Sunday, September 30, 2007

Cowboys Baby!

My husband is set to graduate this December and get his X-Ray certification. He has 2 years experience on an MRI machine, and when he gets his X-Ray cert. he wants to get his certification for CAT Scan. I'm so proud of him!

Now, here's where the story gets interesting. My husband is a sports fanatic - true fanatic. He loves football, hockey, basketball, he stayed up late last night and watched boxing. I enjoy sports, I'm just not obsessed. Anyway, one of his instructors at school is the X-Ray tech for Texas Stadium and has managed to get him on the field before today's game. So my husband, my two sports obsessed children and my husband's good friend are off to see the Cowboys defeat the Rams today (I don't care what Isaac Bruce said, the Cowboys are going to win.). I'm hoping that Ethan gets to meet Tony Romo his favorite Cowboy, but I'm not getting my hopes up.

If we get a picture, I will post it either on this blog or the family blog Coplin Copy come back and check it out.

Friday, September 28, 2007

I achieved Bliss today.

I am an earth girl, a Virgo. I feel my best when I am outdoors being "one" with nature. This afternoon I truly achieved bliss and even had a deep down in the belly laugh. It was awesome.

I spent the afternoon on a blanket outside in the shade. I read a book cover-to-cover, my youngest found he had a love for photography, he's only 4, but who knows where it will go. Oh, and I read a book cover-to-cover. Can I say that one more time? I read a book cover-to-cover. I took a nap in the sun. And the best part, I got down on the blanket and proceeded to re-live a childhood joy, I rolled on the grass with the kids all the way across the backyard. It was so much fun, I got dizzy, I smelled the freshly mowed grass and I laughed, that deep down really good feeling belly laugh.

Its not every day you can enjoy this way, so it makes this one all the more special.

Turco Strikes Again

Today, Hunter had a friend over & while I was snapping pictures of the boys on the swings, Turco, the Manx & true "mouser", came over the fence with a present in his mouth. I'm so excited to announce that today, Turco killed a big green lizard. It is now dead with its mouth open in the middle of my backyard. I don't do dead animals. As a girl, no where in the rule book does it say I have to pick up dead animals.


My mind will slowly turn to mush this season.

Thank G for DVR's because without them I could not watch TV and pay any attention to my two lovely children. (Did I Say lovely? What was I thinking?)

Over the past few days I have watched a little, still have a little to review but I will say this -enjoyed Private Practice. I like Addison's character & the people that surround her on the show. Its a little more mature than Grey's Anatomy & I find that refreshing.

I'm going to love Dirty Sexy Money: 1) because I LOVE Peter Krause, 2) The reverend is going to make the show, 3) and I'm going to love the whole Baldwin brother playing a character in love/lust with a tranny hooker. I'm looking forward to that one.

Grey's Anatomy was good, but my least favorite person on the show is Meredith. She's sooo screwed up and I hate women who are "wounded". Men can be wounded, we as women want to fix that - or make them feel better, but I don't like to watch weak women. I'm a little sad for Callie & George. It's not like I didn't expect it to happen, but boy did Izzie go from missing Denny to in love with George fast. I wish Denny didn't die, there is a man who I'd like to see every week.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Black Fingernails Red Wine - Eskimo Joe

I rarely post videos on my blog, but I really love the song and the video to this.

I'd like this day to be over.

I'm really disappointed in the men in my life right now. I feel like I talk and talk and no one listens. So I don't talk and no one comments. I've worked out some of my frustrations working out this morning and I've been tearing apart my house for the last 4 hours. I've cleaned out my pantry, my cabinets, scrubbed both bathrooms and I mean scrubbed can you say toothbrush in the corners. I have my whites soaking in the bathroom with Tide with bleach (why you ask? It bleaches the tub at the same time it pre-soaks the whites.) I've mopped floors, washed, dried & folded clothes. I've changed litter boxes, I've piled everything I could find that my husband left out on the top of his dresser - he'll love that - but it's not making me feel any better.

I need chocolate! Lots of chocolate & maybe I need to nurse George Clooney back to health after his motorcycle accident.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Fall Garden is officially in.

For me there is nothing better than digging in the dirt. The smell of manure, flowers blooming, eating what I've grown - its just a big giant high. Its my own "drug addiction". The gardening thing that is.

I did get my fall garden all planted. In my garden I have two rows of broccoli, three rows of spinach, three rows of head lettuce, and three rows of salad mix. I'm looking forward to some green stuff and maybe, just maybe I'll have enough to share. If you want in - let me know now.

I've been working in the Garden!

All morning long, I have been working in my little, but very productive garden. Its about 15 feet long & 2 or 3 feet wide. This summer it provided me with potatoes, squash & okra. This fall & maybe some winter (its not always freezing here in Texas) it will keep me in lettuce, spinach and broccoli. I can here the yippees from here about the broccoli.

I have incorporated 1 1/2 bags of organic compost into the garden for nutrients and to replace some of the soil that has disappeared over the last year and after one more good turning, I will put the seeds into the ground. There is nothing more satisfying than a job well done. It also helps me eat a little healthier and maybe it will help me lose a few pounds if I eat all this salad. Ya baby.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Can you say ego boost!

I've have gotten so many compliments today on my new hair. Almost everyone has noticed the new cut - some people have noticed the color. Even gay men noticed the new sweater that I called "Boobalicious". It is not revealing, it just accents the twins. Of course when you have DD's, it doesn't take much to make them get noticed.

I feel good!

Friday, September 21, 2007

Woman Stuff - do not read if you're a guy.

I bet all the guys immediately read this blog entry. Here is where they will stop. I just had an eyebrow & bikini wax. I am 39 years old and for the first time in my life had a bikini wax. Not near as bad as I thought it would be, not near as easy and I wish it would have been.

I am slowly but surely doing all the things I've been meaning to do over the past few years. Getting my hair done regularly, getting my eyebrows waxed - now the bikini thing - and facials, I will be getting my first one of those next week.

It feels good to do things for yourself. I am one of those people that take care of everyone else first, then if there is anything left, I take care of me. I'm trying to do better by me these days, not necessarily spending every day in a spa or beauty salon, just regular maintenance. My grandmother says "Women are like cars, the older they get, the more maintenance they need." I've never been compared to a car before, but I hope its a vintage Austin Healy or a hot Aston Martin, at least I know I would never go out of style.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Hormones will get you every time.

I went a little hormonal with Aunt Flo this month. It seems that I all of a sudden decided to become June Cleaver. I pulled up the rug in my living room on Tuesday, beat it to death, polished my wood floors, I've had the den carpet cleaned, I cleaned the refrigerator, got on my hands and knees cleaning the kitchen floor and probably done 12 loads of laundry since Sunday evening. Thank goodness that Aunt Flo has left and I no longer have the desire to start cleaning the closets.

For the record, no, I will not come visit you next time. I have plenty of stuff to do at my house.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Lazy Bloggers in the family

Our family has a lot of bloggers in the family. My mother, my sister, my cousins Brice & Evan, but no one seems to update their blogs but me. Why is this? They are lazy. I used to be the one everyone called a procrastinator, but come on Brice, your blog hasn't been updated since July and you've left your island home on New Zealand and come back to Texas - and you are expecting a new kid. How can we revel in your joy if you don't post it? That may seem a little harsh, but I would rather jump for joy for you than have my mother comment on my lack of photography skills when showing my children's injuries on my blog.

Give me some blog entries you crazy members of my family. I need something new to read!!!

I love you guys! You're awesome! :)

Friday, September 14, 2007

Because today, its all about me.

Today is my birthday, although I have decided to just celebrate the anniversary of a previous birthday. It helps me avoid saying my real age. UGH. Now I have menopause, the AARP and senior discounts to look forward to. Yes, I know those are a little way off, but I'm closer to those things in years than I am to the year I graduated from High School.

That's just plain depressing, to think I've been out of high school more than twenty years. Do I wear black bands around something to signify the death of my youth? Next year I will celebrate because 40 is the new 30, and that sounds so much better than 39 which just sounds old and wrinkly. Now, I have to buy the anti-aging facial cream.

But today it is all about me, fabulous me. My husband & kids got me a new Kate Spade wallet to match my purse. My sister-in-law got me a new key chain. My parents are getting me new luggage. My friend Traci took me to lunch & is feeding my need to read with a couple of books. I have gotten tons of phone calls wishing me happy birthday. I feel loved, appreciated and special. That's what its all about.

I'm just wondering when George Clooney will get here to give me my birthday kiss.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Ladies who Lunch!

I have had the most fabulous of days. My friend Traci, took me to lunch for my birthday, which is tomorrow. We went to Toulouse down on Knox Street. It was excellent! We sat on the patio and enjoyed the wonderful weather. I ate too much fattening food for someone suppose to be on a diet. But the conversation & company was great, so how could I not indulge.


Tuesday, September 11, 2007


Six years ago today I was feeding my oldest child, then 8 month old, watching Good Morning America & talking to my grandma on the phone when Charlie & Diane announced that something was going on at the World Trade Center. They went to the scene and boom the second plane went into the building.

My husband had just lost his job and was on his way to file for unemployment. When he got to the unemployment office, it was surrounded by police and he called me to ask me if I knew what was going on. I told him what was going on and his voice was full of shock "Your kidding me right?" He rushed home and we sat in the den for the rest of the day watching Peter Jennings, and watching and watching and watching.

I never left the den except to go the bathroom after I saw the second plane go into the tower. I'll never forget that day.

Monday, September 10, 2007

I made the board at Curves again!!

I went to Curves today. The first time in I think a month. Somehow, and I truly don't know how, I made the wall as the top 10 losers (weight & inches that is) for the month of August. I really don't know how because I lost no pounds and only .5 inches, but I'll take what I can get. Maybe it will truly motivate me to get moving and get the first 20 lbs. off.

I did sit ups and push ups last night, it was only 5, but I did zero the night before.

Friday, September 7, 2007

Sleep, YES!!

So I took a Xanax last night and slept like the dead. I didn't even feel my husband drop into bed, didn't hear him snore. If I didn't have to go to the bathroom at the ripe old time of 6 am, I would have slept until the alarm. Thank goodness for 8 hours of sleep, even if its drug induced.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

I need some sleep!!

I went to bed last night at around 11, which is pretty usual for me. The husband woke me up at 12:30 to let me know he couldn't find Mario to put him in the bathroom for the night. OH LOVELY NIGHT!! Anyway after a 5 minute search he was quickly located and locked in the bathroom. I, of course, could not go back to sleep.

I have had insomnia since I was a Sophomore in High School. I can almost never fall asleep after I get woken up. Of course, last night was no exception. After the Mario fiasco, around 1:30 Turco, another one of my cats, woke me up puking in the bedroom. My husband was kind enough to tap me on the shoulder and ask me if I was going to clean that up. In revenge, I turned on every light in the bedroom to do it. HEH! HEH! HEH! Turco then ran off to the den where he barfed up a cockroach - I am feeling nauseous just thinking about it. Turco has lost his voice and sounds like a old man with a smokers cough. I've though he has a bird bone stuck in this throat, but maybe it was just the cockroach.

After cleaning up the cockroach, I let Turco outside & Zelda, the old woman of a cat we've had since we got married, decides to come in for a midnight snack. At 2:54, I know this because I looked at the clock, she informed me in her old lady kitty voice that she was ready to go outside. Again, the husband tapped me on the shoulder and told me Zelda wanted to go outside.

Needless to say that I am functioning on about 2 1/2 hours of sleep and not in a very good mood. I'm going to take a nap.

Monday, September 3, 2007

Welcome Mario

We have a new family member. In a weak moment we went to visit the kitties the SPCA had up for adoption. This little booger went straight to Hunter and threw his paws up on the window around his face. It was love at first sight. I told Mason, and he said "Take him home."
I'm not sure it that was a good thing or a bad thing. The other cats haven't gotten used to him yet; he has his own litter box that I have to clean out at least twice a day; oh, he finds the washing machine riveting.
The kids named him after Super Mario Brothers - Mason thinks it should be Mario Andretti, because he runs everywhere at full speed.

A little fun with the girls!

Tonight, the girls got together to raise a glass to our friend Traci's 50th birthday. I had a great time. Gordon, thank you so much for cooking for us. Charlene, thank you for having us. Traci, thank you for giving us an excuse to get together & drink wine. I'm almost sure that Tami agrees with me on that. My third birthday present, after the Cooper's GC & The Billdo, is not to put your picture of you blowing out your candles on the cake. I would put it up, but I know you would probably prefer for me to leave it off. So happy birthday again.

Happy Birthday Traci!! You are awesome and other smarmy stuff girls say to each other. See you at work!