Life With Man

Paying it Forward

Recently, a coworker offered me front loading washer and dryer. They were moving into a new house and the W/D came with it and they didn’t want it. The only caveat was we had to pick them up and they lived about 30 minutes away. Really no big deal. From the pictures, they looked like they were in really good shape and practically new. Mine were over a decade old and I knew the dryer was going to die at any minute. The husband loads up his truck with his moving gear and we head out on beautiful Saturday morning. I showed up with a thank you gift of wine and a restaurant gift card because in my book, it’s just rude to show up empty handed when you’re getting something like that for free. The pictures didn’t lie—they were in extremely good shape. The dryer was fairly easy to get into the back of the truck and went in first. That was probably our first mistake. The washer weighed about 300 pounds and took four people to load into the back of the truck. This thing was a monster. Oh, I should mention they came with the pedestals already attached, so I’m sure that added to the weight. So we head home. And because of the load, he took side streets so he wouldn’t have to go 60 mph on the highway. We made it! And then the issue became, how the bloody hell are we going to get…

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Why I should never clean. EVER

Now that my book has been released into the wild I can finally do some catch-up blogging. Hi! How are you? Did you have a nice holiday? Mine was over in a flash. I had the week of Christmas off and it was glorious and wonderful and smashing. I came home from work on Friday, Dec 20 toting a bunch of little gifts I’d gotten from co-workers. My friend, Diana, gave me a lovely pair of Celtic earrings and a “Merry Christmas” wine glass. I was so excited about these that I put them on immediately and put my silver Brighton earrings on the card. Then I wrapped them in tissue and stuck them in the glass, thinking I would unload everything when I got home. Well I got home that Friday and was so happy to be off for the next week I must have lost my mind. Husband and I did some final Christmas shopping that weekend and then prepared for Christmas. We decided to clean up the house because my mom was coming for Christmas Eve. Well, there was tissue paper, gift wrap, piles of junk mail, books and magazines stacked on the coffee table. You know, the usual clutter. We cleaned everything up. I unpacked all my gifts from work. Tossed the tissue paper and then put everything else in its place. Christmas came and went. The Christmas mess with it. My husband is a stickler for recycling so he insisted we recycle all the wrapping…

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Frozen…Not Just a Movie

Where I live in North Texas, we got hit with an ice storm. It came in late Thursday night and stayed with us all weekend. We were literally frozen and stuck at home for 60 plus hours. I’m not even kidding about that. See when we get stuff like this, everything – and I do mean everything – shuts down. No school. No work. No church. No nothing. School was canceled the night before so I knew I wasn’t going to work the next day. There was no way I was going to even try. When I got up the next morning to see the weather it turned out to be a good decision. I’m sure most people don’t understand why everything closes down here. It’s because we don’t get snow. We get ice and sleet. It turns the roads into an ice rink and that’s not something I want to drive on. Ever. So we knew we would be homebound for the weekend. So what did we do cooped up in a 1400-square-foot house for all that time? Lots of different things actually. Friday was sort of a nothing day but the husband did venture out to the store to pick up a few staples. I made an impromptu stir fry with stuff I had in the freezer. He worked off and on that day while the kid glued himself to the computer or the 3DS. I braved the cold to take some pictures. Here’s one of the icicles…

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Road Warriors Part 3: Deadwood and Devil’s Tower

If you’ve been following my travel posts, then you read about our trip up and then our trip to the Badlands and Mount Rushmore. On our second day, we traveled to Deadwood and Devil’s Tower. It was a good thing, too, because it poured hard at the campsite. We were glad we weren’t there. Mud was splattered about halfway up the tent when we got back. So we got up early and headed out after cooking breakfast. Husband made scrambled eggs and bacon and I made hash browns. There is something wonderful about camp food and cooking it on that two burner stove. I don’t know why it tastes so good. And of course we had our percolated coffee. I even let the kiddo have a cup. He loved it, of course. Deadwood was on the way to Devil’s Tower. It was my turn to drive. The streets were really narrow and there wasn’t a lot of places to park at the visitor’s center. I ended up following a tour bus up the side of Mt. Moriah to the cemetery, which is where we wanted to go anyway. We parked and paid a whopping $2.50 to enter the cemetery. The town is really kind of amazing. The cemetery is built on the side of the mountain. It’s a closed cemetery so there are no plots for sale but there. All the plots are owned. We saw gravestones from the early 2000s to the 1800s. We saw Wild Bill Hickok’s grave….

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Road Warriors Part 2: Rushmore and Badlands

So yesterday I told you about driving for two solid days to get to the Black Hills. It poured that first night we were in the tent and I wondered what we’d gotten ourselves into. The tent faced east and it was a spectacular sunrise. The orange glow woke me up at 5 am and being the camera nerd I am, I immediately jumped up and unzipped the window. It was breathtaking. I don’t think I’ve ever seen an orange sunrise quite like this. It was still kind of rainy, though, so I zipped it up and lay back down. I drifted on and off for the next hour. When I tried to check the time on my iPhone, it was completely dead. Not sure why because when we bunked down for the night, it still had about 50% battery left. Husband’s was dead, too. We figured it was trying to hit a network all night or something and it killed it. Luckily, we could charge in the car. We finally dragged ourselves up at around 7 am. He made percolated coffee for the first time and I snapped pictures here and there of the campground. It was CHILLY! We had to wear our jackets. It was also threatening to rain again. Dark clouds moved in overhead. Since we couldn’t see the radar, it was hard to know what was happening. Luckily, the rain held off just as we poured our first cup of coffee and headed back into the…

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