Monday, March 30, 2009

Obsess much???

I do!

My latest obsession is the Bloody Jack series of books by L.A. Meyer.

Back in January I had my gallbladder removed and a dear friend of mine sent me the first two books of this series to read as I was recuperating. Unfortunately I didn't have much of an opportunity to read much during my recuperation, but I did start it as soon as I was back to normal. But my obsession didn't start right away...oh no it took a while.

Now I started the first book and found it to be very good, but was only really able to read it during the time I would sit in my car waiting for Peaches to get out of school. Tink and Little Man are usually watching a movie on the portable DVD player, so I take that time to read. Then when I was finally done with the first one, I started the second one.

Then it happened!!!

About half way into the second book, The Curse of the Blue Tattoo, I became obsessed!!!

It was then that I started frantically searching the stores in town to see if I could find the third book to purchase. Granted I knew I'd probably be able to check it out from the library, my usual way of getting new reading material, but I was so obsessed with the series now that I knew I wanted to OWN all of the books, not just check out copies that had been abused by other readers.

However I struck out, which I found totally ridiculous. I mean I thought for sure that Barnes & Noble would have the series for sale, but nope. It only had book one, Bloody Jack, for sale. How can you have just the first book in a series for sale??? Don't they think their patrons might want to read the whole series???

Anyway, I resigned myself to just checking out the third book, Under the Jolly Roger. But then I got a surprise, instead of owing money for taxes like we thought we were going to, we were actually getting some back. Not much mind you, but enough that I was able to get Dear Sweet Hubby to agree to let me buy the next three books in paperback off of Amazon!!!

HALLELUJAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The best part was his response......"Yes you can buy them...if it helps you to keep your sanity!" Now there's a smart man, one who knows that it's best to let the wife spend $25 and have her happy, then say not right now and have her go insane.....

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Have you ever tried to psych yourself up to do something....

....and had it totally fail on you?

I've been sitting here at my computer for FAR longer than I had planned to, as my plan today was to whip this house into shape. However the longer I sit here the less likely that plan seems to be feasible. I didn't get as much done yesterday as I had hoped since it was a snow day for the kiddos and I didn't have to run all over taking kids to school and picking them up.

So I told myself that today I would do all the cleaning that needed to be done, but that just isn't happening. Of course the longer I sit here and type the longer I put off getting anything done.

The worst part is that I've already had two cups of coffee and I don't seem to have any more energy than before I gulped down the coffee!!! How does that happen? I thought the caffeine in the coffee was supposed to help energize you!!! Maybe I need a third cup, of course then I'll be running to the bathroom like every 5 minutes, so I wouldn't get much done even if I did have a lot more energy.

Oh well, time to stop writing useless babble and actually try to get something done. Because if there's one truth in this world it's that if I don't clean this house, no one else will........*sigh*

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Lazy lazy go away...

...come again another day when I don't have so much laundry to do and a messy house to clean up!!!

Ugh, really it feels like instead of rain preventing me from doing anything, it's this persistent laziness. I dunno maybe it's because Aunt Flo is still here and about to leave or maybe it's because it's been mostly cloudy for the last few days and windy as all get out to boot. I mean it's hard to do a good clean when the kids are all stuck inside, and without the TV or computer to console them.

Actually the loss of the TV and computer haven't been too bad, so far. Of course they've had school since they lost it, so we'll see how this weekend goes. I mean it could be H*** on Earth having two days with no electronics to entertain them. Keep your fingers crossed the weather is nice this weekend so they can goof off outside instead of fight in my house all weekend.

Well I guess I should get going now. Tink has to put away her clothes I lovingly washed, dried and folded for her, but something tells me that her silence is not her busily putting away said clothes.....so time to go check that out. Plus I can hear Little Man getting frustrated over something or other, with him it could be anything. I swear some days he's more of a drama queen than the girls. Also I need to get dinner ready to be thrown into the crock pot. It takes about 2-3 hours on high, so I HAVE to have it ready to go in before I pick up Peaches and at the rate I'm going it's gonna take me the hour and a half until I have to leave to get it ready!

Lazy lazy go away....
Come again another day....
I just don't have time to play today!!!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Unrealistic expectantions???

Do I have them???

That's what I have to wonder after spending all day yesterday trying to get my lovely daughters to clean up their room. I mean is it too much to ask of a 6 yr old and an 8 yr old to keep their room picked up and their toys put away??? I'm already aware that I can't expect my almost 4 yr old to be neat and tidy but when I ask him to pick up he's usually good about doing it. It's the girls who aren't. Oh Peaches will get going and do it but usually only after my head has exploded and I've taken away privileges like the computer or TV. It's Tink who even in the face of losing her beloved TV time still tries to claim she wasn't made for cleaning! Yep my sweet, determined, and willful mini-me tried to explain to me how she wasn't made for cleaning so therefore she wouldn't be able to clean her room up by herself. Of course if I had said "Okay I'll help you" you can bet your bottom dollar that she would have helped for a nanosecond and then left me to do the rest of the cleaning. Oh I'm starting to wise up, especially as she gets older and that routine becomes less excusable.

So after yesterday the girls have lost their TV and computer privleges for the rest of the month, which may end up biting me in the backside, especially if the weather turns as bad as they are predicting. I guess maybe next time I decide to make a decision like that I should check the weather report first! Ugh.....

Sunday, March 22, 2009

So.....whatcha think?

I did a new header for this blog and am wondering if it looks okay. I've already gone back and redone a few things as you couldn't really read the title of the blog the first time, so now it's bolder and hopefully easier to read. Leave a comment and let me know "yay" or "nay".
Of course the way I like to change things around this header may not last long....LOL

Oh and in case you are wondering that is me preggo with Little Man on the left. Geesh I didn't realize how enormous I was until I went to make this collage.....yikes. And those three pictures are of Little Man, right after he was born and cleaned up, at a year after he started to walk and at almost two. My how time flies, he'll be 4 at the end of April...sniff sniff....but I so do not need to add to the chaos of this house...so no more kiddos here.....

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Scenes from a birthday well spent....

It was my birthday last Thursday (the 19th) and here's how my family and I spent the day.............

Woke up to three kiddos in my bed, was so nice to just snuggle with everyone for a while.

Then dear sweet hubby made me French toast even though he isn't keen on it. He added cinnamon, it was quite tasty.

Then we all headed down to the Museum of Nature and Science for a family day. Dear sweet hubby took the day off so that I could actually feel like it was a special day, wasn't that sweet of him? It was the best present I got!

After a wonderful time at the museum we headed home and Tink, Little Man and myself snoozed on the way. It felt good to nod off.

Once we got home we realized we had no birthday cake. So the girls and I headed to Super Target to get one. It's further away than the Super Wal-Mart, but I had a gift card from my in-laws that was already burning a hole in my pocket....;)

Then it was a tasty dinner of corned beef and red potatoes....yum yum. That lovely dinner was followed by the fantabulous cake I got at Target. It was a fudge a cake with a devilishly good fudge frosting. So good you needed a glass of milk with it!

All in all it was a fantastic day and probably one of the best birthdays I've had in a while. I hope that each of you reading this are lucky enough to have a birthday as good as mine! :)

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone!!!

Well I hope you are all enjoying your St. Patty's Day and wearing your green like all good Irish and honorary Irish should. Since our family is Irish we are very good about wearing our green, even getting dressed asap to avoid those dreaded pinches.

This morning the kiddos had green pancakes for breakfast. I would have too but we were too low on Bisquick to make a full batch, so I made a half batch and that only made 6 pancakes, so no pancakes for mommy. I guess I could have used food coloring to make my Cream of Wheat green, but since Cream of Wheat can look like stucco anyway, I don't think I'd want to eat green stucco.

And normally we'd be having a traditional corned beef dinner tonight, but since dear sweet hubby has to work both jobs today, I'm saving the corned beef for tomorrow night when he'll be home to enjoy it nice and fresh with the rest of us. I will however see if I can turn my Mike's Hard Lemonade green with food coloring tonight, since I'm not a beer drinker.

So in closing, I hope you all have a wonderfully Irish day and stay safe if you choose to go out and celebrate the holiday!!

Monday, March 16, 2009

What does this tell you about my cooking abilities???

Dear sweet hubby's idea of a birthday gift for me...


I'm LOST.....

seriously I'm so lost today, I have no clue what to try to accomplish and where to even start!

It's the first day of Spring Break and I didn't get my usual early start, which was nice but then again it's thrown me off.

Ugh, I could be doing laundry, cleaning out my bedroom, cleaning the loft, getting on the girls to clean out underneath their beds, maybe even going through junk in the garage to find more items to donate, but yet, here I sit at my computer, putzing, posting and playing around on Facebook trying to find a profile picture I actually like, which seems harder than figuring out what to do today.

Dear sweet hubby actually gave me something to do, but I'll wait until after lunch. You see he forgot his work shirt for his second job tonight, so he needs me to bring it down to him. So since the kids have all asked where we are going today, I think we will take it down to him and save him the trip of coming home to get it. Then maybe we'll venture over to the outlets, not that there's much there, but we can look around maybe, or go check out the Target down there....

Friday, March 13, 2009

Girl Scouts beware!!! HERE WE COME!!!

Last night I took the girls to an open house for our local Girl Scout office. I was hoping to finally get Peaches (and now Tink) signed up as we have been trying for the past two years. The first year a troop was never started, since at that time Kindergartners were only in the Daisy troop for one year, so those troops were hard to get started. Then last year the lady from the Girl Scout office never called me back when I called asking about info on a Brownie troop for Peaches. Geesh who knew it was going to be so hard to get signed up???

Anyway, I read in the paper yesterday about the open house, so I went online to get more info. It was there that I realized you could sign up to become a "Juliette", which is a Girl Scout who has no troop and works on her own to earn her badges. This is our big chance to finally get signed up!!!

Then I figure after getting signed up as Juliettes we can look into getting a troop set up at the girls' school in the fall, as that is when they do their big recruitment push. Plus waiting until the fall to start a troop will give me more time to figure out what I'm doing, as something tells me I'll be VERY involved in the troops that get started.

Another bonus is the fact that they've restructured the Girl Scout levels. It used to be that the Daisy level was just for Kindergartners but now they have included 1st graders. So now the Brownie level is for just 2nd and 3rd graders. And it will be much easier to get troops started with more than one grade per level.

So it looks like even though we had a rough start, we are finally on our way to becoming Girl Scouts. Then the next challenge will be getting Little Man into Boy Scouts when he's old enough and I know Dear Sweet Hubby is really looking forward to that one since he was a Boy Scout himself many years ago!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Spring "Break"???? Seriously??? It's considered a break???

Okay maybe for the teachers and other staff at the school, but for us parents, especially the stay-at-home variety, it is most certainly NOT a break!!!

Oh that sounds so bad doesn't it??? And I do feel some remorse for dreading the coming week with all three kids home all day, but it's not like it's gonna be 24/7 fun around here. With this blasted economy we aren't doing any traveling so that means we get to stay home. *Insert sarcastic happy dance here* ;)

Hopefully I can come with with something each day for the kids to look forward to. Gonna have to put my thinking cap on and come up with something other than cleaning out closets and purging toys, as something tells me they won't find those activities very fun!!! LOL

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The color purple...

...seems to make breakfast taste better.

Yesterday morning I made scrambled eggs for Tink and Little Man said he'd have some if they were a color. So in went some purple food coloring. Here are the purple scrambled eggs the kids ate:



Then Peaches, who was eating oatmeal, wanted to color her breakfast purple too, so here's what hers looked like:


Notice the paper, she likes to read it now in the mornings too, especially the weather report.

Ah the things we do for our kids....

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Daylight savings is kicking my butt!!!

It was another trying morning here with me constantly after the kiddos to get ready for school. But the most surprising thing was after dropping them all off (yep I'm child free at the moment) I wanted to come home and nap myself. I feel extremely guilty about this as I know they can't do that as they are at school. So instead I'm filling myself with liquid energy, aka coffee, and hoping to get our coat closet cleaned out while I have no kids to cry about all the old school work I'm tossing.

So wish me luck that I can get it done and stay awake in the process......eventually we all have to get used to the time change, right????

Monday, March 9, 2009

I'm just sayin'.....

......that the person who came up with the whole Daylight Savings idea DID NOT have three kids he had to get ready for school an hour earlier than what they were used to!!!!
That's all I'm sayin'................grumble grumble grumble.........

Sunday, March 8, 2009

I am so funkified

What's funkified you ask??? It's where you are in a funk that you see no end to.

Why am I in a funk you ask again??? Well it is a lot of things, the economy, the fact we can't travel anywhere this year because of the economy, the fact that every day is the same blasted thing but with different clothes and meal combinations, oh and the fact that we just sprung ahead an hour and I'm not tired enough to go to bed but I know when that alarm goes off tomorrow morning I SO won't want to get up.

I hadn't planned on doing another depressing post after the last one about no vacation this year.....again, but I can't help it. I dunno maybe the funk is magnified today because of the fact I forgot to take my "happy pill" this morning whoops.

But then again it could be magnified because I've been working so hard to keep the house tidy and this evening when I went to put the girls to bed I discovered their room to be a total disaster area. They tried to blame their friends who were over earlier today while their dad took their mom to urgent care for her knee she twisted, but I told the girls that they knew I'd been working on keeping the house tidy and they should have picked up after the friends left.

I just feel defeated, like no matter how hard I try it's never going to be as tidy as I want it to be because no one else seems to be on board with this idea. Oh dear sweet hubby is but he's always working so it's hard for him to help enforce it when the kids have time to correct the error of their ways.

Maybe I should just get my butt off the computer and go downstairs and eat the brownie my neighbor brought over for me last night. I think some chocolate right before bed might help me have some sweet dreams......what do you think????

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

I need a vacation

Yep I need time away from the daily grind. We haven't been on a true vacation, you know one AWAY from the house since December 2006. Granted we've had visitors come and stay with us, and while that was most enjoyable and I loved every minute of those visits, it still doesn't seem like a true vacation since I'm still in my own home.

Unfortunately because of this lovely economy and the fact we had to replace dear sweet hubby's vehicle with one that came with a car payment, we aren't going to be going anywhere again this year. This will be our third year of going nowhere and I'm a bit scared that I may lose my mind.

You know I don't think that my dear sweet hubby understands this because when he leaves work he gets to come home. Granted the man works like two dogs combined, but at least he gets to leave his places of employment at the end of the work day.

I, on the other hand, never get to leave my place of employment. I'm here everyday, all day, 24/7. In fact I've just started allowing myself the frivolous adventure of going out on Tuesday mornings when I'm kid free to wander around stores I have no intention of buying anything at. I just don't want to go home and have the mounds of laundry stare at me, or have the fact I really should clear off my dresser beckon me to get off my lazy butt and do it.

I guess in a way my home is starting to feel like a prison that I only get one moring, equaling about 2 1/2 hours, of freedom from. Oh wait I do get another two and a half hours of freedom from this house on Thursday mornings when I go in to volunteer at the girls' school. But even then I'm surrounded by kids, and while I do enjoy volunteering it's not exactly like a vacation since I'm there with my own kids.

I dunno, I think I sound kind of whiny right now, but I can't help but be to a certain degree. I mean I understand we are doing good by still having a roof over our heads and the fact that while some people are getting laid off my dear sweet hubby is still employed at his two jobs. But when I hear of other people going off to vacation spots like Disneyland or a cruise, it makes me feel a tad bit sorry for myself. And I just don't think you'd be truly human if you didn't feel some sort of self pity every once in a while.

So after my month of posts of things I LOVE, I'm sorry to burden you all who read this with my pity party post. But like I've said before, this is my one place I can come to vent and complain a little. I certainly don't need to be complaining about this to my dear sweet hubby, because I know he feels just as bad about not being able to go on a vacation as I do.

Who knows maybe 2010 will be the year we finally get to go on a vacation again! Maybe....