Let the Countdown Begin!

Well ladies and gentlemen (do I have any male readers? If so, you need to comment more, cause I am not so sure….) the weekend is practically here (3 hours and counting for me) and you all know what that means! Besides getting to sleep in, wearing pajama pants all day, and not getting off the couch unless I feel the need, it is also my birthday weekend. Yeah that’s right. I am claiming the WHOLE weekend.

I think Simeon and I are going out to dinner tonight and possibly a movie if I can convince him to tear himself way from his computer for that long. (He has been really busy with work lately and my job has been to distract him from it as much as possible. We are trying to make a baby, remember?) I want to see Must Love Dogs. I am a total sucker for a romantic comedy and let’s face it, John Cusack is just adorable.

Then tomorrow we can enjoy a relaxing morning (I do not plan to be out of bed until at least 9am, thankyouverymuch) and get ready for a retirement party for one of my old co-workers in the evening. It should be a pretty good party with lots of family and friends to celebrate. Oh and you cannot forget about the food. We totally know how to do the food up right!

Sunday is my actual birthday and we are meeting my boss at the Reserve (his golf course’s country club) for lunch. Then I plan to wind down and completely enjoy a day that is ALL ABOUT ME.

I have already started getting showered with gift, which I can’t say I mind at all (that would be the Leo in me!). My lovely husband gave me my new floors. A few weeks back my mom bought me a silver necklace and a couple pairs of coordinating earrings (she was worried she would miss me on the actual day and wanted to make sure I got my gift, how cute is she?). Oh and I have even indulged myself in a little online gift buying at LL Bean, cause anyone who knows me knows I cannot pass up sweaters!

Well, I plan to fill you all in on what actually happens later. And you never know, there may even be pictures! Until then, have a great weekend everyone! Think of me!

I’m clumsy…and other reasons why you love me

I just went into the bathroom and as I walked into the stall, knocked my shoulder directly into the door frame. Ouch. Then proceeded, moments later, to choke on just air. *Sigh* But at least I didn’t get sprayed this time.

So I have finished all my blog reading for the day. I haven’t done that in a long time. Now I just keep cycling through my fave reads to see if any of you have updated, but you haven’t. Clearly everyone else has a life and I do not. Things are just slow here in the summer time. Which really sucks, because as soon as I leave work I have a million things to do and rarely am able to get through them all.

This is rather evident by my very over-grown yard. Well, that is not entirely true. Husband mows the lawn, but more often than not the task of weeding and anything remotely considered “gardening” falls into my lap. And oh how I loathe gardening. I just don’t get why so many people like it. I mean, first of all, its outside, and its HAWT out there. The sun and I do not get along. Then you go and throw in the getting dirty part. Ewww. I am not a fan of the bugs either. And don’t even get me started on all the spider webs (spiders I could stand, cause they keep all the other bugs in check, but the webs really creep me out). Oh well, maybe its one of those things you grow into. Like enjoying your vegetables. Hmmmm. If thats the case, I may never appreciate it.

On the more exciting and geeky front, (less on the whiney front, sorry about all that) we are spicing up our Wednesday Night dinner this week. Thats right, we are taking the show on the road. We are going to Mississippi Pizza to catch a Harry and the Potters show. How freakin’ cool is that?? They sing songs about the books. They are absolutely dorky and adorable at the same time. You can listen to a few of their songs here. I think Save Ginny Weasley is my personal favorite. Sim and I actually caught ourselves singing it in the car this morning. God, I love that my husband appreciates all my geekiness. Its not quite the caliber of his, and a bring something a little different to the table, but we are quite the pair, are we not?

Clarification

Ok, for those of you who just saw me emerge from the restroom gagging and gasping for breath, rest assure, it was not as a result of anything I did in there. That damn air freshener that is set to randomly emit a toxic floral scent sprayed directly over my head as I was washing my hands. Ewwww. I have a serious love-hate relationship with the spray. It loves me and I hate it. For some reason the damn thing sprays just about every time I go into the bathroom. Which for a normal person, wouldn’t be that bad. But we all know I am not normal and my pea-size bladder requires I make frequent trips to the ladies room. Urgh. So now I smell like the spray, which in the past has been described as “old lady smell” thankyouverymuch.

Ta-Da!

Are you ready for this?? We have pictures of the Finished Product.

Drum roll please…..


So that is the finished living room. How totally Pottery Barn are we? Ok, maybe that is wishful thinking, but I am really excited about it! I love the fact that I no longer have to scrub, in vain, that nasty carpet…at least in my living room/dining room anyway! Yippee!

And there is the dining room. Complete with new area rugs (courtesy of Tuesday Morning, thankyouverymuch). Doesn’t it all just fit now? I know I feel better about it. Now my house is all comfy and cozy, I never want to leave it. Which really makes coming to work on a Monday morning not the most fun thing in the world. Kinda makes the count down to baby time all the more exciting. 😉

There are a few more pictures in the Finished Product gallery. Since the room is so huge and kinda oddly shaped some of them are redundant, but you get the picture. Enjoy!

TGIF

I am so tired this week. My brain does not want to function. I just drained my grande white chocolate mocha and am patiently waiting for that to kick in. It may be awhile. I slept like crap last night. I seriously laid in bed for like an hour listening to Simeon and Ellie alternate snoring when I finally decided to get up and read some blogs. I did that for another hour then went back to bed and tried to fall asleep. What felt like moments later, I was awoken by a lovely thunder and lightening storm at 4 am. (Now normally I am all over lightening storms. Love ’em. But not at 4 am! Come on, now!) So when my alarm went off at 6:30 I told Simeon that he was getting up first and I was gonna try to sleep some more and just get in to work a little late.

And here I am…..Still waiting on that mocha to kick in….

So my agenda for the weekend is to rest up as much as possible. I may even hit the Tylenol PM tonight to knock me out. My shoulders have really been bothering me at night and I think that has a lot to do with the lack of sleep also. Urgh. But Simeon and I are not ready to drop a couple thousand dollars on a new mattress, so I will bite my tongue for now. I was thinking about those mattress toppers, the memory foam ones. For like $70 its like a new mattress, right? Has any one tried them? Or have any advice? I am dying over here people….

Oh and since I am all over the place here and asking for advice. I am also in dire need of an area rug to go under our dining room table. Any one know of a place to get a decent looking one, reasonably priced, that is at least 8×8? I have had a really hard time locating one that is so big. Most of them are 5×7 and then the chair legs will be off of the rug, and that just will not do. I have looked at Linens N Things, Burlington Coat Factory, Target, Fred Meyer, and Mervyn’s. The closest thing I have found is an 8×10 at Tuesday Mornings for $199. But its just a really plain beige rug. I think I want something, if I am gonna be spending lots of money on it, that is glamorous. Makes a statement. Shows my personality. Am I asking too much for a rug??? This afternoon I am going to look at Meier & Frank, Ross, and a few other places. But any recommendations you all have would be great. Fire away!!

(PS I am still waiting for you slackers to finish reading HP6 so I can talk it over some more. Kiki is the only one sustaining me over here! Thanks, sweetie!!)

Wow. I mean, wow.

Whew! So I finally finished Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Well, I actually finished last night but there was no way I was going to be able to blog about it. I was reeling. My head was spinning. (Not to mention the fact that I could hardly focus my eyes from reading for two days straight.)


As you can see, I made it to the Midnight Magic Party. I had such a fabulous time. Sometimes indulging your inner-child is really the key to totally enjoying yourself. But then it’s also good to indulge the grown-up in you and enjoy Happy Hour at T.G.I. Friday’s.


Yep. That is in fact a lightening bolt “scar” on Simeon’s forehead. You know, with his messy spiked hair, glasses, and of course, the scar he really is like my own Harry Potter. Hee hee hee.

Well kiddies, it’s getting late, so I better get to bed. But if you are in the mood for some more fun stuff, there are more pictures in the HP Midnight Magic Party gallery. Oh and I almost forgot!! I have pictures of our Flooring Project as well. ‘Night!!

Thinking…

…Is it possible for my bladder to suddenly shrink? Cause I swear I have gone pee like six times this morning. Since I have been at work. And I have only drank one of my Dasani 1 liter bottles. What am I going to do if I ever actually get pregnant? Will I have to resort to working from the bathroom?

…watching Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban on the BIG SCREEN last night was amazing. It was a little hard to adjust to at first, but before long I was totally enthralled in the story. And I actually picked up on some details I didn’t notice the first five or six times I watched the movie.

my Husband, being the dreamboat that he is, walked over to the Barnes and Noble we are going to for the Harry Potter Midnight Magic party and reserved copies of HPATHBP for me and all of my friends who are accompanying me. I realize he already deserves the Husband of the Year award for listening to me go on and on about all things Harry Potter. Good thing some of my friends are equally obsessed, or he would never get a break!

…I am going to the library today to get some more books on tape to listen to while Simeon and I commute back and forth to work. I have been trying to introduce him to all the books I loved over the years. We have listened to some classics (My Side of the Mountain, Bridge to Terabithia, Tuck Everlasting) some silly ones (Mrs. Piggle Wiggle, James & the Giant Peach) and we are on the waiting list for some others (The Chronicles of Narnia, Little House on the Prairie, Where the Red Fern Grows). Are there some I am missing? He hardly read anything growing up, and I spent the majority of my youth with my nose in a book. What are some of your favorites that you read while growing up?? (Keep in mind, we are trying to read light, easy books that are easy to keep getting interrupted since that happens so often in the car, as well as be easy to just jump back into without a lot of refreshing your memory.)

OHMIGOSH!!

So I just had my FIRST EVER email conversation with my Dad. Like I sent him an email asking him a question, he emailed me back with the answer. Then I emailed him to confirm I got it. Prior to today, he would call me with the answer. Totally defeating the purpose of email.

Who said you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?!?! Yea me!!

Random Thoughts

My brain is overwhelmed today with all sorts of different things to blog about, and since I am feeling very A.D.D. today, I am just gonna do them all, rather than pick one and go with it. Brace yourself for all the randomness as it flows from my brain:

I am totally ready for the latest Harry Potter book to be released. In fact, I have a whole series of HP events this week to help pass the time. This evening a group of us (yes, all adults) are going to watch Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban at the Omnimax Theater. Then on Friday we are attending the Midnight Magic Party at Barnes and Noble. (You can find a HP Party near you by country, state, city, etc. here. Very, VERY cool.) Then I plan to go home and spend the remainder of the weekend reading Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

Today I have a lunch date with Dodo, Heather and of course, Miss Lindsay. Ahhh, I love being one of the Ladies Who Lunch. It definitely helps pass the time.

I have been really busy lately and I haven’t had the opportunity to clean my house this week. Or do laundry. Or even cook a meal. In fact, I can’t remember the last time I went to the grocery store. My husband is going to leave me for sure. That is if I can find him behind all the take-out boxes and piles of dirty laundry….

My birthday is getting closer and closer (17 days and counting, Erin!!). For my present this year Simeon (with the help of his father and brother) are tearing up the carpet, linoleum, and old wood flooring on the main level of our house, to be replaced with a lovely laminate flooring. I am simultaneously excited and terrified. I love the idea of the wood flooring, what with animals and potential children being the mess-makers that they are (oh and husbands too I guess), but the process of installing the flooring is giving me mini anxiety attacks. I mean, we have to find a place to put all the stuff while we remove the current flooring. That includes my living room, dining room, and kitchen. There will be couches, tables and a refrigerator wandering around my house!! I don’t even know how to prepare for this. Any one who has been through this before, feel free to toss any tips into the comments.

My shoulders and knees are killing me lately. And there is only so much Advil a girl can take (well, my doctor assures me that I am well WELL within the safe limits and the probability of the bleeding ulcers is really minimal at my age. Grrrrrreat). The really sick thing is, a combination of doctors and a multitude of test have only proven that I am a very healthy woman. Perfect bones, excellent joints, superb mobility. Which to me means that there is nothing they can do to help me out. Nothing. One would think its just part of getting older and whatnot, but hello!! I am only 24. Ok, practically 25. This is just a tad young to feel this much pain. It’s not like I’m 80. Or even 40. I’m freakin’ 24 and it sometimes takes me as long to get out of bed, or up from my chair, as my 75 year old Grandma. Urgh. Pure frustration. Oh and the advice I get from my doctor? “Don’t do things that make it worse and take Advil when it hurts.” Really? Ya think?! So, then do you think that when I don’t want to get out of bed tomorrow, I can say its because my doctor told me not to?? Yeah, me neither.*Sigh*

It seems that everyone needs to have their own “Cheers.” You know, a place where you walk in and “everybody knows your name.” For Simeon, it’s the Starbucks by his office. He can pretty much be found over there at 10am and 3pm DAILY. He takes his breaks and walks over their. It gets him out of his office and clears his head. So they all know him. We walk in and they holler to him and know his drinks (there are a couple he rotates between) by heart. Its much more comforting and less creepy than it sounds. Well, I have found my own place like that. Noah’s Bagels. In fact I walked in yesterday to “Hey Carrie!” and “Feeling like a mocha or just coffee today?” (I opted for the coffee. Their Chelsea blend is to die for!) Then as I proceeded to check out, my two favorite gals had an adorable conversation about which one of them was my friend first and who knows me better. What an excellent start to the day. You gotta love it when people are fighting over who likes you more, right?

Ok. I think I am done. But no guarantees, ok? 😉

The Last Pill

I have gone over and over this entry in my mind for a long time. Part of me didn’t know if I should write it here, as it may jinx me, but the other part of me demanded that this is MY site, documenting MY life and the things that are happening to ME. Well, that part of me won the debate. Besides, who am I to believe in jinxes anyway?

So Thursday night I took my last birth control pill. Yep, I am no longer on birth control. Well, technically I had two pills left, but we went away for the weekend and I left them at home (on purpose??) and thought that after three days of not having the pills, there was really no point in taking the last couple. So I am pill free.

I must admit its pretty scary. I have been on some form of contraceptive for the last ten years. TEN YEARS. And now, nothing. Nadda. I don’t even know if my body is going to know what to do with all that hormonal freedom!!

What I do know is that Simeon and I are ready. We are where we want to be and we want to start our family together. Over the past few years I have been watching Simeon and he rocks a friends baby to sleep or plays a game with our nephews, and I can see it in his eyes that he wants it too. He is going to be the best daddy there is and I cannot wait to create something that is completely and totally ours, a blending of us.

For those of you who know me, or have been reading my site for some time, you know that I am a planner and a scheduler. Well for me, 25 was the lucky number that I felt was perfect for having a baby. It’s still young enough that I am not going to be retiring when my kids are in high school and I will still have enough energy to chase them around. But still allowed me to feel like I have been out contributing to society for awhile and had a few years to really enjoy my husband. Simeon and I have been together for 8 years now, and married for almost 3 of those. There isn’t really anything I think I would be denying myself to start my family now. I have wanted to be a mommy my whole life and I am ready to take that step.

So its out of my hands now. I am no longer “preventing” anything. Like a friend said over the weekend, “we are done practicing.” Wish me luck!