Friday, February 29, 2008

It's actually getting easier to be Green!

No offense to Kermit, it gets easier every day to be green. Not necessarily a frog, but it's certainly easier these days to be eco-conscious. Let's not forget, I am the "au natural" sister. I've developed a huge aversion to plastic - disposable plastics.

I could link you to a million different preachy websites about why disposable plastic is bad, ranging in topics from the harm to the environment to the harm to our bodies. So I've taken a few small steps around our house to try and do our part. It's not about living in a grass hut with dirty hair and homemade clothes. If everyone did little things, you'd be amazed at the progress that is made.

While I'm on my soapbox, I'll talk about bottled water. I hate it. I can't stand it. Nothing could be worse for you or the planet. We don't drink it at our house or anywhere for that matter. We have a filter on our faucet because our drinking water is like taking on too much water in a swimming pool. At work, I drink from the water cooler, even though there is a refrigerator full of bottled water.

Don't get me wrong. I'm not perfect. I love my Sonic Diet Coke with my Styrofoam cup and plastic straw, but it's like I said - little steps. So our next little step is our new Sigg Water Bottles. They are aluminum and won't distort the taste of whatever is in them, including water. It won't leach any chemicals in the water, even in the hot sun. Oh and did I mention they are cute?

And if you want a little more technically specific information, including facts and figures, Steph gives more information on her site about this same topic.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

So I have issues...

To those who know me, it's no real secret that I have issues. I think just about everyone has them, some just hide them better than others. But what am I focusing on right now? Leap Day creeps me out. Something about it just isn't right.

I mean, I get the reason it exists. But it just creeps me out. But I guess in a world of rounding up or down, eventually the fractions of the numbers always catch up with us - a couple of calories here or there, a couple of pennys here or there. What happens when you try to put those ignored fractions of something somewhere?

Well, calories eventually make pounds. And everyone always wonders how they are all of a sudden large (myself included). The minutes in the day eventually become Feb. 29th. And those fractions of a penny? You can take them and put them in a bank account, but then you could have to go to the real prison, not the country club prison. But if you're lucky, the crazy guy in the office will burn the building down and use the money for a tropical vacation for himself.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

I did not fall off the planet...

I'm here. We've just been busy. I was chastized over the weekend for not only not posting, but also not reading blogs. There are the usual reasons - work, houseguests, knitting. But let's just focus on this sweet face and you can't possibly be upset with me.

Tell me she's not a big ham! I think she's going to like taking pictures a little more than her mom! There willl be updates later this week, but I just wanted to ask for a little patience.

Monday, February 18, 2008

It's on the Internet so it must be true!

I'm sure if you're from Louisiana, you've seen this type of list before. If you aren't, I should tell you that they just about all apply (if not to you, at least some parts of your family). I'll pause while you read it it.


Personally, #7 is why we got married in April (that and I like springtime). #28 is totally true. If you can pronounce AND spell my maiden name, then you are either a close friend or of French heritage. #10 is why using directions like north, south, east and west was completely foreign when we moved here. T still has issues with #25 even though we've been here almost 2 years.

And don't worry for those of you who visit from Louisiana, we have #13 imported to this foreign place!

Friday, February 15, 2008

He'll show us

This weekend T is going to actually post about the restless nights of this week. Well, they have been restless for him. Apparently, between me and the dogs, he isn't sleeping very well. But the story I have today is about Rufus. Rufus has a dog bed that he likes to sleep in. And when he gets tired of it, he sleeps in Copper's bed. But his favorite place to sleep is curled up on our dirty clothes.

Well, because I'm the worst dog mother ever, there are currently no dirty clothes in the floor. He's had to sleep multiple nights either in his bed or on the bare carpet. I know, I should be reported to the ASPCA.

Night before last, I threw all the covers on the floor and T had to pick them up (or so he says). So this morning when I woke up, I asked if I had done better and he started griping about the dog taking the covers.

I didn't fully understand but just went on my merry way. Well, as merry as my way can be early in the morning. T sent me an instant message when he got to work and told me what our sweet Rufus did. Rufus decided he was going to make his own little pile on the floor to sleep in. So he pulled the covers off the bed and started to mat them down to make a little bed. T woke up and was, of course, completely aggravated.

I think the dogs slept the rest of the night outside. I think it's quite cute though. That will teach us to not throw our dirty laundry on the floor.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

What gives you the warm fuzzies?

With Valentine's Day fast approaching and the discussion of gifts between me and my dear husband, I thought back to our first Valentine's Day together. We dressed up and went to a nice dinner. We had only been together about 6 weeks, so it was actually a tough "first holiday" together. Everything is either "you're my pal" or "I love you more than air". There's no middle ground.

Aside from a nice dinner and a movie, he got me a beautiful necklace, life-size teddy bear and a pound of chocolates. I got him a framed National Champions picture (which still hangs proudly in our living room) since the Sugar Bowl was our first date. You can see the little dots of us in the picture too.

All very sweet and romantic, huh? Well, four years later, you know what my sweetheart is doing for me for Valentine's Day? I'M GETTING A GARBAGE DISPOSAL! WOO HOO! (everyone pause to do a happy dance) Apparently, we really ARE an old, married couple. But whatever, I'm beyond happy. No more scraping that junk out of the drain with my finger (gloved, of course, but still insanely gross)!

And yes, the thought of cleaner trash gives me the warm fuzzies!

UPDATE: After several questions by people, I'll say that I'm not sure why this now 5 year old house was built without a garbage disposal. It is a custom built house and we even have electrical outlets outside in the eaves of the house wired to a switch inside for our Christmas lights. But no, we don't have a garbage disposal. We have to have an outlet put in for it, so that's why we haven't had one before now. It's really the only thing this house was missing. But not for long!

Thursday, February 7, 2008

I was *this* close!

Everyone has been sick the last couple of months. And I thought I had managed to escape with relative good health. Then the last week or so, things have taken a turn for the worse. I think I'm on the upswing though. I think. I hope.

I am revving up the Vitamin C, so hopefully that will help. There isn't much more to post about because I haven't been doing anything but sleeping. I was told to leave work early yesterday because I looked horrible (always nice to hear), so I went home and went to sleep at 2 pm.

T's been sweet, but he won't let me pick on him, which I like to do when I don't feel well. I'll forgive him though since he got me dinner. But just this one time!

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Just for laughs

Leslie posted this and I have to pass it along. It's so funny, it made me actually howl with laughter. T even let go an audible chuckle - and that means it must be hilarious. Make sure you have your sound turned on - it makes it better.

The Week In Pictures

This is the family monkey. It is gifted to family members each Christmas on my mom's side of the family. The tanning goggles were my dad's idea. He's currently living in our living room (the monkey, not dad). I'm posting these pictures because there was talk at Christmas that we had broken the monkey. He's completely in tact. His future's so bright, he's got to wear shades...

We had a day of snow, and I did take some pictures. Because I have to get up so early for work, you can see a snowy sunrise over our neighborhood. And yes, those are LSU street numbers.

This is my office. I am the main desk right when you walk in. That's quite a change from being hidden in the back corner at my last job. Yes, I know... it's straight out of the late 80's (you should see the bathrooms!). Let's just say we're working on it!

The two pictures below were gifts from my mom for Christmas last year (or maybe the year before). I love them, but never took the time to have them framed. Well, I finally bought frames for them. They were stock frames with those pre-done mats in them. Since my pictures were already matted, I just took out those pre-done mats and voila! I hung them on either side of the fluer de lis plaque that I got at the Home & Garden show a couple of weekends ago. I'm quite happy with it.

The day of all the snow, I was going shopping after work. It had been predetermined the night before and I wasn't going to let a little cold weather and cotton sweater stop me. When T's given his blessing beforehand, you don't give him the option to change his mind! This lamp is part of a matching pair that I bought. Wouldn't you know? Today they went on sale! So I'm going back to get a refund on the difference tomorrow.

Anyway, I LOVE the new lamps. They finally fit the scale of the chests that I bought this summer. I'm quite pleased.

I also took the time on Saturday to hang these plaques back up on the wall. They used to hang vertically over our bed. But when I repainted, I made the decision to put framed photos over the bed (not finished yet, of course). So these have been sitting in the floor ever since. I finally put them on the wall and think they look nice in the entryway to the room. And yes, the ceiling is blue.

Lastly, I made a gumbo today, along with a homemade king cake. Turns out, my sister made a homemade king cake today too. We just used different recipes. It came out pretty good for my first attempt. It certainly isn't pretty and the hole in the center is tiny, but make a round cake out of it was more difficult than I thought.