Wednesday, January 30, 2008

My First Jessica Sucks Post

I've been tagged by Jessica.

This has got to be more annoying than telemarketers who have decided that since I keep hanging up on them over the phone, they should venture out and start ringing my doorbell everynight at 7:30. No! I don't want you to come into my house and clean my carpet; I like it dirty. No! I don't want to switch to your company; my internet works just fine PLUS you just insulted the tree in my front yard. And No! I don't want your oil change coupon sheet. You just asked to speak to my husband because I obviously just don't know a thing about that there box on wheels in my garage. And lemme tell you something else Bucky! I KNOW the importance of oil changes, which is exactly why I get one every 9,000 miles. I really want that new Mazda CX-9. Don't let my door hit ya from behind!

Okay - just had to get that out. Now on to hating Jess...

The Rules: Link to the person that tagged you and post the rules on your blog. Share 5 random and/or weird facts about yourself on your blog. or Share the 5 top places on your “want to see or want to see again” list. or Share 5 things you never pictured being in your future when your were 25 years old. Tag a minimum of 5, maximum of 10 random people at the end of your post and include links to their blogs. Let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog. The tagees have a choice of which they want to do.

If I have to do this, I'm breaking the rules. I'm posting at least one thing from all of the category choices:

1. When I was 25, I never pictured that I would buy my sister's house from her. I also never pictured that I would live in a hotel room for an entire month while her new house was being built and she still lived in ours. While it was worth it, it made for a very interesting first Valentine's Day as a married woman. Amazingly, ants in your bed kinda make you "lose that loving feeling." Spending her rent money was cool though.

2. There are lots of things that I want to see. Italy, glaciers in Alaska, and Banff National Park in Canada. But, what I most can't wait to see is Nathan's face the first time he holds our baby. No, we have no news, so don't go getting all riled up. No, I just think a lot about how it will totally change his view when he actually gets to hold our child for the first time.

3. I am a q-tip FREAK. I clean my ears before I shower, after I shower, when I get home and before I go to bed. I also get in trouble for shoving them into my head way to far.

4. I'm absolultely obsessive about deleting a show from by DVR immediately after I watch it.

5. I've been told that I eat certain food items in a weird way. I have an entire process of how to eat I-Hop pancakes, Big-Macs, and City Bites' M&M cookies. Let's just say it involves a lot of pulling things apart and turning things in a circular motion for even sides.

Okay, so here are the suckers I tagged. The pickens were slim seeing as Jessica already tagged just about everyone I know that has a blog: Derek, John, Julia(even though she hasn't blogged since July), "Daisy", and I'm also tagging Jessica's other blog. One, to get her back. But, two because I want to read it.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

boring...boring...boring...

It's late, but I just wanted to pop in and say I'm sorry for the lack of blogging this past week. With working through lunch and overtime at work to get our new system online, I've had little time for updating during the day.

As for my nighttime excuse, blame my husband. He's been hoarding the laptop every evening for a week to complete a school project. Who's idea was it for him to advance his career? I mean, c'mon. This CPA crap is getting in the way of my evening stalker tendencies.

I'll be sure to update you on how I've been keeping myself busy with my lack of computer time throughout the week. Whoever said "sharing is caring," didn't have a fan base in need of constant bombardment of boring tales of my life. Oh and lemme tell you how boring it has been...

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

High School Soundtrack

I love lists. So when I came across VH-1's Top 100 songs of the 90's, I had to check it out. While I don't agree with the placement of some of the songs, just looking at some of them gave me flashbacks to middle school and high school. Talk about a virtual soundtrack! I think I can place myself in certain settings listening to each song (most of those settings were riding shotgun in Derek's Cougar thinking I was cool knowing all the words to "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It.")

Liz and I were quite pleased that BNL made the list. Number 72 to be exact for "One Week," which in my opinion is one of the weakest songs they have ever made. Go figure. Anyway, enjoy the list, and share any memorable moments you have about the songs.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

When The Internet Comes To Life...

Man, blind dates can be really nerve racking. What should I wear? Are they going to like me? What if there's a lull in conversation? Should I shave my legs? So many details to consider.

Tonight I had my first blind date since college. I can say this one ended with much better results. Come to find out, I didn't have to worry about shaving because this set-up didn't end up with me having to sneak someone out of my dorm room after explaining that "Umm, I'm really not that kind of girl. Wanna read my True Love Waits Bible?" No, this one ended with, "We should do this again. You need to get your little one to bed." (If I had a really dirty mind, I suppose the college date could've ended up with that same phrase, but I'm just NOT that type of girl, remember?)

Jessica definitely knew what she was doing when she introduced Brooke and I to our newly-found blog-buddy, Emily, at Starbucks tonight. This chick surely can hang with the Bladcoxerson trio. I knew she was a winner after our conversations about the number of times her son poops per day, the amount of time salad dressing can sit out before entering the "danger zone", and how cool it would be for me to stand up in the middle of a Church of Christ service and shout out, "When are we gonna have the wine already?" Apparently, Emily likes a germa-phobe Catholic. I don't know if that means I'm really entertaining, or if she's really crazy.

No matter, I've made a new friend, I think. And I definitely would feel safe eating dinner at her house. She refrigerates EVERYTHING like I do; unlike the other attendees who I've determined will never be cooking dinner for me again. ***

So, Emily, I hoped you like us. Because Brooke and I don't usually talk "poop" until at least the third date.

*** Note: Here is the list of controversial items that I believe should ALWAYS be stored in the fridge while others disagree:

1. ketchup -(after being brought to my attention, I'm never eating french fries at Chili's again, thanks)
2. soy sauce
3. parmesan cheese
4. mustard
5. pancake syrup
6. bbq sauce
7. apple butter
8. salad dressing- once it reaches room temperature
9. leftover pizza - I'm thoroughly disgusted at this thought
10. and yes, worcestershire sauce!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

A Note To My Husband

Dear Nathan,

I'm choosing to write you publicly because I want all of our friends and family to know how many times throughout every day I thank my lucky stars that you came into my life. I continuously ask myself over and over "How in the heck did I manage this one?".

This past month has been very trying for us both and I want to thank you for sticking it through with me. Between a surgery, a kitchen remodel, no water, no money, work commitments for us both and the Christmas season, you have been so great. Thank you for continuing to work hard even though you were tired, stressed and frustrated.

I am so proud of all that you have accomplished this past year. You show me everyday that with hard work, anything is possible. Thank you for dealing with all of the issues that home-ownership has brought on. I know it hasn't been easy to learn everything from scratch. I know you're the only one that would try their very hardest to make our house a real home for the two of us.

I'm also so proud that you have decided to go back to school to pursue a CPA. I know the decision to commit to two years of school wasn't easy; especially after all we went through to finish the first time. Thank you for working extra hard now to make our future better. I couldn't ask for a better sign that you will do all it takes to make sure that the two of us will succeed. As we hopefully get to start a family soon, your determination gives me so much comfort that the future will offer many years of happiness and security.

My biggest thanks goes to you for all that you have done to support me over the past seven months in my own journey with Weight Watchers. Thank you for sticking by me in good weeks and bad ones. Thank you for your encouraging words and empathetic ear when I've needed it. I couldn't have done it without you.

I know I'm not the most eloquent writer and I know that this little note couldn't possible express what I feel in my heart for you, but I just want you to know how much I truly love YOU and all that makes up who you are.

I Love you,
Liz

P.S. If you don't put the freakin' hangers in the freakin' empty hanger spot after pulling your freakin' clean shirts off of them in the morning, I'm going to stop doing your freakin' laundry while you're in class. XOXOXO

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Obama-lamadingdong

For any readers that think this post is going to be about my dislike for the Senator from Illinois, you don't know me very well. I have absolutely no clue about what the candidates stand for or for whom I'm going to vote for. (I know one person that's likely clicking that red - X at the top right of her screen as she reads this right now) No, this post is coming to you only because my husband is forcing me to watch CNN with a bunch of screaming people, some old guys and one chick talking about how they are going to save the world.

I know. I know. What kind of American am I? I'll tell you. I'm the type that gets excited not because I'm pumped up to head to the polls to vote for the best person and his/her policy on health care; I'm excited because I just spotted James Denton from Desperate Housewives standing behind that president-wanna-be guy. It was awesome! I would totally vote for whoever HE was standing behind. Mike Delfino is totally hot. Although, I could do without his new found fondness for the painkillers this season.

Am I the only one that feels this way? I mean, why do writers always have to take good characters.... Oh I kid!! Seriously, am I the only one that feels like a complete loser when it comes to fully exercising my American right to vote? I mean, I have voted in the past. But, I couldn't tell you what the candidates stood for or why I voted for them. I'm sure it had something to do with a commercial I liked or the last sign along the street that I thought had a good color scheme. Is it an age thing? Is it a me thing?

I have family members that are very much into the political process, but in polling (hehe that was good) my closest friends, many of them seem to have the same clueless attitude as I do. I truly DO have the desire to want to care. I DO have the desire to be able to argue my case for anyone who will listen. I DO have the desire to vote for the person who I am confident will lead our country in the right direction. I have opinions. I have goals. But as I listen, ALL of the candidates seem to have the same opinions, the same goals. How do I choose? How do YOU choose?


Ugh, Maybe I should just write in "Pedro". Give me some pointers, readers! What should I read? How should I research? How should I start? Don't judge me! Help me! ... nicely...

PS:
One thing I AM sure I will vote for is the extension of the 1-cent sales tax increase to fund improvements to the Ford Center in downtown OKC. I love me some cotton-candy! Anything I can do to support more events in which I can pay for overpriced tickets to get that fluffy pink cloud-in-a-bag, I will.

No seriously, this could be one of the best things for OKC to stay on the path to success. Whether you personally visit the Ford Center yourself, you eat at one of the surrounding restaurants in Bricktown, or you simply plan to live in OKC for any period of time going forward, this vote is important. You'll never notice a penny, but you'll definitely notice when my Ladies finally visit the newly-renovated venue. A girl can dream.

If you live in OKC, go vote YES! on March 4th. Thanks! This concludes the extent of my political babble. Hey, I COULD go back to posting pictures of my cat...

Sunday, January 6, 2008

2008: A Faucet Odyssey


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Starring: Nathan Blais' Hand

Written and Produced By: Liz Blais

Friday, January 4, 2008

Goodbye 2007... Hello Water!!

Wanna know the best way to ring in the new year? Drink a big glass of water - from YOUR house. Now that I have running water, I no longer get a sick feeling in my stomach to post pics of what Christmas and New Year's really looked like at the Blais' house.

I know it will all be worth it when I can use my new kitchen and all the new things in it. I just have to wait for the magic words from my husband saying that the dishwasher is in and the kitchen faucet is actually working.


My New Year's Resolutions:

1. NO Kitchen remodels two days after surgery

2. NO kitchen remodels at all!

3. Use water in my house EVERY SINGLE DAY!

4. Be thankful for water in my house EVERY SINGLE DAY!







The stockings were hung by the chimney with care. And then they were filled with water.


Christmas card wreaths I made last year. They were both covered with Christmas wishes from friends and family by the end of the season.

My big jar of Christmas balls. I'm weirdly obsessive about it.

My new Christmas table runner from Brooke to background my advent inspirational quote bowls from Renee. My friends know me so well: Pier 1 goodies and white dishes. Quite possibly the best B-day gifts. Renee hand folded origami quotes that she printed on paper to match my Christmas colors. Seriously. I think I bought her a gift card.


Then Christmas got ... interesting...

This is what my kitchen looked like right before I went without water for NINE DAYS!!! Did I mention it was the week OF Christmas?

Lovely aren't they? I totally stole them from work so we could haul water from the neighbor's hose for reasons you can imagine. That was super fun right up until the water in the hose froze solid. Then we had to start filling them up at the Anderson house during our daily shower visits.

Let's just say it was kind of weird to know the exact day that Jessica switched back from the Christmas towel set Nathan and I had come to love, to her usual striped bathroom motif. In case you ever need to shower somewhere besides your own house, that is the place to do it. Jessica puts out clean towels every day even if you tell her over and over not to. And John, well, he's just really funny.

If you ever need a place to host a New Year's Eve Party besides your own house, these are the faces of the people you need to be related to. (Their faces will probably look different if it's not past midnight and post-champagne) Thanks Jane and Jim for rescuing us, over and over. You helped host one heck of a last minute, water-filled party.

A few of the party attendees:

Jacob in his pre-sparkling cider attire. Check here to see what a little too much cider can do to a kid. It's a little disturbing to see the path he may be headed down.

Nathan's mom, Sue, spent a lot of time with the youngest party-goer. I think she maybe be trying to hint at something.

Renee and Zach receive the Disgustingly Cute Couple of the Year Award. Renee doesn't know it, but all of my other friends and I talk about her behind her back. It's just not normal for someone to be THAT gorgeous inside and out.

Mark and Pam know a good time when they see it; sushi, champagne, and a chocolate fountain.
If only Mark would have danced long enough for me to grab the camera. Oh, the blackmail that still awaits him.


4/6 th of the Bladcoxerson Gang

"And friends are friends forever..." I'll spare you the whole song. Nathan and I are truly blessed with these four. We couldn't ask for better.

Check it out Ladies! The one on the left is employed and available. Send all inquiries to liztheannoyingmatchmaker@sisterinlaw.com



Cousins! It took four shots to get this pic.

That is one happy baby! Brooke and Derek are gonna have to fight the girls off with sticks.

He's All Mine!!


Now John, THAT'S not very Church of Christ of you. You've been hanging out with us Catholics a little too much.


Like this guy for example. Ah it's okay, out of the three teams represented, the Titan fan definitely needs a little beverage the most to make it through the football season.

These are the faces of people who got their water back 8 hours prior.

A little something to wrap up the night at

Club WaterHouse

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