Friday, February 26, 2010
1) My Colorado State tax refund just hit my checking account and
2) The ear doctor said we could go shopping after work and buy a new dining room table!!!!
So VERY excited over here that we might actually get rid of the full sized bed that has been in the dining room for the last 4 months!
Thursday, February 25, 2010
As I got closer and closer to my driveway I noticed one random guy pointing a camera at our house. Not a small, little point and shoot, but a big TV style video camera. I was perplexed. Why on earth would someone be video taping our cute little house?
I pulled up next to him and asked him what was going on.
He told me that he was from HGTV and was filming the outside of our house for a show!
I guess it'll be background for another couple who were considering buying our house, but we snaked in and got it before they did.
So if, in the future, you're sitting on your couch watching HGTV and you see a really cute gray little house in Denver with Christmas lights still up in the end of February, that'd be our place!
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
We valiantly tried to have the picture perfect hollywood type of marriage where bed time is concerned. You know, you both get ready for bed together, pull down the duvet, climb into bed, talk and read with by the light of individual lamps on bedside tables, lean over give a loving kiss goodnight and switch out the lights. We both really wanted it.
But I just can't stay up late enough for the ear doctor's last blood sugar measurement and insulin dose (have I mentioned before that he's type 1 diabetic?...well, he is). And if he attempted to go to bed before the 10:30 rerun of Seinfeld his mind might just explode.
So we're stuck.
I hit the sheets around 10:30 and he stays up til midnight.
But lately I've been paying closer attention. As we sit on the couch catching up with Simon's American Idol antics and scratching out heads at the plot trajectory of LOST I've started to realize that I am the only one awake! At one point, just when Claire was swinging the ax into that poor "other's" gut he woke up and asked, "what did I miss?"
How is it that I'm the late night party pooper because I prefer to doze off in my bed instead of on our couch?
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
This kitchen renovation is really testing me. It's long, drawn out and every single task brings an annoying learning curve.
Take last night, for example. We'd finished 90% of the tile for the backsplash and only had the fancy cuts to make. Due to the size of the tiles (not small or big) making these cuts has been EXHAUSTINGLY difficult. The tiles break, they aren't quite right, they don't fit in the field all the way, whatever.
Yesterday it took us 3 hours to get 5 tiles in place. 5 TILES! And we still have about 10 to go!
At one point I just had to hold my breath and say to my dear dogged ear doctor, "I'm feeling very frustrated," which was then followed by a break and a rapidly consumed row of Girls Scout Cookies. I felt like giving up, which is totally out of character!
This #$^@$@%">#$^@$@% kitchen is going to kill me.
Monday, February 22, 2010
There are three main reasons I think we should keep investing in the space program: symbolic meaning, it's ability to inspire and the impact it has on technological advancement.
First, it's symbolic meaning. To be American is to explore. It is part of our cultural identity and heritage. It is who we are and what we've fought for from the very inception of our nation. I shutter to think of what Lewis and Clark would say to us if we just decided to quit expanding our knowledge of the world around us.
Second, the space program has the power to inspire people more than anything else...period. Just take a look at my comments on the previous post. No one who was alive to see the lunar landing wanted to cut the budget. I'm afraid our current generation takes for granted the fact that we sent a frail, weak human being to the MOON!
Also, everyone knows that our educational programs are failing our children. Scores are slipping, no one wants to teach kids for such a pittance and kids are seemingly less interested in math science engineering and technology. This, everyone would agree is a problem. How many kids are going to be motivated to pursue education in the above fields if we as a nation do not agree to support those fields? How will they be inspired to learn and work hard if there is no amazing science left to do? And believe me when I say that once we give up on the space program other fields will be left vulnerable. If we as a people don't care about advancing the sciences there is no point to work on our educational system where the maths and sciences are concerned.
And lastly, the research and development that has been dedicated to devising solutions for taking mankind into space has had some pretty amazing benefits to our entire race. I'm not saying that we wouldn't have come up with these ideas without the program, but it sure helped move the development forward. Here is just a small list of the benefits we see thanks to the federal dollars invested in the space program:
Semiconductor Cubing (making computer chips cube shaped that reduced the size and weight of memory-intensive systems like medical imaging devices), structural Analysis (the main technique that EVERYTHING is designed with now to predict when things will break. next time you walk over a bridge and it doesn't collapse thank space), air Quality Monitor (this is how we can monitor the dirty air that factories create and we can attempt to limit their environmental impact) Virtual Reality (Avatar was pretty cool, right?), CDs, enriched babyfood (a lot of food science has come out of the space program...a lot), water purification systems, scratch-resistant lenses, chemical-free pool purification (why don't we have more of these in residential pools?), ribbed swimsuit for speed swimmers, better golf balls and composite golf clubs, athletic shoes (almost all shoes not have shock absorption materials developed by the space program), dustbuster, shock absorbing helmets, home security systems, smoke detectors, flat panel TVs, sports bras, fogless ski goggles, transitions lenses, hang gliders, art preservation, microspheres (the first commercial products manufactured in orbit are tiny perfect microspheres. They are used when manufacturing requires really perfectly calibrated measurements and currently are used mainly for environmental control, medical research, and manufacturing), solar energy, weather forecasting via satellite, forest management via satellite, hydroponic plant research, fire resistant material, radiation insulation, digital imaging breast biopsy system (LORAD), and breast cancer detection, laser angioplasty, ultrasound skin damage assessment for serious burn victims, programmable pacemaker, voice-Controlled wheelchair, ultrasound scanners, automatic insulin pump, invisible braces, portable x-ray, MRI, engine lubricant, emergency rescue cutters (jaws of life), fireman's air tanks, self-righting air raft, Doppler radar, studless winter tires, improved car breaks, improved aircraft engines, emissions testing, electric car
There are many, many more but I'm attempting to keep this post to a readable length. If you thought the space program was expendable and that we have bigger fish to fry as a nation will you take a second to consider how many of the above you use on a daily basis. Would you rather go without them?
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Do you care about America's program of manned space exploration? Do you think it's worth paying for or do you think we should let other countries take our place as the leaders in space? Are you concerned at all about the future of our space program and all the related ramifications?
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
A gift certificate for a pedicure, which will come in handy as my toes look like a rodent has been gnawing away for the past few months.
Monday, February 15, 2010
The blue areas get shade almost the entire day and the pink get full sun. We'd love to add a flagstone patio at the base of our deck stairs for more seating/hanging out area. And the dark green area is perfect for a long veggie garden.
So here is my question: if you were to buy a house would a beautifully landscaped backyard be a selling point? Or would the big expanse of grass be just as appealing? Would you pay a little more for a house with a great yard?
Since we aren't going to stay in this house for a decade I'm not sure if it is worth putting all this work and money into making a show stopper of a back yard. I know WE would love it, but I'm just concerned about the return on our investment...
Friday, February 12, 2010
After 8 grueling days filled with papa john's pizza and kraft macaroni and cheese my man has returned to save my eating habits. In fact, this morning I've already assembled a pretty awesome menu and shopping list for next week. I'm actually looking forward to grocery shopping.
A first in my life.
I'm pretty excited that Valentines day lands on a Sunday this year. As a family the ear doctor and I try not to go out on Sunday's as a way to rest and recoup for the week. The result? I get to spend the whole day making a simply perfect dinner for us.
I'm sure those of you who stay home everyday and cook for your families day in and day out just recoiled a bit. But for me, it's a total luxury to turn on some tunes, pour myself something delicious and get to work in the kitchen.
My brand spankin new, almost finished kitchen.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Tuesday, February 09, 2010
But I hate it when he's gone.
It's weird to sleep in a quiet bedroom. And since he's the one that usually takes out the trash the bags are just piling up next to the can. He always locks the doors at night so without him I'm paranoid that I forgot to do it and end up staggering across the living room at 2:47 am just to make sure the deadbolt is in place.
But mostly I miss him because he makes me eat well.
On my own I don't do well.
For example, yesterday I ate the following:
12:34 pm Two fists full of cocoa roast almonds
3:24 pm Jr Bacon Cheeseburger, fries and a diet coke from Wendy's
5:15 pm Ravenously consumed a small mountain of Teddy Grahams and milk
7:47 pm Heaping pile of buttery, salt popcorn
Please, ear doctor, come back soon! The leafy bunch of kale in the fridge eagerly awaits your arrival...and my colon can't take much more of this!
Monday, February 08, 2010
Getting the flu TWICE in one season.
I blame my little sister. She's the one who brought her sick kids to my house, the result of which was my for 2 weeks on the couch.
And because I know how horrible it is to get sick I didn't want to risk passing it on to anyone else. I stayed cloistered up in my house, buried by quilts and didn't even look in the ear doctor's direction for fear of infecting him.
By Friday I was about 98% over it.
Sunday I still had a cough, but figured it would be alright to go out in the world and attend a friend's superbowl party. Especially since this friend just had high risk baby a month ago and I was dying to check in and and see how she was doing.
BELIEVE ME WHEN I TELL YOU I HAD TO GET OUT. My weak grasp on sanity was beginning to falter.
Her baby was born with CDH which means that there was a little hole in her diaphragm. Intestines flowed up and prevented her little left lung from developing. Scary, scary stuff, but since the baby's been born things have gone as well as possible. Really, it's been miraculous. But she'll probably always have respiratory problems, and still isn't home from the hospital.
Which is why I only felt a twinge of guilt when I coughed a few times during the party.
My friend, the mother, told me that for the next year their life will revolve around hand sanitiser and isolation. Visitors will be asked to shower and change clothes before even seeing the little one. Casual trips to the grocery store will soon be highly orchestrated ordeals.
And suddenly the past two weeks of being quarantined in my house didn't seem like that big of a deal. The "ordeal" I'd just been through was really nothing compared to the year this dear friend has ahead of her.