Thursday, January 31, 2008

LOST


Oh My Goodness! Was anybody else surprised at how the show went tonight? First, I hate that Charlie is gone, even though he kind of got on my nerves. Second, what is UP with Jack? Not to mention, Hurley's back in the 'institution' and talking to dead Charlie? And did you notice when he was being 'hauled away' he said something like "you don't know who I am - I'm one of the Oceanic 6?" like, what happened to all the other people on the island? I thought for sure that Sawyer would have been the one driving the run-away Camaro though - looking forward to seeing 'if he made it off the island'.

Until next Thursday - I'll be LOST!


Thankful Thursday

My dogwood tree


1. I'm thankful for my family - for the UIC and the Doodlebug and all the joy and craziness they bring into my daily life. They complete me.


2. I'm thankful for Cinnamon the cat~not the spice. Even though she seems to be the spice of life when we are home. I now believe that people who spend time with pets have lower blood pressure.


3. I'm thankful to live in a country where I can go to college, pursue my dreams and worship God.


4. I'm grateful for my friends that I chat with online - and those in TRW - I'd be lost without them.


5 I'm thankful for the promise that each new day brings.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Just how did I get here and where am I going?

So, as you may have gathered, I have returned to college. Yes, after first enrolling in this fine university back in '95 - gasp! - I am back again. Not withstanding, I do actually have a degree - but not the one that I want. I made the decision, when I left the airline industry in 2002, that I wanted to go back to school. Initially I enrolled in Accounting courses - afterall, it is what I know, even though it was not where my heart was. I had made a good living at the airline working in fields that always called on my accounting knowledge and know-how and I was really good at what I did. But 9/11 happened and the allure of aviation just wasn't there anymore. All I could think of while the towers were falling was how I wanted to run to my car as fast as I could and get home to my Doodlebug. So I cashed in my company loyalty, took the buy out that was offered and moved on to greener pastures - I was going to get to stay at home with the Doodlebug and focus on eventually finishing school.

Quick leap to the present. It is now 2008 and I am STILL, or should I say, BACK in school. Granted, I got sidetracked a few times. I continued to work as a contractor in my old office at the airport. I went in one or two days a week just to stay on top of things. I attended classes. I subbed at the Doodlebug's Preschool and I also was room mom. Her first year in public school, I took a job running the After School Program at her school - all while still taking classes full time. I worked there for one year - I feel like I paid my dues in more ways than one - and decided that I wouldn't be returning in the fall. We had some family health issues with my parents and grandparents that side tracked me for a while and time continued to march along. Finally a friend and my daughter's teacher convinced me to sign up to be a substitute teacher. That was the beginning of 2006 and I loved it. I decided then and there, this was something that I wanted to pursue.

Now I am about to finish my underclass requirements for my (second)Associates degree in Education. I'm planning on finishing my coursework at an off-campus location for one of the larger and more respected universities in the state. I'm going to pursue dual certification in Special Education and Early Childhood Education. I want to make a difference. I want to be one of those teachers who makes her students all feel special and unique. I want to make learning fun. I worry sometimes that this is going to take forever to finish - but now I have a projected completion date. I should finish my program Spring of 2010 - That sounds like FOREVER away and I'm sure the UIC would be glad if I could finish tomorrow, but it'll all be worth it in the end.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Things that Never Cross a Man's Mind...

Dr. McDreamy
I heard this song this afternoon driving back from the mall. Apparently it's a new single by Kelly Pickler, who apparently had been on American Idol - we don't watch AI, so I have no idea -but it was funny! Click HERE to go and see a live performance of the song.

I need to go shopping
These shoes are all wrong
Just look in my closet ~ not a thing to put on
I wonder how these jeans make me look from behind?
Things that never cross a man's mind

Lets turn off the tv
Now can't we just talk ?
Lets lay here and cuddle
Til we both drift off
If we don't make l*ve ~ that'll be just fine
Things that never cross a man's mind

That joke is too dirty
This steak is too thick
Ain't no way in the world I'll ever finish it
That car is too fast
This beer is too cold
And watchin all this football is sure getting old
Wish I was workin this weekend
Not on the lake wettin' my line
Things that never cross a man's mind

Her lips are too red
Her skirt is too tight
Her legs are too long
And her heels are too high
Boy, she looks like the marryin kind
Things that never cross a man's mind

I feel a little bloated I think I'm fixin to start
That movie was good except for the violent parts
Brad Pitt is s*xy
Why did he change his hair ?
I knew him and Jenny never had a prayer
These curtains clash with the carpet
The color scheme is a crime
Things that never cross a man's mind Oh, things that never cross a man's mind

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Have Turtle - will travel



What does a fun loving family of three do on the weekend? Well, if you are a dad who's had very little sleep, a mom who's avoiding writing a paper like it's the plague and a daughter who hates to shop? You go to the mall. That's right. We all got loaded into the car and headed to the mall - to Build-A-Bear to be exact, so that the Doodlebug could stuff her Turtle that her Daddy got her for Christmas. Her name is "Shelby". My suggestion of "Snapple" didn't go over too well with the natives. But she's cute and she's dressed in a Hello Kitty Camo outfit this evening, ready for whatever adventure comes her way. But the funny thing is, when we were checking out so that we could pay for the outfit, the cashier asked the Doodlebug if she got the turtle, now known as Shelby, any panties - to which my daughter looked horrified. She looks at me, I look at her, then I look at the cashier who says "she's got on a skirt and a barebottom" and the next thing out of my mouth was "She's going it commando". With that, the daughter abandoned me to go and stand outside the store with her Daddy. LOL - I thought she was going to fall out, right there in the middle of BAB. I love ragging on her. Makes my day.


After I finish paying for the outfit, I go and find those two and they are talking about where we should go eat. Now, Doodlebug is a lover of all things Cracker Barrell, so we decide to forego the mall eateries and we get back in the car. We head down the road - no Cracker Barrell, so we decide to go to another town to the one there. So we finally arrived, they both act like they've never had food before in their lives - and we had a nice dinner and giggled and acted silly, as per the only way to behave when out with the Doodlebug and the UIC. Then it was finally time to come back home to the house - where the Wii rules and the computer is king. Where sleep abounds for the restless and papers wait on the Momster to be written.
I love days like this - time spent with the "Three Family". Singing to the radio and just having fun.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Fantastic Friday

Oh thank the good heavens, we have ended the week on a positive note. The Doodlebug's jacket showed up, renewing her belief in elementary mankind. I had a great day at work. The UIC seems to be rested and relaxed. We are expecting a forecast of a little wintry mix tonight and into the early hours of the morning.



I have decided that tomorrow I am doing myself a favor. I am going to dig all of my scrapbooking stuff out of the closets in here and take it downstairs to the dining room and see where I am in regards of working on the Doodlebug's album. Then I might even try to find the time to do a little painting. Something crafty - just to set the mood for the weekend. Maybe that'll put me in mind to write my dreaded paper that is due on Monday....Mesopotamia, Egypt and the Hebrew people. Doesn't that sound like F*U*N?



I want to look into a lot of new techniques that I keep reading about in regards to scrapbooking. I need to drag my sizzix out and give it a good workout as well. We need to decide what the Doodlebug is going to do for her valentine's for her fellow students. We made these for Christmas for the specials teachers at her school - so I know we won't be doing chocolate bars :)

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Thrilling Thursdays

Today was an odd day at best. I had a great day at work, worked with a wonderful class, all was calm in my little corner of the world. Until....da da da! (creepy musical introduction) I had to deal with the apparent hormones of a pre-teen daughter who seems to be going on 21. Yes, the Doodlebug had a melt down. It was on the way home, after she couldn't find her jacket at school. I don't know about anyone else, but when did this age become so darned dramatic? She was pitiful. I didn't know whether to hug her or be quiet or what. I mean, I was already in a mood over the fact that, while we are trying to teach responsibility so that we are ready for middle school next year, she lost her jacket. What is a mom to do?



Do you ever have those days where you wonder "why me"? Welcome to my afternoon!! We spent so much time on the jacket situation that I didn't have time to come home and cook a 'proper' meal so we went and got a 'gourmet' pizza from the freezer at the store and I fixed that for dinner. But as I am slaving away cooking this meal, I realize two things. We are almost out of cereal and we are in certain danger of being out of milk. So this just sent me OVER THE EDGE. I finally made the declaration to the empty space in the room, because really it's the only thing listening to what I am saying at this point, that my family would eat all the flour and glue in the house! I don't know why, but it drives me crazy! Just cuz there's Shrek cereal in the pantry doesn't mean that it all has to be eaten - right now! Maybe this is another one of those control issues, but good grief! Nothing is safe and I was not about to go back to the store to buy milk and cereal. DH can just suffer this one on his own tomorrow while I'm working.

I am beginning to think that I may never find time again to work on anything crafty. This I hate. I think I need a long session of craft therapy.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

It's Been a Long Day

Boy, it has been a long day! Rushing to campus this morning for my two classes - whew! At least we are getting closer to finishing the semester though and then on to bigger and better things for moi! I have to keep my eye on the prize here so that I don't become frustrated along the way.

The Doodlebug has had a ton of history homework lately and to be honest, I'm upset about what is printed in her book. There are , at least what I consider to be, important facts that are missing. It has been a wierd two days helping her hunt down facts that are simply NOT printed within her textbook. And on top of that, I have a comparison paper due on Monday regarding the Mesopotamian, Egyptian and Hebrew settlements in Ancient History. Fun, fun, fun. NOT But again, I am keeping my eye on the prize. We just have WAY TOO MUCH history homework between the two of us!

In other news, I am shocked at the reports that Heath Ledger has died. I have always enjoyed watching A Knight's Tale and am looking forward to his performance in The Dark Knight, which is due out this summer. My heart goes out to his family and his two year old daughter. Such sad news.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Tune it up Tuesday!

Well the world is returning to its normal pace this morning. I dropped a very weary eyed girl off at school and came home to clean the kitchen and run a load of dishes in my sparklin' clean dishwasher. I had read over the weekend (catching up on those magazines!) that you could clean the dishwasher by running it through a normal cycle with a bowl containing 2 cups of white vinegar so I did this yesterday. The dishwasher is so nice and sparkly now :) I had a few minutes to chat with my friend Rhonda where she shared tales of her 12 year old and the clothing trends at middle school (I'm still in shock!) and then came upstairs to tackle the remaining "Attic Shuffle". I think I am about done, thank goodness, and would have finished up LONG ago if I hadn't found a few things that were left out when we packed up the Christmas decorations. But all in all, I am proud of myself for organizing the attic this year - I think we somehow have less tubs in there and I know where everything is!



And now it's time to update on I Hate Walmart! I have found that life apparently cannot exist without going to Walmart. We had to go yesterday afternoon. But I am proud to admit that I refused to go to the store in 'town' and instead drove to another store (have I mentioned there are like 4 stores nearby?). We got our minimal purchases and left. I have been doing much better in giving my business to the retail grocery stores in our area lately - and I've even managed to make myself use coupons! Yes, you read that right - COUPONS! I always save that part of the Sunday paper and eventually it ends up stuffed in the space around my desk, but last week I went to the local store with my coupons and used them! I use this website Cutouthunger.org - you can find out the best deals at your local stores, state by state, and she tells you prices and coupons. Really a neat, organized strategy. Just thought I'd pass that along.

I am thinking about painting this room. I never liked the paint colors that were in here when we bought the house, so a while back I decided to paint the hideous green wall and primed all of the walls just your basic white. So maybe I'll feel creative by the end of the week and start on my project - I'll make sure to take before and after pictures - and I'm thinking about rag rolling the walls - something I've never done before. Wish me luck!

Now it's time to get back to the attic storage switcharoo. Have a wonderful Tuesday!

Monday, January 21, 2008

Manic Monday

Today was an (un)interesting day. The UIC's sleep patterns are sporatic at best which makes for an interesting sleep time. The Doodlebug has a project due tomorrow on Matter...so we have spent a good deal of the night putting the finishing touches on her report so that she can turn it in.

Last night I went to a pampered chef party at my friend Debbie's house. We had a good time and I ordered some really neat things - one that I am most curious about is this Mix'n Masher that looks really cool. I'm anxiously awaiting getting my goodies when they come in. One really cool thing about Pampered Chef that my friend made years ago when I had a party was a microwave cake. You make the cake mix as usual and pour it into their stoneware bundt pan and then you take your frosting and add about 1/2 of the container to the batter - just divide it into 4s into the pan. Pop it in the microwave for 12 to 13 minutes and viola! You have the moistest, yummiest cake you can imagine. It's incredible! Oh and you can use the remaining icing as a glaze - just heat it in the microwave. YUM

Aside from that, not much else going on. Looking forward to getting back into the daily routine even though the local weather cast shows the possibility of a wintery mix tonight. Not sure if it's projected for our area but who knows with the way our weather has been lately! Either way, here are some goals that I have for myself for this week:

1. Wash all the linens/fluff the pillows
2. Buy curtain rods for the living room windows and finally get the drapes back up in place!
3. Deep clean the dishwasher/microwave/self clean the oven/ clean the frig and deep freezer
4. Work on the Disney scrapbook that has been haunting me the past few years!

Aside from that, I'm playing it day by day :)

Until next time....
The Momster

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Snowy Saturday

Today we have snow - we have been waiting on this since it snowed here on Wednesday. Two snows in one winter - it's a pretty big deal here in the south! I'm sitting here, watching the snow fall out the window. The roof tops are all white now and the ground is following along. The drive way is starting to look a littlle mushy so that's a sign that the roads could get interesting in a little bit. At least interesting in the term of southern driving. We don't get this stuff enough and so it freaks people out completely. The stores are all probably out of bread, milk, and eggs right now. The airport is probably in a panic....makes me happy to be right here in my nice, warm and comfy home. I'm just waiting for sufficient time before I break out the cocoa maker and start mixing up some cookie dough.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Thursdays Thoughts

Why is it that you can have the best intentions on doing something, but when it comes right down to it, you can't seem to find the strength and/or will power to finish what you've started?

Case in point: It's the day after the school. The roads are fine so the kids had to go to school. I'm at home today and the only things I've managed to get done are:
1) clean the kitchen and
2) pick up the newspapers from the living room.

That's it - nothing more. And it's not like I don't already have a list of things that I need to do. Heck, I could break out the Pilate's DVD and work on that. I could go and plan a month's worth of meals or finish organizing my craft supplies - but no. My derriere is planted right here in this chair and here I sit with the space heater keeping my toes warm. Instead of doing my own personal 'housecleaning' I've been checking out blogs. Made a few phone calls. And that's it. What is WRONG with me???

So now that I've wallowed in my self pity I think I'm going to get up and go do something productive. Maybe dig my list out of my day planner and actually mark some things off today.

Anybody else have this problem?????

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Snnnnooooowwwwwww!

If I could sing in four part harmony right now, you would hear "SNOW" from the classic film "White Christmas". We came home today, driving in the snow. We played outside while snow whipped around our faces and caught in our hair. We laughed and giggled. It was a wonderful way to spend the afternoon. Now I'm sure we'll be going to bed praying for something tonight to freeze over the roads so that the big yellow cheese (school bus) can't run in the morning so that we can get a 'snow day'. A day to spend in our pajamas, watching tv with the fireplace warming our feet, while we are sipping hot chocolate and snacking on popcorn and cookies. Doesn't that sound good? No wonder my friend, slackermomII, said she prayed to the Saint of Snow. There really is one - if you don't believe me, look it up!

So I bid you adieu, adieu, to yieu and yieu and yieu!

Sweet dreams of SNOOOOWWWWW!
the Momster

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Just unloading...

Some things about me that I really need to change:

1. Condense my craft closet - I really have too much stuff in there. I have painting supplies and scrapbooking supplies and sewing stuff and so on and so on. I really need to take the time to sit down and really see where my heart is with being 'crafty' and let some of it go - it's just cluttering up the process. I open the doors and instantly feel boiled over even though it's all organized. A lot of my 'collecting' started as the idea that since I like crafts and the Doodlebug likes crafts, it could be something we could do together. But we never craft. NEVER.

2. Get rid of my magazines - When I went back to school last year, I was getting several magazines in the mail. Family Fun, Woman's Day, Southern Living just to name a few. I started just sitting them aside until I had time to go through them. Afterall, I love to read and it would be a good way to relax. Or so I told myself. In working in the bonus room I found a basket full of magazines. Some have pages marked - some do not. My goal here is to go through the ones I've marked and then get rid of them - either by donating to the school's art program or recycling. But either way, they need to GO.

3. Clean out my closet - I really need to do this. And while I'm at it, I need to come back in here and go through the closet where we store clothes, too. Things that are too small or that haven't been worn that we don't really want to part with. I need to get more organized when it comes to my clothes. I told Doodlebug this morning while she was getting ready for school that she needs to really go through her stuff and organize it by outfits, so she always has something ready to wear. Of course she rolled her eyes, but it made me think, why didn't I practice what I preach?

4. Take the CLEP exams - I need to buckle down and take my two science CLEP exams. And I need to do this before July. I have to take two lab science classes and I cannot go to the closest college to get this done, because my college won't accept their credit, so I have decided to make myself study and try to CLEP two science classes. That's the last of the classes that I need to finish my degree and to move forward to earning my degree in Special Education.

5. Find more interesting things to BLOG about. LOL I promise, once I'm out of this organize mode for the new year, I'll do better!

For now, that's all the tell all I have time to tell.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Monday's Musings


HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE SMURFS! The Smurfs are officially 50 years old today. Who'da thunk it?

So it's near the end of Monday. It's been a good day. Went to school and nearly froze to death walking across campus this morning. Took my History quiz, which I think I aced. Drove home and frantically stopped in the store to pick up a few things that we needed, rushed home, grabbed a sandwich and went to pick up the Doodlebug.

I don't think I've mentioned it here, but I am listening to the novel "Cold Mountain" on my drive. I'm enjoying the story, although at times it sort of shocks me. I try to relate the description of the landscape to my adventures in the Appalachian Mountains. I try to imagine the severity of the life that was afforded people during the seventeenth century - then I am just grateful to be able to listen to the story from the comfort of my car. I try not to picture Jude Law as Inman and Nicole Kidman as Ada but I do see Renee Zwelleger as Ruby - I cannot wipe that image from my mind.
Other than that, it's been a peaceful Monday and for that I'm grateful. I need to make myself focus more on accomplishing my list of goals that I listed a while back - with going back to school last week, I've sort of gotten off task. Thankfully my friend The Source reminded me of them so I guess I need to dust them off and give it a good southern girl go!
So until next time, I bid you peace and serenity - I'm going off to pray for snow! :)

Sunday, January 13, 2008

A Family

Not sure where exactly I got this poem, but I love it for the truth it speaks to me. Just wanted to share on this Sunday.

A Family is a Place
To cry
To laugh
To vent frustration
To ask for help
And tease
And yell
To be kissed and hugged
and smiled at.

A Family is People
Who care when you are sad
Who love you no matter what
Who share your triumphs
Who don't expect you to be perfect
Just grow with honesty
In your own direction.

A Family is a Circle
Where we learn to like ourselves
Where we learn to make good decisions
Where we learn to think before we do
Where we learn integrity and respect for others
Where we are special
Where we share ideas
Where we listen and are listened to
Where we learn the rules of life
To prepare ourselves for the world.

The world is a Place
Where anything can happen.

If we grow in a Loving Family
We are ready for the world.

Enjoy today with your family...

Saturday, January 12, 2008

It's Saturday!!!

It's Saturday - a day for all out insanity! Everyone's got things to do and the house needs some serious attention. The UIC is off at some baseball meeting and the Doodlebug has karate in about an hour....so let's see if I am capable of accomplishing my 'list' today:

1. Clean the kitchen countertops
2. Clean off the dining room table
3. Clean the living room
4. Vacuum downstairs
5. Mop kitchen and bathroom
6. Clean the bathrooms
7. Wash linens

I'm not going to 'overproject' my list today - keeping it simple hopefully....

Everyone have a great Saturday!

Friday, January 11, 2008

Moonlight and Musings


I have a guilty pleasure, well actually a lot of them if I were to make a list, but I love to watch this show, Moonlight, on CBS. I came across it one Friday night while at home and since then, it captivates me. Not because it's original (It's "Angel" in the sunlight) but it's sort of a 60 minute escape that I have once a week. It returned tonight so I am writing during a commercial break. It's funny, it's the same way that I started watching Prison Break during it's first season. Maybe I need to find something to do on Friday nights?


On the homefront, this has been an unusual week. We have all started something 'different' in our lives. I'm commuting back to campus, Doodlebug is taking Karate, and there have been some changes for the UIC at work. The window on my car got stuck in the down position, so the UIC and my Dad figured out what the problem is and are in the process of fixing it. I feel blessed to have men in my life who are mechanically inclined. This repair would easily be around $400 at a shop. I just have to go and pick up the new switch and things will be good to go. YEAH!!!

So I wish you all a great weekend ! Blog soon!

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Wet Wednesday

It has been raining here today, which is a good thing. We are living in the middle of a drought. It's been going on for some time and if something doesn't happen soon --- well let's just say, at times I wonder what exactly the state would do to rectify the problem? Dig wells? But there's no water... Our local lake is in sad shape. I road down there after my classes today and took some pictures for my project 365 that I'm working on. When I download them to the computer, I'll be sure to share.

Aside from that, the UIC seems to have a cold. Our cat, Cinnamon, is distraught over the schedule changes in the house. I started thinking tonight -she might end up looking like that ridiculous cat from the Austin Powers movies before this is all overwith. I caught her on the loveseat in here sleeping with a teddy bear. It was cute - and at the same time sad. Should have gotten a picture of that...

But anyway, my idea of posting my goals worked out well yesterday. It made me feel accountable. And to know me, is to know that I like to make lists, so I think that may become a regular. I also used to do this thing every week that I read about somewhere (but can't recall) called the COW - Chore Of the Week. My friend Rhonda reminded me of it - I had completely forgotten. So hopefully as I get more settled in with school and the UIC's schedule and my crazy life, I will start back with the COW too.

So, Thursday's goals, if I don't get called into work (which probably won't happen - slow week!):
1. Change the linens in our bedroom
2. Clean all of the bathrooms in the house.
3. Scrub down the refrigerator.
4. Polish the countertops in the kitchen.
5. Wash all the dishes that are hiding around the house - I just spotted a coffee mug in here!
6. Clean the car - riding over 100 miles today in the rain - it looks gross!

So, we'll see how I do - or will I just come in from car pool duty and crawl back in bed? Tune in tomorrow and see :)

'Night world!

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

If you don't set goals, how can you ever score?

well I thought I'd update on how my goalsetting went for today - blah! (Score with penalty)
1. Doodlebug's room is done, minus sorting through the stack of clothes I found in the corner.
2. All of the laundry is done minus the whites, but the night is young... (being reviewed by ref)
3. I vacuumed both the upstairs and the downstairs (score!)
4. I have almost completed Chapter 1 - which was my assignment - maybe 2 more pages to go! (Score!)
5. I paid the bills! (Score!)
6. Dinner plans for tomorrow - does that count? (I'm going to get it all ready and put in the crock pot in the am) (penalty on the play)
7. That darned box is still downstairs, but there's always tomorrow right?

Overall, I feel good about my accomplishments for today. My head is killing me though and I plan on trying to get a good night's sleep. Tomorrow is "D DAY" around here - we are starting our diet! Wish us luck!


This is the question of the morning. See, the UIC is on a new shift. This is not something that normally happens with his job. And it's making me nuts! I can't vacuum. I can't clean my room. I can't find the time to clean our bathroom, much less do anything that makes any noise because until he's ASLEEP (deep sleep) he is the easiest person in the world to wake up! I told him so far the past two days have totally sucked. I can't sleep at night. I hear EVERYTHING. I can't sleep during the day - because 1) I started back to school yesterday and 2) I don't want him to know that I truly am a slacker! I mean, I gotta keep the facade going of domestic goddesshood as long as I possibly can, which at the rate we are going, will end on Friday!

I'm trying to figure out when exactly am I going to get the vacuuming done. Our bedroom is directly above our living room - and guess which room REALLY needs a visit from the Nu-Nu? Ding DIng DING! We have a winner - the living room. I did manage to strip Doodlebug's bed of her flannel penguin sheets and they are in the washer - at the other end of the hall - and I'm sitting here waiting for the spin cycle to end so that they can go into the dryer. We'll be packing them up at least until the weekend, seeing how it's supposed to be 71 today! Last week we were below freezing and now they are talking about a possiblity of snow/ice this weekend. Welcome to the South! Maybe I should have sent her to school in her "Stop Global Warming" shirt today!

But back to the goals and scoring: I have decided I need to make myself accountable so today I'm going to list what my goals are for Tuesday:
1. Wash Doodlebug's sheets and clean up her room
2. Laundry list: Towels, whites, jeans
3. Vaccum that darned living room and dining room even if it's at 12 midnight!
4. Get a head start (ha!) on reading my history assignment for tomorrow's class.
5. Pay the bills for the month
6. Plan out a menu for the rest of the week
7. Figure out a way to get the HUGE Christmas tree box upstairs w/o waking up sleeping beauty.
8. Clean out my car.

That should be enough to get me started. I have a longer day today since a) I don't have school today and b) Doodlebug is staying after school today. I love days like this, but I really would rather be subbing than sitting at home thinking about cleaning!

So let's see how I do with my goals.... I'm not holding my breath!

Friday, January 4, 2008

Walmart Stand Off Day 4

When I decided to begin my own personal 'boycott Walmart' campaign, I regretted the words as soon as they were out of my mouth. I mean, where else can you go to buy toilet paper, a 12 pack of Coke Zero, oil filters, scrapbooking photo stickers and pick up a fried chicken, all in one visit? But alas, it is January 4th - almost the 5th - and I have not stepped foot in Walmart! YEAH ME!

I have had to do some 'creative' thinking. Walmart is like an addiction for me I think. I went there for EVERYTHING. There have been days when I find my car on autopilot heading for their Super Store. And when you live in an area where really there are 5 stores within a decent distance, you have a tendancy to spend your money at Walmart.

But I am boycotting Walmart for their poor customer service. I think that Sam Walton must roll over in his grave each time a customer walks out unhappy with the poor service they have received. I mean, it's not like a want a ticker tape parade when I go into their store, but some common courtesy would be appreciated. My most recent 'encounter' with their poor service took place in their vision center.

Rather than bore you with the details, I'll give you the abridged edition. I happened to come across a very cheeky employee after cancelling an order for glasses in their store that were going to take until February to come in. Not to mention the fact that I felt like I had been grossly overcharged and received poor customer service at the time of the order as well. I had to make 3 visits to their store as well as 3 or 4 phone calls to get the matter straightened out. I'm not the type to fly off the handle or even to complain, but after that, I simply had enough. I came in and told the UIC (my DH) that we were not shopping at Walmart in our local town again. That I would be happy if we never went to another Walmart store ever. He said "they'll have to let employees go now' - he knows apparently how many trips I make to that store. But I am standing firm.

No Walmart for me. I don't care at this point how much their 'prices drop'. I have found better deals on just about everything that I went to that store for at the other stores in town, that are actually closer to my home. I am making a stand - and it's thrilled the Doodlebug because apparently she's a Walmart hater just like her mommy :)

Happy New Year 2 U

Happy New Year, Happy New U
Well, it's here. The year 2008. Nothing spectacular has happened yet - unless you include my actually sorting through all the holiday stuff that is shoved in our attic. Yes, DH is about to have a heart attack I think at the fact that I am tackling this task. But hey, it's one of my resolutions, so it's one thing to take off "The List".Speaking of the list, I figure if I post it, I'll be held more accountable to actually follow through. So here goes ---- drum roll please:
1. Lose weight - I figure it's been on my list for 10 years now, maybe 10 is my lucky number! Bikini body here I come (Stop laughing Debbie!)!!!
2. Pay down our debt - this one is really important to me and goes right along with number 3...
3. Stop spending money of craft supplies. Who am I fooling? I thought I was a pretty good crafter until I sit down and surf some incredible blogs - like those workinprogress ladies. I'm in awe of their ability! But a girl can dream...
4. Catch up on my scrapbooking of Doodlebug's life. Without buying anymore craft supplies.
5. Be a better friend, daughter, neighbor, mom and wife."
6. "Make the TIME matter." That probably goes along with #5 hand in hand.
7. Be better to myself. Who am I kidding? No matter how much I am loved by the people in my life, if I don't start taking better care of myself I won't be around forever. Not that my longevity is guaranteed, but you know what I mean. I started thinking about this one and number 5 after hearing that someone my friend knows has been diagnosed with cancer and the option to treat it is not to treat it. Makes u put life in perspective and MAKE THE TIME MATTER.I'm sure I could come up with a million more things but I'll stop there for now. Like I'd really like to learn to play the guitar. But one day at a time.So Happy New Year to you and yours. Hope you have a wonderful day full of rest and relaxation!

Cheers!
The Momster