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Necessito Burrito, ayi!

Okay, reading about delicious lentil soup has made me a wreck. I need copious amounts of food in mah belleh, right noo. [/Fat Bastard] Which, speaking of Fat Bastard, that's a fantastic merlot, especially given the price point. I'm just saying. Other things of note:

Spent the weekend with marenfic (Lee had an emergency that needed tending. Lee? You're a wonderful friend. *hugs*) To say I had fun with Maren is an understatement. Funny, smart, enjoyable = Maren. There were pitchers of mojitos, delicious foods, her ADORABLE dogs that love me, her lovely husband (even though I kicked his ASS at Guitar Hero. I'm just saying.) and a house that is one of my favorite places on earth. Also, it is the PERFECT dwelling for the sure-to-come zombie apocalypse. If we can train her dogs to smell the undead, it will be THE perfect place on earth. But sorry, there's not enough room for all of you.



Oh! We saw Baby Mama on Friday, and while, sure, it's predictable in places, there were some really funny moments, and who knew Amy Poehler could actually act? Ditto on Tina Fey? Plus, Greg Kinnear is one of my secret boyfriends and he does not disappoint. He's dreamy. One thing I love doing (and I never do) is go to the movies. I love having someone that will laugh out loud (and not mind me laughing out loud) at movies. I loved waking up when I wanted to (not because children are being noisy and I have to) and having a good friend waiting downstairs for me. WITH A FRESHLY MADE POT OF COFFEE. *cries* That's... Y'all, I'm a simple woman with simple needs. I need a little quiet every day, I need coffee every day, and if someone will PROVIDE me with that? They have my undying adoration. Which she does.

One thing that was SO KIND of Maren was to sit at her kitchen table with me Saturday night (ain't no party like a Stoney party 'cause a Stoney party don't start!) and help me edit this one-day-wanna-publish-it book. (Um, is it rotten of me to feel supreme because she laughed out loud several times? Because that felt awesome.) Getting her notes on how to add/change/modify various parts was extremely helpful, too. So, I'll be working on all of that this week, and happily.

Side note about traveling. So, there was this YOUNG girl (I mean, she was technically an adult, but YOUNG. read: an idiot) sitting next to me on the plane ride back. Let me help those of you who aren't used to traveling:
  • do not put your FEET on the chair back in front of you. (I'm not joking.)
  • do not take your SLIP ON SHOES OFF in order to put your FEET on the chair back in front of you. (Again, I am not making this up.)
  • do not assume I am on your side when the person in front of you complains about said feet.
  • as soon as we land, you do not need to immediately turn on your cell phone and start talking loudly just because you are incapable of having a moment's quiet without something electronic passing the time for you
  • I/the person sitting next to you do/does not need to hear you a) argue with your mother about why you love your boyfriend and have to call him right away, zomg, because he gets so jealous or b) hear you argue with your boyfriend because you forgot to tell him you were going out of state for the weekend and maybe you met some new guys but pffft whatever quit being jealous and I love you and oh my god he just hung up on me (hint: I DON'T CARE. NOR DO I BLAME HIM.) or c) call your BFF and tell her how stupid everyone in your life is and how hot Chip from some party you went to was and blah blah blah.
  • do you really need to pull out makeup brushes to put on foundation as we're coming to a land? I mean, really? You're LANDING. With a STICK in your hand close to your eye. Not too smart, ding dong.
  • do not sigh heavily as you flip languidly through your US Weekly because you are SO BORED, ZOMG and how long is this stupid flight, anyway? It's called a book. Or a nap. LOOK INTO TIME MANAGEMENT.


Maybe it's because I'm a mother, but I have 0 patience for "I'm bored! There's nothing to do!" Make something to do. Good lord.

Anyhoo. I helped Maren and her husband with some landscape advice (hahaha, I love drawing people into my world of plants, muah ah ah!) and talked about the "retaining wall" I put along the edge of my garden. Basically, I had some stone bricks lining the edge originally, but I didn't like how it looked snaking down the lawn, essentially. So, I tiered the bricks, and like how that looks far more. Here are some pics for her (and anyone else curious.)

This is a VERY SIMPLE edging, because the slope isn't that great. (I do have to get a real retaining wall at the back end of my property soon, when I get my pool in. \o/ The Mr. indicated that we'll get started on that in a month. FINALLY. Jeeeez.) Some pics of two of my roses that are in bloom, too.



Here's the base - again, very simple. I needed it stacked to help keep the stone steps in place. You can't really tell, yet, but there are big grasses just starting to wake back up that will fill in most of the bare spaces you see. Um, my husband sucks at keeping our lawn nice. I have a lawn service taking over that job, so I don't want to hear it about the ugly Bermuda. :)



Maren? That's the "dry river bed" I had to take every single rock out of to get the weeds out. Bah. Stupid Korean ginko! <-- invasive plant in my garden. I decided to not cover the edge of that with the stone bricks to help funnel water out. (We get flash floods where I live, so channeling water is a good thing.) That big leafy green shrubbery is my oak leaf hydrangea. The top of the picture is the top of my head. It's a good foot and a half or so taller than me, and still growing. <3



This is the side bed where I have my tomatoes and basil and dill and strawberries growing (you can't see the berries here - but they taste SO GROOD.) I stacked a different kind of stone on this side, because I have an abundance of this limestone. Maren, this is the stuff I said you are welcome to, if you come haul it off. :D Those are my bluebonnets in the background - just about done for the season.



I just like the color contrast of the yellow sundrops with the blue irises. Um, that line is a guy-rope to keep my sapling from blowing away in our 100 mile an hour straight line winds of springtime. <-- the one thing I hate about where I live. It's almost over, though... I hope. Side note, I rescued the sundrops from a neighbor that didn't like it and ripped it out of the ground and tossed it on the curb. It was half dead this winter, but has come back nicely. :)



Aww, this is my swmbo memorial rose, in honor of a co-worker of hers that passed away suddenly. (I like to plant things in honor of people's passing, and he seemed like a lovely person from her accounts.) I like how sunny and lively the blooms are, and they're prolific little guys, too. That pleases me.



And last, my favorite of all my roses, my Texas State Yellow Rose. Just buttery and velvety and smells gooder'n heck. That blossom is about the size of my open palm, too. <3 <3 <3!!


Okay, so I've been out of the loop for several days. What's been happening? (Aside from Boobie-Gate. I'm well aware of that piece of... well.) :) Anything else? Will someone PLEASE come make me a sandwich? Or cherry pie? Mmmm, PIE.

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tabaqui
Apr. 28th, 2008 04:13 pm (UTC)
I really hate the 'i'm bored' thing, too. Jayzus. I spent my days in the woods as a kid, or reading books/helping my mom/doing chores. *Inventing* my own stuff. Monstrous knows not to pull the 'bored' card, 'cause I just do Spongebob hands *making a little invisible rainbow* and say 'use your imagination. Heeeeeee.

Lawks, the youth of today!

:)
stoney321
Apr. 28th, 2008 04:22 pm (UTC)
GAH, does "I'm bored" drive me nuts. Try doing something other than looking at pictures of celebrities, maybe then you won't be bored, ding dong! *eye roll*

HAHAHAHAHAHA, we totally do "imagination" hands, too! (In fact, there is a box in my garage RIGHT NOW that the kids have been playing with for over a week. Hahaha!)
tabaqui
Apr. 28th, 2008 04:28 pm (UTC)
Wheeeee!
I love 'imagination' hands. Makes her get all eye-rolly but smiling.

I can't imagine using celebrity fodder for my entertainment. I'd be bored stiff in about two minutes. Gah.
I fear for the future.
julia_here
Apr. 28th, 2008 04:14 pm (UTC)
A lot of my roses just look chewed on, now-they had nice soft red leaves, and then it fucking snowed.

Julia, and it's going to be May in two days, this is ridiculous!
stoney321
Apr. 28th, 2008 04:22 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's right! You had that late storm come in. Man, that sucks.

(Does it help to know it was 43 this morning here? Which, for us is practically unheard of.)
julia_here
Apr. 28th, 2008 05:35 pm (UTC)
Maybe a little?

It's snowing below 2,500ft in the Cascades; I'm freaking out about having to go over two passes on May 7 and 8 (and 10; luckily we're not going over the Continental Divide this trip, I guess) with my relatively inexperienced son doing a lot of the driving. There's Minnesotan on my garden mailing list who's all jolly and reassuring about it, but I'll bet dimes to donuts she's never seen a car three cars ahead get knocked sideways by the compression wave from an avalanche.

Julia, having gone over high passes in the winter all my life, and nervous for a reason

Edited at 2008-04-28 05:37 pm (UTC)
kwizbit
Apr. 28th, 2008 04:21 pm (UTC)
omg, talk about obnoxious travelers. I always worry that I'll get stuck with some smelly pervert guy, or some one that just won't shut up.

I am 21, and I do use my cellphone to communicate. I do wear make-up. But I don't have it attached to my ear every 5 seconds, and I rarely put on make-up unless I'm going out to the movies or something. When I'm on a plane, I want to be COMFORTABLE. I also either a) read a book, b) listen to music, c) omg for realz I sometimes do hw *gasp*, oh and d) write fanfic ;)

Oh, and I just wanted to point out something, even though I know nothing about gardening and the like (and btw, your garden is teh!gorgeous!! Um, the whole "dry river bed" is good that you removed the stone there, but what about the grass in front of it when it drains down to the end? You might have a severe mud/dead grass problem if you guys do have those flash floods. Maybe I'm wrong, and maybe I have no idea what I'm talking about, but I figured I'd put it on there just in case :P
stoney321
Apr. 28th, 2008 04:26 pm (UTC)
Oh, I wear makeup, I'm all about being girly at the right time, yes indeedy. I'm talking about pulling out a tackle box as the plane is coming in for a bumpy landing in a rain storm so you can slather on more makeup. STUPID GIRL. She was using a pointed makeup brush to apply more base under her eyes. God, that was not smart of her. And... go to the bathroom after landing. It's not like people can greet you at the gate anymore, you know?

Aw, thanks for the comment about my gardens! I can't wait for them to fill in and start looking really good. (It's a baby garden, less than a year old.) As for the river rocks, I appreciate the concern! (Ftr, I'm a Master Gardener.) The lawn is sloped enough that the rain will wash down, and as it's Bermuda in hard clay soil, it's pretty damn hard to kill it or wash that away. My concern with flash flooding/standing water is for my leveled flower bed; I don't want the torrent to wash away/drown something I care about. :D
kwizbit
Apr. 28th, 2008 04:35 pm (UTC)
LOL, yeah, the first thing I do coming off the plane is use the restroom - granted there is almost always a huge line (while the guys walk right in to THEIR restroom *mumbles* (mf'ers). But yes, please, wait until after landing - I've had my share of not-so-great ones, and even "omg we're going to die" ones. Can you imagine if by chance the plane did crash, that the last thought/thing you were doing was applying make-up?

YW! :) Yes, spring is here, and right now where I am, it's raining a lot after a really dry week, so it should be good and stuff will start popping up. Leaves are coming back on the trees, which imo is kinda late compared to usual, but at least they're here now.

Oh, well in that case Master Gardener, it looks like all will be under control - I hope I didn't offend!
stoney321
Apr. 28th, 2008 04:52 pm (UTC)
I'm a big fan of beelining it to the potty, too. (The airplane restrooms are SO HARD to get into every time I fly!)

I love all the weetiny baby leaves popping out with their beautiful lime-green newness. <3 (And come, on, no worries with me! I don't offend. Like... really. I don't. *squishes you*)

I would like to cuddle your icon until I have a purring mass at my neck, please.
southernbangel
Apr. 28th, 2008 04:39 pm (UTC)
Re-posted because I am an idjit at posting comments apparently.
The sundrops are a great splash of color, and the swmbo memorial rose is gorgeous--I love the pinky orangeish color of the petals with the peeks of yellow. My mom has some flowers planted, and she is talking about getting a mini-garden started with tomatoes, various herbs and maybe blueberries?

I'm glad you schooled Mr. Maren's ass at Guitar Hero. All is right with the world. I'm even more thrilled that you and Maren had such a wonderful (and productive!) visit. As I said in a comment to Maren's post, Stoney/Maren: the best OTP, y/y? I do believe the answer is yes.

I love you, Stoney. Your email definitely lifted my spirits this morning, something I didn't realize how much I needed until it happened.
stoney321
Apr. 28th, 2008 04:48 pm (UTC)
Re: Re-posted because I am an idjit at posting comments apparently.
I LOVE YOU MISS LEE. There's another email comin' atcha, and just so you know, take a quiet time to read it, okay? (do I know you or what? I'm just saying.)

Ooooh, blueberries!! I want to move into your mom's garden, okay? (We can't grow blueberries or raspberries in our soil here, woe.)

LEE: I heart you tons. I want you to come sit in my lap so I can play with your hair and give you lots of huggings. <3
sheilagh
Apr. 29th, 2008 12:54 am (UTC)
If you're in Texas,
surely SOME of the berry vendors on this page would sell bushes, too?

http://www.pickyourown.org/TXnortheast.htm

Not that I have any idea what season of the year to plant them...
marenfic
Apr. 28th, 2008 05:39 pm (UTC)
Re: Re-posted because I am an idjit at posting comments apparently.
I know how to put guests to work. There's no free ride as Casa de Maren.

There is no OTP. It is Stoney/Maren/Lee OT3, or nothing!
southernbangel
Apr. 28th, 2008 06:36 pm (UTC)
Re: Re-posted because I am an idjit at posting comments apparently.
One question: why do you get to be the delicious filling in the Starnee (new name, think it will catch on?) sandwich? Maybe people crave a Steeren or a Lestaren sandwich, hmmm?

In our honor I use my HP trio icon.

<3 <3 <3
fiveandfour
Apr. 28th, 2008 04:43 pm (UTC)
Maybe it's because I'm a mother, but I have 0 patience for "I'm bored! There's nothing to do!"

Maybe it's because I'm a mom that the thing I have to comment on is how the "I'm bored" comment gets under my skin, too. I learned from a BFF who is a teacher that punishing a kid for saying s/he is bored gets them out of that habit right-quick. (I mean "punishing" in the same vein as the Corporal Cuddling the Engineers unleash on the Cats in that video which I can't link to right now). I think it took about 3 times of giving my daughter chores whenever she told me she was bored to teach her to find something to do on her own.
stoney321
Apr. 28th, 2008 04:50 pm (UTC)
Dude, seriously. *stands with you in solidarity* That is how I deal with that statement, too, and we no longer hear that. Fortunately, we have a family of four kids down the street that have a mother that's like us - they're all inventive and energetic and fun, so there's usually a game of tag, chalk drawing, or SOMETHING happening outside.

Turn off the XBOX, kids, and GO OUTSIDE!! (And leave me Guitar Hero, thanks. Hahahaha.)
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stoney321
Apr. 28th, 2008 06:06 pm (UTC)
MARI!! Okay, how is this for a small world? Dampersandspoons? That's my little sister. *beams* I saw you comment on one of her fics and called her to tell her how awesome you are. How funny is that???

(And the post before this one on the garden tag has better pics, imo. Also: thank you!)

You know, about your girls: they have a mama that is TEACHING THEM. They're going to continue to grow into lovely women. This girl? You could tell she's the type that bosses her mother around. (A real whiny type, as well.) Your bambinas will be WONDERFUL. Just like their madre. :D

*abrazos y besos*
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marenfic
Apr. 28th, 2008 05:38 pm (UTC)
Beautimus! You described your wall very well and I think we can definitely do that. It looks awesome (of course).

I need to go out and deleaf that rose, but all the blooms popped out and it looks gorgeous. I can't wait until it's tall enough to lay over the entry arch.

WTF is Boobie-Gate?
stoney321
Apr. 28th, 2008 06:03 pm (UTC)
You can TOTES do that! Y'all are experts now, come on.

Oooh, I'm so glad that rose is covered in all of those beautiful blooms! More important than pulling the leaves off the bush, get any that fell onto the ground and throw them away. I completely forgot that I had made plans to do that very thing for you... Woopsie! Haha.

Good lord, Boobie-gate. Some nerd guy (see icon) made an ass of himself and tried to make an "opt out" of getting fondled at a con (if I summed up correctly) and rightfully so, all hell broke loose about how he doesn't get to touch boobs just because he wants, and wtf? It became a feminist thing, with meek women hemhemming the out spoken "oh no you di'int!" women on top of everything else. SHEEESH. Glad I missed that one - I don't need to screw with my blood pressure anymore.
viciouswishes
Apr. 28th, 2008 05:56 pm (UTC)
I have no patience for the bored either. Or do I have patience for other people's jealous boyfriends. *stabs roomie's "not boyfriend"*

Flowers!
stoney321
Apr. 28th, 2008 05:59 pm (UTC)
You know, I got the impression that the boyfriend wasn't just a "jealous" type - she clearly skipped town without telling him (which, they're not married, so big deal) but did it to hook up with guys. She just rubbed me the wrong way, all around. (Will no one address her putting her NAKED FEET on the top of the chair in front of her? Where someone was sitting? UGH. Gross girl.)

Flowers make everything better! *beams*

Edited to say that I completely missed that you are stabbing YOUR roomie's not boyfriend. Carry on with that! :D

Edited at 2008-04-28 06:00 pm (UTC)
viciouswishes
May. 9th, 2008 09:19 pm (UTC)
Oh, there was more wanting to stab the roomie's boyfriend this morning when she was crying on the phone again to him to be nicer to her.
ravynstoneabbey
Apr. 28th, 2008 06:06 pm (UTC)
I have pork sirloins marinating in the fridge for supper tonight, and I may do roasted red potatoes. Will be baking a cake this weekend for my MIL's birthday.

Pretty garden is pretty! I love your roses and the dry river bed is a neat way for drainage.

Summer break is coming oh my. :) *starts plotting ideas* Arts camp is a good idea this year, and I'll pick up some craft stuff. May get into beading. Well one day is going for the Aquarium in Chattanooga, and maybe a jaunt up to Gatlinburg. Weekly trips to the library. I have a reader now! Oh and can't forget go to the park to ride bikes. Can't ride bikes on my road. Too many flyers.
brunettepet
Apr. 28th, 2008 06:28 pm (UTC)
I have no tolerance with the "I'm bored" thing either. Is it my fault you have no imagination, nitwit? No. It's not.

Your garden is gorgeous! The color on that first rose is outrageously sunny and smile inducing. The jasmine has gone ape this Spring and the neighborhood smells fantastic.

*hands you cranberry nut bread that just finished cooling*
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stoney321
Apr. 28th, 2008 07:15 pm (UTC)
Hello, my Anne-Girl!! Oh, yes, perfume-drenching when you're going to be in a small, confined area! I'm not much of a perfume wearer, to begin with (probably because my bio-mom used to drrrrrench herself in the stuff) and I know how sensitive you are to some odors, too! (As am I.)

Anne, she took her shoes off and stretched to rest them ON TOP of the head rest of the chair in front of us! Someone was SITTING there! Mind boggling.

Fortunately, it's only an hour and a half long flight and I had a good book to read. :D

In-laws! I need to zoom over to your journal and catch up with you, missy! (I hope your ears were burning - I had to explain to Maren why you are one of the most awesome people I know. Ad nauseum. *G*)
botias
Apr. 28th, 2008 07:09 pm (UTC)
Lovely garden :D
rikibeth
Apr. 28th, 2008 07:11 pm (UTC)
WOW PRETTY GARDEN.

Also, while I am too far away to be making sandwiches for you, I shall tell you how I solved my lunch dilemma. I found a can of Amy's Black Bean soup, and it is heating in the microwave, and I will adulterate it liberally with Melinda's XXX Hot Sauce, and dollop a great big spoonful of Whole Foods guacamole on top, and eat it with tortilla chips.

NOM NOM NOM.
aimeelicious
Apr. 28th, 2008 07:27 pm (UTC)
Yellow roses are my favourite flower by a mile, so that picture really cheered me up, which I needed. It's incredibly gloomy in NJ today, cool and rainy, which would be fine if I could stay home and nap and eat bonbons but I am working and going to class tonight and stressing about the end of semester crunch and money and ACK!!

*hands*

Sorry for the run-on, it just kind of happened.

*slinks away*
ruric
Apr. 28th, 2008 08:34 pm (UTC)
Oh what a beautiful garden!
swmbo
Apr. 28th, 2008 08:39 pm (UTC)
Oh the pictures, they are amazing!! *HUGS HUGS HUGS* I love them.

I didn't mean to wreck you with the soup talk!

(also, my god, it's already almost 4 and I've read THREE posts on LJ. Hahahh, oh self, you need a time machine)
stoney321
Apr. 28th, 2008 08:43 pm (UTC)
No, no, you got me planning my dinner early, which almost NEVER happens, so now my family will not starve, zomg. Also, I tagged your recipe and it sounds SO GROOD.

(holy smokes, get one of those and send me the plans, please. *slumps against you*)
dovil
Apr. 28th, 2008 09:46 pm (UTC)
I think you're legally allowed to kill people seated next to you who act like that. At least in the law books that I wrote with my own blood it is. I wish she'd just cut to the chase and started yelling out "look at ME everyone, give your attention to ME!". I mean lets not pull any punches here. And I mean that both ways.

You should feel very, very proud of that garden. How come we never get to see pictures of the back where all the hydroponic marijuana is grown? What's with that?

Boobiegate was a whole level of fabulous fail. Oh the internet, you never fail to horrify and amuse.
a2zmom
Apr. 28th, 2008 11:56 pm (UTC)
Your garden is coming along splendidly. I love the sundrops.

It sounds like a perfect time at the Maren household. But I didn't expect any less.

What's been up with me? Well, Aaron is now home for the summer. Go here to see him all bearded! As soon as it stops pouring, I'll be measuring the property on the other side of the driveway and asking for suggestions as to how I should lay out the bed, so please chime in.
entrenous88
Apr. 29th, 2008 02:22 am (UTC)
I am loving that HUGE YELLOW ROSE!

THE STARS AT NIGHT! ARE BIG AND BRIGHT!
DEEP IN THE HEART OF TEXAS!

/Pee-Wee Herman voice
howcanthatbe
May. 22nd, 2008 09:21 am (UTC)
you have a very beautiful garden and I am a hosta person so a garden devoid of hostas that I like is a strange thing! That and stonecrop.. I am frequently saying "needs more stonecrop!" like I am Christopher Walken with my cowbell.

I am particularly fond of your rock wall. I moved for a new job two years ago and left my garden. I do not think I would have finished my dissertation without that garden to go to when my work was stalled. But my if I had full sun.. I dont think I have ever had full sun in a garden. It must leave you with lots of choices. That is okay though-- I will stay in the shadows with my hostas and succulents. My new house has all kinds of strange North Carolina trash though. I have kept my ministrations contained to my front walk while my back runs wild. It is the mullet of gardens.

Your blog is inspiring. Maybe I will think about trying to acquire the right rocks to tame the back. :)

It is hard to find the right rocks--such an investment and starting point. They are the bra to your bedding outfit--if they are wrong nothing can help. :)
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