Thursday, November 27, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Doesn't he look miserable? After a while we got him to bring out the smiles. He is such a happy kid. Even when he's congested and a tooth is trying to emerge from his gums. It's rough being a kid.
After Blair was in a better mood, we were off to run errands. We went to Babies R Us, but Alexa didn't find everything she needed. Target was our next destination. I even managed to fit in a little Christmas shopping! I left soon after we got back to their house. I was exhausted and ready to sit on my butt in front of the TV.
Travis worked all day for his boss, then went over to a friend's house in the evening to help with a few little electrical add-ons. As much as I enjoy having full control over the TV, I miss my hubby. I don't know how you pilot-wives do it!!
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Countdown until Twilight: 4 days
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Everyone started showing up for the party around 7pm, the scheduled party time. We had a pretty good turn out. We had the table full of food and the fridge was stocked and ready for the festivities.
Couple of the Hour
Sara and Dana
Ariel and Robert
Robert, me and Travis
Shannon and Chris had TOO much fun and passed out before the party was over. We let it go since they were the Couple of the Hour. I think Travis and I made it to bed around 1pm. Funny how our parties end earlier and earlier as we get older. I'm not complaining though. Old lady Nikki needs her beauty sleep.
Sunday we slept in a little and then met Chris R. and Alexa for brunch at a nearby restaurant. Chris was unable to make it over Saturday because he was on a flight and he wanted to see Shannon and Chris W. before they left. We laughed at how HUGE the portions were at the restaurant. The food was great though. We need to remember that place, but maybe we won't go on a Sunday morning. It was ridiculously busy and the place is a seat-yourself restaurant. Yikes.
Let another week begin! (And the countdown for Thanksgiving is upon us - 10 days to go!)
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Rachel and I got to experience something pretty fun yesterday. A camera man came into our lab to interview a few of the doctors from our work, including our boss. Then, all of us in the lab got to do some in between shots of us doing "science". Ha! It was pretty funny actually. All of my fantastic work in the morning was lost when the camera broke down. I threw a fit and said we could resume after lunch and I went to my trailer. Not really, but that would have been cool.
All this commotion is for a military health website. They are putting together various interviews from doctors. Rachel and I get to be the background. LOL! The recording took ALL day, so I guess it's a good thing I didn't have much going on at work yesterday.
At one point, a bigwig doctor came in to be interviewed, so the head of the department stopped in to see how everything was going. They chatted for a minute and the head asked if anyone had heard of the new hurricane scale, called IKE. I hadn't, so I looked it up. According to that scale, Hurricane Ike was quite the doozy. But I guess anyone here could have told you that.
I got the following quote from Wikipedia:
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Sorry there is no sound. At least there's not on my side. But CAN YOU BELIEVE WHAT THEY DO TO THESE POOR LITTLE CHICKS?!?! I was mortified at how all those women could throw the poor boogers down the shoot, like they were sorting M&M's! When I whimpered this to Travis, he said it was more like "lightly tossing" them. UGH! I couldn't even watch the whole clip. It is just too sad.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Saturday, November 8, 2008
That area is usually teeming with life. On a regular day you would see families crossing the streets heading to another store, or a group of friends drinking beer in front of the reggae bar, or the couple walking their dog. There was NONE of that yesterday and it really hit home for me.
Friday, November 7, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Things I learned during the remnants of Hurricane Ike. . .
- Coffee and frozen pizzas can be made on a BBQ grill.
- No matter how many times you flick the switch, lights don't work without electricity.
- My car gets 23.21675 miles per gallon, EXACTLY (you can ask the people in line who helped me push it).
- Kids can survive 4 days or longer without a video game controller in their hand.
- Dogs are even more irritating without power. [Especially when there are 8 of them.]
- He who has the biggest generator wins.
- Women can actually survive without doing their hair. You just wish they weren't around you.
- A new method of non-lethal torture: showers without hot water. [I only had to take 3 of these, but they were the quickest showers of my life.]
- There are a lot more stars in the sky than most people thought.
- TV is an addiction and the withdrawal symptoms are painful.
- A 7 lb bag of ice will chill 6-12 oz Budweiser's to a drinkable temperature in 11 minutes, and still keep a 14 lb. turkey frozen for 8 more hours.
- There are a lot of dang trees around here. [And I think half of them fell down.]
- Flood plain drawings on some mortgage documents were seriously wrong.
- Aluminum siding, while aesthetically pleasing, is definitely not required.
- Crickets can increase their volume to overcome the sound of 14 generators.
- People will get into a line that has already formed without having any idea what the line is for.
- When required, a Lincoln Continental will float. Doesn't steer well, but floats just the same.
- Tele-marketers function no matter what the weather is doing.
- Cell phones work when land lines are down, but only as long as the battery remains charged. [Thank goodness for generators.]
- 27 of your neighbors are fed from a different transformer than you, and they are quick to point that out!
- Hampers were not made to contain such a volume.
- If my store sold only ice, chainsaws, water, gas and generators... I'd be rich.
- Price of a can of soup rises 200% in a storm.
- Your waterfront property can quickly become someone else's fishing hole.
- Tree service companies and power company workers are under appreciated.
- I learned what happens when you make fun of another states' blackout.
- MATH 101: 30 days in month, minus 6 days without power equals 30% higher electric bill???? [Ariel and Robert got TWO outrageous electric bills. TWO of them!]
- Drywall is a compound word, take away the "dry" part and it's worthless.
- I can walk a lot farther than I thought. [Sara, Dana and I walked REALLY FAR the day after the hurricane. We wanted to see stuff, but I didn't want to get roof tacks or nails in my tires.]
- Hurricane evacuation and recovery is a true test of a relationship.
PS - Don't forget to vote today! I'm going at lunch.
Monday, November 3, 2008
Travis and I had a rather uneventful weekend. Saturday Travis worked all day and I sat around the house catching up on my recorded shows on TV. Sunday was nice because Travis was off from work. I keep telling him that I know it's nice to have the overtime pay he's getting, but I can't wait until he has a full weekend off again. There are a few things falling through the cracks at our house that need to be taken care of that I cannot do. The most important being our cabinets. They seem to be separating from the ceiling. I asked Travis how to fix it and it requires adding support in the ceiling above the cabinets, which means a trip into the attic. I am not good with that sort of thing, so I'm not even going to attempt it. I worry about the cabinets falling, not only because we would loose all of our plates and glassware, but because everything underneath it would probably be destroyed too - coffee pot, counter top, etc. If it gets any worse I'm going to have to take everything out and just leave it on the counter. =(
The problem is that with his one day off a week he likes to wash his car, give Callaway a bath, catch up on laundry and mow the lawn. And then, of course a little time for football and relaxation. This leaves little time for projects around the house. He doesn't even have time to do this in the evening after work because he works so late. Eh, we'll figure it out...
This Saturday, we went up to Chris and Alexa's house first thing to pick up a shelf that they no longer want. It was nice to visit with Alexa's parents who are in town from Ohio. They have helped out a bunch with getting the house back together. I couldn't believe the place actually looked like a home again! Funny part is they still don't have a kitchen sink yet. Well, not so funny for Alexa who has been washing bottles in the sink in the bathroom. Oh! And Blair can crawl. Holy crap. It amazes me how fast kids grow. It's only been a week since I've seen him and he's crawling forward on all fours and can pull himself up on furniture and sturdy toys. Seriously.
Anyhoo, back to the shelf. I was really nervous about getting it home. It is REALLY tall, so we were thinking about leaning it sideways in the bed of the truck. But Alexa's neighbor, who used to be a truck driver and therefore knows mucho about tying down loads, recommended leaving it straight up. I could not believe how sturdy it ended up. We had NO problems the entire ride home. We were even able to go the speed limit!
There were plenty of people to help load the shelf into the truck at Alexa's. Getting it out and into our house was the problem. We were hoping JR would be able to help us (I have almost no upper body strength), but he wasn't home when we got there. It worked out okay because Travis mowed the lawn and by the time he was finished, JR was back. The boys brought the shelf in the house and I took care of the rest. The shelf is so big that I worry about it looking too busy. I kept rearranging everything, until I finally decided to give up for the night and wait to see what I think when I get home again tonight.
I love it. Now if I could just work out the accessories. I would like to put more books in it, but I don't have enough. I have a huge bookshelf in the office that is already hogging all the books. Hmmm... This could be an excuse to buy more.
Shannon and her daughter Caty stayed the night with us last night. Caty stayed the weekend here, so Shannon had to pick her up. To avoid driving at night, they stayed at our house. Shannon said she thinks the shelf doesn't look too cluttered. I don't know though...
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Oh and Sarah Palin and Joe the Plumber (not pictured) were there too!
We had a great time, but had to leave by midnight since Travis has to work today. On the ride home, we came across a car accident that had most likely just happened. We arrived before the tow truck. Unfortunately, there were about five cars involved that took up four of the five lines. The traffic was insanity. Once we were close enough to see the accident, it looked really bad. A van had the rear smashed in all the way to the first row of seats and many of the other vehicles looked just as bad. We eventually made it through and were on our way home again.
About, oh, 60 seconds after we passed the accident, a motorcycle and truck go FLYING past us. They had to at least have been going 100mph. Idiots. I said out loud to Travis that they must not have seen the accident two miles back because they were just asking for it. Sure enough, another five minutes later, we passed another accident, but it looked like we were one of the first few cars to pass it. And who do you think it was? The dumbass truck that flew by us just minutes before. Thankfully, the motorcycle didn't appear to be involved and all the people in the truck were standing on the side of the road shaking. Three cars had already stopped to check on them, so we just drove through. I couldn't tell if they had rolled, or if the force of sliding sideways had bent all the tires underneath the vehicle. There was something leaking out from underneath the truck, but I think it was just the radiator because it was under the hood.