Jul 29, 2006

Back and better than ever

I am back, my old laptop is dead, well, not dead, but too expensive to fix. Can you believe the screen is just as expensive to replace as a new laptop?? So, I have a new baby, a Toshiba Satellite A105-S4094. Its a nice machine. Skip to the next paragraph if computer talk bores you.

  • Intel® Centrino® Duo mobile technology with interrelated Intel® Core Duo processor T2250, Intel® 945GM Express chipset, Intel® PRO/Wireless 3945ABG network connection (802.11a/b/g) and extended battery life capability
  • 1.5GB PC4200 DDR2 SDRAM for multitasking power, expandable to 4GB; 533MHz frontside bus, 2MB L2 cache and 1.73GHz processor speed
  • Multiformat DVD±RW/CD-RW drive with double-layer support records up to 8.5GB of data or 4 hours of video using compatible DVD+R DL and DVD-R DL media; also supports DVD-RAM

This nifty cord ROCKS! It's 10x faster than transfering files over the network from the old computer to the new one, its been a lifesaver because I have SO many music and photo files on my hard drive.

***

Ok, ok, I am done now I swear! Last night was my 9th anniversary, NINTH, amazing. As Bobby says, "our marriage is a 4th grader".

Bobby and I met when we were 17 and 19. We had a mutual friend that I was calling on the phone and I got Bobby instead. We talked for about 20 minutes like we had been friends for years. Months later I was sitting with the same mutual friend having coffand and Bobby was sitting two tables away from us with his girlfriend on his lap, she was very pretty, she had done some modeling in the past. I tell my friend Dan that I was going to marry that man, and Dan laughed at me and said I had NO chance. Fast forward a few more months. I had moved out of my parents house, and a friend of mine invited me to a friends' house for a little get together. Bobby was there (it was his place w/ roommates). We were hanging out and he pulled me onto his lap and kissed me. After that moment we were together nearly every moment. We stayed up almost all night talking and when it was time for me to go home, he asked me to stay. He asked me to never leave him again. And I didn't! We were married 11 months later on July 28th, 1997. It was a small intimate wedding, perfect for me as I NEVER wanted the huge white church wedding. So, for a couple young punk kids, we seemed to have had a few things figured out. :)

***

Cleaning. Not a difficult word, but Bobby and I seem to not agree with what it means. I give him credit, he did pick up... but cleaning did not happen while I was gone, except maybe in the final hours before I got home. It's kind of funny, parents mark the bottles of alcohol and if the level is below the line thdisappointedpointed. Well, in this case, had I marked the bottles of cleaning solutions before I left, I would havdisappointedpointed because the level of cleaner would be right where it was when I left. He did do a little laundry the day I got home, he did vacuum, he did do the dishes and make the bed, the pets were well taken care of. But that is about it. The word 'cleaning' is in both of our vocabularies, BUT we obviously use different dictionary becaudefinitionsnitions are TOTALLY different. Just so you know, I am NO M@rtha Stew@rt by all means. But white tile should be some shade of white, and carpet should not have more fur than my pets.

Back and better than ever

I am back, my old laptop is dead, well, not dead, but too expensive to fix. Can you believe the screen is just as expensive to replace as a new laptop?? So, I have a new baby, a Toshiba Satellite A105-S4094. Its a nice machine. Skip to the next paragraph if computer talk bores you.

  • Intel® Centrino® Duo mobile technology with interrelated Intel® Core Duo processor T2250, Intel® 945GM Express chipset, Intel® PRO/Wireless 3945ABG network connection (802.11a/b/g) and extended battery life capability
  • 1.5GB PC4200 DDR2 SDRAM for multitasking power, expandable to 4GB; 533MHz frontside bus, 2MB L2 cache and 1.73GHz processor speed
  • Multiformat DVD±RW/CD-RW drive with double-layer support records up to 8.5GB of data or 4 hours of video using compatible DVD+R DL and DVD-R DL media; also supports DVD-RAM

This nifty cord ROCKS! It's 10x faster than transfering files over the network from the old computer to the new one, its been a lifesaver because I have SO many music and photo files on my hard drive.

***

Ok, ok, I am done now I swear! Last night was my 9th anniversary, NINTH, amazing. As Bobby says, "our marriage is a 4th grader".

Bobby and I met when we were 17 and 19. We had a mutual friend that I was calling on the phone and I got Bobby instead. We talked for about 20 minutes like we had been friends for years. Months later I was sitting with the same mutual friend having coffand and Bobby was sitting two tables away from us with his girlfriend on his lap, she was very pretty, she had done some modeling in the past. I tell my friend Dan that I was going to marry that man, and Dan laughed at me and said I had NO chance. Fast forward a few more months. I had moved out of my parents house, and a friend of mine invited me to a friends' house for a little get together. Bobby was there (it was his place w/ roommates). We were hanging out and he pulled me onto his lap and kissed me. After that moment we were together nearly every moment. We stayed up almost all night talking and when it was time for me to go home, he asked me to stay. He asked me to never leave him again. And I didn't! We were married 11 months later on July 28th, 1997. It was a small intimate wedding, perfect for me as I NEVER wanted the huge white church wedding. So, for a couple young punk kids, we seemed to have had a few things figured out. :)

***

Cleaning. Not a difficult word, but Bobby and I seem to not agree with what it means. I give him credit, he did pick up... but cleaning did not happen while I was gone, except maybe in the final hours before I got home. It's kind of funny, parents mark the bottles of alcohol and if the level is below the line thdisappointedpointed. Well, in this case, had I marked the bottles of cleaning solutions before I left, I would havdisappointedpointed because the level of cleaner would be right where it was when I left. He did do a little laundry the day I got home, he did vacuum, he did do the dishes and make the bed, the pets were well taken care of. But that is about it. The word 'cleaning' is in both of our vocabularies, BUT we obviously use different dictionary becaudefinitionsnitions are TOTALLY different. Just so you know, I am NO M@rtha Stew@rt by all means. But white tile should be some shade of white, and carpet should not have more fur than my pets.

Jul 27, 2006

STRESSED!

My first day back in town, and what am I doing?? going through 4 years of digital pictures, chosing my favorites, organizing by month, and then moving across the network to Bobby's computer. WHY? Because my laptop got broken on the airplane!! My LCD screen is busted (spiderweb cracked) and for some reason my burner will not burn my pictures. I am making a music CD right now to see if it the CD/RW that is busted, or if its just some strange thing with my pictures.... and it failed, so I think my burner is bad too. Great.

So, for the last 6 hours I have been cussing out my computer, Bobby's computer, you name it.

Anyways, my visit with family was nice, but traveling ALONE with three young boys is NOT going to happen again ANY time soon. Next time I fly, it will NOT be with him on my lap. He does the high pitch screeching/squeeling/raptor yell that can make the ears of the entire plane bleed. I thought for sure we would be asked to leave. No comments the last two flights about how well my baby flew like the first four flights.

Bobby will be leaving for Texas on August 6th-September 1st, I am not looking forward to being alone again, but with SO much to do around here, I am sure I will be too busy to notice. I have to

Go school shopping for Austin & Christopher
Stress over the adoption
Undo all the "cleaning" DH did while I was gone, aka re-clean
Get my laptop fixed *See Above Post
Get groceries in the house again
Get much needed new clothes for me
Stress some more over the adoption
Maybe do some painting (my basement, my garage door)
Maybe I will take some time and get a pedicure

Anyways, its 7:30 and my family is all STARVING, and as soon as the children are dressed I am leaving to get dinner and take the computer to the repair shop.

STRESSED!

My first day back in town, and what am I doing?? going through 4 years of digital pictures, chosing my favorites, organizing by month, and then moving across the network to Bobby's computer. WHY? Because my laptop got broken on the airplane!! My LCD screen is busted (spiderweb cracked) and for some reason my burner will not burn my pictures. I am making a music CD right now to see if it the CD/RW that is busted, or if its just some strange thing with my pictures.... and it failed, so I think my burner is bad too. Great.

So, for the last 6 hours I have been cussing out my computer, Bobby's computer, you name it.

Anyways, my visit with family was nice, but traveling ALONE with three young boys is NOT going to happen again ANY time soon. Next time I fly, it will NOT be with him on my lap. He does the high pitch screeching/squeeling/raptor yell that can make the ears of the entire plane bleed. I thought for sure we would be asked to leave. No comments the last two flights about how well my baby flew like the first four flights.

Bobby will be leaving for Texas on August 6th-September 1st, I am not looking forward to being alone again, but with SO much to do around here, I am sure I will be too busy to notice. I have to

Go school shopping for Austin & Christopher
Stress over the adoption
Undo all the "cleaning" DH did while I was gone, aka re-clean
Get my laptop fixed *See Above Post
Get groceries in the house again
Get much needed new clothes for me
Stress some more over the adoption
Maybe do some painting (my basement, my garage door)
Maybe I will take some time and get a pedicure

Anyways, its 7:30 and my family is all STARVING, and as soon as the children are dressed I am leaving to get dinner and take the computer to the repair shop.

Jul 22, 2006

A night on the town

Had a great time last night, went and had some drinks with a couple friends I had not seen in 10+ years, and one of my best friend's of 13+ years whom I had not seen in a year. It was so nice to be back in the company of old friends, some things felt like they never changed. I am hoping I can line up a meeting with another of my best friend's today who I have known for 26 years, yes, were were 1 when we met. :)

A little over 96 hours until I fly home, it will be bittersweet. I LOVE visiting family and friends and this time has just gone by so fast, but I miss Bobby, and the animals, and my house and my bed. I am anxious to start working on the new chapter of our lives with Austin's adoption, and Bobby's new job, and school starting back in less than a month, I just feel I have SO much to do that I cannot acomplish here.

A night on the town

Had a great time last night, went and had some drinks with a couple friends I had not seen in 10+ years, and one of my best friend's of 13+ years whom I had not seen in a year. It was so nice to be back in the company of old friends, some things felt like they never changed. I am hoping I can line up a meeting with another of my best friend's today who I have known for 26 years, yes, were were 1 when we met. :)

A little over 96 hours until I fly home, it will be bittersweet. I LOVE visiting family and friends and this time has just gone by so fast, but I miss Bobby, and the animals, and my house and my bed. I am anxious to start working on the new chapter of our lives with Austin's adoption, and Bobby's new job, and school starting back in less than a month, I just feel I have SO much to do that I cannot acomplish here.

Jul 17, 2006

Airplanes hate me (my ultra-long mega update post)

Ok, ok, you are going to have to beat me with a wet noodle for not updating in such a long time, but I have been SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO busy, and I actually mean that when I say it. Since I want this to be user friendly, I am going to be updating by dates and by specific events.

Austin's Adoption: 1 of my 3 background checks are back and turned into the attorney, still waiting from my checks from the CBI & FBI. The attorney also sent bio mom a paper to sign giving her initial consent, once those are back the attorney will file the papers with the courts and we await the hearing date!

Bobby's new job: He starts a week from today, and he is so excited. He was issued a cell phone and a laptop and given his own office (classroom). I really hope this job meets all his expectations and does not interfere with his college schedule.

My niece’s adoption: It's going to be complicated and ugly. I got to meet her and she is so cute and sweet. A very good baby and fits so well into my sister's family. Please keep her in your prayers that she gets to stay; we would all be devastated if my sister lost her.

The meat & potatoes:

I am in Spokane WA visiting family for three weeks. We have spent every weekend either with my dad's family or my mom's. I also got to get together with a woman from one of my online groups and meet her in real life and let our two little toddlers terrorize each other, and play together.

I left Colorado on July 5th in the late afternoon and had a short little trip from Colorado to SLC Utah without any complications other than normal nausea issues I seem to be having a lot of lately (no, I am not pregnant). Matthew did VERY well, it was his first flight and other than sticking out his lower lip a couple times fell right to sleep and slept in my arms until landing. Plane ride one: Great!

In Utah we rushed from one end of the airport to the next thinking as soon as we got there we would be boarding to find they were running behind. No biggie, they started calling us to board so I got in line and waited and waited and waited. Not fun while holding a 30 lb carry on bag and a wiggly 20 lb toddler while trying to corral a bored 8 and 10 yr old. Finally there was an announcement that there was a mechanical failure with the plane and we may be delayed a few minutes. Finally about an hour and 20 minutes late we were on our way... Our layover was over two hours and we were starving, but did not know when we would be boarding so we did not want to make our way to the food court. Plane ride two: Delayed.

After a full day in Spokane, we packed the 6 (my 3 sons in the back seat, my dad & mom and I in the front) of us up in my dad's truck and drug the camper 6 hours to Montana for a visit with my sister and her family, my dad's parents and my Aunt & Uncle whom I have not seen for at least 3 years.

Then Matthew and I flew to Seattle to meet Terri & Zane (and drove down to Olympia). We had so much fun and I think overall the babies enjoyed each other. Hopefully Matthew's screeching does not rub off on Zane, who is a very laid back boy. Zane's talking & signing has seemed to rub off on Matthew a little bit, who has a bit more to say than just "daddy" the past few days.

Monday, July 10, 2006
A visit to Olympia




So, on the flight TO SeaTac, they lost my main suitcase, the one with our clothes & Matthew's diapers. Plane ride three: Lost luggage.

And on the flight home we had a freakish storm over the airport that closed the airport, and we were told we would circle the airport for up to 40 minutes and possibly return to Seattle. Luckily we were able to land about 15 minutes later after two planes before us landed safely. My mom said it was quite the storm with downpours so fast it flooded the freeway and she hydroplaned a few times on the drive to get us. Plane ride four: Delayed landing.

Bobby said he will NEVER fly with me again....LOL Please send good plane mojo for me on the 26th when I return home and take plane ride #5 & 6.

This weekend my mom, the kids & I went camping in Idaho for the sister reunion. It was supposed to be an annual occurrence, but since the loss of one of their sister's to cancer almost 4 years ago they have not had them. About 40 people turned out total... I saw cousins I had not seen in 5+ years, I met their kids for the fist time (or second). Some of them who I saw as babies were now teenagers, it was neat.

Anywhoo, my hubby REALLY misses me and does not want me to leave him home alone (with the animals) again, he feels lost without me and the pets miss us and keep pestering him for attention. I think this will be the last of my solo vacation days... :)

Airplanes hate me (my ultra-long mega update post)

Ok, ok, you are going to have to beat me with a wet noodle for not updating in such a long time, but I have been SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO busy, and I actually mean that when I say it. Since I want this to be user friendly, I am going to be updating by dates and by specific events.

Austin's Adoption: 1 of my 3 background checks are back and turned into the attorney, still waiting from my checks from the CBI & FBI. The attorney also sent bio mom a paper to sign giving her initial consent, once those are back the attorney will file the papers with the courts and we await the hearing date!

Bobby's new job: He starts a week from today, and he is so excited. He was issued a cell phone and a laptop and given his own office (classroom). I really hope this job meets all his expectations and does not interfere with his college schedule.

My niece’s adoption: It's going to be complicated and ugly. I got to meet her and she is so cute and sweet. A very good baby and fits so well into my sister's family. Please keep her in your prayers that she gets to stay; we would all be devastated if my sister lost her.

The meat & potatoes:

I am in Spokane WA visiting family for three weeks. We have spent every weekend either with my dad's family or my mom's. I also got to get together with a woman from one of my online groups and meet her in real life and let our two little toddlers terrorize each other, and play together.

I left Colorado on July 5th in the late afternoon and had a short little trip from Colorado to SLC Utah without any complications other than normal nausea issues I seem to be having a lot of lately (no, I am not pregnant). Matthew did VERY well, it was his first flight and other than sticking out his lower lip a couple times fell right to sleep and slept in my arms until landing. Plane ride one: Great!

In Utah we rushed from one end of the airport to the next thinking as soon as we got there we would be boarding to find they were running behind. No biggie, they started calling us to board so I got in line and waited and waited and waited. Not fun while holding a 30 lb carry on bag and a wiggly 20 lb toddler while trying to corral a bored 8 and 10 yr old. Finally there was an announcement that there was a mechanical failure with the plane and we may be delayed a few minutes. Finally about an hour and 20 minutes late we were on our way... Our layover was over two hours and we were starving, but did not know when we would be boarding so we did not want to make our way to the food court. Plane ride two: Delayed.

After a full day in Spokane, we packed the 6 (my 3 sons in the back seat, my dad & mom and I in the front) of us up in my dad's truck and drug the camper 6 hours to Montana for a visit with my sister and her family, my dad's parents and my Aunt & Uncle whom I have not seen for at least 3 years.

Then Matthew and I flew to Seattle to meet Terri & Zane (and drove down to Olympia). We had so much fun and I think overall the babies enjoyed each other. Hopefully Matthew's screeching does not rub off on Zane, who is a very laid back boy. Zane's talking & signing has seemed to rub off on Matthew a little bit, who has a bit more to say than just "daddy" the past few days.

Monday, July 10, 2006
A visit to Olympia




So, on the flight TO SeaTac, they lost my main suitcase, the one with our clothes & Matthew's diapers. Plane ride three: Lost luggage.

And on the flight home we had a freakish storm over the airport that closed the airport, and we were told we would circle the airport for up to 40 minutes and possibly return to Seattle. Luckily we were able to land about 15 minutes later after two planes before us landed safely. My mom said it was quite the storm with downpours so fast it flooded the freeway and she hydroplaned a few times on the drive to get us. Plane ride four: Delayed landing.

Bobby said he will NEVER fly with me again....LOL Please send good plane mojo for me on the 26th when I return home and take plane ride #5 & 6.

This weekend my mom, the kids & I went camping in Idaho for the sister reunion. It was supposed to be an annual occurrence, but since the loss of one of their sister's to cancer almost 4 years ago they have not had them. About 40 people turned out total... I saw cousins I had not seen in 5+ years, I met their kids for the fist time (or second). Some of them who I saw as babies were now teenagers, it was neat.

Anywhoo, my hubby REALLY misses me and does not want me to leave him home alone (with the animals) again, he feels lost without me and the pets miss us and keep pestering him for attention. I think this will be the last of my solo vacation days... :)