Tee Hee!

Doug & Kirsty are pregnant! Lillian is getting a new baby brother or sister in May. We’re so happy for them, as I knew they wanted to have another child. Both Mom & Dad are excited, and Lilly loves the idea of a baby.

We’ll be praying for a safe pregnancy. I hope we can get up to E-town maybe next Fall to see all the new babies. This is the 2nd couple from the baby shower to announce a pregnancy. Lisa, did you put something in the water? 😉

Reject Me? No I Reject You!

We put an offer on a house on Monday, and they rejected it, offering to drop the price $2K. We countered by saying let’s meet in the middle, because Tammy (our realtor) did research and found that they were asking for more then other houses on par with it were selling for. They rejected that saying no way, it is their price or no deal. So we’ve walked away and we’re back out house hunting later this week.

Disappointing, but it’s just not a good money decision to pay more than you should (unless you are desperate). I’m certain the bank’s appraisal would have come to the same conclusion that Tammy did, and then there might have been problems with the loan.

God’s Hand has been over this whole house hunting endeavor, so we put our faith in Him that He’ll lead us to the right house.

In any case, here are the pictures of the house that almost was.

Tortoise Kind Of Day

Like yesterday, I feel like today is going to be a slow day. Tick Tock.

Saturday we went out house hunting, with dinner at Chick-Fil-A (again). Mmm. I loves me Chick-Fil-A. Sunday we skipped out on church to go to Peet’s and Safeway before we went out house hunting again. The weather here has been good, hot but not too hot. Today is expected to be too hot (97 F) so I’ll try to get my errands done early.

Once there is anything to announce about the house, you’ll read about it on Geoff’s blog.

No plans for Labor Day weekend, not really. We have couples group Sunday and I think we’ll be bbq-ing together afterwards. I think it would be unwise to try and go to the mountains this weekend because

a) gas prices are high, and I don’t want to fill up anytime soon and
b) the roads to the mountains will probably be busy.

(rant for the day)Sometimes I get worked up over things that I don’t need to. Sometimes I get really annoyed with people taking cheap shots at my faith, and I want to lash out. I’m working on not letting myself get worked up, and realizing that lashing out isn’t going to make things better. If people want to say things, or advertise insulting things on their car, that’s their choice. My choice should be to pray for them.(end of rant)

We bought a new vacuum cleaner, a Dyson. We’ve needed a new vacuum for a long time, the one we have we got for our wedding. It served us well, but we will need something more reliable if we hope to clean this place before we leave. We got a good price on it and I can’t wait for it to get delivered. We’re trying to hold off buying stuff for the new place until we move since we don’t want to pack and move stuff unnecessarily.

I’m anticipating getting some good news from a great friend tonight. I’ll post about it tomorrow, but I suspect someone is getting a visit from the stork. 🙂

I’ll close with a quote from Clueless.

Heather: It’s just like Hamlet said, “To thine own self be true.”
Cher: Hamlet didn’t say that.
Heather: I think I remember Hamlet accurately.
Cher: Well, I remember Mel Gibson accurately, and he didn’t say that. That Polonius guy did.

Weekend Plans

We’re going house hunting tomorrow, and Elijah is going to be with a babysitter. We’re very excited to look at houses, and have been waiting for Saturday all week. We’re looking in Aurora, it’s closer to Geoff’s work, church, and the housing is more affordable there. Incidentally, the new neighbors, the gay couple, are also moving to Aurora, next month. They bought a townhouse for $100K. I had a nice chat with one of them, I didn’t catch his name though. He said he was in shock over how overpriced houses are here. In Houston, where he’s from, you get more house for your money. He said his partner is a school teacher in Highlands Ranch and he is in the medical field. They went from being well off to being poor. We also talked about Vienna (their dog). I guess I am getting good practice for getting to know my neighbors.

My Mom-To-Mom group starts officially on the 8th, but they have an open house next Thursday to meet your group and the teachers/caregivers for your kids. It’ll be nice to have that each week.

I figure I’m watching too much Star Trek: The Next Generation (again) because I’m starting to question the dynamics between the characters. Like why does Picard refer to Data as Mr. Data or Worf as Mr. Worf instead of by their rank? When did you ever hear him call Riker Mr. Riker? I think maybe because Data & Worf are lower in rank, they don’t merit always being called Lt. Commander. He does address them by rank sometimes, but not always. See, watching too much ST:TNG.

I’m going to close with a quote from Robot Chicken. (Geoff this is for you)

pirate 1: [has a helm wheel on the front of his pants]
pirate 2: Arr! What’s that steering wheel be for?
pirate 1: Arrr, it’s driving me nuts!

Life Is Good

I’ve been blessed to be getting some good sleeps last week. Elijah is sleeping through the night, and so I’m sleeping much better, most nights. Last night was awesome, though Geoff was up and even watched some Robot Chicken. I slept through that, and that is pretty rare. We got a great rain storm yesterday so it was nice and cool last night.

I’m hoping now that Elijah is sleeping better that I can get back to reading before bed. I’d like to try and finish reading a few of the books I started months ago, and there are a few I want to read before Christmas comes and I get more books. 🙂

No big plans this week, just the usual stuff. Since private school has started back in session, I may call Mary and try to get together with her. She has a membership to the zoo, and I could go for that if she’s game. Or we could always go to the museum for lunch & to see Jeff. I think Rich should be back by now, and I’m very interested to hear what changes are taking place in our dept.

I’m having a lot of fun daydreaming about the new place (I leave the stress of it all to Geoff). I love going to Cost Plus and looking at decor. I found some nice stuff for Diane & Meg who are big into the Asian decor theme. At some point Geoff wants to have an English gentlemen room, a room with comfy leather furniture to sit and enjoy his scotch. I don’t know if we’ll be able to do that with our first house, but definitely in the future. I’m just looking forward to having a room for our guests to sleep in that isn’t the living room.

I had a crazy dream the other night. We (Geoff & I) were at some theatre, waiting to see a movie, and the Hogans were sitting behind us. I turned and told Brooke how much I like their show. Then I notice there is no screen, just a bunch of tvs set up, and the seats are arranged in a square manner. Some guy starts playing his guitar and talking about the Dune books. I turn behind me and ask Mike if he’s read that one since he’s a big fan. He gives me a strange look like “why would I have read that?”. I get up to leave, because this guitar playing guy wants to know who is single in the place and is hoping to play matchmaker to these people. I go into another theatre and see Diane, and she tells me she’s there to see Meg dance. I ask how come the rest of us weren’t invited, and she says Meg didn’t want us to see her dance. So I leave, and walk past Athena sitting at a bar eating something. She says, hey, can you bring this food to Andrew? I said sure. It’s a plate with 3 different pieces of chocolate cake on it. I take a bite out of one, and bring the rest of the plate to Andrew who is sitting beside Mike. I wake up at this point because Elijah is crying, and when I get back to bed I fall right back asleep, and the dream continued. I don’t remember what happened next. Man, I have some really weird dreams.

Well, I’ll close with a quote from Swingers.

Mike: Why’d they get rid of the fighting? It was the best part of the old version.
Sue: I think kids were hittin’ each other or somethin’, man.
Trent: Yeah but you know what, Mike? You can make their heads bleed in this one.
Mike: Make somebody’s head bleed.
Sue: No man, we’re in the playoffs.

Are You Serious?

Did you know that the U.S. has no official language? I didn’t know that. And apparently it’s a touchy subject. I thought it was weird since Canada has two.

There is a kafuffle about Starbucks printing about homosexuality on the back of a coffee cup. The quote in question reads My only regret about being gay is that I repressed it for so long. I surrendered my youth to the people I feared when I could have been out there loving someone. Don’t make that mistake yourself. Life’s too [expletive] short. When we saw this on the news last night, they spoke to a “Christian” lady who went off about how she’s against gays and doesn’t want her 12 year old exposed to that when she buys coffee. My first thought was, thanks for speaking for all Christians (I’m being sarcastic, in case that isn’t coming across) and you let your 12 year old drink coffee?!

Dylan saw a recent picture of Elijah and he said to Dawn, that can’t be him, he can’t be that big yet. 🙂

Speaking of Elijah, he seems to think it’s funny when I sing and dance. This week’s song that I find myself singing a lot is Bem Bem Maria (Gypsy Kings). He likes it. It’s nice he lets me sing stuff other than Raffi. How many times can we sing C-A-N-A-D-A?

We spoke to Tammy so things are starting to move along nicely now. Hopefully we’ll get to look at some houses in the next few weeks.

We’ve been watching Survivor reruns on OLN. We only ever saw seasons 1 & 2, (I think that is all we will re-watch) and it’s much funnier when you already know the outcome. Thank goodness NBC is airing Scrubs reruns now on Thursdays, since they decided not to bring Scrubs back until January. And Celebrity Poker Showdown is back with a few new celebrities, some returning players and sadly an annoying game last night. I’m sorry, but I couldn’t care less about reality “stars” playing poker. It was clearly a ploy to get people interested in Bravo’s new show Battle Of The Network Reality Stars. Anyways, next week’s game should be better, I mean Meatloaf is playing.

Well, before I sign off I better say

Happy Birthday Mom!

Now I’ll close with a quote from Three To Tango.

Oscar Novak: I’m not gay, I didn’t… gay.

Glimpse Into Me

My name is: Melissa
I may seem: Like I have it all under control.
People who know me think: I’m funny.
If you knew me you’d probably: Want to spend more time with me.
Sometimes I feel: Like the biggest hypocrite ever.
My days are pretty: Much the same every day.
Yesterday: I don’t even remember. How funny is that?
I like to sleep: In a cool room, with a heavy blanket (and my yellow blanket) and my husband by my side.
If I could be doing anything right now I would be: Camping with my friends.
Money: would be nice. Enough to buy our house, and have a little spending money each month.
One thing I don’t have that I wish I did is: The chance to see my dad again.
One thing I have that I wish I didn’t is: The big bug in the kitchen that is currently trapped in a cupboard.
All you need is: Jesus.
All I need is: Grace of God.
If I had one wish it would be: Salvation for those I love.
Love is: That warm feeling I get when Elijah smiles at me.
If I could see one person right now it would be: My dad.
Something I want but I don’t really need is: Snack food in the house.
I live for: The people I love.
I am afraid of: Not being authentic.
It makes me angry when: People say ignorant/stupid/insensitive things.
I dream about: The past, whatever I watched on tv before bed, and things I can’t control.
I daydream about: Our first home.

Shirt Tail Cousins

Misty (Dawn’s sister) had a baby girl last night. She is sister to Kayla, who is 20 months old. So far as I’ve heard baby and Mom are doing fine, and baby weighed 7 lbs, 4 oz. No name has been decided yet, but she is leaning towards Emily.

Like Andrew & Athena’s baby, the only relation they have to Elijah is shirt tail cousin.

Isn’t genealogy fun?