Monday, March 31, 2008
After spending all day on Saturday and some of the day on Sunday cleaning my house and working in the front yard, I was exhausted. As I look down the street, I notice that several of my neighbors are doing the same: cleaning out thier garages, planting flowers, cutting the grass, cleaning and beautifying their homes and yards. And then there are these neighbors who have cut their grass a total of 3 times since they moved in a year ago (and one of those was me and E cutting their grass for them), have had 2 dogs that they have gotten rid of because after they moved past the puppy stage, they realized that a big dog was a bad idea if you weren't going to train them and you have a toddler, they have a fenced in backyard that they never use (or cut the grass), the sewer line is broken and they haven't done anything about so after a hard rain, our house starts to smell like thier poo, and the house is litterally falling apart (the roof has several ripples in it), and the icing on my cake is that they still have their Christmas lights up! All of those things I look past, I am kind to my neighbors, I have offered to babysit, I take food and treats over there every no then, we talk and we are gracious, and...oh yeah...we took Maggie off of their hands for them. I try to put myself in their shoes with a small toddler and maybe they have alot going on...but this...I am having a hard time looking past THIS!!!
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Everytime me and E walk by the window and see this, we say something to the effect of "Hmmm...I wonder if Schlitterbahn is closed today?" (For those of you who don't get the joke...a little help...Schlitterbahn is a waterpark with a few locations here in Texas.)
So here is my public service announcement:
For those of you with a fenced in back yard and lots of play stuff for your kids, PUT IT IN YOUR BACKYARD!!!!!!! Your neighbors see this as an eyesore. You might as well put three more cars in the yard, a few rusty broken A/C window units, along with some coolers and a couch and start singing the song to the Jeffersons. And to top off everything, there is already an inflatable pool and lots of pool toys in the backyard. Why not combine them or get rid of one...OR JUST NOT BUY THE SECOND IF YOU ALREADY HAVE ONE! Oh, and folding chairs are for the backyard or temporary use.
as a side note, if you look closely at the bottom of the picture, you will see the swamp lilys starting to grow back at the site of the sewage leak. BLAHK! It extends the whole length of the front property line. Needless to say, we have planned to either put up some large bushes or a fence between our yards this month. Something sith some height so their sewage water won't contaminate our property.
You're not in the trailer park anymore folks!
I can't remember who took this picture of us when we were dating about 5 years ago when he came on family vacation with us to the beach. Here's a little irony for you all though, this actually turned out to be to be the exact spot that we got married a year later.
Since he gets his Master's at the end of the fall, I promised him a short vacation of his choice since neither of us did anything big when we graduated college or high school. Automatically my mind started thinking of all of the different places he might want to go: the cruise he has wanted for a few years now, to see friends in Seattle, back to San Francisco to do all of the things we should have done when he lived there, back to Florida, a quiet weekend on the beach, Gatlinburg to hike in the mountains, go home to Huntsville for a visit with family...I was getting pumped. We ate a little bit of our dinner and then I asked him "So have you thought about where you want to go on your graduation trip?" E says "Oh, was I supposed to?" Sigh...I don't know why I try!
Birthday wishes to E, the man who is always one step ahead of me, smarter than me, funnier than me, cuter than me, ...who over-protects me, tolerates me, and spoils me. I hope the next few years of constant harrassment are just as fun and interesting as the the harrassment days behind us. I pray you find health and happiness all year long. Te amo mucho!
Thursday, March 27, 2008
When we started putting the cushions back together when we noticed the pin cushion was missing for the 5th time...MAGGIE!!!! She was sitting secluded on the other side of the room. Using her front teeth, she pulled each individual pin out of the cushion and set them aside in a small pile. Then she proceeded to chew on the cushion like a new ball, which is probably all she thought it was in the first place.
When Mom was here last week, every time we turned around Maggie would take off with our chalk, or scissors, or pin cushion, or fabric, she wanted so desperately to chew on something that was not an approved toy! We were constantly fighting to regain possession of our materials. Thinking I was a genius for coming up with a solution, I tied her up in the front yard and left the front door open. Well, then she dug up my flowers we had just planted in the flower beds. ARG! There are no good answers.
Well, Easter was getting close, so I went ahead and planned out my menu for Easter lunch. I made a list and went to the store. Saturday night, I went ahead and made the dessert and started trimming and marinading the 3 pork tenderloins. I had my recipe on the kitchen counter for the marinade. I turned my head and when I looked back my recipe was GONE! I looked everywhere for it and felt super crazy for losing it!!
So I ran into the office for less than 2 minutes to print another recipe off of the internet. I came back into the kitchen and Maggie was standing over one of the pork loins she had pulled into the floor. I just looked at her, completely stunned. She just looked at me, completely stunned that I wasn't yelling and screaming at her. I had no words ... until I noticed that only one pork loin was left on the counter. In the 2 minutes that I was gone, she had already eaten one of the pork loins and had pulled the second one into the floor to start working on it. She ate a 1 pound pork loin in less than 2 minutes!!!! I...WAS...FURIOUS!!!!! The only thing I could think to say was" E, this is bad...this is very bad."
Well, Easter lunch turned out ok. Even without the planned number of pork loins, we still had leftovers. Here is Mags about 30 minutes after eating the pork....with a stomach ache...she goes to her Daddy for consolement!
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
It's really hard to find ladyfingers in Southeast Texas so this seemed like a perfect solution outside of ordering ingredients off of the internet. I just don't think I am ready for that yet! I saw this recipe on Smitten Kitten's blog a few months back and have been dying to make it. However, being the healthy freak I am, I have to wait until we have alot of people come over before I make something like this so me and E won't eat ALL of the leftovers and gain 50 pounds in three days.
Whenever we have a holiday that is normally spent eating large amounts of food with family, we are always left out of those holidays since we are so far away from family. So our typical tradition is to invite others over who also don't have family close by. This year Elizabeth and Matt came over. We ate Giada's Macaroni and Cheese, Cooking Light's Maple Chipotle Pork Tenderloin, steamed asparagus, Ashley Kelley's Faux Potatoes (made from Cauliflower), rolls and, of course, Tiramisu Cake. So delicious!!! Thanks Smitten Kitten.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
This is my new den. Mom recovered the chairs in brown canvas. I made the pillows from an Amy Butler fabric called Lotus Cherry Wallflower, I bought the lamp at Pier 1, the side table from World Market, and the ceramic birds we found on sale at JoAnn's Fabric and then painted then silver and but a glossy coat over them to make them look metallic. The rug and the ottoman were old peices I already had. Hopefully, the room will all pull together once I have walls on the other side of the room, inside of 2x4's, and carpet/tile instead of black and white NASTY lanolium.
We got these three paintings from Hobby Lobby out of the clearance buggy for 2 dollars a piece.
This is what we did them...It doesn't POP on my wall color like I had hoped it would but I still love them.
This is a peice that hangs in my bedroom. I started this one in June and have gradually been working on it slowly. I finally had the time to finish it this week.
Why did it take so long, you might ask? Because the dots are SO TINY!!!!! and SO TEDIOUS!!!!
We dug up all of the leftover flowers and plants left by the previous owner and I planted 2 azalea bushes, 2 hawthorne bushes, a bunch of little purple flowers as fillers, and I spread out the grass that was already there. Now I actually know what is in the beds and how to take care of them.
Since my door is off-center to my porch, and I like things to be somewhat symetrical, we bought a large pot and a tree that will hopefully grow tall as well as some petunias to cover the bottom of the tree. Then we planted 4 pots of geraniums for the stairs.
With the leftover fabric from the pillows, mom made me a new purse while I made Easter lunch.
These were metal placemats we found on sale at Pier 1 for 4 bucks a piece. We were going to hang them in the new room but the other paintings filled that spot better.
Here is a closer pic of them.
Monday, March 24, 2008
There are chew marks on the bottom and top left-hand side of the display.
Since Maggie ATE my last ipod, and I refuse to work out without it, (I know I am somewhat spoiled), E told me that I could get a new one, meaning the newest generation. I almost felt bad that he said that because I washed one of his ipods that was left in his pants and didn't let him get a new one. Oh well...by gones right?
My last one was a refurbished one from Apples website. So I started looking to see if they had any cheap ones. Nada, they were all the newest models and about the same price I paid for my broken one. So I started checking ebay...all I wanted was another one that worked. It didn't have to be new but I was seriously striking out. So I decided to bid on a few of the new models to see what kind of price I could get. HELLO!!! I won a new refurbished model on ebay for less than a used old model. It cam in this week and "it's so tiiinnny" (say that in a squeeky voice)
Well, my mom left yesterday and boy did we get alot done this week. I have so many project pictures to post and so many good buys to post but, of course, I forgot to bring them with me today. I will try to remember and bring them tomorrow!!!
But here is a quick overview without pics...
-We dug up one of my flower beds and replaced all of the plants
-She painted three paintings for me
-She recovered 2 chairs for me
-We shopped our little butts off
-E got a new leather chair for his birthday since I took his old one from him
-I finished a painting I had been working on for several months
-I finished painting my den that is still under renovation
-Mom made me a new purse
-I sewed for the first time and made 2 beautiful pillows
-We bought little accessories and then brought them home and then painted them to make them look like what we wanted
-We put together our den with accesories and wall paintings
-She made an awesome Easter Eve dinner
-I made an awesome Easter lunch
Whew! I need a vacation from my vacation.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Greek Pot Pie
I made it this week and OMG!!! SO GOOD!!! And relatively easy too. It's got that top phillo crust and cheesey spinachy filling. It was perfect! The only thing I added was some pulled chicken I had leftover in the freezer so E wouldn't complain that I am trying to turn him into a vegetarian. I hope you absolutely love it!
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
I know is all seems a little bare bones but I seem to be having a major creative block until this pile is GONE!!! This is the give away pile. All of this crap littered my work space when I moved in. That entire pile of STUFF is going to be sold at a university surplus auction. 9 broken monitors that are at least 8 years old!!! Can we all say PACK RATS together now!!! I would like to say a public thank you to the tech that came before me for all of the work he left for me. (this pile doesn't include the ENTIRE dumpster that I just filled up with trash)
Hardly the classy cafe we were hoping for...RV Parts??? Seriously?
Monday, March 17, 2008
What do I think about being a military spouse??? Lots of people always ask me what it's like...I never know how to answer that question. I am just like everyone else just with more restrictions and more opportunities.
I don't get the opportunity to plant roots and network around using my contacts that I have obtained in town all of my life since we move every few years. I have never had a job that has lasted longer than 2 years. I stay in a constant state of conflict with myself on all of the next steps in life: education, kids, jobs, finances...because you never know when you will get a call that changes your plans.
But....on the flipside-I have never felt closer to so many complete strangers, I have never felt alone, and I have never felt like I was out of options. The military offers so many oportunities to the military spouses, because, well, we get are just affected just as much by the moves and deployments and changes that are involved with each different situation.
I have accepted my role in my marriage as the stable, constant, predictable one because I am a military wife. I actually think being a military spouse has helped me to grow personally in a very small amount of time. Being thrown into a town, 20 hours away from the nearest family member, with no friends, and a crappy job...then your husband kisses you and says "I so glad you are here with me...see you in a few months!!"... That will pull you out of your shell immediately!!! So I offered to be the ombudsman, I started going to the gym, I started volunteering, I started attending church, and the hardest thing of all, I started letting my guard down and making friends with people I would have normally ever spoken to...because they are just as lonely as I once was. And you know what...I don't regret any second of it because that is where you find some of your closest lifelong friends.
This is our group of wives going stag to the CG Ball since the boys were underway.
So living out of boxes, moving every 2-3 years, always changing jobs, constantly looking for new friends...I am up for it. Life is an adventure and I plan on enjoy as much of it as the Good Lord lets me.
1. Tippy-toe running around the office announcing that you "have the trots from the sloppy joes you ate at lunch" and then eating sloppy joes again the next day for lunch ...and then dancing around the office announcing you have the trots again...oh yeah...and then offering to make chili at lunch for everyone the next day. Ugh!
2. Leaving graphic voice messages about "just how sick you are" (in raspy-ish voice, I’ve been up all night with terrible diarrhea and I’ve also been vomiting. It’s just coming out both ends, violently, so I’m going to take some immodium and stay home today”)
And then graphically detailing the sickness once you come back to work.
me: how are you feeling
her: oh my gosh. I mean, it’s was just coming out both ends. It was like a waterfall, and I was just like on the toilet all day. I knew I was in trouble when it just started coming out the consistency of water so I took like 6 immodiums and feel a little better today. Thanks for asking.
3. Making loud and obnoxious personal phone calls at least 5 times a day lasting at 20 minutes or more a piece. (ie. Have you ever been to Breckenridge? When we went to Breckenridge…. Breckenridge is the greatest. We did this when we went to Breckenridge.)
4. Pinching coworkers' love-handles, massaging the scalps and shoulders of other co-workers (as a surprise), butt pinching and repeatedly pulling up your shirt (revealing your belly) to show how much weight they lost. And then getting ticked off when someone touches you and loudly proclaiming "You just don’t touch people!"
5. Whispering so loudly that the whole office knows you have a URINARY TRACT INFECTION and then talking about it all throughout the day while drinking cranberry juice cocktail (from concentrate) in between your 12 cokes per day to help your infection.
6. Talking about how you “LOOOOOOVEEEEE going to your gynecologist because he just has the softest, gentlest touch.”
7. Announcing to the office all of the weird sex acts you and your spouse engaged in (especially when you are over 60).
8. Opening email attachments that play music SO LOUD you think it could wake the dead and then yelling "I never can figure out how to turn the volume down on these things."
9. Reading funny emails, forwarding them to you, telling you they were forwarded to you, then printing them out and coming to your desk, handing the email to you so that you can read it in front of them.
10. Constant spouse bashing when you get off of the phone with them...or 5 times a day. Actually, constant bashing of anyone, who calls for nearly any reason. (Can you believe they wanted to know the number to the cashier’s office!)
11. Reading the news out loud for everyone in the office to hear. Particularly, yesterday’s news, which everyone has already heard or read for themselves.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
I am your party hostess here at Everyday Bailey. A little bit about me...I am a true Alabamian that gets randomly transported around the country (Thanks Uncle Sam). Currently, I reside in the great state of Texas with my husband, E, and our new pup, Maggie. I am a former military trainer, air combat training operator and military video game creator turned academic techno geek for a university. My husband is the exact opposite. Techno geek turned military.
With all of the moving, I tend to make alot of friends in many states and countries. The hard part is keeping up with them all through email and phone. So...this was my solution. (because I hate talking on the phone) This space is mainly for my family and friends, so they can always know what's going with us here in the lonestar state without having to call.
I talk about alot of things here such as military life, job situations and travel. Weekly, I post What's Cooking Wednesday which shows a picture and recipe of something (easy and good, and usually healthy) that I cooked over the weekend. Tried and true ladies and gents.
Maggie is a spotted beauty and I tend to rant and rave about the trials and tribulations of dog training during the first year. (like the when she ate my ipod over the weekend, YEAH, those trials and tribulations) We also just bought a house and have started renovations so you may see a few pictures here of there of the work being done...by our very own hands. Lots of learning experiences there!!! As a young married couple, we still have very little furniture, so anytime I buy something, it's super exciting to me and I tend to post those pictures too.
I enjoy running races around the area and use this space to rally the troops to run with me on occasion. So if you live close by and want to run, let me know and I will definitely look for you.
If you are stopping by, consider yourself a friend and feel free to visit again anytime. Thanks for checking me out!
Here is one of the lists:
MEMORIES (and YES, these are ALL TRUE stories)
1. Hearing a colleague use the words anti-toxin (instead of antioxidant), dampner (instead of damper..."that really put a damper on my day"), irregardless (that's not a word), supposably (that one either...not a word) and Chicargo (is that a real city? Come on!!) on a daily basis.
2. Incorrect usage of the word proud..."I am so proud you found your glasses" or "I am so proud your headache is gone."
3. Use of the location Breckenridge at least 50 times in one 5-8 minute phone conversation.
4. Being asked to get on my hands and knees to clean the carpet, with a DISH BRUSH...Yes,...what we also use to clean the dishes; and Yes, also put right back on the sink for others to use on dishes AFTER it was used on the carpet.
5. Being asked to use a staple remover to get staples out of the carpet since I am done with my work. (Sorry, I won’t be able to get to that until after I finish scrubbing the carpet with the dish brush.)
6. Best job search advice EVER given to me: "the grass isn't always greener on the other side." Oh it might be purple, pink, orange, or yellow, but I don't care. I'll take that over this because I am just that miserable!
7. Serious overuse of the phrases "It's like..."and "I mean..." from someone over 60.
8. Having 3 bosses. Well, I take that back. I have 2 bosses and 1 supervisor. The funny thing is boss=legitimate, supervisor=self-proclaimed. Apparently no one cares to inform her otherwise. HELLO ...she is a (glorified) SECRETARY.
Secretary <> 9. A colleague stealing my file cabinet keys because I wouldn't take them home with me...to teach me a lesson...well, there's nothing the file cabinet so why should I be concerned with people getting into my cabinet...literally, it's empty.
10. Spending $10,000 and a week’s vacation on lasik eye surgery for a diabetic dog that you don’t think will survive the year. (Yes,... you read all of that correctly!)
11. Having your boss tell you who you can and can't be friends with. (“I’m not going to tell you who you should be friends with. I am going to tell you to be careful though. You never know who you can trust.”)
12. Nothing says crazy like a coworker who has a cage full of monkeys in their backyard, who smokes Cattails, gets q-tips stuck in her ear and has dogs who ride in carseats.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Just a few pics highlighting the fun that was had by all...
Maggie and Sophie playing ball together...It took three days for Sophie to finally want to play with Maggie. She felt the need to guard her family from Maggie instead of play with her. This ticked Maggie severely off. Maggie just sat and barked at her for the longest time until Sophie would finally pay attention to her.
Maggie waiting her turn to play fetch.
All of us after dinner at Johnny Carino's.
Justin played ball with the dogs for a while. Maggie and Sophie loved this.
After they were done playing ball, here are all of the tired puppies.
Me and Ash with the Southeast Texas Wildcatters Mascot!!
Well, I started my new job on Monday. I was a little out of sorts when I was practically greeted at the door with a list of 25 things to do...talk about stressful. But I think it will gradually get better with time. You all know how it is...the better you are at your job, the more fun you have and more satification you get from your job. I am still a long way from that but completely relieved that I am in a new atmosphere.
After talking with a former co-worker yesterday, I realized that I am not AS emotionally UN-balanced as I thought. That old atmosphere affected me more than I realized. This new opportunity has helped me to realize just how miserable and affected I had become. Thanks to E for keeping me sane during the insanity, thanks to Andrea for your support and advice, and thanks to all my other friends and family for your prayers and thoughts...It was completely worth it.
I am so thankful that the good Lord has a better plan for me. This is me breathing a sigh of relief on my last day.
Why I’m happy I have a new job:
1. Being hired, not to work and be an employee of the state, but to be the friend to your co-worker and talk to them all day long.
2. Coming home crying on the third day of work and at least bi-monthly after that.
3. Waiting 9 months for your bosses to find you a new promised job opportunity, and then when it finally arrives, it's really just more job responsibility.
4. Being told by another co-worker that I am not allowed to go back to school.
Monday, March 10, 2008
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Monday, March 3, 2008
I think I have been on 20 interviews during that time period, 2 or three 2nd interviews, a site tour and a job tryout (??). I got word last Tuesday that I had a new job with new pay, in a new department, with a new office, with a new boss, and a new group of students on the complete other side of campus. How wonderful is that.
I will be the Instructional Technician Support Specialist (say that 5 times fast) for the Superintendent's and Principal's Academy here on campus. YAY!!!!! However, human resources didn't call me until today (Monday) and they want me to start next week. No 2 weeks notice, not even 1 weeks notice. My previous employers have asked that I stay through the week to tie up my loose ends but they still don't realize that I HAVE NO JOB RESPONSIBILITY TO TURN OVER!!!!!
Anyway, for all of you who know how hard it has been over the last few months, thanks for your support and I appreciate all of your encouraging words. I really needed consolement, a shoulder to Boo-Hoo on at least twice a week, and a person there that I can vent (unfiltered) towards.
As soon as I have all of my new information, I will send it out. New Job...YaY! (If I had a pic of me silently partying (since I am still at work) it would go right here!!!)
We ran the whole thing and finished in 31 minutes. We were very proud especially since we didn't train like we were wanting to due to cold and rain and other things that always seem to pop up when you least expect it.
My iPod sensor, that tells you how far you have run and what time it is, broke earlier in the week. So Friday night before the race, I went and bought a new one. I put it in my shoe to get ready for the next day and ...ugh!...the new sensor wouldn't work either. So I had no clue where we were in the race or how long we had run.
All in all, the race was great. We have both decided that when we retire, we are moving to the Woodlands. However, I think I am going to have to get a job making 8 figures for the next 25 years to make that happen. For those of you that missed it, we had a really great time and hope you can join us for one of the races coming up. They are alot more fun when there are more people you know. Even if you just come to hang out.
It didn't matter how many times I dumped loads of Parmesan cheese on the dish...There was just no taste to it. The recipe called for just a little bit of red pepper flakes and pasta water. The pepper was incredibly overpowering and had I put all of that pasta water in, it would have been pasta soup. I don't recommend this recipe.
I still have 2 servings of it in my fridge. I hate to waste food so I am trying to figure out something to add to it to make it good!!! If I come up with anything, I will let you know.