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Monday, December 31, 2007

Whew! I'm beat.

Good grief, I'm tired. I've been cleaning and organizing like a mad woman for the past week. The office is finally organized, and we're leaving in 3 weeks. How ironic is that? I haven't made it to the spare bedroom - aka the place where laundry goes to die. I swear there's about 15 loads in there, waiting to ambush me. I'm so OCD that I can't go in there and just fold it all up. I have to rewash it, because something in my brain tells me clothes can only be folded straight out of the washer.

Sidenote: Dear Husband, I swear if you don't stop doing laundry and putting it on the spare bedroom bed, I will hurt you. Better yet, I will hurt your mouse hand and you will never play WoW again. It is not clever that you place laundry on the bed, thinking that because you took the initiative to wash it, I will fold it. IF YOU WASH IT, FOLD IT! It isn't that hard!

P.S. If by some miracle you do fold the laundry, please put it up. The same rules apply as above. I won't come and put it up as a reward for you folding it. IF YOU FOLD IT, PUT IT UP!

To completely describe all the work I've been doing around the house, I'd have to tell you how messy/dirty/unorganized my house really was, and well, I'm a little embarrassed about that. Let's just say I'm not the greatest housekeeper and leave it at that, ok?

I want to share with you a little conversation I had with my mom this weekend.
Me: I'm so tired!
Mom: Why?
Me: I've been working on getting the house cleaned and organized for the move.
Mom: Is it really that much work?
Me: Momma, have you ever thought about how much work it would be to clean up and pack your house for a move?
Mom: [Big pause] You have a point there. I think I'd just leave it and start over from scratch.

On the plus side, it feels good to declutter. I buy so much crap I never end up using! I found a small fortune worth of Stampin' Up products I've never used. Why in the world did I succumb to the allure of crafting? I know better! I'm not a crafter. Nor am I a scrapbooker, or a fisherwoman, or any of the other things I purchased the supplies for and never followed through.

Hmm, I feel a New Year's Resolution brewing....

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Big news!

We're buying a house!
PS - Come on, admit it. Some of you thought I was pregnant, did you? :)

Monday, December 24, 2007

Been awhile, huh?

I sincerely apologize for the lack of blog posts here lately! Time has gotten away from me. I know all of my two readers have greatly missed me.

There's lots going on here. I've got some big news to share coming up in the next week that will explain part of the reason for my absence. :)

Happy Holidays! Today is Christmas Eve and I'm enjoying some alone time. Jason went off to the movies with a friend and I'm taking advantage of the quiet house by blogging, cleaning, and doing some pre-cooking for tomorrow. We don't have any big plans, but one of the single guys off the boat is coming over to eat and I've rented some movies, thanks to C's suggestion of the big red box over at Albertson's. If you are in the area, check it out! DVD's are $1 per day... can't beat that.

Today we ran errands, and one of our stops was Barnes & Noble. We settled down to drink our beverages and read, and eventually Jason got up to return the book he was reading to the shelves. He left his book in his seat and his coffee on the table. Seconds later, a man came up, grabbed the books, threw them on the floor, and sat down.

Me: Excuse me, sir, my husband was sitting there.
Him: Well, now I'm sitting here.
Me: He's coming right back. Those are his books and that is his coffee.
Him: Not anymore.
Me, pissed by this point: You're being extremely rude!
Him: What's rude is trying to save a seat.
Me: Well, I hope you enjoy your seat. MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Now, I know you shouldn't save seats. It's one of those things where if you get up, you take the risk of someone else taking your seat. Logically I know he had a point, but the way he phrased it was extremely rude and not in the holiday spirit at all. The woman sitting beside me got up and said "Don't worry, honey, he can have my seat because I'm leaving."

I know I probably didn't handle that situation well, but I can't stand inconsiderate people (and some might argue Jason & I were being inconsiderate, I'm sure). BAH HUMBUG. Now I'm going to be thinking about that all day.

I'm off to do some last minute holiday prep. Merry Christmas, everyone!

Friday, December 14, 2007


Looks exciting, no?

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Where has the weekend gone?

It's almost Sunday - where has the weekend gone?!

Friday saw me up bright and early (5:30 a.m., egads!), attending a meeting in downtown Bremerton. A few weeks ago, I got an email asking for facilitators and scribes for the 2007 Ferry Summit. I had to attend an orientation meeting from 7:30-8:30 and then be a scribe for the two of the breakout sessions from 1:00-4:00. Let me tell you a secret: that was the easiest work I've ever done, and I got paid a ridiculous fat paycheck for doing it. Washington State Ferries, my bank account thanks you.

In other news, something has apparently come over Jason, and I'm not complaining. We had a Come To Jesus meeting this week about a few things, and apparently something struck a chord with him. When I came home on Friday, he had washed and folded a few loads of clothes. Where is my husband? All I know is that he doesn't fold clothes. He puts them on the loveseat (aka the laundry holder) and waits for the laundry ferries to come and fold for him. Today, he got up bright and early (and let me sleep in!) to sweep the patio, pressure wash, and rake the lawn.

Cleaning is very sexy. More men should catch on to this.

This afternoon we went to the mall to grab a bite to eat. What was I thinking? The only parking spot was in Poulbso (haha) and it was so crowded that you had to either keep up with the flow of traffic or be trampled. The mall at Christmas is always guarenteed to kill whatever holiday spirit I have. I just can't deal with the crowds. I did score some cute slipper shoes, though. http://www.gap.com/browse/product.do?id=38720&pid=528148&scid=528148012

Before we headed home, we went by Target, and I picked up two board games in hopes to starting a weekly game night. Tonight we played Scene It: Squabble Edition and Battle of the Sexes. Both games can be played with two or more players - I highly recommend them for adults.

PS - Guess who won? :)

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Holy bad mood, Batman!

I'm not sure why I'm writing this post, because I am in the midst of a tremendous and profound hissy fit, but hey, it's my blog, and I'll whine if I want to. I should be positive and list all the things I'm thankful for, but I'd rather list all the things that get on my nerves. Here goes:

The person who consistently uses his first and last name when he leaves me voicemail messages. Dude, I know who you are. There is no need to remind me. I see you every day.

My mom, bless her heart, who thinks she should call every number known to man to reach me. If she can't get me on my cell phone, she calls the house. If I'm not at home, she calls work. If I'm not at work, she calls Jason's cell. Mom, I love you, BUT SOMETIMES I JUST DON'T WANT TO ANSWER THE PHONE, ok? I promise I'll call you back later.

Oh, and Mom? The forwards have to stop. I hate them. Everyone else: I hate forwards! Please don't ever send them to me. I don't care if Bill Gates is going to give you a million dollars for forwarding it to your friends. NOT INTERESTED.

When my appetizer comes out at the same time that my meal does. There is a reason I ordered an appetizer. If I wanted it as my meal, I would have ordered it alone.

The girl at Safeway, who told me I couldn't get a panini because there were no more pre-made. What the heck? So there is a quota of paninis and once that is met, you can't make more? Last I checked, this was a sandwich bar, where you make the sandwiches fresh. I see the meat. I see the cheese. Oh, wait, there's the bread. MAKE ME MY SANDWICH!

My neighbors, who left their two dogs outside for 10 hours in the snow, and the MP's, who I finally called because I was worried about the dogs freezing to death. Don't tell me there is nothing you can do. They are not "just dogs". Buddy, you are saying that to the wrong person. Why don't you stay outside that long and then come and talk to me about what you can and can't do. Now leave me alone before I come at you like a spider monkey.

My other neighbor, who will leave his garage door open 24/7 but who won't share our communal trash area because he's afraid that I might steal his trash bin. You store it in your garage, dummy. If I wanted it, I could just walk right in and get it.

What's chapping your butt today? Leave me a comment and speak your mind.

Saturday, December 1, 2007


I had a miserable day today. I'm been battling insomnia for the past year or so, and it has gotten particularly bad in the past few weeks. I'm so stressed out that I literally cannot sleep. I carry my stress as tension in my body - my back and shoulders get ridiculously tight, to the point where they hurt. When it is time to go to sleep, I lie awake for hours trying desperately to relax, only stressing myself out more in the process. I've been averaging about 2-5 hours a night for the two weeks... and then on the weekends I'm comatose trying to recover.

I got 2 hours of sleep last night before I had to be up for a big presentation to the kids at the Juvenile Detention Center (jail). Thank the Lord there were only 8 kids there today, because I was in a complete fog. I was out of it all day today until it happened.... my Christmas bonus arrived!

I've never received a Christmas bonus at any other job I've held. Can I just tell you how awesome it is?!

Side note: I must tell you now that I am OBSESSED with animal prints, particularly zebra prints. LOVE IT! My first zebra purchase was an amazing purse I got while I was in college. I literally wore that thing out and had to get rid of it when my belongings started falling out through the holes in the lining. I haven't been able to find a purse I like as much since, until...

Anyway, Jason and I talked about it, and we decided that I needed to treat myself. I'm been desperately lemming a Dooney & Bourke purse (http://www.dooney.com/OA_HTML/ibeCCtpSctDspRte.jsp?section=23400), and I initially thought I wanted to get that. Bless my heart, I'm not a patient person, so we were at the mall as soon as I finished at work.

Well, I soon faced a dilemma. I could get the zebra purse, but they didn't have the size I wanted and the only one they had in stock had a black strap (I wanted red). OR I could get two purses and a pair of shoes. The other two purses were also animal print, but they were trendier than the Dooney purse.... but the Dooney was more expensive than all three other items combined.

Hmmm.... what to do, what to do? I turned to my trusty husband, who helpfully said "I don't know. I like what you like." when I asked him which I should get. This is what finally swayed my vote: "Why would you get one thing when you can get three things?"


I'll post some pics when I get a chance!

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