September 30, 2008 at 2:00 pm (Canada, Melodie)

I am currently following the travels of a good friend as she roams the world. She is in Ontario right now and happened to catch a pre-season hockey game. The first question she asked on her blog was ‘did y’all catch the pre-season hockey game of the …” one team (probably canadian) against the other (probably american team). She commented on how exciting it was to watch the players bash each other into the boards, how exciting the fights were (hello! this is why we like hockey!). Then, she commented on how hard it was to follow the puck. hmmm… I’ve never had that problem. However, I am Canadian and was born with a hockey stick in my hand. It happens to be the first thing I look for. My comment on her blog was regarding how much us Canucks like pre-season hockey… especially  when the playoff season has not ended and runs into the pre-season.

Christmas comes more than once per year!


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Writer’s Block or Stress

September 30, 2008 at 1:53 pm (Bored, Melodie)

This week is my final week for two classes in school. Honestly, I could not be happier. I promise I’m not going to complain about electives and how ridiculous they are… but seriously! I will be happy when I never have to think about the rock I have in my pocket – EVER AGAIN! My next two classes are um… Algebra (I think) and some health care class.  I’m actually looking forward to Algebra.

The weeks leading up to this week have been really hectic and busy. Both boys are back in school, we are trying to get ourselves back onto a schedule so that maybe, just one day, I could arrive to work on time. It’s not working out that well… but whatever.  I have found myself in such a horrible predicament with this job… oy. It seems the job I applied for, is not the job that I am in. Somehow, we went back in time and I’ve found myself at exactly the same job that I left (prior to this job).  Is it me?

I don’t want to talk about work. I can’t remember the last time that I have enjoyed a really good laugh. So I trotted on over to Bald Guy Greetings to browse through their offerings. This is one website that can always make me laugh. I found a few treasures that I will be ordering and shipping off to various family members.  I especially love the mother’s day card…

I had promised myself to knit Michael socks for his birthday. I had such good intentions. Turns out, they might be anniversary or christmas socks at the rate I’m going. I lovingly refer to them as the “factory” because I don’t seem to enjoy knitting them right now. I’m just at a part in the knitting that really really sucks! Really! It’s all boring and stupid (but essential if you are a sock). I’ve also been roped into making blankets for the boys’ stuffed animals. So far, only Evan’s bunny has a blanket. I’m sure I could have made blankies for the entire bunch… but I’m a perfectionist! After I finished the blankie, I made diapers. So cute.

I’m thinking about taking a sewing class (I KNOW – where would I find the time?) But I love to sew and I really want to learn to sew useful things… like skirts. I’d also like to learn to hem my own pants, install a zipper and maybe take in (as in make smaller) pants (when needed).  I think zippers are really important.. if I had that knowledge, I could make purses and repair some of my own items. The last seewing class I had was with Mrs. Weidrick in 4-H. She helped me make a placemat and an apron. There must have been another project, I just can’t think of it right now.  I have a serger that I’d like to learn how to use – I hear they can be very handy.

Do you see the writer’s block I am having to deal with? GAWD! I don’t even want to proofread this post, I might fall asleep!

Oh there is one thing… I made dinner rolls over the weekend. From scratch! I also made a banana chocolate chip bread (that the family has devoured). My boys ate all of the rolls… and darn near licked the plate! If I had a list of “want to do” – baking bread (or dinner rolls) would definitely be on it. I should make a list… just so I can cross it off!  Even the thought of that bores me to tears!

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It doesn’t even feel like the weekend

September 19, 2008 at 10:16 pm (Bored, Weekend)

So it’s really here? Who’d have thought? Seriously, this week went by like a lightening bolt. I was at the office for two days, thank you offsite! I was also sick with some sort of flu that has completely kicked my butt (and my appetite thank you very much.) I stayed at home, practically dying, on Wednesday and Thursday. I will say this… I have completely had it with my co-workers.

Oy, I don’t want to get into it here because nothing has been settled. But basically, I have been shit on one too many times. I am thinking that once was my limit. I went to a learning lunch today and walked away with the sweet door prize! I know I know… I’m awesome.

The door prize is a soft “bag” cooler type thingy. It’s dope. It looks big enough to fit a Canadian case of beer – possibly 15. The American case of beer is 24 (which is called a flat in Canada). I know… so confusing! What’s really great is if I tell Michael to pick up a case of beer… I am expecting 12 – but I actually get 24! I think that might have something to do with the conversion of the metric system to imperial. I’m just sayin…

I don’t have big plans for this weekend. We are headed to one of Michael’s cousins house tomorrow for dinner. They have a baby, she’s 1 – so I’m anxious to see how the boys are with her. Will they treat her the same way they treat the baby kitten? Packing her around by her neck, giving her lots of pets. Probably. We haven’t seen the baby since she was born, so I’m bringing my camera! I’m positive she has delightful cheeks to nom nom on.

Did I mention we bought our plane tickets to go home for christmas? My parents already have all the winter gear stacked up for the boys… I can kiss an Italian summer trip buh-bye because we used all of our miles for this trip. sniff sniff..  It’ll be okay… my parents will be so desperate for the boys that Michael and I can spend all our time in the city doing grown up stuff and NOT be missed at all!

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No rest for mommy

September 18, 2008 at 8:20 pm (Melodie)

I have been laid up with the flu (or something similar) for the past 72 hours or so. The good news is that I’m on the mend and the even better news is that I dropped about 6 pounds (yay flu!). Okay, so this is totally ridiculous – but I take this as a positive! I will be heading back to work tomorrow (poo) but at least I feel better.

Meanwhile, the boys seemed to have noticed my “delicate” situation and have become absolute maniacs. They’ve been screaming and yelling, throwing tantrums, not following orders… it’s been a nightmare. There really is no rest allowed for mommy. Michael’s been great, he’s taken them outside, has occupied them, fed them, and put them to bed.

When you are sick with the flu (or whatever I have) your entire body hurts. My eyelashes hurt. Then there are the waves of dizziness and nausea, the waves of fever – then mad shivering. It’s been swell. Now that I’m feeling better, I can finish the laundry, my homework, clean the kitchen, and finish organizing my craft room.

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A three cat household

September 17, 2008 at 2:04 pm (Uncategorized)

I wake up at about 5:15 am every morning. My morning is regimented and completely full from the time I wake up to the time we leave for work. Every morning, the cats meow at me – then run to their dish… as if to say “hello, human with the opposable thumbs… you need to feed me.” Even though there is food in their dish.. they can see the bottom of the dish so of course they are meowing for more food.

If you’ve seen bristol (AKA fattie-bo-ballatie) you’ll know he’s not starving to death. Trust me.

I’d love to stay and chat, but I’m busy getting the cat hair off my clothes.

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Week-end Wrap-up

September 14, 2008 at 10:13 pm (Bored, Melodie, Weekend)

I was trying to figure out one more way to hyphenate the subject of this entry. Week-end-wrap-up? Oosh.

I had big plans for this weekend. BIG BIG BIG. I was going to finish the laundry. Laundry? You say. Yep.. Laundry. In my house, laundry is my own personal hell. It never never never goes away. Everytime I look up, it’s there – staring back at me. Laughing at me. Mocking me. There have been times when I have wished for laundry fairies. Little beautiful fairies to take all of my laundry away – forever. I do have one laundry fairy, her name is Mom. Mom is a good fairy, she loves to help me with my laundry. And for that? I keep her afloat in margaritas. It’s a fair trade. However, Mom only comes down once or twice a year – she would kill me if I left the laundry for that long! No amount of delicious margaritas would take away her wrath.

So on Friday, we dropped the boys off at Michael’s parents house. They agreed to watch them while we went to a MonaVie tasting in Fairfield. Michael and I have been drinking this nutritional juice and we’ve decided to do the business “end” of Monavie. Anyhooo… it was really fun and we stayed out far too late – but it was worth it!

I really wanted to do some bike riding. Just me – by myself. You know, as an adult on a bike; rather than a mom on a bike who has to stop every two feet because her youngest son refuses to take off his training wheels then whines the entire time because he can’t keep up. But everytime I even make a motion towards my bike, I have two little boys begging to join me. How can I refuse their sweet (although maniacal) little faces? I can’t. So, this weekend – I rode my bike in my brain. Michael asked me to watch The Secret (the movie with fantastic background music, so theatrical and loud that you can’t hear the person speaking) and they said that if you do an activity that you enjoy inside your head – all of the same feelings will happen as if you were really doing the activity. So I did. It was fantastic! Those “the secret” people were right!

Instead, I did laundry on Saturday and stayed home with my boys on Sunday. Michael went to play paintball with a member of the hippy tribe; the remaining family members of the tribe “hippy” came over for shenanigans and cookie making. Being a mom means you need to find the stupidest ways to have fun with your children. Even if that fun includes unloading the dishwasher and hanging curtains. We moms did all the chores and the kids ran around like maniacs.

Saturday night was movie night. We watched Wedding Crashers and The Secret. I seriously forgot how funny Wedding Crashers really is. The boys are so damn cute and the lines are hilarious!

My Sunday evening was filled with stupid dumb homework. I think I am placing these words upon my work because I am just so done with school right now. I am feeling the “back to school” time crunch. Both boys have clothes in their drawers that don’t fit anymore, I have homework up the wazoo, and I can’t walk in the garage for fear of the laundry piles to come crashing down upon me. And seriously? You want me to do a 12 page powerpoint presentation on the physiology of hormone release? I’ll show you a hormone release!! 

I’m wrapping up my weekend, I have to drive to work tomorrow (BLECH BLECH BLECH) – I don’t like it, but I am getting ready for an offsite on Tuesday and I have agreed to pack all the crap from the office to the offsite. Why? Oh I don’t know… I guess I like the torture.

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The word “cocktail”

September 9, 2008 at 4:17 pm (Bored, Melodie)

What is it with this word? People feel the need to mispronounce the first portion by saying “cack.” It does not make you cool – nor is it nifty.

Oooh I’m bitchy today.

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It’s been one of those days

September 9, 2008 at 4:15 pm (Melodie)

I think the planets, stars, gods, and the moon were all telling me to stay home today. For some reason, I could not get any of my boys out of their beds this morning. Everyone (except me) woke up late.

I decided to leave the lazy bums at home so that I could make the train on time. Just before I headed out the door, I realized I did not have a lunch. Then, as I was driving to the train, some lady flipped me the bird for no apparent reason. I got to the station and realized the train was running late (NEVER a good sign). It was standing room only 2 stops from mine.

As we approached the city, a delay was announced. sigh…

Then further delays. Finally, I arrived at work half an hour late. NEVER a good sign.  My day got progressively worse from that point. Ever been told to “archive your email” for fear of losing something you may need? Sure… we’ve all been told that. Ever been told “HOW” to archive? Me either. So, I archived the only way I know how.

All of a sudden, an error popped up on my screen – “1638 files were successfully deleted.”  WHAT?!?!?!  Holy crap! So I called the dreaded I.T. department. No offense to my honey, but these people are useless. I’m sure they can’t walk and chew gum at the same time. My issue got elevated to a 2nd tier support person because the first person I spoke with wasted 20 minutes of my time NOT fixing the problem and had to elevate it to someone smarter. Then I got a 20 minute lecture from this little puke about archiving and it’s ever subtle nuances. I know I shouldn’t have 1700 items in my inbox… but that is how I roll!

It’s close to quitting time and I am thinking of calling in sick for the rest of the month. There is something about work right now that is leaving a bad taste in my mouth.  Oh I know what it might be… could it be that the job I was hired for got tossed out the window and I am everyone’s lacky? hmm That could be it.

I’ll go home tonight and do my usual homework, try to get to bed early and hopefully start tomorrow off on a better note. Wish me luck. bah humbug

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I am supposed to be writing my paper

September 7, 2008 at 3:54 pm (School)

Seriously, who am I kidding? Taking a geology course was the stupidest decision I’ve ever made. I love rocks! I carry one around with me daily! I always have my eye to the ground and don’t even get me near the ocean! A few years ago, I made Michael’s nephew carry a 20 lb rock out of a stream. Now I have to learn about sediment and how plate tectonics affect sedimentation. blech blech blech.

I knew I should have gotten an arts degree. blech.

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Motivation? Where?

September 7, 2008 at 3:52 pm (Bored, Melodie)

I was on vacation (officially) last week and seemed to have misplaced my motivation. Has anyone seen it? I lost it just before I left and can’t seem to recall where I put it.

The tooth fairy visited our home this week. Left the little bugger $5 bucks! Brody now realizes that teeth=money and worked that loose tooth like a coal miner! Wiggle wiggle… constant wiggle. Then he’d fuss with it and try pulling it out. Wiggle wiggle again. It came out at school and his teacher put it on a big huge postcard for him. Double taped to keep from losing it. Buggy was quite upset that the tooth was gone in the morning. That’s what that bitch tooth fairy does! She steals teeth and leaves money! THE NERVE!

This week passed quite quickly. I had an entire list of things I wanted to accommplish – but that got flushed down the toilet. Whatever. I had my entire weekend planned, including writing a 700 word paper … on something. I can’t recall the subject right now. I am also going to start going through all of our crap because we are bursting at the seams. The house cannot take anymore stuff inside of it! I went through 2 weeks worth of mail yesterday, the pile was about 24 inches high (junk mail here in the US SUCKS!), my estimate was about 200 pieces of mail. I ended up keeping 3 magazines (I keep subscribing), I gave Michael 4 bills and I kept a letter about my work. That leaves 192 pieces of junk mail that went into recycling. Thank goodness for recycling!

Michael moved the shed this past week. We are planning on building a lower deck and a fireplace / sitting area in its spot. We were going to do a raised garden, but seriously, who were we kidding? We have two kids and are working on a third – no one is going to have time to plant, cultivate, and weed a freakin garden. No matter how raised it is!

The boys are loving the new kitten! She is such an absolute joy. M (we’ll call her M for short) is a lot of fun. She likes to play, doesn’t mind being picked up, chases and runs after any and all bouncy balls and gives lots of love – what’s not to like? The other two cats are really for me. I knew they would be – but M… she seems to be the family cat. Now with three cats in the house, we are up to our arseholes in cat hair. Which is why I have “clean the bedroom” on my shit list this weekend. We have a tattered and worn rug (which is driving me crazy) to throw out and a whole pile of “stuff” under the bed that needs to get cleaned up. It’s amazing what kids will drop behind a bed. Couple that with a massive amount of cat hair… and you’ve got yourself a mess.

I did want to have the three bedrooms carpeted – and we probably will… just not right now. So, the area rug will get tossed, the room will get thoroughly cleaned and I’ll be a happy mamma again. I’m also going to go through all of my clothes. I know there are hangers being used for clothes I haven’t even looked at for 6 months. I keep changing sizes (down, thankfully) and some of it is useless to me. Michael is making a run to the dumps (all you boys are totally jealous!) with a pile of crap. We (meaning Michael) seem to collect crap, pile it up in a corner (just in case), where it attracts more crap – then I walk by and demand it leave the area immediately!

On another note, the lemon tree is producing like crazy! I still cannot believe that I own an actual lemon tree with real lemons. I guess there is one good thing about living in California.

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