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The Ladder Truck

December 29th, 2011

I was going to write about my awesome & relaxing Christmas vacation in WI this week.  But after last night, I can’t make it the full focus of this blog.  In short, it was awesome.  Mom showed me how to be an awesome old lady 20 something year old and knit correctly.  I whipped out […]



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I was going to write about my awesome & relaxing Christmas vacation in WI this week.  But after last night, I can’t make it the full focus of this blog.  In short, it was awesome.  Mom showed me how to be an awesome old lady 20 something year old and knit correctly.  I whipped out a hat in no time.  Its amazing when you have the right yarn, sized needles & know the knitting lingo how much more fun & easier knitting is.  Mom & I also put together a 2000 piece puzzle full of all sorts of different pretty shoes.  Both things, along with eating delicious food & seeing my family, made my trip amazing.  Aren’t you glad I summed that all up in a paragraph vs. drawing it out for a whole post?

 

I debated posting this, because its probably not nice to mock my neighbor.  But Connie (her name is changed to protect the innocent) gets the nickname “Crazy Connie” for a reason (side note – she is super sweet & means well).  The lady is CRAZY.   She runs a fine line between institutionally crazy & “I’m a wacky gal” kind of crazy.  In the short 3 years I’ve lived in my house, I probably have more than a dozen examples of her nuttiness (I could write a few blogs – or maybe 1/month for a few years).

 

Its approximately 8:30pm last night when I’m sitting at the kitchen table and got the bajeezus scared out of me because out of the corner of my eye I saw a man dressed in all dark park & walk in front of the house.  I know, you people are probably thinking “what’s wrong w/ that?”.  But when you live in a fairly safe neighborhood, but shenanigans is definitely not out of the norm & you aren’t expecting someone, it can kind of startle you.  I then saw his bright flashing lights (funny how I missed those initially).

C: Matt, a police officer w/ his lights on just parked in front of the house
M: Wha?
C: yeah, I saw him walk across the street…kind of odd

Soon this was the scene in front of our house – except it’s missing the 1 extra fire truck, ladder truck & you can’t see the ambulance (again mom, someday I’ll get to using windex on the windows).

 

C: Ohh…super drama.  I hope they aren’t going to Ada’s house! (she’s our sweet old neighbor, I was legitimately concerned right here)
M: It looks like he went into Connie’s house.

C: *chuckle* oh…Crazy Connie, I wonder what she did this time – I bet Jim (her husband) isn’t home.

C: ohh…the fire men are walking into her house all suited up with an axe & fire extinguisher

*Crazy Connie just NOW walks out of her apparently burning down house*

Approximately 3 minutes has passed & the officer is walking back to his car.

*Matt steps outside & asks him what is going on (I’ve finally trained him into becoming a nosy neighbor & getting the gossip on everything an informed member of the neighborhood).*

*Matt comes back into the house chuckling*

C: soo…what’s going on?
M: Apparently she filled her entire house up w/ smoke using the microwave.

C: That Crazy Connie!

C: I won’t lie babes, if our house is so filled with smoke that I need to call 911 – Lucy & I are calling from the sidewalk, after I grab a clean pair of underwear & socks.

M: Babes, that’s what any normal person would do, but she’s crazy…

 

You really need to hear all the other stories to maybe find the humor in this & realize that this is not surprising that she A) almost burned her house down via the microwave & B) called 911 for something that maybe opening a few windows might have solved.

 

Also, we picked Lucy up from the doggie hotel yesterday and she was so exhausted she didn’t care about her favorite men outside her house.  I even tried to tell her it was better than last time because they were in full uniform, not just fire pants, suspenders, & a t-shirt.

 


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San Antonio – why are your colors so bright?

December 22nd, 2011

After a wild goose chase to a job site today (that was really a school, not the medical office building that it was supposed to be) I found myself in a very Hispanic neighborhood.  I’m going to preface this with – stereo types wouldn’t be stereotypes if they weren’t true.  I knew I was in […]



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After a wild goose chase to a job site today (that was really a school, not the medical office building that it was supposed to be) I found myself in a very Hispanic neighborhood.  I’m going to preface this with – stereo types wouldn’t be stereotypes if they weren’t true.  I knew I was in a predominately Hispanic neighborhood due to the large amount of F-150’s & Chihuahua dogs running around…oh, and most things were in Spanish.

 

I loved this area and I wish I would have brought my camera.  I had to call matt & tell him that this part of San Antonia is Texas’ version of Vegas (for my anyways).  Hear me out.

 

Over Thanksgiving, I posted about the lights of Vegas.  How during the day, they aren’t on, and I feel like I’m not missing anything, but in the evening, when they are bright & flashing, it’s a whole other story!!   I found myself wanting to go into EVERY ESTABLISHMENT in Vegas at night, even though I knew it was a strip club or someplace I didn’t want to be.  But the lights…oh the bright flashy lights, they draw you in & make you feel like you’re missing out if you don’t at least step inside the door to see what its all about.

 

This area of San Antonio didn’t have the lights, but they had bright & vibrant colors…and huge signs.  I wanted to go into the local markets, pawn shops, bakeries, and restaurants.  I laughed at myself as I was driving by a tamales restaurant.  I don’t even really like tamales, but the building was BRIGHT YELLOW and it said “delicious tamales”. I seriously almost stopped.  I thought (and still think)  – how could I not love a tamale from there?  I feel like I missed out on so much not going into all the very attractive places.

 

If I ever go into business, I’m taking lessons from this neighborhood – bright colors & huge signs – it makes it SO tempting to stop in & see what its all about.

 

On a completely different note – I’ve had an urge to start knitting again.  After starting back up on Saturday night, I was quickly reminding why my knitting things are collecting dust in the closet.  I’m determined to knit a hat, it seems so simple, but it’s not turning out right (please help mom!).  Apparently Lucy feels the same way.

 


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Work Travel

December 18th, 2011

C: I’m staying in an Embassy Suites tomorrow in San Antonio.  Know why that’s exciting? M: Nope C: They have complimentary happy hour. M: Babes, you can’t even drink C: Ummm….It also includes Kiddie Cocktails – ON THE ROCKS! M: *silence, but a smirk* C: and all you can eat popcorn.  I hope they have […]



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C: I’m staying in an Embassy Suites tomorrow in San Antonio.  Know why that’s exciting?

M: Nope

C: They have complimentary happy hour.

M: Babes, you can’t even drink

C: Ummm….It also includes Kiddie Cocktails – ON THE ROCKS!

M: *silence, but a smirk*

C: and all you can eat popcorn.  I hope they have glass elevators like the one in Minneapolis

M: *still silent*

C: OH!  Their continental breakfast is pretty big too.  How will I ever chose between sugary cereal, bagels, pancakes, donuts or french toast?

M: I’m not sure…

C: The Embassy Suites is the high life – I like living the high life.

M: Babes, someday I’ll show you living the high life

C: you mean free kiddie cocktails & an awesome continental breakfast at the Embassy Suites isn’t the high life?

M: Nope…

C: Oh…


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I think I’ll fit

December 9th, 2011

M: So what happens if the weather remains really cold & snowy & we can’t put up the outdoor Christmas lights?   C: Did you forget who you married & where she’s from? M: wha? C: I’m from WI, we put up outdoor lights in the cold & snow every year. M: I’m not putting […]


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M: So what happens if the weather remains really cold & snowy & we can’t put up the outdoor Christmas lights?

 

C: Did you forget who you married & where she’s from?

M: wha?

C: I’m from WI, we put up outdoor lights in the cold & snow every year.

M: I’m not putting them up if its below zero

C: Fine, then i’ll put them up myself

 

M: How are you going to get them out of the attic?

C: I’ll find a way to make the ladder talle enough so I can get into the attic

M: your pregnant belly won’t fit through the attic hole

C: my pregnant belly is still smaller than yours

M: *laughs* oh really? How big do you think you are around?

 

C: probably 48″.

M: *laughs*

 

Thankfully it will be warm this weekend, so I won’t have to get my pregnant belly through the attic hole.

 

F0r the record, I’m only 41″ around – I just measured.