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Saturday, December 27, 2008

New Years Resolutions

Okay so for a refresher here's last years resolutions(or this  years since it's not 2009 yet).
1. Stick with this years resolutions.
2. Lose weight, the number on the scale is getting too scary for me.
3. Get organized, I'm tired of never being able to find anything.
4. Start having mother/daughter days...us girls really need to stick together as we are outnumbered in this house and I'm hoping a little more individual time will help her moods more (I think some of her mood swings/tantrums are just for attention and not because she's truly mad or frustrated at anyone).
5. Find a babysitter for at least one evening a month so I can date my husband. Or at least another couple in the same boat who would like to trade babysitting duties so we each can go out once a month with out having to pay outrageous fees for a babysitter.
Well...number one was blown out of the water rather quickly.  Number two I did, somewhat.  I lost some weight, maybe not as much as I would of liked but I did manage to lose and keep off about 12lbs.  Number four, I still need to work on that one.  It's getting hard to do it 'cause dd is always at her friends houses anymore.  Number five...well we went out once this past year...work christmas parties count as dates right. Oh I forgot about three, well obviously it seems, organization is still not my strong point.
For 2009 I'm keeping it real short and sweet. My goals this year are:
1.  Continue to try to get in shape
Losing weight is not going to be my goal, fitness and a healthier body is.  Losing weight should be a nice by product of getting in shape and being healthier but it will not be my priority.
2.  Keep my kitchen clean and as clutter free as possible.
  Not my whole house, just one room.  I'm hoping if I can do one room and keep it looking great my family will catch on with the rest of the house.  If not, well at least I'll have a clean kitchen where I can find stuff I need to fix healthy, great-tasting meals.

See I'm trying to keep my goals small and simple enough that with the kids, the dogs, work and school I should still be able to obtain them.  I'll many other goals throughout the year.  I just can't let the New Year begin with out a clear start to where I would like to finish and my other goals would take to much time and thought right now.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Stupid, Greedy, People

Last week I posted my boxer Lucy on Craigslist.  After weeding through all the emails I chose someone who I thought would give her a good home.  When I drove over an hour to meet her and give her Lucy she was talking about how they had everything set up and her daughter had picked out clothes for Lucy and how excited they were that Lucy was coming to live with them.  Well today on kijiji.com I saw and ad for a 1 year old white boxer, I click on it and there's Lucy's face staring back at me chained up outside.  She has unique marking so I know it was her and for 100.00 adoption fee!!! Ugh I just hate greedy people and I hate that I fell for someone else's scam.  I bet she just scours craigslist looking for free puppies, kitties and dogs and then sells them on another ad sight after she gets them and win's over their previous owners.  I doubt she will answer the email I sent her and I hope karma bites her in the ass for her treatment of people and their pets.  I didn't give Lucy away lightly and I miss her greatly.  So goddess watch over Lucy and see that she goes to people who will love her and treat her as the diva she is.

Friday, December 19, 2008

What's Happening?

Not a lot here actually.  Well there's always something going on, but not too much to blog about I guess.  Last weekend we went to hubby's christmas party.  His boss had it at one of the casino's.  Free booze, free food, loud music and a bunch of goofy ironworkers.  My hubby won my xmas present.  I know what it is but I won't put it on here so it's a surprise for ya'll.   I haven't taken it and played with it or looked closely at it even so I can have something to unwrap xmas morning.  I usually know what my gift is every year anyway.  Hubby isn't too good at shopping for me, he'd rather just give me some money and have me get it myself.  
Anyway just not too much to blog about just yet.  I start classes in just under a month, kids get out for xmas break in about an hour.  They go back Jan. 5th, so two weeks with the kiddies home, yeah.  

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Guild Wars

Anyone play this....I'm in the middle of downloading a trial version.  The graphics seem pretty I'm hoping it's not too hard to play.  I'm thinking I may not like it 'cause even though I do like a lot of rpg type games I don't like playing games like WOW where I have to deal with people...especially rude/mean people.  Because, mean people scare me.  I want a game that's fun and I can do it pretty much all by myself unless I choose to get into a group with someone.  Everyone I know and their uncle plays WOW.  I don't think I know anyone who plays Guild Wars.  I think that's why I'm leaning towards it.  Anyway, I'm waiting for it to finish downloading.  I downloaded it (or part of it I guess) made my character and now it's downloading more. I'm glad I'm on broadband or I would of gave it up about 5 minutes ago.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Xmas Cards

I bought xmas/greeting cards....maybe this year I'll actually get them out in the mail.  Years past I get as far as the addressing, signing and stuffing/sealing them and then I stack them on my desk and by July they are just tossed in the trash.  I'm horrible I know.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Sometimes I Wonder...

...why I even bother to decorate my house.  On Thanksgiving I had cleaned off my table, put down a pretty runner, had a pretty bowl full of pecans and the pretty goblets my friend had bought me.  It looked so nice.  Then I leave the room only to come back and find someone had spilled root beer all over everything and left it there.  It's not the spilling of the soda that upset me, accidents happen, but to spill it and leave the mess there staining my new table runner.  
Now yesterday, I dug out the tree and christmas decorations.  Went to the stores to get some more pretties for the tree.  Put the tree and lights up, turning my fingers beet red putting up outside lights in 30 degree temperatures (it may of been forty but it seemed to get colder and colder each time I stepped outside).  Had everything looking so festive and pretty by the time the kiddies got home from school.  I was so proud of myself and in a great mood.  Kiddies come home and start messing around the tree.  I tell them just to leave it alone and just look at it.  They are not home more then 45 minutes when I hear a crash as I look in dread to the living room.   The tree is now laying on it's side and everyone is saying "I didn't do it".  I try to stand it back up only to have it fall to the other side.  Tears coming to my eyes with every sound of breaking glass balls.  I got pissed to say the least.  I couldn't even stand to look at my children, if they would of just stood back and admired the tree it would of been fine.  No, they had to touch it, put paper and other odd items on it, arrange the ornaments so the tree was no longer balanced.   I didn't go back into the living room until Hubby got home, I just couldn't face the destruction.  
Now my tree is back up, not quite as pretty as it was.  The garland is still in disarray, the ornaments aren't as space out as they were, the tree is a little squashed looking(being that it's fake and it's fell twice in one day).  I'm going to try and smile and get over it, but it sucks that it seems every time, every single time I try to make my house look nice...someone comes around and end of story.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Wii Had a good Thanksgiving

Not a great one, I would of had the day off work if it was a great one.  All in all though, it was really good.  I went and worked 8 hours at the nursing home came home and finished the dinner.  Hubby cooked the Turkey and boiled the taters for mashed taters.  I made my pies on Wednesday.  So we had green bean casserole, a cheesy broccoli dish, mashed taters and gravy, turkey, rolls (homemade of course ;) and for dessert we had pumpkin, pecan and apple pies.  Nope not all super healthy and none of it diet friendly but it was soooo good.  After we ate we all took turns on the Wii for about 2 hours or more (I think it was more) playing Wii Sports, so I burned off a portion of the calories I consumed and had a lot of fun doing it.
I need to make an amendment to my last post...I couldn't get into Micro.  apparently my Chemistry and Biology classes have different names so they didn't transfer over to this college.  It's funny how this all works out.  Since my Biology class was like intro to biology instead of Biology 1 they didn't transfer the credit as a biology class, instead they put it as an elective(same with Chemistry).  I hate when colleges do that.  Anyway so no Microbiology.  Instead I found the Nutrition class I was looking for.  It's an online class(like I was telling the lady that the other guy had told me), the advisor couldn't find it and so assumed it wasn't being offered.  I found it though when I was online registering my classes.  Amazing isn't it.  
Well everyone have a great weekend.  I'm going to be working all weekend looking forward to Monday so I can dig out all my Xmas decorations.  I'm going to put up two trees this year I think.  Just because I can.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

A College Student...again

I got my classes picked out and hopefully registered.  I have to bring in proof that I've had a mmr shot and that'll all be done for sure.  I think it's silly to require adults to bring in immunization records....I'm actually surprised I still have mine...it's only 30 years old now.  
Anyway I'm taking a full load I have Intermediate Algebra, History 2, English Composition 2,and  Microbiology.  Hopefully I can make it through all right. Well I probably won't post anything till sometime after Thursday so I hope everyone has a good week and eats lots of good food.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Happy Birthday Bobby!

A very happy birthday to my oldest son.  12, I can't believe it...what makes it worse it means in one more year I'll have a teenager in my household.  Nope I'm so not ready for all that entails.    I think the teenage years with this won't be too bad though.  This is my easiest going child.   He doesn't ask for much, tries the best he can (most times, he can be lazy he is a kid).  He likes to please people.  He's just all around a great kid.  He has a vivid imagination and wants to grow to be a game designer/creator or whatever they're called.  I have to make this short and sweet this morning as I got to get ready for work.  But here's a pic of my handsome boy (in that sweet freckle faced Opie Taylor sorta way).

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Happy Birthday Hubby

33 years ago today your parents gave birth to a boy who would grow to be the greatest husband, daddy, friend, man on Earth (my opinion yes but it's my blog so that's the only opinion that matters here).  You are the best no matter what you might think.  You're the one everyone goes to when they need an ear to bend.  You're the one everyone turns to when they are having troubles.  Kids, not just ours, love you.  When I'm hurt or sick or just tired your willing to help out.  I'm still working on getting you to do the dishes more then once every couple of months.  I figure though if after 12 1/2 years of marriage I haven't managed that then it's pretty much set in the way it is.  It's all right I love you anyway.  You encourage me to follow my dreams of finishing college, no matter the costs and how long it takes.  You support every hobby I take up.  You love me even though I'm not as skinny as I was when we met, I rank right up there with the world's worst housekeepers, I'm also with the world's worst procrastinators and all those forgetful people.  
You love me, you tease me, you wrestle, we bicker, we rarely argue, you compliment me only when I deserve it, you keep me grounded, you lift me up.  I can't go all day without at least hearing your voice.  
I'm so glad your parent's brought you into this world.  I really should be sending them thank you cards every year on your birthday.  Happy 33rd birthday hunny.
I couldn't find a better picture, so everyone enjoy this pic of my hubby, our daughter and fish, lol.

Monday, November 17, 2008

I'm Thirty !!!??

I thought I would be so much further in life by the time I reached the grand age of 30.  I had figured I would be completely done with college.  We would own a house and nice cars (well half of that is done I guess, we have a house we're buying).  Our debt's would be minimal (well, compared to some people I guess we aren't too bad, I'm sure there is someone worse off).  
It just seems like I've accomplished nothing.  I've started a lot of stuff, but never finished.  Yeah, yeah...I have four great kids and a wonderful husband.   That's not things I've done on my own.  Besides the kids are not grown yet, I still have 6-10 years or so to screw them up.  I would like to say I'm so glad I'm reaching the old age of 30 and I feel like I've done so well.  I can't though.  I feel like my twenties were wasted and I've done nothing but got fat.  So my goals for the next ten years are:
1.  not to repeat same mistakes of last ten years
2.  finish college, completely, all the way to master's degree
3.  learn to keep house (yea my house stays trashed most of the time and I need to quit expecting that one day magically my kiddies will pick up after themselves)

That's it, 3 things.  I figure if I can accomplish those three things(well I forgot to say lose weight and get in shape but I think I can lump that in with number 1) I well feel much better about 40 then 30...maybe not 40's a pretty scary number as well.  I'll deal with that when I get there.

Oh btw, my baby sis has made me a quilt for my birthday.  It's beautiful, I love handmade, homemade gifts.  The thought that someone took their time, their money and made me something just because is just wonderful.  Now I feel super guilty about not getting her anything...I'll have to make it up next year.  Check my quilt out at her site HERE

Thursday, November 13, 2008

I Feel Better...

...after meeting with the admissions counselor at Baptist College of Health Sciences.  The required gpa to get in was 2.5, mine was like 2.38, now don't that just suck.  I missed it by .2.   Good new is all I got to do is continue with my plan to go to Dyersburg State this spring and take College Algebra, Eng. Comp 2 (which I thought I already took and passed that one, but oh well) and Nutrition.  I have to pass Algebra with a B, and the other two with A's and that'll bring my gpa up to a 2.6 and then I take the HOBET and can start BCHS next fall.  I plan on taking a full load this spring so that'll add about one more class (if these three are worth 3 credits each that's 9 so I can take another 3-4 credit class and have a full load without, hopefully, stretching myself too thin).
That's the plan anyway.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Wordless Wednesday

I hadn't done a WW in a while so here ya go, some fungi I thought looked interesting.


For more Wordless Wednesdays go HERE


Monday, November 10, 2008

It's Done!!

Well almost, I've still got to block but hey it's off the needles.  Here's some pics for your viewing pleasure.


Okay ignore the crappy hair and tired face, I have worked today, I'm tired and my hair spent like 9 hours pulled back into a ponytail.  So this is the best you are gonna get. It's also hard to smile when your trying to take a picture of yourself.
Ooh yes aren't scrubs sexy...okay so this isn't about the scrubs.  It's all about the scarf.  I've still got to block it, so it'll end up a little longer when I'm done.  I love how I almost look thin in this picture.  I see more scarves in my future, lol.  I also see a little man's tummy in the background.



Sunday, November 09, 2008

Fun with Quizzes, or what I do when I'm bored

Your result for The Best Thing About You Test...

Honesty

Honesty is your greatest virtue.


Honesty is the human quality of communicating and acting truthfully.  This includes listening, and any action in the human repertoire — as well as speaking.  And you? You cannot tell a lie. Both loved ones and strangers should trust you, because you won't (1) lie, (2) lie via omission, or (3) sit there and let lies be told.  (Can you even let a sleeping dog lie?)  All 7 virtues are a part of you, but your honesty runs deepest.


Your biggest risk is hurting the feelings of your most sensitive friends.  However, most appreciate you for your candor.


Honest famous person:  George Washington, if you believe the propaganda.


Your raw relative scores follow.  0% is low, and 100% is perfect, nearly impossible.  Note that I pitted the virtues against each other, so in some way these are relative scores. It's impossible to score high on all of them, and a low score on one is just relatively low compared to the other virtues.


        YOUR VIRTUES


        70% Compassion


        22% Intelligence


        75% Humility


        89% Honesty


        63% Discipline


        0% Courage


        33% Passion

Take The Best Thing About You Test at HelloQuizzy

Hmmm I don't know if I like the results of this next test...it's probably correct though, lol.

Your result for The Brutally Honest Personality Test...

Freak- INFJ

27% Extraversion, 60% Intuition, 40% Thinking, 80% Judging


Well, well, well. How did someone like you end up with the least common personality type of them all? In a group of 100 Americans, only 0.5 others would be just like you. You really are one of a kind... In fact, I do believe that that's one of the definitions for the word "FREAK."

Freak's not such a bad word to describe you actually.


You are deep, complex, secretive and extremely difficult to understand. If that doesn't scream "Freak!" I don't know what does. No-one actually knows the REAL you, do they?


You probably have deep interests in creative expression as well as issues of spirituality and human development.


You've probably even been called a "psychic" before, because of your uncanny knack to understand and "read" people without quite knowing how you do it. Don't fret. You're not actually psychic. That would make you special and you'll never accomplish that.


You're also quite possible the most emotional of them all, so don't take this all too hard. Nevertheless you most definitely have the strangest personality type and that's not necessarily a good thing.


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If you enjoyed that test, make sure you check out my latest venture: The Presidential Capacity Quiz - It's much shorter, just as fun and just as accurate. Find out how far you would get in the race for President. Are you fit to rule the free world?


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If you want to learn more about your personality type in a slightly less negative way, check out this.


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The other personality types are as follows...


Pushover - Introverted Sensing Feeling Judging


Criminal - Introverted Sensing Thinking Perceiving


Borefest - Introverted Sensing Thinking Judging


Almost Perfect - Introverted iNtuitive Feeling Perceiving


Freak - Introverted iNtuitive Feeling Judging


Loser - Introverted iNtuitive Thinking Perceiving


Crackpot - Introverted iNtuitive Thinking Judging


Clown - Extraverted Sensing Feeling Perceiving


Sap - Extraverted Sensing Feeling Judging


Commander - Extraverted Sensing Thinking Perceiving


Do Gooder - Extraverted Sensing Thinking Judging


Scumbag - Extraverted iNtuitive Feeling Perceiving


Busybody - Extraverted iNtuitive Feeling Judging


Prick - Extraverted iNtuitive Thinking Perceiving


Dictator - Extraverted iNtuitive Thinking Judging

Take The Brutally Honest Personality Test at HelloQuizzy



Your result for The Kinkyness Test...

Pretty kinky!

Grats! You're 53% kinky!


You kinkscore is pretty high. Most likely you're up for trying anything at least once, which show open-mindedness. You're probably a great lay, so just keep doing that thing you do!

Take The Kinkyness Test at HelloQuizzy

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Yeah

Go Obama!!!

I got rice cooking in the microwave 
Got a three day beard I don't plan to shave 
And it's a goofy thing but I just gotta say 
Hey I'm doing alright 

Yeah I think I'll make me some homemade soup 
Feelin pretty good and that's the truth 
It's neither drink nor drug induced 
No I'm just doin alright

And it's a great day to be alive 
I know the sun's still shinin when I close my eyes 
There's some hard times in the neighborhood 
But why can't every day be just this good?

It's been fifteen years since I left home 
Said good luck to every seed I'd sown
Give it my best and then I left it alone 
Oh...I hope their doin alright

Now I look in the mirror and what do I see? 
A lone wolf there starin back at me
Long in the tooth but harmless as can be
Lord I guess he's doin alright

And it's a great day to be alive 
I know the sun's still shinin when I close my eyes 
There's some hard times in the neigborhood 
But why can't every day be just this good?

Sometimes it's lonely
Sometimes it's only me 
And the shadows that fill this room
Sometimes I'm fallin 
Desperately callin 
Howlin at the moon...
Ahwoo!
Ahwoo!

Well I might go get me a new tattoo 
Or take my old Harley for a three day cruise 
Might even grow me a Fu Man Chu...
Oh Aww!

And it's a great day to be alive 
I know the sun's still shinin when I close my eyes 
There's some hard times in the neighborhood 
But why can't every day be just this good?

And it's a great day to be alive 
I know the sun's still shinin when I close my eyes 
There's some hard times in the neigborhood 
But why can't every day be just this good?


It's a Great Day to be Alive~Travis Tritt

I've had that song in my head all day today.  Maybe it has something to do with last night's election results.  I just hope the electoral college agrees with the popular vote.  We'll find out soon enough I suppose.
Not only was last night amazing,  I have taken a step (yea, yet another one) towards my career/education goals.   I was going to go for an EMT course this spring, but after finding out that I have to wait till fall for that I looked some more.  So, scanning the course catalog online I saw that this particular college has a pre-nursing track.  Well that'll work.  I was looking at the classes for it and saw that I have several done already.  So instead of 2 years I may be able to get it done in about a year and a half as long as I do summer semester.  This will take a year and a half to two years off my bachelors in nursing degree.  
Today really hasn't been exceptional or anything.  It has been good though and I feel good about everything today.  I've also lost 4lbs so that feels good as well.  I think I'll hurry the kiddies through their homework so we can go outside and play catch or ride bikes or something.  It's suppose to rain tomorrow, but today is beautiful.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

No Halloween ?

It appears my kiddies school no longer recognizes Halloween as a holiday.  Apparently not everyone celebrates it so to make those who don't celebrate it happy they are not doing any Halloween parties, costume parades or the like.  So I think in all fairness they out to do the same for other holidays that not everyone celebrates.  Thanksgiving is only celebrated in the U.S. so it probably should be shot down as just another day since it's not a worldwide holiday.  Not everyone celebrates Christmas so that should be just another day (hell it would save me at least 20 bucks[5.00 per kid for the present exchanges] if they would cancel Christmas celebrations at school).  Valentines day...what a phony holiday I definitely would not mind not having to buy about 100 valentine cards for my kids to give to people in their class that they probably do not wish were their sweetheart.
So for my own little agenda I think I'll tell the teachers (when the time comes) that my kids will not be participating in Valentines day at school.  Now at home we will be making treats and homemade cards to send to close friends and family...you know people we actually care about, not some snotty nosed little brat who throws spitballs in peoples hair.  Sounds fair to me.  If they cancel one holiday they should cancel others...'cause there is always people who a certain holiday means a lot for.   Halloween is important to me, so I will continue to celebrate it with my family.  We will continue to go out trick-or-treating and knocking on strangers doors for treats.  It's fun, it's the start of Samhain and again it's fun.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

New Hobby





Sorry for the crappy picture.  Hopefully Hubby will get me a new camera for my bday next month...I just have to show him which one I want ;) .  I'm getting him a video chair that costs nearly 200.00 he can spend about that much on me, right.  Anyway there is my new hobby.  I was cold yesterday and something knitted sounded so nice and warm.  So I ran down to Wally World to get a space heater and knitting needles and yarn.  It's gonna be a scarf and the blue is much prettier then what showed up in that pic.  It's says Ocean on the package.  What else is cool is that the yarn is made from recycled plastic bottles and it's actually really soft (well softer then the Red Heart yarn).  Well have to make this short and sweet as it's time to get the kiddies on the bus.  In 29 degree weather...brrrr.

Monday, October 27, 2008

No, No, Noooo


Can you see those low temps...yea the ones in the low 30s.  I'm so not ready for those.  I'm especially not ready for this little tidbit from the weather service
 "
Issued by The National Weather Service
Memphis, TN 
3:57 am CDT, Mon., Oct. 27, 2008

FREEZE WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY MORNING... ... FREEZE WATCH IN EFFECT FROM LATE TUESDAY NIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING... 

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MEMPHIS HAS ISSUED A FREEZE WATCH... WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM LATE TUESDAY NIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING. 

A FREEZE WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY MORNING. 

LATE TONIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY MORNING... TEMPERATURES AT OR BELOW FREEZING... MAINLY BETWEEN 28 AND 32 DEGREES... ARE LIKELY FOR 1 TO 4 HOURS BETWEEN 1 AM AND 9 AM CDT. THE COLDEST READINGS WILL BE IN RURAL VALLEYS. PATCHY FROST CAN BE EXPECTED. 

TUESDAY NIGHT INTO WEDNESDAY MORNING... COLDER CONDITIONS AND WIDESPREAD FROST WITH LOWS MAINLY IN THE 25 TO 31 DEGREE RANGE CAN BE EXPECTED. SUB-FREEZING TEMPERATURES CAN BE EXPECTED 4 TO 8 HOURS BETWEEN 1 AM AND 9 AM CDT. THESE LOW TEMPERATURES MAY END THE GROWING SEASON. 

A FREEZE WATCH MEANS SUB-FREEZING TEMPERATURES ARE POSSIBLE. THESE CONDITIONS COULD KILL CROPS AND OTHER SENSITIVE VEGETATION. 
More Information

... THE COLDEST AIR SO FAR THIS FALL WILL BRING SUB-FREEZING TEMPERATURES TO THE MIDSOUTH AND FORECAST AREA... 

.MUCH COLDER AIR WILL CONTINUE TO MOVE INTO THE MIDSOUTH AND FORECAST AREA THROUGH WEDNESDAY AS STRONG CANADIAN HIGH PRESSURE BUILDS INTO THE AREA. AREAS NORTH OF A FORREST CITY ARKANSAS TO MEMPHIS TO SAVANNAH TENNESSEE LINE WILL LIKELY EXPERIENCE TEMPERATURES AT OR BELOW 32 DEGREES LATE TONIGHT INTO TUESDAY MORNING AS WINDS SLOWLY DIMINISH AND HIGH PRESSURE BUILDS IN FROM THE NORTHWEST. AS HIGH PRESSURE MOVES OVERHEAD TUESDAY NIGHT INTO WEDNESDAY MORNING... A WIDESPREAD FREEZE CAN BE EXPECTED ACROSS THE ENTIRE MIDSOUTH AND FORECAST AREA WHICH WILL LIKELY END THE GROWING SEASON ACROSS THE REGION."

Nope definitely not ready for that.  Most of my plants are ready for the end of the growing season.  Pretty much all except for my loofah gourds that decided not to do anything but vine until the beginning of this month when it decided to bloom.  Now that winter is fast approaching it has decided to make it's gourds.   So tonight I'll be covering as much of the vine as I can in order to hopefully protect it for a few more weeks.  Luckily our daytime temps are in 50s and 60s it looks like so maybe, if it can hold out a few more weeks, I can get one gourd off the plant.  I think I'll get some seeds and start some indoors for next spring.  It's taken this particular plant about 6 months before doing anything.  So I'm thinking if I start it indoors now I can have it produce sooner next year.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

What I Wouldn't Give For a...

...vanilla shake.  Made just perfect (for me) where it's not so thin your just drinking milk and not so thick that you need a spoon to drink(eat?) it with.  That would feel so good right now.  As my throat feels like I've been swallowing hot broken glass, with a bit of sand thrown in for good measure.  Add in a low temp (only 100 right now) and Hubby being out of town till tomorrow night.  What a great couple days off I'm having right now.  I'm hoping that this is only a short lasting bug and by morning I'll be at least 50 percent better.

Friday, October 03, 2008

Happy Birthday Son-o-mine


I know this is a day early, but I got to work and then do your birthday so I won't have time tomorrow to post this.  So I wish you, my dear son, a happy 9th birthday.  
You might be my middle son, but your the one who does things first.  You held your head up sooner then any of your siblings(or any other baby I know) at 2-3 weeks.  You were crawling by 4 months and pulling yourself up into a standing position.  You were walking by 8 months (when the rest of your siblings waited till around a year).  Shoot you were the first to get tonsillitis (and you got that the first time at 18 months).  To this day you have to be the first, the best and I love you for it.  I love that you keep going till you achieve your goals.  I love that you have set reasonable life goals already (he says he wants to be an Ironworker, a mechanic and have 6 or 7 kids...I say good luck and hope you don't mind hardwork, lol). 
Now that you've reached the grand age of 9 years you can slow down a bit and enjoy what's left of your childhood years, or at least slow down so I can enjoy what's left of your childhood years.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Wordless Wednesday



Just thought this smoke cloud was kinda neat.  The pic is crooked 'cause I was snapping the pic while I was driving.


Friday, September 26, 2008

Thursday, September 25, 2008

WooHoo

Gonna get a new bike.  Well, new to me anyway.  I'll post more later, hubby wants me to just buy myself another bike so maybe I'll quit looking at bicycles online.  I told him it was bike porn...like here:  http://www.trekbikes.com . The one I'm getting isn't one of these but it's a bike.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Drama, Drama Everywhere and Not a Care to Spare

I'm tired of it... I graduated high school over 11 years ago now and am done with it.  Lately drama has been coming out of the cracks in the sidewalk.  If it's not from people fussing about piddly shit at work, it's family members fussing and feuding.   I'm tired of hearing it.  If I want drama I'll turn on the tellie and watch CSI or E.R. or something.  If you want to call and tell me that so and so is doing great or about some new recipe or even ask a health question that you may think I (in my minuscule knowledge of health) may share some enlightenment on then , hey, call away.  I'm tired of the calls 'cause someone is doing this or that and you don't like all right that's good you don't like what they do here's some sage advise...tell them not me I'm not there I have no pull and ya'll are adults.  Same thing at work...well not really.
I wish at work people would just come in and do their job and go home get a paycheck and everyone is all happy happy joy joy.  Instead of grumbling that this section is so hard or that you've had the same section for two/three weeks, suck it up and thank the goddess that your the caretaker and not the one needing taking care of.  It's just a job.  I don't care that you don't like the way so and so works...it doesn't matter as long as you do YOUR job.  I know what I do at work, I know I get my shit done.  I'm more and happy to help anyone if needed and am very grateful when someone helps me.  I don't want to go to any supervisor and complain of some nonsense that isn't hurting anyone.  Now if a resident is being neglected because of it or a coworker has been injured mentally/physically then yea lets go and draw some attention to it.  Or even if there's a better way to do something that makes our jobs easier and faster (like hiring more people so you can have shower aides) then I'm all for it.
I'm done with drama (except for certain t.v. shows and movies).  In the words of Thumper "If ya can't say anything nice....then don't say anything at all. "
All and all when it comes to my coworkers and family members...they have their good points.   Sometimes you have to look very, very, very closely to find them.  That's what you have to do though...you have to step back when some one is busy pissin' in your Wheaties and you've had it up to your eyebrows with them and look.  Think about any positive things that person has done, if not for you personally they surely have done something for someone else.  How ever big or small...maybe they helped a lil 'ol lady across the street once or maybe they always open doors for people who have their hands full.  Just concentrate on the positive and stay back till you can hold a reasonable conversation with them.  It works.


Wednesday, September 17, 2008

I was hoping...

I get home, walk the dogs, kick shoes off, sit at the computer for minute.  Then I hear the bus going down the road so I get up grab a measuring/shaker cup thing to get some water ('cause I'm too tired..ahem, lazy...to rinse a regular cup...and I wonder where my kiddies get it from).  Then go sit on the folding chair on my front porch to watch the kids come up the driveway.  I was also thinking how hillbilly/redneck/hickish I must look sitting barefoot, in my scrubs, hair all awry, drinking out of a measuring cup (well at least it's water not beer or whiskey).  
Anyway, I'm sitting there watching the kiddies all get off the bus and head up the driveway and my daughter picks up the mail.  I notice as she gets closer that she's holding a big, white envelope.  Now I'm thinking "let it be from Baptist, let it be from Baptist".  Then I catch the front of the envelope " Yeah let it me a graduations student or something welcoming me to the college."  I tear it open all excited like... " ...thank you for your interest and your application to the College."  It's a damn letter saying basically we got your application now sit on your duff and wait for us to tell you if we get everything we need and if your accepted.  We'll let ya know sometime between now and infinity.  Well shoot.

Wordless Wednesday


Ivy the Goat
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Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Poor Neglected Bike

I bought this bike like two months or more ago with every intention to ride it nearly everyday and to work on weekends. I'm sorry to say for the last month it has sat in a corner in the den like a bad kid. So today I took him out (yes it's a "him" he's designed to be a man's bike and it just wouldn't be right to call it a her) and rode him down to my friend/neighbor's house. Wow could I feel that I haven't rode my bike in four weeks. I barely made it up the slight hill to her driveway and didn't even attempt to ride up her drive. On the way home it's mostly downhill till you get to my driveway and I made it almost to the top before I had to walk it. This sucks 'cause I was riding it all the way to the top of my drive, very slowly but I made it. I don't know if I was in the wrong gear or I'm that out of shape...it's probably both. So now I vow to ride my bike more often. I'm off to wally world to get some tools to fix the kids' bikes (they're having chain problems) so that they can ride with me.

Here's my bike, he's too big for me and I'm looking at getting one that fits better. Until I do, he'll do just fine.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

My Dear Children...

...you know I love you, or at least I hope you do. I know it's hard to tell when I'm harping on you to do your homework, finish your chores, please do your homework. It's hard to tell I love you when I'm yelling at you, for the 100th time, to quit hitting your brother(s)/sister, please do your homework...DO YOUR DAMN HOMEWORK. I love you even when I'm saying, why isn't the dishes done, how am I suppose to fix dinner(or insert meal here) when I have nothing to cook on(serve on, eat with) or when the stove is pile 10 inches high with pots and pans (but yet the sink is empty). I love you even when I'm screaming at you, trying to figure out why you feel it's okay to do everything I tell you (and that you should know by now ) not to do. I love you, even though you cannot go to your friend's house/birthday party/ Chuck E Cheese/get that game, etc...
It's hard for me to realize you love me sometimes as well. When I ask if your homework's done and you give me that what-are-you-talking-about look. I'm sometimes not sure you even care when I wash/fold/put away 6 loads of laundry only to find it all over the floor of the bedroom and your telling me you have nothing to wear. Do you care when I make cinnamon rolls and bread and cookies and when I ask for help in cleaning the kitchen you look at me like I just asked you if the moon was really made of cheese.
I wish you could feel how much I hurt emotionally and physically after a night like tonight when I've begged, pleaded, screamed, bargained and done nearly everything I could think of to get you to do an hours worth of schoolwork. Which, my dear daughter, you took 4 hours to complete. My dear middle son decided to waste that four hours and not even finish a third of yours. You make me feel so overwhelmed and stressed out that my gut hurts and all I want to do is crawl into bed and escape. Even now, an hour and a half passed your bedtime, you are giving me grief. Please explain to me why you cannot just simply go to bed when told. You know that 5 days a week you have to get up early in the morning and go to school. You know that 5 days a week I have to get up early and go to work. Yet you keep getting up and playing, asking for one more drink, having to bathroom for the umpteenth time, bothering your siblings, having to tell me or your father something that really could of waited till morning. You know that mommy doesn't seem to feel well most days lately, and still you go out of your way to push buttons. You cannot just simply do what your asked to do. Simple jobs. I try to never give you more then I think you could handle. Which means I never give you something to do that cannot be finished in no more then 20 minutes. Not counting homework...but one worksheet, one chapter, maybe two worksheets...should not take you more then an hour to complete.
I love you, my dear children. I really hope I can figure out a way to make ya'll listen to where we can have a harmonious household. I'm tired of yelling.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

My To Do List

I want to post something, but don't really have anything interesting in mind. So I'm posting a to do list of sorts of things I want to get done on my days off. Well since today is more then half over it might be moot, we'll see.
Here's what I would like to get done:

  1. Clean den
  2. Clean kitchen ('cause I know I have countertops in there somewhere)
  3. Clean off desk (so that I can put the top part on well top)
  4. Catch up laundry (including going through the kiddies clothes and getting rid of too small, too stained or just plain too ugly to wear to school clothes)
  5. Clean living room (may just let the kids do this one)
  6. Dig out woodworking/burning stuff and finish one or two
  7. Watch movie that I borrowed from coworker last week
  8. Clean my bedroom
  9. Bake something
  10. Have Ed McMahon show up with a million dollar check (shoot a 10,000 dollar check would work as well)

So far today I have finished...let's see...umm... nada, nothing, not a dang damn thing. I'm always so lazy on the first day when I have two days off. Then when the second day is a payday I end up spending half the day running around doing errands and usually there's a meeting to attend at work. If you see my house you'd agree that I really, really need to break this habit. In which Hubby has been doing as well. We both work a minimum of 40hrs a week and just get plain wore out. Kiddies are at school just as long and don't want to do much on their days off either. So we leave and go fishing, driving around, shopping anything to avoid the housework. It's a bad habit. I think I'll try to break it, but don't have no promises that I'll actually do it. I think I'll put the roast I have thawing out in the oven, start the movie and dig out my wood stuff. If I'm feeling real ambitious I could start a load of laundry...don't know about finishing it though.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Wordless Wednesday

Downtown Memphis....from my Hubby's point-of-view on the top of The Peabody Hotel.
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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Just Thought I Would Share

I got this in an email and even though I'm not homeschooling right now, I thought I would share it for people reading my blog who are.

I WILL SURVIVE (homeschool version)Originally written and produced by Freddie Perren and Dino FekarisOriginally performed by Gloria GaynorMercilessly altered with apologies by Natalie Criss
First I was afraid
I was petrified.
Kept thinking I could never teach'
Cause I'm not certified.
But we spent so many nights
Reteaching homework that was wrong
.I grew strong,
so now I teach my kids at home!
We study math and outer space.
I just kept on despite the fear with a big smile across my face.
I bought a set of Base Ten blocks.
I bought books with answer keys.
My parents think we're nuts,but they don't even bother me
Come on, let's go
walk out the door.
We're on the road now,
'cause we're not home much anymore
My friends would laugh and say we'd be unsocialized.
I heard one mumble that I'd give up by July.
Oh no, not I!
I will survive!
As long as I know how to read
I know we'll be alright.
I've got all my life to learn.
I've got energy to burn.
and I'll survive.
I will survive.
It took all the strength I had
not to fall apart.
Decided to attend a play date at the local park,
and I met oh so many moms
who offered eagerly to help.
They used to cry.
Now they hold their heads up high,
and so do we!
My kids are cool!
They're not those chained up little people
stuck inside at school.
So if you feel like dropping by
and just expect us to be free
you'd better call ahead first
'cause we're probably busy!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Sorry Kid, No More Peanut Butter for You

They have banned peanut butter at my kiddies school. Really sucks because probably about 3x a week my kids bring pb&j sandwiches or those pb&j crackers to school. Before they just had all the allergic kids sit at their own table away from everyone else. Now everyone must do with out it.
Yea I know it won't kill my kiddies to not eat pb on their pb&j sandwiches (it'll kill my wallet trying to find other acceptable foods and makes the pb&j just a "j" and less nutritious but ya know regular people don't count anymore). It sucks, money is tight right now. We send our kids with sack lunches 'cause it's cheaper then the school lunches and we don't qualify for any reduced lunch this year. I don't think they should stop at peanut butter though...I have a sister who is allergic to berries (eating just a few blackberries sent her to the e.r.), so based on that, I know there has got to be more people allergic to berries and so we should no longer allow any berries in the public school system. Oh and tomatoes...I've known several people who are allergic to tomatoes, so no more tomatoes or tomato products either. There are also wheat, gluten, yeast, corn and more allergies. So sorry kids all you get at school is water.
I know that's somewhat unreasonable. I know that just a trace amount of peanut butter can kill some people who are allergic (maybe they should all live on their own island...no no that's bad thinking). I just get tired of the whole catering to everyone thing. Before long peanuts, walnuts, cashews and every other type of nut will be eliminated from all stores, restaurants, home kitchens, etc... It doesn't seem unreasonable to not allow kids to bring in peanut butter products from home for their own, personal snack at school. But, if we are going to do that there then maybe people shouldn't bring peanut butter from home for work. All the restaurants, bakeries, fast food joints should stop using peanut/nuts and peanut oil. Then it continues and when does it start to become unreasonable. When do we decide that it's too much. I know parents of children who are allergic to food items think it's never too much. If I was one.....no I wouldn't, I wouldn't want to cause that much trouble for everyone else because of my kid. I would educate the teachers, schools, friends and so on. Most importantly, I would educate my kid. That is all you can do and is what you should do.
This is mostly ranting. I understand the reasoning, totally. I just don't have to like it. So I feed my kids peanut butter at home. They can have all the pb&j crackers, sandwiches, peanut butter cookies, bread, pancakes they want at home. They can have plain bread at school ( no meat, no cheese 'cause then I have to worry about refrigeration and bacteria and last I looked lockers are not kept at 40 degrees Fahrenheit and I don't trust ice packs). Yea this all just rubs me the wrong way can't ya tell. It'll be okay. I'll get over it and go on my own happy way.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Back-to-School

Today was the kiddies first day back to school. Well it's more of a registration day, they send all the kids for a half day to meet their teachers, find their classrooms, etc... Some people bussed their kids in for this, I drove mine in (along with my neighbor and her daughter).
We went in and found my dd's classroom first. Her teacher seemed nice if not a little standoffish. That was probably due to all the parents coming in and wanting to be able to say hi to everyone and show kids where to put their stuff and so on.
Next came my middle son's classroom. His teacher seemed okay. I think she was a bit disappointed that I had to take his folder with me. Darnit though I had to be at work as soon as I could and just did not have time to sit and fill out all those forms x4. Yes I know other parents were setting in the tiny desks doing it but I still had two other teachers (one of them in a different school) to meet. So I took the folder, let my son introduce himself to his teacher and find his seat. Gave him a hug bye and went on to find my youngest son's class.
His class was down this hall, across this hall, and up this hall. Hey there it is. His teacher was one of those overly happy type of teachers that little kiddies like but you wonder what exactly is in their drink on the desk. She seemed nice enough though.
Now we go to the after school area in the cafeteria to figure out how oldest son is suppose to get to the after school program. She smiles and says she doesn't remember the bus number. So we go to the table designated as the bus table and ask there. We find that out and shuffle out to the van.
We pull out of the parking lot take a right then a left go around the corner and up the hill. Pull in to the parking lot of the middle school, very slowly. See lots of trucks and suv's parked up over the curb in a grassy area. Say my van is not a truck so we're not going to attempt that and go on to find a parking spot in Australia (okay maybe not that far away...it was probably New Guinea). Go in to the great wall of print outs to search for oldest sons name. Find it and go down the nearest hallway assuming that this is the way we should head. After days of walking (okay so it was just a minute) we come to a crossroads. My neighbor and I and our kids look down one hall, then the other. We must of had that "I don't no where in the Hell I am and where in the Hell I'm suppose to go look" 'cause two or three people came up to ask us if we need help. We say we are looking for such and such room number and two people give us the answer. So we follow the pointing fingers and come to the end of the other hall. We must of still had the look 'cause another person asked us if we know where we were suppose to go. Of course now we confidently could say yes and found the classroom with no other problems. Oldest son's teacher seemed a little frazzled. She handed us a stack of papers, thanked us for coming, I left my son with a good bye have fun (can't hug middle schoolers ya' know...even though I almost made the faux pas of holding his hand in the parking lot, but quickly righted it before anyone saw).
Then I went and dropped my neighbor/friend off and her daughter off at their house and zoomed on in to work. To sit and worry hoping that the kiddies and their teachers remembered that they were suppose to go to the after school care and not ride the bus home. That's one of my fears...that the kids will be sent home and neither their daddy nor I will be there to meet them. So at about 12:30p I call my neighbor friend to see if the bus has gone by and if she saw the kids. She said it went by a long time ago and no sign of the kiddies so they must of gone where they were suppose to. Sucks to be a work away from mom sometimes. I don't know how many times I have fretted over things like that. Oh well, such is life...right.
Thursday is the first full day of school...they'll be riding the bus that day...so a little less worry.

Sunday, August 03, 2008

I Need a Vacation

I work all day in a breakneck run
Just to come home to another pile of work to be done
And all I wanna do is flop on the couch and die
Baby comes in he's give out too
I say "It's pizza or nothing.
And Trixie's all outta dog food"
I could just break right down and cry

I need a vacation from my life
Me and my husband we need a wife
Somebody who's sole ambition is laundry
I wanna fall asleep on "MY" patio swing
While somebody else does the dishes and cleans
Mariachi's could stroll through the yard and play softly
Wouldn't even have to leave 2523 General George Patton Drive
And I need a vacation from my life

Don't even get me started on Saturday's
All I do is rearrange the clutter
Hey, I invented shabby chic
Who wants to mow when it's so dang hot
Me and baby got a theory about our little half acre lot
If it blooms, it's not a weed

"OH" I need a vacation from my life
Me and my husband we need a wife
Somebody who's sole ambition is laundry
I wanna fall asleep on "MY" patio swing
While somebody else does the dishes and cleans
Mariachi's could stroll through the yard and play softly
Wouldn't even have to leave 2523 General George Patton Drive

Oh, I need a vacation from my life
Me and my husband we need a wife
Somebody who's sole ambition is laundry
I wanna fall asleep on my patio swing
While somebody else does the dishes and cleans
Mariachi's could stroll through the yard and play softly
Wouldn't even have to leave 2523 General George Patton Drive
I need a vacation from my life
"Oh i need a vacation from my life"
"that's Right"
I Need a Vacation...Rebecca Lynn Howard
This song as been going through my head over, and over, and over again lately. I work forty sometimes more hours a week...Hubby works closer to fifty or more hours a week. Kids are at daycare 3-4 days a week, depending on my work schedule. My house is a mess 'cause noone is ever home to clean and when we are home it's the last thing we want to do. With the temperatures in the triple digits, yard work not getting done. Yep this song just so suits my current mood. I would love to have someone come in and clean my house, do my mountain of laundry, mow the yard, weed the garden and flower beds so Hubby and I and the kiddies could take a trip and get away from it all. The beach is only about an 8 hour drive away. I would also like someone to watch the kiddies a couple evenings a month so Hubby and I could go out. Shoot one evening every couple of months would be more then enough. We could go out and see what Beale street is all about (I've lived around Memphis for nearly ten years and have never been to Beale Street...can you believe that). We could stroll down, check out the pubs, bars, restaurants and stores, get mugged (well it IS Memphis, lol). Or we could go down to Tunica; to the casinos; eat dinner, lose some money...rent a room...mmmm. I would also love to take a riverboat ride. The possibilities are endless with the time and money and usually we end up with never having enough of both at the same time, it's either one or the other. So do I get any volunteers? Any one want to come and clean my house and babysit? Hmm? ((listening to the deafening sound of silence...and crickets chirping))

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Wordless Wednesday

Walking on the banks of the Mississippi River





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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

You Gotta be Kidding Me!

I've gotten the school supply lists for the kiddies for the upcoming school year. It seems not only do we supply our kids, but the teachers and the school nurse and the school office as well. Here's the lists for all 4 grades (1st, 3rd, 5th and 6th) combined:
  • 2 boxes of quart storage bags
  • 1 box of gallon storage bags
  • 9 boxes of tissue
  • 1 box of band aides
  • 4 pairs of scissors
  • 5 boxes of baby wipes
  • 3 packages of small toys(party favors..that must equal at least 24 per class)
  • 3 packages of pencil top erasers
  • 4 boxes of crayons
  • 6 reams of copy paper
  • 1 ream of card stock or color paper
  • 14 packages of #2 pencils
  • 15 packages of glue sticks
  • 2 bottles of Elmer glue
  • 2 8-line writing tablets
  • 3 zippered pencil bags
  • 4 pencil sharpeners(this is just for one kid)
  • 1 art box
  • 4 backpacks
  • 15 folders with prongs and pockets
  • 7 packages of 200 count wide-ruled notebook paper
  • 2 packages colored pencils
  • 2 2 1/2 inch 3 ring notebooks
  • 2 packages of dividers
  • 1 package of book covers

The ones in red are the ones I just cannot believe I have to buy. I mean 6 reams of copy paper (that's 2 reams each for each of the younger three I'm sure the end result will be 8 but my oldest son's supply list didn't include it, yet). Plus on grade has to have a ream of colored copy paper or cardstock. Yea, I'm so not buying cardstock after purchasing everything else. Whatever happened to schools supplying stuff like that. Don't they get grants and such for supplies? Don't teachers still get a tax deduction for classroom supplies they have to purchase themselves? I didn't have to spend half this much for the year I homeschooled my kiddies. Another thing that riles me is that most of these supplies will be put in one large container to be distributed to the classroom prn. In other words my kids will be coming home saying they don't have pencils or crayons about 1-2 months into the school year. Even though I bought them, in case of my daughters class, 8 boxes of #2 pencils at the beginning of the school year. Yea the teachers are going to love me 'cause I plan on labeling each and every pencil, crayon, marker, folder, notebook with my kiddies names. Even if I have to get out the woodburner to do it. So whenever that kid brings home a pencil with my kid's name on it the parent will know who to thank for supplying their kid with supplies.

I'm all for helping people who cannot afford to get their kids supplies. But I know there are always some good-for-nothings out there that know how the schools operate these days so send their kids in with the bare minimum if anything at all. So I spend mine and my husbands hard-earned cash on supplies that my kids may never see again after the first day of school.

Another thing really sucks. On the first day of school the teachers will send lists of "classroom supplies needed" home with the kids. Oh and I just checked Teachers/educators can receive up to 250.00 tax deduction on classroom supplies. Good for them, huh. Can't gripe about it to anyone where it'll do any good. The school board and such will just spout their whole, funds are tight spiel so parents need to suck it up and hey why your at it why not buy some ridiculously expensive candy from this catalog (don't mind you can go down to the Dollar tree and get the same crap for a buck). If my kiddies didn't enjoy the school so much and I really need my little paychecks right now...I'd go back to homeschooling them.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Wordless Wednesday(or nearly so)

This is our largest pumpkin so far, last one got to almost the size of a baseball then died this one is as big as most cantaloupes you see in the store. The pumpkin vine has taken over the garden. This section is hanging from the corn and zucchini.
This is our snake gourd vine (and Casper our dachshund) it's huge.
this is the snake gourd vine at night when it blooms it has the prettiest white flowers this pic just does not do it justice.
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Thursday, July 17, 2008

2 Weeks and 5 days...

...or otherwise titled "I love my children, I love my children (rinse and repeat)".

Do you ever want to hang your children to the ceiling fans by their toenails? Yea, me too. Today is one of those days. I'm trying to get my kiddies to clean house. Because I dislike cleaning and I especially dislike cleaning up after other people who are old enough to pick up their own dang mess. I try to be a patient person. I am with everyone and everything except my kiddies. I try with them, but it don't work. I try to be nice. "Pick up the living room and I'll set up the slip-n-side.", "Clean your room and your friends can come over", " Do the dishes and I'll give ya 50 bucks" (okay so not the last one even though hubby had similar deal with our oldest son, it was twenty not fifty but it doesn't matter 'cause oldest son is not greedy enough I guess to work for it). Nice don't work. I get mean...that don't work either. Nuttin works. My dd is, instead of worrying about her own job, getting on to her brothers for not doing their jobs. Dear dd last I checked I'm the one with all the stretch marks from carrying and delivering all you brats so please, please let me be the one to worry about who is doing what.

I love my children, I love my children...

...but I hate seeing my house this way. I could, probably, clean up the entire thing myself. That doesn't teach the kids anything though. Well, yea it does. It teaches my boys that housecleaning is woman's work and they can sit on their arse and make all the mess they want 'cause mama is going to clean it up. It teaches my daughter that she is not responsible for her messes 'cause mama is going to clean it for her and when she gets older and becomes mama she'll then be responsible for everything. This mama does not do that. You make the mess, you clean the mess. Their daddy is the same way, but at this moment he's not home. He should be sometime this evening but not now and has not been all week. It shows. He can get them to work, I can't. I don't understand why, never have. I can do the exact same things, say the exact same words and it doesn't work. He comes home and they'll work. Heck if my mom came down here they would work for her. Why not me!?
I know that's the battle cry for all the moms out there "Why will you listen to everyone else but me!?"
So, does anyone come over and make my kids listen. Or come over and set out front with me sipping strawberry margaritas till we forget what a mess is. I do have 2 slip-n-sides.


2 weeks 5 days till 1st day of school

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

A Cool Thing

On the way home from work today I saw a bike rider (bicycle not motor). He was in the right lane going straight through the signal (patiently waiting for the green light) in a florescent green shirt. I don't think he was a commuter, as he was wearing bike gear (the bright green shirt and spandex shorts). Still it was cool to see a biker on one of the roads I plan to ride once I start commuting.

Monday, July 07, 2008

Diets

I know I change diets about as often as I change my haircolor (about at the same time, go figure). Well I was reading First magazine and a new diet/lifestyle caught my eye. It's called Crack the Fat-Loss Code by Wendy Chant. It promises to break weight loss plateaus and you can lose up to 17 lbs in the first 7 days. Okay so, no, I do not expect to lose 17lbs in 7 days. That doesn't even sound healthy but a big weight loss the first week would be great. Basically the first week is the tough one and then on the following weeks you cycle between baseline days (where you eat both high carb and low carb foods), carb-down days (low carb foods) and carb-up days (high carb but still nutritious foods). Even on low carb days your allowed one starchy(high carb) food for one meal. So your not giving up anything just changing the pattern you eat...and if you eat with no pattern your creating one. I'm thinking about combining this with the Eat Clean Diet (which I stand by, even though I've been a dirty girl.. lately and have been eating junk, when following the Eat Clean diet you feel healthier). I wish I could combine all these with the blood type diet but I can't afford to do the blood type diet very often as I have to cook a separate meal for me then the rest of the family (I felt very very good on that diet, sinuses all cleared up and just a sense of all around well being).One of these days I'll find that magic combo, that perfect solution. Of course I'll let you know when I do. I know everyone says eat healthy and exercise. But there's more to it then that I know there is, I just got to figure out what. Most likely it's different for everyone. Unfortunately we're not all cut from the same cookie cutter (mine had a post babyx4 belly and big butt and wide hips and smallish breasts how about yours..wait don't forget the thunder thighs, can't forget the thighs). Still if something works for me I'm glad to share it with the world.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Happy Fourth of July!

Yea I know it's only the 2nd but I'm not going to be on till maybe Monday so I figured I'd get a head start in wishing all my blog readers(all two of ya) a good holiday. Tomorrow after work we're heading up to Mo to get my youngest two from my mom's house. Really all I want to do is grab my babies and head back home to spend time with my family. **side note**I know my mom, sisters, nieces, nephews, etc...are family as well but whenever I mention/think of family I think of my hubby and I and our children. My central unit. Everyone else is pretty much just relatives. Not to confuse anyone into to thinking I think any less or that my extended family is less important (okay yea they are less important then my hubby and kids are to me but it's not a great extent) it's just that when I want to spend time with my family or spend holidays with my family all I'm thinking of is the six of us (not the twenty or more of us all together in a tiny little place getting all hot and frustrated with each other).
Anywho, I would rather just grab my babies then head over to the park to watch the fireworks. Or sit in our backyard and watch as we are close enough to see them I think. I do better seeing everyone else in small spurts on non-holiday weekends once, maybe twice a year.
This may all change when I'm older and griping to my kiddies that I never get to see the grandkiddies; why don't they ever come over; I wish I could see them more. Goddess I hope I don't turn into that type of parent. I want to be the non demanding, happy with whatever time they have to spend with me type. I can be non-demanding, really. My hubby would never believe it.
Okay I'm just rambling, please have a great and SAFE weekend and I'll catch up on everyone's blogs next week.