Thursday, July 28, 2005


For some reason I've had that word stuck in my head. I don't even know where it came from.

I don't really have much to blog about today. I had a really great topic in my head yesterday and I can't remember what it was. I guess Smegma just blew it right out of there.

Here's a little quiz I took today

Your Power Color Is Lime Green

At Your Highest:

You are adventurous, witty, and a visionary.

At Your Lowest:

You feel misunderstood, like you don't fit in.

In Love:

You have a tough exterior, but can be very dedicated.

How You're Attractive:

Your self-awareness and confidence lights up a room.

Your Eternal Question:

"What else do I need in my life?"

I think it's pretty funny because Eva and I both have this weird thing about lime green clothes. We both have more than a normal person should have.

I had a really bad morning today. Actually, it started last night. Lauren and Maria didn't take a nap so by 6 pm they were both really tired and cranky. So, I put them in bed at about 6:30 and I laid down on the couch and fell asleep too. Maria woke up at 11 pm screaming. I get up calm her down and it takes me like an hour to go back to sleep. 1 am, Maria screaming again, this time I fix her (and Lauren who also woke up) some milk. Next thing I know, it's 6:30 am AKA the time I'm supposed to leave the house. The alarm clock didn't go off. So, I'm running around trying to get dressed, but DUH I didn't put my work shirts in the dryer last night. Eva and I are out the house in like 15 minutes. I get halfway to work and realize that I was supposed to pick up a bid package, so I have to turn around and go back, there's no one even there! So I have to wait, and wait and wait. I got to work soooo late this morning.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005


Ever see What About Bob? I love the part when Bill Murray is tied to the mast of the boat and it hollaring to Richard Dreyfuss about his sailing. I love the way he yells Ahoy!

My parents bought a boat and we got to ride on it for the first time yesterday. It's a pontoon boat or party barge. It's pretty nice. I don't know how big it is, but I think it could seat 8-10 adults pretty comfortably. It was me and the girls and my parents and one of their friends. Lauren and Maria were ok I guess. I think the timing was bad for them. They didn't get a nap and it was around their suppertime and it was really hot yesterday. Eva has a great time. She got to go swimming. I wouldn't get in the water. I can't deal with water that you can't see the bottom. I have a fear of dead things in the water, or worse live things that might touch me or bite me or something.

It's a really nice boat, but rather different than the boating experiences I used to have up at Lake Winnipesaukee. Then we used to jet around in a bass tracker. This boat did go fast than I would have thought, but you were pretty high up off the water and you can't really do the wake jumping thing. That probably wouldn't be safe for the kids anyway.

Hopefully in about 2 months when it gets a little cooler we can become a little more regular on the water. It's great because we live about 5 mintues from the boat launch and there are all kinds of little bars and restaraunts that you can only access by boat. If you look at a map of the State of Louisiana you'll notice that it resembles a tattered boot. At the toe of the boot you'll notice Lake Maurepas. We're about 30-45 minutes (maybe a little longer) away from there by boat. Just for a little geographic perspective!

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Sometimes I live in a Mad House

Having 3 kids, 3 little kids, can be quite the experience. Last night I just had to laugh at the chaos. We were watching So You Think You Can Dance (which I found enjoyable) so Eva decided she was going to dance like the people on TV. Now, when she dances she laughs hysterically. She recently learned how to snort when she's laughing which she thinks his even funnier. Maria was spinning around and sort of dancing and singing to herself. She was getting dizzy so she was bumping into things. Lauren was pretending she's a dog or something and was crawling around at top speed with a stuffed animal in her mouth. On top of that she was making a heck of a racket. She was sort of yelling or something.

So kid #1 is dancing around snorting and laughing hysterically. Kid #2 is singing, spinning, bumping into things. Kid #3 is crawling, yelling, weaving around 1 and 2. It was so loud! It was hilarious.

I did get a little stitching in last night. I was really mad at myself, because I left my thread at work for my Tuesday Night RR. So I worked more on Nature Alphabet. I'm almost done with all those little squares. I have about half of the letters stitched in. Those two things will go fast, so then I'll just have the Nature part to fill in and the backstitch border thing. I've gotten myself involved with so many RRs though that who knows when I'll finish. I'm having fun with them though so that's what counts right?

I'm having a bit of a dilemma. For my Tuesday Night RR were doing alphabets. I'm doing a monochrome, using those old French alphabets, I think it's going to come out great. But, the person whose RR I have first is doing something pretty unique. For each letter we have to think of a word that describes her starting with that letter. I have A and B set. I'm still mulling over C and D. I pulled out the dictonary for D. I found it interesting that there are a whole lot more negative descriptive terms that start with D than positive ones. I have about a month or so to think about it so I have time.

Monday, July 18, 2005

You know you're from Louisiana when...

I found this on WhizGidget's blog. I thought it was fun.

You Know You're From Louisiana When...

The crawdad mounds in your front yard have over taken the grass. I personally don't, but you do see it sometimes.

You greet people with "Howzyamomma'an'dem?" and hear back "Dey fine!" Ah yes, so true, I find myself using that more and more.

Every so often, you have waterfront property. Yeah, we had some this weekend again.

When giving directions you use words like "uptown," "downtown," "backatown," "riverside," "lakeside," "other side of the bayou" or "other side of the levee." I don't use these, but people have a tendacy to assume that everyone has lived her all their life and they know where the Old Mall is or where Goudchaux's used to be. Wouldn't the other side of the levee be in the river?

When you refer to a geographical location "way up North," you are referring to places like Shreveport, Little Rock or Memphis, "where it gets real cold." Not me, but those places do seem way far away.

You've ever had Community Coffee. Yes, but it's not my favorite.

You can pronounce Tchoupitoulas but can't spell it. I can say it and spell it.

You don't worry when you see ships riding higher in the river than the top of your house. I was really taken aback when I was in New Orleans and the top of the cruise ships are visible over the tops of the buildings. Talk about bizarre!

You judge a po-boy by the number of napkins used. What other measure would there be?

The waitress at your local sandwich shop tells you a fried oyster po-boy "dressed" is healthier than a Caesar salad. Yeah, I don't eat oysters.

You can eat Popeye's, Haydel's and Zapp's for lunch and wash it down with Barq's and several Abitas, without losing it all on your stoop. I've never had Haydel's but all the rest are good. And I've never thrown them up LOL

The four seasons in your year are: crawfish, shrimp, crab, and King Cake. Pretty True

You "wrench" your hands in the sink with an onion bar to get the crawfish smell off. You have to use something. They make your hands smell nasty for days.

You don't learn until high school that Mardi Gras is not a national holiday. Well, I knew that but I guess because I've lived elsewhere.

You believe that purple, green and gold look good together. They Do!

Your last name isn't pronounced the way it's spelled. Well, I guess so, the pronounciation seems obvious to me, but nobody prounces it right.

You know what a nutria rat is but you still pick it to represent your baseball team. I know they're pests and are a serious problem to the waterways, but they are kind of fun to watch.

You have spent a summer afternoon on the Lake Pontchartrain seawall catching blue crabs. No, I never did that.

You describe a color as "K & B Purple." Not too much anymore K & B is gone, I guess now it's CVS after changing hands a few times.

You like your rice and politics dirty. Sure, who doesn't?

You pronounce the largest city in the state as "Nawlins." This is a myth, I don't know anyone that pronounces it that way for real.

You know those big roaches can fly, but you're able to sleep at night anyway. Man those things are gross! I just pretend they don't exist.

You assume everyone has mosquito swarms in their backyard. Not me, I have wonderful mosquito abatement services.

You realize the rainforest is less humid than Louisiana. I've often wondered about this. I wondered if it rains as much in a rainforest as it does here.

You learn that a seat belt makes a pretty good branding iron... Yes it does.

You discover that you can get a sunburn through your car window... Check out my left arm compared to my right arm...distinctly darker than the other!

When out of town, you stop and ask someone where there is a drive-through Daiquiri place, and they look at you like you have three heads. I have one pretty close to my house, but I never go to them. I rather disapprove of them.
You have flood insurance.

Your burial plot is six feet over rather than six feet under. Don't have one yet, however, that doesn't seem to be much of an issue in my immediate area.

You consider a Bloody Mary a light breakfast. Never had it.

You push little old ladies out of the way to catch Mardi Gras throws. Me push them?? How 'bout them pushing me? Don't be fooled by those "little old ladies" they're ruthless.

You leave a parade with footprints on the top of your hands. I don't really get what footprints on the top of your hands alludes to.

You have a parade ladder in your shed. No, I don't like parade ladders, last parade I (or someone in our group) just put Eva on our shoulders.

Your first sentence was "Throw me something mistah" and your first drink was from a go-cup. Go cups, LOL, those always remind me of my Uncle Randy. He likes his free refills from Circle K.

You worry about a deceased family member returning in spring floods. Not really

You reply to anything and everything about life here with "Only in Nahlins". No, I don't live in New Orleans.

You have a monogrammed go-cup. No, but I bet Uncle Randy does LOL Oh and I know my sister and her friends had personalized go cups.

You get on a bus marked "Cemeteries" and don?t think twice.

You shake out your shoes before putting them on. I tend to wear sandles or flip flops so I can see what's in there.

Your sunglasses fog up when you step outside. This does happen a lot which is one of the reasons why I don't tend to wear them.

No matter where else you go in the world, you are always disappointed in the food. Oh yeah, it's weird because I find that even chain restaraunt food tastes better here.

You get up in the morning and start cooking a pot of rice before you give any thought to what you'll fix for dinner. LOL, not really, but I'm forever making rice.

You ask, "How dey running?" and "Are dey fat?" when you're inquiring about seafood quality. Again, not personally because I don't tend to inquire about seafood quality, but people do say that.

When it starts to rain, you cover your beer instead of your head. No, because I never walk around with a beer, but I've come to accept that umbrellas are useless and just run instead.

You call tomato sauce "red gravy." This is something that baffled me for awhile. I had no idea what red gravy was. I thought it was going to be something horrible like blood sausage. J and his family use the term red gravy, but I don't.

You eat sno-balls instead of throwing them. Definately

Your house payment is less than your air conditioning bill. Fortunately, I live in an energy effecient house.

Your grandparents are called "Maw Maw" and "Paw Paw." Yes, all of mine are.

You fall asleep to the soothing sounds of four box fans. No, we have central ceiling fans count?

No one eats healthy. Fried Batter is actually a menu item in some restaurants. The place I eat every Wednesday will sell fried batter chunks. I usually stick with a salad thought.

You actually get these jokes and pass them on to other friends from Louisiana.

Friday, July 15, 2005

My New Button

That's a joke people, but seriously, I am sooooo ready for some time to myself. In August I plan on getting just that! However, if you want to donate the cost of a massage or something I won't send it back LOL!!

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Hollywood East

That's what South Louisiana has been dubbed. Combining huge tax incentives to Hollywood movie makers and cheap labor, this area has become a very attractive place to make movies. Some of the most recent are Because of Winn Dixie, The Dukes of Hazzard, and the as of yet unreleased All the King's Men. Those are just the big name movies, I know there have been a lot more. It seems like they're having casting calls every other weekend. Right now, it's Hilary Swank's new movie filming in St. Francisville.

In a way it makes me happy, because I know it's good for the economy and it provides jobs. And it is pretty interesting to know that you're likely to see some celebrity at Wal-Mart (Jessica Simpson)or at the mall (Britney Spears). Because some of my sister's friends are celebrity whores I know that I'm going to find out all kinds of interesting tidbits about various male celebrities when they come to town. I learned more about Johnny Knoxville than I ever wanted to know.

The downside is that it makes me ashamed of some of my fellow Louisianians. Seriously guys, be cool! People are just star struck I guess. There are whole message boards that discuss where the filming is going to be that day and where to strategically place yourself to most likely run into a celebrity, who saw who and where. They remind me of the fans at the Michael Jackson trial....weirdos.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Now I can show it off

Just Nan's True Friends

The reciepient of this finally got it, so now I can show it off. I really liked how this turned out. I changed some of the colors and some of the beads. I used pearls instead of the vaguely recommended pink quartz bead.

Monday, July 11, 2005

Weekend Recap

Another uneventful weekend. We went swimming Saturday for a little while. Maria still isn't really comfortable in the water. Lauren is a little too confident for my taste.

We pretty much stayed glued to the Weather Channel all weekend trying to figure out what Dennis was going to do. We didn't really get much of anything from Dennis. Sunday was windy and cloudy which would have been nice if it was about 10 degrees cooler. We just got a little bit of rain on Saturday from one of the squall lines. Now all eyes are turning to what will become Emily. Of course everyone is talking statistics in how many years it's been since Louisiana was hit by a really big hurricane. I guess we're about due for one.

I had a pretty good weekend stitching wise. I continued on with my Nature Alphabet. The squares are taking forever, but once those are done I think it's going to go pretty quick from there. I think I'm going to give it to my cousin for a house warming gift. We'll see. I also gridded my fabric for my Just Nan RR and started my square. I'm firming up my plans for my Any Designer Band Sampler too. I'm going with an underwater/nautical type theme for that one.

I did manage to sneak a few movies in this weekend. The Postman Always Rings Twice was pretty good. I've been setting the DVR on Turner Classic Movies whenever I see famous classic movies, so I can watch them when no one else is up. I watched the remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. I didn't see the original so I don't know how it compares. I've heard that was based on a true story. I wanted to see if I could find the original case to see how it compares. The Haunted Mansion, the Eddie Murphy movie was surprisingly interesting. I thought it was going to be a cutesy kids movie, but it was definately more for older kids. I also watched Bridget Jones...whatever the second one is called. I liked it. It went well with the first one.

And that's about the extent of my weekend. Only a few more days until the Harry Potter book comes out!!

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Movie Weekend

I watched so many movies this weekend!

Racing Stripes-it was cute, but couldn't hold my attention. Eva liked it ok, but she didn't ask to watch it again.

Without a Paddle-started off a little slow, but I thought it was pretty funny in the end.

The Notebook-I don't know what I was expecting, but I kept hearing people raving about this movie and how it was soooo good. I found it to be really predictable. Yes, it was sweet, but it was just sort of a so so movie.

The Hulk-really cheesy. That's about all I can say about that LOL

Rear Window-Old Hitchcock movie with Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly. It was a really good movie. I watched it on TCM and they always give a little backstory and they mentioned Hitchcock making Raymond Burr looking like David O Selznick because he didn't like him. I thought that was funny. They always have little stories about Hitchcock and how he tortured actors. He must have been an interesting man.

Open Range-Kevin Costner just isn't the best actor. He's always the same person in every role and seems completely incapable of any wild emotion. It was really slow, but I was finally able to sort of get into it. It was sort of a generic Western. It was like any other western movie I've ever seen just filmed more recently.

Ok, that seems like an insane amount of time to be watching movies. But I was doing other stuff while I was watching them!

Monday, July 04, 2005

4th of July Weekend Recap

Wow! What a weekend it has been. Let's see...Friday T and M came over for stitching and that was fun. I actually got some stitching done! I'm hoping we can make it a somewhat regular thing.

Saturday morning we took all three girls swimming at the health club. That was an adventure. Lauren was a lot more adventurous than Maria. I think they both had fun though. That was their first time going to the big pools. They have a very nice wading pool for the kids. It has little slides and fountains and it varies in depth. After that I got to go to my LNS for an afternoon of stitching while J took the kids home. Soooo nice! I stayed for like 4 hrs. And I didn't have my RR with me so I ended up starting something new (Elizabeth Designs Nature Alphabet on 40 ct.). That night around 6 pm we got a huge storm and ended up losing power for 3 hrs. No fun having no air conditioning and three kids that don't understand what's going on. So we drove around, went to Sonic, and drove around some more waiting for the power to come back on.

Sunday J took Eva to a water park for the day. Lauren, Maria and I just hung out at home and played and stitched. So, I'm nearly done with my Sherrin RR. I just have to do the backstitching and I'll be done. Hopefully for tomorrow. I just watched the news and it looks like we're going to get hit by Tropical Storm #3 on Wednesday. I need to get all my mailings out tomorrow.

Today, we went to a party at our friend Ron's house. He goes all out every year. He just went way overboard this year. He did door prizes this year. I got two bird baths, J got a hose nozzle assortment and car ramps. For the kids he did Christmas in July. They got all kinds of stuff. Blow up chairs and beds, Fisher Price Little People, those animal flashlights (2 each so we now have 6), toothbrushes, hair bows, my little ponies, purses, some kind of pool party thing, oh and play doh just what we don't need! And every one was issued a water gun so now we have 3 water guns of the super soaker variety. So we had a lot of fun and the food was great.