Monday, April 29, 2013

Best Laid Plans

And all that rot.  So big plans did not materialize because of thunderstorms and rain.  Though G and I did attempt to fix with the all purpose fixer-DuckTape-her punching bag.  So we filled the bottom with sand and taped all the seams but still it is losing air and I am not sure where. Plus the foot pedal air pump doesn't work unless G is in a very precarious position to pump it.  I will have to remember to post a photo of it.  It is rather comical. 

We will try the zoo at a later date because that was the big plans.  This weekend is a birthday celebration for my great aunt who happens to be the last remaining sibling of my Grandmother's family.  It is a big deal to live such a long and good life.

Oh and today begins my 6th week of work at this company for which I am eternally grateful to God for His provision.  As I was talking with a co-worker earlier (who like me has been laid off before) I am still a bit skittish and still waiting for the other shoe to fall.  I just don't think in this economy we can truly let our guards down.  We must be vigilant and always prepared for the worse case scenario. 

Anyway, Happy Monday, y'all.  If you think about it during the week please lift my G up in prayer, she has a sore throat and lots of big tests starting tomorrow.

Friday, April 26, 2013

What to Do When You Go to Work with Mom...

You end up watching Cartoon Network on the office TV, wishing desperately that you hadn't skipped school. 
This was after getting in a wee bit of trouble for forgetting (after being reminded several times to be quiet) that her voice carries and yelling "boo" behind me around other employees trying to work.  For the most part she was wonderful but sometimes she forgets that she can be seen and heard by other people. 

We did end up leaving 30 mins early which meant I have to make it up today. No biggie.  I had gotten used to 30 min lunches.  We also had to get to the bank yesterday before 5pm because all the bank convenient hours seem to be disappearing in this economy. 

So we have big plans for Saturday and if I am not too tired I will post about it Saturday or Sunday.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Completed Project

Here is the plate G did for her birthday.  It was bigger than I thought and couldn't be displayed where I wanted it so I took the other plate she did in 2011 and put them together in a different location.  It turned out great.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Tomorrow Is Take Your Sons and Daughters to Work Day

It says so on the calendar (G found it looking for holidays to take off school).  And G gets to go with me.  I have permission from my boss and G fulfilled her side of the bargain which was 100% on The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.  So she is 6 points away from a total of 100 AR points for the year.  I think the school though is going to cut AR off on May 3 even though there is still 3 weeks of school left.

Seems this year has gone so very fast.  They have their field trip on Friday and a party in two weeks for the end of AR.  She will miss some of her tests tomorrow though and I doubt it will be a supported day of going with me to work. 

I picked up G's plate today but will post photos tomorrow.  I left it in the car until she comes home in 45 mins or so.  I will meet her in the driveway to show her and my parents at the same time.  They pick her up on Wednesday nights because she goes to their church for GAs. Usually I have choir but we have been out for the past two weeks.  Starting back next Wednesday.

So I have some thoughts on G's birthday or at least on some things she brought up on her birthday.  I just am not sure that blogging about it is a good idea.  She is old enough now to care what is reported so I am and have been being careful to not put too much out there recently.  Sadly I haven't even been good about taking photos of her.  Lazy I suppose.

Anyway, I have to go plan what we will bring for her to play with tomorrow at work. Definitely, her games.  I suppose I will take her to lunch or maybe we will just bring our lunches like I always do. 

Have a great rest of the week.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Nine Years Old; Going on 30, heh

For her birthday lunch she chose pizza and rosemary potatoes.  She made her pizza into a star shape.  Since we made cake pops for her cake the candle had to go in the pizza.  We celebrated with my parents and G had the best birthday (her words) getting everything she wanted.  The legos were a hit.  She also loved her punching bag which is now waiting on the back porch to be fixed.  Seems she punched the air out of it, literally

The bag was inexpensive but the next price point for a "better" bag is $80 more than I paid for this one.  So I think it is worth saving.  I will have to duct tape the seam to hold it together and instead of balancing it with water, get sand.  Of course I can't do anything until the weekend or maybe start working on it tomorrow and Thursday.

I could hear lots of giggles while she and grammie finished the cake pops because of course they did not go was well as the box suggested they would and I quit.  Of course it didn't help that I didn't follow the instructions exactly.  Lesson learned.  I was in a hurry to get them done so I could take a nap.  In retrospect I should have taken the nap then gotten up to finish them.  G though enjoyed the process of the making rather than the eating of the cake pops anyway.  For her the participation in making everything is what makes her birthday special. 

Happy Birthday, Baby Girl!

Friday, April 19, 2013

An Interesting Day

Awoke to the news of one Boston bomber dead and the other on the loose.  Boston and surrounding areas on complete lock down.  I hope they do not take the one alive.  It would be better for the country to not go through a trial where some defense attorney attempts to make a name for him/herself by helping the JIHADI soldier.  Plus since MA hasn't a death penalty there is no reason to pay for his life in jail. 

G had a school program that I was unable to attend but my parents did and said it was really good.  One of her classmates lost his grandfather Tuesday to stroke and short unexplainable illness.  He still performed through tears (because he wanted to).  It is a very sad situation only because this boy and his "pop" have a similarly close relationship like G and her grandad. 

My parents were also able to go see G's painting hanging in the school library.  I am so glad they got to see the real painting not just a photo and that G got to show it them.

This weekend is celebration #1 of G's 9th birthday.  Sunday with the parents will be celebration #2 and next weekend will be celebration #3.  No friends allowed just me and G.  Sunday we will make cake pops at my parents house.  Tomorrow is painting pottery and next Sat is the zoo. 

I still can't believe she will be 9.  Seems at times she is still such a baby and then in a moment I see the grown up she will be too soon.  She is such and awesome kid.  Too bad she has to go to school on her birthday, Monday.  I will have to come up with a grand birthday breakfast anyway. 

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Guess Where We Went for a Work Outing?

If you guessed Graceland, then yea for you.  Budget reviews are going on today and one of the out of town guests had never been so my boss took 5 of us to EP's house.  This makes the 3rd time I have been and we even saw the plane (1st for me). 

All in the middle of and during work.  What a surreal experience that I have found out doesn't happen very often. 

Oh and am seeing on the news that a suspect in the bombing of Boston is headed to court in 5 mins. Incredible swiftness and cooperation of the officers working the case.  Praying for Boston.

UPDATE:  As soon as I posted the news announced conflicting reports and that no suspect has been arrested.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Weekend Recap

Friday night G told me that we had to plan to spend the day with my mom because my dad was going for disaster relief on Saturday.  So Saturday morning G and I headed out for breakfast at my mom's and then to wally world for yet more shorts for G for summer. 

Mom and I made breakfast and much to my mother's dismay she discovered that I still burn my self every time I cook more than 1 thing at a time.  It is inevitable.  She told me that she thought I would out grow it and I pointed out that I believe it is worse now.  Seriously, I grabbed the handle of an iron skillet that was just pulled out of the oven.  I happen to just be brilliant like that.

Anyway, after the breakfast was over, G, mom and I headed out to get shorts.  The last time we shopped for school/summer shorts we came away with 3 pairs but realized there are 6 days needed.  There were only 3 pairs that worked the last time we shopped so Saturday we found, thankfully 3 more pairs under $7.  I was very grateful to find the Bermuda style short in khaki and blue jean material.  I very much dislike the "hoochie mama" short styles for G.  Now however she should be good for the rest of the summer and Sunday church outfits. 

While we were at wally world, G's little friend called to see if she could come play.  I said she could then mom and I dropped G off at said friend's house then we headed to the big city.  Mom was looking for brown spot facial remover so to the mall we went.  I found some really cute shirts DEEPLY discounted and a skirt also deeply discounted.  I also found a pair of cowboy boots (very cute) and a pair of flip flops for the house and another pair for work (under $10).  Everything was impulse purchase for me but I then Sunday after church cleaned out my closet to make room for the new. 

I still have some cleaning to do but I need to wait another fall/winter season to see what I am going to wear at this job as far as long sleeve dress shirts go.  I was looking for a pair of jeans but didn't really find anything. May head to the red spot shop on Wed to search. 

Mom and I had lunch and then off to ice cream for her and vanilla chai tea for me.  When we got back to her house, sans G who was still having fun at friend's house, we saw the first hummingbird of the summer.  That set of the search for all mom's bird feeders which ended in a call to dad because we were looking for the wrong box.  Once that was done and the feeder was full, I headed off to pick up G then home for dinner (which for G ended up being dinner and her missed lunch) then bed. 

Sunday, both G and I cleaned and organized.  I got my nap in while G played with legos and read.  She lacks 1 chapter in the Magician's Nephew then she will test on it in AR and start another book.  Again, I looked forward to coming to work today, such a change from the last several decades! 

And that is our weekend re-cap.  Have a great week!

Friday, April 12, 2013

Don't Believe in Media Bias...

And how it leans left?

How about a MSM search on ?  Do you know him or what he did? 

How about killing babies?  He is charged with killing at least 7 (provable, others can't be supported in court, not that he didn't do it) babies and at least 1 woman.  He is an abortion provider.  He was protected by the pressure put on lawmakers by PP who doesn't like inspections of abortion clinics.  His clinic wasn't inspected for 17 years. 

The MSM is very quiet with regard to .   Go ahead, look it up.  See what this murderer did and how he treated white women different (better) than black women. 

This is the most egregious example but the MSM wants to protect all the progressive ideas/ideals from scrutiny because it might make people think.

Monday, April 08, 2013

She Did It!

G completed The Hobbit and tested on it making 100%, earning her 16 AR points. It has been a long time coming. She took a practice test last week and proved to herself that she could do it. Once she took the practice test and still had quite a bit to read she read more quickly.

I printed out the page so she has a visual of this accomplishment. It is now on the fridge so we can go back for encouragement when the next difficult project or book comes up. She now has chosen to begin the Narnia series. She started The Magician's Nephew last night. I am reading the series to her as well. We are almost finished with The Boy and His Horse.

My dad thought The Hobbit was too much for her. I think my dad thought I was pushing too hard. To an extent I was in that the original plan was for her to read the book right behind me. I finished it in Jan or something like that. He felt it was way too difficult for her. But she wanted to see the movie and we agreed to read the book and see the movies as they came out.

She set the challenge herself and succeeded. We are all so proud of her. She even said my dad was proud of her. She had gotten to the point after proving to herself that she could finish it and test well that when she was at my parents my dad would hold the book for her as she read out loud to him. She read several chapters to him that way. He would be able to explain big words to her.
Anyway, trying to type on a tablet is difficult, so I wanted to expound on the post a little.

Book Review

I received an advance copy of the book: North of Hope by Shannon Huffman Polson.  All opinions are 100% my own. 

I did not enjoy it.  It was very difficult to get into.  Lots of information was easily skimmed without missing the gist of the story.  The tale is of a woman's journey of self discovery while she travels back to the location of her father's and stepmother's freak death at the hands or paws rather of a deranged bear.  As the character is reflecting on the year from their deaths to the trip she planned, she seems to find out not just who her father was but who she is as well.

Several things bothered me, first the character continually refers to her brother "Ned" as my adopted brother acknowledging that they never really meshed as a family but the character seems to blame the adopted brother for the lack of good familial feelings. What bothers me is that the character herself never accepted him as a true sibling. 

2nd thing is the comments of "climate change" hurting the pristine environs.  I am just not a greenie I suppose and dislike any mention of it in anything I read because as is being proven in real life, climate change is just one more way for the haves to control the have nots. 

3rd thing is that it is not clear if this is or is not fiction.  It claims to be a memoir and states that the events happened but things have been changed.  It was difficult for me to keep the characters in the book straight. 

What I did enjoy reading was about the character's relationship with her father and the need to always seek his approval.  I can relate to that well.  The strain that it causes, the continual feeling of being a disappointment.  Yea, I feel it, more strongly in the last 6 years of my life but it has always been there.

I think the person who would truly enjoy this book would be that adventurous outdoor loving soul who would enjoy the descriptions of the Arctic wild.  I guess I am just too much of a historical museum ancient city type person.  Maybe as with a lot of real life stories it makes sense that the characters don't necessarily all make up at the end unlike a fictional account.  And maybe I just like to read books that will tie the ending up in a nice tidy red bow with everything working out to how it should or rather how I think it should. 

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Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Weekend Update

Easter was great.  Had my Sunday nap and got to watch Duck Dynasty.  What could be better?  Church was full, not surprisingly so.  Just a great day all around though terrible cool and damp.  We spent the afternoon at my parents. 

I was looking forward to coming to work on Monday.  I will say I haven't yet figured out the time punch thing and have accidentally clocked in/out and in again in the space of mere seconds.  I am still very happy with the job.  I love it.  Even lunch hasn't been a big issue.  So far I haven't had to bring my own but twice.  Not bad but I do have soup from home if needed.

G looked so cute in her Easter shorts/shirt but I didn't get a picture of her.  She was a wee bit cold but the day did finally warm up some but she had already changed by that time.  I am terrible at taking pictures of G. 

She is going through something right now that I can't figure out what it is.  Last night she was acting strangely, kind of baby-ish even.  Then I looked her in the face and she had ginormous tears ready to fall and a quivering lip.  Could be hormonal but she says it isn't.  I really don't know.  Maybe she just needed a good cry and a reassurance that she is exactly perfect for whom G_d created her to be.  Anyway, she said she was better this morning so off to school and work we went.

The Continuing Dell Saga

I hate Dell. If you will reminisce with me a moment to understand the full frustration here.  On March 23, 2013, I attempted to order ink from Dell though I swore I would never EVER order anything from them again.  Apparently, Dell recommends only Dell ink, and since I am a big chicken and don't wish to order anything that might harm my only printer that caused so much frustration last year at time of purchase, I attempted to order via Dell.  I only wished to order as a guest without attempting to log into the account because we all know that could be very bad indeed to log into an old account.

I received back an order ID and separately an e-mail from Dell that said basically: we see your order and when it is processed we will send a confirmation and a shipment date.  This morning I checked on the order that should have been here 3x over.  No luck; no order. 

I opt for the chat because it is early and I apparently like my blood pressure to spike in the wee hours of the morning before school/work.  The order, apparently, did not "push through," her words.  The customer service rep asked me if I wished to order this morning and honestly I just didn't have time.  Then she called me.  Irritating.  I don't have my ink and if anyone can tell me if I can get ink for my Dell printer anywhere else please let me know because if I can not buy anything from them ever again I will be so very happy!