Sep 30, 2008

Don't Even Try

Mama is hosting a giveaway for a new vacuum.  

I'm letting you all know not so that you'll enter (because I am going to win so you shouldn't waste your time), but so that you can pray for me and be happy for me when I win.  

My wonderful amazing fantastic vacuum cleaner belt broke this week.  So I need this.  

Clearly Partisan

This little video is obviously partisan and a bit long, but it has some interesting and insightful facts in it about the state of our economy.  I urge you to all take 10 minutes and watch.  


Sep 29, 2008

Endoscopic Sinus Surgery

I have had a few questions about what surgery was for so here goes the super technical version.

Last Thursday I went under the knife for an endoscopic sinus surgery.  This surgery opened up my sinus air cells using an endoscope to make my sinuses normal.  Basically, I have had a constant sinus infection and inflammation since May because my sinuses couldn't drain the crap out (due to a deviated septum).  This was compouned by nasal polyps (disgusting little growths that were blocking my sinus cavities).

So basically - because of a deviated septum and nasal polyps - my sinuses weren't letting anything is and out.  The nasty little dudes from the Mucinex commercials were just living there and having a nice little party in my nose.  Not so nice for me though.

The doctor went in and repaired my turbines, repaired my deviated septum, shaved out all of the things that shouldn't be there, widened my nasal passages, and  enlarged my nasal cavities.

But - despite all of this nose work - my nose won't look any different once the swelling goes down.

Unlike all of these celebrities who's septoplasty miraculously became a rhinoplasty, my nose will still be my nose.  Same old nose with its same old bend.  But now - I should be able to breathe!  Woo hoo nose!!






On another note - I am off to get dressed and shower for an elopement ceremony this afternoon (Congrats Christine and David!).  

Also - I promise to draw for the giveaway winner this week.  I had no idea surgery would knock me out this much!

Sep 26, 2008

Random Comments

  1. I think FB is changing a lot - and it's not just the layout.  My mom joined Facebook today.  She didn't join because her kids were on, but because HER friends are on it!
  2. I'm glad I'm drugged - if I wasn't I'd be in serious pain listening to this debate.
  3. If Obama interrupts and says "That's not true" one more time I think I'll scream.  Please say something of substance dear sir!
  4. I really want ice cream.  But we're out.  And husband has to study for his test tomorrow morning so I can't send him to the store - any Dallas bloggers who happened to show up at my house with some Breyers Mint Chocolate Chip in the next hour or so would very definitely be at the top of my favorite people list.

Doing Well

Hey all -
My nose and sinuses came through surgery well and now I am at home recovering.  Thanks for all of the well wishes and prayers.  I really appreciated all of them!  Although I normally put up pictures with my posts you aren't getting any today.  My face is covered in bandages which need changed far too frequently for my squeamish self and I certainly am not allowing any photos of that.   There will also be no photos until all of the swelling around my nose and cheecks has gone down.  Ice and pain killers are my current best friends!  Okay maybe one picture -
 I have chubby and somewhat entertaning chuuby chipmunk cheeks!  (You didn't actually think the picture would be of me did you!)


I hope everyone has a relaxing and wonderful weekend.  I am hoping I can stay awake for more than 30 minutes at a time so that I can watch Ugly Betty and Grey's Anatomy tonight!

Sep 25, 2008

Surgery

Surgery is today.  Please keep me in your prayers!

Sep 24, 2008

Tag! The Randomness of Me.

I was tagged by LyndsAU to share 7 random facts about myself.  Let me tell you that this was really hard.  Fact number 1 should probably to describe how incredibly random I am and the weird and crazy things I frequently do and say (but it won't be because I still want you to all be my bloggy friends!)
  1. I skipped 5th grade (for a number of different reasons) which meant that I started college at 17. I was the only person on the Model UN team that needed a letter from my parents to go to our Canada competition. How embarrassing is that? A freshmen in college and still getting notes from Mommy and Daddy.
  2. I dye my hair brown. Yep – I’m naturally a blonde, but I got sick of it. I slowly started darkening – and love being a brunette! I’m not an airhead (exactly) I just ask a lot of questions – which would make the target of all sorts of blonde jokes. Yep – being a brunette is nice! Too bad it hasn’t stopped my brother and all the blonde jokes.
  3. I love to get and receive mail. E-mail is nice but really there is nothing like having the postman hand me a real letter. (Yes I do know my postman – by name – and know things about his kids and family. What can I say – I’m friendly!) I also love to write cards and have a craft room in my house with SHELVES full of cute stationary to send people. But, I can never find stamps to send my cards (so thanks Preppy Little Dress – prestamped stationary is an incredible Pay It Forward Giveaway!)
  4. Growing up my Mom was a fan of “piles of neatness.” When she cleaned, she would take piles of mail, newspapers, magazines, school projects and put them in a stack and call it clean. I can’t handle that. I like my house to be very clean and very orderly. Everything needs a home and it drives me crazy to see “junk” lying around. Casey calls me anal and OCD – but I’m okay with that. (And I guess its true. All of my cupboards are perfectly aligned and could switch to open shelving today with no need to clean. My closet and drawers (including panties and bras) are all organized by ROYGBIV. Perhaps just a bit anal – but I like it that way!
  5. I love lists. And post-its. I make lists for everything. Going to the grocery store: make a list. Christmas lists: make a list. Dinner plan for the week: make a list. Making a decision: pro-con a list. I carry a list in my purse with measurements for different walls in my house (in case I see a picture of piece of furniture I love.) Lists of books I want to read. Lists of baby names I like (and I’m years away from needing). Lists of …And now – I’m making a list of my recent lists. Oh my.
  6. I’m truly a nerd. One of my favorite smells if of new books. The smell when you walk into the library. Mmmm. Barnes and Noble. Mmmmmm. I read A LOT. And I’m a fast reader. Which is getting expensive. I’m getting a library card this afternoon. (It was supposed to be yesterday afternoon but instead I got stuck by needles. Fun.)
  7. I love to take baths. Soaking in a warm bath tub with a magazine (or trashtastic book) and glass of wine is my idea of a perfect evening. Too bad the master bathroom in the new house is lacking in all things master. No baths for me.

I tag:


Weigh in Wednesday

Again with the no progress. I am eating right. Foregoing Buttermilk Pie (yeah I made Buttermilk Pie for a dinner party and managed to only eat a few bites). Eating lots of fruits. Drinking TONS of water. Walking an hour every day. Been to the gym four times this week. And again - I lose nothing.

Keep Peruna Running

Dear Esteemed Friends, Alumni and Lay People,

It is with deep-rooted concern for the health and well being of our beloved mascot, Peruna, that this fund raising campaign originated. All of God's creatures require proper exercise to promote circulation, muscle and tissue growth and healthy mental outlooks.

We understand it is tradition at Southern Methodist University for Peruna to run the length of the field after each SMU score. However, seeing that once again this season's Mustangs cannot put any points on the board, Peruna is once again left waiting anxiously in an endless game of "tease the pony"; being restrained by two students praying he will not break free to run with the opposition as they score at will on any given Saturday.

Please join me in making a contribution toward the "Keep Peruna Running" campaign. 100% of your donation will go to purchase a specially designed treadmill for Peruna that will be placed behind the North endzone. This will allow our mascot to get the exercise he needs and deserves, all while watching the game anxiety free. Your generosity will keep Peruna running regardless of SMU's score, or lack there of.

It's clear our financial resources cannot help the SMU football program, and now it's time we Pony Up for the Pony! Please forward this to your SMU friends and family and anyone you believe would be interested in our campaign.



Thank you for your support,


Jack Mehoff II

Founder: Keep Peruna Running

Sep 23, 2008

Funny Stuff

From an e-mail I got today:

Three couples went in to see the minister to see how to become members of his church. The minister said that they would have to go without sex for two weeks and then come back and tell him how it went.  The first couple was retired, the second couple was middle-aged and the final couple was newlywed.

Two weeks went by, and the couples returned to the minister. The retired couple said it was no problem at all. The middle-aged couple said it was tough for the first week, but after that, it was no problem. The newlyweds said it was fine until she dropped the can of paint.

"Can of PAINT!" exclaimed the minister.

"Yeah," said the newlywed man. "She dropped the can and when she bent over to pick it up I had to have her right there and then. Lust took over."

The minister just shook his head and said that they were not welcome in the church.

"That's okay," said the man. "We're not welcome in Home Depot either."


And to satisfy the four people who have come to blog by searching for newlywed sex this week.  Since I've never blogged about it before I thought I should!

Yeah. That Just Happened.

Conversation while with Casey's family this weekend:

Alexis:  Hmm... I've never seen that show. I'll have to DVR it.
Casey: And maybe this time you won't delete it before I get to watch!
Middle Brother:  You delete his shows?
Older Brother: Dude...
Alexis:  Should we share what show I deleted that you were so upset about.
Casey: No guys really.  Here I was in New York by myself and purposefully don't watch TV because I think we'll watch together when I get back home.  Only, when I get home she deleted it!
Alexis (louder this time):  Maybe you should tell them what show.
Casey: I mean what type of wife deletes a television show before her husband watches.
Alexis:  In my defense, I deleted 90210.  I didn't think he'd actually want to watch it!  Especially since he talked about never watching it growing up.
Middle Brother:  I'm embarrassed for him.  What type of self-respecting brother of mine would watch 90210 voluntarily?
Alexis:  He watched it because he wanted to spend time with my on our anniversary.  But it was the series premiere and I really loved the show growing up.
Middle-Sister-In-Law: You mean you guys actually celebrated you anniversary?
Casey:  Of course!  We had a really nice dinner on our china with champagne and everything.
Alexis: and then we watched 90210.
Middle-Sister-In-Law: There you guys go being all mushy again. 
Middle Brother:  I thought you were a guy!
(awkward silence)
Older Brother: Yeah.  That just happened.

Help!

In preparation for lots of time at home doing nothing - I am going to get a library card this afternoon (and of course picking up a few books!)  Dallas libraries let you get 5 books the first time you use a new card and I need help choosing.
What would you recommend my five books be?

And don't forget to enter my giveaway this week!

Sep 21, 2008

And the Best Part

And the MOST exciting part of my weekend.


So exciting it deserved a post of its own.


So exciting I did a happy dance all the way down the hallway.


Exciting enough to eclipse the Cowboys win.


We now have Whole-Home DVR.

What's that you say?  Well we signed up for AT&T U-Verse when we first bought our house (for more on that saga see this, this and this) because they were promising whole-home DVR sometime soon.  There was no official release made or anything telling us it's available yet, but it is!!!

We can now watch and record television from ANY room in the house!!! We can tell something to record in the living room and watch it in the bedroom!  We can tell something to record when we sit in the office.  And then later decide to watch it in the media room (or at least we could if we owned a projector to put in the media room).  

I can watch my favorite recorded TV from BED!!!!!  How great is that!!!

Wow!  I'm in heaven.

Weekend In a Nutshell (Or In-Laws and Drunk Folks)

  1. We had such a nice surprise on Saturday. We knew that Grandma and Grandpa Parker were coming to Dallas for the day and we were going to have lunch with them and they were coming to see our new house (which we were so excited to show them!) What we didn’t know was that Uncle Barry and Aunt Angie were coming too! We all went to Chuy’s for a great lunch.  I truly love my in-laws and it was so great getting to see everyone!
  2. We aren’t going to discuss the SMU/TCU game. I’m not bitter or anything. I’m just saying – TCU may be winners on field but they’re losers in life. Okay maybe not really – but I have to make myself feel better about our lack of a football team somehow!

  3. At the football game adventures: So the game was completely SOLD OUT (which for a game at SMU is impressive. I don’t think Gerald Turner stadium has ever been sold out before) but by the third quarter, the only people left in the stadium were wearing purple. It wasn’t a pretty site. Well during the third quarter I look over to my left and watch this TCU guy completely fall over. His head smacked into the back of the bleacher in front of him and he just sat there. I watched him for a second and then sent my husband over to check on him. Casey tries to talk to him – no response. Taps him on the shoulder – no response. Taps him harder – the guy doesn’t even move. At this point I send Casey up to find one of the campus police while I go look for a pulse (and thank goodness I find one!) The police come over and start trying to rouse the guy and it becomes pretty apparent that there isn’t actually anything wrong with him – he is just passed out drunk – so drunk that he thinks it might be a good idea to take a swing at the police officers escorting him out of the stadium! His balance = not so good and his attempt at a swing sent him falling down the stairs.  Casey looked at me and said "Yeah.  That just happened"

  4.  But my fun with drunk TCU boys doesn’t end there. After the game mercifully came to an end and we no longer had to suffer through such awful football I came within inches (literally inches) of being hit by a drunk driver! Oh me! Oh my! Needless to say I was so happy to get home (and of course needed a few shots big glass of wine after that night!)

  5. I love lazy Sundays! I sat in the sunroom and drank a cup of tea and suffered through enjoyed the Sunday crossword (which I ALMOST finished! So frustrating when I get a few I can’t figure out!) and then went shopping. Aaaah my favorite type of Sunday! We were looking for the built NY lunch bag that my MIL wanted for her birthday and it was trouble! We started at Central Market (listed on the Built NY website as carrying them) and bought yummy produce and (lots) of wine. Total spent: $169.36 Gifts bought: 0. Then we went to Whole Foods (also on the Built NY website). Total spent: $15.09 Gifts bought: 0. My FIL had mentioned seeing them at Staples (not mentioned on the Built NY website) and the third Staples we went to finally had one! Yay!  Here is the one she wanted:

    Then it was off to the In-Laws house for dinner and family time. I can’t tell any entertaining in-law stories though! I actually really like Casey’s family and get along with all of them really well. We had a great evening.



  6. And now we are home enjoying the Cowboys game! Even Rory is in her Sunday gear.


So that is my weekend in a nutshell novel. Sorry it wasn't too entertaining!  But I do love lazy weekends with my husband!

Don;t forget to sign up for my giveaway!

Sep 20, 2008

100th Post Giveaway - For the Wine Lover



In honor of my 100th post - a gift for the wine lover!  This insulated and  monogrammed wine bag holds two bottles of wine and is perfect for your favorite BYOB restaurant or to take with you to a party.  (If you live in Dallas and are looking for a BYOB restaurant try Tony's)  It comes with a corkscrew and, because I love you, I am also throwing in a monogrammed bottle stopper.  It is the flat style so you can still put the bottle in the fridge when stopped. (It drives me crazy when my pretty bottle stoppers mean my wine won't go in the fridge.)  It isn't the highest quality but it is so gosh darn cute!  So now you can go out in style - because we all know that carrying your wine in a paper bag is totally unclassy. The wine stopper comes in three colors: black with white polka dots and a pink initial, pink with white polka dots and a lime initial, and lime with white polka dots and a black initial.  The bag is black with your choice of color for the monogram.  The colors are:

All of my "Followers" (I seriously think that word seems creepy and stalkerish) will be entered once (lucky them!  If you want to be one of "My Fantastic People" go read that post to see how and get your first entry.)

For a second chance to enter, post a comment below and tell me your favorite bottle of wine (or two or three).  If it has a special meaning to you or you drank it for a special occasion - put that too!  Casey and I LOVE a good glass of wine  and we are always looking for new things to try - we can't wait to try your favorites!

If the person who wins posts a link on their own blog, they will get TWO monogrammed bottle stoppers.  So blog about how great I am and you could great more.  (Just kidding - kind of.)

I'll pick the winner on Friday - so get entering!



Mona Lisa Smile

I was just exploring Modern Eve's blog and saw this quote in her comments section left by crstnbeach (I can't link to her blog because when I click on her username I get "profile not avaiable") and loved it.  

"You stand in class and tell us to look beyond the image, but you don't. To you a housewife is someone who sold her soul for a center hall colonial. She has no depth, no intellect, no interests. You're the one who said I could do anything I wanted. This is what I want."

I've talked about Mona Lisa Smile before and really think it is a fantastic movie.  Katherine Watson spends the movie encouraging students to believe in themselves, have a career, and be independent women, but she has her own set of barriers.  She argues that women should have the choice to have a career and not be relegated to "just" housewives and mothers, but doesn't understand that being a housewife is also a choice.  And it's my choice. 


 A housewifes Saturday looks a lot like anyone elses; here is my plan for my day!

8:00AM: woke up and saw husband off to class (he is getting his MBA part-time at SMU)
9:00:  finished my laundry -- dryer is working again - no idea what was wrong with it yesterday
10:00: walked with the dog
11:00: shower and get ready
12:00: Casey gets home from class/ Grandma and Grandpa Parker arrive to see our new house / lunch with the family
3:00: a bit of free time with my husband (run errands, sit and talk, go to gym - not sure yet!)
5:00 tailgating starts!!!!
7:00 Battle for the Iron Skillet. 

Yep its that time of year again - the SMU/TCU game.  The SMU/TCU rivalry began in 1915.  After WWII a traveling trophy, called the Iron Skillet, was born.  The teams have played each almost every year since 1915 (they didn't play in 1987-88 when SMU didn't have a team due to the death penalty or in 2006) and even though the SMU team hasn't been too hot recently (below 0.500) and TCU has consistently gone to bowl games, it is always a fun game to go to.  And of course we will always have memories.  In 2005, SMU beat TCU 21-10 the week after TCU upset Oklahoma (the number 1 ranked team in the country).  The loss to SMU was the only loss TCU had that year - and we Ponies cherished it!  SMU football has a long way to go.  We ended last season with only one win, but we are energized and ready for a new season with our new coach, June Jones!  So far this season the Mustangs are 1-2, but we started the season with some of our hardest games.  

Pony Up!!







Sep 19, 2008

One Closer to 100

Make Mine a Mojito did this earlier in the week and I thought it was cute. 

A. Attached or single? Attached
B. Best friend? Mr. Forever: Casey
C. Cake or pie? Pie
D. Dog or cat? Dog – Rory is my love!
E. Essential item? Water bottle and cell phone (won't leave home without both)
F. Favorite color? Pink and Yellow
G. Gummy bears or worms? Worms
H. Hometown? McKinney, TX
I. Favorite indulgence? Facials
J. January or July? July (January is the big let down after Christmas and my birthday)
K. Kids? Someday (I want three or four!)
L. Life isn’t complete without? Love (and lots of cuddling!)
M. Marriage date? September 2, 2006
N. Number of brothers and sisters? 1 sister and 1 brother
O. Oranges or apples? Apples
P. Phobias? Any insects/bugs/spiders, lizards in my shower, failure
Q. Quote? We're adults. When did that happen? And how do we make it stop? - Meredith on Grey's Anatomy
R. Reasons to smile? My husband. My family. My puppy. I am so blessed and truly love my life.
S. Season of choice? Fall
T. Travel dreams? Italy, Yellowstone, Chile, and someday return to Greece – on a more short term list I really want to take a cruise
U. Unknown fact about me? I was an accident.  No seriously.  My sister is 14 years older than me and my brother is 10 years older than me.  Surprise!!
V. Vegetable? Green beans and spinach
W. Worst habit? Disturbingly organized (even my panties are organized by color)
X. X-ray or ultrasound? Ultrasound
Y. Your favorite restaurants?, Desperados, Sushi Samba, Garden CafĂ©, Tony’s, Strong’s, Jersey Mike’s, Houston’s, Nana’s
Z. Zodiac sign? Capricorn

To Look Forward To...

Just wanted to let you know that this is post 97.  This matters because for my 100th post I have a really great giveaway planned!

Really I just posted this to try and get one post closer to having 100.  I'm so so so excited!

In Defense of Housewives Everywhere

Note:  I don't know who Modern Eve is, although if someone posted a link Iwould love to read another housewifes blog!  The day in the life is in direct response to this mornings e-mail (which inspired this whole post).  I recieved an e-mail this morning in response to my I am a Housewife post from July which said: "Don't you think you are wasting space by just being a Housewife?  How do you fill your days?  You must watch so much television!  I could never have a life as meaningless as yours is and just spend all of my time sitting around watching TV and shopping."  The e-mail went on and on about what a waste my life in and how I must watch TV all day and not contribute anything to society.  I wanted to show this person who obviously reads my blog (and judges me) what I actually DO.  If Modern Eve also has a day in the life blog I apologize for unintentionally taking her idea.  Because you posted as anonymous I am not even able to follow the link to your blog to try and find hers in your blogroll.

A while back I posted that I am a Housewife. Not a stay-at-home Mom (which I hope to be someday!) but a housewife. The post got almost no comments at all, but I got A LOT of e-mails in response. (Odd why not just post a comment)

Some of the e-mails were really sweet and mentioned a desire to do the same thing.

Others were bitchy not so sweet.

Well lets take this matter further. Let us sit and discuss the relationship that exists between the career wife and the housewife (not the stay-at-home mom but the housewife who makes the choice to stay at home regardless of the involvement of children). It wasn't that long ago that when I woman got married, it was assumed she would be a housewife. Think of the movie Mona Lisa's Smile. Set in the 1950s, these college aged girls don't believe that a career is an option. They are all attending this all girls college, not because they value the education or want a career, but because they want to find a suitable husband. Flash-forward to women going to college today and we make fun of girls who are "getting their M.R.S." All of a sudden the opposite is true and girls are being told having a career right out of college is the only choice. It used to be that girls couldn't choose a career over marriage, and now they can't choice marriage over a career.

Notice, I didn't say motherhood over a career, but marriage. (I am not discussing the merits of staying home with children and the choices and decisions that entails.) So, I ask, is the aspiration to be a good wife any better of worse than that of the woman who wants to work 120 hours as a successful investment banker (my previous job)? What about the woman who dreams of being a corporate VP or C-Level Exec? Or do the woman who dreams of being a writer or journalist? Why are those dreams any better than the woman who only wants to be a wife?

The problem is in the question. We think of it as only being a wife. The wording we use to think about housewives even just in our heads has us questioning: Doesn't she want to do something else? Is that all? By asking the question "doesn't she want to do something else?" you have already made the judgment that being a housewife isn't enough. You decided that she isn't living up to her potential, or worse that she isn't good enough to be more.

So, I ask, what's wrong with being a housewife? Without housewives (and stay-at-home moms) who would be the volunteer force of America? Who would run church meetings and committees? Organize meals at homeless shelters? Plan fundraising events? Housewives do a lot more than just take of hearth and home. They use the time they used to spend working to do good in the community. Why does that make someone think the woman isn't living up to her potential? You could say that women who work are involved in these same activities - they still volunteer - and you'd be right, many career women do volunteer and are involved. But the merits of being a career-wife shouldn't take away from being housewife.

If it doesn’t negatively affect your household finances and you can follow your dream of volunteering and working in the community – why not?

So in honor of this post: I will start a new posting series on my blog: A Day in the Life of a Housewife. It's still early morning so I can't finish today, but I'll start:

8:15 AM: Wake-Up
8:20 AM: Go For Walk -- Part of my physical therapy for my ankle is to walk 1-2 miles a day.
8:55 AM: Put Load of Laundry In
9:00 AM: Internet Time -- check blogs, check e-mail, do research on centerpieces for Delta Gamma Founder's Day (I am one of the event chairs this year)
9:45 AM: Move Laundry to Dryer
9:45 AM: Start SERIOUS Cleaning of House (Grandparents are coming to see it for the first time tomorrow!)
12:15: Go to Gym
1:40: Claudia let Dog Out 
2:20: Finally Get Dog Inside - Get Ready to Take a Shower BUT
2:22: Father-In-Law calls - apparently Grandma Jane is coming today - and will be over in 5 minutes
2:30: Grandma Jane and Dad C arrive to see the house
3:45: They leave; I move to put laundry in the dryer
3:50: Dryer won't start --- day is not going as planned!!
3:55: Give up on the dryer and decide to enter blogland before showering (maybe it will make me feel better about my broken dryer!)
4:30: Finally take a shower!!!!
4:40: Husband comes home from work - I love Fridays when he gets to leave at market close.  Notice that the market closes at 3:00 - we live 10-15 minutes from the office.  He isn't so good at leaving!
5:00: Go to The Yap Tent Sale
6:00: Start Getting Ready
8:00:  Dinner at Buca Di Beppo for a friends birthday -- followed by drinks at Nana's


By the Numbers

How old are you?
23

How many musical instruments can you play?
1 - The piano

How many c
ountries have you lived in?
1 (unless Texas counts as a country - it was one at one point....)

How many schools have you attended?
6 - 3 elementary schools, 1 middle school, 1 high school, 1 college.

How many boyfriends/girlfriends have you had?
4 boyfriends, 0 girlfriends.

How many years since you last played on a swing?
0 (I have nieces and nephews!)

How many bones have you broken?
0  (I have broken 0.  My doctor broke one for me in March though)

How many siblings do you have?
2 (one brother and one sister)

How many homes have you had?
1 - I am currently living in my first house!  (the rest were my parents not mine!)

How many people have you kissed?
I don't kiss and tell ;-)

How many languages can you speak?
2 - English and Spanish

How many times have you been in love?
1 - although I thought I was in love one other time

The Bold are True….

Appearance:
- I am 5′4 or shorter.
- I think I’m ugly.
- I have many scars.
- I tan easily.
- I wish my hair was a different color.
- I have friends who have never seen my natural hair color.
- I have a tattoo.

- I am self-conscious about my appearance.
- I have/I’ve had braces.
- I wear glasses/contacts.

- I’d get/have gotten plastic surgery if it were 100% safe, free, scar-free.
- I’ve been told I’m attractive by a complete stranger.
- I have had more than 2 piercings.
- I have had piercings in places besides my ears.
- I have freckles.


Family/Home Life:
- I’ve sworn at my parents.
- I’ve run away from home.
- I’ve been kicked out of the house.

- My biological parents are together. (My Dad passed away right before their 36th anniversary)
- I have a sibling less than one year old.
- I want to have kids someday.
- I have children.
- I’ve lost a child.


Embarrassment:
- I’ve slipped out a “LOL” in a spoken conversation.
- Disney movies still make me cry.
- I’ve snorted while laughing.
- I’ve laughed so hard I’ve cried.

- I’ve glued my hand to something.
- I’ve laughed till some kind of beverage came out of my nose.
- I’ve had my trousers rip in public.


Health:
- I was born with a disease/impairment.
- I’ve had stitches.
- I’ve broken a bone.
(My surgeon broke my bone if that counts?)
- I’ve had my tonsils removed.
- I’ve sat in a doctor’s office with a friend.
- I’ve had my wisdom teeth removed.

- I’ve had serious surgery.
- I’ve had chicken pox.

Traveling:
- I’ve driven over 200 miles in one day.
- I’ve been on a plane.

- I’ve been to Canada.
- I’ve been to Niagara Falls.
- I’ve been to Japan.

- I’ve been to Europe.
- I’ve been to Africa.

Experiences:
- I’ve been lost in my city.
- I’ve seen a shooting star.
- I’ve wished on a shooting star.
- I’ve seen a meteor shower.
- I’ve gone out in public in my pajamas.
- I’ve pushed all the buttons in a lift.
- I’ve been to a casino.

- I’ve been skydiving.
- I’ve gone skinny dipping.
- I’ve played spin the bottle.

- I’ve crashed a car.
- I’ve been skiing.
- I’ve been in a play.

- I’ve met someone in person from the Internet.
- I’ve caught a snowflake on my tongue.
- I’ve seen the Northern Lights.
- I’ve sat on a roof top at night.
- I’ve played chicken.
- I’ve seen the Rocky Horror Picture Show.

- I’ve eaten Sushi.
- I’ve been snowboarding.

Relationships:
- I’m single.
- I’m in a relationship.
- I’m available.
- I’m engaged

- I’m married.
- I’ve gone on a blind date.
- I’ve been the dumpee more than the dumper.
- I have a fear of abandonment.
- I’ve been divorced.
- I’ve had feelings for someone who didn’t have them back.

- I’ve told someone I loved them when I didn’t.
- I’ve told someone I didn’t love them when I did.
- I’ve kept something from a past relationship.


Honesty/Crime:
- I’ve done something I promised someone else I wouldn’t.
- I’ve done something I promised myself I wouldn’t.
- I have lied to my parents about where I am.
- I am keeping a secret from the world.

- I’ve cheated while playing a game.
- I’ve cheated on a test.
- I’ve driven through a red light
- I’ve witnessed a crime.
- I’ve been in a fist fight.
- I’ve been arrested.
- I’ve shoplifted.


Drugs/Alcohol:
- I’ve consumed alcohol.
- I smoke cigarettes.
- I smoke pot.
- I regularly drink.
- I’ve taken painkillers when I didn’t need them.
- I’ve taken cough medicine when i wasn’t sick.
- I’ve done hard drugs.
- I’ve been addicted to an illegal substance.
- I can’t swallow pills.
- I can swallow about 5 pills at a time no problem.


Mental health:
- I have been diagnosed with depression.
- I shut others out when I’m depressed.
- I take anti-depressants.
- I have had an eating disorder.
- I’ve slept an entire day when I didn’t need it.
- I’ve hurt myself on purpose.
- I’m addicted to self harm.
- I’ve woken up crying.


Death:
- I’m afraid of dying.
- I hate funerals.

- I’ve seen someone dying.
- I have attempted suicide.
- Someone close to me has attempted suicide.
- Someone close to me has committed suicide.


Random:
- I can sing well.
- I’ve stolen a tray from a fast food restaurant.
- I open up to others too easily.

- I watch the news.
- I don’t kill bugs.

- I hate hearing songs that sacrifice meaning for sake of being able to rhyme.
- I swear regularly.
- I am a morning person.
- I paid for my mobile phone ring tone.
- I’m a snob about grammar.
- I am a sports fanatic.

- I play with my hair.
- I have/had “x”s in my screen name.
- I love being neat.
- I love Spam.
- I’ve copied more than 30 CD’s in a day.

- I bake well.
- I don’t know how to shoot a gun.
- I am in love with love.
- I am guilty of tYpInG lIkE tHiS.

- I laugh at my own jokes.
- I eat fast food weekly.
- I believe in ghosts.
- I am online 24/7, even as an away message.

- I can’t sleep if there is a spider in the room.
- I am really ticklish.

- I love white chocolate.
- I bite my nails.
- I play video games.

- I’m good at remembering faces.
- I’m good at remembering names.
- I’m good at remembering dates.
- I have no idea what I want to do for the rest of my life.

Sep 18, 2008

Country Weddings and Christmas Cards

Hey all --
As you may remember, I was out of town all weekend in Abilene, Texas with my best friend and our Mom's shopping for wedding dresses!  Liz is getting married in August and I am so honored to be her Matron of Honor!  So this past weekend she got a lot done - found her dress, picked out a bridesmaid dress, and chose the tuxes for the guys!  She also asked me to help her create a wedding webpage for her country themed wedding.  It isn't completed yet, but you can go check it out at www.paulandliz2009.com.  This is the fourth wedding page I have designed and I love doing it.  Although, what I love even more is digital scrapbooking and creating save the dates, Christmas Cards, custom calendars, etc. for my friends.  If only I could come up with a way to make any money at all doing cards for people. But - they take hours and hours to do well and people won't pay very much for them.  So I'll just keep on doing them for my friends free!

I have gone all out for our Christmas cards since we've been married and done a photo card on the front with a poem and additional photos on the inside.  Here is what I've done in the past. I started working on our 2008 card today and I am really excited about it!  You should all be on the edge of your seats.  Thanksgiving weekend when we mail our Christmas cards I'll post the final product here.  The initial work -- oh baby it's good!

Man Voice

I've mentioned a few times before (but never really explained) that I am having surgery next week. And I am freaking out a bit. What will my life be like when I lose my man voice?

If you've been following my blog at all, you probably know that I stared it right after I had ankle surgery and was dying of boredom during 6 weeks of bed rest (6 weeks of having my husband wait on me hand and foot was rough!). That was my first major anything health related and I was incredibly unhappy about it. I am still working on the recovery from that surgery. My ankle still swells if I walk for too long (which, much to my husband’s dismay, hasn't helped us save money by keeping me out of the mall). My nerves still haven't all recovered - as in I still don't have feeling in a large section of my foot including two of my toes. I still do physical therapy (and if the interrogators need help down at Gitmo - my therapist would be up for the job - the things she makes me do are pure torture!)

Well, this summer I asked my doctor a question about another problem I've been having. For the last few months I have had a man voice. It isn't that husky sexy voice. I'm not that lucky. It's husky man voice.

Apparently it’s also a pretty big deal. I could be doing permanent damage to my vocal chords. It's also gosh darn annoying because man voice is accompanied by an incredibly painful throat. (Hence my ability to lose weight by drinking all sorts of water -- 12-15 glasses of water today lately because it makes me throat feel better!) It also comes with days like today where my throat hurts so much that I end up curling back up in bed and forgetting all responsibilities in favor of a sick day.

So after all sorts of tests (MRI, CAT scan, video camera down my throat, video camera up my nose and into my sinuses) the fancy surgeon man decided I needed surgery. Isn't that interesting that the guy who gets paid to perform surgery also gets to decide if you need surgery.

Anyway I am having a week from today. I don't do doctors. I don't do hospitals. And I certainly don't so surgery.


Only apparently I do. And I'm doing it for a second time this year.




P.S. My ankle doctor mentioned at my last visit that we might need to do another surgery on my ankle to repair some of my nerve damage. Things to look forward to.

My Last 90 Minutes

Refresh. Refresh. Refresh. Refresh. Refresh. Refresh. Refresh. Refresh. Refresh. Refresh. Refresh. Refresh. Refresh. Refresh.

Sep 17, 2008

Good/Bad

Good:  During my morning walks with Rory I have gotten to know some of the people in my neighborhood.Bad:  This past week a number of people have asked me what my dog was going to be for the Halloween Block Party.  I answered a dog - but that was apparently not the right answer.
Good:  I like to shop and I love a challenge so I can a totally find a costume for my dog even though I've never dressed her in her life.
Bad:  My favorite dog store is now out of business.  The Yap was the only place in Dallas that catered to little dogs and carried lots of 8" collars, leashes with small clasps, bags, etc.
Good:  There will be a tent sale with all of The Yaps stuff this Friday and Saturday.  I'll be there.
Bad: It won't have Halloween costumes.
Good:  Their are a few other pet supply stores around where I can try and find a costume.
Bad:  Unless I want her to go as a lobster they are all sold out of everything in an XS.

So does anyone have any suggestions?  My dog has a HUGE supply of leashes and collars but I've never put her in clothes before.  We bought her Mouse Ears at Disney this summer but they were too big and so wouldn't stay on, but other than that she's always just been a dog.  If I'm going to dress her up for Halloween (which according to my neighbors isn't optional) I figure I might as well go all out.  Does anyone have a great place they order dog things online?  A great idea for a costume I could make?



Who Am I?

I am 43 years old,
I love the outdoors and hunting,
I am a Republican reformer,
I have taken on the Republican Party establishment,
I have many children,
I have a spot on the national ticket as vice president with less than two years in the governor's office.










Did you guess?










I am Col. Teddy Roosevelt circa 1900


Go Sarah!!

Wedding

A fun survey taken from Preppy Little Dress

What time of year did you get married? Late summer
I thought the programs would show the date, but they don't.  We were married Labor Day Weekend - September 2, 2006.

What did the groomsmen wear? Black pin-striped tuxedo from Ralph Lauren
The tuxes.

What color were the bridesmaid dresses?
 Black cocktail dresses (it was actually a cocktail dress from Nordstrom's not a bridesmaid dress)


The bridesmaid dresses.

How may bridesmaids, including maid/matron of honor, did you have? 5 bridesmaid, 1 matron of honor, 1 maid of honor, 4 flower girls (we included all of the nieces and nephews in the wedding)
Me with four of our nieces.  We now have nine nieces and nephews total!

Are you still friends with all your bridesmaids? Yes – although no longer as close with all of them as I would like to be
My beautiful ladies!

Location for reception: country club  Band, dj or other? DJ
Stonebridge Ranch Country Club - actually not the country club I grew up in,
but everyone gets married at Eldorado Country Club and I wanted to be different!

What is something unique about your wedding? My dad passed away when I was 18, and in his memory the  church choir sang during our ceremony.  My dad was (and my still is) very involved in the church choir and music has always been an important time in my life so that was incredibly special to me.  We also didn't’t do floral centerpieces – we had goldfish on every table which I thought was so fun and so beautiful!
The Chancel Choir listening to the saxophone player before the wedding began.

It’s murphy’s law, you know if anything can go wrong it will. What went wrong at your wedding?  My husband was much more interested in cake smushing than I was – and it showed. He got really into – which lead to me getting into because I’m pretty competitive. Casey and I were squirming so much that he ended up stepping on the back of my wedding dress, which ripped out the bustle. Luckily, one of the guests at the wedding happened to have a diaper pin with her (random) which one of my bridesmaids used to rebustle my dress!

One of my bridesmaids fixing my dress while Casey tries to steal a glance up my dress!

Where did you go on your honeymoon?  Greece for 9 incredible days! We spent 2 days in Athens and the rest of the time on the gorgeous island of Santorini. The best trip of my life!

Enjoying a walk along the cliffs in Santorini.

Name one thing looking back you would of changed?I am just not a huge wedding person. My wedding day was fantastic and I truly loved it, but what I love the most is at the end of the day I am married to the man of my dreams!

Stealing a kiss on the balcony during the reception.  I love this man!

Play along and relive your great wedding memories!

One Word

Where is your cell phone? Charging
Where is your significant other? NYC
Your hair? ponytail
Your mother? Role-Model
Your father? My Angel in Heaven
Your favorite thing? Hugs
Your dream last night? Nada
Your dream/goal? Motherhood
Your favorite drink? Tea (Sweet or Hot)
The room you're in? Living Room
Your ex? Forgotten
Your hobby? Shopping
Your fear? Failing
Where do you want to be in 6 years? SHM
Where were you last night? Founers Day Meeting
What you're not? Perfect
Muffins? Any!!
One of your wish list items? Hot Tub
Time? Not Enough
Where you grew up? Texas
The last thing you did? Blog
Favorite weather? 80s
What are you wearing? PJs
Your favorite book? Catch-22
Your TV? On
Your pet? My Love
Your computer? HP
Your mood? Happy
Missing someone? Yes
Your car? Garage
Something you're not wearing? Socks
Favorite store? Nordstrom's
Love someone? Forever
Your favorite color/shade? Yellow and Pink
Last thing you ate? Fluffer Nutter cracker
Your life? Content
Your friends? Great
What are you thinking right now? Not much
What are you doing at this moment? Filling this out
Your summer: sadly over
Your relationship status: Married
What do you do when you can't sleep? TV
When is the last time you laughed? On Phone
Last time you cried? Monday

Sep 16, 2008

Little Rituals

I should start this out by saying that I have never lived on my own.  During college I lived in the dorms and the sorority house.  After college I moved home for a few months while I finished planning my wedding and then (obviously) I've lived with my husband ever since.  But I have to say, that part of me cherishes the alone time when he is out of town.  Don't get me wrong - I hate that my husband travels.  When he is gone, I will call him not because anything happened or I have anything to say, but just to hear the sound of his voice.  And don't get me started on trying to fall asleep in the bed alone. 

That said, I love my little rituals.  Whenever Casey is out of town, I make sure to schedule a spa day for myself.  It gets harder when he travels multiple weeks in a row (like this month) but I cherish my spa days!  I also love being able to spend an hour in the bathtub with candles lit and a big glass of wine in my hand - with no one wondering where I am or what I'm doing or how much longer I'll be or when dinner will be ready!**

For those of you who are married - what little things do you miss doing by yourself?  For those of you who aren't - what are your little rituals that you cherish?

**Disclaimer:  Casey is a fantastic husband and totally understands that I need this time to myself - and has even been known to draw bathwater and pour me wine when I've had a really rough day - but (especially now that I'm not working) I feel a bit guilty taking that much me time at night.  Between his classes, my workout schedule, girls nights, DG Alum events, family obligations, etc. we already lose enough weeknight time that I feel bad taking another night to not spend with him!  If I feel guilty about it at all - spa time and bubble baths just aren't as relaxing so I cherish them most when he is gone.

Aaaaaahhhhhhh

It's Dylan after all!!!  Not exactly a huge shock since we knew it was either Brandon or Dylan, but I am so so so happy that it is Dylan and not Brandon!

Pot in the Parking Lot

I was accosted at Target.  No I mean it.  And given a pot.

A few weeks ago as I was walking in to Target, this very nicely dressed preppy woman grabbed my arm and wouldn't let go.  She pulled me over to car - which happened to be a Cadillac Escalade with a monogram.  Okay so I'm no longer quite so freaked out.  How bad can a woman with a monogram be?

She then starts talking.  The general idea of her tirade is that we all need to take care of the environment and go green.  I buy that.  

I use my collapsible basket at the grocery store.  
I recycle.  
I don't litter.
She goes on for a few solid minutes about the horrors of the earth and how awful we as a a human race are for not being greener.  Mind you - she never gives specific tips for going green.  She doesn't say people should use refillable water bottles instead of always carrying around a Fiji.  She doesn't talk about recycling.  She doesn't give any specifics at all.  She just keeps repeating that we should all go green.  

She then hands my a pot.  Really a pot?  What does this have to do with going green?   And a bag of oregano seeds.  
I think she might be confused on exactly what go green means.    

Although I am actually trying to grow my oregano.  I figure why not - it was in a sealed bag.  So here is my question:  What am I doing wrong?  My oregano isn't soing well.  I know it needs water (check), 8 hours a day of sunlight (check), decent soil (check), a pot (check) -- what am I missing?  I normally do really well with plants and have my sunroom full of potted beauties, but this oregano isn't healthy!

Sep 15, 2008

Rain Rain

Ever since my ankle surgery, my left foot is a tad bigger than it used to be.  It isn't a different shoe size, but some of the things that used to fit and be comfortable aren't anymore.  One of the victims: my rain boots.  

So now I need a new pair.  BUT they need to be comfortable.  I'm still only able to wear a heel for an hour or two before my ankle swells up and so spend most of my time in Merrells, Eccos, Keens, and other comfy brands.  Pretty much I have gone from a girl who wore heels with everything - to a girl who wears hiking sandals.  So, lets talk rainboots!  

I need them to be comfortable and I want them to be cute.  Does anyone have a pair or brand they love?  I'm thinking about these:



1) Pammie by Coach
2) Hunter Original in Lilac
3) Zudora Lace Up (from Target - and by far the cheapest option)
4) Bean Wellies in Signature Plaid
5) Keen Palmero Boot (certainly not the cutest but I know Keens are super comfortable - they are on the list of brands my doctor recommended I wear for the first year after surgery)

Any other options out there?

Black Monday Take 2?

In my former life (before I was a housewife) I was an investment banker.  My husband also works in the markets on the buy side.  Today was a scary day for the industry.  

My husbands company is a subsidiary of AIG which closed down 60.8% (compared to the Dow at down 4.4%) at $4.76 per share.  The 52 week high for AIG is $70.13.  Lehman Brothers (the 4th largest investment bank in the country) filed for Chapter 11.  Husband is in NY this week and said that he walked by the Lehman building and former employees were piling out of the building with boxes filled with personal belongings.  Merrill Lynch was bought out by Bank of America.  What a day.  

Please keep all of these families in your prayers (including ours - we are hoping his fund gets bought out of AIG because the future of AIG isn't pretty).

My Fantastic People!

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Sep 14, 2008

Pay It Forward

Well here is how the chain goes:

Julie over at Belle Maison did a recent post about Paying It Forward (I absolutley love that movie!)  We should all be able to do something kind without expecting anything in return.  To remind us all of this, she started this little game.  The first three people to post on her blog received a cute little gift from her.  (From her blog: "The little something that is sent can be something you made, bought, were given or found. Just make sure it's something that will make the person smile!" )  One of those three people was Trina at  La La Lovely.  She in turn payed it forward to silverhartgirl at  Taking The Time Top The Bubbles who payed it forward to Preppy Little Dress.  I was lucky enough to be one of her winners and now I want to Pay It Forward to you!  This is my first giveaway and I am so excited to have it be one that reminds each of us how important the little things we do are.  So, the first three people to comment on this post will get a little something from me - on one condition.  They have to agree to Pay It Forward to three more people.

Update:  We have three winners!  Congratulations to Mrs. Guru, Blue Eyed Bride, and Katrina.  I will be e-mailing all of you soon to get your addresses. Don't forget to pay it forward!

Only 1,445,000 Pennies


And what a pretty way to spend a penny it is.

If anyone happens to have a pair of the Christian Louboutin Hermitage Tall Boots lying around in a size 8 - I would happily take them off of your hands.  My husband has informed me that none of our pennies will be going towards them.

Kooze Divas


Today Casey and I went and walked around Third Monday Trade Days in McKinney, Texas and enjoyed the nice day.  While we were there I talked to the Koozie Divas for a while and ended up buying this  (I really wanted this but they were sold out in my letter.)  I am super excited about it.  I drink A LOT of water.  And when I say a lot I really mean a lot.  (Mostly I drink this much because I am having trouble with my throat - more about that later when I blog about my fear of hospitals and my fear of having yet another surgery.)  I always have a bottle of water in my purse and I really hate with the bottle sweats and gets things wet.  Hopefully this will keep my purse dry!  

Sep 12, 2008

Mr. Forever

I saw this on Preppy Little Dress> and thought it was adorable.  You all know me since I share my heart with you everyday - now you can know Casey too!

  1. He's sitting in front of the tv, what is on the screen? The Cowboys
  2. You're out to eat; what kind of dressing does he get on his salad> honey mustard
  3. What is one food he doesn't like? mushrooms
  4. You go out to the bar. What does he order? He normally gets a beer – even though he’d rather have a Goose and Dr. Pepper
  5. Where did he go to high school? public school in a Dallas suburb – different suburb than me
  6. What size shoe does he wear? 10.5 or 11
  7. If he was to collect anything, what would it be? art
  8. What is his favorite type of sandwich?What would hr eat every day if he could? Sandwiches and steak
  9. What is his favorite cereal? Cheerios
  10. What would he never wear? He used to say pink – but I cured him of that!I’ll never let him wear a speedo or mountain man flannel
  11. What is his favorite sports team? Dallas Cowboys
  12. Who will he vote for? McCain/Palin
  13. Who is his best friend? Me of course!
  14. What is something you do that he wishes you wouldn't do I am so worried about other people that I sometimes forget to worry about myself (as in today I was so busy with my volunteer work and errands I needed to do before going out of town that I forgot to eat breakfast or lunch) or when I don’t have opinions about where to go to dinner on a date night because I want him to get what he wants.
  15. How many states has he lived in? One – He’s a born and bred Texan
  16. What is his heritage? American by birth and Texan by the grace of God.
  17. You bake him a cake for his birthday; what kind of cake?Red Velvet of course – is their anything else my Southern Boy would want? Although we do our Red Velvet with Chocolate Icing instead of cream cheese. Our cake designer for our wedding thought we were insane when we told her what we wanted, but it was so popular that now she suggests it to people!
  18. What could he spend hours doing?I am ashamed to admit that my hubby is a total and complete nerd – his two favorite things to do (that don’t involve either me or food) are watch the markets (thank goodness he likes it since its his job!) and play World of Warcraft.
I'm spending the weekend with my BFF helping her SHOP FOR A WEDDING DRESS!! AAAaaaahhh!! Hope you all have a great weekend as well!

Sep 11, 2008

Be the Change

I spent this morning once again working with The Salvation Army getting ready for an influx of people to Dallas who need our help.  Because of Hurricane Gustav, supplies are running low but we still worked to get together toothbrushes, toothpaste, deoderant, etc. for people who would be arriving in Dallas with nothing but the clothes they wore and no idea when they can return and what will await them.  I spent a lot of time at the Dallas Convention Center last week with people displaced from Hurrican Gustav.  They were sleeping on cots in the convention center, many of them there alone with no family and no one to help them.  The people in the convention center don't have anywhere else to go.  They need our help, and not of us were there to help them.  The volunteer shortage was saddening.  If you have a few hours free this week, consider volunteering.  People from all over the coast of Texas will be arriving in Dallas this weekend as Hurricane Ike bears down upon their homes.  I can't be there this weekend to help (I'm doing MOH duties) so will one of you stand up and take my place?  Find somewhere near where you live that needs your help - wether it is an animal shelter, a hospital, your elderly neighbor who needs help weeding, your young neighbor who could use a hand with dinner (because juggling meals and an infant isn't easy), an activity at your church, or working in your childs classroom.

I leave you with a few thoughts from John McCain's Acceptance Speech.  No matter your politics or beliefs, these words ring true.
"If you find faults with our country, make it a better one. If you're disappointed with the mistakes of government, join its ranks and work to correct them. Enlist in our armed forces. Become a teacher. Enter the ministry. Run for public office. Feed a hungry child. Teach an illiterate adult to read. Comfort the afflicted. Defend the rights of the oppressed. Our country will be the better, and you will be the happier. Because nothing brings greater happiness in life than to serve a cause greater than yourself. "
So volunteer.  Make a difference. There are people who need the gifts you have to offer.  So find a cause and "be the change you want to see in the world."