Thursday, September 30, 2010

Vegas Shoes!

My new found love affair with shoes continues.  Check out my new Vegas shoes.  Now I just need to figure out how to walk in them.


Who knew there was such a thing?  This might be better than National Donut Day.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

# 1 Procrastinator

To say I procrastinate is an under statement.  A month or two ago something cracked my windshield and the crack keeps extending.  It's right in the center and doesn't bother me so I haven't bothered getting fixed.  Problem is, the fine Commonwealth of Virginia requires something called a safety inspection to be done each year and I know it won't pass with the cracked windshield.  My current safety sticker expires tomorrow, as does my car registration and I still have to get it smog tested.  The same place that does the safety inspection does the smog testing so I need the windshield before the safety/smog gets done.  To make things worse, these tests are mostly done at gas stations and you have to sit in your car and wait in line and the lines get really long at the end of the month.  I just set up a place to come fix the windshield here at work and then I'll be spending the rest of my day at the gas station, then the DMV to pay the registration.  Oh, and we are supposed to have a tropical storm/depression come through here tomorrow as well.  Great planning on my part, but I only have myself to blame.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Biscuits & Salad

My appetite has been really weird lately.  I'm happy to say I do have an appetite again after being so sick and nauseous for most of the winter and summer.  I went for a while where I didn't want to eat meat.  Now all I want to eat is salad with low fat ranch dressing (extra croutons) and biscuits with butter and honey.  For one day over the weekend I really wanted to some meat, but then once it was on my plate, I didn't want anymore.  Not really sure what each day will bring, but I need to go to the store and get some more biscuits.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Get that Boy a Bell

Grasshopper Slayer has become a full blown critter killer.  As I was getting ready this morning, C came up to tell me Minky was standing outside the door with a chipmunk in his mouth.  This made me so sad.  I like the critters in the yard and never wanted him to kill anything.  I couldn't go downstairs until the ordeal was over because I didn't want to see the poor little chipmunk.  C told me he took it from Minky, made sure it wasn't just playing dead, and then disposed of it.  Minky is going to get a bell on his collar if this happens again.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Postcards from Patrice

I am pleased to present to you my new blog...Postcards from Patrice.  Please take a look and tell me what you think!  This blog will be all about my travels, both old and new.  First up is a series of posts about my honeymoon/wedding in Australia.

A big thanks to Jessica from The Frilly Coconut for the design.  She was incredibly patient with me as we worked through the design.

Postcards from Patrice

Back to Yoga

I signed up for the fall session of yoga and it started last night.  I fell out of going when my brother had his problems, then I was travelling and then I got sick and had surgery.  It felt good to go again and could tell my body needed a good stretching out.  A friend of mine who had a severe version of what's wrong with my back said yoga is the only thing that helped her so I'm going to try to keep up with it.  No head stands yet though.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Fall TV Season

I'm excited for the new TV season, but it seems like the new shows I want to watch are all on at the same time or at a time where I'm already taping something else. Last night I had to choose if I wanted Gossip Girl or the new show Lone Star taped so C could watch Monday Night Football (at least his team was playing). I couldn't have 2 things taping because that meant he couldn't watch anything. Our other TV's in the house are out of commission for various reasons, but I don't really watch TV in other rooms anyway.

Shows I currently watch:
Gossip Girl
The Biggest Loser
Cougar Town
Modern Family
Friday Night Lights
The Big C

New shows I want to try out:
Lone Star
No Ordinary Family
Mike & Molly

What are you watching this fall?  Anything else I should be watching?

Friday, September 17, 2010


I just recently got really into shoes.  I used to wear either my black shoes or my brown shoes each day.  In the winter, black boots or brown boots.  My old shoes looked really bad with my new outfits so I'm working on building up my shoe collection.  Now I'm getting compliments on my clothes and my shoes!   I have shiny pointy toe blue pumps and really high round toe grey suede pumps (my favorite!).  I still need to find some black shoes though.

I normally don't spend a lot on shoes, but I saw these fabulous Kate Spade shoes on Zappos (which I love for their fast shipping and free shipping both ways), and had to have them.  They don't quite fit right so I ordered another size and some of those inserts to prevent the foot from sliding forward.  I really hope I can get them to fit right.

A Day of Results

So today was a day for test results. 

1. The back pain, leg/butt pain and numbness in my feet and legs being being caused by a bulging disc in my back and the disc also has a tear.  I have to be careful now not to herniate it.
2. Last week a Dr. randomly felt a lump on my thyroid so I had an ultrasound on it.  Test showed I have a goiter. 

I've taken all this pretty well and didn't let it get me down.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Deadbeat Club

I was shopping at Bed, Bath & Beyond today looking for new hangers and trying to get the most out of my 20% off everything coupon.  Not just 1 item, everything!  Funny how this is what gets me excited these days.  Anyway, they were playing some great music, including this song below, Deadbeat Club by the B-52's.  It reminded me of all the good times I had in college just hanging out with my friends.  It's made me kind of nostalgic and missing hanging out with friends as much as we used to now that everybody is married, has jobs and most have kids. 

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Allergy Girl

So I'm apparently all inflamed inside my head still which is supposedly the reason my ears are still all messed up.  The inflammation could be from the surgery or I've been wondering lately if I have allergies.  I don't get sneezing and itchy watery eyes though.  My ENT agreed that allergy testing should be done (on top of back being on the cortisone nose spray).  Guess what?  I'm allergic to EVERYTHING they tested for.  Grass was really bad, then trees, weeds (ragweed and plantain?), mold, dust, dust mites and who knows what else swelled up too.  I'm only a little allergic to cats and dogs.  They say I need to work on controlling my environment, especially the bedroom, for the mold and dust/dust mites and no kitties sleeping in the bedroom (which they don't).  I've also started the allergy shots.  I wonder if this is the missing link to some of my problems??? I tend to feel better when I go out of town, except for the last trip to Vegas. I first started having sinus issues about 2 or 3 years after moving to this area and they said allergies usually develop in a new area between 2 months and 3 years so I was on schedule.  The shots are no quick fix though. 

Friday, September 10, 2010

Brandon Does Bette

Here is Brandon Flowers from The Killers doing a cover of Kim Carnes' Bette Davis Eyes. Love it!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Coming Soon...

My new blog, Postcards from Patrice, should be ready soon...I hope!  I have a few posts all ready to go and I'm just waiting on getting the design finalized.  I really wish I knew how to do graphic design so I could do these things myself.  I think I am not the designer's favorite customer because I need to see something to know if I'll like it and then tweak, then look again...and the cycle continues.  If only I could do it myself it would go a lot faster.

So for those of you who like to read about travel, I'm going to write about my new trips as well as old ones.  First up with be a series of posts on my best vacation ever...Australia!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Grasshopper Slayer

The situation with Minky going outside is going well so far.  I realize it only takes one time for something to go wrong though.  He usually only goes out after his dinner or a little bit during the day on the weekends.  A lot of the time he is outside he is just sitting on the table on the deck.  I'm good with that since he's outside and getting fresh air, but is out of harms way.  Minky is a hunter and wants so badly to catch something...especially a squirrel.  I like the idea of him having fun chasing things, but don't want him to actually catch anything since I like all the critters in the yard.  Unfortunately I saw him catch a grasshopper last night...I had to look away while he was eating it.