Friday, October 31, 2008

I totally get why mother's eat their young in the wild

I just had the mother of all hissy fits come from not the teenager but the 7 year old. Jaime has been saying all week that their class is having a Halloween Party today and that she could bring her costume to school. I never said yes or no to that. Never got any notification of this from her teacher. So all I have is Jaime's word which isn't always reliable. So this morning I told the girls to get their shoes on. A few minutes later I told them to get their sweaters on. Then I went down and shut off the tv and said "Ok let's go". Jaime says "Now can I ask you if I can bring my costume to school?". (I told her yesterday to stop asking me) I said no because I didn't want it to get wrecked. It has a wire around the bottom of the skirt so it bells out. I knew if she brought it that wire would get all bent out of shape.

So she proceeds to stand there with her sweater half on/half off. Amelia has gone out to the car already and we have to go. Jaime is not moving. She's standing at the top of the stairs crying and not doing anything. I told her she could bring the headband/crown thing to school with her so she would at least have something. She just stands there and stares and cries. She answered everything I said with "NO!". I finally start counting. They all know once the counting begins they are done for. She yells "FINE!!!!" at me and stomps down the stairs. She whips open the closet where her costume is is starts yanking on things "I'll take the headband!". I get it for her so she doesn't rip anything with her yanking. She throws the door open and goes out to the car leaving the door standing wide open.

15 minutes later their bus comes. Amelia gives me a kiss, says "Have a good day mom" and gets out of the car and on the bus. Jaime is still sitting buckled in her seat. "Jaime Lucille you need to get out of this car right now. The bus is not going to wait for you." "I don't want to". What felt like forever but was probably 45 seconds we sat there with her saying "I don't want to" every time I said anything. Finally I start counting again. FINE!!! and she rips off her seatbelt, grabs her back pack and whips the door open. She glares at me when she gets out and slams the door so hard the car shakes. She stomps over and gets on the bus.

I hope to high heaven she actually gets off the bus once they get to school!

She has never had that big of a temper tantrum. I knew she could be a stubborn little snot but that was ridiculous. I called John at work and told him if she comes home with that attitude then he will be taking the other girls out by himself. And even if she does come home in a better mood I might just keep her home anyway.

Thursday, October 30, 2008


Welcome to the October 29th version of Thursday Thunks!
Where we make you think a little bit before you blog!

This week we will answer some unusual questions, brought to you by Berleen, the color black and the number 13.

1. Would you let your children go Trick or Treating at Michael Jackson's house?

2. Did you eat paste and/or glue as a child?
I have tasted it. There was a kid in my class who used to just squirt it in his mouth.

3. Look at the wall to your right, what is on it?
2 Thermostats and a picture with of a Japanese character. No clue what it says. Probably F off LOL

4. Do you put butter and/or salt on your popcorn?
Heaps of butter. I put salt on it if I don't have any powdered Ranch Dressing.

5. What does your favorite coffee cup look like?
It looks like this!

6. What was your favorite Halloween costume?
My sister and I went as a pair of dice one year. We had the best time making them out of big huge boxes. That was when I learned that opposite sides of a die always equal 7.

7. Toilet Paper - hard, soft, extra soft?
extra soft and it has to be 2-ply.

8. Have you ever rescued/taken in a stray animal?
Yes we have. And you are going to make me sad thinking about Jiji.

9. Name 3 things you want your kids to learn before they grow up. (if you don't have kids, feel free to skip this one or add your own twist to the question)
To be accountable. To be caring. That they can do whatever they put their mind to.

10. Pick one of the Thursday Thunk players and say something about them.
Berleen- I don't always agree with her thoughts and views but I love the way she takes life head on with no excuses.

Go play! NOW!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Thursday Thunks


Welcome to the October 23rd version of Thursday Thunks!
Where we make you think a little bit before you blog!

This week we will answer some unusual questions, brought to you by Kimber, the color blue and the number 7.

* What vegetable would you serve with a plate of fried grasshoppers?
* If you realize your house is on fire while you are using the bathroom, do you wipe or just run for the door?
* Why is there a light in the fridge but not in the freezer?
* When thinking about yourself, what color do you see yourself as?
* Why are people able to have unprotected sex with someone, but afraid to tell them if they have an STD?

1.* What vegetable would you serve with a plate of fried grasshoppers?
Since I would never even eat Fried Grasshoppers I would pair it with a vegetable I would equally never eat. Like Parsnips. Parsnips I have at least tried. My grandma was always trying to feed them to us. Because I loved my grandma I always ate a little just to make her happy. But I would always do the chew as little as possible and swallow it whole thing.

2.* If you realize your house is on fire while you are using the bathroom, do you wipe or just run for the door?
I would have to wipe. It's more then a habit, it's a compulsion. If I didn't my whole thought would be what if I died trying to get out of the burning house. I wouldn't want to be the person who had to take off my crusty unders.

3.* Why is there a light in the fridge but not in the freezer?
Because the stuff in the freezer is always covered in freezer burn which makes it The Mystery Package anyway. Why do you need a light to stand there and ponder something you can't tell what it is anyway. You too can experience Christmas every night by taking something out of the freezer!! It's a suprise! *Side note* my freezer has a light that is brighter then the fridge and it is 20 years old.

4.* When thinking about yourself, what color do you see yourself as?
Burgundy Marble. Is there such a thing? That would be sweet! Burgundy is such a rich, warm, comforting color. The marbling would add undertones of all sorts of different colors.

5.* Why are people able to have unprotected sex with someone, but afraid to tell them if they have an STD?
My opinion is you can have unprotected sex without getting too personal. You don't have to look the person in the face if you don't want. You don't even have to really get to know them as a person. You can be any person you want to be while having sex. When you tell someone you have an STD you're exposing more of yourself then you did when had the sex to begin with.

Go play! NOW!

On a completely unrelated topic: Why does the word "habit" have only one b and the word "rabbit" has 2??

Saturday, October 18, 2008

If I didn't have bad luck I'd really be screwed!

Wednesday night Paige had 2 friends from school sleep over and 2 other friends that came over just for the afternoon. It was MEA weekend (Teacher meetings) so they had Thur and Fri off school. Bubba and I were trying to figure out what to make for dinner that would feed all these kids (plus we had our 3) and finally decided on Spaghetti and Meatballs. Bubba went to the store and got everything. All was fine and dandy. Meatballs were baking in the oven, noodles were boiling away in the pot.

John was on his computer in the dining room, I was on my computer in the living room and all the sudden we both heard weird beeps coming from the oven. We met in the kitchen in front of our lovely stove and it has turned itself off and is flashing F3. What the hell! We looked through all the books that came with the oven and they don't help one bit. I searched for an hour on Google and found all sorts of people with the same question but no real answers. The issue is it's a 20 year old electric built in oven. Thank goodness for pre-cooked frozen meatballs.

*****Next Topic*****

One of Jaime's nurses called last week to make the appointment to have Jaime's implant replaced. I guess I should tell you Jaime was the first one at St. Paul Children's to get the implant last Dec. There was only 1 doctor who could insert it and he was at Minneapolis Children's. So when she had it done it was with Nitrous as a Short Stay Surgery and the room was full of a bunch of other Doctors and Nurses all learning how to do it. The goal was to teach other people how to do it so they could be done as clinic visits rather then Short Stay.

Call #1 consisted of her telling me that one of the Drs at the Endocrinology Clinic does them now there in the clinic. But they really wanted the same Dr who did the original one to replace it. Which means going back to Mpls. Fine, I don't care.

Call #2 started with the nurse telling me the day and time she had set it up for and that the Surgeon who first inserted it now does them in his office as well. She said "What they do is use a little EMLA Cream (Lidocaine cream) on the skin to numb it and then give just a couple little Lidocaine shots." I said No no no!!! I think I actually cut her off. I said "I think it is in her chart that she doesn't do well with shots at all," at which point she cut me off and said "And that's why we went with the implant rather then the shots every 4 weeks right?". I said that was correct but that Jaime has Post Traumatic Stress Disorder because of it and will FLIP out if she has to get one shot let alone "2 little" ones. At that point the nurse sighed and said "Ok so we have to use Nitrous". Then I think she was trying to persuade me otherwise by saying that it would mean Short Stay Surgery rather then a clinic visit and that she would have to call and cancel the first appt and call someone else to schedule the surgery. I replied very cheerfully "That's fine with me!".

Call #3 started off with her saying our insurance wouldn't pre-approve the implant (my stomach jumped up to my throat at that point) prior to the 12 month anniversary of the original insertion date. She said she called the drug rep who said it does still secrete the hormone for a few days so Jaime would be fine going a few days after she was supposed to. So we now have the appointment made for Jaime to get a new $42,000 piece of plastic that is 3 quarters of an inch long inserted under her skin in her arm.

I must remember to work with her this coming year on shots and see if we can avoid all this hassle next year when it needs to be replaced again.

****Next Topic*****

My mom was over the other night and was telling us how she just had to spend $500 getting her front brakes fixed. And then asked John if he would do her brakes when he replaced her shocks as well. I actually waved my finger in front of my mom's face and said "He is NOT fixing your truck before he fixes MINE!". I told her I have a shock that is not connected to anything and it is in the front! And my brakes have been squealing for a while and I have a rip in one of my power steering hoses and my turn signal needs to be fixed (when I turn left it doesn't shut off on it's own). I have been waiting a year to get some of those things fixed so he isn't doing ANYthing to your truck to he at least fixes my shock and power steering line. To which my mom laughed. Yeah, I'm not laughing.

*****Last 2 topics*****

I have really been missing Jiji lately. I know Sacha has been missing him too. She has never be the only cat before. I can tell she is depressed and unhappy. She really needs a new friend. We keep talking about getting a new kitty. But then reality hits and we figure we have to do things like actually buy this house STILL, buy a new stove, fix my truck, buy food. Ya know, important things. Which would be easier to do if my pay check would go in the bank already!! What good is direct deposit if it isn't deposited when it's supposed to be. So much for midnight thursday night.

There. I have gotten all my gripes out. Hopefully I can relax a little and enjoy the rest of my weekend. Tonight I get to hear my friend's band for the first time! I'm excited. Although he doesn't know that we might be a few minutes late depending on how long the hockey games go. But he is one of the few people who understands my Hockey addiction so it's all good. I just hopes he understands how my hockey addiction might get his wife there late too since we are picking her up LOL.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Why God made Moms

I just received this from my own mom. It is too good to not share.

Answers given by 2nd grade school children to the following questions:

Why did God make mothers?
1. She's the only one who knows where the scotch tape is.
2. Mostly to clean the house.
3. To help us out of there when we were getting born.
How did God make mothers?
1. He used dirt, just like for the rest of us.
2. Magic plus super powers and a lot of stirring.
3. God made my Mom just the same like he made me. He just used bigger parts.
What ingredients are mothers made of?
1. God makes mothers out of clouds and angel hair and everything nice in the world and one dab of mean.
2. They had to get their start from men's bones. Then they mostly use string, I think.
Why did God give you your mother and not some other mom?
1. We're related.
2. God knew she likes me a lot more than other people's moms like me.
What kind of little girl was your mom?
1. My Mom has always been my mom and none of that other stuff.
2. I don't know because I wasn't there, but my guess would be pretty bossy.
3. They say she used to be nice.
What did mom need to know about dad before she married him?
1. His last name.
2 . She had to know hi s background. Like is he a crook? Does he get drunk on beer?
3. Does he make at least $800 a year? Did he say NO to drugs and YES to chores?
Why did your mom marry your dad?
1. My dad makes the best spaghetti in the world. And my Mom eats a lot.
2. She got too old to do anything else with him.
3. My grandma says that Mom didn't have her thinking cap on.
Who's the boss at your house?
1. Mom doesn't want to be boss, but she has to because dad's such a goof ball.
2. Mom. You can tell by room inspection. She sees the stuff under the bed.
3. I guess Mom is, but only because she has a lot more to do than dad.
What's the difference between moms & dads?
1. Moms work at work and work at home and dads just go to work at work.
2. Moms know how to talk to teachers without scaring them.
3. Dads are taller & stronger, but moms have all the real power 'cause that's who you got to ask if you want to sl eep over at your friend's.
4. Moms have magic, they make you feel better without medicine.
What does your mom do in her spare time?
1. Mothers don't do spare time.
2. To hear her tell it, she pays bills all day long.
What would it take to make your mom perfect?
1. On the inside she's already perfect. Outside, I think some kind of plastic surgery.
2. Diet. You know, her hair. I'd diet, maybe blue.
If you could change one thing about your mom, what would it be?
1. She has this weird thing about me keeping my room clean. I'd get rid of that.
2. I'd make my mom smarter. Then she would know it was my sister who did it and not me.
3. I would like for her to get rid of those invisible eyes on the back of her head.

and anyone else who has anything to do with kids or just needs a good laugh!!!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Thursday Thunks


Play along with Thursday Thunks!

This week we will answer a few random things:

1. How long do you keep unmatched socks before you get rid of them... and how do you dispose of these socks?

You know how every one always says their washing machine eats socks? Well I have decided that my washing machine is really a worm hole. Everyone's "eaten" socks come to my house. I haven't bought socks in a couple years. I sort my socks and throw away ones with holes or that are no longer white. And yet I still wind up with 2 laundry bags full of odd socks!

As for disposing of them, I keep them around until I can't stand to look at them anymore then I just throw them away. We do keep a few though to make kitty toys out of. We take the girls old socks (they're smaller) and put about a tablespoon of Catnip in it and tie it off.

2. If you could paint your house ANY color you wanted and your friends, family & neighbors would love the color from the moment they saw it, what would it be?

Probably some kind of earthy green color.

3. Which Disney prince/princess would you want to be and why?

Probably Belle from Beauty & The Beast. Because the big guys are always the most lovable and sweetest. He also seems like the most humble guy to be with.

4. What was the last thing you took a picture of?

My 6 year old niece opening her birthday presents.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Friday Fun: The Fours Edition

Name 4,…

1. Places you would like to visit and why.

A.Italy- it always looks so peaceful to me.

B.Scotland- I want to see the rolling hills of Heather.

C.Disney World- Because I am in my 30s and I would like to go at least ONCE in my life.

D.The cemetery- my grand parents are in. We are related to most of the cemetery. It's just a small one on the side of a hill, surrounded by fields.

2. Favorite things to munch on!

A.Wheat Thins

B.Apples & Havarti Cheese

C.Peanut Butter Cups.


3. Favorite sites for online shopping.

A.Shameless Plug- Jen's Head

B thru D- I don't really shop anywhere else online)

4. Things you have to get done this weekend.

A. Work

B. Dishes

C. Get my 2 bathrooms cleaned.

D. Get my sister in law's truck over here so John can fix it.

5. Things that pop up when you google your name.

A thru D- the first 5 links have to do with an author with my name (Not me).

Wednesday, October 1, 2008