Saturday, January 31, 2009

Well, I bit the bullet. I've had way too many people lately tell me I needed to get on Facebook. I never did MySpace and didn't want to do Facebook. BUT, then friends started sending me links to photos they had posted on Facebook and I couldn't look at them unless I had an "account". Is that what you call it? Anyway, I did it, and now people from all over and a long time ago are coming from everywhere!! Wow! It's kinda cool. I still don't understand how to do everything, but it is cool.
Interesting week at work....we have a new agent in town that hired one of my past employees. To say that pissed me off would be putting it mildly. I'll keep the rest of those thoughts to myself. We had a really busy week. Given the current economy, that was a very good thing. I am currently looking at moving to one of the downstairs bays in my center. I should finalize that decision in the next week or so. To throw another wrench in things, I have to replace all of my computer equipment and network by the first of March. What great timing....Sure, I have a few extra thousand dollars to throw at this project right now. It's a good thing I planted that money tree last year. HA...NOT.
We have had some ups and downs with the ole Aunt J situation. We got rid of our attorney and have been trying to just work it out with her. Some days that seems like its working and then other days its not. Dementia........that word means ALOT.
I went to Walgreens in my PJ's tonight. That's an all time low. No make up and my PJ's and I didn't even care. I was going to get my hormone patch. Trust had to be done. My best friend in the world, Jenifer, called me Friday and told me she was officially in Menopause. She said that before when I told her I could chew the tires off of Jeff''s truck she thought I was just over exaggerating. Now she realizes that I really meant it. At least hers occurred naturally and not overnight like mine.

Why, yes, those are the PJ's I wore to Walgreens. I did put a hat on instead of sporting the Bird of Paradise hair do. All the kids in the neighborhood have been laughing at my hair today. HA HA HA. I'll get them back. I'll post pictures like this...

Yep, those are SavyG's blue jeans and panties lying in the middle of the den floor. She leaves her clothes laying around all the time and the dogs just love dirty underwear. That would be enough to make me sure I kept mine picked up but NO not Savannah. Tonight, when I came home from the store, I found another pair in the garage with her shorts. She's spending the night down the street so I called her and asked her why they were there. She said they went mudding today, so she stripped in the garage. I don't think it's a good thing when she already leaves her underwear in strange places at 9.
We had a snow day Wednesday! I cleaned house all day because the realtor came to list the house on Thursday. The kids had a blast though. If you know anyone looking for a steal on a 7000 square foot house, send them my way!!! We want outta here. We really don't, we just want to end the drama with Aunt J. : (

This is my newest way of keeping up with things. I forgot last time I went to the rheumatologist to tell him the meds were messing with my memory. I tried the Franklin Covey thing....that only works if you remember to take your book everywhere you go. I tried Jeff's method with the cell phone appointments and reminders. I HATE the cell phone. I don't even answer it if it rings. Why would I check reminders? That didn't work. So far, this works.

Probably not the most professional thing in the world, but frankly I don't care. I was human before I was a professional. I went to that bead show by the way. It was last weekend. It was cool, but it was overwhelming. I LOVE jewelry, but I don't know about making it. My hands don't work with those little projects anymore anyway. I'm gonna have to think on that one some more, but I did love the show. I sketched a dress I wanted to make last summer, but could never find the beads for it last year. They had what I needed there. Of course, I didn't have my sketch with me and I hadn't looked at it in a year. Maybe I'll pull that back out.

Here's a cute picture of my favorite dog in the world.

Izzy Rocks!!

OMG, speaking of that, we haven't even talked about American Idol. I'm feeling the new judge. I think the show needed something. So far, I'm hot for one guy, but of course, I don't remember his name. No clear faves yet. I LOVE THAT SHOW!! I also LOVE So You Think You Can Dance. I think that comes back on in the Spring. I'll try to go back and find the hot guys name. Maybe if I write it on my hand, I'll remember it long enough to post about it.

Dalton is loving Taekwondo and was just showing me his new pattern. Jeff was inspired and we are now watching the Karate Kid. I better go, the boys are getting a little too into this.

Peace Out,

Friday, January 23, 2009


If at first you don't succeed, TRY AGAIN. I sat down to blog last night and got one sentence into it and realized it just wasn't going to happen. Yesterday, was just a BAD day! I try to stay positive, but yesterday kicked my ass. That pretty much happens every time you are required to sit in an attorneys office for hours and defend yourself against horrible accusations. That is pretty much what the situation with Jeff's Great Aunt has turned into. It is just a huge MESS. I can say it is a mess that we will never get into again. I guess the positive is the education on caring for the elderly that we are receiving.

I started to blog yesterday and I didn't know where to start. I was starting with Savannah because she was standing next to me arguing with me about going to get in the shower. That's a normal argument these days. What made that particular argument interesting is that I could SMELL her and it was not a pleasant smell. I can't figure these kids out. I'd say about half the time, they get out of the shower smelling worse than they did when they got in. That's what happens when you sprinkle water on a hot mess. They just really stink. Puberty?

I'm no longer tracking my diet. Yep, that worked for a week. I actually lost 4 pounds. I'm told that's good. I didn't think so. I'm more of an instant gratification kind of girl. I've had a head cold this week. If I take an Alka-Seltzer Cold, I can breathe in about 30 minutes. A whole week for 4 little pounds that you couldn't see just didn't do it for me. I know it should, but it didn't.

Right now, all of my focus has been shifted. My MTX has me screwed up. I take that shot now on Thursdays. It makes me sick at my stomach and gives me a horrible taste in my mouth. The worst part about it is my short term memory. Well, I think that's the worst part. I guess it depends on who you talk to about it. Yesterday, Jeff was yelling mean things at me and made me cry. I got up and walked out of the room, knowing that he was frustrated about the whole day, not necessarily at me. When I got back in the room to tell him how that made me feel, I couldn't remember what he said. All I could remember was that it was mean. It's pretty freaky. I know that little story is funny, but most of the time it is frustrating.

I actually watched some of Oprah yesterday. I don't like Oprah. I stopped liking her years ago and have refused to watch her since. Yesterday, I couldn't remember WHY I quit watching her all those years ago so I paid attention. They were talking about bioidentical hormones. I have had a lot of trouble with my hormones and found this particular topic very interesting. I even wrote it down so I could remember to do my research. I had a hysterectomy, but I don't remember when....several years ago....I'm thinking five years ago. My hormones, which seem to be the driving factor behing everything, are NUTS and they make me nuts. I've gotten to where I recognize when they are really bad, but the everyday little fluctations usually get swept under the rug until the rug jumps up and levitates across the room at someones throat. Dude, I hate those days. Right now, I don't know if the rug is about to levitate or if I'm just so stressed out it's normal to feel this way. HUMMM...Oh and I think I quit watching Oprah when she said that Hurricane Katrina was a racist act of God. That's it. All last night when I was trying to figure it out, I kept thinking it had to do with 9/11. It wasn't. It was Katrina. Now, I can't watch her again. See how this memory thing is. It's WEIRD. Yesterday, I was so frustrated and felt so bad, I was thinking about just quitting the medicine altogether. I just want my old life back. I think it's gone now. I didn't enjoy it enough when I had it.

Dalton has a basketball game in the morning. I promise to take pictures. It's another one of those 8 a.m. games. We videoed the last game and I'm not savvy enough to figure out the video blogging yet. If I find the free time I seem to have misplaced, I'll work on that.

I have to pay another visit to the attorneys office and pick up paperwork we need for next week and then I'm off to the office.
Have a wonderful weekend.

Saturday, January 10, 2009


What's up Peeps? It's been a week. I actually sat down one night to blog but Dalton wasn't feeling good. I exchanged the computer for my baby boy who fell asleep in my lap. Do you know how long it has been since that happened? I don't even remember the last time. It felt so good. I have to admit though, he's kinda heavy. We had a busy week. Dalton had two basketball games. He scored the first two points of the season for his team. He had a great game and they won the first one. They had a game at 8 this morning. They didn't do so great today. ANYWAY, who schedules kids basketball games at 8 on a Saturday morning. WE are NOT morning people. Dalton also started Taekwondo this week. We went and met the owner one night. I had met him before at a school health fair. Dalton liked him so we scheduled a one on one with him. Dalt LOVED it. He goes back Monday. I hope it will help with his self confidence and such. He's at that really awkward stage. Anybody out there with boys this age, give me some pointers. They are just a different breed. He's so sweet and so tender hearted. He stinks, too. What's up with boys not wanting to shower? This kid would cut off his right arm if it meant he didn't have to bathe. I just don't get that.

Both kids got report cards this week and both had principals list again. I've been really lucky in that realm. I also just don't accept bad grades. Luckily, neither of them buck the system on that one.

I conned Jeff into cooking dinner tonight. I cleaned the kitchen so he's cooking. I started Weight Watchers this week. Stop laughing. It's really not funny. I weighed in at 153 pounds. Let me just say, POINTS SUCK. I started Wednesday. I've done good. I've stayed under my points the last two days and haven't used any of my weekly bonus points. Today hasn't been so great. I've used all of my points and haven't had dinner. I don't like this plan because it makes you constantly think about food. Thursday I got the official word to come off the roids. Thank you Jesus. They increased my Methotrexate and now I have to give myself shots. Hopefully, trying to watch what I eat and not taking steroids, I can drop this weight. It is NO good. Jeff is doing it, too. He gets so many points he can't even eat enough to use them all. That just stinks.

We have to go to court this week with Jeff's great aunt to let them decide what to do with this stupid house. I'm so ready to just get it done. I honestly hope we move. This place is ridiculously big and I feel like we are detached from the kids. Tonight we were over at Rohn's new house and I couldn't help but wish our house was that size. I would love to have everyone so close together. Call me weird, but I've had it both ways and I like that better. Plus, there isn't so much to clean!!!

Jeff and the kids gave the dogs baths today. Can you believe it? That was the first time ever and I didn't even ask him to. He must be sick! The kids thought it was great because Ethel shat in the bathtub!! OOPS!

I think Jeff was scared. He was out riding 4 wheelers with the kids today and the neighbors flipped theirs. They are okay but it scared everyone. I think it scared Jeff. He's grounded now. I can't believe the neighbors even let their kids play with ours. Last night, they went to the casino and their kids had a babysitter. Savannah was over there playing and Jeff blocked his number and called Savannah's cell phone. Katie answered and Jeff whispered into the phone, "Do you know where your parents are?" Katie said, "Who is this?" and Jeff said, "I'm in the closet." The kids all FREAKED out and called their parents. The Brownlee's called and told Jeff they were on their way home, could we check on the kids because they called crying. OH NO!!! So, they probably don't like us anymore. He said they'd get us back. They left this evening to go hunting. It's sad....I guess they think going out to play with guns in the woods is safer than playing with the neighbors.

Have a great week. I'm trying to get back on a schedule and remember to take pictures. We are off to church in the morning and I have mounds of laundry. These kids going mudding everyday is a pain.

Peace Out,

Tuesday, January 6, 2009


Happy New Year to EVERYONE. The kids went back to school today and the pieces seem to be falling back into line. All of my good shows are starting back up on TV and we are finding a routine.

Dalton had his first basketball game last night. He scored the first 2 points of the season for his team. That put a HUGE smile on his mama's face. He scored again a little later in the game too. I was so proud of him. What made me the proudest was the smile on his face. He's 10 now and struggling with his self confidence. He is so tender hearted and always has been. He's bigger than most of the kids his age and kids are just mean. He gets his feelings hurt and then just withdraws. He's done that a lot lately. As a mother, that's really hard. I just want to go beat those kids butts. Instead, I told Dalton to. He won't though. He said he wouldn't want to hurt anyone the way he was hurt and then he cried. I am showing a great deal of constraint in not eating some little kids for lunch right now. That brings out every feeling of guilt I could possibly have in my body. As a mom, I just want to fix it. We've had several talks and spent a lot of time together over the break. Tonight, I took him and enrolled him in a two week trial at Desoto Taekwondo. I met the owner a couple of months ago at an open house at the school. I really liked him and talked to him about what the program had to offer. He told me that a lot of the children at Dalton's age are enrolled for self confidence and also respect. We are going to give it a shot. He has a one on one tomorrow night. His next basketball game is Saturday morning at 8. I wonder whose bright idea that was.

Izzy is all curled up down here at my feet right now. She is my VERY best friend in the whole wide world. She is so sweet and such a good dog. I just love her and really can't imagine not having her.

I'm going to get in bed and cuddle up with her. Have a great one. Hug your babies and share all of your love.