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3/31/12
Oh it was so nice having Mom out for a few days.

While we were driving around looking at expensive houess, we passed a store called the Potato Barn. Seriously. Anyway, they sell one of a kind furniture things, giant couches for giant houses and the like. And right up front they had this beautiful old wooden daybed frame. It will soon live on my back patio, once it gets delivered. I'm going to have all of the furniture before any of the landscaping gets done. It's gorgeous. And I found a website online that makes custom cushions (with outdoor fabric), so I can have one made to fit (it's 27inches wide by 72 inches long, perfect for sleeping outside, not perfect for finding a cushion).

3/29/12
There is a woman in Carefree who makes quail art out of gourds. Seriously. So I called her up and Mom and I drove over to look at the little darlings. And I bought a couple of little ones. So cute. And so glad to meet someone who loves the quail like I do.

After that, we went down to Salt River Fields for the Indians/DBacks game, then drove around and looked at houses I can't afford (but I will, after I win the MegaMillions tomorrow), and went to Scottsdale for the Selected Shorts: Springtime, Sex and Baseball reading.

Yesterday was dinner with our extended AZ family, and the walking tour of my new 'hood. It's so nice to show off my HOUSE.

3/27/12
Yay, Mom's coming out tomorrow!

And it's going to be nearly 90 degrees out this week!

3/24/12
Joba - out for the year after a freak trampoline accident.

I don't think I've said lately how much I love my house. I wake up in the middle of the night and just walk around it. I nap on every cushy surface there is. I even started to clean yesterday before realizing that I need someone to come in and do it for me. I love my house.

And I am so proud of Dad for making a serious attempt to stop smoking! So proud!

3/23/12
I have upset the Circle of Life.

After rollerblading around the 'hood this morning, I went to soak in the pool (my feet anyway, the water is cold). And I glanced up at the window frames on my patio and saw some kind of a nest up there. So, remembering what I was told about termites and such, I grabbed the broom and knocked it down - and it was a bird's nest. With a (now-splattered) egg in it. I am so sorry, birds. I lure you in with birdseed and then I kill your young. The liberal welfare-state exists, and it is in my backyard.

3/22/12
The rest of my back-ordered curtains should be here tomorrow. I'm celebrating by hanging the last set of curtain rods so they'll be ready.

For someone who hates shoe shopping as much as I do, I found two pairs of shoes today. I had to find a new cocktail dress for the Verrado cocktail party next Friday (Mom is my date), so I went to the mall in Peoria after our bi-weekly supervisor meeting. Found a beautiful Ralph Lauren dress in blue and cream - sleeveless with a cowl neck - and then I had to find sandals to match. Which I did. And then fled the shoe department.

I also found a pair of red leather kitten heels with a strap at the Goodwill (I was dropping off all the clothes I've outgrown), I couldn't resist. I will probably never wear them and end up donating them back.

I also went to the lamp store (appropriately called Lamps Plus) and bought a table lamp for the living room. Admired their chandeliers - I would love a sassy crystal chandelier, but can't afford one. When I can, I will go back there.

And I got my nails done.

Productive day off. Now to the curtain rods!

3/21/12
Happy Spring - the long, dark winter is finally over. Ha.

I went to the chiropractor who has an office in our health club (to which I do not belong, not being a gym person). He cracked all the joints in my neck and back, and I feel a little better. I told him I'd call tomorrow and let him know if I was sore, and then make a followup appointment. Also have to see what my insurance covers, since they're out-of-network.

3/18/12
Rain rain rain. Which is fine, because (and I can't believe I'm going to say this), I kind of missed it. The air sure smells good now. I didn't realize, however, that the rain would loosen up all of the crushed rock in my yard, so when I walked across it to look at a not-dead plant this morning, I wound up four inches deep in mud and wound up washing my sneakers off in the kitchen sink.

3/16/13
Andy Pettitte coming back to the Yankees? Be still my heart!

Met up with my cousins Chris and Staycie for the Reds/Rockies game tonight. They're from CO, so they're Rockies fans. The Goodyear Ballpark is about 6 miles from both of our houses, so it was really easy to meet up. We had a blast, and we're going to get together in two weeks when Mom is here (and Mom's cousin - Chris's grandmother - Marie is going to come up from Casa Grande for dinner, too).

3/15/12
87 degrees out? Check. Signed up for my Verrado pool pass? Check. Made a chiropractor appt for next Wednesday? Check. Went to Lowe's, Target, and Fry's? Check. Did the one-month house walkthrough with the builder? Check. Stopped in at work to finish a paper I forgot to do yesterday morning? Check. Went to Maryvale Baseball Park to ogle Ryan Braun? Check. Lemonade? Check. Bought an inflatable pool for the all-dirt backyard? Check.

Oh, and I went to Bank of America to see if I can get a credit card with them, since I keep getting turned down online thanks to the 2004 bankrupcy (I thought it was erased after seven years, but BofA keeps throwing it in my face). Long story short, I qualified for an unsecured card with a $500 limit, and I'll have them revisit it in six months to see if they'll raise the limit. The ultimate goal is to dump my credit union in NY, whose customer service is non-existant.

Not bad for a day off.

3/14/12
Happy birthday, Melissa! Can't wait to see you when I come east in May.

I got to do my favorite thing in the world - try on frames at the eye doctor. And they have this cool new thing where they take a picture of your retina, instead of using those dilating drops. It was pretty awesome, I asked the eye doctor if he could email me the pictures of my retinas, so I can enlarge them and hang them over the couch. So cool.

Anyway, I bought a new pair of glasses, new sunglasses, and new lenses to be put into my current frames (which I love). So the new ones should be ready in about two weeks, and then they'll send in my current frames to have the lenses put in.

3/13/12
Look out, it's Tuesday the 13th!

Came home to spy a bunny hopping under my backyard fence. It's been sitting in the yard now for about twenty minutes, not moving. The cats couldn't care less.

It's going to be 85 this week - and then a "winter storm" is coming on Sunday, which will bring with it freezing temperatures around 64, and perhaps a rain shower. Brr.

3/9/12
Back to the vet this morning so I could get Mimi's antibiotics. And I managed to get it down her throat without her throwing it up!

Then it was off to Peoria for the DBacks/Mariners game - so nice to lay out in the sun on the lawn and watch the game. This is why I moved here. I also went to Target and found a perfect dark brown wicker storage bench to put in the living room (and moved the gray-brown cabinet into the guest room), it looks really good. Big thanks to my decorator-from-afar, Aunt Barbara!

And to top off the night, my two-houses-down neighbor had a get-together for the block tonight, so I went by to meet some of my new neighbors ("I walked through YOUR house when it was being built, too!") - had a really nice time. He and I exchanged spare keys, as a "just in case" measure.

3/8/12
Got the cats' bloodwork back. While Pippin is disgustingly healthy (except for being fat), Mimi has some elevated liver enzymes and is severely hyper-thyroid-ic, which could explain her weight loss. We're going to try some kitty "bring down the thyroid" medicine, tuna flavored, and see how it goes. She also has a UTI, which gets an antibiotic. I have to pick that one up tomorrow (the thyroid one will come in the mail), and thank goodness it's a liquid. Cats + pills = mommy needing a pill, too.

Busy day off today - got my nails and brows done, work-meeting, post office, library, haircut, Pier 1 (for sassy wicker chair), World Market (for decorative baskets) and Old Navy (for sassy, decorative shorts). And now I'm cooking up a Mexican storm, making chalupas and enchiladas. The kitchen smells great.

3/7/12
First the cats don't want to get in the carrier, then they don't want to get out.

We survived the vet, the kitties - the 6 pounder and the 17 pounder - had some blood and urine taken, got a quote on dental cleaning (ha) and got their latest vaccinations.

I also survived my own dental cleaning this morning. I am really looking forward to the eye doctor next week, because I want to get a spare pair of frames and new sunglasses. I love my current sassy frames, I hope they can fit new lenses for them, too.

3/6/12
Not much new, other than whacking my knee into the coffee table just now. Ow.

We had a potluck at work last night, which means I have leftover pancit in the fridge for dinner later. I provided dessert - that is, I bought it.

I finally got off my butt and made appointments for the dentist, ob/gyn, eye doctor and the vet. Dentist and vet are tomorrow, the others are in the next two weeks. The kitties are just delighted at the reappearance of the cat carrier.

Almost forgot - happy birthday to Francisco Cervelli!

3/3/12
Irene and I had a blast - I love showing off my new state. We had perfect sunny weather for the entire time, too (no surprise there). To sum up - we drove a bit around downtown Phoenix, Peoria and Verrado, explored the local IHOP, roadtripped to Sedona and Flagstaff (briefly, it was cold, there was snow), went to Hole in the Rock, the first Spring Training game of the season (YAY!), the Desert Botanical Garden, Haus Murphy's in Glendale, and just vegged out with the kitties. It was so nice having a houseguest!

Today? Watching the start of the Yankees game on the MLB Network (double YAY!), and then I have to take a nap before taking Irene to the airport and going to work.

-catherine

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