Why do weekends fly by so damn fast? Geez... I count on my weekends to get shit done and it never does. Then I have to go through another excruciating week of dragging my ass only to look forward to the weekend and then I just get overwhelmed by everything that needs to be done. I need to clone myself! Or I really need the family to pitch in a lot!!! HA, fat chance of that happening.
This weekend we have yet another Girl Scout Cookie booth.. This time it will be at Walmart. We have been doing real well as far as the girls reaching their goals.
I would love to just curl up with a good Dean Koontz book all day on Saturday and just lose myself in the story. Ain't going to happen. People need to be fed, clothes washed, bathrooms cleaned and by golly this weekend I am going to wash the damn floors. I have been saying that for a few weeks now....
Just once I would like to hire a cleaning company to come and take care of the nitty gritty so I can enjoy my weekend. But I don't think they do laundry, or do they? I used to clean homes for a good 6 years when Jeff was a tiny tot. It was decent money back then. I did have a friend who wanted to hire a maid service to clean her apartment when she was moving out - I about died when she told me they wanted $195.00 for a one bedroom. What were they going to do lick the floors clean? So... I don't think Chris would approve of me spending roughly $300 to clean our house.. I jacked up the price because I have three bedrooms and three full bathrooms. When little ol me can do it for free:(
Chris has convinced me to at least visit the puppies one more time before making a final decision on whether or not to keep Lilly or getting two new puppies. So tomorrow we are going to Fort Lauderdale to do just that.
Chris, Katie and I have picked out to possible pups one from each litter to check out. The top puppy is a dark brown with white "booties" and is just as tiny or smaller than Lilly. The bottom one is a brindle color and female who I have been told will look like her cousin that I absolutely fell in love with a few weeks ago. So I am going to visit with an open mind. They have also already been named by my loving family. Bentley (male) and Reese (female). I will definitely let you know more once I get back from Fort Lauderdale. ARGHHHH 6 hours round trip....
I finally received the Judgement Entry for my child support case. I will be receiving $500.oo a month and I have been ordered to keep up with my son's health insurance and that any medical, dental or optical expenses exceeding the amount paid by the insurance company will be divided equally. Jeff needs braces so with Roy paying for half he's getting them soon. Hey it's so much better than the measly $102.30 I was getting... but in reality it won't kick in until sometime in March or April depending on how fast his employer acts on the order. Oh and the tax exemption... I keep it. Haha sit and spin Roy.
senior citizen drive recklessly ( yes it is reckless to pull out going 15mph while the oncoming traffic is going 45mph) I am going to start hitting them on purpose. In the past few weeks I have noticed how brainless these older people truly are. Yes, I know it is snow bird season in Florida right now but honestly most of these blue hairs are Florida full timers. I have seen way too many accidents in the recent weeks due to Granny not being able to see over the damn steering wheel or Grandpa sightseeing instead of watching the @*#*% road. A co- worker of mine almost got side swiped by Ma & Pa Kettle and when she blew her horn at them Ma gave her the finger.... WTF.... They say to respect your elders? Tell me who do they respect?
it's been almost a month now since I dragged my ass up to freezing Ohio to settle the stupid child support drama... still have not heard anything yet.. I did however call the Clerk of Courts yesterday to find out the status... Apparently a judgement did get filed on Feb 13th and that I should be receiving the letter any day now... what did they actually use a snail for postal carrier this time? Even if they mailed it one or two days later and taking the "Presidents Day" into consideration I should of had the Judgement Entry no later than today. Geez...
Marci, the breeder where we found Lilly called Chris today to tell him that she has fallen in love with Lilly and would like us to consider giving her up and pick out another puppy. She would even give us a deal on two. Needless to say I have entertained that idea but now as I sit here typing I am inclined to just say " No, that's ok you can keep Lilly and may I please have my money back"? I have looked at the other puppies and I don't feel a connection there. #1 I purposely was drawn to Lilly because of her size. #2 I wanted a female - both litters combined produced 11 puppies but only three females. I haven't given her an answer yet but I am really thinking about just waiting for the right one. Chris told me I can always say no, we really want Lilly but then I would feel guilty and I really hate that. So here it is after midnight and I can't sleep and my head is throbbing because I am so tired but my brain will not shut off. ARRGGHHH!!!
I was coming down with something yesterday.... until I took a tablespoon of my Silver Lyte. Before I went to bed I had major body aches and a severely stuffy nose and that stupid tickle in my throat... I was ready to bunker down in my bed all day today. I feel just fine... no aches, no stuffy nose and no tickle in my throat. Chris woke me up at 6:15am and I felt good. Silver Lyte is just another brand of Colloidal Silver which is a natural antibiotic. It boosts your immune system so your body can fight off infection quickly. I did not take anything but the Silver Lyte... no Tylenol, no Ibuprofen... nothing. Another great thing about Colloidal Silver is that it doesn't react with any other drug. But don't take my word for it research it for yourself. You can find Colloidal Silver at your health food store. Visit http://www.all-natural.com/silver-1.html to find out for yourself.
Florida the sunshine state... yeah we had sun alright and temperatures in the 40's with winds to boot. We spent 2 hours at Publix selling the Girl Scout cookies and by the time we packed everything and left, my hands were like ice blocks. I am originally from Ohio so I know cold weather but being in Florida I knew that sometimes it got chilly.... not almost freezing! My hands had that burning feeling like when they started to thaw... After a few hours being at home my body started to screw with me and now I think I am coming down with something. So to kick it before it becomes full blown I am definitely taking my drugs and hitting the sheets early.
It's official. For the next month you will be seeing Girl Scout cookie booths set up at your local grocery store, Walmart, Kmart, etc... Chris has signed us up for 5 booths. It's not so Katie can be top seller or anything because all the cookie sales that each booth does from her troop will be divided equally. Which I think is a great idea. Chris just wants to make sure the troop does well. We started our first booth today at the little league opener in Sarasota. In an hour and a half's time we sold approximately 60 boxes. Katie and her friend Ali were really putting themselves out there to make it known we had Girl Scout cookies. Chris also decided to commit to selling three additional cases. When we got home he took Katie door to door and sold two of those cases. The other case he plans on taking to work on Monday. Now if only I could get him to promote our business more like he does the cookies we are set! If you do come across a Girl Scout selling cookies in your area please participate in buying a box or two because it really does benefit the girls in a large way. You may think that majority of the money goes back into making the cookies but actually the girls troop gets 60% of the cookie money to go into their funds to help pay for whatever the troop decides to do with it. Also the girls are sponsoring a "Mints for our Military" if you don't want to eat the cookies yourself you can purchase the cookies to be sent to our troops abroad. What a great treat that will be to the men and women that serve our country.
There are a few things that can be done in times of grave emergencies. Your mobile phone can actually be a life saver or an emergency tool for survival. Check out the things that you can do with it.
FIRST Subject: Emergency The Emergency Number worldwide for Mobile is 112. If you find yourself out of the coverage area of your mobile network and there is an emergency, dial 112 and the mobile will search any existing network to establish the emergency number for you, and interestingly enough this number 112 can be dialed even if the keypad is locked. Try it out.
SECOND Subject: Have you locked your keys in the car? Does your car have remote keyless entry? This may come in handy someday. Good reason to own a cell phone: If you lock your keys in the car and the spare keys are at home, call someone at home on their cell phone from your cell phone. Hold your cell phone about a foot from your car door and have the person at your home press the unlock button, holding it near the mobile phone on their end. Your car will unlock. Saves someone from having to drive your keys to you. Distance is no object. You could be hundreds of miles away, and if you can reach someone who has the other "remote" for your car, you can unlock the doors (or the trunk).
THIRD Subject: Hidden Battery Power Imagine your cell battery is very low. To activate, press the keys *3370#. Your cell will restart with this reserve and the instrument will show a 50% increase in battery. This reserve will get charged when you charge your cell next time.
FOURTH Subject: How to disable a STOLEN mobile phone. To check your mobile phone's serial number, key in the following digits on your phone: *#06#. A 15 digit code will appear on the screen. This number is unique to your handset. Write it down and keep it somewhere safe. If your phone gets stolen, you can call your service provider and give them this code. They will then disable your phone so even the if thief changes the Sim card your phone will be totally useless. You probably won't get your phone back, but at least you know that whoever stole it can't use/sell it either. If everybody does this, there would be no point in people stealing mobile phones.
FIFTH Cell phone companies are charging us $1.00 - $1.75 or more for 411 information calls when they don't have to. Most of us do not carry a telephone directory in our vehicle, which makes this situation even more of a problem. When you need to use the 411 information option, simply dial: (800) FREE 411, or (800) 373-3411 with out incurring any charge at all. Program this into your cell phone now.
I can't figure this out. My son, Jeff, has been working at a kiosk in the food court at the mall since October. He has never missed a day of scheduled work, always gone in when they needed extra help and stayed late when others would not. So why is it than he is being docked hours because business is slow? My son went from working 15 hours a week to 6. He used to work every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Then Saturday and Sunday and now he just found out that it is his turn to lose a Sunday this week. I just don't get it. Is this how you reward a good employee? There are full time employees that don't show up or call in sick at least once a week. There is no seniority because it just opened last October, so all the employees started roughly at the same time. Jeff is so upset that he has decided to look for another place to work. While filling out his applications he has even written that he would like to give his current employer two weeks notice before starting somewhere else. His father told him that's very generous and that's more than he would do.
Meet our newest member of the family. This is "Princess Lilly" or Lilly for short. She is absolutely adorable and so small. She is three weeks old and we will be able to bring her home in Mid March. Marci estimates her weight full grown between 6 - 8 pounds. We went to visit Marci, her husband and their 17 dogs (11 of them puppies) at their friends house in Sarasota. Not to mention their friends also had two ShihTzus. Bear and Cleo from a previous litter of Marci's. I wish I had a camera because I fell head over heels for Bear. He was a doll. All 8 dogs were perfect. Chris, Katie and I were surrounded by all the adult dogs just waiting to love on you. No barking, all tail wagging and so precious. We played with the dogs and held the puppies and we were there for an hour and a half. I truly did not want to leave. Katie and I are marking the days off the calendar until we can bring Lily home.
Not for this gal. I use my weekends to catch up on things that I am just too damn tired for during the week. Mostly laundry. If I start laundry as soon as I wake up (which rarely happens) I may be done by 6pm. That's washing, drying, folding and hanging. It's a good thing I buy clothes that do no need ironing or forget it. I am one of those people that will not go through two outfits a day. I refuse to do that. I will stay in my work clothes (which is only pants and a work shirt) until I go to bed. On the weekends I normally wear grungy outfits while I do work around the house.
I have been on my daughters back to clean her room. You absolutely cannot walk in her room without stepping on something. Toys are everywhere. There is not a lick of space on her dresser, entertainment center, desk or night stand. My son thinks that just because you can see his floor his room is clean. Neither of my kids have organization in their lives. Chris however is pretty neat... He has a method to his madness. I would If I had my own space but alas Chris has moved into my territory. You want to know whats on my dresser? Papers that need to be put away but I haven't a clue what to do with them, jewelry box, some perfume, picture frames laying flat stacked on top of each other, Some laundry that was folded just before bedtime and never got put away. This happens just about every week, Chris' remote control hummer ( thing is huge takes up 1/4 of my dresser top) I asked him to move it once and he looked at me like I was mad for suggesting such a thing.
When I come to bed at night I have to undress in the dark (heaven forbid I turn on a light) Chris says all the time for me to turn on the bathroom light so I can see and when I have done that all I get is grumbling and a how dare you sigh. So needless to say when I do come to bed I have to feel my way to my side of the bed, get undressed and slip into bed. My side of the room looks like a freaking tornado blew by.
I am determined to get up earlier than usual provided that I do get some sleep. Start laundry as soon as Jeff awakens since the poor kid has the stackable washer/dryer in his closet. Do not ask me why they didn't put the laundry hook ups in the garage. I mean there used to be but then they decided to put it upstairs in one of the bedrooms.
Start on the bathrooms only this time I refuse to clean Jeff's bathroom. So that leaves me with the master and the full bath downstairs that Chris uses. Sweep the floor of my precious Scooter's stray hairs that once you do sweep them together would make several wigs. That dog sheds like crazy. Dust, and hopefully if I still have it in me wash the floors. However I don't see that happening. Then of course we have to go visit Marci and her dogs tomorrow at noon after we drop Jeff at work. I am really looking forward to seeing the puppies and hopefully picking one out. It will be hard not being able to take her home until they are ready to leave their mother but anxious to see what they look like just the same. Sunday we get to pick up the Girl Scout cookies and if you still want a box of tagalongs Kat let me know. I will also be devoting time with adding more items to our website this weekend and hopefully by the end of February every item will be on the site. Fortunately Chris does help with the tedious part of that. I may get him to do the "Manly" chores but like always if I don't "bitch" it doesn't get done and frankly I am too tired to deal with that right now. By the time I can actually sit down and relax it's late and about the time I need to get to sleep to start yet another fun filled week of work.
I recently found a breeder in Ft. Lauderdale that I have been sending emails back and forth with that has two litters that were born on the same day, January 19th. It's funny her first litter was born in the morning and by the time she cleaned up and sterilized everything her second litter was getting ready to enter the world. Her website (www.shihtzusrule.com) has pictures of the two litters and OMG how adorable. Chris, Katie and I (Jeff has to work)will be meeting her and her four legged family this Saturday at their friends house in Sarasota. She emailed me and told me about her plans to spend time with her friends on this side of the state and she would like us to come over so we can see her puppies and also see her friends dogs from her last litter so we can get a general idea of what we will be getting. I am so excited. I haven't told Katie yet because she will constantly ask the same question over and over again. "How manys days is it till we see the puppies?" I know she will want to take one home then and there but they will only be three weeks old and I will have to explain to her over and over that we will have to wait at least another 5 weeks before we can bring the puppy home. Ever since my daughter overheard me talking to Chris about getting another puppy my daughter has been on us like flies on crap to get the puppy. I have to admit though deep inside I am just as anxious as Katie is. haha.....
Chris and I have been actively searching for over a month for a reputable Shih Tzu breeder in Florida. We have come across a few but they are either way on the other side of the state and provide very little information about their puppies or they want your first born for payment. I will spend up to $1000.00 for the right one. Granted we have two dogs already but we are a family of dog lovers and my daughter wants a puppy of her own. Well.... mama would love to have one too.... I am getting headaches searching for breeders. I would rather not contact any that are out of state because I truly do not believe a puppies first experience coming home to her new family is on the condition of flying in a jet all by herself. I want to be able to visit the home of this breeder, see the home in which it was raised the first 8 weeks or so and most of all see her parents and their demeanor as well as the puppies attitude while in an environment she is accustomed to. I want that love at first sight when I see my puppy for the first time.
My daughter, Katie, and her Brownie troop will be embarking in their first ever Girl Scout cookie sale. A lot has changed since I was in Girl Scouts. I can't believe all the protocol to be able to sell cookies from strategically placed booths in certain store fronts. On 2/17 we will be running a booth at the little league seasonal starter games. We should reach our goal on that day alone haha....Chris and I have signed up for 4 Saturdays with two hour windows to help Katie sell boxes of cookies. Each girls goal is to sell 206 boxes. This helps the troop to be able to pay for the girls outings and special badges etc... and it also gives them confindence in themselves that they have certainly earned. My daughter has always been the outgoing and friendly type and she certainly has blossomed more since she became involved with the Girl Scouts as a Daisy last year. I enjoy seeing her enjoy herself.
Katie is having her first sleep over away from home tonight. She will be camping out at the training center for Girl Scouts with her troop leaders and fellow brownies. This is something they do to prepare the girls for camping trips. Aside from sleeping at grandma and pop pop's and Nana and Papa's house, Katie has never been away from home. I am sure she will enjoy herself and I am certain she will stay the whole night. We will pick her up tomorrow morning at 8:30. Her daddy is the nervous one and will probably be there around 7:30 just to make sure he is one of the first parents there. I am really not that nervous, I trust the troop leaders as their daughters are in Katie's troop. Katie will have a blast and by tomorrow morning we will be getting an earful of all the things they did the night before. I just hope I get some sleep tonight. When Chris is restless he moves around like a stinkin' typewriter. haha....
Finally...the whole child support ordeal is over. I won't go into great detail but it is finally resolved and I am actually happy with the outcome. I get to keep claiming my son as an exemption and will receive 500.00 per month until Jeff graduates high school in 2009. That came to pass because Roy and I actually agreed it that way. We drew up papers had our signatures notarized and sent it off to the courthouse about two hours after our hearing was over. The whole time we were in the hearing the judge kept hinting that we should get together and work it out. Almost as if to say I really do not want to touch this one. The only issue that the Judge is left with is the breakdown of how the out of pocket expenses for my son's health care will be divided. I will probably be court ordered to maintain my son's health insurance, which will be easier since we live Florida and Roy's insurance is in Ohio. Aside from that headache I enjoyed my visit with my parents even if it was a really short one. On Monday evening when I called home to talk to my family my daughter, Katie, told me that she missed me and that I needed to come home now. My heart broke to hear her say it like that. I know her daddy took good care of her but she is definately my baby. My son however is like " Hey mom, did you soak Roy?" " Love you mom. see ya" Teenagers.... So I have been back since Tuesday night and still not completely with it. I would've kept up on my posts but my parents have dial up and I tried but it was a pain and it kept crashing on me. Now that I am stress free of that headache I can concentrate on doing more with my blog and adding a lot more to it. Well... it's late and of course I have to work in the morning.