Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional.

My birthday is in 13 days (September 10th in case you want to mark your calendar). I will be 30 years old. I guess there should be some big internal FREAK THE FUCK OUT going on right now but, surprisingly, I’m pretty much okay that I’m turning into an old decrepit hag.

I’m married to a wonderful man, have a beautiful daughter, a house, two cats, three cars and very good SSRI. I’m right where I always WISHED I’d be at 30 but never really where I THOUGHT I’d be and it feels REALLY GOOD. So I think that even the impending doom of wrinkly oldness can’t bring me down from that high right now.

We’ll see though, it IS still 13 days away. A lot can change between now and then. Like, mental stability could take a momentary vacation. It’s totally been known to happen to me before.

So, I’ve decided to make a little list of the things I’d be reallystoked to get for my birthday in no particular order of importance. Well, no wait. I REALLY want number 1 and 2 but beyond that they are random in the value of wantedness.


1) Apple iPhone 3G:

I’ve wanted this since the day they announced they were coming out which also happened to be a month AFTER my mom bought me a new 1st Gen because I’d lost mine. I was finding ways to scrounge up the $200 that Apple LIED TO ME ABOUT till I found out that because I was a previous gen user, I had to wait a full year OR pay $399 for the phone. Well, my birthday is the year mark. HOWEVER, I can’t pay for it till that date and then I have to wait 2-5 weeks to actually GET IT. But whatever, as much as I want to grumble about that, there’s no way that I’ll own any other kind of phone right now because, simply, nothing else comes close to it’s general awesomeness.

And also: GPS.
And also: Loopt.
And also: *drool*

PLUS! Ben can take my 1st Gen and start using it. Then I’ll post that he’s actually TOUCHING and USING an Apple and the flesh hasn’t completely melted off his hands in disgust. And I’ll put an Apple logo somewhere on his M3. And then hide for awhile.

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2) Flip Mino In black:

I know I said the Ultra before but the Mino had a rechargable battery, is smaller, only $30 more and I’m fickle like that.

As you can see by visiting YouTube, Viddler, Vimeo or flickr I’ve been uploading move video lately but my current video camera kinda sucks a lot. I love love love catching stuff in video but I want to be able to manipulate it and spend time editing and not have the end result look like a pile of warm poo, ya know. My life is too awesome and full of BADASS to not be capturing some of it more.

Actually, that was a lie, I’m just looking for a way to better utilize my hulking vanity.

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Black & Decker Hedge trimmer

3) Black & Decker 22 In. Dual Action Hedge Trimmer:

I was REALLY tempted to insist we get this when we were at Home Depot buying the lawn mower but we opted for the cheaper long blade “do it by hand” sheers instead. That was fine when I just had to do that one hedge out front but I’ve realized after three weekends of heavy use and screaming pectoralis muscles I that we should have gotten them. Because “that one hedge” turned out to be TWO, then I realized there were hedges on the other side of the driveway so now it’s FOUR. I’ve also been trimming the neighbor’s hedge because the house is on the market and nobody else is doing it so now there’s FIVE.

At first I was just thinking hedges, now, SO MUCH MORE. There has been at least 87 times I’ve thought in the last three weenends, “I really wish we had gotten those dang electric hedge trimmers!” Then I sat down and tried to think of alternate ways to clean out some of the dead undergrowth in the back yard. Napalm is at the top of the list so far and I think for the sake of ALL OF GILROY, I should go pick up that trimmer soon.

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4) Garden pretties:

I have LOVED working on the yard. We are getting closer to having all the plants pretty much under control and I’d like to start adding things to make it pretty. Here are some examples:

hummingbird feeder Looking glass hummingbird feeder
Garden statue Toad Hollow 21 In. Rumple Gnome Garden Statue
Bird Feeder Bird Brain Mod Pod Oval Bird Feeder
Garden Buddha Garden Treasuresâ„¢
Polyresin Buddha Garden Statue
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Lorem Ipsum Cuff

5) Lorem Ipsum Cuff:

I originally came across them when Chrissy Twittered it and I IMMEDIATELY fell in love with it. It’s geeky and girly and cute and either you GET it or you DON’T.

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Aliquam nec quam. Donec dolor. Suspendisse eleifend elit sit amet velit. Etiam lacus justo, lacinia suscipit, placerat id, placerat vel, odio. Vivamus eros pede, dignissim sit amet, dictum id, ullamcorper et, risus. Pellentesque ultrices justo lobortis odio. Aliquam non nulla eu ipsum consectetuer lacinia. Etiam magna purus, varius sed, varius ut, adipiscing sit amet, purus. Sed mollis suscipit est. Nunc interdum nisl ac nulla. Proin volutpat porta mauris. Fusce elit tortor, lacinia a, luctus sit amet, dignissim nec, tellus. Maecenas faucibus libero sit amet lectus. Pellentesque accumsan nulla vel eros.

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6) Geeky shirts:

Like these ones from Busted Tees:

Busted Tee Busted Tee

There was one more thing I wanted to add here but the site is down so if I can get there tomorrow, I’ll add it. You may now go forth and buy me things I don’t need. Or don’t, I’ll like you just the same. Plus, if you DO then I’ll, like, OWE you and I’m getting too old to be repaying favors. đŸ˜›

Hard work has a future. Laziness pays off now.

I can’t get to aflux from home. I don’t know if it’s a DNS error or what but it sucks balls.

We’ve been busy, busy, busy working on the house. Ben’s been painting the garage and I’ve been trying to get the last of the unpacking done and the back yard cleaned up more. There’s pictures of all of it if you click on one of the flickr photos up there.

Other than that, things have been pretty much normal and everyday grind type of stuff.

Weekdays: Get up, work, gym, homework, dinner, sleep, rinse, repeat.
Weekends: Get up, work on house, eat, work on house, eat again, work on house some more, pass out exhausted on the couch, watch TV, sleep, rinse, repeat.

I kinda feel bad about not blogging as much though so I’ve decided to start video taping more and posting them here and there and all across the web for you awesome people to enjoy. Here is a little gem that happened Monday after school.



I wanted to make my twitter and delicious lists prettier and of course I couldn’t stop there! You should click them and follow me so that we can be friends! I’m a good friend. I have lots of clothes you can borrow and I’m always willing to trade my lunch with you.

I have an awesome post half written up that I’ll get posted tomorrow all about Ben getting an email alert when I’m going to start being premenstral and, seriously, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIVE PMSBUDDY.COM!? I’m not sure who loves it more although I’m pretty sure that Ben can come up with some good reasons that it’s him.

Till tomorrow, blog friends!

Five years later.

Five years ago.

Five years ago tomorrow Ben showed up at my house in Bakersfield at 3AM and told me “Move now or we are going to fall apart.

I moved, we still almost fell apart, and then I got on some good medicine and now, five years later, I’m closer to sane than ever. We still have good days and we still have some bad ones. I’m still a bit crazy and he’s still the rock of stability I cling to when I feel my outer wall start to crumble a bit. He’s SUCH AN AMAZING father to a tween that doesn’t make it easy a lot of the time.

I read blogs from that time and I think, “Who the hell IS that girl!?” I had no clue where I was going or where I needed to be. Now, we’re married, we just bought our first home together, I am in the place I was searching for endlessly back then, HERE is where I was always meant to be.

Also, he’s as hot as ever and he still makes me laugh (at MYSELF) every single day.

Happy Kinda Anniversary, Ben. (k)

PS – That’s a picture of us in Pismo about five years ago taken by the awesome Miss Lisa.

You’re not drunk if you can lie on the floor without holding on.

So, I’ve been really BAD about getting photos up but it PAINS me to have to take a bunch of pictures of BOXES in the NEW HOUSE because that’s not what I want it’s “first impression” to be.

I know I need to just get over it. Meh. We are nearing the finish line with the unpaking though so hopefully there will be some soon.


We wanted Hans to get to go outside to smell around but neither one of us was comortable with just letting him out loose and free so we picked up a small dog halter at PetSmart. We decided to put it on a bit before letting him go out to get used to the halter and OMG it was the best 30 minutes of comedy EVER. When we put the thing on him he immediately started walking like he was drunk and would THROW himself onto the ground and grind around to try and get it off. He’d highstep his walking and rub himself against walls then just suddenly SLAM his body into the ground. It was serioulsy awesome.

That’s also the new video camera I bought FOREVER AGO from Macy’s and arrived the DAY BEFORE we moved. When I saved the video I should have used the max settings. Ah well, live and learn. I’ll probably be doing a write up of it on my review site soon.

*No animals were harmed in the making of this video, however, the humans are a bit sore from laughing so hard.