Saturday, October 9, 2010

Boatman Post-Op Patient Care

So the Boatman House has been rehabilitation central for the past couple of days. Scott's ACL/Meniscus surgery went really well. The doctors got in there and fixed him right up. Unfortunately, that just began the healing process which will be long and grueling for him. My job as nurse-maid is to manage his pain, keep him fed & hydrated and take care of ... well, whatever needs to be taken care of.

Yesterday was less than productive because his pain was virtually unmanageable. It was mostly watching Scott sleep and administering the proper meds. Not fun. Mom did drop by which made my day. She came bearing gifts of deliciously sweet homemade brownies and Taco Bake. She kept me company for a few hours which was great too.

Today, on the other hand was a whole different ball game. Productivity out the whazoo. Breakfast (which is an anomaly in our house) consisted of streusel muffins, sliced apples and coffee. For the record, the first pot I have ever made in our house. I don't drink it, but Scott LOVES it. I don't know about you but blueberry muffins make me feel so much better!!!

Scott let me give him a shave since he hasn't had one since wednesday and was scratchy. It was sweet. Plus, I am awesome at it. 

After a pop-in visit by the in-laws + gram boatman, I cleaned around the house and finished loads and loads and loads of laundry. It is truly inconceivable how much laundry two people can create. Geez.

Scott's job - rest, ice, watch football, ask for snacks (so sweetly I could never deny him), answer text messages from caring friends & family and "exercise" on the CPM machine. Looks like a torture device right? He says it isn't too bad and I guess I will take his word for it, but it looks awful to me. 

On a totally unrelated note ... the MAC is sick. She is having serious trackball issues and her battery EXPLODED!! Did you even know it could do that? I didn't. Believe me, it came as an unwelcome surprise. I have to get a new one, but after checking around on the interwebs it looks to be a little more pricey than I would have hoped. It must be done however. I mean I have priorities people, come on!! On the upside - this gives me the excuse I have been looking forward to go visit the new Peach Mac store that opened in the West Cobb Avenues. I am deeply concerned for my bank account.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

TV Bliss {AKA the 2010 Fall Television Lineup}

I am a TV junkie. I wouldn't dream of pretending not to be. Ok, it is a little embarrassing sometimes when people are talking about shows they watched and I have seen the ALL, but oh well. I don't always get to watch them when they are on TV but I have managed to stay caught up on some of my faves using the ole' interwebs. I have contemplated getting DVR capabilities in my house but I could sincerely see my life spiraling out of control if that was an option!! Ok, maybe it wouldn't be that serious of a situation, but I would be bad. Trust me on this. I'm out of control. Geez.

So here's a little run down of shows I already love, I'm looking forward to and I wish I could watch. Don't judge me. I know I have a problem. I will get help when I am ready ok people?!?! Moving On.

I have to give them credit ... FOX is bringing it again this year. So many great shows. Someone on the FOX show scouting staff needs a mega-raise for locking down all these amazing shows for one network in the same season. SO EXCITING!!

NBC doesn't have a great lineup in my opinion, but it is home to two of my MOST favorite shows (Parenthood & The Biggest Loser)! 


ABC is holding on to shows I already love (Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice, Brothers & Sisters, Cougar Town & of course, Modern Family). They are also premiering 2 that I am looking forward to checking out this season (Mr. Sunshine & Secret Millionaire). 

CBS has disappointed me in the past, but I am optimistic for the Fall lineup. 

I don't even know what to say about these two networks. I don't have premium cable. If HBO and Showtime were available to me on a regular basis I could see my life spiraling out of control!! Ok, maybe it wouldn't be that serious of a situation, but I would be bad. Trust me on this. 
True Blood and Big Love. From a world where Vampires walk among us in True Blood to a tale of modern day polygamy in Big Love. How do you love them both?! I don't know. It just works.

Showtime brings to the table Weeds, The Big C, The United States of Tara & The Tudors. Delicious. 

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Orange Crush

No. Not the drink. The softball team. Our softball team to be exact. Scott & I decided to join a coed softball team in the Spring and they asked us to play again during the Fall with pretty much the same group. Our first game was last night and we pulled out a big win of 16 - 9. Go Team!!

I happen to think our new jerseys did the trick to get us started out on the right foot. We looked a little like the bad news bears last season. Everyone in random shirts and different colored shorts. It was kind of a mess. I opted to create a new logo for us and this season ... the Crush plays in style. You like?

In other news, I hit two triples in the last two innings of the game. I'm pretty proud of myself. Go Me!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Free MP3 Download

As I often do, I grew bored listening to my usual satellite radio stations yesterday so I started flipping around. I stumbled on to this cover of the U2 great "With or Without You".  My gut reaction was who would dare touch this song?! In true nerd fashion ... I hopped on my computer and tried to figure out who this mystery woman was. Her name is Sarah Darling. Looks like she has been trying to break out in the country scene. Such a cutie pie, right?

I listened to a few of her other songs on her website. I'm not entirely sold on her as an artist I would listen to all the time, but there is something I really enjoy about the was she covered this particular song. It sort of has a Jewel vibe going on. I LOVE the original, but the two versions are so different I genuinely enjoy them both. currently has a free MP3 download of her version if you are interested. 

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Are you ready for some football?

I know I am!! I can't wait in fact. This year I won't be working any games, which is actually sort of sad, but I do love some good football anyway I can get it. It will be nice to hang out with friends, watch a game from the comfort of a couch, munching on homemade goodies and sporting my UGA lounge pants! Believe it kids. The time has come & I am going to thoroughly enjoy this football season.

Tonight it's the Falcons vs. Jacksonville in FL @ 7:30 pm. Let's go Falcons ... let's go!!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Falling into Fall

September 1. I absolutely love this time of year. The world around us starts to change. The mundane transforms into the wildly colorful. The world just seems to slow down a notch or two. I can just feel that the end is drawing near. As my eyes are transfixed on the calendar, I literally cannot believe it. Knowing that we are on the downhill slide of another year ending leaves me feeling ... expectant. There are so many things I wanted to have done by now. Don't get me wrong, the list of completed home improvements, fun projects, handmade gifts, vacations, fun weekends, spontaneous outings, delicious meals, etc. is LONG and varied. There just never seems to be enough hours in the day, days in the week or weeks in the year to get it ALL done. Blogging, unfortunately, seems to be one of my "to-do"items that far to easily gets pushed to the bottom of the stack every time the priorities in life start to pile up. Sorry little blog. I am sure by now you have serious abandonment issues. My bad.

My little slice of the internet pie is the epitome of all the things in my life that "I'll do tomorrow". Then, just when I are sure that today will be the day that I catch up on everything ... I don't. Before you know it, months have passed, the blog remains post-less and I feel that much more behind. I hate that feeling. The one that feels like no matter how fast you run or how much you do, you still fall just a few inches shy of the goal.

I like keeping this little electronic record of mine. Even if no one else gets anything out of it. Here's to the road ahead. I hope it winds its way to more good times, a heaping helping of fantastic memories and an end to another year that I can look back on with no regrets. Welcome September. I can't wait to see how the 2010 ends.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

We Can't Change the Wind ...

I got this from sweet aunt who LOVES to forward emails. I almost never open them (sorry Suzy!!), but today I just felt compelled. I am so glad I did because this absolutely made my day. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. If I am lucky enough to live a long life, I hope to be this kind of amazing & to find a way to love myself this much. 

We can't change the direction of the wind, but we can adjust our sails. 

I would never trade my amazing friends, my wonderful life, my loving family for less gray hair or a flatter belly. As I've aged, I've become kinder to myself, and less critical of myself. I've become my own friend.. I don't chide myself for eating that extra cookie, or for not making my bed, or for buying that silly cement gecko that I didn't need, but looks so avante garde on my patio. I am entitled to a treat, to be messy, to be extravagant. 

I have seen too many dear friends leave this world too soon; before they understood the great freedom that comes with aging. Whose business is it if I choose to read or play on the computer until 4 AM and sleep until noon? I will dance with myself to those wonderful tunes of the 60 &70's, and if I, at the same time, wish to weep over a lost love ... I will.

I will walk the beach in a swim suit that is stretched over a bulging body, and will dive into the waves with abandon if I choose to, despite the pitying glances from the jet set.
They, too, will get old.
I know I am sometimes forgetful. But there again, some of life is just as well forgotten. And I eventually remember the important things. Eventually. 

Sure, over the years my heart has been broken. How can your heart not break when you lose a loved one, or when a child suffers, or even when somebody's beloved pet gets hit by a car? But broken hearts are what give us strength and understanding and compassion. A heart never broken is pristine and sterile and will never know the joy of being imperfect.

I am so blessed to have lived long enough to have my hair turning gray, and to have my youthful laughs be forever etched into deep grooves on my face. So many have never laughed, and so many have died before their hair could turn silver. As you get older, it is easier to be positive. You care less about what other people think. I don't question myself anymore.
I've even earned the right to be wrong.

So, to answer your question, I like being old. It has set me free. I like the person I have become. I am not going to live forever, but while I am still here, I will not waste time lamenting what could have been, or worrying about what will be. And I shall eat dessert every single day (if I feel like it). 

Monday, March 29, 2010

Brunch, Books & Birthday Cake!!

I had a packed Sunday, but I loved it.

Brunch @ West Egg Cafe. They moved to a new location on Howell Mill that is delightful. Full of light, simple decor and an easy atmosphere to enjoy your meal in. It was packed on a Sunday morning ... be prepared to wait, but is totally worth it. The graphics nerd in me LOVED the menu layout. The menu options were such a fun twist on typical breakfast & brunch fare. I got the Peachtree Plate and it was scrumptious! I never thought I would enjoy pimento cheese grits ... but oh baby was easily converted. YUM! I was too full to get one but I hear the cupcakes are wonderful. They have a Coca-Cola flavored cupcake - I'm just sayin'.

Chelsea Handler book signing at Outwrite. Katy and I pre-ordered her latest book, Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang, from there on a whim. As it would happen that got us the number 5 & 6 positions in line for the book signing. Thank goodness because the line was wrapped around the building. She had two sold-out shows at the FOX later the same day so the whole experienced was a little rushed. I did get my book signed and that was my main goal. Be warned - the book is true Chelsea style. It is packed with raunchy, racy, no-limits tales about everything from her wild childhood to her interesting family life.

Compulsory combo birthday celebration with the mother-in-law. Our birthdays are just a few days apart and to save everyone the trouble of squeezing in back-to-back celebrations we combine ours. This year my sweet mom made us each a cake to enjoy. Mine was a tasty chocolate cake with vanilla icing and super fancy decorations. Carol's was a white cake, raspberry filling and cream cheese icing. Slices of heaven for everyone!!