Saturday, October 30, 2010

Friday, October 29, 2010

Concert time!

Random Thought Thursday

These were written yesterday but I never got around to posting them. This weeks guest RTT writer s the one and only.... The Polack! I won't say I forced him into it but I definitely strongly persuaded him. 

Alright, I've got to knock this out fast because I don't have very much time. I'm meeting my wife soon so that we can talk to a 2nd builder and then go to look at an existing house. I don't feel very random so we will see what comes out.


I threw a kid out of class today and later he told me that he respects me more because I finally threw him out. Evidently he's been waiting for me to do it. Um..okay. Now I have to call home and document it. It's less two weeks until the end of the trimester. I don't want to deal with this at all.
I knew I had the easiest schedule ever at my old school, but as I sit at my desk, WAY behind in grading that point is driven home yet again. I used to never to take work home. Now, I always take work home. I miss my down time…and my family time.
Nicklas got all A's on his 9 weeks report card. Maybe all the tears and fighting during homework time are actually worth it. So proud of him.
Not to brag, but after not going to concerts for a very long time, I've finally made my way back to a few this year. It's been a good year. Since last September I've seen U2, Flogging Molly, Pearl Jam, Ingrid Michelson, The Black Crowes, Train, The Black Keys, Kings of Leon, Michael Franti and tomorrow we're going to see John Mellencamp. Oh, and if anyone wants to check out The Reverend Horton Heat at The Bluebird on November 7th, I'm in.
Don't most cars have cruise control now? Why don't more people use it? I hate when someone passed me on the highway and then slows down after they do. Oh, and while I'm at it people, the lane on the left is called the "passing" lane! If you are not passing people get out of it!
We are trying to go without cable. I miss sports. No NFL and no World Series unless I go out to watch it. I can catch some stuff online, but not enough. Why don't all the networks have a live internet feed? More people watching…more ads…more revenue. Must make too much sense.
Only two more tailgates this year. That stinks. I'm cooking slabs of ribs on Saturday and then next week I'm making jambalaya. I love jambalaya weekend. It's my favorite tailgate every year. Can't wait.
I wish I had a cold Guinness right now. I do, but it's in my fridge and I'm at work. I drink my Guinness cold. I don't care what people say, that's the way I like it. I chill red wine too….and it tastes wonderful. Deal with it.
I can't wait to move out of our apartment. I'm ready to be a home owner again….but I'm willing to wait to get exactly what we want. That's why I really, really want to build.
I finally got an iphone. I'm totally addicted to the gameTrainyard. There I said it. After making fun of my wife for never putting her phone down, I'm in the same boat.


Done. Gotta run.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

My day with Dick

The School I work for has a few notable alumni. Our most famous was on campus for several days last week and I spent one day with him. That morning he spoke to our sports communication students. Then he had a photo shoot at the football stadium. I snuck in for one picture!

Next, we met up with his co-chairs for a building fundraising campaign. Like the hard hats?

Afterward, I took him to lunch and then we toured the new basketball facility.

We even got to see the inside of the locker room. Luckily, the boys were at practice.

He had some great stories and I was very impressed with his versatility in the world of sports. Plus, he's an all around great guy.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Michael Franti and Spearhead

The Polack and I went to The Bluebird last week to see Michael Franti. It was a great evening which kicked off with the opening band that I thought was from Vancouver because they were all wearing flannel shirts (and of course it would be too obvious to say think were from Seattle so I thought of Vancouver instead.) Except when the singer started talking, I realized they definitely weren't Canadian because their UK accent WAS SO THICK I couldn't understand them. And I say UK because I thought they were Irish but the guy next to me said they're from London but he was drunk so I didn't find him credible but I also don't trust my judgment in accents. And between every song the crowd kept shouting WHO ARE YOU? I'm pretty sure they said their name a few times but no one could understand them. Two things I remember about them is A) the pretty blue guitar one of them had and B) the drummer cracked me up because he made funny faces when he played and holy cow did he look so happy to be on stage.

During all this I felt so young because there were a lot of old people there (as in older than me) but as the opening act finished up and we were awaiting Franti, the students arrived and started pushing their way toward the stage. Man, do I hate people getting in front of me when I was there early and suffered through the opener. So I held my ground and threw some elbows and made friends with two girls beside who were on the same page as I was about not letting people in front of us. Except they were drinking Dirty Birds and so even though they said they'd help, they didn't really seem capable. I might have had a Dirty Bird myself.

But none of this mattered because the show started and Franti was AWESOME. So energetic and people were jumping and jumping and dancing and then these two frat boys jumped right in front of me and I was all, "oh, no you don't!" and they were really pushy. And jumpy. And then one jumped on my foot and the Polack got mad and they realized they better not mess with an angry Pole so they moved behind us and I was able to enjoy the show again. Did I mention that Franti was awesome? Cuz he totally was.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Random Thought Thursday

I'd like to present my third guest blogger. This weeks RTT comes from my friend Christy of I Dream in Fuscia. I apologize for any funky formatting you might see. I don't have the energy to fix it.


I was really quick to volunteer to serve as a guest blogger for this week's Random Thought (Thoughts?) Thursday. I have often been tempted to steal this idea for my own blog, thinking it would be an easy post for blog-challenged me. Now that I actually have to write it, however: ooh, the pressure!

1. I love Goodwill. A new one just opened last week near Target. Like two buildings down from where it used to be located. Which is rather weird. I think Goodwill has been getting some hand-me-downs from Target though. I found two brand new skirts and a new sweater there that I had seen in Target just recently and considered buying. I'm glad I waited; I paid $12 for both skirts and the sweater! Sweet.

2. I have fruit flies in my apartment. They are driving me nuts.

3. The women's world gymnastics championships are on television right now. I adore gymnastics, but think the gymnasts alone are keeping the scrunchie and barrette business alive.

4. I haven't been sleeping well, so have been watching more than my fair share of late night television. I've been seeing commercials for Snuggies featuring the song (and dance) "Macarena." I think it's a sign of the apocalypse.

5. Last night I also saw a special on mail order brides from Russia. It was really kind of disturbing. A bunch of old, fat & bald men looking for gorgeous women half their age (or less). I checked out one of the websites mentioned on the show. Men got to pick a country, age range & weight in order to get women to sort through. The weight ranges started at 75 pounds (WTF?) and 18 years old. Sheesh.

6. I don't have a lot of random thoughts right now.

7. I recently got to attend the Super Saturday sale at a nearby quilt shop. It was my first trip there, and the selection was even better than I thought it would be. It's probably a good thing that I can't make it there more often. So many fabrics I'd love to buy.

8. I am really craving something citrus-y, like lemonade. I am way too lazy to get up and get any out of the fridge.

9. I did get up and get some lemonade. We bought a gallon of Chick-Fil-A's diet lemonade over the weekend and there was about a third of the gallon left. Now that my company has left, I drank it right from the jug.

10. I am really glad leggings came back into fashion. I in no way approve of them as a substitute for pants for most people, but I like wearing them under skirts and dresses. It saves me from having to wiggle into tights in the morning and then having to worry about the crotch of the tights sagging lower and lower as the day goes on.


Seeger's worst - not getting the blue tape measure + leaving his book
that he wrote
Nick's worst - having to drive to Indy and back + feels like Friday
but isn't.
Mike's worst - didn't get any work done
Natalie's worst - things didn't go as planned at work
Seeger's best - mom said no to playing at the playplace but then said
Nick's best - being able to watch tv and see what's going on in the
sports world
Mike's best - Short Stop
Natalie's best - getting to host a famous (in sports broadcasting)
alum on campus

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Best and Worst

Due to technical problems (as in Blogger is stupid and won't allow me to format my sidebar), I will no longer be posting the Best and Worst of our days from dinner time on the sidebar. Instead, I'll post them directly in the blog. Here is one from Sunday, October 10....

Seeger's worst - mom was gone yesterday
Nick's worst - having to leave Hayden
Mike's worst - waiting for Natalie to get home
Natalie's worst - very tired
Seeger's best - mom coming home
Nick's best - seeing Hayden and the car ride home
Mike's best - Natalie came home and he got a lot of work stuff done
Natalie's best - home with family after a very fun weekend

Monday, October 18, 2010

Saturday, October 16, 2010

My best single score EVER

130 points - holy cow! Candy was beating me up to this point.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Random Thought Thursday

Yay, it's Thursday and I'm posting an RTT!  We have another guest poster - Wendy from I Am Like Spaghetti. A special thanks to her for helping me out this week.  It's nice to feel some relief from the pressure of blogging.  I have awesome friends! 


This is supposed to be random, so I'll try not to purposefully make it too thoughtful or witty.  Since it's the first time I have ever done this, it will be hard not to do so.  Because I do want to impress you with my random witty-ness.


1.    We had our son's 10th birthday party this past weekend.  We hosted twelve kids between the ages of 8 and 10, both boys and girls.  The social dynamics of children this age are very entertaining.  Basically, kids are awesome.

2.      I went shopping today to buy outfits for family pictures.  And now I am wondering – does everyone put as much effort into coordinating clothes for family portraits as I do?  When I see other pictures, it appears to me that they do.  But I wonder – do they have to work at it as hard as I do?

3.      I really do not enjoy clothes shopping for myself.  Never have.  Probably never will.

4.      But I am looking forward to our first-ever outdoor family photo shoot.  In the fall.  At a great location. The anticipation (of seeing the photos) is killing me!

5.      I had a case of vertigo Tuesday morning.  It was bad enough that I didn't want to drive myself to work, so my husband took me.  I have decided that I could really get used to car pooling with my husband.  It's like stealing some time away from our busy lives to be together.  Hmmmm . . . maybe I'm on to something.

6.       Ever notice how the people you most want to be with are often the ones you spend the least amount of time with?  This makes me kind of sad.

7.      There was a light rain shower this evening.  I love the sound of rain on fallen leaves almost as much as a rolling thunderstorm in the summer.

8.       I also love listening to my children singing around the house (not to the radio).  It makes me feel that they must have a pretty happy life that they feel like singing!

9.       And now I am totally distracted from RTT and singing along in my head with my little girl as she sings "The Star Spangled Banner."

10.  The same few lines over. And over. And over. Again.  But still somehow very cute and heartwarming.


Well, what do you think?  Do I have it?  RTT talent, that is?  I just love reading Natalie's RTT posts, so I hope that you have enjoyed mine! Ciao!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Random Thought Monday

Okay, so I've been getting a lot of slack lately for not being very consistent with posting my random thoughts on Thursday.  You see I have this thing called a job.  A job that I love and one that keeps my pretty busy.  Unlike my previous job - one that I didn't like and that didn't keep me busy.  (See the pattern?)  That previous job allowed me to spend WAAAA-AAAAY too much time on the internet.  Time that I no longer have.  And while I'm not planning to give up blogging anytime soon, I'm definitely not able to post as often as I used to.

ANYWAY... someone suggested that I feature guest writers.  And my mom volunteered to write the first guest post.  (It's like high school creative writing all over again.  She did most of my assignments because my creative writing teacher was also my journalism advisor and since I was the newspaper editor, she always sent me off to work on the paper leaving me no time for my assignments.) So here she is....  (WITH MY COMMENTS in CAPS!)
I'm a guest to the random thoughts Thursday because I miss Natalies random thoughts and she doesn't have time. AWWWW - SHE MISSES ME!
1. I had a fun weekend quilting, I love to quilt, but it's more fun to me if I get to do it with friends. QUILTING ROCKS!
2. Why are guys (some not all) so messy? Do they not see dirty dishes and yucky toilets? THAT'S IN REFERENCE TO MY BROTHER WHO IS CURRENTLY LIVING WITH MY MOM.  HE IS A SLOB!!!
3. I,m so thankful for my job. Today I had a good day at work. I was busy ,but not crazy, and the day went fast. YAY FOR YOU, MOM! GLAD YOU HAD A GREAT DAY - ESPECIALLY SINCE IT'S MONDAY.
4. I love crawling in my bed at night for a good nights sleep, but i hate it on the nights that i sleep poorly and toss and turn all night. WHEN I WAS A LITTLE GIRL, I ALWAYS LOVED CLIMBING INTO MY MOM'S BED.  I USED TO TELL HER I HAD A BAD DREAM JUST SO I COULD SLEEP IN HER BED.  
5. Five of my coworkers have a total of 6 little girls from 1 to 3. They went on the Breast walk Sat morning and took a picture of the girls on sitting after the walk with their pink shirts on and the looked so darn cute. I miss those little girl days, but someday I'll probable have grandgirls, i wonder if they'll be as cute as my little girl was. I WISH I HAD A GRADDAUGHTER FOR YOU, MOM! HOPEFULLY YOUR SONS WILL HELP IN THAT DEPARTMENT.
6. My sons old government teacher is running for office, but I remember some ethical issues with him, so I wonder what will happen. I DIDN'T KNOW THIS, MOM.  WHICH TEACHER?  MY GOVERNMENT TEACHER WAS A WOMAN.
7. Why do they call adult cartoons  adult swim, I just don't get it. I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT.

8. About those cartons , If they're cartoons why do they have them say bad words then bleep them out, I don't get that either. MAYBE BECAUSE IT'S FUNNIER TO IMAGINE THE NAUGHTY WORDS?
9. I LOVE this weather, warm days, cool night, Wish it would last. ME TOO! ALTHOUGHT IT GOT UP TO 90 DEGREES TODAY.  WHAT THE HECK?!

10. I love all the seasons in Indiana, but winter last at least a month to long. SOMETIMES.  BUT SOMETIMES, IT'S JUST PERFECT. 
11. I'm getting in to thai cooking, so everytime I go to the store I try to get another ingredient like fish sauce and coconut milk. i don't normally have those in my cupboards. YAY FOR THAI! WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO COOK TAI FOR ME?  MAYBE WE SHOULD HAVE A THAI THANKSGIVING?  (I'M KIDDING.  I LOVE THAI BUT I WANT ME SOME TURKEY AND MASHED POTATOES.)
12. Speaking of cooking, I,ve been making homemade bread with my Dads old bread maker. I,ve had it for 3 years and just started using it. WHAT'S WITH ALL THE COOKING?  IT'S NOT LIKE YOU...
13. High Def TVs are definately more fun to watch. I'LL TAKE YOUR WORD FOR IT.  OUR HIGH DEF TV DOESN'T DO MUCH GOOD WHEN YOU ONLY PLAY DVD'S.
14. Milk tastes alot better with Baileys, think I'll have some. BAHAHAHAHA!!! YOU MADE ME LAUGH!  NEXT TIME, ADD SOME BUTTERSHOTS AS WELL.  YUMMO!
Well, I hope you enjoyed my mom's randomness.  I'm seeking more guest random thoughts.  Let me know if you're interested!

Seeger explaining something

I'm not even sure what he's talking about. But he sure is a cutie.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Yeagley Field

It's been over 10 years since I've watched the Hoosier mens team. We
received free game tickets, Mother Bear's pizza, and scarves - a great
Sunday evening!

Saturday, October 2, 2010


I'm sitting in the box for today's game. Wish I was in the stands with
my family but at least it's been a good game. Go Hoosiers!