Thursday, December 16, 2010

On the sixteenth day of Decem....oh forget it

I've failed miserably at keeping up on posting the things I love the most about the holidays, but in my defense it gets hard to think of things after you talk about the music, the wonder in children's eyes, the Christmas tree, the shopping and the goodies. I mean other than the movies, which I do adore, what else is there?

Plus I've been a bit bummed lately. I interviewed for a position as a special education paraprofessional and did not get the job. They never gave a real reason as to why, they just said they couldn't offer me a position at this time. Geesh, if I had a nickel for every time I've heard that lately I'd be able to buy a coffee at Starbucks, the nice coffees too!

So with my in-laws arriving next Monday, I think this may very well be my last post for 2010. With that being said, I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas surrounded by those you love and may your New Year be one of love, hope and happiness!!! =)

Thursday, December 9, 2010

On the ninth day of December my true love gave to me....

....hopefully more hours in the day.

Geesh! I swear I just did a post and then realized it had been two days....whoops.

Well maybe I'll make this into an every-other day kind of thing as I seem to be running out of things to say I love about the holidays. I mean other than the decorations, the Christmas tree, music and the awe on your children's faces when they see their gifts what is there???

The goodies, that's what!

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the goodies that usually come with the holidays, cookies, brownies, cakes and FUDGE! Fudge is probably my favorite goody of the holiday season. I know that fudge isn't just a holiday goody like say fruitcake, which is rightfully relegated to just the holiday season, but for the life of me I can't figure out why anyone would want it at any time of the year. But fudge kits are most often found this time of year.

And here's another thing I can't figure out, why would anyone want to ruin the perfection that is fudge with walnuts???? Talk about one of the most foul nuts out there! I mean put some macadamia nuts in there and you'll have something. =D

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

On the seventh day of December my true love gave to me....

...the joy of watching the wide-eyed wonder on my children's faces when they see the presents under the tree Christmas morning.

You have to understand that we don't put out Christmas gifts until the kids are asleep on Christmas eve. That way they don't have the temptation to open any before hand and since they are my kids I know that temptation will be there. ;)

Also DSH and I think that having the tree full of presents on Christmas morning helps to make Christmas morning that much more special. That amazement at how many presents are under the tree would wear off if we put the Christmas presents out too early.

Plus Little Man was having a hard enough time waiting for Christmas last night when he found out his daddy and I went shopping for presents, so why torture the poor boy more by putting the presents under the tree and then telling him he can't touch them?

So until my kids are older and can actually wait till Christmas day to open their presents, we will keep putting the presents out on Christmas eve. My kids are already growing up way too fast as it is, so I don't want to lose that look of wonder on their faces just yet. =)

On the sixth day of December my true love gave to me....

....a day together of Christmas shopping.

So that is why I did not post yesterday, I was too busy going Christmas shopping with my true love. You see he is working Tuesday through Saturday at his main job which leaves his Mondays free. Yesterday was his first Monday off so we used it to go Christmas shopping for the kiddos. Which is actually the main reason for this post.

The next thing I love about the holiday season is Christmas shopping. Oh I love shopping any time of the year but for some reason it is so much nicer to go shopping for Christmas knowing that on Christmas morning my children's eyes will be wide with wonder when they see all the presents under the tree.

So while the stores may be packed at all hours of the day, I actually love Christmas shopping. However I love sleep a little bit more so I don't go out for Black Friday. ;)

Sunday, December 5, 2010

On the fifth day of December my true love gave to me....

...presents to wrap.

Well not yet, we haven't done our Christmas shopping yet, but we will don't worry. I also have presents my mom bought when she was out here visiting in October and ones she's ordered online to wrap. So I guess it's a good thing I like wrapping presents.

You'd think after working for a Hallmark store for 5+ years that I would not be so keen on wrapping presents, but I am. I used to love it back then and I still love it. I even still have a cool little tool I got while working at the Hallmark store that not only curls the ribbon but also shreds it so that the packages looks way cooler than they did before.

And I am proud to announce that while I still love to wrap packages I am a recovering wrapping paper addict. Every year after Christmas I'd buy wrapping paper on clearance, even if I didn't need any. Then one year I had WAY too much and I realized that I had a problem and it had to stop. So now if I do go past the Christmas decorations after the holiday I try my very best to not even glance at the wrapping paper. Now I just buy it on an as needed basis. It's a big step. ;)

I was going to wrap some presents last Friday but I was feeling a bit under the weather, so I'll do it one day this week while the kids are at school. I usually do it on the weekend with my bedroom door locked but that always results in children banging on my door and trying to peek underneath. So this year since they are all in school all day, I'll turn on my beautiful, beloved Christmas music and set up camp in the loft to wrap my heart away.

Ah the little joys of the season......=)

Saturday, December 4, 2010

On the fourth day of December my true love gave to me....

....snowmen and lots of them!

If you've ever been to my house at Christmas time you know that I have a thing for snowmen. They tend to take over my house this time of year and I don't mind a bit.

I don't know where the obsession began, but I do know that suddenly I couldn't resist a snowman decoration when I would hit the after Christmas clearance sales. Then slowly people started giving me snowmen as well. Now I have around 75 maybe 100 snowmen.

Maybe I find them fascinating as I grew up in an area of California where snow is something you see on TV or in the movies, as we never had in in our yards. Sure we used to be really pathetic and try and pretend that the frost was snow, but that was when I was young and my imagination could make it really seem like snow instead of frozen mist.

But now I live in an area that can get snow, blizzards even, and the obsession still exists. There's just something about a snowman that brings a smile to your face. And yes I realize that a snowman can be made in January or February, but ever since the Christmas song "Frosty the Snowman" snowmen have been associated with Christmas.

So on this fourth day of December the next thing on my list of my favorite things about the Christmas season is snowmen, making them, decorating with them and just plain enjoying their cheerfulness.

Friday, December 3, 2010

On the third day of December my true love gave to me...

....hopefully a Christmas tree! ;)

With that oh-so-subtle hint I'm sure you have been able to figure out that the next thing I love about the holidays is the grand old Christmas tree. Is there anything better than a nicely lit, beautifully scented Christmas tree at night when it's dark out and the children are all snuggled in bed, silenced by their slumber that, while it may have taken it's sweet time getting here, has finally arrived??? I think not! =)

When I was growing up we always had to have a fake tree as our dog Koko would try to eat the ornaments off of a real tree thinking they tasted as good as the tree smelled. The year after he passed away we finally got a real tree and it was a bittersweet experience, because although we all loved the smell of the tree we knew we had it because the dog was no longer with us. *sniff sniff*

Fast forward several years to 2005 when my in-laws gave us their fake tree as they had moved and no longer had the vaulted ceilings that the humongous tree needed to stand up. We used that tree for three years and then realized we had accumulated too much furniture in our tiny living room to use the tree anymore. See it was almost as wide as it was tall. Here's a picture that shows how big it was...... takes up HALF of the room, which is hard to see here, so you'll have to trust me.

The next year we purchased a real tree that was tall but not so wide.

And while I do miss the grand stateliness of that huge fake tree, I so do not miss putting it up. I was usually the only one to do it and every single time I would end up with little red dots all over my arms where the tree touched my skin. It didn't really itch so much as it hurt. So when we decided to get a real tree I was not all that disappointed.

Back to why today hopefully my true love will give me a tree......

Last Monday the kids had the day off from school and Dear Sweet Hubby was only to work a half day. So we thought we'd go get a $10 permit to cut down our own tree in the forest nearby. However that morning I read that they weren't going to start selling permits until tomorrow the 4th. Unfortunately DSH has to work all weekend and while he has Monday off again the kids will be in school and they don't get out until almost 4 so that wouldn't leave much daylight to get our tree.

So we discussed going to go ol'Wally World to get our tree the true American Way. You know buying it from a mass merchandising company that already gets way too much of our hard earned dollars....;)

And please keep your fingers crossed that the man can get off early enough to do this as poor Peaches is really really really counting on us getting our tree this afternoon. I'm not sure why she's so set on getting it today but she's already a pre-teen hormonal crying mess these days we don't need something else upsetting her. ;)

Thursday, December 2, 2010

On the second day of December my true love gave to me.....

....Okay, so really this series of postings isn't about what my true love gave to me, but I just like that title so I'm going with it. ;)

The second thing I love about the holiday season is how nice people seem to become. I say seem because most of them probably don't actually mean it but the fact that they went through the effort to say it shows that they maybe give a darn, even if it's a little bit.

And yes, there is some sadness to the fact that people feel compelled to say "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas" but we do have to show some respect for our Jewish friends and neighbors. Actually I don't know if I have any Jewish neighbors but I do have Jewish friends and I'm of the mind set that their holiday is just as important as mine.

So the next time someone is nice enough to wish you "Happy Holidays" don't get offended, feel happy that they cared enough to say something pleasant and that they were aware enough to know that not everyone celebrates Christmas.

And even if you are having a really stinky day, try to be pleasant to others, as it is truly one of the best parts of this season!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

On the first day of December my true love gave to me.....

....well nothing actually except some laundry and three messy kids to clean up after.

No seriously.....the real reason I'm posting is I decided to try to do a post each day about what I love about the holiday season. There are so many things that we should stop to enjoy and appreciate but not many do during this busy time of year.

So here's my attempt to remember the joy of the season......

The first thing I love about the Christmas season is the music! In case you haven't noticed I've changed the tunes on my blog and did so the day after Thanksgiving. I just love, Love, LOVE Christmas music!!! There's never any sad stories, well okay usually there isn't but there is that one song about the shoes the kid is trying to buy his mother, but I refuse to listen to that song as it is so dang depressing and if I want to get depressed I can just look at my bank balance or the ever growing pile of laundry. ;)

At Christmas time I want cheerful, full of hope music. And that's usually what I get. Okay, so again Whams "Last Christmas" isn't that happy but in all actuality it isn't even a Christmas song, so there! HA! Alright, I'm getting kind of cocky here. I'll shut up, close this post and go do some laundry while I listen to my beloved Christmas tunes turned up high!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Distance makes the heart grow fonder.....

.....and now that my three children, who all have very strong personalities and opinions, are all back at school I'm finding myself feeling much fonder of them! ;)

Friday, November 26, 2010

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.....

on my blog and in my house.

Well okay not in my house, yet, but it will before the day is done.

Technically I'm still in my jammies but as soon as I shower and get dressed I am cleaning up my kitchen and then taking down all the Thanksgiving decorations in order to put up the Christmas ones. =)

Yes, I am one of THOSE people who like to put up Christmas the day after Thanksgiving. I never used to be this way, especially when I was working in a Hallmark store, where ornaments were put up in JULY!!! But as I get further and further away from that Christmas overload I find I really like decorating for Christmas as soon as possible.

The only other holiday I enjoy decorating for is Halloween, where I have been known to put up decorations for in September, like right after Labor Day. But one too many years of getting bugged about it from my dear sweet hubby has made me to wait until October 1st before I put out the ghosts, witches and other fun decorations.

So with that said, I hope you enjoy my newly decked out Christmas blog. I'll try not to change it too many times before Christmas comes, but knowing myself the way I do, I can't promise anything ;)

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Job Hunt 2010: Does an ego good....


You hear on the news and radio how finding a job in this economy is hard and you think to yourself, really how hard can it be? Then you go looking for a job yourself and then you realize it's REALLY hard!

I can't remember how many jobs I've applied for lately but I can tell you how many jobs I've

I've interviewed for two and gotten my hopes up, only to have them dashed when I didn't get the job.

It's really sad because now when I apply for a job it's with the thought "I'll probably never get this job" in my head. I used to think I was a smart woman with a lot to offer an employer but when Toys-R-Us won't even hire you it makes you start to think that maybe you aren't that great after all......*sigh*

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Gone too soon..... mother that is.

Oh don't worry she's not "living with the angels" (what we tell the kids when someone passes away) or anything, it's just that her week long visit is over already.

Quite frankly I'm thinking of campaigning for a two week visit next time.....provided my step-dad can not wash his wallet while Mom is here, prompting her to want to go back so she can spare him from such snafus.... ;)

Sunday, October 3, 2010

A little green rant

I'm all for going "green" and doing as much as I can afford to do to help our planet out, but I have one gripe....

....why is it that all the vehicles that are hybrid only fit 4 people comfortably?

...Or if they do fit more than 4 comfortably they are almost as expensive as houses in some parts of the country???

I have three kids and a majority of my friends in the town I live in have three kids, but I know not one that would trade their vehicle for a hybrid as it would be too cramped or they'd go bankrupt trying to buy one!

I mean if Toyota can put a hybrid engine in their Highlander, why can't they put it in their Sienna? Or better yet, why can't they price their Highlander more reasonably? I know the technology needed for a hybrid vehicle is probably more expensive than a gas powered one, or at least that's what the car manufacturers lead us to believe.

I mean for all we know it could be more expensive to build a gas powered car than a hybrid, but those oil companies are probably paying the car manufacturers to charge more for the hybrids so that people will buy less of them.

Now I didn't mean to go off on a soapbox rant here, but when you long for a car that can fit your family comfortably while all five of you are riding in it but can't afford to get one that won't make you cry at the gas pump, you get a little frustrated.

Now that I have that off my chest, give me a minute or two and I'm sure I'll find something else to rant about....;)

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

It's bittersweet.....

....the fact that I didn't get the job that I interviewed for.

I mean on one hand I'm bummed because not only was it an interesting job but I would have been making good money.

But then on the other hand I almost felt like as interesting as it would have been it might have been a bit over my head, as far as my ability to do it.

I went into the interview nervous because I really wanted the job, but came out feeling kind of shell shocked.

It was a lot more than the description had said, or at least more than I had imagined it. I guess reality in some cases is more intense than what you picture in your head.

So now I'm back to where I was, applying for more positions and hoping that someone will call me to interview again.

But now I know I will only apply for jobs I am fully aware that I am capable of doing. So that way if I interview for a job and don't get it it won't be bittersweet, just bitter....;)

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Can we fast forward to next Saturday????

Because then Big Daddy will be home again!!!

He has to work today and then when he gets off he has to go straight to the airport as his main job is sending him to Pittsburgh PA to learn a job that isn't even his!

He has to go because he's full time and they can't send the person who's job it is because they are part time and a part timer can't be sent to train. So Big Daddy has to go and learn the job and then come home and teach the person who's job it is.

Make sense to you???

Nope it doesn't make any sense to me either.

And Big Daddy doesn't want to go. The kids and I don't want him to go either!!!

So now it's just me and the kids for the next week until Friday night when he flies home.

Think it would be possible to blink long enough and have the week already done and over with??????

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Holy snot!


Earlier while Big Daddy and I were eating an early lunch my cell phone rang. I didn't recognize the number so I let it go to voicemail. Big Daddy said it was probably someone wanting to interview me. Sure enough a voicemail is left and sure enough again it was someone wanting to interview me!!!

He sure loved the fact that he was right, but I just say it was a lucky guess. ;)

Anyway, it's for a full time ongoing position working with a department of the school district that coordinates jobs for high school students with special needs.

Now granted I would absolutely love a job working with little kids, but at this point I'm not going to be picky and if I get the job I will do my very best.

But do you think if after a while I determine it's not the right position for me that it would be okay to start searching for another job? I guess it would but I'll be so darn happy to have a job, and one that's ongoing to boot that I just don't want to burn any bridges or look bad for switching jobs within the school district.

It's times like this that I wish I wasn't so anxious and worried about what other people thought. *sigh*

Friday, September 3, 2010

Someday a job will come......

(yet again to be sung to the tune of "Someday my prince will come")

Well my constant checking of our school districts website has shown that there is finally a new listing that I can apply for. I think this makes the 8th or 9th position I've applied for since the end of the 2009-2010 school year.

But dang it someones going to take a chance on me and at least interview me, right?

If they don't the lady at the school district office who I give my applications to is going to get tired of seeing me. I could swear that she sighed a bit when she asked how she could help me and then saw who I was.

Some people might have given up by now, but I am bound and determined to get a job with the school district, the schedule is just too convenient with having all three kids in school. And this latest position is for only 5 hours a day so there could still be a chance that I could volunteer in my kids' classrooms.

Of course with Peaches being in 4th grade now they don't ask for volunteers but I can still volunteer in Tink's and Little Man's classrooms. And I know (and love) their teachers well so it would be a pleasure to work in their classrooms. know I just realized that I never even checked to see if this new listing is for only one year or ongoing!

Well it's only for one year, but that's okay as then maybe a position will open up at my kids' school and then I can take them to school and go to work at the same place. Even more convenient!!! =)

Friday, August 27, 2010

Someday my motivation will come......

(the title must be sung to the tune of "Someday my prince will come" from Snow White)

Here I am sitting in a quiet empty house with all kinds of freedom to clean the house out and get rid of "stuff" that I wanted to get rid of during the summer but I had three pairs of hawk eyes on me preventing me from doing it. But am I cleaning out all the "stuff"?

Nope, I'm on the computer again.

I get on here with the intent of searching for a job and end up wasting at least a few hours goofing around on Facebook, my most recent and most frustrating addiction.

Yep I get on here, turn on my tunes on my blog and then check for job listings on the school district website. Once I've seen that nope there are no new listings and I've applied for all the ones on there that I could qualify for already, I immediately head to FB and tell myself I'll just check things out and then go get some stuff done. But do I? Stay on for only a few minutes, I mean.......

Again nope.

I blame all on the fact that my motivation has disappeared along with chivalry and common courtesy. My motivation is about as extinct as the infamous T Rex.

Actually I am beginning to wonder if it ever did exist in the first place! I mean it's been MIA for so long now it could just be more myth than fact, kind of like the unicorn and Bigfoot!

So if you see my motivation please try to trap it and return it to me?!?! For now I'm going to fight the uphill battle that is removing myself from this way too comfortable chair in front of my computer so that I can actually get something constructive done today. ;)

Friday, August 20, 2010

Why is it so much harder with the baby???

Leaving them in their kindergarten classroom, I mean.

Today was Little Man's third day of all day kindergarten and maybe it was because he was tired after a long week or maybe it was because he knew I was going to go help his old pre-school teacher for a little bit this morning, but whatever the reason he cried when I left him.

He didn't do that the first day.

He didn't do that the second day.

Nope he did it the third day when mommy had plans to do something right after she dropped him off.


Of course this was all made worse because last night as I was putting him to bed he said he missed me during the day while he was at school. Naturally my heart sank and I was ready to pull him out of all day kindergarten and put him in the half day class instead. At least we'd have our afternoons together.

But that won't work.

I'm looking for a job and it would be so much easier if he was in school all day like his sisters. And I know and love the teacher he has, so I know he's in good hands.

But it's that mommy guilt that gets me.

And it gets me so much more with him than it did with his sisters. Who knows maybe I had it with them but I was just so busy with another child at home that I didn't notice it.

Or maybe it's just that I know he's my baby and I'm trying so desperately to hang on to his still being my baby that I can't bear to let him grow up.

Who knows, but I do know that tonight we are going to get plenty of snuggle time together.....he may be growing up but he's still young enough to like snuggling with mommy....thank goodness for that!!!

Little Man cried again Monday morning so I told him I would come back and have lunch with him if he'd let me leave. He agreed so I went back for lunch. I talked to his teacher and we agreed that I should not walk him in anymore and see how that goes. So this morning I just dropped the kids off and left. He didn't cry and ran from the car smiling, so I'm thinking that is the solution. However I have to wonder how he reacted when his sisters (don't know which one or if it was both) walked him into class..........

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


Well I got a new anti-depressant from my doctor and for the first few days I was really feeling a difference and liking it.


Then I started to feel a difference I didn't like!

Itching, and lots of it!

I first thought it might be a side effect that would go away but after looking online I found out that if you have itching you should stop taking it immediately.

So I did.

But then the rash appeared.

It's not too bad, not like when I took amoxicillin and discovered I was allergic to it. But still it was a rash. I even took a half a Benedryl this morning in hopes it would stop the itching and not make me as drowsy as a full one would. But then that wore off and I never got a chance to take the other half.

So now here I sit itching not wanting to take anything until bed time, because Heaven help my family if I wake up too early because I'm itching.....I won't be a very happy momma. And with Little Man starting kindergarten tomorrow, I don't need anything else to be unhappy about....*sniff sniff*

P.S. I'm back to taking the prior stuff that didn't seem to work as well, because well I have like two months worth left and I hate to waste I'll take that and when that gets low I'll call my doctor for something else, or I'll go back to the original one I took that robbed me of my libido.....I mean heck who needs a libido when you have a red-blooded American male as a husband... ;)

Friday, August 6, 2010

I know I'm slow but.....'s just now dawned on me that after about 4 months of taking a new anti-depressant that maybe just maybe my lack of concern over the house being a total disaster and the kids getting away with murder most of the summer and I still take them to do fun things.......maybe the new anti-depressant isn't working.....

It must not be working as I could care less about doing the things that need to be done....."What's that dear? Oh you're out of work shirts again? Okay I guess I finally tackle that mountain of laundry, if I have to."

Think Monday morning I'll have to call my doctor and try to find another one to take that has a generic because while I do want to take something to make myself a better person I don't want to spend a fortune on it. ;)

Sunday, August 1, 2010

The only kind of shopping I detest.... underwear shopping!!!!!!!!!!!


I swear it's the only time I ever hate having to go shopping. It never seems to fit and you can't exactly try on the underpants in the fitting room like you can a bra. But that's not to say I like buying bras any more than I like buying underpants!!!

It amazes me that two bras made by the same company, in the same style and and the same size can fit so differently just because they are different colors. I bought two bras, one tan and one black and the tan one fits so much better than the black one and the color is the only difference......go figure!

And underpants.....oh Heavens how I hate buying underpants. Back when I was young I starting wearing (TMI ALERT) what some laughingly call butt floss, yup thongs. I loved them because they gave me no pantie lines, which I think I might actually hate more than underwear shopping. But as I got older and the backside got wider I just couldn't do it any longer. But there is something so depressing about going from such little fabric in a pair of thongs to all that fabric on a pair of low-rise briefs.

Really? Is my butt really that big???????


Yep, I'm now wearing low-rise briefs, which makes me feel old, as I always associated brief underpants with old ladies. But at least I went with the low-rise, so that makes them somewhat younger, right????

I can't even do the bikini underpants anymore, they ride up too easily and then I have a whole heck of a lot more fabric between my buns then I ever did when I wore thongs.

So now you know the one type of shopping I absolutely in no uncertain terms cannot stand. It's never easy, it's never fun and it's sure as heck never a boost to my self image......*sigh*

Friday, July 30, 2010

Love goggles

Often we hear the expression "Beer goggles" when a man gets very intoxicated and ends up spending some intimate time with a woman he finds less than attractive the next morning when he's sober, but I have a new term that I just realized I have been experiencing....."Love goggles".

Big Daddy is a big man, a little over 6'3" and a little over 300 lbs. (good thing I do not use his real name, although most of my followers know exactly who he is, don't tell him about this please). But I've never really noticed that he's probably at his heaviest these days until I saw some pictures that my mother-in-law took during their visit with us a few weeks back.

Seriously I was shocked when I saw some of the pictures at exactly how big of a figure he is these days. So I must be looking at him on a daily basis through my "Love goggles", as how else could I not notice it?

I still see him with my minds eye that recalls him from our dating days. Now granted he wasn't a skinny Minnie back when we were dating but he sure wasn't anywhere near what he is now.

Now I can't really say that it is a case of "Love is blind" as I do notice his receding hair line and that patch in the back that is getting a bit thinner these days, but for some reason I don't notice the weight change.

But it doesn't bother me that I see him through my "Love goggles", as he's still the same man who makes me laugh, does a wonderful job of supporting our family, loves our children with all his heart and frustrates me on a regular basis....let's just hope he has on his "Love goggles" when he's looking at me lately too....d'oh

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Shhh, don't tell anyone, but......

......I can't wait to be able to actually parent my own children on my own.....without having others try to do it for me before I have a chance to get a word out of my mouth......*sigh*

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Such simple words....

....but yet they have such meaning.

Yesterday was mine and Big Daddy's 13th wedding anniversary and he came home with a dozen roses and a card. I kind of expected the flowers, he usually remembers them but I was floored that he purchased a card. A rare occurrence these days. Even more rare was the simple yet profound sentiment on the inside.......

Just so you know, I only plan to tag along until about the end of time or so.

Talk about floods of happy tears!!! It was a rare expression of how he truly felt that I will remember and treasure always! *sniff sniff*

Friday, July 2, 2010

17 years and counting...

It was on this date 17 years ago that Big Daddy and I officially became a couple. And even though it was technically after midnight making it July 3rd and not July 2nd, Big Daddy said it wasn't really the 3rd until after you went to bed and woke up. So for the last 16 years we've celebrated our dating anniversary a day earlier than we really should. I'm not really going to argue with him about it though, as I'm glad to have that extra day with that hard-working, soft-lovin' man of mine.

I always chuckle when I think of how the state of our "coupleness" came about. We were saying "goodbye" after hanging out at my parents house and I asked him "So does this mean we are a couple now?" Big Daddy replied "I don't know, I'm not very good at long distance relationships." You see I was a little over a month away from going away to college. I would be 3+ hours away, but only for one semester as Big Daddy was already planning on going to the same college starting the semester after I would be up there. For years I used to tell people that either I did all the work in our relationship during those short 4 months or he was better at it than he thought. ;)

One month shy of our 3 year dating anniversary he popped the question by telling me he had a present in his pants. Now I know what you are thinking but his shorts didn't have any pockets so the ring box was literally in his pants, or at least the waist band of his pants. LOL Classic Big Daddy! Then 13 months later we were hitched, just 10 days after our 4 year dating anniversary. So that means in 10 days we will have been married for 13 years!!!

Where has the time gone???

I have no clue but I can tell you that I have thoroughly enjoyed the last 17 years with Big Daddy and I wouldn't change a thing, in our relationship that is.

So here's to another 17 years Big Daddy!!! May they be filled with as much love and laughter as the past 17 years!!! I LOVE YOU!!!!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

That's it.....I've hit the wall

And summer vacation can end right now and I wouldn't shed a tear! I've finally reached that place where I can no longer take having three kids home all day every day!!

What floors me is how people with numerous children, more than my three, insist on home schooling their kids!?!?!?!?!? What is the motivation to be constantly surrounded by your offspring??? Do they beat their children into submission so that the kids are absolutely terrified to act out or fight with their siblings??? Or are the parents so intoxicated or stoned that they don't care if they never have a moments peace??? I mean I find it very hard to believe that their children are just angels naturally and NEVER fight with the other children in their family.


Big Daddy has been saying how I have to watch over our children while they clean their rooms in order to make sure they do it right, as I found numerous items under their beds and on their beds when they were told to clean up the floor so the carpet could be vacuumed. Now how am I supposed to do laundry and clean the kitchen while watching them clean??? And at 5, 7, & 9 shouldn't they be able to do a simple task like cleaning their bedroom floors without having Mommy stand over them and point out every little thing that is out of place?????

Goodness, gracious, great balls of fire!!!!!!!!!!!!


Okay, okay, I need to stop venting now so I can lurch over them while they clean up their toys in the loft, as now it needs to be many days till school starts???????????????

Sunday, June 20, 2010

If it ain't broke....don't "fix" it

One day I decided to visit my blog and change a few things around. Granted this is not an uncommon occurrence, it was easy to do and I like to switch things up so I decided to do it. However I was shocked to learn that they had changed things on me!!! Now there was a whole new set up for changing the look of your blog.


No longer was it an easy switch to change the background of your blog! Oh no, now it was much harder, impossible even. That is unless you decide to use one of their background designs, then of course it was easy peasy, but if you want to use of the creative ones out there in internet land it was going to be as hard as humanly possible.

Heck I even found one website that showed me how to change my background even with the new "design" changes to Blogger. I followed every step to a "T" and it still didn't work. I kept getting error messages saying I left the required field blank. No I didn't you stupid site (oh excuse me, we are not allowed to say stupid in our house, so let me rephrase that...) you SILLY site!!! I specifically copied and pasted the image I want my background to be, not the oh-so-not creative ones you provided me with!!!


So now here I am on a Sunday night, still up at 10:30 trying to "fix" my blog just the way I want it................and it's not working. Forget putting a hex on those a/c repair people that cancelled on us THREE TIMES, I'm going to put my hexing abilities to use on the Blogger people!!! *GRRRRR*

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Can't win for trying.....

So since I'm not working anymore I thought it would be so much easier to get the house clean and organized, but boy was I wrong. If I work on cleaning the upstairs the downstairs looks like a tornado hit it and then if I work on the downstairs the upstairs looks like it got hit. Then if I work on dishes, which seem to be multiplying like rabbits, the laundry gets out of hand and vice versa.

I just can't seem to win no matter how hard I try!

Then I go and vent about something on Facebook and Big Daddy gets upset because it involves him. Don't worry we're not having issues, well other than the fact that I have a big mouth don't know when to keep it shut sometimes.

And lastly if I take the kids somewhere to keep them busy and not complaining then the house suffers and then if I stay home to take care of the house the kids complain and moan and groan!!!

I need a vacation.....*sigh*

Friday, June 11, 2010

I hate pigeons, yes I do, I hate pigeons, how 'bout you?

For some reason we have had pigeons all over the neighborhood this year and they are noisy little buggers. The "coo" all day long, scratch that, they "coo" all the time!!! Day or night. With the a/c on the fritz we've been sleeping with our window open and at night when you are trying to sleep you can hear them and it's really annoying.

Earlier I was out trimming some stubborn grass that has grown between the fence boards and the wire that is attached to the fence boards and I accidentally hit the wire and it kind of sounded like a shot, well the pigeon coo-ing away near me flew off. Maybe it thought it was being shot at. It got me into the plan of hitting the fence each time they got on my nerves, it worked for a while and they flew to a house top far enough away that I could still hear them but the hitting the fence didn't scare them off anymore. *UGH*

Of course my dislike for pigeons is not a new thing. I've hated them since college. I took a summer course on behavioral psychology, okay at least I think that was the name of it as it had to do with behaviors and it was part of my psych major classes. Anyway, my lab partner and I had a pigeon we had to deal with. For the life of me I can't remember what we did with those blasted pigeons but I do remember trying to get it into it's stinkin', and I do mean stinkin', cage and scratching the whole inside of my forearm. From elbow to wrist I was scratched from the wire of the cage! NOT FUN!!! I must have disinfected that wound well as I have no scar from it, other than an eternal dislike for pigeons!!! In a way I guess that class had a longer lasting affect on me than the professor probably anticipated. And something tells me she would have a really good laugh if she were to hear about it today!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Enjoyment or torture? Too close to call.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE my new background (a beach scene in case I get too restless and decide to change it before you might be reading this), but I'm now wondering if it will be an enjoyment for me or just plain torture since I am no where near a real beach, you know the one that has an ocean and not some lake as it's source of water.

You see I LOVE LOVE LOVE the beach. I used to live only 45 minutes away from it and did not take advantage of it while I lived there. And now that I'm firmly in the middle, or close to the middle, of the continent and no where near a beach, (you remember a real beach, not some lake beach), oh how I miss being able to pack up and head to a beach. Oh I miss it so very badly.

So promise me this, if you live near a beach, like say an hours drive away, please go visit it for me. Put your toes in the sand and close your eyes while you listen to the sound of the crashing waves. Because if I could that's exactly what I'd like to be doing right now.....*sigh*

POST NOTE: Please know that Blogger has since changed their blog design set up which made it impossible for me to have the beach background. As now it is impossible to use any design other than theirs and even though they do have a beach background when you use it you only see the sky and none of the beach....*UGH*

Saturday, June 5, 2010

All by myself.....

...don't wanna be
all by myself....

....well okay actually I do enjoy being all by myself nowadays. There's so much going on in a house with three children that sometimes it's oh so nice to be the only one around.

Right now for instance the firefighter behind us is having a bar-be-que that he has invited some neighbors to. Big Daddy is working and the kids didn't notice the party till right before I made dinner, so now of course they want to be where the action is. Me? I'm not in the social mood right now. I'm not feeling 100% at the moment and don't necessarily want to be around others. Don't worry it's nothing serious, just having intestinal issues that don't make me good company, lol. So I made dinner alone, ate dinner alone and am now changing things on my blog. I thought about posting but wondered what it would be titled and then I came up with "All by myself...." which promptly caused the song by Eric Carmen to pop into my head. So I added it to my play list, it's the last one in case you go looking for it.

But even when I am feeling 100% I do enjoy being all by myself. In fact some nights I'm excited that Big Daddy goes to bed before me. The solitude does a person's soul good I think. I get to do what I want to do and when you are a wife and mother of three that is a rare thing. During the day it's usually what the kids want to do and at night when Big Daddy and I watch TV together we have to agree on what to watch, so a compromise on one of our parts usually has to occur. But when I'm all by myself I don't have to compromise or allow others to have their way for fear they'll pitch a fit.

So right now I'm quite content being......*sing with me*....All by myself.....

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Ah summer vacation, may I not waste you and actually accomplish all I wish to do!

Whew, after that long title I'm not sure I can elaborate too much on the really I can as anyone who knows me will attest to....I'm not often at a loss for words or ways to elaborate on a subject.

So summer vacation.....I have so many plans to accomplish so many things. I want to paint my bathroom, the rest of the walls in my bedroom, clean and organize the loft and my childrens' bedrooms, paint the powder room downstairs and hopefully transform myself into an uber organized person who, if employed in the new school year, will not have such a hard time keeping up with laundry and keeping the house clean. Of course that last one will probably be nearly impossible, but hey one can dream right?

Right now Big Daddy, aka Dear Sweet Hubby, is on vacation and we are trying to accomplish quite a few projects around the house. We've cleaned the garage, did some much needed yard work, installed a screen/storm door, installed ceiling fans in the kids' bedrooms, and Big Daddy redid the brakes on my car. Today is his second to last day off and he is pooped!!! The poor guy is taking an afternoon off from doing any more projects. There is just one last project I'd like him to accomplish before he has to return to the working world and that is to install a pet door in the door to the garage, so that we can finally put the litter box in the garage and not have it in my laundry room. Doing laundry is bad enough but when the room smells like pee and poop it's even worse, ick!!!

So keep your fingers crossed that I am able to accomplish all that I wish to do and more importantly that I get a call about being hired back in the new school year, as now that I've had a taste of being in the working world again I don't know if I could go back to being home all day everyday again!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Isn't 37 a little old for getting strep throat???

I always assumed it was one of those teenage illnesses like mono that you got from making out with someone with complete disregard for whether or not they had siblings at home who were sick, or better yet made out with someone else recently who was contagious.

Never having been lucky enough to have experience this "lovely" illness I had no clue that I might have it this morning when I woke up with a killer sore throat. I just thought I was oh so lucky enough to be catching Little Man's cold he had at the beginning of the week. But oh no, I was wrong. The teacher I work with reminded me that the student I work one-on-one with came down strep throat last weekend. And since this boy is very prone to spitting when he talks or decides to make farting noises so he can say "Excuse me.", I guess I should have known I would get it.

So off to the doctor I went this afternoon. Thankfully they can do the test for strep throat in the office. So I found out right away. Nope 37 is not too old to get strep throat. Yea me...NOT!

You know it's bad when you'd rather drool than swallow your own spit. I sure as heck hope that the antibiotics kick in REAL SOON!!! I don't think I can handle another day or so of this pain. Tink keeps saying her throat hurts real bad too but I almost think she'd be crying if it hurt as bad as mine does. She told me not even an hour after I gave her ibuprofen that her throat felt better, so it can't hurt as much as mine. She probably just wants the sympathy too. But I'll keep an eye on her so if it does seem to be bugging her more I'll take her in as well.

All I know is that we are dang lucky to not have caught this as a family earlier. But I hope with all I am and all I have that we NEVER EVER get this in our house again!!!!!!!!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

In total utter massive denial

The above picture was taken 5 years ago last Thursday the 29th and I'm in complete denial. I mean Little Man is my baby and I just refuse to believe that he is now old enough to attend public school. He was born just 4 months before Peaches starting Pre-K pre-school!!! WHERE HAS THE TIME GONE???

There is no way that my children are as old as they are!!! I don't mind my getting older, but they have to stay young forever!!! I know this sounds like an unreasonable and to some a crazy request, but I want them to stay young enough to still want to snuggle with me, to still need me when they hurt themselves and to still believe that I am the smartest person on the planet.

Because the older they get the more dorky and dumb I become to them....sniff sniff...I want my babies to stay babies......

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Guilty as charged, your Honor

What am I guilty of you may be asking yourself? Well a lot of things actually but 98% of them I don't want to share here...d'oh....but I will say I am massively guilty of just visiting my blog to change the background and to listen to my play list. Honestly I think about posting on here but then when it comes time for me to sit down in front of the computer I usually want to veg out on Facebook instead. And even more unfortunate is how easy it is to veg out on Facebook and lose at least an hour, if not more, of time.

So for someone who is working for the first time since July 2001(albeit part-time), trying to keep the house clean, and keep up with laundry for 5 people, posting on my blog seems to have landed on a back burner. I apologize for this and will try my hardest to at least get in one post a week from now on. I really do love the therapuetic feeling that posting on here gives me. I feel like my load has lightened, especially when I vent on here. Who knows how many people actually read what I write but it's nice to know I've let it fly, whatever it may be, and don't have it bottled up inside still. So now that I've vented about not posting on here I think I'll go move some laundry around and fold some and then get real wild and even put some away...WOO HOO!!! ;)

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

If you could have one superpower what would it be?

I know my answer to this one....the ability to stop time!!! Ever since I started working it seems like I have little to no time to get anything done around the house. And for as much time as I feel I waste on the computer I haven't posted anything on my blog for almost 2 months!!! What happened??? Will I ever get used to this and be able to multi-task like so many working mothers I know do??? I'm beginning to think not. I mean I only work 3 hours a day but I still can't seem to get used to the fact that I'm not home and able to do what I want when I want.

Oh well, it may not even matter as I still have clue if I will have a job in the fall....however if I do have one I'd better use my summer vacation to get myself organized once and for all!!!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

How did we scorn you, Mother Nature???

Please tell us because these cold temperatures and snowy weather are getting a bit tiresome. Not that we don't appreciate the beauty that is the glistening of newly fallen snow, but we haven't had a day over 50 degrees in who knows how long.

Is it too much to ask for a few days of 50+ temps??? Are we being too greedy wanting weather that doesn't dry out our skin and make us feel like we are elephants???

What do we need to do in order to get back in your good graces and enjoy some more pleasant weather??? Should we turn into the most zealous environmentalists ever to walk this green Earth? (Well it's green somewhere right now, just not here)

Personally I don't think I've been an ungrateful constituent of yours. I genuinely enjoy the changing of the seasons and look forward to each coming season. But right now winter is getting awfully trying and some nice temperatures would be oh so welcomed.

So if you think of anything we might be able to do for you in order to have some pleasant weather, you just let me know and I'll personally make sure everyone I know does it!

Your faithful follower,
July =)

Friday, February 12, 2010


I hope I'm not jinxing myself by posting this, but we are all well again and DSH's sister and her daughter are here in our lovely state. Yippee!!! But now I'm totally pooped not only from all the work that blasted stomach bug caused but also from all the cleaning I did to prepare for my SIL's visit. I'm going to sleep good tonight, that's for sure!!!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Is it a bit too extreme.... want to burn down my house and rebuild so that I can finally rid my family of this stomach bug that just won't go away????

Okay to give a little back story...........

At 3 am Tuesday February 2nd I am awakened by Tink who says she just puked in her bed. Oh happy happy joy joy! :\ I clean that up best I can being half awake and go back to bed. Luckily I have one of the world's greatest babysitters and she didn't bat an eye when told that Tink would be staying home with Little Man while I was at work because she was sick. Poor Tink got sick all day until about 1 and then seemed to be doing better. However that night she threw up again. Not sure if I should send her to school I called to see if my babysitter could come on an unscheduled day, she couldn't and Dear Sweet Hubby couldn't leave work, so I got to stay home. Then that night Little Man got sick, followed by Tink again and then I joined in on the fun. Poor Peaches was up all night long getting sick, but thankfully she can make it to the toilet. Little Man and Tink had buckets by their beds.

Well needless to say last Thursday we all stayed home, well except Dear Sweet Hubby. It wasn't a fun day at all. Friday we were all well enough to go back to school/work. But the next morning DSH was nauseous. The worst part about that was we had tickets to a monster truck rally that afternoon. Well he was in no shape to go so I took the kids and my wonderful babysitter's 11 yr old son to the monster truck rally alone. DSH seemed better on Sunday but then on Monday he was worse again. Little Man had some diarrhea so he stayed home with DSH while the girls went to school and I went to work. Yesterday DSH went to work and seemed better. But Little Man was still dealing with his south end.

This morning DSH seemed worse again and Little Man was saying he wanted to stay home but seemed perfectly fine. I thought he just wanted to stay home with daddy, so off to school he went, along with the rest of us. DSH is working lates the rest of the week so he was home this morning. Well while at work I was told that our pre-school teacher called and said that Little Man had thrown up at school. (So sorry Miss E) Well I called DSH to pick him up as I really didn't want to leave if I didn't have to. He did pick him up but then when I went out to recess with the little boy I work with Peaches, whose class was just finishing with their recess came running up to me saying she wasn't feeling well and wanted to go home with me when I left at noon. So after I was done I went looking for her to see how she felt but she said she'd try to stick it out the rest of the day. When I get home Little Man looks a little off but okay and DSH looked not so good but he went to work anyway. I think the only thing that DSH hates more than being sick is calling in sick to work, so off he went.

Needless to say I want this bug to finally leave our house and never return but the worst part is that DSH's sister is coming to visit with her three year old daughter this weekend and I so want it to be a nice visit. So can we all say "Lysol"??? I plan on spraying the whole dang house in hopes of getting this bug out of here! I've had enough of puke and poop to last me quite a while, thank you!

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Music to my ears

Today we ran to King Soopers (a grocery store for those not in the know) to stock up on some meat and while we were in the checkout Peaches got my attention. She then told me that for her 10th birthday she wants to of "these" and proceeded to point to a $50 Barnes & Noble gift card! I was so thrilled to hear her say she wanted only to buy books for her birthday that I darn near cried right then and there in the checkout.

What sweeter words can a mother hear than her child saying she wants books instead of toys!!!!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Two for the price of one!

Okay I have two things I want to post about today so I'll do them both here.....

It stinks being an adult sometimes...

Okay, so the wind here today is horrid. I mean when you can hear the window squeal under the pressure of the wind, then you know it's bad! But of course wind like this is not unusual for this area, just stinks when it wakes up early on a Sunday morning. So DSH had to be at work this morning at 8, so his alarm went off around 6. He got up but I tried to sneak in some more time in bed, but the wind was so loud I eventually got up. Headed downstairs at 7-ish. But while I was up early (well early for a Sunday) I proceeded to waste the next two hours on the couch. I drank some coffee, read the paper, and watched a program on the Loch Ness Monster. Noticing the time I got up to eat, but then checked Facebook before finally heading to the shower at 10. Of course when I noticed it was 10 and I hadn't showered a huge sense of guilt came over me. How could I have wasted so much time on a day where I should be getting stuff done around here, as I am a working mother now. I can't just ignore the duties at home as no one else around here is going to do it for me, that's for sure. So now here I am at 11:15 am and I'm still wasting time, oh well, guess some days you just aren't meant to get anything done, but does it have to come with a side guilt????

When all else fails, use bribery!

So last weekend the kids and I cleaned up the loft and their bedrooms in record time. It was really nice to have clean floors up here to be able to actually vacuum. it's messy up here again and apparently the yelling and belly-aching that their father and I do isn't enough to get the kids to clean up their messes. So I've decided to try and bribe them. I am going to start a chart where if they have the loft clean and have left no toys downstairs at the end of the day they will get a sticker and if they get a whole month worth of stickers they will get something special, whether it be a dinner out or a new game for the PS2. But if they miss a night then they have to wait till the next month to start all over again. I'm not sure if it will work and the worst part is that I will have to remember to do the chart, but if I try really hard to remember and they do do it, then I'll be so happy to have less cleaning and yelling to do on the weekends!!!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Thank you old classmate

I got a comment after my last post from an old classmate of mine. And it was a really nice comment, one that put a smile on my face. However I wish the classmate had made themselves known, I would love to know who left such nice words.

The funniest part is that I never realized I had made an impact on much of anyone from school, well other than a few close friends. I always felt like the girl that could fade into the walls if she didn't say anything. I felt invisible. But apparently I did make an impact on someone.

Something else that people reading this might find humorous is that I actually get nervous requesting someones friendship on Facebook. Unless I communicate with the person currently I'm afraid that they don't remember me and they'll just ignore my request. Actually I did have one person who said they didn't remember me, which kind of struck me as odd as we hung out in the same circle in high school.

But, if my old classmate decides to reveal themselves please send a message to my inbox. I would like the chance to get to know this person better now since we didn't get that opportunity back in school.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

I've got the first week under my belt.....

....and it had it's ups and downs.

A, the little boy I'm working with, was great the first day, but then he started to test me. That was a bit frustrating but I knew he was just trying to see if I was going to be like his other teachers, who hold him accountable for his actions, or his mother, who does everything for him. Well he soon found out that I was not like his mother, but his other teachers.

Thursday was especially frustrating as his mother came into volunteer and proceeded to focus solely on A and not the other kids. I wasn't the only one frustrated, the teacher of the class is going to have a meeting with mom next week to discuss this situation and hopefully she'll either get the message and start helping all the kids or decide to not come in at all.

Friday we had a fantastic day with A doing all I asked him to do! I was so excited I darn near did back flips. Well okay I couldn't have done back flips if I wanted to, well maybe I could have but I would have ended up in the!

So now that I have the first week down and am feeling more comfortable I think this is going to be even better than I had hoped. Now if only I could get on permanently instead of for just this semester, then everything would be perfect!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

New adventures

Well it looks like 2010 is starting out with a bang!

A little background first....

The last week of school before the winter break I applied for a position as a special education para-professional with my daughters school. I was told they would be interviewing the 4th or 5th of January, so naturally when New Year's Day arrived and I hadn't received a phone call I assumed that I was not even in the running.

THEN Sunday the 3rd in the afternoon as my family and I (which included my visiting in-laws) were watching the beautiful snow fall, the phone rang. Neither dear sweet hubby or I recognized the number but it was a local one so DSH answered.

And I'm so glad he did!!!

It was a nice gentleman from the school district that was calling to see if I would like to interview for the position that I had applied for. Of course I agreed! So on Tuesday the 5th I went in to interview. I was so nervous not because I was scared but because I wanted to do well and was afraid I would blow it. Well I left the interview having no clue how I did as the people (4 of them) who interviewed me were so hard to read.

The next day we ended up running some errands after the girls got home from school and DSH was home from work and went out to dinner (Love that 99cent kids meals at Applebees). When we got home there was a message on the answering machine from our beloved pre-school teacher, who I used as a reference. She said she didn't want to get my hopes up but that she had been called about me by the same nice gentleman. I was so excited, even though I tried very hard to not get my hopes up.

The next day I was a wreck. I had decided to use the day to take down Christmas decorations and do some laundry to avoid looking at the clock and staring at the phone hoping it would ring. Well after what felt like an eternity I looked at the clock and it had only been an hour and 20 minutes!!! WHAT???? Oh it was going to be a long day.

But then it rang!

My heart stopped and my stomach rose to my throat. It was the same nice gentleman calling to offer me the job if I was still interested......if I was still interested HA! I had to mentally tell myself to not scream in the man's ear...LOL!

Yesterday I got the necessary paperwork, had my fingerprints taken, got my photo id picture taken and met the adorable little boy that I will be working with from 9-12 Monday through Friday. He's a sweet boy who is in kindergarten and has ADHD and needs someone to be there with him to remind him to do his work and to even remember to eat at lunch time.

Thankfully this schedule is perfect for life right now. As Little Man will be in pre-school Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, then on Tuesdays and Thursdays I have a good friend who has agreed to watch him for me.

I'm not sure if this will continue into the next school year, but I sure hope so, as then Little Man would be in all day kindergarten and I would be able to work all day.

Tomorrow is my first day at work after 8 1/2 years of being a stay-at-home mom and I can't tell if I'm really excited or nervous.....maybe it's a combo of both and I'm more anxious than anything. The best part about all of this is the teacher whose classroom I will be working in was Peaches' first grade teacher. After that year she switched to all day kindergarten, much to my dismay as I wanted Tink to have her for first grade as well. So thankfully she is a lady I know and like, plus if she and I get our way Little Man will get her for a teacher next year when he goes in for all day kindergarten.

So to sum it all up on the 1st I was celebrating the new year but thinking I wasn't going to be interviewed for the job I had applied for, then on the 3rd I got a call about an interview, then on the 5th I interviewed and on 7th I GOT THE JOB!!!! I have to wonder if the lottery ticket DSH said he bought yesterday on the 9th was a winner with the way my luck has been this year so far........ ;)