Interstellar Adventures

April 28, 2006

You’re Weird

Filed under: Elle & Zed,Married Life,Memes & Quizzes,Mom Life — by InterstellarLass @ 10:36 am

Elle’s favorite phrase. If Nick or I or her brother do something she doesn’t understand or appreciate, she’s likely to counter with “You’re Weird”. Except she can’t say Weird just right…she kind of slurs her ‘r’ so it sounds more like “Weid”.

I’ve always known I was a bit off. I try to enjoy things, and you’ll often find me not acting my age, but something closer to my shoe-size. I can behave very well at social events, carry on polite, adult conversation, and fake-laugh along with the best of them. But I’d rather not. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy dressing to the nines and taking Nick’s breath away with my sassiness, but the older I get, the less I like hanging out with boring, stuffy, dull, dry and otherwise vacuous individuals.

I’ve seen the Six Weird Things About You meme around. But I don’t think I’m really weird, just slightly immature and irreverent. Six examples of this are:

1) Last Sunday at my niece’s 3rd birthday party, my mom and I, and then my sister and I, raced in the bouncy-houses. I won both races, making me Queen of the Bouncy House. I even have an injury to show for it…an elbow scrape.

2) I’m likely to laugh so hard I snort and squeak. If something tickles my funny-bone I’ll follow it all the way, even if everyone else stopped laughing.

3) In the confines of my home, I will burp (and the other too) to the horror of Nick and to the delight of my kids. Good one mom! Elle will exclaim. I have passed the talent on to her, and I’ve been shocked to hear some vibrato come out of my little girl.

4) I will race my kids to the car (not through the parking lot…like at the soccer fields) while other parents yell at their kids to slow down.

5) I’ll let Nick sleep in on the weekend and then after I’ve had a couple of cups of coffee, I’ll bounce him out of bed. Sometimes he thinks this is funny, but not always.

6) I’ll dance crazy around the living room with my kids, make funny faces and sing really loud even though I can’t carry a tune in a wet paper bag.

Nope, I’m not gettin’ old…

April 26, 2006

Take me out to the Ballgame

Filed under: Adventures,Elle & Zed,Mom Life,Texas Life — by InterstellarLass @ 2:07 pm

Last night Elle and Zed and I went to see the Frisco Roughriders play the Corpus Christie Hooks. It was a chilly night for Texas AA baseball. We all had on long sleeves and jackets, and I even brought along a blanket. I’m glad, because Elle and I ended up using it. But despite the chilly weather, we had a great time.

One thing I have to say about Minor League (AA) ball is it’s S-L-O-W. It took one and a half hours to get through the first four innings. My kids had got a couple of autographs before the game, but they wanted more. I tried to be patient and wait it out, but when 9 o’clock hit and we were in the 7th inning, tied 3-3, I made them a deal. We’d wait it out until the end of regulation. Once the 9th inning was over, we were going home, no matter what. And, at then end of 9, we were still tied 3-3, at 10:30 pm on a school night.

A trip to the bathroom and a walk to the shuttle bus and we were in the car. Fortunately home isn’t too far away. Elle was in bed and Zed was in the shower by 11. Nick was already asleep. I was still a bit wound up and ended up falling asleep in the recliner.

This morning I checked the report only to find out the Riders won it in the bottom of the 10th. Bummer. Of course one inning was probably something like another half hour.

This was my 4th or 5th Riders game. I love this ball park. It’s very family friendly. Nowhere in the park are you more than 24 rows from the field. Just about every inning they have some goofy contest or something. Elle and I tried to get on the Kiss-Cam, but they seemed to prefer player action to family action. Zed almost caught a ball. The outfielder retrieved a foul ball and tossed it to our section. The ball bounced of Zed’s hand and landed in the glove of a kid two seats over. Zed was bummed but handled it pretty well. Better luck next time I told him. The kids had fun watching Deuce the Groundhog play around the field. He even came into the stands. The Famous Chicken is coming in July. He should be a hoot to see.

April 25, 2006

Why we need a wall

Filed under: Rants & Opinions — by InterstellarLass @ 4:53 pm

Here I go, about to upset a few people again, I’m sure. But, this just drives me insane. How the hell are they (i.e. the Mexican government) getting away with this crap!?!? I just don’t get it. Secure border my ass…

Reason 1: Mexican Army on our doorstep. Who were they waiting for?

Reason 2: Mexican Customs agents planning routes for drug traffikers? Nah, he was just lost.

Reason 3: Woman dies in the Rio Grande

Reason 4: If this many were caught, how many got through? And what if they were terrorists?

April 24, 2006

Recommended Reading

Filed under: Adventures,Running Life — by InterstellarLass @ 9:11 am

I heard about this guy by accident last week. I’d heard his name before on an AT board once. But I didn’t read much about him. But after hearing about what he’s doing next, I had to buy his book. I started and finished it yesterday, in one sitting. Dean Karnazes is going to run 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 days. And you people thought I was crazy. Nope, not even close. I’m quite sane compared to this guy. But after reading his book, I think he’s totally amazing. He does a lot of his ultra runs now as charity fundraisers for children needing medical care. I can understand the why because I’ve asked myself some of the same questions under much shorter distances. I could relate to some of the pain he’s described, and I’ve felt some of those same feelings. Why? Because it’s there. And I want to see if I can. I’ll definitely watch out for when he’s in Dallas. He’s using the White Rock Course as his Texas stop.

April 21, 2006

Mavs Photos

Filed under: Interstellar Casa,Texas Life — by InterstellarLass @ 9:50 am

I had fun playing with my new camera. Nick was getting a little frustrated though. I mean, I took a picture of beer. OK, so maybe I did get a little carried away. My old camera could do video too, but it wasn’t as easy as this one. I figured the guys around here would appreciate this. And here’s the game slideshow. The $9.75 burger was GOOD.

This weekend I plan on planting. I won’t have much to show for it though because they’re just seeds. Hopefully they grow quickly. Here are some before and in-betweens of my flower beds. We spent 10 hours in the yard last Sunday pulling the bushes and moving some others. Then I put five bags of top soil and one bag each of humus and cow manure down in each side of the bed. Sadly, I think I still need more! We’ll see what happens.

And then Sunday is my niece’s birthday party. She’ll be three. We’re going to a bouncy-house party. Inflatables galore evidently. I told Nick he has to go because it’s a family birthday. He acted like I was killing him or something. Drama. At least the kids will have fun. Hopefully they’ll get way worn out and be ready to go to bed early. Sunday night is Soprano night! Have a great weekend!

April 20, 2006

Mavs Season Finale

Filed under: Texas Life — by InterstellarLass @ 9:00 am

I took my new Kodak Z700 to the game last night. This morning, I try to download the pictures. Except the USB connector on the camera end is smaller than the USB I have on hand. Dammit. Why do manufacturers have to ‘specialize’ their equipment? Just makes it a pain in the ass for the rest of us. So, pictures of the Mavs game will be delayed.

One of the brothers (owners) at Nick’s job, gave him tickets to the Mavs game last night. Luckily, Elle and Zed were with their dad, so we were able to go. While the Mavs didn’t win, it was still a great night. There were a couple of silly foibles, but according to the bartender, the Mavs were playing their bottom 5 bench guys. Get them a little exercise in the game, and rest up the key players.

The game actually started a little early. Tickets said 7:30 pm game time, but at 7:15, they were already under way while Nick and I were enjoying some burgers in the cafe. We made our way to our seats and watched the last half of the first quarter.

At the end of the first quarter, some big-wig from American Airlines came down onto the court with Mark Cuban. The guy said that American was giving free tickets to the coaches and players for the playoffs as a thank you for having such a great team. But then Mark Cuban said the “team” included all the fans too, and did American have tickets for all the fans in the house. Well, evidently they did. Cool! But, since the tickets belonged to Nick’s company, we figured the vouchers would go back to the company.

Well, this morning, Nick took the vouchers to work. He went to give them to the brother that gave him the tickets. The brother said Nah, you keep ’em. HOLY COW! We just got two free airline tickets! We were wanting to go to KC in June, but a trip to El Paso to see Nick’s dad took precedence. But now we can go to KC too for Nick’s birthday! Only bad thing about it is I now have two flights – one to El Paso and one to KC – to look forward to. Maybe I’ll take JustCara‘s advice. I’ll let you know if it works for me.

April 19, 2006

Leavin’ Las Vegas

Filed under: Interstellar Travel — by InterstellarLass @ 9:02 am

Please sing the post title to the tune of Viva Las Vegas. Oh, thank you! That was very good!

Again, four hours of sleep, followed by another disappointing breakfast. Maybe Vegas just doesn’t do breakfast because people are too hung over to care. There was no time for fun and games on Friday though, because it was goin’ home time.

The rest of Nick’s co-workers shuttled it back to the airport while we took our rental back. I was very pleased with Enterprise. They picked us up within 10 minutes of us calling them to rent the car in the first place. The manager, Patrick, turned out to be from Waco, a mere two hours from us. He was very nice. And, when we returned the XTerra, they took us to the airport. Excellent service!

I hate flying. I didn’t always. As a kid, I loved to go on the plane. I would even fly by myself at age 6. Back when you could let kids do that. I would fly to Houston to see my grandparents, all by myself, with my little I think I can choo-choo pin. But then, when I got pregnant with Zed, I flew a couple of times. Since then, I can’t stand it. I get all nervous and sick during the take-off and landing. Mainly the take-off.

The flight out was good. But leaving was another story. It had gotten cloudy, and Vegas is basically a big plain, completely surrounded by mountains. So, when weather comes in, the air gets choppy. The first twenty minutes of the flight was bumpy. Really bumpy. I’m surprised Nick’s hand survived. And I actually cried. But once we got above the clouds, it was all OK. Obviously, we landed safely. I was never so glad to be back! We were exhausted, but managed to make it through dinner and a coffee at Starbucks before I started to fall asleep sipping my latte and puzzling out my Sudoku. In bed by 10 pm on a Friday! Who’da thunk it?!?

Next time we go to Vegas, we’re going to see a show. I also want to see more of the big hotels like the Bellagio, the Venetian, and Treasure Island.

I liked Vegas. At night. During the day it was dull. Do some outside Vegas sight-seeing during the day. There was a lot to see within a two hour drive of the city. But at night, when the lights come on and the people come out, it was very alive. My advice on gambling is to find your game and stick with it. I know how to play Blackjack, but to me, it’s not as fun as poker. I didn’t care for the Pai Gow game, but regular 5-card poker and Texas Hold ‘Em I love. If you don’t know how to play, sit down at the table, watch and ask questions. The dealers are very nice, and usually the other players are too, and they’ll explain everything to you. If you’re sitting next to someone annoying, get up and find another seat. It can be distracting to listen to someone you find irritating. And room service is expensive! Viva Las Vegas!

April 18, 2006

Vegas, Day 2

Filed under: Interstellar Travel — by InterstellarLass @ 9:54 am

Look to my left sidebar for my new Flickr photo album. Vegas photos can be found there!

Despite coming to bed so late, I woke up at 8:30. Nick and I gave the breakfast buffet a whirl. I wasn’t impressed. And the old people there in Vegas will run you over with their walkers and canes, trying to beat you to the food! My goodness!

We decided we would rent a car and head out to the Hoover Dam. We arranged to rent a Nissan XTerra. I’m thinking I want one now. It was a very quiet ride, comfortable and good handling. As we approached the Dam, the scenery was amazing. Lake Mead and the canyons approaching the Dam gave us some beautiful sights.

At the Dam, Nick and I exhausted our “Dam” joke bank. Wow, that’s a dam big dam. That’s a lot of dam concrete. I wonder how much dam water there is. I need to go to the dam bathroom. We’re looney, I know. That’s why we’re a perfect match.

Back at the hotel, we grabbed a quick lunch, then took a nap to gear up some energy for the night’s activities. We woke up to a gorgeous Vegas sunset. Feeling a little grimey from our Dam Walk, we took a bath. But not just any kind of bath. A bubble bath! The tub had whirlpool jets, so we got lots of bubbles out of the little hotel sample body wash bottle.

For dinner, we went to N9NE Steakhouse. It was very contemporary. The seafood platter we started with was delicious. Good size lobster tails, crab claws, shrimp, clams, mussels, and oysters. My Surf & Turf steak was good, but the surf part of it was a little disappointing, size wise. It was a fantastic meal, again.

After, we ventured up to Ghostbar. The brothers ordered us a bottle of Crown and a bottle of Absolut and mixers. Our waitress made all our drinks for us at our table. Out on their open-air patio (55 floors up!) we got another great view of Vegas. And, they had a clear plexi-glass platform that you could stand on and see the parking lot below. I stood on it for a moment, but got that wave of vertigo and went back inside. We danced and drank for awhile, and did some interesting people watching.

Nick got tired of the noise and went back to the room. The rest of us went down to the tables to do some more gambling. I sat down at the Blackjack table and promptly lost $100. Then I moved to the Texas Hold ‘Em table and won $200. I eventually made it back to the room at 4:30 am, $60 up. That was good enough for me.

Next up…Going Home

April 17, 2006

Vegas Vacation Day 1

Filed under: Interstellar Travel — by InterstellarLass @ 9:16 am

Unlike the Griswolds, Nick and I didn’t have any run-ins with Wayne Newton, near accidents at the Hoover Dam, or lose the entire contents of our bank account. We had a fantastic time!

On the way to the airport, Nick realized he’d forgotten to pack his tennis shoes. He obsessed about this for awhile. Remote parking was a cinch, and the flight was very smooth both out of Dallas and into Vegas. On the way out, we hooked up with Nick’s co-workers and boss. But fortunately we didn’t have to sit near them. Let’s just say they’re a little crazy.

We checked into the hotel and went straight to our room at The Palms. Ordered some room service and took a nap before the long night ahead of us. At 8 pm we were picked up by a black limo. The inside was ‘pimped out’ with leopard-print upholstry, TV screens, and neon lights. The driver took us to the Mandalay Bay hotel where we ate at Red Square. This was my favorite dinner. For appetizers we had some calamari, Siberian Nachos – wonton chips with smoked salmon, some kind of cream and caviar – and crab cakes. For dinner, Nick had Roquefort Crusted Filet Mignon and I had Osso Bucco. The filet was fanatastic, and the Osso Bucco fell off the bone. We shared a creme brulee for dessert. During the meal we sipped on $13 martinis, and after, we savored Frangelico.

We also went up to the Foundation Room for a view of Vegas. The whole town was laid out in front of us, lights sparkling, traffic flowing and it was breathtaking. The only bad part was when one of Nick’s jackass co-workers tried to ‘jump’ through the picture, knocked the camera out of Nick’s boss’ boss’ hand, and broke it. Yeah, broke our camera on our first night in Vegas. I was pissed. If it wouldn’t have been a work trip, the guy would have gotten a free flight over the side, courtesy of Nick Air.

Then we went and played a little Blackjack. The brothers that own the company that Nick works for threw a few hundreds down on the table, and instructed us to sit. I started off with $75 and ended up with $225. I gave $100 back to one of the brothers (makin’ my man look good) and then Nick and I made our way back to the hotel. I changed clothes and went back downstairs to gamble some more. I decided to try Pai Gow Poker, at the recommendation of one of my friends. I wasn’t very good at it, because I ended up giving back all of my $125 winnings from earlier in the evening. But hey, it was free money, so I technically didn’t lose. Right?

I crawled into bed at 4 am. Good thing we took a nap earlier!

To be continued…

April 12, 2006

Vegas Baby, Vegas!

Filed under: Interstellar Travel — by InterstellarLass @ 7:41 am

You are so money! Yep! Nick and I are headed to Vegas this morning. We’re looking forward to a little fun in the desert. I’ll be back in a couple of days with some scandalous photos. Say Hi while you’re here and then go visit someone on my blogroll. Come on, you know you want to…

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