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Getting Ready For The Big Day

The weekend was nice. Actually, it was just “okay.” I was caught up doing homework and getting everything ready for my surgery. I am convinced I need to write out a detailed, numbered instruction sheet for Will on How to Wash Laundry, and How to Load the Dishwasher. Bless his heart, I know he thinks he is helping when he rinses the dishes, but I think he may be unaware that they don’t just “jump” into the dishwasher on their own… hopefully I won’t have a pile of rinsed dishes to place in the washer when I get home.

My big surgery “debut” will be tomorrow at 8:00. I am getting really nervous! I mean, I know the worst part of it will be the recovery, but I am still nervous about getting in a gown and getting an IV and everything else! Yikes! I am just glad that I will be too drugged up to remember anything afterwards.

So I am hearing this terrible rumor that I am going to have to wear these incredibly embarassing shoes afterwards for like 6 weeks. There is no way. Call me stupid or superficial if you want, but there is no way I am wearing these duckbill shoes for a month to school and work. I will hobble around in something, just not those PLEASE!  I guess I better see how my feet feel after everything is done before I go running my mouth about “never wearing those embarrasing shoes!“ Anybody have to wear these? I guess this surgery is common in women because we wear terrible, uncomfortable shoes on a constant basis… just because it completes our outfit.. without ever thinking of their practicality, or taking into consideration comfort.  I think it was Marilyn Monroe who said something like she wanted to hug the man who invented the high heel… sorry Marilyn… I love ya… but you could not be more wrong in this situation.

So anyway, that’s about all that is going on today. After my internship I am going to pick up our big wedding picture we finally got framed! I can’t wait to see it!

Have a good evening!!

My Mom Might Drive Me Crazy

My mom and I are alike in some ways and polar opposites in others. Unfortunately for me, we are alike in the way that we stress about details and make lists and think of EVERY possibility of ANYTHING and probably drive everyone around us crazy with our attention to detail. This is a weakness I am working on, especially after watching my mom lately.

The woman is going to wear me out with this moving stuff! I called yesterday to have a 2 minute conversation with her and I ended up on the phone 30 minutes just listening to her ramble about all she needs to do to get to Kuwait- not to mention the other 4 phone calls I got within the hour about moving questions and tidbits… wow.

I love her, but this next week when she is taking care of me after my surgery is going to wear me out! smile Now she is trying to get Will and I to apply and move to be with them. She is going a thousand miles a minute and my head is spinning. Yet another reason I have to make this weakness a strength in my own life!

We are going to dinner with my mom and P tonight… usually something I look forward to… now I’m just getting my listening skills tuned so I’ll be ready.

She is meeting me this afternoon to go to my pre-op appointment so she’ll know all of the precautions and everything and I think I’m going to go back to her house to help her take pictures and stuff down, which is kind of sad because that is the only house that I could call mine. Before my dad retired from the military we moved around so much that I never really had a place to call home, but when we moved here, this place became home, so it will be a bittersweet afternoon. Just hope I can make it though with my sainity!

posted in The Fam,The Old Blog bullet permalink bullet 3.03.2005

By the Way- We’re Moving

Have you ever gotten one of those phone calls at work that so should have been answered while you were home? I got one of those yesterday.

My dad does contract work for a company in Kuwait. My mom and sister still live here, but they planned on moving over there the middle of May, after my sister finished school. Well I get this call yesterday at work from my mom all excited and energetic calling to say she got offered a job and they want her as soon as possible. They will only hold the job open for six weeks. I was shocked. I mean, I knew they were going to move, but it hadn’t really hit me until yesterday. I think what surprised me the most was that in a month my family would be gone. I was also upset because she kept saying, “We’ll you know I don’t want to miss your graduation, so I don’t know what I should do.” It was almost like she was asking for permission to not come or something. So I was just like, “That’s find,mom.” I mean, I was upset about it, but I didn’t want to say anything, especially at work. I got off the phone and lost it. I started tearing up and just unleashed everything to the lady I work with. She just listened and offered some good advice. I can’t even imagine the stress level of my family this next week. I mean my mom is going to have to pull my sister out of school and start her in a whole new school- a whole new culture!, the will have to pack- not to mention sell their house, all in 6 weeks. I just don’t handle drastic change well when it is thrust upon me, so while I was preparing to say goodbye to them in a few months, this news was a huge shock.

I’m trying to stay positive and keep it off my mind until tomorrow, when I’m going to see my mom. I have a “pre-op” appointment for my surgery tomorrow and she is going with me, so I’ll have some time to talk to her after that.

My surgery- that’s a whole other thing! smile My mom is going to take care of me next week while Will is still working, and then Willl is going to be off the week after next while my mom and sister go to Kuwait to visit my dad. I think I’m going to stay at my mom’s because the ease of getting around without stairs and everything. So I have a thousand things between now and Tuesday I need to do- like teach Will how to do delicates and remind him to do a thousand things smile, and thoroughly clean the house so it doesn’t look terrible when I come home… oh my! smile

We got our electric bill for the past two months- it skyrocketed- in a massive way! I don’t think we realized how nice and warm our house had been this winter. So, we had to turn the heater down a bit to compensate. I woke up this morning and thought I was in Alaska. I wouldn’t be surprised if you could see my breath. I think we’re going to have to turn it up a bit! smile

posted in The Fam,Q-8,The Old Blog bullet permalink bullet 3.02.2005

My Good Weekend

It doesn’t seem like it should be Monday already. Me weekend was great, I would have liked another day! smile Our trip was fun. It was nice for Will and I to get out of town and do something together. Lately, our dates have consisted of a dollar movie or some terrible movie on TNT or TBS. smile It was refreshing to spend time talking on the way up there, and being goofy and flirting with eachother. We both agree how important it is for us to “date” eachother, but sometimes we get lazy about it.

Anyway, the game was fun. We had pretty good seats too! I’ve read sooo many blogs about babies lately, so I have to add this side note onto mine. A cute family with their parents and new baby sat in front of us at the game Saturday. The whole time I watched the game, I was also watching that family and laughing to myself. I want a baby’s life! smile I mean, the kid sneezed and the whole family laughed and thought it was the greatest thing ever. It got uncomfortable and it was pampered in the most tender way. It was so funny to watch that family in amazement- they were talking about “their future doctor” when they referred to the baby! Okay, I can’t make too much fun, because I’m sure I’ll be the same way one day (a long time from now ), but it cracked me up during the entire game.

Anyway, after the game we went to Johnny Carinos. We had never been there, and we thought we would try something different. It was really good! <3 Then… we did a bad thing… and went to the Marble Slab for dessert. I got cinammon icecream with pecans and Will got Reece’s cups with chocolate ice cream. yum! It’s okay to splurge every now and then!

Sunday was pretty normal and busy as usual. At our Sunday evening service we watched the Passion. It was my 3rd time to see it, but the impact and power was the same as the first time. I still get teary eyed at the love Jesus has for us.

So, to sum it up (I could go on with boring details, but for your sainity, I wont )my weekend was good.

It Wasn’t a Dying Cat, it Was Just Me

I’m battling some kind of yuck.I don’t feel sick, I just have some scratchy, yucky something in my throat. So, for this reason I suffered an anonymous embarassing moment today!

Today is my sister’s 15th birthday (which is crazy to me that she is that old)! I told my mom I would get up early to call her favorite radio station so they would announce her birthday on the air. Well, bad news for me, they had already aired them- BUT they would air hers if I sang her happy birthday!


Just a sidenote- Singing in public is my BIGGEST fear, no lie! I would rather walk a tight rope on a 10 story building than sing in front of an audience, so that wasn’t much of an option!

Okay, so I was like, “I can’t sing! I’m sick!” And they said, “We’ll sing with you.” So, because I love my only sister dearly, I sang her happy birthday for thousands to hear- with a terribly scratchy throat. My sister called after they had played it to tell me how sweet I was and how special I made her feel… and then she said, “ You didn’t tell them who you were, did you?” I was feeling the love at that moment.  Thanks sis. Now I have to join the Witness Protection Program or something for my terrible attempt at Happy Birthday.

Tonight Will and I are going over to my mom’s house to celebrate my sister’s birthday. I’m most looking foward to the turtle cheesecake she picked out… and watching the Apprentice after she opens her presents! smile We got her a cd case, the girl has a thousand and they are everywhere!  I think my mom got her a digital camera, and her biggest present is their trip to Kuwait in 2 weeks to visit my dad. I suspect my dad will call sometime tonight, which will be nice because my main communication with him is email. It will be like 2 in the morning there, but at least we’ll all get to pass the phone around!

Have a great evening!

posted in The Fam,PDub,The Old Blog bullet permalink bullet 2.24.2005

Burning Calories and Trips to Walmart

Okay. So I’m thinking I would like to lose 3-5 pounds, you know the “just because I want to pounds.” I’m not overweight or anything, I would just like to lose a few to get ready for spring and summer. If I had known how impossible it was to lose weight, I would have started last year! smile I learned in my health class today that in order to lose just one small, insignificant pound you have to burn 3,500 calories! Are you kidding me!?  I walk/jog 3 miles 3 times a week and was thinking if I bumped up my workout time I could lose those pounds easily… but I don’t come even close to buring that much, even combined! smile I also learned why it is easier for guys to drop weight than girls- that is the ultimate worst! Anyway, I just thought I would vent about that today. I guess I will try to go a 4th mile tonight to burn some more calories… maybe I’ll lose 1/2 a pound (since that would be such a huge feat!… not! )!

I doubt I will get a good workout tonight though because of our busy church schedule tonight and then we have to go to ... dreaded Wal-Mart.  Does anybody else loathe going there as much as I do? Its not that I don’t like going there, you can’t beat the prices, but I think I just don’t like being there. I would have to believe most WalMarts around the country are the same. Will and I can go at any time of the day and be in a hurry and still see 3 people we know who all want to stop and chat. Then you run into the crowded aisles and such “friendly” people, who- like us- just want to get their stuff and go but hate the world and will let you know it as they reach for the last box of cereal you are just DYING to have!  Did I mention these trips bother me?? Then, no matter if we have written our grocery list in blood and budgeted 5 times, “mysterious” items make it into our shopping cart because we “really need” them (like we need a root canal). Anyway, so that will be the plan after church- to go meet the rest of southwest Oklahoma at Walmart to get a few things. Maybe I’ll get to burn some calories rushing through the aisles to get home.

Have a good evening


I am sitting here at the office where I intern and am looking at the calendar. I can not believe that February is almost over. I think as I get older time goes by much much faster. I can remember thinking May would never come when I was a kid, and here I am about to graduate college just clinging to these last 2 months thinking- please, just slow down! I also can’t believe that in just a couple of weeks it will be our anniversary! I can remember last year this time thinking, “I am about to be married in like 2 weeks!!” and all of the excitement and busyness and nervousness of those last few weeks… and now I’m here again already? smile

Time has really flown. Spring break will be here in 2 weeks. I can’t believe it. Its my last “real break” before I get a job. How sad. :( The worst part is that I am having foot surgery the week before and will be unable to do anything that week, the week of Spring break, and the week after… which means that our anniversary will consist of ordering in and spending time together on the couch. No fun. smile I guess that’s life though. My mom is going to take care of me the first week, and then Will is going to take off the 2nd week. My mom and sister are going to go visit my dad in Kuwait that week. I’m jealous. And I’m hoping that the third week, when everyone goes back to work, I’ll be able to get around some on my own. If not, I will just make myself do it. smile Whether my body is ready or not, I have to go back to school that following week. smile Does anyone sense denial on my part?? smile So I’m gearing up to try to get everything done these next two weeks so I can not feel so guilty doing nothing for three. I think women have some guilt switch in our brain that we feel we always have to be doing something or we feel bad. Like, I could just laze around for an hour but I the laundry HAS to get done this second, when it really could wait an hour. Really, it could. It’s been sitting there for like 3 days… whats another hour? I’m trying to help myself realize these things in the event of my surgery, but I have this bad feeling that I will be on all fours, crawling around doing stupid and unnecessary things. smile What a hilarious sight. I hope I don’t get that bored. smile Have a great day all! smile

“Don’t sweat the petty stuff and don’t pet the sweaty stuff.”

posted in The Old Blog bullet permalink bullet 2.21.2005


TMJ, Lockjaw, whatever. I have it. I went to the dentist yesterday knowing that I had a small case of it, but it had progressed. I now have to get a splint thing to wear at night for the mere cost of $500. Can you believe that!? I never realized the cost of being alive! smile I sure miss my parents paying for everything. I told my mom about my lockjaw issues and she was like, “I want to pay for that. You are still in school and you are going to be needing this splint thing now, so let us do that for you.” I feel bad about it. Its like Will and are supposed to be on our own, so I feel bad taking advantage of my mom’s generosity. She is always so willing to help, but I can imagine that it gets tiresome for her. Maybe that’s just a mother’s nature or something- to help out her kid. I don’t know. I think she thinks back to her days when her and my dad were first married and dirt poor and her dad bailed them out a time or two, but its different with me and Will- we are good at budgeting things-we just don’t have $500 laying around! So I don’t know what to do. I guess I will let her go ahead and do it, afterall, there is coming a time when the whole “we’re newly married and poor” thing won’t work. smile Anyone else had issues with your parents about that?

Today has been a good day. It’s “my” Friday, the day Will and I spend the whole day together, and I think I may be driving him crazy. smile Nonetheless, he is still being wonderful. My mom got us a big picture of one of our favorite poses from the wedding during Christmas, but I had yet to frame it. It was laying there all sad, longing to be put in a frame, so today we went and picked one out and the matting and all of that stuff. I feel bad- I know Will was going crazy because I was being so indecisisive about all of the different mattings and frames and everything. Finally, he said I should call my mom since she would know better than either of us would. So I did. She met us up there and helped us pick a nice matting for our frame. I know Will was relieved to get out of there. smile I am terrible about making decisions like that.

Finally the weekend! We don’t have any big plans or anything. Its a big deal in our house because all DirectTV subscribers are getting STARZ free this weekend, so it looks like a movie marathon for us tonight. smile Those weekend trial things are great for newlyweds. smile

I guess that’s about all that’s been going on! Have a good weekend!

posted in The Old Blog bullet permalink bullet 2.18.2005

I Can Breathe

I finally took my test today, such a relief. I hate the pressure and build up to an important test- I’m just ready to get it over with and move on! I’ll find out Thursday how I did.

Yesterday was nice. Will was exhausted from his busy day, so when I called he asked me if I could meet him at the mall so he could pick up my gift because it came in. We got there and- like I thought- I got my shoes! smile They fit great.

We had planned to go eat, but my test was wearing on my mind and I could tell Will could fall over any second, so we opted to go home and go out today instead. I’m glad we did because its like a celebratory dinner since my big worries are over for now! smile I went in the other room to study and came out at 9:00 or so and will was dead asleep on the couch. So much for a romantic evening. ha ha smile Nonetheless, it was such a great day knowing I had the greatest guy ever in my life, and Valentine’s Day can be everyday.

posted in The Old Blog bullet permalink bullet 2.15.2005

love Valentine’s Day!

Today is so exciting. I know a lot of people think it is a commercialized holiday to sell flowers, candy, and jewlery, but I’m a typical girl and I still get giddy at the thought of V-Day. This is our first married Valentine’s Day, so thats exciting too. A man at our church owns a large flower store in town and asked Will to help him deliver flowers as a fundraiser for the youth group. So Will enlisted his dad to be the van driver while Will makes the deliveries. Its a long day, he actually got up before I did this morning!

Saturday night we went over to Will’s parents and ate dinner and watched Troy. We also got our valentine’s day gifts from them. I got a cute OU shirt and some good smelling lotions and soaps. Then last night we went over to my moms and got our gifts. She really spoils us. Its funny how practical our gifts are now that we’re married. There was a time that I had to “borrow” some toilet paper and dishwashing soap from my mom because we decided to use our money to buy OU season tickets instead of groceries (We are young and stupid I guess).  Anyway, in our bags there was a huge pack of toilet paper and Electrosol dishwashing tabs. Then we each got a Wal-Mart gift card and cash. Plus way too much candy. That was great. My mom always overdoes it on “small” holidays, but I’m not complaining. smile

I got Will OU vs Baylor b-ball tickets. That’s a story in itself. I was so proud of my idea to get him these tickets because I had been hearing how incredible Baylor was doing and how they could win it all. So I got the tickets thinking this was going to be such an awesome game. Well, I’m terrible about getting excited about gifts I got people and wanting to tell them before the day comes, so I dropped some hints about OU b-ball and asked how Baylor was doing. Will then proceeded to tell me how terrible they were this year and how everyone is beating them… it was the Baylor WOMEN who were doing so well… not the MEN! smile I was so disappointed and Will could read it all over my face. He eventually guessed my “best ever” surprise. We had a good laugh and held eachother on the couch. So, he already knows his gift, but thats not a big deal. I also had a heart shaped cake made for him that says Go Sooners beat Baylor, so that will be a surprise.

I guessed Will’s gift for me, or at least I think I did! smile I think I’m getting a pair of shoes I’ve been wanting, so we’ll wait and see. We’re going to eat tonight, and then I have to go home and study away. I have a huge test tomorrow, so that will be the end to a wonderful day, yuck. smile <3

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
i fear
no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)

-ee cummings

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