Friday, August 4, 2017

one month ...

Monday, it will be a full month since I've last posted.

It's not from lack of interest, no, not at all.  It's simply from the visit to Idaho, the drive home from Idaho and the fact that we drove through ten states ... and once home, I had to return to work. Ah, such is summer vacation.  It ends all too soon.

All I can do is post some highlights of the trip because seriously, who wants a blow by blow?  No, you do not. I know that in my bones!

Ten states, you say, Kris?  Yep, I did. And that's a lot of states when YOU'RE DOING ALL THE DRIVING YOURSELF, thank you very much, Rick.

Here's a tiny recap ... tiny being a relativel term.

We saw a lot of this ...

I drive this speed a lot ...
HEY, it was allowed!

We found and stopped at Little Big Horn where ol' Custer had his last stand. We saw quite a few headstones marking graves of unknown soldiers.  This was all in Montana. I'd never been to Montana before. 

But I was here now. 

I'm kind of an unknown soldier, too. 

We visited family (they live in this pasture) (no, really...)

We ate, buffalo meatloaf (well, I didn't)

And for some reason it was NOT a cool summer like it was supposed to be. 

We saw more family ... 

and apparently I drove too fast.   I understood that 6 MPH was just a menace to the road.  And I didn't want to be caught driving THAT speed!  No way! 

And I discovered a park near our little condo that I'd been looking for. It became my little haven. 

That's it for now

Better stuff coming up.

'cuz iPads are not my friend. 


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

simpler times?

Idaho is so weird. Today I saw a commercial on TV that said, "Don't smoke and drive." (weed)   I don't think I'll ever get used to that.  And it got me wondering about what's next.  Are they more sophisticated here in Idaho?

Um, I don't think so. That same day I saw a man mail an actual potato (with stamps on it!) at the post office.   Yep. They're more sophisticated here.



Friday, July 7, 2017

23 days and counting ...

We headed out to Coeur D'Alene, Idaho 23 days ago.  We came to escape the Texas heat; the hot Texas summer; the unbearable humidity that we call home, in Texas.

It's 105* here today. It was 105* yesterday. It's going to be 105* tomorrow. It'll probably be 105* here ... forever.

Never thought I'd ever say that Texas is more desirable right now. But it is.

'Cept Idaho has this ...

... and ya' can't beat that. 

Even in 105* heat. 


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

#3 on my bucket list

Like my new house?

I did pretty good with all of the choices long distance, eh?

I'm taking the whole second floor.  Rick gets the entire first floor

Wait!  Where's the second floor???


Monday, July 3, 2017

Kris? Oh, Kris?

So, I finally crossed something off of my bucket list.

Let me recap first.   I spent a full week on the road driving through Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana and finally Idaho.  Touched a wee bit into Washington there, too. LONGEST road trip of my life, that's for sure.  But we're here. Rick and I.  But that's not the bucket list part.

Still in recap ... I've cooked over 28 meals, cleaned the kitchen two or three times, vacuumed exactly 0 times, vacationed in Washington for three days, continued selecting features for my NEW house in McKinney via text, watched 200 hours of Netflix including such epics as Mary Tyler Moore, Friends, Forensic Files, Friends, That Girl, Friends, Friends and Forensic Files.

I've gone to bed at 3:00 AM countless times (yawn) and gotten up at noon the same amount of times.

I've dined at Applebee's and Capone's and a ridiculous amount of Mexican restaurants.  I even dined at KFC today.

I've put four sofa covers over my wildly unattractive couch trying to find one that fits. I'm still working on this.

I've made my bed exactly once.

I've hung six pictures on the walls, twelve different times, twelve different ways.  I've been to WalMart enough times to get scolded by the customer service lady and told, "No more returns for six months!"  I showed her, I shop at Target now.

I've paid exactly two bills and received countless calls complimenting my bill paying skills.  No, seriously.

And I've sent my daughter off to Maui to entertain the troops.

I've always wanted to take a summer off and drive to my own summer place.  I wanna be ... what's the opposite of a snowbird?

I may now cross that off my bucket list.   It's all scribbled out alongside a train trip I dreamed of taking last year.  Two items on my bucket list ... two items crossed off. Two items that I was dying to do. Two items I will never do again. Both involved travel. Both were the two longest trips of my life.

Bucket list, schmucket list.

Happy 4th of July!  We'll be home shortly.  And creating a new bucket list. And if it involves ANY form of travel, I'll be crossing myself off of the list.


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

first things first

So, what exactly did you do, Kris, as a single girl?  You know, that thing you said that you were going to do first?  That first thing you did as an unattached gal, while the family was out of town?

I'm glad you asked.

The answer is ...

Not much.  I just bought a house.   Just a little something to surprise my husband with when he came home from California ...

Here it is:

I'm in love with it.  It's a one story home that's brand new.  I've never had a brand new home.  And I've looked at plenty of homes lately ... but none compared to brand new construction.  And even though I said "one story" it's got a secret second story that's found only when you walk all the way to the back of the house, in the back corner.  And up there?  A full bedroom, full bath and a TV/game/media/MY ROOM.   That little second floor?  ALL MINE.

Here's the kitchen.  Cuz I know you want to see where I'll be cooking all of my gourmet meals.

Too bad I don't cook.

Too bad Rick doesn't know I bought this house.

Too bad I don't care.


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

condo trouble

Remember this lady?  Remember her?  She called me this weekend and apologized for bothering me and for offending me (she said my furniture was ugly in the condo) and then asked if I could do her a favor?


Her husband lost his hearing aids and was wondering if we'd found them in our condo.  Never mind that their visit was A MONTH AGO.  Have ya' not missed them for a month?

But I was polite and told her I'd look for them today while the house was being cleaned.  Well, IIII won't look for them ... but the housekeeper will.  Well, we don't have a housekeeper, but I do have a sister and she can look.

In the meantime, I've just booked another guest into my condo.  They plan to stay for six weeks.  They're an old haggard couple who have a daughter who's about to whisk away to Hawaii for a cruise ship career.  They also have a dog.  And a cat.  And a wheelchair.

I sure hope they don't cause me any grief.  I sure hope they're clean.  I sure hope the man likes the condo.  He's never seen it, you know.  And six weeks can be a long, long time for two people, a dog, a cat and a wheelchair to be all cooped up together.

Yeah, no.  I don't think I'll rent to them.

I wonder if Shirley would want to come back ...


Monday, June 5, 2017

School's Out For .... summer

School ended on Friday.  My day job will continue for one more week, though.  My second job started up again on Saturday.  I took about a month off from my second job, trying to heal my injured arm and elbow.  I needed another month off, though.  As a security guard, I have to "wand" folks and make sure they're not carrying any knives or other weapons ... or Fritos.  Yep, food is never allowed.  Knives slip by us sometimes ... but never a Frito shall enter the venue.

Anyway, now that I'm back working that second job in full force (oh yes, full force) I'm remembering the real reason I took a month off.

This weekend I worked a soccer game ... and a high school graduation.  The soccer game?  A breeze.  Well, not literally ... it was HOT out there.  But that graduation!  Oh that graduation.

The regular local schools had all finished their ceremonies so yesterday was what I believed to be a magnet school.  You know, the smarty pants schools.  Unfortunately, CHARTER schools and MAGNET schools are not the same thing.  I sorta got those all mixed up.  And those smarty pants kids?  Not so much.  The graduation that I worked was a charter school graduation.  Six of them, actually.

Definition of charter school?  CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION.  Yep, I work a graduation for a bunch of jail heads.  Not parrotheads; that's next week when I work the Jimmy Buffett concert; and that's another type of jail, I'm sure.  These kids?  Jailheads.  

You know what?  The kids were fine.  But oh, those parents.  And those teachers!  I was yelled at, barked at and had water bottles thrown at me.  Those parents were not happy ... and yet, you think they would be ... finally getting their little darlings graduated out of high school.

"Charter schools serve significantly higher percentages of minority or low-income students than the traditional public schools. Charter schools accept students by random, public lottery."

Yeah, who knew?  I certainly didn't.  I do now, though.  

Wanna know something sad?  The number of young girls who crossed the stage, in their caps and gowns, carrying their small children.  The first young girl carrying a baby across shocked me.  The next one didn't.  The one who came with three children, though, did.  What a hard life she has created for herself.

Now, on to Parrothead dome.  Can't wait to see what all the excitement is about there.  If my shoulder and elbow hold up ... maybe I can learn a few things about Jimmy Buffet on Saturday.  
Maybe he went to a charter school, too.     Or maybe he should have.


Friday, June 2, 2017

Thing 2 and Thing 3

Kahle 1 is home from Maryland ... and Kahle 2 is now home from California.  Kahle 2 travelled to California at the same time that Kahle 1 travelled to Maryland ... except Kahle 2 went for very different reasons.  Sadly Kahle 2 went to say a final goodbye to his mother.  She passed while he was there.

Know what Kahle 3 did while #1 and #2 were out of town?

ANYTHING SHE WANTED!  Yep, she was a single girl again!  WHEE!!!

Fast forward to today ... Kahle 1 and Kahle 2 are heading out again.  Both are going to California this time for the funeral of Rick's mom.  Yes, my mother in law, and yes, I'm not going.  I've got to work and it's graduation weekend ... so missing any time at all on this weekend is not an option.  So, I'm staying behind being ...


Calm down, Kris.  Thing 1 and Thing 2 don't need to know how ecstatic you are about all of this ...

But I am!

And you'll never believe what the first thing was that I did as a single girl ....


Friday, May 26, 2017

single girl ...

Here's what Kahle 1 has been doing while I've been single:

Meet my dear, darling firefighter.  Not your traditional firefighter, I admit, but still cute.
She appears to be missing an important part of the uniform, though.

Notice the water behind her?  I'm assuming that's where she'll get her water supply from ... if there's a real fire in camp.  Hey, it's convenient ...

Fire gear?  I guess.  Kind of looks like machine guns, if you ask me.   Hey, what kind of camp is this?

People waiting their turn to fight some fires?  Grab a gun, guys!

Liz and her friends went sent inside this makeshift house/hotel/building/store? to put out a fire and rescue a stray person who couldn't get out/find their money/pay their hotel bill/eat dinner? today.  Next time I'm shopping and can't get out ... I can notify Liz.  She can rescue me.

Super Girl Liz.  She killed a dummy.

Next up:  righting a raft.  Never should've wrong it in the first place, I'm thinking.

Flip it!  Flip it good, Liz!

Wanna see what a mock/makeshift cruise ship looks like?  
A lot like a makeshift/mock  hotel/store, if you ask me ...

I wonder if this thing can sail...

Here's another view:  I doubt this one can sail, either.

I see no portholes ... must all be inside cabins.

Here's our little fire-fightin' gal now.  

She passed her tests on water, under water and in the store.  

Fingers crossed that she can resuscitate Annie tomorrow.  Annie is a traditional dummy used in CPR classes.  Let's see if Liz is a traditional dummy as well.

Just kiddin' Liz!