Wednesday, April 26, 2006


Scene: Kurt is leaving the office with Bugsy and Lori is leaving for school, not to get home until 9:00 p.m.

Lori: "Honey, can you do me a favor?"

Kurt: "Maybe......depends on what it is..."

Lori: "I won't be home until 9:00 p.m. and need a prescription picked up. can you get it?"

Kurt: "I knew you were going to ask me to do that." (Smiling)

Lori: "How did you know that?"

Kurt: "because that's the only favor you ever ask me to do for you....."

I was thinking about this on my way to school and started laughing. Can anyone tell who does pretty much everything in our household? LOL. At least he admits it. ;).

Sunday, April 23, 2006

The Weekend

So, had a pretty busy weekend.

Friday night, Kurt and I went to dinner, then went to Target and finally bought an iPod! Kurt has been wanting one for various reasons--in the car, on the plane, etc., and I wanted one for running outside when I do that. Or on the treadmill when nothing good is on TV. So, I had been researching and trying to figure out which one was the best. I started out skeptical about iPods because I did not want to buy something simply because it is the "cool" brand, or because that is what everyone else has. I wanted the best one on the market, period. But, from all the research I did, I could rarely find ANYTHING negative about iPods, which other brands seemed to have more downfalls. Soooooo, we got the Ipod Nano 4GB. It holds 1000 songs. We were going to get one that held less songs, but figured with 1000, we will rarely, if ever, have to erase anything. Also bought the cutest little carrier for it that is turquoise. Kurt would not let me get a pink iPod, but he caved a little with the color of the carrier. ;). Anyway, downloaded all the software and bought 4 songs from itunes to test it out. Awesome, awesome sound quality and the technology is incredible. I then started downloading my cds to my computer, and putting them on the iPod. This is going to take a really long time, but wanted to get it going. So, to sum it up, love the iPod and highly recommend. I will post more as I figure out the tricks to the thing. It appears I can put photos on it, as well as an address book and calendar. Crazy.

Saturday, I went to Utica to meet up with my sister for lunch and shopping. We went to Joe's Crab Shack for lunch and to a couple stores shopping. She had to be back to her hotel at 4:30 p.m. to meet up with her fiance. So, I got a cute pair of capri workout pants at Dunham's and also got a car air freshener and batteries at Bed Bath and Beyond (I know, exciting purchases, LOL, but things I needed). Came home, and had to almost immediately get ready for dinner in Canton with my Aunt, sister, her fiance, and Kurt. We went to Max and Erma's, and had a great time. My sister and I always crack eachother and everyone else up with our stories about growing up. Her ring is beautiful that Jim bought her, and she is starting to talk about planning her wedding which is fun. I guess as of now, the bridesmaid dresses are going to be silver, and the wedding colors silver and white. Jim will wear his military uniform. I wish I lived up there so I could help more, because she really needs to get going on this and I really think she has no idea where to start. And everyone knows I love planning things, LOL. She has a ton of friends getting married the same year as her and she is in all the weddings, so her year is going to be crazy busy.

The picture below cracked us up. Oscar had just come in from playing outside and was SOOO out of breath, but SOOO happy at the same time. We thought it appeared he was smiling.......Who says dogs don't smile?

Today, I have been lounging around the house. It is raining outside, so I could not really get outside to take any Spring pictures. I took this one yesterday in the yard though, just to display COLOR. Yay for color coming back.

I tried to get some laundry done, but I think I need lazy days once in a while. The kitten is really starting to come out more often and "trying" to play with the pugs, but Gretel is a little rough with him still. Oscar and Vito are doing great though. Just so you know, kittens have a really hard life.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Bugsy's Progress

Bugsy had his first vet appointment yesterday. He weighs a whopping 1.05 pounds. And I think he has grown since we got him! The vet said she thought it was funny that we got a cat with a "smooshed face", since we already have dogs with smooshed noses! He has a little bit of a cold (no fever), so they gave him some eye drops and an antibiotic to take before he gets his first shots.

So, far, he is fitting in nicely at the house. He is still kinda nervous of the pugs, but every night, he is starting to play with them more and more, for short periods of time (until he runs under the couch to hide from them again).

Kurt is really jealous because the baby likes to sleep right next to me, next to my neck and on my hair. Kurt keeps trying to get him to sleep by him, and he is having nothing to do with that! I guess he is going to be a Momma's boy.

He has been coming to the office every day with us because we don't want to leave him home alone yet. He is a great office kitty, mostly sleeping all day and hanging out on my lap. I will miss it when I can't bring him here anymore! :).

Friday, April 14, 2006

Household Annoucement and Introduction

So, Kurty and I went after work to a place in Plymouth to buy a new......kitten! Yay!

Please welcome Bugsy Siegel Haskell to our world! Bugsy is a cream and orange colored purebred Persian kitten and just as cute as can be. He was born on Feb 27, and adorable. I have, of course, taken pics of him, which can be seen by clicking here.

After we picked out the kitty (I had wanted a female, but was really drawn to Bugsy for some reason), we went to the pet store to stock up on kitten supplies.

Came home, and the pugs met Bugsy for the first time. Bugsy was a little nervous of them for the majority of the night, but now he has been on the floor walking around and is getting better every second!

Also have been seeing a ton of Spring bunnies outside. I wanted to take pics because they were right next to the porch, but opening our doors would have scared them, so I attempted a pic through the glass.

Overall, what a great night. Happy Good Friday to everyone who celebrates!

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Shiny New Running Shoes.....

About two weeks ago, I started running hardcore again. Every night. While in Vegas, since I was doing other things, I relaxed, but now that I am back and caught up on sleep, I am planning on starting again in a few minutes.

And, on my front porch today was a new pair of Asics I ordered. Asics are by far, in my opinion, the best running shoe. And I have tried most of them. Click here to see which ones I got this time. I had a gift card to use at Amazon, so I got these for practically nothing, yay.

So, I am getting pretty psyched about school almost being done. I only have like three days of classes left and then finals. The only thing that sucks about this is studying for finals. Blah is all I have to say about that.

Finished a great book while on vacay, during the plane trip, etc. Called Lovers and Players, by Jackie Collins. Just great, non-thinking kinda reading, which is so what I need when I am away from work and school. Anyway, I highly recommend. To order, click here.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Las Vegas Details--Finally

Soooo, our Vegas trip was awesome. We were slammed at the office and such prior to leaving, so I feel as if I have not posted in forever! Sorry! ;).

We left on Friday night after dropping the pugs off. We were flying Northwest and had a really short layover in Madison, so I was kinda nervous because we have had nothing but bad experiences with them. But, no reason to be apprehensive……Everything was right on time. We landed in Madison and had time to grab a quick bite to eat, so we ate at a little bar called The Great Dane. Had some nachos and soup, then left for Vegas. Landed there, no prob, got our rental car from Alamo, and headed to the Strip! We were staying at the Palace Station. I love the place because it is off strip and easy to get to. But, I was assuming we would be able to upgrade our room. I don’t like the lower end rooms there, wanted a tower room. Well, since it was Friday night, they were sold out and we were stuck at a far away courtyard room. BLAH. Went to the room and went straight to bed, we were exhausted from flying and the time change. Of course, I slept awful. The room was only on the 2nd floor and we heard every bit of traffic and people outside our room were loud…

So, in the morning, I immediately called to see if any Tower rooms had opened and thankfully, they had. So, while waiting for a new room, we played some BlackJack and Craps. The dealer killed us. Every time we got 19 or 20, so did he, or he got 21. Blah. Got our room, then had lunch at a Hong Kong style restaurant in the hotel. Our food was awesome. After that, headed to Imperial Palace for Poker. After playing Poker all day, we headed to the Billy Joel concert at MGM Grand. We had amazing seats and the concert was incredible. Billy Joel is my fav and he sang and performed for 2.5 hours. I could have not asked for more. Oh wait, yes, I could. I wanted him to perform Just The Way You Are, and he did not. But that’s OK, he pretty much sang every other song I love, including ending with my fav, Piano Man. Yay. After the concert, we were exhausted, so we went back to the hotel and to bed.

The next day, we went to Imperial Palace and played Poker, bought into a tournament. Kurt and I both ended up placing--he got 4th and I got 7th. So, we made like $400.00 there which was awesome. Afterwards, we went to dinner at a great Mexican place that was recommended, called Lindo Michoean (sp?) and it was literally the kewlest little Mexican place I have ever eaten at and hands down the best service we have ever received at a restaurant. I had shrimp fajitas and we split fried ice cream for dessert. I was so full afterwards.

The next morning, we went hiking at Red Rock. Had a great time. Since we had been there once before, we knew which trails we liked, and walked those. I took a ton of pictures. Click here to see them. After that, had lunch at a great place called Mayflower Cuisiner, which was Vietnamese/Chinese/French Fusion and yet again, awesome. I am so liking this venturing off strip to try new places because they are even better than the food on the Strip. I had sea bass there and it was to die for. Later, we bought into another tournament and I ended up getting 2nd place! Kurt got 8th, but it did not pay anything. I got $600!!! I almost got first, but was totally happy with 2nd. J. After that, had dinner at Ceasar’s Buffet, then headed back to our hotel and played some more poker.

The next day was our last. We slept in, which we needed since we both drank a little bit too much the night before……Speaking of that, had this great new drink called a Grasshopper. Highly recommend. Played poker the entire day at Flamingo, Palms, and Harrah’s. Love Harrah’s poker room. They have TV’s everywhere, so we could watch games and play cards, which is like Kurt’s dream, LOL. Played in another tourney at Flamingo, but neither one of us placed. Had dinner at a Japanese place in Flamingo, and again, food was awesome. I had a shrimp and veggie entrĂ©e. So, we totally did not want to leave, but alas, we had to. Our flight was delayed about an hour, so we surfed the net and read at the airport…..Now we are home and exhausted! Need to get to bed……

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Belle Isle--Hidden Treasure

Soooo, today Rebecca and I sauntered to Belle Isle to check it out. My Aunt told me that it would be a great place for my to take pics, and I was curious and I have never been there. I wish I could have gone back when the wonderful city of Detroit actually kept it up. It is almost like an old, abandoned building--beautiful, yet sad because nobody is taking care of it. Rebecca and I walked around and took pics for a long while, and I fell in love with the area. Click here to see my pics. My fav is the one I posted with this entry. Afterwards, Rebecca took me to this awesome spot in Royal Oak for Mexican food and I had awesome cajun tuna fajitas. umm, they were totally incredible and I cant wait to go back. Wow.

Came home and Kurt got my treadmill back out. We were storing it as we want to take it into the basement to what will be the "workout room", but we need another guy to get it down there. Brought it into the computer room near the TV and I started my workouts again. Did 2.25 Miles, as well as about 150 situps, about 30 pushups and some other various things. It felt really good. I am going to try really hard to keep up on it, but it's hard when I don't get home most nights until after 9 p.m.

Had a great day on Saturday. First, I had an appointment at a laser eye surgery place in Monroe. They said I would be a great candidate, but I think I kinda want to wait until after I take the bar. It would just figure that I would have complications which would hinder my studies.......After that, I had a pedicure to prepare for my Vegas trip next week (leaving on Friday, I don't think I blogged about that yet either). Then, I stopped at a pet store and bought the pugs some new food, as well as new collars for Vito and Oscar and some new treats and toys. Oscar's new collar is orange and Vito's is black. They look so handsome. I was driving around after that and decided I was going to get my first manicure. For the past two weeks, I have LEFT my nails alone. Not torn them once. And, I am actually starting to have little nails appear! I know, it's a miracle, but it is happening. So, I went into this adorable little hole in the wall place where they barely spoke English, and got my first manicure. Loved the place, and my nails actually look acceptable! Maybe even good! I was so pleased. Had dinner with Kurt that night. Great day and night.

Back to Vegas, we booked a trip! I can't freaking wait to leave. And even better (if anything can be better than a little get away), I am seeing FREAKING Billy Joel while I am there! I bought tickets and am beyond excited. It is seriously my dream concert to see Billy Joel live by himself (saw him once with Elton John). I don't know what I am more excited about....Vegas or the concert. I am excited to go hiking and take some pics at the canyon.