Friday, December 28, 2007

It's my party and I will cry if I want to

Hi, my name is onthegomom and I am addicted to Rock Band. *Hi, onthegomom and welcome*

No pictures yet... haven't downloaded them.

My house looks like a hurricane hit it. Seriously, there is stuff everywhere!!!!! Since I have had to work everyday, but Christmas day itself, the kids have drug their crap everywhere and LEFT IT! I have news for those little hoodlums... they are helping me clean on Saturday.

I didn't play Rock Band last night. I spent my time pouting in my bedroom, watching Sex and the City and eating McDonalds and chocolate (not necessarily at the same time). 4 episodes. The last 4 episodes. So I spent my time pouting in my bedroom, watching Sex and the City and crying. I cannot watch that show enough. It makes me smile, laugh, and cry ALL AT ONCE!

So, you ask... why am I pouting? Oh nothing new there. Just my no good, terrible, crappy job. I had a serious heart to heart talk with my husband last night (after the pouting, SATC and crying). I won't go on and on about it, because frankly, it's rather boring. But let's just say it has to do with .3 (as in 1/3 of an hour) hours of PTO, holidays and a b*tchy boss.

More importantly, there are some big changes comin' around the bin in '08! My husbands supports my decision of leaving this place. Of course right now he wants me to get another job. My goal here: to cut back enough that I can either work part time or none at all and show him we can make it. I feel like this, the kids won't be kids forever and I want to be home with them. There is plenty of time to work and make money and move up in the world or whatever...after they are grown. Right now, I just want to be their mom. Quite honestly, I have never had that opportunity before him and I am practically craving it.

So, this weekend will be busy, busy, busy for us. Saturday- clean the house, take down the tree, do 945 loads of laundry (fold and put away). Of course, my sister (the same one that asked when I was going to put the *expletive* tree up) asked when I was going to take mine down - hers was down the 26th. (I pretty much hate her) I told her it might not come down until February, since it took me so long to get it up. She didn't even laugh. She said "Probably". WOW, she is hard core.

Lastly, Sunday we are going to see the Rockettes! I am sooooooooooooo excited. (might as well end this downer of a blog on a high note, right?) I have heard the show is incredible and it is going to be so much fun. My daughter was invited to go dance at a Rockettes clinic yesterday. It was suppose to be ages 12 and above, but she was asked to go. She said she had a lot of fun. My best friend took her with her own daughter. So the way I see it, my weekend is filled with laundry and Rockettes. It ain't half bad!

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

The Christmas Book

WOW, it feels like forever since I have had a chance to have a real post. Not just type something as I am running out the door or falling asleep. I love Christmas but wow am I glad when it's over! I feel like I can breathe again :)

My daughter got an early Christmas present. On Christmas Eve we found out that she was cast in Peter Pan!!!!! YIPEE!!!!!! She is a Lost Boy. Her response, "I am going to be a BOY?!?!" LOL Quite cute. She dances March 9th. I am very proud of her.

Last Saturday I spent the day shopping in a blizzard. It was F.U.N.!! Thankfully my husband drove me around :) I do love him, I really do! We got almost everything done that day. I went to the grocery store Sunday morning and the store wasn't that packed. I couldn't believe it.

Sunday night, Christmas with my family. We had such a great time!!!!!! The guys sat and talked and had a few beers, my sisters (I have 2 sisters, no brothers), my mom and myself spent all night catching up, chit chatting, and just had such a great time. I wasn't really looking forward to going, to be honest, sometimes my sisters can be bitchy and my mom can be all crabby and well, sometimes it's just not fun. But this year, wow, even the guys all had a great time. It was really the highlight of my Christmas, I have to say. PLUS, my mom got all of us adults scratch off Lottery tickets (It's kind of a tradition in our stockings, not that we are big gamblers cuz we are not) and I won the MOST (I mean, not that I was keeping track or anything, because I totally wasn't), I won $6!!!!!!!! My one sister won $1 and the other $3. So clearly, I was the WINNER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! woo hoo.

Monday, I had to work until noon. I was the only one in my entire family that had to. Again, not that I was keeping track or anything, because I am so not like that! So, since it was Christmas eve and I didn't have much for stocking stuffers, I had to go shopping at the LAST minute! I went to Target and the only people in the store were men... in the women's section, in the pajama section, in the women's shoe section. I was chuckling to myself. But then again, I was there at the last minute, too. HA! I bought each of the boys a few more gifts, as looking at my daughters pile compared to the boys' pile... well it was sad. So, I bought even more stuff. My poor husband ended up with socks, underwear and coffee for Christmas. Is it any wonder why he loves me so much?!?!?!?

Oh, and of note: My daughter, who is almost 10, and totally knows the truth about Santa has digressed into acting like she believes again. She came up to me and wanted to know if we could call Santa? I was like, "What?!?" Seriously, her cousin, who is her best friend and the same age, totally knows the scoop. I have gone shopping with my daughter this season and have bought things for the boys that I have told her are from Santa and don't tell. SHE KNOWS, she has told ME she knows. But now she wants to believe again, so I let her and played along. We emailed Santa from this website I had, she played on that website all afternoon on Monday. We decorated Sugar Cookies for Santa, she wrote him a letter and left it on the table for him, by the sugar cookies. We left carrots out for the reindeer... all this being her idea. I figure, what's one more year and if it makes it more special for her to believe, then so be it!

Monday night, I spent all night wrapping.... until 2 AM to be exact. Again, another direct reflection of being a procrastinator. I have my Master's in Procrastination! It's a gift, really.... My oldest son and step-son spent the night entertaining me while I wrapped. I have never laughed so much in my life. Seriously, they should take their act on the road, it is FUNNY stuff. I was so delirious by the end of the night though, I can't remember half of what they said, I just know it was hysterical. The kids also plotted against my husband and myself, about what time they were to get up and celebrate Christmas. They wanted 4 AM. I said I would KILL THEM if they did that. So then they wanted to go with 5:30 AM, again, I vetoed that with as much power as I could muster up. So they ended up going with 7 AM. (The two older boys had a pretty good idea we were getting Rock Band... or should I say, hoping A LOT that they were and wanted to get an early start playing it Christmas morning.) I set out all the Santa gifts (or if you are my son, Satna... he misspelled Santa on my daughter's paper she left for him... seriously funny stuff). Then I went and collapsed in bed. I left the two oldest ones up.... first mistake right there.

The kids woke us up at 7 AM, like planned. I was SO TIRED but we all got up. I went out to the living room and in the place of my 14 y.o.'s presents... was the cat tower I had gotten the cat for Christmas. It had a sign taped to it that said, "Dear {son's name}, You have been a very bad boy this year. P.S. Too bad for even coal. From, Santa". Those boys HID all of his presents and his stocking and put that there in it's place. We were all laughing so hard. They are something else. So, we got the presents out of hiding and went to town. I hadn't put out Rock Band, as I wanted to make them think we hadn't gotten it. We opened up everything and then my husband made coffee and we were all talking and then.... my husband came out carrying the big box all wrapped up. The 4 kids DOVE ON IT and frantically ripped off all the paper and were more excited than I have ever seen them. Then that was the end of the day... they have been playing it ever since. I told my husband, that game is worth every single penny (18,000 pennies to be exact) it entertained FIVE teenage boys and ONE 10 year old girl (of course, our boys had to have their friends come over last night to enjoy it even more) for HOURS AND HOURS on end and not hear a peep out of them (except the tap, tap, tapping on the drums and the singing...but that's minimal), that game is priceless in my book! Of course, I have played it some too (um about 4 hours worth... time seems to stand still when playing that game) and OMG... IS. IT. FUN!!!! If anyone is even considering this game and contemplating if it is worth it or not, it SO is.... especially if you have older kids and they like video games.

Christmas afternoon we went to my husband's family. It sucked. I don't mean to sound mean, as we usually enjoy ourselves, but after riding high from my family's GREAT get together and then ROCK BAND, it was just a downer. But we are survivors, and we stayed, opened presents (I got a new crock pot that I LOVED!!!!!!!), ate a little (the food wasn't that great, PLUS they were smoking in the house - we don't smoke but most of my husband's family does and well... it was just gross no offense to the smokers out there.) We left as soon as we possibly could, came home and I collapsed. But the kids played... well you know already.

Now today, back to reality. Up early - back to work. I hope everyone had a great Christmas and after I get my pictures downloaded off my camera, I will post pictures :)

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas to All

I am utterly exhausted but absolutely content and so happy. I will have a real post tomorrow, however for now, I just want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!!!!! God Bless!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Busy, Busy, Busy

I have been making lists, shopping and running around like a mad women. This is what happens when you procrastinate people!

I still have a couple things left to get. I am going out Saturday. We are set to get some sort of winter storm on Saturday... of course, because I have to shop. My husband is taking the 2 younger kids shopping tomorrow for me! I gave him a list and they are simple items but things I just wouldn't go buy myself.

At some point I would love to go get my hideous gray hair covered (I hate premature graying and why am I the lucky recipient in my family to get IT?!?) but have no time.... no time until after this holiday that is sucking the life out of me but suppose to be festive and happy and all that crap..... I mean, well, whatever....

It will get better, I just feel overwhelmed right now. So many things, so little time!

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Let There Be Light

Finally! The tree is up! The full tree and all it's wonderful decorations. We do colorful, blinking lights, garland and a TON (repeat...TON) of various decorations. Almost all are made by one of the children through the years (and with my oldest almost 18, that's a lot of years), gifts given to one of us, ones that I have bought, ones that I made when I was pregnant with one of them, etc. etc. etc. We have a hodgepodge of decorations and I love it. My 14 yo son and (almost) 10 yo daughter are decorating it, their favorite part. Oh and sorry for the picture quality, it was taken with my phone...but you all get the gist, right?
Yup, my daughter is in her leotard and tights still...LOL. She had her Peter Pan Ballet auditions today. We could actually watch the audition, which is unusual. Not everyone will be cast, so, it's kind of exciting. There were 41 children her age there, I think 30 max will be cast. She was one of 6 that were asked to stay after auditions and show them a tumbling trick. So, that was neat.
We were suppose to go to my company's christmas party last night. It snowed all day yesterday (surprise, surprise) and all the kids were here last night, my oldest didn't have to work and my step-son was here, plus one of their friends. We had a full house. It was such a fun, cozy night, I didn't feel like leaving. My daughter and I watched movies, my husband played his computer game (SHOCKER!) and the boys played Halo3 and had a great time. We ordered in chinese and stayed all snug as bug in a rug last night and it was worth it!
And tomorrow, back to work and start the week all over again...

Friday, December 14, 2007

No tree, More snow & Freezing temps

My sister was over tonight. She yelled at me. "When are you going to put up your f*&%ing tree" (She is a rebel like that, very naughty... bad language and all, and a loud mouth to boot...but gawd she is family so I have to love her.) So, yes, I do not have my tree up. I suck. And believe it or not, my daughter, the only one that gives a rats behind about the tree, hasn't asked in like 3 days about it. I have to get my tree up this weekend. And we are so busy this weekend, I am honestly not sure how that is going to happen but I have to work my mom magic and MAKE it happen! But what I really want to do is bury my head in the sand!

In more weather related news: (which I know your are all dying to hear) it was 9 degrees when I got in my car this morning and 17 on my home... yep down 20 degrees. With new ice spots all over. THEN.... we are expected to get even more snow tomorrow. YEA ME! Seriously folks, its *only* December. We have gone many Decembers recently with no snow or very little snow. Then we get some snow in January, some in February, a little in March and a couple times, small amounts in April. But this December has taken the cake of the crappiest month in a very long time. I think this is part of my problem this year, dealing with a stressful job, the holidays are always stressful and then all this snow and ice is freaking nuts and pushing me right over top. Believe me, I didn't have far to go.

My son went to the movies with his friend that is a girl, he's not home yet. Little Brat. He BETTER be at the late movie, which I suspect he is since they didn't decide to go to the movie until a little after 7 and they had to drive there. I just hate him out this late and I want to go to bed. Long are the days when they were toddlers running around my house like mad men and I knew who they were with and where they were at all times!

My oldest son has 5 days left of school. I told my husband to not be surprised if I spent my day on Friday crying. He didn't get it, so I had to spell it out for him. My OLDEST son is DONE WITH SCHOOL. It's kind of a big accomplishment and it makes me a little nostalgic, very proud and frankly, shocking that I am the mother of a high school graduate. That's some big things right there. He says, "I will never understand women". No honey, you never will!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Let us Rejoice...

Today was an excellent day... it got above freezing and all (yes I said ALL) of the ice is off of my car!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hallelujah and praise God! Oh and I didn't cry once today :)

As I was driving down the interstate today, CHUNKS of ice is flying off my car. You first hear a little crack and then a whoosh. At first, I thought an alien had landed on my roof or something… but I thought… NO, that can’t be. Then I figured it out (when I looked in my rearview mirror and saw flying chunks of ice). What a fun day!

The temperature gauge I have in my car read 37 degrees!!!!!!!!!!!! I was ready to get my shorts and flip flops back out. Tomorrow’s high - 20. *sigh* Which means, we will have ‘black ice’. Where stuff has melted but you can’t tell it’s melted and then froze back over… fun stuff! But that doesn’t matter because today it was 37.

In other non-weather related news: (which these days are few and far between, believe me. The kids wake up everyday now asking if school is cancelled. Um, ONE day doesn’t constitute everyday folks.) My son gave his senior presentation yesterday and got an A. YIPEE!!! I think he just might pull this off and graduate. (Really he’s a good student I just like to joke like that.)

I have my yearly meeting with my middle son’s teachers tomorrow to discuss the plan for the next year. He has problems reading and we plot an action plan each year. He has blown away his goals for this year, so I am hoping we can up the ante a bit.

My daughter was hysterical today after school. She got reprimanded by her teacher today (which this teacher is a GREAT teacher, my middle son had her and loved her and my daughter loves her too), she didn’t get a piece of homework done, which is not like her, and she was just devastated that she got in trouble and I had to sign the paper that stated she got in trouble and you would of thought the world was coming to an end. I guess this is better than when my middle son did this and he was like, “whatever”. At least she cares…. But a bit too much!

In Ballet News: (seriously who else could write that…lol). My daughter is trying out for another professional ballet on Sunday. This is with the other professional dance company in town, I am nervous for her but she is really excited… cuz I don’t let on I am nervous, I just keep it all bundled tightly up inside and then spill it on my blog! So, she never knows :)

And that’s all folks……

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Let it Ice, Let it Ice, Let it Ice...

Today we woke up to over a half inch of ice on the ground, on the cars, on trees, on the driveway (this covers up the last ice storm we got on the 1st of December and snow we got on the 6th of December). It continued to rain/sleet/sludge all day today and keep re-icing what you de-iced earlier. My kids didn't have school. And believe it or not, they were good all day.

I had to be at work today. I had a training class. I cried all the way to work. My husband and I drove together, partially due to the weather (although I could of driven in it) and we were on the same side of town, so it just made sense. All the way there, riding down the Interstate, there I am, crying. Now I am NOT sobbing or anything but silent tears streaming down my face. I was dreading work. I do not know what is wrong with me. I am having some sort of revelation or break down. One or the other...

I am including pictures my sister took while she was at home today (why I didn't take any, as I was NOT at home today). One is of the trees and the other is of a tree branch up close, completely covered in ice.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Things to do for Christmas

I am so behind this year for the Holidays. I do not have my tree up yet, only a few decorations, a few presents bought. And I haven't started my cards yet. I have to get to this stuff this weekend, no ifs, ands or butts.

BUT...the one thing I have bought for our family gift is..... Rock Band!!!!! My kids wanted this game. Let me give you some background. My kids really like video games. We have had several different Nintendos (back to the original one), Sega, Playstation 1, Playstation 2, X-box, X-box 360 and the Game Cube. We do NOT have the WII.... yet. Now, I haven't bought all of these things, their dad has bought some, they have bought some and I have succumbed and bought a few things. Okay, I CANNOT, let me repeat... CANNOT play any friggin' game whatsoever, I don't care how 'easy' it is. I cannot do it. Until..... Guitar Hero. I heart Guitar Hero. So, as a family game we WILL be rockin' out to Rock Band in 15 days. And did I mention I bought this for the kids... no really. If they ask, it's for THEM!

And if they are real good... they just might find this, too, under the tree. Guitar Hero III But they are gunna have to be really, really good... or I might have to keep it for myself. WAHHHH WAHHHHHHHHHHH ::evil laugh::

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Nutcracker Review

Here she is in all her "Flower Waltz" glory. We went to see the Nutcracker last night and it was wonderful. The costuming was amazing. The dancers (pre-professional and professional) were BEAUTIFUL. But the most amazing, beautiful, wonderful, fantastic dancer of them all, was my lil' flower. She has such a God given talent for dance and I thank Him everyday for her (and my sons, too). She was elegant and graceful. She danced with kids 3 years older than she is and you would of never known, other than she was the shortest. She was just as graceful as the others, if not more so. (She was placed well above her age due to her talent... I am not just exaggerating the talent stuff, she amazes me completely.) My two nieces also danced and they did a great job and were absolutely adorable. I am already looking forward to next year!

Friday, December 7, 2007

A little bit of this... A little bit of that...

Some updates in my life:

daughter is better. YIPEE! She went to school today and all is well. I am going to have my husband stay home with all the kids when they are sick. He must have some magic potion or something. She is having a new friend spend the night tonight. It always makes me nervous when new friends come over. You never know how they are going to act or behave or think of to do, etc. I am pleasantly surprised. They have been playing nicely in my daughter's room. Playing school, dancing and just giggling hysterically.

My middle son is at his friend's house spending the night. They are going snowboarding tomorrow. With my oldest son at work, it's just the girls and the house is QUIET and ENJOYABLE. Life is good :)

My floor is still pink. But what the heck! I am guessing it will have the pink tint for another month. I am just not up to re-doing the kitchen before Christmas.

We are out of food again. Since I haven't been back to the store since this post, it's understandable. I get to go grocery shopping tomorrow morning and run to the dance supply shop because my daughter needs new pink tights for her performance in the Nutcracker tomorrow. Nothing like good ol' fashion procrastination!

My oldest got his acceptance letter to the Junior College he is going to this fall. That was exciting news. He is going to go to 2 years at the Junior College and live at home and then transfer to a 4 year college. I am sure he will stay around here. In his words, "I am going to mooch off of you for as long as I can". Well... at least he's honest. Right?? Right?!?!? He has 10 days left to go to school. He is graduating early. He will still graduate with his class in May, but he will be done with school December 21st. I think I am still in shock about this. I mean, I am old enough to have a son that is GRADUATING. WTF happened there? It is true, they grow up so fast. In my head he is still 8... but with a drivers license. I am making no sense, so I should probably stop now.

Last but not least, I would like to give a shout out to my blog friend Valerie who informed me that it was 82 degrees today in Florida where she lives and she wore shorts. It was 17 degrees here and I wore my winter coat, sweater, scarf, gloves and boots and still froze and prayed I didn't fall on any ice or get snow in my boot. Thank God for seat warmers... my tush was toasty warm while I was driving!

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Is This Normal?!?

Is it normal to be trying to fall asleep at night and thinking about all sorts of funny things you can blog about? Then wake up the next day and not remember ONE of them???? I sure hope so, because that is me.

We are expecting more snow today. YIPEE! It will now cover the driveway a.k.a. the ice rink and make it walkable. Good deal. The bad deal... it is 15 degrees out.

My daughter is sick. Sore throat, cough and frog voice. She has to dance on Saturday night. Why does Murphy love me so much? I mean what have I ever done to that man (and we ALL know he is a man!)? He is constantly dropping his 'law' all over my life?!!?! The really great news is... my husband stayed home with her and is working from home. My gawd, I did not want to use anymore PTO. I barely have enough to get me through the Holidays... with all this d*mn illness roaring through my house. Soon the state will be at my door, wanting to quarantine it off.

My mind is still racing with ideas on how to stay home... then I need not worry about PTO time and such nuances like that!

Stay warm everyone! (for those of you in Florida :-\~ ...sticking my tongue out at you ... in a friendly, I really do like you still kind of way!)

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Nothing but bad bad bad luck...

So far in my life, there has been one concurrent theme going on.... bad luck. Now, I know I should count my blessings as all my kids are healthy, I am healthy, my husband is healthy. I know I should be thankful that my husband and I have good, decent jobs and not out delivering pizzas (not that there is anything wrong with that!) like the young gal that just brought ours to us (while walking on a sheet of ice called my driveway). I know this whole routine. But after today... I am rethinking this whole life thing. My previous post has me depressed anyway, no need to further add to it! I come home and my oldest son tells me that I really don't care about him (his ploy to make me feel guilty and help him with his huge senior project due next week). I told him of course I really do care and you don't have to try guilting me into helping him, asking would work just fine. Then, my daughter is losing her voice (she isn't really sick...yet) and she has her Nutcracker performance this week and dress rehearsals all this week. Now for the big finish....

We have a couple gallons of paint sitting off of our kitchen, these are for projects we haven't gotten to yet... but plan on as soon as we have a nice day on a weekend. My cat likes to sit on top of the cans. Tonight, he jumped off the top can. The top can of PINK paint for my daughters room came tumbling down and ...wait for it... SPILLED ALL OVER MY KITCHEN FLOOR. Yes, the whole can. Is it disturbing that my first thought was to just walk away, go out of the door and never come back? Luckily for my family... my husband walked in the door exactly 2 seconds after this occurred. This was precisely the moment an unfavorable F word came seething out of my mouth and I was standing there with my jaw to the floor.

How does one clean up an entire can of spilled paint off of a vinyl floor? With a lid and a dust pan. Oh and about 10 old towels and sheets. Luckily my husband is wonderful (don't believe all those other stories I told you labeled dumb husbands...) and he cleaned the whole thing up!

On the bright side, we are planning on replacing our kitchen floor in the very near future. So THANK GOD that it didn't spill after the upgrade or I would be writing this from the loony bin right now. (Do they have Internet access and allow a laptop?!? HMMMMMMMMMMMM)

You know what, writing this all out has been kind of therapeutic for me.... because if I looked at the bright side of things I could say 1. It dumped on an old yucky needing replaced floor. 2. My husband was so sincere and cleaned it all up, the whole time saying "It's okay honey... It will be alright... NO I DIDN'T get paint on my jeans..." Oh you get the picture. 3. My daughter doesn't have to sing in the Nutcracker just dance, so the voice loss isn't that huge. 4. Pink is my favorite color.

Kid 4 Sale

So, I am sitting here at work... um, working really hard... and running some numbers. Trying to figure out what we can give up or sell (NO... the children are not an option. No, I mean it... don't try to talk me into it, they are not for sale. No means NO...) anway, what the h*ll I can possibly do to try and stay home. Well, it doesn't look good. I mean there is only so much one can go without... food, clothes, a home, a vehicle and gas are not one of those things. Geesh.... I am going to go be depressed now and cruise the Internet for awhile, to waste time at this prime good paying job I have.....

Back to the drawing board of coming up with Plan B.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Unlike Fine Wine, Somethings Do NOT Get Better With Age

So I had to go get my 14 yo son today from school. He woke up in the middle of the night and felt sick and his stomach hurt. He took some Maalox and said he went back to sleep. He didn't wake me up to tell me any of this, he told me this morning when he got up to go to school. I gave him another dose of Maalox before school and off he went. I got called at 12:30 pm and he had a fever and needed to come home. Yep, I get to miss another half day of work due to illness. Seriously, I do not need a vacation in 2008, I would much rather spend my PTO time on sick leave!!!!! Oh yes I would, absolutely.

Anyway back to the purpose of this blog... I pick him up and see some marks on his hand. I say, "what is on your hand?" He says, "Sharpie" I say, "WHY?" He says, "I got bored waiting for you to come get me." So for all you people out there that have those toddlers and preschoolers that doodle all over themselves (and I know you are out there as I have read the stories in your blogs) and think they will out grow it. THEY. DO. NOT. Sorry to burst your bubbles, but they don't. And here is living proof that 14 year old boys still DOODLE ON THEMSELVES!

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Christmas Tag

Bia over at La DolceVita was kind enough to include me in a fun Christmas tag. It's an easy one ... list a favorite gift you received as a child, one you received as an adult, and one you would like to receive in the future. So, here goes:

1. My favorite gift as a child was this dance outfit I really, really wanted. I was about 15 and took a lot of dance classes, was on our high school drill team and I also was a student teacher. We did not have a lot of money and it was tight for my mom to pay for dance AND drill team. I taught dance because I loved it but also to help pay for my lessons and costumes. This particular year the dance teacher had several dance outfits, sweatsuits and other extra items for sale during the holiday season. There was this sweat suit I wanted so bad, it was baby blue with pink writing on it... something about dance with dance shoes. I knew we couldn't afford it, it was $40 for both the sweatshirt and sweatpants (and this was 22 years ago!). Well Christmas morning I knew what was in most of my boxes...or at least I thought I did, because my mom let me pick out the clothes I wanted so it would ensure I would like them. I opened up the last box and couldn't for the life of me remember what else I had picked out. Lo and behold in the box was my dance outfit I wanted. My mom bought it for me and hide it so I wouldn't know. I loved that outfit and in fact I still have it in a box downstairs. I can't wear it anymore... 22 years and 3 kids adds just a tad bit of weight, but I love it to this day.

2. My favorite gift as an adult was last years gifts. My husband (fiance last year at Christmas) took my kids shopping for me. My ex-husband had never taken the kids out for me and I had also been single for quite awhile in between. It meant so much to me that he took them to Target and gave them all some money and let them pick up whatever they wanted for me. My oldest bought me a candle set and shower gel and lotion. My middle son bought me a really soft blanket and a necklace. My daughter bought me a candle, a bracelet (which I really liked), and earrings. Although these items weren't pricey or from a fancy store, it meant more to me than any other gifts I have ever received.

3. This year for Christmas I want a day spa package. I have neglected my hair, my feet, my hands and everything else this year. It has been a hectic year with my job, getting married, daily kid stuff and I just haven't taken care of myself much and that is what I want most. Of course in addition to a healthy New Year for my family, a down fall of wealth for us, and World Peace.

I hate tagging specific people on these things, so if you thought this was fun to read and would like to do it yourself, consider yourself tagged! :)

Thursday, November 29, 2007

3 Cheers for Mom!

For everyone out there who is dying to know... I went to the store today! My kids cheered. Yes, cheered. As in, "yea mom went to the store". That's how bad it was. Mother of year... NOT was not made up for nothing people!

My daughter woke up sick this morning. She must of had a 12 hour stomach bug. Cuz she is F.I.N.E now! So I missed half a day of work, which is exactly what I wanted to do since I missed a bazillion days in October when I was dying. Oh well... I got to go to the store. Since she had nothing here to eat for lunch. (Thus the note

My oldest came home from school and went to bed. He just got up a little bit ago and came upstairs and said he could tell he was coming down with something. I am NOT ready for round two!!!!!! My gawd, he started this crap to begin with when he had strep throat in October, then I got my near-death-bed illness and now it's starting all over again. Lucky me!

My two oldest had a two hour late start yesterday and NO ONE missed the bus this time. HIP HIP HOORAY! It's good to know someone does learn from their mistakes.

I know I have talked about this before, but I love my cat. I mean, I totally heart him. He is cute and cuddly. He normally is well behaved and low key. Normally being the key word! Last night the squirrels must of slipped him some crack because that cat was running nuts all over the house. He was sitting in our big window in the dining room...okay that was normal... but he started to climb up the window...fell off (landed on his feet of course, cuz he's a cat!) and then jumped up in the air and took off like a bat out of hell. His eyes were HUGE and his pupils were as big as his eyes so they looked all black... thus the conclusion he must be on crack. He doesn't go outside, so he must of bribed the squirrels somehow to bring him some. He then proceeded to try and run out of the living room and go down the hall, he must not of seen me standing there (again the crack made him delusional) and he ran smack dab into my shin, fell back, shook his head and then ran hell bent to nowhere down the hallway. He is 3 1/2 so not so much of kitten, but he definitely let his inner kitten come out last night.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Notes from a 9 year old

My daughter left me a note tonight on the table. It was written on her dry erase board. She wrote it right after school before she went to dance class. It said, "Mommy. Go to the store tomorrow/today. PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Old Mother Hubbard went to her cupboard... well you know the rest and so does my daughter!

I guess I will making a trip to the store tomorrow, since indeed the cupboards are bare.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

7 Weird Things About Me

I got tagged by stacie to write 7 weird things about me. I will give it my best shot, but there is not much that is weird about me. :)

1. I got married very young. Barely 19 and had my son when I was not quite 20. We didn't date in high school, we were friends that decided to date after graduation. Needless to say, we did get divorced but we remain very good friends to this day.

2. I met my husband at work. We started going to lunch together for many, many, many months, decided to date and
one thing lead to another and we will be married 4 months on Friday.

3. I am a homebody. I don't really like socializing and going out and prefer to stay home with my family to that of going out.

4. I am 8 credits away from my BS in accounting and have been for the past 2 years. I really need to just get it done already! Although my job has absolutely nothing to do with accounting, it would be nice to just have it over with.

Whew...this is HARD!

5. I always wanted to be a zoo keeper or a dancer when I was younger. The zoo keeper because I love the big cats the most and dreamt of taking care of them. Dancer because I always took dance, taught dance and loved it.... well I still do.

6. I have lived in the same house for 17 years, which is a long freaking time since I am only mid-thirties!

7. I live in the same small town I grew up in. I have never lived anywhere else.

Well there it is. I think this could be labeled... 7 Most BORING Facts About Another Human Being EVER!!!!!!!!!! If you made it this far... I am really, truly, deeply sorry.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

High School Musical on Ice Review

Well, my sister and her two daughters and myself and my daughter (2 10 year olds and a 4 1/2 year old) all went to see High School Musical on Ice yesterday afternoon. Overall, it was very cute and well done. It had all the songs from both movies and all the main characters and most minor characters, as well. I believe the same person that choreographed the movies also did the ice show and the person that directed the movies directed the ice show, as well. So it had the same feel as the movies, just shorter versions.

The people that played the main characters (Troy, specifically) looked like a KID! I need to do some research and see just how old he is, because he looked 14 (only tall). He was adorable and was a very good Troy. But the BEST character that most resembled his movie part was Chad. This guy on ice had the same mannerisms as Corbin, the same dance moves, the same hair, the same body style, it was uncanny! Gabriella was excellent,too. Oh and Ryan was cast very well, also. Sharpay had on a very obvious wig and I felt she didn't deliver enough attitude, as I would of liked to see. But remember they all looked like KIDS! So, I feel I can't be too critical....but to be quite honest I wasn't that impressed with the skating either. I don't know if it is because I have seen Champions on Ice so many times in the past that my ice skating expectations are just too high or if it really was sub-par. Again, they were so young (or at least looked it) that I feel bad saying anything too critical.

Not only did they have to skate, which I would expect since it's Disney on ICE. But they had to act out these parts, lip sync the music and spoken parts...they had to portray these characters to the audience. Most of which already know who these characters are and have high expectations of what they should be seeing. I think that's a lot for "ice skaters". So, overall they did a great job and it was well worth the money. Oh and we had excellent seats. We were in row J (10) and was right on the ice. Ummm, which made it much colder for us.

Oh and the costumes were EXCELLENT! They were exactly like the movie. It was so fun to watch and see the exact same stuff live and on ice. Since I am one of those lucky mom's that gets to watch HSM and HSM II many, many, many times. I knew all the songs and all the costumes, and all the characters and just all of it. How great is that...LOL! But on the other hand, those poor skaters had on halter tops, tank tops, short sleeve shirts, shorts, skirts, etc. while flying around on the freezing ice!!!

Bottom line, our daughters LOVED the show!!! And isn't that who they aim to please, anyway!?!?!?

Saturday, November 24, 2007

A Day Late & A Dollar Short...What I am Thankful for.

Of course, I am always late and I am always a dollar short... but here is what I am Thankful for.

1. First and foremost, my husband. This is my second marriage and I was single for a long time before he came into my life. Although he makes me crazy at times, I love him with all my heart and I know he loves me. I can trust him, I can rely on him, I can depend on him...without him in life it would so much more scarier.

2. My children. I am so thankful that almost always my kids choose to be home and bring their friends here. It is so nice to know where they are at and what they are doing, because they are usually home. It might be loud and noisy, but it is FUN here. I provide a safe home, but yet they can be themselves, I think that is important for teenagers... to be somewhere they are safe but can yet have fun and let go. I am thankful that my daughter can have her friends and cousin over right along with the boys being here and they all coexist in the house and all have their own fun. I am thankful for my fantastic but unique relationships I have with all my children.

3. I am thankful for a roof over my head and food on our table. There are far too many people out there in our country that do not have even these simplest of items.

4. I am thankful for my families health. That is something that I tend to take for granted and should be more thankful for.

5. I am thankful for my cat. I love him and he is really the best cat in the whole world.

6. I am thankful that my husband and I have decent, good jobs. I am sure we could each be making more money but we both work for good companies with good benefits. I am thankful that we all had a 4 day weekend this weekend.

7. I am thankful for my 2 sisters and their families, my dad and step-mom, my grandparents and my mom and step-dad.

8. I am thankful that each of my kids has their own unique talents. My daughter has such a beautiful gift with dance and I enjoy each and every moment I get to watch her grow. My middle son has a special gift with sports, he has an exceptional gift with every sport he plays. I love watching him play basketball, hockey, and football. My oldest son has a unique gift of humor, intelligence and responsibility. Although he is not quite 18, he is set to graduate with honors in December, he will be made a manager in January (when he turns 18) where he works and he knows more about politics and this country than just about any adult I know. They all make me very proud to be their mother.

Well, I am off to get ready for High School Musical on Ice... my next post will let you all know how that goes! Take Care!!!!!!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

I've Missed My Bloggy Friends!

OMGOODNESS, I feel like I have been gone forever. I don't even have any really good excuses to give. Monday, my whole family watched a TV show, Tuesday night my husband and I watched a movie. We are behind the times and just saw The Departed for free on video on demand (my favorite way of seeing movies). That was a d*mn good movie. How many way hot guys can they cram in one movie (okay, besides the Ocean movies...)?? On top of the very attractive guys that were in it, the story line was great and I loved the movie period. I can see why Martin finally won a Oscar from it!

Anyway... in other news, we finally have snow!!!!!!!!! It snowed all day today. We have about an inch and I am sure it will be gone by the weekend, but I love snow, it was great to have it today and my kids were excited and played out in it all evening.

I don't have to cook for Thanksgiving this year and I am pretty happy. We are going to my sister in law's house and I only have to bring the veggie platter et al. Which means, whatever I want that doesn't require cooking and are just fillers. Which I love... and am very happy with. With the job stress, the husband being dumb recently and being sick for a month I wasn't in much of a mood to really be cooking a full fledged meal. Okay, really.... besides all the excuses I can make up, I am just happy I don't have to cook!

I am ecstatic to have four days off from work. I am more excited than I can relay through words. One word: SLEEP!!!!!!

The Christmas decorations go up this weekend. Makes sense, since I just took down the Halloween decorations Sunday. What? Isn't that what everyone does?!?

Well, I must run, I have to finish watching Sex and the City reruns. Oh how I love this show, worth watching even on TBS each week. I really, really want the entire season on DVD but am afraid I wouldn't come of my room for a month :)


Sunday, November 18, 2007

Ramblings and Such...

Whew, what a day! I spent, yet again, another day in my life cleaning the house and doing laundry. Almost all of the laundry is done and it's all nicely folded on the couch, I am just wayyyyyyy to d*mn tired to put it away. I will tomorrow night.

This week is kind of like a vacation week for me. I still have to go to my full time job but my daughter doesn't have dance lessons, so I will be home every evening!!!! YIPEE!!!!! Plus there is no Nutcracker practice either. :)

I guess for Thanksgiving we are going over to my SIL (husband's sister) house. I should not be surprised, that is where we have went every year since we have been together, my family is very small and we don't usually do Thanksgiving, only Christmas. I don't know why I am not excited this year, I would rather just SLEEP all day that day. Is that bad of me? Because I am really not kidding.

In other news, I hope you are all sitting down for this one - as I have been writing about it off and one for several weeks now, my daughter FINALLY got her room ALL CLEAN!!!!!!!!!!! Praise God and Hallelujah. Seriously... it is a miracle. It is all picked up, put away, and even vacuumed. She did 98% of it herself. On the last leg of it, I went in and did some directing for her, she was having problems focusing at that point. It took her the entire day to accomplish this. I am very proud of her.

The Husband on the other hand is still on my sh*t list. Really, it's not even worth writing about, let's just say if I could beat him over the head with a frying pan, I so would right now. EVERYTHING he does right now drives me nuts and at this point I am seriously unsure if it's me or him.... and I don't really care. Bad of me, I know.

Oh and I finally took down my Halloween decorations, with Christmas right around the corner and the decorations going up next weekend for that, I thought it was about time. Procrastination is my middle name!

Friday, November 16, 2007

OMG, My Job Sucked Today

I hated my job today. It was that d*mn Murphy at his BEST!!!!!!! If it could break it did, if it could go down it did, if it could go sllllllllllow it did. I work as a software trainer, so my entire job depends on the undependable computer. I also work in the IT department and know virtually nothing about what most people think IT is... working on computers... yea I don't know that stuff. I train on software KEY WORD. So anyway, by 10:30 AM I had spent upwards towards 2 hours on the phone with our IT guys. It sucked a**. Both tablets were needed and had various things wrong, ALL unrelated!!!!! Just how does that happen all at once! I was about in tears and ready to jump out of the 2nd floor window... but I figured I wasn't high up enough to do any serious damage so why waste the effort, ya know.

So, I am thinking after this disastrous day, my husband (aka the a**hole) who is a Network Administrator and has to deal with all the stuff I don't know how to do (all the hardware and main computer stuff) would have some sympathy for me and be a great shoulder to cry on. Since he has sh*t break ALL the friggin' time and has to jump at a moment's notice (much like our IT guys had to do today for me) and fix stuff that is broke... all day everyday he does this and I ALWAYS listen diligently to his horror stories and oh and ah in the appropriate places. OH NO MORE MY FRIEND. Not after this comment tonight. Well, actually I don't remember his exact comment but it went something like... blah blah blah don't need to cry blah blah blah tough skin blah blah blah shouldn't let it get to you blah blah blah. Yep, something along those lines. I am PO'd. For one, I always listen to him (seriously, at least twice a week) and I am always on his side and always am sympathetic (even if he's being neurotic, which does happen sometimes). For two, I hardly ever come home and 'talk shop' with him. As in I have been doing this particular project for 7 months and I have talked about my job TWICE (including this incident and one other when we had a super serious server crash and our IT guys worked around the clock for 48 hours and I knew he would appreciate the story...which he did). So, it's not like I wahh waaaahhhh every night to him.

GRRRRRRRRRRRR, I am daydreaming of one way tickets to Tahiti again. Not good, not good at all.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

The Next Few Weekend of Fun

I am pretty excited. Next weekend I am taking my daughter to High School Musical on Ice. No seriously, I am excited. I think it will be cool and fun. My sister and her daughter (same age as my daughter and best friend, along with being cousins) are going too. I will be sure to fill you in :)

Then, the 2nd weekend in December my daughter is performing with our local professional dance company in the Nutcracker. I LOVE THE NUTCRACKER!!!!!!!! I have been going for years and I am thrilled beyond words that she is dancing in it. Since she is nine, she doesn't have a major part, but SHE IS DANCING IN THE NUTCRACKER! She is in the Waltz of the Flowers in Act II. Which the song happens to be one of my favorites in the ballet. Yes, I have the Nutcracker CD that I play at Christmas (nerd, I know... can't help it).

Then, December 30th, my best friend and her daughter (again, my daughter and her daughter are very good friends and dance at the same dance studio) and we are taking them to the Rockettes Christmas Show (yes, $131 dollars for our TWO tickets...HOLY CRAP!).

Okay, yes I do have 2 teenage boys. No, I don't neglect them, as this post may sound. It just so happens that all this stuff is just happening at once. So You Think You Can Dance tour, the HSM on Ice, Nutcracker, Rockettes, I mean I can't help it's all at once. My pocketbook isn't thrilled about it, either. BELIEVE ME! THIS is why I work, THIS is what gets my a** out of bed in the morning and gets me to work. So, once our refi goes through on the house, Christmas is over and all of our events, I am going to work hard on figuring out a way to stay home ;) Oh and lose weight.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

The things you teach your kids.

Is it bad that just yesterday I realized that Thanksgiving is NEXT WEEK?!?!? NEXT WEEK!!!! How did that happen. It was just Halloween. I will not tell you that my Halloween decorations are still up. (I was sick, okay. That's my story and I am sticking to it) I said to my 17 year old son last night, "so you think I should just leave the Halloween decorations up straight through Thanksgiving and then take them down and go straight to Christmas ones?" He says, (straight faced), "Yes and then when you take the Christmas ones down you can put those back up." Nice. This is what I have taught my kids. Sarcasm and quick wit (HA HA).

I have to go on a diet when the holidays are over (hey , one is next week, ya know). I have my 20 year class reunion this next summer. I need to lose about 100 lbs in about 5 or 6 months. Do you think that is possible? Try to let me down easy, okay.

One big problem with losing weight is I LURRRRVE food. I love all types, styles, whatever, I pretty much love it all. Oh and also, my best friend from high school is the EXACT SAME SIZE that she was in high school (skinny, very skinny). Yes, I still love hate her and yes since she is my best friend I have to sit next to her skinny a**. Seriously, I am the fat friend now (I'm Monica and she's Rachel). You think that would be incentive enough to prevent me from shoving a cookie in my mouth. Not so far.

Well, I am off to bed to dream about pecan dessert bars that we had at work today (think pecan pie but to GO...genius) and ways I can continue training my kids.

Monday, November 12, 2007

8 Random Things About Me

I have been tagged by valarie and desirae to tell you all 8 random things about me.

Here are the rules. When tagged you must link to the person who tagged you. Then post the rules before your list, and then list 8 random things about yourself. At the end of your post you must tag and link to 8 other people.

1. I started getting gray hair in my early 20's (it runs in my family and I got the lucky gene, my 2 sisters didn't... no envy there, nope). I dye it and highlight it. It sucks.
2. I am a 1st degree black belt and taught tae kwon do for years. I am really not a bad a**, but I guess it could come in handy one day.
3. I hate birds, fish and snakes and not necessarily in that order. Birds scare me, if they fly to close to me I get all panicky. I also get all anxiety ridden if I swim in a lake and envision fish just swimming around waiting to touch my feet or legs...I seriously HATE it. And snakes... I just hate them, keep them far, far away.... or I will scream.
4. I secretly hate my job and long to stay home. I have to work right now but I am secretly plotting to be able to afford to stay home. I will eventually bring this up to my husband after I have stealthily made it feasible and he will be none the wiser.
5. No one I know personally reads my blog.... or for that matter even knows about my blog. It's just for me, all about me. Something I rarely get (if ever.)
6. All of my sisters and myself, all of our first AND middle names start with a "D". My mom was (is) demented. She could never, ever get out names right, EVER. Since they all started with "d". We were even called the cats name some, I think just to mix it up a bit.
7. I love to eat out. I hate to cook, I hate to clean after you cook. I could eat out every single day and I am not kidding. I had a job where I traveled quite a bit for 2 years and ate out every day and night, NEVER got sick of it. (#4 - interferes with this # greatly).
8. I love black licorice. That's black jelly beans, too. You know, the ones nobody wants to eat. I DO! I love them, they are my very favorites. In fact they are really the only jelly beans I truly like.

That about sums it up. I am too nice chicken to tag 8 people, so if you are reading this... consider yourself tagged :)

Sunday, November 11, 2007

The Russian Meal

Well, I survived my Kid Free night... barely, but I did.

First, the Russian meal was excellent. It was A LOT of potato, dough, with meat type of stuff. Like different versions of Perogies, but just called different things. One was a little dumpling like thing with hamburger and seasoning in it.... it was good. (One had lamb in it too, but I couldn't bring myself to eat it... I only eat hamburger, steak, chicken and few seafood items.) She made a dumpling like thing (but bigger than the previously mentioned dumpling like thing) stuffed with mashed potatoes and cheese and some was very good. Then she made a BIG dumpling like thing and it was filled with hamburger, cheese, green peppers and more spices and this one was deep fat fried.... so of course it was my favorite. She also made these rolled up dough things with cabbage and hamburger and we ate those cold, it was good. She had smoked a trout (I am not a huge fish fan) and when they smoked it was smoked whole... as in it had it's head and everything (I had to walk away from the kitchen so I didn't know how the fish ended up on the plate... if I don't know I will be more apt to eat it). It was served cold as well, it was good, but would of been better if it were warm. She made homemade Russian salsa... which is much like regular salsa, except a few different spices and it was not chunky, it was VERY good. She made everything by hand, which means I will never, ever be able to invite them over to my house, because I can cook but I don't like to cook and I cannot make stuff from scratch... usually. She cooked for 2 days to have us over... talk about pressure for me to perform next time... ugh. But all in all it was an excellent dinner. OMG...the Vodka and Russian thing is soooooooooo true, between my husband, her husband and the russian... they drank a whole big bottle. Wowza.

That was the good part of the evening. Apparently my husband interpreted Kid Free as let's get drunk and stay out until 3 AM. I was freaking exhausted and have I mentioned I have been sick for 3 flippin' weeks. I mentioned at midnight I wanted to go, his response, "Oh babe we will leave in just minute, let's just go out on the deck in front of the fire (did great things to my asthma, let me tell you) for just a little bit. Okay, because I love this man and signed a legal agreement to be with him for the end of eternity, I did it. Thennnnn at 1:33 AM I said, I am tired and I really want to leave. He says, "Okay, John is going to show me this one thing and then I promise we will leave". Thennnnnnnn at 2:00 AM I said, I want to go to bed, can we please leave. He proceeds to become offended and so with him be huffy, we did finally leave. I crawled in bed at 2:44 AM. I had to get up at 7:30 to go get my daughter to take her to a dance thing this morning, I was not happy with him and I am still not happy with him. I cried all the way home (with me driving, of course), I cried because I was sooooooooo tired and couldn't think of a better way to stay awake. I am currently not really speaking to him at this point... not the total silent treatment as that would be bad for the kids to witness but definitely the cold (below freezing cold) shoulder.

Oh yea and one more thing about the food... she cooked enough to feed about 20 people (there were 4 adults and her 2 small children). So, she sent us a grocery sack full of ziploc baggies full of food. I can feed my family for the next 3 days on this stuff... that is if I can get my kids to eat it, which is most likely not going to happen.

So, that my friends was my weekend. For better or worse, they say.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Have a little, Spend a little

It's like I am 5 and have a dollar to spend. It's burning a hole in my pocket/purse/wallet. We got a refund check back from our insurance, I promptly took my daughter to Target (dumb move on my part, I will give you that) and we blew the whole wad. Let's see, she just HAD to have a new turtleneck sweater and matching tights, and another pair of tights and some knee high socks and a ton of crap from the dollar section, along with new shampoo for her, new hair ties for her and god only knows what else I am forgetting right now. Then on the way home, when I exclaim, "Man, I didn't get anything for myself", she says, "Geesh mom, you could have you know". I love her logic.

I did start picking up somethings for Christmas. I think this is the earliest I have ever shopped for Christmas in my life. I have to say I am little inspired by desirae over at Burnt Cookies and all her Christmas shopping glory. I am far from almost done, but by gawd I have started. (Okay, I cannot believe I just figured out how to put in a hyper link thing AND type over it all by myself... seriously, it's amazing)

I have had problems lately with people having issues with leaving me comments, I tried to fix it. Let me know if it's better. I am no computer genius, that's for sure.

I think I am going to take up knitting. Okay, now that you have picked yourself up off of the floor from falling off your chair in a choking, laughing fit, I am going to TRY to teach myself. suburbancorrespondant is my inspiration in this area. (OMG, once I get something, I really get it... and use it apparently). I think it will be fun and once I get the hang of it, I have an entire year to knit all my gifts for next years Christmas. Brilliant, I say!

Okay, so now that you all see that I seriously have no life and truly get all my inspiration from other bloggers, I have to say I will be kid free tomorrow night and my husband and I are going to one of his co-workers house for dinner. Yes, a big girl night out, KID FREE... did you hear me, I said KID FREE!!!!!!!!! Also, this co-worker is from Russia and she is making us an "authentic" Russian meal. I asked my husband what exactly that entailed and he said, she said (did you get that?!) that it will be a surprise. Is it bad that I am scared???

And, I saved the best news for last (HA)... my cough is better. NOT gone, but better. I am not sure if I have said enough how much I love codeine. If I could marry it, I probably would.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

I am coughing again

Seriously, I am hacking up a lung. I have about had it. I have nothing nice to say. Nothing witty. I was out of cough syrup with codeine and had to guzzle Robitussin. I now have my precious codeine and my husband told me today that I should try to get a "gallon of that stuff". How nice. Like I want to hack up a friggin' lung each and every day and night. I just might have to break down and go back to the doctor AGAIN!

Cheers... here's to a no cough night.

Until next time...

Monday, November 5, 2007

Football, Husbands & Cat Puke (yea, it's that good)

My brain still hasn't caught on that Daylight Savings Time has arrived. I am still wide awake. As in not tired in the least. However, when my alarm goes off at 6 am I won't be able to get up without hitting snooze a few times.

My husband deserves some kind of "super spouse" award. He "made" dinner tonight. He warmed up the left over sloppy joes and put it on a bun and brought it to me. I know... he's amazing and no he isn't for rent. This makes TWICE in 2 weeks he has "made" dinner.... okay last week he really did cook but this is not counting as cooking. I don't care how much he rationalizes it. Yes he did put it on the bun and yes he did deliver it to me. No, I didn't have to get up and no, I didn't have to lift a finger. So, of course, yes this COUNTS!

My 2 boys went to the high school second round play off game tonight. This game was an exact repeat of last year and last year we won. That's where the story ends. We got beat BADLY... like at half time when my kids left (it was really cold and windy out anyway, so I was glad they left) they had scored like 50 some points to our 13. Sad, very sad. We had already beat this team once this year and were ranked higher. Can't win them all I guess.

Well we all remember from yesterday's post that I had all my laundry done, even the sheets. Came home from work today and my cat puked on my daughters freshly cleaned sheets. I love Murphy and his dumb law.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

I Did It... I Did It!

I am so proud of myself... and really it is all about self-satisfaction and approval, right?!? I did ALL my laundry this weekend. I mean ALL! As in, all the sheets, all the dirty clothes, all the towels, all the blankets the kids drag all over this house and (you really should sit down for this part) I FOLDED IT AND PUT IT AWAY! Now, to some this is a weekly thing and I congratulate you on your outstanding accomplishment. But for ME, I usually get SOME of the laundry done. It goes something like this: Some kid, "Mom, I have no jeans". Me, "Crap" and I find as many jeans as I can to make a really big load to do, which may or may not get folded and put away. Whew, task accomplished. OR I get most of the clothes clean, so we all have something to wear... but it may or may not (more of the not's I am afraid to say) gets folded and put away. And when the sheets seem like they need washed... I throw them in, get them in the dryer and then throw them back on the bed. But RARELY do I get it ALL done in one weekend. Wash it all, fold it all and put it all away. I almost feel like I won the lottery. Okay, well maybe not that great, put pretty darn good.

On top of this great feat I mentioned above. My kids actually did most of their lists I made them. My 2 boys did 2 out of 3 things on their lists and the third one was attempted just not completed very well.

My daughter had ONE thing on her list... I want to be able to walk through her room. Here is what she did (and I am NOT making this up): 1. made a list of everything she needed to do in her room (and people say she takes after me... HA I say) 2. put her books on her shelf. 3. dusted her 'stuff' (i.e. TV, shelf of dance trophies and knick knacks). 3. cleaned her windows with Windex. 4. Had such an enjoyable experience cleaning her windows with Windex she proceeded to clean all the windows in the front of the house (okay, first off she stands about 4'5" and so the windows are cleaned about 4'5" off the ground and no where else) 5. made her bed 6. came out to help me cook dinner 7. watched Disney Channel. So, I can still NOT walk across her floor, but who can complain about an almost 10 year old on such a humongous cleaning spree! ::snort::

However, my husband did NONE of the items I had listed for him to do. And he said to me, "I thought you were going to help 'daughter' with her room, doesn't look like much got done". In case you wondered, yes he is still alive.... however if daggers could really come out of my eyes he wouldn't of been.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Year I Belong

Well, this cracked me up! I belong in the year 1988... the year I graduated. Ironic? Yes. Accurate? You bet.

Lost Posts and Ramblings...

I had this wonderfully witty, fabulous post last night... then I lost it. At that point I was too tired to try and recreate this fantastic post I had created. I think it would of been the "post of posts". But that's just me... no one else will be able to know, sadly.

Let's see... update in my fascinating life. I am better, almost 100%. I have just a residual cough left, but it's almost gone. YIPEE. (It's the small things, ya know.)

Did the rest of my filing today. Made a list for everyone to do stuff today. No one followed it. Typical. I have supper cooking in the crock pot... which I always think it's a score because it isn't like I cooked, start in the morning and BAM supper in the evening. I don't know, again... it's the small things.

Let's see... what else. I am mad at my husband because he is the leader of the "I won't follow my list I made for people to do stuff today". He thinks he has solved the worlds problems because he took the cans back for recycling! I know, it's a modern day miracle and he does deserve some sort of standing ovation for that accomplishment! But MY list still goes uncompleted and he is playing his game on his computer. Hmph.

My daughter's room is literally covered in her crap. You cannot walk through it. Her cousin spent the night last night and I about had a heart attack when I went in to put them to bed. Of course that is on her list to do today... she is currently watching the Disney Channel.

All 3 boys are here today and one of their friends. Yes people, FOUR teenage boys are here in my house (try to hold back the jealousy). They are out wrestling on our trampoline. At least they aren't in here! However, their lists that I made are all left not completed as well.

I am sure you can tell I am not bitter, nor upset or anything. I mean, why should I? They all have a meal, clean clothes, clean house (well mostly), bills paid, and the list could go on and on... but I won't because I am not mad, upset or bitter in anyway shape or form.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Back in the swing of things.

Yep, I am back, almost to normal. Whatever that may be. I am almost giddy tonight. This is what oxygen depratvation to your brain lungs do to a person, I guess... and mix in some great cough syrup and voila... you get giddy.

My daughter is counting down to so many things in the next month and a half, it almost makes ya dizzy. She has Thanksgiving and Christmas, of course. She also has High Musicial on Ice to look forward to right after Thanksgiving... that alone right there is enough to just about put her over the top. We have HSM 1 on DVD and HSM 2 on Tivo. Yes, even I know the words to all those damn songs. So, at least when we go to the Ice show, I can sing along! YEA ME! Then after that, she is in our statewide professional dance company's production of Nutcracker. For all of you Nutcracker fans out there, she is in the Waltz of the Flowers in Act 2.

My oldest is graduating at mid-term next month. In the past 2 days I have had an overwhelming amout of panic. There is SO much to do in order to graduate. I do NOT remember this much crap my mom and I had to do my senior year, but maybe I am just in denial or have had a significant amount of memory loss. We do have his senior pictures done. However, I do still need to send them into the school for the yearbook. The deadline is November 6th... hey I still have 5 days! I also have to order his announcements and cap and gown and tassle and designer souviener pen and address labels and a shot of tequilla... oh wait, no.... that's not left to order! That's to DO, so I am not aware of how much freaking money I am spending every minute on this graduation! Not to mention his senior project and presentation, the packet was brought home last night.... we will be going through it this weekend. Seriously, the anticpiation is killing me.

Luckily, my middle son is grounded from running away this past weekend. Albeit, not from my house (feeling rather superior about that), but nonetheless the brat ran away... so punishment is in order. So ALL I have gotten from him in the past 2 days is, "I'm bored, This is dumb, I hate life, What's to do?, What can I eat?, HOW LONG AM I GROUNDED FOR AGAIN??"

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

And now for guilt....

So, as all of you know, I have been sick. I stayed home again today from work. I did try and get up this morning and get ready. I about passed out. I believe it is from being so short of breath for 3 days. Anywho, so I called in AGAIN. First off, I just don't sit behind a desk all day and see no one. I am in front of a group of people talking my head off all day. So, with a frog in puberty voice, shortness of breath, severe coughing, I felt it best if I stayed home and recovered rather than pushing it to the limit and ending up in the hospital.

So now for the guilt... my boss called me this afternoon and left me a message. She has a husky man's voice now. NICE. So I feel bad that she has been at work and has probably been covering for me and is now getting sick. I am going back tomorrow. I do feel about 75% better. I can walk around without feeling faint, I can carry on an entire conversation without hacking up half of my lung and my voice is getting stronger. (for the record, I am a loud mouth... so my family has enjoyed this frog voice and no chance for yelling quite well).

Even though I knew it was best for me to stay home and recover, I feel so guilty about being gone from work. I wrote yesterday about feeling bad for not going trick or treating. (I don't feel bad about not cooking...can't win 'em all!) I feel bad for feeling bad... go figure.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Nothing New...

I really want to talk about something else other than I am sick. Unfortunately, nothing else is occurring in my life, because I haven't left my bed. I am more sick right now than I have been in a LOOOOOOOOOOONNNNNNGGGGGGG time.

I missed work today. (And I didn't miss work to get stuff done around the house, like last week.) I slept most of the day. When I cough I seriously C-O-U-G-H. Coughing up a lung takes on an entirely new meaning.

I missed trick or treating tonight. There was no way I could go out walking in the cold air....and it's actually warm this year for this time of year, but still too cold for the lungs. My oldest is at work and is way out of the trick or treating stage, my middle one is grounded (from running away this weekend from his dad's) and borderline too old to go out, so my daughter went with my sister and her daughter (same age as my daughter and they are best, best friends and cousins). So my daughter was very happy, since she got to spend the evening with her cousin. I just feel bad that I couldn't go. But I knew it would set me back in making it back to the living world soon.

I have drank darn near a gallon of orange juice since Sunday night, and also have been drinking VitaminWater. I am not usually one to fall for gimmicks of this type of stuff. But I have to say I like the defense and revive... the only 2 I have tried. I am a coffee, tea or water kind of gal, so to be drinking all this juice is unusual for me!

I have not decided if I will be able to go back to work tomorrow. The problem is I am a trainer... so I have to talk basically all day or half of a day. When you 1. can't breath, 2. cough up a lung (it does not look pretty) 3. barely have a voice, this job becomes somewhat impossible. I currently sound like a frog DEEP in the throws of puberty. Charming, yet sexy all at once...yep, that's me!

Monday, October 29, 2007

Yep, It's Asthmatic Bronchitis...

Sooooo, I went to the doctor today. Finally... Of course when one has figured out it's time to go to the doctor, one is definitely without a doubt, severely ill. That is where I am at folks. Head full of fluid (snot), lungs full of fluid (snot) = sinusitis and asthmatic bronchitis. HOWEVER... my life has been made better. One word: codeine. Okay, I am not a codeine abuser by any means. But I likey my Promethezine cough syrup and it likeys me. There are many reasons for my love of Codeine.
2. good nights sleep
4. no sinus pain
6. most of ones worries vanish
8. Able to breath (this is a really important one... probably should be #1)

Did I mention that I won't cough... which in turn will not facilitate the sore ribs, the slight wetting of ones pants (I did have kids... TMI, I KNOW), sore throat and crankiness that is associated with hysterical coughing fits and gasping for air. Oh and not to mention the "gunk" that is coughed up (again, TMI I am sure).

Oh and Z-pacs are great too. I only have to remember for FIVE days to take them, that is good news for me. I sometimes have the attention span of a nat.

Okay... it's obvious by this point that I am significantly high on codeine right? When I read this in a week, it will resemble some what of a post, I guess. My deepest apologies....

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Weekend fun and Runaways

Well, my daughter and I made it home from our weekend of fun. We went shopping, ate at some fantastic places, saw the So You Think You Can Dance tour, went swimming, and drove a total of about 8 hours. It was a great weekend. I, however, am still sick, in fact I am worse. It is now moving it's way south (to the chest, specifically), so I am sure I will have to go to the dr. now. Yea me!

The boys survived the weekend without their mother. Nothing too serious. Oh wait, my son thought he would run away from his dad's house and he wouldn't notice. Lo and behold, he noticed. He was found at his grandparent's house. Seriously, am I the only one around here that can hold the household together?!? It makes me wonder what would exactly happen if I were to get lost and not come home. I think everyone here would fail to thrive.

Ahhhh, it is so nice to be needed......

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Thursday Fun and Doctors

For fun today I did about 765 loads of laundry. I sorted, washed, dried and folded them all. I also cleaned off my desk and filed 6 months worth of crap away. In addition to all of that fun, I filled our paper recycle bin with crap from our house.

I am sick. I didn't go to work today. What do mom's do on their sick days??? Clean their house. Do laundry. File paperwork. Take out recyclables.

I teetered on the edge of going to the doctor. You know the game! Do I need to go the doctor? Am I sick enough yet? Is it just a cold and will it start to go away in a few days? Or is it sinus infection and I need meds? Well here it is folks, 11:47 pm and I still cannot determine if I need to go.... We will see what tomorrow brings and start the whole long debate again.

On the even more upside of things, I am going out of town this weekend with a friend of mine. We are taking our girls to the television show So You Think You Can Dance tour. It is about 4 hours away from our house. So we are leaving early Saturday AM and spending the night there and coming back Sunday afternoon. Of course, I hope to God I am not sick (or more sick).

Please GOD do NOT let the children get this, that's all I need. Oh yea, nor the husband!

I wonder how many times I can say 'sick' in one blog??!?!?!?!?

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Missed Buses and Ripped Jeans

My two oldest boys had a "late start" this morning for school. Basically the Senior and Junior High have a 2 hour late start about every other month for "teacher planning". Today was one of those days. Okay, if school starts 2 hours LATER, most people would know that everything gets pushed back 2 hours, right?!?!? So, let's say your bus comes at 7:10 am all of the other days, your bus comes at 9:10 am at a 2 HOUR LATE START. I don't know, makes sense in my pea brain.

Apparently, my 14 yo did not see it that way. He was flabbergasted that at 9:18 am he missed the friggin' bus. He called me while I was at work (in front of an entire classroom of adult learners I am training today) and 25 minutes away. He says to me "people miss the bus all the time mom, just call the school, someone will come get me." I am thinking to myself, what they just have people waiting to be called to pick up some forgetful stinkin' kid everyday of the week?! NO WAY?!? So, I called the Jr. High. I ask them about this potential ride for my delinquent son. They say, "Oh shoot, Mr. SoandSo is in a meeting and won't be able to come get him", which I say, "You actually do have a service for kids that cannot tell time and miss the bus?" She said, "well yes we do try and pick up the kids that do miss the bus" HOLY HELL HE WAS RIGHT?!? They didn't have that service when I was in school, you missed the bus you were SOL! That is our hard earned tax money at work people!

So, my mom takes him to school.

Yea, he is at school... drama over for the day.

WRONG! I get a call at 10 am (yea, 42 minutes after the first phone call) from the school counselor. Nothing good can come from this, I just know it. She says to me, "I am calling about #2son, he isn't hurt or in trouble or anything". In my head I am saying, Okay why on God's green earth are you calling me then?!? And she continues to say, "but #2son's pants are ripped at the seam all the way up his thigh". I blurt out, "HE WORE RIPPED JEANS TO SCHOOL?!?" As I am plotting this kids demise... She says, "Oh no, some kid ripped them up in his class, which we are none to happy about". YOU THINK!?!? She continues to say, "could you run him out some new jeans?" I am in front of an entire classroom of adult learners... did I mention this? I say, "UH I am teaching a class until noon, can you staple (yes, I went there) or pin or something his pants together until I can get there about 12:30". She agrees to this, and pins his pants together.

So this is why I find myself home this afternoon with a headache, sore throat and minus one pair of 14 yo boys pants in my household.

Oh and a bonus... my 10 year daughter wore MY flip flops to school. Yes, it's 40 degrees out. Yes, they are 2 sizes too big for her. Yes, the teachers MUST think I have absolutely no control. Yes, I have told her repeatedly to 1. not wear my shoes and 2. FLIP FLOP SEASON IS OVER!!!!!!!! Thankfully she said, "I only wore them 'a little bit'."

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Flu Shots and Illness..

I hate needles. Needles make me woozy. The site of a needle makes my heart palpitate. I break out in a cold sweat. I feel my head start to spin. I do not take Flu Shots lightly. I just can't help it. I also CANNOT just go down an isle at the pharmacy/Wal-Mart/street corner drive thru (yes, I am serious, I have heard of this)... whatever and walk through and get a flu shot. I have to deep breath. I have to sit or lay down. I have to take a break after and gather myself. If not, I will indeed faint.

I got a Flu Shot yesterday. I got one for free at my place of employment. There is now a lump on my arm and it's red and slightly feverish.

I felt fine GOING INTO this flu shot thing. No symptoms of a cold. Nada... Nothing. I am getting sick NOW.

So now I have a red, lumpy sore arm. I have a stuffy nose, my throat hurts and I have been feverish all day.

Flu shots suck. I know they are suppose to be good for you. I know that a bazillion people will be saved by the flu shot. Nope, not me... I get sick from mine.

I am officially Debbie Downer from SNL.... waaaaaa whhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaa