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I wear many hats. I am a Wife, Mother, Daughter, Granddaughter, Friend, Dental Assistant, Student, Big Sister, Daughter-in-law, Sister-in-law, Chef, Gardener, Nurse, Maid, Plumber, Seamstress...

Sunday, January 31, 2010


Mylan has been grounded all weekend because he got two tallies at school this week. He wasn't allowed to go to the Thunder Hockey game on Friday and he has not be allowed to watch tv or play XBox all weekend long. For a 9 year old boy that makes for a looooong weekend. So he has had to use his imagination a bit more than usual. He made the back room into a hockey arena which he has named the "Baker Arena Home of the 2010 Baker Hockey Nationals". He placed two gold pillows on the floor on one end of the room and two red pillows on the floor on the other end of the room to make up the goals. Mylan named his team the Wildcats and I named my team the Cupcakes. We've played several games today, the first to 15 points wins. We've had a lot of fun! Since I won the last game Larry plays me tonight for the championship. Here is the scoreboard that Mylan drew for tonight's game. Larry's team is the "Destroyers" and my team in the "Cupcakes". Wish me luck!!

Friday, January 29, 2010

Too Much Time on His Hands

Apparently Larry has too much time on his hands because he figured up that I get a lot more sleep than he does. To be exact, I get 57 days more sleep a year than he does aka almost 2 months more a year. In the 8 years that we've been together I have gotten 435 days more sleep than he has aka 1 yr and a few months more. He said that these figures don't include the many naps I like I to take on weekends. Silly Larry!


Great Deals!

I went to Target yesterday to pick up some pop that was on sale. So I wasted the rest of my lunch hour wandering the isles. I wandered into the bedding isle and I found some fantastic sales! I picked up a bed shirt for Mylan's bed for $3, a Queen size sheet set for our bed for $8 and pillow cases for $2! Woo-hoo! While they were only 300 thread count and my darling husband would prefer 400 or higher we agreed that it was still a great deal for an extra sheet set! While I hate shopping I do love great deals!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Hapy Birthday to ME!!!!!

Today I am the Big 3-0!
Oh yeah!
I'm 30!
Goodbye 20's and hello 30's!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Hospital Gowns and Old Man Butts

Last night Larry and I went to the hospital to visit his Grandma J. After I got off of work I came straight home to pick up Larry and we drove to the hospital together. So since I had just gotten off work I decided to just wear my scrubs and not worry about changing clothes. Once we got to the hospital Larry looked at me, laughed and said, "People are going to think you work there and put you to work." I told him that I disagreed because all of the hospital staff wear light blue and I was wearing brown. So we found Grandma's room and visited for a bit. Then I decided to find the restroom. I stepped out and head down the hall to the restroom. Just as I am about to turn a corner and elderly gentleman steps out of his room in his hospital gown and says, "Excuse me?" I stop and look behind me and he says, "Excuse me?" I point to myself as in questioning if he is talking to me. He nods and asks, "Can I please have some chocolate ice cream?" So I stand there kind of dumbfounded and thinking, "Well crap! I was just going to the restroom!" Now I had to decide how to handle this. I didn't think he'd understand or care for me to explain that I am not hospital staff and that I work in a dental office. So I said, "Okay, let me find someone to get that for you Sir." He seemed satisfied and I ran off to find someone. At the desk I found Aubry a girl that went to our old church. We were surprised to see each other and I explained. She laughed and asked what room he was in. I told her that I had no idea because I was so flustered by his question that I just ran off to get someone. So I walked her to the room and she took care of it. Later, before we left the hospital Larry and I were saying hello/goodbye to Aubry and the elderly man came out into the hallway to inform her that he was going to walk down the hallway. Just as he turned to walk down the hallway...there it was...WRINKLED OLD MAN BUTT! Ha,ha,ha! It was hilarious! He just walked on down the hall like he hadn't a care in the world!

What Did the Doctor Say?

A patient at our office told us this joke:

After the doctor saw his patient he stepped outside the examination room to speak to the patients wife:

"Your husband is suffering from a very severe stress disorder. If you don't do the following he will surely die. Each morning fix him a healthy breakfast. Be pleasant at all times. For lunch make him a nutritious meal. For dinner prepare an especially nice meal. No chores. No nagging. Oh yes, and make love several times a week. Do this for the next year and he'll regain his health completely!"

As the patient and his wife are leaving the office he asks:

"What did the doctor say?"

The wife answers:

"You're going to die!"

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Learning from Our Kids...

We can learn a lot of kids. If you have kids, work with or have ever worked with younger children then you know what I am talking about. Kids are very observant little creatures. They are like sponges. They soak in everything they hear and see. Some times they pick up on things that would shock you, crack you up or just amaze you.
So at the dinner table Friday night Mylan tells us that he is going to take five dollars from his wallet and give it to his basketball coach for the Haiti donation. At their last practice his coach (his coach is also a family practice doctor) spoke to the boys about the issues in Haiti. He explained to them that there is much more to life than just sports and their own little worlds. Saturday night Mylan also announced that he wanted to give five dollars to the offering at church. Larry and I were so impressed. Mylan has always been a very giving child. I am so proud of that!

It's a Tough Life...

It's a tough life being the only female in the household! Some days there is just too much testosterone in our house. Phew!
Today I walked into the living room to find the boys hitting each other with the couch pillows and later I found Larry with Mylan in a wrestling hold!
Later I found them in the hallway throwing a plastic ball at each other. At one point Mylan was down on all fours hitting the ball off of his head to Larry like a little puppy dog. At another point Larry was throwing the ball and Mylan was trying to block the ball unsuccessfully. He kept getting hit in the "boy parts" and his head! It was hilarious! It was only a soft plastic ball so he wasn't hurt.

Sunday Game Day

On Sunday's it is always game day in the Baker household. I always know where to find my boys...on the coach in the living room. So when it comes to meal time I am usually pretty firm on eating dinner at the dinner table with the television turned off. However, today I made a compromise during lunch and let them watch the game as long as they ate at the table. So I snapped a picture of them. They ended up huddled up together at one end of the table so that they could still see the television in the living room. Silly boys!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Happy Birthday Alisha!

Alisha turned 19 on January 13th!
She will be graduating from Derby High School in May!
Today she joined us for lunch at our favorite Chinese food buffet at Kwan Court!
I was also able to get an updated picture of the kids together.

Happy Birthday Alisha!

The YMCA Bathroom

Mylan's games are held at the local YMCA. In their bathroom they have an automatic toilet flusher. I HATE the stupid automatic toilet flusher! Ahhh! I understand the purpose in them but it kind of defeats the purpose if the stupid thing flushes on me while I am still sitting there doing my business. Not to mention how gross it is to have my butt splashed with the nasty toilet water. Sick! Also, what is the point in the automatic flush if it doesn't even flush when I am actually done doing my business and I have to reach down and touch that nasty little button in order for it to flush. Whatever happened to the old flush handles where I could just use my foot to flush it and still leave with my butt toilet water free? And someone please tell me what is that smell in the bathroom? It smells like a sour drain or something. Good grief! It's a brand new facility so you'd think it wouldn't have acquired that "bathroom" smell yet. Where is the janitor? I know the janitor has had to of smelt it by now. Heck, give me some Pine Sol and Bleach and I'll take care of it! Phew.

Guy Zone

More pics of the guys on the coach doing what they do best...watching the game. Mylan crawls all over Larry like he is a jungle gym. Notice in the pictures Mylan is wearing a Cardinals t-shirt, they have a Dallas Cowboys blanket, Larry's K-State slippers are on the floor, XBox controllers are on the coffee table, the little photo carousel is holding a bunch of Mylan's sports pics and there is a baseball that holders the remotes. It's like a guy zone in the living room!

Friday, January 15, 2010


My new temporary license photo! My glasses are crooked...ops! Lol!

My old license photo. Yuck! I really hate this picture and my hair is lopsided or something. Weird!

Today I had to go to the local DMV to renew my drivers license. Oh what fun! NOT! I was surprised that I was only there an hour and a half. While I was standing in line I chatted a little with the woman behind me. She was hilarious! It was just her personality really not anything in particular that she said. Of course I did a little people watching too. Standing towards the back on the line was a man who kind of gave me the creeps. He reminded me of a serial killer from one the crime tv shows I like to watch sometimes. I also noticed that he wouldn't look anyone in the eye. Strange. It's always bothered me when people can't look anyone in the eye. Especially if I am talking to them. There was also this man in blue jeans and a scrub shirt like doctors wear. The man kept arguing with the DMV lady while she was telling him that she can't issue him a license without the proper paper work. Now come on people! It says right there in plain sight on the paper that you get in the mail exactly what you need to bring with you in order to get your license renewed! Good grief! I also watched the DMV employees for awhile and I realized they all need depression meds and a class on how to personable or something. I know the job may be boring and tedious but in my opinion a person could make the job more fun by having a little personality! Wow! They'd really hate me if I worked there! I'm loud and obnoxious. The more depressed a person acts and the less they talk to me the more bubbly I want to be. Annoying right? I also realized how fast my germaphobic quirks could easily take over my life if I let them.
While standing in line I noticed that I was going to have to put my forehead against the eye testing machine and before I got called up for my turn I was trying to figure out how I was going to get around having to do that. Once I was there I realized that I couldn't because in order for the eye testing machine to work I had to press against it with my forehead in order for it to actually work. Sigh. The DMV lady told me to remove the top piece of paper from the pad on the head rest so that I could have a clean one. I thought, "You want me to touch that?!" I had no choice. I mean, I could refuse and ask her to do it but that seemed ridiculous to me. So I did it. Then before I placed my forehead against the rest I noticed that someone had greasy forehead juice on the plastic around it! Ahhhh! Nasty! I was brave though and I did it. Gross! Then when it came time to have my picture taken I had to sign this electronic pad and before I picked up the pen I thought, "Oh my gosh! EVERYONE has touched this pen! I wish I could wipe it off but then I'd be a complete freak!" Grrrr! I was brave once again. I signed it using that nasty pen. One my way out I immediately got out my hand sanitizer. While I was putting on my hand sanitizer I thought, "I am so pathetic! I still have to touch my purse with my nasty germ infested DMV fingers in order to get to my hand sanitizer! Ahhh! There is no winning here. I'm going crazy!"

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Toddler Naps

I love my naps. Today after a busy day of running errands with Larry I took a two hour nap. Larry calls them my "toddler naps". He said that I am like a toddler because I require so much sleep. He's so silly!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Workout Video

Here it is! Ta-Da! My workout video! Ha,ha! Funny huh? I checked it out at the library. I thought Larry would think it was hilarious too because I once tried to do belly dancing with this lady I saw on tv and I was terrible. I am not very grace full or agile. Notice that the cover of the video reads, "Moves for the agility impaired." Too funny!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Failing Miserably

Well I guess I am failing miserably as far as my trying to do more exercising. I just don't have the drive to go outside when it's this cold! I mean it is really, really cold! Maybe I should go to the library and check out an exercise video or something. Exercise video's always make me think of the 80's for some reason...woman with big hair wearing leotards and leg warmers! Ha, ha, ha!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Salty Fritos

So far I am not doing so well on my New Years goal of losing weight. Right now it is 9:13pm and I am eating salty Frito's sitting in front of the computer and watching 'Men of a Certain Age' on tv. I LOVE salt and sugar. My two arch enemies. It's not the end of the world though. It's only January 4th! I'll try to make up for it and go walking in the morning before I head off to work. I don't want to run because it's so darn cold and it hurts to breathe in that ice cold air. Okay...One step at a time. First I have to actually get out of bed that early in the morning. Sigh. Maybe I'll walk on my lunch hour instead.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Disgusting Science

Grandma Sue gave Mylan a science kit for Christmas. So this morning Mylan and I have been working on some experiments together. So far we have made Sickening Slimy Snot! Gross! Here is the other choices on the list:
  • Growing Disgusting Creatures
  • Vita-Power Bacteria
  • Disgusting Digestion
  • Blood and Guts
  • Flatulent Yeast

Hair Progress

I am trying for the third or fourth time to grow out my hair. I've lost count. It was really short. Larry loved it short and so did I. However, I am tired of short and I need a change. It's not easy to be feminine with short hair. Plus it's a lot of upkeep with routine visits to the salon. To be feminine with short hair your whole look counts on what clothes, makeup and accessories you wear. I am not a very fashionable female. I typically don't wear make up and I love my ball caps, jeans, tee-shirts and hoodies. That's me, take it or leave it. So I wanted a change and decided to grow my hair out. I've had short hair for a number of years now and I'm tired of it. This is the state of my hair now. It looks a bit like a messy mop of hair. With short hair it was easy to spike it or slick it and go. With long hair it is easy to pull it into a ponytail, some kind of up-do, just leave it down or curl it. Lots of choices with long hair. Right now, I can't seem to figure out anything to do with it besides brush it and leave it be. Like I said, It's a mop. That's just part of the pains of growing out your hair though. Luckily I made it past the hard stage of growing it out...when it touches my ears. Ick! I hated that. Now it's long enough to tuck it. So how long do I plan to grow it? I want to let it grow to about my shoulder blades. Long! I want it in layers and I want my bangs long and sweeping to one side. In the past I wasn't very good at dealing with my long hair but I'll do better this time.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

My Date with Mylan

Tonight was my Christmas gift from Mylan. A date night with just the two of us! We saw Alvin and the Chipmunks and then ate dinner at Applebee's!! We purposely didn't eat all of our dinner just so that we could have room for desert! Last year we saw Hotel for Dogs and ate at Old Chicago. Although the chipmunks were cute I think I like last years movie better. My favorite chipmunk was Theodor and Mylan's favorite was Alvin. The voice for Simon was played by Matthew Gubbler who is my favorite character on a tv show called Criminal Minds. Mylan and I smuggled some of our Christmas candy into the theater but we did purchase some over priced drinks. Two medium drinks cost $8.50! Yikes! That's just insane! I even spilled my drink at the concession stand before I even paid. It spilled all over the counter, register, my money sitting on the counter and the floor. The guy was so nice about it though. He simply took the soggy money, told me that it happens all the time and got me another drink. Thanks movie concession guy! So embarrassing! In the end, Mylan and I had a great time! I asked him to rate our date on a scale of 1-10. He said it was a 9!!

Goodbye 20's!

Only 19 days til my big 3-0!
Goodbye 20's and hello 30's!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Goals for 2010

Every year people all over the world make New Years Resolutions and never keep them. I never keep mine either. So this year I am going to try to think of them more as goals I'd like to reach rather than promises.
So here is my list of what I'd like to try to do better in 2010:
  1. I have never been a fan of exercising and I have never watched what I eat. I now weigh 130lbs. That's the most I've ever weighed and I don't like it. When I met Larry 8 yrs ago I was 115lbs. I felt my best around 120lbs. So I want to try to lose 10 lbs.
  2. I am not a laid back person. I am easily stressed and tensed. I tend to react and assess things later. This hasn't been working well for me so far. So I would like to do better in that department. In order to do this I think I am going to have to try to be aware of it before I let it happen. I'll have to think before I react.
  3. House work. I have my weird quirks about certain things around the house that must be done a certain way but I need to work on a few other things. I need to work on not letting the clutter build up, not letting the laundry pile up, not letting the dishes pile up and not waiting until the bathroom looks like a science experiment before I clean it.
What can I say, I'm not perfect.
I am sure you already knew that though.

Date Night with Mylan!

Tomorrow night is my date night with Mylan! This morning he asked me when we would go on our date. I told him we could go Saturday or Sunday. We plan to go and see Alvin and the Chipmunks and eat dinner at Applebees. So I checked on the show times and told him that we could either see the movie first and eat dinner after wards or we could eat dinner and then see the movie. He said, "I don't care. It's up to you Ashlyne. This is your date night." He's so sweet! So we chose Saturday and to see the movie first at 5pm and then eat dinner after wards. The best part about going to the movies is to eat the snacks so I didn't want to be full from dinner and not be able to enjoy the snacks at the movies. I'll let you know how our date night goes...