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10.31.2005,10/31/2005 09:23:00 AM
Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween from Little Red Riding Hood!
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10.30.2005,10/30/2005 03:40:00 PM
I've been tagged!
Bearette tagged me on this one--I am more than happy to oblige!

Three names I go by:
Bdogg
B
My full name

Three screen names I have had:
star998
mistress_star
bdogg_mcgee


Three physical things I like about myself:
Eyes
Legs
Feet

Three physical things I don't like about myself:
My height
My tummy
My fingernails (because I bite them!)

Three parts of my heritage:
English/Scottish/German

Three things that scare me:
Losing DH
High places
War and suffering


Three of my everyday essentials:
Eucerin Sensitive Skin Moisturizer with Q10 (never too early to fight the signs of aging!)
Shredded Wheat with soymilk and 2 packets Splenda
My Aquis microfiber hair turban (the best $20 I ever spent! My hair's so thick that it takes forever to dry, since I got this, it takes no time at all!)

Three of my favorite musical artists:
Nine Inch Nails
Coldplay
Mozart

Three of my favorite songs:
"Only" - NIN
"Green Eyes" - Coldplay
"Hot in Herre" - Nelly
"Golddigga" - Kanye West (My new favorite!)

Three things I want in a relationship:
Honesty
Compatibility
Stability

Three lies and truths in no particular order:
I have never worn a bikini
I would rather read than watch TV
I have a mole on my underarm that makes shaving rather precarious

Three physical things about the opposite sex that appeal to me:
Hands
Eyes
Smile
Pecs
Arms

Three of my favorite hobbies:
Reading
Blogging
Cooking/Baking

Three things I want to do really badly right now:
Go to the grocery store and get the shopping over with
Pay off my student loans (ha!)
Blow my nose

Three careers I've considered/I'm considering:
Broadway Actress/Singer
Psychologist
Librarian

Three Places I want to vacation:
Tuscany
England
The Poconos

Three kid's names I like:
Bridget
Beatrice
Bronwyn

Three things I want to do before I die:
Be debt free-or at least lower in debt than I am
Go to England
Celebrate my 50th anniversary!

Three ways that I am stereotypically a girl:
I love pink
I love shopping
I love chick flicks

Three ways that I am stereotypically a boy:
I like cars
I like baseball
I laugh at crude humor

Three celeb crushes:
Trent Reznor
Christian Bale
Angelina Jolie

Three people I would like to see post this meme:
Piff
Lemon
Poppy
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10.28.2005,10/28/2005 10:43:00 AM
TGIF
Oh yeah. (spoken like the Kool-Aid Man)

When I was getting ready this morning I started getting itchy because our house, especially the master bedroom, is in complete chaos. I got bitten by the cleaning bug, so I will probably be cleaning some this weekend.

Sometimes I wonder if there are others as messy as we are. I am messy, but when you put me with DH it just keeps multiplying. I love it when I go over to people's houses and they're all, "Oh! I'm sorry about the mess. I didn't have time to clean up," and there's like two socks on the floor. Please. That's not messy. Why don't you drop by my house sometime?

We will clean, and the house will look great for about a week, and then it's all messy again. Gets very frustrating. I think the longest we've kept everything straight, though, at least in the family room, is about 3 weeks. There's a funny story attached to that record, though.

I went to Krissypoo's bachelorette party, and DH and I got into a little tiff on the phone when I was driving up to Lake Travis, where the party was going on. On Sunday I left Austin early and drove back to Big D, and when I got home, the house was SPOTLESS. I'm talking everything was off the counters, nothing on the floors, just spotless. And DH wasn't there. I was already in a vulnerable mood because of our argument, and immediately thought, "OMG. He's left me." Yes, I know that was COMPLETELY irrational, and after I calmed down I saw his laptop and XBOX and knew that if he was going to leave me that he'd have taken those two things.

When he came home I immediately burst into tears and said how sorry I was that we argued (I'm not much into confrontation, and I think I was PMSing to boot), and that was probably the only time we really made an effort to keep the house clean for an extended period of time. I would love to have a housekeeper.

That story was out of the blue! Just thought I'd share.....

Happy Friday, everyone!
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10.27.2005,10/27/2005 11:39:00 AM
Talkin' Dirty at Work
Ha! Made you look, didn't I?

Here's a list of work-related phrases that sound dirty. Courtesy of The 5th Circle of Cubic Hell

1. I need to whip it out by 5.
2. Mind if I use your laptop?
3. Just stick it in my box.
4. If I have to lick one more, I'll gag.
5. I want it on my desk, NOW!!!
6. Hmmm... I think it's out of fluid.
7. My equipment is so old, it takes forever to finish.
8. It's an entry-level position.
9. When do you think you'll be getting off today?
10. It's not fair... I do all the work while he just sits there.
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,10/27/2005 07:59:00 AM
Huh?
Okay, so this whole not drinking coffee thing has finally caught up with me. I am so tired this morning! I can hardly keep my eyes open! I have a cup of tea steeping, with hopes that it will take the edge off my extreme sleepiness.

My boys lost. Got swept. Sigh. I, bad fan that I am, only watched the first couple innings last night, then went to bed. Even though we didn't win, we at least got to the World Series. We're the first Texas team to do that. That's something to be proud of--I'm trying to put a positive spin on it.

I put some new photos up in the photo gallery (on the right under the "Photos" heading.) They're mainly of the cats, but I did shoot a picture of my new fuzzy slippers, which I think are totally awesome. I'd had the same pair of slippers for 6 years that I bought while I was working at Payless and thought it was time for a new pair. They're very comfy. :)
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10.26.2005,10/26/2005 03:17:00 PM
Me Me Me Me Me Me
By way of Poppy and Lisa:

Name someone with the same birthday as you.
FDR and Gene Hackman

Where was your first kiss?
In Mark Simon's doorway on December 15th, 1990. I was wearing jeans, a white t-shirt, a black cardigan, and black slip-on shoes.

Have you ever seriously vandalized someone else's property?
No, but I watched as some friends of mine spray-painted the balls of a bronze horse pink in front of the Math building at SWT when I was a freshman.

Have you ever hit someone of the opposite sex?
I was raised with two older brothers, what do you think?

Have you ever sung in front of a large number of people?
Yes. Singing is my great passion. I was in choir from 5th grade until my senior year in high school and sang many solos. I also was in choir in college for 3 years. I sing karaoke from time to time (Once even going to a Korean karaoke bar in Houston where the women fawned over Krissypoo's husband because he speaks fluent Korean) and at weddings when I'm asked.

What's the first thing you notice about the preferred sex?
Eyes, mouth, smile.

What is your biggest mistake?
Not putting my foot down in certain situations, not touring with the Texas A&M Century Singers the summer of 1999 (to Europe!), and not participating in a study abroad program. That's more than one...

Have you ever hurt yourself on purpose?
No, I'm just clumsy.

Say something totally random about yourself.
I really have to pee right now.

Has anyone ever said you looked like a celebrity?
I get Natalie Maines from the Dixie Chicks a lot (well, not so much now as I live in Texas and most Texans hate them b/c of what she said about Bush. I am not one of those people--I agree with her!) and Drew Barrymore.

Do you still watch kiddy movies or tv shows?
I have a husband. Of course I do. :)

Did you have braces?
Never did--my teeth are very straight. I can't see worth a damn, though, so I guess it's a tradeoff.

Are you comfortable with your height?
I wish I were 3 inches taller (5' 7"), but it doesn't bother me generally.

What is the most romantic thing someone of the opposite sex has done for you?
Given me a huge bouquet of flowers and a box of Godiva chocolates on our first date. Especially since he hadn't met me face to face yet!

When do you know it's love?
Well, with DH, we were at this Portuguese restaurant on our third date and I looked at him while he was looking down at the menu. All of a sudden I just knew. And I knew I wanted to be with this man for the rest of my life.

Do you speak any other languages?
I can speak Spanish very haltingly, but can sing in a multitude of other languages, although I have little background on the translation.

Have you ever been to a tanning salon?
I have. I know it's bad, but there's something really nice about lying in there under the warm lamps with the little a/c fan blowing on you. It's really comfy. I haven't been in about 2 years, though.

What magazines do you read?
Marie Claire, Oprah, US Weekly, Life & Style, In Touch, W, Vogue, Glamour, Jane, Martha Stewart, Real Simple

Have you ever ridden in a limo?
Yes, when I was like 11.

Has anyone you were really close to passed away?
Too many, especially during the past 5 years.

Do you watch MTV?
Only for "Pimp My Ride."

What's something that really annoys you?
People who put on makeup while driving. Not using turn signals. Smacking food. Slurping. Not listening to me. Talking on cell phones without a headset in the car. Kino and his habit of knocking glasses off the counter, table, etc.

What's something you really like?
Cooking, traveling, reading, singing, shopping, playing with the kitties, being with my husband, spending time with my family, blogging....

Can you dance?
I sure can--well, not choreographed dance, at least not very well, but I dance all the time!

What's the latest you have ever stayed up?
Oh boy, this is a longish story, but I was once up for 42 hours on my way to Virginia to visit a friend. I stayed up all night on a date, then my flight was canceled, and when I finally got to BWI, we decided to make the 3 hour drive to Charlottesville. That totally sucked. I think I smoked an entire pack of cigarettes to keep awake. This was back when I used to smoke, I only do it now in extremely rare cases...

Have you ever been rushed by an ambulance into the emergency room?
No, thank goodness, and I hope never to be!
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,10/26/2005 11:06:00 AM
I'm going CRAZY
Baby crazy, that is.

I just spent the last 30 minutes talking to my boss (who's my age) about his 2-year-old son.

My mom told me yesterday that when my brother talks to the baby that's in utero in his girlfriend, the baby moves around. It's going to be a girl.

In two weeks DH's brother and his wife find out whether they're having a boy or girl.

Is it any wonder I'm going nuts over here? I'm so ready to be a mother. I know that a couple of people (Mrs. Wallington, especially) are completely shocked by that statement, as I never seriously wanted kids before I met DH.

I can't understand why, when I talk to others about wanting a child, that they go, "Well, come over to my house and take care of my kids and you'll think twice!" Yes, I realize that parenting will be a tough job, but I've been thinking about this for a while now. I know what I'm getting into. I know that being a parent will not be easy, by any means, but I'm ready to try. To have a little person that you and your partner created that you get to teach things, and love, and take care of, well, I just think that it's the best thing in the world.

Okay, I'm starting to get all teary. I'm going to shut up now.
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10.24.2005,10/24/2005 10:41:00 AM
Path to Pretty Update
*smacks head* I can't believe I forgot to mention it!

I lost 2 lbs last week! And this was with my monthly bill so I am going to have to check and see if I lost more when the water retention goes down.

So far it's been pretty easy. The exercises are really simple, although I skipped them this morning b/c it was too damn cold to get out of bed. Oh well, I'll make it up tonight.

The eating part has been going well. I've found out that I need to eat a bit more for breakfast, as cereal alone isn't cutting it, and I need to be super-prepared at dinner time so I go home and cook instead of wanting Taco Bell. I can eat a couple of things on that menu, but I would rather cook if I could. Tonight DH is going to start the turkey burgers when he gets home.

Thanks to everyone who has offered their support. It really means a lot to me and I really feel like I can do this this time!

On another note, I've noticed that coffee isn't making me as happy as it used to. Used to be, I could drink a cup on the way to work and be sprightly until lunchtime. Now it doesn't work that long. I think I'll go back to tea for a couple of months and try to get rid of the tolerance.

Back to work!! :)
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,10/24/2005 08:14:00 AM
Brrrr!
Last night/this morning was the first truly cool/cold morning down here in my part of Texas. It got down into the 30's--yesterday evening I was getting chilled--I actually slept in pants, long-sleeved shirt, and socks, for heaven's sake! This is really unlike me--I generally abhor clothing when I'm at home, and usually just parade around in a tank top and undies.

So this morning I got out of bed and and about froze my patootie off, since we elected not to turn the heat on last night before bed, thinking that we were hardy enough to withstand it. Yeah, it was fine when we were snuggled up under the covers, but throw that comforter off and BAM! Sub-zero air! The worst part was getting out of the shower. I dried off as best I could in the stall, and immediately after I stepped outside of it I started shivering. I actually put my pajama pants back on under my robe while I got ready!

And the cats are worse than we are! You'd think that since they have fur, they'd be fine with the falling temperatures, but they're big wusses. BlackJack usually sleeps under the covers with us, since he HATES the cold. It was kind of cute this morning, because I'd put some stuff in the dryer to de-wrinkle, set it on the bed, and went into the other room to get something. When I came back in BlackJack was lying on my cami all huddled up, trying to get warm.....silly kitty.

Yeah, I know you Northern U.S. dwellers are like "You ain't seen nothing!" Yes, yes, I know that it can get so cold up there that your snot freezes, but this is Texas. From April to October it's like Hades down here, and you forget that it can actually get cold after being bombarded with 95+ degree temperatures for months and months. And, although I welcome cold weather, I actually hate it, especially when North Texas winds gust to 35 mph and drive that wind chill down.

I need to start buying some warmer clothes....
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10.20.2005,10/20/2005 08:27:00 AM
I Love My Boys....

Please forgive me, dear Astros, for what I said on Piff's blog the other day. I didn't mean it. You know I love you and I always will. You're my team--I could never stop watching you!

Big kisses to Biggio and Bagwell--you've stuck with us for all these years and now it's finally paying off! XOXOXOXOXOXO

Although I can't be with you on Saturday, I will be there in spirit and watching on TV, cheering you on.



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10.18.2005,10/18/2005 03:06:00 PM
Speaking of Boobs...
After reading Lisa's and Liz's blogs and their posts about mammaries, I feel more comfortable discussing this today.

WARNING: If you're uncomfortable reading about someone else's boobs, kindly skip this post.

Does anyone else feel, sometimes, that your boobs are leading you around? I don't know what the deal is, but for some reason I feel that my breasts are about 3-4 sizes bigger than usual today. (And, before you ask, no, I'm not pregnant)

I don't know if it's my shirt or what. Walking up and down the hall at work today has been rather strange because I can see them out of the bottom of my eye, like two giant basketballs strapped to my chest. And when I'm walking it feels as if some invisible force is guiding them--not pulling or tugging--but just leading. That's the only way I can describe it.

I've always been well-endowed, even before I gained weight. From the age of 13 I was in a D cup. I moved down to a 36 C in my early 20's, but in retrospect, I was probably wearing the wrong size bra even then, because the girls would spill over the top. Much to my chagrin, however, as I got larger in size, so did the twins. I'd been wearing a D-DD cup for, oh, about 2+ years when I decided on a whim to go have a fitting done at a lingerie store that specializes in bras for larger cup sizes. Surprise surprise--I have been wearing a bra 2-3 sizes too small. To save you from having to do the math, I now wear a DDDD, or a G cup. (HOLY CRAP!) The only time I ever heard of a G cup was when someone was pregnant and/or nursing or if they were a stripper on Jerry Springer.

My blog moniker, as some of you know, comes from a nickname my brother and sister gave me. We all have these stupid nicknames for each other, and mine is Boobs McGee, in honor of the bazongas. My sister also calls me Bdogg, so for my blog moniker I just combined the two.

And on top of that, one of mine is larger than the other. That's frustrating as hell, too. When I reach my goal weight, and maybe after I'm done birthing babies I plan on getting some work done--a breast reduction and lift among them! I can't imagine having perky boobs! That would be too cool!

Yes, yes, I concede that the grass is always greener, but damn! You smaller-chested girls have it made! Being able to buy a dress off the rack that actually fits everywhere, triangle bikins, tanks with shelf bras, hell, going braless for that matter! I could go on and on....
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,10/18/2005 08:59:00 AM
Dragging Ass
Oh man, I am so tired right now. It was totally worth it, though.

NIN was awesome! I have to say that it was probably the best show I've seen in a very long time, and the best NIN show I've EVER seen. The crowd was so into it (myself included), and Trent looked SO good (DH kept laughing at me b/c I later said that I wished Trent would take his shirt off, but I knew he wouldn't. His arms are HUGE! His pecs must be equally beautiful).

The set list was exact, except that "Wish" was played a bit farther down. I had never seen "Suck" played live and that was a real treat. Even though the entire show was phenomenal, I have to say that my favorite part was when he played "Hurt." Nobody was yelling, the arena was in semi-darkness, with lights on Trent playing the keyboard, and everyone was singing along. It was so powerful....I don't remember breathing.

The thing about this show was that I've loved NIN for so long, that most of the songs he played took me back in time and the memories associated with the songs. Some of them were like seeing old friends, others, well, a bit harder to listen to, but it was a great experience all the same. For those of you in Houston or other places who haven't seen the show yet, you will be very happy at the end. Even DH liked it, and he isn't a big fan--he said that he likes them better now that he's seen them live--I will convert him yet!

My thoughts are so jumbled right now! I'm going to go back to my Starbucks cup and drink it down before it gets too cold....
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10.17.2005,10/17/2005 03:50:00 PM
Just thought I'd share...
I noticed when all of us girlies did a certain meme that when asked what our favorite piece of jewelry was, it was unanimously our wedding rings if we were married. So, I thought I'd show mine off and maybe encourage everyone else to do the same, because, hey, I love looking at other womens' wedding rings! I think they say a lot about the person wearing them.

So, without further ado, I present my favorite pieces of jewelry!



The top is my engagement ring (duh,) and it was actually DH's great-grandmother's. When we decided to get married his mother offered to let us have Mom's (that's what they called her) engagement ring and we could remake it however we wanted. At first I wasn't sure what it was going to look like because DH told me it was "a diamond with a lot of little diamonds around it" so I didn't know what to expect, but when my MIL showed me the ring, I completely fell in love with it. I'm not sure if you can really tell by the way the picture is (it's not the best quality, I know!), but it's actually a diamond in the center surrounded by 6 other diamonds. I couldn't have picked a more beautiful ring myself! All we had to do with it was replace the very large gold band with a platinum one. (apparently DH's great-grandmother had large fingers, whereas I wear a size 6.)

The wedding band belonged to my great-aunt. Now this was one great lady! She married for the first time at 15 to a man much older than she. Her husband was not very good to her, so they ended up divorcing and later on she married a Colonel in the Air Force, and this was the ring from that very happy marriage. I loved my great-aunt very much. She was always perfectly groomed and loved the color red and zebra print. As they had no children, she doted on me and the other children in the family. I was her "Princess."

After she passed away in 1999, my grandmother came into possession of this ring. Before she died of cancer in 2001, she gave it to me and I resolved to keep it as my wedding band. And so I did! And crazily enough, the two rings go together really well! Who would have thought? I guess it was just meant for DH and I to get married!

Okay, I think I'll go back to work now....one hour left! Woo! 4 hours to NIN! Double WOO!

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,10/17/2005 09:00:00 AM
Hoy soy molestado
That is Spanish for "I am annoyed."

I'm annoyed at my hair-how superficial is that?? The thing is, I have this cowlick (why the hell is it called a cowlick anyway? How gross is it to think that a cow is licking your hair?) on the back of my head, near the bottom. No matter what I do to it in the mornings, it never turns under with my round brush like all the rest of my obedient hair. So, I end up leaving the house with perfectly coiffed sides and top, but the back left part of my hair always sticks out stubbornly! GRR!

AND, over the weekend two of the biggest, grossest zits popped up on my chin in a perfect diagonal from one another. What am I, 12? And they're the kind of zits that are under the skin and hurt when you touch them. C'mon, I know y'all know what I'm talking about....

I guess if that's the only thing I have to be annoyed or worried about in my life then I'm damn lucky indeed.

I do like my eyebrows, though. They have a nice arch to them. I had them threaded the last time I was at the salon (which hurt like a MF).

But all is not lost. I am going to NIN tonight--the long wait is over! Woo! AND I got my Halloween costume ordered and am working on the finishing touches--I'm planning the company Halloween party and am so excited....I love to plan parties!

Got an e-mail from DH this morning and it looks like he'll be getting a bonus this year, so that's something to be happy about as well! I see a mini-break in our future....

And, on the last note, I've begun the Path to Pretty this morning. I got up at 5:50 am, did my exercises, and prayed that I can keep this up!
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10.15.2005,10/15/2005 11:20:00 AM
A Meme from Poppy!
Well, she didn't tag me, but, like her, I'm all about the memes.

1. When you look at yourself in the mirror, what's the first thing you look at?
The zits that have inexplicably popped up on my chin.

2. How much money do you have on you?
I think I have $1 and a few pennies

3. What's the first word that comes to mind that rhymes with "TEST?"
Breast

4. Favorite plant?
Hee hee....seriously, though, I like the lucky bamboo on my desk at work.

5. Who is the 4th person on your missed call list on your cell phone?
Mrs. Wallington

6. What is your main ring tone on your phone?
Right now it's the old phone sound (lol Poppy!) but for certain people I have the "Alias" theme song.

7. What shirt are you wearing?
Up until about 1 minute ago I wasn't wearing one, but for the sake of this question I put on DH's green waffle-weave long-sleeved shirt.

8. Do you "label" yourself?
Too much, I think.

9. The brand of shoes you're currently wearing?
My tootsies are au naturel, except for the red polish on my toes.

10. Bright or Dark Room?
In the morning I like bright. If I'm watching TV, dark.

11. What do you think about the person who took this survey before you?
She is one of the coolest people I have the privilege of knowing!

12. Ever "spilled the beans?"
Yes, I have. I'm bad!

13. What were you doing at midnight last night?
I was asleep, because having strep throat seems to be rather exhausting.

14. What did your last text message you received on your cell phone say?
I hardly ever use my text messaging capabilites, but I think the last one was from my sister along the lines of, "Guess who got a new job, my little snow kitten?" She's weird, but I love her.

15. Do you ever click on "Pop Ups?"
No. I don't like them.

16. What's a saying that you say a lot?
"Holy Crap!" and "Yee-haw!" The latter one is relatively new. I have no idea why I started saying it.

17. Who told you they loved you last
DH (kisskisskiss)

18. Last person you hooked up with?
I don't know what exactly is meant by this one, but the only person I've seen for the past 36 hours is DH.

19. Last furry thing you touched?
Kino

20. How many drugs have you done in the past 3 days?
Legal--several--remember how I said that my nightstand resembles a pharmacy?
Illegal--not for a VERY long time...

21. How many rolls of film do you need to get developed?
One or two--I think we still have a disposable camera left over from our wedding that hasn't been developed!

22. Favorite age you have been so far?
I loved being 18 because I looked so damn hot and I felt like I had the world in my hand, but I love being 28 because I am very happy with the way my life has turned out.

23. Your worst enemy?
Eeehhh, how about this strep throat stuff?

24. What is your current desktop picture?
A field of Black-Eyed Susans

25. What was the last thing you said to someone?
"I love you!" to DH as he went to watch football with the boys.

26. If you had to choose between a million bucks or to be able to change a major regret?
I agree with Poppy. What's done is done, and if the things in my life had happened differently, I wouldn't be where I am today. Gimme the money.

27. Are you in love with someone?
Well, duh! Of course I am!
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10.12.2005,10/12/2005 01:22:00 PM
Squeaky...
I'm eating some orange chicken that I picked up from Panda Express while I was out running errands, and just now, when I stuck my fork into the battered goodness (the chicken fried steak reference on Kim's blog made me cave in), the meat squeaked.

I think I just lost my appetite....
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,10/12/2005 11:25:00 AM
I am a Culinary Goddess
Man oh man.....I recently purchased this cookbook on Ebay (I freakin love that site) that consists of quick meals that can be ready in 20 miuntes. It's called Minutemeals and last night was the first night I tried a recipe from it.

It was so damn good I wanted to slap myself.

I made pasta e fagioli soup, which is a white bean soup with sausage and pasta, with a Caesar salad on the side.

The soup was really easy: You take 1/4 lb of sweet Italian sausage, take it out of the casing and cook it up in 2 Tbs of garlic-infused olive oil. At the same time this is cooking, put in 1/2 of an onion and 1 tsp. Italian seasoning blend. Cook this until the sausage browns, for about 5 minutes. After everything is browned, add in a can of diced tomatoes, 2 cans of white cannelini beans, and 3 cans of chicken broth. Bring this to a boil and add 1/2 c of small pasta (I used small shells). Cook for 10-12 minutes. Garnish with a bit of freshly grated Parmesan.

I've been on this cooking kick lately--with my new job I'm not nearly as stressed out as I used to be, and I get home around 6, so it's relaxing for me to come home and cook up a great meal.

Now, if only we could train the cats to do the dishes......
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10.11.2005,10/11/2005 10:58:00 AM
Rambling Rambling Rambling
The house hunting expedition was interesting on Sunday. We went out to Wylie to look at some new home communities, and boy, it's way the hell out there! I need to be in the middle of things and know that Super Target is mere minutes away from me if I need it. So, we're going to stay on our side of town, probably look a little farther north.

I did most of the talking during the house hunting expedition (my dad's a homebuilder and I worked in the industry). Later DH laughed at me because he said that every house I went into was "THE HOUSE" and that he was there to keep me grounded. After thinking about it I realized that he was right. I hate it when he's right. :)

DH is firmly ensconced in the World of Warcraft. I'm totally fine with it as long as we can eat dinner together and have some cuddle time in front of the TV--then he can go quest to his heart's delight.

While he's been in the land of RPG, I've been reading my first sci-fi book. It's The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein. I asked DH one day if he could recommend a sci-fi book to me which one it would be and he said that one. He knows me well....I can't put the damn thing down! Damn you DH and your converting me to geekdom! :)

At least my geekdom descent will be slowed by my attendance at NINE INCH NAILS on Monday!! I can't hardly wait to see Trent again. It's been a long 5 years. And I saw a picture that his head's shaved! And it just makes him look hotter!!!

Here's the set list, courtesy of the other wonderful Trent:
Pinion
Love Is Not Enough
Wish
Terrible Lie
The Line Begins To Blur
March Of The Pigs
The Frail
The Wretched
Closer
Burn
Gave Up
Eraser
Right Where It Belongs
Beside You In Time
Sin
Only
Reptile
Suck
Hurt
The Hand That Feeds
Head Like A Hole
No Encore


Holy Jesus I think I'm going to pass out from anticipation!!!!
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,10/11/2005 10:42:00 AM
A Disclaimer....
Looks like I might have stepped on some toes regarding my Path to Pretty post yesterday!
Wow! That's a first! (at least that I know of)

But seriously....this is my truth and how I feel about things. My blog, my opinion. If a reader experienced things with me that I've written about here and came out of it with a different version of what happened, then that's fine. That's your opinion.

However, I'm going to say this once, and this applies to everyone who reads my blog:

If you don't like what I have to say, DON'T READ MY BLOG.

Pretty simple, don't you think?


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,10/11/2005 09:15:00 AM
La Oficina de Bdogg
I don't know how to say "cubicle" in Spanish, so I used "office" instead.

Been playing around with the new department digital camera and thought I'd give a glimpse into my work life for bloggers who are hungry for more! (and let's face it, who isn't hungry for more??? LOL)

All Bdogg, All the time...ooh I think I'm going to change my subheader under my blog name to that!

And here's a closeup of where I spend the majority of my working hours...Eric, I know you'll appreciate Gir! Wish I could find a toy of him in the dog suit....


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10.10.2005,10/10/2005 09:15:00 AM
My Own Path to Pretty
I started this blog with the intention of using it to keep me on track with weight loss. However, life got in the way and I realized I like talking about myself and other things more than focusing entirely on taking off the 55-60 lbs I've put on in the last 5 years. And the weight has stayed on. It hasn't gone up, thank goodness, but it's still here.

Then I read Kim's blog and the struggle with her weight inspired me to start anew. I am embarking on the Path to Pretty. (Although I think I'm pretty damn cute already, I know I will feel a lot better when my pretty ass is about 55lbs lighter!) I am not ready to go out on the limb she did in mentioning her weight on her blog, but let's just say it's close to hers.

I have struggled with my weight since I was about 12 years old, when I hit puberty and all of a sudden thought I was the fattest person ever. It didn't help that when I was in 6th grade, my neighbor called me "Fat Ugly Whale" to my face, simply because I had glasses and boobs. Then he instantly became my friend the moment I got contacts. Bastard. To this day I still won't wear glasses in public, but that's another story.

Then I hit about 14 and all of a sudden I matured. Everything moved into the right place, and damn I was HOT! By this time I'd gone to live with my father and stepmother in a small town west of Lubbock, and every time I'd put something into my mouth, my father would look at me and say, "Don't gain your weight back." So I did what any screwed up teenager would do. I stopped eating. My normal weight with my frame is between 135-140 lbs, and by the time I decided to move back to H-town to be with my mom and family, I was 115 lbs. I looked like a skeleton and scared the crap out of my mom.

Back at home with my family I was soon back to my normal weight, and everything went well for the next few years. Of course I thought I wasn't skinny enough, but when you're a teenager, you think you're a blob, no matter how gorgeous you look (Ah, misspent youth!). Then, when I was 21, I met the man I thought to be (before DH, of course) my greatest love, and who ended up being my downfall.

PCN was the friend/roommate of one of my closest guy friends, and I was hooked from the beginning. Now, he had issues of his own, among them an unnatural obsession about weight and exercising, among other things. (I'm leaving out A LOT) I pursued him relentlessly for about 5 months, and we got together in May of 1998, were engaged on Christmas Day 1998 and had moved in together January 1999, while we both finished college. He loved to throw it in my face that he hated being in College Station, hated Texas A&M, but was there only because of me. That's when I realized that PCN wasn't the man I thought he was. Now, I'm not saying that he isn't a good person, because deep down I know he is, but we were definitely not supposed to be together. He brought out the complete worst in me. His behavior was manipulative, negative, frightening, and dishonest, yet still I stayed with him, thinking that I could change him. Instead, he changed me--for the worse. I was very unhappy, and the unhappier I became, the heavier I got. I remember one time when we were at the mall--I was hungry and mentioned in passing how good a corn dog sounded and he said, "If you eat crap like that you'll never lose weight."

We lived together for one year, and then I moved out. We broke up shortly after (in Feb. of 2000). That wasn't the end of it, though. It's never that easy. Back and forth we went, with him contacting me saying that he still loved me and that I was the only one for him. Although I tried to keep him at arm's length, I can't say I always succeeded. Needless to say, I carried a torch for PCN for the next three years, thinking, even though how horribly he treated me, and how small and insignificant he made me feel, that he was the one I was supposed to be with. (Never mind that by the end of 2002 he'd married the girl who essentially broke us up and had a child with her about 9 months later--yet ANOTHER story)

Then, the best thing happened to me. I met DH on Match.com, and by our third date I knew that I was going to marry him. DH is the most wonderful person I've ever known. He's considerate, loving, supportive, funny, and would never do anything to hurt me. He loves me just the way I am, and has told me on several occasions that I could stay the same weight I am for the rest of my life and that would not change his feelings. This unconditional love and acceptance has helped me start to accept myself, finally, after more than 15 years of uncertainty and doubt. But some of it still lingers.....

My weight is unhealthy. There are a myriad of problems I face by staying the weight I am. Heart problems, diabetes, joint problems, pregnancy complications (when that wonderful event happens). And I don't want to be the mom who can't keep up with her kids because of the extra weight she carries.

I'm reading a book about healthy weight loss, and two things are most important in losing weight and keeping it off (besides eating right and exercising, of course.) One of these things is accepting yourself no matter what your size. The other is having a group of people who will support you while you're on this journey. I feel that I'm well on the way of the first, but need help with the second.

Dearest friends and fellow blogger friends, I'm asking you for support. I know this isn't going to be easy, but I know I can do it with the help of my friends. (Not to quote that Joe Cocker song or anything). I do have to say that writing all that I have has helped immensely. I've talked about some of this stuff in the past to some of you, but I've never fully vocalized it like I have today. I feel that by putting this down, I'm purging myself of the negativity I've held on to for so long.

It feels wonderful--like I've lost a few pounds already!
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10.09.2005,10/09/2005 12:52:00 PM
First, Last, Now
Courtesy of the fantabulous Poppy--if you feel like following suit, dear fellow bloggers, then be my guest!!

FIRSTS
First best friend: Joy Roper
First kiss: Mark Simon
First piercing/tattoo: Ears pierced at 4, first tattoo at 23
First big trip: New York City, age 18
First flight: from Big Spring TX to San Antonio at birth
First time skiing/snowboarding: Never done that!
First concert: NKOTB, age 13
First alcoholic drink: Some kind of wine cooler at 16
First ticket violation: Going 5 miles over speed limit at 24 on my way to College Station by a douchebag cop—got dismissed(yay me!)--does that count?
First job: Worked in a bank at 14
First date: Mark Simon, age 14

LASTS
Last car ride: Coming home from grocery store yesterday
Last time you cried: Reading Something Blue
Last movie watched: At the theater, Serenity, on telly, Romeo + Juliet
Last food you ate: Eggs, bacon, blueberry pancakes (we like to cook on Sundays!)
Last love: My husband! Before him, PCN
Last temptation: Chocolate cupcakes I made yesterday in a fit of weakness
Last item bought: Food for ourselves and our kitties
Last annoyance: My jaw from the dental work I had done last week
Last alcoholic drink: Dirty martini at the movie theater last Friday
Last concert: Coldplay
Last phone call: Mrs. Wallington on Friday (Happy Anniversary sweetie!)
Last time at the mall: Yesterday picking up my glasses

NOW
Current best friend: DH, Krissypoo, Mrs. Wallington
Current car: Vanessa, my Tiburon
Current love: My family, friends (blog and otherwise) and my husband
Current drink: Nothing, but had two cups of coffee earlier
Current activity: Blogging, letting my hair air dry, waiting on DH to finish playing World of Warcraft so we can go look at houses!!
Current annoyance: Contacts are bugging me
Current mood: Very content!!
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10.06.2005,10/06/2005 08:33:00 AM
Unpleasantly Numb
This mornig I had dental work done--I had to have a filling repaired on one of my molars. All in all, I have to say that the experience was quite a pleasant one. They gave me laughing gas before they numbed me, which I'd never had before, and boy, was that stuff CRAZY! I think it, in addition to the novocaine, has me a little bit puddin-headed still.

The only drawback? Most of the lower right side of my face is numb, with feeling slowly creeping back in. And I'm starving--I didn't eat anything before the appt. because it was at 6:50 this morning. So, I'm trying to eat something soft, and when I chew, a little drool runs out of my mouth. Not the most enjoyable feeling, but I'm glad nobody is in my area right now except me. It kind of feels a little like when I had my wisdom teeth out, except not so extreme. I'm going to be glad when this stuff wears off!

On another note, my Nine Inch Nails tickets came in the mail yesterday and I'm so damn excited! When I looked on Ticketmaster, all the seats left were crappy, so I went to eBay and scored 2 tickets on the first level (don't like the floor--I actually want to SEE the show) for face value of the tickets! We would have spent more than that if we'd gone thru Ticketmaster just in those damn service fees alone! I'm very very very excited--Trent, I love you! (hee hee)

I think I'll go back to my attempts at chewing, now. My stuff's getting cold....
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10.05.2005,10/05/2005 11:45:00 AM
Bowled Over...
I got an e-mail this morning from a good friend/former co-worker and she told me that her husband left her last weekend. I'm completely floored right now.

I never got the chance to meet her husband, but I used to talk to him on the phone a lot, and he seemed like a nice guy. My friend also has a 14-year-old daughter from a previous marriage who is affected by this as well. I haven't gotten many details, because my friend doesn't have many details to give. Apparently he just left. She is one of the nicest people I know, and it just breaks my heart to think of her and her daughter (who is also a really cool chick)having to go through this.

It just makes me wonder how one gets through divorce, especially if you're the person who is blindsided by the news that the person you promised to love forever decides they don't want to be with you anymore. I, honestly, don't know what I would do if DH decided he didn't want to be with me. I'd probably lose it. I know that I would eventually be able to pick myself up and move on, but.....okay, I don't want to think about that. No need getting worked up over something that most likely, hopefully, will never happen.

I get kind of mad thinking about it. To me, it seems that people rush to marry, then decide they're bored with their spouse or don't want to make an effort anymore and decide to get divorced. I don't get that. Yes, there are difficult times, yes, that "spark" fades, but when you face problems together and overcome them as a team, that's what makes you stronger and your bond that much more unbreakable. I think that a lot of people have this fairy-tale ideal of what marriage is supposed to be and when it doesn't turn out that way, they decide to divorce. These people are horribly disillusioned. Marriage is work, people. It's not all candelight dinners and long-stemmed roses and foot massages. (ha!) You can't just throw in the towel the minute things get tough or the "magic" fades.

I'm just sounding off....and if you're in an abusive relationship, either physical or mental, then all bets are off. Get the hell out of there as quickly as you can. But for those who are just bored, then get a hobby!
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10.03.2005,10/03/2005 09:00:00 AM
Coffee Talk
You know, I never used to drink coffee, but now I just can't seem to start my day without a cup. I don't know what's going to happen when I get pregnant, although I did read that it's okay to have a cup of coffee in the morning.

I have a couple of pet peeves. Well, one in particular. This morning I was driving down my street, trying to get out of my subdivision, and this blue Blazer was in front of me driving like complete ass, going like 15 mph. It was only after I was able to get around her when I got out of the subdivision that I noticed that SHE WAS PUTTING ON HER MAKEUP! And not just lipstick or powder--the dumbass was putting on MASCARA! While she was driving!

Now, I understand being in a hurry, and it's sometimes difficult for me to get to work on time. But, come on! Putting on mascara while driving? How stupid is that? It takes like 5 seconds to put on mascara.

My old boss used to put her contacts in while driving. It's a wonder these people don't kill themselves or others with their behavior.

Okay, I'm off of my rant. Friday night DH and I went to see Serenity. That movie totally kicked ass! Although I am a recent viewer of Firefly, I thoroughly enjoyed it, even with the snafus that ensued during the movie.

We went to Studio Movie Grill to see the movie, which is a restaurant/movie house (Like Alamo Draft House). DH ordered quesadillas, and about 25 minutes into the movie, proceeded to have butterfingers and spill his salsa. All over my flip-flops and into my purse. I tried to clean it up at our table, but it just wasn't happening, so I had to squelch (salsa between the toes is not pleasant) out of the theater into the bathroom, where I commenced cleanup. I was in a little bit of a nasty mood after that, so I marched up to the bar, ordered a martini, and went back to my seat in the theater, where I stumbled and spilled some of my martini onto DH. It was completely unintentional, I swear!

Saturday we went to the gun show at the Frisco Conference Center--my first gun show--and looked at various firearms. I have been shooting at a range once and really enjoyed it, and would like to take some gun safety classes as well as work on getting my CHL. Didn't come out with any firearms, but I did get a really cool lucky bamboo plant for my office. Yeah, in addition to guns, this place even sold jewelry! I think it's for the men, so when they drop $2000 on a rifle, they can pick up a sparkly $10 bracelet to distract the little woman while he hightails it to the safe. That place was slightly chauvanistic--I was looking at a little sub-compact 9mm pistol and the dealer said to me that "he didn't think that was a very good pistol for a lady," since he figures that the safety would be too difficult for a woman to work in a crisis. Ha. I laugh at the ignorance of people sometimes.....

I think I've said enough for the moment. Back to work!!!
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