Monday, February 22, 2010

Just Another Day In Paradise

Huzzah, huzzah, huzzah!!!! The MIL, who has been crashed out on my sofa for a week now, due to ISSUES, is leaving tomorrow! I would like to say that I love and respect this woman, but she has severely tested the boundaries of our relationship, and right now, I just can't. I have a deep-seated mistrust of her, and have lost all respect for her. I don't know if I can come back from that, at least not at the moment.

Other than that, things are going good. We are cautiously excited- we got approved for a home loan! We can now be in life-long debt, just like the rest of America! Yay us!! We were supposed to meet with a Realtor this past weekend, but the weather caused us to reschedule for this coming Wednesday. We still haven't quite decided on where we want to live, but I think we'll get that figured out soon enough. For now, I'm focusing on looking at houses that are in our price range that are in a good school district.

I missed getting together with my friends on Saturday- I really wanted to scrap with them! I haven't seen them in ages. But, it would have meant leaving the MIL in our house alone for a period of time, and she's proven that she can't be trusted in that situation. I will see them next month, though.

We took Chickenhead to the doctor last Monday for a checkup and a review of his ADD meds. He was using the Daytrana patch, which worked great for a while, but I think his body simply outgrew it. So he's now taking Vyvanese, which I'm able to dissolve in a glass of juice for him each morning. He's doing so much better! It's amazing to see the turnaround he's had in class, even after just one week. He's able to focus, is getting his classwork done and is getting his homework completed in record time. He's even reading on his own, which had really dropped off in the past few months. While I'm not thrilled with him having to take medication, if it's helping him to concentrate in class and get the work done and keep up with his peers, then I'll deal with it. It makes me happy as a parent to see him looking forward to going to school again, and excited about what he's doing in class.

I went to the doctor on Monday as well. I talked with the doctor about how my mom passed away as a result of heart disease and how I was really kind of afraid that I might be headed down that same path. The doctor was great, and he took the time to talk to me, and helped me come up with a plan to continue to try to make the healthier choices when it comes to eating and exercise. I know what I need to be doing, it's just getting myself to do it. I think it's also about accepting that some days are better than others, and if I do have a 'bad' day, I don't beat myself up about it, I just pick myself up and keep going.

And really, that's about all that's going on. I was wanting to make something for the silent auction at school, but didn't get to it. It's just as well, the school carnival is on the same night as the Blue and Gold dinner, so we'll be going to that instead. Maybe next time!

Friday, February 12, 2010

The Adventures of Judi and Judy

Before there was Thelma and Louise, there were these two. My mom, Judi(with an 'i' to be different), the one on the left, and my aunt, Judy, on the right. They were sisters-in-law, and even after my mom and dad divorced, they stayed good friends. Both were named Judith Ann, but both went by 'Judy(i)'. When they were together, people would sometimes call them by their initials, 'J.P', my aunt, and 'J.G.', my mom. Being the 70's hipsters that they were, I recall them having shirts with their initials on them.

Now as far as I know, Judi and Judy never killed or robbed anyone like Thelma and Louise did. Mostly, from what I recall, J.G and J.P went out to a place called Chapmann's and did the bump and danced to B.T.O's 'Takin' Care of Business'.

You may be wondering what they're doing in that photo. Apparently, J.P had hiccups, and somebody told her that if you plug your ears and then take a drink of water, that would get rid of them. Obviously though, you can't plug your ears and hold a glass of water, so that's where my mom J.G came in. I would like to point out some of the hallmarks of the style of 1973: my mom's 'short shag' haircut (which she made me get also), my aunt's bouffant with bangs, and the frosted blue eyeshadow. Good times!

I went along for many adventures, mostly because we all lived together in Arizona for a time. One such adventure involved driving through Arizona with my Uncle Terry, Aunt Judy's brother. Never one to miss a fad, in the 70's Uncle Terry joined the CB craze and had his wood-paneled station wagon tricked out with the latest gear and a big antenna whipping around on the roof.

It was late one night while we were driving, when we got a flat tire. While my uncle was outside changing the tire, my mom and aunt thought they would try their hand at talking with the other CB-ers out there. My aunt picked up the mic and giggling like a school girl with my mom snickering in the background, she pressed the button. "Hey there good buddy! You got your dog on a leash?" (What the hell did that mean?) J.P and J.G laughed at their cleverness and repeated the message. From somewhere out in the dark Arizona night, a reply came back. "10-4 darlin, you got your cat on a string?" That busted them up completely and they were laughing so hard they couldn't talk any more. I just sat in the back seat and listened, waiting to see what would happen next.

Usually, with Judi and Judy, there was always another adventure waiting to be had. I'll tell you some more sometime! Is your cat on a string?

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Just Stuff...

It’s been a frustrating week, and it’s only half over! On Monday, I was going to update my blog during my lunch hour. I pulled up IE only to discover that our virus protection system is blocking virtually all blogs. I’ve heard rumors of a virus that some people are picking up from blogs, so I suppose that’s why they’re blocked. I understand, but I have to admit it was a bit unsettling to see a pop-up that said my blog was ‘potentially harmful’. Wow. I feel like a felon! I hate it that I can't get my daily fix of Cake Wrecks or PW, though.

I then planned on writing Tuesday night, and well, it was the season premiere of LOST, and hello, I don’t do anything when LOST is on! This being the final season, we are supposed to have all of our questions answered, but last night left me with more questions than ever. I decided last season that the show is too complex to give too much deep thought to, so I just sit back and enjoy the ride. It will all make sense in the end. Won’t it?

Last night I made myself sit down and do our taxes, and got all happy about our refund. My happiness was killed, though, when I got an email stating that the Fed return had been rejected so I had to go back and fix it and e-file all over again. Now, I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it will be OK.

I took last Friday off, and spent the day at Chickenhead’s school for Kansas Day celebrations. I was a bit wary of the whole thing, but turns out the kids had a blast and so did I! The kids made candles, tin punch candle holders, and homemade butter. The butter was a huge it; the kids simply poured some heavy whipping cream in to a mason jar, put the lid on tight, and shook the jar for 10 minutes. Voila! Butter! We served the kids lunch, which they ate from tin pie-plates, and sat on blankets on the floor. I was really glad I volunteered, and the mom’s who were in charge of the event did a great job.

Towards the end of this month is the school carnival and I‘ll be making a couple of things for the silent auction. I’ve also been working more on going through my mom’s things, and have gotten a lot accomplished. Now if I could just get rid of that dollhouse kit! Anyone wanna buy a dollhouse kit? Let me know!