Tuesday, February 27, 2007
We also learned we've been saving 4x the amount of money we've been needing to for Nate's taxes. Nate is a software developer for Weyerhaeuser, but is contracted, so theoretically he's his own business. Which gets hairy because you have to pay taxes every quarter instead of once a year. And it's really just an "estimate" when you first start off because nothing is stable. Well, we'd been saving 1/3 of every check he had and putting it in a mutual fund collecting interest until taxes. We found an AWESOME accountant who got us a gazillion deductions including part of our mortgage for Nate's "office", mileage, cell phone bill, you name it! So, bottom line is we've been saving 4x too much money every month since June of last year. That's a nice bonus :-)
Julie, my old roommate from Kansas State University, is coming to Eugene for a conference Thurs-Sunday. I haven't seen her since before we left Kansas 3 years ago. Amanda, another dorm roomie/friend, moved to Portland Oregon 2 years ago. She is coming down Saturday and we're going to dinner/drinks. I haven't hung out with these two girls together since my wedding almost 7 years ago. So, that should be lots of fun. Julie has always been a party girl, the thought of marriage gave her hives so when I was planning MY wedding in our small dorm room she was going in and out of delirium. So, I'm curious as to how she's going to do staying 4 days at my house with my 2yr old running screaming like a banshee buck-naked through the halls. And if he pees on her ... well, we won't talk about that. Poor Julie. Now look at her! She's graduating from Columbia LAW SCHOOL in May.
I think that's it for now as I'll be super mad crazy over the next few days. I'll post pics this weekend.
Sunday, February 25, 2007
The responsible part of me says I'm nuts because I could be saving $$$ toward a new house in acouple of years, or saving in general, etc. Now we have no car payments, but now we'll have one. But when is it time to splurge and have fun? Ever? Or when becoming a parent and growing up does that mean you can't do that anymore?
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Sunday, February 18, 2007
November 2005 we purchased our house. When we bought it we were paying $1000/mo in renting a house and were tired of throwing our money to nothing. We bought under the assumption that we'd stay in this modest, but small (1381sq ft) house for a few years, but not forever. Afterall, it's a small lot and not going to be able to suit our needs once we expand. My brother in law, Andy, (Jurny's dad - see Jurny below - Maysen's twin almost) is a contractor and builds homes here in town. A few years back he purchased some acreage right outside town in the country and hills.
We've dabbled in the thought of buying some property from him. Today we went and looked - and have decided once Andy gets the "ok" from the county to divide, we're hoping to buy 1.5 acres from him. We'll keep it underdeveloped as you see above - and once we sell our house, etc we'll start to develope it. But it is so gorgeous up there. Very peaceful ... in fact the only sounds you hear is the rare car passing and the gurgling stream that runs behind the property.
I'm anxious to see how this pans out ...
Saturday, February 17, 2007
So, then we decide we'll go out for lunch, since b) it's unseasonably warm at a cool 67 degrees! We did errands, picked up dry cleaning (which we missed the dry cleaners closing by ONE minute, so I knocked on the door and they were gracious enough to open and give me my comforter, so I tipped her). Old Navy was having a sale on kids stuff, so Maysen got a few summer shirts, feeling in the spirit with the sunny/warm day.
We get home, and motivated Nate decides he'll mow the grass - since it was starting to look like a vacant lot. In Oregon it never gets too cold, so the grass stays green always and KEEPS GROWING. With my windows open and the smell of newly mowed grass, all was well. So I decide I'll put fresh sheets on my bed with my new clean comforter and so I do a load of laundry (I'm aware this is getting rather lengthy...sorry). So I heave my pants into the washer too ... I walk away, pick up various shoes/trucks/airplanes and then it hits me. c) MY CELL PHONE WAS IN MY PANTS. Um, by the time I got it out, it was doing weird lights I had never seen before and making "Mwwwwaarrrr" noises. Luckily I have a flip phone I got new and never cared for so went back to my old one - so I have the flip phone now...in hopes my old one dries out.
And yes, I've had caffeine.
Friday, February 16, 2007
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
My boys got books (Romantic huh?) but Nate's been wanting the new Robert Jordan book, and Maysen always loves new Dr Suess books.
Since I'm half comatose right now I'm heading to zzZZzz land to dream about Controlled Med Agreements on PC Shorthand. Yea ... don't ask. Night.
Monday, February 12, 2007
Ok - gotta talk about it. Anna Nicole. A) It's amazing to me that people are so wrapped up in HER and now her death B) Pretty coincidental that Mr Lawyer Boy was around close by when Danny Boy died ... and now this; which leads me to YIKES that he has custody of that baby girl C) Do we really need toxicology reports? That woman was so drugged up she never knew what planet she was on. If I was doped up on meth, or "Trimspa" every minute of the day, I bet I'd lose a gazillion pounds too (Hmmm ... that's a thought). D) Reports claim the day before her death she ran a 105 degree fever, so her "private nurse put her in an ice bath". Hmmmm, 105 degrees will cook your brain ... not that she had much to begin with but! Her "private nurse" should have taken her to the hospital instead of putting her in a bathtub to bring it down. Bringing a temp that high down so quick is just as physiologically harmful - you're supposed to bring it down gradually as to not shock your body. But hey, what do I know? I'm not getting paid $200,000/yr to be a private nurse to Anna Nicole. Let's just throw that hag in a bathtub of ice. Yea.
So there's the thought of the day. I'm betting one of two things. She either a) drugs *ding ding* or b) some sort of pulmonary embolis from a recent hush-hush surgery no one was supposed to know about and we'll rule it "natural causes".
SIDE NOTE: Yes, I'm "supposed" to have John Mayer "Daughters" song/video playing when you open my site. I've been told by some that they hear the creepy YAHOO-OOO logo being played instead of the music when you open my blog. I'm told that this Yahoo logo is played for those who have mondo firewall protection, because most of my readers can hear the song and see the video at the bottom of the blog with no problems. For those who only hear YAHOOOO-OOOO, no I'm not a weirdo and just like to have that randomly play on my site. Love ya, BC.
Sunday, February 11, 2007
Friday, February 9, 2007
The color of the sofa/chair looks like a blue, but in reality it's a green/sage. The picture above the couch was a total AWESOME find, as it matches the 2 pictures we have in the dining room. The trick is keeping little Mr Man's sticky hands off the furniture - but who are we kidding? That's a never ending battle.
What's on your agenda for the weekend? Tomorrow I'm shopping for a few more throw pillows, hair trim at 3:30 and to watch The DaVinci Code. Sunday my in-laws are coming for dinner. Otherwise ... hoping to maybe get outside and pick weeds. My tulips/daffodils are already coming up, I have buds on my trees, and buds on my flowering plants. This just proves to me that spring is around the corner and just looking at all the weeds is making me feel like I need to get outside and pull some. I did a corner this afternoon while Maysen pulled his wagon around the cul-de-sac ... and I feel like I did about 284 squats. Man, that's sad.
Wednesday, February 7, 2007
Sunday, February 4, 2007
After making a million turn arounds trying to find the beach house, we finally found it and unloaded the van and headed to the beach. The weather wasn't too bad - at least it wasn't raining. About 54, which with the wind is about 45 right on the water. Maysen was ready to get to the beach. I put his monkey leash on him, thinking we'd climb around on the rock-type beach that Yachats is known for. We get there, and wouldn't you know. High tide. All the rocks were almost covered with every wave. So, we decided to walk the 1mi trail that leads past the rocks and to a sandy beach. We're carrying 2 blankets, buckets, 2 backpacks, a sack, a kite, and miscellanous other objects as we tredge out on the 1mi trail. Arms feeling as though they would fall off and eyes burning from the wind, we finally make it there. What do I see rounding the corner? Nothing but rock. Sure, Leslie. Why didn't you think of that Leslie? Wouldn't there be high tide at the sand beach too? The water was up so high there was NO sand ... only ankle-fracture-waiting-rocks as far as the eye could see.
Nate suggests that we "make do" and wait out the tide. Poor Maysen was trying to crawl all over the rocks, Nate's trying to fly the kite, my butt is being bruised with every position change. But it was a nice time. Finally after an hour or so the tide went down enough that we were able to get on the sand some, with the occasional sneaker wave, which would require picking up Maysen at warp speed so he didn't get buried in water.
S and M had a room full of toys at the beach house, so Maysen was in HOG HEAVEN! We just let him do whatever and he was finally ready to crash early. I was suprised he slept as well as he did, but he slept until 7:45 on the make-shift bed we made out of a window seat. I got some pretty cool pictures on the way home. Oregon has beautiful scenery. Enjoy..