Wednesday, April 26, 2006
The weekend was filled with the guys building my picnic table, which you could see the testosterone levels rising by the minute ... power tools, wood, hammers (thawed, of course ... see "Pregnant Nate" post for details) nails. What more could a guy want? They also did yard work, drainage re-routing, s'mores by the fire, laughing, "Barnes" (Andy Griffith Show), trip to the coast, laying in the sun and skipping rocks at Dorena Lake. This weekend was beautiful, not only the weather, but being all together.
So, you know the hardest thing to find within reason? The glass turntable carousel thingy in microwaves. Ours broke over the weekend, and finding just the glass plate thing is ridiculous! Half the price of the microwave for that stinking piece! Anyone have an extra?
Wednesday, April 19, 2006
Monday, April 17, 2006
Sunday, April 16, 2006
Happy Easter ...
Friday, April 14, 2006
Mom: Dylan, I said STOP!
Mom: Dylan ... STOP!
Dylan: *sticks out tongue and laughs*
Mom: If you don't stop, then you're not getting your Easter Basket!
Dylan: I don't care. You're a bitch!
Mom: I've told you that is not appropriate language to use towards me...
.... I think I shut off at that point. "not appropriate language.."? Excuse me? I'm so sorry. See, this is why kids anymore are out of control. Parents are too afraid of the "A" word (abuse) than just letting 'er rip on their kids. I remember during my really bad stage growing up, (I think I was like 13) I called my dad an asshole because he wouldn't let me do something and ran to my room, locking the door behind me as though that would save me. About 20 seconds later, I felt the floor tremble like the water in the glass during Jurassic Park, and all of a sudden it was like Kong was coming through my door. You guessed it. All I remember was looking at my closed door, in horror, as I watch it disintegrate into splinters in front of my very eyes. I've never seen my dad so pissed and I've never had the ass-whooping I did at that time. And ya know what? I respected my dad more after that. Don't mistake me, I believe that there is a line that shouldn't be crossed during punishment, but I'll be damned if some 8yr old, who I am feeding, clothing, providing a roof over their head is going to a) run from me in a store b) not even acknowledge my words c) Tell me "no" d) call me a bitch. It's just sad that if you take it upon yourself to discipline your kids, they can actually (and have caught on) to turning you in for abuse. Why can't we go back to the days the teachers had big yard sticks behind their desks that you knew you'd get whacked with if you mouthed off? You wouldn't dream of messing or mouthing off to a teacher then.
Anyway. The kid eventually stopped, and there were about 4 of us shaking our heads hoping that kid isn't the next president in 2042. Either that, or he encounters a really giant stick between now and then.
Thursday, April 13, 2006
And now I'm watching The Bridges of Madison County. Have you seen it? I've actually been to the real bridges of Madison County in Iowa, and have walked on the actual bridge in the movie. The county actually had just restored the bridge when the movie company asked to use that bridge in the movie. So they paid to have all the restoration UNDONE and back to the old condition. It's a wonderful story. I just love Meryl Streep's laugh in the movie. So wholesome. I wonder how many people out there have similar stories like Fracesca Johnson & Robert Kincade?
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
So, then I come inside, limping around and Bailey (our basset hound) starts spontaniously starts yiping in pain. She has Addison's Disease, which requires daily Prednisone and Percorten injections every 28 days. Her yiping is usually due to stomach cramping, signaling her need for her Percorten shot early, which was due on Saturday. So, that was a challenge trying to rig her around for a shot in my condition.
Wee! I love pain medication. Going to go zzzZZZZzzz now. Oh, and Maysen pulled one of the keys off our iBook and I can't get it back on. Added bonus #4 of the day.
Monday, April 10, 2006
Let me back-track. The day started out great. We got into Portland around 11:00am and we met Jenn, Matt, and Amanda at Chevy's for lunch. We didn't leave the restaurant until after 2pm. I had *the biggest* headache. So we left and I put myself in seclusion to get rid of my migraine. I eventually fell asleep, as did Nate, while Matt and Jenn played WoW. Then we got ready for dinner and ate at a great restuarant with perfect mood. We had no wait getting in and almost had the place to ourselves, however it was only 5:00pm. We left just before 7:00pm and headed to the tent. Matt tried hard not to get us lost, but alas, we did. (That's OK, Matt). We got a great tour of downtown P-town. And the above notates our night at the show.
I was missing Maysen by morning, so we headed back after breakfast. Maysen had a great night with Ma and Popi, but was glad to get home.
Hope you all had a great weekend.
Friday, April 7, 2006
Editors Note: I apologize for my language in the above post. I can be forgiven for reason of temporary insanity ... how ironic, eh?
Wednesday, April 5, 2006
I got some great news yesterday, too. My dad and step mom Jo will be coming to visit in 2 weeks! We've missed them terribly and haven't seen them since August. They'll be coming from April 20-25th. I'm very excited. I'm going to try and talk my dad into building me a picinic table for my deck so we can eat outside on nice evenings. Then move to the patio for a nice fire.
Saw a patient today: I believe I've spoken about some of the never ending joys of my job, haven't I? Today I had a 87 yr old not only explain me to the color, consistency, and ODOR of his feces, but then he divulges further into explaining how sometimes his Viagra is ineffective unless he masturbates before hand (excuse the pun) to "Get 'er started". Thank God I am able to tune out stuff like that and think "Cute puppies, giggling babies" while smiling saying "Uh huh, okay, right". *blink, blink*.
Tuesday, April 4, 2006
We got a wonderful letter in the mail yesterday, also. It was from the Oregon DMV regarding Nathan's recent traffic violations. It appears he has had 4 offenses within a 24mo period. The last two being "just our luck", if you ask me. Not saying he didn't do anything wrong, but one was for going 12 miles over the speed limit in parking lot (long stretch of downhill road at the side of his college marked 20mph - apparently considered a 'parking lot') and the last one being he got nailed with no seatbelt 5 blocks down a side street from our house when he was running a tool back to my brother in law. So! Because of these violations, they are suspending my husband's license for 30 days. GREAT! So, next step is to apply for a Hardship Permit for $50 which will allow him to go only to school, internship, and picking up Maysen during the week. My work hours are 0700-1800 so I am not able to drive him around. Man, the fun never ends.
Ok, gotta go. Maysen is drinking vinegar/water for the fish tank. Talk about never ending fun.
Saturday, April 1, 2006
Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday this past week was spent doing yard work with my in-laws. They came from Eastern Oregon to help us get our yard ready for our first spring. Some projects included putting a 5" border of mulch around our whole yard (didn't realize how big our yard was), cutting our garden back and bordering it and strawberry boxes next to our house, building rhododendron mound up front, and much more. I don't have any before pictures, but here are a few after pics. Believe me, it looks 100% better. I can't wait to see how our yard turns out the rest of the summer. We also bought a fire pit for our backyard which we used tonight for the first time. Reminds me of my childhood and many nights at the lake in the summer surrounding a campfire making s'mores.
Don't forget to change your clocks this weekend. We lose an hour. Spring forward - so set your clocks ahead an hour. I can hardly remember what it looks like at 7:30pm with the sun still out.