everything that’s in my head all day, all spilled out

As Promised, sort of February 20, 2010

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I can’t fully update on every single thing that’s going on- some of it won’t be 100% signed sealed delivered until Monday- but for the majority of life, it’s a little more together and I can discuss a lot more.

First, we have a new family member.

This is Gabby! We picked her up last Friday from my aunt’s house, and it was touch and go for awhile because a guinea pig obsession developed instantly. They really don’t seem overly concerned about her lording over them, but if you were a predatory animal who couldn’t really emote properly, would you want a beast many times your size staring at you and stalking you? Me neither. So now she is kenneled for 5 minutes at a time when she goes too close, and she’s already learned which zones are ok. House breaking is going VERY well- we did find a mystery poop this morning (mystery being when it was left, not who did it- I think The Boy is relatively well trained in that regard), but that’s the first accident in 2 days, and that’s pretty fabulous for a dog who was used to going whenever and wherever she pleased on a farm. Walks are good, she is getting used to seeing many other people and dogs at the park each day on her afternoon walk, and it’s safe to say we’re in love. So consider us a family of 5 now. (Yes, Snack Pack and Turbo the guinea pigs count- we love our ladies.)

Other news- work is good. More to be reported on that later. The Boy is more than likely NOT going to be laid off- hurrah. In mixed news, The Father in Law is having a kidney transplant next week, and the donor will be The Sister in Law Who Lives Far Away (North Carolina, if you’re that curious). So no one is thrilled on the surgery part, but everyone is excited about the prospect of him feeling better and being in better health, so we’ll just be thinking positively on that front- anyone who wants to throw additional positivity/prayers/crossed fingers our way is welcome to do just that.

This is completely unrelated, but I want to put it out there- is anyone else a new fan of Johnny Weir? The Boy was watching the Olympics the other night and commenting on how bewildered he is by the fact that heterosexual men will willingly wear the figure skating costumes. I said something about how some of the costumes are more flamboyant than others JUST AS Johnny Weir in his pink tassled, fishnetted, corsetted glory entered the ice. I was immediately all about it. Then he skated OFF the ice, and my true infatuation began. Flamboyant hand gestures while giving face attitude? Check. Coach is wearing 19 pounds of makeup and fur? Check. He does a little BUTT POP while entering the waiting area? CHECK. And I want to be very, very clear- I’m not laughing at him or any other gay man, flamboyant or not.  I genuinely think he is awesome and cool and fierce as hell for this- that’s how I feel about all flamboyant gay men.  (I recently discovered via Facebook that my very good friend from kinder-middle school is gay; I really wonder if his sexuality and my very positive feelings about gay men are connected. ) So in conclusion, Johnny Weir, I love you and your fur-wearing, drama-provoking self. Thank you for bringing a whole new meaning to Olympic flame.


February 11, 2010

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Clarification- I’m not in a bad mood at all. I’m just flippin wiped out.

Does anyone else think it would be good if 2010 would just SLOW DOWN TO 50 MPH INSTEAD OF 100? I’m not on the Autobahn here- I prefer the I-37 path of life (Corpus reference, be glad if you don’t entirely get it). And I’m not saying everything that’s going on is bad, because it’s not- some of it is actually fabulous. But its all exhausting. I will elaborate once a few more things get settled- right now there’s just too much IF to even get started. This weekend/next week holds a lot of weight.

But I will say that “Break Stuff” couldn’t have come on my iPod at a better moment. Tell me about it, Fred Durst- let’s make someone leave with a fat lip (but please don’t touch me while we work on that, because I really don’t want your potential STDs). GIVE ME SOMETHING TO BREAK.


Because I like to reflect.. and pretend I’m 15 again. February 3, 2010

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I miss surveys like this, which speaks volumes about how addicted I was to AIM and chain letters in high school. I’m stealing this from Christa, who I blog-stalk even though I don’t think she knows it.

What did you do in 2009 that you’d never done before? Got married and many marriage related things, took an actual vacation from life, publicly failed at a goal I actually cared about, experienced the glory that is Jersey Shore

Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I don’t do resolutions, but I do take a minute on New Year’s Eve to be thankful and appreciative for the year that I’ve had and everyone who’s played a part in it. I will keep doing that for sure. I want to start journaling New Year’s Eve’s, I think. And I like setting goals, as in “At this time next year, I will have done/will be doing X.”

What are your new years’ resolutions for next year? During 2010, I will continue to build up savings, deal with my 401K from my first job and set up a better retirement system for myself (time to put on big girl pants), get a dog, and become a grad student.

Did anyone close to you give birth? My friend Ashley had her first baby- first friend of all my high school friends!

Did anyone close to you die? There was a miscarriage in my family- that one was a bit of a blow, because the excitement was already there, even if there wasn’t a little person there yet.

What countries did you visit? Mexico.

What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009? A down payment for a house, and more free time. The grad school goal will kill that, I think. And better music.

What dates from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? May 30, 2009- marrying The Boy was the best decision I have ever, and probably ever will, make.

What was your biggest achievement of the year? Surviving wedding planning, and paying off all of our wedding debt by the close of the year. HUGE goal, and it got achieved! And really allowing myself to be totally and unconditionally loved by my fiancee/husband, friends and family.

What was your biggest failure? Being lazy- I am so lazy with housework, and I got lazy with working out. My body hasn’t shown the signs externally yet, but I need to get back to it before it happens. The apt is certainly showing the signs.

Did you suffer illness or injury? The Surfside Incident of 2009- when the top of my foot got slashed open by a still-unknown object in the Gulf of Mexico. I’m pretty sure I scarred some kids for life when I was carried to the beach with blood gushing- sorry, kiddos.

What was the best thing you bought? Our wedding bands, my newlywed lingerie (maybe TMI, but seriously, it’s probably the most gorgeous thing I own), our honeymoon and stitches for my foot so I did not bleed to death or remain unable to walk.

Whose behavior merited celebration? A friend who decided he was going down a dangerous path and quit drinking, only to become even MORE kickass, hilarious and an even better friend than he already was- and he trained to run a marathon (and actually completed it). I raise a glass of tonic water to you, good buddy.

Where did most of your money go? Wedding and all things wedding related. And to Target.

What did you get really, really, really excited about? WEDDING DAY WEDDING DAY WEDDING DAY. My bridesmaids can attest: I was literally jumping up and down for several minutes straight and could not stop smiling all afternoon and into the evening. And then the vacation that was the honeymoon. And, of course, when my niece started calling me by my name.

What song will always remind you of 2009? I’m not proud of it, but Boom Boom Pow by the Black Eyed Peas. It’s a long story.


the Bella bear February 1, 2010

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I have a niece named Izabelle, who I have nicknamed Bella; she’s 22 months old. The highlight of my weekend: my husband was at his parents’ house on Saturday and decided to stay for dinner at his sister’s place (I was at home doing the dreaded graduate school goal statement). Bella’s mommy told her Uncle Evan was going to come over for dinner. Bella’s answer: “Aunt Ki???” And then kept asking for me. I love love love being an aunt to this amazing little girl.


By popular request

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I am adding a new post to my blog. I promise I will try to update this more than once a month. However, given that I haven’t updated all month, this is the rundown: Went to Baton Rouge for New Years, came home, continued studying for the GRE, started work again (good-bye, winter break), got bronchitis, strained a chest muscle from coughing (yeah, yo really can do that- new discovery of 2010), took the GRE while getting over bronchitis (impeccable timing), packed to move, found out the husband was getting laid off, moved into new apartment, found out husband was NOT getting laid off for at least another month, found out that instead he might be going to HAITI FOR UP TO A YEAR, applied to grad school. Then I tried to start breathing again, because I haven’t really done that much in January (what with the bronchitis and the lay-off possibilities and such.) I’m not trying to skirt the obvious issues here (HAITI) but I’m just not dealing with it until I have more details and I know the likelihood of this happening. If I start really thinking about it now, I just want to start crying, and I’ll be pissed at the amount of tears I wasted if it winds up not happening, so- postponing the bawling for later if necessary.

In excellent news, I got new running shoes. I went to Luke’s Locker, which is kind of like a yuppier RunTex in River Oaks for you Austinites, and found a beautiful and extremely comfortable and supportive pair of Asics. I haven’t broken them in yet because it’s in the 40s and I do not do outdoors in temperatures below 60, but I’m very excited. I’m also resuming yoga as soon as the chest muscle is fully recovered, which I think is almost now- I need a couple more days of being able to sneeze or cough without feeling like I was stabbed between my ribs to feel confident.

If I every figure out how to do it, I’m going to put up pictures of our new place. It’s a pretty standard apartment, but we actually painted, and it feels cozy and like a home. I’m a fan, even if it only has been about a week. Also, you’ll have to wait for pictures until it stops being Boxland up in here, and that’s at least 1 more week.

I’m on the hunt for a theme for this blog so I can actually stay dedicated to it- any ideas?