8.31.2012

here's another cool old house I could live in....

hope...

Kj is home! katie & I agree he looks thinner. and taller. I think he looks older. she is at Homecoming in the rain. her Bethany plans for the fair fell through and she decided to make the most of the weekend with her hometown friends. last nite she danced with the Glimmer Girls at Homecoming. Mom & Dad made it to see her. she hasn't yet signed back up for dance team. she acts like she won't. she may be quitting band. my job may be sucking ass. kevin picked up the new gear shift. I handwashed the Avalanche in the rain. KJ & Josh are watching wrestling. I watched the Remember When homecoming cd. It was cool. wish I would've sent in some pics...live & learn & then buy Luvs....

8.29.2012

"Mama, this life jacket makes me look like a chunky lemon!"

I love me some Honey Boo Boo! caught her new show, and a Haunted Collector off the list. Katie wanted Lean Cuisine cheese ravoli for supper, she didn't like it. too cheesy. I ate it. (my opinion...too saucy.) then she ate a bit of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Madagascar. cats got the rest of it. she also ate the last Snickers that she didn't want because she got mad at me and I was getting ready to go get it out of fridge.
I am rather proud of myself, did the bills a nite early since she dances at Homeconming tomorrow nite, possibly her last appearance with the Glimmer Girls. She says she won't march with the band Saturday. she has become a bit of a quitter. I am really too tired to become properly alarmed about this turn of events...but am pretty sure it all started when we let her quit The Dance Studio last year.

8.28.2012

some days require cookies...

took 3 new pictures of my kids to work today for my locker gallery, retiring the current ones. I need to look at their pictures before and after work to remember what the hell I am working for...
got home, Katie was ass deep in homework since she missed yesterday. did chores, swept house, threw laundry on the bed to get it out the way, called Kj to get the link for the parent loan since he got a bill from college today...how many years in a row will I forget to print this out & mail it in? (two & counting, evidently....)
stopped on way home for Capri Sun & Nutter Butters and Oreos for a snack, they made glittery blingy posters. It was great fun, but a bit sweaty!
Mr Kevin started supper.
I tried to help Katie with her homework (after I found my glasses...), messaged Jennifer that the Girl Scouts would be in the parade, found a blip for her to read during parade, filled out parent form and got ready to mail.
Kevin has discovered Grimm. No Dance Moms for me tonite....

a guy in a ghillie suit.....

a 44 year old guy in a ghillie suit was hit on a Montana highway by two cars driven by teenage girls while trying to create a Bigfoot sighting. there may have been alcohol involved. sadly, I think I understand....
it is a bad deal for him, his family, and the girls who hit him on the highway....and probably won't make it onto Finding Bigfoot
I myself have been encouraging coworkers making jokes about living in haunted houses to call the
Haunted Collector
so I can meet him....

8.27.2012

just love new improved easier stuff....

kate didn't feel good so didn't go to school. 8 days into school, and she's missed 2. got the GS package. can enroll online, but couldn't get the form filled out....just love new improved easier stuff.
printed out new pictures for my locker at work...
miss kate went to bed early.

8.26.2012

Dixie Cups....

after yet another fun filled day of work kate & I did a walmart run since kevin got the car figured out.....friday nite on way to work the push button on gear shift fell out....saturday nite on way to work it wouldn't shift into park, so wouldn't turn all the way off, I ran the truck to Randy's for him and brought the car back home. Mr Resourceful stopped at MFA on the way to work to order the new gear shift piece he needs, then looked on line to see how to get it into park...
I, on the other hand, caught up my mending pile, sewed more patches onto my jean quilt, and put some laundry away. tried to watch another of my Haunted Highways off the list, but katie wanted to watch Project X.
last nite I fell asleep on the couch watching Haunted Highway on the dvr, woke up at 9:00 and went to bed, where I woke up when my alarm went off this morning. I live such an exciting life.
AND today I heard yet ANOTHER story of an area wife whom I know whose husband told her that her job was too stressful, it wasn't worth it, to just QUIT and they would figure it out. I know my husband loves me, but I can't picture those words ever coming out of him mouth. maybe he just doesn't know how miserable I am at work. I'd like to think if he did, that I would be a happy stay at home mom...

or this one......

I am so looking forward to my little cabin in the woods...

or I could live in one of these....

classy Victorian elegance or a little cabin...

8.25.2012

I would so buy a house in town if it was this one!

It's situated on an awkward piece of land on a triangular block in D.C.'s Shaw/U Street corridor. The house was built in 1910, and it's showing its age in places,

8.24.2012

the problem with the old dump & drive....

is you have to go pick up your kid....they don't know where you're parked...you arrive either waaaaaaay to damn early or waaaaaay too damn late. tonite was tooooo early. then I drove my monster truck to Casey's for a Snickers & Pepsi & about never got out. but now we are home safe and sound. a comment from Dakota's mom on my facebook post made me cry. I have so much bitter in me from all the stuff I miss....it's not just the first words and first steps...then it's first day of school...the driving test....moving back to college....

came home to no blue &white Ford in the driveway...

I'm just not good at this whole letting the kids grow up thing. I would be a lot better with it if I could've had the day off to help him move in and take him out to lunch, then reflect on what a good kid he is on the way home...but I knew better than even ask for the day off. wasn't gonna happen.
likewise, I am still pissed that I have missed the last 2 years of Katie's 1st day of school, making a breakfast she won't eat, dropping her off, picking her up, the mandatory front porch picture....
did the old drive & dump at Tiger Nation's first home FB game...she was supposed to meet Vivian, who was with someone else & didn't acknowledge her....will go back in a bit and wait to pick her up. no text wanting to leave yet....which is a good thing, I guess...the older girl that Viv and her sisters were with is not one of Katie's favorite people...therefore, not one of mine, either, although I really don't know the girl. blood comes first.
I just miss seeing my kids. I have worked their entire childhood, they don't need me anymore, but I still crave time with them. and I am not happy about all the time I have missed with them because responsible adults have jobs.

he's leavin', on a jet plane....

KJ is all packed for college...will be back to one kid when I get home from work tonite.
lsst nite did bills, swept floors, put away laundry, watched the new Honey Boo Boo off dvr....I have to tape the late nite one,since they're recording stuff during prime time. I am upset that they gave Glitzy pig back. you don't give back annoying pets, you deal with them and the whole family suffers. I know this. I have 2 weiner dogs!
last nite katie & I also watched The Vow. not my kind of movie....I don't like depressing chick flicks. it was based on a a real life story, and although she never got her memory back, they fell in love again and had 2 kids. I did not find this inspirational. Leo never really got his wife back. her personality changed. I think he did the right thing when he ended it. but here she comes some time frame later walking down the street to the place where they'd shared hot chocolate...should've ran away, man. 'cause that chick ain't really Paige!

8.22.2012

day 4 of school

and katie called in sick....she was pueking monday running the mile in p.e.
I rushed thru work & left early so kj & I could go to our rescheduled eye dr appts.....I had to order bifocal reading glasses that I can use while I drive to see road signs...then to the dentist where he ground off a tooth that was hitting my crown and causing bone loss? didn't hurt when he did it, but my mouth ached at bedtime...which was late since we all stayed up watching American Psycho
and kevin changed the sheets! we took back the lawnmower for 'the season', katie helped him mow the dust and weeds the other nite. and all vehicles are home from the mechanic. yep....they've alllllllll 3 been there in the last few days!

8.20.2012

mowing the dust bunnies

kevin picked up kate at school and took her to orthodontist...traded the car for kj's truck at the mechanic...josh over for wrestling & pizza....and kevin is mowing the dust and weeds....katie's first homework of the year...algebra.

8.19.2012

a glorious weekend off!

sleeping...Katie went to all nite skate....I loaded family pictures onto various sites..watched some stuff off the dvr...even did some cooking!

8.18.2012

have had ever so much fun scanning old pictures today....

in the aunt minerva collection I am currently working on, found a picture of Harriet Hughes Harrison Maxwell....photos of Grace Higdon and Emma Maxwell, Ruth Cooper Wagoner, and Mary Alice Bryant Higdon McMican! and countless others. what family treasures! also started reading a book in the box....LAND HUNGER A True Cornbread Editon About Northwest Missouri, How It Was Settled, And How It Lives Now by Garnet Young. no mention of any of my line yet, but it is fascinating reading of the type of life my great grandparents would've lead!
Katie is at the Bethany All NIte Skate. I am up waaaay to late loading these old pics to facebook and my blog.
went to Walmart after dropping Katie off....we saw a beautiful rainbow over Dairy Queen! bought a pink file box to put the stack of important to somebody papers off the dining room table in so if I end up in the garage looking for them, they'll be easier to find?
Bethany McDonald's is remodeling. did that have a connection with having to wait forever for my fries????

adding to the bucket list....

found these watching Haunted Collector.......
King's Tavern in Natchex, Mississippi
Zaffis Paranomal Museum in Stratford, Connecticut
Octagon Hall in Franklin, Kentucky
Old Crow Antiques & Primitives in Sturgis, Kentucky----ok, found this one of facebook!
a google search told me that The Zaffis Paranormal Museum is closed till further notice because of filming for Haunted Collector.

I love the dreams where we move into a different house....

it is always so huge and rambling inside, with tons of rooms, some of them of course left furnished.....and multiple random closets, storage rooms, and tons of shelves and drawers. because in reality, I am not a hoarder, I just don't have enough room for my stuff. so, this time we are in Eagleville, which means Katie gets to switch schools, and be closer to her friends. she gets to pick a bedroom, which has this teeny tiny bathroom close to it. she is happy. Kj found an office,complete with kelly green desk and lots of little lamps attached to wall over desk. evidently an extreme couponer had lived there, there was a huge room full of floor to ceiling shelves full of maxi pads and depends and cat food. (have I been watching too much Here Comes Honey Boo Boo? possibly. I just love Mama June!) The house is so big I can't find the kids. they've left weiner dogs, too, who are having puppies in the yard. and some strange skulking scary looking neighbors. everytime I turn around, I am finding a different hidey hole. I am estatic!
yesterday was Kj's last day at Wade 3. I'm gonna miss that kid! he spent the nite at Dakota's. he is sick...bad sinus infection or something. Dr gave him antibiotics. I think gettingo of the hog dust will be the best cure.
so, last nite was just me and Katie....I filled out back to school paperwork, which is much less than it was years ago when I had to do it for 3 kids...watched the rest of my Haunted Collector s off the dvr; dyed my hair a lighter color, popped open a Mikes Hard Lemonade.
yesterday the boss let me & Kj leave a half hour early. it was heavenly. and unexpected. I always expect to get screwed at work. It's nice when I'm wrong.

8.17.2012

the first day of eighth grade....

I couldn't get off work for the first day of school again this year....not that Katie wanted me to. She did take a self portrait of herself in her first day outfit. I love her for that! after all the dreading and drama and worry, she says it was ok. I was ready for online home school...

8.15.2012

katie's last day of summer....

does she want to go back to school? no. usually she is planning outfits and hair. tonite she asked me if we would move from Mercer if our house burnt. does she plan on burning our house down? I finally got online researching home school options. found a westernchristian one I think we could afford. some of them (redoak!) were pricey.
she decided she would go & see how it went. she would like to go to private school and wear a uniform.
I came home from work, swept/mopped/swiffered; handwashed Kate's delicate laundry, and made her a chocolate pie and sweet tea. we watched the Johnny Bravo dvd. I love me some Johnny Bravo...

where oh where did the summer go?

could probably enjoy it more if I didn't donate a bajillion hours to my stupid job...and will Katie actually go to school tomorrow? she is adament about not wanting to continue on at Mercer....and I understand. I would love to walk out of my job and never go back. at least she gets summers off and eventually gets to leave....
spent some time with Brenda & kids the last couple of weeks. think we're ready for back to school....both junior high and college. won't get to "help" bubba move in this year....my weekend to work and no one is going to come in and cover for ME. sigh...
avalanche is home...the growly noise ended up being a lot more than originally thought, but you fix the things you love.

8.12.2012

girls day out....

we slept in, then Katie had an appt. at Perfection Salon in Trenton for a trim and color. on our way to KC to shop with Koren, we stopped at a gas station in Trenton for drinks....and my old neighbor/friend Kris Sterling works there! always fun to run into an old friend! met up with Koren & spent some quality time at Independence Center Mall. Katie got some more clothes, she is having a really hard time finding what she wants this year. had my first Yogurtini....and delivery Pizza Hut @ Koren & Cody's. they will be taking the Harley to Lake of the Ozarks next weekend. They do such cool stuff together...

8.08.2012

a scentsy warmer.....

mom, brenda & kids came over bearing a Scentsy warmer. we supplied Mercer Pizza Plus for supper. Katie made a space for the warmer, got a bar put into it. I found an extension cord for her phone charger. the Dexters Laboratory & Johnny Bravo dvds arrived today. Kevin set up the new computer. more rain. Rain is a good thing!

8.07.2012

Katie's first bike ride


this was the week she stayed with Koren & Cody...I've probably already posted it....

time to blog...

Brenda & kids are at mom & dad's this week, we hung out with them 2 nites over there (& dad & mom & John), they were supposed to come here tonite, but I had to stay for heat, so Kevin cancelled. I ended up getting to leave at 5. thought I'd clean house, but....it is what it is. I did get the sheets changed and made supper and ran the dishwasher and washed pots and pans. and watched the new Dance Moms.
IT RAINED! the grass was wet and everything!
Kevin had a massage and chiropractor today.
KJ had an eye dr appt. but had to move it to my day since he blew a tire on the way there & we ended up buying 2 new tires for the car.
Katie had her physical today & Kevin discussed birth control options with the dr.
made Katie's beauty shop appt. for Saturday morning, then plan on heading to KC for her to school shop with Koren.
school starts next week, but she says she won't go to Mercer. and we can't move. altho the thought of moving even a little ways away and starting our lives over seems pretty sweet! I would have more free time with out band boosters and Girl Scouts, although I enjoy doing both most days...I like to think we'd rent some huge old rambling house with a big front porch and a turret, we'd have a library and a family room, I WOULD make my own laundry soap and Queen Anne's Lace jelly and dried Queen Anne's Lace pictures, start my own photography studio, get going on that novel....
Kate took a lot of cool pics of her cousins with her new camera...it has a lot of special effects and options. I am jealous.
Katie is still looking thru old scrapbooks...and now KJ is, too!

8.05.2012

katie's wild weekend...

kj stayed for heat friday nite so I could take katie to bethany to pick up kyla so she could go with her to Blythdale fair, then they went to a sleepover. I went back to Bethany to WM, where a roast beef and cheddar on rustic french loaf in the deli section looked good. I've made this mistake before. not all that wonderful. and I couldn't remember exactly where the cemetery I wanted to rephotograph was on the way home. bought katie a clearance camera where I met quite possibly one of the strangest WM shoppers I've ever seen, she crawled INTO the clearance camera display case WITH the associate who had the bad luck to be working, and then was opening all the boxes and trying the camera card from her camera into the new cameras??? too bad I didn't have a camera on me, that would've been an above and beyond POW picture....two butts sticking out of the camera case. she asked him to crawl clear in there to make sure the camera she wanted hadn't fell behind the otherw! kj & I worked the weekend, and he is the most burnt out parttimer I have ever seen. of course, he's only had a handful of days off all summer, and he deals with the nursery gilts daily....plugged feeders, ripped off feed tubes, plugged water nipples, being attacked at every turn. when he goes back to school...guess who gets that job back? (sigh...) on the drive to Blythdale to pick kate up at the fair lats nite, I was thinking....I wouldn't mind renting a huge old house in Cainsville, she could have her dream of changing schools, she'd be closer to her friends, I'd get out of the obligations I have here....but I would be driving a LOT farther to work and so would kevin... who, by the way, showed me the website of the hotel he booked for our anniversary weekend....Chateau Avalon Hotel in KS. and wow! breakfast in bed, robes, personal massage, jacuzzi in room.... mom called during my nap last nite to invite us over tonite to see brenda & kids.

8.02.2012

another lengthy nap on the couch after work kinda day...

tbh....gettin' kindo of old. woke up to katie going thru old scrapbooks looking at family pictures. I spent so much time on those scrapbooks and now they're just piled up around the house. the dirty house I no longer have the energy to clean. but I did get the bills done. kevin has quit sharing rides to work with doug, he has decided to drive himself.

another picture someone posted of katie at church camp


and she really doesn't like this one....but I think it is cool.

8.01.2012

it was a work all day, come home for a nap on the couch kind of day....


KJ opened the casa di me padre movie.....epic! he also picked up Katie from the party at Kayla's on his way home from work....
work...where the floater that is sometimes thought incompetent found several very important things wrong and prevented likely disaster since I am a walking zombie....and where the vacationing manager emailed me that I can have the powerwasher or MY SON stay late for heat so I don't have to stay every nite....it was 7:10p.m. last nite.

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