May Blog Challenge

Friday, September 27, 2013


I decided to change it up a little on my blog.  Since I am no longer working with the theatre crowd; I am no longer around a stage.  I decided to go with Cristy's Crazy Corner.  This may change because right now I am just "ehh" about it.  I do like the new color scheme though.

My husband has been out of town all week.  He went to San Francisco for an Oracle convention.  I am ready to have him home.  Elexis and I have been doing the single girls thing all week (not that we did anything that we wouldn't do if he were here).  He got to see some cousins up there (the same ones that I wrote about here plus a few more).  This is like his 5th or 6th time to go.  At the end of the end of the conference, there is always a big concert.  Previous years he has seen (and been extremely close to) Aerosmith, Black Eyed Peas, Sting, Billy Joel and a few others.  This year I was extremely jealous that I didn't get to go, because the concert was Maroon 5.  I love Maroon 5.  My husband tolerated them at best.  Now he is a fan.  Yay!

I took Elexis and her best friend to their first high school football game for their school.  They have been to a high school game before, but it was for my brother's school.  We left at half time, but our team was ahead.  I love high school football.  I love going to games.  I hope we get to go to many more.  We are hoping to go see Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 this weekend.  We are going to wait for my husband to get back though.

Anyway...leave thoughts on the new blog design and name.  I am open to suggestions...

Monday, September 23, 2013

It has certainly been a Monday...

I very rarely have "Mondays".  You know the day that seems stacked against you.  Today, I had a Monday!  It started with me turning my alarm off and sleeping until 5 minutes past when I normally leave to take Elexis to school.  I got her up and ready and out the door in 7 minutes.  I couldn't believe it.  She was not late for school which was a big bonus.

The rest of my day pretty uneventful.  I went and played dominos with Granny.  Got caught up on all my elderly population gossip (not from her, but others around her).  I went to the gym and the grocery store.  I did get stuck behind the lady in the express 15 items or less lane who had an entire basket full of stuff (yeah, slightly annoyed by that).  Picked Elexis up from school.

On Monday evenings; she has an extra orchestra (besides the honor orchestra she just got in to).  It's across the city so we usually leave the house 45 minutes to an hour early.  She has to be there by 5:45.  We are usually there by 5:25 if we leave at 4:50.  Well today I missed my first big deal there are several streets that I could turn on to get me to the same place.  Well, the next street I decided to turn.  Big mistake.  I got caught by the train crossing.  A slow moving train comes through, and it gets slower, and slower and finally stops!  Right in the middle of the road.  I am still in my groove because I knew we left in plenty of time.  Well the train started backing up...ahhh!!  Finally it gets off the road and we can pass.  I turn down the street I needed to be on that would take me all the way to the school.  We go another mile and I am noticing 3 helicopters hovering a little further ahead of me.  I knew they were news choppers and I commented to Elexis that something big must have happened.  Yep, something big happened all right, another mile and I happen upon a really big wreck involving an empty school bus and I am guessing some other cars.  Well of course there is a huge line of traffic, it's 5 o'clock.  Luckily, I am going the opposite direction of the traffic.  But, I was diverted to a different road which would take me 2 miles out of my way.  Still no big deal, except I get behind the sllllowwwwest driver ever!  I swear we went 10 miles per hour down the entire two miles.  So finally I get around her and I happen to turn around and look in the back seat...where the cello should be.  So I ask Elexis, "Um, did you forget something important??"  She forgot her cello at home!!  She was trying to get her math finished and forgot her cello.  I had to turn around and go get the cello.  She cannot miss these rehearsals because after two absences she will be kicked out of the orchestra and we already paid the fees.  I haul some serious booty home.  I mean I am weaving and breaking all kinds of speed limits.  My hour window is now 25 minutes.  She runs in and grabs the cello and I take the interstate (which is kind of out of my way) to the college.  She made it at 5:45 on the dot!  I couldn't believe it.  Did I break a few traffic laws to do it?  Yes, I did and I am darn lucky there were no cops, but I knew a lot of them were at the wreck with the school bus.  Elexis had a good rehearsal.

After rehearsal, Elexis was extremely thirsty so we decided to stop at a gas station to get something to drink.  We were talking about how weird the day has been and I totally almost walked out of the store without paying for my drink.  Elexis was like "mom, are you going to pay for that??"  The cashier laughed because she had heard our conversation about the day.  After I got finished paying another one of the workers heard everything too and he looks down at my feet and says, "your shoes are tied together".  I was wearing flip flops.  Did I look?? Yes!  Did he laugh?  Yes.  Did I have a good story?  Yes!

Wake me when it is Tuesday.  I don't trust myself around any heavy machinery today...haha!

Here are a couple of pictures.  Oh, and my husband was on CNBC today.  He is at a conference and they happened to be filming live.
My husband is the one in sunglasses.  He waved to me in another shot.  I DVRed it for him. 

That would be the stopped train.

The wreck involving the bus.  

Sunday, September 22, 2013

My life in a nutshell right now

I am so sorry I have been gone so long.  I really don't have excuses just busy.  My sleep schedule hasn't been all that great either.  Insomnia is kicking my butt.  I usually get about 4 hours of sleep a night and that is not making good productive days.  Even on the weekends I am usually up by 7.  Anyway, here's life in high's and low's.

Elexis got sick on Thursday.  She started running a fever and her throat hurt.  Went to the doc on Friday and she tested negative for strep, flu and mono so it's just a bad sinus infection (yay)

We finally got my pug spayed.  We tried breeding her (my mom and a couple of my friends wanted little Delilah's of their own), but it never took.  It broke my heart dropping her off because she is such a happy dog.  

I think a lot of my insomnia comes from anxiety.  I need to get some stuff settled and maybe I will sleep better.

My car is officially out of warranty.  Last week, right before it rolled over to 120,000 miles, I went and had about $900 worth of work done on it.  Our extended warranty has more than paid for itself.  

I finally went to the dentist after 2 years.  I had two crowns and a filling and I go back for another filling at the end of the month.  My new dentist is super nice and so is his staff.  My family and I love him.  He even gave us a gift card to the movies and his dental assistant says he never does that.  I guess the feeling was mutual.  

Elexis is feeling much better.  So is my pug - she has way more energy.  

On Saturday morning my daughter auditioned for the Oklahoma Honor Chamber Orchestra (OCHO) and got 3rd chair in cellos.  I am sooooo soooo proud of her.  She has been preparing for this all summer.  Next audition is National Honor Chamber Orchestra...crossing our fingers.

I have finally started working on my table that I am stripping and refinishing.  All the old paint is off.  I am now cleaning it and sanding it.  I got half of it done.  I will get it done this week.   I have determination.  

I went to Disney On Ice!  I love DOI.  This is Elexis and I's 12th year going together.  Sometimes my husband joins us, but it is usually just us.  I love it.  It's a good bonding over all things Disney.  

I also stopped procrastinating on a couple of other things as well.  Yay for productivity.  Next stop: catching up on all your blogs.  Get ready to be bombarded by comments from me.  

Here are some middle's
I still haven't made a decision on schooling yet.  I am afraid it is going to be too much and I don't want to overwhelm myself.  

I have still been walking the zoo at least 3 times a week, but I need to get my butt back to the gym.  

I promise that I will start being a better blogger (I need to find another challenge).  I will start posting more on all your blogs.  I have missed all you girls though.  

How about some random pictures?

Brave - Disney On Ice

My favorite - Beauty and the Beast - DOI

Little Mermaid's Flounder - DOI

Glazed donut muffins made for hubby's work

Blueberry Muffins made for hubby's work

Pumpkin Muffins made for hubby's work

Caramel Apple Muffin's made for hubby's work - They were for his monthly meeting that he holds.  The staff loves it because they get goodies.

Pretty flowers at the zoo.

Wagon rides at a rodeo

Elexis and my mother in law's puppies

Oklahoma Science Museum fun with my girl.

I started the 4th book.  I can't believe I didn't read these sooner.

For Lizzy - I painted my nails a holographic purple silver color.  Mine are not as good as hers though.

Dentist fun!  

Happy to have my baby back after 3 days of her being in the shop.

I hope everyone has a great week!  I can't wait to catch up with your lives!!

Sunday Stealing

Fall/Autumn Meme 

 First of all, is autumn your favorite season? Why or why not? 
Yes, autumn and Spring.  I like the weather.
Is it ‘autumn’ or ‘fall’, to you?
I use them both
What kind of weather does your area get during this season? 
Windy, rainy, highs in the mid 60's to 70's

Were you born in an autumn month? 
Do you pay attention to any ‘fall fashions’?
Which leaf color is your favorite? 
I would say Maple, my yard is usually covered in oak leaves though.
Is it still fun to rake the leaves and jump in piles of them? 
Yes.  Not so much jumping, I now kick and throw them in the air.
When can you really tell that it’s autumn? 
When I have to turn the heater on in the car in the morning.
Do you enjoy carving pumpkins? 
Yes, I wish I were better at it.
Do you eat the pumpkin seeds? If so, do you put any kind of flavoring on it?
I love pumpkin seeds.  I am a purist, just a little salt.
Are you planning to go to a pumpkin patch this year? 
Yes, every year. 
Which was your favorite Halloween costume to wear? 
I like my current costume.  Minnie Mouse.
Are you planning to go trick-or-treating? Why or why not?
This may be my daughter's last yes. 
Are there any county fairs or festivals held nearby during this time?
All kinds.  I like going to them.
What is your favorite dessert for this time of year? 
Anything with apple or pear
Is your Thanksgiving Day in October or November, if you even celebrate it? 
Thanksgiving is in November.  
If you do celebrate it, where do you usually have Thanksgiving dinner? 
Thanksgiving is a hit or miss for me.  I used to work on Thanksgiving.  This past Thanksgiving we just got together with my mom and dad.  Small gathering, big hearts.
Do you remember any crafts you used to do that were autumn-themed? 
The leaf placemat in school.  Always a favorite.  I used to do that with Elexis when she was small.  
Are any of your favorite bands doing a fall tour this year? 
Not sure, but pretty jealous that my husband gets to see Maroon 5 on Friday while on a business trip and he has VIP passes.  
Which new TV show are you looking forward to this season?  
The Michael J. Fox show and the one with Robin Williams. 
How does autumn typically make you feel? 
I love fall.  It tends to make me happy.
What color do you always associate with autumn? 
Is there a song that always reminds you of this season? 
No, not really
Do you have any seasonal traditions? 
Pumpkin Patch
Do you spend a lot of time outside during this time of the year? 
Not as much as I would like.  I want to go to more football games this year. 
How can you tell that fall is over?  
When I have to pull out the winter coat. 
What is a typical autumn outfit that you wear?
Jeans, long sleeved shirt, hoodie, running shoes.  
Describe a perfect autumn day:  
Light wind about 70 degrees leaves crunching on the ground.  
Do you hate it when stores start promoting Christmas early? 
Yes, with a passion.  Hobby Lobby started putting out Christmas before 4th of July
What is your favorite thing about this season?

Cooler temps means warm beverages (not that I need cooler temps to enjoy warm beverages.  

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Sunday Stealing

Part 1 - Last Sunday

Have you ever said you would never love again? Yes
Have you heard a song today that reminds you of somebody? Yes
Do you apologize first? Sometimes
Has someone made a promise to you and broke it? Yes
Have you ever won a lot of money in a slot machine? How much? Uh, no...I suck at that stuff
Do you watch sport on TV even though you aren’t a sporty person yourself? Sometimes, I like baseball
Do you eat / drink at your computer? Yes, all the time
How much do you overeat at special occasions? (Birthdays, Christmas, etc) I don't, I usually undereat because I talk a lot.
Do you require glasses / contacts to see properly? If so, which do you use? No
When you hear your voice back on a recording, do you think it sounds awful? I sound like a little kid, most people tell me that.
When was the last time you got the hiccups? It's been a while
If you had to, which record would you go into Guinness World Records for? Most times going to Disney World
The last sweet thing you ate: What was it? Not big on sweets, I would say a handful of Reese's Pieces
Do you have a middle name? Yes
Do you find it embarrassing? No, I like it

Part 2 - Today
What would you choose to be famous for? I don't really have a desire to be famous.  
If you have a webcam, are you ever paranoid people can see you? Not really...should I be??? Now I am...haha
Do you find it difficult to sleep at night? Any reason(s) why? Yes, High anxiety
If you had to go on a game show, which would you choose? The Price is Right
What about if you had to go on a reality show? As long as its HGTV
Which would you choose then? Love It or List It
Tell me about your favorite TV show: I don't really have a favorite show.  I definitely have a favorite channel
Why were you last irritated? Dogs being annoying
What time did you get up this morning? Woke up at 7, got out of bed at 8
The last city you were in: Where was it and do you like it there? Dallas, with the exception of traffic...yes
Do you like the countryside? for very short visits
If you see someone yawn, do you often yawn as well? pretty much every time
Recommend me a good movie: Sweet Home Alabama
Do you think you’d make a good model? No, I like to eat
Would you ever want to be one? No, too much pressure
How often do you change your hairstyle? Never!  Same one since high school...I tried a couple times.
What does it look like now? long, straight, brown
Do you have a favorite day of the week? Which is it? No, I pretty much like them all
Are you alone? Right now, yes...everyone is in bed
When is the last time you were on the phone after 2 am? talking to someone...years  playing on it...last night

Oklahoma Firefighter's Museum

I went to the Oklahoma Firefighter's Museum on Friday.  I pass by it all the time when I go to the zoo, so I decided to stop in and visit it.  I want to do that with more museums in my city.  It was quite interesting.  I saw the evolution of the fireman suit and definite evolution of the fire trucks (even from when they started out as wagons).  I learned that the dalmatian is associated with firehouses because they are the most in tune with horses (way back in the day of horse drawn).  And they are not particularly friendly dogs (sorry 101 Dalmatian fans), so they would run ahead to clear the street.  The museum is ran by current firefighters.  The day I went was a great day.  My fireman was HOT!  He was great to talk to as well.  Turns out his grandpa was a fireman at the station right around the corner from my house and his mom teaches at the high school my daughter will be going to.  He is a fireman in Moore (where the tornado happened).  He said that 99% of his calls are first response calls and not house fires.  He has been a firefighter for two years and has gone to three house fires.  I really learned a lot and I am definitely glad I went.  Here are some pictures of my adventure.  Oh, and I was a hot sweaty mess from just walking three miles at the zoo, so the air conditioning felt great.

These are a few of my favorites.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

I'm back!

I took a little self imposed hiatus.  I needed it to recharge my batteries.  I will finish out the food challenge from last month as soon as I get my pictures edited.  I loved doing it.  But, it inadvertently made my husband gain weight (what can I say, I like making desserts).  He is on a health kick now to lose about 15 pounds.  So, mostly healthy stuff for a while.  Hopefully I can make healthy stuff pretty.  I decided to just take on a weekly challenge this month.  I am going to find something good on Pinterest and make it and take pictures of it.  Not sure yet if I am going to limit it just to food.  If you have any suggestions, send them my way.  I am up for the challenge.

Labor Day weekend: I stayed home.  My family went and had fun at the lake with my parents and I didn't.  They had a great time riding wave runners, swimming and tubing.  I had a good time doing laundry, yard work, laundry, watching my cousin sing the National Anthem at a rodeo, laundry, helping my Mother in law pick out a puppies and helping her potty train these puppies (PUPPIES!!) and did I mention laundry??  I think I did 15 loads and I still don't think it is all finished.  I washed everything washable in our house.  Then when my family came back home....lake (gross) laundry.

Puppies: As I mentioned my MIL got the cutest little puppies.  I am talking adorable off the scales.  She got a female Yorkie-poo.  Over the past 4 months my MIL had to put two of her three animals to sleep due to old age.  She decided to get a puppy.  Well this puppy whined all night, so she decided it needed a playmate so they can keep each other company (Granny, who lives with my MIL has a chihuahua that doesn't want anything to do with the puppies).  So she went the next day and got the cutest little ball of fluff shih-tzu.  He is a male.  Their names are Sophie and Dusty.  They are ADORABLE!  Since it has been the two of them, they sleep at night instead of whine.  They are the same age so they play great together.  I love these puppies.  I have been helping my MIL out by going over and taking them outside every two hours while she is at work.  Believe me, it is not a burden on me because I get to play and cuddle with these babies.

School for Elexis is going very well.  We have had open house and got to hear what all the teachers have planned for the kids (I also found out why I had to send 6 rolls of scotch tape for science...such a waste).  Elexis has been going to every before and after school practice for her cello.  She starts her private lessons back next week.  She really wants to make these two honor orchestras.  I know she can do it, because she is determined.  She also has been going to a youth group at a church we have been trying out.  She is loving that!  I pick up her cousin and we eat chick fil a.  I drop them off and I head to the gym.  All of our after school activities start back next week.  I like it because she stays busy and doesn't just sit around.  Any time she wants to drop something, we will let her (as long as she finishes to the end quitting in the middle).  This is the first time in three years we have not done musical theatre.  I am kind of sad about it, but mostly relieved.  I will still try to help out with costumes if they will let me.

I guess I will end this for now.  I have really missed all of you.  I do not plan on letting so long go between posts.
They both are about 8 inches long

I just loved this picture.  Lots of fruit around our house.