I guess there's quite the storm coming. If the busy-ness a Safeway yesterday was any indication...it's going to be quite a doozy. Seriously, I went for brown sugar...bought $50 worth of other stuff...spent 20 minutes in line... forgot the brown sugar...and had to borrow said brown sugar from my awesome neighbor. But at least we have chocolate chip cookies. When it rains and blows...we will have cookies and ice cream. Boom.
Hannah is coming for a visit today! So excited to see her again. I'm hoping the dumb weather doesn't interfere with her travels.
I just spent 20 minutes on the phone trying to change my address with Visa. Aren't automated lines just the greatest? They can make grown ups cry with frustration. I was literally yelling 'representative!!! representative!!! representative!!!' at my phone like it would help. Over and over and over. I finally called a different number...pay a bill over the phone, I think...to get a real person. Real people want to take your money. I think the poor guy was disappointed it was just an address change. Oh well.
On a happier note...
I love when Belle has art class...
She's pretty crafty with drawing and lettering...
She did this for my front porch with a chalk marker. :) Love it!!
I think this one's my favorite though...
Hello, super cool flamingo. Keep drawing Belle...love it! :)
Moving stinks. lol We only have the storage room and a little bit from the basement left. But UGH...we have boxes everywhere. The shop. The garage. The garage at the old house is full, and we're having another garage sale this weekend. And it's supposed to rain. No choice though, as we're gone next weekend and every other weekend in October is busy.
I'm trying to get our address changed everywhere, but holy cow...that can be a pain too. And I need all the info to match for when we fly. Plus West Point changed their policy awhile ago for entrance at the security gates. Washington is one of FOUR states out of 50 that's out of compliance with blah blah blah...I think it has to do with we don't require a birth certificate for a drivers license. Duh. Anyhoo... we need another form of ID to get in. Yeah, wouldn't that suck? Fly all the way to West Point and we can't get in because we forgot our passports? Yikes.
In other news...
Iz installed my new printer, and it worked like a champ for the first few things I printed. But now it's possessed and only prints when it feels like it. I think it's because it's a wifi printer.
My Suburban is also possessed...and locks the doors on its own after I shut the door. Usually when the keys are inside. Last week it happened at the gas pump at Safeway. Seriously. Locked out of my own vehicle, BY my own vehicle at the gas pump. It did it again over the weekend, but in our driveway and I had the spare keys. Ha. Think Chevy would kick in for the repairs? Or at least a priest for the exorcism? Yeah, me neither.
I will try and get some more pictures. Things have just been so nuts lately. Hannah is coming back for a visit this weekend! She and Luke are going to Ikea, and I'm giving them my list. I told Luke I'd buy his gas for doing my shopping. I wanted two $20 shelves...to order them online, they were charging $149 shipping. Not kidding. So yay for personal shoppers! And I have to get things sort of cleaned up as we're having friends over for card club here on Saturday. Oh and there's about a million things that need pricing for the stupid garage sale. Maybe it should be like the Peanuts/Met Life commercial and everything should be 5 cents? ha.
Aka...those $@#! fruit flies!! Do you have them? I think it's the time of year. I do the apple cider vinegar with a drop of soap thing. It works...anything else work for you? They just keep coming. I mean, don't they only live for a day or something? So every day is a new crop. Ugh.
We won't talk my fantasy team. After a kick butt start, they are sucking big time.
Let's talk about this boy:
He had several really nice catches and a good game. It was a bit of a blow out for us. The other team didn't have a clock or a scoreboard...that was probably good. Oh, that blue sky. It was a beautiful day for a football game!
Great job Lions!
THREE. Lynden people...
Oh my goodness...where have I been? I guess there's one in Fairhaven too... I don't get there much. Anyhow...delicious. Iz and I went there for lunch. Sooo yummy. We'll definitely be going back...there's more to try! :)
FOUR: Rocket Dog.
Ok, he looks all sad and pathetic here on MY bed...(he has it so bad)...but he is doing much, much better. The limp is all but gone. I still need to get him down south for more x-rays. He is back to his normal shenanigans...riding shotgun with me, sipping (gulping) puppaccinos from Starbucks. Guarding the house from raccoons, bats, and the neighbors on horseback. Very serious stuff. Love this dog so much. My heart goes out to my brother, who lost his best friend of years last week. He was a great dog, and I am so very sorry for your loss. :(
We are back from down south (yay!) and...aside from losing his mind a little and slipping his leash in the waiting room to go say hi to another (very non-impressed) dog...it went really well. The vet did a thorough exam and does NOT think he tore his bicep tendon (great)...but has an idea of something else it may be and wants to do more x-rays. So another visit. But at least progress. In the mean time, his allergies are acting up. Poor boy.
In other news... Belle scored a goal on a penalty kick yesterday at Blaine. The Blaine football team tried to ice her and yelled and chanted...but she nailed it. Way to go Belle! And way to go Lynden... 5-2 Lions, in one of the most physically dirty soccer games I've seen. Boo on the other team, and boo on the ref who let the game get out of her control. That's how kids get hurt. (And p.s....to the girl on the other team who shoved our girl hard in the back while waiting for the throw in... if you're going to shove somebody dirty in the back...best not to shove a state level wrestler. Just sayin'.)
And Shelby called me this afternoon (woohoo!) to tell me she did well on her IOC test at West Point. (Indoor Obstacle Course) In fact, she finished fast enough to earn a tab/patch for her shorts. She's so sweet...she wanted to put one on her shorts, and send one to me. Just because she knows I like stuff like that. :) You GO girl. Cannot wait to see you next month!!
We are headed down to Lynnwood (about an hour and a half +) tomorrow for a surgical consultation. If the vet determines he does indeed need surgery (we're pretty sure he does) he will most likely have it Saturday. He's on pain meds, so he feels better...but is still limping of course. And still barking at stuff. The other night it was a bat. A bat.
TWO. The house update.
The offer is back on our house! We are hoping things go smoothly. ha. There has not been much smooth lately.
THREE. The other house update.
Still waiting for things to be finished on the inside. Little things and fixes...but still needs to get done. And we've been waiting for the painters for almost 3 weeks to come and finish touch ups. Grrr... I hate all the piles and boxes...but it's temporary.
We hung a picture the other night! Woohoo...this is in our bathroom between our mirrors.
And this little corner of the entertainment/shelf thing that I painted makes me happy. Hey, by the way...we finally have tv! Woohoo! Waited 3 weeks for Direct TV. Liking it so far.
I found $3 in the laundry the other day...there's $2 on the bottom. And I'm pretty sure it didn't come out of my pockets. Bonus. I will call it a laundry tip.
And kitty in the sink makes me happy. She's always been the one who likes drinking water from the tap in the bathroom. Glad she found her way into a new sink. Although it's a little creepy when you turn on the lights and she's sitting in the sink like one of those weird garden gnomes.
FOUR. The football update.
The boys beat Ferndale yesterday.
And this boy...THIS BOY...had a couple of great catches...
including a two point conversion catch. Except at middle school here...a catch or a run in after a touchdown is one point and a kick is two points, because kicking is harder at this age. It switches back in High School.
He also had some great tackles and a catch for a touchdown!!! But of course I didn't get pictures of those. Great job Ian...great job Lions!!
Love this picture. The guy in the white is our neighbor, and an assistant coach. He's got Ian on one side, and his son on the other, talking to them. And yes, #31 is a 6'4" 8th grader. Maybe more. Funny side note: Iz and his dad went to college together. Small world.
We are still waiting to hear from the radiologist for confirmation on Rocket's x-rays. But it seems he tore a tendon away from his shoulder blade, taking some bone pieces with it. Remarkably, for a limping, owie dog...he is in good spirits (pain meds help) and is a total sweetheart. He lost his mind the other night at 1am and started barking like a crazy dog. Which is weird, as he is not a barker unless someone is at the door. So bark bark bark...like he's a big guard dog or something. We come running out of bed... turn the lights on outside. Expecting a burgler, a moose, or something equally big and scary. Nope. Big fat raccoon. Sitting there like 'what?'
So in the last few days there have been the 4 deer that are always close by, 2 coyotes, and 1 big fat raccoon.
We still have stuff to move out of the other house...still the no fun stuff. We had an offer on our house, but that fell through last week as well. I told you it was a crappy week.
My Fantasy Football team got crushed. Real life football was better. Ian and the 8th grade boys won their first game against Blaine last week.
I tried to get him in his uniform, but the bugger got in to the locker room and changed too quick. This week I'll get him. I like this one better anyhow:
Oh Ian, you are such an 8th grade boy. Good thing you're handsome.
Let's just say it's been a long week. A really, really, really long week.
And now Rocket is at the vet. :( He did something yesterday morning (no one saw what happened... it was between 5:30 and 6am) and he can't bear weight on his right leg. It was much worse this morning. He couldn't get up and was yelping. :( So he's being sedated for X-rays. The vet thinks it's his elbow. He's such a good boy...it's hard to see him hurting.