Monday, June 29, 2009
I may have annoyed my husband. Actually, I'm sure I annoyed him. One of the other fosters I work with closely, wants to go away for the weekend to see her dad. He's got cancer and I don't think there's been a time that she's asked me to watch her fosters to go see him that I've ever said no. If it was one of my parents, I would want to spend as much time with them as possible. Therefore, when she asked if I would watch her two foster dogs, I said yes... without telling my husband till after the fact. I know, and so does he, that he would've been fine with it, for the same reasons I am. He'll be better when he sees they really are well behaved dogs. (two labs) I just hope they are fireworks friendly or I'm going to have rearrange my dogs so that they can be crated while we're gone.
Jasmine has been a little clutz today. She fell and smacked the bridge of her nose on a metal bar, she stubbed her toe on the baby's swing, she knocked over a huge thing of bubbles, fell in the bedroom and bruised her legs and I know I'm missing a few things. If she drank apple cider, I'd be wondering if it had turned. :) haha The tears have been a flowing most of the day. And if you know my kid, you know she doesn't cry over little things. She has to really bust her butt to cry. Oh, she fell off her bike as well. (for the first time since she's been riding it) I just wanted to wrap her in bubble wrap by the end of the day to keep her from breaking any bones. I'm just grateful the day is over and she's asleep. Although, she could always roll out of bed and hurt herself that way. Not that it would wake her up. She's knocked her head on the corner of the side table while she was asleep, leaving a knot and never did her eyes open.
Shawn is on shutdown for the next two weeks, starting Friday. We'll be spending that time getting the house ready for sale and open house. We hope to have it completely ready by August first but it may be even sooner. The realtor told us not to fix anything, nothing, nadda as we won't make it back in the sale and we'll just be throwing our money away. Therefore, we only have to figure out what we're selling in a garage sell, what we're throwing away and what we'll be keeping and eventually putting into storage. I'm so unattached to most of the stuff here that I'll be putting the words FREE on some of the things that I just want gone. Going out of business sale folks. :)
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Bad news? Yeesh. My husband had a meeting today for his work. Approximately 300 people will be laid off at the first of the year. My husband isn't in that number. However, they will be going down to minimum hours. We cannot afford our house payment on those hours. We will lose our house. We are in a frenzy to get it on the market and sold by the first of 2010. My husband has two weeks off in the beginning of July and another the beginning of August and we will spend those three weeks, cleaning, and fixing what we can. We will lose money on the house and will not end up getting what we paid for it. Right now, I'm trying not to freak out. It is what it is. There's not a whole lot we can do to change it. No matter what, we will not be homeless. I am grateful that we are in a better position than most that are in a similar situation. We have somewhere to go even if our house was to go into foreclosure. (ick, bad word, bad word) We'll be moving back in with my mom for a time. In the end, it will probably help everyone at least financially. (if we don't all kill each other first) We can help my mom with her bills and save money for the next adventure in house buying. I've learned my lesson off this house. Don't ever leave the dogs unattended in the house, particularly while sleeping or away. Don't buy a house as expensive the next go around. Don't leave the dogs unattended in the house. Oh wait, said that once... well it bears repeating. Buy a house in the husband/wife approved school zones. Ok, now that I'm writing it all out, I'm starting to feel sick. I've been stress eating since early today. Thankfully, I have a lot of low fat (but still yummy) snacks on hand right now. At least I won't gain 20lbs on top of it. haha
On Friday, I will be getting six new fosters. They are brother and sister gray tabby kittens. They look so much alike that the current foster has paper collars around their necks in different colors so that she can tell them apart. I'll be getting them to help socialize them. They are a bit on the wild side and skittish. I will have them for around three weeks so we'll have a lot of work to do with them in a small time frame. Jasmine is really good as socializing them. Most of my kittens are extremely friendly and relaxed mainly because of my daughter. I'm glad there are six this time around and not just the one. Poor Eleanor never got put down since she was the only kitten!
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Yesterday, I started trimming our hedges. It's the first time I've done it. I had no idea how heavy that trimmer gets after a few minutes. Not to mention, awkward. It has a switch on it that you can push and it will stay on continuously but I had images of dropping the thing on my foot and watching as they were cut off to little nubs. I figured at least if I dropped it without that on, I would just end up with a nice bruise. I didn't exactly have a safe way to cut the main hedge. One side is on a hill, one side is next to railing, another is next to a two foot drop which holds my flowers that I just planted. It was... interesting to say the least. I had to stop halfway through yesterday as I ran out of daylight. I really didn't want to finish it today as it was 91 degrees and humid as hell. My husband told me to wait till it got cooler in the next few days, basically telling me the damn bush wasn't going anywhere. Eventually, I went outside and finished it off. Now I'm glad I did. Not only is it done but tomorrow is an ozone action day. I have asthma and spend as little time outdoors on those days as possible. Now if only the pain in my forearms would lessen, I'd be a happy girl.
Monday, June 22, 2009
I am officially a registered bone marrow donor now. It's something I've wanted to for years but my fear of needles has held me back. But while I sit here, healthy and procrastinating for fear of a little stick, someone out there could be dying and need my marrow. I had also been under the impression that I had to go where ever the patient was in the US when they needed my marrow to donate. That's not true. I have about a three hour drive to one of the places that takes donated bone marrow and then they will get it to the person who needs it. If I would've had to fly somewhere, I wouldn't have been able to do it. Making my husband take a day off work to drive me somewhere is one thing, making him take a week off, is another. I could be called in a few months, a few years or never. There is another way to donate on the same site but I really don't think I'd be able to. They take all the blood out of your body, filter it through a machine to get out stem cells and then put what's left back in through another IV. I just don't think I could keep myself from passing out through a process that would take that long. I feel guilty as hell saying that but I just couldn't.
Tuesday I go in for my eye doctor appointment. It's the year that they'll be checking the pressure in my eye. It's pretty much a guarantee that I'll pass out during that test. It's why they've put off doing it for so long. It's not even a response that I knew I was going to have when it first happened. The doctor said there's some immediate response in some people that happens when an object touches their eye. I get to be one of those people. :) Maybe now that I'm aware that it happens, I can try and distract my brain during the process.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
I finally got most of my plants in the ground yesterday. I can stop feeling guilty every time I look at the seed packets. I'm not worried if they don't come up this year, as most will bloom again next year. Although I would love to see some hollyhock flowers, I doubt it will happen as they have to grow quite tall. I've all but given up on sunflowers. I plant them, they sprout and then the rabbit comes along and chomps off their little heads. They never stand a chance. For living on a busy road, near the city, I have tons and tons of the little hoppers all around. We have babies running around the yard every year and usually from multiple parents. I plant food for them to eat, however they seem to like my tulips and sunflowers more. They never even touched the carrots I planted last year, snobs.
Monday, June 15, 2009
In other, happier news, I went to Hobby Lobby on Saturday with my mom (among many other places to try and pass the time till my MIL left my house). I've been wanting to take one of their cake making classes and found out they are more than $100 cheaper than I originally thought. They also have oil painting, cookies decorating and a few others I was interested in. I was never able to take any of those fun classes when I was in school. I was so focused on getting as many high end classes on my college apps. that I didn't bother with most electives. I took the minimum required for most colleges and that was it. I had been trying to get things high enough that I would be able to get into Purdue, however, I dropped out of school and regret never taking any of those classes now. (although I can still say I had a 3.7 gpa when I quit, without taking a bunch of easy stuff) I still plan on going to college but it won't be for a few more years and a much less prestigious school. (Brown Mackie) I'm still going for my vet tech license. I'm sure it'll feel a little... ridiculous to spend that much on college and still be making less than my husband who didn't go to college or finish hs. But it's really what I want to do and have always wanted to do. Originally, I wanted to be a veterinarian but 8 years more of school after hs just wasn't going to happen and I wanted to be involved with patients in a less... authoritative way. Vet tech's and assistants have more time to sooth the clients fears than a vet would and also get to spend far more time behind the scenes with the animals. What was I talking about? Oh yes, classes. The older I get, the more I seem to be into the diy scene. I want to make my own cakes and cake decorations but I want them to look as if a professional did them. I'd also love to learn to paint. You know, there are a lot of things out there I'd love to learn how to do. I'm currently working on crocheting. It's going... slow. I guess I just like learning new things and deciding whether or not it's something I enjoy enough to keep doing. And now, I am off to relieve my pain with narcotics and see if I enjoy that. ;)
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
These were made from real plants, although I'm not sure what it was exactly. Jasmine liked them a great deal. There was a giant horse made of the same stuff that I meant to get a photo of before we left but I forgot. By the end of the day, I was hot, exhausted and getting a little frustrated with kids.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Speaking of Jasmine... she'll be turning 4 on Wednesday. How did that happen? She's still just a baby to me. A really smart baby but a baby nonetheless. This is the first year she really asked for certain things on her birthday. She was very specific. She wants a STAR pinata, a pink cake, presents and candy. She got all of those things and then some. I bought some candles without really looking at them. They were on wooden sticks. It wasn't till I had everything home that I realized two of the candles were in the shape of a star (the other being the number 4). Find right? I also bought a cake pan in the shape of a star. I believe the bike she is getting even has stars on it. However, I will not be putting star decorations on her cake. Only because I couldn't find any. :)
Tomorrow we're heading about two hours away to Fort Wayne. They have a children's zoo there that we've never been to. Funny, considering we've been to almost every single one within four hours of my house and yet we managed to miss the one that is rated in the top ten children's zoos. We'll be taking many photos. I plan on hijacking my mom's camera while we're there for the sole purpose of blog photos. ;)
Monday, June 8, 2009
I feel like crap again. It's the worst at night. You know, the time when I actually get to relax and sit in silence. Why can't I feel like crap the rest of the day and great when they give me a few moments to myself? Evan takes his massive doses of antibiotics as if he believes me to be poisoning him. Only six more days until he stops looking like a pink fountain. I can't form proper thoughts at the moment so I'll postpone writing any further till my brain works more betterer. :)
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Boy child before he started getting sick. You know, back when he smiled. :) This along with the others (except for the next one) were taken by my beautiful and talented aunt Jeri.
This is Jeri and it was taken by Jasmine. I'm sure if Jeri hadn't laid on the trampoline it would've been a picture of her feet/trampoline only. :) Jazz had trouble holding up the heavy camera so her photos were on a... downward angle.
This is probably my favorite picture taken of Jasmine, ever. I just absolutely love it.
And me, jumping. Jasmine wanted to see someone do a front flip on the trampoline. My uncle played the I'm too old card so I went out and tried. I did it too, twice since Jasmine wasn't even looking at me the first time. Have I mentioned that I'm only four months postpartum? :) Had to throw that one in there. haha
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
The baby chicks. Today they have quite a bit more fuzz. This was taken two days ago. I didn't realize how sad I would be when they left till I started talking to my mom about her barn swallows. Every year they have one or two clutches and then it's over. No more tweeting birdies. :( These guys are absolutely silent however. When mom and dad come to feed them, they just open their mouths and wait. I think it's a way to keep predators from finding them.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
I'm going over the fence.. and I'm not leaving till I find a dead body. No one knocks off an old man in my neighborhood and gets away with it.
Yesterday, I met my neighbor. My husband always whines when I ask him to go over there and talk to the guy. The only time I send him over is when we know about something serious going on in the neighborhood that would concern them. (like a few weeks ago when there were numerous break-ins) I would make fun of him to no end about how anti-social he is with the neighbor guy. I've met his wife. I wasn't a fan of hers but at least she seemed somewhat... normal. Jazz and I were out front planting some gladiolas when one of their tiny dogs got out of the fence. As I've stated many times on here, we live on a very busy road so I snatched him up before he could make a run for it. I walked over, knocked on the door. You would expect someone to be... I don't know... somewhat grateful that you kept their dog from death but I shit you not, the guy looked like he would've rathered the dog got hit by a car than had me at his front door. All he said to me was "I'm sorry." I can't portray the creepiness of that phrase through text. Have you seen that movie, "The Burbs," with Tom Hanks? That was the first thing that came to mind after meeting that guy. And all he said to me were those two words. I got the hell out of dodge and apologized to my husband for ever asking him to speak to that guy. I'm a pretty good judge of character and let me tell you, that guy has serial killer written all over him. My husband thinks I'm slightly overreacting but agrees that he's more than a little weird.