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Friday, June 27, 2008

Fightin' It

I'm taking the
Sleep-in challenge. At least, I'm trying to. (For more info, click the picture above)

Select Comfort is encouraging everyone to get an extra hour of sleep per day. They're also have a sweepstakes.

In honor of the contest, I am re-posting a previous Fight the Frump entry, regarding sleep.

An interesting tidbit I haven't shared, is that this post, the one I'm about to re-share, is responsible for my choice of topic for my research paper, which will be due at the end of this term. Since I had already started the research, I decided to delve a little further into the discussion of the importance of sleep with regard to health and wellness. More specifically, for women, the health and beauty aspects related to getting enough sleep.

I chose this topic, because as a mother and a woman, sleep, more specifically, the lack of it, is an important issue in my life. As a woman in my 30s, I have become increasingly concerned with the effects that lack of sleep are having on my health, wellness and beauty.

So, here is my re-posting of Beauty Sleep: Fighting the frump


Beauty sleep.

I need it. Desperately.

I've read so many interesting facts today about the benefits of a full night’s sleep – and the consequences of deprivation. Even denying yourself one hour a night for a week can lead to decreased speed in reaction time, mathematical problem solving (although, let’s face it – most of us don’t do a lot of mathematical problem solving everyday) and “cognitive work requiring simultaneous focus on several tasks”. In other words, you won’t be able to walk and chew gum at the same time when driving, for example, accidents increase as your total sleep decreases. Missing out on three hours per night for a week can show a marked decrease in speed and accuracy.

Good nutrition and exercise are important for our health and beauty, but sleep is crucial, too. Sleeping provides your body with more than just rest. When we are sleeping, our body is healing and repairing itself. Experts say that you need eight hours of sleep a night. This helps prevent a washed out complexion, puffy bloodshot eyes and dark under eye circles (like the permanent ones living on my face). Getting enough sleep also helps ensure that you will have peak alertness and energy.

A good night’s rest has always been called
beauty sleep—and it is no myth. New research shows that individuals who are not sleep deprived have an increased capacity to lose weight and keep it off. Poor sleeping habits also cause you to age at an accelerated rate, both physically and metabolically.

LOSE WEIGHT? Did they just say lose weight? I'm listening!

I read the
reasons. A good night’s sleep reduces stress levels, which reduces the stress hormone cortisol, and there's something there about ashwagandha and phosphatidylserine, blah, blah blah. The point is who CARES how it works, as long as it works??

More wonderful things about beauty sleep:

Studies show that skin cells regenerate slightly faster at night than during the day. All the more reason to make sure you get your beauty sleep. Here's another tidbit of information.

Cosmetic chemists know, for example, that many anti-aging ingredients stay active longer when they're not exposed to sunlight. Retinoids, which speed cell turnover, "can break down chemically with light exposure and become ineffective," says Julian Omidi, MD, a dermatologist in private practice in Los Angeles. Other "anti-agers"-- such as topical vitamins, including C and E--don't hold up well in sunlight or air. They're in both day and night skin care products, but you probably get more antioxidant bang for your buck when you apply them before you go to sleep.

YAY! Considering how much some of those products cost, more bang for your buck is a good great thing.

What we all know is that, with a good night's sleep, everything looks and feels better in the morning. Both the brain and the body are refreshed and ready for a new day.

Here are three beauty tips for skin care in your sleep to add more beauty to your sleep:

Sleep flat on your back: Smashing your face into a pillow creates fold lines that eventually become permanent if they're repeated every night. Spending time on your back also helps counter the effects of gravity that accumulate during the day. In a recent study of 38 women and men, Japanese researchers found there was greater wrinkling in the afternoon than in the morning; they concluded that the face literally falls with gravity as the day progresses. At night, you get a chance to reverse that.

Stay hydrated: "Keeping skin moist from the inside out is a simple, relatively inexpensive, and quite effective moisturizer," says Pinnell. Drink six to eight glasses of plain
water throughout the day and include omega-3 fatty acids (found in fish and nuts) in your diet, says Dale Prokupek, MD, a Beverly Hills internist and an associate professor of gastroenterology and nutrition at UCLA. To help avoid moisture loss from the skin while sleeping, turn on a humidifier. "I used one in my bedroom for a dry throat problem and soon realized my skin never looked better," he says. (Be sure to clean the humidifier often, especially if you're prone to allergies.)

Use a moisturizer after bathing: Seal in the moisture that the topmost layer of your skin has absorbed with a hydrating body lotion or cream. Because you're going to bed--not pulling on a silk blouse or cashmere sweater--you can try a body cream that's richer than you would feel comfortable wearing during the day, such as Nivea Body Renewal Night Cream ($10; drugstores). Just before bed is a perfect time to slather your feet--especially dry heels--with a healing, hydrating cream such as Aveeno Intense Relief Foot Cream ($6; drugstores). And a sweep of Sally Hansen Beyond Perfect Healing Cuticle Oil ($5; drugstores) on your nails will keep the cuticles soft and prevent tears. For a final moisturizing touch, massage your hands with Dove Regenerating Hand Cream ($6; drugstores). (** I have not personally tried these products, and have heard neither good nor bad things about them or their performances)

The following simple tips are helpful for sound sleep:

  • Create a bedtime routine. Make an effort to rearrange the pattern of your evenings.

  • Limit your tea and coffee intake to five or six cups a day, and don’t drink any within an hour of your bedtime.

  • You spend a sizable time of your life sleeping, so don’t economize on the mattress and bed you choose. Buy the best. Always use cotton bed sheet while sleeping and your pillows should give enough support to your weary head. Wear loose cotton dress while going to bed.

  • Allow yourself a clear half hour to unwind, bathe, have a warm milk, cleanse your face, brush your hair and teeth – that way, you’ll prepare yourself mentally for sleep. Cleanse your face every night no matter how tired you are with a gentle cleanser.

  • Close your eyes and breathe in very deeply, concentrate on the days pleasant happenings.

  • Relax all your muscles, simple meditation techniques helps in inducing sleep.

  • If your mind seems to be obsessed with any particular problem and keeps reverting to it, try remembering the happy memories. Listen to music.

  • Try taking a gentle walk after dinner. Vigorous exercise late at night is not good, but a quiet stroll can get you in the mood for sleep.

  • Try having at least one early night every week when you’re in bed by 10 at the latest.

Oh, and an added bonus: Children learn what they see. Set a good example for your kids. Show them just how important a good night sleep is for them!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

One Word Meme. This should be interesting…

Meghan, at AMomTwoBoys, and creator/founder of AllMediocre, did NOT tag me for this Meme, but I’m doing it anyway, because we’ve already established that I’m being lazy this week. Like Meghan, I’m sure that only using one word for anything will be a hoot, but I’ll give it a shot, anyway.

It occurs to me, that all these meme's are just making it that much more difficult for me to complete my 100 Things list, but I suppose I'm strange, quirky and just downright weird enough, that I should be able to come up with a few hundred things to share about myself.

1. Where is your cell phone? Non-existent

2. Your significant other? Budman

3. Your hair? Ugh

4. Your mother? Elegant

5. Your father? Opinionated

6. Your favorite thing? Family

7. Your dream last night? None

8 Your favorite drink? DrPepper

9. Your dream/goal? Degree

10. The room you’re in? Cubicle

11. Your hobby? Sewing

12. Your fear? Alone

13. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Beach

14. What you’re not? Domestic

15. Muffins? Banana

16. One of your wish list items? CAMERA!

17. Where you grew up? Texas

18. The last thing you did? Woot

19. What are you wearing? Clothes

20. Favorite Gadget? Laptop

21. Your pets? Bird

22. Your computer? Work

23. Your mood? Pensive

24. Missing someone? Always

25. Your car? New

26. Something you’re not wearing? Necklace

27. Favorite store? No

28. Like someone? Lots

29. Your favorite color? Blue

30. When was the last time you laughed? Today

31. Last time you cried? Yesterday

I’m not going to tag anyone either, but if you do it, let me know so I can take a peek! And I’ll be sure to link to it…

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

The Adventures of Super Moron

So this morning, I was standing out by the car, waiting for Budman to come unlock it for me. He was taking to long, so I headed back toward the house to help him look for the keys.

About that time, he came outside, and at the moment, I felt pain on my leg. When I looked down, I realized that my slacks, shoes and trouser socks were COVERED in ants.

Yes, really.

Yes, I know this kinda sh*t only happens to me.

Yes, I know I'm a gigantic dork.

Shall I continue??

So I let out a little squeak, kicked off my shoes and began brushing the ants off. The little bastards were biting me through my trouser socks, and I was already itchy.

Budman, I believe, was torn between concern and wanting to laugh at me. He managed to feign enough concern that I didn't have to kill him.

So, after I quickly rid my self of the passengers, I was able to hop in the car so we could get on our way to work. And all I could think the whole way there is "I really hope I got them all, 'cause if I brought any ants into this car, Budman's going to have kittens."

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Random Thoughts...

  • To the family riding their bicycles past my house Sunday, whose son whizzed by exclaiming "I will NEVER get tired of this!!": I hope you nurture that enthusiasm. I pray that he will never lose that joy for life. Enjoy it.

  • When I’m listed on page 28 of the Google search results, how in the HECK does someone actually end up at my site? In all my searches (I am the Google queen), I have ventured past page 3 MAYBE five times or so – and even then, that’s only if I am looking for something specific.

  • To my work: I understand cutbacks. I can deal with the elimination of birthday parties and department lunches. I’m slowly adjusting to the switch from FedEx to shipping via USPS. But I swear, the one-ply toilet paper is the last straw…

  • Other than being lazy and needing to get some work done, the other reason I'm posting so sporadically, is that I'm coming up on my 100th post, and my 100 Things list still looks like this:

  • Although, if I time it just right, I might be able to make it coincide with my birthday. Not sure why that would matter... And actually is I were to do that I might have to get with the program and even post twice a day or two...

  • Forget that last bit. Sometimes I should make sure that the stuff inside my head stays there..

Monday, June 23, 2008

Half of me Giveaway Contest, More Excuses and Shameless Begging

This is part of PastaQueen's Viral video prize giveaway and super secret bonus content.

Head on over and check it out.

And - FYI, I'm going to be as lazy as possible (blogging-wise) this week.

I'm on VACATION next week, so I feel an overwhelming urge to clean my desk off (Meaning: actually work through the hideous piles of paperwork being stored in the spot where my desk used to be) before I leave for a week. This has less to do with wanting everything to be done, and more to do with the irrational fear that I will leave something undone, and come back to find out I no longer have a job.

Or maybe it's not so irrational. (I hate when I do that - begin a sentence with And, But or Or. But how else are you supposed to start the stinking sentence??) Please, someone tell me!!

So, I will be skipping the weekend update (Mainly cause my weekend was uneventful and incredibly boring.) and putting my nose to the grindstone (ouch).
Oh, and it's
camera begging day. So, Nikon, Canon, Sony and the gang... Get with the program - I NEED that camera - Vacation is next week!! So is my birthday... You guys don't want to ruin my birthday with my crappy camera taking crappy pictures, do you???


I didn't think so - So let's get moving!! Send me that wonderful camera, I will be more than happy to review it for you, and tell both of my readers the world all about it!!!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

"Thank my lucky stars it's Thursday"

The Fabulous Mrs. Fussypants, has a new Thursday "meme" (Is it just me, or is that the dumbest word ever??) There's no name for it yet, hence her title, but since you both all know how much I love Thursdays anyway, I'm going with It's Thursday and I got paid and I get to wear jeans tomorrow!! Too much?? Oh well, I guess I'll stick with the current title until we come up with something better.

I'm thankful for so many things. Life can be tough: we are dealing with rising prices, traffic, long commutes, tainted tomatoes - only 24 hours in each day (What is UP with that??). But I have a lot of things to be happy about. And I'm going to particpate on Thursdays as Fussy and friends remember that there are lots of blessings in our lives.

This week, I am thankful that when my poor pathetic car died on us a few weeks ago, we were able to go out and buy a NEW CAR.

I know this is silly, but I have NEVER owned a new car. They've always just been new to me, which is nice, but it's awfully neat to have a car that no one else has messed up first! So, here's our new car...

Isn't it cute??
I mean, REALLY REALLY cute??? The gas mileage is pretty terrific (Ugh - you know you're a grownup when you spend all your time worrying about gas mileage)
It's so tiny on the outside, but it doesn't really have any less room inside than my old car did...
And of course, I had to throw in a picture of my handsome devil...

So, there's my Thankful Thought for Thursday (I just love alliteration, don't you??)

Please head over to
Fussy's place and check out all the wonderful Thurday posts!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Conversations: Not just for kids anymore.

Voice on the Radio: And coming up next, a death at Sea World today.

Budman: How in the hell do you die at Sea World??

Me: Drowning? Hungry whale? Sea Lion Rampage? Penguin Attack?

Budman: Yeah, that's it - Penguin Attack.

Me: Some penguins are pretty frightening creatures if I am to believe the book that I read to the boys last week. Some of them can get as much at FOUR feet tall.

Budman: Yeah - the King penguin. Only thing a King penguin is afraid of is a Queen penguin.

Me: You are so weird.

Radio: blah blah blah whale died at Sea World.

Me: You k'now, we totally got screwed out of that story. No angry Sea Lion rampage or anything.

Budman: Yeah, they really had us going...

Monday, June 16, 2008

Shameless begging Monday

I forgot that today was Monday. Monday is camera begging day, so here goes.

Dear Nikon, Canon, Sony and friends others,

I love pictures. I love taking pictures. I have some adorable kids, and I have an all-encompassing NEED to take their pictures... But my camera, a Pentax OptioE10, just isn't cutting the mustard. It was nice as my first camera, and it took some OK pictures, but now I end up with gems like this:


So, Nikon, Canon, Sony and friends others, here is your opportunity to make Pentax look bad. Send me a camera, a beautiful, complicated non-fuzzy-picture-taking kind of camera, and I will review it, and sing your praises continually for the next hundred years or so...

**Here's the point where I offer Pentax the opportunity to reedem them selves by providing me with a new camera. I'm sure it's not your fault mine doesn't work, my kids probably dunked it in the toilet or something

(Just kidding about that toilet part - I never let my kids touch my camera.)


P.S. If you send two cameras, I can host a giveaway...

a/k/a time flies when you're... oh never mind

I'm going to have to start numbering these... Not to mention finding a way to make our weekends some more interesting... Ah well, just the highlights, then...

Here's the weekend update.

Friday, we took the day off of work. The memorial service wasn't until the evening, but we were not about to spend the extra gas, to go to work, come home early, get us and the kids ready and drive all the way back up to the church where the service was.

Gas prices seem to influence more and more where we go. I don't even like to drive the 4-7 miles it take to get wherever I need to go in town. If it weren't for those pesky kids wanting to eat all the time, I probably wouldn't go anywhere EVER!!

The service Friday evening was nice. My uncle wasn't the kind of guy who would have wanted everyone dressing up all fancy for him, but we did it anyway. The boys behaved well (Thank goodness). There was a slide show, some music, and then people told their stories. My uncle was the kind of guy, that if you knew him you had a "story". There will be no funeral - at least not yet. Due to the nature of the incident, he has not yet been identified, and the investigation is ongoing. So, in lieu of a funeral, the memorial service offered some closure (as much as you can get in this situation, anyway).

Saturday, Budman went to his parents to help with work around the house, the kids and I went to get Father's Day gifts. I got T-shirts and paints, and we made hand print T-shirts. The boys each picked their own paint color, and I could not have picked better colors if I had tried. They went perfect together . We went ahead and made four of the shirts, for my dads and Budman's dad, also.

Sunday, we gave Budman his shirt, and the cards that the little ones had made for him. He was touched. (He should have been... The boys asked for my help in spelling. I got a piece of paper, and wrote the things they said they wanted to put in the cards, I was a bit teary-eyed just reading them.) Monkey, especially, who wrote, "I love you for keeping us safe. Thank you for being the best dad." Aww.... excuse me just a moment. 'Talk amongst yourselves'

Dinner that evening was, surprisingly, a success. Seems lately anytime I get in the kitchen, something goes wrong. It's part to do with my scatterbrained nature, partly bad luck and partly that I always get a bit ambitious in the kitchen. I planned the menu last week, bought my groceries ahead of time. And feel free to laugh at me, Budman does, but lately ALL my recipes come from bloggers.

The menu:

Bacon Tomato Cups from Robin at Pensieve - Oh mama, were these good... I think I overdid the Mayo a teensy bit, but they still turned out heavenly, and if I hadn't reminded them to save room for desert, Budman and Possum would have eaten them all. Thankfully, I still have quite a few of these in my fridge, and I'm kicking myself for not bringing them for lunch today...

Shrimp Scampi from My Wooden Spoon - This was awesome. I think I will use more butter next time, but it was a hit. Both Possum and Monkey went back for thirds!! Granted, Possum will eat anything, but he won't go back for seconds or thirds unless it's REALLY good.
What went wrong: I forgot until the very last minute that the shrimp we bought was not already peeled, and had to turn off the fire under the pan while I spent almost 20 minutes frantically peeling shrimp.

Creamed Spinach from The Pioneer Woman - I really cannot get enough of her recipes. I have not found a bad one yet... And to be perfectly honest, I have never eaten spinach before yesterday. Shocking, I know. I've never been able to get past the smell of canned spinach, but when I made fresh creamed spinach yesterday, I REALLY liked it!!
What went wrong: Not having ever cooked fresh spinach (or any spinach, for that matter) before, and being the stubborn know-it-all that I am, I did not look at the spinach until showtime, and I wasted another ten minutes removing all the stems. This is something I could have had Possum do for me, he was already hovering around the kitchen anyway... but I'm stubborn like that.

Carrot Cake from... a box. I had big plans, to make Sigrid's Carrot Cake, also from The Pioneer Woman (I told you - 90% of my recipes come from her!!), however Budman talked me out of it. He thinks I like to make things complicated. Once I started listing ingredients, he BEGGED me to just make him a box cake. Truth be told, I'm glad he did, if I had been doing it from scratch, I would have had to begin cooking right after lunch, and probably, I would have procrastinated, and not made it at all, and then I would have been upset with myself for not being Superwoman. I'm weird like that. So box cake it was, and my step-mother said it was the moistest cake that she had ever eaten, so YAY Betty Crocker!!!

So, even after going back and removing the really boring stuff... This is still way too long. But, if you've made it this far, you either really like me, or maybe it wasn't quite as boring as I thought...

Have a great week.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

I know, I know...

I know, it's those @#$%&* LOLcats again. After i first discovered them, and proceeded to embark on a full day LOLcats overdose, I rarely ever visited the site again, but I saw a funny one here, which then led me to the next/previous one on the site, and I laughed so loud, my co-workers think I'm a freak...

So, here it is. I really need to get some work done today, I will be off tomorrow to go to my uncle's Memorial service. So, in the interest of getting my butt off the internet and back to work, here's today's cheating, lazy post. kthxbai.


cat pictures

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Getting back into the swing of things...

Here's a list I stole from Dawn at Because I Said So a while back. This ought to keep you entertained for a minute or two...

60 Things You Possibly Didn't Know About Me

1. What is in the back seat of your car right now?

2. When was the last time you threw up
It’s been three or four months

3. What's your favorite curse word?
All of them. I like to get creative, so things don’t get boring.

4. Name 3 people who made you smile today?
I’ve barely talked to three people. Me, Budman, and my coworker K

5. What were you doing at 8 am this morning?
Sitting at my desk thinking about how much work I need to finish before the days’ over.

6. What were you doing 30 minutes ago?
Trying to get through all the work I need to finish before the days’ over.

7. What will you be doing 3 hours from now?
Finishing up lunch (aka study time) and trying to get through all the work I need to finish before the days’ over.

8. Have you ever been to a strip club?
Yes, actually worked as a bartender/waitress in one a LONG time ago.

9. What is the last thing you said aloud?
“F***ing moron!.”

10. What is the best ice cream flavor?
I like Butter Pecan (It’s too sweet to eat much of it, though) but the BEST flavor is Blue Bell Natural Vanilla Bean

11. What was the last thing you had to drink?
Coffee with French Vanilla Creamer

12. What are you wearing right now?
Black slacks, blue blouse and a beige sweater (it’s cold in here!)

13. What was the last thing you ate?
Ummm, A burrito last night for dinner?

14. Have you bought any new clothing items this week?
Yes, we got some dark slacks and shirts for the boys to wear to the service

15. When was the last time you ran?
A few weeks ago when we were playing Hide and Seek with the kids.

16. What's the last sporting event you watched?
A Nascar race most likely – I don’t really do sports

18. Who is the last person you emailed?
My mother

19. Ever go camping?
Lots, when I was younger. I’ve been bugging Budman that we ought to go soon.

20. Do you have a tan?
Yes, I suppose you could call it a tan.

24. Do you drink your soda from a straw?
Only with ice - and then only sometimes.

25. What did your last IM say?
here ya go - make this for eric. lol!

26. Are you someone's best friend?
I’m Budman’s best friend

27. What are you doing tomorrow?
If I can get enough work done today, I’m taking the day off. If I can’t then I only get Friday off.

28. Where is your mom right now?
At work

29. Look to your left, what do you see?
Piles of paper and files

30. What color is your watch?

31. What do you think of when you think of Australia ?
Kangaroos, awesome accents, and aborigines

32. Would you consider plastic surgery?
Not now – who knows in the future?

33. What is your birthstone?

34. Do you go in at a fast food place or just hit thedrive thru?
If I’m by myself, for sure the drive thru. Actually – almost always the drive thru

35.How many kids do you want?
5 – Good thing, too!

36. Do you have a dog?
Not right now.

37. Last person you talked to on the phone?
The “F***ing moron”

38. Have you met anyone famous?
No, I don’t think so.

39. Any plans today?
Work, then home

40. How many states have you lived in?
Just Texas

41. Ever go to college?

42. Where are you right now?
In my cubicle

43. Biggest annoyance in your life right now?
Rising gas prices, and other prices

44. Last song listened to?
I do not know. We listen to news radio in the mornings, so whatever it was, it would have been last night.

46. Are you allergic to anything?
Not that I know of.

47. Favorite pair of shoes you wear all the time?
Everyday to work, I wear a pair of black loafers, but I live in bare feet or sandals at home.

48. Are you jealous of anyone?
Not seriously.

50. Is anyone jealous of you?
I don’t know, but I doubt it.

51. What time is it?

52. Do any of your friends have children?

53. Do you eat healthy?
Yes, I also eat unhealthy, too.

54. What do you usually do during the day?

55. Do you hate anyone right now?
Hating someone takes too much time and energy. No one I dislike is worth it.

56. Do you use the word 'hello' daily?
I’m sure that I do.

58. How old will you be turning on your next birthday?

59. Have you ever been to Six Flags?
Six Flags over Texas, been there a zillion times – but not since my oldest was about 6.

60. How did you get one of your scars?
I was sitting on the wheel hump in the back of the back of our Suburban when I was about 5 (Car seats? Who needed car seats??), when some idiot ran a red light, my mother screamed, causing my father to slam on his brakes, causing me to fly forward and cut my head open on a piece of metal sticking out of the back of the seat in front of me. Took 14 stitches in my forehead.

Ok – and since this list happened to be missing numbers 17, 21, 22, 23, 45, 49 and 57, here are seven more things about me.
  • I am a full-on Dr. Pepper addict. I’m sure it’s the caffeine, but I will not give up my Dr. Pepper. And I DO NOT drink diet.
  • I talk in my sleep. I can have complete conversations or it can be absolute gibberish. Budman claims that I mostly speak Furbish.
  • Somedays, I REALLY REALLY miss being a stay at home mom.
  • But, I also like to dream about finishing school, and imagine what kind of job I get.
  • I day dream A LOT.
  • I enjoy disagreeing with my co-worker, just to annoy her as much as she annoys me. I am deliberately disagreeable at every opportunity. Sometimes, I feel really guilty about this.
  • I've decided that I'm going to grow things this year. Flowers, herb, whatever. Unfortunately, I forgot about my horrible procrastination habit and my brown thumb. I actually re-planted a weed, because I thought it was something, and I've only been able to grow basil so far... And the bugs are loving it. UGH.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Not sure...

Not sure what to say, not sure what I SHOULD say. My family emailed me the article about my uncle last night. It's so unfair. People my age (or younger) should not lose their parents. People my parents age shouldn't lose their spouses. I cannot imagine what my aunt is feeling. I know that I would be completely inconsolable, and even now - I'm at a loss.

So, this is what fills our thoughts right now. Well, that and Budman's father, who has been in poor health for years, but is back in the hospital this week. At this point we've heard 2 - 4 months left, but they've been telling us for 5 or 6 years that each Christmas would be his last. My guess? He's too ornery to die... Still, Budman is hurting, and I am hurting.

And I promise I will post pictures of the new car, and happier details of our lives. But right now, it just doesn't feel right...

Sunday, June 8, 2008


No weekend update today. We've had a death in the family and somehow, car shopping trips and weekend relaxation seem rather inconsequential today. I will post more later.

**Edited: Budman and the children are fine, didn't want to worry anyone. My uncle passed away Saturday evening. I would have posted more details, but we don't really have any at this point... **

Friday, June 6, 2008

Picture mosaic

I found this at Autobiography of my Feet. And since I'm so creative and always come up with my own post ideas I decided that I would do something else, of course, I snagged it. Mine's not as lovely as Z's, though - so check hers out as well.

Wanna do it? You know you do - 'cause it's a good way to kill an hour. (Just don't do like I did and hit the back button to make changes). Anyway - Here's what to do!!

A. Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Search.

B. Using only the first page, pick an image.

C. Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into fd’s mosaic maker.

1. What is your first name?
2. What is your favorite food?
3. What high school did you go to?
4. What is your favorite color?
5. Who is your celebrity crush?
6. Favorite drink?
7. Dream vacation?
8. Favorite dessert?
9. What you want to be when you grow up?
10. What do you love most in life?
11. One Word to describe you.
12. Your flickr name.

Here's mine...

I suppose mine could have been a lot more avant garde or artsy fartsy or whatever it is that you're supposed to be going for, but I kinda went for the obvious choices. I'm like that - Obvious.

Here are the photo credits... 1. Life is like a melody, 2. Lobster landing, 3. Grapevine - Sunrise, 4. Berlin blues, 5. Legolas.jpg, 6. Dirty Martini, 7. Cabin by the Lake, 8. Banana Split , 9. Still in love? I think so ; ), 10. The Calvo Family - Holidays, 11. Close Encounters of the Third Kind, 12. Oh Scooter!

Have a terrific weekend - Tune in Monday for the update - if there's anything worth reporting, that is...

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Thursday, June 5, 2008

Cheater Cheater, Punkin' eater...


You know what to do...

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

You are a graduwat now...

Monkey's Kindergarten Graduation ceremony was Monday, and it was quite nice, except for a bit of scheduling miscommunication with the caregiver (Grrr) and Mater taking a header off of the couch while he was supposed to be heading upstairs to get shoes on, which resulted in his staying home with Papo.

A Kindergarten graduation is pretty self explanatory, so I'll just post some pictures. My camera SUCKS, and almost all of the pictures are hideously blurry. They're so bad, I really want to cry. These are the memories that I have of Monkey's big moment, and thank goodness Budman was taking video for most of it, because the pictures sucked @ss. Guess it's time for me to start begging for a new camera, too...

Anyway, they sung a few songs, got their diplomas, we watched a slide presentation, and then took lots of pictures.
Afterward, we went to dinner with my Mom and Step-dad, and then home to bed.

Well, that's one milestone passed... Mater graduates Kindergarten next year, and then it will be a race to see if I can graduate before Possum does in four years...

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Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Weekend Update - continued

First, I have to say that my Monkey graduated Kindergarten last night!!

I'll have photos - as soon as Budman sends them to me - So today may be a two-poster!! I know you're SO 'cited.

But, for now - back to the weekend update. It isn't all that interesting, but I'll do my best.

Oh - and Possum's eyes are looking much better. You can see a little bit of purple if you look closely, but he's doing just fine, thanks for thinking of him!

Saturday, was pretty simple. Budman worked on the car, he was feeling a lot of stress about that, and when you're stressed, I'm not really the best person to have around. I can be a bit... clingy, for lack of a better word, and annoyingly accommodating. Finally, I recognized that Budman needed some time to himself (I'm not exactly a quick study). He went out for a while, I cleaned our bedroom, while doing laundry (and actually putting away clothes!) I had the boys clean their room and the loft (which is nothing more than a glorified toy storage area).

For lunch, I chopped up some leftover ham and made an awesome ham salad, the little ones, of course, don't know what's good, and preferred to have Mac 'n Cheese. (Neanderthals)

After lunch, I had the boys take a nap. (The little ones, I don't make Possum nap). We have pretty much done away with napping, since they don't have nap time at school during the week, but Saturday was stressful, and I wanted some time to get the cleaning handled, without having to stop every five minutes to break up fights or whatever.

When Budman returned, he announced that we were taking the boat and heading for the lake - as soon as the little guys woke up. I went upstairs a few minutes later, and they were both awake, so we got ready and headed out. This was the first time that we let them swim in the water while we were out there, and they were both VERY nervous about that - even though they had their life jackets on.

Both Monkey and Mater are a little afraid of the water. It took me forever before I could get Mater to take a bath without screaming - and showers are a nightmare!! We had a little pool last summer, and while Monkey would have lived in it if we would have let him, Mater very rarely felt the need to "swim". So, understandably, they were both freaking out a bit about jumping into the lake from the side of the boat.

But, mean mommy that I am, I made them get into the lake at every opportunity. Budman was in the water with them, and usually, we only let one in at a time, since I discovered that while I can get into the water, our boat doesn't have a ladder yet, so I am incapable of pulling myself back out! I'm so embarrassed to even admit that... No upper body strength, and overweight. YAY! But, that's OK, I'm working on it - and Budman promised to get me a ladder. Anyway, I wish I had taken the camera, because I will not be able to accurately describe some of the funniest moments that happened. I'm totally gonna try, though.

While Mater was in the water, he was screaming so loudly, that I was sure someone would call the police. He just about came unglued! As Budman was handing him up to me so I could lift him back into the boat, he said (still screaming) "I liked it!!!" Sorry Mater, not buying it.

Monkey also fussed a bit, they both like the water fine as long as they can touch the bottom, but that's not so easy in a lake. Later, we found a spot to do some fishing, and Mater decided that he needed to.. go potty. When we told him that he would have to get into the water, he decided all of a sudden, that he no longer had to go. Too bad, we lifted him over the side and down into the water, while he's screaming "no, no, no, I don't want to! no, no, OH MAN!" That was the moment when his feet touched the bottom of the lake. We were in a little "inlet", and it was about 2-3 foot deep. He felt awfully silly about the fuss after that. He took care of business and we teased him for making such a ruckus. He wiped his tears, and began to laugh at the whole thing. He even told the story again several times later that night after we got home.

We stayed out on the lake as late as possible, getting back to the boat ramp just before the sun began to go down. It was so very nice. I think we'll be spending most of our time there.

Sunday, we slept in a little and then decided to head back to the lake. (Aren't' I boring? "car trouble, blah blah, lake, blah blah, laundry, blah blah blah!" Some swimming, some fishing (I won - I caught SEVEN fish!!) Repeat. Repeat again. We headed back home, ate some hamburgers, and put the boys down for a nap. As soon as he asked to be excused from the table, Mater asked if he could go take his nap. Monkey was not far behind. Due to the heat of the day, and the VAST amounts of sun, even Budman and I took naps. After that, Budman spent the evening on the laptop, looking for our new car (Yes, my car is repairable, but it will be time consuming and expensive, and we've been discussing a new car with better gas mileage anyway. Guess now is the time.)

Speaking of sun, the top of my right foot is burned. The left foot is just fine. I have no idea why. Budman, bless his heart, burned his scalp (I knew I should have rubbed sunscreen in his hair...) And I managed to miss a few spots when I applied sunscreen, so I have pink cleavage and the backs of my arms are not feeling so hot. Actually, they are feeling hot - but you know what I mean...

Monkey and Mater, managed to avoid being sunburned, I'm a maniac when it comes to sunscreen for my two fish-belly white boys, though.

Possum got a bit of sunburn on his back, and several people have asked "Didn't you put sunscreen on him?" My answer has been that he's 14, and old enough to put on his own sunscreen. Is this wrong? I did remind him on Sunday, although he forgot to put it on his back, and is now a little sore...

Anyway, so I'm now wondering, Should I have made sure he put sunscreen on? Having your (step)mom put sunscreen on you - isn't that a little creepy? I generally try not to nag Possum about stuff, although he is forgetful, we are trying to teach him responsibility for his own actions, and not to depend on us to think for him. Just wondering - Input appreciated.

Well, there it is - Not nearly as exciting as I built it up to be, but that's our weekend nonetheless.



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Monday, June 2, 2008

Busier than a one-legged man...

In a butt-kicking contest.

Whew! Well, Here's the weekend Friday update.

Friday, Budman and I were headed to Mater's school because he won the "Insert school name and mascot here" Pride Award for the 6th 6 weeks. It's an award that is voted on by teachers (with student input) and it's for students who show good character. Yay Mater! This honor won him a certificate and a donut breakfast with the pricipal in the library Friday morning. We were planning to head into work late - after the presentation was over. Unfortunately, fate, karma or the universe had other plans. On the way to the school, my car died. At 60 mph. On the freeway. Yippee.

THANKFULLY, grandma was also going to the school, so that she could take Mater for the day after the presentation - and we would be able to head on into work. (Mater's in afternoon pre-K, so he wouldn't NEED to be there for another several hours.) So, we all hopped in Grammy's car, headed to the school,

then went back home to call a tow truck. ARGH!!! Budman was not a happy camper.

As it happened, we had left Budman's truck at my work on Thursday, to save gas, and because we were both headed to the house anyway, it seemed nicer to keep each other company. Of course, this meant that we had ONE car at home, and NO alternate way into work.

So, I got an unexpected day off work on Friday, it was spent doing lots of laundry. After a little while, Budman and I arranged to borrow my father's Jeep to go pick up his truck. After a VERY windy, bumpy ride (I have decided that I do NOT want a Jeep!) we got to my work and managed to pick up the truck without being seen by anyone who knows me.

On the way home, Budman got a call from the school nurse. At Possum's school. Apparently, there had been a fight, and Possum did NOT win. She felt that he might need medical attention, and could we please come get him. ARGH!!! So, Budman and I headed toward school to pick him up. Of course, as is our luck, before we could get there, there was a multi-car pile-up on the freeway, about 100 yards in front of us. We got to watch as the rescue vehicles arrived, and proceeded to shut down the freeway for 45 minutes. 45 very long, very sunny, very hot minutes in a Jeep. I actually turned on the A/C, which was less than effective with no top or windows, but I didn't care.

Budman called my dad to go get Possum, and once we were able we headed home.

Turns out, Possum is fine, relatively speaking. His face is a bit cut up, and he has TWO black eyes. I'm not really sure what happened, but apparently he and another kid decided that they were going to box after class. Ugh - Teenage boys...

This was supposed to be the WEEKEND update, but this is getting long, and I still have two days to go. Besides, I never have anything to post on Tuesdays anyway, so I will continue my tale tomorrow.

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