Saturday, January 30, 2010

Snow Day

In winter, Oklahoma is usually lucky to get a dusting of snow and one ice storm that leaves half our cities without power and the power companies scramble to get people back online. This winter, though, not only did we get a white Christmas (which I’m not sure has happened since I was a very little girl), we also spent the last two days being bombarded by snow and ice. It is gorgeous outside, and I am sitting in my little window seat, watching the world outside.

The only cars passing on the nearby arterial road are SUVs and trucks, and I watch as they fishtail their way through. The equipment rental company that makes its home two doors down from us is open, of course. The workmen would be shamed and their man-card revoked if they weren’t able to conquer a little snow and ice to make it to work in their 4x4s, Fords, Dodges or what have you. Although, on days like this, I can’t imagine who would be going to rent a ladder or a cherry picker.

Needless to say, my trip to Dallas is probably cancelled (I haven’t heard from the MIL since a few days ago), and I have to say that I’m relieved. Not because I didn’t want to go, but because, well, I am a WRECK in any other weather than perfect dry roads. Seriously. White knuckles, strained back, tension headaches. I don’t deal well with rain or snow. So, I’m mentally planning my day – cleaning, homework, reading, and some hot chocolate.

Snow day!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

A List (or The One in Which I am Random)

A list of things you ought to know:

1. It’s Tuesday.


2. The milk I poured on my cereal this morning was chunky. I didn’t notice. I proceeded to microwave it (shut it – that’s how I eat my Grape Nuts), and when I pulled it out, it was practically yogurt consistency. That is, until I stirred it and discovered the greenish liquid at the bottom. Ugh.

3. I have started school. This means that last night I was laying in the guest bedroom reading about Management (capital M), until I fell asleep with my eyes open. It only took 40 minutes.

4. This weekend I am driving to Dallas with my mother-in-law. A five-hour drive. This would be scary if not for a few things: a) I love my mother-in-law, and she will probably do most of the talking, so that I can sit and listen, II) we are taking her new car, which I haven’t gotten to drive or play around in yet, so I’ll be thoroughly entertained, and trois) the trip terminates in Dallas, where I will get to hang with her cousins and go to a sweet baby shower for twins. I’m slightly obsessed with one of her cousins, after starting to read her blog before I was married. She has become a mini-celebrity for me, and although I’ve met her twice, I’m excited to see her again. Maybe this time I’ll actually talk to her. Maybe.

5. I’ve run 7 miles in the last two days. My legs hurt.

6. The Young Gun approved a plan for moving some desks around in our office. On the day they came to move the desks, he claimed he didn’t approve the plan they brought (he did, but didn’t look at it closely enough when he approved it, I suppose), and asked for a new plan. He concluded with one of his famous phrases – “I really think it would be best this other way, but ultimately, you can do whatever you need to do.” Translation: If you do it the other way, I’m going to think you’re not doing the best you can do. Le sigh. Unfortunately, the plan he wanted? Impossible without ordering a whole new desk. We’re going with the old plans and hoping that he’ll get used to it. Cross your fingers.

7. Last night I made chicken-fried chicken, mashed potatoes and green beans for supper. It was great comfort food.

8. If I could eat 12 meals a day, I think I would.

9. See thing #8 to understand why I’m having a difficult time losing the 10 pounds I’ve gained since getting married.

That is all. Have a lovely day.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Lord, I was born a rambling...gal

Shh… don’t tell anyone. I’m doing everything I can to avoid doing actual work today.

Like looking at Little Brown Pen’s
new addition to their shop:

Lust.

And thinking about
our upcoming trip to France and Spain.

In Spain, we will see some giant statues like this:


Which will eventually end up like this:

I’ve been told it’s scary, but also exhilarating and fun. I’m a bit worried about the massive towers of flames, but hopefully I’ll be drunk at that point, and therefore impervious to fire. Right?

It’s Friday, and I can’t think of anything but the fact that the Mister and I are headed for a sushi dinner tonight, maybe followed by video games, maybe followed by a movie. And tomorrow morning, I think I’m going to make
these:

Then I will have to run 12 miles to work off the calories. But I think it will be soooo worth it.

Happy The Weekend!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

The hits keep on coming

Today's outfit is brought to you by gold shimmer and bronze. We also bring you hanger creases in the pants for your viewing pleasure.



If only you could see the excess of Prince-in-purple-rain ruffles on the front of the gold-thread sweater, your life would be complete, I swear.

Please note that socks and sweater must have come as a matching set.

- From my iPhone

Friday, January 15, 2010

Marital Bliss

Every now and then, the Mister and I have one of those nights where we are just one. We are together. We are present. We enjoy each other. And no, I’m not talking about the Biblical sense of “together.” (But that's nice, too.)

The last few nights I’ve gone to bed alone. Spent the whole evening alone, in fact, as the Mister worked diligently on a project that came due yesterday afternoon. He spent the time in his shop, being One with his tools, while I spent time being One with the bed and my books. It was a bit sad, since I’d just spent an entire weekend away, but it was an obligation he had, and he wasn’t about to shirk it. (You hear that 7th grade English teacher? I used one of our vocab words. FINALLY.)

We got into bed, both exhausted, and I thought it would only be moments before we were both asleep. But we spent time giggling, and talking, cuddling, and being silly. We played, we laughed, and he read Lord of the Rings to me. Somewhere in the midst of this, I demanded a date from my Mister. An honest-to-goodness date. Sure, we go out a lot, but it’s rare that I feel like we’re out on a date. We just… do stuff. We sit and play a game, and then we decide to go to the bookstore, and we go our separate ways (me to look at design books or fiction, him to look at history books or art), and only meet up an hour later when we’re both ready to head out.

So, tonight I’m going on a date. With my Mister. A date that I asked for, nay, DEMANDED in order to remind us that we’re married, and haven’t spent more than an hour together in the last week.

Last night I fell asleep, cuddling in my Mister’s “nook” as he read to me. We both fell asleep that way - in each other's arms - a rarity, as I usually get too hot to cuddle for long, and he has trouble sleeping on his back. But we did, and it was heavenly.

I’m pretty sure this is what they were talking about when they refer to “marital bliss.”

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Randomosity: Or, The One in Which I Tell You Many Unrelated Things

1. The temperatures finally got above freezing overnight, meaning I woke up this morning to a yard nearly clear of snow, and a muddy puppy. Walking outside without wearing ski gloves makes me happy. I loved the snow, but I’m glad its gone.

2. School starts on Tuesday. I’m anxious, because I’ve really been enjoying my break. I’m not ready to go back. Only one more year, though. Four semesters, five tops. I think I can make it.

3. I want to go sit in a coffee shop with a story I’m working on and sit and write and drink coffee for hours. I really like doing that, and I haven’t in a very long time.

4. I’m attempting to find a way to work what I want to do into the place that I already work. There’s no job there for me yet, but I can’t justify leaving such a wonderful place for the unknown. I’ve never been treated so well at a job.

5. I want to run outside again.


6. This morning I weighed myself, and – if my scale isn’t lying – I’ve lost 2 pounds. I’m shooting for 10 pounds total, but 2 was my first mini-goal. I’d like to not look like a cow in my clothes anymore.

7. The Mister has been up way past his bedtime the last two nights working on a project for a local artists’ club. He’s been stressed out by it, and last night didn’t go to bed until 3:00 in the morning because he was working on it. Poor guy.

8. I forgot to wear earrings today, and their absence is driving me mad. Also, my hair is doing that annoying cowlick-y thing in the back, which makes me look like I don’t comb my hair. Ever. Which I kind of don’t.

9. The chef at work convinced me to get a pasta alfredo with pecans and grapes yesterday. It was good, but it could be my downfall on the weight thing. Cream, cheese, butter and pasta. Damn that evil chef.

10. I’m making dinner tonight for a bunch of my friends and I forgot to bring a key ingredient. Oops.

11. I need to mail off my passport application. Like, now. Because we’re going to France in 7 weeks. SEVEN. Apropos, I need to practice my French.


Fin.

Monday, January 11, 2010

He's Awesome and 11 Other Reasons Why I Married Him


Right now, our house is as clean as its ever been. And I had no hand in it.

This weekend, my mother and I went on a trip with family friends to Vegas. I kind of sprang it on the Mister, and he took it in stride and didn’t seem to mind my going. I imagined he would spend the weekend playing on our Playstation 2 – a recent acquisition from a friend, but to my surprise he didn’t. In fact, by the way the house looks, he spent almost no time playing, and the whole time working, working, working.

I walked in at almost midnight last night and was immediately greeted by a living room that looked vastly different. I blanched. I looked again. I put down my stuff, and slowly walked through the house with the Mister, trying to find all the little changes he had made. Among other things he:

1. Cleaned the house from top to bottom so that it is absolutely SPOTLESS.
2. Removed a piece of our sectional couches and transferred it to the basement via treacherous outdoor stairs in 4-degree weather.
3. Moved a few things around so said piece of sectional didn’t look like it is “missing” at all, but made the room feel twice as big.
4. Hung three or four new pictures.
5. Bought a nice wall clock for our living room
6. Bought two new, matching chairs for our tiny dining room, which make the room look much bigger.
7. Moved a bookshelf from the hallway to our bedroom, so we can have a more accessible “to-read” shelf.
8. Bought a tablecloth for the folding table that is acting as extra counter space in our kitchen.
9. Bought and installed curtains and a curtain rod to replace the ugly folding doors on our pantry. (And I think he would have hemmed them, too, had he known how to use my sewing machine).
10. Installed our magnetic strip mount for our collection of Wustof knives.
11. Moved the subwoofer behind our entertainment center so that it is no longer a feature of our living room.

And I know I’m forgetting things. Really, the house looked incredible, and if it hadn’t been nearly 1:00 a.m. by the time I had showered and dried my hair, I would have spent more time admiring it. As it was, I arrived home officially exhausted and climbed into bed with my equally (and rightfully) exhausted Mister.

Perhaps I should go away more often… ?

Nah. I miss him too much.

It's Monday and I am Tired



That is all.

(via i am a greedy girl)