Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Things I'm Thankful For: 5/25/11

I'm thankful for Dominoes 3 topping large pizza for 7.99
I'm thankful for money in savings
I'm thankful for even more money tied up in a dependent care flexible spending account, so I can't get to it all at once (surprisingly a good thing)
I'm thankful for my husband's hard work, even when it completely wears him out
I'm thankful for learning new things, every day, and utilizing that knowledge to show off to anyone that will listen
I'm thankful that I now know the difference between Traditional 401(k), Roth 401(k), Roth IRA and Traditional IRA... do you want to hear what the differences are, because I'd simply love to explain it
I'm thankful for rain, even when it floods

Friday, May 20, 2011

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I am not feeling creative enough to come up with a blog title, so as I type this the tentative title is "Insert Blog Title Here". If I come up with a better title throughout the course of writing this post I will change it, so here we go.

First off, the deck is nearly done. It might actually be done, but Thad has a couple small projects to complete on it before he feels satisfied with the results. How does it look, you might be asking yourself. It looks GREAT. Truly, he and his dad did a great job, and I can't wait to finally entertain some friends in style.

We decided on this set of patio furniture. Notice the firepit, it's gas and I can not WAIT to get it set up and sit outside on the coming summer nights. Apparently we aren't "allowed" to roast marshmallows on it, but coming from Captain Killjoy I think I might be able to change his mind.

Besides deck news there really isn't a lot going on in Casa Swan these days. Colter points at us and now tells us "No" and "Stop it", which he has learned from the numerous times he hears that in a day. Elora has started telling me my suggestions are a "great idea" when she likes them, or "not a great idea" when she doesn't like them. My greatest ideas have to do with parks and ice cream. My least great ideas revolve around bathing and getting ready for bed. Colter also had his fingers in the hinged-edge of the doorframe yesterday when I was about to close it, and since I didn't realize his little hand was there I straight up pinched it when I was leaving a room yesterday. I felt horrible, of course, especially since I thought that when that horrible day came it would be his sister's fault. Nope, totally Mommy's.

Thad is a man exhausted. I think homeboy needs a few days off by himself. No kids, no wife, just himself and a honey-do list as long as my arm. Or maybe I could quash the honey-do list in favor of him relaxing, resting, and not doing anything for whole day.

We have made a couple plans for the summer, mostly just a couple Fridays off so we can run around and do some fun stuff. Colstrip Days is at the end of June, and my bestie Morgan is having her birthday party at Georgetown Lake at the end of July, so that is also on my summer agenda. Other than that I think we'll throw a lot of last minute parties (because I don't enjoy planning) throughout the summer, and maybe take our camper out to the mountains a couple times as well.

Steve Miller Band will be at the Red Rocks 7/23, and I would LOVE. No, LOVE, to go. Steve Miller Band played a role in my adult development, only because it was part of the soundtrack of my first (and only) year of college living. Thad is heading to Missoula for Foo Fighters next week, and I would actually trade any night of BluesFest in downtown Billings for the chance to go see Steve Miller Band. I'm working on it.

Hopefully things are still moving forward with potentially having a reduction this year. My chiropractor agrees that while he thinks his service isn't detrimental to my current back problems, it also isn't helping. Tomorrow I'm getting a massage so hopefully that will work out the kinks and knots currently lurking behind me. I'm also going to see my other doctor this month about my back pain and see if he suggests that I see an orthopaedic specialist for a consultation.

Oh, and Black Swan. Crazy. Weird. Crazy. Kind of disturbing. But I would watch it again. If you haven't seen yet, be prepared to cringe and squirm in discomfort. Like a bladder infection style squirm.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

It's Twofer Tuesday

Today is a double post kind of day, mainly because I have a full hour for lunch and nothing to read. So here we go with some recent pictures!

Thad and his dad building the deck, view from the patio door

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Thad and his dad building the deck, view from our upstairs window

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Colter B this very morning

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His crazy sister making silly faces, also this very morning

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Elora girl with pretty hair and a pretty smile

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This guy loves his ice cream sandwiches

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Elora took a picture of me on the day of my interview, made up with my accessories on!

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I love this kid

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My little Matthew McConaughey and his sister, RuPaul

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When glitter takes no prisoners

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Reading Rainbow

Did you see the Community where Pierce has Lavar Burton visit Troy, and while he loved Reading Rainbow he was terrified of Lavar Burton in real life. Totally funny. My title reminded me of his abject terror at being confronted with Lavar Burton.

The title also relates to the shit ton of reading I've been doing the last couple weeks. First of all, The Millenium Trilogy, by Stieg Larsson, is blowing my mind. I haven't started #3, but so far 1 and 2 have been gripping and full of suspense, intrigue, and MURDER. I decided to watch the movies for books 1 and 2 this last weekend (I use the term "watch" loosely because I was in and out so much, checking on kids, laundry, and deck progress) but the parts I did catch while I left it playing indicated that they were very true to the story.

I've also been getting free e-books through the Parmly Billings Library by downloading them from I have an app on my phone that let's me read the downloadable books, and so far I've been reading them pretty voraciously. Drawback: having to charge your book to keep reading it.

So far I've read the following:
This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathon Tropper - I've read several Jonathan Tropper novels, I've even written to him a few times via email and he's responded back to me, which is probably the only time a novelist has moved me to write an email to tell them how great he is. His books will make you cry, but they also make you laugh out loud. Highly recommend it.

Vixen by Jillian Larkin - this is first in the series of The Flappers Books, set during prohibition and I will admit, I'm going to keep my eye out for Ingenue, her second book, coming out this fall.

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen - this was like a young adult romance, but I thought it was very sweet, and it made me remember those first tingles when you meet the person that you know you're meant to be with

There are a few books I have on hold, including the newest in the mystery series by Alan Bradly. His first in the series, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie is about an 11 year old chemistry genius who solves mysteries and loves poisons. Little Flavia de Luce was an incredibly different little character, and I can't wait to sink my teeth into more of her sleuthing.

Alright, this is it for my little book review. I can't wait to get to The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, I've even considered watching the movie before the book (gasp!).