Tuesday, March 24, 2009

I'm Not Dead...

The hubster has been home for nearly two weeks now, so I'm attending to his every need (cooking, cleaning, and *ahem* everything else).

Speaking of cooking, have I mentioned that I am TWENTY-SEVEN pounds skinnier than when I started Weight Watchers four short months ago?? I am so sexy, I have to stop myself from making out with the mirror!! Bwa-ha-haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa I still have more to go, but I am so happy with my progress!

I've also been busily crafting birthday presents for my niece and a friend's little boy. I can't wait to show you pictures! But, it will have to wait because I know my sis-in-law reads this blog and I don't want to ruin the surprise!

We've decided to grow a garden this year, so we've been working on designing the raised beds and containers. We ordered our seeds and plants and I can't wait to get them!! I just hope I don't kill nearly $100 worth of agriculture!

I've also been learning how to use my new camera, so you can look forward to many fantastic pictures!

For now--how about some Henry Wiener eye candy! Look at this gorgeous SOOC (straight out of camera--no editing) shot from my new camera!!

















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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Just for S**ts and Giggles

Midget is such a chip off the old block. We both are quite good at entertaining ourselves!! You'll see why I chose the name for this post once you watch the first two seconds of the video...
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It is so much fun listening to her sweet little giggle! The fact that she hams it up and fake laughs a bit here and there makes me laugh even more. She has brought so much joy and laughter to our lives!!

Have a great weekend everyone!!

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The Best Hubby EVAH!

Have I mentioned I have the best hubby ever?

Before he left for Massachusettes last week, we had a conversation that went like this:

Hubby: I have an assignment for you this week.
Me: What? (rolling eyes)
Hubby: I want you to clean your closet out.
Me: Okay. I have an assignment for you this week.
Hubby: What's that?
Me: [expletive] off.


And.....SCENE.

I couldn't help it!! He totally set himself up for it! Don't freak out on me people--he knew it was a joke.

What on earth is wrong with my closet???

Who cares if I still have all my work suits hanging up, even though it's been a full YEAR since my last day at work. And who cares if my maternity clothes are laying all over the floor, even though I haven't worn them since before Midget was born nearly EIGHTEEN MONTHS ago. AND who cares if I have four out of the five laundry baskets in the house piled with said maternity clothes and dirty clothes to wash??

Errrr, maybe I ought to clean out my closet... But, just to be a rebel, I didn't do it last week while he was gone. " )

Fast forward to Tuesday morning, when Hubby was walking out the door to go to North Carolina.

Hubby: I have another assignment for you this week.
Me: Yeeeeeah, because last week's went so well, right?? (sarcastically, of course)
Hubby: I want you to blog this week.
Me: *gasp*


AAAAAAND--Scene!

So not only did he buy me a new camera, but he wants me to blog??


Hmmmmm, methinks he's going to ask for a new TV...

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Crop City

This week's iHeartFaces contest is all about Creative Cropping. This picture immediately came to mind. I love the depth of the photo and Midget is SO beautiful in it! Plus, I am getting excited for summer to come. See, God had to taunt bless us with a 60 degree day last week and it reminded me of how ready I am to get outside! I don't mind Winter, but I'm ready to be done.















Here is the SOOC shot, before crop and photoshop. See that blue-gray peak with the little oval on the right hand side? That's my house. Yep, I know you're jealous! Who wouldn't want their subdivision pool right across the street!!!! Let's just say it completely ROCKS!!














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Ughhh and WOW!

It's official. I have my first cold in three years. I am lucky to have a pretty good immune system, but once it gets knocked down--it's down for the count. So what that means is I can expect at least two or three more colds in the next few months. I guess I should be thankful I didn't get sick a few months ago or I'd really be screwed.

On a much more exciting note, hubby surprised me with a present when he arrived home on Saturday. A NEW CAMERA!! Now it isn't a fancy DSLR like I was looking at, but it is a high end point and shoot and is a solid camera that many professionals carry when they don't want to lug around their heavy duty equipment. Take a look at this sexy beast!













I'm really looking forward to learning the ins and outs of this camera and maybe by the time the Black Tie warranty runs out in four years, I'll have learned how to shoot in manual mode. Then I'll consider getting a DSLR. I like the fact that it takes great pics but doesn't weigh 30 pounds and if I hand the camera to Grandma and ask her to take a picture she won't faint from confusion.

I took a few pictures of me today with my new camera so you could see just how crappy I'm feeling. BUT I nearly had a hernia when I looked at how good of pictures my new camera took!!! Trust me y'all. You would be scared...

Thursday, March 5, 2009

My ABC's

I am such a slacker these days! It seems like I always have a million other things to do besides write a post. But, my BBF (Bestest Bloggy Friend) Deanna did this fun ABC thing and I figured it was quick enough for me to do and not lose too much sleep!

So here we go!!

A - Age: 33 and 3/4. My birthday is July 2nd. I'm giving you plenty of advance warning to get me the perfect gift!!

B - Bed size: King. And I am spoiled FOREVER now! I love my husband, but I am not a snuggler. All I want when I sleep is my own personal space. He still doesn't quite get it after almost 12 years of being married to me.

C - Chore you hate: All of them. Seriously. But toilets are the worst! BLECH

D - Dad's Name: William

E - Essential start your day item: Coffee. Buckets of it.

F - Favorite tv show?: Big Love. If you don't watch it, you need to! It is SO good!

G - Gold or Silver: I don't care if it's out of fashion--I love Yellow Gold. Always have.

H - Height: YOU NEVER ASK A LADY'S HEIGHT! What? Oh... I'm 5'5.

I - Instruments you play(ed): Violin and piano with proficiency, but in college I had to learn how to play every single instrument in order to get my Bachelor of Music. Marimba, clarinet, trumpet (which I really sucked at, but my teacher told me not to feel bad--I have a faulty embouchure), trap set (which I sucked at even worse than trumpet and I didn't have an anatomical flaw)--you name it--I learned how to play it!

J - Job title: Domestic Diva, Houseblogger, and Midget's Mom

K - Kid(s): Midget and the Wieners

L- Living arrangement: Have I told you I love my house? I love it so much! It has an open floor plan on the ground floor and small rooms upstairs (except the Master), so both hubby and I were pleased.

M - Mom's name: Same as my real name.

N - Nicknames: Carrie, Care, Care-bear, The Ice Queen, and Mouth.

O - Overnight hospital stays other than birth: None yet.

P - Pet Peeve: People who always need some sort of fake crisis going on in their lives to feel alive. I can't stand the drama!!

Q - Quotes you like: "The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not." Thomas Jefferson Quite timely, eh??

R - Right or left handed: Right handed. A violin teacher of mine once told me to do everyday things with your non-dominant hand to help improve your dexterity. I still brush my teeth with my left hand!

S - Siblings: Three sisters and one brother--all over the country! One sister is in Houston, TX, another sister is in Helena, MT, and one sister is in Denver, CO. My younger brother is in Oklahoma City, OK.

T - Time you wake up: Whenever my screaming alarm clock named Midget wails loud enough to drag my sorry a** out of bed. Usually between 7:30 or 8:30.

U- Ultimate Dessert: I'm not a big dessert eater, though you wouldn't know it by looking at me. In fact, I can't really think of anything I really love. Do Swedish Fish count??

V - Vegetable you dislike: I don't like bell peppers or tomatoes very much, but I eat them. The only vegetable I refuse to eat is Beet Greens. GROSS!!

W - Ways you run late: Pretty much all ways and always. I am always at least 10 minutes late to everything and if I tell someone I am always 10 minutes late, then I'm 10 minutes late past the 10 minutes late I was already going to be! Speaking of late, I still haven't sent out the interview questions to the people who said "interview me." I haven't forgotten--I'm just doing it on "Carrie" Time.

X - X-rays you've had: In 8th grade, I broke my collarbone skiing. That's the only X-ray I've ever had.

Y - Yummy food you make: I love to cook, so I make lots of good stuff!

Z - Zoo Animal: Have you ever watched the seals snort? It's terrifically entertaining!
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Okay, so now it's your turn to do your ABC's!! Play along if you want--I won't break your knuckles if you don't.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Sloppy S'ketti

Spaghetti is so messy that I rarely find the courage to feed it to the Midget! I stripped her down and covered her up and fed it to her the other night.

She really liked it and picked out all the spaghetti, leaving the meat, zucchini, and mushrooms behind.















It was really messy!















But when all the spaghetti was gone, she was NOT happy!!















Until chocolate pudding fixed it all!!!

Messy Bessy

Here is my beginner entry for this week's iheartfaces competition.

CRITIQUE AWAY!! Just don't call my kid ugly or I'll whoop your behind!! haha














See the rest of the pictures from the Midget's sloppy spaghetti dinner here. For more messy beginners, amateurs, and pros go to