Archive for September 2007


September 30, 2007

after upgrading my wordpress platform today (and having a minor panic attack when it looked like i’d screwed up and lost everything) and after struggling *forever* to get the stupid sideblog plugin working, i finally succeeded on both. there is such a feeling of satisfaction from figuring out something that has stumped you. now if i can just get my old template to work…


cops and surprises

September 29, 2007

there is never a dull day here at casa de schulman. we woke this morning after a night of little sleep and discovered the dog that had kept us up most of the night with its howling was in our neighbor’s backyard. the only problem with that was that we hadn’t seen our neighbors in several days. there was no food or water left out for the dog, so we filled a bowl with water and then went to the store to buy it some food.

later this afternoon, i looked out our bedroom window and saw our neighbor’s car. then, i saw her with three sheriff’s deputies. joe and i sat on the bed peering out the window and trying to see if we could tell what was going on. when they left, he went over to get our bowl and let our neighbor know we had fed the dog.

apparently, her boyfriend had brought the dog home from work, and the boyfriend is now the ex-boyfriend since there are warrants out for his arrest. yes, people, he’s been out of prison for three weeks and already is wanted. she said they got in a really big fight the other night and the neighbors across the street called the police. her ex-boyfriend “jumped out of the window” when the police arrived and fled. he’s now wanted for domestic violence and cruelty to children.

my neighborhood is better than an episode of jerry springer.

tonight, i took joe out for his birthday dinner and surprised him by inviting some of his friends, one of whom he hasn’t seen since our wedding. we had a great time, and he was totally surprised. however, our waiter was the worst one i’ve ever had. he dumped a pitcher of ice water on my foot and then walked off without an apology or an offer to bring me some napkins. then, he took my plate without asking if i was done (i like to pick at my food while i talk) and he brought everyone drink refills except for me. joe had to pointedly ask him about it. i can overlook the little things, but dumping the water on me really irked me. it was freezing. i would have been ok with it if he had apologized. but he didn’t.

now we’re off to eat some yummy chocolate mocha ice cream and watch some tv we dvr’d during the week. have a nice night!

pictures on canvas

September 28, 2007

i love canvas paintings. that’s probably because my parents always had a big canvas painting of a woods scene with a light attached hanging in our living room. since we got married, i’ve wanted to get one of our wedding pictures put onto a canvas to hang in our living room. i just haven’t gotten around to it. i’ve been thinking about christmas gift ideas lately. i really want to get my shopping done early. my sister and her family are planning a trip down in the near future to see ryan’s baby, and we’re having a family picture taken. i think it would be so neat to have that put on a canvas for my parents. it might be something that all us kids would have to go in on together, but i know it’s something they would love. hmmm…i will definitely have to do some thinking about this!

sd cards

September 28, 2007

if you’re looking for an sd card, this site has a pretty good deal. the card has 1 gb of space and is selling for $12.95. plus, as an additional bonus, you get 25 free 4×6 prints from shutterfly. i might take advantage of this deal myself. we only have one sd card right now, and it’s always good to have a backup. besides, the 25 free prints is a great offer for someone like me who uses prints all the time for scrapbooking!

flea marketing

September 27, 2007

you know how every once in a while someone will find something rare, like a picasso painting, at a flea market? well, that happened to us last sunday. we hit a couple of flea markets before the braves game for a story joe is writing, and at the second one joe decided to browse through some books. as he did, he found a 1904 edition of mark twain’s a kid in king arthur’s court. joe asked how much it was and was told $1, so he handed the seller a $1 bill and we left quickly, just in case the seller realized what he had just sold.

we came home and looked up the value. it’s worth $4-$400! we couldn’t find the exact copy online, so joe’s going to call some stores that sell rare books to find out. not that we’re going to sell it. my dad’s a bookworm, so we’re giving it to him for his birthday in november — with the understanding that it eventually comes back to us, of course!

house projects

September 26, 2007

our deck is almost done! this has been a long, painful process. it took us several months to finally get it stained (and by us, i mean the royal us, which is joe). every time joe went outside and opened the can of stain, it would start raining. and i do mean every.single.time. it became a running joke with us. joe’s dad once mentioned the need for rain. “don’t worry,” i replied. “we’ll go home and joe will try to stain the deck and it’ll rain.” and it did.

the last time was just pitiful. it was such a light drizzle that you would have to stand outside for hours to get wet, yet the raindrops plopped onto the deck, prohibiting joe from staining.

now, when we bought our house, we didn’t want to buy fixer upper house, but we did want to improve it. after all, knowledge is power! we’re going to start by repainting the bathroom (followed by repainting all the other rooms), and we’re going to redo my scrap space and the living room, where i want to put in a window seat. we had one in our weekend house in virginia, and i’ve always loved them. i think it will brighten up the room.

one thing i *really* want to do is put in tile around our shower. i hate the material we currently have. it looks so cheap. i’ve always loved tiled showers. joe loves doing home improvement things himself, and i found directions on how to tile your shower on this site. this site has so many articles on home improvement! i think it mght be joe’s new favorite read. hehe. i’m not sure if he will want to tile the shower himself, but now he has that option! man, just thinking about how pretty my house will be makes me so happy!

i’m the new first lady!

September 25, 2007

last night, joe was installed as president of our kiwanis club. that makes me the first lady. 🙂

the meeting was great. my parents and joe’s dad came, and i was given an award for my work on the recent kiddie day parade.

me receiving award

i was so proud of my husband. he will make a fantastic president. he already has a lot of really great ideas for ways to increase our membership and get us more visible in the community. luckily, those ideas are things that our older members can do.

joe being installed

joe was *really* excited to receive the gavel!

joe with gavel

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