Friday, August 30, 2013

Hello 41

I sure don't feel 41 years old.  I still think of myself as being not far from a young twenty-something.  My 30s are a blur.... marriage, a houses, babies....  Where the heck did 41 come from?!

Happy Birthday to me!

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Sunday, August 25, 2013


That's the only way to put it.


I haven't felt this sad in a long, long while.

I covertly made arrangement for the kids to sleep elsewhere last night so that Clint and I could have a date night.  Date nights do not happen often around here, and I was excited about going out to celebrate the big 41 with my husband.  No kids.  No curfew.  No rushing back to a sitter.  A restaurant that didn't involve chicken and fries, pizza, or ketchup.  Just us for an entire night.  Yay!!

Saturday came and went and we did nothing.  I waited all day long for some kind of a hint, comment, anything....   Clint basically ignored me all day long.  He never mentioned going out.  He never asked where I wanted to go or what I wanted to do.  At supper time, there was nothing to eat since I thought we were going out to dinner.   I made a quick trip to the corner store and came home to cook burgers and fries.  Everyone ate. I showered and got dressed.  Clint did nothing.  Said nothing.

So I left.  I was dressed and ready to go somewhere... so I did.

I came home a few hours later to find the kids had gone to sleep at their friend's house anyway.  Clint was laying in bed.  Not showered.  Not dressed.  Nothing.

A completely wasted kid free night.  A wasted birthday celebration.

Last year, he forgot.  I guess I just thought this year would be different.  I thought that this year he'd make a little effort.   I was wrong.  This year he remembered, but just chose not to do or say anything.

I just wanted a night out, to spend time with each other.  Is that really asking too much?
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Thursday, August 15, 2013

PO'd at the PO! (post office)

We have the LAZIEST mail carrier(s) around.  This old man makes no effort at all to deliver anything beyond putting letters in the box.  Just this past May he forcefully shoved an Amazon box into my mailbox and left it wide open with the box sticking out.  Corners of the box crushed and all.  When I jimmied the box out, the flag fell off.  Shoving the box in there snapped off the clip that held my flag in place.

Today's story is about a plastic mailer that contained my Synthroid.  It was sent -- and I stress --REGULAR mail with delivery confirmation.  No signature or fancy receipt required.  All the carrier had to do was leave it in the mailbox as they have been doing for the past nine years or so.

Today, makes  a week that I have been waiting every day for my medicine.  I decided to log onto the pharmacy and see if there was a tracking number.  There was!

Attempted delivery?  Notice left?  HUH? SAY WHAT?  At 4:01 on August 10th, we were all home.  In fact, Clint spent the day doing yard work -- so he was OUTSIDE all day.  The kids and I went to a party at the library, but we were back before 4pm.  So when was this so called "attempt" made?  And where the heck was the "notice" that was left?   I made a complaint with the post office only to be told that the package has been at the post office awaiting pick up and that if I needed it, I should pick it up.  WTF?  Keep in mind this is a regular piece of first class mail!!!!  

Clint happened to be going into town, so he went by the post office to pick it up.  He complained and was told that 'sometimes they don't like to leave medicine."  So for the first time in NINE years it was decided it wasn't a good idea to leave medicine in my mailbox WHILE WE WERE HOME.  Makes sense to me. 

If this was a one time thing, I'd deal with it.  Countless times we get the wrong mail or no mail.   Pretty much anytime a signature is required or the carrier has anything beyond a letter, he just assumes not one is here and sticks a notice in the box.   I am home just about every day when he passes.  At least twice now, I have gone out to get the mail right after he passed and he kicks the mail truck in reverse "Oh I have something for you... didn't think anyone was home."   Ummm how can you tell if you didn't honk/knock/make any effort at all??

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Monday, August 12, 2013

School Days.....

And in the blink of an eye, summer is over.  I felt a little sad watching my girls get on the bus this morning.  It's been fun having them around.  

I can't believe how big my girls are getting.  I'm the Mom of a third and first grader!!  The both got the teachers I wanted them to have --- sooooo very happy about that!!  Veronica struggled so much in kindergarten.  She had a first year teacher.  I know, I know..... everybody has to start somewhere.  She did her best but there were lots of unknowns and figuring it out as she went.  This teacher actually decided kindergarten wasn't for her and after one year, left our school and is teaching pre-k somewhere else.  So yeah..... it wasn't the best start for Veronica.  She has a wonderful, awesome first grade teacher this year so I hope she can catch up a bit!  Valerie.... well she read 26 (chapter) books over the summer.  Many of them she read in one day or less....  I don't have to worry so much about her academically yet!

Back to school means BACK TO THE GYM for me!!!!  I renewed for another year this morning.  I'm hoping to stay motivated for a while.  Time to undo the summer damage!!   Gotta get those abs back... and I WILL DO IT!!

Wishing everyone a great school year!!!!

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Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Tuesday, August 06, 2013


Well, things have been quiet.  I practically have NO visitors since I moved my blog here.  Just the occasional random hit from a bot.  Not that I had all that many visitors or comments before.  It is kind of nice in a lot of ways - ha!  Guess I will have to come out of hiding eventually.

Summer has just flown by.  The girls stayed busy with camp and friends. The usual summer fun. We had our big July 4th bash and it was a huge success.  It seems my house has become 'daycare' central.  I don't mind friends coming here to play.  Some times it isn't so bad.... other times I feel I am being taken advantage of.  I don't mind helping someone out, but when play time overlaps babysitting time repeatedly.... babysitting for a few hours turns into a sleepover and 24 hours later she is still here, it is a bit much.  Especially when my kids are NEVER invited over.  NEVER.  I'm expected to provide food and entertainment for days on end, and it's never reciprocated....  I've about had enough.

I could say the same about us.  We host parties and get togethers.....   if we want to do something, WE have to plan it.  If we don't want to sit at home alone on a holiday, WE have to invite others here at our expense.  No one EVER invites us over for a barbecue or dinner or to hang out.  I'm tired of always footing the bill and always being looked upon to entertain.....  kids and adults.

School starts in less than a week!!   My girls are off to third and first grade already.  I am thrilled that both girls got the teachers I wanted them to have.  I'm not worried about Val at all.  That girl is too smart sometimes.  Just this summer she read 26 chapter books, usually finishing off 1-2 in a day.  Veronica... well I don't think she is behind in any way but she needs a little encouragement.  Last year she had a first year kindergarten teacher.  We liked her just fine, but it being her first year I didn't find her as organized as someone with more experience.  Veronica has an amazing first grade teacher this year, so I hope and pray it helps her.

I'll be back to the gym once school starts.  It has been nice taking the summer off for the most part, but I feel so lazy.  and blah.  I have definitely put on a few pounds....  so it's time to get back to the routine!  I am going to make a few changes in my gym schedule.  Get ready for a new and improved me, coming soon!!
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