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Well, 18 months post-baby, I have finally reached a very exciting milestone:


According to my scale this morning, I have lost a total of 10 pounds and today I am wearing a pair of jeans I have not fit into since early pregnancy.

All those pairs of “big” jeans in my closet can officially KISS MY SMOKIN HOT ASS.

BOOYEAH, WHO’S YOUR DADDY [insert ridiculously uncoordinated Happy Dancy here].

Ok, they’re a little tighter than I like my jeans to be, but the point is that they zipped up all the way and I don’t have a fat roll spilling over the waistband.

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Do any of you make phone calls using Skype? I enjoy it as a messenger service but don’t have the technology to use it for phone calls. I was just thinking that their rates are WAY more reasonable than our landline, which we rarely use anyway, so if the quality is good I was thinking about using their service for our home phone. Any comments/suggestions/warnings?

Well Blow Me Down Backward

Filed under: Makes Me Happy,Milestones,Parenting,Sleep Deprivation — Amy @ 9:20 pm

It appears that we have finally won the favor of the gods of rest and relaxation…


She went to bed at 8:30PM and, despite the fact that the HAIL STORM and subsequent CAR ALARMS did everything in their power to disturb her slumber, she did not wake up until 5:30AM. Then she ate and went back down for another 2 hours.

I have nothing further to say about this except Holy. Freakin’. Cow. I. Love. Today.

Birthday Not-Wishes

Filed under: Birthdays,Makes Me Happy,Thinking — Amy @ 7:50 pm

My birthday is Monday and for the first time in my life, I don’t have a long string of items on my wish list. I suppose that’s a good thing, as it must mean I’m relatively satisfied in life, since I can’t think of anything that I just really need right now…except a Jeep Liberty because trying to put a car seat in a 2-door sports car can be a real killer on your back…but that’s not really a birthday gift kind of thing. So…I guess I’m just happy. And my happiness is really irritating the people around me who keep asking what to get me for my birthday. Somehow “I don’t care, surprise me” doesn’t seem to be cutting it.

If only she would stay this easy to please…

One day Kaelin will be a teenager and she’ll start listening to all the funky new radio stations playing the wacky music that her father and I simply cannot understand the coolness of. And she’ll probably call in on occasion with her friends to see if they can win the “caller number xx” contests for a free trip to Cancun or a new Louis Vuitton purse. And one day she might actually get through on the line and be put on hold so the DJ can talk to her on the air. And they may even tell her that she’s won the new sports car of her dreams, in electric red.

And I think her elation at that moment will still not equal the ecstatic joy that emanates from her when we turn the wheel on the mobile that makes the little animals go around again.

Thumb Things to Review

Thumbs Up: Dyson Vacuum. Love it. Took it over to clean up the old house and had to empty the canister 3 times from all the crap that thing picked up that our other vacuum left behind. Our previous vacuum went through a bag once every few moths. Now we know why – OLD VACUUM DIDN’T WORK.

Thumbs Down: Satin Sheets. Ok, I have always wanted satin sheets (always, meaning since I discovered them at Bed Bath & Beyond when shopping for dorm room accessories my freshman year of college). Finally bought a set as a housewarming gift for myself and J. BAD CHOICE for several reasons:

  • They are noisy. Shifting around at night causes enough “russle russle” to wake up any sleeping indiviudal in the room, the dog and the neighbors 3 doors down.
  • They don’t let your skin breath. Which means they will keep you warm when your room is cold, but it’s not the cozy warm of cotton sheets. It’s the skin-suffocating warm that makes you sweat if you don’t leave half your body out of the sheets.
  • They are too slippery. Try to sit on the bed and find yourself abuptly landing on the floor. Lay your head on the pillow and it slips out from underneath you. Open your mouth to yawn and all the covers slide off onto the floor. And I’m fairly convinced that this slip-n-slide business is the reason for the neck injury that kept me home from work yesterday. Because the pillow won’t stay under your head, your neck has to compensate all night to keep it there. Consequently, I woke up and couldn’t turn my head in any direction all day. Last night I slept without a pillow and that seemed to help. At least I can drive today.
  • They are expensive. I don’t mind spending money for good sheets, but it really really irks me to spend a lot of money on sheets I (and my neck) would have been better off without. So in summary, save yourself the trouble and stick with the higher thread count cotton sheets.

Walking on Sunshine

Filed under: Friends,Houses,Makes Me Happy,Moving,Pregnancy,Work — Amy @ 3:21 pm
This week is on par to go down in history as one of the best weeks of my entire life.

Jamie came back from Europe to a busier office and some of the things that I had been wondering how in the world I would find the time to do. So they were shifted over to her department, which ended up working great for everybody. So nice to have her back!

I heard from several friends this week that I had been out of touch with for many moons, so to speak. I love renewed contacts.

I asked for AND GOT a raise at work. AND found out that they will be paying me for a full month of maternity leave (very uncommon!) so that eases a lot of tension over how we were going to survive that time financially.

I found the themed accessories I was looking for to decorate our nursery with. I knew I wanted a jungle theme, but everything I saw was either too cartoony or too dark/real/scary for a nursery. And finally the clouds parted and revealed the perfect set:

We closed on our fabulous house today! Our final walk-through last night was incredible. The woman we purchased the house from is more than slightly on the obsessive-compulsive neat-freak side, which makes this transition all the easier on us. The house sparkles like nobody’s ever lived there. I kid you not, she scrubbed the garage floor and cleaned out the garage door panels (and all the metal bars on the inside) with bleach.

She even left us several extras, like shower curtain liners, a stroller, and an elliptical exercise machine! Oh, and she’s leaving the electricity in her name until Monday so we will have power over the weekend, since the stupid electrical company simply could not set up our account until Monday despite repeated requests and messages from us.

And she called up the alarm company and informed them that they had to give us the same “special rate” she was getting or we wouldn’t continue the contract. So we’re getting the 3-year contract rate without the 3-year contract!

We couldn’t have asked for a better seller to work with. And when we showed up at closing today, out monthly payments ended up being less than we were expecting because we had gotten a lower interest rate than we were originally quoted. Too cool.

So, we’re getting a great house at a great price with a great loan and it comes with great accessories from a great seller who seems to be going out of her way to make the process better for us. I am so tempted to break out into a chorus of “I’ve Got Rhythm.” Who could ask for anything more???


Filed under: Houses,How To...,Makes Me Happy,Moving — Amy @ 1:04 pm

Call me to say you spoke with the listing agent today and the contract previously pending on the house we wanted to buy fell through, and that we now have the option to step in and negotiate a contract on our perfect dream house.


April’s Fool

Filed under: Family,Makes Me Happy,Photography,Scrapbooking,Weather — Amy @ 11:10 am

I get giddy this time of year. This is the time in Texas when winter ceases and I can put away the sweaters and dark colors, but the scortching summer heat hasn’t arrived yet.
This weekend I’m dragging my family to the Dallas Arboretum to take scads and scads of pictures of budding flowers (I hope the tulips are in!) and fill several pages of my scrapbook with a collage of color. J hasn’t decided if he’s going or not, but what he doesn’t know (or won’t until he reads this) is that he’s going to be under immense pressure to go with us because I WANT A PICTURE of the two of us with some pretty flowers.
Seriously, since I’m usually behind the camera, we don’t have nearly enough pictures of the two of us. And with #3 on the way, I have a feeling that he/she will be the focus of most of the pictures taken after a certain day in October. Which I’m sure is going to make my cats happy and drive my dog crazy.
And I finally have a spare battery because I have not once gotten through an arboretum trip in which my camera hasn’t died way to early.
Don’t know why, but I’ve been a little scrap-happy recently. Sure, I always like to scrapbook but over the past couple of weeks it’s been more of an…obsession. Which is doubly unfortunate because I have run out of pictures to scrap (hence the arboretum trip) and when I’m in the mood to scrap and can’t, there’s only one thing left to do. SHOP. Yes, danger is my middle name. Found a new scrapbooking store in Frisco that is AWESOME and I could totally live there. And between weddings, new houses, birthdays, and OF COURSE, BABY, I have lots to shop for this year. Hee hee hee…
Anyway, it’s supposed to be a lovely April weekend and I plan to take full advantage of it.

Norton Anti-Valium

Filed under: Makes Me Happy,Teh Internets — Amy @ 5:34 pm

Norton Anti-Virus and I have a mutal hate-hate relationship. It seems I can never successfully download a subscription renewal to save my life. This time I ordered the CD version because at least if I have trouble downloading, I still have the DISK SO I CAN TRY AGAIN. I seem to have more luck with disks than with internet downloads anyway.
But even when you purchase the disk and pay the $7.95 to have it shipped to you, you still have to download the Personal Firewall part from the internet.


I HAVE TRIUMPHED! Personal Firewall successfully installed on my machine. I think.

Like Wow.

So I’m now covered on the best maternity insurance plan I’ve ever seen. From now until the baby leaves the hospital should cost us no more than $460. Score.


Filed under: Makes Me Happy,Teh Internets — Amy @ 10:16 pm

Before anyone else sees fit to inform me, I think I will just go ahead and make the admission:
I am addicted to this game.
And I don’t care. This sucker keeps me entertained for hours during the slow times at work. And I’m getting better. So far my skill level is 2.5 stars out of 5. For those who have never played this game before, that’s over 110,000 points, which is DARN HARD to do. Well not so much hard, as requires a lot of patience.
If you have never played this game before, I highly recommend it. Make sure you have some time on your hands. And DON’T trust the hints…they will certainly lead to your demise. And if you ask for hints it costs you 50 points. Have fun!

PS: Finally got The Boss to admit he didn’t have any dirt afterall.


Filed under: Makes Me Happy,Such is Life,Work — Amy @ 2:18 pm

I love my job. I love my job because I had a real knock-down-drag-out with The Boss yesterday and still have a job. An invigorating fifteen minutes of yelling at each other ended in laughter and (him) telling jokes. Dirty jokes. I love my job. I still wish I had actually won the argument though.

Here’s a quick reference for any future posts about the people I work with:

  • The Boss: President of the company. Has been in direct marketing for over 40 years and seen just about everything. Blatantly (and refreshingly) the most politically incorrect man I’ve ever met. Has opinions and advice on just about anything, can talk a blue streak and is mysteriously sharper than he presents himself. Analyzes personalities of those around him (almost) impeccably. Pronounces “business” as “bidnuz.” Has a lot of unconventional methods based on experience, which drives everyone crazy, especially since he usually turns out to be right.
  • Boss-Man: The Boss’ subordinate. Partner in the company, his official title is something like “VP Marketing.” Primary supervisor, comes in to work approximately 3 hours out of the day to write checks and pay bills. Also heads up on-location meetings. Other than that, we’re not really sure what he does except that he’s the only Partner that is in the office on a regular basis. Has a lot of traditional business sense, which conflicts at time with The Boss’ methods. Is also 6’2″, 280 lbs, and enjoys approaching within three inches so you are tempted to take a step backward to avoid being squashed.
  • Partner-Boss: More company partner than boss. The motivational/inspirational leader of the three. Rarely in the office, knows everybody in the whole world. Personal acquaintance of GW Bush. Stays with the President of Nigeria when he visits. Gets SUVs and Superbowl Tickets for free just for being a nice guy (to the right people). Former nightclub owner that shut his businesses down to go into the ministry and open a BBQ restaurant at which he holds weekly meetings of encouragement and accountability for his fellow brotherhood and anyone else that cares to attend. Has an unusual and almost unintelligible accent that mainly consists of dropping every consonant. Has never met a stranger.
  • Jamie: My one and only co-worker. We keep each other sane.

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Hi. I'm Amy. I started this website in 2005 as a place to deposit my journal and photos. It has gone through a few incarnations and masquerades as a family site, but since I'm the only one who contributes to it, it's really all about ME, ME, ME.

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