Sunday, August 28, 2005

A thank you note

Dear Mother Nature,
Thank you for the lovely gift that you sent me for my birthday. It did arrive a day early, but I was still in shock nonetheless. The wind and rain was just lovely, and Katrina did seem to enjoy her visit. Even so, I hope that you know it's not necessary to be so generous in upcoming years. Andrew was more than enough in 1992. Afterall, you sent him directly to my hometown. Katrina is only visiting my neighbor. I do thank you for my younger years when you'd pretend to send my gift and school would be closed for my birthday. I appreciate your thoughtfullness, but there's no need to try and outdo yourself year after year. For future gifts, would it be possible to give them to others more deserving?

Thanks again for thinking of me!
Melanie

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Going Stir Crazy

Our net has been down for *gasp* THREE days!!! It would connect for short periods, then go down for hours. I don't spend that much time on here, but I do pop in to check my mail a few times a day. Or check out things on ebay. Read up on my friends. Stuff like that. Clint called tech support today, and someone came with in a few hours to check it. He figured out it was the line to the house that needed to be replaced. What we didn't tell him was that a few months ago Clint was digging and cut through the phone and cable lines. *shhhh* Clint fixed it right when it happened, but apparently it didn't hold or wasn't exactly right.


Valerie is learning to pull herself up. She did it at my mom's in the small portable crib. And on her 8 month birthday at that. I don't think she even realized that she was standing on her own! She hasn't gotten on her feet again, but she gets on her knees and peeks over her crib rails. She is so close to crawling too. It won't be long. Our lives are about to change!! She is such a happy baby. Even as a newborn, she didn't cry much. Every night Clint and I play with her and she LOVES it. Tonight she was crawling all over me and bouncing all over the bed. Squealing and laughing! Adorable. Maybe it's wishful thinking on my part, but I swear she is saying "maaaa" sometimes.

Friday, August 19, 2005


Yesterday I had my driver's license renewed. I thought for SURE I would fail the eye test. I barely squeaked by. I need to get my eyes checked because there's no doubt I need glasses. I'm getting old. :-( I think my pic is fairly decent, at least as far as license pics usually go!!




This morning I heard Valerie fussing in her crib as always. I went to get her out of bed to find her sitting! Yes, she managed to get herself from laying down to sitting all by herself. Another milestone. I can't believe how big my baby girl is getting. I'm pretty sure she said "Uh Oh" this morning too. I don't think that counts as a first word though. LOL!

Doesn't she look like a little supermodel in training? But of course, I'm biased. :-p


Oh well. Not much news. My life is boring right now.

Monday, August 15, 2005

The weekend

We had a nice weekend.

I'll leave it at that.

:-)

Friday, August 12, 2005

Tired



I'm so tired. I'm about to pass out. What the hell am I doing on here??? I don't know.

Had a nice discussion with my husband last night. We're good. I was really ticked about the computer thing. That wasn't the first time.... (and it probably won't be the last. )

I went to the gym this morning. (A lot of good it does when tonight I stuffed myself at the Golden Corrale. Mmmm it was good though.) My mom came to town this afternoon and we went
shopping. I bought Val a few things for the fall/winter. Val had so much fun looking at people and grabbing at things. She's SUCH a ham!!

It was SO freakin hot. The heat index is about 110.... I was melting just walking from the stores to the car. Poor Val's cheeks were so flushed. I know she was hot.

And tonight me, Clint, and Val went out to eat. Mostly because we have no groceries. Heh. Again, Val caught the attention of an older couple next to us. Everytime she's take a bite of food, she had to glance at them to be sure they were watching her. She's one funny little baby.

Tomorrow I think we're going to Esplanade Mall in New Orleans. Clint wants to shop for some new office clothes. He just got a nice promotion, so he wants new stuff to wear now that he's back in the office.

Oh well.

Goodnight.

Here's our little "jail bird"

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Memo to my Husband

What is the point of gleefully announcing that you left your work laptop at the office so we can spend some time together, then parking yourself in front of the other computer until 10pm?

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Again

Today was about the same as yesterday.

We went through the same routine - got up, got dressed, yada yada, and drove to the gym. First thing I noticed was there were no cars. Weird. I unload Val, her blanket, and diaper bag. As I walk to the doors, I see a piece of paper taped to the doors. "Temporarily closed 8/9 due to sprinkler system malfunction." WTF?? So, we went to Wal-Mart and spent $50 on things not really needed.

Oh well.

I *could* have gone to location #2 way on the other side of town. I didn't want to go that bad though.

I guess I'll try again tomorrow.

*sigh*

Monday, August 08, 2005

Blah.

Today just was not a good day.

I didn't sleep well last night. I made myself get up and get dressed for the gym when I wanted to lie in bed. I had to wake up Valerie, which was unusual since she normally wakes me up. I changed her, fed her, dressed her, packed her diaper bag, loaded everything in the car, and drove across town. The gym babysitter was a no show today. Ugh. I let Val play by herself for a little bit, but some older kids got there and started throwing toys. We left. I know I feel like crap because I ate crap yesterday. Cake, cookies, brownies, chips.... I don't eat much of that stuff. Well, except cake. I'm a sucker for good yummy cake. Hee. Unfortunately we have quite a bit of junk left from the party, so again today I ate crap. I sure do hope there's someone to babysit tomorrow. I NEED to work out. I've been working really hard and I'm so close to dropping the last little bit of my pregnancy weight. I'm almost becoming obcessive about working out. I have to go 4-5 times a week. It's the only thing I do for myself.

We played photographer this afternoon. Every so often I like to dress Val in something pretty and snap pics. I have yet to have profesional pics done of her because the ones I've taken are just as good. (All you need is a decent camera and a little photoshop retouching!)

Here's my little sweetie. Isn't she beautiful? She is my everything. She is 7-1/2 months old.


Oh, and while I'm at it... here I am as well...

Sunday, August 07, 2005

The BBQ for the house warming party that never was...

It truly amazes me that some people still don't get what RSVP means. I'm sure they do but choose to ignore it.

I won't bother to mention the ones who said they were coming and didn't show. Or the ones who did not respont AT ALL. That's too obvious.

We had a party today. I had a great time. It turned out very nice and I'm happy with the guests that came. However, I am very unhappy with those that did not come. We invited six families in our neighboorhood. How many do you think stopped by? Go on... guess.
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None.

That's right -- NONE. Two of the neighbors were out of town, which is understandable. I'm not talking about them. Two neighbors spent the afternoon doing yardwork watching us. The people across the street told us they were coming and they'd even bring something. They were outside cutting grass and watched Clint setting up the table and chairs. Watched him heat up the grill, cook food, etc. And they totally ignored us and never came by. The others just didn't come. Would it have been so painfull to drop by for 15 minutes and say hello?? Or stop to say sorry, we can't make it afterall? Something?

We've lived here for almost 2 years and wanted to be nice to some of the people we were on friendly terms with. I'm thinking we'll make an effort to get to know them better and invite them over. It would have been a step in making friends around here. I spent days cleaning the house and cooking. We prepared a ton of food, drinks, and desserts. We put a lot of thought and effort into this because we wanted it to be nice. And not one of our neighbors came.

I'm disappointed. A little aggravated. I feel like we are on the outside looking in. I think getting pregnant right after we moved in left me on the outside. I was sick pretty much my entire pregnancy. I threw up 2-4-6 times a day for about 6 months. I drove 70 miles a day for work. I was exhausted. I was not being anti-social by not going to the bunco parties and such. (not that I was actually invited to any- but that's another can of worms.) I physically was not able to socialize much. And now, no one thinks to include us.

Oh well.

I need to focus on our wonderful friends / family who DID come over today. Thank you all for being such great company.