When Erin saw on Twitter I was headed to Indy for the week, she said that was her hometown. I of course suggested a meet-up. It’s always so fun to put a face to a name. On my last night, we were able to pull together getting dessert at Steak ‘n Shake in our hotel parking lot. She brought her baby Alice who was a sweetheart. She figured out what grilled cheese and fries were and it was so cute to see her dig in! Erin was just as cute and gorgeous and petite and wonderful as she is on her blog. We didn’t meet long as she needed to get home and attend to her 2 year old which I totally understood and made me miss my babies!! So glad we got to meet, Erin!
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Last night a coworker and myself went across the hotel parking lot to Steak ‘n Shake to get milkshakes and also for him to act as bodyguard in case my blogger friend I met last night turned out to be an axe murderer. More on that in another post.
We sit down in a booth and are clear there is going to be another person joining us. A young, jovial waitress greets us. She asks what we want and we’re clear we’re just getting milkshakes. She pulls out her notebook, turns to Chris and says “What would you like?” Maybe it’s just because we’re Southern but I think not because we’ve experienced all week that the waiter always asks for the ladies’ orders first. So Chris pauses, looks at me and the waitress finally figures out that I should order first. We both order and then the waitress is very excited that Chris was being nice and then mumbles about him getting his groove on and walks away. Whaa? Chris and I look at each other like did she just say what I think she just said? I have my rings on but Chris holds his hand up and shows that he took his watch and ring off when we got back from work. OMG. Chris! Chris is married with a boy and a girl on the way and obviously I’m married with two kids. Suddenly he’s the single guy buying dessert for a married woman in a Steak ‘n Shake in a hotel parking lot. OMG.
So she comes back and I hope she ignores what just happened. We’ll never see her again and we’re in another state. No. First thing she does is look at me and asks “I don’t mean to be nosy but is he your boyfriend?” After I recovered from the shock of the question, I emphatically explain that no, we’re both married with kids. She continues though and directs her question at Chris, “How come you let her order first then?” Chris explains he was being a gentleman and maybe it’s because we’re from the South (but I don’t think so, Indy folks). She goes on about how lucky Chris’ wife is and how she loves that her husband is a gentleman. So we got that squared away. Whew.
So Erin and her daughter Alice show up. Alice is 8 months old. The first thing the waitress says? Aw, “She’s so cute but she’s too old for my son. Here, look at this picture.” She pulls out her cell phone and shows us a picture of a little boy probably 4 or 5 months old. Chris and I look at each other and die laughing. I say “Did she just try to hook her baby up? I am so blogging about this.”
So if you need hooked up, there is a waitress in Indy that would be ECSTATIC to help you out.
Last night Lexi had her spring program at school. It was Scott’s one night to work this week while I’ve been gone so Mom took the girls. Mom calls me after the program and retells a conversation with the teacher.
They’ve been working on Mother’s Day presents in school and the teacher told Lexi to take it to me or something and Lexi tells the teacher “My mommy doesn’t live at our house and she’s not coming back.”
I’ll just pause here and let it soak in what the teacher must have been thinking. Neither Mommy or Daddy are at the program, Grandma has brought both kids and Lexi is insisting I’ve moved out.
I thought I would have a ton of time to blog this week but it’s not really turning out that way at all.
5:30 hurt so bad on Monday morning. It was worse for Scott who had just gotten in from work at 2am and who ended up staying up all day. The flight was completely fine save 3 Chinese women who held up boarding when they stood in the aisle not knowing what to do when their luggage wouldn’t fit in overhead compartments. We were in our meeting by 11 and out by 5. Dinner lasted a few hours until we came home in time for TV and bed! Lather, rinse, repeat!
Monday was made of data flow diagrams, filet at an old steakhouse and One Tree Hill.
Tuesday was made of software demos, lasagna and tiramisu and American Idol.
Wednesday was made of data mapping, crab legs and American Idol results.
And that my friends is a general shell of my week so far. We’ve sat in meetings until we can not sit in a meeting anymore and between have eaten until we can not eat anymore. Full breakfast, snacks, coffee breaks, lunch, dinner, dessert. Let me tell you how bad it is. I actually ORDERED A FRUIT CUP at BOB EVAN’S this morning. And I ATE IT. I know my friends and family are probably shocked right now. I don’t usually turn down a good carb-filled (and free) breakfast like biscuits and gravy or french toast.
OK, let me get past the food. I’m traveling with 6 other people and we’ve had great conversation together. The guy in charge of this all, while probably 30 years my senior, has been great fun to talk to as he is a huge American Idol fan. We both put a time limit on our dinner to make it back in time for the show and complained at how bad the show was last night. I’m interested to know what he thought about tonight.
Let me go ahead and say I was SHOCKED that Allison went home. I really thought it was Kris and was terrified it might be Danny. Really didn’t think Allison was in trouble after her duet with Adam. Maybe he’s not really as big as people think and he’s still in the bottom. Ryan was clear it was in random order this week.
The girls are doing well at home from what I can tell. I’m getting anxious to see them and hope they aren’t missing me too bad(ly?) much. I guess I shoud call it a night. It’s late and I need to get up early and we’ll find out what Thursday is made of.
- Danny (if you exclude the last note. he had some good stuff in that song.)
Lexi: Why are your bosses at work making you go on a plane?
Me: Because I have to work on a project.
Emma, a few minutes later: What kind of craft are you going to do?
Me: No, honey, I’m not going to do arts and crafts. I’m going to work on a project for the computer.
Emma: Are you going to go to tuxpaint.com?
Friday night Heather and I took the girls with us to Longhorn to eat. Scott worked all weekend and Mom and Dad had just gotten in from Dominican Republic when we sat down to eat. We spent the rest of the evening at Mom’s preparing for a yard sale at Mom’s Saturday morning. I decided to stay at Mom’s hoping I wouldn’t have to get up as early and the kids could sleep in. No such luck. Both got up with me around 6:30. The yard sale was great for Heather and Dad while I only pulled out with $53. Apparently books and children’s clothes were low on the priority list.
Saturday afternoon we went to our town’s SpringFest. The best part of that was the Moon Pie Strawberry Shortcake. Delish. Saturday evening we went to see my niece in her ice skating recital. It was the cutest thing ever. The girls and I spend the rest of the evening at home enjoying the gorgeous weather we’re having. But I was really tired from my super early morning and went to bed as soon as I watched Dollhouse after the kids went to bed.
Today church did not get out until 1. And ILs had thing at church to do so we went to get Scott at home and ate at Wendy’s even though I’m so tired of eating out. This afternoon I have spent getting ready for my business trip to Indy for the week. Washing clothes, packing, making lists for Scott, printing tickets and itinerary, etc.
Neither of the girls want me to go but I know they will do fine. Scott is off until Thursday night and Mom is planning to keep them. I know I will miss them and my days or going to be early and long. But I am looking forward to my king-size bed in my own room WITH wireless. Yeah, baby! And now all I’m trying to decide what I’ll do on my flight…write my own book, read Heaven on my Kindle or listen to Foxe’s Book of Martyrs I just downloaded. Hmmm…what to do?
Today at lunch I sat my iPhone in front of me and my coworker laughed and said, “What would you do if something happened to that phone?” I’ve heard that question more than once because, yes, it seems like I’m staring at it a lot. What could I possibly be doing? Well, I’m here to show you the Top 12 things (and only because I’m tired of taking screenshots) I’m doing.
A peek into Amy’s iPhone!
Tweetie I probably spend most of my time on Tweetie, the app for Twitter. I check it first and last thing. I love that Tweetie is fast and I can check all my accounts. And of course I Twitter my own Tweets!
Mail. Closely following Tweetie, I spend most of my time checking my mail in the built-in Mail app. And only second to Tweetie in that I don’t get much mail.
Text. Self explanatory but I spend time on my phone texting. I love how it’s conversation style. I don’t like that you can’t send pictures through text.
iPod. Another built-in app. Unless you live under a rock, you’re probably very familiar with the iPod. Looks a little different on the iPhone but it’s just the same.
Kindle. One of my newest apps. This one is worthy of a little explanation. Amazon.com put out a book reader named the Kindle. It’s basically another electronic device. It’s about the size of a book and you buy and download books onto the device for reading. Save the trees! The Kindle iPhone app is basically just an app on the iPhone where you can download and read books. So far I’ve only downloaded one book but it does take up screentime.
Daily Mugshot. Once a day I spend a few minutes using DailyMugshot.com’s app to take a daily picture of myself. This is simply an extension of Twitter. A tweet is sent out with a link to the picture. It sounds a bit vain but it’s actually cool to see other people’s hair, outfit and environment every day.
mSecure. As one of my latest purchases, it’s quickly becoming my favorite. mSecure stores all your site, user ids and passwords. I have a lot of them and I’m beginning to lose track. It’s so easy to pull this app up and find my password!
Weather. Another built-in app. I check it at least once a day to figure out what I need to dress the girls (and myself) in for the day. You can add several other cities and I use it when planning for trips. No more weather.com for me!
Notes. It seems simple but I use the Notes section all the time. I’ve written a whole chapter of my book there, made notes when Lexi says funny stuff, take notes in meetings where I forgot my notebook or even write down a song I hear that I like.
American Idol Exclusive Videos This one is recent and it will be over soon. But weekly, all the contestants post videos. You can’t watch it anywhere else.
DirecTV I love this one! I can actually control my DVR from my iPhone! I actually find myself using my phone even when I am only a room away from my TV. It’s just faster!
Bible I’m sure I get bad looks and questioned motives when I’m staring at my phone in church. And while I admit to playing checkers with Emma in church a time or two, I do use the Bible app to look up verses when I don’t have my Bible.
The thing is, there are even more I could add..Yellow Pages, Showtimes, Shazam, Camera, Safari, PayPal, eBay, Facebook, Recorder, Word Warp. And not to mention all the game apps the kids play. So yes, I get every penny out of my iPhone!