Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
You should try it sometime. Wine kills the jonesing fairly quickly, and the conversation you drum up - OH the conversation!
I had a very pleasant 5 days with no internet!
I had more conversations with real live people face to face than I have had in a long time. It made me long for the good ol'days when the only way to chat was face to face!
I consumed more wine this past week than I have in ages. But it was all in good company, and I found some new favorites, and a few I would prefer never be bottled again! I even tested a bottle I had in my kitchen far too long - apparently opened quite a while ago - because it was more of a vinegar than a Merlot!
I found a bottle that stood a little over 3' tall - in a beautiful cobalt bottle, that was a German Reisling. We dubbed it "Ricola" and consumed the entire thing in less than the first sitting at dinner!
Memories spilled during the visit(s) - OH the memories! We celebrated 20 years with this lil darlin':
we even let her "win" almost every round of Catch Phrase (even though clearly she did not!).
We exchanged a few gifts - but in no rush - just a few here and there.
The kids had a blast playing the Wii at will this weekend - with very little bickering.
There was far way too much mom..., mom, um mom, mom, mom, mommy, mom, m-oooooo-m, mom, ma, mom, mom, momma, hey mom, mom, yo mom, mom, mom, mom?, mom, mom!, ma-am, mom, mom *&$#, mom!?!?!?! And my personal favorite, "why mom?".
One cute 6 year old with his middle finger waving in the air at his sister. One adorable yet highly irritable 11 year old prancing around swinging her hips and tossing her hair like a super model with the attitude of a pms'ing teenager, and the attention span of...
Wait... what was I talking about?
But that was only because they wanted to shower me with love and devotion for the godess mother that I am, and not because they needed something.
Well, one could only hope!
Hope you had a wonderful Holiday with your family!
If I disappear this weekend, you can almost guarantee where I am - because round two begins on Wednesday! If only I could convince my husband it would be a great time!
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
I did not take pain medication yesterday afternoon when I got home from our AMAZING Breakfast with Santa event at our club because I had moved some furniture and was on my feet all morning (definitely not on my ok to do list with a broken rib and ruptured disc). I did not then go back to the club (in a blizzard) to watch the AMAZING band that drove from Madison, WI (in a blizzard) and have a few too many adult beverages and get really looped up.
I did not wake up hung over this morning at 10 AM, and then fall asleep in Jim's recliner at 1 and sleep until 4:20.
I am so not the rock star I hoped I still was, but really, did you need to clobber me that hard over the head to prove your point?
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
I did not go in to work late ev-er-y day last week. Arriving at 9:30 rather than 9. I am responsible, and would never do that.
I did not consider almost every day last week, leaving early. Only to find myself shutting the lights and the door much later than I needed to, therefore making up for the late hour for which I did not arrive each morning.
I did not take a long lunch on Tuesday because I was wallowing in my own self pity after falling in the post office earlier that day. I did not come home to two kids for whom school was called and a husband who was on partial layoff, all sitting around in their pj's asking me what was for lunch. I did not bite my tongue, pull out a bix of cereal and tell them to have at it. I did not then make myself something much tastier once they started slurping down their toasted o's.
I did not even once wish that someone would get sick so we could stay home this weekend rather then travel in bad weather. I did not wish that, and then feel bad about it, admit it to my husband, only to have him say the same thing to me.
I did not stall as long as possible on Saturday morning waiting to hear someone cough, rush to the bathroom, or exclaim they had an upset stomach, only to give in and get ready to go, causing us to leave 45 minutes later than we had planned.
I did not say "oh God", or potentially drop the "F bomb" 3,927 times this weekend when I had a spasm in my left side/side of my chest this weekend. I did not hear my sister in law nearly insist we go to the hospital she worked at for an xray, after the doctor she called told her it sounded like I have a bruised/cracked rib from my fall in the post office.
I did not go to the hospital however. Instead I took more Vicadin.
I did not let my brother in law slip me a few shots of Godiva Dark Chocolate Liqueur and Tequila Rose Cocoa.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
This morning we left from St. Cloud in a rush. In a vertiable blizzard. We didn't want to get stuck up there (in laws ya'know). So we left with a radar prediction that we would drive out of the bad weather within 40 miles.
Second 30 miles: driving 45-55 mph. Pouring rain. 34 degrees
Third 30 miles: driving 40-50 mph. Sleet, rain mix. 32 degrees
The first 5 miles of the last 30 - the temp dropped LITERALLY 17 degrees.
The last 30 miles: driving 30-35 mph. Sleet, blowing snow, wind gusts over 40 mph. Ice on the highways. White out conditions.
Since we have been home, it has snowed. Blown. Howled and whistled. Right now it is blowing at about 40 mph steady with gusts over 50-60.
Tomorrow morning, the windchill is predicted out here on the prairie to be minus 40 -50. That is below zero for your warmer climate people. Tomorrow night our temperature (minus windchill) is predicted to be 11 below zero.
Let it snow, let it blow, 40 below!
Friday, December 12, 2008
It was really great to know you. I will miss your smile. Your wit. Your sense of humor. Your humility. Your humanity. Your faith in people and in God. Your kindness, and your caring for others. Your incredible knack for making me wonder - "did he mean it? was he serious?" Because everytime I joked about giving you my resignation and you patted me on the shoulder and said "good luck", I wondered - wow, this time he seemed serious! I will miss teasing you about your accent.
Everything that made you who you were.
Thank you for blessing our lives here in our small town.
You have left a mark - and really big shoes - that no one can ever fill.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Just before Thanksgiving Tom got what he believed to be a bad sore throat. The condition continued to worsen, causing body shakes and eventually pain in his arms and legs. It was not a cold. It also was not what the doctors believed to be Rheumatoid Arthritis.
There was not a dry eye when the meeting adjourned.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
DO NOT waste the whole 9+ minutes - I did - and while I knew many of the people in the video (in a school of over 3,000 students) and I am sure I know who filmed it, the shining star happens so early on that the rest is just - well - just filler! (Kim, this is for you) BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Alternately titled: The biggest clutz in the world
Monday, December 8, 2008
But I do love my free therapy sessions that happen only on Mondays! Its that time people for another list of things I didn't (or maybe did) do last week!
I did not wallow in my self "have to work on Friday" pity in a bag of Cheetos for breakfast. Ok, well not a whole bag...
I did not get really really upset at Mantha's concert last Thursday when the parent's were in the audience chatting it up during the entire performance. I did not especially want to stand up and yell "shut it" when the solo performers were on stage. I did not because I was sitting next to my Mother in law.
I did not spend all afternoon Saturday trying to come up with the right concoction of meds to make my pain go away only to give up and take only Vicadin yesterday.
I did not tell Jim when he called me on Saturday at o'past dinnertime to tell me there was not one of my favorite chickens in the roaster at my friends husbands grocery store that he should go to their house and knock on the door and tell them to whip me one up. I wouldn't do that because I know my friends husband is out of town, and she was at the club partying it up with the girls for her sisters 50th birthday. Instead I made him come home, drive me 10 miles away to take me out to dinner at another friends restaurant to a neighboring really really small town where the lady who cut my hair so nicely a few weeks ago whipped me up the most amazing petite filet.
Small town living people, small town living. Your fireman is also your mechanic who sidelines as your doctor every other Thursday and third Monday.
I so did not just write a paragraph full of run on sentences and bad grammar.
Its 8:34 and I am sitting here in wet hair, so I had better make my way towards the hair dryer.
I did not totally think about calling in sick (to myself) this morning because it is snowing and I am in more pain than I care to admit. But then I remembered my assistant is in Hawaii for 10 days. Dang her anyway! ;)
Sunday, December 7, 2008
A prize give away so big, that you will be amazed! Check out these prizes:
Brand spankin new, shipped to your home, BEFORE Christmas! It could be a wonderful gift for YOU for Christmas. Maybe a few gifts for others, or one great big gift that you can send to me! (I can always try...).
Here is how it works. MckMama of My Charming Kids, and Aimee of Heart Smiles have put together a Raffle-Way.
All proceeds of this Raffle-Way will be donated to:
String of Pearls, a beautiful ministry that offers a nurturing and safe place for families as they navigate the path following a fatal prenatal diagnosis that will result in the death of their baby prior to, or shortly after birth. String of Pearls provides guidance, compassion and practical suggestions as plans to honor the life of pre-born babies are crafted.
No Hands But Ours. No Hands But Ours is a China adoption resource site, specific to special needs adoption. It was created to provide information, encouragement and support for families of the children who wait and for those who wait no more. It is their hope that God would use this organization to encourage and equip ordinary people to do an extraordinary thing in the life of a special needs orphan, to give the gift every child needs and deserves...a family.
The Elison Project helps to provide grants to families adopting special needs children from China, and collaborates with No Hands But Ours. Proceeds of this Raffle-Way will allow families to make an incredible difference in the life of a child. Your donation will help to bring His children home.
All you have to do to enter to win this AMAZING prize package is click on the button below which will direct you to MckMama's blog. At the top of her blog is a "ChipIn" button where you can make a donation. For each $10 donated, you will receive a separate raffle number and entered in the grand prize drawing. Shortly after you make your donation, Aimee will email you your ticket number (s). Then you just sit back, and wait.
But wait - there is more to this extravaganza - if you post this button on your blog, and a quick note about the contest (you don't have to post as much detail as I did), you will also be entered in another contest to win one of these from Suzanne Meyers:
Friday, December 5, 2008
This morning Harry Smith interviewed the most adorable little boy named Alec Greven, about his new book "How to talk to girls".
It was the cutest flippin thing I think I have ever seen (well almost).
Who would have thunk a 9 year old understood us females. He did. I was shocked. If only all men thought like he did. We would all be pampered well adjusted women!
Thursday, December 4, 2008
It was rather uneventful for us for once. We arrived on time and not frazzled - a milestone in the baum household... We sat near the front in really uncomfortable seats made for young people with narrow hips and normal rears - not two ton Annie and her clingy 6 year old.
The kids as always were very talented. I was especially impressed with the 4th grade class. They are a talented lot. As were the 5th and 6th. But when the 4th grade class is more in key, more in tempo, and more into the spirit of singing to a large audience, it makes the others dull by comparison. Of course I realize that 5th and 6th graders are starting to become "too cool" to have to perform by choice. I mean really dude - its so lame!
The talking never stopped - parents yapping away like they were at reunions and not a concert. Did people not hear the "principal with the lisp" explain before the concert even begins that the children have practiced long and hard for their performances, and we need to be considerate of them - in other words: "shut up, sit down, turn your cell phone off, control your whining kids, and be quiet."
Then there is the matter of 1/3 of the 5th grade class missing from the performance. Last time I checked a concert is not a "show up if you want to" kind of gig. It was pathetic. Of the 84 students in the 5th grade, only 59 showed up!!! The 4th and 6th grades out ranked the 5th grade class, which is one of the largest classes, by nearly perfect attendance.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
When you fail at parenting, you fail at everything, and it sucks everything from you.
Monday, December 1, 2008
This little wonder makes the best popcorn!!! Click on the picture to read all about it! One bit of advice - if it doesn't say "Original Whirley-Pop" or "Whirley-Pop" on the lid, dont buy it! I bought a knock off once, and it was worthless! It didn't stir the kernels properly because it had a wide blade that would crush the kernels underneath and cause serious burnage!
I bought one of mine at Target, and one at a local gift store. I have seen them at large retailers also (Kohls, Hergergers, JCPenny, Kohls). It works over campfires and grills if you have a grate to rest the popper on!
I don't get kickbacks from these company's, so I do accept tips! Just leave'em in my jar!
Its time for that Monday Carnival of things I did not do (or maybe I did) last week - as always hosted by MckMama at My Charming Kids!