Wednesday, March 29, 2006

To do list...

Prior to leaving I must:

1) Deposit check into bank. Damn Majority for not having direct deposit.
2) Finish laundry (including folding and putting away clothes)
3) Hunt down sandals; both the teva style and platform chunky heal ones.
4) Pack clothes and remember to pack phone charger. (me = procrastinator... I always leave packing to last minute)
5) Purchase gas for car, ice for cooler. (I will not be stopping at McDonald's or a gas station for munchies! NO NO NO!)
6) Dye hair deep red.
7) Pack activities for Lily to do in the car (I'm preparing for the fact that she may not sleep the entire way).
8) Load car.
9) Love on doggies, give them cheese so they miss me.
10) Parent-teacher conference at 2:30
11) Drive to Kentucky.

What are y'all doing today??

Monday, March 27, 2006

Update on fashion and latest goings on...

I decided (finally) that Lily and I will definitely be taking a road trip down south to Kentucky to visit my dad, step-mom, etc. It kind of settles my itch for a road trip and it also gives me and Lily some quality mommy-daughter time. It also gives Casey some much needed "I am a man and I must sit on the couch completely naked and play Ninja Gaiden Black" time. I think it will be good for all parties involved, although I have to admit that I'm already missing him (yes, I'm pathetic...).


I found out it is going to be 70-ish in Madisonville when I go and naturally that has me thinking about all of the wonderful summer type clothing I can wear. My taste in clothes this spring tends to be heading toward bohemian or crinkle style skirts with either a print tee-shirt or tank top, accented with some delicate hoop earrings and a blue and green (think peacock colours) 60 inch beaded necklace should round out the look quite nicely.
You can dress up the look with either the tank to the right and a pair of cute strappy sandals and some fancier jewlery (maybe even a belly dancer style belt?) or go more casual by throwing on a pair of black flip flops and a tee-shirt, ditch the accessories (although, I do recommend an ankle bracelet just to be cute) and go. It's a great look in my opinion.

I'm thinking I may be a bit behind the latest trends, but I tend to like my own thing. Maybe that makes me cutting edge?

In other fashionista news my hair goes back to red this evening. I'm in the mood and I want to do it before I go back to school tomorrow. Tonight is the only night I have to do it so why not?

I don't know if I'll update much before I leave. You never know. I'll try and update while I'm on the road, but no guarentees. Otherwise, I'll write when I get back on Sunday! I will have access to a 'puter some of those days, though. ;-)

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

"Make a loop..."

Well, we hit another milestone yesterday. This time, Casey got to be the one to experience the proud parent feeling first hand instead of hearing stories from me.

Lily and Casey were on the couch, putting shoes on (we were getting ready to go to family karate) and Lily asked Casey to help her learn to tie her shoes. I have to admit, I haven't been too much help in this department. My teaching someone to tie their shoe skills definitely need work. BUT Casey's method was apparently much more understandable and Lily successfully tied both shoes BY HERSELF!!! I'm a bit jealous, too. I've been working on this for about a month and Casey managed to succeed in ten minutes! I'm proud though and I think it is totally awesome that he got to show Lily how to tie her shoes. Sometimes he really needs to be reminded that he's a good parent and it was moments like yesterday that make him feel really proud.

In other news, I'm going to be starting a neighborhood watch group. Our neighbor across the street told us that he saw some guy prowling about. It freaked me out completely and I have alerted the other neighbors to this. We have all decided to take control of the situation and talk to the police about it see about getting more patrols in the area. We also don't like the fact that there have been a couple of cars that have been speeding through our neighborhood. There are quite a bit of kids around and that's just not a good thing. I figured the best thing to do is be proactive about it.

Well, it's time for us to go to school. Byeeeeee!

Monday, March 20, 2006

And the teeth go marching two by two...


...hurrah hurrah.

The tooth fairy will be making her second appearance this evening. Lily's second tooth came out this afternoon at approximately 5:10PM with Lily making the comment of: "Oh no! Not again!"

I figured it wouldn't be a horribly long wait after I noticed it was completely horizontal this morning. I think I'm going to become a pro at this tooth fairy thing by the end of it.

Being Nice

Today's big project has nothing to do with me or the home (although, I fully intend to do some laundry today as well as my "big project."

Alejandro (my Neon) is currently having it's tie rods replaced and Casey was nice enough to let me borrow the Jeep for the day. So, what else can I do but clean the bugger out for him. And trust me, it needs a thurough cleaning. If you think the outside needs a bath, you should see the inside. My hope is to make him feel bad for sitting in it dirty. My other reason for doing it is to eliminate any more cigarettes from the various hidey spots in the jeep. We've been having some issues as far as the quitting goes. For the most part, I'm mainly ignoring it. I've done the bugging him, I've done the conciously not bugging him and now I'm just going to sit back and go with the flow. If he quits, yeah, good for him. If he doesn't quit, I'm going to start hounding him about the money aspect.

At least if he doesn't quit, I get to have my cell phone back?? That was the deal. I give up my phone and he quits smoking. I think it was a fair trade because it was something we each love.

In other news, I'm toying around with driving down to Kentucky next week with Lily. Kind of an all girls roadtrip kind of thing. We'd leave either Thursday afternoon or Friday morning and come back Monday afternoon in time for Karate and swimming lessons. I really don't want to go without Casey, but at the same time I know he could use some naked guy time sans us girls. I dunno... I'm torn on the subject.

Well, I better get cracking. Lots of plans today and so very little time to accomplish them in.

Friday, March 17, 2006

Luck o' the Irish


On the agenda for this St. Patrick's Day:

1) Take Lily to Karate at 4:00.
2) Make dinner.
3) Convince my "dah" (dad, father, male parental unit) to go to Fiddler's Hearth to try a pint of guiness with me. Note: I'm not sure if they even sell pints here in the US, but I think I would much rather try guiness than drink green beer.
4) Watch Boondock Saints while embibbing various other types of alcohol.

That's the plan and I'm sticking to it. Oh, and I will also be listening to a bunch of Chieftans tunes and other Irish bands today as well.

Now, if you haven't seen "The Boondock Saints" go watch it. It's worth a rent.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Milestone


LILY LOST HER FIRST BABY TOOTH TODAY!!! We are now eagerly awaiting a visit from the toothfairy. Lily is kind of starting her own thing as far as the tooth fairy is concerned. She knows the tooth fairy is going to come and bring her money (Which she asked if she still got her allowance even though the tooth fairy is bringing her some money, smart girl.) but she has decided to write the tooth fairy a letter and draw her a picture, too. She took the letter ("Dear Tooth Fairy, I love you. Love, Lily) and the drawing and the tooth and asked me for a bottle so she could roll up everything and put it all under her pillow. Now, the bottle won't fit, but just to make sure she didn't loose her tooth, we put that in a paper towel and put that under her pillow.

I don't know who is more excited. Lily, because this is her first visit from the tooth fairy (we're expecting another visit quite soon... she has another wiggly tooth next to the one that just came out) or me, who gets to play tooth fairy for the first time. I'm excited, a bit proud, and a bit sad all in one. My baby is growing up...and losing her baby teeth. I really don't think I was ready for it.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

"Girls only want boyfriends who have great skills."

The more I think about this, the more I realize it's true. Ladies and Gentlemen, I married a scruffy version of Napolean Dynamite. To quote Mr. Dynamite from his self titled movie: "You know, like nunchuck skills, bowhunting skills, computer hacking skills... Girls only want boyfriends who have great skills. "

The evidence: Casey recently purchased a set of nunchucks and has been practicing nonstop with them (he's actually getting pretty good). Casey bowhunts. He has yet to kill anything with his bow, but it's not for lack of trying (insert stiffled giggle here). Casey plays on the computer constantly. Not to sure about his hacking skills, but yeah... I know he spends an awful lot of time on the 'puter. I once even considered writing a letter to Fargo over at Gamespy about "How I married a Geek" and how I coped with the constant hours of EQ, how things were scheduled around raids, etc. It would have been an amusing letter, that's for sure.

BUT YEAH... My hubby has great skills.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Baby Goat Names


Okay... I made a booboo on the goat names. They are Blondie and Lucy.

Blondie, naturally the blonde and Lucy the brown and white baby.

They're still damn cute and if you're interested in learning more about Boer goats and stuff, feel free to check out the Kingston Farm's blog (where these cuties-pies are located. My parental unit in-laws own the farm and it is quite fun.

Monday, March 13, 2006

Adorableness


This weekend has been nothing but mother nature saying "Hey! Kids are cute!" And not necessarily human kids, either... we're talking baby goats. Want proof? Here ya go.

These two adorable cutie-pies (Lana on the left and I can't remember the other ones' name, sorry!) were born Friday night. While we missed the actual birthing (there was a bit of drama and I will link to Kingston Farm's as soon as I get the link for the full story), these pics were taken Saturday afternoon. I'm still amazed that Lily actually held one! She gets braver and braver every day! While I didn't hold a goat, I did take plenty of pictures... and I didn't notice this until a few moments ago, but I really think that Lana, the baby goat Casey is holding.... Well, they kinda look the same... You be the judge.

Friday, March 10, 2006

Here a chuck, there a chuck, everywhere a nunchuck...



"Family" nunchuck (nunchaku) practice before dinner. I have a feeling that this will be a typical family evening for us. Take note of the "I hope this thing doesn't smack me in the head" look Lily has on her face. OH, and notice Ronin (the dog) isn't running, either. BTW: The nunchucks are foam.

More proof that six year olds with Nunchucks are just darn cute.

And our last picture is from a couple of nights ago. I like to call it "Unfair Fight."


Wednesday, March 08, 2006

I got to test drive this today...


The only difference between this and the one that I drove is that the one I test drove had white stripes on the bonnet. OHMYGODITWASSOMUCHFUN!!!

I completely blame it on Casey, because I asked him yesterday if I could go test drive it and he said I could and I just had WAY too much fun for my own good. Luckily, I wasn't the only one having fun because Lily had a blast driving around (we even had the top down for a bit despite it only being 50 degrees... hey, that's shorts weather up here!) and the dealer guy said that I "really knew how to handle that car." Granted, his word doesn't have much stock simply because he is a dealer and trying to get me to buy the car, but yeah... It was hella fun and I have decided that if I ever get another car, it most certainly will be a Mini Cooper Convertible, practicality be damned. (Now watch, my next car will actually be a big, honkin, gas guzzling SUV.)

Seriously, though, I cannot say enough about how awesome this car was to drive! The handling alone was amazing! I had heard the Mini's handling compared to that of a go-kart (and I had a go-kart when I was growing up so I know how they handle), and they weren't kidding. The responsiveness was incredible, the breaking was good (not that I breaked that hard to begin with), the gear shifter was quick and easy to use and... well, WOW!!! That's about all I can say to sum up my feelings for this car. I have never been quite so excited about test driving a car, either. I haven't shut up about it, with the exception of about 20 minutes of Soul Calibre.

A Drama of Minor Proportions


I was thinking "Hey, I'll be early for once!" this morning (I'm always atleast 5 minutes early for school, etc, but I wanted to be earlier) and as I get Lily in her coat and out the door, I walk off the porch and find my right rear tire, completely flat. It looked similar to the one pictured (No, I did not take the pic, the pic is curtosy of an image search for flat tire pictures from google.).

First thing first: get Lily to school. I grab her by the hand and start walking up the street to the Mariah's house. Mariah has a little girl that is in the same grade as Lily and she normally leaves the same time as me. You'd think we'd car pool since we only live a block apart, but she takes her other daughter to day care after dropping first kid off at school so that means completely opposite directions. Unfortunately, Mariah was not home. Luckily, Daniel (next door neighbor's son) was home and I was able to bum to get Lily to school. Thank you Daniel. Unfortunately, he could not stay to help me change the tire, so he just dropped me off at the end of the block and then home I came.

The drama didn't stop there, though. In fact, it was just getting warmed up. I started calling around to see if I could get a hold of anyone. I managed to get a hold of Jed, but he was in Elkhart and unable to help at time, so that didn't work. Mickie was not answering, Casey wasn't answering and Shay wasn't answering either. So, I got to the task of cleaning out the trunk so I could get the spare out.

I started yanking on the thing and was like "Why the hell won't you come out?!" The spare was screwed down! So, I unscrewed it, got it out of the trunk, only to find that there was no jack or tire iron in my car. Luckily, the neighbor across the street pulled up to his house shortly after I started circling the car, uttering swear words at it. Honestly? Didn't seem like anything better to do. He came over, kind of shaking his head and laughing and I asked him if he knew how to change a tire. I must have looked rather pitiful, because he helped. In fact, he even offered to follow me to the tire place after he got the donut on!

I called Montieth Tire and they were able to squeeze me in for a repair and while I was at it i had the tires rotated. They didn't charge me a dime! Thank you Montieth! I guess it helps that I bought the tires there and I have been going to Montieth for years.

Finally, around 11, I headed home. I decided that it wasn't worth going to school for an hour and a half (Elkhart is a 30 minute drive to our house), and then remembering it was going to roughly an hour before I would get to class (I had to go back home for my stuff), I called school and consulted with my teacher. She agreed that it would be best if I just wait until tomorrow to come in and didn't see the point to my coming in today. It annoys me because I enjoy school and I missed enough with my back being injured. Not only that, but we're doing state laws currently and well, that is a very dull thing to learn all by myself.

BUT at least my car is now fixed and the drama is over. Now, if I could get a nap in I'd be set. I really must finish up the laundry, though.

Tata for now!

Hello, Computer??


Just a quick note today. I wanted to let you all know that if I'm not around for a couple of days, we've been having issues with the fan that cools the power source in the computer. So, that means that we are unable to use the computer for more than a period of 15 minutes or so. It completely sucks, but until we get the thing fixed (which probably won't be until this weekend), I will be stuck in no computer land for fear of burning down the house (insert Talking Heads song here).

And stuff.

It really does suck, but basically all I am doing when I'm on is checking email to see if my Hatori Hanzo sword is on it's way (Casey was nice enough to spoil me with one... he got nunchucks!!) and to see what the weather for the day is like.

Well, I must go. I can smell ozone. I'll update the next chance I can! Oh, and Carrie... we'll see you this weekend!!

Saturday, March 04, 2006

I WANT THIS!!!



This, my friends, is a Hattori Hanzo sword. From the movie Kill Bill (Volumes 1 & 2). You can blame Casey, he found it. It's all his fault. That's okay, though, because the same site (www.kingofswords.com) also has a replica of Gimbley's ax from Lord of the Rings and he wants that... My advice: learn nunchaku first, then move on to the ax, babe.

Another busy Saturday


This morning I was up at 7:00, in the tub (I was quite stinky from last night's Karate class), and now I am in the process of prepping to leave for class. While I feel good and my entire body feels quite loose yet awake, I am also feeling very tired. My body is a walking contradiction! I figure I'll stop on the way to school and buy myself a Red Bull or something.

We got ourselves a membership to Sam's Club last night. We got there at 8:20, they close at 8:30, so we had enough time to get Casey some candy in preparation of quitting smoking on Tuesday. Why Tuesday? Several reasons. First, he wanted to start during the week so he'd be quitting while he was at work. Majority has quite a few projects going on so he's going to be quite busy at work this week. Busy = good simply because he won't have time to smoke. ALSO, if he quits on Tuesday, day four will be on Saturday. Saturday I am never home before 3:00PM (class gets out at 2:30). Day four is always a bad day. We have gotten into several fights on day 4 and personally, I really don't want to be around on day four. So yeah, those are our reasons for quitting on Tuesday.

Karate really kicked my butt last night. I mean REALLY kicked my butt. We started off class doing punches, but they were 360 punches. Basically, you jump in a circle and you're supposed to land where you started and then you punch. I don't have the coordination for that yet. I had hella fun trying, though!

I really must go now. I have to blow dry my hair and I have 15 minutes before I have to leave (that's if I want to stop for Red Bull).

Toodle-ooh!

Thursday, March 02, 2006

I want to learn to fight with this...



I can already see the well choreographed routine in my head, complete with kick ass black "ninja" costume and my hair in two little buns on the top of my head, tied with two long red ribbons. It's all very Chun-Li meets Princess Kitana.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Love notes from my hubby...

My hubby loves me! I found this note on the computer this morning. Casey wrote it last night. I really just wanted to brag.

"Oh and I just wanted to take some time and tell you how kick ass you have been. These past few weeks you have been absolutly stunning in all aspects of what you do. Despite an ever increasing lack of free time, new hobbies, school for both you and lily, lawyers, irs, and backpain, you are single handedly turning this house around, and cooking dinner to-boot.

Seriously, you have been doing so much that I have actually started feeling guilty about how much I do. With this amount of perfection from you, it will make it all that much easyer to quite smokeing when that day comes, also I am 100% positive that without you rocking so much I don't think I could have gotten throu this ruff patch at work. I just don't quite know how to put into words how pleased I am. You continually amaze me."

I think I will have a continuously giddy smile on my face for the rest of the week. I would bake him a cake, but I already did that (and for no reason what so ever, just felt like baking him a cake... it was german chocolate if anyone is curious)... so I think I'll make brownies this time around.