White Out!

Well, it seems the snow finally arrived!  We received about 4.5" here at our house.  Maybe a little more in some places.  You can see a photo of the ruler and measurement here.  The before photos are here.

Kaia was up and completely dressed to go outside before I even got out of bed.  Coat, scarf, two pairs of socks, shoes... you name it, she was wearing it and ready to go.  Neil, on the other hand, lasted only 7 minutes (I timed it) and he was ready to come back inside.


Well, the snow finally arrived this afternoon around 3:30pm.  The kids got a free day out of school and we didn't have to worry about treacherous roads for the day.  The photo on the left was around 3:35pm and the one on the right was at 8:21pm.  I can't wait to see how much it snows overnight!

On another note, I'd like to push our car into the nearby river.  If we told everyone that it slide off the road in the slick conditions, do you think they would notice?  It has been a bain in my existence since the day we brought it home.  For the record, it's purchase was not my idea.  Now... we are both in agreement that we are fairly certain that the engine has blown.  I call it the "Garrison Curse".  My father, two of my brothers, and I, have always been plagued by crappy vehicles.  However, this particular car, came with a curse of it's own.  BUT that's a blog for some other day...

Right now, we are focusing on SNOW!!  The most snow (supposedly) that we've seen here in 15 years!  I'll update with more photos tomorrow!

Snow Day???

Today is the big day.  I was expecting to wake up to already see some snow fall on the ground, but we have yet to see our first snow flake. So far it's snowing all around us, but we've gotten nada!

I think maybe they called off school a wee bit too early.  I'm sharing a "before" shot in the hopes that this will speed up the snow's path to us.


I can't believe I've made it to my 500th post!  I'd say at least half of them were complete nonsense, but I wrote them anyway.  Thanks for sticking around and reading for those, like, 3 people who are still with me!

So why is it than when you don't have any credit, no one will give you credit because they say you have a lack of revolving credit?  I mean... how am I supposed to get credit if you won't give me credit?  Makes no sense and it's a never ending cycle.  Because of this, I can't buy with Dell.  It's irritating because I can certainly afford to pay $20-30 a month for a camera or lap top.  Anyway... for Christmas my bestest husband in the whole world surprised me with a new camera.  His mom was able to get it ordered for him through Dell.  She's been looking at getting a new camera herself.  I was telling her about one that was only a little more than the Nikon P90, but was a true DSLR.  She and her husband used to have one and she said she was looking for one that wasn't so complex.  She suggested that she order me the DSLR and I give her the P90.  I mulled this over for a little while.  I decided to go for the Nikon D3000, but after further review (and some careful nudging from Cam) I decided that probably wasn't the best choice.  Several reviews mentioned grainy photos and that is the one of the main concerns I had going into the whole thing.  My main turn on about the D3000 was the price tag.  At around $500 for the camera with lens, it's a great price, but something just wasn't sitting well.

There was a camera that has caught my eye for awhile.  The Nikon D90.  I don't know why I keep checking out the Nikon's, but I do.  The reviews I've read about it give it wonderful praise with minimal complaints.  It's the price that stings.  I've always been the type that doesn't want to spend so much for things for myself.  Especially electronic things or items that seem to be "one up'd" the very next day by a newer, better, more sleek model.  The options are endless and it's so confusing out there.

I finally made the call on Tuesday.  Texted on over the Dell part number.  I took the plunge.  Now I'm all pins and needles waiting.....


The Random Thoughts Finale

51. Why is a school zone 20 mph? That seems like the optimal cruising speed for pedophiles...

52. As a driver I hate pedestrians, and as a pedestrian I hate drivers, but no matter what the mode of transportation, I always hate cyclists.

53. Sometimes I'll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not know what time it is.

54. It should probably be called Unplanned Parenthood.

55. I keep some people's phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.

56. I think that if, years down the road when I’m trying to have a kid, I find out that I’m sterile, most of my disappointment will stem from the fact that I was not aware of my condition in college.

57. Even if I knew your social security number, I wouldn't know what do to with it.

58. Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car keys in a pocket, hitting the G-spot, and Pinning the Tail on the Donkey - but I’d bet my ass everyone can find and push the Snooze button from 3 feet away, in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time every time...

59. It really pisses me off when I want to read a story on CNN.com and the link takes me to a video instead of text.

60. I wonder if cops ever get pissed off at the fact that everyone they drive behind obeys the speed limit.

61. I think the freezer deserves a light as well.

62. I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with Miller Lites than Kay.

63.The other night I ordered takeout, and when I looked in the bag, saw they had included four sets of plastic silverware. In other words, someone at the restaurant packed my order, took a second to think
about it, and then estimate d that there must be at least four people eating to require such a large amount of food. Too bad I was eating by myself. There’s nothing like being made to feel like a fat bastard
before dinner.

Continuing the Random Thoughts

See #1-10 here.
See #11-20 here.
See #21-30 here.
See #31-40 here.

41. Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after DVDs? I don't want to have to restart my collection.

42. There's no worse feeling than that millisecond you're sure you are going to die after leaning your chair back a little too far.

43. I'm always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten page research paper that I swear I did not make any changes to.

44. "Do not machine wash or tumble dry" means I will never wash this ever.

45. I hate being the one with the remote in a room full of people watching TV. There's so much pressure. 'I love this show, but will they judge me if I keep it on? I bet everyone is wishing we weren’t watching
this. It's only a matter of time before they all get up and leave the room. Will we still be friends after this?'

46. While watching the Olympics, I find myself cheering equally for China and USA. No, I am not of Chinese descent, but I am fairly certain that when Chinese athletes don’t win, they are executed.

47. I hate when I just miss a call by the last ring (Hello? Hello? Damnit!), but when I immediately call back, it rings nine times and goes to voicemail. What'd you do after I didn't answer? Drop the phone and run away?

48. I hate leaving my house confident and looking good and then not seeing anyone of importance the entire day. What a waste.

49. When I meet a new girl, I'm terrified of mentioning something she hasn't already told me but that I have learned from some light internet stalking.

50. I like all of the music in my iTunes, except when it's on shuffle, then I like about one in every fifteen songs in my iTunes.

To be continued...

For Me?

Last week I was bestowed with my very first bloggy award!  Boy howdy, was I ever excited?!  Not only am I certainly not deserving of an award, but I got it from my "bestie" Cam, who has a way with words that I can only dream about.  (Side note:  I hate that word -"bestie"...)

The great thing about this is that I get to pass it along!  I would normally put Cam on this list, but as she's already received it and passed it to me, I feel that giving it to her again would just make her get a big head.  (Only kidding Cam!)  Without further ado, check these ladies out.

Apparently part of the deal with the award is to list some relatively unknown facts about yourself as well so here I go...
  1. I was a nail biter until the age of 30.
  2. Just the smell of cantaloupe can make me want to get sick.  I have no idea why.
  3. I used to have pink hair.  I loved it and am seriously considering a comeback.
  4. The multiple genres of music on my MP3 player would seriously confuse most people.
  5. When I was about 4 years old, I fell down an entire flight of un-carpeted, made of old school hardwood stairs because I was pretending to be "Superman"  and the pull chain to the light that I was swinging from broke.
Cam gave her readers a bonus fact about her name and I thought I'd share mine.  I never really had a "nick name" while growing up.  My grandmother called me Chrissy, but once I was old enough to tell her to stop calling me that, well, she stopped calling me that.  The closest I've come is when Cam and I decided we were like "peas and carrots" (a la Forrest Gump) and I chose to be "Peas".  Didn't see a problem with it until she posted this picture...

on her Facebook with the caption... "Peas in the Creek, that's her Indian name".  I suddenly wished that I'd chosen the wiser of the two names.

More Random Thoughts

See #1-10 here.
See #11-20 here.
See #21-30 here.

31.I find it hard to believe there are actually people who get in the shower first and THEN turn on the water.

32. Shirts get dirty. Underwear gets dirty. Pants? Pants never get dirty, and you can wear them forever.

33. I would like to officially coin the phrase 'catching the swine flu' to be used as a way to make fun of a friend for hooking up with an overweight woman. Example: "Dave caught the swine flu last night."

34. I can't remember the last time I wasn't at least kind of tired.

35. Bad decisions make good stories.

36. Whenever I'm Facebook stalking someone and I find out that their profile is public I feel like a kid on Christmas morning who just got the Red Ryder BB gun that I always wanted. 546 pictures? Don't mind if I do!

37. Is it just me or do high school girls get sluttier & sluttier every year?

38. If Carmen San Diego and Waldo ever got together, their offspring would probably just be completely invisible.

39. Why is it that during an ice-breaker, when the whole room has to go around and say their name and where they are from, I get so incredibly nervous? Like I know my name, I know where I'm from, this shouldn't be a problem....

40. You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you've made up your mind that you just aren’t doing anything productive for the rest of the day.

To be continued...

Yes, Please Jonathan Rhys Meyers

I don't know what it is about this guy...

Maybe it's because he's Irish or maybe it's because he's played the role of Elvis....

Mr. Rhys Meyers was actually born Jonathan Michael Francis O'Keefe in Dublin, Ireland in 1977.  He also had heart issues from an early age.

I think my first encounter with him was in the movie, "Vanity Fair".  He plays a not too nice fellow named George Osborne.  I guess I'm a little behind because I just recently began watching "The Tudors" via Netflix.  He's playing a not too nice fellow in this too, but I think I could watch him all day long.  Couldn't you?


I hate it when I'm lying in bed at night and think of a great post for the blog.  I hate it because I can never remember it in the morning.  However, I'm too lazy to get up and type it out in the middle of the night.  Hundreds of great posts... lost to the night.

In lieu of the great post that is lurking somewhere in the far reaches of my subconscious, I leave you with these riveting photos.

Sunday NFL playoffs with my husband and his "friends".

The dog taking advantage.  He's like our third child.

Pop's Birthday!

Today is my Dad's 64th birthday!  All my brothers call him "Pop".  My kids call him "Pop".  Heck, even my husband calls him "Pop".  I call him.... Daddy.  Yes, I'm 31 years old and not ashamed to say that I still call him that.  He lives about 1,000 miles away from me in warm, sunny, southern Florida.  I may be a little jealous of that fact.  I don't get to see him as often as I'd like to, but when I'm missing him I'll whip out the ol' photo album and take a look at what makes my Dad the best.

And last, but definitely not least...

We love you Pop!  Happy birthday!

Love My Carrots

Today I am thinking of my Cam.  I miss her like crazy.  I'd give anything to be 600 miles from where I am now.  These past few months have been a roller coaster of emotions and I'm pained that I can't be there for her.  Talking on the phone just isn't the same as being able to give a hug or fix a cup of Chai tea for my friend. I love and miss her very much.  I pray that all goes well, that the ride will be over soon.

Little of This, Little of That

I don't like the layout.  I'm not in love with the header. I don't know what I'm going to do about it.  Something is missing.  What is it?  I'll probably be working on it today so if you visit and it's all wonky, I apologize in advance.

When I was waking up this morning, Cam was starting her surgery.  You see she lives in the future (Eastern time zone) and I live in the past (Central time zone).  Her day began long before mine did.  I've been worried about her all day.  It's really just a minor surgery, but her luck is the same as my luck.  It tends to run on the "not gonna happen" end of the scale.  My thoughts are with her this morning.

On the brighter side...

The photoblog, Peas, Carrots, & Company, has received it's first photo submission!  We started it on January 1st and are hoping it will take off soon and that we'll start to get photos from all over the world.  If you haven't been there yet, what are you waiting for?  Go check out how you can become a contributor and start sharing today!  I was feeling a bit optimistic so now you can also become a fan on Facebook

I also have my own photography site.  I worked extra hard on getting it set up and it took me two days to get the format the way I liked it.  Of course, that is always subject to change, but as long as it took me to do it the first time I doubt I'll be changing it up anytime soon.  You can find the link at the top of the page.  Just click on -Photography-.

We're having a bit of a heat wave around here.  It's 45 degrees F.  Bummer that it's still overcast and not very fun looking outdoors.  Meanwhile, I'm browsing the internet, listening to Pandora ( I love it!!), while drinking some soy milk and feeling rather good.

And the randomness continues...

See #1-10 here.
See #11-20 here.

21. I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.

22. Answering the same letter three times or more in a row on a Scantron test is absolutely petrifying.

23. Whenever someone says "I'm not book smart, but I'm street smart", all I hear is "I'm not real smart, but I'm imaginary smart".

24. How many times is it appropriate to say "What?" before you just nod and smile because you still didn't hear what they said?

25. I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars teams up to prevent a dick from cutting in at the front. Stay strong, brothers!

26. Every time I have to spell a word over the phone using 'as in' examples, I will undoubtedly draw a blank and sound like a complete idiot. Today I had to spell my boss's last name to an attorney and said "Yes that's G as in...(10 second lapse)..ummm....Goonies"

27. What would happen if I hired two private investigators to follow each other?

28. While driving yesterday I saw a banana peel in the road and instinctively swerved to avoid it...thanks Mario Kart.

29. MapQuest really needs to start their directions on #5. Pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.

30. Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.

To be continued...


Spring break for the kids is all but gone.  Today marks yet another "snow day" in the calendar.  The good news is that we've had a bit of a warm snap and the high is 32 degrees F today.  That's the bummer of living in a mostly rural area, back roads do not get treated for winter weather.

So I sit here, drinking my sugar-less cappuccino because I've forgotten to get any at the store the past two time I've been, snacking on random goodies like blueberry bagels and almonds (but not at the same time) while listening to Pandora.  Yes, I'm bored.  I could be doing my domestic duties like laundry (but it's cold in the basement), dishes (except I'm out of dish detergent), or general cleaning up (but the kids are home and that would be moot).

Boo to boring, wintery, cold, blah, blah, blah days.


1-9-10 007

Ahh... the weekend has arrived.  It doesn’t feel much like a weekend since the kids have been home due to the cancellation of school on Thursday & Friday.  I love having them home, but it’s time for them to go back. 

The better part of the whole country is feeling the effects of the cold weather.  It was snowing again when I looked outside this morning.  We still only have a couple of inches though.  I’d say we are probably lucky to not have a couple of feet.  We have had to supplement our heat pump with a kerosene heater.  Once the temperatures dip below around 30 degrees, our heat pump doesn’t work anymore.

Last night one of the cats discovered this new source of warmth.  I kept seeing her inch closer and closer until finally she had sidled right up to it.  Being a cat, she was ever curious.  She placed her little paws on the grate that surrounds the heater itself and got her face as close to the window as she could.  I got up from the couch as quietly as I could and ran to get the camera.  By the time I got back, she had gotten down, but I was patient. 

About 10 minutes later, she was brave again.


1st Snow Day of 2010

Last night the kids were doing a snow dance in the middle of our living room.  It was a mixture of something Native American with a little cha cha and the conga.  I guess it worked because when we awoke this morning we had about an inch of snow on the ground with more in the forecast. 

By 10AM, Kaia was beside herself with desire to go outside.  I kept denying her.  With the wind chill, it was a mere 20 degrees out there!  So cold even that the dog lasted only 10 minutes.  I’ve never seen him do his business so fast.  He usually has to sniff every tall blade of grass in the yard.  I finally caved at about noon.

I bundled her up with two pair of socks, pajama pants, blue jeans, a short sleeve shirt, a long sleeve shirt, two scarves, gloves, and her favorite fuzzy pink jacket.  Neil wasn’t having any interest at all in going out.  He was too busy battling space pirates on the Wii.

It had started to snow again.  She was actually giggling, she was so excited.  Running through the yard she yelled, “I LOVE THE SNOW!”  She lasted only about 15 minutes before mutterings of hot chocolate were escaping her lips.

Kaia's Sarlacc

Before we heard any horror stories about Magnetix and kids swallowing them, we'd already purchased some for our son.  He's never played with them as often as we thought he would, but instead our daughter has taken up the magnetic building.

She has this tin bucket with Disney Princess' on it.  I can't for the life of me remember where it came from.  She carefully placed all the straight Magnetix in the interior.  I couldn't help but notice the resemblance between her bucket monster and the Sarlacc creature that lives in the Great Pit of Carkoon in the movie, Star Wars: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.  Although, hers is much more colorful.

10 More...

See #1-10 here.

11. Sometimes, I'll watch a movie that I watched when I was younger and suddenly realize I had no idea what the f**k was going on when I first saw it.

12. I think everyone has a movie that they love so much, it actually becomes stressful to watch it with other people. I'll end up wasting 90 minutes shiftily glancing around to confirm that everyone's laughing at the right parts, then making sure I laugh just a little bit harder (and a millisecond earlier) to prove that I'm still the only one who really, really gets it.

13. The other night I hit a new low at an open bar. I had already hopped on highway blackout when, inevitably I had to find a bathroom. Eventually I decided it was probably on the other side of the bar so I tried to walk over there, but ran into a guy coming the other way. We
played that, Both go left, Both go right game to no avail, so I finally put out my hand to guide myself past and that’s is when I realized, yup, that’s a mirror I just tried to walk through. And the guy on the other side is me. Even cats can recognize their own image.

14. How the hell are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?

15. I would rather try to carry 10 plastic grocery bags in each hand than take 2 trips to bring my groceries in.

16. I think part of a best friend's job should be to immediately clear your computer history if you die.

17. The only time I look forward to a red light is when I’m trying to finish a text.

18. A recent study has shown that playing beer pong contributes to the spread of mono and the flu. Yeah, if you suck at it.

19. Was learning cursive really necessary?

20. Lol has gone from meaning, "laugh out loud" to "I have nothing else to say".

To be continued...

To get = Toilet

What's that I hear? Nothing... quietness.  The kids have returned to school and the husband has returned to work.  It's just me and my bad self stalking the house.  So why am I feeling a touch of the anxiety this morning?  I was hoping that after a month and a half of anti-anxiety medication I wouldn't feel this way anymore.  Maybe I should just give it more time.

Since getting my new, easier to text, phone back in December, I've been loving texting.  The phone has a full keyboard and I'm getting better at the speed of my text skills.  I also love to use the predictive text, or T9.  My husband hates it.  Last night I was speaking via text to my mom.  The conversation went something like this...

ME: Hey
ME: I'm dreading getting up in the morning.
Mom: Y?
ME: Because I've got toilet up at 6am!
Mom: That's right everybody going back 2 school and work
Mom: Toilet up at 6am?
ME: Yep, everybody, but me!  Hee hee! :)
ME: Uh... I don't get it... LOL
Mom: That was message i got from u  i didn't understand it either. LOL
ME: LMAO... Damn predictive text..
Mom: Got 2 admit it gives a laugh when u don't catch it
ME: Supposed to have said "to get up at 6am"...

I Wish

I wish that Mother Nature would turn the heat up just a little bit.  Or that mah heeeter would start producing more heat.  Either way, I'm about to freeze!!  These are the days when I wish I'd taken the opportunity to move closer to my family in southern Florida.  Mostly I'm upset that I haven't been able to go take any new photos with the awesomely new camera.  I barely make it to the mailbox without becoming a frozen Christine-cicle.

I am excited by all the new stuff happening though.  The new photography website and a new blog.  Wonderful new things are starting and it's given me a great outlook on the new year.

A Brand New Decade

Happy new year to everyone!  I hope that all is well where ever you may be on this day (or night...depending on when you read this)!  We enjoyed an uneventful evening filled with tortilla chips, dip, and ESPN.  No alcohol for me last evening.  With the medicine I am taking I didn't want to risk any unwanted side effects plus I'm not a big drinker anyway.  Back in my younger days, lots of drinking, but now... not so much.

My son's Christmas gift card to Toys-R-Us has been burning a hole right through his pocket since he got it the beginning of December.  Chris took him to cash it in today when low and behold... they have Zhu Zhu pets.  He phoned me to ask if he should go ahead and get one for our daughter.  DUH! Yes, buy one, buy one!  No accessories though.  They are due to be in next week.

Nothing else of importance to note around here.  It's freezing cold outside and we don't have a single snow flake to show for it.  That bites.  What's worse is the extended forecast.  Do you see that?  Sunday's low is 9 degrees!!  Plane tickets to a more southerly, warmer, sandy location are welcomed.  Just email me for information on where you can send them!

On that note, I'll wish you all a wonderful (and warm) new year ahead!