Thursday, January 31, 2013

Blue Carpeting

It's Thursday... and I was dreading trying to write this blog... because of my fuzzy computer screen. I could've gone into the office and used the family computer... but there isn't any heat in that room and the computer is really, really slow.

So, as I sat here trying to convince myself I could see well enough to blog on my Mac... my computer magically healed itself. Really... clear as can be. I didn't do anything different... it just decided to shape up. Yay!

Anyway, remember the goal I had for yesterday of organizing my junk drawer on steroids, aka the office? Let me tell you about my day...

  1. Started my day by getting the right tools for the job ready to go. The Stern German is a stickler for using the right tools for a job... so, I made sure I had a screwdriver handy. 
  2. Then I made an omelet for breakfast that the Stern German and I shared it... I may or may not have decided that another screwdriver was necessary for the job at hand... you know you always need several different types and sizes...
  3. After I had worked in the office for a while, I finally got around to making my coffee.
  4. After that I had to take my mom to a doctor's appointment and I took my dad to work out to loosen up his stiff muscles from his fall yesterday...
  5. When I got back home at lunch time, the Stern German suggested that we have a beer. Sometimes he has good ideas!
Dang, now my screen is fuzzy again... maybe I need to go get it checked out... wait, now it's better again!!! Kind of like magic...

Then I spent some more time in the office:
Starting at the top right corner, going counter-clockwise around the circle:
  1. I found a bag of forgotten potatoes by the doorway. I was very thankful that they had only sprouted and hadn't gotten all rotten... they had been on the carpet... oops.
  2. These are some of the boxes and bins I emptied yesterday! (The carpeting is blue! Who knew?)
  3. Then I got the card catalogs (Do any of you younger readers even remember using these?) up off the floor, put stuff into them, and made temporary labels for them. They are going to work out great... They hold lots of little treasures.
  4. This is what I made for supper... and it was a fantastic meal! Asian Glazed Chicken Thighs and Noodles with Spicy Peanut Sauce. Soooo good.
So that was my day... It was a pretty good day. Even with lots of interruptions I felt as if I accomplished quite a bit. Woohoo!

Unfortunately, there's still a lot left to do in that room... but... I will keep at it. And, I will remember to keep the right tools handy... just sayin'.

Obviously MARvelous


Wednesday, January 30, 2013

What I Thought I'd Be Loving Wednesday...

Unfortunately, I'm gonna have to think for a while to come up with what I'm actually loving today... let me start by telling you what I thought I would be loving and what I'm NOT loving...

I thought that since cleaning out the office seemed like such a huge, overwhelming project that getting a four hour jump start on the project the day before would be a great thing. So...

I thought I'd be loving... the fact that the Stern German would've been home from work by 2:30 yesterday... we would've had a quick, Good Luck, Here's-To-Us cocktail... and we would've jumped right into emptying that office. (See yesterday's post for more info.)

I thought I'd be loving... that by the tine I went to bed last night that most of the boxes and varying piles of junk would've been removed from said office.

I thought I'd be loving... waking up this morning to a great start on the project... and getting to sleep in a bit because the Angsty Teen doesn't have to be at school early for any activity today.

Instead....

I'm not loving that... earlier yesterday when my mother laid out her pills for the day and went to get my dad a drink of lemonade from the refrigerator, she got back to the table and he had taken all her meds. (Serioiusly? I've heard her tell him three and four times a day to take his pills.. but today he just reached across the table to take hers??? Is he nuts?? Did they look like candy???)

I'm not loving that... when the Stern German texted me before he drove away from work, "Ready to sit down with me and have a cold one before we start on that room?" that I was on my way to the Emergency Room at our local hospital.

I'm not loving that... my dad was weak yesterday... maybe from the wrong meds?????" and that he fell in his apartment... and that we spent the afternoon in the ER.

I'm loving that... my dad's x-rays came back showing no signs of any breaks.

I'm loving that... my parents were willing to push the call button for help last night so that I didn't have to sleep, or not sleep as the case would be, on their loveseat. (That's why you live in an assisted living place... because there's help available... and yes, it does cost extra... we will take that out of my brother's half of any inheritance that's left...)

I'm not loving that... the room doesn't really look much different this morning than it did yesterday morning.

I'm not loving that... the Angsty Teen thinks she is, once again, concussed. (Once again as in once, or twice, before thought she was... not that she actually was...)

I'm not loving that... the Angsty Teen apparently needed to be at school early today after all...

I'm not loving that... the Stern German now says that we are not going to empty everything out of the office into the garage. Apparently he thinks that if we put everything out there on his side of the garage that he will NEVER get to park in the garage for the rest of the winter... or maybe he said for the rest of this year...

I guess he thinks that we don't really have any control over our time... and that the project will never, ever, ever actually get done.

I have no idea why he would think that. What a negative person.... My days are totally my own... I just do what I want to do... hahahahaha.....

I'm loving that... even though the project won't get done today... or even get close to being done today... or maybe even really get started today... I'm loving that the Stern German has a clear understanding of what my life is really like.

I'll let you know if we get this project underway.

Well, here's what I'm loving on Pinterest this week:
I'm definitely loving this kid...
"Don't stop believing... unless your dream is stupid..." -Journey


That's definitely what I wanted to have for supper last night.


Substitute "life" for "job" and it could be my mantra from yesterday... and last week... and the month before, too...

Hoping to start my day out with something good in my cup... maybe a mimosa... or maybe just some good coffee...

So, I doubt any of you feel like your days ever really go the way you hoped, planned, or wanted them to go... I am definitely right there with you. Sometimes I want to scream... sometimes I want to drink excessively... but mostly I realize that it could be so much worse, and there are sweet memories (and non-financial rewards... damn...) for the choice my family and I have made in regard to caring for my parents. But it's just so exhausting...

But, they won't live forever.... right? RIGHT?


Tuesday, January 29, 2013

True Confessions...

I'm having a hard time reading what I'm writing... something happened to my computer screen... and it is really fuzzy and hard to read... dang...

Wait... maybe my glasses are just really dirty... nope... well, I mean, they were really dirty, but cleaning them didn't help the problem. I'm not sure what to do... so for now, I'm just gonna ignore it. Such a good plan. I'm secretly hoping that it will heal itself within a few days.

Anyway, tomorrow the Stern German is taking the day off of work... and no, that'll be a Wednesday... not a Tuesday!

We have a plan for our day, it's not very exciting... but it is necessary.

We have a junk drawer in our house... a really, really big junk drawer. Okay, it's a room in our house that we call our office. It's kind of like a junk drawer... on steroids.

It has the family computer, an open IKEA closet that we put in for winter coats (why anyone would add an attached garage to a house and not put a coat closet anywhere near the back door is beyond me),,, extra hats/mittens/scarves, a craft/sewing area, and a desk.

It also has had added to it, over the past three years, stuff from my parents'' house, stuff from the Stern German's parents'' house, stuff of mine from my library job that I had kept at work, some card catalogs that I bought, along with a nicely sized heap of stuff for the Grand Boys. Gift wrapping stuff resides there along with books, boxes I might need to use to mail stuff to Kati, our collections of computer games and CDs, extra shoes and boots, plenty of lunch boxes and rain ponchos, and a lot more miscellaneous treasures.

There are boxes of the Stern German's that haven't been unpacked since we moved into this house... about nine years ago... he is pretty sure he can get rid of stuff... maybe one of the many electrical code books from the 70s? You know... if we strapped a couple of those together we wouldn't need to buy another booster seat for the middle Grand Boy...

See? That''s kind of how it goes... I know I will see things that I will be pretty sure I can use down the road... and I will want to keep them. But, I need to be ruthless in my quest for a cleaner, usable space. I must be diligent in my pursuit of an organized room... wait... what? I can't get rid of that sombrero... in fifth grade the Grand Boys will need it for school...

And, I'm pretty sure that someday I will get that project completed with all those bottle caps... and...those pipe cleaners are so colorful...oh, I can't throw away all those corks... Have you seen those projects on Pinterest?

Damn, I need to get a grip.

With my life being so crazy with helping my parents constantly, I really never take a block of time and deal with this room.

Kati and I had tackled the room a year or so ago... and we made some great progress... finished up... then life just continued on at an even crazier pace and that room continued to be a dumping ground for anything and everything.

The Ang;sty Teen is great at going in there and finding things she needs for projects... but she's not so great at putting stuff back where it belongs. I'm usually sometimes in such a hurry that I don't get stuff back where it belongs... and so, this room is a Disaster Area.

So much crap...

And our goal is to empty the room... and only put back in about 1/2 of the stuff that is in there now.

The major obstacle is that the Stern German and I don't usually do home projects together... they just never go all that well... so, by the end of the day... or maybe by 10:00 am we will probably already be wanting to quit... or drink... or both...

Maybe we will both be happier doing this project together, albeit less productive, if we start the day with a drink... just kidding... but not really...

Maybe we need to come up with a fun drinking game to help us keep at the project as the day wears on... hmmm... any ideas?

We could have a drink every time we fill a garbage bag with stuff to donate... or with stuff to throw away... that might keep me motivated.

Or every time the Stern German ticks me off, I can have a drink... Well, that would be a great plan, except for the fact that I would be worthless by 9:05... assuming we don't start until 8:30...

Okay... I've been stalling... I'm not sure I really want to show you a "before" picture... but I'm here to make you feel better about your pile in the corner,,, or your junk heap... You may thank me later.

To keep myself accountable, I will show you the picture... Are you ready?
Those windows look into the dining room.
We only invite short people over...
There it is... tomorrow's gonna be a long day. Wish me luck.

 I think I need a drink already...

Monday, January 28, 2013

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

It is time for me to link up with Kati and Kate for:

Isn't their new button cute?
This is when I get to tell you the good, the bad, and the ugly stuff from my weekend... here goes:

Friday-
The Good:
I was able to make salsa with my salsa-making friend... and I made the Spicy White Chili recipe from my cooking class on Wednesday... and there were margaritas!
This was a perfect combination!
The Bad: 
There was a chili feed for the band that evening... so we had to limit ourselves on the margaritas...

The Ugly:
This batch's name was supposed to start with an "E"... so we came up with El Diablo. Apparently this means The Devil"... and, as luck would have it, we just couldn't get this batch hot enough to live up to its name... 

Finally after adding about nearly 40 serrano peppers... it was close enough to be done.
So much salsa... about 26 pints...
The Good:
My parents actually decided to join us for the chili feed... & they stayed to hear the Angsty Teen in the pep band!
A fine time was had by all.
The Bad: 
The Stern German was out of town... not that that's usually bad... sometimes that just means it's nice and quiet... but it would've been nice to have him there to help... because...

The Ugly:
It was cold and windy and trying to get two diabetic, geriatric, bariatric (one of whom is blind) people to the event and back home again in the wind, the cold, and the snow with two walkers and a 24 pound wheelchair was exhausting... 

Saturday/Sunday-
The Good:
I started off my Saturday with a quiet house and an orange/cranberry cosmo... or two... maybe.
delicious
I made the Spicy White Chili recipe from my cooking class on Wednesday for my family.
The Stern German and the Angsty Teen really liked it!
And, I made Shrimp Risotto on Sunday night... perfect for a cold night... plus I got to sip wine for the whole hour I stirred it!
Perfect with a glass of Riesling...
The Bad:
Stirring the Spicy White Chili with a PLASTIC spoon scratched my new cookware.... What? 
Not sure what to do... makes me unhappy...
The Ugly:
On Sunday the Angsty Teen had a volleyball tournament an hour away... and the weather was bad.
My door handle as we were heading home.
The truck's antenna after we drove home.
They played extremely well... and we arrived home safely... and the good news in this: 

At 9:00 pm I received a phone call that there is a two hour late start on Monday! The best part about that is there isn't any jazz band... so instead of the Angsty Teen needing to leave for school by 6:35... we will leave at 9:35! YAY!

Have a great day... with any luck, I will be able to sleep in... I'm so excited about that!

Friday, January 25, 2013

High Five for Friday

Happy Friday! It's time for me to tell you the highlights of my week...


I was able to get away from my life for about 28 hours this week. The fact that it actually happend... that nothing went wrong... that no one got sick or injured... either before I was supposed to leave or while I was gone... is absolutely, positively a miracle.

So while that getaway was the biggest highlight... I'm going to break it down for you:

1. I went to a really fun cooking class... and there was wine!
I read about the class on a fellow Minnesotan's blog: Keeping up w/The Sonnecks. When she wrote about the December class, even though she hadn't been able to attend that one, I thought it sounded like a blast.

When I asked about it they were more than willing to include me. This is what prompted my time away. The class was over two hours away from me... so it only made sense to spend the night!

I will tell you more about the class another time...
mini banana cream pies for dessert

2. I was able to spend time meandering the aisles at IKEA yesterday! (No wine...)
I love this place. 
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Bought the Stern German a whiskey glass... he was so excited.
 He plans to use it when he gets together with his BFF, Basil... This is Basil:
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Bought these for the Angsty Teen...she loves her snacks...

3. I went to a wonderful Happy Hour at MOA... and there was wine!
When you watched it being built because you lived five minutes away from it and when you took your daughter there on opening day... you get to call the Mall of America by its nickname.

I had a glass of Chardonnay and a flatbread Margherita pizza. So good...
I felt so sophisticated.

4. I finally (made a decision and) bought new cookware! (There will be wine in my hand as I learn to use this stuff!)

My old stuff was fair... but not great. I'd start to look at cookware, get overwhelmed by all the choices, and give up. Then my life would get a little (or a lot) crazy and I would just forget about it. This has been going on for several years.

When the Stern German's mom died... wow, that was already four years ago... that's unbelievable... we had some memorial money that people had sent right to our family. His mom loved to be in the kitchen and cook for her family... so the Stern German had wanted me put the money toward a set of some nicer cookware. This will be a nice reminder of how she showed love to all of us.

I bought it, brought it home, unpackaged it, washed it, dried it, and put it away already...I'm so excited to start using it!

5. The Stern German went and washed my car and gassed it up for me tonight... YAY!
Pretty sure he did that so that I could stay at home and drink wine...

Those are the high points of my week... I hope your week was nice and that you have a great weekend.

Join me on Monday when I link up with Kati and Kate for:

Hey... I like their new button! Good job, girls. If you're a blogger... link up with these girls!


Thursday, January 24, 2013

Where am I?

It is Thursday morning... and I. am. not. at. home!

Even though my dad needed to go to the doctor for an unplanned appointment yesterday morning... and my mom needed more help than I thought she would need... I did get out of town!

I left town... and drove to the Twin Cities... thinking I would stop for a pedicure at a place I had seen from the highway. But... the exit was after I'd driven by the place... and after going a few more miles, I didn't feel like turning around.

So, I went right to my hotel... $34 on Priceline!!!! I love Priceline.
It's all for meeeee!
 It has a HUGE waterpark... in fact... it has the largest one in the area! (Hey, Angsty Teen, it's the one we drive by near the Mall of America!!!!)

I read up on the waterpark... and from 9-11:00 am... hotel guests have it all to themselves... I was thinking of floating on the mile long lazy river today... and hot tubbing last night and today... 
I love hot tubs... 

This is going to be my chair....
Maybe I'll choose one that's not crooked...
Except for the fact that when I checked into the hotel... and asked about the waterpark hours... I was told that it's only open on weekends during the school year... WHAT? REALLY? Dang.

What about a hot tub? Maybe they have a hot tub open during the week? Nope. Double dang.

So... I will still have a great get-away... last night I went to a fun cooking class...
We made four different kinds of soup... yum!
I will write more about that another day.

But, today I'm going to do some shopping... IKEA, Mall of America, and maybe even Sur la Table and Penzeys Spices... but first... I might need some orange juice with a little something extra in it... while (I imagine that) I am hot tubbing...

Obviously MARvelous

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

What I'm Loving Wednesday!

It's time for me to link up with Jamie and tell you what I'm loving this week!


I'm loving that... if everything works out according to my plan... which, not to sound defeatist... but things rarely seem to go the way I think they will, I am going out of town.

I'm loving that... the Angsty Teen isn't getting sicker. She's fine... it's just a cold... so... I am going out of town.

I'm loving that... the Angsty Teen didn't get hurt at volleyball practice last night... so I am still going out of town.

I'm loving that... my mom is doing better... so that means... I am going out of town.

I'm loving that... my dad is holding his own for the moment... so, probably... I am going out of town.

I'm loving that... this little get away might really, truly happen! (Yep, I'm going out of town!)

Here's what I'm loving on Pinterest this week:



Bahaha! I know a few people that this would apply to... and, yes, some of them are related to me.

Moving on to Lance... this story is dying out... but people aren't very happy with him. He has never been one of my favorite people... I would never let the Angsty Teen even buy Livestrong stuff... Infidelity has always been a deal breaker for me...

Manly Library? I want to go to there!

Haha... this one made me laugh.


I really don't understand how hitting LIKE can prove to anyone how I feel about Jesus! Crazy... or cray? (Look how hip and cool I am!)

Yep, I am selectively social. Hopefully for the next 24+ hours I will get to be with someone I thoroughly enjoy being with... ME!

If you are reading this before noon... know that the whole time I am taking the diabetic, geriatric, bariatric, blind guy to Walmart this morning... I'm hoping and praying that no one gets injured or hurt in any way... I am doing my best to get out of town... Not even an arse-wiping job can bring down this happy girl...

If you are reading this after noon... I might actually be on my way! Woohoo!

Wish me luck! (Not on the abovementioned arse wiping... on getting the heck out of Dodge...)

Because... I am going out of town!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Tomorrow...

Well... it's Tuesday... and I'm pretending that it is just another day. I guess it actually is... but tomorrow is NOT just another day... hopefully. Tomorrow is a big deal... at least to me.

But today the diabetic, geriatric, bariatric, blind guy and I are making soup... his own special Blind Guy Easy, Peasy, Veggie Beef Soup. It is vegetable beef soup with barley and wild rice... and it always turns out to be delicious.

To date he hasn't cut off any fingertips while slicing and dicing the carrots, onions, etc. So that's always a good thing.
We made the soup a couple weeks ago for my mom and him... but today we are making it for the 25+ people that live where my parents live... for one of their lunch options.

The good part about this is that we won't be leaving the building at all.. so no Walmart visit... but that is great since it is still supposed to be below zero! Brrrr. Yesterday we went to PT at the local hospital. It was about 8 degrees below zero. Less than ideal.

The bad part about this is that the guy loves to taste things or scratch his nose... so we spend a lot of time re-sanitizing him and the area around him. But we will get the soup made.

But then, after today... comes tomorrow (that's a pretty profound statement!) and that is a day I'm really looking forward to.


See, I'm not very good at taking time for myself...  or maybe there just isn't time to take... I'm actually not sure what that even looks like in some ways. But I'm gonna give it a try! I might need a little help...

I'm looking for input. Help a sister -who's old enough to be your mother- out, please?

How do you carve out time for yourself? Do you do little amounts of time or big blocks of time? What do you like to do during that time? What do you do if you have money to spend? What do you do that doesn't cost a whole lot?

Tomorrow I'm going to take the diabetic, geriatric, bariatric, blind guy to Walmart in the morning... and then... before I would have get to eat lunch with my parents for the third day in a row... I'll be... heading out of town all by myself for over 24 hours... I will be leaving my diabetic, geriatric, bariatric parents and the Stern German and the Dog That Always Barks and the Angsty Teen behind...  Sorry, girl, you have school... and a whole list of other activities... you have to stay home.

Let me just say that I'm not a superstitious person... I don't really think I can hex this just by saying it out loud... but with all the stuff that has been going on with my parents' health... or lack thereof... I'm kind of thinking that if say this out loud... or get too excited about it... that it won't happen.


So, cross your fingers... and give me some ideas of ways to spend an hour or two. The things on the list so far? I'm going to a cooking class that I found out about from another Minnesota Blogger. It's held twice a month at her mom's house. I am so excited about it!!!

Since the class is about two hours from my house, I Pricelined a hotel room for myself. I am going to be all by myself. I am so excited about this! But I'm not really saying this out loud...

Cross your fingers for me...  send a little prayer my way that no one that I'm responsible for has any medical emergencies or illnesses for the next 48 hours!

This seems too good to be true... and I'm so excited!

Monday, January 21, 2013

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

How was your weekend? My Christmas tree is STILL up... but, clearly, that's the least of my worries...

On Mondays I link up with Kati and Kate to bring you:
Incorporating Color
If you want to link up with them... feel free... it's kind of fun!

Friday:

The Good-  The Stern German and I met friends for dinner at my favorite Mexican restaurant!

The Bad- The waiters didn't bring me my margarita right away... but they did come to ask if I needed a jumbo since it was Friday. I love those guys!
Glad I only had one of these big guys...
The Ugly- Later that night I raced my mom to an Urgent Care department in a neighboring town to get there before they closed. We made it with five minutes to spare... and I helped her with this.
Sometimes I hate my life...
Saturday:

The Good- The Stern German, the Angsty Teen, and I watched Pitch Perfect.


The Bad- The Angsty Teen came up to me before the movie and told me that it was rated PG-13 and there might be some parts that were inappropriate.

I asked her if she was implying that the Stern German and I should watch the movie without her or if she meant that she and I should watch it without the Stern German...

She meant that we should watch it without her dad... because of the judgmental comments he might make.

Hahaha... she's pretty funny... but kind of right... However, the Stern German did a good job of keeping his opinions to himself. Sometimes he works really hard to be pleasant so we will want to spend time with him... or so that I will want to have sex with him... I've heard it both ways.

The Ugly-  The movie had to be returned to Redbox the next day... might need to own that one... I'd like to watch it again.

Sunday:

The Good- I figured out how to make a weekend day last a whole lot longer!

The Bad- The day just seems a lot longer when you go to a volleyball tournament and:
  1. Your team doesn't play well at all.
  2. Your team loses every game... most of them by a lot... more than ten points.
  3. Your kid doesn't get to play... (except for a few minutes) and she's no worse than all the others... in fact... maybe better than some... and the coach has no reason for the differential in playing time.
The Ugly- After being out of town all day I took supper to my parents... and I:
  1. Took bandaids off the diabetic, geriatric, bariatric, blind guy's toe.
  2. Filled a plastic tub I brought with warm water and Epsom salts.
  3. Soaked the diabetic, geriatric, bariatric, blind guy's foot in Epsom salts.
  4. Answered the diabetic, geriatric, bariatric, blind guy's question of "Am I done?"... he was anxious to eat his supper...
  5. Answered the diabetic, geriatric, bariatric, blind guy's question of "Am I done? at least fourteen more times... he was really anxious to eat his supper.
  6. Dried the diabetic, geriatric, bariatric, blind guy's foot.
  7. Put antibiotic ointment on the diabetic, geriatric, bariatric, blind guy's toe.
  8. Put new bandaids ondiabetic, geriatric, bariatric, blind guy's toe.
  9. Heated them up the supper I brought of turkey, mashed potatoes/gravy, wild rice dressing, & cranberries.
  10. Set the table and laid out their meals.
  11. Made sure the diabetic, geriatric, bariatric, blind guy had a towel covering him before I gave him the turkey leg to gnaw on...  He would love the Renaissance Festival...
  12. Chatted with my diabetic, geriatric, bariatric parents while they ate.
  13. Cleared the table.
  14. Got the the diabetic, geriatric, bariatric, blind guy a toothpick.
  15. Cleaned up turkey remnants from the floor that didn't make it into the diabetic, geriatric, bariatric, blind guy's mouth.
  16. Lied about the fact that there were leftovers so the diabetic, geriatric, bariatric, blind guy would move on...
  17. Put leftovers in the fridge... 
  18. Made the diabetic, geriatric, bariatric, blind guy lemonade.
  19. Gave the the diabetic, geriatric, bariatric, blind guy a napkin to clean up his hands and face.
  20. Gave the the diabetic, geriatric, bariatric, blind guy a wet washcloth to clean up his hands and face.
  21. Got my mom ice water.
  22. Gave her the evening pills she's supposed to take.
  23. Gave the the diabetic, geriatric, bariatric, blind guy his evening pills.
  24. Gave the the diabetic, geriatric, bariatric, blind guy his supper time insulin.
  25. Helped fill their pill containers for the week... a total of nearly 25 pills a day...
  26. Drew up the diabetic, geriatric, bariatric, blind guy's nighttime insulin.
  27. Unloaded the dishwasher.
  28. Loaded the dishwasher.
  29. Washed out the kitchen sink.
  30. Ran the dishwasher.
  31. Got the diabetic, geriatric, bariatric, blind guy into bed.
  32. Filled the diabetic, geriatric, bariatric, blind guy's CPAP machine with distilled water.
  33. Filled the hot water bottle for the diabetic, geriatric, bariatric, blind guy.
  34. Positioned the hot water bottle on the diabetic, geriatric, bariatric, blind guy's back.
  35. Hugged both of them and said, "Good night!"
  36. Came home and got supper on for my family... I really only wanted wine at this point.
I'm sure that's not an exhaustive list of all that I did while I was there... it was, however an EXHAUSTING list!!!!

Welcome to my world... it's slightly-less than ideal. This is why I drink.

Friday, January 18, 2013

High Five for Friday!

It really seems like Friday was just here... in some ways. But it has been a jam-packed, sleep deprived kind of week.. and I do have some highlights to share with you!

I'm linking up with Lauren from From My Grey Desk, but once, again, I couldn't find a button for the linkup. Did you see it? Where?

Here are five highlights of my v e ry  l o n g  w e e k:

1. My mom is doing pretty well... for a bariatric, geriatric, diabetic 82 year old who had her gall bladder removed and a hernia repaired as an out-patient.

2. I'm thrilled that when I finally called my Dirty Rotten Lyin' Brother (another story for another day... actually lots of stories for lots of days...) to tell him about my mom's surgery (after the fact) he didn't say he would come up to help! (Cue Hallelujah Chorus)
Doesn't really look like him... looks more like me and my reaction if he was coming to town.
Actually, it does kind of look like him in a few years...
Not that I thought he would ever offer... but there's always that every-so-marginally-slim chance. Help would be so nice... not having help is sometimes nicer...Having him here would only make things so much harder.

3. I actually was able to take the time to complete a Kakuro puzzle.
Kind of like Sudoku... but not.
Completed it!
Have you seen these? I haven't done one in a very long time because I just don't feel I have the time. And, sometimes I don't have the attention span anymore. But, I had lots of time to sit and wait on Tuesday while I was with my mom at the hospital.

I really like them. (Hey, Kati, remember when I first started them and we were on our first spring break trip together to Denver? I'm pretty sure I remember you laughing at me for doing them... and now you're a believer!)

4. I finally remembered to renew my driver's license!

It was fine to go get my picture taken for it after two nights of very little sleep...Because:

a. If I waited 'til I was well-rested, a good hair day, & thought I looked good... I would never get there.

b. I would never have that great of a license picture, so what difference does it make if I start out looking not-so-great?

c. If I got in trouble for not renewing it, I might have to take a taxi in my town...  This one was blocking my car at the DMV:
Really? A DUI license plate? No, thanks, I would walk.
5. The Stern German and I are meeting friends for supper at my FAVORITE place tonight!!!
The waiters bring me a margarita as soon as I sit down.
I love those guys!
That pretty much sums up my week. Hope yours was good.

Join me on Monday when I link up with Kati and Kate to bring you details about my weekend in:
Incorporating Color
Do you like margaritas? Blended or on the rocks?

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Jesus Sighting

On Tuesday I told you about Jesus Toast... and other Jesus-in-food sightings. Oh, and about a kid in the Angsty Teen's grade named Jesus.

I was going to tell you about my recent sighting of Jesus in my little town... but I was too tired.

I'm still really tired. Tuesday and Wednesday nights I got about four hours of sleep each night. So... I might have to keep this short and sweet. (FYI: My mom's doing well after her surgery.)


Source: kipsip.com via Sally on Pinterest

Last week the Angsty Teen played in the pep band... for a wrestling meet... Yeah, for a wrestling meet! Based on all view the boys in their leotards bodysuits singlets... it could probably be called a wrestling meat... just sayin'.
Pep bands make sporting events more fun!
Anyway, we stayed for the whole meat meet even after the band finished playing because at that point there were only three wrestlers left to go. I would have felt bad walking out at that point. (Small town... Minnesota nice... yep, you betcha.)

As we were walking out... I saw JESUS!

No, not the boy in the Angsty Teen's grade. I saw our town's second immaculately conceived child. No joke.

A few years ago a lady that works in one of the liquor stores here told me her daughter who was just out of high school was pregnant... and with a straight face... she told me that the girl and her boyfriend had never had sex.

I started laughing because I thought she was joking. Apparently she wasn't joking. They had a baby. Then they got married and now I think they are finally having sex.

Well, about a year and a half ago... we had another immaculate conception in town. This time the parents of the impregnated one were also telling everyone that their daughter (who graduated a year ahead of Kati and so she had already been out of high school for 3 1/2 years) and her boyfriend never had sex...

Apparently, they were "kissing and he got too excited and she was wearing really loose gym shorts." True story. Well, I mean that is what they were telling people... but I don't think that could be a true story! I believe the kissing and getting excited part... and the really loose gym shorts... but...

And as we were leaving the wrestling match I saw the new young mom and the boyfriend with the baby. Fortunately, my brain engaged before my mouth could holler out, "It's JESUS!"

Do I believe there was a vigin birth? Yep, a long time ago.

Do I believe it happens today? Haha. Yeah, right. Is that a serious question? I think the greater questions is "Do I believe they found three wise men?"

Obviously MARvelous