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June 24th, 2006
Possibly have a place to live. Waiting on verification that the cats are ok, then deposit will be put down.
An oil pastel I did about three years ago. Just found it.
June 23rd, 2006
; The thing about the internet is that there is just too darn much to read. Blogs for example. There are so many different groups of blogs. Crochet, scrapbooking, running, losing weight, weight lifting, knitting, art, personal finance. I have a little bit of all of them under my bookmarks. I didn't know about the personal finance ones until the other day when I saw an article on MSNBC.com and of course a lot of clicking and reading ensued. Which brings me to wasting time. I waste a lot of time on the internet. That's no big surprise. It keeps me connected to people, real family and friends and my internet friends. I learn about the world, different things that are going on and how I can work to improve my art or other things. I had a mini-resoulution about two months ago and that was to lessen my time on the 'net. I did good for a few weeks but now it's kinda back. So, I want to lessen my time. Maybe just check in at the forum and check my email and then blog if necessary and just check in once a week to all of the blogs and miscellaneous forums I browse. Really, I could just breeze through the places in a few minutes but I linger. I see something and then the mouse clicks. Then I'm dedicated and soon enough Chris is going "Misti come to bed", or something similar. So, please, help me get off the 'net and into my hobbies. I've got too many of them and many things I want to do.
June 21st, 2006
Thanks Jess and Robin. :) lol, 4th child, HELL NO! Maybe 4th kitty...;) lol...nah, Sam and Leo keep me busy. On the scrapbooking forum that I lurk at a lot someone posted a topic about cats and litterboxes that had me just busting out laughing. You go in and change them and if the cats aren't hovering just waiting for you to put fresh litter in. Leo would have sat in it yesterday while I was pouring new litter if I had kept pulling him out. I'm just like, why couldn't you go before I changed it? At least keep it clean for a few hours!!!! Darn cats!
Speaking of children, I still can't get over how many people from HS have kids. Reading all of these MySpace pages is insane! Though, there are an equal number of people w/o kids but still. I'll be 26 here in July (11th...click that Amazon link down there... ;) ) and Chris will be 27 in September. That is getting a bit too close to 30. At 30 there are 10 more years until 40. Dude. That's just something I'm not interested in touching with a 10 foot pole.
Anyway, we're going tomorrow to house hunt. It sucks having to save up all this deposit money. You know, apartments were much easier. Just put like a deposit and pet deposit and you're good to go, but now since we try the house/townhouse route they all want first/last/deposit and that will end up being nearly $4000 depending on how much we spend for rent. I'm not going to rant anymore than needed on the cost of living here. Whoever decided to make housing prices soar these past five years is a friggin' idiot.
And that Angelina Jolie interview last night...that made me want to adopt about five kids from all over the world. She kinda redeemed herself too. She was on the hate list there for awhile because of her stealing Brad.
June 15th, 2006
My friend Rosemarie has recorded some songs! She was always jazzing away with her saxaphone on college, even performed in a talent show at school once. Anyway, she's chilling in California and now she's becoming a guitarist and full on musician! She has a MySpace Band page so you should check her out! Very folksy and soothing!
Yesterday was our 4th anniversary. The day part at work was crappy, but the evening was nice. We went to dinner at the Cheesecake Factory on my parents and had some nice food. Thanks Mom and Dad! :) The cheesecake is sitting in the fridge. We were too full to eat it, so I'm going to go have my half now and Chris'll get his later. Chris got me some beautiful flowers and they smell yummy! :)
This week has been so busy and I've been so tired. I think I'll just go eat my cheesecake, decide if I want to work out (probably not, though I should) and catch up on stuff in the house. Need to water the plants, dishes, laundry, and the list goes on. That's what happens when the week slips away!
June 11th, 2006
Not sure if I have anything interesting to say. TS Alberto is going to miss us, but hopefully will bring some rain to the area. I'm fine with rain. The plants can use it, the 'glades can too.
Today was a lazy kind of day. We slept in and then went to visit JC's new puppies. They are five cute little things; 2 girls and 3 boys. Only a week old and their eyes are still closed. They are just so adorable!!!! Leo was that little once. It's hard to believe. My little ragamuffins are so big now. Samson's been sleeping a lot today. Just a big sleepy fella and he keeps sleeping on something I'm crocheting so I can never work on it!
We circled a few places in the newspaper to go look at this week. One was actually in our complex so we called them but they haven't called back. Hopefully this week we can check them out and maybe next weekend put a deposit down on something. I hate having to move. Everything is so settled.
I guess other than getting my hair cut, nothing has been too exciting. Bath and Body works had a nice sale yesterday. I'm determined to use all the crap I already have before buying more smelly stuff. So I stuck with a few things I need like chapstick. I'm always washing and drying it. I keep my work keys and chapstick with hairbands wrapped around it in my pocket all the time. Well, except the keys on weekends. Don't need 'em then, do I?
I was going through my archives of my other weblogs I've had and it's funny how I've changed in my writing. I was very into politics, not that I don't say something here sometimes, but I said it a lot just a few years ago! Anyway, I am going to work on linking up my archives this week and also trying to separate stuff here soon. I really need to look into buying the space so I have more room. I think geocities has a deal running sometimes, but it hasn't been a priority yet.
June 9th, 2006
I'm dissapointed. I really wanted to go diving tomorrow, but with this cold still lingering I don't feel like putting pressure on my sinuses. Chris gave me his cold late last week and during my time in New York, I was sniffling, sneezing, blowing my nose and coughing. Blah! Tomorrow I'm going to catch up on chores (fun.), bake (fun!), do a bit of gardening (if the head can handle it!), and finally sit down and paint something.
I read three books, really 2 and 2/3 books in three days. I finished the DaVinci Code on Sunday flying to Syracuse, then I read another book called The Debt and I think I finished it either that night or later the next morning. Then I went to Walmart while I was in Oneida to get Claritin and picked up another book A Bride Most Begruding. DaCo was ok. It took me a bit to get into it because I thought it was rather slow. It was predictable in some points but one thing threw me for a loop. Don't want to spoil too much so I won't elaborate. I can see why some Catholics were getting worked up about it, but at the same time I think it's worth looking into the gnostic gospels. I am one of the belief that the Bible is a historical look at the viewpoint in that day in time. So, I can totally see the early church corrupting it and subsequently later generations twisting the Bible to suit their needs. Anyway, the book was good and enjoyable and eventally I want to read Angels and Demons. The Debt was a Christian book that I'd picked up at a bookstore one day. It was on a clearance table so I thought it was worth buying. This book annoyed me on so many levels. For one, the ties between Fox News and right wing conservatives have been debated for a long time, yet people like Bill O'Reilly have denied there being any ties like that. HA! This book just about tied that together. It's about this married couple in their fourties, wife has a background that comes out in which she'd had a child in the past before being saved and she married this preacher guy. They build this mega church, which is not unlike many of the ones we see on tv. Anyway, it goes into how the preacher is not accepting of her past, and her son turns out to be a "preacher" of sorts in that he preaches the way that Jesus did, to people on the streets and not necessarily to the crowds filling pews every Sunday like her husband. The book redeemed itself in that way, but otherwise it really made me just wanna throw it at a wall! The final book is another Christian book but it's a romantic/historical one and isn't that hard on Bible thumping. I like romance and history so it was a good combo. Taking place in the 1640's in colonial Virginia, it's about a girl who mistakenly comes to the colonies as a indentured servent, aka: tobacco wife, to a farmer in the colonies. Apparently in those days women who were in jail in England for petty crimes were shipped to the colonies and then sold to farmers and usually married to them because women were scarce. So, of course they fall in love and other little things occur. She was actually a daugther of an earl or something. Anyway, it was a good read.
Just want to say hello to the GardenWeb-er who emailed me! :) I'll email you back soon! So nice to know people are reading this thing! I know I don't always comment on other people's blogs but sometimes I like to just say "hi" and let them know I'm thinking about them.
Me at Lake Ontario, US side near Wolcott, NY. It was cold!!! Ok, cold for this southern girl!
Oh and Izzy and Duck...thanks for commenting. :) Leo and Samson say *meow* to you also. Maybe Red and Yoda will come out someday??? ;)
June 3rd, 2006
I'm having one of those days where you go, "Did I put deodorant on today?" I swear everytime I get a whiff of my pits I'm freaked out. I swear I thought I put some on. But I'm sick and kinda out of it so maybe I just forgot. LOL...
Tomorrow is my parents 30th anniversary!!! :) YAY! My mom was 15, almost 16 and my dad was 19 almost 20. They've had their ups and downs but I'm proud to say that they've made it through together and I hope in 20 years I can throw them a 50th party and maybe even a 60th! Love you guys!!!
Here are a few other HS art stuff that I somehow didn't upload. First a self portrait. I'm thinking 14 or 15 here...lol
And I did this the other night, a sketch of my friend Michelle. It's from a photo on her myspace page. I really suck at faces so that is something I want to practice. I did get her general aura but not the real essence of her. Faces are so difficult. I find profiles to be alright because the whole proportion thing isn't as difficult.
I'm sick with a cold. Something from Chris. Trying to battle it with Claritin and antibiotics. I'm just hoping I'm not in a daze this week for New York. I'm going to a conference near Syracuse for work. Well, see y'all when I get back!
May 31st, 2006
My friends from high school
Married their high school boyfriends
Moved into houses in the same ZIP codes
Where their parents live
But I, I could never follow
No I, I could never follow
I hit the highway in a pink RV with stars on the ceiling
Lived like a gypsy
Six strong hands on the steering wheel
I've been a long time gone now
Maybe someday, someday I'm gonna settle down
But I've always found my way somehow
By taking the long way
Taking the long way around
Taking the long way
Taking the long way around
I met the queen of whatever
Drank with the Irish and smoked with the hippies
Moved with the shakers
Wouldn't kiss all the asses that they told me to
No I, I could never follow
No I, I could never follow
It's been two long years now
Since the top of the world came crashing down
And I'm getting' it back on the road now
But I'm taking the long way
Taking the long way around
I'm taking the long way
Taking the long way around
The long way around
Well, I fought with a stranger and I met myself
I opened my mouth and I heard myself
It can get pretty lonely when you show yourself
Guess I could have made it easier on myself
But I, I could never follow
No I, I could never follow
Well, I never seem to do it like anybody else
Maybe someday, someday I'm gonna settle down
If you ever want to find me I can still be found
Taking the long way
Taking the long way around
Taking the long way
Taking the long way around
I'm not sure what happened with the comments. I think that perhaps on the other website I had up I used those same comment code and that number came up. Also, Jessica, that picture you liked is a scratchboard I did in HS. I think I got it from the cover of Time or Nat'l Geographic. I like it, though it has a boo-boo scratch in the middle of it.
Today I saw a fox. It was running towards the fire...the Everglades was on fire in the water conservation area. My coworker lives on the levee with his wife, she's a tribal member, and yesterday the fire was a few miles away. This morning it was at the levee so dept of forestry and local firefighters were out. We took the fulltrack down to the camp in case they needed it.
Well, now that I have my art mojo going I have a lot of ideas in my head! I want to start selling stuff but I feel like I should build a portfolio and also get prints of what I've done so that I can sell those also. I need to research more into framing and such before I move on to that part.
May 30th, 2006
Oil Pastel, paper Mi-Tientes
May 29th, 2006
It's been a nice weekend. I got some scrapbooking done yesterday at someone's house. It was fun just chilling and listening to her and her friend gab. Anyway, here's some pics from Fairchild.
I am also sorting through my portfolio and looking through the good, bad and awful. I pulled a few out that were ok. The first one is one of my dad! lol!
May 26th, 2006
We got up this morning and went to Fairchild Gardens. One of my coworkers' wife works there and got us two tickets for free. One reason we wanted to go was because of the Chihuly glass exhibit. It was a hot, humid day out there, but there was a lot in bloom. I took tons of pics but I won't upload them until Tuesday or Wednesday. Flickr has a limit of how much you can upload every month and I'm already at capacity for this month. I think I got some nice shots.
Chris left for Melbourne to go fishing. I thought about going and wandering around town tomorrow while he was offshore but decided to stay here. I'm supposed to be going to a scrapbooking crop tomorrow at someones house. So I went to Starbucks and because I couldn't decide what I wanted I ended up getting a shaken iced tea lemonade. It was pretty good. I've been wanting to try that green tea blackberry frap but am leery. Then I hit Whole Foods to just chill for a bit. I got some smoked salmon that I ate for dinner on a salad. Tried a new cheese. Romero or something. It was really good! I want to be a cheese-a-holic. :) I had this good Irish cheddar last weekend and I'd really like to get some of that. Then I came home and cleaned downstairs, made dinner and am working on making some cinnamon rolls. The dough has 1.5 hours to rise so while I wait I'm going to paint and do more chores upstairs. I finally used my espresso maker. I tried making a latte. It's going to take some fine tuning. It's more like warmed milk with coffee right now. Not bad, but not Starbucks!
Did I tell you I like the Dixie Chicks' new cd??? Yeah, probably did. Just so lyrical, wonderful, beautiful. It's from the heart. I want the Pearl Jam one next.
Oh, I joined the bandwagon of readers and am reading the DaVinci Code. I'm only 100 pages in but it isn't too bad so far. In fact, though, it seems rather slow. When I start packing my books to move I'm going to write all the books I have down so that I have a list. yeppers.
May 25th, 2006
Today is Studio Friday. I haven't done one in awhile. The theme was antique...
The first one is an old photo envelope that was written out by my maternal great grandmother. When I was into genealogy I got a lot of photos from my mom and there were some in this envelope. It's now sitting in my pile of genealogy scrapbooking stuff.
The next photo is an antique book of Pat of Silver Bush by L.M. Montgomery. It sits on my shelf of Anne books and other children's books behind my desk in my studio. I won it on Ebay a couple of years ago. I really want an Anne book first edition!
Samson is so cute and furry. He just asked me to say that for him. :) *merrrooooww*
May 23rd, 2006
I am so depressed. First off, two shows right in a row are gone forever. Charmed and Alias. Two of the best and my favorite ones. Charmed had me crying, showing the sisters growing old and having kids. Alias had me bawling with the death of several main characters and the end with a happy sunset walk with the SpyFam. It's just depressing. Yes, over a tv show. Now I am through with finale's as the season finale of House was just over. It didn't make me cry...lol...but now I have evenings free for the entire summer. And I can rewind and watch the death of Alias over and over and over again. PSA to all the people for my upcoming birthday: I need Seasons 2, 4 and 5 of Alias and all seasons of Charmed. :)
I bought the Dixie Chicks new cd today. I've listened to all but the last three so far. It's wonderful. The songwriting is superb and it is probably right up there as one of the best albums. I'm temporarily boycotting the country radio station here, even changed the setting and over rode it with something else in my car. I'm sick of the asinine backlash they've gotten. It probably doesn't help that I support their statements, but I just can't stand listening to the dj's diss the Dixie Chicks.
Very lethargic today and with the Alias depression, slightly emotional. Gonna go be sappy now. Oh, you can click on the flickr pics at the bottom left and find the new set of pics from the orchid festival this weekend. Got some nice shots and a few not so great ones. Darn flowers kept moving in the wind.
May 21st, 2006
I've completely wasted the day. First off, I didn't go to bed until 1:15 last night, which is the post below here. That is due to drinking Kona coffee at 11pm. DOH! So, I didn't get up until 11, laid in bed until noon watching tv and then made breakfast and checked stuff on the 'net. Chris came home around 1:15, we kinda piddled around the house, got milk, made lunch at 3 and then fell asleep on the futon watching The Nutty Professor. Doh! Now it's 5 and I haven't done anything! I want to do stuff, but I just also want to vegetate. Maybe I'm supposed to vegetate. Ok, you don't have to twist my arm to do that....
May 21st, 2006
The 21st??? Really? Wow....
Today was a busy day. We got up early, picked up our friend JC and went to the Fruit and Spice Park for the Redlands Orchid Festival. We spent around five hours walking around, eating and enjoying the day. There were tons of orchids and Chris sold some coral frags to pay for us buying some orchids. One vendor had a ghost orchid in bloom and we bought some babies, so in a few years we'll have our own. We did pretty good for the money we took. Major damage could have been done had we had more! I took a ton of photos so I'll upload them to flickr tomorrow and post them here.
Then we went over to one of Chris' fish friend's house and he cooked out and some of his friends came over and we watched some movies and hung out. Just nice to chill a little.
I am starting an oil pastel drawing. Been reading a lot on WetCanvas and trying to spark my creativity a bit. I'll post it when I'm done...if I like it!
The rest of the weekend...not sure what I'll do. Chris is going fishing in the morning. Will probably sleep in, relax. I need to do some running or something to work off this food I ate today. Supposed to be going through the garage tomorrow, but somehow I think that'll end up being next weekend. Still not sure what we are going to do but we've pretty much ruled out buying a house. Just cannot afford it. I have no downpayment and closing costs are more than we can afford too so we'll be renting once again. Such is life I suppose. Just hopefully we can find something big enough for all of our crap and plants. I'd hate to have to downgrade, but we've done it before so, somehow we'll do it again. We have a lot of stuff. Sometimes we lament that fact, but in reality I don't see us parting with too much stuff. Yeah, we'll go through a few things here and there and purge, but we just aren't "simple" people. I wish I could be. I just can't. Maybe one day we'll get to that point, but for now, we just aren't.
Anyway, I'm going to update the links on the side and put some different stuff up.
May 14th, 2006
So, depressing news. We have to move. We got a letter from our landlord on Thursday that he wanted to sell the place. Since then we've entertained so many different ideas on what to do. Move to an apartment, buy a house, rent a townhouse, stay here and buy the place. We've cussed house prices here and thought about what we could have in Texas. We are nowhere near a decision. We'll just continue mulling for a week or two and then figure it out I suppose. It's ridiculous how expensive it is here. Either you were lucky enough to buy before it got so $$$ or you are overextending yourself and have a loan and an ARM that is way out there. I just dread packing again.
I ordered some stuff from Amazon that came last week; Pride and Prejudice the movie and the cd and a Bruce Hornsby Greatest Radio Hits. I love all of 'em! I watched P&P last night and it isn't the A&E version, it is still wonderful! I wish they could have made it two hours longer and included everything.
Tonight is the last ep before the series finale of Charmed. So, next week it's the end and then there is a two hour series finale of Alias. :( So sad. :(
Today we went to a cool nursery called Living Colors. It's awesome! They had a rainbow eucalyptus! It was so cool! I want one! Anyway, dinner is ready. we made Zuppa Toscana.
May 10th, 2006
Sorry, it's been awhile! I made a new banner....do you like???
My dad came to visit me last week. He came in on Thursday and we had dinner at Cheeburger Cheeburger. It's a little burger joint (did you figure that out??) that started in Sanibel Island but now has chains everywhere. Packed a little for camping and just vegged out.
Friday we just finished getting stuff together and then by luck Chris had to go to Big Pine Key to help with a mold inspection for work, so his coworker picked him up and they took off and then dad and I went to Starbucks to get some coffee for the road. We took our time going down, stopping at a dive shop to get a few things and then we had lunch in Marathon at this little joint called Herbies. We had some yummy mahi-mahi sandwiches and shared a piece of key lime pie. LOL, we had key lime pie three days in a row and all three times it was devoured in less than five minutes. If that! Anyway, we went and set up camp later down on Sugarloaf Key at the KOA and just hung out in their swimming area and at the pool. They had a really neat little trampoline on the water and a watertotter.
Saturday we had to pick up life jackets and rent dad's kayak. We then went to the beach that Chris got robbed at two years ago. This time we had a dry bag with us so we weren't leaving a wallet or phone in the car! There were also more people at the beach than last time. The kayak was about a mile out to the reef. It was hard going especially after we started running into bigger swells. Finally we arrived and Chris anchored us up. Then we had lunch on the water...that was interesting! LOL! Dad ended up falling out of his kayak by accident, but luckily he was fine. The sad part of it was that the reef was churned up because of the waves, so visibility bit. We got a tip from someone on the beach to go to a marina up the road and do some kayaking in the backcountry area through the mangroves, so we drove down there afterwards. It was wonderful! Calm water! We hit this little channel and Chris fished along the mangroves and then my dad and I just coasted with the current. I got out and held onto my kayak and floated down. The sun was beating down at this time so it was refreshing to be in the water, which was clear. When we got back to the marina dad spotted a nurse shark which I thought to be about six to eight feet long, dad thought ten to twelve and then Chris said we were really good fish storytellers and said it was more like five or six feet. LOL! Anyway it was a rather large shark, but it was neat.
Sunday we meandered up US1 stopping to see the key deer in No Name Key, stopping at a beach that we like and at a state park to check it out. Had lunch at Quizno's since Herbie's was closed and then stopped at Robbie's where you get to feed the tarpon. That was pretty cool! Then we had dinner at the Fish House in Key Largo.
It was a great weekend! :) I have pictures on my Flickr, which you click down at the left at the bottom you can view them all. I also have some recent garden photos in there. I am going to start uploading them there and highlighting some others here. It's just easier that way.
And as for Alias, Spy Bitch is dead! Good going Syd! I love Marshall....he cracks me up! Anyway, I am going to be buying S2, S4 and S5 soon! lol, ok whenever I get $150 for all three....well that's about it!
May 1, 2006
May first. WOW! Time sure is flying. I'm sitting here eating my nacho's, drinking some sangria I got at Target (that cube that we saw last time Mom, it's pretty good!), and just surfing the web. Chris is gone to an aquarium board meeting. He's I think the Vice President or something like that. So tonight I am going to just kick back, do a few things around here and maybe workout. Ok, yes I am going to work out! I was really good about it last week. Which brings me to Spark People.
I had signed up awhile ago but a post on the scrapbooking forum made me reconsider it. Spark People is a great little website devoted to logging the food you eat and the exercises you do. They have a step by step thing which leads you to what you want to do but I consider myself advanced enough since I workout a lot and use weights and stuff and enter my own food instead of using one of their "diets". The diets don't look too bad though and you can tailor it to what you are trying to obtain. I'm sure it isn't 100% accurate on the calories but at least it's a ballpark range and I can track it. Anyway, I really enjoy it! And it makes me think about what I am really eating.
I'm glad people are reading this thing at least! :)
Michelle, glad the package finally arrived! The seeds should do well for you and I bet you have a jungle before the end of the summer! You have to send me pictures! Speaking of gardening, mine has taken off. My angel's trumpets are almost taller than me and lots of things are blooming. The vines have taken off and a climbing rose my mom gave me, well it is climbing like no tomorrow. Now, I can just get the dang thing to bloom.
I am deeper into The Orchid Thief now and I am loving it. I don't like the writer's woosie-ness, but hey, not everyone likes jungle hunting like we do. The whole sub-culture of orchid geeks is really interesting and I can totally understand the urge to have what you don't have. What is sad is the stories of people being robbed of their orchids because they had some treasure trove of a collection.
Here are a few more pics from the weekend. Tomorrow I'll bring you garden and kitty pics
April 29, 2006
Sorry I haven't updated, though it appears no one but Mom, Michelle and Gayle read though I think Beth might lurk, so I haven't made anyone too anxious with my delays in writing. HA!
Anyway, our computers are shot and so we are relying on a laptop Chris brings home from work right now. And he didn't bring it home, or at least out from his work truck, this entire week. Today we went hiking in Fakahatchee Strand. It was a pretty nice hike and we ended up finding a rare bromeliad. It's a variegated version and the variegation is a natural state not a genetically engineered one like many variegated plants. Therefore it makes it even more rare. So we got "lost" in the woods with our friend JC for awhile. We saw otters, two cottonmouths, an owl, anhinga, swallowtail kite and lots of alligators in this one pond.
Spring Everglades Study pics. Those are from last week at work. It's best to click on the slide show and if you click in the top black area in the slide show you can speed it up more than 5 seconds.
I finished the book I was reading The Virgin's Lover. I really liked it but it made me hate Robert Dudley, Elizabeth I's lover. I really love that time period, the Tudor era, and there are several more books I am going to check out when I read a few other books. I also started The Orchid Thief and so far the writer is irking me. You can tell she doesn't really know what she's writing about and it's definetly a journalistic style of writing. I mean, that she knows what she is writing, but it is all written to make you think one way. I'll have to fill you in when I finish the book.
Well, that's about it. Here are a few pics from today.
April 23, 2006
We tried to fix a geocache today X Marks the Spot but we got out there and the first stage was messed up. Before we left Chris looked for the coords to find the cache but he couldn't find them. It's normally wet there as it is the Everglades but it's the dry season and really dry out there right now so we didn't have too much of a problem. But, not fixing the cache!
Got a little rain this evening. YAY! I'll take pictures of things blooming tomorrow. I need to find a cd for the camera. I got a few books from the library to learn to use a camera. I want to learn on a film camera because eventually I do want to get a digital SLR. Maybe at Christmas that will be our present to each other. Our camera now is good, but it's already four years old and the megapixels are low so for high res photos you can't get them. But they suffice for now.
I dug out my French book and I am going to work on doing a lesson a week. It'll take me about a year to get through them all as there are like 23 lessons, but I want to take it easy and learn the words and actually try to learn the language! Eventually I want to find a forum online to chat and practice my french. We'll see.
Back to work tomorrow. Been out of the office all week for the study but now it's back to the grind. Who knows what's piled up on my desk. The upside we were supposed to be getting a new F250 work truck with leftover grant money. So that will be fun to play around with and inhale the toxic but yummy new car smell. :)
April 19th, 2006
One hour and 11 minutes until we see Hunk Spy and Spy Barbie back together. Yes, that's right, Alias is on for two hours! I'm going to settle in with some chocolate and lay in bed and enjoy the moment. I'm so sad that this season is the last. I will have to relive my spy moments through DVD's. Really, whoever decided to be whole tv show seasons on DVD is a hero. All of those tv shows that we used to watch as kids are now showing up on DVD. How awesome is that?
Been out in the field all week. It's been HOT and the Everglades are dry. I mean, bone dry in some areas. The insane thing is in six months we'll be taking airboats into areas that we could have walked across this week. Today we saw a lot of deer and some turkey and a whole family of wild piggies. There were some little bitty ones that were just adorable.
Other than that not much up. I think next month I am going to buy the Pride and Prejudice cd and DVD. On myspace you can put the opening music from P&P onto your page and that's what I did. Sooooo awesome!
Well, that's all. Sorry I'm boring.
April 16th, 2006
It has been a really nice three day weekend. Friday I slept in and finished watching Memoirs of a Geisha and watched Loggerheads. Both movies were reallly good and I recommend them to anyone. Chris got up early to go and help a friend work on an aquarium and he called me at around 1 to see if I'd eaten lunch. I met them at a burrito place. It was a faux Freebirds but it was still pretty good. Then I hopped next door to a Christian bookstore while they left to finish their job. I found four books on their sale rack that looked good. Did a few more errands in search of 12x12 scrapbook covers and Ragshop was out and Michael's had them too expensive. I went to two scrapbook stores I'd never been in and had some fun in there and finished off my errands by dropping by B&N to meet Amy a scrapbook friend to show her what I'd gotten.
Yesterday I slept in again and then took some stuff to Goodwill and returned movies. Went to Target and was really good and only spent $20. I got french lavender and peppermint plants and some sunflower seeds. I'm in love with sunflower seeds as I love sunflowers! They are such happy plants. I found some nice photo corners on sale too as well as a few other random stuff. I really like their Method brand of cleaning stuff and I needed some mopping liquid but couldn't find any, nor could I find any other mopping liquid other than the stuff for swiffer. Weird. Then I came home and watched Nine Lives, the other indie flick I had. It was like nine short stories but I really would have liked to see more of several of the stories. It was alright, definetly just to watch one time. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone was on last night on Disney and I couldn't believe how young they all looked. Hermione was really obnoxious in that movie. I'd also totally forgotten the beginning when Dumbledore, Hagrid and what's her face drop him off at the Dursley's.
Today we slept in again, YAY!, and then sat on the back porch while Chris worked on some plants. Just enjoying the butterflies flitting around and the birds eating at the feeder. Decided to go see Ice Age 2, which was really cute. They also had some previews for other movies that I can't wait to see, Happy Feet, RV, and Hoot. I believe Hoot takes place in Florida as I saw, tell-tell signs; melaleuca, burrowing owls, islands that look like "keys" and the fact that the soundtrack has Jimmy Buffet and that Carl Hiassen was in the credits.
April 12th, 2006
well, I think it's time to buy a new computer. Two new computers. Both of ours are kaput and here I sit on Chris' laptop from work.
Chelle, I'm so glad you are here! :) Remember your blog you started like four years ago? Where'd it go? Anyway, free bluebonnets are always good. Gayle, hope the house gets fixed soon. Saw the photos on Chris' email.
Tonight we were mostly bums. I picked up these frozen roll dough things from the store so bake for work tomorrow. It's insane, but now it seems every holiday our floor puts on a pot luck lunch. It's fun, but it's just crazy. I didn't feel like working too hard and those rolls are good. You have to let them thaw and rise and if I let them rise all day sometimes I come home and they are big blimps. It's quite funny and Chris makes fun of me. ;)
Samson is at it again. I am beginning to wonder if he's allergic to something in the house or maybe he just gets scratch/lick happy. He has rubbed a patch on his belly raw and last night I tried to put ointment on it from the last time he had something like that and even tried to put a gauze pad and wrap a wrist wrap around it, but boy did I get some growls out of that one. He was one pissed off kitty.<;br>
Well, night. :)
April 9th, 2006
The alarm went off at 5:45 this morning. I rolled out of bed, ate breakfast and barely made it up to the park in north Broward for my 5K run. Yes, I'm insane. This was only my second 5K race and the last was a year and a half ago. The first mile started off alright and then I slowed down for the remainder, however I did keep running and never stopped to walk. My time was 36 minutes and around 40 seconds. Sloooooww. If I could get my asthma under control better maybe I'd be able to run faster. I did place 3 out of 4 for my age group 25-29, which warranted me to get a trophy. LOL, my first trophy in like 8 or 9 years. It's just a cute little bunny on top, because the race was Run like a Bunny 5K. I chatted with this other gal for awhile after the run while they gave awards and had a raffle. It's interesting how runners bodies are. Many runners are strictly against weight lifting. Some weight lift to keep muscle tone, but this gal made a comment on how weight lifting makes you bulky. I didn't tell her I lift weights. I surely hope I'm not bulky! LOL! Honestly though, unless you are on steroids, you don't bulk up like that. Not to mention looking at some of the geriatric folks, yep there were some 70 and 80 year olds running, many of them had no muscle tone and their skin just kinda hung on them. There were a few that were that old and their bodies didn't look like that, but even some of the younger runners just have no muscle tone. But, damn, they are fast! Under 20 minute 5K. I could only dream!
I came home and ended up taking a two hour nap with Chris because he's sick. We got up and went to Fridays and had lunch and picked a few pots up at Lowe's because a few things needed transplanting. My passionflower is almost eaten to pieces by the caterpillars. I just can't bring myself to squash them. They just want to eat and turn into butterflies! Lazed about the rest of the afternoon. I had some girls from scrapbooking over last night to scrap so I packed that stuff up and did the laundry. Watched Charmed. Only 5 more episodes. Wahhhh! Alias should be back on this week or next. I guess next year I'll just be watching House. If I could get Grey's Anatomy on at an earlier time here then I'd watch it.
Well, it's a four day week for me. I can't wait for Friday. WOOHOO!
April 7th, 2006
I rented four movies tonight, Napoleon Dynamite, Memoirs of a Geisha, Loggerheads and.. another movie but I can't think of right now, an indie flick. Going to watch Napoleon first and do laundry and lounge in bed.
Here's a few more pics from the weekend:
My little bluebonnets, but they are more like lilac. Not enough sun I suppose.
My cutie pie.
April 4, 2006
Ok, first a readership poll. Is there anyone actually reading this???
Secondly, been busy. This past weekend we went to Melbourne for a friend of Chris' wedding. It was so great being back up there again. I miss that town! It's just laid back and enjoyable. I miss the accesibility of the ocean. It's just such a freeing town. Saturday we didn't do a whole lot. I slept in because I got really crappy sleep towards the end of last week. Chris and Jeremy went fishing and then I got up and we went to Jason's Deli and Bed Bath and Beyond to get a wedding gift. Chris needed a shirt so we went to Dillards. The wedding was nice and the reception was good too. I just wish Chris would dance. He's such a danceaphobic. It's really boring and unfun just sitting there and watching everyone else.
Sunday I slept in again and then went to Starbucks, to the beach and tried to journal but the pen decided not to work. Took a few pictures and then went over to this pier that is at the opposite end of the beach on the lagoon and watched the fishermen and the pelicans. It was sunny, warm and just beautiful out. Then drove around to my own apartment and they are expanding the road there. New houses being built up too. Chris and I went to Super Flea on our way out of town. We love Super Flea. Ok, we don't love it, but we like it and there's always weird things to find. Plus they have a neat farmer's market. I got a humongo onion and a few other things. Little bitty banana's. They are yummy tasting too!
I guess I'll share my clutzy story. At the wedding the DJ was having people do a sort of musical chairs but turned it into Survivor. I'd rolled my chair over to see around a pole, but I still couldn't see very well and I was leaning over in the chair and before I knew it I was on the ground. Ok, big DORK! How old am I, 3??? Anyway, I ended up smashing my pinkie finger and it hurt like a biotch. The next morning it's black and blue and hurts to bend. I was thinking it was broke but I'm guessing not, just smashed. I broke my other pinkie finger in middle school playing basketball. Anyway, it's still bruised. Here's a pic:
That picture doesn't really do it justice. It was bad lighting and it hurt. Now it just looks like I laid my finger in pencil or something.
Just a few more pictures and then I'll spread the rest out through the wee.
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