Wednesday, March 9, 2011

The day I almost pulled all my hair out of my head

Remember my birthday weekend (February 25-27), which could quite possibly go down as the worth bday weekend I've experienced yet!

Now, I will say my actually BIRTHDAY was excellent. Once I got home from work, slept for 2 hours, chugged a cup of coffee, and enjoyed my day (pretending not to be sleep deprived). It was a great day. But, the weekend was not so great. And here is why. And also...this is the reason why I HATE CARS.....

There we were Friday morning. Ryan had an off Friday (he gets every other Friday off)....I had to work that night, but we got the morning & afternoon to spend together! So we decided "let's work out together ,and then we'll spend the day relaxing" (since I had to work that night...I would normally HATE THIS b/c I cringe at the idea of *relaxing*.

So we worked out and home doing our crazy push-up/pull-up extravaganza. We then headed out the door to do a quick run around the neighborhood.

**When I run from our house, I normally lock the WHOLE house up, and then take my car key, lock my house keys in the car, and use my garage door opener to get into the house**

As we are leaving, Ryan asks, "Would you like me to hold the key?"

I said, "No, no...see? I have this special *key pocket* in my running shorts! Works GREAT"

(cheesey thumbs up guy)

We take off. We ran, we pleasantly chatted, we gauked @ dream houses, we sprinted really really fast....

We got .5 miles from our house, I reached down and said....

"uh oh....."

I couldn't feel my key ANYWHERE. I had to tell him.......

Abby: "Uhm, Ryan? Well, you see...."

**Ryan knows me tooooo well** Responding..

Ryan: "Abby. Where's the key."

Abby: "Well, it's temporarily uhm...MIA"

Ryan: "YOU LOST THE KEY?!?!?! How could you lose the key?"

Abby: "Well...I..errr... I didn't LOSE it! I just misplaced it. Temporarily! Here! Let's just quick backtrack 2 miles and find it! It's GOTTA be SOMEWHERE.

So we backtrack. We walk around. We run around. With our heads glued to the ground. Looking like the village idiots.

No luck.

We backtrack to the house - and discoverer.....we didn't lock the front door afterall! *hurrray*

We continue to look and backtrack.


So I go into the house, dig up my spare key that I had made @ Walmart a few months back, and say "Let's throw in the towel PLEASE. I lost the key, I failed. Let's move on with life"

So Ryan suddenly decides, "I should really check out your car and see how it's running, see if the oil needs changed, etc. Since we're out here and I have the day off"

He puts the key in the car, and guess what?!?!

IT DOESN'T START! Well, it would start, and then turn off immediately.

So he starts investigating.

He discovers I am ALMOST out of oil. And my spark plugs are fried -- they look terrible.

So we worry I'm burned out of oil. Ryan replaces the oil. Changes the spark plugs.

Car still doesn't start.

Let me clarify that this took ALL DAY LONG. He was in our driveway working on the car until the sun went down that Friday.....

I headed into work that night, and luckily it was a weekend so I could take his car!

Stay tuned for PART II of the Day I almost lost my mind.......

(this story needs to broken gets that bad)

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

And She's Alive!!!!!!

Greetings, friends! Yes, I am still alive. It has been busy lately!! Normally when you work a job where you do "3 on" and "4 off" ... you have chunks of days off. But for me lately, it's been more like 3 on, 1 off, 2 on, 1 off, 2 on, 2 off, etc.

So If I'm not working, sleeping, working out...I'm stocking our house with groceries, scrubbing floors when I get an hour, and finding time in the kitchen to COOK.

Holy crap, I miss cooking!! I still make dinner every night before I go in -so we stay healthy! But, it's not "Abby meals". It's more of ..."I threw a chicken breast in a pan with some seasoning, and we're going to throw it in a tortilla with some vegetables".....


So what else have we been up to?

  • Planning our garden! I have the NEXT 2 DAYS OFF - so I plan on picking out my seedlings. What's on board? : tomatoes, bell peppers, peas or green beans (?), sweet potatoes (?), olives, and an orange tree. And of course, flowers!
  • Doing crazy workouts together: (50 pushups, 50 pulls-ups, 50 sit ups, 20 jump-squats, 50 flutter kicks - REPEAT 5 times! Then run 4 miles.) I guarentee most will screw. Apparently it's a workout they use in the marines. Except they do it 10 times.
  • Found an incredible new hiking trail right by our house called "Romero Pools"! After 3 miles @ a very steep incline we were rewarded with fresh pools of water!
Well, here is my 10 on Tuesday for the week. Happy Fat Tuesday!

1. How did your parents decide on your name?

I'm not sure actually. I think my Mom told me once, but I forget.....

But I love my name!
2. Do your initials (First, Middle, Last) spell out anything fun/funny?
ALN - not really.

3. Did you take your middle name from childhood or did you take your maiden name as your middle name? (If unmarried, what do you plan to do?)
I like my middle name (Lea) - so don't think I'd let go of it!

 Plus, (some may jump on me for saying this, saying I'm some submissive/mindless/wench) -- but you..this is MY OPINION) -- love the idea of completely taking my husband's name. So when I got married, my maiden name was only a part of who I am-- but not part of my legal name.
4. Are you or will you name your children thematically (ie. same first letter, all of same origin…)
No. No offense, but that can get creepy. I have a friend who came from a family where ALL the family (including like...extended) had names that started with J's. It's just creepy.
5. Did you decide on baby names as a little girl? Did you stick to them or change your mind?
No. When I was a little girl....boys had cooties and were severely diseased. And I did not think about having babies!

Still, to this day, I Don't have very "mature" choices for names I'd choose for my children.
For example, I would like to name my daughter Stacy. For its rhymes with my last name "Nastase".  Or Casey. How funny would that be? Hahaha....Stacy Nastase

Yes. Not very mature...

6. Does your family have any names that have been passed down through generations?
I don't believe so!
7. Do you look at the meaning of the name or just the name itself?
No. Abigail means "Joy". In fact, in somes interpretations it means "Joy of the father" (according to google)-- and I think there have been many moments in my life where I did not bring "Joy" to my Father. I think I brought more frustration & stress..


8. Do you name pets with human names (Sally, Henry) or with pet names (Fluffy, Mr. Bo Bo)?
I don't do pets. We all know this.

9. Are there any names that you have an affinity or dislike for based on a childhood experience/someone you once knew?
Yes. Indeed. You betcha. There are names that when I hear them, I actually throw up a little. (okay, not really....but you get the point)
10. What are some of your favorite names? Why?
I love the name Ella. I also like the name Beth. I don't know why -- just do!

For boys...I don't know.