Wednesday, April 28, 2010

stroller-ing and hanger-ing

my mom got addison a play stroller at a garage sale last weekend. addison has been playing with it and pushing it all throughout the house.

i was wondering when she would try to climb into it, and today was the day.

i didn't really want her playing in it, but i had to get a few pictures before i made her get out. she was pretty content just sitting there.

a little bit later she decided to help me fold her laundry. she absolutely LOVES hangers. if only she actually knew how to hang clothes properly. sigh.

on an unrelated note, tomorrow is my last biology test! we had our last lab test yesterday, and i made a 97!! woo hoo!! hopefully i'll do just as well on the lecture test tomorrow! after that, i'll be done with biology forever!!!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

what is that i smell?

a skunk??

yes. a skunk.

no. i didn't get sprayed. thank god.

i was outside at my mom's house taking pictures. i was bored and just wanted to take pics because it looked pretty outside.

i heard this rustling in the bushes over by my mom's side deck. it kind of startled me because no one was home and it sounded like something big making the noise.

i slowly tiptoed over to see what it was. i saw this white tail and i thought maybe it was a cat.

then i looked a little closer. no, i didn't walk closer. i'm not that stupid. i just focused a little more on the animal, and it was a skunk.

and i ran inside. quietly. it seriously scared me. a lot.

i've never seen a skunk...alive. i've seen them dead in the road. i've even gone up to look at one. yes, i'm weird. but i was like 12. it was at the entrance at the park and me and my friends walked over and looked at it. it was pretty creepy.

but this skunk was definitely alive. and doing something in my mom's yard.

when i first spotted it, i took a few pictures. but i wasn't close and the zoom on my camera didn't do much for me.

you can see his tail in these pictures. i've pointed it out for you :)

once i got inside, i decided that i wanted to try and get some better pictures. yes, i'm that stupid.

i slowly and quietly walked back out to where i saw the skunk. of course i kept my distance. but he wasn't there. i couldn't hear or see him. i was immediately even more scared then when i first saw him.

where was he?

i started looking around and didn't see him anywhere. yes, i've determined it is a boy skunk. because i want it to be.

so i ran back inside. again.

i called to tell my mom so she would be on the alert when she got home.

since then, every time i leave my mom's house or walk in, i'm kind of scared. i'm hoping the skunk is in the neighbor's yard or something, but i just have this feeling that he's coming after me.

let's hope not!

Monday, April 26, 2010

addison hearts mexicans

when addison was about 8 months (i'm just guessing. it was when she had her helmet), we had an incident at a local mexican restaurant.

we sat down to eat, and the waiter came over and started talking to addison. he was trying to play with her, and she wanted nothing to do with him. she started screaming and crying. but as soon as he walked away, she was fine.

of course he had to come back with our drinks and food, and every time he would try to play with her.

and every time she would scream and cry.

i was almost to the point of telling him dude. can't you see she doesn't like you? leave her alone!! but i didn't.

since then, we haven't had any problems at mexican restaurants. addison still seems a bit wary when the waiter tries to play with her, but she hasn't screamed or cried. she just gives them the look like what do you think you're doing??

fastforward to the a few weeks ago.

i had to take my granny's comcast box back because she switched services. and i had addison with me.

i managed to hold her and the box just long enough to get inside. there was a line, and i knew i couldn't hold both the box and addison while we waited, so i just put her down beside me. she was just standing and holding on to my leg while we waited.

then someone walks in and got behind us in line. i didn't pay any attention or look. but then addison started playing peekaboo with whoever was behind us. so i looked and it was a mexcian man (i guess i should probably say hispanic man. you get the point), probably a just few years older than me. i kind of laughed and then didn't really think anything of it. addison was entertaining herself, so i didn't really care.

and then addison let go of my leg and started walking.

she walked up to the mexican man and put her hands out like she wanted to be picked up...

...and he picked her up.

it all happened so fast. i was just standing there like what's going on? what do i do? this is really awkward.

i couldn't easily take her from him because i was still holding the huge comcast box. i just stood there speechless for a second what seemed like forever wondering what to say.

the whole time he was looking at me like is this ok? and i was thinking this is SO weird.

after what seemed like hours, i ended up just awkwardly saying come on addison, to which i motioned for her to come stand next to me. mexican dude got the hint and put her down.

as soon as it was our turn, i put the box up and picked addison up. i didn't want a repeat of what she had done. not that there was anything wrong with it. it was just really awkward for me.

now that i'm typing the story, i can't stop laughing. it was just so funny. i mean, it wasn't really funny at the time. but now that i look back on it, it's pretty funny. i'm sure she'll do lots of stuff that makes me feel awkward in the future. i can't wait.

i. am. obsessed.

i really want a macbook.

like really bad. maybe someday...

Saturday, April 24, 2010


i have a fear of storms. i think we've already established that.

it's not really the actual storm that i fear, though. it's what the storm can bring...tornadoes.

storms during the day don't really bother me that much. i can see what's going on. but at night, you can't see anything. which really scares me.

i'm in tennessee and we get our fair share of tornadoes. i mean, it's not as bad as some places, but it's not like we never have them.

i did a little research, and i think it was in 1998 that i officially became terrified of tornadoes. i remember it pretty vividly. it's not like anything tragic happened to me, but it still scared me. a lot.

my dad dropped me off at piano lessons. yes, i didn't lie when i said i used to play the piano. i was practicing and then it started to look really dark outside. of course i started freaking out, and some of the other kids started to get scared too. i called my dad and he said he would come and pick me up. in the middle of the conversation, the phone just cut off. i screamed and thought something bad had happened to him. but he arrived not too long after that and picked me up. he was in rivergate at the target when i called, and he told me later that when he was starting to walk out of the store, someone came on the intercom and told everyone to move to the middle of the store because of the possibility of tornadoes. but he came to get me instead. thanks daddy! {and there were tornadoes that day. they hit rivergate (right down the road from target, but not in the direction of my piano lessons). so my dad went away from the storm when he left to come get me.}

i have many memories of getting into the bathroom or closet at my mom's house during severe weather. of course i was the one insisting on taking cover. i would run upstairs and get my pillows and my bear and climb into the closet or bathroom. there were a few times that i insisted on taking cover at my dad's house too. he would turn the tv up really loud and we would sit at the bottom of the stairs and listen to the news about the storm. i would usually be on the phone with my mom too. it's kind of funny that i can remember this stuff.

but the scariest of them all happened 4 years ago. i was a junior in high school. i don't remember much about that morning, but the afternoon i can remember EVERYTHING about.

i was in my 5th period, which was spanish. we were on the 2nd floor of my high school. i looked out the window and it was getting pretty dark. like black. but some of my friends in the class assured me that everything was fine. it was really weird though, because a lot of people were getting called out of school. their parents saw the severe weather warnings and wanted them to come home. i'm glad i didn't leave because it was probably safer at school than at home, and i would have been all alone at home.

back to the story. ok, so it was black outside. we got out of 5th period and i was walking down the stairs to go to my last class, english. it was right under my spanish class. we were supposed to meet in the library that day, but i thought that we were meeting in the classroom then going to the library. as soon as i got to the bottom of the stairs, someone came over the intercom and yelled "code blue! code blue!". well, no one knew what the hell code blue was. but then we all figured out it was a tornado warning, and we had to get up against the lockers and take cover.

i got with all of my friends that were in the hall with me and we just sat next to each other. i really didn't think it was that big of a deal because 2 of the english teachers (who were also coaches) were standing at the door that went outside to watch the storm. i figured if they were standing there, nothing was coming at us. well, i was wrong.

the big tornado got caught up in the creek that was right by my school and it didn't hit the school. but it did a lot of damage to the houses around the school and the baseball field and clubhouse, and a lot of the cars in the school parking lot were damaged too. a smaller tornado formed over the gym but didn't touch down, but it damaged the roof. and one of the huge windows at the school busted.

scary stuff. but i was totally calm the whole time because those coaches were standing outside.

after the fact, i freaked out. i called my mom and she was ok. i called my dad and he had no clue there was any bad weather. i still shake my head when i think about that. it's kind of funny. i had to tell him about the tornadoes just 20 miles from him. as you can tell from him leaving target when a tornado was coming, he wasn't really concerned.

we had to stay at school until about 4:30 (we usually got out at 3:15). my car was fine, but my high school boyfriend's car was messed up. he actually drove his dad's truck to school that day, and the back window had been hit and as soon as he closed the door, it completely shattered. i think 2 cars were totaled, and some others had busted windows.

when we left, my mom didn't want me to go home. she wasn't home yet and she didn't want me to be home by myself. and i didn't want to be home by myself either. we didn't know if the house had been damaged at all. so i went to my boyfriend's house for a while. his house was 10 minutes from the school, but it took us 45 minutes to get there because there was so much traffic due to the tornadoes.

i went home that night and they were stopping cars on the road outside of my neighborhood to check ids. there had been damage down the road and it was closed, and they didn't want people driving down the road that didn't need to be. well, obviously it was my only way to get home, so i was able to drive down the road. my mom's house was fine, but the power was out. i didn't sleep that whole night because i was scared that another tornado was going to come and i wouldn't know. my boyfriend promised to call me if anything was happening because he had power. and nothing happened.

school was cancelled for at least one day (it may have been more than that) due to the damage.

so now you know the reason behind my fear of storms. sorry it was so long. i'm surprised i was able to remember as much as i did.

as i'm writing this, i'm getting kind of nervous about the storms that are supposed to come tonight and tomorrow. (but you won't actually read this until said tomorrow. so when you're reading this, it will be storming here.) hopefully they won't be tornado producing storms. or else i'll be in the closet.

Friday, April 23, 2010

sicky vicky

apparently i've been watching too much disney. i've been trying to not turn the tv on as much, and i've been doing pretty good the past few days. i don't mind having it on when addison and i are playing, but if i'm doing homework or doing stuff on the computer, i usually just leave it on in the background. but i've been trying to turn it off. key word trying. but whenever the tv is on, it's always on disney. don't judge me

i've been sick this whole week :( poor me. i haven't been sick in quite a while, so i knew it was coming. it was just some sinus/allergy thing. i've been taking medicine, and that seems to be helping. but last night and today i've started to feel worse. i'm just so excited about being done with school that i don't really mind being sick. sickness, you can't bring me down!

as i sit here typing this, it's starting to get windy outside. there are supposed to be some strong storms moving in tonight/tomorrow, and i'm definitely not looking forward to it. i hate storms. i mean, i like rain, but storms are totally different. i have this fear of tornadoes, and storms bring tornadoes. i'll elaborate on that another time. i'm just hoping the storms aren't that bad and don't last that long. we'll see!

and to continue this totally random post (i think that's what happens when i'm sick. my mind just goes all over the place), i'll show lots of pictures of addison from earlier today! i'm going to be taking lots of pictures like i used to.

my mom got her this cute outfit (and some other cute stuff) from the children's place the other day. and chris took addison on a shopping spree the other day too! so addison is totally set for summer. not like she wasn't before, but now she has an overflowing closet. i'm kind of jealous.

my mom has this card that plays music. you know what i'm talking about? well, addison loves it. it plays kokomo by the beach boys (which is one of my favorite songs) and addison will just open and close it (and dance to the music) all day long!

and as a result of addison teething, everything eventually goes in her mouth...

and then she went and found something she wasn't supposed to have...

...and put it in her mouth.

that's been happening a lot lately. i always tell her no and then she just puts it in her mouth that much faster. and then i have to fish it out of her mouth.

and i just wanted to show you how cute addison looked. she wouldn't look at me, so that was the best i could do.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

1 week...

...but really only 2 days.

that's right. i only have 2 days left of class!! next tuesday and thursday. then i'm done!

for the summer at least.

tuesday i have my biology lab exam, and then thursday i have my biology lecture exam. the rest of my exams are online, and i don't have to go take any during the exam week! so i get out a week early! yay!!

also, i'm graduating with my associates degree!! i decided not to walk since i'm still going to be going to school for 2 more years to get my bachelors degree. i just wanted to get my associates so i could have something to fall back on, just in case i needed to stop going to school (which i don't think will happen, but just in case!)

i'm SO excited!! this summer is going to be so much fun since addison is older and doing more. we'll go to the pool a lot and just do lots of things outside. i can't wait!!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

17 months

today addison is 17 months old!! only a month away from being a year and a half!

i can't believe she's getting so big!!

she didn't have to go to the doctor this month, but she'll have to go next month. and she'll probably have to get shots, which are no fun.

but today chris took her to the zoo! here are that he sent that were my favorites...

when we went to the zoo a while ago, she loved the meerkats. and she loved them this time too!

she was able to stand up and walk around at the petting zoo this time. such a big girl!

and when she got home, she passed out. the zoo really wears a girl out!

Monday, April 19, 2010


addison loves swinging...

...i think she gets it from her mommy.