Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Holy Groundshake, Batman!

Sunday I was at home. The dogs were outside and T was hunting. I was sitting on the sofa not doing anything when I felt the house shake like it was hit with a huge gust of wind (like hurricane gust of wind). Not uncommon in Oklahoma, but my when I looked outside, the trees weren't moving. The leaves at the bottom were just kind of rippling.

I didn't think much about it until they started talking about the series of earthquakes that have been going on for the last week in Luther - the town just north of us.

EARTHQUAKES!

At least it explains the reasons the dogs have been acting nuts. Well, more nuts than normal.

Monday, October 27, 2008

It's the little things, really....

My in-laws are taking everyone on a cruise this year for Christmas. So it was finally time to update my passport with my married name (yes, 2 and a half years later). My passport was going to expire in March anyway, so it's not like I was out a ton of money.

Now, my passport is not full of colorful stamps from all over the world. The majority of them are from Canada. But there is my first one from England... I remember stumbling off the too long flight, just wanting to find a soft bed, and having to be coherent on my first journey through customs of another country. That trip was crazy. But it was a once in a lifetime thing, so I decided to do it. And the little stamp on my passport made me remember things I had forgotten.

There is also the stamp from Mexico that was for my honeymoon. I was also tired from that flight, but because the previous 2 months of my life were non-stop and this seemed like my first time to relax in ages.

So when it came time for me to mail in my passport, I was sad to say goodbye to those little stamps. I know that I still have the memories that come with them, but when I saw the crease in the front cover, it took me back to that trip in March of 1999. Every time I travelled, I thought about all those trips. But I mailed off my passport with the paperwork, new photos and the money (oh don't forget the money!) and decided I'd make new memories with my new passport.

Imagine my surprise last week, when I got an envelope back with my old passport in it. Now, it had holes punched in it, but the crease was still in the cover and my red Gatwick stamp was still there. And my brown-haired, 22 year old self was staring back at me. It was good to see her again.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

I'm fabulous, dahling!


What customer service should be


I've always loved etsy. For those of you who don't know about it, it's people who are selling their handmade wares online. There is such a vast range of wonderful things. It has become my go to place for gifts. It's quite wonderful.

A while back, Stephanie introduced me to a vendor with handmade soaps and lotions - Bunnybutt Apothecary. I ordered some lotion and soap and have loved it. The smell of the lotion has started to change for me though. So I send Anna a note through etsy and asked if she had non-scented lotion.

She didn't, but you know what she did? She made a custom batch just for me! It came in the mail yesterday and is WONDERFUL! And in the spot where she normally puts the scent of the lotion, she had put my custom named lotion... it's called "Non-Smelly". And that not only made me smile, but made me a loyal customer!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Too much is not enough

It's pretty widely known that I like to sleep - a lot. I can go without much sleep for a couple of days, but I will need to catch up at some point. But usually, once I catch up, I'm ok. Well, that's not the case the last couple of days. I'm tired. I can't focus. I can't stop yawning. I even put my head down on my desk today! It's not like I'm going to bed late, but apparently it's still not early enough. So no calling our house after 7 pm!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Ok, this reason is good!

I know I haven't been around, but this time I have a great reason why! It's not an excuse, per say. It's just what's been going on. After way too long of trying, T and I are having a baby!

Yes, you read that right! WE'RE HAVING A BABY!

While it hasn't been two full weeks since we've known, it feels like a lifetime. Needless to say, we've been busy with doctor's appointments and questions about daycare (not so lucky for a year of maternity leave here) and baby furniture and deciding on birth plans!

It's been quite fun to tell people and see their reactions.

I've been feeling ok so far. I'm just really tired. Naps have become quite routine, as have early bedtimes. Things are starting to smell funny. The dogs must be at my side at all times. They want to be curled up with me or touching me, preferably both.

Ok, I'm yawning. So I think I need a nap.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Lagniappe

So I know I've been short on posts lately. It's not for any real reason (i.e. so busy with work, visitors from out of town, amnesia and can't remember my log in or how to type). I've been fighting a sinus infection and got a whole lot of nothing done this weekend.

I started knitting a Christmas gift on Friday night. It's a simple knit and should only take me about 4 hours. I know this because I've made 2 already. Saturday night as I was finishing it because it had taken me way longer than 4 hours. Apparently medicines that say "do not operate heavy machinery" also apply to "do not attempt to knit at any normal pace". Anyway, so I was trying to finish the stupid thing Saturday night and I realized I had a big mistake. So I tried to be clever and fix it and promptly only made it so much worse. So the whole thing got ripped out and the yarn was re-wound and I had wasted my Saturday. I've started again, this time paying attention as to not make said stupid mistake. I'm about 40% of the way through it. My 4 hour project is now a 3 day + deal.

Copper is doing much better. She was better about 2 days later, but I'm continuing to keep her going on her herbal meds and supplements, just to keep her feeling good. I'd rather prevent than react.

B's allergies are once again in full affect and we are fighting stopped up ears. So I'm continuing to put drops in his ears every night. It's the one thing he truly hates - other than actually going to the vet, of course.

Deer season started on the 1st, so T's been hunting all weekend.

The day that it was announced that Washington Mutual was being seized, we got a credit card application in the mail from them. Um, I don't think so.... that went straight into the trash.

About a month ago, I got a letter from American Airlines saying that I could use my measly 7500 frequent flier miles that were about to expire on magazine subscriptions. So T and I signed up for nearly everything we could think of. We get so many magazines a week that I'm having a hard time keeping up with them. It's like a doctor's office around here (on more than one level really - lots of magazines, sick people, medicines, kleenex).

We've made no decision about the wall. There is no entertaining in our future.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

New Toy

I've got a new toy of sorts. I've convinced my boss to bring all design work in house and put me in charge of it. Not like that was a hard decision, there are only 2 of us. And it's not like we had a lot of out-sourced design work. But in a move to help re-brand our industry, I get to be more creative and do actual print publications.

We do have a magazine and website - both of which I have to redesign in the next 6 months. No biggie, right? I'm excited but flipping out a little. Ok, a lot. But I'm excited for the chance.

So we purchased Adobe Creative Suite 3, which includes Photoshop and other programs, but I'll just stick with Photoshop for now. This program can do so many things, it's pretty amazing. I was just playing around one day after work to see how it works. I took a picture that I had taken back in May at the Botanical Gardens but didn't like. In fact, I disliked the picture so much that I didn't even print it. The composition was fine but the exposure was wrong, etc.

This is the original.

This is the new and improved picture!! This one I actually want to print and hang on my wall. And I might just do it.

Now, it's not a perfect photo, but it's greatly improved. And for not knowing what I was doing, I thought it came out pretty well.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

World's Worst Type-O

So we discovered we had a leak in the pipe that leads to the outside faucet. We've just been procrastinating getting it fixed (didn't leak when it was turned off - just turned on). And then we started having sewer issues. Nice, huh?

We finally called a plumber to come out and look at them both. Leaky pipe you can live with for a while. Sewer problems - not so much!

T sent me an instant message to tell me they were finished and that the cost was $1135. Yes, you read that right. I FLIPPED OUT! I was thinking, MAYBE $500 max... MAX (and that was if they had fixed the hole they cut into the wall.

After reading my reaction, he realized a tiny mistake. He had typed one too many "1's" in that price. So he quickly responded that the cost was $135 - which was much more reasonable and I was ok coming home to find this:


Not a great sight in the dining room - especially considering we found THIS at the bottom of it:

So I imagine we'll be tearing all the sheetrock out and fixing it. But at least we know the leak is fixed. I'm not looking forward to that project. Maybe after hunting season is over with (which is in February).

The joys of homeownership.....