Posts Tagged ‘Dating’


The One About Getting Married

Friday, February 27, 2009

We have the greatest pre-nuptial agreement in the world.  It’s called love.
~Gene Perret

I have a good excuse for not posting lately. B and I are getting married. In 22 days.  And we just got engaged two weeks ago.

Yes, folks, I’m crazy enough to plan a wedding in five weeks.  And today is the 11th day I’ve worked without a day off. I’m a bit tired. And frazzled. And going a bit nuts.

So if you don’t hear from me until April… that’s why.  ‘Cause that’s about when we’ll be back from the honeymoon… just in time for B to PCS to Washington state.

Add putting a house on the market to sell and finding a job in Washington onto my list of things to do.

Frazzled is a great word for how I feel right now.


The One about Catching Up

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task.
~William James

Okay so me = slacker.  Well, not really.  Things have been craaaaaaaazy at work as we have a huge special traveling exhibit in and I’ve been working weekends and sometimes late in the evenings.  So yeah, I haven’t felt like getting online for any length of time either before or after work.

I’ll catch up on stuff later, but for right now, I’ve got some tags I need to clear up.  I’m not going to tag anyone right now because, well… I have to get to work soon and I don’t have time 😉

“Getting to Know you Meme” by Ivanhoe

1. What was I doing 10 years ago?
Let’s see… I was just starting my first job and starting to drive since I was turning 16 that summer.

2. What are 5 Things on my To-Do List for today:
– Go to work
– Go to the YMCA and sign up so I can lose some weight
– Help B clean out his closets since he’s moving in
– Make dinner
– Hopefully get a good night sleep without SOMEONE snoring

3. Snacks I Enjoy:
Mmmm… fresh fruit, soft pretzel with cheese and 100 calorie snacks.

4. Things I would do if I were a billionaire:
Pay off all my debt, all my mom’s debt, put enough money away for my retirement, my mom’s retirement and a savings for my brother.  Then, I’d start a camp for children with terminal diseases.

5. Three Of My Bad Habits:
I’m sometimes not as patient with the ones I love as I should be.  I let housework go many times so I can spend time with my animals and B.  At work, I spread all the things I have to do out on my desk so I can see them… which results in organized chaos.

6. 5 Places I have Lived:
I’ve only lived in Michigan.  But I have lived in many places throughout the state.

7. Jobs I Have Had:
Waitress.  Bank Teller.  Resident Assistant in a freshman girls’ dorm.  Summer Camp YMCA counselor. Wal-Mart associate (not allowed to work there ever again… a story for another time).


The One About the First of April

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Even the gods love jokes.
Wedding Rings

So B and I went to the courthouse and got married by a justice of the peace yesterday. I haven’t told my family yet (and none of them read this blog, so that’s fine). Though we love each other, it was kind of a shotgun wedding because I’m pregnant and B thought it was a good idea (it was going to happen anyway, just not so soon!). I have to figure out how to tell them, but it’ll be nice to hear the pitter-patter of little feet 🙂











Happy April Fool’s Day!

No, I’m not married. No, I’m not pregnant. But I do hear the pitter-patter of little feet. Well, it’s more like “ka-humph, ka-humph” as Skah goes running down the hallway with his huge paws to play with the cat or to try to elude us so he can get in the garbage.

This pup seriously has huge paws. I took him to the park on Saturday to meet one of my friends who brought her 68-pound beagle/shar-pei/something mix. Both he and Cody walked through a puddle and we couldn’t see the difference in paw prints. It was amazing.

Skah probably weighs around 18 or 19 pounds now. Maybe even 20… which would be a 4 pound gain in a week and a half. Sounds about right to me.

B was sick all weekend and is still hacking and sniffling. I think he had a touch of the flu but only had the fever for one day. His symptoms started out just like mine did three or four weeks ago when I got sick. So I’ve been sleeping in the guest bedroom so he doesn’t keep me up all night and so I don’t get it from him.

It was a lovely 60 degrees yesterday… first of the season. Too bad it was raining. Woke up today to about 55 degrees. Now, less than four hours later, it’s 37. We are supposed to get some snow tonight. Blaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah. This time last year, we were in the 80s and we had to mow lawn the first week of April. Of course, we had to mow it quickly because the first weekend in April brought us a snow storm. But still, we were mowing the lawns around here. The grass isn’t even green this year yet.



The One About Winter and Leap Year Musings

Friday, February 29, 2008

February, when the days of winter seem endless and no amount of wistful recollecting can bring back any air of summer.
~Shirley Jackson

Why is it that people never cry, “Global Freezing!”? This has been the snowiest February on record and one of the coldest.  Yesterday, we got up to a high of 21… and our normal high is 20 degrees warmer than that!  I am really tired of this.  I keep telling myself that I only have one more winter left and since tomorrow is March, this winter is nearly done (though we can still get whollaped with a huge snow storm one week… but we usually have at least one 60 or 70 degree day in March).

Speaking of tomorrow being March, today is February 29, Leap Day and we won’t have another one for another four years.  Though I won’t be doing any leaping or hopping or jumping to celebrate it, it does make me think.

Four years ago, I was applying to a job at the nature center.  I’d start in the middle of March that year.  I had justcalendar-page.jpg graduated from college in December (3 1/2 years, yay!).  I would be moving down to Kalamazoo in April, where I am now. Now I’m working an world-renown aviation museum and I love my job.
Four years ago, my brother was a senior in high school.  Now he’s finished with his college education and has been scouted by Audi for their auto repair program.  He’ll be leaving for who knows where in the country (wherever they send him) in the next couple months.

Four years ago, my dad still had a year to live, though we didn’t know his heart was bad until days before he died.  Now, it’s been three years since he died and it seems both so far away and yet feels just like yesterday.

Four years ago, I only had one animal: Sadie, but was about to meet 4-week-old Jake and pick him out and take him home in April. Today, with my boyfriend, we have two Greyhounds, two cats, two Betta fish and one rat… and in three weeks, we’ll have a Great Pyrenees puppy.

Speaking of my boyfriend, four years ago I wasn’t dating anyone and now I’m in a relationship that I fully believe will go the distance.  Though I’ve dated here and there in four years, I really haven’t had a “serious” relationship since I was 20 and in college.

So much has happened in four years.  Makes me wonder where I will be in four years.

Four years ago, I was still only 21… four years from now, I’ll be a few months away from becoming 30.  Thirty?  I know it’s not old, but wow, my 20s have gone by so quickly.

In four years, B and I will be either in Georgia or Washington state… two completely different areas that will take our lives in opposite directions.  By the next Leap Year, we’ll have nearly completed his three year submarine duty rotation and will be getting ready for his three years of shore duty.  I doubt he’ll be a recruiter again, though.  Right now, he’s thinking of becoming an instructor for that shore rotation.

In four years, Chase will be 12 1/2… if he’s still around and Lulu will be 6 years old… just a few years away from being considered a “senior.”  And the Pyr puppy who is right now approaching 6 weeks old will be just over 4 years old… a solid adult at that time.  Sadie will be 11 and Jake will be a senior cat at 8.  Both the Bettas and the rat will be long gone by then.  But will there be any other animals?  Will I finally get back to my roots and have a horse once again?

In four years, there is a better-than-average chance that I’ll be a mom.  Will I be a mom who works outside the home, or a stay-at-home mom?  Honestly, if finances can work it, I’d love to either work from home or only work part-time.  But who knows… that’s four years from now.

Four years seems like such a long ways off… yet, the previous four years has flown by so quickly, so it can’t be as far off as it seems.  That’s one of the wonders and the best things about life… it’s constantly changing and you just never know where you will be or what will be happening from one year to the next.

So what about you?  What has happened in the last four years?  Where do you see yourself in the next four? I challenge each of you who are reading this to post your own Leap Year Musing and leave a link to it in my comment section.


The One About Mom’s Visit

Monday, February 25, 2008

My mom is a neverending song in my heart of comfort, happiness, and being. I may sometimes forget the words but I always remember the tune.
~Graycie Harmon

So B went to Bangor Naval Base in Washington to study for his next rank exam. It’s a good thing he was able to go, too, because he just texted me and told me there was going to be some new material on the test that is completely alien to him. It’s too bad he can’t take some more time off (he was going to but they “lost” his request… twice).

I’m also disappointed (read: really disappointed) that they lost his extra time request because I was going to go out there and see him. I have never been to Washington and haven’t had a vacation now in almost two years. Oh, I’ve had days off… six weeks last year for illness, including my tonsillitis/strep throat and subsequent tonsillectomy. Plus the two times I’ve been sick already this year (5 days total… stupid steroids they put me on last June are still lowering my already-compromised immune system). Can’t wait to get done with the 12 months after steroids… only two more months to go. So yeah, lots of time off… but no vacation.

*sigh* So I’ve told B that we are going to have to set a date for going on an actual vacation and get his chit in months ahead of time… and GO. I just really need something to look forward to. I think I’m going to suggest to him that we go see his mom in Texas (whom I haven’t met and he hasn’t seen in a while) and just do a long roadtrip and do some sightseeing along the way. We’d just have to decide if we wanted to take the dogs or not (two Greyhounds and a Great Pyrenees puppy). Hmm… not sure about that one!

Anyway, my mom decided to come over and visit me.  Actually, I think she was very lonely because even after I moved away to college, my brother was 4 years behind in school and then spent three years at school in Ohio… but he’d come home virtually every weekend.  He’s been in an Audi training school since October and has only been home once at Christmas.  I hadn’t seen her since Christmas, either, so I’m pretty sure she was missing her kids.  So I said sure, come on over!

We ended up doing a lot of cleaning and stuff, so that was good.  I still have a lot more to do, but the kitchen is out of the way… and that’s what has been holding me up.

But it was good to see her… I want to see her as much as I can before B and I move.  I’m very close to her and it’ll be hard being away.


The One About Being a Slacker

Monday, February 18, 2008

Wherever you go, go with all your heart.

Christmas 2007 is a thing of the past, as is New Year’s 2008… and even Valentine’s Day has passed.  And yet, there has been no post from me.  I’m holding out my hands, palms down so you can use a ruler and rap me on the knuckles like they used to do in the by-gone years of school.

I’ve been busy.  But that’s not an excuse because we are all busy.  It’s just that I’ve been insanely busy at work and hadFlowers B sent me for Valentine’s Day several more large, on-going and projects added onto my slate.  The last thing I want to do when I get home is to get on the computer for very long and type.

Let’s see, Christmas was wonderful.  B and I went to my mom’s house for it (with the dogs, of course!) and it was great to see my brother, who has been in Philadelphia since October.  New Year’s Eve wasn’t the best because I had been sick for several days and then had to come in and work a 12 hour day for the museum’s New Year’s Eve party for kids.  While the party was good, it killed me and I relapsed and didn’t go back to work for several days afterward. 

B and I ended up going out to eat for dinner and then me begging to go home and lay on the couch.  I barely was awake for the ball drop and toasted the New Year with him before promptly falling asleep.  I felt horrible because it was the beginning of our first full year together.

On Sunday, January 20, B and I came home from a day in Canada (long drive for a day trip) and let the pups out.  I suddenly heard a really loud yelp that I knew came from Chase.  He wouldn’t stop panting that night (he’s a cold dog and it was one of the coldest nights of the year) and would only lay down for 20 minutes at a time until about 4 a.m. when he would only lay down for 15 seconds.

So I was at the vet’s as soon as they opened at 8 the next morning determined to wait until they either had an appointment or wait until someone was late/no showed. Luckily for me, the vet keeps the first few appointments open on Mondays for over-the-weekend needs. So as soon as the vet arrived at 9, Chase and I got in.

Long story short, the results were that Chase had some neurological problems that are caused from a disk that was very near rupturing. The vet thought Lulu ran into him and on the ice/snow and his body twisted a wrong way. She said that he was right on the edge of being “very bad” and that one wrong move (jumping down from the couch, Lu trying to play, etc) and the disc could rupture… permanently paralyzing him.

So Chase has been on crate rest for the past four weeks… two more weeks to go.  During crate rest, he has to be in a crate when we are gone (which he hated, but is okay with now because he gets marshmallows as treats when he goes in) and when we are sleeping.  When one of us are home, he can be out and about but only if we are in the room with him… and Lulu has to be crated so she doesn’t try to play and accidentally hurt him.  Oh, and the best part… he has to be leash walked in the backyard so that he doesn’t try to run or do anything that could hurt him.  B and I even had to make a ramp up the back yard steps so he didn’t try to jump up/down them. 

Chase can finally be let out to play on his own in two weeks (watched, of course, so he doesn’t overdo it).  The vet said it wouldn’t be until June before we could even all (the pups and I) go for a walk together and then AFTER that, Lulu and Chase could be allowed to play in the backyard together.  Actually, the vet said he may always have some weakness in his hind legs, so we’ll see.

B’s helped me out so much by walking Chase and stuff for me at times.  Moreso because I was sick for nearly a week two weeks ago (temp up to 102.3, chills, etc) and I couldn’t do anything but lay on the couch.  He’s such a sweetheart.

Speaking of being sweet, he surprised me with the flowers you see to the right for Valentine’s Day.  You can see how insanely large they are with the coffee cup I set next to them.  And man, they are gorgeous!


The One About Thursday Thirteens- 10th Edition

Thursday, December 20, 2007

For you see, each day I love you more
Today more than yesterday and less than tomorrow.
~Rosemonde Gerard

It’s time for the Thursday Thirteen again. If you have a Thursday Thirteen of your own, leave your website in the comments section and I’ll try my darndest to visit it 🙂


Thirteen Things Reasons Why I Love My Boyfriend


  1. He’s a huggy, kissy, cuddly, affection-showing, hand-holding type of guy.
  2. He’s guy’s guy and no one would want to mess with his 6’5” self.
  3. I feel absolutely safe when he is around me.
  4. He has a good, solid career (full-time Navy) and yet is trying to better himself by going to school full-time as well.
  5. He isn’t gung-ho about sports. He can take them or leave them.
  6. He goes outside every morning to start my car so it is warm when I’m ready to go to work.
  7. He’ll feed or let my dogs out if I’m otherwise occupied.
  8. He loves all my animals… cats and dogs… and they love him.
  9. He has held a parking spot in front of a restaurant’s door when there was a cold, drenching downpour. When I met him at the restaurant, he left the parking spot so I could have it… he ended up having to park waaaay away and walk in the rain himself.
  10. He can deal with my moods when I have them.
  11. He sends “I love you” texts nearly every day.
  12. He isn’t afraid to have me around his friends/family and even hold my hand and give me a kiss in front of them.
  13. He lets me know he loves me with every thought he has and everything he does.