Pittsburgh rules!

Just so you know…Pittsburgh friggin’ ruuuules!

Really, it’s fun. Well, so far the shopping has been sub-par, but I think that’s just because I don’t know where to go. So yeah. Pittsburgh….woo!


Am I crazy?

I just registered for the Baltimore Marathon. October.

Yes. Am crazy.


Just in case anyone is wondering, I haven’t posted lately because I’m boring.

I’ve talked to death about my upcoming trips, and frankly, that’s all that’s on my mind. So I shan’t bore you any longer. I’ll post during or after the trip. That’ll be more fun!

Okay, I did make hamburger buns the other night. That was kind of exciting. A practice run for Kristina’s engagement party.

Happy birthday Ellie!

Can you believe Ellie is ONE? Wow. Pretty soon she’ll be in college. Yeesh.

A week from today I’ll be in Pittsburgh. Woo hoo! Polly won’t be coming with me, but Kristina’s going to drive up to hang out with me on Sunday and Monday. Yay! So exciting! And then I’ll see her, oh, five days later, when I fly to DC for her engagement party. Does it get any more exciting? I don’t think so.

Oh yes it does, because a few weeks after that is my Ellie trip!

I’m sounding like a broken record, aren’t I? I should really be talking about how George stayed up for 32.5 hours this weekend. I couldn’t even do that in high school, much less at his advanced age.

Saw two movies this weekend. One to skip (Davinci Code) and one you must see (Thank You For Smoking). My genius observation about the latter film is that no one ever smokes in it. Faaascinating.


Man, getting George that grill as a birthday present was the best gift I’ve ever gotten myself him. Last night he grilled some cheapo steaks and portobello mushrooms and corn on the cob (though, briefly, we made popcorn as well) and red peppers. Everything was so yummy! Now George can cook for me, without the threat of tuna-fish chili or another of his odd concoctions involving vat-grown fungi.

The weather has just been outstandingly beautiful here. Not hot, breezy, etc. I was actually chilly last night!

T-minus 42 days and counting until I see my Ellie! Who will be ONE on Sunday!!!


Ugh. Was home sick yesterday. Still not feeling 100% today, but better. And is anything worse than being home sick and having the internet down? I don’t think so. I couldn’t even play online! Sheesh. And the DVR is messing up, so it was hard to watch tv. Pout. Ah well.

The weekend was jam-packed with fun. Could barely cram more fun into weekend. Har. Friday night…um I can’t remember. Oh yeah, our halfiversary! Went to the Crescent City Brewhouse. Had yummy pasta. Went to pub. Saturday we cleaned and I baked cake and made ice cream. Went to friend Terry and Rob’s going away party that afternoon, and then ended up at (guess).

Sunday I gave George his birthday present – a grill. He was excited. I’m excited for him to start cooking me dinner on it! Hee hee. My mom came in, we had lunch. Bought Ellie a birthday present. (One of many.) Went to my house so Mom could see the new countertops (she was suitably impressed.) Wasn’t feeling well at this point. Poor George, not a very fun birthday, I’m sure. He went to (guess) while I stayed home.

Blah blah blah. I’m a big groggy because of the Tylenol PM I took last night. Zzzzzz.


Happy halfiversary to George and meeee! Woo! Can you believe? Six months!

I do have some cake issues this weekend, though. Because today is our halfiversary, but tomorrow is a going away party for some friends and Sunday is George’s birthday AND Mother’s Day.

I’m making a cake for the party tomorrow (it will serve as George’s birthday cake, we’re actually going to eat it at the pub after the party, because George shares a birthday with one of our friends who is going away.) and then on Sunday we’re going to eat the top layer of our wedding cake. Not today, but Sunday. So my mom can have some. She’s coming in to town! A rare occasion, indeed.

So anyway, lots of cake. Not sure what the dilemma was, now. Ha ha!

(Eating wedding cake now so it doesn’t get stuck in the freezer if we have to evacuate. Yes, we could take the cake with us, but it’s too risky. Plus I just want the dang cake!)


Gosh, I hate to post if it means my pretty countertops are going to be pushed down the page. But alas, it must happen sooner or later. Speaking of my lovely countertops, they should be finished tonight. We’re putting up the strip of wood on the edge, doing some touchups, and voila! All done!

Sadly, there is not much else exciting to report. At least, nothing I can post here. But the roller coaster of fun that will be my life for the rest of the year is about to begin, so I won’t complain about things being quiet for now.

The travel part will be fun, but the fact that two friends are moving away puts a bit of a damper on things. Sucks hardcore is more like it. But what can you do? Life goes on. Things change. Blah blah blah.

So, fun travel. I got some Pittsburgh and DC at the end of this month. And then I have some Ellie time in L.A. at the end of June. And then a few weeks later, it’s Delaware. (I’m pretty sure I’ve never been to Delaware, but I hear it’s very popular for bachelorette parties. Not really, I never heard that, but that’s what we’re doing. Bachelorette party in Delaware! It’s pretty funny when you say it like that, isn’t it? But really it’s on the beach in Delaware, so it’s all good. Except for the bathing-suit part.)

After Delaware, I’ll have a little down time (but maybe we can sneak in a visit to Houston?) and there’s a mini-break with some of my favorite girls to Natchitoches, then the marathon in Baltmore in mid-October, then the biggie – Mexico! And after that (yes, there’s MORE), I’m supposed to be going to Monterrey, California (which, secretly, is the trip I’m most looking forward to. Because there are no bathing suits involved.)

And then in 2007, I have Vegas for Kristina’s bachelorette (it’s no Delaware, but it’ll do) and then South Carolina for her wedding and then we want to go to London next year again, so cross fingers that it works out. (Oh yeah, and Monterrey again. Woo!)

So lots of travel to look forward to. And now I just remembered that I hate flying. Hmm.

Who knew?

Well, who knew? This year I have been discovering previously hidden talents that I possess. First it was pizza making, which expanded to include breadmaking. Now it is tiling. Granted, this is a genius talent that I will probably not be exploring further, as it is a messy talent that doesn’t get you hot, delectable bread at the end, but nevertheless it’s a nice talent to have.

So here is a before picture of our kitchen:

And here is an almost-after:

We have, since I took that after photo, grouted the backsplash and finished everything except for the finishing edge. But still. Vast improvement. And I have grout under my fingernails. Still.

Last night we went to George’s school fair and I managed to not win at the goldfish game, the ring-around-the-two-liter-of-Diet-Coke game, and the plant game. Hmmph. These are talents I do not possess. See, I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m not good at everything. It’s okay.

Got my ticket to visit Ellie. Just two months (ugh) til I get to see her again! Yay!