Sunday, April 30, 2006

NyQuil made me do it...

I put Spice Girls on Casey's IPod. I blame it all on the NyQuil I ingested this morning. I shall now run around laughing hysterically at my stupid little prank.

Oh, in case you were wondering, the bulk of the tunes were from the first CD but I also added the song "Spice Up Your Life" for good measure.

Don't worry, I also put some Kanye West on there.

Friday, April 28, 2006

Dear Sci Fi Channel, Please hire me...

I created this style in class on Thursday. My inspiration was watching way too much Sci Fi channel.

Back view. In the center you see a rope braid (with a regular braid tucked underneath, it is slightly peaking out on the left hand side....this was taken prior to pinning). On either side there are two inverted braids and also two smaller rope braids that connect on the bottom and are tucked in on either side of the head.

In this photograh, you have the style from the top. You can clearly see the three inverted/"cornrow" style braids connecting into the larger rope braid that run down the length of the head. You can also see the two smaller rope braids on the side of the head.

This final side angle, you can clearly see two of the three (the third can be seen in the mirror) "cornrows" and you can also clearly see the rope braid on the side of the head. You can also see how the braids are all intertwined on the sides. Unfortunately, you can also see the rubber band and where I tucked the end of the braid in to hide it, but it still looks really neat.

The entire style took about 45 minutes to do and most of that was me trying to decide what I wanted to do. I just kind of started braiding and went from there. I think it would be absolutely neat to work on some sci-fi tv show or movie or something, though. Maybe I should look into that??

Which one of these used to be two sizes bigger?

I'm still very much enjoying the fact that I went down two jean sizes. AND just to show off the weightloss (thanks ever so much to my father-in-law who said "Jess is just wasting away!" I got a really good bashful blush out of that one!) I took an "after" picture of sorts.

Picture one: Taken sometime in January/February? I'm not sure when, but it was cold out.

Now, compare this with picture number two, taken just this week. The angle, while slightly higher, still shows off the change in the face. You can actually see the starting outline of my cheeks, which have not been seen in a very long time. Also, take a peak at the somewhat hidden neck area. There is definitely a loss there.

I still have a ways to go (I'd like to drop another 20 lbs or so) before I get to my prime fighting weight, but it's coming off. Slowly but surely.

I have bragged enough for one day. You may go about your merry way.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Here's a thought...

So, Mr. Bush has finally made a remark about gas prices. I call it a remark because it didn't get more than two seconds of air time on the news. Here's a thought... Maybe if Mr. Bush actually had to pay for his motorcade's gas we would see a decrease in the cost of gasoline. I bet you that if anyone in the Bush administration had to pay for gas there would be a heck of a lot more bitching going on about gas prices.

This political commentary has been brought to you by the $30 it took to fill up my gas tank this morning. (Note: I had already hit just over $10 at just over three gallons...that's just ridiculous. I feel old by saying this, but I remember when $10 would give me a full tank of gas...that was just over 10 years ago, BTW.)

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

I shall now dance the Mepozian Dance of Joy

I went jeans shopping yesterday. I needed a new pair because my other jeans were too big. I purchased the exact same style of jeans... TWO SIZES SMALLER!!! I have dropped two sizes! This calls for a celebration! Pictures coming to a computer near you relatively soon. Now, if you'll excuse me I have to go dance and then get all my crap into the car or I'll be late for school.

Monday, April 17, 2006

I swear I'm alive!

Yes, I'm still alive. Something about my death being greatly exaggerated. It has just been a hectic week. I promise to update more, but it's just been so pretty outside it's kind of silly to stay inside and post about a beautiful day when one could be outside enjoying it.

That is all. You may all continue with your lives.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Has it been 10 years already?

This, for all of you unfamiliar with northern Indiana, is Mishawaka High School. Ten years ago in June, (specifically June 9, and the only reason I remember that is because it was the day before my birthday) I graduated from here.

I had a blast in high school. I think the only time I had more fun was my freshman year of college and I think that particular year was only fun because I was looking for new and interesting ways to annoy the ever-living crap out of my parents. That, however, is another story entirely.

Today is the day that I mail off the RSVP to the person in charge of the thing. They asked the standard questions of name, address, email and then they asked the question: "What have you been up to in the last ten years?" The following is my answer:

"I gained weight, lost weight, gained weight and am trying to lose it again. I married, had a child, divorced, got married again, bought a house, am back in school and am currently quite happy."

I decided to go with the short version of the story simply because I'll have plenty of time to bore people with the details at the reunion. I'm still trying to talk Matt into coming for the reunion. I haven't heard from him lately. I did, however, try to sweeten the pot by inticing him that I would call up Cheezlog and get him over to my house simply so we can continue the summer tradition of dumping a two liter of pop on him. You may be thinking "How awful!" But, who is to argue with tradition? We did it sophomore through senior year in high school (we didn't know each other freshman year), so why not relive the moment for old time's sake? Hmmm... maybe that is one of the many reasons Cheezlog didn't like high school? And do I really want Cheezlog knowing where I live?

In any case, I have decided that I want to start looking up people that I knew (mainly the people I'm curious about) and go from there. SO, if your name is (or was) Mary Dekever, Angela Moerchen, Brenda Dover (even though I know Brenda didn't graduate until two years after us), or you were a member of the Mishawaka High School Spell Bowl or Super Bowl team and graduated in 1996, drop me a line, okay??

Monday, April 10, 2006

A brief interlude of "Ah! Crap!"

Next year, I promise I will do the correct, adult-like approach to the return to school for Lily and set my alarm or get up with Casey rather than waking up only because the dogs are attempting to kill something in the back yard, noticing the alarm clock says 7:30, getting up screaming "Ah! CRAP!" and proceeding to make Lily get up and dressed in record time just so I can make sure she eats a good breakfast.

That is all. You may now all go about your day and anticipate my post about home improvements.

Friday, April 07, 2006

Vacation Part 2

So, we've covered four states, two days, mountains and now onto the part where not so much driving is involved. Note: this has taken me roughly 2 days to write (sheer lack of laziness on my part).

Thursday (the 30th) morning dad suggested that we go to either the zoo or the museum in Evansville on Friday (his day off). I hadn't been to either since I was about ten. Both places were sources of great amusement and a lot of time spent when I was little and I figured that Lily would have as much as I did, especially since lately I've noticed her becoming more and more like I was when I was little (incredibly outgoing and loving to run around). We decided that if the day ended up nice, we would go to the zoo and if it rained we would head to the museum.

Friday started out cloudy and a bit cool. So cool, in fact, that I decided to wear long sleeves. While there were rain clouds on the horizon, we decided to go ahead and chance the zoo so we had some lunch and off we went.

The first thing at the zoo was the reptile house, birds, nocturnal animals and the hippo and rhino. Lily had never seen a hippo or a rhinoceros other than on the TV and was impressed by their size. I was amazed at how smooth the hippo was (despite the rolls of fat)! I had seen hippos before, but had never been so close! Lily was more impressed with the rhino. At first, I couldn't really tell if the rhino was real. It honestly looked like an animatronic creature, something out of a B grade horror movie! Again, I had never seen one close up. From far away it almost looked like the Triceratops on Jurassic Park. Lily thought it looked like a dinosaur too and spent fifteen minutes watching it scratch it's back on the fence door going to the outside. We probably would have stayed longer, but Lily heard some people talking about tigers and Lily's absolute favorite animal are (currently) tigers.

There were two tigers in to separate habitats. One of them, Kashka, sat staring off into the distance, looking incredibly regal. This tiger was awesome! I could have sat there staring at her all day just wondering what she was thinking, but Lily quickly got bored. She did, however, think it was cool when Kashka yawned and we saw her huge teeth. The yawn was followed by a low roar as if to say "Excuse me, please don't look at me while I yawn." We then moved on to a special children's area called The Enchanted Forest.

In the Enchanted Forest area they had these monkeys, whose name escapes me, that for some reason reminded me of Casey. You be the judge on this one. I think it was the goatee that did it. We later came back to the exhibit because they were being fed carrots through the cage by two of the zoo keepers.

Next to the monkeys they had an exhibit of a member of the raccoon family whose species name was something like cotli? Cotlimundi? I'm not sure, but it was a member of the raccoon family (sorry gang, not enough time to research this right now). I thought they looked suspiciously like the R.O.U.S.' (Rodent Of Unusual Size) from the movie "Princess Bride." One of the zoo keepers kind of laughed and agreed and she promptly told the other zoo keeper who said "I never thought of it like that before, but ya know what? You're right! They do kinda look like ROUS'!" I snapped a quick pig before Lily dragged us away to see her new favorite animal... The otter.

The otter display was really neat! Unfortunately, they were a bit too fast for me to get a decent picture. They had a tunnel (built for people under 5' tall, but I went in anyway) that you could crawl into and sit and the otters would swim up to you and you would see them doing flips and twists and just having a fun old time in their aquatic habitat. They would climb up on the land and dive off this rock and into the water and swim up to the tunnel and go over the tunnel to the other side and dive and twist and flip! It was just so much fun! It really made you wish you were an otter!

The highlight of the trip for me was the giraffes. Yeah, I thought the other animals were interesting, but I got as close to the giraffe as a cat sitting on your lap. There was another family that was looking at the giraffes and one of the giraffes was eating the grass off the top of the wall. The dad grabbed some leaves from a nearby tree and started feeding the giraffe! While I'm probably thinking that wasn't the best idea digestively speaking, at the time I was like "Oh my gosh! That's freakin' awesome!" The dad offered Lily a couple of the leaves, but she was on the afraid side, so I took them trying to show her that it was okay. She still didn't want to feed the giraffe, so I was like "How often do you get to feed a giraffe?" So, I held out the leaf and slurp! The giraffe licked it right out of my hand! The tongue was slimy and gross and it was by far the coolest experience I have ever had involving an animal. I was even able to pet the giraffe! It's fur was a bit on the course side, but kind of soft at the same time. It's tongue was slimy but it's lips were soft like a horses' lips. It was definitely neat.

After that, we saw a few small monkeys and a peacock that had his tail fanned out. Then headed off to back to Dad's. Saturday we spent the day being lazy on Dad's sailboat. There was no wind so we didn't get to sail any (although we did chug around the lake and test his depth meter reader). By the time we got back to dad's house I had a nasty sunburn that kept getting more red as the evening progressed and prompted a trip to the local Walmart for some aloe vera.

Sunday (April 2) we drove home. I had never been so happy to be home! I didn't care about it being cold or rainy, I was just glad to be home and see Casey. I got the same stupid grin on my face that I would get whenever I was coming home from college to see Casey. I actually think it did us some good to be apart a bit. That whole heart growing fonder bit. We're definitely planning a trip down south, though, just the two of us. Dad said that we could use the boat whenever we wanted, so we're definitely going to take advantage of that.

Next: Home improvement projects! My attempt to plant stuff!

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Vacation Part One

We left South Bend last Wednesday to visit my dad (and stepmom). I did the whole parent/teacher conference thing and found out that Lily is doing wonderfully in school as always, but her reading is doing much better than I anticipated. She's reading at a level D and according to her teacher, they are supposed to be at a level C by the end of the year. That means she is one level higher than she needs to be. It makes me glad to be a mom when a teacher is telling you that you're doing a good job.

Mrs. Mah also congratulated us on the newly acquired shoe tying skills, which I attribute to Casey. He gets that one. I'm still trying to figure out how he managed to teach her how to tie her shoes in ten minutes, but he did and it was awesome. Way to go, babe!

I had the car completely packed and ready to go so all we had to do is stop for gas and hit the road. It is a seven hour drive to my dad's house and we made it in about 7 1/2 with stops for the bathroom and food. I eliminated the need to stop for drinks by packing a cooler. Now, if I had only thought of that when I roadtripped when I was younger, I probably would have saved myself a lot of money. We arrived in Kentucky around 10:15PM (South Bend time), I unloaded the car and the two of us crashed for the night.

Thursday the plan was originally to drive down to GA and pick up my Hatori Hanzo sword, but after chatting with my friend Jen, I decided to stay in KY and hang out with her. However, I didn't count on her going into labor, so that plan was scrapped and Lily and I were on our way to Georgia by 8:30AM. The drive was absolutely gorgeous! I had forgotten how beautiful western Kentucky and Tennesee were. The drive down took us through Ft. Campbell, KY, Clarksville, TN, Nashville, Chattanooga and finally an hour and a piece into Georgia.

The weather was amazing! It was a balmy 82 degrees but there was a nice breeze blowing through the mountains. Half way through the trip I rolled the windows down and turned the stereo up and introduced Lily to the joy of a carefree, no need to hurry roadtrip. Although, I have to admit, driving through some of the mountains south of Chattanooga was a bit nerve-racking. There were several times that I noticed myself gripping the wheel rather tightly and conciously had to make myself relax. Lily's reaction to the mountains was awesome. We took her dragon book with her and she kept telling me that there are some dragons that live in mountains and the also kept telling me that she thought she saw one. I always think it's so neat to watch her experience something new for the first time. It's almost like you're experiencing it for the first time, too. I think I annoyed her, though, asking her all sorts of "What did you think of this... how was that??" questions. Right before we left, she picked up the phrase "Sheesh! Mom!"

I keep waiting for "Mom, take a chill pill!"

Marietta was beautiful. It also looked like a rather expensive place to live. I drove right through it on my way to the store. The houses were huge and new and everything seemed so busy! The store itself was tucked back into a small plaza and the owner was incredibly nice. He even went to their warehouse and picked up the poster for me so I wouldn't be charged shipping for the poster! It was a really nice thing to do. It was definitely a geek's haven and I found several things that Casey would have gotten a kick out of. If I had the cash, I would have gotten him an ax very similar to the one his EQ troll, Blazz, used. Maybe for his birthday???

The drive back was more annoying than on the way down. We were stuck on I-75 North for close to two hours due to an accident. We were stopped for about an hour and moving about 2 miles an hour after that. Thankfully, it appeared that no one was seriously injured (a truck had jackknifed with it's contents of clothes spilling, but nothing too bad) and we finally were on our way.

I took this awesome picture of Nashville on the way back. Casey and I are planning on taking a roadtrip down south just so he can experience some of the sights that I did. I can't get over how beautiful it was. Part of me feels bad about talking about it so much, but it was incredible! The trees were all starting to bloom and there were these gorgeous dogwoods that were purple blooming on the side of the road.

Next: Our trip to Mesker Park Zoo in Evansville and feeding a giraffe.

Even Quicker Update

Hello all. I just wanted to apologize for the lack of posts. Between school, house, karate, swimming lessons and studying/practicing I haven't had much time for anything and I haven't wanted to do much of anything but relax when I finally get home.

I am hoping that this weekend I will finally be able to post vacation pics, giraffe feeding pics and my latest project at home pics (I planted stuff!). Until then... just keep being patient!


Monday, April 03, 2006

Quick update

This is going to be quick just cuz I didn't realize I was going to be this tired and I have a list of things I want to do for Casey today (I came home to a relatively spotless house, with the exception of a pile of laundry and i want to get that and the mess that I created when I dumped all my stuff on the floor cleaned up).

I am back. I am sunburned (the temp was around 75 all the days I was down there, with the exception of Thursday when I was in GA. It reached about 83.). And I fed a giraffe.

There will be a larger update with pictures sometime later today.

I leave you with the knowledge that I missed Casey horribly, but I had fun nonetheless.