Archive for October, 2010

Wind, wind go away!


There have been quite a few storms and wind here in East Tennessee the past couple days.  Yesterday, I was sitting in the living room, when I heard a loud BANG! on the roof, immediately followed by clunking noises starting from the middle of the roof and rolling to the edge and then a loud PLOP! as the object hurtled to the ground. I yanked open the curtains, certain someone (a ninja perhaps?) had fallen out of one of our trees and rolled down our roof to their death.

But instead of a dead body, there was only a stupid ole branch.

But I am counting my blessings because even though I would hope that any psycho willing to climb a tree in order to spy on us or rob us falls and gets hurt, I would still feel absolutely horrible that it happened.

And it would be a huge mess to have to clean up.


How to avoid getting ripped off


Here’s an intersting article I came across on Yahoo discussing the sneakiest shopping scams and how to prevent them from happening to you. With scams increasing around the holidays, I had to pass this on to you guys… hopefully it will prevent someone from going through the heartache of losing their money.


A booger-free day! Can you believe it?


Wow, this weekend was fantastic! Really busy, but fantastic! So Friday, I drove Nathan to his grandma and grandpa’s (Paul’s parents) so he could spend the night with them. It’s an hour-and-fifteen-minute drive, but I cranked up the radio and Nathan and I jammed the whole way down. Paul was working from home, so he couldn’t partake in the joys of off-tune harmonizing. But it was a nice drive and oh! I stopped on my way home and got myself a new outfit. (I normally don’t like completely and utterly loathe shopping for clothes since I gained weight, but I’ve gone down a whole size so I was much more optimistic about the whole experience.) I managed to snag a cute pair of pants and a shirt to go with them and let me tell you, there is something about buying yourself a new outfit that you look good in. Suddenly, you feel like you’re not longer all dumpy and unattractive and… mommy-ish. YOU KNOW WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT. Because walking around all day with dried toddler boogers on your left sleeve spilled milk starting to sour on your right sleeve isn’t exactly sexy. But when you’re with your child all day, it cannot be avoided, so you go through your day wearing clothes that have their own gravitational force, sucking your toddler’s messes on to you. Even if he’s in the other room. Sometimes I’ll hear him sneeze while he’s playing in his room, and I’ll look down and lo-and-behold! THERE BE FRESH SNOT on my shirt. Hmmmm.

Hide yo kids and hide yo wife cuz my toddler’s getting all crazy up in here.

Ok, so back to my story. Since Paul’s parents kept Nathan for the night, Paul and I were able to have a DATE NIGHT! We met some friends at our favorite sushi place and totally indulged ourselves in a mixture of absolutely delightful sushi, tons of laughter, and later some pool and karaoke. And get this. We stayed out until 2:00 am. AND WE DIDN’T TURN INTO PUMPKINS. We went to bed shortly after we got home around 3:00 am JUST BECAUSE WE COULD. And in the morning? We slept in until almost noon.

Did you read me? NOON, you guys. You know how long it’s been since I got to sleep til noon? Well, let’s just say I have a bigger chance of crawling into the dumpster behind Red Lobster and taking a big ole shit than I do of sleeping til noon. (And, um, just to clarify, I would never actually shit in a dumpster. I don’t poop in public y’all.)

So it was a great weekend and much needed. Paul and I are seriously going to have to make a habit of getting out more often. Being a parent is the best job in the world, but in order to be at your best, you have to take care of yourself first. So that means every once in a while, letting myself take a day off from being Mommy and so I can just be Jen.


Laughter is contagious


Nathan is one of those folks who likes to laugh. He finds humor in just about anything… leaves, funny faces, silverware… (I HAVE NO IDEA where on Earth he got his sense of humor from, by the way. Because I’m not the type to laugh at anything silly. No, not at all.) So here’s a video of Nathan laughing at… are you ready, guys?… a pillow! Yes, A PILLOW! Because, after all, pillows are only the funniest things ON EARTH. Especially this one because it’s “u”-shaped to fit around your neck. Oh, and also? I’m a graphic designer, NOT a videographer. Which means I don’t know squat when it comes to video editing. So yeah, the color is a lil off, but it’s the thought that counts, right?


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