Monday, June 22, 2009

Mish Mash Monday

Firstly can you tell that I'm ADHD?! Most of my posts are random ramblings that just happen to pop in my head. So here we go.

Mr. Ski has very sensitive skin. Once a month for the last 6 months (maybe more) he gets these bumps on his legs that start out looking like a pimple or maybe an ingrown hair and end up looking like a really bad spider bite, black in the middle, red all around and raised plus he tells me they hurt REALLY bad so bad that it's a chore for him to walk on it. For awhile he would go to the doctor and they would tell him it was a spider bite and give him antibiotics but he got one a month ago and they cultured it and found that it was a staph infection and could possibly be MRSA...SCARY! Another spot turned up this past weekend and man did it look painful. One the kids at the lineman camp he was at most of the weekend asked him who kicked him (I thought that was cute)! He went to sick call this morning instead of going to the ER, better to be seen by someone who's seen him before when he's had this issue. They cultured this one as well (apparently that was very painful) and put him on antibiotics. The one bit of good news from that visit was that it is not MRSA!! Woot! Woot! Let's hope this round goes away quickly and he doesn't have another episode next month.

Mr. Ski was away at a football camp Friday night so I went to the Prege's house to visit. We (Mrs. Prege and I) had the great idea to go slip n' sliding at 2 in the morning. Needless to say my back is still covered in scratches for slipping off the plastic. OUCH!

I am shopping for a camera. It has been a daunting task. As soon as I find what I want I either get a recommendation for something else or get sent to a website that does a breakdown of all the DSLR's on the market. GEEZE! I'm ready to buy this thing already. But I also don't want to jump the gun and make a bad decision. It's a lot of money so I'm trying to be extra cautious.


We have found a new series. Not new to anyone who has HBO but new to us. We have fallen in love with True Blood. I'm a Twilight fan (read the books and have seen the movie) and I've read 3 of the 5 House of Night books and love them but True Blood is great and has a completely different twist on vampires! Plus, we really enjoy watching seasons on dvd because 1. there's no commercials and 2. we usually watch them back to back to back until the season's complete. This was great for us because Mr. Ski's leg was so bad yesterday he had to keep it elevated and what better way to further enjoy a day at home than to watch a dvd series?! And you know I love vampire sagas...but not as much as I love my favorite vampire slayer, BUFFY!!!

I went and got a pedicure today...my first one in 2009. I should be ashamed to admit that this was my first pedicure of the year but I'm not. I'm cheap! REALLY cheap! My favorite part of the pedicure is the leg massage and the massaging chair. This chair was unlike any other, it was good but every once in awhile there was a ball or something that would push up your butt and not gently either! That was uncomfortable! Luckily you could turn that feature off. After I turned mine off my attention was drawn to a girl sitting across from me who had just started her pedi, she turned beet red and I knew why!! The guy doing her pedi had to turn it off for her. She probably felt violated by that chair! I know I did!

So there are a couple reasons that I prefer winter to summer. Don't get me wrong I love the warm weather and the wearing of flip flops but really I'm a pretty hot natured individual which means I get irritated much more easily during the summer. Here's the two reasons I like winter better: 1. If a leave a drink in the car over night it stays cold. (Mr. Ski cracks up when winter comes around and usually beats me to saying it "I love winter, it keeps my drinks cold!" I told him that when we first began dating and he won't let me live it down...but it's TRUE!) 2. It is very easy for me to take a nap in my car during the work day. Right now the only way I can take a nap in the car is if it's been raining all day long otherwise it's entirely too hot! That's a bummer! Those 20 minute naps really improve my focus. I need to move to Spain, siestas are required there!


Random Fact About Me:
I must listen to NPR or talk on the phone during my commute. Music puts me to sleep! I've learned that I have to have someone who talks to me and usually NPR gives me all that I need without making my phone bill sky flipping high!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Friday Fragments!

Friday Fragments?

It's that time of the week again for FRIDAY FRAGMENTS! The post that allows you to be as random as you like and share all those fragments that happened during your week. Head over to the originator of this fine post, Mrs. 4444's blog to read her fragments and link your fragments to her blog! Happy Fragmenting!

*Do you ever feel something on you and completely freak out thinking it's a bug, spider, or other creepy crawly only to realize that the tickling culprit is one of the stray hairs that you are shedding? Freaks me out! The worse is when said hair finagles it's way into your bra...fishing for that one is less than appropriate in public situations.

**I mowed last Sunday. I think I almost had a heat stroke. I started getting tunnel vision so I took off my shoes and socks outside and then proceeded inside where I took off the remainder of my clothing and laid on the kitchen floor. After thirty minutes or so I was able to resume mowing. Only to come across a dead bird! If you remember from the last time I mowed I found a snake skin. I guess our yard is becoming a pet cemetery! Wonder what I'll find next time???

***So, I've been noticing lately that the people who do captions on TV (mainly reality shows when it's hard to hear a conversation) have gotten really sloppy with spelling. I know I'm not always the greatest speller but that's why I use spell check religiously! These guys/girls not so much. I was watching some reality show about tempting spouses, fiances, etc. to cheat they they spelled definitely in the following way "definatelly." Come on! Did you not use spell check prior to putting that on NATIONAL TELEVISION?! The kicker was that they used the word definitely again later on and it was spelled correctly. Tisk Tisk editing! There was another show I was watching that also spelled a word wrong on the captions but I can't think of the name of the show or the misspelled word to save my life! I guess I need to take better notes.

****Speidi makes me sick. I literally would like to jump through the TV and punch them both in the face sometimes. They are so unbelievably ridiculous! I mean for real...did she NEED to constantly spray her dry shampoo every .25 seconds while in the jungle? No, the five other women there survived without it. Did he NEED to constantly proclaim how BIG of celebrities they are or how RICH AND FAMOUS they are? Definitely not! How conceited can you get...it's not like they are Brad and Angelina! My favorite part was when Heidi was going on and on about how she wanted to be a disciple, a "Mother Theresa", because really "it's not the riches you have on earth but the riches you have in heaven" or so she says after of course she yells at her sister for ruining her $10 thousand dollar purse. Yeah Heidi, keep telling yourself that your not obsessed with possessions and fame. The only other thing I want to say about this D-List, snobby, conceited, collagen filled couple is they deserved every bit of what Al Roker dished out. Good for you buddy!

*****Now onto my current favorite reality show...So You Think You Can Dance (SYTYCD). I was a little sad last night to see Ashley go, she's adorable and I feel that she is a much better dancer than she portrayed in her solo last night. And Max! I liked Max too...he was different and MAN could he move those legs!!! His solo was AWESOME and I couldn't believe they let him go. Even though I haven't formed any major attachments to any of the dancers yet I am starting really like a lot of these kiddos! The only thing that would complete my SYTYCD experience would be the sound guys taking Mary's mike down a notch (or five) when she does her "hot tamale" train squeal! Geeze!

Thanks for stopping by my fragments! Don't forget to head over to Mrs. 4444's blog to read her fragments and the fragments of others who link there! Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

I. Fear. Deer.

Yep, it's true. I'm afraid of deer. And here's why:

In early 2006 I was driving with my bff pookie to Colorado so she could find an apartment and so that she wouldn't have to drive the whole way by herself. Her hubby was coming home from overseas soon so the plan was I was going to ride with her there and then once she was settled I was going to fly home. She drove the majority of the way during the day and then I took over the night shift. We were driving through Kansas....by the way what a boring state with absolutely nothing to look at....anyways, I was driving and there were very few cars on the road. I came up on a tractor trailor that was in the right hand lane, I went to pass him and as I'm driving past him I suddenly notice something laying in the road, it was a deer! I had no where to go...the tractor trailer was on my right and there was not another lane on my left so I got over as far left as I could without going off the road and prepared myself to hit that deer. I hit it's butt...it was scary. I felt bad too because I didn't know if any damage had been done to the car but I did manage to stay on the road. I was so shaken up though that pookie had to start driving again. Ever since that night I have been terrified of deer.

Once while in the car with pookie again but this time in her home state we were driving on a road that is known for having a lot of deer. I was so tense and scared! I could see all their beady eyes staring back at me in the darkness and I was just waiting for one of them to dart in the road. Pookie said she could feel my fear as we drove down that road. It probably doesn't help that I have several friends who have also had close encounters with deer that were much worse than my own. Like a girl I worked with who while she was driving home a deer came through her front windshield. It was laying on her seatbelt so she couldn't get out of the car and no one would stop to help her. The cops told her that if that deer's legs hadn't been facing the passenger side door the deer would have kicked her to death. Nice. Or a friend of my sister's who had a deer come through her windshield and smashed into her face! Her and the deer head butted...she had to have countless facial surgeries after that encounter! This is all SUPER. SCARY. TO. ME!! I am constantly on the look out for deer and freak out if I see one while driving almost to the point where I think I'd be more likely to get myself in a wreck than the deer causing one.

So, all this to say I have a fear of deer! They are like large rats who can do serious damage to cars, faces, and states of mind! I'm still holding onto to the tunnel my imagination drew up when I was 9 or so...the tunnel that will only let in sun if you want it too (can you tell that I used to hate trying to sleep on long road trips but the sun got in my eyes or made me hot), your car drives on tracks so there's no real need to have someone in the driver's seat (which meant Dad could play real games with me instead of the ABC game or something similar), no rain could get in so that basically would eliminate hydroplaning (another fear of mine...stupid wreck!) oh and no animals especially deer can ever be in the tunnel (this one was added). Ah, I can dream.

So now you know why I'm scared of deer and why I will freak out if I see a deer anywhere if I happen to be around you...don't laugh, just pat me on the back and tell me everything will be ok. Maybe I need to attend S.O.D.A. (Scared of Deer Anonymous)!

Since we're talking about strange facts about me here's another:

Strange Fact about Mrs. Ski!


I LOVE LOVE LOVE the smell of the post office.

Monday, June 15, 2009

The End is Near

Well, it looks as if the Army is almost done with us. I haven't talked about it much only because everything is so uncertain in the military. In fact, the only thing certain in the military is uncertainty. Heck, they told us almost 2 years ago that Mr. Ski would be out within 3 months or so. As you can probably guess that did not happen. Mr. Ski is currently in a unit that is for rehabilitating injured soldiers (he has a back injury that often leaves him being unable to move). The WTU for most is a stopping point between being active duty and getting out...for us it has been a completely different experience. He has been in the WTU since the fall of 2007. This hasn't been all bad. One, he hasn't been able to deploy (answered prayer). Two, he was able to start school and has finished his associates degree and is now working towards his bachelors. Three, he was able to start volunteering with the post's high school's football team, which has been an amazing experience for him and oddly enough for me. Four, we have been able to continue Army benefits which is another answered prayer especially with all of my heart problems. As much as the Army has done for us they are finally beginning the process of sending Mr. Ski through the medical board. While I know this won't be a quick process it's still a process. He has to have 2 physicals and then they will send his packet to Fort Sam Houston where a team there will determine how much disability he will receive for his injury. Once that is completed they will send it back and Mr. Ski will either accept or decline the percentage they offer. If he declines they will resend the packet to Fort Sam Houston....if he accepts he will go on terminal leave and then be done with the military...for good.

I have a whole range of emotions going on. On one hand I'm so happy, no longer will the Army dictate what we do and when we do it, no more deployments, no more staff duty, no more early formations and no more bs. On the other hand I am scared, we no longer will have the stability of an Army paycheck each month, no more Army benefits (while hard to get appointments it's still good insurance) and no more job security. Mr. Ski will continue with school except he will go full time, I will continue to commute to my job in bigger city (even though I hate the commute it would be completely absurd for me to disrupt what stability this job does provide when we are losing the Army stability), I will start shopping for insurance or just go without (heart surgery doesn't really allow you to have the cheapest plans), and if needed Mr. Ski will get a part-time job. Hopefully, he won't have to. I would like him to be able to do school full time so he can finish quicker so we can start his job hunt sooner. At least we have a plan, sort of.

I'm still scared though. It's funny because I remember counting down the months until his contract was up...that day has come and gone...but now it's so darn real! I guess that's the Army for you though, they try to make you feel like you will be so lost without them when millions of people do it everyday without the stability of the Army. Don't get me wrong, I am not knocking the Army. The Army did things for Mr. Ski that otherwise wouldn't have come about. They gave him exceptional leadership skills, self-confidence and a ridiculous amount of motivation (the man never procrastinates...unlike me!) while also providing him with pride for the job he has done for our country. When Mr. Ski and I first got married he was over half way done with his military obligation, I was so ready for him to get out...couldn't wait for the day probably because I hadn't seen the stability the military could offer and now I'm afraid I've gotten comfortable...maybe too comfortable with what the Army provides. It's not the best paying job with the best hours but it is a job with good benefits. Plus, my heart swells when I think about what Mr. Ski has given for our country. I am so proud of him plain and simple. He has been and always will be my hero...ACU's or not. Maybe I'm sad because this chapter of our lives is ending and a new uncertain chapter is about to start. I never have dealt well with change. I have no doubts that we will make it and make the best of it as we make it, it's just hard knowing that now we face even more uncertainty.

I'll miss you Army...just a little. But I am so glad I will finally have my husband all to myself and you will never ever take him away from me again. One of my favorite sayings is "The Army is my husband's mistress and sometimes that bitch gets all the attention." I am ready to kick that mistress to the curb!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Fridaaaaaay Fragmentsssssss!

Friday Fragments?

Woot! Woot! It's time for Friday Fragments! The post that allows you to give those fragments of your week that aren't quite substantial enough for a full post! Head over to the originator of this Friday gem, Mrs. 4444's blog to see her Friday Fragments and other bloggers who have also posted their Friday Fragments!

**My nephew (E1) is six and he's adorable. He was staying with my parents for Rooster Ridge Camp a camp they do for their grandchildren and my mom was talking to my sister on the phone giving her updates on her three little ones (E1, E2, and E3). My mom said to my sister, E1 is doing good...he's had a bit of a cough but for the most part he's hoarse. They got off the phone shortly there after and E1 was standing in the kitchen looking puzzled. "Nana, why did you call me a horse?!" BAHAHAHAHAHA! "E1 I didn't call you a horse, I said your voice was hoarse." "But Nana, how can a voice be a horse?" This went back and forth for awhile...imagine trying to explain what hoarse means when it's not the animal to a six year old. The only advice I had for my mom was to show him the word in the dictionary! Totally cracks me up though!

***We have a lot of storms here in Middle Tennessee with the occasional tornado thrown in there. I will admit that I used to be scared of storms but in recent years I've developed a different attitude towards them. I refuse to hide during a tornado watch or warning. I mean, if I'm supposed to die in a tornado then it's not going to matter if I'm in a bath tub or basement or doorway. My boss on the other hand is the total opposite. Anytime there's a storm forecast he whips out his weather radio, turns on both tvs in his office, makes us shut down our computers, and ultimately makes us go down stairs to "wait" it out. Of course, usually I welcome the break but lately I've really had crap to do and that hour of storm watching really sets me back and having to leave later than usual all because of a stupid storm really ticks my lilly! Sheesh!

****Do your feet continue to grow? Since high school I have always worn a size 8.5 to 9 (one of my feet is slightly larger than the other because I sat on it while I was in the womb and therefore had to wear a corrective shoe until I could walk, if my sister blogged she would surely be laughing at me for this). I had to buy a size TEN sandal last week, I do not lie! At this rate I'll be borrowing shoes from Ronald McDonald in a couple years.

*****I know I've already blogged about it but I'm so pumped about So You Think You Can Dance (SYTYCD). I was a little sad to see Tony go home last night, granted he wasn't the BEST dancer ever but his personality was awesome. As for Paris, I thought she was good but Nigel was right they do have a lot of contemporary girls this season. I do think it's awesome that she overcame her injury from her car accident and made it that far in the competition. I can't imagine dancing when one of my legs is numb from the knee down. This season is going to be goooooood, there are so many talented dancers this year....SO EXCITED! WooHOO! I can't wait for next Wednesday!

*****I will leave you with this gem of a quote from Mitch Hedberg (my most favorite comedian)
"A waffle is like a pancake with a syrup trap."

Happy Friday!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

So You Think You Can Dance


Can I even tell you how glad I am that So You Think You Can Dance (SYTYCD) is back on. I LOVE it!! Even when Mary does her ear piercing scream announcing that the couple who has just danced is on her hot tamale train. But after hearing her say last night that it was because of the Botox that her face didn't show much emotion, I truly believe her. How better to express yourself when you can't smile fully than to scream at the top of your lungs?!

I think that this season is going to be good. I don't have a favorite yet but I like a lot of them and I definitely don't dislike anyone...yet. I love seeing all the different styles the best especially hip hop and contemporary. But last night I loved the Cha Cha...it was so much fun! I have a feeling though it was because they used "Poker Face" as the music and I LOVE LOVE LOVE that song!! It's one of those songs that makes me want to dance. It may become my new "I'm not dancing until they play Poker Face" song.

When I was in college, I used to go to gay bars a lot with my favorite gay boys (FBC, CDK, and RM). I think gay bars/clubs great! I mean, the guys won't hit on you but they will tell you how GORGEOUS you are and how much they love your boobies and it's just such a relief to not have to worry about some dude slipping a sedative in your drink. This just wouldn't happen at a gay bar...at least not to me! Regardless, we would have a fantastic time and I only had one rule. I absolutely would not dance until they played Britney Spears' "Toxic!" If that doesn't age me, I'm not sure what will because they always played it and then FBC and I would go dance our little hearts out. FBC would always get so excited when it would come on because he knew that we would finally hit the dance floor. Ahh, I miss those days. Things were simpler. All I really worried about was what I was going to wear and whether or not I was going to try and make it to class the next day. My grades may have suffered but my self esteem always got a boost!

Bottom Line: I love SYTYCD and it makes me so happy because Mr. Ski loves it too and always sings the intro but with his own twist...So You Think You Can Prance! And that always makes me laugh. Leave it to SYTYCD to turn boring summer TV around! Oh and can I also say that I love how Cat Deeley and Nigel always add a "r" to the end of people's names...i.e. Jessicar. Totally cracks me up almost as much as when one of the reporters on NPR said "...the Chinese do do believe in trade..." BAHAHAHAHA!!!! You just said DO DO!!!

Monday, June 1, 2009

I failed...

To do my favorite Friday event this past week...FRIDAY FRAGMENTS! I guess I will just have to wait until next week to do Mrs. 4444's Friday Funtivity! (do you like how I make up words? just stick around!) So because I missed Friday's blogtivity (I've got a slew of these) I'm going to do something else...I'll call it Monday Mush.

**The funniest thing is that I didn't do Friday Fragments last week because I did not have time, I was actually working. I will wait for you to get back in your seat. Not saying I don't work, I do but usually I can do multiple things at once because there are rare times when things are actually due immediately. Usually it goes like this:

Boss: Mrs. Ski, I need you to do this and this and a comparison on this and that and then protect and save everything.

Me: Sure, no problem. I'll get right on that. (since I am ADHD I like having tasks with firm due dates and I just thought that this was due right then or the next day)

Boss: Oh, well, I don't need it for 3 weeks or so. (as he turns and walks out of my office).

Me: ::Thinking to myself:: Don't freaking give it to me until you need it!! Because by you saying I need this...I think now...then you say not for 3 weeks...and I put it in the later pile that I inevitably forget about! Then when you ask me for it 3 weeks from now I have to lie and say it's almost done and then frantically do it before the end of the day. Basically, next time just give it to me at most a week before you need it...if you can't stand to hold off any longer.

***I'm officially going to take away Gidget's womanhood. Sad I know. But there are a couple of reasons why it's the perfect timing:
  • As much as I love fancy pants...It's probably better to just have one female in our house getting visited by Aunt Flo each month.
  • Mr. Ski and I are both in a wedding in July and my 2nd sister (Gidget's designated babysitter) and her hubby just bought a boat with sleeping quarters so they are official lake rats on the weekends until the end of summer maybe until the fall. Therefore I have to board her.
  • Since I have to board her and she's never been boarded by herself I figured I might as well traumatize her as much as possible and get her fixed while she's there. I'm a bad dog mom. She's gonna be so mad at me.
  • I'm hoping that by stripping her of her womanhood she might just calm down a little...if we're lucky.
  • And even though I was beyond excited when she got her first period and cried at the monumental moment (I'm pretty pathetic and I recognize this) I will always have this to remind me of those days...

****I mowed both the front and back yards yesterday. While mowing the front side yard I came across a rather large snake skin...pretty creepy. Although I think Mr. Ski may have been more creepified than I was...he hates snakes.

*****I love hearing other people's drama. I hate drama involving me but if it has nothing to do with me BRING. IT. ON. The Army tends to produce a heck of a lot of drama without even trying. For instance, the best way to get drama brewing is to hold a Military Ball...there's always something that goes down. Either it's so and so's wife and the trashiest dress imaginable, or so and so's husband drunker than drunk, or so and so got a DUI when they provide a ride home, or so and so's wife grinding on everyone besides her husband on the dance floor, and on and on and on. I could provide more but it's just better to say that I would rather hear about drama than be anywhere in the vicinity of it going down. Therefore, I'm quite glad that we didn't attend the Military Ball this last weekend but by god, I loved hearing the tales.