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I have a brain worm.

In the form of a song, but fortunately, it's a good one. *points to "Current Music" for those interested*

Lots and lots of activity this weekend,
Mr. S got back from his trip on Friday, just as I was getting over my cold, and he took me out to lunch for yummy soup. Awww. And then we bought a new car. That facilitated the need to completely reorganize our garage, which meant that he decided he needed a completely new system for tool storage, etc. So... that was what we did Friday and Saturday. Clean the garage. Whee? (Okay, I'm such a fan of organization, that I was totally into it. Shut it.)

Which led to me getting the cleaning bug big time, plus, having been sick for a week, that wasn't a bad thing. Laundry room, kitchen, living room, dining room. Everything out. Floors/carpets completely scrubbed. Furniture cleaned. CDs, DVDs reorganized and alphabatized. There isn't one speck of dust anywhere in the downstairs portion of my house. The kids' rooms? Hmmm. We'll tackle those later this week. Apparently, they turned their bathroom upstairs into the toilet from Trainspotting, so we cleaned the hell out of that. Correction: I lorded over them and cracked the whip. GLEH. Why are boys so GROSS???

It rained all day yesterday, which was much needed. It's only in the 70s here!! Okay, those not familiar with Texas weather, that's highly unusual. It's gorgeous and clean and green and crisp outside, and I'm most pleased. I discovered that my garden wasn't as completely dead as I was afraid it would be, so that's nice. I was gearing up to replace everything this fall, so YAY.

Got Mr. S all caught up on The Office (UK) while cleaning, and we agreed that both shows (US vs. UK) are unique enough to not infringe upon the other. Got him caught up on Project Runway as well, and he agrees it is incredibly interesting, even for someone like him who knows nothing about how fashion is made, etc. He also agrees that Jeffrey is an ass, Michael is the best, and Laura has a jaw that could knock holes into granite. JEEEZ. You could break a board across that mug. He's heading back to Brazil for the last time today, so that's another notch in the plus column. Next stop: beautiful Toledo, Ohio. Ahahahaha. Ha. Right after he spent several days trying to convince me we should move to where there's snow. That'll cure that Houston native.

I am realizing that I'm incredibly dull and non-fun lately, which is displeasing. I'm going to get my groove back, which may or may not consist of me hooking up Taye Diggs. I didn't see that movie, so I'm not sure how that works. :D I *do* know that it will consist of me getting in better shape, as crevette has inspired me to join up for the DFW 3 day breast cancer walk in late October. 60 miles in 3 days. No problem. (she says) I'm waiting to hear back from the BFF (the fittest human on the planet) to see if she can come out and do it with me, so I won't have to go it alone. None of my local peeps are game. WIMPS. Expect to hear from me on fundraising soon! *gimlet eye*

Oh! Last thing: Animal Planet is hosting a tribute show tonight, 5pm CST for Steve Irwin. Not one negative comment about the man here, please. I thought he was great, and my kids did too. (And I'm seriously behind on comments, reading, and there's been a TON of fic lately, GAH. I'll get to it. I may be late, but I'll get to it!!) May you all have fabulous and lovely September 5th days today!


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Sep. 5th, 2006 04:26 pm (UTC)

Good luck, lady! The fundraising is a bear and you don't have a lot of time, so get going! $2200, ahoy!

You truly rock!

Sep. 5th, 2006 04:52 pm (UTC)
I'm going, I'm going! I'm pretty fortunate to have a large group of people I can request donations from, so I'm not sweating it. Yet. :)

Our's is a few weeks after yours - Oct. 27-29th? WOOT!

And thanks for your updates about your training and the event. They mentioned it in the paper today, and I signed up. Sistah in solidarity, yo!
Sep. 5th, 2006 05:08 pm (UTC)
Ours is October 13th... FRIDAY the 13th.

I'm actually having bad problems with blisters and my toes. I'm calling a foot doctor today, actually.
Sep. 5th, 2006 05:12 pm (UTC)
*plays ominous music, omg*

Have you tried anti-blister socks before? New Balance used to make them, and I thought they were great. These are Nike's. Poor baby! Are your shoes too tight? Or just the constant stress, perhaps? Oh, plus y'all have had wet weather, so that can't be helping.

Here's hoping he'll have some good solutions for you, cookie.
Sep. 5th, 2006 05:17 pm (UTC)
My shoes are a full 2 sizes bigger than my normal size. I wear thorlo driwick socks. I cover my feet in bodyglide.

I have no clue what my problem is. ::sigh::

Sep. 5th, 2006 05:21 pm (UTC)
Clearly you are a delicate flower, and your feet are the appendages of a lady!

Gah, I'm so, so sorry to hear it. I really hope the Doc has an answer for you.
Sep. 5th, 2006 07:24 pm (UTC)
You've seen me, babe. No delicate flower, I. Flowers don't have thighs like this...

I may need special insoles or something.
Sep. 5th, 2006 05:15 pm (UTC)
Hee! Well, I can encourage you about that... in the entire Spanish speaking world, it's TUESDAY the 13th that's bad luck, not Friday the 13th. So you see, there really is no curse! Pretend you're a sultry Argentine lass!
Sep. 5th, 2006 04:27 pm (UTC)
Ack! I might do it if it were one day, but three? I know my limits! But I shall be sending some moolah your way, I'm quite sure.
Sep. 5th, 2006 04:53 pm (UTC)
There are a few short ones happening up here, too. A 3.1 mile walk in early October, for starters. Just if you're interested.

*totally earmarks you for hitting up later!*
Sep. 5th, 2006 04:32 pm (UTC)
OK- first off- so not boring.

Secondly- we have bonded in the house cleaning because that's what I did for 4 days...yes, I stood in my bathtub with a toothbrush to clean in the cracks of the shower door- because I am anal. And even though my basement (which we use up here in the north- it's where the tv/computer/playroom are) still needs the once over- I am very happy that the rest is 95% done. No husband to help mess it up, either- as he is off making a commercial.
Sep. 5th, 2006 04:56 pm (UTC)
HURRAH! Dude. I went to Target and bought an OXO grout scrubber. It's a toothbrush on CRACK. It really does the trick. And I was cleaning old school this weekend: Borax (excellent on porous surfaces like tile and porcelain) and vinegar for mopping. I fully support your anal retentiveness, and nod in agreement.

The gameroom (upstairs, because basements aren't possible here) is going to get a MASSIVE cleaning from us this week. It's seriously going to take a day or two. SNEAKY KIDS!!!

Oooh, what's the commercial? *passes disposable gloves*
Sep. 5th, 2006 08:55 pm (UTC)
It's a commercial for Tourism NB- he's been gone a week. Bliss! (Not that I don't miss him, but the kids are calmer and I don't have to fight for the remote or the computer.)
Sep. 5th, 2006 08:58 pm (UTC)
Oooh, girl, you don't have to tell me about having one less body in the house. I sometimes tell people that I have four kids.

(I mean, honestly! The hamper is RIGHT THERE. Yet I find socks and boxers a foot away every day he's home. IT'S RIGHT THERE.)
Sep. 5th, 2006 04:48 pm (UTC)
Apparently, they turned their bathroom upstairs into the toilet from Trainspotting
Hahahahaha, OMG! This scares me beyond the telling of it.

Also, you are SO NOT dull in any way, shape, or form. So there. =P
Sep. 5th, 2006 04:54 pm (UTC)
JESS IT WAS DISGUSTING. I don't think my hands left my hips for about an hour. There was a lot of huffing and puffing from me.

Hands and knees scrubbing for those kids. That'll show 'em!! (oh my god I love your new icon!!!! *hugs nad love for EVER*)
Sep. 5th, 2006 04:56 pm (UTC)
Yay thank you for the icon loff! I was thinking, you know, time to switch to the fall icons, much like it is time for me to switch to my fall shoes (of which I currently have none that are wearable, woe).
Sep. 5th, 2006 04:58 pm (UTC)
Oooh, shoe shopping! I should probably do that, too. I'm a TERRIBLE girl in that I have the same shoes for years. Every now and then I buy new flip flops, and new tennis shoes every three months, but cute shoes? I should do that, too.

*goes shopping with you vicariously* Fall!! Soon... I should make bread today - get in the spirit. Mmmmmm.
Sep. 5th, 2006 05:01 pm (UTC)
I tend to wear the same shoes over and over. Behold my summer slides, which should be hidden from sight!

But my fall shoes from last year are worn through (see: wearing same shoes over and over). And my trainers still work, but have lost their spring.


Omg, fresh bread! *flies to TX*
Sep. 5th, 2006 05:05 pm (UTC)
Hee - trainers. I should say that instead of tennis shoes, as I haven't played tennis for months. TRAINERS! *pulls on jumper and knickers* What? I was naked and cold.

One good thing about living in the south is it is acceptable to wear slides, mules, flip-flops, sandals for months into fall, as it is still warm. *omg, does not wear white, tho* <-- or WILL I?

Fresh whole wheat bread!! I love making bread. I realized I need to do that more. So simple, and SO GOOD. *pulls out pot of fresh preserves for your arrival* I need a running/exercise icon and a fresh bread icon. *goes hunting*
Sep. 5th, 2006 05:18 pm (UTC)
Hahahahahahahaha, JUST this morning, I said something about putting white shoes away, and TFMN said that he didn't think that held any more. So of course I did the bit from Serial Mom, where she goes after the woman wearing white shoes on the jury.

Woman: Fashions change!
Serial Mom: Not this one! *prepares to killinate*

I think of mules as fall shoes, so I would wear mine from last fall, except the shocks are gone on them, meh. Flip flops are acceptable on warm days in darker colors, hahahahahahahaha *omgstrict*

Do you have a breadmaker? Or do you make it by hand? Do you think we should coordinate bread making groups from our various locales? Do you think we should become Amish? *quilts, cans, kneads various things*
Sep. 5th, 2006 05:23 pm (UTC)
Heee! OMG, I will send you flip flops with pine tres on them for CHRISTMAS. :D

I make the bread by hand. Mmmm. It's easier for me than breadmakers, honestly. Plus, upper body workout! And I fully support becoming a modern Amish. *keeps electricity*

Oooh, Mr. S is taking me to lunch! Back later! *smooch*
Sep. 5th, 2006 07:26 pm (UTC)
I have what I call my 'summer sandals' and my 'winter sandals', the only difference being the winter ones have wider straps to keep my feet warmer.

When I did my 9 week stint in Chicago over October, Nov, and part of Dec, I was horrified that I had to buy closed toe shoes.

I have not worn them since.
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Sep. 5th, 2006 07:15 pm (UTC)
OH MY GOD, BETH. THE CROCODILE HUNTER. *sniffs* I love Michael and Uli, too. I didn't like Uli's last outfit, the golds were wonky to my eye, but it moved beautifully and had wonderful details.

Oooh, post! (I have been lax, too. Call me later?)
Sep. 5th, 2006 06:17 pm (UTC)
I think that Michael is da bomb. Most definitely. And I like Laura's take no shit attitude.

And, you so won't be hearing negative by me in regards to The Crocodile Hunter. I loved the exuberance and animated style of Steve Irwin. That man loved what he did for a living, and boy did it show. He taught so many children both here and abroad about wild animals and reptiles. My brother is 13, and I remember watching Steve on the Discovery Channel and Animal Planet with him.

And, I don't think Toledo is the worst you can do. I just applied for a job in Fargo, North Dakota.
Sep. 5th, 2006 06:35 pm (UTC)
>>I just applied for a job in Fargo, North Dakota.

Watch out for the wood chippers.

Sep. 5th, 2006 07:21 pm (UTC)
She should definitely look out for blonde prostitutes with banana clips in their hair, though.

"I dunno. He was funny looking."
Sep. 5th, 2006 07:17 pm (UTC)
OH GOD. Fargo? "Tan Sierra!!!" Yeah, that's some bitter weather. (Really? REALLY??) Toledo has the benefit of smog, however. :D

And seriously: I had a bit of a crush on Mr. Irwin. (He had FABULOUS legs.) I liked that he got people to care about the "ugly" animals. The scary ones that are the coolest.
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Sep. 5th, 2006 07:21 pm (UTC)
YEAH. He'll get over this love of snow VERY QUICKLY. He comes from the land of the ice and snow humid and mold, aka Houston. He knows NOTHING of living in snow. He visited it growing up as a child on ski trips. NOT THE SAME, honey. Man, getting out on my Grandma's roof to shovel the snow off in a white out? Yeah. GOOD TIMES.

I didn't know that about your mom! Mr. S's mom had it as well, and has been cancer free for five years now. *crosses fingers*

You should TOTALLY do some cleaning! Get out your label maker and wipe out drawers with vinegar and hot water, whoooo!! :D (And I am getting SO EXCITED about Oct.! I've been lax with email, but I did get it, and am most excited!)
Sep. 5th, 2006 07:30 pm (UTC)
Hey you!

Glad you're feeling better and good luck with the breast cancer walk.

Laura does indeed have a very prominent jaw but OMG do I love her. I want to be her when I grow up.

I wish I was going to be home to watch the Steve Irwin tribute. I loved him and I was so sad when I heard about him.
Sep. 5th, 2006 07:37 pm (UTC)
REally? With the Laura love? She rubs me the wrong way, somehow. I do like the construction of her clothes, but everything is in a taupe/cream/white palette and very similar. Not that that's a bad thing, just... I wish she'd use a pattern or color some time. But I would go NUTS if I was in the same place as her. She seems very bossy to me.

*squish* How are YOU doing? Big changes have been afoot with you, cookie! (I bet the tribute will be on torrents or YouTube quickly. He was pretty well loved.)
Sep. 5th, 2006 07:56 pm (UTC)
I agree that her clothes can be a bit boring and I certainly wouldn't want an entire waredrobe of them but I like the professional look of them. If I was in the habit of wearing designer clothes to work then I would wear her stuff. And she doesn't strike me as bossy so much as overly driven. I have a feeling if you got her out of a work setting she'd relax a lot.

*squishes back* I am good. My week off was very relaxing and I got to see my family and my friends so that was good. And I saw Talladega Nights and Little Miss Sunshine and I'm a much better person for it. And my assistant started today so YAY! Someone to boss around AND take some of the pressure off of me.
Sep. 5th, 2006 08:36 pm (UTC)
60 miles in 3 days, owch! Back in my younger days (~12) I did a "Walk for Mankind" charity thing that was a 20 miler, the last 5 miles are all about pain...good luck! About a week ago I busted my toe, so no exercise for me for another week.
Sep. 5th, 2006 08:43 pm (UTC)
GAH, busted TOE. Ouchie. I've broken two in the past, so I know how much that hurts. I'm used to walking long distances (not THAT long every day, but 8 miles daily) and I used to be a hiker from way back, so I just need a little extra training to get my bones back into a proper lope. :)

(Looking forward to borrowing your wife for a weekend, come October!)
Sep. 6th, 2006 09:06 am (UTC)
I used to hike alot when I was < 18; my parents were (and are) hiking nuts. The toe thing was so lame (hah, a joke), I was playing a ball game with my 8-year-old and jammed it into the carpet.

I perfer a made up story: I notice a holdup in the bank next door. The robber was going to blast the poor bank teller. Mr. EO's leaping karate kick left his toe the only thing between the pistol's hammer and certain death for bank employee.
Sep. 6th, 2006 12:04 pm (UTC)
Heh - you and my husband would get along fine. This weekend during the Big CleanUp, he was carrying the floor rug out of the living room for me to vaccuum and hit his toe on a hand weight one of the kids left lying around. (That should indicate that it was one of those girly hand weights, about 5 pounds.)

His pinky is a lovely eggplant. I wonder if he's telling the guys at work that he stalked a boar in the woods and fell down a ravine...

:D (I like your tale of a toe vs. bullet. Hahahaha!)
Sep. 5th, 2006 09:59 pm (UTC)
DFW 3 day breast cancer walk in late October.

I would so do this walk with you if I lived there! Wonder if there's such a thing near here. Wonder which local would be crazy/awesome enough to do it with me. *munches on Halloween candy* Hmmn.
Sep. 5th, 2006 10:11 pm (UTC)
You know, I think there is... go to 3day.org and check it out! (I really think there is one, but it's probably coming up fast!)

Aww. We're watching a Crocodile Hunter special on Animal Planet right now and I'm tearing up. I loved that guy!! :(
Sep. 5th, 2006 10:19 pm (UTC)
They don't make 'em like that very often, do they? :(

(wah, I'm being redirected from 3day.org to an online blinds store, wtf)
Sep. 5th, 2006 10:23 pm (UTC)
gah, and I'm such a dork, I started tearing up, remembering the ep when he talked about his beloved Cattle Dog that died, waaaaaah.

And I screwed up, it's THE 3day.org.
Sep. 5th, 2006 10:26 pm (UTC)
Alas. Not even a D.C.

:* we can be dorks together, then.
Sep. 5th, 2006 10:35 pm (UTC)
BOO. Cheer me on, then?

:************ (Um, I may be getting all of his shows so I always can hear him call something a "beau'y" or a "good looking Sheila." :)
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I love you, why are you doing this? After all we've been through? You don't have to be like this. You know, still reading. You could be baking a pie. And then sharing it with me.

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