Thursday, July 30, 2009

Half Empty Nest

Skowt left tonight to go up to her friend's family cabin for 5 days. I'm a little sad and nervous about it.

I've only been away from either of the kids for that long once before but that was hubby and I leaving. The kids were at home with grandma. They've never been away from home for that long without me.

It's also the first time since she was diagnosed with diabetes that she'll be away from us. I'm usually right there to monitor her numbers and dosing. I'm sure she'll be fine but it still makes me a bit nervous.

She promised to call when she gets there and keep in touch each day. It will be strange and very quiet around here without her.

It's nice to have a break from the kids every once in awhile, but kinda hard when it's such a long time. I can't imagine how I'm going to feel when she goes off to college or moves out.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Paper gowns and stirrups

Yesterday I had my annual visit to the gynecologist! How fun.

You know, sitting in that room waiting for the doctor in a paper gown that makes you sweat and then sticks to you in places you don't want paper sticking.

Lying down with your feet up in the stirrups and having to scoot down a little bit....little more, little more until your butt is comfortably hanging off the edge of the table. Then gracefully trying to sit back up from that position once it's all over!

That freaking ice cold metal contraption they use to do your pap test. I don't know what it's called but it needs to either come in some other material that doesn't freeze or they need to make a little warmer for it. You know, like those little warmers for baby wipes so you don't get the babies but all cold.

Then there's the doctor trying to make small talk with you while he does unmentionable things to you and you stare at the ceiling!

I don't know which I love more that or getting a mammogram!

Why oh why does it only come once a year?

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

{Insert catchy title here}

We went to see the new Harry Potter movie on Sunday. Skowt finally finished reading it on Saturday so we all decided to go see it on Sunday. Loved it! I think it's probably my favorite so far. But that could just be because it's fresh and new. I also liked that there was a bit more humor in this one and a little hint at romance too! I don't want to say too much and spoil it for anyone who hasn't seen it yet.............but what are you waiting for if you haven't?

We aren't really taking any type of family vacation this summer, just doing some day trips here and there. Though with my hubby working overtime we haven't done much of that either. We are planning a trip down to Six Flags Great America in IL on Saturday. We haven't been there in forever. I can't wait. Gotta get some roller coaster time in! Hope the weather cooperates.

I've decided I don't want August to arrive just yet. I was looking over all the stuff for the kids school registration and figured out that it is going to cost us about $900 just to get them going and registered for school. That's rental for 2 saxophones, 5th grade fees for Tiger, Freshman fees and the athletic fee for Skowt. Then on top of that don't forget school supplies and new clothes!

And that coincides perfectly with the fact that as of next week hubby will no longer be working his second part time job with the post office! So much for putting in all those years working toward a full time route and being at the top of the list as far as seniority goes for the next opening. First they closed a nearby office and brought two carriers over who bumped him back to 3rd in line. Now they are getting rid of the route he subs for and combining it with another route so they really don't have a position for him anymore. It bothers me but he seems to be OK with it. He's been debating lately which job he was going to stick with permanently and this kind of helped with the decision. Plus he has problems with his shoulders and casing the mail all morning makes it worse some days so in the long run I guess it will be a good thing.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009


Seriously! What are people thinking sometimes? I'm starting to think it might be kinda fun to be able to read minds, especially when people are doing dumb things!

For example, yesterday while at case you don't know I have the glamorous job of working at a convenience store/gas station. It's only temporary until I become a famous photographer! Anyway, I went outside to change the paper in one of the pumps. As I went to throw the old one out I noticed some chunks of cement in the garbage can. Yeah, cement, who puts that in a public garbage?

So I headed back in the store to let the girl I was working with know what was going on and get the garbage cart so I could get them to the dumpster. I'm thinking I'd pull out a couple pieces and be done with it. Nope, I had to make two trips and ended up pulling 23 pieces out of there. The smallest piece was probably about a foot long by 6 inches and about an inch thick. Yes, I counted them because that's what I do! Just another little quirk of mine!

So who in their right mind would think that even the strongest of guys that work at our store would be able to pull a plastic garbage bag full of 23 ten plus pound pieces of cement out of the container?

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Writer's Workshop: Paranoia

I'm playing along with Mama Kat this week.

5.) What are you paranoid about?

What am I paranoid about? The question should really be what am I NOT paranoid about. Give me a situation and I'll find something to paranoid about. It just comes so naturally!

Hubby or kids a few minutes late and no phone call? They're laying dead in a ditch somewhere.

Driving somewhere new? I'm gonna get lost. What if there's construction?

What if they don't like me?....................What if they do?................What if someone is watching?.................What if they make fun of me?...............What if the kids get sick?...............or kidnapped?.............What if Skowt forgets to take her medication?.............or takes too much?...............What if the kids don't have any friends?....................What if they get picked on?.....................What if they start drinking?................or doing drugs?...................I could go on and on...........but I won't!

My paranoia annoys the heck out of my brother. Everytime I see him at least once I'll hear the words "You're so paranoid! How do you live like that?"

And I tell him if what I'm paranoid might happen that day never does...........then it's a good day! lol

Tonight we're going to see these guys:

The Jonas Brothers, 1 year and 3 days after this photo was taken when we saw them last year. And yes, there's a whole bunch of paranoia running around in my head about driving downtown with my girls!!

I'll be singing right along with these words tonight:

It’s like a poison in my brain
It’s like a fog that blurs the sane
It’s like a vine you can’t untangle
I’m freaking out

Everytime I turn around
Something don’t feel right
Just might be paranoid
I’m avoidin the lines cause they just might split
Can someone stop the noise?
I don’t know what it is but it just don’t fit
I’m paranoid

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Independence Day!

Happy 4th of July everyone! This is one of my fave photos from the fireworks we went to last night! I'll try to get more up on my photo blog later. Can't promise anything's hard to sneak computer time when hubby is home!