Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Little ol' productive me

I forgot, I was going to tell y'all how unbelievable productive I was this morning. Good thing too, seeing as I'll be in bed for two days!

Okay, last night, I got in bed about 9:55pm. Early for me, but I was stressed and nervous about today and just couldn't keep my eyes open anymore. Well, crappy thing was Ward didn't come to bed until almost 2am! Major woke me up about 11:35pm and I felt like I had slept for HOURS so I'm thinking it's early in the morning. Then I realize lights are still on and the other half of the bed is still empty. Ugh. I go back to sleep only to keep waking up every 30-60min. until Ward finally comes to bed. Then I slept all the way through till whopping 5:15am! ::insert sarcasm here:: Alarm is set for 6:15am, but I'm like WIDE awake. Eh, guess I'll go ahead and just get up. I'm glad I did though. I was super awake and ended up being super productive. So, between the hours of 5:30am and 8am (when we left for the oral surgeon), here's what I did:

1) let dogs out
2) cleaned kitchen
3) fed dogs
4) showered/got dressed
5) put away three loads of laundry
6) stuck a load of towels in to wash
7) changed the sheets on our bed
8) spent some time on updating my chart and catching up on message board posts since last night. (I've kinda become addicted to this site this past week. I just can't stop!)

Not bad, right? But yeah, definitely good that I got all that done since I can't do like ANYTHING right now. I hope to at least be able to get out of bed tomorrow and quite having to gauze my incision site. That would be nice.

Checking in

Hey y'all! I know I said that I would start doing better with my blogging and yet it's been another week or so since my last visit. Shame on me. ::slaps hand:: BUT, I'm now laid up in bed for the next day, so I have a bit of time. Thought I'd give y'all a quick update as to WHY I'm laid up in bed.

I mentioned in my 2009 review that the dentist found a cyst under my gums back where one of my wisdom teeth was removed from and sent me to the oral surgeon. Went in to see him and verified there was a cyst there. His plan of action: CT scan to get a better 3D picture of it, biopsy to determine what type to know best treatment plan, then finally removal.

This morning was biopsy day. And let me tell you. Having a biopsy on a cyst in your mouth is not. fun. at. all. The actual procedure went quite quickly. We got there about 9am and we were on the way home by 10:15am. It's the pain and bleeding and dry scratchy throat afterwards that kill you. Believe you me.

My throat was so dry and scratchy that I could barely talk and had to get Ward to bring me a notepad so I could write down everything I wanted to say. Once I became coherent enough I had him bring the laptop so then I just typed what I wanted. He's been downstairs most of the day so anytime I need him, I either send him a text or honk my duck call. Yes, you heard that right. Duck. Call. Apparently he could not find a suitable bell for me to ring, so I get a duck call. And then he has the nerve to call my 'calling' "pitiful". try blowing through this thing when you can barely feel half your mouth and the other half hurts!

My stitches keep bleeding so I've had gauze stuffed in my mouth all day. Sure doesn't help the dry throat situation there. And to top it off, my pain meds aren't really helping all that much. It took sooooooo long for them to kick in and I took one just as soon as we got home this morning. I'm supposed to keep ice on 30min on and 10min off. I took it off after the first 30 min and not a minute later the pain came back so strong I wanted to cry. I've had ice on continuously since then. But hubby's been great about getting me new ice packs. He even used the vacu-packer to make some so they wouldn't leak. He's so resourceful, that man. I think if the pain continues as bad as it is today, I think I'll have Ward call tomorrow to get a new drug. They gave me Darvocet, which has acetaminophen (Tylenol), and Tylenol has NEVER worked for me. Errg.

So, for the results. They at least found that it was definitely a cyst and not a tumor, so that was good. Pathology results as to the type of cyst should be due back in the next week. I've got a follow-up scheduled for the 1st. Hopefully those come back saying it's just your everyday cyst and they just have to go in and scoop it out. Oral Surgeon said some cysts are real aggressive and not only do they take out the cyst, but also tissue and possibly teeth around it as well. I do NOT want to have that kind of cyst!! The bad news? Yes, there was bad news. Apparently the cyst is quite large. Probably like Brazil nut size. So it's already pressing into my jaw bone and like eroding away the bone so they actually will have to take out part of my jaw bone to get out the entire cyst. Greeeeaaaaat. Doc says though that since I'm young and healthy, the bone will regenerate itself so they won't have to put in any reinforcement. Better keep up with my calcium, huh? But he was quite concerned about the strength of the jaw and said even eating a tough steak might cause it to fracture! So I'll be on a quite soft food diet for a while after they remove the cyst.

Haha! I'm sure you guys were totally looking forward to reading all about cysts and jaws and bleeding. :o) But it's what's going on in my life right now, so I thought that I would share. Thanks for 'listening'!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Couples Survey

I saw this over on Eyegirl's blog and thought it was cute. Not sure if y'all ever got the full story of Ward and I, so I will share with you. Enjoy!

In The Beginning

Your name:

Your partner's name:

How we met:
We probably started fighting over the crayons or something along those lines, I'm sure.

Where we met:
Kindergarten. We were in the same class. Sure makes the last answer make more sense, eh?

What attracted you to each other:
Well, surely he couldn't resist me and all my 5 year old adorable-ness. And he had such cute little chubby cheeks!

How long before you went out:
Haha! Oh, about 13 years!

First Date

It was November of 2000. Not sure it was ever like an official "date". We had known each other for 13 years, but never really ran in the same circles. But after we decided we liked each other, me, him, and a couple other friends went to Denny's one night. I think that was the same night we decided we were officially 'dating'. November 25, 2000.

Oops...already answered that one...Denny's. Classy, right?

Who asked who:
To be honest, he asked me out on an actual date first, but I had a student council event that night so I couldn't go. So I, in turn, invited him to go out to dinner with me and some friends.

Best part about the date:
The end. We all rode together from my house, so when we got back, he was the last to leave. ;o)

Most nervous about:
Hanging out with him and my friends. We all knew each other, but we'd never all hung out really outside of school. It went amazingly smooth, though. Then I got real nervous once he was the only left at my house after we got back from dinner!

Who called whom first:
Okay, so I probably need to tell a bit of the back story for this to make sense. I liked him. We were in class together. He was having a party at his mom's beach house the weekend of the last football game. Me and two friends were going down to Galveston that night already to get our belly buttons pierced (aren't I the rebel!?) so I asked him if we could swing by. We did. He was wasted, but we hung out, played Duck Hunt on the (old skool) Nintendo, I got to drive his new truck to Jack in the Box, and walked on the beach talking while trying to find my friend who had 'disappeared' with a guy. He hugged me when we left while his ex-girlfriend was glaring at us from the balcony. (ha!) The next week at school, he confessed to his best friend that he thought he liked me. I (had a crush on him for years so I) wanted to see if it would go somewhere, so I called him to see if we could borrow his truck for the student council food drive. He agreed, which led to the dinner at Denny's after we were all finished transporting the canned goods...

First Kiss

That first night after we went to Denny's.

Out in the breezeway at my parent's house.

Who kissed whom first:
Hmm...I'm gonna say it was pretty mutual, but I was nervous as all get out, so he probably leaned in first.

We will always remember:
The date. Of course, I'll always remember the shirt I was wearing. It was red, with a glittery butterfly on it. :o)

Saying the LOVE word

Who said it first:
Actually, he did. He was really upset about something (can't remember exactly what anymore) and about on the verge of tears and during the conversation he mumbled something along the lines of, "I think I'm in love with you...". To which I responded by wrapping my arms around his neck and hugging him tight and saying, "Well, you know I love you, right??"

You, know, I don't recall exactly when that was.

We were at my parent's house. He was about to go home when the whole upsetting conversation started. Man, I sure wish I could remember why he was so upset in the first place.

His reaction:
He just kept hugging me tight. I think it helped him calm down though...knowing that it was mutual.

Your reaction:
No guy had ever told me that and I knew I loved him so I was just so happy I finally found someone that loved me back!

First Trip

When was it:
July of 2001

Where was it to:
I got to go with his family to his mom's side's family reunion in California.

Did you buy any souvenirs:
Mostly edible ones. They have the best salt water taffy.

Have you been back together:
We have. A couple times. They have the reunion every year.

Tokens of affection

First gift he gave you:
Christmas of 2000. We'd only been dating a month. I'm pretty sure he got me a cute hoodie and some cotton shorts that said SOFTBALL...I'd started playing again shortly before that.

First gift you gave him:
I got him a wallet. And Reese's peanut butter cups. His fave.

When was the last time you bought or received flowers:
He got me flowers not too long ago. Just cuz. :o)

What did or will you do for Valentines day?
Well, last year, he was in Paris for Valentine's...not sure what's in store for us yet this year.

Feast on this

First meal he cooked for you:
Well, the first memorable meal would have to be from our one year anniversary. We stole down to the beach house, alone, for the night and we cooked shells and cheese and added some ham to it.

First meal you cooked for him:
I helped with the shells and cheese, but he was trying to be romantic and make me dinner. :o)

Foods you introduced to him:
Gravy. My mom always made gravy with mashed potatoes and his mom didn't.

Foods he introduced to you:
Clam chowder. One of his mom's specialties that I had never had before. Delish, btw!

Nights at home

Favorite meals:
Hmm...not sure if we have any favorites really. There are things that I cook a lot just because we like them and they're easy.

Favorite treats:
We love brownies. So I try not to make them too often. They get eaten way too fast!

Favorite things to do:
Sit on the couch and watch movies. We're so boring!

Favorite Ice Cream:
That I can get out of my freezer? Mine would probably be mint chocolate chip. His would be the HEB Creamy Creations caramel turtle pecan or something like that.

Out on the town

Favorite restaurants:
I would say the Mexican place back home, El Sombrero. He loves it to, but I don't know if he'd call it a favorite or not...

Favorite dance club:
Uhh...we don't dance...

Favorite theatres:
Um, movie theater? Because that's the only theaters we ever go to!

Favorite activities:
Like Eyegirl, we're not too terribly exciting. Dinner and a movie is about as exciting as we get when we go out. Every once in a blue moon we make it out to a concert, so that's fun.

Our future holds

What he wishes for:
A few acres and a big house and an offshore boat and a deer lease so he can teach his sons how to hunt and fish. :o)

What you wish for:
Happiness and less stress and a family of our own.


Our Differences:
Ha! I'm sure some people would call us the epitomy of "opposites attract"!

Our Similarities:
We're both quite family oriented, smart, hardworking, perfectionists, stubborn...and we love each other! :o)

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

New Year, New Beginnings (Part II)

I suppose you could call this my New Year's Resolutions post. I'm not quite certain they're all "resolutions", per say. I guess it's more just a list of things I want to do in 2010. Beginnings and finishes, if you will.

I'll start with the finishes, since those 'began' some time ago and, well, they just need to get finished!

1) De-clutter and organize the house. I made a good start earlier last year...putting things aside I knew I wanted to get rid of, starting to find actual homes for all my 'stuff' around the house. But progress has waned lately and I must get back on it.

2) Complete our home projects. There's still quite a bit on the list to do before I'll really feel like we're 'finished' with our house, but it's all totally doable within the next few months. We just need to push it out!

You know, really that's all I've got for finishes. Not bad, eh? So, onto the New Beginnings! This section is more the resolution part, though not totally. I guess I'll just let you decide for yourself...

1) This year, I want to get back into the blogging. Noticed how I've been coming at you full force this week so far? I want to keep at it! And I may need some help from you guys. Is there anyone else that cannot blog from work? How do you keep up with it? What are some tips and tricks? I want to be a participating member of this community because, to be honest, you guys really do help keep me sane and I want to be able to return the favor!

2) Remember a few months back I started talking about opening up an Etsy store? My goal was to be up and running by November. Well, that, obviously, didn't happen. So, new goal? Open the store this year! That goes along a lot with my 'finishes' for the year because until this office gets de-cluttered and organized, it's really hard to work in here.

3) Okay, so this is for sure an actual resolution. This year, I vow to stay organized! It may take me a while to get there, but once it's all done, I. Will. Keep. At. It. No ifs, ands, or buts!

4) My last big 'beginning' on the list would have to get pregnant! I know it still may be a struggle. I first want to find out what all needs to be done about this cyst in my mouth. (But at least I go back to the oral surgeon on Tuesday to go over my CT scan) Then I need to go back to my OB/GYN for some more testing before she starts me on the Clomid. (Though to get the nurse to call me back about that appointment would certainly be helpful) But hopefully after all that we can finally be sucessful!

You may have noticed this is Part II of my New Year, New Beginnings series. I have one last and final post to finish it up, but it's still in the works. I have a bit of thinking to do before I put it all down and reveal my final New Beginnings masterpiece! Intrigued, yet? I sure hope so. :o)

Have a good night, y'all! I'm off to hush up the dogs from barking at the neighbors so I can watch the season premier of Secret Life of the American Teenager that I missed on Monday!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Year in Review

Heh heh...silly me. I really did bring home my paper on which I had written down all of last years events yesterday. But, of course, I didn't realize it until I was already ready to head up to bed. Hey, but at least I got to the computer tonight to actually type it up, right?

So without further 2009 in review...

January: I spent New Year's Eve hanging out with some great friends over at Val's, while Ward was away in Korea for work. Great start to the year, right? He called me at like 9am New Year's Eve, my time to wish me Happy New Year! since it's was already midnight in Korea! I lost my previous promotion at work because of cut backs. That was a bummer. At least they only took my title...and my office... :o/ We started on Dave Ramsey's Total Money Makeover this month. Time to get that budget in gear!!

February: Go figure, the second holiday of the year, and Ward is gone again. But this time, I spent Valentine's Day here while the hubs was in Paris! Of all places, he has to go to the 'City of Love', on Valentine's no less, without me! At least I was able to convince Bailey to go out to see an old friend's band play at a local bar and grill. It was some wonderful girl time. :o) Also, this month, I finally quit the gym. Why pay $150 a month for something I was barely utilizing?? And most notable this month, I started this here blog!

March: This month, Ward and I celebrated 3 lovely years of marriage by spending a long weekend in Florida attending one of my cousin's weddings. It was quite a lovely little vacation. And a glorious wedding...the $100,000+ kind... At least I don't think Ward had to leave the country this month.

April: The most noteworthy event of April, as far as I can remember, was Ward having to go to Africa. He and his boss spent a week flitting around Europe before they finally arrived to spend another week in Africa. That was an interesting trip for him, to say the least. I'm pretty sure this is the month, while Ward was away, that I started reading the Twilight series. I'm also pretty sure I read the entire 2400+ page series in less than two weeks.

May: I don't think too much happened in May. We celebrated Val and Tony's birthday's. I got super excited to go see a Jason Aldean concert with some friends, but it ended up getting rained out. Total bummer.

June: June marked the first time Ward had to go to Brazil. He was gone for two long weeks. Umm...other than that...I hosted Bunco this month. Not sure if I did anything else... For some reason, I want to say I re-read the Twilight series again this month. I'm sick, I know...

July: This month, Ward and I got to spend a blissful 5 days on the beaches of the Dominican Republic with superb company. We also marked vacation as our official start to trying to get pregnant! I also got my iPhone this month! That was an exciting day for me. :o)

August: Ward spent some more time in Brazil this month. But we also were able to take a few days off from work and spend time with family up in Iowa for the Sweet Corn Festival. That was quite a nice time. I really enjoyed my Volvo convertible rental car, too.

September: We spent a nice day at the beach for Labor Day. And what a lovely day it was. Everyone with their dogs, just having a nice relaxing time. My best friend found out she was pregnant this month! That was exciting news. And Ward's pretty sure he went to Brazil again this month, too.

October: We did the 5k for the Susan G. Komen foundation in downtown Houston. I also did a 1 mile walk on the the beach with the dogs and my mom for the Alzheimer's Foundation. Ward went to Brazil, yet again, but this time he had to be down there for his birthday. :o( So we celebrated when he got back.

November: This month marked MY birthday! The big 2-7. How time flies! Bailey, Val, Val's sis-in-law, and I waited in line for two hours to see New Moon the day it came out. And well worth the wait, I might add! And in honor of the second movie in the saga coming out, I of course re-re-read the entire series of books...yet again. And still just as good the third time around! Lol! Oh yeah, Thanksgiving was this month and Ward's grandparents came out from California so it was nice to spend a little time with them while they were here.

December: December began with us having to put a brand new transmission in my car. My three and a half year old car. My only 47,000 miles on it car. Yeah, that sucked. At least we only had to spend about $875 on it since we're pretty sure the dealership screwed it up in the first place since it went out not one week after they "repaired" a transmission fluid leak. Uh huh. I also learned this month that I have a big ol' cyst in my mouth. Back under the gums where one of my wisdom teeth had been removed from. Awesome. And Ward took the last week of the month off of work to do some projects around the house. His brother, being on break from school, helped out so we got a ton of painting done and the flooring in the dining room FINALLY got laid. Pretty sure we bought that flooring in February. Of 2008. At least we ended the year on a good note, we bought me a new car on New Year's Eve!

Help me out, Val, did I miss anything?? I have such a horrible memory. Most of this stuff I only remembered because I had written down in my calendar! Goodness me.

Overall, it was a pretty lackluster year. A few ups...lots of downs. Some highs...lots of lows. I will say though, for as much as I thought 2009 pretty much sucked, there was plenty to be thankful for. We both have jobs, we have a roof over our head and food on our table (and in our dog bowls), we reined in our spending and saved a ton this year, and we even got to spend two great vacations with friends AND with family. So that, my friends, can sure make for a great year.


The movie, that is.

Ward and I watched Australia last night. I remember wanting to see it when it came out, but we never got around to it. Then I saw the DVD at Target a couple weeks ago and remembered I'd wanted to see it. So I added it to the top of my Netflix list when I got home.

It actually came in before Christmas, but with our house being in a state of construction chaos (more on that later), I didn't find it until this weekend.

Wanting a cozy evening on the couch, we watched it last night. If you have not seen this movie, go, right now, and watch it. Seriously. It's that good. Quite a long 2 1/2 hours long...but worth every minute.

Maybe I'm biased since I thoroughly enjoy movies based on real historic events (i.e. Pearl Harbor, Titanic, Twilight...uhh...that wasn't out loud was it?). So very first off I was intrigued by the story. Then there was the cast. I'm quite a fan of Nicole Kidman. And, whoa, when you see Hugh Jackman...and that body of his. ::fans self while blushing:: Oh my. They are absolutely great together, too.

There's funny parts, sad parts, happy parts, suspenseful parts. I thought it was an absolutely fabulous movie and I very much hope to watch it again. Soon. I may even buy it. Then I can watch it whenever I darn well please.

Funny that Ward and I recently got Netflix and we're a big movie watching family, but yet there are quite a few movies, that some would even consider 'classics', that I have never seen. At least not start to finish. Poke fun all you want as these movies include ones such as Grease (I'm not real big on musicals), Sixteen Candles (not sure why I've never seen this whole movie...), and The Notebook (sadly I have OWNED this movie for TWO YEARS and have still yet to watch it). So yeah, maybe I should go ahead and add these to my list so people will stop gaping at me, mouths hanging open, when I say I've never seen them. Yeah, that would be good.

Any other 'must see' movies y'all would recommend?

Monday, January 4, 2010

New year, new beginnings (Part I)

Look at that, y'all! I promised I would be back this evening, and low and behold, here I am! Crazy, I know.

Okay, so here it is, a new year. A year that, for me at least, I hope is better than the last. Val did a cute review of her 2009 and I believe that I will do the same, just not right now. (Actually, I wrote it all down at work, then forgot the paper! Hate when I do that...) So, for now, I will just tell y'all about my most exciting news for the new year.

And no, it's not, "I'm pregnant!" :oP

But hopefully soon that will be my news. No, no...for now my news is...

My new car!

Ain't she cute??
Even though my old car was only 3 1/2 years old, you'll learn in my 2009 year in review post that we just had to replace the transmission. Yeah, I know! This, after more problems than a 3 year old car should have, and Ward had had enough. He was quite ready to get rid of it. And so we traded it in for this beauty of a new Ford Edge. (Yes, just like Val has) Now we're twinkies! :o) At least I got silver and she's got white, right?
I have to admit though, it's a great car. I can definitely see me holding onto this baby for a long time. Especially since we pretty much went all out on it. It's got everything I'll ever need! Dual moonroofs, navigation, leather seats, satellite radio, power liftgate, heated seats, SYNC (which is AWESOME, by the way)...yep, I'm in love!
I really do have a couple other things I really want to post about, but they will have to wait. 1) because I'm hungry and ready to start dinner 2) I also need to go collect all the trash from around the house because tomorrow is trash day and 3) I need to take some pictures to make my post make more sense.
Okie doke, that's all from me...for now. :o) I hope you all had a wonderful New Year and here's to a stellar 2010!!


Or rather me, 'popping' in to say:

Howdy all! Pretty sure it's been quite some time since I posted last. Believe it or not, I do actually have a few things to post about! I'm sure you all are just hanging on the 'edge' of your seats to find out what, right?

(Oops...I didn't just give something away, did I??)

Well, you'll just have to wait a teensy bit longer because there is no way I can post it all from my iPhone app.

I'm sure the anticipation is just killing you! Well, don't fret too much. I promise to be back later this evening to tell you all about it! :o)

Oh, and yes, I'm still around. I wouldn't give up on me just yet. ;o)