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November 29, 2005


The CT scan is over. Woohoo! Even better, I made it though the whole test WITHOUT being injected with kidney dye. In fact, the worst part of the whole thing was the "berry flavored" barium I had to drink before the test. Ewwwwww. Did I mention I don't particularly care for berry flavoring? It made the stuff smell very berry, but it didn't really taste like berry. However, it did have a berry aftertaste. Gag.

The woman before me got apple flavored barium. Now that sounds better! I love apple. Berry favoring ranks one step above banana (which the woman after me got, I think). Had the chickie handed me banana we would have had issues.

At least it was cold. Lukewarm barium might have pushed me over the edge.

I am a believer in signs, and after two things happened I wasn't worried about this test. First, as I arrived at the hospital I realized the radio was playing the song The Hubby and I danced our first dance (Tim McGraw's My Best Friend , in case anyone was wondering). Then the orderly/tech that brought me back to the scan has the same name as The Hubby. When I put these two things together, I decided that things were going to be ok, however they come out. (Much like when two of the presurgical nurses shared the same name as my mom)

Luckily, I have a great friend who came and sat with me in the waiting room for my test. The Hubby had work things he couldn't miss (couldn't meaning I told him he was going). Having someone wait with me relaxes me and gives me someone I can chat with.

Now, I am off to continue my decluttering siege. The kitchen/dining room is pretty much decluttered. Now, it's time to declutter the living room. Hokie, Socks, and Ollie are not amused as I have told them the shoe boxes they are currently stretching out of shape are going when this room is done. Those three LOVE shoe boxes.

P.S. Have any bloggers noticed that you can't change post dates/times anymore? Is it just me (and Firefox) or is this a new "improvement"?

November 28, 2005

Thanksgiving Recap

We are finally home! Yay!

Let me preface this whole entry with this statement. I love my in-laws. I am very lucky to have a wonderful relationship with my in-laws. They're wonderful people. My mother-in-law though...I have my moments. (So does The Hubby)

While we were in WV we saw Yours, Mine, and Ours AND Rent. Yours, Mine, and Ours was cute. I enjoyed it, but I still like the first one better. You can't beat Lucille Ball. Rent, however, ummmm...I LOVED the music. I can't wait to buy the cd. The movie itself...uh, weird! Honestly, I enjoyed the whole thing, except the middle part where Maureen does the Moo-ing song (weird!) and I did not care for the bar/restaurant scene where they sang La Vie Boheme. I liked La Vie Boheme. My mother-in-law couldn't hear most of it, therefore came out of the movie very confused. My father-in-law was sighing about halfway through, I think he wanted to go home and watch the Hokie football game.

The Hubby and I kept track of all the things his mother would find scandalous (lesbianism, homosexuality in general, nekkidness, AIDS, drugs, stripping, etc...) and we decided it might have better for us to screen this one before bringing her (kinda like American Beauty).

Now to the only "issue" I had the entire weekend. It concerns a snowman hot cocoa gift set I gave my mother-in-law in 2002. She regifted it! To me! And she has no idea! It's not that bad because I liked it when I bought it, but the thought hurts my feelings somewhat. Oh well.

I am on a cleaning kick (I think). I have decided the clutter in my house is making me very anxious. It just bugs me. So I am weeding out. When we got home I cleaned the kitchen. The counters are bare except for essential items and I've removed all non-essential items that were making me crazy. It makes me happy to be in there. I'm hoping to hit the whole house, THEN put out the Christmas decorations (to join my hot cocoa snowman).

November 26, 2005

Officially annoyed....well, hurt more than annoyed. And really shouldn't be.

November 25, 2005

A shopping we will go!

Thanksgiving is over and with minimal leftovers. Woohoo! That chocolate cherry cake thingamabob is still in the fridge though. Yum!

While we didn't get the snow they forcasted, around 4 (just as we were finishing eating) the snow/sleet started. The roads were starting to get slippery and I just wanted to get home. So The Hubby, being the nice guy he is, took me home. We went slow and made it to the hill before you turn onto his parent's road when we had to stop. Bad idea. We slid. So we backed up. And slid again. Around the time we were sitting sideways in the middle of the road, sliding backwards toward the edge of the road with the drop off, I lost it. I'm so ashamed. I'm an Ohioan for crying out loud! My only defense is I deal with snow, not ice and NOT going backwards over an embankment.

Anyway, we're fine.

Today I went shopping with the mother-in-law. We didn't get up super early, we left around 10:30. We had a wonderful day (and I have the shopping bags to prove it)! More when I get home.

Stay safe people!

November 24, 2005

Dashing through the snow...

...in a four door Chevrolet.

Heh. My car is a Chevy...see the humor now? No? Oh...all righty then.

Anyway, we made it successfully to West Virginia. We took some really crazy roads from The College yesterday, but we made it. Yay! Next time, I think we're better just to go the old way. The way we went seemed really long.

Cooking, baking, and cleaning are in full swing here. I am helping where I can. I am not looking forward to a holiday spent with people asking, "Are you allowed to have that? Can you eat that?"

Let me just say, I am allowed to eat whatever I want and I CAN eat just about everything (except olives...ew). However, there are lots of things I shouldn't eat. But I cannot blame my mother-in-law. The woman goes out of her way to accommodate me. Yes, there is apple pie and a pumpkin roll in the fridge, but beside those things are pumpkin pie (made with Splenda), Cool Whip Free, and a cake that is practically sugar-free. It's nice to be care about.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving! We are eating at 3 (it seems a very weird time to me too). The three inches of snow we were supposed to get overnight did not arrive (YAY!) so we don't have to worry about driving.

Oh, and Hillary, a clipper is a storm that comes down over Lake Erie from Canada. When they say "clipper" on the news here it usually means LOTS and LOTS of snow. I haven't talked to my parents to see if the clipper was as bad as they predicted (usually not).

I am now off to watch the Macy's parade and then the dog show (so I can list all the dogs I want).

Pomeranian....Pug.....St. Bernard....oh I could go on for days! Lucy needs a buddy! :)

November 22, 2005


Damn! It's snowing!

You know....back in July when it was 90 degrees everyday and I said I couldn't wait for winter. Yeah. I'm totally over winter now. Bring on summer!

Right little potty mouth aren't I?

November 21, 2005


Yes, I know I spelled it wrong. I started saying it after I saw The Sweetest Thing. I think it's humorous.


This afternoon The Hubby and I had our "interview"/meeting to see about obtaining Medicaid. Our quest for Medicaid was started by my family doctor's replacement recommending we get Medicaid. Well! What a HUGE waste of time for everyone involved.

Basically, unless one of us is disabled (we're not) or we have a minor child in the home (we don't), there is no way we qualify for ANY services. According to the woman today, there is basically "no help for people ages 21 to 50...well, no older than that".

First, I am peeved that the intake woman didn't tell us this. Uh...HELLO! I wouldn't have wasted my time or the woman's today. I am not angry with the woman I met with today. Quite frankly, she saved us a HUGE amount of time by not having me fill out the necessary paperwork. I appreciate the effort to save my time.

I am however, LIVID at the government. State or federal. I really don't care. State, I think, is at who my anger should be directed.

The Hubby and I are responsible citizens who both work. The problem is, neither of our jobs have health insurance, nor do they pay well. We're hoping this changes in the future. However, for right now, we're struggling. Anything to help us with expenses is a God-send.

My biological clock is soooooo ticking. I want a baby. The Hubby wants a baby.

{Begin Rant}

HOWEVER, I don't think it is responsible to have a baby I cannot afford. Our current agreement is we will talk baby when at least one of us (preferably both of us) have permanent work AND health insurance. We both feel this is the responsible thing to do.

The government though is all but encouraging us to have a baby. If I were pregnant or we had a baby, we would have walked out of that office today not only with a temporary Medicaid card but food stamps...er a Direction Card to boot. WTF!? Healthy families, my ass.

How is this "program" not encouraging people to have babies they can't support!? If anything, it says to me, "Go ahead, have a baby, the state will help support you then!"

Wouldn't it make more sense to allow people like myself to be on Medicaid, thus preventing even more "welfare babies/mothers"?

Ohhhhhh, health care in this country is so seriously screwed up!

{End Rant}

That is all for now. The Hubby and I are off to begin a new quest to qualify for Medicaid, if you get my drift.

Meme-ing Again!?

Courtesy of Leesa.

I say ... and you think ... ?

1.Heads up:: Duck!
2.Kicker:: Soccer

3.Aggressive:: Treatment
4.Getting ugly:: Argument
5.To be continued:: West Wing
6.Twist:: Lemon Lime
7.Form:: Another one!?
8.On the road:: Wednesday
9.Import:: Chocolate
10.Flowers:: Red roses

November 20, 2005

List Revisted

1. Put 1 load of laundry in the washing machine.
2. Transfer load from washer to dryer/hang up and put another load into the washer. (Repeat until all laundry is done)
3. Put away folded/hung up laundry.
4. Clean off the dining room table. Can see actual table! I'd forgotten what tablecloth was on it.
5. Clean kitchen (includes running then emptying dishwasher, clearing off counters, and Floormate-ing the floor).
6. Clean living room (includes dusting, decluttering, vacuuming, and steam cleaning the carpet).
7. Clean bathroom (includes removing all dirty laundry, disinfecting, washing rugs, cleaning tub, and Floormate-ing the floor).
8. Clean the bedroom (includes decluttering, dusting, sweeping, and removing laundry).
9. Put PayPal on my cousin's website.
10. Pack for Thanksgiving in West Virginia.
11. Maintain cleanliness for longer than 1 day.

Potential Harry Potter spoiler....but I don't think so. :)

P.S. We went to see Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire today. For a movie, it was pretty good. For a movie made from a book I enjoy, I was disappointed. I think, once again, I went in with my hopes too high. I feel they cut too many important or interesting plot lines. I am also peeved that they made Krum into a pervert (well, my opinion). I did like how they portrayed Voldermort.

Totally Random Things about Me

In a futher effort to avoid work...
Nabbed from Ben O. who I found through Leesepea. :)

1. What color are your kitchen plates?

Everday plates are either cream with apples or cream with a blue line around the edge.
Fancy are white with blue flowers and a silver edge.
Both sets were my grandmothers.

2. What book(s) are you reading now?
Murder Can Upset Your Mother by Selma Eichler - I've switched from romance novels to mystery series lately.

3. What or who is on your mouse pad? The Hokie Bird!

4. What's your favorite board game?
Cranium Turbo Edition - This is honestly, the most fun I have had lately playing a game. I LOVE Cranium. Lots of fun! I also love Disney Trivia and Disney Scene It, but no one will play them with me anymore. Something about me always winning.

5. Favorite magazine?
Well, it was the Disney magazine I had subscribed to, but they cancelled its production. Now, it's CatFancy. I just LOVE it.

7. Least favorite smell?
Food wise - Olives. Gag.
Perfume wise - vanilla. Hate the stuff.

8. What's the first thing you think of in the morning?
Quick! Cat check. So no kitty ends up getting squished.

9. Favorite color?
Blue, blue, blue!

10. Least favorite color?
Hmm....limey green.

11. How many rings before you answer the phone?
2 - 4, two because it takes that long for the caller ID to kick in and at four the answering machine clicks on.

12. Future children's names?
I promised a dying friend when I was 17 that I would name one of my kids after him. I plan to keep my promise. Beyond that, you'll just have to wait and see. :)

13. What is your sign and birthday?
I'm a Leo (`splains a lot, doesn't it?) and my birthday is August 19th.

14. Do you eat the stems of broccoli?
LOVE them. That's the best part of cooked broccoli!

15. If you could have any job what would it be?
2nd grade teacher...I think, maybe 3rd, but I don't like the testing for 3rd in Ohio.

16. If you could have any color hair what would it be?
Blond-er ...

17. Is the glass half full or half empty?
The glass is just half.

18. Favorite movie?
Too many favorites to pick just one. I love the Priness Diaries movie.

19. Do you type with the right fingers on the keys?
I type with all my fingers on the keys. :) I don't know if I hit the correct key with the correct finger, but I don't hunt and peck and I can type without looking at the keys. Woohoo!

20. What's under your bed?
Prolly, some socks. Dust bunnies. And from time to time, kitties.

21. What is your favorite number?
23, I guess. I don't really have a "lucky" or favorite number, so I use The Hubby's. It was his soccer number in high school.

22. What is your single biggest fear?
Not having enough time.

23. Person(s) most likely to respond?
Uh...I didn't do this for the responses....sure that's it.

24. Who is least likely to respond?
Everybody. :-)

25. Favorite CD?
Too many to pick just one. I'm in a Rascal Flatts phase.

26. Favorite TV show?
Again, too many to pick just one. Current favs include: Good Eats, West Wing, Desperate Housewives, Family Guy, Medium, Lost, America's Next Top Model, Survivor, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Virginia Tech football, The Price is Right, Monk, Will and Grace, ER, Dr. Phil, and Reba.

Rerun favorites: Golden Girls, Designing Women, I Love Lucy, Futurama (more hubby's than mine, but I tolerate it)

27. Ketchup or mustard?
Um...mustard. Ketchup has too much sugar in it. (But I love the stuff)

28. Hamburgers or Hot dogs?
Hamburgers, I s'pose.

29. Favorite soft drink?
That I can't have: Pepsi!
That I can have: Diet Cherry Vanilla Dr. Pepper

30. The best place you have ever been?
Disney World
Virginia Tech

31. The most amazing sight?
Seeing someone you love after a significant time of NOT seeing them.

32. What screen saver is on your computer right now?
None, but that reminds me, I need to put mine back on. Let's see...ah yes, I Love Lucy screensaver.

33. Favorite burger?
Hmm...I guess a plain `ol Burger King cheeseburger. But I also like singles from Wendy's and bacon mushroom melts (although I find the bacon too salty now).

34. Favorite pet?
In general, cat. But I can't pick between my kids. :)

November 19, 2005


Woohoo, I am seasonal.

I love blue. :)

I changed my sunflower by my name but it isn't showing up. If my profile picture (of snowflakes) shows for you. Lemme know so I can stop obsessing over it.

November 18, 2005

Another step closer?

So, in the quickest turn around I have ever experienced from a hospital or doctor's office, I now have the results of my kidney ultrasound.

I possibly have a kidney stone in my left kidney.

Woohoo.... I think. I'm just so excited that it isn't some form of kidney disease or cancer! Two out of my three cousins have had kidney stones, so apparently it's genetic.

Now, I am waiting for the hospital to call and schedule my abdomen scan. Is it a CAT scan? MRI? I don't know, all the nurse said was abdominal scan. My biggest worry now (besides the money) is that they will have to inject me with some form of kidney dye. My mom is allergic to it; I sure hope I'm not!

Then I have to go see a urologist. And we'll take it from there. Yaaaaaaaaaaaaay for me.

November 17, 2005


After reading Leesepea's blog, I realized that I, too, suck. The pathetic part is I have no reason to suck. I'm not working nearly as much as I was last year and I'm feeling better.

Last year when I was working 3-5 days a week and the hubby was not, I was incredibly frustrated at the lack of work he accomplished each day. He did nothing. What did he do all day? Why did it take him all day to do dishes?

Now? I'm the slacker. I have been sleeping late each day (just started that this week) and sitting around on my ever widening tush doing nothing. I just can't seem to get anything accomplished. I start cleaning the kitchen and find myself straightening something in the living room (or vice versa). I don't remember being this easily side tracked before. Not only is it incredibly hard to begin the cleaning process, once I get a room clean its messy within hours. HOURS! There are only two people (and three cats) living in this house. How can it always be a mess?

So, in the wise words of Leesepea's step-mom, I am going to make a list. Let's see how long it takes me to accomplish it.

1. Put 1 load of laundry in the washing machine.
2. Transfer load from washer to dryer/hang up and put another load into the washer. (Repeat until all laundry is done)
3. Put away folded/hung up laundry.
4. Clean off the dining room table. Should be able to see actual table.
5. Clean kitchen (includes emptying dishwasher, clearing off counters, and Floormating the floor).
6. Clean living room (includes dusting, decluttering, vacuuming, and steam cleaning the carpet).
7. Clean bathroom (includes removing all dirty laundry, disinfecting, washing rugs, cleaning tub, and Floormating the floor).
8. Clean the bedroom (includes decluttering, dusting, sweeping, and removing laundry).
9. Put PayPal on my cousin's website.
10. Pack for Thanksgiving in West Virginia.
11. Maintain cleanliness for longer than 1 day.

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November 15, 2005

Must See Movies

Finally! After several months of absolutely no movies I care to see (In Her Shoes was the last one I even remotely wanted to see) there are a BUNCH of movies I am dying to see coming out!

Here they are, in the order they are coming out (I think). Therefore, in the order I want to see them.

#1 - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
#2 - Rent
#3 - Pride and Predjudice
#4 - Yours, Mine, and Ours
#5 - The Family Stone
#6 - Cheaper By the Dozen 2
#7 - Rumor Has It

Movies that look good. They look incredibly interesting, but aren't really my thing:
Walk the Line
Memoirs of a Geisha - (note to self: Must figure out what a Geisha is)

Apparently if you need me in the next few weeks, I will be at the movies! Or wishing I was at the movies.

Ode to Ohio

You may be from Ohio (pronounced "ah-hi-uh") if:

  • You think all Pro football teams are supposed to wear orange.
  • You know all the 4 seasons: winter, still winter, almost winter and construction. (So sad, but true.)
  • You live less than 30 miles from some college or university. (I can think of at least 2 offhand.)
  • You know what a "buckeye" really is, and have a recipe for candy ones. (My mom makes the BEST buckeye candies. You're missing out chocolate and peanut butter lovers.)
  • "Toward the lake" means "North" and "toward the river" means "South."
  • You know if other Ohioans are from southern or northern Ohio as soon as they open their mouths.
  • "Vacation" means spending a day at Cedar Point in the summer and deer hunting in the fall.
  • You measure distance in minutes. (Yep.)
  • Your school classes were canceled because of cold.
  • Your school classes were canceled because of heat.
  • You've had to switch from "heat" to "A/C" in the same day. (Uh, that was Saturday.)
  • You end your sentences with an unnecessary preposition. Example: "Where's my coat at?" (Guilty.)
  • You install security lights on your house and garage and leave both unlocked. (Guilty again. Even after having lived in "big" cities.)
  • You think of the major four food groups as beef, pork, beer, and Jell-O salad with marshmallows.
  • You carry jumper cables in your car.
  • You know what "pop" is. (Don't you?)
  • You design your kid's Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit. (Ahahahahaha!)
  • Driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled with snow. (Again, sad, but true.)
  • You think sexy lingerie is tube socks and a flannel nightgown.
  • The local paper covers national and international headlines on one page but requires six pages for sports. (hehehe)
  • If someone says something you don't understand or hear, you say "Please?"
  • You call it Kroger's even though it is Kroger. (Yep! Even though Kroger is the devil.)
(According to Jeff Foxworthy) :)

Meme madness

Stolen from Erin who stole it from mz. smlph?

1) My mother once: pushed me out of a restaurant booth and onto the floor when I bet her she couldn't. Needless to say, I was wrong.

2) Never in my life: have I shot a weapon.

3) When I was five: I was in love with the letter people. I still like them.

4) High school was: tolerable thanks to my band and choir friends.

5) I will never forget: the day I married my husband.

6) I once met: my teacher in the grocery store. I've never met anyone famous. Pathetic, really.

7) There's this person I know who: reminds me of Natasha, of Boris and Natasha.

8) Once, at a bar: I...uh...had a drink? Only been to 1 bar in my life. I know, I know...nerd.

9) By noon I'm usually: working or thinking about getting dressed.

10) Last night I: had a kidney ultrasound. Damn they push on you hard! Sheesh.

11) If I only had: a permanent teaching position.

12) Next time I go to church/temple: it will be to prepare communion. I'm sick of being hassled for money.

13) Terri Schiavo: should be allowed to rest in peace.

14) I like: many things. Mickey Mouse, books, cats, and dogs - just to name a few.

15) When I turn my head left, I see: the television, couch, and a mess.

16) When I turn my head right, I see: the window and the field across the street being mined for gravel.

17) You know I'm lying when: I smile and give too much information. I always forget to K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple Stupid)

18) In grade school: I hid all my papers I didn't want to do in my desk. My teacher dumped my desk over in front of everyone and made me sort the papers out.

19) If I was a character written by Shakespeare: I'd talk really weird and wouldn't understand what I was saying.

20) By this time next year I: hope to be a full-time teacher and have a husband with a full-time job as well.

21) A better name for me would be: Grace. The irony is just too good to pass up.

22) I have a hard time understanding: math. Ugh, I hate math.

23) If I ever go back to school I'll: get another teaching degree. It's the only thing I feel I do remotely well.

24) You know I like you if: I tease you. That goes for my entire family. If we tease you, we like you.

25) If I won an award, the first person I'd thank would be: my family.

26) I hope that: I am a good teacher, wife, and mother one day.

27) Take my advice: for what it's worth. Consider the source and do with it what you want.

28) My ideal breakfast is: lunch. I am seldom in the mood for breakfast food. I like quiche though. Does that count?

29) A song I love, but do not have is: Seasons of Love from Rent. Can't wait to see the movie.

30) If you visit my hometown, I suggest: you visit the local tourist attractions and see things in Cleveland.

31) Tulips, character flaws, microchips & track stars: Tulips - they're ok, not my favorite. Character flaws make us special. Embrace them. Track stars run really fast and might make good soccer players. :)

32) Why won't anyone: give me a job!

33) If you spend the night at my house: just know, I am not responsible for cat hair.

34) I'd stop my wedding: uh...wayyyy too late for that.

35) The world could do without: intolerance, stereotypes, hate, war, and bugs. Okay, I could do without bugs. The world, probably not.

36) I'd rather lick the belly of a roach than: eat a bug (especially a roach).

37) My favorite is: spending time with my husband and hearing him talk about soccer. He's so happy, even when they're driving him crazy.

38) Paper clips are more useful than: staples. Can't get enough of paper clips!

40) And by the way: karma is a boomerang. Remember that.

41)The last time I was drunk: was never. I don't like the taste of alcohol.

42) My grandmother always: gardened. I wish I could be like her.

November 14, 2005

For the hubby

The Hubby is sad.

It is important to note that for a brief period of time, The Hubby was affiliated with professional wrestling (note, not the WWE).

Yesterday, we learned of the death of
Eddie Guerrero. It hits the hubby hard when wrestlers pass away. These are men who befriended him, helped him, and were his mentors for a brief time. Losing Owen Hart was horrible. Losing Eddie is just as bad. Eddie was only 38. I don't know who Dave is, but he enumerates Eddie's character quite well for anyone wondering what the heck I am talking about.

For once, I am not mad at Vince McMahon. I don't despise him and his thirst for money, for a little while. Tomorrow, I will once again dislike his greed, but tonight, for Eddie, I will ignore it. They're remembering Eddie the right way. I get a little choked up myself when I see big, burly, "manly" men openly weep. I cannot begin to imagine the sadness and grief Chavo and Rey and Chris Benoit are experiencing. They're wrestlers, but they're people first.

Rest in peace, Eddie. For his family and friends, I'm so sorry for your loss.

That just doesn't seem like enough.

Wrestling will miss you, Eddie. You were a good man.

November 13, 2005

We're back!

Well, after getting somewhat lost on the way to Columbus, we are finally home! All in all, I had a good time! I've discovered I really enjoy the game of soccer. I know, I was shocked too.

Columbus Crew stadium is gorgeous! No wonder they have huge fan attendance! It is such a nice facility! I'm already looking forward to going next year.

I've also realized what hubby's team is desperately lacking. SUPPORTIVE FANS!

I only had to listen to one man coach from the stands all weekend.

The fans from the private Cincinnati school were my favorite by far. First, I believe it was an all-girl school. I didn't see one boy in the student section, thus my belief. Plus, there were no references to Lady Bulldogs. Anyway, they had organized cheers (my favorite by far is one that ends with them jumping up and down on the stands screaming: Beat the Mustangs, Beat, Beat the Mustangs). These girls had me cheering with them and I was rooting for the other team! They even brought their own red cards to wave when they didn't like something (forget the yellow cards, we go right to the red ones).

All in all, it was very exciting. I've also realized I am getting old...and cheap. I realized this when I was lamenting the $7 tickets that we had to purchase (TWICE) to see the two games Saturday. Good grief! I can attend a COLLEGE soccer game for free. Hello!?

Tomorrow is the posp-op ob/gyn appointment (not expecting anything bad...but who knows) and in the evening I have a kidney ultrasound. I'm just glad I am not required to have a full bladder. Last time was not fun.

November 12, 2005

And we're off!

The Weekend - O - Fun has finally arrived.

We are off to Columbus for the high school state championship and all star games.


Can I change my Weekend - O - Fun monniker?

Seriously though, I'm expecting it to be fun. I get to actually sit with The Hubby during the games and bombard him with questions. The weather is supposed to be pretty nice (low 60s and sunny today, maybe t-shower tomorrow - but I hope not). Annnnnnnnnnnnnnnd I'm bringing a friend. :) So she and I can sit and giggle at silly things while The Hubby does his recruiting thing.

There WILL be fun. Or else.

Enjoy your weekend!

November 10, 2005


So, it occurs to me as I am eating dinner tonight that The Hubby and I haven't fought in gosh knows how long.

Let me explain, when The Hubby was relapsing/"sick" we fought all the time. Daily. It was awful. I spent more time than I would like to admit wondering if I had done the right thing. I hate fighting (who doesn't) and I didn't want a marriage where all we did was fight. Thus, when The Hubby started getting better (and the fighting suddenly went away), I told him that if we were to ever start arguing like that again, that I would immediately become suspicious. Sounds crazy, I know.

The fact is, we never really fought that often. If we did quarrel it was over the most stupid, idiotic things. Then, mid-way through one of us would look at the other and say, "Are we really fighting over _____?", and it would be over. No worrying who was right and who was wrong. No "he said"/"she said". It was just over.

We're not even fighting over "stupid stuff" anymore. I don't know if its because he's working in a job he loves and is happier. Or is it because I am "sick" and therefore don't care about the little things I used to harp over? Is it that we've both grown up?

I don't know what we did, but whatever we're doing, I hope we keep doing it because THIS is what a marriage should be. I have the best husband in the world.

P.S. Teaching tomorrow. The class with all the kids that have been pulled out of their regular classroom due to behavior problems. I love this teacher. The kids and I will be fine. :)

The Countdown

Stolen from Leesepea who stole it from Leesa.

10 Favorites

Favorite Season:
Favorite Sport: Soccer, of course! (And Hokie football)
Favorite Time: Evening
Favorite Color: Blue, cobalt blue to be exact
Favorite Actor: Martin Sheen
Favorite Actress: Reese Witherspoon
Favorite Ice Cream: Breyer's Chocolate Rainbow
Favorite Food: Pepper Steak (Mom's or from a Chinese restaurant)
Favorite Drink: Diet Cherry Vanilla Dr. Pepper
Favorite Place: Disney World or The Duckpond

9 Currents

Current Feeling: Optimistic
Current Underwear Color: Lavender
Current Windows Open: Blogger
Current Drink: Diet Dr. Pepper
Current Time: 11:07 A.M.
Current Mobile(s) Used: Crappy Sprint phone that is with The Hubby
Current Show on TV: The Price is Right (c'mon down!) and Will & Grace - waiting for I Love Lucy
Current Thought: What do I want for lunch?
Current Clothes: Pajamas - hey, I'm not working today!

8 Firsts

First Nickname: Peanut (thanks Mom)
First Kiss: The Hubby - I choose to believe its sweet, not pathetic
First Crush: Justin L.
First Best Friend: Brenda B.
First Vehicle I drove: 1992 Powder Blue Ford Tempo
First Job: Cashier at Wal-Mart
First Movie: Little Mermaid, I think
First Pet:
First Shave: 5th grade...6th grade...7th grade, I dunno

7 Lasts

Last Drink: Uhhhmmmm, Green Apple Smirnoff and 7-Up (I'm such a wuss)
Last Kiss: The Hubby
Last Time I Drove: Out to dinner for Mom's birthday last night
Last Time Shaved: Uh....I plead the 5th
Last Web Site Visited: Couchtrip
Last Movie Watched: The Perfect Man (Chris Noth...woohoo)
Last Pill I Had: Took all 4 together this morning: 2 metaformins, 1 benicar, and 1 children's aspirin

6 Have You Evers

Have You Ever Broken the Law: Yup, speeding ticket
Have You Ever Been Drunk: No, contrary to what The Hubby says
Have You Ever Kissed Someone You Didn't Know: Yeah, right.
Have You Ever Been in the Middle/Close to Gunfire or Bomb Blast: Actually, yes.
Have You Ever Skinny Dipped: Lord no.
Have You Ever Broken Anyone's Heart: Not to my knowledge

5 Things

Things You Can Hear Right Now: the television, the bulldozers and backhoe across the street
Things on Your Bed: bedding, a skwooshy pillow, and several cats
Things You Ate Today: Whole wheat English muffin, bowl of popcorn
Things You Can’t Live Without: The Hubby, family, my boys, and Lulu
Things You Do When You Are Bored: Surf the internet, watch tv, read

4 Places You Have Been today
The Kitchen
The Bathroom
The Bedroom
The Living Room
(hey, its a non-work day and its cold and windy outside)

3 Things On Your Desk Right Now
Just 3?!
My bracelet
My glucose meter
Stack of bills to take care of

2 Choices

Coke or Pepsi? Pepsi!!!!
Hot or Cold? The Pepsi? Cold. Otherwise, cold.

1 Thing You Want To Do Before You Die
Be someone's Mom

November 09, 2005

Mmm mmm good

Stolen from MommyProf

Favorite food on a cold, rainy, fall day: Potato soup topped with minced onion
Favorite food on a hot, humid, summer day: Bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwiches with home grown tomatoes.
Favorite food when I'm feeling depressed or PMS-y: Chinese food... mainly the vegetables.
Favorite food that is an embarassment to enjoy eating, because for some reason a lot of people find it gross: Mild, banana peppers complete with juce
Favorite dinner made by my mother: Boiled chicken, mashed potatoes, and noodles OR pepper steak
Favorite dinners made by my grandmothers: I remember loving her green beans. Don't remember much else.
Favorite dinners made by me: Honey Mustard Chicken
Favorite dessert that I make: Uhhhhmmmm....cherry chip cake from a box?

P.S. The endocrinologist doesn't think it is my thyroid. She thinks it's excess estrogen (hmmm ob/gyn has already said that she thinks I have too much estrogen). So...take one problem off the list. Woohoo! AND she didn't charge me for the visit. Double woohoo!

November 08, 2005

ABCs of Erin

Stole from Leesa (who just seems to have the best ideas)


Lazy Dayz

First, I hate the "cute" spellings (like the one in my title). No wonder kids can't spell! With all the drive thru's, Krispy Kremes, etc. Oh well... :)

Unevenful day. The hubby and I got up mid-morning and went to vote. We used Ohio's NEW electronic voting booths and oooo was it exciting. For a moment, I thought the lady was handing me a credit card. Luckily, I restrained myself from sprinting out the door to go shopping long enough to realize it was part of the voting process. Drat. I stuck my little card in the machine and commenced voting on issues I was totally confused about and people I don't have a clue about. Except the school levy.

The school levy makes me angry. Incredibly angry. Yes, I'm ticked that they built 2 new elementary schools when the high school hallways were treacherous when I went there seven years ago. And let me tell you, its only gotten worse. I'm peeved that they are threatening to "reduce or eliminate" hot lunches at the schools. Ohhhhhhh, I'd love to see them try.

Anyway, the real reason I am peeved at my alma mater? They treat people pretty darn crappy. The former superintendent was my middle school principal and his wife works with my mother and I. When I walked into the BOE when he was superintendent, I was greeted immediately and warmly. I was asked what I needed and how they could help me. They were friendly and professional.

Now? I called to attempt to get on the sub list. "Oh yes, we're still hiring subs." So I hauled my cookies to the BOE. When I got there, I stood in the foyer waiting for someone to notice me. Finally, when they got the impression I wasn't leaving someone huffed themselves out of their office and demanded to know what I needed. When I told her I was there to get on the sub list, she gave me a snooty smile, and said, "We're no longer hiring subs." I told her I had called and been told that they were. She told me the person was mistaken and left me standing there.

So...forgive me if I don't rush right out to vote yes for your levy.

Finally, I decided to get brave in the kitchen. (Hmm...kinky...lol) Anyway, it worked out that I had everything I needed to make the Spanish Chicken Linguine (except linguine of course, so we used angel hair pasta...same diff) that Carrie has on her recipe blog.

Random household verdict: Two thumbs up!

Can't wait to try something new again. Thanks Carrie!

P.S. Happy Birthday Mom! She finally got her bracelet.

November 07, 2005

Artsy...Far---uh, nevermind

Soooo...no more sad stuff. Commencing the cowgirl-ing up. :) Getting back to what this blog was SUPPOSED to be about. Teaching.

Hmmm.... teaching.

I seem to remember something about that. Was it my job? Must check that out.

Today, I worked a half day for the art teacher at my favorite school. I had three classes, all third graders, all the kids from my mom's "team". I don't know them as well as I did last years kids, but I'm slowly getting to know them. I figure, by the time I finish my 2 week assignment for the math teacher on that team in January, I should be a firm fixture, once again at that school.

The third graders are working on self-portraits. I only saw one kid start over from scratch and not even get out a mirror. Nice. Some of the kids, are pretty good drawers. A few of the portraits actually resemble the artist. Oh, don't get me wrong, most don't, but a few...

To cap off the day nicely, I had lunch duty. Yuck! At least it was for the older kids. So I didn't spend the whole half hour opening milks and bags of chips.

Note regarding popcorn chicken: There was a new entree today, Popcorn Chicken. Popcorn chicken as a lunch - Gooooood. Except it requires LOTS of extra ketchup and does tend to lend itself to being a good projectile. Whoops!

Finally...had a "situation" (if you will) with Obnoxious Music Teacher today. She is constantly running early. Live and die by the clock that woman. As I was getting the 4th grades lines up to go, they were talking. Ok...that's fine, you guys explain to your teachers why you are having silent lunch for the rest of the week. When in stomps OMT. She has one of those voices that grates err...carries. She hollers at the kids and eventually they quiet down.

Later she apologizes, "Sorry, but I couldn't let them walk all over you like that."

Que? Say what? Thank you, but I had them well in hand. Maybe it was because she was defending the Whiny First Grade Teachers. Oh well.

November 03, 2005




Really nothing new to report except a new health problem and another test I can't afford being ordered.

I give up.