Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Our First Trial and Various Other Stuff!

This weekend is our first agility trial. I am excited, but very nervous! DH will be there taking LOTS of pictures, so I should have something to post on Sunday or Monday. I think we're ready. I am a little worried Reilly might be a bit stressed by Sunday, but hopefully he'll shake it off.

And finally - ( drumroll please) we are getting the interior of the house painted! It's been driving me CRAZY for YEARS and we are finally biting the bullet, forking out the dough and getting most of it painted.

We haven't been able to paint it ourselves because the foyer and the family room are 2 stories high and neither DH nor I are getting on ladders or scaffolding to paint it. So they come on Friday and should be done sometime Saturday - hence the stressing of the dog.

He's at daycare today because the house is being cleaned and will have to go on Friday again, when the painters are at the house. Then Saturday should be interesting as I am sure they will get there before we leave for agility. If all goes well :), they will be gone by 1pm and Reilly and I will come back to a newly painted house in a disasterous mess :).

DH and I are going to start taking things off the bookcases tonight and moving some of the more fragile stuff, which tends to stress out the dog. He's not big into change, if you haven't already guessed that.

Oh and we had a wonderful houseguest this weekend. Our friend Tracy who we knew in HS and then again in College was in Atlanta this weekend. We had reconnected through Facebook and it's been so good to see her again. But she fears she will never be invited to stay with us again! In the process of putting her stuff in her car on Monday, she locked herself out of our house without her Blackberry! Poor Tracy tried everything she could think of to get in the house. She went to the neighbor's on either side and the one who could help her wasn't home, and the one who couldn't help her was! She tried windows and everything else, and finally had to resort to breaking the window in our back door.

Which is not a big deal..... at all really, we aren't mad. It's just that since nothing in our house is the right size, we had to order the insert for the window and it will be a week or so till it gets here. We have it all taped up, but everytime you open or close the door, glass rains down on the patio.

And of course she's always welcome! :) We'll just have to hide a key next time.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Summerzcool 2009 - Here we come!

This year was definitely our lucky year with regards to Jimmy Buffett tickets! We found out about the tickets 3 days before they went on sale, rallied the troops and got the job done. It was definitely a group effort.

Saturday morning, I made my way to the nearest Publix to try my luck at drawing a good number in the lottery. The Publix was prepared for us - the woman selling the tickets was wearing a festive tshirt and had Buffett music playing. All in all there were about 15 people in line and once the lottery was over, I had drawn #2! So I called my partners in crime to let them know that since I had #2, I should be able to buy the limit of 6 with no problem and I just needed someone else to get 2 more to complete our order of 8.

Compatriot #1 - or DH, was at home manning the computer- I figured this would be a futile effort since several JB concerts went on sale on Sat and Ticketmaster would be slammed with requests.

Compatriot #2 was at another Publix and number 11 in line. So I was hoping she could get 2 or DH could get 2 and we'd be good.

As 10am approached the anticipation was building in everyone in the line. We were watching the clock and the people behind the counter were announcing the official time to us. Finally it was 10am and we all edged forward towards the counter waiting for the first tickets to start printing out. And we wait, and wait and wait...... The poor woman behind the counter could NOT get logged on to Ticketmaster! ARGH! I felt so bad for her, she was trying so hard to get in but the *&^%$#$ing computer would not cooperate.

Meanwhile DH calls to say that he got 4 tickets online. ( why only 4 I don't know). So I tell him to get back on and get 4 more!!! So in a panic he logs back on and tries to get more tickets.

We are still waiting, and waiting and waiting on the computer to cooperate. DH calls back, he's got 6 more tickets and we are on our way!

At that point, the woman behind the counter told people to start calling friends to get on the internet so that they had a chance of getting some tickets. I felt so bad for everyone, but hey, it pays to have a backup plan or 2.

Now you are wondering( if you are not a Parrothead) why it is such a big deal to get tickets and to have people spread out all over town to get them.

Well Compatriot#2 told me when I called her to tell her to pack it in and go home, that the SECOND person in her line was the LAST person to get tickets. That's it, they were sold out in about 6 minutes.

And if I could only go to ONE concert in Atlanta all year, it would have to be this one.

Since we have such a large group going this year, we are definitely getting their early and tailgaiting - in fact we have one person flying from MD, just to experience this first hand for herself with us.

There will be pictures, trust me....... :)