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Saturday, March 27, 2010

I blogged earlier in the week about an odor coming from my pantry. I asked my son if he could find the source because I had tried (multiple times!) and failed! He found it!! There was one rotten potato in my 10# sack and two that were "suspicious." emoticon I threw them away and the pantry is practically spring fresh!

Okay, I may have exaggerated on the "interesting" part of interesting thoughts. But here goes anyway.

Ran the dishwasher for the first time tonight. Less than one hour for a full normal cycle and very quiet. Except when the top arm started hitting one of the bowls in the top shelf. Ooops!

MIL ran the dryer today, twice. Once to dry sheets, the second time to dry a blanket. And that's it...twice!! Would have taken SO much longer than that before! I'm so confident that the dryer will work as I expect it to, that I didn't even start a load of laundry tonight! How's that fore confidence?!?!

Drank a monster Monster (as in a HUGE Monster energy drink) around three o'clock today. I was hyper and weird all afternoon until well after supper. And...for all you smart alecks out there...more hyper and more weird than normal..yes, people could tell!! emoticon

Walking to the cafeteria today, i started talking to one of the guys I work with. He asked if i was married and I said Yes. He asked if I was getting divorced. emoticon "Not that I know of" I replied with raised eyebrows. Turns out, he was trying to tell me that he noticed that I had lost weight and was looking good. emoticon His first thought, apparently, was that I was getting divorced and I was losing weight to show my "soon-to-be-ex" what he was missing! LOL!! How cynical is that?!?! He told me that my husband was a very lucky man. "Yes, he is!" I replied modestly. "And I remind him of that often!" LOL! I'm still laughing about the whole thing!

My son was playing in his room and was very quiet. Mom alert sounded so I went to check on him. He fell asleep, fully clothed (including shoes!) laying crosswise on his bed. I just turned off the light and let him be.

Our boxer is in heat. emoticon It looks like she has TOM, so she has to wear a diaper. Guess who hates the diaper? I think it's a toss-up. I hate trying to get the dang thing to stay on her. She does everything she can to chew it off of her. Okay...she wins the Who-hates-it-more contest. Poor thing.

Okay, the monster Monster is wearing off. My eyes are tired and my bones are tired. Need to do my thing and get in bed.

Spark y'all (ya'll?) (youse guys?) tomorrow!

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SARAHTAIT 3/27/2010 1:52PM

    Seems to be a fact of life that when women get thin they divorce their husbands. A lot of my nurse friends did just that after they lost all their weight-maybe that was why your friend said that to you about divorce. Glad your hubby appreicates you!!! Glad people are noticing your weight loss-what a better way to stay motivated!!


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GEEMAWEST 3/27/2010 10:30AM

    You're days are always so much more interesting than mine. emoticon

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BKNOCK 3/27/2010 8:35AM

    Great blog, you crack me up!

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AUNTIEANNE22 3/27/2010 8:00AM

  Don't you love that monster Monster feeling? Hope you were able to sleep. I get to the point where I feel tired and try to sleep, but my brain doesn't agree. "You fed my caffeine? Well you aren't sleeping anymore tonight. I'm the boss."
I'm glad your appliances are working well. Dryers are expensive enough without having to rerun loads.
I can just picture your dog. Will you eventually get her spayed?

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LMB-ESQ 3/27/2010 7:17AM

    emoticon You always make ordinary run-of-the-mill things sound so interesting! I can't do that, my ordinary things are just boring to me, I don't give them a second thought.

Thanks for sharing!

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USFBULL 3/27/2010 1:35AM

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My age is excited about a new dishwasher!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

And the fact that my dryer vents got cleaned out too! LOL! I don't even do the dishes and I'm stoked about it. It has a brushed stainless steel front and a very roomy interior. Showed the kids the basic functionality. It's my son's week to do dishes. He was trying to hide it, but he was excited that he was the first one to use the new dishwasher. And...yes...I'm going to post a picture. My son mocked me about both the photo and the blog. Punky little brat! LOL!

As sad as it is to admit, I'm actually looking forward to doing laundry this week! emoticon It's been taking about 6 hours to dry one load of laundry. Turns out that the pipe between the dryer and the wall was full of water and went lint. PLUS, the pipe under the house had a non-optimal configuration. They fixed both, cleaned the vents and only charged $70! Very happy with that. Especially after the guy who went under the house let me know about our widows. UGH!! emoticon Glad it wasn't me down there!

BTW, this has not been a good week for me, calorie wise. I was in range yesterday and "only" 56 calories over today. No exercise to speak of either. BUT, I am pretty happy with myself about my plans for tomorrow. I take both breakfast and lunch to work with me and eat breakfast at my desk. I didn't see anything that appealed to me for breakfast, so i decided that I would buy my breakfast. Knowing full well I would get a drive through biscuit gajillion calorie sandwich...or two. emoticon

A little bit later, I was looking through my stack o'cards, looking for my library card (Going to reread Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy!). As I was sorting, I found/saw my Blimpie's frequent buyer card. Hey! I can go out to lunch instead of breakfast, eat at Blimpie's, give myself a treat and still stay in calorie range!! Yay for me!!! So, beef enchiladas for breakfast and Blimpie's for lunch. I need to go to bed so I can start eating! LOL!

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MUSIC66 3/27/2010 2:02AM

    don,t have a dish washer because department of housing won,t let us even through my dr and the ot said to them i neede one because of my ra ,but they still said no because it is a wheel chair acessablehouse as the wheel chair needs acess to uner the sink but my7 dh is in wheel chair and can not wash the dishes.

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RWETHAIRYET 3/26/2010 11:37AM

    That's okay. My idea of a hot date last weekend was going to home depot, picking up some lumber to fix our steps so my poor old dog would stop sliding through them, and then stopping for an icecream cone on the way home...sad, very sad emoticon

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    You guys are fantastic!
Your DS is looking forward to washing the dishes in the new dishwasher and you are looking forward to doing the laundry with that new ductwork on that dryer. I'll bet your dryer last much longer too now with that problem fixed.

WTG on your streaks too. Blimpie's sounded good for lunch. Haven't eaten there in ages.

Have a SPectacular Weekend!

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AUNTIEANNE22 3/26/2010 8:50AM

  We had a dishwasher growing up and we even fought about who had t6o unload it. Now I'd give my eyeteeth for one. My son is supposed to do the dishes, but they sometimes sit for days. The battles get ugly. I do them just out of frustration.

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JUNIAATROME 3/26/2010 8:28AM

    I'm afraid no new dishwasher would get me excited - but you are a sort of technical gadgets type of girl and that's all right! Which is not to be said about going out for lunch! HOpe it's a good one and you keep in line girl!

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BKNOCK 3/26/2010 5:45AM

    Ugh is there a way to get rid of the squatters?

Congrats on the beautiful new dishwasher! I hope that the enthusiasim sticks with your son! I am glad that you got your dryer working again too because that is a pain when it takes so long to dry!

I hope that you have a great weekend and that you enjoy Blimpies! We do not have any Blipies by us!

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_MAOMAO_ 3/26/2010 1:46AM

  I love the Hitchhiker's Guide - DON'T PANIC! I love enchiladas for breakfast, too, go Girl!

My mom said, she didn't know that was an age thing - you're just a real modern woman.

1 of my aunts & I were talking. We said, why do women complain bout getting such things for holidays? Where are the birthday Roombas? I'll take one!

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High school? That can't be right!!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Tonight was open house for our local high school. All of the 8th graders came to the high school to get familiar with the school and figure out what the different activities were. Why do I care? (I know better than to ask if you do! LOL!) Cos my baby (not youngest, but still my baby) is an 8th grader!!!! How did that happen? I promise that I did NOT give her permission to get this old. I think she is defying me. I'm not sure how...but I know she is! emoticon

The really sad thing is that while walking around, I started wishing that I could go back to high school right now. I want to know what I know now so I could do it better. I could have an actual career plan instead of just taking whatever classes sounded good. I would get involved in more/better (better for me) clubs. AND, I wouldn't give a flying leap what the "popular" kids thought of me!!

Of course, I would skip the awkward stages, the zits and all of the stuff I didn't like about high school. Pretty cool how I can rewrite my history when I know full well it ain't gonna happen. is pretty good. emoticon

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RWETHAIRYET 3/25/2010 10:48AM

    I would never voluntarily go back, lol, ever! It was miserable.
But then again, education is wasted on the young. Seems that many of them just don't get it, don't understand the importance of it.
Sometimes I think it should be mandatory that a person spend a couple of years in the "REAL WORLD" before heading off to college. I know I have a wasted degree, and both of my girls are paying student loans for education that has so far been wasted....all because they really didn't have a clue as to what they were wanting to do with their now works in a bank, the other keeps piling up that student debt as she goes from one major to another.
Be careful though, when I told my oldest daughter I was too young to have a kid graduating from High school, she offered to not turn in her senior essay and not graduate, lol.

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CARLANNIE 3/25/2010 10:18AM

    I have often thought the same thing about HS and college. But I think it wouldn't be as much fun if we had all this 'practical knowledge' floating around inside our heads. I do like that part about not caring what other people think, though - to have that in HS would have been marvelous!

Oh - about your dd growing up - can't think of a single thing to stop that. Sorry.

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GEEMAWEST 3/25/2010 9:46AM

    I wouldn't go back to high school for all the money in the world.

OK, now that I've thought about that statement, I probably would for all the money in the world, but it would have to be ALL THE MONEY!
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    You are one brave lady!

I'm not so sure that I would want to return to MY high school, in fact, I'm not sure if I'm allowed back into the building!

Your DD will do just fine, although there will be ups and downs, I'm sure that you have been enough of a positive influence that she will not let you down. Kudos to you and your family for everything that you "give" of yourself. The family inclusion with the softball, and other sports as well as your other family activities, will give a good "base" for her to start her new hugh step into being a "high school student".

Give yourself a pat on the back, you deserve it!!!

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LMB-ESQ 3/25/2010 9:00AM

    LOL... wait till they all hit their 20s!!

Kinda funny, I wrote a blog about getting older where I said I never wanted to go back to high school... Bleah! Too much angst! It was bad enough reliving it while my kids were there!

Good luck with the whole high school adventure... I'm sure your daughter will do fine... might even do better than her mom! emoticon emoticon

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AUNTIEANNE22 3/25/2010 8:13AM

  They do have a tendency to go against our wishes when they keep getting older. My son is now 23 and I have no idea how that happened.
He not only got older, but had the audacity to do better in high school than I did. He was a driven student - even did homework when he was sick.
He eventually will go to the local community college for criminal justice. I started the program, but had to drop out when the money ran out. I left after a year with a 3.9 GPA. Let's see him beat that.
I do have a BS in education/special education. I just got tired of teaching and was trying to start a new career. I'm now an LNA.

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BKNOCK 3/25/2010 6:53AM

    Wow, high school! That is a scary thought. My nephew is beoming a teenager on Saturday and that is a scary thought too! Yeah, it is amazing what we now know I think I would do the same thing!

have a great day!

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SUPREME5 3/25/2010 1:15AM

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MUSIC66 3/25/2010 12:45AM

    my soon start high school this year he is year 8 and he really enjoys it he was held a year back he should be year nine this year.

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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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