Christy and Paul 2013

A year without internet, media and junkfood. Lord, help us.

Month: June, 2013

Trip to Alabama in Photos

If you were wondering where I was from June 14th-23rd– Oh, you weren’t? ALABAMA! I was in ALABAMA*!

*and Tennessee and Mississippi, but just driving through.

I photo-documented some of the trip, mostly from the car, going 70 miles an hour, so let’s just be thankful they’re not all incredibly blurry*.

*some of them are incredibly blurry.

ON THE ROAD!

Modest house, a lot of land. Welcome to the South.

Modest house, a lot of land. Welcome to the South.

Poor? Haul your trailer to Alabama!

Poor? Haul your trailer to Alabama!

Driving into the unknown... Oh, it's just more trees.

Driving into the unknown… Oh, it’s just more trees.

Catfish farms were everywhere!

Catfish farms were everywhere!

There ARE no sidewalks!!! Mwahahaha!

There ARE no sidewalks!!! Mwahahaha!

NORTH ALABAMA!

My sister's backyard.

My sister’s backyard.

Roo, my sister's dog.

Roo, my sister’s dog.

Boston Terriers have an remarkable lack of snout...

Boston Terriers have an remarkable lack of snout…

TUSCALOOSA!

Nick Saban's disappointing statue in Tuscaloosa.

Nick Saban’s disappointing statue in Tuscaloosa.

High five, Nick Saban. High five...

High five, Nick Saban. High five…

SOUTH ALABAMA!

Ah, afternoon showers...

Ah, afternoon showers…

This looks like the beginning of a fairy tale.

This looks like the beginning of a fairy tale.

Jackson's ENORMOUS pool, filled by a natural spring.

ENORMOUS pool, filled by a natural spring.

More dirt roads and trees.

More dirt roads and trees.

$.35 for a soda?! We've gotta get one!

$.35 for a soda?! We’ve gotta get one!

Pretty... But it tastes like garbage and we threw it away.

Pretty… But it tastes like garbage and we threw it away.

Great-Great Grandfather’s Fiddle

A Stainer fiddle. Probably a copy made in the 1700-1800s. Old people have neat stuff.

A Stainer fiddle. Probably a copy made in the 1700-1800s. Old people have neat stuff.

Not quite ready for Antiques Roadshow.

Not quite ready for Antiques Roadshow.

Neat.

Neat.

SMALL TOWN, DOWNTOWN, FRIDAY NIGHT

Downtown on a Friday night. Ready for a zombie apocalypse.

Downtown on a Friday night. Ready for a zombie apocalypse.

Southerners like Southern stuff.

Southerners like Southern stuff.

More mosquitoes than people Downtown.

More mosquitoes than people Downtown.

That is a mouthful.

That is a mouthful.

Sparkly lights Downtown.

Sparkly lights Downtown.

ON THE ROAD AGAIN!

On the road again...

On the road again…

It's just like, it's just like, a-oh...

It’s just like, it’s just like, a-oh…

Family home and in-law suite*. *double wide

Family home and in-law suite*.
*double wide

Busy freeway.

Busy freeway.

In the week and a half we were there, we drove from Memphis, TN to North Alabama to Tuscaloosa to South Alabama and back up to Memphis through Mississippi. Ugh… Overall, though, I enjoyed the vacation.

I now have a deeper appreciation for my husband, not just because he drove most of the trip, but because I spent HOURS and HOURS in the car pretending to be an old-timey Southern Belle who lived in a mansion with six or seven other families and one bathroom, and he didn’t drive us into a tree.

I’ve Been Drawn!

So, I got an e-mail in early May from someone who had stumbled upon our humble blog and seen this picture:

Photo Jan 18, 6 58 37 PM

And she drew me!!!

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That’s right. I’ve been drawn. Aside from some flattering stick figure representations, I don’t think I’ve ever been drawn before. And I’ve certainly never been painted… Kaboom!

Christy

Thank you, thank you, thank you, Natacha! I really appreciate you taking the time and creative energy to draw lil’ ol’ me. Good luck with your art and keep drawrrring.

New MacBook Air and iOS7

I got a laptop, and it’s a doozy! INTRODUCING MY NEW 13″ MacBook Air. 8 GB of RAM, with a 512 GB of Flash Storage!

12 Hour Battery Life! Longer than Necessary!

12 Hour Battery Life! Longer than Necessary!

Wondering how my computer managed to look so hipstery? Oh, you weren’t? Well, it’s iOS 7, bitches!

No more adding filters!*  *If you're easy to please

No more adding filters!*
*If you’re easy to please.

Eh, Brent? Ehh? Pretty pictures?

Expect even more posts than none!

 

Has it really been that long???

It has been a LONG time. I apologize. 

Let’s see, the last time I updated, I had secured a new apartment and was getting ready to move. Well, the apartment didn’t work out. When we went with Paul to sign the lease, he took one look at the place and decided it was too small. He was right, and we found a much nicer apartment in a more-happening area for the same price a couple of weeks later. So, now we can add North Hollywood to our list of places we’ve lived in Los Angeles, which brings our sum total to 5. Hopefully that number will stick for at least a couple of years. I swear all this moving is knocking years off my life. 😛

During the moving process, Paul switched from night shift to day shift, was promoted to Vault Leader, and discovered the truly douchebaggy nature of management (finally!). My husband switched to three eleven-hour days/week, fought tooth and nail with his butthole boss for a raise, and got the shingles. THE FREAKING SHINGLES! Who else thought the shingles were something we had eraticated long ago? Apparently, the chicken pox virus lays dormant in your nerves, waiting for your immune system to be in a weakened state, then BAM! Whole new virus. It IS rare for young people to get it, but it can be brought on by extreme stress, so… Get a coping strategy, kids! Oh, and if you get a band-like rash on one side of your torso, you really wanna get that checked out within the first 72 hours.

What was I doing during all of this? Taking care of the boys, packing and moving a house and trying to sell all of our extra stuff to an incredibly shrewd neighborhood. $30 for a five-piece sectional? Goddammit, fine. $15 for a mint-condition $115 Keurig? OH, my heart… We wound up having to give our beautiful 1970’s GE washer/dryer set away for FREE… 😥 I don’t wanna talk about it. But, SIGH, it’s done with now, and that’s worth a lot. 

More back-logged diary-ing to come…

XBOX ONE, to be an early-adopter or not?

Christy