Saturday, January 17, 2009


Snagged from JoAnne...

Just boldface the items that you HAVE done, and leave the rest normal…

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland/world
8. Climbed a mountain.
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33 Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal in a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Gotten flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets, or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a lawsuit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee

Happy Journaling...

Friday, January 16, 2009


The boys walked in the door from school today and went straight to their games, lol... son3 said he had a great day! and then son2 said I had a good day too, lol.... They then came back out, each got a chocolate chip muffin and went back to their games... I had teriyaki chicken, rice, veggies and tomato soup... They said they weren't hungry... Of course in a bit when I tell them to take showers, their response will be, 'but we didn't have dinner'... My dinner was yummy, however I spilled teriyaki sauce on the floor, then on my sleeve, then I dropped chicken on the floor, and spilled my soup.... Sheesh, lol...

This week went by so fast at work... I have so much to do, which is good, makes the days go fast... The last two days I have spent putting all the men's work boots back in their boxes and matching up all the pairs back together... And making new displays... Next week I have two more rows of men's work boots and then I can move on to men's dress/casual shoes... Meanwhile the boxes are piling up waiting for me to open them... I only worked on them for about a half hour today... Now I am off tomorrow and then Sunday is set the ad day...

I have had a headache today and my head and ears are burning... I'm sure I could stick my head in a snowbank and burn off all the snow you all are having, lol... Isn't being a girl so much fun... I am also on day 63 of no chuck... And I am mad at myself for gaining nine pounds over the holidays... I was one pound away from my first goal and now I am back where I was and then some... argh... But just gotta get my head back in the right place and back to whatever it was I was doing that was working... More moving at work, heave those boxes... and get out of the eating habit I got into during the holidays... and I have slipped back into too much soda, not cola but just different flavored sodas... More Water!! Back to crunches!!

We watched Smallville and Supernatural last night... They were both very good!! Still have to see CSI and Bones... Tonight is Ghost Whisperer and Numbers...

Lots on my to do list tomorrow... It has been so nice lately with temps almost to 70degrees... I'm just happy the sun is out! I know, I know... You guys have snow and you are freezing... I'm sorry! We could all of a sudden turn cold again and get gray skies... No seasons here just different temps... At least when the snow melts, you know it's spring, lol... I'm trying to decide when to plant my bulbs before I miss spring and we go right to summer of 110 degrees... That's our seasons: 42 degrees, week of spring, 110 degrees, week of fall.... So I'm thinking maybe tomorrow plant the bulbs, but hubby hasn't finished raking the leaves yet, see still fall here too... And a bit of baking... a bit of cleaning... a bit of reading with son3... and a lot of blog reading...

According to hubby's new schedule he will be home any time now... No late night for me on the computer any more on Friday's...

Happy Journaling...

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Back to Reality...

Here I am on this nice sunny day off from work with hubby back to work and the boys at school.... It seems I lost control of the last three days... Saturday night hubby came home from work sick... We thought he had eaten something that didn't agree with him as he felt better by Sunday night... So Monday he did tons of yard work but then had a fever that night... Tuesday he wasn't much better so he called out from work but did manage to get to the grocery store and pharmacy and pick up a few items... Finally last night he was back to eating full meals and his chipper annoying self, lol, so today he was off to work...

Sunday the boys were way too overexcited for two boys that had to go back to school on Monday, where I was tired from being back at work and hubby wasn't feeling well... So I was back to yelling after not having to yell for three weeks... Turns out they were excited about going back to school to see their friends but didn't see the importance of getting ready for school and getting to bed on time the same way I did.... Son3 and I did manage to do 23 pages of his practice book over the weekend, with him fighting it all the way of course and me thinking oh great I can see how homework is going to be already... And he did read his library book all by himself: Henry and Mudge....

Monday the boys did great at school and each did their homework but I was still yelling... hmmmmm I have discovered that it is not work and driving to and from work with the crazy people that make me grumpy... It is school, teachers and homework that make me grumpy and I just take it out on work and crazy drivers.... Cause I was not grumpy for three weeks and I was going to work then and driving with crazy people... Sure I might have been annoyed at times but not yelling at the family grumpy... School, teachers and homework take up a big chunk of time and effort... For example son3 has already received ten of his fifteen spelling words, we have written them five times each and written them in sentences and last night he studied them more after his shower.... but today we will get five more and tomorrow will be the test and He Doesn't Know Them Yet... the words so far are costume, polished, handsome, discover, solve, mirror, traced, grown up, smear, creation and whispering... I don't remember son2 having these big of words in second grade... Actually tomorrow is the practice test and then Friday the test, but when he sees that he misses most of them tomorrow that just discourages him from even continuing.... He's such a perfectionist and expects to know them the first time...

Son2 is back into the swing of school and already lost his student ID card, hopefully he finds it today, he think it might be in his PE locker... Then yesterday he wanted to go the school soccer game that starts before school even gets out so by time he gets home and I was to drive him there (the game is not at the school) it would be half over plus it costs five dollars to see half a game, plus by time I drove back home, it would be time to pick him up as it takes twenty minutes just to get there.... So he wasn't see any reason to all this..... and was just mad... it was the same girl from the cabin in the snow texting him to come... I'm like how is she texting you if she is playing soccer.... lol... and then I ask him if he likes her, so he says she is seeing one of his other friends, but does admit he has a bit of a crush on her....

Sunday I was back to work, hoping for a quick day... I set the ad with the luxury of taking my time as it wasn't a big ad... Went to lunch and then after lunch worked on athletic mismates and then cleaned up the mess that was left from those that helped open boxes while I was gone... Monday I scanned the floor for the display report, talked with the supervisor to get caught up, filled the men's work boot table, as no one had stocked or cleaned men's shoes the whole week I was gone... Seems that is my area so no one touched it the whole week and a half I was gone, not even to clean for the customers at closing... I then began the task of putting all the boots back in their boxes and stocking but only got one row done... So Thursday and Friday that is my priority to have all work boots cleaned up and stocked... Before I went home on Monday I also cleaned up the stockroom, again cleaning up after the associates who did some things I normally do but left the mess... Then on Tuesday we had a surprise at work... I had completely forgot all about it... Actually figured it was passed and not gonna happen... Well Ty didn't come but Michael Maloney did and actually he was probably more fun than Ty...

He was so crazy and funny and down to earth... He talked with everyone and answered any questions and was just like a regular person... Of course the first place they filmed was the store entrance right into shoes... So supervisor and I were quickly clearing the clearance tables out of the aisles and making the clearance woman's boots look presentable... Of course when the show airs it will be March 8th and we will have all the sandals out by then... They did three takes but liked the first one best... It was all women who were friends and family to the family of the makeover... They were pretending that they just arrived to shop with Michael... Of course all the shopping was done last week, however they did buy about four more carts of stuff before they left... Even Michael bought some socks and things for himself... We Sears groupies followed the crew around from 7am til the store opened at 9:30am, however they were not done filming to a bit later... Next they filmed the woman entering the brand central area to look at washer and dryers, of course that was by the men's work boots that you remember was way messy cause I was gone a week and the men's underwear, that's why Michael was shopping... Then they went to the washer and dryer area where they stayed for over an hour doing take after take... It was so funny cause nothing is rehearsed, Michael just comes up with some ideas, of course he does this all the time, and then they try to see what works best... They then went back to do one more take of the entrance into the store by shoes and then one more take of entering the brand central department by men's boots... By then the store was opening so I had to go to work... They went to film the woman and Michael going down the escalator to Home Fashions and then more filming in Home Fashions... So we will see what actually airs when they premier the show on March 8th...

Then I spent the day doing price changes and stocking athletic shoes a bit... When supervisor went to lunch she said on the news they were saying that Extreme Home Makeover is at the store right not and she is thinking, no they left already... So when she came back and I went to lunch shoes was getting paged tons of times meaning we got busy while I was gone... you think maybe all the people who saw the news and came running in only to find they had left so they stayed to shop, lol... Tomorrow supervisor is off so it is just me working all day by myself... Hopefully we won't be busy and I can get work done and that everyone is at the house waiting for the family to come home and for them to say "Move that bus".... they suggest you get there at 10am and they move the bus between 2pm and 3pm...

Today I have been getting the house back in order and trying to relax but that has given me a headache, lol... I was up at 4:30am cause son3 had woken up and was afraid.... So I messed around with his TV for a few minutes trying to find him something to watch to get bad dreams off his mind but he gets the least channels with all this digital stuff... I told hubby I think I realize our mistake, we started the digital too soon since it has taken effect yet... So I think we are going to unhook the digital boxes and put the boys old TVs back in their rooms and when they finally start the new digital we will change over... I also realized that son3's TV was going a different direction than all the other TVs in the house so we moved the antenna to match the others and he is now getting a few more channels... Son2 was just telling me that it isn't any better going back since they are doing half and half with the analog and digital, so I don't know... So I got son3 back to sleep but I was up so came on the computer, got son2 off to school, got son3 up at 7am and ready for school... Hubby got up and got ready for work and took son3 to school... Then since I haven't really seen hubby for the last five days, I talked his ear off over breakfast until he had to leave for work... I've cleaned toilets, done four loads of laundry with two more to go, watered the plants, straightened up the family room from all the toys when the boys were on break, vacuumed, had lunch, read a few blogs, added a few blogs to read, picked up the boys from school, put teriyaki chicken on the stove to cook and I have been working on this entry off and on since before noon and it is now 3:30pm... Now I'm gonna go straighten up the island and kitchen table, do the dishes, finish making dinner of rice and stir fry veggies, eat dinner and do homework with son3...
This week starts hubby's new schedule at work again... He doesn't have to close any more on Fridays and Saturdays... But he goes in later each day and gets home a bit later... So we won't be having dinner all together every day again but then I can get the boys fed and then do homework and into showers... Before we were trying to get homework done before hubby got home and waiting til 6:30pm to eat dinner and that is just too late for me and the boys being we are at school and work way before hubby gets to work... So I'm hoping not to feel as rushed in the evenings now...
We did make time to watch Star Wars and Ghost Town... I can't believe I stayed awake and made it all the way through Star Wars, lol... And Ghost Town was so funny and had a few twists and turns... I did tell son2 if it was so funny, why was I crying, so there was a sad part or two also.... Next we have Bangkok Dangerous, The Illustrated Man and The Christmas Cottage...
Son2 did not find his ID card at school today and the rest of the spelling words are: threw, touched, pour, kitchen and radio...
Happy Journaling...