Monday, August 13, 2012


Wednesday, July 4, 2012








Thursday, March 15, 2012

A boy is Truth with dirt on its face, Beauty with a cut on its finger, Wisdom with bubble gum in its hair and the Hope of the future with a frog in its pocket. Alan Beck

The all new IPG doesn't blog as much anymore.  I write on Airplane's blog.  I manage to write on his blog quite frequently.  I miss blogging.  It filled a gap in my life and I enjoyed it. 

My house has been taken over by children.  I have teenage girl gear all over the place.  I have baby stuff every where else.   I love the noise and chaos that children add to a house.  I loved being just Bey and I, but I would not replace the fullness that the kids bring to our house.

Airplane is 9 months old.  He is doing all the baby things.  I take tons of pictures.  I work strange hours.  I spend as much time with him as I can. 

SD is playing Y volleyball.  She has a new boyfriend.  She is getting great grades in school. 

Focusing on my family has mad it hard to write, but I am going to commit to coming back to the blog. 

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself. Andy Warhol


Lot’s has changed at Casa IPG since you have last checked in!  And since IPG last checked in.  I guess the biggest change would be that we have a new addition.  He is 3 months old and 2 feet tall!  I will post some pictures of him up shortly.  

One of our members has been evicted as well.  Brother in law moved out last February.  He had a new son of his own who is 3 month older than our new addition.

SD is in high school now.    If you can believe it…  She is doing well, adjusting to her classes!  She made the volleyball team.  Note to self post some pics of her in her uniform.    She also stays with her dad and I a lot more than she used to do.  



So let me jump right in.  I don’t want to be one of those moms that brag incessantly about their kids.  Yawnville.  However and this is just between us.  Airplane (Dear Son) has recently started smiling.  He also is so much more alert now.  He was 4 weeks premature so he had to find his voice so to speak.  Today he looked in the mirror and smiled at himself the first time.  I could die it was so cute.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Dear Twins

Dear baby(s):

I believe you are in there growing things.  I know the tests said no, but I don’t believe it.  I know you both are there producing toenails maybe.  You are smaller than rice at this point I think.  I know you guys managed to bury into my lining.  I know you have.  I have to believe it.

I had a manic insane day and I just know you are there.  I know you are waiting for the right time for me to find out about you.  Darling twins please be alive.  Please be healthy.  My beautiful boys I love you.  Please pull through for mama.

The decades have not brought me here.
The way was unmarked. No amount of signs
would guide me to this place — well, why not just say it
— to you. I am all in. You are what I’ve come for.  Suzanne Finnamore



Update-Airplane was born on June 9 2011 at 4:03 PM Pacific Time he managed to make it.  His twin did not implant. 

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Silence is golden ... but duct tape is silver. Unknown

This is what I did today

Friday, September 17, 2010

A dirty bird can't fly with a broken wing! Who dat!


So what I do is I make sure that everything is all in order with work.  Then I furiously research my little endeavor.  I am pretty excited about this new business.  I am ready to get the legal paperwork done so that I can get this business off the ground.   I love when I get excited about an idea.  I try to draw everyone in and get them to feed on my excitement.  

I was running around the house like a Heisman Trophy today.  I had so much on my plate, and I had so much to do.  This is not the first stressful day now that the fall semester is in the full swing of things, and I am sure it will not be the last.  

I am off in a puff of smoke to Hawaii on Saturday.  Family time!  I get to spend some time with the ‘rents.   
I need to take a second to Kvetch a teeny bit about my brother in law.  My brother in law was laid off in September, 2009.  And by February he had not been able to find a job in Texas.  My husband and I believe in doing the right thing.  We do the right thing even when we don’t want to do the right thing sometimes.  We both operate under the belief that for those God has given much he expects much.  And my husband and I are blessed.  We have a beautiful marriage, a wonderful life, a healthy (step) daughter, financial stability, fulfilling careers, our own health, a fabulous family, and an amazing home…just to name a few things.  Anyway, we asked my brother in law to come live with us until February, 2011 to help him get on his feet.

Now mind you he pays no rent, no bills, and does not buy food.  We provide all of that.  Generally speaking he helps out around here when we need some help, but not always.   NOW comes the whining part my brother in law cannot handle his business.  He can’t prioritize.  He is unable to accomplish what needs to be done to get ahead.    And while this should be none of my business this drives me INSANE!  I am not sure where my brother in law will be moving when February 12, 2011 rolls around.  But when he does I will be happy to stop worrying about folks that do not take care of business.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Because I missed him this weekend

The best day wasn't
that Thursday when you met me
That was just a start

Day of wedding bells
when you promised to love me
That was the best day

Your dreams my hopes- ours
pursuing goals chasing dreams
We did it together

Five years of marriage
Thousands of I love yous now
And we still love each other

Beautiful world, ours
Loving everyday together
In our own bubble

Then you say to me
I could never be happier
We are so lucky

It was your idea
The wonderful life together
I am glad you asked

I see a pattern
You love me, I love you
Doesn't matter which

Trying to explain
to everyone else around us
They can’t understand us

It will always be
Just you and me together
Loving each other

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Mixing the personal with the professional a bit

I am starting a new business.  I am wrapping up all the legal legwork that I need to incorporate.  Once all the lawyers say I am good I need to hire an artist.  If you or someone you know would be interested in being the artist for my project then I have an ongoing contract for you.

I am looking to build a business relationship for an ongoing project that has major potential to expand nationally.  If you are interested please send me your portfolio in addition to your resume for review.  If you do not have a portfolio I am going to need to at least see samples of your work.  This is a telecommute position.  This position will start in early October.  

Here is what happens…your body gets older. But your mind stays the same. Maybe.



I was out tonight.  Bey is out of town.  And I am busy running around going out like I am in college.  (not really)  Example 1.) I left the house at 8 o’clock (at Auburn I never went out before 10:30) .  Example 2.)  I went to dinner first (at Auburn I could not afford to go out and go to dinner).  Example 3.) I am already home (at Auburn it was a bad night if I was home at 12:45 AM.  Nevertheless let me live my dream.  I decided while I was out it is a strange strange strange world we are living in. 
Call me na├»ve but I have never seen one of those crazy vapor cigarettes before.  I was mesmerized and asked a million questions about them.*  Additionally I met the band that was playing live out tonight.  They played some classic rock that I did.  After their set I talked to them.  In the past I would have been too busy running my mouth to talk to the band.  BUT tonight was surreal.  I couldn’t help feeling like it was last summer and Bey was going to be stuck in Mississippi.  That is how it felt all last summer.  Surreal and frustrating.  It shouldn’t feel like that now since my life is perfect.  Bey is here, we have a wonderful home, and we are never going to be separated for a long time ever again.  So it was crazy I felt like that.  Overall the evening was a success.  Perfect time for getting together with all of my friends.

*Ridiculous since I don’t even smoke, but I was fascinated by the blue light!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Always kiss like it is the first time and the last time ♥


I miss my darling boy.  He ran off to the Auburn game without me.  In all fairness he asked me to go.  I have been too exhausted and have piles of work to do.  I am developing some classes which means I have extra piles that I do not generally have.  No big deal, but it makes it difficult to travel. 

One of my BFF’s called off her wedding last week.  She and I have not had the opportunity to really dig in to what is going on with that although to be fair I should have seen it coming.  My other BFF is getting married October 16.  I just got her invitation my dress should be done being altered on Monday. 

I hate Bey being gone.  I miss him and it feels like last year when he was stuck in Mississippi and I was stuck here.  He will be here on Sunday, and it can not come soon enough. 

Thursday, September 9, 2010

There Are No Good Girls Gone Wrong - Just Bad Girls Found Out ~ Mae West ♥

The refi is almost done.  I got our appraisal back, and who hoo!  I believe we will close at the end of the month.   Here is the deal.  Last year we got a 30 year mortgage with a 5 percent interest rate.  It was a great rate at the time, and I was pretty happy.  However I stay on rate alert, and last week 15 year mortgages came at 3.65 percent.  So I said to Bey…let’s refinance.  A 15 year mortgage at 3.65 percent is way better than a 30 year at 5 percent.  We decided to go ahead and put another chunk of money down on the house and ta da the payment is almost the same!  

I did the math ( right now Bey and I are on target to pay off our home September 2013).  Based on that target we will save 16,000 dollars by doing this refinance.  If we were to wait and pay the house off in 15 years we would save over 169,000 dollars in interest over the 30 year loan. 
Other than boring finances Bey leaves tomorrow to go to Mississippi.  I am buried and leaving for Hawaii soon so no Auburn football for me. 

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

I fought the law and I won! :)

Two exciting pieces of information one I believe I mentioned that we fought Maricopa County in court and won on our Tax valuation.  It helps to have a lawyer for a daddy.  The second important piece of information is that the news is going to come out and interview me at my lovely home because of my accomplishment.  It was very easy.  Fighting and winning against the big bad county, but several people have tried and not everyone wins.  I will be on the Thursday night news being interviewed and asked to explain my process.  I am pretty excited.  This is the second time I have been on the news since being in Phoenix.  The first time I was on Fox news at 4, 5,6 by myself and 9 and 10 with the lovely Bey.  We were on the news because we are Saints fans living in Cardinal country. 

Of course as soon as I found out that I was going to be interviewed I called my daddy and thanked him again for his help in all things legal in my life.  : )

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Things have been ok for me except that I'm a zombie now. - Jonathan Coulton

This week has been an improvement to last week.  I have spent the entire week kicking it via the phone to my BFF.  I wish we lived closer.  However it is great to catch up.  Our roommate from college had a baby this week.  Of course we talked about all those "glory days" when we were at Auburn.  While I have to say that I am pretty high up on the happiness Richter scale these days nothing compares to those carefree days at Auburn.  Best times of my life. 

Speaking of good times at some point is all of our adult lives we have to start growing up.  Unfortunately that time is getting close for me awfully soon.  I have enjoyed all this Peter Pan time....now it is time to grow.