Thursday, May 29, 2008
Big E: "One hour is $2.00, another hour is $3.00 and 15 more minutes would be $.50 for a total of $3.50."
Me: "Yes, that is right, but I just don't understand why my equation isn't working. 1.45x$2.00. See, it says right on the calculator that it is $2.90."
Big E: "But the hours aren't in 100's, there is only 60 minutes in an hour. You need to calculate that way."
Me: "OH YEAH! 45 minutes is 3/4 of an hour so I need to use 1.75 instead of 1.45. NOW my equation works. $3.50!"
Big E, with a smile: "Now you got it."
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
However, we are also very similar. She is an extrovert, so am I; she is not just opinionated, but spouts her opinions ad nauseum and well, I have in the past, but have improved on this significantly (I do admit, this is and will be a lifelong process for me!); she is not afraid to stand up for herself, and those she loves, through words and actions, ditto for me.
This weekend, I discovered another way we are very similar. God love this woman ... she has a plethora of prescription drugs! I have pulled a multitude of muscles in my neck and back, making it hard for me to move my head and upper body without doing the "full body rotation" to see in the direction I need/want to see. She noticed this stiffness shortly after I arrived to visit her and my dad this weekend. She immediately says "is your neck sore?" "Yes" I say. Before I know it, she is at her medicine cabinet saying, "I have some muscle relaxers if you want some of those. Or if you need painkillers I have vicadin and percoset. I also have the usual over the counter stuff. I may have a few other things in here if none of that works."
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
I was complaining to my best friend today that it is appropriate for the braces to come on now. In the last few months we became "debt free", or at least my version of debt free. We only have the house and van that we owe on. I was getting excited about throwing some additional money into our savings account each month besides the amount we put now. Well, that excitement has been deflated. We now have a $250/month payment for the next 15 months and that's after our $1295 "down" payment I made today. I think we can deduct about $75 per month for insurance reimbursement, but still! Lesson learned: just when you think you are getting ahead, don't get too comfy. Something will come up to suck that money right out of your wallet.
It's also that time of year when schools start coming to an end for summer break. CJ had his last day of school today. I am kind of glad not to have to worry about his schedule any more. However, when Big E and Sous Chef get out of school in early June ... well, oh my, things will really get nuts around here. Thankfully we have a couple of fun things planned for June, including a trip to St. Louis for our second annual mom and kids road trip. I think there are six moms and about 12-13 kids going! Hopefully it will go a little smoother than the first annual trip, which resulted in one of our kids vomiting in the hotel pool and therefore, closing the pool for the remainder of our stay, and the threat of one of the moms/kids rooms being thrown out because they were "too loud."
Monday, May 19, 2008
No, the handles are not crooked, it's just the shadow of the light making them look that way. Ignore the blue towel the TV is on. I am going to buy a cool runner to put on the top to keep the TV from scratching it. I am looking for a blue color that will match the walls when they are painted and match the chocolate brown and steel blue bedding.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
- We don't have the money to either buy the things I like and/or buy the things all at the same time. I see an entire room on display that I like and it usually adds up to $1,000's of dollars. NOT happening right now. So I try to buy similar things at a lower cost and then I have a hard time incorporating them into my rooms. I am just not good at piecing things together.
- I don't like shopping for home decor stuff. I want to go one place and say "ok, I'll take that", "that" being an entire room of stuff, including all the accessories, and then go home and wait for it to be delivered.
- I don't like comparing prices and styles by going from store to store. This takes us back to #1. The results of 1. and 2. mean that I make do with what we have OR
- I end up "upgrading" what we have. I don't really like these projects, either. I would rather be shopping for clothes.
#4 leads me to this weekend's project. We have a dresser set from Motorcycle Guy's grandparents. The style of it is fine, but it had a really awful finish on it. So this weekend, I sanded and painted them and bought new pulls for the drawers. I have NEVER done this before. If you've been a reader for a while, you may remember the first time I ever painted a room was back in September, so this is another new home decor project involving #4, upgrading what we have.
I sanded and I painted. Of course, as is almost always the case with me when paint is involved, I decided I didn't really like the color. I painted the first dresser and drawers and after looking at it off and on, decided it was too much of a "muddy" color and I wanted more of a "brown/black" color. So this morning I needed to go to Home Depot to return a light that burned out. (It's one of the new energy saving bulbs and it had a seven year guarantee and lasted about 70 minutes!) I also wanted to look at their pulls since Lowe's didn't have exactly what I was looking for. I also decided to get some new paint, but didn't tell Motorcycle Guy because I knew what kind of look I would get. The one that says "WHAT?" So I am getting the stuff into the car and Motorcycle Guy offers to take the painted dresser and drawers back upstairs while I am gone, because as far as he is concerned, it's finished. This is how the conversation goes:
Motorcycle Guy: "Do you want me to take this back up and bring the other dresser down?"
Me: "no. i am going to paint them a different color." (The small font is to indicate the hushed voice I used as I said this.)
Motorcycle Guy: "WHAT?"
Me: "I am going to paint them a different color." (A little louder this time.)
Me: "I don't really like that color for the dressers."
Motorcycle Guy: "What's wrong with it?"
Me: "It's too muddy. I want something the color of this." ("this" is me pointing to the shirt I purposefully dressed in t match the color.)
Motorcycle Guy: "Ok then. I'll bring down the other dresser."
He's such a good sport.
Friday, May 16, 2008
For those who are really intersted, here are the instructions.
SAMPLE 1 - Your first bowel movement
STEP 1: Take these instructions, brush kit and test card into the bathroom.Flush Toilet BEFORE your bowel movement.
STEP 2: After your bowel movement, DO NOT PLACE USED TOILET PAPER IN THE TOILET BOWL. Instead, use one of the waste bags provided.Do NOT FLUSH the toilet.(Unfortunately, what I can't put in here is the picture of a faceless cartoon looking person very carefully, with only two fingers being used, as if to say "YUCK" with his non-verbal communication, placing the waste bag in the toilet.)
STEP 3: Lift the flap marked "LIFT HERE FOR SAMPLE 1" on the test card to uncover the small white square marked, "SAMPLE 1".
STEP 4: Using one of the blue brushes, gently brush the surface of the stool for about five seconds.If the stool is loose, simply stir the water around the stool.Remove brush from the water and gently shake it once to remove excess water and any clumps of stool.
STEP 5: Gently dab the bristles of the brush onto the small white square on the test card for about five seconds (some staining of the square may occur).Put the used brush into the kit wastebag and throw it away in your waste basket.STEP 6:Peel off on of the two removable labels from the Reply Form and use it to re-seal the flap marked "Sample 1".See diagrams above for correct way to position the label when sealing each flap on the test card. Print your name on each label.
SAMPLE 2 - your second bowel movement (Since bleeding may not occur all of the time, a second bowel movement is sampled to increase the chance of detecting blood.)
Use the second blue brush, waste bag and the test card sample flap makred "SAMPLE 2", repeat steps 1 to 6 above. Use the other label to re-seal the sample flap. Continue with instructions on the back of this sheet.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
The flip side of this is you get clients who say, with a lot of confidence and knowledge, "I like deep tissue work. You can't work too deep on me. The deeper the better." Then you get to work and the next thing you know they are screaming, "NOT SO DEEP" as they peel themselves off of the ceiling. Know it alls - be careful when you ask for deep tissue massage, especially if your therapist is in a mood!
Monday, May 12, 2008
TV viewing yesterday left a lot to be desired, though. You would have thought the stations would have been airing "mommy" movies or at least a variety of chick flicks, but no. Two movies we ran across were "Saving Private Ryan" which is every mom's worst nightmare and not a movie I ever want to see again and "Cast Away". I asked Motorcycle Guy to change the channel, making the comment that they could have least put on "Forrest Gump" which is a nice "mom" movie. Our conversation went something like this:
Me: "Can you change the channel?"
Motorcycle Guy: "You don't like 'Cast Away'?"
Me: "It's so boring."
Motorcycle Guy: "Why is it boring?"
Me: "I don't like watching a movie where no one speaks for hours. I know it got a lot of good reviews, but if I just wanted to hear the sound of the ocean with no words or actions, I would turn off the TV and play a massage therapy disc."
Motorcycle Guy: "I think this is a great movie."
Me: "That's because you don't like to talk."
Motorcycle Guy: (laughing) "That's not TOTALLY true."
He changed the channel and we ended up watching "Drive-Ins, Diners and Dives" on the Food Network. Ahhh, that was much better!
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
This leads up to yesterday. Who knew bushes would grow so much during the winter months? They were already driving me crazy, looking like out of control greenery on the side of the highway. I asked Motorcycle Guy to set out the hedgetrimmer and extension cord before he went to work. I could see his back stiffen and the thought of "Oh my god, do I really let her do this when she is without adult supervision?" Of course, earlier, my neighbor offered up his battery powered trimmer, which I inspired him to go buy the day he saw me trimming our bushes last summer and he decided he better trim his, too. Anyway, I digress. So yesterday morning, about 8:15 or so, there I was in our front yard, doing my imitation of Edward Scissorhands and NOT ONCE did I cut the extension cord. Not once, I tell you! The bushes look great with their new fashionable trim. I even pulled out two dead bushes (which were both hidden behind two larger bushes!) and a live one that was very poorly placed right in front of another bush. I don't know who did the landscaping layout when this house was built five years ago, but they sucked! We really need to tear it all out and start over, but that's just not in the budget this year and maybe not even next. In that case, me and my hedgetrimmer will be at it again this fall and next spring!
Monday, May 5, 2008
On Saturday, Big E had a slumber party to celebrate his 11th birthday. We took everyone to play disc golf at the new disc golf course. I am fairly sure the kids and Motorcycle Guy spent more time in the woods searching out the discs than they did actually playing on the course. They had fun though and it was a first for Big E's friends. The rest of the evening went well, though there were two boys who I would have liked to put in the corner for most of the evening as they acted in a way that made it necessary to constantly keep my eye on them and frequently remind them not to do things (like explode a juice bag underneath the garage door as it came down). I am not used to constantly having to watch Big E or most of his friends and I found it quite irritating. At one point, Big E was so upset by the two of them that he came upstairs to tell us they were out of control and he started to cry, which is very unlike him. It was funny to hear all the boys talk about the kids and teachers at school. One boy even told me "we are gossiping" and in so many ways it reminded me of the slumber parties of my youth! They were all out by about 1:00 with the exception of two boys (one of the troublemakers) and by then they were just talking in the dark. Big E complained off and on that he did not feel well, but I thought he was just upset by the poor behavior of the two friends.
Sunday we went bowling with my family to celebrate Big E's and my dad's birthday. On our way into the parking lot of the bowling alley, the following takes place:
Big E: "I feel worse right now than I have all weekend."
Big E: "I think I am going to throw up."
Me: "Hold on, I am pulling into a space!" as I look in the mirror and see him covering his mouth.
Me: "Get out! Get out!" as I am hitting buttons to open every door on the van because I am not sure which is the quickest and easiest way out for him from the very back seat.
Big E: "bleck" all between the two seats in the middle section of the van. He then managed to get out and finish up in the parking lot.
Big E is home from school today.
Saturday, May 3, 2008
Happy Birthday, Big E.