Saturday, June 28, 2008

They Did

Congratulations, Derek and Rox!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Further Proof Of My Addiction

Whenever we pass a McDonald's, both of my children routinely say "iet Coke, Mumma?"

Ella even adds on the "no ice" most of the time.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Let's Catch Up, Shall We?

  • We've signed with the contractor and he'll begin work next month. I cannot adequately describe how uberexcited I am about getting this work done on the house. J and I have been going back and forth and sideways trying to settle on a color (I never knew how overwhelming it might be!) and thought we had finally decided...I was all mentally prepared to tell the contractor what we'd decided when we signed the contract, but he said he didn't need to know yet. We can let him know next month! Do you have any idea how many more options I can play with between now and then!?
  • I met with the personal trainer again last week and I'm down 12 pounds since I started the routine she gave me in May. At our meeting, she added on to the original routine and will give me an entirely new one next month. TWELVE POUNDS! I've lost a couple more since last week so I'm down 30+ since I started going to the gym. It feels great. Next month, I'll have new measurements and strength testing redone, too. I've never been so damn excited to be weighed and measured in my entire life!
  • I watched a repeat of last night's Colbert Report while I was on the treadmill at the gym today and nearly fell off more than once I was laughing so hard. I don't get to catch him as often as I used to, but damn do I love that show.
  • J and I are heading to Tilton on Friday night for my 15th reunion. I'm actually looking forward to it more than I was a couple of months ago. Technically, it's a whole weekend gig, but we're only attending the Friday evening events. Saturday morning, I have plans to meet up with some ladies from my class for a late breakfast and then J and I will be heading to Vermont for Derek and Roxx's wedding. We're only making the ceremony, though, and didn't opt for the reception. I figure we'll get dinner somewhere (Keene, maybe?) on our way home.
  • Speaking of being sociable this weekend, I'm on a quest to buy shoes for the wedding and something nice for Friday night. I struck out at the places I popped into tonight (I was already cursed with wide feet and they only got wider once I had the kids). I think I'm going to have to hit the mall, which I was hoping to avoid. Suck. Plus, what's up with the patterns/colors this season? Or is just fat-chick clothing that is hideous? Do they assume that we want to wear the most god-awful outfit to call even more attention to ourselves? Ugh.
  • There was more, but I've lost it. More later then, eh?

Friday, June 13, 2008

Safe Passage

Tim Russert, may you rest in peace.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Got It!

The estimate I was waiting for came in and I am so beyond excited! He came in $25,000 under the other estimate and that includes doing the deck!

We're still debating which color to go with and I want to decide soon so we can book the work.


Sunday, June 8, 2008

You're Not Supposed To Sweat When You Step Out Of The Shower

I'm waiting for Game 2 of the NBA finals to end (go Celts!) so I can watch the news, so what better time to update?!

First off, GO OBAMA! I'm so happy!

The cuteness factor around here just keeps going up. Ella, especially, is in love with Bob Marley and sings along in the car and OHMYGOD it is the cutest damn thing! She sings along to a variety of CDs, theme songs, and even to some commercials, but a 2 year-old singing "One Love"? Perhaps the best. thing. ever. I need to find my Legend CD which is lost somewhere in the house so we can listen to Bob both in the car and in the house (I have a two-disc set in the van that has a lot of classics on it, but is a different album than Legend).

As I previously mentioned, we're getting estimates on doing some major improvements to the house. We had the main house roof redone ~ 5 years ago, but now the garage and porch roofs need to be done and J is freaking out a little bit about it. We lost some shingles from the garage after the rough winter we had and so he's all in go-mode for getting the roof done. Having the house resided and getting energy-efficient replacement windows have been longtime dreams of mine and we're pretty sure that this is the summer for that to happen. My biggest dream, though, is to have a deck put on the back of the house. Oh, how I long to be able to bring the kids directly into the back yard! I'm even willing to sacrifice the windows to get the siding and the deck. The estimate that I had to sit through yesterday (over 2 HOURS to be told it would cost over $40,000 for the windows and siding alone (the roof would be another $5,000 and we didn't even get a deck estimate from this company)) was beyond excruciating. I betrayed no emotion when the guy was so obviously raking us over the coals but he won't be hearing back from us, that's for sure! I think we'll be getting the estimate we really want tomorrow and I can't wait to see it. I have a good feeling about it, and all of the work could be done by the same company by end of July/early August, which means that the 60th birthday party we're having for my mother-in-law over Labor Day weekend could be out on our new deck! Wish us luck!

You know, all day long thoughts flit through my head about what to write and then when I sit down to actually put fingers to keyboard, a mere fraction of those thoughts come to the fore.

The gym is still wonderful and I'm loving my routine. I'll be meeting with the trainer sometime in the next couple of weeks and I'm so eager to get my new measurements. I'm down 8 pounds since starting my routine on May 20th and I know I've lost inches, too. I went to the doctor's ~ a week and a half ago and I was actually excited to be weighed! How often does anyone ever say that?!

I'm tired of summer already, and it's not even summer. It's been over 90 for the past two days, and it's not going to end anytime soon. Tomorrow is supposed to be the "cool day" where we'll be in the low 90s. Suck!

J has so much vacation time accrued that his supervisor told him he needs to take some time off. For the next 4 weeks (with the fourth week actually being the 4th of July), he'll only be working Monday-Thursday. We're both looking forward to it and I know the kids will enjoy having Daddy around another day. He can only roll 15 days over into next year, so he has quite a bit more time that he needs to take off and we're trying to figure out how best to do that. Aside from going to Vermont for Nurse and I's civil union at the end of August, we're not planning on going anywhere for vacation (we're not big vacation people....maybe when the kids are older, I think), so maybe we'll come up with some nice daytrips to do with the Muffins.

OK, the Celts have won Game 2 and now they're on to LA with a 2-0 lead in the finals. Time for the news, which I may just skip now (the big story tonight is a bear stuck up in a tree in a town over near the seacoast). I think I hear my bed calling.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

At Least It's Something

I've been almost overwhelmed with getting estimates and then choosing colors and thinking of everything under the sun related to getting new siding, replacement windows, the roof on the porch and garage redone and adding a deck. So...I have a lot to say but not much energy to say it.

Courtesy of Calliope, though, here's a fun little Saturday Scattegories...

Use the first letter of your first name to answer each of the following. They have to be real places, names, things - nothing made up. You can not use your own name for the boy/girl names.

1. What is your name? Heather (since I already revealed the kidlets' names...)
2. A 4 letter word: heat (and, damn, was it hot today!)
3. A vehicle: Hummer
5. A boy’s name: Hunter
6. A girl’s name: Heidi
7. Drink: hot chocolate
8. An occupation: HR coordinator
9. Something you wear: hat
10. A celebrity: Holly Hunter (double H!)
11. Something found in a bathroom: hand towels
12. Reason for being late: hysterical kids not cooperating with getting out of the house
13. Something you shout: Holy God! (this is something I actually say, in an effort to clean up my language for the Muffins)
14. A body part: heart
15. Word to describe yourself: humorous

Saturday is almost over in my neck of the woods, but play along!

Sunday, June 1, 2008

The Reveal

Because I keep writing posts where I type the kids' names and then have to remember to change them to their numerical designations, I'm just going to go ahead and let you in on the Muffins' true identities.

#1 is my sweet Liam and #2 is the amazing Ella.

Everyone on Facebook knows their names (that's one of the things I heart about Facebook is how you can control who sees your profile and therefore who knows your personal information) and I figured it was just time to give up the name/number game.

So now you know.

And, if you're on Facebook and want to be my friend (and challenge me to a game of Scrabulous!), email me.