Monday, October 20, 2014

I'm done--NEXT and MMMM

OK, so I took a bit of a blog break there.  Not intended, but we had a heck of a weekend.  Well, actually the weekend started far earlier than we intended it to.  Let's start at the beginning...
Thursday morning, at about 4am,  I got up to hit the bathroom (thank you kiddos for the can't last all night bladder) and coming out of the bathroom I stepped in something wet.  Now we have dogs and a cat so stepping on something wet on the floor is never a good thing.  I got some paper towels and attempted to mop up the wet, but there was lots more than there should have been for an animal produced accident.  So I went to check the utility rooms and found it was flooded.  I then got Nick up and he came to check what was up. At first we thought the pump for the furnace was broken.  It was but that was not the cause of the copious amounts of water on the floor. Turns out the water heater had failed. Wonderful. We replaced the water heater four years ago.
So we mopped up what water we could and then let work know that we would be taking an unexpected day so we could replace the stupid thing.  Off to Cheyenne we went, but this time we decided to get an on demand water heater.  No more tank to fail. This necessitated an complete change of plumbing and gas lines, but hey, now the tank is not in our bedroom any more.  That will make the gas company happy.
SO we are working like mad to get the water heater installed so we can take a shower, Nick has just about got the water lines done and he gets a call from his mother.  Well, let's back up a bit. Nick's mom first called mid afternoon and said Nick's dad had chest pains and they were headed to the emergency room.  She called back about 6:15 and said that They were going to move Nick's Dad to Denver so he could be under the care of a cardiologist.  Then the plans changed to Cheyenne as no beds were available in Denver.  Nick then took his mom over the Cheyenne so she could be with Nick's dad.
All of this and it's still only Thursday.  Friday morning we slept in and Then got back to the installation work.  We had a bit of a snafu with the water as the cold water valve had some sort of aerator/plug in it and water was not flowing though the water heater, but once we got that figured out and the venting worked out, Nick was able to take a shower before going to get his Mom and dad after his dad was discharged.  Turns out he had a minor heart attack. But he's home now and doing fine.
Saturday Nick finished up the final venting stuff for the water heater and the furnace and now they both vent up the chimney. This is awesome because the furnace used to vent into the back yard and in the winter created an impressive glacier. Now, no more glacier.
We didn't do much for the rest of the weekend.  Well, I did take the boys to the university homecoming parade.  and I did grocery shopping and what not, but we were really all about doing nothing exciting.  Sunday was deemed pajama day by the boys.  We had Nick's parents over for grill roasted chicken.  But otherwise it was low key.  We had had our excitement. Enough so that today was looking pretty good, even if it is a Monday.
And now for MMMM.  This week is a freebie week so let's see what I can come up with.
Darryl Worley Sounds Like Life to Me:
Rodney Atkins If You're Going Through Hell:
And where we really would have rather spent our weekend: Rodney Atkins Take a Back Road:
Go see the other freebie music this week!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Wednesday Hodgepodge--Time's Ticking

Questions?  Yes, Questions:

1. What's your favorite time of day? Why? I like the quiet time I get before the rest of the guys get up.  Or I get them up. It's my alone time, time to recharge and get my introverted self ready to face the day.  I also like the time after the boys go to bed.  That's my time with Nick and also time to decompress and read a bit at the end of the day.

2. Waffle iron, toaster, coffee maker, mixer, blender...which small appliance would you say most needs replacing in your house? Perhaps my hand mixer.  Not that I use it much, but I think it's like 16 years old as I'm pretty sure I got it for a wedding/shower gift.

3. It's National Grouch Day (October 15)...what's something that makes you feel grouchy? Unpleasant surprises.  Like Turbo forgetting to get his picture day money in until the day after pictures were taken and now we don't have pictures, but the picture people cashed the check. Now I ahve to figure out where the money went and if we have a credit floating out there somewhere.

4. Ever been to Canada? Is that a country you'd like to visit? According to Trip Advisor, the top ten best destinations in Canada are-Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City, Victoria, Calgary, Niagara on the Lake, Niagara Falls, Whistler, and Halifax. Which city would you most like to see? I was at Niagara Falls when I was 12.  The Canadian side was bright and active and cool at night.  It was fun. I would love to do a train ride through the Canadian Rockies. So which ever city is a starting trip for a train ride would be my choice.  I do have to get a passport one of these days though...

5. What was your favorite food (or one of your favorites) when you were a child? Is that still a favorite? Steak.  Yeah, I have expensive tastes.  I have loved a good steak since I was about 7 or 8. And it's still a favorite.

6. Do you cry easily? Depends on the time of month and the reason.  I have been much more a crier since having kids.

7. Have you started your (gasp!) Christmas shopping? If so when, and how much? If not, when will you even begin thinking about it? I have a little bit done, but not much.  I have been thinking about it, but will most likely do most of it in November and December.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.  Parent/teacher conferences tonight for Turbo.  I have to say I'm a bit nervous about them.  He's a good kid, but these conferences always stress me out a bit. And this year we have 10 minutes per teacher and four teachers to see. Ugh.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Ready, Set, Random!

So, yesterday felt like a Tuesday all day.  Not bad until I got up this morning and got to do Tuesday all over again. But it's Tuesday and we get to ranodom, so here we go:
  • Both boys had started to get into Blossom.  the old TV show with Mayim Bialik from the early 90s.  It was showing on the HUB network.  And we watched for like maybe a week or so and were really enjoying it.  And last night the HUB network became Discovery Family and is no longer showing Blossom. Neither boy is happy with the change. Can't say I'm thrilled either, Blossom was fun to watch.
  • And we have Turbo's parent/teacher conferences tomorrow night.  Not exactly looking forward to them. They shouldn't be too bad, but I still don't like them.
  • This:
  • I have started walking.  I go with a friend on Monday afternoons and try to go in the mornings around the campus.  Once the weather turns on us, we will have to start going to the rec center and walking there. I'm trying to find the mix of exercise that I can do and that fits the schedule.  Not so easy.
  • Hard to believe that October is half over.  Halloween is creeping up on us. Brusier is set on being a vampire/Dracula for Halloween.  Now I just need to find him a white button down shirt and black pants.  Harder than you think.  Maybe we can get away with really dark jeans...
  • Waiting for this time today:
  • And really like this for the old bucket list:
So what's your random for today?
Go see Stacy and random it up!


Monday, October 13, 2014

Relax! And MMMM

We had a pretty easy going weekend.  There was some grandparent time, tons of cleaning, time with friends and some relaxing that went on.  Over all it was great.
Saturday dawned with Nick going hunting.  He wasn't successful, but the season isn't over yet.  There's still time and perhaps the weather will cooperate and get the animals moving.
I dropped the boys off with Papa and Nana and headed to get the dreaded grocery shopping done.  Then home to tackle the laundry, clean like a mad fool and get dinner in the crock pot.  We had friends over for dinner and an adult beverage or two. It was really nice to kick back with good friends and let the conversation flow.
Sunday I finished laundry and took Bruiser to a play date. He had a blast and since the weather didn't let them go outside they played inside and there were no major blow ups or melt downs.  Over all it was a win all around.
When I got home I conquered a bout of the blahs and actually made up dinner.  It was a sort of creamy cajun shrimp and sausage pasta.  Nick and Turbo loved it. Bruiser had a ham sandwich. I keep hoping Bruiser will get more adventurous in his eating, but it hasn't happened yet.
We then spent the evening watching Halloween movies--first Haunted Mansion from Disney and then Hocus Pocus, also from Disney.  It was nice to do family movies, even if Bruiser protested mightily over Haunted Mansion.

And now on to MMMM.  Nick likes to watch the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.  He records it because we could never stay up to watch it.  Yesterday he caught up on some episodes and one of them had Gwen Stephani and Blake Shelton doing a lip sync contest with Jimmy.  Blake's first song was Puttin on the Ritz by Taco.  It became a total ear worm for me so here you go:
And since we saw it last night, here is Bette Midler with I Put a Spell on You:
And here's the Doors with People are strange, which has a Halloween vibe to it:
Enjoy.  Tis the season of all things spooky right?

Friday, October 10, 2014

Friday 5 and A Confession or 6...

So it's Friday!  Can I hear a TGIF! Yes, this week is finally over!  And that's a lot of exclamation points, isn't it? On to the thoughts.

5 thoughts:
  1. We had a really good parent/teacher conference for Bruiser last night.  Evidently he is a bright, friendly, fun kid to have in class and his teacher loves him. Great big relief right there. Bruiser is rocking school! Now we have only one more set of parent/teacher conferences to get through.  I say set because we have four teachers to talk to for Turbo this year.
  2. Nick is back and that is so nice.  Someone else to help with the kids. Not that it was bad having him gone, but I so much prefer having him here.
  3. Did anyone see the eclipse we had Wednesday morning?  I didn't get up for it specifically, but I did get up to hit the bathroom and looked out the window at it.  It was beautiful!
  4. Not a whole lot planned for this weekend, but I might get a bit of time alone.  The boys are going to their grandparents for a couple hours tomorrow morning.  I can grocery shop in peace and tackle some house cleaning.  Sounds fun, hmmm??
  5. So happy to have a better handle on the freezers.  I have a really good idea of what is in them and where. Things I use daily--like veggies--are in the fridge freezer and the things we don't access as often are in the other freezers.  I will be so happy to consolidate to one freezer. We have an upright in the basement and a chest in the garage.  I want to go to one bigger upright in the basement.  We will get there eventually.
5 Pictures:
Looking across Lake Owen at the Snowy Range Peaks.

A better picture of the peaks and some cool clouds.

The dogs having fun.

Some of the mountain colors.

Pumpkin carving!

And now a confession or six:
  • I have laundry to do this weekend.
  • Since the laundry fairy took one look and flat refused to do it.
  • The cleaning gnomes got scared by the dust rhinos and so I have that to do to.
  • Scaredy cats.
  • I'm sort of sick of pumpkin everything.
  • But I'm good with the leaves changing and cooler weather.
  • Not so cool with the multi-legged wildlife the seems to be trying to live under our roof too.
  • Not a fan of spiders and millipedes.
  • Full body shiver.
  • Stupid voyeurs.
  • I always find them in the tub--just when I plan on getting in there.
  • I don't need to give the wildlife a peep show!
  • Wine or good dark beer this weekend, most definitely!
So do you have a confession or two?  Or six?  Link it up with Aubrey.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Spin Cycle--Happy Place

After my post yesterday, finding a happy place would probably be a good idea.  The thing is, depending on what I need a break form my happy place changes.
When I want to read a good book, any comfortable location will do, but I do love the chair in the living room. It's perfect for curling up in with a blanket, has a place to set a drink and good light.

I can get quite comfortable and then get lost in any number of happy places via a good book.  And that is probably my favorite happy place to go.  Inside a book, I can go any where and escape the mundane world for a far more exciting place--romance, action, fantasy, whatever catches my interest when I decide to read.  I'm looking forward to some time this winter with my books.
The other happy place I go is the mountains.  When ever the stress gets to be too much, a drive down some dirt road really helps to make me feel better.  ANd we ahve such fantastic scenery to explore here:

Yeah, I'd say the mountains are one of my happy places. A place where the stress just fades away.
Do you have a happy place?  Spin it up and link up with Ginny!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Moving Past the Blahs

The last couple of months have been not so easy for me.  I am stuck in the blahs.  We do fun things, and I'm getting out, but still, I just feel down. It's an effort to keep a happy face and not get crabby and snappy with the boys.  I'm not sure what I need to do to snap out of it, but I need to figure out something.
I've had small reprieves from the down in the dumps, blah feeling.  Getting out with the girls, going to the mountains, but the blahs always creep back in.  It might be the time of year, even though I love fall.  Or it could just be me. I just can't summon enthusiasm for much these days.
I wouldn't call it depression so much.  I don't feel terrible, but I know I'm just not really happy either. I'm feeling blue.  And there isn't a switch I can flip to make me happy again. I really wish there was.
I really don't know where this has come from, it's not like I have a ton of stress.  Things have actually gotten better in the stress department lately.  The routine has gotten back on track and I feel much better for that.
Maybe it's the urge to hibernate that I feel at this time of year.  Or maybe it's something else entirely.  I just can't seem to be happy. I really want to improve my mood, but I'm finding that it's not so easy.
I need to be more positive so my mood doesn't rub off on the rest of the family.  Because in our house, moods transfer faster than cold germs do.
So, I am going to try to work on my mood.  See if I can't kick myself out of the blues I've been mired in for the last few months. 
  • Exercise is supposed to help.  I really need to commit to exercise in one form or another three times a week.  
  • I need to read for pleasure.  I've sort of let this slide.  I know reading for pleasure, for me, is a great way to improve my mood. I just need to do it.
  • Do more active things around the house.  Cleaning, but also organizing, and start working on getting the attic in shape to move Turbo up there by this spring. This has a couple benefits, one I will ultimately end up with a room to scrap book in again, and Bruiser will get a room with a window in it.
  • Go swimming, walking, or just plain outside stuff with the boys while we can.  The weather is not going to hold out for much longer.  Snow is coming. We are looking forward to cross country skiing this year.  Bruiser is old enough to start learning. So we all get to go.
  • Remind myself that there is lots of good in my life.  Things to smile over and feel good about.  Maybe this will help lift the cloud of gloom that seems to be sitting over my head.
Got any other ideas?  I'm open to suggestions.  I really want to feel bright and happy again. To shake off the blues that have their hooks in me. hopefully acknowledging the blues will help me work on shaking them off.

I'm joining up with Shell for her Pour Your Heart Out.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Randomish Tuesday

And now we have Tuesday. No more Monday until next week. I like that. And without futher ado, on to the random:
  • I'm feeling better. My sinuses have just about rendered a truce in the war they were having in my head. For this, I am oh, so thankful.
  • My mom came over and helped defrost the freezer last night. We got it done in about 45 minutes. We use a combination of a hair dryer blowing hot air on the ice/frost build up and trays of hot water set on shelves.  Makes a drippy, watery mess, but we contain it fairly well and it amazing the space that the freezer has when not covered in frost.
  • Speaking of my mother, as much as I love her she is still the master of guilt trips.
  • I feel this way all the time:
  • We have definitely been like this:

  •  And really, times haven't changed all that much:
  • Although, these days, people look at phones...
  • So tonight, I get to organize the freezer, remove the summer nail polish from my toes (they are locked away in socks and shoes for the winter so no polish), make dinner and keep the boys entertained.  On my own, as Nick is on a trip for work. I'll be thrilled of I get it all done.  I really should vacuum too.  Maybe Turbo will learn vacuuming tonight...
  • All I really want to do is curl up and read.  To bad the rest of the world won't manage itself while I do.
And that covers my random,  so go see Stacy and random it up!


Monday, October 6, 2014

Busy, Busy and MMMM

It's been a very busy time at the Jones house.  This last weekend passed in a flash. 
Saturday we went for a drive in our beloved mountains.  We actually saw deer and antelope, but nothing Nick could shoot.  We collected the four wheeler and had a very nice time, even though it was chilly and windy.

Saturday night I started feeling not so good, but I didn't let it stop me and I still got out of town with a friend for a quick trip to the thrift stores. Did not spend much but it was nice to get away.
Sunday afternoon, Bruiser had a pumpkin carving party to go to.  He had a ball and we got to meet some new people who, hopefully, can become friends.
By Sunday evening, I was done.  My sinuses hate me right now, but I'm powering through.  I have too much to do to be sick right now.  Tonight my mom is coming to help defrost the freezer, then I get to reorganize the freezer foods. We are hoping to consolidate to one freezer and the fridge freezer.  So organizing the freezers is key.

And on that knot, let's move on to theme songs that stick in your head, this week's theme for MMMM.
The first one that come to my mind is the Scooby Doo theme--the original 1969 theme:

In keeping with the time of year, The Addams Family theme song:

And because it is one of our favorites right now: the Big Bang Theory theme, composed and sung by the BareNaked Ladies:
Go link up your favorite theme songs!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Friday Five!

Friday, Oh Friday!  So happy to see you this week.  It's been such a long time to get to Friday. Now you are here and all I have to do is make it to going home time.

Now for 5 thoughts:
  1. I think I need to do a bit of decorating.  It is October. Halloween and all that, So cleaning and digging out some of the decorations is in order. The boys will love it.
  2. So looking forward to going for a drive in the mountains. We will be doing lunch up there and maybe, just maybe we will find an elk for Nick.  Not wildly likely, but it could happen.
  3. Turbo wants to start making video game videos for You Tube. Last night he and Bruiser played with the video camera and had some fun just filming themselves being silly. It was nice while they got along.
  4. I was hoping for a trip out of town on Sunday with a friend, but not sure if the timing is good.  Bruiser got an invite to another party and the invite did not list time, so we have to figure that out. If I can work it out, I'll still get to go, but it doesn't look good right now.
  5. Because it's October, we will be watching our way through some Halloween classics.  Young Frankenstein, Haunted House, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Hocus Pocus, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, various other animated movies and some Addams Family movies and TV shows. Just enough creepy to make things fun for Halloween.
5 Pictures:
The epic sleep over we had last week totally took over the living room.

Thullee was right in the middle of things, as usual.

Looking forward to seeing the colors in the mountains this weekend.

Love these two.

Love my darling hubby!
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