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Out and About with Jamie

I went out to dinner tonight with my good friend Jamie. I really haven't taken the time to get out of the house lately, so it was a night that I definitely needed. We went to Oxmoor Mall and ate at Yang Kee Noodle. The honey bourbon chicken is pretty dang good, by the way.
Jamie happens to work in the Macy's at Oxmoor Mall, and she told me about a store that recently opened called Altar'd State. She said that it was pretty similar to Anthropologie, which is one of my favorite stores, so we just had to check it out.
The store did not disappoint. The only downside was the fact that I was broke, so we just walked around and looked at everything. I feel like this place is going to be bad for my wallet once I finally have some money in it.
We also stopped in at Macy's so Jamie could purchase a pair of pants for her grandfather. She wanted to look for a new purse, too, and she was successful in finding a cute one on clearance! The funny part of the night came when she was flirt…

Seth's Christmas Recital

My little brother, Seth, had his first Christmas recital last Thursday. The event was broken into three different parts: kindergarten and first grade, second and third grade, and then fourth and fifth grade. The children sang a variety of Christmas songs, including Jingle Bell Rock, White Christmas, and Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree.

It was a proud moment for the entire family, and my mom cried. I cried, too, but it was tears of happiness. Seth has autism and some pretty severe sensory issues, but overtime he has adapted. The whole family could barely sing Happy Birthday to him a few years ago, but I think that his teacher and teaching assistants have shaped him into a student that has exceeded those issues. I mean, the entire room was full to the brim. Many people had to stand because every available seat was occupied. The entire room would erupt in applause after each song, and Seth would just clap with them. It didn't even phase him. Of course, watching him sing was even…

Indiana University Southeast Open House

Mom and I went to the Indiana University Southeast open house this past weekend. She just graduated over the summer from Jefferson Community and Technical College with two associate's degrees, and now she wants to pursue her bachelor's in special education. I convinced her to check out IUS after some difficulties at U of L. To be honest, U of L is a great school, but it is awfully expensive, and my mom was not given a curriculum that she wanted because she is not a traditional student. I told her about some of the great things that IUS has to offer, such as small class sizes, cheaper tuition rates, and a smaller campus where students can feel comfortable rather than lost. I want to go to this university as well, but I still have a year left at Jefferson. However, my mom is ready to make the transition, so we began with the open house on Saturday.
We started in the Hoosier Room in the University Center North building. There was an academic and student services fair, and mom had …

Downtown New Albany

Richard and I had used one of our free hotel room vouchers that we got from Horseshoe at the end of July. We tried to come up with something to do in Indiana the following afternoon once we checked out of our hotel. It was the beginning of August, and the weather was absolutely perfect for spending the day outdoors. I looked up a few restaurants for us to grab lunch, and I picked Toast on Market in Downtown New Albany since we had both never been.
Richard ordered toast, eggs, and bacon, and I had the meatloaf sandwich with tomato soup. The soup was zesty, and the sandwich was prepared with meatloaf, cayenne aioli, grilled onions, and tomato slices. It was such an amazing lunch. I really want to go back as soon as possible. I think that happens after every delicious meal at a new restaurant. I have this problem where I always want to try something different, and then my foodie list continuously grows with restaurants that I have to go back to. I guess that is not such a bad thing after …


Richard and I went to Nashville at the end of July during our week of vacation. He had never been, but I insisted that it was a great place to visit. It is truly one of my favorite cities for so many reasons. For instance, I have always been enamored by the fact that you can find music on every corner. It could be someone doing karaoke in a bar, a street performer trying to earn a buck, or some good tunes blaring from the bars down near Broadway. It is not that far from home either, so we made the drive to Tennessee and spent the day there.
Our first stop was at a restaurant called Burger Up. It is a local joint down on 12th Avenue South. All of the ingredients come from surrounding farms, and the beef is sourced from a local ranch. I must say that I applaud their selections because I think I had the best burger of my life here. It was called Woodstock, and it was served with Benton's bacon, Tennessee sweetwater white cheddar, and a Jack Daniel's maple ketchup. I also ordered tr…