Friday, January 29, 2010


Remember how I drank too much during our little getaway? And I ended up paying for it later that evening? Well it left me with a little "souvenir" if you will. I burst a freaking blood vessel in my EYE. Obviously, I am not one to puke very often. In fact, I firmly believe that if I'd had really bad morning sickness when I was pregnant...Adam would definately be an only child. Or we would have to adopt...because honestly? I HATE to throw up. HATE, HATE, HATE it.
Hubs noticed my eye the next morning, as did my parents when we went to pick up Adam. I knew not to freak out, but I googled it and discovered it's called a Subconjunctival Hemmorhage and that it would go away after a couple of weeks. I also discovered it usually looks worse before it looks better. I did a little more searching and found some people who said warm teabags helped it clear up that's what I've been doing BECAUSE I have this blogger dinner thing to attend tomorrow night. A bunch of us girls who all read each other's blogs have been meaning to do this for a while now and it finally worked out that we can ALL meet! I've had brief amounts of time with Joanna and Kelly - but I'm excited to finally meet April and Kaleena...and of course my good friend Alison will be there - so it should be a really good time. Except I'm horrified at my whole eye thing. The teabags haven't done much - and it looks freaky.
There has been some talk in my house about an eyepatch...maybe a bedazzled one with a large K or something - ha! Except that would lead to an evening full of pirate jokes and that's never a good thing. So here it goes girls...I decided to blog about it to give you all fair warning about my scary eye! I'm also just back from the park and I'm all sweaty and haven't brushed my hair or put on makeup - so I realize that with my scary eye...I am one SEXY gal.

trust me when I tell you, it looks much worse in person - consider this a warning.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

8 Years

Today is our EIGHTH Anniversary!!!
Seriously, it's hard to believe it's been that long already. I think we're both in disbelief at how fast the time has gone by. It sort of makes the idea of 50 years seem like it's just not enough time.
To celebrate, we left Adam with my parents for the night and headed to the Inn at Avila Beach. A close, but nice little getaway. We were pleasantly surprised at how cute that hotel is - it's old and been there forever, so our expectations weren't that high. It ended up being really awesome! Our room was adorable and had a fireplace, and a 2 person spa tub (for the record, I called at the last minute and because it's off-season, they gave us the room for $99!)...also it even had another bed/reading area. Problem was, we discovered the bedspread was wet - as was the canopy above the bed...only to discover that during all the massive rain, the roof was leaking!
We went back to the lobby and informed the woman in charge and she was mortified and apologized profusely and immediately got us set up in another room, also with a spa and fireplace. So all was well. Our 2nd room didn't have quite the same charm as the first, but it was definately bigger and had a nicer/newer bathroom.
We went next door and got some coffee and headed across the street to watch the sunset. Because of the storm, the waves were HUGE - which is abnormal for Avila because it's such a little bay - but it was amazing to watch. I love just sitting and watching the waves and watching people...I'm all about relaxing and observing.

That night, we went to McPhee's Grill for dinner....which was - O.M.G. delicious. I had Macadamia crusted mahi-mahi and ate every single tiny bit. I would have licked the plate had I not been in such a fancy restaurant. I had some wine with dinner, so I was flushed and full of good food by the time we left. We decided to walk down the local bar, but it was SOOO not our scene - so instead we went to another restaurant and sat at the bar there and indulged in a couple of long island iced teas and a kamikaze shot. Let's just say that it took a while for all those drinks to hit us, but when they did - we stumbled out of there and back to our hotel and I think since I don't often drink, and I was full of food....payback was a real bitch and I'm glad that hotel had a clean toilet because I let that sucker have it. Not Fun. Reason #489203 why I shouldn't drink wine, 2 long islands and a shot of I don't-even-remember!
Anyway, we SLEPT IN the next morning - which was heavenly. I haven't done that in a long time...too long. And then we headed up to the sundeck which we were sorry to not have discovered earlier the day before because it was AWESOME! There were several cabanas complete with daybeds, couches, hammocks, tables, cushy chairs - even bbq's, ice chests and sinks - it was so cool! We both almost fell out of one of the double hammock's, but we sat up there for quite a while, just enjoying the sun and sound of the waves crashing. Le SIGH - I wanna go back to that sundeck and just hang out all day.
After we checked out (which wasn't until noon) we went back to McPhee's for a champagne brunch. A little hair of the dog actually did make me feel better - add some eggs benedict and jumbo shrimp cocktail to that and I was a happy girl. I probably gained 10 pounds last weekend, but it was worth it!
Then we walked out on the pier of Port San Luis - admired the huge pelican's and barking seals...aren't these guys just cool lookin?We visited a fresh fish market and just cruised around and enjoyed our afternoon. We may live here, but doing things like this really helps us appreciate the area more.
After that, we decided we were missing our boy and headed to my parents to pick him up. He pretty much just glanced at us like "oh, it's YOU" and took forever to actually give me a hug and kiss - but oh, how I missed that little guy! I missed his impish little mischievous grin, and his big smiles, and his chatter, and his warm little boy body to snuggle with. We went outside and ran around with all the dogs for a while...
what is that? up in the sky?
De Plane, De Plane! (check it out - my kid knows how to sign I love you! hehehe)
It's so good for us to get away and reconnect...if only for the reason that it keeps US stronger for HIS sake. And I think it's really good for me to have a chance to miss him.
All said and done, we had a really great weekend together - Happy Anniversary Hubs, you are a great husband and father and I'm so lucky to have you in my life...can't imagine it without you!


I Love Rain

I know we've had ALOT of rain lately - last week it rained for 5 days straight. I know, I should probably hate it - but I don't. Part of me thinks I'd be perfectly happy living in the Pacific Northwest. I love the cozyness of being inside with rain pounding on the windows. I love having a fire in the fireplace and candles lit up flickering their light against the wall. I love snuggling on the couch with my warm little pajama clad boy reading books or watching Wordworld together. I love hot soup and warm bread to fill our bellies. I love having a hot cup of coffee with my new favorite creamer...I love that my dog will actually hang out with us and snore on the living room floor instead of wanting to be outside ALL DAY. I do enjoy sun and being outdoors in the fresh air - but we get so many sunny days's a nice change of pace to have this rainy weather.

Friday, January 22, 2010

The TV that wouldn't die.

When I was about 18...I bought a TV. At the time, I was determined to move out and get my own place and since we lived in the boonies and only got one channel - I decided the first thing I was going to do when I moved out was call up the cable company and thus, I needed a TV. I went to Costco and bought a 19 inch Sharp TV for $89. Much to hub's dismay, that tv still works and has an awesomely clear picture - even though it's 14 years old. We have it in our office and I use it at least once a day during Adam's naptime. Hubs would love for something to happen so we could get a nice flat screen tv for that room - but I refuse to buy anything until that TV takes it's last breath. It's sort of like an old friend to now.
Almost all the buttons are pushed in, so if we lose the remote, we're screwed (I think hubs has tried to hide it a few times), although Adam can reach the power button inside, and so he's the only one who can turn it on without the remote, ha!
Unfortunately, the holes where the buttons used to be have recently because a problem. You see, a while ago, hubs and I bought the game Guitar Hero. Complete with two guitars, a drum set and a microphone (don't you all want to come to MY house and par-tay???). Adam immediately took the drum sticks and has since become quite the little drummer boy beating on anything and everything he can. The drumsticks are carried around often...and have traveled in the car with us, and to the store with us...and even once kept with him during a nap.
Well, one day - I was in the kitchen and I heard AJ in the office getting frustrated with something. I left it alone until the whining turned to crying and when I went in there he had his finger in the power button hole and I thought "omigod he got his finger stuck!" but nope, that wasn't it. He kept crying and pointing at the tv and putting his finger in the hole...and I finally bent down and looked in there and saw the end of a drumstick. He put a friggin DRUMSTICK through the power button hole in our tv. First of all, I was amazed that he even got the whole thing in there....I mean, those things are pretty long (I measured later, and they are 15 inches long!) - but secondly, I tried and tried to get that sucker out, and Adam was crying and pitching a fit the whole time - absolutely devastated that his precious drumstick was stuck inside the tv. I got to giggling about it, as I was trying to get it out, and even called hubs at one point to tell him which was funny because I was laughing so hard I could barely talk, and he could hear Adam having a bloody FIT in the background. It was crazy hilarious. The first thing out of hub's mouth was "Does the TV still work?" and I said "Yup!" and he goes "Are you kidding me? He shoved that whole thing in there and didn't hit anything important? UNBELIEVABLE!" hee!
I put some tape over the hole and left it at that...smirking about my TV's nine lives. The other day though, I heard a familiar frustration whine coming from my kid - and as I walked into the office (which is right off the living room) I saw that he had gotten the tape off and proceeded to shove yet ANOTHER drumstick into the power button hole. Only this time, after much determination and a tantruming toddler banging his head on the carpet...I still couldn't get the darn thing out. It's IN there. I am afraid I'm gonna have to take the TV apart to get it out. I don't know if it can survive that....but until then - it STILL WORKS! (and every now and then Adam bends down and puts his eye up to the hole...peering in for his beloved drumstick - ha!)

This one is for you Alison...

Hubs has commandeered "the hat". He loves it. He wants to wear it to work because it covers his ears. I even left the house for about 15 minutes to go help a neighbor and when I came back he still had it on...he said it's like a blanket for his head.Yo.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

King of analogies...

So Adam has been testing us lately with the whole bedtime thing, and once again we're having to battle it out with the crying and the puking. Last night, I won the battle - but tonight...after a long day of fighting him about taking a nap (which he didn't) and having him at the office with me for a few hours, which let's face it - is a battle of itself - I got trapped in the land of frustration when he started to fight us at bedtime and pretty much threw up my hands and left it up to hubs to get him to sleep. Which he did. Yay hubs!
And just now, I overheard him on the phone with his dad, chatting about the whole situation and he said "well...he's testing us right now, you know - he's kinda like an immigrant trying to cross the border....he's probing the fence looking for weaknesses"

wah, wah, waaaaah