Saturday, February 27, 2010

Flowers and flowers for spring, oh my!

These are the flowers I just ordered from Spring Hill Nursery. Looking forward to spring...!!!

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So, now, here I am, writing this thank you card

So... way back in August when I was getting all set for my October wedding, I decided to make my own invitations and thank-you cards. The invitations were pretty simple and easy to make. However, I decided on a crazy (but super-cute) idea for my thank you cards... so, here we are at the end of February and I have yet to finish and mail out the majority of my cards. I'm working on it, mind you, they're just taking me awhile.

Well. Eric has been super about helping me write the cards. We basically split the list in half, which is great. I check the card first to make sure I'm putting it into the right envelope for mailing. My favorite of his so far went something like this:

Dear C & C,

The other day, I said to Michelle, "Hey, who gave us this pretty vase?" She said, "C & C." I asked her if we had thanked you yet. So, now, here I am, writing this thank you card.

Love, Eric & Michelle

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Alivia came to visit!



And we had lots of fun together. Things we did:
  • Played with Ramona
  • Showed off awesome walking skills
  • Ate a really fancy dinner with Uncle Eric, mommy, and daddy
  • Watched the beginning of the Opening Ceremony in Vancouver
  • Cuddled on the couch
  • Looked at pictures together
  • Gave really sweet kisses
  • Went shopping at R.E.I. and Casual Adventure for new shoes for Auntie Michelle and mommy
  • Ate the most delicious bbq for lunch
  • Gave high fives, danced, and blew kisses
  • Practiced climbing up and down the stairs
  • Made Auntie Michelle and Uncle Eric love her even more!

Superbowl Idiocracy

This ad appeared during the super bowl:



A friend clued me in to this awesomely feminist response (fyi, the 4th to last word is the f-bomb):



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Monday, February 15, 2010

V-Day, the day after


We spent V-Day up in Maryland taking care of my mother-in-law who is in major pain from a recent back surgery. Today, I saw this. Ah, Eric... I mean, Larry, sure has some making up to do... :-)
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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Oh dear


I couldn't help but chuckle a bit when I saw this. When the owner of this vehicle finally tunnels her/his way out of the house, s/he'll find her/himself in quite a predicament!
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Four Courts Four


So... I registered for a 4-mile run a month from now. March 13, to be exact. It's about a mile longer than the 5k distance I've been training for, but I downloaded another app that helps me go from a 5k to an 8k (which is longer than 4 miles). This is good, because now I'm extra motivated to get out and run 3-4 times a week (instead of the 1-2 I've been running during the winter). I don't want to die (or have to walk) during my race!

Now, I have absolutely no intention or hope of coming close to the front of the pack. This is my first race. My goal is to finish without stopping. I'm nervous and excited!!
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Monday, February 08, 2010

Okay, so I know I'm talking about snow A LOT

But, come on! It's getting a little old, already. And, I don't mean my constant updates (although, perhaps they could be included...). I'm talking to good 'ole Mother Nature.

They've upgraded our Winter Storm Watch to a Warning, and increased the predicted snowfall from 5 inches to 10 - 20 inches.

School is canceled again tomorrow. At this rate, we won't be in school all week! I'm actually disappointed. Besides the fact that I'll be working straight through till August if this keeps up, I'm ready to get back and see my kiddies (although all this time off is giving me ample opportunity to finally grade those Unit 4 essays I keep putting off).

Ramona has been yelping every now and then today. And a little bit last night in her sleep. At first, I thought her paws might be raw from the ice and salt, but I think she's actually having arthritis aches in her hips, poor girl. We got her some balm for her pads and some treats with glucosemein. Hopefully that helps her. I think the cold air is making her tired, racing joints act up. They ran her raw :-(

On another note, I decided that all of this cold weather called for another greyhound coat. So, I used an old blanket and some leftover sherpa from her last coat to put together another one. I made it a little bigger and easier to put on. I think it's great! I think she likes it, too :-)

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This is for a region that boasts about 7-8 inches of snowfall a YEAR

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WATCH... IN EFFECT FROM TUESDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON.

* PRECIPITATION TYPE... SNOW.

* ACCUMULATIONS... POTENTIAL FOR 5 OR MORE INCHES OF SNOW.

* TIMING... MID TO LATE TUESDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON.

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Sunday, February 07, 2010

This is why we can't have school, yet

I live on a fairly busy street. In fact, it's among the first plowed because it's a snow emergency route. So, in the last post, the roads look very clear.

However, this is what my neighborhood looks like...

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Snow, snow, snow

School is closed again tomorrow. This is our 6th snow day this year! Six is all we get for free - after this we have to start making up days. Of course, the forecast has snow again on Tuesday/Wednesday... so I imagine we'll have a day or two to make up. It's crazy!

Tonight we're going over to a friend's to eat yummy junk food while the TV is on in the background... some sort of big game is being played? Mmmm... queso and chili!

We spent about 3-4 hours digging this morning. The neighbor is really nice - he came out and helped us, since his kids had done their driveway the night before. I even got to go inside and take a bit of break while he and Eric shoveled. I think mostly he just wanted to have someone (Eric) to talk to for awhile about work, etc. Anyway... I'm REALLY sore!

This is the driveway yesterday after it stopped snowing (taken from the second story bedroom).


And here is the driveway now. That mountain of snow by the tree is nearly 6 ft!

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This is just a test

I'm just testing something I learned about on Google. Just want to see how it works and will probably post it on my class website if I like it. Feel free to try out the quiz if you want...!!


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Saturday, February 06, 2010

Thursday, February 04, 2010

The Boy


So, El Nino is out in full force this winter! Here's our latest weather advisory for the coming weekend:

... WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM FRIDAY TO 10 PM EST SATURDAY...

* PRECIPITATION TYPE... HEAVY SNOW.

* ACCUMULATIONS... STORM TOTAL ACCUMULATIONS OF 18 TO 24 INCHES.

* TIMING... SNOW WILL BEGIN MID-MORNING FRIDAY... AND WILL CONTINUE THROUGH SATURDAY EVENING. CONDITIONS WILL DETERIORATE RAPIDLY FRIDAY AFTERNOON... WITH HEAVIEST SNOWFALL OCCURRING BETWEEN SUNSET FRIDAY TO SUNRISE SATURDAY. THE MOST HAZARDOUS WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS WILL OCCUR FRIDAY NIGHT.

* VISIBILITIES... THE COMBINATION OF HEAVY SNOW AND STRONG WINDS WILL REDUCE VISIBILITIES TO BELOW ONE-QUARTER MILE... PRODUCING NEAR-BLIZZARD CONDITIONS AT TIMES FRIDAY NIGHT AND EARLY SATURDAY MORNING.

* TEMPERATURES... HIGHS IN THE LOWER 30S FRIDAY. TEMPERATURES WILL BE IN THE MID TO UPPER 20S FRIDAY NIGHT AND SATURDAY.

* WINDS... BECOMING NORTHEAST 10 TO 20 MPH FRIDAY WITH GUSTS TO 30 MPH FRIDAY NIGHT AND SATURDAY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

CONDITIONS IN THIS STORM ARE EXPECTED TO BE COMPARABLE TO THOSE IN THE STORM OF 19 DECEMBER. PLAN FOR SUBSTANTIAL DISRUPTIONS TO TRAVEL FRIDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH THE WEEKEND.

A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. STRONG WINDS ARE ALSO POSSIBLE. THIS WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS OR NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE FRIDAY NIGHT.

Guess who's turn it is to shovel...?? :-)
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Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Slump day, hump day

I've been in a bit of blogging slump, lately! We have another snow day today, though, so hello! I can't believe how much it's been snowing here. We got about 8 inches on Saturday and another 4 or so last night. It looks really pretty, though. But, I don't want any more snow days because we've used them all up as of today. I don't want to have to make them up on nice, spring days! Just 2-hour delays from now on, please!

Speaking of 2-hour delays, Eric had one this morning. I was already up, so I went out and shoveled the sidewalk and driveway. I also cleaned off both of our cars, so he would be able to sleep in a little bit extra. I tried to get him up a few times so he would have time to walk Ramona before going to work. Mind you, I've had to walk her (in the snow) both morning and night every day since Saturday (with the exception of Monday morning). Normally, we take turns.

So, yes, he gets up too late to walk her, and I end up having to take her, anyway. And yes, he owes me big. But let me tell you what, it was ridiculously beautiful out there.

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