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6.30.2005,6/30/2005 10:06:00 AM
You Give Me Fever...
This morning I was driving behind a new G35 coupe (the reason I know it was a new one is because they changed the back end and made it less rounded), and the man in there had the cutest little Shih Tzu with him. The little darling had his little paws on the windowsill(I guess that's what you call it?) and he was having the best time looking out the open window, wind blowing in his fur. It really was the cutest thing.

I seem to be suffering from a chronic fever that usually comes around about every 6 months or so. It's called Baby Fever and right now I've got a really bad case of it. Every little creature, be it human or animal, is putting me in a tizzy right now. A co-worker is going to a baby shower today and she showed me what she bought--a little pink flowered outfit with a hat and pink fuzzy slippers--SLIPPERS, people! For a baby! I nearly snatched them and took off running.

For the past few days I've been exhausted, and I'm talking barely keeping my eyes open at work tired, and on top of that I've been alternately tearing up at the littlest things and getting ticked off for no real reason (well, work does this to me, but I digress...). Plus I'm starving all the time. So Epiphany planted the seed in my head with her little comment on Tuesday (shame shame shame!) and it got me wondering.....so I got a test and took it and it came up negative.

Bummer.

The official position the McGee camp is taking on children is that we're going to wait until the first of the year to start trying, but I have to say I wouldn't have been broken up if it had happened a little earlier than planned. Don't think that DH would have been upset, either. :) The only thing that's made me hesitate lately is the fact that when we do bring kids into the world, say goodbye to any private time DH and I have now. I like our alone time together....

So, I will continue to take my prenatal vitamins and try to eat right and exercise (severely lacking in the latter) to prime my body for the big day. And there will probably be lots of celebrating when it finally does happen.
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6.28.2005,6/28/2005 03:33:00 PM
So.....Sleepy.....
I have been totally dragging ass today. Every 30 min. or so I have to get up and walk around a bit in order to keep awake.

DH started Oracle classes last night at CCCCD. MWF from 6-10. Starting next week, though, he will be going all week from 6-10 for the rest of the summer. :(

Last night was his first class. Usually when I have the house to myself I get all excited because I'll have solitude, but last night sucked! There was nothing on TV, I didn't feel like reading, and was pretty much bored out of my skull. DH got home at about 10:30 and we stayed up talking until around midnight. So that's why I'm so damn tired today.

I'm not sure if this is the norm for all couples, but I've noticed that DH and I have our best conversations when we've gotten into bed for the night and are settling down to go to sleep. I have to say that it's probably my favorite time of the day.

Since I am going to be an Oracle widow for the rest of the summer, essentially, I downloaded a CCCCD Continuing Education booklet in the hopes that the photography class I've had my eye on would be offered, but, alas, it's already over. Just about every class offered in the summer through them is over already! That really sucks. All I want to do is learn something fun!!!

Oh well. I already planned on using this time alone to work out, I guess I'll just have to work out twice as much to alleviate the boredom.

Wow, I've taken up over 20 minutes of the workday writing this! Yay!
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6.24.2005,6/24/2005 02:50:00 PM
Bored....
I know that I probably should be working, but I just don't feel like it at the moment. I've been doing stuff all day!

I was so mind-numbingly bored typing in stuff earlier this afternoon that I think I actually nodded off for a few seconds. I then offered to go get Starbucks (yes, Starbucks--it's better than the crap in the machine here at work) for myself and my boss.

I feel a bit better now.

My wisdom teeth wounds are pretty much healed. I still have holes in my jaw, though, that I have to flush out with a syringe. Fun, I tell you. The only problem is, one of my sockets is extremely sensitive, especially when I flush it, and the pain only goes away when I take ibuprofen. I called the oral surgeon and they said it might be a minor dry socket, but since it's been a week, there's probably not much benefit in packing it. It's not really painful, just kind of an annoying dull ache.

This weekend I'm headed off to Austin for my friend Kristen's bachelorette party. We're going to be spending the day on a boat in the middle of Lake Travis. I'm very very excited, as I will be seeing all of my lovely, dear girlfriends! To help the party along, I am bringing one of those huge tubs of drink mixes that you get at Super Target, pour the alcohol in, and freeze overnight. I decided it was a margarita day. That, and I also got a wine cube. Gotta have a little bit of white trash in there!!

Wishing everyone a great weekend! Two hours to go!!!
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6.21.2005,6/21/2005 08:35:00 AM
Coming Back to Life...
I have to say, I think I trivialized this whole oral surgery thing a bit too much. I thought, "Hey, I'll get my teeth pulled, have the weekend to recover, no big deal." Well, I told myself a big fat lie.

It hurt.

A lot.

Sunday was the worst. Shooting pains in my jaw pretty much rendered me useless. Eating was almost an impossibility, until I discovered that soaking a peanut butter sandwich in soy milk (yes, I drink soy milk) made it chewable.

Yesterday I came to work and promptly left at noon. Went home, took a happy pill, and slept until DH came home at 5. Then went right back to bed at 9.

But today, however.....is like a refreshing mountain breeze after days of walking in a parched, dry desert.

I feel like a new person. What a difference a day makes! I'm actually in a GOOD mood this morning, all happy and stuff. I've become the Sunshine Yellow crayon again.

I drank my first cup of coffee in 5 days, and was even able to hum along with my iPod on the way to work, and when I'm able to sing in the car, I know things are on the mend.

I'm still swollen, though, and not totally pain-free, but at least now I can take ibuprofen for that and not lull myself into a Vicodin stupor.

And now, I go cheerfully back to work!
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6.16.2005,6/16/2005 10:15:00 AM
Anthropology Lessons and Bridesmaid Dresses
I went to the oral surgeon yesterday for my consultation appointment and am scheduled to have my wisdom teeth extracted tomorrow at 1 pm. I'm a bit apprehensive about it, seeing that every time I get an IV I tend to pass out (I've had several in the past year and a half!), but they said that I would be having the IV run from the vein in my elbow area, and I can tolerate that a little better.

I wonder why wisdom teeth are called that in the first place? Well, I found one reason on this website:

They are called "wisdom teeth" because they usually appear during a person's late teens or early twenties, which has been called the "age of wisdom".
(Ha! Now THAT'S funny...did a 20-year-old make that claim?)

In college I took an anthropology class and had to read a book by one of the professors in the department about her time spent in West Africa studying the indigenous peoples. She stated in her book that many of the West African people had almost no incidences of wisdom teeth impaction, for their jaws were large enough to accommodate that last molar.

I told this to one of my co-workers and she wondered why that was, so I explained to her my theory, and please don't take this as fact, for it's only speculation on my part. What I think is that as humans migrated farther north into the colder climates, their bodies adapted accordingly, becoming more compact to conserve more heat--hence, the smaller jaw that is unable to accommodate the third molar.

So, friends, that is your lesson for the day. Prepare for a pop quiz next week! :)

To cap off my ramblings, I picked up my bridesmaid dress for my friend Kristen's wedding next month. Got it home, tried it on, and I'm literally swimming in the thing. I am apple-shaped, which means I'm thick-waisted, and when I got measured they ordered a dress for me that is three sizes too large, based wholly on my waist measurement. I should have asserted my opinion and had them order the dress in my correct size, but wedding attire is so tricky that I took their word for it and now I'm going to have to have major alterations done. Oh well. Anything for you, my Kristen!

I will be out of commission for the next few days due to lots and lots of painkillers, but will be back in no time!

And now....back to work!
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6.13.2005,6/13/2005 08:39:00 AM
It's been a while...
Well, my toothache has finally subsided to more of a dull ache, thanks to antibiotics and lots of Vicodin, and this Wednesday I am visiting the oral surgeon to see about getting the wisdom teeth taken out. I was rather disheartened when I went to the dentist last week and she told me I had quite a bit of decay in my mouth--about 5-6 cavities as well as a tooth in contention for a root canal. I just don't understand! I take care of my teeth--brush, floss, all that crap, and for what? 6 cavities and a root canal? What's up with that?

Went to see Mr. and Mrs. Smith this weekend, and quite enjoyed it. Lots of good laughs and eye candy to boot. Brad and Angelina are very easy on the eyes, if I may say so myself.

Also finished the Cowboy Bebop series last night. (SPOILER IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN IT)
I really liked the series and all, but dammit, I didn't want Spike to die in the end. I had a lot emotionally invested in that series, and they cap it off by having the main character DIE! Don't get me wrong, I know it's all symbolic and crap, and I appreciate the ending for what it represented, but I'm a sappy American and, as the entire rest of the world knows, most Americans like their happy endings. It wasn't the best way to end the evening, but at least I still have the movie to watch.

Next up: Escaflowne, and a big thanks to Eric for loaning them to me!

And, before I get back to work (I've been here since 7:15), let me just give some props to my darling, wonderful, excellent, magnificent DH for surprising me with Coldplay tickets this morning! Woo hoo!

Back to work!!
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6.06.2005,6/06/2005 11:22:00 AM
Reunions and Toothaches
So, DH and I went to my 10-year reunion this past weekend. It was held at the Hyatt in Downtown Houston and, while it was nice to see the people I hung out with in high school, otherwise it was kind of lame. Not very many people showed up, and those who did gravitated toward the same cliques that were formed in high school. Drinks were horrendously expensive, too--$5 for a beer? WTF?

The best part was the morning after--a group of about 15 of us met for breakfast. Some of the girls brought their babies, and they got passed around to everyone, and we got to catch up more easily than in a dark, loud meeting space.

The only damper on this weekend is the fact that I have the worst toothache ever--you see, I haven't had my wisdom teeth taken out yet, and one of them on the bottom is growing in at an extreme angle to my jaw. The gums around this tooth are extremely swollen, which makes it difficult to swallow, talk, or even open my mouth very wide. Orajel doesn't help, and ibuprofen helps marginally--for about 3 hours, and then I'm in pain for the next hour until I can take another dose. Oatmeal and Slim-fast are my new best friends, food-wise. Maybe I will even lose some weight! (ha ha)

I have an appointment with my dentist tomorrow to see about getting them taken out....ugh.

Well, back to work!
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6.03.2005,6/03/2005 07:55:00 AM
I'm getting old....
This weekend is my 10-year high school reunion. I think I went back and forth in my head about going for several months before I decided "why not?" I have some girlfriends I still keep in touch with who are going, and thought it might be fun.

I can't believe it's been 10 years already. Where did the time go?

I remember watching Nine Inch Nails videos on MTV, and a few years later I saw a NIN video on VH1. VH1, for god's sake! And, truthfully, I like VH1 more than MTV now, anyway.

My freshman year in college, I didn't even think of going to bed before midnight. 10:30 pm was early for me. Now, old codger that I am, I'm usually in bed by 9:30 and asleep before 11.

And what teens wear these days? I mean, come on!! What's up with those little ruffled skirts the girls wear that barely cover their butts? My parents wouldn't even have let me out of the house in that when I was growing up, and now it's commonplace! I can't say that I dressed all that well in high school--it was the age of grunge, you know--but at least my butt was covered.

Oh well. I know everyone goes through this. I just never thought it would happen this quickly.

To work!
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6.01.2005,6/01/2005 08:12:00 AM
I'm turning into a Geek....or have I always been one?
This past weekend we went to Houston and attended a party thrown by Eric and Christine. Great fun was had by all...and Eric loaned me Cowboy Bebop, an anime series about a bounty hunter (aka "Cowboy") in the future who lives on a ship called the Bebop. Highly generalized description, I know....but I've only seen the first four episodes so far.

I never was an anime fan. I mean, I liked it all right, and when I was younger I loved Saber Rider and the Star Sherriffs, but never got into it as a young adult. DH, however, LOVES anime, and is always watching it from what he's TiVo'ed.

So, he gradually wore me down. Matt gave him the entire series of Full Metal Alchemist (subtitled, of course) on DivX and DH began watching it on his laptop in the bedroom at night. I held out for about one night before I succumbed, and from then on I was hooked. Night after night we watched episode after episode, and I was so sad when the series ended and have to wait for the movie.

I didn't think anything could top FMA, but I'm enjoying Bebop immensely. I can't believe I'm saying that.

When I get home I will immediately set Season Passes to Oprah, HGTV decorating shows, and Food Network shows.
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