Saturday, July 24, 2010

My First Wedding

Ok, so I've only been married once and that's as many times as I plan on getting married but this week's spin cycle is about firsts. And I've seen a few other posts from people lately about their weddings and it brought back memories!

My wedding was almost 6 years ago. I remember staying at my parents house the night before the wedding instead of staying at our home with my future husband. I remember waking up super early because I was so excited. My mom, my maid of honor and I all headed to the salon to get our hair done. It was early but we had to be at the church by probably noonish for pictures.

Once at the church getting ready the rest of my bridesmaids showed up. We finished up and headed upstairs for pictures. Everyone looked so perfect in their tuxes and dresses. It was an extremely hot day (it was August in Kansas!) and I remember I had my makeup bag in my friends car and after the wedding I grabbed my stuff to put in the hubs car and my concealer had exploded! Whoops! The service went well and there were no mishaps or falls. Thank goodness!

The reception was awesome. We had a good friend DJ the dance part and my uncles made their famous (at least in my family!) bbq. We also had a lot of help with the other food and my aunts were very helpful in helping make sure that the food was always stocked for the people at the reception. The reception was held at the churches activity hall which also acts as the school gym. That was not where it was supposed to be originally but it all worked out. We had a balcony area where the head table sat and my mom had even rented a red carpet that you had to walk on to get up to the head table. It was so cool! Everything turned out really well and we got to see and spend time with good friends and family!

**These memories brought to you by the spin cycle. has other peoples firsts as well.**

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Bicycling Bonanza

I haven’t been on here in a while and I’m sorry! Things have been crazy busy and the things that have been happening I don’t really want to talk about…but I do have an interesting story.
Friday I decided to be good and go get my mom’s bike to go for a bike ride. I haven’t rode (ridden?) a bike for a long time but I decided to try it out because I know that it is good exercise and it’s been so darn humid and hot that I didn’t want to go for a walk because it would have been miserable. It also decided to start raining right when I was leaving but that actually made the temperature more bearable. So I was riding the bike and I was definitely not feeling very stable and I had a crazy flashback…

Doodadaloo Doodadaloo Doodadaloo (in my best pyschadelic flashback mode circa Scooby Doo…)

The year was 1997. I was riding my bicycle home from cheerleading camp. It had been a good practice (I’m sure because I was 13 and nothing was on my mind). I got done with practice and had to get home. I was riding along the sidewalk when I came across a parking lot. Hmmm…I’m sure it would be a better idea to ride through the parking lot instead of on the sidewalk so I wasn’t so close to the street.

Cue horror music…

I go into the parking lot and my bike starts to slide on the gravel. I tumble to the (really hard) ground. I start crying. I am bleeding. Horribly I’m sure, but it was 13 years ago, so I can’t remember exactly! A looming figure stands over me. It turns out it was just the groundskeeper from the church across the street. He helps me up and I hobble over to the church where I call my mom. She comes and picks me and my stupid bike up. We go home and I realize after I clean myself up that I have a rock stuck in my leg. Not just barely in there, but jammed in there. My mom calls the doctor and they tell her that she can take it out at home just as easily as they could at the office…with freaking kitchen utensils. I can’t remember the exact utensil but I have to sit in the bathtub loosening up my skin (which in itself is mortifying, let alone being a 13 year old girl in the bathtub while my mom has to scrape something out of my leg). Then the Nazi war criminal comes in to do the damage (ok, just my mom and I’m sure she was as gentle as could be. But if I were her, I probably wouldn’t have been because I’m sure I was a pain in the butt as a teenager!). She miraculously gets the rock out of my leg, but 13 years later I still have a divot in my knee area that isn’t caused by fat! (Score one for the rock and not the fat!)

So back to the year 2010. Riding a bike was kinda scary. I’m not going to lie. I was pretty proud of myself for getting back up on the bike and riding, but there were some times that I had to come to a complete stop to change direction. And a few times where I jumped off the bike instead of changing direction while stopping because I thought I was going to crash. And I wasn’t even listening to my Ipod. I just cruised without music because I didn’t want any distractions! I’m so lame. But I rode close to 4 miles and in about 30 minutes. That’s pretty good time for a new-again-beginner! And I’m going to ride again soon. I just have to find time in my stupid busy schedule. Probably this weekend. And hopefully in a few weeks I will be a biking pro. Or at least one that isn’t afraid to change direction without stopping!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Bad Pet Owner

I took Freckles to the vet today. I'm not that great about doing it because as a human we don't even go to the doctor nearly as much as we need to for the necessary check-ups and we even have insurance to cover those costs. So it's been about a year and half instead of the usual year. I went in and they checked her out. They told me she has really bad tartar on her teeth and I should think about getting her teeth cleaned. If I didn't it could cause the bacteria to go to something or other and cause a heart murmur. I've had Freckles teeth cleaned before and it cost over $100 because she's older and has to be put under and blah blah blah. But I was thinking about it. But then they finished the exam and told me that she already has a heart murmur. So does it make me a bad pet owner that since she already has the murmur I don't feel it necessary to get her teeth cleaned? I don't know. I guess I feel like all dogs went before without getting their teeth cleaned back in the day and Freckles is 13 so according to the vet she is getting up on her life expectancy. We're just kind of biding our time. Maybe that makes me a bad pet owner but she can eat just fine and she even still chews on bones without any problems.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Now that I’ve been back at work for a week my thoughts are much less random but still random enough to make it fun! Let’s do this

--> I think it is so funny when Leo starts singing songs from some of the shows he watches. I bought the Phineas and Ferb soundtrack so we listen to it and when the song comes on when we’re watching the show he starts singing along. Hehe!

--> We have been trying really hard to get Leo to stay in his bed for the whole night. He has never been a through-the-night sleeper but lately he refuses to go to bed and then stay there the entire night. So when he gets up and comes to our room I walk him back to his room and usually read him a book to get him to calm down enough to stay in his bed the rest of the night. Well the last two nights he has decided to take it upon himself to not wake me up and just crawl in bed. So for the last 2 nights I have woken up with a little monkey between me and the hubby. This morning the hubby even asked me when Leo came in our room. I just shrugged my shoulders because I had no idea!

-->Still trying to work on Leo’s temper. Still not getting anywhere with it. Just him still throwing fits when he gets really mad. From talking to other people they say it’s just him going through a phase. And maybe that’s so and maybe all kids have crazy tempers but that doesn’t make me feel any better! But he’s still worth it when he crawls up on my lap and tells me I’m his best friend!

-->I am so ready for my boss to come back from vacation. She has been gone for 5 days and on 3 of those 5 people have called in or needed to leave early for something or another. Ridiculous.

-->Good news though! Only 9 weeks until my next vacation! We don’t have anything planned for this one except the hubby is going up to Kansas City to watch opening day football for the Kansas City Chiefs. That should be fun for him. Since I made 2 solo trips to KC already this summer I figured I would give him the opportunity to have some fun without the ol’ ball and chains!

-->With having the benefit of having 3 paychecks in July I am paying off stuff with the third paycheck because it is just extra money(!). I’m pretty excited about that. Trying to be more fiscally responsible. It’s kinda lame but kinda awesome at the same time. But I am taking a little bit of it and buying tickets to see Daniel Tosh when he comes to Wichita. He has a hilarious show on Comedy Central called Tosh.0 and he is bringing his stand-up to Wichita. So excited. The concerts in October but I want to get tickets before it sells out!

I was trying to decide if I had anything else random going on but while thinking about it my brain turned to mush so I guess not. Go over to see Keely at She always has some crazy random lying around!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Very Odd

I have some family members that help run an Anime Festival here in Wichita and it's a pretty big deal I guess. Definitely not for me because I am not into that at all but I agreed to volunteer because it helps out my family and volunteering is a good thing that I want to pass on to Leo. So I went this morning at 8 to the hotel where the convention was being held. I got to my station and just sat back and watched. And all the crazies came out. It was so weird! People were in costumes that were so odd. I saw a grown man in a dragon costume, a man in a woman's dress with some platform shoes and a red wig and even whole families dressed up together. I'm all for to each their own, but WOW! And I also know that I put myself in a situation that I knew would make me uncomfortable. But if I were playing a drinking game for every time I saw some kid with an emo combover I would have been hammered by 9am! I also of course saw the stereotypical girl was talking about how every time she was bored she thought about death. I was laughing about that. There was also a boy who bought his ticket and when I told him where to sign up for door prizes and the agenda for the day he just gave a huge sigh and was like, I won't win anyways. It was so funny. Just thought I would share!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Oh dear

You know your son watches his dad play too many video games when

a) he uses the roll of wrapping paper as his "gun" to shoot the bears that are apparently gallivanting around our living room

b) he used his Star Wars toy that had a sharp edge to play the game that was on daddy's game. It's where a guy uses a knife and goes as fast as he can between his fingers. I couldn't help but laugh.


c) When talking to his aunt about going to Colorado and she told him she saw deer he asked her if she shot them.

If anyone's wondering, the game is Red Dead Redemption. It's about a cowboy that travels the country and Mexico. It is definitely not appropriate for a 3yo but I love seeing the togetherness between my 2 boys. And he's seeing a lot of animals...bears, snorthogs (hehe, Leo's version of warthog), deer, birds and horses.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Getting to know me

Heather, over at had this little diddy and I figured I had a little time so I thought I might partake in it! Check it out.

1. I’ve come to realize that my chest-size… does not fit nicely under most clothing.
2. I’ve come to realize that my job… is not what I expected, but at least I have one!
3. I’ve come to realize that when I’m driving… is the only time I have to myself.
4. I’ve come to realize that I need… become a better housekeeper.
5. I’ve come to realize that I have lost… my drive for most things in life.
6. I’ve come to realize that I hate… not having as much money as I want to live the way I want to.
7. I’ve come to realize that if I’m drunk… then I’m probably about to fall down somewhere.
8. I’ve come to realize that money… should not rule my life. But it does!
9. I’ve come to realize that certain people… will always annoy me!
10. I’ve come to realize that I’ll always… be obsessing about my weight.
11. I’ve come to realize that my sibling(s)… are lifesavers.
12. I’ve come to realize that my mom…is (and probably will most likely stay) my best friend.
13. I’ve come to realize that my cell phone… is a life-line even though I don’t want it to be!
14. I’ve come to realize that when I woke up this morning… I did not want to get up!
15. I’ve come to realize that my first love is… out of my life! Woo hoo!
16. I’ve come to realize that right now I am thinking about…work.
17. I’ve come to realize that my dad…is a wonderful grandfather.
18. I’ve come to realize that when I get on Facebook… I get sucked in!
19. I’ve come to realize that today…I am ready to go home and my brain is not functioning like it should be.
20. I’ve come to realize that my best friend(s)… are few and far between and I have to work for them.
21. I’ve come to realize that my spouse… is definitely my better half, and me his.
22. I’ve come to realize that I really want to… win the lottery so I can stay home with my family.
23. I’ve come to realize that life… is not what I expected
24. I’ve come to realize that this weekend… I will be babysitting and then cleaning house and doing laundry.
25. I’ve come to realize that next weekend… I will be working.
26.I’ve come to realize that my child…is the best thing that has happened to me but can bring out the worst in me.
27. I’ve come to realize that when life gives you lemons… make lemonade.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Age and athletes

Last month I turned the ripe old age of 26. I am now on what I like to call the downward slope to 30 (thanks Camdin!). That is not what makes me feel old. And I also do not feel old because I have been married for almost 6 years and have a 3 year old. (That just makes me feel and look haggard sometimes!) What does make me feel old is the fact that a lot the athletes I watch on an everyday basis are younger than me. I grew up watching college basketball and idolizing the basketball players. Now I am up to 8 years older than some of these players. And I just read an article in the last Sporting News called the 25 under 25. These players had multi-million dollar salaries and some even had championship rings. Professional athletes are entering drafts and what-not at 19. That is still 7 years younger than me. When I was 19 I was engaged, working 2 jobs and going to school full-time. I didn’t get to spend my youth gallivanting the country on the dime of some large enterprise. I wish I could have but I didn’t have the skills (or the correct gender) to make that happen. Just something I was thinking about the other day!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Random Thoughts that are so random because I have to go back to work today

Argh. It's Tuesday. Which means I'm back at work today. After 11 days of vacation. So not cool. And my boss scheduled me for an open to close. So I'm pretty sure she was pissed about me being on vacation and wanted to rub it in my face since she will now be on vacation this week.

So to keep it random head over to visit Keely over at I'm sure she'll keep it random. But I'll throw some random your way. If you like it you can keep it, if not throw it back. I won't know either way. Because you can't really throw or catch words. Unless you're throwing a dictionary. But that would hurt probably.

Yeah, so that whole last sentence series was random and not even on purpose. So let the real random begin.

Vacation was pretty good. We had 2 weddings and the 4th of July all squished together in those 11 days. It was pretty busy. But I did read 3 books. That was nice. We also went to Dodge City to visit the hubby's family. While there we do much of anything but we did get to go to Boot Hill. That was pretty fun. And I spent $18 on fudge and lemon heads. I'm pretty sure that was the most ridiculous amount of money spent this week.

We also got to go to the A&W. And I got a root beer float. It was delicious. But I weighed myself when we got home. Yep. I gained 5 pounds. Jillian will be so disappointed in me. I must get back on the program. And I will. So I'll keep you semi-posted on my progress.

After bragging about Leo and his potty-training goodness he had 2 accidents while in Dodge. I know it was just because he was too busy playing with his cousins to sense "the feeling" of needing to go to the bathroom but annoying none the less. At least neither time was while we were sleeping because that would have been a rude wake-up call.

He also was a holy terror almost the whole week. But there were glimpses of the sweet angel that he can be. It's so frustrating. I'm still reading Scream-Free Pareting and trying to use some of the tactics but it's really hard. So if anyone wants a free 3yo let me know! :)

I think my dog is pissed off at me because she keeps running away. When we were dealing with our ant problem I had to spray her dog dish because they were attacking her food. I just left it outside because I didn't want to bring the ants back in so she is having to eat her food outside in a not normally used food dish. So I think she is plotting against me so every time I leave her outside for longer than 5 minutes she escapes. So if you also want a 13yo shih tzu let me know. I can give you a good deal if you take both of them! :)

That's all I have for today which is enough. Like I said...go visit Keely and check out her random. It's always very random!