Sunday, December 31, 2006

Car trouble...and more car trouble...did I mention the car trouble?

Here's a little timeline for ya:

-9/7 - Car breakin - stereo mangled and dash broken (see pictures)

-9/9 - Car quote from toyota (5 hours)

-9/15 - Car quote from insurance co. (1 hour)

-9/16 - Buy car stereo and XM radio and leave it to be installed, only to
find out 5 hours later that they can't do it until I replace the dash

-10/6 - Quote from Auto Body shop in College Station to fix dash; they
order dash

-10/12 - Drop car off to get it fixed at college station auto body shop

-10/14 - Get a call to come pick up car because the dash they ordered got
broken in shipping

-10/17 - Forgot to put my permit back in my car and get a $40 parking
ticket for parking in my own lot.

-10/18 - Drop car off again and find out dash they ordered is the wrong
color, they have to paint it

-10/20 - Pick up car from Auto Body with newly painted and installed dash

-10/21 - Leave car at Frys in Dallas to have stereo and XM radio installed

-10/21 5 hours later - They call and say they can't install the XM radio
because it's a wrong part - I come to find out that they gave me the wrong
stereo to begin with and then sold me the XM parts to the stereo I
actually picked out.

-10/21 1 hour later - returned all XM stuff and said "screw Frys"

-10/22 - Start driving from Dallas to College Station, and as the sun goes down discover that the headlights in my car do not work. Drive back holding down the brights with the hazards on. The people passing me on 21 are not happy.

-10/23 - Drop car off again at the auto body shop to actually hook up the lights this time. Now they give me a rental car.

-10/24 - Pick up car, go to class, and get another $40 parking ticket for parking in a lot that they changed from my lot number to another lot number since last semester.

-10/25 - Pouring rain - locked keys in car and can't find the hide-a-key
or get ahold of roommate to see if I have an extra. Call pop-a-lock
people.

-10/29 - Leaving church and find that both my car and cell phone are dead.
Need a jump. Drive home, have to jump it the next morning and afternoon as
well.

-10/30 - Buy and install new battery.

Dare I ask...what's next???

Thursday, December 21, 2006

The Romancers: A "play" by "play"

Get it? It's a "play" on words!!

Okay, so 8th grade plays are fun to watch 7 years later. This particular play was a skewed version of "Romeo and Juliet," with the parents tricking the kids into marrying. Emily Gotway played a stunning Sylvette opposite to Jay Rocamontes' Persomethingorother. Jay's mother, played by yours truely, and Sylvette's father, played by Grant Payne, played a trick on their kids by pretending to hate each other so the kids will fall in love, then setting up an elaborate scenario in which Sylvette is kidnapped and Jay must rescue her, "convincing" the parents to "let" them marry. All in all, it's pretty cute.

My favorite highlights:

Jay breaking a deep, loving gaze with Emily to look down at her chest. Emily and the audience start to laugh, and Emily shakes her head as she tries to stop laughing. Afterwords, Emily goes backstage and tells Mandy "Jay just looked at my boobs" and they giggle for about 7 years about it, periodically referring to the situation when one of the best friends breaks her gaze with the other to look at her chest, silently sharing their special inside joke. Thank you, Jay. And thank goodness for video.

When the parents can no longer keep up the deception and want to prove to Emily, or Sylvette if you will, that it was all a hoax to get the kids together, they explain it to her, but she doesn't believe Mandy when she tells her. In rehearsal, Emily says "I don't believe you." Mandy says "Here's the bill!" Emily says "Give it to me," and Mandy hands it over. Opening night, however, Emily says "I don't believe you." Mandy looks down at her belt and realizes she doesn't have the paper that serves as the bill. "There's a bill," she says instead. Emily realizes what happens. "Give it to me!" she still demands. After all, it's not her problem if Mandy doesn't actually have it. She's just there to look pretty and say her line. "I don't have it!" Mandy snaps back. Sinking feeling in everyone's stomach. Long, nervous pause. Mandy, Emily and Grant look at each other. They look at the floor. Mandy looks offstage, and sees someone on the floor, desperately trying to get someone, anyone's attention. "IT'S BEHIND THE WALL!!!" this person mouths. Mandy suddenly takes this hint and walks behind the wall, says "Oh yeah, I think I left it behind this wall," picks up the paper and hands it to Emily. All is right with the world again.

Also, kudos to the sword fighters. I was on the edge of my seat. "Clink clink clink" [pause. Jay turns around. pause] "Clink clink clink" [pause, Jay turns back around. pause.] "clink!!"

But the best thing about this play's production is that I got to know my best friend Emily much better, and now I get to be in a wedding.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Dad's out of the hospital

Basically, you can get it from the title.

His blood's still not quite right so he has to get shots a few times a day. My mom is giving them to him because she says its only fair after all the years of getting shots from him.

In other news, I'm having lots of fun with Emily Gotway doing maid 'o' honor stuff - we looked at flowers and her wedding location today and tonight we're going to watch our middle school taping of "The Romancers" and laugh our butts off. It will be a blast.

Final grades are in and I'm excited!

It's official! I'm getting my Aggie ring on April 13, 2007!! My grades were pretty good this semester despite it being my hardest, and I have 98 hours now! Woohoo!!!

As for my dad, he's still in the hospital waiting for his blood levels to be right. He wants to be home.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Update on Dad

Hey everybody - Just in case you were wondering...

My dad was upgraded out of ICU today into general care. That's pretty cool. Unfortunatly, the blood thinners aren't working quite as fast as they expected (which is still okay because if they work too fast he bleeds to death internally) so he probably won't be getting out tommorow (well, later today, really) as they originally thought. I'm debating on whether or not I should go with Jack to Beaumont tommorow for his family's Christmas. I can't do much with my dad at the hospital, but I think he likes the company.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Apperantly blood clots in the lungs = not good

So my dad has blood clots in both his lungs, and he's in the ICU right now. The doctor is amazed that he's alive right now because based on the CAT scans and such, he should be dead. That's pretty good news. So he's sitting in the ICU, not in any pain, just not allowed to move because if a clot breaks loose from his lungs it goes straight to his heart and kills him instantly. Blood thinners will work soon though, and then they have to watch him for internal bleeding and he's not allowed to cut himself or he may bleed to death (very ironic because we bought him a table saw for Christmas). But he's going off of "death watch" today!

Crazy stuff!

Oh, by the way, if you have a final on Wednesday, and your dad is admitted to ICU in critical condition on Monday night and the doctors think he might die, your A&M professor will NOT let you take your final early and go home to see your dad. Interesting, huh?

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Who is Mandy?

My "real" first post is this one, the story of our engagement. Over the years, I've added other various "blog" entries I've written in various places, including my personal website and Facebook notes.

So you want to know about me?

I was raised in Dallas, and actually now live in the house that I grew up in – my husband (Jack) and I bought it after we got married last year. Jack and I are both graduates of Texas A&M University. I’ve been in AWANA since I was 4 years old, and now I’m an AWANA leader. I’ve been to four continents, and I’m working on the other three. I ride the MS150 every year (now called BikeMS), benefiting the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. I'm a Broadcast Editor for an international Christian radio program. I’m a scrapbooker and blogger, Jack is one of the top ten competitors in the world in taekwondo, and we love our dog Maggie.

This is why I blog.

Welcome to my world in words.