Saturday, December 27, 2008

Well here I sit again, trying to find something in this brain of mine to write about..... Nothing, I have absolutely nothing. Random images pop in, but nothing of interest there.
It is raining, very hard, and strong winds. They have tornado warnings on the news. Tornado's in very strange. What a weird winter we are having, the news states that we will dropping back down to 30 degrees. So that means all this wonderful rain will turn to ice! Yea, more cabin fever to come.
Did you ever get that Dejavo feeling, I get it all the time. The weird thing, sometimes if I sit and think about it hard enough I can sometimes figure out what will happen next. That is kind of creepy (I think), and makes me shudder every time it happens. I just had one of the Dejavo moments, sitting here typing this exact post. I wonder why, there is no rhyme or reason to these VERY familiar feelings and pictures in my head.
MD is gone on another job bid. I very much dislike him away from me epically with the weather the way it is. I sit on pins and needles until he calls to say he in his way home, and then still until I hear the garage door go up. He is always telling me I am a worrier. I guess I worry about him more than I should.
And I cannot believe that I am about to say what I am.
Many years ago I went to a party where each of had our fortunes told. I know this is supposed to be for fun, nothing supposedly concrete. Every one was coming out with all the "fun" information they were told... getting married, new house, new job, etc. So I thought okay this will be fun.
My turn came, the lady started with some kind of prayer, then started talking and writing (for me to save), the first words she said was that I had two children (wrong) then stopped and corrected herself stating that I had two from my husband and one from a previous relationship (okay that was creepy and right). She went on to say I was healthy and saw no problems with my health (I already knew this). That she saw me getting a dog (funny as MD was dead set against this, but 5 years later we got a dog).
Then she went on to talk about MD. I immediately got anxious, she said that we were very happy and saw that he loved me deeply. But (I hate buts) I would need to be strong, strong for my kids as MD and I would not grow old together. She described his vehicle to perfection, at that time he drove a van for work (and she and MD both called it a truck). I immediately stiffened, this was getting creepier and weirder. I was not sure that I wanted her to continue, why was she telling me these kind of things. I thought that fortune tellers were not to tell of bad things yet here she was telling me those very things! She went on to say that I needed to watch out for a "Bob" as this person was not safe for MD. She said that the children would be young and that I would have to be strong for them. I just wanted her to stop, I wanted no more information I wanted to run. I stayed and listened, burning everything she said into my head.
She them went on a change of course (this I was glad for), she said that I had a coworker that would be getting married that October and that we would attend his wedding (right again).
Then she went back to the previous topic, why was she intended to dig it in deeper? She said that I would find love again (ugh back to that, I did not want to go here) and that I would be happy again. I would be sad for a long time and that this person was good for me. He would love my kids (oh, and she said that I would have no more children, that was okay by me). This was the person whom I was to grow old with. She went on about other things that at this moment I cannot remember. I do not dare look at the paper she gave me, I have it stashed in a book in my closet. I thought I would change the subject of MD and asked about my parents, mistake number two. She said that I should spend as much time as I could with them, that they would be getting sick (just now I remembered she was right again) at that point I dared not asking her any other questions about any other family members for fear of what else she would say to me.
I left her as fast as I could, practically running up the stairs. I went to my friend that had the party explained what was said. She freaked, no one else was told any kind of information near what I received. Why would this woman just tell me of unfortunate things in my future and not anyone else? I have since thought of seeing another fortune teller, but obviously I do not want a repeat of what she told me. MD is still with me and nothing has ever gone wrong. I keep telling myself that she was wrong,hard to do with all the things she WAS right about and keeps being right about.
Okay so much for not have anything to say...funny how weird memories just pop in my head, and you have to drudge through. See where my mind goes when MD is gone. Ugh silly little me!

Friday, December 26, 2008

The Day after Christmas

I have started reading yet another book, the Host (thanks for the suggestion). My Eldest got it for me for Christmas. But she first sent me to read the unpublished version that the author put on her website called "Midnight Sun". It is Twilight from Edward's view. Even knowing exactly what happens I was once again drawn in. It is approximately 260 some pages. I hope that she will eventually finish the book and publish it in entirety.

Who I feel sorry for is all the young men out there. Any young lady that reads this will be searching for their "Edward" and this makes it hard or the young men out there. Constantly being compared to this fictional character.
I am also reading Duma Key by Steven King. I know, I know, two very different types of reading. It is what I know and am use to, old habits die hard.

I absolutely love the day after Christmas. Company is gone and the house is once again quite and peaceful. The kids are still entangled with their gifts so there are no arguments. And I am on vacation for the rest of the year.

MD and I plan on go to the casino during the week to get away. I secretly thinks he wants to get my face out of the books. Then he has a healthy honey do list for me. No rest for the wicked as they say. At least the girl's bathroom will get redone. MD has had ants in pants walking around here "board" I now can cross off my stairs and new lights in the kitchen off our "To Do List". We replaced all the wood balusters with wrought iron and in the kitchen we replace the old (I s old loosely as we have only lived on our house for 5ears) light fixtures with new pendent lights. As soon as I mull through all the pictures, I will get them posted.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas One and All

I know I have been gone...again, sorry!

I have disappeared into the world of reading. Imagine, me reading. Over Thanksgiving my Eldest brought home Twilight, I had it done in two days. Of course she did not bring the rest of the series thinking I would never get done with the first so quickly. So she brought them home for Christmas break. MD was a bit upset with me due to the fact that I have doing nothing but working and reading for the last 7 days. I just finished the 4th book this morning. He was elated. I think he felt neglected or ignored. He can be such a baby some is so cute.

Now I will have to say that the Twilight series has be yearning for more, I am on the hunt for more to read. Any suggestions. Eldest thinks it is funny as I have not had this reaction with any of the other books she gets into. Harry Potter could not hold my interest, it seemed that the only types of book that held me were scary books. I think I own EVERY book Steven King has written, and a couple from Dean Kunz. But I fear should I get so inthralled with another book as I have these last 4 MD will go to feeling left out.
He is so cute when he is jealous.
Oops need to get dinner ready!

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Long Time Seperated

I know it has been a while since I have been here, sorry. Quite a bit has been going on and some of it I just did not and still do not know how to express. Quick list of happenings:

1. We got the front of the house done and its beautiful (at least in my eyes).

2. My dad had to go in the hospital for what turned out to be a double aneurysm. He is better now. This was the hardest things I had happen lately to try to express my feelings on. Still not sure if I can. That is pretty much why the absence. That and my mom went off the deep end while he was in the hospital, and there was nothing I could do to help as they are in Florida for the winter.

I am a control freak (at least that is what everyone else will tell you about me) and with my parents so far away there is nothing I can control. No situation I can fix. I was helpless in the fact that I could not do anything but wait for phone calls. Yes, I could have flown down there, but as MD and I pretty much depleted any "slush" fund we had with the house and paying off ALL the credit cards, I was strapped for cash. I could have taken it from the "Christmas" fund, but then Christmas would be no fun for the kids this year. So I sat here is Missouri and did nothing but worry. I know this was hard on my parents but it was also hard on me. To those who know me know that I just cannot just sit and do nothing about something.

2. One of my closest friends is scheduled to get a pace maker. She is sooo young, and it is scary. She is a trooper though. You would never know that she is worried at all about what she is going to go through. Just every now and then you see the worry in her eyes, I do not think she even knows you can see it. She does try so hard to hide it. I pray (which I do not do often) that all goes well with her.

3. Another of our friends got a full hip replacement. (they say it comes in threes so this better be it). He did fabulously and came home rather quickly. Surgery was this past Tuesday and he came home Friday. MD went to the hospital to visit with him. MD was amazed at how well he looked, and the how they did the hip replacement. I am waiting a couple of days before I go over and pester him. I really want to see his wife to help her out.

4. Work is just crazy busy. (I guess I should be glad I still have a job). Our company is so busy that we have hired 1 guy back temporarily that left this past summer and we subcontracted another fella that use to work for us that is with another company. I am glad we are so busy, as it is good for the company. But I could really do without the 50 hour work weeks as I am sure the rest of the project people are tired of all the traveling and working crazy hours. Usually December is our slower month as with the holidays, the crazy cold (which sucks to work in), and everyone trying to use up vacation time before they loose it. December is usually my catch up month, not this year.

5. Then there was Thanksgiving, and now Christmas is coming. Ugh I really do not like holidays. I am a total Grinch these past couple of years. It was nice to see family that we do not see very often. It is just when there is a lot of commotion, loud noise, etc. I get edgy. I get this from my father, and Devin is the same way. Devin got to hide in his room with his cousin, I mostly hid in the kitchen cleaning up. Did I forget to mention that Thanksgiving was once again at my house? It was, again, and probably will be again next year. we did not get to see MD's sister this year, with her boys also in college and working they would not have been able to come and she wanted to be with them over the holidays. Totally understand that as that was MD's reason for not wanting to go to Georgia to see them. Eldest was only home for 5 days. He misses her. It is cute.

6. I am missing my eldest more lately for reasons I am not sure of. And I look forward to getting to see her over Christmas break (even though she is only going to be home less than two weeks). And that is all I have to say about that.

There I think I covered most of it.

Mikayla and I have seen the movie Twilight. I had not yet read any of the books before I saw the movie. That could be why I like the movie so much. No preconceived ideas. Felicia has all the books and read them all but she keeps them with her at school. Mikayla has read the first book I think, not sure of the others. Anyway, we went and saw the movie. I was not expecting much, but I actually liked it. Normally I do not like gushy love stories. but this was different. I think it was more about the "hunt" and commitment. I liked it enough that I had Felicia bring me home the first book of which I had read cover to cover in two - three days. Now I am waiting for her to bring home the rest so I can read those. The books are a very easy read and (too me at least) they drag you into the story and do not let you go. You do not want to stop ready, you seem to want to know more. Those kind of books I like.
Mikayla's favorite character is Jasper, not Edward as every other teenager it seems. Her favorite scene is when they play baseball. We will be going again this evening to see the movie again. Felicia thought the movie was fabulous.

Friday, November 07, 2008

Whoot!! Its Friday!!!

It has been a very very busy week. With the construction on the house, wrestling season started, and at work many large projects have started up.
One of our clients is working on a large landfill expansion, and we are responsible for the hydrgeological part. The hearing is in January and it is unbelievable how much we have to prepare and coordinate before that happens. I normally do not have to be very involved with the technical parts of these projects (as my schooling is in Respiratory), but my boss has decided he wants to have me include throughout the entire process. Which in the big picture is good for me, but I also run the office which I still have to have time for. I am also involved in another clients internal 3rd party Due Diligence Audit and on this project I am fully involved and have many different tasks as we provide all information available to them on a secure Internet site (this client is all over the country). Then we have our daily work with groundwater sampling, leachate sampling, site maintenance and statistical reporting. I am the Project Assistant to 5 project managers, the president and managing director. I have been working on getting another assistant, but this seems to be a difficult process as I have to do the interviewing but I have not had the time to do this.
Oh, the babble can go on forever, I am just glad it FRIDAY!!!!!
Now the busy starts at home on the weekends. MD starts another home remodel this weekend. Someone wants a new bathroom. That means he is going to be gone on the weekends again. Back to single parenthood.
Oh, pooh got to get ready for work. Have a Wonderful Friday!

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Welcome To My Mess

We are underway!
Sorry the pictures are so dark, it is always dark now when I get home.

I had to leave early to try to get home while there was still light out. I really hate the time change. Why I ask why do we have to change the clocks back. I mean I get up in the dark and come home in the dark. Dark dark dark that is all I see.

Well enough about that, I want to talk about my house!!!! I absolutely love it. MD and I just stand out in the yard and stare. We can not believe that it is our house!

Excuse the mess in the garage, it is being used for storage for the contractors, as well as the drive way, the front porch, and the front yard.


Sunday, November 02, 2008


Girls night was great! There ended up being 8 of us that went. Girls night consists of friends, neighbors of all ages, single, married, mom, no kids. We just go out a do girley things. In the past we have went to the "Painted Zebra" (a pottery painting store), dinner (almost always), movies, clubs, putt putt golf, spa nights. Pretty much anything. We love trying out new restaurants, and last night was no exception.

We started off the night at Sherlock's. A new Steak and Seafood Restaurant close by. Since we were a larger party I did try to call information to get the number so I could make reservations. No luck the operator could not find their number. But we all figured that we were going early enough that we should be OK.

We arrived at the restaurant at 5:30, we did get seated right away and the manager/owner (not sure which) was very attentive, making jokes and placing our napkins in our laps. But that was pretty much where the service ended. We sat there for about 5 to 10 minutes before our server showed up, introduced herself, and said that she would be back in a few minutes to get our drink order. I asked her if we could get menus at least we would start looking at them.

Another 10 - 15 minutes later she finally came back and got our drink order. And it was another 15 minutes before we got our drinks. We were there about 45 minutes before she took our order. We hit the servers up for baskets of bread. Wow that bread was delish and we must have hit him up for 6 baskets of it. When we finally received our food (some of the orders were not correct) it was served to us by management. JB and I shared our meals. I got the porterhouse and she chose the scallops. And man oh man both were delish! VH had the sole and she said she enjoyed it very much. I am not sure what her daughter-in-law had but I do not think she liked it very much. AC had primavera post and enjoyed it. CD and SS had the chicken and were not impressed. SB had the Salmon thought it was good. VH and AC had a pina colada, VH said it had no taste and sent it back, the server still charged her for it and that did not make VH happy. Like I said we got there at 5:30 we did not walk out of the restaurant until 8:45.

Summary: If you want good food but do not care about service or how long it takes to get your food/service then you should go ahead and try Sherlock's. But if you like service do not go at all. Maybe we will wait a couple of months let them get their act together and try it again. I can tell you if it does happen again it would be the last visit we do.

We went to JBucks (a local bar/restaurant) to kill time before the movie. Their service there was great, though all we ordered was drinks, but still we were impressed.

The movie we went to this time was Nights in Rodanthe. You have to be into love stories and sad endings to have enjoyed this movie. While I did not think it was awful, I thought it was slow. And I am not a mushy movie kind of person. While half of us thought it was good the other half said slow and boring. We did not think Richard Gere and Diane Lane had good chemistry together. I thought the most touching part was the mother/daughter moment.
Summary: If you crave the romance/love story then you should enjoy this movie. I think it would be a good rental vs paying the $8.50 for entrance to this movie.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Getting Closer

We are getting closer to getting the front of the house done! Friday they delivered our brick, now we are waiting on the stone.
I do hope it comes Monday as the contractor has to start with the stone first before the brick. AND he leaves for Canada on Thursday. So that gives him 3 days ..... did you hear me....only 3 days to get the front of my house done.

All pray NO RAIN. I do not want to wait until he gets back from Canada to get may house done! I can not even get into my garage now. And we can barely fit two cars in the driveway, where we could fit more than 6.


We at the MD house had a VERY good Halloween, and here is hope you all out there did too.

We again got with neighbors played music and passed out candy. The kids all thought it was cool because they got a lot in one stop.

MD, RD, DS, and JM decided they needed to do a little tasting of the spirits while we passed out candy. Not me, learned my lesson last weekend.

Devin and Mikayla went out this year, I think it will be Devin's last. He has not really decided. He is 14 and was not even sure that he was going to go this year, but his friends went and we ungrounded him for the night.

The little kids were so cute this year!

This little girl was just standing there dancing to the music while her parent stood around talking. She was soooooooooooo cute.

After the Trick r Treats were done we went to another neighbor's house for a party. JY makes the best chocolate orange port. MD loves his pumpkin beer.

LY Is too cute, and fun.
Devin and Mikayla had fun on Rock Band. Devin played the guitar and Mikayla played the drums.

There were again some very creative costumes here. My costume this year you ask.... I went as Devin. I put on my baggiest pants (man I hate that feeling), put on one of Devin's longest shirts (to hide my undies), pulled my hair into my face an put a ball cap on. Poof .. Devin!

Tonight is dinner and a movie with the girls. Maybe even check out a new place called Jive and Whale (dueling piano bar). I have been told that it is a jazz bar, should be fun.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Where did my boy go?

My only son, my middle child, the one who use to light up when ever we were together, the one who always wanted to go everywhere with me. That was then, this is now. I have lost my little boy to this teenager, who is just plain foul. I have no other word to describe this person who has taken the place of my little boy.
This boy who is mean to his sisters for no apparent reason other than to hear them argue, who teases the dogs just to hear them bark, who speaks to MD and I as if we were trash.
Neighbors say they cannot believe that he acts this way, they say he is always the poster child for great kids. That is until our street gathering last Friday, Devin showed some of his true colors. Which had one neighbor telling him to not act that way towards his parents.
I have racked my brain silly trying to figure out what I did wrong. He cares about nothing, not his grades, his appearance, his family, his wrestling, nothing.
I have tried getting him to get back into his school work, nothing, actually in some classes he got worse. His eldest sister has tried talking with him about school and about wrestling. Nothing again.
Years ago we tried a psychologist, that did not work. That was the first sign of the DEMON seed emerging.
So we have gone the counselor route, sports route, mentor route.
I just want my little guy back, my smiling happy boy back, my confident smart boy back. I don't know how, but I want him back, I do not much like this person who has taken his place.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Well I finally am recovered from this past weekends festivities (well almost).

Friday was cold but fun, we all sat around a fire and ate and visited. I have to say the Cinnamon rolls I made were a total hit.

Everyone was wanting to take leftovers home! I obviously made wayyyyyy too many. Though the recipe did not come from me ........go here to this website for the best cinnamon rolls ever! Your family, friends and coworkers will beg for more I promise.

It was Saturday's party that did me in. I was given concoctions I had never heard of (and to say I do not normally drink is an understatement). "Chocolate Love" could not tell you what was in it nor can I remember how it tasted. But if you want to get stupid, hammered, sh$@^^ faced fast that will be the drink to do it. Oh and finish it off with a couple shots of Tequila. That will do it for sure. Or at least that is what did it to me.

Now remember I had no brain cells when I took these pictures.
I have no idea how this turned out blue!
And then the very next picture came out sooo dark?
This is the only picture I took that was not blurry or blue.
But let me tell you, Sunday I PAID for every bit of fun I had Saturday. Praying to the porcelain God does not cover what I did. I think I not only prayed but tried to move in. No headache though just a lot of dry heaves! YUK (sorry)!
I still managed to go to work on Monday (I looked like a ghost though) and made it through with no complaining. Yea me! But it will be quite a while before drinking and I meet again!

Friday, October 24, 2008

It is a Halloween Gathering

Tonight is our streets annual Halloween gathering. We all come out to the court with deserts and appetizers. We gather around a large fire and get to know each other all over again. Sometimes it is the only time we see some of our neighbors, because of work, kids or what ever we do not socialize very often. I think these little gatherings are fun and a nice way to hang with the neighbors but not get all up into each others everyday personal stuff.

Hopefully the weather cooperates:
Cold we can handle, rain we can not. PLEASE do not rain tonight!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

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With all this money we could all have a good time!

A Quiet Evening

I dreaded coming home last night to a house without MD. He is away on business and I was going to have to be home alone with Devin and Mikayla. This did not use to be a problem when the kids were younger, but now that they are teenagers they are a little tougher to deal with.

I will have to say last night went rather well. To my surprise ........ NO ARGUMENTS. Devin actually did the homework I asked him to get done, shared the computer with Mikayla, laughed and smile. We even wrestled on the floor tickling each other. It was strange and nice at the same time. There were even no arguments about going to bed and even better no arguments or yelling about getting up in the this morning. All things were blissfully wonderful in the MD house last night!

I have no idea why Devin behaves poorly when MD is home, nothing is really different other than MD backs me up when asking Devin to do something. When Devin disagrees the war starts.

I only wish it would go this calmly every night or at least more often than not.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Woordless Wednesday

Have nothing new to talk about, nothing new going on. Told ya we are a boring family most of the time. We have not even had any good arguments with the kids (both young ones are grounded again).

So I thought I would just post a picture of a Missouri Sunrise for your viewing pleasure.
MD's flight leaves at 3 today so it will just be me and the kids tonight. Should be an uneventful evening. We shall see what the moods are when I get home.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Are You a Jackie or a Marilyn? Or Someone Else?

So I fell upon this little test and played for fun. This thing pegged me pretty good. Kind of creepy. Go for fun and try it.


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

You Are a Marilyn!


You are a Marilyn -- "I am affectionate and skeptical."

Marilyns are responsible, trustworthy, and value loyalty to family, friends, groups, and causes. Their personalities range broadly from reserved and timid to outspoken and confrontative.

How to Get Along with Me
  • * Be direct and clear
  • * Listen to me carefully
  • * Don't judge me for my anxiety
  • * Work things through with me
  • * Reassure me that everything is OK between us
  • * Laugh and make jokes with me
  • * Gently push me toward new experiences
  • * Try not to overreact to my overreacting.

What I Like About Being a Marilyn
  • * being committed and faithful to family and friends
  • * being responsible and hardworking
  • * being compassionate toward others
  • * having intellect and wit
  • * being a nonconformist
  • * confronting danger bravely
  • * being direct and assertive

What's Hard About Being a Marilyn
  • * the constant push and pull involved in trying to make up my mind
  • * procrastinating because of fear of failure; having little confidence in myself
  • * fearing being abandoned or taken advantage of
  • * exhausting myself by worrying and scanning for danger
  • * wishing I had a rule book at work so I could do everything right
  • * being too critical of myself when I haven't lived up to my expectations

Marilyns as Children Often
  • * are friendly, likable, and dependable, and/or sarcastic, bossy, and stubborn
  • * are anxious and hypervigilant; anticipate danger
  • * form a team of "us against them" with a best friend or parent
  • * look to groups or authorities to protect them and/or question authority and rebel
  • * are neglected or abused, come from unpredictable or alcoholic families, and/or take on the fearfulness of an overly anxious parent

Marilyns as Parents
  • * are often loving, nurturing, and have a strong sense of duty
  • * are sometimes reluctant to give their children independence
  • * worry more than most that their children will get hurt
  • * sometimes have trouble saying no and setting boundaries

We Are In A Holding Pattern!

OK so we started the demolition / prep of the front of the house this weekend. Saturday was spent on the first floor ripping all the siding down, cleaning up, putting up the tar paper, cleaning up, then sealing the windows, and cleaning up. I will have to say we worked our tales off.

By late afternoon we had up most of the tar paper. It was really hard getting anything done because every hour or so someone from the neighborhood would come by and ask us LOTS of questions about what we were doing (most of our neighbors think we are crazy for all the projects we take on). I would say we were stopped about 7 different times. And of course these were long discussions (never mind the fact they could SEE we were working)

Today we started on the garage (it got too dark to finish it yesterday) and MD had me crawling up and down this contraption. Looks none too safe does it? I totally did not like being up on this ladder. So I told MD I was not going to do anymore of the garage and that he could finish. I went on the roof (where I felt way more comfortable) and started removing the siding up there.

I got most of the siding removed before MD got up there or at least what I could reach. Then the scary ladders came back. I recruited RD to hold the ladder while MD shimmied up them. I do not feel one bit comfortable being responsible for the security of the ladder when both ME and the ladder weigh more than I do. I started putting up the tar paper, when the boys got done playing on the ladders I left them to finish and I still had laundry, house cleaning, and the yard to mow. I had no idea where the kids took off. They say that there was going to be work so they dissapeared. Neither one came home until dark.

We are now finished with the prep work minus putting support beams up on the porch. This we will do when the contractor gets here. Which by the way has been pushed off another week. He is stuck on another job that the carpenters keep lagging behind on. So we are now told it will be the week of Halloween before they get here! Oh well, MD has to cut bricks so that gives him more time to do so.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Its Friday!!!!!!

Wa Ho its Friday!!

I am soooo glad its Friday. This week has been a monster week.

What is it with state agencies that require sooo much paperwork? We have two separate sites that we are working on doing their permit renewals and man both states are requiring these monster reports attached with them. I have gone through at least 10 cases of paper, and that is just for this current round of responses. This does not include the first round we already went though earlier this year and one round late last year.

For a country that is big on reducing, recycling, and reusing you would think that maybe the state EPA offices would at least accept reports on Cd's. Nope I have to put together these 2, 3, 4, and 5 volume reports (in 3 inch binders) for them to sit on a shelf somewhere.

Did I mention I am soooo glad it is Friday?

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Another Project On Its Way

MD received confirmation from Joe the Brick Guy (I have no idea what his company name is) and they are definitely starting Wednesday the 22nd.
This is what my house looks like. Not bad I know, but MD and I have always wanted the front to be brick and stone. When we built the house the builder wanted a shockingly large amount to do what we wanted so we opted to do it later and later is 5 years (almost to the day) later.
We worked out a deal with the brick guy and one way to get our costs down was to prep the house ourselves. Which means taking down the shutters, siding, porch rails and columns, and wrapping the house (which was something the builder should have done and did not).
So far we have only worked on the first floor getting the shutters down and the porch rails. This weekend is going to be a VERY busy one as we have to get everything done before Monday.

MD and I were going to take off Monday and Tuesday to make sure we get everything finished but I have clients coming in Monday through Thursday and can not get off work. MD has to go out of town on Wednesday and Thursday unexpectedly and has to do a lot of stuff at work before he goes. That means we will be cutting bricks Monday and Tuesday evening (another cost saver).

Keep your fingers crossed as I do not want to have to be doing ANY of this after MD leaves. I already have to wait until the brick layers get their scaffolding up so I can get the siding off the VERY top peak. good thing I have no fear of heights!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Greesy Grimmey Gofer Guts

What is it about boys, I just do not understand them. And that makes raising a teenage boy VERY difficult.

Devin has hit that I am a big kid and do not have to do what you say stage and it is driving me crazy. Here is a list of what I am up against boys vs girls here at the MD house:

1. The boy's grades D's and F's, girls getting straight A's

2. Boy's appearance sloppy, girls clean.

3. Boy speaks to me like I am trash, girls still speak to me like they at least like me.

4. The world owes the boy, what I am not sure but it owes him something.

5. He will do what he wants when he wants and do not bother him otherwise.

6. He is crabby ALL the time! Never happy about anything, totally miserable.

And this is just what I can think of at 630ish am in the morning.

Today is a perfect example. I go to get the boy up at 545, 600, 615, 625 and 630. Each time I tell him what time it is, and he yells at me he knows. OK fine I go clean up something while I wait for him to come down. Finally he emerges from the upstairs grumbling of course that he is hungry, and there is nothing to eat (mind you there are 4 boxes of cereal, a box of breakfast bars, apples, and instant oat meal in the pantry), and when I inform him that there is stuff to eat he switches up to there is no time to eat (bus comes at 640 am). Then while locating everything his books shoes and what not, demands lunch money.

Never a hi mom, how ya doing, good morning, nothing. Just there is nothing, leave me alone, and grumbling. This pretty much is repeated in the evening when I get home and ask about homework.

Makes coming home very stressful, and makes staying at work very appealing. Yes that way I can hide from my problems. Sometimes I like hiding.

It seems I am the reason for everything that goes wrong in his life even if I am no where around or had anything to do with it.

I am at wits end with this kid, I can deal with his long hair, torn baggy jeans, and even maybe his grumpy disposition, if he performed better at school, and was not so disrespectful (luckily he is only disrespectful to MD and I not any other teachers or adults). I have tried everything every doctor has suggested, the suggestions work for a bit (or not at all) then nothing. I need suggestions and quick. I am to the point of just letting him crash and burn at school, maybe going to summer school or even repeating a grade with set him straight (by the way everything at school is the teachers fault not his).

Who ever said boys were easier were on some kind of mind trip. Girls......way easier.

Monday, October 13, 2008

A Christmas Gathering of Sorts

Well it is the week before mom and dad leave to "winter" in Florida. This year they decided to have the family together for our "Christmas" dinner.
We had our normal dinner of Lasagna, salad, garlic bread, roast, veggies, and potatoes. All yummy as usual.
And no, Devin has STILL not gotten a hair cut. I think he has had one in a 12 month period so far. Felicia's hair is actually shorter than Devin's. But his grades are going up so I guess I will deal with the hair.

We also celebrated Kahlen's 7th birthday. He is such a chunky monkey, and so excited to see Devin. He absolutely adores Devin (we have not yet figured out why).

Audrey and I may get together for Christmas in December, depending if we decide to go to Florida or not. I am thinking that we will probably not venture away from home this year. With all the projects going on with the house and one never knows what the weather will be. We can not afford to get stuck between Florida and here.
Man do I need to actually spend some time on my pictures, this one was kind of dark. But no time to play have yet to finish cleaning the kitchen, fold some laundry, and break up a few arguments that I am listening to. Cleaning seems to NEVER go away, and when you are as OCD as I am about having a clean house (or at the very least a non messy one) it is never ending. I am currently staring at dirty windows and it is driving me crazy. MD says to not bother until after NEXT week when the brick guys are done with the front. He states that it will be a waste of time doing them now as I will have to redo them when they are done.
Do you not just love a man that gives you excuses to NOT clean! Got to love that man.