Sunday, August 29, 2010


Typical Sunday morning at my house. Although, I did get to sleep in a couple of hours, and that was VERY nice. I have been very busy lately, and I feel like I don't know which end is up. Yesterday I spent literally all day at a softball tournament with Kendra. Hubby and Zac stayed home. All day at the ball-park isn't exactly their cup of tea, but I quite enjoy it. Other than the wearing of the SPF 90 and STILL getting crispy! Oh this translucent skin of mine!

I don't have too much planned for today. Hubby is knee deep in his last class for his bachelors degree in psychology, and he just so happened to get the biggest asshole of a professor. Needless to say, he is stressing a bit, because he wants this degree, before he goes to the Middle East. I say Middle East, because we are really unsure where he is going to end up. I know they are starting out in Qatar, but my gut tells me that isn't where they are going to finish.

I know a trip to Petco is in order. I poured the last of the catfood in their bowl this morning and the Gecko's are out of meal worms, so off to Petco we must go. That is the only plans that I have for the day. Lunch and Supper are already in the works. I have a HUGE pork roast with potatoes, onions, and carrots in the crock pot already so that is a no-brainer, but a family favorite. Kendra has softball practice at 2pm today. I will sit this one out.

Maybe later ICE CREAM....Who knows? Living and Loving my life!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010


Life. It is the most precious thing we have. I believe that no matter what Deity if any you choose to worship it is our duty to protect those that cannot protect themselves. Adults are to protect the children in their care and sometimes the children that are NOT in their care, and we ALL are put here to protect the lesser beings being the animals of the earth.

Yesterday, I came across a kitten in the Wal-Mart parking lot. He was not in the best shape. Could I just leave him there to an unknown fate with the hope that some other person would be kind enough to take him in and give him a good home? I agonized over it for quite a bit and decided that no I couldn't. So, I took him to my husbands office. This tiny ball of fur. They all "ooh'ed and aah'ed" over him. After all, he is a cutie pie. No one wanted him of course. My husband said, "Are you going to take him to the shelter?" I said, "No I'm not." So, I left his office and drove him straight to the vet. $81 later "Jasper" had a clean bill of health and a new home.

I got him home and got him settled in. He is really tiny, so I took an old rusty baking pan and made him a litter box til he was big enough to use the big one. Fixed him a bowl of food and water of his own and a nice safe place in the kid's area where I could keep him safe from my other marauding kitty cats. They were not pleased at his presence. He got hissed at and slapped immediately. I know this is kitty way of establishing "pecking order," but I don't have to like it.

He slept with Kendra, and my husband was so angry that he slept on the sofa. :( I promised him I wouldn't bring ANYTHING else into the house. Apparently that isn't good enough. He left this morning without saying goodbye. Without a kiss. Without a "kiss-my-ass." It isn't like we have 30 cats. With Jasper we have 3. We have a HUGE house. He didn't even KNOW he was in the house til he asked me what I did with him.

I don't drink. I don't smoke. I don't party. I don't see the problem.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Random Musing of the Day...Could be the First of Many Though...

I've been up since 4am, because I went in to work from 5am to 7am. It is currently almost 9am, so I have been up quite a while already. I was debating taking a nap, but I decided to make a pot of coffee instead. Today is my one day "off" and I am trying to make the most of it by doing laundry and such. Anyway, as I bring my cup of coffee into the livingroom I see(and hear) the garbage truck in front of the house, and I am reminded of a childhood dream of mine.

Kids are funny. They often don't see the "dirty" side of things. I remember being about 3 or 4 and thinking that being a garbage man was quite possibly the coolest job (other than working at McDonalds) on earth. I mean, wow, you got to ride hanging on to the back of this HUGE truck! Nevermind you had to handle other people's filth all day long, day in and day out. Not to mention the fact that when you ride on the back of that truck all of that nice garbage aroma blows right into your face. So, with that being said, I'm glad I grew up, and my dreams changed....although sometimes the aroma isn't so pleasant in the ER either....

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

One if By Land...Two if Bi-Polar....

Ah, so that isn't EXACTLY how the saying goes, but I took professional license as a writer. Writer, ha, I use that term loosely. I'm more of a hack than anything, writing my personal thoughts and my day to day goings on. Thoughts and such that most people really wouldn't normally be interested in, or at least I don't think they would be. Alas, the thoughts are mine, and they are original to me no matter how mundane or weird or disturbing or whatever you may happen to think they may be at that particular time. I pretty much like who I am for the most part.

I'm pretty quirky. Some may call me weird. Some may not call me anything at all, and that is ok as well. If you call me anything at all that means I at least cross your mind at some point or another. In spite of it all we are who we are. People strive daily to change who they are or to pretend to be something they are not to please others. Can you really change what you are made of? If you are born a certain way can you make a conscious decision to change your ways mid life? Why do some people feel the constant need to conform and "belong?"

Just a random thought for today. I've never been a conformist. I've never really felt as if I "belonged," but I've never been bothered by that either. I try to instill in my children that there is no "normal," and that thinking outside the "box" is a much preferred method although not always the most popular. I embrace my eccentricities and neuroses, and I realize that not everyone can. I'm happy with who I am, and where I am in my life. I'm living it and loving it!

And they're OFF....

Ah, the first day of school. The kids popped out of bed this morning and even my formerly unimpressed Zachery was rearing to go! "Is it time yet? Is it time yet?" LOL, bless his heart he just couldn't help it! They both looked too cute for words and with a kiss and a wave they were out the door in a flourish. I hope they have a great day. I will be waiting all day for them to get home, so I can hear all about it!

Living and Loving My Life! I hate that my husband isn't here to see it!

Monday, August 16, 2010

After the Boys (and Girls) of Summer have gone...

....Well, last week was our last full week of Summer Vacation. We didn't get to go anywhere. As most of you know our lives have been in a bit of turmoil with my husband getting ready for deployment. With that being said, I must say, it has been one of the best Summers I can remember. I have had the opportunity to spend loads of quality time with both of my children, and I consider it a blessing. I have really gotten to know them both, and even though at times we have gotten on each other's nerves it has been totally worth it. LOL

I have watched my son blossom and flourish in this new neighborhood with friends and bicycles and skateboards. He has transformed from a boy that was afraid of everything into a boy that is fearless. Today is "Meet the Teacher" day at his school, and they begin school on Wednesday.

Kendra, what can I say. She is a great kid. I will have only one more Summer with her before she is a Senior in high school, and then it is on to college. She is an Awesome student, and I have such high hopes for her in whatever she chooses to do in life. I know she will be a tremendous success!

So, to my kids, Thank You for making me the proudest mom in the world! (and the LUCKIEST)

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Well I'll Be a Monkey's...Aunt?

I just noticed that I have made (counting this one) 102 post into this blog. Kewl huh? Well, it is to me. I know that not everyone is interested in my day to day life, and I don't expect them to be, but it helps me to remember what is going on in the continuum that is my life. Sometimes I get so busy and bogged down in the "everyday" that I tend to forget the little things that I find humorous or that rile me up or that I find particularly poignant or touching. I try to write them here as they happen, and I can go back and read about them later.

This morning, my husband and I were enjoying some quiet time, before Zac woke up. My husband loves hunting and fishing shows. He loves to fish, but as far as hunting I have never known him to go, but I think he would enjoy it. He loves the quiet and the outdoors. He never turns down venison that is offered by his friends at work, so maybe upon his return from the Middle East I will surprise him with a hunting rifle and some hunting gear. He is always invited by his friends, but has never taken them up on it, because he has never been outfitted to go. Since he will miss Christmas, I think I can buy him a rifle, cammo, and other hunting essentials and have them wrapped and waiting for him to open when he gets home. He would definitely NOT be expecting that, but I think he would enjoy the surprise.

Anyway, that is my random musing for today. I hope everyone has a peaceful Sunday. I'm living and loving my life. I am blessed beyond measure.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Chopped Nuts....

Well, I'm sitting here watching "Last Chance Highway" on Animal Planet. I absolutely LOVE this show! It is about a woman who saves dogs from "high kill" shelters, vets them, spays or neuters them, fosters them out, puts them on and gets them forever homes. 3-4 Million cats and dogs are euthanized in shelters each year. This doesn't include the ones that die from disease, getting hit by cars, or killed from poisonings and other acts of cruelty.


Steps off of soapbox.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

It's the Little Things...

I had some errands to run this morning. Nothing major mind you, just some mundane tasks that we all have to do from time to time. Kendra went to a sleep over last night, so it was just going to be Zac and me this morning. I hadn't planned on getting up particularly early this morning having stayed up late last night, but alas my fur babies had different plans. Axl decided to turn himself into an 18lb tabby hat at about 7am, and Lily decided that my feet were great play toys at about the same time. SOOOO, up I got, filled their food and water dishes and started my day.

I checked my email and texted my husband a "Good Morning I Love and Miss You" text. I think I woke him up. He is somewhere in Texas. I'm not sure of the time difference, but he texted me back, "Love and Miss you too." I wet my hair and raked some styling glue through it. I went to spray it only to find I was out of hair spray. YAY! Oh well, I have no one to impress anyway. LOL, I slipped on some clothes and woke Zac up to get dressed.

After we were both ready to go, we hopped in the car and headed to the bank to make a deposit for my husband, and then we headed to Cracker Barrel to have breakfast. We chatted about the upcoming school year. Zac is a bit nervous. He is starting a new school, and he will be in 3rd grade. We go to open house on Monday and meet his teacher. I assured him that everything will be ok, and that he will make friends very fast. He still isn't so sure, but I KNOW he will be fine.

We finished up our errands with a trip to Walgreens. Exciting I know, but it was quality time that we won't ever get back, and I cherish every minute. Tomorrow, we are off to "Old Navy" for jeans! We had to put that trip off for when Kendra could accompany us.

My kids are great and I love my life!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Stop this Train...I Wanna Get OFF!!!

I was just having a look at my schedule for the next few weeks, and frankly, it is a logistical nightmare. Kendra starts varsity softball next week with a tournament that starts of all days Friday. Well, I am working, hubby is working, and we have no alternative childcare for Zac. Sooooo, that means that I either have to see if someone will be willing to switch a day with me at work, which I hate doing, because people DO make plans, or Kendra will have to drop Zac off at the ER and he will have to chill out in the employee lounge until I get off of work. He is a great kid, and he can bring his Nintendo. There is a TV in there, but he will still be in there for about 4 hours. Also, I don't want to get into trouble with my supervisors. The kids start school on the 18th of August, and I shorted myself days that week when I made my schedule. I don't know whether I'm coming or going these days. I need to ask Zac if he wants to ride the bus that first day, or if he wants me to take him. He has become so independent and grown up. I'm almost afraid to ask him. :( Kendra's softball schedule is VERY hectic having 3 games a week and a couple of weekend tournaments thrown into the mix. Hopefully, after this trip to Texas next week, hubby will be working locally until September 20th and will be able to help me out until then. After that, I'm going to have to get creative.....AAAAARRRRRGGGGGGHHHHHH!!!!!!! Sorry to keep venting! I'm just trying to keep it together!!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

A Tiny Confession...

I'm beginning to seriously freak out about my husband going to the Middle East. That is all.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

It's Been a Few Days...

since I have written here. I did stop by last night and delete some inane Asian fortune cookie spam. I mean, what the hell IS the point? If you are going to take the time to comment on someone's post, read it and make an appropriate comment. If you don't like it, that is ok, I can take the criticism. I'm a big girl. I know that not everyone will like me or what I write about, and that is ok. Anyhoo, with that being said, here is pretty much what has been going on.

I had to go to the MD on Wednesday, because I had pink eye. On a better note, I had lost 13lbs since my last visit, my blood sugar was 82, and I got a "high five" from my doctor! I usually get yelled at. LOL I took Kendra for a physical on Thursday. She had to get 5 shots. She was NOT very happy with me. They also drew blood work on Friday. Hopefully good news will come from all of that. She and Zac both have to go back in September. Zac for a "well baby" visit and a booster shot and Kendra for her second Gardasil shot. Yay her. She is THRILLED about that!

I have been working in the ER a bit. LOL, well, my usual shift. I work 3 days a week 12 hour shifts, so that isn't so bad. My husband is still getting ready for deployment, and we are trying to get these kids ready for school. They start on August 18th, and Zachery will be going to a new school. They have shortened the actual school year this year, but they have lengthened the actual school DAY, so he should be a JOY to deal with after school. LOL

Yesterday, Kendra had softball tryouts and she made the team. I never had a doubt that she wouldn't. She is a good player even though her coach is a dumb ass. While she was trying out, I took my car in to have it serviced, oil change and what not. It was time and it is free since it is a new car. Hubby had his done too. While I was getting mine done we went to breakfast, and while hubby was getting his done too we went to Wal-Mart and picked Zac up some shirts for school. We then went to the mall and got Zac 2 new pairs of school shoes. I also got a pair of new Reebok "Simply Toning" Walking shoes. I plan to break them in today.

So, there you have it. Nothing too exciting. The Zac funny of the week is posted on my facebook, but I will post it here for posterity. LOL, Last night, He ran through the living room in boxer shorts singing, "It's Raining Men." odd behavior for an 8yo, but then again, he is my son. Gotta love him! LOL