Wednesday, May 30, 2007

two homes

We got the keys to our home this past Thursday afternoon. Since then, we've sealed the grout, painted the kitchen, the family room, Brianna's room. Alec's room, the dining room, installed ceiling fans in all the bedrooms, installed a garage door opener, uh . . I know there's more but I can't remember right now. I'm exhausted. I'm at the old house right now cleaning up and trying to take as much as I can to the new house. We don't actually move in until this coming Saturday, but I want to have as many things there as possible. That way on Saturday we really only move heavy furniture. I can't wait until the whole move is over. Both Rodrigo and I are running on very little sleep and lots of caffeine. He lost close to ten pounds this long weekend alone. Me, zero. Anyway, I'll check in soon. Our ISP is getting connected at the new house on Friday, so maybe then. If not, for sure on Monday once everything is done. As for now . . . . back to work.

feeling: beyond tired
listening to: some song from Rage Against the Machine. I don't know the name

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

yvett the hypochondriac

Due to all the expenses we have right now, we had agreed to no gifts for a while. For Mother's Day, we said I was getting a house. For Rodrigo's birthday, he's getting a house. For Father's Day, he's getting a house; and for my birthday, I'm getting a house. For the first two, though, we cheated and still got each other something. I bought Rodrigo the first season DVD of House. We didn't start watching until this season, so it's good to see the beginning of the whole story. Since we started watching, though, I have become a total hypochondriac. This past weekend I was convinced that I was a leper. So far I've also had ticks, tapeworms and no doubt there will be some medical reason why someone will have to stick a needle in my eye.
This morning I woke up with a sore throat, the inside of my ears hurt, and I'm coughing. At any other time, I would've thought that I was coming down with a cold or allergies. Now that we've seen about 17 episodes of House in about a week, I'm thinking of all sorts of other things that this could be. Hmm . . .
For now, I'm just going to some allergy medication.

feeling: ugh
listening to: RHCP (Snow)

Monday, May 21, 2007

unpacking before moving

Since I knew more than a month in advance exactly when we were moving, I've had sufficient time to pack. Uh, not so fast. I'd packed up all the important papers we have. Then we were told that we were missing half of our earnest money. Half! Luckily, I had all the bank statements showing that we'd paid it (packed already, but I had them). So, I unpacked some things and sent those over.
From Brianna's school, we were told that the last homework project was due this past Tuesday. She finished it, turned it in and I had packed up all my crafty material things. After that, the kids were asked to make one last project . . .some scrapbook pages for an album they are putting together for their teacher. I had to go through and unpack the scrapbook paper, stickers and such.
Thursday we had the closing for the house. Yay! We also had the walk-through looking for anything that may need fixing before we take possession. When we got back home, we had a message saying that there is a spot available for Alec to go to pre-school next year. (I can't remember if I ever mentioned that he was on a waiting list). We went over to the school to register him and found out that he needed his shot records along with the registration package. Also, if we took more than a couple of days to return it, he'd probably lose his spot. I went back home and unpacked some papers again. Geez, at this point it would've probably been easier to just wait to pack at the last minute instead of packing, unpacking, making a huge mess, then repacking.

Days are a little crazy right now. We're getting the keys to the house this week, then getting estimates for shutters, putting up ceiling fans, painting the kids' rooms, installing the garage door opener and getting the cable/internet installed. We move on the 2nd. So, if I have short posts or fall off bloggyworld for a while, you know the reason. Also, I know that I owe some of you emails. Sorry. I hope to get it all together soon. My "drafts" folder in my gmail keeps growing and growing.

feeling: super busy
listening to: Linkin Park (What I've Done)

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

about Rodrigo . . .

I like keeping this page light and not really deep or depressing. I don't think I've ever written about this here. Those of you who know me know about this, I'm sure. In 2000, Rodrigo was involved in a horrible car accident. He was unconscious for about two weeks and had several broken bones and injuries. Hospital staff told us that we had to hurry up and go in to see him if we wanted to see him alive. He was hospitalized for a month. Afterwards, he had to learn how to walk and talk all over again. It is a time that I don't like to think or talk about. Of course on certain occasions, I remember. Today is his birthday. On birthdays, for his university graduation, the day our son was born, any special occasion, I think about how grateful I am to have him. I remember seeing him broken and helpless. I remember how helpless I felt at that moment. At that time, I could not have thought that the life we have now would have even been possible. I am ecstatic that it is. I think his accident is a huge reason as to why we're always clowning around and laughing. I feel like he's been given a second chance at life. We might as well have a great time.

Happy birthday, guy.

Monday, May 14, 2007

weekend wrap-up

We finally made it out to In-n-Out Burger. The crowd wasn't as bad as it had been. We took just a little over a half hour to get our order. The first day it opened, people were waiting four hours. FOUR! That didn't make any sense to me, since I could drive two hours and be at the next nearest location.

We took the kiddies to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. We all really liked it. It's out in the middle of the desert and is part museum, part zoo and part botanical garden. At 103 degrees, the zoo and hiking part was, uh, interesting. Let's just say that we were looking for a "real desert experience" and we definately got it. Pics here.

In the evening, my lovely family took me out to Mother's Day dinner here. Yum!

I got exactly what I wanted for Mother's day, to go nowhere! Yes, an entire day of not having to go anywhere. Ahh...... We cooked, baked, sat around and watched tv, you know those lucky, lucky days when you don't have to go out.

Well, that going nowhere, doing nothing feeling is over today. I have some more packing to do.

feeling: like I should get up and do something now
listening to: Interpol (The Heinrich Maneuver)

Friday, May 11, 2007

crazy b*tch

Rodrigo: guess which song I have in my head

me: I don't know. Which one?

Rodrigo: that crazy b*tch song and I hate it

me: (thinking) wow, I've never heard him call any girl that. What song could it be? Who's crazy? Amy Winehouse? Mariah Carey? Naomi Campbell doesn't sing, does she? Whitney Houston!!!

- I guess I must've had a total blank look -

Rodrigo: you know that one from Buckcherry. (starts singing it)

me: Oh yeah! I thought that's what you were calling the singer

We both just laughed. We're dorks like that.

feeling: happy he has the day off. I'm going to be laughing all day
listening to: Depeche Mode (Behind the Wheel)

Thursday, May 10, 2007

hot, hot, hot

. . . and so it begins. . . .

Ask me how I'm doing in July or August.

feeling: I have a busy day ahead
listening to: Tim Armstrong (Into Action) <-- oh no, I don't like this song and now I'll be singing it all day

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

ooh, cookies

I don't really like to eat cookies, cakes and stuff like that. You know how some people get sweet bread cravings? Well, that's not the case with me. I get cravings for crunchy and salty things. Like chips. The kids, on the other hand LOVE cookies. Yesterday at the store they spotted a bag of Strawberry Milkshake Creme Oreo cookies. Yeah, we bought some and they were begging me to try one since they loved them so much. I did. I LOVED IT. Those cookies are soooooooo good. You know, I keep looking for a link and I can't find any. They're not even listed in the Oreo products page. There is a package being sold on ebay, though. Anyway, if you get a chance, you should try them.

feeling: happy
listening to: Joy Division (Love Will Tear us Apart)

Monday, May 07, 2007

model homes

My kids may never have been camping a day in their lives, they've never been fishing and have never run a lemonade stand, but they know model homes. That's right. They have the whole model home thing down.
Ever since we moved to Arizona, we started visiting MANY, many model homes. At first we would go to the model of the house we're having built. After that, we started visiting those of other builders. Some just to look at the layout of the house. Others just to get decorating ideas. So far, we have visited the models for this, this, this,this, this and this builder. Those are just the ones I can remember off the top of my head. We have spent entire weekends just going from model to model. All of us love it. The kids now have a game where they choose their bedroom first (they're mice in this game for some reason) then one of the mice is trapped somehow and the other has to save it. Weird, but whatever. Brianna has now also taken to carrying around a little notebook and writing down colors or things she'd like in her room. She has a little purse where she carries around that notebook, some pencils and paint chips. I'm probably setting up the kids to be major dorks when they grow up, wanting to talk about interior decorating instead of sports or something. :P

feeling: I can't believe how hot it is already
listening to: Garbage (I Think I'm Paranoid)

Friday, May 04, 2007

yvett the internet addict

You don't realize how much you rely on the internet until you aren't able to use it. Our isp had been really slow lately and finally this week we hardly even able to connect at all. I thought it was alright since with the moving, I had a lot of other things to do than be looking for old music videos on you tube. I knew I needed to ask this house's owner about the utility transfer. I have her contact information in my email. Strike one. Then I needed to schedule the set up dates in the new home. We pay all our bills online so I don't actually have paper bills. I needed to look up the phone numbers online. Strike two. I wanted to look at rates for moving trucks. Was I actually going to have to look up phone numbers in a directory and call to ask about rates? Strike 75. Yesterday I wanted to make a pasta dish whose recipe I'd seen online. Tuesday, I think, I wanted to email Rodrigo the 30 day notice letter so that he could tell me what he thought. I realize that I've become too dependent on the internet. I use it for everything. I think I should write down phone numbers and such. Well, you know, I say that now. A service guy came out this morning and I back on. Whew. I was this close to pulling out a notebook.
* All kidding aside, I actually do have a notebook where I'm writing down all the things that need to be done for the move. As of this week, I also have contact information written on there. I'm not that bad.

feeling: internet access, finally!
listening to: The Bravery (Time Won't Let Me Go) <-- The Bravery, Silversun Pickups, Chris Cornell, The Used, Sum 41 and Authority Zero and in town tomorrow. I'm not going. :(