More on Charleston

But not in this post.  Oh how I tease.  I realize I just disappointed all one of you that’s looking forward to my Illinois updates, but I’m just too lazy to go get my camera so I can post the pictures.  Instead, welcome to my past week.

I’ll be honest, I don’t really remember much before Thursday but I’m sure those days included watching a lot of TV.  I do know I started feeling the oncoming of a cold Tuesday night or Wednesday which sucked.  I hate being sick.  I’m a terrible sick person.  On the outside I’m pretty controlled, I don’t really complain and I stay away from people.  Mostly because I get really peeved at people that whine and bellyache when they’re sick.  And especially those that come out of their rooms and infect everyone else around them.  Jerks.

But in my mind I feel like I’m going crazy.  The same thing happens when my arms get trapped inside an article of clothing and I cant’ get it off and I’m stuck.  Yes, this happens ok.  I start to panic and just want to be released.  Just thinking about it makes me squeamish…ok, I had to flail my arms around just now.  Anyway, when I’m sick all I can think about it how much longer I have to be sick.  It’s miserable.

I do remember going to the batting cages with my dad Thursday afternoon.  That was fun and it might have been the best day I’ve had at the cages to date.  Except I know I’m not still a seasoned player because I get winded and break out in a sweat when I’m there.  Like that’s some sort of strenuous exercise.  I blame the cold.

Friday afternoon I get a mass email from our church asking for people to go help this family clean their new duplex.  Long story short, their house burned down Sunday in the middle of the night and they’re moving into this duplex.  I head over there, above all else because their house burned down for heaven’s sake and they need help.  Plus two of the girls are in my church group I’m over.  Also, I’m a saint.

I head over there and get to work cleaning the bathroom.  As a side note, I hate cleaning bathrooms.  I would rather clean almost anything else before touching the bathroom.  But whatever, their house burned.  There’s no way of getting around it, this duplex is disgusting.  I completely understand the emergency of the situation and the fact this family is financially strapped.  But I can’t believe the landlords would actually rent this place out in the condition it’s in.  AND they apparently told this family that it had been professionally cleaned which was a blatant lie.  We’re talking mold, animal droppings, repairs needed, rust, etc. and that was just the kitchen area.

I know bleach containers list certain areas that are safe for product use but everything in that bathroom got hosed down.  I could actually feel the fumes rising in the air which couldn’t have been the best on my lungs and cough.  At one point the lady asked if I was “dying in there”.  It didn’t look that much better when I left and I ironically thought the best thing for that duplex was to burn it down and start over.

Saturday my cold moved into my sinuses and my nose.  Oh, balls.  I was really wanting to avoid that.  In my opinion this is the worst of the worst of having a cold.  I did luck out because it’s now Monday, I’m on the mend, and it never developed into a full blown sinus infection.  Phew.  Sinus infection + no insurance + no money = a life of crime, I’m sure of it.  No doubt I would have gone crazy and ended up on the evening news and in jail.  My cellmates would’ve had to pay me off with Mucinex, which of course at that point wouldn’t work.  I’d be the one true nut job in the slammer and everyone would know not to mess with the girl with clogged ears.  Don’t even get me started on clogged ears, you know what I’m talking about.  Or more likely, I would’ve had to borrow money from the parentals and go to the doctor.  Either way, not getting it worked out for the best.

Sunday night I watched the Oscars and I noticed a couple of things.  Everyone being interviewed before the show was chewing gum and it really bugged me.  Spit it out already.  Isn’t that a rule in public speaking/drama classes 101 to spit out your gum before performing or addressing an audience?  If it’s not it should be.  Also, there are a lot of celebrities that actually make me mad.  Like I want to punch you in the face mad.  Some of them weren’t at the Oscars but all include:

Oprah Winfrey

Barbara Streisand

Barbara Walters

Adam Lambert

Aretha Franklin

Mariah Carey

To name just a small few.  So that brings me up to today.  Did the usual, Walmart, library, watched some movie, yadda yadda.  I did go out and mow the lawn.  On the bright side, the weather was PERFECT.  High 60s with little to no humidity, sun out.  I even went out in capris which reminded me that I’m going to need to scrape up the money to hit the tanning bed soon.  Gotta keep my priorities straight, ya know.  I kind of like yard work, I do.  And mowing is probably my favorite yard chore if I had to name one.  But the grass is still dead.  I’m not understanding why it needs to be mowed so soon.  Plus, because of two great, big trees in our yard, it was more like mowing dirt.  I looked an awful lot like this:

This week’s off to a great start.

My Weekend in a Nutshell

I was elated to finally get away from here and head out to California!!  Here’s a quick highlight of what my sister and I did:

  • Craig Ferguson Show – I was happy to discover that he really is quite funny.  Before he came on I kept thinking, “there’s no way I can pretend to laugh at something for an hour if it’s just not funny.”  He was funny and my jaw hurt from laughing.  Bonus:  my sister and I were seated on the front row.  Not so bonus:  the warm up guy saying he used to work as a Chip and Dale’s dancer and the preceed to do some gross funky dance with his butt in some lady’s face.  Luckily they were on the other row.
  • On Friday we went to the Kodak Theatre and got to hold an actual Oscar.  Which will be the closest I get to actually receiving one.  Then we went over to Griffith Observatory and walked around for a bit.  After that, we headed back to Santa Monica and walked down to the beach and swung on the swings.  Bonus:  Fun pics like my sister putting her finger up the head bust of James Dean’s nose, the incredibly mis-matched tourists at the beach, and the little girl at the beach that declared to no one in particular, “I stink!”  Not so bonus:  Not sure actually.  Traffic and parking I guess.
  • On Saturday we went to San Diego to some African Safari Adventure Park.  Bonus:  The conductor on the train ride was incredibly enthusiastic and kept pointing out animals to us and telling us to look at their butts.  “The blah blah animal is over there.  You can tell b/c it’s butt is white.  Look over there at the blah, blah animal.  It has a spots on it’s butt….”  Not so bonus:   Hmm, can’t think of anything.
  • Sunday we went to church and then went for a walk to the Santa Monica Pier and all over really.  Bonus:  They had good food after church and I got some more good pics at the pier.  Not so bonus:  It was freezing!!
  • Monday we went to the Price is Right and then headed to the airport.  Drew Carrey is actually pretty funny as well and really friendly.  The energy on the set was crazy as everyone was totally jazzed to be there.  When we walked in I was really surprised to see that the set was so small.  On TV it looks like the contestant has to run 10-15 yards to get to contest row but really they only run 10-15 feet.  And everything is old looking and faded.  Bonus:  There were two women in line who’s name’s were Narda and Biserka.  These had to have been their actual names because we had to show ID a hundred times in order to get our name tag.  Not so bonus:  Waiting in line for 4 hours before actually getting into building.  Ridiculous.  I would think they would be a little more organized after all the years the show’s been on.

I had an awsome time and whish I could have stayed even longer.  Maybe next time.