Tuesday, July 29, 2008

3rd Birthday

This past weekend I went home for my niece's 3rd birthday. It was a small little party, just family and a couple of friends. There was another little kid there, Aiden, he is 2 1/2. It was so funny to watch the 2 kids fight over who would open the presents, and who would play with it first. I know, it was a little mean, but they were HILARIOUS. I managed to find all of the pieces for our DVD camcorder, so I set it up on the tripod and just let it roll. This pleased my dad tremendously, as he bitches constantly about how he knew when we bought it that no one would use it and it was as waste of money blah blah blah.

After the party, we all went home and took naps, then SIL and niece went to Aiden's house to play in the pool. I went along to watch, they had a BLAST. Niece LOVES to swim and play in the water.

Then the adults decided that we would meet at another friend's house, so we all went over there, drank some adult beverages while the kids played in the play room, and then we started to play Wii. With the exception of the host, none of us had ever played Wii, it was SO MUCH FUN! OMG! we played and laughed and had so much fun! Finally, my SIL noticed that it was 11:30, and the kids were still up, so I left with them so that I wouldn't look too much like shit for church the next morning.

All it all, it was a fun day, and niece had a good day, and the adults had fun, too.

PLUS, in the Make My Day column, when we pulled up to the house saturday morning, niece came running out the door, hollaring "Hi Aunt xxxx" and "Pick me up!". She melted my heart. She is the light of the family.

Happy 3rd birthday, Em. We love you!

Dear Lord, Thank you.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

What to post...

So. I have a boyfriend.

It happened sort of quick. About 3 weeks from nothing to talking every day.

I've been single a long time, so this is a huge adjustment for me.

This is a good thing. This is a nice man, a good man. His younger sister has 2 kids, aged 3 and 4, and he has stepped in as a father figure for them, and he goes home to them each weekend. He is affectionate, sweet, smart, funny, cute, has a job, and seems to enjoy spending time with me. He is amused by me, which is good. He holds me tight when he hugs me.

On the other hand.

He wants to see me EVERY DAY. He wants to talk to me at least once a day, and sometimes calls me 3 or 4 times. I have many friends, and I do a lot after work during the week. I volunteer each wednesday. I have dinner with at least one friend a week, sometimes I have dinner with 2 or 3 different friends during the week. I often have plans during the weekend, not the least of which is the weekly lunch I have with my friends after church.

I know we have to combine our worlds. We have to find a way to bring our 2 worlds together, to make room for my independence, my friends and my commitments with his job, his family, and his commitments.

It will be an interesting few months.

Dear Lord, I feel like this is a gift from you, that if I give you free reign (like I have a choice...) this will be a good and beneficial relationship, for both of us. Show us the way, give us patience with each other, grace in you, faith for him, and strength for me. Amen

Friday, July 18, 2008

At least it wasn't a roach...




Roni, I thought of you, and it made me smile!

*@$#*^%* Trains!

This morning I drove my normal route to work, I got caught by a train, and I mean the arms went down AS I drove up to it, I was the first in line. I decided to be adventurous and took a short cut, to catch the end of the train earlier. I got to the next crossing, the LAST rail car was in front of me, and the damn train stopped. I thought, Great. Then, the damn thing started to BACK UP!!!! And as it was backing up, it was SLOWING DOWN! Yes, it backed all the way up, back down the track. The cars at the other end of the train made it over the tracks before me. I guess God was teaching me a lesson in patience. I hate those lessons. They tick me off.

Dear God, I think I have enough patience AND character by now. Thanks, though. Amen.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

AGAIN??!!!???

So, my mom calls me Tuesday evening to tell me that Dad has found some lumps under his right arm, and they are going to see his Oncologist on Wednesday to have them biopsied.

Dad had REALLY aggressive Small-cell Carcinoma in his throat, which is almost always a death sentence. But, he beat the odds, and he is still in remission (by the Grace of God). Because he had such an aggressive cancer, when mom called the doctor on Tuesday, they told them to come in on Wednesday. I guess I just blocked it out during the work day, otherwise I'd have accomplished NOTHING. So, as I got into my car, I remembered, and called mom. They did a needle biopsy in the office, and they think it is only a staph infection, probably he's had it since mom was sick last winter, and his body just hasn't been able to kick it. They gave him a prescription to hold onto so that when the results come in he can get it filled right away. I know that we're not out of the woods yet, that it could still come back positive for cancer, but we've (mom and dad and I) decided that since the office wasn't overly worried, we wouldn't be either.

Lord, I don't know how we would handle both Dad and Mom having chemo at the same time. PLease, please take this from us, let the results be a simple bacterial infection. Amen.

Update: Dad had a boil, caused most likely by a staph infection. It cleared up in a couple of days with antibiotic. Thank you, Lord!!!!!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Fun at the Beach

This whole dating thing has muddled my brain, I meant to write this one on Sunday. Go figure.

This past weekend my friends K&B and their daughter E*a, aged 1 1/2 years old, and I went to the local beach. First we went on saturday evening, around 7pm, they stop charging on the nice beach, so we headed down for some free beach time. It was very nice, the tourists were gone, it wasn't too God-awful hot, and the water was warm. This was the first time E*a was at the beach, and she LOVED it. Wasn't terribly fond of the sand, but loved the water and the waves. We, the adults, that is, had so much fun we decided to repeat the fun on Sunday.

We went a little earlier Sunday, so we opted to park outside the gate and walk in for free. We added another adult, our friend TR. E*a had more fun, this time played in the sand more and learned a fun game of dump sand on mom (or me) "DeDy" (dirty) then rinsing off in the water "Ah de" (all clean). We played over and over. It was fun watching and playing with her, and it was nice hanging with the other adults.

Considering how close we all live to the beach, this was the first time K&B and I had gone in more than a year. That's just sad, so we decided this year we would rectify that.

Dear Lord, thank you. Amen

Monday, July 14, 2008

Evidence of my Dorkness

It has been quite a while since I dated anyone, many years since I dated anyone locally. The last one I dated was about 6 hours away by car, 1.5 hours by flight, and he broke up with me in April 07. I don't remember what it is like to date anyone anymore.

We started with a date where we met at a friends dock/house, we walked to a nearby bar/restaurant, had a cheap dinner, went out on friend's Party Barge for a couple of hours, a nice first contact.

Next night he came over and we had chinese and watched Bourne Identity. Nice second contact.

Tonight I went to his apartment (Different Story), watched the Home Run Derby on ESPN.

He walked me out to my car. First kiss. very nice. then I started talking. HA! those who know me will laugh at that comment. Yes, he had to tell me to be quiet and go home.

DORK.

But, he texted me to make sure I got home ok.

{sigh} he's going to be trouble.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

My dad

My dad is a strange man. I have never really known my dad. I mean, I know my dad, but I don't really KNOW my dad. I am just now starting to know his thoughts, his dreams, It has taken my mom getting sick before he has opened his shell to his family.

My dad was a Police Officer for more than 30 years, the last 15 or so as a Homicide officer in a Large Metropolis (LM). When I was first out of college, way back in 1997, he got me an interview with the PD as a Crime Lab person. The interview went well, but they weren't hiring, and life goes on as life does, and I ended up not taking that job. In the intervening 9 years, that crime lab has had MAJOR problems, and several times, the entire staff was fired. The crime lab errors have set guilty people free, and sent innocent ones to jail.

My dad had a fish fry on July 5th, and there were lots of his old PD buddies there. I don't know how we got to that conversation, but dad told that story, that he tried to get me hired on, and I turned it down, and man oh man, wasn't it a good thing? But what makes the story so important to me was that when he told it, I could hear the pride in his voice, that I had chosen well, that I hadn't given in to him and what he wanted, but that I had stayed strong and believed in myself that this wasn't what I wanted, and I would turn down a decent job to continue to search for the job I was looking for. Then he went on to tell them that I had a Master's degree, and in "Molecular Biology, now what the hell does that mean?". But there was pride, there was pleasure in my success, pride that I had persevered and succeeded. And while he does not understand what I do, and in fact, has tried to talk me out of my job several times, he does understand that not just anyone can do my job, and that I am good at my job, and that my job does have merit, even if I'm not paid as much as we both think I should be.

My dad is proud of me, even if he is unable to tell me directly, even if he has to tell me through others, that fact remains: my dad is proud of me. He will never know what that means to me.

I've been looking for 20 or 30 minutes for a passage I thought I remembered, but I can't find it now.  I thought it was a proverb, something about Children, good parents are a blessing from God.  If you know of it, please let me know.

God, thank you for good parents, those who push you in the right directions, who stand behind you, stand up for you, stand by and let you make mistakes, and who love you BECAUSE they are your parents.  Amen.

Yard work

My neighbor to my west mows my front yard, and my neighbor to my east mows my back yard behind my fence, so the yard that I have that is fenced behind my house had gotten pretty high. It seemed like a waste to start my gas mower to mow a 10-yard square patch of grass. One day last week a kid came by, asking if I had any yard work for him to so. I said YES, and had him mow my back yard. Except I forgot to tell him that there was a septic-line clean out trap back there. So he ran over it. So now there is raw sewage in the low part of my back yard, and pooling under my house. Now, I don't know if it was leaking before and I didn't notice it because the grass was REALLY high, or if when he hit it he cracked it way down in the ground, and now it's leaking. At any rate, any small amount of money I had left from the government Stimulus Package will now go to the plumber. Oh, the joys of owning a house.

From Michelle

Monday, July 7, 2008

And THAT'S why I have a Mac

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so THAT'S why people go to Hell...

The Heaven Entrance Exam Is Teeming With Poetry Questions
Teacher (about poetry assignment): Some of you did a good job and wrote some wonderful things. Some of you just did the assignment. Some of you haven't even turned it in. Those people are going to hell.

TJHSST
Alexandria, Virginia
via Overheard Everywhere, Jul 5, 2008

Friday, July 4, 2008

The Found 4th!

So, fearing that I was turning into the Old Cat Lady, I decided that I would "Have Fun" this holiday. A friend of mine lives with her parents, but that's ok because they live on the local water. Yippee! Plus, they were gone this weekend, so I went to her house today.

I slept in, then after I woke up and fed the cats, I laid down on the couch for another 3 hours. Lovely.

Called Friend. It rained, so we watched 2 movies, the Simpsons movie, which I hadn't seen yet, and a movie called "Basic" with Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta. Both very good movies.

The clouds sort of cleared, so we went swimming in the bayou. Nice! played and swam about 2 1/2 hours. It started raining again, so we played in the water, in the rain! Yeah! it was interesting, I've never swam in the rain. Plus, it was brackish water so it was easy to stay afloat. Lots of fun. When we were tired of it, we went inside, because it was still raining, instead of grilling outside, we broiled the steaks. Very nice.

Came home watched the last 20 minutes of the local fireworks. Again, nice.

So, I declare that this was a pretty good day. Better than I had thought it might be yesterday. Tomorrow I'm off to the parent's house to help with the Fish Fry.

Hope everyone has a blessed and patriotic 4th of July.

Thank you, Lord, for today, for friends and family, for the country we live in and the freedoms we take for granted every day. Amen.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

The Lost weekend

This is the 4th of July weekend, a nice 3 day weekend. It is hot and summer-y and begging to be out on the water somewhere during the day and watching the fireworks at night.

An acquaintance of mine (we used to be friends, but not so much anymore) has noted on her Myspace page that she is going to go to a Lake about half-way between the 2 of us. There are some mutual acquaintances there, and it's going to be a big Party on the Lake. This brings to mind 2 things.

1. The last set of pictures she has from an event held in the same place with the same people show lots of fit, blonde, thin, string-bikini wearing females with luscious tans and lots of cute boys to hang on. Now, I was never good with bikini's, I've always had a bit of a tummy. Friend never had that issue. Now we are in our 30's, she is still wearing her cute little bikini. I, on the other hand, am starting to look at the suits with the boy-legs, that give just a bit more modesty. Not that I WAS invited, but if I was, I would look like a giant cow next to those girls. Not real good for my ego.

2. What am I actually doing this weekend? Am I going to do something that would inspire pictures, make others sigh and say, "Wow! That looks like fun!!"? I am going to clean my house Friday, because it is quite cluttery, and a bit dirty at the moment, and it needs to be cleaned up, and then on Saturday, I am going to go to my parent's house very early to help my dad with his Fish Fry. Sunday, I will go to church, possibly out to lunch afterward, but no plans after that.

What happened to me? When did long weekends become "Finally, enough time to Work on things at Home"? What happened to going to the lake and drinking and playing in the water with cute boys? What happened to going out on Friday Nights? What happened to carefree weekends with friends, and going to work hungover on Monday?

Somewhere along the line I have lost something. I'm not sure what it is, but something is missing in my life. I feel like life is slipping away from me, like I'm watching it from a distance. I'm turning into an {GASP} Adult. WTF???

A Hodgepodge

This morning sitting in traffic, the guy beside me hocks up a GIANT lugi(lugy? luge? snot ball), opens his car door and spits it out on the road. Then, wipes his chin, closes his door, and drives off at the green light. Nasty. Great way to start the day.

My route to and from work involves crossing an area that is largely undeveloped, and must sport a large and healthy turtle/tarpin population. If I see a turtle trying to cross the road, I will stop my car, wait for traffic to clear, and then carry the turtle to whichever side of the road it is heading. It greatly offends me to see a dead turtle in the road. HELLO?? What, did it RUN OUT in front of you? It is especially abhorant to me when it is dead in the center lane, or on the shoulders. That someone would deliberately run over an animal, and of all things, a TURTLE(?!?!) What, exactly, did you just prove to yourself? That you can hit a near stationary target with your car?

Last night I watched a new Sci-Fi station series, called Eureka! OMG, my new favorite show! I watched the pilot, and it held me all the way to the end, and I was on the edge of my chair for the last 10 minutes. AWESOME show. Roni, if you haven't seen it, you should it is Fantabulous!

Lord, thank you for a better day yesterday, and please give me a decent day today. Amen.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

A Firm Resolve

Having come out of the LWML convention inspired, blessed, and peaceful, I vowed to be more patient at work, to be nicer and not yell and not get aggravated so easily.

It is tuesday, I just bit a grad students head off at work.

I didn't even make it 72 hours. That's just sad.

Lord, please be patient with me as I learn to look at the world with Your eyes. Amen

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