Wednesday, November 26, 2008


That the boys have stopped arguing.
That I am closing early today.
That Jeff may be getting off early.
That I am able to figure out the answers to some problems (like, if two of my kids are sick and we are having dinner at another home what do I do...just sayin' IF that were to happen, say, tomorrow...)
That I can make HUGE long lists and cross a couple of things off.
I'm sure there is more, I just had to remind myself there were a few things right now, to be thankful for.

Did I mention heat? I am thankful for heat. Very thankful.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

6 Things

So Bonnie seems to have tagged me clear back on Tuesday to post 6 things about 6 things.
Here we go:

6 TV shows I like to watch:
Only 6? please know that I NEVER get to watch them when they originally air. Ever.
1. Grey's
2. Life
3. The Mentalist
4. CSI anything (mostly Miami cause Horatio cracks me up)
5. Survivor
6. Brothers and Sisters

6 restaurants I like to eat at:
1. Cheesecake Factory
2. Cold Stone Creamery :)
3. Johnny Carino's
4. Texas Roadhouse
5. Outback (just their cheesefries and dessert)
6. Jalisco's

6 things that happened today:
to be fair, I got home really late from Twilight and then Jen and I talked until like 2...I am tired and have a sleep deprivation headache that is a combination of going to bed late and Carson (who NEVER comes in to our room) sleeping with us from 3 on...yeah, I mean HE slept.
1. I showered
2. I got Q some oatmeal
3. I came to work
4. I helped customers
5. I played with a couple of projects (note: I did not COMPLETE them)
6. I read blogs

6 things I am looking forward to:
1. Getting on with the holiday season
2. a nap after church tomorrow...wait, am I going VT? I should find out.
3. making dessert tomorrow :)
4. starting and finishing my boys' quilts (okay, Hunter's is started and I have the fabric for Carson)
5. snow on the ground to play in
6. two days off next week :)

6 things on my wishlist
1. a finished basement
2. all my bills paid
3. ALL of my kids to sleep ALL night long in their own bed. So far this week Hunter is the only one to accomplish that.
4. Mamma Mia for Christmas
5. a new lens for my camera
6. a new camera (ha! can anyone see Jeff's eyes roll besides me?)

6 people to tag:
1. Billie
2. Desi
3. Bernadine
4. Lori J.
5. Lori N.
6. Tammie

Okay, off to help another customer and figure out papers for a fun advent...yes, Tammie, I am working on one for you for a class. Do you want an actual clock or can it be something else?

The funny things he says

So, the other night we were all in the living room and (go figure) the subject of sports came up. We were discussing whether or not poker or bowling or gorging yourself with food were sports. Tyler the jock boy, who must have been a bit tired, said "Wake me up when sleeping and eating watermelon are sports."
Now, this boys LOVES watermelon. He will eat it for days. And days. And days. If we go to the store and a watermelon is on display he begs us to buy it. He has asked for them for his birthday (poor March boy, no watermelons) and when we go to Sizzler he will eat a gagillion eleventy pieces of watermelon, five chicken pieces and ice cream. One of Jeff's friends works at Sizzler as manager and he will just bring a plate to the table when he sees Ty. Yes, we are afraid of our food bill when he gets a little older. Very afraid!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

This is adorable...said Q

and please bless 99

Me thinks, when ones three year old is asking for blessings on 99 and using terms like 'ballsack' and 'squeeze the lemon' a little too much of 'Get Smart' has been partaken of.

Friday, November 14, 2008

My treasure :)

Now, to many of you, this will be seen as junk. You know who you are. My husband is firmly on your side. He hates old stuff (what, you may say, he married someone older than him and he doesn't like old things...I know, weird, huh) and has this look whenever he sees another of my treasures. However, since opening the store, he understands that there is a place for such things. He just doesn't think they are in my house. Ha!!

Behold, my treasure:
Now, the dishtowel thing is most certainly going, as is that nasty color of brown...most of the dust and grime as well.
The back story on this is as I was driving my mom home one morning (I think Jeff had the boys fishing) we went past one of the culdesacs in her neighborhood with a garage sale going on. They had a fantastic, huge mirror (that sadly just gets shuffled from room to room as I can't decide where it fits best. Right now it's in the family room which is fine as long as it isn't reflecting the disaster that is usually in there.) So I offer the poor overwhelmed man $20 bucks for this mirror, he counters with $25 and I say how about that cool desk he replies "take it, I don't want it" Can you believe it? I mean, I know some of you can, but seriously, LOVE IT!! So, since that day it has been sitting in my parents garage because I was afraid of what Jeff would say if he knew I got it :) Now he's fine with it as long as it is here. I think it would be a great item for helping to sort the boys' homework, etc...LOVe the cubbies and the fact that they can be shut off from view if needed.
So, here is my dilemma, it needs a paint job. I have a friend who suggested painting the ugly diamonds a different color and then adding decorative knobs...I definitely like that idea and I really like the two tone color scheme. I'm thinking dark chocolate brown with either pinkish or turquoise on the inside...the blue fits with most of my house (not that it will be there for awhile) but I kind of like the idea of a nice orange or tangerine on the inside. Any ideas? I would love to hear them! Remember it took me like two months to paint the tables and FOREVER to choose paint for the store...have I mentioned my bathroom and laundry are still white. Blech :)

Thursday, November 13, 2008

I do not think that means what you think it means

So lately Q has had an attitude (fine, for the past 3 years.) It is directly related to being the baby and as Bill Cosby put it as parents we don't want justice, we want quiet so give the crying child whatever he wants...within knives or guns, that sort of thing, but if you have a toy and he wants it, GIVE IT TO HIM NOW.
So as a result of this and the fact that there are occasions when H likes to antagonize Q, plus the fact that three big brothers are there to influence (for good and evil) Q has started calling names. I do not condone this and turn my head or leave the room when the ability to hold my laughter is in jeopardy, however, someone usually laughs. Which just causes more of said behavior. It's a viscious cycle.
So lately Q has been calling people "ah-dorable" in his angry voice. Yes, folks, there is really little one can do when the three year old is so angry he calls his oldest brother adorable.
You must laugh. So we do. Which just infuriates him even more and leads to more name calling of the adorable sort...see, viscious cycle.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Chom and Cherry

So Q was very upset that Chom and Cherry weren't on today. Of course, they may have been, but we had to come to the store. I am fairly sure that we have a Chom and Cherry collection somewhere...not sure where though.

When we got here he asked if I knew where Paskert was.

He really wanted to watch Paskert and could I please find it.

So apparently Paskert is a friendly ghost who lives in an old house.

Who knew? :)
And, for just a bit of history...guess who was Paskert for Halloween one year? Complete with the Paskert mask...yep, me baby :)

***and for those of you out there who read this blog, be prepared for a football onslaught in the next couple of may take me that long...but tonight is the LAST GAME. Again.

Friday, November 7, 2008


The first for middle school.
It didn't suck.
Most of the teachers had funny stories about my smart, confident, participatory 12 year old.
I kind of enjoy it.
Makes me want to brag (just a little) about his 3.916 gpa (he missed a 4.0 because he had an 89% in algebra...sheesh get to work, slacker boy ;) ) His teacher said he should be doing better and that he can achieve a 4.0.
In other news. I love rain. It's a good thing, eh?

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Dear person

who called and asked if I was hiring.

To whom I replied, "not at this time"

that got snippy and said "even seasonally?"

That HUNG up on me when I replied "not even seasonally."

You need to find your manners. I am sorry that I have no positions open at this time. Truly, I would love to be home when the boys get off the bus, at the very least to 'encourage' them to do their jobs. However, I would certainly not be hiring someone who called (not even bothering to come in person to ask) and then hung up on me. See, I do have caller ID, and if I ever am in the hunt for an associate, it will most certainly not be you.

Good day.