Monday, April 27, 2009

Random Thought

Today, my poor sleep deprived brain thought this: I was contemplating my future and suddenly realized that it's already part of my past. I don't know how I feel about that. Time to come up with something new for the future, I guess.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

5K in the Rain

Well, I got myself moving today for the March of Dimes/March for Babies with Team Alyssa Shannon today. Before I get into the details, I feel the need to share the love and tell everyone that there's elk poop on my running shoes. It was pouring rain almost the whole time, which was okay. What I hadn't considered was that the puddles I was splashing through had a funky color and an even funkier odor. The puddles couldn't be avoided, so I just sloshed on through and didn't even make the connection until after I hit the finish line. My shoes are now outside my house and I'll be hosing 'em off later.

But now the good stuff...I'm excited that our team raised $1,110! I was even more excited that through the generous support of friends and family, I raised $365--the amount made even better by the fact that my personal fundraising goal was $250. Knowing that goal was exceeded just blew me away.

The whole thing was an amazing experience. I was honestly overwhelmed by the number of people joining together to honor so many children--children who were born as tiny preemies and today were toddling along the path, children who fought the fight and lost, children who never had a chance...I'm getting choked up just thinking about it.

And today's 5K was made even more special when Kim announced that she and her husband Mark are expecting another baby. I could hardly contain my tears as I hugged her and congratulated her, thinking the whole time that sweet Alyssa Shannon would have been an amazing big sister. I know she's looking down from Heaven, loving her mommy and daddy and sharing in the joy of the anticipation of another child.

Then Kim asked me about participating in another 5K in June, and of course, I told her yes!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Lovin' the Weekend

I'm SOOOO glad it's Saturday! It's kind of rainy today, but the temperatures are warmer, the flowers are blooming (and so are the dandelions--note to self to buy some Scott's for the lawn). The only real down side is that the sudden temperature change and massive blooming of flowers, trees, etc., is that my poor kiddo is wheezing like crazy. It's too warm to keep the windows closed, but not nearly warm enough to put on the air conditioning. She just finished a breathing treatment and sounds a little better, so we'll see what happens the rest of the day. We have a visit scheduled with the pediatrician in a few weeks for him to re-assess her. I think he's going to keep her on daily meds, which is okay.

The semester is wrapping up unbelievably fast; I have some grading I need to finish today, and then I'll have a final round of papers to take care of next weekend, but then I have three weeks of no teaching (yay for free time) before summer school starts; then I'll have another three weeks between the end of the summer session and the beginning of the fall semester. I wish I didn't have to work at all during those weeks, but I still have a pesky full-time job to worry about--which I am incredibly thankful for!! I know too many people who've lost their jobs in recent months, and even though I recently took a pay cut, I'm so happy to have my job and insurance benefits.

Hmmmm. I'm thinking about what else I can write about. There's not too much going on, which is kind of nice. I've got to get my kiddo's birthday party invitations done today. Need to run to the store for a few things. Do laundry. All the usual stuff I guess. Maybe I'll have something more interesting to write about tomorrow after I finish the 5K for the March of Dimes!

Have a good weekend!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Sleepless Night

It's a little after 5am and I've been awake for a few hours. Don't you just love the sound of silence? It's useful for clearing my head, especially since there's nothing on TV. Since I got cable, I've discovered there are just more channels with nothing on except infomercials and occasional episodes of The Twilight Zone.

I just looked up at the TV and there's an old episode of Family Matters on--it caught my attention, because the dad fell asleep on the couch and woke up fifteen years later. His wife comes in, he asks how long he's been asleep and she tells him...making a point of saying it's 2009. And it is 2009. And it's nothing like I thought it would be. I'll think about that as I try to get some sleep.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Sunday Thoughts

Heard on the radio this morning (sorry, don't know the station) but the guy's name was Roy...

"Something's gotta give with this economy. Enough of all the stimulus packages and bailouts. Did you know that there are 40 million people age 50 and older working? How about this: Instead of anymore bailouts, the government should tell those 40 million people that they have to retire. In return, they each get one million dollars each, free and clear. Think about it. That means 40 million job openings. I think they'd probably all buy new cars, so that would stimulate the auto industry. They'd probably all pay off their mortgages or buy houses, so that would help the housing industry and ease the cash flow for the banks. And if the government can't afford the $40 million, if they need more money, well...we could just ask all the members of congress to pay their taxes."

Alrighty then.

I mean, I plan on working well past fifty, but if someone offered me a million bucks, I'd be hard pressed not to take it, especially if the government would also throw in free medical coverage. I'll think about that while I'm working my two jobs this week.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Can Someone Hand Me a Napkin? I Have Sarcasm Dripping Off My Chin...

Caution: Gender Bashing Ahead!

I've determined that the problem between men and women lies in basic genetics.

Women have XX chromosomes. Men have XY chromosomes.

Naturally, this means that women are twice as good as men. (Okay, not really. This is all sort of tongue-in-cheek and I'm having feelings today that are a weird cross between silly and annoyed.) It explains why I can do twice the work in half the time as compared to my husband. It also explains why my husband only understands what I'm saying half the time...and that's if he's listening!

I think it also has something to do with the reason for me constantly looking at him saying, "Why, why, why?!" See, he thinks I'm actually asking him something, but really, I'm cursing his genetics..."Y, Y, Y!!!"

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Busy...

So, as if I don't already have enough to do on a daily basis, I have succumbed to the pressure of Facebook and added one more thing to my busy schedule. I created a profile yesterday (set as private as I could get it because I'm weird that way...)! It's strangely addictive, sort of like blogging, but I was able to re-connect with a few old friends. Yay! Wanna be my friend?

Monday, April 13, 2009

Easter...and a Day

I don't know about anyone else, but the day after a holiday always seems like a little bit of a letdown. I am, however, grateful for the slowed-down pace and peace and quiet. The holidays are always so hectic. Easter was nice, though.

Lots of fun making cookies...


Playing at the park and in the backyard and Grandma and Grandpa J's house...

Nice scenery...


And me goofing around, pretending I was at the Master's (I took the picture of my in-laws' television--lame, but the pic isn't half bad!)...


And when I woke up on Easter morning, I was amazed to see that my daffodils had bloomed overnight...

It was a decent weekend...things continue to be busy at home and at work, plus the semester is winding down unbelievably fast and I have only about a month until summer school starts. No real rest for me, which has its pros and cons. Right now, I'm going to relax and take a peek at one of the two books a bloggy-buddy recommended...thanks, J.A.L.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Sunday Morning

I'll post a little something later about Easter and the fun that we're having, but I saw this postcard on Post Secret this morning and my heart paused, just for a moment. It sums up so much of what I've been feeling...


Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Crabby Pants

Yeah, I said it. Crabby pants. In reference to me. I'm just grumpy today. And tired. Always tired. My doctor has me trying a few home-remedy-type things to help with my sleep before resorting to a prescription.

They're not working so far.

And I'm crabby with my spouse. All I want is for him to do the things he tells me he's going to do. Hell, I'd settle for half the things! I think if I hear the phrase, "I forgot" one more time, I'm gonna blow a gasket. Or maybe I'll just collapse on the floor in a heap. Ooohhhh...maybe I'll hide the remotes and take away his computer and video games, sell all of it and use the money to hire a maid. Bwah ha ha ha ha!

Sorry, I think the Lack O'Sleep Troll has taken possession of my normally rational brain...

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Restored!

After no home phone, internet and television since Tuesday...and after THREE failed service appointments...our service is finally restored!

I was pretty peeved to find out that the technicians who failed to come the past few days were calling our home phone number to let us know they couldn't make it--when we didn't have phone service!

On the up side, our bill has been credited a fair amount and the techs who came out today were incredibly professional and just very nice all the way around.

I've got a lot of catching up to do, which I'll have to start later, because right now, my kiddo is exhausted and needs a bath before bed!

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Good News!

Billy's surgery has been considered a success! (I wanted so badly to post last night, but my home phone, internet and tv are down. AT&T is coming out today to fix it.) Anyway, a good part of his kidney was saved and he was moved to a recovery room late last night. It was a long surgery, but he held up well and all news right now is that he should be just fine. Whew!

His mom and dad are relieved, as are the rest of us. Many thanks to everyone for their good wishes, thoughts and prayers!