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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!

super quick post February 25, 2009

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I’m posting but I’m in a rush. I just didn’t want my 5 readers to think I fell off the face of the blogaverse again.

I’m working on supper.  It’ll be done in just a few minutes.  Then there is youth tonight.  Also, Hubby is sneaking into town tonight.  He just told me. So, he’ll have to deal with the messy house.  He’s just passing through, but it’ll be nice to, uh, see him. What? It’s a child friendly blog, okay?

What else?  Oh, there is a chruch that has online services.  Okay, there are proabably several, but I’m only talking about one right now.  It’s set on Central time, and they have two Sunday services and one Wednesday.  The one on Wednesday is the same as the Sunday services.  If you want more info, lemme know. I’ll give ya the hook up.

Give ya the hook up?  Huh?

I fell asleep today at the bus stop waiting for the children.  I’ve been goofy ever since. Just ask my children.  “Mom, we can skip tonight if you want to stay home and just go to bed.” Awww.  No.

Okay, that’s all the time I have for now.   Timer should buzz any minute…

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!

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

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?

Seriously Random November 24, 2008

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I ended up driving Hubby to a place about 5 hours away, then driving home another 5 hours.  My bottom became numb.  That 5 hours is not including stops or the driving around once we reached the town we were heading to; it is actual highway drive time.

I missed my friend’s vow renewal Sunday night, too.

I had all kinds of random stuff for this post, but now I am sitting here going “duuhhhh. what was I gonna write?”

Can you believe it’s Thanksgiving time already?
I have more to say about that, but that’s for another less random post.

I am rereading a series that I have had for years. I mean, seriously, years.  The first book was probably written in 1980 and the 4th in 1990.  Although I have read the series a few times, I did not read the first couple when they first came out.  I use to over-identify with the main character (no big surprise there).  My favorite book out of the series wasn’t really so great this time around. I also skip over a lot because I can only read the details of the land so many times before I get bored. Also, I didn’t remember there being so much s e x in these books. I skip over that too. But, if I were stranded on some island I might want the books.  They are quite descriptive in how to make tools from rocks and bone, what plants are good for what sicknesses and how to cook wild birds.

I missed church Sunday due to being on the road.  I’ll catch the Wednesday service though.

I like garlic.
Just thought I’d throw that out there.

Have I mentioned that Daughter broke her toe?  There are a bunch of big medical words that I don’t know, but basically it’s an unusual break. I’m not certain if the growth plate was actually injured or not.  If it was, then it’s not ‘worse case scenario’.  She went to the doctor’s last Monday, then to get x-rays, followed by going back to the doctor’s office, and actually got in the same day with an orthopedic doctor.  She is in a … um… cam walker (?) and has crutches.  Yes, for a broken toe.

There is a blog I visit, that I found through another blog that I lurk on, that has an odd recent change.  I have left comments on Mandy’s blog.  I put my name and the required stuff.  It never used my wordpress name or icon picture thingy. Now, all of the sudden, it uses my wordpress name, icon/avatar/picture thingy, and I can see it the “my comments”.  What is up with that?  How did that start? What changed? I’m so confused.

I have the habit now of checking Twitter, though I don’t know why. I mean, I have very few people that I follow or that follow me.  Although, I do have 3 or 4 questionable stalkers followers.  Bots, maybe?  I didn’t “follow” them back.

I don’t like cold.
You’ll probably hear read that a lot here.

I am glad Hub has a job now, but this really has not been a great week.  I mean, it is great he has a job, but *shrugs*  I don’t know.

On the bright side, the tub will stay cleaner longer. Yes!

Also, now I can go work out without pressure.  Maybe lose the 20 (guessing) pounds I gained with him off of work and re-lose the 10 (guessing) pounds I had lost before he quit his job.  Maybe it’s just bloating. I have had a lot of salty foods lately.

I have been keeping track of my workouts, but haven’t looked back over them.

School lets out early tomorrow.  Then begins the 5 day weekend.  I wonder if they’ll sleep in.

Serious Reminder November 15, 2008

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I love getting comments. I really do.  It’s almost as exciting as watching the little stat counter roller coaster.

(Okay, stop talking about how sad that is, would ya?  This is actually going somewhere.)

Recently someone left a comment on one of my spider posts.  So, I wandered over to check out their blog.  (I do that when there is a link. Do you?) The first post I read was a great reminder.  As a matter of a fact, I am posting it here so you can check it out.

The internet, the new babysitter?

I read a lot of good post on good topics by good bloggers.  Rarely though do I link to a post just for the post itself.  I might link because I’m responding to it, inspired by it, stealing it (like MeMes not like plagiarism) or something of the sort.  However, this I am linking because you need to read it.  As a parent, you need to read it.  As a teen who thinks it’s okay to just friend anyone, maybe you should read it too and understand “what the big deal is” (The big deal is people like “Bob”).

Thank you, Narcissus, for being on the ball and shoving our parental wrongs in our face for the sake of our children.

Now if you’ll all excuse me, I need to go look at my children’s computer history.

And the wind blew… September 17, 2008

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We made it through the storm with basically no damage.  Thank you, Lord!   I had a yard full of leaves and tiny branches.  Also, I was without power just long enough to make me throw away everything in the refrigerator and freezers. Well, almost everything.  I kept the gallons of water and few other things because technically they don’t have to be refrigerated.

Freezer 1 fridge fridge door .

Yes, we drink bottled water.  Distilled water, actually.  The town is really old and has really old pipes.  We even have boil orders occasionally.  Drinking bottled water allows me to not worry about getting sick every time I have a cool refreshing drink.  I’d feel guilty about even giving it to the dog, but, let’s face it, he drinks rain water in puddles and eats p**p.  This means the tap water is probably okay for him.  Although, it does make his bowl look rather icky.  (VERY hard water)

Until I went to the store, we were forced, FORCED I tell ya!, to eat out. There is a little restaurant in town that is not too bad for breakfast. Next to the restaurant is someone’s home. There was a fence dividing their yard and the parking lot. Their big tree fell over in the storm. Either that, or it wanted to park cars.
Tree - Parking Cars Either way, I am thinking that the owners of the house are glad they only have to repair a fence and not a house. Thankfully, the parking lot was most likely empty at the hour the storm blew through here.  Yes, in the days that followed, people just parked around the tree and went in to eat.   “Oh look, Honey, a giant tree.  I hope it didn’t eat all the biscuits and gravy.”

I did wake up when the power went out.  I was awake for a while afterwards as well.  No, the storm wasn’t scary; my husband was snoring.  Daughter woke too.  She wasn’t upset, which was good.  She actually did very well during the tornado warning that happened earlier that night too.  Sirens and rain, but she was clam.  I don’t think she even knew why I sent her to the bathtub at first.  (No pictures of that, sorry.)

I do not think we had as much rain as “they” were expecting.
The next night, the moon was OUTSTANDING.
(Again, no pictures.  I know, slacker! )

It Has Begun August 18, 2008

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The First Monday of School has arrived.

That’s right. School is in session, right now, as I sit here typing this.

I, along with many other blogging mothers, am letting you know that, OH Yeah Baby! School has BEGUN!

… Well, it has for us anyhow.

And the morning went pretty smoothly for us, too. The school situation was not so smooth. That was kind of rough. Does no one know how to park?
That being the only stress… Oh and Daughter was a bit unhappy that someone sat by her in the van. However, I don’t think she’ll let that ruin her day. She was excited and nervous and I hope she has a really great day!
Son was a bit excited I think, although this year he was not looking forward to school starting. He still likes school; he felt summer was too short.

Summer was shorter than usual because they had to make up snow days.

On my way home I stopped and picked up French Toast Sticks and a sugary drink.
I know. I like to live on the edge like that.

The house seems so still, so quiet. I can hear the bird outside chirping. Yeah, bird, not birds. There is just one making noise. I think the rest are still asleep. Either that, or they have followed the all the children in the area off to school. Yeah, that’s right. Even the BIRDS are having their first day of school here.