Pull Up A… Cup?

Figured that, since we’re all back into our ‘regular’ schedules, with the kids back at school and us back to our non-summer, regular work schedules, that we should meet around the water-cooler this week.

So, welcome to our little corner of the web.  There are no chairs around the water cooler – you can’t stick around too long or the boss will crack the whip.  All there is for refreshments is, well…. water!  And there’s a pile of hay over there in the corner.  Enjoy.  And if the boss DOES show up?  Tell him that the system is down.  I’ve talked to the guys in IT, they’ve said that they’ll slow down our internal functions for a couple hours so we have time to chat.

While you’re here, make yourself comfy.  Unburden, tell a joke, vent.  We’re friends here, and as long as you keep your language toward each other kind, you can say what you want.  You can even swear, if you need to, but not at someone else.

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22 Responses to Pull Up A… Cup?

  1. Laura says:

    If anyone needs me, I’ll be in the comfy chair in the corner, in a coma. This weekend, I had both sets of parents here, my biggest brother, and on Saturday, my neighbor, her roommate, 7 first-graders, 1 kindergartner, 2 preschoolers, and 3 extra moms for Josh’s birthday party. On Saturday, we had the party while my dad, brother, and f-i-l poured concrete under my back staircase, and today, I helped to build part of the bottom row of concrete-block stairs. I need recovery time.

  2. SKL says:

    Wow, busy weekend for you! I know how that feels, but this weekend, I took it relatively easy. I didn’t “go out” at all on Saturday or Sunday. I did work full-time both days, but I usually do that in addition to a whirlwind of shopping, entertainment, family stuff, etc. I figured I could either bust my butt trying to get some work out and then run around town with my two kids, or just stretch out the work and veg a bit. My kid’s Frankenstein look made the decision that much easier. This morning, I did want to take the kids to church and then sneak in some birthday shopping while they were at Sunday School, but I didn’t get up on time. Oh well, sometimes it’s nice to just chill. Mr. Houseguest wasn’t here this weekend, which was part of the reason I didn’t feel the need to clear out.

    I finally got done with a “big project” that was taking way too much time. Just emailed the last section a few minutes ago. Actually, it’s going to come back for edits, but at least it’s substantially done. I still have another “big project” which I am supposed to try to finish tonight. We’ll see.

    I did take my kids for a walk yesterday evening. It was nice, with the sun setting and the fall smells in the air. My kids were acting “normal,” chatting up the neighbor’s cat, chasing each other with sticks, rolling around on the ground, etc., but it was making me nervous because of Miss E’s wound. I am really happy to see them playing the way we used to play back in my day. I just think kids ought to have no more than one hole in their head at a time. Ya know? The wound does seem to be healing nicely. Though Miss E is really bummed that she’s not getting any more bandages on her head. And everyone is trying to convince me that if I send her to school that way, she’s going to bust it open again. I really don’t want her to cover it all day long, but I’ll decide after examining it again in the morning.

    We are all still working on finding our rhythm for the fall. Until we get out of the stage of “transitions” and “unexpected big events,” emotions and behavior will be unpredictable. That’s one thing that makes me tired. I used to say I don’t mind little girl drama, but there is a line. Miss A crosses it a lot when she’s in transition. I need to remind myself to have compassion for her insecurities instead of letting her “noise” make me crazy.

    I have never been on drugs, but I have been experiencing major withdrawal this weekend. I’ve been steadfastly avoiding those addictive internet sites that cause me so much grief (but are oh so fun at times!). I still have this habit of sneaking a peek at some site, any site, pretty frequently throughout the day. Now that I’m staying away from the ones I used to visit most, I have been clicking on the same 4 (mostly inactive) sites over and over again! Very weird, but I am sure this will be only temporary, LOL.

    • Laura says:

      I missed something along the way… what happened to our Miss E??? Is she ok??? (well, obviously she is, or she wouldn’t be chasing Miss A with a stick, now, would she? I’ll go back to my coma now.)

      • SKL says:

        I mentioned Miss E’s Thursday night mishap on the TGIF post, I think. 6 hours in the ER, 6 stitches in the middle of her forehead. No biggie in the great scheme of things – though as my initiation into the world of “ER Mama,” it was pretty unpleasant at the time.

        • Laura says:

          Oh, man! I DID miss that one! Sorry. (that was about the time that my guests started showing up, so I was distracted)

          I’m glad she’s ok… and that you survived it. That “First Time in the ER with the Little One” is never any fun.

    • Joy says:

      I admire you SKL. It’s hard to give up any habit. This one is so hard on you though so good luck. Just keep coming to this one where we adore you. It was very hard for me to give up “those other people” and that “other site” and I do know how hard it is. Maybe you should start writing with us and leave all those other sites in the dust.

  3. Ellen says:

    You sure need that, Laura! Congrats with Josh.
    I had a calm weekend. Still recovering from the flu, but trying to be more active. Saturday big news: My Lawful Permanent Residency has been approved. So now I can stay for 5 more years in the country 🙂 (when you come into the US through marriage, you get a “C” on your green card. After two years, you have to give solid prove that your marriage hasn’t been fake. So we did! I was pretty happy about this approval. Sunday we went for a hike and that was it!
    Have a wonderful week y’all!

  4. mssc54 says:

    Okay then;


  5. Nikki says:

    Our weekend was good. Planned on having dinner with Jason Friday night but ended up meeting some “new” friends there also. They’re nice, and share the same passions in life as we do…baseball, and our kids! We went to a Mexican place here in town, and had LARGE margarita, and boy was it good. Saturday we had practice and a pizza party for the kids afterwards. Met another board member, and his family. Through baseball and the board this month, we’ve met so many great people.

    One family in-particular, the same ones we met for dinner, got the 3 of us Twins tickets for this Fridays game, to show their appreciation for Jason and all the time he has put into the kids. We were a bit floored by the gesture. I can’t even put it into words how excited we are.

    Not much else from me. I’m not feeling 100% today, emotionally. I saw on Facebook Joy had cleaned up her “friends list” and I kind of feel I need to do that in real life also. So I am starting with FB, and we’ll see how it goes from there. You know those people that show no effort to be a part of your life? So, then why do I?

    Glad the Vikes won. Maybe once baseball is over, we can get into it.

    • Joy says:

      My friends!! Can you believe I woke up IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT on Saturday and had this on my mind. The people I took off FB are people I know in real life. Hell, I’m related to them. But they keep hurting me. They NEVER talk to me. Claim to hate the computer, (even though I have a phone AND texting) and every now and then I’ll see “something” they say to someone else. Not often but every now and then and it hurts so I thought, “when I get up, out they go” and that’s what I did.

      I’ve been depressed and anyone that knows me can see it. It’s been a lot harder than I thought it would be to have to sit inside so much and I need to get rid of the things that hurt. It may only hurt a little but things add up. This one particular person…….she’s hurting me a lot. So now I’ll still think of her and will miss her but I don’t have to see her face all the time.

      Sometimes people on FB just irritate the crap out of me. Not the ones where we all talk together and back and forth and share jokes and links. Who sit and have morning coffee or watch Dancing With the Stars or football games. Who generally care about each other. That’s what FB is about in my mind. For fun. I also enjoy seeing everyone’s photos and the kids I went to school with, that’s fun but what’s up with someone who says something like “I’m sick of living this way” or “this is the worst day of my life” and everyone will ask if they’re okay and they never say another word. Some people are too overly dramatic but never say anything about their status when some asks a question. You don’t know if you should call 911 or what. Pretty soon it’s like the little boy who cried wolf and I don’t need or want that.

      That’s what I weeded out. I kept some people that I never talk with but they are just normal Joe’s who I’ve reconnected with in some way but I got rid of the people who just irritate me and never talk and frankly, who I love too much and it’s painful.

  6. lucy says:

    Sounds like you all had busy, but exciting weekend! I dont really have much so share since all I did was work, eat, watch tv, and sleep!

    Nikki & Joy I’ve done some cleaning out with fb too over the last few months. It feels good to no longer need to look at status updates or comments from people who are negative, mean, hurtful, etc. If you don’t want to burn bridges by deleting people.. you can always block their updates from your newsfeed. Then its like they don’t exist, but you don’t burn any bridges! 🙂

    Have a good Monday!

    • Nikki says:

      Lucy, I just did that, and what’s sad is I doubt they will notice that I haven’t been talking to them. What I don’t get is, I put effort into the relationships I have with people, and so many don’t put the same if any effort back. I am so sick of going out of my way for people who claim to be my friend/family, and they don’t do the same.

      • lucy says:

        I can completely understand your frustration!! I ‘m always fascinated at how people are completely oblivious to how much effort you put into the relationship, and they don’t give anything back. Unfortunately I’m very familiar with this situation. It seems like I have many friends who pour their hearts out to me and expect me to help them out… but then don’t even ask me how i am in return. Its very strange!

  7. Sue says:

    Well, our weekend turned out to be fun. Saturday we drove to Itasca State Park to see where the Mississippi River begins and do some hiking. It’s a 3 hour drive and we didn’t leave til 10 am so it was a long day, but well worth it. The colors were beautiful and so was the scenery. Hiking is such great exercise and I wasn’t sore yesterday, but I have to say, today my legs are feeling it a little bit! Yesterday was religion sign up and member appreciation day at the golf course. I tried to get the house cleaned up b/4 our tee time and did laundry ALL DAY! I hate that! The never ending laundry cycle. I did manage to get it all folded and put away last night so that in itself was a feat! Trinity came home from school today not feeling well so I hope it’s nothing 😦 Sore throat 😦 How are you feeling mum? Anything come of your no voice voice?!

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