Monday, July 27, 2009


Things I cannot stand
1. The slightest movement when I am trying to sleep. This includes the cat and snoring (myself included) in any form. My sensitivity to vibrations is higher than most due to the hearing problem. I can deal with a fan going, or a washing machine, white noise stuff, but nothing else really. It drives my husband nuts. The cat has been kicked off the bed so many times because it won't hold still, and I don't really want him sleeping there. Scratches to the foot on Sunday have been the first time of retaliation. I don't currently have a door for my bedroom, so I have resorted to shutting Blackjack in the bathroom at night. I am having a hard enough time sleeping, being 6 weeks away from my due date, I don't need any distractions.

2. People who haven't been around kids in year, or if ever, and don't understand that kids are kids. They aren't neat, quiet, or patient, but in actuality curious and ingenious at discovering new ways to figure things out.

3. We are currently fighting with the Butler County Sewage Association (BCSA). I won't go into details yet, I am waiting to see their rebuttle for the letter we mailed out today.

Things that are making life great...

1. I am down to 6 weeks left! This baby will soon be here. Whereas I know it will be hard, it is always worth it. The pregnancy is almost over!!!!!

2. People that are more educated than Ethan and I are, are willing to help us fight The BCSA. I don't know what we would be doing right now without their support and help.

3. Self propelling lawn mowers. This gives more time to Ethan to do the heavy duty stuff, that I can't do, leaving me to simply guide the mower around the yard. Great exercise, without overdoing it.

4. Mark's smile and enthusiam. No matter how impatient or short I can be, his smile is always right there to cheer me up.

5. Ethan, my wonderful, diligent, supportive husband. I can't count how many times I have asked him to rub my hand, back, hips, whatever, and he just does it. Plus the work on the house, the way he works hard to take care of us. I love him.

6. A good book. It is amazing how time flies when there is a good book to be read. Reading the Work and the Glory series right now, I don't know how many times I have read it already.

7. A bath. I love taking bathes. I love being able to take a couple minutes to myself, usually reading.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Favorite Comic Strips

I grew up reading comics from the newspaper pretty much everyday from the time I learn how to read. There are some that stay with me forever. Foxtrot, Calvin and Hobbes, For Better or For Worse, Baby Blues, and Zits are the all time favorites. If you don't read them, you should.

Monday, July 20, 2009

15 Books, 15 Minutes, 15 Friends

Instructions: Don't take too long to think about it. Fifteen books you've read that will always stick with you. First fifteen you can recall in no more than 15 minutes. Tag 15 friends, including me because I'm interested in seeing your fifteen too.

1. A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle

2. The Face on the Milk Carton - Caroline B. Cooney

3. Maniac Magee - Jerry Spinelli

4. Thy Kingdom Come Series - Linda Paulson Adams

5. Witches - Roald Dahl

6. Harry Potter Series - J.K. Rowlings

7. Gone with the Wind - Margaret Mitchell

8. The Alliance - Gerald Lund

9. The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown

10. Go Ask Alice - Anonymous

11. Infidel - Ayaan Hirsi Ali

12. The McIntyre Liar - David Bly

13. Whatever Happened to Janie - Caroline B. Cooney

14. 1984 - George Orwell

15. My Sister's Keeper - Jodi Picoult

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Root Canal

On Monday, I went to the dentist for the first time in like 4 years. It was a local office and they were nice enough, though they didn't really tell me anything that was going on. As they were finishing, the hygienist mentioned that there was a cavity. Okay, no big deal, the dentist doesn't bother me, but as I am checking out, the receptionist was mentioning that I need to be scheduled for a root canal. Big jump from cavity. This wasn't a horrible surprise, seeing as a filling had fallen out while I was pregnant with Mark, and the molar eventually broke after he was born. I wasn't on insurance and it wasn't bothering me, so I let it pass. The receptionist scheduled me for today at 1pm. We figure we might as well get it done now.

Even so, I had no idea what was involved in a root canal process. After a little Internet research, I get the basic facts down and now understood why they wanted me to get one. If you want the details, just look it up. Anyways, today I go back in and first they do is get me an x-ray for the doctor (a different one than yesterday) to see what he need to accomplish. Apparently I am abnormal, my roots are extremely long. This made the procedure a lot longer. If that wasn't enough, apparently one of the roots was basically calcified, therefore, almost impossible to drill through. For that one, they purposely left the drill bit in there, had me go do another x-ray, so they could see how close to the end of the canal it actually was in comparison to the drill bit. Mind you, that was after he broke or wore down three other drill bits. What was supposed to be an hour long process ended up being two, with a dentist telling me he hasn't had one that difficult in a long time. GGGRRRRRRRRRRRRRR............. I have to go back in a week so they can put the crown on, they like to wait a week, in case there is anything they need to check on. That is a common practice from what I was reading. Seriously though, what was supposed to be a routine cleaning ends up like this? I have never been one to hate going to the dentist, but this has given me a reason to start.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Auby's Wedding weekend

Over the last weekend, my sister-in-law Aubrey got married to a good guy, Patrick, down at the D.C. Temple. It was a beautiful wedding, day and reception. Congrats to the lucky couple.

Auby and Dad dancing the Father Daughter dance.

I love reflection ponds.

Mark was not the happiest kid that day.