Archive for September, 2006

Then the battery died

September 25, 2006 By: nooccar Category: Miscelany

I thought it’d be nice to stop at CostCo today and get a few items, and even called Donna to see what we needed. I bought fun stuff like Vanilla ice cream, milk, and cheese, and then made my way to the car , to a car that didn’t want to turn on. It whined at me and wouldn’t turn over. I had perishables in the trunk and Claire in the backseat, looking at me with that I-want-to-go-home-right-now,-Momma! face. (And yes, she does call me Momma now, too). Anyway, the car wouldn’t start and the ice cream began to melt while the sun beating down on the mirrors of the car.

I called Donna who hurried down from work since it was almost 5, and she picked up the groceries and Claire. Then promised to return soon with jumper cables, and in the meantime I called AAA who said 60 minutes or less. At 61 minutes they pulled in and jumped it. It started right up and the air blew in my face while the sun went down behind us.

I drove around for 20 minutes before I drove by AUTOZONE. I stopped in and they said my battery was dead and I should buy a new one. Donna didn’t like that idea and wanted me to call the Tempe dealer. They said it would cost me $50 prorated, and AUTOZONE wanted $65.00 so I just bought it. I just did it. I said let’s throw away the money and buy a battery so we can get back and forth to work and everything would just be ok.

So I bought it, the lights turned up nice and bright and I drove home after 7pm, almost 14 hours after I left this morning. Yawn yawn yawn.

Non-naked Billy

September 24, 2006 By: nooccar Category: House

We really haven’t worked on the guest room (affectionately named Billy, since that’s what IKEA calls the furniture we use in that room) for over a week. Today we pulled ourself from the horror that has become the Steeler’s season, and went into Billy to hang the curtains. We spent about an hour in there hanging the curtains and emptying the closet.

I then went out into the garage where I began to separate garage sale stuff from things we actually care about. I was out there for an hour before Donna pointed out that it’d be cooler without the dryer on at the same time. In the meantime, I’m not to thrilled with the cabinet guy. Originally he gave us a quote on August 30th and we cancelled our initial appointment. We finally rescheduled after I proved Donna wrong and now the guy gave us a bunch of crap. Told us the first available appointment wasn’t until early October, and that it would cost us another $50.00, since the prices went up (supposedly). So now we hurry up and wait another week before we can finish the garage.


September 23, 2006 By: nooccar Category: Adams, Friends, Parenthood

Tonight Claire had her very first sleepover.

Laura has come through for us in bind after bind, and this week they asked if we’d watch Emma one evening. Usually we’re sitting at home every single night doing pretty much nothing, but this was a wicked week (see the last post if you want more.) Tonight Ryan and Laura wanted to go out to see Pirates of the Caribbean and we offered for Emma to spend the night.

So for the last two hours Emma and Claire ran around the house playing, and it really kind of showed us how it would be to have two children. I, for one, kept thinking of how it must’ve been when Brian and I would run around Grandma Adams’ house when we were little, and I laugh at how big Claire is compared to Emma who is a year old than her. And I remind myself that Jaime, Meghan and I are three years apart (give or take).

Claire finally crashed around 9 and now we’re trying to get Emma down. Claire will sleep in our room tonight between us (and, as she grows, I wonder about our queen size bed) and Emma will sleep in Claire’s crib. So now Emma lies between us on the couch while we watch Pirates of the Caribbean 1 and her parents watch Pirates of the Caribbean 2.

Tomorrow the six if us will get breakfast.

Funky jeans

September 21, 2006 By: nooccar Category: Work

I don’t typically write about work, but I just need to right now. It’s funky lately. I remember years ago when I didn’t care what anyone thought about what I said, did, or wore. And now I wonder where that guy went. And at times I don’t miss the yo-yo who wore a green polyester suit to church one Sunday morning or the kid with clothes too sizes too big who wore the same t-shirt for a month straight on a dare. But other times I wish I still knew him.

I care too much about what people think and wonder why I still do. I let things get to me too quickly. I’ve been in a rut. Just get up, go to work, do the motions, come home. I’m glad fall break starts next week; I think I need it. My hair is shorter now. It’s easy to do. It’s Homecoming week. I can wear jeans and not wonder what I’ll wear. I come home and want to go to bed. Day after day. My wife’s the night owl and I’m not. I guess I’d rather get up at 4AM and go to bed by 8PM. That’s my day.

I’m obsessed with podcasts now and listen to Buzz Out Loud every day. My mother complains that I don’t call anymore because I am too busy with Veronica and the others. And then I think, well she won’t always be there and if I call her everyday, then someday when she’s not there, I will miss her more. And then I get sad because it’s a morbid thought and I want to go home, crawl into bed and go to sleep at 8 o’clock while my wife watches Chicago and eats an entire box of Cheez-Its like her mom did that one time with the futon.

Tomorrow I will apologize to my boss for venting and I will wear jeans to work.

potty talk

September 20, 2006 By: turtlegirl Category: Adams, Claire, Parenthood

I’m glad that Claire has been so excited about potty training, well, actually it is more like potty trying…  but it is nice that she is picking up on some of the concepts.  I asked her if she wanted to use the potty and she took off down the hall, pushing on the bedroom door.  After the door was opened, she ran to the potty seat and pointed.  Thanks hon, I knew where it was, now do you want to use it?  She sits down…still in her diaper.  Sighing, I stand her up and take the diaper off.  She sits down, giggles, and stands back up, clapping ‘all done’.  Your done?  Are you sure?  Try again.  She sits for a few seconds, gets up, claps again.  Sigh 2.  OK, do you want a diaper.  Nods yes.  Fine, go get a diaper.  Running back down the hall into her room, she points to the changing table.  OK honey, any chance you’re ready for bed?


September 19, 2006 By: turtlegirl Category: Dante

Lately Dante (our dog) has been trying to join Devon and me in bed.  Tonight, Devon went to sleep earlier than I.  When I came in later with the dog, Dante jumped up and defiantly laid down in the middle of the bed, butt dangerously perched by Devon’s head. 

I asked the dog, "What is wrong with you lately?  Are you frisky?  Why do you want to lay in bed with us?"

No, he didn’t answer.  Dante just put his head down and looked up at me with cliched eyes.  I responded:  "Fine.  Just don’t touch my pillow.  When I come back your ass better not be near my face!  Do you like it when ass is in your face?"

It was then that I realized I lost the argument.

elevator talk

September 19, 2006 By: nooccar Category: Adams, Work

Lately, I have been taking classes and participating on committees to improve my professional future.  Networking and socializing are actually big aspects of my focus.  Sometimes it really is who you know, so the more people you meet will benefit you in the long run.  It also helps to practice speaking in public, speaking in front of a group, voicing your opinions in meetings, and developing conversations in small groups.

I once heard that many executives will judge an employee’s potential based on their conversations with them in an elevator.  This speaker recommended that a successful person should have about a dozen different 20-second long conversations planned to discuss with a superior.

So now I am trying to heed this wise person’s advice and come up with multiple quickie-conversations to apply in my new situations.  Wish me luck!

my computer

September 18, 2006 By: nooccar Category: Adams

My computer died again.  It’s been in the shop three times this year.  Now we turn the button and it turns blue, the power lights glow, but the screen stays black.  No whirling.  No picture.  No frick-en computer!


September 18, 2006 By: nooccar Category: Adams, Claire, Parenthood

Claire stands up and grabs at her head, "owie!". 

Mom:  "Claire, you don’t have an owie, you didn’t hit your head!  Where is your owie?"

Claire grabs her arm now and says "elbow". 

Mom (in disbelief, since she just showed Claire where her elbow is yesterday):  "What?  Where is your owie?"

Claire, turning to Dad and grabbing her elbow again, "elbow, owie".

Proud of our little girl, I tell Devon that we should buy her an owie-gator – an alligator shaped cold pack for all of Claire’s future owies!

I have ice skated with the Devil

September 18, 2006 By: nooccar Category: House

I’d like to make a disclaimer that this is my point-of-view and even if I may need to go buy a small dog house to sit in my dirt yard so I have a roof over my head, I will now proceed to continue with my tale.

As with most Arizona households we have very little storage space, so our garages get piled with box after box. We’ve been pretty well off in our home (read: we can still put the truck in the garage), but our neighbor has an 8 foot high wall of cardboard boxes wall to wall in his garage so he can’t even pull in anymore. Our relatively tidy (albeit cluttered) garage exploded as we lost our office to become the new guestroom, affectionately named Billy. And since then we’ve been talking about getting cabinets in the garage along one wall.

Donna had a grand idea to move all of the secure items from the garage into the living room. I didn’t think this was the best idea, since until recently the living room was really the only room that didn’t look like a tank drove through it. So yesterday I started moving boxes and complaining, and Donna told me to shake the scorpions out of everything. Did I mention we never had scorpions? I moved heavy boxes while Donna wiped off Claire’s toy and stacked toilet paper nicely in the bathroom. The sweat from the Arizona garage dripped from my forehead while I wiped my brow with the deerskin gloves I got this winter.

I was done, finished, and dragged Donna into the garage. I motioned to the few awkward things still against the cabinet wall, and asked if I could just move them out the day before the installer came.

"Donna, can’t we just move the truck and put the extra stuff over there?" 
"Sure we can, but wait…" Then Donna’s eyebrow furled and she chewed on her lip, like she does sometimes. "Um… Err… Well".

Then she just kind of looked at me, and said "Why didn’t we do that in the first place!?"

I smiled "Because, Honey, when I mentioned that idea, you said it wouldn’t work."
"Well, you should’ve asked again, or drew a picture."
"But I figured we’d do it your way, so there’s no argument."

"But my way was wrong" she admitted.

She admitted! Her way was not the right way for once. If she were a deity, they’d wear rings that said things like, CTD instead of something like CTR. And perhaps people would throw little pickles at her, but here she is, FALLABLE. Not right. Wrong. Inaccurate to the point where I could shout it from the rooftops. It would’ve been easier to just move the stuff to the other side of the garage, but now we have garish piles of boxes stacked in the living room. Sometimes it’s easier to worship at the Temple of Donna, than to correct her when she’s (in her opinion, never) wrong. This time she was. *Me dancing from the mountaintops in my Leiderhosen.*

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