CLEOLEFT1's SparkPeople Blog CLEOLEFT1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Almost Done!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am in shock. We started AND FINISHED the bedroom floors in six hours on Saturday. Then we got three fourths of the trim completed in two hours and I was able to empty four boxes of DVDs back into the shelves. Didn't put the shelves where I had planned due to the remaining trim to finish so I'm hoping the rest of the furniture fits as planned. I took all the ripped up carpet to the curb we have had in the carport... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 18:25:09 EST &#65532;Heartbroken <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We are SO CLOSE to finishing the house renovations! Of course everything 'extra' ends up in the garage so I tried a tiny bit of cleaning out tonight. I heard a crash and it was a dish fron Aunt Mildred. I only found one piece but I have the pain in my foot from glass to prove my sad, sad revelation. We saw the same dish at antique stores for fourteen dollars. It's not the money. It's knowing I have had it f... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 02:32:06 EST I'm Still Me Unfortunately <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I can't BELIEVE we got more done on the house last weekend than this weekend! This weekend...I mowed the lawn. The end. Well...I also did dishes and cleaned the fridge drawer...guess I will take the hedge clippers and cut the crazy long grass-weeds that flipped back over when I tried to mow them. It really sux because this is a once in a lifetime mild weather day in Texas summer. Ron is 'worn out'. I'm silly... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 19:43:16 EST Got em! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Got my new table and benches! Two feet shorter than expected but probably because Tommy forgot to add to the bill and I got the dimensions I first wanted...sadly, woulda paid more for the two extra feet. Still came out better than I imagined and I absolutely love it! Love that I wasn't called in to work today and didn't even try to make Ron remodel. But I will tomorrow. Our very first brand new dining set in ... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 21:19:19 EST obsessive <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My hawk from Friday. See nearby culvert for size comparison <BR> <BR> Ya'll know how obsessive I am on getting danged FINISHED on this crazy house. It SUX to know I am unreasonably stressing on it when it will get done when it ever gets done. It was funny last night on the way home on the radio, Nikki Sixx pretty much told me to quit trying to control everything and I would be alot happier. He said it to the c... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 02:20:06 EST I want to have My tantrum <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today... this whole weekend...just makes me want to throw a tantrum like my teenage girls at work that act like two year olds. I HATE being a 'grown up' and understanding others needs. I want what I want. And I want it now. After much searching, Ron said he would go with me to Kay's house yesterday and her cousin was actually there. So we found out the funeral was at 1030am instead of 2 pm and he was nice enoug... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 20:47:28 EST i miss you Kay Saw a hawk being dive bombed by our tiny birds right in front of my unit. He looked amused at their impertinence. Like an idiot, I thought that it a good and interesting day. <BR> <BR> I'm afraid of death. Not afraid. Just I don't know how to express sympathy-grief---whatever. I'm no good at it. With anyone. Just found out tonight that Kay died. A week ago Thursday. Juneteenth. I have to believe that once you die, God gives you insight. I HAVE to believe that she knows how much I re... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 03:12:42 EST End of Vacation <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Friday and Saturday. Ron has done good making sure I am too tired to try working on remodeling. Both days he woke me up saying let's go. Both days I conveniently left my purse at home. Both days he took me to breakfast and then antique looking. Started at the flea market Saturday where we met up with my brother and his wife and son. I made off like a bandit. Friday got a really big horse made out of leather... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 20:46:49 EST Vacation Part 3 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This tree was only halfway to my knees last year <BR> <BR> Tuesday. Left the motel around 1030am. Ferry to High Island around 1230pm and back at the cabin around 330pm. Sent Zack to get movies and pop, etc. Very breezy on the deck and I just saw a huge bunny that actually waited forever facing the edge of the woods as if trying to decide if my conversation was worth making him turn around. He even stayed whil... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 20:29:16 EST Vacation Part 2 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Monday. Not as great as expected but we are learning where we never need to waste our money again. We thought it would be fun for the boys to go to Pleasure Pier and yesterday Dakota was pretty excited about it. This morning he decided going on rides might aggravate his bladder problem. Since I am an idiot, I didn't think through the fact that although there are some midway games and such, the place is ninety ... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 00:02:13 EST Vacation Part 1 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I was so proud of myself when I remembered to take the pager into the house so we wouldn't have to listen to children going off all vacation! Right up until a random number was paged at 529 AM in the MORNING on my busy get ready Lucky Friday the Thirteenth. I only had to mow my yard because of my fabulous sister and her husband taking care of moms. Now its 432 am the next day and guess who woke up for no reason... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 01:07:41 EST Working for the Weekend <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Dakota's last art project <BR> <BR> 1 day to Galveston. 50 days to Counting Crows and less than 40 wks til SXSW! Tuesday night was interesting at work. At 740 they called saying the girl that had been put on meals for a disruption in the cafeteria wanted to talk to me about it. But she is a TALKER. So I said to tell her I couldn't change anything. I waited 20 minutes and didn't hear more so thought it was cool. W... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 02:13:45 EST Closer to Vacation <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Once again, I'd rather be blogging on the porch than watching the end of the movie. Veronica Mars is an ok show but seems like made for tv from the start. Yesterday Ron discovered a small leak in the water heater ( why call it a hot water heater? Seems a bit redundant to me) so he but roofing ruberizer for the floor and kept checking it today in the middle of trim. I caught up the laundry and Zack did dishes. ... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 19:43:44 EST There's No Surf In Colorado Anyway There's No Surf In Colorado Anyway...Bowling For Soup Song <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well you knew it was coming. We have decided it's too stressful to try to plan on the Colorado trip with a minute's notice since we don't have anything to help Dakota besides Benefiber until July. The therapist did some tests and says it is definitely a problem with his muscles and nerves. She says she can definitely help him and get him back to... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 00:24:56 EST FLEXIBLE <img src=""> <BR> <BR> At least I'm trying to get things on track and back to normal. I even caught up the laundry and dishes and cleaned out my closet again, sort of. Even bigger, I got the garage as organized as possible with it still being full of remodeling supplies. NOW I find the other two rolls of floor underlay! After I bought all we would need to finish thinking I must have just imagined we still had some. Lucky its light ... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 03:06:48 EST Exhausted <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hilarious. We totally finished the living-dining rooms today! Except about two feet of the border deally between the rooms. He just couldn't stand anymore. I really need to mow after we finish the hall tomorrow. And buy groceries. Gonna be exhausted. Dakota MIGHT be back to normal now!!!! That is the best news ever!!! Lisa is just now going home and Ron is ready for bed but Ryan finally put up one song fro... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 22:01:23 EST Hoping for Lucky Friday 13th <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Had to get up at 4 am today to get Dakota to the hospital by 5am to check in for his 7am cystoscopy. He did fine until we got to the set up area where he had to go pee five times. The poor nurse was chomping at the bit to get his vital signs but she just had to wait. The doctor said the procedure would literally take two minutes. It's a really neat setup they have where each client is given a code number and th... Fri, 30 May 2014 02:01:08 EST Gotta Wear Shades <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have to say I am totally stoked about my upcoming cedar dining room table and benches! Tommy is going to make them match with the same style of legs and all rounded and smooth. He told Ron to come by the earlier the better but I bet he didn't expect Ron making us get going at 430 am after I had only gone to bed at 130 am. Meaning that we showed up at Deadwood at 630 am. Ron didn't knock very loud so we thought... Sun, 25 May 2014 21:28:47 EST The Epic Continues <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We just thought the Rocephin shot had healed Dakota's problems. He IS much better and did make it to school for the first day this week if you don't count the half hour he was there Monday before I had to go get him. I had to pick him up at 10 am for his xray and kidney ultrasound and school let out at 1230 so that was that. Now he is getting bad again and had to have the urinal for the trip both ways. They sai... Sat, 24 May 2014 01:05:05 EST OldJack!!! <link><BR>-clawing-offers-alternative-to-525-bos<BR>ton-calling-festivities/ </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I really need to sleep because Dakota's KUB xray and kidney ultrasound is in the morning before work but I feel sooo honored that Oldjack used MY video that I filmed at SXNE at SXSW in the link at the top. I know I am silly but I consider them real friends. The whole band is ULT... Fri, 23 May 2014 02:02:23 EST 18 Times in ONE Hour?!? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Ironically, this was on Facebook today. <BR> <BR> Poor Dakota. I was wrong. He tried to make it to school but came back home after visiting bushes three times. Earliest the doctor could see him was 245 pm. Went by Urgent Care after calling work saying I would be there but would be late. Culture came back clear. They said keep regular doctor appointment because there wasn't any more they could do. Doctor did ... Wed, 21 May 2014 21:59:06 EST LOVELY <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Lite weight Biker jacket, mid length pea coat, shin length fake fur, and raincoat all in car 'just in case'. I live in TX. Took out all but raincoat. I woke up at 830 am for some reason and then found I had missed three calls from Dakota at school. Bladder infection. Luckily no pain yet. Just urgency and frequency but two hours later, still sitting at pharmacy. His Dr doesn't claim him because he hasn't needed ... Wed, 21 May 2014 01:42:19 EST Good Enough...I'm Happy <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Enjoying what is possible over what is dreamed for. We finished the living-dining rooms walls and floors! In one 3 day weekend! Didn't do hall floors and still need trim in both but Ron worked like crazy on his birthday and deserved to quit by 4. He says next weekend is cabin weekend instead of finishing but I'm OK with that. I gu... Sun, 18 May 2014 20:56:23 EST Working It While Off Work <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is where we ended Friday after finishing the last three widows and starting floors. <BR> <BR> Such a wonderful weekend! Every hope of finishing floors in living room and hall tomorrow. Trim will have to wait til next weekend unless Ron says its cabin time, then weekend after. Pretty sure the two bedrooms will have to wait until after vacation. I swear. He is jealous of a radio show. I wait all week for... Sat, 17 May 2014 22:20:10 EST So Exhausted! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am exhausted from the wonderful remodel work even though we didn't get the last three windows done. We had to buy more panels and they are all bowed in the middle but at least we should have all the panels to finish. I was absolutely sure I would crash after I had to buy last minute groceries after the mom visit but I completed her clothes mail order and her I am. 1106 pm. Writing. Like anyone cares :-) Al... Mon, 12 May 2014 00:34:30 EST Everybody's Working For The Weekend <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Guess what I listened to? The Best of Bread 1973. How sappy is that? Scary part is remembering all the words. Eeek 41 yrs?! Shows I was a fanatic from the get go. Watched Benny Hill on YouTube last night for awhile. Ya'lls prayers for me worked! No problems at work. For three whole days! 91 year old mom griped me out for not doing 2nd visit this week and slammed phone on me tho. Being the sad night crawler t... Sat, 10 May 2014 02:51:18 EST LOVELY Day Off! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I might just be the craziest person here and it quite well may have something to do with my job. Last month I got the wild idea that Ron keeps getting three day weekends for the cabin and I should get three day weekends for the remodel. But I asked for the seventh, meaning the ninth, and Johnny already got the ninth. But they gave me off the seventh anyway. Then last night, Peggy asked why I was off the seventh... Tue, 6 May 2014 22:45:55 EST Calgon, Take Me Away!!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I had to wear a hat at work all day yesterday because Calgon didn't do right by my hair when I was trying to get relief from allergies to sleep all the way til 530 am. My old friend used to say that whatever the ailment, a hot bath will help. Maybe a little, but not enough. <BR> <BR> 5-1-14. Dakota is 17. What a difference a new month seems to be making! Almost seems like a peaceful day at work at the moment... Fri, 2 May 2014 01:35:12 EST Hey Mr Postman <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I didn't pray for patience so just QUIT IT ALREADY!!! I somehow feel pretty good right now but all these setbacks are really getting on my nerves. Totally. FINALLY get Ron in working on the house between his mandatory cabin trips...and my forcing him scheme of signing up for on call backfires two weeks in a row. My unit had at least seventeen 911s last night. Can't be sure how many more because it f... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 01:39:27 EST Everything Is Coming Together <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Adam when I first began my obsession. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Twenty years later <BR> <BR> Oh the groupie horror! I MISSED the Outlaw Roadshow Radio Show and it's basically my fault. Ryan said it was 3-5 from Austin but like a dummy I read the website times. Stupid Central Time!!! Why am I so upset about it? Oldjack was one of the main artist... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 21:11:04 EST Back to Happy <img src=""> <BR> <BR> If only Ron would follow MY plans once in awhile... I really think I could quickly be happy with remodel progress if he would let us completely finish the last wall in the living-dining room on Saturday and all the walls in the hallway on Sunday. I don't really mind the old floors. We would have to do floors and trim before the last two rooms but I hardly have a chance to go into my bedroom or Zack's room anywa... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 00:49:23 EST This Must Be A Test <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I know. I know. I know. I know all the frustration of this weekend is meant to make me figure out SOMETHING I can pass on to my teenage girls at work so while I continue to whine and cry, moan and wail and gnash at this STUPID two week old crown, I will TRY to at least frame this rant into something I can streamline into SOMETHING positive. Went to sleep on the couch Sunday as soon as we got home from mom's birth... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 06:54:17 EST Disappointment Reigns Again <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Aarrrggh! I am so frustrated! I have had to work with that bunch of heathens for five days straight. Yesterday (Friday) was hellatious with just two of us RNs. Ashley had 2 units, I had three units AND campus and although it would be too stressful to go through details, I was still working on the paperwork for a one minute baskethold restraint at ten pm....that happened BEFORE six pm. Saturday morning, knowin... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:24:59 EST Obsessive Music Drivel <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I just LOVE Indie Bands! Love Love Love! Its just like becoming friends with the cool kids in high school that know how to rock. I have branched out since Steven Roth offered to send me some signed discs and tweeted The Silks about my problem getting the cd from their page. I have already exchanged about five emails with the drummer. He first emailed back 'Fatal Exception. No music for you!' When I wrote ba... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 01:28:53 EST It Gets Better <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Guess I'm lucky my Asus has been acting up. I started a whiny blog last night to get it all out of my system and was gonna post it anyway to show what a difference music friends can make but when I tried to copy the first page it wiped it out. And now the Asus is acting right again. Trying to tell me something? So some of the gripe is still here but not all and the part that isn't, its best to let go. Its alw... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:44:08 EST Fitting In on The Psycho Ward <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My $1 a pair boots. One says Goldstein Miguel from an old store and the name of my home town stamped inside in gold <BR> <BR> Monday was AWFUL. I've never Ever EVER had so much pain at a dentist. I highly dis-recommend this bunch. They took the crown out and re-seated it five times but after being home less than an hour it wss hurting so bad through the anesthetic shot I called because I couldn't feel the othe... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 01:45:59 EST l Need Rest <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Saturday, 6 pm <BR> <BR> Here at the cabin, the Asus keeps teasing me showing updates to Twitter and Facebook but then not letting me retrieve them. Kingsley Flood tweeted a personal thanks about my loving their lyric 'My lollipop's stuck to the floor. Me, not so much cuz it was stuck in my head when I got up this morning. Bad. No... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 08:47:17 EST Ready <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Oh my heavens! Internet is down on the tablet and the laptop drives me nuts so this is obviously going to be a several day post. Withdrawals already! I NEED my technology! Especially after the cluster during the last forty five minutes of my last work day before my four days off. Assault precaution girl went after another and five needed meds to calm down. Actually, they just knew they could get meds in a cri... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 02:22:50 EST Happy <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Months and months of waiting and complaining and we finally got two whole days in on the remodeling. It will be another three weeks before we get back to it and, of course, Ron did everything opposite of what I expected, but I am extremely happy. Especially since it was almost over before it began. After three years of signing up to be on call at work, I was almost forced to actually work it this weekend. Of al... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 12:46:41 EST Finally!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> T-Bone Walker and Lightning Hopkins. I am TRYING to get off my OCD listening habits with just Outlaw Roadshow bands by switching to old time blues. I am SOOOO lucky to be living in this digital age when you can play Song Pop and get a feel for an artist or genre you can really attach to and then you can download complete albums for free. Sooo coool. My stupid temporary crown is still torturing me after getting... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 01:20:26 EST Same Ole Same Ole <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We quit Terminex in October because they caused us to HAVE bugs instead of getting rid of them. We started out with just waterbugs outside. Ron made me buy $38 stuff his cousin said killed everything but we still saw 3-4 a day so today I took EVERYTHING out of the kitchen, washed EVERYTHING down, and sprayed everything again wit a big hard dousing. Then I had about eight loads of dishes I still have to pu... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 19:50:25 EST Already Prepping for July! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> SERIOUSLY?!?? Took forEver to upload the pix and then it turned them sideways? I promise they were right side up everywhere else but I can't spend anymore time with this mess. <BR> <BR> Had my blog written and while trying to copy it, everything disappeared! Anyway, too happy to gripe. Still reliving memories from SXNE and Counting... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 01:10:22 EST SXNE AT SXSW <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> This is the video of my favorite song by OldJack. Crazy cool to know all the words the 1st time I see them. <BR> <BR> This is the THIRD time I have almost finished this blog and the Asus shut down and lost it. NOT Cool! <BR> <BR> Not quite as surreal as last year following Adam all day, but SXNE at SXSW was awesome! A bit freaked out about the dif... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 03:20:37 EST Uh...Texas? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Playing with my new Pixlr Express app. This is Ron standing on the deck of the cabin with our pot of gold (and cactus) I'll stain the wood next time <BR> <BR> Still pretty bummed about the Outlaw Roadshow. Continuing to listen to the Outlaw music I downloaded probably isn't helping. I started thinking about it and realized I had a premonition I wouldn't get to go Monday night, two days before OldJack tweeted ... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 19:32:15 EST HEARTBROKEN <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It WAS a great day. Right up until I got home from work and found out the Outlaw Roadshow has been CANCELLED!!! Anyone that reads my drivvel knows what this means to me. I see alot of weepy, whiny, depressing Counting Crows music in my future for awhile. If OldJack hadn't tweeted it, I wouldn't have known. The web page has a long apology blog that pretty much doesn't say anything except 'logistics'. I shoulda... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 01:13:06 EST Yay Spring!!! &#65532; <img src=""> <BR> <BR> For the past several weeks there has been a looooong lag in updates on Facebook but tonight is the worst. Usually after an hour or so they come in but now there hasn't been ANYTHING in an hour and a half. There were updates for the 45 minutes previous to that and the next one was TWELVE HOURS before. It still hasn't shown anything new for the 12 hours before that 45 minute span and nothing has been ad... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 01:57:12 EST READY FOR SXSW!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I just started listening to the lineup of the THIRTY bands that are playing at the OUTLAW ROADSHOW and I might not have time to follow Adam anywhere! I love them all and they have several returns that I saw last year...all my faves except Filigar who are in Guyana as US Arts Ambassadors ( recently returned from Kuwait as cultural ambassadors) and Steven Roth who tweets me sometimes. I am way excited! Zack is ha... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 21:14:45 EST Order in the Court <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Got my feelings hurt a little at work Thursday night. We got SEVERAL emails from administration that we wilk have visiting bigwigs on campus Friday so 'make sure everything looks spiffy.' I even had day staff pull me over to ask me to beg one particular girl to clean her room. She would do it for you, they said. Not. But talk about glass houses!!! I was mad at myself for not noticing earlier but at 8pm I ha... Fri, 14 Feb 2014 04:05:47 EST Productive <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It has been another 'add antiques to the cabin' weekend with the inevitable lopsided arrangements but overall, I love it. Especially since it was also the fiftieth anniversary of the Beatles on Ed Sullivan and I got to listen to them from Friday evening til the radio frequency changed to Houston when we got near the cabin and watched the special when Ron decided that was the time to hang pictures. I hate the Eag... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 10:55:30 EST Ready To Go Groupie Again!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Oh my STARS!!! I couldn't wind down so I googled Outlaw Roadshow 2014 and found the dates! It will be on TWO Saturdays, March 8 and 15 (Zack's birthday) and after last year, I am DEFINITELY going to both!!! Even if I have to go alone! Zack already said if I would supply the earplugs he would go to at least one and I have asked my dear friend Kay but no matter what...I will be in surrealistic heaven, TWO Saturd... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 03:54:06 EST