Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Good Riddance 2008!

Goodbye 2008. Or shall I say good riddance. I have had better years. However, I found a few things that I enjoyed this year:

1. Wii- along with millions of other eight-year-olds. Greg and I wonder where this contraption has been all of our lives. We love playing each other in tennis. (Don't ask who usually wins, because it isn't me). I highly recommend this console. I haven't really played Call of Duty since we (Wii?) got home, and you know how I love COD.

2. Dance Dance Revolution- If I'm not playing the Wii, I'm playing Dance Dance Revolution Universe 3. I love it, and it makes me get up and move. It even tracks my calories that I have burned. Of course, I can only do it with no one else around. It's way more fun than walking on the treadmill for 45 minutes. (Unless Young and the Restless is on).

3. "Young and the Restless"- I used to love "General Hospital," but "Young and the Restless" is a little less mob-ish.

4. My Canon digital Elph camera- Love it! It fits in my purse and takes great pics and videos.

5. Our new bed- It is made for giants because it is so incredibly tall. However, it is the most comfortable bed I have ever slept on. After sleeping on a mattress that was at least 45 years old and thin and hard, I am really appreciating this monstrosity.

6. Colorado Springs- We are so glad we ended up here and not Pennsylvania or Boston or somewhere farther. It's nice to be a car trip away from family. Also, it's one of the more conservative places in Colorado. (Our county was about 59% red).

7. UNICEF- I blogged about it before. If you use Hotmail or use Microsoft's Instant Messenger, then you should join the "i'm initiative." Learn more about it at this website.

8. Spray ranch vinaigrette- Thanks wishbone! I love the taste of ranch, but hate the calories. This solves my problem. I have been putting it on salads, sandwiches, crackers, or anything else that calls for ranch dressing. This website shows you what I am talking about. It sits right next to my spray butter that I also love!

9. Websites that I found this year that I enjoy:
- LOL cats and LOL dogs- not sure what it is about this, but it always makes me laugh.
- Garfield minus Garfield- Who knew John Arbuckle was so troubled?
- Raiderpower- It's nice to hear what other Tech people think about Tech sports.
- Facebook- I don't LOVE it like other people LOVE it, but it's kind of fun to peruse.
- Popsugar and the whole Popsugar network- They have different websites devoted to different topics. From celebrity gossip to cooking to fitness to babies to news, there is one for everybody.
- Foxnews and Redstate- During the election, I needed these websites to keep me sane.
- Sparkpeople- More about this weight, calorie, and fitness tracking website later. Most amazing thing- it's free!

10. Webcams, Iphones, technology, oh my!- thanks to the webcam, I get to see my family more often. It really helps the loneliness. Also, Evan knew who I was when I saw him in Lubbock. I absolutely think these are the greatest inventions ever! Also, you know how I feel about my iphone! Under the technology headline I would also add blogging!

P.S. Is there anything that you found this year and love? I would love to hear about it.

P.P.S. Happy New Year's Eve! Be safe!

Monday, December 29, 2008

Home for the Holidays

Well, Greg and I made it home from our tour of Texas. Not really a tour, but to Weatherford and then to Lubbock and back. We had such a great time and are so appreciative of all of the gifts and hospitality of our families. Greg has been a little under the weather with some cold-like stuff, so it was a really good thing we came home on Saturday. No matter how long we stay it never feels like enough time to get to hang out with everyone.

Once we arrived back in the Springs, we realized that we are really glad that we live here. We really like it. The only thing that is missing are our loved ones. Otherwise, I think we'll take the Springs over Lubbock any day. You just can't beat the scenery. Maybe someday we'll convince others to join us up here.

Our star of the Christmas holiday was this cutie:


Greg and I believe that kids make Christmas so much more fun. We hope that someday we can have some so that magical Christmas feeling will come back. But not for a while. We both want to lose weight and get really healthy before that day comes. Until then, we can enjoy Alli and Bryan's little ones. In case you didn't know, Evan is going to have a little brother in May. (Maybe April). So, thanks Alli and Bryan for having kids so we can enjoy them until we have our own!

P.S. I am already working on my New Year's resolution- Go Me!!

P.P.S. Let's see how long it lasts!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas Update

On Friday night Greg and I attended his office's Christmas party. The food was great...until that night. Megan and Scott came to stay with us and I became so violently sick. I'm still not sure if I had some sort of bug or some sort of salmonella-ish type of sickness, but I do know that it was no fun. No fun at all. Because of me being sick, we had to go one day later to Weatherford, but we got there. (Barely- Greg almost ran us out of gas once. When we filled up we put 13.75 gallons into our 14 gallon tank. Yes, he almost had to push our car...)

We had Edmiston Christmas Monday morning. Greg and I received a Wii from Wilma and Chuck that I believe Wilma had to wrestle out of the hands of a mother of 3 small children at Wal-Mart in order to get it for us. Just kidding- she ordered it online and the next day they were sold out! The Wii was too much fun for all of their grown children. (I'm sure all of the 8-10 year-olds will also be enjoying their Wii on Christmas morning. Maybe some day we will grown up!)

We attended the Edmiston family Chinese Christmas party. I ended up with the cookie jar and Greg finagled tools. We did conspire a little bit, and in the end we ended up turning on each other, but it was all in good fun!

We were able to visit with Donna, Tom, Thomas, Laura, Garrett, and Kathryn at Laura's house yesterday for a bit. I was anxious to see my mom, but these guys are definitely the next best thing. Kathryn smiled and Garrett told us he was hopefully going to get a Tony Romo football helmet from Santa. I hope Garrett can hold on to the ball more than Tony, though!

So now we are in Lubbock, where it was a chilly 65 degrees when we got here yesterday. (Sorry, Lubbock, but 65 degrees is not chilly). We are doing some running around today, and I am going to eat at Furr's. I know- I'm livin' the dream! I have been craving Furr's baked fish for a couple of weeks now. I hope it tastes as great as it does in my dreams! Then, Cranford Christmas tonight and Karr-Edmiston-Phillips Christmas tomorrow.

P.S. Greg and I are getting baby fever being around all of the cute kiddos.

P.P.S. Merry Christmas Eve!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Beware of Wrap Rage

So, I have been watching the Today show, as any good maker of the home does. This morning they did a story on toy packaging. You can watch the video here. (You'll have to click on "The Problem With Packaging" from the selections on the left). Apparently, people are having such a hard time with undoing the packaging that surrounds toys and other gifts.

Ok, I am not all bah-humbug about this. I know that it can be frustrating to turn the twisty ties and cut through the plastic, but isn't that part of the fun? It builds the anticipation of actually getting it out and using or playing with it.

Not only that, but are we so spoiled that we complain about this? The report says that 6,000 people a year are taken to the hospital due to injuries sustained while opening a package. Paper cuts hurt and all, but?? I suppose people are so dramatic that they really are using machetes to open packages as that one lady says. (I don't want to make light out of any injuries, I'm just astonished, I guess).

If they didn't wrap it so tightly then people would complain of it being damaged or pieces missing. No matter how you look at it, the businesses seem to be wrong. Well, if the packaging really does give you a heart attack, then I suppose you could...I don't know...not buy it? Oh, but you just have to have that Barbie, don't you? Then I guess you should get over the packaging thing.

I side with the businesses on this issue. My product being damage free and having all of its pieces is way more important to me than the few extra minutes it may take me to safely open the packaging with scissors or even a pocket knife.

Here is my Public Service Announcement for the holiday season: Please, please, go easy on the untwisting of the twisty ties on your toys and presents. You don't want to end up being laughed at in the ER. No, that's horrible, I don't mean that. Just be careful folks, it's a dangerous, dangerous world out there. (Cue the shooting star and the "More you know" theme).

P.S. Let's hope for an injury free Christmas morning, everyone!

P.P.S. I should be wrapping (albeit, horribly) packages and cleaning instead of blogging. That is how much you mean to me!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Recession?

So I was hoping that with this recession and all, the stores might be a little less crowded. If you watch the news, it seems that no one has any money to do Christmas shopping, which, don't get me wrong, is sad and all, and we really don't either. So, I thought that each store I went to wouldn't be that crowded and the lines would be short because no one has any money to spend on gifts. (The recession isn't really affecting us except for some student loan issues, and Greg's retirement that is about negative 400% or something awful and depressing.)

We set a Christmas budget, I have been keeping a spreadsheet, and we have been bargain shopping. We don't have any money left to actually get to the places we need to get to for the holidays, but we have presents!

However, I must report that aisles are just as crowded and lines are just as long. Most of the time lines do not bother me. I can wait to check out for forever. What I cannot tolerate is not being able to find a parking place. I don't even mind a far parking place. I just mean A parking place. Anywhere.

Greg and I tried to go to a shopping center on Saturday (I know what you are thinking- Saturday?? You are gluttons for punishment.) We couldn't find a single parking space in the ENTIRE parking lot. Are you kidding me?? I got frustrated and we left. Apparently every person in Colorado Springs had the same idea that day. I guess I don't mind standing in line because I feel they are continuously progressing. Driving around a parking lot in circles and circles just feels like you are going in circles and getting no where.

Next year I am Christmas shopping in July.

P.S. I didn't realize that it may not snow everyday in Colorado, but rest assured that your backyard will always have a thin blanket of snow over it. Sophie is not happy.

P.P.S. I have been wrapping packages and they are not turning out well. At least the wrapping paper is super cute!!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Update From the Edmiston Bungalow

Well, it's cold. I know it seems like only yesterday I was complaining (I know...Me? Complaining?) about it being un-Godly hot in the house. Now, it's perfect, but tremendously cold outside. There is snow on the ground and more to come, I believe. To you mountain folk (especially Edmiston #3) it may not seem like much, but I took a picture of the thermometer we have on our front porch. Here it is:

Here is my evidence that it is cold outside. I believe, if you look closely enough, it says 1 degree (it's 8:45 P.M.). This morning when Greg woke up, it said negative 8. (Of course, when I woke up it said negative 4 because I sleep a few minutes later than he does. But, please remember that everyday I was teaching, he laid in bed all comfy and cozy while I got ready and was usually sound asleep when I left, so I don't feel too bad).

It has been eventful in our mountain cabin. (By mountain cabin I mean not close to the mountains at all, but we can see them, and it's not remote like most cabins are- we live in a neighborhood that always reminds me of the movie "Edward Scissorhands." If you've seen it, then you know what I mean. Talk about Suburbia!) We made peanut brittle, that may become gifts for some lucky folks, and peanut clusters from Wilma's recipe, that are so good. We were going to share them, but I think they will be gone way before we even think about giving them away. Here is a picture of Greg licking the spoon. (Stand back girls, he's mine!)

And our yummy peanut clusters:

We had an eventful weekend with a little bit of drama in the neighborhood and a lot of dramatic cooking and baking in our kitchen. We also have sugar cookie dough in the fridge waiting to be turned into adorable little Santas and snowmen and bells with colored icing. Our life is so exciting!

P.S. I received so many wonderful gifts when we were married. One I received from a wonderful teacher and mother that I worked with at the school gave me a huge bucket full of cookie cutters. Cookie cutters galore! I must say that this gift has been truly wonderful. I have a cookie cutter for everything! If you are looking for a unique gift for a bride-to-be or a mom-to-be I highly recommend this. My cookie possibilities are endless!

P.P.S. Maybe I'll just eat the dough! It's so good!

Friday, December 12, 2008

It's Still a Great Time of Year!

What would Christmas be without fantastic Christmas songs? Even before Thanksgiving I was listening to my Napster Christmas radio station. I would listen to Christmas music year-round if it wasn't looked down upon by others. (Not to mention it would drive Greg crazy). Well, here are some of my favorite Christmas songs:

1. "White Christmas" sung by Bing Crosby- I know many people have done this song, but I prefer good old Bing!

2. "The Christmas Song" sung by Nat King Cole- No one does this song quite like he does.

3. "The Christmas Waltz" sung by The Carpenters- Love, love, love this song. This is the song I hum constantly throughout the season while I'm at work. (By work I mean cooking, cleaning, folding laundry, shopping, playing Call of Duty 4...you know, all of the things a normal housewife does).

4. "Baby It's Cold Outside" with Sammy Davis Jr. and Carmen McRae- Many others have tried to capture the fun in this song, but no one has succeeded like these two. Jessica Simpson? Please. I heard her version on the speakers at King Soopers today, and I cringed a little. I have nothing against her, I just cannot stand her version. She sound kind of whiny.

5. All time favorite- " O Holy Night" sung by either Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, or Martina McBride. O Holy Night is hard to mess up. I get tears in my eyes every time I hear this song. It is lovely.

All love all Christmas music...almost. I know people love Mannheim Steamroller, and even Greg is a huge Trans-Siberian Orchestra fan, but I cannot stand this type of "Christmas" music. I prefer traditional stuff with more classic instruments and less 80's synthesizers and electric guitars. Maybe it's just me...

P.S. My brother-in-law, Scott, LOVES the song "Santa Baby." I hope he doesn't mind me giving his secret away! Haha!

P.P.S. I would love for you to tell me what songs you love during the holidays! And I won't judge you if it is something by Mannheim Steamroller or Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Apparently, I am in the minority when it comes to my distaste for these two.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Another "Kick in the Pecans"

Wow, the hits just keep on coming, don't they? Or as Greg says: "Another kick in the nuts." Pecans? Peanuts? I don't get it... As a Red Raider fan, loyalty is a must, because it sure is hard not to get discouraged sometimes. Last night we found out that Graham will not be a Heisman finalist. We didn't think that he would win the award, but it would be nice to see him there. I'm sure there is some reason, having to do with votes or some such, that he wasn't invited. But last night, when my brother-in-law called us angry and told us the news, it was the Oklahoma/TTU game all over again. Or wait, it was the we-don't-get-to-go-to-a-BCS-bowl feeling again. (The last one made me really angry because Greg and I wanted to go somewhere fun and make a vacay out of it. Alas, we do not want to go to Dallas because we have been there many times before, so we'll just save our money).

Well, Graham, you are my favorite college quarterback. But I must admit, I am a little bit biased.

Usually I watch the Heisman ceremony, but this year I will be boycotting it. And I am not a "boycott-er." This totally goes against my non-green, non-recycling, don't-believe-in-global-warming nature, but I'm going to do it. In fact, I am going to find the antithesis of the Heisman ceremony and watch that instead. I assume it is something super girly and un-political. Any suggestions? "Strawberry Shortcake?" "Hannah Montana?" "High School Musical 3?"

I suppose I am so super glad that we beat Texas this year. They would be playing against Florida, probably, if it wasn't for us. I can fall asleep smiling every night knowing that UT fans' dreams were shattered by Crabtree's amazing catch and touchdown at the end of the game. It actually gives me warm fuzzies to think about how Texas could maybe beat Florida and Oklahoma will probably get crushed, (see their previous bowl experiences) and it is killing them inside. (Not literally).

P.S. Just win the Cotton Bowl. Big time!

P.P.S. I can't really watch "Hannah Montana." It was accidentally on this past Sunday after some political show I was watching (Maybe Greg was watching it, I don't know...) and it sort of drove me crazy. I'm sure it is fantastic for young girls, but I am obviously not a young girl anymore because I couldn't stand it.

Monday, December 8, 2008

It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Every year there are certain movies that I have to watch around Christmas time. They are, obviously, revolved around Christmas or winter. Who would want to watch anything that isn't based around this time of year? Oh, I suppose that would be my husband.

For some reason every year around Christmas he has to watch "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy. I'm not sure when that became his movies of choice around the holidays. He can't even explain it. He just says he feels a strong "need" to watch them around this time. Oh, wait! They have elves in them. Never mind, I see the connection. They may not be Santa's workshop kind of elves or have secret dreams of being a dentist. They may be a perfect shot with a bow and have endless amounts of arrows and speak in a made up language, but they are elves none the less.

Here are the movies I must watch around Christmas time:

1. "White Christmas"- Is there anything better? Music, dancing, Christmas, snow...it is the perfect movie. I will be happy to recite it to you, if you insist. My favorite song from a musical ever- "The Best Things Happen While You're Dancing." I walk (prance?) around the house singing it all of the time.

2. "Miracle of 34th Street"- New one or old one, it doesn't matter. I do not own this movie, so I always catch it on TV about half way through. I can't even remember what happens at the beginning, I rarely see it. (Except now thanks to the magic of the DVR!) What a movie about Christmas miracles!

3. "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer"- Not any of those fancy animated ones, I'm talking claymation. Classic tale of not fitting in because you are different. I love this show. The next dog I get I want to name "Yukon Cornelius." I probably won't have another dog for a very long time. I'll probably have a kid before I have another dog, and I am not going to subject any child to "Yukon Cornelius."

4. "Charlie Brown Christmas"- Sometimes I watch Linus' speech during the play practice more than once because I love it. If you did't know, he quotes Luke 2:8-14. Actually, I must confess that I didn't know he was quoting scripture until today. Not to mention, my Christmas tree looks a whole lot like the one Charlie Brown picks out, and before they put stuff on it and make it pretty.

5. Greatest one of all- "It's a Wonderful Life"- I don't even know if I can describe in words the way I feel about this movie. I cry every single time. Every time. Everyone can take a lesson from George- Just when you think you don't matter, is when you matter the most.

So here are a few of the movies I look forward to around Christmas. There are others I watch, starring such characters like the Grinch and the Sneetches, as well as more modern ones like "The Santa Claus" and "Polar Express." But these are some that I usually just catch when they are on TV. The previous ones are movies that make the holidays complete!

P.S. I would love to hear about any other movies you and your family watch around the holidays. I am always taking suggestions.

P.P.S. Less than 2 weeks before we head to Texas, and I am not done Christmas shopping yet! I wish I had elves to help me. (But not Lord of the Rings Elves, they wouldn't help with anything unless I had some epic battle to fight, which I don't!)


Thursday, December 4, 2008

Let it Snow!

Ok, I am starting to warm up (no pun intended) to the snow. It has been snowing here all day long. I woke up, had about 3 cups of coffee with pumpkin spice flavoring, and have enjoyed the fire and a good book.

So, snow may not be that bad. I think Colorado snow is different than Lubbock snow. It seems to be more cotton-y. It's almost soft. Wyatt is loving running around getting mouthfuls of snow. I just hope he doesn't accidentally get a mouthful of yellow snow- gross! (You're welcome for that thought).

Remember, Casa de Edmiston would love to have anyone visit their snow bungalow!

P.S. I never thought I would say this, but fantasy football is almost over, and I am actually kind of sad. It's a little bit addicting.

P.P.S. I put my Christmas tree up and it looks about the way my wrapped packages look. I will not be posting pics because I am not very impressed with it.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Darn Books...Why do they make you have to think?

I try to read a lot, as you know. Usually, I like to be entertained by stories and that's it. Just spoon feed me, don't make me have to think. Occasionally, I will pick up a book about history or other nonfiction. Something a little bit deeper than murder mysteries and books by mothers who really never wanted to be mothers so when they have children hilarity ensues. I usually can count on author James Patterson to give me a suspenseful story (in super short chapters- Yay!) about some cop trying to solve some murder while putting himself in danger at every corner. However, I just finished his last book, "Cross Country," and darn it, Mr. Patterson, you had to make it all real and stuff.

In the novel the main character has to travel to Africa. Now, please understand I am no activist by any means. You know my recycling stance and such. What he describes (I know it's a work of fiction, but I like to think the author does quite a bit of research) is awful. It really made this cold-hearted, ignorant person open her eyes just a little bit.

So far today I have Googled: "Darfur," "African Conflicts," "Sudan," and "Non-Profit Organizations." I don't want to get into the politics, because goodness knows I am no expert. However, I do like children. I am so not one to donate to a cause, but if I did I would probably donate to Unicef. They seem to help the kiddos who cannot help themselves. I think of how much I wish I could save each and every one of them. I am also very interested in children being able to get an education in another country. Books, paper, pencils, all of the little things I know my students took for granted everyday, are the things they need.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not going to start knocking on your doors or protesting. Sometimes, just educating yourself about the world is a good thing. That's what I did. "Cross Country" peaked my interest, and I followed it up by doing a little research this morning, that's all. It's always useful to learn about the world. So, I guess I should thank James Patterson for peaking my interest. (Something tells me that was his intention- that sly dog!)

P.S. Just so you don't have to go and google it, here's the website for Unicef: www.unicefusa.org Look at it or don't. Whatever.

P.P.S. Christmas tree is probably going up today. Well, actually I am still debating about whether to put one up or not. Only Greg and I will see it, and we won't be here for Christmas. I can't decide. I suppose I can take pictures and you can tell me how lovely it is, then it will be worth it, right?

Monday, December 1, 2008

Thanksgiving Memories!

Around the holiday, memories seem to be created around every corner. Some memories are not the ones you intended, but some day they will create great stories. (For example, my favorite commercial right now can be seen by clicking on this link. This is exactly how I feel about our getting caught in the mountains.)

As it turns out, I do not handle the unexpected well. I wish so much that I could be one of those people who roll with the punches, and act as if everything that happens is another adventure. But I am not. Just ask Greg. I get very frustrated and tense. Then, I regret getting upset once I am home and safe with my puppy dogs. All last week, Greg and I created another wonderful fantastic Thanksgiving memory.

We got to Salt Lake safely and quickly. (I say quickly because our trip home was a little bit longer). It is a beautiful place. Scott and Meg's place is somewhere I wish I could vacation all of the time. They are very lucky to be in such a big city, yet when you are at their home, it feels like you are in a secluded mountain town.

We had an awesome meal that Wilma mostly cooked (Meg and I made a few dishes...ok, Meg made a few dishes, I made green bean casserole- easily the easiest dish that was cooked that day. They knew not to let me do the gravy...) and Meg and Scott made us feel so welcome. We invaded their house with our large amounts of luggage and our loudness during football games, and we appreciated that they tolerated us!! We even got to see Chuck through the magic of the webcam. (Webcams are the best invention ever!) I'm sure he was sorry he missed my green bean casserole! (Well, let's not be ridiculous, I'm sure he was sorry that he missed everything Wilma made because it was so yummy. He is lucky he gets her amazing cooking all of the time!)

But let's get to the really important part of Thanksgiving- the desserts, of course! Megan made a pumpkin cobbler that was delicious as well as her "pink stuff" that hopefully helped her feel like home and I enjoyed quite a bit. Wilma made pies that looked as beautiful as they tasted. In fact, Greg asked me to try and bake a chocolate pie like Wilma and Granny, and I was willing to try...until I saw Wilma's chocolate pie and it looked like it could grace the cover of Gourmet Chocolate Pie magazine. It was so pretty, I made Scott take a picture of it. (As soon as he sends it to me, I will share it). After that I knew there was no way I could ever do that!

I was also wondering if doctors prescribed Valium to people who have to be passengers in cars while driving on ice? My hands hurt, I was clenching my fists so hard. Greg would have appreciated me taking some Valium or horse tranquilizers or something in that category because I freak out a little. However, Greg is so great with the roads. Another way he is perfect. Even with me gasping at every moment like I used to when watching Amber Flew play Sonic the Hedgehog on the Sega way back in the day. (Flew- you know exactly what I am talking about!) He was so patient with me.

Regardless how the trip ended, we had a great time in SLC. Thank you Scott and Megan and Nacho and Maggie, and especially Kizzy, for letting us invade your home. And thank you Wilma for taking care of so much! Memories!!

P.S. Scott- please send me the Thanksgiving pics, but can you airbrush me and make me look skinny before you send them? I promise I will put "Copyrighted by Christopher Scott Edmiston...All Rights Reserved...Please do not use pictures of Abby for modeling purposes on any billboard unless you seek permission" on them.

P.P.S. We cannot wait to create memories of Christmas soon in Weatherford and in the LBK.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

STUCK!!

Right now, as a type this, sitting in a pretty nice, but really didn't want to have to spend the money on this, hotel room, Greg and I are stuck in Vail, Colorado. Vail doesn't sound so bad, I know. It isn't if you are on vacation here. It is if you are only here because the interstate is closed for the next, oh, eleventy billion (my favorite super big imaginary number) miles or so.

I am not a fan of the snow. I know what you are thinking, that I moved to Colorado so I am due for punishment. No, I can tolerate the snow, but I do not want to be stuck in it. Snow is just fine when I can stay home in front of my fireplace and hang out with my puppies. It's not alright when it keeps me from getting home to them.

So, go global warming, go. If that means less snow, then I am all sorts of for it! It's 2008 for crying out loud, shouldn't someone have invented something besides plows and road blocks that make roads safe for driving in snowy weather?

(Right now I just looked over at the TV and Greg is watching something about skiing. I threw up in my mouth a little bit...UGH!)

So, in 12 hours of driving we are still over 4 hours away from home. And, it should have only taken us 9 to begin with. Lovely.

P.S. I hope everyone had a great holiday!

P.P.S. I hope Greg and I get home early enough tomorrow to decorate our Christmas tree!! Has anyone else already decorated?

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

Gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble.

If you have eaten so much turkey that you now speak turkey, then you know that I am saying "Happy Thanksgiving" in turkey speak. (Mom- I know you know turkey speak!)

I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday. I hope you have something to be thankful for. I know I do...my Iphone!! (JK)

P.S. We are in SLC and there is not any snow yet, that is definitely what I am thankful for.

P.P.S. Is there anything better than turkey and football? Maybe Christmas music!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Practice Makes Perfect?

I have an Achilles heel around Christmas time. Each year I take so much time to try and get fun gifts for everyone, pick a color theme for all of my packages, and try and get super cute paper and bags and bows and ribbon to wrap them with, as do a lot of people. My problem is this: I am the world's worst gift wrapper.

Now, I come from a line of great gift wrappers. My mom was even one professionally for a bit when she was younger. Somehow, the able-to-gift-wrap gene skipped me. (I'm pretty sure it skipped Alli as well- sorry sis-medical tape ring a bell??). I don't know what my problem is. Each year I think it will be different. This will be the year that my presents do not look like a duck with only one hand (wing?) and half of an eye wrapped my gifts. Actually, the special duck's gifts would probably look better than mine. In fact, if anyone knows a gift-wrapping duck I might hire him to wrap my gifts, because goodness know, it will look better than mine.

I know to some people they look fine. In fact, the paper is just ripped off anyway, so why does it make a difference? Well, it may sound silly, but it does to me. I wish I could do elaborate bows and use ribbon properly, but I can't. I want the package to be as special on the outside as it is on the inside.

Each year they come out with products to make your gift wrapping experience easier. Bracelets that hold tape, all sorts of different paper cutters, I'm sure there are even T-squares to help you line up your paper. I've tried these methods and products to no avail. I have learned that no matter where you put your tape, it will be hard to get to. If God knew we were going to wrap packages, he probably would have given us 3 arms, don't you think?

So I will stick to my stick-on bows and curling ribbon with scissors. (Yes, people still do that). And even though the corners of my wrapped packages will probably have little holes that I have to patch up, and there may be so much Scotch tape on one gift that I hope no one gets poisoned from all of the x-rays, (Don't know what I mean? See this link. I suppose we are okay as long as we are not in a vacuum chamber) I will still wrap and have fun doing it.

If it get too awful I will return to old faithful- gift bag and tissue paper. Even I cannot screw that one up.

P.S. No ducks, special or otherwise, were harmed in the making of this post. (As long as they are good at wrapping gifts. If not- I cannot guarantee their safety).

P.P.S. Any gift wrapping tips are appreciated. They must be easy though. Oh, and no recycled materials, like paper grocery sacks, as a suggestion for use on gifts. I definitely won't do that. Thanks!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

I'm Not Going to Lie...

It wasn't quite as much fun as it has been in the past to be a Red Raider last night. To quote my depressed, I-was-afraid-he-might-not-get-out-of-bed-today, husband: "Well, when we are going to be a train wreck, we sure know how to do it well, don't we?" Yes, unfortunately, we do. But we are not fair weather fans. We still have our Tech shirts on today...we just have a little bit of a bitter taste in our mouth. Here are a few observations after being taken out behind the woodshed last night:

1. Being a Red Raider fan is probably a lot like being a Red Sox or a Cubs fan. Always fighting. Always trying. Exuberant and heart-breaking all at the same time.

2. Here is an open letter to Okie State:
Dear Pokes,
Sorry that I called you Xerox U. in a previous post, but you must at least understand my argument for it? If you could whip the Sooners something fierce next week, I would really appreciate it. It would benefit all of us. (Except for maybe OU, but I'm not caring too much about their feelings this morning). Good luck next week!
Sincerely,
Red Raider Nation

3. I think Joe Pa being around for eons is pretty cool. He's a legend in many respects. However...I am not a fan of Penn State folks. I don't know many, I must admit. I recall after that horrible tragedy at Virginia Tech, Penn State students chose to dress up like the victims, complete with fake blood for the next Halloween. I will never forget that. Classy. Last night, Penn State fans decided to be rude to Tech folk, including almost punching Tech people and knocking over an elderly lady in the process. The Penn State folk were kicked out. Classy. It seems that every time I hear anything about Penn State people I am forced to roll my eyes.

4. Sooners at College Gameday booed the Washington State story and fans when they discussed how there is always a Washington State flag at every Gameday. You can find the story by clicking on this link. I know that the Red Raider nation loved these guys when they were in Lubbock. What a great display of spirit! And Sooners booed them. Stay classy OU!

5. "Sooners" shows up as spelled incorrectly on my spell check proving that it is a made up word. Just an observation. "Red," "Raider," "Texas" and "Tech" do not.

6. Oklahoma looked incredible last night, but their quarterback did not. They ran all over us. However, it isn't that hard to hand the ball off to someone to run it.

7. If OU plays in the National Championship against Florida, does anyone know a good website where we can order Gator gear? We know how OU is in bowls.

8. Please understand I am super bitter and disappointed this morning. I feel like it is the Wednesday after election day.

**9. (This is probably the most important one of all) Last time I checked it is the year 2008. How come it is such a big freaking deal to split a check between a couple of people? Our waitress (yes, she was a waitress, not a server- Amber Flew) was like: "Well, I put everyone on the same ticket..." when I told her Greg and I were leaving and needed our tab. I'm sorry, waitress, when did this become my problem? If you want to get paid, you better learn your little computer system and learn how to split a check. Are you kidding me? Is this even an issue today? I am a very nice person to servers, but this I CANNOT stand. She must have gone to Penn State...

P.S. Heading to Salt Lake City on Wednesday to celebrate the Giving of the Thanks with Wilma, Edmiston #3's, and the Mormons!

P.P.S. Beat Baylor!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Boy, it's been fun so far...

Just to get you ready for this weekend, here are a few videos to get your heart pumping and your Guns Up! It has been a fun ride, no matter what happens tomorrow. However, I will say a little prayer to "Guns Up Jesus" tonight before I go to bed, like I do before every Texas Tech football game. Thanking him for his support, and the school and team he has blessed us with, as well as asking him for a safe game tomorrow and a win, of course.


Who can forget this??



From last year's Oklahoma game.




From the 2005 Tech win over Oklahoma: He's in...are you?




And just in case you feel like hearing it, or you need to learn the words:





P.S. Follow this link for another video, very well done, with highlights of the TTU/UT game this year: Pirates of the Southern Division.

P.P.S. We are going to Denver to meet the Tredennick's and watch the game. It should be barrels of fun!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Small Miracles

By the title of this post, I am sure you thought I was going to discuss miracles like love, life, dreams, and all of that girlie stuff. Nope. I am talking about teeny tiny miracles that happen everyday. Things that I am sure a whole lot of us never really notice. Sometimes, small miracles can just send a fleeting smile to your face.

Today, my small miracle was something that I didn't notice until it happened. Despite it being a super cold day (yesterday was 75 degrees, today I'm not sure if it got above 30), and despite the fact that the Christmas season is upon us (you can tell because I walk around humming The Carpenter's Christmas Waltz and I am enjoying really cheesy movies on ABC family with TV stars, that used to be stars, about Christmas) I ran a few errands. I ran to Hobby Lobby to get my flower pots for my inside herb garden that I painted- super cute! Then to Office Max because I have decided to make homemade gift tags for Christmas presents this year-not sure if this is going to look as adorable as it did on the website I found the idea on. We'll see. Then I headed to my Mecca- A.K.A. Target.

Now let me tell you that every time I go into any store I always get a shopping cart that has a bum wheel, or shakes like an earthquake, or makes the sound of a cat getting slowly run over by a car and everyone in the store turns to look at the loud freight train coming down the aisle. I am pretty sure people duck for cover when I am coming with my dramatic shopping cart. And it never fails. Even if I grab the second one from the front and am diligent about inspecting the cart before I decide on it, it is still awful! I have the worst shopping cart luck that ever there was. Sometimes I feel like God gives me the bad ones because they need love, too.

But today was different. It was a new day! I selected the best, quietest, steady shopping cart that ever there was. It must have been brand new. I'm pretty sure it had a halo above it and a choir singing every time it moved. The alignment was straight, the color was bright red, and it made no sound as it glided along. No sound. I am not kidding. It was beautiful. I felt normal.

This was my small miracle today. It may seem silly to you, but it made my day go smoothly (just like my shopping cart) from that moment forward. I was able to grin a little bit while buying dog food and laundry detergent.

P.S. My husband rocks! Just wanted to put that out there in case you didn't know...he rocks.

P.P.S. I would love to hear about any small miracles you have in your daily life. Hopefully they are not as lame as mine!!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Greg's Anti-Soliciting Tactics

We have been solicited more in the Springs than we ever were in Lubbock. Maybe because Greg is now a professional and not a student, I don't know. All I know is that everywhere we go, we are solicited. Greg deals with these people much better than I do. For example, when a telemarketer calls, I usually end up almost, but not, buying whatever they are selling, telling them what a great job they are doing, and hanging up on great terms with this person that is probably in Timbuktu. I just can't be mean to them. Greg, on the other hand, has a completely different approach. When he answers a telemarketing call, he comes up with something wacky to say to throw them off guard. Here are a few examples:

1. Ring! Ring!
Greg: "Hello"
TM (telemarketer): "May I speak with Mr. Edmiston, please?"
Greg (thinking that they should have said Dr. Edmiston): "I'm sorry, he doesn't speak English anymore."
TM:" Oh, Um..."
Greg: "I'll translate that you called for him, thank you." Hangup.

2. Ring! Ring!
Greg:"Hello"
TM: "May I speak with Mr. Edmiston?"
Greg: "No, you have the wrong house, he lives a few doors down."
TM: "Umm...UH..."
Greg: "I'll walk over and tell him you called."

These are just two examples that leave tele-marketers speechless, which is not always easy. He's also used "he's hanging upside down right now and cannot come to the phone" and "if you can throw in a pizza I might buy your product." These things work.

3. The following happened last Saturday during a college football game:
Ring! Ring!
Greg picked up the phone and said "College football" and hung up. He told me that they should know not to call on Saturday during football games. They didn't call back.

**Probably the most hilarious anti-telemarketing call can be found at this link. I'm not going to guarantee that it isn't offensive, but it sure is funny.

4. The same goes for people that come to the door. During the political season, Greg told some people representing a certain politician that "Are you kidding? I'm not going to stand here and listen to you when there is college football on, and I'm voting for the other guy." And that's all it took. Then me, on the other hand had some people with stuff about the Bible who I could not slam the door in their face on a Saturday. Here's how it happened:
Doorbell ring!
I answer and say: "Hi!"
Religious folk that are excited to get their message out: "Hello ma'am. We are here with some information about the Bible."
Me: "Oh, I love that book."
Religious folk: "Ok, good. Well, here is some information about..." (I cannot remember what they were telling me, something about the end of days or salvation or some other religious buzzword).
Me: "Ok, thank you for the information, I'll look over it. You guys have a great day today!"
Religious Folk: "Thank you ma'am, you too!"

See, even though through the course of that conversation I actually seemed more like the friendly person going from door to door, I hope that I helped those religious folk have a little bit of a better day, because I am sure they had a lot of doors slammed in their face. Just as I am sure telemarketers have a lot of phones slammed down (maybe off buttons pressed?) in their ears. Greg and I have a completely different approach to this kind of thing. He usually handles this because he knows that if I did all of the time, we would own vacuums, order food at Swan's, have 50 different credit cards, redo the warranty on our car 8 times, and donate to every Colorado State patrol something or other.

I did vote for one lady because her automated voice called my phone and made me curious about her. I looked her up and liked what I saw. She lost.

Oh, and in Colorado, before the election, people would stand outside of stores and ask you to sign their petition. Now, this I am not so nice about. No, I do not want to sign your freaking petition. I am just trying to go into Wal-mart to get some deodorant and chicken broth. I do not want to hear your speech about whatever you want me to sign for, and then I'll (especially Greg because he is way smarter than I am) have to argue with you about how wrong you are. It got to the point that I thought I might have to stop shopping at certain stores because they allow these people to stand outside and bug me. Thank God elections are over!!


P.S. Big game this week. Don't forget to vote for Graham using the oh-so-convenient-link I gave you at the top of the blog for the Davy O'Brien Quarterback award.

P.P.S. Home-maker project of the week: Grow my own indoor herb garden. I am going to get small terra-cotta pots and paint the herb name on them. I've ordered seed already. Oh, my life is so exciting! If anyone has any tips, let me know!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

My Other Best Friends

I'm sure you have received this in your e-mail, probably twice. But I would like to share it with you anyway. I am not sure exactly where it comes from, but Greg and I should put it up on the fridge:

A PET'S TEN COMMANDMENTS.........

1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Any separation from you is likely to be painful.

2. Give me time to understand what you want of me.

3. Place your trust in me. It is crucial for my well-being.

4. Don't be angry with me for long and don't lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends, your entertainment, but I have only you.

5. Talk to me. Even if I don't understand your words, I do understand your voice when speaking to me.

6. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget it.

7. Before you hit me, before you strike me, remember that I could hurt you, and yet, I choose not to bite you.

8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I'm not getting the right food, I have been in the sun too long, or my heart might be getting old or weak.

9. Please take care of me when I grow old. You too, will grow old.


10. On the ultimate difficult journey, go with me please. Never say you can't bear to watch. Don't make me face this alone. Everything is easier for me if you are there, because I love you so.


You know, with Greg gone sometimes, my puppy dogs are my best friends. (Yes, I suppose it is a friends theme week for the blog, like Wheel of Fortune has NFL players week and Jeopardy has kid week, which is the only time I can get almost all of the questions right). They are so much company, I can't even explain it. Even when Sophie sneaks away to leave me a surprise somewhere in the house, and Wyatt sits about 1.7 inches from the side of my face staring at me and panting, I just can't imagine life without them. Yes, I suppose there are some hassles, such as Wyatt's smelly vomit that he always manages to have when we are traveling. (I forgot and fed him breakfast before we left. I'm sure Greg was extremely happy with me as he was cleaning it up. Thanks Honey!) But all in all, I am so glad they are with me everyday. I just don't know what I would do without them. I darn sure better have babies before anything happens to them, because I don't think I would be able to handle it otherwise. Here are a few of my favorite pictures of my puppies.

Family Portrait- Man, Sophie really needs a bath. Thank you camera flash for pointing out how dirty she was.
Was Wyatt ever this small? I can't even imagine it now.

I LOVE this picture of Sophie. What you don't realize is the Sophie is trying to run so fast that sweater melts right off. She hated wearing this.

Wyatt grew so fast.

This is my calendar picture. Sophie could be Mrs. November, don't you think?

Here is what we did last night, and usually do on chilly nights. I like to lay in front of the fire on the floor when Greg and I watch TV (Grey's is still keeping me hooked and tonight will be "Ghost Whisperer," which I am SOOO angry with right now. If you watch it- then you know), and wherever I am, Sophie and Wyatt are. As I type this they are on either side of me on the couch. I wouldn't have it any other way. Well, Wyatt does need to learn the term "personal space," but that's alright.


P.S. Tech has a bye this week, so not as much Tech talk on the blog. Greg and I aren't sure exactly what to do on Saturday with no Tech game. I suppose we'll manage. Greg has been a little bit stressed at work, so I suppose we will relax. Maybe we'll watch some of the movies you have so nicely suggested!

P.P.S. I forgot to mention my iphone as my other best friend. I love it. How did I ever function without one??

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Friends of the Past (and the awesome ones in the present)

I am so lucky because I have the best friends in the world. We may all be miles away, but it only takes one phone call, even if it has been a few months, to feel like you are right next to each other. So thank God for my friends.

That being said, sometimes you become nostalgic for friends of the past. Memories start to come into your head, especially when you have moved away. You start to remember times when you had fun or got in trouble together (not me Mom, just some people) and other times when you were so happy just to be hanging out with that person.

But times change. You grow apart and become different people. Then, hopefully, like me today, you have a moment where you say to yourself: "Thank God I am not still friends with that person." What made me feel this way, you ask? Well, let's just say these networking sites like Myspace can be a blessing and a curse. People are able to get their message in your face whether you want it or not. At least with a blog I know that you are subjecting yourself to my thoughts. (Unless you are family and I practically harass you to read it...sorry about that). So, you read what someone wrote, and it brings back, not the nostalgic feelings, but the "Oh, I remember why I am not friends with you" thoughts.

Do you ever get sad at what people could have become? If they hadn't chosen this path or that one? Do people feel that way about me?

So, because of this, I would like to thank my bestest (yes, that's a word in my dictionary) friends, Amber, Amber, Krystin, and Lesley for being the following things:
1. Understanding- they always are in any situation
2. Classy- thank you for not being trashy and potty-mouthed in public and making me proud to be with you
3. Funny- Have we ever laughed so much as when we were all together? (alcohol probably aided us a little!!)
4. Free-spirited- Thanks, Les, for always walking into the party first!
5. Smart- you are all successful
6. Giving- stuff, time, whatever

These are just a few of the amazing qualities that these special girls share. I am so lucky to know them, and anyone else who does is lucky as well. Turns out, with these girls around, I don't miss old friends all that much!



P.S. I didn't include family in this post even though they are all my friends as well, and they are awesome, too!

P.P.S. Greg is out of town. I think I have decided he needs to see old important movies, like "Citizen Kane" and such. We might have to have old movies night! If you have any suggestions for great old movies, please let me know! I need to start making a list.

Monday, November 10, 2008

You Can't Go Home Again?

Every time I enter the city of Lubbock I get a little bit teary-eyed. Especially this time with one of the first sights I saw was the Century 21 sign in front of Mema and Pepa's house. Since it had been so long, the weekend of August 15 we were there for Evan's birthday, since we had been in Lubbock, I was even sadder. Every time I am driving through the grid system of streets it just feels so comfortable. Like a warm robe that you had lost because you tend to put things in random places and then you run across it one cold winter morning and you wrap it around you with a cup of coffee with lots of creamer and relish in the feeling of such a comfortable piece of clothing that you forgot you ever had. Lubbock is my lost robe, and every time I go back there, I remember that feeling.

How long will it take for Colorado Springs to feel that way, and will it ever?

I hate going home for just a weekend because you are not able to see everyone and everything and eat at all of the places you miss because you are there for only about 48 hours, and that is not enough time. For anyone Greg and I did not see, we are sorry. This weekend was about one thing- Tech pounding Xerox U. (They copy a lot of traditions- get it? I saw one OSU fan try to do their "pistols firing" which coincidentally is exactly like our "guns up" once, then realizing that everyone dressed in red and black around her was also doing it, she never fired her pistol again!) So we apologize for not seeing everyone. Greg is going out of town today and it was imperative we get home.

So, unfortunately, we cannot be in two places at once. Maybe Greg could invent that someday. Then we could live off of the proceeds of his own invention. We could travel a lot, and not just weekend trips, long vacations!

I will say that getting back to my own home in the Springs felt really good, too. But not in the warm robe kind of way. More like the thank goodness the trip is over because I really needed to use the bathroom for the last two hours kind of feeling. More of a relief just to get here. I mean get HOME!

P.S. How about them Red Raiders? We had a good time at the game, and we are glad to be recruiting fans here in the Springs!

P.P.S. It looks like we are going to get a little bit of snow in the Springs today. Is it too early to watch "White Christmas?" Oh, what a silly question...I mean, is it ever too early?

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

The Morning After (politics warning)

Ok- you've been warned, so I am going to proceed and break my no politics rule...Last night Greg and I watched the election results come in after each poll closed (to their own countdown clock on Fox News, btw) until Colorado results started coming in. Then, seeing what was ahead, I sulked upstairs and went to bed to watch a recorded episode of "Ghost Adventures." This morning I woke up with a nervous feeling in my stomach that I just can't shake off today. Here are a few thoughts about the last 24 hours (heck, the past few months):

1. I have watched TV this morning for a total of 24 minutes and I have yet to see one political commercial!!! YAY!!
2. Wow, how about the technology at the election centers on the news channels? I believe Anderson Cooper visited with Will.I.Am via "hologram." Very Star Trek last night. Kind of neat. (Not that it was Will.I.Am, his thoughts as a member of the Black Eyed Peas on politics I don't really care about. The hologram stuff and touchscreens were neat).
3. It was NEVER about race for me. I don't see race. I guess each younger generation sees race less and less and that is such a good thing. I see Americans. That's it.
4. I'll miss Sarah Palin. I hope we see her again in the future. I could actually relate to a candidate for once. Not all Republicans are old white men.
5. I want government to do one thing- keep me safe. That includes safe roads, safe from criminals, safe in emergencies, safe from scary countries, etc. That's it. Please keep out of everything else. Some of us will take personal responsibility and care for ourselves.
6. From what I recall, George W. Bush kept us safe for 7 years. Yes, thank you to our troops. Trust me, you really have a sense of sacrifice when about 50 percent of the people you live around are gone to war. But, I just don't see how W. has been that bad. If gas prices go up, I'll budget. If I buy a house, I'll get a fixed rate. I will make my own adjustments without the government, thank you very much.
7. I wonder what the democrats are going to hate with all of their souls now?? What will they do? What tacky stickers like "1/20/09- End of an Error" are they going to put on their cars? He's still our president, you know.
8. Unlike most of the democrats today, even though I do not agree with any of Obama's stance on any issues, I will respect him from his first to his last day in office.
9(and most importantly). Greg and I were going to start trying to have kids in the summer, but now, with the new president, we aren't sure if Greg will keep his job forever. We are nervous. He is in an industry that Obama does not want to spend any money on. So, we probably will wait a lot longer to have kids. Until we have more of an idea of what is going to happen with Greg's job. It's not that he'll lose his job, it's just they may not have any money to pay him...it's a bit scary for us. I am not bringing kids into an unstable life. This makes me really sad because I was looking forward to babies...
10. I hope Americans do not feel buyer's remorse in a few months. I hope that Obama is the greatest president in the history of the U.S. I hope and pray he makes the right decisions for the country.
11. Can someone please add "Barack Obama" to spell check? It says I spelled it wrong every time....

Thomas Jefferson once said: "Government big enough to supply everything you need is big enough to take everything you have ... The course of history shows that as a government grows, liberty decreases."

Couldn't agree more!

P.S. This is it. No more politics, but I had to do it. If you disagree, fine. You should get your own blog and put your own opinions on it so the rest of us can read them. I'm sort of upset right now, so I really don't need a bunch of comments about how wrong I am...I will suck it up by inauguration day.

P.P.S. Promise- more fun stuff to come. We are headed to LBK this weekend...last night I had a dream that I danced through Taco Villa with the best bean burrito in the land in my hands!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

They weren't kidding about the lines

I am standing in line hoping they let me vote. No matter what the
outcome tonight is I will listen to my smart mother-in-law. I will
ALWAYS respect the office of the presidency. Have a great election
day!!

Sent from my iPhone

Monday, November 3, 2008

Wow... Just Wow!

So the past two days have been pretty alright. If you live under a rock and don't know (you should probably get out more often) Tech won the big game against Texas. It was huge. I was very emotional about the win for different reasons. The week preceding the game was a little bit surreal and sad for me. So, to win that game felt really good. I lost my voice because I yelled so much, and now I sound like Susan Pleshette. Less nagging"Newhart" Susan Pleshette and more sexy "Nightingales" Susan Pleshette. (If you remember that show- I am impressed). Now, there are things I can do because the game is over:
1. Repaint my toenails. I was afraid if I changed anything we would lose.
2. New contacts. (See the reason above)
3. Wash my game day shirt. Is this the reason why no one would sit really close to me?
4. Breathe. I think I held my breath through 4 quarters of football.
5. Not start and end every conversation about the big game on Saturday.

We had overnight company for the game, and that was fun. We cooked and drank. And drank some more. And then we drank more. I miss my college days where I could stay up until four in the morning drunk as a skunk, then bound out of bed for an eight o'clock class, all the while saying "I don't even know what a hangover is!" In that annoying, oblivious college girl voice. I miss those days.

Saturday night (I blame my brother-in-law who kept calling our house and saying "Keep doing what you're doing 'cause we are winning" and what we were doing was drinking) I had a lot of alcohol to drink, if you talked to me or got a text from me, then you know what I am talking about...I sure do love vanilla rum and Diet Coke. Seriously, try it sometime if you haven't. It's paradise in an alcoholic drink. Anyway, the next morning is nothing like it is in college. I could barely open my eyes, and my head pounded like a tiny little person was inside of my head and beating it with a hammer. Advil helped tone down the little miner, but it didn't get rid if him. I had to nap for about 3 hours, and Greg and I ended up getting in bed at around 7:30 to watch a movie. Thanks to falling back in time, it gets dark around 5 o'clock here. So, we are tired and ready for bed by 7. Especially when we have hangovers. The point is, I am not as young as I used to be. And I never seem to remember this fact when I am knocking back a whole bottle of vanilla rum. Well, it's rare that I do this anyway, so I guess once in every blue moon is alright, right?

P.S. While happiness has been Lubbock, Texas in my rear view mirror (not all the time, but sometimes) this weekend happiness will be Lubbock, Texas in my windshield. Greg and I bought tickets for the football game against Oklahoma State on Saturday night and we will be driving to Lubbock Friday!!

P.P.S. Rosa's, Taco Villa, and Orlando's here I come!!! (Scott- be jealous!)

Monday, October 27, 2008

Pepa would have loved this week...

For those of you who do not know, my Pepa was Tech's biggest fan. He graduated from there way before a lot of the people reading this were even thought about. We lost him 2 years ago. Wow, has it really been two years? It feels like yesterday...

He always had some sort of Tech game on TV or on his little gray radio that he put next to his chair or on that shelf in the kitchen. Football, men's basketball, women's basketball, whatever. If it was Tech he was paying attention. I believe he made me the Tech fan I am today. Whenever I think about our rivalries I always remember this story:

One Christmas, my little cousin Kristi received an A&M sweatshirt from her parents because she had not wised up yet and was thinking about attending A&M. Pepa was picking up the trash from our plethora of presents that we tore through, he picked up the sweatshirt and tried to put it in the trash. We all laughed and he just figured that's where it belonged! He was always clever, up until the day he died of a broken heart.

Also, I remember when my then boyfriend, Greg (yes, husband now), decided to drive all the way to San Diego, California to see the Red Raiders play in the Holiday Bowl against #4 Cal. I thought he was crazy, because I didn't have as much faith in Tech as he did. So, Mom and I decided to go over and watch the game with Pepa. Boy, was that a game! We won, and Pepa was so proud. He always had faith in Tech. I don't remember him ever getting upset with the team, like we do. I still go to my neighbor's every Saturday morning just to warn them to earmuff their kids. Greg's voice carries...

Because I am so occupied with my alma mater this week, it automatically makes me miss my Pepa. He would have loved this match up on Saturday. He probably would have figured it was about time Tech was getting the attention it deserved. In his younger years he would have been in his usual seats, in section 1, I believe. In his later years he would have been cheering for them while he watched them on TV. No matter what the outcome, he would have loved to have seen it...you know, I bet he's up there watching and cheering with Mema...I bet they get the best seats in the house!



P.S. Notice the Double T on his shirt...I told you he loved the Red Raiders...BTW, this is Evan he was holding!

P.P.S. I would love to hear any stories you guys have about Texas Tech and traditions and such!

Bleedin' Red and Black

Being away from Lubbock is invigorating and frustrating at the same time. It's definitely fun to be somewhere new. I am an avid lurker on raiderpower.com, where I read what people post on message boards about Texas Tech, football, and life in general. Everyone on the site is so pumped about the game this weekend. So am I. However, today I caught myself tearing up just a bit because I cannot believe Greg and I are not going to be there. You see, we had planned on going to the game from the beginning, but with his traveling so much (yes, he is out of town this week) we just couldn't commit to being in Lubbock. It's a good thing we didn't, because he had to be gone.

Every Saturday morning we wake up early, bound down the stairs, and turn on the TV, all the while acting like 7-year-olds on Christmas morning, just to watch College Gameday on ESPN. We watch the entire 2 hour program just waiting to hear Texas Tech mentioned. Now, this show that we rely on to report about college football, give us heartfelt stories about players, teams, and coaches, give us a chuckle whenever we see a funny sign in the crowd, or make us angry by calling us "Overrated" is coming to Lubbock. And we aren't there. That makes me a little bit sad.

I grew up with Texas Tech. It's one of the many things I actually miss about Lubbock. I used to laugh at people who would move away and decorate a room in red and black. Isn't that a little much? I would ask myself. Heck no, it's not! I'm about ready to paint a Double T on my garage, or spray paint one on my lawn, or have a baby just so I can make a red and black nursery. It's amazing how much more I crave Texas Tech now that it's no longer my neighbor.

I am this close (picture me holding my hand up with the thumb and pointer finger making a very small opening- about an inch and three quarters) in packing up the dogs and heading for Lubbock and telling Greg to change his flight. But there's that little problem of tickets...I guess it's Colorado Springs and HD TV for me this weekend.


P.S. Scott beat me in fantasy football this weekend. I was doing really well, but my beginner's luck has worn off. Congratulations, Scott. I wish you had more confidence in your fantasy football ability. (If you know me, you know sarcasm, right?)

P.P.S. I apologize in advance for all of the Texas Tech stuff that you are going to be subjected to all of this week. It's a big game for us...

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Getting Into The Spirit

So, Greg and I are really getting into the spirit. Halloween? No. Football season? Yes. We decided that we would channel our inner ten year old and carve a pumpkin. We were not sure exactly what we would do. I don't mean to toot my own horn but I can get pretty creative at stuff like this (Toot! Toot!). But, I didn't want to show up the people on this site. So after our huge win over Kansas, we got the brilliant idea of showing the world (OK, maybe just our little neighborhood and my faithful blog readers and the trick-or-treaters on Halloween that better not be dressed up as a gorilla if they want any candy from me) our pride and spirit in our Texas Tech football team. Here is a picture of our carving station (by station I mean our dining room table):


Oh, you need a close-up of the amazing double T? Ask no more:


Greg is probably the best pumpkin carver ever. (Once I stopped standing over his shoulder and gasping because I thought he might cut too much or something). It was a little bit messy when I had pumpkin goo up to my eyeballs. Then my hands turned red like they do when I touch tomatoes. Rash- totally worth it! I love our pumpkin. I'm afraid to put it out on the porch because I don't want anyone to take it. Unless they will love it as much as we do... No, I still am too protective of the pumpkin...I named it Pirate! Pirate the Pumpkin! Go Tech! Oh, and Happy Halloween!

P.S. Greg and I will miss being at the game in Lubbock next weekend, but we have decided to go to whatever bowl Tech plays in. No matter where it is. Do they have bowl games in Italy or Mexico at a nice resort?...No? What about Vegas?

P.P.S. It's fun to be winners!!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Add a Little Spice...

If you've ever read the "about me" over on the right, you will know that I have always wanted to be fluent in Spanish. Really, being fluent in any other language than English was always something that I felt would add to my boring English-only life. After four years of high school Spanish (many, many lunas ago) I can read the language pretty well, but I am not able to fluently speak it. Despite Miss Connor's efforts in 9th grade, one of the many fantastic teachers I had, I still cannot eloquently speak Spanish. I can, however, sing the song of the Spanish speaking countries and their capitals in Central and South America, and anyone who is reading this that also had her is probably trying in their head right now to remember the song. Call me, I'll sing it to you.

I remember Miss Connor gave us all Spanish names. I was "Lolita." Scandalous, I know! I don't believe she ever knew my name was actually, Abby, she always, always called me Lolita. If I ever saw her outside of school she would still call me Lolita. Probably today as well...I can even sing a Shakira song in Spanish before she went all mainstream on us and starting singing in English.

Even though I was immersed in Spanish (ok, not really "immersed" but 45 minutes a day was a lot, right?) for four years, I didn't pick enough of it up to feel comfortable using it in front of anyone except Greg. And my fifth graders. They would teach me certain phrases I would use. I could say "Go to the back of the line" and "Be quiet" and "Sit down, please" in Spanish quickly and loudly. I could say it so fast that people would tell me I should audition for the Telemundo News. No, not really, I'm not quite that good or loud or animated. They are very animated, but if I knew what they were saying I would probably laugh right along with them.

So, we have at the top of the blog the Spanish word of the day. Read it, listen to it, say it, practice it, own it. At least I will. Just think, if you learn one word a day for a year, minus Thanksgiving and Christmas because I have realistic expectations for my readers, and even I won't check the blog on those days...then you will learn 363 Spanish words. We will all be on our way! Just about 99,637 more to go...oh...now it doesn't seem quite as fun does it?

Gracias por leer mi blog. Espero que os guste!!

P.S. I am inundating you with blogs because my iphone has chained me to technology...

P.P.S. I had a dream last night that my Red Raiders lost to Kansas by one point (66 to 67) and that made me sad when I woke up. Last week I started in the wrong shirt at halftime and changed to the one I usually wear on game day...no worries, I'll have that shirt on, it should be an easy win...no I didn't wash it and it might smell a little...aren't you glad I'm far away in Colorado now??

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Have You Ever Known...

anybody more fickle than me? I kept searching and searching and found this super cute Halloween blog layout. I change my mind frequently...the reason I have never gotten a tattoo...

New Blog Look and Having Some Problems (Grr...)

So, I decided I need a new blog look for fall. I was going to do a Halloween look, but every template I found involving the spooky holiday was orange. I cannot make my blog totally orange. You see, if you look to the right at the Red Raiders' schedule, you will see what team we play in a little over a week, not to mention the other orange team we play right after that. Now, you understand why I cannot make my blog totally orange. So, I picked a template with orange and red, but mostly red. Apparently, Colorado doesn't believe in autumn, so I will probably have some sort of a snow theme soon...

It has come to my attention that technology can be a nuisance sometimes, and that my comments on my blog are not working. I know that you are dying to give me feedback, and I love that. My e-mail address, for anyone who does not know, is in my profile. Please e-mail me anything you would like me to know about my blog. Comments, suggestions, tons and tons of praise...whatever.

Also, the banner at the top of my blog is in order for you to have easy access to voting for Graham Harrell for the best quarterback. You have to register, but you can vote once a day. I don't care what you do on November 4th, this is really the voting that counts. And, you can do it in your pajamas and slippers from the comfort of your own house!

P.S. Fabulous story about Texas Tech's kicker, very "Rudy" like, here. He also happens to be from Weatherford which, if you didn't know, is Greg's hometown. Let's hope, as Tech fans, we can start counting touchdowns as 7 points instead of 6 like we did last week. We were beginning to think we should always go for 2. Might as well...

P.P.S. The mountains are really quite pretty with snow on them (from far away).

P.P.P.S. So many letter P's...anyway, I think I fixed the comments problem...it pops up in a new little window, but I think it will work...we will have to see...why don't you try it?!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The Devil has one more soul...

So, yesterday, Greg and I sold our souls to the Devil. Not really- we just bought an iphone, which, to us, feels like the same thing. If you didn't know, Greg is very anti-Apple. However, he loves good technology, and he sees my new phone as good technology. (Or he might yank it out of my hand and throw it out the window ...I kid, I kid). Boy, is it fancy. This morning when I woke up I expected it to serve me breakfast in bed with hot coffee. I even expected my coffee to have all of the crap I put into it so it doesn't actually taste like coffee. But, it didn't. Turns out it's just a phone after all. Here is what I have learned about myself in the 24 hours that I have owned the iphone:

1. I feel like every time I use it I need to have makeup on and my hair done. It's so fancy that I feel like I need to be fancy for it. Crazy, I know...
2. I am addicted to e-mail. I get way too excited every time my little mail icon on my phone has a one next to it. That means, I get to read a new e-mail! Whether or not it's spam telling me how to make $100,000 in one month while working at home in my bathrobe, or offering me weight loss pills (I haven't ordered these...yet) I am just excited to get a new e-mail on my phone. You see, as a maker of the home and in a not-as-strange-but-still-friendless-city, e-mails are one thing I have to look forward to...sad, I know, but just think of how important your e-mails are to me each and every time you forward me a chain letter.
3. News has become super important to me. Greg is obviously very busy, but I love being able to catch him up on all of the latest news of the day. Now, with the news at my fingertips (literally...you use your fingertips to navigate around the iphone) I will be able to inundate him with news story after news story as soon as he walks in the door. I am sure he is looking forward to that.
4. This blog is going to be so much fun. I can e-mail stories to it from the iphone that will immediately be published on the blog. Just when you thought you wouldn't have to read about every waking hour of my life, you will. I'll just snap a pic and e-mail it to this site. Oh, you are going to be so lucky as a reader of Abby Ed now that I have my iphone...
5. I am also obsessed with the temperature outside. I have weather on my iphone that will immediately tell me what the temperature is. Last night we had a bit of snow. I figured if I told the iphone that I didn't like snow it could take care of it for me...that, apparently, is not one of its many functions.

So, while I think the iphone is going to be fun for me, I don't think that Greg can break down and get one for himself. However, he sure did "help" me with it a bunch. (That means he got to play with it, but it's still not really his, so it's okay for him to touch the abomination).

P.S. Oh yeah, it's a phone too...probably the "funnest" phone ever. (Grrr...that commercial still drives me crazy).

P.P.S. Happy birthday to my younger sister-in-law today. I'm sure everyone reading this blog, including myself, wishes Megan a very happy birthday!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Dictionaries still exist, you know...

In a previous post I called myself a "Grammar Nazi." I diagram every sentence I read into my head. How disgusting is that? Well, in my old age, I have also become a spelling Nazi. I learned in college that a person's ability to spell does not dictate their IQ. For example, a brilliant man may not have the ability to spell well, but that does not mean he cannot solve a crazy math equation that his professor runs out of room writing on the chalkboard, so he continues it on the wall of the classroom. (By the way, that's a true story, it happened to Greg once).

While one's ability to spell may not dictate their IQ, it can certainly turn a person off. As a wife who is making the home, I have a chance to read many articles as well as comments that people leave on those articles. Here, lately, I have taken to reading comments people leave on political articles. All I want to say about spelling to the world is this: If you want to make a point while leaving a comment on a website, please, for the love of God and all that is holy, do not misspell any important words. The minute I see your misspelled word, your credibility is automatically diminished in my eyes. Am I being tough? Probably. However, don't you think that we are too lax in our text messaging and e-mailing world about spelling? Is it not time we appreciate our English language that is ever changing and intricate? (No, I will not include "funner" and "funnest" in that "ever changing" statement I just wrote).

I suppose my feelings towards people that want to make a comment on someone's education policy, but use the incorrect spelling for the words: there, their, and they're, are just that I don't believe I am going to hear (read) what you have to say about education since you are obviously not educated yourself. Also, please do not tell me that a certain Alaskan governor has "no intelligents." Now, I refuse to hear the rest of your argument because you do not know, or care to look up, how to spell "intelligence."

So, what have we learned today, kids? That while your ability to spell well does not show the world just how smart you actually are, it does prove to the world that you are too apathetic about spelling to actually, I don't know, use a dictionary, hit the "spell check" button, or proofread your amazing comment about a candidate's health care policy.

I want you to know I am not perfect either. (I'll wait while you take that statement in...no, no, it's true). However, I do the best job I can when writing a blog or sending an e-mail. I'm really bad at comma splices, if that make you feel better. I just hope everyone knows that I work really hard to make sure my spelling is acurate...Haha did you catch that?...Don't be silly, I know it's "accurate!"

P.S. I realize by writing this blog I will open myself up for criticism on every blog I write from here on out. But, I will use any comments you have to learn from my mistakes and better myself when it comes to the intricacies of the English language.

P.P.S. I hope this blog does not feel like I am ranting to you. I just think spelling is almost a lost art and I am worried that people do not see it's importance...