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7.29.2007,7/29/2007 08:24:00 PM
Exhausted!!
This past week has been quite exhausting. Monday morning I got to work and found out that a proposal that I had all but given up on got the go-ahead from the director of our group and I had to scramble to get everything out by Thursday for delivery on Friday. Many frustrated hours later, I slapped that FedEx sticker on the box late Thursday afternoon and breathed a sigh of relief. Now, whether we get the interview or not is another story, but I was just glad to be done with it!

Because of my hard work, my boss gave me a half day off for "free" on Friday, which was awesome since my mom and sister came into town for the weekend for a visit. We spent the afternoon at the mall, where I bought some new clothes and lots of stuff for the house. Things are starting to come together a bit--here's a photo of the revamped mantel:

I thought that the cats would be hospitable, since we haven't had any mishaps with other people who've come to stay, but sure enough, BlackJack went crazy on Friday night and attacked my mom on the way to the guest room, and when I tried to shoo him away, he came back and attacked ME! He was banished to the master bedroom for the rest of the weekend. I just don't understand why he does that--this never happens when other people come to visit! DH and I seem to think it's because my mom and sister have dogs, and the cats smell the dogs on them.

I am entering my fourth week of Weight Watchers, and everything seems to be going well. So far I haven't felt deprived, in fact, I made a lovely vegetarian lasagna for dinner tonight. The thing I can't understand, though, is the fact that at home, my scales register a 9 lb weight loss, while at the meetings, the "official" weight loss is only 4 lbs. I started out at the same weight on both scales! Maybe it's because at home, I weigh in the morning, while my meetings are in the evening.....I don't know, I like to think it's a 9 lb weight loss instead of a 4 lb one. :) Whatever gets me through the day, right?? DH is doing really well, too--he's lost 10 lbs!

I hope everyone else had a good weekend too!!!
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7.23.2007,7/23/2007 09:04:00 PM
Bdogg and the Overactive Imagination
Ever since my car accident, I will sometimes wake up in the night with these twinges in my shoulder. It keeps me from falling back to sleep, and the only thing that helps is if I pop a Vicodin and lie on the couch. I turn on the TV.

You know a great TV station to have on at 2 in the morning? TVLand. Something about those old shows is really soothing....

Now, we keep our blinds in the family room and game room up about a quarter of the way so the cats can look outside, so at 2 in the morning when I'm staggering to the couch, it is always in the back of my head that some burglar or peeping Tom or werewolf or demon is waiting on the other side of the window, staring at me, getting ready to break into the house, or kill me.

And it kinda freaks me out.

I also don't like to be in the house alone overnight--if DH goes out of town for the weekend, or if he's away on business, I don't sleep very well at all. Now, if it's only for a couple of days, I try to butch up and stay at home (with the gun in close proximity to me, though,) but if he's gone for more than two nights, I usually go over to the in-laws and stay with them. Yes, I'm a pussy.

I used to not be like this. When I first went off to A&M I slept alone in the apartment I shared with my roommate all the time--I had no problem being alone, in fact, I loved it. Then, the night before I was to move back home for the summer, I had gone over to a friend's house to play cards and have a few drinks. I left my apartment about 9 pm, and came back around 1:30. The door was open, which I didn't think was all that odd, because my roommate ALWAYS left the door unlocked. So I walked on in, and noticed that the lights were on. Thought that was kind of strange, because I was sure I had turned the lights off when I left. But oh well. My roommate must have come home, turned the lights on, and left without locking up (she was raised in a small town and didn't quite grasp the concept of locking your front door.)

But anyway, I walked back into my bedroom, and noticed that my box spring, which had been pushed up against the window earlier in the day was pushed away from the window, the blinds were shredded, and the screen to my window was lying on my mattress. Broken glass was all over the floor.

And, dumbass that I was, IT STILL DIDN'T REGISTER. I thought that maybe my roommate had forgotten her key and had to break the window to get in. (I think I was in shock) The light finally turned on in my brain when I called my roommate to ask her what was going on and she said that she hadn't been in the apartment since the afternoon. And that's when I started to freak out.

Luckily, the only thing that was taken was a bike that belonged to my roommate's boyfriend, but I felt so violated, especially because it had been my room that had been broken into. The police were called, reports were filed, and I ended up crashing at my roommate's new apartment that night, because I sure as hell wasn't going to sleep in my old place. They never found out who did it, but I doubt much legwork was done on our case. We were students, the school year was over, and nothing of real consequence was taken. Well, nothing except my peace of mind!

Ever since, it has been difficult for me to stay overnight by myself. I thought that the two years I lived alone in my single-girl apartment had cured me, but that was only 650 square feet, so there was only one way in, and not as much space for someone to hide and kill me in my sleep. However, our house now is nearly 2000 square feet, which means there is three times more space for intruders to lurk, waiting in the study to cause me bodily harm, or in the guest bedroom, just waiting for their chance.

Is it any wonder, then, why I don't like watching scary movies???
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7.19.2007,7/19/2007 03:07:00 PM
Behavioral Problems

This morning, you were so beautiful. You had bounce and volume and were a joy to look at. Every part of you was pure poetry--you turned under where you were supposed to, and I was enthralled by the sophisticated look you portrayed. I was so happy, becuase I thought, "Today is the day that my hair finally behaves."

But you didn't.

The minute I stepped outside you fell flat on your follicles, impervious to the volumizing mousse I so lovingly applied to your roots. You made my bangs feather out like a poor Farrah Fawcett imitation, resisting all pleas to remain the beautiful, side-swept creation you were MEANT to be. And, worst of all, you deviously pushed the button I most hate to have pushed: you made one--JUST ONE--section flip and stick awkwardly out of what had all the potential to be a perfectly turned under, layered bob.

Why must you be so difficult? I do everything for you! I wash you in highlight-enhancing shampoo, I lightly condition you to keep you supple, I even let you rest over the weekends and don't use styling products if I am not going anywhere of consequence. Once a week, I remove any buildup that might have accumulated on you with a gentle clarifying shampoo. So why do you repay me by flipping when you're not supposed to, doing weird feather-y things, and falling flat? What have I done to deserve this????

Look, we're stuck with each other, so we might as well TRY to get along, right?

Let's hope that tomorrow is a better day.

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7.16.2007,7/16/2007 03:05:00 PM
Monday Meme
I found this over at Merrie's site, and have gotten it in an e-mail recently too. Thought I'd post it, and if you'd like to do the same, go ahead!

1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE?
Not to my recollection. When I was born, my name wasn't a very common one.

2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED?
I got teary last night...

3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING
It's okay--I prefer to type, though.

4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT?
Turkey or roast beef. I don't eat a lot of sandwiches, though.

6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU?
Most definitely.

7. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT?
Depends on the situation!

8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS?
Yes I do.

9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP?
OH HELL NO!

10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL?
I don't really have a favorite, because I like so many of them. Cheerios, Life, Frosted Mini Wheats, Froot Loops...

11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF?
Depends on the shoes.

12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE MENTALLY STRONG?
Sometimes.

13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM?
I like vanilla bean and chocolate chip cookie dough. Oh, and chocolate peanut butter!

14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE?
Their smile, or eyes.

15. RED OR PINK?
Red.

16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF?
I am a bit of a control freak. And I let little things annoy me too much.

17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST?
My family.

18. DO YOU WANT EVERYONE TO SEND THIS BACK TO YOU?
Not tagging anyone, so not really applicable.

19. WHAT COLOR PANTS AND SHOES ARE YOU WEARING?
Black Skirt, red slingbacks.

20. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE?
A mini-chocolate cake.

21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?
My co-worker whistling through her teeth. (see the last part of #16)

22. IF YOU Were A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE?
Robin's egg blue. Or Macaroni and Cheese.

23. FAVORITE SMELLS?
Fresh laundry, vanilla, things baking.

24. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE?
I think it was my Mom last night.

25. DO YOU LIKE THE PERSON WHO SENT THIS TO YOU?
I think she's the coolest!

26. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH?
Ninja Warrior and baseball.

27. HAIR COLOR?
Blondie.

28. EYE COLOR?
Green.

29. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS?
Won't leave the house without them.

30. FAVORITE FOOD?
Tacos! And chocolate.

31. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS?
Happy endings. No scary movies.

32. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED?
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

33. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING?
Black and gray and white floral.

34. SUMMER OR WINTER?
Winter.

35. HUGS OR KISSES?
Both, please!

36. FAVORITE DESSERT?
Anything with chocolate. Or pastry.

37. MOST LIKELY TO RESPOND?
N/A

38. LEAST LIKELY TO RESPOND?
N/A

39. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW?
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince--trying to brush up for the 7th book this weekend!

40. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD?
Some anime cat.

41. WHAT DID YOU WATCH ON T.V. LAST NIGHT?
Cheaters that was on the TiVo.

42. FAVORITE SOUND?
My Joey purring.

43. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES?
Beatles.

44. HOW FAR HAVE YOU BEEN FROM HOME?
NYC.

45. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT?
Not really. I can tie a cherry stem in a knot with my tongue...
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7.15.2007,7/15/2007 04:20:00 PM
True Confessions, part 2
I know it's been a while since I've posted a true confession, but I thought I'd give it a go and post yet another entry with some deep, dark secrets.

Although this secret probably isn't so dark, after all.

True Confession #2: My weight is a constant issue, and as much as I try to say otherwise, it defines who I am.

I was always kind of a chubby kid who desperately wanted to be thin and belong, especially in junior high, when I weighed *gasp!* 140 lbs. That was the kiss of death to a girl who was surrounded by little size 5's when I was a hefty size 11. Of course, now I would sell my soul to be that size (anyone who has or is overweight can attest to this feeling,) but when you're 12, trying to navigate the ins and outs of puberty and finding your place in the school hierarchy, and all of your "best" friends from first grade on were suddenly not speaking to you anymore because you didn't make the volleyball team, you just felt like a big, fat loser.

Then the magical happened. My freshman year, I bloomed. I mean, really bloomed. All of that lumpiness melted away, leaving a slim, svelte girl who looked hot, with big boobs! Finally I was fitting into the size 5's. But of course, the die had been cast, and every time I looked into the mirror I saw the hefty 12-year-old I used to be.

Throughout the end of high school and up until I was about 23, I hovered right around 130 lbs. Then I broke up with my first real boyfriend/fiance and totally went crazy. That, and the fact that I wasn't as active as I used to be really started to pack the pounds on. When I graduated from college, I weighed around 170 lbs, and was a size 16.

And it's only gone up from there, I'm sad to say. I'm so ashamed of how heavy I've gotten that I won't tell you how much I actually weigh, but let's just say there's a 2 in front instead of a 1 now.

I've tried just about everything--Atkins, Sugar Busters, South Beach, Slim Fast--you name it, I've tried it. I would do really well for a few weeks/couple of months, have one or two days of binging, and just stop. Thankfully, I am married to a man who thinks I'm a hottie no matter how much I weigh, but 9 times out of 10 I still look in the mirror and I don't like what I see.

So, I have decided to do something about it, again. Last week I went to my first Weight Watchers meeting. I have tried WW in the past, but it was always online, and I never once visited a meeting. Hoping that being with a group of like-minded people I might actually get it to stick this time, I thought I'd try the meetings and see what they were about. Everyone was really nice, and my first week on the plan hasn't been as difficult as I thought it would be. However, I still have this nagging feeling that it won't stick yet again, that I'll be good for a month or two and then stop again, like I've done countless times in the past.

In order to try to keep myself on track, I've been thinking of the reasons why I want to lose weight. Yes, I know that everyone says, "I want to lose weight for my health," but you know what? Fuck that. I want to lose weight so I don't have to shop in the plus size section anymore. I want to lose weight so I can wear sleeveless tops and not have to worry about showing my arms. I want to lose weight so I don't recoil in horror when summer rolls around and it's time to wear a swimsuit again. Yes, the health part of it is important, but dammit, I want to look good.

Plus, DH and I have made a bargain that when I reach the halfway point of my goal, I get a new Kate Spade bag, so that's not a bad goal to work toward either. :)

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7.14.2007,7/14/2007 08:35:00 PM
New Toys, and Other Stuff too...
Happy Weekend, everyone!

I got my hair cut today at 11:45, and was so excited about it that I woke up at 7am and couldn't get back to sleep. So, I got all of my grocery shopping done by 10am today. I'm a FIEND!

Anyway, for the past few months my hair has just hung, lifeless, on my head. I needed a change, and had been debating on what to do for the past couple of weeks when my boss suggested the salon she goes to which isn't far from where I live. So, I made an appointment and am now sporting a long-layered bob, chin-length, with sideswept bangs. I'm very pleased. :) Of course, the getting up at 7am was negated by the fact that when I got home around 2, I ended up going to sleep for four hours.
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Tonight DH and I went out to eat Vietnamese food, at this noodle house nearby, and as we were coming back, a cop pulled out of the police station and drove alongside us for a bit, then sped off. When we came up to the stoplight, we noticed that he was stopped about 20 feet away from the car in front of him, and we thought that was odd. Just then, another cop pulled up behind the one next to us, and they both pulled in front of us, flipped their lights on, and pulled over this ratty old Saturn. Intrigued, we turned right, and watched, incredulous, as FIVE police cars surrounded this Saturn, which, when we drove by, had a couple of teenage boys in it. Interesting, no? I wonder what it was that these kids were doing that warranted five police cars to surround them? Must be a slow night...
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After months of cajoling, DH finally talked me into agreeing to buy new laptops. So, we are both owners of the new Dell Inspiron laptops. Mine is a 1420 with a chocolate brown cover, and his is the 1720--this sucker is so big that in addition to the keyboard, it even has the number pad. I have to say that even though the price tag was rather high for my taste, I am pleased with the new toy. It even has a built-in webcam! I just have to learn how to use it.
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Has anyone else gone to see the new HP movie? I thought it was very good, and plan on seeing it again, this time at the IMAX, where the final battle scene is in 3-D. I can't wait!!!

Have a lovely rest of the weekend, everyone! :)
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7.11.2007,7/11/2007 10:23:00 AM
Supreme Bliss
At 7:15 tonight, I will be sitting in a darkened theater, sipping on a martini*, and watching this:


I can't wait......
*in case you're wondering, I'm going to one of those movie theaters where they serve you dinner and drinks and you can watch a movie at the same time. Woo!
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7.02.2007,7/02/2007 11:37:00 PM
Thoughts from the Bathtub
A little while ago I received a lovely package from Poppy with an assortment of Lush bath bombs. They are my favorite bath products, and Ms. P, my BFF, is cool like that. :)

Anyway, tonight DH and some of his coworkers went to see the Transformers movie, and for the first time in a really long time, I had an evening to myself. I ordered Chinese food, bought some songs on iTunes (more on that later,) and had a lovely bath using one of the above mentioned bath bombs. It was the blackberry one, and it turned my bathwater a lovely shade of lavender. Blackjack, who is always fascinated by water, felt like he had to test the water to make sure I wasn't bathing in poison, so he drank some of it.

I will never understand why my cats will drink warm bathwater or water out of the cup that is in the shower that we've placed there for them, but their nice, clean, cool, FILTERED water that's in their bowl will remain untouched. Crazy kitties.

While in the bath, I was thinking of songs I wanted to download, and thought of "How Soon is Now" by Morrissey or The Smiths, I forget who, so when I got out of the tub I came over to search for the song on iTunes.

The only version they have is the live version. I don't WANT the live version, dammit, I want the regular old album version with no screaming or clapping or Morrissey singing the song in a different, strange way.

Then I remembered that "How Soon is Now" was on The Wedding Singer soundtrack, so I typed that into the search bar.

What I found was the most monstrous thing I think I've ever listened to. There's a reason that musical was short-lived, people. It SUCKED!

I guess I could just download the song of my desire off LimeWire or something, but I really don't want to do that, so I'll have to see if I have my old copy of the soundtrack around here somewhere.
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7.01.2007,7/01/2007 07:45:00 PM
Ten Years! When did I get so OLD???
There's nothing interesting on TV, so I'm watching Titanic on TBS. I can't believe that movie's 10 years old. I remember when it came out--I saw it like 3 times at the theater. Not particularly because of the love story, although it was enjoyable, but because I had been such a Titanic freak for most of my late elementary/early middle school years that being able to see that ship as it was meant to be seen was so wonderful to me. And, I could also think to myself about how historically inaccurate it was that a first class girl and a third class boy would have even been allowed to glimpse each other, much less fall in love and do it in a car in the ship's cargo hold. I always have to ruin a good story with my historian's brain. God, I'm a nerd.

I have to say, though, Kate Winslet was, and still is, a smokin' hottie. I want her hair in this movie--those golden red ringlets!
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,7/01/2007 11:07:00 AM
Sunday Tidbits!
In an attempt to get the nasty stains out of my beautiful porcelain sink, I have filled one side of it with scalding hot water and added a cup of bleach. That's a lot of bleach, but the Flylady said to use a cup! Oh wait, maybe she said a cap of bleach. It is the same first and last letter, with one vowel change in the middle. Oops. My sink is looking quite angry at the moment.
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I've decided to poach eggs for brunch this morning and do a kind of Eggs Benedict, but without the hollandaise sauce. While searching the Internets to see how long eggs need to poach, I put "pooching an egg" in the Google Search Box instead of "poaching an egg." Is that a Freudian slip of some sort?
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I'm watching Weird Science on HBO. It's seriously one of my favorite 80's movies. The guy who plays Wyatt is Ilan Mitchell-Smith, who incidentally was an English grad student and TA at the college I attended. By the time I graduated he was a full-fledged professor, with a PhD in Medieval History or something like that--one of my favorite subjects! Anyway, I always wanted to have him as a prof for one of my classes, just so I could go up to him and say, "How about a nice, greasy pork sandwich served in a dirty ashtray?" (a line from the movie) I probably would have gotten failed right on the spot, as he doesn't like to have his past movie career brought up, but it would have been worth it.
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On the menu for tonight's dinner is pot roast, made in the crockpot. We've had problems with pot roasts before, the meat never getting tender enough, and a co-worker told me her secret recipe. If it works, I will be super happy. If not, I'm never making a roast again.


Okay, my egg pooching liquid is simmering, so I must go! (yes, that was intentional)
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