Free Chat Thursday

Well hot damn I am just down right exhausted. I very rarely get exhausted. I have not stopped moving since 7am. I know, that’s normal for a lot of people. I work at home so I’m not really out during the week. Evenings are sometimes spent at baseball but the day is spent generally at home.

I started out this day, Wednesday, getting Bailey up and ready for school. Actually he does everything I just make my coffee and take him to the bus stop. Yea I know this is a Thursday chat day but technically right now it’s Wednesday and I can hardly wait for Friday. I have every Wednesday and Friday off. Every other Wednesday I go out to Joys and clean her house. Well, I clean the bathroom and kitchen. Top to bottom, takes about 2 hours, give or take due to chatting! It gets me going for the day, and I normally keep my steam. Not today! I should have known something was off when I walked out Joys front door with my slippers on!

I realized today that frustration takes every ounce of energy from me, it tires me to no end. I had to go to Walmart to find a belt for my vacuum. I didn’t know what model it was so I bought them all. Well, wouldn’t you know none of them worked! Not one! So I go back to Walmart to return them, and the line at the service desk was ridiculous! I stood there for about 3 minutes and decided to bag that and do it later. So I drive all the way across town to Target. Do you think Target had it? NO! They had precisely 3 belts and none of which were for Hoovers. Back to the drawing board! So all the way home I went, empty-handed and just irritated. I guess I’ll have to go online and find one because I am NOT driving all over Timbuktu to find a stupid belt!

When I finally get home, I look around and realize my own house needs a seriously cleaning. So there you have it…I am down right exhausted! I don’t even have the energy to think of things to chat about right now, besides me being plum tired!

Bailey has baseball practice from 6-8 and I am not going. I go to just about every practice  but I just can’t do it today. I’m hunkering down, closing all blinds and turning American Idol on and vegging for the rest of the night! I have daycare tomorrow, and then Bailey had a baseball game at 6pm a couple of towns over.  Friday I have off and is all mine! No cleaning, no cooking, I may not even shower. Okay I’ll shower but I’m not lifting a dang finger! You ever have days like that? Where you do nothing, nothing at all! I can’t wait!

I hope you all had a terrific week and have an amazing weekend.

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47 Responses to Free Chat Thursday

  1. Joy says:

    When you came back in after leaving with your slippers on, you did make me really laugh. It was cute I thought. Thanks for doing that today. I appreciate it and it’s so nice to have a clean house.

  2. SKL says:

    Well, I have been doubling up on my vitamins because I have so much to do in so little time in May through July. I have been super exhausted a few times. I know how that feels, but I can’t look forward to a day off for a long time. I have come to the point where if I can just get a relaxing 15 minute stretch I’m thrilled. But then, most of my work isn’t very physical.

    Today I saw a sign in the preschool classroom: “this room has been exposed to hand, foot, and mouth disease.” Tonight I noticed some blisters under my kid’s lip, so I looked up the disease and it seems both of my kids have had most of the symptoms over the past several days. Great. This really isn’t the time for medical issues, girls! But according to the Website, this is a virus that generally runs its course without medicine. So at least I won’t need to take them to the doctor. I will see if they are allowed to stay in school, considering the fact that the disease has already been spread around. Otherwise I will have to figure out a backup childcare plan. The fun never ends!

    Tomorrow is my friend/partner’s birthday so we will be going out for dinner, but other than that, we are working nonstop. I was supposed to finish something and send it out tonight, but I’m not even half done. It’s going to be a long night.

    I finished this novel about capital punishment (“The Chamber) by John Grisham. I know it was supposed to inspire me to be against the death penalty, but actually it convinced me that death sentences, when applied, need to be implemented quickly. It is inhumane to both the criminal and the victim to drag it out with all kinds of tactics and appeals. Who wants to be on death row, looking forward to your execution for years upon years? Just put a bullet through my head and be done with it, you know? Let me suffer fear but don’t torture me. That’s kind of how I came out on the issue. I don’t like the death penalty, mind you. I’m pro-life, but I also have a problem with the worst criminals being able to get out of prison routinely, because a sentence of “life” really means about 7 years. I think there are some criminals who should never get out under any circumstances (unless they are proven innocent, of course). If they could fix that, then I’d be opposed to the death penalty. But as it stands, I think it’s unfortunately necessary.

    It’s been cold and rainy all week around here. Yuck. I’m ready to enjoy a nice long stretch of warm weather.

    I’ve been torturing myself for the past 1.5 weeks because my sister bought a bunch of fresh veggies which I had to eat. They are not organic so they didn’t taste very tempting, so there was a ton leftover in the fridge and I am the only person motivated to eat them. Most of it was gone by last Friday, but then I noticed the celery. I am not a fan of celery. Nobody else around here is, either. So every day I take one stick of celery and figure out a way to eat it without gagging. I never noticed how many sticks of celery grow on one stalk. I think it will last almost until the next Free Chat Thursday. I may begin to rethink my rule against intentionally wasting food.

    Oh yeah, that reminds me what happened yesterday. I was looking around in the fridge to see what other leftovers I needed to work on. I found a container of tomato sauce in the back that was starting to mold. So I took it over to the sink to dump it down the disposer, but instead I dropped it and it went all over the kitchen and all over me. Ugh! Don’t you hate those times when you were just going to take a minute to do a good thing, and you end up with a huge, time-wasting, disgusting project on your hands? I’m pretty sure I permanently ruined the kitchen mats, too. Oh well, I guess I’ll be more careful next time.

    Nothing big planned for the next week, other than work. I hope my kids are in a better mood this Saturday, so we can at least enjoy our shopping outing.

    • Joy says:

      Oh SKL, those poor little tots. I’m not sure what that even is.

      • SKL says:

        We were up crying in the night again . . . I suspect fevers give kids nighmares. I am tired and still don’t have my work done. Starting to get a tad nervous.

        • Joy says:

          It’s also hard to get comfortable with a fever. You’re hot and then cold. Over and over. It’s as bad as hot flashes!!

          • SKL says:

            My kid is convinced there was something in her curtains last night that shouldn’t have been there. I can’t really figure out what it was – she seems to be saying it was “dirt” but why would that be terrifying? Maybe she doesn’t know what to call whatever she saw in her dream.

            She did eventually sleep. They went to school today and here’s hoping the worst is over. Though I suspect the willingness to go to school had something to do with dance class and French class.

            • Nikki says:

              Oh, I hope they feel better soon! Sick kiddos is never fun, you feel so helpless!

              I don’t particularly like celery either, but with some ranch or peanut butter it’s okay. How are you eating it?

              • SKL says:

                Eating it plain. Don’t want to mess up my diet for a week just because my sister brought celery over.

                I finished off the rest of the celery today even though it was a double dose.

                Most likely I deserved to be punished for something, so now I am done with my punishment.

  3. Ellen says:

    We suppose all have these days, that nothing seems to go like you want it. I can so much relate to that and I am then or very annoying or very quiet. Today, all started fine. Dan was having the day off and we had breakfast outside!!! That was so good. Then, Dan said something and it ticked me off big time. I was quiet the whole day. Not that I like to be that way, I am just blocked. Horrible to be around me then. I felt sorry for Dan, apologized but I still feel blocked. I hope by God that it is over tomorrow, I can be such a pain. Sorry guys, I bothered you with my stupid behavior as well 🙂 Have a great evening, and rest of the week. Who do you think will win with Idols?

  4. Laura says:

    Geez, we’re all a bunch of Grumpy Gus’s around here, aren’t we? My problem is a cold that has settled into my throat and caused it to swell. i’m popping ibuprofen like there’s no tomorrow. And drinking tea like crazy, because oh, how good it feels!

    Life’s been relatively quiet around here, except for the sheep that I have to chase back into the pasture six times a day. I swear, she turns to liquid and oozes out between the fence wires.

    Josh has his first t-ball practice this afternoon, but checking the weather, it looks like we might be here for the afternoon, watching Piggly. (we’re big fans of ‘The Adventures of Piggly Winks’ around here. I’ve netflixed all of them for Josh)

    We’ve also got rain all week, and more coming in today, but I really enjoy rain, so it’s all good for me. I am happy that I’m getting my “real spring”, rather than it going from 30 to 90 almost overnight like it has in the past couple of years.

    • Nikki says:

      Yea, we are grumpy this week aren’t we?! I contribute some of it to this rainy weather. I know we need it, but I’d like just one day of sun shine and blue skies.

      My thing is, I can’t stand to run around. I have to go all the way around this huge lake to get to Walmart, then Target is is on the opposite side of town. Then all the way back to where we live which is outside of town. Just to find out I have to go right back! UGH…I’m getting annoyed all over thinking about it!

      • SKL says:

        I’ve pretty much switched to online shopping for anything I can’t be pretty sure of finding in stores. I just don’t have time to run around making fruitless stops with two carseat-bound kids.

        As far as rain goes, I don’t mind that as much as the cold. It’s so uncomfortable to be both wet and cold.

        Another factor is that I have someone living here now who I really don’t like around my kids much. It just makes me uncomfortable, and that makes me bitchy, so I’d rather take them to the park in the evenings. So I’m cool with a nice rainfall followed by a nice sunny day, but a whole week of crappy weather is not appreciated.

        But yeah, I looked back at my post and every paragraph was of something negative. I guess it was that kind of day/week. Most likely there had been some positive moments, but I wasn’t remembering them last night.

  5. Sue says:

    Well, I didn’t think I had much to say today, but it turns out I do! I was just making my grocery list, and as I was going through the cupboards I found 3 jars of peanut butter (all open), 3 bottles of syrup (1 open, 2 not) 3 things of Nesquick (1open, 2 not and I can’t remember the last time my kids made chocolate milk!) and all kinds of noodles but NO sauce! Who needs 3 bottles of syrup??? We don’t have anything to eat with the syrup! Anyone know of any good coupon sites? I would like to save some $$$ on the grocery bill!

    As for anything else exciting in my life, I think you all heard how the Taylor Swift concert turned out! LOL! I’d also like to give a shout out to Laura for helping Trinity with her states report. Her mom sent Trin a packet full of stuff that was very useful! We got her report done Sunday and it was due today. The kids have to give a presentation on it so I’ll let you know how it turned out. I’m also going to have her send a thank you card to your mom so hopefully we get that done soon!

    What else? I’m sick of the rain and gloom! This weekend is suppose to be beautiful here though so I hope it is. Are we still on for Saturday Nikki? I hope to get our garden planted this weekend too and make it over to Mum’s for that manual labor 😉 We’ll have to see how it goes. It’s Christopher’s last day of preschool today and I am THRILLED! I’m even more thrilled that I will never have to deal with the preschool program again!!!!!! Praise the Lord! I also need to get new shoes which just sucks b/c I’m very picky and will have to think about it for a week b/4 I get them. That and all of my shoes are shot, not just one pair, but who can afford to replace at least 3 shoes at once?!

    Ok, I’ve rambled enough!

    • Joy says:

      Whenever you can make it over is fine. It’s rained all week.

      I’ve been looking for sandals for two days. I hate getting them when I need them. I was looking last night and found a pair I liked and went to put them in my cart and they were mens! I’D BEEN LOOKING AT MENS for an hour! OMG!!

      • Sue says:

        LOL! That is kinda funny! I need new running shoes, black shoes, brown shoes and a pair like my Skechers. I can’t spend $500 on shoes in one shot though!

      • Sue says:

        Oh, my comment went to that mysterious place! It is kinda funny that you were looking at men’s shoes!

        • Joy says:

          I know. I hit sandals and it must have just gone to mens but they were all very similar to the style of womens. I was just irritated that I spent that much time for nothing when I wasn’t wanting to be doing that. But I NEED a pair.

          • Sue says:

            OK, one pair down! Shoebuy.com had 15% off and free shipping both ways. Got a cute pair of Skechers ordered!

      • SKL says:

        I used to buy boys’ shoes because they were wider and narrow women’s shoes kill my feet. I had to stop that when the boys’ styles started to become so freakish. Now I buy my shoes online where I can always find “W” size.

    • Nikki says:

      Yes still on for Saturday. 1pm but we’re not doing a big lunch so eat before. We will have snacks though. I know you have a ton of stuff to do and so do we so it’ll be small.

  6. Joy says:

    I wouldn’t say I was cranky. It’s just so gloomy. I’ve been watching movies and knitting lately. I do my computer stuff in the morning and then have a cup of soup and watch a movie. I watched Marley and Me last week. I thought it was a great movie. That Marley reminded me so much of our Ashley! Totally bad but totally lovable dog.

    I’ve also seen It’s Complicated three times in one week. I absolutely loved that movie. I love all three people in it and it was funny and very touching and sad at the same time. Meryl Steep and Steve Martin smoke a joint and that scene alone is worth the movie. They played it so real and not “dopey” (pun intended!!)

    Anyone ever hear of a movie called Same Time Next Year? Alan Alda and Ellen Burstyn (sp?) It’s about two people who meet very accidently and have an affair that lasts 25 years. They only see each other once a year. It stared in the middle 70’s and it was kind of cool just to watch the clothing and hair changes as well as politics and tv shows.

    I may watch Brian’s Song or Love Story this afternoon. Good day for a tear jerker. I found the best “bargin bin” at Walmart one day. I got a bunch of old movies that we just loved. I also got A River Runs Through It. Boy, was Brad Pitt a hottie in that one and I love Tom Skerrit.

    Okay, bye for now. I’ll be back.

    • Sue says:

      You must have read my mind about movies! I was going to ask you and Nikki if we were doing a movie this month because Letters to Juliet comes out tomorrow!

    • Nikki says:

      Marley & Me!!! That dang movie made me cry like baby! Jason, Bailey and I sat here blowing our noses and whimpering away! Okay I was whimpering, they had watery eyes…great story!!!!

    • Nikki says:

      I’m not cranky anymore, just had a busy day yesterday and I’m not used to running around like that…it all seems so useless because I got nothing done! But I’m home today and all is right in my little world now! LOL

  7. Nikki says:

    We’re pretty excited about Friday now. Our high school is playing a charity game. It’s a fund raiser for a boy that died 3 years ago in a car accident. His father set up a scholarship foundation is his name. He’s now the coach for the 12AAA team. He was 16, and pitched for the varsity team. Makes me think of my own son, and how could we not go to support that! I hope they have a good turn out. Looks like we’ll have good weather for that at least!

  8. starlaschat says:

    I call those days “Recharging my Battery”. I think do nothing days are just as important as the super busy ones. It’s amazing really how demanding life can get. My week flew by, when I popped over I thought Wow it’s Thursday already. Where has the week gone? My highlight this week was seeing a Mama Grizzly bear and her cubs in the wild. I’m still in a grizzly bear glow. ;+) It’s also been a really really hard and difficult week of pain. Strange rollerrcoster ride. I still don’t know why for two years I have had chronic sinus pain. Some times it get ratcheted up like this week. I think I will call the dentist to rule out problems with the root canal I had awhile back. If it is the problem I will just have the tooth pulled. Trying to be as brave as I can not a big fan of dentists. It could be a nerve problem….anyway I could go on and on I forgot this wasn’t my diary post. LOL Tough week I’ll just leave it at that. Thanks for FCT (Free Chat Thursdays) I feel better already.

    • Sue says:

      Grizzly bear, huh?! That’s really neat! Where did you see them at? If I saw a bear around my house I would crap!

      • starlaschat says:

        Hey Sue, It was so cool, very close to where I live. I wrote a story post about it on my blog with pictures. I was so excited to see Grizzly bears. I was surprised I wasn’t scared at all but I was definitely at a safe distance. I was telling one of our neighbors about it and he said he had a Mother and cubs walk through his back yard. Yikes now that even closer to home!

  9. SKL says:

    Are your kids different people at school? I mean, I know that kids will act differently when given different types of reinforcement, but I’m talking about specific things. Here are 3 examples that surfaced recently.

    1) My 3yo has glasses and I’ve been quite proud of how well she has taken care of them. She was coming home from school with them bent out of shape and falling off her face, and while I bent them back, she would explain that some kid at school was pulling on them or whatever. Come to find out that she was taking them off and stretching them over and over when she needed something to do with her hands. A surprised chat with both teacher and kid seems to have resolved that.

    2) I put my long-haired kid in 2 pony tails on Wednesdays because she has gymnastics that morning. Yesterday the teacher informed me (after 8 months of this pattern) that my kid immediately pulls them out of her hair as soon as I leave. What? She would never do this at home, at least not without first checking with me.

    3) What’s with the caked snot on the face every day at pickup? I know they have kleenex available and highly doubt that she’s discouraged from using it. After pickup, we can go the whole evening without me having to chase snot. I’ve told her about this several times but it keeps happening. Why? (And, is that not in the daycare teachers’ job description?)

    Something tells me this is just the tip of the iceberg and I am dreading the next “progress report.” As you may recall, the last one was based on what they would do for the teacher in the first couple weeks of daycare, which wasn’t much. At this point, I like to think that they are doing just fine, but what is the teacher seeing all day? Do kids get taken over by aliens when they walk over the school threshhold?

    I like to think that as long as the kids demonstrate understanding / respect for my values / rules at home, at least they are not morally stunted. But that is one reason why a lot of people don’t want to send their kids to daycare, or even in some cases to school. I guess if there were serious issues the teacher would tell me, but what about those gray areas where some folks consider it “age appropriate” but I don’t? I guess what I don’t know won’t hurt me, right?

  10. Just a Mom says:

    I have been feeling blah here lately myself. This past week I have been back to exercising and I have been feeling a lot better. Yesterday afternoon I got out in the backyard and played a little kickball with my youngest daughter. We always have fun playing that by ourselves. We make up weird random rules as we go along. For example: She will pitch the ball and annouce “You have to quack like a duck while you run!” I am sure my neighbors think I am crazy!!
    This is our last weekend for Softball, hopefully. It is looking like we might get some much needed rain this weekend but I am hoping that it rains after our games Saturday!

  11. SKL says:

    Here’s a question. Do I need to crack down, or do some people need to lighten up?

    My 3yo has her own ideas on how things should be done. Don’t we all! Well, she likes to get herself dressed from start to finish. That includes unsnapping/unbuttoning her shirt to get it off the hanger and put it on. So, I’m a kinda lazy mom and I don’t always snap the shirts when I put them on the hanger. I mean, she’s not going to visit the queen, right? So rather than appreciate that it’s easier to get off the hanger, she will snap the snaps first, just so she can have a complete experience. Hey, whatever floats your boat, right? So today she was muttering (in a tolerant voice) as she snapped the snaps, “I don’t like they way you do things sometimes, Mom.” I thought it was kinda funny.

    Well, I mentioned it (preceded by “on a lighter note”) on another Website, and the responses were to the effect that I needed to stop the disrespect RIGHT NOW. Kids don’t tell parents how to do things.

    OK, I like to think that I “try” to run a fairly tight ship considering my kids are 3. The overbearing declaration of “I am the mother” has been heard around here many times. But seriously, does that mean that kids are never allowed to express their thoughts? Or that if I let my kid mutter something without jumping on her butt, she’s going to grow up to be – what? She’s just saying what I felt toward my mother a lot, frankly, and since I’m 20 years older than my mom was, I don’t feel particularly threatened by it. But seriously, tell me – am I misguided? Do I need to keep the whip at hand for moments like that?

    I feel a parent needs to show she is strong enough to support, protect, and guide in all kinds of circumstances. Do we show our strength better by being closed to the kids’ own input into the relationship, or by being open and able to deal with said input? Does it perhaps depend on the individual child?

    With both of my daughters, I can foresee many more times when they will want to express something controversial – and I feel that as long as they speak in a respectful manner, they should be allowed to voice their opinion. (Not saying my 3yo has mastered a respectful manner of speech, but at least she was muttering, not whining or screeching.)

    What do you think? Am I letting my daughters walk all over me? Am I underestimating their ability to show more respect while still getting their point across?

    • Laura says:

      you’re fine!! Don’t worry about it!

      It’s when they look you square in the face and scream it, as they’re hurling the shirt across the room, stamping their little feet, and mustering the Face of Mutiny, that you have to break out the whip and chains.

      I’ve always told Josh that, “it’s ok to be angry. It’s even ok to be angry with me. But you can’t SPEAK angrily at me. When you talk to me, you will be respectful.”

      And let me tell you… it’s a wonderful dream!

      We all have to face that our children have their own personalities and tempers, and we have to learn to roll with them. Josh just went through this MASSIVE argumentive phase. It lasted about a month, and honestly, I thought I was going ’round the bed with it. It was happening here and at school. You’d say anything – ANYTHING – and he’d vehemently disagree (we’re talking throwing himself on the floor and SCREAMING until he was nearly blue in the face). And it would come out of nowhere. I don’t know if he was exercising some weird ‘independence bone’ that he’d sprouted, or what. But we just stayed firm in the face of the tantrums, doled out punishments (at one point, he’d lost ALL of his toys, had nothing left but books, and had to earn them all back, one by one). And we supported his teacher in her punishments.

      Eventually, the arguing subsided… it still happens, but the fits are much shorter, and farther apart.

      People – especially the faceless ones on the internet (except me, of course, I’M right!! 😉 ) are really REALLY good at sitting on our “Mom Guilt” – it’s very easily triggered, and gets us thinking, “ohmygodIbrokemychildforLIFE!!!” When really? We’re just laying foundation. It’s a bump in the road. Nobody ever said it would be a smooth one.

      If your little one needs to mutter a little to herself as she’s getting up and getting all dressed BY HERSELF at age 3? You’re fine.

      And honestly, don’t you WANT her to know that she can express her dissatisfaction with you, with a situation, whatever, without experiencing “the whip” every time she does? Because now, it might be snaps on a jacket. In ten years, it could be booze at a party. I’d rather have her be a little sass-mouthed, if she knows that she can say absolutely anything to you and not be judged, as long as she’s not disrespectful about it. Does that make sense?

  12. Joy says:

    Help. Which pair of sandals do you like best?

    http://www.zappos.com/cart

    • Sue says:

      I clicked on the link but it says my cart is empty so I can’t see them 😦

    • Laura says:

      yep. empty cart here, too. maybe save the link of the sandals themselves?

      If you’re looking for really good sandals, and are willing to spend a couple buck$$, I have a pair of Keens that I bought last year, and they still feel like new this year. I absolutely love them. You can’t have them. But you could buy a pair LIKE them… http://www.zappos.com/keen-newport-h2-slate-black-canton.

      they’re seriously comfy, and I can beat the crap out of them, but they don’t show it. I’m on my second pair of Keen trail shoes, too, and the first ones lasted me through three winters, keeping snow and yuk off my feet. What I’m getting at is, they’re worth the big price tag.

  13. Sue says:

    Here’s the pair I ordered since we’re talking shoes now and I got them cheaper 😉 I love bargains!

    http://www.shoebuy.com/skechers-sprint-lavishly/363510/775304

    • Joy says:

      Those are nice. I don’t know what pairs I’ll keep. I ordered all three so I can look at them. I had to order the Merrells a size bigger because of the way the strap goes and my arch is high. I’m not sure if they’ll fit.

  14. I SO get what you’re talking about, Nikki! Sometimes days can just be too much. I hope your Friday is amazing! And don’t shower… take a nice relaxing bath instead :D.

    • Nikki says:

      LOL I may have to shower…I’ve been doing yard work all day. I know I wasn’t supposed to do anything today, but it’s the first nice day in a long time! Everything is overgrown from all the rain we’ve had! If I don’t shower, I’m not sure my boys will allow me to go anywhere with them tonight! lol A hot bath will surly come tonight though! Bailey and Jason got some me bubble bath for Mothers day. 🙂

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