Must be a full moon or two….

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Beginning with last weekend which was wonderful as it was one with a very nice holiday included: Labor Day!  To start things off, we had planned to get together with my Aunt Snip Pig’s family as her children were back from college and she thought that would be nice.  It was really nice when she said we could have it at her house.  Pool, (fingers crossed!) nice weather, and lots of activities outdoors.  She called a day before and said she was calling “rain out” for tomorrow and suggested bowling instead!  OK….can I first preface that I have not been bowling in years!  I was feeling good about this decision and thought, “yes this ball will be my key to strikes…”  Boy was I wrong!  I was using an 8 lb. ball (which after fact, I deemed way too light) and began lining up for a roll down the lane.  I was concentrated.  Eye on the pins.  Right step.  Left step. Right step again.  Left step to the knees.  Released ball aim for gutter.  From knees to belly.  From belly to boobs and arms crossing over the foul line.  It all happened so quickly I still was trying to figure out what the heck happened!  I started laughing.  Really?  I mean, really??  Big grin and a bow later I was back in the zone.  I suppose that is what cracked old bowling shoes will do for you.  I cannot understand why anyone would want to take them!  Blek!  This story ends well, however as I went on to achieve my highest game ever at a 161!  GO ME!

This week for being short has been incredibly productive.  I love refreshing, cleaning up, and figuring out how to be more innovative.  I love the sense of accomplishment there.  I started school 4 weeks ago.  For those of you who don’t know, I am going back for Cosmetology!  This is something that I have always wanted to do.  I love making people feel good about themselves as well as learning a new tool or trade.  I love learning how to curl, finger wave, and such.  This move makes for some long days but in the end it will be so worth it.  I am happy and blessed with this decision.  🙂

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Because of the schedule, I have been lacking time spent with my roommate Gram and Dog-Dog.  Upon getting home, Gram was still awake.  I asked, “If I open this bottle of wine, would you want a glass?” (stupid question) My lovely and dear 80-year-old beauty of a Gram just simply shakes her head yes. So we shared company over a good glass of Oliver’s Winery Soft Red Wine.  It is so very good for anyone of you all that have not heard of it.  We sat and laughed over this weeks crazy events.  It just seemed like things were off, emotions were high, stress level even higher, and between weird things happening at the house as well as with work, we were very thankful that this week was almost complete!

She was trying to decide whether she wanted a bagel or not.  This would require de-thawing.  I asked her if she wanted me to get the toaster down and she said no as she was going to simply microwave it.  Well I just observed.  She without thinking twice, microwaved it.  Then proceeded to toast it.  She turns around and shakes her head.  At this point we were laughing so hard at the very fact she accidentally toasted her bagel.  I guess you had to be there but her comment was just simply priceless!  “Oh my mind…”  For those of you who don’t know my Gram, this is a catch-all for everything.  She had a stroke 20 years ago and ever since then, it has always been, “well you know how my mind is!”  Oh I treasure these moments so dearly!
Songs of the week:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQkBeOisNM0   AND   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQ_y-WQOU-Q.  Both belong to the band Fun.  The first one is just a good one to listen to because of the beat.  To me, it is conducive to work as it is a drum, repetitive, and yeah I like it.  The second item fits for this week.  It fits from the stand point that yes, this week royally stunk.  It was terrible.  It had major ups and major downs.  It was all over the place and even though the optimist in me says, “You had a great week!  You are standing 6 feet over the ground, have a solid family and set of friends supporting you, and you are doing well at school!” I keep my head up and keep pressing on….Keep on going little engine….

Just remember, “Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.” – African Proverb
and red wine makes everything better (and humorous!)
❤ CatMan

Melt Moments and an Attack at Walmart…

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It was Wednesday night.  I was listening to new music on my computer and talking to Nomad.  Part of the way through our conversations he asked me if I would like to go to his Military Ball….I have never been to one of those before so, if my schedule allows, why not?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4UwnYyUrKA This is what began this whole period….the song that seemed not to know how to leave our mind…

Truth be told…I had one obligation and it was at 10am in the morning.  OH this was so do-able.  I drove 2 wonderful hours to get to my destination to see Nomad.  When I got there:  we made a shopping excursion, assembled a chair and get ready for some fun.  The CatMan actually used a power drill (and I didn’t harm or hurt anyone in the process!).  It was lighthearted and just random fun.  There were so many “melt moments” as I call them.  They are the moments that just make you want to just melt into a puddle of mush.  I like feeling mushy.  On our way to the store, we had a weird mushy moment.  We were pulling in and we both at the same (EXACT, VERY SAME) time stated “…just sayinnn….Whoa that was weird!”  There was about 20 seconds worth of  “what the hell do I say after that???”  Then, it was fine.

OK, so I totally need to inform you of this shopping trip.  I have never feared more for my life as I did when we entered the Walmart.  I really almost died about 4 times.  The situation was as follows.  We entered in the main entrance with our list in hand.  At first Nomad was pushing the cart and I decided after this first situation that I totally was going to take charge and push it.  We were looking at pineapple.  The cart was obstructing the aisle way just a little but, nothing for someone to get bent out of shape over.  We hear this beep.  So we apologized  and moved it out-of-the-way.  She literally says “no you aren’t!  My husband might think I’m lost but I have to ….the rest was just as nonsensical as the first part….”  We acknowledged what she said then gave each other a funny look in disbelief….did she really just say “no you aren’t when we said we were sorry?!”  We just kind of laughed it off.  Next, I was easing out into the aisle way and then this cart comes out of nowhere with “I’m a woman on a mission so look the heck out” mode  written all across her face.  Well I was trying to be cautious but, apparently I had to be more aggressive!  In my pursuit to be more aggressive and just go straight for the items on the list, I about took out a 3-year-old.  He looked at me with terror and ran.  The mom was your typical “HEAY…GET YUR LITL’ BE-HEYANND OVR HEAAAR NOOOOW!” SCREAMER AND YEAH…that was about par for the course.  This brings me to my biggest pet peeve in the world next to the sound of slurping, why do parents let their little children run wild in the Walmart!?  Well we get to the check out line and stand there waiting our turn.  By the time we got up there, our pineapple didn’t have the price on it.  SO of course we were those people…

Melt moment number 2–1 being us ‘jinxing’ one another–when he first caught a glimpse of me in my dress.  “Wow…you look sexy.  No I really like it!  You look great!”

Melt moment number 3–when he comes running out of the bathroom with his after shave in hand “Which one do you think I should use….oh….um….ok I guess you were thinking the same thing then…” You see I had my perfumes all laid out ready to ask him already.

Melt moment number 4–getting to the dance, hanging out and actually pulling him on the dance floor for something other than a slow dance  🙂  sigh.  It was awesome.

Melt moment number 5–as we were driving over to the small after party get together, Nomad grabs my hand and kisses it.  HE TOOK INITIATIVE!

Melt moment number 6–sitting and talking about nothing in particular and having a wonderful amazing time.

…there are more moments but, I won’t bore you with them….

The whole night felt amazing.  From the chills, the laughs, dancing, the everything was just wonderful.  I felt revived even though I was tired.  What a beautiful 24 hours filled with melt moments and beauty.  AND READY FOR THE BIGGEST KICKER OF THEM ALL?????  I GOT FLOWERS THIS MORNING!

 

COURTESY of Nomad "Hope these brighten your day as much as you brighten mine. 🙂 The Nomad"

I am the luckiest girl in the world today!!!  😀

Much love,

CatMan

 

You’re fired!!

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So last night our little “t.v. logger”  (no not the one that goes and cuts down trees for a living) stood us up.  Let’s call him, Bronzy.  It was pretty bad when you get stood up by a co-worker.  He tells us “oh yeah I will go out with you guys and it will be TONS of fun…just text me” (sense the heaaaaavvy sarcasm there…)  Well we texted him and that was the end of it.  Well…no I take that back…we tried texting, calling, etc.  It was as though he was avoiding us like the plague.  Later in the night we had our boss text him and yeah the key phrase was “You’re fired…”  It was pretty comical.  We all felt like American Bad-asses.

Now I must explain our evening.  It was 5 girls, one frozen pizza and pop-tarts, drinks and going to the bars that made this sight so much fun.  Pre-bar was a short walk in the cold to meet up with some friends, at the bar was where the fun truly began.  From dance floor parties, camouflage women wearing jumpsuits making them look unisex–yup definitely smacked the hind end and found out “he” was a “she” OPPS!, laughing at the stupidity of others–like the girl dancing on the table for no apparent reason!, shooting shotty glances from across the room at the jerks talking about us–just because we don’t fit your snotty mold don’t judge!, stripping in the bathroom–I was hot because I had gone dancing in like 3 layers! and finding “nuggets”…..the list of little things is pretty much endless.   Then I stumbled upon a sign in the bathroom while I was taking off my under armor.  I have provided the pic below:

It reads, "Put your big girl panties on and deal with it!" 🙂

I realized something….I don’t like going into bars that much because of several reasons.  People are dumb.  When I mean dumb, I must tell you I literally mean they go more stupid than they were to begin with!   People try to hit on married men, dance on tables, hit on girls that are clearly not falling for the “You look familiar…Do you live around here?” line…(they are the reason why Aspen can be tricky).  Seriously?

Well I met a lot of great people out and that made all of the silliness worth our while!  🙂  I promise you this!   LOTS of laughter and great company.

We HAD to take a picture with the bear hat! Don't you even begin to judge me!

We made it home at a decent hour, then like girls do, we talk until 3am!  Call time of 7:30am!  Needless to say our old bones were dragging!  Well that is all the update I have for you now.  Happy Saturday!

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Today I am thankful

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Listen for your enjoyment:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQIH3iq1xVw

Today friend, I would like to say thank you.  Thanks for being there for me when I needed you the most and thanks for always giving me the honest truth.  Thank you for telling me when I have lipstick on my teeth, or when those pants fit too snug….OR when I am being that girl and  just laughing at me.  Thank you for always standing up for me when I was being made fun of and thanks for sticking with me even though I would have never blamed you for calling me too weird to hang out with in public.

 

Thanks for never letting me out of the house looking like this!!

 

 

Thanks friend for laughing with me and sometimes at me when I was having issues.  Thank you for healing me when I was sad about a boy or just listening to me vent about people in my life who are demeaning…thanks for caring how I feel and what is happening in my life.  Thanks for the hugs and love you give me and thanks for always knowing just how to cheer me up.  I appreciate it.

 

BIG HUG!

 

 

For all of this, I am so thankful and happy to consider you my friend!

 

Spin me right round!

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Today my friends my head is spinning and my eyes are heavy.  It has been a long day.  The funny and ironic thing is that I was just thinking of a song and it ended up playing 2 seconds on my Pandora.

Today too was a struggle to find balance and stay awake.  It was a brainstorming day to which I don’t have too much to show from it.  I did talk to a few friends whom I haven’t had a chance to talk to in a long while, so that was nice.  Still smiling mind you because that was a good highlight to the day.  🙂

It is going to be a long night.  It will be fun but, definitely a long one.  I have been yawning all day!  Not good.  But, I will just pump a little caffeine in me and continue spinning right round, like a record baby!

Kind of how I feel right now...

Hope you feel more with it than I do friends!

xoxo

CatMan

“Are you suckin’ or spoonin’ it?” (true story)

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Yesterday, Mr. Y and I went on a 2:30pm run to Walmart.  How tragic that it just so happened to be during Happy Hour: 1/2 price drinks/shakes!  Well after we had met our “work obligations” we chanced it and bought 2 Caramel Apple Shakes.  OH SO GOOD!  Well as we were driving to park so we could get a head start before going directly back to work Mr. Y asks “Are you suckin’ or spoonin’ it?”.  I lost it.  LITERALLY lost it.  He looked at me because he was so confused.  I told him to rethink what he had just said.  Now, I can attest that he was innocently referring to whether I was using my straw or using my spoon to demolish the drink in a timely fashion.

You see this happens to Mr. Y all of the time.  He is one of the most hilarious people I have met to date, whether he means to be or not.  I would give you his age, but what’s in a number?  Nothing.  It’s in how young you feel and all in who you hang with….obviously that is why he hangs with me!  🙂  We get into all sorts of problems all the time!  It is pretty fun though.

There was one time when I was first shadowing Mr. Y that we had a sales call down in Lexington Ky.  It was right after Thanksgiving and it was just getting rainy and cold.  It was not so nice weather.  Well, when Mr. Y came to pick me up the car smelled clean!  “Did you clean your car just for me??”    “Uh no….Drain-O spilled and bleached out my floorboard and it was horrible to clean up!”     “Oh….hey why do you have a band-aid on your face?”   “I sneezed and rubbed my eye too hard.  I gave myself a black eye!  It looked so bad I had to put a band-aid on it.  I am thinking about blaming the grandkids…what do you think?”   “Well, I wouldn’t tell him you sneezed and gave it to yourself!  You have to make something up…”  (I am all about being honest but, when you are first meeting someone for a sales call you don’t share “associate code” items such as this!)  “Mrs. Y got me a new suit yesterday.  She insisted!”   “That was awful nice!  Well you look dapper despite the obvious!”

We were almost there and we needed gas, so we stopped at a gas station close and filled up.  It was at this point I turned around and noticed Mr. Y’s new suite coat was in the remnants of the Drain-O and it was ruined!!  There were tiger stripes all over it from where the bleach had just eaten thru it.  “OH NO!  What am I going to do!  I can’t go in there without a coat!  Oh man…”   “Well you can’t wear that!  You will ruin your shirt and skin!”   “Do I have to make a story up for that one too?”   “No you know what?  Just let your eye speak for itself and I am sure that he won’t say anything to you about your coat after your eye….”   MIND YOU, this happened all before this BIG sales meeting we had…sigh.  Never a dull moment, I told you.

We get into this sales meeting finally (Mr. Y has no suit coat on and it is freezing), and of course the gentleman asked about the black eye first.  Whew!  We were safe.  Nothing about the suit coat….We were getting ready to head out and that’s when it all went down…”Where’s your coat?  It’s cold don’t you know!”   “Well…..funny story about that one too…..maybe for another day….”  We scurried out of there like field mice running from an owl!  It was embarrassing!  Humorous and a good call none the less.

We always have such fun when we are out and about on sales calls.  We definitely are going to have a blast this next week when we go to Florida!!  🙂

WHOO! I think this picture literally sums it all up! Go Guy in Business Suit Running!

Disclaimer:  The Y in “Mr. Y” may or may not be his letter of his last name.  Variables x, y, z dictate or indicate a “mysterious feel about the person without really divulging his/her real name”.   See I didn’t break and privacy laws….