Saturday, August 27, 2011

After the storm

We've had a crazy week here. First there was the 5.9 earthquake on Tuesday. I was driving to work and didn't feel a thing. Husband called me and said "Did you feel that?" and I was oblivious. Husband said the whole house shook for about a minute. The only damage we sustained was the DVD player falling off the top of the TV in Husband's office. I must admit, I am jealous of Husband and all those who felt it. They can say they've been in an earthquake! To be honest, I was hoping for an aftershock or two, just so I could be part of the earthquake club. Unfortunately, no such luck. Sigh. (Now, before you think I am completely crazy, I understand that earthquakes are horrible and can be deadly. I don't want to experience that type of earthquake. I just thought that because this one was so small and there was little damage, it would be a cool experience.)

Today it was pretty windy and rainy all day. The result of Hurricane Irene, or so I've been told by the weather alerts for our area. Thankfully we are far enough inland that we only got high wind and rain. No damage around here that I know of, but I wouldn't be surprised if there are tree branches all over the road tomorrow. As the sun was setting, the sky was so beautiful that I had to pull out my camera and take pictures. I love after storm skies! They are gorgeous!

P.S. We are praying for all our friends in Irene's way. Stay safe!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Our new pet

Last night when I went to lock up the house, I found a new friend; a 4.5 inch praying mantis on our storm door. Then, this morning, it was hanging out on the door frame. And, now, mid-morning, it is still there. Every time I check to see if it has moved, it looks at me like I'm it's next meal! According to Wikipedia, mantises will eat "anything they can successfully capture and devour". I am not going outside until it's gone, and that presents a problem because I have to leave for work in a couple of hours. I know I could probably just knock it off the frame, but I have a feeling it will lie in wait on the ground and jump me when I leave. I feel like Pumbaa from the Lion King "She's going to eat me!"

Of course, we had to measure it!

The mantis, the storm door, and husband

See that look? That look is saying "You're my next meal!"

First day of school!

Husband had his first day of classes today. He has been doing online courses for the past 2 years, and today was his first day at the actual campus. With everyone posting their back-to-school pictures, I wanted to get in on the action: Look at him, all grown-up and ready to earn another Masters degree (he already has a 36 hour Masters. He is now working on a 96 hour one)!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

I'm at it again!

Last week I came across a blog that inspired me to drag out my trusty glue gun and get crafty. Loyal readers will know that this is a rare occurrence and seldom ends well. But, since I don't start my job for another 2 weeks, and my house stays relatively clean (no kids around to mess up it), I thought it would be a great way to pass the time. The blog was about how to make a rope bowl (click here for the blog). Now, I don't need another bowl, but after seeing this blog I wanted one. So today I gathered up the supplies, popped You've Got Mail into the DVD player, and started crafting away. By the time Frank was telling Kathleen that she was a lone reed, I was half-way finished. As Kathleen was arguing with Joe about caviar, I was gluing the last piece into place, and burning my finger in the process (I would also like to add that it was the ONLY time I burned myself!). Like I said, I don't need another bowl and I have no idea what I am going to do with this one, but that doesn't really matter. What matters is I made it. And I'm proud of myself for that! Watch out world! I have a glue gun and I'm not afraid to use it; well once every 6 months or so!



Saturday, August 6, 2011

Husband's hair

Because he had no Army obligations, Husband decided to let his hair grow out. He has never had hair this long! We decided to cut it today (it was getting a bit out of control). Here are some before and after pictures.

Who's a pretty boy?

Is it just me or does he look like Tom Hanks here?

Crazy, crazy hair

Can't get enough of that crazy hair!

Look at all that hair!

We weren't planning on making it this short, but since this is the only haircut I know how to do, this is what he got!

I think he is looking for his hair...

We will miss the long hair.