Wednesday, December 31, 2008
This is my nephew Michael. He has always been the smallest in his grade, being born premie at 3.7 lbs. He is 13 now and just amazing. Full of smarts, laughs, and attitude, he is definately his mothers child. I love his smile in this picture, it's so genuine and so him. He loves playing the violin and guitar, anything and everything Star Trek, and wants to be a pilot when he gets older. That has been his dream since he was 3. I teasingly told my sister that her kid was a dork and her reply was that at least he was a happy dork and she knew where he was. Cant ask for more than that.
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Now, as I learned yesterday, it's the thermocouple that is like the safety valve on the water heater. It's what keeps the gas from escaping when the pilot goes out. So no big deal right? Just run down to the local hardwear store and get a new one, right? Nope. I have a left handed thermocouple. (no idea what that means). And I guess they're pretty rare. So they had to overnight one from the east coast. It's supposed to be in sometime today. So last night, after an intense day of year end financial crap at work (that has to be turned in by today), I went home, took the girls for a walk, and headed up to Kens to take a shower.
He was sweet enough to make fajitas for dinner, knowing how exhausted and frustrated I was.
I know it's not THAT traumatic, but it just totally threw off my whole day. I mean, thank goodness I had taken a bath the night before or i'd really have had a bad day.
So i'm sitting here in the office, killing time, waiting for the part to come in so I can rush home, let them in to fix the water heater, and then a lllooong hot shower. Maybe after that I can focus and get some work done today.
Sunday, December 28, 2008
(some spoilers - nothing specific, more of a synopsis)
Wow. Amazing. Terrific. Awe struck. Incredible.
Yep, I think that about sums it up. We went to the Sante Fe to see this amazing movie. And for a saturday afternoon, I was amazed that the theater wasnt full. Maybe half filled, but I expected crowds, especially after everything I've heard about this movie. My brother had seen it the night before and had warned me that I was going to cry, so I went in expecting a bit of a tearjerker. Honestly, I teared up but I didnt cry. I think I was in too much of awe. It was absoultely beautifu. The story - amazing. How they aged the chraracters - incredible. It was totally believable. I kept waiting for the make up or cgi to give away a hint of fakeness, but it was sooo realistic. I definately think tho that when I see it for the second time I will cry then. The love story, and yes it is definately a love story, was wonderful. Everything - everything about this movie was wonderful. The only bad point, and even then it wasnt a down point, was that it was 3 hours long. And to be honest, it didnt FEEL like a three hour movie. You know how sometimes half way into a long movie that hasnt completely captured your attention your body will start to ache or your bladder goes uh hello? remember me? Yeah, that didnt happen here. We walked out of the theater, after Ken and Carl gave it a standing ovation (both die hard Fincher fans), started discussing dinner plans and were shocked to find it was already 9 oclock. Ok so technically it was 2 and 47 minutes hours, but who gets to the movies right as they start? (and the trailer for Watchmen just keeps getting better and better).Several points brought up after the movie on the way home (after stopping by the food court for a delicious dinner of Panda Express, Fatburger, and Quiznos):
The story just made you stop and think. Carl said it was more of a slap in the back of the head. Nothing lasts. If you wanna do something, then just do it. Nothing is impossible. He said it really made him reflect the last year of his life.
The love story also spoke to me. There's a time for everything. Just because you meet your soul mate doesnt mean that NOW is the right time. There will be a time and it will be perfect.
Ken, of course, was captivated by the filmmaking and story telling. He couldnt believe how well done it was either. Being a Fincher fan tho, he went in know it was going to be a great movie.
There were several funny sceens too. Watch for the guy who gets hit by lightening. Hilarious.
Friday, December 26, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Notice the likeness to dreadlocks. (sorry for the crappy pictures. During the night Bella decided that my camera cord was made of liquorish.)
Carl got home just as the carpet guys were finishing up. Perfect timing as usual. I immediately hopped into the shower where it took 3 apps of conditioner to get all of the knots out of my hair. Maybe I should have left it and just started a new look for a new year.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
All of my shopping is done.
All of my cards are out in the mail.
The carpet people are coming tomorrow at 9 am to shampoo the house.
I still have to go to the store to get the ham for tomorrow nights dinner.
And can you believe I havent gotten anything for Sunshine or Bella's stockings yet? I'm such a bad mommy.
Monday, December 22, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
We watched PS I Love You saturday while Ken cooked breakfast. It was really good, better than I expected. I'm not a big Hilary Swank fan, she could stand to put a little more weight on in my opinion, but it was a really sweet love story. And yes, I cried. I did think that James Marsters (forever known as Spike) could have been in it a little more. That might have helped it some.
Today is the winter solstice. This site has some cool history and ideas for celebrating today.
I cant' believe thursday is Christmas. I finished my shopping up today, thank goodness. But the next two days are going to be just insane at work. I have 4 houses to clean, we have to do the year end and month end accounting, plus we have 7 evictions pending before wednesday. Why i'm still wide awake typing I dont know. I'm sure it doesnt have anything to do with the 5 glasses of sweet tea I consumed today.
But overall it wa sa nice relaxing weekend. I spent friday nite at Ken's but he spent Saturday night here. I know he's not comfortable here (I only have a queen bed) but he said he'd start coming over here on the weekends until Bella gets older and I can leave her unattended. Right now i'm working on just leaving her in a room by herself for an extended amount of time. Carl and I went out for lunch today and just in an hour she ate a book off the bookshelf and destroyed a pillow. In her defense the book was a copy of the Kama Sutra and the pillows was Ken's, so maybe she was just telling me she was pissed he spent the night and she had to sleep on the floor.
Friday, December 19, 2008
Tuesday: My car wouldnt start. Ended up Borrowing my parents 1999 Huyundai Elantra, which sqeels horribly when you start it.
Wednesday: More snow. Emotional roller coaster of a day.
Thursday: Bingo with my dad and grandmother. Actually had fun. Went to a wine tasting dinner with Ken. Had 6 glasses of wine and made new friends.
Friday (today): Found out that my Realtor dues are due by January 12, which is $510. My cell phone that I got a week ago stopped recieving calls or texts. I can call out and send but for some reason cant recieve. On the phone with tech support for 59 minutes and 43 seconds only to ascertain that it is the device that is having the error and I need to take it to one of the local At&T shops to exchange for a new one. Got home (to pick up all of the accessories to take to AT&T) to find out that Sunshine had gotten sick in the kennel and there was poop everywhere. And I do mean everywhere. Two feet outside of the kennel, the entire kennel and both dogs were covered. Washing ensued, blankets and dogs and carpet. My back is killing me now, i'm wet and hungry. And then after her bath Sunshine decided she was mad at me for giving her a bath and she walks over to Carls bedroom door and pees.
Tomorrow? I dont want to know.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
It actually felt like christmas today. Windy, chilly, and the smell of snow in the air. Not that we're likely to get any here in the valley, but hey stranger things have happened. They are saying tho that there is a chance, albeit small, that we might get some snow over the weekend. Only above 5000 feet tho, which means my folks house might get some. If it does i'm gonna have to take the girls up there. Sunshine was born in Texas and moved here when i think she was 7 months old and of course Bella was born here in the valley. (Sunshine is a Boston Terrier and Bella my 5 month old Rottweiler). I always said I would never be one of those people who put clothes on my dogs, but poor Sunshine is just shivering all the time. Freezing her non furry butt off while Bella is just as warm as a bug in a rug. So I broke down and got her 3 sweaters. She actually seems to enjoy wearing them, and doesnt fight me at all when I go to put them on her, which I expected her to do. And Bella seems a tad bit jealous that she doesnt have any clothes to wear, altho she's growing so fast i'm sure if I put one of my shirts on her it'd fit.
Monday, December 8, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
The night you put the christmas tree up, have a family slumber party. Set up sleeping bags around the tree, make sure you have lots of snacks and hot cocoa. Watch a favorite family holiday movie or tell christmas stories and share memories of holidays past.
Let the kids decorate their bedrooms too. Dont forget the bathrooms!
Everyone puts out disposable cameras for wedding receptions, so why not christmas? Place them all around the house to make sure you dont miss any holiday moments.
In my family we always made a countdown chain for christmas. On the first of the december, my mother would let us all pick a color ribbon. She would then weave these together and we all got to take turns cutting 'our' ribbon, counting down to christmas. It was always a big deal on our day.
Put green food coloring in hot oatmeal and top with cinnamon for a festive touch.
Hot glue bright glass ornaments to a styrafoam cone to create a festive ornament tree.
Use old christmas cards to create a holiday house. Use double sided tape to adhere to a box.