Friday, October 31, 2008

Great Coverage for the Boys!

A while back I posted about the September 19th (919 - get it?) launch of

Tyler is one of my favorite people to work with - I'm super stoked that the Technician gave the TriangleBlvd boys this great feature:

Graduates launch the Triangle’s first Web television network
Trio of N.C. State’s own provide advertising through the establishment of a ‘video yellowbook’
Read the full article here! And then join the TB facebook page, too :-)

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

I Can't NOT Help

My aunt sent me this email from her friend's church's youth group (I don' think that was too hard to follow):

Our Younger Girls Action Group is taking up donations for the Crossnore School in Crossnore, NC, near Banner Elk, NC.

Founded in 1913, The Crossnore School is a private, non-profit children's home and school in the western NC mountains, serving children who, for circumstances beyond their control, can no longer live at home, whether permanently or temporarily. Most residents live at Crossnore because their primary care givers are abusive or have neglected them to the point that their well being is threatened. Residents come from all counties in NC.

The needs of these children in residence are very basic things that are needed for day to day living. We are asking members of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church to go to the Crossnore School website and view the "SPECIAL NEEDS" section.

If you have any of these items listed here that you can donate, please drop off your donation between now and November 12th in the lobby area of the top floor of the Family Life Center, adjacent from the Fellowship Hall. Ms. Lou Jean Peace and a friend of hers will actually be delivering the items the Younger GA's collect to the school in person the week of November 17th. Further questions and comments can be sent to
When I checked out the website and read that not only are they providing a wonderful home for children, they have also taken in a whole family of displaced dogs who provide a "pet nurturing' program that teaches children - through their responsibilities for the dogs - how to deal with human problems", I knew I wanted to help.

Many of the items on their needs list (answering machines, curling irons, G-rated videos, small pet bedding, etc.) WON'T EVEN COST YOU A DIME of anything other than the time it'll take to pull it out of storage or the hall closet.

I'll be glad to pick up any donations from any readers - just drop me a message or email!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

It's Always the Little Ones

I never participate in the tags and awards that social bloggers do (I really do appreciate you all for including me, but I try and keep this blog content-based so that each post is about more than just me), but when I saw this on Green Magsterpie's blog today... I just couldn't resist. Maybe it's my ridiculous love of pictures.

I also wanted to illustrate something very important: I'm a little girl (5' 2'')... so I can get away with a lot of things that some people never notice.

Case in point: my fourth picture album, the fourth picture in it:

: Bristol, TN/VA
Event: NAAAAAASCAR race with the boyfriend, Cole, Lindsey, and Cameron
Image: Me getting away with not having to carry my gravy biscuit.
I think people underestimate me sometimes. Need proof? I also took this picture of my tactic... unnoticed.

The Family Business

My family business has been known for over 35 years for two things: 1 - auto body repair and paint, and 2 - marine sales and accessories.

For those of you who spend a good deal of time near any body of water and think most problems can be solved in an afternoon that includes a cooler and a fishin' pole... I think you'll enjoy this new site that came across my work inbox today from one of our industry associations.


Dear Boating & Fishing Partners,

The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) is proud to announce an exciting new online community that complements the national Take Me Fishing™ campaign and connects boaters and anglers like never before! It's Fishington – The Fishing & Boating Capital of the Internet – and we'd like to extend a special invitation for you to join.

Fishington leverages different approaches from well-established social networking platforms like MySpace, Facebook and YouTube, but is specifically tailored for boating and fishing enthusiasts. Being part of this community allows members to:
• Create a profile
• Find and add friends
• Create and join groups
• Create and post comments on message boards
• Add and organize photos and videos
• Save favorite hotspots from our interactive map tool
• Control their privacy settings

Stakeholders who maintain a profile have the ability to:
• Connect with other local businesses, clubs and individuals
• Map their location and related bodies of water
• Gather feedback, photos and videos
• Build fans of their facility
• Understand and recruit new members or customers
• Generate increased traffic to their Web sites
• Spark interest in their programs and products
• Invite discussion about their programs or products

Fishington is directly linked to all of the great content that's on, including the 12,000 places to boat and fish. Businesses and facilities that currently exist in the database will already have a profile on Fishington.
See you online! Of course my username is ncsulilwolf.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Guess What Just Crossed the Mason-Dixon...

(Firefly Distillery)

Oh yes, that's right. All of you who hail from (or have moved) north of NC can now enjoy what we've been raving about all summer and fall: Firefly's sweet tea vodka!

Via text message from one of my favorite bride-to-be sisters, E. Riley (soon to be E. Riley-Dorn):

They're selling sweet tea vodka up here now!!!

(To which I replied - "Yes!!! Now I can come visit again!")

Haha yeah they sell it by the half gallon so come on!
By "up here", she means near Baltimore. And by half gallon, she means Little Lisa-sized (which she totally agrees is true, too).

Looking SO forward to some DC/MD visits!

PS - Yes, I know where wiki defines the Mason-Dixon line, but who are we kidding?

Great News on the Country Music Front

For those of you who are listening to XM Radio (specifically: Highway 16), you may already know this as I heard it just this morning. (And during Jason's weekend visit to the Opry, which aired on Nashville 11, he also mentioned that this was coming!)

Jason's releasing "Where I'm From" at the end of this month and his new cd is coming out in March!
-via text message from my sister
That is SUCH good news. If you haven't heard his latest single, check it out. I promise you'll love it. (If you don't, you suck. Just kidding... sort of.)

AND WQDR is once again having the Halloween Harvest Ball to benefit the SPCA (confirmed with QDR lead-chick, Lisa McKay) and other local friends of our furry friends.7th Annual
QDR Halloween Harvest Ball

(via WQDR and Kevin F. of City Limits at the last TEIP event)

From the site, "10 bucks gets you in to party with NC boys The Lost Trailers, Crystal Shawanda and country rocker Mark Chesnut.

ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS total in the costume contest split between 3 winners. Doors open at 8pm... you must be in the house by 10pm to have a shot at the costume contest."
It's about to get real country up in here!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Catch a 'Canes Game - Fight Cancer

Sounds good to me!

Catch a Canes Game and Support Komen at Hockey Fights Cancer Night!
(Read the email online)

Purchase discount tickets to the November 2nd Carolina Hurricanes game vs. the Toronto Maple Leafs at 5:00pm. A donation will be made to Komen NC Triangle for each ticket sold.

Be sure to stop by the Komen table on the concourse for important education materials, fun give-aways and information on the June 13th 2009 Komen NC Triangle Race for the Cure!

Wear your pink or your Race t-shirt and help us cheer on the Canes while we raise funds for the cure. A special Public Service Announcement featuring the Hurricane’s players’ wives will be shown during the game.

In order for proceeds from your ticket purchase to come to Komen, please follow the instructions for purchase on the link below. For additional information and to purchase tickets, go to
I mean, what else were you going to be doing on a Sunday afternoon?!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Have a Holly Raleigh Christmas

I'm no kind of in the holiday spirit yet, but one of my fabulous sorority sisters is helping to coordinate this for her agency, so I wanted to make sure everyone has a chance to put this on their calendars (it's also on my google calendar!):

(official site)
Supporting Events
November 6th, 7-10pm
CD Release Party
Hear the music at Tir Na Nog
Please join us for great music, food, prizes and the big guy...Santa!
218 S Blount St, Raleigh NC

November 22, 12-5pm
The Shops at Seaboard Station - Open House
Get started on your holiday shopping an pick up a copy of the CD!
121 Seaboard Dr, Raleigh NC

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Overheard in Blogland

"There are many days I question what God was thinking when he matched us up but I go with it." - The House of Fowler

Amen, sister!

And NMB highlights "Southern Signs":

OKRA (Dec 22 - Jan 20)
Are tough on the outside but tender on the inside. Okras have tremendous influence. An older Okra can look back over his life and see the seeds of his influence everywhere. You can do something good each day if you try.
I do love fried okra... and I can be one tough cookie vegetable?

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Tank and Delta Have a Quick Request...

Could you please take a view seconds to vote for this great local organization that's helping their furry friends?

Please help dogs and cats in Raleigh and the Triangle by voting for a wonderful organization called Independent Animal Rescue (IAR) in America's Favorite Animal Shelter contest.

IAR rescues cats and dogs in danger of euthanasia, and brings them into foster homes until they can be adopted. The contest winner gets $10,000 to save the lives of more animals! In the last week, IAR has moved up from 97th place to 23rd, and your votes can make sure we climb all the way to #1.

It only takes a minute to vote for IAR on the contest website:

Thank you from the group of NCSU students who volunteer for IAR.

We'll be forever grateful for your votes! Please forward this email to more Wolfpack friends and ask them to vote for IAR. Thanks again for your support!

Find out more about IAR:
Sloppy Kisses & Wagging Tails,
Tank & Del

Friday, October 17, 2008

Congrats, Jamie!

For those of you who've never met fellow Buckhead-er Jamie Saad, be sure to stop by his new venue sometime and say hello!

Black Flower Opens in Glenwood South

(Raleigh Downtowner/Raleigh Chronicle)

"From an unassuming building just around the corner from the bustle of Glenwood South comes a different kind of buzz, one that will last well after the night's end…at least that's the kind of atmosphere Paul Lewis and Jamie Saad want to create at their new bar Black Flower. Located at 517 West Peace Street (just east of Mojo's), one of its main goals is to promote Raleigh's culture."
Click through to read the rest of the Melissa Santos' great article. Nick and I went to visit last weekend and had a great time (and of course, Jamie made sure to have a bottle of Firefly on hand for me... because he's awesome).

Double plus (and I hope he doesn't wring my neck for giving away industry secrets), but he dished that the black semi-circle seating may or may not have been reclaimed from the part of Buckhead that hasn't been flipped and holds the leftovers from the post-Jillian's renovation. Being the rockstar bar owners Paul and Jamie are, they found the instructions for recovering them on Google and saved them from the landfill - I support it!

Here's the official site (get your membership - they don't serve food!) and of course, because it wouldn't be the bar industry without it, the MySpace page.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Restore Previous Session?

Why yes, Firefox, I would like for you to restore my previous session that was unexpectedly closed and thank you!

I open up things in browser windows that I always have the best of intentions of reading sometime later but my new computer has this nasty habit of automatically rebooting... just because it feels like it (Windows Update, maybe?).

Once again, Firefox almost always saves the day and all I have to do is click on the nice little fox icon and voila... I'm back in business.

If you don't use Firefox, you should.

Don't even wait 30 more seconds, go get it now.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Good Morning Teachers!

I know quite a few of my regular readers are some of those wonderful, patient people that we call "teachers" - this is for you all!

In the last 24 hours, two things have come across my inbox from two very wonderful girls that I'd like to share that I think teachers everywhere will enjoy.

Please feel free to email this post or simply link to it and pass it along to any of your fellow teachers who can benefit from either!

First: a good laugh.

An email from my BFF - the new Mrs. Helms!

Kids Are Quick

TEACHER: Maria, go to the map and find North America.
MARIA: Here it is.
TEACHER: Correct. Now class, who found America?
CLASS: Maria.

TEACHER: John, why are you doing your math multiplication on the floor?
JOHN: You told me to do it without using tables.

TEACHER: Glenn, how do you spell 'crocodile?'
TEACHER: No, that's wrong
GLENN: Maybe it is wrong, but you asked me how I spell it.

TEACHER: Donald, what is the chemical formula for water?
TEACHER: What are you talking about?
DONALD: Yesterday you said it's H to O.

TEACHER: Winnie, name one important thing we have today that we didn't have ten years ago.

TEACHER: Glen, why do you always get so dirty?
GLEN: Well, I'm a lot closer to the ground than you are.

TEACHER: Millie, give me a sentence starting with 'I.'
MILLIE: I is..
TEACHER: No, Millie..... Always say, 'I am.'
MILLIE: All right... 'I am the ninth letter of the alphabet.'

TEACHER: George Washington not only chopped down his father's cherry tree, but also admitted it. Now, Louie, do you know why his father didn't punish him?
LOUIS: Because George still had the axe in his hand...

TEACHER: Now, Simon, tell me frankly, do you say prayers before eating?
SIMON: No sir, I don't have to, my Mom is a good cook.

TEACHER: Clyde , your composition on 'My Dog' is exactly the same as your brother's. Did you copy his?
CLYDE : No, sir. It's the same dog.

TEACHER: Harold, what do you call a person who keeps on talking when people are no longer interested?
HAROLD: A teacher
Now, the second thing: a great resource!Lisa S. sent me this email yesterday and said:


"It is a website, where teachers put in their projects for their classes, how much the class needs to complete it, when they do the project, the take pictures and send thank you notes.

And some of the stuff is so inexpensive. You can sort it by NC and it is always low income schools. Apparently teachers spend $1billion nationwide a year of their own money (which I know, my Mom use to do it all the time)."
Skip the $5 Starbucks today in honor of your favorite teacher :-) I have quite a few sorority sisters who've chosen that path... and I love them all for it!

Monday, October 13, 2008

If You're Near Wilmington...

...your manfriends (and maybe even some of your girlfriends) will thank you for sharing this event with them!

From The Boss' Planner:


When- Saturday, 1 p.m.
Where- Hugh MacRae Park, Wilmington
Admission- $25 advance / $35 Door

This is Wilmington's beer festival and it's happening this weekend! We'll be out there pouring our fine beers alongside many other fine breweries, so come check us out! For more info, go to
You're welcome :-)

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Domestic Adventures Round-Up

Some good reads for the good times ahead for the domestic gods and goddesses.

-For the winos, from - How to Wrap a Wine Bottle Restaurant-Style
-For the beer & margaritas folks - Kristy's revised beer margaritas (beergaritas
-From NCSU's Technician - How to Tailgate During a Hurricane
My favorite fall flavor: pumpkin.-Barefoot in the Park's What's in the Kitchen Wednesday: Pumpkin Ale
-I prefer Port City Java (local by way of the Dub!) to *bux, but I wanted an online link: Pumpkin Spice Créme. (Note to PCJ - expand your online menu so fans can blog about our favorites!)
-Pumpkin-shaped doughnuts from Krispy Kreme!
And last, but not least - my dear twin (separated a birth) Renee, on all things October around NC.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Funniest Blog Ever for the Domestically-Inclined

Are you a cake-decorating guru? No? It's ok, just take a look at this blog and make a mental note of what NOT to do.

Cake Wrecks
When professional cakes go horribly, hilariously wrong.

(Looks like someone took the written directions a little too literally.)
They even have a facebook page, too for those of you who are on blog overload. Thanks for sharing this Rachel Ann!

Friday, October 10, 2008

I Don't Do "Scary"

"I don't do 'scary'."

Those were my exact words to my favorite group of hooligans in our weekly "so what are we doing this weekend" group gmail conversation. However, because I'm almost always a good sport (assuming it's not 7am), I'm still most likely going to do all of the spooky local things that my friends are SO excited about.

This - the Horrow Show in Snow Camp, NC - terrifies me with the website alone. (My friends and boyfriend are sure going to enjoy watching me jump and scream every 10 seconds.)

Aside from that show, G105 is also hosting a list of Halloween events in the Triangle. Anything else that should be included? Let me know... my friends will thank you, I'm sure.

PS - Be sure to check out one that's for a GREAT cause!Raleigh Jaycees to Hold Annual Haunted House Oct. 17-Nov. 1; Proceeds to be Donated to Area Charities

Raleigh, NC – Alert! A prison break has occurred at the old Possum Creek Penitentiary and the escaped living-dead prisoners are being corralled and will be put into a new prison, currently being built at 6234 Glenwood Avenue, at Pleasant Valley Promenade. Tours of this new prison begin on Oct. 17.
Boo! (See you there - I'll be the running running back to the safety of the car!)

Thursday, October 09, 2008

I Have a New Favorite...

including "Toes".

And if I have my way, they'll be playing at Buckhead in January... *crosses fingers*.

By the way, is a realllllly fun website.

Check these boys out:


Monday, October 06, 2008

Slow Internet on the Cell?

How cool is it that you don't have to get on the super slow internet on your phone (or worse - no internet at all) or listen to the ads on "Free 411" (1-800-373-3411) anymore.

Once again, thank you Google for making life just that much easier.

1-800-GOOG-411 (466-4411)
Put it in your cell phone address book/contact list now if this is the first time you've heard of this!

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Guess the Secret's Out

I was going to wait until I got the professional headshots back (or at least the proofs) from a shoot last weekend, but thanks to my local paparazzi and friends, the secret's out on the web:

My hair color now matches my team color

Then: Picture #1, a brunette with the remnants of my blonde months at the (corporate page) launch party.

Now: Pictures #2 and #3 are from this weekend's NCSU vs. BC tailgate. (Want a Buckhead koozie or three? Drop me a comment!)
I went in and said "let's do anything but red", but Andrew at HCX (Cary's Arboretum location) talked me into it and I'M LOVING IT!

Friday, October 03, 2008

"Rampant, Like Herpes..."

"...but for positive."

So I'm pretty much anti-politics campaigning (sheesh, you'd think we could've cured cancer, saved A LOT of puppies, and clothed/fed/housed many others with the $300 million spent by one party on their campaign and the $200 million spent by the other party on their campaigns - which I'm betting are low-ball figures) but I don't hate this "public service" campaign and it's star-studded funniness.

I also really love that it doesn't include "register to vote for (insert candidate sponsoring said ad here)".

Thanks for emailing that to us girls, Renee!

PS - "Don't" vote.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Homecoming Breakfast Brunch

SO many of my favorite people in this world are going to be back in Wolfpack Country this weekend for Operation T.O.B. - Homecoming 2008!

Game time? Noon... ugh. Another breakfast tailgate it is - hopefully not so chilly this time!

I'm going to experiment with this for the tailgate dish a la Lil Lisa (maybe I'll substitute raspberries or strawberries for the blueberries to keep it Wolfpack red!):

French Toast BakeI'll be sure to update after as to whether this resulted in a domestic adventure or a domestic misadventure!

Recognize that Little Curly-Haired Girl?

Readers of the NC State Fair's blog may have recognized a familiar face yesterday!

(Note: Fall 1987 was just before the first appearance of my younger sister, Mandy.)
Check out some of our family's fair pictures from the 22+ years we've been going together (18 since my sister was born) in the following slideshow. The NC State Fair - definitely one of my favorite family pastimes!