Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Today's Sagittarius Horoscope for Jan 30, 2008
You must weigh your desire to get everything done against your physical limitations, dear Sagittarius. You run the risk of wearing yourself out and getting sick just as you finish. Enlist the help of others, if you can, for all those chores and errands that absolutely need to be done. Anything that can wait, you should definitely leave. Your health needs to come first! More...
This is my life this week!!
What happened is..nothing, thank God for Truman being what I originally thought was a psycho cat, and the kid across the street who takes my trash out to the street Tuesday night.
I was back in the laundry room where the garbage can and the back door are. I gathered the trash up & got it all ready for me to put it out the back door onto the deck. All of a sudden, I realized that Truman was kinda stalking up behind me toward the door, I had the inside solid door open and the screen door with the solid bottom half, and the top half is a screen was closed. The
weather outside was really warm today, even though it was windy and rainy off and on, it just smelled good, you know? The high today was 50 degrees! The high tomorrow is going to be 22 degrees! Yup...this is Ohio in January, all right...Right now we're under a severe thunderstorm warning for the night!!
Anyway, at first I thought Truman was just trying to smell the outside air, and feel the breeze coming in. So I turned around and was telling him, go back, you can't go outside, good kitties aren't allowed outside, just like good kitties aren't allowed in the basement, remember? I started walking back to the front of the kitchen, kinda nudging him with my legs to push him, cuz he was so adamant about getting to the door, and I wanted to get him back so I could get him out the other kitchen door and shut him in the rest of the house. He just kept dodging around me trying to get to the back door...like he knew I wasn't coordinated enough to dance around like him (the little showoff!). I finally thought I had the way to the back door blocked and took a couple steps. All of a sudden, he hissed at me, and launched himself at my leg!! He has never hissed at a person before! Especially the person that lets him sleep in my bed every night, scoops his litter box every couple days, makes sure he has a bowl full of fresh water & one full of Deli-Cat all the time. Damn~! I just stood there in shock, watching him for a minute to see what he was gonna do next! He GLARED back at me, he never blinked, or looked away, nothing! I just kind of walked back toward the kitchen for a minute, to see what he'd do. We just looked at each other for about 5 minutes, then I went back toward the back door, so I could get the bags of trash out, and he let me past him with no problem, just watched me...he didn't try to run out or anything while the door was open, and I got the trash bags out, and shut the door. As I was walking past him, I made sure he knew I thought he was a 'bad boy'!
I came in here and called B, and told him everything was out on the deck, and he said he'd be right over...he showed up a minute later, brought my mail in, we sat here & talked for a few minutes, he was telling me his 17th birthday was yesterday...that's neat! Then we went to the back door, and he went over and opened the inside door...then pushed open the screen door, and just jerked back and shut the screen door again, looked back at me and said "That's one of the biggest raccoons I've ever seen!!" Turns out there was a raccoon about 3 times the size of Truman standing on top of the bags I'd just put out! Keep in mind, we're in town, not even close to being out in the country! I've seen then around here before...they live in the sewers, I've seen them crawling down the storm drains! But now there's one living under my freaking deck!! Yuk!! B went back outside a couple minutes later with a flashlight (and a broom for protection! I forgot, I have a metal baseball bat in my bedroom...if I'dve thought about it, I would've gotten that for him! That would've been more secure than a damn wooden broom!). The raccoon wasn't there, so he took the bags out to the street. After he went home I started feeling like the biggest shithead in the world! Truman had been trying to save my life, and I called him a bad boy!! I've been telling him "Mommy's sorry!!" And petting him, and making a big deal over him, and he is loving it!
Okay, I'm done...I just thought my great, brave cat deserved this!
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Friday, January 25, 2008
That's one of the Kitlers I've found, while I was bored & web surfing.
And hasn't EVERYBODY felt like they've been driving on this road a LOT??
That's NOT my hand, I just thought it was an 'interesting' picture...interesting as in 'I almost threw up a little'.
I took everyone's advice, and I have a call in to my dr now, waiting for her to call back & tell me whether I should go get a blood test cuz I'm sleeping so much & I'm so cold. Personally, I think it's the time of year & the stuff going on this time of year...but, I'm not a dr.
Just in case it comes across that Boo & I only laugh, we actually did have one serious conversation, about her theory that, as a civilization, we've invented all kinds of things, especially lately, that are supposed to "save time for you & your family". You know, computers, cell phones, a bajillion cable channels, X-Box, etc. So why all of a sudden, do kids have the attention span of a gnat, and, if you think of it, families are more 'split apart' and doing different things with 'other people', not their families.
Boo & her husband & 4 kids have a house out in the country, & she cans everything all summer, the kids are all in 4-H, they don't have cable, and they all read all the time!! Her 15 yr old son's iq is 2 points higher than mine, for God's sake!! And all 4 kids have college funds, & they all KNOW they're going! I dunno...there's just so many different ways to live, & so many different things to do in life, don't you hear about a life like that & it sounds 'bucolic', and you wonder "why did she do that and I did this?" I know it's not all like it looks from the outside, she worked her way through all her college after she was married by babysitting all day & going to school at night, & there's no big college loan to have to pay off! And while all this was going on, she had their 4 kids! Gaaaahhhhhh...what energy!!
I also let her have a book last year that was called something like "Too Much Is Not Enough", and it was about that kind of stuff too. It talked about new houses now are usually for a family with 1 or 2 kids, but the house has 4 or 5 bedrooms & the same number of bathrooms! I dunno...it's just stuff to think about. But, for heaven's
sake, THINK before you choose!!
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
This picture is titled, appropriately enough, "Forbidden Love".
Is everybody watching "The Moment Of Truth" show tonight?? I am, for sure...I hope a lot of the liars I know are watching it, too!! I'd love to be playing it, actually!
I was talking to Boo tonight, telling her about the people at my front door at 3 am the other night, then we were laughing about the fact that I said maybe they were there to burglarize the house, but, well, when I opened the door and they saw my walker, my wheelchair...they decided "Nahhh...obviously she isn't rich or anything...if we did anything, we'd have to kill her, or we'd really look bad to everyone if they ever found out that we beat her up!" :-/ Then we REALLY started, when she said maybe I should've opened the door and asked "Are you the angels of death? I've been expecting you!" Man, that probably would've freaked them out, and they'dve been gone immediately!! Damn, I love talking to her, we're obviously the same family (looks, etc), and we finish each others' sentences a lot!! But absolutely nobody in the world can make me laugh like her! I've called her crying so hard I can't breathe or talk or anything...30 seconds later, I was laughing my ass off!! We've tried to figure this out forever...you know how they're always saying 'middle children are the ones who end up with more problems growing up.'?? So, why is it that , uhhh, lemme see...Boo's the middle, & she's so normal & well adjusted (especially for a kindergarten teacher!) person with a husband & 4 kids, I've ever known! The oldest and youngest are VERY different. Then there's my family...I'm the youngest, and I won't hear anything, because you're not gonna say CRAP I haven't been accused of before! Yes, youngest+only girl = spoiled. Then there's the oldest...Psycho, as you may have seen mentioned in here last year. Then there's Bro...he's the midddle in our family, and everyone knows him! He & his wife have also been married forever, like Boo & her husband, Bro & wife also have 4 kids.There's other families I've known where the 'middle child', seems to have their shit way more together than the others! What's up with this??
I called Kroger's grocery store the other day to find out if they had anyone or knew anyone who would deliver groceries in town. The girl I talked to said they used to have a guy who did that, but he went off on his own, he was really nice, did I want his number? OMG, yes, please! Only because I'm so tired and cold lately, I want nothing to do with even taking the bus anywhere, it's all I can do to get in the shower every day, and into a different pair of sweats! I called him, and he is SO nice! He's retired, about 75, and just does this kind of stuff on like a volunteer-type basis...his wife's also like that too, she spends a lot of time sitting with chemo patients that have cancer...I feel blessed to even know good people like this! We talked on the phone for awhile, then he said for me to make a grocery list for him, and he'd come over & meet me & get the list Tuesday around 11 am! So, I did, he came over the next day, we met & talked, he went over the list & kinda verified everything, then I gave him my debit cd (not the PIN #!), and that worked cuz I know some people that work there, they ALL know him, so he could just put it on as a credit! He even called me on his cell twice from there to tell me he was looking at this, but this brand was cheaper...which would I want?? Do you believe how wonderful this guy is?? And he brought it here & in the house, and even helped me put stuff away, then, all he wanted was $10.00! He said if gas was any cheaper, he'd just do it for free! He actually does this for people at retirement homes around town, etc! I would SO do this if I had a driver's license!
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Friday, January 18, 2008
Disturbing ride, huh? My kid wouldn't be riding it, I know that!!
And this cat is doing exactly what I've been doing for the last, oh well, SINCE IT'S GOTTEN COLD OUT!!! grrrrrrr!!!
I'm seriously starting to wonder if I have SAD (seasonal affective disorder!)! Now I'm sleeping about 18-20 hours a day! When I'm not sleeping, well, I'm thinking about it..A few weeks ago, I couldn't get to sleep...now I can't stay AWAKE!! When me and my friends were in our early 20's, I got maybe 5 or 6 hours of sleep a night, because of my working an hour away from home...and, trust me, in the winter it was an hour and a half drive up there!! Cuz in the winter, I'd call the Ohio State Police and ask how 23N was, and, invariably, they'd say "Snow covered and slippery". After the first time I called and got that answer, I put Tif in the car and drove out to 23, and it honestly was not bad at all! So we went back to the apartment, and I got ready for work, and got her dressed for the babysitter's (who only lived a few blocks down the street here in town), and dropped her off there! So I'd get up to work (which was actually closer to Mich than home!), but that was almost always fun!
We all used to say "Heck, no! I'm not tired! I'll sleep when I'm dead!" Didn't EVERYONE at that age say that?? Well, if that's the way it is...put me in a damn box right now. Better yet...cremate me...at least I'd be warm!
Actually, Joe & I were just talking the other night about that a long time ago, they used to attach a bell somewhere above the ground when they buried you, and they'd run a string through a hole in the coffin, just in case you were still alive when you were dead. And I made him promise to bury a cell phone with me. He said, o-kay, but, I bet the reception will be shitty down there....
Okay...I just read back over what I wrote about only sleeping 5 or 6 hours a night cuz I worked so far from home...but, no, honestly, that's not the only reason. I partied, but you all know that. But also, when I was home in the evenings, I'd put Tif to bed around 8:30, and I'd go crawl in my bed, and have a huge Stephen King book, or any other huge book with me, almost always a scary or ghost story-type book! I remember taking Tif downtown with me to the used book store (Brad''s Bookstore...it's still there!), and we both used to sit there and pick out the best books! Yeah, that was way before they started doing all this scary talk about all the germs you'd get from stuff like that.....pee-shaww! So I might've been broke, but, Tif always had fun with me, and I always read to her before she went to bed.
About the only time I remember her not having fun with me was when we were at the mall, & she wanted to go to the toy store...we were in a hurry (well, I was in a hurry!), and when I said no, she threw herself on the floor, kicking, screaming, crying. So I laid down right next to her & did the same shit, just not quite as loud. She was about 2 or 3, and she hurriedly stood right up and started pulling my arm..."Mommy, Mommy, come ON!!" HAHA! She remembers that to this day!
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
I wish I had these!! Truman would even like them!!
Okay, another really fun display I made at that store, was, well, the produce dept is usually in charge of the popcorn, raisins, other dried fruits, etc..I was told to do an end display with boxes of plums, and make it 'interesting', garnering attention.
Now, exactly how interesting & creative can a produce manager BE with boxes?? C'mon!! Sheeshh! But, it was a challenge...to put it nicely.
So, since it was on the end of an aisle...it was like a plastic-type 4-stair display. I ribboned the red canisters of SunMaid raisins from top to bottom in the middle, 6pks of individual boxes on each side, the outer edge was white boxes of plums. Looked really nice, but the brilliant marketing ploy made it unforgettable...up & down the outer edges of the display I had 6 packs of white toilet paper. And, it actually sold well too...this was another store that had mostly older customers...
*SICK* *GAG*...I heard that!! That's ok...I'm used to it...
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Hey everybody! Did you all have a great weekend? Mine was pretty good. I didn't go anywhere, it was too cold out. I did stay here and take care of the bills & everything on the computer...then I got down to the real business of the weekend...SHOPPING! with my ebay gift certificate, of course! I hafta quit buying so many books...or get some big tote things to put 'em in!
I was watching 'Jon & Kate + 8' earlier, but it just drives me crazy...how in the world could you EVER do it, with two 5 year old twin girls, & six 3 year olds (assorted flavors) boys & girls! And here I think it was tough raising Tif on my own! This week they showed them taking all the kids to Disney World...just exhausting to watch, I guess.
I could see many moms getting wedding invitatiions like this for their sons, couldn't you?
click on invitation to enlarge!
Now I've got a much better and calmer tv show on (lol)...'In Search Of The Swamp Thing', on The History Channel. I LOVE this channel! Almost as much as Nick At Nite...
I was talking to Joe last night, before he went to work at the bar (yes, this is what he does on weekends...you know, when he's not teaching school during the week (this is why I love him, though, he's done this for 16 or so years at the same place!). I was thinking about going out and hanging out there, but, I just could NOT make myself get warm all day!! I just sat here in front of the register (heat's always set at 74 degrees in the winter!) in my sweatshirt & sweatpants, with a little ceramic disc heater beside me!! All I can think of is how lucky I must be to have really thick hair, since the top of the head is where you're supposed to lose a lot of heat.
I was laying down, trying to sleep last night, but I couldn't...nothing! I HATE not being able to go to sleep at night! Oh. And just as soon as I get halfway asleep, here comes Truman, "STOMP, STOMP" up the bed. Well, ok, that may have been a mild exaggeration. Well, I DID try to get his picture on here, but it wouldn't go down here, it automatically went to the top!
Oh yeah...I got the best book in the mail from ebay last week! It's a James Patterson, 'You've Been Warned'. And it was just about the best book I;ve EVER read! In fact, it was 375 pages long...I started reading at 9 pm, fell asleep from midnight to 2, yadayada...off and on all night til 4 pm the next day! And I was done in 24 hrs!
All right...gotta go...
Friday, January 11, 2008
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
And who hasn't thought about doing this to their kid at one time or another?
Okay, I liked that green, but it's not easy to read...
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
Monday, January 07, 2008
I am SO loving this weather, in north central Ohio, on January 7!! It's 64 degrees out right now, cloudy with a little sun! I even heard a couple motorcycles go down the street a while ago! I know it's a 'false spring'...sure as hell doesn't make me enjoy it any less, though! I'm even feeling good enough to play Bon Jovi's 'Slippery When Wet'! And I finally figured out why it was playin' songs in the wrong order, or on different albums...I finally was really looking at the Windows Media Player...DOH!! The shuffle was on!! I am such a dolt!! If there's anything in the world that I'm truly an anal beast about, it's the songs not being in the 'right' order, as in, the way they were on the first album I ever heard them on!! Is anyone else like that, is it just me being weird? Probably me being weird, cuz I'm not, nor will I ever be, the kind of person who keeps their house perfect, dvds alphabetized, cds categorized in order of genre (no, windows media player does that for me, as long as i put it in the right place)! I remember the album when I first got frustrated about the songs 'weren't in the right order'! It was when I heard 'Run Through The Jungle' by Creedence. A different song came on after it than I'd been expecting, because when Joe & his brother and I went to Myrtle Beach on vacation for a week once in, like, 1988, we drove there in Joe's car, and I totally remember we listened to Creedence Clearwater Chronicle all the way pretty much! lol!! Good time, right, Wolf?
Okay, now I'm just opening the library and being all random...now it's Bruce Hornsby, 'Mandolin Rain & The Way It Is'...then it's gonna be Joe Jackson, 'Is She Really Goin Out With Him? and Steppin Out'...How pathetic...
I'm just missing the good times I had at the store up north...you know, the place where the girl working in the meat department told the woman who came back to visit after she'd gone to New England, that I'd had a car accident on the way to work a month ago & got killed. Laugh my ass off?? You bet, cuz I was hidden 5 feet away around the corner, and she didn't even know I was alive, fakkrissakes!! And, no, we never saw her again, ergo, she'll never know that I didn't die!! Now that's some funny shit, I don't care WHO you are!!
Now it's Phil Collins..."I Don't Care Anymore'! Good time for it! Now it's all cloudy out!! It just fits!
Sunday, January 06, 2008
Oh...what a wonderful grandma I'll make, huh?
I've trained him well, huh?
Today's kinda a 'blahhh' day. Just how weird is this? It's 51 degrees out right now, and it's 4 days after we had 4 inches of snow!! Ugly! It wouldn't be all that bad, but I know this isn't 'spring' yet...I think this is what old people call "strawberry spring". And that's anything but good!
I'm so convinced that it's gonna be winter forever, that the only album to listen to is "Long Cold Winter" by Cinderella! Yup, it's an 80's album, the best songs are, of course, Long Cold Winter, and 'If You Don't Like It, I Don't Care". The rest of it's good, though, too!
"Gypsy Road" is playing now....boy, does that bring back a whole TON of good (drunk) memories! When I worked in the store an hour north of here, we'd all go out and get drunk as hell on Saturday night and Tuesday night, (department managers had Sundays and Wednesdays off for the most part...except for inventory time, which was a whole 'nother story!).
So a bunch of us used to go hit all the bars up there in the 3 towns that were fairly close to each other...15 miles or so...and yes, I admit it, I drove kinda drunk, but, thank God, I never had an accident. And, no, if I...
Oh my God!! This is so fuckin' freaky! My computer just switched over and the next song that's playing is "One Lonely Night" by REO Speedwagon!! And now it's "Tearin' Down The Walls" by Poison!! All of these songs are downloaded on my hard drive, but, still!! All right...I think I've got it now...just playin AC/DC album "High Voltage"! That was the VERY FIRST album I EVER bought, when I was in 8th grade (how ancient do I sound now? and it was a real "ALBUM", vinyl and all!! No cd's back then, you had a choice of cassettes, or albums, and I still had some 8-tracks from Bro!).
Anyway, we'd all go out and get drunk, then end up at my (well, mine & Mouse's boyfriend's house...really, his mom & dad's house where he lived with his brothers & sisters! and his mom & dad!). And we'd sit in the kitchen and watch that show on MTV where there was a hot guy that played rock videos late on weekends, I forget what it was!
If it was a Tuesday night, we'd just be out partying all night and sleep at one of the person's houses up there..(it's amazing that all of us were in our 20's and, up there, most people still lived with their mom & dads, who never cared that we came rolling in drunk & noisy!). And I'd be driving home the next morning, and I'd pass one of the supervisors from my town, going to work in one of the towns north, with his big ol' cup of coffee...it was a divided highway, but we kinda got in the habit of raising our drinks to each other, me, my can of Coke, him, his huge coffee! haha!