Archive for July, 2007

Mom’s Home!

Tuesday, July 31st, 2007

There is a smoke detector in my kitchen – it sits in the hallway at the top of the stairs to the basement. It also sits about 3 feet away from the wall oven. What this means is, just about every time I cook something at temperatures higher than, oh I don’t know – 200F – and I open the oven door, the smoke detector goes off. I use the oven more nights than not to cook my dinner, so hearing the piercing scream of the smoke detector has become pretty much a nightly occurrence around these parts. There’s even a catch phrase to go with it that the kids coined: “Mom’s Home!” My sweet little angels.

Until yesterday, I really didn’t care a whole lot about the smoke alarm going off; I figured it was an annoyance to the family, but that was about it. I guess that is still true, except I need to replace the word “family” with “neighborhood”. You see, I was cooking dinner and opened the oven door to check on it while I was on my way out the back door to let Grace out. As soon as I stepped outside, I heard the alarm start to sound and I thought, “Oh good. It’ll annoy everyone but me now! Ha ha!”

Wrong! I was clear across the backyard, all the way towards the end of our property line and I could hear the shriek of the smoke detector clear as day. Which means my neighbors have also been hearing about my highly skilled cooking techniques. Oops! How embarrassing. I’m surprised none of them have mentioned it yet, after all, the neighbors on our left had a great time telling us how much they enjoyed watching us chase Grace all over the neighborhood when she got loose. Maybe they have just been waiting for us to come running and screaming from the house, “Fire! Fire! Fire!,” so they could point and laugh again – and then mention it a few weeks later.

Massive Monday Message

Monday, July 30th, 2007

I feel like I haven’t blogged forever; in reality it’s probably only been a few days and no one has begun to miss me yet. Bitches.

We had a fabulous weekend filled with spending all of our money in as many different stores as possible. *cough*

Saturday morning I headed to Rice’s Flea Market for the first time ever. I’m not a big fan of flea markets because it seems like there is usually nothing but junk to be found there. However, there have been several times now where a friend or co-worker has something I covet and I ask them where they got it, their response has been, “Rice’s”. So, to Rice’s I went. And it was great! I know “upscale flea market” is an oxymoron, but this place really does fit the bill. There was lots of name-brand (or knock-off) merchandise there including hordes of jewelry. You know I was in heaven. Funnily enough, I did not spend anything, though. I was getting a very strong intuition to not buy that day, so I just browsed. I must have known on some level that I was going to need every last penny to pay for all the stuff that would be bought the rest of the weekend!

After the flea market, I stopped at the grocery store in hopes that my favorite Greek yogurt, tofu steak, and vanilla seltzer would be in stock. They’ve been out for almost 2 weeks straight, and it’s been driving me bonkers! I need my special food, damn it. The store netted me 2 out of 3, as they were still out of vanilla seltzer, but I was happy with that anyway. I’ll just keep stalking them for my seltzer to come in.

Once I got home, I was hit with a request from Connor that just floored me. He asked to go to Michael’s to buy a heart-shaped piece of wood and a wood burner tool. I had a feeling as soon as I got the request what it was for, and was almost afraid to ask, but you know I asked anyway. Sure enough, he wanted to make something for his girlfriend. Apparently it is their “2 month anniversary on August 1st, mom, duh”. Two month anniversary of what, exactly, I wanted to know. Turns out he asked her “something” on IM. I can only imagine how that conversation went. This whole thing has been haunting my dreams, man. I mean, the kid is not even 13 for two more weeks. Oh, but it gets better! We get the craft supplies and he makes this incredible piece of art – the boy is definitely talented – and I about choked on my tongue when I saw what was written. I’ll let you see for yourself:

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It gets better, still:

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Oh no he di’unt just get all free with the “L” word. Oh, yes he did. Sigh. Like Rob and I discussed yesterday – what happened to that word being sacred? I was very protective of that word, and did not give it out freely at all, and certainly not at the tender age of 12. Wahhh! I don’t like this development, I don’t like it one little bit.

So anyway, my parents came over Saturday afternoon and Aric and I headed with them to my favorite Vera Bradley retailer to check out the latest colors and styles. I have picked my fall color, you will be happy to know, I’m sure. The thing is, I’m still undecided about the bag style. It’s a toss-up between the On The Go, the Bowler, and the new Cargo Sling. I bought the zip-around wallet, small cosmetic bag, and new Clip Zip ID case in Kensington; once I decide on the bag style, I’ll go back and get that, too. I’m so excited because I’m just head over heels in love with this pattern. I am to the Kensington pattern as Connor is to Alexis. Heh.

After our Vera Bradley jaunt, we met up with Rob (who was painting at his friend Kevin’s inlaws all morning) at Peddler’s Village where we found a bunch of cool retro stuff to decorate our basement. We decided to go with a Coca-Cola theme in the bar area and spent a pretty penny on some things for it. Of course, once we got home, it looked like we hardly bought much, but that’s always the way. There was also some cool scented rock thingies we found in a new age store – we bought a bag of the serenity scent and a nice ceramic plate to hold them. All of this shopping built up our appetites – well, it was just plain dinner time for me – and we ventured over to the Cock ‘N Bull where we had dinner reservations. My parents came back to our house with us after dinner where we indulged in some Cinnamon Hazelnut coffee and watermelon. Rob and I put up the decorations in the bar and I believe there were several games of pool played, as well.

On Sunday, I got up early and went to a meeting. When I came home, Rob and I went to another flea market in search of more Coke items. The flea market gods were not shining on us, though, because as soon as we walked in, it started sprinkling rain and it soon turned into a full-blown down pour. All of the vendors were packing up shop as we walked around, so we decided to head to that cool, new Wal-Mart where I found the laptop trays instead. I don’t even remember everything we bought, nor do you probably care for a line item, detailed account, but we did end up with some nice plastic patio chairs and a table. We figured it was better than nothing. We also found some pretty candles and more ceramic trays to complete the stuff we got from the new age shop.

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Afterwards, we stopped at Lowe’s and found a tempered glass-top patio table for $35, so we ended up with two patio tables, which worked out perfectly in the end. Down the road we’ll get “real” chairs to go with the table, but for now, the nice plastic ones are just fine. We also bought a chiminea and a bug zapper and torch fuel for our tiki-style lamps on the deck.

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You can check out the pictures of us having the time of our lives on our back patio on my Flickr. How great are these tiki lamps, though? The flames were so high, we felt like we were on the set of Survivor. When Connor walked outside and saw them all lit up, he kind of jumped back and I said, “Connor, the tribe has spoken, bring me your torch.” hehe! The guys all enjoyed S’mores by the fire and we just generally had some really great family bonding time last night. Aric repeated the line, “Now this is the life!,” more than once, so I’m pretty sure they loved being able to hang out in the backyard as much as we did.

This morning, I was so excited about the table being out back, I woke up before my alarm and immediately made coffee and jumped in the shower so I would have plenty of time to just sit out back before work. It was pure bliss. We’re really looking forward to the fall, when we can truly enjoy it outside, although I really don’t have any complaints now. The heat does not typically bother me in the least!

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I really do need to check in and blog over the weekends so I don’t have these monumental posts on Mondays. But, when we’re doing all the family stuff and I’m relishing every second of it, I don’t have any desire to do the blog thing. I might check in and read my feeds, but that’s about it. So, for now, you get the Monumental Monday Message. Maybe I should start a Meme.

Grace Pics

Thursday, July 26th, 2007

I figured the last post about Grace’s weight was incomplete without some pictures to go along… so, here you go.

It wasn’t until I took these off the camera that I realized how incredibly goofy she is on a regular basis – we just take it for granted and don’t notice it too much anymore, I guess.

She has this thing where she grabs her leash and prances around the house with it and then tangles herself up all in it. It’s a riot!

So here’s the big girl. Does she look 83 pounds to you? She doesn’t to me!

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You can see the rest on my Flickr. There are some cute ones there, so be sure to check them out. You know you can’t resist Chocolate Lab puppy pics! :-)

Big Girl!

Wednesday, July 25th, 2007

Oh my goodness! Rob has been telling me for about a week now that he thinks Grace has gotten bigger and has to weigh a lot. I agreed that she was getting bigger, but I was thinking 70 pounds – max. Well, Rob hopped on the scale and weighed himself, then picked up Grace (and about threw his back out! ha!) and did the math. Turns out our “little girl” is now 83 pounds big! Yikes! She will be 9 months old in a few days. I wonder if she’ll grow much more? We thought she would be big when we got her because of the size of her paws, but I just don’t see her as being massive right now. She is very compact, and carries her weight well, I guess. That’s my girl! Heh!

Pixel Protector

Wednesday, July 25th, 2007

Right after we got our new plasma TV, we thought there was a spot where pixels were missing. We bought the floor model since it was the last one in the showroom and we got a good deal on it, so when we saw that, we both freaked out a little bit. Thankfully, that wasn’t the case – all of our pixels are intact, but I just discovered there’s a protect that could fix a missing pixel, and more. Check out Pixel Protector – this is amazing. It’s a DVD that can repair burnt out pixels, remove screen burn, and even calibrate your TV for better performance.

I had no idea something like this even existed, because Rob is constantly making sure we turn the TVs off so we don’t get screen burn. In fact, on our last TV, we had some screen burn on the sides from the wide screen effect; I bet Pixel Protector could have removed it. Who would’ve thought? Certainly not us.

I’m impressed that Pixel Protector only costs $39.95; I think that’s a really low price to pay to protect such a high dollar investment. Buying a big screen TV like ours is an investment, and we’ve been worried about issues that can be fixed or prevented by a mere $40. Gotta love that.