Barnmouse Blitherings


Where has the time gone?!

Several things to report and a whole 20 minutes to do it!

First, Yes!  6 unexpected OVERNIGHT guests!  They happened to be my brother-in-law, his wife and their 4 young children.  Who scream high pitched screams and do not listen to their parents.  Of course, their parents don’t really seem to care that they’re in someone else’s house or that one of them (ME!!!) is suffering from a sinus headache.  Nor did it cross their minds that maybe we didn’t want to get up at 7 am, especially after said sinus headache didn’t go away until 4 am and some noisy “somethings” kept waking me up every hour or so.  Ugh.  Anyway.

Second!  Yesterday (before all the mess) I ran….*drum roll please* 15 MINUTES!!!!  YES!! WOO!!!!  I was planning on kicking up the pace and just running for 10 minutes again, but then I got to thinking that hmm…maybe I should make sure that I really can run for 10 minutes and that the previous day wasn’t just a fluke!  So I ran the 10 minutes and then said oh what the hell, I’ll run another minute….and then that minute went by and I said okay….one more minute!  And then I realized I was running in unison with the guy on the treadmill three machines down from the one I was on (Note To Kind of Tall Guy Running on Treadmill 3 Down from Mine…THANK YOU!  Please come back!!!) and it kind of gave me a second wind.  Now I know why I always see people running in pairs on the side of the road.  It just makes it so much easier!  Yay!

Third!!!  Yes!  There’s a third!  TODAY at the gym (even though I woke up feeling like crap!) (I have at LEAST 2 weddings to go to this year and I’ll be DAMNED if I’m going to be the chunky one!!!) I kicked up the MPH from 4.0 to 4.2!!!  And….AND did 15 MINUTES AGAIN!!!!!!!!!  I can’t believe it!  I’ll try not to talk about this so much in the future.  I’m just in shock that I actually did it!

Fourth.  Umm…I think there was a fourth….I just can’t remember what it could have been.  Hmm.  Too much excitement over all the running!  And my still being able to stand up straight and walk up the stairs!

I feel pretty.

*goofy grin*

Shadow had a grand time playing in the nearly negative amount of snow we got yesterday.  He likes to run around with his head down to the ground with his mouth open, scooping up little lines of snow like a bulldozer.  Hee. 

Hmm.  10 whole minutes left to write something interesting.

Oh!  While I was running at the gym today (me!  running!  yay!) I was trying to keep myself from looking at the time clock thingy, so I was thinking about this.  Yes.  I cannot stop thinking of things to write here.  Funny thing, I can never remember what I was going to write!  Except for now.  Anyway.  I think I’m going to start a weekly “New Year’s Resolution Check-up”.  If anyone wants on my list, just leave a comment or email me or whatever and tell me as much or as little about your New Year’s Resolutions as you’d like.  And hopefully, once a week, I’ll make a post here with updates on how mine are going and then ask y’all about your’s.  I was just thinking that if someone had ever kind of poked me and said Hey….how’s it going with that New Year’s Resolution?  That I might have actually kept one.  They’re just so easy to forget about….especially when January is gone and it’s halfway through February and someone comes home with a giant box of chocolates….or they go on sale at the grocery store and you see chocolate covered cherries….which happen to be your favorite….and they’re half off….and they’re just sooooo goooood…… and….*drool*

So!  Anyway!  If you’d like to participate….anytime in the year, just leave a comment or email me or send telepathic thoughts or a carrier pigeon!  ETC.  I hope you will!  I need some buddies to keep me on track!  🙂



…so I can go ahead and beat myself in the head and just get this over with.

No, my headache/cold/possession/whatever has not gone away yet.

On the plus side, I think I have most of my stuff off of my old hard drive and on to my new one. I’m in the process now of putting all the other stuff back on my laptop, such as Live Writer. Now, I’ve installed this thing no less than 3 times and all of those it’s had no problem finding the theme of my blog. Suddenly, it can’t find it or whatever! Grr! What the hell? Nothing’s changed. I hate when stuff like that happens. Has anyone else had this problem? Probably not. *sigh*

But again! The plus side!!!








Yes! My pictures! I have them! Well…most of them! But the important ones! (not the ones I posted…the ones of my Granny and Great Aunt, etc…) Yay! Now if only this damn cold would go away.

Oh Happy Days

My cousin asked his girlfriend to marry him and she said yes. How wonderful is that? I’ll tell you how wonderful that is. Very! 🙂 Even though I’ve never actually met the girl! But I know my cousin and he’s one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. So if he loves her, then so do I. So congratulations you two! Not that you’ll ever read my blog or anything!

In other news, I keep forgetting to get trash bags at the store. I’ve had it on my list for DAYS now and every time I go to a store or pass one, the thought of “trash bags” completely jumps out of my head. Then immediately pops up and says “hi” as soon as I walk through the door to my house. Which makes me smack myself in the forehead and go “AHH!”. Which is getting to be not fun. And kinda painful.

SO! When I go to pick up Rat at TaeKwonDo tonight, I will go 10 minutes early and get some damn trash bags! And hopefully, I will remember that since I typed it out. But probably not.


I made scrambled eggs for dinner tonight and ran out of milk (days ago, whoops again) so I just went ahead and made them with no milk and lo and behold! Yummy! I think I’ll make them like that more often.

I’m one of those people who would be perfectly happy to eat breakfast for dinner every night. I love me some pancakes. I love me some waffles. I love me some french toast. And obviously, I love me some eggs! Although I’d say my favorite part of the dinner was the biscuits. Just random frozen biscuits. Nothing special, but still very nummy.


I have a four page list of cleaning chores to do before Thanksgiving.


And I don’t want to be cleaning Tuesday or Wednesday before Thanksgiving because I’m going to be cooking like crazy those two days to avoid having a melt down the day I have a house full of people.

I think I’ve marked off all of 7 things.

I should be cleaning now.

Actually, I should be leaving now to pick up trash bags! See? Me! Leaving now!

*running out door*




It’s been a very long weekend.

Some of you might have noticed that a big ol’ picture of dog treats showed up a few days ago without warning. LOL

I posted it to the wrong site.

Sorry ’bout that!


Rat and I have been ripping up old nasty light blue carpet (did I mention it’s 20 years old?) and padding, screwing down the floor so that all the seventy frillion squeaks go away, and putting in the new, pretty, clean, not 20-year-old flooring, all day yesterday and today.

I actually noticed that I posted the dog treats to the wrong site a little while after I did it, but just didn’t have the energy to fix it!

I’m case any of y’all have dogs and were enthralled by the treats, here’s the deal. I make them! By hand! They are all natural, healthy, human grade food treats (with extra love) and dogs just go nutty over them. (Shadow included, and he’s very persnickity) I had a site for the treats, but decided I needed a shiny new one, so here is the link if anyone’s interested:

Canine Confections

I would remove the accidental post, but eh…I’m still tired….I’m going to bed. *yawn*

Oh, and now that my oven is fixed (yes my oven AND my AC were broken at the same time. and yes, it was fantastic. and yes, that would be sarcasm) I can actually bake the treats again! Soooo….what are you waiting for?! Go check it out! Now! Yes! Seriously, now!

post # 3486 where I laugh at something only I think is funny.

Okay. Yes, I know, my pictures are not working. And to think I was just going to say how much I was liking this new blog place. Hmph. *crossing arms* I will try to get them to work as soon as possible. *mutters* stupid blog…

 Oooh!  Hey!  They’re working again!  Good blog….gooooooood *pets blog on head*


This is was Shadow’s bowl. It actually held things a lot better before he sat on it.

This is very funny to me.

Let’s make a Mastercard commercial out of it, shall we?

old plastic dog bow = $8, new plastic dog bowl = $8.99, having people at the gym look at you like you’re crazy because you keep giggling because your dog sat on his bowl and broke it? priceless.

I mean, I knew he’s a big boy, but dayum! It broke into 5 pieces. To be completely honest, it already had a crack in the side. But still.

And now for something completely different…well, not really. But I still think it’s funny!


In case that last bit came in a little funny (which it looks like it did. Damn you Photoshop! *shaking fists in air*) it is Ebenezer demanding ham, but really…what else is new?

Oh! And I actually have something for my “Things on the Road Thursday” this week! I know…I’ll wait while y’all recover from the shock.


Okay. So far, not really impressed with MySpace, but really…did I think I was going to be? Umm…no. I guess I just don’t get it. What does it do? What’s it for? Other than to promote the new Transformers movie, which I hear enough about at home because Rat is a huge dork. Hee.

I get that it can be used as a dating service of sorts (not that I’d ever date anyone that found me on freakin’ MySpace, but hey, that’s just me).

And you can like, leave messages for people? Am I correct about that?

Please, someone! Help! What’s the point of MySpace?! I’m starting to get why people call it “WhySpace”…cause just really…whyyyyyy???


Enough of that.

I feel like I’ve been kind of a sucky bloggy person as of late, skipping my Things on the Road Thursdays, and I can’t remember the last time I did SPF, not to mention the sporatic posting.

*whispers* my cat is staring at me….for like 5 minutes now…wtf…*/whispers*

So. My point? Umm…Oh yeah! I’ll try to do better! 🙂 Like now! See? Doing better! Writing stuff.

I totally dropped a carton of eggs not 20 feet out of the grocery store today. Yeah, that was fun. Surprisingly, only 4 of them were broken though. Oh damn! I was going to make a cake for Rat! I completely forgot until now! Stupid brain. Always on break. I made a doggy cake today (apple cinnamon just in case you were wondering, and don’t kid yourself, you totally were) and when Rat got home he looked at it and you could see his brain working things out. First it was “Yay! A cake! And it’s just for me!”. Then it was “Wait, what are those things in it?”. Then “Oh, they’re apples.” And finally “Dammit, this is for the dog, isn’t it?”.

I’m looking for a name for that one now too. So…still looking for a name for this cake (and remember, winner gets doggy treats!!!) and now looking for a name for this one too. Didn’t take a picture of it though. But again, apple and cinnamon. And it’s made in a “bundt” pan (is that right?….I think it’s right) so it’s round with a hole in the middle and then cut into wedges. Same as the other one.

In other news….This is back.

Yeah. I know.

At least, I thought I knew. Until I got to play my new Spyro. Now…I am in love.

Yes. Yes, you are right. Rat IS the luckiest man alive! How sweet of you to notice.

And now, in closing, just because I love y’all, here is a picture of the shirt I wore today.

And let me go ahead and tell all you postal workers, cashiers, waiters and waitresses, stock boys, and nosey old ladies out there that no, I do not in fact, eat glue. If I did, do you really think I would wear a shirt saying so? NO! No I would not.

Also, do you have any idea how many pictures I had to take to get one that focused on the shirt and not my boobs?

If y’all are lucky, I post one of the shirt I’m thinking of wearing tomorrow. I get a little nervous about wearing that one in public, lest I offend someone. hee.

And Johnboy, y’all have a nice day.

So Maybe This Cold Isn’t Going to Kill Me
March 22, 2007, 4:51 am
Filed under: my dog ate the obedience instructor, whineyness



Go ahead. I know what you’re thinking.

Where the hell have you been?!

And I have a very simple answer for you:


That’s pretty much it.

There have been occasional trips to the fridge for more tea or diet mt dew. And to the pantry, for croutons. YES I SAID CROUTONS. Shut up. When you’re this sick, if you can eat anything, you would be well advised to do so.

I’m still kinda cough-y, so I’m alternating between sleeping in the bed and sleeping on the couch, depending on how badly I’m coughing that day. It always seems to get worse at night. And, on top of that, I’ve run out of cold medicine. Rat compared me to Minnie Driver’s character on The Riches (love it-btw), so no more cold medicine for poor little sick Mouse. *sniffle* (now feel sorry for me right now dammit!)

Last night I finally had enough cough drops to let me go to sleep around 3am. And Rat was so happy to have something to cuddle with that he over slept by almost 2 hours. Whoopsey.

“Star Trek:Voyager coming up next” Um. No. *changing channel*

Ahhhh…..That 70’s Show. A steady IV of this show kept me alive last week. Rat found this “Jib Jab” thing about a year ago that had Bruce Willis calling Ashton Kutcher “Ass-ton” and then Ashton called him “B-Dog”. It was very funny. You’ll just have to take my word for it. K? Alright then.

And can someone please tell me where snot comes from because My Lawd! An entire large box and a half of tissues! And still coughing and sniffling.

Now let’s see…have I complained enough? Umm….nope! TV Programers out there! Please! I beg of you! Play something at least half-way interesting between 2 and 5am!!! Seriously. I have run out of recorded episodes of Family Guy. This isn’t funny anymore. I need some more cartoons. And a way to get something out of the fridge without getting up. Please get back to me on this last one as it is of the uttmost importance.

Now I have a funny picture for this week’s Things on the Road Thursday. And if I can remember to get the cable to attach my phone to my computer I will post it. If not, I have a really funny picture for next week’s Things on the Road Thursday.


Also, today (or actually yesterday, but I haven’t gone to bed yet, so I still think of it as today) is Shadow’s birthday! He is SIX! Woo! For his birthday I got him one of those giant bouncy balls that you get from like Target in those big bins. It was very funny. I will post pictures. Maybe. Ha! Anyway, wish mah cute wittle puppy a happy birthday and he will not come and eat you. Anyone who doesn’t, you’re on your own.