March 31, 2009

nothing exceptional.

Don't have much to say, but Husband reads my blog, so I thought I'd post at least something.

Bullets, shall we?
  • I woke up way too early this morning and got to work at 7:45. It was rainy and gray and I wanted to hide underneath the blankets. But now it's bright and sunny and beautiful and my spirits are better.
  • Still not sure what to do about this computer dilemma. I mean, if you plug stuff in the right holes and they don't work, I'm just not sure what else I can do. Frustrating doesn't even begin to describe how this is all making me feel.
  • This deployment is making me incredibly insecure, with a volatile temper, and the constant need/urge to escape reality by doing things incredibly uncharacteristic of my nature. I know it's normal and all, but I don't feel like myself and it's making me crazy.
  • I haven't started our taxes mostly because I have no idea what to do. Husband is the money person in this marriage and well, he's not here. Can't you just drop off all your W2s somewhere and they do it for you? Anyone in the military know what paperwork you need to submit? I am clueless.
  • Grocery shopping beckons.
  • I have Georgia on my mind. I had way too much fun and so did not want to come back. I mean, it was unreal how carefree things were. I slept until whenever I wanted, I ate whatever I wanted, I did whatever I wanted and it was amazing. I know all good things must come to an end...but why?!
  • I'm worried about this mega virus that is supposed to hit computers tomorrow. A friend advised that we all shut off our computers before midnight tonight. I think that's an excellent idea.
  • I think that's it. Exciting, huh?

March 30, 2009

tear my hair out!

Current mood: Annoyed.

Earlier mood: Happy

Happy because my new work house are fantastic. I get to come home when it's still light outside!

Annoyed now because I picked up our computer that died. (Back story: It crashed one night and wouldn't come back on. I took it in to the shop and they had to delete the entire hard drive and start over...yeah, fun). I tried plugging it in and whatnot and got it up and running...except the keyboard and mouse wouldn't work! I tried every hole I could think (that's what she said) and still no luck. I can't begin downloading programs all over again and accessing our external drive without a functioning mouse and keyboard. SUPER ANNOYED!!!! AGGGGGGHHHHH!!!!

I can't even focus on anything else right now because this computer issue is nagging at me! I'm on my Dad's old computer, which is great, except it doesn't have a working sound card in it. Computers with no sound are no fun. Oh well, at least I have the Internet.

ANNOYED!!!!!

March 29, 2009

so i'm back!

And boy, do I have the blues.

Back to life. Back to reality. Back to blah.

As happy as I am to be home, home is not the same without Aaron. I kind of forgot that he was gone for a split second when I landed at the Little Rock Airport. My head had me thinking he was going to be there to pick me up. What a brutal reminder it was when I realized my mind was simply playing tricks.

I had such a good time in Atlanta. I wish I could stay there until Aaron gets back, but I know that's not feasible. It sure did help pass the time and it sure did make me happy. But alas, bills and dogs and broken computers and taxes and work calls.

Seriously. Is it June yet?

P.S. I do miss Texas (our dog) desperately, though. I can't wait to pick him up tomorrow!

March 22, 2009

i'm alive, just on vacation.

I'm around...but I'm in Atlanta and not sitting still enough to blog. Well, until now. 

All is well here in the city where the playas play. I'm sure I'll have more time for blogging when I get back home and life goes back to normal. 

Until then, it's time for bed. 

March 15, 2009

card-carrying member of the nra.

And proud of it!

Aaron received his membership letter from the NRA a few days ago, complete with a cherry-wood Leatherman and NRA case. LOL. Such rednecks we are! I had to share the letter the NRA sent along. It's too funny (and likely to offend some people. Sorry if it does).

Dear NRA Member,

Please accept the enclosed Multitool w/rosewood handle and sheath with my heartfelt thanks for your support of NRA and your leadership of our ongoing effort to defend our Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.

With Barack Obama's election, one of the most anti-gun politicians in our history holds the highest office in our land. On top of that, gun owners are now facing new and more powerful anti-gun majorities in the Congress, controlled by iron-fisted gun haters like Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid.

Today, your commitment to NRA is all that stands between our firearm freedoms and those that want to take them away. But with your help, I'm confident that we will build a fortress around the Second Amendment that will withstand the battles ahead.

Thank you again for your support and leadership of NRA.

Yours in Liberty,

Wayne R. LaPierre
Executive Vice President

Hehehehehe. I love it.

March 14, 2009

for a real post, keep scrolling.

This one is just another meme because I'm bored and sad and lonely and it's 12:19 am.

What curse word do you use the most?
I an equal-opportunity cusser. When the words are needed, very few of them are spared.

Do you own an iPod?
I sure do. My amazing husband bought it for me and it's engraved on the back. I love it.

Who on your MySpace "Top 8" do you talk to the most?
Hehe. This is old.

What time is your alarm clock set for?
It all depends on what I'm doing that day. For tomorrow? It's not set at all.

What color is your room?
My bedroom is a nice combination of rusty/burnt orange, brown, and bamboo.

Flip flops or sneakers?
Either one.

Would you rather take the picture or be in the picture?
Both!

What was the last movie you watched?
I actually just finished watching The Queen on Netflix.

Do any of your friends have children?
Yeah. Like, all of them.

Has anyone ever called you lazy?
Duh.

Do you ever take medication to help you fall asleep faster?
I take Melatonin. I am trying to hold off on getting prescription drugs as best as I can.

What CD is currently in your CD player?
A mix of lovely tunes that make me cry.

Do you prefer regular or chocolate milk?
Skim milk, please.

Has anyone told you a secret this week?
Nope. My secret-teller is on the other side of the world. I miss him.

Have you ever given someone a hickey?
Duh.

Who was the last person to call you?
Mama.

Do you think people talk about you behind your back?
Naturally.

Did you watch cartoons as a child?
Oh yes! Every Saturday morning. Such good memories.

How many siblings do you have?
Zero.

Are you shy around the opposite sex?
I used to be. Now I'm just annoyingly overbearing.

What movie do you know every line to?
Clueless and Romy & Michelle. That's kind of sad.

Do you own any band t-shirts?
Quite a few, actually.

What is your favorite salad dressing?
Italian from Olive Garden.

Do you read for fun?
I read for lots of reasons and fun is most definitely one of them.

Do you cry a lot?
At the drop of a hat.

Who was the last person to text message you?
Kelly

Do you have a desktop computer or a laptop?
Two laptops and one desktop. Well. Don't get me started. One laptop doesn't work. The other is in Iraq. One desktop is in the shop. The other is being used right now.

Are you currently wanting any piercings or tattoos?
Yes I am. Another tattoo.

What is the weather like?
Terrible. Cold. Gray. Sad. Wet. I-hate-my-life kinda weather.

Would you ever date someone covered in tattoos?
Eh, probably not. I think one or two are quite sexy...but "covered" in tattoos is excessive.

When was the last time you slept on the floor?
It's been a while. I was actually just talking about this a day ago. Aaron and I made a kid's "fort" one night and watched a movie under the blankets. It was pretty amazing.

How many hours of sleep do you need to function
At least 10. ha.

Are you in love or lust?
I'm in both every time I see my husband. Seriously. He's hot.

Are your days full and fast-paced?
Usually, yes. I go crazy when I'm idle.

Do you pay attention to calories on the back of packages?
Lately? Yes.

How old will you be turning on your next birthday?
27 and I'm ok with that.

Are you picky about spelling and grammar?
Grammar? No. Spelling? Yes.

Have you ever been to Six Flags?
A thousand times. Growing up in Texas sort of demands that you go at least twice a year.

Do you get along better with the same or opposite sex?
Both, just fine.

Do you like cottage cheese?
Ooh yes! And it's so good for you. A true power food.

Do you sleep on your side, tummy, or back?
On my side, with my adult-sized body pillow. It feels amazing on my spine and hips.

Have you ever bid for something on eBay?
Yeah, a camera. I think.

Do you enjoy giving hugs?
Hugs are good.

What song did you last sing out loud?
"My Life Would Suck Without You" by Kelly Clarkson, lyrical genius ;)

What is your favorite TV show?
American Idol, Biggest Loser, Reba, Grey's Anatomy

Which celebrity, dead or alive, would you want to have lunch with?
Ronald Reagan, Britney Spears, Frank Sinatra, George W. Bush, Justin Timberlake (wow), Sandra Bullock

Last time you had butterflies in your stomach?
Yesterday morning, when I saw I had an email from Aaron.

What one thing do you wish you had?
A husband at home. But that's kind of a given. I wish I had a strong, healthy back. And that's about it. "I want for nothing, Earl." (Ten cool points if you can name that movie reference).

Favorite lyrics?
Off the top of my head: "That girl was dandelion beautiful. Damn, she was beautiful." By Pat Green

That'll do it.

March 13, 2009

"it's like having a sick child in the hospital..."

Ok, so it's probably not as bad as having a sick child in the hospital, but it kind of feels like it. Maybe at least a little.

My computer died last night. Totally ka-put. If you know me, you know I'm on the computer...a lot. Half because I really enjoy it and half because it literally is my ONLY link to Aaron Webb right now. We've been Skyping, emailing, chatting, and now...nothing.

A sandstorm in Iraq knocked out his Internet connection on Monday and up to this point has not been fixed. And then a terrible sickness came over my computer last night -- which would be Thursday and it went into the shop today (Friday). It won't be ready (if it can even be fixed at all) until at least Wednesday. This does not bode well for communicado con mi esposo. And I am super sad. But the good news is that...

I did, however, manage to hook up an old CPU we had in the garage (because I'm super nerdy) and I have it functioning well enough to at least get on the Internet. Which is very, very good. But alas, the sound card in this old thing doesn't work which means, well, no sound. Which makes for a pretty lame web cam convo...but at least I can still type-chat, right?

The very, very bad is that I am afraid all will be lost on my "sick" computer. Pictures, documents, and Quicken - which contains all things Webb financial -- are what I am most worried about. Surely, surely technology has advanced enough to where the lovely man at the repair shop can fix my precious baby. Surely...right? I won't lose all my files and programs....right?!?

I don't mind if I have to buy a new computer. I really don't. But I will be sick (absolutely sick) if all is lost on my hard drive. I should have learned my lesson from Sex & the City -- always back up your files! In my defense, we DO have an external drive in which *most* things were saved therein. I cringe to think about what WASN'T saved, though. After we saved once, we just kinda let it fall to the way-side. That was months ago. Ugh.

So, yes. Today is Friday the 13th and it sure lived up to its reputation. A terrible, terrible day it was. I'm glad it's almost over.

I'll be even more glad when the computer guy calls me.

March 11, 2009

meme's the word.

Things that come in threes. Can you tell I don't have much to talk about lately?

A bunch of questions in groups of three.

THREE THINGS THAT SCARE ME:
01 | The dark
02 | Cockroaches
03 |Horror films - can't do them!

THREE PEOPLE WHO MAKE ME LAUGH:
01 | Aaron
02 | Hayden
03 |Chris R.

THREE THINGS I LOVE:
01 | My husband
02 | My dog
03 |Pasta

THREE THINGS I HATE:
01 | Wet toilet seats
02 | Nail-picking
03 |Traffic

THREE THINGS I DON'T UNDERSTAND:
01 | Why people are deliberately stupid with their finances
02 | Math
03 |Most Air Force acronyms

THREE THINGS ON MY DESK:
01 | A Sephora gift card - sweet!
02 | A Sharpie
03 |A hair tie

THREE THINGS I'M DOING RIGHT NOW:
01 | Listening to the TV
02 | Thinking about my bad posture
03 |Filling out this meme - because that's how exciting my life is.

THREE THINGS I WANT TO DO BEFORE I DIE:
01 | Visit Italy
02 | Have a baby
03 |Write a book

THREE THINGS I CAN DO:
01 | Eat
02 | Write - on good days
03 |Choose to be happy

THREE WAYS TO DESCRIBE MY PERSONALITY:
01 | Loud
02 | Well-meaning (as in, I mean well)
03 |Uninhibited

THREE THINGS I CAN'T DO:
01 | Fly a plane
02 | Make a good meatloaf
03 |A Crossfit muscle up

THREE THINGS I THINK YOU SHOULD LISTEN TO:
01 | Your spouse
02 | Your babies
03 |Your heart

THREE THINGS I DON'T THINK YOU SHOULD LISTEN TO EVER:
01 | Kanye West
02 | Barack Obama -- just kiddin' ;)
03 |Self-doubt

THREE OF MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE FOODS:
01 | Macaroni and cheese
02 | Chocolate cake
03 |Fajitas

THREE THINGS I'D LIKE TO LEARN:
01 | Fluent Spanish
02 | The violin
03 |How to make floral arrangements

THREE BEVERAGES I DRINK REGULARLY:
01 | Pepsi
02 | Coffee
03 |Water

THREE SHOWS I WATCHED WHEN I WAS A KID:
01 | Full House
02 | Kids Incorporated
03 |Reading Rainbow

c is for cassandra.

Scattergories for Cassandra (everything must start with a 'C'):

1. Things that float: Cups -- styrofoam ones.

2. Song with a Person's name in it: Capri (sung by that Bubbly singer...what's her name)??

3. Nicknames for Cities: Chi-town (Chicago)

4. Things that come in threes: Caloric sources - fats, proteins, carbs ;)

5. Nonverbal gestures/cues: Cuddlin'

6. Cold locations: Cincinnati

7. Something you would do for a Klondike bar: Crack a joke

8. Things found in Texas: Cowboys!

9. Things on a road trip: Candy

10. Words associated with kids: Crackers

11. Disney characters: Christopher Robin

12. Items you collect: Coins

things fall apart.

What has happened since Aaron deployed:

1. I got my car stuck in a huge hole while visiting a friend. Her husband used his impeccable engineering skills (and an oh-so-handy wooden crate thing) to get it out. Yay for smart men!
2. My computer was sick before Aaron left, but like all things in his absence, it has decided to kick the bucket. Slowly.
3. Passwords for bank accounts and important things like that suddenly don't work like they used to. And no, it's not because Aaron's changed them (believe me, I thought of that), it's just that things go ka-put, no matter what.
4. My credit card info has been used "suspiciously" so my bank sent me a new one and I cut up the old one. Ugh!
5. Cats raided my garbage cans. They've done this before, but this time it was in full force. A block of old cheese as on my walkway, bottles of Coke in the road at the end of the driveway, a popcorn ball in the neighbor's yard, and baby shower plates and napkins on my front porch. Awesome.

I'm sure there have been more, but 5 is all I can think of right now. Five is enough!

March 9, 2009

bizarro list.

I went to Walmart today with the following on my list:
  • paper towels
  • milk
  • shaving cream
  • toothpaste
  • wiffle balls
  • a Jeff Dunham DVD
  • almonds
Life is weird when your husband is deployed.

March 7, 2009

shades of gray.

Another weekend with all the time in the world and no sweet husband with which to do anything. (I'm working on not ending my sentences with prepositions).

I think I'll go take a nap now.

March 5, 2009

moments.

As I was driving to work tonight, a Journey song came on the radio and it reminded me of when I went to their concert about a year ago. And that got me thinking about a whole lot of wonderful moments I've had in my life...which got me thinking about writing this post...which got me thinking this might make a good "survey" of sorts to pass along and share with your friends and blogger/facebook buddies. So here I go.

20 Exceptional Moments of my Life (in no particular order)

1. The Journey concert with Shannon, especially the song "Faithfully," which was sung by the drummer while old photographs of the band members' families flashed across the screen. Just breath-taking.

2. My first wedding day (June 24, 2005) when Aaron Webb vowed to be with me for the rest of his life. It was the most sincere and holy thing a man has ever done in my presence.

3. When I was 2 or 3 and I threw up and my Dad got me some orange soda because he knew it would make me feel better.

4. Swinging with the "big girls" at St. James when I was in 3rd grade and they were in 5th grade. They made me feel so special.

5. Getting my first boyfriend in 1995 via three-way phone call. He had a wingman even back then!

6. Taking home our puppy Texas from the vet after his major intestinal surgery. We played with him in the park and he was oh-so-tiny and fragile. I couldn't imagine my life without him.

7. Dancing with the girls in Atlanta to Sean Kingston's "I Can Take You There." Just pure fun and happiness.

8. When Chad and Dom sang "She's Every Woman" to me at my wedding reception.

9. When an old boyfriend picked me up for church and he had made me waffles with peanut butter on them...and milk. It was all waiting for me in his truck.

10. Aaron's first deployment. The day he left was brutal, but it gave me some of the most precious friends.

11. When my parents took me to see Disney On Ice when I was little. They didn't tell me. It was a big surprise. I thought we were on the home after having been in San Antonio all weekend. Little did I know...

12. Laying in the grass and looking at the stars, talking about life and religion with a boy I used to know.

13. My trip to England and France during my junior year of high school. Everything about it just took my breath away. I am thankful that at such a young age I was able to appreciate what others could only dream about seeing. And I was doubly thankful for parents who allowed me to go.

14. The moment on the stairs at the San Angelo Symphony. There's more to it, but I'll l just leave it at that. And no, it's nothing dirty. Quite the opposite, really.

15. Finding God.

16. Winning 1st place in my 5th grade Science Fair. I did my project on liquid density. It was called "A Liquid Sandwich." Hehe.

17. Nearly making it to state in UIL Prose. Only one place away...but it felt so good to be recognized. 2nd place was not the first loser that day.

18. Meeting Aaron. His first words to me were, "I like your shirt."

19. Anytime I've done anything wild and crazy with Jennifer Day. That girl has given me some of the best memories one can ask for.

20. Riding horses in the waters of the Caribbean. I had never experienced anything so primal and scary and beautiful all at the same time.

And now I'm crying. I challenge everyone to reflect on some of the exceptional moments in your life. Our ability to remember is such a wonderful gift.

March 4, 2009

two whole years.


I just can't believe that I've had this blog for two years. TWO YEARS! That is insane to me. The only thing I've ever been dedicated to enough to keep up with for two years is my husband and my hair stylist. And now the blog. This must be the real thing, y'all.

Blog,

I love you. From the bottom of my heart. You have been there for me every, single day. I wake up to you, I visit you several times a day. I read you before I go to bed. You provide me with joy and sadness and all emotions in-between. You are my connection to old friends and in some cases, the only friends I have at all. You don't care what I look like. You don't care what I have to say. You accept me for who I am. You've seen me smile, laugh, cry, fume. You've been a constant entity in my life...except for when blogger.com is down...and I thank you for that. You've seen me through tough times. You've been the place where I find true catharsis. You keep me linked to very special people. You even keep track of who reads my posts. You are my blog. And I love you. Happy two years. Here's to many, many more.

Love,
Cassandra

P.S. We've come a long way since this post.

March 3, 2009

shannon's bambina shower.

The baby shower for Hadley Grace Jackson was wonderful -- and I'm not saying that because I hosted it. It just went off without a hitch and was seriously a good time. Here's some pictures :)

All the ladies -- except me. Look at them. That's a whole lot of attractive females in one location. Our husbands are so lucky :)
Pretty flowers
The food table. It was amazing. Thank you to everyone who brought a dish!
The amazing cake that Lana made. Yes, I said MADE!!!
That's Lana on the right. She's the cake-maker. She's British...and that matters. And that's Lauren on the left.
Cam, Shilo, and Laura (who is also preggers)!
Lindsay and Laurie
Heather, Sara, and Shannon (and Hadley in her belly)
Jen and Janae
Toni, Lindsay, and Linda (Shannon's sister and mama). They're working on the do-it-yourself onesies. So cute.
All the wonderful gifts

I can't wait to meet Hadley! I love her already!

March 2, 2009

things that make me happy today.

  • Skype
  • A tan that's starting to show. How amazing is the effect of a tan on one's self-confidence! I'll never understand that but I love it.
  • A 4th grade boy showing me the "stanky leg" dance at Sylvan. It was the best thing, ever.
  • Booking a flight to see Meredith for only $117!!!
  • Fun Facebook updates that make me laugh.
  • Memories of Saturday night's "Man Shower."
  • Working out and really wanting to do it this time.
  • My dog who I now call "Happy Feet" because of the way he scuttles across the floor when he's playing with his Kong (that's a toy, people. Get your mind out of the gutter) It's so cute.
  • Bangs that have finally grown out a little bit and are now very Reese Witherspoon instead of Elvira.
  • A very clean house.
  • Memories of a wonderful baby shower (that preceded the Man Shower).
  • The fact that Shannon and Austin are going to be parents very soon.
  • My etsy birdie cards that I will use to write thank you notes to some very special people.
That's enough for one day, huh? :)

"it's inspirational."

This makes me laugh so hard I cry every, single time.

March 1, 2009

technology is amazing.

As much as I hate it, technology is pretty darn cool.

I just got done talking to and SEEING my husband on the computer via Skype. I mailed a web cam off to him and he plugged it in and viola! Instant viewing pleasure (if I do say so myself).

He looks good. Got his hair buzzed off like he always does. I got to see his smile and his eyes and his hands. *sigh.

This is going to be a really good thing for us. As much as I complain about technology and how it removes the human element from life, I have no human element in my life right now. So thank God and the smart person who invented web cams.

Yay.
 
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