Wednesday, March 26, 2008

cinderella story

did i mention that i'm gong to aruba in a couple of weeks? my free (earned) body shop incentive trip is coming up april 14th. i'm ready to get away but have started having those doomsday plane crash nightmares.
now, i've blogged about it so if my plane crashes, everyone can say "oh, she had a premonition that this would happen." except that i have this anxiety every single time i travel (by car, by plane, train, boat, doesn't matter). do all moms have this fear? dying would really suck, not so much for me because i'll be dead but for my kids because a step mom would surely fuck them up.
it's common knowledge that step moms are evil bitches.

i'm still doing the fargin elliptical. on the advice of someone who is physically active, i am "switching it up". this was the conversation:

me: i've got to go to the rec center and do the elliptical. it sucks.

him: you should try jogging

me: jogging is not an option for a large breasted mother of two. gravity is not my friend.

him: T.M.I. (we are not really "friends" more like co-workers)

me: really, i've been doing the elliptical at least 4 days a week, 40 minutes at 60 RPM. every single second of it sucks and i have not lost one pound in 5 weeks.

him: you are doing it too much. you've got to switch it up. seriously, when is the last time you were physically fit?

me: *thinking*.....*thinking*.....uh...never.

so, i've started walking the track every other day for one hour (I try and do 4 miles in that hour but it's hard to keep up that pace on a track, I find that I slow down unless I have another person on track going the same speed and I can follow their pace).
Today is an elliptical day. Ugh.

I'm waiting for Monkey to put the Les Mis soundtrack on my IPOD so that I can pretend that I am Cosette on Broadway.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Mr. E. Bunny


I put the eggs in the fridge until Sunday morning (when the E.bunny will hide them and then I will turn them into deviled eggs for dinner). I found a note laying on top of them later. It had a colorful drawing of an easter egg and the note said
"Hi Ester bunny. I am Mazzy. I hope you find us. Pleese don't hurt my cats."

Friday, March 14, 2008

the space wanderer

about 15 years ago, i loaned my copy of the very hard to find "Venus on the Half-Shell" book to a friend out of state. This book was supposedly penned by Kilgore Trout who was one of Kurt Vonnegut Jr.'s characters throughout many of his books.
In actuality, a man by the name of Farmer wrote the book (with Vonnegut's permission though he later regretted it). The book has become a thing of legend with most people not believing it's even a real book until they see a copy for themselves.

i had several conversations with the friend who i had loaned the book to and it seemed that he had loaned it to someone else and that person loaned it to someone else and so on. the book was gonesville in my mind. Not a big deal, sure I would have liked it back but I wasn't pining for it or anything like that.

today i got an unexpected surprise in the mail. i couldn't even imagine what was in the yellow envelope from my friend N8. I was thinking it might be old photographs or artwork or something and then there it was. Venus on the Half-Shell.

i'm going to start re-reading it tonight.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

pointing out the obvious

so, here is a clip from Obama's preacher.
if you don't want to watch it (and i don't blame you), the gyst of it is that he (Jeremiah Wright) is ashamed of black people who aren't voting for Barack Obama because he is the ONLY candidate who "understands" the plight of the poor black man. What frustrates me about this the most is that Geraldine Ferraro was called a racist for saying that Barack is only as far as he is because he is black. By this preachers own rants, he is saying that ALL black people should vote for Barack simply because he is black. Who is the true racist? In my opinion, she just called it like it is.
I am very concerned that if Barack is elected president this type of man is going to be where he gets his "spiritual" guidance.

Also in regards to this man's sermon...why does he think Hillary has had it so easy? It hasn't been that long since women have had equal rights to white men either. Women still don't have equal pay for equal work and there is most definitely still a double standard. WTF? I'm not out preaching that all women should be ashamed of themselves if they "just don't get it" and are not supporting our "sister".

If Barack doesn't reject this man, will you still vote for him? Is it a fair statement that if Hillary can be called a racist because of what Geraldine said, then Barack himself is a racist because of what his people said? I'm still really trying to think this through. Like I said in the beginning, there isn't much difference between Hillary and Barack's policies and ideas and I would have been fine with either of them (though leaning toward Hillary) but as time has gone on, my instincts towards Barack have told me that he is not the right man at this time. As much as I hate to say this, if he wins the nomination ~ I'll be voting for McCain. (not that it matters since I live in freaking Illinois).

Monday, March 10, 2008

a whole new set of fantasies for my workouts

we went to the home show to get some ideas for future home remodel projects. i was glad that monkey went with me (usually i go alone) because he could get some ideas and start thinking about remodeling in a more concrete way.
speaking of concrete (nice segue, i know), one of the booths that really caught our eye was the concrete sinks and counters. a couple of guys started this business and the examples they had at the show were gorgeous. the sinks are very cool though i think a bit impractical because of the shallowness of the basin. we took their card and will definitely get an estimate when we are ready for countertops.

i was very drawn to the outdoor patio areas. the stacked brick retaining walls, the paver patio, the outdoor kitchens....ah to dream.

the most serious inquiry we had was for installing a geothermal heating/cooling system in our house. i think we are going to this fairly soon (summer maybe). its quite expensive, we haven't had our own estimate done but heard around $17K for the whole shebang. BUT, that money will be completely recouped within 5 years off gas and electric bills. one point the brochure made that really struck a chord with me was that as of right now if you calculate, you'll be saving between $100 to $200 a month (depends on your own utilities obviously) but that number is just going to keep going up because of the cost of gas and electricity rising. Who knows, in five years you could be saving double that.
so the way it works is that these systems of pipes are put into the ground (deep) where the constant temperature is roughly 54 degrees. it pumps a water solution through the pipes to absorb the heat in winter and deposit the heat in summer. this heats your house to 54 degrees so you only need your furnace to heat it up the last 15 or 20 degrees. in the summer, you don't even need your external AC anymore.

there are lots of other good reasons to do it too but ultimately savings is our big motivator.
i read the list of people around here who have it and i know two of the families, i'm going to call them and see what they think of it.

in other news...mazzy was sick again. her fever got up to 104.8 last night. when she gets sick, she really goes for it. she pretty much slept all weekend, poor girl. we had a nice routine of motrin and tylenol going. she had to miss a fun birthday party at gym. i'm just waiting for jude to get sick now...he's a pretty solid chunk of boy though, those germs would have to be supervillans to take him down.