Sunday, June 28, 2009
Clint is going back to his 7/7 schedule starting tomorrow. Not looking forward to it at all. I'm tired just thinking about him being gone. It has been nice having him home every night the past few weeks. Hopefully this job will finish early and this schedule won't be for very long.
We're also gearing up for our annual 4th of July party!! Thankfully, Clint managed to get someone to work for him because he is scheduled to work. Lots to do this week.... cleaning, shopping, cooking, baking... Everybody is invited... wanna come??
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Everybody had Thriller jackets. Red plastic with lots of zippers. We all wanted the white glove. Everybody moonwalked to Billie Jean. I had a Michael Jackson poster on my wall. Trading cards. Stickers. We all sang "We Are the World." "I Heart MJ" was doodled on notebooks and bathroom walls. We were all going to marry Michael Jackson!! Michael Jackson was a superstar. And in a way, for that brief moment, we all were too.
Well, we all know he turned out to be - for lack of a better word - a freak. His life was never really private, and I suppose that had a lot to do with his oddness. Rumors abound. Legal troubles, which I won't even go into. His career was never the same. I saw the Barbara Walters special. He had issues and was definitely not your normal grown man.
But still... at one point, he was a superstar. And that's how I'd like to remember him.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Well.... about a month ago we got a notice from Lafourche Parish that the house had been condemned. We needed to have it torn down, or the parish would do it and send us the very expensive bill. Of course, it's a no brainer that it would be cheaper to find someone to do it ourselves!!
In trying to outsmart the system, we came up with the idea to find someone to tear it down for free in exchange for the materials. It took a while, but bingo! We found someone interested. Unfortunately, he wasn't able to use much of the house. There are so many nails and such, that it wasn't worth the trouble of trying to take every board apart. They basically took the window sills, some doors, ceiling tile, and piled the rest of the house on the lot.
So now we're left with all the trash and disposal.
Clint contacted a guy he had heard about. Turns out Lafourche Parish had gotten a bid from him initially to tear down the house, so he knew all about it. Had pictures and everything. Clint told him the house was down, and it just needed to be hauled off.
He called today with his price. $9,600. Which he said was $1,000 less than his bid to the parish. WTF?? Seriously???
Clint is checking with someone else.... but they are saying about $6,000.
It is making me sick to think that we will have to dish out that kind of cash for nothing. It's not an investment. It's not even paying down on our own house. It's to be thrown away. Nearly ten thousand dollars.
We have no choice either.
I want to cry.
I need a drink. Seriously.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
I saw this on Oprah some time ago, and thought it was a neat idea. Valerie brought home so many crafts and papers from school this past year. There was just NO way to keep them all. Of course I am keeping the 'special' ones. But it's impossible and not practical to keep every single piece of paper! I had them on display in my kitchen all year and it's time to clear some space for next year's artwork. An easy solution is to take photos of the projects, then have a photo book made. Do this each year and viola! Your child has their very own art gallery. Neat, huh?
Monday, June 15, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
If there's one thing I HATE, it's messing with potatoes!! I never buy them. I happen to have some because our neighbor gave us a bag full from his garden. I just loathe the peeling. Everything I make usually has bits of potato skins left on because I just can't stand getting all those itty bitty pieces off. Ha! But of course we do all these things we dislike for the little people we love! So I sent Clint to the store on before he left for the day to get the rest of what I needed. And I made MeMe's potato salad.
Then I started the chicken stew. Burned the first roux because I was trying to tend to crying kids at the same time. Tossed it and started over. Better. I almost always have stash of the trinity in the freezer. Celery does not freeze well, but when it's all you got it's better than nothing. Onions... check! Bell pepper.... where's the dern bell pepper?? We're out. So I had to improvise and ripped open a bag of veggie stir fry and picked out the bell peppers. (Because I'm crafty like that!!) Of course by now, Valerie is feeling MUCH better and announces she no longer wants chicken stew. TOO BAD! Chicken stew and homemade potato salad for lunch! Yummy!
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
I saw a lady in the parking lot as I was leaving the doctor's office. Maybe it was her hair. Or her clothes. Or her build. She looked at me and smiled as she passed. And it made me so very sad. "Something" about her screamed "mom" to me in those two seconds.
I just keep thinking about that lady and how much she reminded me of my Mom. My heart is just filled with sadness.
Monday, June 08, 2009
We had our very first family movie theater experience yesterday. Surprisingly, it went over very well. I was a little apprehensive about bringing a four and two year old to the theater, but they both seemed to enjoy it. Veronica got a little restless after the first hour. The popcorn was gone and so was her candy by that point. She wanted to be held, wanted me to take her shoes off (?), and she was dying to walk up and down the steps (no! no!) Valerie did pretty good and the movie was almost over when she started saying she was ready to go. And we only had to make one bathroom trip!! Two hours and $50 later, we had actually watched an entire movie in the theater!! Hopefully this will be a continuing trend as I really miss going to the movies. Now if only Clint and I could find a way to go together with out the kiddos!!!
We saw "Up" which was really cute with the endearing friendship between the old man and the little boy. It was sad too though. The beginning showed the old man as a young boy. He meets this girl playing adventure. They grow up, get married, buy a house, find out they can't have children (?), grow old, and the wife dies leaving a sad, lonely, old man. I know it was part of the back story, but why does someone die in almost every Disney cartoon?