Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Labels: Random Thoughts
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Sometimes, I wonder why I became a school psychologist.
I spend most of my days giving people bad news--
- your child is autistic
- your child is mentally retarded
- your child is emotionally disturbed
- your child has ADHD
- your child has a learning disability
- your child does not qualify for special education
You would think that the last one would be a good thing, but even that is bad news to most parents. Your kid does not qualify= sorry your kid is failing school, we just can't figure out why OR your kid isn't bright enough to be learning disabled or impaired enough to be mentally retarded.
Every once in awhile this job wears me out.
1. What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Cookies and Cream Ice Cream—or if I'm going out—I love Birthday Party Remix at Coldstone
2. What is your earliest memory?
I'm not sure if this is an actual memory or if I've just heard it too many times. My first memory occurred at the age of 2. I went outside, pointed at the full moon and said, "Holy Sh*t mom! Look at the moon."
3. What is your earliest memory of a dessert?
Damned if I know.
4. Do you have any recurring dreams?
I do, but I don't really remember them until I have them. I remember my dreams for about 2.5 seconds.
5. Have you ever dreamed about dessert?
6. What is one thing (aside from a cell phone or computer) that you cannot go the entire day without?
CHAPSTICK. I told you that I was addicted last week.
7. What is one dessert you could go your entire life without ever having again?
Plenty. I'm not a big dessert fan. I could spend the rest of my life without anything banana, any/every pie, ice cream, chocolate cake, pudding, and jello. I will eat ice cream and pies if the mood strikes me, but I wouldn't cry if I couldn't. I'd die without candy!
8. If you could go on vacation tomorrow, where would you go? (Assume someone else is footing the bill, but within reason…so "the moon" won't work)
A Mediterranean cruise would be nice. Have I mentioned that I'd love to go to St. Lucia lately?
9. If you could have any dessert tomorrow, what would you have (assume someone else is buying it for you. Within reason though, no "gold sprinkled ice cream cones.")
Angel food cake, with fresh strawberries, and cool whip. My favorite.
10. What was your first impression of your significant other? If you're single, what was your first impression of your best friend?
Look at those eyes (everyone thinks that about him at first). He's so cute. I bet he's got a girlfriend.
11. What is your first impression of dessert pizza? (Personally, I think it's weird. I love dessert but I don't want any on my pizza.)
I don't have an opinion.
from (title unknown) by RootsAndRings
My parents arrived bright and early on Saturday and we got to work. My mom and I headed to home depot to buy wood floors and the boys stayed home to remove the toilet, the sink and the baseboards. My husband decided to get really handy and changed out all of the gold fixtures with pewter fixtures.
We decided to go with oak laminate flooring in the bathroom because I love the look of wood floors in the bathroom. Plus, click and lock laminate is a million times easier to do than tile (which was a major plus). We bought one box of 20 sq ft. oak floors and we were out the door. We spent day one installing the new floors, repainting the ceiling and the walls, and cutting the new baseboards. On Sunday, we taped off the entire room (we went with stripes), painted, installed the gorgeous new baseboards, installed the new light fixture and reinstalled the toilet and sink.
Overall, the entire project took about 12 hours and it looks a million times better. It's nearly impossible to take a good picture in a half bath, but this is what we came up with.......
The new light fixture-- much nicer than our old one, which looked like light bulbs stuck in a 2x4.
I loved the idea of horizontal stripes to open up our small bathroom. In this picture they look a bit orange, but the colors that we used were Glidden's Antique White and Natural Linen.
We still need to install our towel ring and toilet paper holder, but we just haven't gotten around to it. I'm also looking for some art or accessories to put over the toilet. Do you have any ideas?
Our old sink had the standard gold home depot fixtures, I love the look of the new ones.
and best of all.. the amazing floors. They really look phenomenal and we're so excited about them. Our dining room, hall way and kitchen have laminate wood floors and these match well, without being too matchy matchy.
So how much did we spend-
20 SqFt of Oak Laminate flooring- $69.00
New Light Fixture- Home Depot- $28.00
2 Gallons of Glidden Paint- On Sale- $28.00
Pewter Bathroom Fixtures- Recycled from my parent's old bathroom- $0.00
New 6 inch baseboards- $25.00
Monday, February 22, 2010
I am blessed to have two very talented and very handy parents. If you asked me if I appreciated their handiwork skills when I was ten, I would have said, heck no. That's because I was hanging drywall by the age of ten. I spent many a day during my youth playing in drywall buckets. Now that I'm older, I appreciate their expertise and take full advantage of their remodeling know how when they're willing to come help.
Since we bought this place last May, I've been wanting to change up the downstairs half bath a little bit. It wasn't awful, so I wasn't in a huge rush, but it left much to be desired.
Finally, I couldn't take it anymore. After fifty million attempts to scrub this floor clean, it just didn't have any shine left in it. It was dirty, dingy and the baseboards were a wreck. The previous owner didn't believe in using a level.
I actually liked the color blue that was on the walls, but I had no idea what it was and didn't feel inspired enough to color match it. Instead, I wanted an overhaul.
My parents agreed to spend about 6 hours here on Saturday and another 6 hours with us on Sunday and we banged out a bathroom design on a dime.
Remodel pics are coming soon........
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
But I think I'm the only one left that is not having a baby. I swear, every other person that I know is knocked up (or if you're easily offended), with child.
I'm a normal newlywed. I want a baby too. However, I want one last exotic vacation with my husband a lot more than I want to sleep in two hour increments.
I'm putting us on the one year plan.
I'll force my husband to take me to St. Lucia (and yes, we're going to plan this around Jake and Vienna/Tenley's honeymoon) for our one year anniversary-moon and then I'm ready to rock and roll.
Do all you pregnant people (and I know there are a lot of you) have any advice for someone that's about a yearish out? Should I really, Take Charge of My Fertility (as my friend Amanda recommends) now or can I wait awhile?
In the meantime, I'll ooh and ahh over your babies while soaking up my last year of....
- sleeping until 10am with my husband
- random weekends away
- leaving town on a moments notice
- exotic vacations
- white home decor
Labels: baby fever
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
2. If all jobs paid equally, what occupation would you want? Why? A stay-at-home mom. I think the reasons are obvious. I would be willing to bake cupcakes on the side.
3. If you could be any animal in the world, what would you pick? Why? I would probably be a giraffe. A spoiled giraffe that lives in a zoo and is taller than the buildings around me.
4. If offered one “service” free of charge, which would you choose? (chauffeur, maid, personal shopper, chef, etc.) ? Could I please have all of the above. I hate driving but if I had to choose I would pick a maid. I'm over cleaning.
5. What is one habit, no matter how hard you try, you just can’t seem to break? Chapstick. I'm 100% addicted. Bonne Belle only.
6. What is one thing that no matter how many you own, you still love to buy all the time? Shoes. I'm a chick.
7. Out of all the game shows (past and present), which would you want to be a participant on and play? American Idol. I want to be Carrie Underwood.
8. If you could play the lead role in any movie that’s already been made, which movie would you pick? I'd be Elle Woods from Legally Blonde. She rocks.
9. Name 5 things on your bucket list (things you want to do before you die). Become a mother, become a grandmother, travel to every country in the Caribbean, become debt free, and learn photography.
10. Which one of your birthdays was the best? What did you do that day? I love birthdays. I turn birthday into birthday month. My favorite birthday was probably my surprise 17th birthday. We had tons of food, a dance party and half of my high school attended. Those were the days!
Labels: ten on tuesdays
The husband and I spent our Valentines day weekend in Solomons, Maryland. We're determined to travel more in 2010, so this was our February trip.
Of course Solomons is more active during the summer, but it was incredibly relaxing for the weekend. We stayed in the cutest little B&B. Although I made the reservations, upon arrival I found out that the husband had done some investigating and upgraded our room AND had flowers in the room upon arrival. He's romantical like that.
Monday, February 15, 2010
Today, Jake and the girls head to St. Lucia. I find that very annoying. I want to be in St. Lucia. Instead, I'm in cold, snowy Maryland.
St. Lucia is the perfect place to fall in love, says Jake. I'm going to try that line on my husband later.
Jake starts off by talking about the girls. He thought Gia was just a gorgeous bathing suit model type- when really she was a dork whose shoes were stolen in high school.
Back in San Fran, they show Ali crying in her bed. She's sleeping with his head shot. The jig is up.. this is so planned. She's obviously in a hotel room. This is all far too reminiscent of what went down with Ed-- only this time, the one who leaves doesn't win. I bet Ali was paid to join the cast and to play this role.
Up first, Gia. Jake thinks she may be holding back. I just think she's stupider than he thinks she is. Jake asks her if she likes boats. Like, Duh! Of course she likes boats.
They dance in the street and Jake may know how to slow dance-- but the boy cannot rock out to reggae. They shop around town and buy matching rasta necklaces. After shopping, they get to eat a private dinner on the beach by candlelight (no fair). Jake hopes that she can open up and Gia wants to open up and tell him that she loves him.... but she hasn't yet (to his face). Jake gets all romantical and Gia looks like a deer in headlights-- maybe she doesn't get it?!? Jake and Gia make out a lot, a lot, a lot.
Jake and Tenley meet up next. First up, a helicopter ride around the island. Next up, they are having a picnic in the rain forest. Tenley asks about how they would date in the real world. Hello, they would just jump on a jet and travel everywhere, Jake says. They make out on the beach and in the ocean. Tenley lays it all out on the line and tells Jake that she's falling in love with him. They both love to dance so they slow dance without music while making out some more.
Lastly, we're going to see Vienna. Jake and Vienna are going to spend the day on a pirate ship. Jake and Vienna make out a lot and lick each other (huh). They spend the afternoon dry humping on the bow of the ship. Jake seems more fun when they are together-- smacking her ass and fooling around. During dinner they have serious conversation about marriage and love. Jake asks her what kind of ring she would want and she seems psyched. Vienna tells Jake that she's in love with him and he seems really excited about it.
Oh lord-- Jake just said his heart glows (not cute).
Vienna really wants time to dry hump Jake tonight. She has a surprise for him and comes out in a little nightie. Jake finds her very sexy. Hmmmmmm.
What do you know-- Ali is calling. She regrets her decision and acts like a dejected puppy. She wants to come back. Wow, this is shocking. I never saw this coming. This chick moans a lot. This is the phone call that never ends-- just like the night she left. Jake hems and haws and tells her that it's too late. Perfect- setting her up to be the next bachelorette. This is all part of their little plan. This show is becoming so predictable.
Jake is having a hard time deciding what to do. He is in love with all three girls (yuck). He watches the videos and I'm thinking that Gia is going to get the ax. I'm not feeling them.
That was obvious. Gia goes home. She is very sweaty and is laughing awkwardly throughout their goodbye.
Next week... the women tell all!
Friday, February 12, 2010
Thursday, February 11, 2010
I am SO over the snow.
It started on Friday around noon. It snowed Friday afternoon, into the evening, and through the next day. On Sunday, we were snowed in. The roads were terrible and there was well over 2 1/2 feet of snow on the ground.
On Monday, school was cancelled. The husband and I finally got out of the house. We went to lunch and had a shopping date (to be exact). Then, the snow came back.
On Tuesday is snowed, well into Wednesday. School was cancelled. I finally left the house today for lunch and a little shopping with the husband.
Does it sound like we've come full circle?
I need sunshine.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
1. Fill in the blank. Sometimes I wish my life was richer in regards to money and friendships.
2. How do you cure the hiccups? I wish I knew-- that might help make my life richer.
3. What are three of your favorite indulgences? Pedicures, Swedish Fish and Beer.
4. Where is the most exotic place you would like to travel to? The most mundane? I would love to stay in a hut in Tahiti-- and that's about as exotic as I get. The most mundane, I'd love to do a girls trip to Savannah or Charleston.
5. Does having your time planned out stress you or relax you? It relaxes me. I'm a planner and an organizer so I enjoy knowing what's up.
6. What are your favourite fabrics to wear? Hmm, I wear cotton the most but I'd prefer to wear cashmere daily.
7. Do you sleep through the night? I do, except on Sundays. I can never fall asleep on Sundays.
8. When you were younger, what did you think you would be doing at this age? How close is that to what you are doing? Ha. My parents married very young (23) and had 3 kids by 26 so of course I thought that I'd be rich, married and with child by 23. I am married, but we're far from rich and we're not considering kids for another year or so.
9. What has surprised you most about growing up? That you need to schedule fun to avoid the mundane. As a child, it was so much easier to simply live simply.
10. Are you good at keeping secrets? If you ask me not to tell anyone, I'm pretty good at keeping secrets.
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Labels: ten on tuesdays
Monday, February 8, 2010
It's time for Hometown dates ya'll!!
First stop, NYC-- lemme guess.. Gia? Yup, you've got it.
I haven't noticed this before, but Gia is a swimsuit model. Who can pay NYC rent on a swimsuit model budget? Anyways, Gia loves hopping into Jake's arms and that's how they start the date.
Oh my god- Jake is wearing a weird Rasta bead necklace. This is almost as bad as last weeks turtleneck.
Gia's last boyfriend cheated on her with all of her friends. That sucks. Gia's brother Eric was last seen on the Jersey Shore and Gia's mom looks like a Jersey Shore Cougar-- except she would say Cou-gaaaaaaaaaaah.
Blah, the snow warning sign is on my screen. Crap, I'm so over snow.
Damn. Gia's mom is wearing a skirt that barely covers her crotch. Yikes. The date with Gia and family is relatively lame and they aren't showing us much. Gia's mom is pumpin' her up and tells her that he's SO in love with her. Isn't it obvi? I don't see it. Back at dinner, the Jersey Shore brother threatens to beat Jake down and to break his legs if he hurts her.
That date sucked.
Moving on, they're in Massachusetts visiting Ali and family.
Ali jumps into Jake's arms and they pick up right where they left off. The two of them seem way more comfortable together than Jake and Gia do. Jake is all about telling her how much he missed her, which he never says to Gia. Ali and Jake spend the afternoon talking about her dead grandmother and exploring her abandoned house. Afterwards, he moves on to meet her mom, sister, and brother. Jake asked her mom for her blessing for Ali's hand in marriage. Ali lays in on the line and tells her how happy she is and how she'd say "yes" to marrying him in a second. She loves him so much that she cries as he leaves.
Next up, it's Tenley's turn.
The pair take a little stroll through the woods and stop for a little cocoa by the lake. Tenley takes Jake to the dance studio and she choreographed a dance for him. Awkward and raaaaaaaaaaaaaaaandom. This is seriously weird. She's spazing around the room in a paper sack skirt. Tenley's family seems pretty cute and her mom looks super young. Jake asked Tenley's father for his permission for her hand in marriage and he gave his blessing.
Seriously, WTF was that dance? .. and what is with all the purple that Jake is wearing?
Looks like they saved Vienna for last.
She seems super excited to be home and they take the boat out for a trip on the river. Vienna's family is not what I expected. I expected super rich, but they seem like regular folks.
Back in L.A., Ali knocks on the door at Jake's hotel. Ali just found out that she has to chose between staying here and going back to work (Ed/Jillian, deja vu much?). What is with these people-- don't they know that they shouldn't sign up for the bachelor if they can't take 6 weeks off of work? Afterwards, she leaves and she collapses in the hall in tears over this decision.
Here's Chris-- my little Chris and his punk ass tie (skinny ties=yuck). Chris and Jake talk over Ali's situation. This whole situation is pissing me off. The bachelor should be able to punish people for leaving early. Don't they sign a contract? If not, after two seasons in a row, they should probably start.
Ali pulls Chris aside and asks to talk. She's looking a bit rough this evening and says that she still doesn't know what to do. Yikes, I know you're depressed, but it's called a brush-- you should try one. She hems and haws and cries on his lap. She messes up her hair, tells him that she loves him and makes out with his ass. Chris interrupts the moment and asks if she's going to stay or go (anyone else notice she's not sitting like a lady?) and she cries out and looks miserable, "I just neeeeeeeed more time." This is a train wreck.
Finally, after all of that, she tells him that she has to go. He walks her out, and the rest is history. Jake still makes out with her by the limo after she tells him she's leaving. Jake, boy, grow some balls. She didn't choose you.
For the first time ever, there is no rose ceremony tonight and the group is off to St. Lucia. If Ali pulls an Ed I'm going to be SO pissed.
I'm here with the same blog post that all of my mid-Atlantic friends have had over the last few days. :)
Snow, Snow, and more Snow.
My husband took this picture a little more than halfway through the storm. I have no idea how much we really got after all was said and done, but it was a lot.
The snow started on Friday at about 12pm and it continued through Saturday evening. This picture was taken at about 11am on Saturday morning. I was already knee deep and we had about 6 hours of storm left.
There's the husband attempting to dig out our front walk. My car is parked right there-- you know, the red one. ha.
We had no school today and there is no school tomorrow. The roads are still in terrible shape and (dum, dum, dum) we're due to get 10-12 more inches tomorrow. Ugh, I have no idea where all of this snow is going to go.
Saturday, February 6, 2010
If I were a month, I'd be October.
If I were a day of the week, I’d be Saturday.
If I were a time of day, I’d be 11 am.
If I were a planet, I’d be Neptune.
If I were a sea animal, I’d be a lobster.
If I were a direction, I’d be South East.
If I were a piece of furniture, I’d be a fluffy armchair.
If I were a liquid, I’d be a frozen margarita.
If I were a gemstone, I’d be a amethyst.
If I were a tree, I’d be a cherry blossom.
If I were a tool, I’d be a power saw.
If I were a flower, I’d be a tulip.
If I were a kind of weather, sunny days and clear skies.
If I were a musical instrument, I’d be a piano.
If I were a color, I’d be purple.
If I were an emotion, I’d be content.
If I were a fruit, I’d be a watermelon.
If I were a sound, I’d be rainfall.
If I were an element, I’d be gold.
If I were a car, I’d be whatever Volvo Edward drives.
If I were a food, I’d be lasagna.
If I were a place, I’d be home.
If I were a material, I’d be silk.
If I were a taste, I’d be purple grapes.
If I were a scent, I’d be green apples.
If I were an object, I’d be an airplane.
If I were a body part, I’d be a rib cage.
If I were a facial expression, I’d be a smile.
If I were a song, I’d be upbeat.
If I were a pair of shoes, I'd be ballet flats.
What would you be?
Friday, February 5, 2010
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
a.k.a. who in the hello operator do I look like?
You've seen me, now help me out.
If you know me in real life, I expect you to answer this even more so than the people who have only seen me in pictures.
Unfortunately, I do not have the best pictures saved on my new computer and I'm too lazy to go find more. Hopefully, these will give you enough to go on. That's me, second from left at my bachelorette party.
Acting like a twin at my bachelorette party. Click on it if you want to see me up close and personal.
On my honeymoon.
1. What is your favorite travel destination spot?
The carribean. I am one of those people that feels a vacation should be a vacation. No running around, no dashing out to catch every single sight, no guilt about missing the latest exhibit in Paris, no waking up at 7am to hop on the tour bus. That's work, I like vacations where I can relax. My idea travel destination includes the following:
1 lounge chair
2 good books
a beach or pool
bottomless frozen drinks
carribean music playing
soft ocean breezes
2. Cats vs. Dogs
If you asked me three years ago, I'd say that I were a dog person. Now, I can take em or leave em, but I couldn't live without my two kitties. They are the best. My cats know when I'm sad, they know when I need to cuddle, and Sage even catches and retrieves her toys.
3. Do you believe in fate?
I think that I do. I think that a lot of the things that have happened in my life were a direct result of a little hard work and a little fate. For example- moving to Maryland. Why the heck would I move to Maryland? Everytime I drove through Maryland, I thought it was a dump (I happened to always stop at the most ghetto exits off of I-95- I didn't know any better) and I had no ties, no family and certainly no friends in Maryland. It had to have been fate.
4. Do you believe in karma?
I don't want to, but it happens all the time. Everytime I think about doing something that I shouldn't, I hear Justin Timberlake singing in my ear, "What goes around comes back around." It puts a lil' pep in my step.
5. Everyone has a unique laugh. Do you like yours?
I love it and I laugh a lot. In fact, my brother calls me Giggles.
6. Is love really all you need?
Love is great, but I think that trust, loyalty, honesty and two people that want the same things are just as vital as love.
7. What’s your take on the whole 2012 scare?
Crap, what scare? Are you trying to give me anxiety :)
8. If you won a million dollars and had to give it all away, who would you give it to?
I would donate it to special education departments in local elementary schools. They need so much and are often overlooked by parents, community, etc.
9. Do you believe in God/religion/the power of prayer?
I wasn't raised with religion, but I told my husband that I would be open to joining a local bible study or devotions study for people between the ages of 25-35. I would love to learn more and I think it would be a good way to meet new people/make friends. The balls in his court now.
10. What New Year’s Resolution do you always make but never keep?
I don't make them, so I don't have to keep them! Avoidance is best.
Monday, February 1, 2010
The crew arrives in San Fransisco and the girls arrive at their suite. Tenley gets the first one-on-one date. They start off with a private trolley ride through the city. Tenley is cute, but she kinda reminds me of a chipmunk that inhaled too much helium. No girl can be that positive all the freakin' time. Come to think of it, Tenley kind of reminds me of Trista-- they have both mastered the baby talk and they kind of look alike.
Back at the suite, the girls (Ali and Vienna) are throwing down, again. Blah, Blah, same old, same old.
Jake admits that out of all of the girls that are there, Tenley is the one that he pictures most as his wife. Jake is wearing a super metro sexual turtleneck on this date. If Tenley can see past the turtleneck, she's in. If Reality Steve is right and she's not the winner, I'm guessing that she'll be the next Bachelorette. No doubt.
Next up, the two-on-one date with Vienna and Gia. They arrive at a gorgeous vineyard and Jake holds both of their hands as he walks around the castle. Their date is a little awkward. Gia's mute and Vienna is monopolizing the date. During Gia's individual time, she lets him know that she is hurt by his whoreish leg on lap treatment. Jake reassures her that he's falling for her and he tells her how gorgeous she is. Vienna starts exploring the castle and I think she's trying to drop in on his time with Gia........ and she finds him. Awkward! During their time together, Jake seems really weird and distant. It may just be a bad edit, but he does not appear to be having a good time with her.
After Jake puts them to bed, Vienna stalks off to find him in the middle of the night. Jake was laying in bed, "not quite naked, but close" and he had DIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIRTY thoughts about Vienna. Ha.
Next up, his date with Corrie. They have yet to kiss, so she's hoping to get a little nookie tonight. However, this date is a little awkward so far. On the boat, they aren't really speaking to one another. They move on to a candlelight dinner in the aquarium (very cool) and they have a good chat annnnnnnnnnnnnnnd they finally kiss.
Lastly, it's time for Jake's date with Ali. I think that she has a pretty unfair advantage right now, considering the fact that they are in her hometown. As a side note, cute dress, but I can't stand boots with summer dresses. If you are wearing a sun dress, there is no need for knee high suede boots. end rant. They end up in a public park and she's straddling him on a blanket while making out. While they're making out, fifteen assorted families walk by and I don't think that they all enjoyed that show. She ends up frolicking in the water with her suede boots on. See, that's why you shouldn't wear boots to the beach. DUH.
Back at the rose ceremony, things are a little tense. Tenley is worried and scared. Corrie is scared that she's going to be labeled a virgin. Jake has fallen for all five women which is whack. You've spent like two days with them total when you add it all up- pull it together man.
So who gets the rose?
That means that Corrie is going home. Too bad-- she was probably my favorite. Jake gave her the ax because she was taking so long to open up. I mean come on, yo- this show spans at least five weeks- shouldn't she be head over heels with him by now? He cracks me up.