Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Today's Randomness

Old house is mostly cleaned out, except for the garage.  Some of the stuff in there I'm looking at wondering....will THAT fit in the Mustang??  We ran out of room on the truck....or forgot it.  All the other rooms of the old house are empty and clean, except for the kitchen.  I'm so very over this whole thing at this point.

New house is chaotic, but the beds are finally put together, and my office is completely done.  I took an extra day off, so the next two days are going to be hellish, but, I keep telling my self, your office is totally together.  Thank goodness.

New wonderful thing--Lily the formerly-feral kitty, who lived in the kitchen in the old house, has turned in to a totally new cat.  I'm thinking it's because there are no "territories" in this house--she feels safe wandering all over the place at will.  The design of the house is more compact, even though it's the same square footage, which also seems to have something to do with it.

Got my CPAP machine today.  Slept with it on for a nap, which was weird.  I'm sure it will take some getting used to.  I look forward to not dying in my sleep in the near future :)

Lastly, one of the things we forgot at the old house was the coffee cups.

 NOTHING gets between me and my morning cup.

Friday, March 28, 2014

New House and Killer BBQ

We took possession of the new house today, even though it is still being worked on.  We drove up there, and walked through.  The entire interior of the house is being repainted.  Tomorrow morning, they will have the carpets cleaned as well as general cleaning.  I may not be thrilled about moving, but I'm looking forward to being out from under the stress of living in a house that is for sale.

After we left the house, we stopped at Home Depot and then headed to dinner.  We ate a new (to us) place in Rio Rancho--Rub'N'Wood BBQ.


I haven't had pulled pork that good since Joe and I were dating (RIP Double B BBQ in Mt. Airy, NC). The pork was great, the sauce was great, and OMG the potato salad.  We bantered back and forth with the owner and chef, Roger.  He sent out coleslaw for us to try (damn).  It was amazingly good.  We'll be going back!!

Not a bad evening, all things considered.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Two Days in a Row of Posting....I May Spontaneously Combust


1.  After just spending an hour or two reading posts from my bloggy friends, I realize I really miss regular blogging.  Hence, two posts in one day.

2.  The dog is having serious anxiety right now.  I feel so sorry for her.  Every sound outside sends her over the edge.  Cleaning sends her over the edge.  Packing sends her over the edge.  Poor baby--her hypervigilance started when she was sent to the pound by owners that moved, and wasn't helped by the hell that was Richmond.  I put her Thundershirt on her first thing, and put music on while I'm working, but she is still.....over the edge.  I just want the move to be over so she can start to relax again.

Not our girl, but thanks for the Image

3.  We have this kitty named Lucy.  She wasn't a lightweight when we got her, but she ballooned up to a crazy 20 pounds.  She couldn't clean her butt--let me tell you, shaving and scrubbing a cat's butt is no fun.  I did some research, and found this amazing website by Dr. Pierson.  We switched the cats to all wet food (Wellness), all the time.  Lucy started at 20 pounds (!!!) and is now 17 lbs.  She can clean her own butt again!!  She seems so much happier, and is definitely healthier!!  Thank you, Dr. Pierson!

4.  The wind is blowing like crazy.  Ginger guessed it, over the edge.  She is afraid of the WIND!  Sigh.

5.  Lily (the last kitty we adopted, or rather saved, from the hell that was Richmond) has finally, after an entire year of living in the kitchen (mostly on top of the counters) has ventured into the rest of the house.  She was actually sleeping in the living room last night, and seems to have staked out a spot. Just as we get ready to move....

Ok, I've run out of randomness.  Stay tuned, I might post again this week.  Shocker, right?!

Moving. Again.

Hi friends.  I have not dropped of the face of the earth, it just looks that way.  Lots going on around here, I barely have time to keep up with my must-see TV, much less surfing the internetz and blogging. The high points:

Our landlords decided to sell.  We decided to move.  They offered to let us stay until closing for less rent.  We said "screw that".  They are having major work done (roof, ripping up all the flooring, new kitchen), and I cannot deal with that kind of disruption in my life.  We declined.

Found a nice house in a new neighborhood about 20 minutes north of here, thanks to the realtor that we currently pay our rent to.  We're moving in 3 days.  OMG!  Hubby had spring break last week and did a ton of packing.  We've hired a truck and a couple of guys to load/unload it.

Still working like a crazy woman.  I like the money.

Got the results of my sleep study--oh my!  Apparently I have "severe obstructive sleep apnea" and will have to use a CPAP machine and oxygen at night for the foreseeable future.  Yay.

And that's about it.  Nothing exciting.

Just life.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Ahhhhh, Two Whole Days OFF!

I work 6 days a week.  Monday-Friday at home, as a case manager for a health insurance company.  And on Sundays, every Sunday, I pull a 12 hour shift as a "regular" nurse.  Since last week was positively hellish, considering the whole landlord thing, I decided to take today off, my first Sunday off in about 6 months.  My wonderful husband went out to get us breakfast on Friday morning, and came back with these:

I truly love these little guys--they are so cool.  They are all characters in my favorite books ever, A Song of Ice and Fire, by George R. R. Martin.  It's been made into a hit show on HBO called A Game of Thrones.  I've got the first two seasons on Blu-Ray, and during his shopping trip, hubby also brought home Season 3.  After work on Friday, he made an amazing dinner--New York strip, garlic/parmesan mashed potatoes, and asparagus sauteed with pancetta. Damn.  To top it all off, he took me to lunch today, and is squirreled away in his office while I geek out to Game of Thrones.

BTW, the owner vist to our house went perfectly.  However, she hasn't decided if she's going to sell, or continue to lease to us.  So nothing is really resolved, but I'm feeling a little less stressed.

Thank you, Joe, for the wonderful weekend.  I really needed it, and you made it perfect.  You're the best husband, EVER!

Thursday, February 20, 2014


There is nothing more stressful than having the owners of your house come to inspect the house, because they have decided to sell.  We have right of first refusal, but the whole idea of seeking a mortgage again sends me over the edge.

That is all.


Saturday, February 8, 2014

A Beautiful Day, Catching Up

Hi there friends.  I've been absent from this blog for a little bit now, and thought I'd sit down and actually write something that's NOT a meme for a change.

Hubby and I had a nice day today.  I took a break from working overtime, and decided to just enjoy the day completely work free.  After getting up and doing the dog walk, I actually started working on my feed reader, which has something like 4000 articles sitting in it waiting for me to read.  It cried when I opened it, because it missed me so (well maybe not, but you get the idea).

I loved on all four kitties, and was totally shocked when Lily actually left the safety of the kitchen and let me give her lovies on the rug in the great room.  Randall and Ellie came to watch, and miraculously, did not immediately attack her and chase her back to the kitchen.  We may be making progress here, folks.  I'll keep my fingers crossed.

Went to the grocery store with hubby and hit Walgreens on the way back.  Boring, right?  Well, as we're driving home, we started down the other side of the mesa, and my husband goes "holy shit!!! look at that!!

This was what we saw.  There were balloons all over the sky, and this particular bunch were right over our neighborhood.  There wasn't any particular ballooning thing going on, but the weather was perfect, and all the planets must have aligned for the right winds.  If you're interested in why we are a hot air balloon mecca, it's called the Albuquerque Box.  I just find that kind of stuff interesting.

Hubby says "Man, I love living in a place where, on any given day, you might see something like this"  I have to say, I agree.

We unloaded the groceries, and after doing another dog walk, headed back out to ABQ to run an errand.  We had yummy Vietnamese food, drove around exploring, and headed home for a nap.

And here I am.  It was warm enough to walk the dog without a coat, and blessedly sunny (we've had a week of unusual (for us) overcast sky.

So what's going on, besides the big day in the life post above?  Hubby is still kicking ass in school (this semester it's physics, calculus II, and chemistry); I'm working a ton of overtime (thank you, IRS, not!).  We've just about finished training our new team member, so the end is in site for managing a crazy caseload at work.  Beautiful daughter is enjoying being stationed in Italy (skiing in Switzerland, a trip to Munich, weekends in the Italian Alps and Venice, all with a handsome boyfriend).  I'm so happy for her.

I'm having fun with Pinterest.  If you're interested in following me there, here you go:

Visit Lisa's profile on Pinterest.

I hope you all are having a wonderful day.  Anddd, just so you know I'm still me, here's a Sunday Stealing just to keep the meme thing going....

Sunday Stealing:   Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost Meme

Put your music player of choice on shuffle and list the first song.  Jessica, by The Allman Brothers

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? Would you take anyone with you?   No question on this would be back to Puerto Rico.  I can't wait until we actually go in 2015.  Of course, I'm taking hubby.  This time, we are planning to rent a car, and take day trips out of San Juan and see the rest of the island. There will also be much time spent floating in the infinity pool at our favorite hotel, LaConcha, and eating mofongo and tostones at Orozco, a little hole in the wall across the street.  2015, hurry up!!

What is your preferred writing implement? I love Pilot G2 gel pens.  I use the black ones for charting, and bought a giant set of several colors for my case management job, because I color code everything to keep track.  I think the green one is my favorite.

When did you go on your first trip alone (without your parents)?  I used to fly to Boston pretty regularly during high school to spend time with my aunt and uncle.  We would have lots of fun exploring Boston, hanging out their house watching movies on VHS (they had a huge collection and the player then was the size of a roll-on suitcase (I'm so old...).

Do you have connections to any celebrities (even minor)? List them.  Not that I'm aware of.

Name 3 items you could pick up from where you are.  A glass of sweet tea (thank you, universe, for Splenda!); my phone (Samsung Galaxy III, in case anyone cares; a box of tissues.

How would you describe your sense of humor?  Pretty normal.  I have occasional flashes of witty brilliance, but I'm not a comedian or anything.

Do you ever play board games or other non-computer games? Got any favorites?  I like sudoku, and enjoy it with pen and paper.  It's harder than with the computer.  I don't play as much as a I should.  I'm for a computer games kinda gal.

A musical artist you love that isn’t well known. Roy Buchanan

A musical artist you love that is well known.   Duane Allman

Really weird that both these guys died violently.  Roy Buchanan hung himself, and Duane Allman was hit by a truck.  Both were a true loss to music (especially the blues...)

What is your desktop background currently?  My work computer has a beautiful tropical beach, and my home laptop has a large yellow flower of some kind.

Last person you talked to, and through what you talked to them .  My husband, face to face.

What do you carry your money in?  A purple Coach wristlet.

What timekeeping devices are in the room you are currently in? My computer, phone and pretty clock on the mantel

What kind of headphones do you use?  Don't use them, I'm either listening to music in the car, or in my office from speakers.

What musical artists have you seen perform live?  Aerosmith (my first concert ever), Joe Satriani, The Grateful Dead (too many times to remember, and another life ago), Greg Allman, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and very special show with Bonnie Raitt and John Lee Hooker (I've always loved the blues...), Alison Krauss and Union Station, Aretha Franklin, and many more I can't even remember....

How often do you clear your browser history? Every few months when I think of it.

What’s the best job you’ve ever had?  This one.  Inpatient case management for a big insurance company.  I work from home.  That pretty much says it all.

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?  Working in a gas station, on the midnight shift, back before there were stores attached.  I sat in tiny booth all night.  Ugggg.

What magazines do you read, if any?  I love magazines.  I read Albuquerque The Magazine, Time, Entertainment Weekly, Travel and Leisure, Allure, and Budget Travel in print, and The Atlantic, The New Yorker, Slate, and Salon online.