Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Me versus the spiders..... round 4

So for the fourth time in the last two weeks, I have been greeted in the morning by a gigantic spider chilling in my room. I get up this morning, start to walk to the bathroom and squint towards the door and notice yet another one. Helpful hint... If you notice a spider (with no movement involved) out of the corner of your eye in the dark when you just woke up and it's 5:30 in the morning... the spider is way too stinkin big!!! But that's how all of these ones are.... I've been describing them to people as silver dollar sized and I'm sorry to say that it isn't an exaggeration. Anyhoo, so I proceeded to tiptoe past him without turning on the lights (don't want him to catch on) and got the Raid and sprayed the living daylights out of him (I hope). He did manage to make it under the bed (dude was FAST and made it across the room under a constant stream of household poison) but I am going to assume that the Raid has to have killed him... it's either that or not sleep :P

A benefit though is that I have gotten less and less girly about it..... Spider 1 was an easy kill, spider 2 was blocking me into the bathroom but I hopped over him, got the raid and sprayed him to death, spider 3 approached me just as I stepped out of the tub so I calmly put a towel on and, you guessed it, got the Raid and sprayed that sucker down. I used to freak out and not want to hop over/ walk near/ get dressed infront of a bug... It seems I have evolved :)

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

And now for your engineering moment of the day...

I was using the TxDOT standard spec book to figure out the price/sq yard to remove existing asphalt pavement for a job I'm on (glamorous, right?). This is item 105- Removing Stabilized Base and Asphalt Pavement.... as I'm reading this, I look down at item 106- Obliterating Abandoned Road. For those of you who are as curious as I was about what exactly it takes to obliterate a road, the following picture has been brought to you from the TxDOT manual by the magic of screen capture... enjoy :)

And now for the quote of the week (from a few weeks ago :)-

"Now that I'm on drugs, everything's fine again." ~ Mike Santino... haha, not going to give a context on this cause it's funnier this way :)

Friday, September 22, 2006

Double Digits baby!

I love (a site that takes obsessive behavior to a new level yet makes it socially acceptable), and on our site today I looked at the number of days left and....

Now for a great wedding movie quote....

Her Mom- "Look at the picture of that girl... you're much prettier than that girl and she's getting married."

Julia- "What does pretty have to do with getting married?"

Her mom- "Everything.... You have to get married before your hips start to spread and you get facial hair which, by the way, comes from your father's side of the family..."

Julia- "I'm exiting the car now."

-The Wedding Singer

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Got Gas?

So I am sitting at my desk when the guy across from me asks, "Can you hear that?" I answered. "Yeah, what is that?!" Two minutes later there is an announcement over the building PA....

"Attention, we have ruptured a major gas line right outside the building. The winds are in our favor right now, but if they shift something could ignite. We will leave it up to you whether or not you leave. If you do leave, do not drive infront of the building."

ummmmmm, and then another announcement...

"Attention, we have ruptured a major gas line right outside the building. The winds are in our favor right now, but if they shift something could ignite. We will leave it up to you whether or not you leave... but there is a lot of gas out there."

Uh yeah, so I left. On my way home I caught a strong smell of gas as I passed the building on the other side of the highway. Kind of a scary thing.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Great Weekend

Things I learned this weekend in San Antonio-

1) Putting on a wedding dress does not a beauty make.... I got my dress this weekend ( yay!) and I put it on and I was disappointed. I suppose the dress did not adequately make up for the lack of concealer on my face, the lack of attention to my hair, and the fact that I didn't sleep as much as I should have. I put it on again last night and was much happier with the results :)

2) Pottery Barn Outlet is quite possibly the best place ever to buy furniture.... I'll have to go back there when Nate and I get a house :)

3) If you drop your car off for service and tell them to call you when it's done, an hour and a half brake job and a 20 minute oil change will take a total of 10 hours (not even kidding). Side note, calling to ask about the progress of the car will do little to speed up this process.

4) Every dress made by White HouseBlack Market is cute and fits me perfectly. AND they have an outlet in San Marcos... I bought my dress for leaving the reception there this weekend :)

5) Pottery Barn now markets paint colors. Through Benjamin Moore, you can find all of the colors used by Pottery Barn in their catalogs. This is GREAT because you get to see that color wall in a real sized room in the catalog and have a better feel for what it will look like in your home. This was info I got from my sister-in-law Amy and I fully intend to use it when Nate and I start painting his place :)

6) My niece has way more of my brother in her than is probably good... sorry Amy :)

7) My niece has two new loves.... shiny things and yanking at your hair and putting it into her mouth.

It was a great weekend including wedding dress fun, outlet shopping, going to the Aggie game and just hanging out with my family. I am so blessed to have them :)

Thursday, September 14, 2006


I have grown accustomed to having at least one evite at almost all times.... this reflects more on the popularity of Evite than my own popularity :) Last week I hit zero... what?.. no events? But I like checking them at work, I enjoy opening the page and feeling the anticipation of things to come. I was pretty sad actually. I opened Evite this week and thanks to some well timed birthdays, I saw this instead-

Woo Hoo!! Evite has returned to me with a vengeance!! Happy Two-post Thursday ya'll :)

Wedding Weirdness - Part 4

Fact- You will spent more time on random little details of the wedding than you will on the big stuff (location, cake, etc). So far the two things that Nate and I have spent the most time on are trying to find ties for the groomsmen, and trying to find the correct color and width and style of ribbon for the cake. We still don't have the ties settled (we can't find more than 2 of anything that works for us and yes, we did once drive to 6 different area JC Penney's..multiple times each... trying to track down multiples of three different ones that worked without finding any more at any location.. go figure)

On the ribbon, we finally bought some that wasn't as dark as we wanted, but it'll do because we are tired of hunting and it is darker than anything else we've found so far. Our search encompassed Michael's, Hobby Lobby, at least 2 Wal Marts, and multiple JoAnn fabric stores. Our 'acceptable' ribbon was courtesy of Harwin when I went to buy bridesmaid jewelry.

On a happy note, my dress is in!!! I am going to pick it up this weekend when we go to visit my brother and sister-in-law in SA!! Now let's just hope that it fits :P Working is such a bummer when you are about to take a trip.. we're leaving around 4:30 this afternoon for SA and I can't wait!!! Just 9 hours and I can leave work behind for three days :)

***Funny side note- the spell check on "Harwin" suggested I may have meant to type "harem"

Monday, September 11, 2006

Summit Annoyances

Soooooo, I was all geared up for Summit Hoe Down this year... ready to jitterbug with Stan and two-step with all my buddies. I scheduled my wedding showers around it... seriously. I ran into Stan at church and he was like " Are you coming to hoe down??" and I said "Yeah, Oct 28th, right?" and he said..." No, they changed it to Nov 4th this week"

Ummmm, ok... that would be the date of my ONLY out of town shower. I hate how they do this. I planned around the retreat last year and two weeks before, they changed the date and I couldn't go. (they also changed the how down date last year among others) Practically the only event they didn't try to change the date on last year was the New Year's Eve party.... that one they just kept going back and forth btwn cancelled and not cancelled until we ended up planning the whole thing with two weeks or so of notice. ARG!! I will not be sorry to leave the disorganization behind.... Now where will I wear my new cowboy hat?

Friday, September 08, 2006

The winner for the week......

Ok, it's official.. I'm petty :) I came to work at 6:01 to beat her in. And.... I won!! She got here at 6:08 (don't tell me she's not trying to beat me, getting here earlier every day) Maybe I should have left the lights off anyways and jumped out and scared the living daylights out of her. I bet if I did that enough that she would start coming in at her old time again :) Are you proud, dad?

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Me versus the new girl....

I get to work before anyone else at my office does... around 6:15 give or take 5 min. So, we have a recent grad that started work about a month and a half ago in my office and I think she decided this week to challenge my early riser status. On tuesday she was here way earlier than usual... 6:30 and I could tell she was surprised/disappointed I had beaten her in. Wednesday she came in at 6:18 and I was already on my computer doing my thang. Today she comes in at 6:14. She almost got me... about a minute and a half behind. At first I was laughing it off, but now I'm considering getting here at 6 tomorrow to make sure I beat her. Either that or not come in til 7.... the light switches are super difficult to find so she would have to work in the dark until someone else showed up. Hmmmm, decisions decisions :)

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Engagement Pics

Timmy P was kind enough to go out with Nate and I yesterday and take some engagement pictures for us. He did such a great job and was a lot of fun to work with... thanks Tim!! Here are a few-

The Rant 'O The Day

Ok, so I get a call from my alarm company that my alarm is going off and do I want them to send the police. At first I'm all confused... I have an alarm but I never actually expect it to go off. Then I have an idea... about a year ago the same thing happened. A call at work, "your alarm is going off"... turns out the apartment complex didn't tell me the exterminator was coming so when he went in my apt, the alarm was set. I remember this and tell ADT to not send the police til I call them back.

I call my apt complex.....

Me-"I just got a call that my alarm is going off... did someone enter my apartment that I was unaware of?"
Bad management- "Oh, the exterminator is scheduled to be in your apartment. You got a notice telling you that."
Me- "No, I didn't. I got one a month ago about the cable guy and two months ago about the fire alarm guy... no exterminator."
Bad management- "Oh"

ARG!! Tell me they are coming and I will turn off the stinkin alarm!!!

Friday, September 01, 2006

All that shimmers...

For anyone who gets engaged any time soon (or if you own any bling :), I have decided to make a handy list of the best places in Houston to look at your ring. Sure, it's pretty anytime... but certain types of lighting will make it explode into crazy sparkles.... the first time you see it is this type of lighting, it'll be hard to turn away :)

Top 5 Sparkle Spots - Houston, TX
1) First Baptist Lobby ~ 610 and I-10...whoa baby
2) Crate and Barrel ~ Highland Village (second floor is better than first :)
3) Elevator in my office building ~ 2 Northpoint Dr... go to the second elevator on the left, it's the only one with sparkle power (I have no idea why, but the others don't... I've checked)
4) Church Sanctuary ~ This one has worked for 100% of sanctuaries I've tried it in... it even works in Dallas
5) Most Bathrooms ~ don't knock it til you've tried it... the type of lighting + mirrors tends to make a big difference.

This has nothing to do with the above, but my niece has discovered mirrors