Mar 262008

The Site
The picture gallery has been taken offline for now as we try to update the website. Sorry for any inconvenience if you have tried to look yourself up in our gigantic picture gallery. If you know us and hung out with us at least once, we definitely have a picture of you!

Things have been going well. We are very much looking forward to our vacation in a couple days. Italy here we come! Make sure to check back for those pictures which we’ll be happy to share.

It’s here! Which means we have to go outside to work in the yard and that is definitely not my favorite thing to do. This year I decided to get more involved as we had some awful looking azalea bushes out front which needed to go and I was happy to spend the day digging those puppies up! Now I’m looking forward to having some lively looking plants out front. We’ll see what we come up with.

Well, it’s definitely looking like a Pottery Barn catalog around here but since I love, love, love that store then it’s not a problem. I feel like Rachel from that episode of Friends where she buys everything from Pottery Barn and then lies about it to Phoebe. It’s sad but on some days walking around that store can make a dreary day seem a little bit better. The bathrooms are in the process of being remodeled and I’m happy to say not by me. I picked out the stuff, but the man here has been busy with the ceramic tile, vanities, etc. The bad thing is sharing a bathroom in the process. Girls and boys should not share the same bathroom!

The dog
Since my last post on little Jack, things have improved a little bit. It turns out the dog has a malfunctioning thyroid and has hypothyroidism. He is now on thyroid medicine and is back to being his old self. He has lots of energy and some of the fur around his ears have started growing back!

What can I say? Not much interest around here for any of the candidates. I guess it will have to end up being the best of the worst in November and it will probably not be an improvement for how we’re doing here lately. Even if I sound pessimistic, I encourage everyone to go out and vote! It is important and a great responsibility. Remember JFK “think not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country.” NOT the other way around as many have come to think in society today.

Lost is AWESOME even though we have no answers. American Idol is back and I watch it like a school girl. Waiting patiently for The Office…….
I’ve been watching Masterpiece on PBS Sunday nights as they have been presenting the works of Jane Austen (my favorite novelist of all time). They have done a beautiful job with some of my favorites. Sense and Sensibility is coming up this week and I can’t wait.

John 17:20-26.
“My prayer is not for them alone (the disciples). I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world. Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.” John 17:20-26.

This was Jesus’ prayer for future believers the night before he was crucified. I thought it was important to mention since it was Easter this past week and let everyone who might read this know that He loves you and wants a relationship with you. Think about it! Without Him, none of it matters! (house, trip, politics, etc.)

Sunday Wind-down

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Nov 202005

Wow, what a stunning turn of events yesterday. First Tech destroyed UVA, and then Georgia Tech upsets Miami to give us the inside track on a BCS bowl. Like the Circuit City commercials, it was just what we needed. How did we lose to this team?

Despite this being my favorite time of the year, I’ve decided I hate all trees and their dead leaves that rain down on our yard. They sure are pretty to look at, but then they taunt you with their maroon and orange colors and loud crunching noise so that even our dog is afraid to walk on the huge pile right outside our back door on his way to the bathroom. All of a sudden, I’m a huge fan of evergreens.


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Nov 142005

I used my gas blower/vac to suck up a bunch of leaves in our yard this past weekend, and I guess I used my hamstrings way more than I usually do because it feels as if someone used them for a punching bag. We’ve bagged up so many leaves already, and yet they fall as fast as you pick them up. Oh, my poor hammys.

Catch Up

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Aug 142005

The astronauts did in fact make it back safely, thank God.

I’ve been off for a few days so I’ve let some things slip, including posting on here and calling people back. Things get back to normal starting tomorrow though (and work too, unfortunately).

With my few days off, Monica and I did some travelling so some new pics will be posted soon.

We finally bought a hammock! I put it up Friday between our perfect hammock trees and have already spent some time relaxing in it, despite the sweltering heat we’ve had lately. It’s totally cool.

Monica starts back to school on Thursday so things will definitely be changing around here.

All by myself

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Jul 262005

On Friday, Monica headed off to spend a week in New York with the family so I’ve been all alone this weekend. (She arrived safely and has been having a great time, she tells me.)

Yesterday, I did some much needed yard work, and got to finally use our new lawn mower. Man, I must be getting old or something because I was actually excited about how much better the new lawn mower performed versus our old one. I also did some chores around the house that I had been putting off for too long.

Last night, I had a nice dinner out with my Mom and Bill, and then it was off to a Tides game with Bucky. The Tides lost. 🙁

Today has been pretty relaxing. Had a great dinner again with my Mom and Bill tonight (the home-cooked variety), and now it’s back to work tomorrow. This week is going to be a long one for me, as there is a ton of stuff to do at work. And it’s just Jack here to keep me company.

I know Monica worries about me when she’s gone, but I seem to manage okay. Now where’s my coffee? 😉

Jul 172005

My Dad gave me some veggies from his garden yesterday, and we enjoyed some of them in a salad today. He’s a regular farmer with his monster garden, with his rows upon rows of vegetables. He could put Del Monte out of business.

Meanwhile we’re chugging along with one radish and one green pepper. I think we’ll get some tomatoes eventually, and a few more green peppers, and then some cucumbers if we’re lucky. I think I’m set on what not to do, so anyone have any good gardening tips?

May 012005

Been a little while since I posted so here’s what’s up.

I’ve been sick the past week or so with some sort of cold/sinus infection thing, and now Monica has it as well. It really knocked me on my butt for a few days, and it came out of no where. Now Monica has to deal with it and finals as well. Sorry, baby.

We did manage to get in some yard work, but we still have a long way to go. Shoveling dirt is no fun, especially when you’re sick.

In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve updated the look of the site, as well as cleaned up some of the code. It’s something I’ve been working on here and there for awhile now, and I finally decided it was time for a change. I think the previous design was pretty consistent for a couple of years. There are still some pages that haven’t been updated yet, but let us know what you think.


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Apr 102005

Wow, what a beautiful weekend, and we spent a great deal of it outside in our yard.

On Saturday, we planted twelve azaleas down one side of our house (with fresh top soil and mulch) with the hopes that they will bloom watermelon red flowers relatively soon. It took a while digging all of those holes and arranging the weed-repelling fabric. We did some research on what to plant there, and most of the area gets filtered light mostly in the afternoon. Hopefully the azaleas will flourish, but who knows. This is our first attempt at real-life gardening.

On Sunday, I mowed the grass for the first time this year. After that, I sat out on our patio for awhile with the laptop to get some work done and enjoy our freshly manicured yard. Then I grilled some chicken and fresh asparagus, and we had a genuine outdoor-type dinner complete with lighted candle and all. Ain’t we fancy?

Mar 222005

I tilled up an area in our backyard this past weekend in anticipation of planting some seeds for our very own vegetable garden. We’re planning on planting tomatoes (yes, I know they are a fruit), cucumbers, green peppers, and maybe some squash. I know Monica wants to experiment with carrots too, but I’m not sure if we have enough room for all of that.

And let me tell you…tilling up the substance that is called dirt but is actually clay here in Virginia is no easy task. I didn’t actually go as deep as the experts recommend for a garden, but I hope it’s good enough. The area gets plenty of sun which is the most important thing.

We should have plenty of produce later in the summer, assuming that our garden actually takes off. That’s a big assumption to make, being that this is our first attempt at farming, but you never know.

I’ve just got to keep Jack from peeing on our food.

Typical Weekend

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Mar 132005

Pretty busy weekend for us as we started out having dinner with family to celebrate my uncle’s birthday on Friday night. We went to Frankie’s, a local rib place. I love me some good BBQ.

Then on Saturday, I got up early to meet my Dad at our house to do some yard work. We did some preliminary planning and laid out some string to visualize what I want to do. It was pretty cold though so it wasn’t very pleasant, but it did finally start to warm up right as we were finishing…naturally.

Ran some errands on Saturday afternoon, and then we went to a hockey game with Greg (I posted a photo on the moblog). It was a pretty exciting game as it went to overtime, and the Admirals ended up scoring thirty seconds into the extra period. Woohoo! We finished the night off with a late dinner at Waterside.

Today, we got up to go to church, did our normal grocery shopping, and this afternoon, I watched some great basketball (March Madness about to begin, you know) while doing the fun task of balancing the finances.

Like I said, pretty busy weekend as there always seemed to be something to do. Now back to work. 🙁