Monday, June 25, 2007

Keeping Up With The Joneses

I ventured outside today to do a little gardening. I hate gardening. I don't have a green thumb at all. When we were looking for a house, one of the things that was on my "must have" list was a big yard. I wanted to have room for entertaining and for future little Arndt's. The house we bought had the perfect yard. Some lawn in front with already beautifully planted flowerbeds and a huge yard in the back. We have been in the house 2 years now. The lawn is full of moss and the flowerbeds have been a pain to keep up. I'm pretty sure that our neighbors think that we are a disgrace to the neighborhood. Every spring I look out our front window and see all the neighbors out weeding and maintaining their yards, thinking to myself, I should probably get out there and do mine. Well I'm sure the neighbors were all on the phone with each other today saying "Look! Kaydee finally got her muffin top off the couch and is weeding her yard!". I am happy to say that the front is almost complete. My body hurts from hair follicles to toenails, but I made a dent in the yard and I am proud of it. Thank God that they can't see the backyard.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Free Means Free

We had a garage sale today at our church to help raise money for our missions trip to Mexico this summer. We had a free car Italian sodas. It went pretty well. We had a lot of crap(and I do mean crap: old couches, clothes, toys, enema kit???, etc.) to sell. Whatever we didn't sell at the end, would be taken to Value Village. We sold a lot, but we still had quite a bit (more than half) left with less than 2 hours remaining before closing. So we decided to stand out on the street with signs saying "It's All Free". Oh was like a stampede. We had a traffic jam in front of the church. People could not get enough. They were stuffing their cars to the rim. Some would even come back for a second load. I couldn't believe it. Within and hour and a half we were practically cleaned out.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

The Saddest Part About Summer...

Would have to be the seasonal end of my favorite t.v. shows. Now for the summer I am reduced to watching the painfully horrible "America's Got Talent", which I am reluctantly watching right now.

Please, lets have a moment of silence for the missed programs...

1. The Office
2. Lost
3. Brothers & Sisters
4. CSI (only the original)
5. Notes From The Underbelly
6. Law & Order (all of them)
7. October Road
8. Gray's Anatomy

Friday, June 15, 2007

5 Years Baby!

Today is our 5th Wedding Anniversary!! I cannot believe it. It feels like we were just married, but at the same time it feels like we have been married and friends forever. In 5 years, we have had great times and we have had rough times, but I wouldn't trade anything. Those great and rough times have only made our marriage what it is today, strong. I am so thankful that I have Jonathan to share my life with. He is strong where I am weak and he has such a caring and helpful heart. I truly am blessed.

I knew our marriage would last because we survived a disastrous honeymoon. Five years ago I couldn't laugh at it, but now...I just have to.

Lets started off great. We spent our first night in a great hotel in Seattle. Well...we almost flooded our hotel room with bubbles from the jetted tube (make a note either use the jets or you use bubble bath, not both) and Jonathan almost lost a finger when he reached into his bag and sliced his finger on his razor.

Our next adventure was to a cabin not to far away, but nice and secluded with a great view of the water. Some family had stocked up the cabin with stuff for us and we were looking forward to just a relaxing week together. Well disaster stuck again. The second night we were there, we had just settled down to watch a movie when all of a sudden...Kaydee was not feeling so well. I spent all night in the bathroom. I didn't know whether to sit on the toilet and hug a waste basket or hug the toilet and hope for the best. I was so sick. I thought maybe I had food poisoning, but it didn't pass...I had the worst flu of my life. The next day I was still feeling so sick and I couldn't get out of bed. We decided to pack up and head home where I could be more comfortable in my own bed. Jonathan was so sweet. He let me just sleep while he packed up all our stuff and cleaned the cabin.

Now comes the even bigger disaster and embarrassment...We had to take a ferry to get home and I was just sicker than a dog so we stayed in the car. Remember when I said earlier that I didn't know whether to sit on the toilet and hug a waste basket or hug the toilet and hope for the best? WELL...lets just say the the best did not happen in the car. There I was a grown woman who crapped her pants next to her husband while sitting in the car. I just cried and he laughed. I sat in "it" all the way home. I was mortified. But again...Jonathan came to my rescue. While I waited in the car, he went in the apartment, started a bath, came back with a towel for me to hide my "accident", got me in the house and settled in the bath, and then went back out to the car to clean it up. Now that is love.

Jonathan, I love you!
Here is to many more years of fond memories together.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

It Must Be Understood...

I have to have 2 things everyday:

1. Some form of chocolate or I will go CRAZY. (Come on ladies, you know what I mean.)

2. U2 music. Why because they are the best band ever.

Thank you, and goodnight.

Monday, June 11, 2007

There Is Hope For Me Yet!

Well (feeling a bit frustrated)....since the ancient computer referred to in my last post is on the fritz today (I think that it's time to upgrade don't you?) and I can only take so much of the laundry and house cleaning, I decided to experiment with my hair after a lesson at lunch from Whoorl.

See, I have very straight hair. Not even a hint of a curl or wave. Very sad I know, but it's true. I've always wanted curly hair. ( I can hear my mom now..."If you had curly hair, you would want straight hair."...and she is probably right.) I even went as far as getting, on more than one occasion in fact, the very-awkward-hideous-never-should-have-done-that spiral perm in the early 90's.

Yikes! It doesn't look anything like I wanted it to.

I also tried using curling irons (apparently the wrong way...I didn't know you weren't supposed to use the clampy part), but my hair just doesn't hold curl very well unless I use a whole can of hairspray and then my hair just looks and feels nasty...and like I used a whole can of hairspray. Funny how that works. So eventually I gave up. I would have to come to terms with the fact that my hair was just going to be straight. And for many years I haven't done anything with it. It's been the short straight and the long straight. Currently it is the long straight so I can just throw it up in the messy ponytail and forget about it. But after the lesson today....I think there is hope for my hair. Praise the Lord!!!

My arms sure feel fatigued from holding the curling iron up over my head for so long. (I'm sure I will build up those muscles and get faster.) Now I haven't perfected it yet, but with practice, I think I am on the road to success.

Things to add to shopping list:
1. Good hair product.
2. Ceramic curling iron.
3. Get eyebrows waxed!! (Man, how did I let those get so unruly??)

Now back to house work and laundry, but with my new sexy locks.

Friday, June 8, 2007

Welcome To KAT...

Kaydee Arndt Transcription that is. This is where I work. Yep, I work from home as a medical transcriptionist. What is a medical transcription you ask? Well, have you ever seen your doctor walking around the office talking to himself? He isn't. He is dictating your office visit into a dictaphone. I then get the little itty-bitty tape and transcribe it onto the computer and it gets printed out and sent back to the doctor's office to go into the chart. I know, very technical work, but I love it.

Let me give you a little tour.

This is my desk. As you can see, everything is easily accessible and I cannot keep it clean. I try, but it always goes back to looking like this. I have everything I need here.

Lets see, we have the ancient Compaq Presario (don't laugh, we do have a newer much nicer computer, but this piece of crap is what I use). We have all the sticky notes with the words that I can never remember how to spell around the blue screen of death. (again don't laugh, spelling was not my favorite subject in Homeschool land).

I have a printer that doesn't work with the ancient piece of crap, so it just holds tea for when it is tea time. Miscellaneous papers, the house phone, the cell phone, plastic bag (not quite sure why that's there), transcribing machine, more sticky notes, the "pretty in pink" highlighter, tapes to work on (I am more than halfway done today), dictionary, medical dictionary, glass of water, pictures of family (everyone has to have those on their desk), and my favoritest thing of all... Marvin The Martian coffee cup pen holder.

Well, that concludes the tour for today. Please return all listening devises to the front desk. The bathroom is down the hall to the left. The cafeteria is close and we are sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused you today. Don't let the door hit you on the way out.

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Watch It Melt!

The ice cream I mean. Or maybe I mean the pounds?? Either way, they both are melting. Well, currently the ice cream is, but the pounds are next. (Crossing my fingers and hoping for the best)

I have been inspired to start Weight Watchers again thanks to Amanda (you go girl!), and the size 14 (YES....14!!) dress I just bought today for a wedding we are going to next month. But before I start...tomorrow, I am going to enjoy that lovely bowl of ice cream up there toped with Hershey's Chocolate Syrup. Yum! It is my last bowl of satisfaction. How sad. (Sigh)

So long ice cream! So long Hershey's Chocolate Syrup! And Bye-bye pounds!!

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

You're In My Bubble!

I was in the checkout line at the store purchasing the next 2 weeks worth of groceries when my "invasion light" was going off. That is right. I do not like my bubble to be invaded by other people, especially people I do not know. The checker hadn't even finished scanning all my stuff, and the next "group" (and I mean "group", dad, grandpa, monkey son, daughter, and humongous grocery cart with a monster truck on the front, which was not being occupied by either of the 2 children) were crowding my bubble. They were so close that the grandpa was standing directly behind where I was standing at the card scanner, the dad was unconsciously pushing the cart into my calves while monkey son was climbing on the monster truck and sliding off into me. I wanted to scream...
"Step back and wait your turn!"