Friday, February 27, 2009

Friday Fill-In

I actually caught another one! Whoa! Don't fall over!
Join in on Friday Fill-Ins from Janet.

1. I'm extremely blessed, I'm a tad nuts, I still long for warm weather and sunshine!!

2. Why do I have _the metabolism I do and not like my sister's??

3. How does this __ getting older thing_ work, anyway?

4. Every morning, I put _deodorant _ on my _pits_.
(what?? - did you want "clothes on my butt" or "shoes on my feet"?? )

5. I consider myself lucky because I have a husband who loves me!

6. One day we’ll see if the husband ever gets the basement finished. :-D

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to a surprise B-day party, tomorrow my plans include attending a dance competition and Sunday, I want to relax and be a bum!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Boat drinks

Oh yeah, that's a Buffett-style house pina colada with dark rum floating on the top.

Yes, it was really yummy!

Mr. FixIt arrived home from Puerto Rico, WITH fresh and special reserve Bacardi in tow-YES, and promptly took us all to one of my fav places for an early birthday celebration. Cheeseburger in Paradise. Awesome food. Not too expensive either.

On the way, I found a birthday bonus:


"OMG- SONIC!! OVER THERE!!" I yelled when I saw it on our way to Cheeseburger in Paradise and Mr. FixIt said, "Uh oh. Do we need to change dinner plans??" No, no. I'll try to contain myself. The kids were as estatic as I was jumping up and down near busting their seat belts-woohoo!! Told Mr. FixIt I'd restrain myself and force myself to pass it by, since I'd been looking forward to a boat drinks outing with some crab and spinach dip appetitzer for weeks, so I wasn't going to change now...but man was it tempting! Sonic! It's here! Woohoo!!! No more torture from Mon and my sister--hehehe. I have my own sonic nearby!! They text me every time they visit Sonic near their homes just to rub it in so of course as we passed it by, I texted them the good news!! I can't wait for a Sonic #1 and some tater tots!!

Monday, February 9, 2009

High School '91

I didn't do a Friday Fill-In this week so you get this, LOL.

Fill this out about your SENIOR year of high school. The longer ago it
was, the more fun the answers will be! REPORT with name of high school and
graduating year in the title box. Send this to all your friends, but
don't forget to send it back to me.

Crooksville 1991

1. Did you date someone from your school? Yes.

2. Did you marry someone from your high school? Yes.

3. Did you car pool to school? Not always. I sometimes dropped off Misti a few times after ball practice, play practice, etc. I was lucky to get myself there, I didn't have time to pick anyone up, LOL.

4. What kind of car did you have? Started off with the Granada, ended up with grandma's old '78 Caddy. Remember the yellow boat??

5. What kind of car do you have now? 2003 Yukon

6. Its Friday night..where were you then? playing in the band at the football game, or pep band for basketball game, or playing softball.

7. It is Friday night...where are you now? home usually, some Fridays we go out for dinner

8. What kind of job did you have in high school? Only worked summers other than babysitting, worked at the Pool and the Ice Cream Station (Supertwist)

9. What kind of job do you have now? Mom, teacher, laundry lady, maid, cook, zoo keeper...oh, job for pay?? Transcriptionist, ChaCha guide, occasional freelance editing

10. Were you a party animal? not really, no time. Here and there in college, but still worked near full-time so NO time! Though there was this one night, several friends, and a hefty Halloween decoration....

11. Did you play any sports? Softball, and I consider marching a sport! Mr. B made you work! :-D

12. Were you in band, orchestra, or choir? All but choir.

13. Were you a nerd? pretty much

14. Did you get suspended or expelled? No, or my dad would have killed me.
Though I did get my only detention from Mr. Rodgers, ROFL! Yes, for slinking into first period late or at the bell, LOL.

15. Can you sing the fight song? of course, but I can play it better than sing it

16. Who was/were your favorite teacher(s)? Well of course Mr. and Mrs. Rodgers!! :-D I didn't really have a favorite. Only two I can think of I tried to avoid.

17. Where did you sit during lunch? At a table, lol.

18. What was your school's full name? Crooksville High School

19. When did you graduate? 1991

20. If you could go back and do it again, would you? Yes, because life was WAYY easy!

21. If you could go back and do it again, what would you change? Probably have a little more fun. Try to not be so bothered by "not good enough" in school (thanks, dad)

22. Did you have fun at Prom? yes

23. Do you talk to the person you went to Prom with? Not regularly, but have a few times online in the last couple years.

24. Are you planning on going to your next reunion? If someone else even remotely close to my age goes, I'll go. :-D

25. Do you still talk to people from school? yes - have sporadically over the years, but much easier with MS and FB

Thursday, February 5, 2009


I use to be a die-hard Penny's shopper, for years. Though a Kohl's sprung up near us right before the move and I was in luuuvvv!! I gradually lost my addiciton to JCP company while I was finding awesome deals at Kohl's over the past few years. I can count the times I've shopped at Penny's in the last two years on one hand. That drastic a change. My sister was telling me of a great sale a few weekends ago, kids coats for $10, gloves for near nothing, but I never made it. I was lured back with a gift card from Christmas. I finally got a chance to run over there yesterday and discovered some awesome deals still there! Penny's did I miss you!! Great deals! If you are in need of casual or dress casual shirts or sweaters, you need to find a Penny's ASAP! Women's shirts $30-$40 for $7-$10!! YES!! Some dark colors, but not too heavy, half and 3/4 length sleeve shirts, which are fine for this area as we can wear longer sleeves pretty much year round. Light dress casual/church tops with 3/4 sheer-arm sleeves, heavy sweaters in all colors, button-down fitted stretch oxfords, dresses and skirts as well. Tons of deals in stuff that FITS! I limited myself to three shirts and spent less than $30 on all three together. Of course I had to check out the home section. Penny's always has a clearance bin in the window furnishings and I usually scout through it as I won't pay big $$ for curtains when I can buy better fabric and make some myself for a lot less, but $45-48 valances and 84" panels for 9 bucks?? 10 bucks?? Sold! Also intimates section had silky robes for $6 and $8. Happy Valentines to me!! (Mr. FixIt gives sigh of relief off in the distance). Boom* holders marked down to $12 and $15! Bonus!! Who couldn't use a new boom holder now and then? For 50-70% off?? Awesome!!

Oohhh- Question: Anyone try DHC Skin Care/cosmetics before? I received a sample via mass mailing this week. Cleanser and toning lotion worked well, not heavy or sticky, but that was only one use. The products aren't near as expensive as Clinque or Kohl's Clear Skin but more than Nutrogena or Oil of Olay. Even so, I'm reluctant to spend money on something I've not heard of before, even though I'm running out of options. You name the brand, I've tried it. My face was never this disastrous even in high school- very frustrating. Yes, I drink water like a fish. So, before I give another attempt to yet another brand, what do you guys know??

*Thanks to Monica calling them "boom holders"- still cracks me up years later.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

A Week?

Have I really lost a week?? Holy schniekes man! Sure, I've kept up FB and email, but my bloggy world didn't fare as well.
---Delete, delete, delete
You really don't want to read about my completely shitty week/weekend. You don't need me to drag you down into that misery. SO... inhale, exhale. This is a new week!

The sun is blinding today, even though the temps are flippin cold, so it looks nice outside when you can stand to open your eyes. I need to run errands to get hay for rabbits (why couldn't I have been jolted out of the black cloud over the decent-temp weekend to do that??) and then drop off library books before I incur enough fines to finance a larger children's wing. Also wouldn't kill me to get my truck washed. Talk about nasty. The only semi-clean spots are where the chunks of snow have slid down from the top/sides. Though my side of the garage presently has a deer hanging and the tractor so I don't know WHERE I would put a clean truck if I had one! My dad would completely flip out if he saw how disgusting my vehicle is right now. I hate it myself, but not much I can do about it. Washing it every other day is not an option.

Both kids finished school work early today without much fuss or difficulty. B is progressing nicely through 4th grade math though she still needs work on her multiplication facts. Of course that's a load of fun, but she told me today after working on some 2-digit multiplication problems, "That went pretty fast, Mom. Didn't take me long at all." I grasped that tidbit of info like a blue ribbon and upped the anty with "The more you complete, the better you know them, the FASTER you GET!" Crossing fingers she is of the same positive attitude tomorrow with three and four digits.

Monster Man is learning about Asia in history right now. He loves the map work and using a globe, the readings and stories, but the paper work projects he really detests (coloring) so I think while I make dinner later I will have him build an Indian elephant from clay... or the Taj Mahal...or construct the Himalayas. HA! That ought to keep him entertained for a while- hehehe. He would do anything rather than color. Anything- picking up toys. I've never met a kid that despised coloring -even with markers- as much as he does. He writes well, so it's not a dexterity problem. Attentional difficulty would get my vote but even to color a small symbol or the shapes on math go. He will outline them usually at least, but you'd think I was cutting off his limbs to make him fill in anything with color. Sigh.

Poochie pooh is getting bigger and bigger. She is at my feet sawing logs currently. Ben still does well with her, though she is very submissive and steers clear of him for the most part, especially in the house. I keep them separated most of the time anyway. Outside she will run circles around him, trying to get him to chase and play. Some days he complies for a while. Some days he just snarls at her. Winter temps and cold snow packed in his paws are hard on the old boy.

Mr. FixIt is home finally and things are back to normal. Thank goodness. Somehow this "need" to have him home snuck up on me, and I don't know why really. For so many years he wasn't home- out of state, out of the freakin' country even, and I did everything on my own. Everything. For weeks, sometimes months, on end. Family hundreds of miles away. I was always thankful for a few really close friends during those years. I really don't mind being by myself with the kids and critters, but lately it makes me moody (ok, downright pissed off) alternating with being totally in the dumps like a complete nothing. School work, dance, and life pretty much go on as normal-we're all still alive at the end of the week, lol, so I should be proud of that. At least I use to be. Was kind of a wall or badge, I can DO this! I AM doing it alone! Strength I HAD to have, no choice. Must have lost my badge in the move because it's been missing since about that time now that I think about it. Maybe I'm finally getting use to the idea that he's home more often than not. I know I've gotten dependent on his help with kids in the evenings and his usual "I'll take the kids" for weekend errands...ok, weekends when he's home. Thank God deer season is OVER! Thankful to have two freezers of meat but I need my man back! He has some jobs around here that need tending putting away the Christmas lights. :-D