Friday, December 23, 2005

Do the right thing...

OK, so I was good and I called So yesterday afternoon I had posted a poll on 2Peas about this. The majority was for me calling them, but there actually was a decent numebr who were voting to keep it. However, those voting for me to keep it apparently all decided not to leave any comments.

So quiet today and then tomorrow off to Georgia.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

To return or not to return...

So I came home today to find a package at the door. It's from It was addressed to a previous tenant. However, I'm guessing this was a couple of tenants ago since I didn't recognize the name. We seem to get a lot of mail from more recent previous tenants. Anyway, the last time a package arrived not for us I called the company to have it returned. I had to be transfered about 5 times before someone finally took down my information so that they could send me a shipping label. And then the package sat around for about 2 weeks before I got the label and was able to return it.

So, the question is, do I want to go through with that again? I decided to open up the box to see what kind of wine it was. I only did this because I knew I could tape it back up again and no one would really be the wise. It's a $20 bottle of Shiraz. So part of me says keep it. If the sender really wanted their friend to have it, they should have checked the address in adcance. However, I also would know that if I were sending a gift and it went to the wrong address, I would prefer that it be returned so that I could make sure that the intended recipient got it.

So help be my counsious. Should I keep it or return it?

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Peer Pressure

So vanessa got herself a blog! Woo hoo! In situations like this though, I am always reminded of a song from an middle school musical that our town put on. (I wasn't cool enough to get cast in it, but that's another story.) Anyway, I remember nothing else about this play except there was a song, with a line that went, "Peer, pressure, pressure, peer". I'm sure it works much better if you could actually hear me singing it, but that's not going to happen. Anyway, just had to share.

I won, I won!

Ok, so last week the guys at Chris’ work started what I have dubbed The Great iPod Challenge. Rules are simple. Create a playlist of 10 songs that are really crappy/bad. Whoever comes up with the best (Is it really the best if the songs suck?) list is dubbed the winner for the week. When Chris first learned of this contest he thought over his music and didn’t think he had anything appropriate, but commented to the others that I did. And then that evening he told me about the contest and his comments. I got very excited starting to think about what I could include on a playlist. He thought I would be upset that he called my music crap, but little did he know!

When I was in college, Darlene and I used to send each other various mix tapes. We even came up with a production label- FuT Productions. (FuT standing for Nucking Fut.) The mixes certainly were a mix. Some of the songs that we included had significance to us and our friendship, some were ones we thought the other would like, some were songs we liked, and others were there just to piss the other one off or were just so bad. We got really good at picking out crappy songs! There are probably about a dozen or so of these mix tapes.

So yes, I became very good at creating crappy mixes. When I learned of this contest I even wrote to Darlene for suggestions. She gave me some good ones, but unfortunately I don’t have many of her choices and not so sure I want to get a CD of songs sung by professional wrestlers.

Anyway, here was my first mix.
1. I want a Hippopotamus for Christmas by Gayla Peevey
2. Leavin on a Jet Plane/ Country Road by Judy Collins
3. Step by Step by NKOTB
4. I've Got a Thoery/Bunnies/If We're Together from Buffy Soundtrack
5. Bear Necessities- a capella version of the Disney Classic
6. I'm Ugly and I don't Know Why by Butt Trumpet
7. Who Loves Ya Baby? by Debbie Gibson
8. Somewhere That's Green by Mandy Patinkin
9. Hi At Hotel by Lost and Found
10. Achy Breaky Heart by Billy Ray Cyrus (We broke down and bought it since I knew it would be perfect.)

So Chris calls me this morning. By a toss of the CD (how does that work if you have more than 2 people competing) he was chosen to go first. Apparently I set the bar a little too high with my crappalicious selections. One of his co-workers declared that for next week he’ll need to put a bit more thought into it. And now I’m wondering if I will be able to continue this level of badness every week. So if you have some really bad music that you think would be appropriate, please feel free to send it my way for inclusion in future contests.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Vanessa, This One's For You

A follow up to my post from last week about the removal of my tongue ring.

If you are easily disgusted, perhaps you’ll want to stop reading. And blame Vanessa since she thought it would be entertaining blog material.

Ok. So apparently when I was a little I had issues with the fluoride treatments at the dentist. I had no remembrance of this, but a number of years ago the hygienist was reviewing my chart and noticed that there was a note not to give me fluoride as it made me gag. Like I said, I don’t remember having problems, but apparently once upon a time I did. I do know that I had since received fluoride treatments, so I guess it was back when I was really little.

Fast forward to modern day. From time to time when brushing my teeth I will start to gag. This will then make me start dry heaving. Not a pleasant experience at all. No idea why this happens sometimes and not others. Some toothpastes make this happen more than others, but again, it’s not really consistent. Sometimes I’ll even start to gag while chewing gum. I’ll be chewing away doing just fine and then all of a sudden I’ll start to get that gag reflex. I know I must spit out that gum right away.

So this morning I’m at the dentist. One of the things he needs to do is take impressions of my mouth. Next week I’m going in to have a graft done, and they are going to give me stents to protect where they took the cells from as well as over the graft. To do this, they need to make impressions. So, the hygienist loads up the little mouth tray with alginate and puts it in my mouth. I almost immediately stat to gag and dry heave. (Even just typing this makes me want to gag!) There was an extra blob of alginate that I was practically choking on. That comes out of my mouth. I continue to dry heave. And then I throw up a little. Luckily the hygienist was very nice trying to offer suggestions to make it better, apologizing for it taking so long etc.

So finally the mold comes out of my mouth. Apparently it was not a good impression. She takes it to the Doctor for him to say if it is sufficient or not. It wasn’t. He comes back to help. He verifies that the tray is the appropriate size and shows me exactly what he’s going to do and what he wants me to do to make it less painful. He loads it up with alginate. Into my mouth it goes. He has me tip my chin down and put my legs up. Breathe through your nose. I start to gag. I throw up a little. And then somehow it gets a little better. Maybe another small gag or two. He apologizes for the alginate taking so long to set up. Then time for the lower teeth. Again he explains the process. This time I really try to concentrate on my breathing. I only drooled a little. Much better!

And I am so glad that is done! After the first one and then the second one not going well, I was about to tell them to forget about the stents. (They were optional to have anyway.) I know I had to have impressions done when I had my braces and retainers, but I don’t remember them being this bad at all!

And that is the story of my visit to the dentist. I must say though, this was my first time going to this dentist (it’s a specialist) and I was very pleased with him. He did a great job of being sympathetic to my issues and he also did a great job of explaining what I needed to have done. And while they were taking the impressions, the receptionist had figured out how best to bill insurance (I have dual insurance only through the end of the year) and found me an appointment time that would allow me to have the work done next week.

Monday, December 12, 2005

Unexpected packages!

Unexpected packages are a wonderful thing! But I was very confused when I first came home and saw the box waiting for me. I had no idea who the return address person was. So I opened it, somewhat worried that I was opening a Christmas present that I shouldn't be and ruining surprises. And then I saw the tag saying it was from Christine and I got very excited. Yay! Thank you so much. I love it! So of course I had to put it on and have Chris take a picture of me in it for you. Thanks chica!

Apparently, I'm a grinch

So Chris got all pissy at me last night. He had gone out shopping for my Christmas gift while Lind and I were scrapping. (Well, I was working on Christmas cards.) He comes home, tells me to stay where I am and brings my gift into the computer room. Then he comes in to my room (where the wrapping paper is) and asks for some paper. I give him a roll. He comes back a couple of minutes later asking for wider paper. I tell him we don’t have anything wider and to just use an extra piece on the ends of the TV box. He starts to hit me over the head with the wrapping paper tube for guessing what the gift is.

Then later in the evening he tells me that in the future, even if I know what my gift is, I should keep it to myself. Ok, fine. I’ll try. But don’t make it so darn easy for me to guess! He knows I want a TV for my room and we’ve talked about what features I want. And I don’t see any of my other gift requests being so large there would be wrapping issues. He just set himself up for me to figure this one out! The only other thing it might possibly be is the iHome, and I don’t’ think that box is especially large. But he did say that he had thought about getting some fabric to wrap it in. That would have been kind of cute. :)

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Glitter, glitter everywhere

Well I think I'm done decorating. All of my trees have something on them. And next weekend is cookie baking, so things need to be done by then anyway.

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Snow Day

So I was supposed to have another craft party on Friday. I was going to take a half day of work so that I could have a bit of time to get everything together and head out to Westboro. However, in the late morning I got a call from the hostess. Due to the weather she was going to have to cancel. I figured I would go home early anyway. I had plenty of stuff to do and I had the time available. Well the roads were horrible! I was going about 40 mph on route 2. I oculdn't believe the number of people zipping by me! Then when I got to the apartment complex, they had hardly plowed. I almsot couldn't get up the final hill. Then I go to pull into a parking spot and I couldn't. I ended up having to dig myself out a bit before I could move. Around 3:00 the hostess called me back. After calling people to cancel, everyone had been so dissappointed that she decided to have her party anyway. After my previous driving experience I let her know that I wouldn't be able to make it. And it's a good thing I made this decision as they didn't start plowing the complex until around 5:00. It was interesting as people started to come home from work and there were no parking spots. Anyway, these pictures are from around 4:30 or so. The snow had stopped and I was really liking the lighting, so I made Chris go for a walk with me.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Bod Mod

My latest scrapbook page... (I think you can you can read the journaling a little better over at Two Peas.

Monday, December 05, 2005

Pink tree!

Ok, so it's no Heidi Swapp Christmas Forest, but I like it. You can't tell in the photo, but I also picked up the pink lights and wound them around the stem of the tree. These lights are special. They have 8 different settings. I went with the normal always on setting. Sorry, the epileptic seizure setting is not for me. My tree still needs some ornaments, but I apparently decorate in baby steps. And I do still need to find the appropriate place to put this tree. (I was thinking my room, but will I see it/appreciate it enough there?)

Sunday, December 04, 2005

A tiring weekend...

So I just finished up the snowflake tablecloths. And then suddenly I realized it was 11:00 at night. Eek. Time to get to bed. So, got that all done. Also got the tree up and decorations up everywhere. Didn't get to any outside decorations, but maybe I'll get to that later this week or next weekend. Took some pictures, but they're still in the camera. Will have to post those later. I also got all of the shopping done for Chris' family. I still need to finish up stuff for my dad and possibly Andrew as well. At least I know that with Andrew I can get his done later since I'll have multiple Christmas celebrations with him. And we do have a few small things for him (moose socks and a moose ornament- It's a moose Christmas) so if we don't get a chance to get him something bigger until later, no worries. And in other progress, the cards are almost all ready to be assembled. All the components are cut out, just need to cut the cards and print them, and then I can start with assmebly. Chris was a huge help! We spent the past two afternoons/evenings in front of the TV watching CSI, Firefly, Holy Grail, and Life of Brian while cutting out letters and gingerbread people for the cards. Hopefully I'll be able to get them finished this week.

Friday, December 02, 2005


I am really looking forward to doing some decorating. Yesterday I bought some really cute ornaments from Crate and Barrel. I'd show you a picture, but for some reason they don't have them online. Anyway, it's a set of 12 balls and each one has one of the 12 Days of Christmas depicted. Very fun. I also picked up some sheer snowflake fabric to turn into table coverings. Not sure if they will become runners or just an overlay. I hope to get those made this weekend. Also hope to get the tree up. (Thanks Mel.)
Also, this morning when I got to work I noticed it had been decorated for the season. Lots of blue and silver and very pretty. And I was inspired for an outside decoration. I just want to do a small white/silver topiary kind of thing by the door with white lights on it. And probably some fake snow. I'll have to see what I can find. If I can't anything I like I may just get some twigs, stick them in a pretty poa and cover with lights.