Thursday, February 25, 2010

Cox Communications~ No You Didn't

While creating a zoo on Facebook with my three year old (she loved picking out all the animals) We had Sponge Bob on in the background. No one was really paying attention and in the future I will just turn the TV off when we aren't watching it. Here's why.

Puddin Pop and I are sitting in a chair, She is on my lap and the laptop is in front of us on the ottoman (on a tray 'cuz it gets so darn hot). All the sudden I hear moaning. Yes. That kind of moaning. I look up and am frozen with confusion. On the TV is full blown PORN (as opposed to the soft stuff). I look around see where the remote is. It's sitting on another ottoman. The dog is no where around (she sometimes steps on the remote causing the channel to change). I finally get my bearings and get up as fast as I can without throwing PP to the floor. I grab the remote and turn the TV off. I then went and added a half shot of raspberry liqueur to the hot chocolate I was drinking. I was that rattled.

Puddin Pop says "Mommy. What was that lady doing?" (her mouth was full. you get the idea) "I don't know baby." Wanting to cry that my 3 year old was exposed to this and wondering what kind of trauma or nightmares she is going to have. "It was icky." "Yes, baby, it was."

I call Hubster and ask him if he feels like chewing someone out. He says "Who?" I explain what happened and he immediately calls the cable company and then conferences me in. They give us the whole "Someone must of ordered it. It wouldn't just change channels on it's own." CRAP.

Let me just say that we don't use PPV. I honestly didn't know we had that option. We use On Demand to watch movies. What they are suggesting is that someone either used the guide or the channel buttons and went to the Playboy channel. Then they would have had to scroll to future programming (we're having them research to tell us on what day this "future" programming was ordered) then hit select and select again to purchase. Not very likely. Sure, Hubster could have done it, but it's unlikely he bought a program that would air while he was at work. It's also unlike that he wants to move out, just saying. Again. We don't use PPV. I have no idea if future purchased programs cause the channel to automatically change to the purchased movie. Anyone?

Bottom Line: I am mortified, disturbed and totally pissed off at my cable company. Looking into other options because I feel this is 100% completely unacceptable!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Vacation, A foot in the mouth, Twitter. How's that for random?


We're finally taking a family vacation. By the time we go Boog will be 7. It'll be his first family Vacation that isn't a trip to see my parents or brother. We had tossed around the idea of Florida or a Branson vacation, but thanks to friends who have planned a vacation for us we're going to be spending a week in Nags Head. I'm super excited but haven't told the kids yet. It's not until August and I really can't listen to "Can we go now?" for the next 8 months. My kids love the beach. There will be other kids to play with and teenage girls to babysit. Good times.

I came into the living room last night and found Pudding Pop with her foot in her mouth. Literally. Not just a toe. All five of them. I did what any concerned mother would do, I went and got my camera. She is mortified (at 3) that I may post these and she begged me not to. Tomorrow is Wordless Wednesday. I'm still on the fence about what to do.

Why do people leave their spouses for someone else? We had this talk at our Girls Night In. Seriously. I'm a smart person. I don't make decisions lightly. Especially when committing the rest of my life to someone. If I decided not to be with my husband after all the work I did to hand select him, I'm pretty sure it wouldn't be for another man. I'm pretty sure they'd all suck. Just saying.

Why am I invisible on Twitter? Sometimes people respond to me, when I reply to them first, but other than that I'm a ghost. I recently became a Brand Ambassador for The View and while we (or everyone else since no one could see me) were tweeting during the show yesterday someone was like, "Is it just @blah, @yadda, @dabba...etc, here?" and I was like "no. I'm here too." Nothing. Anyone wanna explain why this is? It's not just in that search either. Whenever I'm topic talking I'm invisible. I need some answers.

Yesterday was National Margarita Day. Had I found out before 4 0'clock I'd of been somewhere celebrating. At least I still have Cinco de Mayo.

That's my random. Random your blog and then head to The Un Mom and link up.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Helping Family

Why is everyone I know falling apart? Hubster has his chronic back problems, another friend is suffering from severe joint pain, and now my baby brother has to have neck surgery to repair a couple of herniated discs. They haven't yet scheduled the surgery but are in the process. They'd like to get it done within the next 30 days since he is currently losing feeling in his arms and fingers. I know he's anxious and I've offered to go down and stay with him for a couple days right after the surgery. When I told Hubster of my plans he said "We can talk about it." I'm sure he didn't mean for it to sound like it did. I'm not asking for permission. My brother needs me and I'll be there for him. I'll just have to make arrangements for the kids while I'm gone. I guess that's what he meant. We'll talk about the arrangements. Right?

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Sorting Email

I am super diligent when sorting my emails. If I don't want to keep receiving it I don't just delete it, I mark it as junk or as a phishing scam. I also regularly go through my junk mail and delete it. It seems, however, that I am getting more and more junk. Is it just me? With anything from the best diet pills on the market to male enhancement products to work from home opportunities (scams). It seems to be the new wave in money making. Sending out crap e-mails in the hopes that someone will buy. Is there a way to get off a mailing list? Without actually opening the mail? It's not very often that something goes into my junk mail that shouldn't. I guess I could just ignore it all together, but the thought of looking through 600+ emails to find one that may have gotten sent there seems much harder that clearing it every time I go into my mail.

What techniques do you use?

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Saturday Highlights 1 ~ Bread Boogers

Welcome to Saturday! I must head off to work. I figure I have a short window of time that I can share funny stories about the kids. Soon they will be old enough to maneuver the internet and actually take offense to me telling the world all the cute stories of their youth. It's not like I can talk about what zit cream they're using or which kid broke their heart without them taking offense. I figure I have 5-6 years before the oldest catches on. This is a story re-posted from another blog I used to write. It's one of those stories Puddin Pop would be mortified to know I shared...if she was old enough to understand. It's important to be able to laugh at ourselves and hopefully she will think this story is funny...someday.

Darling Puddin’ Pop,

Up until a couple months ago, you would not even eat bread. Not toast, not a sandwich, a roll or anything. Then we took you and Boogie to feed the ducks and you decided if it was good enough for them, you would try it. The ducks didn’t get much bread from you on your first duck feed outing, but you ate 2.5 hamburger buns.

Now you have a bread fetish. Every night, just before bed time, you want a piece of bread. Nothing on it. Just a plain piece of bread. This hasn’t really been an issue, until this last week.

The boys are already in bed or upstairs trying to go to sleep. I’m dropping EC’s or chatting with my Mommy’s group, and you are watching “Wonder Pets”, enjoying your bread. Then you ask for help.

me: “Help with what sweetie?”

you: “The Bread.”

me: “What’s wrong with the bread?”

you: “It’s stuck.”

me: “It’s stuck? You mean it’s stuck to the plate?”

you: (with your finger wedged up your nose) “No, it’s stuck here.”

Yes, my precious Angel. On two occasions this week you have stuffed bread up your nose. And I’m talking STUFFED!

I pinch your opposite nostril and tell you to “blow”, after three or four tries a large, slimy bread booger comes flying out and lands across the room. Mommy says “Please don’t do that anymore, it’s dangerous and icky.” You smile and say “There’s more.”

We repeat the step above and launch the second bread booger that was so far up I couldn’t even see it

Two days later you apparently needed to check out the size of the other nostril, because you stuffed IT!

I love you. Please stop stuffing bread up your nose, it grosses mommy out!

Friday, February 19, 2010

The easiest way for me to lose weight

I've been busting my butt since the beginning of the year trying to lose this extra 20 I'm carrying around. I fully understand that muscle weighs more than fat so initially as I'm starting to tone up I may not see the actual weight loss even if I can feel the difference in the way my clothes fee. I get it. But 5 pounds in 6 weeks just doesn't seem worth it.

I'm actually enjoying my workouts on most days. It gives me time to focus on me and that feels good. But some days I would just like to eat whatever I want, skip the work out and know that the scale wasn't going to go up 3 pounds the following day.

I guess if it were baby pounds I was trying to get rid of it may motivate me more. I actually found pregnancy, or rather delivery, to be the easiest quick weight loss plan I've ever achieved. In both my pregnancies I gained little weight (12 and 10 pounds) and found myself 25 pounds lighter just a week after delivery. That means I lost the baby weight and then some. So my question is....

Anyone want a 42 year old to carry a baby for them? I'm sort of kidding.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

WW~ My Contribution to the V-Day Sugar Stock-up

I know this is supposed to be wordless but I just can't help it. I read this post over at Redhead Ranting yesterday and had to admit that I'm that Mom. I wasn't intentionally trying to outdo or impress. I honestly thought it would be a nice little treat amongst all the cards. I did not know that Valentine's Day was the new Halloween. I swear I didn't. I'm new to this. My oldest is in 1st grade. The extra time I had to do this was after everyone had gone to bed. I poured a glass of wine and tinkered in the kitchen. It was relaxing and enjoyable. It's also a marketing ploy. Last year, when I sent suckers for the Holiday Party, I got an order to custom make some for a Birthday party. There is a method to my madness.

As the kids get older the opportunities to make special moments will diminish. Jennifer mentioned sending prophylactics next year. I think she was kidding. With her you never know. I think if the kids keep getting all this candy each year I'll start stocking up the best acne remedies and send those with the Valentine's. They'll appreciate that, won't they?

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Snack-nics, Enchanted Journey, and a sick kid. It must be Random Tuesday


It's Tuesday. That means I get to unload a bunch of random thoughts and you have to listen...or read. There's a bunch of stuff floating around in my head today. You've been warned.

I work one day a week. One. In that time (this week) my 6 year old figured out how to use pictochat (on his DS) and somehow ended up with a Valentines date with the neighbor girl. I've been given conflicting information but what I gather is she invited him over and he accepted but decided he wanted to have it at our house. It was a picnic set for 3:00 so they decided it was a snack-nic. How cute. He woke up at 7:00 and the first thing he said was "How long until my snack-nic?" This went on all day. Constantly watching the clock. Constantly looking to see if his date was even home. If this is any indication of how his dates are going to go when the are real...I'm outta here. Or he'll have to wait and date after he moves out.

Puddin Pop is feeling ill today. She has a fever and is vomiting. She also has ballet and a birthday party. Poor thing insists she is fine and "can make it." I don't have the heart, yet, to tell her she won't be able to go. I've explained that she should stay home so as not to get her friends sick. I'm hoping she can make the decision to stay home on her own, or is sleeping when it's time to go. Any mention of missing dance class and she falls to pieces. Poor thing.

So I'm trying to lose some weight. I'm using my Wii Fit Plus 3-4 times a week and for an hour each time. I also just started Weight Watchers...sort of. I'm not attending meeting or reporting to anyone other than myself. I have awesome friends and one of them sent me all her stuff from when she used it. How cool is that? I've also decided that the best weight loss supplement is busy hands. If my hands are both occupied, they can't be stuffing snacks in my mouth. My new diversion is this...

I bought this for Puddin Pop for Valentine's day. Who doesn't want to be a Princess with a magic wand? It uses both the wii-mote and the nun-chuck thus occupying both hands. It has a two player option but PP always wants to go the opposite way. I'm trying to help all the Disney Princesses after she goes to bed. Shhh. Don't tell. She's actually better at it than I am. Don't tell her that either.

That's it. All my random rants. What do you have swimming in your head? Head over to The Un-Mom and spill your mind.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Rewarding Kids for Report Cards

Do you reward the kids for good report cards? What's the criteria?

When Boog brought home his first progress report last year (that gives general grades for categories instead of the breakdowns) he had all S's (meets grade level expectations) and O's (exceeds grade level expectations). My MIL offered him $1 for every O and 50cents for every S on his report card. That was a mistake. There were 11 categories on the progress report and 50 areas on the report card. I think she owed him $42. We got a chuckle out of it and learned the lesson (it was Kindergarten so we really didn't know). She gave him $10 and told him how proud she was of him.

She continued to give him $10 for each report card that had all S's and O's. He just received his second report card for this year and Hubster wanted to reward him (like his mother does) and thought a Lego kit was a good idea. I said "No." Here's my thinking...

I want to encourage him to do well but I don't think money is the answer, or a toy, at least not now. In looking at his report card he did achieve all S's and O's, but 2 of his O's dropped to S's and no S's went to O's. Does this deserve rewarding? I'm very proud of how well he is doing and have told him that repeatedly, but if we are going to reward him shouldn't it be when there is improvement? Or would that cause him to sandbag when he gets older?

I don't remember getting paid for grades. That's not to say that it isn't a good tool. I just think a system needs to be put in place and stuck to. Next year, second grade, he will get letter grades. I think an all A report card deserves special treatment. I also think that bringing a grade up deserves attention. What methods do you use? I need suggestions now so we can set the expectation before the year starts. Please help.

How do your expectations differ in subjects that you excel (or not) at? If you love math do you expect your child to do well, especially since you can offer so much support? I'm awful and History and Geography. Does my kid get a pass in these subjects because I can't give him as much help? (I'm planning on learning it all with him. Maybe it'll stick this time.) Does someone like Richard Willich expect his child to do well in history, specifically civil war history, with all the materials available to the child? Again, I'm asking for ideas. What do you accept and expect? Does your knowledge affect what is expected of your child (ren)?

I'm off to research the topic and will be back with some experts thoughts on this situation.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Job Search is On

I mentioned earlier about Hubster's job coming to an end. We had the choice to move or to seek employment elsewhere. I told him I would support him in whatever decision he made. I even pointed out positives of both choices. Ultimately, I felt as though the decision should be his. It's his job. He needed to decide if it's worth moving to a far away, COLD place. I moved to get away from the cold so that was on my negative list.

I, myself, am not a big fan of moving. I've heard horror stories from people who've used cross country moving companies, especially the ones used by the Military. Apparently it's expected that you'll lose some things and receive some damaged. I've moved from Michigan to Virginia. I did it myself, with the help of a friend. We drove the big truck with my car towed behind. I felt safe knowing all my stuff was with me. I couldn't imagine having to wait for my stuff to be delivered and then finding out that stuff was damaged. Good thing I'm not a Military Wife.

Hubster made the decision NOT to move. He's an only child and his parents live 2 miles away. He can't imagine being away from them. He grew up here and doesn't want to leave. Now the job search begins. He's already had some interviews and hopefully something will pan out. He feels confident that he will find something and I'm thinking positive too.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Valentines Deals, Cookies and Crafts

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Great deals for great cookies. Lots of Valentine's specials available if purchased on or before February 15th. You have to try them. Yum!

I wanted Boog to make Valentine's for his class but apparently that isn't cool anymore...or ever in his 6 year old life time. Will it get to be cool? He has no problem having me make chocolate suckers for everyone, he just doesn't want to make anything. I'm pretty sure he'd allow me to address the valentines for him too...but I won't.

Michael's had clearance savings, already, on their V-day stuff. It's going down another 20% on Monday. I'll be there stocking up for next year in the hopes that someone will want to make their valentines.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Bathroom Re-model. Need Help.

I've been saying for months (maybe even a year) that I want to re-do our half-bath. It's actually a small project and could be done in a weekend. I need to remove wall paper on the bottom half. Remove the "chair rail" on two walls and then paint. We put in a new hard wood floor and vanity last year and now I just need to pick out a color. That's where I get stumped.

What color(s) do you like in the bathroom? It is the guest bath, after all. Should I go with a theme? I have a friend who did a beachy thing with shells and candles and a peachy color. It was very soothing. I was thinking blueish but then didn't feel it anymore. I also need to replace the light fixture and switch plate and would like something that matches. I like the fixtures from Dolan Designs but really think I need a color scheme first.

Please help. I need suggestions people.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Valentines Back-up Plan

I had planned on getting the dippin stix Valentines from Oriental Trading for Boog to give to his classmates. I saw them last week and went in to order but got side tracked. I went in again yesterday to find out that they were on sale, 24 for $3.99. The problem is, they won't guarantee that they'll be here on time unless I pay $20 for expedited shipping. My gut tells me they would be here on time if I used regular ground shipping, but I'm not going to do it. I'm scared. Afraid that if I bank on it coming, it won't. It's just the way things work out for me.

My backup plan is construction paper and candy suckers. I'm pretty sure this will go over just as well...if not better. I'll be buying the candy melts today and starting on these.
Boog has been cutting out hearts for the last couple weeks anyway so I'll pick up some red construction paper and he can cut and "address" all his hearts and then we'll attach the suckers.
I was trying to get out of the extra work. I'm not sure why. Now that I have a new plan I'm getting excited about doing it. I'm sure these will go over well. I remember as a kid feeling so proud the few years I made my own Valentines. I also liked receiving them.
I'm hoping the kids will take some pride in creating Valentines and feel good about what they accomplish.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

(Not So) Wordless. Basket Sledding

The snow is still here. I think by tomorrow it will be gone. I think the kids will also be going back to school tomorrow. They haven't been since Thursday. It's been a nice impromptu vacation and the snow gave us plenty to do. Yesterday I took the kids sledding.

Yep. We are not the proud owners of sleds. Instead we heard that laundry baskets worked well. That green one, the larger of the two, proved to be a little slow, which was just the way Puddin Pop liked to go down the hill, Boog preferred the smaller-but-faster white one. I'll admit it. I went down the hill. The green basket wouldn't budge with me in it but the white one worked very well. Getting in and out was quite the scene, I'm sure. I'm also pretending there were no witnesses.
Next time we need to find a bigger hill. Or maybe I'll take the kids to Michigan and the hill I used to sled on. We called it The Angel. Or The Flying Angel for those brave enough to take the part of the hill with the big "jump". I'll check out life insurance online quotes and secure a policy before doing that in this old body. But after that's taken care of, it's game on. I'll even make sure we have proper sleds.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Yes Virginia, We Have Snow

This is our backyard early Saturday morning. We got snow throughout the day Saturday and it's still on the ground this morning...two days later. I was trying to remember the last good snow we had, that stayed longer than 20 minutes. It was 2003.

I remember this because Boog was 5 months old. We had moved into our house the first week in July and he was born on the 29th. When purchasing our home we had dropped our renter's insurance and bought home owners insurance from the same company we had our car insurance with. In the midst of the move, the mommy brain, and adjusting to life with a newborn, I had overlooked the fact that we had not received a bill from our insurance company. We were on the pay 3 months/off 3 months plan so it never crossed my mind...until that December when we received a letter from DMV that our cars were un-insured. Needless to say I was pissed. I refused to ever use that company again. Yes. I should have realized we weren't getting bills, but they should have changed our mailing address. I have no idea why the bills weren't coming to us. We had done a change of address with the USPS so I'm thinking the insurance company screwed something up. While researching alternate auto insurance quotes, we got snow dumped on us. I remember waking up and thinking, "There is no way we are taking this baby out in an uninsured car. Funny how that works, isn't it? We had insurance before we left for work that morning. Desperate times call for desperate measures. We didn't get the best deal until months later.

So. This is the first good snow the kids have seen and they are having a ball playing in it. It also helps that it was already a planned no school day today.

Hot chocolate and cake for breakfast after an hour in the snow. Life doesn't get much better than that!


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