Jan 31, 2007

Why I have been MIA

This week has been hell. Pure hell.

I have been watching a baby for about 3 weeks now. Last week they dumped the news on me that they were bringing her at 6:30am and leaving her for 2 extra hours, without an increase in pay. I told them that would not fly... get her early or pay me for 6 hours. They decided $100 more a month was just too unreasonable (I charge waaaaayyyy less than 50% what they would pay elsewhere, probably closer to 30%).

So today is day three of the new change... should we see if they will get her one time? Monday dad had training, he got her 3 hours late. This was pre-arranged so I was only slightly irritated.

Yesterday, 10:30am came and went... no pickup. FINALLY at 11:15 they come get her... I bit my tongue, he bitches the entire time how tired he is... wahhh, YOU asked to work nights, you CHOSE to not increase the 4 hour agreement, you picked up late and you STILL got more sleep than I did.

Today if he is late, I am not biting my tongue. 4 hours of listening to a baby cry for no reason is my limit. Yesterday my baby sat in a shitty diaper for 30 minutes because I was waiting for him to get here and I didn't want my options to be either change him while holding her, or change him while listening to her wail.

Why I have been MIA

This week has been hell. Pure hell.

I have been watching a baby for about 3 weeks now. Last week they dumped the news on me that they were bringing her at 6:30am and leaving her for 2 extra hours, without an increase in pay. I told them that would not fly... get her early or pay me for 6 hours. They decided $100 more a month was just too unreasonable (I charge waaaaayyyy less than 50% what they would pay elsewhere, probably closer to 30%).

So today is day three of the new change... should we see if they will get her one time? Monday dad had training, he got her 3 hours late. This was pre-arranged so I was only slightly irritated.

Yesterday, 10:30am came and went... no pickup. FINALLY at 11:15 they come get her... I bit my tongue, he bitches the entire time how tired he is... wahhh, YOU asked to work nights, you CHOSE to not increase the 4 hour agreement, you picked up late and you STILL got more sleep than I did.

Today if he is late, I am not biting my tongue. 4 hours of listening to a baby cry for no reason is my limit. Yesterday my baby sat in a shitty diaper for 30 minutes because I was waiting for him to get here and I didn't want my options to be either change him while holding her, or change him while listening to her wail.

Taxes are DONE!

I finished and e-filed my taxes last night, the refund was not what I was hoping (but it WAS what were were expecting) and when it gets here it will be used to pay down some Credit Card Debt, not exciting, but necessary.

It is estimated that the average US household carries $15,000 in credit card debt, and that 40% of Americans spend more than they make in a given year. I can totally see us being one of those 40% at times, and in my eyes that is unacceptable. This year we have really tried to make it our mission to pay down our debts, lower our bills, and eventually pay off our credit cards.

So what can you do?

It's pretty simple... Pay more, and Spend less.

Call the credit card companies at least once a year and ask for a lower rate. They will often lower it to keep your business. If they don't, call back and speak to someone else.

Transfer balances to a lower fixed rate. Introductory rates are a gamble, if you are good about making a budget and sticking to it, you can save a lot.

Be careful of "90 days same as cash", if you pay it off after the 90 days you may be compounded with the interest incurred during those 90 days that was deferred. Anytime you have a specific interest free period, plan on paying it off one month early just to be safe.

Anyways, there is countless other ideas out there for reducing credit card debt.

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Taxes are DONE!

I finished and e-filed my taxes last night, the refund was not what I was hoping (but it WAS what were were expecting) and when it gets here it will be used to pay down some Credit Card Debt, not exciting, but necessary.

It is estimated that the average US household carries $15,000 in credit card debt, and that 40% of Americans spend more than they make in a given year. I can totally see us being one of those 40% at times, and in my eyes that is unacceptable. This year we have really tried to make it our mission to pay down our debts, lower our bills, and eventually pay off our credit cards.

So what can you do?

It's pretty simple... Pay more, and Spend less.

Call the credit card companies at least once a year and ask for a lower rate. They will often lower it to keep your business. If they don't, call back and speak to someone else.

Transfer balances to a lower fixed rate. Introductory rates are a gamble, if you are good about making a budget and sticking to it, you can save a lot.

Be careful of "90 days same as cash", if you pay it off after the 90 days you may be compounded with the interest incurred during those 90 days that was deferred. Anytime you have a specific interest free period, plan on paying it off one month early just to be safe.

Anyways, there is countless other ideas out there for reducing credit card debt.

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Jan 27, 2007

Our Experiences in Testing, part 2

Wait, I have not read Part 1 yet!


When Christopher started first grade, I noticed how much he enjoyed self teaching himself through websites like Yahooligans.  Within days he was able to name and locate all 50 states by location on the map and shape of the state within 3 minutes.  Soon he was moving on the state capitols, continents and then countries.  He also discovered his love of weather at this time and decided he wanted to be a meteorologist when he grew up.  This was the year that he used his Christmas money to buy his first Children's Alamanac and has been collecting them every year since then.

Christopher was the brightest student in his class, and he knew it, and would tell others.  He also had problems with frustration, especially when he lost a game and would cry in class about 2-3 times a week.  He was also disorganized, rude and interrupted frequently, talked too much in class, and sang and made noises for no reason.  For the most part, except for the frequency in crying, this behavior has all continued into third grade.  He still does cry, but maybe only 2-3 times a month now.  For Halloween in first grade, he insisited on being a Meteorologist for his costume.

Despite how bright he is, Christopher continues to get mediocre grades because he fails to turn in his work, does not work well in groups, needs frequent reminders to stay foccused in class, and is disruptive.  I told myself when his behavior started interfering with school, I would make a doctor's appointment to find the problem.  And this is where our journey begins....

After the first parent teacher conference of third grade, I called his pediatrician to evaluate him for anything and to see if he could rule out ADD/ADHD, Sensory Integration Dysfunction (SID), Aspergers Syndrome, or any other Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD).  After speaking with his pediatrician he immediately decided Christopher's case was too complex for him and referred him to a Pediatric Neurologist.  The Neurologist said he has some behaviors that he felt fit into the Aspergers spectrum, so he referred us to Neuroconnections for testing and evaluation for an official diagnosis by a team of qualified doctors, to include a Pediatric Neuropsychologist.  This whole thing has taken 6 months and we hope to have a diagnosis soon.  

In hindsight, I wish I had started this when he was in preschool.  Looking back I notice a lot of red flags that I may have brushed off.  He used to line his cars up for hours on end making parking lots.  When he was nervous he would flap his hands and make strange noises (like an uh-uh-uh-uh-uh noise).  He would obsess about certain things and not be able to focus on anything else until the main idea was resolved.  He used to "assume the identity" of inanimate objects, like a motorcycle or a school bus.  He avoided eye contact and preferred to play alone instead of with other kids.  As a baby he did not enjoy being cuddled or held, he was easy going and rarely cried.  He then became over emotional and I noticed he was clumsy and uncoordinated.  He woulds also notice the smallest irregularities about a room... something about Christopher was just different, and you could never quite put your finger on it.

He is truly a gift, and I cherish everything about him.  The lessons he has taught me, the humor he brings to the family, and everything else he brings to the table, good or bad.  He has taught me patience, flexibility, and so much more.  No matter what the doctors say, no matter what the diagnosis, if any, is.  I will still love Christopher, he will still be the same lovable boy.  He will still be the same eccentric old man trapped in the body of a 9 year old boy.

Jan 24, 2007

More ‘Christopher-isms’

Yesterday, the Neuro-Psychologist's office, the doctor was asking Christopher various questions about his family, his friends, his school, etc. He would occasionally ask me to confirm or deny what Chris was saying, but most of the questions were asked directly of him. When the doctor got to the question of his behavior at school, he asked me directly.

Doctor: "How does Christopher behave at school?"

Me: "...Well".

Christopher: "I can handle this question... my behavior at school is not so good, I get in a lot of trouble and my cards get pulled almost every day".

Doctor: "Is the card system working for you, or does it seem unfair?"

Christopher: "Nope, I deserve the trouble I get in, when she pulls my card it is only when I earn it".

Doctor: "What gets you in trouble?"

Christopher: "I talk a lot, but sometimes it is for not turning in my homework or not paying attention".

Doctor: "Does your teacher ever reward you?"

Christopher: "Only sometimes, but only when I do good, which is not much lately, I get ROAR tickets when I do good though".

This whole time, Christopher is walking around the room, and dancing, he is not saddened, uncomfortable, or embarrassed by this conversation. He is very matter of fact and there were several times I had to fight back a giggle.

More 'Christopher-isms'

Yesterday, the Neuro-Psychologist's office, the doctor was asking Christopher various questions about his family, his friends, his school, etc. He would occasionally ask me to confirm or deny what Chris was saying, but most of the questions were asked directly of him. When the doctor got to the question of his behavior at school, he asked me directly.

Doctor: "How does Christopher behave at school?"

Me: "...Well".

Christopher: "I can handle this question... my behavior at school is not so good, I get in a lot of trouble and my cards get pulled almost every day".

Doctor: "Is the card system working for you, or does it seem unfair?"

Christopher: "Nope, I deserve the trouble I get in, when she pulls my card it is only when I earn it".

Doctor: "What gets you in trouble?"

Christopher: "I talk a lot, but sometimes it is for not turning in my homework or not paying attention".

Doctor: "Does your teacher ever reward you?"

Christopher: "Only sometimes, but only when I do good, which is not much lately, I get ROAR tickets when I do good though".

This whole time, Christopher is walking around the room, and dancing, he is not saddened, uncomfortable, or embarrassed by this conversation. He is very matter of fact and there were several times I had to fight back a giggle.

Who wants to date a millionaire?

Who knew websites like this existed for people who wish to date a millionaire, or millionaire's looking for someone to date. Websites like this Millionaire Dating Service cater to single millionaires, and the men and women looking to meet them. The website boasts "Find Your Sugar Daddy Today!" which seems ethically wrong to me, however this website caters to people who wish to take care of their partner, or those who want someone to take care of them. I saw a couple on Dr. Phil who met through one of these kinds of dating services, he just wanted to lavish money on his hot young girlfriend.

You can search by numerous variables, including age, gender, ethnicity, income, location, etc. For fun I did a search in my area and was able to locate several singles, from wealthy individuals, to unemployed.

*This is a sponsored post.

Who wants to date a millionaire?

Who knew websites like this existed for people who wish to date a millionaire, or millionaire's looking for someone to date. Websites like this Millionaire Dating Service cater to single millionaires, and the men and women looking to meet them. The website boasts "Find Your Sugar Daddy Today!" which seems ethically wrong to me, however this website caters to people who wish to take care of their partner, or those who want someone to take care of them. I saw a couple on Dr. Phil who met through one of these kinds of dating services, he just wanted to lavish money on his hot young girlfriend.

You can search by numerous variables, including age, gender, ethnicity, income, location, etc. For fun I did a search in my area and was able to locate several singles, from wealthy individuals, to unemployed.

*This is a sponsored post.

Long time no blog

Well, I have been slacking lately on blogging, this last week has been so busy.

Saturday we had friends over, we played the new Monopoly "Here and Now" Edition. This reminded me WHY I hate Monopoly so much, I have ALWAYS hated the game, it bores me to tears, and people tend to take it to far.

Sunday I helped Bobby with his website.

Monday the kids FINALLY went back to school, thank goodness, they were driving me nuts!

Tuesday we took Christopher to the Pediatric Neuro-Psychologist for his testing, it lasted from 9-4 and we will be going back in a few weeks to finish up. No diagnosis yet, but it is not Asperger's, so I am quite relieved since that was kind of the "worst case scenario" in my mind.

Today I had baby A., and when she went home, M., who is 4, came over so I can watch her while her parents go out for their anniversary.

Long time no blog

Well, I have been slacking lately on blogging, this last week has been so busy.

Saturday we had friends over, we played the new Monopoly "Here and Now" Edition. This reminded me WHY I hate Monopoly so much, I have ALWAYS hated the game, it bores me to tears, and people tend to take it to far.

Sunday I helped Bobby with his website.

Monday the kids FINALLY went back to school, thank goodness, they were driving me nuts!

Tuesday we took Christopher to the Pediatric Neuro-Psychologist for his testing, it lasted from 9-4 and we will be going back in a few weeks to finish up. No diagnosis yet, but it is not Asperger's, so I am quite relieved since that was kind of the "worst case scenario" in my mind.

Today I had baby A., and when she went home, M., who is 4, came over so I can watch her while her parents go out for their anniversary.

Our Experiences in Testing

Christopher has been an "odd-bird" since he was born... nothing HUGE, no big glaring red flags, but over time little things that added up and finally concerned us enough to seek a diagnosis.  Right now he is at a neurology diagnosis and testing facility for day one of two days of tests and then he should have a diagnosis within the month of completing testing.

Some of our concerns were Christopher's over development of some senses and underdevelopment of others.  As a baby he used to stare at bright lights and as he got older he started covering his ears at normal sounds that seemed overly consuming to him, like the toilet flushing or us raising our voices.  His only delay in milestones was his speech and he started seeing a speech therapist at age 3.  He then had a hard time potty learning and was still having accidents a few times a week until age 4, these increased at preschool because he avoided the sounds of the restroom and seemed scared.  Patterns and numbers came easily to him, he started counting WAY beyond the level of his peers early on and started reading before his fourth birthday, he also figured out to count well beyond 600, he also could count beyond 100 by 2s (odds & evens), 3s, 5s, and 10s.  His memorization skills were way ahead other children and even adults, noticing little things like what number was written on the sleeping mats of his classmates at nap time.  In preschool one of his teachers did her final project on Christopher because he was so bright, unique, and struggling so much with peer relations. 

When Christopher started Kindergarten, his teacher struggled with Christopher's active mind and active body.  On the first day of testing for reading levels she told me that Christopher already knew 116 or the 120 sight words for the entire year, and she would have to devise a special curriculum just for Christopher.  She ended up sending him to a first grade classroom for certain lessons like reading and math. 

The summer before kindergarten, Christopher had spent the day with friends and I at Six Flags.  When he came home he was tired and uninterested in eating or drinking and very tired.  I thought nothing of it, because he had spent the entire day at a theme park in the sun.  That night he started vomiting and became very weak; he spent the night on a palette in the hallway by the bathroom because he was too tired to make it to his bed.  The next morning I took him to the ER for IV fluids because I was worried about dehydration, which is more dangerous at our altitude.  His doctor, an intern, was overly cautious and ordered an x-ray to rule out a bowel obstruction and then a MRI when the x-ray was clean.  The MRI showed his appendix was suspicious and was removed as a precaution.  When kept us scratching our heads and second guessing the diagnosis was the fact that Christopher was in very little pain.  Even in his recovery period, he never needed anything stronger than Tylenol.  This got me thinking back to the time when he was 18 months and broke his leg and seemed to have no pain, just a limp.  His broken leg was not discovered until 2 weeks after the break because the first doctor could find nothing wrong, and told us to give it a couple weeks before returning.  So this was the next red flag, which again was not glaring because Bobby also has a high tolerance for pain.

Anyways, this is getting long, I will finish this next time I have a break.  To be continued......

Take me to Part 2!

Jan 20, 2007

Photo Hunter: Week 6

This week's theme is: Wild.



I had a hard time thinking of what to chose for this week's theme. I thought of catching the puppy at play, or wildflowers, but I could not resist this darling picture of this wild ferocious lion. This is Matthew at 18 months on Halloween.








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Photo Hunter: Week 6

This week's theme is: Wild.



I had a hard time thinking of what to chose for this week's theme. I thought of catching the puppy at play, or wildflowers, but I could not resist this darling picture of this wild ferocious lion. This is Matthew at 18 months on Halloween.





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Jan 19, 2007

Top Mama

I'm a Top Mommma!


If you want to try for Top Mama, click here!

As of today I have been on the Top Page for 6 days and have 21 clicks, and 1 referal. Come on over and see how long you will last! Use the link above so I get the referal point. If anything, you will bring in traffic to your website and bring in new readers to your blog.

Top Mama

I'm a Top Mommma!


If you want to try for Top Mama, click here!

As of today I have been on the Top Page for 6 days and have 21 clicks, and 1 referal. Come on over and see how long you will last! Use the link above so I get the referal point. If anything, you will bring in traffic to your website and bring in new readers to your blog.

Home Equity Loans

Making the decision to get a Home Equity Loan is a big decision that should not be taken lightly; however, if done wisely can really help you get ahead. When we got our Home Equity Loan, we did so because we did business with our friend's brother and we were told we could get completely out of debt without increasing our monthly payments of our Home Mortgage and credit card payments, the secret was how you apply it.

Learn by our mistake, if it seems too good to be true, it is, no matter who the loan officer is. Thankfully our terms now are still lower than what the going rate is right now, so there is no reason to refinance, but I am not sure I would have done it again if we got to do it over. If you do decide to get a route, make sure you research all your options for Home Equity Loans.

*This is a sponsored post.

Home Equity Loans

Making the decision to get a Home Equity Loan is a big decision that should not be taken lightly; however, if done wisely can really help you get ahead. When we got our Home Equity Loan, we did so because we did business with our friend's brother and we were told we could get completely out of debt without increasing our monthly payments of our Home Mortgage and credit card payments, the secret was how you apply it.

Learn by our mistake, if it seems too good to be true, it is, no matter who the loan officer is. Thankfully our terms now are still lower than what the going rate is right now, so there is no reason to refinance, but I am not sure I would have done it again if we got to do it over. If you do decide to get a route, make sure you research all your options for Home Equity Loans.

*This is a sponsored post.

Jan 17, 2007

Judging Mommy

Why is it as moms, we naturally judge the parenting skills of other moms, from little things like if her child is dirty, to big things like if she seems like an unfit mom.  I am not saying I am immune, and I know I have defiantly been judged as a parent... but why do we feel it is our place?

I remember one time, about two and a half years ago, I was picking up a framed picture of a birdhouse I had thought about using in my kitchen.  I had been offered this by a woman on my local Freecycle.org website and had made arrangements on a date and time to pick it up.  Instead of her answering the door, a little girl who looked to be about 9 and her little sister who looked to be about 6 answered the door.  I sat outside the door for a total of about 45 minutes and all the while I could hear the kids talking to a mom in an upstairs bedroom, and then heard the kids fumbling around in the garage trying to locate this item.  While all this is taking place I could see three more children in the house, one is a little boy about age 4 who keeps talking to us through the door; I also see a 2 yr old and a 1 yr old (ages are guessed).  However I never once saw a parent.  The kids are all dirty (not filthy), the house is messy (not filthy), and still in pajamas or underwear, despite the fact that it was about 4pm in the afternoon.  Now, when I got home, my first instinct was to call CPS and report this mother.

I decided against it ultimately.  I do not know this mother, therefor I cannot judge.  What if she was having a bad day?  Maybe she was sick with the flu and this was a one time occurrence.  The children looked healthy and well fed, they were not skinny or overly pale like Austin was when he came to us.  The house did not smell from where I was standing on the porch.  Since CPS has to investigate all claims... who was I to judge?  I am not a fan of government intrusion, especially if it is unwarranted.  Depending on the mood of the caseworker assigned, depends on if that mom gets a visit with suggestions on how to improve her situation, to something as drastic as the children being removed.

I know it is easy to look down at young moms, moms with more than 2.3 children, moms who are poor, moms who are overweight, or moms who are overwhelmed and do not discipline enough or too much; but remember, we have all been there.  We have all had bad days, we have all taken kids too the grocery store late at night because we forgot to pick up milk.  We have all taken a dirty child out in public because they were given a sucker at the bank and we could not find our baby wipes.  We have all snapped maybe too much when our child has thrown their 6th tantrum at the store and we are exhausted from 2 hours of sleep the night before.  No mom is perfect, and no mom can be a good mom all the time.  Just remember that the next time you look down your nose at another mom at the grocery store.

What a day!

So I took the older two kids to the doctor's office this morning; and the strep tests came back positive. While I was waiting, Bobby called to tell me Matthew woke up hot and clingy, so on the way out the door I made him an appointment for later that afternoon. Bobby called his boss and told him he was taking the whole day off, not just the morning, so he could help me. He also called Baby A.'s dad to let him know it was strep, he was planning on bringing her, but called his wife who took the afternoon off so Baby A. would not get exposed.

There are several things that makes me appreciate my husband more. For one he said "Matthew was asking for milk, but with him being sick, I didn't want him having cow's milk". Way to go Daddy! That is a TOTAL mom statement, to hear it coming from him made me want to drag him upstairs right there. So I cuddle Matthew in my arms watching my show "In the Womb: Multiples"; Matthew falls asleep and Bobby and I work on his web page for school. The whole time Bobby keeps offering me to get me something to eat or drink.

So, fast forward to 1:30; I am back at the doctors and everyone is fawning over baby Matthew, who is in his jammies and new bear slippers (Thank you Terri!) and he is dragging the blanket that my mom made for him. He was very cute at the doctors office, it was the first time I saw him actively engaging in pretend play with toys.

So the good news is, Matthew does not have strep (yet), but he does have a cold, and pink eye so the doctor chose to also treat him with penicillin as a treatment and preventative. When I got home, Bobby saw how tired I was and told me to go lay down and he would go to the pharmacy and watch the boys for me. When he came up to check on me he said I was burning up and went to fetch me Tylenol and water without me having to ask. He then asked if I minded him taking off for an hour to go to Taekwondo, I did not have a problem with it and Matthew and I laid in bed watching Sesame Street and napped together.

Austin and Christopher are doing much better. Matthew's fever is running about 101.6-tympanic and is on Motrin and antibiotics. My fever is staying at around 99.7, and I am still tired, but the nap really helped.

Cute story, since this is getting to be a novel... At 8:30 Matthew waved saying "ni-night" and "upstairs" and then went upstairs. 15 minutes later, Bobby and I went upstairs to check on him; he had turned on the TV, started Sesame Street on the TiVo, and fallen asleep in our bed.

What a day!

So I took the older two kids to the doctor's office this morning; and the strep tests came back positive. While I was waiting, Bobby called to tell me Matthew woke up hot and clingy, so on the way out the door I made him an appointment for later that afternoon. Bobby called his boss and told him he was taking the whole day off, not just the morning, so he could help me. He also called Baby A.'s dad to let him know it was strep, he was planning on bringing her, but called his wife who took the afternoon off so Baby A. would not get exposed.

There are several things that makes me appreciate my husband more. For one he said "Matthew was asking for milk, but with him being sick, I didn't want him having cow's milk". Way to go Daddy! That is a TOTAL mom statement, to hear it coming from him made me want to drag him upstairs right there. So I cuddle Matthew in my arms watching my show "In the Womb: Multiples"; Matthew falls asleep and Bobby and I work on his web page for school. The whole time Bobby keeps offering me to get me something to eat or drink.

So, fast forward to 1:30; I am back at the doctors and everyone is fawning over baby Matthew, who is in his jammies and new bear slippers (Thank you Terri!) and he is dragging the blanket that my mom made for him. He was very cute at the doctors office, it was the first time I saw him actively engaging in pretend play with toys.

So the good news is, Matthew does not have strep (yet), but he does have a cold, and pink eye so the doctor chose to also treat him with penicillin as a treatment and preventative. When I got home, Bobby saw how tired I was and told me to go lay down and he would go to the pharmacy and watch the boys for me. When he came up to check on me he said I was burning up and went to fetch me Tylenol and water without me having to ask. He then asked if I minded him taking off for an hour to go to Taekwondo, I did not have a problem with it and Matthew and I laid in bed watching Sesame Street and napped together.

Austin and Christopher are doing much better. Matthew's fever is running about 101.6-tympanic and is on Motrin and antibiotics. My fever is staying at around 99.7, and I am still tired, but the nap really helped.

Cute story, since this is getting to be a novel... At 8:30 Matthew waved saying "ni-night" and "upstairs" and then went upstairs. 15 minutes later, Bobby and I went upstairs to check on him; he had turned on the TV, started Sesame Street on the TiVo, and fallen asleep in our bed.

Jan 16, 2007

Tackle It Tuesday Meme: Week 3

Tackle It Tuesday Meme


Sorry guys, this tackle is not the best.... just little random stuff that needed to be done, but no big project this week.

  • Got the garbage out and to the curb for tomorrow's pickup.
  • Washed diapers.
  • Mixed the dog food for the week, and made a chart for weaning the puppy off of her old food onto the new food.
  • Took care of the sicklings.
  • Disinfected various stuff that the sicklings touched.
  • Made the sicklings an appointment for tomorrow.
  • Various picking up.

I am frustrated I could not get more done, but Baby A. did not nap today, and Matthew catnapped.

Tackle It Tuesday Meme: Week 3

Tackle It Tuesday Meme


Sorry guys, this tackle is not the best.... just little random stuff that needed to be done, but no big project this week.

  • Got the garbage out and to the curb for tomorrow's pickup.
  • Washed diapers.
  • Mixed the dog food for the week, and made a chart for weaning the puppy off of her old food onto the new food.
  • Took care of the sicklings.
  • Disinfected various stuff that the sicklings touched.
  • Made the sicklings an appointment for tomorrow.
  • Various picking up.

I am frustrated I could not get more done, but Baby A. did not nap today, and Matthew catnapped.

Pass the alcohol…

and I don't mean scotch, vodka, or tequilla... I mean RUBBING alcohol, for the thermometer silly!

All the kids are sick... it started the day before yesterday with Christopher, then Austin last night, and now Matthew, though I don't think Matthew knows it yet. It started with a fever, then coughing, then puking (for Christopher), and a sore throat, and now Christopher has lost his voice. Matthew just has a slight fever and a little cough, so I am hoping he does not get sick.

So as of 3 pm today, the fever race is as follows:

Austin taking first place at 101.1
Christopher close behind at 101.0
and Matthew at 99.6
I am at 98.4 so I am hoping I will be OK.

Austin & Christopher have a doctor's appointment at 9 am tomorrow morning, so I hope I know more then. I have yet to see either child out of bed yet.

Pass the alcohol...

and I don't mean scotch, vodka, or tequilla... I mean RUBBING alcohol, for the thermometer silly!

All the kids are sick... it started the day before yesterday with Christopher, then Austin last night, and now Matthew, though I don't think Matthew knows it yet. It started with a fever, then coughing, then puking (for Christopher), and a sore throat, and now Christopher has lost his voice. Matthew just has a slight fever and a little cough, so I am hoping he does not get sick.

So as of 3 pm today, the fever race is as follows:

Austin taking first place at 101.1
Christopher close behind at 101.0
and Matthew at 99.6
I am at 98.4 so I am hoping I will be OK.

Austin & Christopher have a doctor's appointment at 9 am tomorrow morning, so I hope I know more then. I have yet to see either child out of bed yet.

Cell Phones

In light of our recent cell phone fiasco, I got thinking about how easy it is to get free phones when you are a new customer, but how expensive the same phones are if you need a replacement phone. However with so many phones, rates, plans and companies there are out there, websites like Wirefly are great for side by side comparison shopping, and how to find the best deals on phones. Check out this list of the 10 most popular cell phones. The phone I have is the Motorola RAZR with Verizon; it is a decent phone with decent features, decent reception, and a slim case that easily fits in my pocket or purse.

I chose Verizon for the network, but I also like their family plans; network is important to us because we both travel often. He flies all over they country (mostly to Texas) and I frequently drive through Wyoming, Montana, Idaho and Washington, and getting reception in WY, MT, and ID is pretty difficult on other providers, however I would chose another company if it fit our needs better, as it is important to chose the plan that works best for you. This is WHY I love side by side comparison shopping available on Wirefly.com, this way you can see an unbiased comparison without a salesperson pressuring you to chose their company.

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Cell Phones

In light of our recent cell phone fiasco, I got thinking about how easy it is to get free phones when you are a new customer, but how expensive the same phones are if you need a replacement phone. However with so many phones, rates, plans and companies there are out there, websites like Wirefly are great for side by side comparison shopping, and how to find the best deals on phones. Check out this list of the 10 most popular cell phones. The phone I have is the Motorola RAZR with Verizon; it is a decent phone with decent features, decent reception, and a slim case that easily fits in my pocket or purse.

I chose Verizon for the network, but I also like their family plans; network is important to us because we both travel often. He flies all over they country (mostly to Texas) and I frequently drive through Wyoming, Montana, Idaho and Washington, and getting reception in WY, MT, and ID is pretty difficult on other providers, however I would chose another company if it fit our needs better, as it is important to chose the plan that works best for you. This is WHY I love side by side comparison shopping available on Wirefly.com, this way you can see an unbiased comparison without a salesperson pressuring you to chose their company.

*This is a sponsored post.

Jan 15, 2007

The Van

...went back to the shop on Friday morning, I was certain they would tell me they could not find the leak again. So the dealer called this afternoon when I was laying in bed catching up on my shows that record upstairs and Bobby comes up to tell me they found the leak; they are replacing the seal, and the warranty DOES cover it... thank goodness!! I just need this car to last two more years until it is paid off, possibly less if I triple the payment next year when the car is paid off.

The Van

...went back to the shop on Friday morning, I was certain they would tell me they could not find the leak again. So the dealer called this afternoon when I was laying in bed catching up on my shows that record upstairs and Bobby comes up to tell me they found the leak; they are replacing the seal, and the warrenty DOES cover it... thank goodness!! I just need this car to last two more years until it is paid off, possibly less if I tripple the payment next year when the car is paid off.

Jan 14, 2007

Fun Stuff to Check out in Denver


My city does not have the greatest reputation of having a night life... in fact if you want to go clubbing, you best take a designated driver and head up to Denver, since that is where you will find the night scene.

The club that is getting all the attention is Cherry Street Live, at 4501 E. Virginia Ave. in Glendale, CO. The neat thing about this club, is that it is in the same location as a historic club in the 80's and 90's called the Bangles.

There is a lot of great stuff about Cherry Street Live, which is a giant 3 level club with 2 separate bars, a VIP section, and ample parking. Wednesday nights are Back 2 Bangles night, with beer being either free or $1 depending on the original price, or $4 shots of Jager.

Don't miss out on January 31st, when Bangles will be having a Slayer after party.

*This is a paid post.

Fun Stuff to Check out in Denver


My city does not have the greatest reputation of having a night life... in fact if you want to go clubbing, you best take a designated driver and head up to Denver, since that is where you will find the night scene.

The club that is getting all the attention is Cherry Street Live, at 4501 E. Virginia Ave. in Glendale, CO. The neat thing about this club, is that it is in the same location as a historic club in the 80's and 90's called the Bangles.

There is a lot of great stuff about Cherry Street Live, which is a giant 3 level club with 2 separate bars, a VIP section, and ample parking. Wednesday nights are Back 2 Bangles night, with beer being either free or $1 depending on the original price, or $4 shots of Jager.

Don't miss out on January 31st, when Bangles will be having a Slayer after party.

*This is a paid post.

Best Date Night EVER!

About a week ago, Bobby and I were talking about Josh Blue, the comedian with Cerebral Palsy who won Last Comic Standing; we were basically wondering what he is doing now. Friday morning we were driving home from dropping off my van, and he was putting gas in the car when I heard an advertisement for Josh Blue, in Concert, Saturday! After securing childcare for the night we were able to get two tickets.

I have to say, I LOVED Josh Blue on LCS, but in person, he is 100x better! For one, he was able to say things he couldn't on TV, and for two, it was incredible HOW much of his routine is interacting with the audience. There were 2,000 people, but he still turned on the lights and did a Q&A section with the audience so they could ask him questions. He also flirted with a woman in the audience and talked to the baby in the front row. Since Josh is from Denver, we got to see some other local talent from an hour up north... there was a band, and three other comedians... all were great.

Our friends who watched the boys kept Christopher and Austin overnight, and they had a blast. The baby zonked out as soon as we got home, and slept in until 10am. The older two got back around 11 and brought their friend back with them to take a turn sleeping here tonight. Except for getting up twice to take the puppy out, I got to sleep in until 10 and Bobby got up at 9.

Best Date Night EVER!

About a week ago, Bobby and I were talking about Josh Blue, the comedian with Cerebral Palsy who won Last Comic Standing; we were basically wondering what he is doing now. Friday morning we were driving home from dropping off my van, and he was putting gas in the car when I heard an advertisement for Josh Blue, in Concert, Saturday! After securing childcare for the night we were able to get two tickets.

I have to say, I LOVED Josh Blue on LCS, but in person, he is 100x better! For one, he was able to say things he couldn't on TV, and for two, it was incredible HOW much of his routine is interacting with the audience. There were 2,000 people, but he still turned on the lights and did a Q&A section with the audience so they could ask him questions. He also flirted with a woman in the audience and talked to the baby in the front row. Since Josh is from Denver, we got to see some other local talent from an hour up north... there was a band, and three other comedians... all were great.

Our friends who watched the boys kept Christopher and Austin overnight, and they had a blast. The baby zonked out as soon as we got home, and slept in until 10am. The older two got back around 11 and brought their friend back with them to take a turn sleeping here tonight. Except for getting up twice to take the puppy out, I got to sleep in until 10 and Bobby got up at 9.

Jan 13, 2007

PayPerPost

I am always telling people how much I love PayPerPost and that I work two jobs at home... The harder job of the two is watching three month old baby A. for four hours a day. Since the dad is a good friend of Bobby's, and I only watch her part time, I hardly charge them anything; they are easily saving $75-100 a week on daycare by having me watch her, since I only charge $50 a week. But she is a good baby and it does not interfere with my schedule so I don't mind.

My other job is blogging for cash for PayPerPost.com and it is SUPER easy work for good pay. If you have a blog, or multiple blogs that are 90 days old, you post regularly, and meet the other simple guidelines; you two can get paid for doing something you love.

Since starting in with PayPerPost in October I have been paid: $976.89 and have almost $200 pending payment right now. This is money I have used to pay off credit card debt, as well as buy fun things like Christmas gifts.

What I love about PayPerPost is that I never spend more than an hour to make my money, in fact on average it takes me 20 minutes a day (when I blog) to make between $10-30; talk about a part-time job!

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PayPerPost

I am always telling people how much I love PayPerPost and that I work two jobs at home... The harder job of the two is watching three month old baby A. for four hours a day. Since the dad is a good friend of Bobby's, and I only watch her part time, I hardly charge them anything; they are easily saving $75-100 a week on daycare by having me watch her, since I only charge $50 a week. But she is a good baby and it does not interfere with my schedule so I don't mind.

My other job is blogging for cash for PayPerPost.com and it is SUPER easy work for good pay. If you have a blog, or multiple blogs that are 90 days old, you post regularly, and meet the other simple guidelines; you two can get paid for doing something you love.

Since starting in with PayPerPost in October I have been paid: $976.89 and have almost $200 pending payment right now. This is money I have used to pay off credit card debt, as well as buy fun things like Christmas gifts.

What I love about PayPerPost is that I never spend more than an hour to make my money, in fact on average it takes me 20 minutes a day (when I blog) to make between $10-30; talk about a part-time job!

If this sounds like something you would like, click the button below and join!



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Photo Hunter: Week 5

PSHunt



This week's theme is: Technology



Well, this may not be the most exciting picture but it is my Toshiba Satellite A105-S4094.

The processor is an Intel Core Duo T2250 / 1.73 GHz, 1 x 1 GB + 512 MB RAM, the Hard Drive. has 120 GB, and it has a double-layer DVD burner; a wide 15.4-inch display with a 1,280x800 native resolution, and various types of Wi-Fi cards.

Since I listen to so much music, I have a pair of USB powered external Logitech speakers, an external wireless mouse, and I put it on a cooling pad which includes 4 extra USB ports (for a total of 8).

The background image on the screen is the Queen Victoria Building, Sydney.

Photo Hunter: Week 5

PSHunt



This week's theme is: Technology



Well, this may not be the most exciting picture but it is my Toshiba Satellite A105-S4094.

The processor is an Intel Core Duo T2250 / 1.73 GHz, 1 x 1 GB + 512 MB RAM, the Hard Drive. has 120 GB, and it has a double-layer DVD burner; a wide 15.4-inch display with a 1,280x800 native resolution, and various types of Wi-Fi cards.

Since I listen to so much music, I have a pair of USB powered external Logitech speakers, an external wireless mouse, and I put it on a cooling pad which includes 4 extra USB ports (for a total of 8).

The background image on the screen is the Queen Victoria Building, Sydney.

MartialArts3000.com


I am always looking for good martial arts websites for the boys, since joining taekwondo they have been huge fans of watching, learning, and trying all sorts of martial arts. That is why I am excited for the launch of a new website called MartialArts3000.com. They have a large assortment of books, CDs and DVDs for the martial arts enthusiast. I just sent this link of Taekwondo stuff in an IM down to the basement where Bobby and is and he really liked all the products, he is thinking of buying some training videos so he can practice in his spare time. Bobby started Taekwondo last night and is trying to catch up with Austin and Christopher so they can all be the same belt level, but since Austin and Christopher started almost 4 months ago, Bobby has some work to do. He did earn his yellow belt while in Korea, but since he has no proof of it, he is starting from square one.
I also liked this Fitness Kickboxing DVD, it looks like a lot of fun and we may try it. This website has a lot of great information, DVDs, books and CDs, you should really check it out.

MartialArts3000.com


I am always looking for good martial arts websites for the boys, since joining taekwondo they have been huge fans of watching, learning, and trying all sorts of martial arts. That is why I am excited for the launch of a new website called MartialArts3000.com. They have a large assortment of books, CDs and DVDs for the martial arts enthusiast. I just sent this link of Taekwondo stuff in an IM down to the basement where Bobby and is and he really liked all the products, he is thinking of buying some training videos so he can practice in his spare time. Bobby started Taekwondo last night and is trying to catch up with Austin and Christopher so they can all be the same belt level, but since Austin and Christopher started almost 4 months ago, Bobby has some work to do. He did earn his yellow belt while in Korea, but since he has no proof of it, he is starting from square one.
I also liked this Fitness Kickboxing DVD, it looks like a lot of fun and we may try it. This website has a lot of great information, DVDs, books and CDs, you should really check it out.

He thinks he is a baby still!

Matthew_SwingI started babysitting a little girl during the days and so I brought up a few "necessities", like Matthew's playpen and his swing.  Well, Matthew loved his new little chair so much he climbed in and started swinging himself back and forth.  The little stinker is WAY too big for this swing, but he does not realize it.  Come on now little one, if you can climb in and out all by yourself, you are just WAY too big.

Jan 11, 2007

We did it!

Finally!


We got Matthew's hair cut!


We have been meaning to get it cut for weeks now, but we kept putting it off. Finally I just said "get in the car, we are going NOW".


He was not too thrilled about it, but there were no tears, or grumbling, just wiggling and a lot of signing and saying "help".


I was impressed how well he did, even when she pulled out the clippers to shave the back of his neck.


Afterwards we celebrated by getting Korean food at a REALLY good restaurant here in town, and then got him his own cup of ice cream on the way home.

And yes, I even cut the back.


Terri asked me how I felt about it earlier. Yes, it looks good, and I do like it... but I am also very sad. I have always loved the long soft downy locks of hair, and I do think the long hair was so cute... but it was time. He feels so much older to me now, and I miss being able to hold him against my chest and put my fingers through his hair at night when he was sleepy... but it was time. My 22 month old baby seems one step closer to being a two year old toddler.

We did it!

Finally!


We got Matthew's hair cut!


We have been meaning to get it cut for weeks now, but we kept putting it off. Finally I just said "get in the car, we are going NOW".


He was not too thrilled about it, but there were no tears, or grumbling, just wiggling and a lot of signing and saying "help".


I was impressed how well he did, even when she pulled out the clippers to shave the back of his neck.


Afterwards we celebrated by getting Korean food at a REALLY good restaurant here in town, and then got him his own cup of ice cream on the way home.

And yes, I even cut the back.


Terri asked me how I felt about it earlier. Yes, it looks good, and I do like it... but I am also very sad. I have always loved the long soft downy locks of hair, and I do think the long hair was so cute... but it was time. He feels so much older to me now, and I miss being able to hold him against my chest and put my fingers through his hair at night when he was sleepy... but it was time. My 22 month old baby seems one step closer to being a two year old toddler.

The Phone Call

Bobby forgot his work phone today at home after he came home for lunch. He immediately noticed, but did not want to turn around and get it. Well I ran upstairs to go to the bathroom; Matthew was watching the Wiggles and the baby (A., the girl I babysit) was sleeping in the swing so I figured I could run upstairs for a minute and it would be OK. When I came downstairs Matthew was holding Bobby's phone saying "Bobby? Bobby?" so I looked at the call history and there had just been an outgoing call to the site manager where Bobby works.

I called Bobby who called the site manager to apologize. The site manager said he kept saying Bobby's name over and over and he was trying to get him to say his own name. He was not upset about the call, he has 5 kids of his own and knows how precocious the little ones can be.

The Phone Call

Bobby forgot his work phone today at home after he came home for lunch. He immediately noticed, but did not want to turn around and get it. Well I ran upstairs to go to the bathroom; Matthew was watching the Wiggles and the baby (A., the girl I babysit) was sleeping in the swing so I figured I could run upstairs for a minute and it would be OK. When I came downstairs Matthew was holding Bobby's phone saying "Bobby? Bobby?" so I looked at the call history and there had just been an outgoing call to the site manager where Bobby works.

I called Bobby who called the site manager to apologize. The site manager said he kept saying Bobby's name over and over and he was trying to get him to say his own name. He was not upset about the call, he has 5 kids of his own and knows how precocious the little ones can be.

Beautiful Fashion

I have always loved ties, I think they are beautiful and stylish and can make or break a suit. I grew up seeing my father wear a tie to work each morning, as a kid I used to open his tie drawer and admire the patterns and fabrics. When Bobby got out of the Army I was very excited to be able to help him shop for a suit and ties. In fact he let me pick out most of his ties because I have a good eye for that sort of thing. That is why I fell in love when I found these photos for Belisi.

If you have not heard of Peter Belisi, he is an entrepreneur who ran with a great idea after struggling to support his family. Belisi has recently added fine scarves and handbags to his line of fashionable ties.

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Beautiful Fashion

I have always loved ties, I think they are beautiful and stylish and can make or break a suit. I grew up seeing my father wear a tie to work each morning, as a kid I used to open his tie drawer and admire the patterns and fabrics. When Bobby got out of the Army I was very excited to be able to help him shop for a suit and ties. In fact he let me pick out most of his ties because I have a good eye for that sort of thing. That is why I fell in love when I found these photos for Belisi.

If you have not heard of Peter Belisi, he is an entrepreneur who ran with a great idea after struggling to support his family. Belisi has recently added fine scarves and handbags to his line of fashionable ties.

*This is a sponsored post.

Toddler Oddities

Last night at the mall we decided to try Ruby Tuesday's, I got steak, Bobby got ribs, Austin got chicken, Christopher got shrimp, and Matthew got a grilled cheese. It was so funny because he picked up the sign "sandwich" last night and repeatedly kept signing "cheese sandwich". He wanted cheese fries, so he would take fries and cram it between the bread and then pull out a french fry covered in cheese. He also kept asking for bites of our food and when I gave him a bite of my steak, he stole my fork.

First he used the fork to eat his fries, and it was hilarious watching him try to put it on the fork and then try to dip it in the little cup of ketchup. Then he decided sandwiches are probably better on a fork, so he put it on the fork. Then he decided to try grilled cheese dipped in ketchup; but that lost his interest pretty quick. We got some nice little laughs out of his funny dining habits, it is so funny how much better anything tastes on a fork, even fries.

Toddler Oddities

Last night at the mall we decided to try Ruby Tuesday's, I got steak, Bobby got ribs, Austin got chicken, Christopher got shrimp, and Matthew got a grilled cheese. It was so funny because he picked up the sign "sandwich" last night and repeatedly kept signing "cheese sandwich". He wanted cheese fries, so he would take fries and cram it between the bread and then pull out a french fry covered in cheese. He also kept asking for bites of our food and when I gave him a bite of my steak, he stole my fork.

First he used the fork to eat his fries, and it was hilarious watching him try to put it on the fork and then try to dip it in the little cup of ketchup. Then he decided sandwiches are probably better on a fork, so he put it on the fork. Then he decided to try grilled cheese dipped in ketchup; but that lost his interest pretty quick. We got some nice little laughs out of his funny dining habits, it is so funny how much better anything tastes on a fork, even fries.

"Wear me!"

I have always appreciated the benefits of baby wearing. I still wear Matthew, even though he is almost two because I appreciate the closeness, knowing where is is at all times, being able to go about my business with my hands free, and wearing him in a good quality sling is SO much easier on the back & shoulders than carrying him in my arms. I also wear baby A., otherwise I would get nothing done. I have two slings, a ring sling similar to this one, and a front/back pack style similar to this one; but I have always loved the design of a Moby Wrap.

Fox Den Lane has a large assortment of fabrics, styles and brands of slings to meet your baby's needs. They have wraps which you wrap your baby against your body and secure it in an assortment of different positions, mei teis which are like a pocket you secure your baby in and then tie him/her to your front, hip or side, and ring slings, which you secure your baby next to your body and secure the fabric between rings. All slings/wraps/packs/mei tei's have the advantage of keeping your baby secure and close to you, but check out this beautiful website to see which style is right for you and your baby.

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"Wear me!"

I have always appreciated the benefits of baby wearing. I still wear Matthew, even though he is almost two because I appreciate the closeness, knowing where is is at all times, being able to go about my business with my hands free, and wearing him in a good quality sling is SO much easier on the back & shoulders than carrying him in my arms. I also wear baby A., otherwise I would get nothing done. I have two slings, a ring sling similar to this one, and a front/back pack style similar to this one; but I have always loved the design of a Moby Wrap.

Fox Den Lane has a large assortment of fabrics, styles and brands of slings to meet your baby's needs. They have wraps which you wrap your baby against your body and secure it in an assortment of different positions, mei teis which are like a pocket you secure your baby in and then tie him/her to your front, hip or side, and ring slings, which you secure your baby next to your body and secure the fabric between rings. All slings/wraps/packs/mei tei's have the advantage of keeping your baby secure and close to you, but check out this beautiful website to see which style is right for you and your baby.

*This is a sponsored post.

Cell phones cannot swim, who knew?

In the spirit of confessing my downfalls over at my other blog HERE, I will tell you about an unfortunate incident that happened last night. I was prepping to shampoo my carpet, and was using some Nature's Miracle stain and odor remover w/ automatic pump to pre-treat any suspicious spots believed to possibly be puppy spots that went unnoticed. Anyone who has seen this contraption knows it is a battery operated pump connected to a gallon jug of cleaner by a thin hose. After I was done cleaning I set it on the island in the kitchen and continued to clean.

After I was done shampooing, we left the house for a few hours to let the carpet dry and to take Bobby's wedding ring to the jeweler to have it refinished (it is yellow gold plated with while gold and he keeps wearing off the plating and having a reaction to the yellow gold underneath). On the way out the door, Bobby realized he forgot his cell phone and ran inside to get it. I noticed he was taking a while to come back, but I did not think much of it. When he came out he looked at me and said "you broke my phone". Of course I had NO CLUE what he was talking about. I did not notice, but his phone was on the island where I set the cleaner and the nozzle leaked on the counter onto his phone and shorted it out and ruined it. So while at the mall he picked up a new cell phone. They are SO expensive when you have to pay full price, yikes!

Anyways, I told him I would not strew the facts and to mention the fact that he leaves his phone there every day (I have never seen it there). He thinks it is my fault, I think it is nobodies fault, we both agree it is an accident and neither one of us is irritated. I think this was a big setup for him to get a new phone! Ok, I am joking, I know better than that.

Cell phones cannot swim, who knew?

In the spirit of confessing my downfalls over at my other blog HERE, I will tell you about an unfortunate incident that happened last night. I was prepping to shampoo my carpet, and was using some Nature's Miracle stain and odor remover w/ automatic pump to pre-treat any suspicious spots believed to possibly be puppy spots that went unnoticed. Anyone who has seen this contraption knows it is a battery operated pump connected to a gallon jug of cleaner by a thin hose. After I was done cleaning I set it on the island in the kitchen and continued to clean.

After I was done shampooing, we left the house for a few hours to let the carpet dry and to take Bobby's wedding ring to the jeweler to have it refinished (it is yellow gold plated with while gold and he keeps wearing off the plating and having a reaction to the yellow gold underneath). On the way out the door, Bobby realized he forgot his cell phone and ran inside to get it. I noticed he was taking a while to come back, but I did not think much of it. When he came out he looked at me and said "you broke my phone". Of course I had NO CLUE what he was talking about. I did not notice, but his phone was on the island where I set the cleaner and the nozzle leaked on the counter onto his phone and shorted it out and ruined it. So while at the mall he picked up a new cell phone. They are SO expensive when you have to pay full price, yikes!

Anyways, I told him I would not strew the facts and to mention the fact that he leaves his phone there every day (I have never seen it there). He thinks it is my fault, I think it is nobodies fault, we both agree it is an accident and neither one of us is irritated. I think this was a big setup for him to get a new phone! Ok, I am joking, I know better than that.

game2play

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game2play

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The Server ate my Post!

I swear it! Well I was blogging a huge long confession over at Mistakes in Motherhood but something happened right as I went to save and my host seems to be down because now I cannot get my website to load. I don't think it managed to save before the crash either, so I am quite frustrated. For the last 2 days the Internet has been giving me nothing but trouble, which may be why I have been MIA lately.

The Server ate my Post!

I swear it! Well I was blogging a huge long confession over at Mistakes in Motherhood but something happened right as I went to save and my host seems to be down because now I cannot get my website to load. I don't think it managed to save before the crash either, so I am quite frustrated. For the last 2 days the Internet has been giving me nothing but trouble, which may be why I have been MIA lately.

Great job, Dumbass!

Ok, I am going to make this as easy to understand as possible, but it is complicated... I even got confused.

We have three banks, USAA- our primary bank, ENT- our local bank, and US Bank- where we have some savings.  On Jan 4th I wrote a check from US Bank, to ENT for cash to buy the puppy and for my mortgage payment.  However they told me they would have to hold half of the money until 1/9 and this was a bit concerning to me as my mortgage payment is due on 1/1 and would be late if received after 1/15.  I use on-line bill pay, so this is not usually an issue.

Since the beginning of the month I have been struggling with ENT trying to find a way they can transfer funds from ENT to USAA without a $15 wire transfer fee.  So I called USAA and they said they can do a cash advance off my ENT debit card to USAA and all would be fine.  Well I set up the transfer and after three failed attempts I call ENT to see why my card is being decline.  Apparently it can ONLY be used where it can be physically swiped... since USAA is in Texas and I am in Colorado that is not an option.  So USAA then suggests we do a direct debit with my ENT routing & account number.  So I do that, it goes through, and then two days later the money is pulled back out of my account.  USAA does not know why, ENT does not show record of this transaction so I ask them to verify the info I have for my account; the routing number is right, but my 8 digit account number that is on all my statements, all my transactions, and on-line is wrong.  Apparently the REAL account number has 4 digits before my account number and 1 digit after it... who knew!

Yesterday I go to balance my USAA account and notice I am short on money needed to pay the rest of my bills.  This does not make sense to me as my budget I made at the first of the month said we would have money left over for things like gas, groceries, and entertainment.  I was racking my brain thinking maybe I went overboard at Petsmart or something... and this is when I noticed a payment made out to my mortgage company dated on 1/5.  Crap!  Now I remember, I went ahead and paid the mortgage with the money set aside to pay all the other bills, just to be safe.  So now I have paid the mortgage twice and had only enough to cover half the bills without transferring more funds.  With all problems with the banks I got confused in the shuffle.

So I call ENT and ask them if they can stop the bill pay, and they say no, the check is in the mail (damn it, the one time THAT is the truth, and it's the one time I don't want it to be) and they tell me to call the mortgage company and ask them to tear up the check.  So I call them and they say that they cannot do that and call ENT back and request a stop-payment.  So I call back and pay my $25 and cancel the check, and then tell Bobby what I did.  We both agreed I was a dumb-ass and he has been razzing me for it for two days now.  He even threatened (in jest) to take over all the finances, but I told him no way, we would have a new PS3 and games, but the power bill would go unpaid and be shut off.

Anyways, this morning I paid all the bills, and all is fine, but boy do I feel stupid!  So there is my confession, what stupid things have you done?

Jan 9, 2007

Tackle It Tuesday Meme: Week 2

Tackle It Tuesday Meme
Tackle it Tuesday is here again, and boy did I slack! I did have a busy day today however, I started babysitting A., a 3 month old baby girl yeasterday and she is a real sweetie (ONLY when being held). :) I also had a doctor's appointment today to check my blood pressure. Anyways, I decided to tackle my much needed bathroom vanitity while A. napped since I knew I only had about 30 minutes. Sorry you all get to see my tampons, but hey, we are all grownups here, right? Click to enlarge (if you dare).





Tackle It Tuesday Meme: Week 2

Tackle It Tuesday Meme

Tackle it Tuesday is here again, and boy did I slack! I did have a busy day today however, I started babysitting A., a 3 month old baby girl yeasterday and she is a real sweetie (ONLY when being held). :) I also had a doctor's appointment today to check my blood pressure. Anyways, I decided to tackle my much needed bathroom vanitity while A. napped since I knew I only had about 30 minutes. Sorry you all get to see my tampons, but hey, we are all grownups here, right? Click to enlarge (if you dare).