Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Yesterday morning I had vanilla chai from their "Essence" line (freakin' YUM!). And this morning I went with the pomegranate blueberry from the "Exotic" line (yowzah).
Things were going along just fine with Rachel and I until I began really reading the packaging:
"Rachel's: Wickedly Delicious
Luscious blended yogurt inspired by the planet's most alluring fruits and flavors.
Break free from the berry-blend blahs. Classic blueberry meets sassy pomegranate in an unexpected burst of pure fruity exuberance."
A) Is this a cup of yogurt or a dime store romance novel?
B) I like my bursts of "pure fruity exuberance" to be expected, not to come at me from nowhere.
I think I need a cold shower. And some more yogurt.
Monday, July 28, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
In Fort Stockton. I think this is a wee bit insensitive give the history of Native Americans and alkeehol.
Again, Fort Stockton. I definitely need to send this into the Punctuation Blog.
And finally, lest you think it's just a small town penchant for incorrect and unnecessary punctuation that I discovered during my travels, check this out:
Yep. That signage was produced by our very own Texas Department of Transportation.
Somebody needs to take some classes's or something.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
When it rains, the reptiles get happy. This was one of the happier fellows we met. (Notice the goddamned cigarette butt in the upper right of this photo...grrrr.)
And then, yesterday during the nearly 450 mile trip home, I just marveled at the diversity and beauty of the state I was born in, amazed by the fact that there are still LARGE parts of it that I have yet to experience, and wondering why in the hell it took me nearly 40 years to see this part of it.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Texas is very big and very beautiful. Where we were is the geographic and natural antithesis of all things Pine Curtain-esque, but it is still so very Texan and, because of this, comfortable. People there will be friendly if you want them to, but will utterly leave you alone if you'd like for that to be the case, and not think you're uppity or aloof for even one minute.
If this trip taught me anything it is that I am so tightly wound most of the time, that it actually requires effort for me to relax. I mean to just chill the hell out and be comfortable with nothing on the day's agenda. That is much harder than I ever imagined it would be. And just when I start to get into the groove of it, it's time to come back to reality and wind back up.
More tomorrow, lambs.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
- Full July tuition for Geej’s school despite the fact that the school’s only open until the 25th
- Tuition for 2 weeks of Gymnastics camp (while school is closed during late July/August…really don’t know what I’m going to do for the other two weeks…)
- Full August tuition for Geej's school despite the fact that the school will only be open for one week in August. Oh, and tuition's going up for the 08/09 school year, dontcha know.
- Deposit for Geej’s b-day party--including a dude making balloon animals, people!! (balance to be paid on the 26th)
- Birthday presents
- Deck cleaning/sealing (labor + 5 cans of sealant at $27/can)
- 6-month car insurance premium
- Quarterly Costco run (toilet paper, dishwasher detergent, Kleenex, paper towels, etc.)
- Deposit on wedding venue (that’s right fools! We finally landed on a date and place! I’m so happy!)
- Long weekend road trip to Marfa (gas, lodging, food, commemorative koozies, etc.)
And speaking of depressing stuff, will SOMEONE please explain this to me? If you can truly claim "executive privilege" for shit like this, my question is what CAN'T you weasel out of by pulling "executive privilege" out of your ass? If I look up "executive privilege" in a thesarus, does the phrase "above the law" appear? Absolutely nauseating. I guess he and his band of evil flying monkeys are going to be able to leave Washington in January without having to answer to any of their chicanery. Yeah, I said "chicanery."
Now, to lighten the mood, here's a picture of a smiling puppy I swiped from Cute Overload. I swear, sometimes that website is the only thing that keeps me from jumping off a cliff:
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
It's hand painted bone china. Very freakin' cool looking Kabuki-esque characters. I display this bottle on the buffet/bar furniture in my dining room.
And that's all well and good except for the fact that this bottle IS HAUNTED!!!!
Despite the fact that this bottle is empty, brownish reddish blood (or something else) slowly seeps from its invisible cracks until it looks like a Kabuki massacre.
What the HELL, people?! Somebody needs to 'splain this to me.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
- What stress does to my stomach
- What this recession-that-isn't-really-a-recession is doing to my 401k
- The fact that the electrical outlet that our deep freeze is plugged into went kaput some time yesterday, a fact that wasn't discovered until this evening after every ounce of food therein was ruined and we had a horrible mess on our hands
- Post nasal drip
- Tantrums thrown by teenagers/little children
- The overly-sensitive keyboard on my laptop
- Rootbeer floats
- Late-afternoon thunderstorms
- Having a much-needed pedicure
- Getting our deck cleaned/sealed (looks like new!!)
- Small town 4th of July parades (Look! There's Mayor Kruger!!)
- Breaking in the new grill I got BH for Father's Day (this photo was taken BEFORE the deck cleaning/sealing, btw)
- BH's new scooter
- And of course, rocking out
Friday, July 04, 2008
Dah did a nice job. Here she is in all of her Plungette glory (from another parade):
And finally, her granddaughter, The Geej going nuts in Dah's Plungette's hat.
Party, party, party indeed.
Happy 4th of July, y'all.
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
Anyway, I promise that next year I'll do a photo dad retrospective (because God knows, I've got some AWESOME shots...the 80s home perm era anyone?), but for now, I'll just say I miss him terribly. Especially seeing the Geej wrapping BH's dad Gramps around her little finger, it made me realize how bummed I am that he never got to meet this challenging, amazing, beautiful, spirited, funny little creature. He would've melted completely.
- The trip to the Pine Curtain went fine.
- Except that on the way out of Austin we got stuck in an hour's worth of traffic and somewhere between Temple and Waco we got stuck in traffic--again--due to an accident
- So the entire trip--which without a bunch of stops and traffic takes about 4.5 hours--took about 6.5 hours.
- And The Geej never fell alseep or stopped talking. Not even once.
- It was muggy and green in east Texas--the opposite of what it's like here. Except for the muggy part.
- We stayed with BH's dad, Gramps, who lives on a lake.
- Saturday was BH's brother's birthday.
- And we got to go out on the boat.
Chloe (BH's niece), Geej and of course Sally
- But that wasn't until after I went to the Super Wal-Mart. Y'all know how I feel about Wal-Mart, right? Like, I'd rather have a tooth filled while listening to a Toby Keith album than go to Wal-Mart.
- But I'd forgotten my toothbrush, Geej's toothbrush, cotton face pads and q-tips, and Wal-Mart was the closest and pretty much only thing near the lake.
- I somehow survived this ordeal.
- The lake was fun. We parked the boat and the Geej got to play in the water.
- And now her swimsuit is pretty much ruined because the lake water up there is sort of brown.
- Saturday night, it rained and thundered and everything. It was awesome.
- It rained more on Sunday morning. (Did I mention that everything up there was green and lush?)
- We packed up and left Gramps's house, only to realize about 25 miles down the road that--GASP--Geej had left Sally (the Alpha Baby, pictured above) behind.
- Much crying and sobbing ensued.
- We called Gramps and asked if he could mail Sally to us. He said yes. Thank God...
- We stopped and had lunch in Kilgore with my elderly Aunt Mary Lois and Uncle Ray.
- They are really sweet, but really getting up there.
- They were each other's first date (in 1940), and have been married since 1941.
- We ate at a post-church hotspot that had a buffet.
- Everything on the buffet was from the same color family--chicken fingers, fried chicken, chicken fried steaks, beef tips and rice, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, black eyed peas, green beens (more brown than green, really), and carrots.
- The Geej slept some on the way back to Austin. Not much, but some.
- I had to pull the car over--twice--because she was acting like a jerk.
- God, I hope 4 is easier than 3 has been.
- Which reminds me: her birthday is in 28 days, and I have no idea what to do party-wise.
- And she's expecting something cool.
- Speaking of cool, we got REALLY good gas mileage on our road trip. But now my car is FILTHY with about 1 billion dead bugs on the windshield.
- Another cool thing? Sally arrived in the mail yesterday, safe and sound.
- And we're going to watch Dah march in a 4th of July parade on Friday. I may pee my pants.
- Then Saturday, we're going over to a friend's house to watch their neighborhood fireworks show which, if it's anything like last year's, will be super cool.
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
- Drink an 8 oz. Coke on the rocks whilst getting ready
- Pretend to be "the teacher" whilst your little girl pretends to be the mommy of 4 babies going on a field trip on her tricycle
- Discover a baby bird in its nest that's right behind the school's mailbox while you deposit your $1025 check for the remainder of summer care for the girl (made it sting a wee bit less)
- Rock OUT to Rush's "Free Will" on XM on the way to work