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Friday, March 21, 2008
Good Friday Indeed
This was the first week without our sales guy/project manager at work. It was a really hectic week not to mention a lot of his work is now falling to me, which is fine, I'm perfectly capable of doing his job....it's just that I already have a job, so doing part of his just makes for a busier day. The good news is I got a decent raise today AND my husband got his first unemployment debit card in the mail, both of which almost made me pee my pants. Life is pretty good right now--the dogs are good, the cats are fine if not a little bitchy, I just ate 3 huge pieces of pepperoni pizza, watched a movie and What Not to Wear which was filmed in Austin---sweet!---and now I'm going to sleep for at least 10 uninterrupted hours---which is reason #147 I'm not sold on having kids. Good night!

Thursday, March 13, 2008
Happy March Everyone
Here's a nice bulleted "what have I been up to" list since I haven't posted in oh, say, 5 months. I really have been kinda busy I think.

* The Rockstar's place of employment (large national company) went out of business 2 weeks before Christmas, and he still hasn't found a job - YAY! He's really good at being a househusband, though. He cleans, cooks, walks the dogs and does the laundry. I am really lucky. I'm sure if we had a kid, he'd be teaching it the intricacies of World of Warcraft, his favorite pastime - NERDY! (The following is from our Christmas photos that Ms. Lucky took.)

* Did a "no-gift" Christmas (only donations to charities in everyone's honor) and I have to say, it felt wonderful not to get caught up in the shopping hype. My credit card loves me too--super bonus.

* I've started spinning classes which are terribly hard for me, but I feel fantastic afterwards. I felt like I needed to do SOMETHING since I'm not doing the AIDS ride this year. I'm still doing Pilates reformer classes, too. LOVE it. I still want to get certified, but that's not going to happen anytime soon.

* I signed up for, started and then dropped a Photoshop class. It was so boring I wanted to poke my eyeball out every time I sat down in the classroom. There wasn't a whole lot of teaching going on...it was all out of a book---uh, thanks, I can do that myself at work.

* I loved the last season of Project Runway--Chris March totally should have gone to fashion week---LOVE, LOVE that LOST is back on (may I have your baby Matthew Fox?), love the new Top Chef and can't wait for Desperate Housewives and Grey's Anatomy to come back on. Oh yeah, can't get enough Biggest Loser or American Idol, either.

* Am worried about being 32 in 6 months. Eeeek! Not sure at all how that happened. And why am I still breaking out at 31? That shit needs to stop pronto.

* Work has really picked up, and I'm worried since we're losing a team member tomorrow. He/she isn't going to be replaced. I'm just a tad nervous about the upcoming work load.

Damn, I'm lame. I really HAVEN'T been that busy. Hmmm. Yeah, I'll get right on that. After I take a nap cause I'm sleepy. Bye!

Sunday, October 21, 2007
Okay, I admit it, he's my favorite. He's just sooooo sweet, and well, my other dog makes it very hard to love her. Don't get me wrong I DO love her, I really do, I just love him a tad more. Do people have favorites with their human kids? That must suck.

Thursday, October 18, 2007
My Precious
As long as can remember, I've always wanted a pig as a pet. But a pig that never gets big. Which doesn't exist. UNTIL NOW! Did any of you see the miniature pigs on GMA this morning? I'll take one for Christmas please! My husband said no because he thinks our heeler will take one look at it and see a big slab of bacon, just like a cartoon. I mean come on, just look at that tiny thing!

About the car, turns out the tree did NO damage to the outside of my car, and the total damage ended up being around $656 ($196 for the headrest/speaker tray/labor & $460 for the windshield) plus the exorbitant amount of money for the emergency tree removal which was a total scam, but they were the only people I could get to come out on such short notice. Let's just say this could have been a lot worse, I know that, but it was still a royal pain in my ass.

Sunday, October 14, 2007
Well Fuck
What have I done to deserve this twice in my life? I swear I'm a good person. Someone came to the door to tell us what happened, and my husband was almost too scared to tell me. When he finally got it out we both burst out laughing because it was just too hard to believe. About 6 years ago, the SAME thing happened with our other car (three weeks after I bought it), although the damage was to the windshield (and it happened at my sister's house). Seriously.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007
I just bought my tickets to see the Smashing Pumpkins in November. Yippee! I LOVE them. Always have, always will. I'm so glad they got back together and released a new album. It's an outdoor venue, so hopefully it will be chilly by then. Who am I kidding. I live in the land-of-no-seasons. Whatevs. I'm still super excited.

Sunday, September 30, 2007
Weekend Wrap-Up
Diabla is doing much better, thanks for all the concern. It was touch and go the first night, but she's acting like her old self again. We have to do a nebulizer treatment on her twice a day to strengthen her lungs, and she HATES it, but it's for her own good. Keep your fingers crossed that my insurance claim on her gets approved. If I can get half the $1200 back I'll be happy.

As far as the unwanted mail I've been getting goes, I've been doing the "Return to Sender" thing for years with no results, that's why I'm so frustrated. I finally submitted an irate "contact us" email on the BCBS website, and SOMEONE CALLED ME. All I have to do is fax them the contents of the mail (which I find weird, that they are giving me permission to open someone's mail), and they'll get it resolved. Thank god.

I have been meaning to thank my pal Hollow Squirrel for the award she gave me recently and I rudely never acknowledged. SO THANK YOU for the Rockin' Girl Blogger award! I really appreciate it.

Also, Bradley over at The Egel's Nest very nicely awarded me with the new Egel Nest Award for Blog Excellence! Thank you so much!

Now here's something weird for you. Today, the Rockstar and I were just lounging around and we hear this awful sound come from the kitchen. It sounded like the toaster just exploded, but there was nothing in the toaster. We looked all around the kitchen for signs that something was broken, had fallen, or exploded. Turns out our tempered glass cutting board like this:
had spontaneously exploded in the cabinet. When we opened the door, we saw this:

I'm not lying y'all, it just fell apart. Strangest thing ever. Kind of freaked me out actually.

And one last photo for your Sunday viewing pleasure...I give you the toad that lives in our dead-ish plant:

Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Diabla aka Blabs (or Blobs)

I was checking my email tonight, when my cat Diabla started making a horrific noise. I ran into the kitchen to find her panting (tongue hanging out), crying and just lying there, totally limp. I rushed her to the emergency vet, where they immediately did x-rays. She has a pneumothorax, or air in her chest cavity. Normally there is some trauma, like a broken rib, that punctures the lung and allows air to fill up the area around the lung, making it hard for the lung to expand. In Diabla's case, there is no trauma. No broken ribs, no blood, no other injuries. She is in an oxygen tank at the emergency vets where they're going to extract air from the cavity every couple of hours. The did the first extraction about an hour ago, and they said it went well. Air didn't rush in to fill up the cavity which is good, and she was able to breathe much easier after that. She's not out of the woods, though, and she only has about a 50/50 chance of making it, so please keep her in your thoughts.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Riddle Me This
So I've been getting mail from a large insurance company addressed to a previous homeowner .

This has been going on since we moved in (we've been here 3 years mind you), so I finally started opening her mail about a year ago because it started to bug me THAT MUCH. I had just assumed that they were trying to collect money or that it was general correspondence, but nooooo....she's going to the doctor A LOT, and I'm getting the current summaries of benefits paid out by BCBS. So I called BCBS and they told me they can't change her address unless SHE changes it which I totally understand, but I'm SICK OF IT.

Seriously, I get one or two letters a week people. And most recently, I got a letter from a hospital thanking her for choosing that location and blah blah blah. Doesn't she care that she's not getting her mail? Apparently not, but being the conspiracy theorist that I am, I choose to believe she's doing something shady. So I emailed BCBS today and told them that I want it changed ASAP because I feel like something no-quite-right is going on, and I don't want my address to be a part of it. For some reason, it bugs the shit out of me that she hasn't changed her information on her insurance. It bugs me a lot. More than it should.

What would you do? Just ignore the mail?

Saturday, September 15, 2007
Hell Hath Frozen Over
Most of you who know me IRL know that my dogs aren't what you'd call friendly, per se. My sister is about the only person they love other than me and the Rockstar. They have to be put up when we have company because they are so protective of us and our home (they are rescued and have issues). I don't think they'd actually hurt anyone, but the barking and growling is enough to scare me and my guests, so for everyone's sake, they go in their crates. (They seem so sweet and innocent, no?)

Well people, hell has finally frozen over.

My friend K (my roomie from college and friend from high school with whom I recently reunited) and I went out last night and after we got back to my house, she wanted to meet my dogs. My response to that is, um, why? But she wasn't scared so I brought them out, and this is what happened:

Hey pretty lady, you should come over more often!

I wish you could see her face, it made the picture so much better, but I didn't ask her if she wanted to be put all over the internet, so this is what you get. HE LOVED HER. I mean, IN LOVE. He wouldn't leave her alone. He was trying to get in her lap and lick her face. He didn't even really want much to do with me. I think she thought I was lying about how crazy they normally are. I didn't get pictures of Dulce with her, but she was all over her too. I think I'm going to try bringing them out more often. All I know, was a bunch of anxiety was lifted last night and I feel so hopeful today.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007
My Feets are Happy
I went to the outlet mall this weekend because I found a Visa giftcard for $100 that was a Christmas present. As in last Christmas. That's what happens when I actually organize. Anyhoo, I found some great clothes (lined, wool pants at Banana Republic for $14.99! Two necklaces and earrings for $30 at WH/BM! Gap capris for $12.99!) But the best steal of the day (which still made me a little sick to my stomach) was the Pottery Barn wool rug I got.

I've wanted a rug since we got rid of the carpet, but our sick kitty (RIP) peed on everything, so a nice rug was always out of the question. I feel so terrible, but now that she's no longer with us it's okay, and when I found this gem, I couldn't pass it up. The "Buy it Now" option on Ebay was $200 more than what I paid for it. (Dulce totally approves. She can't stop rubbing her head on it.) It's sooooo nice on the feet, and just in time for "fall" and "winter".

Also, the door company is coming out to survey the incorrect door so that it can be fixed. Toot sweet people (did any of you ever watch Chitty Chitty Bang Bang? I loved that movie, especially that Toot Sweets song). I'm itching to paint that thing. The light pine wood does NOT GO with anything I have and it's driving me bonkers. Please tell me you can see what's wrong with that panel on the right.

For the love of god.

Friday, September 07, 2007
I think I've posted this before, but I came across it again and I just love it. Four generations in one photo. From left to right: My Super Sassy Grandma (I love that dress and I'm 100% sure she made it), my Great-Great Grandmother and my Great-Grandmother holding my Dad. I'll tell you one thing, there's no question where I got my hips, that's for damn sure.