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Movie, No Movie May 12, 2009

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I like going to the movie theater.  I enjoy it.  Usually.  There are times when it is not as fun as it could be.  For example, there may be uncomfortable seats or rude co-viewers.  Overall, though, it is something I like to do.

This weekend, I put going to the movies on my to-do list. There are a few films out that have caught my eye.  Not all of them are family friendly however. Therefore, picking and choosing I must take into consideration more than what my “want” is.  This is not uncommon since I often live the life of a married-single-parent.  I sit through movies that I would not if I were alone.  I sit through movies that I want to see, but think the child/ren would enjoy too.  Rare is the moment where I go to a movie because I alone want to see the movie.  And when that does happen, it is usually because somehow I got away, alone, without any specific reason or prior plans.

There is a movie out that I alone wanted to see.  I think it will be okay for my children to see, too.  There may be a may be a scene or two where we all close our eyes, but overall, I from what I hear, it will be an okay movie for us.

Saturday, Daughter spent the night at a friend’s house.  Son and I went to the movies.  We both wanted to see one that I did not think would be suitable for Daughter.  Add to that, she has little to no background in the X Men series, I thought there might also be a lot of questions.  Questions are good, but not during a movie without a pause button.

Anyhow, Son and I took this opportunity to watch the movie we both wanted to see.  I had enough money (especially since we didn’t spend much at the concession stand) to see another movie.  When Son finds out which movie, he is not pleased. He did not want to see it.  I could have pushed the issue.  I could have made him.  I did not think it was worth it and let him win that one. I mean, I wanted to have a nice time. I did not want to sit next to a sulky teenager.  He said the series, when he use to watch it, became boring. Boring?!? I told him that I have heard good feedback on the movie. He still had no interest in it.

It was kind of late. I was also a bit tired. So, as I said, I let him win.  We did not watch it.

Of course, when I got home I pulled up movie trailers to see if they would spark his interest.  I think we watched 3 of them.  Still no real interest, but a maybe.

Sunday after church, times did not work out well for our schedule.  So, Daughter, Son, and I did not make it then either.  I tried though. I worked around my “need to do” in my head with the length of the movie and the times it was showing.  Nope.  It was not going to happen that Sunday.   I was disappointed.  I mean, after all, aaaaallll the other mother’s got to do what they wanted!   Okay, probably not, but what kind of pity party doesn’t serve a dish of exaggeration?

Moving on.

Monday rolls around and I try to put the movie out of my mind.  There is no day time showing and the evening showings won’t work with our schedule.

So what happens next?  Well, yesterday Son came home from school and said “Mom, I want to go see Star Trek.  I hear it’s awesome!”
WHAT?!?!  I reminded him that he was told that my friends gave it good reviews.
“Yeah, but you didn’t say it was awesome.”

Gah!!  I told him that he just likes to be contrary as I was swatting at him.  He just laughed and asked “Can we go tonight?”

*sigh*  Teenagers!

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Random Stuff February 21, 2009

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I still use Twitter.  I don’t understand the whole #tag thing.  Why where do those ‘tagged’ items go?  What is the point?

I also use Plurk. I like Pluk though it takes a bit to get use to.  But you can reply to plurks and have mini-conversations.  Side scrolling can be frustrating, but I still like it.  It’s less used though.  I only have one friend there so I am looking sad and lonely.

I downloaded TweetDeck too. I don’t get the big thrill of it.  I also downloaded one of the other applications.  I think I like it better, but then again, maybe it’s just nicer colour wise…

I am “following” some people I don’t really know (on Twitter).  It’s quite interesting.  One I followed just because I read her blog and she kept saying to add her.  She led to another, who led to another, who lead to third.  They are all in the same business.  It’s a business I use to dream of being a part of… It’s so interesting to read their tweets and the peeks of that world that come along.  Sometimes though, it’s a little hard.  Hard in the “could of been” sort of way. I try not to dwell there though.

I am still taking the on-line class through the church.  I bombed the first 2 tests, but not really.  I mean, the computer marked them wrong, but they were right.  For example: One answer was “Covenant” and I put “Covenant which means agreement”  So, technically it’s right.  I think another was marked wrong by the computer because I either added or left “the” off.  So, I tanked, but once a human goes over it, I won’t have done that bad!

Speaking of class…
I have checked into a local college (yes, there is one near by), and may be picking up a class over the summer.  Exciting, huh?

That is until I take and get the results of the entrance exam.  Yikes!
Also, I will have to get a shot. Ouch!

Speaking of getting… it is time for me to “get”.  Yup, time to take my children to their Saturdays morning stuff.  See ya’ll later!

Ice Storm Chronicles III February 12, 2009

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Part 3 of 3

Part 1 Here (opens in this window)

Part 2 Here (opens in this window)

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Day 4:
Yesterday we went to Uncle’s house.  He still has power.  We charged our phones and charged my camera battery.  The camera battery did not get a full charge though.  His town is running out of water, so no shower there.

We went to Hubby’s friend’s house and showered. I washed my hair more than once and shaved.  It felt good!

Most of the ice melted off.  I won’t get a bunch of photos now.  I will, however, get photos of the branch on my house before it comes down – hopefully.

I spent too much money on food I don’t normally buy.  Chips are easy.  Canned food is expensive!  Neither require electricity.

I wonder what today will hold…

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Day 5:
Hubby was offered, or rather re-re-offered the job that he left his last one for and left yesterday.  His friend took him to the main office out of state.  He was to stay in a hotel last night.  Bet he’s cleaner than me today!

We are ready for another shower, but have no place to go.

Oddly enough, I’m even wishing I could do laundry.

I think I am through the initial net-withdrawal.  Yes, I know I say that while blogging with pen and paper.  But, really, the hardest part is over.  And it only took 5 days.  Now if you’ll excuse me, I must text someone… anyone…

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3:20 pm
We have power!!

4:10 pm
Starting a load of laundry.  If power stays on for that, next is shower.  If not, maybe the clothes will at least get washed before it goes back out.

4:40 pm
Modem is dead.  Why oh why am I taunted so?  It was protected…

Later:
Have I mentioned how nice a hot shower feels? Aahhh…

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Most people have their electricity back on.  Some just within the last couple of days.
Although we did have electricity over that weekend, many people did not.  Most local schools did not open until Tuesday,  and then they began an hour late.
This week local businesses and schools have return to “normal”.
Branches and limbs still litter road sides and lawns. Broken trees are our current skyline.  Vehicles are in need of repair as are homes.
Some people are asking what the ice storm means.  Some have moved past it and have fallen back in to their rut.  A few saw God in the beauty of light reflecting off a frozen world.  And still some may have saw it as glimpse of things to come…

Wintery Mix January 26, 2009

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I hear the sleet as it collides with the frozen ground.  I hear the ice as it falls against my house.  I think of the cold, the slippery roads, those who must be out on such nights.  Police men.  Emergency workers. The homeless.

My mind is taken off my thought as my son laughs.  He is happy tonight.  He is spending time with my husband.  The man he calls “Dad”.  This is his second full night home this year.  He arrived back home around 2:30 am, Sunday morning.  My son laughs some more.

The tink-tink of ice falling from the sky plays on like a symphony.   Frozen rain against an assortment of surfaces, near and distant.  Heavy then light.  Music that chills one to the bone should they dare to dawn near to the sound.

I think of my daughter, who is asleep in the other room.  She is warm under her electric blanket.  She is warm with thoughts of my husband being home, keeping her safe. She goes to sleep with a smile on her face.

There is no school tomorrow.  The roads are not safe; the children should be kept safe.  The teacher will sleep in tomorrow.  They will sleep in as the world freezes around them.  Should the sun appear through the rain, the frozen rain, the world will shine around the teacher’s home.  Around my home.

Crystals.  Frozen crystals will hang from roof tops, from car doors, from window units and bird houses.  Branches and windshields, slick with shine.  Tink. Tink. Tink.  Distant and near.

Some where, far far away, ice on the ground is but a dream.  As the heat of summer beats down on them, their world heats up.  While my world is shutting down.  Shutting down only for a moment.

The moment seems long to me.  Days.
In reality, days is but a small moment in time.

My eyes grow heavy as I type.  The laughter winds down.  Soon my son will be in bed, safe and snug.  He too will fall asleep with a smile on his face. Content with the knowledge of his dad being home.  In the morning, he will sleep in. He will sleep while the world turns white out side his window.

Soon I too will fall asleep. I will sleep to the sound of ice falling all around this house.  I will thank my sweet Jesus for the roof over my head that I so complain about.  I thank my sweet Lord for seeing to my needs as I crawl into bed and under my blankets.

And my heart goes out to those who long for such comforts.

I will sleep.
Tink. Tink. Tink.

Sleet Wintery Mix
photo taken from my front door

Kitchen, Sleep and Coffee January 22, 2009

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I am looking for some good cleaning music and getting ready to tackle the kitchen (again).  For those of you that asked, no I didn’t get it done. There. I confessed… and sighed with regret.  Now I have more to do today than I would have if I just stopped messing with music and Twitter. Yeah, Twitter. I went there.

On a lighter note, if all goes as planned, I will get to see my man in just a few days.  Yay!  It’s kind of fight at night though.  I mean, I miss him when trying to fall asleep.  But when I wake up over night, I don’t miss the snoring.  See what I mean? A night time fight.

I went to … are you ready for this… a coffee house! That’s right. Me.  I went to a little cafe that smelled like coffee and charges a whole-lotta money for a cup of coffee. Oh sure, it’s flavored and has fancy names that you need 3 years of coffee-bar-tending school to understand, but it all smells the same to me.  I went to meet and visit with “the ladies”.  I had a smoothie – no coffee, espresso, late or any other fancy named liquid caffeine. It was probably high in the sugar department.  She used some strawberry syrup to made the drink.  It was tasty.  The conversation was pleasant.  Time went by rather fast, so it must have been enjoyable. You know “time flies when you are having fun”.

I think I will go back next week.  Who knows, maybe I’ll even learn to tollerate the smell of coffee better.  That is smell & tolerate NOT taste & enjoy. Just sayin’

Random Ramblings January 19, 2009

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I’m over they whiny stage and I survived another weekend.  Life is good.

Church service was good.  That’s pretty much a given though.

I’m becoming more and more involved with Twitter.  One of my friends joined Plurk.  Now, what to do?!?  Do  I really need another place to say “MMmm, bacon!” ?!?

My feet were well enough to go walking today.  My legs however, they did not do so well.  I turned my music up to drown out their complaining.  My body hates me. I tell it eventually it will thank me, but I’m pretty sure it said it would make my life miserable first.  Hmm…

Wait, did I just say – on the internet – that my body talks to me?  And I talk back?  Ummm….

Have I mentioned that I was asked if I would be interested in being part of a team for the iCampus?  How cool is that?  I was quite excited.  Last week, we (the “team”) were asked to email some ideas.  I sent off a few.  I have no idea if it is anything even close to what they were looking for, but I am quite interested to hear what changes are going to take place.

I am stalling. Today the plan was is to “do” the kitchen.  That’s right, the kitchen.  As in, empty shelves and get rid of stuff I don’t remember buying.  Toss out cups that haven’t been used by anyone, ever.  Figure out where to put things that are cluttering my counter.  Yup, that is “doing” the kitchen.
If I have time when I’m done, I think I’ll do the list.

Which reminds me, if you really want to know what I’m eating or if I worked out, I opened the other blog to the public as well put a link here.  I know, you’re thrilled, right?  You don’t have to answer that.

Alrighty then, I guess it’s time to turn up my music and go a few rounds with the kitchen.  If you don’t see me for weeks, I’m probably buried under the can goods.

Cautious or Paranoid January 15, 2009

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I’ve been thinking (which might explain my headaches).  Many of the people on blogs – and twitter, facebook, myspace, Vimeo, etc – are not overly cautious.  I mean, they share pictures, movies, names, and locations.  They make themselves easy to find.  They are very open about themselves.

I use “net-names”.  I am fairly vague about where I live.  On this blog I post no family photos.  On the family blog, I have the pictures altered so that you can’t really see faces.  I’m very open about myself here, but still careful to not let (most) others know exactly who I am.

I have a loosened up a bit. I actually entered a contest – and won.  That meant I had to give my address to have something mailed to me.   I also participated in a swap/barter.  Again, that meant exchanging addresses.  There is no way I would have done this even a year ago.

Am I paranoid?  Are most people just not cautious enough?

One family that I know (okay, I read their blog so I feel like I know them, but don’t actually know them know them) opens their home up to many of their readers.  Wow!  At first I thought they were just crazy living on the edge.  Then I thought about this:  I almost went to meet a group of net friends recently.  I also may have one of my net-friends coming to my area for a visit this year.  But, that’s different.  I mean, we talk on the phone! …… Okay, so it’s the same thing.  Or is it?

If I were to send a message to the “open-house-family” saying I would be in their area, would they offer their home to me?

I heard a message recently (as in last night) and thought about them.
This isn’t my study blog so I won’t go deep into this, but part of the Scripture read was Matt 25:35
“for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in;”

( NKJV )

At the same time though, we do have common sense.  Where is the line?  When do you offer to let someone come into your home?  At what point will you be willing to stay at someone else’s home?  Where is the line between caution and faith?  When is it common sense and when is it paranoia?

Just because someone is open about their life and family does mean they should open their home.  Where is the line of caution when it comes to showing and telling things online?

So many young people put so much out there that not only put them in danger now, but could effect them in ways they can’t comprehend now.  And so many proud parents share so much about their lives and location, it scares me for them.

Am I just overly cautious?  Is everyone else too open?  Am I paranoid without realizing it?  Or am I just using common sense?  Internet safety?

Hmm. Something to think about…

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Where do you stand on this issue?  And why?

*insert-snazzy-title-here* December 13, 2008

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Welcome to the hormone roller-coaster ride.

Yesterday – the day after the pity party post – I started (but didn’t complete – obviously) a happy dance post.
I received one of the packages I was waiting for in the mail.  I love getting good mail. Really, I do!

Yesterday was also a bit chaotic.  The cell was going crazy.  A call while on call while getting a text while getting a voice mail.  Aaahhhh!!

Last night the children and I went to a high school drama club production.  It wasn’t too bad.  I mean, I didn’t spot any outstanding talent that screamed “I’m headed to Broadway when this high school gig is up!”, but it wasn’t too bad.

Ever hear Larry the Cucumber sing Feliz Navidad?  That’s what it sounds like is playing in the back ground here.  Some how, I feel that is just wrong.  Is it just me?

Today the children and I go to Mother’s house to set up her tree and decorate it.  Ok, mostly her and the children, but I get to sit and watch. Actually, I’ll probably do updates on her computer in an attempt to avoid calls from her about them this week.

Speaking of this week, the forecast is simply dreadful.  I mean, it’s like all winter weathery.  Again, that just seem so wrong to me.  All the s-stuff is there for everyone to see.  Snow.  Sleet.  Stress. School-closing-potential.  It’s all right there, in little images of a tree branch with ice dangling.  Yuck.  Brr.

On the bright side, if I miss church service because of the slick (another s-word) roads, I’ll be able to download it later in the week.  I think it’ll be okay though.  The morning will be fine.  The slippery (there it is again, another s-word) roads probably won’t happen until late Sunday night or sometime Monday.  I said that already, didn’t I?  Or did I?

Okay, enough of this hodgepodge of random life glimpses. I’m off to get ready for the day.  I hear there are chips and salsa in plans. Not that Mother needed to bribe us to come do her tree, but free lunch is a nice bonus.  Right?

Pity Party December 11, 2008

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I think it’s all starting to get to me.  Although, it could just be hormones.
There is no reason for it to get to me. I mean, up until now we’ve been provided for, so why would we not be now?  Maybe I’m tired of living on the edge of… of… of having my children grow up too fast.

I don’t mind living on a beach some place, or in my car, or house skipping for a while when I don’t have little people depending on me.  I’m tired of this kind of uncertainty (No, we are not doing those things now. I mean the uncertainty of if we will have to move out from not paying rent and that sort of thing).  I’m tired of living like this and raising my children like this. I mean, I am grateful for the roof over our heads (even if I don’t sound like it right now) and that our needs are met. I really am.  Still though, I wish for a more complete house.  I wish for more financial stability.  Not necessarily wealth (though that would be nice), but stability.  Security.

I guess I turned into a typical girl who actually wants stability.  Things really change when you have children.  I mean, before my 13 year old was born I had more of a “I’ll land where I fall” attitude.  When things got tough, I just stopped buying food. No big deal.  I could do without.  That goes away when you want to give “better” to your children.

I’ve had money, I’ve been poor, and I’ve been in-between.  Poor is hardest when you’re not alone.

It’s also getting to me that I wasn’t worried about Christmas.  I had put a little away every month and hid some away from the tax return – not much because we had to live off it after Hub’s stroke – for Christmas.  Now, it’s all used up.  What was put away every month was used to get Hubby to work.  Then what was hid away was used for insurance and fuel (so I could drive the children to school) and a few needed items (house hold and hygiene needs along with a few very cheep staple groceries).

I’m broke. There is no more.  And although God has pulled through in some unbelievable ways – checks in the mail as things come due, edible food from unexpected sources, and coats being mailed to us for the children from a friend as a Christmas gift for example- I’m still breaking here.  The cracks are starting to leak.

The job that I took Hubby to hasn’t provided the first check yet.  It is also slow there, so when we do get a check I don’t expect it to be much.  Did I mention it’s also a former employer that he owes money to?

I could go off on choices he’s made, but I’ll just regret it later.  I chose to say yes, now I deal with the lessons he still has to learn.  Maybe I am missing my own lesson here?

The water bill was due yesterday.  We still have the all utilities for this month due plus insurance again at the end of the month.  I ran out of popcorn – which was my lunch for days.  I am getting tired of egg sandwiches. The weekend is just around the corner so I’ll need to figure out breakfast and lunch for the children for those days.  Probably potatoes for lunch and oatmeal for breakfast.  Can you say starch?  Carb?  Why are these foods so cheap?  Why aren’t fresh fruits and veggies as cheap as noodles?

I’m whining now, aren’t I?  Maybe I just need a big tub of ice cream and an unexpected tax-free huge lump sum of money.  Yeah, me and probably a billion other people too, right?

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Edit:
Just after typing the above entry, I called the pharmacist.  Son has one dose left of his medicine. I needed to find out what, if anything, would happen if he suddenly stopped taking it (some medications you have to be weaned off and I was not sure if that one would fall into that category or not.)  He asked if Son was having a problem with medication.  I explained, frankly, that I did not have the co-pay for the state funded insurance that covers the medication. (Which I might add, is a story in of it’s self.) The pharmacist said to come get the medication. He literally (I saw him) paid for the medication out of his own pocket.
In another words, even in the midst of my whining, my God is STILL taking care of our needs.  Amazing.

Bread is Good December 10, 2008

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Hubby has been working for a couple of weeks now, but there is still no paycheck. This means not only are we still completely broke, but food is a bit scarce at the moment too.

A blog I read occasionally posts delicious looking recipes.  One of them is bread recipe I have been wanting to make with my daughter.  I have not done this yet because I don’t have bread/loaf pans.
(By the way, I think pampered chef has some stoneware bread pans in case you were wanting to buy some for me. Just sayin’)

A few years back MIL gave a bread machine to me for Christmas. It makes small loaves and always made the crust too dark.  I put the machine on the shelf and let it sit.  For years.

This week I drug out the bread machine, opened a cook book and Daughter and I picked out a recipe to try.  We altered the ingredients some – using what we had rather than trying to come up with money to buy special stuff. We used All Purpose Flour instead of Bread Flour, Splenda instead of Granulated Sugar, and plain old Rapid-Rise yeast.

So, out of necessity, I made bread in the too-small-wrong-shape-bread-making machine.  And it actually turned out better than it did when I first got the machine.  The bread has a nice golden brown crust.  Even though it’s white bread, there is flavor in every bite.  (Who knew time-outs worked on appliances?!?)

Looking through the recipe book, I’m tempted to skip the cookies and make breads for family for Christmas.  That is, if I can stop eating it.

Mmm Bread