Thursday, November 27, 2008

Painting - FINALLY!

Dad and I started painting on Tuesday night. Which was a good night apparently since all of the other arms that live in the house were gone that night. It was just me, Dad, and Charlie. We were a little worried about Charlie walking around the room while we were painting, but she did awesome.

She just followed me around and licked my legs. Then she watched the central air move the paper around - that held her attention for about 10 seconds - just long enough to get one good bark out and be a little frightened at why the paper was moving. Then she went back to licking my legs. And she only licked the paint one time.

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This was the beginning - lots of spackling.

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Ah, that looks much better.

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There is color on the walls, but at this time I don't have those pictures on my computer so you're just going to have to wait. The color looks awesome and I can't wait to see it with the furniture in it.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Wedding Bliss

We drove to Pittsburgh this weekend for Jess' rehearsal dinner and wedding. It was amazing. Everything was so very, well, Jess. It was exactly how I would picture her wedding. She looked amazing of course and we all bawled as she walked down the aisle. I'm pretty sure Zac started it. As soon as he saw her he started crying. Then Jess cried. Then her dad. Then her mom and brothers. Then me. Then all the bridesmaids. Yup - everybody cried.

The weekend started with the rehearsal. It was awesome. I think we might have had a 12 course meal: bread, appetizers, salad, beans, pasta, fish, and desert. It was a-ma-zing.

Not to mention a perfect photo opportunity.

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Notice all the scarves - we were cold. That's the bride in blue.

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Then came the wedding. I didn't take many pictures because a digital camera cannot do a wedding justice. It just can't. Plus, I wanted to enjoy the moment without taking pictures. The mother of the bride looking beautiful.

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5 out of 6 bridesmaids.

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Party! Jess looked awesome. You miss the whole effect in this picture because in the wedding she had a veil and gloves that went up past her elbows. It was perfect.

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After the wedding we went to see the nativity scene about a block from the hotel. It took us at least 45 minutes to get ourselves together enough to leave and then we were maybe outside for 15 minutes. It was worth it.

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We were cold. Very cold. That was pretty much the theme of the weekend.

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The weekend was wonderful. I got to spend 2 days straight with my best friends and we got to celebrate Jess' wedding. It was a surreal moment for us when Jess left the reception. We were so happy and so sad at the same time. It's hard to explain, we were so excited for her, yet sad to see her go.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Good Times

The other night we had 4 little rugrats stay at our place while their happenin' parents hosted a party. Dinner consisted of grilled cheese and salad. Everything in the salad was nice and fresh and delicious. In fact, it was so delicious that Tommy asked us to give his Mom the recipe for the salad. Apparently, Mom and I rock at making a salad.

All that aside, chopping up the salad has a lot of perks. I got to eat a tomato every once in a while and I got some company. Six little legs stayed by my side as I chopped up tomates. The situation below happened on many occasions. So of course I had Mom grab the camera.

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Also, Charlie has recently become a woman, and aside from all the crap I have to deal with about her - answering the kids questions was pretty interesting. "Why is Charlie wearing Lukey's underwear?" She's not - she has her own. "Why does she have underwear on?" She's sick. "Can I play with her?" Yes...and as Kelly answered "It's not a communicable disease."

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For your information - it's batman underwear.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

I know...

I'm a huge bore. I haven't posted anything in weeks. Eek! Mainly because I'm annoyed that I cannot post pictures...which is the main component of all the posts I had planned. Then as something would happen and I would think "I need to take a picture of this for my blog," I would become overwhelmed with sadness. Then I would crawl into bed, cuddle with Charlie, and weep. Ok - that's almost all true. In all honesty, Charlie doesn't cuddle. EVER.

Our old, beautiful morning routine was shattered weeks ago when I started teaching. I don't know if it was her way of boycotting me or she just doesn't like to cuddle, but it stinks. Now our morning routine works a little differently.

I get up first, after hitting snooze 3 times. Then, before I grab my towel and head for the shower, I put Charlie under the covers. I know, she's spoiled, but I think she freezes at night. She normally sleeps pretty stretched out, but at night when I have the windows open and the fan on - she curls up like a ball. She tucks her nose as far into her belly as possible.

My second observation that tells me she might be pretty cold is the fact that her normally burning belly is cold. So I lift her up and tuck her under the covers, and she immediately stretches out. Then I go take my shower and when I come back she is in the same position I left her in.

So that is the story of my life. Get up, pamper Charlie, go to school, come home, play with Charlie, and go to sleep.