Friday, January 30, 2009

25 Random Things

If you're an avid Facebook person, chances are you've noticed the newest fad...."random things." The rules are: Once you've been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you.

I find it incredibly fascinating, interesting and fun. People seem to be more honest and candid online than perhaps they would be in person (myself included). It's somewhat liberating (strange, I know). I figured if you're reading this blog you might be mildly entertained by my list of "25 Random Things About Me":

1. I love the news: watching it on TV, reading about it, listening on the radio: maybe because I love to know what's going on.
2. Not having a career right now is making me nuts.
3. Jon and I often resolve minor conflicts by "rock, paper, scissors." Winner has the final say.
4. I'm a major control freak, but I'm often reminded it's not about me.
5. Chewing gum brings me a calming feeling.
6. It bugs me when people ask when we're going to have kids. You'll know it when I'm fat or when I tell you, so there's no need to ask.
7. I'm a horrible speller, but love math.
8. I love to color. I had my own Disney Princess coloring book that I'd take on car trips when I was in high school.
9. I miss Chicago and our friends more that words can say...I never thought I'd find my 2nd family there.
10. I'm extremely gullible. At work today, one of our sales guys called in and asked for glow in the dark shingles to be funny, and I believed him.
11. I wish I enjoyed running.
12. I've been to Florida to see a Space Shuttle Launch.
13. I love to travel. When Jon and I went to New York City, he made a list of 48 things to do and see. We did all of them in 4 days.
14. I pride myself in being a bargain shopper. If there's a bargain to be found, I'll find it.
15. If I don't read before I go to bed at night, I won't be able to fall asleep.
16. I love spinach and tomatoes.
17. Brian Williams (news anchor of NBC news) is my man crush.
18. When I have a really bad day, I eat ice cream and it makes me feel better. If I'm really upset about something, Jon takes me to get ice cream somewhere like a 5 year old, but somehow it makes everything ok.
19. I absolutely love my dog child Fergie. Considering she's a dog, I can't imagine how much I'll love my kids once we have them.
20. I love watching Discovery Health, especially the shows about families with multiples. Not sure why I find them so fascinating.
21. I don't like fake people. It's too much work to keep up with them.
22. I love to cook, but don't do it nearly enough. I need a good recipe to get inspired.
23. When I get mad I clean.
24. I could eat Mexican food for every meal and not get tired of it.
25. When I was little, I sewed my finger in a sewing machine. I haven't touched one since then.

Even if you don't share it with anyone else, try to make a list for yourself. You might even learn something!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Ladies and Gentlemen, we have decor!

It's no secret that I've been a little less than thrilled about decorating the new place. Somehow, over the weekend, Jon and I both got motivated and tons of stuff done! Formal dining and living room? check. Master bedroom? check. Living room? check. Guest bedroom #1? check. Gameroom? half a check (still need to hang pics). Other than some painting we want to do, things are coming along nicely. The major project of the weekend was hanging the flat screen TV on the wall. When we were in our townhouse, our friends Graham and Harrison helped Jon hang it up while Dennis and I drank wine and offered constructive criticism. This time, Jon was on his own.

It started out like this....

And ended up like this!!! (notice the Food Network on TV) I am SOOOOO proud of my hubby for doing it by himself. It looks great!

In job front news, my posh part time schedule became full time this week. The conversation went like this:


Jon: Starting tomorrow we need you to work full time
Me: Why?
Jon: Because we need the help
Me: Do I have a choice?
Jon: No.

Oh well. With the economy, I guess I shouldn't be complaining. It's starting to be more fun, but I just can't get attached to shingles like I got attached to refrigerators. :)

Last night was Maria's 21st birthday, an occasion that requires its own post. I'm waiting to get pics from my mom, so I'll post all about the occasion once I have them.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Weekly Update

Last week was pretty uneventful. We laid low since I still wasn't feeling up to par. After fun tests and time spent in the Med Center, the Dr. thinks she figured it out. I'll spare you the details, but I'm feeling about 90% now. The pain has mostly gone away and I'm still feeling dizzy at times, but bottom line, I'm thankful to be feeling decent again!

Friday night we attempted to watch the movie "Run Fat Boy, Run". I thought it sounded entertaining. Come to find out it was a British movie (think: Bridget Jones Diary, Love Actually). Unfortunately it was a doozie and we turned it off halfway.

On Saturday, we met our friends Derrek, Emily and their 2 yr old son Mason for lunch. They are good friends from college who live right around the corner from us. Saturday evening I went to a "Kitchen Shower Happy Hour" for my friend Jenny (we were Thetas together), who will be getting married next month. It was so much fun and a great idea! We had appetizers and wine tastings while she opened her kitchen themed gifts...yum! I got home late and found out Jon's parents were coming the next day.

We woke up early Sunday to clean and get stuffed organized. It's just what I needed to get this house in order! We went to lunch, the came back to do house stuff. I worked in the yard until dark, while Jon and his dad did "man" things: fixed landscape lighting, fertilized the yard, etc.

Oh, did I mention the weather has been nothing short of perfect?? Sunny, mid 60's-mid 70's. It works wonders for my level of productivity! To all my Chicago friends, I feel for the weather you're dealing with right now. I know that payback hits this summer...

Monday, January 12, 2009

Ewww...

Even though I feel like crud, I decided to come into work today to get out of the house. I walk in my office and it looks like someone has shredded my entire box of Kleenex. I started yelling, thinking it was one of the guys in the office trying to be funny. Well, come to find out my office has now been the latest victim of the office rat. The building is newer, but I guess with the cold weather it needed a place to stay.

I made Jon clean up everything and went about my day, until my garbage can started shaking. I thought I was going crazy so I had one of the guys check it out. Sure enough, the stupid thing must have fallen into the trashcan over the weekend and decided to try and come out. It was quite a spectacle, watching a bunch of grown men trying to decide what to do with a rat in a trashcan. They let it out in the front of the building. It's just gross. I sprayed everything down with Lysol, but still! I was reminded yet again of what a silly city girl I am, but even some of these country boys were squirming! hahaha

Sunday, January 11, 2009

No Fun Zone

Last week, I was all jazzed up about being more healthy and living a healthier lifestyle (see below). I successfully have not consumed any alcoholic beverages since New Year's Eve, a miracle of it's own. I hit the gym for multiple, intense workouts and actually felt good about it. As a side note, I highly suggest a Polar watch for anyone who works out! It calculates your heart rate, and makes cardio kind of like a game by beeping when you're out of your target heart rate. Jon and I ate more salads that we had in the past month. Caffeine intake was more of a struggle, but 3 out of 4 isn't bad!

Well, then the no fun zone hit. On Thursday night, I started getting a strong pain in my left side. I figured it was because of my workout that morning. Friday it kept getting worse and was accompanied by dizziness and body aches. I left work early and slept most of the afternoon. Friday night, no change. Saturday wasn't any better. Considering we don't have doctors here yet and it's the weekend, we went to an ER version of urgent care Saturday afternoon. After poking, prodding, and blood tests, they found nothing. Conclusion was that I'm having a strong recurrence of an existing condition that I have, Endometriosis. Recommended treatment: see a specialist and a prescription for Vicadin and Naproxen. Looking on the bright side of things, we were only there for 1 1/2 hrs and I got Vicadin. We live 20 min from the Houston Med Center, so hopefully I'll be able to get in tomorrow or Tuesday. I am way too impatient of a person to keep still for this long and it's making me nuts.

Trying to look on the happy end of things, I've gotten to read lots of books, magazines and watch movies. We watched "Wanted" last night. I wasn't too impressed, maybe because I don't feel good. We're watching "Traitor" right now, which isn't much better. Can't wait for 8 pm....then it's time for Desperate Housewives and Brothers & Sisters! :) I'm also learning to love one of our new (to us) favorite gadgets, the DVR...and that is something I'll highly recommend!

Another thing, have you ever been to www.woot.com? I discovered it on our friend Seth's blog. The website sells 1 item a day for a crazy price. Today is a Bluetooth for $3.99! The other day they had a printer/copier/fax/scanner for $99.

More randomness...does anyone's dog like to eat plants? Fergie has taken a liking to the clovers growing in the backyard. She runs straight to them and eats 'em up. Maybe I just have a strange dog.

Hope everyone has a good week. Special shout out to my friend Dennis who is spending the next 2 weeks in Hong Kong!

Monday, January 5, 2009

Defining the Routine

Recap of last week:

We had a fun, low key New Year's Eve. We went to a party at Mel and Jerry's house, the twins (my age) that live behind my parents. The fence between their houses had blown down after the hurricane, and when they put a new one up they included a fun little gate so they can go back and forth between the houses. On New Year's Day, Jon and I just hung out and did some more unpacking.

I didn't have to work on Friday the 2nd, so I decided to tackle one of the "new home" tasks I'd been looking forward to: pulling weeds! Seriously, I love to pull weeds and working in the yard. I know it's strange, but we all have our vices. :) Our yard is wonderfully landscaped in the front and back, and we intend to keep it that way. It's proving to be quite a science though. I kept taking pics of things, sending them to my parents, and asking if it was a weed or plant. It's a good thing my Dad is a yard connoisseur. He's giving us guidance on the kind of fertilizer to use, when to mulch, etc. The best piece of advice: finish the hard work in the spring before it gets "hot as hell". Jon also re-adjusted all of the accent lighting in the yard...it's pretty impressive and one of my favorite things about the house. (I'll get pics up soon)

On Saturday, we drove up to College Station for the wedding of one of Jon's good college friends, Jonathan Winkler. Everything was beautiful, except the air conditioning went out in the church!
On Sunday we supported the economy: we bought a kitchen table for the breakfast area, tons of stuff for the yard, went major grocery shopping, and joined a gym. Whew.

Just like the rest of America, we are trying to live a healthier lifestyle in the new year, which will consist of:
1. Drinking less (no laughing)
2. Getting back into a workout routine. We joined a gym and had our first workout yesterday. I didn't have any problems reaching my target heart rate...it was nothing nice!
3. Eating healthier, curtosey of the Sonoma Diet. It's not really a diet, but more of an adjustment to healthier eating: whole grains, more salad, protien, etc. We had done it once before and I've never felt better.
4. Reduce the caffine intake (scary). I'm trying to limit myself to either coffee OR diet coke once a day, rather than both.

Happy New Year!