Thursday, August 28, 2008


I GOT MY RING BACK!!! YIPPEE!!! I got the call from Jared yesterday that my ring was ready to be picked up...I was STOKED!!! It's even more beautiful than I remember! I missed having it a lot!

My mom, sis and I got quite a bit moved to the house yesterday. There's at least 2 more full loads to take, along with the furniture, and I'll be all moved in! Yay! I can't wait.........

This morning started pretty well. I was in a good mood, great mood actually, but after about 4 mood went right down the drain. I was so tired all of a sudden, I just wanted to go home and crawl into bed...I'm so glad that I'm not dealing with the whole depression thing like I was dealing with about 6-7 years ago.

Now, onto the wedding planning stuff! *yay*
My dress - check
Church - check
Reception Hall - check
Photographer - check
DJ - check
Bridesmaid dresses - selected, not ordered yet
Centerpieces - kind of in progress
Invitations - check (and they're gorgeous)
Reception favors - picked out, just need to order
There are still a lot of little things to be done, but hey, we've got 8 1/2 months to go!!! I just can't wait to be able to put pics up!!!


"Success in marriage does not come merely through finding the right mate, but through being the right mate."
-Barnett R. Brickner

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Best Quote EVER!!!!!!!!

I was sitting with Cletus watching House last night...

A little background...Husband and wife are bed shopping. He liked the pillow top mattress, she liked the firmer one. One was $1,900, the other was $1,500 or something like that. The wife got a "911" page from her office and had to leave. She told her husband to get whichever one he wanted to get. Husband talked to House, House said to buy the one he wanted, but instead, the husband bought the one the wife wanted. A little later, the husband and wife are at home and are about to 'test out' the new mattress. The wife gets irritated that the husband bought the mattress that she wanted after specifically telling him to get the one he wanted.

Now to the good stuff...House needed to "think" so he went to lay the mattress store where the husband was shopping for a new bed. The said a few things back and forth then the husband walks over to House and says:
"I want a water bed. I've always wanted a water bed. Something about being rocked to sleep on water."

Blank stares from House, no comments or anything.

So the husband says (and this is the best quote EVER!!!) "What? No mocking? Nothing about how a water bed is really a big vagina I want to crawl into?"

I was cracking up so hard!!! Cletus chuckled a little bit, but I thought it was absolutely hilarious!!!!!


"I took a deep breath and listened to the old bray of my heart. I am. I am. I am."
-Sylvia Plath

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Time Off

Have you ever noticed how even if you take a vacation from work, you need a vacation as soon as you get back? I think the only time I've ever not had that feeling was when I went to Ireland with my mom. That week off was fantastic, and I wish I could do it again...

This past weekend, Cletus and I headed up to Kinde to celebrate his grandmother's 90th birthday! It was lots of fun, but as soon as we got back...I wanted another day off...when I got to work Monday morning, I was wishing I would have stayed in bed. I didn't sleep well Sunday night, ran late Monday morning, traffic sucked, and when I got to my desk...stuff was everywhere...crappy start. Then, I got a phone call from Jared. I thought they were going to tell me I could come pick up my ring, but I was sorely mistaken. They just called to "keep me in the loop" and let me know that when the home office got my ring, they discovered that 2 corners on the stone were chipped...hmm...isn't that the reason it got sent out anyways??? Oh well, nothing I can do about it but whine and complain! lol This Thursday will be the 3 week mark of them having my ring. They said it would take 2-3 weeks, and I'm thinking it will be more like 6. Good thing the wedding isn't anytime soon...

On a happier note, I'm watching my 4 year old niece and my almost 2 year old nephew today! They're so stinkin cute...I can't wait til I have my own! We played a lot this morning, watched some tv, had lunch, and now they're napping. Honestly, I think I need to take a nap too! hahahaa

Tomorrow, I get to move some furniture with my sister, and get to packing. This week is my last week in the apartment!!! Yay!!! I will be officially moved into the house that Cletus bought for us to start and keep our family :-)



"We did not change as we grew older; we just became more clearly ourselves."
-Lynn Hall

Friday, August 22, 2008


I got this in an email from my mom. It's really a good read!!!

Noise Complaint at Luke AFB, AZ
Luke AFB is west of Phoenix and is rapidly being surrounded by civilization that complains about the noise from the base and its planes, forgetting that it was there long before they were. A certain lieutenant colonel at Luke AFB deserves a big pat on the back. Apparently, an individual who lives somewhere near Luke AFB wrote the local paper complaining about a group of F-16s that disturbed their day at the mall. When that individual read the response from a Luke AFB officer, it must have stung quite a bit.

The complaint: 'Question of the day for Luke Air Force Base: Whom do we thank for the morning air show? Last Wednesday, at precisely9:11 a.m, a tight formation of four F-16 jets made a low pass over Arrowhead Mall, continuing west over Bell Road at approximately 500 feet. Imagine our good fortune! Do the 'Tom Cruise-wannabes' feel we need this wake-up call, or were they trying to impress the cashiers at Mervyn's early bird special? Any response would be appreciated.'

The response: Regarding 'A wake-up call from Luke's jets' (Letters, Thursday): On June 15, at precisely 9:12 a.m., a perfectly timed four-ship fly-by of F-16s from the 63rd Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base flew over the grave of Capt. Jeremy Fresques. Capt. Fresques was an Air Force officer who was previously stationed at Luke Air Force Base and was killed in Iraq on May 30, Memorial Day. At 9 a.m. on June 15, his family and friends gathered at Sunland Memorial Park in Sun City to mourn the loss of a husband, son and friend. Based on the letter writer's recount of the fly-by, and because of the jet noise, I'm sure you didn't hear the 21-gun salute, the playing of Taps, or my words to the widow and parents of Capt. Fresques as I gave them their son's flag on behalf of the President of the United States and all those veterans and servicemen and women who understand the sacrifices they have endured. A four-ship fly-by is a display of respect the Air Force gives to those who give their lives in defense of freedom. We are professional aviators and take our jobs seriously, and on June 15 what the letter writer witnessed was four officers lining up to pay their ultimate respects. The letter writer asks, 'Whom do we thank for the morning air show? The 56th Fighter Wing will make the call for you, and forward your thanks to the widow and parents of Capt. Fresques, and thank them for you, for it was in their honor that my pilots flew the most honorable formation of their lives. Only 2 defining forces have ever offered to die for you.....Jesus Christ and the American Soldier. One died for your soul and liberty; the other for your natural freedom.
(signed) Lt. Col. Grant L. Rosensteel, Jr. USAF

I think that says enough on it's own. God bless our troops.


"Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway"
-John Wayne

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Patience vs. Tolerance

During our weekly meeting at work last week, we all got a lesson on patience vs. tolerance. A lot of people think they're very, very, VERY patient, when in reality, they're simply extremely tolerant of the situation.

Here's the difference...if there is an end goal that you would like to eventually reach, you are not being patient, you're being tolerant. Take away that end goal and then see how long you'll deal with it. Many, many people are not nearly as patient as they think they are. Take a minute to think of 5 or 10 times that you thought you were being patient. Now...was there an end goal that you had in mind? If the answer is yes, then you were just being's pretty eye opening!!!

Enter my engagement ring has been gone now since August 7th. I feel naked without it!!! lol I have temporarily replaced it with another ring of mine, but it's not the same...and alas, I have to wait up to 3 weeks to get it back. Am I being patient or tolerant??? I'd like to think I'm being patient, but since there is an end goal of getting my friggin ring back, I guess I'm just being tolerant!!! lol

Anyhoo...back to work I go...


"Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, August 15, 2008

Peanut on...

Ok, so the other day there was a possibility that I would have to pick my niece up from daycare. I would have had to leave work early (no biggie cause I was over on my time already), and I'd have the chance to see where my mom and sis are living. Well, I left work at 4, did what I needed to, then got a phone call from my mom. She was going to pick up the munchkin. I decided that since I had already left work, and was practically on the expressway already, I'd just head out that way. Well...apparently, some dude in a Saturn Vue thought he was the absolute most important person on the road at the time and made it absolutely impossible to miss! This guy, right after a construction zone, whipped out behind someone in the left lane. Now, I was in the center lane and there was still a line of traffic in the right lane. This guy got right up on the bumper of the car in front of him, flashed his lights then slowed up a little until he was about 4' away instead of 2'. Gunned it again flashing lights and all. This happened 2 or 3 times before there was not quite enough room for him to squeeze between me and the car in front of me. Had I not been paying attention, he WOULD HAVE taken off my bumper, and sent me cruising into the far right lane where there was still TONS of traffic. I hit my brakes, honked at him, said a few choice words under my breath, and stuck my hand out the window with one particular finger proudly extended. By this time this guy was...I'm not exaggerating...100 yards in front of everyone. Well, I stayed right where I was and somehow wound up in front of this idiot again. He was all the way in the left lane doing about 85-90, changed lanes behind me all the way to the right. My response??? I got in front of him :-D doing the same speed I was before which was about 75. He had to hit is brakes so hard that his bumper was about 10" from the ground...moron... Now, I don't normally have road rage. Yes, I get frustrated and I might yell some not-so-nice things when I get that way, but I RARELY ever really retaliate on another driver. This guy however, got me so mad that I felt I needed to. I have no idea why he was in such a hurry...and now that I think about it, it's kinda funny!

...Being sick...
Ok, I went to the doctor's office on Wednesday and still haven't heard anything back. I don't know what was wrong with me, but I feel fine now. I'm not the type of person to stay home when I'm sick anyways. I would have to be on my death bed, or not able to lift my own head in order for me to stay home. Doctors like that because that's what keeps them in business! lol

...Cedar Point...
Yes. That magical place full of metal, wood, speed, cotton candy and excitement. I will be there tomorrow with both of my sisters, Cletus and 2 of my nieces. I CAN'T WAIT!!!!!! I really hope we can get on Maverick again this year. That ride kicks some serious butt!

...The Olympics...
Ok...what's up with this judging crap in women's gymnastics??? And the fact that it's so incredibly obvious that HALF the Chinese team is under age. Yeah, mistake my butt...they did it on purpose. The younger girls have fewer life experiences and may not really realize what a HUGE deal the Olympics really are! Oh well, who am I...just a spectator. I'm very proud that Nastia Liukin and Shawn Johnson grabbed gold and silver for the US though! Track and field starts today (or started last night), and I'm pretty anxious to watch that...Michael Phelps is well on his way to being the best athlete in Olympic history. He's already regarded as the best athlete ever...this will just seal the deal!

Anyhoo...lunch is over, I have to get back to work.


"The first and greatest victory is to conquer yourself; to be conquered by yourself is of all things most shameful and vile."

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Quickie Update...

So, I've been feeling like crap for the last few days. I got online to check out all the possibilities: mono, mumps, strep, and tonsillitis. Today, I went to the doctor to see what the heck was going on. They did a "rapid-strep" throat culture and it came back negative. So that is getting sent off for "normal" strep testing. They also took some blood and they'll be testing that for other fun stuff...

Oh well, I'll be fine! :-) I should have a rather entertaining update within a few days...


"A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor's book."
-Irish Proverb

Monday, August 11, 2008

Things that slipped through the proverbial catch up "crack"...

Ok, I missed a couple of things on the "catch up" post yesterday.

Last Thursday, I took my ring in to Jared to get the stone tightened...again. Cletus and I haven't even been engaged for a year and I've had to get it tightened 3 times. This time, I walked in and said "I don't know if there's something wrong with the setting or the stone itself, but this is the 3rd time I've had to come in and get the stone tightened on this." The lady took it and started checking it out. She wrote up a ticket for me, and since I got there at 7:30 pm, I wouldn't be able to pick it up til noon on Friday. She didn't want the guy to rush through it, so I said no biggie. I was REALLY bummed that I had to go that long without it though. Little did I know...

The next day rolls around and I make arrangements to take a super long lunch so that I can go get my ring, and attempt to break even on my time situation at work. Well...I got a phone call from the lady at Jared at about 11:15 am. She told me that after looking at the ring and the diamond closer, they would have to send it back to the home office to be repaired because apparently 2 corners on the stone were chipped!!! WHAT??? Then she said it could take 3 weeks. 3 WEEKS!!! Ok, fine. I guess I can deal with that. Another lady called me a little later requesting the certification for the diamond because she knew they would need it. I sent a text message to Cletus to ask him to pretty please bring it to work so I can make a copy and fax it, or have him take it directly to the store. When I gave him all the details, he said he would go to the store instead of faxing because he wanted some kind of credit for them giving him a "crappy" stone. I told him to be prepared for them to say no because there's no way for them to prove if it was chipped before being set. He wound up getting a rush put on the order, but no credit of any sort. Now, I might only have to wait 2 weeks for it to come back. :-( I miss my ring!!!

This weekend there was plenty of Olympic action being watched! Sunday was definitely the lazy day of the weekend...all we did really was watch the Olympics and screw around on our computers! We saw the men's and women's prelims for gymnastics, watched some diving, volleyball, biking, an we watched Michael Phelps kick some serious arse!!! It was a good weekend.

Ok...back to work time for me!


"Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired."
-Jules Renard

Sunday, August 10, 2008

True catch up...

Ok, here's the rest of what's been going on for the last month and 3 days...

The week of July 7th, there wasn't a whole lot going on. Just work and getting the apartment ready for my PartyLite show. Nothing exciting. On Sunday, July 13th, I went to David's with my two sisters, my mom and my adorable niece. We tried on some bridesmaid dresses and I pretty much decided which one I'm going to have my girls wear. I can't wait to see it in my color!!! That same day, I had my PartyLite show. My cousin, who was about 8 1/2 months pregnant at the time, was the consultant. Let me just say, she is an adorable pregnant woman. Most of us had a good time at the party...but my poor niece provided some unexpected "entertainment". She wasn't feeling the greatest for whatever reason, and about half way through the show, got up to get a drink. Her cup was between my sister-who was sitting on my couch-and myself-I was sitting on the love seat. She picked up her cup, took a sip, and almost immediately projectile vomited. I felt so bad for her, and we were all so shocked that no one really responded. My sister and I looked at each other thinking "where did that come from??" Then, she did it again. We all scrambled to get towels etc. I grabbed one, ran back into the living room, and quickly walked her to the bathroom with the towel at her mouth. On the way to the bathroom, she threw up again...and again once we actually got to the bathroom. I felt absolutely terrible for her, and to this day, don't know how I managed to keep MY stomach in check! While my sis and I got her somewhat cleaned up and changed her clothes, she looked at me and said "I feel better now". I almost lost it...

The next day, Cletus and I met with our DJ to finalize some details and get some questions answered. We will be meeting with him again in...oh...April probably. We've got some good stuff planned!!! :-)

July 15th was another meeting with our priest. It was fairly short and sweet. Just discussing some of our "pre-marital requirements". It's all under control now.

The weekend of July 19th and 20th was fuuuuuuuul of fun!!! A girlfriend, her fiance and I took a friend of ours out to Canada to celebrate her birthday on the 19th. It was a RIOT!!! I'm not going to go into details, but lets just say...I'm glad we had a designated driver! I got home around 2 am I think, and had to be up again at 5. I was still feeling pretty good that morning. Cletus and I rode with Hoopa to Findlay on Sunday to watch Cletus' nephew get baptized.

The next 2 weeks had me at the dentist, and Cletus and I with our counselor (another pre-marital requirement). July 24th was my above mentioned girlfriends bachelorette party, and Saturday was her wedding!!! On the 31st, I was back at the dentist...and then...

August 2, the bash! Cletus had a housewarming party and it was soooooo much fun!!! We had about 20 people over the course of the night. Plenty of drinking, some good food, and many great friends! My maid of honor, my matron of honor, and 2 of my bridesmaids were there! I was very excited to get all of them together. :-) The party went from 4 til about midnight, and we actually kind of made one unexpected friend thanks to Poison Ivy. Katsu was there, Barbie was there, and we met a neighbor that lives a couple houses

On August 3rd, I went to visit a friend of mine in the hospital. He had surgery, and I wanted to "check up" on him. He was doing well, and I got to see him again on the 7th at a dinner that we had for some of the candidates and catechumens that completed the RCIA program at church. He's doing well, and is recovering. There are many people praying for him, and I'm sure he'll have a full, speedy recovery.

I've been slowly moving out of the apartment and into the house, and I can't wait til the end of this month cause I will be completely moved in!!! That's about it for now, more to come!


"If you want to be happy, be."
-Leo Tolstoy

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

The time that got away...

Ok I really suck at the daily updates lately!! lol I'm going to get back to that very has been slightly crazier than before, which isn't allowing me much "surf time". Couple that with no internet access at home still...and you get me! hahahaaa

Anyways...I'm just going to do cliffs notes for this since I'm very limited on time right now. Lunch is only 30 minutes and I've got some stuff I want to check out.

June 12 - Peanut purchased a one way airline ticket to Virgina for June 30th. This ticket, whom people probably assumed was round-trip, was my "vacation to visit my sister" least that's what everyone thought. It was really for me to go down there, help her pack, and then drive home on July 2nd so she could surprise everyone at the 4th of July party at my grandparents house. The only people that knew were Cletus and my mom. Let me tell you...that is one of the best kept secrets EVER!!!!! She had been out of the state for 12 years!!! And now she's back home for good!!!

June 27 - Cletus and I headed up to kinde to visit with his family. All the siblings and significant others were there with the niece, nephews, and dogs so it was a pretty full house! Let's see...8 adults, one teen, a toddler, a baby, and 2 dogs in one house. It was FUN!!! I love going up there, even when I have to sleep on the floor lol

June 30 - Got up at 4:30 am to catch my 7ish flight to VA which, for whatever reason, had a layover in Philadelphia. Get to VA, head to lunch with my sis and niece (who is ABSOLUTELY adorable I might add), and then I got to see the house for the first time! We packed some that night too.

July 1 - We got up, finished packing, picked up the trailer, emptied the storage unit and came back home. We emptied the trailer, then reloaded it with all the important stuff first. Well, we got an 8x10 (I think) storage unit and about half of a 1 car garage into a 6x12' trailer. Yes, we rock! A few random other things got taken care of too this day.

July 2 - Got up at 2:30 am (yes...2:30 in the morning-or really close to that). We were out on the road by 3, done at the weigh station and onto the expressway by 4ish. Yeah...we had 3,000 lbs or something like that, loaded in the trailer and truck combined...Off we went on the 15 hour ride home!

July 3 - Cletus and I headed back up to Kinde for the 4th of July parade. There were Model A's to be driven and Cletus was one of the pilots :-) We had lots of fun this weekend too!

July 4 - We were actually in the parade, got to see the MSU cheerleaders, and lots of cool cars, along with a woodchuck...hehee

July 5 - Headed to West Branch for the boat parade at my grandparents house. This is where my sis made her grand entrance! It was priceless. I will never forget the looks on everyones faces....

July 6 - Headed back home...

July 7 - Back to work :-( Bummer 'eh?? It was a very good 10 days if you ask me.

Hope you enjoyed the brief story!! :-)


"The most important trip you may take in life is meeting people halfway."
-Henry Boye