December 28 08

do you know how many seats are on an Air Tran 737? well, the husband knew, thanks to the wonder of the blackberry…and because it was Christmas Eve, knowing the answer earned him three business class upgrades. So he and Josh and Isabella sat up front in the land of roomier seats and more drinks, while i sat in the back with Emily, coloring in her My Little Pony coloring books, trying to keep the toasted man sitting next to me from talking to me. He was toasted before he got on the plane…and then had TWO vodkas while he sang along to his ipod and yelled at his PSP and complimented my crayon-using abilities (they should give out awards, he said). awesome. 

we got to my parents just after their Christmas Eve party which (BOO) i was so sad to miss, but lo! we’ve been partying nonstop since we got here. at my cousins. at our neighbors. birthday lunches. a night out without the kids. and when there’s partying, there’s food. lots of food.

but mostly, we’ve been doing a lot of this…


and this


oh yes. it’s all Rock Band ALL THE TIME around here. and hell, i’m pretty sure there’s something wrong with the wii, because for some reason it’s been giving me 98% when i’m on the microphone. WHAT? Ali = tone deaf. but bad. but apparently, it likes when i sing smashing pumpkins and some old school kansas. oh, yes, carry on wayward son.

we’ve also been playing with this little guy…


and no, this blog isn’t going to turn into some ZOMG! LOOK AT MY DOG! ISN’T HE THE MOST AMAZING THING EVER?!??! i promise. but, my god, he’s the cutest. really. my parents are having issues. they got to babysit Indiana for two weeks before we got here. they picked him up from the breeder…and they fell in love at first sight. and they’ve made sure to let us know that they were secretly hoping that the whole martells having a dog thing wouldn’t take and we’d just leave Indy here. notgoingtohappen. we are most definitely taking him home with us. but i’m pretty sure my parents will be sending along their therapy bills. or at least coming to visist more often. heh.

my family doesn’t like to share us when we are in town, and they like us all to do things AS A GROUP. which was a problem today when we were trying to plan what to do when we had the babysitter for the evening. we couldn’t agree on a restaurant (my choice would have been cheesecake factory) or a movie (benjamin button, of course. dying to see it) instead we ended up using the time to go to the mall. my sister and i found jeans 50% off at Bloomingdales..hello new Juicy and Sevens for under $100 and my new J. Crew cashmere hat and mitt set for $12!!

they did share me for a few hours  – but they did force Kristin and her awesome SVV to come to our house and they did kind of try to adopt them and convince the to come to our lunch today…


i have so much to tell you about and so many pictures to show you…but Rock Band is CALLING TO ME.  and i really need a piece of pumpkin pie. and i really need to take my pants off because they totally don’t fit anymore. it’s all yoga pants and hoodies from here on out…

  1. I’m bummed we didn’t come to lunch with you guys today…booooo! We waited at Flip for my friend Glenn for TWO hours, and it turned out he had hooked up with a girl the night before (and um next morning), and he totally stood us up! I would have loved me some more Ali time =(

    But tell Doris to expect us same time next year ;-)

    Comment by Camels & Chocolate on December 28, 2008
  2. Ohhh, I’m dying for Rock Band World Tour, but since I just talked him into buying the wii fit, I think I may have to give him a few months before I resume my quest. :)

    Lynettes last blog post..The TRUE Meaning…

    Comment by Lynette on December 28, 2008
  3. Aw, I’d love to meet Kristin!

    I’m thinking we now need to get Rock Band…

    Comment by Angella on December 28, 2008
  4. Inflict my singing on the neighbourhood or stick to the violence of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed? I’ll spare everyone.

    Comment by Captain Dumbass on December 28, 2008
  5. I think we might as well all give in now… next size up please!

    Comment by Holly on December 28, 2008
  6. what a cute dog Ali! your kids must love you!…

    Comment by LAVENDULA on December 28, 2008
  7. Old school Kansas? My, my, I never would have guessed.

    About all I can sing is…well, not much!

    Comment by Irish Gumbo on December 28, 2008
  8. P.S. My mom just bought Rock Band today, too! So guess what we’ll be doing all night long… =)

    Comment by Camels & Chocolate on December 28, 2008
  9. Glad you made it OK. I have yet to go for the after-christmas sales, but I may venture out this afternoon.
    I love that clip about Indiana – awesome dog name. I hope he won’t have to be quaranteed on his way back?

    monstergirlees last blog post..Christmas Present

    Comment by monstergirlee on December 28, 2008
  10. My pants are mad at me, too.

    apathy lounges last blog post..It was great, but I’m glad it’s over

    Comment by apathy lounge on December 28, 2008
  11. Oh join the club. EVERYONE’s skinnies are tight right now…. That’s why we wear LULUS ;). Love the dog!

    Comment by Haley-O on December 28, 2008
  12. Those were amazing deals at Bloomingdales! I love all the after Christmas sales at the mall!

    Comment by Leigh on December 28, 2008
  13. I would have had a fit if I was on a plane next to a guy that was lit! Especially if I had my little one there with me. That is an accident waiting to happen. I’m glad it all went smoothly for you though, and that you had a great time with family.
    P.S. the dog is very cute too!

    Comment by Angela on December 28, 2008
  14. LOVE! THE! ROCK! BAND!!!
    It also gave me 98% on “should I stay or should I go?” which…hello! I have been practicing since the Theta Chi house, freshman year in college! I knew that would pay off!
    The boys get mad when I “HOG” the mic. Whatever. I’m oldest.
    Did I mention that I also love Indiana?

    Comment by jodi on December 29, 2008
  15. Rock on with yo’ bad self, girl!

    Also? CUTE DOG!!

    Comment by mamatulip on December 29, 2008
  16. I’ve always wanted to play Rock Band. I’ve done the Guitar Hero thing, which I suck at. My sister has the American Idol karaoke for Wii and I always rock out and Simon tells me I’m the next big star.

    Glad you’re having a good time!

    Kristabellas last blog post..A Christmas Recap in Bullet Form

    Comment by Kristabella on December 29, 2008
  17. There is something about the Wii, it’s so dang addicting. But my whole freaking family just spent days playing with it.

    Comment by Issa on December 29, 2008
  18. Benjamin was fabulous. That Brad Pitt, I don’t care who you are, he’s HOT!

    Kaleighas last blog post..Christmas at the Martins.

    Comment by Kaleigha on December 29, 2008
  19. How about you and me go on the road and be imaginary rock goddesses? Short of that, how about your family adopting me?


    Comment by foradifferentkindofgirl (fadkog) on December 29, 2008
  20. I have to admit that I am totally hooked on Rock Band too. To the point that I had to run out and buy Rock Band 2 so we had more songs!

    Comment by Lori on December 29, 2008
  21. Indiana! That’s a great dog’s name.

    Comment by regan on December 29, 2008
  22. Hmmm, I suppose the question is which you can stand more: having your parents come visit more often or leaving the dog and visiting him?

    Diannas last blog post..The Day After and Question of the Week

    Comment by Dianna on December 29, 2008
  23. ZOMG Indiana IS adorable! And I’m not even an Animal Person. Tell me more about Rock Band. Would I, as a wannabe Karaoke Supastah, like it? Because I fucking suck at Guitar Hero and desperately need to redeem myself.

    Comment by Metalia on December 30, 2008
  24. How fun! Merry Christmas and Happy New year. We are having a blast playing rockband at our house too. And none of my pants fit… thanks to your homemade reese cups. Yummy!

    Comment by Kristen on December 30, 2008
  25. Awww, I don’t blame your parents for wanting to keep that dog! What a cutie!

    Happy 2009!

    Comment by Nadine on December 31, 2008
  26. Happy New Year!

    Comment by Chris on December 31, 2008
  27. The girls got Rock Band for Xmas and now I’m addicted! Woo-hoo!

    Hope you have a wonderful New Year’s Eve!

    Comment by ParentingPink on December 31, 2008
  28. Aw, that looks like fun. We got guitar hero and now my husband plays it ALL THE TIME. Apparently, he was born to rock, who knew?
    I laughed about the eHarmony thing down the page – whenever I see the ad, I’m always tempted to sign up and see if there are More FItting Men out there for me, although I suspect not.

    Comment by Beck on December 31, 2008

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