Wednesday, December 31, 2008
I'm a little early, but I'm going to a Lord of the Rings Marathon tomorrow so I probably won't be on the computer at all! And doesn't everyone say its good to be early?
My mom's in Georgia. She said John is walking. Sad that I'm missing it, but I'm sure she'll take lots of videos and share them with me!
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
And another pet peeve...With all the advanced special effects and technology available in Hollywood, you would think that someone could create something that looks remarkably like a real baby. That way, when someone is holding a fake baby, you wouldn't be able to tell. I can usually pick out the fake baby because it is either unnaturally wrapped up in a huge blanket, whoever is holding it looks like they are holding air, or there is an obviously recorded cry in the background. I'm no expert, but it doesn't seem like it would take a rocket scientist to figure something out. And whoever creates it would make a lot of money! Wait a minute, maybe that's how I can make my millions! I'll get right on it!
Monday, December 29, 2008
I got a flat tire in Joliet. That's 45 minutes from my mom's house and 2 hours from Peoria. I was coming home from mom's after spending Christmas with her. I have been talking for about 1 1/2 months about how I need new tires, or need to have them rotated, or need someone to look at them. Last week I had a serious, one-step-closer talk with my dad but both of us were too busy to go. My car was really not doing well in all the snow and ice the last couple of weeks. In all seriousness, it was on my agenda to get new tires this week or next week. Well, as usual, I waited to long. Thus the flat tire that forced me to go today to get 4 brand new tires. They are so pretty (okay, I don't really think tires can be pretty, but you get the idea) and new and black (I ran out of ways to describe them after pretty and new!)
Did I mention I had to sit on the side of the road for two hours waiting for roadside assistance. Yep, my dad could have made it from Peoria to change my flat with as long as it took the guy who was already in Joliet. I know, most of you are saying I should know how to fix a flat. But, let's face it, I'm a girl. I'm pretty sure if I HAD to do it, I could. But I had free roadside assistance. And what better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than on the side of the road. I passed the time by counting the number of cars that actually get over a lane when they see a car on the side of the road. I lost count after a while, but the number was surprisingly low. During a conversation with my mom she asked if there was anything she could do and I told her that she could have made me a boy so I could fix the tire by myself. I don't think she was amused. She was definitely in panic mode. In hind sight, I shouldn't have called her until after the flat was fixed and I was back on the road. Although she may have tried to call me before that happened because I was still on the side of the road when I should have been at home, and she normally calls when she knows I will be home to make sure I made it safely. I also jokingly called my brother to see if he knew any cops in Joliet who could come and help me. He didn't answer. Sheesh!
All in all it was an interesting experience. The first time I've gotten a flat while driving. Most of the time I find them in the morning before work or during work. I was surprised at how calm I was. I always assumed that in that circumstance I would be really freaked out and panicked. The only time I freaked out was when I had to get out of the car to unload all my Christmas presents from the truck so that when roadside assistance arrived they would be able to get to my spare. I didn't really want to announce to everyone driving by that there was a young single woman emptying lots of stuff out of her trunk. Because I admit, I would have gone into panic mode if anyone had stopped to help. I would automatically assume that it was someone who would hurt, not help, me.
Okay, I had no idea that I could ramble on this long about a flat tire. Sorry if I bored anyone. Really, I'm not because it was a fun story for me to tell!
Monday, December 22, 2008
2. God must not want me to meet my client-contact hours. I am currently lacking 24 client contact hours. I probably got around 5 more today. I'm working to see clients tomorrow and then am done for the month. It is supposed to pour more snow from that big beautiful sky tomorrow. Even if I get to see my scheduled clients, I would only get another 5 hours tomorrow. Yep, my math isn't quite working either.
3. I miss my roommate when she's not around and 10 minutes to throw-up 3 days worth of information/stories is NOT enough!
4. Apple cider is really good.
5. Avoiding paperwork is even better.
6. I finally figured out where babies come from. Just kidding! I already knew that!
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Here's what I have figured out thus far today. Ice on the roads=yucky! Ice on the trees=Pretty! Here are some pictures from my back door for your viewing pleasure.
Speaking of movies, I made Emily watch (technically she volunteered) my favorite Christmas movie. It is a made for TV movie called "The Night They Saved Christmas". After much research last night, I discovered that it was made in 1984, although I also discovered that my recorded copy is from 1994. Emily said it was the BEST movie she had ever seen (not really, but she's not here to say I'm wrong!). A few years ago I made my friend Danell watch it and she declared it the WORST movie she had ever seen and was very sad that she would never be able to redeem the time she spent watching it! I guess when you don't watch 80s movies in the 80s they don't quite live up to your expectations!
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
First, the last two days of Secret Santa. Thursday I received another Dr. Pepper and a cute snowman sponge. Friday at our Christmas lunch at Alexander's Steak House, I learned that my old office mate, Julie, was my Secret Santa. Friday I received a gift card to Target.
Today I declared a self-proclaimed snow day. I got to work at 9:40 (after a dentist appointment). I had a message from my 11:45 client that he was not at school because he was home sick. When it started snowing at 10:00, I called my afternoon client in Washburn to tell the grandma I would not be coming out. So, since I did not have any clients I decided it was silly to stay at work while the roads got bad. So, I got home at 11:30. It was a blessing though because I was extremely productive! I did a load of laundry, then washed my sheets. I cleaned my bathroom and dusted my bedroom. I finished a book. I took out the trash. I made my bed, put my clothes away. I did an hour of paperwork (so really I worked until 12:30!). Then I got unproductive and have been working on this blog for over an hour!
Here are a couple pictures of our Christmas tree.
If it looks like the tree is leaning it is just a figment of your imagination! Promise!
Sheriff Santa! I love that his legs are dangling cacti!
So, now you know about half of the ornaments that are hanging on my tree. I realized that this season is so hectic that only Emily and I are actually going to see the apartment decorated, so I wanted to be able to share my decorations with everyone!
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Monday--a package of gel pens (the exact ones we used to be able to order that I used to write my notes with that we can't order anymore and I miss so much!)
Tuesday--a can of Dr. Pepper and a box of Reese's Pieces
Wednesday--a snowman mug with hot chocolate inside
I have had so much fun this year. Last year my office mates and I told each other who we had, but it has been fun this year because we keep saying things like, "when I give my person a gift..." and we give each other looks like if you share with me who you have then I'll share with you who I have, but neither is willing to be the first to tell! It's great fun. The most stressful part for me is at lunch we have to try to guess who had our names. I don't know why this is stressful to me, but it is! I am normally way off on who it is, but I try not to figure it out throughout the week because then it's no fun! I'll let you know what I get the last two days.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
*I had a really good session with one of my more difficult clients. I am trying not to get overly optimistic, but I think he might be ready to turn a corner in therapy, meaning he might actually be willing to participate in therapy. A few weeks ago I couldn't even ask him the question "what did you have for dinner last night?" without him getting defensive and saying "why do you want to know!" Today I actually got a whole story including feeling words about a particularly hard thing that happened!!! God is good! Thank you care group for praying for this client!
*I braved the weather and survived! I had to travel to Washburn and back in sleet and then snow in order to take a client home. Ironically, the only time I slid was turning into my apartment complex!
*I am without milk for tomorrow. Those of you who know me well know that I drink a glass of chocolate milk a day. But, after braving the weather to Washburn and back, I decided I should not test the weather anymore in order to go to Walmart for milk.
*I watched/got sucked into The Biggest Loser tonight. I will definitely be watching the finale next week, darn it! This is why I don't watch reality shows, they are too addictive! But now I want to know who will win...Heba, Michelle, Ed, or Vicky. I just don't know! And who did America vote to stay in the final three? Ed or Heba.
Monday, December 8, 2008
Yes, it's a tube of chapstick! Here is my regular Blistex as a reference as to its size. The top even looks like the top of a can of Dr. Pepper. And it's Dr. Pepper flavored : )! It was a great gift!
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
He decided he didn't want to play peek-a-boo, he wanted to try to grab the camera. But I also love this picture because you can see his two top teeth!
Grandma helping John up.Getting turned around to walk to Daddy.
Made it! And still giggling! He is SO excited to learn how to walk!
Sunday, November 30, 2008
John loves to fingerpaint! The hand prints on his face are actually the result of my brother putting John's hands on his face, but John did manage to get quite a bit of paint on himself by the end of the experience. I love how he sticks his tongue out to paint!
Practicing walking. And smiling for the camera. It's a tough job, but somebody's got to do it. Oh, and aren't the overalls adorable!
Thursday, November 27, 2008
My brother, who apparently loves turkey leftovers, requested two turkeys this year. Ann accommodated that by buying the biggest turkey she could find--a 27 pounder. No, that was not a typo. 27 pounds of turkey. Mom says probably 6 pounds of mashed potatoes. A double helping of green bean casserole. Carrot souffle. Stuffing. And for dessert... pumpkin pie, apple caramel cake, carrot cake (which is actually Chris' birthday cake), pumpkin bread, and kolachis (a cookie that we make most every holiday).
Did I mention that there were only five of us eating. Three of whom were recovering from the flu. After the end of the meal, most of the dishes barely looked touched! Have I also mentioned that I don't really like Thanksgiving leftovers. Did I mention that we found out the neighbors were having 20 people over for Thanksgiving and only had a 13 pound turkey.
27 pounds, I am not joking.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
I am at my brother's house surrounded by family. We had John's birthday party yesterday followed by poker night once he went to bed (an odd combination, I thought, but that apparently was the plan all along!). I did not participate in the poker game. I'm not quite confident enough in my ability to tell what beats what!
My mom and I arrived on Friday to warmer weather than Illinois, but unseasonably cool weather for Georgia. We must have brought some of the cold with us! We pulled into the driveway and my brother announced he had to go in the house for a second and to stay outside. I turned to my mom and said, "Did they get a dog?" to which my mom thought I was crazy. But sure enough, my brother comes out with a 7 month old shepherd mix on a leash. She is adorable. Her name is Zuzu. She and John get along great. He can even almost say "dog". However, the cats, Tabitha and Bucky, are not so excited to have a dog in the house. They will all adjust, Zuzu has only been in the house for a little over a week.
Pictures of the whole kit and caboodle will come either when I get home or if I download pictures to Chris and Ann's computer.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Then I did some Christmas shopping and went to get a haircut. Then I hung out with Kari at her new house for about an hour. Then I got to go babysit Tyler! We had a lot of fun. I had forgotten how much I enjoy babysitting until I have been able to do it twice in the last month.
Today was another fairly lazy day. I slept in, read in bed for awhile, spent some time with the Lord, cleaned my bathroom (which even included mopping the floor!), mopped the kitchen floor, and vacuumed my room and the living room. Then I finished a puzzle I had started last night. Now I am laying on the couch, snuggled under a blanket, and as soon as I finish this, I will continue to read a book that I've been reading all week. I'm also contemplating what I want to wear ice skating tonight. It's always a dilemma because I'm always warm once I start skating, but cold if I'm not moving. What to do, what to do...