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ABC, Easy as 123

Taking another cue from Jenn because apparently, my brain just doesn’t want to give me ideas to blog.

A. Age: 30. (DO.NOT.WANT!)

B. Bed size: King. It was our present to ourselves when we bought the house, since before that we were in a full size Ikea bed leftover from when I lived by myself.

C. Chore that you hate: Folding laundry. I have no problem with washing it. But actually folding and put away – yea, my second couch is CONSTANTLY covered in piles of clean clothes.

D. Dogs: Two, Sammy and Baxter. They’re pretty much our children.

E. Essential start to your day: Diet Coke, hard-boiled egg (white only) and yogurt.

F. Favorite color: Purple.

G. Gold or Silver: Silver. I don’t like gold, never have, which is interesting because I ordered my class ring in gold.

H. Height: 5’6”.

I. Instruments you play: Proficiently? None.

J. Job title: Systems Analyst.

K. Kids: None except the furbabies.

L. Live: Charleston, SC.

M. Mother’s name: Sandy.

N. Nicknames: Kristy (my full name is Kristen), Baby (<– Steve)

O. Overnight hospital stays: None in a long time, maybe only once when I had my appendix out.

P. Pet peeves: People who block the straight lane to get to the turn lane, people who use their cell phones while doing any face to face business with others (checking out at the store, at the bank, etc.), people who treat animals like property. Pretty much bad people behavior in general.

Q. Quote from a movie: Remember what Daddy always says – an ounce of pretension is worth a pound of manure!

R. Right or left handed: Left.

S. Siblings: One full brother, Eric, who is 27. One brother from my mom’s second marriage – Tyler, who is 16. And two sisters from my dad’s second marriage – Alex, who is 19 and Tresalynn, who is 16.

T. (This was missing how about..) Tacos: LOVE TACOS!!!! Now I want to go to Taco Bell.

U. Underwear: Comfortable cotton, still sexy, at least in my house!

V. Vegetable you hate: Carrots. I’ve tried – really, really tried but I just can’t get on board. Also not a big fan of spinach by itself but LOVE it in anything – like pastas or soups.

W. What makes you run late: I am rarely late – I’d rather be early than late so I’m usually sitting outside waiting for the time I’m supposed to be there.

X. X-Rays you’ve had: Ankle – many, many times. Teeth. Arm. I’ve had MRI’s of my brain, with and without contrast (for headaches).

Y. Yummy food that you make: Steve likes pretty much anything I make – he’s a big fan of my chili and my Italian wedding soup.

Z. Zoo animal:  Any of the cats. PENGUINS!

Agenda Day in the Life

One Day

To further elaborate on what I was talking about yesterday – how fascinated I am with the other people’s jobs and other people’s offices, I figured it might be fun to do something like Annie did at turning pages and post a day in my life. It’s certainly not the first time I’ve seen this on the Internet and probably won’t be the last but it looked fun and interesting nonetheless.

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Finding Joy!


I’ve been forced back into my Benadryl habit since I decided to forgo it Monday night and woke up the next morning feeling like someone was sitting on face and keeping me from breathing while simultaneously scratching my eyes out.

This means tonight you get an annotated entry which is basically just me telling you about Wednesday’s joy.

— The lady I was following on the moped on my way into work. In her floaty skirt, bright yellow heels and Ladybug helmet.

— A coworker bringing her three week old little girl in all swathed in pink with that dewy newborn hair and squishy little baby face.

— Realizing that I am in good with the one department that no one else is and getting them to do the stuff for me they normally make everyone else wait on.

— Sally Hansen Crackle Nail Polish overcoat in Ink Splatter

— Mad Men. (OMG y’all, I am so late to the party on this one.)

— The Talk. We’ve had this on in the breakroom at lunch and I really enjoy the dynamic of Sharon Osbourne, Sarah Gilbert, Leah Remini and Holly Robinson Peete. And Julie Chen.

And just to throw in things that are not awesome or joyful but I have remained relatively calm about because shit happens and that’s life.

— Baxter has tapeworms, which is literally the grossest ‘effing thing I have ever seen in my life. We started finding what looked like dried rice pellets in place where he slept (i.e. OUR BED, which is vomit inducing itself) and the moment Steve Googled it he realized they were dried tapeworm eggs that secrete from the butt and just kind of hang out back there. And needless to say, when we checked his poop – there were definitely visible. This is not life-threatening and it’s not uncommon for dogs to get them (it’s usually caused by them eating something they shouldn’t – like a flea or a lizard or rodent – and, well Baxter hunts and eats everything). It had not affected his behavior. It just means he had to take a pill and we have to wash EVERYTHING that we have found his ass nuggets on (and fabulous term coined by Steve – let’s see the fun the search engines have with that one!). It also means he has to sleep away from us and we would really prefer he keep his worm butt as far away as possible.

Until then, I’ll be in the corner vomiting. From all the wine I drank to forget about the worms. Then I’ll pass out because of the Benadryl.

Oh LIFE, you are awesome!

Image found here.

Finding Joy!

Finding the Joy

Remember how in my last entry I mentioned that I needed a good rainy day or weekend to sort of justify my grouchiness and grumpiness?  Then I hit publish thinking that wasn’t going to happen because you don’t get multiple rainy days here in Charleston – you get oppressively hot and bright days where the sun beats down on you and the humidity smothers your entire being then in the evening, you might get a really really good thunderstorm as the weather breaks but it’s always back to the same thing the next morning.

Except that following morning, I was startled awake by the sound of Baxter freaking out and of course, being the mama bear I am when it comes to the fur babies, I shot out of bed and ran through the house looking for him only to find him having a literal shit fit at the patio door because he had been caught in a torrential downpour.  This is all fairly uncommon for him as not only has he NOT figured out to bark at the door when he’s ready to come in but he also seemed no where near as affected by thunderstorms and rain as Sammy, who cowers in fear if he hears a storm on TV.

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Steve Cuddling with the Puppies
Entertainment, Life

Just Keep Living

Happy Sunday!

How was your weekend? Can you believe it’s July already? It really seems like time just flies by so quickly these days, these months, these years.  I mean, June itself was just kind of a ridiculously busy time for us, between going through my Grandpa’s illness and subsequent passing and then my traveling to St. Louis and us having people in to visit and throwing a Third of July party.

I am exhausted.

And that’s why we’ve done nothing this weekend. NOTHING.  Except Friday we drove about 30 minutes out to get some pizza at our favorite pizza joint (JI Pizza, it is so delicious and the closest thing to the corner shop pizza we grew up on in Philly – definitely worth the drive).  Other than that, the only time I even went outside and left the house was when I went to McDonald’s to pick up breakfast (in my PJ pants and t-shirt; drive-thru FTW!).  I reorganized the office, played with the pups, did some laundry, shoved chips in my mouth because I’m too lazy to make real food and drank some (read: a bottle) of wine while surfing the Internet and watching movies and shitty reality TV.

So a successful weekend.  Exactly what I needed.

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