Thursday, May 31, 2007

Say it isn't so!

So my best childhood friend (we lived two doors down from each other from first grade through high school) called me last night and she has picked bridesmaid dresses for her wedding. The dress is a beautiful, floor length taupe thing with spaghetti straps and fitted from chest to hip - a nightmare for a big busted, roundish 5 foot 1 inch person! Beautiful on the model of course, but I am not feeling so good about it! So there are now pictures of this dress taped on the fridge, my bathroom mirror, the pantry door and inside the pantry and the battle is on! I have until October to lose some inches (of which I will have to lose at least a few as I have no intention of actually ordering the dress in the size I am currently wearing - dangerous, I know, but I'll have to have it altered anyway as it will be about 3 feet too long!) so don't be surprised if you hear some whining and moaning between now and then.

Aaron's grandmother fell and broke her hip and is probably in surgery as I write. The doctors seem to feel it will be an easy fix, but any fix for someone pushing 90 is scary to me. Her steady physical and mental decline over the past few years has been hard to watch as she is one of the most vibrant, active and wonderful people I know. She has made it through some other major battles, so I have to have faith she'll come through this, too.

My husband informed me that everyone else is blogging about Lindsay Lohan today, so I thought I'd join in. I find that I don't have anything to say on the subject except that she seems to be one messed up chick with some real problems. I can't imagine being 20 years old and being able to handle the fame and fortune she has...

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Mean Girls

So you know it's going to happen sooner or later - your daughter gets dissed by the neighborhood girls - but that doesn't mean I didn't want to throttle a couple of 6 year-olds for doing it! Now I fully admit that since I am not privy to the things that go on at preschool (Bryn does not tell me anything no matter which techniques I try to use to get it out of her) this may have happened before and I acknowledge that my very own sweet child could have dissed another little girl herself. That does not, however, make it any easier to watch your kid go through it!

Bryn saw a couple of the little girls that she plays with often out playing and wanted to go out, too. She got dressed and went out to ask them if she could play with them - they said no and she, of course, ran home crying. So we had the talk about having hurt feelings, treating others kindly, how we can choose our friends and choose those who treat us nicely or treat us badly, etc. Not 10 minutes later the little girls were ringing our doorbell and asking for snacks and drinks (I am evidently the local snack supplier). I wanted to tell them they were never getting refreshments at this address again, but the adult in me prevailed and I told them they had really hurt Bryn's feelings and I wasn't sure whether we would be having snacks with them today. After not so much as a "sorry" from either one, Bryn bounded out the door and was ready to play with them all day. Needless to say, I think the whole thing was much more traumatic for mother than child!

So beyond that (and finally figuring out the mystery of the stinky garage - one of the cats had gone out there and peed in an old, empty litter box...disgusting!), all has been pretty quiet today. I would love to post about the fabulous gourmet meal of chile-lime marinated pork tenderloin, salad of baby lettuce with vinaigrette, roasted asparagus and homemade rolls that I am about to whip up, but I am afraid my husband might rat me out...

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Of course the sale is over!

So I headed over to Bath and Body Works to take advantage of the 5 for $10 deal on pump soap that Stephanie told me about last night and wouldn't you know - the sale ended this morning! Of course it did since I was there at noon! So I paid the 3 for $10 price since I wasn't about to leave empty handed after driving all the way over there!

O.K. So I actually didn't drive the 25 minutes just for soap - Bryn and I went looking for a letterbox today at the lake. Unfortunately, we didn't find it - just the rocks it was supposed to be under! We did get a nice hike through tthe woods and got to see tons of cool bugs and snails, though, so it wasn't a total loss. Better luck next time!

I also got my classes ready...hooray! Just a final look through to make sure I didn't do anything too crazy and I'll be done.

On tap for tonight - just leftover hot dogs and burgers and a new episode of "Deadliest Catch" - can't wait!

Monday, May 28, 2007


It was surprising to find all the notes from you other bloggers...I should have known Debi would help me out with all of this by pointing support and friends in my direction! I still don't know what most of this stuff means, but I guess I'll figure it out sooner or later.

I started the day yesterday with yet another "discussion" at church about Bridges of Hope (our mission project where we feed about 150 homeless once a month). We have been doing this for about 10 months and there are of course two camps about whether we should continue due to a drain on resources and volunteers. I think we got it worked out, but it is always a discouraging process to argue about whether or not we should help others - seems pretty straight forward to me!

Then a trip to Walmart - can't beat that excitement! I don't even remember what I went for now except for one really great item - a new bathroom scale. Yipee!

We were going to head out to the Kansas City symphony and fireworks Memorial Day shindig, but I nixed that since it was supposed to rain (of course it didn't rain after all). Instead we played a game of Dread Pirate (a board game with pirate ships, treasure, the whole works). Too much excitement here!

We're heading over to Mike and Stephanie's today for a cookout and some adult beverages. It will be fun to get together and let the girls hang out.

Other projects slated for completion:
setting up my online lab for the summer (which is well past the deadline for getting it done)
getting pictures off of my camera and organized in the picture software
moving clothes from one dresser to the other (so we can sell our bedroom set)
finding a place for all of Bryn's stuffed animals in her newly arranged room

I better stop there - I am getting depressed thinking how it will take me forever just to get these few things done...

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Under the weather

Nothing like waking up with a sore throat and knowing it's going to be a rough few sick days...fortunately for me I have wonderful husband who let me lay around and try to recover.

We saw "Shrek the Third" last night - it was cute. Bryn enjoyed it - especially the snacks!

The bed is finally moved upsatirs and Bryn finally has a "big girl bed". All of the furniture fit in the room nicely and all the toys were simply displaced downstairs. That's a project for another day.

Today was the kick-off for summer reading at the library. Bryn's goal is to read 100 books this summer and we started by bringing a nice pile home with us from the library today. I know I'll miss reading to her when she is reading totally on her own, but 100 books sounds like an awful lot - maybe once I am over this current illness it will seem less daunting to get through that many!

Friday, May 25, 2007

Already behind...

So I am already a day behind on my brand new blog...not a good start! Ah well...I suppose my earth shattering news can wait an extra few hours to be posted!

Earth shattering news...hmm. Not much of that around here. Just busy trying to get Bryn's room cleaned out and rearranged so we can get the double bed in and the toddler bed out. It's a lot of work, but the bright side is that the garage sale pile is growing. I hope that translates directly into some extra cash.

We did get the news that Memaw is doing fine after her surgery and will go home today or tomorrow. What great news that is! We have lots of faith that she will hang tough and beat the cancer.

We also went to the rodeo here in Tonganoxie last night. Of course the carnival rides were Bryn's favorite part, but she did actually like the rodeo, too. Her favorite event was team roping because they rope in teams, she said. Very insightful, don't you think? The best part of the rodeo for me? Free tickets! We just happened to be hanging out by the ticket booth when a lady with extra tickets came up and gave them to us - too cool!

Today I am thankful for...
Friends! I got to hang out with Stephanie (and the girls) yesterday for play date and we planned some summer activities. I am so thankful to have friends here - it makes life so much more fun!

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

So I guess this is it...

I am finally starting a blog. It hasn't been easy - so much pressure to pick a name and think of some cool and witty things to put in my profile. I decided it didn't matter much in the end since I don't plan on becoming an international blogging phenomenon. I just want a place to write down the interesting and not-so-interesting things that go on from day to day - I have always wanted to keep a journal, but never can quite get around to writing in one. We'll see how this goes...