Monday, January 29, 2007

Finding the silver lining

Ultimately we decided not to get our cars back. In order to get them back the bank wanted to put a lien against our house and we just weren't willing to do that. That seemed like the worst decision to make. We found Dh a little economy commuter car yesterday, so he's back to work today. We're going to buy a Jeep Grand Cherokee from Dh's cousin that's in really good shape and they only want $1,500 for it. So now we have vehicles that are paid for, or at least will be paid for soon. That's going to dramatically improve our financial situation. Once the vehicles are auctioned then we'll make payment arrangements with the bank for the rest of the balance.

The kids are back to school. Thank goodness I have some time to myself again. I really like having my time to do my housework and some time to relax and just do what I want. Tomorrow I'm going to go see Smokin' Aces. I wanted to go see Catch and Release, but it's not playing at a good time so I can go while the kids are at school. I'm really enjoying this whole a movie a week thing. I love going to the movies and I can see whatever I want to see. I don't have to listen to dh complain about what we're watching. He's very picky about movies. Actually he's very picky about everything.

A few months ago I cut my hair really short. In the mornings now I always wake up with a major case of bed head. Last week while I was doing my hair I put gel in it and just made it stick straight up. My hair was still wet, I hadn't dried it that way. I went to see the kids and asked them what they thought. Mikel just laughed at me, and Katie said,"wow mom. That's not awesome". Ah my daughter, the fashion/style critic.

Friday, January 26, 2007

I have a little black cloud over my head

Ok, I'll start with Monday. Dh got a speeding ticket. Tuesday, he wrecked his car. We don't have car insurance. Then Wednesday night, we got our vehicles reposessed. Yeah. It's been a lovely week. So now we're trying to figure out whether we want to get our cars back. Dh's car isn't driveable. Or if we just want to start over. It's a complete and total mess

Just beware. If you have anything through a credit union you should ask about "cross-colateralization". Because if you have multiple loans with a credit union or even a credit card and a loan, if you should happen to default on either one, they can come and take whatever it is that you have a loan or loans on. So because we defaulted on our credit card with the credit union, they came and took everything that we had with them. They will not tell you about this. It's in your contract, but they won't go out of their way to tell you about it.

Bottom line, we need to learn how to manage our money better. We really have been living beyond our means. We overextened ourselves, but by the same token they helped us. Oy!

Katie has recovered from her cold and tonsilitis. She's back to her same perky little self. We're on our last day of three doses a day. Now we just have one dose a day of the two allergy medicines. Mikel is still his annoying almost seven year old self. It's a phase. His other friend is doing the same thing. He's old enough to realize things and understand sarcasm, so he's turned into a real smart-ass. They both eat like horses and I'm dreading what it's going to be like when they're teenagers. There's already enough door slamming and yelling going on as well. I may have to ship them to Siberia.

Monday, January 22, 2007

I mailed poo today

Yes. Yes I did. Sounds fun right? Apparently the old ways of obtaining a stool sample are over. Now you can do it at home and mail in the poo! Ok, so you're not actually mailing a piece of poo. You're just mailing a little smear. That sounds really gross. But without going into great detail that's all I can come up with. I know I have a very strange sense of humor, but mailing it in just seems funny to me.

Did you ever have one of those moments while driving that you think, "where is a cop when you need one"? Today after dropping Mikel off at school I pulled out into traffic. Most of the time I do an illegal U turn and go home. Pretty much everyone does it because the only other way is about a 5 mile drive. Back to me. Today I saw a Sherrif's Deputy driving up behind me, so I just drove straight and planned on making a left turn down the dead end street and doing the U turn there. Some lady two cars ahead of me pulls into the right hand turn lane and starts to turn. What she was really doing was swinging wide to do an illegal U turn. Right there at the intersection. So as I start to drive forward she swings her van around and does a U turn right in front of me. If I hadn't been paying attention, I would have hit her. I honked my horn at her and she gave me a dirty look. I hoped that the sherrif saw her. Sure enough, as I start to make my turn the lights come on and he does a U turn and pulls up behind her. Haha! I went down to the dead end and turned around and as I drove around the corner they were standing there and I could tell she was arguing with the deputy. I'm still laughing about it.

Friday, January 19, 2007


Thank Goodness It's Over! The week it is. I say that because it's not just that it's Friday. The week is over. I'm exhausted. Katie has tonsilitis and some sort of horrible cough. For four days I hovered over her. She tends to have problems with her asthma any time she gets a cold. Practically every time she ends up in the doctor's office receiving breathing treatments. I've gotten used to it, but I like to avoid it if I can. So now we've got 10 days of 3 different medications 3 times a day. She's just not that into it.

I need a haircut. I need to go grocery shopping. Tomorrow is sign ups for baseball and softball for the kiddos. It's going to be a busy weekend. I hate those kind of weekends. Last weekend was great. I never got out of my pajamas. I napped. It was good. I didn't get to see a movie this week. I forgot I had an appointment with a podiatrist. That was fun. I wouldn't want to look at people's feet all day long. I don't see the glamour. There's lots of glamour in being a mom. Cheerios stuck to your clothes, that frantic look in your eyes, the ability to sleep standing up.

Friday, January 12, 2007

I know you're out there!

A little birdy told me that it's national delurking week. So say hi. I don't bite. Well, just my husband and that's only because he likes it.

I'd like to voice a complaint about this week's House episodes. Why show two new episodes back to back and then nothing for the next three weeks? Surely this qualifies as cruel and unusual punishment. I understand about American Idol starting next week and I'm very excitied. But why take away my House? Don't they understand the addiction?

I saw the Pursuit of Happyness earlier this week. If you get a chance you should really go see it. It's a great movie and a wonderful, very inspirational story.

Dh comes home today. We're all very excited. A week and a half doesn't seem all that long, but it was. It really drug by. So while the kids are at school today I'll be shaving and plucking and getting ready to give Dh a proper welcome home. If you live in SoCal and you feel an earthquake tonight, don't worry. That's just us celebrating a safe return.

Thursday, January 11, 2007


Everytime I sign into Blogger I check the remember me box. But it never remembers me. I think Blogger is trying to tell me something.

Why does my son only wet the bed when he's sleeping with me? And only the night after I've washed the sheets. Is that like washing your car and then it rains?

Why do the kids want to drink my soda, even though they have one of their own? Some things are sacred. Sodas, french fries, and the comfy chair.

Why is it that kids only want to help you when don't want/need their help, and then when you want them to help they act like they're dying?

Why is it that kids can't wait to go swimming and then don't want to take a bath?

Why am I still exhausted after I overslept by an hour?

Why do I have so many questions today? I sound like a three year old.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007


I don't know why, but I just took a good look at my keyboard right now and omg is it gross! Nasty, dirty keys and who knows what I would find if I took some compressed air to it. Blech! My computer will be down for some much needed maintenance later. It's just too gross.

Does anyone have suggestions on how to wear out a six-year old boy? Today I plan on taking him outside and having him ride his bike until he doesn't want to any more. I'm hoping that works. Otherwise I'm considering the treadmill. At bedtime he's completely wired. I'd try warm milk, but he can't have anything to drink two hours before bedtime.

I'm so excited that my favorite shows are coming back this week. That holiday re-run crap was incredibly frustrating. House tonight and Grey's Anatomy on Thursday. American Idol starts next week too. I so can't wait for that.

I'm going to go see The Pursuit of Happyness today. I just love Will Smith. I think he's a great actor and I love his movies. I wanted to go see Dreamgirls, but neither theater in town is showing it. What a bummer.

Eww! I just notice there's all kinds of crud in the keyboard tray too. I know I was sick for a week, but dang. How on earth have I managed to not clean this thing? Wow. I'm amazed. I'd take a picture, but I think I've embarassed myself enough just by writing about it.

Monday, January 08, 2007


LaKatie has this thing about water. She loves it, and that's great. I'm glad I don't have to try and get her to drink it. She prefers water to juice or anything else. But here's the thing. She only likes cold water. Ice cold water. I know you're thinking that what's the big deal about that? Well, we have a water cooler so it's easy for her to get her own water. Again, the big deal is??? She doesn't just get herself a drink. She fills the cup and the sets it down somewhere and forgets about it. Then later when she wants a drink she either pours the water out in the sink because lord have mercy it's gotten warm! Or, she forgot where she put it and gets herself another cup, and it's not ok to just put an ice cube in the warm water either. Oh no! That stuff had better be fresh lady. Even if does only cost $1.25 to fill up the five gallon water bottle, it sure seems like we're pouring a lot of money down the sink.

Can you hear the angels singing? The kids go back to school today. My freedom has returned! One of my new year's resolutions is to go see a movie every Tuesday. I love going to the movies and I'm a member of the Regal Crown club, so I earn points towards free stuff like popcorn and movie tickets each time I go to the movies. Since Tuesday is free popcorn day, I thought that would be a good, wallet friendly day to go. I can see all the chick flicks I want to see while the kids are at school and earn free tickets so I can take the kids to see the movies they'd like to see. It looks like a win, win situation so far.

Dh is still in Vegas. The convention starts today so hopefully he won't be so bored. Can you imagine anyone being bored in Vegas? If anybody can do it, it would be my husband. I guess being there with the people you work with isn't exactly an ideal situation. It would be more fun if he wasn't there to work most likely.

I started a new routine with the kids last night. No tv while going to bed. It's going to be a rough time getting that to stick. Both kids threw screaming fits, but I'm hoping that it won't take too long for them to get used to it. It's mine and dh's fault really, but the kids are the ones suffering for it. It's just not good for them and they stay up later than they should. Especially Mikel. That kid is a night owl if I've ever seen one. He'd stay up until who knows when and then sleep all day. Not good for a little boy that's going to school. Plus he's not getting enough rest and it's making him really cranky, and that makes me really cranky.

Friday, January 05, 2007

I don't know why they call it winter break

It's not a break for us parents. Maybe a break from having to get up and get ready for school for those of us that stay home, but for everyone else, not so much of a break. The kids are definately ready to go back to school. They've been fighting all day. Most of the week after christmas was spent recovering. I got tonsilitis for christmas and it was a gift that kept on giving. For a least a week. Thank goodness the kids didn't get it though. So this week was spent trying to make up for a so-so first week of vacation. Dh left for Vegas on Wednesday for the CES show. That's the Consumer Electronics Show. He's going to be gone for 9 days. Uninterupted tv watching in the evenings for me. How I shall enjoy it.

Tuesday we spent the afternoon at Chuck E. Cheese's and spent a whole lot of money to win stuff that's nothing but junk. Wednesday we drove DH to the airport and that was an experience. I'm dreading having to drive back by myself next Friday. Thursday I took the kids to see Happy Feet. A very cute movie, the kids really enjoyed. La Katie really shook her groove thang during the whole movie. Today we went to McDonald's for a couple of hours and enjoyed the playground. If the weather improves we may spend the day at the park on Sunday.

I finally took down all my Christmas decorations today. The christmas lights on the house will have to wait for dh. I'm so not about attempting that on my own. I'm crazy, not brave.

We had a nice visit with my parents over New Year's weekend. Even though our truck broke down new year's eve and dh and Mike were left sitting by the side of the road waiting for a tow truck for three hours. It's been repaired and is thankfully back in running condition. Driving dh's little car is really unappealing. It's just a little commuter car. A two-door, stick shift. Not exactly kid friendly transport.

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