Archive | May, 2012

Are You Talking To Me?

18 May

Why do people talk to themselves when other people are around? It’s incredibly awkward. I’m specifically referring to when strangers do this, like for example, in the public restroom at work. It’s like.. are you talking to me? We’re both washing our hands and we’re the only two people in here, but I don’t know you and we have nothing to talk about, so why are you speaking? It seems like you’re talking to yourself, but do you expect me to answer? Will you think I’m rude if I just keep my mouth shut and get out of there as soon as I can? Do I care?

On a similar note, why do people talk to other people in public restrooms at all? I’m not even ok with two people who know each other carrying on a conversation in the bathroom, but at least that kind of makes sense. When I’m in the restroom, I don’t want you to ask me how my day is going, especially when I don’t know you! It’s just weird.

Thank you, that is all.


Why Yes I Do Have Broadway Season Tickets

17 May

…Broadway Across America in Houston, that is.  And yes, I do.  This was totally a spur of the moment decision, but it’s definitely something that I could cross off my bucket list if I had a bucket list.  I LOVE Broadway musicals.  My whole family does, we’ve always gone to see them together.  My parents had season tickets for a few years a while back, and pretty much any time Les Mis or Wicked (our collective favorites) are in Houston or Austin, we’ve gone to see them.  I think we last saw Les Mis together a couple years ago when it came to Houston (my 5th time?), and we all saw Wicked together this past January in Austin (my 4th time I think).

I was really, really disappointed in this past (2011-2012) BAA season in Houston.  It was awful – I had no desire to see a single show.  Lion King was the only good one, and having seen that one a couple of times, I didn’t really care to go back.  And who wants to see The Addams Family musical?  Or Riverdance?  Really?  So I was enormously thrilled when I got an email on Monday inviting me to buy season tickets for next year, and I got my first look at the season.  Let me tell you, it is amazing.  Not only does it include my two all-time favorites (Les Mis and Wicked) but the other four shows are ones that a. I have not seen and b. I either know to be good (Jersey Boys, Beauty and the Beast), or assume to be good based on the movies they’re based on (Sister Act, Catch Me If You Can).  Of course, that could be a dangerous assumption (I’ve seen the Mary Poppins musical and it was AWFUL), but I’m pretty confident that this will be the best season ever.  So when I got that email about season tickets, I couldn’t resist.  I was a little surprised that Jon let me spend so much money at once (I bought 4 tickets) but he actually enjoys most musicals too, and we’re planning to sell the extra pair of tickets to each show (most likely to our families, obviously) so it really wasn’t too bad.

And now, please enjoy this clip of the best song from Wicked (although not my favorite song, that would be For Good – makes me cry every. time.)

I’m Swearing Off Grass

16 May

Oh, hey!  It’s been a while… I know.  I’m terrible at updating this thing.  There are just so many other things that take up all of my time, you know?  Anyway, here I am.  Oh and don’t worry.. I’m not talking about that kind of grass. I’m talking about this kind of grass:

I hate you, grass!

Ok, here’s why.  So yesterday I got tested for allergies for the first time.  I never had allergy problems growing up, but in the last 4 years or so I have developed allergy problems that have gotten worse every year.  Starting in February this year, I was taking allergy medicine every day just to not be completely miserable, and then I started having to up the dose as time went on.  First I was taking one 24-hour Claritin each morning, and I was fine all day and night.  Then I started waking up early in the morning all congested and sneezy, so I started taking one Benadryl before bed to help me sleep through the night.  Then I had to up it to two Benadryl.  At that point I started to feel like a drug user, so I went to see an allergist.  He gave me a prescription for a nose spray (Nasonex, but I had to switch to Flonase since my insurance wouldn’t cover Nasonex) that has worked wonders, but he also suggested getting tested to determine what exactly I’m allergic to.  But I had to be off antihistamines for 5 days before the test, so we put it off until yesterday.

Anyway, so yesterday I was at the doctor’s office for a couple of hours while they poked 50 tiny needles in my back and then another 20 or so in my arm.  Let me tell you, that was fun!  And the best part was, whatever little needles I was allergic to gave me big red itchy welts.  Awesome.  And in the end, it didn’t really change anything.  My nose spray has been pretty much working wonders, since I haven’t had any symptoms since I started using it.  But I guess it’s fun to know that I’m specifically allergic to oak and mulberry pollen, a few molds and weeds, and ALL grasses.  Seriously, I’m staying away from grass.  Oh, and apparently I’m allergic to dogs!!!  Which is a huge bummer, except that the doctor said it could be a false positive, and that I should just be sure to spend time around dogs to make sure before I ever get one.

My arm actually still looks pretty traumatized today from the shots there.  I have a bunch of red welts/spots arranged in three rows – it looks like I was attached by a very organized group of ants.  I did take a picture, but I’ll spare you since it’s not very pretty.  Instead, here’s a picture of something that is VERY pretty – my brand new baby NIECE!!!! 🙂

Evelyn Rose

Most beautiful baby ever, am I right?  Ok, maybe I’m just a little biased.  Jon and I went to Austin this past weekend to meet her, and I miss her already!!  She is so sweet and cute and tiny!

Ok, that is all for now.  Hopefully I’ll be back more regularly (yeah, right) with more updates – probably focused on Evelyn, let’s be honest.  🙂