Making plans

About a week ago, Ash and I were getting home from work – it happened to be at the same time, for once – and as we were unloading kids and bags, a salesman came sauntering up our driveway. I groaned and told Ash I’d let him handle that one. Inside, I got the kids set up with snacks and realized that Ash was talking to him for quite a while. He comes inside and says, “I did that for you.” Confused, I asked for the story. Turns out he was from a company called TruGreen and Ash mainly asked about their prices and all because he knows how much I love my lawn. OK, my front lawn that is.

I really do what I can to keep the grass looking green, the bushes trimmed, and the front porch swept. But our major problem is the back yard. Well, until last night, I had only been thinking that the TruGreen people would tend the front. It didn’t even occur to me that they could do something about my craptastic back yard.

See at the bottom of the deck? Half our yard is just dirt and sand because we have so many trees back there. I don’t even know if good grass would grow.

There’s a better shot, though taken 5 years ago when we were first putting up the wooden fence. Anyway, the sales dude said to get out lawn looking like the neighbours’ – which is pretty awesome, I admit – it would cost about 350 bucks a year. Unfortunately, we missed a cycle and have to wait.

I am fixin’ to make more money here soon and for all the little stuff that I am exited I’ll be able to buy once more, I am even more thrilled about potentially hiring on TruGreen to help out my poor lawn. My dream for the future is for my children to be able to go in our backyard without being eaten by the overgrowth.  Maybe it seems like a frivolous thing but I grew up with a really big backyard and spent a ton of time running around and just lying in the grass. Maybe some day my kids can do the same.

Random Tuesday – Countdown begins now

I failed to mention this, oh, the last two weeks but Stacy is temporarily hosting this meme until it goes back to its rightful owner. So go on ahead and get yer random on.

  • I have Tim McGraw’s “Live Like You Were Dying” stuck in my head for some reason. I hope it’s not some kind of sign.
  • My three day weekend included: stitches coming out, grocery shopping, Source Code, family in town, Isaac’s birthday party, margaritas, hiking, and way too much bad food.
  • Luckily, I ran on Sunday afternoon.
  • I am officially “watching what  I eat”. This means no random treats because I feel like it, larger lunches, smaller dinners, and no late night snacking.
  • The Disney half and marathon is the second weekend in January 2012 and I think it’ll work out fine for us all to go. Ash and his brother are running the Goofy – the half on Saturday AND the full on Sunday. But I am just shooting for the half. Since it’ll be my second one, I will train for a sub 2:20.
  • My dad found a tick on himself after our hike Sunday and I saw this funky bug on my arm in the car but brushed it off so now I am paranoid that it was a tick and that it’s living in my car. I read that they can live without a host under starvation conditions for up to three years. OMG.
  • Isaac’s birthday party was a blast and went really well. I was so relived that I was asleep on the couch by 8:30 that night. Meanwhile, my sister, her bf and Ash stayed up ’til 1.
  • I really like getting mail, like in my mailbox, but find that lately, it’s either bills or junk. However, I still get momentarily excited to check it.
  • As my title suggests, I am counting down. Counting down the weeks until my money woes are no more. It will take some budget adjusting at first but then, oh, it will be sweet. Without that hanging over my head, I can focus on so many other things.

In my third week of posting Man Candy, I featured Brazilian model Arthur Sales but I didn’t do him justice. Today he gets two shout-outs because he’s really quite tasty. The first is a great pic and the video, well, let’s just say it makes me wanna ride on motorcycles with Brazilian boys.

Armani Exchange video