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Wednesday, July 31, 2002

 
Another County Heard From

In case you were wondering, my bf and I are apparently rather compatible. Too bad he doesn't *look* like Mulder (only kidding, honey!)
You are 47% geek
You are a geek liason, which means you go both ways. You can hang out with normal people or you can hang out with geeks which means you often have geeks as friends and/or have a job where you have to mediate between geeks and normal people. This is an important role and one of which you should be proud. In fact, you can make a good deal of money as a translator.

Normal: Tell our geek we need him to work this weekend.


You [to Geek]: We need more than that, Scotty. You'll have to stay until you can squeeze more outta them engines!


Geek [to You]: I'm givin' her all she's got, Captain, but we need more dilithium crystals!


You [to Normal]: He wants to know if he gets overtime.

Take the Polygeek Quiz at Thudfactor.com



He says I'm prettier than Kirsten Dunst. What a sweetie, even if he IS a liar. Guess he knows what side his bread is buttered on.

 
Inane Quiz Break....

I actually was rather pleased with the results here.
You are 48% geek
You are a geek liason, which means you go both ways. You can hang out with normal people or you can hang out with geeks which means you often have geeks as friends and/or have a job where you have to mediate between geeks and normal people. This is an important role and one of which you should be proud. In fact, you can make a good deal of money as a translator.

Normal: Tell our geek we need him to work this weekend.


You [to Geek]: We need more than that, Scotty. You'll have to stay until you can squeeze more outta them engines!


Geek [to You]: I'm givin' her all she's got, Captain, but we need more dilithium crystals!


You [to Normal]: He wants to know if he gets overtime.

Take the Polygeek Quiz at Thudfactor.com



 
Hubba Hubba...

Yippeee!!! While in the office this morning I found that my boss had FINALLY installed a network hub in my office. No more crawling under the desk to hook my laptop to the network then crawling back under the desk to plug the desktop back in. What a pain it was when I had stuff to do on both computers!!!!! Almost (but not quite) makes me want to go back into work so I can print from my laptop and get online while I run end-of-month reports on the desktop. Oh well, tomorrow....

Other than that, no real news. The kiddos went to sleep in their own beds around midnight. Youngest got up as I was walking out the door. Other two are still asleep. Made a coffee cake for breakfast - they'd better wake up before my neighbor, k3, and I eat it all.

Good thing for today:Hubby!!!!

Tuesday, July 30, 2002

 
Administrative Nightmare

Went to oldest child's school this morning. This was to be a scheduled tour of the school which has been cancelled three times. There is no orientation for incoming new students. So this is the third time I've taken off work to show this kid around the campus. And this is the third time we've been told to come back in a week. Well, we will be back in a week, seeing as school starts Monday. The reason given this time - they are doing construction on one wing of the building (which we didn't need to go in anyway) and it's dangerous to allow students into the halls. My reply: is it going to be safe to allow the student in Monday? The sarcasm flew right over the head of the administrator. Of course my child cauight it and had to go to the water fountain to supress a fit of giggles.

Then on to middle child's school to get forms to allow carrying of rescue inhaler. And I find out they haven't assigned teachers yet. And as an added bonus - our kindergarten teacher has been promoted to first grade too. Needless to say, I put in a request to make SURE that we don't have her. Now I'm home and soon going to the ped's office to drop off forms and will probably pick them up tomorrow to turn in.

Youngest child may be going to head start - if I can deal with the administrative nightmare that is the school system. Joy. I know alot of of parents are looking forward to school starting - but I am not. These people act like they know how to care for my children better than I do, but they can't find their ass with both hands and a flashlight.

Good thing for today:The administrators know me on sight.

Monday, July 29, 2002

 
Geocaching...

After the super huge mega sale the kiddos and I slept in Sunday. Since I had errands to run, we decided to go geocaching and hit a few of the easier caches on our route. Fun, fun, fun!!!

First we tried the Norweigan Lighthouse but no luck. Since it was supposed to be easy we felt pretty bad. But then we fed the ducks at the park and splashed our feet in the spring (brrrr.....) and generally had fun. Next we headed out toward the mall so my oldest could spend the $ earned working during the super huge mega sale and hit the Passage to Promise micro cache. The kittens and I all signed the log and saw a moose. We then hit The Movies cache and the kids were thrilled. It was a regular cache so they got to trade out some stuff.

After a fun trip to the mall the youngest kittens fell asleep in the car on the way home. Of course they stayed awake 'till 2am. Oh well.

Good thing for today: Home after the super huge mega sale.

Saturday, July 27, 2002

 
Thank God it's over...

The ultra huge mega sale at work, that is. We had a hub go down during the lunch rush yesterday. So we were down to one register because our software doesn't recognize when a connection has been lost and the system crashes if you try to log back on without logging out first. I've been working the sales floor (which I haven't done before) since Tuesday. I was hoping that today would be my last day in house for a bit, but it's not to be. Since the computers are all screwy again, I'll be back at it Monday morning.

Other than that, no real news except the bank is going to repo my car Monday if I don't get yet another payment to them by 9am Monday morning. OK, they called me Friday at about 4pm to tell me this. What am I supposed to do about it???? Well, I went and finally pawned my wedding ring/engagement ring. Then I took the kids out to dinner to celebrate, and went to the mall to do some back-to-school shopping. Sort of a weird feeling of freedom getting rid of it.

Good thing for today:Pawned wedding ring 3 years after marriage split.

Wednesday, July 24, 2002

 
Gimme, gimme...

Playing around on amazon, and did the wish-list thing. If you're curious about mine, check here.
I like the whole wish-list idea because I can put stuff on hold I might want to buy later. But sending it out to my friends and family???? I guess I could see if I were getting married of having a baby or something, but "just because", tacky.

I guess what brought this on is I just got a similar wish-list via email from a person I haven't heard from in years. A friend from High School. How odd.


 
ZZZzzzzzz.....

I am so amazingly tired. I feel like I haven't slept in about a year and every joint in my body aches. Yes, today was a very successful day at work. We had over 200 customers, where on a regular day we only have between 20 and 50.

Went and dropped organic today, changing my major monday. Think I'll change to education. You know, those who can, do, those who can't, teach. And I obviously can't Oh, well.

In terrible mother mode tonight, ordered pizza. Something we do very rarely. I am just way too tired to cook. If it were up to me I'd have hit the bed as soon as I got home. Bedtime's in 30 minutes though. Yay!!!! Then I have to get up at 4:30 'cuz we're opening at 6am.

Good thing for today: 14 days till the kiddos go back to school.

Tuesday, July 23, 2002

 
Depression

Yes, I'm depressed. Poor me. Let us all pity poor me. Awwwww. OK, pity over.

I think, no, I know, I failed my organic test. I don't understand why I don't get it. But I don't. I've never ever had a hard time with anything acedemic related. And I've really been studying this time. Reading the book, taking notes, everything. But I just don't get it. I did great in lab. I did great in everything else. But WHY don't I get this??????

Topping it all off, I'm broke (nothing new there, just hating it as usual) and my middle child's asthma is getting worse.

Well, on the brighter side, my house is still fairly clean, and my mom is staying off my case. Yippee.

Good thing for today: School starts (for the kids) in 15 days.

Monday, July 22, 2002

 
Shocking developments....

Forgot to mention this earlier, but thought it should be recorded for posterity.

There is, at this moment, a very large charred spot in the grass next to my apartment building, right outside the breezeway. Just inches from the spot where my oldest child was standing when that spot, that had previously been lush and green, was struck by lightning. One would think that almost being hit by lighting while standing barefoot on wet concrete would be enough to make a 14yr old get religion. Ans perhaps this 14yr old did. Today I came home to a clean house and the little one weren't screaming. Wow!!

My boss continued to be Mr. Grumpy Pants the rest of the day, fortunately I had to leave at 3 for my Organic Chemistry Test. I am SOOO looking forward to August 21. That's when I start back to school full-time and only have to check in once a week. . Of course the whole reason I had to come into the office over the summer was that I wasn't able to get much work done at home. Ah, well. Such is life.

And now I am off again to study, read, take a LOOOOOOOOONNNNNNGGGGG hot bath, and put the kiddos in bed to try and get their internal clocks set because, for them, school starts in 16 days (think I may have mentioned that before.)

And of course I'll do some time-wasting procrastination on the internet too.....

 
Mr. Grumpy Pants

My boss is in a HORRIBLE mood today. Tomorrow is the first day of the biggest sale of the year, and also my last full week in the office for a few months, and if he were one of my kids I would give him a glass of orange juice and then put him down for a nap. Jeez. I was walking down the stairs and he about bit my head off. I was going to get a trash bag so I can clean up the offices and break room before the sale starts. And he snaps at me, "What!"

Should have called in sick today. Albuterol-laden child was up till 5:30am and since this is the child who will dis-assemble the entire apartment if left alone, I was up all friggin' night. I did manage to clean my room and wash a couple of loads of laundry, and started cleaning my bathroom, but gave up and read more in the Hitchhikers Guide.

Well, guess I'd better get back to tying up my loose ends.

Good thing for today: 16 days till school starts. 160 days till Christmas.

Sunday, July 21, 2002

 
Weekend fun...

Saturday I sat all day and read The Hitcherhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and basically just goofed off all day.

And today I cleaned house like a maniac. Only got the kitchen and living room done, but they look good.

Yeppers, I have a terst tomorrow, bu t I don;t care. I have bigger problems right now. Like my middle child is wheezing again so I'm off to call the dr, and back to the ER probably.

Good thing for today: Clean house.

Friday, July 19, 2002

 
A breath of fresh air....

My middle child has asthma. And yesterday at about 2:30 my middle child had a horrible asthma attack. Nothing worked and we wound up in the ER once again doing the whole breathing treatment thing. So now we're trying some new drugs. Yippee. And it knocks us on our butt.

School starts in 19 days for my oldest two kids. My youngest won't be five till after the cut-off so we still have another year to wait. And I must say we are not happy at all about that.

Other than that, an non-eventful day.

Good thing for today: Fleas seem to have abated.

Tuesday, July 16, 2002

 
Mind-Altering Drugs...

Ahh, the wondeful powers on antidepressants. They truly are a miracle aren't they? Allowing people who feel sad that their lives suck to feel better about having a sucky life without doing anything about it. Why strive to have a useful and meaningful life, when you can pop a little pill and feel like you are with no effort on your part?
Before the flames start I have a confession to make - I myself am on Effexor. And I hate it. I hate every minute if it. I started taking it right after my ex and I split and I was in the process of losing my house/car/everything. I would sit and cry all night, couldn't eat, etc. When we were in the homeless shelter I felt like I was losing it. So when my insurance from my job kicked in I went to my doctor. I thought my thyroid was way off since I had been off my thyroid meds for awhile, or that I was having symptoms from my Lupus. Yes, my thyroid was out of whack, but he also put me on the drug from hell. Three years later every time I quit taking it I have electric shocks and feel like I'm moving through mud. SO I'm still on it. Fortunately my doc gives me samples because we have prescription coverage. And he won't take me off it. Insert HMO rant here.
Anyway, back to my point. One of my parents has been on anti-depressants for awhile. I ran across this and thought how much my parental unit will probably be moving to Florida soon - imagine... Prozac in the mail.
Off to study for Organic Test......

 
Should I stay, or should I go?

My lease is up. I go Thursday to sign a new one - or not. Although I really really don't want to move, I also really really hate where I live. I like the schools and it's fairly quiet, but the management of my apartment complex is staffed by idiots and jerks.
Reasons to stay: Don't have money to move, No other apartment complexes in our elementary school district, don't have time to move.
Reason to leave: Management, neighbors from hell, playground sucks, pool sucks, management, and management.
I only have a little over a year before I graduate. Guess I'll just stick it out, at least for one more year. K2 is so looking forward to next year, already met teacher, etc. And the poor kid has had enough upheaval, no need to add more at this time. Besides, we can ride our bikes to the kids wonder playground and that's pretty cool.

Good thing for today:Got to study for 3 whole hours last night!!!!

Monday, July 15, 2002

 
Total waste of time

Thanks to Jody for this wonderful little time waster. My employee is happy - so long as he goes to therapy every few minutes. Hmmmmm.....

And thanks to medic119 for this total waste of productivity:

What Egyptian Deity are you? go to:the quiz!
You know I can't resist a pointless personality quiz. One of my many weaknesses. Sigh. Back to work - I leave in seven minutes for organic and I guess I need to make it look like I did somehting today - guess I'll move the papers around on my desk a bit.



 
Another day...

After a rather uneventful weekend it's back to work. Tomorrow is payday and it's already spent. Oh well, crossing that bridge when I get to it.
I hate ebay. Maybe I shouldn't but I do. I NEVER win anything on ebay. I have bid on tons of scrapbook stuff, and I always get outbid. The thing is, I'm not willing pay retail or more on stuff, and some of these people will pay 2 or 3 times retail. Weird. For instance - there was one auction for an assortment of papers. The same papers I can get for 0.25 a sheet locally. When the auction was over the winner paid almost $1 per sheet. And then there were the punches - they sell locally for between 5-7 dollars, sometimes more, but these same punches that are available at Wal-Mart went for $10 each!!!! Grrrr... Now Iike the idea of getting the stuff delivered to my door, but from now on I think I'll just skip the madness and go to Creative Expressand get instant gratification.
Oh yeah, my mom doesn't thing the cat is preggers. We'll just have to wait and see what does(or doesn't) come out.
Good thing for today: Life is wonderful.

Sunday, July 14, 2002

 
We're having a baby...


OR more acurately, my cat is. She got out while she was in heat, and came back preggers. For everybody who will chastize me for not getting her fixed, sorry. I found her half frozen on the porch last winter, and spent quite a bit getting her nursed back to health. So I've been saving up for her surgery. When she goes into heat I keep her inside. But one of my kids let her out.

I figure we have about another month before the blessed event.

Anybody want a kitten?

Good thing for today: My baby kitty's home.

Friday, July 12, 2002

 

Take the 100 Acre Personality Quiz!

This one's spot on.


 
The joy of sleep...


Got the kiddos in bed by 9pm last night. Of course they were very unhappy, but I put them in time-out in their room for throwing yogurt at each other. So after another bout of beauty parlor with the youngest, they were banished to their room. K2 went to sleep while I was wahing k3's hair. And I was asleep by 10pm.

Can't tell you how much better I feel since getting sleep. 10 hours. Yeppers- I overslept thins morning. Oh, well. When I get home tonight I'm gonna make some classic white trash dish for supper, then watch Stargate SG1 then maybe clean/do some laundry, and start studying for my next test.

Good thing for today: SLEEP!!!

Thursday, July 11, 2002

 
Changed template again. Changing colors was getting on my nerves.

Wednesday, July 10, 2002

 
When you lay down with the dogs....

My kids used the dogs for pillows. And so this morning at 4:30 am I was playing beauty parlor with them washing the fleas out of their hair. Sheesh. Like I have nothing better to do at that hour, except maybe sleep. Thanks to the kidlets I've gotten 4 hours of sleep in the past five days. To say I am exhausted would be an understatement.


I put them in their beds at 9pm. They are still wide awake. Last night one went to sleep at 8pm, the other at 2am, when the one that was asleep woke up. Then we did the whole beauty parlor thing at 4:30. Second night in a row with NO SLEEP.


Got an 18 on my organic test. I chalk it up to being so tired. But at least I did better than last semester. I got a 16 on it then. At least we get a drop grade and my kids are going to start sleeping or I am going to beg their doctor to prescribe some tranquilizers for them.


Other than that not alot going on today. Skipped mass again - thought my mom would take them, but she refused.


Good thing for today: Photoshop 7!!!

Tuesday, July 09, 2002

 
The Completely Pointless Personality Quiz
The Completely Pointless Personality Quiz

Perfect.


 
I have a stress score of 890. Joy. I think that means that any minute my head will explode.

Monday, July 08, 2002

 
The day from hell. I came up with $300, hopefully another $120 tomorrow. I left work early becasue I was sick. Headache, nausea, dizzy. Then had to go get a new driver's liscense because my middle child got into my purse and lost mine. Took organic test from hell. Came home to see middle child had done a do-it-yourself haircut. I hope it grows out before school starts. This is the 4th or 5th time we have done this. I keep hiding scissors, and we keep getting them out.

Came home and collapsed in bed while oldest took siblings to the playground. Kids ate leftovers for supper. Then apparently youngest fell asleep on the couch and proceeded to have an accident. So that woke us up. Now we are wired. At least this child doesn't get into stuff like the middle one.

Dreamed about chemistry. Now I still have a headache, am tired, can't eat, and kids refuse to sleep. Just pulled them out of the tub and will be fixing them a bedtime snack then locking them in their room. OK, I know that's horrible. Actually I won't lock them in, but I won't let them use the bathroom 45 times or get 20 drinks of water (which leads to the going to the bathroom 45 times.)

Good thing for today: It's over.

Sunday, July 07, 2002

 
So I'm not studying. So I spent all day cleaning and still have a ton of stuff to do. So what? Hey - at least I can open the front door without being mortified. And that funny smell in the kitchen is gone.

OK, so I have a test tomorrow. And I have to come up with $420 by 5pm tomorrow. So what?

It's times like this I wish I drank. Escapism has benefits sometimes.

Enough bitching. Off to study.

Good thing for today: FINALLY cleaned the carpets!!!

Saturday, July 06, 2002

 
Juat changed templates and I must say I liek the color-changing one. Not alot going on today. Oldest went to work, I slept late (as did the other two kids) went to Krispy Kreme for breakfast, applied for a payday advance loan, and picked up oldest from work. Right now I'm trying to study for my test Monday. Watch this - this is why I can't study.... I will pick up my book and time how long it takes for the kids to bother me.

19 seconds. Trying to put a sticker on the hamster. OK - trying again....

32 seconds. Singing "Tail-a-versay" song from the Book of Pooh video. In my face. In loudest possible volume.

21 seconds. Sibling rivalry issues.

10 seconds. Oldest asking for the 57th time to spend the night with neighbor. Answer still no.

33 seconds. Dogs this time.

And on it goes. And will continue to go. Now notice that when I have been typing and playing they are leavin gme alone. Weird, isn't it?? Anyway - still hoping I can pull the 420 I need together by Monday.

Good thing for today: Sleeping in - jeez it was HOT!!

Friday, July 05, 2002

 
My boss just came in and I have to pretend to be working. The curse of being efficient and getting all my stuff done in about an hour this morning.....

 
Insert quiz here that blogger choked on.

 
Well, had a good 4th celebrating at the local park with the kiddos. K3 was terrified at the pyrotechnics, but middle child just laughed and enjoyed every minute of it. Began singing "God Bless America" when the show started and some of the people around us joined in. A very cool moment.

Hope everyone had a great holiday. As for me - I'm ignoring my problems and hoping they go away.

Good thing for today: It's Friday and I'm off this weekend.

Wednesday, July 03, 2002

 
Today was HORRIBLE.. Bank lady demanded the keys to my car or full payment for 3 months. Would not accept partial payment at all. I asked that she write on a peice of paper that she was refusing to take my money. She refused. Then I told her that Federal Banking Commision Rules state that they cannot refuse payment on an interest-bearing account. Even partial payment. Yes, they can charge me all kinds of fees and crap, but they are not allowed to refuse payment. So they took my partial payment and I have til 5pm Monday to come with $420. Yippee.

Funny, the account lady I deal with said no management was there, but once I brought up the Banking Commision, her manager appeared. Amazing.

Anyway, I was in tears when I left and am still getting weepy. Oldest is at a friend's tonight. Other kiddos are still up and driving me nuts but I can't muster the emotional fortitude to push them into bed. Thank God tomorrow is a holiday. I don;t think I could take a day at work. My mom took us all out to dinner since she's working tomorrow. Went to Cracker Barrel.

God, I'm so incredibly lonely right now. But even if I had somebody I was immensly close to, I couldn't possibly burden them with all this. So I burden you anonymous strangers instead. Anyway, life sucks and I'm so depressed. Since we went to dinner we missed mass. Probably would have done us some good to go. Oh, well.

Been surfing the internet just to keep myself mindlessly busy.

 
Thanks to a blog I stumbled across I've gotten interested in geocaching. Right now I'm seeking a cheap, good GPS so my kiddos and I can start as there are a few easy caches close to our house. My oldest is going to look for one within walking distance from here because we know the place pretty well and thinks it can be found without a GPS.

In other new I have today off!! and I have to go by the bank and try to straighten up my stupid account again. Then we're off to see a movie and then dinner and mass. Youngest is crying for some reason, maybe middle child and I will go by ourselves.

Good thing for today: Two days off in the middle of the week.

Monday, July 01, 2002

 
Why do I take these stupid quizzes? Do they really tell me anything about myself i didn't already know?




you're girl, interrupted. you're fun and friendly, and just a little bit crazy.

take the which prettie movie are you? quiz, a product of the slinkstercool community.



 
Be of good cheer. Miss Haira is learning HTML. So what if I'm only a bazillion years behind the times. AOL and MSN have been it for me. But I'm learning. Of course I should be studying organic but hey, this is alot more fun. Why? because I have other stuff to do that I don't want to. Like sleep.

Stumbled across a site that just happens to belong to an ex. Like watching a car wreck, I just had to look. No, won't tell you what it is here since he may stumble past here and I really have no desire to let him think I'm interested in his life. He is an ex for a reason, after all. Anyway - it was really weird, seeing his wife and kid and such. I know this sounds conceited, but in my mmind he just reallky doesn't exist anymore and here he is with a life. He seemed happy and I'm glad of that - and better her than me - but it was still weird.

This plays well into my "get back to my roots" angst I've been felling lately. I think it's a common thing for us thirty-somethings. Alot of us are just having kids and wanting to connect with our past. Class reunions and all. I mean, they don't have 5yr reunions - but they do have 10, 15, 20, 25, etc. And even though I hated every minute of highschool, you better believe I was at my 10yr, and will be at the 15, 20, etc. too if I can get there.Also I think it has to with checking the bridges I burned behind myself when I was young and stupid. I guess some I want to make sure are still down (like with the ex) and some I wish I could repair. And then there are some I left standing that I should have torched but still am at a loss for how to that.

Listening to Alanis "Jagged Little Pill" right now, and also was when on "his" site. This also plays well into my angst. Sounds much better now that I have some hearing back in my left ear. Still a big difference, but at least I can make out real sounds now instead of the whole Charlie Brown thing.

Damn - K2 is up again. It's only like 3am. And if I don't go sit on this kid my kitchen will be a disaster after the "science experiments" that will be performed. I know I'm probably smothering the next Edison or Einstein, but hey, give a mom a break!

Good thing for today:Took kiddos to Toys-R-Us and had fun doing the birthday registry thing. They even forgot to whine when we left empty-handed!!! Great rainy day activity.