Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Sorry I've been boring.

No posts from me lately. Sadly my iphone died within a day of my panhandle Christmas, so I wasn't able to blog pics to my loyal 4 readers. Anyways, we did snap some funny pictures though. They are at home, waiting for me to download.

What did we get for Christmas you may wonder.....Well my parents gave us the rest of our wedding registry items we desperately needed. Hooray! Bunny gave Matt and I some gifts too. But the best gift we gave each other is an iMac. Matt bought it a few hours ago. I am so excited to get my grubby hands on it but I can't tonight. Why you may ask?


The worst piece of shit burrito EVER!!!!

Taco Shack sucks!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Hi i hate the holidays how are you?

Yes you read that right. I hate the holidays. I'm just in a grippy mood because I'm pulling a 50 hour work week. That would make anyone pissy right? Yep. That's me. A grinch.

Let me tell you what I am tired of:

*my job
*the economy
*talk about how bad we have it it in for us (via economy)
*the thought of a pay cut
*not buying gifts this year
*not spending time with Matt
*my drunky co-worker
*this yo-yo weather
*no food at the house
*cracks in the ceiling

What I am happy about:

*my family back together
*heather getting married next year
*not being fat
*having a job
*almost no credit card debt
*not being at work

So there are my irks and perks in a nutshell. Next week should be better. I can handle 2 and a half days of work. We are flying to the panhandle on Wednesday night to visit Matt's mom. I haven't been so this should be fun fun fun! I'm crossing my fingers for snow.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Friday, December 12, 2008

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

First ice of the season...

Check that out. It's ice on my car. I took that pic this morning on my way to work. Last night we went to a yelp event at The Scoot Inn and it started to rain a bit. It was COLD! We decided to drop into Longbranch Inn and see Elizabeth. Once inside it started to sleet like crazy. We left a bit after the downpour and drove home in it. It wasn't too bad. I could hear it on the windows all night.

Our roof looked so pretty this morning. Too bad it didn't stick. That's Texas weather for you. It was 81 yesterday and sleeting 8 hours later. Go figure. Global warming at it's finest.

Whaaaaa is this?

Monday, December 08, 2008

I said I would post the pics!

Ok, I know a few posts back I said I would add pictures so I am. Look at me keeping my blog word and everything. Even though Matt posted the funny ones on facebook already. But look back to the Steen's weekend visit to see pics if you are so inclined:


What was I thinking?

So I decide to make some cookies Saturday for Ryan, Jake and Matt. They are the pre-made cookies in the dough aisle. I see that our cookie dish is dirty and decide to use a cooling rack instead. See picture of cookies 5 minutes after.

What was I thinking? A cooling rack? This is why I don't cook. I am not making excuses for my terrible food but I don't use my head when I'm in the kitchen. I don't understand why I can make breakfast though. Go figure.

Matt and Jake thought it would be funny to post the above picture to my facebook account. Those boys...

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

I just got my ugly sweater from ebay today. If I don't win I will be incredibly sad. It's soooooooo ugly. That's all I can say about it since it's a surprise. I have a feeling there will be some stiff competition this year. It's not just about the ugly Christmas sweater, but the entire ensemble. I have heard some seriously good ideas and I'm ready for the battle.

Tomorrow is Z-bar's annual holiday party. Honestly, I never care for these parties. We work so hard the days before it that I lose any feeling but exhaustion. Tonight I pulled a 12 hour shift and I have another one tomorrow night. There is really nothing to enjoy....it's not like the employees are getting to have fun or rewarded for busting ass.

Matt bought Fallout 3 tonight. I'm very jealous and can't wait to get my dorky hands on it. I've heard really fantastic things about it. This weekend will be strictly beer and gaming.

I finally got my wedding pictures!!!! I'm so happy to have them all and have a chance to see them up close. Everytime I look at them I see something new. Now it's time to get the mom's photo albums ready for Christmas. Maybe I will develop a love for scrapbooking and give my crochet hobby a run for its money.

Friday, November 28, 2008

It's only 5:03pm?!?!?!

Ugh. This has been a long day. I haven't worked a Black Friday in
years. It was pretty steady at Z land. I popped in and out of the
office to help the floor out. That's how fantastic I am.

Sara and I did sneak off to Thai Tara for lunch today. It was pretty
good. The car beside me got towed and it looked just like mine. I
almost shit myself as it pulled away.

I am looking forward to getting some booze in me ASAP.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

My attempt of Nory's artichoke dip.

It was really good. The recipe was simple and easy to follow. I was
quite proud of myself!

Monday, November 24, 2008


What's up? Oh not much here. Let's see. What did I do this weekend? We went over to Kyle's and watched the Tech/OU game. It was a miserable watch for both sides. Then we waited for Cade's sister to drive in from Arizona. We got out to W. 6th around 12:30. We never do that. Anywho, we visited Dirty Bill's for the first time. I dug it. Very cool place. Kim and Cade and Matt got tore up. I remained relatively sober, as usual. We had a party at the house till 4am. What were we thinking?

I had my first semi-solid food Sunday. Blackened catfish and a baked potato from Cherry Creek Catfish. It was pretty good and I didn't have any complications.

This morning I went over to WF and grabbed some scrambled eggs and pancakes. I grabbed banana walnut, which was a no-no. Basically I ended up spitting out all walnuts. That also went well. As long as I have my irrigation syringe, I think I am ok. I'd describe it, but it's kinda gross. It doesn't go in my butt, by the way.

Well, I think that's it. Kim took some funny pics on Saturday. I'll post them up as soon as I get them.

Sorry for the boring post.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Life goes on...

Ahhh it seems I am constantly filled with complaints, be it my job or my body. Sometimes I wonder if it's just my nature to complain or does my life suck? Really my life doesn't suck. I have a husband that I adore and a beautiful house. I have 2 babies I love with all my heart and our other son Jake. I have a job, I should feel fortunate. It's a hard time right now with the economy going down the shitter. Even though I dislike my job at the moment, I really don't have any bright, shining options in my future. Besides who really likes their job? The only thing that IRKS me is the staying late with no notice. I do have a life outside work and I do enjoy spending time with my husband. It seems I come home at 7pm every night and we only have 3 hours before we go to bed. That doesn't seem like much in my opinion.

Being the fabulous worker I am, I decided to finally create a blog for Zanzibar. Here it is: www.zanzibaraustin.blogspot.com
This is my pride and joy, created and maintained by yours truly. Sadly it didn't take too long as I have lot's of experience with blogger. I'm excited to keep it going, just like my personal blog, and get it out there.

It seems the chompers are healing. I'm off the pain meds and trying to go cold turkey with no advil. It's not too hard. I guess I can handle more pain than expected. It's like a constant dull ache. I can deal with it. I really miss eating. I'm so exhausted with smoothies, pudding and mashed potatoes. The weight loss is great, but I would kill a small animal for a cheeseburger and fries.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

First scarf of the season!

Yes she is a bit small now but expect her to get very wide in the next
few days. The yarn I am using is very thick... Much thicker than
expected. It will be interesting to see how she turns out.

Monday, November 17, 2008


So I'm not crazy. I have a dry socket. For all you lazy clickers here is a short answer: This condition exist when a blood clot is dislodged from the surgery site thus exposing the bone and fine nerve endings. The blood clot helps in the stopping of bleeding and lays the foundation or framework for new tissue and bone to develop over a two-month healing process.

FANTASTIC! So I wake up this morning in crazy amounts of pain and I figure that this isn't normal. I grab my iphone and look up information on dry sockets. That's what I have! So I go into the surgeons office this morning and they filled my hole with some clove oil. Mmmmmmmm it tastes like shit and kinda burns. I'm not really sure if it's working. I've refrained from my daily dose of pain medication so I can feel if it's working. The hole doesn't hurt as much but my jaw is radiating with pain. Popped another pain pill an hour ago and I feel better.

Hopefully it will assist in the healing process since I somehow lost my clot. Oh where oh where can he be? My poor blood clot went away...just when I needed him most. Hehehe.

On to better news....

I won tickets from Do512 to see Tuna Does Vegas tomorrow night! That should be interesting. But the best news of the week is I HAVE TICKETS TO TWILIGHT FRIDAY NIGHT!!!!! Nory and I bought them at the Alamo South yesterday waiting in line to see the latest Bond flick. How awesome is that? I CANNOT WAIT!!!! I need to find a Team Jacob shirt.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

i am the pain princess!

wow. i am still in severe pain. it's my left side, around my jaw. it's still swollen. you can feel something like a ball around my lower jaw. the right side has gone down and no longer hurts. last night the pain in my jaw woke me up at 5am. that means time for another pill. it's so weird actually needing pain medication. let's be honest....pain pills are fun for recreational purposes. i tend to use them the first day and horde them for a rainy day. not with this surgery. i am in need of relief every 6 hours. it's crazy! i really have a better appreciation of what vicodin does and how much pain it actually blocks.

i'm pretty tired talking about my pain. it's boring. i did buy tickets for the new Bond movie this afternoon. I am somewhat embarrassed to go out in public with my cheek looking all freaky. Oh well. I'll be back at work on Monday and having to deal with being out in public.

gonna put on my big girl panties and deal with it.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Football makes Colotte tired.


wow. just wow. i really expected this to be less painful, haha.

the surgery was not bad at all. i went in, the wrapped me in a blanket, gave me some gas and hooked me up to an iv. i was slightly aware of what was going on for about 30 seconds then i went to sleep. i woke up when we were done. i kept asking..."when are we gonna start?" they laughed and said we were done. i was completely unaware of the time that passed.

they brought ryan in and went over some post-op instructions and we went back to ryan's place. i was ok until the numbness wore off. that was bad. real bad. i had to take pain pills back to back. then matt came by for me. i was funny i was so knocked out from the pain pills but i was awake. i could hear them talking about me but i just couldn't talk back. i could only use hand gestures. i did bleed all over ryan's pillow. blood. let me tell you...i haz it. lot's of it just streaming out of my mouth, even with the gauze. grossness.

ryan was incredibly kind and would wake me up to eat, and see how i was doing. he did a great job taking care of me.

so last night i came home and laid around with a steady diet of pain killers. matt made some mashed potatoes and i almost lost those.

the pain in my left jaw is unbearable. i've been icing it all day. when i woke up this morning it was throbbing. i'm eating now so i can go back to taking those lovely pills. i washed my face this morning and touched my cheek and almost cried. it is so painful and puffy. i really do look like a chipmunk hording nuts.

well, that's my sad story. it hurts to talk too. that's kinda good so i can just lay here all day, watch football and just be careful jake and matt doesn't do something too permanent to my face.

Friday, November 14, 2008

scared shitless

Why am I terrified? I can't even concentrate on basic tasks. It's a simple surgery. I guess I'm scared of being sedated. Well, hopefully it will all go away when I take my Valium in 30 minutes. How funny is it that I am craving water? Of course I can't eat or drink anything after midnight so I am dying for a big glass of water. I had to throw my water bottles away. I keep looking at the water cooler besides my desk thinking I can lick it just a bit and it won't count right?

Matt made a fabulous dinner last night. It was delicious. Nothing works wonders to keep a tummy settled like spaghetti and meatballs.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Surgery Day Tomorrow!

Yes Friday is the big day for my mouth. I get 3 wisdom teeth pulled. Due to the amount of teeth and procedure of the surgery (cutting my gums, the angle of pulling my teeth, etc...) they want me to be sedated with an IV. Hooray right? I'm a tad bit on the nervous side. Actually I am super scared.

I dropped off 5 prescriptions last night. I'm glad to have a lot of medication ready, but still....I have only been sedated once and I did not like it. I slightly have some recollection of it and it was not pleasant.

The worst thing about the whole day is I have to work till 2pm. Yes, I can't even take off on my day of surgery. The shitty thing about that is not being able to eat or drink for the early part of the day. Oh well...sometimes I get a break and sometimes I don't.

Matt has a mandatory inventory day so Ryan is taking me to my appointment and driving me back home. I really hope I don't cry, throw up or take off my clothes in front of him. Actually, I don't care...it's Ryan.

Well, I better resume my day at work. Work work work. Bleh.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

When creativity kicks in!

My new iPhone cozy. Took less than an hour last night to bang out.
And no pattern used!

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Matt returns!

My sweet babies.

Friends on Facebook/Myspace....

Ahhhh.... the add friend dilemma. Let me tell you why this irks me. I have one rule when it comes to the adding friend request. Talk to me. Don't just add me because we went to high school, or you are my sisters friend or we were once friends, etc. Talk to me. Say hi. Make small talk. If you can't even do that, then why be friends? Why would I let you into my circle of social neworking if you can't even send a greeting?

There was this guy I used to be friends with back in college. Actually, he was close to my ex. So he added me on Myspace and I thought "hey that's cool....now we can tell stories from times past and shoot the shit." He never once messaged me or left a comment. So I was a tab bit annoyed. He found me so I left the ball in his court to say hi....never did. Many months later during my semi-annual cleaning of the friends on Myspace, I dropped him. The next day he sent me a request to add him. No message, just a generic request. Needless to say I was pissed. I denied his request and never looked back. I wonder, how did he know I dropped him so quickly? Was it just luck or was he a constant follower of my online life and updates? If so, then why the lack of communication? Have we become this retarded in society that it's ok to live thru the internet and forget how to hold an electronic conversation?

It really boggles my mind. What is the point of collecting friends on social networking sites? And it's not just those sites but others like Yelp. I can understand being in Austin and liking the same places but why are people in Arizona wanting to be my friend? PLUS I never get a message. Irritating. I'm not in the "let's see who can get the most friends" quest. I would rather have 10 friends who send me messages, comments and occasional greetings than have 234 friends I couldn't give 2 shits about.

Ok rant off. :)

Friday, November 07, 2008

Get your FREE obama sticker!

see below!

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yep that's how i feel right now. 1 root canal done, 1 partial root canal left along with 3 wisdom teeth extractions next week. my poor mouth.

ugh the novacaine made me sick and nauseous. of course the 4 shots helped but i'm cold and numb. plus the dental hygenist was a bitch. that's not what you need when you are nervous and in mid-panick attack mode. i was about to rip that damn nose thing off. but i'm alive now. sadly the pain is starting to kick in. the numbness is wearing off.

i kept thinking about little shop of horrors the whole time. i really love me some steve martin.

ok back to the couch. the meds are almost ready and momma is going to go to happy land in an hour.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Mmmmmmmmm freebies!

Free election scoop day!

Day 2...guilt sets in

Ok just finished my second mcrib for the week. I don't feel gross like in Supersize Me, just guilty. Matt is gonna be mad when he sees the 2 debit charges to McDonald's in a week. But this is for science. Nah not really. I feel guilt because I haven't gained back my pre-wedding weight and THIS is not helping matters. I was expecting to honestly gain it all back by the honeymoon. But being sick for the past 2 weeks has left me with a small appetite. I weighed myself a few days ago and almost cried I was so happy.

Ok, maybe I should stop the Mcrib. Right? But it's SO DAMN GOOOOOOOOOD.

Monday, November 03, 2008

Diary of an addict

Yes that is our new Roomba below

We finally did it. We bought a Roomba yesterday. His name is Godfrey.

We watched him for a while last night. It was pretty fun actually. We would follow him around the room and giggle as he bumped into things. We turned him on at night and went to bed. He docks by himself when he is done. I got up to get some water and Sue and Colotte were sitting on the floor, watching him with distrust. It was pretty funny.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Friday, October 31, 2008

My pumpkin

Yes I am a dork.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

My desk is a mess!

Ugh being sick has given me an extra dose of the lazy bug. Look at
that nasty desk! Usually I pride myself on my organization, but not

So much work to do and not enough time.

I'm working on my pumpkin at home. It's nor as perfect as I want.
I'll post later tonight because I am a dork.

Monday, October 27, 2008

my iphone is ill

Seriously my child is not working. I can't get the back button to work at all. So every time I need to go back to the menu I have to reset my phone. Plus it's making weird noises. Poor thing.

Made an appointment with the iphone doctor today. Hope my baby gets well tonight.


So last night Matt and I were looking for pumpkin carving images on google. We decided to google "sexy pumpkin carving" and the 2nd image that appeared looked really familiar. I kept looking at that picture because it looked very much like my pumpkin I did a few years back. Guess what? IT IS MINE! Look at the bottom of the pumpkin. That is our fireplace back at our place off Far West.

I cannot remember on what website I posted it, but it's my pic. Weird that my mudflap girl is semi-famous huh?

I'm still sick. I'm going to the doctor as soon as I can get in. Being sickly is no fun.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

On the mend?

I think I'm back. I'm surely not 100% back to normal...maybe 65%. But I will take it over feeling the way I have the past few days. I have enjoyed my new hobby, Fable II. Poor Matt hasn't had a chance to watch TV in 2 days because I am hooked.

The Cowboys play the Horns Saturday afternoon. Matt and I are very excited about this game. OSU is ranked #6! Haven't seen that in a while. I am sure it will be a good game and all my fingers are crossed.

This wasn't much of a post, sorry about that. I just don't feel like blogging.

Monday, October 20, 2008

too sick to blog

i don't know what happened to me in the span of 24 hours but i got knocked on my ass by something nasty.

my throat HURTS and i'm getting that body ache feeling. every hour i seem to feel worse.

and i was so looking forward to my first book club meeting. now i just want to rip out my throat.

Friday, October 17, 2008

I'm in an airport bar drinking alone...

It's kinda liberating being by myself and getting quietly hammered
while I wait for my flight. I hate flying with a passion so the Xanax
has loosened me up enough to venture out of my gate and into Chilis.
The men are being nice and making small talk. Of course I'm a married
woman so they aren't feeling my vibe yet. I think the smell isn't on
me yet. Maybe a few more years.

This weekend...

Couldn't come any sooner. Yes I am spoiled for wanting another break from work, but playing catch up is hard!

I leave tonight for Oklahoma. Matt and Martin are picking me up from the airport. Matt has been in Dallas since Monday morning so we haven't seen in each other in a week. That is a long time for newlyweds.

Then we are going to the Oklahoma State homecoming game Saturday against Baylor. Can't wait! I'm excited to go to Eskimo Joe's and BW3, my favorite places in Oklahoma.

Sadly I have a 3 hour flight to look forward to. Yah I know, it's pretty ridiculous. Maybe I'll get my drink on.

Felicity brought in her baby to Zanzibar this afternoon. Her name is Penelope and she is ADORABLE. I am serious....she is so cute and chubby and so happy. I almost wanted one, almost.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Can't get enough Dawn & Matt pictures?

I know you can't. In case you may have not heard, our wedding gallery is up and available to view! Pictures can be purchased or you can buy the rights to the photos for $1.99...instant gratification. How nifty is that?



(this will lead you to the gallery, but don't forget to watch the slideshow!)

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Back to the real world!

Here I am. Please hold your applause. I know you have all been anxiously awaiting my return. I come back bringing many stories of wedding bliss. I don't want to make this post into an enormous read, so let me give you highlights.

The Rehearsal Dinner

This event went off pretty well. I was a bit worried with all the new family meeting each other for the first time, but it was smooth sailing.

We had dinner at Habana on 6th street. The food, drinks and tres leches was very good. I enjoyed seeing everyone sitting together and having a good time. No late night partying for me. I went to bed rather early. Matt stayed out and locked me out of the house. Good thing for Jesse's climbing skills. He made it into the bedroom window and got us back inside.

Wedding Day
Lucky for me we got to sleep in a little bit. Matt and I awoke together, and quickly got all our last minute packing done. Poor Matt, he was incredibly stressed out and wasn't himself. I guess it started to hit him all at once. But I digress...

Two hours later I am back at The Driskill in the bridal suite getting my makeup done.

It was nice to have my old high school best friend, Kyle Mills, make me pretty. My mom and all the girls arrived and the pictures began.

The Meet-up
I really wanted Matt and I to see each other before the ceremony. Since I am blessed with anxiety and panic attacks, I knew being together would help ease the stress. It did. I was so happy to see him and vice versa. Sarah got some amazing shots of us together alone. My advice on this, do it. Screw tradition. I was so relieved and comfortable being with Matt. Then we had more time to devote to wedding party pictures. Once again, Sarah did an amazing job with the photos outside The Driskill and in the back alley.

The Ceremony

Wow, we had a very short and sweet ceremony. Our officiant, Mike, was a delight. I really enjoyed our vows and readings. It was hard to look at Matt and not smile, laugh or cry. During the vows I started to tear up. I almost lost it and I could see Matt's eyes start to water. I held it in though and we kept on going. I did hear a few of the groomsmen sniffling (especially Jake and Martin!) and I knew my Mom was crying so I avoided looking over. I found a really interesting part of the ceremony called the "Box, Wine and Letter" ceremony. Basically, you write a letter on how much you love the other person, seal it in a box with some wine and glasses and seal it. Then if you have problems in the marriage, you open up the box together, read the letters and drink the wine. If you never have to open the box, then you save it for your 10th anniversary and read the letters with enjoyment! I had never heard of this before and really liked how unique it was.

The Reception

Oh words cannot begin to explain how much fun we had. The food, the cake, the dancing was AMAZING! Our first dance was so romantic. I fell in love with Matt all over again.

It was fantastic to see everyone on the dance floor. Then the music turned old school and we had that dance floor packed! It was great to let loose and dance with so many of our friends. Of course Ryan stole the show with his moves. Matt and I joked that it looks like Ryan is the attention whore of our dance photos.

I will let the pictures tell this story.

After the Reception

After we left The Driskill in our wedding pedicab, we took a run around downtown and headed back to the inside bar.

But before the bar, we spent our last moments upstairs with Sarah....

We got to spend more time with all our friends at The Driskill bar and invited the rest of the group upstairs to our bridal suite to continue the festivities with a few bottles of champagne.

The Honeymoon

We flew out to Mexico the next day around 11. The hangover wasn't too bad. I hate flying so my friend Mr. Xanax helped me out with the flight. We arrived in Puerto Aventuras, Mexico within a few hours and began drinking! We stayed with the Palace Resorts once again, this time choosing Aventura Spa Palace.

It's an adult-only, all-inclusive resort that caters to your every need. The food was excellent, the staff was incredibly nice and friendly. We didn't leave the resort though. We spent Sunday-Sunday eating, drinking, sleeping, laying out at the beach and pool and doing what most honeymooners do :)
We had a BLAST!

But now we are home. Matt has a business conference in Dallas this week so he had to leave early Monday morning. I got to stay home from work and open presents. Hooray! That was fun. Now I have a very dirty house to clean this week. Jake was very kind and watched the kids while we were gone. But now I have to throw out old kitchen glasses, pots and pans, etc and replace them with new ones! Really that's my only big chore. Mowing and watering the gardens needs to be done but it looks like rain is in the forecast for the next few days.

Oh, I do get to attend my first Oklahoma State homecoming this weekend. I am flying out Friday night and meeting Matt in Oklahoma for the game. Hooray! Since OSU is now ranked in the top 10, it should be exciting. Plus we are playing Baylor, so I am hoping for an easy win. Another plus....we get to hang out with Martin and Jessica!

Ok, enough from me. I'm pooped.