Thursday, September 27, 2007
Katie: What are we doing tomorrow night again?
EarD: (Pause for dramatic, incredulous effect) Ummm, watching The Office.
Katie: (with a renewed excitement) Oh, yeah. That is going to be awesome.
Pause for a few moments to let the realization sink in
EarD: What are you most excited about?
Katie: Well, I really miss Kevin and Angela. They are my friends and I haven't seen them in a really long time. (pause) And, I'm really excited to see how Pam and Jim's date goes.
Yes, we really to think The Office characters are real people. We know this because they are our friends.
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
This dream was about a friend who'd hurt me and I couldn't figure out why. I didn't understand what I'd done to ellicit they're hurtful behavior. I felt small, unloved, insecure and alone.
As I laid in bed the darkness of my room was crushingly heavy and tears pricked the sides of my eyes. I turned over to escape the dark and face the pale blue light coming from my recharging cell phone hoping for solace. Instead, I was surrounded by an icy world that filled my eyes and chilled my heart.
I drifted back off to sleep, but was blessed with no restful slumber.
Hours later I awoke to my warm and inviting bedroom, the breakfast sandwich my hunk of a husband makes me every time I sleep in later than he does, and a kitchen full of bright slanting morning sunshine.
Yet, twinges of the feeling remained.
The happy, enveloping steam of my shower had cold little fingertips as it enveloped me. The freshly ironed shirt had a hidden and unnoticed wrinkle down the front. The tall, frothy morning glass of milk had a faint scent of rot. I hate bad dreams that stay with me all day and leave me in a funk.
Does this happen to anyone else?
Every time it rings I get a simultaneously suspicious and hardcore look on my face, whip my head around and train my truth-eliciting, piercing gaze out into the hallway. Nothing gets by agent Katie....nothing.
Friday, September 21, 2007
Oh, to have a reason to wear wrist length gloves! And drive with Cary Grant! (From To Catch a Thief)
I have a creative job, so why shouldn't I have a creative space? I should.
My current layout is like this:
Surrounded on all sides by built in desk space that I don't use, and don't need. The walls are three shades of gray, and the whole thing is a little.....utilitarian.
1. Rip out all the built in furniture. It is nast.
So yeah, that's what I'd love to do with this space.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Monday, September 17, 2007
We held the first annual Freestyle bed jumping contest. Turns out the layout of our apartment is perfect for really building up speed.
The challenge involved starting down the hallway and running full out until you get to the bed. Then, you had to jump on the bed. The coolness of the jump was judged by both and a winning jump selected. The ear doctor was much better at the forward flip, but I rocked out the "fish" jump.
It was awesome. Totally the right thing to do to our $1200 bed....
We are so mature and grown up.
Friday, September 14, 2007
Turns out this was the same shirt I browned Tuesday nights chorizo in.
Maybe my co-workers will think the superflous amount of little dots all along the bottom of my shirt is some really cool artistic look I'm going for? Doubtful.....very doubtful.
Thursday, September 13, 2007
After entering about 100 different blog giveaways over the past year my "efforts" have finally paid of thanks to the two rad girls at Your Heart Out, and the awesome company (ryka) that employs cool people like k8!
(picture me spinning around in my office chair smiling with child-like glee while surrounded by my gray padded-walled cubical).
What a great way to start a day!
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
When I tore open the pretty floral wrapping paper, I was really surprised that someone got us a book about finances. I'm not really into finances and neither is the ear doctor. We do OK for where we are in life and we thought we had things pretty much under control in this arena.
Well, instead of just throwing the book up on the shelf to let it collect dust, I decided to start reading. Boy, am I glad I did! This book has totally realigned our thought process about money, budgeting and finances. In the book he promises that, barring any truly horrible luck at the beginning of life, if you stick to his principles in the book you can be a millionaire in a decade. He stresses that if you give up things for a short time and have a little perspective about your life-time, anyone can really succeed in the money game.
I am so excited about the promises made in this book and I am so grateful to the thoughtful couple who got us this book for us as a wedding gift! I'm so glad we're jumping on the Zero-debt bandwagon so early in our marriage.
Next time I see the Steinblicks (the givers of the book) I'm giving them a bone-crushing hug and a big wet sloppy kiss on the cheek. That's just how grateful I am to these people.
Do yourself a favor...get on a budget and read this book. It worked for us!
I love Tuesdays because that is the night that the ear doctor puts his grilling skillz to the test and, man-o-man, do I love the homework! Last night he made us delicious steaks with his first ever BBQ sauce from scratch and the most delicious chorizo and mushroom quesadillas with cilantro and jack cheese. YUMMMM. I'd never thought of grilling quesadillas before, but it was the PERFECT cooking method. The tortillas came out perfect and crispy, you'd never get them that way in a pan! Anyway, I love turning on some music (last night was Alison Kraus and Union Station live) and talking to the ear doctor while he cooks.
All of this grilling has made me realize another difference between the ear doctor and myself.
For his birthday a couple of weeks ago my parents got him a brand new grilling cook book. When he opened the package the look on his face belonged to a 7 year old receiving his first electric train set. It was great. He's been reading it pretty much non-stop since he got it.
Two days ago I found the book opened up and sitting on the counter in the bathroom. It took me a minute to realize that the ear doctor was using the new grilling book to "occupy" his time whilst using the facilities! I laughed out loud.
My big realization was this: men and women think of bathroom time very differently (I know....earth-shaking, isn't it?).
I don't think there has been a single instance in my life where I entered the bathroom thinking "I'm going to be in there a while so I might as well bring some reading material along with me." Maybe it's the boy scout in them always wanting to be prepared, but I've just never seen the need for some extracurricular activities.
Girls, do you bring reading material with you? Have you ever found yourself sitting around in there thinking, "man, this is taking a long time, if only I'd brought that Amy Tan novel I've been reading?"
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Even though she'd be the new kid on the block, she would TOTALLY fit in with white enamel canisters and glass Kosher Salt container by the stove.
Although, if beautiful bird oil decantur added her beautiful self to the stove-counter party I might start to feel bad for retro looking toaster all alone far on the other side of the kitchen.
Friday, September 07, 2007
- On Wednesday, my first day here, someone's baby was crying for 4 hours straight. I thought that was kind of different.
- The floor of our building is like a trampoline. Whenever anyone walks by my cube the whole thing shakes so much I think we're having a 4.5 Richter scale earthquake. I've even developed a really fast way to "batten down the hatches" so that my precious plastic framed awards don't fall off the gray padded walls.
- My new extension is x7749, which is really cool because 7 x 7 = 49. (How about that, Kath?)
I think this place needs a plant or two.....
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
That night we stayed at the State Game Lodge in the park, which is where Pres. Calvin Coolidge spent his summer months while he was president. It was a really breathtaking area and we had our own little cabin that reminded me of being at summer camp.
(mammoth mandible...jaw bone)
Between the caves, the monuments, the animals, the scenery and visiting the town of Lusk, WY twice, we had a totally awesome time!