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Pants on Fire?

March 30th, 2011

Conversation today…with matt…while in my cube…trying to stifle my laugh & the tears. M: Oh…i’m so glad you picked up, i have a funny story C: do share! M:  I almost had to leave the office w/o pants today C:  Did you poo your pants or something? M: Not quite C: go on M: I […]



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Conversation today…with matt…while in my cube…trying to stifle my laugh & the tears.

M: Oh…i’m so glad you picked up, i have a funny story
C: do share!
M:  I almost had to leave the office w/o pants today

C:  Did you poo your pants or something?
M: Not quite

C: go on

M: I was at Eric’s office & had to use the restroom.  Its a single restroom.  And as I was sitting there, I saw a candle & thought I’d light it.  Well, the match started to burn my finger & while shaking it out, I dropped it….in my pants.  I was leaning over to blow it out, but it wouldnt’ blow out.  All I could think about was my pants were going to start on fire.  I could have stomped it out, but that would have required taking off my shoes, then my pants, then putting my shoes back on.  By then, my pants would FOR sure be on fire.  So I kept blowing, in a panic. 

*insert muffled hysteric laughing by C*

M: I finallygot it out.

C: Do we need to buy you new pants?
M: No, they just have a burn mark..they’re fine.

moral of the story – never light a candle with your pants down.


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Flea Market

March 29th, 2011

This past weekend my mom & sister’s came to visit. Friday we went to the outlet malls & did some shopping, but I think the best part was the Mile High Marketplace & Flea Market, which we went to on Saturday. This place is a “gem”. There are many “permanent” booths and then there is […]



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This past weekend my mom & sister’s came to visit. Friday we went to the outlet malls & did some shopping, but I think the best part was the Mile High Marketplace & Flea Market, which we went to on Saturday. This place is a “gem”. There are many “permanent” booths and then there is a huge section at the end that is all flea market. As you can imagine, there was lots-o crap. Lots-o very INTERESTING cap. Lots-o why would anyone even think about buying this crap? And lots-o how can these vendors stay in business selling this crap…crap. It wasn’t all junk, but I’d say 99% of it was. I wish I would have taken pictures. I only have the below. Its a lovely piece of wolf art, that also functions as salt & pepper holders. Any takers? Only $12.

If wolves aren’t your decor, they had other objects, like lions & tigers & bears.

I also found this wonderful present for my friend, Carrie. She almost hates loves cats as much as Matt.  I thought this would be perfect.  Keep in mind, this was the “small” version.  They also had versions that were literally the size of kittens…and felt like kittens too.  CREEPY.

 

Notice how clean her desk is…I think she cleaned it just for this “photo op”.  Its not usually that clean.  I think she loves it.  Quote “my wittle kitty fits so perfectly and just emits peace.  He/she makes me want to take a nap  I hope i am not a cat person now, because i would be mad if you turned me into a cat person”.  I think she’s now a cat person.


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Did that just happen?

March 23rd, 2011

Picture this – I’m at work, being a worker bee. My phone rings, and its a local number, but one I don’t recognize. Normally I wouldn’t answer & wait for them to leave a voicemail, but I must have been feeling crazy… Me: hello this is Catie Woman: Hi…this is (I forget)…do you know Jenny […]



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Picture this – I’m at work, being a worker bee. My phone rings, and its a local number, but one I don’t recognize. Normally I wouldn’t answer & wait for them to leave a voicemail, but I must have been feeling crazy…

Me: hello this is Catie
Woman: Hi…this is (I forget)…do you know Jenny Christophy?
Me: I’m sorry, I didn’t catch the name
Woman: Jenny Christophy”…well at least I thought she said Christophy, it was hard to understand
Me: no, I’m sorry, I don’t
Woman: “oh…ok…thanks

I then IM Matt, puzzled, and said “do we know any Jenny’s?” and he said “umm….what about the girl you worked with at the cookie company?”. And then I panicked. i DID work with a Jen at the cookie company. And I know she’s looking for a job, maybe she used me as a reference? And now I blew it! So I call the lady back.

Woman: hello?
Me: Hi, this is Catie Williams calling, you just called me. I think I misunderstood you, did you say Jenny Sophy (the name as been changed to protect the innocent)?
Woman: No, I said Kenny.
Me (slightly embarrassed): Oh, sorry, I thought you said Jenny. My friend Jenny is looking for a job and I thought maybe you were a reference calling, and, well, I didn’t want to blow it for her.
Woman (insert tears): No, I’m so sorry to bother you, but, its just that my boyfriend, Kenny, we’ve been dating a long time, and he’s been acting weird lately. I was looking through his phone and saw your number was called a lot. And we were planning on getting engaged, and now I think he’s cheating.
Me: Oh! Sorry. That’s terrible. I hope everything works out. But again, I dont’ know any Kenny’s.
Woman: I just don’t know what to do…
Me: Come to think of it, i did get about 5 phone calls from a random number a few weeks ago. They never left a message and when I did pick up, didn’t answer. Maybe he kept dialing the wrong number & you have nothing to worry about.
Woman: Thanks…
Me: No problem.

WHA????? It made me chuckle, but I felt terrible for her. But kudos for having the balls to call a stranger & ask.


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Home Alone

March 23rd, 2011

Last weekend Matt went to Vancouver for work. He left Lucy & I behind to fend for ourselves. It was great (nothing personal Matt) to go back to being a bachelorette. Lucy & I did what we wanted to do, when we wanted to do it, and however we wanted to do it. Not to […]



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Last weekend Matt went to Vancouver for work. He left Lucy & I behind to fend for ourselves. It was great (nothing personal Matt) to go back to being a bachelorette. Lucy & I did what we wanted to do, when we wanted to do it, and however we wanted to do it. Not to mention, I got a lot accomplished.

First, it started on Friday afternoon when Carrie & I decided we’d replace my kitchen floors. Now mom, before you get excited, it didn’t happen. There were too many obstacles. One being finding flooring at a reasonable price that I liked. I thought I had that figured out, but the place that said they were having a sale on loose-lay vinyl was, but only on REALLY UGLY loose lay vinyl. I mean, my current linoleum was probably nicer, albeit dirtier. Second, I realized I need to get rid of the wash basin in the laundry room before I put flooring down. Carrie thought we could do it ourselves, until I sent her a picture, then she realized what a beast it appears to be (mostly that nasty ugly pipe under it). *Note current flooring…trendy huh?* I don’t think David, the flooring salesmen, was so convinced Carrie & I could accomplish this task by ourself. Bless his old heart, he gave us some great pointers and even offered to let us borrow his carpet knife.


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Clean Freak…

March 16th, 2011

So, I have my quirks. I’ll be the first to admit it. One of them is I like to run a clean ship. Some might call me crazy, but cleaning to me is therapeutic. I think its part of my upbringing. Between Mom leaving us weekend chores, Barb leaving Susie & I daily chores (probably […]



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So, I have my quirks. I’ll be the first to admit it. One of them is I like to run a clean ship. Some might call me crazy, but cleaning to me is therapeutic. I think its part of my upbringing. Between Mom leaving us weekend chores, Barb leaving Susie & I daily chores (probably to keep us out of trouble), and the dish rag instantly gravitating to Giselle’s hand the second she came home. Its been engrained. I can’t fight it.

I honestly had a real mental debate last night. Should I update our blog & make it nice & fancy, or should I do another one of my passions? Vacuuming. OH.MY.GOSH. For all of you hardwood floor owners out there, the electrolux green machine is AMAZING. I mean..AMAZING. I can’t describe it. It makes vacuuming hardwood floors fun. Not to mention it makes dog hair disappear.

Let’s not forget about pre-marriage counselling. We had to do an argument solving exercise as homework. We needed to apply this “problem solving” procedure to our biggest argument. Biggest Argument? Dirty dishes in the kitchen sink & toothpaste residue in the bathroom sink. I don’t know what it is, but when I see dirty dishes in the sink, it makes me a bit anxious, which causes me to be super annoyed & “snarky”, which causes conflict in our marriage. All over a silly dish in the sink. Neurotic? Probably. And I don’t know why I LOVE the look of a shiny silver drain in the bathroom sink, just do. Thankfully, Matt & I have been able to meet in the middle. Dishes can be left in the sink under these two cicumstances A) you’re in a REALLY.BIG.RUSH and don’t have time to rinse & find room in our fancy 1970’s Kitchen Aid dishwasher (only appliance I haven’t replaced yet)…BUT, they must be sitting in the sink “soaking” so food doesn’t get crusted on. Or B) the clean dishwasher hasn’t been emptied. Note “BUT” above – must apply here.

My guilty pleasure is to walk up & down the cleaning aisles at Target & the grocery store. So many awesome products out there, well, what they claim to be “awesome”. I once helped a lady figure out what cleaning agent she needed to get grape juice out of her carpet at Target. She had, what is in my mind, an inadequate cleaning product in her hand. She was VERY thankful for my input. Saving the world…one cleaning agent at a time…world peace, here I come.

With all that said, I’m the first to leave dirty clothes on the bedroom floor & the last to put clean clothes away (we frequently live out of a laundry basket for a week). I also find it IMPOSSIBLE to keep our dining room table cleared off & the hutch free from mail. What can I say? I’m not perfect, but my wood floors are clean!


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Dumb Words Win….

March 9th, 2011

My friend, Carrie, introduced me to an app on our iphones called “Words With Friends”.  If you don’t have it already, its a must.  And there is a free verions (score!).  It’s like scrabble, but you play with your friends (or strangers) and its at your own pace.    I.E. Carrie laid down a word, and […]



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My friend, Carrie, introduced me to an app on our iphones called “Words With Friends”.  If you don’t have it already, its a must.  And there is a free verions (score!).  It’s like scrabble, but you play with your friends (or strangers) and its at your own pace.    I.E. Carrie laid down a word, and then about 4 hours later I checked my phone & put down another word.  And if you do download it, my username is Brazzale – consider it game on.

If you know my husband, you know he’s a smart chap.  He’s frequently using intelligent words, not always big, but fancy.  The man is a walking dictionary & thesaurus, its just how he rolls. 

Anyways…last night I put it on Matt’s phone, and we probably played 3 games, all of which I.WON.  He tried using his fancy words, but my plain, dumb, & small words won.   I’m putting a check mark under “victory” on my “Matt’s Smarts vs. Catie’s Smarts” list.  The score is now 423,010,345 to 9 (in favor of Matt, obviously, the man is always outsmating me).