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John’s Birthday and New Appliances!

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Breaking Bad.  I’m getting twitchy going through withdrawal.  What a fabulous series.  And with such a diverse audience.  I was surprised enough to learn that Jen from Conversion Diaries was a fan, but then I found out my BFF’s husband, probably the most Godly man and the best biblical scholar I know who isn’t a pastor . . . is a HUGE fan. I watched every episode with John, and we discussed the moral implications of decisions made by characters in the show, and I really did feel like it was a learning experience. Well, except for that brief moment when I wanted to buy an old RV and cook meth in it while storing moonshine in the water tanks.  But I blame that on watching “Moonshiners” at the same time – really not a good combo.

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My chiropractor is alive and well, and I was able to make two of the recommended three appointments this week.  Yes, he should have called and told his patients scheduled for treatment that he’d had an emergency (four inches of water in his condo) but I’m willing to cut him some slack because he’s honest and he’s helping me – a combo I haven’t found in a long time and am never likely to see again come January 2014.

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I did have one little incident while I was muddling through without my chiropractor.  I made a medication error with my own meds for the first time ever . . . that I know of.  I accidentally took a double dose of my bedtime muscle relaxer.  It’s one many people can take and function normally, but I take it and fall asleep in the middle of sentences.  I took two and lost a whole day, had visual and auditory hallucinations, and was generally non-productive.  Thankfully, the next day was Veteran’s Day and my son was home to make sure I kept breathing and didn’t try to walk to Panera in my jammies.

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John turned fifteen this week – my baby!!  Dad and Edie came in and brought an Apple Cake Edie had made.  John fell in love with it last month when we’d celebrated Dad’s birthday, and requested it for his.  Of course our stove had exploded and we weren’t eating anything that couldn’t be cooked in a crockpot or on an electric skillet, so they totally saved the day 🙂  AND they made it possible for John to get an iPhone, which is now attached to his body at all times.  Mom and Greg sent him a birthday card and money with specific instruction: “Buy a new flannel shirt!!”  Yes, he has a favorite plaid flannel shirt that he’s worn constantly for about a year now (including summer) and I know he won’t give it up until it’s in tatters.  I’ve tried.  But I have lots of pictures of him in it, so it will be funny later.

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Something quite interesting came up while Dad and Edie were here.  It seems Edie is the Facebook sneak the way I was when my nieces and nephew were younger, and she informed John that he had selected an “Eastern High School” in Connecticut as his school instead of the one in Kentucky.  He looked stunned for a minute, then admitted that guys at lunch had asked him questions about Connecticut that hadn’t made any sense.  *sigh*  This is the kid who talks about Physics to me until my ears bleed, but he can’t select the correct high school on Facebook.

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Gratuitous kid pic:

letterjacket

Letter jackets came in this week.  I can’t even tell you how much I love this.  NO ONE wore letter jackets at Aaron’s high school – I don’t even know what a letter jacket from that school would look like.  But when I was in high school letter jackets were uber-cool.  I didn’t have one, because letters weren’t given for academics.  My high school was the one in our town that had one National Merit Finalist the same year another school the same size boasted fourteen.  We graduated guys who couldn’t read, but went on to play basketball for UK.

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After two months with no microwave and a week without a stove our appliances got delivered today.  Thank God for the Home Depot card!  The guys couldn’t install the microwave, so no popcorn for now, but just looking at my sleek black fridge and spotless oven and ceramic cooktop makes me smile.  We decided to keep the old fridge in the pantry so I don’t have to chance the stairs to the basement for extra milk or frozen stuff, which I’m sure will be wonderful.  Right now everything’s just cluttered.  Perhaps I can whip everyone into a cleaning and organizing frenzy this weekend!  Yeah, right.

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My Ten Most Recently Viewed Movies on Netflix

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Our Netflix account is under my name, and any DVDs rented come to my house, but the streaming, well that’s another story. My son streams through his X-Box 360 at college. He has three roommates. So when I go to Netflix because I want to watch The Tourist (again) or Young Frankenstein (again) I’m usually quite surprised by what shows up as “Angie’s” recently viewed movies. Let’s just say I hope prospective employers don’t check my Netflix account.

1.) Dirty Sexy Money (I think the title probably says it all)

2.) South Park (OK, this was probably my 13-year-old, and he knows I hate this show)

3.) A NormL Life (Apparently about medical marijuana)

4.) Being Elmo (I have no explanation for this one. Maybe it seemed like a good choice after #3?)

5.) Kiss of the Dragon (Martial Arts movie)

6.) The Union: The Business Behind Getting High (Is there something coming up on the ballot in Kentucky about legalizing marijuana? If so, I haven’t heard about it.)

7.) Live Nude Comedy (I don’t even want to know)

8.) Downton Abbey (That’s mine)

9.) Naked Ambition: An R-rated look at an X-rated Industry (Perhaps someone hasn’t decided on a major and is waffling between screenwriting and agriculture?)

10.) Family Guy (My 13-year-old again. Or maybe my husband – he thinks it’s funny, too. *sigh*)

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Why My Neighbors Drive Me Crazy

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My neighbors are very nice people, don’t get me wrong.  I’d just like them better if they lived a couple of houses down the street instead of right next door.  Why?

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Their lawn is a flawless expanse of green.  Not a weed in sight.  They don’t have a lawn service, he does it all himself.  Sometimes he mows three times a week.  And he has decorative sprinklers that he moves at precise intervals so that each square inch of grass gets the same amount of water.  My yard is brown.  The only green things are weeds.  The backyard is a poop minefield with conspicuous yellow patches at Boss’s “favorite spots”.  It gets watered when it rains, and it gets mowed when Michael feels like it, or when he reminds John to do it.  I don’t even know how to start the mower.

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My neighbor’s dog passed away shortly after our dog Millie died, but Belle was always a well-mannered dog, walking calmly around the neighborhood on her leash and chasing a frisbee in the backyard.  Our dogs can only be walked by a full-grown man with excellent upper-body strength, because even with choke collars, spiked collars, harnesses, and gentle leaders they run like escaped lunatics.  They bark at the neighbors through the fence, and have no interest in chasing anything that doesn’t have fur or feathers.

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Our neighbors have a detached garage, and so do we.  But while theirs hold two cars and a collection of shiny tools that I suspect are stored alphabetically ours holds rusty junk and the occasional wild animal.

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Even in the winter, when every other car in town is splashed with mud and brine, theirs are clean and shiny.  I haven’t figured this one out yet, but I suspect garage elves.

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As soon as temperatures rise in the Spring they suit up and go out bike-riding together.  Matching bikes, matching helmets, matching outfits.  It’s kinda creepy.

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Every time I try to grow tomatoes the squirrels eat them.  But they never eat my neighbor’s tomatoes.  Last year they were handing me bags of fresh veggies over the fence because their little raised bed had produced too much for just the two of them.  This only reinforces my belief that the Mutant Ninja Squirrels are out to get me.

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They plant a lot of flowers in the Spring.  They have a lovely perennial garden at the back of their yard (near my yard’s ever-growing brush pile), but they also fill window boxes on the garage and pots and hanging baskets on their deck. We both have a fondness for million bells, but somehow even with Miracle Grow mine never tumble enticingly from the pots like theirs do.

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Their house is like something you’d see featured in Southern Living, maybe under the heading “Simple Cottage in Kentucky”.  It’s an old house, with small rooms that looked dark and cluttered when the previous family lived there.  But this couple has made stylish use of every square foot.

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You know how sometimes it’s hard to tell which driveway belongs to which house?  Not on this street.  Their driveway is always smooth and black and perfectly edged.  The flowers beds are edged, the mulched areas around the trees are edged, I’m waiting for am elaborate topiary to appear any day.

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In short, I’m jealous.  I want a perfect house and a perfect yard.  But I love my dogs, even though they have no manners, and I’ll choose reading a good book over housework and yardwork every time.  I just hope they aren’t looking across the fence in their matchy-matchy outfits thinking, “What a bunch of slackers!”

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