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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
Sunday, October 19, 2008
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.
- * 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
- * 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
- * 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
- * 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
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
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
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
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.
6. He is crabby ALL the time! Never happy about anything, totally miserable.
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.
Who ever said boys were easier were on some kind of mind trip. Girls......way easier.
Monday, October 13, 2008
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).
Sunday, October 12, 2008
She even went as far as getting the girl she babysat all summer into the series, they would sit around and read all the time. I actually thought that part was cute.
So when I found this I immediately thought of her. I still yet have to read the books (like I have time for reading anything).
Check it out though, I guess I will have to read them to see who this is........
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Is this not the same girl from a sit com on TV call Exs or My Exs? It is on Friday nights. Anyone, Anyone, Anyone at all have an answer?
Thursday, October 09, 2008
Police and SWAT teams are in O'Fallon, Mo. searching for a man they want to talk to about the shooting death of a 12-year-old Madison boy.
Detectives with the Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis have named Marcus T. "Butterhead" Powell, 27, as a "person of interest" in the shooting and killing of Delarrian Davis just after midnight Tuesday as the child was doing homework at his mother's home at 2018 Skeen Ave. in Madison.
The manhunt in O'Fallon, Mo. began around 5 a.m. after Powell was spotted in Illinois and fled from police into Missouri.
KSDK reported that O'Fallon police are searching for Powell in an area bounded by Bryan Road, Veterans Memorial Parkway, Mexico Road and Route K. Everyone who lives in the area is asked to stay inside and keep doors locked and garage doors closed.
Police are stopping vehicles and looking in the back seats and trunks for any sign of Powell.
Police said Powell is 5-foot-7 and weighs 145 pounds. He was wearing a white t-shirt and tan shorts. Capt. Brad Wells with the Madison County Sheriff's Department said previous reports that Powell was armed are untrue. He said Powell is not believed to have any weapons or a cell phone. He has no known acquaintances in the O'Fallon area.
Wentzville Police began pursuing Powell on I-70 early Thursday when he crashed his car at Bryan Road, according to O'Fallon Police. Powell ran off and has not been seen since.
Fort Zumwalt West High School, West Middle School, Dardenne Elementary and Rock Creek Elementary are closed due to the search.
Not a good way to start the day is all I have to say.
Monday, October 06, 2008
Sunday, October 05, 2008
Saturday, October 04, 2008
Mr. homeowner wanted a BIG Bar open to his theater room .......... Do ya think he got it?
MD had a few choice words coming from his mouth when building this bar. Since it is actually so thin he had to get creative with how this was going to hold the weight of the Cambria counters. Man them suckers are heavy. As always, it worked out great. The bar is as solid as a rock and sturdier.
Since they used tin on the ceiling, MD suggested they also use it for the back splash. I think it turned out FABULOUS!
The only thing MD did not do in this basement was lay the carpet and install the Cambria counters. His knees are still peeling from all the tile work. Over 1800 square feet. He was always grumpy on those days.
Ms. homeowner wanted a custom vanity top. They were going to go Cambria, but the sales person suggested that MD make their vanity (to save THEM money).
She also wanted a BIG shower, so this is what MD gave her. What do ya think? There is a seat on the right side that you can not see. I am sooooo jealous as our shower has no seat, ledge, nothing. To shave I have to get a balancing act going, holding my leg up with one had and shave with the other.
I can not wait until we get to redo our master bath. I have already started drawing up pictures. So far MD likes what I have shown him. Of course it will be sometime next year before we can afford what we want to do. Besides this basement is helping pay for the brick/stone we are getting put on the front in a couple of weeks.
Now do not forget the "pod" use to cover all of the bananas, it is now about half its original size.
We are getting quite a few bananas!
And it is still dropping leaves with new bananas under each leaf! It is leaning enough for me to stick my hand next to what is left of the pod. (No jokes on how old my hand look I already know they look old!)