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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Workin' hard for the money

Ok, I'm sorry it's been so long between posts. I know that blaming it on my new job is a lame excuse, but it's true! In my adjustment to only having 4 hours between getting home from work and going to bed, blogging has somehow fallen to the bottom of the priority list. Facebook stalking, however, has remained steadily near the top. Pathetic, I know. But at least I am being a bit pickier about whose profiles I waste time looking at (since I have less time to devote to the hobby), rather than spending hours aimlessly perusing all of them.


So yes, the job is great! Waking up before 6 am is not my favorite part of the gig, but I like the company and the people and that's about as good as it gets! And, for the Houston area, my commute isn't horrible. It still tests my patience, but it could be way worse, so I really shouldn't complain (but don't worry, I still do). And as an added bonus, in exchange for working 7:30-5:30 each day M-Th (an extra hour), I get to leave at 11:30 on Fridays. Whoop.


So talking about work is boring- on to more exciting topics. My cute little baby nephew, Brown, is turing one tomorrow! Exciting, isn't it? Hard to believe a year has already passed... much has happened in his short little life! Here's a picture... isn't he cute?



So last week was Thanksgiving. Allison & Wade came in from SLC and good times were had by all. I really think they need to move here (Houston area) after Wade graduates... please comment if you agree! If you don't agree, please keep all comments to yourself. Anyway, we took them to some of the local hot spots (they are now honorary townies) and did other typical Oliver/Joiner things, including eating ourselves into morbid obesity and playing charades. We are so awesome.


Umm did anyone notice that last week's episode of Grey's Anatomy ended very dramatically with a "To be continued"? Yes? And did you also notice that tonight's episode was not a sequel to last week's, but rather a RE-RUN?! That is unjust, and I would venture to say it's even cruel. I spent all 9 hours of my work day (10 if you count my lunch break!) being excited about watching the follow-up episode at home with my hubby. I was very disappointed to find out that they had betrayed me. My only solace is/was the lit Christmas tree that is in front of me while I type this post. And the fact that "Bruce Almighty" is on TV... I like that movie.



Ok, well I'm not feeling very humorous tonight, and I don't really like to write if it isn't going to be funny, so I think I'm going to call it a night. I'll leave you with a Richmond fun fact...


According to city-data.com, Richmond's median age is "significantly below" state average. I, however, find that hard to believe... unless Texas's average age is 120. If there are, in fact, a lot of young people here, they must be hiding from us!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Oprah is the root of all evil

Ok, it's not really true. I love her show and have set reminder alarms on my cell phone more than once to remind me to tune in to one of her shows. However, she is really proving a stumbling block for me. Today's episode is "Oprah's Favorite Things." If you haven't watched this, don't.

The upside of this episode each year is that you get to see lots of great (but primarily unaffordable for poor newlyweds) holiday gift ideas. The HUGE downside is that it makes you jealous and covetous (is that a real word?) like crazy. I was actually sitting here watching it and thinking to myself, "Hmm... maybe I could go through something really horrible (plane crash, cancer, etc.) and then Brian could write into Oprah and share my sob story and beg to get me onto her 'Favorite Things' episode..." Seriously. What is wrong with me!? But admit it... you've thought the same thing.

She is also having fake snow fall and playing Christmas music and it is just more than I can handle. I have decided to stand firm and give Thanksgiving its proper respect by NOT playing Christmas music until after Turkey Day has passed. I even resisted the temptation to turn on Amy Grant's Christmas album (the one with Jingle Bell Rock and Breath of Heaven, etc.) on my way home from Austin this weekend. I also haven't put up one single Christmas decoration. Not a single one. OPRAH, YOU ARE MAKING THIS REALLY CHALLENGING FOR ME.

Ok time to pick a new topic so that I don't get consumed by this. Oh, here's big news- I got a job! Yes, 3 months later, I am finally employed, and I'm really excited about it! I will be working as a Personnel Recruiter at Noble Drilling in Sugar Land. It seems like a great company, a great job, and the location is equally wonderful, so I feel very blessed. If any of you are ever doubting God's faithfulness in providing, don't. He always comes through. It's crazy. And wonderful.

Anyway, I must be honest and admit that I have mixed feelings. While I am very excited to have a job and re-join the ranks of the productive members of society, I am going to miss my stay-at-home wife life. No more sleeping in until 8 am (or later), staying in my work-out clothes until dinner time, eating lunch at home with Brian while watching "Ellen" on TV, chatting with my sissy on gmail, watching episodes of Law & Order and other daytime TV for hours on end, etc. I will officially be driving to work in the dark and driving home in the dark. This will take some mental preparation. The toughest part is that I will be waking up a good 3 hours before my husband. Here comes that jealousy again...

I'm way pumped for Turkey Day. I should be fasting in anticipation of the inevitable eating myself into a coma that will take place at Brian's grandparents' ranch in La Grange, but I'm not. I am also really excited for Mr. & Mrs. Wade Oliver's visit to see us in Richmond this weekend. They are going to help us decorate for Christmas, and in return, we are going to show them all the wonderful sights in Richmond. Maybe they will leave with a little townie in 'em. There is also a small chance that we will go puppy/dog shopping this weekend! Check back for posts detailing that visit.

Ok last topic for today's post: The Bachelor finale last night. What a let-down. The joy I had when I found out Brad was picking Deanna instead of Jenni was simply uncontainable... until I realized he was a total moron and didn't pick either of them. I realize that's honest and noble blah blah blah but come on, I didn't devote a season's worth of Monday nights to that show to come out with a bunch of single people. So tonight I am interested to watch the follow-up episode to see what he has to say about it. And it better be good.

That's all for now... no townie facts today because I'm too lazy to look any up. Maybe next time!

Monday, November 12, 2007

A few additions to "Confessions"

I thought of 2 more embarrassing confessions that you might find amusing:

1. It took me until late high school to realize that U-haul meant "you haul," as in "you haul your stuff." I had just thought Uhaul was a last name... I kind of ignored the dash, I guess.

These still really crack me up: Three things I thought were true about college until I arrived to Texas A&M for my freshman year:
1. I assumed that there was a PA system that spread across the entire campus in case the administration ever needed to make any "announcements."
2. I thought that classes lasted a year- I didn't realize they were only a semester long (I think a lot of people make this mistake).
3. I thought there were designated passing periods in between classes. And in theory, there are. But I thought everyone would gather in an area much like the WHS commons in between classes, and that we'd all have the same schedule. Apparently I thought college was just a big high school.

And that's all for now.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Confessions

Don't worry, this isn't going to be a post where I confess all the bad things I've ever done (ie: tripping my sister downstairs when we were younger and insisting it was an accident). Instead, I would like to confess a few things about myself that I should probably be too embarrassed to admit.

1. Up until I started watching "Law and Order" on a regular basis, I thought that Sing Sing (the prison) was located in China. I have to confess that the main reason I thought this was honestly because it sounded so much like the name of that/those pandas... sad, I know.

2. I didn't realize that movies were organized in alphabetical order at Blockbuster until I was well into high school. I thought you were just supposed to kind of look around until you found what you were looking for.

3. In elementary school, I spelled the word "peasant" with an 'h' ("pheasant" like the bird). When I misused it in a paper and my parents pointed it out, I lied and said that my teacher had taught me to spell it with a silent 'h.' I made the same excuse when they told me that "ogre" was not prounounced "oh-gree" as I had been pronouncing it. They either knew I was a big liar or thought my teacher was a moron.

4. I didn't know the difference between cilantro and pico until about a month ago. Yes, I'm being serious.

5. I also didn't know the difference between baking powder and baking soda until May of this year. Unfortunately, I learned this by ruining Brian's birthday cobbler.

6. While I was running the mile in 7th grade P.E., I ran into a fire hydrant and wasn't able to walk myself to the nurse. Why didn't I see the hydrant, you ask? Because I was checking out some of the cute 7th grade boys who were outside working on an art project.

7. On that note, I broke my foot playing Guesstures (charades) with Brian's extended family. I was trying to act out the word "hurdle"...

8. When I was in 3rd grade, my good friend's dad was teasing me and called me a dork. I, in an effort to tease him back, called him a bastard. I didn't know that it was a bad word until that day... but I learned very quickly from his response :)

That's all I can come up with for now... if I think of more, I will add them another time. If YOU think of more, feel free to comment and share with the world.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Freecell is life. The rest is just details.

Does anyone else remember those t-shirts? Football is life, soccer is life, gardening is life... whatever. They were from the same time frame as the No Fear shirts. I didn't really get that, though. There would be a soccer ball and then this big angry 90s "NO FEAR" scrawled across it. Like soccer is really all that scary? I mean, I guess it did result in my twin sissy's first and only concussion in college, but that's about as scary as it gets.

Anyway, in 6th grade, I had this boyfriend named Thad. His full name was Thaddeus Exton Smith Daniel. Cool, right? I sort of hope he googles his name and finds this some day. I know I would do something like that. Anyway, it was his birthday... I think it was some time in October? Well I had to get him a present, and it had to be something good.

So, of course, Mom and I go to the Cole Haan store (I think that's what it was called)... and looking back, that seems really weird. Maybe I already knew what I wanted to get him. Anyway, we picked out this totally awesome "Basketball is life" shirt (funny that he loved basketball so much- he was kind of short if I recall correctly). So we have the store wrap it and Mom drives me over to his house in her sweet red cadillac.

I remember it so clearly... we pulled up to his house and I was so nervous. Perhaps this was because in the 8 months that we had been "going out," I didn't intentionally see him outside of school once. I think we talked on the phone, like, 3 times. So I aptly decided that my mom should walk the gift up to his front door without me... while I hid in the car and pretended not to be there. So my mom rings the doorbell, and shortly thereafter, the door opens and his mom is standing there. They already knew each other, so they chatted for a second before my mom passed off the gift. Then Thad's mom called him to the front door to say thank you, at which time my mom decided to tell them that I was, in fact, in the car. I peeked my head up, embarrassed, to acknowledge the "thank you" wave that Thad tossed my way. Mom walked back to the car and we drove away. That's all I remember. I still have Betsy drive me over to Brian's parents house to drop off presents for him while I hide in the car... in case you were wondering :)

Ok so that was such a huge sidenote... sorry. The point of the title is to tell you that I love Freecell... the card game that you can play on the computer. It is way cooler than Solitaire- trust me. At this point, it's trumping facebook stalking on my list of favorite activities. I'm so awesome, I know.

Not much new to report here... I have been substitute teaching like a mad woman- I am the PE teacher this week. Translation: I get paid to watch "Magic School Bus" movies while wearing casual clothes and tennis shoes. Pretty sweet gig. Today this cute little kindergartener said to me, "I like your earrings. And I like you." Her friend then follows up with, "I like you too! I'm going to bring you a piece of candy tomorrow!" Being a teacher has its perks, apparently :)

No townie updates, unfortunately. We did eat BBQ at the famous Swingin' Door restaurant in Richmond. Coincidentally, there is an Amber Alert out for a girl from Richmond and she was last seen at this very same restaurant 2 days before we went. Don't worry, we had nothing to do with it. Promise.

Ok so I'll wrap this up with a Richmond fun fact so I can get back to watching "Beauty and the Geek.":
Jane Long, the "Mother of Texas," is buried in Richmond, TX! Beat that!