baby development

Friday, March 17, 2006

Green Quiz

Here's a green quiz for your St. Paddy's day enjoyment!
You Are Apple Green

You are almost super-humanly upbeat. You have a very positive energy that surrounds you.
And while you are happy go lucky, you're also charmingly assertive.
You get what you want, even if you have to persuade those against you to see things your way.
Reflective and thoughtful, you know yourself well - and you know that you want out of life.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006


It's my spring break. A whole 9 days off of work. Hooray!!! Right? Wrong. It's day 4 of 9 and I'm sick! Allergies, head stopped up, can't breathe through my nose, coughing, the whole 9 yards. Nice, huh?

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Good Weekend

This weekend was really fun. Some of it was planned and some of it was just spur of the moment. To start with, I got up at 5:30 Saturday morning so that I could be at my Mom's house by 6:30. She and I took my nephew Ty and his friend Cole to the Sweetwater Rattlesnake Roundup.

It's three hours to Sweetwater from where we live and we had to make a stop in Abilene to see some family. On our detour to Abilene, my Uncle and his family joined us for our rattlesnake adventure. The six of us had a really good time. We saw them milking venom from the snakes that would later be used to make antivenin. We also saw the snakes skinned. While we were watching the snakes be skinned it was really rather "ooky". They would remove the guts and the pull the skin off of the meat. The meat would lie on the table and still be wiggling. That was pretty freaky. One of the men working with the snakes saw me getting a little freaked about the still moving snake meat and reached down and picked up a snake heart and held it over the edge for me to see. It was in his hand and it was still beating. That was just wild.

We also saw the pit where they dump all the snakes as they are brought in. I am here to tell you, that sight is not for the faint of heart. It was definitely something straight out of a horror movie or a nightmare. Thousands and thousands of snakes, slithering all over each other, and so many of them rattling. Ooh, it was disgusting. They smelled bad too. This was not my first rattlesnake round up, I'd been to the same on in Sweetwater a few times as a child. Thousands of slithering snakes freak out my adult brain much more than they used to.

All in all, it was a very fun day. My aunt bought some fried rattlesnake for lunch. I tried some. Yes, I'm going to be cliche, it tasted pretty much like chicken but the texture was really wierd. And, since I'm one of those people who can not stand to have things with a wierd texture in my mouth, that was probably the last rattlesnake meat I'll ever eat.

We finished up our day at the Rattlesnake Round-Up by visiting the very large craft show. I was very surprised, Mom and I accomplished not to buy anything at the craft show. I think that was mostly because she spent most of her money buying rattlesnake souveneirs for the boys.

We left Sweetwater and went back to Abilene where we dropped off my uncle and his family. Then we went to visit with my grandparents. Another of my Aunts, my cousin and her two littleones came to see us while we were there. It was very good to get to see everyone and we had a very nice visit. My grandparents were nice enough to buy us pizza for dinner and then we headed home.

I got home about 9:00 Saturday night very tired but very satisfied having spent a wonderful day with my family.

Sunday morning I got up, made breakfast and proceeded to clean house. Yuck! I'm still not done with the laundry but I'm working on it. At about 4:00 in the afternoon afternoon hubby and I decided to get out of the house. We loaded up in the car, headed no place in particular, and went for a drive. Our drive ended us in Lipan where my sister and brother and their families live. We went and visited both families and though we weren't expected visitors, we had a really good time visiting with everyone. We got to see all of the family except my oldest niece Fe. We don't all get to see each other very often, so, it was definitely a good day.

Now Sunday is just about over, hubby and I had a nice dinner at home. The dogs are in and both are asleep. And I'm feeling the contentment of a weekend well spent. I hope everyone else had a great weekend too.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Adventures of a Dog Owner

I can't count how many times in my life I've had to eat my own words. Most recently, the words I had to eat were "Honey, I want a big dog." Now, mind you these are words I uttered almost two years ago and they're just now coming back to bite me on the ass.

Hubby and I decided over the weekend that our dogs (Liberty 62 pounds and Justice 55 pounds) were stinky and needed a bath. Instead of bathing them ourselves, we rather lazily decided to take them to PetSmart to the grooming salon and have them bathed there where they would brush their teeth, clean their ears, trim their nails and all kinds of other things that we would never do if we bathed them at home. We also decided since the weather is getting warmer that Liberty, since she is long haired, needed to be trimmed up some so she won't get so hot. All sounds like a great plan right? It is a great plan until you get to the actual execution of the plan.

I get home from work Monday at 4:30. Their appointment is at 6:00. So I come in and get all of the CRAP off of the top of one of their crates and haul it to the Jeep. Ben and I had discussed the night before that I would take them and he would pick them up on his way home from work. We had also decided that we would put them together in one crate since they wouldn't be in there very long. This was the first of many miscalculations in this little adventure.

So, I go in the house and relax for a little while and at about 5:15 I decide I had better start getting these two loaded up. I bring them in the house, put their leashes on them, at which point they go nuts. They LOVE getting to leave the house and they were very excited. Usually there is two of us to handle two excited dogs but, not this time, just me. I manage to get them out the door and get the back of the jeep and the crate open. First I try to get Justice in since he usually jumps right up into the crate. No, not this time. He gets his front paws up there and then won't go any further. I have to keep control of Libby and lift his butt up in the crate. Mission one, accomplished. Then I have to get Libby in. She is usually more reluctant than Justice to just jump right up because she's rather clumsy. But usually she'll at least put her front paws up for me. Nope, not this time. She laid down on the ground and refused to get in. I had to pick up all 62 pounds of her and shove her into the crate. Needless to say at this point in time I'm a little hot, a little sweaty and a LOT aggravated.

Finally the three of us are on the road. And of course, I get into town, and traffic is a royal pain. The worst part of it all is that for the majority of the time I was sitting stuck in traffic, my destination was in sight. Very frustrating. So, my two lovelies are shoved in this one crate together for much longer than anticipated. Liberty begins to get aggravated from Justice being on her and she starts growling at him. I'm thinking "GREAT! I've got one dog about to kill the other and no way to get out of traffic and get them off of each other." So, I do the only thing I can think of. I yell at her to "CUT IT OUT!" Thank the lord that did the trick. Everyone was quiet for the rest of the trip.

When we arrive in the PetSmart parking lot I am completely relieved to see that there is a parking space right up front. I get out and proceed to try to unload two anxious, excited dogs. My strategy is to barely open the door to the crate and grab both of their leashes before I let them out. No such luck. As soon as I open the door Justice comes flying out and right into the road. I was able to grab Liberty's collar before she went anywhere and thank goodness Justice came back to me when I called him.

Now we begin our walk to the grooming salon. While still in the parking lot, Justice keeps going from one side of me to the other wrapping me up in the leash. I finally get them both to the doors of the store and the automatic opening doors freak them out. By this point in time, I no longer wanted to deal with them so I DRAGGED them into the store. Of course, there are other dogs in the store and they want to go visit. Justice gets the leash wrapped around me again and starts pulling for all he's worth and Liberty is too. I look like a complete idiot in the middle of this store being dragged and almost knocked down. People are all around me telling me what cute dogs they are. I had many words to describe them at that moment. "Cute" was not on my list.

I was finally able to get unwrapped from them and get them into the grooming salon. A girl came right up and said it looked like I had my hands full and took Liberty from me. Finally, one dog, this I can handle. The girl had been gone for no more than 5 seconds when someone behind me starts petting Justice. I look around to see who it is, yeah, it's my husband. He wasn't supposed to be there until much later but at that moment, all I could think was, couldn't you have gotten here just a few minutes sooner? I was, none the less, grateful to see him. Instead of going home, I stayed with him and he took me to dinner and we hit a few stores before they called us to come and get them. We decided on the trip home, it would be best to take them in separate cars. The trip home was a much more pleasant experience.

Needless to say, in the future, I have decided two things. One, they can have a bath at home. Two, if they are going out in public, two dogs = two people.

I'm a bad bad blog girl

I know, I know. I haven't posted in nearly a month. I'm sorry already!! :-) Just kidding. Really, I don't have any excuses other than I've been lazy. I'm not EVEN going to try to go back and cover the entire time that has lapsed since my last post so I'll update you on the latest.

Good news first. Let's see. I had a test in my grad course tonight. I think I did okay. I guess I'll find out in a couple of weeks.

More good news. Two more days until my spring break begins. (cue chorus of angels) HALLELUJAH! HALLELUJAH!!!

Even more good news. I had a meeting this week with some of my co-workers and some architects. My district has finally decided that they are going to build a new gym and music room. Oh thank the Lord! I won't have to be Milton from OfficeSpace any more. "Um, yeah, Milton. We're gonna have to move you to the basement. See we're having to make more room for these boxes. If you could get right on that that'd be great." I've had three rooms in five years. Each one progressively less desirable in some way than the one before it. Needless to say, just the prospect of this brand new classroom is making me ECSTATIC!

I'm sure I am leaving out a whole bunch of other good news. I'll add it if I ever think of it.

unfortunately, now comes the bad news. We learned a couple of weeks ago that my Mom's cancer has returned. It is in the vertebrae in her neck and in her pancreas. She begins Chemo this coming Friday and radiation the following Tuesday. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers. We are praying constantly that God will rid her body completely of this horrible disease and that she will never have to fight it again.

Well folks. That's all for now. I'll do my best to be more diligent in my posting in the future.