Sunday, May 31, 2009

Ready For Some More?

Okay, so we got back from our movie - Star Trek. I loved it! It was really good. We also went to the grocery store to pick up some items for sack lunches - turkey, ham, chips, fruit cups, pudding snacks, fruit roll-ups, jello cups, etc. Lots of goodies for the kid. Oh and grape Gatorade too. Can't forget that!

I came home to a funny smell. I forgot I made garlic butter pasta with mussels last night. I forgot to take the trash out right away, so there is that hint of bad seafood. Thank goodness for Lysol.

Well, I am pondering between taking a quick nap or sorting laundry. Since I am off tomorrow and plan on staying up to do laundry tonight, looks like the nap is going to win this one.


Rant Here, Rant There

I woke up around 7:30 this morning. For some of you, that may be sleeping in. Not for me. Sleeping in is around 9:00. Oh well. I decided to get up and make some Starbucks coffee - Pike's Roast. Yummy! It's one of my favorites. I get the whole beans and grind it fresh. It tastes great.

I am still in bathroom remodel hell. It's been slow going. I am not going to complain about the Josh's brother, but he isn't doing so great with all of this. I mean, really? Never again!

Josh hasn't been exactly motivated either. 30 minutes ago, he came downstairs while I was getting ready to blog and said he was going to get paint supplies for the bathroom. I told him I needed to take a shower and wanted to take one in an hour or so. He gave me that "look" and said he really wanted to get the entire bathroom primed before leaving for the movie today. So, while he was at the hardware store, I took a quick shower. He just got back. What is he doing? He's in the recliner, watching his sports shows. Now, what's wrong with this picture?

Anyway, we are suppose to go and see Star Trek today. We are going to the earliest show. I also have to go by American Eagle and take the kid's shorts back. They forgot to take off the security tag. He's been wearing them anyway. While I am there, I think I will buy a few more for him.

The kid starts summer camp this Monday. It's a day camp. They are bused there and back. It has lots of activities for teens and the summer can get quite boring, so off he goes. He has to take a sack lunch every day, bottled water, swimming short and a towel, spending money and everything has to be labeled. I love making sack lunches. The kid loves the sack lunches because I always put goodies in there so he can share with friends. He should have a good time this summer.

I also have about 10 loads of laundry staring at me. I plan on doing that this evening when it has cooled down outside and not so much energy has to be used. I have heard that if you do laundry and run the dishwasher after 9 p.m., it really cuts down on your energy bill. Well, who doesn't want cheaper payments? I can make that change easily. There are so many things to do when I get home from work anyway. It just makes sense to do these chores later in the evening.

Well, I guess that's enough ranting for this morning. This being on vacation stuff is great. I actually have time to post and may have more than one today! WooHoo!


Saturday, May 30, 2009


I started vacation today. WooHoo! I am off until next Monday. What are my plans? Rest and relaxation, along with a trip to Omaha to visit my best friend. We are throwing a party for her daughter. She graduated from high school.

Do you remember what it was like back in high school? I do. When you come from a small town like I did, you remember lots cuz' there wasn't much to do.

A friend of my family died this week. She was mentally challenged. My sister was her house nurse. She died in her sleep. My sister took it pretty hard. There was nothing she could have done. Our friend went quietly into the night. Goodbye dear Kandis.

Saturday, May 23, 2009


Today was exhausting. I got home around 5, crashed around 5:30, woke up around 9:30 and now I am wide awake. Holiday weeks for retail grocery stores can be so grueling. I am thankful for the job though.

I will only work half a day tomorrow and I get Monday off. This will be nice. Next weekend I start vacation. I will be off on Saturday through the next Sunday. I will work one day that week for our quarterly meeting, but that is a total easy day.

The bathroom is still incomplete. Don't get me started. I know Josh is tired of hearing me bitch about it, but his brother has not completed the job. Of course, Josh paid him already, so not sure how that is all going to work out. We were going to pay him to do our windows, but now I am not so sure I want him to do so. It's frustrating.

The kid is looking forward to camp this summer. It's basically a day camp for teens. I think he will have fun. It will get him out of the house. The only problem with that situation is the whether or not his dad will be willing to pay for it. He is suppose to pay for 29% of everything. It's not a lot, but way more than nothing. He has never paid for anything. I finally got $20 from him for his share of a doctor's visit for the kid. Nope, he's never been financially responsible and that is a problem!

Well, I am going to check in on all my favorite blogs. Surely you all posted something since Thursday. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

All In One Day

I am up and at em this morning. I was going to get to work really early and thought to myself, WHY? I am not going to kill myself trying to get the impossible done.

The kid has his last vocal concert tonight. Can't wait. It should be really fun. He will be with me this weekend - Thank Goodness! We should have a great weekend.

I was off yesterday and it was totally uneventful. I slept in until 7, got up and took the kid to school. When I came back home, I played around on the computer, watched several shows I recorded on DVR, read through my Taste of Home magazine, picked up my new glasses, picked up the kid for his orthodontist appointment, came home and started cooking dinner.

I picked up my first pair of glasses! It's hard to get used to them. I only need them when I have to sit in the back of the meeting room and look at small numbers or words on the screen during meetings. I don't have to wear them all of the time. Thank goodness! I tried to wear them while I was driving yesterday and they made me dizzy with motion sickness. Ugh!

The kid will get his braces off on June 30. I think I am more excited then he is right now. Probably because he also has to have two fillings put in the two cavities the dentist found. Our dentist and orthodontist are two different guys, but they are both great!

The bathroom is still not complete. This is what happens when you rely on unreliable family to do the job. Josh's brother did not even show up yesterday. Great! The tile work needs to be made waterproof and the sink still needs to go in. I am tired of brushing my teeth in the kitchen.

Wow, I guess this enough rambling for a post. Catch you later...

Wednesday, May 20, 2009


Dinner is over here!

In A Rush

Good morning. I am getting ready to drop the kid off at school. He only has one more week and he will be done with Junior High School. I can't believe it! High school next year! I am pretty sure that will fly by also. I just got to thinking. I will still be under 40 when he graduates. WooHoo! Kind of glad about that one.

Anyway, what have you all been up to? My bathroom is nearly complete. The sink goes in today and the painting should be completed by tomorrow. The floor and shower walls have the beautiful tiles in place. I am so glad!

Well, the kid is getting anxious to get to school. Talk to you all later...

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Remodel Hell

Today is the first day of remodel hell. The remodel is happening in my bathroom. So far, the tile on the walls are off and the two electrical outlets have been put in. Tomorrow, well, I am not sure what they are going to be working on tomorrow. I do know we are putting up new tile in the shower /tub area, painting the tub, putting in a new porcelain pedestal sink with Moen fixtures. We are also putting in new sheet rock, fresh paint, new floor and new window. I think the new window part may be happening tomorrow.

Anyway, I am being told they will be done by Sunday. Thank goodness. I leave town on Friday and won't be back until Sunday. Hopefully, Josh and his brother will be done. Cross your fingers.

Well, dinner is almost done. Not only am I putting up with all of the remodel crap, I am cooking dinner for the boys. How sweet am I?

We are having Italian pork chops which are seasoned with some oregano from my herb garden. We are also having garlic mashed potatoes, steamed broccoli and cream cheese corn (crock pot corn). Yep, I am loved.

Well, have a great evening!

Monday, May 11, 2009

12 Hours of Needed Sleep

Okay, so we went to dinner last night with Josh's family. I was so tired through the whole thing and didn't say much. Everyone kept saying I looked tired. Gee.... thanks.

Anyway, we got home around 6 and I went straight to bed, slept 12 hours and now I am up on the computer before heading into work. My poor kid. I went to bed so early, I didn't get to play any games with him. I am making him breakfast this morning.

Have a great week everyone!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day

It's a rainy Mother's Day. Okay by me. Slept in until 8:30, but didn't get to bed last night until 2 a.m. The reason I was up would be the gallon of iced tea I drank after the hour long nap I had around 6. Yeah, that will do it to you.

I hope all of you have a happy Mother's Day. If it weren't for each and every one of us, the holiday wouldn't be possible.

We are eating early dinner with Josh's family. Should be an interesting evening. I will update you later...

Have a great day!

Friday, May 08, 2009

Drowning Herbs

I am slightly upset this evening. I had to replant my herb garden. I left it too close to the edge of my front porch and the storm we had last night (the one I slept through and didn't hear a sound) drowned my poor herbs. The basil was a complete mess this morning and the chives are looking droopy. I cut some of the herbs down and replanted. I used some of the basil this evening to make basil mayo for our burgers. Josh did a great job grilling... thanks babe!

Hopefully the herbs will survive. If not, they can be easily replaced. I just don't like rework. I get enough of that at my job, don't want to have it at home.

How are your gardens growing?

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Full Summer Ahead

I feel better today. Probably because I am off. Yesterday was a hell of a day. Too much to do. I actually am finishing up on some work at home this morning. Ugh... will it ever end?

I am going to Omaha in mid-May for a graduation. The first week in June will be my full week of vacation. I will be going back to Omaha to help out with the graduation party. I am doing all of the cooking. It's a huge menu with about 100 people coming. It will be my first big event.

Some things on the menu are:

BBQ pulled pork sliders
teriyaki beef and chicken skewers
mini bratwurst
deviled eggs
corn salad
BBQ baked beans
collard greens
fresh fruit salad
raspberry cheesecake bites

Many of the people visiting have southern culture in the family, so my greens and BBQ was requested. Okay by me, I love to cook! Of course, I am throwing in a little Asian flare with my spicy BBQ sauce and teriyaki skewers. It should be a great time in June.

Are any of you doing anything for summer vacation? I think we are heading up to Ohio the first week in August. I am taking Josh and the kid along with my family for about 10 days. We all want to go to Cedar Point. It's the roller coaster capital of the world. There are fanatics in my family. Not me though, I get motion sickness easily.

Well, hope you all have a great week! Happy Hump Day!

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Venting Ahead

I am starting to dislike my job. Too much micro-managing going on. Can I just do my work?

Ugh... I hate working for the corporate world sometimes. Fortunately, this corporation is putting major bucks in the bank and has awesome benefits. What's a girl to do?

Complain to all of you!!!

Today we had our monthly review on sales and such. The meeting lasted 4 hours. Then, we had another meeting with our direct report for another hour and a half. We were basically told that we need to manage our time better, have a plan, blah, blah, blah....

We were also told that we could get a call from a v.p. anytime to do store visits. sigh.....

Really? Is this what it is coming down to? Me and my fellow co-workers feel as though our integrity is in question and we are feeling the pressure of micro-management. Help!!!

I am reading a book about accountability and this just irks me to the umpteenth degree. I feel like I am doing all I can and constantly ask myself what more can I do for this freaking company?

Okay, done venting now.

How was your day?

Monday, May 04, 2009

It's been a long day. Supper is ready. Spaghetti. I am going to read blogs now. Later.

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Working In My "Garden"

I am a bit tired tonight. I decided to work on my vegetable "garden" today. I have decided to plant vegetables in their own individual pots. It's easier to take care of. I planted 4 tomato plants and 1 bell pepper plant, then planted an herb garden in a long box. The herbs I have selected are basil, oregano and chives. I use these quite often when I cook.

The herbs will last all year, at least that is what I am told. I still have to plant one more bell pepper plant, one Anaheim pepper plant, baby eggplant and a zucchini. I love all of these vegetables. I almost thought about other vegetables, but thought I should keep it small this year. Hope all turns out well.

If you have any advice or any suggestions, let me know.

Talk to you all later...