Monday, August 09, 2010

Updates, Updates

I meant to link the butterfly experiment in my last post, sorry about that!

Life continues to be incredibly busy. I worked my reserve weekend this past weekend, and now it is already our last full week with the s-kids. School starts in just two weeks, and we've still got all the school shopping left to do, plus family pictures (we haven't done one since before I was pregnant with A, so I figure we're due!).

To tide you over until I can find the time to post again, here's some pics from our Disney trip last week (kids loved it, hotter than hell, sooo many people - there's our vacation in a nutshell, lol)

Sunday, August 01, 2010

Catching Up

I realized that in addition to not posting any updates, I also haven't posted any pictures. So here' some recent pics from T&J's combined b-day party (ice skating party in FL in July? Makes perfect sense to me!) and a couple from the great butterfly experiment, which was a big hit with all the kids (not just the girls).

Shark Week is this week, so if you've got the cable the kids highly recommend tuning in for this defining week (we watch it every year!). Next week we'll be at Disney, so I expect I'll have lots of pics to post following that.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Long Time No Write

Wow, I did not realize it had been so long since I wrote a blog post. In all fairness, I was startin to feel a little sorry for myself, so I took the last couple of months to mope around and be depressed and now I feel like I've figured out some things to get myself back on a good path. Anyway, thing around here are pretty much par of the course. Work is continuing to be a massive pain in my ass. As I contractor I work just as much overtime as I did when I was active duty, how depressing!

We are up to five kids again. I hired a part-time nanny to help Hubs out with the kids this summer since he is still working from home & going to school full-time. It has been a life saver to get him 4 uninterrupted hours a day. The kids have had a blast this summer. We hit the beach every weekend, and we've done lots of interesting trip. This weekend we celebrated J and T's birthdays together at the ice rink. We had Hubs' family and some of J's friends from school along with our whole crew. They did the whole cake and pizza thing, and then we got a 1/2hr lesson for the kids. Not one of the except C had ever been on ice skate before, and you can only imagine what A was like; he couldn't keep his feet under him! They had a fantastic time, though. I think they all enjoyed it so much, we might go back and just do an open skate before the kids leave. Hubs, of course, is now making plans for how our 3-yr old son is going to be a professional hockey player.

Oh, I won an award at work. I would guess it equates to something like employee of the quarter. Anyway, it comes with $1500 to spend on the vacation of your choice. So, we're taking everyone to Disney. With the military deal they have going right now, we were able to get 6 tickets (A won't need one) for $600 with no tax that will allow us single-day access to each of the parks (no park hopper). With hotel and food, it should still come out under $1500 (I hope!), although we did schedule a breakfast with the Disney Princesses for the girls (Hubs asked to take them, which I thought was very sweet, and I think he might have a bit of a crush on Ariel).

I guess that's it to get the ball rolling again. Promise I'll try not to neglect my blog for so long again!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

A++ You Knocked It Outta The Park

Or so I was told by my gov't overlords following my Very Important Briefing (VIB) today. Next up, six dozen more VIBs! Never time for a breather *sigh* (but at least I don't have to worry about trying to find another job, lol!).

Hubs is off to LA on Friday, so it'll just be me and the kidz for a few days. Looking forward to quality hooping time (hula, that is) with the Goose (J). A will have to live without his Mario for a few days since I don't play (I've never seen a kid more interested in watching Daddy play video games over watching tv, go figure!). C will, alas, be on punishment since she "lost" her report card. The great irony is that the one class she did poorly in was religion, and I could have cared less about that particular grade (what can I say, we send them to Catholic school but I'm not Catholic). But now she's in trouble b/c she "lost" her report card (mysteriously not losing any other bit of paperwork) and then hid it from us. Loving the pre-teen years!!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Haven't Posted in Forever

Rest assured I am being kept very busy with work stuffish. Also find time to attend events like these:

Hopefully you all are slightly less busy than I. I am hoping for a reprieve sometime in the near future, but it is not looking to be shaping up that way as the summer is already starting to fill up with various work stuffs. I am looking forward to our mini-vacay over Memorial Day when my 'rents and big sis and fam come for a visit. We'll be a full but happy home! Can't wait to see all the cousins together. J is very, very excited to see her cousin Y again (they are only about 6 mos apart). We also pln to celebrate A's 3rd b-day when everyone is here (mainly as an excuse to get my mom to bake us a cake, lol!) Promise I'll make a longer post at some point this weekend when the Hubs is out of town gallivanting about with his friends in LA. Mwah!

Monday, April 05, 2010

Weekend Round-up?

What the hey? A weekend round-up? We never do those around here. Alright, so I realize I've been all doomy and gloomy recently (wah I have to get a root canal, wah I have no iron in my blood, wah my job sucks, etc. etc.). And I've realized something from all this, an epiphany if you one wants to comment on your posts when all you do is whine! So take that nugget of wisdom for what it's worth, lol ;) So we're taking things in a new direction. Da Hubs and I have been doing a bit of talking and a bit of planning, and I am hoping that this will help me focus on future goals and not get so aught up in the crapiness of the now. Plus, it's like 82 degrees out (we went from straight Winter to 1 week of Spring, to full-blown Summer, yay!) and we spent all weekend at the beach. Who can be pissy about that!

We had a lovely Easter. The Easter Bunny once again outsmarted herself by failing to count the number of eggs put out, but I'm sure we'll figure it out eventually :) Much candy was eaten, much energy was expelled by randomly running around in circles and shrieking. Oh, and we gave some to the kids, too. All in all, about what one can expect from a successful Easter in a non-Christian household.

In other news, A has a humungo appointment coming up on Wednesday to get tested for FIDLRS. This is the The Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System, which is basically the Early Steps for age 3 and up. This appointment is so they can test him to see where he falls on the development spectrum now and will basically affect the rest of his life...or something not quite so dramatic. Not sure yet. Anyway, our level of support from the state will be based on the outcome of their assessment, so it is pretty important. Our ST is coming over tonight (instead of during the day like usual) so she can prep me for what to expect. This will also mark of the start of our venture into IEPs, which are extremely important for parents to understand so they can properly advocate for their kids. To say I'm nervous would be putting it mildly.

In not so big news, da Hubs is working on becoming a regular Betty Crocker. Or at least one with a clean eating bent. He successfully tackled the Fitnessista's Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili (we added pork tenderloin to the mix because, well, I love meat), and it turned out to be really, really delicious. I knew it had to be good because it was made with sweet potatoes (and you all know how I feel about them - I heart u sweet potato!!) and black beans (never been a huge fan of beans in general, but I have come to discover that I lurve black beans). So, so yummy. And so, so nice to come home to a completely prepared meal without my having to lift one finger!

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Feeling Sorry for Myself

Work continues to suck all the life out of me *sigh* In some ways I love what I do, and I think I am pretty damn good at it (my boss told me that I am too talented to be working at our place of business, lol...either that means he really thinks I'm talented, or he is angling to make me more loyal, either way it worked, hah!). Our customer, however, is exceedingly difficult and just sucks all of the joy out of my day to day life. I wish I could just put it aside when I get home, but I can't help it. It keeps me awake at night knowing all of the help we could be providing that is just being thrown away by a group of very petty and selfish individuals who have no idea what they're doing. This place is the epitome of fraud, waste, and abuse of taxpayer money, and it makes me sick to my stomach whenever I think about it. On top of all that, to make up for their incompetence, I (and my team) end up workng long hours to meet unrealistic expectations, so I have very little time away from this toxic environment.

On the plus side, I live in a freaking paradise. Of course, this means that everyone else wants to come and visit paradise, and now I have to fight them all to get home. I fucking hate Spring Break.*

Recently Heard:

C: Mom, I need to use some of the carbon pernoxide.
Me: What?
C: The carbon pernoxide for my ears*
Me: You mean the hydrogen peroxide?
C: Yeah, that. Whatever, I'm not good with chemical stuff.
Me: Then I guess you won't be building a meth lab any time soon.
C: *stares witheringly** You're not funny, Mom.

J: *coughs weakly* I lost my wait, I found it under the table.

*Wah, wah, waaaah - I'm such a Debbie Downer lately!
**recently pierced

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Not Dead, I Swear

I might feel like it, but I don't think I am actually dead. Work has just been overwhelming, then we had the munchkin invasion, and we're in the midst of C's softball season, which means at least two long games a week. So, anyway, not much time to write. I can share one interesting little conversation I had with the goose while watching C's long and painful softball tonight (they only lost by 20 this time!) who is clearly being influenced by her school:

J: Mama, I'm going to be a baptized.
Me: Oh?
J: Yes, just like you and Daddy.
Me: Well, I was never baptized.
J: *arches brow and stares at me seriously* Yes, you were. At the ice cream store.
Me: I don't think people get baptized at ice cream stores.
J: Well, I do. I'm going to get my baptized and then eat some ice cream.
Me: I'm pretty sure you have to get baptized in a church.
J: Oh, I have a church at my school. It has the baby Jesus and he's being held by the Daddy Jesus.
Me: Really?
J: Yes. And the Daddy Jesus is next to the Mommy Jesus who's name is Mary. Mary is Jesus's cousin. Like my cousin Y.
Me: I don't think you have that quite right
J: Yes, Mary is the cousin and the mommy. She is very importantant. Like Haiti.
Me: Like what?
J: Like Haiti. Haiti had an earthquake and now she has no mommy and no daddy, so we need to give her money.
Me: I'm not following.
J: *indignantly* Haiti got hurt and everyone is giving her money, so give me some money so I can help Haiti!
Me: I don't think Haiti is a her.
Me: How can a person have an earthquake?
J: People can have earthquakes. That's how they lose their mommies and daddies. It is sad and then you give them money. That's how it works.
Me; Fair enough, here's a quarter.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010


The only word I can think of that sums up the suckage of getting a root canal...which I got today.

Monday, March 01, 2010

Heard Recently on the Corner

"How did I know that? I turned on my mind and it told my brain all kinds of things. Now I'm the smartest."

"I'm hungry, Mama. I wish I could build a robot. Then the robot cound make me snacks."

"Mama, I have the bestest surprise for you. *shrieks at the top her lungs* AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII. Isn't that a great surprise?"

T: Come here and give Daddy a kiss.
J: *does not look up from playing* No, I'm sorry. I'm all out of kisses right now. You should try again later.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

All Kinds of Fucked Up

Sorry for the continued radio silence. Work has continued to be crazy busy and I don't foresee it slowing down anytime soon. In addition, Hubs has a new job (yay, Hubs!) that he will be starting on Monday. He is already doing ad hoc work for his old company and working on his MBA (he's taking 3 classes right now, isn't he nuts!), so our schedules are about to get even busier. I think I'm just going to have to accept that blog posts are going to be fewer and more far between than I would like. I blog for two big reasons: first and foremost it acts as an open e-mail-like dialogue for me to keep in contact with family and close friends, but secondly it acts as a record for me to keep track of what we've been up to. I don't keep a diary, so the blog is really the only thing I have that reminds me of all the things we do/have done. So it makes me sad when I think of all these things I would like to blog about but just never seem to have time to get down on paper *sigh*

Anyway, my other big excuse for not blogging how we've been all kinds of fucked up lately. I recently had two crowns replaced on either side of my mouth (because I am smart like that), and while the temporary ones were on (got the permanent ones on today), I was in horrific pain. I think it was just that my crowns were so big that when they removed them and put the very tiny temporary ones on, some of the tooth was exposed that hadn't been exposed to elements for many, many years and so it was terribly sensitive. It has been so painful that I have to take aspirin every 3-4 hours plus the prescription pain meds they gave me (which I only take at night since you can't drive on them) just to be able to function normally. I haven't been able to eat solid foods for two weeks now, and it is driving me insane! I have the new ones on now, but I am still very numb so it remains to be seen if the blinding pain will subside now. On top of that, Hubs gave himself a very nasty cut on his foot while trying to clean up some broken glass in the garage. Luckily he did not need stitches, but they did give him a tetanus shot (aren't they sweet) and, of course, it is very painful to do anything (drive, walk, etc.) since it is on the bottom of his foot.

Okay, enough about the bad stuff. A has been making some really significant progress in therapy. He recently learned how to say mean (men!) as in, while we were waiting for Tim at the ER I ate one of his vanilla wafers (okay, I sucked on it until it turned to mush and then ate it, lol) and he looked at me horrified and cried, "Mean!" lol. C has started softball and really seems to like it. Softball is a much more relaxed sport than soccer, and her team seems very laid back and just there to have fun. It is really perfect for C's style.

J has been taking gymnastics at her school (it's offered as part of the after school program) and is now very into twirling around and doing somersaults. She is also very interested in horses (if only it weren't so expensive!). She recently told me about her dream to own a horse:

J: Mommy, my biggest dream in the whole world is to have my very own horse. No wait, a unicorn.
Me: Wow, that sounds like fun.
J: That flies.
Me: That would be cool.
J: She would be my friend and I would call her princess and we could fly all over the world and eat candy.
Me: That sounds like a wonderful dream.
J: Want to know what my other most favorite, biggestest dream is?
Me: What?
J: *sighs dreamily* I want to drive a truck.

We also recently acquired a new family pet. Christmas Sprinkles came to us courtesy of the Wal-Mart fish department. She was a lovely beta fish. And if you haven't guessed from my use of past tense, Christmas Sprinkles is no longer with us (nor is Christmas Sprinkles 2, but that's another story). Christmas Sprinkles passed on after just a few days of ownership and Tim and I were concerned that the kids would be upset about her death, so we did what all good parents do and surreptitiously flushed her down the toilet without telling anyone. To my great surprise I overheard a conversation between J&C over their morning bowl of cereal:

C: What happened to Christmas Sprinkles?
J: *shrugs* She just dieded.
Me: How did you know that?
J: I just saw her this morning in her bowl and she was dead.
C: Are you sad that Christmas Sprinkles is dead?
J: I guess *pauses thoughtfully* but sometimes things died...and sometimes they stay alive. That's how it goes.

True wisdom from a four-year-old. So we did end up replacing Christmas Sprinkles. We now have two goldfish, Cinderella and Snow White, and a small yellow fish, Mr. Bananas. So far they're still living. As J would say, that's how it goes!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Olympics Whore

I think I may have blogged about this back in '08, but I just love, love, love the freaking Olympics. If Hubs would let me, I would have them on all day long. I can't help it, I'm just a sucker for everything about them. I love the sob stories (happy and sad ones), the amazing athletic fetes, the chance for people to represent their countries, etc. I desperately want to pass on my obsession to my kids, but I just don't know that it's possible any more. When we were growing up there were only so many choices out there on tv. That meant that the Olympic hype was broadcast everywhere and there was little escape from it. Since I always fancied myself an athlete (I had dreams of being an Olympic swimmer - Janet Evans was my childhood hero!), I was so drawn in by the pinnacle of all athletic competitions. I always thought it was a mistake to split the summer/winter Olympics (they really should have stayed during the same year), but that doesn't make me any less excited about seeing them.

It's wierd, though. I grew up Olympics-obsessed, and I kind of thought that was the norm for people. I mean doesn't everyone remember where they were when Mary Lou Retton scored her perfect 10? When Greg Louganis hit his head on the diving board? Is it just me!!?? My hubs doesn't seem to remember actually watching any of these things, and also seems to think I'm a bit nutty over the whole thing. So maybe it is just me? Or maybe the Olympics have lost their luster in the face of so much other competition? Or maybe it's just here in the US? I just watched the Dutch win a gold medal in speed skating, is that big news over there or am I truly the only one left who cares? Either way, I'm still forcing my kids to watch :)

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

At Last...An Excuse!

Finally, after all this time, I finally have a good excuse as to why I'm too tired to blog, too tired to cook dinner, to tired to go out (etc., etc.). I went to the doctor for the first time in years a little over a week ago just for a check-up and found out that I am apparently so severely anemic that the doctor was shocked I haven't keeled over from a heart attack yet. Anemia is the lack of iron in your blood, but more importantly, it affects the hemoglobin in your red blood cells - you know, those cells that carry oxygen from your heart to every other organ in your body, including your brain. Signs of anemia include constant fatigue, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, and feeling cold all the time. You can't function at peak performance with severe anemia since you can never get enough oxygen from your heart to your brain. So all this time I've been blaming my increasing fatigue an inability to muster the will to do anything on my lack of sleep, but really it's because I'm not getting any oxygen to my brain. The symptoms of anemia are mostly annoying and not really dangerous; however, in cases where you have had for a long period of time, your heart has to work extra hard to pump oxygen to your vital organs and sometimes, well, it just works too hard and gives out. Apparently my levels are so low that I'm very nearly at that point (a normal, healthy person has a level between 15-30, my level was 7). It's wierd because in all other ways I am the picture of health. Anemia is generally the symptom of something else not a disease on its own, so they're going to have to do some more testing to figure out what is causing this in an otherwise normal and healthy person. But, honestly, I'm pretty relieved that they found this out (and not just because it would suck to keel over froma heart attack). I have been trying to figure out why I never seem to be able to kick this feeling of exhaustion or why I can't seem to concentrate for very long or why I don't ever feel like I'm at full mental capacity. I thought it was just that I don't get enough sleep and that I was just destined to always feel this way. Now I have a cause for my symptoms, one I can actually treat and, hopefully, recover from. So I'm feeling very positive!

Hubs celebrated my potential impending death by going out and spending in anticipation of the large life insurance settlement. Okay, in reality he went to a couple of garage sales and found this nifty cuckoo clock. It looks pretty damn ugly to me, but when he took it to the jewelers to see if it could be restored, he found out it is a very rare clock. One of only 25 made to be exact and one for which there is a nice collectors market. Hubs was offered a very tidy sum by the clock fixer upper guy, but he turned it down because he enjoys making me look at ugly clocks, lol.

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

The Higher Up in Government I Get

the more disillusioned I become... *sigh*

Monday, February 01, 2010

WTF Happened to January

Somehow I blinked and January was gone. Not really sure what happened. I think this god awful project that has swllowed up all of my spare time also got hold of Januray. Oh well, I don't really like cold weather anyway, lol.

Anyway, lots has happened. I swallowed up by this horrible project which required very long hours for very little thanks (it's nice to have contractors around since they can always be the scapegoat for gov't incompetence...I mean it must be nice for the people I work for since I am but a lowly contractor myself). I was working 12-15 hour days, weekends and holidays, I even missed most of my parents' visit here a couple of weeks ago *sigh* On a positive note, I managed to score an all too quick trip to see my little sis and her soon to be hubby in Amsterdam. That was really such an enjoyable trip, not only because A-dam was a beautiful city with such a great vibe, but because I had my first real opportunity as an adult to sit down and just chat with my little sis as women. It was so neat to connect on that level, and it makes me appreciate her all the more (and miss her, too!). Even though we're only a couple of years apart in age, we haven't really lived near each other in 16 years, and, while we skype and talk at family get togethers and stuff, this was the first time we just hung out together (i.e. went shopping and ate, lol!). Hopefully my future projects will continue to take me over her way so we can spend more time together!

As you've surmised from the above, I managed to score the trip on the front end of a business trip to Germany (where my credit card info was stolen, just to add insult to injory). I didn't get to see much of Germany b/c I was working on a military base so I basically went from the hotel to work and back again since we were working such long hours. I did, however, get to enjoy many hours waiting for my delayed plane in the Frankfurt airport (which I knew quite well since my flight into A-dam was canceled and I had a lovely adventure trying to get my luggage back an dtake the train...someday I may well tell this story, but this entry is already getting a bit long and my brain is fried from trying to do my taxes - I fucking hate the state of NM this time of year!!!!). Oops, sorry, I thought I had gotten all of that out of my system earlier. I'll try to save tax bitching for another post!

At some point I will actually get off my ass and download my Europe pics so you can what A-dam in the snow looks like (hint - it literally looks like a postcard - so beautiful!), and I may even have some pictures of the Frankfurt airport (I was there for a looong time). Also, if you enjoyed my last post (such a long, long time ago) about not giving a fuck, you should really check out this link my Aunt B sent me (thanks, Aunt B!). It made me laugh when I really needed to :)