Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
I: I hear you are sick. What do you think you have?
J: I know it's not the flu because I'm in denial. It hurts all over and I have suspicions that I may have been beaten with a stick while I was sleeping.
I: What's the highest fever you have had?
J: 102.7. And I felt like I was starting to have halucinations.
I: Why are you up right now?
J: I slept all day on and off and now I'm awake. I'm beginning to feel sleepy again.
I: Is Jace a good nurse?
J: Yes, he got me almost everything I wanted. He also spent some time talking with me. But I remember him giving me a funny look and saying, "ok, I'm just going to go out here." Something about mixing up the words Tylenol and ice cream.
I: Do you think you'll be sick long?
J: I hope not but it needs to be longer than my friend. I'm playing an "I'm sicker than you" game with her. My next statement will be something like, "I used to be this sick and have to walk 15 miles in the snow through lava."
I: What are your favorite items when you're sick?
J: I have to have either tomato soup or spaghetti-o's with meatballs. I also have to have a thermometer. I'm kind of obsessive about checking my temperature.
I: Do you do anything weird when you're sick?
J: I dress funny. I have my bathrobe on backwards like a Snuggie. I also have a "sick nightgown." I've had it for about a 100 years and I only wear it when I'm sick. It looks like an old cotton granny gown.
This is about all I can muster up for a post today. I just wanted to let you know where I had been. If I don't feel better soon I will have to get some leeches and do blood-letting.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
I took a picture of some bananas...hmm..oh yes, to show what I do with bananas when they start to turn (towards the trash can if I don't stop Jace). I put them in a ziploc and throw them in the freezer. Later we use them in smoothies and use the banana peels on ant bites.
This...is...the...mulch. Pictures never really do justice to what you're seeing. This...mulch is easily the size of my car. It's fresh from a tree chipper/shredder(?) from a company named Asplundh. This name always makes me laugh and I don't know why. Just sounds funny. Say it...lol I'm easily amused.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
I have to give a little background so this post will sound very exciting. I visited a woman with cancer and her husband left her because he is a lousy jerk !@##$$%%^^&&*!! Since I do all this strategic (crazy) shopping we have lots to give. So I took her 5 bags of groceries. And now my 7 boxes of waffles will fit in the freezer.
My second stop was this place --->>> The San Marcos Animal Shelter Adoption Center. Fun place to hang around and see puppies and kitties. I had 5 bags of dog food to give them. But that is because my dog is a snob and wouldn't eat this food that his master had so lovingly hunted and killed at Target. Bad dog! People who work in shelters always have a pensive worried look when you first walk in. Their faces really brighten up when you give them free stuff. Animal shelters are a Julie Endorsed shelter. This means the food/money/time you give is probably not fattening up someone else's pocket.So now that I did allll these good deeds it's time to go shopping! Mon Ami! What is this? It's a penny from God. When I got out of my car there it was just waiting for me. Let's not talk about how it's probably covered with Swine Flu.
This is one of a few great finds today. 26 Ghirardeli chocolate bars ooh la la. They're the big ones, too. Found them clearanced priced for .65ea. AND I had a store coupon for $1 off 2. Which came to a whopping cost of .15ea. And I'm going to share them with my friends. It's all those waffles! I don'have room. At Target I found some stickers and notebooks for 75% off. I did a great deal on some Kid Essential drinks (?). I think these are like 'old geezer Boost' but for kids. It's priced like 8.99. I got 2. I had a $2Target Q, a $5 Q, and Buy One Get One Q. So instead of paying 17.98 I paid $1.99. Hence, the whole story at the top of the post.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Well, Rowan has done a remarkable recovery. This morning she was playing but still saying, "oh I'm sick. la lalalalala la" So I did what any good parent who wants their child to go to school does...I bribed her. Yep, "if you go to school I'll get you a Dora doll." Worked like a charm. And it's not like they are going to make her do manual labor, it's preschool. So if she felt sick I would go get her. I did feel she was getting out of her routine and it really was the best thing for her. She did make it through the day and came bounding off the bus and she got her Dora doll.
While Rowan was at school doing trigonometry I got to go shopping! For those of you who know me this is a big production. Studying sales and gathering coupons. This is a picture of the view from my cart/tank when I first start. I need a drink and a snack because I'm going to be there awhile. Jace has learned to not ask too many
questions about it. It's not good for his sanity. There's not much to say when I bring home 8 boxes of waffles. Or 21 cans of Pringles. Just go with the flow. I did manage to score a Ni Hao Kai-Lan hot food thermos for half price which made me dance a little. Now I can send Rowan with hot food for lunch on cold days. Another big score was a suit I got for Jace for $21. You read that right..$21 buckaroos. Since he wears suits twice a week this is a great find.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
This is the most fitting title I could think of. I try to think of something catchy that someone else will look and say, "wow, maybe she got a picture of Bigfoot in her backyard. I better go look." And like all embellished titles it's not nearly what you expected.
Rowan was/is sick. This started...ohh..Sunday evening with coughing. Turned into low grade fever and coughing on Monday. She was supposed to have conscious sedation at the dentist's, who of course refused to do anything since she was sick. This was just great for my husband who had kept her awake into the wee hours because they told him to.
When I came home Monday evening it was a full blown snot fest. She also had the pitiful cracking voice. When I walked in I heard a weak little sound saying, "hi, Blob." This means Hi Mom in stuffed up nose speak.
When Rowan is sick it takes on Dickens' proportion. Kind of like having a Tiny Tim with his little crutch. This is because although she is only 3 she is a great actress. She can even put her hand on her forhead and "swoon."
All of that to say I was supposed to be working on a gazillion other things. Instead, I think I learned the whole theme song for Ni Hao Kai-Lan. I can now cross that off my things-to-accomplish-in-life list. I also worked on my coupons and battle plan for the sales this week.
This evening, after being on a solid diet of Tylenol, Motrin, oatmeal, Zyrtec, and green beans with ketchup, Rowan seems to be coming round and it looks like she will pull through this plague.
Hopefully tomorrow will be a better day and I can get some things done. Otherwise I will be learning another theme song. Or God forbid...I will have to organize something.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
If you watched the video (I know it's long) then you know I'm right. This guy went into the wilds of Alaska at the age of 51 planning to stay for a year. He ended up staying 30, 3-0, thirty years people. At 51 we'll be looking at our 401k's worrying if we have enough. This guy was off starting a new life.
The reason he stayed for 30 years is because they finally had to come and drag him off, otherwise he would have stayed longer. He's not the only guy who did this to himself either. When we visited Yosemite there was the story of the guy who was the caretaker of the Giant Sequoias. He went out there because his doctor told him he had like 6 months to live. Twenty-five years later he quit giving tours.
This got me thinking. There is obviously some "fountain of youth" mystery going on in the western/northwestern United States. There's one catch: you have to become a forest hermit. This is not as easy as it sounds. Seems that there is a lot of planning involved. I found this site interesting. But mostly you don't want to end up like Alexander Supertramp. Into the Wild is a good movie to watch, too.
So if you are someone who likes to plan for the Apocalypse or becoming a hermit, then you should get ahold of Alone in the Wilderness or watch all the clips. It's a great How-To-Survive video and will make you feel lousy for ever wanting to take naps.
Tomorrow I will go off to work with renewed zeal and will think twice before whining! <--Big Fat Lie!
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Today was not going according to plan. Lightning and thunder all night. I thought "well, once Rowan is off to school then I'll go back to bed.." (That's right kids, while you're at school we're sleeping in)
Then...Jace walks in the door. He's supposed to be working all day. Oh God, did he lose his job? No, his computer has a virus and must be taken to the main office. "Julie, don't you want to go with me???" Oh, all right.
Leaving the house I remember Restaurant.com is having 90% off today! How can I get a gift certificate that we can use. Think, think, think. Wonder Twin powers activate. Form of cell phone texting. Jace suggests we go to the library and use their computer and print one out there. I'm texting people asking what restaurants are close by. Go through the whole process and get the gift certificate BUT...it won't print at the library. Why? Because they must have some sort of web of security on their computers so you don't do anything shady, like print out certificates to restaurants. Drat!
I'm still thinking. Just invite someone to lunch and see if they'll print it for me. We'll treat them to lunch and we'll only pay $1 for the certificate. It sounds so perfect if only it will work! Arrggh... Apparently it takes a little while to process the order and we will have to wait. Deflate balloon here.
Well, we couldn't find the restaurant anyway, so we end up here. This is La Casita at 1519 W. Anderson Ln. in Austin, Tx. I had no idea I would be doing a restaurant review today. So here's the pic of the interior. Flourescent orange, blue, and yellow. Comfy seats. Big t.v. playing Spanish club music videos. Requisite neon beer sign. Artwork of Japanese houses, African woman, and Spanish church all hung right next to each other.
Monday, September 7, 2009
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Jace has figured out that if he says something funny and clever it will probably end up here. It can get quite comical with him "performing" to see if something catches my interest. A little flattering.
Last year we went to the Celtic Festival and had a great time. We were torn between the Celtic Festival and Wurst Fest. We had been to Wurst Fest so we decided to try the Celtic Festival. We had such a good time that we probably won't go to Wurst Fest again. Wurst Fest has an incredibly large number of German people drinking beer, as opposed to an incredibly large number of people of Celtic descent drinking beer. The Wurst Fest has many booths of German food like turkey legs, funnel cakes, and candy apples. The Celtic Festival has many original Celtic foods like turkey legs, funnel cakes, and candy apples. Actually I tried Kettle Corn and it was like eating a box of cereal. It was so YUMMY! I can't wait to go back and get some more. Jace says, "well, kettle corn was a natural staple of the Viking and they used candy apples to sharpen there swords on." (<--funny comment mentioned earlier) The Wurst Fest has great music usually to the beat and sound of "oompa oompa oompa." The Celtic Festival...well, what can I say. I'm a huge fan of Celtic music and Irish, Scottish, etceteraish music. Learning opportunities at Wurst Fest include drinking beer, drinking beer, and drinking beer oompa oompa oompa. At the Celtic Festival they have people walking around in period costumes, like Roman and Gaelic culture. I'm of Germanic descent and learned that Germania was the most feared by Romans because of the people's terrifying nature (is that where I get my temper?) There is also craft/tool making, celtic dancing lessons, battle reenactments, and did I mention Kettle Corn!!! Lastly, they had a very nice number of booths to shop for souvenirs and it pretty much fit into Celtic culture of some sort. (i.e. no ninja swords or pinatas)
So if you get a chance to make a festival this fall, try the Celtic Festival. I'll be there! (I'll be the one with the HUGE bag of Kettle Corn!!!)
Thursday, September 3, 2009
The Great Makeover...This is part of my living room. I've kept it very neutral and haven't had much color because I can't seem to commit to paying a lot of money for patterned curtains and throw pillows that I might not like after one season.
I was looking through the latest issue of All You magazine and fell in love with this room. How can I get this look without shelling out the bucks. One suggested curtain cost $35/panel. This is what I'm talking about. I'm not going to pay $70 for floral curtains and then be sick of them in the spring. And throw pillows are going to run me at least $20 apiece. What to do?
Then this crazy idea dawned on me! I went around the house and found some unused throw pillows that don't match anything in the house. Because this is what happens when you buy throw pillows and then change your style.
I bought 5 yards of fabric. 2 yards were broad cloth (really cheap). Spent $15.58 for all.
I had 2 yards of this material and cut it straight down the middle. I hung on the curtain rod and measured how far down I wanted it to go. My curtains hang down behind the couch and the layout of furniture isn't going to change. I didn't want to waste material that wasn't even going to be seen.
I pinned the curtain panels then pinned the throw pillow cover.
I finished the other two pillows the same way. I like the contrasting patterns but it still fits my organizational (OCD) style. It was getting tricky at this point because you can see the top of a little blonde head in the bottom of the pic.
I kept the cutting of the material to a minimum because I wanted to keep it in large pieces. Look to see a mixed-pattern dress for Rowan later! Very..Sound of Music and Scarlet O'Hara, eh?
Cash 4 Clunkers!
This is what struck my mind as we were clearing the area of the yard we're working on and getting ALL of Bean's toys out of the way. We call it Bean's Used Car Lot. Does she use any of these? Not really. I can definitely see a couple going into the yard sale we want to have in the fall.
We are still working on the backyard and will be for all of eternity. This may sound like an exageration but until we move it will be a never ending project. This is the latest plant I put in. I was really just showing the shade effect from the rocks. This will end up being more of a 'peek-a-boo' garden. I'd like to get it more towards English garden, but one thing at a time, right?
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Quite a few pictures on this one. We are starting to work on my part of the garden since nothing is happening with the Garden of Angst. My part of the garden consists of me telling Jace, "move that there, no put it back." In the first pic he had pulled out a rock giving me an instant hole to put one of my new plants.