Monday, May 24, 2010

Watch out...full moon's coming

We'll be getting a full moon on Thursday.
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This week started out...well....weird. 

The clock seem slow. So by the time  I was ready to leave, it was only 6:18 a.m. I always leave at 6:30. So...I decided to make a break for it after making sure the kids are set for school.

Drove to work, seem like ...I had to pull over to let emergency vehicles blast by me....and hoping it wasn't anybody I know.

Singing on the top of my lungs to "There is a Fountain" (a hymn) on the car cd player. I just like doing that with both hands on the steering wheel. That's call safe driving.

Got to work, and realized that I left my office keys at home. *sigh* so I waited for someone to pull in ...and sure enough, the gal who filled my position after I left for the wonderful world of InterLibrary Loan came along. So we walked in together, and outside my office, I forgot a co-worker wouldn't be in. There was already someone else in there, but she had her headphones on. I knew she wouldn't hear me knocking. *sigh* I thought I'd have wait a bit for other co-workers to come along but thankfully a guy came along and HE has the master key to every single room in the building. So he was sweet enough to unlock for me and let me in.

The day went a weird way. A phone call from Josh's school....has a headache. Trying to get hold of my dad, but he wasn't home. What to do? What to do?  Emailed a good friend of mine to CALL my husband on videophone...and tell him to please get online with me. PAH!  Thanks, Brenda! I truly appreciate you! 

Finally in the afternoon my brain was just tired, and I was starting to lose focus on the task I was doing. My teammate offered me gum and hoped it would help know...wake up.

Man, and I'm thinking, what a day!

Full moon will be out on Thursday. So watch out. And at the same time, I got lots to do to get ready for my annual Memorial Day camping trip with my friend Jen and her daughter. This will be our last year together before they move out west next year.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Feelin' fabulous!

Well, I've been little tight-fisted the past few days trying to stretch out our budget for the rest of this month. And promising my daughter a formal dress before too long.

For her formal dance in 2 weeks.

So, she had gone with friends to a mall in Toledo and fell in love with a dress, unfortunately, wasn't able to put it on layaway or on hold long enough for this mom to come down and check it out. SO....we went to the mall in Adrian and started out in JcPenney's.

Well, after being directed to where the formal dresses are...bear in mind, I went in *ONLY TO LOOK*...with no intention of purchasing anything other than maybe a drink.

Saw a pretty white dress and held it up to Ashley, asking what she thought?  She immediately liked it, and when the tag flipped, I saw it was marked down to 15.97! What?  You kidding me? I looked at the sign on the rack, everything was like up to 75% off, the clearance rack. So I looked on the tag to see the original price...$80.00!!! WOOT!  So, I asked Ashley, think it'll fit? It's her size, so she went in to try it on. Sure enough, when she walked out of the dressing room, she was gorgeous!  So I said, well, hey, it's cheap! So we decided to go ahead and buy it. Forget my plan of *not purchasing anything*.

After paying for it, we decided to visit Payless to get some ideas what styles of shoes to get with her dress. So we go in there, and I showed off the dress to the saleslady, and she sent her assistant to help us find something that might go with the dress.

Well, while we were poking around, looking at some choices, which I didn't really care for, my eye spied a box with a $5.00 price tag on it on the bottom shelf. So I looked closer, pointed at it, "what about that one?"

We pulled it out, and held the cream white heels against her white cream chiffon dress, and it was a perfect match.   Ashley tried it on. She loved it. I said, okay, let's buy it!

Talk about a great deal on a very tight budget.  We felt really blessed by this, and I was just more than happy to make Ashley happy. We will polish it off with my mother's pearls and find some pretty earrings to go with it.

I just felt truly blessed. And Ashley is feeling really good. Being a teenager, finding that dress was exactly what she liked, better than the one she saw yesterday.  And she was very happy we got a very expensive dress at a great deal! We like to tease about that.

We visited a Deb's Store, so she could show me her tomboy friend's dress. I have a very hard time imaging her friend in a dress...she is a true blood tomboy, but I know she will be very beautiful. I cannot wait to see her when I drive them to their dance.   They'll be gorgeous.

How fabulous can this get? Oh yeah!  Prayers have been answered when I myself thought would be little impossible. But waking up feeling very confident and relying completely on God, He provided. Thanks, Lord.

Sunday, May 16, 2010


Who's next in this family to have a medical emergency? Hm? Anyone? Good. Let's not go out there injuring yourself and needing to be seen. I mean, I don't think my insurance company would enjoy that very much when they see what they have to shell out for.

And I'm not gonna enjoy seeing any bills coming...

Last Thursday I had to take my daughter in as she had a very tender wrist, which was on/off going on for the past couple years. But it got really bad it brought her to tears. So, we took her in, and she either has tendinitis or ..."snuff box" injury.  Small bone in the wrist part where it may have been injured in the past but was so minor, and probably didn't heal properly.

Go figure.

So she has a wrist brace to wear.

And the woman who fitted Ashley for the brace looks like Ms. Trelawney from the Harry Potter movies.

Anyhoo, Josh played in a park yesterday evening and was running around, his foot found a hole and wham! Or, shall we say, OUCH!  So, he limped home in tears and screams. I made him take a bath, then I got out an ice pack and had my own wrap so I wrapped his foot.

Woke him up this morning....not any better than last night, so I sighed deeply and helped him down to the car...and drove over to the hospital mere blocks away  (actually it's 4 blocks away). Got him in, and the nurse who came in recognized me right away. Of course, I'm well known there. I was the bride with kidney stones 5 years ago come August. I was the mom who slashed her finger and needed to make sure she didn't lose her finger (nope, just a deep cut). And I was the mom who had to give permission over the phone for them to x-ray Ashley two years ago when she slammed head-on with a van...and the mom who remained calm during the whole ordeal. So, I've become well-known there.

Just turned out Josh has a sprained ankle and they fitted him for crutches. So, now he's "crutching" around...

And I came home from the hospital and told my husband under no circumstances is he allowed to be next for any medical attention. I've had it. I'm tired of it. I'm DONE!


Tuesday, May 11, 2010


Been raining all day....and it's actually kind of relaxing in a way. I mean, I do love rainstorms. I love this kind of nature. I used to live in Oregon where it rained all the time.

I went over to the pool & hot tub after work today. I was hoping to get a swim in, but there was too many people....some were taking...snorkeling (????) lessons, and then the other side had several swimmers so it was kinda full.

So, I settled for the hot tub. It's a big one, and really nice. I'd say about 10 feet long and 5 feet wide. With some kind of a wall in the middle where it's like a waterfall going over the sides. And if you went around that side, it's actually more seating with more jets.  There was a guy in there, but he left shortly after I got in...(boy, do I look that bad in my suit??).

I got home, and my son is trying to figure out his science project. So I did some searching and found something he might like.  Prayerfully the teacher approves.

So now, I'm just settling in, relaxing and happy with where I'm at for the moment.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

What's it like to be deaf?

Got this off from a friend's Facebook notes....sharing with you, while the poem itself is being reposted and circulated through Facebook. I have to agree with my friends that the poem clearly explains it all. 

"What is it like to be deaf?"
People have asked me.
Deaf? Oh, hmm... how do I explain that?
Simple: I can't hear.

No, wait... it is much more than that.
It is similar to a goldfish in a bowl,
Always observing things going on.
People talking at all times.
It is like a man on his own island
Among foreigners.

Isolation is no stranger to me.
Relatives say hi and bye
But I sit for 5 hours among them
Taking great pleasure at amusing babies
Or being amused by TV.
Reading books, resting, helping out with food.

Natural curiosity perks up
Upon seeing great laughter, crying, anger.
Inquiring only to meet with a "Never mind" or
"Oh, it's not important".
Getting a summarized statement
Of the whole day.

I'm supposed to smile to show my happiness.
Little do they know how truly miserable I am.
People are in control of language usage,
I am at loss and really uncomfortable!

Always feeling like an outsider
Among the hearing people,
Even though it was not their intention.

Always assuming that I am part of them
By my physical presence, not understanding
The importance of communication.

Facing the choice between Deaf Event weekend
or a family reunion.
Facing the choice between the family commitment
And Deaf friends.
I must make the choices constantly,
Any wonder why I choose Deaf friends???

I get such great pleasure at the Deaf clubs,
Before I realize it, it is already 2:00 am,
Whereas I anxiously look at the clock
Every few minutes at the Family Reunion.

With Deaf people, I feel so normal,
Our communication flows back and forth.
Catch up with little trivals, our daily life,
Our frustration in the bigger world,
Seeking the mutual understanding,
Contented smiles and laughter are musical.
So magical to me,
So attuned to each other's feelings.

True happiness is so important.
I feel more at home with Deaf people
Of various color, religion, short or tall.
Than I do among my own hearing relatives.
And you wonder why?
Our language is common.
We understand each other.

Being at loss of control
Of the environment that is communication,
People panic and retreat to avoid
Deaf people like the plague.

But Deaf people are still human beings
With dreams, desires, and needs
To belong, just like everyone else.

(Author Unknown)

Friday, May 7, 2010

been so lonnnng...

since I blogged. Forgive me, my dear readers.

Since we are nearing the end of the school year, things seem to have gotten more...hectic, schedule-wise. Busier than usual and trying to find some down time for myself.

Anyway, since getting back from NC, I found myself pining for the mountains and I really truly did enjoy my time down there. I miss my new friends already.  We keep in touch through Facebook...and sometimes I see a new picture and I start pining for the hills.

4 more weeks until the kids are done with school. Yowza.

And I've pretty much run out of something to blog about. 

Oh hey, some great news and some not-so-great-news....the great news is my baby sister is pregnant with baby #3!  I can't wait! I'm so excited for her.

Bad news? Basically found out something very disturbing regarding my biological dad. It's just too bad some people don't change for the better. Talk about very empty promises.

Well, the weekend's here and I'm thrilled. A chance to catch my breath, and just relax. 

Now if only I knew where my dahling daughter is....