Wednesday, May 28, 2008
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
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
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).
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.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
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
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
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
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Thursday, May 8, 2008
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
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
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO T!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DEAR TEEEEEEEE!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO T!
Sunday, May 4, 2008
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."
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
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
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.