The Most Awkward Hour of My Life

You know when you get the giggles, and it's just impossible to stop yourself from laughing? That happened to me today. Nothing was even funny, but I had to laugh. I would burst if I didn't laugh. Sure, I tried to move my mind to a calm place. At one point during my pointless hysteria, I even said out loud "Alright, I'm going to be serious from here on".
That lasted about a minute.
The trouble with trying not to laugh is that just thinking about not laughing makes the corners of my mouth turn up.
Of course, getting the giggles isn't all that big a deal, right?

This happened while I was getting an hour-long full body massage. The super-sweet masseuse laughed right along with me, but I'm pretty sure hers was just the uncomfortable sound one makes when you're locked in a teensie room with a crazy person, five minutes into a looong session.

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Here in Albuquerque, Sexy Nerd and I are all about brewing beer and frying potstickers today. Oh, and we *might* just buy a new house too.

New to us, at least.

I hope everyone is having a fun weekend!

Valentine's Day FAIL

I'm afraid that I'm the recipient of this year's FAIL award. Remember how Sexy Nerd scored so many points with his Valentine's Day surprise? I hadn't realized there was more to come.

Look what was waiting for me when I opened my car door!

Maybe GM could try this tactic to sell more Chevy Volts.

 Awww! I love that crazy redneck of mine, Nascar addiction and all.
(And Moonshiners.)
(And Swamp Loggers.)
(And Duck Dynasty, which I'll admit isn't terrible.)

I wanted to do something equally nice for Sexy Nerd, but I'd waited too long to plan anything. I pondered what he might like while driving across town to my orthodontist appointment, which was to recement a broken bracket.

By the way, it is easy peasy to get a last-minute orthodontist appointment on Valentine's Day. It's extra sucky though because you sit there getting your teeth tortured, thinking "so this is how I'm spending Valentine's Day".
 
Also, my orthodontist didn't buy my claim that the bracket popped off while I was eating a bell pepper. But it really did! Honest!

But, I'm getting off topic.

I decided to surprise Sexy Nerd with a Little Caesars Hot and Ready pizza for dinner. He loves pizza! Then, we could spend the whole evening together. We could watch a movie, play Scrabble, et cetera (this is a family-friendly blog, but you get the idea). It would be very romantic.

My plan started out like I'd hoped. Sexy Nerd was thrilled that I'd come home with a pepperoni pizza. He quickly wolfed down the 5 largest slices. Then?

Well, then he had pizza burps. He meandered around the house for a few minutes, complaining that he was soooo full. Next, he got in bed.

He promptly fell asleep.

Valentine's Day just isn't the same when you've been together 9 years, is it? I decided that I may as well call it an early night and went to brush my teeth.

Which popped the %#*& bracket off my braces again.

Sexy Nerd, the Valentine's Day Ninja

This morning, I was startled awake by the sound of Pica and Biscuit barking. They bark at everyone, including us, but at just after 7am, I should have been home alone. Sexy Nerd would have been at work for almost an hour by then and our dogs normally sleep until I get up.

Panic? You betcha!

I bolted out of bed and double checked that the bedroom door was locked (because, you know, those little twisty doorknob locks would really slow someone down.)

I heard the garage door open, then close, and the dogs were silent.

For a moment, I wondered if maybe it had been Sexy Nerd. Could he have gone into work late because he was setting up some grand Valentine's Day surprise? Today is our 10th Valentine's Day together, after all. Based on previous Valentine's Days though (unromantic Valentine's Day here and here), it seemed unlikely.

I crept cautiously down the stairs. Pica and Biscuit were asleep. Nothing looked out of place. I couldn't see any romantic Valentine's Day surprises. Even our chalkboard door was blank (which is just silly. Sexy Nerd, you could have scored so many points by simply drawing a heart on that door!)

Then, I saw this:


Yay for Sexy Nerd! He had actually gone into work late for me. He had left our house, driven to Duke City Donuts (my favorite), and come back to set this up.


Not impressed? He bought me a Samoas donut (which, as a Bay Area girl at heart, I really must insist be called a Caramel DeLite donut). I mentioned this donut to him last weekend after seeing Duke City Donuts featured in Rachael Ray magazine.

He had been paying attention and had remembered!!! (Yes, 3 exclamation marks. This just isn't something men are known for.)


There was also an Oreo donut and one with teensie tiny heart sprinkles.

Can you spot the teensie tiny hearts?

Of course, this means that now I need to think of some sort of a romantic surprise for Sexy Nerd. I did okay on past Valentine's Days (click here to be impressed by my romantic surprise awesomeness), but I hadn't really given Valentine's Day much thought this year. Hmmm, what to do?

Want to hear another "of course"? The 3 Duke City donuts pictured above are loooong gone!

Addicted to Realtor.com

Although it will probably be several years before we build a house on our 13 acres of mountain awesomeness, my eyes are always on the lookout for home ideas. This may have lead to me spending a few (only 6 or so) hours on Realtor.com yesterday. If you follow LambAround on Pinterest, you might have noticed a flood of home decor pins from me, many with the generic description "Find this home on realtor.com", as I was in too big of a hurry to pin the next photo to be bothered writing anything.

As the point of this browsing was to find inspiration for our future dream home, it would make a lot of sense to search within the price range we'll be building in.

The multimillion dollar homes just look so much better though!

Here are some of my favorite photos:

How can I duplicate this within our HOA's 2 story building limit? Also, how can I make this San Francisco home not look out of place in the mountains?

That's silly. It would look adorable in the mountains!

I don't do windows. Still, it's an appealing look.

 Yes, I actually found a home with its very own SPA room! Come to think of it, it's almost silly to build a dream home and not include a spa room, right? I can hear the soft music now.

 
Every morning, I'd come downstairs into this grand living room and feel like I'm off to the opera.

Future Dream Kitchen Photo #1

 
Future Dream Kitchen Photo #2
(But with a much larger island)

 Future Dream Kitchen Photo #3
(These would be the pantry doors, of course.) 

Future Dream Kitchen Photo #4

The plan is to meld all 4 kitchen photos into one glorious dream kitchen.

Also, I expect our future dream home to always be immaculately clean, just like in these photos. Sure, we don't keep our current house very tidy, but I'm convinced that having such a nice San Francisco-inspired home will transform Sexy Nerd into some kind of magical cleaning man, sort of like the dad on Full House.

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At work today, one of my coworkers took a bite from a doughnut, then put it back into our shared box and abandoned it.

Just, you know, throwing that out there.

It's time to throw your blogging hat into the ring and share a favorite post or two.

While you are visiting all your fellow blog-hoppers this weekend, yours truly will be trashing her kitchen in a cooking frenzy, followed by a whole-house cleaning/organizing marathon.

Or I might spend this weekend just being lazy. We'll see how things play out.

Have a great day, everyone!

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