It’s Friday!  That alone, makes me smile. 🙂 It’s our last weekend before school starts, and it’s a long weekend. Even better. Tonight (Friday) we have another scrimmage game. Unlike last Friday night, this one will be played to win. It’s more or less to see how far the boys have come since practice first started. Our season officially starts next Sunday. My brother is umpiring, so that should be fun.

For the rest of the weekend, we have nothing planned. I do want to get into Kohl’s at some point. I have $20 in Kohl’s cash that I have to use by this weekend or it expires. We may go Saturday and make an afternoon out of it.

So, how was your week?  Any plans for the extended weekend?

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27 Responses to T.G.I.F.

  1. Laura says:

    This week has been very busy, but the weekend is going to be even busier. I’m ramping up to deal with a week and a half, nonstop, of Scout meetings and other commitments. It’ll culminate on the 22nd with Josh’s birthday party. I’m having it at the Forest Preserve, and he’s asked for a Scavenger Hunt. Hmmm…. a Scavenger Hunt in the woods. I can SO do this!! I think it’ll be a lot of fun. We’ll do a cookout, too. Maybe invite the parents to stay and hang out for dogs and cake.

    But in the meantime, this weekend will be planning for a Den Meeting, a Pack Meeting, a recruiting night, and a leaders’ meeting. And a Popcorn Kickoff, as well. It’s insanity. Wish me luck. i’ll try to surface once in a while and say hello…

    And now I must off… I’ve already missed half of the Bears Game!!! (they’re winning… maybe I should stay away…)

  2. Sue says:

    Thank gosh for sure! It’s been a crazy week. State fair on Monday, open house Tues and Wed, met a friend for lunch today, and one of Trin’s classmates with cancer passed away this morning. His wake is Sunday night so we’ll need to go to that. Not a great way for the 7th graders to start out their year. He was such a great young man and I just hope the kids try to be a little more like him to honor his memory. Other than that, just ready for school to start! Bring on Tuesday!

  3. Just a Mom says:

    This weekend is going to be a blast! Saturday I am taking my youngest daughter and 2 friends to go see Def Leppard! I can’t wait. I saw them back in 1989 or 1990. Poison and Lita Ford are the opening acts. Sunday my oldest daughter and my baby granddaughter are coming over to spend the night. I am going to take care of the baby during the night while my daughter gets some sleep!

  4. SKL says:

    We’re less than 2 weeks away from our “big deadline.” That’s good and bad, of course. The good is that I can start to imagine being done with this. The bad is that being a perfectionist, I will be obsessively revising until the last second. If history is any guide, my sleep schedule will be sorely compromised.

    We’ve completed one full week of school. It’s been somewhat brutal. Someone told me this was going to be hard, but I didn’t really believe it. I mean, I know, new school and all that, but it’s more than I realized. Well, you all know what I mean. The girls get stressed out and I’m no help, because I’m barely hanging on for dear life myself. I know things will get better. We just have to get into the groove.

    Did I mention this before? I thought I came up with a brilliant system for milk money. I bought each girl a pill dispenser that has 8 little compartments just big enough for a little change. I filled each compartment with $.35 and put them in the girls’ luchboxes. Since the girls buy lunch 1 day per week, this should allow me to go 2 weeks between digging for coins, right? Well, not exactly. It seems the old lady in charge of the late room kindly rearranged their coins so each compartment had $.50, the cost of a snack, and then proceeded to sell them a bunch of junk snacks. I put the coins (that were left) back into $.35 increments and told them not to use the money for anything but milk. But two days later, I encountered guilty faces and eventually they came clean. (Not that I wouldn’t have figured it out.) So much for my brilliant system. Is it normal for school personnel to sell first graders stuff out of what is obviously milk/lunch money? WTH?

    This “holiday” weekend will be all work. I am going to ask my sister to take the girls for another overnight from Sunday to Monday. I just hope I keep up a good pace and get a lot done. My inbox (AKA to-do list) is back up to over 550 emails. Ugh.

    Have fun, you guys. Enjoy time off when you can!

    • Laura says:

      Oh, my goodness. I would be ALL OVER that school!!! They have NO RIGHT at all to do that! You have decided for your kids what they should and shouldn’t have. How does that lunch lady know that the girls don’t have food issues? Allergies? Sensitivities that don’t qualify as a medical allergy, but they still shouldn’t eat it. AND how is it HER decision to override YOUR decision about how YOUR MONEY should be spent???

      Oh, man, oh man. I am SO PISSED OFF on your behalf right now!!! Damn, SKL, it’s a good thing I’m all the way in Iowa… I’d be marching in there FOR you!!!!

      • SKL says:

        I’m glad I’m not the only person who thought this was wrong. I mean, yeah, they are school kids and theoretically it should be up to me to figure out what they can/can’t handle in terms of money responsibility. But for one thing, they are five. For another thing, I think you’d have to be stupid not to realize the money was in 35c increments for some reason. Third, why are they selling junk snacks at school to little kids who have no sense, without checking first with parents? Why do they feel the need to sell junk snacks at all? Are there parents out there who lobby schools to offer this highly valuable service?

        There’s something about little old ladies. The ones that give out the donuts at church coffee hour always give me the stinkeye because I don’t let each kid have a whole donut. (I take half a donut and split it between the 3 of us.) Maybe they don’t realize that they get sugar in their breakfast, from their Sunday School teacher, and from my sister at lunch (pancakes etc.) and after supper (they always make a fancy dessert on Sundays). And my kid is about 35 lbs and reacts intensely to sugar. (Which, I’ve mentioned that and the old ladies still think I’m mean.) I wonder if it’s the same old lady in the late room trying to undo the evil donut deprivation. Ugh.

        This morning I told the girls that starting next week, if they want to buy a snack, only on Fridays, they can take some of their own money and spend it. It’s not that I don’t want them to ever have any enjoyment in life, but I’d like to decide these things and structure them in a way that fits their needs. Using their own money and having to wait/plan will make them put a little more thought into it and maybe even learn something worthwhile.

    • Joy says:

      No. That is not normal. I know Kimball doesn’t even sell snacks so nobody would ever have done that. Where I worked they didn’t sell snacks at the elementary level either. *scratching my head* I’d be ticked off. If it were me, I’d just give it to them each day. I don’t get this. When do they sell these snacks and did the girls want them?

      • SKL says:

        They sell the snacks in the “late room” which is after-school care.

        Sure, the girls are always happy to get some “treat” food, but they would not have known to ask unless someone marketed it to them. I never expected it. I pack them an after-school snack every day, because I know it is hard for them to go so long without eating. Normally I pack something halfway decent such as apples, cheese sticks, raisins, rice crisps, – stuff I bought at my “healthy” grocery store for this purpose. You’d think if you packed something the school they would give you the benefit of the doubt that you have your kid’s “nutrition” under control.

        Is it any wonder school kids are getting fat?

      • Joy says:

        Yes. That’s just not right. Not at all.

  5. Joy says:

    We’ve been working in the yard as much as we could. I’ve been inside a lot of time this week. It got hot and humid again but I’m hoping maybe this weekend will cool off a little again. I’d really like to take the boat out and go fishing. I haven’t been in the boat once this year and it’s now or never I guess.

    My rash isn’t gone but it hasn’t gotten any worse. I’m sure I’ll have to go back to the doc on Tues. The constant itching has stopped but I have flare-ups on one spot or the other all the time and it should be gone by now. I’ll be so glad when it freezes.

    I can’t wait for school to start. I think all the kids are ready. Routines are good and it gives me a certain calmness.

    Have a good weekend all.

  6. Joy says:

    Has anyone been watching the republicans?

    • SKL says:

      I watched Romney’s speech last night. I though it was fine, though not exactly “rousing,” LOL. I think he did a good job of responding to potential questions from the waffling middle-of-the-roaders. My friend was ticked that he came out and said he’d protect the sanctity of life, but other than that, there weren’t any “triggers” that I noticed. I liked the focus on how he understands business and families, which are really what makes the USA function.

      What was that about Romney’s dad coming from Mexico? Was he an immigrant or an expat? Does he have Hispanic heritage? I would think that would be huge with the Hispanic vote, which can go either way.

      I also saw part of Rubio’s speech, which I liked.

      I haven’t had time to watch anything else. I am somewhat bummed that I missed Ryan’s speech. But it’s not like I’m unsure of whom to vote for.

  7. Joy says:

    I also wished he’d have left out the “sanctity of marriage and the right to life” stuff. Otherwise I thought he did great. I’ve been watching it for hours each night all week and have seen most of it. Ryan’s exuberance is just contagious. I love his excitement. George Romney was born in Mexico to American parents who were living there in the Mormon colonies.

    I really like Christie.

    • SKL says:

      Yeah, the marriage stuff too. I figure he felt that he needed to do that in order to get certain Christians out to vote. At least he just said one sentence and moved on. I am sure he knows he’ll get dinged for it, but let’s face it, the people who are going to scream about that were going to vote against him anyway.

      I think the independents / libertarians who don’t want to hear about religious stuff still recognize that Romney is very unlikely to do anything extreme enough to outweigh the benefit of stopping Obama’s momentum. I can’t see too many of them voting for Obama just because Romney isn’t for funding more abortions. Though I could be wrong.

    • Laura says:

      I haven’t seen any of it. I’ve been hearing little snippets of it though, and it seems like a fun time. I have been sitting here tonight watching Eastwood’s speech, though. I had to see what all the fuss was about.

      And it’s CRACKING me up!!!

      I love how nobody gets the whole “improv” thing. ‘course, if it was, I dunno, Adam Sandler, up there, doing exactly the same thing – talking to a chair – at the DNC convention, it’d be hailed as a “genius” move, and such an awesome display of Improvisation. But since it’s the Republicans, he’s a senile old man, and they’ve never heard of this acting technique. What a load of crap.

      • SKL says:

        I know. My comment was that those folks are ageist. So what if they used an old guy for a speaker? Don’t old people make up a sizeable chunk of our population, including a lot of voters?

  8. Jenny says:

    Well I went and had a fun procedure today….colonoscopy. I guess that part wasn’t so bad, it was what I had to do yesterday was the worst. Hopefully they found the answers. They took 3 biopsies where the colon was inflamed. The Dr said looks like it could be ulcerative colitis. Which is basically where my immune system attacks the good bacteria in my colon, thinking its bad bacteria. If that’s what it is, there’s medicine to help that. I came home and took a nap. I feel better now.

    This weekend is Red Rooster Days in Dassel. Jason is working the parade tomorrow and street dance tomorrow night. Also on Sunday working at the 5k run. I heard there is a carnival there this yr. I’ll have to go on Sunday and get the chicken dinner…boy is that yummy!

    Well all have a great weekend 🙂

    • Sue says:

      What the heck made you have a colonoscopy??? I didn’t know you were having issues 😦 That sucks in more ways than one!

      • Jenny says:

        I’ve been having stomach issues on and off before and after having my gall bladder out. It wasn’t getting any better. I would have bouts that would last 2 weeks and then go away. It was sometimes a few months apart or even just a month apart. So I was tired of dealing with this and needed answers!

        • Sue says:

          Start keeping a food diary so you can maybe find a trigger. Christy pinpointed one of the herbs (rosemary, thmye maybe? I can’t remember for sure) that triggers a lot of her problems. Your cycle can also affect things. Hope you get some answers!

  9. starlaschat says:

    Did you get to go to the Fair this Year Joy? I was just wondering you talked about maybe going. I went for a short time mainly to look at the flowers and animals. It’s always so hot at the Fair. The dahlias and the glads were beautiful this year some very unusal colors. I enjoyed looking at the goats too this year with their floppy ears so cute. We didn’t stay long we had a huge TODO list so I was surprised that we were able to sqeeze it in.
    Sorry to hear the rash is still bugging you . I know how frustrating that can be I had a rash for a very long time even on my face that’s atractive. :+) The smoke here has been terrible the sky is brown and most people I think I having sinus issues. I hope it rains soon. The smoke is from fires from Idaho.
    It’s strange being back here, but hopfully it will be OK. I just need to keep busy and figure out what kinds of things I’d like to do to keep myself busy. I’m feeling better for the most part glad school has started.

    • Joy says:

      No Starla, I never made the fair. It was just too hot and humid and I knew I’d walk down one row and have to sit down. That’s just not fun so we opted out. I never used to miss that fair and now this is the second year in a row I haven’t gone. I do love going through all those exhibits people like us enter. The flowers and garden stuff is so pretty.

      This rash is starting to play with my whole self. It’s not even really a rash. It’s like little bumps. I can’t sleep well so I’m always tired. I try and rest and just itch. Once you start it’s impossible to stop. It’s just been going on too long. Thank god it’s not on my face. It’s not on my arms or legs either. Just my torso.

      Good luck with the fires. They have been so scary this year. Is is hard for you to breathe when it’s smoky like that? I know when people around me have fires, it’s really hard for me too. My throat closes right up and I usually have to go inside. How I miss fires.

      • starlaschat says:

        They always seem to have the Fair in the hottest part of the year. It’s difficult and SO Hot even under the best of circumstances so I understand. I know the feeling of hot and humid making it impossiable to breathe. It is very scary too. I use to hold really really still thinking that would help. I’m not sure why maybe because it’s so scary not being able to breathe well. I spent a lot of money trying to figure out what was wrong. I’m not really clear what was going on for sure. I even stopped even eating Gluten for nine months because a doctor thought that was the problem then I had a blood test and ruled that out. Thankful that’s such a tough diet to cook for. The rash I had was mainly on my back and face some times I would get welts on my arms. I hope you find out an answer soon. I know how frustrating that can be to not have answers. I’ve heard of oatmeal baths to sooth itching . I’m not sure if that works I think it’s an old fashioned remdey. You will be in my prayers for relief and for answers. :+)
        Yes the fire smoke can be tough when it’s really bad I try to stay in doors as much as possiable Allegra helps a little bit. I will be post picture hopefully monday of flowers so you can see them from the Fair.

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