I am all smiles right now! I finally got the Mr.'s last present all set up and purchased this morning. I was really beginning to think I had waited too long, but someone up above was pulling for me. :) I 'hate' that the Mr. reads this blog, because now I can't post what I've done... But it's ok, you all will find out shortly.
Come to think of it, I may have another trick up my sleeve :) Muahahaha!
My goal all along was to buy the Mr. a golf club for his big anniversary present. When the Mr.'s friend came to visit a few months ago, he fell in love with the hybrid clubs his friend bought. He had originally mentioned he would probably want a 3 hybrid, because his irons stop at four. OK, cool. I started to do sneaky research, finding out what clubs he currently had, what his handicap is (to decide flex or stiff), swing speed, flight path of the ball, and so much more.
I finally came to the conclusion that there was no feasible way of me picking out the right club for him. So much to my chagrin, I thought of another plan. A couple weeks ago I presented him with a fabulously wrapped present. Inside was a big, goofy, plastic golf club. When he opened it, he was a bit confused... obviously. At that point I recommended that we go upgrade to a better club.
We headed off to a local sporting goods store, where he was able to swing all the hybrid rescue clubs. He hit most of them really well (punk) and finally decided on the Taylor Made Rescue TP. I am so glad I didn't buy the one he originally mentioned, because he ended up choosing a 2 hybrid, and a lower degree.
The club came in last week, and on Sunday I took him to the driving range to test the new baby out. He of course hit it like he's been hitting it for years (punk), and I think he likes it. The reason I gave it to him so early was because he has a golf tournament at work near the end of September, and I wanted him to get used to it before he took it out on a course. Stupid me thought it would take more than 20 minutes... Oh well ;)
Here are some pictures I found online of the club. Next time I take him to the driving range, I'll snap some photos so you can see it in action.
I'm still working on his anniversary present, part two... Things are not looking good :(
And there goes a few inches of my hair! It had been about two months since I got my last major haircut, and I was dying to get a cleanup. It had grown out about three inches in those two months, so we know my hair is healthy! :)
I wasn't planning on spending money this weekend, other than on a round at the driving range and groceries. Whoops.
A couple months ago the Mr. and I decided to 'treat' ourselves to some Chick-Fil-A. It had been a loooong time since we had their deliciously moist chicken and the Mr. had a craving, so who was I to say no? In addition to their deliciously moist chicken, they also serve scrumptiously crispy waffle fries. Those may be my favorite part, since they are different from any other fries I've ever made, ordered or eaten.
We go to pick up the deliciously moist chicken and scrumptiously crispy waffle fries, and come back to the house. We let the dogs out of their crate, as usual, and they do their happy butt wiggle. (They wiggle their butt because they have no tail to wag- it's a sight to see, really.) The Mr. ran upstairs to change into more comfortable lounging clothes, and I headed to the restroom to, well... duh.
Upon standing up, I must have knocked some of my scrumptiously crispy waffle fries onto the floor, but the dogs didn't notice at first. I turned around to tell them to "leave it" and noticed a few of them on the floor... about the same time Macintosh did. He started sniffing and quickly grabbed one up. Chomp, chomp, lips lick, chomp, chomp, burp.
By this point I'd already cleaned up the rest, much to his dismay, so he only got one. After the Mr. and I sat down to eat, Macintosh did his best puppy dog eyes in the hopes that we would grace him with another scrumptiously crispy waffle fry. Nope, no more. But now we joke anytime he stares at our food he is thinking "Is that one of those really good waffle fries?!?! Can I have one?!?!?!".
So imagine our surprise and laughter when we saw this on LOL dogs:
Pardon my French.
That is how long I was at my desk for today. Between 5:45am and 2:45pm... I don't know how people do it. I am pooped, my feet are *killing* me, and I just want to go to sleep.
I can see all channels in great detail! ::whistle whistle::
I'm hoping someone caught the tune I was going for... but probably not. Dish Network finally decided to bring a 40 foot ladder, so they were able to install the satellite dish. Too bad they showed up outside of their window. BUT, they came and installed it, so that's what really matters.
Today we were scheduled to have HD installed on our TV. The window they set us up for was between 12 to 5pm. OK, fine. It's a Sunday and we don't have a lot to do, so we can do that. The guy for Dish Network comes during the prearranged time, gets out of his car, and starts looking at our roof. The Mr. goes out to talk to the guy, pointing out where our current satellite is installed.
I surprised the Mr. with tickets to see The Dark Knight today. We just got back from it about 20 minutes ago, but I wanted to review it before I forgot my thoughts. And to answer your question, yes- I often forget my thoughts ;)
Today is my amazing sister's birthday. She's celebrating the big day (well, weekend really) up in Pennsylvania. All of us down here hope you have a fantastic time! And at the end of the day, we hope you'll be saying:
And be thankful you're not at this age, yet:
We love you! All the pups send birthday kisses and drools :)
Tomorrow my Dad and step-mom will finally be joining the 23rd century ;) Yes, folks... They're getting the internet.
I don't know why this excites me so much. Maybe because then they can read my blog, even though my Dad asked "Do I want to know what you're doing??" when I told him about it. Yes, Dad... I'm not crazy. They can also send and check email after work hours, and just have it in case they need to look something up. Though he can probably navigate his way through the yellow (right, yellow?) pages better than anyone I know.
This just goes to show how different people are and what they want/need in their lives. Take the Mr. and me for example. I could probably go without TV at all, but the internet is like a lifeline for me. The Mr. is the exact opposite- he turns on the TV within ten minutes of getting home, and rarely touches his computer. I suppose my dad and step-mom just never had the need. How, I don't know... but I guess it's true :)
The Mr. and I will be getting them all set up on Saturday with a fancy schmancy cable modem and router combo. I figure having one piece of equipment is much easier than two. And simple is good.
And by KAM, I mean a beautiful KitchenAid Mixer :) :) :) :)
As a scientist, I always found this theory interesting. As the youngest of four, I generally find it wrong ;) I have three siblings- two older brothers and one older sister. Just for ease of reading this article, I will refer to them as B1 (the oldest), B2 (younger of the two brothers), S1 (my sister, the third child) and S2 (me- the youngest).
- Demonstrate high leadership and achievement traits- B1, B2, S1, S2
- Seek the approval of others- B1, S2 and possibly S1??
- Not deal well with criticism- I don't know about this one!
- Try to be everything to everyone- B1, B2, S1, S2
- Strive to please- B1, B2, S1, S2
- The opposite of the first-born sibling- B1 and B2 are polar opposites
- More sociable and have many friends- B1, S2 (maybe S1, too... but she likes to stay home a lot)
- Mediators learning the art of negotiation and compromise- S1
- Free-spirited, independent and sometimes rebellious- B1, B2, S1, S2
- Enjoy and seek the attention of others- B1
- Develop an ability to place others in service- What??
- Feel comfortable as the "baby"- B1, S2
- Are often described as sociable, charming, loving, and open- B1, S1
Maybe this theory will hold true to most, but in this family... it's pretty far off. At least the memories I have of my family!
I don't believe it. 2,000 page views. It's just not true. I can't possibly have that many people interested in this blog... Can I?
Apparently I do. So thank you to my blog faithful, and I hope you never go anywhere. I realize not every day is exciting or picture filled, but I'll do my best to make it interesting! :)
The Mr. and I are soaking up the Olympics so far. We are recording every single event and watching most of them. Up to this point we've watched mostly volleyball, swimming and now gymnastics. I mean, how could you not follow the Phelps quest for eight gold medals?!?! (Insert sarcastic comment from my brother here...)
It's also really neat to hear all the stories from the Olympians. For example Cullen Jones, a swimmer for the US in the 4x100m freestyle relay, told his story about drowning his first time in the pool. In his words, "He spit up a pint of water before taking a breath". Wow. And to think that he came back and is now one of the fastest swimmers in the world. I've learned so many things about these men and women (and some kids, it seems), that I have a whole new respect for what they do.
Volleyball has proven to be incredible, with immense power and endurance. I can't even imagine having to jump that high over and over and over and over (and over) again. Just amazing. I'm impressed with both beach and indoor volleyball, since they both have their challenges.
Speaking of the Olympics, I'm off to watch some more. It's almost impossible to stay away from all the headlines saying "USA wins X or Y!!!!". So I need to make sure I don't get too far behind :)
This morning we took Aspen to a local dog trainer that has had great success with larger dogs. We knew that it wasn't going to be a quick fix, but we were hoping it could provide some insight into future work. While she may not have actually addressed Aspen's barking and growling, we did work on desensitizing her to other dogs.
Normally when we're walking Aspen she goes crazy when another dog walks by. She tries to lunge at them, while growling the entire time. When you have an 80 pound dog, this won't fly. What the trainer said made perfect sense- it's a dominance issue that comes from being scared. While we were establishing our dominance over Aspen (most of the time), she still didn't believe us to be in control of other dogs. And since she has issues with self esteem and trust, she was taking it upon herself to protect herself.
After working on sit, down, and heel (which we already mastered), she taught us "look". This allows us to get eye contact with Aspen, which reinstates our dominance and control of the situation. It will really come in handy when she can do it all the time and we want her to stop fixating on an approaching dog.
We then brought Aspen into the front yard, where the trainer brought out her small dog (which gets Aspen going more than large dogs) to desensitize her. We did some walking back and forth, using "look" and "leave it" to keep her under control. Of course she went crazy a lot of the time, but the Mr. did a fantastic job of keeping her in line. After he worked with her for a bit, it was my turn. She was definitely getting tired with the heat and writhing, so she was starting to calm down and walk a bit better with another dog around.
She told us we were doing a great job with hand signals, commands, praise and walking- so it's not like we were being slackers. It's just her stubborn and over the top personality. Hopefully we can use this information and build on it. She also teaches a weekly obedience class on Sundays, so we will probably take both Macintosh and Aspen there to do some work. Overall, I would call the day a success. But still not a quick fix.
This video is really neat, so I thought I'd share.
I don't have much to report today since I slept in a bit (until 9am), showered, and just spent the last hour and a half making chicken salad. We're going to a work party for the Mr., so that should be a good time. There's a pool, so how bad could it possibly be? ;) Happy Saturday everyone! Enjoy the gorgeous 80 degree weather.
The winner of season four SYTYCD (it's too long to type out, OK?!) was named last night, and the Mr. and I are thrilled by it. And not to mention the two hour finale is going to be tough to beat in coming years. It was action packed with favorite dances, judges (yes, judges!!) dancing, and an unforgettable popping battle between two of the best pop and lockers I've ever seen. If you haven't watched SYTYCD yet, shame on you. But at least I am nice enough to put some videos of my favorite dances on the blog, so you can enjoy some of the memories with us. Obviously you will need sound...
In no particular order:
I am going to resist going into any more detail on here in case someone out there reading this hasn't seen the finale yet. But you can bet money on the fact that I will post some more videos of dancing that happened during the finale.
Yesterday on my way home from work traffic got incredibly backed up. I wasn't too surprised by this because a similar thing had happened every day this week. They are doing road work at the exit I need to take, and they have the right hand lane closed. Well, this causes a huge backup because a lot of people get over to take that exit, then have to move back out of that lane. Awesome, no?
Today is my two year anniversary at work. I can't believe it's already been *two* years!! There have been definite up and downs, boring and mundane to exciting and ground breaking. Unfortunately now it seems to be stuck on mundane.
In fact, last night I applied to a job at a local biotech research company. They are pretty close to where I work now, so I know what the commute would be like. It is unfortunate that it's not closer to my house, but it's hard to find my type of work there. This was the first job I've seen in the past few months that I actually felt connected to, so I am insanely nervous. Hopefully I'll hear back soon, but I have read that it can take months for them to call back. Eeeek!
Blow some job dust my way, will ya? I barely slept last night I was so hyped up, and I can't afford to lose any beauty sleep over this...
Not much is going on with us this week. I am dying to give the Mr. his present, but have continued to resist the temptation. Soon, though... Soon.
My mom finally got internet at her new place, so she's been in contact with all of us this week. She's been passing on photos from her amazing adventures. I have a few favorites already, so I'll compile those and post them here sometime. Though most of you that read my blog get them in the emails already... OK, so maybe I won't post them. We'll see!
The pups have been doing well overall. A couple days ago they were playing around (duh), and Aspen starting yelping again. When I looked up she was holding her right back leg up again- the one with the toe she broke a month or so ago. Of course the list of possible problems started running through my head... It ended up only being a nail tear (on the toe she broke). It didn't bleed that much, but I could tell it hurt her a bit. After a couple hours she was back to her normal walk. A small portion of the nail is still hanging off, but I don't want to clip it off for fear that it will cause a massive blood leak. So there it stays.
Speaking of animals, here's a cute video that a coworker of the Mr.'s sent. It's too cute not to share!
Yesterday I decided to take another stand on the Mr.'s and my future. We've been so good about saving every month that I wanted to continue that into our retirement plans. SOOOO, I opened a Roth IRA for both of us. We're lucky (can you say lucky when it means making less money?) enough to still be eligible for one, so why not take advantage, right?
We used T. Rowe Price because they have a wide variety of no-load options, and they also didn't require a big initial deposit. In fact, they required no initial investment if you signed up for automatic deposit every month. Well, heck- we can do that! :) Unfortunately we had to choose a fund to start with, so I just chose one that looked fairly aggressive. I am sure the Mr. and I will do a bunch of research over the next couple weeks to see which fund(s) would be best for us. So at the ages of 24 and 26, we both have a 401K and Roth that we contribute to. I think that's pretty good.
On another note, August and September are shaping up to be incredibly busy months- more so than I expected. We have a free weekend here and there, but overall we're pretty booked! The Mr. has a goodbye party for his boss at work. We're taking Aspen to a local trainer in the hopes that she can teach us something we don't already know. My sister's birthday is coming up, and we'll be watching the pooches while they go on a "birthday vacation". The weekend of our anniversary, one of the Mr.'s best friends will be getting married!! How exciting! :) And finally, the Mr.'s dad just moved into a new apartment, so hopefully we'll get to visit him (and the rest of the family) in West Virginia soon.
Unfortunately this means we'll be spending a little more on gifts and traveling expenses over the next few months that expected, so we will not be taking an anniversary vacation to some exotic and romance-laden B&B. ::sigh:: Just kidding ;) This does mean that we'll be able to experience some things we weren't originally going to be able to, and that's worth the world. And we'll still be able to exchange presents, which I am *really* looking forward to! I wish I could post on here what I am getting him, but he reads my blog, so that won't work. Gosh, man... Ruining my plans.
Happy Tuesday everyone!
Enjoyable/Aggravating Travel Note of the Week
Last Monday, I arrived at Newark Airport from Wisconsin after my Favre foray in Mississippi and Wisconsin. I had to rent a car for a three-day jaunt to see the Eagles, Steelers and Ravens, and so I went to the Hertz counter for my one-way rental.
"Where will you be dropping the car?'' the pleasant, 30ish gal at the counter asked.
"Baltimore-Washington airport,'' I said.
"Okay,'' she said. Then she got puzzled while looking at her computer. "Where is it?''
"Baltimore,'' I said. "Well, the outskirts of Baltimore. It's the big airport in Baltimore.''
"I can't find it on the computer,'' she said. She called over the woman at the next terminal. She couldn't find it either.
"BWI,'' I said. "Maybe that's the code. That's what the airport's called.''
"No,'' she said. "It's a number code.''
Now a third woman was called into the fray. All three people were looking seriously at the computer, and taking turns looking for the code. A minute passed. Two. Finally the third woman said, "Here it is!'' She looked up at me like I was a loon, a stupid customer for wasting the time of three employees.
"Sir,'' she said, "the airport's in Maryland. You said Baltimore.''
I weep for our geographical future.
People are going to start thinking I have it out for airlines and airports ;) Say thank you to my lovely husband for finding this gem!
My brother just passed this article on to me... JetBlue charging $7 for pillow, blanket kit
I think there are a few things worth pointing out from the article.
"But the blanket and pillow kit is the latest in a string of a la carte items the company says are providing a revenue boost to help offset the soaring price of jet fuel."
Seriously, why not just increase your ticket prices, then?!?! What American doesn't realize that gas prices are going up? In addition, what American wouldn't assume the airlines were being hit with these high prices? So why would anyone expect the ticket prices to stay the same? I would much rather pay an extra $20 up front and get water, a blanket, a pillow and the rights to a toilet. Oh wait, they aren't charging to use the bathroom... yet.
I don't understand how these types of actions are going to keep people flying. Normally when someone is being faced with bankruptcy and total business failure they do everything they can to bring in new customers while keeping their current ones happy. The way I see it, this is pushing away people faster than you can say "That'll be $7.00 for the blanket, $15 for your second piece of luggage, and $10 for restroom rights, please". (Just wait for the last charge... It'll come.)
Over the past couple weeks we've received a few movies from Netflix. Some are worth recommending, others not so much...
First off we have Mama's Boy, starring Jon Heder from Napoleon Dynamite. He plays the same character as in every other movie- the social reject who still lives with his mom (Diane Keaton) at the age of like 30. His mother finds a new love interest, and starts making him spread his wings and fly on his own. The movie had some funny one liners and scenes, but it's not worth spending the money to own. Rent for $1?? Maybe...
Secondly is Step Up 2, The Streets. The Mr. and I both loved the first movie in this series, so we were happy that a second one was coming out. Unfortunately, this one was not even close to the same level as the first. The plot line was redundant, there was very little dancing (unlike the first one, where there seemed to be a dancing fool in every scene!), and it didn't hold my attention. Again, not worth buying.
Third is Definitely, Maybe starring Ryan Reynolds and Abigail Breslin. This movie is different from your typical love story, and that is what makes it a winner. Reynolds, a hot-shot business man in New York, tells a story to his daughter (Breslin) about how he and her mother met. He recounts the three women he fell in love with, and her job is to pick which woman is her mother. There was laughing, tears (from me), and an overall good feeling about this movie. I have to agree with the Mr. when he said "I'd really like to buy this movie sometime". Four thumbs and eight paws up!
Finally, last night we watched Stop-Loss. I'd never heard the term before it was explained in this movie, so I had no idea what I was getting into! The first twenty minutes or so is pretty bloody and gruesome, but once you get past that, there isn't much else. This is a tale of a decorated war hero (Ryan Phillippe) who is being stop-lossed back into Iraq on the day he was supposed to be getting out of the Army. You follow him through his decision to go AWOL and the trials he has to deal with along the way. I definitely cried a river towards the end of this movie... I'm sure it doesn't help to have a brother over in Iraq right now fighting this war. Right before the credits they gave some staggering statistics about our troops fighting in the Middle East. It took my breath away. I would definitely recommend this movie to everyone. It really opens your eyes to what our poor soldiers go through- both overseas and at home. Makes you appreciate what they are doing even more.
I wasn't sure if you all would let me back since I didn't post yesterday. I thought about posting a few times, but yesterday was so go go go that I just didn't have a chance.
The throw pillows for our couch and chair are done! It's so exciting to see the final product. I know I picked out the fabric and cording, but that was months ago and it's still so different than seeing them finished.
I picked them up from my aunt's house last night and put them on the couch for immediate use. Apparently I thought they were quite comfy, since I fell asleep on the couch for an hour. Whoops. Either way, they are gorgeous and go perfectly with our furniture!
Coming soon: lumbar pillows for our dining room chairs. When I picked up the pillows last night I dropped off the rest of the cording for those. Since my aunt is a speed demon with a sewing machine, I figure they'll be done within the week. But the bottom line- they are in the works!!!