Monday, May 28, 2012

Crazy Partying with Good Looking People

Friday was our school's last day and the end of the year school year...Yeah, except we hosted it at our house, and Sooper JB thinks I am a crazy person, because I ran around the house cleaning feverishly. Doesn't everyone do that when they are having a party???   Probably so, yet because our house is "as sterile as a hospital" as someone claimed, MAYBE I go a little overboard.   Sooper joked with Rachel when she was cutting his hair by saying that I was going to make him "clean the grass" when we got home! That is a little extreme, except, I may have proved him right.  During the party, people were touching the screen door of course when they went inside to use the restroom, and the way the sun was shining on the door, I couldn't help but notice the mounting number of fingerprints from  everyone's "crawfish hands."  I hate to admit this, but I cleaned the screen door, not once, but twice, and of course everyone laughed at my craziness.  I can't help it...I love having people at our house but I love cleanliness more. :)

 Almost everyone from work showed their pretty faces, laughed, ate crawfish, and enjoyed each other's company.   Was the party a success?   The city of New Orleans uses the amount of trash collected to determine the success of Mardi Gras after it is all over. If we use the trash collected as an indicator of the success of our party, then the 11 trash bags outside of our house indicates the party was a HUGE SUCCESS!  I wish I had a picture of all the trash!!!  Thankfully, the garbage was picked up on Memorial Day, which pleasantly surprised us, since it was an eyesore to say the least.    I owe those garbage men some delicious homemade cookies!

Sooper and I finally relaxing at the crawfish boil
Sunday, we celebrated together with a bridal shower for my beautiful friend Safaa. She looked truly gorgeous, and our group of school friends and Safaa's family and friends were able to celebrate together. Because of my OCD (diagnosed by none other than Dr. Sooper JB), I was the guest who felt compelled to pick up all the present wrappings as she opened her gifts, while also organizing/consolidating them. Sometimes, I may have been a little overzealous by trying to throw the paper away as she was opening some gifts. Sorry, Safaa. :) It was a great bridal shower (and a bit of a goodbye party) before she leaves for her wedding in Virginia. Booo...we will miss her. The good news is that Sooper and I will be going to Virginia for his work at the end of June; so Hooray!  It won't be long until I see her again when she returns from her honeymoon relaxed and ready to take on Virginia with me! :) Best wishes Safaa and Hasan...can't wait to see you soon!

Happy Memorial Day! Sooper and I made a delicious fruit tray for my parent's annual Memorial Day party. Sooper and I made a delicious (healthy, of course) fruit tray. We went to Whole Foods and purchased watermelon, melon, strawberries, blueberries, kiwi, mango, grapes, bananas, bittersweet chocolate sauce, and caramel creme sauce.  Yes, we were a bit busy this weekend (see above)...and lazy; therefore, we bought some of the fruit precut, which is a great time saver, but equally sweet and juicy as the uncut fruit.  Next, we placed the fruit on a large black tray to make the fresh cut and colorful fruit stand out beautifully.  Then, we heated up the bittersweet chocolate sauce and caramel sauce to make an amazing fruit dip that is not too sweet (the trick is to use the bittersweet chocolate/caramel combination).  Then, you swirl the sauces together for great presentation in a pretty bowl in the center of the tray.  Voila...a quick, delicious, and healthy fruit tray perfect for the summer heat!  Bring it to your next party and the host/hostess will love it!

This party was a lot of fun.  We played pool vs women, which is all fine and good, especially when the men are faced with the significant disadvantage of playing in the deep end of the pool while the women enjoyed the ease of the shallow end, EXCEPT, we still lost the game!!!  How is that possible you ask?  Maybe, because of the adult beverage consumption by some of the women who can't play volleyball proficiently while drinking!  I only had a few bottles of water so I was volleyball competent, but the ball did not make it my way much (strategy on the part of the men I suppose).  We may have underestimated them!  My newly retired dad (the dad isn't new, just his retirement) grilled some tasty meats and treats, most notably, crispy skinned hot dogs at the request of Sooper JB who loves "chili dogs" with my mom's homemade chili.  The only problem with the hot dog request is that I was responsible for picking up my aunt and uncle at the airport (love you guys) since my dad had to "keep his eye on the grill" supposedly!  Good excuse dad! :)  We had a great day with great food, wonderful family and friends, and amazing pool weather!

This evening, Sooper and I began the dreaded packing.  Now, I do not know what it is about me, but I am compelled to bring every single thing I own no matter where I go.  Sooper looked at my shoes in a heaping pile on the floor and asked innocently, "What is that for?"  I had to explain that those are the shoes I am bringing to match each look.  He suggested I bring a few pairs that will go with multiple outfits!!! What?!  Does he not know that is not possible for a girl...especially a girlie girl.  Plus, each morning I wake up and like to have a variety of outfits, shoes, and accessories from which to choose depending on my mood, the weather, my plans, etc.  That may be considered "fashion overboard" but Sooper won't mind.  :)

I can't wait!  We are headed to Cali tomorrow for his work trip/my play trip.  Sorry, Sooper, sometimes you have to "bring home the fish" while I get to enjoy the perks of being a school librarian...summer vacation!  ("Bringing home the fish" is an expression we created one day I was going to work and then picking up fish to cook for dinner from Whole Foods.  Sooper did not have to work that day, so as I left, I said, "See you later.  I will bring home the fish today," instead of bacon as the expression is typically said.  We laughed about it, and now we say it all the time for fun!)  We extended the trip past his working days so we would have some time to enjoy Cali together.  Since Sooper use to do a lot of regular work in Cali, we look forward to seeing some of our amazing friends, eating at our favorite restaurants, and going to our favorite beaches.  I will also be scoping out some great new looks for Trendy Tuesday, but I won't be cooking and developing recipes for Tiny's Tasty Thursday for a few weeks since we will be at a hotel.  I will keep ya'll updated!

Tiny's Oyster Pearl of Wisdom (OPW) is to make time for family and friends even when you are super tired and busy.  You are never too busy for people that matter, and it always means so much to them and makes them and you happy!  I had a crazy busy day yesterday with brunch with my parents, Safaa's bridal shower, dinner, and a high school play of a friend's daughter, but my grandmother really needed help with a puzzle she having difficulty putting together.  Sooper and I love puzzles too, and we enjoy puzzle time with grandmother, except on crazy busy days.  We hated to disappoint her, and we wanted to spend time with her so we went over there after the play at 10pm at night!!!  We enjoyed our time with her talking and laughing, and we also finished the puzzle, so it was a successful evening!   Make time for those you love!

Happy Memorial Day!
The Tiny Librarian


  1. My favorite post so far. Your kind heart and genuine compassion shine through. Have a wonderful vaca in Cali

  2. I am a witness to the cleaning of the glass door. I was on the other side pointing out the fingerprints and smudges until it was shiny and clear. It's ok though Julie, it's part of why I love you so much!!!! I 100% agree about making time for the ones you love.

  3. Julie- You wouldnt be you if you didnt clean the window while we were there. I am also proud to say that I knew EXACTLY where you were when we all couldnt find you Friday morning.

    "Julie B please get off the spin bike, you have a call at the front desk!"

    I know I know, gotta get your workout in! Love you! The party was great!

  4. Awww...thanks ya'll for all the sweet comments. Ya'll are the best family a girl could have. Thanks for loving me and all my craziness! Lauren, you know me and my fitness habits so well (ya'll should have paged me). :) I had a great weekend...and look forward to many more fun times this summer like Northshore shopping, crafty parties, and Bonefish! :) See ya'll soon!

  5. Rachel BlanchardMay 29, 2012 at 9:10 PM

    Great message, Julie!

    You are too funny! You write just how you speak; I LOVE IT!!! You crack me up! Hope you and Sooper have a great trip! :)

    p.s. thanks for the shout out. haha

  6. Nice dress! Looks familiar ?

  7. haha I am lucky to have a great, generous, and very fashionable friend to give me her hand-me-downs!!! I am in need of some more(to feature on the blog)! :) Maybe you can be my featured guest fashion contributor soon. Thanks Christine...I love you!

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