Tuesday, September 30, 2008
And hat has been it so far. My next big thing will be the field trip if we get to go. Now to try and start feeling better. I had some skeevy Chinese food for lunch today that went down great, but came back and tried to bite me in the ass! or maybe it was thoughts of my son this afternoon when he saw a little girl from his class and said, "Ooooooooo there's Marisol! I'm gonna go over and talk to Marisol Mama!"
I'm gettin' too old for this crap.
Monday, September 29, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
Long story short, We ate a copious amount of food, had a decent amount of alcohol, and (always being prepared...) caught a ride home with my friend Sherri. What can I say, except....
Happy Birthday HHH, and also Happy Promotion, and Happy Raise!!!!!
Nuff said. Now to go have intoxicated naughty relations with my studly hubby!
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
...Please be careful when you are driving. School is back in and there are kids everywhere. I walk with my munchkins every morning to the school and we are luck to be able to walk to the school by way of a linear park. You know, the city closes down a street or gets a railroad right of way and they rehab it into a long skinny park with wide sidewalks to walk down and trees to shade the way. The only time I worry about cars is when we are crossing the street to get to the school,(there's a crossing guard), and when we are going from the apartment complex to the park via the entrance to the complex. I have noticed that our complex gets quite a few "drive-thru's". People who can't be bothered to take the actual road to the place they are going, but instead want to cut through the complex's parking lot to make better time. Who cares that there are kids here, people walking dogs, taking out their trash.....no, let's turn a nice quiet parking lot into the Indy 500 every morning and evening! And these idiots are speeding through, talking or texting on their cell phones, not even paying attention to what is going on around them.....and if they are younger than 30, they have the stereo in their car turned up to ear splitting levels so even if an ambulance came by they wouldn't hear it. It's ridiculous! The other walking moms and I are worried about it. What can you do though? The complex doesn't have a "No thru vehicles" sign, so the drive by's aren't breaking any laws, it's just, I wish people in general would be more careful. Those photos above are from the bus accident in Citra yesterday, where a Tractor Trailer driver who was on his cell phone rear ended a stopped school bus. One child died, many more were injured and if it wasn't for concerned people running over when it happened, more kids would have died! How do you miss a big yellow school bus that is stopped and has all the lights and signs going?? WTF does it take for people to pay just a little more attention when they drive? When we are waiting to cross the street to the school in the mornings, there are drivers who ignore the flashing school zone signs and speed through the intersection. There are also those who ignore the light when it turns red and run it at the expense of the kids safety. Luck for us, the crossing guard is great and makes the kids wait until he gets to the middle of the intersection and then when he is sure all the cars are stopped, he waves everyone on to go ahead and cross. It kills me though that some people are so distracted, or busy that they can't think about what may happen due to their inattentiveness.
So, I will go on and go out every morning and afternoon to the school, herding my munchkins along as they ride their bikes, warning them of any approaching danger, and basically teaching them about good roadsmanship. I'll always have my eye out for the next yokel who isn't paying attention, I may even holler at the ones who are completely oblivious.......and I will be thinking of Frances Schee, and how her parents must miss her terribly.
Hug your children. Slow down. Pay attention. Hang up, and drive.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
I love animals. Big ones, little ones, fuzzy ones, scaly ones......you name it! There for, there is no way I can fathom in my brain that someone can do what Joeseph Petcka did.
He cruelly took his anger out on Norman, Petcka's girlfriend's cat. http://tinyurl.com/4ct4q6 Quite literally beat Norman to death! All of it was because Petcka was angry and fighting with his girlfriend. Alcohol was also involved. It seems that Norman had bitten Petcka, and when he had awakened his girlfriend to complain, she didn't think it was anything, so he accused her of loving Norman more than himself. The ass is actually trying to use self defense to get out of the animal cruelty charges! I hope the jury doesn't let this jerk walk with a slap on the wrist and a fine. I really want him to get some jail time for this, like Michael Vick did. How can you take an innocent animal and beat it to death....for something that the poor thing has nothing to do with?? I love my fuzzies! I love them very much. I can't imagine being without them. Toby was our little dog lost. HHH found him in the dead of winter in Memphis. Toby was the victim of pet dumping. HHH thought that Toby was a squirrel and almost hit him with the car. Lucky for Toby, HHH stopped, got out, and looked to see just what was that tiny ball of fluff and leaves. We searched for an owner for 30 days with no luck. So,we took Toby in, fattened him up, and he became a member of our family! Now I can't imagine life without him!
And then there is Fluffy. He came from my MIL in Memphis as well. She was the kind of pet owner who LOOOOOOVED puppies and kittens, but when the animal began to grow up.....the party was over and she neglected them to the point of ill health. I saw her do this with 4 dogs, and countless cats. I was living on her charity at the time, (we had gone up there to help her while she was ill, but we had to live with her at the time.), so turning her in was out of the question. I would spend extra money buying food, taking them outside, playing with them, you know..... She already had 2 cats, both boys, when she had the GREAT idea to get a girl cat and see if she could breed! Oh yeah, you don't take care of what you got...let's breed a few more! (sarcasm!) Long story short, the female got pregnant, she had 5 kittens, and we had more cats! Fluffy was one of those kittens. I found a lady who fixed 4 of the kittens when they were teenagers, the only female of the litter died somehow(possibly hit by car.), and the adults were lost when we had to move to a new house(MIL couldn't be bothered with getting a carrier to transport them in.). The same woman who fixed the kittys took 2 of the boys, I had the others with me. I taught them manners, kept them groomed, and socialized them really well. It was inevitable that the one I called Tigger would leave me though, he fell in love with a little girl two buildings down from us and I let him go, but Fluffy would stay with us. Now my two little companions are always with me, checking on me, keeping an eye on me, and playing with me! They are such an integral part of my life I cannot imagine being without them. That's what makes what Petcka did so unimaginable to me! I love my babies. When it looked like I was going to have to give them up when we were homeless, I cried and cried! I fought to keep my babies with me, and I kept them too! I fought to keep them with me, I even share my food and bed with them. When I was so sick last month, my fuzzies were my constant companions, at my side, snuggling up to me until I felt better. People who abuse animals are creeps and assholes! I think that people who abuse animals should have the exact same thing done to them that they did to their animals. Maybe after being starved, chained, beaten, and starved they'll develop a new sense of empathy and stop being such complete jerks!
Petcka deserves to do jail time for what he did. Norman deserved better.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
So, I have to go and get Rebecca some iodine and some bread. We are going to be testing white bread, whole wheat bread, South Beach diet bread, and gluten free bread. The prevailing hypothesis is that the diet bread will have less starch in it seeing as how it is low carb. We don't know....that is why it is called an experiment. I am hoping for a repeat of last year(well...this year...), where Rebecca got a first place in her school, and an honorable mention at county! Maybe if we tie in something cool, like Morgan's and my Gluten allergy to it we could get a more interesting angle and better attention to it? I don't know. What I do know, is that she and I are in this to win this. I signed a paper saying so.......so bring on the bread baby.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
OMG! I was yelling and annoying my neighbors yesterday during the UF vs.UT game! (I think they have all decided that I am incurably insane!) All the trash talking by UT couldn't save them from their mistakes and inability to control the ball during crunch time situations! This picture is one of the most amicable ones of Coach Fulmer from the night. The rest of the evening, he looked like he was chewing nails, and rightly so after what he had to witness from his team.
This was what most of the Tennessee fans were doing all game! Hands to their head in disbelief that the UT team had squandered yet another chance to score. I was Twittering all game, cheering, rubbing it in that the Gators were doing so good, and turning the screw even tighter with every score! I'm not a poor winner.....I just want everyone to know we won is all.
It's all good. Even my high school team blew out the team they played on Saturday. Okeechobee was predicted to lose to Sebring by a large margin by Rivals....but we blew them out of the water! Go Chobee!
What can I say, I am a football girl. You were warned.
Friday, September 19, 2008
The Great Pet Bed Battle was decided and.........they are sharing it! Yep, Fluffy and Toby are actually sharing the pet bed, sometimes they snuggle in it TOGETHER! Surprised the hell outta me. Mostly, though, they take turns with one sleeping in it at one time, and the other sleeping in it at another time. It was just sooooo funny when HHH first brought it home and they were literally fighting over it.
Once again, sorry for this post being crappy. I really needed the sleep. Maybe tomorrow will be better. What I really want to know is, why does my brain work better when I have no slumber? Most people's brains can't function on no sleep, but I get creative? How the heck does that happen? Eh.....well I am off to dress my monkeys and get them off to school. Perhaps I will write more later.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
I have now been officially assimilated into the Walking Moms. A small group of moms who walk to the school to pick up their children. I fit in well, and we're all stay at home women.
We live in an apartment that is across from one of the dumpsters. This is good because I can send my kids out there to take out the trash, but bad because I get to hear the trash being picked up really well. It is also inevitable that, when the trash gets picked up twice a week, on Tuesday and Saturday, the Tuesday pickup is at 10am, but the Saturday pick up will always be at 8am or earlier! Frickin' garbage truck!
There are recycling bins here at the apartments! This makes me happy. Everywhere else I lived recycled. Not Bowling Green though. They were bass ackwards when it came to saving the planet. Now I am able to recycle my cans, cardboard, and plastics with ease! Rebecca is excited about this as well.
I am playing the Wii at least 3 times a day. I play tennis in the morning, I play one sport of kids choice when they get home and finish their home work, and I play a game with HHH when he comes home for lunch! I am actually working up a sweat playing these games! This is awesome! Once I find a WiiFit, I'll be set! Hooray for video games that make you get up off your ass!
The dog and cat have settled in rather well. Fluffy waits until I make the bed in the morning and then plops in the middle, spread eagle and naps for about 3 hours. Toby likes going for walks in the complex. There are ducks and turtles to bark at in the lake, other dogs to sniff and be social with, and we have a screened in porch they can both go out on and enjoy some sunshine.
Today is Karl's birthday. You may know Karl, of Second Hand Tryptophan fame. Go and wish him a happy birthday. I know I will.
That's all I got for now. I took some medicine to try and get some quality sleep, but to no avail. I keep tossing and turning, flopping around in a futile attempt to get some much needed sleep. It ain't happening....Maybe this weekend. Oh, right. 8am Garbage truck wake up call.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
We had already talked about make up a few weeks ago when I was getting her registered in Booker MS. I had told her that make up is something I didn't start wearing until I was 16 and I didn't really need it anyway. I explained to her that, when the time came, I would take her to a professional make up counter and have a trained professional teach her how to make herself look beautiful. I didn't have that as a young woman. I just had my mother tell me, "Don't look like a clown.". I think a mother daughter day at a nice store with a professional make up consultant would make for a great bonding time, but that day is still 4 years and 3 months away! The little girl down stairs is only 11, like my daughter, yet she comes over wearing a full face of make up. Foundation, eye liner, shadow, mascara, blush, and lip gloss. I don't know what to make of it. I have met the girl's mother, however, and I think I see where this behavior is coming from. The mom isn't what one would call, very "Mom-ish". Kind of a stand off, not too friendly kind of woman who is apparently working all the time. This may be the only way the little girl get attention from her mother, by sharing make up! One day Rebecca came home and said the little girl was cooking dinner for herself since her mom doesn't come home until 7:30 pm. What? I thought you couldn't leave your kids alone unless they were at least 14!
Now I am going to have to sit down with Rebecca AGAIN and tell her that I know she is putting on make up in the morning's and washing it off before she comes home. I am going to have to think long and hard on whether I am going to let her hang out with that little girl anymore. When HHH had told Rebecca she wasn't allowed to see the little girl anymore the first time around, Rebecca broke down crying. Now I am going to have to ground her and cut off, or at least severely limit, her contact with MakeUp Girl. I am not going to have my 11 year old CHILD making herself up like a Ronald McDonald stand in.
What say you, all you parents out there? When do you think it is appropriate for a girl to begin wearing make up? When did all you other ladies begin to apply the paint? Should I let Rebecca hang out with MakeUp Girl anymore?
Monday, September 15, 2008
I got up this morning and got Rebecca off and running to her school. As I was sending her out the door, Junior gets up and settles on the couch to watch TV and eat his breakfast. I didn't notice he was a little sluggish, didn't see the "blah" eyes he had. I got Morgan up as well, and when she came out to check her blood sugar, she mentioned she had a headache and didn't feel so good. I felt her forehead and darn but if she didn't have a temperature! I look over to Junior and feel his forehead and he had a fever as well. Of course with the fever, their sugar #'s were up a little high, so school was out for them! I wasn't feeling too hot either, but I just chalked it up to a late night and too much Wii. Apparently I wasn't immune to the fever bug either, because I got into a hot shower and snuggled down into bed with Junior and we slept for another 4 hours! I feel OK now, but man that was weird. The kids are OK now too, but I will have to keep an eye on Morgan. Why, you ask? Let me tell you...
The school my kids go to has a policy that if your child just has a cold, sniffle, runny nose, or cough, go ahead and send them so they do not get behind. If your child has a fever, keep them at home. I can deal with this. At the Open House, I asked both Morgan's and Junior's teachers if they would please move my kids away from sick seat mates, seeing as how with the diabetes, they don't heal as fast as a normal, healthy child. I have noticed over the years that My kids(the diabetic's) will hang on to a cold or flu bug much longer that my normal kid(Rebecca). Something about the diabetes makes them more susceptible to catching little Johnny Seatmate's pestilence faster also! I asked politely, voiced my concerns, and the reasons why this was necessary. Each of the teachers nodded, and assured me that this was easily done. OK. I find out last week on Thursday that Morgan has been sitting next to a coughing, snot sputtering germ factory of a kid all week!! ALL WEEK!!! I was nice! I had asked politely! I gave sound, medical reasons why this was necessary! I WAS IGNORED!!!!! I wrote a pointed note in Morgan's planner about my earlier request for sitting her AWAY from the sniffly children. It must have worked, because Morgan came home saying she had been moved. Still, if you are going to have a policy that says send sick kids to school, why not have a seating arrangement for them so they do not infect the other kids in the class?? Why infect the whole class with that crap? And what about kids like mine who are more likely to catch the tiniest of cold germs?? I send germicidal hand gel, and tissues to school with them and I hope it gets used, but in the end, it is the teachers I have to rely on to help me out here....and I feel sometimes they are so overburdened with their tasks, that they get paid waaaaay too little for, that some of the small things get lost in the shuffle. I do have to say that my kids classrooms have 17 and 18 kids to a teacher respectively....so at least they aren't over crowded.... but still, I have to try and keep my kids as healthy as possible. Aside from sending them to school in Hazmat Suits, I gotta try to remind the teachers to help me out a little.
It's not too much to ask, right?
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
After moving to Florida, we ran into some schools that wore uniforms, and some that did not. I kept the uniforms just in case HHH got transferred to a job where the school system required them. We have never had any problems with uniforms... till now.
Now Tuttle ES uses uniforms. OK. I have uniforms my kids can wear. Tuttle sells school shirts that have the school logo on them. So did all the other schools we ever attended that had uniforms. However, Tuttle REQUIRES we buy the school's shirts from THEM at $11 a pop because any shirt that does not have the school logo is not permitted. WTF?? I have 2 students who attend there and at $11 a pop for 5 days that would be......$110.00!!! WTF??? Are you kidding me? I do have to insert in here that they gave my kids 3 shirts free each since we had moved in and were a little short on cash due to the moving, but damn man! What about some of these families that have 3 or 4 kids in elementary school here? I have seen them when I go to drop off and pick up the kids from school. I shudder to think what they are paying for this. As if that wasn't enough, now my daughter tells me that I have to purchase them school logo outer wear also, as they are not allowed to wear their regular windbreakers and hoodies. Once more, with feeling....WTF??? Now my kids also wear uniform approved outer wear as well. Navy colored, zip up hoodies, devoid of decoration and design. How the HELL do you tell a parent, after all the other money they have spent on shirts and school supplies, that they also have to spend money on sweatshirts and jackets from the school with the school logo on them? If the shirts are $11, I don't even want to know what the sweatshirts and jackets cost!!! Every other school district I have ever been in that has had uniforms has always given parents the option to buy plain colored, collared tops from a major retailer and use those as uniforms. This "Only buying uniforms from the school" thing smacks as a forced fund raiser to me. By making it a rule that you can only buy your school uniform from the school itself, it creates a monopoly and makes it harder for parents to spread the funds around for things such as after school activities, sports programs, or arts. In the end, the kids are going to lose. We're already being squeezed in the grocery store, by the electric company, and at the pump, but HEY! Let's add on a greedy school to the list. I guess bake sales and raffles aren't enough anymore.
Oh, and the reason most schools give for using uniforms..... you know, the gangs, violence, and crime they are supposed to deter? Yeah, those things usually begin in middle school. Guess what? The middle school my eldest daughter goes to doesn't have uniforms.
Makes a whole load of sense, doesn't it?
Monday, September 8, 2008
Sunday, September 7, 2008
HHH bought the dog a new pet bed. It's just a little pillowy thing. He took to it right away. Unfortunately for the dog....so did the cat. As soon as Toby the Yorkie got up from the bed, Fluffy the cat decided to take over and sprawl across the whole thing! Looks like I'll be buying another $5.99 pet bed from CVS. Photos are here... http://tinyurl.com/5onxfh
I am going to try the House Warming again this Saturday. It wasn't working out for last Saturday, and besides I wasn't really unpacked all the way. I still am not unpacked. I have the same two boxes that were in my living room last week. Yep. They're still there. I don't know why, but I am just not unpacking them. They are filled with dishes. Nothing weird about dishes, right? Aside from the fact I have no where to put them, I just haven't been motivated to get them taken care of. Maybe I am just harbouring a secret fear that if I unpack all the boxes, I'll just have to move again and have to pack up all over again. I don't know. Maybe I'll just get what I need from the boxes and put them in the storage closet. So anyway, the house warming is going to actually be this Saturday and it doesn't look like Ike is going to be a factor.v I was keeping a pretty close eye on Ike. It looked like it was going to slam right into us for a while there. Looks like Cuba is going to get it though. I feel for those people. They have been getting hammered all summer! And they don't have the building codes we do here in the good ole US of A! So now that Ike isn't going to screw up my house warming, let me once again, invite you all to come on over to the house and partake of some good eats and my finest box of wine! Har har....just kidding. I am going to put on a yummy buffet and have a chocolate fountain, so just DM me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll be glad to shoot you the latest e-vite!
And for now, that's pretty much it. I am going to try to get back into blogging early and having it ready to post at midnight, but it is more likely I'll post the next days blog around 10pm since I am getting tired around then. Remember...
1. Email me about the house warming.
2. Come to the house warming.
3. Drink wine and eat chocolate!
4. Place your bets on who will prevail in the "Battle For The Pet Bed"! I'm giving odds of 2:1 in favor of Fluffy!
That is all.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Friday, September 5, 2008
I also signed a form yesterday for Morgan to try out for Ballet. It seems there is a program for kids who need a confidence boost and a nudge in the self esteem department. I am hoping she gets picked. With the diabetes and now the Celiac's, she gets singled out a lot for simple things. Like when a kid in her class has a birthday and that kid's parents bring cupcakes, cookies or brownies, she can't have them. She ends up sitting at her desk looking sad. Not fun. Then, with the diabetes, she has to leave class to go check her sugar, and sometimes misses fun stuff. Once again, no fun. Then sometimes the kids make fun of her for not being able to eat candy and cake like them. This makes for a Morgan who isn't quite as outgoing as she could be. If they accepted her into this ballet program, I bet she'd come out of her shell! Plus, she is my tiny princess. It was funny, when I was registering her for school, she was standing next to her brother and since both of them are the same height, everyone in the office thought they were twins! I laughed! Twins 3 years apart is a funny thing.
Well, update on the House Warming...... it's going to be on for next Saturday. Everyone we know id busy this weekend, so I guess I am going to be relaxing on Saturday and watching my ESPN Game Plan. This is the weekend of the UF vs. UM game. I am a certified Gator, HHH is Hurricane fan. This should make for an interesting game here at the old homestead. The line is the Gators by 21.5 points. I love you, honey..... BUT YOU'RE GOING DOWN BEE-YOTCH!!!!!!
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
OK, party people! Here's the deal...... I am having a house warming party on Saturday, September 5th! There will be food, drinks, wine, (BYOB for beer and liquor) and ESPN Game Plan so you don't miss any of your favorite college games! I a even going to have a chocolate fountain! Come on by and party with us this Saturday. Direct mail me at email@example.com and I will shoot you the e-vite with the time, place, address, and all that! Hope you all can come!!!!!
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
The housewarming is still on for Saturday. I am going shopping Thursday for the food and may start doing prep work for it Friday night.
OK...... took a break and went down to the school to get the kids registered. They are going to start tomorrow. Luckily for me the school is a block from the house, so if there are any problems I can just jog over and take care of it. The phone is on now, I am waiting on the modem for the Internet, and the TV gets hooked up on Friday. *sigh* I think we are getting somewhere here. Yes this is another short, broken up post, but when we get settled I will be back on a regular schedule. I promise!
Monday, September 1, 2008
|What Your Fridge Says About You|
You are a very thrifty person. You don't like to waste money... or food.
You don't tend to be a very adventurous person, but you do surprise everyone now and then. You have a bit of a wild side.
You are responsible, together, and mature. You act like an adult, even when you don't feel like it.
You are likely single - and a workaholic.