Thursday, March 25, 2010

Hello, World!

I'm ready for trouble!


This cutey patootey is my nephew whom I affectionately call O.B. One. *grin* Why do I call him O.B. One? Well, you see, O.B. are his initials, and no one can really seem to decide what we're gonna call this kid. Half the time it's Oliver and half the time it's Ben. Personally, I call him Oliver. Mostly b/c I like it and I'm the aunt and I can call my sweet nephew whatever I want. Like The Little Stinker. Or Squirt. Or whatever else happens to go galloping across the ol' frawn. Whatever you call him, there's no question that it can all be summed up by saying that he's simply a yummy little cutey pie!!!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Catching Up

Well, despite my best efforts, I just haven't been up to blogging much lately. Too many other fun & exciting things to do. Like be a couch potato. *wink* So let's see if we can catch you up to speed.

What about that crazy weather we had?! Geez. Only in Texas is it 70+ one day and then in the 30s and snowing the next! Honestly, I had blown off the weekend forecast. The wintry mix the weather people were predicting was so up in the air (no pun intended) that it seemed laughable. "If the line passes to the north, we'll receive no precipitation, but if it passes to our south, we can expect wintry precip. Our computer models are changing by the hour, so we cannot predict the path of this weather system. But even if we do receive precipitation, we are not expecting any significant accumulations." Boy, were they wrong ... AGAIN! We were out & about Saturday when it started to sprinkle and then the sprinkles turned to snow pellets. The wind was wicked, too. As the evening wore on, it began snowing. It looked like a blizzard when we got out for dinner about 9. Still, I didn't think we would see much of the white stuff by morning. Needless to say, when I got up and let the dog out at 8 a.m. on Sunday morning, I was stunned by the snow that fell IN on my feet. I mean, when does THAT ever happen??! I then actually looked out to the yard & saw this scene on my back porch. Snow?? In March?? CRAZY! (<---photo) Oh, and on Monday and Tuesday, temps were back in the 70s. *eyeroll*

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

A Survey

So ... through another blog I follow I was referrerd to this post. This fine young lady is working on her thesis. A thesis about blogging. Interesting, don't you think? She is compiling information from a survey. Would you like to be a part of her research? Simply hop on over to her blog & fill it out. Give as little or as much information as you'd like. It's really an interesting survey ... for a survey.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

TADAH!

So the new flooring is in and the house is (mostly) put back together. We couldn't be more pleased with the results! As our neighbor said this morning, it really DOES feel more homey. We couldn't agree more.

Digital template & paper: Jessica Sprague
Font: CK Ali's Hand 

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Saturday Ha-Ha

This popped up in one of Dan Piraro's post this week. LOVE IT!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Things: Installment 38

My friend Gayla had a fun post this week, and I thought it would make a great random edition of Things. Ready to ramble?

Things: The Random Rambling Edition
  • I am.... happy with where my life is right now.
  • I think.... we should impose term limits for our U.S. Congressmen and Senators.
  • I should.... practice singing more.
  • I dream.... about a government that makes sense. Right now, mine is scaring me!
  • I want.... to be a parent one day soon. Now there’s a shocker for some of you out there. (And NOT common knowledge, by the way.)
  • I know.... that I am loved. Is there a better feeling?? I don’t think so.
  • I don't like.... my attitude sometimes. I’m way too critical & snappy, and I can’t be wrong even when I know I am. I’m working on it, but I’m afraid it’s a lifelong process, folks. So buckle up and hang on for the ride.
  • I smell.... Mountain Retreat Scentsy fragrance.
  • I hear.... the Durufle Requiem (performance on Friday, April 2nd at 7 p.m. at LHUMC) and hammering.
  • I fear.... failure – always have, probably always will. Do we ever get too old for these kinds of things?
  • I usually.... put my pjs on as soon as I get home.
  • I search.... for things a lot. I think it’s b/c I get distracted in the middle of things too often. I have task-oriented ADHD. LOL!
  • I miss.... yoga. Since building our house & moving, I haven’t found a good instructor anywhere nearby. And let's face it, I'm not going to drive 30 min. to go to class! 
  • I always.... let the laundry pile up. But it’s amazing how much you can fit in the new washer & dryer!
  • I regret.... some things; we all do. But I don’t dwell on them. As Rafikki would say, “It is in the past. You can either run from it or learn from it.”
  • I wonder.... where we would be without the Internet??
  • I crave.... food. What can I say, I’m a foodie. LOVE to eat! All. the. time.
  • I remember.... cooking with my grandmother. She gave me my skillz.
  • I need.... nothing, but I certainly want a lot of things.
  • I forget.... how to let go.
  • I feel.... excited and a bit overwhelmed. We’re getting new flooring in a vast majority of the house, which means a vast majority of the house is boxed up and shoved in nooks and crannies right now.
  • I can.... always see the glass half-full of a silver lining.
  • I can’t.... stand bratty kids! Spare the rod, spoil the child. I’m just sayin.
  • I am happy.... with my jobs. I really do have the best of two worlds.
  • I lose.... my patience. A lot.
  • I sing.... a minimum of three times a week. But if we’re really being honest, I probably burst out into random song at least once a day. Just ask Derek.
  • I listen.... to music when I’m working on something for a performance but often don’t think of it otherwise. A lot of times I get in the car and never turn on the radio.
  • I shop.... less often now that we’re on a mission to save for the next big project.
  • I eat.... poorly these days. BUT we’re back on The Wagon, and it’s amazing how much better I feel with just a few days of good, balanced meals.
  • I love.... my family and friends. As trite as it sounds, where would I be without you??!
Would you like to share your list of Random Things? Post a link in the comments or send me your list in an email. Would love to hear about all of you!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Face Lift

For several years now, we've been pinching away pennies to get new flooring. While we weren't firmly decided on what kind of flooring we were getting, we knew one thing for sure - THE CARPET MUST GO!

Don't get me wrong, it's nice enough carpet. Nothing fancy, by any means, but it's also not that old - just shy of 7 yrs., to be exact. But with my allergies growing more bothersome each season, we had to do something. Sure, some of you would say, "well, Grasshoppa, why don't you just get rid of all those darn dander-shedding critters you have??" Pshaw, I say, the critters are here to stay!

We finally decided to bite the bullet. Last week, we got a quote, and today, we're getting new laminate floors installed. Needless to say, the house is a wreck at the moment with furniture and boxes of knick-knacks scattered everywhere. And when I say everywhere, I mean everywhere - the extra bedrooms, the kitchen, the garage, the master bathroom, EVERYWHERE. But when it's all said and done (and we get the house put back together), it will be SO worth it!

What am I doing while this is going on? Staying out of the way, my friends! These guys take care of everything - from moving all of the furniture to demo to install to clean-up. Dori's at the vet (more about that in separate post) for a procedure and boarding for the day and the cats and I are holed up in the craft room until further notice. I've caught up on my email & my Google Reader and now I'm about to dive into some much-neglected scrapbooking projects.

Promise to show you the pictures of before & after!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Friday, March 12, 2010

Things: Installment 37

Happy birthday to my good friend Daon! How about some funny stories about her? Yeah, I thought that would be fun, too. (Just kidding, Daon!) I won't tell any stories on her, but I will run through a litany of little tidbits about her. So here's a list of

Things About My Friend Daon
  • We are the same age, though she will be quick to remind me that I am five months older than she is! *wink*
  • Our husbands are also the same age, which is kinda odd. They're not really alike in any other way but can manage to talk each other to death nonetheless. Bryan really should be in sales. LOL!
  • We also wear the same size shoe. Which wouldn't be so interesting unless you consider the freakishly small size we wear - 5.5. Good luck finding those on the sale rack!
  • We met at work.
  • It took us a couple of months to realize that we had a mutual friend, Kara. I went to high school with Kara and Daon went to law school with her. Small world! (We, of course, have other mutual friends, but they used to work in my office so that hardly counted.)
  • She's come to hear me sing a coupla times. (We had a great time listening in the car, no?? LOL!) Miss Molly liked my singing too ... in utero anyway.
  • Daon is solely responsible for my "Twilight problem," as Derek calls it. We've been to a midnight movie opening and a CONVENTION. And I just might have attempted to get her a copy of New Moon to watch at home just after Molly was born (someone beat me to the punch). And yep, we're already making plans for the summer release of Eclipse. (Speaking of which, have you seen the trailer??? Can't wait!)
  • We have remarkably similar personalities. Which means she "gets" all my quirks and still likes me anyway. *grin*
  • When I first met her, I wasn't quite sure what to think. She's awfully quiet (like me) when she first meets new people and that (short-lived) quiet streak can often be mistaken as snobbishness. I won't lie, I did kinda think she was a snob. But it takes about 2.2 seconds to realize that this chick isn't a snoot AT ALL but one of the nicest, snarkiest, funniest, kind-hearted people you could ever meet! And I'm proud to call her my friend!

Happy birthday, Daon! Hope it's the most fantastic one yet!

Friday, March 05, 2010

Things: Installment 36

On March 2, 1836 Texas declared its independence from Mexico and won that independence at the Battle of San Jacinto on April 21, 1836. In honor of this week’s state holiday (for which David and I both earned comp time) – Texas Independence Day – and in celebration of Texas History Month, this week’s edition of Things will focus on some interesting facts about This Great State.

Things:  The Texas Edition

Here are some very interesting facts about Texas:

  1. Beaumont to El Paso: 742 miles. Beaumont to Chicago: 770 miles.
  2. El Paso is closer to California than it is to Dallas.
  3. The Waco Bridge was the first suspension bridge in the United States. Built in 1870, and still in use today, The Waco Bridge serves as a pedestrian crossing over the Brazos River.
  4. The world’s first rodeo was in Pecos on July 4, 1883.
  5. The Flagship Hotel in Galveston is the only hotel in North America built over water.
  6. The Heisman Trophy was named after John William Heisman who was the first full-time coach at Rice University in Houston.
  7. Brazoria County has more species of birds than any other area in North America.
  8. Aransas Wildlife Refuge is the winter home of North America’s only remaining flock of whooping cranes.
  9. Jalapeno jelly originated in Lake Jackson and was first marketed in 1978.
  10. The worst natural disaster in U.S. history was in 1900 when a hurricane, commonly called Isaac’s storm or “the storm,” pummeled Galveston Island and over 8,000 lives were lost.
  11. The first word spoken from the moon, July 20, 1969, was “Houston,” but the space center was actually in Clear Lake City at the time.
  12. King Ranch in South Texas is larger than Rhode Island.
  13. Tropical Storm Claudette brought a U.S. rainfall record of 43 in. in 24 hours in and around Alvin in July of 1979.
  14. Texas is the only state to enter the U.S. by TREATY (known as the Constitution of 1845 by the Republic of Texas to enter the Union) instead of by annexation. This allows the Texas Flag to fly at the same height as the U.S. Flag. It also allows Texas to be divided into 5 states.
  15. A live oak tree near Fulton is estimated to be 1500 years old.
  16. Caddo Lake is the only natural lake in the state.
  17. Dr Pepper was invented in Waco in 1885 and was originally made with pure cane sugar. The Dublin Dr Pepper is still brewed using the original recipe.
  18. Texas has had six capital cities: Washington-on-the Brazos, Harrisburg, Galveston, Velasco, West Columbia, and Austin.
  19. The Capitol Dome in Austin is the only dome in the U.S. which is taller than the Capitol Building in Washington D.C. (by 7 feet).
  20. The San Jacinto Monument is the tallest free-standing monument in the world and is taller than the Washington monument in D.C.
  21. The name “Texas” comes from the Hasini Indian word “tejas” meaning “friends.” So contrary to popular belief, “tejas” is NOT Spanish for Texas!
  22. The State Mascot is the armadillo. Did you know the armadillo always has four babies at a time? There is one egg which splits into four, and the babies are either all males or all females.
  23. Laredo is the world’s largest inland port.
  24. Composer William J. Marsh of Fort Worth, along with lyricist Gladys Yoakum Wright, wrote “Texas, Our Texas.” This patriotic song was adopted in 1929 as the official State Song of Texas after being selected in a state-wide competition.
  25. The Edwards Plateau in West Central Texas is the top sheep-growing area in the country. And more wool comes from Texas than any other state in the United States.
Happy Texas History Month, everybody! Pop quiz next week. *wink*

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Probably ...

THE creepiest video I've ever seen. Which is why, of course, I HAD to share it with you!



For those of you who may be wondering, who in the heck are these freaky girls anyway??? Well, I've done a little internet research for you. The Ross Sisters: read more here.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Cartoon Weekly

Today, I have three comics. Aside from the fact that they are each funny on the face, they also share the ha-ha of an inside joke.

Anybody else feel like this is what happens to your license picture? There aren't many times that you can say you're actually excited about getting a new photo for your driver's license, but I can definitely say that I look forward to getting mine this year. Yowza is my current one ever AW-fulllllll!

(This one's for you, Daon!)

Several members of my family will appreciate this one. You know who you are. *wink*

Ah, those Brevity guys really know how to write 'em, don't they? Welcome to the neighborhood!