Sunday, September 28, 2008

Well, well, well....

OK, so I've been away for a bit, but it's been pretty darn crazy for the past couple of weeks. We finally got the fridge fixed and now everything that should be cool or frozen, is.

Work has been especially crazy lately. Everything going on on Wall Street has a direct impact on my job, and I have been busier than a one-armed paper hanger. Actually at this point, I would almost rather be a paper hanger, one armed or otherwise. There's lots of upheaval at work, and I'm thinking that my boss (who is a really great person and one of the main reasons I've stayed in that job for almost seven years now)may be taking another job. Don't get me wrong, I'm happy for her if she does get it, but that just leaves our department wondering who we'll be working under, and the prospects there don't look too good.

On the homefront, my mom told me the other night that she's #8 on the waiting list at a nearby seniors apartment. I told her that there's no need for her to rush out of here, and I truly mean that. She's a great help to us, and Chickenhead will be heartbroken when she moves out. But I understand her when she says that she feels like she needs her own place. And to be honest, if I were her, I would probably feel the same way. Still, it will be another huge adjustment for our family.

While a part of me is quietly excited at the prospect of getting my craft room back, I'm much more concerned about Chickenhead, and how he'll adjust. I'm kind of hoping that she won't be moving until the school year is over, so that he'll have the summer to get used to it and not have any additional stress.

Speaking of Chickenhead, he's doing great! School is going much better this year than last. He's finally feeling better since we discovered that he's lactose intolerant and we cut out dairy. I worry about him making friends at school, because I know what it's like to be an only child, and sometimes it's hard. I'd like for him to be more outgoing, but at the same time, I don't want to push him to be something he's not.

So, that's about it. I'm looking for Halloween ideas, as I'm head room mother this year. Don't make fun of me, I don't have the holiday turtlenecks and the matchy-matchy holiday jewelery! I'll be the one in the Obama t-shirt, quietly being myself. I have to admit, when I talk with the other moms at Chickenhead's school, I feel horribly out of place. I guess you can take the girl out of the 'Dotte, but you can't take the 'Dotte out of the girl!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Oh Dear...

OK, so to relieve some stress, I decided to visit a website that Carol was linking on her site. Yearbook Yourself allows you to upload a photo of yourself and 'try on' different looks from different eras. To say that the following photos will keep me from sleeping tonight is an understatement. View at your own risk.

Here we go-
1960- (I look like my grandmother, and that's not a good thing)


1974- (with Marcia Brady hair)

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1984- (Actually not too far off from how I wore my hair then.)



So, if you've got some time to kill and not a shred of dignity left, I highly recommend heading over to yearbookyourself.com. Don't say I didn't warn you!

When It Rains, It Floods

To say that my 4-day weekend didn't go as planned is an understatement. I try to roll with the punches, after all, like John Lennon said, 'Life is what happens when you're busy making plans'. With that in mind, I tried to be breezy about the fact that the refrigerator crapped out Tuesday morning. When I opened the freezer door to find melted popsicles running all over the place, that was my first clue.

I immediately called the repair man, who told me that they were really busy, but he would have someone at the house between 2 and 5. Great. So, I cancelled my plans with my friend Carol, because I had to get all the perishibles on ice and the frozen stuff into the freezer out in the garage. Trying to look on the bright side, I decided it was a great opportunity to clean the fridge and freezer really good, and toss away some of the older stuff hiding way in the back.

In Repair-world, 'Between 2 and 5' means that they will come around 5:30, and that's only after you call to find out where in the hell they are. But the guy that showed up was nice enough and quickly diagnosed the problem. The only downer was he had to order the parts needed but he assured me that they would be here by today at the latest.

Well guess what? No frigging parts!!! In fact, the parts may not come until Saturday or Monday. Are you kidding me? No, they are not kidding me. Although, they did try to re-assure me that sometimes the parts distributor will say that the parts take a week to 'cover themselves'. So, it looks like we get to have the cooler on wheels in the kitchen for another day or so. Joy. My mom is already going around making clucking noises and going on about how she hopes her cheese and eggs are ok. Whatever, sister. Your cheese and eggs are the least of your worries.

To make my week even more adventurous, last night on the way home, the bus driver hit a car. She didn't really hit the car, so much as tap it's bumper. There were no injuries, thank goodness. But, since the accident happened in one county, and the bus driver crossed over into the next county before she called in the accident, we had to give all of our info to the bus company, two police departments and the state trooper. This entire incident added another hour to my journey home.

Tonight, the only thing I'm planning on doing is nuking something in the microwave for dinner and lying down. I'm spent!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Gone With The Wind

So Friday I was all excited about having a 4-day weekend. I was darn near giddy as I hopped on the bus to get home. Friday afternoon, it was cloudy out, but nothing really looked out of place, weather-wise. I knew we were due for rain, but didn't think much of it.

As the bus was sitting in traffic on I-35, the dispatchers began talking about tornado warnings over the radios. Long story short, the dispatchers were ordering the drivers off the road, ASAP, and to stop at the first public building they could get to to unload passengers. Our driver decided to stop at an AT&T building that was so secure, we had to sign in for visitor badges before they would take us to a safe area. So, I spent a good part of my Friday evening in the hallway of an AT&T building with 8 others. Fun, fun. No, the really fun part was that despite the warnings, there were no tornadoes in the area where we were.

After that, the rest of my long weekend flew right by, too. I've cleaned, done laundry, spent time with Chickenhead. We ended up watching 'Holes' instead of 'Finding Nemo', but that's ok. I can watch Nemo by myself sometime!

Friday, September 12, 2008

This Weekend, I'm Gonna...

Well, the vacation gods have smiled down on me, and I have this coming Monday and Tuesday off, so I get a 4-day weekend. Yay me! Here's just some of the fun I'm planning for myself-

Chickenhead and I are going to pop up a big bowl of popcorn and watch Finding Nemo. We love it when Dory speaks whale. We usually spend the rest of the day speaking whale, too.

On Sunday III (aka Tuesday), I'm going to do lunch with my friend Carol. She's all kinds of awesome- like all of my friends.

I'm going to clean out the front closet. Should I sell the husband's scuba equipment? The wetsuit hasn't fit since 50lbs ago...

Put some stuff on Ebay.

Make some more cards and get some scrapbooking done.

The weekly chores of cleaning and laundry.

I also have to make sure I devote some time, probably Sunday afternoon, to lying around watching movies on Lifetime. I need that, every now and again.

Today was picture day at school. Let's all hope that this year's picture doesn't turn out like this one-


Bless his heart, doesn't he look like a serial killer?

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Movie Time

Here Comes The Circus! From one of my favorites, MST3K

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Getting Things Done

This morning when I woke up I decided that today was going to be a day for getting things done. So, after my mom left for work and the husband left for some Scout thing, it was just Chickenhead and me. We ate breakfast together, and made fun of Sandra Lee's table-scape and her obvious drinking issues on Semi-HOmade Cooking. Then I set down to business.

I decided that I wanted to figure out what I was doing for our Christmas card this year. I went to the CTMH Consultant's site and found a cool idea. Sweet! So I dug into my re-org'd scrap crap and got out what I needed. This is what I created-

The front-


Inside-


For this card, I used:
Kraft paper cardstock (I hope I can find more of this stuff). It's like a brown paper bag, but a heavier paper.
CTMH White Daisy Ink
White Cardstock
Some green patterned paper
'Merry Christmas' ribbon that I got at Michael's, I think
Stick on bling

You can view a video tutorial on how to make this card at this site-
Hero Arts Blog

There are a lot of GREAT ideas at Hero Arts, so be sure to check out the entire site! I think I may be there the rest of the weekend!

Friday, September 5, 2008

Semi-New Spaces

So, back in February when my Aunt Judy passed, I didn't give much thought to her having anything that I would want. She had been so generous to me when she was alive; always sharing books with me, or favorite recipes. But my cousin had me come over to her house and pick something out to remember her by. It didn't take long for me to realize that what I really wanted was this-



This is more than just a memento of my aunt, this is also a wonderful memory of my grandmother. She ran the kitchen of a local church for many years, and this sign hung up above her desk there. After she retired, it had a special place in her kitchen. Being as she's the one who taught me how to cook, I love having it hanging in my kitchen now.

Since I was in the kitchen doing a little sprucing up, I decided to go ahead with my plan to re-organize my scrapping stuff. I cleaned out the crap that was in the sideboard and sorted out all of my supplies. It worked out perfectly! My large rolling cart fits just right next to the sideboard. And I still have my other chest in the laundry room with the stuff I don't use that often. Now, I've got a place to work and easy access to my supplies and storage. Yay me! See for yourself-

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Swimming In A Sea of Randomness

I have no idea what that title means, it just popped into my head. That happens sometimes. Time gets away from me too, sometimes. It seems like it was just Saturday and next thing I know, it's Thursday!

I spent most of Labor Day weekend well, laboring. Laundry, house cleaning, etc. Chickenhead had a stomach bug or something, and was nice enough to share it with the husband and me. Luckily, we all survived it.

I've been trying to think of a way to set up a scrapbooking area here in the house. Before my mom moved in, I used the spare bedroom as my craft room. It was great! I had a place where, if I was working on a project, I could leave it out and just shut the door on the mess. Now, all of my scrapping stuff is in the laundry room, packed away in boxes.

The husband said I could take part of the Man-Hole (his 'man room' in the basement) and set up all of my stuff. But honestly though that's his space. I kind of like having my own space to do stuff. And he smokes, and I don't want my projects smelling like cigarette smoke. So. I'm thinking about cleaning out the sideboard I have in the kitchen and putting the supplies I would use most in there. It's big enough that it would hold paper and most of my tools.

I just know that I need to get back in to getting creative, because I really miss it. It feels like a piece of me has been put on hold, and I want and need to get that back.

Other than all of this, not much else going on. The husband and Chickenhead are heading out to Old Settler's Days in Olathe tomorrow night. The husband will be out there all day Saturday. Coming up another weekend this month, we're planning on going to the Renaissance Festival, fun fun!

It looks like fall is finally upon us and I plan on enjoying as much of it as possible. Except for the raking leaves part. I never enjoy that!