Monday, February 27, 2006


This is build up to a general question regarding how we react as adults.

My friend Staci and I had a conversation recently about major events in life and how we just seemed non-plussed. We both felt at times we should have reacted in some way, but felt more detached then anything. We felt no tears, no anger, and no sorrow, over all not much of anything. I asked my friend Kara if she had the same experience, and she said that their have been major events in her life that she felt she should have had more of a reaction to, but didn’t also.

Are the detached reactions in major instances just a part of growing up? Are we just more in control of our emotions as we age?

What are your thoughts?

The Southerland's (Donald & Kiefer)

Does it amaze anyone that Kiefer Southerland is the son of Donald Southerland?  

YES, they do resemble one another quite a bit, but Donald was always the lanky goofy looking guy (I reference you to the movie Kelly’s Heroes, one of my favorites).  Donald Southerland has grown into being far less goofy as he has aged, but I don’t ever remember Kiefer being quite that odd or goofy.  

It’s amazing how two people can look so similar and then again look so different.

TWIN update

Just to let those of you who are dying to know, my ultrasound is Friday.  Hopefully we will find out what we are getting.  If we don’t I have an ultrasound every 4 weeks after that.  If they don’t find out then, I should be able to find out later.

Sorry for the light blogging

I have been a bad blogger.  I know I have been lacking in posts, particularly of substance.  Then again this is a blog, substance is nice, but not required.  

A head cold has passed its dark cloud over our house; I’m just guessing it has something to do with the weather.  Oklahoma has had a screwy winter.  It’s been between 50 and 60 degrees for the most part with a few days intermixed with snow, ice and bitter cold.  It has also been very dry (I want some rain), I’m glad we didn’t seed the yard this fall like we had wanted, I’m pretty sure it would have been a waste (I’ve been very lazy about watering since we moved).

I did finally rent the first disc of season 1 of 24.  While Jonathan and I were feeling like poo we watched it and I went and rented the 2nd.  The next day (Sunday) we didn’t go to church, because we still felt like total poo, and I rented discs 3-5.  We finished 3 and 4.  That show is the most involved, longest movie ever, and it’s addictive.  We’ll probably watch disc 5 tonight since Jonathan is taking Tuesday off and I bet we’ll finish season 1 Tuesday.  

Victoria rented Toy Story 2 and has watched it over and over, but she and Jackson aren’t well either, so if it keeps them down, great.  She said it’s the greatest cartoon she’s ever seen.  I remember being that way about The Jungle Book cartoon when I was about 7 or 8.  We did take a break from being cooped up, and sick and took a short walk yesterday and played for a bit in the yard.  We all needed a bit of sunshine.

Tomorrow the homeschool group is having a field trip to the bowling alley.  We get to go behind and see what happens to the balls and how the pins are set up and the kids are going to learn bowling etiquette and we get to bowl cheap.  That’s why Jonathan is taking tomorrow off, this way we get to take her bowling for the first time together and we can trade off taking care of Jackson.  It should be fun.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Tylenol/Cold Weather

There is one thing that is just not fun about being pregnant (okay so there is more than 1).  Currently I am talking about headaches.  I don’t know why the doctors tell you it’s okay to take Tylenol; I don’t think it does anything.  I gave in and took a greater medication, a Dr. Pepper.  The caffeine isn’t helping much yet; I’ll give it a half hour and see if there’s improvement.  I figure the caffeine may jump-start something.

*Subject change*

The kids and I are going to kick back and hopefully just enjoy today a bit.  Victoria and I are ready for the day and Jackson is still strolling around in his footy PJ’s.  I think we are going to watch some movies, watch the snow and ice melt and fold and hang some laundry and hopefully find the top of the desk, before V has dance tonight.  I am thankful right now for central heat and warm sweatshirts.

I hope you all are having a good day and keeping warm!


Do you watch 24? I don’t watch TV (at least not much outside of a few PBS kids shows and movies we own). I have heard Rush Limbaugh rave about 24 and Cam Edwards blogs about the show too. This doesn’t even cover the people I hear just talking about it day to day.

Hastings finally has the 1st disc of season 1 in (it seems to be always rented) and I’m going to rent it tonight (I hope). I hope it will be well worth the watch. I figure I can rent these and watch when I can to get caught up if I get hooked. I’ll let you know what I think when I see it.

Monday, February 20, 2006

Funny Ad

Thanks Dad. This is mildly tacky, but funny, especially for those who deal with the public.

The White Family

Just a quick 411.  ABC’s Extreme Makeover Home Addition will air a 2-hour special on Sunday March 12th, at 6pm central standard time.  The family that this house was done for live in the small town just north of B’ville (it’s almost not a separate town).  I know several people who worked on this and even though I’m not a TV watcher I can’t wait to see it.  We tried to drive by, but the cops were still limiting access that direction.  That was a few days after they finished, so we will probably drive by it again to see it in person soon.

Thursday, February 16, 2006


I’ve posted 5 times today (counting this one), so there’s quite a bit to scroll threw.  Sorry for the posting length today.  I hope you enjoy.


Whether you love him or not I love Ronald Reagan (heck that’s why Jackson’s middle name is Reagan). Thanks Pam for sending me these great quotes in an e-mail. I thought I’d share them with the rest of you. The man had a way with words that I really enjoy, and that is hard to say in regard to politicians. His autobiography is a great read that I highly recommend it.

"Here's my strategy on the Cold War: We win, they lose."

"The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help."

"The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they're ignorant: It's just that they know so much that isn't so."

"Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too strong."

"I have wondered at times about what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the U.S. Congress."

"The taxpayer: That's someone who works for the federal government but doesn't have to take the civil service examination."

"Government is like a baby: An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other."

"If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under."

"The nearest thing to eternal life we will ever see on this earth is a government program."

"I've laid down the law, though, to everyone from now on about anything that happens: no matter what time it is, wake me, even if it's in the middle of a Cabinet meeting."

"It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first."

"Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it."

"Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book."

"No arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. - Ronald Reagan

Don't drink and drive.

I’ll be honest; yes I went to OSU (Oklahoma State, not Ohio State), even though I grew up in Norman and am an OU fan.  I went initially to get an Ag Com degree, so I could be a 4-H agent.  Then reality set in and I decided I didn’t want to do that, by that time I was engaged to Jonathan.  I remained in Stillwater for several more years after we got married while he was still in school.

I’ve seen lots of OSU big wigs around town and one I never really cared for was Eddie Sutton.  It has nothing to do with the fact that I’m not an OSU fan.  My issue was with simple things like the fact that when I waited table at a local restaurant, only seasoned servers were allowed to wait on him, for the simple fact that they knew they wouldn’t get tipped or they would get a meager one.  I’m not saying the dude is wealthy and should tip above and beyond, but he was notorious for giving next to nothing (10%-15% is better then nothing when you make $2.15 and hour).  He also wasn’t not very nice, at least from our position as wait staff (I must admit that can be subjective).

Regardless of my dislike of the man, I’m sorry to see his career (potentially) end like this.  I have to go with some commentators; he should have stopped, when he got to the final 4 years back, going out on top is better then going down like this.  I also think that since his son and another coach were headed to the airport someone could have driven him, people witnessed issues in the parking lot before he left.  It’s a sad situation.  I hope he gets the help he needs.

Why do you read blogs?

Why do you read blogs?  I’ve been pondering this for a few days now.  Why do I read blogs?  I read blogs of people I don’t know, I just keep peeking in and commenting about their posts.

I’ll be honest; it’s just nice to see other people’s worlds.  I like seeing what makes others tick and what they enjoy.  I have a greater understanding of what makes people interested in different things, that I haven’t yet or may never try.  It’s nice to see funny political updates and watch some arguments fly.  It gives me a break into grown-up and semi grown-up conversations while Jackson naps and Victoria watches Bob the Builder.

It’s nice to see (even though I know) that my world isn’t the only one with mild insanity, and elements of fun.  I like seeing that I’m not the only one in love with my spouse and that appreciation for the things they do isn’t lost.  There is a lot of hope, love, happiness and even goofiness in the blog world just waiting to be read.  Thank you to those of you who stop in and say, “Hi!” and thank you to those in this interesting group of people who share your lives with me and the rest of the internet world.


Have I mentioned this blog before?  Aka_monty is a total riot.  I seriously need to add her to my links.  Today she posted something that made me chuckle pretty good.

Check her blog out to learn the 10 commandments of the new religion BLOGGINTOLOGY.  It’s well worth the time and giggles.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

My leg is OK.

My ultrasound on my leg came up clean! I’m good there. I’m still waiting on blood work results, but the last time is was a problem the Doctor called. Right now, no news is good news.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Quick Request

Please pray for me.  I doubt it’s any big deal, but I have had a pain in my leg.  I called the doctor and she wants me to have an ultrasound on it, just in case.  It hasn’t hurt since about 11 am, so who knows.  They are just being cautious about blood clots.  Also, I’m waiting on my blood work to come back about my thyroid.  I had an over active one while pregnant with Jackson.  I’m a bit nervous, just because I haven’t gained any weight (the babies could just be sucking me dry).  Hopefully everything is good.  I’m not really worried.

Date Night

Friday night Jonathan and I went on a date.  We haven’t been on one since we celebrated our anniversary in December and before that I don’t think I could tell you.  We usually do at home dates after the kids are in bed and watch movies they can’t, play games they can’t, and eat things not from McDonald’s.

We had planned on going to see Underworld:  Evolution, but they took it off at the theater here that day (big bummer).  Instead we ate a very leisurely diner at Garfield’s, we each had a killer steak.  We had fun just talking and enjoying each other’s company.  It was time well spent with my Valentine.  We may not get an evening off like this again for a while.  Sometimes just being together without (normal) interruptions is just the best present.

I love you Jonathan, HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!

Monday, February 13, 2006

Death of a Cell Phone.

My cell phone is dying.  This wouldn’t be so bad if it weren’t the second one in under a year and a half.  The first they said got wet (all my buttons stopped working, except power), so the warranty was void.  I assume the wet comes from the ridiculous Oklahoma summer humidity, because that was the only possibility, but I had to get a new phone.  I went with the one I already had.  That phone now has a screen that is going out.  I can’t find phone numbers or anything most of the time.

Does anyone have a brand suggestion?  Right now my goal is to buy it out right so I don’t have to extend my contract, so I don’t want an expensive phone.  I just one that works better then this LG piece I have.  I’ve had good luck with my old Motorola and my old Nokia, but I haven’t had one of those in couple of years or more now.

Suggestions welcome, but price does matter.  I may change my service company when the contract runs out in September, because I think Cingular is stinky.  Service provider suggestions are also welcome.  I’ve known several people who like US Cellular.

Anyone?  Anyone?

Saturday, February 11, 2006

That sucks.

I just got outbid on the crib set (in the previous post) on Ebay, in the last 30 seconds.

My Ebay search continues. I'll just remember to bid under a minute instead of in the last 3 minutes next time.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Ebay Rocks!

Ebay is just handy to have around.  Quite frequently I’m not willing to pay what things are going for, but that’s okay, it’s nice to know I can find them.  

Before Victoria was born my sisters bought us an adorable Pottery Barn Kids bedding set for the crib.  I was a simple blue patchwork quilt and bumper, with a navy floral bed skirt and sheets (I wasn’t too big on pink back then).  On Ebay I found the quilt and bumper, with a plain chambray bed skirt.  Victoria is 5, so Pottery barn doesn’t make anything like this anymore (I’ve checked).  The auction has 2 days to go and currently it has 1 bid at $14.99 with under $7.00 for the shipping.  Even if I bid a lot more it is still cheaper then the original price by far, and I don’t have to hunt down something that works with it.

I love Ebay it’s my friend!

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

It's a small, small world.

The MOM’s meeting was pretty good last night.  I had a funny experience though.

The girl who led the Storks (pregnant or under 1 yr old) meeting was talking briefly about her husband and she said something about him being an engineer.  I enquired before we went to the regular meeting as to what kind of engineering he was in.  He happens to be a mechanical engineer.  I told her that Jonathan was mechanical/aerospace.  She asked where he worked, and her husband used to work there.

The next part is where it gets funny.  We leave the room and her husband is standing in the hall, and she tells him where my husband works.  He looks at me and says, “Ya, Jonathan.  I just met him today.”  What are the odds that this guy is doing freelance work where Jonathan works (on one of the projects he is heading up no less) and that he would meet him the same day I meet him and his wife.

It just goes to show you, “it’s small world after all.”

I apologize if you now have that song stuck in you head.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006


Victoria is going to have to miss dance tonight.  I need the car to go to a Mothers of Multiples meeting.  I’m not sure what to expect or if it will be worth it.  The one main thing I am interested in is having a membership so I can have early access to the Mothers of Multiples garage sale in April.  I can’t think of better way to get good used furniture and baby stuff in matching sets.

Monday, February 06, 2006


I was beginning to think my friend Austin was dead.  We don’t e-mail back and forth much, but I had received nothing in a while.  His blog hadn’t had a post since November 5th.  Well, now I know why.  

Austin’s roped himself a woman and is now engaged.  I remember how time consuming it all was back then, but then again its still time consuming years later after getting married.  

Congrats to Austin and Melissa.  If you know Auz, he posted the e-mail he sent out on his blog and you can wish them well.

I had soup in a bowl, does that count?

Well, I didn’t watch the Super Bowl (but the Steelers did win, so I’m happy). I have watched a few ads today online. I found a site that gave star ratings (by viewers), so I can watch the few that got at least 4 stars.

We thought about going to a party at someone’s house for the game, but I felt really bad. I’ve been suffering from round ligament pain (this is one I’ve never experienced before), and it hurt to stand and walk around, because the round ligaments in my stomach are just letting go. I think it may relate back to walking and running at the zoo Saturday. Who knows, I watched the kids and a movie, and Jonathan ran back and forth between our house and the neighbors during the game. All in all it was a relatively relaxing evening even though I felt bad.

If there is a commercial I should catch let me know.


I have to say I think Ameriquest and Anheuser-Bush were the commercial winners.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

That was just bad.

I just saw a preview of a Super Bowl ad. I’ll be honest I haven’t watched a Super Bowl in years, regardless of commercials, parties, etc., Jonathan and I really don’t care. We are college sports followers and that’s it, even that we ignore a lot. Today I saw a Pizza *Slut* Hut commercial snip-it, with Jessica Simpson. I honestly have nothing against her, but I have nothing for her either. She’s dressed like a hooch and singing about things, popping right into you. My thought, her *over lord* father/manager/former minister, has got her doing some trashy crap. Regardless of money I’d never encourage my kids to do stuff like that.

If this is the best the Super Bowl has to offer in ads, I really don’t feel I’m missing much. The consideration that we might go to a Super Bowl party this year is seriously going by the wayside.


We had a potential buyer for our OKC house (our first and only in 6 months), but alas, that has fallen through. The realtor was holding off on sending them our counter offer until we knew they had the financing. They had some weird stuff in the offer; so financing you could tell was an issue. Today the lender called and said they couldn't qualify. I guess we’re back to square one.

The name game continued

My sister posted a comment about the name Riley in my last name game.

Here’s the info on that name

I would use this for a boy, b/c it was my Great Grandfathers name.

Additional name ideas can be found in the January archives.  Any suggestions are appreciated.