Friday, March 30, 2007


What a day.

My head is killing me. However, I really feel awful complaining about anything when I think of my boss's family situation right now. I haven't heard any new updates on that since this morning, which was basically that the doctors came back and said that the surgery would be very high risk and not much chance of improving anything even if successful. The only other choices they gave the family were to cut off life support immediately or attempt to wean her off of the support slowly in hopes that her body will be able to pick up and begin to heal itself. Of course, they decided to go with the latter choice. There really isn't much hope except in the case of a miracle....but God can still work in seemingly hopeless situations.

I got up this morning and got ready and then went to wake up Punkin....only to find a very very damp bed. Yuck. So we got to go through the bath routine and the bed stripping/laundry routine at 6:45 this morning. Fun. But we got through it....and I got to work only about half an hour late....but then I get a phone call at 10:55 from daycare...she's got a fever of 102 and must be picked up within thirty minutes. So I fly out the door at 11, call the dr, get an appt at 11:40, run by the house to get her insurance form, rush over to daycare, pick her up (only 10 minutes later than they wanted) and rush over to the drs office. Only to find that she has no fever, no signs of any infection, including bladder infections (and that was fun to check....NOT) no reason whatsoever for her whiny-ness, bladder issues, and general bad mood of the last week. Pretty much assuming at this point that she's just finally getting to the point where all the transitions in her life are needing to be expressed and since she can't talk very's fun.

I need to go now. Miss whiny Punkin is ready for bedtime (well, she's not, but bedtime is ready for her....LOL.) And my head hurts. And I need to go pay bills.


12-12....very late

LOL....this is like a month late....almost time for the next one....but I've been kinda busy. *grin*


Thursday, March 29, 2007


On boss's daughter: Keep praying. It's not looking good. There was some hope that things were looking up earlier in the day, but the results of her cat scan a few hours ago showed that she has very little brain activity and a blood clot in her frontal lobe. Her parents are going to have to decide whether or not to operate on the clot, and either decision could put her life at risk. Please keep her in your prayers.

On Punkin: This hasn't been a good week for her. I'm not sure if it's got to do with the fact that I've been gone a little more for work, or if she's not feeling good and it's just showing up in her mood, or if she's just deciding to see how far she can go. She's got serious mood swings. I have a question for anybody with experience with two year they all have crazy back and forth mood swings or is this something I should be legitimately concerned about? Also, how do you handle bad days at school when they're two? I mean it's not like you can just talk to them when they get home and try to get them to understand at that point that we don't hit/bite/pinch people..... On the good side, she had a good session with her speech therapist....apparently she has made progress in the last week and now has new speech goals that we're supposed to work on with her at home. And did I say we have the mandatory meeting with the mom next week? Yikes. Nervous about that. Will she go in with us and immediately want her mom or will she cling to us and not want her mom and how is that going to go over....or how is the mom going to handle her calling us mommy and daddy....yeah. I'm a little flipped out over that. Trying not to think about it too much.

On work: Crazy. We've all been trying to pick up the gap left by my boss. I wish there was more we could do for her (personally, I mean, outside of work), but right now we're all tied up down here with this fund drive stuff.

On everything else....I did find a minute to put up a new experiment on my photo page....still need to find time to finish the rest of the edits but hopefully tonight...IF I can get out of here in time. I think that's about all that is going on for right now. I gotta get moving.

Thanks everyone whose prayed for the boss's daughter....please continue. It's a really bad situation.


Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Busy beaver

Well....been busy lately. Between the kidlet running around, the whole work thing this week, and doing the edits on the pictures I took of my friend and her fiance for their engagement.....


more of those can be viewed here. I'm still working on the first edits and once I get all the way through with those, I'll go back and do some special effects. It sure takes a lot longer to get things done with a kidlet running around. But I love every minute of it. Seriously. Now that I've gotten more adjusted, I'm thinking I don't want to go back to the way things were. It's going to be one rough time if she has to leave.

On looks like at this point, that she may be with us for a little longer than June....maybe not forever, but quite possibly up to a year. We'll see.

I think I have developed seasonal allergies. I've never had them before, but suddenly the last two weeks I have had serious sinus issues. Last three days I've had a funky achy throat (not scratchy, just yucky feeling) and now it's more of a tickling.....and now my eyes are kinda itchy and I keep coughing. YUCK. Oh yeah, and driving home tonight I noticed that all the cars that I saw had a yellow/green tint to them. Including mine.

Really though, I can't complain a bit about my life. I've got too much to be thankful for. I got a phone call last night from a co-worker calling to let me know that my boss's daughter was in a bike accident and was at the hospital with head injuries and that my boss had left work early to rush up there. So when I got to work this morning I found out that it's very, very serious. Ya'll, if you guys pray, please pray for her. She's a couple of years older than me and she's my boss's only child and they're very close. And the doctors told them that she has a very small chance of survival and they actually said that it would take divine intervention if she comes out of this. But you guys know as well as I that God still works miracles, and I know my boss would appreciate the prayers. They won't be able to run tests to find out how severe the damage to her brain is for several days until the swelling goes down, and until that point, she's in very critical condition. It was very sober at work today. We're in the middle of fundraising week and I'm just glad I wasn't the one behind the mics. That was just at the front of everyone's minds today.

No other updates for now. Sorry to leave on a downer, but it's time for bed.


Monday, March 26, 2007


Punkin: (sleepyeyed and standing in the bathroom door where I'm getting ready for work this morning) Whereda?
Me: Do what, sweetie?
Punkin: Where DA? (disappears from doorway and peers into the office where KC can usually be found....comes back to doorway)
Punkin: (throws up her hands in the classic questioning pose) Where MY DA?
Me: (catching a glimmer of understanding) OH....where's your daddy?
Punkin: (nodding vigorously and throwing up hands again) YEAH! Where my da?
Me: (melting in little puddles at the incredible sweetness) He's at work, sweetie. He'll pick you up from school tonight, okay?
Punkin: *sigh* Okay. (disappears back to her room)

Oh my.....she was so incredibly sincere and concerned about his whereabouts. It was break your heart kind of sweet! She had a good morning....I like that. *grin*

Okay....that's all I have time for today, so if you want some humorous reading, check this out. I laughed out loud. I can see something like this happening to me! ESPECIALLY the last paragraph. TOOO funny!


Sunday, March 25, 2007


Do you know this blog is getting very close to being at the 300 posts mark? Sheesh. I talk a lot. (Oh, shut up. I know you knew that already. Quit laughing! Oh,'re laughing WITH me. Haha.)

Anyways. My poor neglected private's terribly sad. Faith has been busy lately. Too busy to have any kind of private thoughts. LOL. Oh well. The minute little bit of blog fodder I put over there will have to suffice until I get more "me" time (which will probably be used for other more important things, like shaving my legs or scrapbooking....and the private blog will still suffer....but hey....priorities! LOL).

Punkin is doin well. I feel like a really bad mommy for saying this, but I love, love, love naptime and bedtime. I can actually get something accomplished during those times....sleeping for example. LOL. No really, though, I've been sick for about 4 days now....not counting the 4 days that I felt it coming on....and although I've tried to get other things besides sleep done while she's zonked, the last couple of days I have felt that it would be wisdom to get rest while I can or else I'll not be able to keep up with her. But. I have to say, I'm getting used to this. And the more comfortable I get, the more I like it. Not only that, but like I was telling KC tonight. If I can do this "mommy thing" while hacking up a lung in addition to the whole PMS/being a girl thing, then whenever this junk is gone, it'll be a breeze. Well, not really, I'm sure there will be some other sort of drama to come along, but you know what I mean.

Hang on a sec while I gripe, will ya? I'm really tired of being sick. Tomorrow starts that bi-annual "week of torture" that is also known as the fund-drive at work (okay, so it's not that bad...just tiring) and I really don't have time to spare to make a visit to the doc. And I have a really bad gut feeling that I'm gonna end up there anyways. It wouldn't be so bad, but I'm already missing a lot of that fun comp time stuff because Punkin's daycare is only open for so many hours and if I have to come home in the day to go to the doc, it'll really kill my time. *sigh* My throat is hurting on the left side. Almost reminds me of the strep incident back at the beginning of the year. It goes away, the more advil I take, but after the advil wears off, it comes back. That not good sign. Not to mention all that sinus junk has moved down into my chest (oh, but not completely....I have that raspy 1 9 00 # voice....when it comes out, that is.) Let me tell ya, this is NOT fun. Oh and did I mention that I am having some stomach issues as well? Well. I'll spare you the gory details. Trust me, you don't want to know. I can really deal with all of it except for the sore throat....and I could pass on the stomach trouble as well, but even that I could deal with.....just that sore throat. UGH. It KILLS me. BUT. You'll be proud to know, I sucked it up, have continued life normally, and went to both services at church today. Didn't FEEL like it, but I went. And it was good. Okay, so that was more than a sec of griping, so I'll quit now.

Punkin started calling KC "daddy" on Friday night. I'm not sure where that came from b/c I referred to him up to that point (I don't remember slipping anyways) as KC, not daddy.....but we had got out of the car to run into the grocery store to get some lovely essentials (like bread and milk) and I had got her out of her seat and was getting ready to walk into the store and KC stopped to lock the door and she just hollers out, "Come ON, daddy!" I was like, HUH? Did you hear what she just called you? And now, she still calls me "fafe" every now and then, but generally it's "mommy" and "daddy." Yikes.

It's also getting confusing on what to call the grand-foster parents......She met KC's parents first and soon as she saw them, she called them Ma-maw and Pawpaw. Well, then she met my parents today and she was like Ma-maw! And goes running for the door and then they came in and she was puzzled (although she was fine once she got comfortable with them). So now what to call my parents? Mom is definitely not a "granny" and I really don't see her as a "nanny" either, nor do I see my dad as "gramps". They were called Ma-maw and Pawpaw today but I think that's too confusing for her, so somebody needs a new name. I never had to worry cuz I only had one Pa-paw and my dad's mom was real big on proper names, so she was...or rather...IS....Grandma that was easy to separate. But I can't see my mom as a Grandma ___ or his mom as a Grandma ____, so we've got to figure some kind of nicknames out. Any suggestions? And they need to be easy for a two year old with some speech delays to pronounce. LOL....yeah I know, I don't make it easy! But if anyone has any suggestions, that would be lovely!

Oh well. I have to say this though, I love walking through a store with just me and punkin and out of the corner of my eye, notice a guy checking me out and then looking at her in the cart and MOVIN' ON.....YES! Finally! The solution! Hallelujah!!!!

Let's see....what else. Oh....need to add to the thank you list (which is growing somewhat lengthy....and of course, that's very sweet!)
Big Daddy and Sis KennyG - an adorable denim dress, a different dora fork and spoon set (yay, now maybe I won't have to wash those quite as maybe every OTHER meal now....LOL), a dora kitchen toy set (which she loved and played with during church tonight), some hair clippies (which I hid....cuz Punkin LOVES to play with them and pull them all off the packaging....LOL. If I keep them hidden till I put one or two in her hair, maybe that will lessen the likelihood of them disappearing so soon), and two books. I think that was all that was in there.....there was a lot of stuff, so I might have missed something. But it was very very sweet!
Ma-maw & Pawpaw #1 (did you guys catch that....I hope you're thinking about how to help me solve this dilemma.....oh and no one get offended....that's the order of meeting, not order of importance....both ma-maws & pawpaws are equally important) - pink house slippers and a popup book (both of which have been "loved")
Ma-maw & Pawpaw #2 (come on.....need some help here....did you like how I handled that #1&2 thing? That was me out please so I won't get in trouble!) - some duplo lego blocks that have rolling blocks....currently she only has one rolling block, so she'll enjoy the "train"

Hopefully I haven't missed anything. Speaking of missing, right now, I'm missing bedtime...KC has gone without I should go now.

Later, ya'll!

PS Just watched the preview for the new Pirates Of the Carribbean movie.....oooooooh. SWEET! Can't wait for that one to come out. Looks like it has the potential to be quite interesting and humorous. *grin* Okay I'm going now.....

Friday, March 23, 2007


Guess where I am right this minute....? I'm sitting in my house. Using the really fast internet. And so is KC! At the same TIME, ya'll! How totally crazy cool is THAT?!? Yeah. That's what I'm talking about! I LOVE CABLE INTERNET! Yay! I'll never be able to go back to dialup again!

Oh, and kiddo is asleep. Another big yahoo for us. We're settlin' in. I think this is going to work. We went over to visit some friends tonight cuz we hadn't seen them in 4-eva....twas very fun, by the way...I've missed seeing them. Anyways, they just had a new baby....#2.....and as we were leaving, I thought: ya know....I'm really really glad I get to go home and put just 1 to bed, and she'll more than likely sleep through the night. *grin* Kids are a huge blessing, but I have to say....I am way more sympathetic to the tiredness/lack of sleep issue that goes along with them than I ever used to be.

So it was really funny....their 1st kid is not quite two and he was all lovin on Punkin and she wasn't quite into that. The really funny thing is that it was literally every five seconds that he would just walk up to her and stick his arms around her. Punkin didn't really get upset, she just wasn't real receptive. I couldn't help but laugh. He was so excited and into it, he didn't seem to notice that she wasn't hugging him back. Speakin of him...he has grown like a foot since I've seen him last. Well, technically not "a foot", since he still only has two, (LOL) but he looks all little boyish now instead of baby. *sigh* He's such a cutie though.

Punkin should have had a bath tonight, but we were out of milk, so we stopped at the grocery store on our way home and that took up all of I wanted a chance to get on the new internet....ha. I know, selfish of me, but she really needed to be in bed anyways, more than she needed a bath, cuz it was getting late. I'll get her a bath tomorrow.

She fell at daycare today and skinned her arm and put a pretty good little bruise underneath her bangs. They told KC about it when he picked her up this afternoon. She got home and was showing us her "boo-boo" and then she kept asking us to wash it thing I know, she had gone to the bathroom and got her washcloth and was scrubbing at it. I was like....hey, hold up here...that won't wash off, you're going to make it hurt!

Speakin of her bangs....they're in her eyes now. We've had her for a week. It was not in her eyes when we got her.....matter of fact, it was barely on her head....very very thin.....can't tell it now. It's getting thicker fast! Must ask SW if she can check with birthmom about us trimming it. Also need to remind myself to let SW know about the fall at school today since it left a pretty good sized bruise on her little noggin. Bless it.

Geesh I'm tired.

Oh. No pictures allowed on the bliggity blog. Asked SW today. Can only show pictures to close friends/family/people who will likely eventually meet her anyways.....bummer. Stinks to have a cute kid and can't even show her off. Oh well.

So last night was first experience of being a mom and being sick at the same time....oh and did I mention that I was doing the whole PMS thing, too? Yeah. I had a sore throat, achy, low-grade fever, sinus junk, backache, general grumpiness, etc......and then I had to suck it up and be a mom anyways. EW. Felt terrible for feeling terrible. Not a good feeling. But today was much better. Actually, today I'm pretty much fine...which is a wonderful feeling. Still have some of the sinus junk, but not bad. Thank God.

Okay. I'm going away here. I need to grab a couple of Punkin's pictures and email to a friend (who will probably meet Punkin one of these here days in the near future...LOL).

Later, ya'll.

Thursday, March 22, 2007


So I have some pictures of her that don't show her face....but I'm still scared to post them. Does anyone know if that is crossing the line of confidentiality? I wouldn't think so, since you can't see her face, but I don't want to get in trouble.

Anyways. Thursday Thirteen today. I guess I could do thirteen random things, but I don't know if I could make it to thirteen or not.

Work today = crazy
Social worker visit tonight = anxiety attack.....the house is a disaster zone....we're adjusting, but the house hasn't....
Punkin = seeing improvement. Bathtime last night was a MAJOR improvement. No tears. A couple of ten second pouts but no major drama. YAY! She did wake up crying this morning...and earlier than I was ready for since I was not ready AND I hadn't got my shower the shower was quick this morning. But b/c she was able to get up and play in her jammies for a few minutes while I was getting ready, by the time I was ready to get her dressed, she was all cheerful about getting dressed and no tears there either. Another big YAY! And number three YAY....she didn't get upset when I dropped her off at daycare this morning. Hallelujah!
Yesterday's Toy Run = Lot's of excitement when I got home last night. I gave her the baby set and my little pony last night. We took the pony to church for her to play with, so she was occupied most of the service with that. Oh my...she absolutely LOVED the baby doll and stroller. I knew she would....she was so cute when KC was getting it out of the box....standing there bouncing and clapping her hands together. And first thing when it came out....undress it and put on the diaper. ROFL. KC is officially the toy opener now. I gave her the My Little Pony after she and KC had opened the baby set and she carried it straight over to KC and handed it to him and said "get out." (She was saying to get IT out, not for him to get out. LOL)
Yesterday's first KC Daycare Pickup = Some tears, but okay. She got her goldfish in the car and that fixes most problems. LOL. And he did great with her at home while he was waiting on me to get there.
Me = PMS'ing and trying really hard not to get grumpy with Punkin. KC's used to it (LOL) but she's not, so I'm trying really hard to be happy and cheerful despite my moments of total "grumpy gills" Haha.

Well, that's today's catch-up. I need to get moving. Somebody tell me if I can post a picture of her and KC opening her baby set when all you see is the top of her head cuz she's busy playing with the baby......*GRIN*

Anyways. Later.

PS. I have decided to give up on giving up caffeine. HA! This is not a good time for that. I need all the energy I can get at this I've had a Dr Pepper every day this week so far. So THERE. OOh.....that sounded kinda two year old-ish.....oops. LOL.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Life in the fast lane....

This is definitely not going to be a Wordless Wednesday....this is a "catch up" Wednesday.

I wish, hypothetically speaking, of course, that the fast lane in traffic moved as fast as the fast lane that is also known as my life at this moment. LOL. Strangely enough, I find myself wishing that I'd be able to get over into the slow lane....and that's not like me.

I was trying to catch up on some of my blog reads (although unfortunately I'm so far behind I don't have time to comment) and came across this one today. I like the way she puts it.

Today, for the first time in almost a week, I woke up feeling like I had slept. This life is so different than I expected. Suddenly it's not about me anymore....or even me and's about her. And really. I find myself (for the most part) not minding that at all.

As I was saying before I had to rush off the last time to go get some Punkin details taken care of before I had to go pick her up....everyone is being so wonderful! It's great! I need to not forget who to give thank you cards I'll just keep track on here. ( dear blog, you have become my brain in addition to everything else....LOL)

So far....
- "Uncle Wally" - cash for toys.....which I went and bought today. I am so excited to see her reaction....right now I don't have very many toys for her, so she is going love what she got from her "Uncle Wally." (A My Little Pony set, A baby doll set that includes lots of baby accessories and a stroller, a wooden puzzle, a tea set that includes some plastic play food, and a picnic play food set)
- Sis J from church - an adorable pink dress which she proceeded to carry around the church in the little gift bag and would hardly let go of....
- My supervisor at work - four really cute dresses/jumpers and a pink blues clues shirt.
- My Mum - a girly green dress, pink mickey jacket, and sweater

And let's not forget the sweet helpers who have sat with Punkin at church while I sing in the choir, tagged along with me to help me watch her while I took pictures, played with her at church, passed along some "hand-me-down" clothing from their kids (which has already been put to use), and etc. Like I said, everyone has been AWESOME.

Punkin Update:
She's getting more comfortable with KC. He's picking her up from daycare today. Without me. Crossing my fingers that there is no drama there. I'm not really sure how that will go.

This is really funny. Last night I let KC get her ready for bed (and she was all happy....didn't seem to have any problems with that) so he's supervising the tooth brushing thing, then he goes and helps her change into her PJs and I say, ask her if she needs to potty before you put her PJs on (b/c they are the kind with feet, so you have to pretty much have to strip her down to use the potty after they're on) so he does and she says yes and next thing I know KC has this incredibly panicked look on his face and is coming out of the bathroom and says to me....Honey, you help her....I can't deal with this. ROFL! I really was planning to do bathroom duty myself, so I was heading in there anyways, but it cracked me up that he was flipping out like that. So anyways, we did bathroom duty and then I sent her back to KC to finish getting her PJs on and then he read her a book and tucked her in bed and all. She was fine with all of it, which was great with me b/c it gave me a chance to get her stuff ready for today and tidy up the house a bit and all that stuff.

We took her to meet KC's parents last night before choir practice. Totally shocked me that she took to Joe like she did. I'm not sure who enjoyed that fifteen minute visit the most, them or her. Joe gave her 5 tootsie rolls. She LOVED that! I wasn't so keen on it....mostly b/c she wanted to eat them all right then. LOL....we took two of them and gave them to her later.

She slept through the night for the last two nights without waking up with bad dreams. That is a DELIGHTFUL thing! I can't seem to get her to go to sleep before 10 no matter how early I put her in bed. And she is a BEAR to get up in the mornings. She doesn't stop crying until I get her dressed and start working on her hair. I think I've figured it out though....I think it's b/c I stand her in front of the mirror when I work on her hair, so she sees herself crying and that's when she stops and gets cheerful. Tomorrow morning I'm going to stand her in front of the mirror, starting at the "getting dressed" point and see if that helps. *grin*

I don't think I'm going to need to buy her anymore clothes. Between hand-me-downs and everyone buying her stuff, she's going to be very well dressed. *grin* I love that though...she's so cute in her little outfits.

Anyways, I talked to The People yesterday and they feel like (although nothing is ever for sure, and I fully realize that) she may have a good chance of becoming permanent. I can already see that if she leaves, it's going to tear us both up. Shoo. But we don't want to think about that right now.

So....a few misc things that I need to write down to use in her life book.....maybe this way I won't forget all the details when I sit down to make her book.
- I was pulling up in the driveway on Monday after picking her up, and she looks up at the house and said, "home!" and then we got in the house and she says (very excitedly) "my room!" and takes off down the hall to her room to find "her baby." It was real sweet and all. =)

- She calls me "Fafe." And it's so cute! I don't think she's worked out KC comes out Ta-be or something.
- I got her Dora Bathtime to see if that would help her not hate did. She still doesn't love bathtime, but at least there wasn't the major storm when it came to getting her hair wet b/c she was mostly distracted since she was "giving Dora a bath". Argh. It's DRAMA!

Anyways....that's about all that I can remember now. And I'm tired. We have church tonight. So it's one more night in which I don't have time to do laundry. And I need clean laundry....BAD! Tomorrow night we have the home visit check-in with the social worker to see how things are going with Punkin. I'm going to HAVE to leave work a little early to get home and get the house tidied up again. I only THOUGHT it got messy BK (before kids). HA! I knew nothing. Now I'm wiser.

Oh and then there are the picture edits for my friend's engagement pictures....hopefully I'll find SOME time to fit that in. Whew. I have to say, I now have a greater appreciation for the work that goes into parenting. Sheesh.


Tuesday, March 20, 2007

What A Day.

I really don't have time to post, but I need to. *grin* I'll do my best NOT to neglect the blog, but better the blog than the child, right? LOL. I'm kidding. There is no contest there...the child definitely wins.

I just have to say how incredibly awesome everyone has been. And I'll have to post more later cuz it's time to go.


This was typed on Sunday...the last time that I had a chance to open my computer and type....and even then, I didn't have time to connect to the internet. Hopefully I'll get a chance to post later today. My apologies to all my bloggy friends that I haven't had time to get caught up on my bloglines.

Oh my. I think it’s safe to say that I’m exhausted. I also think that I totally underestimated other people’s descriptions of parenting. This one I already knew, but now I REALLY empathize with Baggage over at Baggage and Bug who has (I think….although my brain is kinda out there right now) four kids….one forever and three temporary. WOW. We had three temporary this weekend and I was SO overwhelmed. Thankfully (although I love them to death) two of them were just a couple boys from church that we kept for the weekend since their family was going to be away.

So for the weekend starting at about the same time we got Punkin, we had a 13 yr old, an 8 yr old, and a 2 yr old. I am SO tired. But I feel a lot LESS overwhelmed now that it’s just us an Punkin. I kinda already knew this, but it really is a good idea to start with one and get used to that first. If we hadn’t already made plans to keep the other two boys, I probably would have said we’d keep them a different time. But it all worked out.

She woke up twice last night, crying. She was fine once she realized I was there, but she wanted to be held after that, so I held her for awhile and then put her back in her bed. I think she probably spent a good bit of the night with me holding her b/c I kept falling asleep with her and then put her back in her bed after I woke up again and realized I still had her. LOL.

Bath time was some drama. We’re gonna need to invest in some tub toys. The two little ones I had weren’t enough excitement to entice her to enjoy bath time. Whew. Thank heaven’s she a very clean little girl. We can do a bath in no time at all b/c she doesn’t get that dirty. The dirtiest she has gotten so far has been when she’s eating. She likes to run her tongue around her mouth to clean it and it pretty much just pushes all the food into this big circle around her mouth. *grin* She’s so cute.

Other things I’m going to have to invest in…a baby moniter….I’m all glad about the bunkbed in her room that I can lay on when she gets upset or when she’s falling asleep and everything, but I am VERY ready to sleep in my bed and I’m afraid I won’t hear her if she cries and I’m not in the room.

Baby lotion….oops. Didn’t even think of that one.

Miscellaneous tidbits that I want to write down for when I ever around to making her lifebook:
- She adores pink. If it’s pink and it’s hers….it’s “my pink.”
- When you say “I love you” she gives you this adorable little grin and says “lo-u-too” really fast.
- The cats are either kitty ca aat or tat. And if they’re in her room it’s “TAT! In my oom.” To which I reply, “Yes, the cat is in your room. It’s okay. Nice cat.” Haha.

Going to bed now. Exhausted.

Laid out tomorrow’s clothes: CHECK!


Saturday, March 17, 2007

Oh. My. Goodness

We got a phone call yesterday. I picked her up after work. She's going to be here until June.

I'm totally flipping out. Good thing we went to the fosterparent meeting and listened to the "stress talk" LOL.

I had no idea that it would be like this....I totally understand now what they say about kids....and feeling like your heart is ripped out and walking around unprotected.

The good make that: great that the situation couldn't have worked out any better. She was with another foster mom last night that had too many kids so she couldn't keep her, but the other foster mom was able to fill me in on lots of important details b/c she was familiar with the situation before Social Services stepped in, PLUS, the other foster mom is super nice and I already knew her. She told me that this had to be a “God-thing” b/c the situation this little girl is in is absolutely not normal. She also said that somebody must have been praying….and there most definitely were a lot of prayers going up. *grin*

I’m just in awe. I totally don’t feel worthy or capable but I’m going to grab onto this opportunity and do the best possible job I can. I can’t believe how much I already love her! She is such a doll. I’d post pictures, but you know I can’t do that. =) ..................... that first part was this morning. Then she woke up. ROFL. No, I mean that like this: she woke up and was disoriented (naturally, bless her heart) so I had to leave the post and go get her (then she was fine) but when I got back KC had grabbed the phone line and stole my connection. (speaking of which, we're still on dialup....due to unforseen circumstances, namely "Punkin"....the cable has been sidetracked. But we'll get it....eventually. We're going to have to....otherwise my little moments like this while she is napping (like she is now) will be wasted waiting on dialup.

Man, can we say HUGE changes?

Some things I didn't expect:

HOLY MACARONI! We're going to have to invest in goldfish stock!

Desperately needing sippy cups that do not leak. I now walk through the house and in occasional moments find my feet sticking to the floor. Preferrably Dora, as that is (obviously) her favorite character.

I've never seen a kid who loves bananas that much!

Distraction is a wonderful tool when going through the toy section.

the kit kats are jealous. I'm hoping it doesn't cause huge problems.

We don't have enough toys for an almost 3 year old.

I can already see that naptime is going to be WONDERFUL! Seriously!

Is it normal for an almost three year old to fall asleep within a three minute span?

I think Flylady makes much sense now when she speaks of laying out clothes the night before. I think....based on how early I'm now going to have to get up to get her to daycare before I get to work....that laying out clothes is going to be a fabulous idea!

I'm supposed to make a life book for her. I have no idea when I'm going to be able to find time to scrap anything at all, much less her lifebook. But hopefully when things settle in, I'll get a little more time.

I think...Punkin is absolutely adorable, and she's so going to be worth the whole new schedule.

I also think the laundry stopped....I need to get going before Punkin wakes up.


Friday, March 16, 2007

Sick Update

Feeling some better. Thanks to all concerned. =) Still got yucky sinus drainage down the back of my throat, but for sake of TMI, we won't go there. Ain't ya happy about that? Haha.

On the bright side....I did feel better enough to go to work today (better enough? hah!) I wish I'd been able to come to work yesterday and got to sleep in today...cuz today it was rainy and yucky and would have been a lovely day to stay in bed. *grin* Oh well. I won't complain cuz I really am happier to be getting better.

No real news to report today. I was feeling some better yesterday evening...enough to go to the monthly foster parent meeting. They had two speakers in attendance. One was a counselor who had lots of interesting info on ADHD (for instance, did you know that the drugs for these kids are actually stimulants that calm them down? Logically you'd think that stimulants would speed them up....AND get this: caffeine is a mild stimulant and if you give an ADHD child caffeine, it will NOT make them bounce off the walls? Actually it will calm them down! Dude!).
and the other was a massage therapist discussing stress and the benefits of being not stressed. According to the stress test thing they had there....I need counselling. BWAHAHA. Anyways, it was very informative.

And now I'm going to lunch.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Sick Day

I have a cold. I felt CRUMMY when I woke up this morning. I knew yesterday that I was coming down with when I got up this morning, it was definitely a problem. Actually, I never got up this morning. I think I called in to work....I hope. LOL. I was kinda out of it. I got up around lunchtime and have kinda laid around all day. One benefit of laying around....i got a chance to give the ol blog a makeover.


Unfortunately I don't really feel like saying anything else right now. I still feel a little....blah. I do feel better than this morning, so hopefully by tomorrow I'll be good as new.


Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Wordless Wednesday

It's another "almost" wordless wednesday.


another 12-12 picture. "Way to go, Grace!"

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

So is confession really good for the soul?

Sheesh. I have a killer headache about now. Just got done with choir practice.

You know…I knew this would happen. I wish there was some way I could blog while driving home from work b/c that’s when I always have the most interesting things running through my head….I knew. I just KNEW. That I’d get to a place where I could start blogging and not be able to remember clearly what was going through my head earlier. I mean, I sorta remember, but it’s like a “vague” remembering, not like a “oh, I can just type it all out clearly” kind of remembering. *grin* Oh well. *sigh*

I’m just thinking there has got to be some way to rig my computer up next to the driver’s seat so I can type while driving. Hey, I can do a lot of things while driving…you have no idea. Teeheehe. I have a really long drive home from work. For awhile I was reading books on the way home. And I’m not talking the books that you stick in the cassette player and listen to, I’m talking 200 page novels. I’m a speed reader….it was easy for me to watch the road and then glance down and grab a couple lines…back to the road, back to the book…..granted, it took me a little longer to get through a chapter than normal, but it at least took the boredom out of the drive. Anyways, mom found out about my habit. So I promised her I’d quit doing that. You have no idea how many times I’d be driving home and look over at the pile of books I’d just gotten from the library and actually reach out to get one and then remind myself: no, you PROMISED. *grin* That about kills me. I started putting the books in the back to distance myself from the temptation. Of course now that my coworker rides back and forth with me, I can’t really get away with it anyways. So now, while driving, I compose blog entries in my head to totally forget when it comes time to blog.

Ya know, while I’m confessing here, can I just confess that I drive myself crazy? I think that’s why it amazes me when people seem to like me. I always wonder if they’ll still like me when they really get to know me, because there is a lot of times when “I” don’t like me. The biggest issue of my frustration has only bothered me since…well, for about a year and a half or so. To say that I’m big on technicalities or that I over analyze everything is a major understatement. I can’t seem to find my way between the black and white. It’s like I lived in the gray area for so long that I lost my grip on black and white. So now little things (like telling someone that you like the color of their shirt and tactfully keeping the fact that you can’t stand the style to yourself might actually be lying b/c you’re omitting truth) bother me….see what I mean about technicalities? Where is the line between lying by omission/leaving out part of the truth and not telling everything you know….get what I’m saying? And that’s just an easy example! I’m a total over-analyzer….how do you make yourself quit doing that? *sigh* Besides all that, then there’s all the times I open my mouth and stick my foot in it….and realize that fact later and THEN feel bad and have to turn around and try to fix it. And feel really stupid doing so. And you’d think I’d learn….but it seems like I forget it ever happened until after I’ve done it again….

And that’s just with the little stuff. Forget the big stuff. What’s really bad is when I can’t make sense of things….I’m a person who doesn’t need to “know” everything in order to believe or to live my life, but I do like for things to be generally sensible or reasonable. For example, to say that it’s okay to do one thing but a very similar thing is wrong to do….doesn’t really make sense to me. I won’t say much about it b/c I don’t want to wrongly influence anyone, but some things just don’t make horse sense. *sigh*

Do you think I might be crazy? Well, at the very least, I’d say that the word “normal” will probably never be a word that describes me. The good thing is, except for the times when I’m driving myself crazy, I’m usually happy being “me.” Only IS that really a good thing since I’m usually driving myself crazy? Bwahaha.

Work today was quiet. Lot of things go through my head as I say that, but nothing I want to say on here (so does that mean I’m not telling the full truth?…..ARGH!). No, I’m not going there again. As I was saying, work today was quiet. LOL.

The weather today was be-U-tiful!! It was so flip-flop weather. Mom and I walked around our building for about 15 minutes instead of walking inside around the gym like we usually do (when we get to walk). It was almost on the “eek, turn on the air” side of warm, but oh, I loved it. Well, except for the fact that I didn’t bring my walking shoes and I wasn’t about to miss the opportunity to enjoy the gorgeous weather simply because I had fashionable (vs. wearable) shoes. So I walked about 8 minutes in flip-flops before they ripped a hole in the skin on top of my foot, then took them off and walked the rest of the 8 or so minutes barefoot. Which was great until the heat from the pavement started getting to me. My feet were sore for the rest of the day.. But it was SO worth it!! Did I mention that it was like 72 degrees and sunny….and there was a comfortable breeze….yeah, baby. Tomorrow I’m taking my walking shoes. (and it will probably rain…hahah….ever the optimistic one)

Speaking of positive vs. negative. I was talking to Blondie next door to me today….discussing some work situations and she made a statement followed by “I hate to be negative.”

But you know….(and you should write this down….this is my great wisdom for the day):

Sometimes, no matter how much you’d like to be positive, SOMETIMES, the only way to be truthful is to be negative.
I’m sorry if telling the truth sometimes makes me a “negative” person, but that’s just how it’s gonna have to be! I do my best to put as much of a positive outlook on all the negative things that happen….but there comes a time when…the glass isn’t half-full or even a fourth full….it’s EMPTY, okay? Just ask the band on the Titanic. (LOL)

I’ll try to be in a better mood tomorrow. =)

In the meantime, how bout if I share a couple of pictures from yesterday's photo attempts.... BWAHAHAHA! And hopefully, it won't be too long before I can get this month's 12-12 scrapped, boring as it was.....




This is how I look driving home....zoned out. LOL


Then there's the wild hair, goofy faced me.....


And this is the "me" that is stuck behind slow traffic. Don't ask how I can prop my head on my hand and take a picture of myself.....while driving. I told you I can do a lot of things while driving. Hehehe.


Monday, March 12, 2007


Do you have any idea how difficult it is going to be to do a 12-12 this month? Absolutely nothing worth taking pictures of happened. I was so desperate, I even took a picture of the sign to the women's bathroom when I made a pit stop after lunch. LOL. You KNOW it's bad when you have nothing else to document but a bathroom break. Haha. So I took the picture....but I don't know if I'll use it or not. Teeehehe! And then when I fixed taco casserole whatchamacallit for supper, I forgot to take a picture of it. GRR. But I'm not skipping. I will do this no matter how boring some of these 12-12s are going to be. Next month, I'm going to make sure that I have SOMETHING planned for the 12-12. Haha! Anyways, I'll try to work on those pictures and get something posted soon....hopefully.

So I'm all confused about the stats on my statcounter. For some reason it no longer shows up whenever I (or anyone else where I work) connects to my site. I can't figure that out. It makes me wonder if those are the only stats that are messed up. Oh well. It's not about that anyways. But I do like to have a heads up to who is reading this in case I need to not talk about somebody. LOL. Just kidding. Honest.

On the mysteries of statcounters: There was somebody from Georgia that came to my blog through my myspace link....can't figure that one out. It looks like Newark may be back....although I still can't figure out who they are either....and it doesn't look like they're coming through myspace anymore, so either it's a different person, or they remembered the link. LOL. Then there are people that I know from church that found me through some pictures I did for a family here....which was kinda surprising....

I don't know how to figure those things out... Don't really care, except just that I don't want any creepy people coming around. LOL. So if you're not creepy, then "welcome to my little insane blog" and don't get mad if that's all you find here. I'm just me. Crazy, Klutzy, weird....but mostly And I'm generally happy even when I'm griping. Cuz that's just the way I am.

Right this minute I'm sitting here blogging (yeah, duh...obviously) and from behind me, this is what I hear:

"What are you doing? You are so FAT. FAT!!! You need a bath."

I'm really hoping the cat is sitting behind me. I'm REALLY hoping KC is talking to the cat. ROFL!!! No really, he's talking to the cat. Three guesses as to which one, and the first two don't count. Heh!

Oh, and responding to a few recent comments: Shoutout to RebeccaBoo who stopped in and left a comment....thanks, girl. I missed you! ....and your blog! =) Also, Happy Birthday to Rochelle as well, who left a comment wishing me happy b-day and hers is Wednesday. Go tell her happy b-day, ya'll. =) Denise: thanks for the bday wishes, and to answer your question (albeit a little late) no special birthday plans except for the dinners at the parents and that dear KC bought my laptop this year as my birthday/valentine gift. Which is pretty cool. And we'll probably go away....for vacation....but that will be, you know....vacation. *GRIN* And it's okay that you didn't send a card. It's the thought that counts, right? And Ben: no kidding. It's a bummer. =)

And I can't really think of anything else right now to talk about, so I'm going to get going here.

Interesting Blog History

Don't know if any of ya'll that haven't been here since the beginning (as dumb as that post sounded) have read anything in the archives, but I was looking for a post on one of my trips last year to use for journalling in my scrapbook on Saturday and found a few posts that I'd forgotten I wrote. *grin*

Like this one on what my blog is about....pretty much a mission statement. I should probably actually use some of that post and create some sort of "statement of intent" to put on my sidebar....probably wouldn't hurt to have something that includes some kind of disclaimer....LOL.

And this one had a statement that sorta POPPED out at me when I read that I'm paranoid about....well....anyways. Very interesting....I had forgotten saying all that.

Oh yeah, the 100 things about me list was kinda fun. #1 and #2-100 I wonder if I could find it in myself to do another 100 a year later. Be interesting to see what kind of stuff comes up the second time around.....LOL.

Ehh...anyways. That was pretty much all the "ooh....I forgot I wrote that" posts that I've least the ones that I want to bring back up. Haha. The rest can stay back in bloggy history. *grin*

Will post the stuff on my stats later tonight maybe.




Felt like I was getting up in the middle of the night this morning. I'm not used to it being pitch black when I'm trying to wake up. Makes it at least 10 times harder to not hit the snooze.

Somebody please tell me I'm not the only person in the world who starts knocking things off the morning routine in order to hit the snooze one more time and still not be late. LOL.

I wake up and think: hmmm....I can wear that one shirt that doesn't need ironing...okay... and hit snooze. Nine minutes later: if I wear that skirt that is all the way to the floor and doesn't have any splits, then I can skip shaving my legs this morning (haha...that one happens a LOT)... and then hit snooze again. Nine minutes later: if..... get the picture. Typically that happens approximately 2-3 times each morning. Basically my routine is now the shortened version and I just decide the night before that if I want to iron or any of those things, I'll have to wake up early. Haha.

And this morning was especially tough....I ran out of things to cut out before I had enough snoozes. *grin* Probably didn't help that I stayed up to the middle of the night finishing that book I was reading. *sigh* *sigh again* *Yawn*

I'm a nut. Yes. I know.

At least last night I didn't have that crazy dream that has been bothering me lately. Speaking of that dream, and I guess I really won't say much about it here...if I decide to talk about it, I'll have to do it on the private blog....but anyways, I got a piece of wisdom yesterday that I really needed to hear (thank you, Mother Teresa, I love you!)...and that was, "God isn't the only one who can send dreams."

Of course, that wasn't the only piece of wisdom I got from her yesterday, and I appreciated all of it, but that was the big one. What was really cool was the second time I had the dream, it bothered me so much that I felt like I needed to talk to somebody about it, and MT and MT'sDH were the ones that came to mind, but I didn't want to make a big deal about it, so I told God that if it was important that I talk to somebody about it, to send them to me...specifically. And He did. And it helped a lot. That was way cool. I love how God cares like that. Am I totally not bothered anymore? No, but it's in perspective and there's peace in that.

But that's enough for now. Back to work. (I'll try to come back later and post about the interesting stat stuff that seems to be going on here on my lovely little piece of the blogosphere....for all my sleuthing abilities, I just can't seem to figure this stuff out. *sigh*)

Aww fiddlesticks....I just realized that today is 12-12.....and it's almost lunchtime and I haven't taken a single picture....I gotta get busy! POO!


Saturday, March 10, 2007

A Very Random Saturday Post

Had another scrappin day at my house. I can never figure out what to call it. I guess it would be a “crop” but for some reason….I guess b/c it’s all people I have known for awhile and not strangers….it doesn’t feel right to call it that. Anyways. It’s not ALWAYS people I’ve known for awhile, but generally it is. Well. It was fun. Got two pages done and started on two more. I sure wish the workdays passed like the crop days do cuz it sure didn’t seem like we were scrapping for 6.5 hours.

Tonight we’re going up to KC’s parents for supper. She’s cooking dinner for my birthday. Yum. I’ll probably post pictures later. Very sweet. I can’t wait. Actually, we’re heading there now and I’m typing this on my laptop. LOVE THAT! Unfortunately I won’t be able to post this until I get back to internet connection, but oh well.

Started watching a few of the LOST episodes that KC downloaded onto his I-tunes. UGH. I’m definitely “lost” since we haven’t seen most of season 2 and these are somewhere in season 3. One thing though…Kate is cool…and you know….Jack and Sawyer….LOL. Anywho. I think that it is going to make us late to supper. Oops.

Can’t really think of anything else to say right this minute….nothing that I can post on here anyway. LOL. SO we’re almost there and I need to go.

Kay I'm back now. I'm waiting for the pictures to load. It is only 9:13, but you know we lose an hour tonight, so I need to hurry and get in bed. *grin* I'm trying to get myspace to let me's been hateful for me all day today. GRRR. Oh yay, it just let me in! Woohoo. Haha.

Oh, supper was great. Loved it. As soon as the pictures upload, I'll show you. *grin* Only one problem. I ate a teeny tiny bit too much. *sigh*

Here we go....


I forgot to take a picture before digging this is half eaten burrito. Hehe
Also to note: I'm drinking Dr. Pepper. (how did you celebrate your birthday...."I had a few drinks......of Dr. Pepper"....ROFL!) And was it ever worth it. I won't enjoy the headache later, but it sure tasted good tonight. *grin*

Then for dessert.......mmmmm....




I'm not sure what was so funny.....?


Then everybody looks at the camera and its not so funny anymore. LOL. Left of KC is his mom and J and right of KC are my mom and dad. Dad forgot to look. Bad dad. *grin* Just kiddin'.

So anyways. That was birthday dinner number two.....the two moms and I played Skip-Bo while dinner was settling.....we played two games. One mom won each game. Did I win one? Not a chance. *sigh* Where is the fairness in that? LOL. Bummer. Oh well. I'm a good loser. Teeehehe. And that statement is true in more than one way. *grin* S'okay, ya'll. I'm a loser, but I'm SHORE good at it. *G*

Okay. I really have to go now. Later!

Friday, March 09, 2007

Friday Funny

Compliments of one of my favorite co-workers, SM. =)

A blonde walked up to the front desk of the
library and said to the librarian:

"I borrowed a book last week, but it was the most boring I've ever read. There was no story whatsoever, and there were far too many characters for me to keep all the names straight!"

The librarian replied:"Oh, you must be the person who took
our phone book."

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Yesterday's Staff Meeting Agenda

____ Staff Meeting
3/7/07 3pm
____ Meeting Room


- Welcome/introduction & opening remarks (new GM)
- Wild applause or uncomfortable murmuring (staff)
- Report from ___ Services (Scar & Nala)
- Report from ___ Services (Wally & Timon)
- Report from ___Services (My boss & Co.)
- New business/discussion
- Graceful exit

That was exactly what was on the Agenda that was handed out at the beginning of the meeting. Well, of course, except for the fact that I removed the pertinent details and changed the names to protect the innoce---well......anyways, I changed the names. LOL.

I'm not sure whether to laugh or be annoyed. While I like a sense of humor, I'm not quite sure that he was trying to be funny. Let's just say that the first staff meeting with the new GM was was an eye-opener. I tried to be optomistic, but I'm beginning to fear that my original opinion/gut feeling is going to turn out to be correct after all. And ya'll. That's bad. No further comment. And let's just keep that between us, okay?

Anyways. Today is my birthday. Happy birthday, Me! I'm just one notch under a quarter of a century. Why do I have the feeling that it's going to be downhill from here? Oh, and idiotic me who doesn't learn from my mistakes....wore the pretty shoes again this morning.....and almost fell again trying to walk across gravel when my ankle twisted. UGH. I didn't. That would have been an awful way to start this year off. LOL. But the shoes are SOO cute!!! *SIGH*

But....I think today is going to be a good day.
#1 KC is coming home from CT today. (YAY)
#2 SM sent me a real life card AND an e-card that was a hoops and yoyo that was really funny
#3 I got wind of a cake in the fridge from the staff.....I'm not positive, but I'm thinking it's for me and mom (whose b-day was Monday -- Happy Birthday again, Mom)
#4 I think there might be a card in the mailbox when I get home from a sweet online friend....*smiles* But of course, I don't know a thing.....about #3 OR #4. *GRIN*
#5 I'm just in a good mood. KC's COMING HOME TODAY!!!

Anyways, I need to get moving and get some work done. Lots to do today.
Later, ya'll!

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Wordless Wednesday

Let me rephrase that. ALMOST Wordless Wednesday. I have one word (besides these that I just finished typing):




Tuesday, March 06, 2007

You have got to be kidding me!!!!

I just hit submit on this super long post and got an error message from blogger. Came back and the post was gone. Every last letter of of it. ARGGHHHHHH

Now I'm aggravated. I don't want to retype all that! Not to mention I'll have to go back and get the pictures again. PHOOEY. I can NOT believe this.

Okay. I guess we'll see how good my memory is.



Not very, I guess.

Maybe if I go get the pictures first. But first, I'm going to post this and see if it will work before I lose it all for a second time. *SIGH* Be right back.

Okay I'm back.

See these shoes? These lovely beautiful shoes?


Well, the best thing about them is their cuteness. Today they were my downfall. Quite literally.

It hurt. Boy, did it ever hurt. Tomorrow, I'm sure I'll be sore. And bruised.

On the positive "glass is half full" side of least my mom was the only witness to my dumb clutziness. It coulda been worse. I could have done tripped and fell in front of...say....the entire church.....and then have to sing a solo. Don't ask me how I know that. LOL. Just trust me when I say I'm glad I had a small audience for this minor catastrophe.

I'm not quite sure how it happened. I was leaving mom's after I dropped her off and I was going down the front steps and next thing I know....I'm thinking. Um. This is not going to be pretty. I tried to catch myself and although I didn't quite succeed in that, it did at least keep me from breaking my neck by going down the stairs headfirst. Unfortunately, I couldn't regain my footing and instead, I pretty much collapsed on the stairs and bounced down the six or so steps, landing on my knees at the bottom on the concrete blocks. Wasn't pretty. The handrail took a good inch of skin off my forearm, I have two skinned knees (complete with knots), and I'm now the proud owner of a complete step imprint all the way across my shin. Hey, it's a new kind of tattoo....HA! I didn't think I hit my rear, but apparently I must have. OW. OWWW. Yeah.

On my way home after leaving there, I busted out laughing (that is after my arm had finally quit stinging so bad). I mean, hearing mom coming down the steps behind me going, "oh. Oh. Faith. OH." LOL. There wasn't anything she could have done..... It's really too bad there was no camera. I keep cracking up at the mental video of my little ski trip down the stairs. Smooth move, "Grace." Way to go!

I'm such a clutz. *sigh*

Yeah, and I'm apparently not a princess either. Does anyone remember the fairy tale of the princess and the pea? Ya know, the gist of it being a princess goes somewhere and sleeps in a bed and the owner of the bed wants to see if she's a real princess, so they hide a pea down under the mattress and the next morning she says the bed had a terrible lump in it and she couldn't sleep so they knew she was a real princess.....or something like that.....

Anyways. Last night. I'm enjoying that little thing people generally do when they're tired...ya know, sleep? And then I'm rudely awakened by a very (and I do mean VERY) high pitched beep. More like a continuous shrill whine (not quite in the range of those newfangled cellphone rings...but somewhat similar). I was totally confused. So when I finally wake up to realize that I'm hearing something strange, I try to figure out where it's coming from. It's not that loud, just loud enough to keep a person from I start going through the objects on the nightstand and holding them next to my ear to figure out what's making the noise.

Cell phone: No. Digital thermometer.....Yep. Okay. Press the button that generally turns it off. Nothing happens. Noise continues. Okay. Fine. I'll take the battery out. Fiddle with it a sec. Turn the light on. Fiddle with it some more. Do you think they coulda made the battery easily accessible. Nah.....of course not. Do I really want to get up and go find some kind of tool to pry this thing apart? Oh and did I mention that it was three am? Yeah. It was. And no, I didn't want to get up.

Next option. Okay, shove it under the covers. Some better, but still too loud to sleep. Cover it with my hand. Almost, but then when I fall asleep and move, it will be loud again. What to do, what to do... I know. So I stick it back under the covers and lay on it. Perfect. Can't hear it anymore. Go back to sleep. Wake up a little while later and roll over. Yep, it's still going have to re-adjust it underneath me since I moved and un-muffled it. LOL.

Oh yeah, and this ain't no little bitty thermometer....think: really fat ink pen-sized thermometer. In a hard plastic case. Yeah. And I'm sleeping on it. So I go back to sleep. Finally morning and I get up. Oh, and you guessed it, it's STILL going off. I grab the stinkin little thing and walk out of the bedroom to find something to make it shut up....I walk out the door.........and bingo. It shuts up. Dumb. Stupid. Thing.

So what was the point of the whole story? Oh yeah, forget pea, I slept on a THERMOMETER. Guess that just proves what I knew all along. I am not a princess. *GRIN* Go figure.


Anyways. This was on my way home. My favorite little "tree in a pasture" only this time I caught it at sunset since I was a little later going home than usual. Ya know, since I stopped at mom's after work and I was kinda busy falling down stairs and all. LOL.

I'll leave ya with this picture of the kitkats tonight. Jango just can't stand not being part of the action. I'm using my new portable computer and sitting in bed (it's softer for my poor aching rear end) and he's laying across the briefcase I'm using as a mouse pad holder thingy.....can't stand using the laptop mouse for any length of time. *grin*


Other thing to note is Miss Spooky Stare over there in the doorway. How would you like to sleep with that staring at you. Yeah. Tell me about it. She does. It's really hard to sleep when a cat is sitting mere inches from your head and just staring. But better that than what she did a couple weeks ago. Walked up to my pillow. Turned around and laid down. Big fluffy rear end right smack in my face. KC laughed. LOL. Course I did, too, but still.

Okay, so there was more that I said on the other post, but maybe it just wasn't meant to be said. Cuz. I'm. really. tired. Ya know, those 3am thermometer incidents are rather exhausting. I know, I know....wait till I have kids. So.....on that note, I'm going to bed.

Later, ya'll!


Strange stuff goin on around here. Tried to pull up my blog to show my daddio the pictures of him and his Gnocchis on the web and it was giving me strange server errors. Anyone besides me having problems with that lately? Not good.

Will hopefully get on tonight and post a few funny incidents from today. (Chuckling to myself)

Monday, March 05, 2007


So I'm sitting here at mom's house. I'm so totally missing the cats. *grin* No really, I miss KC first, and then I miss the cats. I'm staying up here for the night while KC is away. I miss my house. I don't miss being alone in my house.

The last time KC was gone, I had a girl from church staying with me (KCz idea...although I didn't really mind) and later on when he got back, she got up in church and thanked God for protecting us b/c one night when we were there we heard this huge creak (which I later discovered was probably the lawnchair on the back porch that blew over) and Faith grabbed a screwdriver (which was the only thing that was handy, thank you very much) and went through the house to make sure we were still safe. Yeah. So she says that in church. And everybody cracked up at the thought of me attacking someone with a screwdriver. KC turns to me and didn't tell me about that. ROFL. No, DUH. I didn't tell ANYONE about that. Thanks a lot MV! LOL. So this time....KC says he's leaving again and Big Daddy (a guy at church) turns around and whispers....I've got a really big screwdriver...would you like to borrow it??? ROFL. Too funny.

But I hate it when he leaves. I'm not cut out to be all by my lonesome. When I got my stuff together to come stay up here at mom's tonight, I came THISCLOSE to grabbing the shirt he wore yesterday that smells like him, and bringing it with me. I did actually pick it up and smell it. Pretty pathetic actually, since he had only been gone about an hour when I started getting my stuff together. LOL. Pretty pathetic considering he isn't going to be gone that long. LOL. Guess it's just a good thing he's not going to be gone a long time or anything. How do these people survive when their hubby's are gone all the time. That would kill me. Plus (TMI Warning) it's kinda hard to try to make a baby when half of the equation is out of town at all the right times..... LOL. Told ya it was TMI.


Going away now.


Sometimes it sure is good to be my daddy's daughter. *G* I had dinner at mom and dad's tonight and mom and I came in and dad had fixed a special dinner for mom and me....for our birthdays. (Mom's was today and mine is Thursday.) Anyways, we walk in....I'm like....hmmm...smells good in I grab my camera and go take a peek.....


mmmmmmm......a bowl of s'getti sauce....and....what's that swimming in there....Ohh. Looks like GNOCCHIS!!! For the non Italian, that's pronounced Nyonkis....for the southern italian like me, its pronounced yawnkis....and for the true italian, if I mis-spelled gnocchis....then I'm terribly sorry. I'm only half italian and we'll use that as my excuse.


What is a yawnki??? Well. It's kinda like the italian version of potato dumplings. AND. It's ever so tasty. Specially when my daddio (the real italian) makes it. Speaking of the daddio....


that would be him there...and mum is the one that is only half in the picture over to the side. They are both "humoring" me with the camera, in case you couldn't tell that in their expressions. Anyways. Happy Birthday, Mom!

Oh, one last thing on the birthday stuff....this was hilarious. Mom made me a card for my birthday. I made Mom a card for her birthday. I gave Mom her card today at work and Mom gave me mine tonight since I was here....I open the card that Mom gave the verse....and crack up laughing. Mom used the exact same verse in my card that I used in the one I made her. How odd is that? I started reading it and was like....hey, this sounds familiar. LOL. It was too funny. We all had a good laugh about that.

I got an email from my blogging buddy, Denise, telling me that some folks on scrapjazz (my favorite scrapbooking website/message board) were asking about me and missing me b/c I haven't been posting on there in awhile. That totally made my day. I can't believe I was missed. That is really sweet! I didn't leave for any reason, I just have been so busy, that all I have time to do is keep this thing up and sometimes barely that. Especially with the slow internet at home. But hopefully THAT will change soon. Anyways, I didn't leave SJ completely, I have tried to keep checking in, I just hadn't had the time to post anything. But it was really sweet.

Oh. Almost forgot. I got a phone call today from Social Services....they wanted us to keep a seven year old boy for a weekend respite care while his foster parents were out of town. Not this weekend, but the next. I was so disappointed. I had to say no. We had some plans for one of the days that can't be rescheduled and we wouldn't have been able to take the boy with us. I was bummed. That's the second time in two weeks that we've been called for respite care and it hasn't worked out. The first time we could have done it (it would have been for this past weekend) but when KC called back, I guess they'd already found somebody. That was for a three and seven year old. I was kinda bummed about that, too. Oh well. It's gotta work out sometime. I hope. =)

Think that's it for now. I'm gonna go say a few things over on Private Insanity.

Later, ya'll.

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Grumpy Gills

Today I guess I'd be Marlin....cuz I was definitely having some grumpy issues. LOL. Not my usual "Dory" self. I think KC and I did this role exchange cuz he was all cheerful and annoying like I usually am. LOL. Lord, love him. *GRIN* Lord, love me, really. I was the "hard to get along with" one today. *sigh*

I had a lot to do today....a lot of stuff that I really didn't feel like doing. And it wasn't stuff that I could just "put off" like I normally do (hehe) and that just made me irritable.

Anywho....not a whole lot of exciting things to blog about lately. I could say that ____ is ____ again, but I dont particularly want the world (or at least the small part of the world that reads my blog) to know that, so I might blog a little later about that over at the private insanity blog.

Speaking of the small part of the world that reads my blog....i dont think that my lurker from Newark has been back to my blog since I made my myspace private, so apparently, they (whoever they were) either got tired of reading and just hasn't came back, or else they weren't on my friend list so they can't see my profile and get the link anymore. Judging by the regularity of their previous visits, I'd venture to say it was the latter. I wish there was some way on myspace to see the profiles of anybody who looks at your profile....then I'd be able to pinpoint it...maybe. But anyways. Somebody else came here from the myspace link recently from Atlanta. I can't figure this one out. I don't think anyone on my friend list is from Atlanta. Strange.

Watched Flushed Away yesterday. Wasn't real impressed. It was okay. Not really as funny as the previews. Speaking of impress-ionist.....we watched that one, too...the other was definitely interesting. And definitely fiction. You can't really make yourself disappear like that....can you? ??

Friday night we went out to dinner with some friends (my sorta cousin and his wife, who is also one of the kids I grew up with.....(remember the Down Memory Lane post....the first picture....she's the girl in front of me....and she looks nothing like that now). Anyways, it was fun. We haven't really had a chance to get together since they got married (back in Sept -- VA beach....remember all that? Yeah) Anyways. We had a good time.

Was telling KC about my "how to be annoying post" on Friday and he said when he went to Walmart this morning the cashier had a perfect hook on annoying. So let's just note that in a similar manner as saying ooh la la in every sentence....insert the words: "Rock on" after everything ranging in importance from mild to extreme. And not just saying it, but SAYING it. Like ROCK ooooonnnn...or in the southern...rock awnnn....LOL. Yeah, I can get where that would get irritating. LOL. KC said that he said it at least 3 times to every person checking out. Your credit card was approved...ROCK ONNnnnn! You're buying toilet paper? ROCK Onnnnnn.....BWAHAHAHA. Oooh....definitely pretty high up on the irritation scale. Right up there with driving 50 miles with your turn signal on. LOL.

Well....need to get going here...lovely work tomorrow....not particularly looking forward to it.

Oh in happy news, we *MIGHT* just be able to get charter cable here at the FaithNKC house sometime in the next couple of weeks. KC called yesterday (for the five-hundredth, he's not been a pest at all....LOL. Okay so maybe not five hundred times but he has bugged them about it) and it looks like they're FINALLY going to put it out here. YAY! Not sure yet when it will be, but it sounded like in the next week or so, and KC saw red lines where they came out and marked it. *crossing fingers* I am SO wanting to leave dialup where it belongs....HISTORY!!!!!!

Alright. Going now.
Later, ya'll!

Friday, March 02, 2007

Friday Funny

How to be Annoying

*DISCLAIMER* I am not recommending or promoting the use of any of these actions, nor do I participate in any of these annoying procedures (well, not many anyways). I am simply posting them for the humor factor. If you don't have a sense of humor, you can stop reading right about......NOW! (LOL.)

Adjust the tint on your screens so that all the people are green, and insist to others that you "like it that way".

Drum on every available surface.

Staple papers in the middle of the page.

Produce a rental video consisting entirely of dire FBI copy warnings.

Sew anti-theft detector strips into people's backpacks.

Hide dairy products in inaccessible places.

Write the surprise ending to a novel on its first page.

Specify that your drive-through order is "to go".

Set alarms for random times.

Learn Morse code, and have conversations with friends in public consisting entirely of "Beeeep Bip Bip Beeeep Bip..."

Buy large quantities of mint dental floss just to lick the flavor off.

Order a side of pork rinds with your filet mignon.

Publicly investigate just how slowly you can make a "croaking" noise.

Honk and wave to strangers.

Dress only in clothes colored Hunter's Orange.

Change channels five minutes before the end of every show. ugh....i hate channel surfing in the middle of shows....grrr...i know people who do this....LOL. no names.

Wear your pants backwards.

Decline to be seated at a restaurant, and simply eat their complimentary mints by the cash register.

Begin all your sentences with "ooh la la!"


only type in lowercase. dont use any punctuation either

Buy a large quantity of orange traffic cones and reroute whole streets.

Pay for your dinner with pennies.

Tie jingle bells to all your clothes.

Repeat everything someone says, as a question. Repeat everything someone says as a question? ROFL!

Write "X - BURIED TREASURE" in random spots on all of someone's roadmaps.

Repeat the following conversation a dozen times: "Do you hear that?" "What?" "Never mind, it's gone now."

Light road flares on a birthday cake.

Wander around the restaurant, asking other diners for their parsley.

Leave tips in Bolivian currency.

At the laundromat, use one dryer for each of your socks. that might get person killed, but it's a funny thought. hehehe

When Christmas carolling, sing "Jingle Bells, Batman smells" until physically restrained.

Wear a cape that says "Magnificent One".

As much as possible, skip rather than walk.

Stand over someone's shoulder, mumbling, as they read.

Leave your turn signal on for fifty miles.

Pretend your mouse is a CB radio, and talk to it.

Try playing the William Tell Overture by tapping on the bottom of your chin. When nearly done, announce "no, wait, I messed it up", and repeat.

Name your dog "Dog".

Inform others that they exist only in your imagination. sometimes I wish they DID (only exist in my imagination that is....Hehehe)

Ask people what gender they are.

Reply to everything someone says with "that's what YOU think."

Lick the filling out of all the Oreos, and place the cookie parts back in the tray.

Forget the punchline to a long joke, but assure the listener it was a "real hoot". oops...i've done that....I have an AWFUL memory! LOL

Routinely handcuff yourself to furniture, informing the curious that you don't want to fall off "in case the big one comes".

Follow a few paces behind someone, spraying everything they touch with a can of Lysol.

Deliberately hum songs that will remain lodged in co-workers' brains, such as "Feliz Navidad", the Archies' "Sugar" or the Mr. Rogers theme song.

While making presentations, occasionally bob your head like a parakeet.

Make beeping noises when a large person backs up.

Leave your Christmas lights up and lit until September.

Change your name to John Aaaaasmith for the great glory of being first in the phone book.

Chew on pens that you've borrowed.

Invent nonsense computer jargon in conversations and see if people play along to avoid the appearance of ignorance.

Ask to "interface" with someone.

Sing along at the opera.

Mow your lawn with scissors. Methinks this would be annoying to YOURSELF

Finish all your sentences with the words "in accordance with prophesy".

Ask the waitress for an extra seat for your "imaginary friend".

Go to a poetry recital and ask why each poem doesn't rhyme.

Ask your co-workers mysterious questions, and scribble their answers in a notebook. Mutter something about "psychological profiles".

Incessantly recite annoying phrases, such as "sticky wicket isn't cricket."

Stare at static on the tv and claim you can see a "magic picture".

Do not add any inflection to the end of your sentences, producing awkward silences with the impression that you'll be saying more any moment. imagine that

Signal that a conversation is over by clamping your hands over your ears.

Construct elaborate "crop circles" in your front lawn.

Make appointments for the 31st of September.

Send fifty copies of this list to everyone you know.
So what are you waiting for....get copying!! LOL....just kidding!

(list courtesy of

Happy Friday everyone! Don't forget to smile!

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen Random Emotions that have been present at some point during this day.....

1. Heartbreaking sadness - Driving to work this morning, I saw a car pulled over and a girl walked into the road and pulled a border collie that must have just gotten hit off the road. It must have gotten away b/c she grabbed the leash attached to it's collar and dragged it over to the ditch. It was terribly sad.

2. Blah-ness - it has rained all day and it's a mopey feeling. Especially when you have to be at work and not in bed or curled up on the couch. Yuck.

3. Surprise - I didn't hate him. (If you happened to catch my hateful vent before I deleted it back in January, or perhaps if you read this post then you'd know we were getting a new GM at work. Anyways. He started today.) So I'm still not quite happy with the decision and I still don't know if I'm gonna like him or not, but I was quite surprised that I didn't dislike him as much as I thought I would. Funny thing about the whole thing is, there are a lot of extremely brown noses around the place lately....kinda getting a little stinky, tis. FYI, my nose is white as ever. That is, unless you're looking at the lovely blackheads. Teeehehe. TMI?

4. Irritation - yes, this is a daily thing, I do believe. Today's was with the computer not doing what I wanted it to do when I was trying to work on the ad design....which isn't in my job description. LOL. Oh well. I ain't mad about it.

5. Happiness - that would have been about lunchtime....went to the veggie place and DIDN'T run into the dirty old man (who, in case any one cares -- and please, no hateful comments -- according to my excellent sources, actually IS a dirty old man and frequents the place pretty regularly...and is probably fairly harmless). Oh and did I mention that the veggies were delish? Yeah. Well.

6. Amusement - when a lady who works down the hall from me (and is constantly picking on me...and vice versa of course) came into the hall I was very noisily clomping down and many pairs of dutch clogs do you have? Well. It was funny. Guess you just had to be there. LOL

7. Extreme joy - when I got to the library and the librarian said they had a new Dee Henderson book in that was already checked out but she'd put it on hold for me and call as soon as it came in. I love that the librarians know me and love me. They're always doing nice things like ordering books that I want to read....and waiving fines (although I certainly pay my share...hehe)

8. Panic - when i was driving home and hit the brakes to get ready to turn and realized the car was hydroplaning....thank God it was in the country and no one else on the road out there and I wasn't going that fast so I was able to regain control pretty quick. Not a pleasant feeling.

9, pleasure - when KC walked in with the pizzas and said I looked nice today. Nice was a bonus...the pleasure was from not having to cook. Heh!

10. frustration - that I can't think of three more emotions that occurred today. LOL.

Okay, so it's the thursday ten. Sue me. Actually, don't. So don't sue me. Okay?