Sunday, January 28, 2007

I'm moving!

My blog that is...come check it out here. I think I'm going to like this much better. Thanks for the recommendation Tracy!
I am in love with this song. I know it's kind of dark, but I could listen to it over and over again. I'm not so in love with video, it just doesn't do it justice to me. Just thought I'd share.


It's even cold in the house this morning. When the wind chill outside is in the teens, this old house just can't seem to keep the cold out. The heat pump is doing it's best, but it's still pretty chilly in here. I have to run a couple errands later, mmmm I just can't wait to get outside in this cold. Woohoo, my favorite...and yes, that is sarcasm.

Yesterday morning I went to Dresden to judge (and I didn't know it was called this until I got there) Weakley County Idol. Lovely. There were only 9 contestants total, separated into 2 age groups. It was mostly not that bad. There was only one performance that threatened to make my ears bleed. They worst part was they tried to drag the whole thing out. It could've been done in 30 minutes, instead it lasted about 2 hours. So there was a lot of sitting around with the other 2 judges trying to think of something to talk about with these 2 people I didn't know. One was a former beauty pageant contestant from Milan (that's My-lun, not mih-lahn or me-lahn) and the other was a girl who had just finished her teaching degree and is teaching math. She also has a music degree and can't decide which she would rather teach (seems like an easy choice to me!). So, needless to say, we didn't have a ton in common. That was really the worst part. They put us in this room and we just sat there for-evvvveeeerr. It seemed like the kids had fun though, so I guess that's the important part. The judging part wasn't so bad.

After that we all went back to Tracy's house where they treated me to some Dresden sushi, which, I have to say was pretty good. Mark met us at Tracy's. Her brother-in-law makes his own beer and Mark has taken an interest in that. So, they talked beer and he let Mark borrow a book about it. They went out and looked at the beer-making equipment, etc. and Tracy, Steph and I drank mimosas. It was a good time. We went home around dinner time and I slept most of the evening. Ah....sleep.

I managed to make it through almost the entire night without feeling like I was sleeping on a bed of hot coals. That was nice. Maybe that's because it's soooooo cold outside. Today I don't have all that much to do. We cleaned the house on Friday night, so there are just a few things to finish up. We've got to go get some chicken feed at some point and I've got a few things to pick up at Wal-Mart. It looks really windy and cold outside, so I'm not particularly looking forward to doing that. After I do all that I think I'm going to curl up with a book and vegetate for the rest of the day. This weekend has flown by...I hate that. Vacation seems so far off right now, as does spring. I can't wait for some warmer weather and some time off. Winter makes me mentally exhausted.

Friday, January 26, 2007

This crap only happens in TN...

Yes...I should be working

...but I'm not. I've worked my butt off this week, so I am taking a few liberties today...such as blogging at work. I did solve 2 problems, 1 of which was major this afternoon, so I haven't been completely useless. So there.

I thought I would be stuck in the house all weekend, but I got a call from Tracy's sister who needed a judge for the Dresden Middle School talent show at the last minute. So, yes...I'm judging a middle school talent show tomorrow. Me and my expert opinion. Maybe I can put that music education to good use for a change. Or not, whatever. It should be fun. Tracy's brother-in-law makes his own beer which fascinates Mark, so Mark may come by and talk beer with him after the talent show thing. I don't think I stand a chance of dragging Mark to tryouts for a middle school talent show. So, I'm saving my breath on that. Who knows, maybe he'll decide to go anyway. I won't hold my breath.

So, that's my weekend update, I'll fill you all in on the results of my judgement sometime this weekend.


I see that I made everyone too afraid to comment on my last entry. I guess talking about hormones and fertility drugs does that. Thanks Laura for being brave and commenting (edit: and Daddy who must have posted while I was typing this post)! LOL. I'm feeling much better now. I still haven't had a good night's sleep, but I'm sure I'll crash tonight and sleep in tomorrow. The hot flashes are still with me. I think they're getting worse, at least at night.

Except for a little anger management issue I had this morning while I was trying to get ready for work, my moods seem to have stabilized somewhat. Somewhere Mark is breathing a sigh of relief.

Yesterday was our friend Stephanie's birthday. She and Tracy invited us out for a beer at the Opera House. Ah...they now have Newcastle on tap. Nice. So, we sat down there with them until 8:30 or so. We had a great time. We really don't get to hang out with them as much as we would like. They are busy people and sometimes so are we. So, we really enjoyed getting to spend some time chatting with the 2 of them. Steph - I hope you had a great birthday!
In other news...I have no real news. Except - Hambone was doing so well for about a week and now we're back to the old Hambone issues. I was trying to wean him off his prescription tummy medicine, but apparently, he really needs it. Thankfully he's a good cat and takes it with very little problem, but I hate to think I'm going to have to medicate this cat everyday for the rest of his life. I am certainly prepared to do that. The medicine is thankfully not expensive. It just means that I'm going to have to make another trip to the vet next week to see what else we can do or if they want to just leave him on the medicine he's on. Thanks Hambone! It's a good thing he's such a sweet cat.

You know, I wonder if I'll have more to blog about when Spring gets here. Probably. It's hard to give a farm report when I haven't been outside except to and from the car in a while. I am about done with the cold weather. I need some sun and I need it to be warm! I bet you are falling all over yourselves with the anticipation of reading about what vegetables we plant in the garden this year. Riveting.

Maybe I'll do something interesting this weekend so I'll have some good blog material, but don't hold your breath. I'm thinking Mark is going to want to stay in and lounge all weekend. Woohoo!

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

I'm so tired I don't even have a title for you today. Work has been insane, we're even more short-handed than we were since our Front Desk girl is gone now. Everyone's stretched pretty thin and it's not good for anyone's mental health. Least of all mine right now.

I didn't plan on mentioning this on the blog, but since it seems to be consuming my life right now, what the heck. My doctor put me on Clomid, it's a fertility drug, I won't go into all the whys. A very common one and usually the first one doctor's will have you try. This is my first round. You take 5 pills each month. My doctor told me that very few people had side effects. I believed her, she was wrong! I should've known (because it's always like this) that if she said very few people would have side effects that I would be one of those very few. I suppose you could think this is sort of a self-fulfilling prophecy type thing. However, I don't read the side effects section unless I just need to, so it's not like I'm having these issues because I have it in my head that I'll have these issues. Anyway, there are side effects. My mood swings are driving me out of my mind! I wake up in the middle of the night in a pool of sweat (yuck!), so I'm not sleeping well. Since I'm not sleeping well, I'm tired which makes it even more difficult to control my moods. All in all, it's a good time. Really, it is. So everyone say a little prayer that this works out for us the first time because I'm not sure I can do this 2 months in a row. Seriously, Mark might kick me out of the house. I'm not fun.

So, that's where I've been and what I've been doing. Not alot really, just trying to stay sane and not bite someone's head off which seems to be becoming increasingly difficult...Tonight I'm just going to go home (still at work at almost 5:30), put on my sweats and watch some mindless TV. If I don't talk to anyone much, then I can't bite their heads off, right? I'm going with that theory.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Sunday evening...

I am SO dreading this coming week. We are again without a receptionist at work, so I'm going to have to fill-in some and teach the technicians how to fill-in up there too. We're all already busy, so this is just going to add to the craziness. Great.

I have had an ok weekend. Yesterday we didn't do much. I slept until noon. I don't know why I slept that late and I really shouldn't have. It screws me up for days when I do that. We didn't really DO anything. We went out for a little while last night, hung out with Beth at the Pub. Honestly, though, I just wasn't feeling it. I wanted to come home, so after an hour or so, we came back home. I haven't really gotten anything done as far as housework. I just feel so blah. I have no motivation.

I asked Mark to wake me up no later than 10 today. So, he let me sleep until 10 and got me up. I got my shower and we drove to Jackson to go to the bookstore. I was out of reading material and when it's cold and rainy like this, I need my books. I bought 4, so maybe that'll keep me busy for awhile. Then we went and saw Beth's new apartment. It's a cute place. An older house that's been converted into a duplex. I know she's happy to get out of the tiny place she has been living in. Now Mark is parked on the couch watching the Bears game. I'm not sure what that's about. He's not usually one to watch football, but he's watched the Bears play the past 2 weeks. I guess since it's a Chicago team and the Superbowl is coming up, he feels compelled to watch.
It bores the hell out of me. It's not that I can't follow it because I can. The most annoying thing to me about watching any sport on TV is the freaking announcer guys. They never stop talking. I mean, can I just watch the game please? If I need your commentary I'll ask for it, 'k? I mean when something happens that requires an explanation, that's fine, but all.the.time? I mean, come on! I can't stand it. Does that bother anyone else, or is it just me?

I've spent most of the past hour or so colorizing a B&W version of our wedding picture. Yes, I have color versions, but I wanted to try coloring another B&W picture like I did for Anne's calendar. The one I've been working on looks ok, but I'm not all that thrilled with it...It just doesn't lend itself to this technique as much as the older pictures do...For one there's just too much stuff in it. That and Mark's in it. Which he should be because it's our wedding picture, but trying to color a man's face is harder than coloring a woman's face or a girl's face. I had to keep redoing his lips because it looked like he was wearing lipstick. I didn't think he'd like that much.
I've just been informed that I need to make invitations for a Super Bowl party. Mark requested that they say something about the Bears vs. who cares. LOL. Who knew he was such a fan? I didn't know. I guess I better get started on that...he sounds serious ;)

Here's the pic I've been working on. See, just not that great, is it? I've got to find a better candidate for this technique. Those ferns in my bouquet were a pain!

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

What a day!!

I have had the day from Hell!! It's almost 11pm and I'm just now feeling like I am caught up! I had to take Hambone to the vet (yet again) first thing this morning. They don't know exactly what is wrong with him, but gave me some antibiotics and some tummy medicine to give him to see if that helps. He also got 3 shots. So needless to say, Hambone did not have a good morning. Neither did I because I was at the vet's office until after 9am. They took forever! Thankfully, Hambone has only had one "accident" today, so I'm hoping this medicine is helping.

After all that, I didn't get to work until around 10. This afternoon I drove a hour and a half to the lovely town of Halls to fix a problem that apparently didn't exist. Everything was working when I got there, so I helped her with a software installation she was having problems with and turned around and came back. I got back to Martin just in time to backup the server and lock up. Then I made a trip to Wal-Mart. I had a pretty short list. I didn't stick to it. I bought some containers. Yes, I'm a closet organizationalist (is that even a word?). Not a organizer of closets, but a secret organization freak. The house has been a disaster area for awhile now. So I got home and did all the dishes, started the laundry (last load is in the dryer). Then I changed all 3 litter boxes and took all the trash out and rolled both big trash cans to the road. Those suckers are heavy!! And it's dark out there!! While I was doing all that I started the robot vacuum. Then I organized the bathroom cabinets and cleaned the bathroom. My other organizational venture was my clothes. Closet space and drawer space are in short supply in this house. I had my sweaters kind of stacked in the chiffarobe, but that was a mess. So, I bought an underbed box with rollers on it. I put them all in there and got a bunch of clothes together to take to We Care (our Goodwill). Whew! I've gotten alot done for a Wednesday night. Mark really likes to have tea made when he gets home from a trip (he's been gone to Atlanta), so I made him a pitcher and made myself a pitcher of green tea. Now I'm just waiting for the last load of laundry to dry so I can put towels back in the cat's bed. Then I've got to go let Woofer in because it's freezing tonight. I just gave Hambone his nighttime dose of his 2 medications, and I just took my nighttime vitamins and medication, so I'm about ready to get some sleep. I'm already up later than I need to be.

Sorry this isn't a more interesting post, but I think it just makes me feel good to type out all the stuff I got done. The house hasn't been deep cleaned, but it's very well straightened up now, so I can do the serious cleaning this weekend without having to go through and straighten things up first. You know, it just occured to me that I forgot to eat dinner. Oops. I guess I wasn't hungry. Well, I better get the laundry out of the dryer and get to bed so I can get up in time to feed all God's creatures before work. Man, I'm glad Mark will be home tomorrow! Feeding chickens in freezing weather is not my idea of fun. Have a great rest of the week everyone!

Monday, January 15, 2007


Wow, it's gotten cold!! It wasn't too bad when I left for work this morning, but the temperature has steadily dropped and now the wind has picked up too! Nice.

I had a pretty good weekend. I finally got my sushi! Mark and I went to Paducah Saturday. We had a couple of other errands to run. We went to a store that we'd never been to before. It was kind of liquor store, but they also had all kinds of glassware and gourmet food. They had a great selection of international beer, so we bought a couple things there. Then we went to World Market and looked around. We ended up buying some glasses there and a few more international beers (they sell them individually so you can try them). Then we went to PetSmart to get food for all the animals. Hambone is still not well. He's better, but there are still some "issues" we've got to get checked out...again. We bought some food for sensitive stomachs, so I started them (all) on that this morning. So far it's not helping. After all our shopping was done we found a sushi place. I'd never even seen this place before, but it turned out to be quite good. I'm sure we'll go back. So now we have a sushi place in Jackson and Paducah! Woohoo! I was very pleased that Mark took me. I think he enjoyed it too.

Today was crazy. I made myself a to-do list first thing this morning when I got to work and somehow only managed to cross about 3 out of 10 things off. And I was busy. All. Day. Ah, there's always tomorrow. At least the rain stopped by this afternoon. I'm bracing myself for a very cold few days. This is when having 4 cats comes in handy. They'll all pile in the bed tonight and they make excellent space heaters. If they'll just be still!

I hope everyone had a good weekend. I'm still waiting on a couple of 100 things lists...come on with that...I need something to read!

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

I'm back!

I had to take a little trip to Tunica for a seminar for work. I left Monday night and I got back about 5:30 this afternoon. It was a quick trip, but MAN am I tired!! I'm not much of a gambler, so Tunica wasn't exactly my dream location, but it was seminar. It was also not my dream to attend this seminar. I did have fun though. I went with Jimmie, our sales rep. It was her birthday and she won $400 playing quarter slots, so I was glad she had fun! I, on the other hand, lost the $40 that I brought to play with and then stopped playing. This is why I don't gamble...I don't like to part with my money unless I'm getting something for it. To me, an hour or 2 sitting at a slot machine or playing video poker is NOT getting something for my money! We did get to hang out with one of our favorite guys from Sharp and that was fun. This guy has always been exceptionally nice and helpful to me, so I enjoyed getting to chat with him (and Jimmie) in a more informal environment. I think we all had a good time. I didn't even stay up that late or drink that much. I just didn't sleep all that well. I hate hotel beds...especially hotel pillows.

I won't dwell on the seminar because I know how that bores everyone. I rather enjoyed it. It was geared more towards people in my position, so while Jimmie's eyes were glazing over, I was rather interested. I learned some stuff and that was good. Work discussion over.

What was weird to me is (and this is going to be slightly sappy...those with a weak stomach, scroll down, LOL) I started missing Mark before I even left. He went off on service calls at work and I went off to do some customer training before we left, so I saw him last around lunch yesterday. It's weird when he's not around. Since we work together and are married, we see eachother so much that it honestly feels like something is missing when he's not there. Not that I was crying about it or anything. It's just rare that we're apart even for just one night, so it just seemed odd. Ok...that's weird isn't it? Moving on...

My kitty, Hambone seems to be somewhat better. Not quite 100%. He's starting to play with the other cats now and play with the cat toys, so I think he's at least feeling more settled. I'm going to give him a few more days off of all medication before I see if we need to go back to the vet. I've got to take him to get his second round of shots next week anyway. So, I'm going to try to get by without taking him until then. I think being in the car just upsets him and I don't think that's helping anything.

Mark once again made steak on the George Foreman grill tonight. It wasn't quite as good as the last couple times, but I'm a steak girl, so I liked it. I made mashed potatos. I'm going to put all modesty aside here and just say that my mashed potatos are the greatest!! It's not like that's a hard dish to make or anything, but I've had bad ones before. I make mine like my mother made them and they are delicious! Ask anyone who has had them...they'll tell you. Although I'm probably my own biggest fan as far as that goes. Anyway...I love me some good mashed potatos!

Still no sushi...for those of you concerned. I'm going to work on that...maybe I can get Mark to take me this weekend. If not to Jackson, then to Dresden. I've gotten a few comments on this...and while, yes many of the Chinese restaurants around here do have is most definitely not sushi that I'm willing to eat. Of course, you have to understand where we live. Everything around here is a small town. We have PLENTY of Chinese (and Mexican-for those keeping track) restaurants. They like to put their sushi on the buffet. I am not eating sushi that's on a buffet. It may be good, but I don't know how long it's been sitting there. Of course, those who know me best know that I'm doing good to eat anything off a buffet. It just doesn't seem sanitary to me. Ick. I'm pretty picky about sushi anyway, so buffet sushi is not the sushi for me. The place in Jackson I'm familiar with and so far it's always been good...and fresh. Fresh being VERY important in the world of sushi. Ok...enough of my sushi rant. I will get some sushi if I have to drive down there and get it by myself. If that happens, I'll pissed, but I'll do it!

Let's see...I've covered work, gambling, cats (or rather just one cat) and sushi. What else. I haven't given a farm report in a while. Not much to tell since it's winter and I don't get out there much. The chickens are still there, Mark still gathers the eggs. Someone asked in a comment what it was like living on a farm with chickens. First, we don't have that many chickens...we have about 20. In the winter they stay in their coop more, so I hardly know we have them. The rest of the year they crow ALL the time. I think out of the 20 almost half are roosters, so when you get all of the roosters crowing at once it can seriously get on your nerves. In the summer they start crowing as early as 3 in the morning. Since I was not raised in this type of environment, when I first moved to the farm I woke up as soon as they started crowing. Now, I just don't hear's background noise. They are fun to watch sometimes...they really are strange little creatures. We have at least one hen that will eat out of Mark's hand, but most of them really don't like people that much. They just move out of your way if you walk towards them. We don't kill our chickens for meat. We do collect eggs for us and to give to family and friends. We don't make much, if any, money from the chickens. They are almost more like pets. I think it's just a project that Mark thought would be fun...and we never have to buy eggs!
That's all I really have to say about that...other than my friend Beth likes to tell the story about me walking out to the chicken coop in my heels after work one day and collecting the eggs using the hem of my shirt as a basket. I'm sure that was quite a site. Very city girl goes to the country. Very Green Acres! Other than that...there's nothing much to report on the farm...still have 4 cats, still have 1 dog. Apparently this morning we had a skunk visitor, but I (luckily) was not around for that.

Ok...that's it for now! I hope everyone is having a great week!