Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Chuckle, chuckle, grin

My daughter apprently made a note for me this morning before she went to school. Awww shucks. I feel so special. What a sweet little girl!!! I can't wait to read it. Here is what the note said:
To: Mom From: Grace
Roses are pink. Violets are blue. Even though you are mean sometimes, I still love you.

Nice. Thanks, Grace!!!! LOL. I laugh every time I think about it. My daughter is such a damn smart ass!!!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Did you know? Warning: post is dirty...sorta

Walgreens sells "pleasure products." Yep. They do. Online. I was a little shocked. I'm not a prude exactly. It was just a surprise I suppose. I certainly wasn't expecting it. I'm not going to post any pictures. I don't want to violate any Blogspot laws. Onto a quick review of a couple of products.

They have a ramp. It mildly resembles something I used to use in gymnastics. It comes in three colors!!!

They also have special blankets. Why you need a special blanket to "do what ya do", I don't really know. They are called the Shag Throe. Hehehehehe. Shag.

In the section titled Mood Setters (or something similar) they have Glade scented candles. I love candles. For some reason though, when you throw in Glade, I just don't really think SEXY. Could be just me though.

So, remember, when you are looking to spice up your love life, don't forget to check out Walgreens.com!!! It really makes sense if ya think about it. They have condoms, pregnancy tests, lubes, and any medicines you might need should you sleep with someone who has the gift that keeps on giving. All kidding aside. I do believe in safe sex. That is why I wear a helmet. Wrap it up before you strap it up!!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Drum roll please.

Ok, so I can finally blab about my announcement. It really isn't that exciting, well not for you guys. D and I have made a huge decision. We are canceling our wedding. We just aren't getting along. We decided it was best to call it off...................I'm just playing with ya. Sort of. We have decided to nix the big wedding. We are just going to elope. And we are going to do it in December!!! December 5th I will be marrying my best friend and I am so excited. That is actually the one year anniversary of our engagement.
D and I decided that a big wedding is just not for us. I do not like wearing a dress. I do not like being the center of attention. I can think of a better way to spend all of that money. We haven't decided if we are going to have a big reception or not in April. We have a little time to decide. It just depends on how the money is at the time.
Since we have come to this decision, I feel like a million bucks. I feel like all of this weight is off my shoulders. It's a great feeling. It is one less stress in my life.
Ok, well, now you all know!!!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Random thoughts

I think I may have a new addiction. Last night, I stopped by Taco Hell....I mean Bell to grab a bite to eat. I decided to behave and try something off their Fresco Menu. I figured it would be horrible. Boy, was I arong!! I had the Fresco Ranchero Chicken Soft Taco. Say that five times fast. This was DELISH!!! I love the little salsa/tomato topping. I'm not really sure what ya call it. I know that it had lots of yummy cilantro. I love it. Mmmmmm.

I will not be able to make my announcement until later today or tomorrow. I promise that it will be before Monday. And in case you are wondering, no. I am not pregnant, nor will I ever be. I think my uterus is allergic to babies now.

Grace and Tater had their parent teacher conferences yesterday. They went well. I know that I push my kids too hard, but I don't care. I know what they are capable of and I will not settle for anything less. We have some things that we will work on improving, but I was pretty happy with how they did.

Little D is doing very well. He is cutting three more teeth. Fun. He's really walking all over the place now. And he is the BIGGEST mooch ever. If you have food, you better be prepared to share it. And by share it, I mean let him eat most of it. Hehehehe.

My ex A, his fiance A, the kiddos and I went costume shopping last night. D couldn't come because he had to work of course. Booooo. Grace wanted to be an angel but settled on a bride. If she still wants to be an angel, we can make up some wings and a halo for her. Tater is going to be Jeff Gordon. We talked him out of being a firefighter for the 300th year in a row. Little D is going to be Pooh Bear dressed as a honey bee. It's a cute little costume. Plus, it's free. A hand me down from the older two.

I am seriously considering reading a new series of books. I think it's called the Twilight series. It's about vampires. A lot of people LOVE the books. I happen to have a secret obsession with vampires. I always have. I don't really know why. I'm not a freak about it, but I do enjoy vampire movies and books. I guess I'm a little nerdy.

The Apple Butter Festival is this weekend in Kimmswick, MO. I really, really want to go. I'm not sure if D will be up to it. It is so much fun, and they have so much yummy food.

I am really, really wanting to get my hair chopped off. I am tired of having it long. If I ever have a free minute, I will probably do it. It's just hard when you have an 11 month old.


D was considering moving to a different terminal. After asking a million people, he decided he would not. The move wouldn't have been good as far as promotions. He wouldn't gain much. I am secretly glad he didn't take it, because I would have to share my bed EVERY night. No thank you. LOL. I know how terrible that sounds, but I like to take up the ENTIRE bed. I can't help it. Plus, if D and I spend too much time together, we fight.

Well, that was a lot of rambling. Sorry!!!! I'm gonna do something fun.....like laundry.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

I want some cheese.....

with my whine. I just have a few gripes that I really need to get off my chest before I explode.
Why is it that I am the only adult in the house who is able to take out the trash or do dishes? Are the other two handicapped? Seriously. Explain this to me.
I'm tired of parents thinking they own me. Yes, you pay my check, but that doesn't give you any right to treat me like garbage. I am a person. Do NOT talk down to me. You are NOT better than me. I am sure in White Trashville it is perfectly acceptable to not comb your hair or bathe your kids, but you really shoud do it. Remember this: you drop your kids off at 6 a.m. and then pick them up at 5 p.m. Who are they they really spending quality time with?
D....I love you. I truly do. But give your colon a break. Seriously, is it necessary to eat all of that cheese???? Let's not mention the fact that ummmm....I was planning on using that in a dish later this week. I am NOT going back to the store to get more cheese. You will have to have sandwiches now.
Why do people ask for my opinion and then tell me it's an awful idea? If you weren't going to even consider it, why did you ask???
I am sick and tired of hearing, " Oh, I was gonna get that." Really? You were? Then why the hell did you leave it or not do it? Duh, because you know some anal retentive shlub was going to come along behind you and take care of it for ya. It's cool. I got it.
Ok, I feel better. I'm not as heated as I was. It's time for bed. Yep, it's only 9:30. I'm old.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Hold your horses.

There is going to be a big announcement soon. I can't elaborate just yet. I have some things to take care of first. I will probably be able to blab on Friday. I know. You're on pins and needles, just dying with excitement. I will leave you with this joke. I don't remember where I read it. I think it was someone else's blog. Forgive me.
If a clown farts, does it smell funny?????
Hehehehehe. I love lame jokes.

J and C's Wedding

This weekend D and I were in a wedding. His little brother J was married to C. J and C are two of the sweetest people I know. They have the biggest hearts and they NEVER have a bad thing to say about anyone. It was an extremely stressful week for them, I am sure. I'm only assuming this because I was so stressed. LOL. There was a bunch of drama from one side of the family, and they did not attend the wedding. Oh well! The day was still amazing, and everyone still enjoyed themselves. Here are a few shots from the reception. I didn't think to give my camera to my parents during the ceremony. I'm sure D's dad will have some pics of that.
C and J smashing the cake.
First Dance
Big Grandma (my daughter gave her that name when she was two. Yes, my ex's parents are Little grandma and Little papa.)
Big Papa and Little D



The Fam (Little D is teething. Can you tell?)
D and J. D was the best man. I don't know if he was the best. Hehehe.
Tater tot.
Me and D
Grace and D
The worst part of the evening was probably when some punk kids thought it would be a good idea to slash one of the tires of someone who attended the reception. They hit a car as they left. Luckily, D's cousin saw the vehicle and was able to give a full license plate number. They did catch the little bastards. Thank goodness!!






Saturday, October 11, 2008

Craptastic.

Last night, we had a psychic party at work. Yes, it is probably mosly just hokey, but it is still fun. This was my fourth reading with this woman. She has been amazingly accurate in the past. And this isn't one of those readings where she throws out there very broad ideas and some hit and some miss. She's point blank and includes details. I'm not sure how a lot of psychics work. This woman mostly reads cards, but she also just "sees" things. When she is finished going through the cards, you are able to ask her three questions.
Question #1: How is my health going to be?
Answer: I see a lot of medical tests. You are going to have some issues.
Notes: This woman will not flat out tell you, "You are going to die tomorrow." But, she will say things like, ".....but everything will be ok." She didn't say that for me. Poop. Obviously, this woman doesn't know me or anything about me. There is no way for her to know that I have had to worry about skin cancer since the age of 12. She doesn't know that I have a few spots that need to be biopsied. She can't possibly know about my thyroid problem. She doesn't know that I have some other gastro problems that are not diagnosed. No one knew....until now. Kicker is, I don't have insurance. I know....it's my fault. I should have gotten a job with insurance, blah, blah, blah. I've tried and been looking. If I suck it up and go to the doc now, they may find something. If they should find something, then it would be pre-existing and most likely wouldn't be covered when I do get insurance. Finding a job that will give me the hours I need or pay me enough is just impossible. Daycare for an infant full time is $200/week. Ouch. No way. Luckily, D works opposite from me, so he watches Little D while I work and vice versa. What a fine mess I got myelf into. I'm not looking for sympathy or to be looked down on. I'm not inferior because I don't have medical insurance. My children have ALWAYS had great insurance and that's what is most important.
I was a little freaked out after my reading. Facing reality sucks. Reality is, I have medical issues. Nothing major, yet, that I know of, but that is life. The thought of something more serious is scary. I know I'm jumping the ship, but that's just how my brain works. One of the last biopsies I had was pre-cancerous. He said if I would have waited a few more months, we would have had a bigger problem. Oh well. I will stop self loathing.
Question #2: I'm not going to share this one. Sorry. It's about a family member who is not doing well. He's way too young to have these problems and that scares me too.
Question #3: We are having a ton of money problems. Are we ever going to actually get married?
Answer: Yes. I see something with a four on it. Four days, four weeks, four months......or April. When are you planning to have this wedding?
Me: April
So....that was good! I know I shouldn't let it get to me, because it is just "for fun". But I'm a big baby. LOL.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Help me please!

I know we are all tired of hearing about the "Bail out" and the financial crisis. People are saying that this is the market just correcting itself. When does it stop correcting itself? Is is able to correct itself without crashing? Is there an upside?
I know I shouldn't do it, but I have got myself worried sick. Let's say that the country does go into a depression. What happens then? Which bill do I stop paying first? We have a mortgage payment, we have credit debt. I mean, hypothetically, if more than fifty percent of people stop making mortgage payments, are they really going to have the resources to go in and kick all of these people out?
I am a planner. I plan everything. I like to know what is going to happen. I don't like surprises. I guess I have just worked myself into a frenzy. We have worked so hard for what we have, and if we lose it, I will be crushed. Our house, good credit, vehicles.
I've tried looking for some information to read on this subject. I want answers to my questions, but I really don't know who to ask in the first place.
Blah, I'm gonna puke.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Give him a hand

Ok, so that is an extremely crass title for an inspiring story. I am not always politically correct. Forgive me. Anwho, on to the story.

As I said, this story is very inspiring. I wish nothing but the best for this man in his recovery and physical therapy. No doubt, he has a very long road ahead of him. The surgeons that performed this surgery have to be some of the most talented doctors on the planet. I can't imagine the time this tedius procedure took. I mean, I like puzzles, but this is on a much different scale.

So, now he has someone else's fingerprints. Hmmm. When they were looking at potential donors, did they rule out criminals? I don't even know if other countries do fingerprinting and keep a database. It was just something that popped in my head.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Yipee! E-pics

I completely forgot to make a post about our engagement session. The lovely and talented Jodi from Life in Print (I don't know how to make those cool little links, sorry.) is our photographer. We met her at Bee Tree Park in Soco. I hadn't been to that park in 9 years. I forgot how nice it was. There is a need mansion there with a beautiful courtyard, but we couldn't use that. Someone was getting married. Which was kind of odd. It was Sunday at 9a.m. and there was no holiday that Monday. They looked to be a pretty unique crowd though. Who am I to pass judgement. Whatever makes ya happy.
I HATE to have my picture taken. I have never like it. I am not photogenic in any way, shape or form. I think every picture with me looks like poop. I was extremely nervous about the shoot. To top it all off, D and I fought the ENTIRE morning before the pictures. Literally, up until we met up with Jodi. We have never bickered so much!!! Great, I'm mad as heck at this butthead, and now I have to act like I'm in love with him. Ughhh. LOL. Jodi is awesome. I think miracle worker is a good term too. We had such a good time.
So, here are just a few from Jodi's blog!!!










Screw you weather man

This morning I checked out the 10 day forecast. Mind you, I clicked that link on weather.com because because I only wanted to see a couple of days ahead. This morning it was supposed to be high sixties-low seventies. Now they are calling for temperatures 10 degrees warmer!!! How do you change the forecast by ten degrees after 15 hours? I am obviously in the wrong profession. Needless to say, I am sick and tired of the 80 degree weather. I want the low seventies. 80 isn't so bad, but that means I have to turn my air conditioner back on, and I don't wanna. Yes, I am crossing my arms and stopping my feet now. I LOVE to have my windows open. I love the cool, crisp fall air. Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside.

Poop

I couldn't think of a better title for this post. This post isn't even really about poop. I do think that poop is a funny word. On to the post.
I was reading the news online yesterday. An article caught my attention. It was about Bank of America buying out Countrywide Mortgages. Hmmmmm. D and I have a mortgage through Countrywide. My inner self says," Wonder what this means for our mortgage?" I continue to read more of the article. It says that B of A is figuring on losing $8 billion (or is setting aside the money, I really am not sure how to interpret it) for restructing some 400,000 bad mortgages from Countrywide. I am assuming these are only the loans that people are behind in. It would be super awesome if they would restructure ALL of them before things get really out of control. D was able to get a loan. I'm not going to go into specifics, but the fact that he got a loan is astonishing. Needless to say, we pay PMI. We knew that going into the loan, and we did a lot of calculating and figured we would be able to make the payments. We were told that we would be able to refinance after a year and we had equity in the house. Guess what?? Not so. The economy nosedived, so we are still paying the PMI. Yada, yada, yada. I'm not whining. I know PMI is bad and what not, but D refused to rent another house. I'm glad we have our own home and all of the great things with that. I'm not complaining about that. My problem is the "restructuring". People are going to be bailed out because they were not able to make their payments. Well, what about those of us that did make our payments? Do we get bonus points?? Will they go ahead and take off the PMI? I told D that he needs to call Countrywide tomorrow and ask them if it is too late for him to be deliquent on his account. Hehehehe. I mean, if they are just gonna wave a magic wand, why not skip the next couple of months? I wonder what the customer service rep would say to that? If he won't do it, I will. I need some comedic relief.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Silly D.

D told me yesterday that he would stay up late with the baby. D needed to try to stay up as late as possible so that he can sleep today. I understand that. Sounds good to me. Fast forward to later in the evening. I was playing on the floor with Little D. I look over at the couch where D is lying because he hasn't been talking for a while. Wouldn't ya know it, he's asleep. He stayed up soooo late. He made it until 8!!! LMAO!! He slept until about 7 this a.m. I figured with all that sleep, he wouldn't be able to take a nap before work this evening. Not so. He was asleep less than an hour after being in bed. That boy is sure does sleep around. Lame humor, I know.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Herky Fire Engine Rally

Last Saturday, we attended the annual Herculaneum Fire Engine Rally. The best thing about this: it is free!!! And food and drinks are super cheap 'cuz that's how they do it in the country. D, Little D and I met my exhusband A, his fiancee A, Grace and Tater Tot. (Yes, my ex and I have been known to hang out. I know it is weird, but that is for another post.) Grace did not want to go. "There is nothing to do there." The beginnings of a teenage drama queen. I can't wait for puberty.


D, Grace, Tater and A at one of the helicopters. I think it might be the AirEvac. I can't remember for sure.
Tater and Grace inside an ambulance. Grace was trying hard not to smile.
This is the second AirEvac helicopter coming in.
Grace and Little D. Yes, she really loves him that much. She's a great big sister.
Grace, Tater and Little D. They are my world. I would be lost without them.
This is a Hotwheels/Matchbox town someone built. There are a ton of mini houses and what not. He made it on a sheet of plywood. Tater was in love with it.


D's favorite part of the tiny village.
I call this the Hillbilly cop car or the wagon. D thought it was cool. I think it looks like a station wagon cop car.
This shot isn't so bad.
The kids played a few of the little games. They also went into the "Smoke House". Tater really enjoyed that. He actually paid attention. He was telling me things I was doing wrong at home. It was pretty cute.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Yummy, yummy food.

I am craving some food. Not just any food though. I want some food from my hometown. I really, really miss Avanti's. This is the one on Sterling in Peoria. I've spent a lot of time there over the years. And a lot of money. But, it was well spent.


I pretty much love all of the food at Avanti's. They have a sandwich that is called the Gondola. LOVE IT!!!! It is my absolute fav. It's a crusty bread that is slightly sweet with salami, ham, cheese and lettuce. They have a supreme version as well, but I just stick to the original. If any one has had a sandwich from P'Sghetti's or Pomodoro's, the bread is similar to that. But six million times better.
Avanti's does deliver, unfortunately, I'm a little outside of their area. Too bad.
The other item I am craving hard core is another local hit. Kitchen cooked potato chips! Love them!!! I'm not sure where they started, I just remember being pissed as hell when we moved to Missouri, and I couldn't have my chips any more. These chips are so tasty. I love them with Prairie Farms French Onion Dip. Mmmmmmmmm. Delish.

I need to make another trip back home. I am wanting to go to The J Family Christmas next month. I miss my family terribly. You know what, I'm going to go. Assuming the weather isn't too bad. D is gonna be pissed but oh well.