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December 29, 2005

Thursday Thirteen- Big things that happened this year

Thirteen Things about CEECE
1. Adam and I got married on February 26
2. Conner turned 1
3. We bought an awesome house in downtown New Albany and moved out of shit creek-I mean French Creek
4. I made more the enough money for Adam to stay home with Conner and do his own thing for a while
5. Conner started daycare one day a week. It sucks just as much as if he was going full time
6. My granddad moved here from California
7. My other grandpa was diagnosed with lung cancer a few weeks ago
8. We went to Las Vegas in May for vacation
9. I started weight watchers and have lost 8 lbs.
10. I met a lot of awesome people in New Albany by paying attention to politics and being active in our Neighborhood Association
11. I transfered my membership to Central Christian Church
12. I made the decision to have Conner dedicated in January
13. Adam started OCS for the Army National Guard

Links to other Thursday Thirteens!
1. Leanne
2. Uisce

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Christmas Day

Here are some fun pictures from Christmas Day...WHEEEEE!

*The brother and sister-in-law (don't they look like they are watching kittens being tortured?)*

*Conner and Gramerly checkiing out the loot*

*Off to the next family get together!*

*If I didn't take a picture of me on Christmas Day then there would be no actual photographic proof that I was ever there. Adam HATES taking pictures and everyone else is busy photographing the boy*

*This is what my sister and I wait for all year...who can make mom cry the hardest and most with their present. I think I won this year, although my competition was pretty weak. I made a collage with a picture of me, mom, Conner and Alicia, with the quote" The most important thing she'd learned over the years was there was no way to be a perfect mother, but a million ways to be a good one" SOB!*

*oh yeah, here are the tears...cruel? maybe, but entertaining? hell yeah!*

*Conner and his RIDICULOUS amount of presents and toys*

*up at grandmas house. my mom is trying to teach Conner to ride the pony that my grandad got him. mostly he just likes to swing it around and knock shit over*

*showing it to dad*

*Now it's my dad's turn to "ride it" and look like a dork! (luckily no one got the footage of me galavanting around the house on it)*

Sorry the pictures kind of end there.

My grandpa (the one with cancer) was not having a good day, and it was hard to get into it and take pictures.

December 27, 2005

Christmas Eve Open House

And the crazy tendancies of my family members.

As you peruse through these photos take note of the following two things.
1) My family has an uncanny ability to look anywhere BUT the camera while having their picture taken.
2) My mom looks like she has just had the worst news delivered to her...ALWAYS!

*my mom-looking like she is crying. My Grandad- who the hell knows what he is looking at!*

*my mom-looking teary eyed-again, grandad- who the hell even knows. Wait are my aunt and cousin actually looking at the camera-and they look like they are having a good time! Thank God its on film*

MORE THIS WAY-------->

*The MIL yes actually looking at the camera-she's a photographer so she feels my pain. but then there is Gwen and Adam not even close to looking at me while taking the pic. siiiiigggghhhhh*

*Adam's sister and Dad doing a mighty fine job cheesin' for the camera, but Timothy drops the ball. The best part is he is smiling, but at WHAT?...crazy...*

* The bean enjoying festivities and food*

*The boy loves to be flung around, teetering on the edge of nausea*

*Fun with Antlers*

*Fun with Antlers II-wait what the hell-is my mom actually...smiling?*

December 22, 2005

I don't think I told you guys...

See, I have this little bitty crush on John Mellencamp.

I know I know, he is the same age as my dad (almost exactly) but wow. He is so freaking hot. (john not my dad you pervs). I have his greatest hits double disc in my car, and have been listening to it non-stop over the last few days. I even had a dream the other night that we were getting married and he was standing up at the head of the isle smoking a cigarette. One of Adam's uncles was there, and the inside of the church was all decorated with Christmas lights, and there was a kiddie pool over to the side. *that is so embarassing*

I dig what he is about, his political values and ideas, his looks, his voice, the fact that he is a hoosier. EVERYTHING.

I want to touch his naughty parts...

Holiday Open House Reminder

Remember Saturday we will be having an open house starting at 5. Feel free to stop by and eat and drink and celebrate each other!
Merry Christmas!

December 19, 2005


My grandpa starts chemo today. So please pray, cross your fingers, whatever.

Conner and I were by there on Friday night for a few hours and he seemed to be doing pretty good. His biggest problems are the pain and he won't eat so he is pretty weak. He has 6 hours of chemo a day starting today going through we, then we break for a month and do it again.


December 16, 2005

Map Yo'self

Stolen from Styro

Show me where you be!

Time to Think

Last Saturday I rang the Salvation Army Bell at the Wal-mart on Grantline Road for an hour. (the whole day was people from church).

It was a great time to observe people, and see things I didn't really want to, but some that absolutely made my day.

As any of you who know me know, when it comes to emotions I don't hold anything back. I can cry at just about anything, usually it has to do with children or other people being mistreated, or seeing people do incredible things out of love. I am a happy and a sad cryer. I did A LOT of crying between 3-4 on Saturday.

As I was walking through the parking lot to the stand, I walked past a group of people consisting a lady probably in her 40's, a small child of 5 or 6, and an older women maybe in her 60's. The younger lady was pushing the cart (very full) with the child in it when one of the bags fell out of the cart. She started yelling, about how her "fucking egss were broken and maybe if she had some help and if someone would watch their own fucking kid this wouldn't happen". Ecch it makes my heart hurt just recalling it.

I stood there and rang the bell and watched people walk past me, doing their best job to avoid eye contact. I stood there ringing the bell and cried.

I cried for the people who were able to give and did, I cried for the people who were able to give and didn't, for those who weren't able to give but did anyway. I cried when parents would come out yelling and cussing at their kids. I cried for those who where having a good time with their families. I cried and wondered if any of the families who walked past me where maybe some of my angels that I had collected from the Angel Tree.

I prayed. I prayed for everyone who gave, for everyone who didn't. I prayed that they all had a great Christmas/holiday season, and that they got to spend time with their families if that's what they wanted. I prayed that they would all be warm and well fed.

I laughed too. I laughed at the older men who wore santa hats. I laughed at snippets of conversations that I heard. I laughed at the teen-boppers who refused to wear jackets, and wore the most revealing clothing even though it was FREEZING out! I laughed at myself for crying at everything.

I laughed about how when I told people that I was going to ring the bell, they acted like it was some big act of kindness, when really it's not, and it's the least I could do to help people for the holiday season.

So maybe, if you get a chance to ring the bell next holiday season, or even this year. You will take it. Take the hour out of your oh-so busy life and do something for someone else. Take the time to think about everything you have to be grateful for, and what things you would change if you could. Take the time to rejoice in the season, even if you are opposed to nativity scenes in public and writing out Christmas and replacing it with an X., just take your time.

Great... I am crying again...

December 15, 2005

Yeah but not me, cause I lost another .6 lbs at WW

Gotta love the holidays!

December 13, 2005


Gosh, so much has been going on lately!

1) Conner and I were sick as dogs all last week. Puking and coughing and just feeling bad all around. Luckily Conner didn't seem to get the puking/pooping illness that Adam and I did, but his poor nose has been giving him the business.

3) Conner started day-care one day a week and on the first day he got freakin' bit on his arm and scratched on his face. We were super pissed! He goes every Tuesday and this is his third week. I just called the daycare to check in on him and the girl that answered the phone said, " well he has been kind of whiney today" WTF, how about because we have to drop him off in some shithole day care. And you can't say anthing to these women that work there because if you piss them off, how do you know if they are not going to pinch him or something.

It's buuuuulllshiiit.

4) Raech graduated from UofL, wheee. We all went out to eat and celebrate last night. Congrats

5) No tree yet. We were gonna go last weekend to get one from the tree-farm but we have been so busy. I want to go this week, but now Adam is super sick, and it is more then difficult to go shopping with the weee man.

That's it I think. Oh if you would like to come and be our Nanny so Conner doesn't have to go to the shithole day care anymore then please call thanks! :-)

December 09, 2005

They May Not Have the Best Dental Hygiene..

But they can get somethings right.

What a great Christmas gift (or holiday gift I guess if I want to be totally PC) for those who want nothing more then to be with the person they love.

Seriously, if that isn't a testament to a relationship then I don't know what is. Sticking it out together even though, you have been told repeatedly that you will never have the chance to celebrate and receive the same rights and government benefits as others.

Congrats Britian and everyone who can benefit from this!

The Marriage is Over

Did you know that Adam doesn't even know the names of all four Beatles?

What the hell is that? Who do I blame? What kind of person doesn't know the names of the Beatles? Whil I shed a tear for George and John, he had to ask which ones they were.


The cold hard facts

December 08, 2005

Possible buyer inquires about fire-damaged Georgetown landmark

Not quite New Albany, but info about a historic home in Georgetown that was supposed to have been restored but the people who own it currently have failed the home miserably.

Any insite as to why they haven't please post!

December 06, 2005

If you're not a parent you will gag while reading this

On my way to work this morning, I noticed a lovely odor reminiscant of baby poop filling my dry-cracking nostrils. Since it didn't last very long, I chalked it up to the good one I let rip earlier in the rid or the dead racoon I just passed on the side of the road. Didn't give it much more thought.

Then I got to work and noticed it again. I thought that maybe I had stepped in some dog poop on the way to the car an checked my shoes. Nope good there too.

While we were in our morning meeting I started to sneeze and while rubbing my nose, the lovely odeur hit me again. I looked at my hands my shirt everything. Then I saw it. It was ground in to my wedding band. Conner was a little restless during changing this morning and I guess while getting out the leather straps to hold him down, i grazed the little pile of goodness he left for me this morning.


Hell yeah. I made my boss gag with that one too!

Conner and I are Movie Stars!

well, ok maybe not movie stars or really even tv stars..oh hell we're not even stars at all, but The Muckrakers released their video for Through My Door and we are in it! Three shots actually but the one at the end is the best.

Hell yeah we are getting down!

Here she be:

December 03, 2005

Front Runner for Worst Day Ever

my grandpa was diagnosed with an agressive form of lung cancer. He only has 2-6 months left to live. My sister had a test come back with pre-cancerous cells, so she has to go in and have them removed.

I got all this news at once 2 hours ago. I feel like shit and cannot stop crying. This sucks.

December 02, 2005

Remember our Troops This Holiday Season

Is That on Obelisk in Your Pocket Are You Just Happy To See Me?

People would flip shit if we did this here...you know that whole denial and elephant in the living room thing.

Hint, Hint

Wow check this out! It's the MomAgenda, a yearly planner that has room for your schedule your kids (or hubby's) a place for medical records, shopping lists etc. And it comes is pretty colors!

Most of you who know me, know that I am not the "neatest" person in the world, but I love to carry and use planners. Maybe it's because they are representative of goals and ambitions that I have for myself. I love the idea of being organized and having all of my clothes folded and put away, but I also love spending time with my family more. If I had to choose between color coordinating my undies or stacking blocks with Conner, I would always choose the latter. Motherhood, however has shown me that there is no room for error when it comes to keeping the baby's things organized. It's not such a big deal if I leave the house with my mug of tea sitting on the kitchen table, at the same time, if we dash out of the house and leave the sippy cup, diapers, wipes, toys, extra pair of pants in the diaper bag in the foyer, you can gaurantee that Conner will be dying of thirst, choose to be dramatically bored wherever we are and shit like no kid has ever shit before, with it hitting walls and ruining clothes. YOU JUST CAN'T TAKE THAT CHANCE!!

So yeah, anyway I have dreams of being the super slender, career mom, but who has enough time to spend with her kid at the school, soccer games whatever,and be the supportive wife and best-friend to her husband, (whew that made me tired just writing all that. I guess maybe the planner like holds that ideal.

Christ...I need therapy....

PS I want this one.

Silver Grove Neighborhood Association

Here is an amazing article about a fellow neighborhood association in New Albany. This is an amazing example of people in our city doing a kick-ass job and not just talking about it. They are a real asset to us!

What a great piece. Jim is always around learing from other associations and is as friendly as they come! Apparently the Silver Grove area used to be it's own town, used to be the country!

Click below for the whole article!

Once, Silver Grove had its own history

Jim Munford has filled 10 boxes with papers mentioning his grandmother's great-uncle and such. Munford is well on his way to a full family tree.

But his neighborhood's roots remain another matter.

Jim Munford is compiling a history of Silver Grove, which was a town until it was annexed by New Albany in the 1930s. Behind him was Advent Christian Church at Shelby Street and Indiana Avenue, where Silver Grove’s town hall once stood. (By Arza Barnett, The Courier-Journal)

Munford lives in Silver Grove, a place he had not heard of until a few years ago. The area is in easternmost New Albany, east of Silver Street, north of Spring Street and south of Charlestown Road.

It pretty much consists of houses built long ago. Its population is maybe 3,000, and Silver Grove does not change appreciably. That is precisely why it has been plenty good enough for Betty Brewer all her 74 years.

"I'll probably die here now," she said.

Brewer recalls an era when Silver Grove included businesses like her family's grocery and a barbershop across McLean Avenue.

Munford found a photograph from about 1915-1920 of a couple with the last name of Ray, posing outside the house on Beeler Street that Munford now lives in. (Courtesy of Jim Munford)

A century ago Silver Grove was not yet part of New Albany. It had incorporated as a town in 1896, 24 households shielding themselves from those tax-and-spend big-city types.

"This was the country," Munford said.

Silver Grove formed its own council and fire and police departments, and functioned on its own for about 30 years. Town Hall sat where Advent Christian Church does now, at Shelby Street and Indiana Avenue.

Munford has discovered that much. He is now filling a second box of Silver Grove memorabilia that he intends to piece together into a community history. "So that people will remember," he said. "So it's not forgotten."

Munford is 50, an engineer who moved to this area in the 1980s to help build the Marble Hill nuclear plant. That project was aborted about the time the Munford family settled into a large home at Indiana Avenue and Beeler Street.

One of the oldest in the area, the place piqued Munford's curiosity. "If walls could talk," said Varie Munford, Jim's also-curious wife.

Jim Munford hit up the public library to learn what he could. He found disappointingly little about his house but a little more about the town of Silver Grove. The what? Munford read minutes of council meetings and a news clipping or two, leading to more questions than answers.

"There's supposed to be a book floating around somewhere," he said.

While Varie Munford began to help organize the Silver Grove Neighborhood Association -- a vibrant organization that operates a crime watch, among other duties -- her husband delved into the past like a detective.

He has quizzed those few elderly neighbors who all along have called the area Silver Grove. Lessons learned from his genealogy hobby keep him patient but persistent. He has yet to find the perfect source, if one exists. "Go digging and get lucky sometimes," he said.

Even David Barksdale, president of the Floyd County Historical History, knows little. He lives in Silver Grove, by the way and urges Munford on. "I'll be very excited to see what he finds out," Barksdale said.

Maybe there are clues aplenty in people's basements. People may not recognize they hold the secrets to the Silver Grove story. "Maybe they feel no one is interested," Barksdale said. "You never can tell."

Both the local fairgrounds and Glenwood Park, with its ball fields and amusement rides, routinely brought crowds to and near Silver Grove. Many clearly liked what they saw.

The community's charm was appreciated, and by the 1930s, little suburban Silver Grove had exploded. Newcomers expected nice roads and public services like those they had left in New Albany.

In addition, the area was offered its own school -- Silver Street Elementary -- apparently as an inducement to accept annexation. By 1935, Silver Grove was history, a history Munford is now trying to uncover.

A photograph takena fter the 1937 flood that hit the region shwoed Silver Street looking north as vehicles continued to use an elevated roadway after water receded. Silver Grove by then had become part of eastern New Albany. (Courtesy of New Albany-Floyd County Public Library)

Jay Papp, 25, has not been married too long, and his first child is on the way. He bought his first house in the neighborhood in which he grew up. That means his baby will be a fourth-generation Silver Grover. "It's a wonderful place," Papp said.

Not that he ever learned in school that the community had once been its own place -- incorporated. "I've always known New Albany as New Albany," he said. "One big town."

Dale Moss' column runs Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays on the Indiana page. You can reach him at (812) 949-4026 or at dmoss@courier-journal.com. You can also read his columns at www.courier-journal.com.

December 01, 2005

I think I just threw up in my mouth a little

Similar to the Zombie Post below, but not quite it!

More bedbug links for your reading pleasure

They are horny too!
Watch out Kirsten!
Starting to feel a little sick...
Oh God, where is the toilet


Wheeeeee! It's snowing.

It's the first day of December and there is light snow falling. Awww like something out of a Bing Crosby movie...

Watch out kids! That hill's a bitch and 5 months in a backbrace is not worth the alleged good times to be had by sledding!