Thursday, May 31, 2007
The shirts are folded into minuscule size and stacked on top of each other 20 high. WHO folds their clothes like this. I instantly pictured the teenager working there, and how she must keep her clothes at home... wrinkles anyone?
As we're looking at the shirts, I happen to start noticing the lyrics of the song blaring away.... "Your sexy eyes, your hot lips.... I want you so bad".... Um hello? Is this NOT Abercrombie for Kids? I mean this wasn't even a little section of the main store. This was an entirely different store across from the adult Abercrombie. This was a store devoted entirely to children. Helloooo? Can you say Teenage Pregnancy? We quickly made our decisions purchasing an additional tee shirt along with a cute pair of shorts. We bolted to the check out with our hands over Greg's ears, trying to keep his fingers from groping the female mannequins.
Through out the entire excursion, Dennis and I kept shooting each other looks that said, "Is this what we've been reduced to?". "OMG she is only 8!!!" "Gone are the days of buying stuff from Walmart that will undoubtly get destroyed by the sandbox". "It's OVER".
She's 8... Remember my post on how fast 10 years went by? Another 10 quick years and my beautiful baby girl will be 18................................... excuse me while I go breathe into a paper bag... yet again.
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Monday, May 28, 2007
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Saturday, May 19, 2007
Charlie is 8 weeks old and was named by his new buddy Greg. Charlie is a spunky little dude. I personally wanted to name him either Thumper or Thunder because of the sound he makes when he runs down the hallway.
Charlie was a stinky kitty. In fact, the humane society smelled so bad that it actually got to me. Me! The one that can handle ANYTHING.... except copious amounts of pus. yish...... chills....
Anyhoo... Charlie needed a bath, so the kids and I ran up to the exceptionally overpriced pet store on the corner. We went there because there has been A LOT (understated) of traffic around here due to road construction going on nearby. So I ask the burn out chic... "Do you have any cat shampoo?" "You're kidding, right?" she replies. "No, if I was kidding I wouldn't ask for it". "Have you EVER given a cat a bath before?" she asks. "Absolutely" I reply. "It's not really that hard". As we are walking through the store she looks at me and says, "Are you OK?" And this is what I WANTED to say, "No BIATCH, APPARENTLY I'M NOT OK, AND YOU JUST LOST THE FRICKEN SALE, WHERE IS YOUR MANAGER!". But thinking about the traffic (and I'm talking A LOT -imagine taking 20 minutes to drive 2/10ths of a mile), I said, "I'm fine, Kitty stinks, where is the shampoo".
I got the shampoo and off we went. Charlie wasn't too thrilled about how his new adventure was starting out, but after all... I AM the Queen of this house and he needed to know his place... as court jester.
At first, he was so cute and did quite well.
Then something reminded me of the movie Gremlins... NEVER, NEVER get them wet!
After a nice bath, his new Papa held him in a towel. See video below. (If you don't see the video, then YouTube dropped the ball) At first Pumpkin kept looking at me, wishing I would turn away so he could eat this new "snack". Afterall, Pumpkin does weigh in at 15.8 pounds and Charlie at 2.5 - you do the math.
We have been supervising their "visits" to make sure that Pumpkin doesn't accidently hurt his little friend. It has been going quite well. In fact, Pumpkin has been swishing his tail, and batting at Charlie with his huge marshmellow paws. He just isn't sure how to "play" with Charlie, because he is so much bigger than him. I would be willing to say that I think things are going to work out nicely...
Wouldn't you agree?
Booster will never be replaced. But a cat's broken heart is on the mend.
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Tomorrow I'm going to have a surprise for y'all. IF I have time to post it before going to save lives!
We are looking for a male kitten. MUST BE SHORT HAIR. NO fluff balls wanted. We want it young so that it will be fun and spunky. Plus he won't be set in his ways yet. There ARE RULES to this house. Kitty's on the counter is a NO NO. I would like to find something with interesting color, stripes or spots. Pumpkin needs to have a little wirey friend that will play with him. I think it's exactly what the doctor ordered.
Know of anyone with Kittens? Inquire within.
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
I got online and chatted with Katrina while I could barely see the screen. I have been feeling horrendous over this. The anxiety, guilt and grieving have been unbearable. While chatting with her I began to feel better. I decided that I needed to talk to Dr. Ruiz @ The Kitty Clinic. Talking to the doc totally relieved me of the guilt I was feeling. I will spare you the details as you may be eating, but she basically said that Booster made it easy for us. There was no "guessing" on what day we should end his suffering. He went from being "OK" to critical in a matter of hours. There was no other choice to be made. I could not put a price on how she made me feel after that call.
Monday, May 14, 2007
Sunday, May 13, 2007
Booster Patrick Milobar
May 13, 2007
Friday, May 11, 2007
This year Katrina went with us. She is a newbie. I told her... wear comfy shoes, get there early and by all means... PREMEDICATE. It is like sensory overload. A gazillion women all pushing and shoving for the best deal. (Picture one of those bridal dress give aways you see on TV where they are all tripping over each other).
I am proud to announce that I did not spend a million dollars this year. I admit I may have been coerced into buying somethings that I don't know what I'm going to do with yet, but I had too... they were cute!
So we took 3 classes. Awesome classes which I will post a photo of some of the projects on another day. First I have my story to tell...
In each class, we have a registration ticket to hand in. The instructor draws names from these tickets and gives the winners some fabulous prizes.
First class... Katrina Wins!!! She was the first name drawn. We were so excited!
Second class... Katrina Wins again! What are the chances?! Again we are laughing and excited for her.
Third class.... The biatch wins again. Are they kidding? Katrina, if you're reading this take notice... you're not invited next year. wink wink It was a TON of fun even if I'm the BIGGEST LOSER.
It was a ton of fun, and again... worth the trip. I bought some stuff and will now have to unload some things in the garage sale to "make room".
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Now that she is finishing up second grade, she still "wows" the crowd and is frequently asked to help other students with their work as she flew threw hers.
That is the Emily that many of the students and parents know at her school.
My favorite version of Emily is the one that asks for Lip Blam because she can't get the BALM part right. Or today she gave me a chuckle when she asked for a Neopitopian (Neopolitan) ice cream cone.
Now if we could only end the confusion of Emily calling me her teachers name, and her teacher being called 'Mom'.
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
There is something very peaceful about an empty laundromat. There was one other elderly man there and the woman that was working there. I went in, loaded the machines and had just enough time to quickly glance over my latest BHG magazine.
The dryers were another story. After putting in quite a bit of money, I finally decided to bring home the damp clothes to hang what I don't dry all the way, and the rest I will work through as the day progresses.
I also stripped our bed, cleaned it, turned it, (have you ever attempted to turn a KING size mattress by yourself? Hello 1-800-BAD-BACK? lol). Plus I took the skirt off of it, which now will be a comical event trying to put it back on. The top mattress must weigh all of 100 pounds or more. Plus Dennis is working today. Sheesh.... I feel like Laura!
Regardless, most of my laundry is done. A huge weight has been lifted. So I stand here at the kitchen counter, typing on the laptop, with a HUGE bowl (think party size from nearest grocery store) of fruit salad and "dip" to pick through... No TV. No Kids. No nothing... but the whirr of the dryer.
Monday, May 07, 2007
Saturday, May 05, 2007
Thursday, May 03, 2007
The receptionist showed me the way to the room. As we approach the examination room, I find the Dentist outside the door, laughing hysterically. Uh oh. I peek in to see none other than GREG. Emily is in the chair with the hygenist cleaning her teeth. Greg has on goggles, a mask and gloves. He is "assisting" in the cleaning. Oh No...
The hygenist was laughing so hard I'm surprised she didn't hurt Emily. That kid totally made their day. And they made his by sending him home with gloves, and a mask along with a tooth brush, paste, flossers and a water gun.
No wonder they LOVE the Dentist. Oh... Greg is changing careers now.
In the past couple weeks, I have realized that I need to relinquish some control and let them be kids. Yesterday was a great experience for me. Dennis, Greg and I went to Weigands Nursery to look for a tree. While the storefront is beautiful, the BEST part is exploring the back 40 to find a hidden treasure. It is dirty, and rocky, but peaceful and enlightening. Greg was fully dressed to catch the bus as soon as we would arrive home.
As we walked through the back of the nursery, Greg found a rock that he wanted to carry around. Then he found a large chunk of wood, approximately 12" long. As he is carrying his "treasures" I happen to look over at him and found that he was covered in dirt. His coat, shirt and pants had dirt all over them. My first inclination was to flip out, but then I remembered Ree's kids on horses and how relaxed she seems to be. Instead of doing what I would normally do, I blew it off and let him have his moment. He's a boy and what damage is dirt going to do if he happens to take it to school with him? Nothing. So with that, I felt that I had a breakthrough moment.
Greg went to school, dirty and all. Dennis and I planted our new tree - A weeping Eastern Redbud which we put in front of our house by the bedroom window. Then when the kids got home from school, we all worked in the front yard. Weeding, putting in weed mat and lots of new, fresh mulch. It was EXACTLY what I needed. I feel so refreshed and renewed, and much more relaxed. Thanks Pioneer Woman. You have enlightened me.
Tuesday, May 01, 2007
So, this past week hasn't been a cake walk for me. As you know, I've had this dumb sinusitis. Along with my antibiotics, I was prescribed Deconamine which is an allergy pill. I took 1 Deconamine and spent the next 12 hours stoned... waiting and praying it would wear off. I must add that I was at work during this "episode". During my impairment, I lost an entire box of new scalpels, forgot why I was calling a patient on the phone, right about the time they answered, and gave my coworkers some really good laughs. Just as it wore off, my doctor happened to walk in, wearing a tee shirt and jeans. He had just brought an Ultrasound Machine to the practice (which is next door). I told him what happened, so he told me to grab samples of Allegra D. Allegra is a great allergy medication, however the "D" has been having a profound effect on me.
While I can't believe how well I am breathing, the side effects are killer. Just this past weekend, I went to my "happy place" which is Nino's of course, and had a very strange thing happen. In fact, it almost required a paperbag to cure the problem. I am chalking all of this anxiety up to the meds that I am taking. Lucky for me, the antibiotics will be finished tomorrow night, however, I desperately need to find an alternative to this Allegra D. I have been avoiding coffee like the plague, because the caffeine in combination with the pseudoepedrine are making me feel like I'm nuts. Literally.
So... I need to get to the root of my seasonal allergy problem, because the current course of treatment just isn't working. Well it's working, but it's doing more than I would prefer. I can't just stop taking it without another method, because that's one reason I ended up with the sinusitis in the first place. Well that and the fact that I didn't finish my antibiotics the first time... in March.
Operators are standing by. Feel free to post your "holistic methods" for my reading pleasure.