Tuesday, April 29, 2008


I bought Heather's book. I call her Heather like we're on a first name basis, like I call her up at night all like "Heather! Loved your latest post!" This has been a good month for new books. I'm just about halfway through Jennifer Weiner's (why-ner.... like, God, she's such a whiner) newest book, "Certain Girls." I'm addicted to reading lately.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

How the F*@K does THIS happen???? *UPDATE*

Oh, I'm so PISSED. So pissed. I tried to vote this morning, after sending my paperwork in to Harrisburg early last month
and now, here it is - the day. And I'm supposedly not even REGISTERED, according to the commonwealth of PA.

How did I vote in the last election, pray tell?

I should mention I've tried every form of my name possible - hypenated, not hyphenated, maiden, married... this is very frustrating. Not a happy camper. Or voter. So much for making my voice heard.

Ok, so I called the Butler County Voter Office? And they said, according to their records, I'm in the system under my full name - maiden and married, no hyphen - at my parent's address. So another polling station has my info - so if I go there, I'll be on record. But it shows my status as going from active to inactive. I asked, "how does that happen?" to which the nice lady that I spoke with said, "I don't know!"

So after work, I'll be going to Herman Fire Hall, filling out an affirmation form, voting, and then turning in a change of address form. Which doesn't make any sense to me, since last time I voted in East Butler, with no problems. It's all just very strange. And my mom is actually voting for once in her life, and she's voting for Hillary, while I'm voting for Obama - so we're cancelling each other out anyway.

Monday, April 21, 2008

It's Monday...

You know how I know? Cause Mondays always suck. Case in point- my dog got blasted by a skunk this morning. Yeah - all over his right side, and a little on his face. He was so ashamed, the poor guy. The look on his face was like someone killed his best friend. Unfortunately all he wanted was for me to comfort him, which obviously I couldn't do. What I did do was tie him out and hose him off. Ryan is dousing him with tomato juice as I type this. Then hopefully he'll shampoo his right side with dish soap, and maybe toothpaste.

And my cat is in heat. She's been yowling like a nut. I haven't been a responsible pet owner and gotten her spayed yet, because my vet's office told me that it would cost a whopping $145 bucks to get it done. Holy crap. When I had my old cat, Garcia, getting him neutered and declawed only cost me $80. I'm not even getting Boots declawed, because unlike Garcie - she's not very destructive with her claws. Garcie used to scratch the living shit out of everything, including me. So today I'll be calling another vet to compare prices. Is it wrong to comparison shop when it comes to cat hysterectomies?

Friday, April 18, 2008

Five Things you might not know about me...

Back when people used to read my blog, I wrote a post about the Duggar family, and as I've moved forward in my life as a parent, I've developed more than a little bit of respect for this family - I mean, wow, the organizational skills alone are unbelievable. I'm completely unorganized and I only have one. They have, like, 27 kids or something now. Actually, it's like 16 or 17, I've lost track. Still, I'm a big believer in birth control and credit cards. That's why I'll probably never have another kid - for both of those reasons. Anyway, the Duggar kids are adorable, and so polite and well mannered... I think they're great role models for kids. So many kids these days are just horrible - mean, spoiled little brats - and my kid is probably well on her way to becoming that.

I'd much rather her be like a Duggar kid. Does that mean I have to change her name to something that starts with a J? Cause if so, I'd like it to be Jezebel.

I listen to podcasts in my car. I'm a big fan of NPR (been listening to the BPP since before Dooce posted about it... then I felt TOTALLY cool, like I was on top of things). When Lost is on (which it will be next week - YES!) I listen to all the good Lost podcasts religiously, like Jay and Jack and the Transmission... I'm more than a little obsessed with Lost, so that makes two more things that you didn't know about me.

I told Lyric the other night that when she finally does have a brother or sister, that she's going to be a much better big sister than I was. I was a terrible big sister, in my opinion. I beat up on my brother, I was a bad influence, and I blame the fact that my brother smokes on myself. I'm trying to make up for the years of being a shitty big sister. Although I did let my brother hang out with me in high school.

I'm a fucking awful procrastinator. AWFUL. When I have too much shit to do, I keep putting off the other things that have been sitting on my plate for months. It's terrible. I have a wedding video to finish, envelopes to order within the next two weeks for another friends' wedding, and I'm too damn lazy to potty train my own child. I have a house full of projects that need to be done, and I've lived there for two years. It's goddamn ridiculous.

And that's five things you probably didn't know about me.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Baby Needs a New Pair of Shoes...

Actually, my baby is well stocked in shoes - quite possibly, she has more shoes than one toddler might ever need. I'm pretty well stocked in shoes as well - I'm a no-nonsense type when it comes to shoes. They must be practical, comfortable, and cute at the same time. Which is sometimes tough to come by. Since I work in a very casual environment where I wear jeans and hoodies every day of the week, I only have one pair of heels that I wear for dressy occasions. Strangely enough, those heels are pretty comfy too.

One thing that is essential for me when buying shoes - they must not tie. Call me lazy, but I hate tying shoes. I want to slip them on my feet and go. Which means I never buy athletic shoes. But, since I'm participating in the Race for the Cure, I knew I had to get some walking/running shoes. Here's what I bought this weekend:

These are C9 by Champion shoes that I found at Target. They were on sale, and I just happened to have a 5 dollar off coupon, so they were somewhere around 20 bucks. And yes, as you can see, they tie. Which I haven't found to be a problem, because I doubled knotted them after the first time I put them on, and they slip on and off my foot very easily. I've worn them every day since Saturday - and it's kind of odd to see me with athletic shoes on, not only because I'm not athletic at all, but because I never wear shoes like this.

It's kind of nice, actually - buying these shoes makes me want to actually do something athletic, which is why today I'm starting a walking regimen. I sit far too long everyday, and it's starting to show, mainly in my hips and thighs. I've never had lean thighs, but the space between them has grown smaller and smaller lately, and it's kind of gross - having thighs that rub together when you walk. It sort of makes me gag thinking about it. There's a lot about my body that I find unattractive, but that's one thing that really grosses me out, even more than my cottage cheese butt or my mom belly.


Shalini tagged me yesterday, so that post will be forthcoming.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Volunteering my talents as well as my dog walking skillz...

This is a layout that I created for the Humane Society that I volunteer for - it's a tri-fold membership brochure. I think it turned out pretty cute - kind of a step away from the kind of design I do every day.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Racing for the Cure

If you didn't already get an email from me, I'm participating in the Susan B. Komen Race for the Cure - in support of breast cancer research and awareness. The event that I'm participating in is May 11th (Mother's Day) in Pittsburgh. This is a special cause for me, because my boss, Amy, has struggled through breast cancer twice (not to mention Hodgkins disease and epilepsy), and last January underwent a double mastectomy. We watched as she went through chemo, lost her hair, lost her breasts, and had surgery after surgery. Through it all she never once acted like she felt sorry for herself - she kept busy and SURVIVED. I admire her for that in many ways. So this is an important event for me.

If you want to donate towards my goal, click here. If there’s a girl or woman in your life … and if she ever must battle cancer, I have to believe you both want to have the same hope and resources that Amy has had.

Thursday, April 03, 2008


So April 1st was one of the warmest days we've had in a long time here in Western PA. Then it got cold again, like a big "HAHA APRIL FOOLS!" from mother nature. Bitch.

I may be a lazy blogger, but I did sign up for twitter, I've heard so much buzz about it that I had to. I'm trendy, what can I say.

Check me out here. Do you see Lyric? I'm about a year or so older than her in this photo, and the only reason I know that is because when my mom showed it to me, I said, "wow Mom, you were kind of fat." To which she kicked me in the shin and replied, " I WAS PREGNANT."

Yeah... sorry about that. That little bump in her belly is my brother, who is four years younger than me.