Thursday, December 31, 2009

Books Vs. Films

In my last post I stated that I had not read the 'Twilight' saga for a reason. Some might think I'm absurd b/c the books are always better than the movie in that details are always left out of the films. While this is true, I feel that some films are much better than the books. *GASP*

Another thing, for me, is that if I am really anticipating the film, I don't want to ruin it by reading the book(s) b/c then the film might not be all that great to me...as great as I had hoped for.

Make sense?!

Hmmm.....I am a massive Harry Potter fan. MASS-IVE fan. I watched films 1-5 before I finally sat down and really began to read the books. (I had Part 1 for over a year and had started it but couldn't bring myself to read past the 5th chapter for fear it would ruin things for me.) Being such a big fan I felt that I just couldn't contain my curiosity any longer and read ALL the books in the course of 3 months. I admit I couldn't put them down; reading while cooking dinner, while taking a bubble bath, reading until I feel asleep with book in hand. THEY WERE GREAT! Way better than the movies could ever be. And that is where I feel I messed up, reading past the movies I had seen.

When we took the kids to see 'HP & The Half-Blood Prince' I felt cheated. I left the theatre feeling angry that soooo much was left out and things were all wrong (don't even get me started). I ranted about this halfway through the movies and all the way home to the point where B asked me to please shut up. I was utterly and completely disappointed with film 6 of the Harry Potter series. Yes, I obviously read what was left out of the other films, what was added, etc. but the fact that I had already seen the films and loved them before I read the books, didn't change my feelings on the movies. It, of course, made me wish they had put that bit in there and there but I still loved to watch those films. I don't feel the same way about the 6th. I feel that if I hadn't read the book and knew what was coming, I wouldn't hate it so much.

Another book vs. movie example is 'P.S. I Love You.' I thought it was a good movie, a chick flick I could swallow. (Being that there are very few of them that don't make me want to vomit in their overkill of mush) I loved the story of a woman losing her husband and having to learn to live (and love) again....his letters left for her after death was so romantic to me. So after seeing the film, I got the book. I hated it. I prefer the movie version of it ANY DAY. I felt like it was nothing but repetition the entire 50 some-odd chapters. I honestly didn't think I'd make it through the book it was so bloody boring. But determined to finish it, I trudged on to the very last page and a joy washed over as I was finally able to close the book- never to open it again.

All the talk of 'Twilight' came. I never turn down a vampire movie (who can?!). My love (it helps that B loves vampire flicks as well) for the walking dead has rubbed off on Boo. She reads everything she can get her hands on about vampires and Dracula. She is fascinated by it all...it doesn't help that sometimes she reminds me a bit of Wednesday Adams. While other kids are buying books at the book fair of unicorns and treehouses, she's grabbed 'The Encyclopedia Horrifica' and the creepiest Goosebumps she could find.

Back to what I was saying- I knew that I wanted to read the books but I also knew that I didn't want to ruin it for ME. So after seeing 'Twilight' 27x in a week and knowing there was another coming out, I got the first book in the saga. It laid on the dining room table for what seemed like forever. I wanted to read it but was afraid too. I didn't want it to ruin the movie that was currently in my top faves. So I waited.

B & I went to see 'New Moon' and it was after that that I said it was time to start reading. He asked me to please not read past the NM book b/c he didn't want it to ruin everything for the both of us.

So, 'Twilight' is finished (a day and half to read it....I had to pay attention the kids sometime). I will get 'New Moon' as soon as I can and I will do my very, very, very, very, very, very best to not read past that book. Hopefully it won't be that hard....I mean, the release for 'Eclipse' is just around the corner (June 30, 2010).

Who said these novels were only for teenage girls?!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Date Night

On December 23rd, the husband came home from being on the road for 22 days.

In his absence, I missed him. You might be thinking, "uh, yeah," but it's been no secret that we haven't been getting along (as in talk of divorce) for well over a year....maybe closer to 2....so when I cried that he left, it honestly surprised me. It surprised me again when I'd catch myself thinking 'man I wish Brent was here.' Being out on the road and all by his lonesome, he did some searching of his own. We talked via cell phones continuously being 110% open & honest & vowed to change things not only with each other but also within ourselves in order to make things work for US (I mean, 11, almost 12 year together is a lot of time to just throw in the rubbish bin). Which leads me back to the title of this post.

Our date night was scheduled for December 26th. He wanted to surprise me in some of the things we'd be doing but I wanted to help in the planning of our night as well so we decided we'd mesh our ideas together to plan it....the last time we went out was over a year ago and it felt very rushed and that's what we didn't want this time. We both wanted to go outside of what we usually do when we get the chance to go out alone (dinner, movie then home) so we had started to throw ideas out there. Play pool (his idea), get tattoos (my idea) which he vetoed rather quickly, much quicker than I vetoed the pool....hmmmmm.....

So thanks very much to my SIL & her boyfriend (yes you read that correctly, lol), they drove an hour from their house to mine to watch all four of the kids and the animals so Brent & I could go enjoy our night out together.

It started around 3:30 PM and I think we made it home by 1 AM.

Here's the play-by-play:

As I was getting dressed Brent came in and asked me what earrings I was going to wear. I told him the white gold ones he had gotten me for Christmas. He asked me what was I going to wear in my second holes and I told him I had misplaced those studs. He whipped out of his pocket a box and opened it. Inside were tiny diamonds set in white gold. "Will these work?!" He asked. "No, not all," I told him shaking my head before exclaiming, "Um, YES!!" He made sure he told me they were real diamonds and I had better not "misplace" these. "Yes dear."

When we left the house we headed to C-View & took my sweet Grand her Christmas present of a DVD player w/some DVDs, which she loved and I loved that she loved it! Then we headed to Wal-Mart (what?! They have nice jewelry!!) to take my wedding set in that Brent had gotten me for Christmas. It needed to be sized down to a 4 if possible. (My previous 2000 $ engagement ring was stolen once upon a time but I won't name names of who we think, are 99.9% positive, did it). Then our date began!

His plan was to take me to Olive Garden for a late lunch but by the time we left Grands and got to Fort Walton Beach, it was already almost 5PM. So we drove to the different theatres to check times, Brent's idea. He knew I've been literally dying (it really was causing me physical pain) to see 'New Moon' so he wanted to take me to see it. (AHHHHHHH). After doing that we drove to The Island to see what we wanted to do.....scope out places to eat as well....and check the theatres out in Destin. (NOTE TO SELF: get smart phones like Neva & Jeff's). After we knew all the showings of New Moon and drove from basically one end of Destin to the other, we decided we were hungry and found a place called 'McGuire's Irish Pub' (my new fave place). He left the dinner selection to me but pleaded no more Red Lobster (my old fave place to eat). The place was fantastic, although I think our waitress, bless her, needed to retire. The food was delish, my drink was fab and Brent was proud that I went outside my comfort bubble for dinner :)

We left dinner full, happy and excited about what will we do next?! We had more time than what we had expected between dinner and the movie so we drove the strip heading back towards The Island. B needed to stop & grab some meds. from the gas station as he had a headache coming on and it was on the way to do this that he revealed his plan that couldn't happen because the weather had gotten windy and much colder than was expected.

Pushed back in the 3rd row of the truck was a duffle bag with throw, 2 travel mugs and one travel container with which to fill with hot chocolate and sip as we sat on the beach at night listening to the waves come in. How romantic is that?!

Thank you Mother Nature for ruining that!!

As we pulled out of the gas station, B asked me if I wanted to go get my nose pierced. I've been wanting it redone FOREVER seeing how I was 17 when I first had it done and the 'rents refused to allow it but being that I'm so stubborn I waited until they compromised with me on something else to take it out....and I've wanted it redone ever since. Anyway- I said I was game, then said no I had a full stomach, might puke, we should wait until the end of the night then said yeah go ahead then said No, I'll have to wait for summer to come b/c I sub first thing back from Winter Break and I'd have to take it out. So instead of that we went into the 'Body Exchange,' an adult store. TOTALLY OUTSIDE OF MY COMFORT BUBBLE, but I had promised I'd go in despite my utter embarrassment.

OH. MY. GOD. There was a section on the second floor that I felt seriously in fear of my life. Seriously. There was one of those dog masks things and whips and chains and horse looking bits and omg in this glass case there were....tools....like the kind you only see at your OB/GYNs office or in an OR. HOLY SHIT- people actually use those things...FOR PLEASURE?! Sick buggers....When I walked out of that little room, looking behind my shoulder the whole time, I was sooooo ready to go. COMPLETELY UNCOMFORTABLE. Although Brent keeps making jokes about how my jaw dropped when I saw that dog mask thing. Yeah, that'll be chasing me in my nightmares. *Shudders*

From there we headed back to FWB where I was finally able to see 'New Moon.' (Que 'Hallelujah' music). Isn't Edward just the most romantic book character bought to life EVER?! (Can you tell I'm totally Team Edward....ok so I'm Team Jacob when he takes his shirt off but that's it! *Snicker*) While watching I realized that even though I love Bella, Kristen Stewart's acting is starting to remind me of Neve Campbell's and I am so not a fan of her inability to act...you know how it seems that she gasps before, between and after every word?! Seeing that I haven't read the books yet (that's a different post) I couldn't believe how it ended! Thankfully I wasn't the only person that blurted out "WHAT?!" when the credits popped up.

We left the movie talking about it; what we liked, our favorite parts, what we think will happen (I'm so lucky that B is a fan- not the way I am of course- but he does like the movies) and we headed to the bowling alley (my idea)! I like bowling, he likes bowling, we hadn't been since I was pregnant with McKinnley, now 10, so we couldn't go wrong with this.

We bowled 3 games; laughed, kissed, hugged, joked around. *SIGH* It reminded me so much of when we were 19 and it felt so good.

After bowling, we decided that we should head home. It was now after midnight and we knew that Neva & Jeff still had an hour ride back to their house.

We had a perfect night. One where we were able to enjoy each other's company and focus only on each other. An uninterrupted night of just the two of us and it was lovely. I can't wait until the next one!! Hopefully we won't have to wait so long before it can happen again!!

Thanks babe for the fab night! I ♥ You!!!

WHEW!

So the Holidays are finally over.

Don't get me wrong, I like Christmas but I hate, no, I LOATHE the stress of the Christmas season. Ya know, the whole getting that one toy that your kid has been wanting all year and only one store in 7 cities is carrying it and in limited quantities and then there's the stress of money during the holidays because unfortunately we don't get a break from paying bills like the kids get a break from school which by the way should totally be a new law that passes AND let's not forget the major stress factor that is known as family get-togethers or suck fests if you have my All- American dysfunctional family. Many of my extended family belong on Jerry Springer, I'm very sad to say.

And it's these very same people that twice, sometimes 3x a year, my and mine have to get together with. I spend those 3 some-odd hrs. worrying about what they're going to say that I will later have to try to explain to my older observant kids. What word will they use this time that will make my blood boil and who will be offending who with what this year.

Thankfully, this year, there were no blow-ups, no hurt feelings, no negativity. It was actually kinda nice not having to stress about people actually having conversations. Family was actually smiling and getting along. Genuine smiles spread across faces, laughter between people that only converse at these (dare I say) forced get-togethers. It felt....strange, odd, weird...but nice all at the same time. I didn't miss the attitudes, the tension, the...the shit that usually happens on Christmas day. And I could breathe as a result......I might not be so lucky next year!!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Tag! I'm It!

Thanks to FeliciaE over @ Living Just Like Grandma for tagging me on this latest little Christmas diddy- sorry I'm late on getting to this :)


1.) Have you started your Christmas shopping?
~ Only just thanks to Black Friday


2.) Tell me about one of your special traditions.
~ Every year the kids get a new pair of Christmas pajamas just for that one special night.


3.) When do you put up your Tree?
~ Whenever I'm in the mood really. There is no set time frame of when it goes up or when it comes down.


4.) Are you a Black Friday shopper?
~ A dedicated one- this year I was sick at both ends if you know what I mean (all thanks to too much sugar) and I trooped through Wal-Mart and braved the crowds.


5.) Do you Travel at Christmas or Stay home?
~ If we had the money I'd def. want to travel but we don't so we stay home.


6.) What is your funniest Christmas memory?
~ I'm drawing a blank. When I think of something I'll come back to this.


7.) What is your favorite Christmas Movie of All time?
~ Either 'Home Alone' or 'The Santa Clause'


8.)Do you do your own Christmas Baking, what’s your favorite treat?
~ I bake for the kids X-Mas parties @ school- christmas cupcakes are always first on the list.


9.) Fake or Real Tree?
~ Although I'd love a real one I think I'd kill it before the big day arrived so we do fake every year.


10.) What day (as a Mom) does the actual panic set in to get it all done?
~ The closer it gets to the 24th.


11.) Are you still wrapping presents on Christmas Eve?
~ HELL YES.


12.) What is your favorite family fun time at Christmas?
~ Watching Christmas movies curled up on the couch.


13.) What Christmas craft do you like the best?
~ Who the hell has time for crafts?!


14.) Christmas music: Yes or No, & if yes What is your favorite song?
~ Not until almost through the first week of December and I don't think I have a favorite.


15.) When do you plan to finish all your shopping?
~ As the money comes in.


We would love for any blogger to participate in this meme, even if you haven’t been tagged yet. Heather will go back and add your blog link to the list if you wanna play along.

Just simply copy and paste the questions into your blog, and then answer them.

Then tag 5 or more of your favorite blogs, and leave them a comment telling them they’ve been tagged. When you post your blog, please spread some Christmas cheer & leave a link back to JaelCustomDesigns.com and the blog that you were tagged by. That’s it! We’re looking forward to seeing everyone’s answers!


Tag! YOU'RE It!

1.) The Young and the Relentless
2.) My Army of Five
3.) The cream filling of my life
4.) Lady Shameless
5.) Maneuvering Motherhood

Friday, December 4, 2009

Freaky Friday

*I think I just threw up in my mouth a little*

















Yeah. Dude? I don't think it's going to work...Just sayin'...









Ew, ew, eeeewww!!




WTH was he really thinking??


**Blogger is giving me fits uploading pictures and adding text to them. Sorry!**

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Cross our fingers...

...and hope for the best.

That's what the hubs and I are doing right now with his new job. It doesn't sound or so far seem all that great and I honestly don't think he'll be there for very long but they were the only trucking company that offered him a job and after pretty much 2 months of no job, he (we) jumped on it.

The kids & I took him to Montgomery, Ala. late Sunday where the company had a Greyhound bus ticket waiting on him. (He was thrilled, let me tell you!) From there he would go to Nashville, Tn. to the Western Express trucking terminal, be put up in a hotel for their 2 day orientation and then be given a truck to be on his merry way. Sounds like it would go smoothly, but of course, it didn't.

We found out on the way to Montgomery that they only provide lunch and if he gets up at 5AM, he can grab a Continental breakfast. Let me just say that this company does not pay the drivers for going to orientation (as others do). They also don't pay safety, fuel and retention bonuses (as others do). BUT again, they offered him a job so I should just stop complaining- NOT. Anyhoo, the first day of orientation lasted from 6 AM to 9 PM. The last shuttle from the terminal to take people to eat was at 8 PM. Hmmmm, what are these guys supposed to eat? So hubs walked to the nearest food joint, a Waffle house, at 9:45. I stayed on the phone with him b/c I was worried about him getting mugged or something.

After his orientation was over, which hubs says was crap (but this is the 3rd company he's worked for in 3 yrs.- 2 layoffs due to gas prices- so really what more could they have to go over besides their company policies?) they scooted him outta the hotel to sit in the terminal lobby for hours on end waiting for another trucker to come pick him up to take him to his assigned truck-in Kentucky. He was the last guy from his "class" to not have a load out of there.

He arrived at his truck, which had been left by the previous driver (reason it was in Kentucky), at around 3:30 AM. The truck was dead so he had to call for someone to come jump it. He then received a message over the CallQuam that that will be a charge of $160. WTF?! Finally he gets that taken care of and now he is sitting. Waiting for a load back to Nashville so the truck can be serviced and cleaned. What a crock of shite.

So it looks as if he won't be getting any loads the rest of this week. We're hoping he gets some good ones next week b/c that's Christmas money....of course he found out at orientation that they run off of a star system and the guys with the highest stars get the loads offered to them first. A new guy obviously, has no stars.

Here we go with it. WWWWHHHHHEEEEEEEEE................

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

We've got a 'Drop Dead Fred'

And he is in the form of the stuffed Barbie cat Twayla.

This has been going on with the Little Diva for over 2 months now. At first we thought it was cute and funny awww tee-hee, now we find it aggravating, I'm going to put Twayla in the wash machine and drowned her. Yep. That's what I told my 4 year old last night when I was at wits end with Twayla & her messes. Twayla breaking things, taking things that she shouldn't be touching, getting into things she ought not be into. Twayla does everything- good and bad. She has good ideas and she has horrible ones.

Twayla must accompany us everywhere we go. Sometimes Diva carries her in her arms and other times she is put into her toy pet kennel and Diva carries her that way. If we leave her, and Lord knows we've tried, we are informed that Twayla will cry b/c she will miss Diva and of course Diva cries massive alligator tears while informing us. However, if Diva wants to leave her to bring her Princess Poodle, which is a rare thing, she lets us know that Twayla is taking a nap and doesn't want to go to town. Did I tell you that happens maybe one in ten times?!

If another kid tries to touch Twayla....Hell hath no fury like a pissed off preschooler! That kid better run like the wind and sprout wings in the process!

I don't really know what to do about this. Should we take the cat from her? Should we just wait and see if she grows out of this phase as I'm sure she will.....We don't play along with her anymore in blaming Twayla for things. We let her know that she did it and it's not acceptable. Anyone had any experience in this department?

Reporting

Originally written November 12, 2009.

Basketball Practice
Gene Clary Park
LH, Fl.

11 boys grades 3-5
4 dads
1 people watching mom

There is a dad here that has an extremely annoying laugh.
If I have to hear it one more bloody time, I'm going to hang myself with waxed dental floss.

That is all.

Librarian for a day

This was originally written on November 11, 2009.


Do you ever notice when you try to think of something to write, whether smart, funny, etc. you mind goes ________ blank? What about when you actually feel like writing and yet not a single thought comes to mind. If you've ever had these moments then you know what I'm talking about. If you've never had moments such as these....shuddup! *WINK*

****PAUSE TO CHECK IN/OUT BOOKS & GO TO LUNCH****


So here I sit, all by my lonesome (the high school aide book-put-awayer doesn't count plus it sounds better for dramatic purposes *SNICKER*) pondering on what I should write about that would actually have a purpose....I feel like writing today & yet all that's coming to me is worrying if there's enough left-overs in the fridge to do our Thursday left-over night...


**TAPS FOOT FOR A WHILE**


Nope. Still nothing. *SIGH* I suppose I'll go wonder aimlessly about the library until something wonderful pops in me head.


TO BE CONTINUED.......


My wondering the library aimlessly is over! I found a book that, for reasons I can not remember, was one of my favorites throughout my early elementary years. The book? 'Make Way for Ducklings.' Written & illustrated by Robert McCloskey. As I sat at the front desk & began to read it, a flood of memories came back to me. Memories of sitting 'indian-style' in a class circle, of little girls playing with each others hair, of laying our heads on our jackets for storytime, of taking the pictures provided in the story and turning them into "real-life" happenings in my own little world.


After reading & reminiscing on that book, I wanted ti find a book that was a favorite even into my teen years. 'Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.' Written by Judith Viorst, illustrated by Ray Cruz. Who couldn't love this book?! Everyone has days like Alexander (except maybe Willy Wonka or Glinda the Witch of the North) so everyone can identify with and find humor in the story. (I actually used to own the book until I had 2 scribble & rip-happy toddlers in the house...) but alas, the book was checked out.
I did find however a copy of 'Twilight' that I checked out promptly b/c I am one of those people that lives under a rock and hasn't read the book yet BUT am totally in love with the movie version so I can't wait to read it!


***Other books that bring back memories:***
~ Miss Nelson's Class
~ Where the Red Fern Grows
~ Where the Wild Things are
~ Ramona Quimby book series


It's me again Blogger

I can't believe it's been basically an entire month since my last blog entry. My only reason/excuse behind this is life. Things here have been crazy busy, exhausting, stressful....I'm sorry to those that have been following me as I see that I've lost a couple of followers in my absence.

I have been writing in a notebook though when time has allowed for blog entries so I plan on posting those today as well as filling everyone in on the craziness at my house.

So hello again! I'm back :)

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Suck.

Sorry I've been MIA for a while (I'm having deja vu, didn't I just do a post like this?!). I've been busy with work, scouts, home, helping with cheer practice (they were getting ready for competition) and now the frapping computer has decided to get a damn virus in it....Not to mention I can't for the life of me figure out why my playlist and videos aren't showing up...are they showing up for guys? All I'm getting is a little box with colored shapes in it. I tried posting a video & got the same thing. Any ideas??

So I've actually got a few minutes break from doing laundry and playing ponies (Diva picks all the good ones- NO FAIR!!) before the older 3 come in from afterschool tutoring to type out a quick little blog. I thought I'd share some pictures from Halloween weekend, as I'm sure everyone has done, and include a picture from the cheer competition as it took place Halloween day. I hope to be back to blogging regularly ASAP. I miss it so!

OK I was going to upload 5 pictures from Halloween night & 3 from that day @ competition but the uploader is having fits so this is it for now! The first is after the comp. was over (Hoboettes placed 2nd- WOOT! Very first comptetion as well :) Yes, I rocked a faux hawk painted blue. It was just a must for me to show my school spirit & support of my Princess & her squad members. The second is of all my heathens before we loaded up to hit houses. Boo had to be a red ninja "lord" as all the costumes she picked were either too small or too big :( but that was one of her picks (3rd actually) so she was cool with it.




















Thursday, October 22, 2009

Tomorrow is my BIG day!

Tomorrow I go for my very first sub teaching job, in kindergarten. I'm nervous and excited! Nervous b/c I don't want to muck anything up and excited b/c well, who wouldn't be?! I somewhat know the kids already being that the class is Meme's & Diva & I are in there regularly to visit with her....I guess I'm more nervous that I'm actually going to a JOB!!

I went this morning and was given my instructions for the day; a few workbooks pages, movie time if they're good, lunch, finish movie time after and then nap (I will also have lunchroom duty). Meme was going to try to have the major work done by the time I take over at 10. I have already picked out one book from home that I know I'll be taking with me to do a sort of 'storytime' with them if they're good. It's titled, 'Chicken Fingers, Mac & Cheese, why do we always have to say please?' Not sure who the author is I'd have to get back with you on that one! I'm sure I could find a few more out of the kids hundreds of books to take and share.

Diva will be here at home with my SIL who kindly said she'd come stay with her for the day. The husband will be working at my Uncle's (no, no luck finding a job so he's doing things here & there to bring in some cash) & will pop in for lunch to check on everything...I'm assuming. LOL!

Thanks to my friend Cris, who happens to be a sub as well as my Girl Scout co-leader, she called me yesterday and gave me 5 of her upcoming sub jobs! WOOT! So next Tuesday & Wednesday I'm set to sub 1st grade. The other 3 dates are in November. Thank you Cris :)

So of course this means my installment of Freaky Friday is going to be put on hold until my work day is over...then of course I have to come home and get ready for Girl Scouts which should be fun- we're making foam ghosts by tracing our feet!

Anyhoo! Wish me luck on my first day back into the work force!! It's been a looooong time :)

Monday, October 19, 2009

It's a Bird! It's a Plane!

Nope, it's just me!

Holy shit it feels like I've been gone for ages!! How the hell has everyone been?! I know I had said on my last blog that I'd only be gone the weekend and here it like a week later....

So that weekend was a very busy one, but well worth it. Monday came and Diva wasn't feeling very well; fever, cough, restlessness. I had to go get my certification for sub teaching in our county that day so she was at home with Daddy all day. Tuesday in the wee AM hours I awoke to her body on fire next to mine. When I took her temp it read 103.8. OH MY GOD. I gave her some Motrin, woke the husband, told him I was taking her to the ER. Called my Mama & woke her up so she could go with me as I got dressed. Grabbed up Diva, a blanket & her favorite little cat and ran out the door. Thankfully we just live right down the road from Mom so as I started down the road, she was already walking towards my house. By the time we got to hospital, her temp was down to 100.7. *WHEW* 2 hours later, they said she had the croup (sp?), gave her 2 prescriptions and sent us home.

By mid-morning, I wasn't feeling very well and slept all day with Diva. By the evening, I was sick; cough, body aches, fever, restlessness. And so I spent the next 2 days on the couch. By Friday, I was feeling a little better, but not much. On Saturday I was able to get up and move around with ease. Today, I still sound funny with my runny/stuffy nose and sore throat, but I'm feeling almost 100% better! YAY!! However, I've got Boo & the Boy Wonder home from school today b/c they were throwing up yesterday evening. Ugh.

On top of all this sickness in my house, CTU has dismissed me from school b/c the Dept. of Education keeps dragging their ass with getting my loans in order. Lovely.

I will post some pictures and the video of Princess & the cheer squad @ The Hobo Festival when I finally get them downloaded on my computer.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

A Hundred Apologies!

I had totally planned to do my 3rd installment of 'Freaky Friday' (check my FB staus for the AM yesterday) but alas! There was not enough time in the day. I really despise those days. I honestly feel like all I have done from 6 AM on Friday until 12 AM this morn is run-run-run. Getting things ready for the Girl Scout meeting this evening did take up a lot of my time today, then there was getting 2 homework assignments in and wrangling and I seriously mean that, Little Diva from MeMe's class today. That in itself, was no easy task. My feet hurt, my back hurts, my neck hurts, I'm tired and I'm hungry but can't find anything I want to eat. I was 3 minutes (12:03:01 AM) late on turning in my second comment to a classmate on the Discussion Board and am really hoping the Professor doesn't mark off for it....typically they do. Suck.

This weekend will be a busy one so don't look for a post from me until sometime Monday! I have the 'Hobo Festival' (google it, lol) in the early morning b/c Princess is performing with her pee-wee cheer squad at 10. After that, it's off to bush hog, yes, I said "bush hog," my Aunt's overgrown pastures (think of me when you're in the air conditioning and I'm out on a tractor mowing down 40 acres in the Florida heat. Ugh.) Which means I'll more than likely be doing that all flippin' day. Can I just add that 8 outta 10x when I get on the tractor, Kenny Chesney's song pops in my head. Then on Sunday I have the Munson Festival with my Girl Scout troop. Another early morning activity. After that is wrapped up and I'm home by 2 PM, it's back out to the pasture with me to finish whatever I didn't finish on Saturday. Sounds like great fun, eh? Sounds like it's going to be a Turkey Helper dinner weekend. I'm sure The Boy Wonder will be thrilled by this as it's his least favorite food EVER!! LOL!!

So everyone- enjoy your weekends, have fun and be safe!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

And the winners are.....

Once again, thanks to Alicia over at One Mum's Musings for selecting my blog for the 'One Lovely Blog' award!




The rules of the "One Lovely Blog Award" are accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award, and his or her blog link. Pass the award to 15 other blogs that you’ve newly discovered. Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award. (I know it says '15' but I've only got 6 at the moment that are new to me!)

The Good Little Housewife
Desperately Seeking Sanity
The Young and the Relentless
Nanny Goats in Panties
The Rantings of a Drama Queens Mum
Domestic Spaz- putting the me back in Mommy

Stop by their blogs & leave 'em some love!!

Monday, October 5, 2009

*BLUSHING*

So b/c I wasn't totally awake this morning, I didn't quite read, comprehend, understand, etc. the whole blog award thing I feel a wee bit pink...seems I had won it this morning! It took Alicia coming back here to tell me. Now I'm a shade of red...like a Perisan Red...thanks Alicia for filling my clueless arse in!!

I'll do my blog pickin' tomorrow when I'm bright-eyed & bushy tailed! For now, I'm going to enjoy my cuppa joe :)

(This is the last post from me today, I promise!!!)

Oh Happy Day!

What a great Monday this is turning out to be!

Yes, I said that and no, I can’t believe those words came from my mouth.

What with my blog award nom. (yes I had to mention it again) & finally hearing from the county school board about a JOB all I need now is to have someone knock on my door and hand me a check for a million, hell a grand, ah who am I kidding? A hundred and my day will be complete!

If you’ve read my blogs, you’ll know that I’ve been waiting for a few months now to hear from the school board about my application I put in for subbing. For roughly a month I was given what I felt was the run-around then was told to just “keep checking the website for updates,” which I did so about every 3 days.

Then today it came- an e-mail from the school board stating that I am to attend the next orientation on Wednesday. *Happy Dance* It’s not the full orientation that you have to take it’s more of an informative one going from their e-mail. There I will make my appointment to get fingerprinted as well getting a date for the other orientation. And after all that is done, I will be a working mama, when needed of course...hmmm, will that still qualifiy me to use the term "working mother" when one is unsure of when she'll be working?! Then I can be one of those obnoxious moms that goes around telling everyone about how she raises her kids, goes to school AND works?! Oh & I so get to throw in being a Scout leader! *claps hands together* Oh goody! I can't wait!!!! *SNICKER*

Go me! Go me! It’s my birfday, not really! But go anyway! Go! Go! Go!

Dance Dance Dance Pictures, Images and Photos

Well Slap Me Silly!

I have been nominated for my very first blog award! How flippin' cool is that?!

My husband doesn't think it's cool, but I do so *Sticks Tongue Out In Hubands Direction*
He's not into the whole blogging thang, he thinks it's all a bit lame.....but then he dips snuff....enough said. (I love you honey, thanks for all your help on my math pre-tests yesterday *SMOOCHES*)

So back to my nomination! Alicia over at One Mum's Musings has put me in the running for this nifty little blog award called 'One Lovely Blog.' Isn't that nice?!

I'm not quite sure on how the "winner" is selected & I don't even care! I'm just thrilled that she picked my blog out of the thousands (being sorta-kinda new to blogging and all)!!

So Alicia, thank you for the nomination and good luck to the other nominees!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

May the Force be with Me.

My classes started today. My first Live Chat was at 10 AM, Business Math *SNORE*, but the teacher seems really easy going & even kinda funny. (Those are the best ones to get, they make it easier to come to them w/questions.) My next Live Chat for my 2nd class, Information & Technology starts @ 2:30. Judging from what the teacher posted up, she seems okay. I'll finish judging during & after the Live Chat though ;)

Don't ask about these damn classes b/c they have nothing to do with my long term goal in Elementary Education. The Uni I had planned on attending won't let me in for their BA program in said field until I have 60 hours completed. I'm at 34. Suck. So I thought I'd go back to CTU since I had previously attended there, get my hours & my AA in General Studies & then transfer over to UWF. Of course it won't go as smoothly as it sounds what with all the paperwork & loan transfers, etc., etc., etc.

Aside from all that ^, I registered with roughly a week left before their session was due to start so everything was very rushed. I was able to go in & change some of my later classes but the first 2 were set in stone. So here I go with classes I'm assuming are going to totally kick my arse.

HELP ME OBI WAN KENOBI, YOU'RE MY ONLY HOPE.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

The Entrance

To Halloween Town


















That is the first thing that my kids said when they saw this tree at the Lake. I thought it looked fab so I had to get a picture & now I'm sharing it with you all :)

Don't forget to check my 'After Thoughts' for other pictures from the lake.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Freaky Friday

Finally a Friday that I can do my 'Freaky Friday' post! This ones not going to be so much "OHMYGOD" as it is "OHMYGAWD." But as I had said on the first FFP, these will be of strange, odd, gross & weird things and I'm totally adding photoshopped to the list b/c I found some good pics but totally PS.










Hope you went before we left...


















Oh no she di'nt leave her house in that!












"My boyfriend's back and you're gonna be in trouble..."









WhoTH would think of something like this?? I mean, really.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

A MUST watch!

Too good to pass up!!

This is frappin' hilarious! I LOL everytime I watch this, never gets old!! ROTFLMAO!!!!!!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

I've come to realize...

Okay so this is just a little ditty that I did on Facebook b/c I was tagged & thought I'd share with you guys here.

1. I've come to realize that my chest...isn't as good as it once was (anyone know the Toby Keith song?!)

2. I've come to realize that my job...sucks sometimes. Yep, I said it.

3. I've come to realize that when I'm driving...I tend to block the noise of the kids out & rock out all by myself.

4. I've come to realize that I need....a vacation.

5. I've come to realize that I have lost...myself, long before I got married....did I really ever figure out *WHO* I was to start with??

6. I've come to realize that I hate it when...people call my house. Am I turning into a hermit or what??

7. I've come to realize that if I'm drunk...it's an extremely rare occasion seeing how it's only happened twice in my life.

8. I've come to realize that money...might not buy happiness but it sure can help! (Yeah I'm one of those people)

9. I've come to realize that certain people...suck.

10. I've come to realize that I'll always...be me. Take it or leave it.

11. I've come to realize that my siblings...might suck at times but when the shit hits the fan, they're standing there holding my hand.

12. I've come to realize that my mom...will never change & I still love her.

13. I've come to realize that my cell phone...is almost up with my 6 month contract, time to switch carriers.

14. I've come to realize that when I woke up this morning...that my student loan crap had to get taken care of today damn it!

15. I've come to realize that last night before I went to sleep...I don't really remember last night before I went to sleep, I've slept since then!!

16. I've come to realize that right now I am thinking...what the hell am I going to make for dinner b/c I didn't take anything out...

17. I've come to realize that my dad...which one are we talking about? I've got 2 of 'em.

18. I've come to realize that when I get on Facebook...it takes my stress awaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyy (think song from 'Top Gun')

19. I've come to realize that today...went by quickly.

20. I've come to realize that tonight...will drag on forever (echo) EVER!!!

21. I've come to realize that tomorrow...will be a busy evening.

22. I've come to realize that I really want to...eat out tonight.

23. I've come to realize that the person who is most likely to repost this is...whom ever is bored.

24. I've come to realize that life...is like a box of chocolates- you never know what you're gonna get. Thank you Forrest Gump.

25. I've come to realize that this weekend...brings me one more weekend closer to seeing my BFF!

26. I've come to realize that marriage...is f@cking hard.

27. I've come to realize that my friends...are all in the computer. I heart my online friends!

28. I've come to realize that this year...didn't suck as bad as last year...yet.

29. I've come to realize that my ex is...I've only had one & that was so high school.

30. I've come to realize that maybe I should...stop stressing over things so much & learn to let go.

31. I've come to realize that I love...you man. It just felt right, LOL!!

32. I've come to realize that I don't understand...math. Actually, I've known that since like, grade school.

33. I've come to realize my past...I don't really have a past...

34. I've come to realize that parties...take too long to plan, cause too much stress & end too quickly.

35. I've come to realize that I'm totally terrified...of people tailgating. Sets me into a panic attack.

When Life Hands You Lemons-

you just gotta suck 'em.

Plan & simple.

There's no "make lemonade" outta shitty situations. There's no candy coating smelly turds.

It is what it is.

There's simply, take it, deal with it & eventually things won't be so flippin' sour.

One of my favorite qoutes, "With the sweets there come the sour" is so true.

Just when I thought things were getting back on the right track; I enrolled back in school (sweet) which brings me one step closer to having my teaching degree (sweet), we were getting closer to being done with our BK (sweet) which brings us one step closer to owning our own home (in a yr. or so- sweet) & then my husband loses his job (SOUR). Motherfocker.

It seems that everytime things get going for us, the bottom always falls out somewhere. We seem to never be able to catch a damn break. *SIGH* It's always set back after set back after set back....It's hard to look on the bright side of things when there is no 'bright side.' Just doom & gloom.

I hate lemons.

Well that might explain it

I have wondered why I haven't gotten any comments on my blog. I thought maybe people just found it extremely boring (and so what if they did?!) or maybe they are the readers that don't like to comment (see 'comment whore' blinkie) or maybe it's because they weren't able to leave comments....

A fellow blogging mama was nice enough to let me know over at CafeMom that, hey! Your comment link is broken!! Well hell. I honestly had no idea why so I went in, clicked something that had the word 'embedded' in it & Viola! My comment link works again!

So please, feel free to leave me a comment. I'm going to be catching up on my ever-so neglected blog today in between doing laundry.

Monday, September 14, 2009

I. Am. A Slacker.

I have put things off for long enough. Doing a bit here & a bit there just isn't going to cut it anymore! I'm getting down to the wire & have got to get this shit done NOW or risk being completely unprepared & unorganized. That just can't happen. NO WAY.

What am I talking about you might be wondering?

Well there's the mound of white clothes that have taken up residence on my loveseat since Thursday (mixed in with a few remaining items of the colored load I did before that), there's the once again growing mound of dirty laundry over there <- that has got to get done or else we'll all be lost in a sea of knickers & tee's, there's the dining room table that seems to be the catch-all for everyone (I loathe this). Can I just say I'm sick & flippin' tired of cleaning everyone else's shit off it?! There's the little basket of odds & ends that I do once every few wks. Yeah...I was supposed to empty that basket a month ago. Now all this (or most of it anyway) I've got a good excuse for. No, really. I do.

See last week I had somewhere I had to be everyday, except Monday & that was a Holiday so I took that day off! I had Girl Scout Nut Sale training Tues., Wed. I had Princess's uniform fitting for cheerleading, Thurs. I had a GS leader meeting, on Friday I had parent volunteer orientation at the school, Sat. I had to get my nails filled & bake, finally on Sun. I had to attend Princess's cheer bake sale & that evening go to a Slumber Party until after 9PM. So see? I couldn't have gotten very much done in the time that I was home those days b/c remember that Diva is up my butt the entire day (that's a good thing of course ;)

With all the above 'chores' listed that I have got to get done in my house so that I don't end up playing catch-up the rest of the year, I have something else that is in need of my attention (besides the husband- he'll get his turn damn it!)- my Girl Scout troop.

I am the leader for the only troop in my area. I have been at this for a little over a yr. now. While we are small & gaining & losing girls all the time, I still made a commitment. Not just to the organization. Not just to the girls in this area. I've made a commitment to my daughters who enjoy being a part of Girl Scouts. So now matter how frustrating it gets, how time consuming it is or how much shit I get from parents (they'll get what they give- I'm not paid to put up with their mouths), I will continue to do this FOR THEM. As I was saying, we have yet to have our first meeting and we have a sale coming up in a week. Why have we not meet yet? Well b/c I was trying to get all the flyers out & collected to get new girls in the troop before we have our first meeting. However, schools wanted to be a tad difficult this yr. & the flyers went out later than what I had planned. Anyhoo-

I have re-vamped the parent folders this year into binders with dividers & sections & handy-dandy info at their fingertips. (Sorry, too much Blues Clues) The problem with this is, I've only got 1 binder almost completed. These binders HAVE TO get finished! I can not show up to a registration meeting w/o ALL the binders! Of course I won't know exactly how many binders I'll need until Friday after I pick up all the flyers. With that said, I hit a little bump in the road concerning the green Girl Scout binders over the weekend. I went to WalMart to pick up a few more & what do you know?! They're sold out AND that color was only a promotional item for back-to-school. Shit. I wanted all the parents to have the same binder so I could say "please refer to your green parent binders..." I don't want to be standing there calling out every color of the rainbow.

A saleswoman said to just bring back the green ones & get a color that they have a lot of. No problem, why didn't I think of that? Oh, wait. B/c I'm really horrible at keeping up with receipts & not allowed to bring anything back to WalMart w/o a receipt for 6 months. Suck it WalMart.

Now I'm on a mission to find someone to take the green binders back to the store so I can get another damn color (I think I'll check into this color or something similar, whaddya think?!) & finally get these binders rolling! It would be nice to have 7 done by Friday.

Here's to hoping I get my shit together!!

Monday, September 7, 2009

I'm Bossy!


















As you can see by the picture Diva is even a little sassy in her sleep. This is her usual mode when she's awake; hand on the hip & bossing orders to her older siblings. Hence why she is known as The Diva of the house!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Freaky Friday

So every Friday I'm going to do my very best to post strange, unusual, spooky & downright disgusting pictures and/or facts that I find on the World Wide Web. B/c I'm weird like that, I thought it would make my Fridays more interesting. Enjoy!




This is one ride I'll pass on. Should something go wrong, you're plumeting straight to your death. No chance whatsoever of survival. FAIL!





Okay this is just weird. I've heard of touching your tongue to your nose but actually being able to put your nose in your mouth is just very odd to me.





I admit this is kinda cool. Apparently it's face paint...I'm just wondering what possessed the guy wearing it to do this and how long he actually wore it.

Monday, August 31, 2009

The Never Ending Story

That's what comes to mind when I think of having a clean house.

Laundry, dishes, vacuuming, laundry, dishes, vacuuming....over & over & over again. It's never ending. And it gets so mundane doing it everyday of every week of every month all year.

I can spend all day cleaning bathrooms, putting toys in their proper places, washing-drying-folding-hanging-putting away laundry, vacuuming, dusting, scrubbing, wiping and rearranging the house and yet by the time 9 PM rolls around & all is quiet in the house- it's a mess again. Which means come morning & the kids get off to school, it's time to start all over. *SIGH*



I can only do this so many times until I say "I NEED A BREAK" and throw my hands up. So I take a a few days off from my housewife duties, a week max, and before I know it I'm buried up to my eyeballs in laundry and the toy bins in the living room are filled to the brim b/c face it- when mom gets sick or goes on strike the house stops. It then takes me a good solid week of steady laundry to get caught up on it & roughly 2 full days of cleaning to get the house back in the order I like it. You'd think I'd learn not to take a break b/c of the hassle it is to get caught back up but no...I haven't. *SHAKES HEAD*

Don't get me wrong, I love that I'm able to be a SAHM. Many working moms would kill to be able to stay at home...okay maybe not kill per say but maim or seriously injure (hey women can be vicious!) I only wish I could wiggle my nose, nod my head or wave my magic wand to get my house spic & span. It would be so nice. Then I could totally have time to sit on my ass eating bon-bons watching cheesy soaps....know any good spells?!


By this posting don't assume that my kids don't have chores b/c they do. The Boy Wonder's chores are to keep his room tidy (incl. vacuuming & putting his laundry away), empty all trashes & take it out to the bin as well as feed & water all 7 animals. Princess & Boo's chores consist of cleaning their rooms, unloading the dishwasher, emptying toy bins in living room every wkend, taking all dirty laundry from bathroom hamper to the laundry area. Diva's chore is to pick up after herself like put her toys in the bins...but she's so much of a diva that well, her older siblings end up doing it for her.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Rant On!

I have to get this off my chest people. If I don’t, I’m likely to land on the local news channels and that wouldn’t be good.

Why do parents allow their kids to run amok in stores?
Why do they continue to carry on lengthy conversations and act as though their toddlers/preschoolers aren’t terrorizing passersby?
Why do they do nothing but continue BSing when they witness with their two eyes their kids running into or in front of people?
Why, Why, WHY????

This is a pet peeve of mine, #18, and it really takes everything I’ve got to not go right up to the parent(s) and tell them to get their little demon seeds under control….or to put their little arses in a trolley myself. UGH.

This morning I made a trip to the little local dollar store to grab a few things to use whilst cleaning my truck. I no more than walked in the door and there stands a husband & wife (I’m ASSuming of course), a store clerk and running around like chickens with their heads cut off were two little monsters.

As I tried to make my way around them, they continued to run around me, laughing. WTH? The proud parents of these little pig droppings (love Ms. Hannigan) turned, smiled and went back to their lovely little convo about someone in their family on drugs. Yeah, that’s something I’d be talking about loudly in public AND in a tiny little town where everybody knows everybody that knows somebody that knows a relative of yours. FAIL.

I had a Twanda moment when those parents allowed their shrieking little devil spawns to follow me to the auto aisle. Never before have I ever wanted to tackle someone more. Never before had I ever wished I was already outside vacuuming my truck in the Florida heat.

I just don’t get it. When kids are taken out to a public place such as a store or a restaurant and misbehave they are no longer just the parents’ problem. They then become everyone’s problem b/c everyone is having to listen to them scream, kick, cry, run, yell, etc., etc., etc.

Parents: teach your kids how to behave in public or keep them at home.

Rant Over!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar






















Sunday, August 23, 2009

Are all the children in their beds?

For now it ten o’clock….


School starts tomorrow for my three older kids. They went to bed with bit of excitement, a lot of nervousness & a sprinkle of fear.

I feel for them b/c I can remember having those same feelings when school resumed from summer holiday.

What will the kids in class be like?
Will I like my teacher?
Will this year be way harder than last year?
Will I have homework the first week of school?
What if I get a crap lunch?

Those thoughts that used to run through my head as a kid are now running through my children’s.

Reassure, reassure, reassure….and take them to the local grocer and let them pick out their choice for lunch to ensure that they don’t get a crap lunch!

I wish my kids all the luck in the world on their first day back at school tomorrow! (Even though I know they’ll do great!)

Thursday, August 20, 2009

It Starts (cont.)

Open house is over & done with.

The teacher mystery has been solved; the kids have gotten the teachers that I requested.

YAY!!

They, we, are looking forward to a great school year......but will still secretly long for summer back!!!!

It starts

Tonight is the kids’ open house at school. We’re all nervous as to what teachers they will get this year. Just b/c you go and “request but not really request” doesn’t mean you’ll get the teachers that you didn’t really request….make sense? And of course the secretary won’t tell you which teacher your child has gotten- “You’ll find out at open house,” is the answer I received when trying to find out last week. *Blows Raspberry*

The girls are being more vocal and resistant (is that the word I’m looking for?) about not wanting school to start at the moment. (They had hopes it had burned down...I remember those days!) I think that’s due to them having a bit of a hard time last year. That’s all I’ll say on that matter. The Boy Wonder hasn’t really said too much other than he wished the summer holiday was longer. Don’t we all?! Oh and that he was nervous about going into the 5th grade. I assured him he’d do perfectly well.

Unfortunately, with the excitement that is open house at school and the kids getting to see all their friends again it also means that yes, the summer holiday has sadly come to an end.

So farewell to the lazy days of summer!
You will be missed immensely!
Until next time!!

Kiss me arse to the busy days of the school year!
You will try your best to defeat us with your loads of homework, state tests and stressed out weeks.
We will prevail no matter!!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Contagious Laugh

Here is video I took over the weekend of my nephew and his very funny little laugh. As the video plays you will see that Diva had to get her time in the limelight as was expected!



Monday, August 17, 2009

Little Cousins


This picture was taken of the Little Diva and her cousin Bubby in June of this year at Lake Jackson. I love it. It's one of my favorites by far.

Diva is 3 1/2 months older than Bubby but you wouldn't know it. He looks after her when they're playing in a group of kids, lets her have her way when it's just the two of them playing and 9 times outta 10 always shares with her...something she should learn from him!

I hope, as they grow up and change, they will always remain the best of friends as they are now.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Got Elvis?

The famous Elvis statue outside Stateline Mini Mall in Florala, Alabama. I think it's a bit ridiculous but I guess it gets the place noticed. I wonder how many people have tried to buy him?

Thursday, August 13, 2009

The local Manison

I'm a sucker for Victorian houses and Florala, Alabama has no shortage of them. It's typical that when the kids & I go into town we drive by all the old houses. Some are falling down, some are in the middle of restorations, some look as beautiful as I'm sure they did so many years ago.

Here is our #1 favorite: the old manison. It has been passed down from family member to family member. Currently a nephew owns it as the previous owners had no children to pass it down to.



Isn't it grand?!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Fun on the Farm

These are pictures I took while the niecey & nephew were visiting a few months back. They had a lot of fun going for a ride in the bucket of the tractor with their Great Grandpa, Papa.