Monday, December 29, 2008

A Day of Celebration

Today is an awesome day for several reasons of amazingness.

Reason #1: End of treatment! I rolled out of bed this morning at 6am, and we left the house at 730 to my to my mom's last cancer treatment ever. Today was the last radiation (which, of course, came after the chemo) and she is officially done with her treatment! YAY! She'll still have the reconstructive surgery in March, but that is not required and technically not part of the treatment, so it doesn't even slightly count. Her hair is growing back in very quickly along with her eyebrows and eyelashes :D I took her out to breakfast and gave her a little gift she continued to tell me I didn't need to do, and it was a great morning of celebration.

Reason #2: It's my birthday! My parents got me a GPS system that they gave me last night, and which was speaking to me in deutsch for most of the night but I have now fixed to at least just be a British accent (more fun than you'd think). I decided I'd take my gift card and treat myself to a new haircut, and did. Don't you just love the feeling of getting your hair cut? Though, I must admit I'm looking forward to washing it--the salon products they put in it do not impress me. In about an hour Big B is taking me out to dinner somewhere. I said "surprise me" and I'm not sure if that was a good idea or not haha. Later I'm going out with my sister for drinks and it's bound to be a wonderful night!

Reason #3: It's Baby B's birthday! That's right! We share a birthday and she turned 1 year old today! We had her birthday party early (you've seen the pictures) so there isn't a big gift unraveling today, but next year we'll probably do it on her birthday--this year it just doesn't make a difference! Happy birthday Bray!

:D

Hope you all have a great New Year's this week!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Wordless Wednesday

I'm not sure if there is a badge for this or where I got it from, but feel free to holler at me if there is and I'll add it :D

Festival of Lights.

Me and B, festival of lights.

Baby B and her Uncle J. Pretty much the best picture ever.

Me shooting a 9mm at the range. First time ever.

Sugarplums.

Santa Reins.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Not Me Monday



Just for kicks and giggles, since I haven't posted on here in forever :D Thanks to www.mycharmingkids.net.

I might even do a wordless wednesday this week ;]

Things that did not happen this week.

I definitely did not catch a 24-hr stomach bug in the middle of the night and then go to work anyway the next day.

I also did not get so fed up trying to get Abby to eat her lunch that I told myself kids will eat when they're hungry so that we could move on.

I did not catch Abby's cold bug a day later, and am definitely not living off dayquil currently.

I did not lie to B about not wanting to go out tonight because I hate his friends. Definitely not me.

I most certainly did not make a sarcastic comment back to N when he asked me to go out (obviously not knowing about B), and I definitely did not think he was joking. It's also not awkward at all now.


That's pretty much it I suppose. For this week. Give the holidays a go-around and I'm sure there will be more than would fit in one post :D

Monday, December 8, 2008

Blogger Confessions & B's 1st Birthday

The 1 and only:

I suck at blogging.

Really, I try to...and I think I'll do it everyday, but here it is a week since the last time I posted a blog.

Next week is finals week, which in turn means this week is the week all the professors dish out last minute assignments (i.e. today we were told we have a test on 11 short stories next class period (wednesday) AND were given the information about the final paper...which is due on Friday in the same class. Awesome). I'm also horribly amused that the final paper assignment seriously says "write a well developed 200-300 word essay"...that's two paragraphs at most. That's insane. I wonder where these people came from, sometimes.

I only have two actual test finals, and they are one after another on Monday morning...which is well crappy. But, oh well. It is what it is!

Turned my final writing portfolio in today :D So glad that's over with. He's one of those professors who can't make up his mind, and doesn't inform us when he changes it so you never know what your marks are really for.

Speaking of writing, I don't know if I mentioned this, but I failed NaNo this year with 31,000 words in the month. Never fear, though, it will be finished. Hopefully by the end of January if I can manage to get any motivation back. Then I can edit until I'm blue in the face...and then edit more.

Big B is talking about getting a new car. He was going to wait a year or so, but I think he's getting tired of having an old car when all his friends have new, pretty cars. I'm all for it, but I'm not paying for it hehe. But his USAA loan became available last month and it's something crazy like 2% financing so it's a pretty decent deal.

We had Baby B's first birthday party this weekend! She's not quite a year old yet--we have the same birthday (yes, odd, yet fascinating) and it's at the end of the month here. But we had it early. My brother dressed up like Hello Kitty (scroll down for pictures) and although she wasn't really having it at first, after about ten minutes she decided the costume was soft and wouldn't let anyone take her from the Kitty hehe. It was a good time, and fun to be all together for the first time since the baby shower.


Loving the Kitty


Getting Hello Kitty on her face. For the record, it's nearly impossible to paint an 11month olds face.


Us. B enjoying a cheeto puff. Me enjoying her facing the other direction so my sweater was safe from cheeto.


Ciao for now!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

The Four Right Chords

What do you think of the new layout?



Yesterday was kind of one of those days where nothing you do can be right and everything suddenly backfires and it seems like the whole world is against you. Those don't happen very often, but yesterday was mine for the winter haha. The short version is as follows:

-credit card application vs. debix ID theft protection and lack of PIN
-C on Italian test. I don't get C's.
-honours acceptance (woo!) vs. my already made class schedule with 19 credit hours, and 22+ hrs of honours in addition to the 4 years of school I'm already cramming into 3.
-ticketmaster AND CAA vs. my computer for STOMP! tickets
-final portfolio for creative writing now due this coming monday instead of the monday of finals week, like a normal class.
-apparently taking Bella and Steph with me to Baby B's birthday party on Saturday (B=not yet 12 months old. Bella= almost 11 months. Joyful! Oh, and they do not get along haha)
And this is right after spending 12 hours in the car for an 8 hour trip on Sunday.

But today was much better and things were quite swell today, to be honest. I won at $15 Borders giftcard because my BR percentage was in the top 3 for November. The FRIDGE IS FIXED!!! It's cold and was just semi-restocked with $100 worth of groceries. Sold the camper today for $5,001.50...less than $100 less than the first time. Did actually get the tickets for STOMP! for Friday.

Only crappy thing is this awesome development of a sty in my eyelid. A sty, for those of you who are fortunate enough not to know what is (I hate you, by the way) is just like a blocked pore like a pimple. But, when it's on the inside of your eyelid it doesn't have anywhere to go so it swells your eye--and there is not a damn thing you can do about it but wait for it to leave haha. I had never had one until October, and now I have one again. Not fun. Plus it feels like a bruise. Eyeball+bruise=not exciting.

But, anyway, you should check out New Girl On Post. She's pretty awesome, and has an amazing contest.

Also...there's this awesomeness...

Just bold the ones you've done.


1. Started your own blog

2. Slept under the stars

3. Played in a band

4. Visited Hawaii

5. Watched a meteor shower

6. Given more than you can afford to charity

7. Been to Disneyland (I'm saying Disneyworld counts)

8. Climbed a mountain

9. Held a praying mantis

10. Sang a solo

11. Bungee jumped

12. Visited Paris

13. Watched a lightning storm at sea

14. Taught yourself an art from scratch

15. Adopted a child

16. Had food poisoning

17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty

18. Grown your own vegetables

19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France

20. Slept on an overnight train

21. Had a pillow fight

22. Hitch hiked

23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill

24. Built a snow fort

25. Held a lamb

26. Gone skinny dipping

27. Run a Marathon

28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice

29. Seen a total eclipse

30. Watched a sunrise or sunset

31. Hit a home run

32. Been on a cruise

33. Seen Niagara Falls in person

34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors

35. Seen an Amish community

36. Taught yourself a new language

37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied

38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person

39. Gone rock climbing

40. Seen Michelangelo’s David

41. Sung karaoke

42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt

43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant

44. Visited Africa

45. Walked on a beach by moonlight

46. Been transported in an ambulance (do I get bonus points 'cause this was IN Africa?)

47. Had your portrait painted (haha...caricatures :D)

48. Gone deep sea fishing

49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person

50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris

51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling

52. Kissed in the rain

53. Played in the mud

54. Gone to a drive-in theater

55. Been in a movie

56. Visited the Great Wall of China

57. Started a business

58. Taken a martial arts class.

59. Visited Russia

60. Served at a soup kitchen

61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies

62. Gone whale watching

63. Got flowers for no reason

64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma

65. Gone sky diving

66. Visited a Nazi concentration camp

67. Bounced a check

68. Flown in a helicopter

69. Saved a favorite childhood toy

70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial

71. Eaten caviar

72. Pieced a quilt

73. Stood in Times Square

74. Toured the Everglades

75. Been fired from a job

76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London

77. Broken a bone

78. Been on a speeding motorcycle

79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person

80. Published a book

81. Visited the Vatican

82. Bought a brand new car

83. Walked in Jerusalem

84. Had your picture in the newspaper

85. Read the entire Bible

86. Visited the White House

87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating

88. Had chickenpox

89. Saved someone’s life

90. Sat on a jury

91. Met someone famous

92. Joined a book club

93. Lost a loved one

94. Had a baby

95. Seen the Alamo in person

96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake

97. Been involved in a law suit

98. Owned a cell phone

99. Been stung by a bee

100. Read an entire book in one day

Monday, December 1, 2008

Georgia: 67 degree Thanksgiving

More to come on Georgia later this week, it's been a crazy day (more of that, too), but for now here's a few pictures of why Georgia is awesome (you know, other than it's amazing november temperatures).

Compare:

My dog, Chase. Weight: 21lbs. now (19 when this photo was taken)


Honey's (my grandma) cat, Tiger. Weight: 28lbs. Kid you not.
(Ignore evil eyes from flash. He's only a bit evil)




The best part of Georgia/South Carolina. Best hotdogs second to only Skyline.





Maybe the best advert in the world. For Belk. Text blurry, but it says: "Junior Sweater. Regular 15.00-30.00. Sale 14.99-29.99."



Until later!
V

P.S. Need to make signature...that's the cool thing to do these days apparently :D