Sunday, November 29, 2009

Do you realize?

I’ve come to realize that my chest-size. . . is what it is and I have learned to live with it and dress around it, if not love it.
I’ve come to realize that my job. . . is worth my full effort.
I’ve come to realize that when I’m driving. . . I actually have those internal conversations out loud.
I’ve come to realize that I need. . . some quiet time every day to recharge.
I’ve come that realize that I have lost. . . the will to keep cleaning today.
I’ve come to realize that I hate it when. . . people don't use their blinkers.
I’ve come to realize that if I’m drunk. . . I'm going to be really sorry in the morning.
I’ve come to realize that money... is a journey, not a destination.
I’ve come to realize that certain people. . . must just think differently than I do.
I’ve come to realize that I’ll always. . . struggle with depression.
I’ve come to realize that my sibling(s). . . is the most complicated relationship I'll ever have and that he will always be there, just on the edge of my brain.
I’ve come to realize that my mom… was absolutely doing the best she could with what she had to work with, just like the rest of us.
I’ve come to realize that my cell phone. . . needs a full keyboard if I ever want to text.
I’ve come to realize that when I wake up in the morning. . . it will always be a struggle to get out of bed.
I’ve come to realize that last night before I went to sleep. . . I should have washed my face.
I’ve come to realize that right now I am thinking. . . Star Wars IV, V, and VI are some of the best movies ever made.
I’ve come to realize that my dad. . . is a pretty great guy.
I’ve come to realize that today. . . was actually mildly productive.
I’ve come to realize that tonight. . . is my quiet time.
I’ve come to realize that tomorrow. . . is coming, ready or not.
I’ve come to realize that I really want to. . . stop carrying an extra 60 pounds around.
I’ve come to realize that the person mostly likely to repost this is. . . Kashka?
I’ve come to realize that life. . . is managed, not cured. Thank you Dr. Phil.
I’ve come to realize that my friends. . . are the best, even when I'm injured and whiny.
I’ve come to realize that this year. . . sucks and I'm just holding my breath until next year.
I’ve come to realize that my exes. . . vary widely in personality and their ability to be nice to me.
I’ve come to realize that maybe I should. . . shut off the computer and address the Christmas cards.
I’ve come to realize that I love. . .my family.
I’ve come to realize that I don’t understand. . . republicans.
I’ve come to realize my past. . . is how I got to where I am today and I decide how much it colors who I will be tomorrow.
I’ve come to realize that parties. . . start later and end earlier, and with less drinking these days.
I’ve come to realize that I’m totally terrified. . . of I don't know. I'm starting to feel like there's not much I can't conquer. I am bionic now, you know.
I’ve come to realize that my life. . . is pretty good.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

More strange questions

26. What color is your watch? Haven't worn one in years.
27. What do you think of when you hear “Australia?” bad movie I never saw
28. Would you strip for money? damn straight, but it would have to be worth it. but no one wants to see it...
29. Do you go in a fast food place or just hit the drive thru? drive thru
30. What is your favorite number? 27
31. Who’s the last person you talked to on the phone? my mom
32. Any plans today? go to bed early and read for a bit
33. In how many states have you lived? 2
34. Biggest annoyance right now? kids that won't go to bed
35. Last song listened to? "If you're happy and you know it" - I know, you wish you were this cool.
36. Can you say the alphabet backwards? Barely - I would have to really think about it.
37. Do you have a maid service clean your house? I wish
38. Favorite pair of shoes you wear all the time? I'm kinda tied to tennis shoes right now, but I'm hoping to break in my new Docs
39. Are you jealous of anyone? sure
40. Is anyone jealous of you? probably not
41. Do you love anyone? absolutely
42. Do any of your friends have children? lots of them
43. What do you usually do during the day? work
44. Do you hate anyone that you know right now? no.
45. Do you use the word hello daily? probably not. I usually use "hi" or "hey" but will use "hello" as in, "um, hello? what was she thinking?"
46. What color is your car? midnight blue
47. What size wedding ring do you wear? 7
48. Are you thinking about someone right now? all of the people mentioned above, i guess
49. Have you ever been to Six Flags? Over Chicago - The Beast is the best!!
50. How did you get your worst scar? Rock climbing/breaking my leg. And by worst I mean "coolest"

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Random Thoughts

I just heard on Jezebel that the FDA just put out a new warning on Singulair that it can cause depression. GAH! So my allergy/asthma med and my anti-depressant are canceling each other out?

I cut my thumb big time Friday night and ended up in the ER with 4 stitches. I honestly thought it would be more and that there would have to be internal stitches as well. The cut is about an inch and a half long right on the crease at the base of the thumb. The bleeding caused a huge bruise extending all the way around my thumb up to the first knuckle and all the way down the palm to my wrist underneath the thumb. But I managed NOT to cut the tendon, which would have required an orthopedic surgeon. Again.

I saw a really funny commercial this morning and clapped my hands together laughing, and it really, really hurt.

We now have 7 fish and have become fish people. The cat mysteriously has never even checked out the tank, much less sat in front of it watching as I would have expected.

I am a regular commenter on Jezebel and 70-80% of my comments get promoted. I'm kinda proud of that.

I have a new pair of tennis shoes on the advice of my LPT and she thinks I'm probably gonna have to wear them almost exclusively for the next 6 months. I also have a new pair of Doc Martens, but I haven't been able to break them in totally yet for them to be comfortable.

We bought a new water softener and a new lawn mower and bagger this week. I was talking to my dad today and he was fixing his garage door opener and I said, "Oh yeah, that's on the list, but the doors and openers aren't REALLY broken yet, so they're pretty far down the list." One day, we'll actually fix stuff before it's completely broken.

Speaking of which, I had to take my car in and get the hatch-lock-opener thingy fixed, as it was coming off and finally completely broke in half a few weeks ago. And I got the marker light wires fixed, which have been hanging off the back of the car since last winter, when they were torn loose by a giant chunk of ice.

Oh, and my wedding ring, which was digging in on one side so bad I hadn't worn it in months. They re-rounded it, re-sized it, soughtered it so the two halves wouldn't stretch anymore, and polished and re-tipped it. Now I can wear it again comfortably - so happy to have it back!

Kitten is mostly potty-trained: she hasn't had a pee accident in almost 2 weeks, although we still put her in a pull-up at night. But, she won't poop in the toilet. She is actually pooping now and I don't want to discourage that, but she won't try it in the toilet. I don't want to leave her in underwear at night until she will poop in the toilet, as she usually waits until we change her into one at night to go. Any advice?

And The Hammer won't go in the toilet AT ALL. I've tried bribery (m&ms, her own fish, a Thomas train table). I've tried reverse psychology (I don't want you to go, you are my baby and I want you to stay out of school and stay with me). I don't know where else to go here. This kid will probably train in a day if she would JUST GO. Any advice here?

Odd questions

1. What is the color of your toothbrush? Currently blue and white.
2. Name one person who made you smile today? The Hammer.
3. What were you doing at 8 am this morning? Sleeping.
4. What were you doing 45 minutes ago? Posting comments on Jezebel.
5. What is your favorite candy bar? Snickers
6. Have you ever been to a strip club? No, but I would consider it.
7. What is the last thing you said aloud? Probably "Fine, do whatever you want" or something to that effect.
8. What is your favorite ice cream? Bailey's Haagen Dazs - it's still very sentimental to me.
9. What was the last thing you had to drink? Coke.
10. Do you like your wallet? If you mean my purse, I absolutely adore my new purse. My wallet inside the purse is quite nice too.
11. What was the last thing you ate? Bread pudding at the KFC buffet. After 2 plates of chicken, potatoes, cole slaw and biscuits.
12. Have you bought any new clothing items this week? I did grab a new sweater at Target on a whim. And there's a top I want at JCP on clearance to go with my Nancy Kerrigan skirt for Pants' Christmas party.
13. The last sporting event you watched? Two minutes of the Packers game this afternoon while I started a movie for the kids.
14. What is your favorite flavor of popcorn? Plain, with light salt and butter.
15. Who is the last person you sent a text message to? Text pic to Pants and my mom (Kitten by the dolphin tank)
16. Ever go camping? We used to go all the time and might try it in the backyard with the kids next summer.
17. Do you take vitamins daily? No, but I should. The kids do.
18. Do you go to church every Sunday? No.
19. Do you have a tan? No.
20. Do you prefer Chinese food over pizza? Depends on the food, and the pizza. And I assume this question is referring to ASIAN food, not Chinese specifically.
21. Do you drink your soda with a straw? I prefer to drink everything with a straw.
22. What did your last text message say? Nothing - it was a picture.
23. What are you doing tomorrow? If all goes normally in our lives, I will be attending work like other people.
24. Favorite color? Blue, brown, whatever looks good on me.
25. Look to your left; what do you see? blankets folded up on the couch.

Saturday, November 07, 2009

A week ago Thursday, my grandmother (my step-dad's mom for those of you wondering which of the myriad of grandparents I might be referring to) passed away after several days in the ICU on a ventilator. She has been ill, but her passing was somewhat unexpected.

Wednesday evening, my grandfather (step-dad's dad) was hit by a car on the highway near his house and injured very severely. He is in critical but stable condition in Baltimore and will be undergoing a second round of surgeries tomorrow. He broke his pelvis, his ankle, possibly his tibial plateau, his scapula (shoulder blade), some ribs, compound fracture of the right humerous (upper arm bone), and several vertebrae. I linked to his Caring Bridge site on the right panel.

Posting around here and elsewhere may be light, as I don't know what the next few days or weeks will bring. I put out the next Book Crack selection and my apologies for the previous, although I'm still 9 days early. But I wanted to get a jump on reserving it, as I may be traveling soon.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Last thoughts...

Last Road Trip: Don't even remember back that far.
Last Bad Advice: Can't think of any
Last Movie I Saw in a Theater: Don't laugh - Bandslam
Last TV Show Watched: Jungle Junction
Last TV Show I Enjoyed Watching: Sex Addicts with Dr. Drew
Last Book I Tried to Read: Cast of Killers - got it off the bookshelf at work, about the death of a movie director in the 20s, who had motive, and how the studio totally messed with the investigation.
Last Thing I Left Home Without: my pride? my brain? my sanity?
Last Take Out Meal: McD's breakfast this morning
Last Celebration: Halloween at Puck and Pusher's
Last Item Loaned Out and Haven’t Gotten Back: a book to Pants' aunt, I think.
Last Package Received: Nana sent Halloween stuff for the kiddos. And I get free stuff all the time that I've ordered.
Last Web Site Visited: Kashka_Z's
Last Injury: Yeah, I think we're all up to speed on that one.
Last Run In with the Law: Years ago, B.C. - before children.
Last Place I’d Want to Live: anywhere that doesn't have a cold enough winter to kill off the bugs annually.
Last Magazine Read: People
Last Thing I Broke: my leg. Oh, and the hatch lock on my car.
Last Thing I Fixed: we're not really in a "fix-it" place here right now.
Last Thing That Made Me Laugh: Kashka_Z
Last Thing That Made Me Go Huh? daycare
Last Thought: "How long until naptime?"

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Raccoon accident

Conversation of the day:

I have just put the kids in their rooms for quiet time and Kitten is crying not 5 minutes later. Pants walks in and finds her rejected full-body raccoon costume, previously hanging in the closet, on the floor. I am listening from the living room.

Pants: What happened?
Kitten: I hurt myself!
P: What's with the raccoon?
K: I was swinging on it in the closet and I fell down!
[Snorting laughter coming from the living room]
P: You can't swing on things in the closet honey, they won't hold you.
K: Okay.

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Random Thoughts

My costume last night didn't pull off as well as I had hoped - I couldn't find my ice skates and it's not nearly as funny to show up as Nancy Kerrigan without Pants walking around behind me with a tire iron. I did get to explain to several people why the limp is my own, though. And Puck had my back on the explanation - he voluntarily glowered over me several times through the evening.

On a related note, my ass wasn't nearly as awful in the tutu as I imagined it would be...

It's official, I hate daylight savings time. And Halloween candy. The Hammer threw up all night last night and the kids were running around like wild animals all day. I finally took them out into the back yard to try to run them around a little bit. It turns out Kitten is a bit of a runner, The Hammer is aces at shooting baskets, and they can both catch a ball fairly well. Nice surprise in a day full of yuck.

I didn't expect to need a second set of sheets for The Hammer's new "big girl bed" just two days after installing the first set, but had to go out an buy one today while the other is in the wash. See above.

I'm taking advice and I've been seizing teaching moments with the girls, like talking about the letters on the Stop sign today, showing them the number 9 when Kitten kept saying talking about 99 in the store, and talking with her about caterpillars and butterflies after reading a book where a caterpillar who felt very dull turned into a beautiful butterfly. I still wish Kitten was getting a full day of that kind of learning, but I guess I'll keep working on it and see what happens.

We love our aquarium and our 3 little fishies, but one of them is apparently a "schooling" fish and keeps annoying the crap out of one of the others, following him around all the time. I need a couple more so they can school together and leave the other fish alone. And yes, they are all male. The chick at the pet store said they could tell and I'm trusting her on that. She also said that any babies would probably get eaten, but I don't think we're ready for Wild Kingdom in the living room.

We also have to keep the food up in a cabinet so the kids don't feed them constantly and far too much. And the fish come up to the top, front and center, whenever the kids come to the tank. Pavlovian much?