Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Pack It On Pack It In

Well we're off to Massachusetts for VK.

There is so much going on lately that I cannot even get it all down. Briefly, me being sick is a biggie, packing, traveling, Christmas, hospital trips, and trying to find time to pack.

More riveting updates to follow. See you next year Dear Diary!

Monday, December 20, 2010

The Sickness Continues


I am still sick. Today, I wanted to go out to Bolling AFB to the doctors and run some errands, but it isn't happening. For one: I feel like I am on a merry go round, For two: I actaully have no idea where my keys are.

I haven't taken the percocet today. After last night, I think I need something else. Apparently I got up a decided to take a shower in the middle of the night. I have no recollection of this. Also according to my dear husband, I kept walking out of our room in the buff talking about all kinds of stuff. I do remember taking my shirt off at one point because I was so itchy, but that is all. Anyway - it is obvious, I cannot handle this medicine. Honestly, it isn't really working. I still have a horrible headache and side effects are what I'd classify as extreme.

I am hoping that after I get all this medication flushed from my system I will at least feel steady on my feet again. Both of us are a little concerned that what ever this is won't go away by the time we are suppose to leave for Massachusetts. But I'm thinking I will okay. I spoke to my sister this morning for almost an hour and felt like I was coherent 99% of the time. So that it good.

Okay - time to go lay down. Whooooo, and there is just so much today.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Hi ho Hi ho It's Off to the ER We Go!


So, all week I'd felt blah. I had a headache and couldn't really stay motivated. Plus everything seemed like it was the worst ever and there wasn't a thing I could do about it. At first I thought I had food poisoning from Chinese food, but then started to feel a little better, then my friend T said one of her kids was sick with the same symptoms and since we were just at the water park with them I thought maybe we all had the same thing. However her little ones were throwing up, and I never did - in fact I just kept thinking if I could that would be a relief. I was such a jumbled mess that I opted to just equate it to my period. Seriously, I just thought I was hormonal or something. But, the headache was getting worse.

Yesterday morning I took Maggie to the groomers and met S for breakfast. After breakfast he went to pick up C at church and I headed over to Kmart to do a little shopping. But things turned for the worse. My headache went from annoying and throbbing to the worst pain ever and I couldn't even drive home at first. I sat in my car just praying I could see straight. After about twenty minutes I was able to get home (less than a mile away). S took me to the ER right away.

I had a CT and a spinal tap done. Everything was negative. The good news: it isn't my gall bladder, which I was afraid it was. The bad news: The doc really has no idea what it is. I was sent home with three RX's. One for Oxy / Percocet, one for pepcid, and one for some type of anti nausea medicine. It all seems to work, a little. But the headache is so intense that the meds just take the edge off. Actually every time the medicine starts to wear off the headache feels worse, which I didn't think was possible. Tears, lots of them.

Church is in eighteen minutes. I don't think I am making it. Kinda of bummed there, I kept hoping I'd be able to move by now. About two hours ago I had S bring me the computer. I have to keep taking breaks just to post this and a blurb on FB. I think I am going to have to just call the weekend a wash and hope I feel better soon. The MD said if I didn't feel better to return to the ER. I am hoping I can wait until tomorrow to see my regular doc.

Please note: I am as high as a kite, spelling, continuity, and making sense aren't exactly my strong points. Just wanted to post for myself - posterity I suppose.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Chaotic Choruses

What a whirl wind of crap. Just to highlight:

  • C is out of control. Seriously, so much so that I am taking him to a therapist on Monday. I could blab about that for 1000 words or better, but I've already talked about it until I'm sick of hearing myself.
  • E's Christmas present, which I ordered on the 13th of November is back ordered. I canceled the order and ordered it from someplace else. It cost more. Errr.
  • The other half of E's gift arrived today, it wasn't complete. I am missing items. When I called the company they determined that the items were delivered to NJ. They can't reorder and get them either here or home to MA by Christmas. The only hope is that who ever got them returns them to the shipper (UPS) today, then maybe there is a chance... but probably not.
  • School was delayed two hours today because of the snow. C was great this morning but then lost it at the bus stop. Throwing snow at another kids face just before the bus got there. As previously determined the child is out of control. I dealt with it as best as possible but I swear steam was coming from my ears as I got home. To calm down I took the dog for a walk. I sprained my ankle. I also forgot Maggie had a vet appointment at the same time. Errr. I rescheduled.
  • I cannot get pictures to load on a digital photo album. There is no software. I cannot figure it out. I am annoyed.
  • My husband called this morning, he is getting bumped from his flight - he'll be home a few hours late. He got 400 dollars worth of free vouchers to use for the airline at another time. He wants to use them on Sunday. Seriously, this Sunday. It isn't all that exciting of story; he is 2000 miles shy of flying 100,000 in a year. If you hit that 100K mark you get all kinds of airline perks. He wants his perks. Sunday - really. Just fly to Atlanta and back? Moron.
  • The computer is running a little sluggish. I filled it with roughly 3000 + songs. Now I cannot erase them. It seems my computer just keeps archiving them and moving them to all kinds of different folders. If I erase them they go into "recently changed" documents, if I erase them from there they go back to the recycle bin, erase them from there and back to "recently changed". It is a cycle of deleting madness.
Is someone playing a joke on me? Seriously it is His birthday season not April Fools! Yah, yah, deep cleansing breaths. Manic day. Manic lows not highs. I suppose you're not technically manic anymore- now it is Bi-Polar. So a bi day?? That sounds good.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

And The Shocker Is ...

I called Grandma L yesterday. We talked just under an hour and I was reminded how blessed I am to have her. She'll be at my parents for Christmas and I am looking forward to that. Although she admitted that she was a little worried because she's been so sad [ missing grandpa ] and she doesn't want to spontaneously burst into tears in front of C. I assured her she does not have to hide her feelings and that I've already talked with C about how this Christmas is bittersweet in so many ways for our family. I think Gram felt a little better in the end and I was glad I got to talk to her.

In general it always surprises me when someone says something sort of old fashioned. While talking to Grandma she mentioned that "a wife cannot interfere with the husband on that matter". I always pictured her as a woman's lib type; afraid not. Imagine that, people surprise you. On this subject I found it quite old fashioned and almost shocking. Wives are important, they do have a say; heck my mother ran the whole ship - or so it seemed, well maybe she was just louder; but always my parents were side by side not one in front of the other. Evolution at it's best?

Monday, December 13, 2010

Crude Kid

C: Mom did you fart?

Me: No

C: Are you sure because it smells like Diet Coke and ice cream over here?

Me: Yeah - I'm sure

C: Seriously mom you've got to smell this

Me: Enough, drop it

C: You mean like you dropped that fart?


Oh Man what a weekend! T and I took her three (triplets) and C to GWL, the huge indoor water park in Williamsburg, VA. Water, water everywhere! Pictures don't really do it justice, but man was it fun. So many pools, attractions, slides, and fun. We saw an Undercover Boss episode on this place and were so looking forward to going. All the kids had a great time, but I swear we are all so tired. I actaully considered keeping C home from school today - but thought better of it :D

The best part of the place was certainly the water park, but there was tons of stuff to do in the hotel and in the outside portion of the park (that was closed because it is winter - although we didn't even notice it was there until the second day because the place was so huge!) I loved the slides. C and a I went on this one where you carry a tube up to the top and then they send you down together. It was a blast. Being with T and the kids was so much fun. Her kids are too cute. And they all did so good. As over stimulating as that place can be for kids we really had no troubles. Fun for all.

Thank you USAF for the great deal! We could NEVER have afforded to go there if it weren't for you!

Scout Disclaimer

I am floored. I got a three paragraph apology email from the top scouts leader in our area. My email to him was so simple, just a two line, was the meeting canceled? Can you add to your email address? That was it. He emailed me a long winded explanation that there were so many email lists and the cancellation notice didn't go out to everyone. Fair enough, accidents happen. The good part is that he explained that the Tiger cubs just doesn't have that many kids but the next group has so many that they can't really combined it because kids would just get lost in the mix. Unfortunately their line of thinking failed because all the Tiger cubs got lost in the mix as a result. But on a good note they've sent out a schedule for the rest of the school year with actual Tiger Cub meetings, times, dates, addresses, and reall information. So here is hoping the best.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Just Our Luck??

I perhaps am to upset at the moment to be rational about this; but for crying out loud!

Boy Scouts stinks. I am just going to put it out there. Since September it has been popcorn, popcorn, popcorn. Since September my son has not really had any Tiger Cub meetings - they've all been lodge meetings while they try to find a leader. Tonight we were suppose to have a meeting and we get there to the HOA club house (an HOA that we are not a part of) and there isn't even a light on. No one was there.

There are no phone numbers on any emails of these 'leaders', there are no address to the "club house", and there is no freaking information for anything related to anything other than popcorn! My kid is upset. He is really upset. He worked so hard with daddy to get his first badge and he was excited to tell the "leader" he was finished.

I was the calm mommy; hypothesizing that maybe I messed up the day or confused the information. We ooooo'd and awed over the Christmas Light Displays and just made the best of a ride around this well off neighborhood. But once we were quiet I heard C crying. So here we are; home; I checked the email; I made no mistake that I can tell, unless there is more than one club house or something. But I was able to go on S's email and see that there is a pack meeting on the 20th, so I emailed the people asked to be added to the email list and if the meeting was canceled or if I had the wrong address. I told C about the "real" meeting date and he seems fine now.

So unfair that S isn't home. I am so annoyed.

Constantly Reminded

A conversation between R, my neighbor, whom is a grandmother of three infants of which she is the day care provider during working hours.

R "the kids are growing out of everything."

Me "I know, I cannot believe how big they've all gotten in just a few months"

R "Especially M he is only 10 months and already the size of the 15 month old twins!" [laughing]

Me "Well I suppose you all will be able to have one killer yard sale this summer."

R "Oh no, we don't want to get rid of stuff to fast, both of my daughters are already talking about their next ones."

Of course, people save baby stuff. Of course; they want to use it again soon. Of course.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

My Day Off


Just a quick note to self: Seriously, don't ever drink three cups of regular coffee before bed, EVER. I feel like I didn't even sleep. LOL. I read a few chapters of my book before I dozed off and dreamed about it all night long. Ahhh, I'm an idiot.

Oh well, off to the bus stop, then walking the dog, then SHOPPING!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Feast of Immaculate Conception

I don't often talk about my faith on this blog. Plain and simple; I complain. A LOT. Rest assured fellow saved constituents, I write and say here what I'd never admit to in public. [inserting political correctness here] It isn't a full picture of our family and how we live our lives; just a glimpse into my mind.

Today is a Holy day in the Catholic Church. The conception of Mary to Ann and Joachim. It is one of my favorite Holy days. Today in church the Priest gave an amazing homily. He was telling us a story about himself in the 80's when he was teaching a group of 40 adult RCIA students. (Adults who want to be Catholic) He was in Canada and his 'students' were mostly Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish immigrants whom as a whole asked him more stumping questions than any other group, ever. On one particular night he brought the group into the church to show them the beauty of our traditions through the stations of the cross, the alter, and the sanctity of Mary's sacrifice. Just as he (the priest) was about to start a lecture one of the students said "Please, I am seeing eight different versions of Mary, tell us
, which one is the one." The priest tried his best to explain that they were all right, that they were all created through God's gifts, through the artists vision of truth. And if something, anything is created through truth than it is right in the eyes of the lord. Profound.

The church had the typical American Mary, blue eyes, blond hair and Our Lady of Guadalupe, plus Mary of the Street which is a dark haired olive skinned version from Italy. All beautiful and all "right".I was having this same conversation with my Mother in Law last week. We were discussing the different perceptions of Mary. I love getting that connection, like the sermon was meant just for me. Like I was the only one there, like the message was all mine for the taking. I know it isn't a far stretch; a priest talking about Mary on a Holy day about Mary; but I swear the words he used were exactly tailored to me.
Profound thinking: "It is right if it was made from truth". I can apply that one in so many aspects. Certainly mine for the taking. I have been up and down this week. Struggling one minute and then dancing the next. My desire to have larger family is so strong. Quiet just makes me cry. It isn't suppose to be like this, and I've been constantly praying that I'd know how to carry on his will. That I would know where we are suppose to "go" next. There is nothing mysterious about this work; it was plain as day; seek ye first the kingdom of God, the truth, that is what is right. The truth is I was praying for his will but vying for my own. Mary, truth: I see see a brighter path.

PS: When searching for pictures of Mary on the internet do not just type in MARY on Google Photo. Nothing holly about that scene! Yikes.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Can it be Done?

Some how this morning as C and I drove S to the airport the idea of going to Hawaii came up... again. C and I have more or less been badgering S to go there every few months. To our surprise this time when C said "What about Hawaii?" and I said "I'd love to go there next Christmas" S replied "I was thinking the same thing. Actually I was thinking of surprising you but I think it might work best if we look into it together."

Seriously? We can go? I don't know. Plane tickets are roughly a grand per person, however S already has enough miles for two people to go for free from United! Well, sort of. United's flights don't open up that far in advance, so I put in dates in October. Here's hoping it is close. Next I looked up Bellows Air Station - a full blown two bedroom house is 65.00 a night. Or we could camp directly on the ocean for 12.00 a night. It is in the low 80's there in December with high humidity, so it looks like that would be great for swimming.

If we go, we are not going on any major VK's this coming year. That is quite a commitment. After all we LOVE our vacations.

Sunday, December 5, 2010


Dear Virginia Department of Transportation,

It occurs to me that no matter what you do you cannot make anyone happy. It has not gone past me that you don't try, either.

For two years I sat in traffic for up to two hours everyday to go nine miles to get home after work. When we moved our traffic problems seemed to subside and we blissfully enjoyed our ignorant view of commuters, SUCKERS. And then it dawned on me; I still plan my days around your crappy construction and horrid merge ideas.

Case in point: See multiple postings here referring to DC traffic killing my day. Also note that Thanksgiving week traffic from NOVA to DC was so bad that we had to pull off and get on the train! Then on the way home we figured it was midnight so the ride would be smooth. We were so wrong. After a forty minute train ride we sat in a twenty five minute back up on 495 N. Once the traffic dispersed we both were elated and figured we'd be home in twenty minutes, tops. Then we got to our exit... OUR EXIT THAT WAS CLOSED! The traffic going southbound was completely stopped and people were out of their cars, so turning around, following the detour was not an option. In fact because of that back up our side was starting to pile up too. We ended up taking Georgetown Pike to get back to Herndon.

I might have to learn to be a hermit.

Annoyed in Northern VA

Saturday, December 4, 2010


I Heart Shopping. It was certainly the best part of my day, so far. We're putting up the tree later - so that sounds promising. But this afternoon was rough, ended up sleeping for most of it - but here's to a better evening!

This morning I went to Khol's and got a ton of stuff; a blazer, a jacket, skinny jeans, two tank tops, one sweater, a pocket book, a skirt, matching scarf, hat, and gloves, plus one really nice blouse for 130.00. I am saving the clothes for Christmas VK; Although I just put on the jeans one tank and a sweater, plus the best boots ever. (the reason for the skinny jeans) S probably wont care too much, but since I spent our money I figured I'd at least show him what I bought :D)

Friday, December 3, 2010


I picked S up at the airport today and then drove him directly to work: he sure is busy these days.

I feel for him. He was up at quarter to six Denver time, quarter to four our time, to go to the airport. Then as soon as he's here he had to go into work. (There is some typical office drama there) Later he is going to call us to come pick him up, hopefully it isn't too late because C has scouts and kids night out tonight. First Friday of every month; C goes to the community center and S and I head out to the movies. I know Joe wants to do it all. He'll insist we go out, insist that C goes to his night out too; after all it makes him feel even worse if we blatantly sacrifice.

What's a wife to do? Well, I figure we could stay home and rent a movie; maybe just hang out and play cards after we sneak out for just desert. What ever it turns out to be I hope we enjoy each other. Sometimes Joe gets a case of the crankies (who can blame him after all that flying and working long hours) and I get a case of the "suck it up moron's". One can only portray complete perfection so long. (ha, ha)

I hope we have a good weekend; he travels next week and the week after that too. To top it off we won't even see him next weekend. (by choice) S flies home on Saturday, next week, but C and I will be in Williamsburg enjoying a mini VK with my friend T and her triplets. We get home Sunday and S flies out to another work destination. I am so excited that he has time off over Christmas. I know I need it; he must need it ten fold.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

An Open Letter To Various Retailers

To Whom it May Concern,

Please, install better toilet paper.

Thank You,

Slightly Chaffed

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Wild Weather

So, who decided it was a good idea to walk the dog during a tornado warning? This girl. I didn't even make it a quarter mile; the wind was pushing me backwards. When I turned around, the wind was pushing me forward. Funniest part: I wasn't the only one!

I drove the neighborhood kiddos to school and on the way back I saw my neighbor walking his schnauzer, Blitz. So I figured it couldn't be that bad. LOL - by the time I got to the stop sign at the end of the street with my pup, he was on his way back too. Normally we crisscross paths a few times in the morning, but not today! We were basically both running with the dogs to get to our homes.

Monday, November 29, 2010

I'm Gonna Stab You

Yup, those were the words my seven year old yelled today while we were outside ... in front of the neighbors.

The story: According to the news, this might be the last nice day for awhile. So, I decided I'd better rake the front yard (S did the back all by himself this weekend), and I figured since it was so sunny and pretty I'd pull C's bike out of the shed. When he got home from school (half day Monday's) his bike was out and I was raking. He was so excited and started riding away. Our neighbors came home from their Thanksgiving VK and their daughter, E, was running around chasing C. It was so cute. Anyway once the grownups finished unpacking their car they came over to chat. We were just about to wrap it up when C started going inside with E right behind him. I called out "hey pal where are you going?" and he said "to get a snack." at that I asked him to wait and he turned around and tried to slam the screen door. I jokingly said "you can't slam it, it's already broken." and then that is when he held up a stick and said "I'm gonna stab you." My first instinct was to correct his grammar and then send him to his room for eternity. But instead here is how it broke down.

L & J, I am sorry we need to go inside now (L & J are the grownups). C, get your bike and put it on the porch, it is time for you to go inside. Once we were inside I very calmly (almost too calmly) said "threatening to harm someone else is a no warning situation, you are going to be punished, sit here while I change my bandages" [ Bandages are another story, my right hand is all torn up from one Thanksgiving burn, a potato peeler mishap and a mystery gouge on my thumb - anyway they were all gross from raking] I took my sweet time changing out the bandages and let him stew for a few.

When I got back to the living room I think I was too calm again. No yelling, no spanking (we don't spank anyway, but I'd assume if we did we'd be instilling the policy here), no threatening, just very basic. "We don't threaten each other with violence ever, you need to go to your room; no TV, just sit on your bed, you can come out to use the bathroom or get a small drink of water. We'll see you at dinner." And off he went - no apologies, no crying, no nothing. And off I went, back to rake. I figured the hard labor would help me blow off some steam. I was really angry and to be honest, embarrassed.

As I was raking some time later, a man came up in his car and was obviously lost. He asked me in broken English to put an address in his GPS, but it wasn't in English and I was so clueless. I tried to give him directions but in the end I managed a very bad translation of "follow me." I called C down to hop in the car and we led the guy to his destination, it was only a mile away, and he was so thankful. In the car C says "Mom I have something to say, I am sorry and I appologize." I thanked him for his apology and dug my heels in expecting the next sentence "So, now can I go back outside?" To which I said "C I appreciate your apology, but threatening another person is very serious and a needs a harsher consequence than hanging out in your room for a half hour. When we get home you will need to return to your room. I hope that this helps you remember not to say those type of things again." He said nothing.

When we got home he attempted to slam the door on me, I pretended not to notice. Maybe I should of at least yelled or something, but really there was no outcome that could of been better if I had. The kid is grounded to his room until dinner time. Thanks to the attempted door slam, were eating later than normal and there will be no TV tonight for him. Zero. Dinner, homework, bath, bed.

It is weird. I don't feel bad about punishing him, this can't go unnoticed in my book. But I do feel guilty about not doing fun stuff with him today.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Dear Walmart

Dear Walmart,

Despite my recent pledge noted HERE; I returned. You assholes hooked me with your larger than life Black Friday ad. Triumphantly I proclaim I didn't buy a damn thing. Humbly I note that I am a sucker. You freaking people almost killed me. Hyperbole: I THINK NOT!

Opening Thanksgiving day and starting the sales at the stroke of midnight may have been genius, albeit dangerous. The lines wrapped the store two times over (if you could call them lines, it was more like herded cattle). One lady trapped my husband and I between two carts and then pushed me with her cart while staring into my eyes. The aisles were trashed, entire pallets of pajamas and movies spilled into the pathways. Most of the "hot buys" were gone and items that were "saved" for the 5:00am super sale were already broken into by customers - the shrink wrap was everywhere. Some people were camped out in aisles trying to nap until morning to get their item for less. And where was the crowd control, well you fucking tell me!

I saw one employee socializing to a woman sitting on a pile of dog food. The were really yucking it up. I saw a second employee crying in a front aisle. And then, and this is the biggie, there were some employees at registers. You freaking morons opened your doors and didn't even have half of your registers manned. So, lets recap - mass chaos, no crowd control, minimal inventory, minimal sales staff, dangerous conditions, multiple OSHA violations, and the audacity to rope me into to giving you a second chance. No way - let this be a promise - NEVER AGAIN.

I am not a Walmart Customer. I do not shop at Walmart. I will not purchase anything of GREAT VALUE EVER AGAIN!


Your lost cause:
Jamie B Wagner

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Been Busy

The holidays have started. I think I'll go hide now.

Thanksgiving was quite delightful. 1 Grandma, 1 Old Crazy Aunt, a long lost cousin, mom, dad, our family of 3, 3 triplets and one more mom, and a partridge in a pair tree crowded into our little house. It was cozy and sweet.

Know what is sweeter? They're gone. :D Loved having 'em, love seeing 'em go. It was the crazy old Aunt and grandma that made it a little tough. My great aunt has been living with grandma as she's been diagnosed with short term memory loss; although it seems she has no memory at all sometimes. She kept asking S how she could get back to the room she was staying in. Yesterday my mom found her at the top of the stairs staring at the wall. When mom asked what she was doing she said "just trying to get back to the TV". She'd been there for at least twenty minutes, according to mom. She kept asking me where my sister was; I'd tell her in Massachusetts and she'd say "when did she move there? where are her kids?" I think she kept thinking I was my cousin Jamie, her granddaughter, who has a sister C, with two kids who lives in Jersey. Anyway - the nutty one wasn't really problematic, she is sweet and very quiet; it is just that grandma isn't keen on taking care of her and isn't afraid who knows it. All combined it is quite the family saga.

Despite the saga we did manage a few outings and had a very nice Thanksgiving. We went to the Air and Space museum, headed out to the casino, a battlefield, the mall, a Wizards game, golfing a few times, and black Friday shopping too. Just dad and I went to the Wizards game. It was really good - lots of action in overtime.

So that is the basic scoop; for memory purposes; the bitch-fest can start later. Just a headline tease: Dear Walmart, NEVER AGAIN!, Dear Toys R' US, MORONS!, Dear VDOT; SERIOUSLY; GO FUCK YOURSELF.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Truth Be Told

Sometimes I just can't stand people. Period.

Today at the gas station an older grandpa type guy tapped me on the shoulder and pointed to the no cell phone sign. Yes, I was on the phone, yes I really think that my cell phone causing an electromagnetic shock is 1 in four hundred trillion and I am willing to take that risk. Whatever, he just looks at me and says "gonna blow the whole place up". NO I AM NOT! LEAVE ME ALONE!

At the commissary the cashier acted as though I was the biggest pain in the ass that ever walked into the store. (No I wasn't on my phone at this point) I asked if I could exchange some quarters for ones and he gave me such a hard time. Dick Head. For crying out loud, we have to tip the baggers and you can't hand them a hand full of change.

At the BX I found a great deal on a pair of sneakers for C. The cashier checked them over when she rung me out. Unfortunately when C went to try them on tonight we found out one shoe is a size two and the other a three. Who would change them?

My parents are coming tomorrow. Mom must be a little nervous about the Holidays without grandpa. She's on high alert.

My husband if off to a basketball game with his friend J. I got them the tickets for S's birthday a few weeks back. At the same time I bought those I also bought two tickets for a game next week, thinking that either him and my dad could go or maybe I'd go with my dad. For some reason S seems a little annoyed about that. I think he wants the two of us to go instead. Problem is I asked my dad if he wanted to go before I bought the tickets and I really want him to get to go. Just a year ago he couldn't even fit in the seats and I am just so excited for him and proud of him. I think S misses that point. He isn't wrong to want to spend time with me. It just comes across as a little funny. Like, what I planned isn't good enough - or the way he wanted it.

My in-laws are pinging about Christmas. L called the other day under the pretext of her received school pictures, only two lay into me about how bad off gram is. Gram is 80 something and in a nursing home. She doesn't have much if any of her mind left. It is all very sad. But L's point was S shouldn't go visit her when we go home. S is a grown up. This is his grandmother, he'll go if he wants to, and that is just what I told her. She was okay with it, just a little flustered that I didn't agree. There is more there too -but in an effort to keep my promise to myself, I'll stop complaining.

Not to mention all week the only adult conversations I've had have been with the dog or my mother. Scott was in California - and sure, he calls, but it is quick, and if it isn't I am trying to get in all the details of the day and before I know it he's half asleep. I was suppose to meet up with my friend T today when I went into DC but she ended up doing some errands - bad timing.

I spent the majority of the week Christmas shopping. Toys R Us had a great internet sale, free shipping, half of leapster games, and a large stuffed animal for only 4.99. I designed a company logo for my dad and managed to order promotional business stuff for him; like business cards, signs, and stationary. I also set up an email account with his company name and a blog for him. I hope he likes it all. Vistaprint now loves me.

Tomorrow the invasion begins. Mom, Dad, Grandma, and Aunt B will be here through Thanksgiving. I am looking forward to it. - I suppose that will curb the annoyance of only talking to one or two people all week.

You know what? I am just in a bad mood. Get over yourself Jamie.

Monday, November 15, 2010

The Fan Club

This Christmas we are participating in a new family grab. My side of the family has opted to divide up the kids and each family only buy for one child. I love this idea! It works out so that we spend less and the kids get a better gift; and more thoughtful. In addition to the kid gift, the kids are doing a grab between themselves - homemade ornaments and a small gift, and the grown ups are doing a Yankee Swap. I love it. This freed up so much money and allowed me to really focus on the idea of a meaningful gift for one child.

Confession: I put a lot of thought into adult gifts... not necessarily kid gifts. My defense, kids are generally happy to see anything in shiny paper. They love toys, games, money, and candy. Kids also grow so fast and loose interest in things even faster. I know, I know, not true all the time - but that being said; I was excited to put a lot of thought into my cousin E's gift.

We "pulled" E's name for adult/kid grab. E loves soccer. She plays in a competitive league and is really good. She loves it. She is also 11, which means she is pretty into herself. LOL. So we came up with the idea to give her a cheering section / fan club. The E Club. I designed and ordered a big banner for her parents and siblings to hold at her games, we bought noise makers and soccer beach ball, and a real bullhorn/ megaphone - all of which we will put her league emblem on, we also got a sign with her last name on it in her team colors, business cards, an address stamp, and are planning to add 25 pictures with a metallic sharpie so she can hand out autographs. I cannot wait to see it all together. Her mother is going to kill me for the bullhorn. LOL - that family is loud enough :P)

Friday, November 12, 2010

J-O-B Woes

Sooooo, still looking for that J-O-B. Interesting turn of events yesterday and today ... I was scammed! Nothing actaully happened because I saw all the red flags; but gosh - you just can't trust anyone these days. The story: Every Monday I comb the paper and send out resume's. Sometimes I look on Monster or Craigslist too. Last week I submitted a resume to a job listing for a data entry clerk that I saw on Craigslist. Yesterday I got an email saying that I qualified and they'd like to set up an online interview. I was a little skeptical because there were quite a few grammatical errors in the email from Edward Jones; you know the big financial company, and they asked that I log into Yahoo messenger for the interview. It seemed odd, but I just hoped for the best. Well today I log in and the guy keeps telling me about the job as if I have it already and won't really answer any questions, plus more typos. Then at the end he says something to the effect of you'll get a free laptop and be reimbursed for software purchases. Right. There it is, you asshole. Here is the "interview", just goes to show you, you have to be so careful. I am wagnesm.

wagnesm: Good Morning
Rick Adams: How are you doing ?
wagnesm: Fine, thank you. And You?
Rick Adams: I am Ok
Rick Adams: Are you set for your interview?
wagnesm: I have received an email from you requesting the addition of your contact information to Yahoo, but not further instructions.
Rick Adams: Okay
Rick Adams: Have you been interviewed online before?
wagnesm: No, I have not had the opportunity
Rick Adams: Okay
Rick Adams: I am Mr Rick Adams am here to brief and interview you more about the opening position
The name of the company is Edward jones Company, this branch recruiting is located at St louis MO USA,to know more about the company
wagnesm: I responded to an ad posted in the Washington DC metro area.
Rick Adams: we're known for our personal approach to business. Everyone here, whether they work in our headquarters or in their own neighborhood office as a Financial Advisor or branch office administrator, is dedicated to one purpose – helping our clients achieve their long-term financial goals. The company is mainly into Data entry and accounting work from home and now going into Data Entry and Accounting work from home job to create employment opportunity for the less privilege, disables and manily to decrease the rate of unemployment in the economy.
wagnesm: Interesting approach
Rick Adams: Okay
Rick Adams: This is strictly an online and work from home job the working hours are flexible and you can chose to work from anywhere of your choice,the pay is $25 per hour training is $20 per hour and will be get payment bi weekly via direct deposit or paycheck working 40 to 45 hours weekly,if you are employed you are going to be working as a full employee and not an independent contractor.Benefits: Health, Dental, Life and AD&D Insurance, Employee Wellness and 401k plans.Paid Time Off and Holidays with Generous Company Discounts
wagnesm: Benefits are great to know up front; thank you. I would like to understand more about the job.
Rick Adams: Okay
Rick Adams: Working hrs are flexible.All activities and corresponding time are to be recorded in excel spreadsheet.As for your duties, i will assist you with any difficulties by email
wagnesm: It sounds fairly basic, what type of data entry is needed? Are we talking numbers into spreadsheets, accounting software, or word style entry into the same? I do have a plethora of experience in both fields, as they are often intertwined.
Rick Adams: Yeah
Rick Adams: I believe as we proceed further you will get to know more and understand better.
Rick Adams: DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:Tracks data and source documents.Prepares and sorts source documents, and identifies and interprets data to be entered.Compiles, sorts and verifies data for accuracy.Contacts responsible parties to resolve moderately complex questions, inconsistencies, or missing data.Enters alphabetic, numeric, or symbolic data from source documents into computer following format displayed on screen, and enters necessary codes.Compares data entered with source documents identifying errors and subsequently correcting any errors.Files or routes source documents after entry.Responds to inquires regarding entered data.Maintains daily count of work processed. May create periodic reports for management.Performs routine maintenance on machinery used.Preparation of B
wagnesm: Okay
Rick Adams: Balance sheets (Mini), account balancing, invoicing recording,proper data analysis of sales records and recording pay slips into accounting database all these will be done through the use of the Accounting Software.The Supervisor, who would be attached to you online, He/She would assign logs of duty daily and you would be required to work according to instructions, using the Microsoft Office tools and the Accounting software. Now the function of the Accounting software is to arrange, formalize and manage the data you have processed, sent to your supervisor via E-mail.
wagnesm: Can you please explain the "Performs routine maintenance on machinery? Everything else sounds good.
Rick Adams: You will understand more as we proceed
Rick Adams: Can you handle these duties?
wagnesm: Yes I have experience in these fields.
Rick Adams: Good
Rick Adams: You will undergo a one week training from your training supervisor,he will training you on how to work with the programs accurate and other Data entry works you will need to get done.Your training is going to be done online through your Pc and Phone
wagnesm: Okay
Rick Adams: You will Earn $25 per hour,You will receive your pay via Direct deposit or Paycheck bi weekly.Training $20 per hour
wagnesm: You've already covered this. This does not sound 'normal'. Is there a way to communicate through the Edward Jones website or to validate this information?
Rick Adams: That would be when you become a full emplloyee
wagnesm: Is there an application to fill out through Edward Jones?
Rick Adams: You will receive a w-2 form coming along with the softwares and benefits package via FedEx
wagnesm: Okay, one can never be too sure when communicating via messanger.
Rick Adams: Okay
Rick Adams: Here are the name's of the software's you will need to start working with Myob business essentials software 2010, US Patent Single Users Pack simply accounting 2010
wagnesm: So there is definitely some interest in my part, what do you need from me at this point to proceed?
Rick Adams is typing...
Rick Adams: The company will provide you a free Hp laptop with a fast internet connection and your W4 form will be coming along with the working materials you need to start working with.Therefore you are needed to make purchase for the software programs you need to start working with and the company will have you reimbursed for the order of the software programs.You are to make the purchase for the programs the company does not specialized on the software programs you are to get it from the company certified vendor that is the third party to the company she will have them install with disc and shipped to you overnight via FedEx
wagnesm: Absolutely not. This interview is bogus and I will be reporting it as fraud.
After that I deleted him as a contact and started filing complaints. I reported it directly to Edward Jones and our local news. Then I contacted Craigslist about it too. If you have editing software linked to your on line browser you can see how many typos this guy has; crazy. If anyone else knows who to report this type of stuff to please let me know.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

A Funny Disclaimer

I got an email from Snapfish today. The fine print read:

A NOTE ABOUT 2-DAY & OVERNIGHT SHIPPING: If you chose 2-day or overnight shipping for your order, please allow 5-7 business days for your order to be processed.


It's Raining Men

I found $70.00. It is exactly raining Benjamen's but Abe's will do! The other day when I took C to the mall I pulled out his old wallet for him to use. I totally forgot that we bought his bike online. He gave me his birthday money to pay for it but I never took it out of the old wallet. So there it was. I was pretty excited about it.

In other $ news: Instead of taking C to Sears to get his pictures taken we set up a little studio here and took them. C and I had so much fun. He was pretending to be a model and was cracking me up. The pictures came out really good. I ordered a collage of them from and plan on putting them in the family Christmas cards. In the end the pictures cost only 14.00 for 3 8x10, 50 4x6's, and 40 wallets. Because I'd never ordered anything from that company I had a "coupon" for 50 free prints and one 8x10. I love saving money.

Money that I've already spent - LOL. I made a trip to 5 Below and basically bought the store :D. Christmas shopping is almost done. Now, to find a big enough box to mail all the stuff out. Luckily some of it can come in the car with us at Christmas because we are headed to Massachusetts to celebrate with the family.

In Microsoft Kinect news: Yesterday I broke down and called the company. I had gotten a confirmation email after I ordered the darn thing saying that I would receive a tracking number via email on the 4th. Well, I still hadn't heard anything so I gave them a call. I was basically told that Microsoft canceled my order because of unknown reasons. I asked if it had anything to do with American Express holding up the sale and the guy said he couldn't tell for sure. Then he says "regrettably Microsoft had no idea this would be so popular and cannot fill anymore orders for the Kinect unless it is bundled with a new Xbox 360 system." Needless to say I was a little bummed out. After telling the guy that the excuse he gave was lame but I know it isn't his fault, I asked the guy for some help in locating one at a store but every place he gave me was out of them. The Microsoft guy was really nice and even he said at one point "Believe me, I know, I have been dealing with this for days, I keeping hoping the company finally lets us tell people we just screwed up." He further explained that Microsoft won't be selling anymore single units to stores either -only in bundles, so what is out there is there, there won't be anymore. In the end S and I were both a little miffed but in the end we figured it was for the best and since the company rep was nice and tried to be helpful we just let it go. Then to my surprise S called me last night from Denver and said "Hey I am in a Microsoft store and they have hundreds of these things, should I buy one?" Yeah, so he did.

So, Cooper has been bought for. I Heart Christmas.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Too Honest

There is such a thing as being a little too honest. I am not talking about answering the age old question "Do I look fat in this?" with an enthusiastic "YES", although that too would be categorized as too honest. I mean, it isn't always okay to tell people what you need from them. Case in point: The hubs had a bad day at work on Friday. He came home hours late and was in a terrible "poor me" mood. I welcomed him home with a smile and big hug and promptly asked him to leave work and work.

I didn't mention that I would have appreciated a call, I mean come on, over two hours late! I didn't mention that it was date night and I was worried he'd miss it. I didn't mention that I had wanted to dress up, but now there was no time. I didn't mention that I wanted to have fun and he was ruining it with a sulky crappy attitude. Nor did I mention that I'd probably have to endure a day and a half of a razor burned bikini line just so I could be in "date night shape" tonight. No, I just asked him to be home, fully home.

Over the course of the weekend I explained to him a few fears of him traveling so much. He didn't exactly connect the two dots. But basically I am fearful that at some point life will be easier when he is away. That doesn't mean it is, it doesn't mean I want that to happen, it doesn't mean it will or is starting to happen. I just wonder; at what point will he feel that the problems associated his job here in VA aren't worth the extra effort? When will he start taking on more trips just to escape it. At what point will C and I just be so far into our own schedules and events that we won't be able to plan around his trips anymore? Already his return flights are just a normal day - off to the air port to pick up daddy - you can play after... To be clear, I don't think my husband would think these things, I don't necessarily think these things. I just have the little itch in the back of my brain that has been posing these what if questions.

To connect the dots for my future self: He hates work here. He says he doesn't but every time he talks about it, it is in a negative light. He is miserable when he comes home, goes to bed, and wakes up. When he is away at work he seems happier and less stressed. And some times I feel like I don't fit into the equation.

To top it off, today we were eating lunch and I asked him what was wrong and he said he was still worried about work. I suggested he call his boss and talk to her. I said, "She probably has some good insight and can help you out." He totally blew off the idea saying she'd be there tomorrow. Fine. Be. That. Way. This is precisely why I didn't want to hear about it. My advise doesn't count. My insight isn't needed or relative to what ever the hell he does as a job. All I know is he works with a group of screwed up ladies and a jaded management team. But most importantly - none of it helps him. None of it.

But you know what would help me? If we could pretend to be normal for just a few more days before you have to leave again. If for just a few more hours we could not talk about your job. If for just a weekend we could live and celebrate the time we have. I was mad. Really mad. Everything always goes back to his work. He doesn't get it. I was open and honest and he just ignored me. Saying today that "I'll just pretend nothing happened like I have all weekend, I just shouldn't have mentioned it." You know what buddy: FUCK YOU! Well, that is what I was thinking anyway. Instead I shot back with, well I asked, so stop being a martyr. Then C came back in the room with shorts on. I sent him back upstairs to get pants on, like I asked him the first time. S was asking why or something to that fact and I was basically seeing red at this point and yelled "Because I am taking him to the mall to buy you a birthday gift and leaving you here to sulk!"

And that was that. I feel like I was just too honest. That maybe if I just let him spill all the details of whatever took place, he'd feel better. But I couldn't handle his bad day. I didn't want to be a pissy housewife who was bent because her husband was late (two days in a row). I didn't want to be upset because when he finally did come home he was upset. I didn't want to think about him hating parts of his job, a job that takes him away two to three weeks a month. I just wanted to put the day behind us and start our weekend. Well, date night was fine, we had a nice time at the movies; Saturday we went out for lunch and to a few stores, it was all nice too, but slightly clouded by a smoke screen.

So now it is Sunday night; C and I went to the mall and to a few stores. We bought S some good b-day gifts and had a little fun wondering through all the Christmas stuff. Now the boys are playing video games and seem to be having a good time. And me, well, the bikini line is a little itchy. Should have just left it 'a-la-natural', not like it got any attention anyway.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

My Day Off

I take Thursdays off. I get C to school, walk the dog, clean up from breakfast, make the beds, get a load of laundry going if needed, vacuum, dust, take out the trash, plan an easy dinner, and then veg. I watch TV, do my nails, take a bubble bath, lay in bed and read, and finally get dressed and do my hair & makeup. I am wondering why my day off is so packed with chores? I suppose I just hate for my family to think I don't do anything all day.

This morning I am watching the news while I dry off and warm up. It is pouring outside and I walked the dog quite a ways this morning getting us completely wet and cold. I scoff at the term news. I've just spent the last five minutes listening to the trials and tribulations of Charlie Sheen. Seriously - he has agreed to pay 55 grand in child support a month on top of what he pays another X wife and kids. Money certainly doesn't equal a good life for some / most - I'd assume. I am turning the tube off and getting some hot tea.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Dear AMX

Dear American Express,

Yes, I placed an order on-line. Yes, I want it to be processed. No I do not have anything else you can help me with, you've already done enough.

Please don't block my online purchases. Isn't that what the little security code is for?

Slightly Peeved,
Microsoft Customer

Monday, November 1, 2010

Trick - Or - Treat & Merry Christmas

Oh what fun we had yesterday! C, S and I headed out to DC to go to the horse show. It was a nice event. We saw the "finals" (whatever that means) of a jumping competition. It was very quiet, calm, and enjoyable. There were no loud buzzers or horns like in regular sporting events, no drunks or rude patrons, there were only families and horse buffs. It was so relaxing. A perfect thing for us to do before the hub bub of trick-or-treat. And a perfect thing to do after the ride there! Crazy traffic in the city and a long trip back home after forgetting the tickets - only us LOL. Who cares - we found FREE parking and the show was really neat.

For the big event (begging for candy) we went onto the base and met up with our friends, the triplets. All the kids were so cute and relatively well behaved. The candy was crazy! There was so much after an hour that we divided it up so S could take some to work. Then I took 3/4 of what was left and hid it. The rest I left in C's pumpkin and let him eat whatever he wants. He even had candy for breakfast. He is crazy hyper today. LOL. I figure best to get it over with all at once. He doesn't have school today or tomorrow because of teacher conference day, so he might as well live it up :D.

Now that Halloween is officially over, time for Christmas!!! So silly since I just complained that stores were playing holiday tunes already. But man am I psyched this year. Mom and I were talking about this last week - how were both really excited for the holidays this year; we think it is because this year we know Grandpa L is in Heaven and no longer in pain. Last year we were all thinking we'd be at a funeral that week. Morbid; sure, but at the same time it is very comforting to know that he is safe in the arms of Jesus this year. At least for me.

So, with the new found excitement for the holiday season, I've started shopping! Heee, heee, heee. I just bought C the new Xbox 360 Kinect that is just like the Wii. It wasn't as expensive as I thought. It you order it directly from Xbox it is only 150.00 plus tax. Shipping is free. I don't know why on Ebay it is like 200.00. (?) Also, I already bought Grandma L a gift pack of Baileys Irish Cream (her new favorite), One cousin a game, and S a few trinkets. I am going to wait to buy anymore toys until Black Friday - when my mom will be here ... reinforcements! LOL. Plus I figure the games for Kinect might be on sale then.

I think today C and I are going to go hiking over at Great Falls National Park. It is really cold out, but clear and most of all colorful. Now, I am wishing though - that I hadn't shaved my legs, I could of used the extra warmth.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Monsoon Season

Oh my what rain! Today is certainly soggy, but boy did I luck out.

A few days ago I got an email from Mix 107.3, my favorite radio station in DC, saying that I won tickets to a Horse Show this weekend, and if I'd like the tickets I need to pick them up in person. So, today I headed to NW DC and found the offices for the radio station. It was in an awesome area, so once I picked up the tickets I bought a Diet Coke and did a little window shopping. I felt so under dressed! LOL - the area was really ritzy and everyone seemed dressed to the nines. Anyway - all the while it was threatening to downpour. After walking a while up and down Wisconsin Ave I ran over to Bolling Air Force Base to their commissary. Boy has it been a long time.

DC traffic is crazy. It really does take an hour to go from NW to SW, and today was no different. But I expected it and just enjoyed the city views. The monuments looks so pretty this time of year, surrounded by the changing leaves. And eventually I arrived at the commissary. The rain seemed to be heading away from the area and I was pleased. I filled my cart with all the stuff that is way TOO expensive off base, like frozen pizza, canned goods, and produce. I had tons of coupons and in the end the bill went from 258 to 203 plus tax. Yup 55.00 in coupons. These were all the ones a friend of S's had sent me in the mail awhile back. I couldn't believe how good they were. Such a blessing.

As the cashier was tallying all those coupons we heard a loud bang, and all of the sudden boy did it start to rain ... HARD, so much so that I had to tip the bag guy $5.00. I even pulled up, but it didn't help - we were both completely drenched. Once we had everything loaded I jump in the front seat and just started laughing and thinking "Thank goodness this didn't hit while I was wondering the city!".

So, I am still a little wet around the gills, but no worse for the wear.

One random thought: C brought home Chocolate Chip Mint gum. Yup, sounds nasty - but I actually like it, and I rarely like gum. Not that I can chew it long - bad jaw - but still it is good.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Repressed to the Closet

I am loving this great mood I've been in lately. Funny, but I've slept like crap-O-la the last two nights. In fact, last night I ended up on the couch with a sore throat and Maggie at my feet. Still, I am feeling pretty cheery.

Maybe that is because I moved my scale to the closet last week after cleaning the bathroom. No disappointments, no "days off" for good behavior. I promised myself to be healthier for the family pictures this Christmas and that is enough. I don't care how much I weigh or don't weigh. Well, seriously - I so do, at times I am obsessed with it. That stupid number makes me have a good day or kills a day before it starts. I don't want to start my morning off that way. I just want to keep my promise to myself and have a better chance of enjoying my days.

Or maybe all the cheer and good mood is because S is home all week, C is doing great in school, I have been able to keep track of our money since payday and haven't made one mistake, or because I have gotten a lot of extra exercise in the last few weeks, or that the weather has been so nice and the leaves are turning (I love the colors of Fall), or maybe that we've been blessed to have an amazing priest at church lately, or maybe that Maggie is finally being a good dog most of the time, or maybe simply, life is good.

This morning after I walked Maggie I headed over to the Goodwill to donate an old chair. (So glad to get that out of the house!) After that I ran over to the Ashburn Library to return all the goodies we borrowed. I told myself four of five times this morning that I wasn't going to check anything else out from this library, it is a little bit of a ride and I never seem to want to go back to return things. All my pep talking didn't help. I was sucked in. I got yet another book, a few movies, and a couple of CD's. I've never been to a library that had so much new stuff, I just can't resist. I listened to one of the CD's on the way home and was so excited to have it. Enjoying the small stuff is fun again.

All the crappy stuff can just be shoved in the hall closet behind the suitcases. The suitcases that are there because my hunny is home all week!

Monday, October 25, 2010

In a Nut Shell

In a nut shell; life is good. Today was productive, and absolutely wonderful outside. I think I've been so high on life these past few days because of the nice weather. It reminds me of when we lived in California. It is just impossible to be wrapped up in anything difficult or trying when the sun is shining and your husband is not traveling for the WHOLE WEEK! Yup, that is right - no trips this week. Love It, Love It.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Happy Days

What a glorious weekend, yet again we've been blessed with the most awesome weather. Yesterday we finished power washing the lower deck and side of the house but other than that it has been all fun stuff. Granted power washing is sort of fun for a while :D.

Friday night we took C over to the community center for a Halloween party. It ended up being so fun. They had kid games set up in three different gyms and in the forth gym they a great magic show. There was a pumpkin carving contest and C won! He picked out a template of a skeleton head online and we printed it and and taped it to the pumpkin. C took a pen and poked holes around the outside of the lines. When we took the paper off the pumpkin we used a sharpie to connect the dots and then I made the first cuts with the larger knife. C used a pumpkin carving safety knife for kids to cut out the rest. In our decorations box we found a battery operated blinking light that we put in the center and then C had the idea to put his pirate eye patch over one eye. It came out so good. I was pretty proud of him.

On Saturday we went to the Herndon Homecoming parade. The town was really decked out in team spirit! LOL - I love small town life. We cheered for the homecoming princesses and queen, we yelled lowed for all the graduating 6th, 8th, and 12th grade floats, we whistled for the trash guys and the snow plow trucks, we even waved at all the Girl Scout troops - all in an effort to get candy thrown at us of course. The whole things was a blast. Later that day C had a few friends over for a few hours and that too went swimmingly.

This morning I woke up and made C some breakfast. While we were eating he asked me if we could work on his book. He had this idea last week to make a real book for his library at school. To my surprise he was serious and has been working very hard on it. This morning he finished his sentences and illustrated the pages. Then he dug out some stickers to spruce up the pages. We are going to take it over to Staples to have it laminated later today. (I think)

As of right now, Maggie and I are just hanging out in the den watching TV while S and C play Wiffle Ball in the back yard. It is just so wonderful out, none of us seem to be able to get enough. In fact, I think I will join them.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Joy to the World

It's happening, earlier and earlier! I heard Christmas music playing in Joanne's Fabric store today! Just so odd. Don't get me wrong, I love Christmas, it is one of my favorite times of year, but it isn't that time of year yet... I haven't even worn a heavy jacket yet, haven't gone trick-or-treating with C yet, haven't thought about a Thanksgiving day menu or even remotely thought about what tunes I will be listening too.

There were a few unfortunate fashion years when I was kid. (UNDERSTATEMENT OF THE YEAR!) During these time my father painted and wired sweatshirts with Christmas trees and blinking lights. My friends thought that my family was so bizarre because we started talking about Christmas on Thanksgiving and donned our blinking sweatshirts. Times have really changed. Christmas gets earlier and earlier, black Friday has become a holiday of sorts, Halloween marks the beginning of a mad rush towards the buying season. I don't necessarily think it is all bad, after all I do love Christmas; but it just seems like a desperate attempt to make me, personally, spend way too much money.

Case in point: I've begun shopping...

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Open Mouth Insert Foot

I was duped at the bus stop this morning and .... get this, it is my own fault. Another mother was telling me that she had tickets to Disney on ice for her and her family. I said that C would love that. Then she told me that one of her family members can't go so she has one ticket available. She mentioned that she asked one of her friends if their kid can go but the father is really hesitate because he is over protective. Here's where my foot reaches up to my pearly whites; "Gee that is too bad, but maybe C can be your back up, he'd love to go if you don't mind babysitting." Then the mom says well, I'll be home at six and that is when we are leaving and when I'll know - so it would be last minute. Then I say "oh that's fine, how much does it cost?" and she says "sixty bucks."

Oh crap! I don't have sixty bucks for that. If we are going to spend our money on that I want to see the enjoyment on C's face. Now - the mom is at work - I don't have her phone number and she might just show up here??? I am thinking of going to leave a note on her door - and then maybe just not be here? - I am such a chicken!

Now what if that other kid was invited for free - now it sounds like I would pay for the ticket, and she might pick C to go anyway. That's it, I am going to go leave a note. Maybe her aunt (who she lives with) will get it early enough and call her at work.

I am such a pain in my own ass.

17 minutes later:

I wrote a note to the other mother and walked over to her house. All the cars were there and I was tempted to just leave but I just sucked it up. I reminded myself to keep my big girl panties on and just go knock on the door. L (the mom) was still home, I thought she had to work, and she was so gracious. I just told her that I felt bad but that he cannot go because we cannot afford it. I apologized and she was so kind about it and thanked me for letting her know early in the day. I still feel slightly bad but I am also pretty proud of myself for not acting out of guilt. And I didn't even need the note.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Bad Mommy

Half day Monday's kick me in the butt again. This time ... I was at the post office when C got off the bus only to find the door locked and no car in the drive! He went to V our neighbor and she called another friends mom for my cell phone number. The phone rang just as I got in the house. Poor kid. Now he just keeps saying "I can't believe I was home alone". My only defense; last week he got home thirty minutes after the end of school, today his bus was second in line so he got home fifteen minutes earlier. Regardless, I should have been watching the clock a little better. I was just thinking that he got home at 1:20, which is the exact time I got home. Cutting it too close. Bad Mommy.

Although I could blame it on the fact that I think I am high on bleach. Is that possible? I do feel a little light headed and queasy. I scrubbed the upstairs bathroom today from ceiling to floor and all that cleaning solution really hangs in the air. Who's idea is it to build house with no windows in the bathrooms and then put in these fans that aren't even strong enough to hold a tissue to them? Anyway, I even mopped the ceiling - isn't that funny sounding? I think so, but it is true, along with scrubbing all the grout, resealing the caulk on the counter, and organizing under the sink. Go me ... that is until I left me kid to fend for himself off the school bus! Errrr. Bad Mommy.

Sunday, October 17, 2010


I am bored. Seriously bored. It isn't often, I would assume, when a woman, who is a wife and mother, is bored. What the heck is wrong with me? There are dishes in the sink, there are blankets all over the den, there are toys to clean up, there is a family to play with and yet here I sit, uninspired and bored. Odd, nothing seems to be holding my interest. No book, no TV program, no cleaning act, no family togetherness idea, not even - dare I say - shopping. The hubs is watching football, C is watching a movie and playing toys, and I was playing scrabble ... but after a while when you can beat the computer every time , even my favorite games gets dull. I feel a little pathetic. hmmm.

Friday, October 15, 2010

The Check Book

As previously allude to, I Jamie Wagner, suck at keeping track of money. Just so we are clear, this means the following statements are true:

  • I never remember to pay Khol's if I have a balance
  • I always forget to include auto with drawls into my available cash
  • I have to check the computer every time I want to go to the store ... Do I have money today?
  • I hoard sums of cash in different accounts and forget they are there, all the while accruing service charges for overdraft on another account (not all the time, but every couple of months or so)
  • I consistently double pay bills and then wonder why we have no cash (ALL THE TIME)
  • I seriously have no idea how much money we spend, however I know to the penny how much we owe

How is all of this possible? For one, I am my mother's daughter. For two, I am so lazy. (truth be told) So mom and I recently were kibitzing about these truths and she said she should just go back to her old system of keeping a ledger because she does the same crap I do. Taking this to heart, I figured I better follow suit. So I broke out the check book. Seriously, I haven't used a check book since I lived in Minot! I only ever write two or three actual checks a year - everything else is auto pay from the bank. Anyway, out came the ledger. And here is how I learned that my lazy ways seriously need to stop.

USAA Balance: $2,486.27 Actual unaccounted for cash between now and next payday: $172.00

If I had guessed I would have said, well the rent isn't due until next month and the car payment comes out in a few days so we probably have 1500 bucks or so until next payday after all the little bills are paid, so half that we should save for rent and the rest is fun money. HA. Not so fun when I end up charging things like the car registration and oil.

So, with all of this, I also re-did our budget. I was surprised to find it is actaully in good shape. Even though I screw up all the little details all the time we do have great credit and low interest on our outstanding debt. So that is good. I had to switch a few balances around to get a lower rate, but it was really easy. Also, since the first of the year we have been able to not accrue any more debt and actaully paid some off. Plus our savings accounts have recovered from the great vacationing summer of 2010, including my Christmas Club account which I totally forgot about is right on target. I set up this random account at a local bank and set a small auto deposit from S's pay each month. Totally forgot about it, until the other day when I got a quarterly statement. I definitely am going to keep that going for next year too, so easy.

In other yeah me news: I gave C a great haircut last night, he looks awesome. I helped a lady round up her loose dog today while walking mine. I saved two cars from crashing in a parking lot by laying into my horn while they were both trying to kill each other. I got my emissions done on my car and passed. I got a refund from our old cable company for six bucks and took myself out to lunch with it. And, I am having a great hair day.

Also, as a side note I ate rotten mushrooms yesterday and didn't know it. I woke up at 1 in the morning puking my guts out and .... yeah it was coming out both ends. Consequently, I made all these accomplishments with out being more than a few minutes from a bathroom today. I do however pity the man who got in my car at the service station to run the emissions test as I had just dropped a horrid fart. Horrid my friends, I might have to sell the car. Mushrooms = errrrr.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Morning Walk

Despite my contempt for a certain retailer I certainly have had a nice morning. Maggie and I went for our normal jaunt around the neighborhood but today we brought a camera. The idea came to me this morning when I was playing outside with her and saw all the morning glories looking so brilliant in the sun. So I took a bunch of garden pix and then continued looking for pretty things on our walk. The first signs of fall are just starting to peak out and it is all so pretty.

Dear Walmart

Dear Walmart,

I quit. You are no longer a thorn in my side, a necessary evil, a go to money saving salvation. You are nothing to me. You are no longer part of anything I will admit to other than distaste. I will not be returning.

My contempt should really be no surprise to your establishment as I have complained in depth. Just to highlight a few key points:

  • Your website said our store had seven bikes in stock, but none were on the sales floor. When we asked an employee for help we were told "there is nothing available." So we ordered the item online.
  • It took over two weeks for a bike to travel from Crawford, VA to Sterling, VA. We could have walked faster!
  • When we went to pick up the bike the 'site to store' employee wouldn't help me put the box in a cart. When I asked for help he ignored me and went to take care of his other duties (printing pictures). Also he sort of smelled - just saying.
  • After we loaded a huge box onto a cart we went to browse around the store ... only to find the bike - ASSEMBLED and on the sales floor.
  • Once we were ready to check out we stood behind the worst customers on the planet! A mother and her two wild children. The kids were opening lip gloss containers, throwing candy on the floor, blocking the aisle, and of course yelling and screaming.
  • Eventually it is our turn to check out. The cashier did not say one word to us. I said "Hi, how are you?" She stared at me. After I paid I said "Thanks, have a nice day." She stared at me.
  • Upon leaving the store the door clerk was the only saving grace. At least someone had a smile!
Your place just put us in the worst mood. How is that possible when we were picking up my sons first new bike? A bike he paid for with his birthday money - that you took three weeks to make available?!?!?!? When we were leaving the parking lot my 7 year old son said "Mommy, next time can we just go to Toys R Us?" I certainly said "YES!".

Disgruntled Customer

P.S. Also if you could please keep the big padded bras off the end caps; I am sure most mother's would appreciate it. If anything the trip did make us laugh when a little one said to their mother. "Mommy, do you wear that on your butt?" and the mother replied "No." and the kid said "But that is where you have those big camel humps." To which my son quipped "Dumb baby, doesn't she know that is a bra for boobs? Wait, mom, Do they make butt bras?"

Monday, October 11, 2010

In 1492

S leaves for TX today. Not sure how I feel about that since I just picked him up from the airport of Friday. Then next week he is off to CA. It is a lot. Actually, it is the norm. But if anything, to be honest, it is pretty easy when he is gone. C and I have a routine, and it works out just fine. We just miss him.

This weekend proved to be as glorious as it began. The weather is stunning. Heat without the humidity of summer. Today it is suppose to reach 85, but this morning it was breezy and cool. The three of us walked downtown and had breakfast at one of our favorite diners. It is about a mile and a half away, so we got a lot of exercise in early.

Speaking of exercise ... my family is aiming to take a group photo this Christmas, so looks like I will be dieting once again. Errr. I gain and loose the same ten pounds all the time. It is so annoying. My dad lost over 85 pounds and looks amazing. My mother lost about 25 and looks soooo skinny. My sister is loosing consistently, plus when she is thinner she's got an actual body. I am sort of curve-less and lets face it, M, well ... baby's got back. Needless to say she looks fantastic. Soooo, I suppose it is my turn... again. Last week I cut out a lot of junk and lost 1.7 pounds. And that includes chicken nuggets and Red Robin. So I suppose it isn't as hard as I make it out to be.

Saturday, October 9, 2010


This weather is spectacular! I am seriously considering bottling it for resale. We've had a busy day and loved every minute so far. We went to a re-enactment of the War of 1812. It was so cool so see cannons get fired, tour a period house, and talk to all of the volunteers. What a blast. After wards we hiked a little on some trails we'd been too before - but it all looked so pretty.

I actaully had no intention to hop on the 'ol blog, just wanted to post pictures to FB for my parents to see but saw a comment I wanted to share. A cousin of mine posted it and I thought it was silly:

Dracula: I suck people's blood and terrorize the villagers! What do you do ? Edward: I....sparkle. D...

I'm in love with my bed. But my alarm clock won't let us be together
Ahhh now that is silly. Oh well back out side I go.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Life is Good

I just read the most touching things on a friends blog and now am inspired to study Psalms once again.

In other news, I received great news about C today. His teacher from last year emailed me and said she was just checking up on him today to see how he was doing and got a chance to watch him for a few minutes in his new class. She said that he was working so diligently and that when she approached him she was so surprised at the quality of his work. She raved about his manners, his focus, and his hard work. I read the note to C and he was just beaming. His work really has been great. He's actually writing on lines, making letters the correct way, making them all the same size, and counting in the correct order again (this is HUGE). I am just so excited for him.

From the Mouth of Babes

C: "Mom, what is a cock?"

Me after practically chocking on my Diet Coke: "A male chicken... a rooster"

C: "Oh ... why would somebody say suck my chicken?"

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Sitting Duck

Yesterday I babysat our neighbors 8 year old. He is C's friend so I suppose it isn't really babysitting... most of the time. But yesterday the boy's older sister had an after school activity A, the boy hates to be alone in his house. So they asked me in the morning if A could come over after school. I said yes but as soon as the bus pulled away I remembered that C had gymnastics. Needless to say I just had an extra kid in tow for the afternoon. No big deal. A is so eager to talk to adults, or so it seems. It was amazing the things he told me in a mere 45 minutes while C was in his class.

  • Miss Jamie do you text? Me: Not really A: My mom does so much that she doesn't even notice if I stay up late at night.
  • Miss Jamie do you know that ducks can poop on you while they fly overhead. One pooped on my sandwich once? Me: That is gross A: Oh not really it was only on part of the bread so I just ripped it off
  • Miss Jamie does C get grounded a lot? Me: No, only a few times ever A: Oh because we get grounded a lot. Once I got grounded from my DSlite and my mom hid it so good she lost it!
  • Miss Jamie why do you stay home during the day? Me: That is my job, to take care of my family. A: My mom says it is because you probably have a lot of credit cards.
  • Miss Jamie do you know that I am a fast runner. Me: Oh yes, I have seen you run. A: Yeah but I am not all that fast because I have a stomach bug. It lives in my stomach and eats all my food.
  • Miss Jamie where do you put your stuff when I come over? Me: Umm, well, most of it is already put away where it belongs. A: Oh because I hide stuff under my bed or under the couch.
  • Miss Jamie do you think that Zues controls all the lightning? Me: Nope, he is a mythical creature, he isn't real. A: No really he does, my friend who is my brother at my dad's house has met him and they made all of California be under lightning and it was really bad because they live where it is already 3000 degrees. Me: Uhhh-huh
Too funny. He went on and on, I wish I could remember more. Sometimes he was so sweet and other times he was just lying his little round head off. At one point he was talking about little boys peeing when they get their diaper changed so I told him about my trip to Target the other day.

I was in the parking lot and a mommy was having her toddler pee in a potty chair in the back of their van. My car was right next to hers so I was headed right to them. When I got closer I saw the mom empty the ducky potty chair right under her van. But it was a lot of pee and it made a rolling puddle that I actaully had to step over to get to my car. So nasty, but boy did that story have A laughing.

So in the end we left the gym came home and the boys played video games until six-ish when A's sister came over for him. Fast forward to this morning and A asks at the bus stop "Miss Jamie can I come over and play again today?" I said sure but then he added "good because I don't want to be home alone and my sister is going to be at Girls on the Run (an after school track program) three days a week!" Me: "Well, if you need to come over all those days your mom needs to call me, but you can come over to play for a little while today."


Monday, October 4, 2010

Up Hill Both Ways in the Snow

My to do list expounds each time my husband attempts to organize or clean. This weekend he cleaned out his side of the closet. (Surprisingly hell has not froze over and I still do not see flying pigs outside my windows) He also organized a bunch of his sports stuff and assorted crap. I laughed right out loud when he and C came out of our room wearing our old track uniforms from high school. We all snickered each time he came out asking what some piece of plastic was or where it came from, but in the end ... So not funny. Now there are piles upon piles of clothes and junk for me to sort and find a place for. No longer are they stored in his precious bins and paper boxes, now there are piles for me to sell, piles for me to donate, and piles for me to figure out where to put them. LOL - I love my hubby.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Totally Raunchy

I have just read the raunchiest book ever. So raunchy, that I dare not repeat the name in fear that another breathing human might know the trash I read. The plot: A man and woman in a long term relationship go to Cabo for a weekend with the man's business partner. The ending: All three live together happily ever after. Graphic, dirty, and at times I laughed right out loud. This author had some imagination! And just a little FYI; I think most of those positions were impossible. No one bends that way!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Hodge Podge

So the visit is over. In hind sight it went pretty well. They drive me crazy, but honestly they were on their best behavior. C loved every minutes of it and S had a great time too.

In other news, my interview went well. They did tell us it takes almost a year to get hired though. I am keeping my fingers crossed. One funny thing: They said they'd send notice in the mail of the next step. If you get a thin letter - it is rejection, if you get a thick one - it is on to the next step. It is like waiting for a college acceptance. :P)

It is rainy today. I enjoy the rain on occasion. This is one of them. It is so peaceful here this afternoon. Quiet, rainy, chilly, just me and the dog.

I am mad at Walmart. I don't think I am going to shop their for a while. The story: C has been saving his money for a new bike. He knows which one he wants and we've been there a few times to buy it, but it is never on the rack. The internet says they have seven or eight but when we get there, nothing. So we ordered it from the internet to be shipped to the store, only to be told that the bike will not be here until the middle of October. Seems like an awfully long time for something they could have dragged out of the back room. I suppose sometimes, you just get what you pay for.

Today C and I are going over to toys R us. He has a few dollars left over from his B-day that are burning a huge hole in his pocket. We make this trip a few times a year and it is always entertaining to see what he picks out. S said something about joining us and then taking us out to dinner. I hope that works out; it sounds like a nice time.

In the mail today I got a huge envelope from S's old office mate D. She sent me tons and tons of coupons for restaurants in our town and different food items. I thought that was so sweet.

And there is the what is on my mind. Not a whole lot, but a little bit of everything.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Emotional Distress?

I've got a good one. It is certainly a complaint, but I have to share this one ... I have to acknowledge that it isn't me.

Today we took L & D to this thrift store that they like in our area. We trekked out there and were looking around. I told S and them that I would be in the toy section looking for stuffed animals for the dog. Maggie love, love, loves animals and is always after C's. So I pick out a few and I could tell that S was a little miffed. We have different lines of thinking on this point. He thinks you shouldn't give a dog a certain type of toy that a kid has because then they can't distinguish ones they can and cannot have. I feel that Maggie is in a league of her own and it is better just to give her what makes her happy, then maybe she'll leave C's stuffed animals alone. Regardless the total cost for three of them was two bucks.

My point: L told me while we were in the store that she just couldn't watch me buy these thing because she put too much emotional attachment on the cute little guys. Kind of an off comment, but I suppose if you think they're cute .... Nope, still screwy. I ignored her and just kept browsing. So we get home and I am giving the toys to Maggie and L begins to tell S her theory about emotional attachment and basically said it makes her cry! She told me this a few more times too. Then S complains about his theory and everyone seems to be having a debate about Stuffed Fucking Animals!

Whatever, I gave them to the dog and she loves them.

Friday, September 24, 2010

If a Tree Falls in the Woods ...

If, I complain but no one is around to hear it, does it still count as a complaint? Fuck ... I already know the answer to that.

The in-laws are here. They are on their best behavior. I am so trying to be on mine. My mommy sent me a card that sings and has shoes on it. I feel a little better.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

No Ambition

I have no ambition this morning. Although I did make my bed, put the sheets from C's room and the guest room in the washer and manage to have three cups of coffee. Now C is at school and I'm wondering where to start. I suppose at the front door. Clean up the shoes first then on to the dusting. But really? Do I have too? I'd rather go get my nails done for tomorrow. LOL - oh the strife of a house wife :D

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Just Because?

I got flowers last night, roses, very nice, very wonderful flowers. And we all know the reason why. However the official remark from my dear hubby "Just Because". I love my life.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Shoppers World

I tell you, I have been shopping till I drop and have found nothing for my interview. Everything is either too warm, too frumpy, too trendy, or just plain ugly. I officially give up. I have plenty of nice dresses in the back of my closet to wear. Besides all this shopping still costs me money, because I find other things. By things I mean SHOES. However, today I did change it up and bought a sweater. It is really nice, gray, short sleeve with a belted waist. It matches the shoes I bought yesterday :D

Sunday, September 19, 2010

What A TUDE!

Yesterday S got home early. C and I picked him up at the airport around four instead of the planned nine thirty. I was pretty happy about it and so was C. When we got home S suggested that he'd change up (Still in work clothes) and then head out to eat. I mentioned that I could stand to go to Costco, since his parents are coming we'll need more food. He was like "Yeah sure sounds good." But then when we actaully got home I could see that he was so tired. I started to ask him what time he got up and he said four in the morning, with the time difference that was two! We went back and forth a few times weather to go or not and eventually we agreed just to run to Costco and then make dinner at home. I said a few times, "I'll just go tomorrow", but S, I don't think, didn't want to disappoint us.

Anyway we get to Costco and about half way through S looses his resolve and gets crabby. Then he starts saying it is me, and we get all pissy with each other. This drives me crazy. I know it was very, very crowded in there. I understand he'd been up since before the crack of dawn. I get it; you're gone, you feel bad, you want to be there with your family; but geez must you be so damn crabby?

When we got home I made up dinner and we had a fairly nice meal. Afterwords I told S I needed twenty minutes to myself and some chocolate. I didn't want to bicker over stupid crap just because he was tired and I was getting short tempered. So, the boys went outside and set up a fire and I had a fudge pop and played a quick game of scrabble. I was feeling much better when I went out to meet the boys.

When I got out there they were playing baseball. S told me to hold the dog because she always chases the balls and eats them. So Maggie and I stayed up on the top deck. Once S said "all right C lets start the fire" and got the ball over by the fence. I let Maggie go and she ran down to the yard. S started yelling loudly at her and I shouted over him "what is wrong?" He started complaining that the dog eats the balls and I said "I waited until you were done before I let her go down there." But apparently there was more than one ball. He was so pissed off. I didn't want to fight over a freaking plastic baseball so I went inside and sat at the table.

C came in behind me and gave me hug. He said "I'll go argue for you". Which totally made me cry! Great now my kid thinks we argue so much he has to finish for me. I just said "no, please don't, I am fine, lets start that fire". But he didn't really follow my lead. C went outside and told S "you hurt mommy's feelings". This absolutely made S so extremely mad. He stormed inside and started yelling at me and then saying he wasn't yelling. I said three or four time, "I cannot tell by your tone" but he just turned it right around by saying "then it is both of us." Because as we all know men can never be wrong!

In the end I just ignored it. We went outside and started the fire. After an hour C asked to go to bed and S brought him in. I stayed outside. Eventually I had to start talking to my husband again and let it all go. I am after all Marry Fucking Poppins!'

But he better be careful; soon I won't want him to come home early. I was fine last night, but for some reason thought about all of this last night while I was sleeping, waking up with a major attitude this morning. Now he has his wiffle ball league today; which is fine, I want him to be able to have fun on his own, but how can he apologize to me while wooing me with flowers and gifts if he isn't here.