It was a bitter sweet experience yesterday afternoon as we FINALLY finished moving out of our apartment. It’s done!! Keys are turned in, and there is no going back. Which is why it was kind of bitter sweet. Other than some questionable neighbors here and there I really didn’t have any problems with our apartment, and I spent so much time nesting because of my pregnancy that I was pretty attached to it. lol. It was Nora’s first home after all, so I was kind of sad to leave it. But, enough of that, on ward and upward!

We all slept in until about 11am this morning, and Kevin treated me to a nice long relaxing soak while he watched Nora. It was the first real soak I’ve had just for the sake of soaking since before Nora was born lol. I actually had time to REALLY shave my legs. Not the quick job I’ve been doing for nearly a year, but actually shave. I even dug out my make up case, did my hair, and wore a dress AND my ultra cute Pin Up heels. Not quite as comfortable as my Stripper Boots, but a very close second. lol. It’s the wrong season for boots anyway.

It felt SO nice to relax and take some time for me. I used to be able to do that about once a week, but recently with the house and the move and Nora I just simply haven’t had time. It’s not that I want to look like a scrub, there just weren’t enough hours in the day lol. It comes with motherhood, and I’m completely okay with it. I’ve never really been that concerned with my appearance anyway. At least with Nora I have a valid excuse to walk around in my sweats and tee shirts lol. I do enjoy getting all done up every once and a while though. Just not very often. I even put Nora in a cute little Polo dress and gave her the classic baby tuft hairdo.

She’s getting so big and wiggly it’s getting really hard to get her into a simple onesie let a lone a dress with her hair done. lol. She’s taking after her Mama, what can I say? Other than that we have done absolutely nothing today. Well, we went out for a nice lunch and did some random shopping, but we didn’t HAVE to do any of it. We were doing it because we WANTED to. Now, Nora is snoozing and I am putting off organizing the kitchen. lol. When I walk in there and see the mess piled everywhere it annoys me to no end, but it is SO much mess that I don’t even know where to start. It’s going to take me an entire month just to get everything together, not including the few finishing projects I need to do. At least I won’t have to worry about boredom!

And now after typing that up I’m feeling guilty for just sitting here…. so I guess I’ll go tackle the kitchen. If you don’t hear from me for a day or two send help!! lol Until later Bloggies. 🙂

How To Have A Heart Attack, In Five Easy Steps!

The title of this post could basically describe my diet lately. I have eaten nothing but junk, which I’m sure has a lot to do with my general feeling of suck lately. Well that, and exhaustion from running all over the place finishing the move and trying to finish the house. THERE IS SO MUCH LEFT TO DO, and as of tomorrow we are out of the apartment. I know I’ve been saying that for a few days now, but seriously. Tomorrow we have to turn in our keys regardless of whether our stuff is out or not. Which, I mean it will be nice to only have to worry about keeping up with the house, if I can survive this move that is.

I have made up my mind if we ever move again, I’m hiring movers. I don’t care how much it cost or how much trouble it is to find a moving company I REFUSE to move on my own ever again. Really I’ve pretty much done this entire move all by myself, which is a lot of the reason I’m stressed out about it. Kevin has been helpful where ever he can, but he couldn’t really take any time off work, and the heat just drains him. His job isn’t easy to begin with and when you add the high temperatures on top of it he basically just comes home to eat and sleep. I simultaneously love and hate summer just because of that fact. Kevin has lots of work and he puts in lots of hours, but I never get to see him. I miss him. 😦 

But summer also comes with carnivals, warmer weather, fairs, and time spent outside. These things would obviously be better spent with Kevin, but they’re still okay with out him. lol. I’m pretty excited for the 4th of July this year. It will be Nora’s first carnival and 4th parade!! Hopefully it’s not too hot so she can actually enjoy it instead of getting stuck inside all summer. I have to pick up some sand for her sand box tomorrow as well as a wading pool for her to splash around in. I might wait until next weekend just because it’s supposed to cool off after this round of storms rolling through tonight, but if I wait too much longer it will be out of season and impossible to find. 

Speaking of storms these look like they’re about to get really nasty. I should probably go batton down the hatches! Until later Bloggies!

Random Road Trips

At about oh… 9pm last night I decided to drive down to visit my parents. Well actually a friend of mine is moving back to Ohio after going to school in Tennessee and she needed some one to watch her cat while she looks for a place to stay. I offered to watch the cat and she came up to drop him off. Then because we are both incredibly impulsive and random we all hopped in her car and came down for a visit. Lol.

I needed to come down to pick up some more stuff for the house anyway, and I needed a break from Nowheresville.

I wouldn’t really call it a vacation as I didn’t get any sleep thanks to my Little last night lol. She refused to sleep in her bed and had to sleep right next to me. I don’t mind a close snuggle, but the kicks in the face all through out the night weren’t my favorite thing in the world lol. Needless to say I’m pretty exhausted. She slept well apparently because she is bouncing all over the place happy as a clam. Lol.

Well she was until a few moments ago when I put her down for her nap. She was falling asleep in her walker, and it is nap time but she doesn’t want to sleep. She’s busy screaming at me right now, but she’s settling down. I’m hoping he goes to sleep so I can take a nap lol.

Anyway, that’s all for now. Until later Bloggies! 🙂

Just hanging out after a breakfast of delicious cereal puffs.


Oh eBay

I have a love hate relationship with eBay. There are so many great deals, and lots of hard to find random things listed all the time. It’s one of my favorite ways to pass the time in between caring for the Little and doing chores around the house. The only problem I’ve run into lately is winning too much. Yes, you read that right, I’ve won WAY too many auctions here lately. So many in fact that I have an entire new wardrobe enroute to my house right now. lol.

It goes like this: I bid on one item that I really really really want, and lose terribly. I do this four or five times until I think I can gage the demand for whatever it is that I’m bidding on. You know, how much the other bidders are willing to shell out for whatever? So then I put low bids on a whole bunch of items. Casting a wide net if you will, and wait to see what I end up with, never intending to win all of the items. HA! The past two times I’ve bid on multiple things I have won EVERY SINGLE THING. Which I mean is awesome in one respect that I can get such great deals on these items, but I don’t NEED all of the items. 

Recently I’ve been bidding on new clothes. I’m still losing weight like a boss and all of my clothes are falling off. I didn’t think it was going to be this easy to lose weight after pregnancy so I foolishly gave away a lot of my smaller clothes last year… yeah. Anyway, I figured since I’m going to be wearing these clothes all the time they might as well be nice, and why pay full price when you can get them for next to nothing on line? So I set out on my adventure to buy some Pink (my all time favorite brand EVER) clothes. 

Back in the day I never cared about brand, it was all about comfort and style. Now, as an old fogey I want comfort and durability. I’ve searched hi and low for something inexpensive and durable and just can’t seem to find it. I mean there is Marshall’s and TJMaxx, which I frequently visit, but even their prices are getting insane. So, I said to heck with it, and started buying brand stuff. I still haven’t gone to the actual STORE and bought anything off the shelf new, but most of my eBay finds are things that people snatched up on clearance trying to turn a profit. lol. They all still have the tags, and have never been worn. They might be last years style, but again, I’m not really after the latest and greatest.

… lol see? This is what happens when I blog right after my coffee in the morning. Random tangents everywhere!! I don’t even really remember what I was sitting down to write about. lol. OH! Okay, back on track…

I started looking for some Pink stuff on eBay and put in a few bids on several things I really wanted. When I looked at the items there were two options. Bid for x amount or buy it now for x amount. The buy it now prices are pretty much the same as going into the store or ordering it from the actual website so I rarely ever use the buy it now feature. I’d place a decent bid, nothing too cheap, but a fraction of the buy it now price. It would sit there for a few days with my bid being the only bid, and then the other bids would start coming in. I went back and forth with these other bidders until it looked like the item was going to end up being over the original buy it now price. When it reached that point I would give up and move on to another item. For those that know how eBay works, even if you stop bidding on an item you’re attached to the listing until it ends. So all of these items that I had given up on were still sitting in my buying tab. I watched most of them get to OUTRAGEOUS prices before the listing ended. Like, more than going to the store and buying something new, prices. 

I thought to myself watching multiple listings end this way, who on Earth would pay that much for a shirt, pair of sweat pants, or jacket?? I mean seriously. They are just clothes. AWESOME nice comfortable durable clothes, but clothes none the less. Then the more I thought about it the more I realized that most people weren’t bidding on the clothes for their durability and comfort. Most people were bidding on their social standing, and acceptance in their peer group. Which is kind of depressing when you really think about it. Especially after seeing the amount of money people put into that whole charade. 

Yep, eBay and caffeine. Sending me into philosophical tangents about random sociological ideals. lol. I think I’m going to go run around the block now to refocus and get ready for the last load of moving stuff. 🙂 Until later Bloggies.

Happy Holiday!

Yee!! I am bursting with excitement today because it’s Friday, and also because it’s a long weekend. I actually get to spend time with Kevin!! *happy dance* He’s been so busy working extra hours I haven’t really seen him in like three months. I mean he comes home every night, we talk for an hour or two here and there, and text constantly through out the day while he’s at work but I haven’t actually spent TIME with him. This weekend he gets an entire day to sleep and recover from the work week, an entire day to do stuff that needs done around the house and an extra day to relax and do nothing with Nora and I. Iiiiiiiiiiiii’m pretty excited. lol. 

I really appreciate everything he does for Nora and I. I know I don’t say it on here very often, but I do. He spoils me completely and totally, and he puts up with my love/hate relationship with Livingston Dangerously. Trouble finds ME, I don’t go looking for it… all the time… hardly ever… once in a while… lol. 

My parents have returned safe and sound from their trip to Europe. Well they’re back in the States anyway. Last I heard they were stuck in NYC due to the weather or something. Kevin and I are thinking about possibly going down this weekend if we finish moving on Saturday. Which shouldn’t really be a problem, but with our crazy goings on at the apartment I’m not allowed to go pack by myself anymore. Well I shouldn’t say I’m not ALLOWED, I could go if I really wanted to, but Kevin asked me not to. Can’t blame him for not wanting me to get mugged/raped/shot while trying to move out. So I’m not going to go over there by myself. 

And, right on cue, Nora is ready to get up and play for a while. 🙂 Until later Bloggies! 

Brandishing Bandits

It appears I have spoken out of turn and jinxed myself. After writing about having nothing to write about the craziest of crazy days happened today. 

First of all, I’m fairly certain I have an ear infection. I’m going to give it a few more days, but I can’t hear, I’m very dizzy, and my ears sort of hurt throb every now and again. I’ve worked SO hard to get my internal balance back after my strep meds I REEEEEEALLY don’t want to go back to the doctor and get another round of antibiotics. This has been the only kind of annoying “side effect” of having a kid. Getting my hormonal and bacterial levels back in sync. Nothing will really level out until I stop breastfeeding, which is kind of a pain, but it will be over sooner than I’m expecting it so I think I can deal for these next few months.

So I’m not feeling well, but it’s getting down to the wire as far as getting out of our apartment goes and I’m trying to get the last few boxes packed and moved. It’s just the annoying little things left there. You know the ones you would leave behind if you weren’t trying to get your deposit back? A lot of things you forgot about because they slid under furniture or something like that? Yeah… that’s the part of the packing and moving that I hate the most. The last few boxes full of junk that we don’t have room for or need, but have to get out of the apartment. ANWAY… tangent, I’m having trouble focusing lol… I’m there at the apartment. We pull into the parking lot and a few moments later this other car whips into a parking space, and a guy gets out. I sit in the car for a few moments like I always do after we park some where, checking my phone for the texts I got on the trip over and what not. I see this guy get out and walk up to the corner of the sidewalk by the entry way. I’m just watching him out of the corner of my eye so I’m not focused on what he’s doing, but I can see that he is standing there and I can see that he is watching me. I don’t think much of it, other than it’s kind of odd, but there are a lot of odd nosey people in this town so I assumed because we hadn’t been at the apartment for a while he was just trying to figure out who I was or something. 

I hop out of the car get Nora out and Creep is still standing there staring at me. He has a cigarette in one hand, that he’s sort of half smoked. I start heading toward the building, and he drops his cigarette (which wasn’t even half finished) and beats me to the door to hold it open for me. I say thank you, and proceed to walk to the mail boxes. I get to our mail box which is in a bank of mail boxes just inside the main door and sort of underneath the stairs. Creep has followed me inside and is just standing there still staring at me as I’m getting my keys out to check the mail. Nora was playing with a rattle, which she decided to throw on the ground before I could get my keys, so I bent down to pick it up, sort of checking this creepy guy out to figure out what he was doing. As I was standing up I noticed that he had a gun tucked into the front of his belt. It wasn’t concealed, and he didn’t actually threaten me with it, but the fact that it was in clear view and he was hovering over me like a hawk said enough. 

I turned back to my mailbox, determined not to be flustered or react in anyway unless he tried to harm me. He could have been a completely legit gun owner who just happened to stuff his weapon into his pants for some completely legit reason, the way he was staring lead me to believe other wise, but I didn’t want to jump to conclusions and freak out. I opened the box and sitting on top of our little stack of mail was Kevin’s newest copy of American Rifleman. For those who don’t know, the American Rifleman is the official publication of the NRA and only members have a subscription. I smiled, picked the magazine up, and showed it to Creep. If he was a legit gun owner he would more than likely start a conversation, even if he wasn’t he would understand the implication I was getting at since the cover of the magazine has NRA plastered all over it. 

“Hey, look at that!” I said, waiting for a reaction from Creep. He stopped staring, and started fidgeting nervously. After seeing him start to get nervous I quickly closed our mail box and pushed myself by him and started up the stairs. He didn’t follow us, but he didn’t go down the hall into one of the apartments either.

I don’t know what his deal was, or if he truly had ill intentions, but we escaped unscathed. I think Kevin about had a heart attack when I told him what happened though. I sent him a text since he wasn’t officially on break and I didn’t want to interrupt his work day, and when he replied you could tell his hands were shaking by the way the words were mistyped. lol. I stress him out, he’s told me this, but really it’s not my fault! It’s not like I went down a dark alley in the toughest neighborhood in the Ghetto or anything. I was just minding my own business checking my mail at our apartment where we’ve lived for two years.

Trouble just seems to find me. Thankfully I’ve yet to be seriously injured… well injured at all, which is even better. I must have one very attentive guardian angel, or a whole team of them lol. With my brakes failing, engines over heating, gun brandishing bandits, road ragers, and my own stupidity it would HAVE to be a team. 

Anyway, Nora is napping, and I think I’m going to go take a nice looooooooooooong soak until she wakes up and it’s time to go pick up Kevin from work. Until later Bloggies. 🙂


No News is Good News

Nothing exciting happening here at the House of Hale recently. I’ve been keeping myself busy unpacking, finishing and organizing. Taking care of the kiddo and the dog. Such exciting reading material, I know. lol. We haven’t had any more encounters with the Annoying Neighbors since the whole fiasco last weekend. They did mow a strip into our yard, but then their mower died leaving a giant unfinished patch in the middle of their yard. lol. I just laughed as I walked by mowing my own lawn. All of that hullabaloo over me forgetting a strip of grass, and then their mower dies. Yep, that’s what you get Annoying Neighbor. 

Hmm… what else has been going on? Seriously, nothing has been going on. Oh! I did finish the exterior of our bedroom wall. It was kind of an accomplishment considering I’ve never finished drywall before, and my mentor was a video on YouTube lol. I think I did a decent enough job for  a first time. I would post a picture, but you can’t really tell what it is so there really isn’t much point lol. I’m definitely not going to go get a job as a finisher for a construction company anywhere, but for our house I think it’ll do. 

Well, Nora is starting to fuss. She took a late nap this afternoon so I’m kind of waiting her out. I’m about to fall over asleep, but she is still bouncing away in her exersaucer. I’m hoping this last little milk snack will sooth her to sleep so I can finally get to bed. lol. I think I’m going to go rock her and hopefully get her to sleep. Until later Bloggies. 🙂

Lines in the Sand

Okay, I’m a pretty reasonable person. I’ve always been reasonable, but sometimes I’m kind of blunt, especially when I’m mad or emotional. I can put up with a whole lot before I get mean and start raging on people, but last night I was completely DONE with Annoying Neighbors. They are very social party people, which I don’t have a problem with. By all means, if you want to spend your free time drunk hanging out with friends you go right ahead. And when I say drunk I don’t mean tipsy or buzzed I mean falling down, slurring, unable to function drunk. 

The only thing I ask is that you be RESPONSIBLE. You know, like send your 3yr old to a sitter for the night, or at least make sure he is safely tucked in bed before you are unable to care for him. Don’t DRIVE to the liquor store DRUNK, and don’t start yelling about the “product” you’re selling especially when everyone knows who you associate with, what your “product” is and that despite what you tell the police it is NOT Avon. Really, besides the obviously illegal things, all of the above are just my personal opinions. It’s completely up to the parties involved to make choices regarding everything except driving drunk and peddling drugs. 

THOSE things, I will NOT tolerate. Especially when it means endangering my child. That crosses the line. You can hate my fence, you can critizise my lawn, you can even gossip about me all over the neighborhood and those offenses will be blogged, but nothing outside of a venty blog post will come of it. You start blatantly breaking the law I will call the police, and I will smash faces if you try to start a physical altercation on my property. I won’t antagonize above my civil responsibility to call the police when you are breaking the law, but oh will I throw down if you endanger my child. Those reading this who have seen me raging mad know what I’m talking about. I will hulk my way through solid doors and take on opponents twice my size. I am NOT afraid of you, but I’m also NOT going to waste my energy in a pointless screaming match across the yard. In addition to attempting to defuse the situation, I have an example to set for my daughter. Break the law and I will hold you accountable, be an idiot and I’ll just laugh at you and explain to Nora that you are a terrible example of how to behave in polite society. Either way really. 

Anyway, I am practically dying over here due to my allergies flaring up like a BEAST, and I really need to get to sleep. I took some allergy medicine, which is helping but I let the reaction get too far along before I got meds and now I’m all sorts of groggy and nasty feeling. Bleh. Until later Bloggies. 🙂