Sunday, May 31, 2009

In a Week...

It is one week until Dani's bridal shower. I am anxious and nervous. I used to LOVE hosting showers... I mean, if you were pregnant or getting married you knew that we were gonna have a great shower...but it's been a LONG time since I've known anybody who was either so I feel a little (and a lot) rusty!

Yesterday my sister and I met up and did lunch and a lot of planning. We ordered the cake. It's a white basketweave and the top is covered in red daisies. Round. Then we bought different things that we need. Champagne flutes for the punch. A black and white hatbox to hold the croissants. Table clothes. Utensils. Goody bag type stuff. Ribbon. Silk flowers. Marbles for the vases. The list could go on and on and on. I showed her my idea for the recipe book. We decided to buy a cookbook holder and to display it at the shower. This all set me off in my creative mode and when I got back home at 9 last night I sat down and put together all the 'background' work that is needed for the recipe book. Now I just need to compile the recipes together and make sure everything is in place. As soon as I can find the camera, I'll be sure to post some pictures to share. Opinions are appreciated around here afterall...

I called Dani's mom today since she had called and left a message WAY BACK when I was sick about her recipes. We started talking about the wedding and the showers. About how people are just DIFFERENT today about how they respond to invitations. I told her that I've been going through all of my old pictures so that I can give a disk of pictures to Dani that I have of Joseph from over the years. I take a lot of pictures so I'm sure I have a lot of things that his mom doesn't have. She said they were trying to get together pictures for the slide show at the reception so I told her I'd get the disk to them tomorrow afternoon when I pick up her recipes.

Hubs is seeing a surgeon tomorrow about his knee. This is a continous problem that he's had for several years and it is just getting worse. He can hardly walk right now. I am nervous. I am almost certain the words 'microscopic surgery' will be mentioned at some point. Just in time for the wedding. Of course, this might be a good excuse for him not to dance...because this man has no rhythm. None. Nada. That means I'll be the one doing The Cupid Shuffle with The Bug at the reception....good thing this mamma's got rhythm!

School is out for the summer. I cannot believe it. Where did the school year go????

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Dress Code Drama

Yesterday afternoon my middle-schooler comes in telling me about an assembly they had with their team about the dress code for next year. Now I understand that there's a need for 'structure' but some of these are absurd. Let me share with you just a sampling....No tank tops under any garments. This apparently includes cami tops. No unnatural hair color. I know this is probably to get rid of the pink streaks (which I think is FUNNY!) but what about highlights? No frayed jeans. That's great...because the kids wear their jeans LONG and that way they'll get frayed on the hems. No holes. No patches over holes. No headbands. How do you like that one? No headbands! Because apparently people could use the ones with elastic to choke someone. Now let me state this right now... We don't live in the hood. We live in nice subdivisions in a suburban area. Everything that is worn has to be fingertip length. Even if they wear leggings underneath it - it has to reach the fingertips.

My problem with the fingertip comment is this. There's a mom who picks her child up each day. She wears 'gym clothes' or rather, really short shorts and tight tank tops. She often times gets out of her car and walks/jogs the track. The same track that surrounds the football field where the kids are using for PE. So, do these codes apply to her as well? Because I have overheard more than one mom discussing her dress code when our kids are not allowed to wear tank tops or shorts like that during their PE class. So who is going to make sure she gets the memo? Because we are told that the dress code applies to all school functions.

The punishments for dress code violations? In school suspension or out of school suspension. But when they finish at the middle school and head across the way to go to the high school, the dress code is thrown out the window yet again. And then we find out that the kids can't bring their left-over Chickfila chicken nuggets or pizza for lunch either. Because it causes jealousy. They can't have carbonated drinks either. That's something they've been allowed all year long. I'll be honest, there are days where my daughter has taken a sprite with her lunch -sometimes chicken nuggets! - because she likes sprite and doesn't eat school lunches and hates whole milk. The rules just get better and better from this point.

As Hubs put it last night, we might as well go out and purchase school uniforms at this point. There's no individuality allowed. Don't dare let the kids express themselves. Can you imagine the money that will be spent to replace all of those frayed blue jeans come the fall? It's insanity!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Where Has The School Year Gone?

In just three days time, my daughter will be out of school for the summer. No longer a 6th grade - now onto 7th grade and all the teenage angst that accompanies it. Not that she gets caught up in any drama. By far the only drama she usually talks about is what her friends seem to get caught up in. Such as a friend who just can't cope with the fact that her "BFF" has moved on. Her mom has called the other girl's mom, they've talked at length. Today apparently the counselor got involved. My daughter informed me of all of this after dinner - when she told me that this friend has 'serious abandonment issues'. All I can envision is that first time that her boyfriend 'dumps' her. Stalker city. But in reality it is really sad and I hope that she finds a way to cope with the loss of this friendship...as I can imagine dragging the counselor into the soup isn't really going to help and will only make the friend angrier and more determined NOT to be friends anymore.

I got my acceptance letter into my next step on the educational highway. I now need to make sure I have secured my tort liability and complete my final application. I need to get on the ball on this. Rather than sitting around on my laurels. Fighting bronchitis. Which is getting seriously old. I'm even semi considering heading to the Dr. because I am so sick and tired of having no control over my cough. Anybody got any suggestions?

I have a new addiction of sorts. While everyone else is busy Twittering and Facebooking...I have found myself obsessed with watching Harper's Island. I know... seems that I'm actually watching TV! It's a really interesting show - albeit a little violent at times - but it all ends in 13 episodes. There's no sitting around waiting to see what's going on with the gang from Lost year after year. Instead I'll know who the murderer is and be done with it. Sort of like a good book that gives you all the information that you need. Tying up the loose ends.

I am excited to see that My Sister's Keeper is being turned into a movie that is coming out soon. I can remember the shock at the end of that book and crying for what seemed like forever at the way it ended...now I cannot wait to see it but I know it'll be one of those movies that I see by myself.

I caught myself watching Jon and Kate Plus Eight this past weekend when there was a marathon on some random cable network channel. I'll be honest, reality TV is really not my thing. But I was feeling bad and The Bug and I ended up at different times on my bed watching the show. Personally I don't think that I would be willing to allow the media to come in and critique every aspect of my daily life. People aren't perfect. Marriages take a lot of work. Life is hard and once you think you've gotten it all figured out the rules all change and it's back to the drawing board. I feel sorry for this couple for the problems they are having. In this day and time, there is no such thing as privacy. I read that once about celebrities. Today they deal with so much more than an occasional photo being taken - we are such a technologically advanced world that nothing is private. I mean, you can google just about everyone and find out anything that you want to know about them...and even more. There is no such thing as privacy. Probably why I closed my facebook a long time ago....too much too fast and too time consuming. What are your thoughts?

With that being said, I like to blog. You can control what goes out. You can control what you read. It's not something that's taking over my life, albeit in the beginning it is a little crazy and you feel compelled to be out there and heard. So with that being said, I'm off to search for some cough medicine and a soft, fluffy pillow for my head. Hope all is well in your corner of the world.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Are Brownies A Breakfast Food?

Alert the presses. I am sick. Yet again. The wind is howling outside the front door - and I am sick. I am pretty sure it's just something like an allergy or just a generic head cold. No I don't think I have the Pig Flu (love that name....long story behind it though). I am actually feeling much better. But perhaps I should buy stock in Puffs.

Now on to more pressing banter. Do you think it would be okay to go and bake an 8x8 pan of brownies and eat them all up for breakfast? To go along with the Coca-Cola Vanilla Zero that I went by the store to buy after taking The Bug to school today? Because let me alert you to something friends. Cold Medicines and Allergy Medicines make you F A T. That's right. Because they work to increase your appetite. How do I know this? Because every time I restart my D I E T I get sick - and start taking either Claritin or something like that. And guess what? I get hungry. I mean H U N G R Y. I asked my doctor's nurse last time I saw them if that was true and she said unfortunately. Great - I keep gaining and losing the same 10 lbs - all because I'm well, I'm sick, I'm well, I'm sick. Isn't this just lovely? The box of brownies is sitting on the counter in the kitchen. Peanut Butter Cup Brownies at that. I feel my resistance is weakening.

On to more pressing topics. Have you ever been around someone that you sort of have a high regard for - and suddenly they do or say something that seems totally out of the 'character' that you have regarded them in - and your opinion is shattered? This happened to me yesterday while on the playground at school. Not giving away too many details, but the teachers that I was sitting with started talking about a certain subject ... and it shocked me a little bit. You know, I know that teachers are just like everybody else...but you would think that they would practice just the slightest bit of class when they are around someone that they don't know. The interesting thing here was that the person who brought up the subject... I had never met before. She just walked over and started in on a subject that I just felt was very inappropriate.

Today is about recovery for me. I need to make myself feel much better. I also need to go outside into the blistery wind at some point and do some more yard work. Hopefully we'll get the mulch that we need for the yard this weekend and finally be able to sit back and enjoy the fruits of our labor. Then I'm sure I'll get antsy and start talking about how we need to paint the living room or something like that. Because if it's not one thing...it's another :)

Saturday, May 16, 2009

I Think I Need To Join A Recovery Program...

Guess what derailed me on the way to the store this morning to buy some cold medicine? Azaleas. On sale at Walmart. For $1 a gallon. Guess how many I bought? Twenty-Eight. Can you say "She has an illness"? Because I do. I am afraid to count the number of azalea bushes that I have bought recently. Plus there are the three rooted ones that Mom gave me. It's an illness. There should be a patch for this sort of thing. Can you feel my enthusiasm about having to plant them?

Last night The Bug went to spend the night at the house of a friend from school/church. They had such a great time! When I went to pick her up this morning, we headed over to my parents house-because Mom had some irises that I could have - I just had to dig them up and bring them home. So I got a complete tubful (is that a word?) and brought them home with a hosta that was getting too much sun at her house. The Hubs asked me if all this flower taking was okay with my Mom when we were discussing it all last night. I think between her yard and my bargains found at Walmart, Lowes and Home Depot, I have done an incredible job in making over the yard. Only problem is... I'll have to wait until the spring to enjoy the daffodils and irises and blooming azaleas.

Tonight we are going to a viewing of Fireproof at our church. I'm excited. I hope that there's a good turnout tonight with couples in our community. This movie did a lot to wake us up in our relationship with each other as well as our relationship with God. I am just hoping that the cold medicine doesn't wear me out to where I start snoozing during the film!

What about you? Big yard projects going on?

Friday, May 8, 2009

Now Open...The Slacker Mom Salad Bar

Yes, apparently the neighborhood deer have in deed found my yard. Because they have had an appetizer of green beans followed by a small salad ala hosta. All this past week. Isn't it nice of me to do my part to feed the animals? I thought so, too.

Actually I think it was a late-night picnic of sorts. They apparently went snacking Wednesday night. So last night we got home from the blow-out church softball game and I sprayed the hosta beds and the garden with the most disgusting smelling natural repellant that Hubs used last year. Next up is a recipe that the government actually did research on and the reports state it works just as well as anything bought at the store. We'll see.

This week has been an interesting one. I've worked most days. I need to get out and finish working in the yard - hopefully the weather will cooperate so that I can get some things done tonight and tomorrow. I need to go out and get something for my mother for Mother's Day. There just aren't enough days in a week - or even hours in a day - to do all that needs to be done apparently.

And that being said, I'm out the door and on my way to pick The Bug up from school. At least it will be nice and quiet in the car rider line so that I can read my book. :)

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Rain, Rain....go away????

We've had another afternoon of rain here. Not that I'm complaining. I like the rain. I figure it's a way that God is giving my water bill a break. But then again, if it continues to rain my planting and weeding routine is delayed. Yesterday we had a rain shower that came through around 5 in the evening and it was nice. I sat in the garage and talked to a friend for a couple of hours. Then I went back out and finished working on weeding the newest hosta bed around the house until it was dark. I love the look of the clean soil right now.

Today we had the first shower for my nephew's fiancee Danielle. It was nice. The cake was yummy and she got some really nice things. It was also our first encounter with my BIL's family since he moved out. I had made the decision that I was taking the high road. To know me is to know that I have an extremely hard time being rude to anybody. I cannot ignore people or be snippy or any of that stuff. Either I like you ... or I don't. There are not a lot of people that I don't just naturally like. So his sister in law and mother sat with us at our table. Now we just have to get through the shower that I'm hosting in a few weeks and the wedding will be here! Time is flying by!

Yesterday my parents celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. How many people, in this day and time, can say that? 50 years. They asked that we postpone their anniversary party until some time after my nephew's wedding. We are thinking September. I feel guilty about delaying their celebration - but they didn't seem to like the idea that my sister had suggested and we didn't know if she was going to end up having surgery and if she'd be okay to be able to attend a party... so once the wedding is over and done, we'll start in full party planner mode for their big event. By the time we have their party, I'll be in school full time and need to get everything taken care of that I can beforehand.

I've been working a lot lately...which has been great! Of course, school is about to end...so it figures that there are subbing opportunities right now. I have been planning my days around subbing, working in the yard and helping my parents. It seems to never end! I've sort of fallen off the dieting wagon so I need to focus on making some better choices these next few days and weeks to get myself back on track.

Finally, what are your thoughts on the Swine Flu? My sister made me laugh today - she said their office manager thought it was called "Swan Flu" and told someone to be on the lookout for dead birds in the yard. It took some serious talking to actually convince her she had it wrong! That just cracks me up!

So what's on your agenda for the week? Wanna come dig in the dirt with me?

Saturday, May 2, 2009

It's Been A While...

Things here have been busy. A lot of yard work. I sat down this morning to figure out exactly what I've been planting in our yard.

Over 2000 daffodil bulbs

About 150 iris bulbs

Over 70 hosta plants (some transplanted and divided)

29 azaleas

2 pencil holly trees

around 13 lantana plants


wave petunias





...and I've got tons of japanese holly shrubs, firepower nandinas and lorapetulam diamond backs to plant as well as more azaleas. Then I get to mulch...fun, fun, fun!

One thing I've realized with all of this yard work...the inside of your house gets neglected while you're trying to beautify the outside. This morning I woke up early because The Bug is having a friend over for the afternoon...and the downstairs was a wreck! I've finished up most of the straightening and cleaning but I'm also itching to get back outside and finish weeding and planting.

Last night I had to buy myself one of those large straw hats. Because while working outside late Thursday morning and afternoon, I got a horrible burn on my neck. But planting waits for nothing. Thank goodness for solarcaine spray!

Anybody else working ambitiously in their yard? Planting a garden? We have - but that's his territory :)