Friday, June 27, 2008

Afternoon Musings

Stephanie : "I don't want to be known as the girl with the sores."

Nicole: [no response...laughing too hard and not breathing]

UPDATE: This conversation snippet was not edited. These two lines (or one followed by a reaction) occurred exactly like this. HOWEVER, there was a conversation before this that led up to her statement. On previous trips to a certain fast food establishment, I noticed one particular employee that had sores on her hands/arms. I did mention this to Stephanie on my return to work. So today, while in the car, she said, "Is that the girl with the sores?" I replied, "yes". This brings us to the start of the post. So no, Stephanie does not have sores. She has implied that I made it sound like she does. I just wanted to make sure I was clear that she was clear. I believe this is how "misquotes" happen in the news.


I was just given the directive to blog about something because Stephanie is "so over the cups." Which is funny coming from the person who blogs even less than I do! And frankly, I might make my crystal punch cups my new background because, they really are fabulous. But I digress.

My friend Cathy is coming to visit for Labor Day weekend and I'm extremely excited. She sent me her airline itinerary yesterday via email. I read it and replied to that email with this phrase:

I know it doesn't make much sense to you, but Cathy would know what I'm talking about it. A few minutes later I get an email from Orbitz Customer Service letting me know that they had received my email and would respond within 24 hours to my question. Yep, turns out I sent my nonsense phrase to Orbitz, not Cathy.

About two hours later, Kevin in the Customer Service department sent me an email.
Thank you for contacting Orbitz. I have received this e-mail and believe that you may have intended it to be delivered to someone else. I would like to make sure that your correspondence reaches the intended parties.

If this email was intended for customer service, we are unsure of your question.

Orbitz TLC Team

Apparently, my nonsense email didn't make sense to Kevin. Which makes me feel a little better, actually. I would hate for my inside joke with Cathy to be widely understood.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Party Time

Party Time! Excellent! The shower went off without a hitch. It was a rather subdued group but fun, nonetheless. Stephanie and I both showed up with punch, so the punchbowl was full. And I'd like everyone to take time to marvel at my lovely punch bowl. It was a wedding gift from my Aunt Betty and Aunt Diane (my mom's sisters). Had we still been in Louisiana, I'm sure it would have been used by now for various and sundry occasions, namely showers.

Well, today was the first occasion I've ever had to take it out of the box. So I was extremely happy to have that chance. Doesn't it look lovely. I forgot to take a picture of it filled with punch. It's still nice anyway.

Shelly got a lovely array of gifts and it was good to see some people that I haven't seen in a while. All in all, it was a nice afternoon.

There is also another reason to celebrate. This is my 200th post. WOOT! The posts really add up after a while.

Our Life in Oklahoma so far - 26 months of marriage, 25 months in Oklahoma, 13 months blogging, 1 niece and 200 posts!


So I've managed to have everything finished and be ready to go earlier than I need to leave for the bridal shower today. I guess planning and giving myself enough time will actually pay off. I've only got to do minimal finishing stuff once I get there.

Now, I just have to load the car. I feel like I'm bringing half my kitchen. Well, at least a 3rd of it. So I've got 30 minutes to load the car. I think it's doable, I just need to do.... so here I go. Hopefully I will have some pictures to share later. I will add my camera to the list of things I need to pack!

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Next year in Omaha...

...we're going to win it all. Knowing that we have all these great, young players returning, I think next year will be the year for the Tigers. If you didn't already know, LSU lost last night to North Carolina. It took over 25 hours to get the game underway, due to 2, YES TWO, rain delays. We looked good early but I guess it wasn't meant to be.

T and I decided earlier in the week that we were going to Omaha next year, even if only for the opening weekend. Considering we are half way there (from Baton Rouge, that is), we knew that we needed to do it while we are in Oklahoma.

My yarn, not yams, that I purchased earlier in the week is on its way. I'm very excited to see it. I've been on quite a yarn jag lately. Granted, some of it is for presents. Some of it is purely because it's wonderful. I should have projects lined up out the door and I do to an extent. But I think I have a couple more floating around in the back of my head too. I started a pair of socks for myself. Yes, you read right. ME! I'm knitting something for me! WOOT!

I also have a sweater on the needles for Navarre. I needed additional yarn, which I purchased directly from the yarn source at a great price, but I have to wash it before I can knit. And I haven't done that. So as soon as my yarn gets a bath, I'll get back to the sweater. I need to have that finished for her birthday, but I've got a holiday weekend coming up so I'm pretty sure that will not be a problem. Well, I'll need it for her birthday celebration in July when they are here.

Anyway, I'm cooking for a bridal shower that I'm co-hosting tomorrow. So I guess I need to get back to it....

Thursday, June 19, 2008


I've been told that my blog doesn't contain enough yams. So here you go.... YAMS! In fact, LOUISIANA YAMS (more commonly known as sweet potatoes in Louisiana)!

Typical Thursday

Nicole: "did you see my blog post of the yarns i bought last night?"

Claudia: "no! will look now"


Claudia: "OMG I thought you said YAMS!"

Nicole: "Why would i show off yams?"


UPDATE: Apparently, we do actually share a brain. We posted at almost the same time.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

I'm a lurker

Last week some time, I came around the corner of the hallway headed to our bedroom. That part of the hallway is dark and I didn't notice T standing there. So he scared me and I screamed in sort of a slow motion, exaggerated scream. I immediately started laughing, as did he.

I asked why he was just lurking in the hallway. He insisted that he wasn't. I insisted he was. We laughed and left it at that.

So this evening, I find myself lurking. But this time I'm lurking a yarn store online. One of my favorite yarn shops, featuring hand dyed yarns from a very nice lady in Detroit, was posting a shop update tonight. I made sure I was online at 7pm to see what she had to offer. And for the last hour, I've been hitting refresh every 30 seconds or so to see what she had to offer. I did purchase some things, although I lost out on a second skein of yarn that I was going to use for a gift. Apparently, things can be taken out of your cart before you actually purchase them on etsy.

Anyway, I made a purchase and one of the skeins will turn into a Christmas gift. The other, I'm not sure about. It was originally going to be a gift when I thought I had two skeins of it, but now I'm not sure.

I guess I'm the lurker now. Are you lurking somewhere online? Tell me where....

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Why you shouldn't listen to the College World Series at work

I couldn't be in front of a TV for today's elimination game of the College World Series, so I did the next best thing. I pulled up streaming audio of my favorite play by play guy, Jim Hawthorne. So for the last 3 hours, I've been listening to the game while working.

It's not like basketball where you have to hear everything to understand what's going on. You hear the gist of each batter. Well, lo and behold, the Tigers made their way back. Up until this point, my cheers have been mild and just a fist pump here or there. There wasn't too much to cheer wildly for, anyway.

Well, as Dean comes up to bat with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 9, the gentleman that rents an office in our building comes out to tell me about his schedule for the rest of the week. He is slightly hard of hearing and doesn't hear my computer speakers, as they are low and pointing away from him. He proceeds to tell me that he will be out of the office on Thursday and Friday.

My response? A loud cheer as I jump out of my chair, my arms above my head. Turns out, he tells me this right as Dean gets his double, scoring the go ahead runs.

When I look at his face and see the shock, I immediately start laughing and explain to him the situation. He did chuckle like he understood, but I think it scared him a little. He's a theater person, not a sports person. So my devotion to baseball, college baseball at that, is a little puzzling to him.

And I'm sure this is why I shouldn't have been listening at work. But I guess it's better than pretending I had a doctor's appointment and not being here at all!

Monday, June 9, 2008

On the Road Again....

Well, actually we are off the road for now. At least as far as I know. We spent this past weekend back in Baton Rouge. It was unplanned and last minute. My Paw Paw passed away this past Thursday morning (June 5th). He had been sick for a long time.

Actually if you asked Paw Paw, he was always sick. He probably hired and fired every doctor in Baton Rouge. But I guess that was part of his charm. Paw Paw loved his tractor and his garden and his dog, Pa'put (all of them). And he didn't like paying $15 for a haircut. He thought that was too much, so one Easter he let me cut it. It didn't matter that I'd only cut Leslie's hair in a straight line before.

Paw Paw always liked meeting my friends from all over the country and would tell colorful stories and entertain them while Mee Maw prepared a down home Louisiana feast. And when I built my house in Baton Rouge and only lived 15 minutes from them, he would always drive by the house and check on things for me (didn't matter if I was home on not).

So on top of the normal Monday blahs, I'm tired (1400 miles in 58 hours) and sad.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Weekend Pics

As it turns out, I didn't take too many pictures while we were in BR last weekend. Actually, not many at all. The baby was sick and not wanting to be followed by a paparazzo. So I tried to keep it to a minimum. But here are two cute ones.

This last picture is of Leslie's very belated Christmas gift. I am happy with the fit and so was she. I, however, would probably have shortened the sleeves a little. If she wants me to do that, I will. But as of right now, the sweater resides in Halifax.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Typical Monday

Claudia: "Well, I figured grapes with hats deserve a fun font."

me: "Nothing scream FUN like grapes with hats!"

me: "Except maybe a banana with a microphone.... cause the microphone is loud..."

Claudia: "Word!"

Sultans of Swing

The Tigers swept through their Regional in a blaze of home runs, amazing defense and ace pitching. While listening to the game under our tree 200 yds from the stadium, LSU's crackpot radio announcer comes up with another jewel, "I wish you could have seen that play!" Apparently, having to listen to him wasn't enough of an insult. Now he has to rub it in our face that we aren't IN the game.

Anyway, it was a nice, quick trip. We got to see a lot of people. Thanks to everyone who adjusted their schedules and went out of the way to see us. And for those that we couldn't see, we will be back! It was short notice and a lot to do in a little bit of time.

I'll have a few pictures to put online later. The baby was sick, poor thing. So we don't have a ton of them like I did at Christmas. But I'll put them up in the next couple of days. We were only gone a couple of days, but it's amazing how out of touch it makes you feel. I'm trying to get back in the groove.

For those of you not aware, T starts a new job tomorrow. He's enjoying his last Monday off today. Poor thing will have to go back to regular weekends and holidays off. Sad, huh? When we have new contact info for him, we'll let everyone know.

LSU takes on the UC Irvine Ant Eaters (not making that mascot up) next weekend for the final weekend of baseball at Alex Box Stadium. It holds a lot of baseball history, but the steel frame that is up of the New Alex Box along with the return of successful baseball tells me that there will be plenty more memories created in the new stadium. And they might even air condition the bathrooms! WOOT