Saturday, November 28, 2009

The Gagging Stinch

Thanksgiving night, Chris and I decided to have a romantic dinner alone at Pizza Hut.  (Calvin was at his dad's.)  We were seated amongst the only other two tables with customers.  We ordered our drinks.  Then... IT happened from the booth behind me... 

The worst smelling fart ever! 

Seriously, it was far worse than the worst hog farm plus a skunk. 
Chris said that fart would have cleared out the deer cabin... and that's pretty bad!   
I was gagging! 

As the stink-table laughed and cheered at this monumental-stink-o-rama accomplishment, we contimplated leaving.  Then, the waitress moved us - to the other side of the room at my request.  But the fart spread like the plague.  It lingered and lingered and lingered.  Even when our pizza came, we could barely eat. 

The stink-table kept laughing.  They were jerks.  Smelly, dirty, skid mark jerks.  They stunk up our Thanksgiving dinner. 

Needless to say, we are not in the least bit hungry for our Pizza Hut leftovers. 

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Giving Thanks

I have so much to be thankful for.  Life happens, time flies, and often I take my life for granted.  But today and for the rest of the holiday season, I'm going to take time out of my schedule to focus on the things I'm most thankful for:  Chris, Calvin, and the rest of our family. 

Chris is amazing.  Period. 

Calvin... you all know how remarkable he is.  Just Calvin, because that sums it up. 

Our family.  We have a great big family.  We have the luxury of making memories with them on a regular basis.  They are supportive and loving.  They're our family. 

Today, I'm extra thankful for Grandma Betty.  She's my rock.  She always has been.  I'm a little spoiled by her and I'll never deny it.  Her and Grandpa have never once let me down.  Today I realized that I have no clue how to turn my torn up bread into dressing.  But Grandma does, and hers is the best.  1 quick phone call later, and she happily agreed to make it for me.  I love her for that... and for so many other reasons. 

I wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving!  :) 

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Dinner Prayers

At dinner each night we say a mealtime prayer followed by going around the table to pray for something specific.  Then, around the table again to tell God what we're thankful for. 

Calvin's getting pretty good at this mealtime tradition.  He prays for the sick, the poor, the homeless, Grandparents, cousins, for me, for Chris, the deceased, families of deceased, etc.  He puts quite a bit of thought into his prayers.  The last few days he has prayed that Stinky and Stinky Dink don't get eaten by a bear while they're mushroom hunting. 

Wondering who Stinky and Stinky Dink are?  Imaginary friends.  :-) 

Sunday, November 15, 2009

I introduce to you, The Colonel

INTRODUCING... The Colonel

My new PC is The Colonel. 

All programs are installed... thanks to Chris.  :-) 

I'll be starting to make-up some work tomorrow. 
Elizabeth, you're at the top of my list!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Angel Tree

Our family is getting into the Christmas spirit.  We started shopping yesterday and are tagging our tree at the Althoff Tree Farm later today. 

This year, we've adopted a child from the Salvation Army's Angel Tree.  Although we're providing the money, the shopping is all on Calvin.  We want to teach him the true meaning of Christmas, including generosity to those less fortunate.  I am looking forward to sharing this experience with Calvin, and witnessing the warmness in his heart as he gives to our Angel. 

Thursday, November 12, 2009

RIP Dina

Dina passed away last night in her sleep.  We feel good knowing she went without any pain.  Needless to say, we tried to resuscitate her this morning with multiple reboots and boot up disks... but it was too late.  She was gone. 

Please bear with me as I grieve the loss of my laptop - ie:  I can't get any work done til a new pc arrives.  

For the time being, I'm using our old, old, old pc for email and school.   

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Proudly Serving American Legion Post 924

Today, I am not reporting as the SrA I once was in the USAF.  Today, I am writing as a proud member of American Legion Post 924.  Today, I'm reminded especially of our fallen comrades of whom I will be eternally grateful for.  My heart aches for their families.  Today, I am reminded of the war stories I've heard from Grandfathers.  I've said extra prayers for the men and women serving our country today, especially Amy, Caine, Bobbi, Patricia, Matt, Scott, and Michelle.  I sleep well at night, knowing they are protecting me.  And, today I am flooded with memories of my four years of active duty in the United States Air Force.  The friendships I made abroad will last a lifetime. 

Along with our church, the American Legion Post 924 held a Veteran's Day ceremony at the cemetary on Sunday.  It was touching, to say the least, to stand next to men who fought the wars over the years. 

I think Keke said it well today:  A veteran - whether active duty, retired, National Guard or Reserve - is someone who at one point in his life wrote a blank check made payable to the United States of America for an amount of 'up to and including my life.'

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

7 Faithful Years... And Now She Will Retire With Coach & Michael Kors in the Back Of My Closet

I need a new coat.
Okay, need is an exaggeration because I know there are tons of people out there that need a coat...
any coat...
so, I will humbly say that I want a new coat so badly.
I hope that sounds less spoiled.

The last time I got a new coat was December 2002.
Tiffany, do you remember the shopping trip? Wasn't I w/ you?

It's my American Eagle navy toggle peacoat.
It's hard to believe that I've been almost 100% faithful to it for almost 7 years.
Wow... one of my longest standing relationships. Impressive! :-)

For the last few years, I've thought of getting a new coat.
But I never, because they're so pricey - and well... I'd rather spend my money on Calvin. 

After a lot of thought and debate,
I've decided to let my AE peacoat retire with dignity, before she loses a button or comes unraveled. 
She's been a good coat. Faithful. Dedicated on those cold winter days.
But, she needs a rest.
I owe her that much. 

So, I ordered a new coat today.

I hope my new coat looks as good on me as she does on the Victoria's Secret model!
Of course it will... I mean, it's me... it will look fabulous... right??? ;-)

If you're in the market for a new coat, Victoria's Secret has 25% off wool coats til Wednesday night + free shipping on orders over $50 by using SHIP50 promo code. 

Some may be wondering what I'll do with my old coat. 
Donate it? 
I pondered the thought, but after 7 years, I'm a little...
okay, more than just a little attached to her. 
I can't part with her. 
My inner pack rat still needs her. 
I assure you that she will have a luxurious retirement in the back of my closet with other retired favorites like handbags and shoes.  :-) 

Monday, November 9, 2009

Wishing I was getting some ZZZ's!

It's 12:34 A.M. 
I'm awake. 
Spring 2010 registration started at midnight. 
I couldn't sleep, in fear of not getting into my needed classes for graduation. 
I'm not the only one trying to register. 
The system is crawling
I haven't even been able to login, yet! 
It's 12:47... Nothing. 
Brant just facebook'd me. 
He's in the same boat as I am. 
If you're familiar w/ LLC's network at all, you know it's slow. 
I'm sure they don't prepare for this much activity on IRIS. 
But, they should. 
Innocent people are losing sleep. 
I love sleep.  I'm good at it. 
12:51... Nothing but failed attempts to get into the system. 
I've decided that if I'm not in by 1:30 that I should go back to bed. 
1:00... Nothing yet. 
What's taking these pokie people so long to register??? 
PLEASE... please let me in!!! 
I know I won't sleep well unless I get registered! 
In other news, Calvin fell pretty hard tonight. 
He hurt his jaw and cried himself to sleep...
On Chris's lap... because he's Chris's best friend today. 
But, I'm still Mom.
So, I'm sleeping w/ him... because I worry too much. 
He tosses and turns and might as well do cartwheels! 
The kid is nearly impossible to sleep with. 
Ok... I honestly can't imagine that many people on IRIS at 1:04 A.M. to bog the system down. 
I'm starting to wonder if LLC's IRIS server is down from previous traffic. 
Seriously, their network is slow... even on a good day! 
Any millionaires out there that would like to donate a new network infrastructure??? 
It's 1:08... I'm feeling lucky. 
Maybe this time I'll get in! 
Or maybe not. 
It's hopeless. 
I'm not getting registered tonight. 

1:13 A.M. 
Giving up til morning. 
G'Nite Everybody! 

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Christmas Time Is Coming!

I'm as excited as anyone else about the Big Man in Red shimming down our chimney in a few weeks.  I love Christmas.  I used to not.  But, having a child definitely changes that.  I LOVE shopping for Calvin.  Some may say I have a slight addiction.  So, Christmas is an excuse for me to go all out for Calvin!  I've been known to go a little overboard. 

Anyway, back to my point... I'm as excited as the next person for Christmas.  BUT, won't all that Christmas candy at Wal-Mart go bad before Christmas?  Is it necessary for Kohls to play Christmas music already?  Serious... I caught myself humming "Leroy the Redneck Reindeer" in the shower this morning.  (If you aren't familiar with this holiday classic, I highly recommend you YouTube it.) 

We just wrapped up Halloween last weekend and already we're planning for Santa's big arrival.  The poor Turkey gets overlooked every year.  Before you know it we'll be celebrating Black Friday Instead of Thanksgiving! 

I don't start Christmas shopping til the day after Thanksgiving.  Black Friday is a family tradition shared among my favorite aunts.  We hit up the stores early (way before day break), separate to cover more stores when they open, stand in long lines, spend entirely too much money on "good deals", have lunch and a daiquiri at Red Lobster, do a little more shopping, start driving home... when Aunt Dana will insist that we stop at Tuscola... and possibly Mattoon... and even maybe Effingham Wal-Mart, and then we go home - to sleep because Black Friday is a workout! 

Some may wonder why we do all of this every year... I mean, it sounds exhausting to say the least, but it's part of our holiday tradition. 
And we wouldn't have it any other way.  :-) 

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

News From Our Neighborhood

Most my neighbors are standing outside right now, watching the fire fighters, wondering what the heck is going on.  I'm inside writing about it. 

There are 4 fire trucks and a long line of volunteer fire fighter pick-ups on the middle road of our subdivision.  After watching the first fire truck pull up to a neighbors house, I headed over.  I stopped by Kourtney's to see if she knew what was up.  Then, I proceeded to the house with the fire fighters in and out of.  Turns out, there was a fire in the chimney.  I am very relieved to report that everyone is okay.  :-)

The Cutest Deer Hunter There Ever Has Been

Halloween, 2009
The Deer Hunter

Calvin picked out his own costume this year.  It only seemed fitting that he dress up as a deer hunter.  However, he'll argue that he's a deer hunter everyday - minus the beard. 

I thought it was a lame idea.  Apparently, I didn't know what was cool.  Wednesday, Calvin's class dressed up at school.  While I was there getting Calvin changed I heard at least 5 other kids say they wanted to be deer hunters, too!  Calvin:  the trendsetter.  :-) 


  • I've been waiting to announce the arrival of my niece.  I am hopeful her mommy will post pictures soon.  :-) 
  • Some dyke (I'm assuming she is) made weird noises at me today at school... twice.  Like sexual-animal noises.  Ugh.  She was pretty scary. 
  • My advisor is out of the office the whole week.  Ummm... Spring registration starts at 12:01 Monday morning.  In order to graduate, I need to register asap that morning to get into the needed classes.  I emailed her... but, it would have been nice to know she would be out of town for a conference.  That's LLC for ya. 
  • Going to the TEF Spaghetti Supper tonight.  We get to bring Caleb with us!!!  YAY! 

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Church seats and praying...

This morning in church, I didn't see any side pews empty for the 3 of us to sit together.  We split up, but it got me thinking...  when there's 1 person in a pew, why does the next single person take another pew?  Why not just sit together so families can stay together? 

Praying...  This may sound silly, but sometimes I feel guilty for asking for something in prayer.  If I'm praying to a specific saint or Jesus, I try to thank the saint or Jesus for what he has done for me - before I list all of the things I need or want - even for someone to get well.  I try to make an effort to be thankful for more things than I ask for, but still I feel guilty.  Am I weird?