Archive for May 2012

My day in Gaithersburg, aka, seeing The Bloggess!   4 comments

It feels like a Sunday.. but really, just a long Saturday.  I woke up early, played some Diablo 3, helped hubby a lil bit when he was installing flooring upstairs, started a roast in the crock pot, then loaded 3 teens, hubby, and myself in the truck, and headed to the Gaithersburg, MD Book Festival.  AKA come see Jenny Lawson, thebloggess, and laugh your ass off day.  It took just over an hour to get to the shuttle that would take us to the festival, and wow, it should have just been Jenny Lawson day there.  I think everyone there was there for her, and it was AWESOME.  She read to us, a chapter from her book, that had us all rolling in our chairs.  (the chapter had to do with some ex-lax, and a non-rapist kitty.)  Afterwards, stood in line to see her .. minus my book, because I’m just smart like that to not take my book with me to see the author to get it signed.  smh.  Got to have pic taken with her, with the family +1, and she even signed my arm in sharpie marker!  I’m seriously going to try to avoid scrubbing my arm thru Monday, so that I can sport my bloggess love for a day at work.  Did not get home until about 8:30pm, had dinner just after 9pm.. so worth it!

Some photos from the day!

Enter Jenny Lawson, thebloggess

Jenny Lawson reads a chapter to her fans.

Standing in line to get pics & signed. The line was MUCH longer when we started.

Copernicus with his diet coke!

Jenny Lawson, myself, and my family +1

Signed by Jenny Lawson!


I so wanted to have time to talk to her, but I knew it wasn’t really possible.  Like so many, we read her words and think of her just like a good friend, someone we could have a real heart to heart with.  I wanted to ask her, how is she holding up with all of the travel & all of the people, and all of the attention.  I really wished I’d have brought my book for a personal note from her, or come up with some witty amazing gift that would be worthy, but it was still great to see her, listen to her read about ex-lax and non rapist kitty Posey, and have a picture taken with her.  All in all, a great day!

Thank you Jenny Lawson, for making my day.. furiously happy.



Farewell May   2 comments

T- 3 days and counting till PROM.  I think I’m just as excited about getting the mani/pedi Friday night!  Hard to tell if Alex is excited or not, but I plan to take some pics after she’s looking like a total princess.

Marissa is NOT getting better like I thought.  The redness / infection was taken care of by the z-pack, but she still has the headache that won’t quit for 2 weeks now.  Took her to her doctor’s office on Tuesday, where they prescribed a “different class of drug” than the imitrex, but designed to do the same thing, effectively get rid of it.  It has not worked yet.  We go back Friday afternoon for a follow up, and with her not progressing, they will likely be ordering imaging.

My chiropractor visit will get pushed back again, I just don’t have time to leave work for 60-90 minutes this week, what with having to take Marissa to the doctor twice.  I’m continuing on with the stretching she asked me to do, and while the reps aren’t improving, my shoulder is acting up less, tho there is still some pain.

I can’t believe this is pretty much, the last week of school for my girls.  The next 2 weeks after this is exams, and then they are done.

I should be watching IDOL right now, but Marissa put on Dr. Who on Netflix.. she is a new fan (as of this week) and it’s all she’s done while she’s been home this week.  Yay for DVR’s and I’ll be watching IDOL as soon as she’s done with the current episode she’s on.

Not much else to report on, but just felt like updating on the kiddos.  June needs to just get here and get this month over with already.  Hard to believe this June, Steve & I will be married for 23 years!

June 17, 1989.

Posted May 9, 2012 by Meg's Simple Life in life in general, prom

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Randomocity   2 comments

So, I haven’t written about anything on here, since the end of January.  I’ve thought about it, but then either time passes me by & I lose the motivation, or I simply have nothing really interesting to say.  I guess for now, I’ll try to recap stuff that’s been happening around here.

Alex is still suffering from random stomach pains, and all of her lab work has come up “in the normal range”, so we are proceeding with giving a 17 year old, a colonoscopy & an endoscopy.  Those will occur on the last day of school, the day after Memorial Day.  She is not so very thrilled with the idea of it all.  Best part, because she’s not 18, we have to see a pediatric specialist, and the closest one to us, is out of D.C., about 2 hours away.  Yay.

Marissa had allergy testing done recently, and she is the total opposite of her sister.  Where Alex is allergic to.. life? Marissa is allergic to next to nothing.  Dust mites, cockroach dust, bermuda grass, and plant mold from corn.  So pretty much, the main thing here, is the dust mites.  She is pretty damn lucky.  She did just have something wrong with her.. a migraine headache that would give her no peace for a good week.. so I took her to urgent care and they found that her ear & throat were red, and her sinuses were packed tight.  She earned a z pack, and imitrex.  That was on Thursday last week, and she is doing much better.

Me, well, ever since our tv died in January, I’ve had growing pain in my shoulder. (as a result of moving tv’s in & out of the house, that weighed, oh, probably 9000000000 pounds or so.)  So much so, that I started seeing my chiropractor again.  No matter what she does, the pain keeps coming back.  Right now, my neck is so sore between my neck & shoulder, that I can barely turn my head.  I was to see her this past Thursday, but she had a family emergency, so had to reschedule.  I’ll see her this Thursday instead.  I’ve been going at least once a week for the past 2 months.  She gave me some elastic type band to work on strengthening exercises for my shoulders & upper back, but I still can only seem to do about 5 reps of the 2 different types.  It’s only been about a week, but still, it’s difficult.  She said they were to be “pain free reps”, but how is it to be pain free, if I’m struggling with pain as it is?

Steve’s Aunt Dawn lost her battle with cancer last month.  She was only 48.  Cancer sucks ya’ll.

Our 5 cats continue to plot my demise, under the pretense of showing me affection.  They are trying their best not to get caught with their suspicious behavior of winding through my feet as I descend the stairs with full hands & limited vision from whatever I happen to be carrying at the time.  Adorable they may be, do not underestimate them!

We had an awesome view of the space shuttle as it made the final trip around D.C., from our office that sits across from the Dulles airport.  It was an amazing sight.  I’ve watched a few take-offs, from television, but this was the first time I’ve seen one like this.  Even though it was being carried, to see it in the air, was still quite wonderful.  I hope that sometime in the future, we are able to continue our space program.  Many children grow up dreaming to be astronauts someday, and it would be sad to lose that dream forever.

Could this post be any more random?  Let me think on that a moment..

My children have never seen Wayne’s World.  wow..

I have been reading a lot lately.  And Marissa & I share most of the same books.  LOVED The Hunger Games.  Have been reading a few random “Dark-Hunter” books from Sherrilyn Kenyon.  THOSE are um.. too adult for an almost 15 year old.  Just saying, glad I read it first, before she did.  I obtained most of the Harry Potter books from my dad when we went home last month, and will eventually, finally, get to read them.  Of course, I have several others in que.  And.. I just may have to succumb to the idea of reading 50 shades of gray.  The more I hear of it, the more intrigued I am.  And I really haven’t heard that much, other than it’s pretty much adult material, it was apparently based on Twilight fan fiction.  I finished reading “Let’s Pretend this Never Happened, a mostly true memoir”, by Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess.  I am thrilled to find out, she is touring to a city within an hour of here, and I *will* get to go!  May 19th woohoo! I read 90% of the book out loud to my family, while we were driving to & from Pennsylvania.  I was feeling pretty hoarse afterwards!  But, the family was enjoying it so much, they kept pushing me to read more & more of it, praising the way I read.  Steve said I should do  Whatever!

Alex has her junior prom next weekend.  She is going to look so lovely.  And she is going to get her first mani/pedi Friday night.  She picked out her prom dress after a blitz of the mall & ransacking Deb Shop.


The chosen dress, bought while they were closing the gates in the mall.

My computer has been fubar ever since I tried to do some maintenance on it myself.  I was *only* trying to make room on my hard drive, that was too stuffed to do anything.  Yea.  Somehow, I deleted important stuff, and it took many system restores later to get it semi right. (I still get occasional crashes.) But, as a side effect, it’s more bitchy than normal, so that means I am as well.  Probably in July, I’m getting a new computer.  Just because, I’m tired of trying to fix this one.  Just start over, and be done with it.  I need to save pictures, music, and videos.. the rest, I really don’t care if it takes me a month to reinstall shit, it will just be done, and done right, with no short cuts.

That’s pretty much it for now.  Oh yea, we have like, 2 weekends to get our living room cleaned out & the floor installed, because my inlaws will be here for Memorial weekend.  I’m happy that they are coming, but the time crunch is on.  And with Prom next weekend, and going to see Jenny Lawson the weekend after, it should make for some interesting time crunching to get the floor done!

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