Oct. 15th, 2006
10:14 pm - First and Last Name
Just for those interested, there are 53,994 people in the U.S. with my first name, and 101,989 people with my last name. Wow.
Oct. 2nd, 2006
02:20 pm - Swedish Meatballs
Okay, so in an effort to get me to update my LJ, I will share my pregnancy symptoms and house info. with you. Sorry, it's my life these days and therefore, all I've got.... :)
My nephew Henry was christened on Sunday, so we had a big family party on Saturday. For our parties, the hostess does the majority of the work and all the sisters (and sometimes the brothers) bring hors'doevres (sp?) and such. My sister Robin usually brings taco dip, I usually do veggies, etc. Sandy...sandy does swedish meatballs. I, of course, have never enjoyed this, as they are little balls of meat swimming in meaty sauce. Ugh. However, they're usually a real hit at parties. Just ask Art how many he ate. In any case, my preganancy took on a whole new meaning this weekend. When my sister took the lid off the crock pot of meatballs, I literally had to run from the kitchen at top speed while gagging. They smelled just like meaty, gross, wet cat food. I gagged several times, and could have honestly vomited if I'd let myself. I had to stay out of the kitchen until the meatballs were taken outside to the buffet table, b/c even the smallest whiff of them sent me running. It was so gross, and quite comical to my sisters. Naturally, everyone at the party loved the meatballs. Raved about them. Ate them all.
That is my life these days. What fun. :)
Also, we had our house inspection today. Happily, there are no hidden sinkholes, there is no major termite damage, and walls didn't fall down when the inspector tapped on them. :) Our house is indeed a very very very fine house.
Sep. 27th, 2006
07:49 am - Art's Mistake
Hmm -- perhaps no one else noticed this mistake; let me fill you in.
Several posts down, Art put up some pictures of a very very very fine (yellow) house.
He made a mistake. That's not his house.
It's OUR house. OUR's. Not HIS. But OUR's.
(he has a real problem with pronouns).
Aug. 28th, 2006
10:18 am - Brita filters/itunes
Okay, so Art and I did the same thing Leah did.
We bought a ridiculous number of Brita filters (8!!), just so we could have a free itunes gift certificate. Of course, we'll eventually use the filters, it's just silly to have so many at once.
But I wanted to post b/c we almost had the exact same experience as you Leah -- our cashier rings up the two boxes of filters, Art explains that he wants the itunes gift certificate to go with it...and she looks at us blankly. She explains that nothing extra came up on the screen. Art explains what the sign in the brita filter aisle says. She pulls out the circular. Sees the same deal in the circular. Looks blankly about for a few seconds. I was JUST ABOUT to say skip it, I'm not doing this. But then she gets the very good idea to scan in the gift card, which, ta-da!, comes up as free...
all is right in the tar-get chateau world.
Aug. 20th, 2006
10:00 am - My newest way to waste time...
So, I thought I'd share some contests with everyone. I LOVE entering contests -- hey, you never know! So, I put these two links in my favorites folder, and enter every day. :)
www.expediagiveaway.com -- they're giving away a $50,000 dream vacation as the grand prize, but every week they give away a trip too. This week is a 3-night stay in NYC (perfect for you, Jut, really perfect). But, also, every day when you enter you get a chance to win a digital camera or camcorder too. Love it.
www.oprah.com -- I KNOW most of you hate Oprah (I still don't get why, but whatever), but....she's giving away free trips to Chicago. Granted that includes tix to her show (for me, that's awesome), but you could always "get stuck in traffic." Just enjoy the free trip to Chicago!
anyways, I know this makes me a little bit of a dork. But, you don't be making fun of me if I win a trip for Art and I to visit the West Coast, will you? :)
09:55 am - My Inner European
|Your Inner European is Dutch!|
Open minded and tolerant.
You're up for just about anything.
Cool! Now I know why we get along so well Leah. What were your answers? I said a Saab, vacationing with lots of relaxing, an asian dish with chocolate mousse, and hanging out at a pub with friends....
Aug. 18th, 2006
11:23 am - Feeling Incompetent
Now that we're all, technically, adults, does anyone else have moments where they just feel completely ignorant and incompetent? I really hope that it's not just me.
Okay, so, we're looking to possibly buy a house, right? So, with my lovely summer off I have immersed myself in our finances. What comes in, when it goes out, are we spending more than we make (pretty much), and how do we stop that. etc. So, once I had a decent idea of income and expenses, I figured I'd know how much house we could afford. Right, as if it's that simple. No, no, no. You must figure out mortgages, points, mortgage insurance, homeowner's insurance, taxes, escrow, lenders fees....How the HELL does anyone figure this all out?! I've talked to siblings, I read "home buying for dummies," I've looked things up on the internet....when does this all start to *click* and make sense in my head? Seriously, it's like math for me. I can try and try and try and STILL, i can't quite make sense of it all. This sucks. After a whole summer of this crap, I still don't really understand if we can afford a house, how much house we can afford, and how to go about buying that house.
So, I feel incompetent. Why oh why am I so good at organizing and cleaning, but so terrible at every other basic life skill?!?
P.s. As if trying to buy a house wasn't bad enough, I'm also trying to transfer my 403B (yes, from the job I quit a year ago...it's taken me this long. Ya'know why? BECAUSE I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHAT I'M DOING!!), and....LOL.....have a baby. I potentially only have 7 months left to figure that out (epidurals, midwives, breastfeeding, lactation consultants, ob/gyns...god help me).
sorry, rant over.
Jun. 24th, 2006
"School's out for summer
"School's out forever
School's been blown to pieces
Out for summer
Out till fall
We might not go back at all"
So, I'm free. School has been out for approximately 24 hours and 17 minutes. Thus, that song has been particularly appropriate. :) Of course, it is slightly ironic that I may, in fact, not go back at all. As most of you know, I was officially laid off several months back. And despite my principal's assurance that it was all merely political and I would surely be hired back shortly, that has not actually happened. So, resumes go out on Monday. Yippee kippee fucking kai-eh (I don't know where that saying comes from or how to spell it).
No real worries though. I have my per diem work at B23, my paychecks continue through the summer and I'm eligible for pro-rated unemployment until my bosses wake the f up and decide to rehire me. Or until someone else hires me.
So, I guess Gary and I could IM all day. And perhaps shortly (tho we hope not), Leah could join us. ;)
That's my life.
Jun. 15th, 2006
10:37 pm - kids
So I just found out my brother Scott's wife is pregnant. Ya'know what that means? BABY FUCKING FEVER in the Ball family (ya'know, because Christa has a one month old baby, Shane is expecting a baby in July and now Scott is expecting a baby in December). It's too much. Way too much.
Jun. 6th, 2006
11:21 pm - wow -- I've missed a lot
Okay, so last week at some point, our computer crashed. And I have to say that every time our computer crashes, this is how it happens.
...I try to log on to a website, and instead get bombarded by pop-ups. What kind of pop-ups you might ask. THOSE kind of pop-ups. Offering every kind of sex you can imagine, pictures of people having every kind of sex you can imagine, & tools to better allow for/perform in every kind of sex you can imagine. It's really quite absurd. And, of course, though I happen to be the one on the computer whenever this happens (2-3 times now, I believe), I blame it squarely on Art.
In any case, our computer crashed and thus I have been very very out of the loop lately. LEAH! What has happened to your life over the past weekend?! I will most definitely be calling you, but in the meantime, I'm sorry you might get laid off and I'm really sorry your car is falling apart. :( Bob, I'm bummed I missed your East Coast trip, I'll plan better next time. And Jut, I'm looking forward to seeing you this weekend. oh yeah -- GO GARY GO!
Finally, I'm loving this whole vay-kay thing. I'm not completely sure I'll survive it, but I think it's definitely time for me to get in on one of these "everyone pile into one house and get raucously (sp?) drunk" vacation things. Plus, I miss everyone. :(