Category: Pets

Pools, Showers, Bugs & Projects

We woke up around 10:30am yesterday. We started watching a movie with Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp, “The Stranger”? I dunno which one, but I’d never seen it before and it was good :). I felt lazy, but finally decided to get up and make something to eat. It was almost noon!

Mom kept reminding me all day Saturday that I should really go to the groceries. I kept waving away her suggestions, saying, “Yes, we’ll go later…” and then the guys started arriving for Fight Night and we never went.

So it was no surprise that there was hardly anything to cook the next morning, heh. I couldn’t make my love his Sunday omelet, but I did whip up some scrambled eggs with weenies, onion and tomatoes :D. I made myself some French toast (I was craving the ones we had at the hotel in Austin :P). I didn’t even have sugar or Splenda for my coffee, but we had some orange juice :).

We chilled out a while in the living room. We watched TV and then decided to take a dip in the pool. We spent a good hour in there, admiring our work: the very leveled ground, the sturdy metal frame because of said level ground. We got out and showered. I was debating whether we should grocery shop afterwards or if I should just start getting ready for Dayse’s bridal shower. When I checked the time (and subtracted the time it takes me to blow-dry and flat-iron my hair) I decided to get ready for the shower. Jorge said to leave him the list and he’d go himself. He said, “I might screw it up, though, and spend more than I should.” I told him he’d be fine, but was sort of worried he would buy more expensive stuff since I usually spend more when he shops with me, heh.

I got ready, GPS’d the address and went on my way. Halfway there I realize my darn phone is dying. Great. I call Jorge and warn him, in case he tries to get ahold of me and it isn’t on. It’s also for his peace of mind, because in his previous relationship he would usually get the I’m going out. Oops, my phone died and then wouldn’t get an answer till the next day around 3am. Which of course wouldn’t happen with me, but the last thing I want him to do is worry, because I know I sure as hell wouldn’t appreciate that.

So I finally find Dayse’s mom’s house. Our other friends didn’t seem to be going, so I already felt awkward when I stepped in and saw not one familiar face. The girls that are there are all gorgeous and tall and in dresses. I’m short, even with my 4-inch wedges on and I was wearing jeans and a black tank with crocheted straps. Dayse is a total doll; she looked gorgeous in her beige lacey dress and purple pumps. Her sister and mom did a fabulous job decorating; the centerpieces and sweets table were super cute. I’m sad I didn’t get a photo!

Dayse and I caught up for a while and when other guests began to arrive and she went over to mingle, I texted Jorge, who was grocery shopping after picking up his boys. We exchanged a few texts and I admit I started a small argument. Over nothing. It was stupid. But we argued and then my phone died. Just like that. Without any type of apology on my part, or an I love you or anything. Needless to say, I ate in silence (the food was great, by the way) and I tried being pleasant but I wasn’t in such a great mood.

We played a few games and had dessert. I stuffed my face. I hadn’t had so many sweets at once in a long time and I instantly regretted it. We took pictures, chatted a bit more, and then I excused myself around 7pm.

I didn’t know how I should react when I got home. I felt stupid for starting the argument and didn’t know how to apologize. I charged my phone as soon as I got in so that I could call my kiddos. 2 texts from Jorge came in. One was him being sarcastic and the other was him asking for Mom’s card’s Pin number. Oops. I’d totally forgotten to give it to him! I was afraid to ask how that whole thing went about.

I talk to my kiddos and then go to the kitchen to get some water. Jorge is starting on dinner. When I notice he’s almost done I put my arms around him; a feeble attempt to make amends. He reciprocates and hugs me tight. I say I’m sorry. He begins to tell me about the drama show that followed after he couldn’t get ahold of me to get Mom’s Pin. Then he called Mom and she couldn’t remember her Pin either. Jesus LOL.

He tells me he doesn’t like to fight with me. I tell him I’m sorry, again, for starting the argument and I hate fighting, too. We snuggle up together on the sofa and I read my book. I’m halfway through “Heart of the Matter” by Emily Giffin :). It’s pretty good!

I passed out reading and Jorge woke me around midnight so we could go to the bedroom. I washed up for bed and then had the hardest time falling asleep. I checked at least 3 times to make sure my alarm was set right. I wanted to make sure I’d get up on time. Nothing would be worse than going back to work late the day after my week’s vacation. Especially on a Monday *shudder*.

I tossed and turned, a lot. Then I wake up at 5:53…half an hour earlier than my alarm was set . I hate that!

I had enough time to shower, fix my hair, iron and get my breakfast and lunch ready. I headed to work, made it on time and Anabel told Rosie and me about how her iPhone was stolen from right under her nose this weekend. We had our meeting, got our weekly pep-talk and inspirational words from our boss. I went upstairs and made my oatmeal with cinnamon and honey and had my French Vanilla coffee. I got my “bills” together and got signatures so I could submit them. I worked on some lists for upcoming events. And then my love told texted me that he missed me and to meet him at Dai-Tung for lunch. I love seeing him during the day!

We had lunch with his buddies, Remi and Marco. I ordered shrimp and mushrooms and steamed rice; same as the last time. The first shrimp I bit into had the little vein, bleh, so I checked every shrimp after that. They were all clean and good.

My love snuggled me right before I was about to leave. I felt instantly comfy and sleepy, just like at home, heh.

I got to work and I started feeling weird. Stomach ache that turned into stomach pain. And then I felt severely nauseous. I had a mini-meeting with my boss about changes to an event, did a certificate, and then prayed that I’d make it the rest of the day. I made myself some manzanilla (chamomile) tea to help me feel better.

My short-term goal was make it till 3pm. Then I made it till 4, so I stuck it out till 5.

I browsed Pinterest and found these beauties:

I sent Jorge a text with the links. He said our old pallets, the ones that have been there since we moved in, were too ugly LOL.

I got out of work (made it till 5!) and Jorge told me to wait for him. So I drove the few blocks over and read my book while I waited. A weird, homeless-type man came up to my window and asked me to roll it down. HELL NO, I was not about to do that. He gestured that he wasn’t from here and someone crashed into him. I shrugged and mouthed ‘sorry’ and read my book, hoping he’d go away. He did. I text Jorge to tell him and he quickly comes out of the store to see where the guy was. I said it’s ok, he left, but he goes in the direction the guy went anyway. And when I turn to see where he went I see it: a glorious mountain of brand-new pallets near the huge green garage bin. I text him about this treasure and he texts back “LOL”. I laugh, and continue to read. He runs out and asks how many we’ll need for the projects, I say 8. He drives his truck over there and puts them in the bed of the truck. Oh, how I love that man!!

So that’s our weekend project :). If we can get to it with 6 kiddos here :). I can’t wait for them to be back!

I made dinner when we got home and spoke to my babies. OH! And I received a call from one of the assistant managers from the Walmart where we waited for 45 minutes on Thursday. He called to apologize. Of course, when I returned his call, I was put on hold 3 different times for a total of 15 minutes, but I left him a message. I commend Walmart corporate for being on top of their customer’s comments and letters!

I made the mistake of eating a full bowl of fideo with ground turkey and tomato and onion. And I drank some pomegranate green tea. I immediately felt awful again!

Jorge and the boys wanted to get in the pool. He said, “C’mon Baby, go change!” I tell him I’m feeling gross still. He asks at least 3 more times if I felt good enough to join them, but my stomach’s been churning since dinner and now I have this weird pain in the pit of my stomach. I hope I’m ok by morning .

We’re watching some low-budget “Zombie Apocalypse” movie and Jorge and the boys are eating popcorn. I really want popcorn, but I don’t want to feel nauseous before bed :(. I’m going to ignore them and browse Pinterest some more. And since I didn’t have any other actual photos to post, I’ll leave you with a pic of this ferocious beast, basking in the sun :).

Basking

The Girliest Post, Ever

This entry will probably make male readers–if I have any–roll their eyes or cause said eyes to glaze over.

Tuesday, June 12th

It’s not often I wake up having a good hair day. That was probably one of my worst fears when Jorge and I got together: Was he going to run in the opposite direction the day we’d wake up beside each other when he saw my unruly mane? Luckily, he says he loves my crazy hair (I think he’s just being nice). Most of the time I flat-iron it. But when I don’t have much time in the morning I add a touch of gel and leave it to curl/wave. Only now–in my late 20’s/now that I’ve turned 30–have I finally embraced my curls. So, of course I’d take a picture of my waves the ONE TIME I woke up with them looking decent:

Waves

(My complexion was behaving itself, as well :D. That doesn’t happen often, either.)

I began my “spring cleaning” early at work. Robert inspired Michelle and I with his early cleaning. All I have to do is organize our storage area in the storage room and dust the top of my desk. I need to get some frames for my photos and spiff it up a bit :).

I got out of work and was greeted by this:

Ruffs <3

I love that darn kitty! I promised him I would never, ever let Jorge throw him out. Even if he does cause us to sneeze 100 times before we leave in the morning and rubs on our legs when we’re wearing black or dripping wet, freshly showered .

I changed into shorts and sandals and went to HEB to stock up on food/snacks for the kids. I’d be picking them up the next day from Mario’s and my babe’s boys would be there, too :).

I did my shopping, Jorge got home and we had some pizza that I’d brought home from work. I tell you, it’s super hard to lose weight working there! There were 2 pizza boxes left and I brought them home ’cause no one could take them and I felt guilty having them thrown out :(. (I know, I know: excuses, excuses lol.)

We did pretty good, pizza-wise; I only had 1 slice of the supreme and it was thin-crust. I casually brought up jogging and Jorge shot down that idea right away LOL. He said he wanted to watch “John Carter” and then we’d exercise the next day, for real. I said fine. I didn’t think I’d like the movie, but I’d picked the one the night before so I let him have it.

We picked up some Red Mango (used up both certificates, yes!) and then we got the movie.

Red Mango

I felt super guilty after my TUB of yogurt. I told myself that I was definitely starting my workouts the next day; whether Jorge wanted to or not. I feel jiggly and not happy with myself right now. I have no one to blame but myself. And Pinterest.

We ate our Red Mango and watched the movie. And then Jorge made fresh strawberry/mango Margaritas. (Hey, they’re sorta healthy!) It was SUPER GOOD.

Strawberries & mango

And then I fell asleep right after that on the sofa and missed the ending . I’m a cheap date. I only need ONE, heh.

Wednesday, June 13th

The next day was spent cleaning up some more at work and in my free time I went through my Flickr pics and organized some of the photos. Sadly, there’s a huge gap from July 2010-October 2010, but that’s when the shizz hit the fan with Mario and I just lost the desire to take photos, blog, or do anything really. The photos from the past year and a half just made me so happy, though ♥. I can’t complain at all; we’ve been able to do so much with the kids, to our home and with each other :).

I left work at 3pm to pick up the kiddos and then we headed to Alaethia and Emily’s appointment. It was a completely new office and, Jesus, it took forever. The girls were at least entertained with TV and a few toys. Jaylen entertained himself in other ways:

My big baby boy lol

And then he took a nap with his earphones on. I remember when he was around 2; the only way he’d fall asleep in his own bed was if he had his little blue CD player playing his nursery rhyme CD, aww :*)!

Eenan, on the other hand, was being loud and bothering the girls, so they’d start screaming, grrr. And once, Emily found one of those small bubbles the little toys from the machines come in and stuck the lid in her mouth. It got stuck the “vertical” way and she started freaking out. I almost started freaking out until she spit it out and made this funny noise, kind of like a “raspberry”. I immediately started to scold and lecture her and Eenan made the noise mid-lecture and I couldn’t help but crack up laughing! And then I snapped out of it and started lecturing him about not encouraging her or else she’d continue to do it .

The girls WERE NOT happy about being seen by the dentist, which is crazy since they used to love it. Alaethia got her Xrays taken just fine, but when it was Emily’s turn she started crying! 🙁 Her little lip quivered as she stared at me with her big eyes and then she just started bawling. My poor girl. I went and grabbed her as soon as they were done and consoled her. She was terrified. Her dentist, a nice Turkish man with a somewhat goofy voice (heh) started making her laugh. He gave them tons of stickers, crayons and coloring sheets. And all the assistants were admiring Alaethia’s long locks and Emily’s curls at the end of her straight hair. They started feeling more comfortable and got their cleaning done. They’re leaving the sealants for the 20th, tho. .

We finally got to leave around 6:15pm. We got home, I changed and was going to start on dinner. The kids saw the pizza and wanted that for dinner. They never get tired of pizza. Alaethia ate two slices and they’re pretty big! She’s a bottomless pit, that one!

I made some simple chicken salad for us. We ate it plain, without chips or anything! Shocking!

I was pleasantly surprised when Jorge brought up exercising. He said we needed to do something. I brought up jogging at the park, he agreed. We changed, put on a movie for the kids and had Mom stay with them. I have to say, I missed that park.

Park at Night

We started off with power walking for 2 laps (which is about 2 miles) and from the 3-5 we jogged on and off. I love the feeling of the wind in your face, the expanding of the lungs, the strength of my legs; it’s just the best. We chatted about everything, discussed our old work-out regimen and what we’d be doing after the jog, and we hated on the athletic people who were jogging effortlessly, hehe.

We got home, made sure all was well with the kiddos and then we lifted some dumbbells. Alaethia asked to come in right before we started Ab-Ripper. She giggled when Jorge would struggle lol. I did every single rep. When we were doing Heels to the Heavens Jorge stared at me from his position on the floor across from me and said, “What the hell?! It’s like you never stopped!!” 😀

I am super proud of him, though. Even though his back was giving him some trouble, he did as many reps as he could :).

We finished and hobbled to the living room. We watched a bit of “Tin Tin” with them…until I passed out! He said he called me like 5 times and I didn’t wake up till Alaethia, who was resting on my hip, moved me lol.

They watched the movie while we showered. When we got out, Jaylen was falling asleep, Emily was asleep and Alaethia was totally passed out. Jorge picked her up to move her to her bedroom and she’d peed everywhere lol. Jesus. So we put the covers to wash and set the cushions to drain. I sent Eenan to bed (he likes to stick around and stay awake as much as possible). And THEN we went to bed.

Thursday, June 14th

We went in to work at 9am the next morning. We still managed to snooze till the last possible minute so we didn’t eat breakfast at home like we’d planned.

We drove to work together :). At work, I cleaned here and there and got rid of stuff on my computer. I had a few minutes before we left to the Luncheon, so I got on Pinterest. I read this article about bra sizes. Holy crap! I need to find my “correct” size. I seriously had no idea there were such things as THOSE SIZES. No wonder nothing ever fits me correctly!

I also saw this girl’s ab progress and it motivated me even more to continue with it. I wish I’d kept my photos from when I was actually doing P90X/tae kwon do religiously; I know for a fact that it works, so I’m totally going to make an effort!

We went to the luncheon and I helped with registration. Then we had lunch. It was pretty healthy: salad, fish in cilantro sauce, glazed carrots and roasted potatoes, but the fish was super salty . I had only half of my glazed carrots and one tiny potato. And then, dessert. Cheesecake. I admit, I ate most of it. But I left a little bit, which is more than I can say I would have done 2 weeks ago, heh. I even had my brewed tea without sugar and some water.

We got back to work and I continued with my tidying up. And some more Pinterest, hehe.

I got home, changed, chilled out with the kids and painted Emily’s nails while I waited for dinner dinner to finish cooking.

Tiny nails

I made fish. I had no idea they were serving that for lunch and had already planned for it . But it was good :). Jaylen even had seconds!

Jorge got home from work and ate and we watched TV with the kids while our stomachs settled, for about 30 minutes. Then we got ready and went to the park. We walked 4 and jogged 1. We felt awesome afterwards. We stopped by Exxon to get something to drink since we finished our water. Everything had TONS of sugar. Or sucralose or some other type of sugar substitute. We found some Sobe Life Waters, which had lower sugar than all the other drinks, including tea or juice. I got pomegranate and Jorge got mango mandarin. We tried the other’s drink and we switched LOL. The mango mandarin one is SO GOOD!

We get home and park in the driveway. He says, “Ok, let’s bet. I bet that Alaethia’s whining for snacks, Emily’s throwing a fit and the boys were fighting so Eenan’s in our room. What do you think?” I say, “Somewhat the same; Alaethia fell asleep though, Emily’s throwing a fit and the boys did fight, so Eenan’s playing in their room and Jaylen’s in the living room watching TV or on my computer.”

“Ok,” he says, “Let’s go see.”

So we get down and quietly walk through the garage and the laundry room and open the boys’ door. We both say, “What the–??”

Jorgie and Justin were there. All 4 boys are quietly playing, peacefully.

Jorge asks when they got there, they said a few minutes before. We weren’t expecting them that night, but it was nice that they got to come over :). They told us they had a doctor’s appointment in the morning (finally) due to their bad coughs so their mother would pick them up. We let them know they wouldn’t be staying up long. None of them were happy about that LOL.

Friday, June 15th

It was cleaning day at work and we got to wear JEANS! Since I’d already done most of the cleaning during the week, all I really had to do was dust everything and organize a few binders.

I was finished and satisfied with my work. Then I made the mistake of opening my desk cabinets up top and thought, Hmm. Maybe I should put the binders from 2010 into the storage room filing cabinets?

So I took them all out. Michelle passes by and says, “Oh my God! Your desk is messy again!”

It was awful. I had no room in the storage room cabinets and stuffed one of them to the top so now I can’t open the darn thing. Grr. BUT. I put my trays in one cabinet at my desk and freed up a lot of desk space. And now I only have current binders. I told my boss we need to go through that stuff. Some is 5+ years old!

I finished just in time for lunch and met my love at Palenque Chicken. We joked around with his co-workers and just had a good time. I love meeting him for lunch :).

I got back to work and get a text from Jorge about 20 minutes later. All hell is breaking loose with the boys. Fighting over games, picking on each other–the works. It became a HUGE drama because, of course, as much as we love each other’s kids, we both become defensive over our own children. We’re human. Didn’t help that some dumbass was making it an even bigger drama show than it should have been. (We knew this because we gathered the kids later and talked about it.) But it put a damper on the day a little.

I was scheduled to work till 3, so I went to do some Father’s Day shopping, even though I wasn’t in the best of moods. Jorge is always stealing my Iso-cool pillow, so that was one of his gifts. Too bad they weren’t in stock . I’d have to wait a week for it. I figured I’d be creative and put in a little IOU tag or something with the rest of his gifts.

I started getting prices for the girls’ future twin beds (they’re growing out of their toddler beds fast!). I wanted bunk beds, but there weren’t any in stock and the ones they had in the catalog look too masculine. As I was walking, I saw a patio table and chairs. An employee jumped at the chance to get a sale and gave me an amazing price for them, since it was the last set. We’ve been wanting a patio set, but when I asked if they were getting any new ones the employee said no. I okayed the last set with Jorge (whom I had to tell about the pillow because he was wondering why I’d go to Furniture Row all random-like) and we got it! For about a 3rd of the cost AND 6 months, no interest LOL. I’m almost done paying it, and we just got it, that’s how cheap it was!

I got Jorge some clothes at Old Navy and headed to his work to pick him up. I was slowly getting out of my funky mood, but when I had to wait an additional hour and a half…I wasn’t so cheery anymore. When he finally got out, we decided to get Subway for us and the kids wanted pizza. So that took a while longer. And then we realize the passenger-side tail light was out…and we were being followed by a cop. So we quickly stopped by O’Reily’s and he changed out the light.

I was annoyed at how late we got home. The girls were all over me ’cause they missed me, aww :*). We chilled for a bit, let the food settle, and then we went for our (quiet) jog.

We walked the first 3 miles, then jogged the last 2. I finally stopped with the ice queen facade after he bumped me several times and I grabbed his hand. We had a talk when we got home and–eventually–all was well, thank goodness :).

Saturday, June 16th

I was meeting Sally for breakfast the next morning, at Jimmy’s Egg. It’s a fairly new restaurant and one of my co-workers was raving about it and we both wanted to try it. We hadn’t hung out in a long time; probably since before our birthdays. We made plans to take the littlest ones with us.

We caught up: gossiped, talked about the kids, our love life, work. It was nice to just chill with a girlfriend. I let her know how crazy the past few months were for me, and all my time and energy was focused on my family. She totally understood.

The kids played and giggled and colored. Then our food came and OMG. I have never had better whole-wheat pancakes in my LIFE. They were cinnamon-y and so delicious! Too bad I didn’t get a photo! But Sally did take one of the girls and me:

Breakfast at Jimmy's Egg

I look so sleepy in it, but I like it :). Sally and I were too caught up in the gossip and the kids that we didn’t take one with each other LOL.

When we were done eating Sally and QC came over for a bit and he played with the girls. It’s so fun watching them play together :). The girls kinda fight for his attention, tho :P.

My boys had all eaten while we were on our way home and Jaylen took the girls’ leftover pancakes LOL. Mario came for the kiddos about 30 minutes later and Sally left. I tidied up and then went to buy groceries. My LEAST favorite chore. Other than laundry.

That’s where I found out my driver’s license was expired. And they didn’t let me buy Jorge’s Shiner LOL.

When I got back home I found a 12-pack of Shiner beer carefully placed beside the garage. My first thought? SHINER FAIRY!? But no, it was Jorge’s friend/employee, who was kissing butt for getting in trouble that morning for calling in and later busting himself partying when he butt-dialed another co-worker LOL.

I made dinner and Jorge got home. His sister came over with her kiddos and we caught up. Two of Jorge’s friends were coming over so we gathered outside in the garage. Jorge put the new patio table together (and playfully joked, “You see what she has me doing? The night before Father’s Day?!” LOL) and after he was done Briana and I came in so I could make us some Margaritas. It was seriously mostly strawberries (and 1 mango) because the strawberries looked close to spoiling and I wanted to save them LOL.

We had our drink and laughed at the guys. Briana whispers to me, “Is that really all they talk about? Farts?” Buahaha! I thought that was hilarious. (And yes, they do!)

We got a visit from Big Red, a neighbor’s beautiful Labrador, who has seemed lost in recent days because his buddy, a tiny white chihuahua, moved away :(. It’s the saddest thing. It’s like he comes to our yard to look for him, because he remembers this is where they’d play and take a short-cut to the other neighborhood behind us .

Briana and Mia left (Nick was sleeping over) and then it was midnight. We said our “Happy Father’s Day!” to everyone and the guys left about 30 minutes later. As Jorge and I were getting ready for bed I asked him, “What do you want to do for Father’s Day, my love?” He said, “Nothing,” and smiled. I asked, “Really? Nothing?” He said, “Nope. I just want to chill out at home and do nothing.”

Sounds like a plan :).

How a Lazy Sunday Should Be

I have about a month’s worth of entries pending, but if I keep updating weekly for only a week at a time then I’m never going to catch up. So, since I have tomorrow off (yay!), the girls are at Mario’s this weekend so I have no one to bathe or drop off in the morning (super weird), Jorgie & Justin are sleeping and Jorge is being entertained by a Van Damme movie, I figured why not update on time for once? 🙂

I went to sleep earlyish last night after our BBQ. I woke up at 9am when Ruffles was chattering at a fly and I couldn’t go back to sleep. I sat up in bed just in time to watch him jump 5 feet in the air, smacked the fly, caught it and then ate it. My own personal fly swatter :). Just remind me not to kiss him on the nose anymore .

My love was still sleeping soundly so I checked Facebook and then I checked on my site. I was greeted by loud yellow and red text and a black background. My website was hacked! By a supposed Bangladeshi group. First time in 10+ years with this domain that my site has actually been hacked. There was that one time some idiot attempted to hack my site a few months ago, but he was totally busted–and who knows, maybe this was related to that somehow–but wow. Someone took the time to hack me LOL. I’m glad this group was nice enough to leave everything intact, though .

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