Tuesday, December 30, 2008

She stumbles slowly to the computer, wearing the FSM pendant her sister-in-law got her...

Christmas is over. Done. Finito. Adios, bye bye. Tomorrow ends 2008 and frankly, I think I'm soooooo over 2008. It was so 2008 ya know? I'm being silly. I know. Hee hee.

It's been busy 'round here. Well, I say busy, but we've been a bunch of slackers. Casey's back to work as of yesterday, Lily is over at her abuelita's house, Jackson is napping and I've got a load of dishes in the dishwasher and a load of laundry in both the washer and the dryer. Wait, I'm not slacking... Although, I still have yet to discover what that weird smell in my kitchen is. I've looked all over for it and it's just not allowing itself to be found. I think I may boil some cinnamon or something because I can't figure it out! My brain hurts from thinking too much about it.

We are currently hosting Matt and Ben in from Seattle. I am glad my sweet baboo and his sweet baboo are crashing with us. It's nice to see them and it's nice to hang out and play Rock Band with 'em. We got up this morning and played an hour before they had to jump in the shower and head off to meet Matt's family. This leaves me with doing nothing much but cleaning and hanging out with Jack. It has been a relatively quiet day. I'm enjoying it. First one I've had in a while.

Things are about to ramp up with our new production and come next tuesday I will more than likely be named Vice President of MAF, or Mid America Filmmakers. Woot. I'm looking forward to that challenge. I also have Tara Eary, a local filmmaker who's most recent flick got shown at DragonCon (and won a prize, but I don't remember what it was) approaching me to produce her latest endeavor. I haven't told her anything yet especially seeing as how I want an outline of her proposal and everything. At this point, I'm looking at each experience as a learning one and enjoying the fact that I have somewhat of a social life. Social life does Jess good. Makes me wear makeup and care about going out of the house in clothes other than pajamas. Woot for the social life!

Other than that, my IPod is still dead and I have reverted to old technology for my everyday musical needs (the speakers for the surround sound are better than the computer speakers, so I've been burning a lot of discs). I'm hoping Matt and Ben get home soon cuz well, I'm hungry and want to go eat. I may just end up eating more turkey, though... Yep, I'm official done with the turkey. It's just like... yuck now. I'm sure come Christmas next year I'll be all over the turkey again, though. Huzzah turkey!

I hope everyone had a fabulous Christmas! I'll try and post some pics when I actually get around to downloading them off the canon.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Things I will NEVER EVER do again two days before Christmas...

1) I will NEVER EVER travel to the mall 2 days before Christmas.

2) I will NEVER EVER travel to the mall to go to Build-a-Bear 2 days before Christmas.

3) I will NEVER EVER travel in the snow to the mall to go to Build-a-Bear 2 days before Christmas.

Oh, and you can make this list for the day before Christmas too. One more thing... I will never allow my husband to put off Christmas Shopping this late ever again, either. This is just RIDICULOUS!

Tomorrow: I make a turkey and bake cookies. Yes, everything is better with massive amounts of cookies.

We now rejoin our regularly scheduled game of Rock Band 2 (where I have created a new band named "I heart David Tennant").

Monday, December 22, 2008

Baby, it's F*&%ing FREEZING outside!

This morning when I logged onto weather.com, I discovered that it is no better than it was yesterday.  It is currently ZERO degrees outside with a windchill that brings the temperature down to a balmy -21 (the balmy part was sarcasm, by the way). 

It's cold and yucky and there's another winter storm on the way on Tuesday.  They just showed a picture of the St. Joe River not to far north from us and it is filled with large chunks of ice and they've closed the bypass because it is "a solid chunk of ice."  There was even a snow plow that flipped over!  A SNOW PLOW!  This is what you call ridiculous.  It's like Mother Nature decided "Well, I've given you a break on the whole winter thing in the past couple of years, so I think I'll make up for it now."  Not fun.  Even my wind chimes have a thick coating of ice on them and are all frozen to the center part that creates the noise when the tubes hit them. 

Today we will stay inside and bake cookies and just try and stay warm.  There are some fun Christmas movies on, so we'll probably watch some tv, too.   I think I'll start re-watching Battlestar Galactica, too, in order to prep myself for the impending season 4.5. (Season 4.0 is on my wishlist at Amazon if anyone is still looking for ideas...)

To everyone else out there: PLEASE STAY WARM TODAY!!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Ice Ice Baby

This morning I woke up slightly before Casey's alarm clock went off (around 5AM).  I kept hearing this tap-tap-tap on the window.  In my groggy state, I didn't put together that it was the ice storm that the weather men had been saying was heading our way (and was originally supposed to hit yesterday afternoon... they kinda screwed up there).  Casey woke up to and peaked out the window, grumbled and then turned the electric blanket on. 

Around 6AM, as I was trying desperately to kick the manthing out of bed, even going so far as to lay on his side of the bed and say "I am not letting you get back into this bed. You need to get your clothes on and dig out your truck." I peaked outside and saw a very thin layer of snow covering my car and it was being covered with the ice that was falling from the sky.  I decided that a day like today would best be served mostly in bed.   Since Lily didn't have school today (and even if she did, it would have been canceled as were 90% of the schools in the area), I went and woke her up, asking if she wanted to come cuddle with me and that's how we spent the morning until Jackson woke up. 

It was grand.  I didn't have to go anywhere, I got to hang out with the kids and there was absolutely no reason what so ever to go and carve my car out from under the what looks to be about an inch of ice.   Yep, and I think we'll do the same thing tomorrow.  Although, I think that there will probably be cookie making going on tomorrow.  And I have to start the turkey marinading.  Yep yep yep. 

Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go and download some more Christmas music.  Because you can never have too much Christmas Music.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Woe is me.

My Ipod is dead. I tried plugging it into both computers and it's just not registering. It has been acting kinda funky for a while now, but now it is just dead... It is a sad sad day, especially since I use it every single day. Woe is me.

Oh, Christmas Tree!

We had a wonderful and productive weekend at the Stone house. We finally got our Christmas tree up and got to see how Jackson would react to it. He takes every chance he can to go and "OOOOOH!!!" at it. We have to watch him carefully, though, because he likes to try and redecorate the tree. Sometimes he'll take the ornaments off and put them back on in another place on the tree and sometimes he'll just take off with them. His favorite are the large icicle looking things.

Midway getting the tree decorated, we discovered that two of our light strings were completely shot, so we decided to go get some more. Casey and I also decided that we would make a pit stop in downtown South Bend, see Santa Claus and have a cup of hot chocolate at the South Bend Chocolate Company.  Jackson did surprisingly well with Santa, and sat on his lap for ye olde photo op.  Lily was in the little hut before Casey and I even got up to it, already telling Santa what she wanted which, in case you're curious, Lily informed Santa that she wants a trampoline, a video camera, some Hannah Montana dolls and Joe Jonas for Christmas. Not a Joe Jonas doll, she wants the Joe Jonas. Let the boy craziness begin! Every time we saw something with the Jonas Brothers on it, she would do this over exaggerated swoon. Casey and I didn't know whether or not to be worried or laugh.  In any case, it turned out to be a wonderful afternoon. 

This week looks like it's going to be a busy one. My dad is heading up today, I have shopping with my mom tomorrow and I have a few more Christmas things to get this week because Lily only has a few days of school left (Friday is her first day of "winter" break.) I'm looking forward to having a nice and relaxing holiday and I can't wait to see how Jackson does opening presents.

Sunday, December 07, 2008


This weekend I have been fending off what I can only hope will be a less than horrible cold. It started out on Friday with a tickle in my throat. Saturday I woke up and it felt like my throat was on fire. After several of those tasty halls fruit breezer thingeys (I think that's what they are. They taste like the strawberry creme saver candies that I think hershey's makes.) and gargling way too much salt water (I think I gargled and spit out the Red Sea, seriously.) I finally decided to crack and get some tylenol sore throat.

My throat felt much better... Until I started sneezing. Then, all bets were off. Instead of ah-choo! It was OW-Choo! It's like the sneeze originated in my throat instead of in my chest. And to top it all off, each sneeze made my head spin! I decided to sit on the couch or lay in bed a good portion of the day until my mom called me to come and pick up Lily. We got Lily, we picked up a couple of movies and home we went. Oh, did I mention the fact that it snowed like 3 inches while we were doing this driving?

Sunday I have spent on the couch, with Jackson and Lily entertaining us. Jackson crashed for a nap around 3:00 and I dozed off on the couch a bit between flipping between The Lake House and Tin Man. All in all it's been a pretty uneventful weekend. I can't wait for this sore throat to go completely away. We're also waiting for the pizza we ordered to show up. Pizza on a cold, snowy day is nice. No cooking is nice, too, even though I had planned to make Christmas goodies today. So much for that plan. I would rather do it when I'm in a better mood and feeling better, though.

Hopefully sometime this week we'll put up the Christmas tree and I'll post photos.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Over the river and through the wood's to Daddy's house we go!

Quite literally. My dad lives in the boonies and we will be crossing the Ohio River while we're at it! Whoo hoo! I will be taking my new Rebel XT so I'll be sure to take lots of pictures and overwhelm each and everyone of you with them!

Tomorrow is thanksgiving and tonight we drive south (note to self: pack football) to warmer weather (50's it said on weather.com) and much fun and relaxation will be had. Friday we go to the Circus and Saturday we drive back. Sure, it sounds hectic, but I promise you that there will be slothfulness in there somewhere. I'm actually looking forward to heading down. I'm downright excited. There is an anxiousness that is just overwhelming at this point and I'm checking and double checking (at this point I actually think I'm octo-checking) making sure we have everything. I haven't traveled with Jackson more than an hour away yet, so this certainly will be interesting. Hmmm..... How will he handle the car ride?

My brain is running in about five billion directions all at once. I very much want to stop and smell the roses or at least grab a bite to eat but there is hair to dye, Jack to feed, dog food to pack (we're taking the dog this time around), yada yada yada.

Now, if you'll excuse me, my head itches. I must scratch and feed Jack.

Monday, November 24, 2008

How I Spent My Summer: The Trailer

Our fearless director, Tim Richardson, finally released a trailer for Harvey Putter.  Now you guys can see what I worked on all summer.   I swear, it was much more fun that it looks...

Friday, November 21, 2008

Look what we woke up to this morning!

Last night when we came home from Lily's school program it was cold, windy and the sky was spitting little bits of snow.  No big deal.  We went to bed, curled up under our electric blanket, all warm and toasty, thinking it was going to be a repeat of a couple of days ago, which was a dusting, no more than two inches and an easy clean.   You could almost say it was practice snow!

Well, we woke up to about 6 inches of snow and it was still snowing when I took Lily to school.  I went out at 7:30 to clear the walkway to the car and to clear off the steps and sidewalk.  By the time I had cleaned off my car, the sidewalk and steps were already covered again.  Sigh.  Tis the season?  On the way, I saw one of the neighborhood kids, Caleb, waiting for the bus.  I pulled over and told him to come on in and I would take him.  He gladly agreed.   There's no telling how long the little dude was out there. 

We have a lake effect snow advisery for the rest of the day and so far, it's still snowing.  We'll see when it lets up.  I'm not holding y breath.  I do know that I have to head to Lily's school in half an hour to have lunch with her and my mom and John.   It's grandparents day.   

Speaking of Grandparents... I really should call my father-in-law and see if he's feeling okay.  I'll do that when I get home. 

Sunday, November 16, 2008

First Snow of the Season

It is currently snowing very lightly outside.  This is our official first snow of the season.  We had flurries a few weeks ago, but nothing stuck to the ground.  This is sticking to the ground and it looks like between now and Tuesday we're supposed to get somewhere between one and six inches.  

Personally, I'm hoping for the one inch total, but knowing my luck and knowing the fact that it's going to be all lake effect snow... Yeah, I'm placing my bet on the whole "being dumped on" theory of snowfall.   Mickie gave Jackson a snow suit.  I may go looking for some baby snow boots tomorrow when I take Lily to school and then introduce him to the snow if there's enough of it on the ground.  

We are currently re-editting our second short film.  We weren't happy with the cuts that we had to do for the filmaka competition, so we decided to say screw the competition, recut the footage to where it actually looks good and told a decent story and the wha-la!  Swagger!  Casey is thinking about shooting some more footage and turning it into a 20 minute short rather than the 6 minute short that it currently is, but I'm trying to find out when he's going to have time between work and then also Thanksgiving. 

This year, for Thanksgiving, we have decided to head to Kentucky.   While my dad and stepmom have made several trips up here since Jack's birth, we have yet to head down there.  My step-siblings and nieces and nephews are all very curious about Jackson and Morgan, Luke, Peyton and Paige all want to see Lily again, too.  Lily wants to see them too.  She's especially excited to head down because on Friday, the 28th, we're going to see the Hadi Shrine Circus at Roberts Stadium in Evansville.  This is also exciting for me because going to the Circus the day after Thanksgiving used to be a family tradition for me, my dad and my grandpa.   We did it until I was 9 or so and my parents divorced.   Renewing this tradition, even if it won't be every year, will definitely be fun.  This will also be Jack's first trip to the circus, so I'll be curious about how he react to the clowns and acrobats and animals.  

Speaking of Jackson, he's all over the place these days.  He is constantly following Lily around (he completely adores her!) and they are truly great friends.  She's always trying to teach him new things and he is always trying to copy her.   It's fun to watch.   Jackson has also discovered the art of mimicking every sound possible.  His favorite: when I sound like the count from Sesame Street.  He is constantly running around going "Ah ha ha ha!"  Silly boy that one. 

I haven't updated about Lily in a while.   Lily made honor roll at school!  I'm incredibly proud of her!  She recently had her first run in with a bully, though.  I was incredibly disappointed with this girl because I thought she had been one of Lily's friends.  She had been over several times and then last week we found out that the girl had smacked Lily.   After I found out, I talked to the teacher.  The teacher, who is awesome, said that yes it had happened and the girl had been punished.  I went over to the girls' house over the weekend to speak with the mother and the mother couldn't have been more of a ('scuse my french) bitch.  She had been asleep when I went over there the first time and then I suppose the little girl had warned her that I would be back.  

The girl aggrevated me the most simply because she was saying that she didn't do it, despite Lily telling us and her teacher about it and her teacher actually seeing it happen.  Lily also informed me that the girl had taken some things the last time she had been at our house and I confronted the girl about it and she accused another girl that lived down the block.   I said, fine let's go talk to the other girl and her mother.  The girl instantly changed her story.  I told her, in front of her elder siblings that what she had done not only made her a liar, but now I would think of her as a thief as well.    If her own mother wouldn't let her have it, then I sure as hell did.    

If you don't parent your own kids and if your kids do bad things to my kids, you bet your ass I'm going to discipline your kids.  

In any case, it's over and done and now it's snowing.   The Holiday Season rapidly approaches and now, I'm going to watch Jeff Dunham on the tv and tickle both kids until they can't stand it anymore. 

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Our New President

It was amazing how this country united and I'm amazed that Indiana was a lovely shade of blue this morning when I woke up. Congratulations President Obama! You did it! Now, keep true to your word and lead us into a better tomorrow...

Would someone please tell me why I have the song "Age of Aquarius" in my head?

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Rock the Vote and the Baby.

It's election day! I hope all of you registered voters got out and voted. Today is one of the days that I really love this country. It's the only day that I feel like my voice counts for something. It's awesome. I also got a free donut and free coffee, so my day was made. Happy sugared and caffinated civic minded Jess!

Today was somewhat okay. My day started at 4:30AM. I woke up to Jack not very happy. I pulled him in bed with Casey and I, and we stayed there until the alarm went off. He hadn't been feeling good last night, and both Casey and I noticed he definitely wasn't himself. At 8:00AM I took Lily to school and went off to vote. I BaROCKed the vote, and as I was stinkiness arose from Jack... He had pooed. So, I finished voting and since we were only a couple of blocks from home we went home for the diaper change. And it was nasty.

I proceeded to change slimey, runny, making my son's butt redder than a tomato poo no less than 4 times in the next hour. Oh, and we went through 4 pairs of pants today, too. Yech.

Now, I am eagerly watching the election results. Hoping hoping hoping that Barack Obama wins. My eyes are starting to drift off, but I'm fighting it... we'll see how much longer I stay up though.

Tomorrow will be a new day and we will be living in a new country. History is being made...

Monday, October 27, 2008


Normally as Halloween approaches, I like to do a little something like post Rocky Horror Picture Show stuffs, or last year I waxed zombie.  Sunny suggested I wax vampire, especially with the impending release of Twilight (oh! The horror! Ugh! Bangs head repeatedly into wall cuz Jess thinks Twilight is crap!).  Well, this year I'm going to do something a little different.  This year, we're putting up a video that Casey and I entered into the AMC Greatest Fear contest.  

Ladies and Gentlemen,  I present to you "Lullaby."  Now, after you watch it please go vote for it at amctv.com.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

What's up?

Today we had our first parent teacher conferences of the year and I got Lily's report card.  She's been working hard and it showed!  She made the honor roll!  I'm so proud!  As a treat she got to pick out dinner and she chose chinese food.    Tomorrow is another half day and afterwards we're going to bake cupcakes. 

Jackson is walking more and more.  Sometimes I think that he grows by the minute.  He eats and eats and eats but it's almost like he's a bottomless pit.  A skinny, active, bottomless pit.  I fear for our grocery budget in the future!

Nothing much else up.  We're planning for Halloween and we've been watching silly and/or scary movies.  This weekend we're planning on entering the AMC contest with a short film.  I'll post the link when we upload. 

I think that's all.  We've been very dull lately.  I'm off... hungry.... I bought peanuts today.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Somewhat like the Walking Dead...

Color me miserable, because that's what I am. Saturday I woke up with a sore throat, but chalked it up to the fact that there was a drastic shift in the weather so I was thinking allergies.

Sunday, I woke up and I was functioning. My voice was a little off, but I didn't feel too horrible. I went and hung out with my dad, did the pumpkin patch thing with the kids, had some fun. As the day progressed I started feeling worse and worse. I didn't sleep well on Monday.

Monday I woke up and I could barely function. I was incredibly tired, I could barely breathe, there was a definite post nasal drip thing going on that was not fun. I spent most of the day hanging out on the couch with Jack, who was also off. I got a lot of cuddle time in with him yesterday. When I picked Lily up from school (she had been sniffing all day, too) she wanted to come home and lay down. So, she did her homework and then traded school clothes for p.j.s and chicken noodle soup. I went to bed somewhat early. I was looking forward to the new Christian Slater show on NBC, but failed to make it to that. I don't even remember what happened on Heroes. I'll have to catch up with them online.

This morning (Tuesday), I seem to be feeling worse if that's possible. The only reason I'm up is because I have to go get some milk for Jackson, who is now out. Baby needs food. I think I may stockup on some jar food, too. I also may grab a couple of cans of soup while I'm out... Miserable... just plain miserable.

I would like to replace my head now, please.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Guilty Pleasures

After some prodding from my hubby, I finally coughed up the $12.99 (plus tax) and purchased myself some shoes I've been eyeing for quite a while.    He told me I could buy them a while ago but I just kind of put it off and put it off. 

But then, we ordered them along with a book for Casey and here we are.  Me in my nice tall shoes, doing the "I have tall shoes and I'm cute!" dance! Whoo hoo!

It's been a while since I indulged in my guilty pleasures.  Hee hee.

In case you're curious, they're made by Volatile. 

Monday, October 06, 2008

Le sigh...

So, I've been impossibly boring lately.  Sunny, our in-house actress from Reno that stayed with us for a week and a half has gone away and our schedule has normalized.  Well, I say normalized, but Casey has been driving me insane with movie talk, camera talk, script talk, lighting talk.  Apparently because I'm the producer I am forced to know all the boring details.  Me, I'm like "Dude, I wouldn't have turned on the television if I didn't want to watch it."  (Yes, he always attacks me when I'm watching some mindless drivel on the boob tube... how appropriate because I've been watching reruns of 90210 as of late.)

The only not boring thing is the fact that our very own Captain Jackson took his first real steps yesterday.  He walked from the door to his high chair, which was about a 4 foot walk.  Huzzah! Wait, no, OH CRAP!  MOBILE BABY!  We plan on putting a gate in the kitchen so we can keep him out of there if something needs to be done.  Our "bachelor" Jackson enjoys long walks from the door to the couch, throwing things, banging on pots and pans and trying to mess with the knobs on the stove.  His favorite colors are whatever food he can get stuck in his hair and splttt!  Hee hee. 

Lily is doing well.  Parent Teacher conferences are coming up.  I'm somewhat nervous, but not really.  We're going to do the whole Hannah Montana costume sometime soon.  She has to complete some work first, though, so yeah.  

Well, off I go.  The kids need my attention as always.  That, and something smells icky... like it's burning.  And I don't know about y'all, but I'm not cooking anything. 

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Happy Birthday Jackson!

Our little man is 1 year old today!  Has it really been a year already?  Amazing!!

Little man had a HUGE birthday party yesterday.  The family from Chicago came, Harvey Putter family came, my dad and stepmom were here (albeit stepmom hid in the RV all day as not to cause any problems)... I think about everyone I knew was here. Very few exceptions to people MIA. 

Jack cleaned up quite nicely.  The smash cake was brilliant (I'll post pictures later as I have to transfer them from HP to Mac) and the pizza was a hit. 

Today is clean up and possibly a trip to the apple festival.  Depends on how lazy we're feeling.  I'd like to go but it won't kill me if we don't go. 

We're definitely tired, though.  So is little man.  Lily, I think, is the only one that is still having a blast.  Ah, to have that kind of energy. 

Life definitely changed with Jack... he's made everything a lot more interesting.  

Sunday, September 14, 2008

What were you doing last year at this time?

I know what I was doing... Jack was officially 5 days late.

Around the Bend...

The leaves are falling, it's rained buckets (and is currently still raining quite a bit as I type this) in the past few days and Notre Dame defeated Michigan yesterday. Fall is officially here as the temperatures are slowly falling and Master Jackson turns one in 7 days.

Time certainly flies...

Busy week ahead. Sunny, Matt, and Ben are coming for a visit. Sunny will be staying with us (hurrah!!! I heart Sunny!). My dad is also coming for Jack's party so that will be entertaining to say the least. I hope it's not filled with bad drama. That would not be a good thing. There are three birthdays between Wednesday and Sunday. Happy birthday to Dennis, Kevin and of course Jackson.

And now, if you'll excuse me, I must go into panic mode and start deep cleaning my house. Why? Because I'm insane and I leave everything to the last minute.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

So, how is it that he looks like a linebacker??

Little man had one year check up today. He lucked out and didn't have to have shots (a couple of weeks too early for shots, we're waiting until his 15 month check up in December) so I have a decently happy baby today. The stats are as follows:

Weight: 23 lbs 2 oz. (I think this was written down wrong... I think he weighs more than that. I think 33 lbs 2 oz is more accurate.) This puts him in the 60th percentile.

Height: 31 inches, putting him in the 89th percentile.

His head is 18 1/2" around, which is the 73rd percentile.

So, our little man is tall, skinny and has a big head. Just like his dad. Hee hee.

He is very healthy, though, and doc says more table food less baby food and to start weening him off bottles and onto sippy cups.

Not much else to report other than that.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008


I've been rather absent from the blogosphere lately.  It's been a combination of laziness and busy-ness.   This week we're going for the busy bit. 

Yesterday, Lily was scheduled for a trip to the dentist to get a filling which ended up being a cap on the tooth (cavity was bigger than they thought) and we set up an appointment for two weeks from now to pull out a baby-molar that is about ready to fall out but for some reason isn't budging.    She was brave and did really well, though, and left the dentist office somewhat excited about the stainless steel cap (she called it her "bling tooth") and sporting a Hannah Montana sticker.  Fun stuff. 

Today we did Jackson's first birthday pictures.  They're unfortunately not going to be in until September 23, but I'll have e-copies before then.   I decided to put Jackson in a Notre Dame jersey because he was in a Notre Dame jersey the first time we ever had his picture taken so naturally I had to repeat for his first birthday.  Such a cutie pie.   He was all standing with football stuff and looking very much like a line backer... Stinker!  

Tomorrow the little man gets lots of shots.  Not fun.  He's been kinda grumpy the past couple of days due to a molar coming in (a MOLAR!!?!??!??!!!).  So, I'm expecting a very grumpy little dude tomorrow and then the rest of the week will be spent cleaning and rearranging for next week.  Whee fun yeah!  (I'm not complaining, I'm explaining... how very busy I'm about to be and already am.)

Pictures forth coming!!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

First clash of the year...

Lily brought home homework this afternoon that consisted of her having to write numbers 1 to 1000.  Would someone please explain to us what the point is?  My step sister, who teaches 3rd grade said that the assignment was ridiculous.  Hmmmm.....  Casey is writing an inflammatory letter as I type.  Joy.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Sci Fi Meme

Carrie tagged me, so here goes.  If you get tagged, you copy the list below.  Mark in bold the movie titles for which you've read the book, italicize the ones you've watched.  Then, tag five people to perpetuate the meme.

1. Jurassic Park
2. War of the Worlds
3. The Lost World: Jurassic Park
4. I, Robot
5. Contact
6. Congo
7. Cocoon
8. The Stepford Wives
9. The Time Machine
10. Starship Troopers
11. The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
12. K-Pax
13. 2010
14. The Running Man
15. Sphere
16. The Mothman Prophecies
17. Dreamcatcher
18. Blade Runner (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?)
19. Dune
20. The Island of Dr. Moreau
21. Invasion of the Body Snatchers
22. The Iron Giant (The Iron Man)
23. Battlefield Earth
24. The Incredible Shrinking Woman
25. Fire in the Sky
26. Altered States
27. Timeline
28. The Postman
29. Freejack
30. Solaris
31. Memoirs of an Invisible Man
32. The Thing
33. The Thirteenth Floor
34. Lifeforce
35.  Deadly Friend
36. The Puppet Masters
37. 1984
38. A Scanner Darkly
39. Creator
40. Monkey Shines
41. Solo (Weapon)
42. The Handmaid's Tale
43. Communion
44. Carnosaur
45. From Beyond
46. Nightflyers
47. Watchers
48. Body Snatcher

I tag Brooke, Meredith, Robyn, Mellissa and Katie.

Monday, August 11, 2008

All Done...

In about ten minutes I'm going to be leaving for the back to school night at Lily's school and then tomorrow is the first day of 3rd grade.  THIRD GRADE!!  When did Lily get to the third grade!  It seems just like yesterday she was off to preschool and I was a blubbering mess.   We'll do our traditional breakfast tomorrow morning (this year, I'm thinking something special since she's so obsessed with waffles) and then, 8AM... off to school and back to the school year routine. 

It seems like summer has just flown by.  Where did it go?  

In other news, I'm thinking of taking Belly Dancing classes... 

Friday, August 01, 2008

Moldymort and Ludicrous sitting in a tree...

To quote my stepmother: "Goodnight, it's hot!!"  Yep, and I get to go apply makeup that will undoubtedly sweat off if this heat continues.  I am, at this point, doing everything just shy of a rain dance for it to cool down.   I actually have only been outside for less than an hour so far today and in that short time I swear I felt all but a couple of droplets of water evaporate from my body. 

Okay, so I exaggerate, there was no evaporating of water from my person, but I do feel the need to increase my water intake after being outside for about 45 minutes.  Huzzah for air conditioning! Huzzah to the person that invented air conditioning!  Huzzah for swimming pools! Huzzah that my neighbor has a swimming pool!  Huzzah they said I could go swimming in it if I wanted to!   Lovely people, really. ;-)

This evening I get to take my dad and stepmom to the set with me.  I'm excited to show them what I've been doing over the past few months.  I was showing Libby (stepmom) the pictures I took from the set last night and I think she was surprised.  I don't think any of my parental units believe this is an actual movie.   And honestly? Sometimes it doesn't feel like that to me, either.  Maybe that's because I'm having too much fun working on it.   The thing is, we're coming to the end of the shoot and while I'm still excited to be going to set every weekend, it's almost like I don't want to go because I know that today is the penultimate day of shooting.  Tomorrow, the last.  And that saddens me. 

Tim sent out emails about tearing down the set on Sunday.   That really made me sad.  

I must go hunt down my fly swatter.... one has entered the house and now it must die.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Mega Magi Mooli Con!

On July 26 we filmed the Mega Magi Mooli Con.  For those who need a recap, the past couple of months I've been working on Harvey Putter and the Ridiculous Premise.  Its a fun little film done by Richardson Productions and it has also given Casey the kick in the ass he needed to start working on his own film.  That's another story entirely, though. 

I had such an amazing time on Saturday!  When I got to the set and saw the convention, it looked AMAZING!  It was like a real convention had come and set up!  There were various booths, there was a ton of people, there were even Belly Dancers!!  The coolest part?  I got to wear Brooke's blue wig and be an extra.   Look for me in Harvey Putter with the blue wig. Hee Hee. 

Filming wraps up at the end of this week.  The gang is off to Terminus, which is a Harry Potter Convention in Chicago, next Wednesday.  I have to admit that I will miss a lot of the people that I have gotten to know... Especially Sunny.  Sunny plays "Hernia Grunger," who is essentially the Hermione character.  Sunny is going back to Reno on the 15th and we won't see her for a while. We have had so much fun!  It really sucks, though, because I've only gotten to hang out with her in the past few weeks.  She's such a great person!  The good news is, though, that she'll be back.  We're planning on taking her to Truman's before she leaves.  

Tonight is the last production meeting.  I'm taking Joe some Fun Dip.  He is, after all, the Fun Dip Wizard.  I'm also taking Michael some sugar free Red Bull.  Freak doesn't do sugar, but that's okay... we love him anyway.  Tim... I feel like I should take him something.  I'm not sure what I should get him. I'll come up with something interesting, though.  Just a little something to say thanks and don't forget about me.  Like they possibly could... haha.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

I just gotta say....

...I look fabulous with blue hair!

It's a wig, people... That, and my hair isn't that long yet.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Lily likes to Sing This Song...

"'Cuz there ain't no party like my nana's tea party..."

I got Flight of the Conchords from my very awesome friends, Jed and Brooke.  We proceeded to plow through the first (and currently only) season and the promptly searched for whatever conchords stuff we could find.  Lily likes them too and I caught her singing this in the backseat yesterday on the way to the dentist...  I am under the impression it's cute. 

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

This isn't going very well, is it?

Day two of summer school and it seems that summer school is not the problem. Lily thuroughly enjoyed summer school. In fact, she came home proclaming it "awesome" and the bus that she rode on to get to school "rocks!" I, on the other hand, am growing increasingly frustrated with South Bend's buses.

Yesterday, I expected the buses to be late. First day, not a big deal. I did not, however, expect the bus to be 20 minutes late! This meant that we were sitting outside from 7:30 until the bus finally showed up at 8:00! And then, when the bus got there, it wasn't the correct bus! I asked the bus driver who was this rat faced, sour looking woman, what had happened. She, in a voice appropriate of a rat faced, sour looking woman answered in the most snide way possible that the other bus didn't start so they sent this one out instead. Understandable, no big deal. I could have done without a healthy dose of attitude that early in the morning, though. I just shrugged it off and went about my day.

Today, I was expecting a 10 minute delay just because, but we we were still out at the bus stop at 7:30. 7:40 passes by, the 7:50, Talk of the Nation is over it's 8:00. Still no bus. Wait five more minutes, still no bus. I know the bus wasn't early because the little boy that lives two blocks down (his mom also waits with him at their stop), is still standing there with his mom and they are there at least 5 minutes before we are. There are also a handful of other kids on the other stop, two blocks south. So, we walk home and get in the car. I drive Lily to school and when I pull up, there is the famed bus number 86, right in front of the school, along with all of the other buses that drove to that particular school. Instantly I'm like WTF?!

I go up to the nearest figure with a name badge and inform them I need to talk to the principal and the transportation director. The man, a very friendly and smiling man, ushers me into the office and introduces me to a smiling principal. At least everyone was friendly, because I was ready to rip into some people not just for Lily's sake, but for the half dozen other kids still sitting out on various curbs in my neighborhood. While I'm there, the phone starts ringing like crazy. I'm guessing that was the other parents of the kids who "missed" the bus.

I explain to the principal what happened and instantly she grew concerned, especially when she found out there were still kids out there. The transportation director was there and she had me explain what happened to him as well. He was perplexed. The bus apparently had gotten to the school at exactly 8AM so the driver wasn't early or late. He tried calling the driver and the driver didn't answer. So, he called the main hub and got some information. Hopefully, we'll find out soon what happened. The thing that irritates me the most that not once did anyone apologize. What about kids who's parents are working and they're standing out there waiting for the bus and can't get back into their house?

I thought that sending Lily on the bus would save on some gas, but now I'm beginning to wonder if each day is going to be as much of a hassle. I'm thinking I'll just walk her to school while it's still warm and then when it gets cold, I'll drive her or I'll set up a car pool or something. So that's that.
UPDATE: I got a call from the director of transportation around 9:00 finally apologizing. I still don't know what happened, but I was more wanting the apology anyway. I informed him that I would be walking Lily to school from now on and also picking her up. I also called the school and told them that I would be picking Lily up this afternoon.
UPDATE #2: Lily was put on the bus. Her teacher was extremely apologetic, especially since she called me back to confirm that I was indeed picking her up. This really sucks since I WALKED to the school (and it started raining just as I was starting my walk back...the big, thick raindrops kind of rain, too!). The school called and had the bus come back and then Lily and I walked home.

Transportation today has been an absolute disaster.

Monday, July 07, 2008

Now, what was I doing again?

I woke up at 6:45 this morning. I haven't done that in a while. I actually woke up before that, but I hit the snooze until 6:45 and then realized it was 6:45 and bolted out of bed in sheer panic. I had to get out the door by 7:30 this morning, so yeah... No worries, though.

The reason for my panic is that Lily started summer school today. Her last day of school was back in May so we've had a nice cushy few weeks of vacation that consisted of nothing but staying up way too late and waking up way to late. Even Jackson protested this morning when I got him out of his crib and dressed him. All three of us were groaning like zombies in search of human flesh. It wasn't pretty.

But, we made it. Out the door by 7:30 and to the bus stop by 7:35. Now, I'm a complete noob when it comes to the bus. I, myself, have been on a school bus a handful of times throughout my life. Two of those times, a kid through up and I remember it trickling to the rear of the bus under our feet. I consider myself lucky that more kids did not through up. This, however, was the first time I'd put Lily on a bus for anything and I have to admit that I was a bit nervous. Lily and I had been chanting the number of the bus that was supposed to pick her up and bring her home off and on since yesterday. We walked the route a couple of times so she'd know exactly where it was. The good news is, the bus stop is right in front of one of her friends' house, so in case I'm late, she can wait there (like I'd be late!) We had a talk about stranger danger, what to do if someone tries to come near her, all that paranoid stuff that parents talk to their kids about (with good reason, too).

The bus was supposed to show up at 7:40. The bus did not show up until 7:56. And then, the bus that did show up was NOT the same bus that they said it was going to be in the little communique that I recieved last week. This wasn't bus 86! This was bus 810! We didn't practice 810! Why am I putting my kid on a bus again? Oh yeah... high gas prices, this is a way to save gas. Lily looked at me rather nervously as she got on the bus and I gave her my best "It's okay, honey. You'll be fine." Mommy look in return. If Portage wasn't such a busy and horrible street, I'd walk her to school and back.

In any case, as she left, I yelled "REMEMBER YOUR BUS NUMBER!" and off they drove. I can't wait until she comes home. I find myself asking a million questions. I also find myself somewhat lost. I'm used to reading a book with Lily first thing in the morning and then hanging out and watching cartoons with her.

Jackson is having a nap (he was out by the time we walked home), so he's not much for company and I find myself having a case of the dropsies. I'd take a nap, but I'm afraid that I won't wake up in time to get her from the bus stop. So, in search of caffinated beverages I go (we have plenty) and off I go to do housework. It's an odd day... I think I'm definitely going to have to get used to this.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

It doesn't feel like July...

Northern Indiana isn't know for it's predictable weather.  In fact, there's a saying that "if you don't like the weather, wait five minutes."  They're not kidding, either.  If it's pouring rain, just wait five minutes and it'll go away.  Now, it didn't quite go that way last night.  

When Casey and I went to bed, it was cool outside, maybe 65 degrees.  I got up a few times last night and each time it got successively COLDER.  By the morning, we had pulled the fan out of the window and Jack, Casey and I were all curled up together under the comforter, trying to keep each other warm.   Casey looked up the temperature from last night this morning and the low turned out to be 48 degrees!!  FOURTY-EIGHT DEGREES ON JULY 1!!!  That is completely crazy!  Tomorrow it's supposed to get up to 88 degrees and we're only expecting a low of 65.  Another cool but not cold night. 

Jackson is wanting my attention, so I must go.  The little man is getting bigger and bigger daily and he is now a holy terror in his walker.  One of these days I'll remember to video tape him and post it on youtube.  Until then, you'll just have to take my word for it. 

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Lily and Kiran Shah

For Lily's 9th birthday, Kiran Shah (from films like The Chronicals of Narnia, the Lord of the Rings trilogy and a bunch of other movies) sang happy birthday to her.  Well, actually, a bunch of people sang happy birthday to her.  He just happened to be one of them.  Below is a picture of Lily and Kiran and so you kind of have an idea of who I'm talking about, a picture of Kiran in full make up and costume from Narnia.   Note: Kiran is incredibly nice!!  Thank you so much Kiran for taking this picture with Lily!!  She was totally thrilled!!

Happy Birthday Lily!

Today, my eldest monkey is 9 years old.  Nine years old!!  Where has the time gone?  It seemed just like yesterday she was learning to crawl, talk and walk and now I'm starting to get a little bit of pre-teen attitude.  She's still an exceptionally good kid, though, but now I'm starting to worry about her getting boy crazy, etc.  I say that and yet the first thing she put into the purse we got her for her birthday was fairy toys.  I think I still have a few years to worry.  Insert smiley face here. 

In a couple of hours we'll be going to the cast and crew barbeque where Lily's final birthday surprise waits: The Quaffle Kids and Kiran Shah singing happy birthday to her.  I think she'll probably be more excited by Joe (aka Rod Cheesely) singing happy birthday to her than anything... she was "stalking" him around the set yesterday.   Pictures will definitely be posted later.

I'm off for now.  I want to attempt to sneak in a nap before we go. 

Saturday, June 28, 2008


Yesterday Casey's mom called and told us that Sophie, the big white dog, had to be put to sleep. They've had Sophie for a very long time and there were times that I would be over at Casey's parents' house just hanging out with Casey and Sophie would jump up on the couch in between us. I have lots of fond memories of Sophie... She will be missed. Sleep well girl.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Mac Dog

Mac's are so easy that even our dog can use 'em.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Insert Sad Face Here

My car is having issues.  I didn't think it was so bad until today when we were on the road to Chicago and it just was not driving very well.  It looks like the clutch is going out on it.  Yep, expensive fix.  This really kind of sucks because not only did we have plans to go to Chicago today, but we found out this morning that my sister-in-law and family is in town for the weekend too.  My poor Matrix!  So yeah, stuck without transportation until we get it checked out because we don't want to drive it more than absolutely necessary. 

Friday, June 20, 2008

Um, yeah....

I'm not sure how I feel about this.  I was at the gas station the other day and I saw a sign that says you could buy cigarettes if you were born in the year 1990.  I feel old.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Quick Update

1) Thanks to everyone who sent me birthday wishes!  

2) My birthday was awesome.  Casey was incredibly creative and thoughtful.  I loved his presents.

3) I will be blogging about the pressies sometime this weekend. 

4) I am absolutely pooped, so that's why I'm not blogging more.  I'm old now so everything makes me tired.  LOL. ;-P

5) If you haven't seen Battlestar Galactica yet, go out and rent the first three seasons. Dude, they're freakin' awesome and all is supposed to be "revealed" on Friday.  Yep, I'm stoked.

I will now try and clean up the kitchen before hubby gets home.  I'm thinking cake for dinner sounds pretty damn good. ;-)

Monday, June 09, 2008

My Last Day in my 20's.

Tomorrow I turn 30.  Part of me is approaching it as any other day and the other part of me is completely freaking out.  My wonderful husband asked me yesterday (yep, yesterday) when I wanted to have my party.  Insert wanting to be completely frustrated here.   I have to be honest, though, I didn't expect much so I really shouldn't feel disappointed but seriously... to plan your own birthday party?  I made myself a cake the past four years, so I'm guessing this year will be no different.     I atleast get to look forward to my traditional birthday donuts with Mickie tomorrow morning.   I believe Brooke is joining us this time, too.  And then tomorrow night, SONICS!!!  Sonic's is finally opening today and tomorrow we're having my birthday dinner there.  I'm totally looking forward to that because the only time I really get to have sonic, at least in the past few years, is whenever we head down to Kentucky to visit my dad and stepmom. 

In other news I have a summer project outside of the house.  I am helping on the production of Harvey Putter.  It's a parody of Harry Potter being filmed here in Northern Indiana.  My wonderful friend Brooke is the assistant director and tapped me to help out because apparently I am a goddess organizing stuff.  I also got to do the wig styling and make up on the Nunbridge character.  Judy, the woman who plays Nunbridge, is absolutely hilarious and I fell in love with her in about ten minutes flat.  She's hilarious.  Jason, the special effects make-up guy, was completely amazed at the job I did on her.  The wig and the makeup, while I made the makeup slightly more severe (as per the directors request) than the original character Nunbridge is based on), everyone said it was pretty much spot on and true to the original. Whoo hoo! My first IMDB credit as hair and makeup on a movie!   Now, I just have to get it on IMDB.  Lily is also going to get a credit on IMDB and Jackson may potentially get a credit as well as baby Harvey Putter.  We're not 100% positive though. 

That's what's happening here.  

Monday, June 02, 2008

Stolen Meme

I decided to steal the ABC meme that was on Carrie's blog today.   Lots of stuff going on but not stuff I want to report... yet.  I will, however, be posting some pics from our home improvements that we did over the weekend (mostly Casey working his ass off, but I got to help as much as I could and I got to use the drill! Whoo hoo!).  So, here goes...

A- Age: 29.  I'll be 30 in 8 days.  Eep!
B- Band listening to right now: None. TV is on. 
C- Career Future: Currently Mom of two, but hopefully in the next couple of years rockin' hair stylist.

D- Dad's Name:  Joe
E - Easiest person to talk to: Casey
F - Favorite type of shoe: Currently a toss up between flip flops or sneakers
G - Grapes or Grapefruit: Grapes. Green ones. 
H - Hometown: Madisonville, Kentucky.
I - Instrumental Talent: a lifetime of piano and 2 years of recorder lessons
J - Juice of Choice: apple.
K- Koala bear or Panda Bear:  Koala.  They have a wicked sense of humor and sound a bit like Eddie Izzard.

L- Longest Car Ride Ever: Hmm.  That's a toughy.  I'm guessing from Madisonville, KY to Orlando, FL. 

M- Middle Name: Terri (my mom says it's short for terrible)
N- Number of jobs you've had: 11?? I think that's right.  I held two jobs at once on more than one occasion.

O- OCD traits: Don't think I have any, except for maybe obsessively cleaning the bathroom.
P- Phobias: snakes.  I hate snakes.  Hate 'em with a passion.  Oh, and dentists.
Q- Quote: "It's hard to intimidate grass. It's been there a really long time."
R- Reason to Smile: It's almost time for Casey to come home!
S- Song you sang last: "Safety Dance", you can dance if you want to...
T- Time you wake up: 7:00AM
U- Unknown fact about me: Hmmmm... don't know.
V- Vegetable you hate: beets. Yech!
W- Worst habit: procrastinating. 
X- X-Rays you've had: teeth, chest, sinus/head
Y- Yummiest food your belly likes: steak
Z- Zodiac Sign: Gemini

Saturday, May 31, 2008


Does anyone else wonder why anything made by humans tends to have a hard time landing successfully on Mars and then proceeds to have problems once they're on the Mars surface?

Yeah, my inner X-Files geek is working overtime on this one...

Wednesday, May 28, 2008


Today was Lily's last day of school.  When I picked her up, she came tearing out of the school like most of the kids, but instead of doing the whole "School's out! Schools out! Teachers let the monkeys out!" dance, she had this disaster had struck look on her face.   I knelt down on the ground and asked her what was wrong.  

And then, she started crying.  CRYING!!!

In all her dramatic splendor, tears streaming down her face, taking deep gasping breaths out came the reason for her woe: "I'm really gonna miss Mrs. Ford!!!"  Instant hug from Mom.  I told her that it was going to be okay, that she would see her beloved teacher next year, although she probably wouldn't have her as a teacher, she would get to see her again.   Mrs. Ford, who had come outside in the meantime, saw me hugging on Lily and came over.  More hugs for Lily from Mrs. Ford.   Lily calmed down and went off to say bye to her friends and Mrs. Ford looks at me and said "There are some days that I really have to wonder why I do this and that right there is why.  Every so often there is one kid that you really get through to and it adds to your life as much as you have added to theirs."  

Thank you Mrs. Ford.  This is one teacher that I will never forget and I doubt that Lily will either.   

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go sniff a little. 

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Ow. Ow. Ow. Ow. Ow.

Pain. Terrible, terrible pain.  Base of skull, radiating upward.  Eyes throbbing.  Out of tylenol, don't want to drive.  Make it stop, please. 

In other news:

Two large boxer type dogs are wandering the neighborhood.  Not good. 

Interview with reporter went very well today.  We'll see how it ends up. 

Monday, May 26, 2008

Um, a little air please?

It's very warm in here.  We've got fans on, windows open and short of dumping a bucket of cool water on my head... yeah, I'm toasty.  Jackson has FINALLY fallen asleep and I'm watching "House of Mirth."  Frankly, I am a bit bored.   The only shining moment is Gillian Anderson.  I think the story is a bit on the dull side and it is not keeping my interest at all.   Even Gillian Anderson, who I absolutely adore for more than just her portrayal of Dana Scully on the X-Files among other roles, can't save this movie I'm afraid. 

Casey and I managed to snag some much needed "adult" time this weekend.  Many many many huge thanks to Casey's parents for watching our two little monkeys.  We went to see the new Indiana Jones movie.  I was most definitely entertained and enjoyed myself thuroughly.  I'm still trying to figure out whether or not Cate Blanchett intentionally slipped in and out of the bad russian accent, though.   Harrison Ford is still yummy after all these years.  Sigh. 

Fifteen days until my birthday.  Fifteen more days left of my 20s and then I'm 30.  I was a bit worried about turning 30, but now I'm looking at it more like just another birthday.   I'm hoping my husband has something planned, but so far it looks like all the planning is falling to me (as per usual).  I'd like to be surprised on my birthday (if someone wants to call and tell him so, feel free) but I don't see that happening either.  So far my only plans are birthday donuts with Mickie, a tradition that has gone on for 5 years or so (possibly more, I just can't remember... that whole getting old thing).  After that, it's zoo camp for Lily, shopping and lunch with my mom (something I'm definitely looking forward to), eventually picking up Lily and hanging out with my kids.   Same old same old.   I guess old is the keyword, huh?

I think I'll go take a cool shower and then off to bed with me. 

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Cake and Inspiration

This was the cake I made for Casey's birthday. (There were actually 2, but the first one wasn't nearly as fetish-y.)

And this was it's inspiration.
For those of you curious, the model is Bianca Beauchamp.  Go check her out at Latex Lair.

Weirdest. Milkjug. Ever.

I picked it this up at Sam's Club last week when my Dad was in town.   It is indeed a gallon of milk.  I didn't really need milk when I picked it up, but I couldn't help it.  I was oddly drawn to it.  The main question in my head "Why the heck change a gallon of milk?"  What purpose would changing what has been the same shape since I can remember.  It wasn't broke, so why fix it?  ACK! THE ODDITY! IT CONFOUNDS ME!  The thing is, when I went grocery shopping this morning, the gallons had not changed at other stores... just Sam's Club.  I have to say that I while the shape confuses me a bit, the jug is thinner and fits conveniently in the door of my fridge.  It's also easier to pour.  Well, at least for the kids it is.  

So, does this mean I'm going to start buying my milk at Sam's Club just so I can say "Look at this weird gallon of milk I bought!"  Yep, I think so.  Or maybe not... especially if gas prices keep going the way they are...

Thursday, May 15, 2008


Today I bring you the gratuitous "HAPPY BIRTHDAY CASEY" blog!  My wonderful husband was born 30 years ago today.  So, I guess I should say thank you to his parents for spawning him.  Thanks Casey's Parents!   You want to hear something really wild?  I have know this man for half of his life.  Casey and I met when we were just 15 years old.  We have now known each other for 15 years!  That's like half of thirty!!   I also totally get to harass my man and say that he is now the youngest of the old people.  Hee Hee!  I'm still in the "young people" catagory and will remain there for 25 more days.  Mwuahahaha.  

Monday, May 12, 2008

Let the preparations begin!

Casey's birthday is on Thursday! Over the weekend Mickie and I took a little jaunt to parts partially known (Casey figured out that at one point we had been in Shaumburg due to a Rainforest Cafe bag that I brought home and a reciept from the Aveda store in Shaumburg...master detective that one) but we have left him completely baffled as to what he's getting for his birthday. The funny part is that the main present arrived several days ago and this was just extra. The roadtrip, however, was my mother's day present. I figured it would be, so I enjoyed myself that much more knowing that I wasn't going to come home to any complaining.

The trip was pretty fun. Mickie and I were silly and we discovered that the IPass works on the Indiana Toll Road now. Happy Jess! I need to give John (we borrowed the IPass from him) some cash, though. While we didn't go through too many tolls on the way up, the way back we hit quite a few. That's what we get for getting lost on the way to our destination, though. LOL.

Casey's party is on Saturday. He has requested fried chicken, mashed potatoes (and chicken gravy), I think corn on the cob was in there, too... can't quite remember though. I'll have to double check because I'm doing the grocery shopping and taking Lily shopping for a present for him today. This week I also get to clean my butt off in preparation for the main event. Casey's got quite a few things strewn about that I need to find out where he wants to put them so I can get rid of them as soon as possible.

Not much else going on. In 29 days I turn 30. I'm starting to freak out just a little bit. Not much, but a little bit. I'm guessing it'll come and go just like any other day but I'm hoping that someone (Casey- hint hint) throws me a party or something. I'm also hoping that I get that Kawasaki Ninja... I don't see the Ninja happening, but the girl can dream. I like to dream big, too. Well, maybe not big but definitely expensive. LOL .

I'm off... lots to do.

Friday, May 09, 2008

And the clues keep coming...

Part of Casey's birthday presents arrived today. I'm all excited! I have wrapped and hidden them and now we shall recap on the clues that we have: moo and flour.

I would like to add one more clue to the mix: emulsion. I think I spelled that correctly.

Emultion. Now there's an evil one. He'll definitely be scratching his head on that one. In fact, I wouldn't have even figured it out myself if I hadn't gone to the dictionary/thesaurus and started doing searches on synonyms for the various presents.

Yep, I'm crafty.

Now: if my mother in law is reading this... I have a mothers day gift for you. It's just a little something that we picked up. I need to figure out when we can get it to you. Just give me a call!

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Thursday Ickiness

This has been a completely yucky day.  Not only has it been really gloomy outside, but Lily still isn't feelin good.  In fact, she has been feeling downright nasty and her fever returned after having a relatively fever free morning. 
I had to go out and get groceries, so during her fever free hour and a half, I packed up both kids and off to Meijers we went.  Not ten minutes after being in the store Lily began telling me that she wasn't feeling good.   Thinking it was just her way of trying to con me into getting her some more sprite (which I was gonna do anyway), I told her that she needed to be patient, that we'd be very quick and then we'd go home.  Lily sucked it up until we got the baby food aisle and then things went south rather quickly. 
"Mommy, I really don't feel good."  She said.  I knew she wasn't kidding either because her eyes were starting to feel with tears.  She then told me that she felt like she had to throw up and then proceeded to throw up right there next to the enfamil.  We high-tailed it to the bathroom, with a nice lady that worked at meijers calling for back up on the baby aisle.  She was completely understanding and watched our cart (which was loaded with groceries) while we ran for the bathroom. 
We stayed in the bathroom for about half an hour.  While it was the best we could do with a bad situation, the Meijers bathroom floor isn't the best place for cuddling.  Lily finally decided she didn't have to throw up any more and we went back, retrieved our cart, grabbed two loaves of bread and went to the check out lanes.  Just as the lady was beginning to scan our groceries Lily annouced that she had to go to the bathroom again.  Since the bathroom was right there, I let her make a run for it herself and I saw her putting her hand over her mouth as she ran.  She stayed in the bathroom for about 20 minutes and then she came out and we finally got to come home.  She took a bath, put on pajamas and we cuddled on the couch for a couple of hours. 
I wish my family would feel better.  And I'm also hoping that I don't get sick.  That's the last thing that I need right now.  I have a lot to do and I have to prep for Casey's birthday, too. Wee fun yeah. 

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Primary Update

For all you who don't know, Hillary Clinton won by an extremely narrow margin in yesterday's Indiana Primary.  I believe it was 51% for her versus Obama's 49%.  The news station up here is calling it "razor thin."  I completely agree.  I'm glad she won, though. Woot to the Clintons!

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Primary Day!

It's Primary Day in Indiana and North Carolina.  I know my family got out and voted today and if you live in Indiana or North Carolina, I hope you did the same!  

Nothing much else to report.  Preparations for Casey's birthday are coming along quite nicely and my dad will be heading up this Sunday.  Lily stayed home today with a fever.  She's been getting sick quite a bit lately and I don't know if that's stress or if it's those wonderful allergies.  It also could be those wonderful allergies.  We'll see.

Friday, May 02, 2008

Embracing my Inner Pixie OR Zakary Emmons is a Hair God!

Zak cut my hair today.  I love it.  I feel like a pixie again.  I shall embrace my inner pixie and it will be good.  Just in time for warm weather! Whoo hoo!  For those of you in the South Bend area (or if you come to South Bend and you're in need of an awesome haircut)  Zak works at University Hair Stylist at LaFortuna Hall on Notre Dame campus.  Again, people, he is a HAIR GOD.  Now, behold

Wednesday, April 30, 2008


Yesterday Ronin decided to dig up something that looked like it had once been a possum and decided to ingest some of it. EWWWWW!!!! I can understand doggy nature to a certain extent but no dog is going to come in our house reaking like something long dead. So, about 8:30 last night, Casey still feeling like poo, we gave Ronin a bath (after we go and look for the dead thing, which be double bagged and through in our trash can to be collected). Ronin came out smelling like an oatmeal cookie.
This evening, Casey still feels like poo, it's closer to 9:30 and well... Ronin is banned from the house until we can give him a bath tomorrow.   We looked outside to see if we could find any remnents of dead things in the back yard, but we didn't find anything.  I'm thinking I'll go outside tomorrow with a shovel and maybe turn the earth where we found ye olde dead thing.  
I am REALLY glad that it's going to be warm tomorrow because I'm going to be hosing him off outside, this time. 
Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm off to kick my husband into bed. 

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

La La La La La

Because Tuesday doesn't seem much better...

I woke up this morning to find Casey home, too.  He has (and I quote) "the sore throat from hell."

Looks like the entire family gets to stay home today.  Although, I have a sneaky suspicion that if that government rebate shows up we'll be heading off to Chicago to purchase an IMac.  

Monday, April 28, 2008

Frakkity frak frak frak! Or How Monday's are NOT supposed to go...

I picked Lily up from school today and as she gets into the car she tells me "Mom, my stomach hurts.  I have a bunch of owies on it."   Since she's getting in the car, I can't necessarily check her first thing so we wait until we get home.    Home we go and as soon as she gets out of the car, she lifts up her shirt and says "See!  They kinda hurt."  Her stomach up to her armpits had dozens of little bumps on them.   Little bumps that look oddly like chicken pox. 

This is the part where I begin to think "How the hell?!"  It looked bad enough for me to call the doctor, so that's what I did and hadn't been home more than 5 minutes when we turned around and got back in the car and off we went. 

Turns out that it's not chicken pox.  Which I was wondering how the heck she could possibly even get chicken pox because she has not only had the original vaccine but the booster as well.  The doctor looked down her throat and in her ears, looked at Lily and said "Does you ear hurt Lily?"  She said no and then he looked in her ears again.  It turns out that she has the beginning of an ear infection.  According to the doc, you can get a rash along with an ear infection but it is very very rare.  Lily gets to stay home from school tomorrow and take some antibiotics. 

While we were there I also had the doctor look at Jackson's eye.  It's been gunking up the past few days with what I thought were allergies.  Turns out I was wrong about this too.  Little Mr. Man could very possibly have pink eye!  So, he got some eye drops.  Yeah, it has not been a fun day at Casa Stone.  I'm definitely not liking this Monday.  At least this evening there is a new episode of house and Casey and I can catch up on season four of Battlestar Galactica before that comes on. 

Sunday, April 27, 2008


The past few weeks Casey and I have been plowing our way through the first three seasons of the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica series.  We've been watching between 3 and 4 episodes a night and thuroughly enjoying it. 

Unfortunately for me, I know what's going on in the series and after tonight hubby will b
e caught up.  It's been frakking hell not being able to tell him about what's up and all of the theories that I have about the final cylon that needs to be revealed.  There were a handful of episodes in season three that I hadn't seen, but I am now caught up and in roughly 45 minutes Casey will be caught up as well.  I think the final four have just clicked in his head because he hasn't said anything about how crazy Colonel Tigh is acting.    AND since we are both desperately going to try and convince my sister-in-law and her hubby to watch the series as well, I am bound to secrecy yet again. 

I am looking forward to starting season 4 tomorrow night.  

I have to admit going into the series that I was a die hard fan of the Galactica of my youth.  When I heard Starbuck was a girl I was like "Um, no. Starbuck is NOT a girl."  But then
, within the first half hour of the miniseries  (which you really must start with the miniseries and then go to season one and the subsequent seasons) I was completely in love with Katee Sackhoff's portrayal of the frakked up Starbuck and was proclaiming that I wanted to be Starbuck when I grow up (which doesn't make much sense if you think about it because Katee Sackhoff, according to IMDB.com, was born in 1980, two years after me... ah, to be able to turn back the clock... or to put off being born a couple of years so I could still grow up to be Starbuck.  There is always time, however, for me to grow up... I'm not 30 yet, so I still have time to do something stupid...maybe.).

So yeah, I'm a Battlestar Galactica junkie.  I can't wait to start season four and FINALLY I'll be able to talk to hubby about it. 

OH and if anyone is looking for birthday presents for me or Casey... Here's a couple of hints:  Season One of BSG, Battlestar Galactica "Razor", the mini-series, and for (more specifically) me an Ebony colored Kawasaki Ninja 250R.  Now, go shopping.  And, if you get me the ninja, make sure you get a helmet to go with it.  Thanks!

Friday, April 25, 2008


Lily: "Why do I have to go to bed so early?"
Me: "You have to get up early for school."
Lily: "But why do I have to get up early?"
Me: "Well, you know how daddy get's up early to go to work? You have to get up early to go to school.  That's your job."
Lily: "Dude," [pulls covers over her shoulders] "I want a new job."

Yeah, I giggled for about an hour after that.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

"I wonder what would happen if we made their teeth come in FOUR at a time?"

Jackson has four teeth coming in.  All on the top.  The first two cut through a couple of days ago.  They're barely out, but wait! As if nature didn't have anything better to do (YO! IT'S SPRING! GO MAKE SOME BUNNIES MATE OR SOMETHING!), two more teeth adjacent to both top (right and left sides) have decided that it was time for them to come through too!  

Now, it's not soooo horrible (says the one who finally got a full five hours of sleep last night and didn't have to get up every hour and a half with the kid).  With the two center ones (upper left and right central for y'all who want to get your dental-geek on) partially erupted (haha, dental-geek) the upper left lateral is just starting to peak through (I can see a decent sized "white spot") and the upper right lateral has a smaller "white spot" where it's going to erupt but yep, they're there.  Jackson is definitely a fan of the baby anbesol and so am I!  His mood can change incredibly rapidly if it starts to wear off.   The kid just turned 7 months.  Those lateral teeth apparently aren't supposed to come in until around 9 months.  

I think I'm going to agree with Casey and say that he's in a hurry to do everything.   His current favorite thing to do?  Dive-bomb stuff that's just out of his reach.  It's like if he flings himself toward something he'll be able to reach it.  While I wait with anticipation for him to start crawling, it also makes me V E R Y nervous. 

Casey's birthday presents will be ordered this week.  I've decided that 30 is going to be a fun birthday to spoil him with some stuff with.   I've given him the clues "flour" and "moo" for a couple of his presents.  He's still scratching his head.  If anyone has any guesses, feel free to comment and I'll tell you yay or nay.   Just keep in mind that when I gave him his popcorn popper, I gave him the hint "sparky vegitables."  Yes, I know corn is a grain, but you use vegitable oil to pop it so yeah... it works.  Think obscurely. Hee hee. 

I'm off.  Must make dinner. 

Monday, April 21, 2008

Grumpy Grumpy Grumpy

Jackson is cutting his two top front teeth.  Poor little man.  This weekend has not been a fun one for not only for him but it's been hell on the rest of the family as well.  He has been waking up about every two and a half hours at night crying and it's really reeking havoc on my sleep schedule.  Jack, however, seems to be dealing just fine.  Well, except for the occasional screaming and grumpiness.

Casey is officially addicted to Battlestar Galactica.  We bought season 2.0 and 2.5 and have 6 episodes to go before we have to buy season 3.  We are also going to be in the market for Season 1, the miniseries, and Razor, so yeah.... plenty to watch before the return of House next week.   I have been watching bits and pieces of season 4 of BSG and part of me is tempted just to stop.  Friday's episode... I knew what was coming but didn't believe it when it actually happened.  I think I said "frak" non-stop for about an hour.  My brain hurt after that episode.  I also cried pretty good. 

And stuff. 

Other than that, this is the first weekend we haven't had much going on.  It was nice to decompress.  The nice weather was awesome as well.  Unfortunately, this is the start of things getting busy.  Lily has roughly 6 weeks of school left and then the wonderful summer camp season begins.  Between zoo camp, swimming lessons, library summer reading program, a nature day camp and a few other things... yeah, she's going to be a busy kid. 

So that's that. We've been quite boring lately. 

Wednesday, April 16, 2008


I was going to blog about how my pants split in the middle of Hollywood video this afternoon and how I have to buy new pants but my computer keeps deleting stuff that I type.  So yeah.  I'm not going to anymore.  Bugger you, HP!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Meme I stole from Matt

I am not a tagger, but knock yourselves out if it's your kind of thing. .

1. If you were another person, would you be friends with you? Probably. I think I'm quite fun when I'm in the mood to have fun.

2. What is your most guilty pleasure? Hmmm... watching Nip/Tuck? Either that or brownies.

3. When was the last time you laughed so hard you cried? A couple of weeks ago when Mickie and I were driving in the car and she said something really hilarious. I almost spewed, too.

4. Are you confused as to what lies ahead of you? Nope. I like the road I'm on and while there will be obstacles, bumps and bad hair days ahead I am definitely not confused.

5. What's your favorite book to re-read? Hmmm... that's a tough call. Currently that would be the book Nefertiti. I re-read a lot of books and enjoy a lot of them, so yeah...

6. Have you ever been awake for 48 hours straight? Yeah, but I think I was a teenager. It was fun, but I slept for something like 19 hours straight afterwards.

7. Favorite physical feature of the opposite sex? I would have to say it's that sexy "v" line on a man just under his abs that kinda points the way down to certain naughty bits. If a man has a well defined "v" I tend to drool heavily. It he's wearing a shirt, I tend to look at the eyes.

8. Is there anything that made you unhappy recently? No, but I'm waiting for the other shoe to drop.

9. Name a personal hero. You know, I don't really think I have one. I guess if I had to choose, I'd choose my mom because she's incredibly tough and strong and kicks ass.

10. You have 50 dollars in your pocket what do you do with it? Probably save it and go out for ice cream tomorrow. Either that or buy Season One of BSG

11. What is your drug of choice? I would have to say NyQuil.

12. If you could keep any animal for a pet, what would you keep? I have always wanted to have a peregrin falcon. Birds of Prey are cool.

13. What is your favorite keychain on your keys? I would have to say my ankh keychain that I got from the Field Museum in Chicago last year.

14. Do you have a motto? Not particularly.

15. Grab the book nearest to you, turn to page 55, and find line 5. Okay, the book is "Fix it and Forget it" and it's a crock pot recipe book. Page 55 is Sally's Split Pea Soup and line 5 says "Makes 8 Servings."

Yeah, this was kinda dull. At least my neighbor brought me some cupcakes.


I feel like I am in need of a nap. I've actually felt this way since I woke up this morning. I just haven't been able to get the hang of the day for some reason. I've got a running list in my head of things that I need to do and I just find myself looking from one end of the room to the other asking the question "What was I doing again?" I think the truck that ran me over is parked somewhere around here... I failed to get it's license plate or model, though.

Yeah, I am definitely tired. I have dubbed this evening pizza night and threw a pizza in the oven. I will continue doing the whole laundry thing and I'll probably just hang out, watch some Battlestar Galactica and hopefully go to sleep early. Yep, that's the plan.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

What's a bedtime?

This weekend has been all about the fun for us here at Casa Stone. Matt came in Thursday, albeit not for fun, but we had a good visit and distracted him with lots and lots of Rock Band. Matt, the kids and I had a late dinner with his mom. They got good news so all was well and lots of stress was lifted on their end of things. Friday I had planned to drive to Indy and pick up Trevor but had baby issues and convinced Trevor that he should drive our way.

And so this brings us to Friday evening!!! Party at our house! Whoo hoo! Trevor arrived around 5:30 (I was out dropping off Lily and picking up supplies...like Guitar Hero 3 so we'd have a second guitar to use and could rock with a full band) and then Mickie and family got their around 6:30, everyone else started arriving around 7PM. We ate burgers despite it getting colder and colder as the evening progressed and then... Rock Band! It was our first time that we had a REAL Rock Band party and we have ABSOLUTELY got to do it again!!

We rocked out until the wee hours of the evening and then after everyone left we watched a very interesting film that Trevor brought called Careful. It was an odd Canadian film that had so many interesting undertones that I can't even begin to explain it. Interesting, definitely art house.

Today we've been hanging out talking about movies, watching movies, just hanging out. It's been really quite nice. More Rock Band was played, but we've kind of rock band-ed out. That happens, though.

Tomorrow I have no idea what's going on. It's the last day of spring break so we'll probably stay home and relax.

I'm off. Jackson is having issues getting to sleep so I'm going to try and get him to sleep by laying down with him.

Thursday, April 10, 2008


My hubby had to leave at 4AM this morning to be in Fort Wayne by 7AM. This gave him and the two other guys that were going to the pervious concrete symposium thingey at least an hour of getting lost time. Hubby also took the MacBook, which means I'm kickin' it old school on the HP today. Whee fun, ya know?

It's raining, it's cold, and I feel... grumpy. A bout of PMS is heading my way, I just know it. This weather also has me feel like doing absolutely nothing.

Matt is coming in for an impromptu family thing today. Basically, the mama bear beckons and all the youngins come a runnin'. It's a bad kind of family thing so it's not my thing to divulge it. My thoughts are with them, though. And, on a selfish level, I get to see my sweet baboo. I wish Ben was coming with him, but it's all good. I'll get to see Ben this summer. We're already planning a trip to Cedar Point, so it should be fun. I think it will be a perfectly appropriate way to celebrate our 30th birthdays (Matt is May 8, Casey is the 15th and mine is June 10).

I miss Casey. I miss the MacBook. I miss the sun. I miss it being warm. Yeah, color me depressed. I will now go throw myself onto a pile of laundry and be melancholy.

Monday, April 07, 2008

This and That

This weekend turned out to be absolutely BEAUTIFUL!  Saturday we went to the Stone parents', had tasty spaghetti and Lily got to play with her cousins, Juliette and Ilsa.  Around 8:30 though you could tell that the girls were getting tired as the level of bickering increased.  We finally decided that it was time to take Lily home and let the girls get some sleep.  

Jackson enjoyed some grandma time and impressed us all by eatting an entire jar of baby food.  That was a first for him.  He normally eats half a jar per sitting if we're lucky but this time he must have either really really liked the applesauce he ate or he was just really really hungry. 

Lily is on spring break this week.  Today we're just kind of taking it easy doing the whole sleeping in thing.  We're contemplating grilling out this evening because it's still very beautiful outside.  Casey is working just up the road so he'll be home relatively early in the scheme of things.

I'm off.  I've got the spring fever bug and there's lots of cleaning to be done. 

Monday, March 31, 2008

Spring = Haircuts

Lily got her annual spring haircut yesterday, today Casey gets one.   I'm going to try and snark one in as well seeing as how I'm going to be out and about.  Lily's is a very mod razor cut that can be sleaked down or flip-pied up as mood strikes. She seems to like it.  Casey's getting his standard shave the head until he has nothing but fuzz look and I am starting to look like a little boy, so it's time to chop mine up too.  I'm thinking I'm in serious need of a color overhaul, too.  Back to brown with me, with maybe some highlights?  I can't decide.
 I took Lily to school and it was a very humid 55 degrees outside!  Here I was, bundled up in my wool coat and scarf, Lily and I walk out the door, Jack bundled in his carseat and the first thing the girl says is "Mom! It's warm out here!"   
Today's weather is supposed to be warm with rain showers and thunderstorms on the occasion, so I think I'm going to take advantage of that and open the windows for a few hours and start airing out the house.  If it keeps up this week I may actually finish painting the trim.  Although, this week I may get absolutely nothing done because Sci Fi channel is running the first three seasons of Battlestar Galactica.  All. In a row.  From 8AM to 5PM, nonstop BSG.  That's awesome.  The series is most excellent.  I've made it through Season One (I started watching it last week on my own.) and the first two episodes of season 2.  I'm hooked, what can I say. 
I'm going to go be productive now.  At least as much as I can be for a little while. 

Saturday, March 29, 2008

The Six Month Old Behemouth

Jackson is officially 6 months old (as of Friday, the 21st) and the boy is HUGE!!!  He has learned how to bang stuff, throw stuff, babbles constantly and this week we're learning how to turn on and off lights (we can't pass a light switch now without him wanting to turn it on and off constantly).   Oh, and he loves to be thrown into the air (which doesn't happen too often because he's completely heavy).  He's definitely a boy!

His check up was on Monday and the official stats are 20 pounds 4 ounces and 27 inches long.  This puts him in the 95th percentile for weight and 85th percentile for height.  

It's funny seeing how different he is from Lily as a baby.  Lily, much like she is now, was a very quiet, reserved baby.  Jackson... Well, he's a boy and he's ALWAYS moving.   He's also always babbling and it's almost like he wants to grow up NOW.  He does this hilarious thing when I've got him on my lap where he just jumps.  He wiggles up and down like he's trying to get away but yet he's not quite ready to leave Mommy.   

I think that sister Lily is definitely the favorite person, though.  He just laughs and smiles and his entire face lights up even more when he sees her.   He'll sit there and just "talk" to her and she'll talk back.  She's been reading to him in the afternoons after school which is not only a good thing for her, but it's also good for Jack.   One of these days, I swear he's going to talk.  And I'm pretty sure that his first word will either be "Dude!"  or "Lily."  My bet's on Lily. 

So yeah, the family is good. Happy family. Whoo hoo.  Now, if we'd all stay healthy for a while maybe we can actually get out of this house.