Perfectly HUGE balloons!

My friend Jennifer is hosting a giveaway for a perfectly huge balloon! You should check out her blog to find out how you can win one… I know I could think of one thousand ways to have fun with a PERFECTLY HUGE BALLOON!

PS- when you stop by her blog, check out the wonderful pictures from the sip-and-see for baby Emory!


Toby Toes

Little Toby is doing quite well at home. He’s taken to sleeping on my head each night and providing Olive a constant source of consternation as the subject of his sneak attacks. He is a chunk, but still small and easy to carry around. I forgot how sweet it is to hold snoozy kittens who love to curl up in your arms.

We’ve been praying for more fall-like temperatures, but I’m not too disappointed, because Saturday I finally was able to go out and lie by the pool for a few hours. It sounds crazy, but this Florida summer was just too hot and humid for me to spend poolside like I envisioned. Now, beachside might have been different, but contrary to popular belief, there are no beaches close to Tally Town, but we hope to swing by the Emerald Coast when Aaron’s parents come through Florida next month.

Life around the Rog Mahal has been lovely – and quiet – lately. Aaron continues to further develop his thesis film idea, and is often home before I am on the weeknights, which means he is preparing dinner as I walk in the door. Expected? No. Appreciated? You bet. It’s so nice of him to do that, and it really expedites the process because we don’t have to go back-and-forth about what we are hungry for. I’ve also been decorating for fall and Halloween, and I’ll post some pictures of what I’ve done soon. It’s amazing what things we have sitting around the house can be repurposed as, and I had a lot of fun scheming up ideas before Saturday’s Nebraska win over the Washington Huskies.

{photo: The University of Nebraska Alumni Association}

I kept telling Aaron how much I wanted to be in Seattle for that game – I’ve never been to the Pacific Northwest, and I. want. to. go. soon! Who knows, maybe Aaron will find a job in the Vancouver film industry and we’ll be close enough to Oregon, Washington and Alaska to not only cross them from my states list, but to enjoy the natural beauty of the region. I looooved seeing the boats ferry Husker fans across the lake to the stadium… I think Aaron was pretty tired of me telling him how much I wanted to go one day. Just gotta make sure he knows that I really mean it, right?

I’ll leave you with a few of my favorite images scoured around the web from Alaska, Washington and Oregon. If you’ve been, what have you loved about this area of our country? What would you recommend doing and seeing?


tired morning

Yesterday, my drive-to-work routine that takes longer than it should (about 5 mins a mile) took even longer than that. Thanks to a really irritating construction project taking place on one of the main routes to work, all traffic (which has gone from four lanes to two lanes) was diverted except for one lane. You should know that my pet peeve is when idiots people drive through an intersection and have to stop because the traffic in front of them is not moving, thus blocking the intersection for everyone else. Well, I’ve found that this is commonplace in Tallahassee, and yesterday, because I REFUSE TO BE THAT JERK WHO MAKES PEOPLE MISS THREE GREEN LIGHTS IN A ROW, I stopped at a green light. Because traffic wasn’t moving at all. All the way up the longest stretch of road in town. I could tell, because I could see all the way up the road, and the pedestrian crosswalk was at “4,” meaning that in four seconds the light would turn to yellow and red. And I wasn’t going to block traffic that had the right-of-way.

HOWEVER, redneck truck behind me was NOT HAPPY that I wasn’t moving up, and he laid on his horn. I am not a morning person, and this really put me over the edge. I did something really effective and shook my head and stared at him through the rear-view mirror. He saw me look back and quickly looked down and pretended to ignore me, but I continued my very effective non-verbal chastising.

All that to say, don’t honk at me if I’m following traffic laws. Or, honk at me, but be prepared for the evil eye. Don’t worry, I’m trying to get to work as fast as the next person, but I’m not going to break the law to do it.

(somebody needs grace this morning)

This morning was a frenetic one for me. I was holding both earrings in my hand when Toby ran in to the bedroom and scared me, and I threw one earring across the floor. As I bent down to find it, Olive (the earring thief) ran under the bed, found it and scurried off with it in her mouth. She’ll probably put it under the rug in the kitchen; it’s where we often find hair ties, bobby pins, pens, markers. and Hot Tamales (the candy). I didn’t chase after her, so hopefully I’ll be able to find the earring tonight.

I left a little earlier because of the construction, and treated myself to a Pumpkin Spice latte. mmmm, Fall! When I got to work, I took a sip of the latte and spilled a penny-sized drop on my desk. My mind registered the spill as DISASTER and I let out an audible gasp and quickly smashed my shirt on to the puddle to smother out the evil pumpkin residue. Yes, completely unnecessary. I could have walked to the kitchen and grabbed a paper towel, but instead, I decided to mop up the spill with the hem of my shirt. Kla$$y, always. Thank goodness for Tide-to-go pens.

So, all that to say I’m not really feeling on top my game at 8 a.m. today. Have a great day, friends!

Wednesday brain dump

·        If you’ve been reading the blog, you know we are officially mama and papa of a new pumpkin kitty. We brought him home yesterday afternoon. We were happy to find out that he was neutered Monday, so we did not have to transport him to the vet and wait 48 hours to pick him up; he was able to come straight home! We do not have a name yet, but several friends suggested names – Smuckers, Skittles, Leonidas, Herbie, Chatham, Sandwich, Morpheus, Pumpkin, Arthur, Jack, Popeye and Boris – and we love hearing what people suggest! My current fave is Toby. I like both Jack and Pumpkin, but I once had a kitten named Jack (sad story – he died when he was really young after being eaten by a coyote) and my best friend has a cat named Pumpkin, so if you have any more fall-like names suitable for an orange male kitten, let me know.

·         The Olive/pumpkin kitty introduction didn’t go well. Lots of hissy-fits and circling. I anticipate things to improve, hopefully sooner rather than later.

·         It was 68 degrees when I walked out to my car this morning! Holy fall heaven, Batman! I am praying the weather remains fantastic and this will be our introduction to autumn. I can’t stand the hot/humid any longer.

·         When is a good time to put up fall decorations? Is it too early to do them now? I think I’m going to decorate soon. I found several fun harvest/Halloween things at Pier 1 and World Market, and I’m sure TJMaxx and Marshalls may have fun stuff as well. I’ve never had my own space to decorate, so I have nothing for fall… I’m hoping my momma can make a trip to Tally and she can help me with our apartment – I LOVE how my mom makes her house look for each season, and that it’s never “too much.”

·         Speaking of homes and decorating, Aaron sold our loveseat for $10 less than we advertised it. Cha-Ching! Our living area looks much larger now, though we’re still not sure how to arrange the furniture to make sense. Right now it’s sitting parallel to the TV – kind of in the middle of the room – and it feels goofy to me, but we didn’t mess around with it too much last night because we were playing with the cats. We still have to sell the big entertainment center, hopefully soon, and we need to paint. Gosh, I think I’ve said too many times already.

·         I’ve been reading a book called “The Birth Order Book” by Kevin Leman, and I really, really enjoy it. I’ll probably do a full post devoted to it once I am finished. So far, I’ve decided I’m a compliant first-born and that Aaron, while the baby of the family, is the role-reversed older son and functional first-born. What do you think about birth order?

·         Thesis is already stressing Aaron out… It’s going to be a long road to August.