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Odors, odors everywhere!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Today was another one of those "running around all day and get nothing accomplished" days. Work was crazy, probably because I had to leave early to take my son to the DDS. As soon as I get home from that, I need to make dinner and then gather my stuff for the Softball/Baseball meeting tonight.

As I'm walking in the door after the meeting, a smell reaches up and just smacks me and then kind of envelopes me in it's aroma. And it's not a good aroma! emoticon At first, I'm thinking one of the dogs decided to use a kennel (or my carpet) for a toilet. But, after talking to DH, I realize it was him! No, I don't mean that he used my carpet as a toilet! LOL! He has a new project that he is working on in the garage. This project involves chemicals and I don't know what all else (no, it's not a meth lab!!). What I do know is, it reeks! Ugh!

Then, I had to pack my lunch for work for tomorrow. I open the refrigerator and I get smacked again! What the?? I search the fridge for something that got missed and needed to be thrown out. All I find is some liquid at the bottom, underneath the drawers. I take the time to clean that up (while I'm making beef enchiladas for dinner for tomorrow night...yes, I washed my hands a billion times!). I think that was the source, but haven't opened the fridge since to verify.

The final straw was when I opened the pantry. Something in there smells just wrong!!! I have no idea what is causing the odor. I don't have any rotten potatoes, I don't see any bread that got pushed to the back and is now moldy, I don't keep fruit in there. What is that?!?!?! Still don't know. Maybe I'll have time to figure it out tomorrow. Maybe not. Hey, we all need a little mystery in our life, right? LOL!

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LADYIRISH317 3/24/2010 9:41AM

    When my kitchen cupboard gets an odor, I almost always find a moldy onion buried at the bottom. I'm beginning to think I should keep onions out in a bowl so I can't lose them!

Are you SURE your dh isn't running a meth lab? ;)

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AUNTIEANNE22 3/24/2010 7:53AM

  It may be a dead rodent somewhere. I live in an old farmhouse and we get mice all the time. My cat catches them on my side but my landlady has more and they sometimes get into the walls and die, especially since she puts out poison. She had one this winter in the front hallway and she tried to say it was my rabbit's cage. Wrong smell! It goes away after about a week. Good luck.

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BKNOCK 3/24/2010 6:52AM

    Wow, the mystery continues! Good luck on the hunt!

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    If you wait long enough, the smell will maybe go away or walk out of it's own, LOL

I've been a BAD influence on you, by your comment about your DH and the carpet. What a riot!

Sure glad that smell wasn't coming from the bedroom, or you might not have slept last night.

Have a wonderful day and good luck finding out what that guilty culprit is, lurking in that pantry! emoticon

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BIG plans, I tell ya! BIG!!!!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

And they are all in my head! That's it. Nowhere else! emoticon

I so planned to come home, eat the dinner that DH had made for me, workout, clean the refrigerator, assemble enchiladas for tomorrow night, and cook brocolli for my lunches for the rest of the week. Sounds like a lot, but I had it all figured in my head how it would totally work. Even with leaving work late due to a conference call with Korea at work. I am woman...hear me roar!!!! emoticon (pretend that's a lion! LOL!)

Things began to unravel before I even got home. DH called to let me know that he had just come home himself. He had taken DD to softball practice. While he was there, they waited in the truck for a hail storm to pass through. Then, the coach decided that the field was too muddy for a practice. He did not start supper. He did, however, bring home bagels (which I had not planned in my meals) and cookies (again, no plan) and peanuts (no plan, but I was hungry and dinner wasn't ready! I HAD to eat them, you know?)

Four dinners later, and mine included four cookies, I no longer had any desire to clean the fridge, let alone work out. I did get the brocolli cooked. emoticon Yep, that's it!

Now I'm contemplating getting up early to get in my workout since it won't happen tomorrow night. Meeting from 7 - 9:30, at least. AND, I'll miss The Biggest Loser. Might as well just skip tomorrow! UGH!

Okay, time to head to bed if there is any chance in Hades (and yes, it's cold in my own personal Hades) of me getting up early to work out. Mornings are my friend. Mornings are my friend. Mornings are my friend. Do you think if I say it enough, it will be true? emoticon

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SANDIE4HLTH 3/24/2010 1:21AM

    I know what you mean -- life interfered with my plans several times recently...messed up my neat little plans and messed up my plans to exercise several days last week. Very frustrating.

I hope better days are ahead for your plans.


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    Sounds familiar. I think you've been down that road before, MANY times.

But, remember, emoticon

Besides, plans are for sissies. You are great thinking on your feet. Give yer'self a pat on the back for all your ad-lib planning on the fly.

Go Barb!

Have a wonderful week

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AWYEAGLE 3/23/2010 12:27PM

    Sounds like all of my days lately! I think I'm going to give up planning and see if going with the flow works. emoticon

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RWETHAIRYET 3/23/2010 11:36AM

    haha, don't you love those days, when you have a plan and life just laughs in your face???
At least you got the brocolli done!

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BKNOCK 3/23/2010 9:26AM

    Sounds like my type of day! I hope that you got up early but I know that I over slept this morning!

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LADYIRISH317 3/23/2010 9:11AM

    I wanted to go back to bed BEFORE I read your blog! I feel your exhaustion, believe me.

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LMB-ESQ 3/23/2010 7:11AM

    LOL.... "Men plan, God laughs"

Sounds very familiar, at least you can laugh about it!

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JUNIAATROME 3/23/2010 3:56AM

    That sounds - well - very familiar! HOpe the plan to get up early and work out works well! Good luck!

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GEEMAWEST 3/23/2010 12:47AM

    I get up at 6:00 on workdays to workout because I know if I don't workout in the mornings I won't do it at all. It just doesn't happen because sh@$ happens, always.

If I can do it you can do it. 'nuf said, right?

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STEELERCRAZY 3/23/2010 12:37AM

    Mornings are your friend, mornings are your friend, mornings are...I know. Shut the heck up, right??

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DUTCHIEKIWI 3/23/2010 12:30AM

    Make it your new mantra LOL.....
You can do it... hehe

When you open your eyes in the morning, say out loud..

One... Two... Three and UP!!!

Jump out of bed and get crackin...




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Slug, thy name is CartoonB!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Worked my tail off yesterday, got lots accomplished, stayed in range, great day!

Today, slept in, ate too much, read a little and ate some more. Yep, that's it! Oh, wait. Played catch with DD twice. Her homework for softball was to play catch each day. We missed it yesterday, so we did twice today.

Just remembered that I haven't typed up the minutes for the softball/baseball meeting yet. And the next one is in two days. Oops! emoticon Guess what I'm going to do now!

Yep...type. Then slug some more.

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RWETHAIRYET 3/22/2010 2:34PM

    I'm a big fan of working my butt off one I can be a slug the next!! It's like a fantastic reward or something!!
Yay for Slugs!!!

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BKNOCK 3/22/2010 10:59AM

    After all that cleaning out and moving furniture you need to slug a bit! I hope that you enjoyed it!

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LMB-ESQ 3/22/2010 7:16AM

    I wish I had time to slug! No... I work my butt off and eat too much anyway! LOL

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    You're SLUGGIN' like Mark McGwire or Sammy Sosa!

Have a SLUGG'n good week!!!

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DUTCHIEKIWI 3/22/2010 12:46AM

    We all need and may i just mention, deserve a slug day sometimes ;0)


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ZENMIND7 3/22/2010 12:27AM

    Sometimes we all need a little sluggin' in our life.


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ZENMIND7 3/22/2010 12:26AM

    Sometimes we all need a little sluggin' in our life.


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STEELERCRAZY 3/21/2010 11:48PM

    Slug on, chica, slug on! emoticon

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USFBULL 3/21/2010 10:54PM

    emoticon emoticon

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GLOBALKEEWEE 3/21/2010 10:44PM

    You deserved a day of respite!

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GEEMAWEST 3/21/2010 10:39PM

    Keep on sluggin'! emoticon (couldn't find a picture of a slug, spider was the next best thing) LOL

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MUSIC66 3/21/2010 10:27PM

    thats great

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Yay! It's done! And dang it looks good!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

For the last seven years, we've had an entertainments center (broken and cheap) in our bedroom. Next to it was a vanity that I got for Christmas about 25 - 28 years ago. (Love that vanity!) About a week (maybe two) ago, DH brought home a very nice dresser. It looks like it would have cost $300-$500 new, depending on where you got it. His friend sold it to him for $30! emoticon

We decided that it should go in our room, right where the entertainment center and vanity are/were. I agreed, but didn't want to get rid of my vanity. It's mine and I've had it longer than I've had DH!! Today, I decided that I really needed to clean up the area and move the dresser in our room.

Mind you, we moved the stuff in the bedroom when we moved into this years ago! Do you know how much dust builds up in seven years?!?! emoticon I should have taken a before picture. Anyway, it took about two hours to get everything moved out, cleaned up and moved in. Made the kids (and one of my daughter's friends!) help me move the furniture. Ended up putting the vanity in my son's room. I'm a little nervous about that. He is a boy and I'm worried that he will find a way to destroy it. Fingers crossed that he will take care of it! emoticon

Here's a pic of the after. Ignore the stuff to the right. That's DH's stuff that I found and didn't feel safe throwing away! LOL! I'm hoping that he'll agree to go through it tomorrow so I can get rid of some of it...or at least hide it in some of the drawers!

Here is a picture of my vanity. Yes, the wall behind it is orange. Go BSU!!

And here is the entertainment center. Pictur them side by side and loaded with STUFF. That's what it looked like before.

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BKNOCK 3/21/2010 7:29PM

    That vanity set is so cool! I hope that you have a good boy because my brothers would have destroyed it!

The dresser is nice too!

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LMB-ESQ 3/21/2010 5:52AM

    I love old furniture! You can get it cheap and I'd say 99% of the time it's better made than the new crap you can buy in the stores for a lot more money! The dresser looks great.... and I agree about that vanity. I've seen similar furniture and it's definitely worth something, especially if the wood is in good shape and the mirror isn't cracked. I'm not sure I'd trust it in a kid's room either. I hope you enjoy your "new" room!

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CONCHALEA 3/20/2010 11:55PM

    That vanity is probably Depression-era, and could be worth something. The front center part, where it slopes down, is called "waterfall" and is pretty desirable. At least, I love it! I have a bedside table with that feature, and a cedar chest from my grandmother with a waterfall front. Your vanity may be safer in the garage than with your son! My son-in-law kind of took over a buffet my daughter moved into the garage, and he took the doors off, piled tools & parts on top, and we don't even look at the top of it now. Good luck with yours!

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STEELERCRAZY 3/20/2010 11:39PM

    Uh, just wanted to let you know that I had a very old, beautiful roll-top desk that I had no room for in my bedroom after we got the king-sized bed. SOOOO, I put it in Paul's room with strict instructions that it was only to be used for homework. The day he moved out, I go to assess the "damage" to the room and all looked good...EXCEPT the desk had tacs stuck in it and this really old-fashioned, decrepit pencil sharpener screwed onto the side. There was also an autograph of "Paul loves Brittney!!!" scrawled into the back but underneath was an adendum contrary to the fact and her name had been changed to something that I cannot repeat here. But your son may be an angel. I wouldn't worry.

Room looks absolutely FANTASTIC!!! I for one, love the orange wall. And your old entertainment center looks like my current one. Can I have it? I love sets!!

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EM4488 3/20/2010 11:10PM

    Oh, so glad you got the dresser. Not a fan of the enterainment center, that vanity is pretty darn cool though!!! Glad you still were able to put it to use and not get rid of it (although I wonder if you could make money off it b/c it's "vintage" and in good shape (?).
Oh and I LOOOOVE the orange wall!!!!!!

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EM4488 3/20/2010 10:58PM

    Woohoo!!! It is beautiful!! --- and 30 bucks makes it even better! I love redecorating and rearranging, i hope you guys had fun! :)

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GEEMAWEST 3/20/2010 10:44PM

    Beautiful Dresser! But why does the TV look tilted? Is it just because I had a glass of wine or is it the angle of the picture? LOL

Now run quick to your son's room and get that vanity out of there!!!

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Son learned a lesson and I'm not the one who learned him!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

First, a little background. Ten years ago, my DH fell from a ladder while at work and landed (all of his weight) on one leg. His ankle was shattered (the 3-D xr-ray was flipping awesome!). Anyway, for about two years, he was not able to help much around the house. Multiple surgeries, infections, etc. kept him on crutches or in a wheel chair for that long. My kids were 5 and 2 at the time (almost 6 and 3). I tease him that he broke his ankle to get out of potty training the boy! LOL! But I digress.

After he started to be able to get around again, we discussed what he could do to help me around the house again. We agreed that he would take care of the dishes. (He has taken on much more since then..this was a small step). Within two weeks of DH taking over the dishes, the kids had a new chore. Loading and unloading the dishwasher. emoticon Why hadn't I thought of that!! LOL!

Dishes is the one chore that my son HATES! He complains about all of them, but he truly hates dishes. His favorite trick is to run the dishwasher and then not unload it and run it again. That way, he is "doing his dishes" as long as the dishwasher is running. Unfortunately, he thinks that DH and I are too stupid to realize that there are no dishes missing from the sink. DS has been sick most of the week. Last night, he was finally feeling better so he had to do his dishes. DH felt sorry for him and helped. Dishwasher ran and only a few dishes from dinner were in the sink.

Tonight, I came home and the dishwasher was running...and all of the dishes that were in the sink the night before were still there. DH and I gave him multiple chances to tell the truth, but he kept insisting that he had unloaded, reloaded and was now washing a whole new set of dishes. emoticon We called him on it and eventually he wrote down a confession. We discussed, punishment was set (an extra week of dishes) and done.

About 10 minutes later, DS was watching World's Craziest Police Chases or some such dumb show. One of the chases involved a guy who was not wearing a seat belt. He ran from the cops (in his car) because he didn't want to get the ticket. No other reason. The chase ended badly and the man was paralyzed from the accident. DS asked "What's wrong with people? If you know you did something wrong, just pull over, take the ticket and you're done!" DH and I looked at each other.. emoticon.. and DH said "You're right! Like why don't people just admit when they are lying, especially when everyone in the whole room knows it? Or just do the chore in the first place so they don't have to lie about it?" You could see the light bulb pop on over DS's head. emoticon (couldn't find a light bulb)

I think he finally got what we've been trying to get through to him for years! Now, do I expect it to stick? No, not really. Am I glad there is a chink in the armor? Yep! Wish us luck!!

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RWETHAIRYET 3/22/2010 2:21PM

    heehee...hopefully the lesson sticks. Though son's can be pretty selective about how they apply those lessons learned.
I didn't have a dishwasher back when, so mine were supposed to take turns washing dishes. #1 son had a tendancy to shove them in the game cupboard in the pantry, behind the chess and checkers and life. I'd start missing critical cutlery and sure enough....there it'd be.
Usually earned him a week straight of dishwashing duty, lol. Sometimes I think maybe the others were setting him up, though????

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YIGOBUTTERFLY 3/21/2010 3:09AM

    emoticonHope it stays on.
Jane on Guam

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BKNOCK 3/20/2010 7:24PM

    I wish my nephew and niece would learn that lesson. I keep telling them that they keep lying over the stupidist things but they still have not learned! They are 13 and 10.

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AUNTIEANNE22 3/20/2010 9:15AM

  Good luck. My son is 23 and still doesn't do the dishes unless I get angry. He lives at home, doesn't work and only has two chores: take out the trash and do the dishes. I'm a firm believer that traits are inherited and not taught. My son is so much like my ex-husband and they have not had contact since my son was 7 or 8.

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LMB-ESQ 3/20/2010 9:09AM

    Good luck! And send the lesson over here. We need it too.

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JUNIAATROME 3/20/2010 1:52AM

    emoticon will this do?
--- good luck to you. I am always amazed on the creativity to NOT do a simple thing, especially when Dsons are involved. But somehow it sticks with them later in life too. And the dishes are a constant source of creativity. WHY???

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