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Wednesday, February 19, 2003

Eviction Notice #10092

Got another eviction notice today because they say I didn't pay my water bill. Though I did. I did pay it late however, since I didn't actually get the bill until two days after it was due. At my apartment complex, we get eviction notices instead of letters from management. I hate this place. I wish I could afford to move.

My kiddos have been out of school all week, and driving me NUTS!!! They have been running fevers, but no other symptoms. But they can't go to school with fever. So they have been home, and while I have been cleaning they have been behind me destroying. And I think my dishwasher is leaking. So I have to get the kitchen cleaned tomorrow and call maitenance to come fix it. Watch me not hold my breath till they get around to it.

I think I may skip my morning class so I can bitch at the management, call the fix-it guy, and white my lab report. I am so burned out after working a bunch of days straight and even though I have this coming weekend off it doesn't quite make up for it.

I did manage to get the PS2 replaced, so my oldest child is blissed out playing some skating game right now. My younger two have been "given" the PS1, so the middle one played on it for awhile today.

And me, I cleaned. Shampooed the carpet. And other than the carpet no longer being multi-colored and spotted, you can't even tell.

Good thing for today: The carpet is clean.

Saturday, February 15, 2003


I hate Valentines Day. I absolutely hate it. I have only had maybe two good ones, and they were long ago in a galaxy far, far away. But I was determined today to make the best of things.

I took the kiddos to school this morning, making sure the little ones had their boxes made and names on their cards, etc. I went into work early and then left in the middle of the day to go to a tea party in my middle child's class. My kid spent the entire time hugging me (which was great) but refused to interact with anyone else at all. I had an OK time there. Then it was back to work. I wound up staying there till my regular time to get off because we were short-handed. So Hey, at least I got extra hours today. I had boxes of candy for my children in my locker at work. I got those, and stopped at Best Buy to pick up a snowboarding game for my oldest to give as a Valentines gift. I bought myself some stuff (an MP3 player, a couple of DVDs) and came home to my house being a complete wreck.

Now my oldest is bitching because the PS2 we got as a birthday gift this week isn't working, and the fact that I don;t just jump in the car and replace it RIGHT NOW makes me the worst mother ever. My middle child is still up (it's 1am here) complaining about not being able to sleep (probably all the sugar from the party at school and the box of candy I brought home) and the youngest whined constantly from the minute I walked in the door until passing out at 11pm. But I kept on a happy face and told them all I loved them and Happy Valentines Day and all that.

But right now I am throwing myself a HUGE pity party and burning angst-ridden songs onto my player. Guess what I got today? Nothing. Not a card, not a flower, not a box of candy. Nothing. Not even a hand-drawn card from the kids. My middle child made a bunch of stuff for grandpa (not the one we went to see, my ex's dad who hasn't been around in three years) and a card for the younger sibling. My oldest gave candy, flowers, and the aforementioned game to the best friend. But I got nothing. I hate Valentines Day.

My friend who is sort of a similar situation (single mom with kids) is working tonight, we went out last night and out teenager watched our younger kids. So we had an anti-Valentines Day. She also hates this day, so we have decided to make this a tradition. We went to Applebee's, had frozen intoxicating beverages, smoked, ate, and bashed all the ex's we'd ever had, and some random men in general. Then we went back to reality and I actually felt good when I woke up this morning.

But that has worn off, and seeing the florists deliver stuff to people at work, seeing the singing telegram one of the floor nurses got, seeing all the crap that goes along with today, well I hate it. Now, I realize this is a personal problem, and I'll get over it, but pleae allow me this moment of self-pity. I'm going to bed in a few minutes, and it will all be over until next year.

Good thing for today: Bought myself a present.

Wednesday, February 12, 2003

Taxing Experience...

I gave up on the online/DIY tax thing and decided to just go to a tax preparer. Glad I did. Just like in the commercial I wound up with $300 more in my refund. Of course that mostly paid for the tax preparer's fees, but hey, I guess I came out a little ahead. And I found out I can deduct my milage to school. So overall it wasn't too bad and now I'm in the market for a new couch and bunk beds.

My taxes are much simpler now than a few years ago. My ex and I used to spend days gathering stuff, hours at the CPA, etc. We used to itemize so every little thing we saved receipts for, and then had to dig them up. Ugh. I like standard deductions MUCH better. I hate itemizing. I know if I made more money it would be a good thing to do, but it's such a pain and I'm always afraid I'll screw up.

So now that's one less thing pressing on my mind. And my day off is now gone, and since I'm off next weekend (not the one coming up) I have to work during the week next week so I won't have a real day off till next Saturday. So much for my housework. Especially since I have a test Teusday. Well, enough complaining. My taxes are done and filed and so I won't have that on my long list of things to lose sleep over.

Good thing for today: One thing down, one hundred million three to go.

Tuesday, February 11, 2003

Quiz Break

It's been awhile since I posted a quiz, and since I'm sitting around waiting for my state tax software to download I thought some diversion was in order. As some of you (or most of you ) may know I'm a fan of (obsessed with?) Tolkein. So....



If I were a character in The Lord of the Rings, I would be Galadriel, Elf, Queen of Lothlorien, wife of Celeborn and grandmother of Arwen.

In the movie, I am played by Cate Blanchett.

Who would you be?
Zovakware Lord of the Rings Test with Perseus Web Survey Software

This is really who I came up with, tho they will let you choose somebody else if you don't like who you turned out as. But I like Galadriel.

And then of course there's this little gem.....

Which Ringwraith are You?
By Lisa

Who turned out the lights?

My lights were out most of the afternoon. So we went to the store and I bought non-cook stuff, only to come home and find them on. Patience has never been a real strong suit among my family. So we ate lunchables for dinner anyway and now I'm downloading updates for my tax software so I can file my taxes. Woo-hoo.
My children did manage to get their homework done right after school. For the first time like ever. I don;t allow TV before homeowrk is done, but they usually mess around and take forever to finish, so they are usually still doing homework after dinner and only get to watch very little TV before bed. Tonight, since there was no electricity, apparently they decided there was no use complaining or fighting about getting work done. It was a beautiful sunny day, so they had plenty of light in their rooms. I was pretty happy about all this. Maybe I'll throw the breakers and tell them the lights are out tomorrow too?
School was OK today - my hippie teacher spent all class period debunking the guest we had last time. So we learned all about the greenhouse effect and that we're all going to fry like eggs in fifty years.
Right now my first grader is reading me Morris the Moose and we are laughing because it really is a funny book. It's so great to see this kid getting into reading. I love to watch my kiddos blossom as they learn new things and enjoy them. To me, reading is the most important and valuable thing. I have tried, and continue to try, to pass a love of reading on to my kids. One of the greatest mom moments I have is when my kiddos say, "Mom, let me read this to you, it's great..."
There is nothing sweeter in this world than the laughter of your kids. Kids laughing is OK, but when it's your very own kids it's the best.
Good Thing for Today: Listening to my kiddo read to me.

Friday, February 07, 2003

School News

Spent most of this week getting my house back in shape after the flu. Still a bit wiped out and coughing like a heavy smoker (though I only smoke 5-6 cigs a day) and no appetite. Unfortunately I think I GAINED weight instead of lost it. Oh, well. Maybe there's somebody out there looking for a slightly overweight, 30-something single mother with three kids. One of them gay. Yes, and he's probably filthy stinking rich, devestatingly georgeous, smart, funny, great with kids, and likes cats.
Anyway, school Thursday was great. this guy came to my Global Climate Change and Infectious Disease class. He basically says that global warming is a myth, and has data to prove it. He was great, very refreshing, and I was totally shocked that my hippie Greenpeace tree-hugging professor had him in as a guest speaker. Kuddos to my prof. for letting the other side in to speak. He also talked about the environmentalist agenda, but mostly showed his data. Like in our area (North Alabama) the summers are actually getting cooler, not warmer. And we are having more cold days during our winters too. Anyway, check out his site if you're interested. He's very cool.
In our lab we began our study of cell signaling in slime mold. I thought it would be deadly boring, but the little critters are actually really interesting and I hope that our culture grows nicely so that we can do lots of fun experiments on them. Right now I'm just kicking back after running around the hospital all day and going to play The Sims Online for a bit, then crash once the kiddos fall asleep.
Good thing for today: Time to myself for once!

Sunday, February 02, 2003

So much for the flu shot...

Looks like the bug I caught was the flu. Ugh. I've been laid up in bed all week, except the past two days when I was at work. Fortunately I've felt better the past couple of days so working wasn't bad. I still have the worst sore throat ever. All my kids were down with it too. Wednesday we just all lay in bed all day. My friend brought over lots of orange juice and fed my pets. She even made us homemade chicken soup (yum!).

We were talking about the Columbia. What really makes me sad the most is that it was the first space shuttle and now it's gone. Yes, it's really sad that the astrounauts died. But I had just moved back to the states when the Columbia first flew. It was big news, and was one of the first things that made me feel American, especialy since my family had spent so much time in Ireland and England. I had never felt American before that, but I have ever since. So I am sad that it's gone. I've never understood why Columbia was still flying, why it wasn't in a museum somewhere.

I was in High School when the Challenger went. It didn't effect my life too much, living up north and not knowing anybody in the space industry or anything. But I still remember where I was, what I was doing then. I wonder if my highschool age child will remember this. Of course this seems small compared to 9/11.

Good thing for today: Off work till Friday.