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A Blender Moment

September 30th, 2010

A new phrase has been coined in our house “a blender moment”.  Its the moment when just as you think anything else can’t go wrong, something does, and all you can do is laugh or cry. The history: Matt has been SUPER stressed out with work.  He woke on Monday morning and said “you know […]



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A new phrase has been coined in our house “a blender moment”.  Its the moment when just as you think anything else can’t go wrong, something does, and all you can do is laugh or cry.

The history: Matt has been SUPER stressed out with work.  He woke on Monday morning and said “you know what, I can’t control the stuff at work, so I’m going to make the choice to feel good about myself today.  I’m going to work out, eat good, and be positive”.  Part of the eating good was making a shake.  I guess the blender went around about 3 times and then just died.  Thankfully, he laughed, not cried.  But just when he thought nothing else could go wrong and he had made a decision to be positive…the universe threw him a curve ball.

We’re now VERY proud owners of a Magic Bullet.


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Fall & Running Club

September 23rd, 2010

Today marks the first day of Fall.  Hello cooler weather, awesome prime time TV, & changing of the leaves.  Goodbye hectic schedules, hot days, & hot nights.  I will miss you hot days.  I love fall, it’s probably my favorite season, but I DREAD it also.  I know Old Man Winter is right around the […]



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Today marks the first day of Fall.  Hello cooler weather, awesome prime time TV, & changing of the leaves.  Goodbye hectic schedules, hot days, & hot nights.  I will miss you hot days.  I love fall, it’s probably my favorite season, but I DREAD it also.  I know Old Man Winter is right around the corner.  The older I get, the more I dread snow.  It’s pretty…but so messy.  There are puddles, your socks get wet because you have to tromp through the snow, it makes driving difficult, and mostly, it’s cold.  I hate cold weather.  Does that make me sound like an old lady?

The start of Fall always makes me a little nostalgic.  It reminds me of school, mostly college.  Something about the smell of the air puts me right back at MSOE walking to classes.  I can’t say I necessarily want to go back to college (ugh on classes & studying), but fall always brings back good memories.

Fall…if you could stay for a while & push back Old Man Winter as long as you can, I’d appreciate it.

Side note…I run almost every day at lunch, with my co-worker Gene.  We jokingly call it “running club”.  But Gene is great, he’s old enough to be my dad, but pushes me to run further everyday & runs at my slower pace.  Today, we saw THREE snakes on the trail.  I screamed like a girl at all 3, along with that startled jump and arms flailing.  Like I mentioned above, Gene always runs at my pace, but today, he ran QUICK and left me in the dust.  I think he was secretly afraid of the snakes too.  Oh…and Fall, if you’re the reason the snakes our out, I quit running.  I can’t deal with it.  Gross.

Second side note:  As I write this, Lucy just jumped up and caught a fly that was buzzing around our house.  I’m so proud of her….


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Happy 100th Birthday Grammy

September 14th, 2010

Grammy: Happy Birthday!  Today, you would have been 100.  I won’t lie, that’s old!  But WAY awesome.  No one can believe I’d have a grandma that old, they think you’re my Great Grandma.  Aren’t they mistaken?  What blows their mind even more is that you were still kickin’ and the same old feisty Grammy at […]



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Grammy:
Happy Birthday!  Today, you would have been 100.  I won’t lie, that’s old!  But WAY awesome.  No one can believe I’d have a grandma that old, they think you’re my Great Grandma.  Aren’t they mistaken?  What blows their mind even more is that you were still kickin’ and the same old feisty Grammy at 96.  I hope I get yours & Grandpa’s everlasting genes.

You’ve missed a lot these last few years.  Ms. Abigail has grown into a princess and a hysterical 4 year old.  You’d never know that the tiny peanut of a little girl you once held would have so much personality.  Abby has a little brother, Gabriel Charles, he’s 2.      He’s very handsome, blonde hair & blue eyes.  I’ve heard (and agree with) that he looks a lot like me at that age, except he has big blue eyes, not brown.  Sarah & Chuck sure do make fantastic kids.  You’d get a kick out of both of them.

B & Dave are still doing great, but why wouldn’t they be?  They are the perfect couple.  No kids yet, but I hope soon.  I need more nieces & nephews.

Mom & Dad built a gorgeous house on Grandpa Marco’s property.  It’s so wonderful and relaxing.  I bet you’d love it and never want to leave.  I feel that way J  Mom has good tasted in decorating & picking out finishes.

Most of all, I got married.  Can you believe it?  Don’t fall off your rocker.  His name is Matt.  And even though he’s never met you, I bet he feels like he has because of all the stories I’ve told him.  I had Uncle Howard officiate the wedding.  It was perfect & he did a fantastic job.  The day went flawlessly, but that’s not the important part.  The important part is that I married a man who loves me, loves God, believes in me, is a hard worker, smart, funny, handsome, and also has a little geek in him like me.  He’s bald…who would have ever thought I’d marry a bald man?  I know you couldn’t physically be there, so I did my best to represent you.  You’re the beautiful lady on the bottom left.

Matt & I don’t have any kids yet (it’s only been 2 months Grammy…geesh!), but we have a dog, her name is Lucy.  She’s super sweet and loving.  Even mom likes her (a little) and she hates dogs.

I bought a house almost 2  years ago.  Its small, but I think you’d love it.  It has a big yard & I’m trying my hand at gardening.  My garden is nothing like your humungous garden, but it’s a start.  We’ll take baby steps.

Other than that, not much has changed in my life.  I still Engineer M-F by day & try & enjoy life by night & weekend.

I hope you’re having a great Birthday…you should, it’s the big 1-0-0.

Love you & miss you!
Catie


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A Glimpse of Catie Crazy

September 14th, 2010

Today was a bad day for Matt and it’s not even noon.  First, he realized my OCD has worn off on him.  He couldn’t even begin to work from home until he cleaned the kitchen.  I’m so happy.  My mom would be too.  She instilled the OCD need in me to try & keep a […]



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Today was a bad day for Matt and it’s not even noon.  First, he realized my OCD has worn off on him.  He couldn’t even begin to work from home until he cleaned the kitchen.  I’m so happy.  My mom would be too.  She instilled the OCD need in me to try & keep a clean house.  Dishes in the sink is not a clean house.

Also, I was trying to make plans for the beginning of October to go out w/ the Murphy’s.  I just told Matt to mark the date on the calendar and he asked what time (like he always does…he’s a future planner…at least one of us is!)

ME: “maybe 6:30?”

Matt: “can we coordinate this later?”

ME: “are you super busy right now?”

Matt: “yes and I currently can’t think about what we’re going to do a month from now ”.

ME: welcome to my world, isn’t it lovely?  That’s how my brain feels EV-ER-Y day.  Its full of stuff that won’t compartmentalize and it makes it hard to think about the now let alone a month from now.

Matt: Wow-so that is what it is like in your melon.

I think now he has a better understanding of why I sigh heavily & get a little grumpy when he wants to plan for Christmas…in August.

But let’s be honest, a girl like me needs a super planner like Matt.  For instance, Matt lets me know a few days ahead of time that someone’s birthday or anniversary is coming up and that maybe I should get a card.  Whereas before, when it was just me, it was “oh nuts, Sarah’s birthday is today, and I haven’t even gotten her a card yet”.  Hence me always being late on those things and referring to my tardiness as “extending the occasion”.  Being a planner is the way to go, I really think so.  It relieves panic & embarrassment that you forgot your mom’s birthday.  I’m glad he’s a planner, it helps me from going crazy.


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Granny Panties???

September 9th, 2010

What is happening to me?  Me…queen of napping, sleeping in, & being a grump monster for the first hour after I wake up?  Where did that girl go? It started out with getting up for the gym, 3 days a week, at 5:00am getting easier & easier every time.  Which I thought was good.  That […]



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What is happening to me?  Me…queen of napping, sleeping in, & being a grump monster for the first hour after I wake up?  Where did that girl go?

It started out with getting up for the gym, 3 days a week, at 5:00am getting easier & easier every time.  Which I thought was good.  That transitioned into me waking up every morning at 5:00 am WITHOUT the alarm, but no sweat, I could fall back asleep.   AND NOW…the last 2 weeks, I’ve been up at 7:00 am.  And not my usual, get up at 7:00 am…lay on the couch with Lucy…and fall back asleep.  No…Its been get up at 7:00am and be productive – clean, go for a run, take Lucy for a walk – awake.  Seriously…what is wrong with me?  And then, yesterday, I got up at 4:30 am to get into the office really early to get things done before my meeting, and as I’m sitting there working, I think “wow…this is awesome being up so early & being productive”.  On the other hand, I had to take a nap at 5:00 PM I was so tired, no wonder grannies go to bed at 7:00 PM.  I get it.  And now, I’m one of them.  Please pass me my granny panties.

At least my amazing ability to take a nap on cue for 3 hours remains…


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Matthew Lee Williams – Attorney At Law

September 1st, 2010

I’m a blog-aholic.  I could, and have been known to, spend HOURS, reading blogs online.  I love it.  Mostly becuase the ones I read crack me up. Today, I was reading one of my many “daily blogs” http://www.rantsfrommommyland.com/.  If you dont’ read it…do!  Even if you aren’t a mom, you can relate.  Like, I completely […]



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I’m a blog-aholic.  I could, and have been known to, spend HOURS, reading blogs online.  I love it.  Mostly becuase the ones I read crack me up.
Today, I was reading one of my many “daily blogs” http://www.rantsfrommommyland.com/.  If you dont’ read it…do!  Even if you aren’t a mom, you can relate.  Like, I completely relate to the post “Aunt Mary & The Righteous Sniff”.  Sorry mom….but that’s how I feel.  Anyways, I side tracked.  Today’s post was a “guest post” on http://www.law-momma.com/ about what its like to be married to a lawyer.  Just let me highlight some of the parts that hit home.

Arguing with Lawyers Sucks Monkey Balls
In every relationship there will be fighting. But fighting with a lawyer is like trying to perform your own Lasik eye surgery while drinking Pabst Blue Ribbon. At the beach. In a windstorm. With an unwashed grapefruit spoon. IT IS NOT ADVISABLE. They never admit they’re wrong; they never stop finding new and annoying ways to make their point; and they never ask you questions that they don’t already know the answers to. Most arguments proceed with the lawyer falling back on a tediously large arsenal of things like logic and reason while their non-lawyer adversary ends up losing his/her schmidt and saying something like: “Oh yeah? OH YEAH?! Well you Mister, are a F*CKFACE. So go suck on THAT. Where’s your logic NOW?” Plus, they say stupid, implausible things like “even assuming you are right. . . .” when everyone knows they never honestly assume you are right. Otherwise they would also assume they are wrong (which will never happen).”

This fits Matt & I to a tee.  When we argue, he sits there, calmly, & methodically.  He has a rebuttle to everything I say, and its usually legit.  It usually ends up with me conceding and wanting to scream “yeah..well…you’re bald!”.  Which is ironic, becuase I love his bald head.

Then there is this paragraph:

They’re All Gold Star Getters
You need to know this. All lawyers are goal-oriented people. They like to win, and they’re willing to work hard for it. But if they can’t see that next gold star on the horizon, they start to get all antsy and restless and may make outrageous claims about giving it all up to start a sheep farm or become a tug boat captain or a QVC hostess/television personality.

Matt is the biggest go getter, over achiever & hard worker I know.  AND..he loves to win.  In fact, let me quote you part of our first date – Matt: “I can beat you at 90% of all things”.  As much as it pains me to say this…he does.  Except Yahtzee, that’s my game.  *coughs* except we’re tied right now & my ego is hurt *cough*.

Always the Cynic
They are often fatalistic and cynical in the extreme. They’re always over thinking and playing mental chess (or sometimes checkers).

Matt’s mind never stops.  He’s always thinking about the next move.  Probably why he’s one of the best negotiators & arguer’s I know.

Finally:

Even More Good News
If you end up being married to a lawyer, chances are you’ve got one of the good ones. All the characteristics that make them good at their job also make them good at life:
They will challenge you to succeed and keep learning new stuff;
They will entertain you with their wit and intelligence;
They will expect you to be great at whatever your job is (currently mine is wiping other people’s body fluids and buckling small people into and out of car seats);
They will fight for you much more than they will fight with you;
They will work hard at what’s important;
They will count on you to keep them honest and call them F*ckface when they get out of line.

That last paragraph sums it all up, perfectly.  And that’s why I love him.

After reading that blog…I said to myself  “OMG….Matt has lied to me all this time, instead of going to school for Accounting…he went for law”. 

I could have swore I married Matthe Lee Williams – Real Estat Tycoon – NOT Attorney At Law.