Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Wacky Wednesday

I emailed Jill today. If you read my previous post this will make sense.

I wasn't sure her email was even valid any longer but it was. She emailed me back quickly with xoxo after her name. That made me smile and feel better. I called her and we chatted for a good long time. She filled me on her relationship, her kids and work. I did the same. I sent her Lisa's email so they can get in touch. She and I agreed to get together at her house so I can fill her in on all the crap that's been going on my house. I didn't want to discuss it here at work since I sit in a cubicle.

I always miss her more after we've talked.

Tomorrow we head to my parents house for Turkey Day. My brother is in Oregon hunting geese and duck for the next few days. It's his thing people. Don't ask.

The new tenant moves into our in-law suite this weekend too. That should be interesting.

I probably won't be back online until Monday. Although I'm currently bidding on a Leapster for Shawna on eBay, which ends tomorrow, so I'll need to go on my dads slow as molasses computer to see if I've won.

Happy Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Story about a part of my past

Today while grocery shopping I ran into an old friend who I worked with approx 18 years ago and hadn't seen for 4 years. Her name is Lisa. The funny thing about bumping into Lisa today is that exactly 4 years ago this week we bumped into each other at a different grocery store. What are the odds?

This is also the week we moved into our current house 4 years ago. I looked awful then and I didn't look so great today either. Pre-shower, that kind of thing. Why OH WHY does that always happen? I ask you. Murphy's Law?! What?

Anyway, 4 years ago she was with her new husband of one year. They've now been married 5 years and have a 2 year old daughter.

Lisa and I have some history. Not your normal history either. When Lisa and I worked together she was married to another guy. We'll call him Sherman. Sherman worked as a correction officer for the county jail. He and other jail officers had Tuesday off so in the summer they'd often go to a local lake to jet ski and water ski with a boat. The company Lisa and I worked for was part-time employees only so she and I would leave around 11:30pm and meet up with the guys. It was FUN! I loved that summer.

Sometime later Lisa and Sherman broke up. She and another of our co-workers named Jill became really close. Jill and I were also friends but not as close and Lisa and I. Jill and Lisa became VERY close. Jill and her husband had separated so Lisa moved in with Jill. Neither were truthful to me while it was happening but they'd become romantic with each other. Yep, you read that right. One night I was at my boyfriends house and Lisa paged me 911. I called back to learn Jill had to go to the ER and Lisa needed to stay with her kids. Turns out Jill had to have an ovary removed that had a grapefruit size cyst attached to it. I was actually Lisa's supervisor at that time too.

My feelings were getting hurt. I didn't understand why I'd been ousted out of the group. I would call them or page them (that was the thing back then) and they wouldn't return my calls.

Lisa and Jill started to fall apart. Lisa moved out. I was back in! Lisa and I started roller blading again and hanging out. Lisa said that Jill was getting obsessed with her. (me not knowing about the sex part) and I was confused because that didn't seem like Jill. Lisa changed jobs and eventually she and I lost touch.

I continued to work with Jill. She and I eventually became best friends. She needed help with her kids when she worked nights. I helped with laundry. I was there A.LOT. Especially when my boyfriend (mentioned above) and I broke up. She was even in my wedding in 1999. Jill is who explained everything to me about Lisa, putting all the pieces together. I was upset at Lisa for leading me to believe that Jill was crazy, when in fact, she was truthfully behaving like a girlfriend would in the same situation. I never got a chance to tell her that.

Jill and Lisa have not spoken since that time. I've forgiven Lisa and so has Jill.

Lisa and her family live near me and I'm exciting to have her over with her daughter. My girls will fawn over a 2 year old girl. My biggest worry, if you know my stupid husband's history, is that Lisa is very pretty & half Asian, (like Susan was). I'm not so worried about Lisa as I am about Todd and having history repeat itself at.all. Lisa is living in a 2 bedroom apartment having sold their house in Livermore and trapped in a lease. They went from a large house to a tiny apartment until February when they buy a house. Hence why I want them to come to my house, not the other way around. I'm going to have to lay the law down for Todd. It's not possible for me only to have ugly or lesbian women over!!!!

Thursday, November 20, 2008


I'm such a dork. Today I forgot to bring the turkey we specifically purchased for the food bank. My work collected the frozen poultry and drove them down to the food bank.
I remembered that I'd forgotten to put it in the car when I saw a homeless man walking with all his bags of stuff. Doh! Forgetfulness is common for me if I don't write myself a sticky note by the door.

Also, yesterday I thought my kids had hot lunch, but really it was for today. The office called me to see if anyone could bring them a lunch. Nope. Apparently 2 teachers had to give up their lunches for my children. Another Doh!

I'm on a roll.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

One day, long, long ago.....

One day, long, long ago.......
there lived a woman who did not whine, nag or bitch.

But this was a long time ago.......and it was just that one day.
The End

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Quick update

I know I haven't been posting like my usual self. I come on here but have nothing to say so I leave. LOL Life at home is fine. We're gearing up for the holiday season so the weekends are all booked as usual. We're going to parties & planning parties.

I'm helping the schools crab feed & auction committee which is new for me. I'm trying to come up with new and exciting ideas to raise money for our school.

Work is okay. They laid off people in my group but now need to hire people. They have me totally working retail ALONE. Not do-able. I'm good but not THAT good. LOL Accounts are going on hold that I have no idea what their issues are because they aren't my account. It's frustrating.

This weekend Todd's sister and her family are coming from Puyallup, WA. We're having Thanksgiving with his side of the family on Saturday. Then, for Thanksgiving weekend we're going up to my parents house for a few days.

That's my exciting life people.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

PICTURES! Better late than never

I know I owe some pictures. I finally remembered to bring the camera to work. It's the only time I'm on the computer. I hate being on a computer once I get home.

Last night Shawna's school had a sight word event. She had fun. Here she is writing sight words in shaving cream.

She's learned how to make a star the way I do. She practices it all the time right now.

They opened eggs that had letters in them. You had to make the sight word from the letters.

A couple weeks ago I took care of two girls from school. School was closed. There is a girl in 1st grade who people say is Shawna's twin. Here they are together.

Halloween! I know, it's been forever now but here they are.

Miley Cyrus and the Cheetah girl

She was originally going to be Hannah Montana but since she choose not to wear the blond wig, she called herself Miley instead. I'm just glad she wore the outfit I bought her!

Jack Sparrow

The Fam

This was the Trunk Or Treat event at their school. I'm a tarrot card reader. I won COOLEST.

That's it! Until next time. Tahta!


Yesterday was very stressful. My company laid off approx 450 people. In all the layoffs we've had over my 9 years of being here, this is the only one where I was seriously worried. Thankfully I made it. The image I have in my head for this layoff is a chopping block where a knife is going up and down repeatedly and employees have to pass through. My turn happened as the knife was in the up position.

In home news, Todd's overtime has been eliminated completely which affects our income heavily. I had to cancel our cleaning lady. This KILLS me. I work full-time and hate on my only 2 days home to clean bathrooms and the like. My house is fairly huge. I can guarantee you that there will be lots of dust in my home from now on.

Has anyone ever thrown a cleaning party??? You know, similar to a tree trimming party. Maybe I can start one up. I'm happy to provide wine to anyone who cleans my toilets.
If interested apply here.

Monday, November 10, 2008

It's begun

My company is laying off a large number of employees this week. Today they did the first layoff in my group. The gal they laid off was leaving for vacation tomorrow so they did her early. We expect more to be done Wed or Thursday.

Todd and I think we found someone we like to rent the in-law suite over our garage. We've had many many people interested. No one has good credit. It's tough but we're going with our gut.

We camped this past weekend. It was fun but I've acquired a cold and I'm not feeling my chipper self.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

yard duty

Today I was extremely parental. I took off work to do yard duty at my girls school. Who takes off work for that?! Not many people I'm sure. I don't work near the school. I'm 14 miles from it to be exact. So after I left work, I swung into a Burger King and ordered a whopper, 86 the onions and a chocolate shake. The shake is so I won't have to pee during yard duty. A diet soda, my usual choice, will go right thru me. I ate and drove to the school. Parked and located the yard duty sign-in table. I'm a newbie to this yard duty stuff so I was greeted by a parent who knew the ropes.

Sign here, wear this lovely orange net cover over your body so you'll glow in the dark in case the sun goes out, put this heavy plastic zipper pouch over your head with this thin lanyard so it cuts into the back of your neck. In your heavy plastic zipper pouch are 2 laminated, front and back ,instructions in case of emergencies. Read all sides. There are tissues, band-aids, rubber gloves for oozing blood or fluid, and a few other things in your pouch. Also, hold this radio. It's already set on the correct channel.

Now that you're all dressed, go stand around the lunch tables and help children until they're let go for play. Head out to the fields when you see them being released from the tables.

I gave spoons to children who needed them, undid thermos lids which were too tight, helped some boys who were being bugged by Sal. Sal said he wasn't Sal. Nice.
Told Shawna to eat her lunch several times. Told Paula it was okay if she didn't finish all her sandwich. Answered Paula that maybe we'll have a sleepover with her friend K.K, who is sitting next to her. Watched a boy gargle ferociously with orange juice.

When is this eating thing over? I need to get out of here.

Opened up my pouch to read the instructions. Basically call 911 for everything unless your trained in CPR. In case of a stranger the code word is Flash. Yell Flash and the kids will know what to do because they've been trained. In case of an earthquake squat down and cover your head. Watch for debris from trees and wires from poles. Head the children to area 1 after this and that event. Okay. Got it.

Now I'm at the fields. Watch the 8th graders play nicely. Saw two older boys rolling around the grass like they were on fire. Avoided the ball in the head a few times during kick ball and throw the ball anywhere. Listened on my radio for any hot topics like stranger danger. Instead someone wanted to know where the blankety blank was. Someone else said they'd find it after lunch. Watched a girl sitting alone quietly pulling grass. Saw a lot of chaos.

We can't hear the bell out on the fields so over the radio comes "The bell rang, again, the bell rang. Start coming in from the fields".
Yell to the kids who can't hear me anyway. Thankfully the principal had a whistle she blew, only the 8th graders ignored it. That pissed her off.

Watched the kids slowly make their way back to the campus at a snails pace.

Headed to the office to turn in my gear. Walked away from the office forgetting to take off my lovely orange vest. She didn't even notice. Scary.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Election Day tomorrow

Well, we have TONS of candy. The girls got candy at school AND trick-or-treating so needless to say we have more than we'll ever eat, which means Todd and I will bring bags full to work to share in the caloric intake.

The girls did well this weekend as far as not being really excessive with how much they ate. I did let them indulge more than I'd usually do on a regular weekend. I was prepared to tie them to their beds if they got out of hand but that didn't happen.

I do have pictures from the Big Day but not with me. My bad. I'll have to upload those later. I won the COOLEST Trunk-Or-Treat for my tarrot card reader theme. :0)

Tomorrow is election day. Yikes! Is everyone else freaking out like me?