Wednesday, December 31, 2003

Can't wait to hear how the party was!

Always fun when Jessica and her friends get together. I just wish that they would still all be going to the same high school. Rats. Wonder how many text messages she received hahaha

Two nights ago I was having trouble sleeping. Flashbacks to those awful months of getting just a few hours of sleep and feeling crappy. Don't want that to happen again. My MIL gave me some lavendar spray for your linens. Helps ya sleep! I know some of this is all in your head...but that stuff works! Two sprays will get me through the night with no waking up (grin) Hey, long as it works people!!

Work is slow again today. Sure wish I could sleep! I need to make some coffee. Maybe I'll wait and see what work brings and possibly go to the neighbors again. I really do miss seeing them. There are 6-8 of us who would regularly get together in the mornings for coffee. Different people would "host" it each day. I'm the baby of the bunch, most of them are 10-11 years older than me. I've always hung out with people older than me. OH! The call just came. Guess Ms. Berline's ears were ringing. Hopefully no work will old to for another hour or so and I can enjoy some coffee and gossip! Gotta find out the low-down in New Year's Eve plans. In the past we did New Year's bon-fires, parties, etc with neighbors. I really do have some cool neighbors. This year Rich works and I work New Year's day.

Remember! What you do at midnight is what you do all year long - make it worth it!!!!!

Tuesday, December 30, 2003

LA La la...

Life is good. I had a good day. Not too much work. I was able to do some laundry and get some things caught up on around here. Enough work that when I sat down to type there was something there. Good day.

Even better was when we found the cell phone Jessica wanted! I know she is so happy to have it. She is all lit up like a Christmas tree. Makes my heart warm.

Granted, SHE bought it and is paying for the mins. I refuse to purchase a cell phone for a 14-year-old. It's a payas-you-go plan from Virgin. I will help with purchasing some minutes. Afterall, I DO need to get in touch with her, too! It's a really nice plan: Keep the plan active by purchasing mins every 90 days and mins roll over too. Nationwide calling. She gets free incoming text messages (which mom sends FREE from the web site) She's got voice mail, caller ID, cutsey rings and can change her face plates, which I'm told is of MAJOR importance to teens across America. Gotta be in style, even if the phone is pressed against your ear or jingling in your purse.

We have bombarded her with text messages tonight. She's at a slumbar party. I'm sure all her friends are ooohing and ahhhing over the lil thing and will go home whining to their parents, "JESSica has one, and you KNOW how her mom is!" hahahahaha

Like I said, SHE is paying for it. She could use my phone for emergencies while she was away from the house but that is just not the same. I'm sure once she sees how fast those mins zip by she will be singing a different song haha. Rich and I decided this would be a wonderful teaching/learning experience for her in the ways of managing her $ and decision-making on how much time to spend yacking away at her cost. She claims the phone is to have for security (an angle kids use against their parents!) and so that I can reach her when she is away. I have argued that I always know where she is and there is usually a phone where ever she is until I'm blue in the face. Alas, she still wanted the lil singing box. Status symbol I tell ya.

She called Amie, her best friend, on the way to the party so she could put Jessica's phone number in memory. I could hear "let me let you go, I don't wanna use all my freaky minutes on this thing." hahahahahah I beamed with such pride.

I took Sarah and Daniel to eat at McDs. We got nuggets - we don't want madd cow bazeeze! Everyone in the joint had the same thought because they all hd nuggets. On the way out we saw they installed computers. Yes, internet (free) at McDs. Amazing. They just had to stop and send their sister a text message MOOOOOOOOOOO!!

While Jessica is playing tetris, reading text messages or sleeping with the lil glowing box held snuggly in her hand... mom is here dreaming of Valentine Cards, Birthday cards, Easter baskets, etc. all filled with phone cards so my darling daughter will be able to yack til her hearts content! Wish pleasing teens was always this easy!

Go to bed!
Yah!

I found my post floating around. I would have hated to retype all that. I probably wouldn't have. I hate to blag in a rant/vent. But sometimes it is necessary so you can understand what I'm talking about. So, now ya have a little understanding. Glad you tuned it?

Work is slow today. I don't know why because there is a full surgery schedule. Look out New Year's Eve. They will all decide to dictate their work and I'll be stuck working a full day while the office goes home at noon. Small price to pay for working at home :)

I was able to get out for coffee at the neighbor's this morning. That was nice :) Miss seeing everyone on a daily basis.

The kids are still sleeping - oh to be kids again! I just cannot sleep like that anymore. I now find myself going to bed earlier so I can get more hours instead of sleeping late in the day. I'm grouchy if I sleep too much.

Lemme get busy or at least LOOK busy :)
What happened??

I was on a Blogger roll on Saturday. I went to bed, and when I woke up it was Tuesday!?

Sunday was a lounge day. Then we went to the inlaws to open presents. My MIL is the greatest. My FIL? Uhm, I can honestly do without him. The man is .... different? I don't know how Rich turned out so normal.

We had Amie with us. Amie is like our 4th child. She and Jessica have been best friends for over 5 years now. Amie's mom went out of town so Amie stayed with us. Even Amie noticed how "different" the FIL is. Pretty sad.

How different is he? He is anal. About everything. Anything and everything. You name it. Anal. After opening presents we all went into the kitchen. MIL had made cookies, had chips/dips and cokes for everyone. FIL sat with a watchful eye. Crumbs? He immediately swept them up. Wet ring from your glass and he was wiping it up. Makes one loose their appetite really quick.

After snacks we went outside and walked around. My inlaws love their yard and it really shows. It is beautiful. But to spend that much time and have nobody ever go over to show it off? Sad. I have not been to my inlaws in probably 5 years. I got up and left one evening when FIL was telling my kids to not go around a chair. A CHAIR! Because it was old and they might damage it. Uhm, okay. Put it in a museum then if it is that frigging valuable. Like I'm gonna sit there and let my kids jump on the furniture?? How can you when he is always standing over you like a shadow.

I kid you not. I got up and walked out. Haven't been back. If Rich wants to go that is fine with me. I refuse to be treated that way or have my kids treated that way. it was a buildup of years of chair incidents, etc. that I finally had enough and just walked. I tell you, the man is insane.

One time we were all camping. He was eating an orange. Sarah was small, maybe 4? She says "is that an orange?" (she was practically salivating) He keeps right on eating saying "yes" Anyone can see that as a child saying "can I have a bite?" Not him. He proceeded to eat the entire orange in front of her AND me and he had no problem doing it. Then Sarah asks "where did you get it?" FIL "MeMe brought them." Sarah "Where is she?" FIL "She is in the shower" Never did he say "The oranges are in the fridge, go get one" poor Sarah goes into the camp and peeps under the door and asks MeMe if she can have an orange only to find out that FIL had eaten the last one. BastardHISTORY: And he knew it was the last one. Did he bother to share? No. Not even one sliver.

I could go on and on about him too. But I refuse to let him get to me. He has done/said some very hurtful things to me in the past. I chalk it up to him being an asshole and that's good enough for me. I keep my distance to keep calm waters between father and son. I'm not married to him so I don't have to please him. For many years Rich tried to please his dad - make him proud. It just don't happen so Rich finally stopped and started living his life. It's just really sad when your FIL is at your house and is talking to you about the new truck you just bought and says "It really is a nice truck. Your parents must be really proud of Rich." MY parents? No, they are proud of US.

Don't got to the bathroom at their house either. He will stand outside the door and wait. Then go in and inspect the bathroom once you come out. If you threw anything in the trash he will carry the can outside and dump it. All while giving you the evil eye while walking back and forth from the bathroom carrying this huge trash can. Pretty embarrassing for a teen girl while at her future inlaws house wouldn't ya say??

What a jerk! Ask him when is dog's birthday is he can tell you that. When were his only grandkids born? He has no clue. Yet he will rattle on about stories of how when Rich was a small child his grandfather loved to have him over and would watch him all the time!

Oh well, his loss is all I can say. His grandkids have never been to spend the night, never go on trips, never call, etc. He only has himself to blame.

Now, how did I get off on the inlaws??? I guess they are so different than my family or even ours (Rich and I) that it just sticks out really bad how they are when you do finally go around them. I think I'll keep my distance for another year :)

KIDS

Sarah is getting on Jessica's last nerve.
Me "Sarah, stop antagonizing your sister!"
Sarah continues
Jessica "Mooom, Sarah is still antagonisting me!"

HAHAHAHAHA

Saturday, December 27, 2003

Must be

Must be blogger marathon for me today. So many thoughts fill my head when I'm busy cleaning. I need to do like Dy and take a long drive to sort them out. No time today. They will have to settle for being sorted out while doing laundry and putting the house back together.

I've avoided the living room all day. It's the worse. And it's the first room folks will see when they walk in. So why not clean it first and get it over with? Blah! Eating three different flavors of popcorn from the cute Cmas tin and blogging is much more fun at the moment.

Last night at the Casino, I ran into a very old, dear friend. Gosh, didn't realize how much I missed him until seeing him again. Hopefully now we will stay in touch. He's a hoot!

Spencer - I sat down earlier with my cookies and caught up on your blog. I was scrolling down the page like when I get caught up in reading a novel and it's to the good part! I kept saying, "Spencer!?? If there is no way to get news, HOW does this man know about the earthquake??" Blows my mind!

The power of prayer blows my mind too. I should say - The power of prayer leaves me in awe. I know it works, but I'm taken aback each and ever time I hear about it.

I belong to an email loop of women who pray. We email the loop and ask for prayers regarding something and then those people email others and it just branches out. God knows who the woman I'm praying for is even if I don't know her personally. That's our latest miracle.

Email came from a woman in the loop requesting prayers for a woman at her church. The woman was previously pregnant and lost the baby. She found out she was pregnant again and the church started prayers 24 hours a day. You picked your hour for the day and prayed for her. How awesome! That same woman got in a wreck when she was 6 months pregnant. The wreck totaled her van, but she and her unborn child were unhurt, along with her 3-year-old son. Not a scratch on them!

Fate, miracle, power of prayer, God, Goddess, Buddah, whomever. There IS a higher power. Aren't you glad?
Spencer - I could go on and on about Stephanie. Some people just never change. She is stuck so far up her in-laws hiney. She thinks because she is married to the "baby" of the bunch that she is entitled to special things. I'll bet she is hoping to score on a cut of the inheritance and her 1/6 of the biz. I have learned over the years that in in-laws see right thru her. Steph named both her children after the in-laws. They begged her not to. She just smiled all fake and said, "Well of course we are! It's such an honor to be named after family." uhm.. then why weren't they named after anyone in HER family? Could be the payoff wasn't as good? Thank goodness we only see them once a year! I can't take more than a few hours with her.

I refuse to let it bother me. At one point people like her could consume me. Not anymore! Not worth my time :)


Last night the "girls" went to dinner. There were 4 of us. We had the best time. We ate at Logan's, had a few glasses of wine and made friends with the teens at the table next to us. They thought we were hysterical. See? Look at us. This is how your mom acts when she goes out. And you thought was was a stick-in-the-mudd! How little you know!

After dinner we drove around wondering what to do. Here we are, our kids are teens so no more sitters needed, and we can't find a thing to do! Movies? nothing good. We laughed saying we'd prolly end up at Walmart!

NOT!

We scooted on over to the Casinos. Big spenders we are! I think we each lost $20 and stayed until 1 am! We had the best time. The place was packed but we managed to find slots. I played a good while on a poker machine. Love it! Lalla played a nickle machine - kinda like slots but not. Texas Tea I think it was called. Vickie wandered around watching others hit on slot machines and dropped her quarters in the machines here and there.

Yes, there were four of us originally. We dropped Debbie off to meet her girls at OB's Deli and Pub. We had teased her and said we'd meet them all later. OOPS!

Always fun when the girls get together. Need more nights like that.

Time to clean the living room! If you don't hear from me in a few days please send the search party. Why is it they think MOM is the only one who needs to pick up things???


Friday, December 26, 2003

What Child is this.....

My favorite song :) I'll give you a rundown on the festivities and then I'll post my gripes. Did you think there wouldn't be any?? Cmon! Pah-leeze.

Christmas Eve

We all attended mass as a family. Rich works shiftwork and all getting together at the same mass is hard. But we able to this year :) Then we get to church and there are two of my friends (who are sisters) and they are there with their families. We filled three solid rows. It was so warm and fuzzy to be with friends on Christmas.

Afterwards, we strolled on over Rich's grandparents house for homemade eggnog. It's a shame we only see his family once a year. Yes, they live in the same town. His family is very strange. He'll even agree to it. I tried, I really tried when we first go together to mend bridges and shorten the gap - my family just not like this and it seemed so odd to me - but after our first child was born, well, they started treating us like strangers and the rest is history. I figure it is their loss. Our kids are their first great grandkids. But it doesn't surprise me at all. That's how they treat all the cousins/grandkids.

Anyway..... We did the eggnog. Got lots of pics to print for the kids scrapbooks. They look forward to the eggnog every year. They are what keeps me going back each year.

Came home and wrapped a bit more and then Rich and I hit the hay. We woke up at 3:30 and set the gifts out - we could hear the kids making a gazillion trips to the bathroom all night. Sarah told us Christmas morning that she kept peeking in the living room to see if Santa had passed yet. HAHA We woke the kids at 4 because Rich had to go to work and they wanted him to see their gifts.

Oh my. We laughed so much. The kids love pickles. So, we bought them each a pickle in juice and wrapped it. I made them open their pickles at the same time. Their faces were priceless. They could not figure out what it was through the wrapping. When they ripped into it I don't think it was what they were expecting. They had that HUH? look for about 3 seconds then burst out laughing. Too funny!

We ate our traditional Christmas breakfast of Hominy, bacon and lil sausages all cooked together. Rich's grandfather use to cook it for him and he's just made it the Official Christmas Breakfast over the years. Kinda neat to mesh together as a family and accept each others traditions and make new ones of your own.

Rich left for work and I checked email, etc.. the kids tinkered with new stuff. My parents stopped by around 11 to see what Santa brought.

I met Rich at his grandparents house for gift exchanging around 6. Most of the crowd had gone by then. It was really nice to sit and visit with his aunt (who Rich is close to), his grandparents and his mom after we opened gifts.

I helped clean the kitchen and put the food away - Rich went home since he had been up since 3:30a.m. I got home around 9:30 and ZZZZZZZZZZ.

GRIPES

Rich has 5 aunts and uncles. There are three boys and three girls. The youngest uncle is 3 years older than Rich. I can understand the grandmother didn't watch Rich too often - she had a baby herself to watch - but geeze.. it's your grandson!

Cmas Eve we are at the eggnog and Uncle Bruce and I were discussing digi cams. Stephanie, married to the youngest uncle, walks up and totally butts in the convo and telling Bruce all about her wonderful camera and how she does all these wonderful things with it, blah, blah, blah. Then she asks to see my camera and proceeds to show Bruce how it works. Uhm, hello? Ever been so stunned by someones nerve that you are frozen? I have a tendency to get really angry and blurt things out if I don't hold my tongue, so this was definitely a tongue-holding moment! It's pretty bad when your 14-year-old comes to you later and says, "Mom! She just totally grabbed it out your hand and started explaining it like it was hers! How rude is THAT?!!"

Thank goodness Uncle Bruce plainly sees through Ole Stephanie and turned the convo back towards me again. I heard him tell Richard later on, "Your wife knows a lot about that kinda stuff. When she started talking USB ports, I knew she knew what she was talking about." hehe Pffffffft on you Stephanie!

Stephanie is a name dropper. You know those kind? They are friends with a doctor who owns his own walk-in care facility. EVERY year we have to hear, "Can I take some eggnog to Dr. XXX? He just loves it!" And, "Ya know, we get together with Dr. XX around the holidays and cook up a storm. He is just do funny in the kitchen..." By this time I have zoned her out. Good ole Dr. XX is probably hooking Stephanie's husband up with some illegal prescriptions lol We all know those years of Clark "traveling" and being on "extended vacations" that he was really in rehab. DUH!

Last year Stephanie made the comment, "oh, you are typing still? How is that little job going?" Hmm.. lets see. I wanted so bad to say, "Doing good. By the way, are you still living in the house that your in-laws let you have? Do you still have the truck your in-laws gave you and are they still paying the insurance and note? Are you still in debt up to your armpits? Does your husband still work for his parents when he can't keep at job?" But, my mamma taught me better and I replied, "Can't complain."

Okay, time to get back to my little typing.

Thursday, December 25, 2003

MERRY CHRISTMAS

Hope everyone has a Merry Christmas. We woke up at 3:30 to let the kids open presents before Rich left to go to work. We had the BEST time. We drank coffee, cooked our traditional Cmas breakfast of hominy, bacon and little smokies ... MMMM.

I have to say, I did much better this year. I only spent 2 hours wrapping last night because I started wrapping early. Thank goodness!!

The kids are so funny when opening presents. We got them a pickle in a bag, a huge pickle that is. I made them all sit close and open at once. Their faces were priceless! My pic came out a lil fuzzy, but I"m keeping it for the memory! Who would expect a pickle???

Of course, they had a great time and loved all their presents. Just 2 so far that I need to return for a different size. Oh joy!

Now it is 6:22, Rich is off to work, the kids are engrossed in their new stuff and mom is off to bed!!!

Last night was eggnog at Rich's grandparents. Homemade eggnog MMM Everyone had a good time there too. Lots of pics with my camera! hehehe

Merry Christmas, everyone!

Monday, December 22, 2003

Please take a moment and send a Christmas message to the troops. Here is the address: OperatationDearAbby



I need to wrap presents...be back later!






Sunday, December 21, 2003

Robin emailed!

She told me a little bit of what has happened. But it was almost like she didn't want to "bother" me with it. Bother me??? What are best friends for? I will have to email again and ask what's a good time to call. Hate to be pushy, but it bothers me that she is going through this alone.

COOKIES

We baked cookies today. Mom gave me a cookie press for Cmas. Nifty lil gadget! I love gadgets.

I think we tried just about every shape. We even got creative and put green dye in the dough and use the tree template and the wreath template. Pretty crafty!

Now, if I look at another cookie..ugh!!! I have a gallon zip-lock bag full. I'm sure the kids will devour them in no time.

This week I've still got wrapping to do, maybe a present here and there. The kids' candy for sure. I'd buy it now but I'd eat it. LOL Seriously. My kids like candy bars and beef jerky, etc. Good stuff. I hate all those foiled-wrapped candies. Darn foil balls all over my floor. GRRRRR

I'm pooped. Maybe tomorrow I can con Jessica into dipping some pretzels. Ever dipped a ritz cracker with pb smeared on it, topped with another ritz and then dipped in choco?? Wonderful creation!!!

Maybe we'll make some more cookies! Maybe...

The update is no update. Bummer.

I called and left a message. She is either really busy or avoiding me. I emailed. No response.

May have to email her mom again.

I need to wrap. The girls started. They left a mess. I want to bake cookies. What to do?

I think the girls can pick up and I can bake!

Wrapping? I had a friend who never had wrapped Santa presents. Just tossed them under the tree. I use to think HUH?? Now I can see why his parents started doing that hahaha

Maybe a game of skip-bo? Laundry can wait.

And I wonder why I spend so much time making list after list of things to do only to not do them! But it feels soo good to make those lists.

laterz

Thursday, December 18, 2003

I've had a nagging feeling for a few weeks now. One day I will learn to "tune in" to this feeling and LISTEN to it.

The feeling has been over my best friend. Robin and I have been best friends.. well... for ... 23 years. She moved to Shreveport many years ago and our friendship slipped aside as the years of marriage, kids, work, life moved forward. Slipped aside is not a good word. I'm lost for a good word at the moment. Put on hold is not it either.

Robin's dad told us one night that we would grow up and maybe not stay in touch. That we would always remain best friends. And just because you don't stay in touch does not mean you don't love each other or think about each other. And if one of us every NEEDED the other, we'd be there. No doubt about it.

Robin and I looked at hiim like he was nutz! We should have known he's been down that road too.

So here we are. She's going through a ruff spot in life and I'm aware something is not right and don't know how to bridge the gap. I cannot just call. I haven't called in years. I don't want to make it worse for her. I kinda feel like if she wanted me to know she'd have told me about it.

So here I sit. Feeling like my hands are tied. Wanting to drive up there and sit around in our PJs and giggle and talk about old times.. to share our deepest secrets of marriage and kids, the pros and cons of working moms and stay-at-home moms... to brag about our kids and cry because we really should have stayed closer these years.

I'm mad at myself for not putting forth the effort. I'm sad because I never wanted it to be like this. Life just moved forward and we went our own ways.

I'll keep you posted.

Wednesday, December 17, 2003

Ever laugh so much you become just down right silly? Ever laugh so much it begins to get annoying? Eight-year-olds - egads, boy, can she laugh!


We sat by the fire outside in the yard (country living!) and sipped hot coa-coa. We nibbled on cheese, crackers and summer sausage. MMM with spicy mustard.

Once the fire died down we moved indoors and played a few rounds of Skip-Bo. Sarah got the giggles and soon the entire table was breathless!

I was so glad when 9 pm rolled around. Gotta love kids.
Cmas Trivia...

Why are red and green the colors of Christmas? The colors have come down to us from the ancient Britons and Romans, who used holly to decorate their homes for winter. Because holly is an evergreen which weathers the cold of winter, ancient peoples believed that the plant would lend its strength to their homes and families. Holly also has meaning as a Christian symbol; the thorns are said to represent Christ's crown of thorns, and the red berries symbolize His blood.

Christmas trees have a long history that predates Christmas. Long before the evergreen tree became a symbol of the Christmas season, it was a symbol of hope and joy. To the Vikings, it was a reminder that the darkness and cold of winter would end and spring would return. One legend credits Reformation leader Martin Luther with beginning the custom of the indoor decorated Christmas tree in sixteenth century Germany, and most historians agree that the custom of decorating trees did begin in Germany. In 1841, German-born Prince Albert, husband of Queen Victoria, popularized Christmas trees in England by displaying one at Windsor Castle. The first mention of a Christmas tree in America was in the mid-1800s, but the custom did not gain widespread popularity until the early 1900s.

Poinsettias are the subject of a beautiful legend from Mexico, where it was customary in some areas for villagers to leave a gift for the Baby Jesus at church on Christmas Eve. A poor boy in one village wanted very badly to give the Holy Child a gift but had no money to buy one. In desperation, he picked some weeds on his way to church to leave as his gift. He prayed to God to help him show his love, and God answered by turning the weeds into a beautiful star-shaped flower with bright red leaves. The poinsettia has been a beloved Christmas symbol ever since.

Druids, or Celtic priests, used mistletoe in religious ceremonies before Christianity was brought to the Celtic lands. Because the plant has no roots (it's actually a parasite that attaches itself to a tree and lives off the tree's root system), it was thought to have magical powers. This belief carried over into Christian times; one Christian source likened mistletoe to a link between heaven and earth since it grows without touching the ground. In Norse mythology, mistletoe was associated with Frigga, the goddess of love, who brought her son Balder back to life; the plant's berries were believed to represent her tears. As a result, it was considered the plant of peace, and under it, enemies in ancient Scandinavia met and reconciled their differences. This gave rise to the custom of kissing beneath the mistletoe, which has survived to the present. The sprig of mistletoe no longer signals young warriors to throw down their weapons. Instead it invites young and old to stretch out their arms and embrace in the spirit of Christmas.

One of the better-known traditions of Christmas is the burning of the Yule Log. The custom came to England from the Norse, who burned the juul in honor of the god Thor in pre-Christian times. The Christians of England adapted this ancient rite for Christmas as a symbol of fellowship, warmth, and light. According to tradition, each member of a family was to sit upon the log and salute it before it was lighted to assure good luck in the new year. To this day, the tradition of the Yule Log continues in many homes in both England, Canada and the United States.

Tuesday, December 16, 2003

Survived

I survived the first throng of Cmas festivities. Cmas with my family was held at our house. A good time was had by all. The wrapping paper was ripped apart in 2 seconds flat by kids scrambling to open.

We do things a little different here. All the kids gather their "pile" of presents. Then we start with the youngest kid and he says who the present is from and we all watch as he opens it and ooggles over it. This way we all get to see who got what and each kids gets a little lime light. Helps stretch out the fun too.

Rich cooked a chicken & sausage gumbo. MMM He's such a good cook. As most times, we have waay too much food. Oh well. All was good. Leftovers are even better.

Now,... one more week to go and a few more parties. Think I can have a WRAPPING party? I gotta get this stuff wrapped soon!




Men

I think men give themselves a bum wrap about helping around the house. You can see what I'm talking about over on Derbs' blog. Also, check out Denny's comment on her tag board.

I'm very blessed. In this house we don't have his/her chores. We all do what needs to be done. Of course, the kids take more prodding.

Rich helps when he is off. At first he really didn't think what he did around her was a big help. After almost three years of my having returned to the work force, he sees how much of a help he is. Simple things are the most help.

Putting up folded clothes is a huge help around here. There are five of us here. That generates a lot of clothes. I can get them to the washer and even into the dryer. That's where they sit.

Cooking a meal is a plus too. Rich is a great cook. He also likes to cook LARGE. Another plus. That means left overs. Even if not eaten that week, they can be frozen and saved for another hectic day - I assure you, there are plenty of those around here.

Errand running/grocery shopping. He has even learned to pick up that never-ending gallon of milk while he is out without even a second thought. He's also learned that grabbing a few things each time doesn't leave us hanging in mid week with 1/2 bag of chips and no dip with regular grocery shopping day still days away. He will sometimes surprise us with things we haven't had in a while or NEW products. I rarely do this. I tend to stay with what we are familiar with to be safe.

Household chores - the trash is a given. Now, Rich refuses to do dishes but he will vacuum and my gosh, he looks so yummy doing it! hehehe. No that is not a ploy to get men to do more housework. I can tell you from experience and speaking with lots of other women, when men do household chores it really speaks to a woman's heart. He is giving HER back something - her time. And all women know time is something that is hard to come by!

Rich and I joke when he's cleaning something he will say "look how sexy I am as I put these dishes up." I promise you,sexy is RIGHT! And he gets paid well for doing it, too.

Now, men across the world, get to doing those household chores and reap the rewards!! Trust me, it works.

Thursday, December 11, 2003

I should be cleaning...

I really don't want to clean, but I should be. I have made list after list of all the things I need to get done. Why aren't they done? The lists are made and all over my desk!

Not major cleaning; just some tidying up. I desperately need to declutter, but that's a whole other topic. Five people in one house who all love to save - and not put things back where they go!

If they'd just put things back. Sure would save me some times. Lots of time.

I still have a few "projects" to complete before Saturday. And some shopping. I think I'm going tonight to finish up the things needed for Saturday. I like to wait until the last moment. But this is pushing it!

Rich is off. He will help. Do I want him to clean or go shopping? Gosh, tuff call. I hate doing both. I'd better shop. He'll be happy to not leave the house.

We are such hermits. But happy hermits indeed.

It's cold. There is frost everywhere. To some of you this is not a big deal. When you live deep in the South it is. It's like globs of snow to you northerners. Hey, maybe Rich can bring me home some Ice melt!

Rich told the story of the Ice Melt. (grin) The plant where my husband works is the only Tetra plant that produces Ice Melt. Another company, DOW, produces it also and sells out West. Interesting. I enjoyed the story. It is neat to see Rich explain how things work. Heck, he's been there over 11 years and I still don't know all what they do there- ya learn something new every day!

Wanna learn more?

I really should be cleaning... really.

Sunday, December 07, 2003

On this day..

We accomplished a lot!

1. Church. Not as jaw-dropping as Nelle's.

2. Swung by the hospital to visit my grandmother. She is getting around so well. No word on when she will go home. Hopefully soon. It gets OLD being in the hospital.

3. Lunch at Hong Kong. MMM. Good eating. My kids discovered this year that they like Chinese food. They were tickled to go. Nice change of pace from our normal.

4. Toys R Us. My son could live there. Daniel found all the "old" Star Wars stuff he has been wanting. The prices have come down considerably so it was easy to get what he wanted on his wish list. Poked around a bit for Sarah some stuff and left with one huge bag of goodies.

5. Came home. I wrapped some presents and picked up some around the house. Did more laundry. Lounged.

6. The kids and I got the living room back in order. Who would have guessed the work in setting up ONE tree?? I'm not happy with the position of the furniture but it's only for a few weeks. I have one of those odd-shaped rooms.. hard to place furniture. The tree has presents under it already! yes, in the past it was bare and I dreaded putting the tree up for that reason. Since my side of the family celebrates Cmas early, I must have things ready early. The kids did a wonderful job to setting up and deocrating the tree. Some folks have a themed tree. Others insist on putting ornaments on themselves, arranged just so. ME? I'm glad I don't have to do it so any way they want is fine with me. Most of our decorations consists of things the kids made in school. Works for me!

7. Cleaned the kitchen.

8. Resting.

I need a vacation again. So much still to do. Parties, gatherings, baking, food prep, decorating, wrapping, shopping and more wrapping. Somewhere in between I'm supposed to have a good time. Yah, right. HoHoHo!

I have cut back. I can honestly say I have done that. And next year I'd like to cut back even more!

To all a good night!

Saturday, December 06, 2003

Forgot to add...

This is really cute.
Today's Wishes

Today I've designated it "clean your room day." Yes, even mamma has to clean her room - she shares it with DAD ya know! I try to make it simple: Clothes in drawers, pants and good shirts hung up (by me, of course). Think this works? no. Okay, some of it IS my fault. I have a huge Old Navy bag full of unmatched socks. Surely we don't have THAT many unmatched socks? What are we wearing on our feet then? The room is 99.5% complete. A quick pass of the dust rag and a wipe of the bathroom counter and it's done. Oh yah, and vacuum.

I'm on the madd rush to clean before Saturday. We are having Cmas with my side of the family on Saturday. That means Gumbo and presents! Translation: CLEAN and FINISH SHOPPING! I'm trying my best to get things cleaned today and shopping done so during the week I can tidy up as needed and get some baking done. I have all the fixings, just need the time.

Why starting so early you ask?? Because around here we tend to get sidetracked easily. Who knows what Monday or Tuesday may bring besides the basical weekly meetings, events, etc? Not only do I have Cmas for my family Saturday, it's our office party too. I've already purchased/wrapped that gift. I'm getting better on my resolution to get more organized!

I've got my list down of things I need to do in the house and about to start my shopping list. Last night the kids and I wrapped the presents we had. Too funny. Daniel preferred to roll his up on the sides and tape it any-which-way. Sarah wanted so bad to make creases and have things look nice. They really did good. HOpefully they won't burn out before Cmas.

Since my room is done, it's time to start on the living room. It's really not bad. I just need to move some furniture to put up the tree. I'm praying by the time I get back from shopping they will have the tree up. I despise putting a tree up. Lights outside I don't mind. But that darn tree.

I've determined that we just have too much stuff. We all tend to hang on to things. I found some old pictures on my dresser. I've been saving them. For what?? I forgot they were even there. I've given them to the kids to put in their scrapbooks. It's those pics that you must have, then really don't know what to do with them. The kids will have fun while I'm shopping.

Speaking of shopping. Never go into town to get some serious shopping done unless you are totally prepared. I mean from the "womanly" standpoint. I raced to the public bathroom only to find the dispenser only had pads- AFTER I put the quarter in on the other side. RATS! Okay, fished out another quarter; and the pad that was received was not worth a quarter! I'd have been better off buying a baby diaper in the other machine and wearing that! I know. Too much info.

Off to clean some more! The girls are actually vacuuming their room. Snow must be in the air for Southern Louisiana hahaha

Thursday, December 04, 2003

Today...

Today was a good day. Never a dull moment that's for sure!

1. Work was slow - so lots of time to visit with Rich and do some laundry - ugh! Rich and I rode into town ( you say that when you live in the country ) and picked up pizza-MM

2. Talked to my mom - this is scary - my mom has moved in the past few years to being my MOTHER to being mom/friend. I see her as a person now and can relate better to her. Freaky, but so far so good.

3. My grandmother is in the hospital (reason for the above). She's in rehab. LOL, no, not that kind! She felling in a sitting position and jarred her lumbar vertebrae. Fracture and compression. Time and rest will heal her. She's really doing great. They moved her to rehab a lot sooner than expected. She's a fit ole thang! She'll be fine.

4. Mom and dad are going to New Orleans Friday to pick up their motor home. A new one - not used - not new-to-them, but a brand spanking new one! They planned their retirement well. So I'll be put in charge of decisions for my grandmother and keeping peace in the family and checking on my brother in Georgia, who had surgery. Yup, I'm the peace keeper and "mother" of the siblings. Oh well, they (siblings) wouldn't do it the way *I* wanted anyways (grin)

5. The kids and I had a long discussion of boys/girls/dating/boys calling girls/boy-girl friendship etc. I don't think they are too impressed. They seem to know all and can't see into the future like their mom can. Jessica cannot understand why girls do not call boys. Okay, no flack on the tag board - we are old school!

6. Swept the porch. Making progress.

7. Hey, I cooked! haha

8. Caught up on the Palm and sync'd it with the computer.

9. Sarah and Daniel rated supper. Baked chicken breasts, wide egg noodles with alfredo sauce and mixed veggies. So funny! They'd take one bite and then rate it. Don't ask what the scale was. My chicken went from 10 to 30! Depending on the bites' flavor, seasoning, heat and texture. KIDS! I was informed I was a pretty good cook. Clean plates I might add. Oh, they had baked sweet potatoes for dessert haha They love those things, and since they weren't ready when supper was they opted to call them dessert. I needed to bake them and put them in the freezer, but when the kids smelled them they insisted to have them for supper. Who knew they'd love em like they do!??

10. Called Rich at the camp and wished him good luck on a deer. This is his last weekend to hunt.

I'll call it a night. Sleep well!

Wednesday, December 03, 2003

Normally

I don't do these quizes. I enjoy reading them, but I don't ever do them. Dunno why. Well, maybe because they hit a lil too close? YIKES!

I was gonna blog all about being the middle child, everyone leaning on ME and knowing things will be done if they ask, me being such a people pleaser!! And yes, I am SO the worrywart! I took the quiz just to see and wham!

You are MARLIN!
What Finding Nemo Character are You?

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Tuesday, December 02, 2003

LIFTED

1. List five things you'd like to accomplish by the end of the year.
--Finish my shopping early with enough time to relax and enjoy
--bake more for Cmas gifts
--get a system for laundry (one that I can stick with)
--Organize around my desk (bay window is a catch-all)
--Get the decorations all put up in rubbermaid and back in the attic!

2. List five people you've lost contact with whom you'd like to hear from again.
--I've slowly been doing this over the last few years
--Melissa - waiting on her to return my call
--Trina - I called her last
--David - yikes, need to call him!
--Renee - haven't seen her in ages- she was always so much fun


3. List five things you'd like to learn how to do.
--organize and stay that way!
--take really good photos
--learn sign language
--snow ski
--to landscape my yard and have color/flowers all year long

4. List five things you'd do if you won the lottery (no limit).
--buy land in the country and build a house
--college funds for my kids and neices and nephews
--TRAVEL!
--Help all my family
--donate

5. List five things you do that help you relax.
--get online
--watch tv
--soak in the tub
--get a massage from Rich
--talk on the phone