Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Today as I was leaving the post office, a stranger passed me and as we smiled, he said, "You look very scholarly in your glasses!" I smiled bigger and thanked him in a rather excited manner. As I got in the car, I thought what a great random compliment that was. In my many (or not so many, compared to others) years of living, I have tried to look many things. Silly, beautiful, mature, sexy, alluring, legal, but never scholarly. And really, scholarly is the best out of all those! It's a confidence booster just to know that I can look something even if I don'tI live up to it. After all, when I got in the car and "Emotions" by Mariah Carey was playing, I knew all the lyrics. There's x% of my brain power. Another x% goes to Christian romance novels. Another x% goes towards movie trivia that only gains me power on Facebook. Another x% goes toward remembering things I have to do, things I need to tell people, things I need to make up to people, things I need to get over, and other odds and ends. Seems like I have a lot of wasted brain power. Ergh. How embarrassing.
Monday, August 27, 2007
Mom: I can scream, and I can run around, maybe not as fast as I used to, but I can.
Me: Can you start fights?
Mom: Oh yeah! (proceeds to shriek) YOU'RE BREATHING MY AIR!!
Me: Very good! Can you play Hide and Seek?
Me: Can you hide under my desk?
Mom: Uh... I don't know how big your desk is.
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Stephen: Oh well, it wouldn't be there except for the extra skin.
Me: (staring blankly at him, then regaining my composure and walloping him over the head with my book)
Thursday, August 23, 2007
There's a saying in Missouri, if you don't like the weather just wait 5 minutes. In Blaine, with hard work, I think we can get that down to 3 or 4.
Here is Stephen coming in the door. If you could zoom in, you'd see his eyes are as big as platters. Awesome!
Here he is still shocked and slightly ticked off.
This is where he throws down his stuff in mock anger.
My beautiful sister and me.
Us again, cheesing it up.
Beautiful Jenn and Beautiful Lauren
All the cool girls.
Saturday night we went to Jenn and Matt's for dinner and game night again. (2 Saturdays in a row - ROCK!) We played a new game called Hear Me Out that Stephen and I love. It's really funny, cause one part of the game you have to talk about a random topic for 45 seconds. 45 seconds is actually a really long time when you're asked to do something like that! The funniest, most random one was one of Jenn's. She had to talk in a nonsense language to the person on her left (that would be me). For the whole 45 seconds, the rest of us were just breaking up because we weren't really sure what she was supposed to be doing, and she was talking very excitedly!! Stephen said he thought she was speaking gibberish at first. It was so absolutely hilarious! Once I had to teach an aerobics class. I don't remember either of Matt or Stephen's being particularly funny, but the game is really fun.
Yesterday I went to lunch with Jenn. C. and her baby-in-womb Mark. She's only a couple of months from popping! I can't wait to meet this baby!
I'm going to try very hard to feel grateful for these coming up dreary days. I know we need the rain so much, so I'm very thankful, but I hate looking out the windows to dark skies. I've not walked Cassie the past two mornings because it's just too dark outside when I get up. Poor girl. Well, I'm off to get something accomplished!
Friday, August 17, 2007
As the industry grows it becomes more and more of an environmental issue mostly because of packaging. US bottled water sales are growing nearly 10 percent annually and the trash from tossed containers is climbing just as quickly. The irony is that the United States has some of the best public water supplies in the world. Not only that, but bottled water sold in the United States is not necessarily cleaner or safer than most tap water. At the end of July beverage giant PepsiCo was forced by public pressure to explain on its Aquafina bottled water that the contents inside come from...the tap. Yet the public still consumes four billion gallons of water a year in individual-sized bottles. According to the Earth Policy Institute, it costs the United States 1.5 million barrels of oil a year to produce the plastic bottles used for water. And if one adds the energy required to transport it -- especially premium water imported all the way from France, Italy and even the Fiji islands -- the negative impact on the environment rises quickly. Do we really need all that bottled water?
Helpful tips from the article:
* There is nothing evil about bottled water. Sometimes it is just more convenient to buy a bottle of water then spend time looking for a water fountain. But do you really have to buy two or three brand new individual bottles a day? Whenever I buy a bottle of water I try save the bottle, if it is convenient, and re-fill it with tap water. I almost always have half-a-dozen bottles of ice cold water in my fridge that I haven't paid a cent for, and it's just as easy to bring one with me in the car in the morning or to the gym at night as it is to buy a bottle while I'm out.
* Tap water tastes funny to you? Install a water filter on your sink at home. A faucet mounted water filter can be as cheap as $40 and will remove 96-99 percent of chlorine, 92-99 percent of lead, and between 95-99 percent of at least a half dozen other chemicals and impurities from your tap water.
* Your filtered tap water will not only be cleaner than the typical bottled water but a lot cheaper. Filtering your water with a faucet mounted filter will cost you about 20 cent per gallon, versus more than a dollar for one pint of bottled water.
Just thought that was interesting.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Whew. I walked her around the yard and the course a bit, trying to stream out her energy, before I walked her past the neighbors' houses, just in case she tried to trample me again (so I wouldn't be embarrassed that I can't handle my 10-month-old) and then we started walking. She was better after that and maybe even a bit worn out. She's also started whining in the mornings, after I go back inside. I don't know what to do about her.
People say that babysitting is the best form of birth control. What about dogs? I can't even handle this 50-pound puppy!
*Note: Cassie is one of the better dogs we've had. I get frustrated with her but I love her to death and she's really not THAT bad.*
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Not so great picture of us (of me, that is)
My cutie patootie husband
He was forced to wear these Scooby-Doo ears to fit in with the theme of the party!
And I just thought they were cute! We all had to wear these masks to play the games (Pin the Tag on Scooby, bouncy ball games, BINGO)
On our way to the Braves game
Outside Turner Field
My sign says, "McCann is the MAN!", and Jenn's says, "I "heart" CHIPPER!" Stephen's is a tomahawk chopping up the Cardinals. Rarr!!
We were practically inside the bullpen during batting practice. Here's Julio Franco up close and personal!
Cartel performed one night - they were really good!
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
Since my last update, we went to Georgia for Stephen's birthday. We went to 3 of the 4 Braves/Cardinals games for their series. Braves won 2 of the games, which isn't too awful, but on Stephen's birthday, they won 14-6 and we set a record for attendance - 53000 people! I've got some pictures I'll put up sometime soon hopefully. The first night we sat right behind first base, the second night we sat behind third base, and the third night we sat behind first base again. The third night we went as soon as the gates open for batting practice. We saw up close and personal: Julio Franco, Woodward, Saltalamacchia (I spelled that without checking it so that's probably wrong), Chipper Jones, and several more that I can't remember now. We made big posters to pledge our loyalty to certain players (Jennifer's said "I love Chipper", mine said "McCann's the man" and "We love Andruw", and Stephen's was a tomahawk chopping up the Cardinals. Not the birds, the word.) Anyway, we had tons of fun. It made me miss the hockey games we always went to in Charleston. There's nothing like that around here really. And it's super cheap in Charleston too.
We went to Carowinds with our youth group last week and had a BLAST. Only one kid threw up, but 6 almost did. Three wouldn't even ride the kiddie rollercoasters. Two wore white shirts and couldn't ride the log flume. But all in all, it was an awesome day. Stephen and I taught the kids how to pose for the cameras on the coasters, which made for some hilarious pictures.
I took off the side bar that had the last 5 books I read. I read 4 while we were in Georgia and I just don't have time to update that like I want to. So, 'tis gone.
Well, I haven't updated in forever because I felt like I had so much to say. But now I can't think of anything. So I better run and get some stuff done.