Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Cody's Wisdom

Kids really do say the funniest things. As I said in my last blog, I spent a lot of time with Cody in Houston. Both in the car, and just in walking around. He’s wise beyond his years, I think. Here are some of the tidbits he gave me…usually just out of the blue:

Janine, if you’re pregnant, you should never smoke. It’s bad for your baby.”

You should NEVER touch poisoned ivy.”

I really am the smartest person my class. Nobody else knows it though, because they don’t read my journal.”

I have about 5 girlfriends. But only one of them knows about it.”

Cody: “Janine, I wonder when you are going to get married.”
Me: “Me too, actually.”
Cody: “Just pick a boyfriend and surprise him. Just go to the Temple and marry him.”

Someday I’d like to be as smart as that kid…maybe I should read his journal.

And Then I Went to Houston

So yeah...we went to Houston...and I've been super lame and lazy about blogging about it. Seriously it was SUCH a great time...I just am a lame-wad. Sorry about that! And...while I'm still super lazy...I've decided to at least post some pictures and some short little bullets...:)

First off...Houston is BIG. So we spent a lot of time in the car. Cody and I entertained each other pretty well in the back seat, though...

Our first big adventure was the beach, which was fun fun fun! The water was warm, which I loved, and the waves were great! Wasn't such a huge fan of the salt water...(bleah!)...but overall, it was a blast!!
After the beach we went to Kemah Boardwalk....

...and got soaking wet, both on a boat ride called the Boardwalk Beast, and in a sudden downpour!
The next day we went to the zoo where I got pictures of lots of animals and other crazy creatures...

We went to the Astros/Yankees baseball game, which was mercifully air-conditioned...(though I still managed to sweat my head off!)...:)

We had delicious Texas steak...

And...we had a great time bowling with the kids...

Finally...our last night there...we had a great barbecue and I think Jayden's face says it all...it was Good...:) (Actually, this is about the best smile he gave me the whole trip...he's not so sure about his Aunt Janine yet. I'm not really too worried...I'll convert him...)

Like I said...we really did have a great time! I can't wait for my next Houston Adventure...though I think I'll go in the middle of the winter, so that the temperature is only mildly hot, rather than boiling my face off hot. ; )

Monday, June 23, 2008

Paradise Lost...

So, I have to say that summers in Laramie are just about perfect. I mean, I just love love love them! Seriously...the weather is great...it's never "too" hot, everything is so green, there is so much sunshine! I especially love the evenings...(probably because I'm inside working all day so evenings are my only choice)...it's just so fun to play some lawn games, or even just sit outside and chat. It's just a great time...and I really look forward to it so much every year. This weekend, however, I was reminded of one little facet of summertime that I can NOT handle:


I seriously hate them so so so much. They are super bad right now because we've had a lot of rain, and they are driving me nuts. For some reason, they think that my feet and ankles are among the most delectable of all meals. I have at least a dozen bites on my one foot, and it makes me want to scream. What is the point of having perfect evening weather when you become "dinner" for these little blood suckers every time you step out the door?? Sadness.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Houston Here I Come

Yeah...so I'm pretty excited to go to Houston with Kristi and Val. Tomorrow. Like...REALLY excited. How excited you say? So excited that I wrote a song about it...because I'm kind of a nerd. An excited nerd.

To the tune of "Tomorrow" from the beloved Broadway musical (and movie of my youth) Annie...

o/~ Tomorrow ~\o

We’re gonna fly out
I could jump and holler, ‘cause tomorrow
We’ll fly out!

Been thinkin' about
For so long, some patience I did borrow
I’ve got none!

Always seemed like this day
Would stay
So far off
Now it’s finally here!
Let’s cheer!
And play!

We’re gonna fly out
We just gotta hang on
'Til tomorrow

Tomorrow! Tomorrow!
We fly out
Good times just
A day away!

Friday, June 6, 2008

Memory Lane

So, for those of you who have been living under a rock for the past month or so, New Kids on the Block have reunited and are heading out on tour this fall to promote a new album. Yeah. They debuted on the Today Show a week or so ago, performing together for the first time in 15 years.

So what, you say? SO WHAT???

These five dreamboats from Boston were pretty much my entire life as a young teenager. I loved every single song they sang…I watched (and recorded, for additional viewing) every concert special on the Disney Channel…I voted for them daily on Dial MTV…and went with Kristi and our childhood friend Alicia to see them in concert in Denver. It was pretty much the greatest experience of my life. I mean…in all honesty…I was fairly certain that I was going to marry Joe McIntyre. I’ve always been a ridiculous optimist…and it never crossed my mind that the odds of my winning big in the lottery were better than the odds of me marrying my favorite New Kid. (Don’t worry though…once my crush faded, I did accept that fact, and am now addicted to gambling. Thanks a lot, stupid odds.)

Anyway…all the NKOTB fever has gotten me pretty nostalgic, and you can bet your sweet little backside that Kristi and I will be heading to Denver to see the guys when they’re on tour in November. Tickets go on sale on Tuesday, and I’m hoping to get pretty good seats. I mean…even though Joe is married now and has a kid…it doesn’t mean he won’t recognize his true soul mate in the crowd when he sees me.

Cross your fingers.

National Donut Day

So apparently today is National Donut Day. If there has ever been a ridiculous holiday that I have been ALL about celebrating...this is probably it. I think tonight I'm going to eat a donut and watch some Simpsons in honor of such a glorious holiday. Homer and I might not have many things in common...but I think our mutual love for donuts is strong enough to bond us forever.