Monday, October 22, 2012

Pumpkins, gunshots, and why dessert is always a good idea


We had a pretty nice weekend here in the queen city. Saturday morning we took Wilson to the vet for his follow up appointment. His ear treatment seems to be working well and he lost 2 lbs since his last visit so I'd say it was a successful follow-up visit. Seems the ear trouble is caused by allergies (shocking) so we just have to keep giving him Benedryl once or twice a day until the fall allergies run their course.

After dropping him off at home, we did our grocery shopping and then headed to Hodges Farm to visit the pumpkin patch. There were pumpkins everywhere! It's on a lovely farm with hayrides, face painting, snacks, and farm animals to see. We probably spent a good hour there walking through all the fields of pumpkins until we picked out a couple we really liked. Then we headed to another pumpkin farm near our house for some mini pumpkins for table decoration. We are definitely set for pumpkins and just need to do some carving on the big ones sometime this week.

Since Wilson didn't partake in the pumpkin festivities, we loaded him up in the car and headed to a new park I found on the Internet that is about 5 minutes from our house. I was expecting a small park with a little walking area, not the 230 acre park with the huge lake, soccer fields, fitness course, nature trails, paddle boat rentals and mini golf course! It was awesome! We had a nice walk with Wilson and tired him out for the evening.

Then we hit up a restaurant that sells awesome sandwiches.  Once finished, I coaxed Brian into this campfire s'mores ice cream dessert. Just as we started eating, we heard several loud bangs coming from the front of the restaurant. I thought it was someone banging on a table until Brian saw people running into the restaurant. Turns out someone in the parking lot was trying to sell some stuff and the person who was to buy it shot off their gun in the parking lot in an attempt to steal it. From the shell casings marked off in the parking lot, he fired all shots from the gun. So, 10 police cars, crime scene tape around my car, and waiting till the police cleared the scene and released us, we spent another 30-45 minutes in the bar area drinking beer waiting to go home. Had we skipped dessert, we may have become witnesses instead of just patrons of the restaurant.  These people are just lucky I didn't have to whip out my ninja skills and kick some ass.

At least Sunday was a relaxing day and the Vikes won. Good times!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

So Much for 7-4

Only 3 days into my new hours and there is already a disruption in the schedule. Overtime. The good thing is overtime brings in more scrilla for me to spend on candy and records, but it requires me to do that pesky task of actually working overtime.

But, I really liked getting off work early and being home while the sun is still shining! Hopefully this will only last a month or so and maybe I'll go in for a handful of hours on the weekends to knock off a chunk of it at a time. I don't mind the work itself, it's being at work for so long that's tiresome. If only I could do the extra time from home. Sigh....

In other news, the weather here is still spectacular this week with perfect temps during the day and a nice chill in the air at night. Wilson has been in heaven with his evening walks, although sometimes he can be a handful but that's just what that cold weather brings...a spunky puggle!

I am looking forward to this weekend as we are heading to a pumpkin farm where we can pick our own pumpkins and hopefully enjoy some other fun festivities. I feel like some hot apple cider and pumpkin pie. Fall has got to be my favorite time of year and it's so nice to enjoy the changing seasons...at least until that first snowfall shows up.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Monday Tidbits


  1. The heating element in our dryer went out yesterday I was drying clothes with no heat. It takes for-ev-er. It probably would have been quicker if I just put up a make-shift clothesline in the back yard and let nature dry them but, with only a 3-4 foot high fence, I find that idea a tad bit tawdry. So, I guess I'll just enjoy the never-ending hum of the dryer until it can be fixed. At least, as a renter, we don't have to fix it.
  2. Other than the dryer fiasco, it was a pretty good weekend. The weather is perfect right now so we took advantage on Saturday and drove to the mountains for some pics of the beautiful leaves. There was definitely more changing color up there than here...we still have green everywhere (not complaining) but I think we could've waited another week or so for brighter colors. I'll have to upload those pics in the next couple of days. Fall colors or not, the mountains are beautiful.
  3. I got to change my hours at work and instead of working 830-530 with an two-hour commute round trip (on a good day), I now work 7-4 with just over an hour commute round trip. It's amazing what beating that dreaded rush hour can do for saving time and sanity.
  4. Brian decorated the outside of the house for Halloween and it looks pretty dang good. I'll have to get some pics of that, too. We have tombstones, ghosts, a scary pumpkin guy and a goblin here and there. Just giving the neighbors a glimpse of how we roll....wait till they see our Christmas display!
  5. I've been on a s'mores kick. And I totally cheat when I make them. I get my plate, put down the graham cracker, chocolate and marshmallow, and then nuke them for 20+ seconds in the microwave till the marshmallows blow up, then out they come for their graham cracker top hat. So yummy and they taste so good in the cool weather.
  6. Lastly, I have had to refrain from running this past month. If you recall a couple years ago, I mentioned the problem with the joint in my right foot. Well, apparently the drugs from my injection have worn off cuz that baby hurts once again. So, I have decided not to do the marathon in January and will hopefully do a different race later down the road, probably after another visit from the doctor. It's disappointing but that's life, I guess.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

A Late Weekend Recap

We kept pretty busy this past weekend. Friday night we went out for dinner at Quaker Steak & Lube where I had the best cupcaketini ever! A pink martini with sprinkles...sheer awesomeness.  After a great dinner, we headed home for some movie time and relaxation. 

Saturday started off with a trip to the vet for Wilson. He was not a happy camper to get poked and prodded. The vet here was way more thorough and knowledgeable than our FL vet. This guy was the doggy guru, although from the looks Wilson was giving him, I don't they will become friends anytime soon.  After that, Brian and I enjoyed a fun afternoon at the Renaissance Festival.  It's great that it's located about 15-20 minutes from us and was such an awesome set up.  I always enjoy watching the Washing Women, belly dancers, glass blowing demonstrations, the jousting, and the food of course! We ate our share of goodies and the weather was perfect for it. Plus, we had coupons and got in for half price. Good times.

Sunday consisted of finishing up household chores, movie watching and football, of course. I have yet to see a Vikings game but what can you do. At least they are kicking butt so far...knock on wood.

The weather is cooler this week, which has been nice and we've even had to turn on the heat for the last couple of evenings.  This weekend we are heading over to the Ashville area and I hope to get some great pics of the changing leaves. It's been years since I've seen it first hand and it should be beautiful up in the mountains. Hope everyone is having a good week so far.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Mid-Week Day Off


Both Brian and I took the day off today to enjoy one of life's greatest pleasures: the DMV. After 8 months of living here, we finally decided to get our driver's license, as I do not like to rush into these things too quickly. That and we both had just purchased our new FL tabs not long before we moved so I was getting my money's worth out of that first!  Unlike FL, we had to take the written test again, so we did a quick review of the book last night and both of us aced it...having taken this in every other state I've lived in except FL, I'm pretty familiar with the book other than each state's own quirky laws.  We were in and out in under two hours so it was a pretty painless experience. Once the licenses come in, we can get our vehicles registered (no one stop shop here) and then we'll be all set.

After that, we ate at a great sandwich place where I had french onion soup and a french dip-scrumtastic-followed by some errands before I went and got my hair done did with some nice highlights and a trim.

Now I just need to figure out what to do for dinner and then relax and catch up on some shows. Even though it was still a busy day, at least I wasn't at work!