Happy Friday, everyone! How was your week? Mine was pretty good! I had a coffee date with a good friend I hardly ever see anymore. It’s funny, we live in the same town but never make the time to get together like we used to. It was nice to visit. I had a very yummy Chai Tea Latte. I came home and entered that into my food diary, and holy crap I went way over on my sugar because of it. Oh, well. All in moderation, right? I think the last time I had one was last winter.

Saturday night, we’re planning on going to Moonlight Trail Night. If anyone wants to go, you’re more than welcome to join us. More the merrier. 🙂

Then we have Superbowl Sunday! I don’t really care who wins. I’m just hoping for a good game! Bailey has his prediction in, Patriots 35-28. I have nothing against either team, and like both QB’s.

Any weekend plans? Do you plan on watching the Superbowl? Any predictions?

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22 Responses to T.G.I.F.

  1. SKL says:

    As usual, I can’t remember anything I was going to write about my week. Oh, well, I guess it wasn’t “that” newsworthy!

    I got a lot of work done this week and got my inbox down to under 100 emails for the first time since our cruise. I still have the usual amount of backlog, but it’s starting to seem manageable. Now if I could stop getting sleepy at odd hours when I’m supposed to be working, that would be good.

    It’s been a slow week on the internet. Not many good controversial arguments to help me procrastinate on my work. I actually peeked in at one of “those” parenting sites just to get the juices flowing, but there was nothing fun on there, either. I guess no news is good news.

    The weather has been pretty mild, which is nice. Where I live, it’s winter for about half of the year, so I’m always happy if it gives us a break now and then.

    Do you think it’s weird that kids are taught in school about Punxatawny Phil? I mean, my kids had a whole very involved unit about this fake rodent. I thought with all the tough standards I keep hearing about, they might have spent the time on something real, at least. Or am I just an old humbug?

    This weekend I think we will just be doing our usual shopping. I should also pick up some shirts and tights for my kids so they can stop wearing the ones that are too small (they still have some size 3s that I’m afraid to part with until I buy bigger ones). If the weather holds out, maybe I’ll bring the bikes and stop at the park during the brief window of daylight we have together on the weekend. Oh, and maybe I’ll finally remember to get my dad’s birthday gifts to him.

    Well, have a great weekend, everyone!

    • Laura says:

      How did you miss the one on “That Site” that said that a study revealed that Republicans are bigots because they’re stupid? I’m rarely insulted by blog posts – mostly I just pass over if they’re obviously idiotic, but that one was really beyond the pale.

      • SKL says:

        I guess I didn’t scroll down far enough, LOL. Got sick of the “usual” stuff too fast.

        That’s nothing new, by the way. I’ve been hearing that for years. At this point, I figure if it makes them happy to be wrong, more power to them. What is the point of such studies anyway – and is my tax money paying for them? That’s what I would want to know.

        The board I have been enjoying most lately has a rule against political discussions. The moderators will kill a post that violates the rule, and will even delete comments within threads if they are too political or nasty. So if I get the itch to argue with someone, I have to go elsewhere or get ove myself.

        The only real online “argument” I’ve been in recently has been one on Free Range Kids about whether a mom should have been handcuffed for getting her kids to school late seven times. Of course some of the commenters got on there and declared that being late to school will ruin a kid’s life, bla bla bla, so (since I was reportedly the most truant kid in the history of my high school and it doesn’t seem to have destroyed me) I had a few things to say about that. Last I checked there were 451 comments on that thread.

  2. Just a Mom says:

    This weekend I plan on cleaning my new townhome that I am renting! I got the keys the other day and it is very good condition but I am weird and want it cleaned my way before I start moving stuff in. I will be moving small things in this weekend and I am hoping to get movers on the 19th for the furniture. I am so excited about having my own place!
    My youngest daughter and her friend have their very first babysitting job this Saturday. They will be on their own for the first time. They have been watching a 6 month old on Thursday nights but I have been there as a safety cushion. They will be sitting for a 5 month old this time and I am sure they will handle it very well. If not I am only 10 minutes away! They both are Red Cross Certified babysitters and they both have Red Cross First Aid & CPR. They are each being paid $20. Not a bad gig for a 12 & 13 year old.

    • Joy says:

      I hope you have fun settling into your new home. That kind of thing can be very exciting and fun. I’m sure there might be a little sadness but I’m glad you’re looking forward to it like you are. Good luck.

  3. Laura says:

    Josh has a big day today. It’s the end of “Catholic Schools Week”. It starts with Mass at 10, then a big lunch with families (hot dogs & maid-rites/sloppy joes), followed by a THREE HOUR talent show. Josh, apparently, is involved in two skits. One requires the use of an ice-fishing auger. That was fun, yesterday… my FB status was asking if anyone had one that we could borrow. I had more people emailing me and texting me, telling me that the ice was too thin! I plan to video them. If it turns out, maybe I’ll put it up here.

    And yes, I plan to watch the Super Bowl. Steve has no intention of watching it, so I plan to curl up in the basement and watch. I don’t have a dog in this hunt – I’m neither a Pats fan nor a Giants fan. Honestly, I’ve hated the Pats since the Bears CREAMED them in the 1985 Super Bowl. But I like both QB’s, so I’m just hoping for a really good, close game. I’m also looking forward to the commercials. Ladies, have you seen the one featuring David Beckham? yum. *giggle*

    Anyway, that’s about it for my weekend plans. I should probably get some cleaning done around here. I’ve been keeping after it, and the weather is supposed to be disgusting, so maybe I’ll get some purging done.

    • Laura says:

      Oh, also? I’ve heard enough about the PBS Series “Downtown Abbey” that I’ve Netflixed the previous series. I get the first two installments today. I’m so exicted!! I hope it’s as good as everyone says it is.

    • Joy says:

      ♥ Go Brady ♥

      What are “maid-rites/sloppy joes?” I love hot dogs. Have one for me.

      • Laura says:

        Sloppy Joes and Maid-Rites are the same thing… also known as “loose-meat sandwiches”.

        Basically, you brown a bunch of ground beef, add stuff to your taste (bbq sauce, ketchup, grilled, chopped up onions, garlic. Some people use coke as a sweetener), and put it on a burger bun.

        I’ve always called them Sloppy Joes.

      • Joy says:

        This gives me a good idea for qod.

      • Laura says:

        Oh… and I point out the Beckham commercial and all you want to talk about is sandwiches? What’s the matter with you, woman???

        • SKL says:

          Beckham reminds me of a movie called Bend it like Beckham which reminds me of the guy I watched it with and the whole business surrounding that . . . ick . . . someday we need to chat over coffee/tea about that whole business. Or maybe it’s better we don’t. I’ll save it as an object lesson for my daughters someday.

        • Joy says:

          He’s gorgeous. I kinda forgot you brought him up. I do think he’s a girly man. Not quite masculine but gorgeous just the same.

      • Sue says:

        The maid rites I’ve had (from family in Iowa b/c that’s the only place I’d heard them) didn’t have the same tomato-ish taste like a sloppy joe. They were loose beef in a clear juice/gravy. So, what did I eat?!

  4. SKL says:

    Say – what do you guys think about this?

    Miss E says she doesn’t like men. This comes up when she encounters a guy doing something she’s expecting a woman to do. The worst situation was in her swimming lessons, when she threw an all-out fit (very unusual for her) when her female swim coach switched off with a male coach whom Miss E did not know. At first I chalked it up to a weird feeling, and thought, OK, I’m not going to tell her not to respect her instincts about strange men. But then it happened again when she switched to another swim class with a guy coach who, again, was completely new to her. Screaming, crying, begging for me to rescue her. (Miss E hardly ever makes “noise,” so this is really strange for her.) I had to threaten her to get her to take her lesson. It’s not that she’s afraid of swimming – she has absolutely no fear of deep water – it was the male factor. The next week, she was fine – she now “knows” this particular coach. But when is this going to surface again?

    The girls have some male coaches whom they deal with weekly, and their grandpa and uncles whom they see from time to time, and whatever men we meet while out & about. But they don’t live with a man (unless you count the various male houseguests we’ve had from time to time).

    I don’t think anything “bad” has happened to her, at least not while she’s been in my custody. I can’t think of any time when there would have been an opportunity for a man to hurt her. And I certainly don’t say anything that would make her think men are scary or creepy. She seems to like her soccer and karate coaches and male doctors just fine.

    What’s up with this? Anyone seen anything similar, and what (if anything) would you do about it?

    • Laura says:

      I think, right now, I would be vigilant, but treat it as a phase. Since she is now ok with her swim coach, and the other males in her life, watch and see how she interacts with them. Maybe it was the change that was making her uncomfortable, and the only way she could express her discomfort was “because he’s a male”. Not necessarily because it WAS the man, but because “this change makes me feel weird, but I don’t know how to express it” is too big a thing to recognize when you’re five.

      Then again, it could be the “strange man” factor. Yes, she has a few males in her life that are constant, but they aren’t “men” – they’re “uncle” or “grandpa”. If that’s the case, maybe allowing her to hang out with her uncles when they’ve got buddies around might be your answer. Or find a group (I’m thinking something like Scouts, except that Girl Scouts would never have male leaders), maybe 4H? Where she’s likely to meet lots of men, to get her used to them.

      OR, she might grow out of it. Kids go through weird phases all the time, and this could just be one of those.

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