some good quality time in the Library. Where we devoured a nugget tray.  Then Josh the best photographer in the universe showed up to snap our glamour shots.  Please check out his website for pics.  They are awesome.  Hopefully there will be more soon....Josh I know you are secretly reading this...Pictures were actually more fun than you would think.  Soon it was time to line up.  This is when Betty became uber emotionally.  I started crying before we even made it into the church. I could hear Dwight singing Divine Romance which just happens to be my favorite song.  I saw my cue and headed down the aisle.  I have to say that it is a surreal moment when you walk down the aisle.  I seriously can't even imagine what it would be like to be the bride.  I think right about this time I realized how cool of an experience this was. I know I complain about bridesmaidenship, but I truly felt so honored to be a part of something so cool. I may even go as far as to say precious.  I couldn't wait to get to the end because I was dying to see Megan come down.  And that she did.  And she looked awesome.  By this point I was bawling crying.  I have never seen such a beautiful bride.  Chris had the biggest smile on his face.  It was awesome.  I loved it.  It was sweet to celebrate something so special with all of my favorite people.  I love looking out over the crowd and seeing everyone I love so much.  Soon it was time to kiss the bride and what not and then head to the real party.

I hitched a ride with the Vincents whom are awesome. (just a side note)  We arrived at Pepper which was beautiful.  I seriously can't wait to see the pics.  I headed to the bar to hydrate and then check out the spread.  The food was awesome.  After everyone had their fill the band cranked up the party.  We danced until they basically kicked us out.  I had so much fun.  We truly have the best friends. Plus they all aren't to scared to get out on the dance floor.  Soon it was time for the Simons to head out.  We lit sparklers (Melinda stabbed me with one by the way) and sent them off.  Then it was over. So sad.  All in all it was incredible.  I will never forget it.  Although I am still depressed that Megan has left the Girl Palace.  I seriously do not know what I am going to do.  Oh well.  Anyways, I think this is it for Betty Bridesmaid for a while.  Sad I know.  Don't worry-she may be back someday, but for now she is going on a little vacay....

PS-I will be sure to update you when the wedding pics are up..

This is Betty Bridesmaid signing out...don't miss me too much,
Betty B

Friday, October 15, 2010

Ready or Knot

First can I ask you a question?  What does dressy/casual really mean?  I personally think it is an oxymoron. When you are dressy you are clearly not casual and vice versa.  This has been bothering me for quite sometime.   It's past midnight and once again I can not sleep.  Figures.  Today has been crazy.  I had to work, go to group, then go on a search at the Towne Center.  Just so everyone knows.  I took a major step in womanhood today.  I bought my very own hair product, a barret/clip thing and a necklace.  All on my own.  That's a big deal people.  Then I hurried home to shower before the rehearsal.  Luckily we all made it through the rehearsal in one piece.  Unfortunately, I cried so who knows what will happen tomorrow.  Then we headed to Laura Alberts.  It was so good.  I, of course, got the crab cake. And it was good.  That place has an awesome drink selection. They were constantly coming by and forcing me to try all kinds of things...While I was sitting there munching on my little cake, I started thinking about how much I am going to miss Megan.  Its crazy that she is getting married tomorrow!! I still can't believe the day is finally here.  So after a few tears, toasts and glasses of wine, I pulled myself together and made it through the night....So here I am. It's 12:22 am and I am wide awake.  About 42 of my closest friends are staying here at the Girl Palace tonight.  So it has been delightful seeing sweet friends.  We also welcomed Alyse into the palace tonight.  Wahoooo.  So I just tried on the dress and luckily it fits.  Oh, and I also tried on the shoes and I think they are a go.  We shall see.  I keep thinking about tomorrow and it is making me nervous.  I don't love the idea of walking/tripping down and aisle with everyone watching me.  This just can't be good.  Hopefully I will have a smooth trip down...Anyways...I am going to try and get some beauty sleep.  It is very much needed here tonight.  Maybe I will see you tomorrow:)

Ready or Knot, bridesmaidenship is upon us,
Betty B

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Betty is back

Well kind of.  The wedding is 2 days away.  And guess what?  I can't sleep.  I must have anxiety because I dusted my room tonight.  Whenever the furniture polish comes out-it is a clear sign.  And now I can't sleep.  This is the lil bride's first night away from the Girl Palace.  I don't like it. She is no longer in the next room to listen to my sarcastic comments.  And I have no one yelling inappropriate things at me. It's just not the same when Wim does it. (Sorry Wim)  Who will be downstairs watching Regis and Kelly when I am eating breakfast?  Who will watch online wedding videos in the late night hours with me?  There will no longer be chocolate milk in the fridge.  Sad times. So now that my room is clean and white glove tested I thought that I would fall into a nice, peaceful slumber. Not happening.  So what am I doing right now?  I can't believe I am about to admit this, but I am currently listening to 98 Degrees Christmas on Pandora.  Yeah. That's right.  Always a sure pick me up...Not going to lie-I like it.  I may even put on NSYNC.  What is happening?  Wedding things are racing through my head.  I still need to get the nails did.  And the hair.  Oops I did not scuff up the bottom of my shoes (sorry Mandy).  Wait.  Maybe I should actually try on the shoes. I have no bling to accessorize with.  I should probably actually try the dress on since I refused to at the alteration place.  Too many people around...Do I even have makeup?  Plus I have to go find a cool/pretty clip for my hair.  Which means I have to go to Claires or Ulta which = horrible sick feelings. Uggghhh.  Oh the trials of bridesmaidenship.  You know, being a bridesmaid is a big responsibility.  You have to support the bride. And the groom.  You must look good.  You must not trip down the aisle.  Or have any wardrobe malfunctions.  And you can't lock you knees up and pass out. But you must keep a sweet lil smile on at all times.  Lots of pressure people.  It takes a certain kinda person to persevere and come out on the other end.  I'm just sayin.  It's time for Betty to up her game.  Betty Bridesmaid round #2 is upon us!

Dreaming of a swift and smooth trip down the aisle,
Betty Bridesmaid

Monday, October 11, 2010

The big guns

I have shown you the dresses.  Here are the guns.  See, at the girl palace we have many qualities.  Wim knows her chicken.  Betsy can save your life and bake really delicious cookies.  Megan...well she plays with rats.  Me, I like to shoot guns and put on the occasional bridesmaid's dress.  I know that I am 25 and should like other things, like clothes and home goods.  But I don't. Sorry.  Wait. I take that back. I love any home goods that come from Celadon or Anthro.  So I do have a lil tiny bit of priss in here somewhere.  Ok.  I need my beauty sleep.  For real.  The wedding is approaching fast.  Tomorrow I journey back to the dress place to pick up my bridesmaid dress.  Should be interesting. I will be sure to keep you posted...


Thursday, October 7, 2010

Don't leave me....

This is Megan's room.  It is now empty.  And sad looking.  I do not like this.  At all.  She is leaving the Girl Palace.  To live with a boy.  This is a bad situation...  

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

You might be a redneck if..

Direct quote from Wimberly Brown:

"I feel the most badass when I am at the South Carolina State Fair."

Thank you.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Delightful Lunching Experience

I do not have any crazy stories to share today.  Just a lil happy tidbit.  Today I had a glorious lunching experience.  I got to eat with a delightful group of people: Biz, Rosemary and Jodi (Not sure how to spell that one...)  We ate delightful food.  I opted for the custom sandwich(w/avocodos of course) and the okra soup.  Yummy.   This is my 2nd time eating a delightful sandwich at the Ford house.  Not going to lie- this could be one of my favorite lil things to do. Not to mention the conversation was just as good as the food.  I will not go into any more detail, because you are sure to become jealous.  Ok. Thats all. Farewell.

Oh! Get excited.  I ordered some bridesmaid shoes.  It only took me like 3 weeks, but I finally did it.  I mean its hard to find good gold shoes.  I mean what if its a different shade of gold?  Or it doesn't look bridesmaidy enough?  What if I can't walk in them?  What if they hurt?  These are the questions that have been plaguing me for weeks...So be proud.  Betty Bridesmaid committed to 2 pair of gold shoes.  Hopefully they fit.  Or else we have ourselves another problem...
Hope the shoe fits,
Betty Bridesmaid


I went to the big DO on Friday night. If you aren't familiar, the DO=Wando High School.  I hadn't been in quite a while.  So naturally I make my re-entry at homecoming to support some lil homecoming courters.  I can sum up the experience in 2 words.  CULTURE SHOCK.  Straight up.  Now I graduated in 2003, which is not that long ago my friends.  Things seem to be a bit different. The place was packed.  More like a giant mob actually. Quite scary.  The 1st half went smoothly. Saw some people.  You know, did the whole social thing.  Then after half time, Rosalind and I made our way to the lower ground. (this would be the congregating area)  I would like to name this the "melting pot." If only I could show you a picture.  All the different groups were chilling here.  We had the middle school make outs going on, wanna be rappers and gangsters, divas, jocks, emos, legit gangsters, skaters, dancer girls..., stalker parents, the foul mouthed angry kids, priss pots, prep necks, rednecks, sweaty little kids and some others that I'm not quite sure about.  It was crazy to see the different groups.  Something happened to me while I was standing there people watching.  I all of a sudden felt sad for all these kids.  They were all trying so hard to fit in, but were ridiculous.  I don't remember it being like that in high school.  I mean there were half naked girls running around in sports bras.  I'm sorry- when did that become ok??  I don't remember people trying so hard just to fit in.  They are all looking for something, they just don't have a clue what it is.  I know this sounds weird, but I felt terrible for them. Rosalind said that when something stirs your heart like that, then maybe God is preparing you for something.  That being said-I have no idea what that means for me, but I have a feeling it has something to do with kids.  So we shall see.  Let me share about the fights we also witnessed.  So in the midst of my people watching/culture shock all of a sudden a crowd forms directly in front of us. I kid you not.  In about 10 seconds a huge circle formed right where we were standing.  All of a sudden two giant boys were going at it. Fighting to the death.  People are yelling.  People are cheering (idiots). People are taking pictures (bigger idiots).  Well next thing I know- Rosalind has run into the middle of the circle to break the fight up.  I don't know any other little white mom who would run head first into a huge fight. So naturally I had to follow her in there and try to drag her out.  Fail.  I had to bail and get out.  Finally the cops arrive on the scene and break it up.  Well just when I think we are done all of the people start running to the other side of the lot.  Women and children could have been trampled.  No lie.  Then there was another huge fight.  I mean who gets into a stinking street fight at a dang football game.  C'mon people.  High school is supposed to be fun.  Anyways, Wando won and all ended well.  We all made it home safe...But I realized how much things have changed even since I graduated 7 short years ago.  Crazy times.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Fashion Police where are you??

Listen. I totally know that I am in no way a fashionista, BUT when did this outfit become okay?  Wim and I are just minding our own business at lunch and all of a sudden a half naked girl in boots comes in.  I couldn't help but snap a suttle picture....