1) I Cleaned
Denise say what? Yes, I clean and organized things you probably never expected me to clean. I cleaned closets (didn't I just do that about 6 months ago?) I cleaned out my garage--washing it out with the hose no less! I even, wait for it... cleaned out my----- car! And shampooed the carpet and floor mats! Say it isn't so! All that cleaning was inside so after awhile it was time to get one with nature, but doing it inside because it's hot outside. How did we do that?
What is inside that oval by Ryan's foot?
Why that would be a dried up toad. How did a dried up toad get in my house and meet it's demise on the carpet in front of the piano? And was it alive before it came into my house or died it get carted in dead? Beats me, but I have a feeling I'll never find out.
Yes, that got cleaned up too. But what else did I do?
2) I figured out what my tattoo will be
Julia's friend Anna came home with us from Tennessee so took the girls to paint pottery. While the girl's painted mugs and purses, I painted a bowl. A bowl that turned out so awesome I was beyond thrilled. On the way home I kept talking about my bowl and how happy I was with it that I was so happy I had decided to get a tattoo of it on my back. Life size. And it's a big bowl. I'll be sure to show you pics. I pick up my bowl on Wednesday and then you can be the judge.
3) I redecorated my bedroom
One thing just kind of lead to another with this project. First it entailed Trace's visiting friends from Tulsa helping move my massively large and heavy armoire up to my bedroom from the garage where it had been sitting for a year. I used to be in my Living Room in Tennessee but it doesn't fit here. With the help of a tape measure I realized that it would fit in my bedroom with about 1.5 inches to spare for ceiling clearance.
But getting the armoire in my bedroom meant rearranging things. So I moved my bed to the opposite wall which changed the entire feel of the room. And then, of course, I had to paint.
4) I Traveled
First, I flew to LA to see Carey from Life in The Carpool Lane. Of course, you all knew that. That's when I fell off the World Wide Web Radar. That's when my laptop died. But what you don't know is what we did and you haven't seen pictures.
This is Carey and her son Jack at the park. Astute readers of both of our blogs might recognize that she is at the park taking the photos for one of her Tuesday's Tips for Summer Survival posts. These photos were taken on Friday and posted on her next Tuesday post. Apparently Carey plans ahead much better than I do. I usually wait until the night before. Anyway, there are just too many photos to share in this composite post so look for something in the future that goes into more depth. Suffice it to say that it was a wonderful trip, other than the dead laptop, of course.
But I traveled some more. I traveled to Tennessee to get Julia. Two whirlwind days, 18 hours in a car. Amazingly my children traveled pretty well. Thank God for DVD players and Yo Gabba Gabba. Just sayin'. Also thank God for iPods. (Or should I thank Steve Jobs? Whatever.) I listened to the Time Travelor's Wife on an audiobook downloaded onto my iPod. But on the way home:
5) I bought the world's most expensive Starbucks Grande Non-fat, No Whip Mocha
Sure the mocha only cost me $3.80, it was the new iPhone I got because of the mocha that cost me a bundle. I know, I know, I lost you. Let's just say that spilled mochas and Blackberry's don't mix very well. It's sure not like those old Reeses commercials where peanut butter and chocolate collide. Nothing wonderful happens, in fact just the opposite. At first I lost all ability to text and check email (Oh, the horror!!!) and trooper that I am I simply thought "Okay, I don't really need to send text messages." But when my phone started spontaneously making calls on it's own somewhere in Kentucky and I couldn't figure out how to end the call other than taking out the battery, I knew I needed a new phone. Sure, a possessed cell phone is great to have a parties and all but it's not very practical for real life.
So I got my latest toy, which is not actually shown here. This is someone else's iPhone. And mine's not Cingular-- in fact, is there even a Cingular anymore??? Man, that's an old photo! My iPhone is much cooler looking and has my new favorite Application button for:
Who knew watching videos on your phone could be so fun??? From Jon and Kate Plus 8 parodies to Lost videos, one thing just lead to another and before I knew it I was searching for things I never would have searched for before on my laptop. And it lead to my newest obsession:
6) Watching Korean Dramas
Yes people, Denise did go off the deep end without her laptop.
Back when I was sequestered in an apartment/hotel room in Hanoi, Vietnam with a 4 year old and a 3 month old, I discovered the Korean channel on my tv and toward the end of my extended stay I became acquainted and enamoured with Korean dramas. I have no idea what prompted the idea to search for them on YouTube, but obviously I did and before I knew it I found a series for Korea's latest and hottest drama that was shown on KBS from January to March of this year.
But that's not how I found it listed as. It's listed as "Love Story" on YouTube where you too can find it and watch it in Korean with English subtitles. The only thing is that all 25 episodes are really about 60 minutes in real life, obviously too long for a You Tube video so it's broken up into 6-10 minute segments. I'm currently beginning Love Story Episode 4-1 so I guess I have a way to go before I finish. But that's okay, with no new Lost episodes for another 6 months I need something to keep my occupied. If I have somehow inspired you search for Love Story 1-1 Korean Drama. Keep in mind 1-1 is a bit on the slow side but it really picks up after that!