Monday, March 31, 2008

In Shock

What an interesting start to my work week. I got to work and the accountant who usually beats me here was not in the office yet. I just assumed he got stuck in traffic. He still wasn't here by 8, and I asked the business administrator if maybe the accountant's son was sick. She was just getting here and said, "I don't know. My message light is blinking. Maybe that's him." Well, the message certainly concerned him but it was not him; it was his mom. Saying that he had passed away on Saturday after suffering a massive heart attack. Jon was only 45. We knew he had a heart problem, but he was well-managed by a cardiologist & had just passed his 6-month check-up. We're all in shock. Please keep this family in your prayers.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Productive Weekend

I finally got the house cleaning done. And it didn't take as long as I thought it might -- considering how long I'd neglected things. Actually got all that done yesterday around noon, so I got to spend the rest of the weekend doing what I wanted to do ... which has equaled lots of time in the craft room.

Despite being on call, Derek's had a relatively quiet weekend. He's done a few cases - all his - but otherwise he's gotten to hang around the house. Not that he's doing anything very home-y b/c "I'm on call." Hrrrumph. But, of course, if we planned to get something done, inevitably he would have to go to work. Good ol' Murphy at work.

Soloed in church today. Went very well. My parents even drove in, which was really nice. We had lunch at Salt Grass. Yum. I highly recommend the sirloin/shrimp special they're running right now. Delicious!!!! with a capital D!

I've enjoyed having a weekend where I didn't have to be anywhere. I slept in really late yesterday for a change. Of course, I had to get up early this morning. But all in all, it's been a restful & productive weekend. I get a few more days of quiet before things pick up again with three-day-a-week rehearsals.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Best Brother EVER

Okay, so I have the best brother ever. No really. I do. He really came through last night. Derek got home from work late (about 6:30ish). Unbeknownst to me, he, in his infinite wisdom (which I won't rant about...I mean, go into here), takes an Ambien. Apparently, he hasn't been sleeping the last several nights. And being the big guy that he is (6'5" & about 240), it takes a while for the Ambien to kick in, so he took it when he got home so he'd be ready to sleep after dinner. Long about 8ish, Derek gets a phone call from his big account (about 40 min. away) saying that they want to do a $14,000 foot frame....NOW. Awesome. Except for that little pill called Ambien. He explains that he can't drive b/c he's had an Ambien "but you're still coming, right?" Of course he is. But I can't drive Derek b/c I can barely stay awake myself and I'm even worse at staying awake behind the wheel when I'm already zonked. Frank's busy on kid duty. And Skeet and Dan are MIA somewhere in Rowlett. Crap. So I tell Derek to call my brother. He's the next closest option. Thankfully, David agrees to drive Derek to Greenville, wait on the case to finish, and drive him back home. The case went flawlessly. They got home after midnight and both had to be at work this morning. A big kudos to my brother for coming to the rescue!

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Still No. 1?

Today's headline:

Slowdown doesn't keep Dallas-Fort Worth from nation's top spot in population growth
With 162,250 new residents, area enjoys biggest population increase in nation
09:16 AM CDT on Thursday, March 27, 2008
By JIM GETZ / The Dallas Morning News

If illegal aliens were removed from the population count, would DFW still be number one in population growth for 2007?

(Obvious) Answer:
Absolutely not!

It's No Wonder...

I feel like I've been run over by a Mac truck!

Pollen Count
Information provided by Jeffrey M. Adelglass, M.D., P.A., F.A.C.S
Updated:March 26, 2008

Fungus: 961 Mod
Mulberry: 641 High
Maple: 279 High
Oak: 186 High
Pine: 46 Mod
Ash: 16 Mod
Grass: 16 Mod
Total: 2145

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

New Wine Find

For ye fellow oenophiles out there, we found our new favorite table wine. And it just happens to be the house wine at Nick & Sam's Steakhouse, which is how we happened upon this beauty in the first place. We welcome to our house today an entire stash - sure to last at least until summer. So come on over & have a sip with us. Everyone we've introduced to this one has loved it as much as we have. Want more technical info (a/k/a winespeak)? There's a small blurb here. What's not to love about a great wine for less than $15???

Monday, March 24, 2008

Some Quiet

Now that the High Holy Season has concluded, I'll get a little break from all the running. The music was splendid. I think the congregation would agree.

As you can imagine, this weekend was kinda busy. I've already told you about Friday. Saturday began bright & early with a rehearsal. The rest of the day was mine. (Derek went to a Stars game with one of his docs & a friend - he won tickets off the radio ... he always does that. But they ultimately sat with the doc b/c his seats were much better.) I could have cleaned while I was home alone ... but I didn't. I made cards instead - hey, those had to get done too. =) Once the threat of a sunburn waned (i.e. sometime after 4 pm), I went out & washed Ezmerelda. She's all nice & shiny now. The scratches are definitely there but maybe not as bad as I originally thought - though they will still likely result in an entire repainting of the bumper! After singing all morning Sunday, I had another afternoon to enjoy. I did laundry & vegged in front of the tv. Exciting, right?

This week, all is quiet. I have a voice lesson tomorrow in preparation for a big piece I'll solo on Sunday. Otherwise, I have nowhere to be - yay! I have grand plans for catching up on the cleaning that I've neglected the last several (busy) weeks. And to Derek's delight, I'll actually cook this week.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Friday Night Adventures

So last night, I went to a bridal shower. One of my friends who lives close-by rode with me b/c neither of us were sure where we were going, and given the part of town we'd be driving in, we thought it would be best for the two of us to go together. As you may know, I can't go anywhere without taking the scenic route ... even if I've scoped it out on Google Maps. But this time, I left that to the navigator who had pulled a map from the Evite. So we set out on our adventure, and naturally we wander around b/c the directions are wrong! We're now lost in the hospital district off I-35. (Sketchy area, in case you didn't know.) So we're stopped at a stop light looking at the map, which naturally is just a blow-up of the one section of town we "need" instead of the larger area we really NEEDED. The light turns green, but I don't see it immediately b/c I'm busy checking out the map with Heather ... when all of a sudden, I feel a bump.

S-Did that guy just hit me?
H-Are you sure you didn't just slip off the clutch?
S-I don't think so.

{Scoping out the other driver in my rearview mirror.}

(Hispanic male. Alone. Driving a junker. Nope. Probably not a good idea to get out & see if he actually hit me. Probably doesn't have insurance anyway.)

S-Let's just keep driving. The guy probably doesn't have insurance anyway. And maybe it was just me. I hope.

So this guy tales us for a while and then pulls off on a side street really fast. After so more driving around, we do finally make it to our destination. And get out and check out the car. (Hoping he hadn't actually bumped me.) This is what we find.
S-That sorry bastard DID hit me! Derek's not gonna be happy. This really pisses me OFF!

In hindsight, Heather & I concluded several things:
  1. You can bet your paycheck this guy did NOT have insurance.
  2. It's entirely possible he hit me out of road rage b/c I didn't go immediately when the light turned green.
  3. OR he may have hit me on purpose in one of those fender-bender scams. (Think about it ... two girls all dolled up & in a Lexus. Seems like an easy target for goods to me.)
While it's gonna be a pain to get the bumper fixed & it's definitely gonna cost me some money, it could have cost me a lot more. So I'll take my licks & consider myself fortunate that I actually used my head in a "situation" for once.

I'll keep ya posted (on the pain that will be) the repair process.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Thursday, March 20, 2008

'Tis Busy

It's Holy Week. In the life of a church singer, that equals BIZ-E! But what wonderful music this time of year. So it's hard to get grumpy about all of the extra (late...and early) rehearsals.

We've begun drying out from the early-week rain. I believe I heard totals near 6" for our area, but some parts of Dallas got close to 8! Crazy. The yard was dry enough to mow yesterday (thanks, Derek) so we (the royal "we" .... which really translates to Derek) can get the weed-n-feed down before it rains again on Sunday. (We're using liquid weed-n-feed this time since we have sooooo many weeds thanks to our lazy neighbors. I'll let you know if it's any better than the granules.) Poor Ezmerelda is filthy after all this rainy weather. Hopefully I can wash her on Saturday - yes, I know I just said it's going to rain on Sunday...but I'm busy between now & then and if I wait to wash the car until it stops raining, it'll be summer!

Did you guys see the moon setting this morning? WOW! Gorgeous! Wish I'd had time to go back inside for my camera & could have snapped a photo. Today's the first day of spring - what a way to begin!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

When Grandma Goes To Court

Lawyers should never ask a Mississippi grandma a question if they aren't prepared for the answer.

In a trial, a Southern small-town prosecuting attorney called his first witness, a grandmotherly, elderly woman to the stand. He approached her and asked, "Mrs. Jones, do you know me?"

She responded, "Why, yes, I do know you, Mr. Williams. I've known you since you were a boy, and frankly, you've been a big disappointment to me. You lie, you cheat on your wife, and you manipulate people and talk about them behind their backs. You think you're a big shot when you haven't the brains to realize you'll never amount to anything more than a two-bit paper pusher. Yes, I know you."

The lawyer was stunned. Not knowing what else to do, he pointed across the room and asked, "Mrs. Jones, do you know the defense attorney?"

She again replied, "Why yes, I do. I've known Mr. Bradley since he was a youngster, too. He's lazy, bigoted, and he has a drinking problem. He can't build a normal relationship with anyone, and his law practice is one of the worst in the entire state. Not to mention he cheated on his wife with three different women. One of them was your wife. Yes, I know him."

The defense attorney nearly died.

The judge asked both counselors to approach the bench and in a very quiet voice said, "If either of you idiots asks her if she knows me, I'll send you both to the electric chair."

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Rain Anyone?

The radar has been virtually the same all day long. And it's apparently going to look the same way well into tomorrow. Not sure what the current rainfall total is, but last I checked, it was well over three inches since it started raining this morning.

Friday, March 14, 2008


Has this been the world's longest week or what? This time of year always seems to drag. I guess b/c we don't have many holidays to break up the work weeks. But the weekend is finally upon us. And it's a busy one. Derek's out of town for a podiatry convention, so I'm home alone. That has its advantages, but on days when I have to take care of critters and myself before going to work, it makes life interesting. (Can't even imagine what it would be like to add a kid in that mix. Ugh! I would never get anything done or be anywhere on time!) Tonight I'm going to dinner with a girlfriend I haven't seen in a while. Tomorrow I get my hair done (finally!) and go to the opera (supposed to be another good one). Sunday's Palm Sunday, so I'll be churching it all morning (beginning at the wee hour of 7 am!). Somewhere in there, I have to do yardwork, clean house, & go grocery shopping....oh, and make some cards.

As you can see, this weekend is contrary to the usual (see below)

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

How You Know It's Spring

A few signs that spring is upon you:

  1. Your lawn is green - not because the grass is growing but because your dandelions (you know, the ones the neighbor down the street shared with you last summer when they refused to mow their lawn for months on end...jerks) pop up overnight, turn your yard yellow with their ugly heads the following day, and then promptly turn into seed-spewing puffs the day after that.
  2. The stupid pear trees burst forth in bloom (achoo!).
  3. You have snow twice in one week. (Hey, this is Texas, after all - don't like the weather...hang around a minute.)
  4. While cleaning up the yard before mowing, you scare up a group of baby cottontails & decide to put them in a box for safe keeping while you mow the lawn & then let them go on their merry way when all is safe (after petting them & telling them how cute they are first, of course). {Sorry - no photos =( }
  5. You could make enough blankets out of all the hair you are now finding on your floor, your furniture, your clothes, and every other surface in your house to keep a small third world country warm. (So I have a few shedding critters...sue me.)
  6. You stumble around in a sleep-deprived stupor for at least a week after the time changes.
  7. And last but not least, your allergies are in full-bore overloading tilt!

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Happy Birthday

Happy birthday to my Granny!
Hope you've had a terrific day!


We've had lots of sunshine this weekend, despite forecasted showers. Unfortunately, we didn't do any yardwork b/c we kept waiting on the rain (hey, why spray the weeds twice?!). Instead, I worked on laundry & played in the craft room. Derek's enjoyed having the tv to himself. =) Lots to do in the coming weeks with Easter quickly upon us (busy time for a singer!).

Friday, March 07, 2008


After all that hype yesterday, the weather was a least at home. This morning, we have a light dusting of maybe 1/4". That's probably being generous. The streets and sidewalks are dryish (just a little damp) and the school district is running on time. So...without further ado, I must get ready for work. *Sigh* Some little part of me was looking forward to snuggling back into bed for a late start and/or a free day. Ah well. To work.

Sidebar: that's not to say that the entire metroplex escaped the storm. Nope. Some people were lucky enough to have the accumulations predicted. For the most part, roads are fine even for those areas. The Red River. Well, they got slammed. But they always do.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Has TX migrated?

Come on! We have 100% chance of snow today and tomorrow with accumulations somewhere between 1 & 4 inches. With 4 to 6 predicted for the cities near the Red River. Yep. You did read that right. It's crazy. I really can't remember a year like this one. We've had the weirdest weather. I mean, yesterday it was in the 70s!

Here's the real scoop on the weather from the National Weather Service (in case you're interested).

This hazardous weather outlook is for North Texas.

Day and tonight.
Rain will begin mixing with snow this afternoon along and north of I-20. A snow advisory is in effect from interstate 20 northward. This afternoon through early Friday morning. accumulations from 1 to nearly 4 inches will be possible in the advisory area...with the highest amounts along the Red River. Elsewhere across North Texas...rain will change to snow late this afternoon and tonight. Expect snow accumulations from a trace to around half an inch.

Day two...Friday
Snow will be ongoing early Friday morning across the majority of North Texas. Accumulations after midnight Friday morning will range from a dusting to around 2 inches...with the greater amounts across northeast portions of North Texas. Flurries will linger after sunrise Friday and continue through Friday night across North Texas.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008


So, you're probably wondering: did it snow last night? Yep. Sure did. We got several inches of the white stuff. Dori had a great time watching the snow fall last night. She & Derek stood outside in the falling snow for quite a long time. Unfortunately, ground temps were pretty warm so it didn't stick. At all. In fact, the only places the snow remained this morning were on the tops of things, like cars, grills, roofs, etc. There was little, if any, snow on the ground or even in the shrubs. Work's running on time. Traffic is snarled in several places. But for the most part, it seems that the roads are clear & dry.

Monday, March 03, 2008


I knew it was supposed to turn cold today. I had NO idea that snow was in the forecast until I just heard mention of it on the radio. Crazy! It was in the 70s this weekend! Dad came & fixed the pellet stove this weekend. (Long story. Short of it is: I HATE CHIMNEY KING! I'll do the long rant some other time.) Thanks, dad!!! So we can finally have a warm & toasty fire going in the fireplace. And according to the forecast, it's supposed to be in the 20s. So we'll definitely be needing a fire. I'm excited!

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Clean Closets?

Nope, not yet completely finished with this ongoing project. But now that the office/library is ready, I can drag everything out of that closet & finally get that one crossed off the list. In the meantime, I have two other rooms in disarray b/c we had to make room for the sofa to go in & the armoire to come out. Once I get the office closet clean, everything scattered to & fro can find a permanent home. So I'll be working on that over the next week or two. Then I can move on to other closets.

I did do some cleaning in our bathroom cabinets. It's amazing what you shove under there. Derek's side is completely reorganized. I also cleaned out the medicine cabinet & drawer. There were meds that just needed to go b/c they were WAY out of date. And some of the more dangerous things needed to move from the drawer to the medicine cabinet b/c you just never know when you're going to have little two-legged (and nosey) company. And I would hate to be responsible for a little person ODing on something I had down in an accessible place.

Meanwhile, Derek's begun the great garage clean-up. How does it get in such a disastrous state? A lot of the junk is boxes that need to be broken down & put out for recycling to pick up. Then it's just a matter of cleaning out the cabinets & putting things where they go. And once it's clean, it WON'T get like this again! No sir! Derek's work truck will finally have a home in the garage.

Mostly Settled

So mom & dad took away the extra piece of furniture from the office -- now known as the office/library. And that means that I was finally able to set things up the want I want them (mostly). There are still some things that need to be done in there -- painting, adding some extra lighting (probably a floor lamp in the corner by the sofa), blah, blah. But for all intents & purposes, you can now curl up in there with a good book or work or an opera score or whatever. AND we now have another guest bed. That brings us up to sleeping 5 extra people. Not that we've ever needed to sleep that many, but hey, we're prepared. Anywho, a few photos of what it looks like now -- sorry, didn't think to take any before shots.