Howdie Family and Friends - here are the going ons in the life of me. Stew shows up frequently. My family and friends visit a lot. My nieces and nephews are represented throughout. It's all about me and how I'm traveling along in this thing I call my life.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

POTD: August 30, 2012

This was the view for my teleconference today.  I called in from the car at the Delaware rest stop on my way home from the airport.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

POTD: August 29, 2012

Dessert - apple bread pudding.  Unfortunately, it looked better than it tasted.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

POTD: August 28, 2012

I don't want to go to Canada and you can't make me!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

POTD: August 26, 2012

Mom's brownies straight out of the oven.  mmmmmm!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Friday, August 24, 2012

POTD: August 24, 2012

My new socks - I love neon!  I'm definitely a child of the 80s.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

POTD: August 22, 2012

Stew's nuts!

Journal: August 21, 2012

Woke up this morning with a mission.  Verizon was coming out between 8 and 12 to install a new telephone jack in our home office and I needed to get the house ready for that.  So I hit the ground running and cleaned the house.  I wish I could always get motivated to clean like that.  Would certainly help with my stress.

I stayed down in the craft room while the Verizon guy was here.  They said when they confirmed the appointment that the technician would be here for 4-6 hours.  I couldn't imagine what in the world they would do during that time.  When the technician arrived and found out he only had to install a jack and not run the whole house for telephone service like his tickets said - he said it was going to be easy, 20 minutes tops.  He wasn't kidding.  In and out and it was all done.

While he worked upstairs, I stayed downstairs and tried to work the best I could, but honestly couldn't get much done not being in my office.

Stew got home and we had dinner, then watched some tv.

We went to bed around 11 but my brain would just not shut off.  I kept thinking about getting behind with work today, so I got out of bed and did some work.  One of the study managers emailed me and told me that I didn't have to answer her when she emailed me at crazy hours - I assured her that I was up doing work anyway. 

It's now super late and I'm not sure how I'm going to feel tomorrow, but I must say, it feels good to have that work back under control.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

POTD: August 21, 2012

Verizon installed a new phone jack in my home office today.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Journal: August 19, 2012

Actually slept until 8:30 this morning, which is very late for me and considering my sleep schedule of late, I'm yelling victory this morning.

I played in the scrap room until Stew got up around 1.  I asked him what he wanted to do today and he, of course, checked the weather.  There were lots of rain showers showing up on radar and he said that pajama day was appealing to him.  So we grabbed our snacks and headed to the tv room and I'm happy to report, between naps, a boring NASCAR race, and lots of CSI: NY - there was a lot of relaxing going on.  Considering our weekend schedules for the coming months and my upcoming travel schedule, I'd say it was just what the doctor ordered.  I'll probably regret what I didn't get done today in the morning, but right now I'm focusing on the fact that we had a relaxing day, full of time together and lots of laughs.  Stew's nuts, but anyone who is reading this knew that already.

We made salads for dinner which were okay - I don't know what was off about mine.  Maybe the red onion instead of my normal green onion or something.  I don't know, but something was off.  Ate it anyway.  Only thing I really wish I did today was my couch to 5K, but I actually have tomorrow and Tuesday, as well, to finish up the week since I actually started on a Wednesday.  I need to move my official week start day to Sunday so I'll be working on shifting things around the next few weeks to make that happen - I need to do this because there's no way I'll find a scale over the next few Wednesdays to weigh in.

Getting up and working out tomorrow morning is one of my top goals.  Fingers crossed.

The NASCAR race was a snooze fest.  The Mark Martin crash was sick.  I was so relieved when we found out that he and all of Kasey Kahne's crew were ok - that could have been far worse than it was.  Absolutely scary.  Of course, it led to me having a complete Target moment as I was trying to figure out how Mark slammed into Kasey's pit stall when they were pitting nowhere near each other.  Then it hit me that I'm stupid.  HA.  Some days, I just don't know what I was doing the day God gave out brains.

I really liked one of the descriptions the broadcasters used during the race - that hit significantly rearranged the back of his car.  I thought that was a good way to put it, even if the rest of the narration from those guys was assinine.  Can't they get people in the booth who know what they're doing?  I mean when Stew and I can see that they're obviously talking about the wrong guy, it gets a little nuts.

Wasn't happy that Biffle won.  Don't like that guy.  Have no idea why, just don't.  Was rooting for Brad.  Nice to see Kasey finish third despite his ride through the infield grass.  Tony, Tony, Tony - was a victim of the Hendrick engine failures of the day.  He's slipping in points and that's not good.  He has to stay in the top ten cause I'm worried if he falls out, what that will do to Kahne.  I know he'd still have the second wildcard, but it's stressing me out a bit.  Tony will come back strong next week.  I know it.

I was thinking of something rather interesting.  If you're Tony Stewart and you're winning a race with Ryan behind you in second and you know that you're already in the chase no matter what, but Ryan really needs the win to get in the chase, do you let him go by to win?  I mean the same argument could be made for Carl or Jeff Gordon or any of them.  I just thought it was an interesting concept with these wildcard slots.  I'd actually like to know if any one that knows more than I obviously do has thought about this - I haven't seen anything written about it. 

Went to bed too late.  Busy week this week.  Going to see Roy pitch tomorrow.  Thanks Matt for figuring that out, though, the Phillies scored 8 runs today - which means they'll have no run production tomorrow.  Just my luck.

Kids' notes for their journals:

GEP went fishing today and caught a bunch of fish and some crabs and looked totally cute doing it.
CDH had milestones this week - starting to support herself to sit up and eating solid food.
GDH's last day of camp was this week and she's counting down the days until she goes back.
WTK is doing his civic duty by selling signs to remind people to drive like they have some sense in residential neighborhoods. 

POTD: August 19, 2012

The goodies from the bag Mom put together for the boys for draft day.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Friday, August 17, 2012

Journal: August 17, 2012

Pretty typical day at work today.  Had my line management meeting with my manager.  He's going to try to sort out what's going on with this study to which we think I'm assigned.  Otherwise, just normal updates.  Have a lot of travel arrangements to make and some SOPs to review.  Hopefully, we'll get through them soon.  Don't want to get behind.

During lunch today, I worked on uploading all of our pictures and burning them to disk.  I haven't done this since the end of May.  I was astonished by the number of pictures we took in June.  They took up four disks at 4.7GB each.  July was a completely different story - only 1 disk.  I seriously fell off the wagon of taking pictures that month.  That won't help in working to get the journaling for that month caught up, but I'm determined, so we'll see what happens.

 Lots of room back on the camera after the big delete!
The disks

After work, I headed out to get my nails done.  I will never in the entire time I live go to the person who did my nails and eyebrows today.  Not only could she not understand a word I said to her and I couldn't understand a word she said to me, she used crappy topcoats on both my finger and toe nails and my manicure didn't even last the day.  She kind of rushed me out of there - I could have been more assertive about it, but I just wanted to leave.  She was horrible.  If the nail polish is old and can't be used, why do you put it back on the shelf?  Which is precisely what she did with the color I wanted on my fingers that she told me wasn't going to work because it was too old.  A couple of things I've learned - I'll never go to her again and I'll always bring my own supplies with me.  Even my eyebrows aren't done right.  I'm so annoyed. 

Before I left to get my nails done, I did finish day 2 of Couch to 5K - very proud of myself for doing it today, cause Lord knows I didn't feel like it.

I went to the grocery store after I got my nails done and I'm telling you I'm never allowed to go without a list again.  I forgot so much stuff.  Stew had to run out and get other stuff we needed for our taco salad and then after he left the store, I called to tell him that we still needed sour cream.  oy - gotta have a list.  I cannot trust this memory.

So we made dinner once we had all of the needed ingredients.  Taco salad and we headed down for tv night - where we watched Project Runway from last night.  Yay!  Christopher moves on!  And then the rest of the night we spent watching CSI:NY and Stew's new man crush: Danny.

Tomorrow's draft day. 

POTD: August 17, 2012

Space - glorious space.  Finally burned all of my June and July pictures to disk so that means that I could delete them from the camera.  There was only 2.4 GB free before I deleted those pictures - it was giving me heart palpitations.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Journal: August 16, 2012

There was more training to be done today.  This new study is super complicated and now the sponsor has requested that I be the permanent monitor for this subject that is enrolling instead of the assigned monitor taking over once she gets back from vacation - that's fine with me, but it's complicating things on another study to which I'm assigned.  We sorted all of that out and I'm heading back to Canada for two weeks in September - Calgary this time.

As for other stuff, I did some shopping today at Target, got stuff for dinner, picked up some shampoo and conditioner, an arm strap for my iphone so I can do my workouts, water bottles to use around the house, and storage containers for the scrap room, where else right?

Still trying to figure out this storage of my alpha stickers - way annoying.  I am liking the flow of the redesign, but there are still some things that need to be better, so I'm working on that, slowly, but I am trying to make it as streamlined as possible.  I'm still working on getting Project Life caught up.  I'm pretty much over it, honestly, I just want to create layouts, but I'm determined to get this done first and then keep it up to date.  I'm doing really good this week with it.  Have done my daily updates to it each morning.  It just gets behind when I travel - hell, everything gets behind when I travel and September is shaping up to be a tough month.  Oh well, that's why I get paid the big bucks.  HAHAHAHAHA.

Came home from Target and made myself some lunch.  Turkey sandwich and some grapes.  Tasty.

I got to catch up with Rachel finally.  I don't know why people bother to call me - they know better than that.  Call Stew, I never answer the phone.  She didn't have his number, so I'm going to send it to her.  We're going to get together with her and her parents next week so that we can celebrate her mother's birthday with her since we missed the party.

For dinner tonight, I really wanted a hamburger and at first I told Stew that we should go to Red Robin, but then I thought - why can't I just make that myself and that's what we did.  I picked up the stuff we'd need for dinner for tonight and tonight only.  It's a new thing we're trying.  One of us goes to the grocery store every day and gets what we need for dinner.  It may seem like a total time waste, but honestly, it's better than buying the food for the week and then throwing it away when it starts to grow antibiotics in the fridge.  We're thinking this way we can plan our meals better around what we have in the house and we won't waste as much food or money - we'll see how it goes.  So far this week, it's been good.

The hamburgers were delicious.  Red Robin has nothing on my hamburgers.  So delicious.  I made salad, too, but didn't eat any of it, I'll have it later - I had two burgers instead, they were that good.  Stew was missing his potatoes - I'll have to remember that next time, but he enjoyed the burgers too.

I spent an hour today going through and straightening up the house and learned a valuable lesson - if I break it down and only spend a set amount of time cleaning, I don't get that overwhelming feeling and the house gets cleaned.  I'm amazed by what I was able to accomplish in an hour.  After dinner, Stew and I completely cleaned up from dinner - now if we keep up on this, we should be set!  I'm still thinking about getting a housekeeper to do the deep cleaning, but this seems like a good system for when I'm not traveling that is.

The rest of the night, we spent watching CSI:NY.  I know it's not what I want to be doing in the evening, but my brain is so tired this week with my sleep schedule completely off that for now I'm permitting it.  We did go to bed on time tonight and got all of our before bed stuff done, so I'm feeling good about that.  Now, if only I don't wake up in the middle of the night wide awake.  *fingers crossed*

POTD: August 16, 2012

I've been craving these for weeks - really hit the spot today.  Love the crayons on them!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

POTD: August 15, 2012

Restarted Couch to 5K today - let's see if this time, I can actually keep up with it.

Journal: August 14, 2012

Well, today was quite the mess.  Trying to balance too many things, I guess and not used to it.  I was scheduled to leave for Canada today, knowing full well that I had training from what I thought was 8 to 12.  I talked to the project manager on the study for which the training was scheduled on Friday and we determined that I could leave at 11.  Plenty of time to get to the airport for my flight.  Unfortunately, when I received the formal agenda for the meeting, I realized that while the meeting was put in my calendar from 8 to 12 EST - the meeting was actually being held in central time.  Leaving at 11 central time wasn't going to do it for me to make my flight.  I'll never forget to check time zones again.  I moved my flight to later in the day - the only other flight of the day, to 8:50PM.  About 4PM I get an email from Useless Air that states that due to air traffic control delays, my flight won't leave until about 10 something, that puts me in Halifax at midnight and I still have to drive to Moncton - that's just not going to work.  So I call the study lead on this study and we decide that the only thing to do is reschedule - unfortunately, the site isn't available until the 29th.  Sigh, what a mess.  The good thing about it though was that I got to stay for the entire training and that was very helpful to me.

It was another tv night for us.  I'm still not sleeping right and getting motivated to do anything after not getting enough sleep is hard.  Something that did work this morning though was that I told Stew that I needed to be up and moving around before he left for work because I thought I was going to have to leave for the airport and I needed to be dressed and ready before the training started.  He decided the easiest way to do this was to get me to shower before him.  So he woke me up after starting the shower and didn't leave me alone until I got in the shower - that's good for me, that's what I need.  Seems a bit silly I suppose, considering my age, but whatever works, right? 

So in that way, I told him that instead of putting me in the shower, he needed to put me on the treadmill - so before bed tonight, I got out my workout clothes and he promised to wake me and not leave me alone until I started working out.  Hopefully being badgered to do these things will eventually just force me to do them myself - hey, I can wish. 

Even though we went to bed way late - we did manage to get all of the stuff done that we're supposed to get done before bed, so I'm feeling good about that.

Unfortunately, I didn't get to bed until 2AM - that 5AM wake up call is going to come too early.  Eventually, hopefully, I'll go to bed when I'm supposed to so I get enough sleep.  Until then, I'm getting up at 5, no arguments.

We had WaWa for dinner - my normal sandwich, Stew got pot roast and said that it was actually pretty good.

We watched the series ender of The Closer - it was pretty anticlimatic - I mean, the one case she hasn't solved in the whole duration of the show comes to a close at the end - yep, anticlimatic.  We're not sure we're going to watch Major Crimes but we're recording it just in case.  I love Flynn and Provenza - so I may watch it just for them.  I don't like Raydor though, so we'll have to see how that works out.  It's not like I really need another show to add to the long list of shows I already watch.

Dexter came in today!  But I'm on a CSI: NY kick right now.  Love Gary Sinese, so we delayed Dexter - we'll probably watch that one other day this week.  We'll see.

Too much damn tv, I'll tell you that.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

POTD: August 14, 2012

Forgot to take a capture of the weather for the week yesterday to include in my Project Life binder - so I took the screen capture today and that's the only picture I have for the day.  Really slacking!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Journal: August 13, 2012

What a day.  I went to bed at 9:30 last night with the hope of actually getting on some kind of sleeping routine.  Yeah, woke up, wide awake at 1:30 and couldn't go back to sleep no matter what I tried.  Finally fell back to sleep around 4:30 and then Stew woke me up at 5, I went back to sleep after he left for work.  Not a good way to start a Monday. 

I've hit a slump recently and can't seem to get out of it.  Of course, it can all be traced back to the fact that I've screwed up my pills again - why, oh why, do I do this to myself.  Is it really that hard to get up in the morning and take some freaking pills? Grrrrr.  So I pushed myself throughout the day to get through work.  It's off to Canada tomorrow, so I have to get my stuff together. 

Stew came home with groceries - he was feeling like Manwich which is a go to meal around here when neither of us feels like cooking.  It hit the spot.

Then it was a complete veg night as we watched The Glades, CSI: NY - season two; and Hell's Kitchen.  I loved that they brought all of the runner ups back.  Still hate Russel - he's a jerk, but it was awesome to see Kevin.  Stew and I really need to look up to see where he's working now.  Might want to see about making a trip to eat there. Unfortunately, I just looked it up - he's a caterer.  Oh well!

It was a pretty lazy day, not much to say about it.  Hopefully, I'll wake up tomorrow feeling better. 

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Journal: August 12, 2012

Woke up this morning, tired after getting in so late after the ballgame last night.  Stew slept in and I played in the scraproom and then we headed out to Bo Brooks to enjoy more time with Crystal and family.  We had a great time and great food.  The crabs were light, but they were seasoned well.  The onion rings were huge!  We all thought that it was the complimentary rolls coming out when we saw them at first, but no, they were the biggest onion rings we'd ever seen.  I had an awesome drink even if I can't remember now what it was called.  The crab soup was okay - not enough crab in it for me.  Phill's is so much better.  Only Stew didn't eat crabs.  He got fish and chips which he said was good.  The onion rings though, he didn't think they were the best.  The calamari was okay and Brandon ordered crab stuff shrimp, which he really enjoyed.  We had a good time talking and hanging out.  I really wish they lived closer.  We're going to have to take more trips up to see them!

They were going to hang out at the hotel pool today, so Stew and I came home (we were tired anyway!).  So we came home and watched the race.  That was maybe the most exciting race we've seen in a long time.  Nascar needs more races like that - especially the last few laps.  I couldn't believe Tony spun the way he did.  I really thought that he was going to do far better than he did - oh well!  The race was really, really good.  We enjoyed it. 

Then we settled in to watch TV, but decided we needed some snacks, so we ran up to Shoprite to get those.  It was a pretty lazy day after lunch, which was fine.  The work  week will be upon us again tomorrow.  Sigh...Off to Moncton this week.  Three days for a one day visit - not my favorite thing, but at least I love the site.  That makes it better.

POTD: August 12, 2012

Onion rings at Bo Brooks.  We all agreed that these were the largest onion rings we've ever seen.  As the waiter was bringing them out, we all thought they were the complimentary rolls. 

Saturday, August 11, 2012

POTD: August 11, 2012

Updates on Stew's hands - looking much better.  Wish they were feeling better. 

Friday, August 10, 2012

POTD: August 10, 2012

Stew went to the store tonight to pick up dinner and while there decided to check out the fresh fish selections - they actually have red snapper.  Yum.  Only problem is, someone's going to have to chop that head off before it gets brought home to me!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

POTD: August 9, 2012

Mom and Dad are famous!  Their picture and story were published in the online article about the Delran coffee shop.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

POTD: August 8, 2012

First time outside of places like Disney that there's been a rubber duck in my hotel room bathroom.  I found it pretty odd!

POTD: August 7, 2012

My view from above.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Journal: August 7, 2012

Woke up this morning to the most beautiful sunrise.  Stew captured this picture on his way out to his car.

Today was a pretty normal work day for me.  Did some things at home and then headed out to the airport.  Quick trip to Raleigh/Durham this week to perform my first pre-study visit for my new study that is finally starting.  Complicated, in-depth - love it!  I'm learning a lot. 

Got to the airport with no issues, love that I was flying Southwest today.  I seriously do not like any other airline.  We're boarding the plane and are told that the flight was full - well, lucky me!  There was one empty seat on the plane and guess where it was.  Right next to me....

Southwest is really moving toward putting WiFi on all of their planes.  I've never really played with it before but as a frequent flier, I get the service for free, so I was playing with it on my long (ha - one hour) flight.  It's so slow, but also cool.  You can shop at skymall and also watch the tracking of the flight.

The views from the plane were incredible as well.  The sky was just full of gorgeous views today.

When I arrived in Durham, I had to meet up with the Japanese monitor that is accompanying me to the site tomorrow to observe.  I called him when I arrived and we realized that he was in one terminal and I was in the other.  With the noise and the difficulty hearing over the cell phones, he couldn't understand me and I couldn't understand him.  We finally got him on the big yellow, Hertz bus, but it was a bit of a challenge.

Luck didn't go my way where Hertz was concerned.  Hertz now texts you the number of the stall in which your vehicle is and includes the type of vehicle.  The first text I received from them told me that I was to be in a Buick Enclave.  As this is one of the cars that I really want to check out when it comes time to buy a new car, I was excited - it wasn't to be, though.  By the time I got to the Hertz lot, I had received a new text.  They switched my rental to a Nissan Altima - come on guys, I can drive one of those any time I want.  Oh well, maybe next time.

I was telling the Hertz driver that I was meeting a colleague from Japan and that we were having trouble understanding each other - she was hilarious.  Each time she did some announcement over the speaker, she'd say it in English and then act like she was speaking Japanese and repeat it.  I was really stressed out when I arrived, so her sense of humor really helped me to calm down and relax.  And to note, I was the only one on the bus, so she was free to do that.  I really love Hertz.

Got the Hertz lot, picked up the other monitor (who, by the way, speaks fine English) and we headed to the hotel.

Once I arrived at the hotel, it was time to really buckle down and get ready for this complicated slide deck I have to present tomorrow.  Mostly continuing to work on pronouncing the names and things like that.  Giving presentations is something that really makes me nervous so I like to have it down.

When I checked in at the hotel, despite having two bottles of Evian in my bag - the hotel had Fiji - guess who bought some of that?

Went down to the hotel cafe to grab some dinner and realized that the grass in the decorative planters in the Courtyard lobbies is actually fake.  All this time I thought it was real.  HAHA - joke's on me. 

So, I'm getting to bed way too late again - but I took my pills way too late again.  Sigh.  One of these days I'll get this back on track.  Fingers crossed.

I have the morning to continue to prepare for this visit.  The nerves are starting already.

One funny thing today - on my way to the airport I got a text from Laura.  Seems WTK doesn't think he has enough freckles on his own.  So he took a marker and gave himself some more.  HAHA - funny kid.

POTD: August 6, 2012

Day 1 of Couch to 5K complete!

Journal: August 6, 2012

Pretty productive day for not having slept at all last night.  Woke up at 5 with Stew, put on my work out clothes, grabbed some water and a 5 hour energy, set up the tread mill and started the Couch to 5K program.  The first week's program is 30 minutes long.  5 minute warm up, 5 minute cool down which leaves 20 minutes, you run for 1 minute, walk for 1.5 minutes and repeat this.  I missed the run at the 15 minute mark and then didn't run after the 10 minute mark at all - going to fast on the treadmill I think since it's hard to adjust the speed.  I keep up with this, Stew and I will be going out to buy a new treadmill, for now though, I'll just do with what I have because I'm not putting out the money if I'm not going to use it.

I will tell you though, that I need to load some different music on my iPhone - working out to Kenny Chesney, yeah, not so good.  I mean there are some good songs - but I need some kind of pop music or the like!
Took a shower, got dressed, made a delicious smoothie with protein powder for breakfast.  1.5 cup of skim milk, 1 cup frozen strawberries, 1 scoop of chocolate whey protein, ice and 1 TBL of sugar.  If I used sweeter fruit - I wouldn't need the sugar, but the strawberries were too tart for me.  Tomorrow, I'm going to do natural peanut butter and banana - probably won't need the sugar with that.

Had my Monday morning meeting, not much going on there.  Preparing for my training visit that I'm conducting on Wednesday - got trained on yet another system my current study is using and otherwise, had a pretty busy day at work.

There was some facebook, some google reader, some you tube watching, and some Pinterest thrown in throughout the day for good measure.

About 3:30 - I was done with work.  Laid down on the couch in the living room to read and that was all she wrote.  Woke up when Stew got home.  Only took about an hour nap though, so hopefully, it won't affect me sleeping tonight.

Stew came home and made dinner - delicious parmesan and bread crumb crusted chicken, broccoli, and chicken flavored rice.  For now, I'm taking this weight loss thing one step at a time.  I'm cutting out all unhealthy snacks.  Not watching tv except for on Friday nights (because that's when I really snack) and I'm eating my three meals and if I need a snack in between - we're talking celery, carrots or fruit.  Drinking lots of water and working out.  That's enough.  I'm not going to really examine what I'm eating at those meals right yet.  For now, I'm going to spend a few weeks with just these new routines and then we'll work on our meal planning.

After dinner, I went in the scrap room for awhile and Stew watched his DVR'ed shows.

I'm tired as hell tonight and I'm off to bed.  Heading to Raleigh Durham tomorrow for a visit on Wednesday.  So have to pack and get all my supplies ready for my trip.  Quick one this week - fly out tomorrow night, fly home Wednesday night.

Now it's time for bed - hope I sleep better tonight than I slept last night.  Fingers crossed.

Update:  while washing my face before bed, I decided I'd had enough with the drain in the master bathroom sink - it was filling up with water and driving me nuts and no amount of drain cleaner had helped.  So Stew and I bought the Drano with the snake. 

We actually bought it a couple of weeks ago, but neither of us could figure out how to get the stopper out of the drain.  After talking to Phill yesterday, he told us how to do it and I decided to tackle the job.  I got myself a big bowl to catch any water that may have escape under the sink and then I got the stopper out, and got my plumber on - snaked the drain.  Let's just say that when it comes to cleaning of any kind, I can't stand my hair, but the water is running down the drain as good as ever now.  Go me!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Journal: August 5, 2012

Woke up this morning and played with my Silhouette a bit.  I seriously do not use this machine enough, which is why I don't own a Cameo, yet.  Until I start using the SD version more regularly, I can't see investing the money to buy the bigger machine - though I do want one so bad.  Since I'm still chugging my way through my Project Life album, I cut out some shapes for that and finally after owning this machine for so many years - figured out an awesome thing to do.  Normally, I cut out one shape at a time on the color of cardstock that I want.  Today, I thought, I have all of this extra space, let's cut out more shapes and just have them in case I want to use them later - DUH!  The level of intelligence shocks me sometimes, I can't even begin to tell you.

These are some of the shapes I cut this morning:

(too lazy this morning to rotate that picture - you get the idea)

After Stew got up and showers were taken, it was off to pick up the crabs from Salty Dogs before heading over to see Phill, Christina, and GEP.  

Funny story from Salty Dogs.  The girl at the counter is ringing up my order and she stops and says, "What does your tattoo say?"  So I tell her that it says "love, mom."  Turns out one of her best friends has the exact same tattoo.  I said, "Steve."  She asked me how I knew.  Ummm, he's my brother.  A brother who is in deep trouble with me.  He has an in at Salty Dogs and doesn't tell me about it.  Wait until I talk to that little brat.

Stew dropped me off at Salty Dogs and went to WaWa to get fuel, I walked over to meet him because there were too many u-turns involved for him to get back to me.  Went in WaWa for water, Pepsi, and 5 hour energy - which they now keep behind the counter and you have to ask for.  Apparently, kids/people are now hurting themselves with energy drinks.  I wish I was surprised.

Get to Phill and Christina's, GEP opens the door, says nothing and disappears downstairs.  Apparently, his show is more important than me.  Brat.  He did eventually come up and say hi and give me a hug.  He went with his uncle to get pizza for the two of them to eat since they're strange and don't eat crabs.  

The crabs were good if a little wet.  

The company was great, though when we left Stew says to me, "I love how when we come down here we all sit around and talk for hours, but why do we sit in the most uncomfortable place in the house?'  Hmmm, good question.

GEP and Stew spent a long time playing on GEP's DS.  The two little gaming geeks looked so cute together.

GEP and I got in the pool and then got kicked out of the pool by the pretty violent thunderstorms that swept through.  

Phill made crab soup which I fully intend to eat for lunch today.

The new sonogram pictures really show the features on AP (not sure on a middle name yet)'s face.  I'm still rooting for November 2nd as the birthdate.

Some GEP stories:

A couple of weeks ago, Christina took him to the doctor and while they were waiting for the doctor to see them, Christina was asking him to point out bones on a diagram of a skeleton that was hanging on the wall.  She asked about his funny bone and then was explaining to him where it was so he could point it out when he turned to her and said, "You know, it's really got to be all of them, because I'm really funny."

I told him I was going to tell his mother that he was being mean to me and he said, "She's right there, she can see."  

His father was spraying him with the hose while he was in the pool and after Phill was done, GEP took it upon himself to spray me with the hose, the funniest part though was when he turned it on the wimps who weren't in the pool.

Christina and Phill both told him about getting his towel wet because he was playing with the hose and his towel was on the ground.  So, he decided to dry it, by sucking the water out of it and then spitting the water out.  

My little budding artist (this is the kid who really doesn't like to color or paint or do crafts pretty much at all) and his Starry Starry Night painting.  I recognized it right away - good job, kid.

He's all ready to go back to school.

I asked him how his girlfriend, Riley was.  He told me that she's fine and that he wants to marry her, but she won't marry him.  I said, "Why not?"  He said, "Because she wants to marry Justin Beaver, everyone wants to marry Justin Beaver." 

Awesome day - got home around 10PM, washed my face, brushed my teeth, got ready for bed all in hopes of getting my routine back in order.  Laid in bed until about 11 dealing with the withdraw symptoms from my meds because I missed them two days in a row, decided that with or without the pills, I wasn't going to sleep, so I got up and took my pills, moved my stuff to the living room.  Laid in the living room until midnight watching the lightning.  Violent, violent storm - about midnight decided there's no way I'm going to get to sleep.  Went down to the craft room.  Started my Project Life pages for this week and uploaded pictures.  I looked at the last time I uploaded pictures - it was July 5th, and guess what, I couldn't sleep that night either.  I'm seeing a trend.  I think I finally fell asleep around 3:30 and Stew woke me up at 5.  I'm not sleeping in today and I'm not napping - I'm going to force myself into this routine.  So I got up, put my workout clothes on, weighed myself, started a load of laundry (the wet clothes from the pool yesterday), and worked out.  Starting the couch-to-5K.  My numbers were horrible, but it's a start.  It's all about getting up and doing something and I'm happy day one is done.  (calories 177)

Now it's time to get ready for the rest of my day, shower, breakfast, get dressed, hair/makeup and get to work.