Thursday, June 24, 2010

I'm a Slacker

I've been slacking on blogging lately.  My B. 

This is normally what happens every morning on my way to work.  I get stuck behind the Amish.  You would think I would adjust my timing a little and leave before the Amish go to do whatever it is they do.  But no.  That's just not how I roll.


Last week I called a guy advertising on for bushhogging.  He came out Monday morning to cut the tall grass in our field since our lawn mower can't handle it.  I was backing down the driveway when Howard met him on the road to show him where to go.  I noticed he was on a bright blue tractor and figured he couldn't live very far since he had driven the tractor to our house.  Later that afternoon on my way home from work, I noticed the very same tractor parked in a yard on our road about 2.5 miles away.  It just happened to be the sexual offender's yard.  Awesome.  Definitely not the same guy since the picture posted online is of an older man and the guy who helped us was much younger.  A son?  A nephew?  Does it run in the family?  All questions I hope I never get an answer to.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Read Me!

Every morning when my alarm on my phone goes off, I lay around for a few minutes checking Facebook or Google Reader.  Then I slowly make my way to the bathroom with phone in hand.  I place my phone on the window ledge because it's the dryest part of the bathroom.  I don't want to risk setting it in a puddle of water on the bathroom counter in fear of the little white circle near the battery turning that hideous red color that means: WARNING! WARNING! This girl is reckless with her phone! So I went about taking a shower and getting ready and I looked over at my phone on the ledge once and thought, I should put that in my pocket now, but then thought, nah, I'll remember it. 

And did I?  Of course not.  My phone is hopefully still perched up on the bathroom window ledge.  Hopefully I didn't turn into Miss Popular today and hopefully my phone isn't busy vibrating it's way off the ledge.  Because did I mention said ledge is right above the toilet?  No?  Well it is.  Directly above.

So please, for the love of God, DO NOT CALL ME.  DO NOT TEXT ME.  DO NOT EVEN THINK ABOUT ME.

Thank you in advance.

Monday, June 21, 2010

I Seriously Hate Titles

Friday afternoon I got off early and headed home.  We still don't have internet at home.  Don't ask me why.  I think I'm just afraid to hear the internet companies tell me there is no internet where we live.  But I had figured out a way to link my Droid to my computer to use the internet on the actual desktop.  I was staring at my real Facebook page for the 1st time in 6 months.  It's definitely changed since the last time I saw it.  Howard got home and announced he was going to the liquor store.  I was torn between playing on Facebook and riding with him.  I settled on riding along so I could look at the scenery since I'm normally the one that's driving. 

On the way there, I noticed several deep ravines off the narrow road.  On the way back, I was thinking about the ravines and how awful it would be to drive off the side of the road into one of them.  I noticed a sanitation truck coming towards us on the road and immediately began wondering how the two vehicles would pass by each other.  Howard solved this by driving with the passenger side wheels partially off the road, which in turn, petrified me.  We made it by safely and I thought everything was swell until Howard looks into his rearview and exclaims, "they just flipped!"  And I'm all like, na uh, no way, that didn't happen and I swivel around in my chair and what do you know, the truck was gone.

Howard slammed on his brakes and pulled into a driveway to turn around.  We sped back towards where he said the truck had gone over and I'm still thinking, this couldn't have just happened.  And then I see it.

The driver was climbing out a second later and we were asking him if he was ok.  Amazingly, he was.  And so was his passenger.  The driver reinjured an old knee problem and the passenger had a small cut on his hand but besides that, they were unharmed.

Apparently they had gone onto what the driver perceived as the shoulder to avoid us and the car behind us, but hit soft dirt instead.  Down they went. 

Saturday, we ran errands, had lunch at Olive Garden and stopped by the bar for a few.  When we got home, we decided to chlorinate the pool for the 1st time.  We had bought some chlorine tablets at Walmart but didn't read the directions while we were there.  We didn't know you couldn't just toss it into the pool.  It needs to be in a floating device so it doesn't eat through the pool lining.  So Howard took a gatorade bottle, poked some holes in it, inserted the tablet and threw it in the pool.  He also decided to put some more water in the pool.  Fast forward to 5 hours later when we were walking the dogs.  I looked at the pool in the moonlight and yelled to Howard, "IT MELTED!".  I immediately assumed it was from the chlorine tablet but then realized it had overflowed and half the pool water had drained out.  So our garden got a good dose of chlorinated water.  That's good for plants, right?

Saturday night we played pool for the 1st time since moving in and receiving the pool table from friends.  I won the first game!  More like Howard lost it by scratching on the 8 ball but I'll take the win anyway I can get it.  I then proceeded to lose the next 4.  Copper and Jack were lounging on their bed in the basement which is really a bunch of old ratty blankets heaped on the floor.  I glanced over at them and thought I saw something small and black moving.  I lifted up the blankets and this is what I found.

At least it wasn't a snake.  Howard captured him with 2 red solo cups and released him back into the night.  Then I most likely ran over him the next day with the lawnmower.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010


I can't wait for Game 6 tonight!!!!  Go Celtics!  Beat L.A!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Things I Heart

1.  A/C Slater.  Yes I named my A/C unit.  I'm cool like that.  We are going to be dear, dear friends.

2.  Eminem.  No, his new album isn't out yet but I was able to get my hands on it anyway.  I'm in love with song #9.  I've played it 17 a row.  I've never been one to pump music at full volume with my windows down.  I've always been more of a regular volume, A/C girl (no way, really?).  But the last couple days, I've been trying to blow my speakers out with the volume at max, windows down, hair flying, attempting to rap along.  I've even found myself driving extremely slow down my road in order to listen to one more song.  It's that good.

3.  The weekend.  And we have no plans.  None.  We can do whatever we want.  And if I get my way, I'll be in the pool on a float with a drink in hand...until Monday morning.  Have a great weekend!

Oh Happy Day!

For the last 10 days, I've had to go out of my way to get to work.  I've had to travel a little back road where the speed limit is 55 but no one seems to be in any rush and 35 seems to be the max anyone will do.  They closed the parkway down northbound from mile marker 14 to 21.  The worst part is I wouldn't remember until I got to the road to get onto the parkway and saw the closed sign.  Therefore I have been late to work the past 10 days.  Southbound never closed down (knock on wood) so my ride home was always a breeze.  Yesterday on my way home, I saw this:

Nothing special right?  WRONG.  That is a car coming northbound on the parkway.  It has reopened.  It was the happiest day of my life.

Until today. 

Yesterday was miserable.  It was 88 degrees in my office.  I was cranky.  And I hate being cranky.  I was sweating.  My clothes were sticking to me in all the wrong ways.  My back was acting up.  I have never dreaded coming to work but I did this morning.  I didn't want a repeat of yesterday.  I was telling Howard about it when he arrived home from work yesterday afternoon.  His response was, "I have the exact opposite problem.  My boss keeps the temperature at 67".  And to him I said, "Put a freaking (<---yeah, because we all know that's the word I used) sweater on and shut it".  What?  I told you I was cranky.  It's not like I can wear a bathing suit to work.  Though I'm sure the guys would love it.

But today it all changed.  I no longer have to work in the dark to reduce the temperature.  I finally asked Charlie to buy me an A/C unit.  And by asked, I mean convinced.  I may have said things like:

...The minute I get hot today, I am leaving.  And the minute I get hot on Monday, I am leaving.  And so on and so on. 

...My back started hurting again yesterday.  Remember last June when it started hurting?  I think it has to do with the heat!  I am going to sue for my medical issues.  Can you say WORKER'S COMP?

...I ripped my jeans yesterday.  A big hole in the front.  Do you know how I did that?  They ripped when I tried to pry them off my sticky, sweaty leg.  I am sending a bill for a replacement pair.


So here I am.  A/C, lights and all.  And honestly, I'm a little cold now.  I might turn my space heater on.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Egg Off

Yesterday evening Howard and I were standing around the kitchen island discussing what to have for dinner.  We couldn't come to a consensus on dinner but we did decide to make egg salad for today's lunch.  He put the pot of water on the stove to boil and it dawned on me that we should have a competition.  This is probably due to the fact that his brother had spent the last 3 days with us and everything had become a competition. 

Who can throw a football into the pool?
Who can kick a football into the pool?
Who can kick a soccer ball into the pool?
Who can chip a golf ball into the pool?
Who can win at racketball off the barn siding?
Who can win at beer pong?
Who can take the pong ball and bounce it off 3 walls and into the cup?
Who can win at NHL '94 on Super Nintendo on the 13 inch TV in the basement?

So I said to Howard, "Let's have an EGG OFF!"  And of course, he was game.

I'm a huge fan of Deviled Eggs.  So I figure why not make a Deviled Egg Salad.  We used a lot of the same ingredients but they came out completely different.  And guess who won? 


He even admitted it.  And because it was really that good, it became our dinner.  His became his lunch today.  And for me, I could care less that I didn't get a lunch out of the deal because all that matters was I WON.  And at something related to cooking.



Here is the recipe. 

Deviled Egg Salad

6 hard-boiled eggs, chopped finely
1 tsp. brown spicy mustard
2 tbsp. real mayonnaise
1 tsp. white vinegar
1 tsp. sugar
1/8 tsp. all purpose seasoning salt
1/8 tsp. ground pepper
1 tsp. sweet pickle relish
1 dash Soy Sauce
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper

Mix all ingredients together. 
Makes about 2 cups.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Picnic Basket Winner!

Forgive me for not posting this sooner, but Blogger has been down all day until now.  Apparently only in isolated areas because others could get on and post with no problems.  However, this did not stop me from picking a winner at 11 AM sharp.

The lucky winner is Amanda J!

Here is Amanda's comment:

I would use it for a picnic or even take it out to a Tarana winery and chill on the lake in the sun :)
And yes Dana, I would take you on a romantic pinic too (if you would hurry up and come back to visit)!
Congrats Amanda!  You should receive an email confirming the item is being sent to you shortly.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

1 Year Anniversary of THE List

Today marks the one year anniversary of the day I started my 101 Things List.  I'm actually quite impressed that I've kept up with it all this time.  So far, I've managed to knock 36 items off.  A lot of them were silly items that reminded me of my childhood, like making a snow angel and constructing a lego set.  Others were to help me try new things, like recipes and restaurants.  And some were just fun, like attending an Eagles game and a random sporting event

When I first told Howard about my list, I'm pretty sure he rolled his eyes and asked me why I was doing something so completely useless.  But he's come around.  While strolling downtown looking for a restaurant to eat at, Howard pointed out one we had been to before.  I told him we couldn't go there because I needed one more new restaurant to get to 10 so I could cross it off my list.  He just nodded and we walked on until we came to one neither of us had eaten at.  He will also randomly ask me if there is anything we can do to cross something off my list.

My friends are also very supportive.  I'm pretty sure Amanda J. knows my list better than I do.  If I tell her about my weekend and I mention something, she will immediately ask me if I crossed it off my list.  A lot of the time it's something I've completely forgotten I even added.  Leslie made it possible to help me cross of carving a pumpkin by hosting a pumpkin carving party when we went to Indy to visit her last October.  Now I'm just waiting on the one person who's going to make item #15 happen.  Someone has to come visit me.  AND SOON! 

My good friend and sorority sister, Jayme, inspired me to start my list.  And in turn, Leslie, Heather, Dawn and Emily have all started lists as well.  It's fun and really motivates me to do things I wouldn't normally do.  

So a BIG thank you to everyone for loving my silly little list with me.  Only 636 more days to go!

Your Turn!

If any of you bloggers out there would like a chance to have CSN Stores host a giveaway on your site, drop me a line.  The woman I worked with this last time is looking for more blogs and asked me to refer anyone who is interested.

And I want to win, so DO IT.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Lovely Day for a Pic-a-Nic, eh Boo Boo! (Giveaway)

When Howard told me he was taking the entire week of Memorial Day off, I thought he was crazy.  Why would he want to waste an entire week of vacation (maybe because he has something like 4 weeks a year) and not go anywhere?  That's just silly talk.  However, I am extremely jealous at the moment.  He has called me 3 times today so far.

"Hey, guess what?  I'm swimming around the pool."

"Hey, what's up?  I'm doing flips in the pool"

"Hey, what are you doing?  Really, that sucks, I'm on a FLOAT"

Currently, I am sitting in my office with the lights off in an effort to reduce any source of heat because I honestly feel like if it gets 1 degree hotter in here, I will melt.  The A/C is broken (and has been for 2 years now) and apparently no one is in a big hurry to get it fixed.  No one but me that is.  Seriously, I just ran outside because I saw it was sprinkling and felt like the rain would cool me down.  Now I'm just wet.  And sticky.

But enough of me complaining.  Let's give something away, shall we?  CSN Stores has graciously offered to sponsor another giveaway here on Lucky? in Kentucky. 

Here is today's giveaway prize:  Picnic Time Corsica Wine & Cheese Picnic Basket

And here are the deets:

Convenient and practical, the Corsica picnic basket is perfect for wine and cheese lovers, picnics, concerts and travel. Made from willow and fully lined with canvas, this easy to carry two-bottle wine basket provides great insulation. The upright position makes it very easy to store all of your wine and cheese necessities. The cheese knife, cutting board, and a corkscrew are all included which makes this picnic basket a wonderful gift idea!

•2 Compartments for wine bottles
•Stainless steel waiter-style corkscrew
•Hardwood cutting board (6" x 6")
•Stainless steel cheese knife with wood handle
•Insulated wine and cheese basket
•Adjustable shoulder strap makes it easy to carry

•Basket materials: willow and polyester canvas accented with leather
•Color: tan / gold basket lining
•Weight: 5 lbs
•Overall dimensions: 14" H x 9.5" W x 4.5" D

I can see taking this to a concert back home at Wolf Trap.  Or down to the lake for a picnic.  Or grabbing a blanket and Howard and heading out to a big field to watch the twinkly lights up above us.  Actually, no, I can't see doing that last one because that is far more romantic than we will ever be.  But I can see YOU doing it.

Entering is simple.  Just leave a comment (one comment per person) stating what you would use the wine basket for. 

All comments should be in by 11 AM CST on Monday, June 7th.  I will pick a winner via random online generator.  Good luck!

Thank you all for reading =)

PS.  A summer storm just rolled in and lowered the temperature outside by almost 20 degrees.  Take that, Howard!  See, complaining does work sometimes.