Saturday, January 31, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
I also went in to work today in the library and was glad to be back! The day went very well.
I got a report from Emma's teacher yesterday when I picked her up from school that she has been behaving kind of silly in class lately. We talked about it on our walk home, and of course she couldn't remember any details about her day that would suggest any silliness. Thankfully, today, when I asked her teacher if there were any problems, she said that there were none. I have never had any reports of anything negative, and this wasn't really that bad to begin with, so I was a little shocked. I'm thinking this little red-haired girl is going to be a challenge, and I'm certain is the reason why I have been noticing more and more gray hairs popping through. By the way, I have stopped pulling them because I'm afraid I may end up going bald. Baldness runs in the family, so I don't want to help it along if I am ever going to experience thinning hair. We have parent-teacher conferences coming up in Feb., so I will be anxious to hear more about how things are going.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
I didn't sleep well last night and spent a lot of time thinking about Emma's birthday coming up. I had some pretty good brainstorms, so hopefully I can remember enough of them to write down and execute. Hopefully she doesn't get sick between now and then.
I don't have much more to report, since it's like the night of the living dead here at our house.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Yesterday afternoon I had an appointment to get my hair highlighted and cut. I'm not sure about the highlights. I'm hoping it will grow on me. It kind of looks like I have stripes in my hair on the left side of my head. I couldn't get an appointment for any other time but 3pm, which poses a problem when it comes to picking the kids up at school at 3:05. Thankfully Scott was able to pick them up for me and when I got home it was time for us to go to gymnastics. Scott had given Gage some Motrin after school because he was complaining of a headache and sore throat. I asked Gage if he wanted to stay home or go to gymnastics and he said he would like to try going and if he started to feel bad, could he just come and sit with me. I told him that sounded like a good idea. He made it through the entire gymnastics class without any problems. We got home and had supper that Scott had ready for us and Gage started complaining again of his throat. I had him get his p.j.'s on and get ready for bed. At this point I was having a bit of a sore throat myself, just on my left side, but it wasn't really too bad.
I went to play at volleyball and other than just being tired, I didn't feel too bad. I figured it was more because of having been to a cycling class with Kara at 8:30a. Kara asked me if I would like to go to the cycling class with her and I've given her excuses as to why I couldn't every time she's asked, and I decided it was time I better go. This was not the "Silver Riders" group that I had been to before. Click the link if you would like to refresh your memory on that cycling class. It actually ended up not being THAT bad. I suppose because I was smart enough this time to go at my own pace, versus trying to keep up with the instructor. It was still quite a workout, and my butt is very sore. I didn't realize until last night at volleyball that my knees were bothering me quite a bit. I suppose having my knee pads on, which are tight around my knees, exaggerated it a little bit, but it felt like my kneecaps were just floating around in my knees, unattached to anything. There was alot of standing up while riding the bicycle and I suppose that's where it came from. Thankfully they feel a little better today.
Last night around midnight, I heard Gage up and crying. I went to see what was wrong and he said he felt really bad and his throat hurt. I gave him some Motrin and had him sleep on the couch. I figured he would be more comfortable there than in his bedroom where it is 52 degrees! We are having problems keeping his bedroom warm because we have to keep the door shut to keep the cats out, off of his new carpet, and I decided a couple of weeks ago that I needed to know how cold it actually was in his room, so I put a thermometer in there and 52 was the reading. Scott thought he fixed the problem by turning a lever in the basement from summer to winter, but I don't think it helped. I feel horrible that his room is THAT cold!
Anyway, I could see that his not feeling well was going to continue into the morning, but I was hoping he would miraculously get better because I was scheduled to work in the library today. No such luck. He was warm to touch and still had a terribly bad sore throat. I was hoping it's not strep, but after I read that Emily and her family are all coming down with it, I'm wondering if I need to take him to the doctor. My throat was really feeling horrible this morning too and is quite painful to swallow, so I know if Gage's is feeling like this, I feel bad for the little guy. He needs to get his tonsils out, but we've been waiting for a break from school to do that. Gage stayed home from school today, breaking his perfect attendance record. I was happy to keep him home because he really is feeling terrible. I had to call Jan this morning to let her know Gage and I are sick and that I wouldn't be able to come into the library today. I just hated doing that, but I had no other choice. Scott got Emma ready and took her to school for me, so I could go back to bed. I told her to be sure to have her teacher call me if she starts feeling bad.
When I was thinking about my post yesterday, which never happened, I wanted to be sure to tell my niece, Katie, happy birthday! She turned 13 yesterday. Just kidding Katie, I know you're 16 and it's hard to believe you can be that old already. My sister, Jari Jo, emailed me a couple of disturbing pictures that I hope she doesn't mind my sharing with you all. Hopefully this wasn't a secret they were keeping from Grandma Pipi and I have blown it. If it was, just know Katie, she was going to find out sooner or later anyway. I don't know how long you could be around her covering up your nose before she asked you what you were doing. These pictures, right here, are why I am DEATHLY AFRAID of the dreaded teenage years!
OMG! If I had agreed to a nose piercing, we would have had to walk right back out the door after I saw the person that would be doing it! I hate to be prejudiced, but that guy would NOT be touching Emma's nose, or any other part of her body for that matter!!! It will make an interesting scrapbooking page, that's for sure!
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Jadyn, IsaBelle and Emma are filling out Cookie questionnaires. They were to fill out who in their home, school and Sports team like Girl Scout cookies and then in the box below they were to draw a picture of what they thought a million boxes of Girl Scout cookies would look like. That was interesting to see how their minds were working and I was impressed with Emma's idea. She drew several straight lines across the box, then several lines up and down, making a grid with lots of little rectangles! I guess she had a bit of an advantage since she knew what $11,000 worth of Cub Scout popcorn looked like in our garage this fall!
The girls went through several different stations, getting their passports stamped, which later earned them a new Cookie Rally patch. At this station, they are visiting Idaho and learning about potatoes.
They then used "potato sacks" for some sack races. I wasn't sure it was such a great idea to be having sack races on this slick floor, but as far as I saw, there weren't any girls that were knocked out cold from wiping out and bonking their head on the concrete floor!
Jadyn's race against the older, Junior Girl Scout didn't seem too fair, but she blew her away. She must have some of those super jumping abilities like her Dad!
I wasn't too impressed with the cookie training, but thankfully Kara, (a.k.a. Cookie Mom) volunteered to head up the cookie fundraiser since I took care of the nuts and magazines. I guess if Kara is the "Cookie Mom", I would be known as the "Nutty Mom". Yes, there is an inside joke here, but it would take too long to explain it.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
I know you've all been sitting on pins and needles just waiting to see what Scott's special talent is; the thing he thinks can top Guy jumping up and hitting his head on a 9 foot ceiling.
There's been a "Go-rill" (Gorilla) sighting in our neighborhood
I'm so proud!
I hope our neighbors haven't called the insane asylum for a direct admit!
Friday, January 23, 2009
I nearly fell out of my chair when I saw the picture she had posted to go with it. Who ever said, "White men can't jump?"
I fowarded the blog post to Scott at work and then went about my day. This evening when he came home from work one of the first things he said was, "Man, I have to say I was impressed with how high Guy can jump!" I had to laugh because I hadn't thought about it the rest of the day. Scott, on the other hand, is trying to come up with something that can top the jump..............................................
and the fish eyes.
I hope you don't mind my borrowing pictures from your blog Kara, but they are great and Scott is jealous. He wants me to take a video of one of his "signature moves", but we're going to have to attempt it tomorrow, as there isn't enough space in the house. It will give all of my readers something to look forward to.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Today was a busy day in the library at school. We had several classes come in to check out books since they missed their regular library day with the guest speaker. Today was also the Kindergartener's library day at Corpus Christi. They were VERY WILD today and I was glad when the last class was done at 3pm!
Despite getting to bed about an hour earlier than normal last night, and waking up 1 minute prior to my alarm clock going off, I'm tired today. I think all of those kids just wore me out today.
We are having a very blustery evening. The wind has picked up and the temperature is dropping. I think we are supposed to have high temps of 0 or below zero this weekend. I guess it will be a good weekend to stay inside and do some more organizing. I still haven't gotten pictures posted of my new scrapbooking area because I'm still working on it. Sorry Kysa! Maybe this weekend?
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Here are the email exchanges.
To Whom It May Concern:
I recently sent in an album to be imprinted, that had been retired for some time. The album was from the scenic series and the color I had imprinted was Meadow. I have had over 10 albums imprinted and have been completely satisfied with the results. I was just online on the Persona web-site, preparing to have my 3 remaining albums from the scenic series (Canyon, Sand and Brook) imprinted and I am no longer able to locate these retired colors in the list of albums. Can you please let me know what I need to do to order to get these 3 remaining albums imprinted.
Thank you so much for your time.
I sure wish I would have known this was going to happen. There was nothing posted on the web-site regarding this decision to no longer accept these albums for imprinting. Had I known, I would have sent all of them in at the same time, or none of them at all. I'm sure this seems like some trivial little matter that I should just "get over", but I have ruined my album set by having one imprinted and am unable to imprint the remaining three. Is there any way possible, that I can get these 3 albums imprinted? I will sign a waiver or whatever it takes. If there is someone else I need to talk to regarding this matter, please let me know. I'm desperate.
I don't understand why an exception cannot be made? Isn't this MY risk to make? There was nothing posted on the web-site regarding this decision to no longer accept these albums. As I said before, if there had been a note regarding this decision on the web-site, I would have sent all 4 albums in at the same time, or not at all. It might be a good idea to send out mass emails to your return customers of these decisions so they can make informed ones regarding their albums. It's unfortunate and I cannot even express how sad this makes me. Not that it matters to anyone, but it brought tears to my eyes. All I guess I can say is that I'm sorry I ever started imprinting my albums since all of my completed albums are imprinted (11) and no one will make any exceptions to allow my remaining 3 to be imprinted. I will certainly let everyone I know of the risk they will be taking if they choose to start imprinting any of their albums.
It is not the album design I'm concerned about. I understand that the designs change and I use a different design each time I have an album imprinted anyway. I have been imprinting all of my albums and just started working on my son's albums because I have all of my daughter's albums imprinted. I sent in his 12x12 Meadow album (from the retired scenic series) in December and had it imprinted. My plan was to get the remaining albums in this series imprinted and now I am no longer allowed to do this. I was not made aware of this decision by any consultant, and it was not posted on the web-site. There are still retired 12x12 albums being accepted for imprinting, so I don't understand why the color of my albums would have anything to do with reconfiguring computer hardware?
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
I worked at the library for 3 hours this morning and then came home to get some things done at home. I did a little work in the basement, and the play area is at least cleared out of my junk, so the kids can play if they choose. Now that it's cleared out, they probably won't want to.
We have had a few nice days of weather, but they are predicting that tomorrow will be the last "nice day" for awhile. We will again be entering the deep freeze. If that will make Brie want to stay inside instead of ringing her bell 100 times a day to go outside, I say bring it on! I hate spring. I hate the melting of snow and the mud and slush that comes with it. I wish we could just go from winter to summer without that in between mess. I guess I don't have to worry about it for a few more days anyway.
Emma brought home an invitation in her backpack today to a birthday party. A friend of hers is having a party on Feb 7 and it said that this will also be a slumber party for the girls who would like to stay. I chose not to read that part of the invitation to Emma, at least not until I talked about it with Scott. When he came home from work, he noticed the invitation on the counter and started reading it, but I did get him stopped before he got to that part and told him not to mention that part quite yet. I'm not sure Emma is old enough for a slumber party? It's not that I don't trust the parents, but I'm not sure she will be able to stay the entire night. I would hate for her to decide at midnight or later that she was scared and wanted to come home. Not only because it would be a pain in the rump, but also because there's a possibility for getting teased about it. I'm sure that if kids tease her about wearing a ski/face mask for a stocking hat, being a "fraidy pants" and not being able to stay over night the entire night wouldn't be good for the teasing department. Later, Gage found the invitation and read it out loud while Emma was standing right there. AARGH! Her eyes got very big and she was VERY excited about this being a slumber party. I told her that she must not get too excited quite yet, because I wasn't sure that she was going to be able to go to that part of the party. I told Emma that she was going to have to prove to me that she was a big girl in the next couple of weeks and not give me ANY troubles at bedtime. Tonight after she was laying in bed and after we had read to them both, Emma asked me to come into her room. She asked me, "Mom, how do I go to sleep?" I have explained this to her MANY, MANY times. I told her that she needs to just close her eyes and shut her brain off. She asks, "How do I shut my brain off?" She's asking me, her mother who also has problems with insomnia, how to shut her brain off. I told her I wasn't sure, but sometimes I try counting sheep, or just repeating the word "sleep" over and over and over. This doesn't always work for me; however. All I know is that I have some major bargaining power for the next couple of weeks and I should be able to get Emma to do whatever I want by holding this little slumber party over her head. What are your thoughts about a 5/6 year old slumber party? I do know one thing, Emma is NOT having a slumber party for her birthday that is coming right up!
Monday, January 19, 2009
Gage and Emma had a pretty good day today. They played very well together when they were playing Rockband on the Wii. Of course Mom had to join in the fun. :-) I'm sure when they get older, Gage and Emma are going to think I'm a totally cool Mom, or a completely lame Mom. It's probably going to be the latter. LOL!
We picked Scott up for lunch and ate drive-thru McDonald's while we drove him to the Toyota dealership to pick up his truck. From there the kids and I went to Barnes and Noble. Of course we found a bunch of books we liked, so the kids used some of their B&N gift cards and I had a coupon that I got in an email. I bought the 3rd book in the Twilight series since I only have a couple of chapters left in book 2. I was sad to discover that they don't have the 3rd book out in paperback yet. I'm glad I had the extra coupon to use.
We came home and Gage spent quite awhile reading one of his new books. We started a Netflix movie we had and didn't quite get it finished before we had to head out for gymnastics. I really wanted to skip gymnastics because I hate having back-to-back activities and right after gymnastics tonight we had a Pack meeting which consisted of sledding. Of course it was completely disorganized (AS ALWAYS!) and didn't get started until nearly 7pm. Who in the world would schedule a sledding event at 6:30pm on a school night during the winter when it gets dark at 5p? I kept my mouth shut; however, because I know if I get going on it I'll end up finding myself with more responsibilities and I certainly don't need that!
I had volleyball tonight at 9:30, so it's been quite a busy day. I'm glad school is back in session tomorrow. They have some sort of speaker in the library tomorrow and Wednesday, so I only have to go in to shelve books if needed tomorrow and I have Wednesday off. I hope to get some work done in the basement since I didn't do a single thing down here today. I'm sure I'll end up finding something better to do! I always do!
Sunday, January 18, 2009
We cleaned like crazy today and finally got it completed not too long before our guest arrived. Gage and Emma were sure excited to have someone different here to show their things to. Mike is an outdoor/wildlife photographer from Lincoln, NE and is on his way back home from a photo shoot in Montana. He had some awesome pictures of antelope.
My day tomorrow will be spent in the basement trying to clean up the mess I made from cleaning out the guest room. Since Tuesday is garbage day, I think I may just fill up the trash can.
Gage and Emma have gymnastics tomorrow evening, along with a sledding party/Pack meeting after that. I also have volleyball on Monday nights, so we have a pretty full schedule, despite having no school.
Good night and have a great week!
Saturday, January 17, 2009
2. Sucked even more.
5. More terrible than the one before.
7. How much more of this can I take?
9. Not too terrible.
10. Not bad.
12. Not good.
14. Hey, this isn't too bad.
It was quite funny because most of the people were complaining about #14 tasting like cherry couch syrup. I suppose it makes sense, that I liked it, because I don't think cherry NyQuil tastes all that bad. We didn't stay too long because the kids were at our friend, Laura and Steve's, house.
The house is in terrible shape. I worked really hard today to get the guest room cleaned out. I emptied out the entire closet and almost everything in the room (except the furniture). I had to go through all of Gage's paperwork from his 1st grade year. I didn't throw a single worksheet, or artwork away and I was sure regretting that. I take pictures of all the artwork to put into his scrapbook and I had been putting it off for a year and decided to get that project done. I did finish it, and felt a huge sense of accomplishment after that. Gage and Emma were busy all day playing and messing up the living room and when Gage had gone upstairs to go to the bathroom he noticed the guest room was totally nice and organized and clean. He came downstairs and asked, "Do we have someone coming to stay with us?" Ha ha! It's bad when you're kids know someone is coming only because I start cleaning like a madwoman! I got that room finished and came downstairs to see that the main floor was a complete wreck. I guess I'll be working on that tomorrow! No school on Monday means I'll have to spend that day off in the basement, because all the crap that was in the guest room is now in the basement. Our crap just gets moved from one place to the other. I need to throw it out instead!
Friday, January 16, 2009
The kids complained more today on our walk home because they were hot and sweaty than they do on the cold days. In fact, they had their coats unzipped and their snowpants unzipped by the time we arrived home.
I've spent my evening and night getting my scrapbooking stuff organized. It's looking pretty good, but it's in the basement and now I'm worried about it getting flooded! I'll try to finish it up tomorrow and take a picture or two.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
It was another fine day at work. I had another sub helping me at Corpus Christi this afternoon, which made that a much more manageable afternoon!
It's hard to have much to talk about when I spend the day at work.
One exciting thing that happened today........................I got a new labelmaker! Yes Kysa and Kara, I am joining the land of the organized! Scott's afraid he's going to come home from work tomorrow to see that I have labeled the entire house! :-) I don't think I have enough label tape to do that, so no need to worry Scott! I can't wait to get my new scrapping area labeled! I'm going to be so organized I won't know what to do! HA! Yes, that is sarcasm!
We're supposed to warm up tomorrow. It's going to be a scorching 30 degrees (above zero)! Everyone will be dragging out their summer clothes if that keeps up!
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
The kids got lucky this morning and Scott gave them a ride to school. I guess he felt sorry for them after he read my blog last night. Tomorrow is the morning they need the ride, however, I will be working and because I'm back and forth between Northridge and Corpus, having a car is kind of silly. It would end up being wherever I'm not. We'll tough it out and walk. It's -24 degrees right now, so I hate to see what it's going to be in the morning! They are calling for -33 degrees tomorrow morning!
Our weatherman, Too Tall Tom, says we have had 61.2 inches of snow so far and only need 40.5 more inches to break the all time snowiest winter on record! I know we can do it! Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!
Maybe I'll have more to say tomorrow?
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Tonight while Scott was outside removing snow from the driveway (with the help of Dave's snowblower!) I had him snap a few pictures of the kids sledding down our snow mountain. I have never seen this much snow in my life!!!
You should be able to understand now why I'm complaining about being unable to shovel the snow because I can't throw it high enough to get it over the mountain on either side of the driveway!
Monday, January 12, 2009
This morning Scott came in and woke me up saying he didn't know why the alarm clock didn't go off, but that it was 7:30. I popped straight out of bed so I could start getting everyone ready for school. At this point, I still didn't know if I was working today or not. I went into the bathroom to wet my hair down..............it's never a good idea to go to bed with a wet head the night before! When I went back into the bedroom, I was trying to figure out why the dumb alarm clock didn't go off. I had already chewed Scott out for messing it up, because I had set it (correctly) when I went to bed, and when he came to bed he was messing around with it. Anyway, I discovered that it was actually set to go off at 7am. Scott had gotten up earlier to let Brie outside and had come back to bed thinking it was 6:50, and he could sleep a little bit longer. When he woke up again, he noticed it was 30 minutes past the hour, thinking the hour was 7am, but it was actually 6am!!! UGH! When I was checking the clock over to see why it didn't go off, I discovered it was because the actual time was 6:40 not 7:40! AARGH! I guess it's better to get up too early, than too late, however, when you're awakened too early when you actually think it's too late, it doesn't make the morning start any smoother. I don't even know if that makes any sense or not? The kids had already eaten their breakfast when I came downstairs and then I got all of their stuff organized to go to school. Since I had time, I decided I would go outside and shovel snow. I was sweating my butt off before I finished. There was ALOT of drifted snow and I seriously cannot throw the snow over the mountain that has been created along the side of the driveway anymore. The wind was blowing hard enough that all I really had to do was launch the snow from the shovel up in the air and the wind would wisk it away. It was soon time for us to head to school, and a GOOD MOM would have driven their kids to school, but this MEAN MOM made them walk. Actually, they don't even ask anymore if we can drive. It's just known that we are going to walk, and if we do happen to drive, it's a pleasant surprise (which happens very rarely!) Anyway, we had to walk through some pretty deep drifts down our sidewalk until I discovered it would be easier to just walk in the streets, where the snow had already been driven through. When we dropped Emma off, they were staying inside because of the nasty windchills, so we went in and I took her snowman project up to her classroom and had her take her stuff off and hang it on her hook. On our way up the stairs she asked if she could go eat breakfast in the lunchroom. I said, "Emma, you already ate breakfast." She replies, "No I didn't!" I didn't actually see the kids eat breakfast, so I wasn't sure if they did or not. I asked Gage if he ate and he said he did, but he didn't know if Emma did or not. I felt horrible thinking she may not have gotten breakfast, but she isn't in the breakfast program at school, so I told her she would have to last until lunchtime. They eat at 11am, so it's not a terrible long wait. I went on to school with Gage and as soon as we got inside the school, an alarm went off. I asked Gage what the alarm was and he said it was the fire alarm. I asked him what they are supposed to do when the fire alarm goes off, and he said go outside. So, we went outside to stand. Not long after that someone came out and told us we were meeting in the gym since it was so cold outside. There have been electricians working in the computer lab, and I think the alarms were accidentally set off. I took Gage into the gym and stood awhile, because I thought if there was a real fire, I wanted to be sure to get him out of there and take him home. I saw Mrs. Schmidt in the meantime and casually asked her if she needed me to work in the library. She replies, "YES!" I'm thinking, "Oh CRAP! I'm not even ready!" She told me that she was in the process of calling me on Friday evening to tell me she needed me to work this morning, but got interrupted and then forgot that she hadn't actually called me until this morning. I told her in a bit of a panic that I would have to go home to change clothes since I was in my sweats! UGH! I made sure the alarm wasn't due to a real fire, then took off for home to get my clothes changed to head back to school. Thankfully, the remainder of the day wasn't quite as bad. I used to love Mondays, but not anymore! :-)
Oh, and in case you're still feeling terrible about poor little Emma who didn't get breakfast? Well, she did get breakfast! Scott was still at home in bed when I got back to get ready to go back to work in the library, because he said he wasn't feeling well, and I asked him if Emma had eaten. He had fried her an egg. I felt much better after hearing that. She has come home from school before telling me she was hungry at school because she didn't get breakfast. I know better most days because I am the one who makes her breakfast. What a little turkey! She just wanted to eat breakfast at the school too!
Sunday, January 11, 2009
We are getting more snow and they are calling for blizzard-like conditions tonight. It looks like it could be getting started when I take a glance out the window.
Not sure what my work week is looking like yet. I guess sometimes it's best to not know until the last minute, that way I don't spend too much time worrying about it. Although, maybe I spend more time worrying about not knowing?
I'm going to see if a bath might help me feel a little better.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Scott is on his death bed.
Gage was perhaps more difficult to deal with today than Emma.
I'm starting to feel quite crappy and despite my overwhelming urge to sleep, I can't put my new book down. I went out and bought the book "Twilight" last week and it is so good I don't want to stop reading. I'm kind of mad at myself though, because I read 7 chapters in the 4th book of the series (thinking it was the 1st book) and I know what is going to happen. I hate knowing. I like the suspense. Emily, I don't know why you like to know how a book ends before you start reading it? That just doesn't make any sense!? :-) Despite knowing that detail, it is still very good and I can't wait to find out what happens up to that point!
I hope to feel better tomorrow.
Friday, January 9, 2009
TGIF!!! I think maybe I will like Fridays more and fully appreciate lazy weekends now, being a "working Mom". However, I must say this isn't going to be much of a fun, or lazy weekend because Scott came home sick from work today. He slept all afternoon and thought he felt well enough for DU's Christmas party tonight. We left pretty early because he wasn't feeling well. He wanted me to feel his head on the way home to see if he had a temperature. He did, according to the lip-to-the-forehead test. He's usually close to death when he is sick, so we'll be in mourning around here.
Another way I can tell it's not going to be much fun tomorrow is because Emma is still awake, sobbing, in her bedroom (9:50pm). Gage has his friend, Grant, sleeping over tonight and Emma is completely ticked off that she can't sleep in Gage's room with them. I don't know why she even wants to? I think it's because they are sleeping on the floor and for whatever reason, it seems to be a novelty. I would much rather sleep in my warm, comfortable bed, versus the cold, hard floor. She's going to be a bear tomorrow. Between her being a grouch and Scott being sick, I may have to go find a place to hideout tomorrow! Maybe I could go outside and dig me out a snow cave?
The snow we had, yesterday thru today, sure is pretty. It is so nice and white. Let me tell you though, it was NOT FUN trying to find a place to put it! I shoveled before I went to school this morning and I seriously can hardly throw it up high enough to get it on top of the mountain of snow on either side of the driveway. Thankfully neighbor Dave came to the rescue with his snowblower after he got off work . It was kind of funny, as it seems that everyone right around him came outside to do some snow removal, or at least make it look that way, hoping he would come over with his snowblower and get rid of it. It was almost like back in my elementary P.E. days when they were picking teams for a game of dodgeball and everyone is like, "Oh, oh! Pick me! Pick me! Me first!" I was doing the same thing. I felt bad; however, when I had to finally go inside to get ready to go to the DU Christmas party, because I didn't want to just get my drive cleaned up and then run. I tried my hardest to get out of going to the dumb party to begin with, since they were making everyone pay for their own meals this year. I felt bad driving away while Dave was outside still blowing snow from his driveway after finishing up everyone else's.
I'll do my best to come up with something interesting tomorrow!
Thursday, January 8, 2009
This morning I had a phone call from Mrs. Schmidt, and it seems that she caught the stomach flu that her son had on Monday. I was already planning to go in to work for Mrs. Hocking, as she was, and is going to be, out for awhile. Mrs. Schmidt said that she was unable to find a sub, which meant that I was by myself!! I assured Mrs. Schmidt that I could do it, and that it wasn't necessary to cancel the Kindergarteners' library day. The more I thought about it all, the more worried I was becoming, and I thought maybe I might need to stay home with the stomach flu too, with the way it was churning. I decided I needed to put things in perspective. I have been in many situations worse than this one, when I was working as a nurse, when people's lives were at stake. I felt a little better knowing that these were just books! I can't screw it up too bad, can I? I had one of the other ladies who works in the library during the first hour of the morning give me the low down on how to start up the computers and log onto the system. I took some notes and she told me if I needed anything, to call her on her cell phone. She was working at Corpus Christi first thing this morning getting all of the books checked in for the Kindergarteners' library time. I seemed to be a little less nervous once I got the computers up and running, and I found a stack of books on the desk with a note to check them out to Lexie. Hmmm.....................I wonder who Lexie is?? I thought I would give Mrs. Buechler a call, since she said I could, and ask her. It seems I should have also gotten a little training on how to use the phone! I couldn't figure out how to call out. I tried dialing 9, then the number. It didn't work. I tried 1 and the number and that didn't work either. I also tried just dialing the number without any luck. I decided that I would try and do a search on the computer, and since there was only 1 Lexie in the system, I knew it had to be her. It turned out to be correct. One problem solved! I had one 1st grade class that came in for story time and to check out books while I was at Northridge, and then after lunch, I went to Corpus Christi for 5 classes of Kindergarteners. I decided to read them the same story I read to the 1st graders, because it just kind of fit. It was called Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. After 6 times, I started to get pretty good at it! ;-) The kids enjoyed the book and it really wasn't quite that terrible! The kids were quite noisy, but for the most part, I think I kept them all in line. I'll be working again tomorrow, and as far as I know, Mrs. Schmidt will be there too. I'm praying she is anyway. Even a few of the Kindergartener's said, "You mean you're here all by yourself?" I told them to take it easy on me.
We had our Daisy Scout meeting right after school so I put in several hours at the school today! Unfortunately for me, Emma didn't behave at Girl Scouts like she did during library time. She confessed at suppertime it was because at school there is a principal, and she doesn't want to be sent to see him. I'm going to have to let her know that he is still in the building and she can still be sent to him, just to straighten her up a little bit.
We're having quite a bit of snow again. It was actually kind of pretty when I had the chance to see it out the window. Apparently the grocery stores were flooded with people stocking up in case it turned into a bad storm. I'm glad I wasn't there to experience it!
This post wasn't nearly as much fun as the underwear. You're going to have to come up with something else tomorrow Anonymous #2! I did enjoy Anonymous #5's comment about the type of underwear he may be wearing! I believe that Anonymous #3 was right on target suggesting he's a head case. Oh, and I was also quite disturbed to hear that Scott says 1 pair of underwear can last him a week during the hunting season. EEEWWWWW! Now there's another reason for me to hate the hunting season!! As for the new question about what product to use on the skid marks, I think since he has 49 pair, you're probably safe in throwing them away!?
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Comment #1 - "Well...I just want you to post a question on your blog...Please ask your readers if they have ever been chewed out because their husband ran out of underwear - My laundry was 100% done on Sunday...Delivered to all spots in the house and today is Wednesday....How many pair of underwear does the normal house husband use in that short of a time frame?"
Comment #2 - "oh...I'm counting the ones I'm washing right now....2 are currently in the dryer... I will count the next load as they go in the dryer....Also...I went to the underwear drawer and counted how many pair of underwear were in the drawer....sit down....49...yes..no typo...49 pair of underwear that are evidently not as good as the two pair that are in the dryer....Let me voice this...I wear one pair of underwear a day...so I have two pair three pair in the laundry right at this momment...Sunday's Monday's and Tuesdays! I still have Wednesday's on!!!!"
Comment #3 - "Question...Is it possible to shove all 49 pair of underwear that are currently clean and in his drawer up his ***? "
Comment #4 - "I guess when you are a real rotten (bleep (edited by me)) you must go thru more underwear than the normal person!"
Comment #5 - "Do you suppose anyone has guessed who this is that is anonymously venting?????"
Comment #6 - "Stacy if you call me use the Cell phone cuz it is with me while I'm waiting for the laundry to finish... "
I just got a phone call from anonymous, reporting that there were 9 pair of underwear from Sunday-Wednesday in the washer. I think he must change his underwear every time he farts? It's a good thing he doesn't live in this house, because I wash clothes once a week, and he would be SOL until the following Monday!
So, how many pair of underwear does your husbands go through in a week? More importantly, I want to know how many of your husbands even own 49 pairs of underwear?
And I didn't think I had much to blog about!
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Today I worked in the library from 1-3p. The time flew by very quickly. I didn't even realize it was 3p until the janitor lady came into the library and Mrs. Schmidt's daughter came in. I had asked Gage to meet me in the library again, so I was waiting for him. It took him awhile to show up. He had forgotten he was supposed to meet me in the library until he arrived at out meeting spot outside and discovered I wasn't there. After he came down to the library, we had to go back to his classroom because he had forgotten his library books in his desk. We went there, then I had to drop a couple of things off at the office and sign out. I told Gage we needed to hurry because I knew we were running a little late in picking Emma up. We walked as quickly as we could and when we finally arrived at Corpus Christi to pick Emma up, just inside the doorway stood Emma, her teacher, another teacher and the principal. Emma came running to me and I apologized for being late. The principal commented, "See, I told you she would be coming." Emma was the only kid left in the school (besides the teacher's daughter). She thought I wasn't coming to get her. I apologized to her teacher a few different times. She said it wasn't a problem as she knew I would be coming. I am certainly not going to win the "Mother-of-the-Week" award this week let me tell you! I hate being late. I'll do better tomorrow. (I hope!)
I get the opportunity to work again tomorrow at 9:30 instead of in the afternoon. I can't wait to see that next paycheck! However, I feel bad that Juanita's back is causing her to miss work. I do hope she gets to feeling better soon.
Monday, January 5, 2009
I have a few different blogs that I read where they list different products that they either love or hate. I haven't felt the need to do that, until now. There are a few different products that I cannot live without and wish that I had invented. The Swiffer is one of them. I couldn't live without a swiffer.
This morning I had a phone call from the librarian at school asking me if I could come in at 9:30 and work til 3, instead of from 1-3p. Her son was up all night with a stomach bug and she wasn't able to go to work. I was happy that I was able to do it. I worked with Juanita until 1p, then I worked for Juanita until 3p. I was a little nervous about being in the library for a couple of hours by myself, but it went very well. I had to read a story to a 3rd grade class, which I was nervous about. I am not fond of public speaking, or public reading. I have never read to any kids except my own, but it wasn't bad at all. They had all come in from recess and their cheeks were as red as could be, and I could feel that my neck, cheeks and ears were just as red as theirs! I didn't mind it at all, and I won't be so nervous if I have to do it again. It turned out to be a pretty good day and I don't think I screwed anything up too badly in the couple of hours I was there by myself. Juanita came back around 2:30 because she was volunteering in another classroom, so I had my little stack of books with my questions ready for her. I couldn't remember what I was supposed to do with the books that were returned that came from a different library. She helped me with that and not long after that, it was time to go home. I was beat when I got home so I'm hoping to sleep well tonight! I'm looking forward to going back tomorrow afternoon!
Sunday, January 4, 2009
We made it to Target today without any big meltdowns, believe it or not. Well, I guess it's easy to believe, because Target had what both Gage and Emma were looking for (thank goodness!). I think I won't be taking them into any stores for quite awhile. They have had an awful case of the "gimmies". We're going to have to dig out our book "The Barenstain Bears Get the Gimmies" and hopefully get rid of those darned things! They are both nearly broke, so that will help.
Gage and Emma were invited over to our friends, Steve and Laura's, this afternoon to play with Alan and Ellie. They had a great time and even got to go to the Y with them and go swimming. Scott and I took advantage of not having the "gimmies" with us and ran a few errands. I think we're nearly stocked back up after our trip to Iowa. Now I just need to make it to the grocery store. I'll have to maybe check out the online grocery shopping tomorrow.
I have a volleyball game tomorrow night. The first one of this session. It will be with a different team of which I know only 1 person. I'm excited to play again. We have a Girl Scout meeting on Thursday after school, so I need to get prepared for that. We are officially into the new year of 2009, and our week is just as busy as the end of 2008. Keeping busy will keep us out of trouble.
Saturday, January 3, 2009
I hate the mess we have when we get home from vacations. There is crap everywhere. I need to get motivated to clean it up.
Gage and Emma have Christmas money burning a hole in their pockets. We went to Walmart this evening which turned out to be a huge mistake. We had both kids ticked off and crying as they left the store empty handed. It was quite embarrassing and I was trying to stay as far ahead of them as I could while I was pushing the cart to the checkout, hoping no one would think they were mine. I don't think it worked.
It's pretty cold here. While we were in Iowa I didn't even use my coat. I wasn't outside that much though. We can't get away without wearing coats here. It is -10 degrees outside right now, with windchills much colder than that.
While we were gone we had our neighbor, Dave, checking on our animals. Unfortunately, he did a good job and they were all still alive when we got home. I told him I wouldn't be upset if he just flushed the tadpole and salamander down the toilet. The cats might clog the pipes, so that probably wouldn't be a good idea. Speaking of cats, our yellow cat, Griz, was MIA when Dave came to check on them Wed night. Thursday Maggie called me at my Mom's house asking where he might be hiding, as they had been looking for him for over an hour and couldn't find him. Griz likes to get into cupboards and drawers and just about anything else that he can find. There was no way that he could have gotten out of the house, so we weren't worried that he had escaped. On Friday when Dave came to check on them, he heard Griz howling and found him trapped inside our dresser drawers in our bedroom. None of the drawers were even open, but apparently there is an open place on the lower backside of the dresser that he crawled into, then climbed up into one of the drawers and then couldn't get out. When Scott opened his dresser drawer this morning to get his hunting clothes out for his final pheasant hunt of the season, his black clothes were COVERED in cat hair. Unfortunately Griz is very neurotic and when I'm away, he pulls his hair out, literally. You can tell on his back half that he is missing quite a bit of hair. I guess a week is too long to be gone in Grizzy's eyes! Thankfully there were no stinky surprises in Scott's drawer, even after he had been in there for a couple of days! He may have been in and out of there and then finally couldn't get out and had to cry for help. He's sitting here on my lap with his chin resting on my arm as I type. He's sticking to me like glue to make sure I don't leave him again.
It was nice sleeping in our own beds last night and I'm looking forward to school starting back up on Monday!
Thursday, January 1, 2009
I haven't heard how the water situation is, as to whether it can be consumed or not. Today is our last day here, so we don't have to deal with it much longer. I pray it gets resolved because what a pain in the butt! I hope it doesn't last too long guys! You can sure follow us home to Bismarck, where the water is clean! (And frozen!)
I've heard rumors that we've had quite a bit of snow in Bismarck since we left. I hope it hasn't been too bad on our neighbor, Dave. He has been watching our zoo of animals and has had several driveways to care for as well, ours being one of them. We'll be home soon Dave! Hopefully we'll have good driving weather for tomorrow! I think the kids will be so worn out that they will sleep the entire way...................or at least that's what I'm praying for!