Thursday, October 30, 2008

Jenn boo-ed me! Now YOU have been boo-ed too! Grab this picture and put it on your blog, then go to as many of your blog buddies as you want and tell them they have been boo-ed . Have them pick up this picture and add it to their blog and say with the link who boo-ed them . Put the picture in your sidebar if you want so then others know that you have already been boo-ed , if you post lots and it's not on the main page where everyone will see your boo-ed post!

We're off to see the Rocky Horror Picture Show . They're doing a free showing on campus tonight, and y'all know I'm all about free! It ought to be fun - I'll let you know.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

My boring, busy life

I've been busy lately, but none of it has been interesting. Mostly just baking LOTS of cookies. Thankfully I don't have anything planned for tomorrow (Wednesday), so I'm going to run some errands and do some cleaning. I'll be volunteering at the school Thursday and Friday, so tomorrow is the only day I can get much done around here. For someone who doesn't have a job or kids, I don't know how I never have free time anymore.

I've been planning on going to Lucedale next week because my sister is supposed to be getting married on Nov. 8, but it looks like it may be postponed or even canceled! I'm going to go anyway, at least maybe I can help out with the kids and give them a break since they've got a lot of crazy stuff going on lately.

While I'm in Lucedale I won't have a lot to do when the kids aren't around, so I'm going to take my sewing machine and work on making some Christmas presents.

I'm also thinking of doing a giveaway! I've really gotten into the apron making lately and I was thinking of making one to give away on here. I was thinking either a fall/ Thanksgiving apron, or maybe a winter/ Christmas one, and some cookies and other stuff to go with it. What do y'all think? Leave me a comment and let me know what you think.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Another Award

I gave Amy the Kreativ Blogger Award yesterday 'cause I think she's awesome and funny and I love reading her blog. This morning she gave all of her bloggy buddies this award:

I've seen this one on some other blogs and thought it was so cute. So I grabbed it so I could pass it along to all of you. I know I don't write as many posts as I should, but I do go through my Google reader at least once a day to read what all of you write (even if I don't always leave a comment). I LOVE reading about your lives and learning about you, you're all wonderful, special people. Please take this award and continue to pass it along. If you're reading this, take it. I'm not sure of the "proper" way to take it, but this is how I do it. Right click on the image and click "save image as," then save it to your computer. Then you can upload it as you would any picture.

I hope you are all having a great weekend. I am. But I've got to go finish that swap apron that I didn't want to be finishing at the last minute. Well, it's due out on Wednesday, so I guess I'm last minute after all! Patty if you're reading this, I promise I'll have it out before the deadline! After I know she's gotten it, I'll post a picture of the apron. It's the cutest pattern EVER, and I just love it. Later taters!

Friday, October 24, 2008

An award

Deanna is so sweet! She gave me this award! Upon receiving this award, I'm supposed to tell you about "Things that make me happy." Here are a few in no particular order:
  • My husband. He's wonderful.
  • The rest of my family, especially my nephews and niece.
  • Cooking and baking for others.
  • Chocolate (as in candy, cake, ice cream, cookies - you get the picture).
  • Sleeping in as late as I want, especially when it's raining.
  • Watching movies and TV.
  • The Internet. I'm serious. Why are you laughing?
  • Sewing.
  • Reading a good book.
  • Spending time with friends. I don't have many, so any time I get to spend with them is precious to me.
  • Comments on my blog (stole that one from Deanna!).
I'm going to pass this award to these fine ladies.
Actually, if you're reading this, I'm passing it along to you. I really enjoy all of the blogs I read and YOURS is one of them!

So, I'm feeling lots better, I think I just needed some rest more than anything. It seems like I'm always going full speed and I guess it just catches up with me sometimes. Everything I put off had to be done, so I've been busy again. I've got a few pictures to share later, but right now I gotta go deliver some cookies.

Please say a prayer for Lindsey at Pleasant Drive. She's starting chemo today.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

kinda sick

I was right about getting sick. I spent the whole weekend feeling like crap and not doing anything productive. I overdid it a little yesterday since I was feeling a little better, but now I feel worse than I did over the weekend. I have two nasty little fever blisters on my lip and the lymph nodes in my neck are hard and swollen to the size of marbles. On top of that, have cramps. I'm just being a bum today and not even worrying about getting anything done. Today is one of those days that makes me so thankful that I'm a stay-at-home wife. When I was teaching, if got up feeling like I did today, I would have went to work anyway and been miserable. Even though I feel bad, I know I'm blessed.

I don't know if any of you ever have fever blisters, but I've had them off and on all my life. A little fyi for you, the absolute best thing to get rid of them fast is campho phenique. I saw some a while back and remembered that it was what my nana always used on them when I was a kid. I works a lot faster than any other non-prescription medication. I really mean that. I'm not trying to get freebies from them or anything :-)

Even though I have lots of cookies to make, I'm gonna put that on hold until tomorrow or Thursday. I would feel terrible if I somehow passed something on to someone. I don't really know if germs travel through food like that, but I'm a little bit of a germaphobe so I'm not going to take any chances.

Since I don't really feel like doing anything else, I might write more later, about something other than being sick! I hope you are all having a good day!

Saturday, October 18, 2008


Yeah this is kinda how I'm feeling today. I just "don'tgiveashit" about anything right now. I have at least 37 things that I should be doing. You know what I've been doing for the past 2 hours? Playing Tetris. Yep. I just can't get motivated to do anything. And you know what I'm about to go do tight now? Take a nap. It's 7:00 pm and I'm gonna take a nap. I know it's gonna screw up my sleep schedule but right now I don't care. I wonder if I might be coming down with something. I sure hope not.

By the way, The comic from above is from Natalie Dee. I think her stuff is hilarious! Go there and look through the archives for a laugh. Another by the way, I just went to her site so I could copy and paste the url for the link and found out SHE JUST HAD A BABY! I don't remember her mentioning she was pregnant on her site. Like I said, EVERYBODY has a baby but me.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Halloween cookies

These are some Halloween cookies I made this week. I'll be making LOTS more in the next couple of weeks. Sorry some of the pictures are kinda cruddy. I forgot to take pictures until I had a lot of them wrapped already.

I was also asked by the teachers I used to work with to make a cake for my former boss for Boss's Day yesterday. It's harder than you would think to come up with something to write other than "Happy Boss's Day." I've made a lot of cakes for this guy over the past few years, so I'm starting to run out of ideas. I found this quote and thought it would be appropriate.

That's all for now. I hope you all have a great weekend!


I was tagged by Buzzard Roost Babe to post 7 random facts. Here they are:

1. I. am. weird. I'll admit it. What makes me weird? I don't know. I just am.

2. I suffer from IBS. It ain't fun! It was sometimes very difficult to deal with when I was teaching.

3. My husband and I met on the internet. Yes it can work! Don't knock it unless you've tried it.

4. I am obsessed with watching tv crime dramas. I love CSI and Criminal Minds the most.

5. I have a nasty temper, but I've learned to control it pretty well over the years.

6. I have very few friends. I'm a friendly person, I just don't make friends easily.

7. I want a baby. It seems like everyone I know or have ever met is pregnant or has a baby. Don't get me wrong, I am extremely happy for them, but at the same time it hurts a little too.

Read more random stuff about me here.

I'm not going to tag anyone in particular. If you want to do it, go ahead. If you do decide to, leave a comment here so I can read your random facts.

Monday, October 13, 2008


There's not too much going on right now, which is a good thing. I'm not complaining after the eventful week we've had. I've just been busy trying to declutter and do some cleaning. I still feel all out of whack from not being home much lately. I'll be glad when I get back into my normal routine.

I wanted to do a Menu Plan Monday post, but I haven't even thought about what I'm cooking tonight, much less the rest of the week. Maybe I'll get to it later today and it can just be a late post. Or not. I don't know yet.

I need to start working on the apron for the latest swap I signed up for. I bought the fabric this weekend and it's really cute. I'll post a picture of the apron after I finish it. They're not due to be mailed until the 29th, but I don't want to be last minute getting it sent.

I guess I'd better go do something productive now. I hope you all are having a nice day.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

The car is fixed!

So after working for 3 days on the car we borrowed from my mom, Dad and Mr. McHacker figured out what was wrong with it. They had to try a couple of different things before they got it right, but it's still cheaper than buying another car, so I'm happy. So now it's fixed and running great.

Mom has a really beautiful shrub blooming in the yard right now. It's called a Confederate Rose and it is a type of hibiscus. The flowers are huge and beautiful. One day when I have a house of my own with a yard, I am SO going to try to grow this.

Mom and Dad also have some ADORABLE kittens. There are three of them, although every picture I took of the three of them together turned out blurry. So here's a picture of two of them.

Aren't they cute? I just love 'em. Especially that little guy on the right. He's the runt. I just wanna take them home with me. Too bad our evil/stupid landlord won't let us have pets. :-( And another thing I'm gonna do when I have a house of my own with a yard is have a cat. Or two... Or more... And a puppy...and a ferret....and a bunny...and...
I think you get the picture.
So anyway, I hope the rest of your weekend is great!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

My youngest nephew Q.

He's 7, but still the youngest for a few more months anyway. His mom (my youngest sister) is expecting a boy in February. We're all really excited about that, even Q. He was really wanting a baby brother and was THRILLED when they found out it's a boy. My little sis let him take a half day off school so he could go with her and my mom to the ultrasound appointment. He called me on their way home to tell me all about it. It was really sweet.

So last weekend when we were in the Lucedale, we were able to go to one of his football games. It's so cute to see all of the little boys dressed up in their uniforms playing football. They actually played a lot better than I expected. I figured that many seven year olds on a field would be about like herding cats, but I was surprised. Q's team won 24 to 20, and it was a good game. I just HAVE to post some pictures to show you how adorable he is.
Here's a close up.

Here they are in a huddle with the coach; he's number 99.

These are some of them actually playing.

Q is really big for his age, but there are a couple of boys on his team that are even bigger than him. Here he is with one of those boys.

When the game was over they all lined up and shook hands. It was so cute.

Mr. McHacker and I really enjoyed watching the game. I figured that we should enjoy our nephews' sports abilities since I'm guessing that any child we have will not be very athletic. If you know us "in real life" you would totally agree.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

I. am. so. tired.

This is going to be a short one since I'm really tired and I'm planning on going to bed after Criminal Minds goes off.

Thanks for all your comments ladies. :-)

We managed to get the car back to Meridian. It was kind of a hassle, but I won't go into details about it. I'm just glad we got there okay. Dad couldn't get it going, so they let us use their car since Mr. McHacker needs to go to work the rest of the week.

I have some cool pictures of my sweet little nephew playing football that I'm going to post soon. And some pictures of flowers that I thought were pretty. Hopefully I'll get those up tomorrow.

Right now, I'm wondering what I should do about the music coming from the apartment above us. I've been listening to this techno-crap rattle my windows for about 2 hours now. I've not really met this neighbor since he just moved in a couple of weeks ago. These are my three options:
1. Should I go ask him to turn it down? I don't want to seem like the "older bitchy lady downstairs."
2. Should I be passive-aggressive and blast something equally annoying that I like and others don't? Maybe some bluegrass?
3. Should I call the landlord and let him deal with it?

Well, damn. He just turned his music off. I guess I don't need to do anything. Good. But this wasn't the first time it's happened, so I'd still like to know what you think.

Have a good night y'all.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008


Sorry I haven't posted in a while, it's been a rough couple of days. I think I've mentioned it before, but every time I try to go to Lucedale to see my mom and family, something always happens to keep me from going. Well, this time it was the car. This is going to be a long one, just because I need to get it all out and I feel like typing.

One day last week our car started making a strange noise. We couldn't quite figure out what it was, but everything seemed to be working fine. All of the gauges were reading properly, no warning lights came on, the car was running fine. But we figured we would stop by Mr. McHacker's mom and dad's in Meridian and get Dad to listen to the noise to see if he could figure out what it was, since we were on our way to Lucedale anyway. So we get to their house around 6:00 and they met us in the yard to listen to the car. Dad say something like, "hmm, that's a strange noise," and right about that time, the water pump started pouring water. Then dad says, "found your problem."

They were sweet and let us borrow their car to go to Lucedale for the weekend. Dad is great and offered to change the water pump for us over the weekend while we were gone. I think they felt bad for us since we've been trying to go for a visit since July and stuff keeps happening. My sister is getting married in November and I really needed to take her the slip I wore under my wedding dress, so she wouldn't have to buy one, and her final fitting was on Saturday. So we went to Lucedale and spent time with my family and had a really nice time.

We got back to Meridian Sunday afternoon and Dad wasn't quite done with the car. It was no big deal since Mr. McHacker found out he was off work/school for fall break on Monday and today. So yesterday they finished with the water pump and were going to take it for a test drive. But it wouldn't start, the engine was locked up and wouldn't do ANYTHING. Dad worked half the day trying to figure out what else was wrong with it. After trying many different things, he figured out that a valve was broken. I felt terrible. I figured that it must've been something I had done, but Dad assured me that it wasn't my fault, it was something that was just going to happen. And was totally unrelated to the water pump issue. So that money was spent for nothing. So anyway, the car most likely can't be fixed, and if it can be fixed, it's going to take more time and money than we want to spend on it at the moment. It's an older car that has a lot of miles and didn't cost us much to start with.

So there we are, stuck without a car. We started weighing our options. With me not working right now, we really didn't want to get into debt over a car. And we didn't want to deplete all of our savings either. So I swallowed my pride and called my mom and asked if we could borrow her old car that she's been wanting to sell. She said yes we could and that we could keep it until we got something else. But that it's been "sitting up" for a while and she wanted Dad to check it out before we drove it.

We got up early this morning and Mom and Dad drove us down to Lucedale to get my mama's old car. It's about a two hour drive. We got there fine and Dad checked out the car and said it was fine, we ate some lunch with my mom, got a new tag, and filled up with gas, then we were on our way back to Meridian. We ALMOST made it out of town. The car died at a four way stop and wouldn't start back up. Yeah, that was fun. Dad and Mr. McHacker went out to Wal-Mart and got a can of starting fluid, which I had never heard of before today. They sprayed one squirt of it in the air intake and it started right up. YAY! So then we were off again.

The old car was running great with no problems. We drove for about an hour and stopped at a gas station in a little town called Buckatunna to get something to drink and use the restroom. When we got back in the car, it wouldn't start AGAIN. And it had been running fine. So Dad and Mr. McHacker sprayed the stuff again. It didn't work. They sprayed some more. It still didn't work. They ended up using the WHOLE can and it still didn't work. So then we drove over to the next town so Dad could go to the Autozone and see if he can get some info that might help him figure out what was wrong with the car. It was a bust. They weren't very helpful. So we went back to the gas station where we left the car and Dad talked to the guy in the store and arranged to leave the car there overnight until we can come back and tow it. We got back to Mom and Dad's, had some dinner, then went to Uncle R's house and borrowed his truck and car dolly so we can leave at the butt crack of daylight in the morning to go back to get the car.

Dad's been trying to figure out what's wrong with it, and has several ideas. He's going to work on it and let us take their car back with us. We'll be coming back again this weekend, so they say it's no big deal. I have the best in-laws ever. They really are the nicest people you could ever meet. I truly don't know what we would do without them.

So now I'm hoping and praying that everything will go okay with getting the car back to Meridian, that Dad will be able to figure out what's wrong with it, and not kill himself trying to fix it, and that it won't cost a fortune. This has all been a great big hassle, but I know God has been watching out for us and it could have been a lot worse. I'm trying to do as 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says and "give thanks in all circumstances." I'll let you know how it all works out tomorrow. I hope you are all doing well, I'm reading your blogs, even if I haven't taken the time to comment lately.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

I want an iphone!

Last night I dropped my phone (motorola razr) and this is the conversation that followed:

Me: Oh crap! Did the battery fall out again?

Mr. McHacker: No, it's okay.

Me: Are you sure? Is it working?

Mr.McHacker: Yes it's fine.

Me: Darn. I was hoping it was broken so I could have an excuse to get a new iphone.

Mr. McHacker: You wouldn't do that.

Me: Well, it worked for E. I think she broke hers on purpose so she would have an excuse to get one. Which is really funny since when her husband broke his phone the last time, she got him a tracfone and put his sim card in it. Boy was he pissed.

Mr.McHacker: If you break your phone on purpose, I'm gonna go to the Palmer Home Thrift Store and get you the biggest, ugliest, oldest phone they have. (he says this while laughing)

Then he shows me this picture:

I guess I'll just stick to the one I have for now...I don't think that one will fit in my purse!