Monday, June 30, 2008

Monday, June 30, 2008

Yikes - it's Monday. I feel overwhelmed thinking about all I have to do.

I just looked at the calendar and see that some DMV registrations are due today (the 2 motorcycles and the quad). So I'll have to get to AAA today to get that done.

Plus, I have to take the dog's paperwork to the City to renew his registration.

Which reminds me, I can't forget to get Little Boy registered for his swimming lessons. Was it this week that they start a new session, or next week? Argh.

Of course, I need to quickly get the house picked up and laundry started - ideally before Little Boy wakes up.

And some time today, I have to make sure that I get an account opened up to begin accepting credit cards in my jewelry business, since I booked my first jewelry show (my sister's show). Not sure how long it takes to activate an account like that, so I better get it going quick.

I should probably plan tonight's dinner, since I don't wanna feel overwhelmed when the times comes - and the day will fly by before I know it.

And the fish tank looks a little murky - I really have to get that cleaned out today. I put it off last week, and it looked bad then.

I also have to make sure the 20 yr old mows the lawn today (mental note: make sure he puts the right kind of gas in the lawnmower - regular gas, not pre-mix. Regular is in the big white container, pre-mix is in the small red container). Plus, I really need to find the time to sit and chat with him about his responsibilities here at home - and his attitude.

I wanted to get my hair cut today. Wonder if I'll have time.

I usually change the bedsheets on Mondays, but maybe I'll skip it this week...although, come to think of it, I think I skipped it last week...but come on, how dirty can they be? ..we shower before bed...ok, I'll skip it.

But as I remember, I have been putting off the ironing too, and its stacking up. Poor hubby doesn't have those shirts to wear if they're sitting in the basket, but he never complains about it. He just wears the same old knit shirts that don't need ironing. I better get to that this week. Not today though.

I talked to a friend at church yesterday and she mentioned going to the "free movies" (Some theaters show family movies for free during the summer) I don't think I'll be able to go this week. Maybe next week.

It's 7am.

I got up at 5:45 - got hubby up and out by 6am. What have I been doing for an hour??? Eesh. I gotta get off this computer and get going for the day.

Think I could possibly fit exercise into my day? How about playing with my child? Or...most importantly...I've noticed that the days I've been blogging about have not contained any bible reading. That needs to be a priority!

- that, and exercising.

- those two things, and playing with my kid.

- those things, and planning a date night with hubby, because if I don't, we just fall into "maintaining" our household as co-workers - and that's not good.

- all that, and making sure I spend time with my friends, because they give me the encouragement I need to do all of it

Yeah, those things are most important.

But I still have to make sure I pay the DMV today. And register the dog.

I am definitely overwhelmed today. Better get going and away from this office. I'd love to sit and have my coffee while I watch the news for at least a 1/2 hour...but my 20 yr old's friend spent the night in the family room, so...sssshhhhhh...I gotta be quiet - and I definitely can't clean up that room right now.

I guess I really don't have time for the hour by hour blogging today. I gotta hit this day running.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

June 26, 2008 (Wed)

NOTE: I am really starting to bore myself with these hour by hour entries. How about you? I should have started this during the school year for some high drama!

5:30 am
already? Make breakfast, coffee and lunch for hubby...

6am - Computer time.

Side note: I gotta tell you what I did last night before I went to bed. When I got in the shower, I took a Mr. Clean Eraser with me (if you've never heard of it or tried one - FIND ONE AND BUY ONE!) While I was showering, I scrubbed my shower. I felt so good when I went to bed, knowing I didn't have to scrub the shower today! I used to use Comet and/or Scrubbing Bubbles, and I would scrub for a long time, but it would never quite get clean cuz it has all these little grooves on the surface. One day, I tried the Mr. Clean Eraser and it just wiped clean! Amazing! (is it sad that cleaning my shower is a highlight?)

6:30 - Coffee, bowl of cereal and morning news

7:30 - Start Cleaning the house!

9:30 - Still Cleaning. Little Boy just woke up - a tiny bit crabby

Put away the HUGE pile of clean clothes that has been sitting in my room since Monday's laundry.

I don't feel like cleaning, so I'm kinda in s l o w m o t i o n. I keep stopping to do unimportant stuff. Some days are like this, and some days I get done quickly! If I can get done by noon, I'll be happy.

1130am - Lunch - cuz I'm starting to feel the coffee boring a hole in my stomach

Little Boy is with his brother and they are cracking up, watching the Chocolate Rain video on youtube (and all the spoofs related to it..their favorite is McGruff the Crime Dog singing it). and they keep yelling, "MAMA! MAMA! COME WATCH DARTH VADER SING CHOCOLATE RAIN!!!". Ok, I'll humor them.

Noon - OK - all I need to get done is the kitchen. But I'm gonna shower and get dressed first.

1230 - The 20 year old left for work, and the trash is ONCE AGAIN full. But it's not quite overflowing. I consult my mom network (send cellphone photo of trash can with a text to another mom) and we decide that it qualifies as "full", therefore, worthy of a "fine".

- Prepare car for doggy-ride to the vet

(Just so you know, this is a major outing for the dog. And to give you an idea of what I'm in for, I refer to him as the "bucking bronco". )

2pm - At the vet. That dog is hard to wrangle through a parking lot and store. The floors of the store are slippery for him, so he is moving his legs as fast as he can, but he's just sliding and not going anywhere cuz he's on the leash. People look at us and laugh. (writing a check while holding onto him is a barrel of fun)

- Finally home. And covered in dog drool.

One thing I forgot about was that the door in the back of the SUV is broken, so instead of staying up when you lift it up, it falls straight down. So when I got to the vet, I lifted the door, and then remembered it was gonna fall on my head, so I put my hand up real quick, and the door fell on my fingernail and it ripped a little bit way low in the pink of the nail. Ouchie.

4pm - Finish cleaning up the kitchen and the laundry room.

Did I mention the toilet needs fixing? The chain that lifts the flap in the tank broke. Hubby took the cover lid off the tank and said we could flush it by hand (in the tank) until we got it fixed. I connected the flap to the chain with a safety pin, and viola! its fixed!

Uh-oh - Little Boy has karate tonight, and I didn't wash his shirt. (it would seem logical to invest in another shirt, but alas, I'll probably just have him wear it dirty...after all, he's just gonna go sweat in it again...) And furthermore...we somehow lost one of his karate shoes. We searched everywhere but can't find it. So now we gotta buy him another pair.

4:15pm - Whew! Just finished mopping the kitchen

Gonna sit and have a soda after that job! Gonna see what's on Dr. Phil real quick.

Never made it to Dr. Phil cuz I had to put new batteries in a Darth Vader Head, and then I got busy doing something else.

I feel kinda bad that I haven't done too much with Little Boy today, but he played with a friend yesterday, and tomorrow his aunt and uncle will be here, so its ok for him to have a mellow day, I guess.

Ya know, it seems that I'm not mentioning any tantrums or me losing patience with him, but he's been pretty good! Also, I feel it worth mentioning, that a few months ago, I was tormented with myself for always feeling impatient and yelling at him. I asked God to give me patience and guess what, He did. I'm not saying I don't yell at him. But it's really decreased a lot. I imagine if I keep blogging about my'll get to experience some of the frustrations. Usually they come during the school year when there's the pressure of homework, and getting things done before bedtime. Right now we're free as birds. (Chirp Chirp)

4:45pm - Little boy is walking around right now with his Darth Vader head on. It was cute at first, but now I'm growing weary of the voice changing sound it makes.

He wants to go play out front, but I say No, he can go out in the back cuz I can't watch him in front at the moment. So he is having a cow about it. (Come on, dude, cant you see I'm blogging?????) I tell him that I have been cleaning all day and now I am taking a few moment to relax - absolutely true!

5:45 - to karate! (reading time, yay!)

7:30pm - home for dinner. My friend, Del cooked for us today. You know Del, don't ya? Del Taco? (We can all eat for $10 off the value menu!)

After dinner - outside to play!

Friend of mine called and is babysitting granddaughter and they stopped by to visit for a little bit.

10pm - showers and George Lopez Show.

11pm ZZZZZZzzzzzzzz

1 am - fell asleep too long! Now I gotta lug the 60 pounder to his own bed. (this is a BAD habit we're getting into here. Summer vacation is full of broken rules, isn't it?)

Until tomorrow...

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

June 25, 2008

Note: This is a relatively uneventful, boring post. Just thought I'd warn you beforehand.

Today I have written off doing anything useful. And you know what? I'm ok with that. It's taken me a while to realize that some days, nothing gets done. What I've learned is that the "mess" will wait for you. It will still be there when you decide to get to it. Your kids, however, grow up too fast.

I got up at 7:30am and got dressed (and nagged Little Boy into getting dressed!) and headed to my mom's for a weekly bible study. We ended up going a bit long, but it was good.

At around 11:30, I left and ran home cuz the dog groomer got there and I had to give her my specific directions. ("Shave his butt and sorry that it's full of poop".)

Groomer was done at around 1pm - Groomer said he was full of foxtails (little stickers) and that she had removed a lot of them, but he still had a lot.

1:30 - Ran to Wal Mart with hubby. (he worked at home today)

2:30 - Hosed off the back yard for any pre-grooming poops that might still be laying around.

3:30 - Wasted/spent time on the internet.

4:30 - Hubby said he hadn't eaten all day and wants food.

Dinner today was canned baked beans with chopped up wieners and a side salad (I am committed to "no frills" dinners this week!)

5pm -Little Boy wanted to do his worksheet book (bought him a 2nd grade book at Sam's Club to do this summer so he doesn't get "rusty" on all the stuff he learned this year!) He did a few pages and had fun!

5:30 - suggested we take a walk - and this time, we took the dog AND the hubby! I think we all enjoyed it (and needed it!)

7pm - Hung around outside with hubby and Little Boy, and also removed a TON of stickers from the dog's fur/skin. (ouch...can't believe he let me do so many)


8:30pm - YACKED WITH HUBBY for awhile sitting in the dark living room with Elton John blasting.

9:30 - Watched TV with Little Boy (Home Improvement)

10pm - shower time for Little Boy

10:30 BLOG!

Think about what I've got to do tomorrow - take the dog for his rabies shot, and clean the house cuz my sis and her hubby are coming on Friday! (not that it will be clean by Friday if I clean it tomorrow...)

11pm - Shower and Bedtime (to finish reading The Penny)

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

June 24, 2008

NOTE: I know this hour-by-hour thing will get boring pretty quick - so I won't do this forever. Just enough times for you to get the general idea. After that, I can just fill you in on the "highlights" of my day.

Yeah, highlights. Like the dog story below - that is definitely what you call a "highlight". Ugh.

- up and running: make coffee, breakfast, and pack hubby's lunch.

6am - Get on computer, check emails. Finish blog post from last night.

6:30 - Wow, I feel like I kinda am getting a headache. I'm gonna lay on the couch and watch TV to see if I can get rid of it.

- WHAT? I slept for almost 2-1/2 hours?????? Sheesh. But at least my headache is gone.
I cant believe Little Boy is still sleeping - I'm enjoying a quiet cup of coffee..

9:15 - He's awake!
We argue about the fact that yes, he has to brush his teeth every morning.

9:30 - clean up around house: make beds, put stray stuff away

10:30 - only 85 degrees today - maybe we should go walking. I'll take the dog, too.
I get myself dressed and tell Little Boy to get dressed.

11am - We're out the door. BUT, as I'm leashing the dog, I notice that everywhere he sits, he leaves a BIG POOPY BUTT PRINT. (this is gross to even write about..but if you are mad at me cuz you have to read it, remember, I had to live it) As I'm wondering if I should even take him when he's this grossly dirty, he proceeds to SHAKE HIS WHOLE BODY, AND POOP FLIES EVERYWHERE. (Its in slow motion in my memory) So I stuff him back in the yard and we go walking without him.

I hate that dog. I really do. And if you are an animal lover and disgusted by that statement, you are certainly welcome to come clean the poop off his butt anytime. I'm so glad the groomer comes tomorrow.

The walk was nice - Little Boy was very chatty.

Noon - back from our walk and into the showers cuz we felt we still had poop on us (plus we are really sweaty)


After lunch I wasted/spent some time on the internet.

2pm - Patched Little Boy. Because of the fact that he hates this so much, and will cheat/peek if left to his own devices, I need to be with him every moment of his patching so that:
a) he won't cheat
b) he'll be distracted and it will be easier for him.

3:30: started preparing dinner (chopped tuna salad) so I can throw it together later.

Also realized that my 20 year old has ONCE AGAIN left the house without emptying the kitchen trash can. It is in a constant state of overflowing. Last week we told him that he would be fined $10 each time he left with the kitchen trash full. I guess we gotta do what we say, huh?

4pm - clean up, and pick up stray stuff laying around the house.
Continue laundry

And...waste/spend more time on the internet. (funny how I'm really conscious of every minute spent now that I"m blogging about it.)

- Find Karate Clothes in the pile of clothes on my bed. (Again, thank you , Lord that at least it's a pile of clean clothes!)

- go to Karate class. This is semi-enjoyable because I have an excuse to sit and read for 45 minutes (woohoo!)

7pm- On my way home, gotta stop and get some goodies for tomorrow's bible study.

Get home and "assemble" dinner

7:30 - Help hubby fold up and put away water slide. BLAAAGH - the ground underneath smells like a sewer since the slide has been sitting there for three days!
Plus, I also hose off the sidewalk, cuz there is DOG POOP BLOBS all over the place. I soooo hate that dog.

8pm - Finally sit down for dinner. Hubby is kinda nervous about eating "salad" for dinner.

8:30 - Hubby and I sit in front room for about an hour and "chat".

9pm - BLOG, read news, search recipes on internet. (yeah, I"m on the computer again - got a problem with that?)

10:30 - Showers and pj's

11pm - read in bed for awhile. (Reading Joyce Meyer's novel, "The Penny" - so far it is very sad)

Midnight - ZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzz...

Monday, June 23, 2008

It's Monday Again

It's Monday again. A new start. New aspirations for the week.
I'll keep the house neat every day. I'll do my housework really quick so I can sit and enjoy my son being home for summer vacation. I'll plan the menu for the week. I'll make little boy pick up his toys every night before going to bed. And I'll start patching him regularly like I should. I'll start walking...and dieting. Life will be much more organized...starting today. Yes, Monday is a clean slate.

I wake up at 6am and get up with hubby. I make his coffee. But there's nothing to make him for breakfast and nothing to pack him for lunch. Mental note: go grocery shopping today.

6:30 - Hubby goes to work. I sit and have my coffee and watch the news on TV. But the Coffee tastes gross! I see that the coffee is not "brewing" all the way through. Run Vinegar through pot to clean it out. Run fresh water through it to clean out the vinegar. seems to work OK.

7am: Check email and finish blog post I started last night

8am: Start laundry

9am: Little Boy wakes up and wonders who he should invite to play with him on his water slide. Mental Note: Go grocery shopping really fast so we can invite a friend to play with him.

9:30: Remembered dog's rabies is due this week. Need to groom him before I stick him in the car to take him to the vet, cuz his butt hair has a bunch of poop balls hanging and I don't want that in my new car. Called Vet for info. Called Groomer to schedule an appt.

10am: Mom calls - needs me to take her to deliver her "specimen" (don't' ask) to the lab, and then she needs to pick her her RX at Walmart.

Continue laundry.

Hmm...Bathroom clock has stopped. Better change the battery now while I'm thinking about it.

11am: Shower and make Little Boy get dressed and ready so we can take Mom on her errands.

Noonish: Pick up mom. Go to lab. She takes us to lunch (McDonalds inside Walmart).
But mom isn't picking up her RX...she's only just getting it filled. Walmart's pharmacy is closed between 1230 and 130pm. (Annoying!) Now we gotta walk around Walmart, killing time. (I hope I still have time to grocery shop and invite a friend to play!)

1:30: (finally!) Mom drops off her RX. They say it will take an hour. She'll have Dad pick it up later.

2pm: Little Boy really doesnt wanna go grocery shopping with me, so I take him and Mom home and go shopping by myself (much more enjoyable this way anyway). I hit Sam's Club, and then Albertons for the stuff Sam's doesn't have. Hope the food from Sam's is OK in the trunk while I run into Albertons - it's so hot in the car.

3:30: Get home, put groceries away. Gotta pick up Little Boy.
Before I got, I'll take clothes out of dryer, put in new load to dry, and new load to wash.
An I better turn on the water for the water slide to cool it off.
Oh yeah, better give the dog some water, since its 105 degrees outside.
While I'm at it, I better water the plants.
One more thing - I should check the machine to see if the dog groomer called. Yes, they called, I really should call them back right now to schedule that appt.
One last thing while I'm thinking about playmate to see if he can come play. No one's home, left a message.

4pm - go pick up Little Boy at Mom's.

4:30 - We're home. He' s mad cuz nobody is here to play. I've called three neighborhood kids and nobody's home/available. I tell him that's just life and he can just go play by himself today. I tell him that instead of being angry, he should be thankful that he's had friends here for the past four days. He's not agreeing and he storms off to his room. I tell him to go to him take 10 minutes to cool of cuz now he's just being rude to me. We do this a few times until he finally cools off. (I'm making a conscious effort to not yell and get angry at his little tirade! I'm trying to "model" self control, after all)

5pm - finish cleaning up kitchen and family room (a disaster!)
Continue with laundry

5:30- start preparing dinner (roast beef and cream cheese wraps, cuz it's too hot to cook!)

6pm - Hubby's home so I scramble to assemble the wraps. Oh, he's not hungry cuz he ate a big lunch and he's been snacking all day and he just guzzled a Gatorade on the way home. I feed Little Boy and myself. (Mental note: next time I make wraps, less cream cheese and more roast beef. Otherwise, they are good!)

Wow, all of a sudden I feel tired. I mention this to hubby..he says "why?" (Why??? Why??? Gee, I don't know why I'm tired, after all, I've been sitting and watching soap operas and eating bon bons all day, right?)

7:30: Hubby is yelling from the yard..."do you know where the drainage holes in the grass are?" We spend time poking holes in the grass looking for them - we found a couple. (We are draining the water slide).

8pm - Gotta sit and watch American Gladiators with Little Boy.

9pm- He decides he wants mac and cheese.

930 - Sit and write this post.

10pm - Shower time for Little Boy.
I wonder where my older son is? I better give him a call. (he's always busy with various things in his schedule: Work, Band, Girlfriend, having fun...)

Oh, he's home. He's been home since 8pm and has been asleep in his room. He's cranky and hot (we're not running our air cuz we dont wanna pay the high electric bill. Yes, we are all suffering through this heat wave). I tell him to come out to the living room where it's cooler. He does and we sit and chat in the dark for a few minutes.

10:30 lay down with little boy to watch TV till he gets sleepy. We watch George Lopez. (totally not a kid's show, but he likes it and I'm too tired to argue)

11pm - Make sure Little Boy gets up to pee, cuz he drank something at 10pm.

1130 - I shower, and get in bed. Read for a while.

Midnight - Time to move that 60 lb sleeping boy to his own bed. Man, he's heavy.