Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloweenie!

Just wanted to share some pictures from J's Haunted House that his Rec Dept. hosted for the town last Sunday. This is one of his BIG events. When I say big, I mean planning starts in July. This year had an alien theme. It was a success and couldn't be complete without ...

A homemade spaceship







An alien and a victim









A crash analysis site where the government was investigating the pieces of the spaceship.






A toxic waste dump site where someone got too close and suffered ...


















and the awesome volunteers!!!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

We’ve hit the 2-year mark. We are no longer newlyweds!

The saying is true. Time flies when you're having fun!

So two years ago, we had not just one wedding, but two celebrations! The first and bigger one was in Jersey (Oct. 28) and included friends from so many walks of life. There was a little rain and chill, but lots of love in the air. It was a very fall-festive atmosphere. There was even butternut squash soup and a very, very creative cake! There was lots of drinking and celebrating until the wee hours of the morning. There was tons of dancing and good music. There were tears of joy. The memories are good. Enjoy my little mosaic I made to commemorate the main event!And now to celebrate us and bore you with more details, I decided to partake in one of those silly surveys.
How long have you been together? 6 years total
How long did you date? 4 years.
How old are you both? I just turned the big 3-0 and J just turned the big 3-2.
Who eats more? That’s hard to answer. I love to eat. He looks like he doesn’t eat, but can certainly pack it away. I definitely taught him about dessert. When I met him, he was all, “I don’t like sweets and don't eat desserts.” Now he’s all, “what are you having for snack tonight?”
Who said "I love you" first? Me. I think I scared him, but I was just so excited to fall in love with such a wonderful person. His feelings are all caught up now (I think?) …
Who sings better? Let’s just say neither of us should quit our day job.
Who is smarter? J has an additional degree than I do, but I can certainly outspell him.
Whose temper is worse? I get fired up easier, but neither of us have a fierce temper.
Who does the laundry? This is a 75-25 relationship. I absolutely abhor folding, so that’s when I call in J for assistance.
Who does the dishes? Definitely 50-50. Although J likes to perform this magic trick where he waves his hands over the sink in the morning and when he comes home, the dishes are done dude.
Who sleeps on the right side of the bed? No one … everyone just comes to my side of the bed to snuggle and try to push me off.
Who pays the bills? Me, although I shouldn’t be. I’m bad with numbers. More of a word girl.
Who is better at the computer? Here’s where J’s temper will fly. I definitely excel when it comes to computer knowledge, and that’s not saying much.
Who mows the lawn? Our landlord Short Shorts. And for the house in Danville, that would be our homeless friend James.
Who cooks dinner? We cook together usually. It’s one of our favorites things to do together.
Who drives when you are together? 50-50. Especially now that J has mastered the stick shift.
Who pays when you go out? The joint credit card.
Who is more stubborn? Me. I wear my hat proudly.
Who wears the pants in your family? We only wear skirts in this family. JK … we both wear them from time to time.
Whose parents do you see most? Definitely the Ks. That’s what happens when you move to a location that is within driving distance. Second up would be J’s dad.
Who kissed who first? J claims I went for the kiss first, but I swear it was mutual.
Who proposed? J did it while we were backpacking in Havasu Canyon.
Who has more friends? Probably equal
Who has more siblings? J has the 2 sistas, I just have 1.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Let's hear it for the boys!!

Hallmark4Ever's baby finally decided to make HIS appearance. That's right, she had a boy (Shadow, you were dead on with your prediction).
Robert Thomas
Oct. 24 at 6:49pm (only 6 days past his due date!)
8 lbs 4 oz
21.5 inches
Can't wait to meet him!

So I realized, between J and I, we've had 9 friends have babies in 2008. No need to point out that we have a number of prolific friends. My main point is that so far, they've ALL been boys!!! So if you are pregnant and expecting in 2009 (and you know who you are), I'm going to venture to say it's going to be a girl! New year, new sex. It's gotta be.

Friday, October 24, 2008

You know you're a medical writer when

… your friends and family members start calling you for medical advice.

… someone gets a really confused look on their face when you tell them what you do for a living. Then politely walks away.

Just wanted to check in and say things are going well. I feel very at home with my fellow medical writers. Heading home late Saturday night! Yippee!!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Getting Goth

J and I went to a Halloween Ball this weekend at our dance studio (yes, we are still taking some dance lessons). The theme was "goth." Can you tell? Our dance instructors told us we had way too much fun dressing up.

Okay, I'm off to the 'villes for work!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

A message from the "mister" of the house

I have some crazy owners. One came home, the other left. I don't know what to make of it. They're always in and out! Well, out more than they're in, I suppose. All I know is my food and water bowl better be filled and my poop scooped. That's all I ask. My life is simple. Eat. Sleep. Poop.

Peace out homies,
Mr. McKinley

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Business Tripping

The next few weeks will be dotted with nothing but business trips for both J and I.

Tomorrow I head to the great city of Boston (that was meant to have some sarcasm) to cover a conference on pediatrics. I’m not happy that my trip to Beantown once again coincides with the baseball craziness, as my hotel is literally 2 blocks from Fenway. “That’s exciting,” you may say. Maybe so, but not the business traveler who is scrambling to find a restaurant with less than an hour wait so he/she can hurriedly try to gather food between sessions or before heading back to the hotel to spend the night writing.

**Cue violins playing in the background**

I return Monday evening with enough time to give J a high five as he heads out to Baltimore for his annual Rec Directors conference. What could they possibly do at their conference? You guessed it. They play wiffle ball during the day and drink beer in the evenings while complaining about their small budgets. I could be exaggerating, but I assure you his conferences are much more fun than mine!

He returns Saturday, and we may have a half weekend in there. Then I leave that Monday for a combined trip to Nashville and Louisville. Nashville will just involve a visit to my headquarter office to meet more new writers and editors. In fact, I will making a 4-hour drive up to Louisville with one of the new editors, who actually is sort of one of my bosses. I hear he is very friendly and well, I survived a Greyhound trip across the US with strangers, so it can’t be that bad. In Louisville, I will be taking more classes to receive my medical writing certification. Folks, it’s a long and costly process, so don’t get too excited for me yet. But I am really pumped for those classes and that conference because it will be all writers. Writers are fun to hang with. Didn’t you know that?

So hopefully I'll find blog material in between all of that. I’m sure I will!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

J has a protege

Oooh, that rhymed. Well anyways, J's childhood friend, theBuddha, had a baby yesterday. On J's bday (remember?). We're still in shock by this, but, his friend and girlfriend decided to carry on J's name since the little guy was born on the 6th. So I present to you Cody Justin, all 8 lbs, 9 oz of him. For the sake of the parents, I hope little J doesn't follow exactly in his master's footsteps. Wait, did I say that? I meant, let's hope little J DOES follow in his master's footsteps!
October is certainly a busy birthday month. Today is QuickQuestion's bday!!! The best birthday present of all for her ... three hours without Bones and CurlyLocks so she could clean up her desk area and art supply closet. That's just typical for my sista!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Someone is getting older ...


***total cheese warning. Stop reading if you don’t do mushy.***
Today is a big day. Today is J’s 32nd anniversary of his birthday. I can never really match his birthday planning awesomeness (e.g. my surprise 30th bday party), but I did try this weekend and will continue today. Everything tonight will be topped off with a night at the bar watching Monday night football.

Anyways, I just want to say some words about my wonderful husband. He makes me exquisitely happy. He is my perfect match. We agree on virtually everything and I almost think he knows me better than I know myself. The other day, I was adding music to my i-Pod and asked him for suggestions. He rattled off everything I would like and wouldn’t like. And he was right on. Anyone who knows J knows he is a big joker. Although he can be serious if he needs to be, there is always that relaxed and silly nature to him. He makes me not just laugh, but crack up, just about every day. He can snap me out of a mood at any moment. I still get those girly butterflies when he is coming home from work. I look forward to every moment we spend together (and we spend A LOT of time together). I really try to appreciate what we have and who he is. So thanks J for being you. And happy birfday buddy!!!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Leaf Peepin'

We became leaf peepers this weekend, the term New Englanders use for those who swarm to the Northeast during the fall. We hiked Mt. Tecumseh in Waterville Valley, the lowest of the 4,000-footers in the state. There are 48 on the official list to enter the higherpointer club in NH; this made 8 for us. We were the ONLY people on the trail, which was so great. Instead of coming back down the trail, we came down the ski slope, or rolled down I should say! And the leaves, yeah, they were extremely vibrant. I know why so many people come to New England to see the fall.

Friday, October 3, 2008

I don't talk politics with just anyone

My favorite question of last night's debate was when the moderator asked (paraphrased), "So, both of you are just a heartbeat away from the presidency. If that were to happen, how would your policies/ideas change?"

Oh, and one more thing. I love how they assume "we" do all our worrying about health care and money at our kitchen tables. I don't know about y'all, but we do ours in a fetal position in the corner.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

I guess anything can count as a job

CareerBuilder.com released its list of the most unusual jobs in 2008. Here are some that made me go hmmm.

Cat nanny
Donkey trainer
Kitty litter box decorator
Nuclear electrician on a submarine
Parachute tester
Romance specialist
Scratcher (scratched backs for patients)
X-ray technician for zoo animals
Yawn counter at a sleep clinic