Monday, July 30, 2007

Random for a Song


~ On the way home everyday coming up a hill Maxx and I pass a road sign that says "Red Signal Ahead" Right over the hill there's a Stop Light ...................................................................and a Red Signal Gas Station

~ There are certain parts of Spfld. where my cell phone consistently drops calls. I've learned to stop speaking when I'm coming up on these parts. Now when I'm in the car with someone I stop talking if we're in an area where I don't get service.

A Song:

~ Einy-Miny Pickle-Liny
Pick your tiny nose
If you find a booger
You can put it in your toes
Save in for a rainy day
Then you'll be so glad
That you found that booger
On the day that you were sad

Reason #357.5 why it's great to be married

There's somebody who you can get REALLY excited about planning gifts for a Birthday, Christmas, etc.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Fashion Philosophy

I've had several Fashion Philosophy's in my life. When I was seven I thought it was crucial I change outfits every 30 minutes. This led to, I'm sure, several upsets with my best friend Kari as she had to wait on me to change before we could play Barbie. I lost all fashion sense through my 6th grade year as I only wore knit pants with an elastic waist and some over sized shirt of Noel or Jason's. Upon entering 7th grade through high school I became very interested in what I wore and when I wore it. My philosophy then was (due to the alternating schedule of having M-W classes and Tu-Thurs classes and every class on Fri) I could wear an outfit on a M or W then 2 weeks after that I could wear the same outfit on Tu or Thurs then two weeks after that I could wear the outfit on a Fri. This was very time consuming as I kept track of my daily fashion on my calender to the last detail.

I had given up on my home-sewn fashion philosophy's until Friday. Upon my 6 month review at the Dr's office I received a very gracious bonus check. With that check I was quick to announce some of it was going to S.J.P.'s new line Bitten. After work I went straight to the mall but I needed mascara from Sephora, so my walk to Steve & Barry's was long across the mall. Now I'm not really sure why I did this; possibly it was over excitement, or the fact that my shoes had shred my ankle in half, but for some reason or another I bought a size larger than I needed. Now I had already decided to get two pair of the same jeans, one in a short length to wear with flats and one in a long to wear with heels. But I bought two pair in the wrong size. I didn't realize until I wore the short pair for a few hours that I bought the wrong size. The next day I threw on my short pair again while at home and, although I decided to exchange the pair not worn, I also found that I was becoming very fond of the pair I had on.

So here's my new fashion philosophy. A woman (sorry men) needs to buy 3 pair of the exact jeans. One in a length that she can wear with flats. One a length to go with heels. And a pair in a short length that is a size too big. The pair in a size too big is, what Maxx titled my "Lazy Fashionista Day Jeans" for days you're lounging at home, or running up to the store and want to by cute but not in sweats. These are the jeans that, when we wear, it's as if we've borrowed our husband's jeans. But better, because I don't know anyone who's husband's jeans would actually fit in any way shape or form. Plus it's always reassuring to wear jeans and be able to tell yourself when you're having a so called 'fat day' "Hey at least I'm not this size".

With every fashion philosophy there comes guidelines. The guideline with this one is simple and as follows:
1. The jeans must be a classic jean. A timeless color and cut. Anyone purchasing jeans from Frederick's of Hollywood that lace up the sides, should be strictly discouraged from following this philosophy. And no lace up the side jeans are NOT timeless.

Re: Fridgerators

So I just read on Monica and Ben's blog that they had company and very little food in the house. I must say I've had slight panic attacks over this very issue. Maxx and I are horrible at actually stocking the fridge and although we have various items in the pantry they aren't generally items that go with each other to create an actual meal. I'm very relived to know we aren't the only ones who shop for dinner 30 minutes before we make dinner. Although once in a while I'll stock up with a weeks worth of food, it's a rarity. I've come to accept this fact and although at first it made me feel as though the fact of not having food meant we were some sort of slackers trying to pass as responsible adults, I know realize it's just "us" and possibly a part of the free-spirited non-worriers that we are. Or maybe we're just slackers.

So here's where the fridge comes in. I'm not sure why we have a full size fridge. If there were some other tall slender appliance that could fill the hole in the wall I'd be all for it. Why not a fridge/dishwasher combo? Our fridge is stocked with garlic, mayo, mustard, ketchup, A-1, and several other condiments but no food. NONE. I realized a few weeks ago when our fridge was FULL that we are in the habit of only using it as a place to store left-overs until we decide to throw them away. I'm not exaggerating here, I decided to clean out the fridge one night as we could NOT find another spot to place food items. Upon opening and starting I threw away spaghetti, spaghetti sauce, tomatoes, onions, tuna salad, a couple dishes of rice, some left over ribs, hot dogs, gravy and mashed potatoes, as well as several other items. What's the point, why cook a meal then fool yourself into the thought that you'll eat the leftovers and keep it in the fridge for a month? When I finished our fridge was EMPTY, nothing on any shelf. I must say the past few weeks I've been better about throwing away food as we finish it. I can gladly open the door now and see only our condiments and some pasta and sauce that I thought I'd eat . . . two weeks ago.

Friday, July 20, 2007

I've Been Bit

Noel and Celeste brought it to my attention a couple months ago that Sarah Jessica Parker was launching her own clothing line called Bitten. As excited as I was to begin with I was elated when I found out that every item in her collection was under $20!!! I also knew that the items were only going to be sold in one store, but didn't know which one. I figured it'd be somewhere like H&M that we don't have in Springfield, and that (last I knew) didn't offer online shopping. Finally tonight I goggled it. Low and Behold her collection is at Steve & Barry's!!! Which we have at the Battlefield Mall!!!! You're able to view the whole collection online (see the link at right), complete with the prices and number of colors they come in!!! Not only was every piece under $20, I didn't see a piece that was above $15. For any of you who know me I'm A BARGIN SHOPPER. I turned down a pair of Banana Republic jeans last weekend which origonally sold for $60+ on sale for like $33 because I thought that was too expensive. So having numerous wardrobe pieces all for $20 or less is a dream, And she has over 200 items, Lots available in a ton of colors, Plus she has jeans, slacks, tees, dresses, blouses, purses, shoes, swimsuits, pajamas, and under ware, And they're all in sizes 2-20!!!!! Does any one know what this could do to the world? Not only is it inexpensive, but you can easily wear the items to work, school, out with friends, or around the house. The world as we know it may just change for the better. Dave Ramsey needs to check this out. People need to buy clothes and now we have the option to do it AND get out of debt. Are you excited?!?! Although I've only been in Steve & Barry's once they better watch out cause HERE I COME! Next month I'll write about how every body in the store knows my name. Hey I take back the I will work for food, starbucks, blockbuster, etc. Bring on the Steve & Barry's gift cards.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Who Does What

A man and his wife were having an argument about who
should brew the coffee each morning.
The wife said, "You should do it, because you get up first,
and then we don't have to wait as long to get our coffee."
The husband said, " You are in charge of cooking around here and
you should do it, because that is your job, and I can just wait for my
Wife replies, "No, you should do it, and besides, it is in the Bible
that the man should do the coffee."
Husband replies, "I can't believe that, show me."
So she fetched the Bible, and opened the New Testament
and showed him at the top of several pages, that it indeed

Will work for food, blockbuster tickets, free make-up, ice-cream, etc.

I feel very blessed to have not only one job but TWO jobs that I absolutely LOVE. I believe all of you know I do in home parties for women, called Slumber Parties. Then I also work as a Chiropractic Assistant. That's what I'm talking about today.

It was kinda a fluke that I got the job. I had been browsing the paper for a part time job back in Jan. and found a title saying "receptionist for Dr's office." I called left my info as the ad said to do then received a call back to go in for an interview. When I got there to my surprise it was a group interview with about 8 other people. We filled out the application, then proceeded to take quizzes like long division, filing, and things like "Are you a: boat drifting in the ocean, a tree swaying in the storm, or a horse galloping through the field?" I thought this was pretty fun and interesting for an interview. The Dr. called a few days later and said that he had decided to offer the job to someone else and thanked me for my time.

Maxx and I got married in the next couple weeks and then,on Wed, the day after our wedding. I received a call back from the Dr. saying that the other person didn't work out and he would like to offer me the job. I waited till Thurs to call back and accept then started on Fri. My title is an assistant as I'm in charge of ins billing, coding, & verification; doing therapies w/ patients; as well as a few other things. Going into this job I not only had no idea about insurance (I didn't even know what a deductible was) I had no idea what Chiropractor's did. Luckily I'm a quick learner, and newly FIRM believer in getting adjustments.

This is by far the best work environment I've ever been in. I had worked in about 5 different salons and always enjoyed that but there's always so much Drama and if you're the receptionist everyone complains to you. There's no drama at the office plus there are several other perks.

We start out most every day with a prayer, the music selection is great everything from classical to Micheal Buble to Harry Connick Jr to Christian (which always reminds me of going to camp and singing w/ the youth group). Plus if we meet certain goals each week or month then I get gift cards to places like Sephora, Blockbuster, Andy's frozen custard, Panera Bread, Starbucks, or cash. And, with the seldom exception of a holiday, we only work on Mon. Wed. and Fri. Which means that I always get tomorrow off if I work today. That's super because I'm not a morning person so if I wake up early for work then I don't have to the next day. It's not like working 5 days a week where you tell yourself that it's Monday which is basically Tuesday which is practically Wednesday and then Thursday doesn't really count nor Friday, so basically Monday is already the weekend.

So really long post to say simply I love my job, for the first time I feel like I'm working for someone who not only appreciates me but is also the type of person who is honest in their work. If anybody needs a job work for a Chiropractor, it's GREAT!

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Great things about being Married

I was thinking yesterday about reasons why it's great to be married. Maxx and I were driving and some of the things I thought of made me laugh out loud.

* Never having to ask at the end of the night if the other person wants to do something the next day
* Dancing in the kitchen
* Having your best friend with you all the time

* Having someone to cuddle up with in bed

* Hypothetically the amount of zits you can pop in one day just doubled at least
* Inside jokes, and unlike in high school you don't have other people constantly asking you what they mean

* You can finally ask someone to buy you tampons without even being slightly embarrassed

* Cooking dinner together

* There's someone who you can tell ANY THING to and know they still love you

* Breakfast in bed
* Coffee and kisses in the morning (from Maxx, that's how I wake him up)

* Having a really cool last name
* Setting goals with each other, and seeing them through
* Making up songs together
* Hearing your beautiful in pajamas and no make-up

* Messages wrote on the mirrors with eye liner pencil

* Having someone who wants you to be the best you can be
* Being able to tell someone you're scared if you are

* Decorating for holidays

That's just a few reasons but there's an endless amount

Monday, July 16, 2007

Our Family is Conservational

Maxx & I went to the Titanic today in Branson. Which was a great experience if you haven't been. Afterwards we did a little outlet shopping and ate at Ruby Tuesday's, which by the way has changed their menu and raised their prices but it was still good. We ended the evening by picking up a load from Barry's old house to bring back to Spfld.

By the time we arrived home we were beat. (Has anyone else noticed that I write about a busy day and how tired I am yet I write it at like 1 am? I'm starting to see a trend.) We had borrowed Mother's van to make the trip, so we took it back to their house to get Iron Eyes (our truck). After having a nice & funny chat with Noel & Celeste for a few minutes we were on our way out.

Before leaving Noel brought up an event this coming Sunday that will include Daddy's side of the family and wondered if we were going. I said we were. Then as we were walking out to the car I was explaining to Maxx that he hadn't met that side of the family, except for a couple people at the wedding and he would like them. As you may or may not know Daddy's side of the family is a lot "louder" than Mother's side. I'm explaining this and say "this side is the more conservational side." Maxx was like "Now I'm excited we get to hang out with conservation people. I meant to say conversational and knew I was saying it wrong but couldn't figure out what was wrong about it.

When I was little I wanted to grow up and be a veterinarian so I would always say I want to be a vegetarian when I grow up.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Detroit is NOT a state

Maxx and I made a pact to stay home and work on taking care of things that need to be taken care of, instead of renting movies etc. (minus Big Brother hours). Sun & Mon were good and we got a lot taken care of.

But yesterday was the best! I got up cut Mother's hair, made deliveries & several phone calls to potential hostess/recruits and actually for once got them ALL done the day I planned to. Then got home an hour before BB-8 so we vacuumed, cleaned the bathroom, did laundry, made dinner, watched BB-8 somewhere in there, finally cleaned a little more and started the blog. I was in bed by a little after midnight which is pretty normal for me.

There's a slight drawback to being so productive when I'm not used to it. It's so exciting that I couldn't sleep last night till like 4:30 a.m. I just kept thinking about what all I had gotten done and how good it felt and how I wanted to do that everyday. I actually tried to count sheep to get to sleep. So w/ 2.5 hrs of sleep after work tonight Maxx and I went to a Reconciling Rwanda Benefit at the Gillioz Theater and got home about 10:30. By now I'm pooped.

We're talking c.c. bills due and Maxx is contemplating paying one online as he doesn't think it'll arrive in time by mail. I'm all "where's it going" and he tells me to look at the bill. I pick it up and it says : Wilmington, DE. I'm like "Oh Detroit" Maxx says "No honey not Detroit, Deleware"

We laughed SOOOO hard. So very long story short I'm extremely tired now and need to get in bed as Gaitha and I are having lunch tomorrow. Have a wonderful evening and KNOW YOUR STATES!!!

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Maxx & Peanut Butter

As many of you know, Maxx & I have a Scottie named Aspen. Several months ago we bought Aspen a Kong and some peanut butter to put into the kong. They make kong treats but pb is about 10 times less expensive. Aspen LOVES this and he wil run into his kennel as soon as he sees you pick up the kong. We could probably have a very well trained dog if we used this method for more than getting him to go into the kennel.

So a few minutes ago Maxx came into the office with a can of peanuts he bought today and said VERY SERIOUSLY . . . "hey J can dogs have peanuts" I looked at him and was thinking "Oh crap, I don't know, I know they can't have onions" Luckily I realized right away but continued looking at him waiting on him to catch on. He only walked back into the living room saying "I don't know if they can or not". At that point I decided to clue him in. . . he told me not to tell anyone.

That's pretty typical of us though and at least it keeps us laughing. If you don't know the ATM story ask.

Our First Blog

We finally have a blog!!! Well actually we finally have internet, cable, and NOW A BLOG. This means that over the past few weeks I've had the luxury of reading Noel & Celeste's, Jason's, and Monica & Ben's blog. I must say that my blogological clock was ticking about a week ago. So tonight I took the plung!! I ran into the living room, actually it was more of a cute dance and after kissing Maxx a few times I looked him into the eyes and said ever so lovingly "Maxx I want a blog".

Although, he was quite shocked at first. . . soon he agreed that he too would enjoy having a little blog to tend too, so here I am. In the office working to get our first blog up and running. Maxx is in the living room enjoying the cable. But isn't that how it is when you're starting any kind of family. (I really don't mean that AT ALL, but I was in the middle of such good flow, I LOVE YOU MAXX.)

I'm very excited about our new blog & hope you all enjoy reading about our not so boring lives that we enjoy leading together.