The Donnell Family...Life Chronicled for Paige, Drew and soon to be Gage Donnell

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

More house remodel

Ok, I know i'm really terrible at posting on a consistent basis, but I have more house photos. I have been really swamped at work, btu I do have some enlightening info for everyone.

#1 here are some more pics... we're finishing up with tile this week, so then I'll go full force wiht the decorating.

ok so i bought the republic of texas flag and it looks great in our entry way but now I've decided i need to paint the lower section of hte wall a darker brown... so check back for that update... that's the formal dining on the right... i just need to put the baseboards in adn move the furniture back around!
This is just another close up of the picture. Drew told me he's dreamed of having one of these for years now (i have no clue why), so I posted this for him :)
ok this is the table i bought and decorations for under hte TV in our bedroom. Disregard hte wires, we've got to hide those. My day laborer is going to do that this weekend. anyways, if you've been over you know it looks really good and is starting to shape up. and if you haven't been over, I htink we're going to have a halloween party on Oct. 31. Not a dress up party, just a drinking, watch the trick or treaters party so if you want to come, let me know.

alright so i tried boot camp -- didn't work. I gained weight from it. So now I'm trying weight watchers. I've been doing it for a week and have lost 4 pounds! yes, isn't that great, I'm halfway to my first goal (7 pounds)... actually more than halfway.

then a lady at work today told me i looked thinner and i said thanks... then she told me i was getting up there..... seriously? i really appreciate that from a 70 year old woman who has had so much botox her face looks younger than mine and her hands look worse than my grandmas. I mean who says that... seh's got me so worked up I'll be damned if I don't lose 3 pounds this week!!!

more to come...

Monday, October 5, 2009

House Update

Ok, I know i've been really terrible about updating my blog, but the truth is, it's hard to come up with fascinating content every day... Anyways, here are some pictures of our house and how the remodel is going... More pics to come in the next few weeks when we have baseboards and all our furniture moved back in... but here's a sneak peek!

House Before:







House After:




(we thought this was an important picture to take)








and content to come soon, sorry I've just been so busy at work!

Monday, September 14, 2009

I'm so over it.

Ok, so I have a ton to discuss today!

First off, Friday we went out of town, but stopped by the hospital to see the Panter's and their new baby. Beth looked like she was in her hay-day, Robert was trying to get some sleep and Baby Jordan is so tiny and was bundled up! anyways, they are doing great and are already at home!

So we took off for Dallas after that and it took us forever to get there because the rain was so bad!! It was flooding in Dallas! Once we got to the hotel and changed, we went to the church for the rehearsal, and the power was out because it was raining so hard and the church had leaks! Anyways, I told Jen years from now she would laugh at this, but to be honest, I'm not sure she will, that rain sucked... So that night after the rehearsal, we went over to Hailey's parents house who live in Dallas and just hung out. It was raining so bad none of us wanted to go out. But I enjoyed hanging with her parents a lot more than going out! It was so much fun and here's just a there's pics on facebook on how the night went... ha, I won't lie, things got weird.

After that we went back to the hotel and by then Beau and Jen were in town. By this point it was 2 am, and for at least an hour Jen and I laid on the bed talking about how we wanted to order a pizza before I finally said I was just going to go to bed hungry that night.

So the next morning, we woke up to more rain... and so I went into Dallas to meet Decker and Lacey for lunch! It was so much fun to be in Dallas and Stephanie and I went to hooters and had beer and wings from 10:45 until 2:30. To be honest, i drank so much the night before that I didnt' really want to drink more, but frankly, it was my birthday, so I made it happen. After that I drove back to Plano to get ready for the wedding! So the wedding was great, the reception was even better -- I'm pretty sure I should be on the show Dance your a** off, after the way I danced at the rehearsal. we were all, all over the place! i wish i had a video camera -- haha and the guy kept telling me there was glass ovr the dance floor, but that didn't stop any of us from getting on our knees and dancing -- Ha! there were so many embarassing moment from all of us idiots that night I'm not going into a lot of detail. So while we were all waiting for our cars during the downpour, I decided to announce we would have a party in room 606 at the hotel -- which was our room. Well i guess i thought no one would go, but they sure did. we had about 35 people back in a room the size of my living room. When i got to the hotel, i kept shouting party in room 420, but by that point it was too late. So we got upstairs and it was a party... Oh and remember how i said I danced so much? well i was sweating so much from dancing i decided to take a shower... with all the people there. So I did... and then i got in bed and a bunch of us girls all hung out until about 3 am again! then drew kicked everyone out so we could go to bed. Party Pooper!

So we had this great idea to get up at 7 so we could be home for the football game, but we were so tired, we didn't leave until 9. Ha when we finally woke up, I said I never should have told everyone party in room 606, and Beau was like no joke Paige!!! And it rained on us almost hte whole way home. I mean no wonder people in Seattle committ suicide. If i had to look at rain nonstop like I did this weekend, well I wouldn't kill myself, but I would seriously consider moving. Drew told me Seattle has the highest suicide rate in the US -- and I'm guessing it's thanks to all the rain.

And how bad did the Texans suck yesterday?! i swear... they are so bad, there aren't even words to describe it...

And last rant for today, I did not watch the VMA's because i think the host Russel Brand is a complete idiot so I wouldn't waste my time on him, but I did catch a few moments. OK, so number 1, why did Madonna talk about Michael when she hasn't spoken to him in basically 20 years? Couldn't a closer friend have spoken??? Just a thought.

Kanye West is a huge loser and I am so obsessed with Taylor Swift... and Pink and Beyonce for that matter. What a piece of crap, i seriously hope that whacko loses all his fans. I mean, he shouldn't be allowed to speak on a public platform anyways, there's always problems with him. And last, and I don't even have much to say about this..... WHAT IS WRONG WITH LADY GAGA? I'm beyond talking about her, can someone just explain what she is?!!!! how weird was she last night.

tile's almost done!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Just a reminder = DON'T MESS WITH TEXAS

Subject: THE COUNTRY OF TEXAS Yep TEXAS !


Please note that Texas is the only state with a legal right to secede from the Union . (Reference the Texas-American Annexation Treaty of 1848.)

We Texans love y’all, but we’ll probably have to take action since B. Hussein Obama won the election. We’ll miss you too.
Here is what can happen:

#1: Barack Hussein Obama becomes President of the United States , Texas immediately secedes from the Union .

#2: George W. Bush will become the President of the Republic of Texas

So what does Texas have to do to survive as a Republic?

1. NASA is just south of Houston , Texas . We will control the space industry.

2. We refine over 85% of the gasoline in the United States .

3. Defense Industry–we have over 65% of it. The term “Don’t mess with Texas ,” will take on a whole new meaning.

4. Oil – we can supply all the oil that the Republic of Texas will need for the next 300 years. Yankee states? Sorry about that.

5. Natural Gas – again we have all we need and it’s too bad about those Northern States. John Kerry will have to figure out a way to keep them warm….

6. Computer Industry – we currently lead the nation in producing computer chips and communications–small companies like Texas Instruments, Dell Computer, EDS, Raytheon, National Semiconductor, Motorola, Intel, AMD, Atmel, Applied Materials, Ball Miconductor, Dallas Semiconductor, Delphi, Nortel, Alcatel, etc, etc. The list goes on and on.

7. Medical Care – We have the largest research centers for cancer research, the best burn centers and the top trauma units in the world, as well as other large health centers. Dallas has some of the best hospitals in the United States

8. We have enough colleges to keep us going: University of Texas , Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Rice, SMU, University of Houston , Baylor, UNT ( University of North Texas ), Texas Women’s University, etc. Ivy grows better in the South anyway.

9. We have a ready supply of workers. We could just open the border when we need some more.

10. We have essential control of the paper industry, plastics, insurance, etc.

11. In case of a foreign invasion, we have the Texas National Guard and the Texas Air National Guard. We don’t have an Army, but since everybody down here has at least six rifles and a pile of ammo, we can raise an Army in 24 hours if we need one. If the situation really gets bad, we can always call the Department of Public Safety and ask them to send over a couple of Texas Rangers.

12. We are totally self-sufficient in beef, poultry, hogs, and several types of grain, fruit and vegetables, and let’s not forget seafood from the Gulf. Also, everybody down here knows how to cook them so that they taste good. Don’t need any food.

This just names a few of the items that will keep the Republic of Texas in good shape. There isn’t a thing out there that we need and don’t have.

Now to the rest of the United States under President Obama:

Since you won’t have the refineries to get gas for your cars, only President Obama will be able to drive around in his big 9 mpg SUV. The rest of the United States will have to walk or ride bikes.

You won’t have any TV as the Space Center in Houston will cut off satellite communications.

You won’t have any natural gas to heat your homes, but since Mr. Obama has predicted global warming, you will not need the gas as long as you survive the 2000 years it will take to get enough heat from Global Warming.

Signed, The People of Texas

P.S. This is not a threatening letter – just a note to give you something to think about!

SLEEP WELL TONIGHT THE EYES OF TEXAS ARE UPON YOU!!

One Nation Under God

How 'Bout it

OK, so last night instead of watching the presidential speech, Drew and I decided to grout the rest of the tile in the front rooms in our house. We're completely finished with the entry and formal living room, we've just got to finish the formal dining room! Then we'll be halfway finished. It looks soooooo good though! I told him last night to take photos, but he didn't. After that, we just have to install the new baseboards and touch up the paint and it will look amazing! Photos will for sure come later. Also, we bought a flat screen for our bedroom this past weekend and hung it up so that's one more thing off the list!

I'm turning 26 this weekend and I'll be honest, 26 is a little anti-climactic. I guess after the 25 hump the next cool birthday to loo forward to is 27... Ho Hum, another year.

In other news, we're going to Jen and Eric's wedding this weekend in Dallas, so I'm pretty pumped about that. And Beth is supposed to have her baby either today or tomorrow or at the latest by this weekend. Thank goodness, Beth has had a lot of kidney stones, which sound awful and frankly this just needs to be over with.

But getting back to that presidential speech, when i did turn it on, I noticed two things -- a - Obama was wearing a lot of makeup and b- why doesn't he think that if we sign 30 million more people up for insurance we won't have a backlog when we try to get a doctor's appointment? i mean this is a pretty basic question right? so why isn't anyone answering it? and what's the point of working if the government's going to provide healthcare and welfare... i could take a ride on easy street, crap I already pay into it, maybe it's just time to take advantage of it. Then if a hurricane hits, maybe i'll get a government debit card and instead of using it for household items, I'll go buy another big screen tv! ha, seems I've got things figured out, so I'm signing off. Sorry, I'll get better at updating!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Ugh, Finally!

Gosh, sorry for the huge delay! I've just been so busy, which is a good thing! I'm considering making my blog updates weekly now though since it's hard to find time to do it until we get wireless internet at home. I know, I know...

Ok, a few things...

#1 -- the tile is going awesome. We are finished in the front 3 rooms and when Drew returns home this weekend, we're going to grout and they'll be finished! then we'll technically be halfway through the project!

#2 - Baby Presley was born two days ago! She's adorable and baby and mom are doing great! I will say though that Brittany's ankles are not doing great. Yikes, they would pop if you poked them. I hope my ankles never look like that. BUT i have a feeling pregnancy is not going to look so good on me.

#3 -- did anyone hear about the townhall healthcare meeting in California that resulted in someone's finger being bitten off? i bet you didn't. well it happened. Someone pro-healthform bit off someone anti-health reforms pinky off. i think with this sort of behavior we should all just back off the socialized medicine platform... clearly it's dangerous and I can't afford to lose a pinky.

So last weekend we had Brianne's wedding and it was gorgeous and so was she! Other than that, i did some more yard work and we worked on the tile. Nothing new to add to that. I am going to start doing hot yoga again at a new place that doesn't make you stay in there for 1 1/2 hours... thank the Lord! This one only lasts one hour...

This weekend I'm not doing a thing... well let me rephrase. I'm doing hot yoga, going to Laurie's home furnishing becuase they're having a sale and shopping for a flat screen for our bedroom and working in the yard. but that's almost nothing. i don't have to do these things if I don't want.

and how about this HOuston weather!! It's nice...

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Glasses and Bangs

That's right. When you've reached my point, you really start to notice other things that make you look skinny -- and bangs and eye glasses will do the trick. I noticed this a minute ago when I saw myself in the bathroom mirror. Not only do I look smart today, my face looks skinny. Agh, I love getting my hair done... I always leave the hairdresser feeling so much better about myself... Now I only need to get a mani/pedi and a spray tan and I can take on the world HA!

ok, let's get to it. I know I've been slacking on my posts so here we go:

So this past weekend, we threw Beth a baby shower and all went well. UNTIL, we went to her house after the party and i dropped my glass of red wine all over Baby Jordan's room. It looked like a murder scene -- red wine on the swing thing, the bed, all over the floor, not to mention the glass. You would have thought i threw a bottle of wine in there it looked so bad. it was a pretty sobering moment, that's for sure. Luckily though, Beth is a clean freak and had all sort of tools for us to clean everything up with == so the room is back to new (thank the Lord!)

And, Drew and I are still laying tile. We pretty much have the front two rooms done -- well we have to cut and lay the tiles around the edges, but all the main areas are complete! We started tearing out the baseboards though since we're going to put new ones of those in, and I accidentally put a hole in the wall doing that. But Drew reassured me he put his fist through several walls in college and he knew how to patch a hole in sheetrock, no worries. I thought that was a pretty good quality in Drew -- he's handy, right? So he's goign to fix that right up... but it's going to look good and i'm going to have a little party once we're all finished to showcase how handy we are :)



We're ripping out the rest of the carpet in the house tonight and hopefully we'll have the front three rooms completely tiled after this weekend. yahoo! here are some photos to recap: -- oh by the way, we did a little relandscaping in the backyard too. These aren't the most updated, but here's a little looksy... (above is the backyard before and below is the after !)







The part that is dirt has since been filled in wtih grass by the way. Here's the rest of the house.... so far!





Anyways, I'll have more pictures to post after this weekend, but keep reading so you can see how things turn out! As soon as we do the tile and baseboards, I'm going to put a big chandelier in the formal dining room and buy a baller dining room table. I think I deserve it after waiting this long!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Healthcare

Ok, so last night I was watching TV, and they were talking about how all these liberals are boycotting Whole Foods over an article the CEO wrote on how to improve healthcare. Now, the owner of Whole Foods makes so much money, he quit taking a salary years ago, and donates all money off stock options to charity. He is a self described libertarian, and if I had to speculate on what type of crowd goes to Whole Foods most from going there myself, I would say it is a more liberal crowd. I think it's ridiculous that so many people are boycotting Whole Foods, and I'm pretty sure I'll do most of my shopping there from now on. His points in his article are excellent, everyone should read!

Here's what he wrote:

Eight things we can do to improve health care without adding to the deficit.
By JOHN MACKEY

"The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out
of other people's money." -Margaret Thatcher

With a projected $1.8 trillion deficit for 2009, several trillions more in deficits projected over the next decade, and with both Medicare and Social Security entitlement spending about to ratchet up several notches over the next 15 years as Baby Boomers become eligible for both, we are rapidly running out of other people's money. These deficits are simply not sustainable. They are either going to result in unprecedented new taxes and inflation, or they will bankrupt us.

While we clearly need health-care reform, the last thing our country needs is a massive new health-care entitlement that will create hundreds of billions of dollars of new unfunded deficits and move us much closer to a government takeover of our health-care system. Instead, we should be trying to achieve reforms by moving in the opposite direction-toward less government control and more individual empowerment. Here are eight reforms that would greatly lower the cost of health care for everyone:



Remove the legal obstacles that slow the creation of high-deductible health insurance plans and health savings accounts (HSAs). The combination of high-deductible health insurance and HSAs is one solution that could solve many of our health-care problems. For example, Whole Foods Market pays 100% of the premiums for all our team members who work 30 hours or more per week (about 89% of all team members) for our high-deductible health-insurance plan. We also provide up to $1,800 per year in additional health-care dollars through deposits into employees' Personal Wellness Accounts to spend as they choose on their own health and wellness.

Money not spent in one year rolls over to the next and grows over time. Our team members therefore spend their own health-care dollars until the annual deductible is covered (about $2,500) and the insurance plan kicks in. This creates incentives to spend the first $2,500 more carefully. Our plan's costs are much lower than typical health insurance, while providing a very high degree of worker satisfaction.

Equalize the tax laws so that employer-provided health insurance and individually owned health insurance have the same tax benefits. Now employer health insurance benefits are fully tax deductible, but individual health insurance is not. This is unfair.

Repeal all state laws which prevent insurance companies from competing across state lines. We should all have the legal right to purchase health insurance from any insurance company in any state and we should be able use that insurance wherever we live. Health insurance should be portable.

Repeal government mandates regarding what insurance companies must cover. These mandates have increased the cost of health insurance by billions of dollars. What is insured and what is not insured should be determined by individual customer preferences and not through special-interest lobbying.

Enact tort reform to end the ruinous lawsuits that force doctors to pay insurance costs of hundreds of thousands of dollars per year. These costs are passed back to us through much higher prices for health care.

Make costs transparent so that consumers understand what health-care treatments cost. How many people know the total cost of their last doctor's visit and how that total breaks down? What other goods or services do we buy without knowing how much they will cost us?

Enact Medicare reform. We need to face up to the actuarial fact that Medicare is heading towards bankruptcy and enact reforms that create greater patient empowerment, choice and responsibility.

Finally, revise tax forms to make it easier for individuals to make a voluntary, tax-deductible donation to help the millions of people who have no insurance and aren't covered by Medicare, Medicaid or the State Children's Health Insurance Program.
Many promoters of health-care reform believe that people have an intrinsic ethical right to health care-to equal access to doctors, medicines and hospitals. While all of us empathize with those who are sick, how can we say that all people have more of an intrinsic right to health care than they have to food or shelter?
Health care is a service that we all need, but just like food and shelter it is best provided through voluntary and mutually beneficial market exchanges. A careful reading of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution will not reveal any intrinsic right to health care, food or shelter. That's because there isn't any. This "right" has never existed in America

Even in countries like Canada and the U.K., there is no intrinsic right to health care. Rather, citizens in these countries are told by government bureaucrats what health-care treatments they are eligible to receive and when they can receive them. All countries with socialized medicine ration health care by forcing their citizens to wait in lines to receive scarce treatments.

Although Canada has a population smaller than California, 830,000 Canadians are currently waiting to be admitted to a hospital or to get treatment, according to a report last month in Investor's Business Daily. In England, the waiting list is 1.8 million.
At Whole Foods we allow our team members to vote on what benefits they most want the company to fund. Our Canadian and British employees express their benefit preferences very clearly-they want supplemental health-care dollars that they can control and spend themselves without permission from their governments. Why would they want such additional health-care benefit dollars if they already have an "intrinsic right to health care"? The answer is clear-no such right truly exists in either Canada or the U.K.-or in any other country.

Rather than increase government spending and control, we need to address the root causes of poor health. This begins with the realization that every American adult is responsible for his or her own health.

Unfortunately many of our health-care problems are self-inflicted: two-thirds of Americans are now overweight and one-third are obese. Most of the diseases that kill us and account for about 70% of all health-care spending-heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes and obesity-are mostly preventable through proper diet, exercise, not smoking, minimal alcohol consumption and other healthy lifestyle choices.

Recent scientific and medical evidence shows that a diet consisting of foods that are plant-based, nutrient dense and low-fat will help prevent and often reverse most degenerative diseases that kill us and are expensive to treat. We should be able to live largely disease-free lives until we are well into our 90s and even past 100 years of age.

Health-care reform is very important. Whatever reforms are enacted it is essential that they be financially responsible, and that we have the freedom to choose doctors and the health-care services that best suit our own unique set of lifestyle choices. We are all responsible for our own lives and our own health. We should take that responsibility very seriously and use our freedom to make wise lifestyle choices that will protect our health. Doing so will enrich our lives and will help create a vibrant and sustainable American society.

Mr. Mackey is co-founder and CEO of Whole Foods Market Inc.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Always RUnning Behind It seems like...

Ok, I'm back and apologies for not updating yesterday... but to be honest, I didn't have much to talk about yesterday... So, here's a quick recap of my life...

First off, Drew and I are re-tiling our house (the main rooms) by ourselves and I must say, it's looking pretty good. We've got the foyer and half of the formal living room done. I think we're planning on doing the rest of the living room tonight, so once we have that done, I'll take photos so everyone can see!

Next, Drew and I went to a wedding in San Marcos this weekend, and I must say Texas State has really stepped it up a notch. It looks so much better than what I went to school there, it looked great! And the square has totally changed -- all the bars are different, except the dirty bird and Nephews... Which naturally, we went to the bird and I lost my cc... oh well.

Ok, so they have a new Embassy Suites in san Marcos and it's really nice, so Drew and I and some other friends decided to stay in a cheap hotel Friday night to save money so we could stay in the nice hotel Saturday... we figured we'd only need it to sleep in anyways... WELL, first of all, the card key wouldn't work to get in the door, the light in the room had been ripped out of the ceiling -- so when we turned on the light in the room we looked like we were in a cave in Afghanistan it was so dark... We had to basically sit in our underwear in the room bc the AC wasn't turned off and it was so hot. and then Drew decides to take a shower and the towels are like 2' x 2' big. and Drew then tried to act like the hotel was fine and was like, "what, that's a perfect size towel"... I was like whatever. so anyways, we got back to the hotel around 2:30 am and as we're walking to our door, we can hear people down the hallway doing their business.... It was the worst hotel I've ever stayed in... and that's when Drew and I had to have a heart-to-heart. I told him I never realized I was high maintenance, but from here on out, I would never stay in a hotel short of a Holiday Inn. I mean, if I could have changed hotels I would have...

So the next day Drew had to go to the rehearsal for the wedding and he left at 7:30... and I just felt so gross in the hotel I just got up and did stuff until i could check into our other hotel at noon... never again will I stay in a dingy hotel. it was awful!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Today is my Friday!

What? What?! That's right. I don't have to work tomorrow and I also have Monday off, which I'm pretty pumped about frankly.

Ok, let's get to it. If you like your healthcare (like me,mine is amazing) raise your hand. If you are glad you have healthcare -- and not the nationalized medical care like some countries, raise your hand too.

I'm pretty sure that encompasses most of us. And if it doesn't -- or if you're one of those people that doesn't have healthcare, you're in luck. They have these things called insurance brokers, where you can buy insurance for yourself and actually negotiate a pretty low rate for you and your family so you can have insurance. A girl at my work used to do it so she could get her blood transfusions and her insurance rate was pretty good. Now my point is this -- if you have a job that provides insurance great. If you have ok insurance, be greatful. And if you don't have anything and are too dang lazy to buy it, then don't. If it's not a priority on your list, I shouldn't make it a priority on mine, and therefore, let's all agree not to pay for it and save all of our money.

Now, I've been watcing all these townhalls and I have to saw I find them pretty shocking. Not because people are yelling -- I think that parts awesome. The fact that the elected official isn't listening to their constituents is what I find most damning. They're still saying, you simple Americans don't get it, but I do, so I'm going to vote yes to healthcare for you even though you're screaming at me to vote no. I have a feeling if this thing passes there's going to be thousands more angry Americans than what you see out now -- and good for them, that's their constitutional right. For now anyways, that may be gone along with our guns right after healthcare.

Now, did anyone see our very own Sheila Jackson Lee answer her cell phone during her townhall while a cancer survivor was speaking to her? How dare she. ... Let's pray she doesn't get re-elected again, but then again she's made it this far. I also liked how at Obama's townhall, no one had any problems with the nationalized health bill, and the only one who questioned it was the 11 year old girl , whose mom is such a pro-obama supporter they somehow got tickets in... Hmmm, and they say Fox News is biased.... Way to go Mr. President. Oh and also, he says he supports a multi-payer system, but if anyone finds his old speeches, he says in them, he defo supports a single payer system. So again, which is it Mr. President because you tell so many lies -- or misinformation, that I can't keep up. Feel free to vent in the comments area...

Monday, August 10, 2009

I have to vent!

Ugh, so those of you that know me know a few things:

1. I used to sport a size 2 -4 body.
2. I have health problems.
3. I have gained weight and can't lose it and can't figure out why.
4. I'm waiting for someone to tell me why the weight gain since I eat good and exercise...

But in the meantime while no one can figure out what's wrong with me, I have gone from a svelte size 4 to a size 6... and then finally I broke down and got a size 8 pant on last Thursday. I didn't want to do it, but I had to. My other pants were too tight and I just don't like my pants tight.... So I bought the 8.... which totally sank my self-esteem by the way.

Then today, Monday, I put them on for work, and now they're so big I could literally pull them down to my ankles without unbuttoning them... Seriously. I showed my co-workers. Now, besides the fact that I'm upset because I finally broke down and bought the size 8, I'm a little peeved because now I need the size 6. And the thing is, if I had bought the size 6, chances are I would still be blowing up and would need the 8. What to do... RRRGGHHH! This is a day in my life for sure. And I'm sort of mad becuase I like these pants and now they look like a garbage sack and the bottoms are going to get all scuffy.

Working on a Monday, again!

Can you believe it? Yes, I am working on a Monday again and am quite busy, so this post will probably be short!

Alright, so since the Food Network Star isn't on anymore... (dangit), I've had to shift my focus to the other cool shows on Sunday night. Ok, I really like Hung -- I think it's weird, funny. Drew doesn't think it's so great, but whatever. And then we watched Entourage, which frankly, I like as much as Drew. Besides that, we worked on the house this weekend and cleaned off the floors and laid out tile, which we are going to officially put down starting this week! yahoo! It's going to look so good.

Other than that, our wedding album came in and it looks amazing! Friday night we just hung out at Chase and Steph's and Saturday night we had Drew's parents, so overall, it was a very relaxing weekend!

I'll try to post something funny this afternoon, this is all I've got for now!

Friday, August 7, 2009

I'm Finally Back!

Sorry I was so busy yesterday I didn't have time to write the political post! So let's hop to it -- there's only a few things on my mind today...

Number one -- I was watching the news the other night and the new things is for elected officials to go to their areas and host townhalls to tell people how great nationalized health care is. Well Americans aren't buying it -- Democrats or Republicans. I saw this videotape of a registered Democrat fly off the handle and tell his representative that he was a liar... He then went on to say that Obama spent more time picking out his family dog than he is on Health Care.... and I have to say, this is a very legit point in case no one has thought about it. It did take Obama and his family almost 6 months or so to choose their dog and he's trying to shove healthcare down everyone's throat. As a matter of fact, he's saying that lobbyist and right wingers are paying people to attend townhalls to protest. And if I had to guess, i think the American public is more than peeved about this health care thing and I bet it doesn't pass. I also saw another sign that said if socialized health care is so great, why didn't Ted Kennedy go to Canada for his brain surgery? Ha, I liked that one too! I think it's awesome! I also think I might donate to this cause...

Secondly, the cash for clunkers program is off to a roaring start! I think this is soo great too! So the first $1 billion dollars that went to the program as a test ran out in less than a week. And do you know what people are buying? Does anyone know what they're trading their clunker in for???? Take a guess? No, not a GMC ---- PEOPLE ARE TRADING IN THEIR CLUNKER FOR A FOREIGN CAR. So since Nobama finds this program so successful, he is pouring another $2 billion into it -- to go straight to foreign auto companies -- not the domestic auto companies we've already poured billions into. Good idea, Mr. President. This is working exactly how it should.... I swear. If I ran the country things would be so much better.

Ok, last. So last night I couldn't sleep and I started thinking about this... It's sort of odd so bear with me.... If there are so many people who don't believe in Creationism and God and all that , but they believe in evolution, let's look at this: If man evolved from Ape, how come we don't ever see a cross - breed like the guy in the Geico commercial walking around town? I mean shouldn't there be a cross-over version strolling around somewhere out there? At least one, right? I just don't get it... If someone can explain this to me I would really appreciate it, but the truth is, they can't... because humans didn't evolve from apes, we came from G-O-D!

And one last point... No, I am not a democrat, but I am so addicted to the TV show Vanguard. It's on Al Gore's TV program, Current. The rest of the shows are weird, but the Vanguard is some intense documentaries -- actually, those two girls Laura and Euna worked for it when they were captured. You can watch it on TV or on the internet and I suggest you look up some of the episodes. I watched one on oil refineries in Port Harcour, Nigeria and was fascinated. The trips they go on are so totally dangerous though -- no wonder those girls got caught. And Drew and I watched an episode about narcotrafficking in Mexico the other night. I'm telling you, agree or disagree, this show is really interesting. I like it!

So this weekend I think we're laying tile, yahoo! and the next six weeks I'll be busy at weddings so don't ask me to do anything. I already have plans. and sorry I've sucked at posting this week. I'll be better next week!

Happy Friday

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Women Police of Broward County.

Ok, sorry I didn't post yesterday a lot has been happening.

First, recap of all the awesome TV shows I watch!

Melissa won the Next Food Network star and I have to say I called it. I've been telling everyone for weeks how awesome she is. Since I haven't been feeling well, I laid on the couch with my feet propped up and watched every single episode AGAIN before the finale. And I was so excited when she won!

So has anyone seen the previews for the Police Women of Broward County? While this looks like the female version of cops, I was laying on the couch last night and told Drew I could defo see myself watching that dumb show. That's the thing with me, I love reality TV -- good, scripted reality TV. It is the best.

So Drew's family came in town Monday and we got on the subject of the Obama-chia pet. Yes, it's real, this is not a prank. Anyways, I think I'm going to order one for our patio. We were talking -- I mean how this isn't a racial slur, I don't know -- the chia pet grows an afro for crying out loud. But whatever, I'm going to consider this being patriotic.

Last two comments and then I'll be done...

So as many of you know, I've got a lot of health issues, so I went to the endocrinologist on Monday to get sorted out. Well the appointment was for 10, but you have to be there at 9 or so to do all the paperwork because I'm a new patient. So this means I ate breakfast approximately 8 am. I was with the doctor until about 12:30, and then they wanted to take some blood. Now if you know me, you know I always eat a snack at 10, and eat around 12... well by the time they took my blood I was starving number one, and number two, by that point I was dehydrated... So the lady sat there and pushed on my vein trying to get more blood out bc i couldn't fill up all the viles. Well when your veins try to push out more blood, they squeeze the needle and essentially collapse -- which really freaking hurts.... so anyways, they didn't get enough blood and now I have a giant bruise on my arm to the point where I look like i did heroin or something.

and other than that, there are seven houses on my street being remodeled, including ours. which i really like. I took Lady on a walk the other day, and on another street, there are five houses in a row being remodeled, and I am A BIG FAN OF THIS! it's making my property value go up -- there's even a house in my neighborhood listed at $550,000 now.... maybe a little high, but I like it!

Oh, and tip of the day -- if you have skin tags under your arms, it's a sign your insulin levels are too high, so everyone check for that.

i'm out.

Friday, July 31, 2009

King Beds and the Front to Back Rider.

oh.my.gosh. i'm sure this is impossible to believe -- but i finally remembered to bring in my camera... i plugged it in to download photos and the battery ran out just before it would download photos of the house.... so now everyone is just going to have to wait to see these photos until next week! argh!!! i swear this would only happen to me.

oh well, now i'll take new photos over the weekend and have even more to show you.

Ok, so I must say the "Beer Summit" was retarded. Why did everyone look so awkward drinking a beer? i would have been ordering several -- it's at the white house so you know they're on standby with more beer - plus, i would have been nervous and I always drink more when I'm nervous - which doesn't always work out the way it's supposed too.... I also like how this gave talk show hosts the opportunity to drink beer while discussing the beer summit. Neil Cavuto had beer all over his desk and was drinking them too! And why is it that the cop was the only one who gave a press conference? Why didn't Professor Gates issue a statement?? I think it would have been nice for him to release a statement instead of jet-setting off to Napa... jerk.
Anyways, I hope the cop will be left alone now. Since the incident his family has had to be protected -- which is totally messed up.

King Beds
So, taking Stephanie's advice, I'm going to address the issue of the king size bed. So when my friends come over, they always think Drew and I are crazy that we don't have a king bed. It frankly doesn't bother me at all -- I like a queen bed, neither drew nor I hog the bed and I like our bedframe. Plus, there's so many other things I'd like to do before buying a king bed. Drew disagrees, but it's ok.

Stephanie on the other hand, completely understands why people in the old days used to have twin beds - and I think when she's married she may opt for a room with two twin beds. Because she is just not comfortable being in a queen size bed with someone else -- she worries about being closterphobic, it getting too hot, someone being in her personal space, etc. I have never worried about this at all, but apparently it's a big concern for her.

Here's Stephanie pictured here in all her glory!
post your vote in the comments section -- queen, twin or king bed?!









So, now let's get to the good stuff -- THE FRONT TO BACK RIDER! I'm sure it's quite obvious that none of us have a child -- and we probably shouldn't be allowed to handle one either. A few weeks ago we had a girls night/baby shower at Brittany's for her little girl, Presley Lee to be born in a few weeks. Jennifer got her this awesome gift modeled below, THE FRONT TO BACK RIDER.

YES, THE PREGNANT GIRL LOOKS VERY EXCITED. BUT NONE OF US COULD FIGURE OUT EXACTLY HOW IT WORKS....










What is that extra strap hanging down in the picture on the right? Does that go between your legs???



And also, Grace, we know you like to hoola hoop. What do you do anyways, pack it in your car and break it out at parties???

Last, one comment I would like to make, note the picture above with the lamb and the picture below of the lamb. Why are lambs so popular for babies??? When I have a baby, the nursery is going to be gushing with LAMBS EVERYWHERE. AND GRACE, i bet your nursery will have lambs hoola hooping.

I'm just glad we got all the red wine off this lamb that we spilt on it! whew, that was a relief!

that's it, happy friday!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

It's Going to be One of those Days...

So I got all excited because I finally remembered to get the camera cord out of drew's computer bag so I could upload photos, BUT now... I forgot the camera. Damnit. So you'll just have to wait until tomorrow to see those photos I promised. Oh well.

Last night was lame... Drew is sick (even though he thinks he isn't - he had 101 fever) and I'm doubled over in pain, so we ate grilled cheeses. I think he has the swine flu and he thinks he can go to work today. whatever....

Anyways, so I was watching the news last night and I am so happy that today is political day because I have a few things I need to get off my chest. So, apparently our president asked for budget cuts to be made -- $100 million to be exact. Well his ridiculously smart and savvy cabinet said they can do better than $100 million -- so they cut out $102 million. Look at what cost savings they did and your jaw will drop. This is such common sense I don't know why on earth we vote on anyone to do anything -- what a bunch of idiots!!! The wall street journal had these things as budget cuts...

  • The Justice Department is printing on both sides of paper, saving an estimated $573,000 through fiscal 2010.
  • Homeland Security will email documents more often, instead of printing them, saving $318,000.

  • Homeland Security will also drop subscriptions and start getting news free online, saving $47,160.
  • The Forest Service will stop painting white vehicles green as soon as it gets them.
  • The Navy will delete unused email accounts to save $5 million.
  • FEMA will start reusing or selling old trailers, rather than dumping them, saving $3.8 million.
OH MY GOSH -- seriously, how many subscriptions does Homeland Security need. And what all are they reading anyways??? Can't they get a free subscription -- I get them all the time at work... Companies make exceptions and I'm pretty sure the White House is an exception. And why do we need to repaint white vehicles green? I don't think that's a priority... And this is just the start.... I heard on the radio the other day that Congress men and women were going to start booking travel online through Expedia and stuff instead of going through a travel agency. DUH... i swear, I don't even know why we bother voting on these stupid people. and if this crap doesn't make you mad you've got something wrong with you. If these are just some of the things, imagine what else they are wasting our money on. UGH!

Now what I do like is the fact that the president is having the Harvard Professor and the Cambridge cop at his house tonight for a beer -- you know, to bury the hatchet... And apparently people are upset over the chosen beers that they will be drinking tonight -- They chose, Bud Light, Blue Moon and Red Stripe. And while that might offend some people, those choices would motivate me to go to the white house. I like all of those, a lot!

Ok, so I'm out, but I thought I'd leave everyone with one final quote for the day... Leave your comments below if anyone can figure it out!

Ninety eight percent of the adults in this country are decent, hardworking, honest Americans. It's the other lousy two percent that get all the publicity. But then, we elected them.
Lily Tomlin

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

TV Recap

And now the moment we've all been waiting for! My favorite TV shows!

Alright, let's start with the Food Network Star --

Melissa is amazing. She is defo the best cook and if they give the award to Jeffrey I'm going to be bummed. Thank the Lord they kicked Debbie off, but she needed to be kicked off -- she is just lousy. And did she mention she's Korean? Goah, WE KNOW DEBBIE, WE KNOW. I can tell by looking at you that you're not white, black or hispanic. You don't have to remind me every time that you're Korean and you grew up in the US... I got that by mere observation.

Alright -- how about the Bachelorette finale. #1, Kipton is so hot. I can't believe she got rid of him -- well actually I can because she's kicked off the good ones all season long. And didn't we all know Reid was going to come back (I hope he made a lot of money for getting rejected twice on national TV). And Thanks Jillian for not taking someone else's proposal -- at least you had to think about it but came out with the right decision. I love how they show pictures of Kipton shirtless running on the beach with his low cut swimsuit and abs, and they show Ed in a flanel shirt standing in the woods. Nice screen shots ABC. Anyways, I like Ed, but that ring is hideous -- I probably would have told him no over that... There was a lot going on on that thing... And I guess I was so worked up over the Bachelorette that I didn't even watch Animal Cops... (I know, I'm mad at myself too)

then last night was the After the Rose show -- but we could only watch that after we watched again how Jillian dumped Reid and Kipton.. Why did they have to play that again? we all watched it the night before... Any why does Jillian always jump and wrap her legs around people... she does it every show. literally. Boy, her and Reid talking was awkward to say the least. And while I know he has a lot of fans, his hair looks like he stuck his finger in a light socket. and my last comment on the show is Chris Harrison is funny. I liked when he gave Reid the rose from that goofy girl that stood up...

And you know what other show I am addicted too -- Entourage. It's like Sex and the City for guys -- but I watch it every Sunday with Drew , oh and we watch Hung, but I can't tell if I'm into that yet or not. I think I'm going to buy all the past seasons of Entourage and catch up on it on my days off.

I guess that's it for now. I found out yesterday I have a sist on my ovary, so that's why I didn't catch up on everything yesterday. Out of all the problems I have, i totally underestimated how much these hurt... BLAH. Post comments below if anyone can figure it out.

I'm finally back!

Ok, so I'm finally back, and I have lots to catch up on. My brother gave me this great idea to have more of a form to my blog, so Tuesday's are going to be TV recap day and Thursday's are going to be political day. Everything else is fair game.

Before we go any farther though, Happy B-Day Ryan!

Ok, so Thursday night I guess I just chilled, and Friday they came out and installed the security system! So now I'm totally safe, and as a matter of fact, I accidentally set the alarm off this morning, so I know it works. And I learned this -- my screens are NOT just simple solar screens, they're wired so if anyone removes them or cuts through them, the alarm goes off, so now someone can't even tamper with my house -- ha! And as ya'll know, we're still watching Duke, who is about the size of a horse -- when the security guy got there, he was like, " what do you need an alarm system for," and then I had to explain to him that wasn't my dog...

So after he installed the system, I met my mom to pick up tile samples, and there was a lot of good ones -- but Drew and I chose one and now we're just waiting for it to arrive so we can lay it -- err, he can lay it! woo hoo. we have ripped out half the carpet in our house though! it looks funny... So then that night, my friends Mandy, Brianne and I met up for happy hour and then went and ate at 1308 Cantina. Everything was great there until we left and i set my hand on a cactus - OUCH! I still had the stickers in my hand saturday!

Now Saturday was an awesome day... Amy and i spent about three hours out at Laurie's, and I may be getting a part time job there -- mostly because I just like it there -- I'm obsessed with every piece of furniture they have. literally. We talked to Laurie for forever, and then stopped by McDonald's and went home. Amy ordered an awesome chair and I got a baller lamp and candle. Then I went over to Scott and Heather's that night for some R&R.

Sunday I went with Amy and her sisters to a winery in Bryan (Messina Hof) -- which was a lot of fun. Somehow one of the girls that went with us I went to high school with... she told me she hung out in the kicker group and then dropped out -- so that might be the reason I didn't remember her.... Hmmm, I guess.

Then I had Monday off too -- so I layed around and cleaned. Which it didn't even make sense why I cleaned because those two stupid dogs just tore everything up again. I swear, any chance of Lady getting a friend has gone completely out the window. She is so annoying around other dogs.

Ok -- since I'm behind, let's do TV Recaps! I'm going to do it in a different post, so read that one too!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

today's post

promise to post good stuff tomorrow. i have to go to the dr this afternoon --- long night. I'll explain later!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

I'll keep my freedom, guns, and money...you can keep THE CHANGE.

Did anyone watch that idiot talk about healthcare last night -- oh, or the fact that following up on a reported break in was a racist thing to do and the Massachussetts police acted out of stupidity... I am beginning to think our prez is on crazy pills.

AND, isn't Barack half white anyways? I think he bailed on white people a long time ago...

and last, I'm pretty sure all those independents who were swayed to vote for Nobama are started to be way concerned about the way things turned out. WHOA!

Alright, so I didn't write anything yesterday because to be honest, I just haven't been feeling that funny this week. But I've got a few things on my mind, so we'll start there.

Numero Uno -- if everyone likes reading my blog so much, write some dang comments or rate it for crying out loud.
Numero Dos -- Today is my Friday because I don't have to work tomorrow AND I have Monday off. I am so pumped about this!!! And I'm getting the alarm system set up tomorrow so I will feel safe. To be honest, I probably don't even need them to set it up right now, because we're watching Beau and Jen's mastiff -- which is about the size of a horse. I don't know anyone who would want to break and enter with Duke laying around! And I've got to say, yes, he's a sweet dog, but goally it's a lot of slobber! And also, whenever I've gone to Beau and Jen's he just lays around, but at our house he is running around as much as lady... it looks hysterical to see a 200 pound dog try to run fast on tile.... and it also doesn't work.

I slept in Monday and didn't go to boot camp, but went yesterday and pretty much feel like my arms are going to fall off today because we did so many push ups. I had trouble falling asleep last night my shoulders hurt so bad. Oh, that and I had a giant dog panting in my face...

Officially Drew and I made the decision to re-tile ourselves (when I say this, I mean Drew and his friend are going to do the project, not me). So in the next week or so we're going to start tearing out carpet and I can't wait. Between all the weddings is when we'll retile, but I'm pumped about it!

I don't really know too much else.. if anyone has a random topic for me to explore this Thursday, let me know!!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Dum da da dummmmmmm

Ok, today is Tuesday, and there's really not a lot going on in my life, but let me fill you in on what's new.

The Bachelorette last night was somewhat lame. Didn't we all pretty much assume that Reid was going to come back? I mean here is what the possible outcomes are going to be:

Option a - Reid comes back and it doesn't matter, she loves someone else, which means he's going to completely flash in front of millions of viewers on national tv.

option b - Reid comes back and she chooses him, because she seems to really like those guys who want to smother her in compliments and attention and she gets engaged to him.

option c -- Reid comes back and she choose him and they don't get engaged, because Reid has a fear of commitment.

The best outcome is Option D - where none of the three guys propose and life goes on. I don't think I'm such a fan of Jillian -- But I am a fan of Jake -- he should defo be the next bachelor. Or Ed - he was really funny when they showed those drunk clips of him.

Alright, so after the Bachelorette came on Animal Cops Houston -- and I'm not going to dwell on this too much, except for one story that just broke my heart. Someone in Phoenix hog tied a dog, put it in a trash can and tied the lid on and left the trash can in the middle of the road for someone to hit. Well a man stopped to move the trash can and heard something whimper and that's how he found out an animal was in there, and he called the SPCA, end of story. The dog is great now, but what kind of a-hole does that to an animal? If I ever saw someone do something like that, they'd have another thing coming.

Earlier today I emailed Senator John Cornyn to let him know NOT to vote for nationalized health care because he represents me and i want my vote heard. AND if they really want to solve health care, why don't we send all the illegals back where they came from, or start forcing them to pay taxes so I don't have to pay for all their trips to the ER. Now that I've said my peace, let's hope this thing stalls out so they don't get a bill approved prior to their break in August or any other time. There is straight up just a bunch of whackos in Washington messing things up. If they want to stimulate the economy and solve all the other problems, they should give us our money back -- I can spend it faster than they can anyways. Comments on this subject are welcome so long as you agree with me. If not, your comments will be deleted.

So at lunch today I had to go to the dentist, and as usual, they lectured me on flossing. Does anyone else floss because I sure hate it. I mean i do it occasionally, but I guess not near as much as i should. I've got to go back in a few weeks and have another crown put in. BLAH. Cleaning my teeth, not a problem. Crowns are a whole nother issue. I just wince thinking about them drilling out my fillings now. EEECK!

Then we went to lunch at Central Market and I went to shake my lemonade and didn't realize the top was loose on the jar and it spilt all over me. So now I'm sitting at work all sticky. Gross.

things have honestly been pretty dull the last 24 hours of my life. I'll try to step it up tomorrow.

Have a great day!

Oh -- and on a serious note--- everyone should say a prayer for that soldier over in Afghanistan who is being held hostage. He looks really scared in that video and I hope he makes it out alright!

Monday, July 20, 2009

I'm Working. On a Monday.

Today is Monday, what, what!! And there's only two good things that come out of a Monday. Actually there's three good things.

1. The Bachelorette - Men Tell All comes on tonight
2. Animal Cops comes on at 9.
3. You get to read my blog that recaps my weekend, and boy did a lot happen this weekend! Get ready!

Alright, so let's recap starting Friday night, which started off awful.....

So, around 6:00 or so, I stroll outside to get the mail and Lady came outside with me. Well, while I'm standing at the mailbox, I see her messing with something in the yard... I originally assumed it was a snake, but as I walked closer, I realize it's a teeny, tiny, itty, bitty baby bird... It's so little that until the bird started chirping for it's mom, I couldn't even see it... So anyways, being the animal freak that I am, I rush inside to get Drew to save the bird. But anyone that knows anything about birds knows you can't touch them or their mom will not want them back. I'm so upset because the little bird doesn't even have enough feathers to try and fly. So I call my mom, the SPCA, Petsmart and the Texas Wildlife reserve. NO ONE will answer the phones after 5 on a Friday which begs the question, Who is really saving animals because no one is answering the phone in an emergency!!! Anyways, so I try to see if I can scoop it up and put it back in the nest but I can't reach it, even from a ladder... I was so upset.... So I put some twigs and other stuff in the grass near it so when I got home later that night I could check on it. If it was still there, I was going to take it in the house. But I got home around 12:30 and Drew and I looked all in the yard and there was no bird... :( I had nightmares that night that Drew mowed the lawn and killed it. But hopefully the mom rescued the little bird.

Alright, so after this huge ordeal, I headed to Brittany's for her girls night/baby shower and it was sooo much fun! She is ready to pop though that's for sure! I couldn't even find her ankle it was so swolen! Baby Presley's room is so cute and I just don't think I can wait another month until she gets here. I told Brittany to start eating spicy food and walk a couple miles to make this thing happen. I'm free next weekend so that would be perfect for me!

Saturday, we had Frank and Brittany's shower at Jen's art gallery and it was awesome, and after that we headed to Lauren's house for her bday party. That was fun too, I think we played categories in her pool for 3 hours! The next morning I felt like I needed an IV running water in my body. Drew made me breakfast in bed, which was cool, and then we had to spend the day running more errands around Texas.

Last night the Next Food Network Star was on and I am so addicted to this show. Melissa is so totally going to win and if she doesn't, i am boycotting it entirely. Debbie has got to go, everything is always everyone else's fault but hers.

Last comment and then I"m done for the day... This morning I was driving to work and was going through the intersection where I hit that homeless lady, and guess what? A homeless person was getting out of her car to sit on the corner for the day. And it was a nice silver car. Which proves the point that some homeless people actually just sit there for money. jerks.

Maybe I'll have something later!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Addendum to It's Friday's Post...

**** Drew would like everyone to know his shirt is not denim, it's baby blue.***** read the post below to understand.

It's Friday - that's whats cracka lackin'!!

Hooray, I made it all the way through until Friday!!!! Thank goodness, the only thing that sucks about the next few days is I actually have to work on Monday. Lame.

OH well. So let's talk about this! Amy and Ryan came over for dinner last night which was a lot of fun, and yes, we drank a lot of beer. In all of this funness, I had to break the seal, so I trotted on back to the bathroom and guess what happened? I rolled my freaking ankle on one of Lady's dog toys. So even though Drew says nothing is wrong with it, my foot really hurts today -- it is definitely swollen, but he downplays everything. I'm pretty sure the bone could have broken through the skin and Drew would tell me nothing is wrong with it. It hurt bad during boot camp. I think today's post is going to be long...

First off -- TONIGHT's the NIGHT! We are celebrating Brittany B's baby over at her house tonight! While she and Beth can't drink, I'll be sure to have a few extra just for them -- I can't wait to see Decker either! I got her the cutest freaking baby gift so i'm pretty pumped about that. I love buying baby stuff and I don't even have a baby.... Then, tomorrow night we have a shower for some of Drew's friends and then I'm off to Lauren's house to celebrate her Bday! CONGRATS LAUREN! YOU MADE IT ANOTHER YEAR - YOU DID IT! i love bdays, especially when the house i'm going to has a pool. Bdays are way cooler when you have a pool at your house. And a dog that rescues you when you fall in the water.

Ok, well as Ryan and I were talking last night about how cool my blog is, I decided I am going to do something a little innovative... Photos of the Week -- . Now I know I promised pictures of the house, but I keep forgetting that stupid cord, so instead, let's take a trip down memory lane...

Can anyone guess who this handsome fellow is? This is Drew -- with poison ivy on his eye!





Next, up we have Drew as Boy of the Year - Temple style. That's right, he might not dress up these days other than his dress boots, but at age 5, he was stealing ladies hearts with that Southern twang and maroon bow tie.











And last, but definitely my favorite is Drew as a model. If I'm right, I think he was a model for denim, no brand, just material. As you can see, he wore denim in just about any type of clothing made. The only thing missing here is a denim jacket.

But if anyone doubts how cute he is, let's look at this photo. Drew is like a fine wine, he just gets better with age! Simple disclaimer to Drew should he read this blog today: I think you are wonderful, so please don't hold hte funny photos against me, we've all got them. But most of us kept them hidden....



HAPPY FRIDAY!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Supercalafragilisticexpialidocious.

So much for my Face-cation. I've pretty much been on facebook ever since I said I wouldn't. So after what I got today, I am really going on a face-cation. Get this:

So they have this quiz -- which leading lady are you? So I decided to take it. First Question -- What is the biggest problem in your life? Seriously? Seriously. This is what's going to determine what kind of leading lady I am? (does anyone else like how I write my blog exactly how I would say something?) .... to be honest, it's sort of hard to narrow down all the problems in my life. So I identified it as not having enough money to feel fulfilled. Truthfully, I need a whole lot of money to feel fulfilled and I think Drew is completely aware of this. So I answered all these other questions, that are basically as dumb as the first one, and it told me I was Mary Poppins. Supercalafragilisticexpialidocious. Now I'm not saying Mary Poppins isn't cool, but I hate flying, so I don't think I would ever travel around through the air with an umbrella. And I also don't think I would live in London - I'm sort of a homebody. The only cool thing out of Mary Poppins is when she made that park come to life with the chimney guy - Bert. (shout out to Kimberly for remembering his name)


So I started thinking... if it were up to me to identify what kind of leading lady I am, I think I would have to go with: Oprah. I love animals, seem to have trouble losing this stupid weight, love to gossip and still don't have enough money to be fulfilled. That seems to sum me up a little better than Mary Poppins. -- I bet a lot of you that know me are probably secretly agreeing with this conclusion.



Anyways, not much other news on the home front. Drew left the back door wide open this morning and I had a MAJOR COW after the whole security system issue. This is something Drew is clearly going to have to work on.

Other than that, I'll probably have something new to add this afternoon. It's only 10 and look at everything I've learned about myself so far today?

Two websites to check out if you already haven't:

www.someecards.com -- these e cards describe a lot of my feelings sometimes.
www.rrllctoday.com -- this is my dad's company so i've got to throw it on here. please refer someone business so maybe I can get a referral fee :) As stated before, I need more money.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Bada bing, Bada boom.

I don't know, I just liked the title....

Ok, so today is Wednesday. First things first, Drew and I are getting a security system installed this weekend, and I'm pretty pumped about that. For those that don't know, Brinks is no longer Brinks, its Broadview. Because for us peons that didn't realize it, Brinks sells a whole bunch of other cool security stuff besides home alarms - I got briefed on it last night. So they changed their name to broadview... anyways, if you were ever considering robbing us of the few things we actually own right now, think again. Should you attempt to break into the Donnell household, a really loud annoying alarm will go off and police will be deployed. And if you happen to bring ear plugs and think you can steal from us quickly, be aware of the ferociuos killer dog inside that just might lick you to death. Anyways, as far as I'm concerned, how can you put a price on safety? At least that's how I phrased it to Drew. When he's gone, I need to be safe -- he needs to be assured that I am safe. Thus, he gave in and Brinks is coming over Saturday for installation.

Secondly, I think I should sell alarm systems, I think I would probably be a top salesman too. As a young female, I feel like I understand the paranoia of being alone in your house better than a healthy looking male. I mean, women -- or anyone really would relate better to me than a young, fit male selling these things. Right? Wouldn't a woman's point of view sell better in regards to a security system? I think so... Like I said, how can you put a value on your safety? Anyways, so the guy selling the security system (well, he really didn't even have to sell to be honest), he just signed us up and started talking about Michael Jackson when he was over -- because once again MJ is the ONLY thing on tv, and that really got Drew going because Drew is of the mindset that the world is better off without MJ. I, on the other hand, agreed with this guy because I remember dancing to MJ in the living room when I was little... Anyone else? and YES, I did get a little teary eyed over the funeral. So after Drew sort of rolled his eyes at us, the evening, and our Brinks alarm system training was over.

That was pretty much the night....

Three things -- I am absolutely PUMPED about the Next Food Network Star on Sunday-- I am addicted to that show. I think I should go on it. If a housewife has made it this far with her cooking, I'm sure I could to....

Second, I can't wait for the Men Tell All Bachelorette next week. I pumped to see David on there. Maybe he'll call Wes a Cheese Ass and have another roid rage like he did over Juan. Ha!

Last, as Amy pointed out the other day, I need color in my breakfast room, so I went and picked out fabric for my window toppers and I'm going to go purchase it later for my Aunt to do! Hooray, slowly but surely something else is being done to the house!

That's it for today. Maybe something exciting will happen tomorrow. Ciao!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Tuesday is the new Monday

So since I don't always work Mondays, it really throws me off on Tuesday. I'm always a day off now! Alright, I don't know too much exciting stuff but here we go:

This weekend, Drew and I spent pretty much all Saturday relandscaping the back yard (or half of it at least) and I must say, it's starting to look pretty dang good. I'll post pictures later, I forgot the camera cord adapter thing today. But yesterday, I continued the outdoor cleaning project and cleaned off the patio and set up our patio furniture and hung plants and stuff. It's starting to look really nice out there! Next project up -- tile on the inside. This will probably take us to December, but we'll see.

I'm not going to comment too much on the bachelor, because the other blog I read always seems to discuss everything I always find weird about it. But here are just a few of my thoughts:
a- forget Reid, Kipton is so cute and she should defo choose him. But i do agree he's way out of her league.
b - why were Ed's shorts so little and his dad so weird? i felt very uncomfortble watching the whole scene with Ed. Does anyone else in the US wear shorts that little? ick. I just didn't like it at all.

Oh, and for those that I haven't told yet, I hit a homeless person in my car on Saturday afternoon. I completely stand by my story that she hit my car, but I guess that's debateable. Why she continued to wash my windshield when the light turned green is beyond me, and then she refused to move out of the way when i started driving. Thus, she's got to have some bruises today.

That's it for now... maybe I'll have something more fun later!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Washington is the New 6th St. (but I still love the original)

Alright, so my friend Grace, pictured below hoola hooping made a very interesting observation this morning.... For all of us T-Staters, or Southwest Texas children, since moving to Houston, Washington has now become our new 6th street.

Pearl, 8, Citizen, Social, Drake, Porch Swing Pub, the Lott, Reign, the brewery one i rode drew's bike into (i can't remember the name).... Anyways, the point is, what used to be a totally ghetto strip of land that none of us would dare walk alone at night on, is now a hopping social scene and i like it! Take a look at some of the pictures of the last time we went out...


And if you're curious, we're pretty much this retarded every time we go out. What is most odd to me though is all of the door guys and bar owners in Austin seemed to have magically moved to Houston because we seem to know each door guy at the bar of our choosing and we always get to go in ahead of everyone else. While this used to be normal, in my adult age, I'm starting to feel just plain guilty about it. Oh well.

Same drunk rules in Austin apply in Houston, a fall isn't a fall unless your knees hit the ground*.

But for a moment, let's just reminisce on all the cool bars in Austin -- that I'm pretty sure may not even exist anymore since my time... and recap the memories of each bar.

-the Aquarium (first stop of the night, bartender always gave us free drinks)
-the Crazy Monkey (good looking guys hang out here and Sunday is industry night so drinks are cheaper -- for those of us who went out sunday nights...)
-Friends (when you want to dance to 80's music.)
-Blind Pig (when you're in to chill)
-0 Degrees (oldie but a goodie, watch out, we were all 18 getting into this one and were a hot mess coming out!)
-the Drink (parents, do NOT let your kids go in this bar)
-Vicci (old men hang out here)
-Dizzy Rooster (don't forget, the Real World AUstin crew went here)

There are far too many memories to go into, so I won't share them.. but I have just two more phrases to sum up Austin in my mind.

1. Ropolo's Pizza
2. Paddy Wagons

and i'm out this Friday.

I am working a full Friday!

Ok, it's Friday, so I'll try to keep this light and interesting...

I can't remember the last time I worked an 8 hour Friday. I guess I did when I used to work at a bar, but not at a full time job. My first job we got off at noon on Fridays, and then at my job now we used get off at noon also! The reasoning for this is because Houston's traffic is so dang bad, that we have to stagger when people work to allow for better traffic flow. (this in my opinion, is also the reason we should all work from home and only come in at necessary meeting times). But now, with the economy the way it is, my department is rotating our days off, so one person always get the short end of the stick and has to work by themselves on Friday. It's me this week! While it really does allow for some time to get some serious work knocked out, I have to admit, I'm a little lonely... :(

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Work, TV Shows

WORK
Ok first a few topics related to work.... These are things you only learn when working in a global company, so pay attention.

1. Sagomario -- does anyone know what this means? No.... well, it means 'chart'. Just your basic chart. So when someone starts talking about how they need a sagomario and you get really confused, don't worry. all they want is a chart.
2. English - ENGLISH is the official language of the company. So why people decide to switch everything up in email chains and begin typing in Romanian or Portugese or whatever it is, i'm not really sure, becuase that means the simple American like me gets lots in translation and now has no idea what's going on with a project. So i then have to go downstairs and ask the other simple american what is going on and surprisingly, he doesn't know either.
3. Smoking -- most everything you need to know can be found outside in the smoking area. As a matter of fact, there are so many smokers, they actually had to move the smoking area farther away in the parking lot because the smells were so bad other people complained.

TV Shows
Alright, something interesting! I'm just not going to go there about the bachelorette, but yes, I shamefully watch it.

The Next Food Network Star -- ok, love this show! and love Melissa, i hope she wins! She's from Texas ya'll! anyways, Jamika and Michael need to go. STAT. Debbie's alright, but did she mention she's Korean? She says this literally every time she cooks.

Clean House -- Wow, how come i didn't know about this show until now? This show is definitely an A++ in my book. First, people with the most disgusting homes I have ever seen, and major hoarding problems (which obviously stem from much bigger issues), call in the crew from CLEAN HOUSE to come in, clean up and throw away all their crap and then redo their rooms. The crew consists of 3 funny white people (the decorator is obviously a gay guy bc we all know they decorate way better than any of us normal folk) and the host is a black girl named Nissi, which I just found out she used to be on Reno 911. Ok, so the show was already great, and then, the other day, one of the hoarders threw a fit and stormed out, and Nissi told her to get her ungrateful a** back in the house and apologize. and after that, i'm officially a fan of Nissi Nash and the whole Clean House program. TALK ABOUT TOUGH LOVE! i love it... i can watch episode after episode after episode after episode.... i'm obsessed.

Whale Wars -- alright, has anyone else been dooped into watching this program? get out now! what a waste... here's a recap
so the premis of the show is that these animal rights freaks voluntarily chase down (and attack) Japanese whaling ships in the Arctic ocean to save whales. Now everyone knows i'm an animal freak, so i saw one commercial and was hooked. SAVE THE WHALES! FREE WILLY!
Episode one -- The Steve Irwin (the good guys) catches up to the Nishi Maru (bad guys) ship and is planning an attack.... so a whole hour goes by of the intensity of them catching up, and then the captain read the radar wrong and realizes they blew 3 miles past the Nishi Maru and has to turn around..... This leads us into episode 2.
(keep in mind at this point, i'm like i can't wait until episode 2)
Episode 2 - well naturally, in the Arctic everthing freezes, so the Steve Irwin, while turning around to catch up with the bad guys gets stuck in ice... and they choose some whipping boy to go sit in the bottom of the boat and make sure the ice doesn't crack the hull. Not even the camera crew would stay with this guy... And that takes us into episode 3.
i was starting to get a little peeved at this point, but the commercials still looked good, so I thought i would try one more episode...
Episode 3 -- ok, so the steve irwin makes it out of the ice... (by a hair) and begins chasing down the bad guys ship once again... but the nishi maru is trying to outrun them... so the steve irwin drops its dingy into the water and sends a crew on an inflatable boat to go throw stink bombs on the ship. (this is a good plan bc the stink bombs ruin whale meat, so the bad guy ship would have to go back to japan). so while in the dingy, one girl breaks her jaw (dont' ask me how) so they have to turn around... (that took up about 5 minutes) It's decided the steve irwin is fast boat though and can still catch up with with Nishi Maru, so they start forging ahead... closer and closer and closer... now they're within a mile, now they're within striking distance (at this point there's like 4 minutes left of the episode).... and then?! what happens?! they run out of gas and have to turn back around to go back to Australia!!!!! are you kidding me! i completely wasted three hours of my life on this junk!

Thursday, July 9

Hooray, hooray today is payday folks, well at least for me! Let's see if I can save any money, or if I will naturally blow it all the first weekend!

Alright, since so many people are interested in what I have to say, I thought about a lot of things last night and this post is going to be fairly long... so go get your coke or coffee and sit down, read, and waste some of your time at work.

First of all, I'm seriously considering getting off facebook. Seriously. considering. it. I feel like a crack addict except it doesn't cost me anything. Actually, my coworker just told me her friend is taking a FACE-cation, a vacation from facebook, so maybe I'll try this first. I swear I only get on their to look at people's photos. Even people I don't know... I need to stop bc I'm pretty sure one day IT is going to come to my desk and tell me I average 8 hours a week on facebook so Tenaris is going to have to fire me.... So a FACE-cation it is... we'll see how long this lasts.