Friday, September 30, 2005

photo friday

this week's challenge: darkness.

my submission is up at my photo blog. it's a pretty cool picture, says the person who took it. :)

Thursday, September 29, 2005

my wish list (don't want much, do I?)

just some flowers:

and perfume:
secret 33

maybe one of these things:
ipod nano

or one of these:
digital slr

since I'm asking:
tennis bracelet

and just to push my luck:
thankfully, the rest of the week has been uneventful. I might even go so far as to say that it's been pretty good. hell, it's already Thursday! yesterday I kept thinking it was Tuesday so to only have one more day of work is very, very, very nice.

I've been in a really good mood lately too. for no reason that I can think of. things at home are great, the house is so wonderful. we really enjoy the time we spend there. it's so quiet and everyone has their own space. it was such a good move for us. I'm happy with almost everything in my life right now and the things I'm not happy with are out of my control so I'm not worrying about them. it feels weird when life is normal and calm, but I like it.

the weather is a little chilly today in Ohio. this morning it was cold enough for jackets! but the sky is a beautiful blue and the sun has been shining all day. tonight it will be even colder but it looks like we'll have a perfect fall weekend.

wow, I'm pretty boring when I'm not complaining. and probably when I am :)

Monday, September 26, 2005

another shitty Monday

so far, this day sucks. I have a terrible headache plus cramps. and it's raining and yucky outside. work sucks, as usual. did I mention that my head hurts? because it does. a lot.

I guess things could be worse. and at least this weekend was pretty nice. Friday night we did nothing. we were supposed to go out to dinner but thanks to a check book error on my part, we lost $155.00 in NSF fees. fortunately, this was a week where we could afford a blow to our account like that, if it's possible to be able to throw away $155.00, and not feel it. Brian was pretty pissed about it and so was I but it was my own fault so there really wasn't anything that could be done.

Saturday I took the girls with me to run some errands and have lunch. Brian stayed home to watch the Buckeyes game. my sister went with us and we had a really nice afternoon. we had lunch at Panera Bread, went to Joann, etc. for fabric and scrapbooking stuff. while we were there, we made some cool bracelets for free. after that, we went to Target to goof off and get a few things for the house.

we were supposed to go out with my sister and her husband to the Eagles that night for a Hog Roast but they cancelled on us because he wasn't feeling well. we went out without them though and had a great time. we played darts, which I normally suck at, but that night, I did pretty well.

I think all the hog made me sick though, because I was up pretty much all night with stomach cramps, etc. so Sunday was kind of a sucky day. I was tired, and sore and had a million things to do that couldn't be put off. bleh. we had laundry to do and grocery shopping. also went to stupid Wal-mart to buy a new vacuum. when I opened the box to do some vacuuming, we found out that it was used! ewwww. it had dirt in the bagless thing from whoever had used and returned it so now we have to return to stupid Wal-mart and get a new one.

we watched some football (the Browns barely lost, the Eagles won) and then the Simpsons and Family Guy and I fell asleep on the couch. I wish the weekend could have been longer. but I wish that every weekend :)

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

a memory

when I was a kid, we took a summer vacation to New Mexico. I don't know why. maybe because we're Mexicans. I thought we were going to actual Mexico, but to the newer part. I believe I was still in elementary school at the time so I forgive my own ignorance :)

I loved NM, in spite of the heat. the mountains (mesas) were incredible, so different that the ones we could see back home. it was beautiful! we went to Taos and walked around the ruins. we visited the church and I bought a little heart-shaped mother of pearl necklace.

one of the Native American women started a conversation with my grandfather, asking his name and whether he had an family nearby. he did have a sort of Native American look to him, and possibly some Native American ancestry, so her questions didn't seem at all out of the ordinary.

after we left Taos, though, my grandmother teased him mercilessly about his new girlfriend. not in the funny way you tease your husband when the waitress is really friendly, I don't think she knew how to gently tease. hers was always mean-spirited and constant and made the person she was "teasing" want to kill her. she would fill everyone in on the punchline. and if you didn't laugh, she would make a target out of you, either with malicious comments or her hand across your face, so she always got the rest of us to join in. and this one was a joke she kept telling for years.

on the way back home, we stopped to visit an aunt who lived in Farmington. she had four daughters (which is a terrible story for another day) and a son but as I think back, I don't remember any of her kids being there. hmmmmm, there's one more family secret I'll never hear about.

she had a pool in her apartment complex and she took me and my youngest brother down for a swim. I can't swim and have a great unreasonable fear of water, but I went down with her anyway. she was always very nice to me, which I couldn't get enough of. as we were putting down our towels, my little brother took off running and jumped right into the pool!

we watched him for what seemed like a minute and then my aunt asked, "does he know how to swim?" I answered that he didn't and she jumped in, fully clothed, to fish him out of the pool. I'll never forget the look on her face when she realized what was happening and I'll never forget how grateful I was that she was there. I would have been too terrified to go in after him and he probably would have drowned.

I don't know what made him think he could do that. crazy, fearless little kid! I wonder if he remembers...

Monday, September 19, 2005

and then

after I finally took a break to eat my lunch at 1:45, the stupid frozen thing I brought was damaged and I was too scared to eat it. so I drove to Wendy's (which is closest to my work) for a sandwich and fries. got back to my desk and spilled fries all over the place. gathered up the ones that weren't on the floor and bit my tongue while I was eating them. it's still bleeding. stupid day.

bad day

this day is shit so far. and I don't see it getting any better.

the boy left for Utah yesterday, which was awful. not that it won't be good for him, I hope it is. but it was hard for me to say goodbye and let go. and then I thought about it all day yesterday. so I'm already bummed out because of that.

my work situation is becoming more unbearable every day. I have too much work and feel bad when I say I can't take on any more. no one will give me a raise though, so lately I'm not only turning down any new responsibilities, I'm getting rid of some of the stuff I already have. my attitude is terrible. I don't care about anything here anymore because nothing ever changes for the better. ever. I hate being like this but it frustrates me when people don't care and don't want to fix the things that are out of my hands to fix. as an attempt to make my work life less stressful, I am trying to just come in and do my job and go home. it's hard though, because I am the type of person who likes things to be right whenever possible. apparently, that is not something that my company appreciates anyway.

other than that, everything is mostly okay. except that we have to replace a lawnmower this weekend because ours was broken and the one we borrowed got all fucked up while we were using it. so that has to come out of our new washer/dryer fund. bleh. I guess I shouldn't complain about it though, since I didn't actually do laundry this weekend or last weekend. and maybe we can find a good used pair somewhere.

I think/hope we're going out for a nice quiet dinner this weekend. it's only Monday and I already need it desparately!

Thursday, September 15, 2005

it's been an interesting morning so far today. at 11:41, our billing system at work is still processing the overnight cycle so I haven't been able to do a bit of work. normally, when this happens, I just waste time online but our server was down too :( at least that was fixed by 9:00.

while I was internet-less, I read "Florville and Courval (The Works of Fate)" by The Marquis de Sade using an old link that Ian had sent me about a month ago. that story is seriously f'ed up, but in the good way. this girl (Florville) unknowingly sleeps with her brother (he didn't know either), accidentally kills her son who is in love with her (the father took him away when he was born so she didn't know it was him), testifies against her mother who is sentenced to death (the mother gave her away when she was an infant, told her father that she had died, abandoned her father and changed her name) and eventually marries her father (Courval - neither of them knew) and becomes pregnant. she finds out about all of it at once at the end of the story and immediately kills herself. damn.

yesterday, I was helping one of my coworkers with some work stuff and today, to thank me for my help, she brought me a big ole mocha from Caribou Coffee! how sweet was that? it was completely unexpected and just so nice. it really made my morning :) it's so huge and yummy, I should be extra energized today!

I updated the photo blog a little. just some minor changes really. I put some new pictures up too. you all have to see this one of our doggie:

wow, I just found out that I got some comments on my pictures. that's so awesome.

it seems like all the caffeine and free time is making this post a little unfocused. I think I need to go waste some more time on Blog Explosion and share the randomness with some strangers!

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

I took about a million pictures tonight. it was so much fun. this one of my sweetie is my favorite though.


Monday, September 12, 2005

long time, no write

I'm finally over that cold/flu thing that I've had for more than a week! it really was the worst. it seemed like I only had enough energy to make it through the day at work and once I got home, all I wanted to do was sleep on the couch. we did a couple of things last week though, had drinks with Brian's friend Mark Wednesday night and went to our nephew's first football game Thursday night. I felt a lot better by the weekend, luckily.

I uploaded a few pictures that I wanted to post from Labor Day weekend. lighting the gigantic sparklers was a bust, for the most part. I guess they were too old because they didn't want to stay lit for very long. the kids had fun though, which is really all that matters. we had to light them with the citronella torches, which made for an interesting photo:


and of course, taking pictures of sparklers is always fun. I think this is Casey, but I'm not sure:


we don't really have much going on right now. just enjoying the new house and the last few weeks of summer. the boy is staying with us until the 18th and then he's moving to Utah to stay with Casey's dad. when he first told me about it, I was kinda' sad. but he's been with us again for about two weeks and I have realized that nothing has changed. he is following our rules now because he knows that we won't let him stay with us unless he does, but his attitude hasn't improved at all. he needs to grow up and it doesn't seem to be happening here. hopefully the move will be good for him.

the girls are doing well with school. Casey has a band performance this weekend at the high school football game, which should be a lot of fun. she has some new friends this year and seems to be enjoying middle school.

Hannah has joined a band with some of her friends from school. she's playing the drums and apparently they're a punk band, which is surprising because Hannah doesn't like to play punk music. oh well, I'm glad that she's doing something outside the house. she tends to sleep too much or spend hour after hour on the computer. she is actually looking for a job right now. yay Hannah!

things with Brian are wonderful. we still need to do something to celebrate our anniversary since I've been too sick to actually do anything. I'd love to get away for an entire night alone but that will have to wait until the boy is gone. Saturday night, Brian went to see KISS with Ian (read Ian's post about it here) while I spent the evening watching the OSU v. Texas game at my sister's house. we drank (too many) margaritas and had pizza and wings. it was fun but I missed my sweetie. Sunday I spent most of the day sleeping/recovering and watching more football. I'm so excited that football is back!!!

one last picture, just because it's so cute, of Casey soaking up some sun with Phoebe. that dog will lay in front of these doors for hours if the sun is out.


Wednesday, September 07, 2005

still feeling so sick. I just want to go home and go to bed.

Sunday, September 04, 2005

hooray!!! - part two

today is our anniversary! Brian and I have been married for one year. I can't believe it's been a year already. it seems like our wedding was weeks ago. I've never been so happy, he is honestly the most incredible person I have ever met and the fact that he loves me still feels like a dream come true. he went out and got me breakfast before I woke up and gave me a wonderful card. he loved the card/mini-book I made. I have to admit it turned out better than I thought it would.

the only bad part about today is that my stupid allergies are kicking my ass today and I have little to no energy to do anything. so our night out will have to wait. oh well, we're having yummy barbecued ribs instead. I think my sister is coming over for dinner and maybe a movie tonight so that will be fun. I am really excited that we have one more day off. hopefully I'll feel a lot better by Tuesday. there will be a ton of work on my desk. :(

Friday, September 02, 2005


I made it through my crash-iversary without crashing my car!

Thursday, September 01, 2005

too busy for a real post, never too busy to blog!

  • I finished the poem last night but it ended up being kinda' long. so I'm turning it into a mini-book instead. it's silly but I like it. I hope Brian will too.
  • my lunch today was super awesome. leftover beef and chicken kabob stuff plus a Jones cream soda. that frickin' soda is delicious!
  • one year ago today, three days before our wedding, I was in a car accident on the way to work. it was terrifying. no one was hurt, except for minor aches and bruises, but my car was totalled. I still can't relax in the car, especially when I'm not driving. it has gotten better though.
  • I'm thinking of getting a part-time job doing something that I wouldn't hate to get some extra money for a trip to Vegas next spring or fall. cuz I can't handle working more hours at my regular job.
  • we need a new/used washer and dryer. we currently have none and going to the laundromat sucks. we also need a new vacuum because ours broke when we were cleaning up the old house after we moved out.
  • the new house is lovely. we are having a big cookout on Saturday and finally lighting those 6" sparklers we've had forever. yay fire!!!
  • I am becoming too addicted to Rock Star: INXS and can no longer claim that I don't watch reality tv. although I think I had to stop saying that because of that one time I watched the Britney Spears one. I want MiG to win, even though he capitalizes the last letter of his name.
  • I cannot wait for this weekend. three days off, baby!