- What is the worst job you have ever had? The worst job I ever had was cold calling to try to sell insurance. I failed miserably.
- Have you ever been fired? Why yes, yes I was. I got fired by the furniture store I worked at shortly after Nick and I got married. I was awful at selling furniture. I was so not pushy enough.
- What would your dream job be? I had my dream job. I worked from home as a consulting geologist. I got fired from that job too, well maybe more laid off as the company downsized when the recession hit. To top things off the day I got the news I was being officially laid off, I went into labor with Bruiser. Doesn't sound all that fun does it? The job I have now comes as close as I could probably come to having a dream job. My hours are flexible, I get benefits, and I like what I do. All good things.
- What did you want to be when you "grew up"? I really would have loved to work in a library or museum.
- How old were you when you got your first job? The first job I got paid for that I had to pay taxes for was life guarding at the outdoor pool when I was 16.
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
- I'm not sure where the boys have gotten it but they both have had come backs for us that have bordered on smart mouthed. They are both still young enough for it to be kind of funny, but I am in serious trouble when they get older. Bruiser has told both Nick and I to 'Just deal with it'. Turbo told me the other day 'that is just the way it is'. The teen years are going to be interesting.
- The neighbors that we were having troubles with are moving. They are planning on renting out their old house. Oh goody! Renters. I think this will be good for Turbo. Those girls are starting with the exclusion and teasing that you see in middle school already. It's not just innocent little kid stuff either. It really makes me mad because we can't really say anything to their parents. Nothing would come of it because "Our preshuous angels wouldn't do that!" At least Turbo has a good friend that lives only a few blocks away.
- The last few mornings I have been waking up at about 3-3:30am. And not really going back to sleep, just sort of dozing until 5:45am when I usually get up. I hate insomnia.
- Turbo gets to go to the dentist today. And we get to get can lights for the basement laundry room. Since both of these things must happen outside of town they get lumped together.
- I really got my bake on this weekend. I made cinnamon rolls (they weren't that good, will have to try another recipe), Papa's Brownies (that work perfectly at our altitude), and I made buttery rolls for Thanksgiving. It was nice to get back in the kitchen and create yummy stuff.
- This next weekend Christmas will hit our house. We are going Christmas Tree hunting in the mountains. We plan on bundling up the boys and taking the skis and sleds and going to find the best, least Charlie Brownish tree we can. The last two years we cheated and used a fake pre-lit tree. i missed the twinkling multicolored lights and the smell of a real tree. But with a baby and a barely toddling little one a fake tree was way easier. This year we are doing the real thing.
Monday, November 28, 2011
It's kind of unpleasant to head back to work today. Just being home with the boys has been wonderful. I feel kind of like we are in a sort of limbo--we haven't decorated for Christmas yet, so it's like it is out there looming, but hasn't crashed on us.
We did enjoy Thanksgiving. We decided Wednesday night that we needed to brine the bird because we were going to grill it the next morning. I know most sources say to brine for 24 hours, but we got almost 12 hours for this bird. Then we set up the bird and got the grill going and Nick watched the temp and how the bird was cooking like a nervous father. We threw a foil packet of soaked hickory chips on the grill for more flavor and that worked out great. The turkey we brought in to eat was a lovely golden brown and was flavored with the perfect amount of smoked hickory flavor. The bird still tastes delicious. The best turkey I've ever had.
As for the rest of Thanksgiving, well, I was very ready for everyone to go home. I love my family and Nick's, but they can drive me straight up the wall without even trying. My tongue was a bit raw from all the biting I had to do and my jaw was sore from gritting it and smiling. Sigh, family, the reason you move out, right?
nick and I did a small amount of Black Friday shopping. We did invest in a BlueRay player. We are slowly moving into the current century.
For the rest of the weekend we really didn't do much. Nick listened to our college team get sort of stomped on, I baked on Saturday. Bruiser didn't nap until late, through no lack of trying on my part. We watched a movie as a family Saturday night. On the new BlueRay player--not a blueray but a normal disc to see what it looked like.
We went for a drive on Sunday to check out the snow at our favorite, close by, cross country skiing area, there isn't quite enough snow to make for good skiing. we then came home and were complete bums for the rest of the day. It was nice.
Now back to the grind. And I'm looking forward to Christmas, when we get a long break form work. The university where Nick and I work shuts down for the week between Christmas and New Year's. Turbo gets the same time off from school so we all get a break together. Kind of really looking forward to that one.
So how was your Thanksgiving, or weekend?
Friday, November 25, 2011
I also confess:
- I had my doubts about grilling our turkey.
- But it came out fabulous.
- I really needed a drink by the time we sat don to eat yesterday.
- I love my family but my mom can drive me up the wall.
- Love Nick's parents, but again the biting of the tongue gets old.
- I was told to deal with it by Bruiser.
- he wanted me to hold a toy monster truck and I didn't really want to do it.
- He told me to just deal with it.
- He's two.
- I'm doomed.
- I need a nap.
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
- What is your favorite food item at Thanksgiving dinner? I like the turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy. I like the stuffing I make. Really I like the way these things go together.
- What is your least favorite? The cranberry sauce. I just don't get why it's part of the meal, other than it's only served then.
- Do you have a favorite pie? Pumpkin.
- Do you have any Thanksgiving traditions? I make ham and swiss crescent rolls and we watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in the morning.
- Black Friday shopping? Do you participate in the delightful running through the stores in the wee hours of the morning madness or hibernate at home and shop online? I participate every other year. My friend (who's also family in a sort of distant way) goes every other year to spend thanksgiving with family out of town. When she is in town we go together to the bigger town about an hour away and shop, but not at the ridiculously early hours. Leaving town at 5am is about our limit. This year she is out of town, but Nick and I might go hit Kmart or Walmart Friday morning to try and score a Blueray player. Or a toy or two for the boys. But only if we can find someone to watch the boys.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
- Migraines suck!
- Being a mom with a migraine sucks worse.
- Turbo about has the theme for The Big Bang Theory memorized. I think it is his most favorite part of the show.
- Is anyone doing the ridiculous black Friday shopping? Like the midnight stuff? We might go to Kmart, but Kmart's hours are sort of normal. Only 5am to 11am. How completely mundane. I'm so not getting up at midnight to go to Walmart. I haven't seen a good sale there that makes it worth it.
- The transition to a big boy bed has gone without a hitch for Bruiser. Now to think about potty training. Which he has expressed absolutely no interest in. This is going to be interesting. Think of all the fun I'm going to have.
- Still not sure what we are going to get Bruiser for Christmas. We might be able to get away with some Matchbox Cars and some Cars toys. Maybe a monster truck or two. He won't really know the difference. But I think I will feel just a bit guilty. What do you do for an almost three year old? And we have to think about the fact that his birthday is a month after Christmas. So, any suggestions would be welcome.
- Turbo is easy. A model or two form Hobby Lobby, a couple of Lego kits, a video game or two and he's set.
- Now for a few tips:
- Don't eat yellow snow.
- Don't play leap frog with a unicorn.
- And remember, it wasn't the apple in the tree but the pair on the ground that caused the trouble in the garden of Eden.
- I got to go shopping last weekend, despite the efforts of the weather to keep me home.
- I'm exercising and maybe starting to see some differences.
- Melatonin. It helps me sleep.
- Nick is happy to be running again. This makes me happy because he's so pleased.
- I have only one more day to work this week, then time at home with my boys.
- Thanksgiving and all the trimmings.
- A family weekend will make me happy
- Clean dishes, clean laundry, clean kitchen. Happy!
- Cooking for Thanksgiving makes me happy.
- Cooking with Turbo, we are trying this one and I hoping it will be a good time.
Monday, November 21, 2011
- My family--they top the list. Turbo and Bruiser exasperate me and thrill me daily. They can have me laughing and turn around and make me think seriously about selling them to the first bidder--toys included. But I love them dearly. Nick is my rock, my supporter, my biggest cheerleader. He gives me love, understands me and takes good care of me. I love him and have for the last 18+ years.
|Love this man!|
|Love this little guy!|
|Love this goofy kid!|
- My home--it's not much but it's ours (and the bank's). Nick talks about getting something bigger, but I really like our location and our small mortgage.
- My job--I get to do something I like doing. It's fun and challenging and the thing I went back to school for. I'm also lucky that the hours are flexible and the benefits are pretty good. I like the people I work with, which is a bonus.
- My friends--both online and off. I have a hard time making friends with people. I have a defensive shell that I have a hard time letting down. Finding the blogging community was one of the best things I ever did. I have "met" some fabulous ladies and I consider them my friends. Blogging has also helped me to reconnect with an old friend. I also have a couple of friends that I have developed over the last year that really help do the in real life stuff, like shopping, going out for a drink...
- The grandparents--without them we would never be where we are. They watch our kids while we work. This is such a huge help. I love them, even when they drive us nuts and they are masters at that trick.
- My health. I've been pretty healthy, barring the kidney stone issues I had. I'm lucky that I am as healthy as I am.
Friday, November 18, 2011
- I am stupid excited to be going shopping tomorrow.
- As long as the weather permits.
- Please let the weather permit.
- Turbo has been growing.
- He needs new shoes.
- I'm not necessarily happy about him growing.
- Well, I am, but does he have to do it so fast?
- I have started to try to "exercise" in the morning.
- I have an exercise ball and I found a few core exercises I can do in the morning.
- I have to do quiet things because the rest of the people in the house are asleep.
- And I don't want little boy company while I'm rolling around on the ball.
- That's why I'm thinking that the yoga on the Wii might not be a bad thing to try.
- I'm going to try to start dancing more too.
- Schedules just have not cooperated recently.
- I really hate migraines.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
|All the lovely goodies.|
|Everything she sent was wonderful.|
|A very cute scarecrow and mums, with my very own fall leaves so I can have color. Some adorable candles too.|
|Some of the goodies before unwrapping.|
|She made me a bookmark and a necklace and earring set. Very fall and jut great.|
|Some books to curl up with when it's too cold to go outside.|
|All the goodies unwrapped.|
- a Paula Dean magazine for good southern recipes.
- A very cute fuzzy scarf and glove set in fall colors, a compact with eye shadow--I can use all the help I can get in the makeup department.
- My own fall leaves--since all our leaves are already brown and dead and off the trees.
- Some yummy Yankee votive candles.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
- Do you have any musical talents? No not really. I played the trumpet in 5th grade band, and had a year of piano lessons but nothing really stuck with me enough to keep with it.
- What role, if any, does music play in your life? Music makes tasks more interesting and drives more fun, and get togethers more entertaining. I love to have CMT on and listening/looking at music videos while I'm doing chores.
- What is your all time favorite song? Oh there are so many it's hard to choose just one. There are the songs that take me back to moments in my life the instant I hear them, the songs that remind me of a feeling, the songs that describe my life. Picking just one would be impossible. The song that describes this so very well is the song by Kenny Chesney called I Go Back. It's below.
- Do you sing in the shower? No, not unless the radio is playing in the bathroom. I am guilty of singing in the car with the radio though. Sometime I get protests from the peanut gallery, ie. the boys, but I love to sing along with my favorites.
- Has a song ever made you cry? All the time, especially since having been pregnant. I tear up at even remotely sad songs, or songs that touch me. There are times when I can be a regular water works.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
- Does November seem to be flying by?
- It is looking decidedly winter here, except the blah brown and gray winter, not the lovely white winter. I hope we get some more snow between now and Thanksgiving.
- Turbo has rediscovered his hot wheel race track. The kid had more than we thought he did. The current track stretches the length of the attic and back. He's having fun and I don't have to step around it, so he's good to go.
- I'm going shopping this weekend, pre-Thanksgiving so I don't have to brave the insane crowds by myself. I'm looking forward to going.
- It has been very windy here--60mph+ gusts over the weekend. Sounds like a lot of wind but we get these winds once every two or so months. I'm getting tired of the sound of crackly leaves blowing around though.
- I mentioned yesterday that we put Bruiser in a big boy bed. He loves it. It is all Lightening McQueen decked out and he is a big fan. Now we just need to repaint or replace the closet doors in his room. Yet another project that needs doing. Projects never end when you own a home.
- I got my swap package and it was awesome! Thanks so much Jennifer! I'll be posting on it tomorrow.
- Happy to see friends from out of town--especially when it means Chinese food and good company.
- Happy to see Bruiser thrilled with his big boy bed.
- Happy to get random hugs from my little boys.
- Happy to spend adult time with my sweetie.
- Happy to have plans for Thanksgiving figured out.
- Happy to hopefully have our internet back at home today.
- Happy to have a hubby that thinks of me--he brought me some good beer this weekend.
- Happy my hubby lets me go hang out with the girls when Bruiser needs a nap.
- Happy my hubby loves to hang out with his boys.
- Happy that next week is a short week.
Monday, November 14, 2011
Saturday, November 12, 2011
It's that time of year when you start thinking about getting together with family. You know, those people you love but sometimes don't quite understand? Sometimes the only way to get through a family get together is to laugh at the silly, stupid, amusing things that your family does.
Well in thinking about family I was alerted by AmFam that they have put together a group of comic that are exploring the things about family and growing up that make us all laugh.
I went and checked out a few of the videos they have up at Stand Up For Family and I have to tell you several of them made me giggle and a few made me laugh. What is the coolest thing about the videos is that I can let Turbo watch them with me.
One of my favorites was by Mark Viera about going to the store with his grandmother. I didn't go to the store with my grandmother, but I had a step-dad that would give us almost the same speech if we went in the store with him.
This whole thing has been put together by American Family Insurance in an effort to highlight the importance of family, but also the fun of family. I think it is cool that an insurance company is making the effort to showcase family friendly entertainment.
Friday, November 11, 2011
- Bruiser locked himself in his room Tuesday night.
- Not on purpose--I think.
- He was trying to open his door so he could tell me he lost one of his cars he sleep with and I needed to find it.
- We didn't realize that he had locked the door until he was making a lot of noise in his room.
- The kid sounded like Beaker from the Muppets.
- When we realized that he was making an unusual amount of noise we went and checked.
- After we got the door open I found his car while Nick taped the lock so Bruiser couldn't lock it again.
- We have found something new (to us) to watch on TV.
- The Big Bang Theory.
- I laughed out loud--literally--when watching this show.
- One of the benefits to coming late to a show is we get to watch lots of reruns.
- Yes, we are hopelessly behind the times.
- We get to go to a concert Saturday night.
- Without kids.
- Another evening of being adults.
- What will we do with ourselves.
- I think we will come up with something.
Thursday, November 10, 2011
- Why does a two year old know exactly the noise that will slam into your head and then do it over and over?
- Why is spinach such a hated vegetable?
- Why do spiders like bathrooms so much?
- Why does the Halloween candy seem to be multiplying at night?
- Why are there always more dishes to do?
- Why can't school work be as exciting as video games?
- Why does an afternoon nap sound so good now and when I was 8 I hated the thought of a nap?
- Why does it feel so good to express the whys?
- Why is why the favorite question of small boys?
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
- What is your "can't do without it" beauty product/cosmetic? I would have to go with a scrunching gel for my hair.
- Do you apply makeup before or after doing your hair? I don't really apply makeup. I tend to look either like I've been dead for days, or like a hooker who did her makeup in the dark. Neither is a good look. I have the hardest time with foundation.
- How would you describe your personal style? Fresh faced mom casual.
- How long does it take you to get ready each day? With shower and everything? About 20-25 minutes. I'm low maintenance and fairly streamlined in my routine.
- What is your one pamper, just for you, beauty splurge? Umm, this is one area I just don't tend to splurge on. Does chocolate count as a beauty product--it does relieve stress and that helps prevent frowning and therefore prevents wrinkles--right?
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
- I just realized we are going to have to figure out where we are putting the tree this year. We want to get a real tree, from the mountains. It's fun. However, I'm not sure I want to vacuum up needles from the carpet in the living room. Maybe the front room...
- I think we may need to move Bruiser to a big boy bed soon--just so he will have more room to sleep. He still insists on sleeping
on top ofwith every match box car, Lightening McQueen(2), and monster truck he can get his hands on. I swear it can't be comfortable.
- We may luck out this year. Turbo has yet to ask for all the expensive gadgets that are out there. He mostly wants Lego stuff. And while that can be a bit spendy, it's better than some of the stuff out there.
- I still cannot believe that I was bombarded with Christmas carols at Walmart. So not ready for that yet. However I have to admit, I did catch myself singing along--those tunes are catchy.
- We are still riding our bikes to work, even in the cold. Parking is so much easier on a bike, but I have to admit, I get really cold. Thank goodness the steam is on at work and my office is nice and toasty--almost sauna like.
- Not sure what the plans are for Thanksgiving. We just might protest and stay home--things are getting weird with Nick's folks (a long, long, long story). A quiet Thanksgiving might be the way to go. We shall see what comes.
- I hate the time change.
|Has anyone seen this floating around Facebook?|
- The above image has been floating around Facebook. I am confused. Why is it that Wyoming is only menaced by Truckers? Truckers?! Seriously, Truckers?!
- Mini candy bars. Butterfingers and Baby Ruth especially.
- A new blender. Gotta make smoothies or slushies soon.
- Playing video games with Turbo.
- Seeing how happy getting home projects done--or closer to done--makes Nick.
- Getting my swap package pulled together.
- Cooking and having it appreciated by at least 3/4 of the people in the house.
- Getting together with friends--as we might get to this weekend.
- Having Turbo in swimming lessons where he just might learn to swim.
- Getting huge hugs just because from either boy. And the big boy too.
- Drinks out with the girls.
Monday, November 7, 2011
Saturday night at about 11:00/10:00 (depending on whether you changed the time before going to bed) we lost power. It was out for about two to three hours. No catastrophe, just a transformer that went wonky. Not nearly as exciting as what Oklahoma got.
Nick got some drywalling projects done around the house. He's quite sore and tired now. But the attic is that much closer to being done-ish. I'm looking forward to having him build me a shelf/bench/workspace for scrapbooking up there. He also got some drywall up in the laundry/utility room. Things are moving ahead for me to get better light in there. So wonderful to have a handy hubby.
Walmart is playing Christmas songs. I caught myself singing as I drove out of the parking lot. It's an infection. Can't they wait until closer to Thanksgiving? The Thanksgiving area is pitifully small in both Walmart and Kmart. Yeah, we have classy options for shopping in our town.
Turbo has rediscovered the fun of playing Lego Harry Potter years 1-4. Since he is hoping for Years 5-7 for Christmas, I told him he should play through the first game again. He had a ball playing Sunday afternoon. Otherwise he spent the weekend in front of the TV downstairs. Or reading as I demanded he do. It was too cold to go outside for any length of time.
I got to sleep in on Saturday. Nick got up with the boys and let me sleep until 8:30am. It was awesome. I did laundry, and on Sunday cooked ham bean soup. Didn't really accomplish anything else. But I feel relaxed, ready for this week to get going.
Really it was a quiet weekend. Those are really good to have sometimes. So how was your weekend? Quiet and laid back, or something more exciting?
Saturday, November 5, 2011
This post brought to you by Puppies vs. Babies. All opinions are 100% mine.
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Friday, November 4, 2011
And here we go:
- We are not night people.
- We had a night away from the boys.
- In downtown Denver.
- We were tucked into our hotel room by 9:00pm.
- Red wine doesn't like me.
- It's OK, because I'm not a big fan of it.
- I like blushes and rose'.
- We still have an obscene amount of candy here.
- I miss my boys.
- I've been away from them for two nights now.
- We got back late enough that they stayed at my mom's last night too.
- Miss them!
- I got a hot date this weekend.
- It's laundry and vacuuming time again.
- I bet you're jealous of the fun I'm going to have.
- Don't be.
- The laundry is the dullest date in the world and all the vacuum does is go over and over what it went over last week.
- Dull, dull, dull.
- I'm sleeping in at least once this weekend.
- Sad that sleeping in until 7:30 counts for me.
- I just realized that today is my two year anniversary of blogging.
- I can hardly believe that I have been doing this for two years.
- I have met some wonderful women, and consider all of you my friends.
- Thank you for going on this adventure with me.
- And I hit 200 followers today.
- Nick owes me a dinner or two.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
|Cutest dragon/dinosaur ever.|
|Darth Vader aka Turbo|
|Getting loot at Scaramie Downtown.|
|Bruiser's pumpkin, courtesy of mom.|
|Turbo's pumpkin--a flaming skull, I think.|
|Dragon with light saber--watch out!|
|Trick or treat!|
|An attempt at a nerdy mad scientist.|
|Really just a geeky/nerdy scientist.|
Crazymama wants to know:
- How did you celebrate Halloween? Trick or treating? Adult party? Trunk or treat? We did the Scaramie downtown trick or treat with the boys Saturday and Monday night we went over to our cousins' house and went trick or treating with them. It was a good night--out just long enough to fill the pumpkins and head home.
- What candy is your favorite/the first thing you steal from the kids? I like the mini candy bars--jut enough to get the taste, but not so much I get overloaded on the sweetness.
- What kind of candy do you give out, is it your favorite? Or something you know you won't be tempted to eat? We give out the good mini candy bars because that's what we will eat. No sense in wasting candy.
- How soon after Halloween do you take the decorations down and put away the costumes? I'm going to be taking down Halloween decorations this weekend due to time issues. Turbo's costume is already hanging up in the closet and Bruiser's needs to be washed and then it will be passed on to another little kid that it will fit next year.
- When do you decorate for the next holiday? We don't really decorate for Thanksgiving. But the weekend after Thanksgiving we will be headed to the mountains for a tree and start the Christmas decorating then.