Saturday, January 30, 2010

Winter Wonderland?

Signs I was not ready for this winter weather:

NO snow boots - CHECK!
NO snow shovel - check, CHECK!
NO extra food in the house - checkity, check, CHECK!

(I have a perfectly good excuse... the day I had planned to go get these things...the day before the snow hit ~ I was home puking.)

So today...I will attempt to get out.

Out of this house of solitude.

Out to see the neighborhood children playing while mine are at their dad's... me missing out on seeing their flushed faces with their voices screaming of delight in all of this newly fallen snow.

Out amongst other human beings who were (hopefully) not as ill (or ill-prepared) as I was.
Out to risk my life and limb to... get out.

At least I had my camera to keep me entertained...
Snow falling at midnight
Who knew snow falling would photograph so well??
Here's where we hit the 7 inches mark.

Off my back porch


Update: Happy to report I got out of my driveway (without owning a shovel~ Thank heavens for front-wheel drive), I went and got my boys (not seeing them for 4 days was way too long) and when I returned home one of my lovely neighbors had done shoveled my driveway for me. Man, I love them!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

i told you so...

I don't know what made me think about this while I was in the shower this morning...

I remember when Sam was a week old. I had taken him in to the doctor for a check-up on his circumcision.

We were taken back to a room and a nurse came in to get his vitals. You could tell she was new at this as she appeared more than a little nervous.

I had undressed Sam all except for his diaper. He may have only been a week old...but I was not a newcomer to little boys and exposed areas.

The nurse asked me to go ahead and remove his diaper...she wanted to take his temperature. About that time, Sam let out a little grunt. I smiled at the nurse and said, "I think we'd better wait a few minutes."

Her lips pursed. She looked at me like I was questioning her authority. She might have been new but she didn't want her authority questioned... "It will take me just a second," she said.

"I really think we should wait just a minute."

"The doctor will want to know his temperature before he comes in...I need to take his temperature." she said exasperated.

"Okay" I said.

I gently lay Sam down on the table and removed his diaper. The nurse grabbed ahold of Sam's ankles and lifted them high into the air. "Uh...you may not." The laser beams that shot out of her eyes stopped me mid-sentence.

I closed my mouth.

About the time she breached Sam's buttocks with the thermometer, a flood of mustard colored slimy liquid baby poo exploded from Sam. It covered her completely. (I mean she did have his legs in the air aiming him right at her.) She started screaming, "Oh. Oh. Oh." The look of shock could not be hidden as she ran from the room.

It took all of me to not say, "I told you so."

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Censorship

I started this blog as a way to get things off my brain... about my job... my ex... my dating life.

But there are days that I wish I could censor who read my blog that particular day....because I have people from work, my ex, and my boyfriend who all follow my blog.


and sometimes....just sometimes, all the censorship hurts my head.

You might be a...

My friend, R. and I were talking on the phone tonight. She was telling me how she was overly conscientious of the fact that at work she has to stand a lot facing away from people... which means her backside is facing them.

When some college girls came in the other day, they were talking about their butts. So, R. (having seen these girls in before) mentioned her self-consciousness.

Today, when they came back in, they told her that they had been talking....and they agreed that she has a nice looking a$$!

So, R. and I started coming up with scenarios that we have experienced:

People might think you are a lesbian...

...if another female comments on your a$$

...if another female wants to buy your drink.

...if you are talking with your girlfriend at a bar and seem to be enjoying each other's company (yeah...who knew guys took two girls talking as playing for the other team??)

Have you ever had this experience??

Don't get me wrong...I am by no means a homophobe! But do I *heart* men!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

don't take this wrong

Let me just tell you when someone says to you, "Don't take this wrong..." It will never be a positive statement that follows.

This weekend I insisted that Spencer spend it with his children and his children alone. Even though I have never tried to make it a competition between them and me, it is.

Two weekends ago, I went down to see him. We decided that we weren't going to go do anything big, just stay in and play board games and cards with the kids. But when I won the first round, (I'm sorry but I don't throw games for my 4 and 6 year old and I am definitely not throwing them for a 12 year old!) his son was done. I'm guessing, his son felt like the focus was off him and on me.

So this weekend, he was home and had his kids. They didn't stay home. They went to the movies, to one of Spencer's friend's houses to let the kids play, and then out skating with another friend and her kids.

So...tonight when he told me, "Don't take this wrong... but it was a really good weekend without you here." It took all of me to not say, "Bite me!"

But I didn't. I looked at the big picture. I thought, what's wrong with our relationship if it was better without me there?

And the answer is... that he has to decide how to split his attention~me or his kids? I wish I could say that there is no right answer, but there is...it should always be his kids.


Which brings up SO many other questions... like where is the happy median between me and his kids? What do we need to do so can we move forward now that we have addressed the elephant in the room? Is there a true future in our relationship?



Remember when dating was easy??



...oh, wait...I don't! Guess I just thought it sounded like the thing to say.

Friday, January 22, 2010

the squeezing in my head

Sorry all, that I haven't been blogging.

I have had a horrible headache almost ALL week.

Last Saturday, I went out with my friend Laura and we had some drinks.

On Sunday, I wasn't feeling the greatest and I attested it to the drinks from the night before....but it didn't end like a hangover should.

Monday and Tuesday I had a dull pain but nothing that I couldn't handle.

By Wednesday though, I felt as if someone had reached into the top of my head and had started to squeeze my brain into mush.
Light hurt.
Sound hurt.
...I hurt.

I'm not one to take lots of medicine (despite the fact that my mom was a nurse). If I can sleep it off, I will try. I went to bed right after my children.

Yesterday I was back to the dull ache.

This morning I was SOO relieved to wake up with no headache!

But now it is back.
...and I hurt.

So forgive me that I don't have some witty post to share with you.
I promise I will do better when my brain is no longer mush.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Unmet expectations

I realize I'm just the teacher.

That my expectations for past students are just that...expectations... and once they leave my classroom those expectations should be forgotten.

But they aren't.

You can ask me about a previous student and I can tell you that as their third or fourth grade teacher what I expected to come of them as they got older.

I had a student my fourth year of teaching that I adored! She was the perfect student, was a great athlete, and had a wonderful family! My expectations for her were set that much higher because of the potential that I saw in her as a fourth grader. It was six years ago that I had her in class. She is now a junior in high school.

I found out today that she is pregnant.

I am crushed.
My expectations were not met.

Again, I realize that once a student leaves my classroom my expectations do not matter.
I am just a blip on the radar screen of their life.
But when a student with so much potential doesn't meet my expectations, I wonder where they could have possibly gone down the wrong path. How could they have changed so much in the last few years?!

To me, it is just so disheartening.

And yes...I have expectations for all of my students. I just hope one day all of them are met...

Sunday, January 17, 2010

We've got skillz!

My friend, Laura, and I headed out last night. It has been almost 6 months since we went out for a girl's night out together. (Don't get me wrong...I go out on a girl's night almost monthly, I just haven't been out with Laura.)

Laura is the type of friend every person should have at least one of ~ She is that person who is overly blunt and will tell you exactly how it is. She isn't blunt to be mean. She's just blunt. She also grew up in the ghetto and isn't afraid of anything! (at least none of the things I'm scared of.) She's a great person to have along while walking down a dark alley. lol

Laura is also the person who taught me the "Rules of Dating". So when we go out, she makes sure we follow Rule #3. We do this by deciding that we will only pay for our first round of drinks. We have gotten pretty good at it over the last year and a half of me dating, (Laura is happily married...she's just my wing-man) but last night was the best!

We started out by getting dinner ...and solving all the problems of the world...till the restaurant wanted to close and did everything but kick us out.

Then we headed to a dance club. We went here the last time we went out.

They remembered us. How weird is that?

Two girls that don't frequent a place but every 6 months and they remember you? Needless to say, we were impressed!

They didn't make us pay the cover. They remembered that last time we came we wanted to check the place out before we paid the cover...so I guess they didn't even bother to ask us this time around. Also, last time, to ensure we stuck around, they bought our drinks.

The bartender remembered us as well.

As people all around us came up with cash in hand and paid for their drinks as they received them, we sat down and were served our drinks without question of needing to pay. The manager even came by to make sure we "were being taken care of".

After two rounds though, we realized that not much was going to be happening there. We asked the manager if he were not working 'where would he be tonight?' He mentioned a bar across town.

(Note to all: if you have an establishment and someone asked you a question like that...the correct answer is always your own establishment!)

So we left and headed across town. When we walked in, we said to the bartender, "We want to check our coats." This bar did not have a coat check. We stood there without question. The bartender shrugged his shoulders and took our coats placed them behind the bar.

He then asked what we were drinking. We placed our drink orders. He decided that he was going to add his own little twist to Laura's common drink. It wasn't bad, just not the norm. So when he said to Laura, "Your drink will be $5." She replied, "I'm not paying for this, it isn't what I ordered." and he said, "Okay."

Really? Does that really work?...'cause it did last night.

So I said to him, "Well, if she doesn't have to pay for her drink, than I don't want to pay for mine either." and he said, "Oh.... yours was already on the house."

What? That worked too? ...okay.

By the time it was time to close, Laura and I walked out without dropping a dime for drinks or cover.

Needless to say, we were very proud of ourselves....that and we've got skillz!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Confessions

When telemarketers call, I say "I'm just the babysitter."

I put ketchup on my macaroni and cheese
...and grape jelly on my biscuits and gravy.

I love to hear a a good dirty joke...even though I was raised to be offended by them.

I HATE everything about coconut - the taste, the texture, the smell ...and avoid it at all costs!

I love that my boys are still cuddlers (even at the ages of 4 and 6) and I hope that doesn't change any time soon!

I would rather go panty-less than to wear a thong.

If you're a good friend, it doesn't bother me to eat or drink after you...but I won't eat food that has been sitting out for more than an hour.

Taking a picture every day for my 365 has been a lot harder than I thought it would be.

I think it's funny when students are initially scared of me because I have short hair. I tell them, "I'm not scary." and then I gnash my teeth at them.

I had planned to have a BIG wonderful post for my 200th posting...and I missed it 2 posts ago.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

ramblings

I have fallen into that blah-ness of winter.
I want to get things done when I come home...but then it is already dark...and I have NO motivation.

Today (at school) was a really good day though! We had our monthly plan day...and so (of course) we got to sit around and gossip work and make each other laugh. This day was SO needed by me!

We all decided that we couldn't lose those last few pounds that we have all been hanging onto due to stress. Laura and I decided that means we are FAR overdue for a girl's night out...the other two(L. & M.) agreed... but said they are going to fight their bulge with a B12 shot that boosts your metabolism. One teacher has started it and has lost 30 lbs in 6 weeks.

I seriously don't think about weight that often...I worry more about being healthy than what the scale says. So I worry for L. & M. - Is it healthy to lose weight like this? And if they don't lose the stress will they just gain the weight back as soon as they stop getting the shots? Anyone with additional insight on these shots, I would love to hear it!

Today did remind me how much I love to laugh...I can remember back in high school laughing all through lunch every day. I wonder what we found SO funny back then? I just know it was not uncommon for milk to be spewed across the table...
I almost have that under control...

Monday, January 11, 2010

Thinking of visiting Wisconsin??

I have been saving this one in the back of my brain for a day that I had nothing else to blog about...

Back in September the Wisconsin Tourism Federation changed its name that they had since 1979.


Why you might ask???

Well check out their initials...

I laughed so freakin' hard!

You see my brain IMMEDIATELY started coming up with slogans for them to utilize the unknown quinky-dink - like: "Why haven't you visited Wisconsin yet? WTF"

My brother lives in Wisconsin, so I immediately called him up to share my ideas.

He said he had never heard of the Federation before"...but then again...I live here." he said.

Since the Wisconsin Tourism Federation did not want to offend anyone once they learned of the true meaning of these initials,they are now known as:



Yeah...I don't have anything witty for them now. :(

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Daily Picture Post

I had decided back sometime last year that this year (2010) was going to be the year that I took a picture every day...but somehow in the fogginess of this brain of mine, I forgot until the 7th day of the new year.

Soooo...I begin.

I took a picture on the 3rd that I will include, but really truly my count starts on the 7th and I will try to be diligent from here on out.

Hope you enjoy!

January 2010
February 2010
March 2010
April 2010
May 2010
June 2010
July 2010
August 2010
September 2010
October 2010
November 2010
December 2010

Friday, January 8, 2010

A little one-on-one

Rarely do I get to spend a day with just one of my boys...I, personally think it is a great thing, but my ex does not - it's an ALL or NONE kinda deal with him.

Last night Colby went to spend the night with one of his friends, so Sam and I had the house to ourselves.

Sam acts like he will be lost if Colby is not around, but I actually think Sam relishes the time that Colby doesn't have the limelight.

To start out our evening together, Sam and I curled up on the couch and watched a movie and ate popcorn. (Okay. Okay. I admit...Sam watched a movie and ate popcorn. I got so toasty warm with Sam curled up next to me that I took a nap. :)

This morning we ate breakfast together and sat and talked about what we should do with our day. We decided that the Christmas tree really did need to come down (okay. okay. I decided that! But Sam was willing to help.) and we decided we should go check out our fellow bloggers. (okay. okay. THAT was me as well!)

But while we were downstairs, we decided that we needed to have desk chair races. Okay...I guess you really couldn't call them races because we only had one chair...but Sam and I sat together in my desk chair, we put our feet against the wall to push, and we flew across the room screaming "Wheeeeeeeeeeeeee!" and then Sam would say, "Again!" and we did it again. and again. and again.

After we were exhausted from our races, (okay. that was me again...I think Sam could have done that all day.) we headed upstairs to take down our tree.

Sam did really well for a while, helping me wrap and box every ornament, but then... he was quiet. Quiet is never a good sign to a mom.

I found him putting our Christmas stockings on as socks.



After he got the first one on, he had to search for a second one.



He was SO proud!


He then found a Santa hat from Colby's first Christmas and started saying, "Ho Ho Ho!"




Yeah...it was a good day... just Sam and me...

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Flatterers look like friends, as wolves like dogs.

You'd think I'd be flattered....but I'm not.

I love that I have new followers to my blog...so is it wrong of me to NOT want ex-girlfriends of my current boyfriend to follow my blog?

To me, it's creepy....it's kinda stalker-ish.

I don't know if they follow because they want to know if and when we are on the verge of a break-up (Not that I would post that on here anyways!) so they can swoop in and take him off my hands?

Well...it ain't happenin' ladies! SO BACK OFF! He's MINE!

You might wonder how I know one of his exes is following...
I have a tracker on my blog. It tells me where in the world I have readers coming from.

I thought it interesting... Until I couldn't place one location that was popping up repeatedly saying it was coming from my facebook page. I kept thinking I must know this person! I searched high and low for someone I knew from that location. I then mentioned it to Spencer. "Oh...I know someone from there." he said. He then contacted her on fb and asked if she was following my blog. "Yeah." she said.

Again...how weird is that?

I mean it's weird enough that my ex-husband follows my blog...something about me being funny and a good writer...(compliments from him will get him no where...) but do I have to have other people's exes too??


365 (Jan 2010)

Jan 31, 2010 Making cranberry bread



Jan 30, 2010




Jan 29, 2010



Jan 28, 2010 (No photo taken ~ I was too busy hugging the toilet...& didn't think anyone wanted to see pictures of that!)

Jan 27, 2010 Sunset



Jan 26, 2010 Sunrise


Jan 25, 2010 Lovin' the love!


Jan 24, 2010 - Tickle monster!



Jan 23, 2010 (What's the chances I would get both my boys in a shot while they are moving?)


Jan22, 2010 (Colby's perfect score)


Jan 21, 2010


Jan 20, 2010 What the doctor prescribed :)


Jan 19, 2010

Jan. 18, 2010


Jan 17, 2010 Two weeks after the snow storm





Jan 16, 2010


Jan. 15, 2010


Jan 14, 2010 The flower Colby gave to me last Mother's day ~still blooming


Jan 13, 2010 My boy's poor chewed off fingernails


Jan 12, 2010 self portrait by Colby


Jan. 11, 2010


Jan. 10,2010 (frost on my window...wish I could have gotten a better shot


Jan. 9, 2010


Jan 8, 2010



Jan 7, 2010



Jan 3, 2010