Thursday, July 24, 2008

My dad and texting (totally related)

My dad is fairly well rounded. He knows a lot of stuff about a lot of things. He knows how to use tools. He knows how to operate heavy machinery. He can even (after a few lessons) operate the DVD player in his car. And I think he knows how to work the one in the house. Though I think he did have to get rid of an alarm clock once after my brother went to college, only because my brother was the only one who knew how to set it. That still makes me laugh. Anyway...

My dad and computers, well, they get along barely. For example, if Dad wants to look something up on Craigslist, he's pretty competent. He can check his email and even reply. And his typing, well, if I can brag a much improved!

Moving to the cell phone: If you call Dad on his cell and get voice mail, I'm pretty sure you'll hear my sister's voice. And I'm pretty sure that's because he didn't know how to set the message. And that's works. Though it might be slightly confusing. Recently Dad had a "run-in" with Sprint customer service and ended up with a very nice monthly plan. That includes unlimited texting. That just makes me laugh. I asked Dad if he was going to use it and he said no. Come to find out, he's a texter! But only if you text him first (which I learned when I asked why he hasn't texted me). So I sent him a message last week. And I received a reply:
"got it. be safe. love you."

I know you're thinking, "Woop-de-doo..." Unless you know my dad. And them I'm sure you're thoroughly impressed. As was I.

Dad, I'm proud of you!

I'm not exactly sure who took this picture of my dad. It was at my birthday dinner and someone else had the camera. But it makes me laugh. And its my most recent pic of him. And after he sees this, he might disown me. :wink:

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Here we sit...

Playing with the cursor! Houie and I are just chilling this morning. He is a very active cat, but sometimes just likes to lay here at bat at the screen. And I oblige him...Well, we're enjoying picking out our activities this morning. We get just a few more hours to do whatever WE want to do...and that includes batting at the computer screen. Isn't this fun????


Oops...he got a little more active and stepped on the keyboard again. :-)

I think that translates to, "I sure had had fun with you this week, Mom. But I'm excited about those short humans coming home. They are pretty cool. And they leave the door open so I can sneak in and "hunt" for lizards."

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Church Seasons

Every weekend when I go into church I am in awe of the beauty of the building. We have a relatively new building and it is bright and beautiful. I love looking at the stained glass...each weekend I see it differently depending on how the light shines thru that day. The choir sings beautifully and I kind of lose myself for an hour (give or take). Today was a great day at church. I hate to say it, but mainly b/c my kiddos weren't with me. I love them, and they are typically well behaved, but its just different when you can be there and really get into it. And today I did.

But not only the message, but really taking in the atmosphere, the feeling. I feel spiritually uplifted when I leave church. Today I lost myself in the singing (though the hymns were kinda slooow and didn't impact me...I love the rest of the mass with the choir). I lost myself in the scripture readings and I lost myself in the homily. I truly enjoyed it, and felt very moved by the words I meditated on.

I also love watching the seasons change according to the church calendar. The inside of the church looks different when the altar dressings change. The colors are so vibrant against the light stone, but they always match patches of the stained glass. It seems like every week in church I find something new that I love about the building.

And one thing, that I think is very important, that I learned from Fr. Antony today: "The weed goes with the seed."


So in the midst of my night of insomnia, I decided to play around on the computer a bit. See, I made the mistake of letting Houdini sleep in my room last night. And he climbs allllll over! And he refuses to allow room for rolling over. Or breathing. Or moving at all. He must have as much of his body touching the human he is sleeping with as he possibly can. And it is IMPOSSIBLE for the human to sleep. So I learned the hard way. Until I kicked him out about 5 a.m.

At some point in the middle of the night I decided to check out Twitter. And I signed up. Does that mean I'm a Twit? A Twitee? A Twitterer? Someone please help me answer this question. Oh, wait. Am I a Tweeter?? UGH! HELuP!

If you want to check out "up to the minute" updates on my thrilling life, my username is Desert_Mom. And I will tell you Twitting will not be as frequent as others. Because my life, at least at the present, isn't all that exciting. For example, later today I might TWEET that I'm going to church. And I know that excites you deeply. On that note, I'm off to clean the hermit crab house. Hey, I know...THRILLING!

Friday, July 18, 2008

Validation and the GPS (not necessarily related...)

First off, I want to thank my favorite cousin who is a realtor in Toledo, and my wonderful hubby for leaving comments. You validate my writing. Don't know why I need external validation...its my low self-esteem rearing its ugly head! GRR!

Secondly, I have to gush over my new best friend, Jill. She lives in a little electronic device inside my car. Her last name is Garmin. We haven't been friends for too long, but it was obvious from the beginning that we're soul mates. She is a back seat driver, but that's kinda what I love so much about her. She gets me where I'm going...and sometimes I have no clue where that is! My new best friend!

And a little more about my sweet feline friend...His new favorite place to lay is in my lap with his head resting on my keyboard. He sleeps more than any cat I've ever been around. And then he opens his eyes just long enough to see the arrow/cursor and bat at it. Then he's back to sleep.

And he's just as obsessed with me as I am with him. If I am not giving him proper attention (i.e. while I'm doing dishes) he will start knocking over his food/water bowls. He reminds me of my students...always acting out just to get attention, negative or otherwise!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

______ Night Blahs

Growing up, it was always Sunday night. I can remember specifically the first time I realized I had the Sunday Night Blahs. I was about 10 years old and I was walking around the side of the house (outside) closest to the drive way. I was hopping from stepping stone to stepping stone and trying to figure out why I was sad. Nothing bad had happened, but it was Sunday night. Hmmmm...I remember I was singing to myself....
It's just another manic Monday
I wish it was Sunday
'Cause that's my funday
My I don't have to runday
It's just another manic Monday

See video of The Bangles Manic Monday here!

Now, of course at age 10 I had NO clue what a manic Monday truly was. But I did know that I had school the next day and that was a bummer.

My blahs no longer specifically fall on Sunday night. Since DH has a constantly changing schedule, this week I had the Wednesday Night Blahs. It was horrible. I was pathetic. I even told DH I was planning to turn off his alarm clock. I asked him if he was feeling sick. I suggested that he fake it. (His work ethic is unmatched...he'd never do that.)

Drat! At 5:45 this morning he pulled out of the driveway. And every week on the day that he leaves I mope around the house. I get my mommy jobs done, but I am always sad and miss him so much. I think adding to the sadness is the fact that T1 & T2 are still at g'parent camp. So now its just me and the creatures...Houdini has been great at cuddling and even accidentally turning iTunes on so I have something to fill the silence. No worries, though! This afternoon I have my monthly massage appointment and after that I'm contemplating a pedicure. We'll see. And tonight I'm going out with some friends. I'm not totally excited about that at this point, but I know as the time nears I will get more into it. Any chance for socialization without children is a treat!!! Its also fun to grow these (somewhat) new friendships.

Monday, July 14, 2008

I'm obsessed, I tell you!

Well, we've been w/o kids since Saturday. We're not bored of each other yet, so I guess we're doing well. Yesterday was our anniversary. We had a good, lunch out, exchanged gifts, dinner out, a movie. It was a nice and relaxing day. This morning I had a hair appointment and DH went running and to the bank for me. Then we met at the book store, and had lunch out. Again. I was going to cook, but we were already out. Tonight we're going bowling with my sister and some friends. Should be fun. Its been years since I went bowling!

Okay, so now onto my obsession. The cat. Well, technically, I think he's still a kitten at about 8 months. He is adorable and hilarious and fun and lovable and so much more...all rolled into one long and lean furball.

He is obsessed with T1 & T2. He follows them around the house like a puppy. They adore him, play with him, feed and water him, he is truly their cat. Well, since they're gone he is starting to follow us. He sleeps in our bed, follows us around the house, sits by the door while we're gone, etc. And I am really enjoying it. I am obsessed with this guy.

The top things I love about Houdini:
* his white whiskers...against the black fur on his face...adorable!
* he flops onto his back at a moment's notice so I can scratch his belly. like a dog, without the stink. and he just lays there during his belly massage and eats up the attention. like a dog, without the stink.
* he has exactly 7 white hairs on his little black nose. and they're cute. his nose is so stinkin' cute!
* he has the cutest little kitty teeth. when he smiles for me (rather, when i lift his lip up) i can see all of them. and they're soooo tiny!
* his fur is S-O-F-T! and sleek. and healthy. and he is sooo pretty!
* he isn't afraid to wear his tuxedo around the house. and he's so handsome in it!!
* he's not afraid to chase his own tail. even if it means falling off of whatever perch he's chilling on.
* he loves to stalk the dog. and it provides us with hours of entertainment!
* he never tires of getting a good belly rub. and i listed this one twice. because cats aren't always into belly rubs and he is. and he is REALLY into them. so it deserves two spots.
* he talks a lot and i love to listen.
* he chatters when he sees the birds thru the window, and i think its cool he'll let us see his inner animal.
* he isn't needy, but lets us love him.

I'm obsessed with him. I will think of many more things that I love and then I will post about him again. Because he is my new baby (when he wants to be).

Sunday, July 13, 2008

For my beloved...

I carry your heart with me

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
i fear
no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)

ee cummings

Friday, July 11, 2008

Craving Peace and Quiet!

Right now I'm supposed to be cleaning my bedroom. Its tidy enough (after tidying up last night) but needs a good, deep clean. Instead, I sit here typing this blog post and procrastinating. I've always been a good procrastinator. I have cleaned the bathroom, even scrubbing the floor on my hands and knees. Is that June Cleaver-ish? I did not wear a perfectly pressed skirt and apron while scrubbing, though. How disappointing.

The Things leave in the morning for grandparent camp. I'll have 8 whole days of PEACE and QUIET!!! I'm so excited. And DH will be here for 4 of those days. WOOHOOO! And Sunday just happens to be our anniversary. Coincidence? Sure, if you want to believe that! Six years of wedded bliss...

The start of our marriage...

Last weekend we took a road trip. And while we were gone we took several mini trips. Our base was Athens, TX, but we spent time in Tyler, Jacksonville and several small towns in between. The Things slept easily in the car, and don't tell dh, but I caught a few catnaps, too! But I also used this time to "corner" DH and find out what his "5 year plan" is. Hehe! Uh, he didn't have one, or so he said. Well, that frustrated and irritated me, so I decided that we needed to develop one. And we did. But the plan is confidential, and will be revealed to you in good time. Oh, wasn't that a pitiful teaser??? Stay tuned!

Oh, and if you wanna know where we went, all you have to do is ask!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

These are a few of my favorite things...

Well, if Oprah can have her list of favorite things then why can't I? Of course, this doesn't mean that people will RUSH out to buy what I like, but you should!!!

Keep an Apple iPod in your pocket
I absolutely LOVE my ipod. My dear husband and children got me a new one for Mother's Day. I keep my old one in the bedroom with my favorite playlists, and my new one travels between the car and the kitchen. More on that later!

Vera Bradley Bags, a.k.a. Mommy Bags
I challenge you to show me a girl who doesn't love a good bag!! I have several VB bags...a mini backpack, diaper bag, totes, make-up bag...and my collection is still growing!

Prissy Poofs! They're just fun!
I'm not sure who loves loves this, T1 or T2. It is adorable and so much fun. You never know who you're going to be when you're wearing a poof!

Pur Minerals make-up
This make up is so much easier to put on, and it really does cover what you need it to cover. I love it, and thank my amazing sister for trying it first!

American Simplicity Dinner Plates
LOVE these square chocolate brown dinner plates! I only have 4 plates now, but I guarantee that will be changing soon! I mix and match with patterned salad plates that I found on clearance at Target a few months back. So cute, so fun, so pretty!

Yankee Candle air fresheners keep the car smelling good!
It is soooo nice to get in the hot car and have it smelling fresh. My favorite scent is lilac...reminds me of someone you may know!

Dead Sea die for (bad pun)
I got suckered into buying some Dead Sea salt from a lady at the mall. I was kinda embarrassed at first, but I adore this stuff. Makes me feel great. I tried to get DH to use it but he turned his macho nose up at the idea.

Seacret Spa nail care answered prayer
I used to have acrylic nails, and have pondered the idea of going back to them. No matter what I do I can't keep my nails looking good. They chip and crack, and I don't even bother painting them. Why should I, when I'm just going to scrub the paint off while doing dishes or cleaning the shower. This little kit is the answer to my prayers (okay, really, I don't pray about my nails).

Dove Skin Vitalizer is helping me fool people about my age!
So there is a HORRID rumor going around that I'm getting older. And, well, its kinda true. So in order to ward off wrinkle rumors, I committed to really taking care of my skin. My facial skin, to be specific. I had a coupon for this little gadget and decided to give it a whirl. Its fabulous! Now, let me be honest. I don't use it every day. The pads are technically "one time use" but I rinse them and use them over again. I use the device about 3 times a week...when I'm feeling extra flaky. Be sure to moisturize when you're done!!

I am a Snapfisherwoman
I am a devoted Snapfisherwoman. I love uploading pictures, changing backgrounds, adding borders, and then ordering my pictures. If I want them today I can pick them up at Walgreens or Staples. If I want them in a week (and I want to pay less) they will deliver my pictures to my mailbox!

Canon Digital Camera
If you look in my purse/mom-bag at any given moment, you will most likely find my camera. If its not there, look in my hand or within 5 feet of my body.

Webkinz..for the kids. Yes, the kids.
These little guys provide hours of entertainment. Uh, for the kids. Yes, the kids. That's right, THE KIDS. Not the mom. The mom never ever ever logs on. Not even just to help the kids get more Kinz Cash. Nope, not the mom. The KIDS!

Lemishine, makes my life shiny!
Our west TX water was full of calcium. This stuff was the only thing that I could put in my dishwasher to make my dishes actually come out looking clean. I still use it now to de-calcify faucets and anything with scum on it.

Blistex Cherry Infusion...SMOOCH!
Mmmmmm...luscious lips. Need I say more? Okay. Kissable lips? Wait, I'm saying too much now!

Lush...its lucious!
I am a newbie to Lush products, but am fast in love. I kinda think I'm a Lush slut. But don't tell anybody. I'll let the website speak for itself.

iHome alarm clock
This is the wonderful alarm clock I bought with my b-day money last year. It sits on my night stand and is the home of my older ipod. It is wonderful. Sounds wonderful. Has wonderful features. And wakes me easily from a wonderful night of sleep. Uh, that's good but bad at the same time.

Ped Egg, my next born child
This is my absolute most favorite foot care product ever invented. Bless you, Mr. PedEgg Inventor. I love you! My next child will be named Ped Egg.

Rubbermaid Reusable Water Bottle
So we're attempting to be greener in our house. I love this reusable water bottle because it has a big water opening. There is nothing I despise more than working hard at slurping my water when I'm thirsty on a HOT Texas afternoon!

My idol, my hero, my everything...The Pioneer Woman
If you haven't met this woman (via blog) then you must. ASAP! I love her, I want to meet her. Heck, I want to be her. Well, kinda. If I could take DH. And the Things. Anyway, I want you to know her, too!

A SHIVER in the middle of the summer heat!
My favorite summer time drink. Sooooo easy. And if you add some chocolate syrup it goes a little "Mudslide-ish"...and that's NOT a bad thing!

A meal on the go...Special K Bars
And, for breakfast on the go, this is the BEST. So yummy...sometimes I even eat it for dessert! (We've also tasted chocolate drizzle and strawberry, and they are yummy too!)