ThanksGiving Visitors

Right now at this very moment my mother and grandmother are flying on an airplane to the Frozen Tundra to visit us!!! YAY, I am super excited to have visitors!!!

Lately we have been sprucing up the house for our visitors. Dru made the bathroom Beautiful, I cleaned all day yesterday, we have locked Molly out of the basement, because mom's bed is an inflatable bed, and little kitty paws and things that hold air probably won't mix too well. I don't really want to test that theory because Grandma has the spare bed, and that only leaves my and Dru's bed open....and I don't share well :)

We close on the house TOMORROW!! At 1pm (Central Time) tomorrow we will officially be home owners. That is after we give them the check that has been sitting here since Friday (we wanted to be super prepared), and sign our lives away.

Weird that we have not heard from the landlord lately. He probably is not calling because then he knows we will tell him to get his shit out of the storage unit in our backyard. Weird how things like that work......He calls to bother us all the time, until he knows he needs to do something.

Now that we are officially home owners (well almost), the invite is out there for you to visit...There are TONS of things to do here in the Frozen Tundra that range from Ice Fishing, Ice Skating, Sledding......Okay I know all of those things involve cold activities and it has actually been super nice here and it is 51 degrees. Things are supposed to take a turn and snow for Thanksgiving, which is typical because well I have been saying how nice it is. But as for other fun things, Mall of America is here, and IKEA...Yes I love that place and I get to go with my mom this weekend. And there are probably a million of other things I am forgetting.

Yay for 3 day work week. And I am not even working a lot this week. Tomorrow after we close on the house, I am going to my boss's for work...We are watching a MOVIE. Food Inc, so technically it is work research, but do I bring popcorn and wear sweatpants? I mean would that be appropriate?? That is what I usually wear to watch movies at home, but he might not think too much of me if I showed up in my oversize sweats, no bra and bearing popcorn and diet coke :)

Happy Monday!



Well it has FINALLY arrived, and it is FRIDAY. I could not be happier, all want to do is snuggle up in my new chair and read a book or be lazy and catch up on TV. Problem is, I have a paper due. Yes I know that I am not in college anymore, but I am writing a research paper for a research project that I have been working on since June.

I don't want to write, I want to nap, or eat, or do anything other than write a damn paper. O well, I will write it, since that is what I am getting paid to do, but I am sure not happy about it.

The bathroom is DONE, and it looks Fab! I will post pictures after I actually take them. Because my husband did a GREAT job, but forgot to pick up his mess that he made and I can't really access the room because there is piles of work related crap blocking me from the beautiful bathroom.

The house will be OURS next week. All we gotta do is write a check, sign some papers and show proper ID and we will be home buyers. Wow that sounds so easy. They actually let people like us buy houses? Seems weird that I am an adult sometimes. I remember when we bought our car last year, and buying a house is up there with pretty nifty adult purchases. Maybe I will go out and get a new kitty to celebrate. Since well I am a grown up, and my mommy can't tell me NO!

Actually on the topic of Mom. She will be here for a WEEK, starting Monday. She is bringing her Mother as well. Dru is brave, and actually excited because well my mom and grandma are pretty awesome if I don't say so myself. I am excited for card games, and wine, and cheating at card games (grandpa sweared that I cheated all the time), eating spinach dip, eating clam dip, taking a nap, being a tour guide for a city I don't even know that well, going to the mall of America, going to a football game at the metrodome, eating good food-hmmm I think I already mentioned eating, but it is Thanksgiving and that is what people do, eat!

Since it is now considered my "Lunch" hour, I am going to go sit in my comfy chair and watch last nights episode of Private Practice.
Happy Friday!


"The Chair"

I prefer to sit in chairs rather than the couch. I don't know if it has to do with my personal space issue, or I just like chairs. Well we have only had couches at our house since we moved, and we have our specific spots that we sit at. It is just the way it works.

My father and I fight over "his" recliner when I am at home because I really like it, and well so does he, and since it is "his chair" I usually have to move my fat ass and put it somewhere else. Especially if there are sports on TV, then I don't even have a chance of sitting in his chair. But he gladly shares it with Lucy (the new puppy, and Merv (My cat that lives at home).....Maybe he will share it with me too, or maybe I should claim it first. You know how kids try to claim things that they want when someone dies (yes its morbid, but we all do it if it is something we really like)..........Dad, if you are reading this, I want the recliner when you eventually don't want it anymore. Mom, Don't even think about giving it to my brother just because he lives down the street, and you can give him things and then be an Indian Giver when you decide you want it back. Like that Coffee table that I want :)

Well, today I found a free chair on Craigslist. We went and got the super comfy chair that came with an ottoman!! SCORE, Free chair! And we even got another one, that we put in the basement or "man room", even though the "man" never spends any time down there.

Well since the chair has been home in our house (we close next week, We got a notice today :) I have sat in MY chair for a total of 4 minutes. Yes I am aware that it is upstairs and I should be working and blah blah blah......But every time I go upstairs I find............................DRU IN MY CHAIR!!! Now come on, this is my new chair, and my new place. I don't want to share. Get your own damn chair. And even the cat will probably make it her home too, so my chances of actually using my new chair are pretty slim :(

The bathroom remodel is going GREAT, and by great, I mean that Dru is doing a fantastic job, and I have not gotten one drop of paint on my pretty self, because painting is messy and no fun. It always sounds like a good idea, but then it just turns into a BIG mess, and that is not fun.
Molly has to be locked upstairs when the painting is going on, I don't want little kitty paws of paint on my new chair!

Happy Thursday!


Why Can't they Grow Potatoes in Hawaii?

I survived my adventure to WI, and as the title of this post reads, why o why can't I go to HI for work trips? Driving to WI is nothing but BORING...The way that I took there I saw more tractors than cars, and it was 2 lane roads. The GPS yelled at me when I refused to take her dirt roads that she was suggesting. I didn't want to get my car dirty, that is a good enough reason in my book!!!

I took the road more traveled on my way back. And still on the Interstate, there are signs for Amish crossings. If you are from CA you are probably not familiar with a sign like that but it is a sign like children crossing but with a little Amish wagon pulled by horses. WTF??? Really, they are crossing the Interstate? I don't think it is like deer or other animals where you don't swerve because you could cause an accident, I think that you actually have to avoid hitting them. These are PEOPLE that we are talking about, that don't believe in modern day necessities. Needless to say, I won't ever be Amish!

The industry that I work in is mostly Men. And that is not a problem normally, but I am a 23yr old female. I think that they think I am most likely uninformed, and just a girl. I am sick of eating dinner at Steak Houses, or Dinner Clubs. How about a good salad???

After wearing "work" clothing, you can bet that I am now sitting on my couch in my sweats, watching the TV that I DVR'd and drinking a glass of wine.

Yay for it already being almost Thursday



The weekend was GREAT! Dru went hunting with the neighbor, but since it was SOOO wet and they did not see any animals they decided to come home a day early......

I most definitely was not sitting on the couch eating bad for me food watching a movie, and had not showered when I found this out at 3pm. Me?? Never!

Well I was, and Not only was Dru coming home, but Blake a friend from CA was also coming over for the night because he was working in WI not far from our house. I frantically made the spare room bed because we had washed everything because we are having house guests next weekend :), vacuumed all the floors, did the dishes, took a shower, made the house smell good, put stuff away. Yes I was frantic and I managed to shower and make myself look presentable and clean the house all in about 1.4hours time.

Blake is our first visitor to the Frozen Tundra, and it was fun. We took him out to our little bar that we go to in town, and just caught up on life.

Since Dru was home, and did not have to work at all on Sunday, we decided to go run some errands. I braved Cabela's for about an hour, while my indecisive husband looked for the perfect thing to buy with his gift card. Then we went on to REI where I used a gift card from the wedding, to purchase myself a nice winter coat. It gets cold here in the Frozen Tundra, and I did not have the proper attire for winter :) The jacket is REALLY cute. I love it

Next we decided it would be fun to do some home improvements since we are going to be home owners soon, and where is a better place to start than the downstairs bathroom, that is GROSS....

Here are some before pictures

The whole thing is cement, and nasty. So we are painting the whole room and redoing the floor with hardwood. We are going to have this done before my mom and grandma visit next week.
I will post pictures..........

Next home improvement??? Making a bigger office for ME!

Happy Monday! Back to work


Molly-Sneaky Kitty

A picture is worth a thousand words, and this is what I found when I was upstairs eating my breakfast wondering why there were flower petals all chewed up on the floor!

"Hi Mom, I ate your flowers and brought them upstairs for you", that is what she is saying as she sits in my office chair ready to eat more flowers....

Damn Cat!

Dealing with It!

Weird that Friday the 13th is considered to be "unlucky" for some. To me it is just another day, and well a Friday, and for that I am thankful!

I have been thinking a lot lately about our decision to move from Ca to the Frozen Tundra of Minnesota with no friends, relatives or people we know. And I have to say that I think we made the BEST decision possible. As I do miss friends and family back home, it was good for us. We have started a new life, our married life, in a new place.

The people here are beyond nice, we are fortunate enough to be able to buy a home (how many 23-24yr olds) in Ca can afford to buy a 3 bedroom house? Probably not too many because of the astronomical prices in Ca. We have both started to make friends. Life is good....

The decision to move away from everything is not always easy, but it is the journey and experiences that matter. Kristen, I know that you are probably scared/excited and nervous to embark on your new journey to your own Frozen Tundra and I just want to say that I am so proud of you! Most people talk about doing things, and never do them because they make up excuses, but with you, you are different and you are taking the risk and I applaud you for that!

I have moved different places in my life, and would call myself somewhat an expert on relocation and dealing with it. Sweden when I was 16 was definitely a challenge and adventure that I will never forget. As I write this I realize that I am the person that I am today because of what happened before. As strange as that sounds, I would not be the opinionated, stubborn, independent woman that I am today if I didn't have all the experiences in my life. What does not kill you only makes you stronger, and I hope that everyone lives their life like that.

I don't want to have regrets about not doing things, so just do it! That is going to be my new mantra in life. So I WILL drive to WI even though I am scared. I WILL bake a pie this weekend and it WILL be good :) I have to make 2 for next week for a function and I figure I should probably test out my skills...




So most of you know that I don't really enjoy driving, and well driving in the DARK is just another element to add to the list of things that are the reason I don't like to drive.

Next week I have to drive to WI for a meeting for work. I usually just ride with my boss and it is peachy and no big deal. But this time I personally have to drive my own car. He does not want to leave until 3pm...It gets dark before 5pm, and this is a 4hr drive. Now you do the math. I will be driving by myself, in the dark, on an unfamiliar path to WI...

Roadkill: Something that I have seen WAY to much of since I moved to the Midwest, and am really not willing to add to the number of poor animals who are struck in the night by people who can't or don't like driving in the dark.

The moral of this story is, I have a fear of driving and dying an untimely death in an automobile accident that is caused by my poor diving skills, and not being able to see in the dark.

So the question remains, do I tell my boss that we should leave earlier? Or do I suck it up and hope that I don't die and be afraid for the 2 hrs that I will be driving in the dark???

Maybe I should tell him that I just can't go at all??? I mean I do need to bake 2 pies for a dinner that I am helping out at the next night, and I won't get home until probably 4pm before the meeting, because I have to drive myself back after our morning meetings. Doesn't it seem like a big waste of gas to drive all the way over for 2 meetings. That is why they invented teleconferencing or webcasts. I would even change and put nice clothes on (well a nice shirt and do my hair, I can probably still get away with sweatpants, because they would not be able to see my legs if I was sitting down) in order to have a web conference.

Oprah Skypes, why can't our company skype with clients???



So unlike the last holiday that I forgot about (I think it might have been Columbus day)...I awoke this morning thinking "It's a Holiday, why do I have to get out of bed"???

I am very aware this time around that there will be no mail on this holiday, so I won't sit around and wait for it like I did last time, only to be informed at 4 in the afternoon by my dear friend Kristen, that it was a holiday and my mail man did not in fact die because it was snowing, he just was not coming, because he got the day off.

I sometimes wish I could work for some sort of govt. that gives days off for everything, but then I look down at my sweat pants, socks on my feet, and not brushed hair, and realize that working at my job is not so bad, and I don't think that the govt would approve of my working attire...

I did not make it to the gym this morning but I am planning on going at lunch, and thankfully they don't celebrate holidays at my gym, because I just checked and it is OPEN. That would have been a good excuse to not work out today, but NO MORE EXCUSES I will get skinny.

The women's group that I joined is throwing a baby shower for one of the women. It is at my neighbors house and I have volunteered to help. I am super excited about this opportunity and think that it will be fun. The only problem is that I don't know ANYTHING about babies. Or baby showers for that matter. O well I will learn.

Happy Wednesday!


I Love My Husband

I have the best husband ever!

He has been so good to me, I am a very lucky woman. In the past few weeks, he has cooked dinner almost every night, gone grocery shopping, cleaned, took care of me when I didn't feel good, took out the trash cans to the street (okay, I would not do that anyway, but still I love that he does it)....and today what did he do??

He brought me FLOWERS

He brought me home these beautiful roses today when he got off work. And I separated them and made 2 vases, one for my office and one for upstairs so I can enjoy them all the time. Now the question remains....
Who is going to babysit the flowers and this

When we are not paying attention???

She has already tried to eat them, and the flowers have been in the house for less than an hour......

Laundry-and Kitty Royalty.

So today is day 3 in a row of going to the gym. (yay me) and I am fed up with all the laundry that going to the gym creates. I know that I can't just wear my sweaty clothing day after day, well because that is icky...But I swear that I do WAY more laundry when I actually take my fat butt to the gym. I guess you win some and you lose some, and I would rather have clothing that fits to wash, than to small clothing that doesn't fit, and well therefore I would not have to wash it, because I could not even wear it :)

Goal: Be able to wear ALL the really expensive jeans that are in my closet!
Deadline: January 1st

Yeah, I know that most people set an exercise plan as their New Years resolution, but I am going to do it backwards, and be SKINNY on New Years. God knows that I probably won't even go anywhere because it will be negative degrees here in the frozen tundra, and I won't get to show off my new body because I will be dressed in layers, but at least I will feel good about myself.

My kitty has started thinking that she should work with me, and by work, I mean sit in front of my computer, or step on the keyboard, or try to eat the phone cord. This is making work a lot harder than it should be...But she is just so darn cute that I feel bad throwing her out of my office all the time. (PS did you know that Molly the kitty is an Egyptian Mau), yes that is the type of cat that she is (We learned it on the Animal Planet show because we are losers and there was nothing else on TV, and we didn't want to go out and spend money because we are buying a house)...

Dru has started calling the kitty "Egyptian Mau" And I am no longer allowed to call her fat, because supposedly her hangy fat off her belly is her "Speed Pouch". Yes this is all true, the Animal Planet told us so. I told Dru it sounds like she is smuggling drugs in her "Speed Pouch", but he insists that it makes her faster...

Happy Tuesday..

What is your before New Year's Resolution???


Productivity at its finest

I have been so productive today that it almost scares me. Productivity when you work from home is a really important thing to achieve, and I just wanted to toot my own horn and say that I have been just that today, productive.

Work is going great, and my to do list is shrinking in size. Hopefully that does not mean that I am leaving a million things off it, but I am actually getting work done. I did laundry in between work, and lunch and dealing with the house buying process. I have been on the phone all morning and now it is 2pm, so why do I have to stop being productive NOW?? I think that I might have a case of ADHD because now I don't want to do anything.

My baby kitty sometimes tries to choke herself with her collar and I am getting worried. Dru keeps telling me that she does not need her tags since she is an inside kitty but I beg to differ. She is one sneaky animal, and she WILL get out one day to chase those damn squirrels and bunny rabbits. I want to be able to identify her when she gets in a fight with a squirrel and does not win, I want to be able to call the chip place so they can track down my kitty if she runs away. So those tags are important, and it is not my fault that she sometimes tries to commit suicide by chewing at them.

I'm pretty sure that she might have ESP or something, because she is now perched next to my screen watching me type this. Wow, I am a weird Cat Lady...........

Enough about my kitty (child) for now. Gosh I think that I might be turning into a mommy blogger. Especially since I just used the word "gosh". But it upsets my mom when I use the F word and I am pretty sure that my grandma reads this too, so I should keep it PC.

Now that I am a crazy cat lady and this blog is about nothing important, I should probably try to be productive at what I am getting paid to do, WORK!!

Happy Thursday-Wow I can't believe that it is already Thursday!! This week has gone by fast.


Birthdays and Dr. Appts

First I would like to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my Mom, and to Reem. You both are such special people in my life, and I hope that you have a great day!!!!!

I have finally succumbed to the pain in my lower back and I am going to the Dr. this afternoon. Did you know that if you google your symptoms for long enough, you will most certainly think that you are going to die. Probably die tomorrow, if google is right because people out there in Internet land try to scare people. I swear, Don't ever google anything if you don't feel good. Most likely a hangnail could turn into a flesh eating wound or something...

ALL the leaves are GONE! My husband is the GREATEST. There were SO many leaves, more than I have ever experienced in my whole life. And he was out there in the frigid conditions blowing, and raking and making our lawn pretty again.

Keep your fingers crossed that we close on the house before Thanksgiving, because I know that I sure am!!

Off to the Dr.



Remember when I said that I was sick of all the leaves?? Well I think that Dru might hate them more than I do :)



I have become increasingly frustrated with the process of buying a house. So frustrated in fact that I want to pull my hair out...Why do people not call back in a timely manner? If there is a work order, why does the landlord keep asking US about it. He owns the fucking house for gods sake. Maybe he should do something to fix it if he wants to have this done in a timely manner. Excuse my language, but I am mad...

I WAS going to start a detox today, and drink only water, eat healthy, and exercise. But I think that the key word in that sentence is "WAS"...It is too damn cold and windy to drag my lazy butt to the gym tonight. It will be DARK when I am done with work in two hours, and that is just depressing in itself. I think what I need is "a good friend and a glass of wine"...So good friends, if you phone rings and it is me, please answer. I will deal with the wine on my end :)

Hope that you are having a better Monday than I am...But I have gotten a lot of work done today so that is always a good thing!


Fall Back

"Fall Back, Spring Forward"...Simple way to remember how to properly change your clocks for time change? Well one would think. Now that this happened to fall on a holiday that usually involves drinking, I can see how some people might forget, or maybe not remember the saying...

But my parents assured me that they were not drinking when they decided to change their clocks forward an hour. My mom woke up this morning and her clock read "7:15am" and it was still dark outside. Now certainly she was mistaken, or reading the clock wrong...Nope, my parents changed all of their clocks the wrong way and my mom awoke at 5:15 am...Dorks!!!

I on the other hand remembered how to do this properly, and I hope that all of you enjoyed your extra hour of sleep :)

It is Football Sunday. That used to mean "Sunday funday", and today I think that were are going to bring back that saying for just one day. Now what is a girl to do when you don't drink beer? It is not that I don't like beer, because I do. But I am pretty certain that I am allergic to the substance. It makes my whole body hurt the day after, even if I have just one. Not so fun. So on this "Sunday Funday" you will probably find me sipping on wine like the classy lady that I am :)

PS Planning for Sunday Funday in Minnesota is a little different than in CA, when you can go to your local liquor store and purchase all the beer and booze necessary for a fun day on Sunday morning after you have had a proper breakfast and gotten over your Hangover from the night before.

In Minnesota, you must plan accordingly, if you do not have the proper beverages on hand, you must go to the store the night before by 10pm, because they try to make this "Holiday Funday" hard by prohibiting alcohol purchases on Sundays....Gezzzz don't they know that booze warms the body, and we live in the frozen Tundra???

Happy Sunday Funday!