Thursday, October 30, 2014

Look Who's Rocking a New Grill

Lydie is looking shiny!
Tuesday, I took Lydie to the orthodontist to get her braces put on.  Doesn't she look amazing!  She doesn't need major work done, but she does have a little crowding in the front.  These past two days, she's been in a little pain.  She's been eating soft foods like Ramen, Mac n' Cheese, and dad got her a milkshake.  We're hoping over the weekend, she'll start feeling more comfortable.

I've got a few weeks off school, but work has been hectic, so I haven't been able to enjoy that time off.  I hope to have more to blog about in the next few days.


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Mood Lighting for Fishies


I've had this aquarium for many years.  We transported a large goldfish when we moved from Virginia to Colorado, and we were given this tank by family who knew we were attempting this transport.  The fish lived on for many years.  Well, then, we had a salamander that lived many years in this tank.

For almost a year and a half we've had this tank as an attempted terrarium, but I am in no way able to grow plants.  Not in my ability.  I admit it.

On a whim, I decided to make this an aquarium again.  I really wanted some little tropical fish.  We still had most of the supplies.  I needed to buy new tubing, chemicals, food, water heater, bubble stone, and fish.  I got 3 of each, tetras, black mollies, and male guppies.

I had a heck of a time trying to get a bulb for my tank hood.  I kept getting the wrong size.  Finally, I decided to get a new hood.  There are many advances in LED lighting that wasn't available when we first had this aquarium.  It's energy efficient and doesn't emit the heat that a traditional tank bulb.  Now, the LED lights have neat effects.  This light has a day and night setting.  This night setting is very cool.  I wish you could see, but it makes the fixtures and the tetras glow a little, almost light a black light, but not as harsh.  The cost of the traditional bulb is $8.  The LED is $35, but it's going to last longer and use less electricity.

I love aquariums.  The water sounds and watching the fish swim is so relaxing.


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Book Review - Letter from Skye

Letters from SkyeLetters from Skye by Jessica Brockmole
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I haven't done a book review in a while, so I'm eager to finally post a review.  I hope to post more soon!!

I listened to this story on audio book download from my public library.

The story takes place during two different time periods, the 1910s and 1940s.  It is an epistolary novel that takes place in letters between two different couples during times of war.  I love the romance of the letters.  Also, the relationships and emotions between mothers, daughters, aunts, and friends.

I have a really long commute, and I also listened to the story while doing data entry.  I listened to the story in two days, it's was that intriguing.  Although, I kind of knew where the story was going, I didn't want to stop listening to it.

Great read and so romantic!


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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Life in Theater



How awesome is this photo.  Lydie is the third from the right on the back row.  I know, she is tall.  Yup, you've seen her grow up right here.  I got to see the play Sleepy Hollow this weekend.  It was amazing and incredibly funny.  Live theater is the best, especially community theater.  No one is getting paid.  It's just for the love of it.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Latest Knitting Progress


I haven't done nearly the knitting I've wanted to do in the past few months, but I've made an attempt to try to knit a few rows if nothing else.  This is some left-over yarn I have.  I hope I have enough for the project.  I never calculate yarn very well.

I do miss the good ole days when I used to sit in clinics and do homework until someone asked me a question.  I did a lot of homework done that way.  Now, I do homework when I'm home, the nerve!  That leaves not a lot of time for knitting.  Oh, well, we will make it work somehow.

This weekend and next weekend are Lydie's play performances, and the hubs and I have to coordinate who is going when, because we have Benny to care for.  I can't wait to see it.  Sleepy Hollow in October.  I love the fall, I love this month, and I love the supernatural and creepy.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Life in Theater


Lydie is rehearsing for her upcoming play, Sleepy Hollow.  They start performing for school children tomorrow, and this weekend starts the shows for the paying audiences.  I caught a sneak peek of the famous horse chase scene.  It's amazing and scary!

You won't believe which one Lydie is in this picture. She is the tallest all the way to the far left.  She is only 12!

Because of her busy schedule, we had to postpone her braces until October 28th.  That's when she will have a break from performing for a while.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Busy, Busy Week

I didn't check in last week, because we had two people out on vacation.  It made work life very crazy.  It's been pretty crazy, in general, with all the family happenings, the commute, and working.  I may be going a little crazy.  This week is a little more calm, so I hope to get caught up.

The frustration at work is one person not wanting to teach anyone her job duties.  She really loves to hoard them.  Well, she was gone, so I had no idea how to fix certain things, so the boss was asking me about certain accounts, and I had no idea what to do with them.  I talked to my other two coworkers, and they said, "Boss lady is hip to what's going on."  That makes me feel better, and those two have been great at teaching me what's involved in their job.



Here's a picture of little Benny with his cousin during a birthday party last Sunday.

I don't know if you guys know what I drive, but it's a tiny Toyota Matrix.  Well, the miles are getting up there, and it's not made better with this commute.  Supposedly, my new work space has been reserved, but I have no idea when I'm actually moving. When I move, though, I am going to be getting a new vehicle.  The hubs wants a minivan.  I cringed when he said that, but now that I think about it, I am warming up to it.  My tiny car is getting to be a tight fit with these growing kids.  Anyone drive an minivan and love it?


Monday, September 8, 2014

Happy Birthday, Benny!!


It's been 4 years since I gave birth to this little cutie.  Can you believe it?  We planned a last minute gathering.

We just invited Benny's one set of grandparents. No extended family or friends.  There was a total of 6 of us here.

With everything that has been going on the last few weeks with my commute, Lydie's drama practices, and hubby's VFW volunteering, we haven't had a whole lot of down time.

The hubs grilled out steaks.  We had salad, potatoes, mac and cheese, and bread.  Everything was super yummy.

Since we decided to have a party last minute,we had not ordered a cake or made any preparations.  Usually, I order a cake from the grocery store.  Of course, those cakes are okay,but most of it goes to waste, because the frosting is too sweet.  Well, the hubby was close to a private bakery, because he was getting a hair cut.  He decided to pop in to see if they could make him a cake on such short notice.  As you can see, they could do this for us, and the co-owner, being a sci-fi fan was more than happy to make this spidey cake.  It cost us a bit more to than the typical mass-produced grocery store cake to have this cake custom made, but it's well worth it.  The filling is strawberry cream.  The icing is amazing.  I am supporting a local business.  I think we all came out winners here, and I plan to go back for all our special occasions

Total shameless plug of this bakery:
Batter Up Cakes
Love them!!

Friday, August 29, 2014

I Love Family History


Some of my favorite blog posts to read are about family history.  I love those old photos.  Even the ones that aren't so old, like 1980's.  They are someone's past, and there are great stories there.

I have been watching Who Do You Think You Are? on TLC.  It is a great show, if you haven't seen it already.  I've been curious about some of my family history.  My dad's side is a little more easy to research, because it's documented, but at some point, I would like to search my mom's side.  My mother has passed, and so have my grandparents.  My aunts are still here, but they are not getting any younger.  I have a finite window before a lot of that history starts fading away.

On my dad's side, my cousin sent me this amazing picture.  It's the wedding for one of my aunts.  My dad is back center.  This other people in the picture are all brothers and sisters.  My grandfather is the one in the suit next to the bride.  His wife, my grandmother, died when my dad was two.  I can't tell you how much I absolutely love this photograph.  I can't wait to get it printed and framed.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Happy Friday!

My Lunch
My goodness!  Doesn't this smothered burrito look amazing?  My coworker's church is having a fundraiser, so I couldn't resist.  It's for a good cause...LOL!  I also got a banana pudding to take home to the family.  I made sure to wrap it up and put it in the fridge, so I would not be tempted to sit here at my desk and eat the whole darn thing.

Do you see my adding machine in the background?  I've never had one of those before.  I've hit the big time.  I use the one on my computer though.

My supervisor talked to her boss about getting me moved to an office closer to my home, and he approves it, but it's a matter of finding a place.  Then, he flew out of town for a conference.  Argh!  I hope to hear something next week, but we are moving in the right direction.

I took Lydie to the orthodontist Wednesday, and she is going to be getting braces in October.  It's expensive, but it's worth it.  I never had braces, because I just got lucky and never needed them.  My sister, Sunshine, had very crooked teeth, but we were poor kids, and never had the opportunity to have braces.  The hubby had braces, and he said his father made a bid deal about the cost, like it was an inconvenience, but that was his father's general attitude about being a parent (Don't get me started).  We have always vowed to be better parents than our parents, and we have made this an exciting time for Lydie.  The hubs gave me cart blanche for her to have it done, so I was able to sign all the paper work right away.  Fortunately, she just has a little crowding, so no need to have teeth removed or have those crazy palatal expansion.  I'll make sure to show you the pictures.

I'm supposed to be writing a final paper that's due in 9 days, so I better get to it.  Have a great weekend.