Sunday, March 27, 2011

Luck O' the Irish

So last weekend was the St. Paddy's Day parade in Jackson. Since it is known as one of the best and most fun parades in the country for this particular holiday, we certainly couldn't miss it! Honestly one of the best things about it for me is that I feel like it brings the whole city together. Downtown pretty much stops and the streets are taken over by families and floats and revelers. We started the morning off by a quick stop at our neighborhood gas station, where pretty much everyone was wearing St. Patrick's green. Taylor and some random dude were walking into the station from opposite directions at the exact same time--they met eyes, saw the mutual green-ness, and high fived. Unspoken comraderie. I guess that's the term I'm looking for to describe what the parade is. I love something that brings such a diverse city together! Fyi, I learned these few little facts about St. Patrick's Day this year (thanks, Wikipedia): it originated as a holiday to celebrate the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. I also learned that Irish folklore tells that one of St. Patrick's teaching methods included using the shamrock to explain the Christian doctrine of the Trinity to the Irish people. So there's your history lession for the day! We met some friends at Keifer's for an early lunch. We got there around 11 to beat the crowd--it's a pretty popular spot, especially when there is something big going on downtown. Haley and Chris were in town from Birmingham, which always makes me happy! Lauren and William, Ann Elizabeth, and Dana and Warren completed the crew. All the girlies: (sorry Ann, I didn't get one with your eyes open! ha!) A ton of people came out! This was at the very beginning of the parade, when the motorcycle-riding police officers all sped down the street in a line, weaving in and out. Taylor, Minto, and Chris. Taylor didn't find the green pants or wig he had originally wanted, but he was about as green as he could get! Green sunglasses, mardi gras beads, tie, etc.
By the end of the parade, the tree next to us had caught more beads than I had!
Pat and Taylor Lots of green! One of my favorite pics from the day-I love when Haley comes to town!
This weekend brought more fun activities--my cousin Dabbs got married yesterday! Our whole family was in town, and it was a celebration for sure! It was a sweet, beautiful ceremony, and the bride and groom were so happy! I will post pictures soon!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

With Flying Colors

Ok, so before I even get to anything else...I PASSED MY BOARDS!!! I am so thankful and so relieved! Of course my family are all teasing me, wondering why I worried in the first place, but you just never know! Clinical boards in dental school are sort of a different animal--people who are wonderful dentists in real life may not do well on the clinical board. Your results are somewhat dependent on the patients you have that day. So I have to give a shout out to my dad and his dental team for helping me out immensely with finding two wonderful patients--thanks y'all!
In other news--Taylor and I spent last weekend in Oxford, and it was heavenly. We invested in some property up there, so we took the trip up to get some things settled in. We walked up to the square numerous times, took a "volta" up to Volta (volta means slow nighttime stroll) for my favorite hummus anywhere, walked the dogs all around campus, which, y'all I swear it gets more beautiful everytime I'm there. We passed this one plant/flower/thing that was absolutely gorgeous...it was planted along Hilgard Cut, yellow with these long tentacular branches that looked like they were streching skyward as far as they could reach, trying to touch the sun. I hate I didn't have my camera with me when we passed them.

Well, hello there, happiness.

Double decker! (Isn't there some sort of punch-buggy thing that goes along with a double decker bus? Consider yourself punched.)

Japanese magnolias are everywhere up there and they are absolutely BEAUTIFUL. Beautiful. Their petals litter the ground like carpet in many driveways.

We got to hang with two of our favorite people, Angela and Davidson. I didn't get a pic of the boys, but here are the girls! The four of us ate lunch at a new bakery in town, Lusa. It felt a little like cheating on my steady, Bottletree Bakery, but I guess since I went there twice too, staying about 3 hours each time, I'll let this one slide.


Love the Lyric. It is a revitalized theater in Oxford, repurposed now as a venue for acts and shows coming through town. Since it opened after Taylor and I graduated, I've only been to one concert there, Robert Earl Keen (so good!)--but I'm looking forward to many more!

Hope you are doing well now that it seems spring has finally sprung! We are headed out today to enjoy Mal's St. Paddy's Day Parade downtown--Taylor has informed me that he is wearing green glasses, green beads, a green shirt, and yesterday he was on the hunt for green pants and a green wig....you'll want to stay tuned for pics of this one!