Hanging By A Wing And A Prayer

Have you ever had a week where you just sit back and wonder why at the end of the week? I am having one of those weeks!

I have been on a number of interviews to find work this week. On top of  that I have been very busy with school activities for my girls this week.

The idea of going back to work is exciting yet scary at the same time for me. I would love to be able to provide some much needed money to our household, but the downside to getting a job is that I won’t be there for my kids in the afternoon or to attend school activities during the day.

This morning I went to church with my youngest daughter’s school. I got to see my daughter singing in the choir. She looked over at me and just beamed ear to ear when she saw that I was there.

I have decided that it is no longer up to me if I get a job or not. I have put it into the Big Man’s hands. It is totally up to him whether or not I find a full-time, part-time or no job.

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Video Of The Week

Super Bowl Shuffle

The 1985 Chicago Bears

Question Of The Week

Questions of the week: Are you going to watch the Super Bowl? If so are you watching it for the football game or for the half-time show and the commercials? Who do you want to win it, the Pittsburgh Steelers or the Arizona Cardinals?

Personally I like watching football, especially the Super Bowl. Even though my team didn’t make it, I will still watch it. Better luck next year Cowgirls Cowboys!

I will be watching the half-time show for certain! We are big Springsteen fans here, so I can’t wait for him to perform. I also love watching the commercials. We usually tape/dvr the game so we don’t miss the commercials.

I will be rooting for the Cardinals this year so of course the Steelers will probably win!

The Survey Says…

I decided to go ahead and play along with Javajunkee. For some reason I am in a funk today so this is all I got!

1. Name something you use in the shower? Soap

2. Name something a football player wears under his uniform? Pads

3. Name something people hate to find on their windshield? Those stupid flyers people put on them

4. Name something a man might buy before a date? If he is coming over to pick up my daughter life insurance would be a good idea! 🙂

5. What is another word for blemish? Pimple

6. Something you cook in the microwave? Popcorn, for years my oldest daughter thought it was just a popcorn popper!

7. Name a piece of furniture people need help moving? A couch! Can someone please help me move mine, out the door! I swear it is 25 years old and it has seen better days!

8. Name a reason a younger man might like an older woman? Show me the money!

9. Name something a dog does that embarrasses its owner? Bites the school principal after he follows you to school like mine did when I was in Junior High!

10. Name a kind of test you cannot study for? Eye test, I actually tried to memorize the eye chart once when I was a teen and my eye doctor switched the chart to the ones they use for little kids with all the shapes! 

11. Name something a boy scout gets a badge for? Not eating the Brownies! 🙂

12. A phrase with the “word” home in it? Home is where the heartburn is.

13. Sport where players lose teeth? Hockey

14. Name something a teacher can do to ruin a student’s day? Give a pop quiz!

15. What is a way you can tell if someone has been crying? If they have the sniffles and their eye’s are red. This is also a good way to see if someone has been snorting coke!

16. Name a bird you wouldn’t want to eat? Buzzard

17. Name something a person wears even if it has a hole in it? Socks 

18. Name something that gets smaller the more you use it? This has so many possibilities, but I will keep it clean! A bar of soap.

What Did You Do With My Real Daughter?

Somehow my 16 year old daughter and I got on the subject about how I told her about what happens when your body starts to go through changes when you’re younger. 

Let me give you a little past history: Back when my 16 year old was in 5th grade I was the “meanest mom in the whole wide world” because I would not let the school have “The Talk” with her. They sit the 5th grade girls in one room with a video to watch and then they ask if there are any questions. That’s it! Now go home! Well I said no to this approach and my daughter went and read to the kindergarten class.

I figure I would not tell my girls about things until they start to happen. Sorry, you don’t need a bra until you really need a bra. It’s not a status thing. You don’t need to know about menstrual cycles in the 5th grade when you are probably not going to start on until the 7th grade.

Both of my daughter’s birthdays are in July so they are really young for their classes. I actually held my oldest back in 5th grade but that’s a different story.

I told my oldest daughter that I was going to have to think about how I was going to handle it with her sister next year in school. My 16 year old told me to handle it the same way I did with her. She said it was better hearing it from me than it was from the school! This was actually a really big shocker to me!

I am still trying to figure out who took my real daughter, that way I can lock all the windows and doors when they try and return her!

Change, It’s A Good Thing Right?

I figured I didn’t want to be left behind on this whole “Change” thing, so I changed my look here. I hope you like it and if you don’t, well, too bad it’s my blog!

It looks like my life will also be taking a bit of a change. It seems due to recent economic setbacks that I will be rejoining the work force. Right now I am the search mode.

My husband wants the perfect world where I can work part-time around the kids schedule and make full-time money. I know what planet is he living on?!

He also made a comment about him getting another job, but as he put it: “That would mean I would have to go back to working for someone else. I don’t think I can do that.” But hey, it’s ok for me!

If I do go back to work full-time it will be up to my husband to pick up the girls after school and help with homework. Please keep them in your prayers!

I actually interviewed for a full-time job today that would be perfect for me. I will keep my fingers crossed. Oh yeah, a little prayer for me wouldn’t hurt either! 🙂

So You Wanted To Know…

This is a MeMe that Javajunkee did. She got it from The Girl from the Ghetto, who got it from Dr.Pepper and Writer Chick.

1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? My mom, my grandmother and I all have the same middle name. Actually, we all have the same first name, Mom.
2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED? When I opened the Credit Card bill from Christmas.
3. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT? It would have to be Turkey from the Deli. I don’t do the floor sweeping kind of lunch meat!
4. DO YOU HAVE KIDS? Yes, 2 daughters, 16 & 9. Do you want them?
5. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU? I hate this question! Yes, I would be friends with me. We would have a great time because we would like the same kind of food, same kind of music and the same kind of movies!
6. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT? Who me? Does a dog chase his own tail?!
7. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS? Yep, just not my appendix.
8. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP? No way Jose!
9. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL? Special K with Strawberries but I don’t buy the name brand. I buy the generic brand of it.
10. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF? No I don’t.
11. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG? Yes I am! Both physically and mentally. I think this happens the moment you hold your 1st child!
12. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM? Homemade Vanilla
13. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE? Their eyes.
14. RED OR PINK? Pink.
15. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF? That I am too much of a follower and not a leader.
16. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST? My mom who passed away 12 years ago.
17. WHAT COLOR SHOES ARE YOU WEARING? Invisible ones.
18. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE? A cup of strawberry yogurt.
19. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW? The sounds of me typing on the keyboard.
20. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE? Purple
21. FAVORITE SMELLS? Fresh cut roses.
22. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE? My husband
23. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH? Baseball and IRL racing
24. HAIR COLOR? Brown with gray highlights.
25. EYE COLOR? I think they call them Hazel. They are green with orange in them. Like a cat’s eye.
26. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS? Yes. I hate wearing glasses!
27. FAVORITE FOOD? Lasagna, just call me Garfield!
28. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS? I would have to go with Happy Endings. Life is scary enough sometimes!
29. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED? The Burbs. I love that movie!
30. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING? Red 
31. SUMMER OR WINTER? Summer so we can take the boat out more!
32. HUGS OR KISSES? Hey Chocolate is Chocolate!
33. FAVORITE DESSERTS? Cheese cake 
34. I’M MOST LIKELY TO…? Sulk in silence.
35. I’M LEAST LIKELY TO…? Ever be a millionaire.
36. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW? What’s a book?
37. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD? I don’t use a mouse pad.
38. WHAT DID YOU WATCH ON TV LAST NIGHT? Hannity on Fox news and then General Hospital on Soapnet.
39. FAVORITE SOUNDS? The ocean.
40. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES? The Beatles. Even though I saw the Stones in concert back in ’97 and they were just awesome! 
41. WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME? Just to the end of the sidewalk. My kids won’t let me cross the street yet!
42. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT? Not that would make me any money! I am a jack of all trades and a master of none!
43. WHERE WERE YOU BORN? In a hospital in Dallas, Texas

Video Of The Week

Take It Easy

Andy Taylor

This is from the movie American Anthem which had Olympic Gymnast Mitch Gaylord and Janet Jones in it.

Question Of The Week

Question of the week: Do you listen to your kids music?

I listen to my kids music all the time. Usually if I am in the car with my girls they get to pick the radio station. I even find myself singing along with their songs. My oldest daughter, 16, likes a variety of music from Taylor Swift to Bullet For My Valentine. My youngest daughter, 9, is of course a Jonas Brothers, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, anything Disney fan.

My husband can’t stand and will not listen to any of their music. He is a firm believer that after his generation all music sucks.

Personally I think I learn a lot about my kids by listening to their music and they get to laugh at me for singing along! Plus they know if they make me mad then I get to torture them with good old 80’s music!

Update On An Old Post…

I posted an update to an old post that I wrote on the Balinese Room.

Galveston is on the mend from Hurricane Ike, but it is a very slow mend. We have always loved the Island and we plan on many returns to it. Some of our favorite places are no longer there but the people are.

Balinese Room Pre Hurricane Ike

The Balinese Room Pre Hurricane Ike

 

The Remains of the Balinese Room 1-17-09

The Remains of the Balinese Room 1-17-09

School Conference Day

Today my youngest daughter had the day off from school, kinda, sorta. She had a school conference day. You have to bring your child up to the school for a 15 minute conference and pick up the report card.

As usual we got there on time and had to wait for 15 minutes. They always end up running behind schedule. We were waiting in the hall along with 3 other families. Being that my daughter goes to a private school, the classes are very small and we have all known each other since the kids were 4.

One of the little boys was sitting in the hall and was writing sentences. One of the dad’s asked him what he did to have to write so many sentences. The little boy said, “I was talking about people farting and burping and Mrs. So and So heard me.” He had to write I Will Not Talk About Bodily Functions on the front and back of a piece of paper.

I couldn’t help it, but I started cracking up in the hall. Then the other parents started laughing too. Mrs. So and So finally had to open her door and tell us to be quiet. One of the parents grabbed a piece of paper and handed it to me and told me to copy her sentence both front and back on the paper. It said: I Will Not Laugh At Kids Who Have To Write Sentences For Talking About Bodily Functions!

I think I have until tomorrow to turn it in!

My Stupid Songs

The other morning my girls were getting ready for school and all I heard was them laughing. I went upstairs to see what was so funny at 6 am in the morning!

My 9 year old has her toothbrush ready to do it’s job, but she is laughing to hard to get it into her mouth. My 16 year old, who has tears running down her face, turns to me and says: “It’s all your fault! She is singing one of your stupid songs!”

As the girls were growing up I made up “Stupid Songs” for everything! The song in this case was my “Toothbrush Song.” It is set to the tune of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”:

Brush, brush, brush your teeth
Every single day.
Up and down
and all around
This is what they say,
Hey!

I know, stupid, but hey it worked out great for getting both my girls to brush when they were 2. Now it is making them laugh!

My other famous “Stupid Song” was the “Potty Song.” This one was set to the song “Take Me To The River.”:

Take me to the potty,
Sit me on the toilet,
I gotta go pee, pee, pee,
Take me to the potty right now!
Plop!

Who says music is dead! I am just glad my kids are still laughing at my “Stupid Songs!”

My Fellow Americans…

Next week we will be saying goodbye to President George W. Bush and we will be swearing in our 44th President of the United States of America, Barack Obama.

I admit I am actually one of those strange people who likes a good election. I am a very conservative republican. Needless to say my team lost this go around.

I have heard a lot of negative responses about our new President. Frankly I am sick and tired of hearing them and I hope I do not have to listen to 4 years of it.

Right now our economy sucks and our troops are still fighting a war. I honestly believe President Bush did his job to the best of his ability. Good or bad we are where we are.

I truly hope President Obama can fix a few things while he is in the White House and that our economy will bounce back. He will be in my prayers as was President Bush.

My father-in-law put my feelings into words perfectly a couple of weeks ago. He said: “When I was growing up you had your election and when election night was over you had a new President. If your team lost you said “oh well, maybe next time”, and then you went back to being Americans.”

I think it is time for us all, as Americans, to welcome our new President into the White House and to keep him and his family in our prayers.

I would like to add the following:
Thank you President Bush for all your years of service to our Great Nation and President Obama, I wish you well while you start yours. 

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Video Of The Week

I think every kid and even some adults I know need to watch this video!

Question Of The Week

Question of the week: What is your favorite perfume/cologne to wear?

I usually wear Wind Song perfume but for my birthday my girls gave me a bottle of Charlie White. At first I was thinking “Oh crap, my mom used to wear Charlie!” I must admit the girls did a good job of picking this out for me. It is not “my mother’s Charlie” at all. Charlie White is very mild and light. I was impressed that the girls actually smelled the perfume before they bought it for me.

In Hog Heaven

We hit the mother lode yesterday afternoon. One of my husband’s friends called and asked if we wanted some wild hog that they killed over the weekend. I, being the one who does all the grocery shopping, of course said yes.
We got the meat yesterday. Luckily it was quartered out for us. I don’t think I could have handled looking at the face or anything like that. Obviously I am not a hunter! We cut the meat up this morning in about 3 hours. I think I have 25 meals worth in my freezer now. Most of it is chunk meat for soups, casseroles, stir-frying. We did get 2 meals of tenderloins and 4 meals of boneless chops.

Now I need to go find some pork recipes so the kids don’t complain about eating the same thing over and over again!

“th-th-th-that’s all folks!”

What If…

I have written before about mine and my youngest daughter’s warped sense of humor and how my oldest daughter can’t stand it. If you would like to visit In My World… have fun!

This morning I got my oldest daughter very freaked out! I was laughing my butt off for at least an hour!

I went upstairs to the girls bathroom this morning per a request from my younger daughter to “do something with this mop!”  The girls each have their own sink in the bathroom. I was standing behind my youngest daughter while my oldest daughter was brushing her own hair.

Then it came to me, one of my famous What If moments! My oldest daughter really hates it when I have these moments!

So what if… There is a Mirror World? When you look in the mirror how do you know there is not someone else looking back at you? What if we are just the image and they are the real person?

My youngest daughter of course had to chime in on this one! She came up with: What if their hair looks better than yours? What if they don’t have pimples like you do?

Hmmm, the things in life that just make you go What If?

The Things I Learn While Driving My Kids Around

I am in the car with my girls a lot! We actually have a pretty good time in the car. We listen to music and sing along quite a bit. They listen to my music and I listen to theirs.

The best thing we do in the car is talk. I think because they do not have to look me in the eye they tend to open up while we are driving around.

Things I learned from my 16 year old this week:

  • That “so and so” at her school is pregnant which means she has to stop drinking. At least she said: “Some people are just plain stupid. You shouldn’t drink or have sex at our age!”
  • That she actually likes watching E.R. with me on Thursday nights.  She asked me if she could watch E.R. with me instead of watching it in her room on her new TV. How can you say no to that!
  • She doesn’t like her new Geometry teacher. She has been going to tutorials with her old Geometry teacher. As she put it: “My old teacher understands how my brain learns things. She’s a blonde too!”

Things I learned from my 9 year old this week:

  • She does not want to have me buried when I die. She wants me to be cremated. My daughter said: “I would rather be able to talk to you all the time instead of having to go to a cemetery to talk to you.”
  • Our gerbil, Scrunchy, is scared of our turtle, Bruce. Apparently she put Bruce in Scrunchy’s cage the other day!
  • That a boy in her class likes her because he keeps putting his backpack next to hers.
  • Her sister has a candy stash in her room. I already knew this little fact because I steal candy from it. I think the little one gets blamed for my stealing! 🙂

Video Of The Week

The Facts of Life

 

The things we learned from this show! 🙂

Question Of The Week

Question of the week: What was your first car?

Restored 1970 Plymouth Satellite

 

My first car was a hardtop 1970 Plymouth Satellite. It was an ugly rust orange color and it had little sun stickers all over it. I nicknamed it the Mexican Fiesta.

I paid $350 for it with my own money in 1987 when I turned 16. This car was a tank for me. I could barely see out the front window! It died on the last day of school in 1988. It needed a new timing chain which would have cost more than I paid for the car.