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Wrapping it Up

October 11, 2009

Mercy mercy.  I have had the worst case of the flu I’ve had in the last five years for the past week.  I have slept literally all week, and have not left the house since my brief (very pathetic) attempt to work on Wednesday.  What a mistake!  If I had not tried to work on Wednesday and then part of the day Thursday, I really think I would totally be over this blasted thing and better able to enjoy my weekend.  Instead, I am still laying around sniffling, coughing, and feeling mildly miserable.

So, I haven’t stepped foot outside the door since Thursday a.m., and then only for a few brief hours, and it has been oh-so-long since I have sat outside on my back porch, which I normally do for about three hours a day.  It hasn’t helped that it has been (relatively) absolutely frigid outside, with rain and clouds to boot.  Fall is definitely here. 

I was feeling a bit better yesterday and actually, rather stir-crazy.  I took that opportunity to clean out my closet, moving spring/summer out and fall/winter in.  I must say that, after assessing my wardrobe, being teased mercilessly by Dr. Love about needing to move things out so new things may be purchased, I am in desparate need of some new clothing. 

It has been two winters since I have had a job where I had to dress business casual, at a minimum.  I have a handful of sweaters, most of them fairly worn out, five pairs of winter dress pants, and no winter shoes.  I have been needling QoB to assist with some online shopping for some new fall/winter clothing, throwing around some ideas, circling items in catalogues, emailing pictures, and think I am finally wearing her down. 

Of course, she is a rather busy lady and I am trying to be ever-so-patient with the whole process.  I do know that with the help of my fashion advisors, QoB and Dr. Love, that I will be stylish this season and able to wear more than three basic outfits.  Sometimes it really strikes me how fashion-challenged I am, especially considering how good I am about coordinating jewelry, shoes, and socks. 

I know that sounds odd, but I do have a rather great flair for doing so — the scarf coordinating with the earrings coordinating with the shoes.  It’s almost an OCD thing, or possibly a vanity thing — but it’s really important to me that things match.  I do spend quite a bit of my time wearing mostly solid colors, namely black, gray, red, and white.  While I don’t think there is necessarily anything wrong with that, I can at times get into traps where I hold onto items and continue to wear them past the point where I should.  So the shirt shrunk in the drier — well I’ll just wear a longer shirt under it to cover up the fact that it shows my belly.  Pants too short?  Make it a style, dahling.  😀

When Dr. Love and I first met, he joked quite a bit that he was going to nominate me to go on the show What Not To Wear.  Apparently, in addition to my keen eye for jewelry, scarves, shoes, accessories in general, I am sometimes clueless as to what to put on the rest of my body.  I honestly do think that Dr. Love has saved me on more than one occasion from leaving the house looking like a total disaster.  Bless his heart, as Gma would say. 

A song that QoB and I are trying to get my little sis to play at her wedding reception/dance:

Michael Franti and Spearhead, Say Hey

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Worth Remembering

October 3, 2009

I’ve been thinking a lot about Sondra and my grandpa this week.  I think it all started when Sondra wasn’t at my sister’s bridal shower, and the realization that Ab won’t be able to dance with Grandpa at her wedding.  I can’t pretend to imagine what that’s like for my sister, or my mom.  Absolutely awful, I suppose.  Sometimes, given enough contemplation and thought and silence, things just hit you. 

Brad Paisley, featuring Dolly Parton, When I Get Where I’m Going

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Take a Little Time

September 17, 2009

Wow, I was getting in such a good routine of blogging in the mornings, and now it’s been almost a week!  What the quack??? to borrow a much-loved new expression from QoB.  😀

I think the reason for the lack of blogging is that the only real down-time I have is in the mornings, and I am really enjoying drinking my coffee, smoking, and listening to the iPod on the back porch, looking out into my beautiful yard.  That, and I have been working at being super-productive in the mornings, so that I can come home in the evenings and just chill, spend good quality time with Dr. Love, and get to bed at a decent time so that I can get up in the a.m. and do it all over again.  I’ve managed to get about two weeks of laundry totally done, have cleaned the kitchen every a.m. for about the last ten days (Dr. Love needed a break, I thought, and I was feeling guilty that I was pitching in on that project so infrequently), and have been picking up the house and keeping it nice and clean.

I love that feeling when everything in the house and on the chore-list is “just-so.”  No, not any control issues here or OCD issues here.  😀

I think we are headed out to the lake again this weekend.  The weather is supposed to be nice, except for some rain overnight on Saturday.  As QoB says, though, that’s all part of camping!  Dr. Love and I are really starting to get the hang of this whole camping thing and we’re LOVING it.  It’s so nice and relaxing to just get away, from the responsibilities at the house, from work, from the computer and the phone and just spend quality time together. 

QoB and Big Dog took their camper out to the lake last night, so I am sure we will be seeing them this weekend.  That will be nice for us and for them, because we don’t get to spend tons of quality time together, with them being so busy with the shops and, really, with Dr. Love and I being so busy just doing our thing.  Big Dog and QoB definitely need a break at this point…the busy seasons are ending and they’ve both been working seven days a week, just non-stop craziness. 

I think it’s kind of weird how everybody (including myself, sometimes) feels bad for the Big Dog because he has to work so much, but QoB is really working her ass off, too.  Granted, she is only working four 8’s a week at her regular job, but she’s putting in hours at the shops almost every evening, whether it is at home doing books/inventory/purchasing/research or at the shop slinging bait, plus she works all weekend from either the house or the shop.  All I have to say is, Madre, you’re amazing and a true inspiration for who I want to be.  MTLI.

So, last weekend Dr. Love and I worked at the shop on Saturday and Sunday, trying to help get stuff done.  We planted a crap-ton of plants for propogation (sp?) for the spring season and put most of them in the correct spots.  I do think Young21, their part-time garden store employee, has a lot of organizing and heavy lifting to do when he recovers from being ill, however.  At least we made some headway, though.  Then on Sunday, QoB and I forced (and I do mean forced) Big Dog to take off at 1:00 and go do something fun.  We ran the shops without a hitch, absolutely no problems.  I love it when a plan comes together.  Now Dr. Love, Big Dog, and I just need to find a way to give QoB a day off.  And by day off, I mean that she would likely spend it working on stuff at the house, because she just can’t.sit.still.  😀

I was thinking of the movie, Beaches — and I really don’t understand why it has such a low rating, because that’s one of the greatest.movies.of.all.time — for some reason this morning and really wanted to hear some Bette Midler

Without further adieu, I give you, one of my favorite celebs, Bette (and I couldn’t decide on just one song, and would love to hear if you have a favorite).  😀

Bette Midler, From a Distance

Bette Midler, The Rose

Bette Midler, Wind Beneath My Wings — and you know, people make fun of this song all the time, but I quackin’ love it, so there.  🙂

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Scootin’ Toward the Weekend

September 4, 2009

Feels like forever since I’ve had a three-day weekend, although pretty sure my last one was about two months ago for the 4th of July.  I haven’t taken any vacation time yet, other than to attend funerals and go to doctor’s appointments, which is definitely not a good use of vacation time, if you ask me.  Part of me wishes I would have taken Tuesday off, as well as having Labor Day off, but I have some time-sensitive issues going on at work right now, and it’s all going down on Wednesday, which means that Tuesday will be absolute hell, and I don’t think my boss would have given it off to me even if I’d asked. 

Looking back, this has been a rather glorious past week.  We went camping last weekend, out to dinner on Monday for Dad’s birthday, over to QoB’s last night for dinner, and this weekend we’re going to Dr. Love’s hometown until Sunday.  On Sunday, we’ll come back to our little town and have a shrimp fry at QoB’s on Sunday, then a home improvement project on Monday with QoB and Big Dog, getting our rock patio finished. 

I cannot WAIT for the patio to be done so Dr. Love and I can sit out there in the cooler fall evenings with the fire pit blazing, sitting on our oh-so-comfortable lawn furniture!  I will do my best to get before and after pics…I’m getting giddy just thinking about it.  Nothing better than a little camp-fire on a glorious fall evening.  We may even break out marshmallows.  Actually knowing Dr. Love, we WILL be breaking out the marshmallows, OFTEN. 

 I have not been visiting and commenting on blogs as well as I had been there for awhile.  I’m not sure what the deal is, but it seems like we have been so busy lately!  Just a couple of weeks ago I was bemoaning the lack of activity in my life, but when I stop and think about it, Dr. Love and I stay pretty busy, between working, keeping up with the house, and visiting family. 

So, Dr. Love and I will be hosting our little home reno project on Monday, and I’m thinking about what I want to have for snacks, drinks, dinner.  I have some ideas about food, have still not decided what to put on the grill, but one thing for sure — we need some great cocktails!  My mom will likely drink beer, but Big Dog loves a little vodka tonic and I think he would also really like a frozen mojito.  When Dr. Love’s parents came into town, my mom found these little pre-mixed pouches of mojitos, margaritas, daquiries (sp?), etc that you just throw in the freezer and they come out in big serving sized drinks.  I’m thinking it’s time to hit the liquor store for some of those!

Another band I would totally go see again if they come close to home again.  Rock on Mr. Petty, rock on!

Free Fallin’, Tom Petty

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Sometimes it Hurts

September 2, 2009

My words aren’t working. 

I love you.

Same Girl, Jack Johnson

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Breaking Out the Blender

August 26, 2009

I have really been itching to blog since Sunday, but we’ve had so much going on, it’s been unbelievable.  I know that’s not a great excuse, that there’s always a few minutes to jot something down, but, being the perfectionist I am — I can’t roll like that. 

I went on a serious mania-induced cleaning spree on Sunday.  I woke up at 3:45 (thank you, dearest mania…grrr) and got right to work.  Dr. Love’s parents were coming into town on Monday and I would not have them think I live in a disaster zone.  Of course, it wasn’t a disaster zone to begin with, but after cleaning, organizing, and clearing clutter straight through from about 4:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. (with a two hour nap in the middle, of course), you could eat off any surface in this house.  Everything was just.so and it made me oh-so-very happy. 

Sunday evening we had drinks and dinner at QoB and BD’s.  It was rather fun (as it always/usually is) once we finally made it over there.  I thought I would blog when we returned home, but I was totally exhausted from all of the cleaning (and all of the not sleeping) and slept from 10p-8a, which is totally unlike me.  I should clean like that more often!

Monday at work passed by pretty quickly, and Dr. Love’s parents arrived in town around noon.  I was very nervous about their visit, mostly because they would be meeting QoB and BD for the first time since we started dating.  Yikes!  Also, I really didn’t want to be at work, but wanted to go play and shop and do fun stuff with everyone.  But, no, someone has to bring home the bacon and the prison looks down on skipping work unless you’re on your deathbed. 

After work, Dr. Love’s parents took us out to dinner at one of our favorite Mexican restaurants, Las Fuentes.  Not only were 99 cent margaritas on the menu, but they have the BEST queso dip.  Who can pass up cheese dip…can you?  Huh huh huh??  Didn’t think so.  🙂

A few margaritas later plus some amazing Enchiladas Nortenas, we were on our way to QoB and BD’s.  I think the margaritas helped me feel more calm, and definitely put Dr. Love’s mom in a relaxed state of mind.  We arrived at the house and, being the awesome hostess she is, QoB had frozen margaritas and mojitos.  Mmmmm.  A good time was had by all, Big Dog was able to tell all about the dramatic events from the last few weeks at the shop, and the parents were finally able to check each other out.  And they actually really liked each other.  Yay!

I think this was, by far, the best visit I’ve had with Dr. Love’s parents.  I’m always worried about them accepting me for who I am, and I think they really got a good picture of who I am this trip and they seemed to still like me.  I also got a lot of compliments on the clean house, which never hurts. 

Only missing the “where’s the salt, where’s the GD salt,” my favorite audience refrain.  🙂

Margaritaville,  Jimmy Buffet and Alan Jackson