Monday, July 28, 2008
Steve and Grady are taking 4 large bags of clothing and stuff to Goodwill. It is hardly a dent in the amount of junk we have but at 4 bags a night, well, we could see success by Christmas. Ok it's not that bad, but some people might think so. Mostly my basement is what is in the worst shape. Everything that doesn't have a particular place ends up down there. If I had the house of my dreams I would have a unfinished basement that was just for storage. And it would be very organized. I think it is so easy to get unorganized in a small house, but it is so important to have some organization when space is at a premium. So I'm hoping that eventually we will get to a place where we don't have so much junk. Steve is ok with getting rid of stuff, but not too much in the help department. Though he does take it to Goodwill for me, so I really can't complain.
Well I didn't go get my license stickers today. I talked myself out of it thinking that because it is the last Monday it would probably be the busiest day, besides the last day of the month. We'll see. I can't put it off any longer. Do I get Starbucks before I go or after as a reward?
Not much going on around here lately. I took Kyra to Brandon for her theater camp. I did some laundry and actually cooked supper. Oh and don't forget the 4 bags of junk.
Steve just got home with ice cream to go with the blueberry crisp I made for supper. Yumm!
Sunday, July 27, 2008
I must say this has got to be one of the most boring weekends ever. We didn't have to babysit and instead of either getting alot done or doing something fun, we just basically sat around and did nothing. It's like wasting my life away. I had initially planned on getting the laundry room cleaned out. Yesterday I just had no energy. I had been awake since 4 so I don't know if that was it or what. All I know is that this is not how to spend a weekend. Oh well there's always another day.
It has tried to rain all day today. I think the north part of the city might have had some rain and weather, but it has been mostly just cloudy here. Doesn't help my do nothing mood. It has been such a nice summer. Not too hot and rain at just the right time. It will probably be hot hot hot come time for school to start.
I have to go and stand in line tomorrow at the county treasurer's office. They changed the computer system for getting license plates and the lines have been terribly long. I hope if I go first thing in the morning I can get through in only an hour or so instead of 3 or 4 that it has been taking. I wish I had ordered them online at the beginning of the month. Since I am always off during the summer I usually go and stand in line. No big deal, it only would take 10 minutes or so. Well I guess this year I should have listened to the news and mailed or onlined them. It's too bad that my month is the month that they are trying out the new system. You can believe next year I'm going to mail them in early.
Well I should go find something to do. Though why start now I guess.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Yesterday Steve emailed me for my blog address. I'm like huh! What in heavens name would you want with my blog. For the most part it is pretty boring. I guess he wanted to show off my video that I put in my blog the other day. Unfortunately the firewall at work wouldn't let it through.
Yesterday was a slow day. I did some housework and laundry. I still had that silly headache for most of the day so my energy level was pretty low. The headache finally went away late in the afternoon just in time to go to my hair appt. I came back from the hair appt and we ate pizza and then Amy and the boys walked over. Seems like every Tuesday they walk over. It's always Kirby's idea. I think he likes to come over and see Grady. We went outside on my front deck and watched the fireflies. I've never seen so many fireflies in and around my yard. We used to have to go out in the country to see them. Suppose it's due to urban sprawl? Who knows! When we were driving back from Minneapolis Sunday there were lots of them in the ditches too. I don't ever remember seeing them when we have come back at night before. Must be a good year for them. We have had a lot of moisture this year so that could have helped.
Today's agenda is to finish the laundry and go through my clothes in the spare bedroom. School is fast approaching and I need to get my wardrobe ready. Actually I need to clean out that closet and start over. I have so many clothes that I don't wear anymore. No sense in keeping them really. We need to work on the laundry room this weekend. It has become the overfill for all our clothes. If we don't get anything else done this summer, just doing that would be a big help. Hopefully with having a free Saturday we can both get motivated at the same time and get it done. I'm such an optimist aren't I?
Well I should go and call Glenna. I have been thinking about her alot lately and lo and behold she calls yesterday while I was at the hair dresser. She's at the lake and would like to get together today. I've missed her this summer. She was always the one who got us together in the summer and kept us connected. No one else has stepped up and done that. Maybe next summer I'll have to do it. Not exactly my forte though.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
It looks to be a beautiful day today. I haven't done anything in the house department for quite a few days. Think it might be time. I'm an all or nothing kind of girl and it's been alot of nothing lately. Time to get it back in order. I wish I had a Goodwill dumpster and a landfill dumpster out front in the drive way. I could clear this house out in no time. For now though it's one bag at a time. Luckily I don't have any major disruptions this week, so I should be able to get alot done.
On the news this morning they're talking about the rising prices of food. It's expected to raise 5% this year and another 5% next year. After a trip or two through the grocery store, I think they're going up faster than that. Milk is as expensive or more expensive than gas. 3$ for a head of cauliflower. There are so many families that are just making it. We're starting to see more gas skips at the gas stations and Steve said one guy at work had a big two ton truck. Someone siphoned all the gas out of it. I'm sure there will be more crime related to the economy as time goes on. Personally I don't see how it can get better any time soon. Prices rarely drop and nobody is giving salary increases. Tough times I'm afraid.
So much for the depressing stuff. Must get on to the really depressing stuff-housecleaning.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Yesterday going to Minneapolis made me remember when we were first married and living in St. Paul. I remember thinking I was fat back then. OK maybe not fat but definitely not comfortable with my body. Remember it was the days of Twiggy. Fit wasn't in but stick straight girls with no boobs or hips were the model. (Life hasn't changed much since then has it?) But here I was about 140 lbs and definitely thin by Steve's family's standards. In fact looking at pictures I was probably only a few pounds overweight even years after I had both kids. I remember when Scott was about 4 or so I was at 130-135 and I sunbathed in the backyard in a bikini. What happened to that person? She's still in there somewhere. And then about 4 or 5 years ago I lost 40 pounds. Oh how I wish I was starting from there. I'm not going to post my weight now. But I am definitely ready for a change. I'm tired of the no energy, blah feeling I have. So many things have been pointing to the fact that I just don't want to be this way anymore. Time to get off my fat ass and do something about it. Just talking about it doesn't make it happen. So hopefully from now on I'll on being posting postive dieting things and not this kind of crap anymore.
I've been thinking about scrapbooking lately and really thinking I need to scrap pictures and stories from my childhood and my kids's childhood. It has really been making me reminisce. I should use this blog to tell stories from my childhood. Unfortunately I think they could be quite long or short depending on my memory. I know Haley likes it when we talk about things that happened from my childhood. She seems to be my one grandchild who is interested in times past. So I should have some glimpses of me when I was young. I would love to have written stories from my mom. I remember some of them that she told me over the years, but to have them written down would be wonderful.
Scott just came over to borrow a lens from me. I am always so amazed how well my dog behaves in front of him. He is like a different dog. I've called Scott the dog whisperer for awhile now, because Grady just does what ever Scott asks him to do. Wish it would work that way for us. Grady seemed to do well yesterday in his crate all day. I was afraid he would be up all night but he wasn't. He did have to go outside at 2:20. He's done that alot lately. Get up at 2:20 to go outside. I don't know what would trigger him or me to wake up at exactly 2:20 each time. One of the mysteries of the universe.
Well I should head over to Amy's and take her the stuff she bought yesterday. Then I need to get some things done before I go to Roosevelt for some training.
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Steve and I had a good time listening to a book on CD on the way up and back. It's really nice to do that together. It's like reading the same book at the same time. We could laugh at the silly parts together. Quite nice.
So that was our day. Nice to get out of town, if only to prove that there really is no place like home.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Boy yesterday was as boring a day as I've ever had. I didn't do anything. I pretty much wandered from one thing to the next. Days like that prove to me that I need to be busy with outside activities. It's not like I don't have enough things here that I should be doing but if I don't have motivation I just become a slug. And not only do I become a slug, I become a nonstop eating slug. Not good. I'm recommiting again ( for about the 100th time) to dieting. Starting Monday of course. I have 3 and 1/2 weeks left before I go back to school. I would like to start down a few pounds rather than gaining a few more pounds in the next few weeks.
I think we are going to go to Minneapolis tomorrow. Just for the day. It doesn't make any sense to spend a $100 dollars worth of gas for just a few hours of shopping. But we haven't been out of town all summer and Amy really wants us to go. She and Kyra have to just hang out at the mall while Cameron and the boys go to the baseball game. They done that in the past but it's not always the most fun. So she thought if we came up we could go and do a few things together and help pass the time. Sounds good to me. I just will worry about poor Grady being in his crate all day, even if Scott comes and lets him out a few times. I could never leave my kids when they were little either. Some people don't hesitate at all, but that is just not me. It's not easy being a worrywart! Maybe in my next life I won't be such a worrywart. Probably when your mother dies unexpectly when you're 16, you learn that terrible things can happen no matter what and it sticks with you forever. I know I would like to have a more carefree attitude and trust that bad things won't happen, but I really struggle with it.
Well I have to watch Haley, Hannah and Will today. Haley has a birthday party so we'll barely see her. I don't know what I'll do for sure with the other two. I know I want to take the kids to the Pavilion yet this summer but I think I'll wait until Haley can go too. It is cloudy and drizzly this morning but hopefully it clears off and the kids can go outside and play. I hate it when all we do is veg in front of the tv. I have to remember to take my new video camera. Maybe we can make a movie.
Guess I should pretend to get something done.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
I took Haley for her birthday shopping day with grandma. We had a good time. She never stopped talking the whole time. I love that about Haley. It is definitely never dull with her. We bought 3 webkinz, a couple of books and some magnetixs. No clothes! That is probably a first.
Tonight Steve's sister and brother-in-law were here from Omaha. We met them and his other sister at the Rolling Pin for supper and then went back to Grandpa's and visited. It was nice to see and talk to them again. It had been way too long.
We got rain this morning! Yeah! I can see my lawn starting to green up already. The weather guys say it might rain again tomorrow. We definitely could use an inch or two about now in the growing season.
Well that's a short recap of my day. I'll try and do better tomorrow.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
I was going to take Haley shopping yesterday but realized she had an orthodontist appt at 2:30. I didn't want to have to worry about the time so I decided to do it another day this week. I'll have to call her later and see if she wants to do it today or tomorrow.
We went to Sam's last night. Amy and the boys went with us. Her family is eating bananas like crazy so they wanted to come and buy bananas. I am so impressed with how well those 2 boys get along. I don't think they ever fight and there is no competiveness between them. I don't know if it is because they are so different or if it because of Amy's gentle nature. They are really a pleasure to take anywhere. All my grandkids are a pleasure to take anywhere actually. They are so well behaved.
I have the tv on in the background and they're doing a story about Nature Deficit Disorder. WHAT! They have a another disorder! Kids now days don't get enough outside time and not enough time exploring nature. Kids only spend time out in their own backyards or at playgrounds. Duh! When I was a kid we could wander all over town exploring everything. There was no fear of us getting abducted. Now we can hardly let our kids alone in their own front yards and we live in a very safe city. But it is true that kids are missing that connection with nature. Note to self! Lets take the kids to Sertoma Park one of these days. Amy and I used to take the kids there and walk the trails but we haven't done it in a couple of years. Must put that on the to do list.
I really should get a to do list. I have a number of things that I wanted to accomplish this summer. If I put them down on a list, I actually might get them done. Time is whipping by.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
This economy thing is getting very scary. A huge bank in California has failed. People were standing in line to get their money out. So reminiscent of the Great Depression. GM is hanging by a thread. Big companies are being bought by foreign investors. It's some pretty serious stuff. Sioux Falls is pretty insulated at the moment, but I don't know how long that will last. I think things can only get worse. It might be time to batten down the hatches and conserve.
I spent a good chunk of yesterday trying to get my new computer set up. I think poor Amy was about to take her phone off the hook. I was trying to install Photoshop. A simple thing right? No, No! I must have installed and uninstalled that baby 3 times before I got it to work. Not to mention that I called Amy about every 5 minutes there for awhile. Vista isn't exactly the most user friendly system I guess. At least I can scrapbook(if the mood ever hits).
I need to finish cleaning my den. I had started it about a week ago. Then we bought my new computer and we had to trash the place out, or so it seemed. The problem is, it is such a small room with so much packed into it. And most of that stuff is my favorite stuff, so it's not so easy to just get rid of it. Other than that I don't have too much on the old agenda today. Just the usual stuff. It's supposed to be hot and humid today so it will be a good day to stay in and work.
Monday, July 14, 2008
I don't have much going on this week. I'm taking Haley for her birthday shopping trip on Tuesday, but other than that, it's a quiet week. Maybe I can get alot done. HaHa.
Yesterday, I started out the day gangbuster. I did laundry, cleaned out my refrigerator, package and froze chicken and even straightened out the freezer some. I cleaned off my desk so Steve could hook up my new computer. It has a huge 24" monitor. It is huge. I think I should have fun with that. Now I have to get all my stuff transferred over and some programs loaded. I hope it helps me find my mojo in scrapping. That has definitely been MIA this summer.
The diet took a slight vacation yesterday. I made cookies I had found in the freezer. Just one the brain said. "
Sunday, July 13, 2008
The girls and I went to see Kit Kittredge yesterday. Wow was that a good movie. Not one swear word (unless I've learned to just tune them out, but I don't think so) . Kit was a very good role model for all young girls too. She was strong, fair and compassionate. Just the kind of kid you want your kids or grandkids to be like. You know how sometimes a movie looks good from the trailers but once you go to see it, you realize you've seen all the best parts from watching the previews. Well this was not the case. One excellent movie! I saw a preview for a movie I want to take the boys to,too. A true story about a baseball team of kids from Puerto Rico. It looked worth going too. Of course the kids want to see Space Chimps. Not sure that one will live up to the hype, but it is sure fun to take the kids to the movies. Unfortunately it is so expensive. I may have to curtail snacks if they keep having so many movies for kids.
Poor little Will yesterday. (He'll hate this if he ever sees it in his teen years.) He had to poop, but unfortunately it wasn't an easy thing. He tried for about 4 hours. I felt like a midwife or labor coach. He'd start crying and saying he had to poop. We'd go in and sit on the toilet and nothing. After 5 to 10 minutes of sitting he'd get down and play for awhile. Towards the end he was on the toilet 5 minutes and off for only 2 before he'd start crying again. Just like labor pains. Poor guy. Finally just before 8:00 he went. I really did feel like a labor coach or midwife. I kept saying things like "push" "you can do it". I'm not sure what the answer is but I hope he outgrows this fast. It's almost as painful for those of us watching as it is for him.
Today looks like its going to be a beautiful day. To get this nice of weather in July is definitely something a person should take advantage of. Unfortunately my house is a complete disaster. It always amazes me how Steve and I can trash it so quickly. So that's my plan today: to clean and get the laundry done. Only a month before school starts so I really need to kick things in gear.
Dieting hasn't gone so well the last couple of days. Not extremely terrible but not as good as it should. Movie popcorn is not exactly on my diet list, even if it was only a small. We'll see when I get on the scale tomorrow how much damage I did.
Off to enjoy the nice morning. Maybe with a cup of coffee or tea on my new deck.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
It is so nice out this morning. I bet it's 20 degrees cooler than it was yesterday morning. Hopefully Will feels ok and we can play outside some today. That was probably some of the problem yesterday, it was just too hot and windy to be outside.
Well the dryer shut off. Must go fold clothes and get ready to go.
Friday, July 11, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Last night was the last Summer Singer concert. I missed the one at Terrace Park, but I got to see 2 out of 3 so that's not too bad. It was interesting to watch Haley. She had spent the day before with her dad in Minneapolis so I think she must have been tired. She kept yawning and fidgeting. Nothing at all like the day at the courthouse concert. There she was quite the performer and singer. Even Kyra said Haley didn't sing as well as she did before. But with all her yawning I kept worrying that she would faint like her father did when he was in 2nd grade. Scarred me forever I think. Now whenever I go to a concert with kids and one starts yawning alot, I can't help but think that they're going to faint.
Well I have had 2 days straight of dieting without going off track. I wish I could figure out what makes it easier sometimes and not others. I think I'm going to start putting in my blog my food diary. Maybe it will be one more way to keep me going. What ever works.
Breakfast: 2 scrambled eggs
Snack: whole grain bread with butter
Supper: Hamburger and leftover bean salsa
Not the most nutritious day but I stayed within my points and thats what counts.
I have to go get ready to take Kyra and Haley to summer singers one last time. It will be bittersweet since this is Kyra's last summer for it, but hopefully next year I'll get to take Hannah and Haley.
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
I have really got into the lazy days of summer. Other than Kirby's game I didn't even leave the house yesterday. I did all the laundry, dusted and vacuumed and that sort of thing, but as for anything exciting, not so much. I like lots of activity but I also like the quiet do nothing days too. But I can only take so many days of doing nothing. That's why I'm not so sure about retiring. Summer is usually long enough for me with no structure. I start to get a little stir crazy and very lazy about mid July.
I started Weight Watchers online again yesterday. I actually had a perfect day. Now lets see if I can have a whole perfect week. I need to go to the grocery store today and make sure I have good food to eat and then make sure I plan my meals and snacks out. Wish me luck. I want to find that place I was in about 4 years ago when I lost 40 lbs. It still has to be in me somewhere.
On the agenda today is grocery shopping, watching Hannah and Will for a couple of hours and working on my den. Sounds like a good day.
Monday, July 07, 2008
It really felt like summer yesterday for about the first time. It was hot and HUMID. So far this summer we havent had many of those kinds of days. I don't mind the heat but the humidity can stay away. Today promises rain and the ground is wet this morning. I hope it rains enough that I don't have to water. Mother Nature's drink is much better than mine.
So today I need to do laundry(it's always laundry isn't it), vacuum, dust and clean out the fridge. I hope it doesn't rain too much and we can't go to Kirby's tournament game tonight. I'm going to try and make up for being so lazy yesterday.
Sunday, July 06, 2008
My back deck is done!!!!! It even has a new table. There's still alot of landscaping things to do back there but at least we can go and sit out there and have supper out there. We christened it last night with Amy and the kids. Cameron was still stuck in Mitchell and Kirby was bummed because they had made plans with their dad so I thought it might be nice to have supper together. I made teriyaki chicken skewers and bean salsa and Amy brought potato salad. It was very nice. Even Grady acted like a well behaved dog. At least most of the time. One of the reasons I wanted a bigger deck and table is because my house is so small that it's such a pain to have everyone over to eat inside. But now with the new deck and table we can all sit around the table to eat. So bring on the summer entertaining.
When we went to Sams the other day I saw a Flip video camera. Well of course now I want one. So many times I wish I had just a little video of Will and his cuteness or Grady and his craziness. The more I thought about it the more I thought I don't need one that records hours and hours. 30 to 60 minutes would do. I could put them on my computer and then burn a dvd of them. It all makes sense to me, in my head anyway. Amy told us that Walmart has the 30 minute one for $50. Now that makes it a no brainer in my mind. I can throw that baby in my purse and go. So I think today I'm going to go get it. Impulse is good right? And someone has to keep the ecomony from going under right? There I've rationalized that.
I'm not sure what is on the agenda today. I should work outside and do a little laundry. Maybe we'll do a little shopping. Just have a normal quiet Sunday. Sounds nice.
Saturday, July 05, 2008
Back to yesterday. After we got back from shopping, we hung out for the afternoon until it was time to go over to Scott's and Wendy's. We had supper with them and the kids all played for awhile. Haley and Kyler and Kirby put on a couple of 4th of July plays. Short, sweet and not much dialogue, my kind of play. Then it was out to see the city display. They had said that they were spending less this year and had less fireworks, but it didn't seem that way to me. There was some really spectacular ones.
You know, we complain about our country and all the things that we think could be better, but this is one great country. I read a blog last night from a family who moved to Zimbawe. Even though they lived the lifestyle of the rich over there, the power would be shut off for hours and even days. They had to stand in line for 40 minutes for bread and another 20 minutes for milk. And that was if the store had any. I read another blog from a family who moved to China. They live in an apartment (this is standard for all apartments by the way) where it has to be a certain day before they (the apartment owners-ala state) turn on the heat or air conditioning. It doesn't matter what the temperature is. I can go to the store any time day or night and buy bread or milk and have a choice of all different kinds. If I'm chilly I walk over to my thermostat and turn it up; hot I turn on the air conditioning. I think we are so busy living our opulent lifestyle (and it is opulent by most of the world standards) that we take it for granted.
Today after going to the Farmers Market this morning, I plan on staying home the rest of the day. It seems like we've had something going on every night this week. Oh wait I think we did. Thank goodness things settle down after this next week. Not that I don't enjoy all the time spent with the grandkids, but I need to clean out some closets and get some projects done. School starts in about 4o days. Oh my!
Friday, July 04, 2008
Thursday, July 03, 2008
Well today I don't have to go anywhere except Haley's party. That's not exactly true. I should probably go to Walmart and pick up a card and a few things to make some salads. But I don't HAVE to go. Grady will be happy to have me home. I need to dust and pick up a little. Where does all that dust come from anyway. Housework, you should only have to do like maybe once a month.
Ok Amy how was my comma usage today.
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
Yesterday Hannah got her new cast. And we got a new girl. She had been so quiet and reserved since she broke her leg. Not at all like the Hannah we know and love, but put a pretty light blue waterproof cast on her and poof, you have the old Hannah back.
Well this is the busiest week of the year for us. It's the end of baseball season, summer singers has 2 concerts and we have 3 birthdays. Then throw in the 4th of July though because so much has been going on we don't really do much, just rest up on that day. It makes this week crazier than Christmas.
Last night was Kirby's last regular season baseball game. They lost again. I still think Kirby has the best attitude. He only talks about how close they came to almost winning a couple of times or how he made a double play. He never bemoans the fact that he's on such a losing team. It makes a grandmother proud.
I made Hoison marinated pork chops and Southwestern potato salad for supper last night. The potato salad needed a little something I didn't think it had enough flavor but Steve liked it so that was good. The pork chops made up for the salad in flavor though. They're sweet with a little heat. Good stuff. I rushed to get supper ready so we could get to Kirby's game by 6 only to get a call from Amy at 5:50 asking where we were. Guess the game started at 5:30. OOPS. Considering we haven't missed any games, being late for one isn't too bad.
I am thinking about taking everyone to see Wall-E today, but Amy has to get ready for Kyra's party and with everything else going on this week may not be the week to get it in. I hope the movie is as good as it looks.
Well I should get a few things done before I have to get ready to take Kyra to summer singers. One more week. Where is my summer going?