The Kentucky Derby – The one with all the memes

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The two weeks leading up to the first Saturday in May are the most fun and exciting times to be in Louisville, KY. It’s Derby time here and the city is buzzing… If you’ve never experienced Derby, you should put it on your bucket list. You won’t regret it.  [Read more…]

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Things That Are My Jam This Week

We had this little event called THE KENTUCKY DERBY 
on Saturday. It was kinda fun. And I won $190. Woot! 
But I drank a lot of bourbon over that week… #feltthatforafewdays
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It rained for 4 days straight but we had the most 
PERFECT weather Tues-Thurs. 
Tango and I had some sah-weet evening walks. 
The Sandlot. On dvd. 
This has always been one of my faves and I’ve never been 
able to find it in stores. #yourekillinmesmalls
Amazon to the rescue! 
And THIS video. 
I can’t… the CUTENESS… I just can’t. 
Watch it. 
Happy Friday, guys! 
What was your jam this week? 
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Derby, A Mean Mug, and a cleanse…

This is an all-in-one-post kind of day… 
First: I had to go out of town on Derby, but here’s a photo from Oaks Day

As previously discussed, I took my Cool Purse (as we all did) and was able to get through security with 3 small bottles of airplane vodka. YES! VICTORY! Not that I was planning on drinking that much, but part of the fun of going to the infield is sneaking in your alcohol. We totally stuck it to the man! Ha!

and then…
“Excuse me, miss? You have to go through gate 13 if you’re going to bring a chair in.” 
Even though I was a 2 minute walk to the infield, the guy made me leave and walk all the way around the track to go into the entrance where everybody brings in their chairs, coolers, tents, etc. Whatever. 
But as I go through security, the guy starts feeling all over my bag and busts me. 
ALL 3 bottles, taken away. 
Effer. 
Damnit.
 So then I felt like this: 

Whatever. 
But it ended up being a fun day anyway. I got to see a bunch of friends and enjoy Derby spirit at Churchill Downs. : ) 
And now… the cleanse part. 
Derby consists of a TWO WEEK celebration. Every night in the city there are different festivities all leading up to the big race day. The city comes alive, people are out, everybody’s in a great mood. This also calls for LOTS of socializing. Which usually includes drinking. 
Now let me clarify
Yes, I drink alcohol occasionally. No, I don’t get wasted. 
I’m talking probably 2 drinks, each night of the week last week. Two glasses of wine one night, 2 beers the next at the concert, 2 cocktails at Oaks, etc… After about 5 days in a row of this, I feel like ASS. It’s amazing how much something like that can take a toll on your body when you’re not used to it. I woke up Sunday feeling tired and run-down, with very little energy for working out or doing anything at all. 
So it’s cleanse time. 
No, I’m not going to starve myself and only drink lemon juice with cayenne pepper. Just no alcohol for a while, only water to drink, and fruits and veggies like whoa. Yup. 
PLUS
My roomie just told me last week that we’re only going to be wearing small black shorts and sports bras for our modern dance piece that we’re performing on JUNE 9th. Sooooo… it’s time to pay attention to what’s going in my body anyway (more attention that usual). Nobody wants to see a dancer, in very little clothing, looking jiggly on stage. Those lights are unforgiving anyway. : ) 
So there’s my Derby recap and my plan for next few weeks… 
Anybody else working on something right now?

*Derby photos from my buddy, Amador! 
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Oaks/Derby 2012!

It’s Derby time again! Today is Oaks day, (where the fillies race) 
and we’re off to brunch and then to Churchill Downs! 
Sadly, I won’t be wearing this… since I’ll be partying it up in the infield. 
BUT isn’t it gorgeous?! 
Dress and hat both sold at Rhodes in Louisville
Dress: Herve Leger
Hat: Christine A. Moore
Rodes hosted their annual Derby Divas charity fundraiser supporting 
Norton’s Cancer Institute for Breast Cancer
and I helped : ) 
Happy Derby! 

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Big Events in the Bluegrass…

I’m not sure if you guys are aware, but it’s a pretty wild time in the Bluegrass this time of year… 

First, yesterday was my mother’s birthday. 
To the best woman I know, Happy Birthday! 

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Second, Derby is in the air! 

The big race will take place in 5 weeks and the opening ceremonies will kick off in 3 weeks! I participated in one of the many fashion events that happen this month – Calospa’s Winning Derby Looks event, benefitting Churchill Down’s Backside Learning Center.  Get ready for hat season, ladies…

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and lastly, The UK/UL Game!

The two biggest (and best) college basketball teams in the state, who happen to also be HUGE rivals, University of Louisville and University of Kentucky, are playing tomorrow in the NCAA Final Four. It’s kind of a big deal here.

Approximately half of my known friends/family are heading to NOLA for the games and I’m a little jealous. But only a little, because UK and UL fans are known to rumble a little bit when they’re playing each other. Especially when there’s alcohol involved. Did you guys hear about the two guys that got into a fight while they were each receiving dialysis? Wow. So I’ll be watching safely, from Buffalo, NY.

Happy Friday! 
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Oaks, Derby Eve, Derby

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These are the only 9 photos I took all Derby weekend. Sorry there aren’t more, but we were too busy betting, winning, laughing, and drinking bourbon. Wait… gambling?! Drinking?! It’s a good thing I’m setting such a good example on this blog, huh? All we’re missing is a little devil worship… ; )
psst… It’s almost Friday!
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Talk Derby To Me…

I’m not sure if you’re aware, but here in Louisville, KY, on the first Saturday in May, we hold this little event/party called THE KENTUCKY DERBY. And it’s here again. This weekend. It’s kind of a big deal. And I’m home (meaning I’m living in KY, not CA, like the past 4 years).

The Derby Festival lasts for 3 weeks. It starts with Thunder Over Louisville, a HUGE fireworks show, and includes events like the Pegasus Parade, the Great Steamboat Race, and the ever-famous Chow Wagon. That’s right, people. That’s right.
And it’s going to be fantastic. F’ing fantastic. If y’all want to come down and hang, you let me know. I’ll be here. I’ll even make you a Mint Julip. ; )
I’ve been prepping all week because the entire city shuts down for it and nobody works tomorrow (Oaks Day) soooo I’ve had to get a lot of stuff done in three and half days, which is why you haven’t heard from me all week. Sorry ’bout that. Images 1, 2, 3, and 4. Cinco de Mayo today, Oaks Day tomorrow, Derby on Saturday… Go Baby Go!
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