Thursday, May 31, 2007

Ugh

I've had the stomach flu the last two days. I hate being sick. No, seriously hate it. But nothing is worse, IMO, than throwing up. It's just wrong!

I woke up Tuesday morning and didn't feel all that great, but I hadn't gotten much sleep the night before, so I figured I was just tired still. I got the kids off to school and got ready for work. On the way there, I started feeling queasy, but that happens to me a lot in the mornings (a residual side effect from the worst case of morning sickness EVAH while I was pregnant) so I didn't think too much about it, especially since I get car sick, too. But around 10:30 one of my co-workers asked what I wanted for lunch and my stomach rolled. I told him not to talk to me about it until later and went back to work (I so cannot eat in the morning. If I try before 11:00 it just makes me sick). Around 11:30 he came back and started asking again what I wanted. He kept naming things; A chicken salad, a sandwich, Chinese from Panda Express, and the more he went on, the more my stomach rolled and lurched.

We finally settled on Panda, even though my stomach was protesting the thought, and an hour later he brought it back to me and I took about two bites. It wasn't good. I gave the rest to my dad and tried to go back to work, but not twenty minutes later I was in the bathroom being sick. And I continued to be sick for the next hour.

My dad drove me to meet MM, who took me home. I crawled into bed and only crawled out long enough to throw up the rest of the day. I couldn't keep anything down, not liquids or solids. It was rough.

Yesterday it was more of the same, no matter what I ate or drank I couldn't keep it down. Then it got worse late yesterday morning. My head started pounding and my body became achy and sluggish. I took a nap in the afternoon and felt even worse when I woke up, but after a shower and some tea I felt better. I had to walk over to get the kids from school (I live DIRECTLY across from the school) and it exhausted me. I couldn't barely make it home. The kids had to help me across the street. I laid back down on the couch and drank some water.

I started feeling better last night around 7:30ish. Not great, but my body didn't ache as much and I was throwing up anymore. This morning I got up and my stomach is still feeling icky, but I drank some more tea and some water and I've managed to keep both down, so I think I'm on the mend. I'm still afraid to eat, though. I hate throwing up more than anything, and I don't want to tempt my stomach. *shudder*

So, I'm home again today and plan on resting. The good news is, I managed to read about 5 books the last few days. I guess my slump is bye-bye. Thank goodness. :)

I'm off to lay back down. I hope everyone has a good day.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Tagged Again, Damn It All

Two names you go by:
1. Holly
2. Holls

Two things you are wearing right now:

1. Capri's
2. No shoes

Two things you would want (or have) in a relationship:

1. Honesty
2. Friendship

Two of your favorite things to do:
1. Reading
2. NOT packing

Two things you want very badly at the moment:

1. A nap
2. The Thunder From Down Under to pack my house

Two pets you had/have:
1. Bella
2. Oliver (a sweet, adorable cocker spaniel that I miss like crazy, even 15 years after the fact)

Two things you did last night:
1. Laundry
2. Packing (I hate packing)

Two things you ate today:
1. Nada, I don't eat in the morning.
2. Does coffee count?

Two people you last talked to:
1. MM
2. The Devil Woman

Two things you're doing tomorrow:

1. Working
2. Being lazy (I hope)

Two longest car rides:
1. Road trip from Ill. to AZ
2. Road trip from South Dakota to California

Two favorite holidays:

1. Easter
2. Christmas

Two favorite beverages:
1. Pepsi
2. Coffee

Four things About ME!

Things you may not have known about me:

1. My mom's birthday is the day after mine, so for the first nine or so years of my life, I thought I was older than her. Hey, my birthday came first!
2. I once went 4 days without sleep, just to see if I could do it. By the beginning of day 4 I was hallucinating. It was grand.
3. I think it would be awesome to be a criminal profiler. But I'm lazy, so that won't ever happen.
4. I'm mildly obsessed with psychological thrillers. I love the challenge of figuring out the plot before the author/producer reveals it. 95% of the time I do, too.

Four jobs I have had in my life:

1. baby sitter
2. Housekeeper
3. Dairy Queen Manager
4. Sales Clerk at an Art Gallery

Four movies I would watch over and over:
1. Gone with the Wind
2. Independence Day
3. The Last Boy Scout
4. A Walk To Remember

Four places I have lived:
1. South Dakota
2. Oklahoma
3. Illinois
4. California

Four of my favorite foods:
1. Pizza
2. Thanksgiving Dinner Foods (turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, etc)
3. Carrot Sticks
4. Hard Salami

Four places I'd rather be right now:

1. Home
2. The Beach
3. Cancun
4. Mars

Four people I tag:

Sunshine, Merlin, Charm, Dance Chica

Monday, May 28, 2007

Please Remember

American's as a whole are generally pretty selfish....hmm, or perhaps self-centered is a better word. I don't mean as individuals, but as a country. We tend to worry more about ourselves and what's happening in our lives than in the lives of those around us.

I'm extremely guilty of this. I don't pay attention to politics, don't watch the news, don't follow along with the progress of the war or famine in other countries. It's not that I'm not interested, or that I don't care about my fellow human beings. It's just that, well, I feel helpless. I donate to worthy causes and I try to help when I can, but it's so easy to turn a blind eye to the state of the world, isn't it?

Today I ask you, please remember our fallen soldiers. Too often I think we forget what Memorial Day is about. It's not just a time for BBQ's and three day weekends. It's a time to remember those who stood for us so we could have BBQ's and long weekends. It's a time to remember those who weren't lucky enough to make it back home alive, or whole, or undamaaged. It's a time to say THANK YOU to all the brave men and women who leave their homes and all they know and love to protect us.

We should remember them everyday, and yet we don't. So today, please think of our veterans, our troops, our loved ones. Say a prayer for their safety, and thank God they've ensured yours.

Friday, May 25, 2007

Another New Template

I'm really proud of myself because I hooked this template up all by myself. Well, with some help from some people on the web, and Google, of course.

Anyway, I was ready for something new and simple, so this is what I came up with. But I need some help from someone out there who knows how to clean it up a little. I think maybe my widths are off, because the sidebar and main sections are off a little bit. Does anyone know how to clean it up?

I'm still searching to see if I can find a fix myself, but in the meantime...if someone knows what's up, help me out, yeah?

And notice how my labels are now listed on my right sidebar? In a dropdown list? Is that hella cool,or what? Muy thanks to Hackosphere for hooking it up.

Comments? Suggestions? What do you think of the new look?

Thanks!

Holland

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Yikes!

Change is on the way....It's just going to take me a day or two to get everything together! Sorry for the mess!

Hugs,
H

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Boys Are So Dumb Sometimes

I haven't seen MM since last week Thursday. This is very unusual for us. Normally I'm at his house at least 4 out of 7 days, but I have a ton of things to do if I'm going to move next month, so I've been staying home.

The other night he called me and was all kinds of pissy that he hadn't seen me. He was just being an ass. I was already in bed and falling asleep, so I wasn't paying much attention. I said, "I'm going to sleep. Love you." and he said, "You don't love me. If you did you'd be here now." I said, "Ok, whatever, love you bye" and hung up. Five minutes later the phone rings again. I was seriously out at that point and it took me a minute to answer. As soon as I did MM says, "I'm sorry. I was being an ass and that was wrong. I know you love me." Like there had even been a question of that? Sheesh. I need to teach the boy not to be so dumb.

The thing is, he was off Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. He could have easily driven to my house to stay with me. Hello, dumbass. The road goes both ways. But instead he sat at home bitching because I wasn't there.

Ugh.

I had to get up at 4:30 this morning, because The Girl had a field trip today and had to be at school at 5:30. I freaking hate mornings. I'm all sorts of tired and grumpy, but I miss MM, so I called him to see if he'd like to have lunch with me. He said he had a few things going on and he'd call me later to talk about it.

So he calls me back about 20 minutes later and says, "Sure, we can have lunch today. I'm not sure where we're going yet, but I can call you so you can meet us." I have no idea who "us" is, but I asked HIM if he'd like to go to lunch. I haven't seen him in almost a week. I didn't say, "Hey, do you and your partner and the rest of the fucking police force want to have lunch with me today?" No, I said, "do YOU want to have lunch with me today". You in the singular. Not in the standard American plural. Sheesh.

I just told him, "Never mind, we'll go another day."

*sigh* Boys are dumb.

Although, to be fair, this probably wouldn't have bothered me at all if I weren't so overtired. But I'm entitled to bitch when I want, right? ;)

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

For All of You Married Ladies Out There....

I seem to have weddings and wedding plans on my mind lately (even if I'm not doing much planning) and I'm curious about the rest of you.

So, a simple survey if I may. Answer here in the comments or on your own blog (if you'd rather). Leave me a link if you post on your blog, though, if you don't mind.

How did he propose? Or did he at all?

How long were you together before he did?

When did you get married (Time of year, date, time of day, etc)?

Was it big or small? Did you regret doing it one way or the other (i.e. if it was small and intimate, do you regret not having a larger celebration?)?

Where did you register? What's the best gift you received?

Who was your Maid of Honor? Do you still have contact with her?

What were your colors?

Any tips for cutting corners you can offer?

Any advice for the bride-to-be?


Thanks all! I appreciate it.

Oh, and for you unmarried ladies:

Are you expecting a ring anytime in the near future (or are you hopeful)?

Do you know what kind of wedding you want, should the opportunity arise?

Something you know, no matter what, you can't live without come your wedding day?

Ever been a bridesmaid? Have a story to share if so? If not, have you ever wanted to be one?

Monday, May 21, 2007

MM is Becoming Famous!

Last week MM had a colorguard even to go to for something or other. On Thursday he came home with a magazine...and he was on the cover. Looking all kinds of hot in his uniform, if I do say so myself. Yum.

Today there's an article in the local newspaper about him..including pics (he just called to tell me it made the front page). His head is going to get bigger if they keep this up. I'm very proud of him, though. It's nice to see him getting recognition for doing his job. I don't think cops (or other public safety workers) get enough kudos for doing what they do. Cops especially take a lot of flak for what they do and it depresses me some. They're people, too. And as long as you're a good, law abiding citizen, you have no reason to resent them. Of course, my opinion is slightly biased, but whatever. *wink, wink*

Moving on:

MM is so cute. I haven't been to his house since last week, because I'm trying to get things ready to move at my house. Yep, we're taking the plunge and moving in together. This is both good and bad. We'll be able to save more money this way, and I know MM is excited about it. But I still have a few reservations. Not enough to keep me from going forward, just enough to make me cautious as I do.

We were talking about it yesterday (the move and how we haven't seen each other much) and MM said, "I haven't seen you in like 80 days!" I said, "80 days, huh? You should enjoy it now while you can." He laughed and said, "You know, this is like my last shot at freedom. I should be living it up. But I don't like it. I miss you!" Awww, I miss him, too.

On the wedding front:

We haven't made much more progress. I've been so buys preparing for the move I haven't really done too much. I am working on a budget, though, and I'm waiting for tentative guest lists from our respective families. We'll see how it goes.

Oh, something exciting did happen, though. I told MM I wanted something from him as a wedding gift and he totally agreed. I was shocked, because I figured it would take me ages and ages to convince him, but nope, he figured out what I wanted right away and agreed to give it to me. Wanna know what?

Dance Lessons.

I'm going to start checking on them soon. WOOHOO ME! We don't want to look like idiots on the dance floor together, stumbling around and landing on each others feet. Right?

Weekend stuff:

I spent Friday night and Saturday cleaning the house and organizing stuff for the move, and catching up on laundry, which I hate. Blech. But last night DW and I had a date. We saw Big and Rich in concert. I'm not a huge fan of them (you should know them for the song Save A Horse, Ride A Cowboy) but they put on a good show. I was impressed. We got the tickets as a gift, so we didn't have to shell any $$ out for them, which is what decided me on going. You should see them if you have the chance, because they're good entertainers. :)

I guess that's it for now. What did y'all get up to this weekend?

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Thinking Blogger Award



It seems the lovely Rene Lyons and Kristiej have accused me of making them think. Or of at least being entertaining.

I have to tell you, they both humble me. I think they're both amazing women and well...to hear them say such lovely things about me makes my heart swell. Thank you both.

1. Kristiej. I admit I have a somewhat cynical view of the world. While I don't believe every single person is bad or terrible, I do question motives and actions...probably more than I should. But Kristie, well, she reminds me that there are good people in the world. I can't believe what an amazing, kind hearted woman she is. She's suffered through a lot and yet she remains unfailing kind and wonderful. She gives me hope.

2. Merlin. He has a wonderful sense of humor, which is always nice, but his posts are very thought provoking. They say a picture speaks a thousand words, and the poems and such he captions them with never fail to inspire me.

3. Nola. She has to be one of the funniest people I've ever met. And yes, she does make me think. Her posts are inspiring and down right hilarious.

4. Beta Fishy. Dancing in the rain, escaping to the beach, tears on my pillow. I always leave her blog feeling something.

5. Sarah. Life, love, motherhood. Sarah is always sweet and kind, even when she's angry. We share many of the same views on life and I always leave her thinking, "I should be more like that."

Of course, there are many others. But I was limited to 5.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

What A Wonderful World This Would Be....

Our Vegas trip turned out better than I expected. I ended up enjoying myself quite a bit and I'm glad we got away.

I'm feeling much better, too. Not nearly as bitchy and glad to have such a wonderful man in my life. Seeing James the Sucker become permanently attached to such a psycho girl just served to remind me that I'm very lucky in my relationship with MM. We do very well together, and he understands me completely. He knows when to push and shove at me, and when to let things alone. It's very...comforting? to have someone know me so well. My cup runneth over.

We drove down Saturday morning, arriving sometime around 1:00 in the afternoon. We checked in and then stopped at the bar on the way up to our room. Both MM and I threw money into video poker machines while waiting for our drinks, but neither of us won. Once we had our drinks in hand we went and checked out our room, and relaxed for awhile. We watched t.v. and then had a nap, then started getting ready for the wedding around 4ish. James and the PGF had a limo lined up to take them to the chapel and asked MM and I if we'd like to ride along with them. It was scheduled to leave the hotel at 6:00, so they asked us to be there around 5:45. We made it with plenty of time to spare.

At just after 6 James and the PGF showed up, and so did the rest of the guests, some of the people James and the PGF work with. There was another couple whom I liked quite a bit. It turns out they live near MM, so there's a good possibility we'll run into them again. There were also 2 other dispatchers there. One I'd met before and like a lot, and the other I met for the first time yesterday, but had heard good things about from MM. I wasn't disappointed. I'm glad I was able to meet them and that we seem to get along well together. I hope we can become good friends in the future.

Anyway, we all piled into the limo and headed for the chapel. Once there we had to wait outside for a bit and then James and his future bride were called inside to finish registering. They're witnesses were asked to join them and to our surprise, James asked MM to witness for him. Once that was taken care of we were asked to wait in the lobby while the happy couple was taken to the wedding site. I believe they referred to it as "the outdoor garden". A short time later their "Wedding Consultant" came back and asked us to follow her. We walked around the outside of the building and through the parking lot to where a garden was set up. Right in the middle of the parking lot. It looked pretty once we were inside, but knowing we were surrounded by a seedy looking motel and in the middle of a dirty parking lot kind of ruined the ambiance.

We all sat down (the grooms family was running late and hadn't arrived yet) and a loud speaker announcement asked us to please remain seated and to feel free to take pictures if we so wished, but to please refrain from standing while doing so. About 5 minutes later the officiator came out and then James followed behind him. The ceremony started a few minutes later and about halfway though James' family showed up. It kind of sucked, I thought, that they couldn't hold the ceremony until his family was there, but there was a schedule to be kept, so there you go.

Anyway, the entire thing lasted about 15 minutes. We were asked to remain seated after the ceremony was over to allow the chapel photographer to take pictures. About 2 minutes later, a fight erupted in the parking lot, right outside the garden. Now, I'm not just talking about your everyday, average, run of the mill argument, either. I'm talking in your face, screaming, possible punches flying fight. Between a bride and either her mother or her soon-to-be mother-in-law. They were screaming horrible things at each other, "You fucking whore!" "I'm a whore? You're the one who HAD to get married" and so on and so forth. Natuarlly MM and the other guests (all of whom were either cops or dispatchers) thought this was hilarious. After a good 3-5 minutes of this, their curiosity got the better of them and they rushed out to check out the action. One of the dispatchers had her video camera going...and yep, you guessed it, she got them on tape. *snicker*

After the excitement was over we all posed for pictures and then walked to the front of the building so the couple could have more pictures taken. As we were walking through the parking lot three women were walking by us and one of them said, "We're so sorry! We had no idea there was a ceremony going on. There was just some major family drama." And the older lady that was with them whispered under her breath, "fucking psycho family". HAHA! I was cracking up.

Anyway, after that we went back to their hotel (they were staying at Ny,Ny) to have dinner. One of the other guests arranged with the hotel for the happily wedded couple to be upgraded to a suite, so James the Sucker went with said guest to the front desk when we got there and the rest of us headed off to make dinner reservations. MM and the psycho Bride were walking together and he later told me she said, "See, I told you I'd get him." Ugh. Have I mentioned how much this girl gets on my hot damn nerves? MM told me later, once we got back to our room, "Holly, I should have said something to him. I should have told him to get out in the beginning." I told him, "Now, when it's too late, you want to do something about it? Niiice." He just stayed quiet.

We had about a 45 minute wait for dinner, so we got drinks and hung out for awhile. After dinner we went with the couple to see their upgraded room. The suite was about 1200 sq. ft and it was gorgeous. It consisted of about 4 rooms with a jacuzzi tub. Seriously sweet.

We broke up after that to back to our respective rooms to change. The Psycho Bride wanted to go to Studio 54 in the MGM, and I so wasn't looking forward to it. I've never been big on the club scene and hanging out with a bunch of 21 year olds who drink too much wasn't my idea of a good time. But it was their day, not mine, so I agreed to go. I changed from the pants outfit I wore into a dress and we headed back to their hotel. I was super sleepy by this time, but whatever.

We called their room from the lobby to let them know we were there and to make sure they weren't "busy" and then headed up. MM knocked on their door and nothing. He knocked again. Still nothing. Finally, after the third knock, we heard movement from inside the suite. And then, the umistakable sound of a zipper. I looked at MM and he looked at me and I turned around to leave. There are some things I just don't want to see, ya know? But before I could get away the door opened and there stood James in nothing but a pair of pants. WTF? I said, "Dude, we can come back later!" He's all, "Naw, come on in." Then his blushing bride walks out of the bedroom in a nightie and says, "We were in the tub." and I'm just going to tell you now, her in a nightie wasn't a pretty site. I said, "no, really, we'll come back" and MM said, "We told you we were right downstairs, why did you tell us to come up?" and they both shrugged.

Ugh.

We sat down in the living room area with them and started chatting while we waited for the rest of the group to get back. She kept telling me she was really tired, so I figured I might be off the hook for Stupid 54. I started to get excited, but contained myself. I didn't want to be disappointed later, ya know? Anyway, we're just sitting there chatting and she starts going on about all the things she's craving.

Pizza Hut. Chocolate. Strawberries. Two guys. Lifesavers. Cheesecake.

Whoa. Back up a sec. I looked at MM and he was staring off at nothing. Then I looked at James and he's in the same condition as MM, so I figure the two of them have blocked her out. I looked at her and she was smirking at me. Then she says, "Well, I want a full two hours and I'm not getting it over here, so I figure I need two guys to handle it."

What.the.fuck.

I mean, the girl hasn't even been married 3 hours yet, and she's sitting there in a nightie, having just climbed out of a tub with her faithful hubby, and their holding hands. Yet there she is, talking about wanting two other guys. I about puked.

I was saved from having to respond by a knock at the door, however. The rest of the group had arrived. We sat around for awhile chatting about this and that, and then the Psycho Bride says, out of no where, "Did you see James' mom and his uncle? Dude, are they doing it?" Silence. I looked at James and he was staring at the wall again, but his cheeks were red.

Turns out his parents had gotten a divorce a few years ago and now his mom and his dad's brother are an item. Interesting. TPB couldn't let it go, though. She kept going on and on about it. "Did you see them touch each other on the arm?" And "Did you see her lay her head on his shoulder?" and " I bet their getting it on right now". OMG! And the whole time James is just absolutely silent, staring at the wall. Hello you stupid fuck! Argh!

After about ten minutes of this we decided it was time to leave. The Psycho Bride decided she was just too tired to go out and was about to fall asleep (Hallelujah) , so the rest of us left and decided to go to The Bar at Times Square. They have dueling piano players at night and we had a great time, sans the bride and groom.

We ended up staying out late, though, so I was hella tired all day Sunday. And Monday. And Tuesday. I'm not as young as I used to be. LOL

As for the happily wedded couple, well, I give them 2-5 years. Here's why:

She's preggers right now. I figure it will take James anywhere from 6 months to year figure out she trapped him and he's unhappy. Then, he'll have a baby and need to "do the right thing" by staying with her. Another 6 or so months after that, he'll realize he can't do it, no matter what. So he'll prepare to leave her and she'll end up preggers again. Plus, he'll be in debt up to his eyeballs and not be able to afford to divorce her.

So yeah, I say 2-5. Plus, at least 1 more kid, if not 2 before he finally leaves her.

Unless if something "better" comes along for her. Then all bets are off, because I know she won't hesitate to leave him if she thinks she's getting better.

I'm still highly annoyed about the whole situation. Wouldn't the world be a much better place without women like her in it?

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Daystar Print Release


Did you get your copy of The Daystar? It comes out in print today and I already ordered myself a copy. I'm so excited that Con's book will get to sit right next to Seb's book on my bookshelf. You guys totally need to go out and get it pronto and read all about the Templars in action. This book in particular was a great one because well, Con was one sexy stud and Lexi was a great heroine! You can read our reviews for this book from Sanctuary's Finest here and you can also see how much we loved Constantine that we made him a hero of the week over at SF as well.

Here's the blurb for the story, I promise this book is good stuff, seriously!

Always feeling different from the world around her, a power grows within Lexine Parker. In the light is where she belongs—even as she finds herself thrust into the
nocturnal realm of the Templar vampires.

Scarred by a brutal past, Constantine is a creature consumed with rage. He knows only darkness and sin. Believing he fights a losing battle of redemption, heaven is something he doesn't dare hope for—until Lexine makes him believe salvation is possible.

Locked away in an ancient castle, they come together in body and spirit, searching for love to chase away the darkness. With Constantine’s soul at stake and Lex’s life on the line, the nights tick down to a cataclysmic event that could tear them apart forever.


This book is the bizomb and ya'll should totally read it. If you haven't read this book then you need to hurry up and get with the program because these fierce and sexy vampires know how to put it down, they're strong, honorable and everything good in this world despite their damned existance. Rene Lyons built a world of strong characters, a family that sticks together through anything and everything and just her take on the whole take on the Templars world is off the chains good.

I mean it when I say that I love this series, ya'll need to hurry and get your butts over to the nearest bookstore to purchase this book as well as the other books in the series and sit back and enjoy the hours of pleasurable reading that's waiting for you.

You can also buy the latest Templar book, Lucian's book here. Another treat for those of us who love hot heroes and sexy vampires!!

GET THESE BOOKS.

The reading order:

-Midnight Sun (Sebastian)
-The Daystar (Constantine)
-Tempting Darkness (Lucian)

What are you doing still reading this post? GET THEE TO A BOOKSTORE RIGHT NOW!

Or you can order it online:

Amazon

*Special thanks to Rowena from BB for letting me steal her post. Love you, babe

Monday, May 14, 2007

Happy Mother's Day

A day late, but still, I hope all of you mother's out there had a great day!!

HAPPY MOTHERS DAY!!!!!


*I'm working on my post about the weekend. I enjoyed myself more than I thought I would, but it didn't have much to do with the wedding. Details to come.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Untitled

Ok, seriously, this is starting to become ridiculous.

You see, the last 2 weeks or so, I've been a stark raving bitch. It's horrible. I just got engaged to the perfect man, and we're planning a wedding and our lives together. You'd think I'd be floating around on cloud nine, loving life and being so happy I'd be annoying all my friends and family.

Instead, I'm annoyed and frustrated and so bitchy I'm starting to piss myself off. It's horrible.

I can't say it's even a certain incident that sparked my temper. There hasn't really been anything. I love MM to death, but even the smallest little things are making me want to maim him. And don't even get me started on my children or the rest of my family.

I think part of it has to do with PMS, and a large part of it has to do with work. I've been really stressed lately, because business is slow and I'm worried about our company in general and my job specifically. Plus, the things I do have to work on are POS's and driving me insane. I'm over it. The thing is, I've never had a problem separating work from home before. Even if shit at work was driving me nuts, I was still able to set it aside once I walked out the office door. Now I can't and I have no idea what to do about it.

To make things even worse, MM and I are leaving for Vegas tomorrow to watch James and his Psycho Girlfriend get married. She offends my feminine sensibilities on the highest level and watching her sink her claws permanently into him is driving me insane. I DO NOT condone her actions or their marriage, and yet I'll be forced to drive almost 4 hours to witness the farce. And afterwards? They want to go to Studio 54, a loud, crazy club I have no desire to visit. Why in the world would someone want to hold a "reception" in a nightclub? Especially a pregnant someone? It's going to be over crowded and loud. And the wait for these types of clubs is sometimes upwards of 3 hours. So first I have to suffer through a mock wedding ceremony (because come on, is she really pledging herself into a loving, committed relationship? God save him if he loses his job) then I have to stand in line for 3 hours to visit some fucking retarded night club.

AND THEN, it gets even better, because last night I developed a pimple the size of a third world country just under my bottom lip. This morning when I woke up, I had a fat lip from it. No, I mean it, a fat fucking lip. It looks like I got punched in the mouth (not that I wouldn't deserve it after how shitty I've been the last week or so, but come ON!). And then I just noticed I have another gargantuan pimple on the opposite side of my mouth. Their like, twins, man.

Shoot me now, and put all the people in my life out of their misery, will you? Please?

Fuck me.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Wedding Stuff

Wedding plans are well under way. Isabel keeps telling me she's surprised I'm already planning, because she expected me to put it off last minute. But, well, I'm already resigned to it, so there's no reason for putting it off, is there?

So, here's what I've got so far:

  • We reserved the Country Club for the ceremony and reception. Because my grandparents are members, we lucked out and don't have to pay a rental fee for it. Woohoo, $1500 saved because of grandma. Niiiice.
  • We've chosen our wedding party, too. I've asked Evil Cousin to be my Matron on Honor, and then my sister and MM's three sisters as bridesmaids. The Girl will be my junior bridesmaid. On MM's side, his best friend Alf is going to be Best Man, then a friend he went to high school with, his Brother-in-law (whom I don't care for very much, but meh, whatever), James the Sucker, my brother and Little Man.
  • We decided on Yellow and Green for our colors, but haven't picked the exact shades yet. I'm thinking a buttercup yellow and something in the sage family. But I'm not sure yet.
  • I've been searching for cake designs I like and figure sometime within the next month or so I'll start thinking about pastry chef's. For now it's not a priority. Although I would LOVE to have a Krispy Kreme cake, MM frowned on the idea (I swear, it's not just a stupid cop joke). I'll see if I can talk him around.
  • We've started putting a guest list together, too. I personally called his parents and grandparents and asked for lists. We need to get a budget together and to do that I need to know how many guests. We're thinking approx. 300, but if it's going to be considerably less or more I need to know as soon as possible.
  • I've been looking at dresses online and found several styles I like. Of course I won't know until I try them on how they'll look, but I figure getting an idea of what I want isn't a bad idea. For the bridesmaids, I asked EC to start looking at designs, too. I figure we can find something suitable if we work on it together. Or I may just choose something myself and say screw what they want. Let's hope they're all nice to me. *innocent smile*


I guess that's about it for now. More updates to come, I'm sure.

What have the rest of you been up to?

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

My Own Petition

Do you remember the post I put up about taking responsibility for your actions? Paris Hilton needs to read it, methinks.

LOS ANGELES - The many moods of
Paris Hilton shifted again when the jail-bound socialite rehired the publicist she blamed for her 45-day sentence.
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Elliot Mintz confirmed to The Associated Press on Tuesday that he is again representing the 26-year-old socialite, who was ordered to report to county jail by June 5 for violating the terms of her probation in an alcohol-related reckless driving case.

Mintz, 62, wouldn't elaborate on why he reunited with Hilton. The publicist, whose clients have included John Lennon and
Bob Dylan, issued a statement Sunday night that he and Hilton had parted ways over an apparent "misunderstanding she received from me regarding the terms of her probation."

In a court appearance Friday, Hilton told the judge Mintz informed her it was all right to drive on a suspended license for work obligations. Mintz also testified Hilton believed she was allowed to drive. The judge called Mintz's testimony worthless.

Hilton — star of E! network's reality show "The Simple Life" — has called the sentence unfair, and her fans have posted a petition on the Internet urging Gov.
Arnold Schwarzenegger to pardon her.

"I feel that I was treated unfairly and that the sentence is both cruel and unwarranted and I don't deserve this," Hilton told photographers assembled outside her home Saturday.

In an interview for the June issue of Harper's Bazaar, Hilton says: "I get in more trouble just because of who I am. The cops do it all the time. They'll just pull me over to hit on me."

"It's really annoying. They're like, `What's your phone number? Want to go to dinner?' They won't even give me a ticket. They just pull me over, and the paparazzi, of course, take a picture. All the time. I have so many cops' business cards."

The governor's office hasn't reviewed the petition but has received individual e-mails from constituents both for and against a gubernatorial pardon, Schwarzenegger spokesman Aaron McLear said Tuesday.

"We'll treat this as we would any other case of this nature, but it would be premature for the governor to get involved until the individual has exhausted his or her judicial remedies," McLear said.

The petition, which had more than 900 signatures by Tuesday morning, urges Schwarzenegger to pardon Hilton because she provides "beauty and excitement to (most of) our otherwise mundane lives."

Meanwhile, Hilton's lawyers have filed a notice with the court indicating their intent to appeal the decision. The document is required before a formal appeal can be lodged.

The latest installment of "The Simple Life," which throws Hilton and pal
Nicole Richie, 25, into everyday situations, premieres May 28 on E! After famously feuding and filming their parts separately last season, the celebutantes reunite as camp counselors for the show's fifth installment.


I think it's ridiculous that her "fans" are signing a petition urging good Ol' Arnold to pardon her. So, I'm starting my own petition. I hope all of you will join me in my quest to see brainless Hilton put behind bars. Just think how much safer our streets would be without her on them.

Help Put Paris Away

1. Holly Mercer, CA

Monday, May 07, 2007

Argh!

MM proposing last week totally threw me off balance. I didn't expect in it in the least and was sort of floating around in a daze the rest of the week. Because of that, I'm way behind at work. Like, WAY behind. Plus, I had a super busy weekend. That's why I haven't updated. I know all of you are anxious to hear more (you are, aren't you?? Well, if not you should be...ha!) but I just don't have time for an update.

I will tell you, however, that we were able to book the CC for the day we wanted. So, October 25, 2008 it is.

More to come later.

Hugs!

Holland

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Some Funny Things

Here are a few funny things that happened the night MM proposed:

On Saturday night (The night MM picked the ring up from the jewelers) I told him, "I need to get a pedicure. My feet are nasty." He said, "You need a manicure, too." I said, "Are you trying to hint at something?" He said, "No. But I noticed 2 of your nails are shorter than the others." Thanks babe.

So after he proposed he said, "I told you to get a manicure." The jerk. To make it even better, he's asked me at least 5 times since then. *sigh* I'm going tonight.

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After I finally squeaked out my yes, MM tried to hand me the ring...which was still in the box. I said, "You have to put it on" and he said, "You put it on." I said, "No way, you have to do it." and he said, "I don't know which way it goes." and the whole time we were pushing the box back and forth between us.

He finally - reluctantly - did it.

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I told you that I was playing a game of tic-tac-toe with Little Man when MM decided to propose, right? Well, just after we kissed to seal the deal Little Man says, "Mom, it's your turn" and pokes me in the ribs. The kid obviously has his priorities, huh?

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The first thing my sister said when she saw the ring on my finger was, "OMG, MM! That thing sparkles like a Cubic Zirconium!"

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My grandpa pulls me aside to congratulate me and says, "I told MM, 'Had you come to me first I could have hooked you up with a girl from the city. For 100 bucks you could have spent a week with her, and when you got back you wouldn't want to get married'. But it's too late now, doll." Then he snickered and kissed my cheek. Gotta love Grandpa.

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Some advice for you men out there:

If you're planning to propose to your lady at or around dinner time, don't let her order ribs first. It's not easy to eat them with a knife and fork, and I was petrified I'd get my brand new ring dirty.

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When we got home from dinner, MM took pictures of my ring to post on the internet and then he handed me a packet of papers. In it was the information about my ring, from the gemologist. Basically it told me the exact weight of the ring, the clarity and etc.

The he unfolded another piece of paper and stuck it under my nose. Guess what it was? The appraisal he had done for the insurance company. I now know exactly what he paid for my ring and exactly what it's worth. Niiiice. LOL

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That's all for now. Just FYI, I'm going to be stuck on this engagement/wedding thing for awhile. But not more than 3 or 4 days. Anything beyond that just borders on the ridiculous. Thanks for bearing with me. :)

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Edited: I'm Still In Shock


..I said yes. Can you believe it? It took me a few minutes, but I gave the right answer (that was the correct answer, wasn't it?).

About a month ago my aunt asked us if we'd like to join her for dinner out. She said she hasn't seen enough of us and would love to spend an evening with the entire family. But entire family, I mean my mother, father, sister, brother's girlfriend (my brother is away at college), grandma, grandpa and my children. Although we live close to each other, our schedules don't allow us to spend much time together. We all agreed.

From what MM told me later, once he remembered we were having dinner as a family, he decided that's when he'd like to propose.


I have to tell you, I had a bloody shit ass day yesterday. DW is still sick and therefore out of the office, so my work load has doubled. Not only that, but that time of the month is fast approaching and I'm PMSing like you wouldn't believe. I was tempted to cancel our dinner plans altogether. It was that bad. To top it all off, the kids were being royal pains in the arse and driving me batty. I just wanted to curl up on the couch with a good book and block out the world.

I knew that wouldn't be possible, so I rushed home after work to take a shower and change my clothes. MM was supposed to pick the kids and I up at 6:20, but he was running late and didn't arrive until just before 6:40, which meant if we didn't haul balls we'd be extremely late. Naturally I was annoyed at him for this. Then, my brother's girlfriend was late and my children were going insane just standing around waiting.

To say I wasn't at my best would be the understatement of the year. I felt I maintained fairly well, but still, I knew I wasn't fit for polite company. Eventually we decided to go ahead and get the table and we all ordered drinks. Shortly after that my brother's GF arrived and we started checking out the menu.

Side Note: Forgive me if this post is all over the place, but that's exactly how I feel at the moment! :End Side Note

From what I came to understand later, MM took my aunt aside when we first arrived and asked if she would mind if he proposed. He told her since it was her night, he didn't want to take away from it, but since our family didn't get together very often he thought this was the perfect opportunity. Naturally she agreed. Duh. LOL

So, he took my father aside and asked permission, then he asked my grandfather. They both agreed. My aunt's job was to get me away from the table so he could tell everyone else. At one point she asked if I'd like to walk with her to the restrooms, but I was busy glaring daggers at my overly hyper children and declined. Luck was on her side, however, because a short time later Little Man had to use the restroom. We left the table and evidently while we were gone MM announced to the rest of my family his intentions. Then he said, "It's a surprise, so when she comes back KEEP A STRAIGHT FACE!"

Apparently they did a credible job of it, too, because I didn't suspect a thing. Little Man and I came back from the restroom and he asked me to play a game of tic-tac-toe with him. About halfway through our second game MM pushed back from the table and started to stand up. I glanced over at him and he said, "As long as I have you all here," and he dropped down to one knee and pulled a little black box from his pocket. To say I was shocked is a complete and total understatement.

He opened the box and held it out in front of him and said, "Holly, will you marry me?" My stomach heaved and I put my hand over my mouth. I'm sure my eyes were as wide as silver dollars and I was literally struck speechless. There was complete silence at the table and he just stared at me, while I stared at the ring. It's bloody gorgeous!

After a good three minutes of silence someone (at this point I'm not sure) said, "Are you going to say yes?" and MM said, "Honey, you can't eat this one" (in reference to all the Ring-Pops he's been proposing with) and I was finally able to nod my head. I squeaked out, "Ok" and when he just continued to look at me I said, "yes" and the entire table cheered. Someone said, "Are you going to cry?" and The Girl said, "You can't cry, mom, your mascara will run!" Gotta love the girl. :P

In case you're wondering, no, I didn't cry. I was very misty eyed, but I held it together. My sister, on the other hand, started crying as soon as he dropped down to one knee. Ha!

The ring is a beautiful 1.09 ct. pear shaped solitaire on a 14 kt. gold band. Simple, elegant and huge! I adore it. It's sparkly and pretty! *sigh*

Anyway, the family congratulated us of course, and then the servers all ran over. The one gal said, "I couldn't wait any more, I had to see!" It was so cute.

After that things are kind of a blur. I kept staring at MM and my ring, and MM kept staring at my ring and me. I called everyone I could think of to tell them. Isabel's reaction was the best.

"Shut up. Are you serious?"
"Yes! I'm dead serious."
"Whatever, Holly. Did he really?"
"Isabel! I'm serious! He really did!"
"Holly, seriously? With a real ring?"
*squeaky, high pitched voice* "YES! HE REALLY DID. HE GOT DOWN ON ONE KNEE AND GAVE ME A RING AND EVERYTHING! I SAID YES!"
*still skeptical* "Wow. That's awesome."
"You suck!"

Nicole was close to as good, though.

Me: "MM proposed!"
Her: MM's on the phone? What?"
Me: "He proposed!"
Her: "What phone?"
Me: *speaking very slowly as I might if talking to a two-year-old* "Niks. MM, my boyfriend? Ring, proposed, engaged."
Her: "OHHH! You're engaged!!!"

Jeez!

Daphne screamed so loud I'm partially deaf in one ear, Rene was crying so hard I could barely understand her and Rowena said, "really?" like it was something that happened every day. Grace bordered on stalkerville, calling my cell phone, emailing me, sending me messages on MySpace and IMing me. MM's family were all very excited for us and his dad welcomed me to the family. He said, "I get to be a step-grandpa now! That is so cool!" It was great.

My concentration is crap today, but I think I got all the salient points there. We're talking about October 25, 2008, but it isn't set in stone yet. I swear, I have a permagrin. HA!

Thank you all for your congratulations! I couldn't wait to get home to blog about it and in my excitement forgot to mention my answer. Since there WAS some doubt about what it would be, I thank you all for being so patient!

Mailyn, you're right, the ten year plan didn't work out quite the way I'd intended. ;)





Edited to add: I can't believe I forgot to tell y'all what the kids said. They were both very excited. The Girl kept saying, "this is the best that's ever happened to me!" and Little Man said, "Mom, you have to call ---" and he kept listing my friends and family. Then he said, "OH, do you want to call daddy and tell him?" Hmm, somehow I don't think the RB will welcome this news.

In any case, they're very excited. ;)

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

The Moment You've All Been Waiting For....

HE PROPOSED!!!!!!!!!!!


*details later

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