Thursday, March 29, 2007
This might not sound that huge, I mean, we are not down there now, right...not exactly. We don't WORK down there, but god knows we have a ton of shit down there. I'm talking tons of desks, computers, old lab equipment...just crap everywhere. We have been trying to get it out, but now we are really down to crunch time and we just had to get it done.
We realized that nobody had cleaned out the attic yet, so Tarp, Justin and I said we would do it...okay actually I volunteered us, but whatever. So we get up there and it is totally full of junk. We create an assembly line, get it all out, decide what to do with it, make new homes for some of it, trash most of it...it was manual labor, I was sweating and dirty and everything.
So here is the point. When we are done with this huge project (HUGE PROJECT) we are sitting outside and Tarp ran to get us Biggie drinks from Wendy's (I know you are thinking you are proud of us for skipping the Frosty's, but the truth is there was already a Frosty run earlier in the day...) and I am thinking to myself "My God this was hard work...I mean, I really don't make enough money for this kind of thing"...and right then (RIGHT THEN) Justin turns to me and says "Wow, what an easy day...I can't believe we get paid this much and we just spent the day moving around some boxes!"....I am officially a big lazy baby...shame.
***For those of you worried about him, Nick made it to New York safe and sound. He said the flight was terrifying, but he was okay. He has a really nice hotel room...so that's cool. It would be cooler if I was there, but whatever.***
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
1. I have ordered the entire series of Ann of Green Gables from Netflix. I am really pumped about this. There are three movies all together and they used to be played as a miniseries on Disney when I was little. I loved it! Seeing as how it is something Nick would rather die than watch, it seems like a great time to revisit good old Green Gables. For the record I informed both of my sisters I would be watching this and they thought it was genius...I am not alone in my love.
2. Big plans to weed the front flower beds...I know this is so exciting...you are all really jealous.
3. Eat dinner at as many friends houses as I can. Seems silly to cook for one, so you all go ahead and send the invites my way...
5. Spring cleaning. I am talking move all the furniture and everything. Another one to be jealous of.
6. Take Ellie for long walks. Doesn't that sound like a nice thing to do?
Okay, now I am kind of stretching. Come to think of it, I have nothing for the weekend or anything. I feel like I have given this tons of thought, but now that I think back on it, I was mostly thinking about what movies to get and what I was going to eat. Those were pretty well covered in #1 and #3. It might be a long week.
Sunday, March 25, 2007
Now on to my rather pointless post about my day in the yard....So Nick and his dad have been busting their butts working on the addition all weekend. Take a look at the new block wall!
One more layer of block, then we (and of course by "We" I mean them) get to lay the stone so we can back-fill the dirt...this meaning I will regain my backyard, which I am really pumped about. I actually regained a little control of it today while Nick and Dale worked in the large hole. I got all of the back yard vegetable and flower beds all weeded and ready to be planted. Might not sound like a large job, but I am telling you it was serious work! I also weeded the top patio, so the back yard is starting to look like a place people would like to actually spend some time!
I was, of course, not smart enough to put on sun screen so I am sporting a very nice tank top burn...I know you are all really jealous of me. I tried to take a picture, but do you all have any idea how hard it is to take a picture of your own back?? I got three of the side of my face, one of the wall, one with the flash blanking out the mirror, then I decided it was not nearly that important and I gave up...maybe next time I will just ask Nick for help...
Friday, March 23, 2007
First off, Nick makes a hell of a good milkshake (just ask Liz). I am not sure how he does it, but for some unknown reason his are just really great. Add that to the fact that we now have a Culvers....mmmmm...plus I discovered Dibb's...have you all had these things? GREAT!
I am also thinking I can at least partially blame the new found love on Tarp. He is a huge fan of ice cream, and I am a sucker to a persuasive argument! I mean, he talks about wanting ice cream, and I can't help it, I seem to just want it too! Plus there is the entire Frosty issue...yea, that has had an effect.
So, last night for Family Night we ate at Chick-fil-a. We had a really great time. Missy had us tickled with a story of where she got her sun glasses and there were lots of talks of Tubby Smith leaving UK...but a true highlight of the night was the Mint Cookies and Cream milkshake. Oh. My. God. So great. And that is what I woke up thinking about on my day off (YEA!!!) and just thought I would share....maybe I will go get one after I watch Grey's Anatomy...gotta love a day off!
Thursday, March 22, 2007
The story of what happened in long, and detailed and my sisters story to tell. He is fine. So fine that he didn't have to go to the hospital or anything. We had normal dinner last night...life was not changed. But it could have been. It was so close. Isn't it amazing how one small thing can change everyones life around you. I have been so fortunate in life. I have lost one cousin, which was terrible, but I was so much younger when it happened that it was different that it would be now. Just this summer I lost my first grandparent, and although it was very difficult, it was easier knowing he had such a full and wonderful life.
The idea of losing someone now, someone like Nick, my sisters, my family, my friends...I cannot begin to imagine. As an adult you realize how important the people in your life are. You understand the astronomical absence that would occur within you if you lost a pillar in your life. I am not who I am on my own. I am supported by a very close knit group of people. They make me, me. Sometimes when there are close calls, like Chris's wreck, it reminds you of how fragile life is, and how fortunate we are.
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
A few weeks ago I told Nick that he was a complete fool for thinking his soon to be step-sisters were twins...I mean, I had met them several times and what with me being extremely observant and everything, I am sure I would have noticed. It turned into this big thing about him SWEARING they were twins and me really looking forward to proving him wrong. Here he is confusing sibling similarities with twins...FOOL....but then we had dinner with them...and damn, they look, like, EXACTLY THE SAME...you know, kind of like identical twins. How in the hell am I suppose to tell them apart???
Tarp, Justin and I went out to lunch yesterday. There was this white stuff blowing around outside the window. I inform them that it is snow. They both inform me that I am wrong. I hold strong...look at it, clearly it is snow! It is not unheard of to snow in March! Justin points out that it doesn't even really look white..it looks tan and that the trees are pollinating. WRONG I tell them. Nothing is pollinating yet. It is snow! We walk outside and I'll be damned...pollen.
This would not be so bad in not three weeks ago when I was walking out of work there was all this white stuff floating around and I was like, "Is some tree pollinating or something???" Then I saw it hit my car and melted...yep, that time it was snow. A girl can't catch a break.
Monday, March 19, 2007
If you are wondering how Nick got this amazing deal, it comes down to the fact that he was hired as a student employee, then they basically loved him and thought he was tops so they created a full time position for him. It has taken a little while to work out the details, but he officially started today. It is so perfect because he really loves his job. Yea for us!!
In other random news, we spent Sunday with Nick's dad for his birthday. We found out that him and his girlfriend Lisa are getting married. Very exciting! Lisa has three young girls so the family will be growing. Looks like the wedding will be at the end of summer. Should be a good time.
Staying on a Nick update kick, he is heading to New York in two weeks. He will be flying, which he is not excited about. He will be there for a week working on a government base with a particle accelerator...sounds cool, right? Reminds me of the book Angles and Demons. If you haven't read it, you really should. He will be on Long Island, and about 30 minutes from the city. I am sure he will have a good time. He will be gone over his birthday...so sad. Anyways, this is a random post, but Nick is passed out and it was the best I could come up with...time to watch some tv...
Saturday, March 17, 2007
So... now that she has linked to me, I feel the need to say something really funny and entertaining....hmmmm...*blush*...getting a little bashful. Okay, the truth is that I am never bashful, but I am sometimes just a touch boring. Doesn't that make you all want to blogroll me right away?? I knew it!
This weekend Nick and his Dad are working on the addition. How lucky am I that they are building a new room on my house all by themselves! Here is a pic of them hard at work.
See that wall? that wall rocks. That wall will be under my new soaking tub in my new master bathroom...right beside my walk-in closet. I can't wait!
Besides that I am planning on going over to my best friends for St. Patrick's Day dinner and some NCAA basketball tonight. Should be a good time. I was so excited UK won last night. I have them winning it all on my bracket...so I need them to keep it up! Yes everyone called me a fool, but how bad are they going to feel about not supporting their team when they win?
Thursday, March 15, 2007
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
and you guessed it...the back. Wish me luck!
Monday, March 12, 2007
I wish I just went to Kroger. I love it there, I think everything is perfect, but I just cannot justify spending more for the exact same thing. It does occasionally make me feel like a sell out for not supporting the little guy, especially since my brother in law works for Kroger, but in the end the pricing wins out.
So, I hear about the new stores, and I am really pumped. Here is this great chance to get my bargain basement grocery pricing at a store that has that home town grocery atmosphere. No more shopping in a warehouse! I head off to the new store yesterday with very high hopes. I walk in and I am instantly in love. There are no crazy crowds! The produce looks so fresh! There is an actual ceiling and not just the light gray abyss of a super store. They actually paged twice while I was shopping to let people know there were check out lanes with no wait. AMAZING!
Then I head to the checkout. Ummm...excuse me, but if they are called Walmart, and they use the Walmart bags and what not, don't you think the prices should be exactly the same? WRONG! Well, I am thinking it is wrong. The truth is that I don't really pay attention to what I put in my cart and I really don't know the individual price of items. What I do know is what I usually spend...about $150. Give or take $30 it is in that ballpark. This trip had nothing special. I would have assumed it would be on the higher end of the average what with the need for dog food and things, but nothing crazy...not like second cart crazy or anything. Grand total...$240! That is nearly $100 more than normal! So, I did try to look on Google to see if they are suppose to have the same prices, but I can't find anything. Has anyone else been to one of these stores? Was it a crazy one time fluke or is it really just more? Any input would be greatly appreciated. If I am going to spend that kind of money, I would much rather go one second from my house to the Kroger store!
Sunday, March 11, 2007
After breakfast Carter decided to tell me all about his feelings on life in general.
He found the flash fascinating....
After playing for a bit we both decided we could use a little R&R. A couple of episodes of Backyardagains and we were in business...We did try Grey's Anatomy, but we were both annoyed to see it was a repeat so be went back to Nickelodeon...I do think Carter likes my couch....Just not as much as he likes my bed. There should be a big indention right next to him where I also napped for about three hours. Like I said in my last post...it was a pretty perfect day off work!
Friday, March 9, 2007
I actually have Carter (my best friends 17 month old boy who is basically perfect in every way) sitting on my lap laughing hysterically as he punches keys and I back up over them....quite the prankster! We have had a really great day full of food and cartoons and a nice long nap for the both of us! I am about to take him home and thought I would toss a quick post up before we ran out the door. I have taken some pic's of him, so I will get them up tomorrow or so (just so you all can see how cute he is!).
I am feeling basically fine today in regards to the endometriosis. This is so exciting. I do need my pain medication, but it is enough to keep me up and moving. It is a nice change. I went into work this morning to get some stuff done before I picked up the baby (how long can I keep calling him that? He is turning into such a little boy...does time really move that fast?) I am now free for the rest of the weekend. Okay, Carter is now down and plucking on Nick's guitar...time to get off the computer!
Thursday, March 8, 2007
So, last weekend was nice and open...totally free to take pain pills and watch TV. This weekend I have tons of shit going on. I am actually off work tomorrow (score) but am keeping Carter during Morgans surgery (very, very excited about this!). Saturday I have SIS day. I have a life! I am hoping this will not interfere to badly, but it is just frustrating to feel bad. It takes way from things I want to be enjoying, and it really pisses me off! As of now I really don't feel as bad as I usually do, so lets all hope this is an easy month!
Anyways, enough of the complaining (This is a post you will most likely get to read each month...exciting, right?) I will move on. We didn't get our taxes done. Big bummer. Boo and Chris got theirs done, but it was just to late to get started on ours. We are planning on doing them tonight, but I guess it will depend on how I am feeling. I am sure they will be finished by then end of the weekend! I also missed American Idol, which was sad. I love watching the girls sing. Some of them are so amazing! I don't really like the vote off show as much...kinda annoying. Maybe I will DVR it and then just fast forward to the recaps...an idea!
Wednesday, March 7, 2007
Last night we went out to dinner to celebrate the fact that Chris got a promotion at work! YEA!!! He will now be the assistant manager. How exciting for them! Exciting for us too that we got to go to Tony Roma's with them! mmmmm.....I did miss American Idol, but I think I will live. It does still come on tonight and tomorrow night...yea, that should be enough.
Tuesday, March 6, 2007
Now, that being said, I LOVED the episode last night! How cool is the girl that can change into anybody (just like the girl from X-men, but still cool). Do you think they killed Clair's mom? I am just starting to like her dad, but I am thinking he might be a goner....They haven't been afraid to kill off any main characters, so it is possible.
I, of course, don't think Peter is going to get killed, but I do guess this is how he gets the scar they have talked about before. Pretty cool. I hope Mohinder doesn't die...really like him. When Clair met her grandmother I was like "WHAT!?!?"...but then I remember we already knew that....This show really does have a lot going on!
So, clearly all I did last night was watch TV. I did also eat wonderful Chinese food, which is rare for me. Nick does not like Chinese or Mexican, and although I could go two places to pick up dinner, I just usually don't. (oh the things we give up for love...seriously, it's hard) Last night the craving was too great so I got Wind and he got McDonald's...his loss!
Monday, March 5, 2007
So, anyways, my hair was really out of control. No big deal, I have time. So I go into the bathroom to brush my teeth and all that jazz and I catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror. Oh, dear lord. How did I let my eye brows get this bad? Now, I have a slightly compulsive side. Once I decide something is out of control, then it must be fixed. Now, in all honesty they looked the exact same yesterday...but this does not matter. I am heading out into public and I just cannot allow anyone to see the thick forest that has sprouted up between my eyes and my forehead (for those people who grow like three eyebrow hairs...I hate you). So I start to pluck. (I used to refuse to pluck, but those days are gone...some control MUST be maintained!!)
Fifteen minutes later I emerge from the bathroom feel mighty proud of myself and my personal grooming...only to look at the clock and realize that it is basically time for me to leave for work. Damn. The hair. So, I try to pull it up into a bun, but there is just no way. It would take an army of bobby pins to get this to lay flat. So, I try a pony tail...still a no go. The "tail" if you will was just not working what with the bed head and the half curl half frizz thing I had going on. So, I ended up with the Jagger (pony tail/bun combo.) The new problem was that due to sleeping on my side, the hair was all pressed to my head and no amount of brushing or pulling was going to make it look right. So out comes the bandanna (which I had for some reason washed and it was all wrinkled and a wadded up mess) tick tock tick tock...really running late now...I tie it around my head to cover as much bed head as possible. I am ready to roll. I did take an extra second to laugh at myself...this look that I am sporting I used to love. I wore it to school all the time. I truly thought it was really, really cute and nobody could tell that I was a mess. Then I felt a little old....
**For the record there IS a way to do this look right, and I still wear it and love it, but it takes time to look like an organized mess and pull it off in a cute way. This is NOT me today. I am just a straight up mess**
Sunday, March 4, 2007
They have made a rabbit glow green, which is just mean and not artistic at all! Everyone knows the jellyfish gene is available and that it is florescent, but using it medically and using it for a cheap trick are completely different. Another woman transferred rat tissue onto cells from her own nether reagions...ummm...I am sorry but in no way does this scream art, it just screams crazy(this little fact is making you want to click on the article, right??). They played music to e. coli...which I did find a little interesting only based on if the guy is making money. Tarp and I trash the stuff all the time!
So, I guess my opinion on the matter is that research is needed for basically all advances in medical and technological sciences. In these cases of advancement, the manipulation of living animals is commonly a requirement. I just can not see that the manipulation of living creatures in the name of artistic expression is in any way the same thing. The article actually states that a large percentage of the bio-art involves genetic manipulations and transplantation. Maybe I have seen one too many science fiction movies, but does this seem dangerous to anybody else?? It honestly seems to me the artists are just in if for the shock factor...seems wrong, dangerous and frightening.
**look at me with a science-y post! I was actually going to post about my very enjoyable weekend full of friends and family...but I guess I will post about that tomorrow!***
Friday, March 2, 2007
My parents were telling us this story about how they went to bed the other night. My dad, who usually falls asleep in about three seconds was laying there wide awake. A few minutes goes by, his mind racing, and he says to my mom “are you awake?". My mom jumps a little and says, "oh no, I had just drifted off to sleep". Dad says back “My mind is racing, I am just not tired at all!". So mom (totally being my mom and always being up for talking) starts telling him about her plan for the flower beds. She is just talking away when she hears my dad say "Shhhh...It’s time to sleep now". Mom, a little taken aback says, "so, did you just wake me up to tell me it was time to sleep?!?!" Dad just says "Shhhhhhhhh..." Then he starts snoring!!! Mom, of course is now wide awake thinking about her flower beds. She actually laid there for half an hour then got up to take a Tylenol PM! My parents just crack me up.
The entire night was filled with stories and laughing. There was even a little political debating going on (never should have told my parents about my liberal side). We then headed to the movie, which in my opinion was a little over done. Mom and Boo had issues with the ghosts and what not, but I would not ever call it scary. It wasn't anything I want to own...or really ever see again, but the movie doesn't really matter. We had a wonderful night hanging out with the entire family. Perfect!