Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Eight Is Enough

Jane from The Speckled Egg tagged me this morning. The rules? Name 8 facts or habits about myself.

  1. Before Josh and I were dating I lamented to my sister & her then-boyfriend about how much I cared for him. The boyfriend brought me an actual four-leaf clover for good luck the next day. Josh broke up with his girlfriend to pursue me on March 17th, St. Patrick's Day. Convincing proof of the luck of the Irish, eh?
  2. Several years ago I spent the night at the Myrtles Plantation. That was the scariest night of my life, and I would love to go back! Believe me, you don't know haunted till you've been tucked into bed by unseen hands! *cue Vincent Price laugh*
  3. I don't eat broken Cheerios. I find them disgusting, and search through a handful at a time till I have enough in my bowl. I don't know how this habit started, my mom says I never liked them. I especially hate the Cheerios that were never fully formed, and taper off. There is just something so irregular about them.
  4. My BFF Stephanie and I once stayed up till all hours of the night to write limericks about all our co-workers. I know, you just discovered a new level of nerdiness.
  5. I graduated first in my class. But I went to an alternative high school, and there were only about 24 of us in the graduating class, so that takes away some of the impressiveness.
  6. I don't do all that well with keeping house plants, but when I have one I typically name it Maude. Except one time when I named one Florida.
  7. I can probably tell you just about anything you want to know about The Beatles. No, really, I mean it.
  8. Thanks to this PBS special, I think I would be perfectly happy to be employed by the Queen and work in the housekeeping department of Windsor Castle. I also have a slight crush on Prince Philip.
I'm supposed to tag 8 other people, but I'm not sure I know 8 bloggers who haven't been tagged already. So, I guess if you read this and feel like sharing less than 9 things about yourself, then you should do it!

Monday, July 30, 2007

Weekend Roundup

I was down with a stomach thing last week, hence the lack of posts. But I'm feeling quite a bit better this week, so there should be more activity around here.

-Sleep in till two, thanks to still being sicky
-Do laundry
-Watch TV while Josh & Matt work on music
-Make whole wheat blueberry muffins
-Watch a delightful Cary Grant & Myrna Loy flick while working on my French flash cards
-Curl up in bed & drift off to sleep

-Get up early & head to Dallas
-Help Meri with garage sale while chatting the hours away
-Head home to escape the heat
-Chow down on chicken salad sammich and leftover Chipotle
-Get cleaned up
-Head to Dallas again
-Meet Rodney, Steph and their friends for the Tango show
-Drink, eat, sing, and dance
-Go home, wash face, and crawl into bed
-Fall asleep watching some show on the Titanic

-Make blondies for Grandma's birthday
-Wrap Grandma's birthday present
-Get cleaned up
-Head to the In-Law's for Grandma Dorothy's birthday
-Eat delicious grub- strawberries, cherries, (home-grown!) corn, taquitos, brownies, peach cobbler, and blondies. And more cherries- couldn't get enough of them.
-Listen to thunderstorm rumble it's way through
-Watch video from step-mom-in-law's recent month-long trip to Alaska
-Pack up leftover goodies and garden vegetables to take home
-Head home in a much lighter rain, luckily
-Clean and re-organize kitchen while listening to The Smothers Brothers, Burl Ives, and Tony Bennett on vinyl
-Devour baked potato from Jason's Deli
-Finish up kitchen cleaning and put up laundry
-Read a little Newsweek and hunker down for a pleasant night's sleep

Tuesday, July 24, 2007


We're back from our visit to see my sister Nicci, her husband Bryan, and our friends Destiny & Will. We also got to spend a little time with my youngest sister Lindsey, who was with us on Friday, and my dad & step mom who each came up on Saturday for lunch. And now that we're back from that trip I'm moving on to a new task- learning French! Ever since I read about it in the cover story of the March 2007 issue of Real Simple I've been reminding myself to check out the French Pod Class. And I decided that it was finally time I take the plunge and give a new language a shot. I took French in high school, but never made it past the first few weeks of French 2. And that was about 10 years ago, so my knowledge of the language is pretty minuscule. The great thing about these classes is that you aren't just learning about the language, but also the culture through the musical breaks and movie excerpts that are included. I also love that I can listen to a lesson over and over while I'm at work. I learn better through repetition, and what better way to make use of the 11 hours I'm stuck in my office than by expanding my mind and horizons? I'm going to make some flash cards this week too. I'm more of a visual learner, so I'm hoping that will really help me retain what I'm picking up. And the review sheets that accompany the mp3 lessons will make my flash card project a breeze.

Interested in learning French? I highly recommend Sebastien and the FrenchPodClass.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Weekend Roundup

-Rise and shine and shower
-Get myself ready
-Get all our stuff ready
-Hit the road on the way to Galveston
-Arrive in Galveston
-Hang out with Lindsey, Nicci & Bryan
-Meet Destiny at her house and head out to dinner
-Eat at Olive Garden- Josh had pasta with chicken and broccoli!
-Watch Dodgeball while we wait for Will to get home from work
-Hang out with everyone, guys playing Xbox, girls chatting on the front porch
-Have sister to sister to sister conversations till late into the evening
-Stay the night at Destiny & Will's

-Wake up and head back to Nicci & Bryan's
-Wait for Dad and Darcy to each show up to go out for lunch
-Lunch at Salsa's- Josh ate 2 chicken tacos!
-Back to the casa for a little chillin'
-Say adios to Darcy and Dad & Lindsey
-Watch Oklahoma! with Nicci
-Grab some Subway and head to Destiny & Will's
-Eat, chill, watch Nacho Libre
-Welcome Will home, watch him open his birthday gift from Bryan and head back to the Fielder casa
-Go night-night

-Hop up and into the shower before anyone else
-Grab some coffee and watch TV with Bryan
-Pack up the car and head to Main Event for Will's birthday
-Play skeeball, dance dance revolution, guitar hero, air hockey, and other fun arcade games
-Bowl for an hour
-Say bye to everyone and start the drive home
-Make it home in 4 hours- yeah!
-Already miss everyone...sigh

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Wishful Thinking

My friend Holly brought this lovely jacket to my attention. I need to go try it on at Target, if they still have any that is. Of course, I won't need a jacket for a few more months around here, but maybe if I keep shopping for them the weather will cool more quickly.

Monday, July 16, 2007

I heart Joshy

Joshy hasn't been feeling well. But he got a prescription from the doc today, so hopefully he'll be on the road to recovery soon. Once he is feeling better I will fill his tummy with yummy things, yummy things that won't hurt him that is. I love my Count Joshula.

Weekend Roundup

-Wash everything- nine loads of laundry is a lot!
-Tidy up
-Watch What Not To Wear marathon
-Research foods Josh can eat with his super-bad acid reflux
-Go to Circuit City for Josh's new toy
-Hit the grocery store to grab some dinner
-Hang out with Joshy
-Play Sims while Josh plays with new toy

-Mis-read clock and think I got up 2 hours earlier than I did
-Make grocery list
-Grocery shop
-Head to Rob & LeAnn's for movie party
-Have a great time with everyone
-head home and hit the hay

-Make blueberry muffins
-Play Sims
-Put up laundry on drying rack
-Play more Sims- I'm addicted!
-Watch TV with Josh
-Go sleepies
-Be kept up most of the night by that darn cat!

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Simply Cheerful

Over the past few weeks I have been cleaning up my office at work. My office is at the back, rarely seen by clients. That translates into a storage area for boxes, furniture, and old, broken equipment. Coming into my office everyday, as the boxes slowly began encroaching, was beginning to crush my soul. So while my boss was out of town, meaning I would have less ASAP tasks thrown at me, I decided to do something about it. I couldn't get rid of everything, in fact most everything is still in here. It's just organized better, or at all for that matter. And now I can actually look out my windows to my really awesome view of the tree covered hills and downtown Fort Worth. I'll have to take a picture of it sometime to post, cause it really is great. If I stand up I can see the river too, since it flows right beside our building.

Real Simple magazine has a page at the back of each issue called Real Simple To Go. They have tidbits of information printed on perforated paper for easy removal. I went through my back issues last night and collected the thoughts cards that I really liked. Today I taped them on the edges of my flat screen monitor for daily inspiration and cheering up. When you're at your desk for around 11 hours a day you can use all the cheerfulness you can find. Here are the quotes that will be inspiring my thoughts for now.

"The Beautiful is everywhere; perhaps more in the arrangement of your saucepans on the white walls of your kitchen than in your eighteenth-century living room or in the official museums."- Fernand Leger

"What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered."- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless; peacocks and lilies for example."- John Ruskin

"There is a gigantic difference between earning a great deal of money and being rich."- Marlene Dietrich

"You must have been warned against letting the golden hours slip by. Yes, but some of them are golden only because we let them slip."- J.M. Barrie

"Nature gives you the face you have at 20; it is up to you to merit the face you have at 50."- Coco Chanel

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Piggy Bank

Things that I need to be saving my money for:

1. Anniversary trip to San Francisco

2. New iPod

3. New digital camera

4. New dining room furniture

Monday, July 9, 2007

Weekend Roundup

-Make chore list
-Dust & tidy bedroom
-Scrub tub & shower doors
-Clean counter & sink
-Tidy living room
-Clean kitchen counters & sink
-Devour Chipotle
-Play Sims and watch movie while Josh is at band practice

-Watch Real Simple and Rick Steves' Europe while enjoying my coffee
-Go shopping with Josh, buying a black tank and these pretty things
-Eat leftover Chipotle while indulging in some Father of The Bride
-Get ready & hit the road
-Stop by Margarita Ranch for Rodney's birthday
-Head to Club Dada to drop off the drums
-Head to Cafe Brazil with Steve, Meri & Cory for some pre-show grub and set list decisions
-Head back to the club for Team Evil, meet up with Spencer, Deb & Ang, then Carissa, then Steph, Rodney, Lisa and Jamie, and then Ryan and Claire- I had a lot of mingling to do!
-Rock out to The Chem Set
-Say adios to most of the peeps and head to the patio to chit chat with Ang, Deb & Spencer
-Hit the road
-Feel not so good once I got home- oh mi estomago!

-A whole lotta nothing while I recuperate from Saturday night!

Friday, July 6, 2007

Why Don't You...

Tomorrow night is the Chemistry Set show and I am super excited! This is the first show since March, as Steve has been busy with his edumacation. We'll be going by Rodney's birthday party before we load in for a quick drink. After load in all Josh's drums we'll probably end up going by Cafe Brazil for some coffee, maybe some delicious rosemary potatoes or a grilled cheese. And, to make the evening even more fun Carissa is coming! We haven't seen her since the wedding, so I am really to get to see her again. And she's bringing her camera, so I've already been planning what I'll wear, in case I'm caught in the background of any of her fabulous photography. Oh man, I can't wait for all the fun we will have! Check out my cutie pie musician and the rest of our rock'n'roll family:

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Happy Fourth of July!

Monday, July 2, 2007

Weekend Roundup

-Work to make up sick day
-Container Store for pantry storage solutions
-Grocery shopping while Josh picked up Chipotle for dinner
-Watch What Not To Wear with a ballroom flair
-Enjoy this week's Most Haunted

-Bake up a batch of yummy whole wheat blueberry muffins
-Listen to the new Paul McCartney album- love it!
-Get ready to head to Steph & Rodney's
-Go grocery shopping with Steph
-Cook & enjoy dinner together
-Play with Rylee
-Have delicious dessert & play fun games, even more fun when you win.
-Head home & go sleepies

-Make smoothie to enjoy with muffins
-Read new issue of Blueprint
-Do laundry
-Quick swim while laundry is going
-Out of pool just in time for the 800th thunderstorm this year
-Eat Mellow Mushroom pizza-mmmm pepperoni, black olive and feta
-Mix up a batch of low fat granola
-Eat rest of pizza and watch Laugh-In dvd
-Wait for Josh to get back from practice while watching PBS britcoms
-Hit the hay