Thursday, November 27, 2008

FOUR PIES and ONE potato salad down...

One turkey, stuffing, rice, corn and dinner rolls to go. I'm calling it a night. Going to bed.

The pies look and smell sooo good. Let's hope everyone enjoys them.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

It all goes downhill from here...

Remember my last post where I told you about how my kid decided not to take the lunch I had lovingly made for him under the excuse that the school would be providing a lunch? Well, they didn't. He didn't have a lunch with him. LUCKY for him, his BFF had EXTRA treats packed by his mom and gave Jr a LUNCHABLE. Internet, this is what my kid wanted as his LUNCH. Not some brown-bagged grilled cheese sandwich. He apologized after some prompting by my husband, but my feelings were hurt nonetheless.


Today I start preparations for Thanksgiving Dinner. YAY. Not. Lots of baked goodies. Gotta start on the turkey brine, the pies, the bread and boil some potatoes for potato salad and mashed potatoes. Doing potatoes two ways. I'm also making rice two ways: wild rice and Spanish fried rice. Other side dishes will be green bean casserole and whatever else I can come up with.

I just noticed that my titles are such DOWNERS. I gotta make with the happy. Next post will be NOTHING BUT GOOD NEWS. I promise. Well... maybe not, but I'll try.

Well, I gotta get to cleaning the place cause the kids have early release today and will be home REAL SOON to trash the place. Maybe I'll take a picture to prove to DH that I did clean the damn house and that I don't just sit around and nap all day. Not that I do that... forget I said that.

WELL GOTTA GO MAKE TURKEY BRINE and print out the recipes for everything I'll be making. I'll be back with pictures! Yay pictures.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008


WOW. I never thought I was raising my kids to where they would be embarrassed of me or anything I did. Especially when I'm doing things for them. Today Junior has a field trip. In the note they sent home it asked that we send lunch with them. Not having gone to the grocery store to stock up on kid basics, I made him a grilled cheese sandwich, packed a fruit cup and string cheese along with a bottle of water. It must have been the way the sandwich looked because he tried to tell me that THE SCHOOL would be providing lunch for him and could he just give his lunch instead to his father when he got home. WOW. It hurt a little when my heart broke into a thousand pieces. Here I had gotten up earlier than usual to pack this simple lunch, and he refused it. He asked if he could take JUST the water bottle, and he did.


Tuesday, November 18, 2008

I'm gonna lose my mind.

The baby was sick last week, lots of boogies. I had to hold her at a certain angle just so she could sleep. This week she's all better, except she still wants to be held - non-stop. She is crying in her crib right. I put her in there SOUND ASLEEP and now she's crying because I'm not holding her. I'm putting my foot down. Feel sorry for me. I don't do well when the kids cry - I usually give in.

le sigh.


SNAP - This is pretty accurate. Especially the part about parenting.

Your result for Are You a Jackie or a Marilyn? Or Someone Else? Mad Men-era Female Icon Quiz...

You Are a Grace!


You are a Grace -- "I need to understand the world."

Graces have a need for knowledge and are introverted, curious, analytical, and insightful.

How to Get Along with Me

  • * Be independent, not clingy

  • * Speak in a straightforward and brief manner

  • * I need time alone to process my feelings and thoughts

  • * Remember that If I seem aloof, distant, or arrogant, it may be that I am feeling uncomfortable

  • * Make me feel welcome, but not too intensely, or I might doubt your sincerity

  • * If I become irritated when I have to repeat things, it may be because it was such an effort to get my thoughts out in the first place

  • * don't come on like a bulldozer

  • * Help me to avoid my pet peeves: big parties, other people's loud music, overdone emotions, and intrusions on my privacy

What I Like About Being a Grace
* standing back and viewing life objectively
* coming to a thorough understanding; perceiving causes and effects
* my sense of integrity: doing what I think is right and not being influenced by social pressure
* not being caught up in material possessions and status
* being calm in a crisis

What's Hard About Being a Grace

  • * being slow to put my knowledge and insights out in the world

  • * feeling bad when I act defensive or like a know-it-all

  • * being pressured to be with people when I don't want to be

  • * watching others with better social skills, but less intelligence or technical skill, do better professionally

Graces as Children Often

  • * spend a lot of time alone reading, making collections, and so on

  • * have a few special friends rather than many

  • * are very bright and curious and do well in school

  • * have independent minds and often question their parents and teachers

  • * watch events from a detached point of view, gathering information

  • * assume a poker face in order not to look afraid

  • * are sensitive; avoid interpersonal conflict

  • * feel intruded upon and controlled and/or ignored and neglected

Graces as Parents

  • * are often kind, perceptive, and devoted

  • * are sometimes authoritarian and demanding

  • * may expect more intellectual achievement than is developmentally appropriate

  • * may be intolerant of their children expressing strong emotions

Take Are You a Jackie or a Marilyn? Or Someone Else? Mad Men-era Female Icon Quiz
at HelloQuizzy

Monday, November 17, 2008

60 more people...

... were laid off today. Word is that all contractors will be let go. The mine will be shut down completely. DH is smoking again. It worries me. I wish he would talk to me. I had thought of spending the ebay money on trivial stuff, now I'm considering loading up on canned food - just in case. I think we'll weather it out okay, I pray that God provides an answer. I'm scared.

I'll be working on making bows all this week in hopes of making a bit of extra cash that I can put towards necessities. I'm thinking this Christmas might be close to non-existent. The Lord will provide. Have peace in the storm... peace in the storm.

Monday, November 10, 2008



My dishwasher is driving me up a freaking wall. Last month I had a coupon for a gel dishwasher detergent that is supposed to be ECO friendly. My dishes are absolutely horrific. They come out streaked and with this WHITE GUNK on them that is driving me batty. I can't stand my dishes looking like that so I've had to wash them by hand AFTER the fact that I washed them in the dishwasher. This is the MAIN reason I don't use gel detergent. I EFFING HATE IT.

I'm so cheap though that I don't want to buy a new box of powder detergent until I finish the stupid bottle but the hell with that. As soon as I can get to the store I'm buying my regular detergent and sticking with it.


You know what truly amazes me?

All the "Anti-Christ" referrals that are being made towards OBAMA.

So the dude wasn't who you would have picked for President, is it really THAT BAD?What would have happened if McCain would have won? Would we take the CAIN in his name and say "LOOK HE'S A DESCENDANT OF CAIN! HE'LL BRING DEATH TO OUR COUNTRY?" (Just an example of the stupid logic that is going around.)

I just don't get it. I've read opinions of people that voted for BOTH parties and everyone seems to have logical reasons for wanting to vote for their candidate -- but the anti-christ comments and the end-of-the-world promises just seem so wrong to me and afar from logical.

I realize Obama is NOT perfect, but I (along with the majority of the country) considered him the most qualified candidate for the job and that's why he was elected. Can we agree that circumstances are dire and we need to work together as a whole to better the country? Or are people going to refuse to cooperate under the pretext that "He's not MY president."

I'm just really bummed about this... that's all.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

It's NOON, do you know where you're kids are?

Mine are tormenting their father as I type this. He was trying to get them to participate in a creative story telling exercise and the end results was them taking turns to tell ONE story. LOL. But at least they all had fun. It's was funny to hear Emma say, "I'll huff and I'll puff. I'll huff and I'll puff. I'll huff and I'll puff..." until DH helped her finish the thought and added the part about blowing the house down. LOL

Most of the kids have colds, including Baby E. Bummer. This has resulted is loss of sleep and very achy back holding the baby JUST SO to allow her to sleep. Poor baby. Emma just came over with my pedicure bag -- ugh. The kid has been raiding my make-up like no one's business. She dumped a whole TUBE of Merle Norman foundation. I haven't told DH yet, he'd have a cow. Speaking of DH, I think he fell asleep. The kids are trying to play pranks on him -- serves him right. He should know better than to fall asleep while on kid watch -- you can't trust those kids.

This weekend has been lazy lazy lazy. DH is having a hard time with all the uncertainties of the economy. I know he fears for his job and worries about what would happen if he did become unemployed. It puts him in such a sour mood -- I have to watch everything I say cause he has just been so touchy on everything. I really hope everything starts to look up soon. I can't stand to see him so worried all the time. I worry too, but I have faith that we'll be okay. Although his mood can be contagious and I need to watch myself. Well, the baby is asking for attention. She has had a lousy day - what with waking up from her nap and all that. I hope the rest of the day goes smoothly. Payday is but a week away, and then we can breathe a little easier and not worry so much.

Dear God, if you can read this -- be with me. Give me strength. Give me patience. Give me love and endurance. Hold my hand through it all... please.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008


ME, of course!

While standing in line to pay for my items at Wal-Mart a kind man made small talk with me. He was there with another man, and to tell you the truth my gaydar was going off. Anyway, I asked if he had voted yet and he responded that he WASN'T going to vote. *GASP* When I asked why, he said that McCain was still going to win in this state, so it really didn't matter. Appalled, I said, "By not voting you are actually helping that happen." To which he responded, "We were going to vote for him anyway."

Oh. Nevermind then... as you were.

Monday, November 03, 2008

Do any of your kids do this?

My kids will go through a whole damn bottle of shampoo in one wash if I don't supervise them. Emma is especially guilty of just dumping the bottle of shampoo if left within her reach. On Saturday I asked DH to get me some more shampoo for the kids, yesterday Emma found the bottle of shampoo and went and took a bath with EVERY SINGLE LAST DROP. Just now she found the second bottle and dumped it ALL into the bathtub. It is sooo infuriating. It makes me want to scream...

Please tell me my kids are not the only ones to do this. It ticks me off to no end.