Friday, February 27, 2009

Secret Pal

As you may know I've been sick- I know you are tired of hearing me whine. I am trying to get over it. I no longer feel like I've been hit by a truck, only bumped by a car. I've been back at work for 2 VERY long days (and the 2nd one is only 1/2 over), but today... my secret pal left me this.......







She said that "Mark was hoping I was feeling much better soon"

Hmmmmm, now that you mention it.... I do feel a little better ! I'm pretty sure it has nothing to do with Mark and EVERYTHING to do with the fact that the Salesman returns today from Nashville/Atlanta after being gone since Monday! Yea!!!!

Happy Friday everyone! Have a great weekend.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Fabulous Drinks, Amazing Food and Awesome Friends

So I've been sick all week... it sucks! I'm over dealing with it, whatever, I'm movin' on! ugh
But I have been dying to share my evening out with BHE, Cool Breeze, and our good frineds Beach Chick and her hubby Napoleon. (I've named him this because of a certain picture from face in the hole that his daughter made of him. He would appreciate the nickname). There was supposed to be 8 of us, but Wild Child and hubby Sargeant couldn't make it :(

Because our schedules are always busy and we are always working around the schedules of our children, we decided last year that we would make every effort to celebrate all of our birthdays with in a month or so of the actual date. We usually end up combining a couple, or three, into one dinner, but none of us seems to mind sharing in the celebration. Friday night it was out to celebrate Cool Breeze, the Salesman and Napoleon's big day!
All week we had been debating on where to go, and and a girl I work with suggested a place called 3 Monkeys located in our historic Fan District. The menu looked amazing with everything from burgers to pizza to seafood.... The atmosphere looked appealing- a bar and grill with a "fan flare" (that actually means that after 10pm, its more a bar than a grill, with most people from the age of 19 with a fake id to 25ish). And the drinks sounded even better. I mean how could you pass up something called Hear no Evil? I. Could. Not. Wait.!!!!!
So it's off to the Fan to meet up with Beach Chick and Napoleon.... The Salesman is driving with Cool Breeze in the front, and BHE and myself in the back... the GPS leading the way. Which is all fine an dandy except that the volume on the GPS is turned DOWN and the Salesman is paying NO ATTENTION to where we are supposed to be going. Now, the Fan, like any other historic district has off street parking. What does that mean? Yep, you probably have to drive around the block several times to find a parking spot, or park a block or 2 away. Again all fine and dandy if your driver is PAYING ATTENTION to the number of blocks away you are from where you are acutally going! By the way, have I mentioned I am an AMAZING back seat driver? yep just ask the Salesman (or BHE or Cool Breeze) After I realized we were driving around in a circle FOUR blocks from the restaurant, I finally got him to drop BHE and myself off at the door. It all worked out since we had to wait for a table anyway, but still- hmph!

So we arrive at our destination, (go figure Napoleon finds a spot RIGHT out front.) and its drinks all around- It's small, it's loud, it's crowded- It's perfect! After a short wait, we are seated at a great table. Another round of drinks .. this was mine :)
and yes those are monkeys hanging from my drink glass... how cute right? They are even cuter hanging from the Salesman ;)


Then came the amazing food- It was appetizers first... calamari, which was some of the BEST I have ever had, seared tuna- not a big fan but BHE inhaled it, so I'm guessing it was good, and lamb chops! For my entree I had the Macadamia nut encrusted Mahi with a Mango sauce, mashed potatos and vegetables. IT. WAS. AMAZING!!!! I don't have a picture, it didn't last very long... sorry :( I guess I will just have to go back so I can share my delicious meals with all of you....

The drinks were fabulous, the food amazing and the company could not have been any better.

BHE and Cool Breeze

Beach Chick and Napoleon


The Gang!!

It was a night to remember..... the freak show AFTER 3Monkeys was welll.... a post all in it's own.... to be continued.......................................

Next time, we will bring you all along to enjoy in our celebration!! Are you ready?

Monday, February 23, 2009

Ugh!

I'm sick! It sucks :( More posts later in the week .

Hope everyone is feeling chipper out there in bloggy world!

Happy Monday everyone!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

To God, From Dog


Dear God: Is it on purpose our names are the same, only reversed?

Dear God: Why do humans smell the flowers, but seldom, if ever, smell one another?

Dear God: When we get to heaven, can we sit on your couch? Or is it still the same old story
?

Dear God: Why are there cars named after the jaguar, the cougar, the mustang, the colt, the stingray, and the rabbit, but not ONE named for a Dog? How often do you see a cougar riding around? We do love a nice ride! Would it be so hard to rename the 'Chrysler Eagle' the 'Chrysler Beagle'?

Dear God: If a Dog barks his head off in the forest and no human hears him, is he still a bad Dog?

Dear God: We Dogs can understand human verbal instructions, hand signals, whistles, horns, clickers, beepers, scent ID's, electromagnetic energy fields, and Frisbee flight paths. What do humans understand?

Dear God: More meatballs, less spaghetti, please.

Dear God: Are there mailmen in Heaven? If there are, will I have to apologize?

Dear God: Let me give you a list of just some of the things I must remember to be a good Dog.

1. I will not eat the cats' food before they eat it or after they throw it up.

2. I will not roll on dead seagulls, fish, crabs, etc., just because I like the way they smell.

3. The Litter Box is not a cookie jar.

4. The sofa is not a 'face towel'.

5. The garbage collector is not stealing our stuff.

6. I will not play tug-of-war with Dad's underwear when he's on the toilet.

7. Sticking my nose into someone's crotch is an unacceptable way of saying 'hello'.

8. I don't need to suddenly stand straight up when I'm under the coffee table

9. I must shake the rainwater out of my fur before entering the house - not after.

10. I will not come in from outside and immediately drag my butt.

11. I will not sit in the middle of the living room and lick my crotch.

12. The cat is not a 'squeaky toy' so when I play with him and he makes that noise, it's usually not a good thing.


P.S. Dear God: When I get to Heaven may I have my testicles back?

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Blogger Butt

As many of you know, BHE started this Blogger Butt Smackdown at the first of the year. As I have said before, I have been amazed by the progress my fellow bloggers have made while participating in this "challenge" of sorts. I have also said that I'm not really participating because I am NOT good at this diet thing, and I usually fail. If I don't play, I can't lose, therefore I don't have to admit my failures - haha I'm not real good at that. That's kind of like admitting to your husband you are wrong, and I am never wrong, so I wouldn't really know how to do that ;)

Anyway, about 4 weeks ago my husband and I went on this "let's try a better budget" thing. We thought it was a good idea so we could manage to afford to send our children to college (reality set in when we started visiting colleges- that's a post for another day!) So, because I really, really like to spend money on shoes, clothes, etc. I just knew this was going to be a challenge- more than you know. Wait, how did this go from weight loss to money saving???

So where was I? Oh yeah, so, I've been bringing my lunch EVERYDAY since that fateful "better budget" day, and when I put my pants on this morning, I noticed my belt wasn't fitting quite right. When I looked down, I realized that WOOOO HOOOO, I could move the buckle AN ENTIRE HOLE! That's right folks, I have lost an ENTIRE INCH! I'm not really sure when that happened, but I am extremely proud of myself! How many pounds you ask? I don't know, I don't get on the scale- it tends to yell at me to GET OFF so I just avoid the humililation.

So, there you have it, I am secretly participating in this damn Blogger Butt Smackdown, although I will only share positive results :) You have all inspired me!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

That was then.....

I have been connecting with old high school friends on FaceBook and they kept posting all these old high school pictures. After I told my mom this she decided to pull out the photo albums- haha it must be nice to be so organized that you have your albums in date order. Oh how I wish I could be her, haha! Anyway, she brought me my high school one and Cheerleader Girl and I got a kick out of looking at my old cheerleading, homecoming and prom pictures. And then there was this.....................



OOOOOooooo how I wish I was that tiny again. But the hair ??? Not quite as big as some, but BHE are you jealous ? And how about that car- 1979 Chevy Monte Carlo. Gosh I loved that car...

Friday, February 13, 2009

Husband Tag

I stole this from Suz over at Day by Day, and thought since it was close to Valentine's Day, it would be a good time to share.....


You are supposed to tag 4 people, but I'm going to leave it up to all of you if you want to participate or not (not everyone loves their husbands- haha)


1)Husbands Name: The Salesman.

2)How long have you been married? It will be 11 years in May- feels like forever.

3)How long did you date? Not quite a year- it was love at first sight!

4)How old is he? 38 Next week!

5)Who eats more sweets? Definitely me. He requires less sugar to keep his sweetness level up. I, however, require lots and lots.

6)Who is the better singer? The radio for sure.... it beats us both out on any given day :)

7)Who is smarter? Me of course, just ask me. Naww, just kidding, he is defintely smarter about some things (ahem, saving money- I mean not spending money)

8)Who does the laundry? Usually me, but he helps out... a lot. At least when he is in town.

9)Who pays the bills? Definitely him! I usually get the - "excuse me, could you STOP shopping!!" line.
10)Who sleeps on the right side of the bed? He does, although sometimes he gets up on the "wrong" side... oh wait, that's me.

11)Who mows the lawn? Bud, haha.

12)Who cooks dinner? Whatever chef is working at our favorite restaurant. Just kidding, I'd say its a 50/50 thing when he is in town. But he is the grill master for sure!

13)Who drives? Him !! I hate to drive. I would much rather ride. It allows me to do what I want and give driving advice at the same time.

14)Who is the first to say they are wrong? Well since I am never wrong, that would be him.

15)Who kissed who first? Um, not really sure, I think it just happened.

16)Who asked who out first? He couldn't resist me, so he asked me out first for sure.

17)Who wears the pants? Well him of course. He would look pretty funny in a dress. I would seriously have to start questioning how well I really knew The Salesman ;)


He's a keeper !!!!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Bit of a mid-life crisis

I’m not sure at what age “mid-life” begins, but I’m thinking it doesn’t really matter. I think I am having a crisis regardless of what part of my life I might be in (beginning, middle, or Heaven forbid, the end).

I am turning 40 this year- YUCK. Getting older never really bothered me, and most of my friends are past this milestone, so I am not sure why this year, this particular birthday is bothering me (note, it’s not until July, so why its an issue already, I’m not sure about that either). My husband says we won’t have a “40 years old party” but a “39 again” party. Wtf is the difference! Anyway….

I went to THAT doctor a couple weeks ago, and she told me I was fine, but that this little issue I’ve got going on is hormonal- wow- really? I’m only 39 (again!).

My youngest,
Bud, just got his learners’ permit to drive a freaking car…. A real car, not a go-cart, not a golf-cart, a real life honest to goodness 4000 pound vehicle. (Did I mention I am turning 40- Lord help my heart). He’s a good driver as far as inexperience goes, but for heavens sake, it’s just one more thing to mark off my parental list of things to accomplish. Cheerleader Girl got her license last June, and for some reason that didn’t affect me like this one has… maybe because I knew then, I still had one more…. Well so much for one more. I still remember him as a little boy still to small to see over the steering wheel of the riding lawn mower while riding on Papa's lap!

And then, my oldest, Cheerleader Girl, is looking at colleges. I think THAT is really what is bringing all of this to a head. She is a junior this year, but we are already planning for classes in her senior year, registering for SAT’s, scheduling college visits, and applying for scholarships. We are really close, so I have been very involved in the process, which will make her going away that much harder : (

I know, I know, I should probably be thankful that I have a healthy family, I am healthy, albeit, hormonal, I have a job, my husband still has a job, and we can still pay our bills. And I am very, very thankful, but and for God’s sake, I just want time to STOP moving, just for a little while.…. Except that I would very much like for 5 o’clock to get here first ;)

Monday, February 9, 2009

CLEAR THE ROADS!

This weekend Bud got his LEARNER'S PERMIT. That's right folks - Clear the roads- My baby boy is driving! WHOOO - HOOOO! I am very excited for him because it's a freakin big deal! We headed out to DMV on Saturday so he could take his test- along with every strange, weird person in the entire city! I am not usually judgemental, but there were some really strange people out this weekend- maybe it was the weather .


Anyway, in our state you have to pass 2 tests. One is for signs- a 10 or 15 question test that is strictly on signs. You can't miss ANY, not one. If you miss a sign, the computer shuts off and you have to wait a week to come back and take the test again. The second test is 25 questions general knowledge (common sense) of which you can miss 5. Read the book, pass the test. Signs are first, so when 5 or 10 min had passed I figured Bud was in the clear. (Note to self: get a manicure today since ALL 10 of your nails are now missing due to the impatient nail biting done at DMV on Saturday). Then came the moment of truth, when he walked away from the machine.... wait for it..... yep, there's the smirk and a nod to say "Hell ya! I passed!"

All kinds of emotions go through a mom when that happens....


"Yea! my baby passed his test!".....


"Awww, I'm so proud of him.".....

"OH SHIT!!!!!"


Sunday, February 8, 2009

Yea Baby!



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Friday, February 6, 2009

True Friends ;)

It's been a busy week this week - Work is Kicking. My. Butt. (Don't misunderstand, I am not complaining about my job, just that I have been unable to blog this week due to the amount of work). I did however want to share just a little bit about true friends.
Below describes true friends. I'd like to give a shout out to all my good friends and want them to know that I would so be there for any of them.... For example,


1. When you are sad --I will jump on the person who made you sad like a spider monkey jacked up on Mountain Dew!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2. When you are blue -- I will try to dislodge whatever is choking you.

3. When you smile -- I will know you are plotting something that I must be involved in.

4. When you're scared -- we will high tail it out of here.

5. When you are worried -- I will tell you horrible stories about how much worse it could be until you quit whining, ya big baby!!!!

6. When you are confused -- I will use little words.

7. When you are sick --Stay away from me until you are well again. I don't want whatever you have.

8. When you fall -- I'll pick you up and dust you off--

After I laugh my butt off!!

Friendship is like peeing in your pants everyone can see it, but only you can feel the true warmth.

I received this in an email this week and I have to say this so applies to my good friend BHE. The Salesman and I finally had the opportunity last weekend to get together with BHE and Cool Breeze

and have a few drinks,

eat oysters (which I thought I didn’t like until after a tall glass of Grey Goose and Sprite I realized were pretty dang good!)

and LAUGH!


We had sooo much fun on Friday night ! and then we got to do it all over again for the SUPERBOWL! (BHE thought I was going to tempt her with mini ├ęclairs, but I didn’t.) There is not enough room on the internet to share the number of laughs we shared... so I'll just leave you with this:


I wonder what this weekend will have in store. I don’t think I will see BHE, but maybe that Grey Goose will show it’s head :) I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend !