Saturday, November 24, 2007

Now there's the pretty kitty...

Boots. She's a fun cat. It took us about a week to find her a name, but Boots is the one that Lyric likes... and can say. So Boots it is. Today she discovered the fishbowl. I'm hoping that my betta stays intact for a while longer...

Wednesday, November 21, 2007



It's hard to believe that 2 years ago today, I started feeling those first pains of agonizing labor - thanks to my midwife stripping my membranes. I had this *thing* in me that I called Fuzzball, which in some ways seems like a lifetime ago, and in other ways feels like yesterday. The past two years have been nothing but awesome since becoming a mom - and I highly recommend it to anyone who hasn't tried it... parenthood, that is.

This is definitely my favorite stage - toddlerhood. Although from time to time it's wrought with terrible twos nonsense - temper tantrums and unbearable whining, mostly it's pretty damn cute.


I'm turning 2!

Emily looks on as Lyric attempts to ride

We had her birthday party on Saturday, since her actual birthday falls on Thanksgiving this year - and man did that kid make out. She's seriously spoiled. Not only did she get what she's been asking for for what seems like months, a tricycle (or as she calls it, MOTORCYCLE!), her dad surprised (or tried to) us with something else...

Surprise! Kitty-licious!

That's right. We now own a kitty. Boots is her name. I call her Meowzers. She's fun.

Funny enough, Ryan is allergic to cats. And apparently, so am I, as I haven't stopped itching since she showed up. But am I complaining? Hell no. I'm a cat person. Much more so than a dog person.

Anyway, I'm still just in awe that this...


has grown into this...

Doing her little turn on the catwalk

And I'm so extremely thankful for that.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Fitting in my jeans - the saga continues...

I've been feeling out of sorts lately, and I'm trying to get back in the groove of things again. I was feeling pretty comfortable with my size and shape there for a while - so I eased up on my diet. Suddenly all that hard work I did for months did a very quick back slide, and now my thighs are the consistency of rice pudding, and my mommy pooch looks more like my 74 year old dad's beer gut.

So... back on the wagon.

Dieting is hard. It's even harder when you just feel like life is flying past you. With 2 jobs and a toddler, it's tough to find time to exercise. I've been wanting to join a gym for a while now, but I don't think I'd ever go. When I get off work, I just want to get to where ever Lyric is and get home.

So I'm working on just eating healthier. My husband is the king of junk food - he'll eat just about anything if it's deep fried and battered. Sushi? No. Turkey dipped in boiling corn oil? Yes. Salad? No. Slices of potatoes saturated with chemicals and fried to a crisp? Yes.

So it's tough, especially when I don't have much time to prepare dinner. But I'm working on it. I'm hoping for a nice raise at work (it's coming - I just don't know when or how much) so that I can slow down a little on teaching - it's not that I don't like doing the online instruction thing, but I do need a break. I've felt like my entire days and evenings have been sucked up by nothing but work - and what I really want to do is spend some time with my daughter, reading, or playing, or doing something useful so that the TV will stop eating her brain.

And I want my jeans to fit better.

Want, want, want! I really gotta do do do.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

My Current Mellow Playlist on the E-Lo Pod...

Cause that’s the mood I’ve been in... laid back, groovin, mellow, lay on the couch and smoke a doob... ok, not really with the doob, cause then I’d be an unfit mother. And I don’t like being under the influence of anything anymore – not even alcohol. It makes me feel yucky. But I digress...

1. Zero 7 – In the Waiting Line
2. Sufjan Stevens – Chicago
3. The Shins - New Slang
4. Ray LaMontagne - Hold You In My Arms
5. Tracey Chapman – Fast Car
6. Nick Drake – One Of These Things First
7. Jamie Cullum – High and Dry
8. Jack Johnson – Holes to Heaven
9. The Innocence Mission – When Mac was Swimming
10. Fiest - Mushaboom
11. The Beatles – In My Life
12. Coldplay – Speed of Sound
13. David Gray – This Year’s Love
14. The Fray – Over My Head (Cable Car)
15. Ben Harper – Burn One Down (this has no significance to my doob reference)

Listen and feel... mellow...

Monday, November 05, 2007

Welcome to relaxing November... ahh...

October was a crazy month for me. I had a wedding, a big tradeshow, and our company's leadership conference, all in a two week span. On Halloween I returned from Colonial Williamsburg, where I resided for 5 nights at the Kingsmill Resort and Spa, home of the leadership conference that I busted my ass on for 5 days and nights straight. I don't think I've ever worked a 16 hour day until last week. Hmm. Now I know how Ryan feels, because honestly, I didn't sit. Once. And when I hit my bed at night to get a mere 4 hours of measly sleep to rest up to get back at it at 4:30 in the morning, I was out like someone hit me in the face with a sledgehammer.

Colonial Williamsburg (or CW, as the locals call it) was pretty cool. I was excited to go there - probably because I'm a nerd and I like history, and the highlight of my trip was getting to go to an old school tavern for dinner - The Kings Arm - where we were serenaded by a woman playing a mandolin... and I ate peanut soup. Good stuff. We had a group of 300 or so managers from our company and we were greeted and led down the cobblestone street by a colonial drum and fife corp - and after dinner we went on a ghost tour, which was fitting for Halloween.

Pictures will follow as soon as I get the 400 from my work camera uploaded.

I'm just happy to have the busy work crap behind me and be able to relax and enjoy the upcoming holidays - and Lyric's 2nd birthday. Which is on Thanksgiving this year, incidentally.


Remember last year when I got a dog? Yeah, and he was nuts? Well, I've been unsuccessfully trying to talk Ryan into getting another pet - be it guinea pig (no rodents), cat (allergic), bunny (maybe), or dog (NO DOGS). It's not working.

I've said this time and time again, but I've always wanted a dog. It's distressing that my first dog was kind of a disapointment... ok, a major dispointment, since he was totally not suitable for my couch potato family. Lyric and I went to the Humane Society the other day and met this fellow:

He was the sweetest little guy ever. Not too big, not too small. Very laid back and kind of shy. He liked laying down. He took more of an interest to Lyric than myself... but he warmed up to me after playing for a bit. The Humane Society calls him Snickers, and he was rescued from a shelter in Ohio that was closing down and had to put their remaining animals down. I showed Ryan the pictures I took on my phone of him and Lyric playing, and his reaction was like a punch in the gut - a staunch "I don't care." I could have cried. There is definitely a part of me that is missing without a full time animal in my life, because I've always been an animal person. I thought Ryan was the same way, but he's really proving not to be, and that's kind of hurtful to know. It's almost like not agreeing on how many kids to have. Well, maybe not that extreme, but I'm really starting to feel like the guy I married has no heart. That its turned to stone. It really makes me sad that we don't share the same ideals when it comes to this. If it were up to me I'd probably have a house full of animals - at least, that's how I always pictured it when I was growing up.

I'm just having some issues over this right now, I guess. Mostly because we fought about it all weekend, and really, there hasn't been a weekend that's gone by that we haven't fought about something stupid in a long time.

I'm questioning a lot about my life these days and how I really want things to be, and how I get things to be the way I want them. So sorry for putting all this out there, but I'm starting to get to that level where change is inevitable - and that means either making changes to myself or sinking into a deep dark hole that will be hard to get myself out of. So this is me stepping towards the light.

Yesterday I filled out an application to become a Humane Society volunteer, so that's step one in making a positive change.

Did any of this make sense at all???