Sep 30, 2008
Sep 29, 2008
Sep 26, 2008
- 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!
- I'm glad I'm drugged - if I wasn't I'd be in serious pain listening to this debate.
- If Obama interrupts and says "That's not true" one more time I think I'll scream. Please say something of substance dear sir!
- 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.
Sep 25, 2008
Sep 24, 2008
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!)
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.)
- 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.
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
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."
Sep 21, 2008
- 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!
- 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!
- 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"
- 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 shotsbig glass of wine after that night!)
- I love lazy Sundays! I sat in the sunroom and drank a cup of tea and
suffered throughenjoyed 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.
- And now we are home enjoying the Cowboys game! Even Rory is in her Sunday gear.
Sep 20, 2008
"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."
Sep 19, 2008
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 Café, Tony’s, Strong’s, Jersey Mike’s, Houston’s, Nana’s
Z. Zodiac sign? Capricorn
Some of the e-mails were really sweet and mentioned a desire to do the same thing.
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
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
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.
Sep 17, 2008
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
What time of year did you get married? Late summer
What color were the bridesmaid dresses? Black cocktail dresses (it was actually a cocktail dress from Nordstrom's not a bridesmaid dress)
but everyone gets married at Eldorado Country Club and I wanted to be different!
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!
Play along and relive your great wedding memories!
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
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
Sep 15, 2008
Sep 14, 2008
Sep 12, 2008
- He's sitting in front of the tv, what is on the screen? The Cowboys
- You're out to eat; what kind of dressing does he get on his salad> honey mustard
- What is one food he doesn't like? mushrooms
- 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
- Where did he go to high school? public school in a Dallas suburb – different suburb than me
- What size shoe does he wear? 10.5 or 11
- If he was to collect anything, what would it be? art
- What is his favorite type of sandwich?What would hr eat every day if he could? Sandwiches and steak
- What is his favorite cereal? Cheerios
- 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
- What is his favorite sports team? Dallas Cowboys
- Who will he vote for? McCain/Palin
- Who is his best friend? Me of course!
- 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.
- How many states has he lived in? One – He’s a born and bred Texan
- What is his heritage? American by birth and Texan by the grace of God.
- 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!
- 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.
Sep 11, 2008
"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. "