Thursday, August 30, 2007

LSU vs Mississippi State

Yes, you have the right website, it's Rachel - not some crazy football, Sports crazed, ESPN lovin' blogger. I couldn't think of a title and since I have been immersed in State Fans talking, talking, and talking all day about the State / LSU game tonight it's embedded in my brain.

What a different culture. I come from a land far far away where we do have football rivals, but it's not like an "I have nothing nice to say to you because you pull for the other team" type of rivals. The utter hatred that people have for the opposing team is quite humorous to me. My being from Texas - you do have your people that bleed orange for the University of Texas and your Aggies from Texas A & M, but I really don't think they go to either school because of the football team. I could be sadly mistaken, but I know I didn't go to Ole Miss because at the time Tubberville was kicking butt as coach. We've been through 3 coaches in my tenure with Ole Miss and each time it stirred way more commotion than voting for president.

Don't get me wrong - I love my Rebels and have stuck by them through thick and thin, but really....the hatred that my husband and his friends (some for the opposing teams) have for their rival is absolutely hilarious to me.

I may be hit by a sniper when I leave the house in the morning for saying this or if my husband reads my blog we may be signing divorce papers next week, but I like LSU. I pull for my Rebs over LSU, but I must say I am pulling for LSU over State tonight (don't tell anyone I work with.) I've had some fun times in Baton Rouge (best friend went to LSU) and I admire their team spirit, some say they are evil, and they may be, some say they are rowdy, which they are - but I've had not one bad experience at an LSU game. I cannot repeat that out loud, I'm not a traitor, I'm loyal, but I guess I just don't take it as seriously as most - or maybe since I'm not form these parts it just wasn't pounded into my head as a child?

As I was saying - the culture is different. I've spent the last 9 years in Oxford, home to the Rebels and now living in a town closer to State I catch flack all the time. At least the CEO of my company and my boss went to Ole Miss, so I won't lose my job when we beat State this year.

I'd like to share with you a conversation that took place a few weeks ago between a die hard MS State fan talking about two girls - one went to State and one went to Ole Miss - they both live in New York now......

The Ole Miss girl will be looking for a new roommate soon and the State girl will be needing to find a new apartment. Voila! one would think - they should room together, right? Oh con-tra-ire mos-sier, the State fan telling me about this alleged predicament absolutely could not fathom these two girls living together - "I mean really, how would that work? I guess they could divide the house in half and one put MSU stuff on one side and the other put Ole Miss stuff on the other.".............................Ladies and gentlemen - I kid you not. That was the conversation. How could they live together? There would be absolutely no way - they pulled for different football teams.

If that doesn't sum it up for you - maybe I'm the idiot? I rest my case...........

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Hey Team

Well hello there friends, it's me! I have a few seconds to blog before I head to Jackson to go on an eating binge at Amerigos - - - - yes, I am getting the Bow Tie Caesar Pasta Salad and the infamous Tiramisu.....yum-o I can taste it now.

So far I've had a decent week. I got my dryer fixed, which leads to loads and loads of laundry to catch up on, but I don't mind. I started to get worried because after a week and a half of my underwear stash diminishing I didn't know what I was going to do. Thank you nice Mr. Repair man that fixed it and prevented me from having to purchase a new dryer. My family makes fun of me because coming from a divorced home I became a good packer - every other weekend to my dads or my moms - inevitably I took no less than 8 pairs of panties for a 2 day trip. Not that I used them all, but just in case I needed them. I still to this day can't tell you why, but I own about 20 something pair. Ok enough about panties......

I started teaching my Spanish class yesterday - it is rough. By no means am I a teacher. I understand that I know the language, but it is hard teaching predominant people in town elementary level stuff without making them feel like infants. I received some feedback, so I feel a little better about tomorrows class. Pray for me, please.

This week the new Credit Analyst started. He seems nice and smart. We were going through and talking about financial spreadsheets and tax and balance sheets today and he pretty much understands it all - which I am extremely thankful for because I have not a clue what is going on. The program I am in is geared more so towards people straight out of college - therefore they can take what they learned and apply it immediately. I on the other hand, can deal with the people and the meetings and the organization and mundane things, but the financial end is where I need the most help. I have been out of college for 5 years now and dodged the finance classes like the plague. It will be challenging, but fun and educational ---- I think.

I miss you all dearly and have a few FNCers in my thoughts as they begin the APUC tomorrow. I hope all goes well, any updates from my old fellow co workers would be great!

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Just as Tired as You are

I'm just as tired as you are of clicking on my blog and nothing new going on.

I am a lame duck, nothing interesting going on. I have been doing a lot of work for a few civic organizations in town which has kept me really busy. I still love my new job - next week I think I will finally be able to be at my desk ......I think my training is almost over. It's been a lot of fun.

I start teaching a new night class at the local community college next week - - - haven't even come up with what I'm going to teach yet, I should get on the ball about that.

I gave blood the other day and am waiting for my online cholesterol test results to appear - that's pretty neat.....the excitement makes me feel old and like a fuddy duddy.

I have a busy weekend coming up. Friday I may make a cameo in Oxford, but not too sure yet. Katie Lou has a groom appointment Saturday in Sardis, (long story of bad Koz experience - imagine that), so I can kill about 2384956 birds with one stone if I come to town. Saturday day, I have to clean my house, cook party food and I have even enlisted Chippy to pick up petifores (not to be confused with pedophiles) early Saturday morning. Sunday we are giving my sister in law a baby shower at my house. My other sister in law from the Coast will be arriving at about midnight Saturday night - should be fun times filled with laughter.

I decided against going to my 10 year class reunion. Saturday night was the only fun event that was going on and I'd hate to go stag and just for one night and pay my airfare and pack and try to see all family members and then come home exhausted needing a vacation. So, in October I'm in a wedding back home anyway and as of the other day the bride has a list with 928 people attending. Who needs a class reunion when they are inviting everyone in a 100 mile radius anyway - - right? I have to be able to fit in this brides maid dress. I decided to not eat after 6:00 and consume more H2O. After I gave blood I felt less bloated and got on the scale and lost 5 lbs......maybe I should give more often? Their slogan should read - - "feeling bloated? give blood!"

Ok my friends, I love you and miss you. Call me Friday and see if I'm in town (Oxford) if you want to hang out for a bit. Hugs and Kisses XOXOXO

Wednesday, August 01, 2007


I have the need to be inspirational today or tell everyone something that they can ponder on.....but I can't think of anything. So, now I want to be funny and entertain you guys with my silly antics....but I have none.
I can only bore you with the mundane things like I bought new suits to wear to work this past weekend because as fashionable as I am...I have to wear a suit. I have to say that it boosts your self confidence a little. You feel like you look nice all day and that you should demand respect with your pant crease and buttoned up jacket. I have to wear closed toe shoes too, so the pointedness of my heel is a little intimidating - like don't cross me or this has a special place it fits.
I'm not rude, arrogant or pompous as I stroll professionally down the halls. In fact it's quite opposite. People like me and want to be my BFF because I take the time to listen about their husbands kidney stones, I answer questions in meetings that start off with "well, you see Mr. ____ the pricing index compared to our continual growth," and I also willingly lend a helping hand with out being asked. Who is this wonderful person everyone is speaking of??? It's me, the girl with the tailored look and "pretty face." Gah, don't you know?
You guys probably think I'm not right in the head, but I was day dreaming in an earlier meeting today because I had read articles about how to dress for the job you want, not the job you have. Through my 23970546 mph thought process this tid bit of fantasy (if you will) was what I pictured. Not all of it's fake, I do wear a suit and closed toe shoes and listen to people talk about their husbands kidney stones, but it's not glamorous......even though everyone still wants to be my BFF...............right!?!?