Barnmouse Blitherings

Birthdays are like Opinions, and Opinions are like…well…You Get Where I’m Going With This…
January 30, 2008, 11:28 pm
Filed under: I totally have real life friends too

And today, (for the next 20 whole minutes) it’s my MOM’S birthday!!!  HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM!!!

Again, I had a whole post worked up in my head all during the day today while I was doing “stuff” and now I can’t really remember any of it!

Anyway, Mom, I hope you had a Fabulous birthday today!

We’ll be down there on Saturday to take you out to dinner!  Hopefully the blueberry pie I’m going to attempt to make will turn out great.  *fingers crossed*  Otherwise, I hope the cake we will surely pick up from the grocery store will be edible.  Hee.  Hey, it’s better than picking up some ice cream sandwiches from the gas station down the street!  Ha!

Love you Mom.


Blah Blah Computer Problems Blah Blah Fork In Head Blah Blah
January 25, 2008, 7:54 pm
Filed under: general wonderment, I totally have real life friends too

Yeah. Another post dated post. Anyway.

So Rat had his TaeKwonDo testing for his Red belt today (I guess you would say he had his Senior Brown belt testing? I dunno). Anyway, he’s going from a Sr. Brown Belt to a Red belt. AND HE PASSED!!!! YAY RAT! Way to go baby! It goes Red belt, Sr. Red Belt, BLACK BELT!!! So he’s almost there. Woo!! (I refuse to say “Woot”. I’m sorry.)

So to celebrate, we went to On the Border, which is a Mexican restaurant with exceptionally yummy food (and also some exceptionally yucky food). It was Very Nummy!

On to another subject before I go and make y’all hungry!

Remember the other day when I was saying I finally learned how to crochet a “Granny Square”? Well, I took a picture and here it is!


Lovely, isn’t it?

I have 21 more of these little buggers in a stack on the table. I have no idea how many it will take to make a blanket. I have no idea what other colors I’m going to use. (I’m thinking I want the blanket to be three colors)

Any suggestions?

Real Post? Possibly.

So.  As I might have mentioned in the last 300 or so posts…I’m having computer problems!  But that’s boring!  So let’s talk about something else.

How about how Winston:


Yes, this adorable little kitty here, decided that jumping up on the dining room table (the NUMBER 1 NO NO in this house) to attack Ebenezer:


(who was ALSO not supposed to be up there) would be a fantastic idea.  What he did not factor in was how he tends to get his claws stuck in fabric-y-type things and we have a fabric-y-type table cloth (hence the name) on the table.

That idea resulted in a very long “crashy type” sound to come from the dining room and then the sound of 8 furry little legs trying to scurry away on the hardwood floor.  I managed to get into the dining room before Winston got completely away since he was stuck in the table cloth and drug it and the center piece and my grandmother’s candlesticks and some nice beeswax candles onto the floor.  I have pictures of this.  As evidence for the Animal Control people.  Because I was pretty sure I was going to kill him.

Since I caught him in the act, I chased him up the stairs, and then back down the stairs, and then in the living room, and then into the den where he realized he was caught and had to sit there and take the big, fat “NO!” that was coming to him.

So now the centerpiece looks like it’s been chewed on, one of my candles broke, and there is a big “cat claw” scratch in my EXPENSIVE AS HELL dining room table!  *sob*  But hey, those scratches go great with the ones that my brother-in-law’s kid put in there!  Don’t ask me how mad I am about that.  I mean, it would be one thing if the kid were sitting by herself, but she was sitting on my bil’s LAP!!!  And he let her pick up a knife and just start whacking away at MY TABLE!!!!  NOOOEEESSSS!!!!  NOT MAH PRESHUS TABLE!!!!

On a completely unrelated note, I learned how to crochet a granny square today!  Yay me!  (pictures of that to come too!)  My friend Queen B taught me how and I’ve been making them on and off ever since about 6.  I’ve got 7 of them now!  Then when I’ve got enough, I’ll have to take them back to her to show me how to put them together.  Yeah.  We have to go pretty slowly with me.  Hee.  I don’t know any of the abbreviations (or words really) on patterns, but I do know a few of the stitches (just not what they’re called), so we’ve come up with our own little lingo. 

Since I’ve been watching a lot of pool on tv lately (oh fine, billiards, 9-ball, WHATEVER…I just know that Jeanette Lee kicks some serious ass) when Queen B told that the corner hole part is called the “corner”…something….I decided I was going to refer to it as the “corner pocket” and so then logically, the ones on the sides became the “corner pockets”! 

Yes.  This is the “logic” that my friends have to deal with from me all. the. time.

Don’t I just sound like fun?  😉


Lately I think I’ve run out of interesting or the-least-bit funny stories or things to write about.  Like, the last four months or so.  Give or take a month.  Yes.  The bar, while already set fairly low, somehow ended up on the floor among the dust bunnies and the dog-hair tumbleweeds where it was kicked around and jumped over and I think maybe I tripped over it once.

Now that it’s the beginning of a new year (okay, 16 days late, but who’s counting?) and I’m going to attempt to pick the bar up off the ground and set it at a moderate level.  Hopefully, I will occasionally make it over the bar instead of landing flat on my face as I am want to do.  But be prepared to watch me fall on my face, most likely time and time again.  I hope to eventually get so good at jumping over the bar that I can do it in heels without messing up my hair or smearing my lipstick.  *note to self: start wearing lipstick*

So on to the New Year’s Resolutions that I promised…um…let’s just say “earlier” and leave it at that.

New Year’s Resolution #1 (or “numero uno” as I like to refer to it)  To be able to jog/run for 10 minutes without stopping.  This resolution includes several things I’d like to accomplish and become a part of my daily life and who I am, all in one, seemingly obtainable goal.  They include, but are probably not limited to: 1)keeping my back in good shape seeing as how I just got it back into working order with the help of a brilliant physical therapist.  It’s kept me from doing way too many things over the 10 years that I have apparently had a twisted, tilted pelvis and “ass bone” (because I can’t remember what that’s called), and several lower vertebrates were trying to pretend that they were one and would not move independently of each other.  I can now move, lay down flat, and sit without pain and without my bones jarring together when I jog!  2) The ever popular “get into shape” resolution, which has always been a part of my resolutions, but with such a bad back, I was limited in which exercises and how much I could do.  I know I’ll probably never be a size 2, but I can definitely be healthier and less face it, more svelte (look at me with the fancy words!) than I am now.  I would love to feel more confident in my own skin and hopefully the jogging/running will help accomplish that.  3) I love the outdoors.  I hope that when I can increase my jogging speed and time (from the 4 miles and hour for 8 minutes I’m at right now) to be able to just bolt out my front door and run along some of the fantastic trails we have around here.  That’s  one of the “lifestyle” things I was talking about.  There are more of these things, but I think this is enough explanation for one resolution.

New Year’s Resolution #2 – Go to the gym at least 3 times a week.  Obviously this goes along with the first resolution, so not too much explaining is needed here.

New Year’s Resolution #3 – Do my back and neck stretches and exercises at least 3 times a week.  In order to keep my back/pelvis/ass bone/blah blah blah in shape and to get the muscles around that area stronger so that I don’t end up on the couch for days at a time again, my physical therapist gave me *sigh* a LOT of exercises to do (some on a yoga ball!  Yay!  Fun!), one of which, I hate.  I really do.  I HATE this exercise.  I really like a few of them and am pretty neutral on the rest.  Anyway, I need to do them.  I know I need to do them.  But still I put it off.  Also, my neck and shoulders have been getting really sore and stiff lately, so she gave me some stretches that will help with that.  So I need to do them.  Or they will not help.  I’m hoping that by putting this out there that it will push me to do them.  *fingers crossed*

New Year’s Resolution #4 – Finish the baby blanket I’m making for a friend of mine.  I still have a hard time believing that I have friends that I went to preschool/kindergarten on up with that have kids and are having kids.  I mean, yes, I’m 26.  I know that in my head, but in my well…in another part of my head, I think I’m still 16 or so.  A very good friend of mine already has two…TWO kids and now, my very bestest friend from kindergarten or so on to high school is having a baby.  So, even though we definitely drifted apart and even kind of disliked each other for awhile there after a misunderstanding or whatever, we kind of reconnected a few years ago, so now that I know more than one dang crochet stitch (okay, okay….I know three) I’m making her a baby blanket.  I started it long enough ago that I should have finished four of them by now, but I’m still working on it.  I’m hoping to have it done before the child is in school.  Hee.

New Year’s Resolution #5 (I know, this is getting long) – Try a new dog treat recipe at least once a month.  This would obviously be for the benefit of Canine Confections (my dog treat business I’m trying to get started).  I should probably like, you know, try to sell them or something too.  Hmm. 

New Year’s Resolution #6 (or as this one is known “Enough damn resolutions already!) – Blog every day of 2008!!!  And not just blog.  Blog well!  Blog interesting!  Blog funny!  Blog stuff people other than my mom would want to read!!  And every day too!  Running and exercises are going to be cheese next to this.

So there you have it.  My new year’s resolutions for 2008.  Did you make any?  How about last year?  How did they turn out?  Speak up Dudes!  I’m all stuffed up and sick and trying not to sneeze out a lung and also boooooorrrrrrrrrred.  So I’m interested!  Really!  (in all honesty, I’m interested in all the comments you leave.  I’m like a little kid waiting for the ice cream van.  Empty email is so very depressing.  Especially when you’re sick and have nothing better to do than check my inbox every 30 seconds.)


Yesterday, I bought my very first thing from Trader Joe’s.

Now, I have written about Trader Joe’s before.  And then when I walked in there for the first time, I wrote about my disappointment. (and also brown sugar glazed buffalo boogers…hee)

I’ve been in there a few times before yesterday, and the sheer amount of people in the tiny little store freaked me out to the point where I just couldn’t think about any else other than getting the hell out of there before I started to cry, or my ears started to bleed, or something else equally as traumatizing happened.

Heck of a run-on sentence there, if I do say so myself.

Anyway, when Rat and I had dinner at Super Model and Soon-to-be Mr Super Model’s house for dinner weekend before last we had cheese and crackers before dinner.  (They’re way classy like that.  When they come over here, they’re lucky if I throw them just plain crackers.  Hmm…appetizers!  What a novel idea! *making note to self*)  So they had several different kinds of cheeses.  One was a fig and (I believe) white cheddar, which Soon-to-be Mr Super Model made me taste (they’re well aware of my skidishness when dealing with new foods), and frankly, even though I smiled and said it wasn’t that bad…..*cough*itkindatastedlikefeet*cough*.  Soooo….yeah.  (and if you’re reading this, Super Model and the soon-to-be-mr….sorry…hee hee!)  Oh, yeah, my point.  Okay.  They had this other cheese…this double something cheddar with sun dried tomatoes and oregano that was just MWAH! *kisses fingers Italian style*  And wouldn’t you know, it was from Trader Joe’s. 

Damn.  I had to go back.

So apparently the crowds have calmed down a bit in the year that I’ve been avoiding the store.

The snootiness level, however, has just skyrocketed.  People!  Really!!!  Common courtesy!  Look around you before you go whipping that cart full of weird crap around and RIGHT INTO ME.  Oh, and don’t say you’re sorry or anything.  Just look at me like I’m in YOUR way and sigh and wait for me to walk around you.

I really have no idea why Trader Joe’s intimidates me so much.  I think it’s the over confidence and sense of entitlement that just oozes out of some of the people in there.  The check out girl, however, was so nice and one of those cute little chipmunk voices that I’m sure would get really annoying if you had to talk to her for a long amount of time.  But it was nice and refreshing at the time.

So…um..long story about cheese, huh?


Yes, I know. That sounded dirty. I should change it but, meh. It’s late. I’m tired. And lazy. Bah.

So Rat and I had dinner with Super Model and soon-to-be Mr Super Model tonight and then played dominos. Now I don’t know about you, but when I think about dominos, I think of…well….pizza. But after that, I think of old men sitting in a park all day playing dominos because there’s nothing better to do. It was actually a whole lot more fun than I thought it would be! 🙂 Even though I ended up in third place with about 250 points (points are bad). Soon-to-be Mr Super Model won with about 185 points (but we all knew that was going to happen! He was the only one out of the four of us who had ever played before!), then it was Rat (who normally wins things) with 205 points, then me with about 250 (I totally got screwed by those stupid little tiles a few times!), and then…*sigh*…there was Super Model. With about 520 points. Man. The tiles just did not like her tonight! I think it was just because they didn’t know her, because once you get to know her, you just can’t help but lover her! 🙂

Anyway. No. It’s not dominos that is tickling my fancy right now. It’s this…

Oh….and this….

Seriously. I have no idea what is it about the little maid lady that cracks me up, but damn if I don’t end up laughing my ass off every time!

Maybe I’ll actually get around to posting about New Year’s Resolutions tomorrow. I keep meaning to. One of mine (actually the first one!) is to jog or run for 10 minutes (yes! in a row!). Since my physical therapist gave me the “all clear” to start jogging for a minute and then seeing how it goes and then increasing that minutes by a little bit each time, I’ve been testing myself a little bit with the jogging on the treadmill at the gym. I swear, those things make me feel like a hamster on one of those wheel things! Anyway, I did a minute about a week ago. Then the next time I did two minutes! Yay me!!! Y’all have no idea how proud I am of myself. For someone who hasn’t been able to jog, even across a parking lot, for 10 years, 2 minutes is a HUUUGE accomplishment. Until today. When I jogged for 6 MINUTES!!! WITHOUT STOPPING!!! AND NO ONE BUT ME SEEMS TO CARE!!! I take that back, I haven’t told my mom yet. She’ll be very happy. I kept hearing her voice in my head pushing me on while I was jogging. And it worked! I pictured my dad saying “GREAT!” like he does (sounds kinda like Tony the Tiger! GRRRRRREAT!) and I pictured my Granny calling me “Dah-lin'” like she does. And wouldn’t you know it? I was planning on stopping at 4 minutes, and then 5 minutes, but my imaginary cheering section helped me get to 6!

Okay….enough about that. I’m sure no one cares. Unless my mom is reading this! Then Ha! Someone DOES care! 😛

Anyway….tomorrow….resolutions….maybe??? Do y’all have resolutions? I think people are pretty divided on that. Either they make resolutions every year or not at all. So do you? (I think you know my answer!)

January 5, 2008, 6:04 pm
Filed under: I totally have real life friends too

I’m not sure if anyone here remembers, but sometimes I write about my very good friend “Super Model” and her BF (of SIX YEARS!!!!).  His name on here has changed over the months, mainly because I can never remember what it was, but from here on out he shall be known as “Mr Super Model”!!!

They got engaged last night!  WooHoo!!!  Yay you guys!  I’m so happy for you!  Y’all are a perfect fit!  🙂