Sunday, June 28, 2009
The guy who owned Broad Street was pretty much a legend to everyone in the area. He was also pretty much Adam's godfather. "Brook" is what they called him. Brook died a few years ago and to keep his legend going, they opened up "Westbrooks," or WBz. (Broad Street was sold to someone else.) Inside WBz is pictures from over the years of Brook and his friends. Brook also owned several bars (5+) and on all of the walls there are signs from each bar with a place people like to hang the pictures they have of Brook. Its a really cool idea. RNH was on the wall quite a few times!
Thursday, June 25, 2009
I'm going to [try to] keep the story short. I love my small town. I love the small-town things. I love that I can take my truck to the auto shop, 3 miles from my house, get a sandwhich or slice of cheesecake from the local corner eatery, go to Southern States and browse, check out the florist shop, etc, while they work on my truck. I love that they know me by name there, and expect my business. But I may never, ever return to this place I love.
I need my brakes replaced. I also need to go to work. I give them my car during the week, which gives them a Monday afternoon and all day Tuesday to get the work done. The guy tells me he can do it in that time and that he'd give me a call Tuesday afternoon to let me know what the final estimate is going to be. He never calls.
I call up there, Tuesday, about 2 hours before they're going to close. Plenty of time to figure out what the dealio is. The bitch answers the phone. An 80 year old woman runs the shop that her son owns. She is responsible for taking care of the books and appointments. She answers the phone in a sweet, slow, southern voice, "Yessssss, how maaaaay I help youuuuu?"
I explain my problem very slowly and clearly. I have not received a call, and I expected to have my car back today.
"Weeeeelllll, sometimesss, the things we work onnnnnn, just turn into something eeeeeelse." She says. Great. Thanks for keeping me informed.
She also says "We won't get to it tooooday, and prolllllly not tomorrow."
"Ok, thanks for letting me know. I'm going to have to come and pick up my truck." I'm a tiny bit peeved that they didn't let me know things were taking longer-than-usual. No phone call like they promised. So I march my happy ass down to the shop.
"Hi, I'm here to pick up my Ford Ranger." I say sweetly. Her son comes into the shop and wants to know why I'm taking it without the work being done. I explain that his mother told me they "prolly" can't get to my truck, even tomorrow. I tell him that I can't do "prolly" and that I have to take my truck and my business elsewhere to get it fixed. I don't have time to wait.
He is confused. I can get it done. No- you cant. You're mom told me on the phone "prooooollly." Which means to me, you don't know. I'm taking my truck to the city where they have plenty of people to work on things and take my business.
The sweet old lady throws a tantrum. "I didn't telllllllllllll youuuuuu thaaaaat." Her slow speech is picking up a bit. "I told you that we couuuuld get to it today."
Um, no. Basically you're calling me a liar. That is saying I have no integrity.
Oh no she didn't!!!
I am yelling at this sweet old lady, and she is yelling back at me. I'm furious. I don't care how old this lady is, how sweet she pretends to be, I am NOT backing down. I'm getting my point across and her son will understand that his mom has screwed up!!! I don't think I've ever yelled at an old lady, especially one that seems so sweet. And I don't think an old lady has ever yelled back at me!!! I was shocked. So shocked that I wanted to get louder, and not let her win. I had to beat this old lady. And I did. I guess. Because I walked out of the store in the middle of her "Noooo, you've got it allllll wrong." and went to get RNH. He came in the store and handled it man-to-man with the lady's son. I was fuming. And sweating. Who knew an old lady could make me so hot and bothered???
I end up leaving the truck there. The guy that owns the shop convinces me that he'll have it fixed by tomorrow when I need it.
So great, I have to show my face there again tomorrow???? Ugh. Whatever. I go and pick my truck up the next day. RNH and I take the truck to the dump. We get to 55mph and the truck starts vibrating. BAD. I'm PISSED at this point. How dare you YELL at me in your shop and then SCREW up my vehicle?!?!?!
I had to let RNH handle this one again. He calmly walks into the shop, tells them the problem. They pretend that it's nothing they did, but then promise me a free oil change. Along with the free wheel-bearing that I had got for the last mishap.
I loved my auto-shop. I'm upset that I don't feel I can trust them or that they do faulty work. I'm sad that I'll never be able to eat lunch and get an oil change, stress-free ever again. I'll be back to taking the car in, sitting for an hour while it gets worked on, tapping my feet the whole time wishing I was doing something else.
Oh well. Hopefully I won't come across any more bitches. Espeically the 80-year-old ones. You'd think that since she's got more age and practice at being a bitch, she'd be able to out-do me. Nope! Or maybe she's just too tired to fight any longer. Either way, I feel triumphant. I have won, won a free oil change and wheel bearing. All for standing up for myself in a bitch fight!
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
We also prank-called a few of our co-workers and RNH pretended to be "Richard Roundtree" and told them that he was calling because they hit his car. We got some people pretty good and laughed a good bit about it. Oops. We shouldn't be allowed to drink together!
Today we ate Mexican in downtown Wake Forest with another couple. It was fun. Afterwards we went across the street and grabbed some ice cream from A La Mode. The best part was that they have miniature ice cream cones there and I got to witness their daughter having her first ice cream cone! It was adorable!
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
The strawberries (I only have one plant) I had planted in a pot. I decided that strawberries might go well in between all of the blue berry bushes. So I decided next year I'll buy some more strawberries to put there, and this year I'll just transplant this one into the ground and see how well it does. It took OFF! I think it may be a little late for the berries, so I might not get to eat them, but next year I'll know that these berries will do perfect here.
The first sign of this year's first attempt at pumpkins!!! We planted the seeds right before our three-day rain spell. I was afraid the seeds would get washed away (looks like that might have happened to the limas and habeneros) but I guess not! Its so unusual to get as much rain as we did this year in the month of June. It makes me worried that we're going to get a big hurricane come inland. I know, that might be weird. But that's what I think will happen!The year's first 'mater!
The bloom on a Roma tomato plant. I hope we get lots of these so we can can RNH's spaghetti sauce!
I just love to watch beans grow! I think its so neat that you can touch them to a stick, or whatever else, and just a few minutes later, you come back and the entire vine has wrapped itself around. You just have to be careful. Even walking past the plants, the little vines want to reach out and attach themselves to your clothing! They're so sticky!
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
1. Started your own blog- So far so good!
2. Slept under the stars- too many camping trips and backpacking trips to count!
3. Played in a band- I guess if bands from elementary school through high school count? I played the flute and I was actually really good. I was first chair each year until my Junior year. I quit practicing because I found it to be dorky. I'd love to play that thing again!
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower- is this the same thing as a falling star? Probably not.
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disney world- when I was 5 years old and had a broken toe. I mostly remember getting stuck on the Peter Pan ride. And the haunted wax museum ride. I was kinda scared but wanted to pretend like I wasn't. I sat in my dad's lap and checked everything out while my sister buried her head in my mom's shoulder. I thought I was so brave!
8. Climbed a mountain- a few! Mostly on the Appalachian Trail, in the Smokey Mountains or Appalachian, also did a 45 mile backpacking trip in Big Bend, Texas. Climbed some crazy mountains there!!!
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped- the bungee tower at Myrtle Beach. I payed $50 for it. It closed down a few months later because someone died jumping off of it.
12. Visited Paris - we lived in France twice when I was little. I've visited the Tower twice. The sad thing is I was so young I barely remember most of my experience there. I wish I could go back!
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea- I stook stranded on a huge sandbar off the island of Petite Martinique, which is an island under the jurisdiction of Grenada. I seriously thought I was going to die. No shelter and a magnificent storm. I survived.
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child- does a White's Tree Frog count? My high school boyfriend's sister-in-law had "eerT" the Tree Frog (eerT is Tree spelled backwards!). She moved to Washington State and didn't want to travel with him. She told me he was about 2 years old and he would die soon. He lived to be 8 years old and was an awesome pet!
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France- I remember my mom saying "Remember seeing this painting, you must never forget seeing this." Instead I was busy trying to remain "lady-like" in a stuffy French museum and decided to make up an imaginary friend. My mom was telling me that when Leonardo Da Vinci painted the Mona Lisa, there were clowns and other people to keep her entertained while she sat there so long. I then created "Gerber" who was small enough to fit in my pocket and would never die. He was so old, he had helped keep Mona entertained while she was being painted. I even had a specific voice that I would say was "Gerber talking." Yes, I can still do the voice. And of course, my mom sometimes still asks to speak to Gerber!
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked- if you've ever gotten into kayaking in the NC mountains, you'll know its necessary sometimes to hitch a ride up the mountain with your boat. Otherwise its a long hike with a boat on your back! The cool thing is that people up there are used to it and gladly give you rides!
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping- too many times to count! My most recent adventure was with RNH in Mexico on our honeymoon! We got caught by a Mexican security guard on a bike. He told us we had to get out of the pool because the chemicals were bad for our skin- meaning they were shocking it in the middle of the night.... oops! He said we'd be fine if we went down to "La Playa." So instead, RNH and I skinny dipped in the ocean. I'm sure that security guard was watching us from somewhere... ew!
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset- all the time- my job requires me to work from 7pm to 7am on a 28-day rotating cycle. Some days I get to see both sunrises and sunsets!!!
31. Hit a home run- in little league softball!
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community- HA! My grandparents who live in Pennsylvania always tried to keep us entertained as kids when we'd visit during the summer. One year they decide to take us to visit an Amish community. We drove 2 hours (one way!) and got there. No Amish. Everyone was driving cars and on their cell phones. Turns out my grandparents were using a guide book that was 12 years old! The Amish had moved on!
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing- does NC State University's rock wall count? I am NOT a fan of rock climbing. It is HARD and it hurts your hands! I like bouldering much better!
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke- once. At a pizza buffet in Washington D.C. on an 8th grade field trip. One of my best friends, Leslie, and I sung a few songs together. That summer she died in a car wreck. I'll never forget the karaoke!!!!
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance- I pretty much do this every once-in-a-while because of my job. Thank God I've never been the one that needed medical attention!
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris- see #12!
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling- snorkeled in Key West, FL, Mexico, Jamaica, a few places in the US. Scuba Dived with the French in Carriacou. An island of Grenada in the West Indies.
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater- we used to go to one in high school that was about 30 minutes away. I miss it- nothing like a drive-in! But I just found this one: Raleigh Road Drive-In, that is not far from the house! I can't WAIT to check it out!
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi concentration camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London- this was while on vacation when we lived in France (see #12). Again- I was very young and didn't really "get it." But of course my mom tried to help me understand what was happening and how important it was that I was experiencing this. Well- they have this red gravel there that covers the area. I got a piece of it blown into my eye and proceeded to have a hissy fit. I was miserable. That is the most important thing I remember of the changing of the guards!
77. Broken a bone- my big toe- a few days before going to Disney World!
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper- the only time I can think is our Engagement Announcement in RNH's small town newspaper!
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating- helped RNH pluck the duck feathers, and pull the meat out for the first time this past year! The weirdest thing about the whole experience is that the inside of the duck was warm. I hadn't "prepared" myself for that!
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury- some stupid lady sued this dead man's "estate" for injury she sustained AFTER the car wreck he caused. She was just a gold digger, and the whole jury knew it. Mwhahaha. We didn't give her what she wanted!
91. Met someone famous- Larry Johnson of the Charlotte Hornets back in 5th grade. Master P (he actually watched me play basketball!!! He was trying out for the Charlotte Bobcats and my high school was having a fund raiser for a Men's Varsity player who almost killed himself trying to get to basketball practice in time, and ended up in a coma. We were trying to raise money and Master P heard about it. He came and gave a TON of muh-lah and hung out for a bit while we were playing our Junior Varsity game!)
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Read an entire book in one day
That was fun! Maybe when I'm on my home computer I can post some more pictures!!!
The ladies hanging out, eating scrumptious food and having a lil drinky drink!
The menu. Not only was the idea for the party awesome, the decor of the party awesome, etc etc... Sarah made every little detail match with the theme of the party. The menu above matched the invitations and the entire look! And to go EVEN further- she had each menu item correspond with a popular book. Everything was so cute and so perfect, and the food was so delicious!!!
The even cooler thing about this- Sarah is starting her own event planning business. This was just a tiny example of the stuff she can do. She is incredibly talented and just a fun person in general! If you need an event planner or someone to give you a creative edge, let me know and I'll hook ya up! She's great!
On a side note: I was fortunate enough to be able to have RNH hang out with Sarah's hubby during the party (they've got a bromance going on... so it was no biggie!) and he was able to drive me home. I got to fully indulge in the party! Too much fun!
*On another side note: I'm writing this at 6am, after having worked 12 hours. Hopefully this is making sense... Can I go home yet?*
Saturday, June 13, 2009
The garden is my BABY and I'm so proud of it this year!!!I'm also getting WAY too excited about these guys! I just have to make sure I get to them before the ants do! Once they turn purple, the ants get to them before I can sometimes!
I also want to tell you about my Target desk. I heart Target in a MAJOR way. Even Target on-line ROCKS my face off! I bought a desk online from Target and it shipped IMMEDIATELY! I got it within a few days, assembled it and here we sit! I LOVE it! My mom has some Target furniture too and she loves hers! The desk goes so well with my beach-themed guest room! No, we don't live near the beach (about 2 hours away), but RNH and I are obsessed with it, so why not make our guest room feel like you're there? Its a fun place to hang out!
Even Chloe the kitty loves it!
Alright- next post will be on the most-awesome Book Swap party!!!
Friday, June 12, 2009
So because we don't have a gym here, we're forced to work out at home. We (meaning RNH and I) would prefer to do some running, however, the road in front of the house is pretty busy. Its a back country road, but our house is right before it changes to 55mph, meaning everyone is still hauling ass and they don't feel the need to hit the brakes because they're going past a few houses... So its difficult to get the cardio "in." We had to come up with something else.
We try to keep "control" of our yard. Thank GOD (yes, we're spoiled) that my parents bought us a John Deere when moving into the house. Otherwise, we'd be up the creek. So RNH mows the grass and keeps the weeds down. Well one day he comes in and says "I'm gonna go work out in the Athletic Field." Hmmm... I'm thinking, the High School that's about 15 minutes away? I ask again, "Where?" He responds, "The Athletic Field."
Monday, June 8, 2009
RNH and I drinking in our friend's front yard. (This was before the barfing charades!
On another note: something very crazy and insane happened at work last night. I got to be a small part of it, but it was one of the coolest things I'll probably ever be able to experience in my career. Oh, and I also made the news because of it! Not my name, just my face! But I'm not gonna say anything about it on here- why? Because I have a top secret job. Hence why I also feel the need to make all of my pictures look like I'm a strange black alien.
On a redneck note: I weeded 1/2 the garden today. Everything is looking reeeeally good. I'm excited for this years garden, especially since last year was such a disaster! I'm learning... slowly, how to garden the right way. RNH and I are pretty disappointed we didn't plant corn this year- especially with all of the rain we're getting. Oh well- there's always next year!
Also, RNH and I finally made it down to the river to fish. We didn't have the constant-fish-biting that we do in the pond, but we had several "tugs" to get our hearts racing! Last year we caught a ton of small catfish in the river, and about 5 bass. We put it all back except for 3 of the bigger bass, which we brought up to the pond in hopes to create a predator for the over-stocked pond. Well we didn't do that until later in the Fall and I don't think the bass survived the winter. Anyways- RNH caught about a 2 pound bass that we got SO excited about! We took that sucker and stuck it in the pond!!! We caught a few good-size brim & sunfish, but put them all back, in hopes of catching another big bass. Well, we got poured on and RNH fell into the river with his waiters on and wasn't a happy camper, so we headed back inside. Overall we felt it was a successful fishing trip and can't wait to get back down there!
The River, which is the line of our property. On the other side is someones tobacco fields. Its kinda tough to get to because you have to walk along the edge of the swamp and woods. Its definitely worth it once you get there!
Looking the other way down the river. A beaver lives down that way!
A decent-sized bass that RNH caught and we put into the pond to try and control the fish population!
Someone fell in the riiiiiver!
This is the swamp! This area is barren (except for water!) in the winter and where we do our duck hunting. You couldn't pay me to go in there during the summer. I'm sure there are TONS of snakes and turtles! We take the path along side the swamp where it meets the woods!
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
This is not me, its RNH. Just thought I'd show you who is doing the "rubbing." Yes, he is on a John Deer and drinking a Bud Light. No, he is not cutting the grass. Yes, it is dark. He just wanted to get on the tractor! We're obviously meant for each other, because I think his tractor's sexy! Haha! :)
I actually find tree stands to be terrifying and I could never sit up in one for hours waiting on a buck. I'd fall asleep and fall out! I'm actually surprised I didn't fall out just getting up there for a picture!
This is RNH and I taking a family portrait. That's right- out on the pond in our camo! I think the picture actually turned out really cute! We've got a picture at this same exact spot during every season on our land!This picture was kinda scary before. Its just terrifying now that I blacked the eyes out! This is me duck hunting in the wee hours of the morning this past Fall.
Here I am holding up one of RNH's prizes for the day. Its a muscovy duck. I wasn't out there when he got it because my stomach was upset so I went in to go back to bed. This was a very important day because of his two catches. I wasn't there for it. I do not feel like a good redneck wife because I missed such an important occasion.
This is RNH and I on Christmas last year. He got a pair of camo-overalls from my mom so that we can match now. I got INSANELY excited over the fact that Redhead makes hunting clothes for women (yes, that is what rednecks get excited over!), and of course my mom gave us tons of ammo. As RNH taught me, you can never have enough ammo!
Even when we go into the big city, we've still gotta find a way back to our roots. Haha! This is me riding the bull at City Limits Saloon in Raleigh for my Bachelorette. You gotta have a redneck batchelorette party if you're marrying a redneck!
And of course we like to "rub off" on our friends. RNH and I are on the right, and our good friends on the left. We had them up to the house for a little shooting with some big guns!
Those are just a few exampes of how my redneck hubby is rubbing off on me. Some may think in a no-so-good way. But I like it and I'm having fun! I can't wait to see what else lies out there for us to do together! We've been on so many adventures already and I can't wait for more! We're actually going to the river tomorrow. We haven't been in months and we're both a little scared because its grown up so much in the woods. I'm nervous about seeing a water moccasin or something. We'll see how it goes. And hopefully I won't run into any Stinging Saddleback Caterpillars!!!