Thursday, January 29, 2009

Crime Aid

I love this picture!! It reminds me of some really fun times. Everybody please pray for John. He is actually doing great but he is working with very large machinery and I want him to be safe. The Family Readiness Group will be sending out about 80 small packages to the guys in his unit first of next week so they will all have something for Valentine's Day. The sanding is finished at John' house and the windows are being finished. That should take about a week or two. The crown molding is being shipped in tomorrow and I have to prime and paint it...a lot of it. But, it's going to be beautiful. I'll be posting pictures as we go so John can keep up with it also. John wasn't going to to the crown just yet to save some money but his parents decided to have it done for us for a wedding present. !!!THANK YOU!!! I can't wait to see it finished.
Everybody jump over to Leanna's new blog. We set it up for her tonight.

Quote of the Day: "Welcome to C.R.I.M.E.-A.I.D. Crime Reduces Innocence Makes Everyone Angry I Declare. It is not known how many office robberies occur every second because there is no Wikipedia entry for office robbery statistics. However, tonight, its victims, are standing together and standing strong in the form of song, cooking lessons, and hugs. Really Phyllis? You're auctioning a hug?" -Michael Scott

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Toy Soldier

John sent another picture of his pre-war training. It had other guys in it but I don't think they want to be featured on my blog. We have been able to Skype a few times. The internet where he is is extremely sketchy so it was only a few minutes at a time before we would loose the connection. Spice got out of the pasture the other night. Deer keep knocking out the electric fence and Spices figured out how to shimmy out while it's sagging. She was standing in the middle of the road when she was first spotted by a boy in a car. We should have known what was going on. Noel was yelling and banging her food bucket for an hour trying to tell us her buddy was running away. I just thought she wanted breakfast early so I ignored her. We put the fence back up and it's been torn down twice since. Now we have huge metal panels from my round pen blocking the hole. If it's down again that means we have an elephant living in the woods. That wouldn't surprise me.

Quote of the Day: "Let the bells of Dunder Mifflin chime out your love because this is really good, this is really good. My heart soars with the eagle’s nest." -Michael Scott

Monday, January 19, 2009

A Day Without John



It was neuter the cows day at John's house on Saturday. And why wouldn't it be. It was only the coldest day of the year. At 9:00am the hunt for the Angus started. Well, we were late so more like 9:20am. Dwight used the tractor with the feed to round up all the cows and herd them to where the procedure would take place. The cows didn't fall for it. They took off in another direction. It took another lap around the pasture before they were convinced. Martha and I were to keep them from going the wrong direction once they made the turn toward the barn. Mission accomplished. Then after in the feed lot they were to let the mommas out after they had finished stuffing their bellies and keep the babies in. Mission took like an hour to get accomplished. Then 2 steers were put on the trailer to go to the house...another hour. Then the real work began. The baby girl cows got cool yellow ear tags. The boys got a silver ear tag and the satisfaction that they would never have to contribute to the overpopulation of cows. They weren't as happy as we thought they should be. They used a different procedure this year and used bands (rubber bands) instead of the clamp. SO MUCH EASIER on the cows and those who risk their lives to cram in the tiny metal chute and try not to die while clamping the overgrown cheeseburgers. No one was critically injured and the cows are now happily back with their very concerned parents.

Quote of the Day: "We have a lot of angry customers out there. This puts us at Threat Level: Midnight." -Michael Scott

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Skype for Dummies

John sent me this picture. He said there would be more to come. On Saturday he gave me a call to tell me he had a 30 minute window where he could Skype. Well, I flew home only to find out he didn't have any signal on his computer. After much grumbling and fighting with the still didn't work. It took us about 20 min. to get things up and running and we were able to see each other for about 5 min total. It was good to see him. He said they were having an issue of guys stealing each others clothes when they took them to be washed....eeeewwww. If anyone wants to mail him anything just send me an email and I'll send you back his address. I have been able to work Cole and Lilly a few times already this week. I don't think 17 degree weather is very good for their lungs so I'll lay off the rest of the week. It is SO stinkin cold!!!

Quote of the Day: "What happens to a company if somebody takes a boss away? I will answer your question with a question. It's like, what happens to a chicken when you take its head away? It dies. Unless you find a new head. I need to see which one of these people have the skills to be a chicken head." -Michael Scott

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Photo Op

Amongst all the parties we attended the Christmas one was at my grandmother's house. Actually, we made our own party. Martha, Noah, Mike, John, me and Kyle went to Grandmas' with a pick nick of hot dogs and chips. Martha took her camera to get pictures of me and John before he left. We hadn't done any engagement photos yet and she wanted to try out her new camera. So, we played. A lot of the pictures we got were of us being nerds but we did get serious for a few. John called yesterday and he's a bit stressed. I went to Walgreen's and bought him a bunch of chocolate and junk food and stuck it in the mail. Chocolate is a the cure all...right? Today I finish up the painting for the windows at his house. I thought I was done the other day but apparently I painted the wrong sides of the panels. I was so excited when I found out I was going to be able to paint them...again...grrr.

Quote of the Day: "I have got it made in the shade. I know this company. The other branch managers are total morons. [calls Pam] Hey Pam, yeah. I forgot what day the interview was and I drove to New York accidentally. Be like three hours late." -Michael Scott

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Project #14

I am almost finished painting the window trim at John's house. Then, on to the next thing. I'll be tackling the walls that had to be patched because of cracks. That comes out to be....every wall in the house. My favorite part is the pain choosing. I'm loving the earthy colors like greens etc. I'll be posting the rooms (hopefully) as I finish. One of the biggest projects will be the bed room (pictured). I was at first nervous about painting around the massive bed but then I remembered what it was like when I had to paint it the first time around all of his army stuff. Wow! That was a lot of stuff. I heard from John tonight and they are safely where they are going for their next training stint. I think he really left so he wouldn't have to paint anymore. I'm buying a plane ticket and going too.

Quote of the Day: "I've been doing a lot of abstract painting lately, extremely abstract. No brush, no paint, no canvas, I just think about it." -Stephen Wright

Friday, January 02, 2009

Christmas Fun

So, John got a new camera for Christmas, and I stole it. Just for a few minutes. Boy am I glad Christmas is over. It was great to see family and friends but I don't ever want presents or chocolate again. I would like some sleep and cough medicine. John came home sick and decided to spread it around a little. It's ok though. It was good to see him. Packing him up was much easier this time. Most of his stuff was already sent to where he is going. The last thing we did yesterday was shave his head. He was brave and let me try. I actually did a pretty decent job. He had to "fix" it a little when I was done. He won't let me post pictures of it. I think he's self conscious. I'll post them later (when my computer decides to work better).

Look at what he got me for Christmas...yes!

Quote of the Day: "I do not like pregnant women in my workspace. They are always complaining. I have varicose veins, too. I have swollen ankles; I’m constantly hungry. You think I don’t need to know the fastest way to the hospital?" -Stanley