Sunday, January 31, 2010

I Can't Drive 65!

In fact, at one point I looked down to discover I was doin' 80! But I'm getting ahead of myself. You, my wonderful readers, are here for the full story aren't you? Not some abridged version for the masses. Well, here it is; in all it's full-color 3.2 Megapixel glory. Enjoy.

My day actually started off with a very unusual dream. I don't remember all of the details, but Clint was there and Eva was there. We were at some kind of college where the library was like a huge museum of books! There was something hinky going on, but I don't remember what exactly. I woke up before my alarm went off so I had some time to check my email and plant some squash on my farmville farm. lol I'm so addicted to that game. Around 6:30am my dad calls asking if I'm ready. Of course I'm ready! I was born ready. . . . hehehe. *ahem* I know Aaron's going to fall asleep as soon as we leave so I bring Elvis in out of the cold, grab a sack lunch and off we go!
First stop was a slight backtrack to the just-off-post gas station to fill-er-up. My dad actually drove up there and suggested I take a nap in the back. No freakin' way! I'm always driving so I never get to see any of the interesting and unusual Texas landscape between here and "parts North". Not that there was much to see at first. Partly because I've seen it all a zillion times, partly because the sun was still asleep. Then as we made our way past Temple I spied quite a few sad, decrepit looking houses. If it had been lighter out I would have just raked in the pics! If it hadn't been 29 degrees I would have rolled down the window and snapped away hoping for the best. *sigh* Overall the trip was far quicker than I expected even though we didn't talk much. You know that stretch of road between Carl's Corner and Waxahachie that always has construction signs but they're never constructing anything? Well, they are now. I think they're making the whole stretch between Hillsboro and Dallas 3-4 lanes. Seems unneccesary on a Sunday morning when there isn't much traffic, but I know it does get busy sometimes so . . . *shrugs* I hope it's worth the money. Apparently there's a bridge in that area that, when they blew it up, people came from all over the state (and parts of Louissiana!) to watch it blow. lol That's hilarious . . . I wish I coulda been there.
The big Schnieder lot was actually a few miles down I-20. Easy to get to, though. Just not easy to get in to. They have a huge electrified fence (or so the sign says, I didn't actually test it) and a speaker where you have to tell some lady your driver ID number so she can open the gate. So we drove in and dad grabbed his shit and headed off back into the working world. This next part kind of pissed me off cuz it's just as hard to get out as it is to get in. You have to press the speaker button and tell the lady why you were in the lot for her to open the 'out' gate! OMFG!! And the speaker quality is so bad she had to repeat herself 3 times before I got what she wanted. *sheesh* The trip back was easy and uneventful; minus my lead foot. lol I even took a couple of pictures up around Waxahachie and Carl's Corner to share with y'all! Aren't you lucky?

Those first two are actually from the I-20/I-35E junction. That's I-35E under me! How exciting! ^_^ This next one I had to get and here's why: On our way to the lot we passed a billboard that had a cucumber with googly eyes and the message "Stop vegetable abuse!" and this stores website. It's an adult store and it's right off the highway:

Hehehe This next one is just an interesting building with spooky trees painted on it. The next one after that is a log cabin-lookin' building that does woodworking stuff.

Next is a couple pics of the Corning factory gunking up our air.

I also got a pic of a billboard that says "Waxahachie" and one for Scarborough Faire!

This next pic is of, what I call, the Monopoly Houses. It's an apartment complex painted red and green just like Monopoly pieces. XD

So then I put the camera away for a while 'til I got to Carl's Corner. I actually pulled off the highway so I could get a good picture of Willy Nelson's gas station! I also have a pic of a place that's attached to it and the sign for the street that it sits on. ^_^ And, get this, when I got out of the van to get these pictures . . . it was freakin' snowing!!! I 'bout froze my tatas off but it was totally worth it.

That's all for pictures. I would have liked to get some decrepit-houses pics but there either aren't that many on the south-bound side . . . or I missed 'em cuz I was driving. Also, just before getting into Lorena I developed a massive itch on my ankle. Not easy to remedy while wearing boots & driving. lol Got back here safe and sound, spent about an hour trying to figure out what's wrong with my mom's comp and then promptly fell asleep until Aaron laid a hot plate of hamburger helper on my chest. I think I dreamed . . . but I don't remember. Currently I'm trying to find a gallery of decrepit houses. It's not quite as satisfying as actually going out and getting close to 'em to get the pictures myself . . . but I suppose it's the next best thing.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Why So Sad?

I hate these wee hours of the morning. When everything is quiet and my mind begins to wander. Unbeknownst to you your words reach me and I'm sad. Really, I shouldn't be, but I'm a sucker. I would tell you that I wish things were working out better for you . . . but I really don't need another hateful backlash right now. Sure I can take it; but I'd really rather not. You say people should get over their petty bullshit, but you never were one to take your own advice. Best to leave that bridge uncrossed. You will never know, but I am sending happy thoughts your way.

Pleh. I'm such a sucker. That's what I get for trying to stay awake, I guess. Good thing I made up a CD of super cool, quirky, upbeat 80s songs for the *hopefully* impending drive up to Dallas and back! My dad passed his physical. The only bad part to that is that now he needs sneakers cuz they're making him take a stress test at the next one. XD He's hoping to get a call from Schneider soon saying "C'mon up to Dallas and grab yer truck!" . . . he's been hoping for that since the angio follow-up. Also hoping that whoever unpacked his old truck didn't jack any of his shit. *fingers crossed*

Pleh. The worst part about blogging is staring at my own picture for however long it takes me to get tired of typing. Time for a new one, I think. I'll get on that. Right after I grab the mad bastard (Elvis) and take a quick nap. lol

Sunday, January 24, 2010

What a Day!

That would be yesterday (the 23rd) for those of you who missed the time/date stamper. lol I was having some weird dream . . . I think there were babies and this other girl and some guy who was only dangerous at certain times (like a werewolf, but he wasn't a werewolf; I'm sure of that much). Anyway, I'm laying there sleeping and all of a sudden I'm hearing this rumbling noise then a bang or something and then everything is quiet. Too quiet. It's the oppresive quiet that wakes me up . . . the stupid electricity got knocked out! First here's what I thought it was:

There's this white house out by the street, I may have mentioned it in passing. It used to have a garage and there used to be ducks and stuff. Then the people moved (the circumstances surrounding this vary from sad to creepy) and the garage came down and the ducks were gone. For the past couple of weeks they've been prepping this house to be moved (apparently to somewhere in Waco) so I got some pictures.

Here it is up on the I-beams with part of the roof knocked off. I'm assuming that's so it could get under the electrical wires without being a pain, but maybe it was for bridges and stuff? I totally missed getting a picture of it actually on the truck . . .

That's what's left as of yesterday afternoon. Like . . . an offset of the house. It's really kind of creepy just sitting there by itself.

Like I said, that's what I thought it was. Here's what really happened:

I wake up and get myself dressed. I plan to walk up to get some pictures of the house-moving assholes fumbling with a fallen electric pole. Instead I find my dad and Aaron out communing with the neighbors. Cuz, that's what we do in our little cul-de-sac. The juice goes out and we commune until it comes back on. Turns out the trees at the redneck's old place (side note: I'd rather have them back and the "new" neighbors gone!!) are all being cut down and one of 'em fell through a wire. So after some time, I don't know how long, of communing the juice comes back on and we go our seperate ways. lol Yeah, that big ol' long thing was mostly just an excuse to share those pics of the gone-house. ^_^ Don't forget to check out my comic update!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Hey All

I know I haven't blogged in a while. I've just been a little preoccupied, I guess. Trying to clean up around here and making sure my dad's okay. He is. Doing better, actually. Had enough of an appetite for a cheeseburger (cooked on the Foreman grill) and potato sticks. What are potato sticks? We found 'em at Dollar Tree and they're like . . . long flat tater tots. Kind of like mini-hashbrowns. Odd, but good. He's been getting excersize walking up to the mailbox and back. He's got an appointment on the 22nd so hopefully that'll go well. He's itching to go back to work. I'm going to miss having him around, though. Maybe not so much since little bitch is finally moving out. Finally! According to my mom she's half moved out now and should be all moved out by February. *unamused face* Not-so-amazingly the plumbing is finally getting back to normal. That's a relief.

The other day Aaron, Nate and I went out to the lake. That's where I got that picture of me. I know . . . I know . . . it looks like I got a case of the pink eye. I don't. lol That's just my hair. I miss my blue hair, but perhaps it's better this way. As soon as I find the rest of the latex gloves we've got lying around here I'm going to use the last of my blue and try for some streaks. Maybe come spring I'll go back to my natural brown and do some green streaks. If I can get the blue ones to come out. *pleh* Stupid hair never wants to do what I want it to do. Never has. lol

Yes, I have started posting up the second part of "The Comic Adventures of Super Lizzy"! I'm pretty excited about it; got some fun things in store. If stupid photobucket would decide to cooperate I've got 4 more pictures ready to go. This one should be more fluid than the first.

If anybody is interested in doing surveys for money, I finally found the perfect site! Finally! It's like a hub. They get surveys from 10 (that I've counted so far) other sites all in one area, it's way better at matching you up with surveys you can actually complete, and even if you don't complete a survey there are three options for possible rewards. I got a check last week for $22.50 and that was after only a month of doing surveys. This month I'm already up to $4.50! If you're interested drop me a line with your email address so I can send you an invite.

Yay, movie's over. Now I can go to bed. lol

Friday, January 8, 2010

Angio In Austin

Yesterday was another long long day. We headed out a little after 8am. It was about 26 degrees outside. We went by HEB to pick up munchies since that was one of the big problems in TN was missing meal times. Then we headed off to Austin. The traffic was actually really light, and the construction at the intersection of I35 and 195 looks to be finished up. It takes longer to get on and off the highway at that point than it used to, but it's less confusing than it was when they were constructing. Once we got to Austin we actually didn't get lost or turned around. Missed one turn but made up for that quickly and easily. Yay!

We got to the hospital a whole hour early. It was really nice and not all confusing with tons of doors and corridors. Got checked in and ready to go quickly and easily. He got a private room with a tv, so that was nice. I spent a good chunk of time using his blackberry to update his facebook even though he's only got 4 facebook friends not including myself. lol It gave me something to do. I got through 200 more pages of "Under the Dome" but the way I was sitting it was hurting my neck.

The nurses were all really nice. Came in, took his vitals and then within an hour or so he was taken to the "Cath Lab" and about 45 minutes he was brought back. Then the waiting and the checking and the more waiting. Finally around 8pm the nurse came in with the rundown of how the procedure went and diet and excersize stuff. It went well. lol We won't know for sure how well until his followup on the 22nd, but so far everything's looking good.

Outside the hospital there was a pond. As cold as it was there was still a crane and a handful of ducks. On the opposite side was a HUGE oak tree that was so huge it won a "Big Tree" award from the city of Austin. You can see all this stuff (including the parking garage) in the pics I'm about to upload. Speaking of the parking garage, we did get lucky on that front. By the time we got out of the hospital there was nobody manning the pay-station and the bars were up so we got free parking!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Dad's Appt & Weird Dream

So. My dad had his cardiology appointment yesterday. It went really well. I'm happy about that. His blood pressure and cholesterol are down. He's cut himself back to only a couple of cigarettes aday and I'm sure that helped at least as much as better food choices. Darnell just got his records in from his stay in Tennessee and apparently they put in there that one more of his arteries needs to be angio-ed. Luckily his appointment for that is tomorrow. No dilly-dallying. I'm taking him bright and early in the morning. We'll be there for 4 hours after the procedure "just to be sure" and then hopefully he'll be cleared for work in a week. *phew* So keep up with the happy thoughts!

Now, my dream. I was pregnant. Very pregnant. The weird thing about that was my belly felt . . . stiff around the edges. Anyway, birthing time was near so Aaron, my mom, my dad, Sandy, some guy I don't know and myself piled into the van and went to the birthing place. Not quite a hospital, more like a specialized birth-giving center. The outside was red-brown brick, the inside was darker than I expected. A nurse came by to give us the paperwork and suddenly I really had to pee. My mom stayed to fill out paperwork and Sandy went with me to the bathroom. That was weird. They had normal bathroom stalls, except the toilet was turned sideways so that when I sat on it my nose and belly were practically touching the wall. I guess I could've sat on the toilet sideways . . . but I didn't think about that 'til after I woke up. Anyway, after I relieved myself Sandy and I were trying to make our way back to everyone else, but we got lost. We ended up outside on this bridge. Some kid ('bout 14 years old, yellow-blonde hair) driving a Mini Cooper practically flies over the bridge and crashes on the other side. We look over and it's just a mangled mess. Unfortunately the baby is wanting to come out so we head back towards the building figuring we can get help on the way. All of a sudden this creepy yellow-headed kid comes running out of nowhere and corners me. He's got a long almost lizard tongue and he's licking it over my belly! Sandy grabs a brick and is wailing on the back of his head, but it doesn't do any good. . . . that's when I woke up.

Here's what dreammoods says about dreaming that you're pregnant:

To dream that you are pregnant, symbolizes an aspect of yourself or some aspect of your personal life that is growing and developing. You may not be ready to talk about it or act on it. This may also represent the birth of a new idea, direction, project or goal.