Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Of course!

It's pretty chilly down south.  Last night temps dropped below freezing.  It was still in the 30s when I got up this morning, but I decided I would make myself go to the gym and I'd stop at the store after to get a few grocery items.  I open the garage door, get in my Honda Pilot, turn the key... and click.  Nothing.  I tried again. Nothing.  Great.  The cold weather has killed my battery.  And Clint isn't here.  Of course.  Now what?  So, I do the only thing I can - post on Facebook.  I asked in our neighborhood group if anyone could come give me a jump.  Nothing.  I asked on my personal Facebook page.  Nothing.  Finally, after about an hour one of my neighbors came to my rescue.  The only people that responded to my post were a couple of little old ladies in my neighborhood!  And that's who came to help me - a little old lady. We had to push my Pilot out of the garage because there was no way for the jumper cables to reach.  Luckily she knew what to do because I sure don't!!  Thankfully we got it started right away and I was able to get to Auto Zone.  Two hours and $180 later I had a new battery.  At least a few people did check on me after the fact to be sure I had gotten help.  Clint usually does all the car stuff, but I got it fixed and didn't cry over it!!  But after all that, I'm done adulting today.

And I shall leave you on a happier note... a short clip of Valerie practicing her music.  She refuses to let me record her, so I'm in stealth mode in the hallway... (hahaha)  She has gotten so much better since the beginning of the year. 

Monday, January 20, 2020

Parish Honor Band

As I'd mentioned, last week was Lafourche Parish Honor Band.  Valerie auditioned for District Honor Band back in December and made 3rd chair clarinet.  The two students ahead of her were not from our parish, so she was bumped up to first chair for Parish Honor Band. Yay!! She was dying for a solo, but it didn't happen this time.  Val had three long days of practice.  She gets up at 5am, leaves for school at 6am, and rehearsal was until 8:30pm. The night of the performance, she didn't get home until after 9:30pm.  She was one tired kid, but I'm proud of her hard work and dedication to band.

Of course, I missed all of it.  I'm so thankful to the band moms who help!!  Veronica had dancing on the nights of rehearsal and of course, she had honor choir rehearsal the night of the band concert.  We tried to find Veronica a ride, but there are so few choir kids and almost no honor choir kids.  We asked if she could ride along with her friend who lives nearby and they said no.  Well actually the response was:  "It's not my responsibility to bring her."   Okay then.  I was going to ask about carpooling over the next couple of weeks to cut down on the late night trips out of town but never mind.

The choir kid ready for rehearsal
I did sit in the car and watch the band concert live on Facebook.  So thankful for live streaming!!  I may or may not have watched it a bit teary-eyed.  Still sad that I missed it.  A few others videoed it and sent pictures of Val.  There's my girl on the end of the front row, first chair clarinet!!!

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Only in Louisiana

Only in Louisiana will you find us having Mardi Gras King Cake and a cup of Community coffee for breakfast.

Mardi Gras parades are still a few weeks away.  We didn't have the urge to deal with the chaos last year so we didn't go to a single parade. Valerie is marching in a few of them for the first time, so I'll definitely be going to one or two this year.  Then, Mardi Gras week the band is doing something really fun -- marching in Magic Kingdom at Disney World!!

Monday, January 13, 2020

Day 1 of 14....

Well here it is, the first day of our new 'adventure' (if you want to call it that.)   Clint left for his first two week hitch in Houston yesterday. He's going to stay in a hotel for a while and see how that goes.  No lease commitment like in an apartment and no need to buy furnishings.  Cost is about the same as paying rent, but with out fees/utilities.  They have him working nights this time, 6pm - 6am.  He'll be sleeping during the day, so I'm not even sure how much we'll get to talk to him. 

 I guess I am being tested by the universe because of course this week is filled with all sorts of extra craziness.  The kids literally have something every single day for the next 8 days.  Several things are at the same time in opposite directions.  Like today Veronica  has an orthodontist appointment and Valerie needs to be picked up after school 30 minutes away.  She has money and can walk to McDonald's or Walmart to wait for me if she can't find a ride.

Then the big kicker this week is that Thursday Veronica has her first District Honor Choir rehearsal at the university in a nearby city.  She auditioned solo back in December and had the second highest score.  She cannot miss rehearsal, and there are so few choir kids that there really isn't anyone else to bring her.  At the same time, Valerie has her Parish Honor Band concert at the high school which is again 30 minutes away in the opposite direction.  She is FIRST CHAIR clarinet and is hoping she will have her first ever solo.  There's lots of band friends so there's always someone to give Val a ride home.  Choir, well the few there are seem very iffy and sad to say I'm not sure I'm comfortable sending my child with them even if they do say yes to giving her a ride.  I can't be in two places at once, so it looks like I will have to go to choir and miss the band concert.  That bothers me so much.  Here's my awesome kid, who is so good and earned first chair and she will have no one there to cheer her on.  She should get her music today and will find out if there is a clarinet solo.  She wants one very badly but I almost hope she doesn't have one so I don't miss it.

I know it is what it is and there are much worse things in life.  It's just me having my little pity party.  First of many, I'm sure.

Wednesday, January 01, 2020

Changes are a'comin

2020 is going to be a year of changes with Clint's new position in Houston.  It's going to be a big adjustment for us all.  I've gotten so used to him being home every night, with the occasional trip here and there.  Here's to hoping having him home half the time makes up for the half he is gone. Clint's heading over there tomorrow to spend a few days and to see about getting things rolling.  We've been looking at apartments online and second hand furniture.  He's also going to price some hotel suites, which might end up being cheaper in the long run.  I also don't think his truck will handle the commute well, so there's that to think about also. 

I admit I have gotten very lazy in 2019.  Lazy at the gym, lazy with eating too much sugar.  I've put on almost 10lbs rather quickly since Thanksgiving.  Uggggh.  Getting back on track is definitely my 2020 plan.  I've also gotten very careless with spending.  If we wanted something, we'd just buy it.  The whole job situation has been a wake- up call.  Just because we have it, doesn't mean we need to spend it.  I've always been thrifty and knew my dollars and cents sense, and I still am, but I do hit the clearance sales and Amazon Prime way too much.  Just because it's on sale, doesn't mean I need to buy it. 

The last few years my goal has been to de-clutter the house.  I've done pretty good with that.  I've gone through and reorganized my closet, gotten all the junk out from under my bed, cleaned the kids' rooms from top to bottom, gone through quite a few cabinets around the house.  I'll definitely continue with that!  

Today also marks the end of another Holidailies.  I hope y'all have enjoyed my almost daily ramblings.  Now it's back to my regularly unscheduled random postings!  Until then.....  

Happy New Year my friends and wishing you all a great 2020! 

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

They All Ask'd For You

Today we went on down to the Audubon Zoo!  It was a perfect day weather wise, sunny and cool.  Crowd wise, not so much.  It seems like everyone had the same idea as us!  We arrived about 30 minutes after the zoo opened and drove in circles trying to park.  I think we got one of the very last spots available.  Walking around, there was lots of people but it wasn't too bad though.  I'd say a good day was had by all.  The girls had a great time.  We visited all the animals, they rode the carousel, and we all rode the train.

Now we're resting a bit before fireworks time!  If you're going out tonight, be safe.  Happy New Year's Eve!!

Monday, December 30, 2019

Just another Monday

This morning I went back to the gym after taking Christmas week off.  December is usually pretty dead in there but I expect the gym to be pretty busy after January 1st with all the newcomers.  I know of one person who is switching so no doubt there will be a few other familiar faces.  I've belonged to almost every gym in town, so at some point you always cross paths with other gym regulars again.

After that, I went to Target to see if Christmas was marked down any more.  It was 50% off yesterday but today it was 70%!  There was A LOT left.  Just as I walked up, a lady was putting out some paper goods.  She said they had a lot more of that kind of stuff in the back, but I didn't stick around to see what.  Paper plates were $.89 cents, tissue $.44 cents a box, 3 pack Ziploc containers $1.04.  We are set on that stuff for a while!  I also found some big cookie sheets for $3.  Clint was eyeing some lights yesterday, so I picked up 12 boxes to add to the light show next year.   It will be 90% off in another few days but there won't be much left.

Then I made a quick run to Walmart for a few grocery items.  Their Christmas is still at 50% so it's not worth digging.... yet.

I can't believe tomorrow is New Year's Eve!!  Where has 2019 gone?!  We bought a small-ish pile of fireworks to pop tomorrow night.  Most of the fireworks stands are just tents on the side of the road.  The best one used to be a Family Dollar and they have a pretty good set up and decent prices. 

For many years when the kids were small, we'd take them to the "Noon Year's Eve" party at the Audubon Zoo.  Valerie brought it up this afternoon and asked if we could revive the tradition.  So, road trip tomorrow to New Orleans it is! 


Nice night for a fire

We've been trying to have a fire for a few nights.  It's either been raining or we had other things to do.  Last night was the perfect night to sit outside.  It did start raining but it didn't last very long.

Sunday, December 29, 2019

Let's go shoppin'

I made a few visits to Dirt Cheap doing my Christmas shopping during December.  I know y'all are just dying to see what's inside this go round.  I actually found some pretty good deals.  There were toys galore, fairly organized (!!), in great shape for once, and awesome prices.  Made me wish my kids were small because they would have had a fabulous visit from Santa! 

I have to be in the right mood to go here.  About 70% of the stuff is trash.  Broken or pieces missing.  Odds and ends.  You never know what you'll find though and we have found some great bargains. 

Anywho, here we go.  It's like playing a game of I- Spy! 

Ok, that's enough.  Time to go home!   LOL! 

Friday, December 27, 2019

All packed away

.... Christmas is officially over and packed away.  All that's left are two straggling presents I have yet to deliver. 

Today was uneventful.  I picked up the last of Christmas and put my regular decor back the way it was.  I passed my new Dyson vacuum around just to see how much dirt it picks up.  Veronica wanted to go to the mall with a friend, so we did that.  We walked around for about an hour and didn't see much of anything interesting.  Then we went across the street to a rolled ice cream shop.  We'd talked about going several times but had never been there.  I did not get any but I did steal a few bites of theirs.  It was pretty good.  Back home and I've just been puttering around the house. 

Tomorrow Valerie is having a sleepover.  She asked a few days ago and of course I said yes.  I think three friends are coming to spend the night.  I figured she needs some girl time. 

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Boxing Day!

Valerie crawled into bed with me last night and told me what happened with the boyfriend.  Just out of the blue, Christmas Eve morning, he sent her a snap (that's all they do these days is Snapchat back and forth) that said he thought they were better off being just friends.  She replied "ok then."  And that was it.  Out of the blue, no warning at all, he broke up with her via Snapchat on Christmas Eve!  Not that it was that serious and all, but still.  He told Val's friend that his feelings changed and he decided to just end it rather than pretend.  Oh well, he'll be the much deserved butt of many jokes around here for a while.


Who went shopping today??

Clint hit a couple of Walmarts and I went to one.  It was rather late and most of the good stuff was picked over.   I found a few small things for next year but didn't buy much.  I did do some online shopping at Target and Bath & Body Works.  All three of us girls will be set for body wash and shampoo for a while. 

This afternoon Clint brought in all the storage totes and I began to de-Christmas the house.  I know we had a Christmas, but it doesn't feel like we had a Christmas.  It just sort of passed me by...   Oh well.   I managed to pack away nearly everything in a few hours.  I didn't put out all of my stuff this year.  I guess that's how it goes.  As the kids get older, the decorations get sparse.  All that's left is the tree.   Now the outside lights are a whole 'nother story!  The light show will run until January 1.  Then Clint usually picks up most of it. 

Just like that... Christmas is over.