Monday, April 28, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
Alas, I get a break from the painting. Reason #1, the crew came in this afternoon and put another coat of varnish on the floor. All of the base boards are painted, and there is just a bit of trim left over. This is the 4th and absolutely final coat. Until they decide to do a 5th... But I pray not! Of course, with this last coat of varnish, it is preferred that we stay off the floors for 72 hours! And if we do go inside after 24 1/2 hours, we are to only wear socks. I suppose the footprint of my Rocketdog shoes forever ingrained the the varnish would be bad... But you know what that means...? That means I can't start to move things in until Tuesday after work. But at that point the only things left to do is paint (bathroom trim, kitchen windows trim, hall closet, and touch-ups), tile back splash, and...ummm.... oh! moving things in!!
Reason #2, I'm going away for an over night bachelorette weekend to Santa Cruz for my friend Jenn who is getting married in 2 weeks. It'll be good to get away to the coast with the clean fresh coastal air. I'm in the wedding and am excited for her.
Dad decided that since we can't work on the inside we'll work on the outside. So we made a quick trip to the local lumber yard to get supplies to build a cute little railing for the front porch. So tomorrow while he's cutting wood and using big boy tools, I'll be wandering around a cutesy little beach town with friends.
So I'm excited to come home to find railing around the porch. So rest assured, if you have one too many drinks at my house and you happen to stumble outside, the railing will catch you before you fall off the porch. And we don't want that to happen. Cause if you have one to many drinks at my house, there will be no wondering outside. There will only be wondering to the couch where you will be sleeping. See, I'm responsible!
But right now, I just want to sleep all weekend. Right now though, I need to go pack for my overnight excursion.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
You see, I'm very skeptical of the whole online dating/meeting people thing. Maybe because I'm more traditional and believe in being persued...in person...not by e-mail...
But maybe I'm also a bit curious. What other kinds of losers, like myself, have signed up out of curiousity? Or because they feel pressured by their mother? Well, I'll let you know what other kinds of losers there are out there.
What's the worst that can happen? I don't get any bites, nothing different than any other day. Maybe something will come from it. We'll see...
I'll keep you posted on the going ons of my online dating experiences. Hopefully I'll end up with some funny stories to share by the end of the 3 months.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Why females should avoid a girls night out after they are married ...
(If this does not make you laugh out loud, you have lost your sense of humor.)
The other night I was invited out for a night with the 'girls’. I told my husband
that I would be home by midnight, 'I promise!' Well, the hours passed and the
margaritas went down way too easily and around 3 a.m., a bit loaded, I headed for
Just as I got in the door, the cuckoo clock in the hallway started up and cuckooed
three times. Quickly, realizing my husband would probably wake up, I cuckooed
another nine times. I was really proud of myself for coming up with such a
quick-witted solution, in order to escape a possible conflict with him. (Even when
totally smashed, three cuckoos plus nine cuckoos totals 12 cuckoos--MIDNIGHT!)
The next morning my husband asked me what time I got in, I told him 'MIDNIGHT.'
He didn't seem pissed off in the least. Whew, I got away with that one! Then he
said 'We need a new cuckoo clock.' When I asked him why, he said, 'Well, last
night our clock cuckooed three times, then said, 'oh, shit.' Cuckooed four more
times, cleared its throat, cuckooed another three times, giggled, cuckooed twice
more, and then tripped over the coffee table and farted.
Have I told you before that I now hate painting?
But here's also what's happened the last week or so...
I can make cookies.
That's what I've got for you for now. Once everything is all done, and I'm all moved in, I'll show you the before and afters of the house in a couple different installments. Prepare to be shocked and amazed.
In the meantime, if you need me, I'll be painting.
I also have some pictures from a wedding that I went to this past Saturday. An old co-worker and lunch buddy has gotten married and is moving to Texas :( I'll try to share some pictures from that too.
I better write those down. I'll forget.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
That's right folk. The lights and fans are up and running. As of yesterday evening all but one fan was up. The refrigerator was even plugged in and running. Although I think they forgot to hook it up to the water for the ice maker... Gotta get that fixed. Things are coming right along. There is still some painting to do (I hate painting), the counters to install, and ummmm... Well, I think that's about it! What's left after that you ask? Moving in!
(Once again, I apologize for the lack of photographs. I will get some up for you.)
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Check back in 3-4 weeks. Then I'll show you the WHOLE thing. And I'll cross another thing off my resolution list.
By the way. It's a big quilt. Much bigger than I had planned. Let's just say that to find a sheet for the backing, which luckily I found flannel, I had to get a CAL KING! Yea, that's a big arse sheet, and it just barely finds the length of the quilt. And my bed is only a queen...
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
You always hear the usual stories of pennies on the sidewalk being good luck, gifts from angels, etc. This is the first time I've ever heard this twist on the story. Gives you something to think about.
Several years ago, a friend of mine and her husband were invited to spend the weekend at the husband's employer's home. My friend, Arlene, was nervous about the weekend. The boss was very wealthy, with a fine home on the waterway, and cars costing more than their house. The first day and evening went well, and Arlene was delighted to have this rare glimpse into how the very wealthy live. The husband's employer was quite generous as a host, and took them to the finest restaurants. Arlene knew she would never have the opportunity to indulge in this kind of extravagance again, so was enjoying herself immensely.
As the three of them were about to enter an exclusive restaurant that evening, the boss was walking slightly ahead of Arlene and her husband. He stopped suddenly, looking down on the pavement for a long, silent moment.
Arlene wondered if she was supposed to pass him. There was nothing on the ground except a single darkened penny that someone had dropped, and a few cigarette butts. Still silent, the man reached down and picked up the penny.
He held it up and smiled, then put it in his pocket as if he had found a great treasure. How absurd! What need did this man have for a single penny? Why would he even take the time to stop and pick it up?
Throughout dinner, the entire scene nagged at her. Finally, she could stand it no longer. She casually mentioned that her daughter once had a coin collection, and asked if the penny he had found had been of some value.
A smile crept across the man's face as he reached into his pocket for the penny and held it out for her to see. She had seen many pennies before! What was the point of this?
'Look at it.' He said. 'Read what it says.' She read the words 'United States of America '
'No, not that; read further.'
'No, keep reading.'
'In God we Trust?'
'And if I trust in God, the name of God is holy, even on a coin. Whenever I find a coin I see that inscription. It is written on every single United States coin, but we never seem to notice it! God drops a message right in front of me telling me to trust Him? Who am I to pass it by? When I see a coin, I pray, I stop to see if my trust IS in God at that moment. I pick the coin up as a response to God; that I do trust in Him. For a short time, at least, I cherish it as if it were gold; I think it is God's way of starting a conversation with me. Lucky for me, God is patient and pennies are plentiful!
When I was out shopping today, I found a penny on the sidewalk. I stopped and picked it up, and realized that I had been worrying and fretting in my mind about things I cannot change. I read the words, 'In God We Trust,' and had to laugh. Yes, God, I get the message.
It seems that I have been finding an inordinate number of pennies in the last few months, but then, pennies are plentiful! And, God is patient...
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Kaitlin and I left home just a little after 4, and made it to Cafe Bernardo just a little later. Kaitlin's good friends, Britney, is going to UC Davis, so she met us for dinner. That was pretty special for Kaitlin. I had the most delicious Thai Noodle Salad. I forgot to take a picture of it at the restaurant, so here's a picture of the leftovers.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
(I apologize for the not-so-great quality of the picture. My camera was in my purse, in the car. I had my cell phone with a camera. I was being lazy and didn't walk the 20 feet across the street to get my camera.)
Tonight I'm going to a concert! Not just any concert, a Taylor Swift and Rascal Flatts concert...with my sister...and we're going to eat yummy food first. Besides the concert and hangin' with my sis, I'm really looking forward to the food, especially the Thai Salad. It's the most scrumptious noodley salad ever!
I'll take what pictures I can while out and about for the evening, and I'll let you know how the evening goes later.
And tomorrow, I'll be the one asleep at my desk.
Without including what I actually weight, I'll tell you that since the January 7th weigh-in I've lost 8.2 pounds. I'm only 1.8 pounds away from my goal of losing 10 by Jenn and Anthony's May 10th wedding. And then I'd only be 10 away from my 20 pounds for 2008 goal.
But with my 10 year reunion coming up the end of June, I've decided to add to my goal an extra 5 before the reunion. So, now my 2008 goal is 25 pounds, 15 before the end of June and another 10 by the end of the year.
Please help keep me motivated, hold me accountable, and slap my hand if I pick up a cookie.
Much love to homies!
Monday, April 7, 2008
Today... are you ready for this?... They started sanding the floors!!! That means we are near the end. It's a good and bad thing. The good thing is that means I get time off from painting. The bad news is that there is still stuff to be painted. But it's almost done and complete and then I can move and unpack and be a domestic single non-housewife. Who's more excited than me?!?!
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
After the first message went out, I received a lot of different feedback on dates. The majority of that feedback was to have the reunion later in the summer. So that's what we have done. The date of our reunion, barring any huge natural disaster, will be June 28, 2008. We need to book our location ASAP so if I could get some feedback right away that would be great. Double T (where we had our sober grad night) is one idea that has been thrown around. Does anyone have Adam A’s number so I could call and talk to him? Raju has also offered to let us use his place in Hilmar where he's done several very nice parties at. Other ideas have been Two Brothers (Turlock, CA) or possibly the Turlock Country Club. The facility is one of the biggest costs and setup/clean-up has to be considered at all these places. I would like as much input on this as I can so let me know your thoughts.
The other factor is cost. Last year, the class of '97 charged $50 per person. This cost covered facility, dinner, and dancing. Any drinks/cocktails were additional cost. Not everyone drinks, so they might like something like this, and others may not. Again, there are factors to consider, so all ideas are welcome.
Below is a list of people that I have contact information for: If you have contact information for people that are not on this list, please let me know. If you see a letter after their name, I am missing that corresponding information: (A - Address, E - Email, P - Phone).
I hope that everyone can make it. Please send me any questions that you have.
(I obviously left out the list of names; I don’t want to bore you with too much.)
Here’s the thing, I’m not so excited about this "monumental event." I didn’t have the most grand of high school experiences, and the people that I hung around with then I still see occasionally. Do I really want to participate in the parade of showing off spouses, photo albums of children, and who looks like what now? You probably would have never guessed it, but I wasn’t one of the “in” crowd while in high school; because I didn’t bath in money given to me by mommy and daddy, I didn’t get my nails done, I wasn’t a dairy kid or show dairy in FFA, and I wasn’t a partier/drinker (the regular weekend past time).
I think that I’m at a good place in my life. So what I’ve been living with my parents the last few years. The house that I’ve been working so hard on is so close to being done I can taste it and I’ll be moving into it before the end of the month. I’ve got a good job with a great company and make good money for a single person. I’m happy with myself and who I am. I have great friends. I’ve moved on and away from really caring about high school and the 4 years that I survived through.
But I have friends that are so excited about it. Why? I don’t know. Am I not excited because I have experienced other things in life beyond high school, like college, that brought better memories? Maybe it’s because I’ve gain a little bit of weight since graduating. Or maybe because I don’t have things/people to show off like others will with their family albums. Hummm...maybe I should bring pictures of my doggies...
All I know is this, if I’m going to the reunion, I’ve gotta drop 50 pounds quick. I’ll settle for 20 though.
Oh, and I’ve gotta find a date.
Wonder which will be easier, finding a date or losing the weight that I want/need to lose?