Friday, February 29, 2008
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
You will not believe how many times I’ve discussed this with women lately. They are shocked and upset, and then it turns into anger. Unfortunately they aim their feelings at me until they realize it’s not my rules, it’s the State’s. I’m just shocked that until they meet with me this isn’t an issue or concern to them. What do you think happens when you mess around outside of your marriage? Or if you never finalize something legally and just carry on with your life as if you were never married before?
Not to mention, most of them tell me that their husbands aren’t in contact with them, haven’t been in contact for years, live in another state, they have no idea where he is, or there is a restraining order in place so they can’t contact them, etc...
On another note, how in the world can you afford breast implants when you have Medicaid? I don’t think this surgery is something that Medicaid covers unless you’ve had a mastectomy. Priorities, people, priorities!
Monday, February 25, 2008
I managed to watch some movies over the past week and I’ll pass on my opinions.
Why Did I Get Married? – Really good movie. I’ve liked all of the Tyler Perry movies so far. I haven’t gone as far as watching the plays like Josh but the movies are touching. If you think you have problems in your marriage this one will show you how much it could be worse!
We Own The Night – watched this one with a group of friends from bible study, odd choice huh? The movie has a lot of bad language and some sexuality in it but overall it was good. Guess I didn’t know enough about it to have an idea of what happens, there were some surprises.
American Gangster – long!!!!! Maybe it’s because we watched the unrated, extended version. I didn’t make it to bed until after 11 p.m. It was pretty good; I think Crow was better than Washington though.
Oh, and I’ll say this while knocking on wood. I think we’ve escaped this round of the flu. Who knows if there will be another but so far, so good.
Friday, February 22, 2008
Okay, I have to admit that whenever possible I steal away from my office at 10:00 a.m. and watch The View. I consider it a coffee break. I don’t want to see the whole show, just the Hot Topics. I love watching their discussions and debates. When Rosie was on, I recorded the show everyday but once she quit I stopped watching. Just recently I started tuning in again and I really like Whoopi. She’s interesting to me and seems real; I don’t think she gives a flip about what people think of her. I have a book that she wrote and I’ve read it but I can’t remember a thing about it. I’ll have to read it again; it’s still on the bookcase so it must have been pretty good.
One of today’s discussions was about school pictures and the new “retouch” options they give you. Back in the day we had retakes, not a “retouch” which is basically airbrushing the pimples, birthmarks, etc. from the pictures. Wow! No age limit either, they offer it on the boy’s school picture forms now. They showed Elisabeth’s school picture and it brought back major memories for me. She had these huge red glasses on with braces. I didn’t have braces but I did have big green glasses in 4th and 5th grade. I may have had red at a time also but I’m not sure. I would have never thought that anyone had glasses bigger than mine back then but she did!! They practically covered her whole face, too funny!
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Tristan asked me if we were going to give him some money to pay for college. This blew my mind that he was thinking about this. I never thought about going to college until high school. My parents don't have degrees and it wasn't anything that was ever discussed at our home. I told him that we were working on it but he might get a scholarship to go to a college and then they pay him to go there, live there and eat. His only job would be to do well in school and maybe play a sport.
He then went on to ask me if he can skip college. I said sure, but what job might you get if you don’t go to college? He said that he was just going to go to the NBA. I explained that they don’t allow that anymore and he has to go to college for at least a year before he can do that. He then said he was going to sell lemonade. We did the math a bit and decided that probably wasn’t going to pay the bills. But he decided that if he worked at a gas station he would be okay. A gas station!
Aidan asked if you have to go to college to be a race car driver. I told him no and that was that. He’ll be a race car driver, piece of cake. I have no idea where he gets that from, no one in our immediate family watches NASCAR.
So, I may have a future gas station attendant and a race car driver! I can’t wait to find out how this all plays out.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
One of my dear, dear friends is suffering with a huge loss today. I don't want to go into a lot of details but please keep her in your prayers.
She doesn't deserve this, no one does. She did everything right, got wonderful, promising news to have it all taken away a week later.
It's just not right. I wish I had something else to say.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
We were in the car and had gone over a hill that took our stomachs a little bit. I’m aware that this also tickles their winkies (their current name for their penises). This must have triggered a thought about how when we are watching TV and something sexy is happening they also have a tickle in their winkie. Before you jump the gun, we don’t allow them to watch sexually explicit shows but occasionally when we are watching a movie we might get surprised by a scene that goes a bit far and we have to fast forward it.
Anyway, I asked something to get a little more info and Tristan tells me, “you know- when the boy and girl are sitting on the bed and kissing and they don’t have a lot of clothes on, I just know that something sexy is going to happen and my winkie tickles and stands up.” Aidan completely agrees with Tristan’s description and was amazed that it wasn’t just him that it happens to. (That was funny!)
I couldn’t help it but had to ask a little more and asked if it was seeing the girl or boy that made him feel that way and he says, “The girl”. I asked Aidan the same questions and he states, “Both!” OMG!! This all at the age of 8 and 9, plus the Truth or Dare experience last Friday. I’m not ready for all of this! Luckily I have Josh and he is so relaxed about it all and down to earth. A little too relaxed if you ask me though.
Monday, February 18, 2008
We went to bible study next door Friday night. I wished I hadn't now but how could I have known? Come to find out his son had the flu and had been sleeping in the bedroom. He came out right as we were getting ready to end the night in prayer. I couldn't believe that he still had all of us come over. I would have preferred to have it somewhere else or just cancel it all together. Plus, I went into the basement during the evening to find my two boys behind a locked bedroom door with two older girls playing Truth or Dare. Can you believe it? Luckily the worst thing that happened was that Tristan had been kissed by one of the girls but still!!! It was very hard to explain why they shouldn't be doing it. Aidan didn't see a problem with that game at all, completely innocent. Uggghhh.
Saturday I had to work in the morning for a bit to make up for spending Friday with the boys. Tristan had his first soccer practice with his new team for the spring season. That went well, I've been designated as the team mom. It's not too bad now, emails here and there but I'll have to take care of the end of the season party and trophies. The boys played a game that afternoon and did really well. Tristan scored 5 goals and Aidan assisted 3.
I had planned on skipping church that evening to watch the NBA All-Star activities but found out that our friends and neighbors were going to visit our church. Then I felt obligated to be there also. Lookie there, God always has a better plan for me! It went very well and looks like they will be switching to our church. They were looking for something a little smaller and more family oriented.
Sunday was a day that we all slept in. The boys made it to 10:30! I think this is the latest that they have ever slept. We are trying to stay healthy and so far so good. Aidan is over his barking cough for the most part and we are continuing the airborne routine until this all dies down around us.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Aidan still sounds terrible when he coughs but he doesn't have a fever and feels fine for the most part. Tristan and I are doing well, we are all taking Airborne just in case though.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Monday, February 11, 2008
Aidan's party went very well. I'm the type of person that envisions the worst and then is thankful when it doesn't turn out to be that bad! Art Sports turned out to be a really neat and easy place to have the party. 14 showed up and played non-stop for 75 minutes. We then went to our party room and low and behold the pizza I had ordered is late. This put me into a little panic because we only had 45 minutes to be finished with pizza, cake, and presents. We poured drinks and then let the birthday boy open some gifts until the pizza made it. The rest all fell into place after that. He scored some great gifts, lots of gift cards and money. It's great to have a big party but he didn't enjoy writing all of the thank you cards :)
The sleepover was next. We made it home around 8 p.m. and the boys started playing in the basement. I have to admit that I was amazed the video game and the tv were never turned on! They were playing on their own, it was a shock. Around 10 Tristan and Aidan started arguing and crying over every little thing so I could tell they were tired. What would you know but they announced that they were going to bed at 10:30 p.m. Hallelouia!
The next morning I had to get up a little earlier than I would have liked for a Saturday so that I could give the boys a little breakfast before they started leaving. The first left at 8:30, the second at 9, the third at 10, and then the last one that was supposed to stay until noon left at 10:30 because his brother was running a high fever. What a gift to have it all over with so early in the day. The only thing is that the brother that was running a high fever was the one who left our house at 8:30. I sure hope we don't come down with something, I'm feeling a little scratchy throat so we'll see. I'm hoping this is just a mind game.
The boys had a soccer game but I missed it to attend Bill's funeral. Sounds like it was a more competitive game, they won 2-1 and Tristan played goalie for most of the game. I hate that I missed it but I'm glad that I went to Bill's funeral. This is only the second funeral I've ever been to in my life. It's so hard!!! Their family did the service themselves, it was very informal. They each went up and said a little something and then opened it up for stories from those who had come. This man was loved and admired by so many, the chapel in the funeral home was full! People were standing in the back also. I think the part that touched me most but also made me feel like I was watching something so personal and private was when my friend Beth went up to the casket to say her last goodbye. She talked to him, touched him and kissed him. It was so moving. The way she handled her last opportunity to see and touch her husband. I will never forget it. I think it's effect on me is also so great because we share some similarities. They were high school sweethearts, married for 32 years. Can you imagine?
Josh left for Alabama yesterday. I haven't talked to him today yet but I do know he made it in last night. He'll be back with us on Friday. I miss him already but the time will go by fast due to our normal weekday schedules. Today's event after school is a parent/teacher conference with Aidan's teacher. I'm praying to hear good news.
Friday, February 8, 2008
I'm going to Bill's funeral tomorrow. I'm not really looking forward to it but I feel like I should be there.
Sunday, Josh has to leave for a business trip to Alabama. He'll be gone for a week, single mom-here I come.
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
I've never done this before and it was really interesting. I voted for Hillary and I was shocked that I was in the minority. There were so many Obama supporters there. It was neat to look around and see everyone that was supporting him though! Lots of older couples - the news has talked about his popularity with young people but I didn't necessarily see that last night. Maybe my voting precinct is an older population?
I did learn all about the delegates though! They allowed two people from our group to go to the county level caucus, then two people will go to the state level caucus, and then two will be chosen for the national level. The Democratic National Convention is in Denver this time at the Pepsi Center! How exciting!!!
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
I ask him, "What are you doing up?"
He replies, "I had to see you."
I pick him up and give him a big hug in which he just crumbles into me. I ask him, "What's wrong?"
He says nothing but I can tell he's about to cry.
We lay down on the couch and turn on the news to find out that there is a two hour delay today due to our winter storm. I figured with this knowledge he would go right to sleep but he doesn't and seems as if he's wide awake for his day. I cover him up and tell him he needs to try to go back to sleep and that I have to get ready for work. Josh is the lucky one who has the job that also gets two hour delays! Working at a hospital doesn't have that benefit, we never close.
Aidan layed on the couch for a good 30 minutes and watched the boring news to finally fall asleep with Opal laying on top of him. At 6:30 I moved him into the bed with Josh and got ready to leave. Not sure if he had a bad dream or what but the look on his face when he appeared in the kitchen was really weird.
I've had a really horrible nightmare that was about Aidan. It was this past summer and I can't seem to forget it. Most dreams escape my mind and if I remember parts of them I am lucky. This one was something that I've never experienced before. Absolutely horrible. I pray that his dream wasn't anything like mine, if that's what was really going on.
Monday, February 4, 2008
We worked together last week and he came up here to have lunch with her. Once he left, we had a conversation about his health. He had failed his physical for work and had been sent for a cardio work-up. They found that he had a really low heart rate but she told me that this was normal for him. He was put on blood pressure medication and his knee was bothering him so much that he couldn't go skiing.
How sad! He seemed like a genuinely sweet man. They were inseparable and were best of friends. They are only in their 50's and have a son and a daughter. Please keep them in your prayers. Her name is Beth and his name was Bill.
Sunday, February 3, 2008
Saturday, February 2, 2008
Friday, February 1, 2008
I'm finally getting my hair cut tomorrow. This is long overdue! Definitely going shorter and might have some bangs cut in but not sure about that. I'll talk with her and see what she thinks. Josh likes me without bangs but personally I think I look better with them. I'll post a pic after it's all said and done!
The boys are playing together on an indoor soccer team and they have their first game tomorrow. Hopefully they will play well together, I've noticed a lot of competition between them lately. Guess we shall see!