Thursday, August 28, 2014

Travel Disasters and a Blog Hop


It's time for a Labor Day weekend blog hop! After such a long, fun holiday weekend, it's going to be tough going back to work on Tuesday.

Oh, wait. My boss is going on vacation so I don't have to go back on Tuesday. Or Wednesday. Or anytime next week.

MUAH HA HA! (Sorry, I couldn't resist!)

Before I kick off this extra-nifty blog hop, I have a story to tell. The last several weekends, Sexy Nerd and I have been out of town, getting ideas for our new house at the Colorado Springs Parade of Homes and the Denver Parade of Homes. This meant several nights in hotels, away from our beloved Amerisleep Liberty Bed. We almost always stay at Marriott hotels, which you would expect to be pretty nice, right? WRONG! I mean, they were fine, except for their terrible mattresses.

In Colorado Springs, Sexy Nerd actually texted an entire complaint to Marriott at 3am because our mattress, affectionately referred to as "The Taco", was so uncomfortable. When he came back to bed, he tried to get all snuggly with me, which is 100% THE WORST THING EVER to do to someone with idiopathic insomnia. I had finally just barely fallen asleep and he woke me up. His reason? According to Sexy Nerd, when he laid down on his side of the bed, I rolled over to snuggle with him, so he assumed I was still awake. It was the taco mattress! It flipped me!

Our mattress in Denver was better (no resemblance to a taco - a very important quality in a mattress.) However, my sleep was interrupted again by the mattress vibrating and shaking around 5am. It was Sexy Nerd. Turns out he always begins his day with a little stretching before getting up. With our Amerisleep memory foam mattress at home, I'd managed to stay blissfully unaware of his morning calisthenics routine because motion isn't transferred.

*Grumble*

Anyhoo, if you're living with someone who thrashes their legs about for absolutely no reason when you're trying to sleep or if your mattress resembles a taco, waterslide, bowl, or anything other than a perfectly flat line, Amerisleep is having a Labor Day sale. Once again, they've offered to throw in an additional $50 off for LambAround readers, on top of their already discounted sale price. Just use coupon code LAMBDAY to save $300 on all Amerisleep mattresses. They're also throwing in free shipping with their weekend promo...kinda important when you're ordering an enormous, heavy mattress!

Have a fun weekend, my bloggy friends.

Monday, August 25, 2014

FULL OF &%*#%^@* RAGE!!!

My message to the Albuquerque division of police misconduct:

This morning, I was the victim of police misconduct. I was pulled over for the first time in my life, shortly after leaving my home. As I approached the flashing school zone lights of John Baker Elementary on Comanche, officer J. Hunt stepped into the crosswalk. At first, I thought he was assisting the children who were ready to cross the street. He held his hand out for me to stop, which seemed strange because I was very far from the crosswalk, then he motioned for me to drive forward. I was baffled! I moved closer, then stopped to let the children cross, but he motioned me forward again. I approached, confused by what he was doing, as he seemed to be motioning for me to continue through the crosswalk but did not move out of my way. It was creating a very dangerous situation for the crowd of children that had gathered to cross! I rolled down my window and was told to pull over for speeding - quite a shock as he had been motioning to me from before I even entered the school zone! I turned onto the side street he indicated, Chelwood, but stopped halfway because there were several children crossing Chelwood directly in front of my car. He told me several times to pull forward and seemed to be getting upset, but doing as he ordered would of course have meant running over several children! When I parked, he told me I was doing 29 mph in a 15 mph school zone. I pointed out that, no, I was not in the school zone yet and my speed proved this (the usual speed limit is 35 mph, but I was slowing down because I was approaching the school zone.) He said it didn't matter because children were present, so I had to slow down whether I was in the school zone or not. Yes, there were children present - in the school zone! Had there been a child trying to cross the street away from the crosswalk, I would have stopped for them. But there weren't any children present! They were all coming from the Comanche neighborhood toward the crosswalk. I said the entire point of the flashing school zone lights is to mark the beginning of the school zone, and that if he wants it to start sooner, the lights need to be moved and the street marked accordingly. He said many school zones don't have lights, so they can't be used as an indicator of where a school zone is - but this school zone DOES have lights to mark its boundaries! I wanted to know exactly where he had clocked me, as I was not in the school zone, and he simply said he wasn't going to argue with me about whether I was or was not in the school zone. When he took my insurance information, he got upset with me for having expired insurance, which sent me onto the verge of a panic attack because I was sure my insurance was current and I knew I didn't have any other insurance cards. I searched my car anyway, shaking and terrified that my only car was going to be impounded, only to have him say that the card I'd given him actually was current all along. Then, he asked why I was crying. Why was I crying?! Then, he told me it was going to be a $100 ticket and asked if I'd like to pay it now or go to court. There was no sense in arguing with him anymore, so I told him I'd pay it now. I had another question for him and called out, but he ignored me and walked away. When he returned, he told me he hadn't heard me (though he obviously must have if he was apologizing for "not hearing me" without another word from me.) Imagine my surprise when he handed me a ticket marked "I acknowledge my guilt of the offense charged and my options as explained to me by the officer." Nothing was explained to me! Our entire conversation, officer J. Hunt had been as stubborn as a mule. I had made it 100% clear that I did NOT agree with the ticket (I was NOT in the school zone!) Additionally, the location entered on my ticket was "C10MANCHE CHEL", which I think he entered intentionally as he knew he had pulled me over too early (and as I was in the process of slowing down for the school zone, he wouldn't have been able to pull me over at all if he had waited until I entered the school zone.) Comanche and Chelwood was where I was stopped and received the ticket, not where he recorded my speed. He never would admit to me where I was when I was going 29mph. I drive through that same school zone on my way to work every day and am a model citizen. Even the crossing guards will tell you I always drive slowly, stop for the children, and even wave to them. It's a Chevy Volt - they'll remember me. The guard on the westbound side is the same woman as the previous school year. Officer J. Hunt had already pulled over another car before I was even able to leave. It was another young woman, also alone in her car and looking terrified, which makes me wonder if officer J. Hunt targets women.

I would like the video of me "speeding" to be reviewed, as I believe this will prove I had not entered the school zone. It will also show that officer J. Hunt was dishonest when he marked my ticket as acknowledging my guilt, when I made it clear to him that I did not.

Thank you.


Also, I've lived in this same house for 8 years and have driven through that same school zone every school year and have watched dozens of other cars be pulled over but have NEVER received a ticket because I always obey the school zone speed. You always remember one more important thing to add immediately after sending your message, right?

When I returned home that day, after working 8 hours for zero profit (seriously, I could have stayed in bed all day and broken even!!!) there was no sympathy to be found. Here is what Sexy Nerd posted to my Facebook page:


It's a good thing he's so cute. Smart ass.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Decor Ideas from the Colorado Springs Parade of Homes

Sexy Nerd and I spent last weekend gallivanting all over Colorado Springs. Seriously all over. I may not have planned the most efficient Parade of Homes route. Who knew Colorado Springs was such a big place?

With many homes priced above 1 million dollars, there were so many great decorating ideas! Here are a few. More decor photos are coming.

Everyone loves a square dining nook. 

I'm still not certain what the material on the fireplace was. It looked similar to wood, but I think it was tile. Perhaps it was wood tile.

From the doorway, all you could see was a beautiful, tidy window seat. With the bookcase tucked to the side, only the bedroom inhabitant sees if the shelves are a disaster. Genius!

This was one of our favorite home exteriors.

I love the idea of building a home that frames a great view right from the moment you walk in.

 
I need a bright yellow front door! Mine will be lacquered.

Inside the foyer of the Colorado Springs beach bungalow were mason jars on hooks. Cute idea, right? Battery powered tea lights might look good too.

Come to think of it, I'm not sure the homeowner has a good grasp on their geography.

Even small master bedrooms had sitting areas tucked into the corners.

We actually weren't fans of this sunroom, which was directly in front of you when you step through the front door. It gave us a scare - this is essentially the concept we're planning our Paako house around! However, with a few design tweaks (example: in the home we're building, the exterior wall will fold away to turn it into a true outdoor space,) I think it will work.

Not a bad use of an otherwise empty wall.

This house wasn't actually on the Parade of Homes, but it's the exterior we have in mind for our Paako house, but as a single story with larger windows. Doesn't my Volt look happy there? She's home!

 
I love the tile around the window. I'd paint the frames red to match the roof.

Sexy Nerd pointed out that you're really not supposed to touch the walls during the Parade of Homes. Whoops.

At least I wasn't the worst visitor. It looks like someone snuck in a nap!

These windows are super cute! I wonder if I'd still feel that way when trying to sleep in though.

Wood accents seemed to be a common decorating theme. They sure beat having a plain wall or ceiling and you could probably pull off something similar as an inexpensive DIY project.

 Bam! Take that, boring stairwell!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Socially Awkward

I think my new neighbor down the street wants to be friends. He always says hello whenever our paths cross. I always pick up my pace. Yeah, it might be nice to actually know one of my neighbors. In another 2 years though, I'm probably going to move. As an antisocially awkward introverted mess, I've begun taking the long route to and from my mailbox in order to avoid passing his house.

It was hot outside today and the coast was clear, so I thought the short route would be okay. Maybe he was waiting for me, which seems creepy when I write it like that though I actually don't think he meant to be creepy, but he timed it so we could chat while walking to our community mailbox together. I'm forced to talk to people all day at work. Don't make me socialize when I get home. He tried to shake my hand but I just wanted to grab my mail and get out of the sun. He has a name, but I have no idea what he said it is.

Me: So, you just moved in? Him: About a year ago. 

For pretty much an eternity, we were walking to the mailbox without saying anything, kinda together, kinda separate. I didn't know whether to slow down and walk next to him or speed up to get some distance between us, so I stayed about a foot ahead and periodically looked back.

So. Very. Awkward. While he was getting his mail out of the box, I made a break for it and hightailed it back to my house without another word. Now, I feel mean.

My awkwardness makes Biscuit sad.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Time to Bug Out

First, I'd like to begin this post with a traumatic TMI story. The other night, I was in the bathroom (TMI?) and a spider FELL FROM THE CEILING, landed ON MY BARE LEG, and - this is truly the stuff of nightmares - BIT ME! (!!!!!!) Now my leg is itchy.

Okay, on to the meat of this post. Are there any bug enthusiasts out there?

(You people are CRAZY, but to each their own...I guess.)

We have this weirdo moth/fly thingy in our loft and I've never seen an insect like it before.




Geez our windows are dirty. Also, what is this thing??
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