Friday, February 26, 2010

Friday ConeZone #5

It's Friday, so you know what that means. ConeZone time! I have had a weird week so far, and I have to say on this fine Friday I could sure use a drink. So I thought in this week's ConeZone we'd revisit Conan's attempt to learn bartending. After watching this clip I can't quite decide if I'm happy or sad that Conan won't be serving me my end-of-the-day cocktail. Also, if you guys haven't heard Conan has got himself a Twitter account now, so be sure and check it out-

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Six-Word Memoir

"I was always just too afraid."

inspired by this

Monday, February 22, 2010

Apartment Therapy Cure

As I mentioned I got the Apartment Therapy eight-step home cure book for my birthday. I decided to get started on it last week and over the weekend, despite my myriad of illnesses, I managed to take care of most of the steps for week one.

.Week One
Make a complete list of repairs and solutions: half done
Vacuum and mop the floors: check
Remove on item from your apartment and put it outside: check
Buy fresh flowers: check
Sit for ten minutes in a part of your home you never sit in: check
Look into earth friendly cleaning products: already done for the most part

I changed out a light bulb/put the extensions on our gutter downspouts/tidied the guest bedroom/vacuumed, swept and mopped/sat at the dining room table for breakfast/listed our old dining chairs on Craigslist/picked up more vinegar and baking soda for cleaning/bought a bouquet of spray roses. Not bad.

Weekend Roundup

-Sleep way in
-Clean house, hardcore scrub master bath
-Couple loads of laundry
-Josh gets home
-Make dinner, grilled fish and broccoli rice au gratin
-Convince Josh we should get Sonic blasts
-Eat my Sonic blast and watch 2001 SNL hosted by Conan O'Brien
-Look over tax work again
-Hit the hay

-Sleep in
-Awaken to massive physical upheaval: sore legs from lots of bendy cleaning, cramps and aches in my guts, and headache
-Order my new purse thanks to Josh and birthday money!
-Spend day in bed watching DVDs and eating pizza: 30 Rock, Sleeper, Rutles 1 & 2, Andy Barker
-Re-work taxes once more
-Headache gets worse and worse, take sinus meds to hopefully ease it and help me sleep it off
-Hit the hay

-Sleep in
-Quick walk while the weather is still nice
-Menu planning and grocery list
-Get ready
-Practice driving around the neighborhood for about 10 minutes
-Pick up prescription
-Grocery shopping
-Start laundry
-Change bedroom light bulb, put old chairs up on Craiglist, tidy up guest bedroom, put drain extenders on gutter downspouts
-Organize downloaded Conan clips on my computer and file receipts
-Leftover pizza for quick dinner
-Finish laundry
-Watch some Simpsons

Friday, February 19, 2010

Friday ConeZone #4

This week's installment of the Friday ConeZone is chocked full of Olympic spirit. In 2002 when the winter games were in Salt Lake City Conan decided he wanted to become an Olympic speed skater. So he recruited gold medalist Dan Jansen to show him the ropes. As you might assume, Conan wasn't the most attentive pupil, ha. Enjoy!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Momma wants a Brand New Bag

I am trying to think up some ways to get some spending money. Between taxes, car repairs, being out sick, and a firm desire to take a vacation or two this year I am very low on spending money. Josh makes extra money by playing gigs with Back In Black and his other bands. If only I had such a skill that I could easily monetize! I replied to an ad on Craigslist today from an event coordinator looking for an assistant for the occasional weekend wedding/party/corporate function. We'll see if anything comes of that. Looking for someone to clean your house? Maybe you'd be interested in discussing the stocking of your freezer with some meals? I enjoy pulling weeds. Perhaps I should put up my own Craigslist ad: "Girl desperate to shop willing to trade domestic skills for cash." Because I wants:

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Going By the Numbers

Pray for me y'all. I'm going to begin working on our taxes tonight, and I'll need it. Every year I do our taxes, and every year I gain a couple pounds and wrinkles at the same time. I might do some sort of cleanse once I'm finished just to try and undo some of this damage, ha. It would be nice if our tax situation stayed the same every year, but somehow it never does. Last year was actually pretty easy, the year before made me consider a straight jacket. Who knows what this year has in store for me. I don't think we have any long term capital gains (praise Jeebus), but who knows what being homeowners will mean to the math when we don't have that fancy tax credit to cash in on this time around. We set aside money every month for the taxes we have to pay on Josh's Rock School income, but it's sort of an arbitrary number based on what we've had to pay in the past. Anyway, send me some good math vibes. I'm desperate. :)

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Best In Show

I've settled in on the couch with my jambalaya for Mardis Gras to watch the second night of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. My favorite breed is the Wirehaired Fox Terrier. I love Westminster time!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Weekend Roundup

Josh and I were sick last week. We both stayed home Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, although the weather probably would have kept us home those last two days anyway.

-Lay in bed

-Sleep late
-Watch the snow fall, and fall, and fall
-Download Conan clips and do some reading while Josh plays video games
-Watch Once while snacking on cheese, pepperoni, crackers, chips & salsa, and buffalo wings

-Sleep in
-Take some snow photos
-Bake some muffins
-Download more clips while Josh finally beats his video game
-Make pizza for late lunch
-Watch Masterpiece Theater's Emma while Josh does some recording
-Watch Best In Show while having burritos and rice, ice cream and muffins
-Hit the hay

-Sleep in a bit
-Hair cuts for us both
-Target for niece's birthday presents and lunch
-Home for more video work, eat, and watch, The Music Man
-Josh goes to rehearsal and I play Rock Band, achieve triple harmony bonus all by myself!
-Get ready
-Head to Lola's for Fate Lions show
-Hang out with Niki, Mark, Delia, Holly, Omar, Veronica, etc., etc., etc., loads of fun
-Load up and head back home
-Make a batch of popcorn and watch The Critic in bed with Josh
-Night night

-Sleep in
-Menu plan and grocery list
-Get ready
-Grocery shopping
-Chipotle for late lunch while watching some Simpsons
-Start laundry
-Try to get the Netflix/PS3 stuff to work, fail
-Watch Sense and Sensibility while finishing up laundry
-Make the bed
-Both finally fall asleep once Josh's cough medicine starts working

Friday, February 12, 2010

Friday ConeZone #3

Welcome to the third installment of my Friday ConeZone! Here in supposed-to-be-hot Texas we just set a new record with 12.5" of snow in 24 hours. It is a winter wonderland out my window, which means all life has practically come to a halt. People here tend to completely shut down when real winter weather hits. A bunch of people have lost power, although luckily not us. Anyway, what with all this snow I decided to share a video of Conan out on his own snow adventure during a previous NYC blizzard. Enjoy and please come back next week for another trip into the ConeZone!

Snow Day II

We're on snow day two after about a foot of snow fell here all day yesterday and into the night. Luckily we still have power, although our satellite is out. Our trees are still standing, although some of them are "resting" on the roof. Hopefully they'll bounce back when they aren't weighed down with all the white stuff. I'm regretting eating our last cans of soup on Tuesday though. Soup sure would be good right about now and I don't know if I have ingredients in the pantry to make any. Oh well. We've got mini egg rolls and buffalo wings in the freezer, I'm sure we'll survive, ha. Ran out and took some pictures real quick like this morning and then ran back in for coffee. It's cold! Here are a few pics, more here. I'll be back later today with the Friday ConeZone!

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Snow Day

We're having a snow day here in Texas, of all places. There is already around 5 inches on the ground in our yard, and it's supposed to keep snowing through the evening. Josh is playing video games and I'm going to do some reading- I got the Apartment Therapy book for my birthday, and have Happier checked out from the library. Also thinking about something good and hot for lunch- like french toast maybe. Hoping later we'll watch movies and maybe play a game. Happy snow day!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Weekend Roundup

-Sleep in
-Rip Conan videos pretty much all day long
-Make a batch of vanilla ice cream
-Clean house
-Bake the Barefoot Contessa chocolate cake, disaster
-Get ready
-Hit Target for birthday cake, soda and beer
-Deana, Jack and Drea come over for birthday night
-Pizza and wings, MST3K: Mitchell, cake and presents
-Hit the hay

-Sleep in
-More downloads
-Justin & Abbey stop by with birthday presents
-Get ready
-Go to Stock Show, ride rides, take pictures, eat corndogs and funnel cake
-Go to Jen & Jason's and hang out while Josh plays in Flower Mound
-Watch old videos, 80's movie, Will Ferrell SNL stuff
-Home for popcorn and Andy Barker while ripping more vids
-Josh gets home
-Finally go to sleep sometime around 3

-Sleep in super late, until Josh leaves for recording
-More video ripping, of course
-Upload pictures
-Make grocery list
-Watch Pittsburgh and The Music Man while doing laundry
-Clear out some stuff from the DVR, watch What Not To Wear
-Josh get shome, grab some Chipotle for dinner
-Eat and watch some Simpsons
-Josh works on music while I watch more What Not To Wear
-Into bed for some reading and The Mirror Has Two Faces
-Fall asleep at some point in the night, thankfully

Friday, February 5, 2010

Friday ConeZone #2

It's Friday which means it's once again time to enter the ConeZone. Today I wanted to share Conan's opening monologue and musical number from his stint hosting the 58th Emmy Awards. This is one of my favorite Conan clips- partly because of a shared love for The Music Man, and partly because it contains what I think is probably one of the best awards show jokes I've ever heard (rule #3 in his monologue, fyi). Plus he just looks so darn handsome in his tux, right? So, here we go. Won't you step inside the ConeZone with me? If you missed the first ConeZone you can see it here.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Birthday Wish List

You know the drill. That time of year rolls around and people start prodding you for birthday gift ideas. Here are the few things I asked for this year, aside from my kickass tattoo that Josh bought for me. A couple of books, a couple of movies, some color film, and the usual gift cards.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Weekend Roundup

-Sleep in and generally lay in bed most of the day not feeling great
-Shower and get ready
-Dinner at Texas de Brazil with Hoover/Roark clan
-Home to bed

-Sleep in late
-Slowly, but surely get ready
-Finally get out the door and head to Elite Tattoo
-Get a wait time of an hour, grab some Chick-fil-a in the meantime
-Back to the shop for my birthday tattoo
-Target for tattoo aftercare supplies, run into Jamie & Lisa
-Home to care for said tattoo and get ready
-Yo La Tengo show at the Granada for Josh's birthday
-Late night Whataburger and Simpsons episodes after the show
-Hit the hay

-Sleep in
-Make quicky menu plan and grocery list
-Get ready and head to IKEA for frames
-Grocery shopping, run into Clif & Duane this time
-Unload all the cargo
-Clean tattoo
-Salad and sandwich for late lunch/early dinner
-Watch Pale Force while putting things in frames
-Put stuff up on office wall
-Clean up framing mess
-Read some of Groucho book
-Bedtime, sleep horribly, headache returns

Here's a couple of iPhone pics of my new tattoo and newly arranged office wall. :)