Sand and Storms


Yesterday morning Nora and I got up early fully prepared to enjoy an afternoon at the pool. We had our shades, our swim suits, and sunscreen. We hopped in the car and trekked out to the pool. Upon arrival we were sadly disappointed to learn that the pool was closed due to a chlorine imbalance. We were bummed, but we still had a good time hanging out with Aunt Amy. We went shopping and had delicious Mexican food. Nora ate half of an avacado and a side of pintos and cheese. Lol she loves her Mexican food. That and menus. Everywhere we go to eat she snatches a menu and “reads” it intently until the server returns to take our order and collect the menus lol.

We had been anticipating the bad weather all afternoon, but I hadn’t really been paying attention to the news or anything until we got home. I probably shouldn’t have even bothered with the news, and lived in blissful ignorance. When I flipped on the weather all I heard was doom and gloom. We were smack dab in the middle of the High Risk zone and they were saying there was a 100% chance of tornados, and the winds were going to be dangerous and power outages were going to be wide spread and that we should have an emergency evacuation plan in place and be prepared to use it. Sooooooo Kevin and I talked it over and we decided the best course of action was for Nora and I to pack up and head South out of the path of the storm. Which we did.

I was a wreck leaving Kevin at home to face impending doom alone, but all of my anxiety and fretting was unfounded. The storm hit the North end of our county, but never actually made it to Nowheresville. In fact Kevin said it hardly new rained. I mean it was a mere ten miles North of the house and everything with the exception of the widespread tornados actually happened as the weather people predicted so I suppose our extra caution wasn’t insane, but…. It was still a whole lot of stress and traveling that I wasn’t prepared to do in the middle of the week again.

Nora could sense my anxiety too so she fought sleep until 3am and woke up again at 8. This mama is tired. Even more tired than I was at the beginning of the week. I think Kevin has tomorrow off though so we can rest, relax and recover.

Anyway, we need to get back on the road. Until later Bloggies! 🙂

And Now For a Post With More Substance

I don’t know what that post was this morning, well I do know it was a bunch of rambling nonsensical drivel, but I don’t exactly know why I felt compelled to publish it. lol. That’s what I get for attempting to publish a post first thing in the morning. Yes, whatever time it was published was my first thing in the morning. 

Nora has decided that she no longer wants to sleep during the night, but instead wants to nap alllllllllll day. She won’t just nap in her crib like she used to, but she wants to be right in the middle of the activity until she passes out from sheer exhaustion. I know it’s just a part of her growing and developing by becoming more aware of things around her and people who are important to her, so I’m trying my best to just deal with it. It has thrown my sleep cycle completely for a loop as well as any loosely based schedule we had established since moving into the house.

In short, I’m exhausted and bumbling around the interwebs aimlessly in a complete fog. lol.  Probably not the best thing to be doing when I’m posting my insanity for all to see. lol. I am in so much of a mental fog I have actually started to play the mindless Facebook games. I am currently crushing candy with the best of them. I’ve gotten all of my chores down to a science and can finish cleaning, yard work, and laundry in less than two hours. A lot of that stuff only has to be done weekly so…. I really need something to occupy my time. Other than mindless internetery. I’ve tried writing another short story, but my brain just won’t function. Really, if this blog last longer than three paragraphs it will be a miracle. 

We have the van now so that’s kind of nice. I can go out and do things if I want to, but I’ve pretty much run out of things to do that don’t involve a membership fee. Or you know, interacting with other people whom I don’t like. lol. I’ve become a curmudgeon. Or I’ve always been one and I’m just returning to my roots. I don’t know. I do know that I’m currently falling asleep as I type this, so I guess it’s time to sign off. Until later Bloggies! 🙂

Mind Reading

Mind Reading

The glorious streaming music that is Spotify has seriously been freaking me out recently. I’ll be having passing thoughts about any number of different things while listening to either the shuffle option of my playlists, or their version of the Pandora radio. For the PAST FIVE DAYS every time I turn on my radio a string of songs plays that in one way or another describes exactly how I’m feeling or what I happen to be thinking about. It’s not intentional, it’s completely random and it’s really freaking me out. lol.

I mean normally when I’m listening to iTunes things shuffle in that have associative tendencies, but it’s iTunes. I physically chose the things I wanted in my library so it’s not actually a surprise. But with Spotify’s vast music collection some songs by artist that have been around forever but that I’ve never encountered in my years of music exploration and yet, they suit the moment perfectly.

It’s one of the reasons I prefer Spotify over Pandora the way it keeps the stations rolling very close to the original song, instead of throwing in something completely off the wall and nothing to do with the original channel you chose, but at the same time… it sends my mind off into tangents that distract me and keep me from any various number of projects lol. I don’t know, it’s just creepy and odd is all, but it’s really not Spotify so much as it is the way the mind works.

Speaking of other things that are keeping me from finishing my chores… I guess I should sign off here and get back to the yard work. Until later Bloggies! 🙂

Birthday Bonanza Pt. 2


After all of our running around and shopping Saturday, we decided to hang out with my family on Sunday. We just sort of hung out, ate breakfast, then went out to eat. Kevin has been craving Frisch’s for MONTHS so that’s where we went. Nora is starting to realize that big people things take time, and has absolutely zero patience for such things. lol. Thus the scowl on her face while waiting for her mac and cheese. She is going to be a handful, I can see this already. lol.

I also opened a gift my mom bought for me on their way back home from Europe. Lingerie. Yep, you read that right. Lingerie. She said it was because she wants more grandchildren. lol. I looked at the gift and replied: “well it looks like these gifts are for KEVIN and not for ME.” The really funny part about the whole exchange is the moment before she gave me my gift to open she was giving me a lecture about my cleavage hanging out of my v neck tee. Yes, this is my mother. I’ve come to expect things like this from her, and find it pretty much endearing now that I’m out on my own, but I think poor Kevin was mortified with the whole thing. lol. He just nervously smiled and jumped up to go outside to smoke. lol. And yet he wonders how I can write about all of these ultra personal things here in public. 

What else happened? OH… so at the house we still haven’t finished our bedroom yet. The dry wall is up, and the exterior is mudded and almost ready for paint, but we still have rogue dry wall, insulation, and studs in our bedroom. My pillow fell off of the bed and onto the floor. I didn’t think anything of it so I bent down and picked it up and tossed it back on the bed. I slept on it that night, and in the morning my face was on FIRE. Itching, blotchy, red and insanely uncomfortable. I guess my pillow landed on a piece of insulation, and I slept on it which imbeded millions of microscopic shards of fiber glass into my face, ears and neck. That, and there is nothing that can be done about it until it works it’s way out of my skin. I’m just a blotchy gross mess until then. My ears are swollen and sticking out from my head, and my neck looks like I took a piece of sandpaper to it and went to town. Thankfully my face has calmed down with some intense cleansing and Benedryl cream. It’s still really uncomfortable and randomly breaks out into itchiness, but it’s getting better. Lesson learned, no more pillows from the floor on the bed. lol At least I no longer look like a Leper. 

Well Bloggies, I’ve put off my laundry and other chores about as long as I possibly can. I guess it’s time to sign off here and get busy. Until later! 🙂


We actually made it to Ohio!! We found some one to watch the dog for us so we didn’t have to cart him over and upset him then ship him off to a new home, and packed up and left this morning. Lol. It was a pleasant surprise that we actually made it, and while doing the usual rounds to all the shopping places we stumbled into an awesome deal on a vacation package. We have to go listen to one of those time share presentations but we still get an ultra discounted 3 day stay at a resort in Michigan for our anniversary next year.

Normally we don’t buy into all those sales gimmicks but Kevin and I have been trying to go to Michigan since before we started dating and have never been able to. Lol kind of like trying to get to Ohio! Lol all of our plans thus far have gone awry and we haggled for like 20min, so we got a pretty spectacular deal. At least money wise we did, we still have to wait through the presentation but its only 90min. 90min out of three days isn’t half bad. With nooooo obligation to buy! (Read in the most stereotypical cheesy sales guy voice)

After all of that we trekked out to Jungle Jim’s to wander around, and Kevin decided that today was going to be the day he tried a Ghost Chili Pepper. Well actually he tried a ghost chili stuffed olive from the olive bar, but he said that was close enough and he has no desire to try anything ghost pepper related ever again. It wasn’t as potent as the Quaker Atomic Wings apparently, because he didn’t look like he got punched in the face, but he said it was pretty hot. Lol boys and their silly displays of manhood. ❤ it was pretty adorable since the trip all they way over here for the Atomic Wings was our first time hanging out and we had just booked our anniversary trip. Oh nostalgia lol.

In other news, Nora has gotten to the point where she refuses to sleep anywhere but her own bed or snuggled right next to me. So Kevin and I are currently fighting to stay awake while she rolls around and plays until she passes out. Lol. The guest room at my parents house only has a double bed so it definitely is of big enough for all three of us. Last time Nora refused to sleep in her crib Kevin ended up sprawled out across the foot of the bed and didn't get a wink of sleep. She's also gotten to the tantrum stage. She knows what she wants and she wants it NOW. So unless I want to wake up my entire family with her screaming and throwing things we're kind of stuck lol

Success!! The Little is finally asleep, and now I can go to sleep. Until later Bloggies! 🙂

Birthday Bonanza

Well… as far as birthdays past 21 go this one wasn’t awful. lol It was in the middle of the week so I didn’t really do anything out of the ordinary other than dye my hair and eat a mountain of cupcakes. Kevin brought me the most appropriatly adorable card and some flowers, and that’s about it. lol. I know I’m such a wealth of excitement.

My card read: “On your birthday you’ll hear from internet friends from all over! Which automatically makes this paper card from me extra special.” lol. Like I said! Adorable, and totally appropriate for an interweb fiend like myself. 

We were planning on going to Ohio this weekend, but with the dog thing all up in the air we probably won’t be able to now. Which is good that we don’t have to put him to sleep but bad that it keeps interfering with my plans!! I’ve been trying to go visit my parents for more than a few hours since January and every time we make plans it gets messed up. I think I’m just giving up. lol. If people want to see me they’ll just have to come to Nowheresville to see me because I can’t seem to get away from things here.

We didn’t really have a lot of extra cash this week anyway since it’s the first week of the month and most of the bills were due. We wouldn’t have been able to actually DO anything once we got to my parent’s but… STILL. We would have been there, out of Indiana, enjoying Frisch’s and Smashburger and possibly Quaker Steak!! lol. Yeah, I travel 200 miles for food. It’s sad, but it’s true. And to see my family, but the only time we can coordinate schedules is around a meal so the food comes with the family lol. It’s kind of amazing how I’ve been able to lose weight really. 

And that’s about the extent of the goings on in the House of Hale right now. Other than the unpacking and constant cleaning. Again, such a wealth of excitement lol. Maybe if we do have to stay here we can take Nora to a sitter and go out or something? No… no I refuse to make any plans because they will just get derailed. lol. I guess we’ll end up where we end up when we end up there. 

Anyway… I’m going to get back to my cleaning and general house wife stuff. Until later Bloggies! 🙂


Like a Fish

Like a Fish

It was a little chilly yesterday but Nora and I went to the pool anyway. It was her first “swimming” experience and she loved it! The sun was in her eyes so you can’t tell how much fun she was having in the pictures, but she was having a blast. lol. She didn’t quite know what to do with the water at first since the only time she’s been wet since birth is for baths, but once she realized that this wet adventure was soap free she started splashing, laughing, and kicking like it was her job. Her giant feet might come in handy after all. lol.

I’m debating about looking into the infant swimming “lessons” at the local YMCA. It depends on how much they are really. Especially since she won’t actually be able to learn to swim for a few years. If it’s not outrageous we might go take a swim once a week.

Oh, also, I lathered her up with sunscreen and my Little TANNED. She has a wonderful healthy color about her now. lol. She must have gotten those genes from her Daddy because I certainly don’t tan. Ever, even a little. I just get a smattering of freckles all over the place. We weren’t out that long either. Maybe an hour? And half of that time she was wrapped up in her towel on my lap. lol.

In other news, I might have found a home for the dog!! I contacted every one under the sun trying to find him a home and everyone gave me the same answer: He needs to be put down. I was literally an hour away from taking him somewhere when my mom called. She contacted the place where I did my 4H service projects (which I had completely forgotten about) and they said they are willing to review his stats and probably take him!! It’s called Circle Tail and is somewhere in Central Ohio. lol. I didn’t drive there the last time I went to volunteer so I don’t remember exactly where it is, but they take in working breeds, and train them as service dogs! Not only is the dog getting a potential new home, but he’s getting a JOB lol. AND HE DOESN’T HAVE TO BE PUT TO SLEEP!!! Which makes my life a whole lot easier. 🙂

The house is still a wreck but it’s improving. I cleaned up the living room and hallway yesterday so it isn’t like living in a dump anymore. It’s still not finished, but it’s somewhat resembling clean and until we can find a way to make more hours in the day I can live with it. lol.

Anyway Nora is awake so I guess I should get off here and get her breakfast ready. lol Until later Bloggies! 🙂

Bedroom Door

All I want is a bed room door. Finished bedroom walls, and a closet would be nice too but really the door is what I miss the most. I really just want my house to be finished. I’ve been working diligently for MONTHS on this project and it’s still not done. It wasn’t so bad when I could go home at the end of the day, but now that I’m stuck here with it all in shambles it is starting to DRIVE ME CRAZY. lol Well crazier than I’ve always been I guess. lol. I asked Kevin to take some of his vacation here soon so we could work on finishing it. Hopefully he can. We are SO close to having everything done it’s kind of insane, but we had so many different projects going on at once that not one single project is 100% finished. I mean the house is livable to some extent, but it’s not FINISHED. I want it FINISHED. All the trim painted, the walls painted, the closets finished, the bathroom finished, the microwave installed into the cabinet, my entry way tiled, my flower boxes installed and planted, my shelves installed, doors on the bedrooms and pantry, the garage at least clean enough so I can get to the back door, and the back yard cleaned up. That’s all I want. lol. It’s quite a list I know. Can you now see what I’m dealing with here? I’m buried under mountains of moving boxes full of stuff that I can’t put away until most of those above projects are completed. Basically we’ve reached a stalemate. I can’t complete any one project by myself so I’m stuck. *sigh* 

In other news, the dog got out yesterday and tried to bite a little girl riding her bike. I was shocked by the entire event as I’ve never had a dog that actually went after some one completely unprovoked like that. I managed to wrestle him back into the house, and immediately started looking to find him another home. While doing this I contacted his previous owner through Facebook and found out that he apparently has had a history of aggression. AWESOME. Had I known, I never would have adopted him, simply for the fact that I can’t trust him around Nora anymore. If it was just Kevin and I, I wouldn’t have a problem with it but since she is so little and still really doesn’t understand how to pet him and play with him I don’t want him to turn on her. 

So on top of the house being a disaster, I now have to find my dog a new home. The dog that I spent MONTHS trying to find, and HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS in vet bills on, not to mention getting attached to him and making him a part of our family. I really don’t have any good options as far as rehoming him yet either. I’m going to give it until the end of the month, but if I can’t find some one to take him before then I will have to take him to be euthanized.  The dog that I spent MONTHS trying to find, and HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS in vet bills on. 

His previous owner wants to take him back if she can find a new place to live, but when I got him he was malnourished and clearly neglected. He had no training, and really hadn’t been cared for at all. She loves him, still loves him, but all the love in the world won’t provide the proper care, and if he goes to a home where he doesn’t have the structure he needs he will end up attacking some one else and have to be euthanized anyway. So basically I can take him and humanely euthanize him while he is well cared for and happy, or I can send him back to her where he will be neglected and more than likely still have to be euthanized at some point.

Aggression isn’t always a learned behavior. It’s a result of poor breeding, and the dogs individual personality. No amount of training will change the fact that he has an aggressive personality, and if he isn’t handled properly he will eventually hurt some one. I’m trying to figure out how to explain this to his previous owner with out sounding like a complete jerk. She just loves him SO much and the thought of having to euthanize him would be devastating for her. I don’t know if she could do it if it came down to that.

BAH… anyway… I need to get back to cleaning and attempting to get things back in order. Until later Bloggies. 🙂