the thrashers game that wasn’t

i think the sickness is behind me now. yay! after battling a headache this morning, i felt a little better, so we picked up brandon and headed off to atlanta to meet up with jon, patrick and his girlfriend, sarah, for the thrashers game today. however, when we tried to redeem our vouchers for free tickets at the window, we were told the game was sold out. they exchanged our vouchers for tickets to next saturday night’s game, so we’re ok with that.

after getting our tickets, we decided to find something to eat in the cnn center. we picked a mexican cantina that wasn’t too crowded with hockey-goers, but in retrospect it was not a good choice. our waiter was awful. it took forever for our drinks to come, and after our food arrived we had to ask for silverware, napkins, and the chips and salsa that usually preceeds the meal. the food was ok, but at $4 a taco, it wasn’t worth the money. we didn’t even realize the extra taco was going to cost that much. when we got our check, our waiter actually told us to leave him a tip. right, for the napkins and silverware we had to ask for, the ridiculously overpriced food and the 10-minute wait for drinks? who *wouldn’t* tip him??

a somewhat happy ending

the standoff ended around 7 a.m. i came home around 11 p.m. and headed to bed because i was not feeling well. the girlfriend is in guarded condition at the hospital, the 3-year-old hostage is fine, and the man is now safely behind bars. what an ordeal. i felt bad for the people who lived on that road. they couldn’t go home.

one of the tv cameramen said they should have “jack bauered his ass.” i said that if jack bauer was in charge it would have been over in two seconds. the cameraman goes, “yeah, we’d all be having coffee together right now.” heh.

our home is still a sick house. our poor noses are red and raw, and we’ve gone through a pack of 12 big rolls of toilet paper in the last week trying to blow away the congestion. i now have pink eye. yay. luckily, that justified a call to the on-call doctor. while on the phone with him, joe told him what else is going on with me, so now i have some nice, happy antibiotics waiting for me eckerd. oh, how i *love* antibiotics. the eye drops he called in also will be welcomed. it would be nice to be able to itch my eye again. however, it is fun chasing joe around the house, trying to touch hiim with my tainted hands. he is now in house-husband mode as he is washing everything i’ve touched. i guess that also means the cats. fun times for him!

speaking of cats, julius scratched on the scratching pad *again*.

meme

borrowed from laura 

1. when you looked at yourself in the mirror today, what was the first thing you thought?
my hair looked oily.
2. how much cash do you have on you?
$7-$8…i usually don’t have cash on me.
3. what’s a word that rhymes with DOOR?
floor

4. do you label yourself?
not really.
5. bright or dark room?
bright.

6. why is there always a missing question?
people are trying to be funny?
7. what does your watch look like?
it’s a silver watch.
8. what were you doing at midnight last night?
sleeping. one of the few times i was able to sleep last night. heh.
9. where is your nearest 7-11?
we don’t have one. *sigh* i *really* miss 7-11. i lived on slurpees and big gulps as a kid.
10. what’s a word that you say a lot?
awesome.

11. who told you he/she loved you last?
my husband.
12. last furry thing you touched?
julius 🙂
13. how many rolls of film do you need developed?
i think we have a couple that the cats have played with and probably lost.
14. favorite age you have been so far?
26…that’s how old i was when i got married.
15. your worst enemy?
me, myself and i. i’m my own worst critic.
16. what is your current desktop picture?
a picture of me, joe and aj in front of our christmas tree.

17. what was the last thing you said to someone?
i told joe i love him when we hung up just a minute ago.
18. the last song you listened to?
hotel california by the eagles. it was playing on the radio on my way home.
19. what time of day were you born?
early in the morning. i don’t know the exact time. i don’t, but i do.
20. what do you do when vending machines steal your money?
i get mad. 🙂 i used to rock them back and forth to try and get my snack. hehe.
21. do you consider yourself kind?
i think i am most of the time. i try to be all the time.
22. what’s your life motto?
wow…i don’t know…
23. name three things you have on you at all times.
my wedding ring, my engagement ring and a hair band around my wrist. i have to say, i’m not a happy camper if i forget my hair band.
24. can you change the oil on a car?
ha ha ha.
25. when was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper and mailed it?
that would be the thank you notes i wrote for christmas and hanukkah presents.

in the line of fire

there is a hostage situation at the apartment complex behind us. apparantly, there was a domestic dispute with a shooting, and the man is still inside with a hostage. i just did a live report, and joe and i went to the sidewalk in front of our building, and the deputies yelled at us to go back inside. there were deputies in our parking lot with their guns drawn, but it looks like they’ve moved in a little closer now. i heard the ambulance take off…i hope no one was seriously hurt. people were actually walking up to the armed deputies and trying to walk up to the crime scene, so i don’t blame the officers for being pissed off at people. you just don’t do that. i can tell you that as a veteran crime reporter, but anyone in their right mind should know that.

slowly but surely

just when i was thinking our cat training wasn’t working, my wonderful cat julius proved me wrong. we’ve been trying to train julius and aj, the two cats who still have their claws, to use the scratching pad rather than the door frame when they feel the urge to scratch. they pretty much destroyed our front door frame, so we put aluminum foil up, which joe read is a deterrent. it’s worked pretty well (there are only a few scratches underneath), but i can’t exactly put aluminum foil on every door frame for the rest of their lives.

this is where the training comes in. we decided to go ahead and give it a shot. i must say, it’s not very popular with the cats. aj is a good sport for the first time, but the second and third tries get him riled up — so much so that he won’t even eat his treats afterward unless i hold him like a baby and feed them to him (he’s pretty cute!). julius balks at the whole thing and refuses to extend his claws, so joe ends up just rubbing his pads against the cardboard. he’s so difficult sometimes.

but today, i was sitting on the couch scrapbooking when i heard a scraping noise. i looked up and saw julius scratching on the scratching pad. i must say, i was so shocked, it took a few seconds to realize what was happening. i jumped up and got the treats to make sure i had one ready for him. i don’t think he understood why i was so excited, but that’s ok as long as he continues to scratch correctly. now, let’s hope aj jumps on the bandwagon. maybe he does it when we’re not home. that’s what i like to think.

here’s to many more days of scratch-free doors.

good news, bad news

the good news is, joe is feeling much better.

the bad news: i’m not. i’m having quite a time with my sinuses right now, and they’re kicking my butt. i’m nauseous and i have a sinus headache. great fun. really.

in other good, good news, i lost three pounds this week. yay. and i really didn’t feel deprived of anything or hungry. it was pretty easy.