Monday, September 29, 2008

Take this quiz

You Should Live in Georgia

If you don't want to live in Georgia, you might also consider:

North Carolina





I saw this on Abnormally normal and thought I would give it a try. I wonder how in 6 questions they figured out so much?


That is just the beginning.

I had Custom Interlase, which is a bladless form of LASIC. It was custom because I have funky corneas and they had to smooth them out first. I also have very dry eyes, which is why I stopped wearing contacts a few years ago.

For the info junkies out there- DO NOT WATCH THE VIDEO ON YOUTUBE. I had the procedure with my eyes open and I couldn't watch.

The procedure is best described as stressful, because of the pressure on your eye and having to hold perfectly still and focus on a light. I passed with flying colors, but the stuffed animal they gave me to hold could be missing a paw. oops!

I would definetly do all of this again, I just feel like I am walking around with dried out contacts in my eyes and I am not allowed to rub them.
But I can see.
For the first time in 29 years I can see without correction.

My new best friend is the bottle of tear drops.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Today is the day

that I get LASIC.
I have been blind (or nearly) for 29 years. I am incredibly nearsighted and have funky shaped corneas. This all leads to the fact that I can't see; not even the alarm clock next to my head in the morning.

I have chickened out on the surgery 3 times already.
I am going today.
Nana Judy is driving, Paint boy is codependent on the chickening out. He is out.
I am scared to death.

Monday, September 22, 2008


I had the biggest weekend.

Paint boy and I had Date Night.
First we headed out to Bubbalini's. We had a fantastic dinner of Calamari and Lasagna. YUMMO! There were no children in sight, not ours or anyone else's. It helped we sat in the beautiful bar area.
We have season tickets to The Theater in Square. Friday night was Sherlock Holmes. Funny. It helps that they serve wine. Our tickets guarantee a date night once every 6 weeks.

Saturday brought about errands, laundry and Swirls!
Clemson girl, the Lawyer's Wife and her mom, Nana Judy and I, all headed to Swirls to paint. What a great idea! You bring drinks and snacks, they provide everything else. We were very adventuresome and decided to paint this-

Holy Crap! What were we thinking?

Paintboy asked if it was going to be "paint by number". No way, dude.
Blank canvas.
It's all up to you.

Clemson and me with our blank canvas in the background.

Clemson and Lawyer's wife. They are well on their way.

Ta Da!!!!
Here are the results. Everyone did the same picture, but our own interpretation. SO fun.
We are definitely going back for the holiday pictures.
After drying over night the pictures were even better. The paint seemed to mellow. Either that or they just started to grow on us.
Like mold.

Sunday brought about church, but that is going to get its own post.

And then...

it was time...



Babycakes had her 4th birthday and I was invited to help at the hair station. It was fabulous and the kids had a blast. (Click on the 2 links above for tons of photos.)

In all their dress-up finery.

After everyone left, Babycakes broke out her Birthday loot. All at once.
Cinderella meets Barbie meets every bit of play makeup in the box.

She then went outside and ran over her boyfriend in the Barbie car. The entire time she was laughing uncontrollably as he chased her around the yard. It was priceless.

I have had the best weekend ever.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

I need drugs

CAFFEINE COURT brought up an interesting topic the other day- What are you on?

I was a very proud member of the "I don't NEED a pill to get through the day" club until last year.

I chaired our JL largest fundraiser with half of the normal committee members (had to move the venue), had a child starting kindergarten, had a child starting middle school, ran my own business ( one employee pregnant and another with health issues), my husband made a career change AND we opened an art gallery.

I am now on 10mg of Lexapro every day.
I smile.
I breathe.
I usually can sleep through the night.

I am now apologizing, IF, I have spoken sharply to you or not said "please or thank you" as I should.

I am sorry.

Please do not lecture me on the drugs. I didn't need them until I was 35 with a middle schooler. You just don't need them yet.
Its just a matter of time. I'm just sayin'.

I now have lexapro and Firefly sweet tea vodka. Life is good.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Thank you!!!

A BIG giant thank you to the Lawyer's wife for rescuing the silver Saab!

Paint boy and the boys thought it would be fun to put a pirate sticker on my car. It was complete with the "AAARRGGH!"

The Lawyer's wife came and got her hair touched up and my surprise was a monogram sticker. Not only did she honor me with a hot pink sticker, but she used her credit card to scrape the pirate sticker off, Windexed the window and applied my monogram.

That girl is a TRUE friend. The silver Saab deserves better than pirates.

Get your own hot pink monogram at Monogram Me, don't ride around without one.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

What do you want?

Paint boy and I had a "discussion" on Saturday concerning his "help" around the house.

Sunday, I got nothing from him.

Yesterday while cooking dinner I mentioned that I was out of a few things and needed to find time to run to the store. What to my utter amazement did he offer to do?

Paint boy went to the grocery store!!!!

This is BIG TIME, people.
He goes once a year and I drag him just so he can see grocery prices.

He got everything on the list and picked up a few of his favorites.
I was so proud and excited that he helped.

What do you think greeted me in the kitchen this morning?

Melted ice cream sandwiches. I guess putting away the groceries was just too much.

Monday, September 15, 2008


Everyone is getting nervous about the economy and the up coming election. I think this is leading people to hoard their money.

I am the fundraising chair for J's elementary school. We are selling Sally Foster wrapping paper, which is usually a huge success. This year not so much.

It is still the same amount of work, but so far the totals are about 33% down. Which means instead of one BIG sale, I am looking at having to do a LOT more work to make budget.

Here come the lollipops, cookie dough, jingle jog, camp out, biscuit sales. Don't forget the Elf Shop, Fall festival, sock hop, and Spring Carnival.

Paint boy only thought I would be finished this fall. This is looking like an all year, all consuming project.

Do you need anything? I can sell it to you.


At some point Friday, Lucy decided to go for a walk. By herself. Unfortunately, she had just had a bath and I forgot to put her collar back on.

(She gets out every once in a while, explores for a few minutes and comes back and scratches at the door.)

When we noticed she was gone , I went outside and called for her.
and called.
and walked around and called.
and sent the boys out on their bikes to call and look.

C, was the hero! After 2 hours of calling and looking, he spotted the sign.

FOUND and a picture of Lucy.

A good Samaritan"rescued" her. Crossing the road. In front of my house. Heading home.


At least we found her and she was safe.

Monday, September 8, 2008

I thought I was an original!
LogoThere are
people with my name in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?

My real name, not-

Sunday, September 7, 2008

The Dog Days of Summer

Today was "Bark in the Park". More or less, bring your dog to the Braves game.

Here we are with Buddy and Lucy, on a huge lawn chair

We went with ACE and Spray boy and their 2 Bassets, Duke and Roscoe. Duke and Buddy are from the same litter.

Buddy was the Welcome wagon. You were not going up the stairs unless you greeted him and gave him a little rub. Who could resist that face?

Lucy was sad she couldn't solo on the National Anthem.

Duke and Roscoe drooling as only a Basset can.

So many cute dogs. I was very impressed with how well behaved they all were. 689 dogs attended the game today, you just needed to watch where you stepped, sometimes the "clean-up crew" was a little slow. A doggie daycare gave out ice water and had misters and baby pools all set up. Different distributors were passing out treats and puppy ice cream. The dogs were treated like royalty.

There were a few dogs that made you feel like this...

Check it out, not even a face a mother could love!
I snapped this shot and Paint boy said, "for the blog, huh?" I was thinking about y'all!

That was an interesting day. Check it off the list, all done.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

High on Hairspray

You are my new Bloggy friend. I love your name and "should" have thought of your title myself.

When we "do" a swap, you ask questions of your "SWAP MATE". You also answer questions to give hints at what you might like.

I love Halloween.
I have an annual Halloween party, everyone dresses up or they don't get invited again.
Its adults only and a TON of fun.
I decorate my house October 1st.
Anything you send, will make me smile and get used somewhere in the house.
I am easy.

Do you decorate for Halloween?
Do you do cute or scary?
Do your boys have a preference over candy? Any favorites?

Do you watch crappy TV?


I LOVE the new fall line up. I am a junky for reality TV.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008


Do not come and get your hair done today.

I am warning you, I have a SERIOUS cold and a raging headache. This will not be my most charming day. I will not be able to hold a conversation as I concentrate on your haircut.

Just reschedule for another day and let me go back to bed.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Got Apples?

We planted 2 apple trees in our yard the year that C started kindergarten. One tree is a Granny Smith and the other is Red Delicious. They have cross pollinated and we now have Granny Delicious apples. hee,hee

Now, 7 years later, we have a HUGE crop of apples every year.

Every Saturday, we collect the fallen, yucky apples and throw them in the woods for the squirrels and deer. After that, the boys "shake" the tree and collect the ripe apples that fall to the ground.

I have a ton of apples cut and frozen for pies, 20 bags with 6 cups of sliced apples in each. Thank goodness for my freezer!

This weekend, Paint boy decided all the apple business needed to come to an end. He climbed his ladder and picked all the remaining apples.
I had a laundry basket full of apples to deal with before going back to work today.

I made a few pies and took them to neighbors and one to a cookout we attended.

Still not a dent in the basket.

I made a batch of apple butter.

Slight shift in the basket.

Nana Judy came over and we decided to make apple sauce. That woman is a professional peeler.
We worked for 5 hours and yielded 112 cups of applesauce.
I am not exaggerating.
I had to put it in 3 cup freezer containers.
I counted.

Do you want some applesauce or maybe a pie?

Swap buddy

My "Wicked" swap buddy is High on Hairspray! Now why didn't I come up with a cool blog title like that? I know after all these years of doing hair that my lungs are coated with some hairspray.

Please contact me so that we can do the swapping thing- I am a HUGE Halloween fan.
We have an annual party and I decorate the first of October and it stays up all month. This started out as Paint boy's thing so it tends to be really creepy and dark. I can't wait to add some cute to the vast amount of scary stuff we already own. They come out with great stuff every year.