Saturday, April 30, 2011

Why My Friends Are Amazing

Last night, I came home from work expecting to eat takeout Chinese and go to bed early. Instead, a few minutes after I got home, there was a knock on the door. I opened to two of my good friends who had come to surprise me with pizza, wine, chocolate, movies, and gift basket. They were worried about me being lonely since Manny left  this week. :) It was the best surprise!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Wordless Wednesday



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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Adult Bullies Suck



Yesterday afternoon  I was happily plowing through some work when I saw a tweet a friend of mine had posted about overhearing some colleagues at work making fun of her. My first reaction...how rude?! Then when I heard the entire story it pissed me off even more! So I'm sharing it just because, well, I want to.

So this friend works as a librarian. And yesterday one of her...clients...asked a rather technical question regarding cataloging and why it should be done a certain way. So, being the well-educated librarian she is (Roll Tide!), she gave him a technical answer as to why the cataloguing is done a certain way and how is it dictated to be that way by certain library standards. Apparently this did not satisfy the client/colleague. She then heard him making fun of her in the hallway (really, are we in high school?).

First, I have a problem with bullies. I work at a high school and it drives me nuts to see kids be downright nasty to each other for no good reason. And when possible, I diffuse the situation and let the bully know what he/she did was unacceptable.

Second, bullies that make it all the way to adulthood being allowed to act that way really cook my grits. I don't understand the point. It's mean, rude, and karma is going to bite you in the ass!

Maybe this is just a rant. Maybe I just don't understand because I'm not a soul-less bitch. I'm all for some good-natured teasing (and, mind you, when the person is present, not behind their back!), but gossiping in the halls about a colleague because she gave a technical answer to a technical question just makes you look like an idiot. And an asshole.

Ok, I'm off my soapbox now.

Have a nice day...and be nice! :)

Monday, April 25, 2011

Weekly Money Check-Up





Every week, MPP over at My Pretty Pennies hosts a financial fill-in post. If you're new, click on over to check it out.


1. The most I've spent this last week was on gas! It's been a pretty spending week for me but it still irks me that it takes so much money to fill up my teeny tiny Corolla.

2. Today I am thankful for my friends.


3. Money can't buy happiness. One free/inexpensive thing I did last week that made me happy was have a nice lazy Easter Sunday with Manny and the dog.


4. I will consider this week a success if I get through.


5. My favorite TV show growing up was Animaniacs. I used to watch it almost every Saturday with my Dad.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

The $&%*@(#*%&# Water Heater!!!!!!!

I wanted to use the real word(s), and have, on many occasions in the last week two weeks, but I'm trying to be more refined and shit. As you may have guessed, we've had some water heater issues in the last couple weeks. Let's just start from the beginning shall we....

You should know we live in a townhouse that is part of a large apartment complex. Maintenance issues are not my problem and with the amount of rent we pay, I expect this crap to fixed quick, fast, and in a hurry.


Wednesday, April 6: I'm standing in my kitchen when I hear a mysterious whooshing noise coming from my utility closet/pantry (don't judge, it's the only damn storage space we have). I open the door to find water geysering out of the water pipe that brings water into the hot water heater! The water is shooting into the wall and creating a hell of a mess. We call the emergency maintenance line, and they come out and tell us that while they can stop the geyser, the can't fix it for real because they don't have the right parts today. No big, we'll see them first thing tomorrow morning.

Thursday, April 7: The guys don't show up until after 10:30am. Not my idea of "first thing" but whatever. They fix the pipe and tell us that they can't re-light the pilot light because some part of the water heater (I have no idea what part) got wet during the geyser and it needs to dry out. They promise to come back that afternoon after they're sure it's had time to properly dry out......
They come back around 4:30, and amazingly, they still can't get the pilot light to stay lit for more than about 30 seconds. They tell us that they could take it outside and dump it upside down to fix the problem, but they don't feel like doing that so they're just going to come back in the morning. At this point I wanted to ask if he was going home to take a hot shower, or was he just going to wait until tomorrow? But, I kept my sassy mouth shut.

Friday, April 8: Manny and I leave to go out of town to a friend's wedding. The maintenance guys are supposed to be coming back to light the pilot light once and for all! Our roommate was home all weekend so we assumed he handled it.

Monday, April 11: We don't return to Ohio until after midnight, and don't make it back to the house until almost 2am. (You can read about that little adventure here.) We stumble upon our roommate (who is, post-separating from the Air Force, living out his missed-out-on college guy days of staying up until 4am and sleeping until well past noon) who tells us that yes, the guys came out Friday. Yes, they lit the pilot light. Yes, it went out again. No, he did not call them back...but don't worry, I can light it myself every time it goes out. Um, what about the gas leaking into the house every time the %&#*@&$ thing goes out again!!! So, we sleep in our plane funk, and vow to take cold showers in the morning.

Tuesday, April 12: One of the boys lights the pilot light long enough for me (and them possibly) to take a super fast, warmish shower.

Wednesday, April 13: Continue with the self-lighting of the pilot light. Not safe, but it was a busy week at work so as long as I got a lukewarm shower I didn't really care.

Thursday, April 14: I think I finally asked why we hadn't called the maintenance guys back. I guess Manny and my roommate figured that eventually, the thing would fully dry out and we wouldn't need to keep lighting it all the time. Sure, whatever.

Friday, April 15: Didn't shower. I was tired of lukewarm showers and hadn't washed my hair in a few days. (For all of you who think I'm gross, I have really dry hair and can legitimately go 3-4 days in cool weather without fear of grease ball status.) I start getting demanding about someone calling the maintenance guys. They call, but, surprise, they don't show.

Saturday, April 16:
10:00am:We're running around like crazy people trying to get the house ready for a BBQ we're throwing. Sometime during the morning I ask Manny to light the pilot light so I can take a shower later...I really need one. Guess what, the damn thing has finally busted, we can't light the pilot light!!! We call the emergency maintenance line and they promise to make it out "this afternoon." Look here, asshole, I have 20 people coming to my house, I will not look like a hobo!!! 
4:00pm:It finally gets so late that I resign myself to taking a cold shower. Mind you, my hair really needed to be washed as well. And guess what, ladies, it was so cold that I was actually in pain but I did it! The things a girl will do to look good for a party....
6:30pm:Oh yeah, the guy finally comes out, around 6:30 (there's already about 10 people in my house). He lights the pilot light, grumbles about why it was out (truthfully, I wasn't listening) and leaves.
8:30pm: I'm standing somewhere in the general vicinity of the kitchen when I hear the terrifying sound of rushing water...again. I run to the utility closet where water is gushing out of the release valve. (Apparently when the water heats up and, duh, expands, there is a built in safety mechanism to release the overflow so the tank doesn't explode.) I guess since we had a whole tank full of cold water, and it was now heating quickly...yeah, you do the math. So I'm sending party guests all over the house to turn on hot water in bathrooms and showers to try and drain the tank. We also shut off the gas because the pilot light had gone out again due to the flood and we didn't want gas leaking into the house. We call emergency maintenance....again.
9:45pm: Maintenance guy arrives to a house full of almost-drunk party guests. He makes his way through the fray and then tells me that the pilot light isn't lit because the gas is off. I explain to him, as calmly as I could, that we shut it off after the light went out so that gas wouldn't leak into the house, then ignite and incinerate my party guests. He tells me indignantly that I should never touch that valve. I tell him, in no uncertain terms, that I was not comfortable with gas leaking into my house and if the light goes out again, I'm going to shut the gas off again. He lights the light and leaves. 15 minutes later, the $%#@&(*#$( light goes out again.

Sunday, April 17: Manny gets it lit long enough for me to grab a quick shower.

Monday, April 18: I am now pissed off and downright indignant about this entire affair. I want hot water. I am thankful for my clean, running water and everything, but the point is that I live in the middle of freakin' Ohio, hot water isn't exactly an unreal expectation. I demand that Manny get on the phone with the apartment complex or I'm going to call and whoever I speak to is going to give me new hot water heater. He placates me by telling me he'll call. We're told that a plumber is coming out "first thing" Tuesday morning. yay. You must pardon my lack of enthusiasm, it's been drowned out by a cold shower.

Tuesday, April 19:
8:00am: No plumber.
12noon: No plumber.
2:00pm: I have to head to work and call Manny and tell him that I have not seen hide nor hair of a plumber and that I'm going to call and give them a piece of my mind because 2pm is not my idea of first thing in the morning! I am politely reminded not to call and "run my mouth" because I'm not technically on the lease yet. Grrrrr.
4:30pm: I call Manny from work and demand to know if they've been there yet. They have not. He calls the apartment main office and inquires where the hell our plumber is. We are told that he "got stuck" on the job before us and will be out "first thing tomorrow morning." Yeah, sure he will.

Wednesday, April 20: The plumber finally shows up sometime in the afternoon (seriously, the next time these people say "first thing in the morning" I'm going to ask when the $&%# they wake up because to me, first thing in the morning is 8am, 9am at the latest) and finally fixes, for real this time, the #(&$%* @#$(*)& water heater.

For anyone who's counting, this bullshit went on for two weeks.

That's all. I'm exhausted. I'm going to go take a hot shower now.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Flowers everywhere!

We planted a garden! I already mentioned this briefly, but now I'm back to give you some more in depth coverage! :) Truth be told, I've never been a garden person. When I was younger, the thought of going to Home Depot and picking out flowers, let alone coming home and having to plant and water them, was the stuff of torture. But now that I have a (tiny) garden all my own, I just can't wait to get home and check on my flowers. It's a little sad, but I do get that excited about it. I've also become slightly obsessed with taking pictures of my garden...



I promise I have more than just pink flowers in my garden. ;) I've also been taking lots of pictures of these really pretty trees around our apartment...




I honestly don't even know what kind of trees they are but I love them!! Spring in Ohio, while it is a little chilly still, really is beautiful. Everything is turning from brown to green!!

If we can get back to gardening for a minute, I do have a small problem...my Snapdragons are droopy. :( They seem to still be alive (some of them at least) but they will not stand up on their own. Any suggestions?

Check back tomorrow for my first Wordless Wednesday post in.....a really long time. ;)

Monday, April 18, 2011

Weekly Money Check-Up

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Every week, MPP over at My Pretty Pennies hosts a financial fill-in post. If you're new, click on over to check it out.


1. The most I've spent this last week was on supplies for a BBQ we threw.


2. Today I am thankful for running water. We've been battling with our hot water heater for the last week or so and while I do complain about not having hot water, I am reminded that just having clean, running water is something to be thankful for.


3. Money can't buy happiness. One free/inexpensive thing I did last week that made me happy was hang out at home all day Sunday with Manny and the dog. :)


4. I will consider this week a success if I keep my emotions in check.


5. This Easter I am possibly going to church.



Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Oh! The insanity!

This past weekend Manny and I headed South for a wedding and some family time. We had a really good time (especially since it was so warm!) and I, for one, didn't really want to come back to breezy, cold Ohio. ;) As those of you who know me might expect, several calamitous things did, in fact, happen during our trip.

1. I spent the entire weekend searching for my foundation that I was sure I had used Friday night and had misplaced somewhere at my parents' house. After tearing apart the suitcase, bathroom, and bedroom we were staying in I was completely perplexed as to where it went. I resigned myself to just buy new foundation when we got home. Except that Monday night when we got home there was my foundation staring me in the face. Apparently I hadn't used it Friday night, it was at home the whole time. I'm just insane.

2. I got a hangover from only 5 beers. (Sorry, parents, this is probably TMI.) Back in the day (again, sorry for the TMI parents), 5 beers would have been nothing. But Sunday morning I thought my head was going to fall off and I almost threw up my Iced Lemon Poundcake from Starbucks. That would have been a tragedy.

3. I busted the clasp on my bridesmaid's dress dancing at the reception.

4. Our flight got delayed by almost an hour in Atlanta (somehow it still landed close to on time in Ohio, someone please explain that to me). The flight was delayed because of weather but I guess we decided to try and get up and out of it before it hit. I felt like a was on I roller coaster. Not cool.

5. Once we got to our friends' house (where my car and our dog was), my damn car wouldn't start. And then, while trying to get it to start, the car alarm went off incessantly...in front of their house...at 1:30am. Sigh. Oh, and then, Louis peed on both car seats. Score.

It was actually a really fun trip, just with little bits of calamity thrown in to keep things interesting. :)

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

April Goals

Starting this past December, I began making a list of monthly goals and posting them here. I find that posting goals on my blog helps keep me a little more accountable. :)

...yeah, so, they're a week late. What of it? ;)

Ok, since I'm so late I'm just going to dive right in.

April Goals:
1. Enjoy my trip home.
2. Read one book.
3. Prepare for Manny's departure


Yes, my goals are wimpy this month. But it's already April 6th and Manny's leaving soon so I really don't expect to get too many extra things accomplished this month. :)

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Homemade Tomato/Olive/Artichoke Pizza

A couple weekends ago we decided that we wanted pizza, and that we wanted to make it ourselves. We figured that it wouldn't be too hard, even if we made our own crust (which we did)...and it really was easy! The crust was the hardest part and I must confess, I didn't make the crust, Manny did. :)


Alas, our creation! This picture is obviously pre-oven, as I was too busy eating after it came out to bother with a picture. Maybe next time. Anyway...here's our recipe...

Dough Ingredients:
1 (0.25 ounce) package of active dry yeast
1 cup warm water
2 cups bread flour
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons white sugar
a dash or two of basil

Dough Directions:
1. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.
2. In a large bowl, combine 2 cups bread flour, olive oil, salt, white sugar, and the yeast mixture; stir well to combine. Beat well until a stiff dough has formed. Cover and rise until doubled in volume, about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
3. Turn dough out onto a well floured surface. Form dough into a round and roll out to pizza crust shape.   Cover with sauce and toppings and bake in preheated oven until golden brown, about 20 minutes.

Our Toppings:
Ragu pizza sauce
shredded mozarella cheese
sliced green olives
sliced Kalamata olives
artichoke hearts
sliced tomatoes

Monday, April 4, 2011

Weekly Money Check-Up

Every week, MPP over at My Pretty Pennies hosts a financial fill-in post. If you're new, click on over to check it out.



1. The most I've spent this last week was on rent and utilities.

2. Today I am thankful for my job.

3. Money can't buy happiness. One free/inexpensive thing I did this last week that made me happy was plant my garden! Ok, so this wasn't exactly free or inexpensive, but I really enjoyed the actual, physical planting of the garden and the hard work it took the get the soil anywhere near ready to put flowers in.

4. I will consider this week a success if I get ahead on laundry!

5. The last dream I had was something wedding related but I honestly can't remember at the moment.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Eek!

Sorry I've been MIA for the past few days! I just realized that I haven't blogged since Wednesday AND I even missed MilSpouse Friday Fill-In! Sigh. Anyway, here's a peek into what's been keeping me away.

1. We bought a new bed! Well, by bed I mean mattress. It is amazing. Our old mattress was...very very old. And little did we know, our old mattress was very very uncomfortable (we didn't really realize how uncomfortable until we bought the new one). We had planned on buying a new one when Manny gets home from deployment, but for several reasons we decided to buy it now. All I have to say is...wow. I honestly don't know how we ever slept on the old one.

2. We planted a garden! Here's a quick preview...I will take many many more pictures as soon as it takes off a bit.

Contrary  to what these pictures show our garden is actually quite colorful, and full! I'll be sure to capture that next time! :)

Ok, maybe it was just those two things...but it kept us really busy!

Coming soon:
1. April Goals
2. A recipe post
3. Maybe, just maybe...a cross stitch update! ;)