Monthly Archives: August 2010

Oh Happy Day 4 comments

Three things that made me smile today:

  1. Getting a card in the mail from the vet expressing their condolences.  We have the best vet ever; it was so sweet!!!
  2. Getting a compliment on the “goatee” I gave my daughter while face painting.  I thought it looked so good, I didn’t even realize I’d given her a beard! (It was a friend who called it a goatee, and she was totally just teasing me, so no worries.)

      3.   Pulling out our Papa Murphy’s pizza and seeing the BIGGEST BUBBLE EVER.


PS. Locals, tomorrow is the last day to take advantage of the $3.99 pizza deal at Papa Murphy’s.  You can buy up to 3 large pepperoni pizzas for $3.99 each.  Or you can buy 3 and come back 5 minutes later to buy 3 more.  Whatever you want.:-)

5 Things 8/29-9/4 1 comment

Why is it that every Sunday I look back at the last week and think:  “WHEW! What a week!”  One of these days I’d like to look back and think:  “Precisely.”  Or something.

One of the plans for the week was to move the office stuff out of the basement and move play stuff in.  Well, I am crazy and decided to do a lot more than that.  I moved a basement bedroom upstairs, moved the food storage into that room, and moved the office stuff up to the master bedroom.  The playroom has a lot more space this way, but man!  It was a huge project.  My own fault though…
I mentioned our family pet, Thumper the rabbit.  (I’m not real creative with names, so sue me!)  Well, after having her on antibiotics and pain medication, I can see that she’s fading.  The doctor is back to believing she has cancer since the meds aren’t helping.  She won’t drink, and it’s obvious she’s in pain.  So rotten!  I feel really bad for her, and as much as I don’t want to face it, I think it’s time to take her in and end the suffering….

Anyway, this post isn’t to whine or cry or rant…simply to look over the productivity-side of things.  Here’s how I did:

  1. Turn food storage/office/storage room into playroom. – YES, and so much more! 
  2. Start training for my new “gig”. YES…you saw the other picture.  I kind of suck so far:-)
  3. Do a freezer cooking session.  YES…I got a dozen meals done.
  4. List a whole heck of a lot of ebay to help pay that bunny bill. – YES
  5. Finalize plans for Disneyland. Get the rental car reserved, and double check all the dates, add up my jar o’ change, look at the dollar store for some “souvenirs”, etc. – Oops, NO.  In fact, I don’t think I thought about at all until reading over the list just now! 

And now, the plans for this week:

  1. Take poor Thumper in (this’ll be the first thing I do, but probably the hardest.)
  2. Finalize plans for Disneyland.  You know, the stuff I didn’t do last week.
  3. Find a home for the filing cabinet (that’s the one office thing I haven’t figured out yet…but at least it’s out of the playroom, right?  It looks rather lovely sitting in the middle of the bedroom.)
  4. List some more ebay…I’m thinking this should be the last week for awhile.
  5. Meet to plan the next R.S. “activity”. 

Oh Happy Day 1 comment

It’s been kind of a crappy day, actually…I woke up sick and have stayed that way.  BLAH.

BUT!  There is always good that comes out of this kind of stuff:

  • Munchkin said she felt really bad for me, and to come into the living room for a “treatment”.  I did and she had me lay down while she put lotion on my feet and legs.  HEAVEN.
  • Buddy Boy saw me laying down trying not to hurl, and he got upset.  I thought “I cannot deal with an ornery boy right now.”  But as he approached, instead of screaming at me, he whimpered, “LOVE?” and tried to cuddle with me.  Those who know my son know how HUGE this is.  He spoke a word, he spoke it with meaning, and he did it all on his own without being prompted!  I swear if I hadn’t been half-dead in bed, I would have jumped up and down and danced with him and loved him till he was sick of it.
  • The kids both ate dinner.  And asked for seconds.

Not such a bad day after all…

Oh Happy Day…

A friend of mine posted yesterday on her facebook page 3 things that had made her happy.  She then invited others to share.  I thought it was so fabulous, I’m gonna TRY (TRY, not always DO) to do this each day on here.  What a great way to end the day on a positive note, eh?  On the other hand, it’s not always easy for me to sneak away in the evenings to do computer stuff, so maybe this will be more stress than it’s worth.  Either way, I’ll give it a try and see what I think!  And so, my 3 happy things:

  1. This afternoon Buddy Boy was being really quiet, and so I checked on him to find him rolling a ball of his poop in his hands…LIKE PLAYDOUGH!  Yes, it was totally gross, but I can’t deny that it cracked me up as well.  And really, we washed his hands right off and it wasn’t a big deal.  But it was definitely hilarious.
  2. My daughter walked into the new playroom (still in progress) and exclaimed how PERFECT it was and how much she loves it.  Munchkin just makes my day with her compliments!
  3. I made homemade rolls…and they TURNED OUT!!!!

Oh, happy day!

Thoughtful Thursday

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“Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.
– Groucho Marx

5 things 8/22-8/28 1 comment

Whew!  What a week…the perfect way to end the summer, really.  We had a blast and I even got a few things done:

  1. Clean out each of the kids’ dressers….YES, and it looks SO MUCH better!
  2.  Two more last “Hurrahs” with the kids before school starts. – YES, we went to Trafalga for half price and to the This is The Place park with Grandma.  And then Munchkin even went over to Granny’s house for a swim party.
  3. Register my daughter, attend my son’s school open house. – YES.  OH MY GOSH, I can’t believe school starts tomorrow for Munchkin.  Buddy Boy has another week.
  4. Deliver all the stuff I’ve decluttered to charity. – SORT OF….a friend of mine did a service project last week, gathering items for a new family in our neighborhood, and so I went through the stuff I had bagged up and donated stuff to them that they could use.  An even better cause, really, but I didn’t deliver the remaining stuff to DI or anything.
  5. Update food storage inventory. – YES…not too shabby, although we don’t have nearly the amount I’m shooting for.  A goal in progress, eh?

That certainly wasn’t all we did this week.  Saturday I took our rabbit to the vet because she was bleeding, and she was so inflamed on her bottom that the vet thought she was a boy whose reproductive organs had backed up INTO her body!  Then they were worried she had cancer and that the lumps were tumors.  Turns out she just has a really bad infection and is totally swollen and inflamed.  Weird!!! Now I have to give the poor thing pain medication and antibiotics twice a day.  Friday I spend the day online in battle with some psycho, but that’s another post for another time.  Another thing I did this week, which isn’t exactly unique, but exciting to me just the same, was some major garden harvesting.  I picked stuff Friday and Saturday, and there was a ton When I weighed it, I found I had over 13.5 lbs of produce for the week!  Zucchini, tomatoes, carrots, peppers, and 3 whole teeny tiny leaves of basil.  Sweet…. 

Okay, so anyway, this week I’m working on a lot, and I don’t know if it’s a great idea.  I seem to think that since my oldest starts school, I’ll have extra time on my hands, but the more I think about it, I realize that my oldest is the one who helps keep my youngest entertained.  Without her around, Buddy Boy’s gonna be clobbering me for more attention than usual!  Oh well, I made the list before I thought of that:

  1. Turn food storage/office/storage room into playroom. It’ll still be food storage, but the computer, desk, and office stuff are going.  The storage stuff is gonna be gone in a storage closet instead.  My kids really need a playroom.  I want to build one that includes a lot of sensory integration for my son, and that means I’ll be including a swing that hangs from the ceiling and other big stuff.  This is the only available room, so that’s my big project for the week.
  2. Start training for my new “gig”.  I’ll be doing face painting and 3D tattoos for birthday parties, carnivals, etc.  My friend started the biz and is doing so well that she now needs help!  I’m thrilled beyond words to be able to bring in a few extra pennies every once in awhile.  You rock, and thank you for the opportunity, My Kids Entertainment!
  3. Do a freezer cooking session.  This won’t be a once-a-month thing, but I’m planning to make 2 weeks worth of meals.  I planned all the recipes around what I already have, so it’ll be nice to not have to buy a whole lot.
  4. List a whole heck of a lot of ebay to help pay that bunny bill.
  5. Finalize plans for Disneyland. Get the rental car reserved, and double check all the dates, add up my jar o’ change, look at the dollar store for some “souvenirs”, etc.  We’re not going until October, but I tend to be neurotic about these things.

All righty, here’s to a productive, but more importantly, FUN week!

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My Summer…Summarized 3 comments

So….I really can’t believe summer is over.  Usually I’m SO ready, but this year I’m not so sure.  I am excited to get Buddy Boy back in school, though.  I can see the difference it makes!!  Anyway, here’s a little of what my summer looked like:

(sold a lot of Mary Kay, went out of business, sleepover with cousins, hanging at the zoo…)

Discovered a couple of birds nests in the yard…

Planted a good-sized garden…


                         25 playgrounds and ten million excursions to the backyard.

Too much fast food, a hike up ensign peak

 A 10-year anniversary

A trip to the Alpine Slide.

 Swimming lessons for Munchkin

An awesome experience watching The Lion King, Broadway with my girl….(don’t feel bad for my boy, he would have been miserable, I swear!)

And some of the non-picture stuff:

  • United States of Autism filming crew
  • Offered part time work for a friend.
  • Got put on another PTA (OY)
  • Attempted to learn to say NO and not overextend myself (and said no twice today!!! )
  • Started Qui-Gong and saw promising results.

That’s about the summary.  I know I missed stuff, but I am “almost a grandma” as my 7-year old tells me.  After all, I’m 30 YEARS OLD!  Memory is the first to go, right?

And now, to make sure fall/autumn is just as memorable!

Thoughtful Thursday

We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness.

God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence…
We need silence to be able to touch souls.