Wednesday, May 28, 2008

The Big Bang Theory

Driving home from work this evening, T calls me. He says "um... we have a problem...." So I ask what the problem is. Imagine my shock and horror when he tells me the house is filled with gas. Apparently, the nob on the stove wasn't turned off all the way.

He opened all the windows and turned off everything and the house was aired out by the time I got home. We don't know when it happened. We weren't in the kitchen this morning. And we didn't use the stove last night. So the only thing I can think is that B might have hit it by mistake. We aren't really sure at this point....

All we know is that the house could have blown up.... so I just thought of another negative to having a gas stove.....

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

It's a Gold Out!

With LSU Baseball's return to postseason play and 20-game win streak, the talk of the town (well, Baton Rouge not Oklahoma City) is the last Regional to be hosted at the old Alex Box Stadium.

Since my family is descending on Baton Rouge from various places around the continent, I thought it was time that the blog got into shape as well. So the month of June will feature a GOLD OUT (wear GOLD this weekend, people) on the blog as we cheer LSU on to Omaha!


Thursday, May 22, 2008

Happy Bloggiversary!

Well, I managed to forget our bloggiversary. On May 13th, this little blog was a year old. Thanks to those who read because they know us. Also, thanks to those who read because they like to read.

We have started our third year in Oklahoma and I think we are finally feeling like we fit in. Well, as much as we can fit in. Somethings we just don't want to emulate.

Stay tuned.... I have no idea what will happen next. If anyone does, let me know so I can prepare for it (well, scurry around at the last minute and complain about my own procrastination).

Coming To A Campus Near You!

LSU Baseball is on a roll. An 18 game roll to be exact. So word on the street is that LSU is getting a Regional. For the final season at Alex Box Stadium, it seems very apropos. Talking to my to my sister a couple of weeks ago, she said "Man! I'd hate to miss the last Regional at The Box!"

Background: We spent many consecutive years tailgating and enjoying the entire weekend of LSU Baseball that is the NCAA Regional tournament through the years. We tailgated with family friends at the 4th large oak tree to the south of the stadium! However, this all ended when LSU Baseball was no longer the juggernaut it had been and quit making post-season play. LSU will open next season at it's new state of the art baseball stadium across the street and up the road a bit.

So a couple of days later she finds me online at work and sends me an instant message. "I've got enough SkyMiles and they'll expire before I can use them for anything else. Navarre and I are going to be in Baton Rouge. Are you?" My answer? "Yes, I'll be there!"

When I got home that night, I was talking to T about it and he said "well, I want to go!" So here we are several weeks later with two plane tickets. We are flying into New Orleans next Thursday night. We won't be in Baton Rouge until around midnight (provided our flights are on time). But that will give us full days on Friday and Saturday. We head back to Oklahoma on Sunday, just in time for work on Monday.

So if you are in the area, please find us with the large group of people, a 10 month old baby and possibly a large dog that could be mistaken for a small horse at the 4th large oak tree south of The Box.

Geaux Tigers!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

On the DL

I've been knitting a lot the last couple of nights. I finished a Christmas project over the weekend, which is good since I'm already ahead of the game (at least for now). I've also started on another project that I wasn't planning on but am happy to do. My grandmother requested something for my great aunt for Christmas and I'm happy to oblige.

Who knew Nicole Knitted Christmas Gifts were the hot ticket for the holidays?

So all day today, my arm has slowly been hurting more and more. And of course it's the arm attached to my bad shoulder (thank you, big time car accident). I didn't think too much about it but was trying to stretch it out like I've been instructed to in the past.

I stopped by my friend's salon to notarize something for her (Yep, I'm a notary. Impressive, huh? Yeah, not really.) I mention my bum arm and she starts a little massage on my shoulder and quickly finds a large source of pain in my arms, not my actual shoulder. She asks, "do you do any low motion repetitive motion?" My response? "DUH!" Well, that's not really what I said but what I was thinking since I've knit stuff for her too.

Anyway, so she gave me stretches and we worked on it and it felt better. I get home, eat dinner and settle in for some evening knitting. And then it hit me.... the pain.... the dull aching pain...

So I put it down and have been joying the Wednesday night lineup of season finales. Let's just say, I'd rather be knitting....

Monday, May 19, 2008

It's Monday...

...and since Monday's are usually blah for me, I thought I'd share a few pictures that I've had on my camera for the last 2 or 3 months. I took this picture and immediately thought, "This is what fly heaven must look like!"

But really, it's just my first peony of the season! I was quite excited to have some blooms form at the end of April. And the day after I took these pictures, we had a huge rain storm and hail, which pelted this guy to smithereens, but at least I got to enjoy the beauty and fragrance for a couple of days. Our whole front entry way smelled of these few flowers.

I do have a lot more pictures on my camera and have really been avoiding downloading them because my last pictures of Rufus are on there. But I finally did download them and while seeing pictures of him playing made me happy knowing he played up until the end, I was also just overcome with sadness that I thought I was passed.

These pictures were taken 2 and half weeks before he passed away. And I know the playing ones are blurry, but the Old Man rarely stopped moving!

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Apparently too cold is a problem!

Friday night, T loaded more canned Diet Coke into the fridge. It would be prime drinking temp in the morning. I woke up on Saturday and after a little while, I went to grab one of these frosty Diet Coke's to drink. The only problem was that it wasn't any colder on Saturday morning than it was on Friday night. Well, that's not good.

So I tried various things, including a phone call to Dad to diagnose the problem. Since the freezer was working just fine, Dad and I decided the best route was to unload the fridge contents into an ice chest to keep cool and turn off the fridge portion and let it "rest" for a while. I also dusted coils and vacuumed, etc. After 3 hours, I kicked it back on and NOTHING!

Since my first diagnostic route didn't work, I tried my second - the Internet. Yes, you, Internet. Apparently you hold the answer to everything. After googling several different things, I got up to check to see if the freezer was TOO COLD and yep, it was. The freezer was frozen up, thus blocking the fan to blow cold air into the fridge.

At this point, T was home and we unloaded the freezer into the freezer outside and turned the whole thing off. We opened the freezer door, put towels on the floor and left it. We woke up this morning to soaking wet towels on the floor, but a completely defrosted refrigerator. I mopped up all the water and plugged her back in.

VOILA! Internet, you were right. It was our freezer being too cold that caused our fridge to be too hot. We are hoping that maybe it just didn't get closed well enough one night. If that's not the case, it could be a list of other parts that I read about. So we'll just keep an eye on it. At least for now, we have the free fix. And that's always best!!

And as I report this, I am enjoying a frosty cold Diet Coke!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

A shout out!

Hey Mrs. Toni! Mom says you read the blog, and I thought I'd say thanks for that.


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Thursday, May 8, 2008

A different perspective

Last night in the trauma that I'll call a drive home, I heard the best thing on the radio that I've heard in 2 years of listening to storm coverage. It's 5:15 and the height of the rush hour commute. All heck is breaking loose at the TV station and you can hear that on the radio. The chief weather dude keeps telling people to stay at work and get off the road, etc. You can hear the doomsday approaching in his voice.

Just then, the second weather dude says in a very calm voice, "I know there are a lot of kids at home waiting on mom and dad and you don't need to be afraid. We've been through this a couple of times this year already. You just need to get to your lowest level and center room. Turn the TV real loud so you can hear us and we'll be with you through it. We just want to be cautious. There isn't a reason to be scared."

So the chief weather dude comes back on after apparently regaining control of himself and taking to heart what the other guy said. I know it helped calm me and I'm an adult (by age anyway). I must say, that statement made me think a little better of the television show interrupting folks.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Commute from Hell

It's been raining all day. So the drive in this morning was slower because people freak out when it's raining. About 4:00 pm, there was a huge blast of hail, but it's Spring in Oklahoma, so I didn't think much about it.

I noticed that traffic was heavier, earlier in the day, but I didn't think much of it. If the weather is bad, they'll certainly tell us on the radio, right? So I was locking up the front door and walking to my car enjoying a cookie, when I heard the tornado sirens going off just south of my office.

I got in the car and headed east towards the house. I was looking at blue sky but the ugly stuff was to my back (west). About 2 minutes after I got in the car, not only did they break into the music to say that we were under a tornado warning, but they joined the weather simulcast. Yes, now they are pre-empting radio too. I joke, but I knew at that point it was serious. Even more so because I was in my car, which isn't exactly the safest place to be.

I'm trying to get home as quickly as possible when I remember that my gas light had come on that morning on the way into work and I didn't want to stop because of the rain. So I stopped to get gas and tried to hurry so that I could get home.

As I hear death and destruction on the radio (100+ mph winds hitting the TV station and hearing them freak out), I'm starting to get a little freaked. I can see blue sky ahead of me. I'm right on the edge of the weather. In my rear view is nothing but black.

I'm starting to relax a little as the people on the radio calm down a little. It's only sprinkling where I'm at, but my blue sky is getting a little hazy. Just then there is a HUGE bolt of lightening that crackles to the south of me and then spreads across the sky. Then the radio chirps with another tornado warning east of me.

Yes, Internet, my blue sky turned into another storm. I gripped the steering wheel so tight, I'm only now getting the blood flow back into my fingers. At that point, I was about 6 miles from home, so I hit the gas!

I did get home and promptly curled up in the fetal position with the covers pulled up over my head.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Feliz Cumpleanos!


Last night we celebrated with boiled crawfish and a homemade cookie cake. So thanks to T for driving our dinner all the way back from Louisiana and thanks to the most failsafe foodie website for a phenomenal chocolate chip cookie recipe that I made into a cake (one large cookie).

I've never made anything from Smitten Kitchen that I didn't really love. When someone takes a bite of a cookie and pauses to say "Oh my goodness! Did you make this?", you know you've not only found a winning recipe but a winning source for recipes. From handmade pizza and homemade oreos to spicy Chinese noodle dishes, you will find something you just have to make when you visit the site!

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Such a nasty habit

The more time B spends inside, the more his personality is coming to light. And yes, apparently he has a personality that is more than screaming "PET ME. PET ME. PET ME! LOVE ME! PET ME! LOVE ME!"

However, his one real issue is that he likes to try and steal my ball of yarn. And while part of me secretly wishes he was trying to start a yarn stash because he knits when we aren't in the room, I know that is not true. I have not found one project he's working on.

In reality, I know he just wants to run off with it because when he does, my head spins around and then flies off my head., shooting sparks like a firework on the 4th of July. Apparently, that's just fun for him.

Copper just shakes her head at him and says "Dude, not the yarn...anything but the yarn."

Sheeee's baaaaack!

With the loss of Rufus, it's understandable that Copper hasn't quite been her self for the last week and some change. She hasn't eaten very much and has been real patient and sweet with B. And for those of you who know her, well, that's not like Copper. She didn't earn a reputation as a biatch for no reason.

She could NOT stand Rufus when he first came to us. And with reason, all he wanted was to be petted and loved on and included (much like B currently is). And although she didn't want to petted and loved on, she didn't want any other dog to be so either. It's her world and we just live in it, or so she thought. Rufus quickly changed all of that. And after years of being together, she came to love him when he would tackle her to play even if she was giving him the "I hate you" glare.

The more B comes inside and is included in things, the more Copper reverts to her old self. In fact, last night she was downright feisty and biatch like. So while the nice, sweet, lovable dog is a joy to have around, it's just not Copper. We're glad to have her back - warts and all.

Friday, May 2, 2008

Grey's Anatomy Recap

Well, I'd recap last night's episode if I could. But there was a line of bad storms and while it did go through the metro, it was to the west of us. And because there was "rotation" in the system, we didn't get to see anything on TV last night except weather guys.

You know, I get it. I do. These storms are dangerous and people need to be warned. My question is this. Why can't once the storm has passed a specific area, can the pre-empting only occur in the danger zones? At 8 pm, the weather was to the north of us AND THE METRO. Did I get to see Grey's Anatomy? No, ma'am. I did not.

I get that Stillwater had bad weather bearing down on them, but why not have them watch the weather guys and just let us see the program. And if the weather geeks around here want to see the continual coverage, maybe offer it on another channel. Just an idea....

Thursday, May 1, 2008

It will be the end of me!

I have a nemesis. That nemesis is filing. I. CANNOT. STAND. FILING.

I'm not sure if I'm being clear about this. But anyone who has ever worked with me will attest to the back-logged piles of paper that must be dealt with. Or anyone who has ever been in to my home to see the mail monster that resides on every flat surface, for that matter!

If I was locked in a room and my only way out was to file all the papers to find the hidden key, I may never make it out of that room. I know you think I'm exaggerating, but what am I doing today instead of filing? Well, I'm telling YOU about it. Thanks, Internet, for helping with my procrastination.

Oh new blog design? Yep, courtesy of filing hatred.