Sunday, December 27, 2009

hungry for worms?

told you I'd be too busy to update over the holidays. they were good, but exhausting. I imagine there will be some pictures of some of my gifts later, but currently I am not at home and don't have my camera or my gifts. lots of good stuff, though.

ummm... yeah. it's been a busy week and I am exhausted. my house is a terrible mess, everything is in disarray. like, seriously. not suitable for habitation. we're gonna tackle that tomorrow I think. I hope.

the snow all melted today because of the rain, and it amuses me to see all the cars that are still parked three feet from the curb. it's just funny to me, I can't really explain it.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

made it out of clay

so, this weekend sucks.

I was supposed to go Christmas shopping with my mum today but for some crazy reason (huge snowstorm) she decided we should wait til tomorrow. I was also supposed to go to Kim & Dustin's Christmas party tonight, but that was canceled as well. and if that all wasn't bad enough, Chris works til midnight tonight. so here I am, snowed in, all alone. this is my worst nightmare.



I, however, am pretty proud of myself. you see, instead of sleeping all day, I did some productive things. I washed some dishes (some, not all - I only have so much motivation), mixed and baked oatmeal cookies, mixed and refrigerated sand tart/cut-out dough (I don't have a rolling pin, cookies cutters, or walnuts), and did two loads of wash. hooray for me!

I know, I know. big deal - I did what most normal people do. but it is a big deal to me, since I don't usually do much of anything when left alone. so I consider this day a success, in its own way.

this week has been a blur, I am not sure where it went. Chris and I did most of our Christmas shopping on Thursday night. we went to On The Border for dinner - my gift to Chris for being such a good sport about the whole holiday season. I am a little distressed about Christmas gifts, though - the gifts I ordered for my mens haven't arrived yet. they are not going to make it in time for the party.

so tomorrow is going to be pretty busy. I have scheduled my mum for 9:00 shopping, then off to the re-scheduled party at 1:00. Chris works til 11:00 tomorrow night, so I won't get to see him much at all tomorrow. I will say it again - this weekend sucks!

and the load doesn't lighten at all in the forseeable future. anime, of course, is on Monday. Tuesday is the Christmas party for Chris' dad's side of the family. Wednesday Chris works til 11 or midnight or some other ungodly hour. Thursday we are going out to dinner for Christmas Eve and I will probably go to church or something. Friday morning at 8:00 am we are opening gifts at my parents house followed by some sort of brunch w/ Chris' mom's side of the family followed by the Christmas party for my extended family. gaaaaah. maybe this restful day at home wasn't such a bad thing after all. I think that we will not leave the house on Saturday, if we can help it. well, actually I kinda want to hit the after Christmas sales. hmm. this is ridiculous.

here, have some pictures of my Christmas tree.



pretty nice, huh? and check out the dapper bird my sister made for us.


Sunday, December 13, 2009

turn here

yesterday Chris and I went to Kitchen Kettle Village. I went there with my family back in 1994 (15 years ago - I am so old), and I thought it might be a nice thing to do around the holidays without being too overtly holiday related. Chris isn't very fond of this particular season, but he is being very good about putting up with my intense need to celebrate. I figured the least I could do was suggest a place he might actually enjoy rather than, say Christmas Village. I chose well, it would seem, because we had a very good time. we saw a lot of things that will look nice in the house when it is finished. we ate soft pretzels and drank hot apple cider. there was even an entire shop that sold nothing but insects under glass.

we also got our Christmas tree last night. we went to Lowe's. I know, I know. how disappointing. I am sorry, but I really like their trees. trust me, I like wandering around in field in freezing temperatures as much as anyone, but I just really like the trees at Lowe's. they're not overly trimmed and shaped as a lot of trees you find on tree farms. next year, though, Chris will be picking the tree. I think he wants a long-needled tree, which I hate. but hey, I'd rather have him pick a terrible tree than have him not care about the tree at all. you gotta take what you can get. I am on my laptop and my camera cord is upstairs, so you will have to wait for pictures of the tree.

it was a really good day, which was not at all what I was expecting in the beginning. you see, I had intended on leaving for the Village at 11 AM, so that we would have plenty of time to take care of some things on my ever-growing list of Things That Need To Get Done. however, it turns out Chris had told him mom that we would go out to lunch with her, so I ammended the schedule - as long as we went to lunch by 11 AM, we should still be okay. well, we didn't even leave to pick his mom up until 12:45. I was starting to freak out on the way, going through the list of Things That Need To Get Done. I was insisting on some things, and he was insisting on others; it was starting to get pretty heated. getting very frustrated, I fell silent for a few moments.

"You know," he said hesitantly. "This is pretty ridiculous. We are living the dream, and all we can do is argue about which fun things we get to do today."

talk about instantly neutralizing an arguemnt. talk about first world problems. oh no, how terrible. I can't decide if we should buy a tree or bake cookies or go Christmas shopping... it really made me stop and think, you know? like, here I am, having this ridiculous argument when there are people out there who can't even afford to do these things. and I am acting like it is the end of the world that I might not get to make cookies. what a jerk I am. what a lucky, lucky jerk I am.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

what will I dooooooo?!

the dates, or should I say date (that's right, there's only one this year - but don't worry, it's in Baltimore!), for the 2010 Gamesday has been announced. it is not until August! and late August at that! how on earth can I possibly wait that long? I think we should just take a random trip to Baltimore in May, it will feel too weird not to after so many years. six years, actually. my first Gamesday was in 2004.

the fact that there is only one this year makes me a little nervous, but Steve says their headquarters are in Maryland so Gamesday will probably stay in Baltimore. this is a giant relief. I don't know what I'd do if I couldn't go to Gamesday. goodness. best not to think of these things.

in other news, here are some pictures I took during the snow over the weekend.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

on being a home owner

of all the things about being a homeowner, I think having to listen to other people is by far the most annoying part. as you may know, a few things have gone unpleasantly since we moved in. the dryer, which was supposed to be functional, was actually not functional. we had to buy a new one. we had to pay four months worth of payments for our oil. Chris needs new brakes and rotors for his car. Chris now has a crack in his windshield. all of these things are not great, but we are dealing with them. that is fine.

what is not fine, however, are the reactions of people around us when we tell them about our woes. instead, I am met with a giant, annoying wall of "WELCOME TO ADULTHOOD!!" look, I am not telling you these things because I am looking for handouts. I am not looking for pity. I am just looking to comiserate with someone who understands. I am not looking to be treated like a child who had no idea what she was getting into. I knew that things like this would happen; I am dealing with them. I just thought that maybe we could share an adult bonding experience. I guess I was wrong.

recently I was having a conversation with a friend who bought a house last year. he asked what sort of heat we have. when I told him we have oil, his grin widened and his eyes sparkled with glee. "oooooh," he exclaimed" "just wait till you get that first bill." like he was actually excited to find that we would be paying quite a bit of money to heat our home this winter. when I told him we already made the first payment, he was not deterred. "oh, that first filling won't last very long. just wait, it will go up." I could hear the maniacal laughter in his voice. mwhahahahaha, I bet you didn't count on this one!! like I would have somehow forgotten to factor something that huge into the budget. like I am so naive that I never would have imagined I needed to pay for heat. only when I told him that we were on the budget and that we had needed to pay four months upfront did he seem a little disappointed. take that, guy who has owned a house for a year longer than I have. guess you don't have anything to gloat about now, do you?

Monday, November 30, 2009

cheesy bean

so the Oil Guy came on Thursday. traffic was really because it was raining and people seem to forget how to drive when it rains, so Chris got home late. this left me to greet the Oil Guy alone. bad, bad situation. I panicked and went into awkward mode, blabbering on to him about the traffic in the city and how I drive through there every day because I am afraid to drive on the highway. and this was all within two or three minutes of his arrival. he started to get a familiar look in his eyes, a look I have seen far too often. it is the look of a man who has just realized he is stuck talking to someone with non-existent small talk skills. it is a look of barely restrained terror.

luckily Mutz wandered in just in time, so the Oil Guy talked to him instead until Chris got home. this is a pretty sad statement on my conversational skill. pretty sad indeed. Chris did arrive before too long and we signed up for oil delivery and stuff, so now we will have heat this winter. yay!

some other usual things happened for the rest of the week. nothing really stands out to me until Wednesday. Chris had off of work, so he was home to receive our new dryer. I haven't used it yet, but Chris seems to like it well enough.

when I got home from work (twenty minutes late due to SEAT BELT CHECKS in the DARK on one of the BUSIEST TRAVELING DAYS OF THE YEAR), there was a car in my parking space in fron of the house. yes, I know, we have ample off-street parking. that is not the point. the point is that it is my house and I should be able to park in front of it. I took a few deep breaths to calm down and parked behind the car in front of my house. how awful! so I am getting the mail out of the mailbox when I hear the car doors open.

"Excuse me miss, can we talk to you?"

I turned to find two young guys in suits, both looking very pious. I was trapped by a pair of Mormons, mere feet from the safety of my home. if I had been inside, I could have pretended not to hear the door. but here, out on the porch, there was nothing I could do. I had obviously heard them and could not now ignore them.

I let them do their Mormon thing while I stood listening, arms full of muffins and my work bag. just as they were asking if I considered myself religious (to which I replied "to some extent..."), Chris came out onto the porch. "Oh, and who is this?" they asked.

I sighed, knowing I had been caught. "This," I said, hanging my head. "This is my boyfriend."

eventually they gave up and left. we picked up my sister, went to the liquor store to buy wine for spicing, and then went to Paolo's for wings. after wings we went to Steve's house for some drunken revelry. I had been looking forward to a night of drinking and watching movies and general good times, but I could tell when we arrived that this would not be the case. first of all, there were a lot more people there than I had anticipated (some of whom I downright despise). second of all, most of those guys were playing cards in a rowdy fashion and listening to music very loudly. not a good set-up at all. this sort of environment makes me very uncomfortable, this loud drunkenness. as soon as I saw this, I lost all interest in drinking myself. you see, to me loud people mean the possiblility for trouble. if there was going to be any trouble, I wanted to be sober enough to take care of business.

I'm not going to get too far into it here, but let's just say there was a bit of an altercation between my sister and Kyle. is it reasonable for a 26 year old guy to threaten a 21 year old girl over a nickname? like, to threaten her to "not mess with [him]" and to tell her that he will "break [her] neck"? I dunno, it just seems a little juvenile to me. needless to say, I am a little miffed about the situation. we left not long after that; I didn't feel like I needed to stay in that sort of environment. I guess I am an old lady.

Thanksgiving was fun. I made a casserole that was actually very tasty. it looked like real food and people ate it. and they enjoyed it! I, for one, cannot believe it. I took a picture, I will put it here soon. I also made spiced wine, like I do every year. it was especially awesome this year. I drank almost all of it, I think. three servings went to other people (my sister, my uncle, and Chris), the rest went to me. delicious!

Friday I went shopping with Kim & Dustin at 3:30 in the morning. our first stop was Old Navy, where we stood in line for exactly two hours. no lie! we were going to go to Boscov's next, to get a door prize for being one of the first 400 people there, but there were already waaaaay more people than that so we skipped it. we instead went to Michael's where we bought some yarn. we tried Target, but the lines were way too long so we left. we were gonna go to IHOP for breakfast, but that line was too long as well. there seriously were not any parking spaces left in the lot. at all. we decided to go to Shady Maple instead, which is always awesome.

Saturday we (me, Kylie, my mum, and four aunts) went shopping in Lititz. it was a neat little town, but we spent entirely too much time there. like, seriously. Kylie and I quit early and spent an hour and a half sitting in the car. goodness!

Sunday I mostly sat around with a brief break for groceries with my parents. you will undoubtedly notice that Chris was largely absent from this long weekend. this is because he worked the ENTIRE TIME. Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. sucks, doesn't it? bah!

but yeah, there's a bit of catching up. I am seriously done with these long breaks between posts. for real.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

unfroze and regenerated

so, uh, what's gone on since last update? not too much. the dryer was gonna cost too much to fix, so I decided to just buy a new one. we ended up buying it from the people who came to look at the dryer, since they had the cheapest price we could find w/ delivery, installation, and removal. the guy we bought it from looked a lot like Matt Parkman. Chris thinks this is why I was so willing to buy a dryer from him. the new dryer will be delivered next Wednesday.

there is a guy coming over tomorrow about the gas-oil-heat. to look around, give us some tips, give us a price. I don't really understand how they can set up a budget when they don't actually know how much oil we will use, but whatever. they'd better give me an accurate number OR ELSE.

sorry about the infrequent updates. I am just very busy fixing house things and worrying and sleeping and stuff like that. hopefully I will be able to calm down and enjoy things soon.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

why

am I awake? I have been awake since 8:00 because some guy from the house insurance place had to come and take pictures of our interior this morning. probably would have made sense to do this before all our stuff was in here, but what do I know? but yeah, I woke up at 8:00 on a Saturday morning so that a guy could snap about six pictures and then leave. it seriously took about five minutes. if they had asked, I could have done the same thing myself and sent them the pictures. goodness.

while we were waiting for the guy to show up, I was feeding a squirrel out on the side porch. I sprinkled some peanuts out there and he came running. I was standing right inside the screen door, but he didn't run away. he looked right at me. I even brought Morgaine over, but that didn't deter him either. my goal: hand feed the squirrels by the end of the summer. I don't think this will be a very difficult thing to accomplish.

last night I found a surprise Smokey Bones coupon in my email ($10 off $20 or more), so we went there for dinner. the meager amount we actually had to pay gave us points towards our rewards card, so now we had another $20 credit. hooray for Smokey Bones!

we also bought a stereo for the kitchen. now I can enjoy washing dishes, as I did last night. I dunno why having music makes such a difference, but it totally does.

we're gonna go to IHOP with Kylie and Mike for brunch, which will be nice. we are also going to go to Reading China and Glass. oh, and groceries, but those aren't much fun.

and today is my mum's birthday - happy birthday, Mumma! <3

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

again

still alive, just very tired/busy. Chris and I are thinking about starting a blog for our house and the things we will do to it. so far we installed a doorknob.

we also got our kitchen table and hutch from my parents. this is just about the most exciting thing in the world to me for some reason. I just want to sit at the table and revel in how home-y it feels. like, seriously. it is amazing. now if only I could convince Mutz to stop pulling my plants out of the windows...

oh, also I have half an etsy store with a co-worker. you should probably go check it out. we've already sold a thing. I know, I know. I hate ruining books. but I didn't really do the ruining, I just use the already ruined pages.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

ta da

here I am!

this whole moving thing is exhausting, just so you know. I do not intend to do this again for quite a while.

so let's see... Thursday was settlement. I went to work for a half day, cuz money is nice. I am glad I did, since those people I work with got me all sorts of things for the new house. I was so unbeliveably touched by this gesture. I mean, come on, a recipe book of potatoes? could there be a better thing than that? but yeah, settlement was not nearly as bad a I expected. we got free pens, but they are not as cool as the free pens we got for signing the offer. after we had signed away our souls for the next thirty years, we went to get pumpkins with my dad, my sister, and her Mike. we carved them at my parents' house, since we didn't have a table. when we were finished with those, Kylie came over to the apartment to help us pack. we packed well into the night and then took Kylie to Queen City as a show of our appreciation. we would have been pretty screwed without her.

the next day was moving day. I got up at 6:30 to finish packing and stuff, after going to bed around 2:30. my parents showed up slightly before the movers with coffee and donuts. we ate donuts and drank coffee while we watched the movers do all the heavy lifting. best thing ever.

my parents left to go to the new house and left us to supervise the rest of the moving. eventually the movers were done and we started transporting the remaining things to our cars. Chris' mom came over and we went to Wendy's. after that, Chris and his mom cleaned the apartment while I took the cats to the new house. Mutz climbed out of his box, looked around, and acted as though he had lived there his entire life. Morgaine ran under a chair and would not come out.

me and my parents and sister spent the rest of the afternoon unpacking and reassembling. eventually Chris showed up to change for work. when he left, me and my family went to Red Robin for dinner. holy crap was that delicious. seriously, go there right now. I had the Teriyaki Chicken Burger, it was amazing. don't worry, we weren't jerks. we brought a burger home for Chris.

when we got back to the house, we assembled the entertainment center and Chris' desk. well, really, I watched my family do these things. Bobby also came over and helped with the entertainment center.

Saturday we went to the apartment to get our food. we were ambushed by the landlady who forced us to do all sorts of retarded things like put up the stupid, awful fake flowers we had taken down in the bathroom. awful. while she stood there and watched us. seriously, I want to report her and her stupid building after we get our security deposit back. I mean, the electric in there is perilous at best, and the place hasn't been inspected since 2004. seriously.

when we finally got back to the house TWO HOURS LATER, we found that the screen door had somehow locked itself from the inside. that's right, we were locked out of our house already. which all our frozen food. I did the only thing I could think to do - I called my family. my mum came over and couldn't really do anything (duh) but it was nice to have her there so I didn't kill myself in front of all the new neighbors. Chris eventually ended up kicking the glass in (without breaking it) and was able to unlock the door. crisis averted.

not too long after that I headed over to my parents' house to get ready for the Halloween party at my aunt and uncle's house. I was a zombie. I am sure there are pictures somewhere, but I do not have them right now. maybe someday. the party was awesome, in case you were wondering. there was a scavenger hunt. with flashlights. outside. on Halloween. can you think of a more awesome thing than that? I can't.

I slept really hard that night, for several million years. when I finally woke up, we went to Target to spend the gift card from work. we got a bunch of things, including a clock and a towel rack for the bathroom. important stuff.

later I took some clothes to my parents' house to dry, since our dryer will not work properly for some reason. like, it tumbles things around, but it doesn't actually get hot. I am not sure what to do about this, so I am choosing to ignore it.

so yeah, that was our moving weekend adventure.

oh, and in case you were wondering, Morgaine came out from under the chair Friday night. since then, she too has been acting like she has lived in this house for her entire life. she is like a different cat, following me around, sitting with people, not hiding from things. it is amazing.

also, I would just like to say again that I do not know what we would have done without my family. like, seriously, I do not know. they are the best thing in the world. ever. <3

Friday, October 30, 2009

OMG!

I'm stealing internet at the new house! so tired! more later!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Monday, October 26, 2009

earl grey

went to the ren faire yesterday. this is what greeted me:
scarecrow,halloween,pa ren faire
for those of you who don't know, horse skulls are just about the scariest thing in the world to me. it took of courage to take this picture from across the courtyard. yeeesh.

but yeah, it was a great day to go to the ren faire. the weather was wonderful. I was really impressed by the whole halloween thing this year. they had a whole lot more decorations and themed things. usually there isn't much of a difference between regular ren faire and halloween ren faire. I mean, come on. check this out:
scarecrow,wicker man,halloween,pa ren faire
pretty awesome, huh? we had a good turnout, too. it was me, Chris, Kylie, Kylie's Mike, Steve, Bobby, Shin, and Kyle. we finally got Shin to come with us after four years of trying. he even slept over at our apartment, just to be sure that he didn't oversleep.

after the ren faire, we went over to the new house to put in smoke detectors and check out the new railing (which looks awesome, by the way). being in the house made me more excited, but it also made me a lot more afraid. a whole house is a whole lot of thing to own. like, a frighteningly large thing to own. terrifying!

we also packed up a lot of things yesterday. we've got a pretty good dent in it, which is good, since we are moving in three days. I thought we should stay home and pack, but Chris insists we can get everything done on Tuesday and Wednesday. so here I am at SteveMikeBobby's, drinking tea.

as a side note, my space radio has a halloween station for the rest of the month. this is super-exciting to me. also, pumpkin pie blizzards are the best thing ever invented.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

still alive

I am. just been very busy. had to meet with the mortgage guy on Tuesday, shop for a railing on Wednesday, meet with the insurance lady on Thursday, and do laundry Friday. and in the midst of all of that, I had to pack. and I still am packing. I think we've made a pretty considerable dent, which is good since we are moving in six days...

tomorrow my parents are putting the railing up at the new house, I believe. I would just like to make a side note about how awesome my family is. that would be VERY AWESOME. I dunno what we would do without them.

I will be going to the Ren Faire tomorrow, with free tickets, which is nice. that way I will only have to spend money on overpriced food. hurrah!

Monday, October 19, 2009

captain poop sock

so the realtor got back to us. upon looking at the house, she also has no idea exactly where they want a railing. so she's going to talk to the FHA inspector and try to figure out what he means. better hurry up, though, only ten days left.

got Chris' latest car insurance bill this weekend. seems his policy has gone up $30 PER MONTH due to the... incidents this summer. I think this seems like a lot. I mean, the break-in shouldn't count against him at all, by my standards. it's not his fault some morons broke into his car and stole his belongings. and that other thing that happened? I don't think one accident in several thousand years should cause a $3o per month increase. maybe $30 per year, I could deal with that. but not this. this is just silly.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

mods

it's been a bit, hasn't it? let's see...

House Stuff:
to meet FHA requirements, we need to put in a stair rail somewhere out front (we are not entirely sure where, and our realtor hasn't gotten back to us yet - frustrated!), and put smoke detectors in two of the three bedrooms (one bedroom already has a smoke detector). looks like settlement will be on the 29th and the actual moving will be done on the 30th. I figure I will take a half-day on the 29th and a vacation day on the 30th. Chris, of course, works late on the 30th, so they won't let him have off. I am very angry about this. so I will spend the first night in our new home ALONE. except I doubt I will be, I imagine there will be people over to help and keep me company. my sister and my dad got me some Halloween decorations, so I will still be able to decorate. I'll have to buy some candy for trick-or-treaters. I hope there will be a lot of them.

Food Stuff:
laundry at my parents' house on Friday. we went to Arby's for dinner. for dessert we had delicious pastries from the Greek Food Festival. they we (as always) amazing.

we went to On The Border with Kim and Dustin yesterday. we had intended to go to Outback, but those jerks apparently don't open until 3:00 on a Saturday. excuse us for wanting our lunch at 1:30!

Monday, October 12, 2009

creeping up behind

this weekend was so/so, as weekends go. Chris had to work both Saturday and Sunday, so that really put a damper on things. Saturday was nice, I spent the afternoon with my parents and sister. we had intended to go to Homestead Antiques, but it seems to have closed without telling anyone. so we went for a nice ride in the country instead.

Sunday was pretty boring. I spent the day alone at the apartment; washing dishes, packing, sleeping. all really exciting things. by the time Chris got home, I was in a pretty bed mood from being bored all day. and then he insisted that we go grocery shopping, which made it worse. but then I felt bad, since he had worked all day and then came home to find me yelling at him for no apparent reason. I am kind of a jerk. he took it all in stride, though, didn't let it get to him. that guy deserves an award sometime, I tell you what.

today the movers came over to give us an estimate. well, they gave my dad and Chris an estimate. I was at work. but still, it is pretty exciting. I cannot wait to move. the waiting is driving me nuts! this all had better go through on time or I might snap.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Kylie's 21st Birthday

here is a slideshow of pictures from our night of revelry.



way to go, blog layout that cuts off half the picture...

so yeah, we had a really good time last night. all the worrying and terror was for naught. it was loud and there were a lot of people, but I think I handled it pretty well. the dance floor was pretty empty until, like, midnight, and by that time we were rather tipsy and much more interested in playing games. alcohol and re-loadable game cards are a rather expensive combination, it turns out.

there were some rather... entertaining people there. entertaining in a freak show kinda way.

oh, and at no point in the evening did I cross my arms like a grumpy old person. I did, however, frequently mention my 11:00 bedtime.

I would definitely go there again.

we went to Queen City afterward, since it is practically illegal to go out and get drunk and not follow it up with a trip to QC. plus, Mike had never been there, so we had to take him. Shin met us there, which was nice. I sure do wish we got to see that guy more often.

no-one vomited or was hung over today, so I consider the night a success.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

long jacket

tomorrow is my darling sister's 21 birthday. I cannot believe she is going to be 21. I feel so old. I mean, come on. I was there when she was born. I can only imagine how my parents feel...

I remember my parents asking me what I would do if the baby turned out to be a boy. I told them I would throw him out a window.

I remember my uncle asking me if I thought it was a boy or a girl after seeing the ultrasound. "I am not sure," I told him. "I cannot see the eyelashes." of course, if it was a girl, she'd have really long eyelashes. duh.

I remember the night before she was born, after my parents had read me my bedtime story, they asked "when do you think the baby will be born?" I thought about it for a moment before responding with "oh, I think tomorrow."

I remember, for a brief time, when everyone thought she was a boy (due to some umbilical corn confusion)...

oh, tiny Kylie, I cannot believe you are all grown up. I must stop now, before I start crying.

anyway, I told her I would take her to place of her choice and get her drunk to commemorate this day. she chose The Works. I'll be honest with you, I am terrified. I've been there lots of times, but never on the weekend. from what I understand, this is a real night spot on the weekend. with lots of people and noise and dancing and that sort of thing. I have never been in such an environment before, and I think I am a little old to start now. if it was anyone else, I would have nothing to do with it. but for you, Kylie, I will step out of my comfort zone for the evening. for you!

she asked if I planned on finding a table in the corner and sitting there all night with my arms crossed like a grumpy old person. "Kylie," I told her, "I am an old grumpy person."

however, I just read on their website that they have $3 frozen margaritas on a friday, so maybe it will not be so bad after all. will my sister and I end up sexy-dancing? only time will tell...

Monday, October 5, 2009

night creatures call

we did end up going to Oktoberfest yesterday. it was very cold and windy up on that mountain. I was not expecting this, since it was so warm. I shivered a good deal. we mostly hung out w/ Chris' dad and his friends. he has a lot of friends. I do not think I will ever be able to keep them straight. I don't think Chris can either, so I guess it isn't so bad. surrounded by German food, I chose to eat a hot dog and french fries. I am a disappointment to my heritage. I also drank some beer because I didn't want to look lame drinking coke at what basically is a beer-drinking festival. later, Chris and I walked over to the tiny carnival section and drank some hot chocolate, which is much better than beer any day. here is a picture of us, taken by Chris' dad.
oktoberfest

do you know what else we did yesterday? we started packing! all four of the boxes I brought home are now filled with my books, and there are still more books to go. I think, probably, I need more books.

I had a terrible time sleeping last night. part of it was that I simply cannot sleep through a night ever. I always wake up at least once, but usually it is more like three times. last night it had to be at least eight. part of it was all the weird dreams I kept having. I had one where Chris had worms living in his neck. they had gotten there from some sausage he had eaten (yeah, I don't know either). he denied their existence and got offended when I didn't want to get anywhere near him. I could see them under his skin; it was disgusting. so then I woke up and it was around 4:00 am and I went back to sleep. in this dream I was back in school and had to take a test in a class I hadn't attended for the entire year. it was a different dream, but I was still concerned about the worms in Chris' neck (even though he wasn't in this dream). so everyone was like "oh no, the test!" and I was all "who cares? there are worms in Chris' neck!" and they, of course, had no idea what I was talking about. it was really weird.

I am in the process of making a Halloween cd. Chris doesn't understand this, he says there is no such thing as Halloween songs. if he had actually ever been a child, he would perhaps have watched the Disney Halloween special DTV Monster Hits. then maybe he would understand. my compilation will consist largely of these songs, with the addition of some others. when I get a final playlist made up, I will post it here. because I know there have to be other people out there who are my age and looking to relive the childhood glee of Halloween.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

hunt with the legend

so I woke up Friday night/Saturday morning at 5:00 am and Chris was still not home. amazing how some colorful pieces of cardboard can keep a couple of 25 year old guys entertained for 11 hours. just amazing.

I had expected this to be a pretty slow day, due to this late night, but he woke up around 10:30, not the 12:30 - 1:00 I was expecting. so we had some breakfast and then we were on our way. first stop was the bank, to make our weekly deposits and withdrawls. life would be slightly easier if he would just get his checks direct deposited, but no, that would be too easy. we also had to get our August-September bank statements to give the mortgage guy. he wanted documentation of our initial house deposit clearing, but it looks like they (whoever they are) took their times cashing it. it must be on the September-October statement, which hasn't come out yet. ah well.

while we were there, Chris noticed that he only had $48 left, which was weird cuz he still owed me $50 for groceries. how very odd. he has no idea where the rest of his money (and $2 of our money) went, but I am willing to bet it had something to do with those colorful pieces of cardboard.

"does this mean I officially get to say that you spent our food money on Magic cards?" I asked him as we sat in the car eating the soft pretzels that were our lunch.

"sure," he replied. "if it will make you feel better." it certainly does.

after that we went back in the mall (the missing money incident flustered me to the point that we were actually in the car driving away before I realized that there was more I wanted to do inside the mall) to look at furinture. we have big plans for our tax credit money, and we wanted to find out exactly how far we could stretch it. looks like we can get the things we wanted (a king-size bed and a leather sectional sofa) and still have a nice bit left over to deal with The Ugly. hooray!

after that, we went grocery shopping. it was actually not all the busy, which was a surprise. we didn't have to wait in line or anything. marvelous! we usually get groceries on Sunday, but we might be going to Oktoberfest, so we wanted to free up the day.

now we are at SteveMikeBobby's house. Bobby and I are watching some sort of sharpshooter show on the History Channel, Steve and Chris are... PLAYING MAGIC! what else would they be doing? certainly eleven hours is not enough!

I am starving and would kill a guy for some cheese fries.

Friday, October 2, 2009

frosty

looks like the lottery winnings will probably go towards new brake pads and rotors for Chris' car. this whole "sharing money in a relationship" thing kinda sucks. just kidding. {]: )

Steve had his surgery on Wednesday. the excitement of this life-changing surgery pales in comparison to the new Zendikar release, or at least that's what you would think from talking to him. ::rolls eyes:: but no, from what he has told me, he is doing fine. he is in some pain, and the medication they gave him for it is not nearly as strong as he expected, but nothing too drastic. he said he would make a post on his blog about the whole business, but that obviously hasn't happened yet...

had dinner with my parents and sister the last two days. yesterday because it was Laundry Day, today because Chris was off at the M:tG release event. last night we had parmesan chicken, tonight we had stromboli. I will soon eat them out of house and home.

I have claimed Chris this Saturday, since I have too often lost him to M:tG these recent weekends. the real reason I get to keep him, I think, is because he is out of money. ah well, I'll take what I can get. I would like to start packing, since we will hypothetically be living in our NEW HOME in a month, but it is likely this will not happen. but then again, I only have four small boxes so far. we might be encouraged by the fact that they will not take long to fill.

speaking of boxes, a large spider has taken up residence on the back of my car. he's built a beautiful web across my license plate. what does this have to do with boxes, you ask? well, the handle for my trunk also happens to be under his web. this makes transporting boxes somewhat difficult. I had wanted to wash mu car (I have not washed it since March and it is looking rather grey instead of black), but now I do not want to because I will ruin his house at best and kill him at worst. I generally despise spiders, but his presence has grown on me in a major way. I take time to look at him every time I get in or out of the car. perhaps I can have Chris remove him from my trunk and put him in some foliage or something.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

clock house day fair

we went for our mortgage today. the guy says we shouldn't even worry in the least about getting it, with credit like ours. that is a nice thing to hear.

the landlady cornered Chris this afternoon about our notice, so I don't have to worry. she is happy for us and not angry, which he was concerned about (though I am not sure why).

after we went to mortgage place, my parents took us (and Kylie and Mike) out for ice cream at Friendly's. delicious. it was a fun time.

I am feeling much more excited today. it was a good day.

Monday, September 28, 2009

drunken sailor

gave our one month notice to the landlady today, along with our rent. I hope she doesn't, like, try to talk to me about it or something. I will tell her to talk to Chris, he is the mouthpiece. then I will run upstairs and lock the door and hide in the bathroom til he gets home. I really don't like talking to the landlady. she starts with you and then you are stuck forever as she goes on and on about nothing of particular interest.

so there's no going back now. if this falls through or something, we will be homeless people, living in our cars. maybe we can finally try out the gypsy lifestyle. I suggest this to Chris at least three times per week, but so far he remains unmoved. that guy, no sense of adventure. but yeah, the terror level is through the roof. I really hope that this all works out and goes smoothly and I live happily ever after the end.

in other news, I won $107 from the powerball this weekend. I think that I will go for the full $170 million on Wednesday.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

once again, I know

feeling a little more excited today. keep thinking about all the cool things I will be able to do to a house that I own.

breakfast was delicious, of course. because we were a large group (seven of us), we got to eat in a crazy back room we'd never seen before called The Banquet Room. it was awesome because there was a special buffet with all the usual options back there, but only for the people in this special room. it was pretty empty in there when we arrived, even though the main restaurant was super full. it started to fill up as time went by, but I had already eaten my fill, so it was okay. I got to sit back and relax w/ my s'mores cappuccino and watch the bizarre selection of people walk by me. I saw four separate sets of suspenders, which is not something you can say at most dining establishments. someone overslept and never showed up (Shin), but we somehow survived without him. Steve seemed content with his last Shady Maple gorging session, which is really all anyone can ask.

Chris' car has been making some sounds, so we took it over to his parents' house so that his step-dad could check it out. hopefully he can find out what is wrong and fix it without too much trouble. I hope it is nothing big, since our money needs to go towards house.

Friday, September 25, 2009

so...

the sellers are fixing things and we can go ahead and buy the house. everything is good.

I do not feel as excited as I probably should. perhaps it just hasn't hit me yet. we're going to finalize the mortgage thing on Tuesday. maybe it will be more exciting at that point.

me, Chris, and Steve went to the Ephrata Fair last night. it was really nice. much bigger than Community Days, and with a better food selection. we tried some fried pickles; they were pretty good. there was some thing called monkey bread, which was very delicious. the paint job on the stand was... interesting. should have a picture of that tomorrow, if Steve remembers to upload it for me.

we're going to Shady Maple for breakfast tomorrow, Steve's last hurrah. I am looking forward to it, except for the whole getting up early thing. ah well. it will be good.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

can't take much more of this

now it looks like the house does have termites after all. the sellers thought that since the previous treatment had a lifetime warranty, the company would honor it and treat the termites for free. unfortunately, that company was bought out. the new company cares not for old promises from the seventies. so the sellers will have to pay to have it re-treated. fine.

however, the seller's realtor is on vacation until Monday night, so nothing will be able to move forward until that point. our realtor is convinced they will pay for this and everything will progress as usual. she urges us to make an appointment with our mortage guy and get our mortgage. she also said it should be fine to give our landlady our month's notice, but I am not doing that until I have some much more definate answers.

so I am just about at my wit's end. "just don't think about it," said Chris as he drove off to play M:tG for the remainder of the day. yes, sure, I'll just not think about it as I sit here alone, doing nothing, for the next eight hours. that shouldn't be a problem at all, what with the way I have absolutley nothing to do BUT think about it. no problem at all.

this was a lot easier when I didn't have any hope left.

Friday, September 18, 2009

transfer that stain

so now it turns out there might not be termites at the house at all. the tunnels that the inspector saw might be left over from when there were termites there back in the 70s (the sellers had the house treated back then - we knew about this, it was in the disclosure). that would leave the porch as the only large problem, and the sellers are willing to get that fixed. so if this is all true, we can still buy the house.

I am just so frustrated by this whole business. I really need to know what is going on so that I can give our landlady a month's notice by September 30. that's, like, a week away. we really need to get a move on, here.

gah!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

another thing coming

still haven't heard anything back from the sellers. Chris is gonna call the realtor tomorrow to see what is going on, so we should at least know something at that point. maybe. this is ridiculous.

Chris remains optimistic, but I really don't think there's much hope. I am sad about this, as I really like that house, but what can you do? if I have to wait another year, what's the worst that will happen? I'll have more money for a down payment? terrible!

I mean, obviously, if it does turn out that they will fix these things I will be very happy. I just don't see it happening.

I think it is going to come down to us staying at the apartment we currently are in or finding a new one. but I am not going to press this issue with Chris until we hear from the realtor. I don't want to be the one who crushes his hopes and dreams.

it's strange, but I am very at peace with everything right now. I am calling it a state of zen despair. like, every time I start to think about an unpleasant, stressful thing, my mind immediately skips away singing. "la la la, nothing to see here." it's confusing, but nice. Chris says it is nothing so dramatic, it is a simple case of repression. who knows? I just know that I haven't wept in several days, and that is pretty nice.

Monday, September 14, 2009

rapid hope loss

so we heard a little from our realtor today. apparently some of the stuff we didn't care about from the inspection (a few stuck windows, no railings on the stairs) will also have to be fixed in order to pass FHA approval. these are in addition to the things I mentioned yesterday, of course. in the email, our realtor said that if we can't help with repairs (which we can't), the sellers might just have to let the bank take it. this is not a good sign. looks like the sellers don't have any money, either.

Chris called the realtor when he got home, since I was far too distressed to do it myself. she said that she is going to have the work appraised and then get back to the sellers (and us, I assume) with the projected costs. at this point, a decision will be made as to who can repair what. my guess is that no-one can repair very much.

even if they do somehow find the funds to fix these problems, I am concerned that time may be an issue. here's the situation:
  • our lease runs out October 31
  • we need to give a month notice in order to get our security deposit back
  • it is already September 14th
  • I am unwilling to give notice when I don't even know for sure that I am going to be able to leave
so in order for this to all work out, they need to have this stuff appraised and fixed within about two weeks. this seems highly unlikely to me. it's just really frustrating because I don't even know if there would be time for us to find another house and go through this whole process again before the tax credit thing runs out. gah! I hate this.

I was really down earlier, but I am feeling a little better. Chris (of all people) reminded me that even if we do not have a house, we are still better off than a whole lot of people. and regardless of what happens, we are still awesome. these are true things, and words to live by.

we made potato soup for dinner last night, look for a blog entry w/ pictures and a recipe soon. and maybe I'll finally do the meat pie one, too.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

much more

inspection happened on Thursday. turns out there are termites and the 2nd floor porch is rotting away from water damage. these are not good things. we are waiting to hear back from the sellers as to what they are willing to fix. our realtor says that these are things they will need to fix in order to sell the house ever, so they might as well fix them now while we are willing to buy it. Chris is also optimistic. I, on the other hand, am spiraling into despair. this whole not knowing thing totally doesn't work for me. I need to know exactly what is going on so that I can develop several contingency plans. how can I begin developing these if I do not know what my options are? here are the potential outcomes as I currently see them:

1. sellers agree to fix problems, we continue on as planned - this is obviously the easiest, best, preferable outcome.

2. sellers do not fix problem, we find another house within the $8000 tax credit timeframe and buy it - this doesn't seem very possible to me, since time is already ticking away very quickly. also, I am impatient.

3. sellers do not fix problem, we find another house in several months and do not get the tax credit - this option doesn't please me at all, I really want $8000. if this is the way we have to go, I think I will be even more picky, since time doesn't matter. this might slowly drive me insane and kill me.

3a. we stay at this apartment while we slowly find a house - I am very sick of this place and want out. I am not at all excited by this option.

3b. we move to another apartment while we slowly find a house - I hate moving. this option also doesn't make me very happy.

as you can see, there aren't very many pleasant outcomes to this situation. I don't really know what to think anymore. I would like to just go to sleep and wake up when it is all over. sitting around and waiting is really not my thing.

Monday, September 7, 2009

feelin' old

yesterday my Uncle Pat and Aunt Lois had a picnic. they have a pool, but it was (of course) too cold to actually swim in it. what a downer. no big deal, though, it was still a good time. Chris couldn't come, since he had to work ALL WEEKEND, but I somehow made it through without him. I played horseshoes for the first time and my team won. completely unrelated to this win, I have decided that I love the game very much and will have to buy a horseshoe set for my soon-to-be back yard.

the food was delicious, of course. you can't lose with hot dogs, in my opinion. there were brownies and chocolate chip cookies for dessert, as well as a bunch of other good things I didn't have room to eat. oh, and also watermelon Smirnoff Ice. delicious!

as it got darker and colder, most people went inside to watch a movie, but me, Kylie, Mike, Uncle Pat, and Lily stayed outside and had a fire in their new fire pit ) I will be needing a fire pit in my back yard as well). it was a good way to end the summer, I think.

today I have mostly been sitting around reading the blogs of people I don't know. this is one of my favorite pastimes, though some consider it kinda creepy. I just think it is interesting to see what other people do everyday. it is a relief to see that some (though not all) people are just as boring as I am.

I also went grocery shopping with my mum, since Chris is still WORKING. I always end up buying so much more stuff when he is not along. oh well, I had a $4.50 off my grocery bill if I spent $50, so I had to buy some extra things. also, I had a bunch of coupons this week. my total before coupons: $61, my total after coupons: $41 - totally worth it.

we saw a kid who used to be our neighbor at our old house. we knew this kid when he was a newborn baby. we knew this kid when he was running around outside without pants, being potty trained.

yeah, you heard me. his parents thought that the easiest was to potty train him would be to just set him loose without pants. like, any pants. all he wore was a t-shirt and a smile. you would see him running down the sidewalk, his little man-parts dangling in the breeze, free as anything. I still don't see how this had any influence on potty training whatsoever, considering he could just sort of stop wherever he was and let loose, but whatever.

but anyway, he is apparently in 9th grade this year. high school! I am so very, very old. it is okay, though, because later I gave back as good as I got. we went to the deli so I could get sandwiches for dinner, and the lady behind the counter was the same lady who used to be the cashier when I used to come grocery shopping with my parents back when I was in 9th - 11th grade. she could not believe I was the same person and that I was now back here buying groceries for my own dwelling. she said I made her feel like an old lady. she put extra meat on Chris' sandwich.

when we came back here to unload my groceries, Morgaine hid under the bad and refused to come out because my mum was here. I don't understand that cat sometimes, she is such a jerk.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

gaaaaah!

house inspection is on Thursday. looks like this thing might actually be happening. I am terrified.

this long weekend sucks. Chris has to work all weekend and Monday. what a waste!

I went to the eye doctor today and got new contacts. I can see; it is amazing! turns out my prescription hasn't changed at all, my poor vision was entirely the fault of dirty old contacts. my total for an exam and a year's supply of contact lenses was $40, thanks to my health insurance. how great is that?

I have had such a terrible headache all day. I can't decide if it is stress or over-stimulation from being able to see with such clarity. perhaps a combination of both.

TERROR!

Monday, August 31, 2009

(Failure)

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As a 1930s wife, I am
Very Poor (Failure)

Take the test!




true story!

we're going to put in a written offer on that house tomorrow. there will be some qualifications, though. they have to fix the floor. also, if there is a unreasonable amount of problems found during the inspection, I want to have the option to back out. we have to put down $1000 as some sort of good faith thing - I imagine I get this back if things do not work out. this is pretty scary - it's serious business now.

terror!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

go paperless

Chris and I spent most of the afternoon at Home Depot getting decorating ideas. I know this is the opposite of not getting our hopes up, but I could not help it. it looks like a lot of things are not as expensive as I expected, which is nice. I think that the tax credit should go a good way towards getting rid of the uglies. assuming we get that house, of course. front doors, though, are a good deal more expensive than I expected. like, some of the doors we were looking at were the same price (or more) of some full sets of cabinets for a 10x10 kitchen. that doesn't make sense at all.

we also went to IHOP, which was delicious. I had the same thing I always get - the stuffed french toast combo. such a bargain!

I wish we could have off on Friday instead of Monday for Labor Day. Chris has to work Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, but he has off on Friday. that is so lame, there aren't even words for it.

last night was a family picnic at my parents' house. it was a lot of fun, even though it did rain. the food was good, and I finally learned to play Hearts (which I have been playing on the computer for years but never truly understood).

after that we went to SteveMikeBobby's house. we didn't really do much except watch Dirty Jobs and Flight of the Conchords, but it was a really great night. it felt like old times, with rousing conversation until 4:00 in the morning. this has been happening more frequently lately, which is good. if only we didn't all have to go to work all the time.

Friday, August 28, 2009

words, pictures, and slideshows

hi there.

we are looking at a new house that has our hopes up. there is a bit of a floor problem in one of the bedrooms, but our realtor says maybe they will fix it in order to sell to us. we shall see. I am through being optimistic. had a bit of a breakdown on Wednesday, I am so very sick of all this house disappointment. cried a bunch and went to bed before 10:00.

still haven't gotten my ADiML pictures up because I am very lazy. it's a serious problem.

we went to Smokey Bones on Tuesday. the pretzel sticks are back! hurrah! also, they have a frequent diner club which I have (of course) joined. I get so many free coupons from so many restaurants - it really pays to join these things, really. I rarely pay full price for food.

for the first time since april, it actually feels decent in this apartment. amazing!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

calypso

today was a pretty good day. had to wake chris up for work at 6:3o, but I got to go back to sleep after he was up and walking around. I went back to sleep until about 10:00.

Chris came home eventually. we watched Show and 16 and Pregnant (well, mostly I was watching that - he just happened to be in the room) until it was time for me to go to the Celtic Oyster Fest with my mum.

it was not as good as it has been in previous years, but it was still a lot of fun. I'm gonna chalk it up to the weather, I think some vendors and stuff ended up not showing. there were empty booth squares marked out on the grass in some places. but fear not, my mum and I filled out the
survey with explict detail, making sure they knew exactly what needed to be changed.

we had a pastie and a meat pie for lunch. pastie,meat pie
the pastie was way too spicy for me, so I mostly ate the edges of that one. I gave the rest to Mum.
meat pie

after that, Chris and I went to his cousin's 16th birthday party. I had a good time, but it made me feel very old. she and all her friends were all actin' like crazy 16 year old kids while we old people watched and smiled and remembered.

we were supposed to go let Chris' parents' dogs out after that, but they got home before we had a chance so we went to DQ instead. we came home and watched more anime, but ended up falling asleep on the sofa. we woke up at 9:30 because my phone was ringing. Bobby wanted to know if we were coming over. for once, I was the one who really felt like hanging out, but Chris was too tired (and with good reason), so we ended up staying home.

Chris was asleep by 10:30 (this has to be a new low for us - asleep in bed by 10:30 on a Saturday night), but I am obviously still awake. I have been watching more 16 and Pregnant. it is mostly infuriating. people are very, very stupid.

Friday, August 21, 2009

$1.29 a pound

beach pictures!



there are dozens more, but I didn't want to bore you. there are more up on my mum's and my sister's Facebooks, so go look at those if you haven't already.

I'm doing A Day In My Life (in pictures) today, so look for that soon.

we're going to see Inglorious Basterds tonight, I am pretty excited about that. and tomorrow is the Celtic Oyster Fest, which is also exciting. this should be a pretty good weekend, I think.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

59 sound

we went to visit Matt's grave today. it has been seven years.

I didn't know him very well, I joined this wonderful group of guys too late. I do, however, know these guys very well. I can't express in words how touching and heartbreaking and beautiful it is to be a part of their mourning. The displays of camaraderie make me want to break down and cry.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

drunken sailor

house I liked was a no-go. it had several problems: no heater, well & cesspool too close together, chimney pulling away from the house, etc. the search continues, I suppose. I am very sick of houses.

I collected pictures of the beach from everyone, but I haven't gotten a chance to sort through them yet. maybe tonight?

still haven't washed those dishes.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

hot hot hot

the beach was a good time! sorry for the lack of tweets, my phone battery died promptly when we arrived at my aunt's house. why didn't I just charge it, you ask? your guess is as good as mine.

but yeah, I had a lot of fun. I took a depressingly small amount of pictures, but my mum and sister made up for it - I will scavenge their pictures and make a big post about the trip sometime later this week. thursday, perhaps?

in other news, I found the cord for my scanner when I was packing for the beach. aso now I can finally scan my drawings onto the computer. hooray!

Chris is off playing M:tG with Steve somewhere in Lancaster. it is only fair, he accumulated a lot of awesome points this past weekend. plus, I am enjoying the time alone. I took a nap w/ Morgaine, scanned a drawing, ate some pizza, read some web comics, browsed facebook... it's been a productive night.

I haven't, however, gone anywhere near the sink full of dirty dishes.

Friday, August 7, 2009

on the way to cape may

finished packing, wrote a note to let the landlady know that Chris' mom will be here feeding the animals, wrote out the bills for this weekend, printed the directions to my aunt's house... still have to write a note for Chris' mom explaining the intricate care of my cat, clean the litter, water the plants, unplug everything dangerous, get sunglasses out of my car, remember to bring the cream soda we bought for making butterbeer...

going on vacation is a lot more stressful when the household stuff when you live on your own!

Chris got up at 4:45 this morning in order to get done early so that we can leave as soon as possible. that is dedication. there aren't words for the ways he continually impresses me. I made him breakfast and tea while he got ready, but I went back to bed until 8:30. I figure at least one of us should be well-rested, otherwise we will get hopelessly lost.

I think he said he would probably get done around 1:00, but knowing that place he works it will undoubtedly be later than that. he was supposed to have off today, we had planned to leave Thursday evening, but there was a scheduling problem and they made him work anyway. jerks.

I think I am going to leave my car parked in front of my parents' house so that I don't come home and find it on cinder blocks...

I am so excited and nervous. I have waited for this for seven years - I hope everything goes well and we have a really good time. I'll take lots of pictures, you can count on that. I doubt I will have access to the internets, but maybe I will text some Twitter updates or something.

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Now playing: Disney - Kiss The Girl
via FoxyTunes

Thursday, August 6, 2009

swish

I should be packing for the beach, but instead I am looking at webcomics and old old old blog entries.

we went to look at four more houses yesterday. I really liked one of them; we shall see.

there are fireworks going off outside. at least, I hope they are fireworks. otherwise there is a serious problem.

my back hurts.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

pretty scary...

tires
we really need to find a house... this picture was taken this morning on the street behind our apartment. they couldn't even be bothered to use cinder blocks, it would seem. they instead chose an assortment of bricks and rocks.

Monday, July 27, 2009

all you have to offer

Harry Potter night was a success, I think. we didn't finish all the movies because Chris is lame, but we got through the first three at least. I drove all the way out to Steve's by myself (since Chris was working) and then Steve and I went to get supplies. I didn't end up making any snacks, since it was too late by the time I worked up the motivation, so we just bought regular snacks. we did, however, make butterbeer. it was amazing. I am going to need to buy some cream soda and butterscotch schnapps to keep at home so that I can drink it all the time. goodness!

Sunday Chris had to work again, so I slept til 2:00 in the afternoon. not long after I woke up, Kim called and I went to hang out with her. Dustin had abandoned her to play M:tG. we decided that we will probably go to the beach next Saturday, since Dustin will be in Boston with Steve, for more lame M:tG. when Dustin got home, we ate some pasta salad and watermelon and decided we would al go to On The Border for dinner. I went home to meet Chris and let him know of these plans. he was agreeable. there were some awesome thunderstorms all day, with equally awesome cloud formations. I took some pictures in the OTB parking lot:
storm,thunderstormstorm,thunderstorm
dinner was delicious, as usual. that place never disappoints. we got OTB Dip Trio for an appetizer. I had Savory Chicken Taco Melt. for dessert we shared the Chocolate Turtle Empanadas.

today Chris had off, so dinner was waiting for me when I got home. fried chicken and macaroni and cheese, yum! and so healthy! just the thing I should be eating when our trip to the beach is two weeks away... we got some more house links from our realtor, which is exciting. I told her we are interested in three of them, hopefully we can go look at them soon. we measured the apartment, so that we can compare our current room sizes to those in our potential homes. it turns out our rooms are a lot smaller than I thought. I am a terrible estimator of sizes. our bedroom is 12x13, our living room is 17x13, our kitchen is 13x13, and our bathroom is 8x7. pretty small. we're living in, like, 600 square feet of space.

now we are at SteveMikeBobby's house for anime, but Bobby is not home yet so we have to wait. laaaaaame.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

unacceptable

my poor heart is broken. we went to see some houses last night, the house that I have been referencing was one of them. that place is in no way habitable. there are no walls on the first floor, just skeletal wooden outlines strung through with electrical cord veins. there are holes in the floors and walls on the second floor. the big original windows have been removed in favor of new plastic windows of standard size. there is ruination everywhere you turn. water damage, fire damage, foliage, cat pee. when we went in, the back door was hanging open, to give you an example. there was no kitchen. the bathtub was not actually hooked up to water, the toilet was full of stagnant black water. the backyard was overgrown and smelled as though something had died out there, which is quite possible. I had intended to take pictures, but I was too distraught to even think about it.

in some places, the original tile and patterned wood floors were still intact. this made it hurt ten times more, to see what it must have been. off the bathroom was a sun room with the original stained glass windows which led onto a second story wooden porch that overlooked the backyard. this was the worst part, to me. I could picture it, restored. I could picture myself on a warm summer weekend, showering, putting a robe on, and enjoying my tea on the back porch with a book. I'm just devastated.

people who have actually lost babies will probably find what I am about to say insulting, but to me that is how this feels. I feel like I have lost an unborn child. I have spent the last three months of my life building this place up, imaging our future in it. and now it is all gone. the parties I will never have, the tea I will never drink on that patio. the pond we will never put in. the Christmas decorations I will never put up. it's just too sad.

I guess I'm just gonna have to win the lottery tonight. there's no other way I will ever have enough money to fix it. no-one would ever dream of buying it in its current condition, and if something isn't done soon it will have to be torn down. it's nearly unsafe to walk around in now.

we looked at two other houses. the first one was really weird and badly situated for parking. the third one was okay, but all the floors were done in linoleum from the 50s and the rooms were long but narrow. Chris kinda liked it, but I am not overly enamored with the idea. I don't really have much interest in putting a lot of work into a house that I don't intend to live in forever. so I guess we keep looking. Chris picked up some real estate fliers last night at QC, so I'm going through them and looking up the MLS numbers of those that seem promising. the only good thing, I think, about seeing that place was that it will now be easier to look at more mundane houses, seeing as that one is entirely out of the question without a whole lot of money.

the thing is, the people who have that place (which Chris and I have taken to calling The Hateful Property) only bought it last December for $65,000. I looked it up because I am a creepy stalker. so they probably bought it intending to flip it, tore everything up, and then got bored with it and decided to sell it "as is". why would anyone do that to this poor house? it makes me sick to think of it. just sick.

anyway, I'm gonna go look at other houses and try to take my mind off of it. and also look for Harry Potter themed snacks for our Harry Potter movie night tonight. I hope I am able to stay up, although this is doubtful considering I woke up at 7:45 this morning. I went to bed last night at 10:30, I was too distressed to stay awake any longer. you'll never guess what I dreamed about all night...

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

impervious to fire

yo.

we got pre-approved for a mortgage on Monday, which is terrifying and exciting. probably we will look at houses soon. scary!

on Monday I made dinner. crazy, isn't it? I made Honey Balsamic Chicken. here are some pictures!

all my ingredients:
ingredients

spices mixed together:
spices

boiling vegetables:
vegetables

cooking chicken:
chicken

finished!
honey balsamic chicken

it was pretty darn good, if I do say so myself. I probably would have enjoyed it more if the loan guy hadn't called right before we ate and ruined my appetite with stress, but what can you do?

yesterday was Chris' late night, so I ate dinner at my parents' house. we had tuna melts, which were delicious. also, my books on home craft business arrived, which is exciting. I will be an internet millionaire in no time.

tonight we went to California Bar & Grill for wings. I got the same thing I usually do when we go there, the turkey bacon ranch flatbread sandwich. now I am here at SteveMikeBobby's house.

exciting week so far.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

she who paints the earth red

last night Shin came over, which was a pleasant surprise, and we went to V&S. then we went to SteveMikeBobby's to watch The Hunt for Red October. I liked it a lot, even though it wasn't something I would have thought to watch on my own. Brandon showed up and was drunk at us. it was a pretty good night.

today Chris and I went to his parents' house to feed their dogs. I took some pictures.

here are some miscellaneous cats and fish. from top to bottom: Shush, Runt, various pacus, and Bebe.
cats,fish

Tank and Essa. this is a good size comparison picture. Tank, who is largely wolf, is a huge animal.
wolf dog

me and Tank. again, note how ridiculously huge he is. I have been terrified of this guy for quite a while, but I think I am finally starting to get used to him. he's so friendly and scared of everything, but I can't help thinking how easily he could eat me...
wolf,dog

we also took The Beast for a brief ride to look at the house I mentioned yesterday, but those pictures didn't turn out so well (since I somehow had the camera on video mode...) so I won't be posting them.

you may have noticed that I am inexplicably wearing a winter hat in the middle of summer. it just so happens that I knitted that hat this weekend and am pretty darned proud of it. you can see it here on deviantART.

gotta go eat some pizza now. good night!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

nautical gypsy

operation left-over pulled pork was a delicious success. spent the rest of the night watching What Not to Wear and lounging about, which was nice since I do not get TLC at the apartment.

today has thus far involved a lot of lounging around as well. we meant to do things, but we only ended up going to Friendly's. I'm telling you, that place eats our motivation. I got the oriental chicken salad, which was really awkward because our waiter was Asian and I felt be calling it oriental since it is a somewhat inappropriate word.

we also drove past a dilapidated old Victorian house we are kinda interested in buying. it is seriously under priced and has been on the market since winter, which makes me think it is in pretty terrible shape, but I want it anyway. it is so big, much bigger than we could ever afford if it were in suitable shape. also, fixing up a fancy old house is something I have always wanted to do. it looks just like a big haunted house in a scary movie, it is so perfect. it would steampunk up nicely, I think. I am trying not to think about it, but it is very difficult.

in other news, here are some updated pictures of the cucumbers:
cucumbers

aren't they adorable? I am wondering how they will grow into big cucumbers, but I guess time will tell.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

pirating!

we made a sitr fry for dinner tonight. here are some pictures!

our non-meat ingredients:
soy sauce, worcestershire sauce, honey, garlic powder, onion powder, mesquite sauce, red wine, sugar peas, carrots, tiny corns, and cauliflower.
ingredients

and, of course, meat!
meat,steak

check out these awesome pictures of vegetables, courtesy of my new camera.
vegetables,sugar peas,carrots,corn,cauliflower

cooking. look at the vibrant colors!
cooking

the finished product. it was super-delicious.
finished product

it was extra-unbearable hot in here by the time we were done, so I allowed the air conditioner to be turned on. it is a red-letter day indeed!
too hot

and do you know what I did directly after we were done eating? I washed the dishes. it's amazing how much easier they are to clean when they haven't been sitting for a week... this checklist thing is working out wonderfully so far. I know it has only been five days, but I am optimistic about this.

operation left-over pulled pork is a go, which is nice.

I am feelin' a really strong hankerin' to draw, so I am gonna go do that. I will leave you with a picture of the view out the window over my sink. a window over the sink will definately be a new-house necessity. it would be too depressing to wash dishes while staring at a wall.
out my kitchen window

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

if it kills me

we're at SteveMikeBobby's house. they're playing M:tG, I am in the living room. for some reason So You Think You Can Dance is on. I've never watched it before, but it's kinda interesting. I mean, I probably wouldn't watch it on my own or anything, but it isn't making me wanna change the channel or anything. Chris, on the other hand, seems violently angry about it... anyway, some people just danced to If It Kills Me by Jason Mraz. I'd never heard it before, but I really really like it now that I have.

aaaaanyway, here's my food so far this week.

Sunday - Quiche

Monday - DiGiorno Stuffed Crust Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza. I had never eaten DiGiorno pizza before, but I would say their commercials are accurate. if I did not know better, I would have believed it was delivery. not, like, Pizza Hut or anything, but definitely a local pizza place or something.

Tuesday - laundry night at my parents' house. we had pulled pork, cucumber salad, and pasta salad. delicious!

Today - we went to Zia Maria for wings tonight. I got the same thing that I got last time, the Vesco sandwich.

the plan is to make a fancy business stir fry tomorrow, so we'll see how that goes. I bought my new camera today, so there should be pictures.

Mumma, I will probably call you about this, but if Chris goes to stupid Magic on Friday, can I come over and eat left-over pulled pork for dinner? otherwise I will go without dinner and starve!

we watched The Haunting in Connecticut on Tuesday. it was good, I really enjoyed it. however, I would just like to say that I think they make people in movies a lot braver than people in real life.

so far, the housekeeping list is working very well.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

catch-up post!

I've been slacking off again! nothing much of interest really happened this week. here's a review of dinners this week.

Monday - perdue chicken patties

Tuesday - spare ribs and corn on the cob @ my parents' house

Wednesday - AYCE pizza and stromboli buffet at Your Place

Thursday -prosciutto stuffed chicken @ Buca di Beppo w/ Chris' parents

Friday - turkey and provolone sandwich from Ando's @ my parents house

Saturday - more of the huge turkey and provolone sandwich

yesterday I broke my camera. I tripped over one of Chris' shoes and fell down, throwing my camera as I went. it landed on the open lens, which now won't open correctly. it opens and closes and beeps a lot. I was very distressed.

I spent most of the day trying to find a new one. I took one of Chris' 40k miniatures with me to test the macro setting. my mum, sister, and I first tried Target, since that is where I had gotten it in the first place. that, of course, was 2 years ago so they obviously didn't have anymore. they had some comparable ones, but I wasn't satisfied.

when Chris got home from M:tG, we went to Best Buy. I found one that is similar, but better, than the one I have now. of course, it is out of stock. I have never, ever been able to just go to Best Buy and buy what I want. I alway, always have to come back later. that is why I bought my now-broken camera at Target - Best Buy was out of stock. they should call that place Best Out of Stock. or perhaps Best Come Back Next Week. anyway, here is the camera I will probably be getting on Tuesday.

I finished the first week of my housekeeping schedule, by the way. it begins today! when I have a camera, I will take a photo. I think the camera mentioned about has a special setting for taking pictures of text documents. how exciting!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

stuff I bought

today was the kind of day I prefer - lots of shopping. we left around 11:30 this morning to go to Crafty by Nature, but decided that we would first go to Six Feet Under Games, since Chris has a gift card that's been burning a hole in his pocket. I always forget how long it takes to get there - the way we go takes about 45 minutes. he bought a bunch of M:tG-related stuff that I don't care about, as well as some tiny chains for 40k conversions. after that, we stopped at a Sheetz for some lunch. I had a turkey/bacon/provolone pretzel sandwich and an iced chai. Chris had chicken fingers and garlic fries. everything was delicious.

then we made our way back to Shupp's Grove for Crafty by Nature. honestly, the showing of "crafties" was less than impressive. there were only about six "cratfy" stands there, and none of them really stood out to me. to be fair, though, it was 2:30 by the time we actually got there and started walking around. there were lots of antiques and stuff, though, so it was a lot of fun anyway. I bought two cool things - a wooden carved cat and a box of old test tubes.
stuff I bought
the cat is adorable and I couldn't pass it up, but the test tubes are an awesome find. there's even a little cataloging sheet to go with it! super exciting.

after that we went grocery shopping, which is never a good time. it wasn't too bad today, though, so we made it through pretty quickly. and now we are home and I am not sure what to do with the rest of the evening. I think maybe I will go bother Chris...

fourth



yesterday was pretty good, as days go. Chris and I decided to put off grocery shopping, since Giant was full of last minute picnic shoppers. instead, we went to KFC for brunch. I am not usually in the habit of eating chicken and potato wedges at 11:30 in the morning, but what can you do? it was a very surreal trip to the KFC. the radio station they had on was playing all sorts of songs that sounded very nearly like 80s songs, but not quite right. it sounded like bands trying to emulate the 80s, you know? I am somewhat of an 80s song expert, and I did not recognize a single song. it was like being in the sims, with pretend songs meant to sound like real ones. so weird.

after that, Chris went to M:tG because he is lame. I went to my parents' house to help my mum get ready for the picnic. I also took a nap on their sofa, as is my way. eventually, people started showing up. I hung out there and ate their food until Chris finished M:tG and came over. he ate some food also, then we headed to Bobby's mom's house for more food. we walked to Community Days from there and eventually found the tarp my mum had put out earlier in the day. if you have never been to Community Days, I should tell you that tarps are necessary. otherwise, you will never get a seat.

while we were waiting for the fireworks to start, there was a UFO. I took a very terrible picture of it, which is in the slideshow.

the fireworks were awesome, as usual. I have never seen a better show than can be found at Community Days. seriously.

we went back to collect our cars and drove to SteveMikeBobby's house. the traffic was insane, as usual, but we got there eventually. they put on Yellowbeard, but I fell asleep on the recliner almost immediately, so I missed it. ah well.

all in all, it was a pretty good 4th of July.