Monday, June 30, 2008

Mission Accomplished

Mission: find shoes for sister's wedding.
Requirements: black or red; able to withstand downtown Madison streets, dancing, and running away from awkward family encounters.
Mission Status: completed.

Next Mission: find shoes for college roommate's wedding.
Requirements: must compliment a navy blue dress; wedge or sandal; comfortable; inexpensive; able to withstand an aisle made of sand, Portland streets, dancing, maid of honor duties, and running to the bar.
Mission Status: in progress

Any and all suggestions welcomed.


Sunday, June 29, 2008

What They Don't Put on the Postcards

Florida postcards are usually all beaches and sunshine. Maybe a cute alligator, or a cartoon mouse. This is propaganda. What they neglect to include on the postcards (or what is cleverly retouched out of the photographs) are the bugs. Swarms of itchy, buzzing, creeping, crawling, bloodsucking, life-altering, soul-stealing, death-defying BUGS. No wonder the South lost the Civil War - they were too busy waging war against the ravenous insects. To be fair, Wisconsin has bugs, but they're the normal kind - not the prehistoric variety thriving down here. I had my first encounter a few days ago.

It started out innocently enough - a few teeny tiny (and I do mean teeny tiny) ant things. Now they were scurrying all over the kitchen counters, but okay - a little spray, a little better clean-up of food crumbs after dinner. Ants I can handle. But then I went to empty a laundry basket of clothes, and there was a LARGE (a good 3/4 of an inch long) bug. I don't even know what it was, but it was moving and it was in my clean clothes!

The last straw however was the spider. In the bed. That I was lying in. I threatened an immediate return to the North if an exterminator wasn't on my doorstep within 24 hours. NavyGuy is no fool; the Orkin man arrived promptly at 9:00am the following morning with his cocktail of Raid and napalm. Alas. What fun is it to live in a world where you have to assume that any speck you see on the floor is alive and out to get you (and not a chocolate chip you possibly dropped earlier that day)? I fear it may be weeks before I can stomach another load of laundry (luckily, my love of sleep has won out over the disgust of finding a "bed bug").

If all goes well, this will be my only post about insects. God Bless Orkin.


Wednesday, June 25, 2008


As a newly unemployed high school social studies teacher, I've decided I need something besides crossword puzzles to keep my brain from addling. I just recently relocated to sunny Florida to be with my fiancee, NavyGuy, while he's in training to become a naval flight officer (basically, that means he'll be "Goose" from Top Gun... except ideally without the ending Goose suffered!).

Aside from being a future Navy wife, I'm a voracious reader, movie fan, beginning scrapbooker, and champion ice cream eater (still working on including "fitness guru" to that list). My plan for this blog is to a) provide a productive outlet for my thoughts during the day, b) keep my family and friends updated on the new crazy life I've embarked upon, and c) to hopefully inform, provoke, influence, motivate, or entertain someone each day.

All aboard!

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