Monday, June 29, 2009

There's a mystery in our house right now

I've been noticing the very steady decline of our glassware for a while now.

When we moved in we had a few matching sets of glasses. 12 assorted glasses that came with the dishes, a set of four really cute glasses my sister gave me, a set of four large water glasses that I love, some random glasses and of course some plastic stuff just for good measure. Well, last summer after our major BBQing had slowed down, I noticed that we were down all 12 glasses that came with the dishes. Luckily I found the exact glasses at a store for cheap and we were back in business.

I knew we were getting low again when we left for my mom's place, but holy hell what happened while we were gone! What was once an over flowing cabinet of glasses only holds a few survivors. Only one the cute glasses my sister gave me is left, only one of the water glasses are left, and of the glasses that came with the dishes and their replacements, only one tall glass and three cocktail glasses are left. What was at least 26 glasses, only 6 survive.

What happened here? Mario rats himself out every time he breaks something. No one that has come over has ever mentioned breaking anything (although I have found remnants in the trash a few times after a few bachelor friends of Mario's has come over). But I don't get it. Was it this bad before we left? Did the time away give me a new perspective on the glass situation? Or...maybe the cats were more pissed off at us that we thought.

The funny part is my mother called mid way through writing this to say she found a great deal on plastic dishes that would be great for all our BBQing parties. Then we have to worry less about people breaking our shit. Funny. I still can't figure out how she knows what's going on when she's not around.

Edited to add...I just got off the phone with a friend. I came back to my desk to find my water glass gone. Mario had taken it to use because the other 2 water glasses were dirty...really? Mine was technically dirty too.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

I apologize! I've been back home since Monday and haven't written anything on the bloggy. Partially because I've been trying to get back into the swing of things. Mostly because I had to finish a highly addictive trashy novel that I started reading while at my mom's place. You can blame my mother, she's got books every where. Of course I found this one in the bathroom one evening...hey don't judge, when you need to be in there for a bit, sometimes a little distraction is needed.

Anyway it was a good book. It was a little out there but very enjoyable and exciting. Here's my complaint though. If you are going to have a slightly out there book, why would you put in such a G-rated sex scene. "His hand moved down to her essence,..." I have never referred to my girly parts as my essence. Yes I realize that if they had actually used the term "girly parts" in book, it wouldn't have been remotely romantic or hot. (I only use that term because I was just trying to keep it a little more comfortable on the blog because my younger cousins read it and I don't want to be a negative influence...right.) However, if you are going to put a sex scene in a book why not be a little more forward than "her essence". I think most of us can handle it. Ok maybe they used "essence" so they wouldn't shock any grandmothers out there. However, I just can't see grandma reading such an action packed book either. Ok...rant over.

Anyways, I'm back and the cats have been bitching at us all week. Poor Bob has been checking to make sure we haven't made a run for it again. He comes in during the night meowing and stepping all over us while we sleep. Then he checks in again in the morning. What a way to wake up. Dexter on the other hand is giving us the cold shoulder. He did warm up a little bit today but he's still acting like an asshole.

Well, back to normal life. I think I'm back on a normal schedule...more blogs to come

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

I'm visiting with my mom for the week, helping her move to a new condo in a retirement community. It's pretty awesome here actually and Mario is counting down the hours until we can buy a condo here also.

There has been lots of driving back and forth to the old house, packing up the trucks and driving back. This leaves lots of time for many conversations. Yesterday mom and I were actually having a serious conversation about my father. We were discussing how dad was raised in a family that didn't discuss problems and serious emotions. One of the things my mother dealt with after they split up was knowing if my father really loved her. He was horrible at showing and saying he loved us. He definitely learned from his mistakes. And he definitely learned to tell my sister and me that he loved us. Although it was a little too late for my mother.

He got better with telling us his emotions. However, when it came to discussing problems, his first instinct was to keep it from us. He wanted to protect us. So when my father's depression kicked in full force, he dealt with it by locking himself away from us. For two girls in high school, this was too much and we didn't know what we had done wrong. It took me crying and yelling at him on the phone one day for him to finally tell me what was going on. The instant he told me he had depression, I became very calm. He realized that a little communication went a long way.

While my mom and I were discussing this, my mom decided to use an analogy. She said, if I invite her to the beach and she says no, I might think that she has a problem with me or doesn't like me. However, if she had told me that she couldn't go to the beach because she has crabs, then I would know that she's the one with the problem. Then I wouldn't have to worry.

Only this analogy did kinda worried me. Why of all things did she come up with this? Maybe this had been something that had happened in the past? Was she trying to tell me she had crabs? The woman really knows how to stop a conversation in it's tracks, because I sure as hell didn't know what to say after that.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Conversation Last Night

Midnight hit last night and I turned to Mario and said guess what time it is! He turned and said "Happy Birthday Sweets!" I told him to lay a birthday kiss on me. Then knowing he has a mental block with the year I was born and how to spell my middle name, I stepped back and asked...

Me: Great, Now how old am I?
Mario: 34
Me: (staring at him)
Mario: 35
Me: (shaking my head)
Mario: 36!?
Me: No Jackass!
Mario: 33! wow you're way younger than me!
Me: Jesus finally! Now how old am I if anyone asks you?
Mario: 27
Me: Good boy...

Why can't he remember how old I am? You'd think marrying a younger woman would be a brag point for him. Mystery.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Of course

I love when you are so excited to see all these people you haven't
seen in a long time that you wake up with a huge zit on your cheek. On
my cheek! At least it's not on my nose or center forehead. I can at
least turn my head a little bit when talking to people...I'll just
look like the girl who's grown up and has a weird quirk of talking out
the left side of her face.

I get pimples like once or twice a year, why now!?

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Tomorrow Mario and I are leaving and heading up north. My Aunt Barbara's memorial is this weekend and I'm looking forward to seeing my family. Family that I haven't seen in a long long time. Including my uncle's family that I haven't seen in an even longer time. I have been informed by my uncle that there will be a drunken BBQ after the memorial and potluck. With all of my uncle's family and's gonna be a huge huge drunken party.

In the mean time, I'm trying to get all kinds of shit finished. I've totally made my life more difficult than necessary. I want the house all clean when we come home. So I've been cleaning, washing laundry, washing towels, sheets, dishes, bathroom...pretty much everything that comes my way has been washed. Doesn't sound too bad really.

However, last night Mario and I stayed up all night. No not having the sexy time. Making a stellar portfolio to submit to Disney Animation. While we were at it and because we're going to be up in the Bay Area, we decided to make one for Pixar. And then a digital portfolio for a studio up in Oregon. It was a long night. Finished off by a run to Staples early this morning for ink to finish printing one CD. (Don't you love when the ink runs out with one thing left to print.) Then he took the portfolio over to his sister at Disney to hand to the submissions coordinator.

I then crapped out until noon. Got up and started cleaning, and washing. Sometime during the day I volunteered to make a fritatta for my mother-in-law(the woman loved the last one, what can I say. Flattery totally works on me). I still have a bunch of photos to print for this weekend of my aunt and family. And to top it off, I have to pick up a friend's family at the airport come midnight. Did you hear that? My head just exploded.

Side note...My friend is pregnant. due any minute. They will be using our second car while we are gone. Her family is in town, so they don't have to rent a car for ridiculous amounts of money. She decided that it would be easier for me to go pick them up at midnight and drive them half way home. Have Mario come and pick me up. Then parents drive off with the car. Yeah it's not necessarily easier for me. More for them. However, with Issac wanting out any second, I will indulge her. With the amount of midnight trips to the airport I've made for them, I better get some serious baby cuddling time in.

Anyway, it's almost nine. My neck and back are killing me. I've been singing happy birthday all day...damn ice cream man is driving by our house about once an hour with happy birthday playing every time. And if I'm not singing that, I'm singing Total Eclipse of the Heart...yes the litteral version that is all over the internet right now. Also, Mario has gotten me addicted to this stupid game on facebook. So I keep checking in on it, to see how it's doing.

I can't win. I better go vaccuum before it gets too late...

Monday, June 08, 2009

Visitng The Farm

Today we were back at the farm. After a small detour to the movie theater to see "The Hangover"(funny funny funny movie), we headed on out. We were a little later than anticipated, however we got there and finished what we set out to do.

A few weeks ago we filled the first raised bed and planted a bunch of vegetable seeds out of pure excitement. We left that day with the second empty raised bed mocking us. At least it was built and in place. However, we've been waiting for the right time to head back out and fill that thing up! We decided that today was the day. Of course we were also very excited to get back out there and see if any of our seeds had produced and popped up yet. We were very excited to see that one of our sweet corn stalks came up a few inches. Woo hoo. And there's another little something that popped up. I think it was radish...however not 100% positive. Our labeling system isn't complete yet.

Anyway, it was lots of sifting dirt and trying to get the rocks out. Add in a nice breeze and you have a mess. I was down wind. I had a complete coating of dirt on me.

Tracy had somehow gotten dirt into her mouth and looked like she was wearing dirt braces.

Of course Mario and his sister were smart enough to stay out of our way and kept relatively clean.

If I had thought about it, I would have taken a photo of our little baby corn stalk. But I didn't because I was tired and dirty and was too busy getting that last beautiful photograph.

The good news is that for now we are finished with the hard labor. One bed is planted and this week Tracy will plant the second bed with a bunch of seedlings she's been growing. There is a large space in between the two beds for a third bed. However, for now we only have the time and money for two small beds. We'll build the middle bed when we really have the time and cash to. Hopefully that will be before this fall, so we can plant a bunch of lettuce and winter veggies. Right now I think we're happy with our two beds and the planters I have on our patio.

I'll be very excited to finally start seeing some home grown vegetables on our table. I have a million little green tomatoes on my tomato plants. I'm just waiting for them all to ripen up!

Friday, June 05, 2009

So I'm not sure if there was any benefit from the water boarding or not. I don't think it didn't work but, it sure as hell didn't keep me from getting sick. I woke up yesterday morning feeling like poop. I sent Mario out for some real medicine(one that would clear out any snot, make my throat stop hurting and would knock me out). He chose well from the confusing collection of allergy and cold medicines at the pharmacy. So I've been in a nice loopy state for the last 24 hours.

Needless to say I didn't go to Disneyland today, I won't go to the farm tomorrow, but I will probably still go to the shoot tomorrow. It's the science fiction club member photo day...somehow I think being on meds will make that situation a lot easier to get through!

So that's been the extent of my life for the last few days. Unexciting and uneventful to say the least. I did try water boarding again last night to see if it would help any. I think it helped for about 20 minutes. It wasn't as bad as the first time I tried it. However, I set Mario up for the water boarding and then went to take a shower. I could hear him whining, crying, and pounding on the counter from the shower. Apparently it's still bad for him no matter how many times he does it.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Water Boarding

Yes I said water boarding. Last week I bought the "Neti Pot" for Mario. The man has some serious allergies. He doesn't like to take meds and I don't want him to continually have to take any, especially if he doesn't want to. So after hearing about people loving their Neti Pots, we decided to give it a try.

I'm not sure if you all have seen how this works. You fill this little tea pot up with water and add in their saline solution. You then put the pot up to your nostril and pour that shit in. You are filling up and rinsing out your nasal passages and sinuses. You're pouring the water in one nostril and it's exiting out the other nostril. It's not a very pretty process. And am I wrong or is this essentially water boarding?!

Mario tried it out when we first bought it. He doesn't make it look good at all! All the moaning, coughing, snottiness and general drama, made it look horrible. Why would you do this to yourself? I have avoided even thinking of trying it. Until tonight. I've been feeling like I had a little bit of post nasal drip. Tonight after dinner, I felt like it was getting a little worse. So we stopped by the pharmacy to pick up a little decongestant. I want this to stop in it's tracks. I'm heading to Disneyland all day Friday, have to work on the farm on Saturday, and have some portrait shoots for a club later on Saturday. I don't want to postpone any of these. So when we got home, I popped a couple of decongestant and then looked at the Neti Pot.

I really didn't want to do it, but I needed to water board myself. I set it all up and just stared at it for a while. It's really hard to think about filling up your nose with water. I had to psych myself up. Finally, I just did it. You know when you're swimming and you get a whole bunch of water up your nose. Yeah it feels like that. Not pleasant. I'd rather not do it. However, if it works and gets rid of this post nasal drip, I'll give it a sure shit try.

*No I didn't video this little adventure for you. It's not an attractive thing to show. Although you can feel free to youtube up some gross Neti Pot videos. I can't watch them, cause I don't' like snot.