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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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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

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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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