Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Apology Note

I have been eaten by facebook.

I don't know when it will let me escape.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Babies No More

How did my babies get so old?

That is the question of the day, maybe even the year. Actually, a better question would be: how did they get so old and I seem to have stayed the same age? Well, inside I haven't. I'm still that young, clueless mother who barely knew how to put a diaper on her newborn daughter. Ten years have passed and the problems aren't so simple to figure out. Used to be getting my daughter on the toilet in time was the biggest challenge of the day. Now it's getting her out of bed in the morning, quickly followed by curbing her monstrous-sized mouth.

Which brings me to last night and the "lovely" time I had explaining to her why she couldn't sleep over her friend's house in Norristown. For those not familiar with this town, let's just say it's not the safest place to live/be. That and it's about 45 minutes from our house.

"But Mom," she kept protesting; "Tiana spends every weekend with her grandparents and if I can't sleep over there then I'll never be able to have a sleepover with her!"

So what did I do? I called Dave at work and told him the situation after explaining my reasons for saying no until my tongue practically went numb. She never takes no for an answer with me and lately seems to turn everything into a fight. Well, he immediately said no way (I knew he would; we're usually on the same page when it comes to our parenting) and explained why to her. He said the same exact things I said to her, but for some reason she took it better coming from him. Go figure.

I am so not right for this Mom gig. *sigh*

Friday, November 7, 2008

Just Randomness (as usual)

I just wasted two hours or so of my life last night watching an old movie I got from the library: Don't Look Now. It should've been called Don't WATCH Now instead because I spent the whole time waiting for this big crescendo of an ending or moment and when it did come it was so stupid and confusing it was ridiculous. I don't know what was scarier: the lady in the red raincoat or Donald Sutherland's afro (it came out in 1973).

Moving on...

It is another rainy, blahish day and besides going grocery shopping after lunch I have no big plans. The kids are in school and that's enough for me! They were off last Friday and drove me bat-poop crazy, so I'm loving the fact that they're off at school this Friday. Emily's mouth was particularly bad this morning so she's missing out on some TV tonight (for her this is a punishment akin to being boiled in butter). Of course she thought this was unfair but hey, so is her treatment of me at times! They tell me it's the age (she's 10) but this is not new behavior. I guess she's just one of those "difficult" children. Well, I can only imagine how bad it'll be when she hits the teen years. That is when I will start drinking.

At work people are already checking out Christmas cds, movies and books and the other day while driving home from work one radio station was playing Christmas songs! What the hell, people?! Halloween is barely over and already it's time for "Silver Bells" and "Do You Hear What I Hear"??? I think it's more like "Silver Coins" and "Do You Hear What I Hear: The Cash Registers Going Ka-Ching!"! Thanksgiving is getting so close and while it makes me happy in one way (gotta love my husband's homemade southern-style mac and cheese!), it makes me a little stressed because my husband works retail. In a gaming store. Yeh. This means (even more) insane hours and him being all grumptious (Is that a word? It should be.)and less of a help with the kids and house than usual. Hard to get in the Spirit of Christmas when you're all fried out.

That's where Zoloft comes in. Or at least it would if I could be consistent in taking it. Some days I'm just so busy getting myself, Dave and the kids ready for work and school that I forget and then the next thing you know it's 3 o'clock and time for Round 2 of Craziness: housecleaning, dog care, homework, supper, laundry, showers, bedtime. After a day or two of forgetting I suddenly feel like Tommy in Tommy Boy:"I just want to drive my car off an enbankment!"

Thank God for chocolate, eh?

I wasn't tagged to post 6 things of randomness, but I will anyway because, like you, Amy girl, I love randomness:

*I collect porcelain pigs. I don't really know why or even when it started, but somehow I've managed to aquire enough to fill the top middle shelf in my kitchen.

*After I had my daughter I lost so much blood I almost needed a transfusion. Dave says I was blue like a Smurf. Scary stuff indeed.

*I've only met one famous person in my life and that's the author Elizabeth George Spears (she wrote the classic children's books The Witch of Blackbird Pond and The Sign of the Beaver). She was a friend of my Nana's and lived fairly close to her, so one day while visiting Nana took me to her house to meet EGS. She was really sweet and somewhere at my parents' there's a picture of us together.

*I am the only person in my family who cannot curl their tongue. This saddens me.

*I have seen two angels. One I just saw the wings of (think John Travolta in Michael) and the other I just saw the face.

*If I could have one superpower it would definitely be flying. There's just nothing cooler, in my opinion.

Well, I should really get a shower now and breakfast, so...until next time...

Monday, November 3, 2008

What, Me Worry?

I am seriously on the fence, politically speaking. Seriously, I like lots of things about Obama and McCain, so who the heck do I vote for? I want the person who is going to make things a bit easier on the economy. And a second stimulus check wouldn't hurt! At any rate, I think the US needs some serious prayers tomorrow night!!

That all aside, today has been a decent day for a Monday. A little on the chilly side, but that is to be expected in November. I know it could always (and will)be worse. I'm a bit bummed that I didn't find any good "trash pickins'" on my walk at work today. I guess the garbage men beat me to it. :(. But here are some pictures of my previous, er, goods:

(Sorry the pictures came out so dark.I am not the world's greatest photographer, I'll the first to admit.)

Dinner is just about ready. My man is slaving away in the kitchen as I type ;). Now if only he'd pain the house or something so I could take a nap...

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Things I Do Besides Clean

How Cheap Are You?

You are Bargain Hunter. You aren't THAT bad...you aren't afraid to shop for bargains, but, when it comes to those necessities, like soda and candy, you'll just grab and go. They're cheap already.

Find Your Character @ BrainFall.com

What Movie Dog Are You?

You are Lassie. When there is trouble you are on the scene with a plan! You are always ready to help someone and can think of inventive ways to do it. You are always thinking three steps ahead of anyone else and this is why you are the one friends rely on the most. You are proud and resourceful and live your life trying to improve the world. You are a quick thinking and very creative person!

Find Your Character @ BrainFall.com

Which Friends Character Are You?

You are part Chandler. You're funny and that's why people like to have you around. You're also a great friend, and when someone you care about is in trouble, they know to come to you for some level-headed advice followed by some sharp sarcasm.

You are part Joey. You may not be the sharpest knife in the drawer, but you're unrivalled when it comes to the opposite sex. You're a great friend, going great lengths when needed. Remember: your friends are your lifeline and you'd better not leave them behind. Success will be hard to find without them around.

Find Your Character @ BrainFall.com

Saturday, October 25, 2008

And Now It's Saturday.

I am sitting here, waiting for one of my eBay items to be sold. Less than 46 minutes, last time I checked (which was a few seconds ago)! I've become an eBay fool, I tell you, selling something every week to put a little extra cash in our checking account and to make me feel better about the fact that we're well, poor. I never buy anything on eBay, because that wouldn't make a lot of sense for us these days. No, I just sell stuff that I pray will go for a lot of money (they never do: most I've made is $27, on a Star Wars Storm Trooper action figure still in its box). Oh, well; one of these days I'll make The Really Big Sell and you'll all got to see a pic of me dancing around in my Hanes Her Way or something.

And while we're on the subject of $$$, I somehow stumbled across this site last weekend and have made a whopping $6! since, which goes straight to my paypal account and then into my bank account. Try it, it's easy, costs nothing but a little of your time, and you get a dollar when you qualify for a particular survey.
DollarSurveys - The easiest way to earn a buck. No commitments, no gimmicks. Just take a survey and get a dollar.

The kids are in their respective corners of the house: one is watching High School Musical 2 (I won't say which one, but my husband would flip if he saw which one was gyrating around to "Fabulous") and the other is ...gosh, I don't know what the other one is doing (never a good thing)! Well, at least I always know where the dogs are (wherever I happen to be). I remember the days when the kids were toddlers and practically velcroed to my butt and in a way it was nice (in a weird sort of way). Almost makes me want another baby.


Tomorrow Em and I are going with my sister and maybe one or two of her spawn to Linvilla Orchards, what has become a yearly tradition with us (since 2005). We go on a hay ride, buy pies and/or pumpkins, eat greasy stuff and just enjoy the fall goodness. It's so much fun! And it gets my pale butt outside--you know, in the sunlight and fresh air (something my skin doesn't get a glimpse of very often). The only drawback? Having to drive into West Chester to go, a place I try to avoid like the flu because it is a 45 minute drive from where I'm living and yes, I'm a Gas Nazi all the way, baby! But my sister is worth it. I don't get to see her or my nephews or niece very often and so when opportunities come along to spend some sisterly time together, I jump on them (like Chris Farley falling through a coffee table).

Well, I'm off to check eBay again...have a good weekend, why don't you, and I'll "see" you when the spirit moves me again...

Monday, October 20, 2008

Monday Madness

Warm spaghetti is good. Especially when you're so dang cold your hands are going numb. What the hell happened to my house? All I know is I woke up this morning and there was a polar bear sitting in my living room. It is cooooooooold. And I am a big baby when it comes to temperatures less than fifty degrees.

My kids, however, must be more southern-blooded than I realized because one is prancing around the house in a skirt (the girl, don't worry) and bare legs and the other thinks the temperature in here is just swell. Well, it should be, since I put the heat on! Had to. I know, I know. It's only October and there are months of cold to come. But when your skin begins to take on a blue pallor and you find yourself boiling water on the stove just to warm your hands, then it's time for drastic measures like turning on the (overly expenisve, oil-filled) furnace.

Moving on...

Scored an Amazing leather desk chair today for FREE. Went walking on my lunch break in the neighborhood around the library and it being trash day meant that all of the wealthy folks who reside there were disposing of a lot of cool stuff (yes, I am a trash picker, and proud of it, darnit). And there, on the curb, in perfectly good condition, sat my chair. And you know, I've been needing something to down down with my arse as I do "productive" stuff on the computer in my free time. This is perfect and it totally made a Monday that started out hectic (ha, who am I kidding; every day around here starts out hectic!) sweet.

And now it seems that my 9 month old lab is in heat. Oh my...poor Tigger, who was fixed just two months ago! I think she honestly scared him, as he ran under the bed after she started, er, "putting the moves on him" (and in front of the kids, no less...the hussy).

Never a dull moment around here, that's for sure.

Monday, October 13, 2008


So my dog's feet smell like corn chips. Not an entirely bad thing, per se, because I really like corn chips (especially the Fritos scoops--have you tried those? You should. Definitely go get some and some of that Lipton Soup onion dip mix.). Where was I? Oh, my dog. She's a bit on the hyper side but she's definitely calmed down a lot since we brought her home in August. She and Tiggy are the best of friends which is nice because at first he was scared poopless by her. But hey, if you were only two feet long and weighed all of 15 lbs., wouldn't a 40 pound crazy black lab freak you out a bit?!

This weather has been so scarily nice that I'm really starting to wonder if we're going to have the big bad winter everyone's expecting. I don't mind the snow, it's the ice I fear. There is nothing quite like landing on your big ass in the driveway while trying to get into your car. Well, there's that and the whole act of driving on the ice. Many people (my husband, for one) would argue that I can barely drive in perfect weather conditions, so you can see where I'm going here.

I need to start shopping for Christmas. I know I say that every year about this time and always end up waiting until after Black Friday, but this year I really just want to get all of the shopping and wrapping crap long out of the way so I can, dare I say it? enjoy the season. I always end up feeling rushed and frazzled and big crowds in stores just piss me off. That's why I want to do a lot of my shopping this year online. I've found a bunch of really cool sites for my family, too, which really helps.

Listen to me: already planning gifts and it's only mid October! We haven't even celebrated Halloween (which I have no idea how we're spending. Thinking maybe just taking the kids around the neighborhood or doing the Malloween thing like last year). As far as costumes go, Davey wants me and him to go as Mario and Luigi and Em wants to be Hannah Montana (like, um, last year). I love Halloween, especially the "fun size" chocolate bars and all of the scary movies that are on that night.
Chocolate and being scared poopless. What could be better? Unless of course, you're Tiggy.