half heard in the stillness-- between two waves of the sea.

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Trash Eaters.

That time when you clean out your fridge, only to find the next morning that someone has carefully untied your trash bags and taken all of the old food out of your trash… Yeah. That just happened here. I feel sad. I know it wasn’t an animal because it was neatly done, and some entire things were gone, like the box of old BBQ. We live in small town Kentucky, you don’t really see homeless people here. There’s a homeless shelter...

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FTZ Violator!

Yesterday Tyler had to work late unexpectedly. He called me and asked if I would bring him and his partner some food. They had to re-do a project board for upper management. That sounds like fun… The Toyota factory is huge. I mean really, really huge. It’s like a self sufficient compound. They have a day care, a large gym, a pharmacy, a general store, gardens that grow produce for the cafeteria, and a train station. They even compost all compostable...

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Stayin’ Alive.

I survived getting my tooth pulled. It wasn’t bad at all compared to the impacted wisdom tooth and the other regular wisdom teeth. I was nervous when I got to the oral surgeon’s office, but thanks to my friend Zoloft I could totally avoid panic. Just mildly concerned. My insurance didn’t cover any anesthesia. Thanks a lot Delta Dental! I opted for the gas, which cost $71 extra, because I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect from the whole experience after the wisdom...

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Poop.

Something has caused my IBS to flare up again. I have been in “remission” for months and I was hoping it would never come back. I have no idea what set it off. My lower intestines burn like the fires of hell, I have horrible gas, and then tons of loose poop over and over for hours. It’s miserable. I know it’s IBS and not a virus because it’s the same old thing I’ve gotten repeatedly in the past from IBS....

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Halloween & Potties.

Halloween was indeed cold, but the rain stopped just in time for trick or treating! The Poky Little Puppy totally got the concept of going to doors, saying something sort of like Trick or Treat, then saying, “Dank doo!” for thank you. As soon as we would walk away from each porch he would frantically sign, “Eat! Eat!” and try to reach in the bucket. He also kept pointing to himself and saying, “Woof woof!” The make-up, which was actually just...

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Nearly 15 Months.

This boy. Is. Trouble. Trouble on legs. Hell on wheels. He’s so busy. And he hates toys! Unless he’s breaking them. Help. Send help. Lucky for him, he’s also super adorable. He loves to eat. Molars were totally the best thing that ever happened to him. Hold me! Denied, until de-Mexicaning your entire body is complete. Sorry son! Which turned out to involve a bath. What are you looking at? How about NO? No way, tiny human. No. Mhhmm, dry human...

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Mortality & Also Some Pictures.

For some reason I started reading The Fault in Our Stars tonight. I’ve been avoiding it, and I clicked on it, and got I got sucked in. No. No. No. No. Why do I do this to myself? I can already see where this is heading and I don’t want to go there. Nope. It reminds me of middle school, and maybe high school, when I would read those Lurlene McDaniel books about teenagers who die of cancer. Raise your hand...

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Ebola: Fun & Games!

I am over this Ebola business. Can we please go back to a few months ago before a disgusting viral plague started sickening people? Here’s the thing that I don’t get–ok, well actually there are several things I don’t get. First of all, why is Ebola being compared to things like the flu or diabetes? Newsflash: People die from the flu, but not 50-90% of those who come down with it. The majority of people who get the flu are healthy...

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Sing to me the song of your people, tornadoes, and other unfortunate messes.

The other night we had scary weather. Tornadoes all around us! One to the west, one to the north, and one to the east. In October. Why? Very weird. The hail was huge. This is a picture of melting hail that I grabbed between tornado warnings. It was actually golf ball to baseball sized when it came down. I’ve never seen such large hail in my life. Some people experienced a lot of hail damage, but luckily we didn’t have anything...

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Informal Poll:

Say you lived in a downtown area with a lot of people walking around, and a lot of drugs and other unsavory activities. Often these people throw trash in your yard and all over the ground outside while they are walking past. On this particular day you go out to your trash can outside and find the lid open. Often you rant to your husband that you wish these trash-throwing people would just put the trash in your garbage can, so...