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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Resolutions? What are your 2010 goals?

This is it!
2009 is coming to a close. Tomorrow is a new day, a new year.
What do you want to accomplish in 2010?
What do you want to do more of? less of?
First and foremost, I want to feel better. This bronchitis is kicking my ass and I'm not too happy about it. That being said here are a few of the things I would like to accomplish in 2010.
  1. Write more. I wanted to reach 10,000 words on my young adult novel in 2009. I didn't. In 2010, I want to surpass that goal and then some.
  2. Craft more. I spend far too much time on this computer and not enough time in my craft room.
  3. Yell less. name is kisa and I have NO patience.
  4. Eat better. Pretty self-explanatory but yet so hard to accomplish.
  5. Walk more. I'm going to invest in a good step counter and try to reach 10,000 steps a day. (That counts as exercise, right?)
  6. Eliminate some clutter. The clutter monster is always trying to take over spaces in the house. I plan to keep him at bay!
  7. Get Organized: I often have trouble accomplishing things because my organizational skill aren't what you would call good. I'm going to try to get better at putting things back where they belong and maintaining a certain space for certain items. Especially in the kitchen and in my craft room.
  8. Quality time: Spend some time alone with each kid and my husband once a month.
  9. See family. More than just the holidays.
  10. Plan some day trips. I want to go to this craft store and I just can't ever seem to plan a trip there. Plus there is a doll factory not far from here that middle G would love; and there's the zoo...and Hershey....and....well you get the picture.

What do you have planned in 2010???

Wednesday, December 30, 2009


It's me.

I'm still alive.
I got bronchitis.
and a sinus infection
for Christmas.
It was not on my list.
Doctors on Monday.
Got a Z-pack.
Drugs haven't kicked in yet.
House is a wreck.
Half my vacation is over.
Just want to sleep.
Thursday, December 24, 2009

An Open Letter to Santa Claus

Dear Santa,

I realize that your probably busy getting ready for the BIG trip around the world tonight but I wanted to add a few last minute items to my list.

Admittedly, they aren't all for me and some of them may require that you pull in some additional assistance from other magical creatures including the Easter Bunny and the Toothfairy.

To quote a song, here is my grown-up Christmas list.

A big bag full of cures: Please include cures for Diabetes, Cancer and ALS, but do not feel like you can't throw in some additional one. In fact, a universal cure would be most appreciated.

More involved grandparents: Can you send a wake up call to both my mom and my dad about quality time. Please include directions to my house and a school calendar highlighting all the activities the kids will be participating in.

That everyone is blessed with friends like mine I've said it before and I'll say it again: A strong group of women (who don't tear each other down) is better than any type of therapy.

Extra patience: I really need to yell at my kids less. Between you and I, I think it's their fault because they don't listen, but really I'm kind of "snappy". If you can bring me some patience wrapped in a box with a big red bow that would be greatly appreciated.

That about sum's it up. Feel free to toss in some craft supplies. You know how much I love those.

Your number one fan,


P.S. Merry Christmas Bloggyland. I hope you get everything on your list!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Things I learned in the Cafeteria

Today was my last day in the school kitchen until January 4th! I'm giddy about this vacation even if I have to share it with my kids. LOL
This week I learned:
  • The Joys of Pajama Day. That's right...I got to wear my pajamas to work today. Jealous much?
  • That, for the most part, I work with some really nice, amazing people.
  • The closer it gets to Christmas the more out of control the kiddos become. It's like a drug.
  • That I really do believe in Santa Claus.
  • That parents seldom read the menu, let alone any changes you make to it.

What did you learn at work/home this week?

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

December Book of the Month - UGLIES

So thanks to Jenners I read more books in 2009 than I ever had. I didn't blog about all of them, but I did blog about most of them.

You should know that I'm a very sLLLLLLLLLoooooooooWWWWWW reader. I have to be really into the book to not have to renew it at least once from the library.

This book: Uglies by Scott Westerfeld is the first in a series of four. It takes place in the future and based on scientific research about what people find attractive at the age of 16 everyone gets made over.

The perfect face, the perfect body, the perfect everything.

But some are rebelling. Some want to remain "ugly".

This book challenges preconceived ideas of beauty and for that alone it is worth the read.

Hoping to finish the next in the series, fittingly entitled Pretties, by the end of January.

Like I said.....I read sssssllllllllloooooooooowwwwwww.
Monday, December 21, 2009

Weekend Update: Buried

Those of us in the northeast portion of the U.S. are buried in snow. This weekend we got about 18 inches of the white stuff in one big dumping.

Nothing makes my kids happier.

Here they are in their fort that daddy helped them build by filling buckets up with snow. They were quite impressed.

Here's a view of the sidewalk in front of my neighbors house the day after the storm hit. My husband was snowblowing and snowblowing but it was hard to keep ahead of it. At times it was coming down 3 inches an hour.

This is my mailbox. I'm trying to bury it completely just to piss off my mail carrier. Regular readers know that she deems my mailbox undeliverable on a regular basis. Wonder what she thought of

This is middle G during the storm. She spent a good while on the porch catching snowflakes.

Here's all three of them before it started snow hard. I know it's hard to believe but this was mild compared to when it really started to snow.
The weekend went well, though I forgot my in-laws were coming. That was a little shocker on Friday. Then they got stranded here during the blizzard. They actually thought they were going to drive home (three hours) in that snow. It was difficult enough on Sunday.
I got almost all of my wrapping done and I am feeling pretty ready for Christmas.
How about you? What did you do this weekend?
Saturday, December 19, 2009

Asking for your help because Ebay is taking money from kids with Cancer

It's a blizzard here in a Pennsylvania and a perfect opportunity to catch up with your blogs and hear about all the warm and fuzzy things going on in all of your lives.

Then I read this and I got pissed.

Let me sum it up for you. Jaden Duttine is a 2 year old little boy with stage four cancer. You can read his story by clicking on his cute picture along the right hand side of my blog.

Supahmommy, who is a friend of the family, offered to hold an auction to help raise some fundage for this family because like it or not cancer is expensive.

Many bloggers, including myself, donated numerous items for the auction. Ebay agreed to host and waive any fees associated with the whole shindig.

Until now.

Now Ebay is trying to take nearly $500 from a little boy with cancer.

$500 bucks to Ebay is nothing. $500 bucks to the Duttine family is groceries, a car payment, co-pays. You get the picture.

Join me in blogging about this. Twittering about this. Sending an email to the big-wigs at ebay. Links and a suggested letter are on Supah's blog.

If Ebay doesn't change their mind please consider, like me, canceling your Ebay account. After all, there is always Craig's list.

Thanks for your help!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Last minute gift ideas for the lunch lady in your life

I'm going to let you in on a little secret. If you have school aged children or even if you know where a school is, somewhere there is a lunch lady making a holiday meal.

It may not be today, as it was at my school. It may not be tomorrow. Hell, it may have been last week. But somewhere, at some public school, is an underpaid lunch lady making a holiday meal.

If you are thinking about last minute gift ideas for your child's lunch lady (and I mean who isn't), the day of the holiday meal is a great (fan-f*cking-tastic) day to deliver some booze.

Our meal included 225 bowls of turkey and gravy, 230 stuffing balls, 200 servings of mashed potatoes, 150 servings of sweet potatoes, more corn than Idaho, a mint chocolate chip cookie and cranberries.

The stuffing is made from celery, onions, and actual bread. It all gets put through a grinder and formed in to balls and baked. 98 percent of it is put down the garbage disposal. It is painful.

Just imagine cooking Thanksgiving dinner and inviting 200 of your closest friends over. Everyone fills their plates to overflowing and then gets up and dumps it in your sink.

That's how lunch ladies feel after holiday meals.

Wouldn't you need a drink?
Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Five Things I learned in the Cafeteria

Working in an elementary school with Christmas fast approaching is sort of like working in an amusement park. There are quite a few over stimulated, excited children anxiously awaiting holiday break.

Most of the staff, from principal on down, looks a little tired.

Things I learned this week include:

  • Offering the choice between grape jelly and strawberry jelly can cause quite a pause amongst our youngest students.
  • Everyone under 10 thinks all cheese must be orange.
  • Touching the oven with your arm, even if it is for a millisecond, will result in an ugly looking burn.
  • The amount of work done in a week is no where near the amount of pay you receive.
  • Lunch ladies are like Santa -- we definitely know which kids should be on the naughty list and which ones should be on the nice list.

Five days till my well-deserved holiday break!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Weekend Update: a little bit of this, a lot of that.

Friday started out a little crazy and the theme just carried over all throughout our weekend. I woke up to the phone ringing at 6:55 a.m. on Friday. It was the head cook I work for informing me she was sick and wouldn't be in. Something that doesn't happen very often as she has approximately 274 accumulated sick days and no I'm not making that up.

At 7:10 I realized that little G and Big G both have fevers again.

Hubby volunteered to stay home with them and take them to the doctors. They were fighting fevers on and off all week as well as coughs.

Oldest has pneumonia, youngest is getting better.

I had to figure out how to feed 200 + kids without enough pizza. I burnt my arm on the oven and our sub said the same thing over and over again. Fun times.

Kids are on the mend and my dog (who always looks so happy) loves my Santa hat. Thought I'd share this pic.

Saturday we had breakfast with Santa tickets at oldest's school. She begged to go and since we already paid for it and since you can't really "give" someone pneumonia we decided to go. I'm pretty sure this means we won't be winning that coveted parents of the year award. Though I'm doubtful we were still in the running anyway.

To further prove that my kids aren't even the slightest bit sick, we took them to my husband's work holiday party. It was specifically for the kids and at a local roller skating rink. Youngest and Middle have never been on skates so it was quite a work out holding them up. I told hubby not to get skates, but he didn't listen and took a couple of spills I wish I would have gotten on video.

And just to prove that you can't do too much stuff in one day, youngest was invited to a Cookie Baking party by a little girl in his kindergarten class. Her mom pulled out all the stops. The kids made four different kinds of cookies. They each took turns putting in different ingredients. It was a nice event. At the end, they took home a handful of each of the cookies.

It was much warmer at the cookie party than the skating rink that reached a comfortable -12 degrees by lunch time. Seriously, it was freezing in there.

Sunday I should have rested but alas I went to Sunday School, Church and shopping. The good news: I am pretty much done. Need a few stocking stuffers and I need to get busy wrapping, but most of the list is checked off.

What did you do this weekend?

Friday, December 11, 2009

Fun and Games with Jenners - write a fake brag letter

I'm playing Game 11 over at Jenner's Life with Little One and more. Her challenge: Write and Over-The-Top Holiday letter. This was a lot of fun. As someone who actually writes one of these, I found this one to be more entertaining and am considering sending it instead of the one I usually send. LOL

Thanks for the fun, Jenners.

Season’s Greetings from Nome, Alaska.

We decided to take a spur of the moment trip to the amazing state of Alaska. Thankfully, Inez, our children’s’ live-in tutor was able to make some changes in her schedule and travel with us. This allowed hubby and me some well-deserved kid-free time to go deep see arctic fishing. Hubby was fortunate enough to catch yet an undiscovered fish. The deep sea arctic fishing board is entertaining naming the species for him.

The kiddos are doing great. Oldest will soon be 11 and can speak six languages fluently. She is currently involved in soccer, tia-kwo-do, softball, cheer leading and all-state figure skating. As you can imagine this keeps us hoping.

Middle turned 8 over the summer and mastered Chinese. She was invited to speak at an all girls' school in China about her American culture. It was a great time for all of us as we were able to take in the many sights China has to offer. She continues to grow artistically and currently has paintings on display in museums in New York, Paris and California. If you are interested in purchasing any of her pieces, you may contact her agent directly at 555-1212.

Youngest is and always will be our little spitfire. He is six years old and in the 4th grade. Because of his amazing intelligence we are uncertain if we will be able to continue to school him in the United States. We are looking into doctoral programs abroad.

Hubby is excitedly awaiting word from the Arctic Fishing Board about the name of his newly discovered fish species and continues his work with the Center for Disease Control. He is making great progress with his research involving cures for Diabetes, Cancer, ALS and Weiner dog dwarfism.

I have been busy working on my 200th novel, which has been selected as the Oprah book of the month for March 2010. Look for my wink and ear tug when we premiere the book on her show early that month.

Our family missions’ trips to Cambodia, India, Russia, Indonesia and Shrelanka were a great success and we hope to be able to travel even more in 2010.

May the blessings you receive next year be as abundant as the exaggerations contained in this letter!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Wordless Wednesday - cookies

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

A brief update: sick kiddos

Today I went to work at 8:15 and the nurse called me down to pick up little G at 11:20 because he was running a fever. We serve lunch at 11:40 so, needless to say, his timing wasn't the greatest.

We went home and at 1 p.m. the other school called me to tell me that Big G also needed picked up because she had a fever.

The nurse at the intermediate school was wearing a science lab coat. I wanted to tell her this did not make her look "nurse-er" but I held my tongue, which is quite difficult for me to do.

That being said she went on to educate me that oldest can not return to school until she is fever free for 24 hours. I'm tempted to take her back over there tomorrow at 1:24 just for spite, but I will refrain.

Snow is blowing this way so we may not even have school tomorrow...

Seriously, I science lab coat down to her knees. Is this the standard school nurse uniform?
No work for me tomorrow. Maybe I'll finally be able to visit some of your blogs.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Weekend Update - It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

I did pretty well on the ol' to do list over the weekend. Still hammering away at that newsletter but I'm sure the finished project will be laughed about for years to come.

Thursday we went to my oldest daughter's holiday chorus program. It was very well done and she seemed to truly enjoy herself.

Saturday we put up the tree. I went with the fake one this year for fear of what the dog may do to a real tree. This is his first Christmas with us and I think we ought to break him in gradually. So far he has only eaten a few minuscule items. The tree is still intact.

totally staged photo of little G pretending to hang an ornament. (Notice my husband in the background playing a game on his phone.)

Oldest trying to act like she knows where the Christmas Pickle is.

Middle G hanging all of her "baby" ornaments. She loves any ornament with a picture of her on it from when she was a baby.
I also spent my Kohl's cash and attempted to take a holiday photo of my kids. I thought about posting that picture on here, but that would ruin the surprise. As always, it was an adventure.
What did you accomplish this weekend?

Friday, December 4, 2009

Friday High Five-holiday preperation addition

It's time for Friday High Five where you can gather your thoughts into five random things and post.

It's easy.

You can do it.

Today I'm trying to wrap my head around all of the stuff I need to accomplish in the next 20 days! That's right. Christmas is right around the corner and what have you done?

I have minimal shopping completed and not a thing wrapped. Here's what I would like to check off my list for the weekend.

  1. Decorate. We have outside lights up but that's it. No tree. No decorations. Nothing. The outside of my house looks festive, the inside of my house looks like February.
  2. Write my newsletter. Mock me if you must, but I write a family newsletter. Yep. I'm that person. The one who sends you the cheeky letter every year. Except mine is in the form of a newspaper page and it tells it like it is instead of pretends how rosey things are. This year it will include a Cafeteria Corner section and a tribute to the grandparents I lost this year.
  3. Use my Kohl's cash. I have $80 in Kohl's cash that expires on Monday. Hello. We can't let that happen.
  4. Finish up Teacher presents: Every year I make Thank You cards for the teachers at Christmas. I figure it works to ways. It says thanks for putting up with my kid on a regular basis and it allows them to thank everyone else for their stupid gifts.
  5. Holiday Names: Every year we participate in a Christmas Cheer program that provides gifts for some needy kids in our school district. I always buy for three kids and try to involve my three. Those gifts need to be turned into my school district by the 14th and I'd really like to finish them up.

Let's not even talk about wrapping....

What do you have planned this weekend?

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Five things I learned in the cafeteria

It's time once again to enlighten all of you with random cafeteria knowledge.

I know you are eager with anticipation. That being said here are the top five things I learned in the cafeteria this week:

  1. Ketchup travels quite far: My co-worker, D, decided to "test" a ketchup pump unaware that it was still filled with ketchup. It landed on my back, on my hat and in my ear! She was more than five feet away from me. It was hilarious!
  2. Tuna fish is actually available in gallon size cans.
  3. Lots of hand washing, dish washing and food prep mixed with Pennsylvania's lovely winter weather equals painfully dry hands.
  4. Cinnamon buns qualify as a healthy breakfast under federal guidelines. This obviously means that the Poptart I have every morning for breakfast is good for me as long as I have it with milk.
  5. Polish Heritage day involves a corn dog and pierogis. A whole wheat corn dog, mind ya. Apparently, corn dogs aren't as good for you as cinnamon buns. Who knew??

What did you learn this week?

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

It's ALIVE!!

I'm happy (so happy) to report that my refrigerator is now "breathing" again. Let's all stand and do the happy dance! It's cost $133 to fix and replace the fan, but that is A LOT better than picking up a new one a few weeks before Christmas!

YIKES! Breathing a sigh of relief. Now I need to take the van in for a recall and take oldest to the eye doctor on Thursday.

It comes in threes, right? After all of this, we should have smooth sailing through the holidays!

Keeping my fingers crossed!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Weekend Update: Thanksgiving, shopping, appliance repair and more

We had a great Thanksgiving. My father and step-mother came out to eat with us. My hubby cook up quite the feast. Of course, our middle daughter didn't eat a thing, save maybe the potatoes.

Friday I went out shopping at 4 a.m. My friend Becky and I tried to get into Target but that was a laughable joke. So we went to Kohl's. We got some pretty good bargains and I ended up with $80 worth of Kohl's cash.

We hit Target after the crowd died down a little but the bargain we were looking for was, of course, gone. Plus the line to check out was 2 1/2 hours long. We didn't buy anything there.

After Target, we went to Michael's and then we went to eat some breakfast and stopped at Walmart. We were home at 9:30...exhausted. Saturday my bargains didn't look too great after my refrigerator stopped working.
We currently have food jammed into our freezer downstairs, our shelf less garage refrigerator and in coolers throughout the garage. Maytag offered to come look at in on THURSDAY between 8-5...are they joking???? That's worse than the cable company.
I found an independent appliance repair place and they are hopefully coming by this afternoon. Keep your fingers crossed that it's just a minor repair.
I don't want a new fridge for Christmas!

Today is the first day of deer rifle season here in Pennsylvania. For those of you from non-hunting crazy states and/or countries that basically means it's a National Holiday.

We don't have school. Quite frankly, I really wish we did.

My kids have been off since mid-day Wednesday and they are OUT-OF-CONTROL.

I'm looking forward to getting back into our routine tomorrow.

We made cookies today. They turned out yummy. It was the recipe on the back of the butterscotch morsels bag. I could eat the entire tray, but I'm trying to cut back.

We also picked up the trash that the dog decorated the yard with. Stupid Dog.

Little G took some time out to play with some slime. I can't say for sure why he's so fascinated with this stuff. It must be the gross factor.

How did you spend your Thanksgiving holiday???
Thursday, November 26, 2009

So very thankful, so very blessed

My oldest daughter is almost 11 and full of tween spunk. She disagrees just to disagree. She talks back, she thinks most of my suggestions are stupid. On the other hand, she still likes to sit on my lap even though she is almost the same size as me. She brushes my hair.....a lot. She looks exactly like me. She talks exactly like me. She wants to be an astronaut when she grows up.

Yesterday, she made a bad decision.

Yesterday, just like every weekday, I dropped her at the bus stop. It was raining. I told her to get into our neighbors van who was also waiting at the bus stop.

I told her I loved her.

I drove away, headed to the elementary school to make lunch. Other two kids safe and secure in the van.

Five minutes later, her bus pulled up. She put on her hood and jumped out of the van.

IN FRONT OF A SUBURBAN! Thankfully, he wasn't on the phone. Thankfully, he wasn't distracted. Thankfully, he slammed onto his breaks and stopped.

She never even noticed.

But one second later, she would have been hit.

One second later, our Thanksgiving would have been quite different.

One second later and I would have received that phone call that brought me to my knees.

Today, I feel very thankful.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Turkey Day to you all....

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Post It Note Tuesday - Gobble, Gobble, Gobble

It's Post It Note Tuesday and you know you want to play along. Click on the button above and jump on in.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Weekend Update: On the mend and things I am thankful for

I'm not at work today. Don't worry it's alright, after all it's hamburger helper day. (insert gag) Middle G is on the mend. She has been fever free for 24 hours but she is still coughing like a seasoned smoker. It keeps her (and I) up at night so I thought she could use another day of rest.

Her response "I'm sooooooo bored."

Can you imagine if our children ever really were bored. They're brains would melt.

Anyway, I thought I would share this pathetic photo with you. At the pediatrician's there are giant signs that if your child has a cough and/or a fever they must wear a mask, a.k.a. swine flu. There are no books, not toys and easy to wipe down chairs in the waiting room.

Middle G had to wear the mask.

Of course, it was pneumonia and not swine flu, but she was excited that she got to bring the little germ carrier home with her.
Saturday she started to complain of chest pains so I had the doctor paged. I'm like that. He wanted to listen to her again so we were back over at the office Saturday afternoon. He sent us to the hospital for a chest x-ray but the x-ray didn't look too bad. He felt confident that we would be feeling better by Monday and he's supposed to call me today to check on her.
I'm thinking she most likely won't need anymore meds as her fever has finally subsided and she is active again.
That being said and with Thanksgiving around the corner I thought I would list some things I am thankful for.
  • family: Both immediate and extended. There really is no one quite like you (and I mean that in the most friendliest of ways). Family sees you at your happiest, they see you at your saddest. They offer a hand, they tell you when you've crossed a line. It doesn't get much better than that.
  • Friends: I still think that a gaggle of close women is better than any therapist. People you look forward to seeing. People you can't wait to talk to, whether the news is good or bad. People who know when you need to get drunk, or shop, or just hang.
  • bathtubs filled with bubbles: This one is self-explanatory. For me, a long hot steamy bubble bath is just about as good a sex.
  • My craft room: It's just four walls, covered in polka-dots with just about every craft gadget you can think of. It's a little piece of heaven on earth.
  • Peanut butter cups: If I don't stop eating the ones the kids got from trick-or-treating, my ass will soon be showing up on the local radar. There's a disturbance in the northern part of the appears to be Wendy's ass. Onlookers are advised to seek cover. Film at 11 p.m.
  • health: Last but, certainly not least, is our health. This time of year I think it is important to remind ourselves that we are one phone call away from falling to our knees. When the kids get on your nerves, or your mother calls at bedtime, or your husband forgets to pick up the milk, try to put things into perspective. Someone is celebrating Thanksgiving without their kid/mother/husband. Someone is grieving a loss, some are big, some are small.

Let's all be thankful more than one day in 2010.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Things I learned this week in the cafeteria

It's time once again to tell you what I learned this week in the cafeteria. This week has been quite stressful for multiple reasons.

  • Serving Thanksgiving dinner to elementary age children encourages waste. I think only two kids out of 200 ate the stuffing.
  • Half days are twice the headache.
  • When the head cook takes a personally day prepare for hell.
  • Computers seldom do what you expect them to do.
  • People will try to get away with anything if they think they can. For example, when the head cook was off the substitute making breakfast tried to take 100 chocolate milk with her to her building leaving me with about 50. We use more than that at breakfast. WTF?

Needless to say, I am happy this week is over. My middle daughter has been fighting a fever on and off all week. Traveling for my gram's funeral didn't help the situation and now she has pneumonia.

I think our weekend plans will include a lot of rest.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Writer's Workshop - my dog is part goat

I would first like to say thank you to everyone who expressed their condolences at the loss of my grandmother earlier this week. I returned to my home town for her viewing and funeral. She was a wonderful woman who is, without a doubt, walking hand in hand with my grandfather down streets of gold.

It's time once again for Mama Kat's Writer's Workshop. Are you participating?

Today I decided to write about the most destructive thing my pet has ever done.

Meet Copper. He's cute, he's cuddly and he has everyone fooled.
Leave him alone for a minute and he is bound to eat it.
Eat what?
Anything and everything that isn't food.
Last March we had a terrible hail storm. It severely damaged our roof and our siding. This summer we had the roof and siding replaced. Since there were random men throwing random items from my roof I thought it was best not to let the dog out back.
I called my dear neighbor and asked if I could put Copper in her fenced in backyard for about an hour while I ran to the store.
He hadn't been out all day and it was beautiful. He loves to sun bath and I thought he would spend most of his time smelling his way around the fence and marking his spot over top of her dog's spot.
She was on vacation. She said 'no problem.'
I went to the store. I came back and in the 47 minutes we were gone he ate her 3 year olds swimming pool.
A pool. Filled with water. He. ate. the. freaking. pool.
Seriously? Who does that?
Granted it was one of those blow up little kiddo pools but still a pool?
Ever since then when anyone asks me what kind of dog he is I say "part beagle and part goat".

Monday, November 16, 2009

Weekend Update - a tribute to my gram

This weekend, like all weekends, flew by. We lost our soccer game and my craft show wasn't very fruitful.

I learned late Saturday night that my grandma wasn't doing well and sadly she died this morning.

I am very lucky to have known her for 37 years and I have many fond memories of times we shared together.

My grandma was a pint-sized powerhouse. She barely stood five foot. She had six kids, one of them my father. She lived as a widow for 8 years, until recently at her home caring for herself.

Last year we had a surprise birthday party for my dad. This is me, my gram and my sister. She was so tickled to be there (as you can tell).

Throughout my childhood we spent many a camping trip with both my grandma and my pappy. She was a fierce card player and didn't like to lose. We played dominoes and uno.

She loved having the family around for holidays and was able to visit me in Ohio numerous times.

I saw her grieve for my grandfather, mourn the loss of a grandchild, as well as a great-grandchild.

The last time I saw her I held her hand at the nursing home across the street from my in-laws house.

My 10 year old daughter was with me and she let grandma repeat her story about lunch over and over again without correction.

We shared cookies together.

I hope my daughter remembers this because I know I will never forget it.

Rest in peace, Gram. Give Pappy a hug from me.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Friday High Five - five reasons I'm addicted to Glee

Are you watching Glee? Are you as obsessed with this show as I am? I know it is cheesy and the actors hardly look like high school students, but I can't get enough of Glee.

Here's why:

~ Finn is so cute.

~Glee club director, Will, is even cuter.

~The music is awesome.

~Jane Lynch is the funniest, most under-rated actress currently working in Hollywood. I loved her on 2 1/2 men and in the movie 40 year old virgin. She is hilarious as the cheer leading coach on Glee.

~Very seldom does someone die. I'm so tired of dramas/comedies that feel the need to randomly kill off people. What ever happened to happy endings????


Thursday, November 12, 2009

Writer's Workshop: something I made

Time for Mama's Kat writer's workshop. Are you playing along?
Today I decided to show you something I did myself. Still getting ready for this weekend's craft show!

Why does blogger turn my pictures? Goodness that is annoying.

Try to get past these twisted pictures and look at the cards. This Santa and reindeer are $1.00 stamps from Michael's. The inside says Merry Christmas (original I know) and Happy Holidays.

I really like how this wreath turned out. I painted it red and wrapped it in green ribbon. Then I cut the Santa/sleigh and reindeer from the cricut cartridge Christmas Cheer. The letters are from the cartridge alphalicious (I think).

I had quite a few comments about the paper wreath and many of you wanted to know how to make them. You need quite a bit of coordinating paper so I would suggest a large Christmas pack from your local craft store. Cut the 12x12 paper in half and then cut the 12x6 paper into one inch strips. Staple each strip so that it forms a loop. Then you need to get hot gluing. The key to making it look nice is to make sure you stagger the loops. Don't line them up or it looks really weird. Trust me on this.
If you make one let me know, I'd love to see it.

Here is my Let it snow wreath. I thought about putting some snowmen on this one, but they seemed to clutter it up a bit. I went with glittery snowflakes instead.

This is another $1.00 stamp from Michael's and I have to tell you that I love this little elf. I wanted to think of something clever for the inside and this is what I came up with. Maybe I should work for Hallmark...LOL
Have your elf a merry little Christmas
and a Happy New Ear!
What have you made lately?
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