Wednesday, January 31, 2007


Every morning, at the same time, this lady in this little red car, runs the same stop sign. I guess that would be a routine right? I wish I could do something with the same consisty as this lady. Maybe not by running stop signs, but by keeping up with my daily routines!

Also, I have a new phobia. Trains. I go the same way every morning to take Caitlin to school because it is less busy then the way that has an over pass over the train yard. This makes it so I have to cross a railroad. I fear that the cross bars, and flashing lights will not alert me to an oncoming train. I know they go pretty slow across this road, but still.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007


So... some time last week when I took Caitlin to school, I left Zoe home with Tony. Tony was in bed sleeping, and usually Zoe is fine on the couch watching Dora for the 7 minutes that I am gone. She wasn't so good one day. She scribbled ALL OVER my desk top calender! My pooooor calendar! lol I had to make a new February page so I could READ it later!!! Now that Its almost February, I see my nice neat organized calender page. I hope it stays so neat with no scribbles!!!

Sunday, January 28, 2007


I'm not really sure what happened today. I remember being woke up by Caitlin " Mom, I am hungry, would you get up and make me breakfast?"

I remember getting up to get both Caitlin & Zoe breakfast, then I took a snooze on the couch. I got woke up to Caitlin saying "Mom it is 9, 3, 0" She can not tell time yet, but that's what the cable box said, so that's what she told me. LOL Then I got woke up by her telling me "Mom its 1, 0, 5, 8" oh... OK. OMG. lol Hey its lunch time... So I made lunch.

I went to dollar tree for more paint brushes and a paint tray, which they were out of. So I visited Family Dollar. I found bigger tension curtain rods, some MR CLEAN MAGIC REACH MOPPING PADS!, and a paint tray.

So when I got home I painted the bottom half of the wall that I was unable to do the other night. I had a cat down there that was being overly friendly and kept rubbing up against the wall. I didn't want a white cat, and a hairy wall.

Then, I talked to hubby for a few mins, got the kids ready for Gma to take them to the movies. They saw "Charlotte's Web". Then I went to Menard's to get paint for our bedroom. I also found a vent cover that is not as flimsy as the one that's up there. The cats managed to bust into the cold air return in our room, so there is a dresser there, and that's where I want the bed to be!

After I got home, hubby was still playing his game, so I snoozed some more on the couch. While I was TRYING to snooze, the kids came home.

I woke up and hubby was gone! I went upstairs to go to the bathroom, and he was snoozing! hehe

I guess today was Snooze Day.

Saturday, January 27, 2007


Ok so you buy a product that requires a refile now and then. You would expect to be able to buy these refills at the store that you purchased this item. So, why can I not find these refills? I have previously complained about this product. It is the Mr. Clean magic reach. I can not find the mopping refills. I can find the bathroom scrubbing pads though. I guess I will be off today to find them at either Kmart, or maybe Shopko.

Today is one of those days that I understand why some creatures eat their young. ARGH!

I didnt get all of my tasks done downstairs last night. First, I could not get the two sided tape to stick to the windows. Second, my curtain rods are too short by like an inch. One silly little inch. So I did an anger filled cleaning of the rest of my house.

Friday, January 26, 2007


So everyone has a "pet supply" cupboard right? lol

So life is going good, my husband got the job at Winnebago, the four of us have health insurance for next month, that's a WONDERFUL thing, other then the benefits of having it, but my medications would run us about $300+ a month. That's a lot. We also were able to get food stamps for the rest of January, and February. After that, we are done! Hooray! I love the feeling of getting OFF of public assistance.

I love the dollar spot at Target. I have been wanting to get the kids some more "kid" dishes and silverware for a while. They disappear.. into thin air.. *POOF* gone. So they had plates, silverware, bowls, and cups. I loaded up. I got 8 plates total, four bowls, 8 silverware, and two glasses (they only had one style of glasses). Also while at Target, I came across some dog coats that were on clearance for 75% off. So I grabbed two. One little rain coat, and corduroy one. I got home and what do you know? THEY DIDN'T FIT. I have a tiny ass dog... I usually have NO problems getting him the x small. These were TOO SMALL. If the don't fit MY dog, what dog will they fit??? LOL

Well, we only need one more W2. And of course, its the smallest, its under $200 dollars. We got the rest, even the one I thought we would never get. Some were even forwarded. I thought they did not forward those things? Oh well... we got the ones that were.

I am almost finished with MY part of the basement remodel. Just one more coat of paint, wash the windows w/ cleaner, put plastic up (its a bit drafty down there) and the curtains. I think I should be able to finish that tonight! I hope! Because now that is done, I can work on decorating Finally! I think I am going to make it a beach theme. Not no cheesy beach, but nice and luxurious place to go to bed or just meditate. We have one wall thats kind of weird, So I am thinking I might just paint a real beach ... Yes that might be cheesy, but do you have a beach in YOUR bedroom? Is your bedroom YOUR castle? Ours will be... LOL

Wednesday, January 24, 2007


I tried to blog yesterday, but the sign in was funny and didn't allow me to sign in. And of course I totally forgot what the heck I was going to blog about!!

I had a dream last night that when I got up, there was a light dusting of snow on everything. LOL This morning, when I really got up, there was SNOW; a light dusting on everything. Weird.

I had two errands to run this morning after I took Caitlin to school. Before I could bring her to school, I had to put some gas in my van. The gas light had been on for a few days... oops. Since I was there, I figured I would treat my self to a cappichino. I normally get the Carmel Charger, but of course, they were out so I got the Vanilla Charger. Mmm still yummy Oh.. Back to errands. I dropped Caitlin off at school, then headed to the bank to find out they do not open the drive thru until 8:30am. It was only 8:22am when I pulled thru, so I figured I would go run my other errand; to pay the water & trash bill before they disconnect me some time after 11am. I went to the Water company building on Elm. I walked thru the front door, didn't see any signs or anything, and the second inside door was locked. Then I looked at the disconnect notice and realized the address was different from the one I was at. A guy was coming to work, so I asked him if this was the place that I pay my bill, of course, he told me no. I had to go to City Hall to pay it. That made me a bit nervous, because I had only been there once before, and I was giving them a check knowing there is no money in the account, and I signed it (I'm not on the account). They didn't give me any trouble about giving them the check. WHEW. So after that, I went to the bank drivethru & they were now open.

longest paragraph EVA

Monday, January 22, 2007


Ok, I love this cute little house, but there are also some things I do not like. First, WHYYY would you put CARPET at the front door... Didn't they think about SNOW or water from RAIN? We do live in Iowa, so these things happen on a frequent basis. Carpet gets wet, then the carpet pad gets wet, then whatever is UNDER the carpet pad gets wet. No good. Not only do I hate stepping in puddles left from snow & water soaked shoes that don't seem to stay on the rugs, but I hate it more when I have socks on, with bare feet it doesn't bother me as much.

Second, why would you use those nasty peel n stick tiles? They are crappy, there are little spaces between them that dirt and goo gets stuck in, and they MOVE. Yes, they move. And they come unstuck. I would rather have lino through out the kitchen and back stairs then them.

Third, why would you cover up a doorway that goes from the kitchen into the entry way by the front door. Why would you leave the back side looking like a door, but the front side a nice finished wall? That is just silly.

Fourth, why would you put two layers of lino in the bedrooms? Yes, I said bedrooms. WTF is that shiat?? Did you know that years ago they would use a tar like substance to get the lino to stick? Yeah. I get to scrape that off the floor. The nice hardwood floor. It needs to be refinished, but for the most part, its in good shape.

Fifth, whats with the unlevel basement floor? why is a section about five feet by seven feet two inches higher then the rest of the floor??

Sixth, outside between the house and the garage door, the "patio" is so uneven and crumbling in some spots, and obviously patched in others. This makes for difficult shoveling and a nice place for ice & leaves to accumulate.

Ok but I really do like our house. Our home. Really.. .I do

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Winter Weather Advisory

Oh the snow.. snow snow snow...

I wish I had batteries for my camera... I let my monsters outside to play in the snow while I did some more shoveling. They had a blast...

Stupid battery operated things. :|

Ok still not sure about the new meds, but having had the stomach flu, which seems to be transforming into a cold, kinda is not helping. And now my body aches from shoveling all that snow. Having two driveways kinda sucks when it comes to snow...

Ohh Desperate Housewives is on! TATA!

Thursday, January 18, 2007

The Chain

Thanks to someone who knows someone who got this tool bar, the Stumble Upon, I have been finding several wonderful and interesting links. This is one of them For the cat lovers..

Wednesday, January 17, 2007


So.. I had the stomach flu yesterday. Yucky.. glad that's over.. Today though was hell too. I felt like crap. I was dizzy and shaky all day. After sleeping thru the alarm for ten mins, I got up and came down stairs and laid on the couch. I guess I must have fallen asleep. I woke up to Caitlin asking me to make oatmeal. I got up even though I did not want to move, looked at the clock, and it was 8:31am. Um... school starts at 8:30. So I made breakfast and did the usual "Okay GET DRESSED. NOW" thing and sent her to school with a note: "Caitlin is late today because I have the stomach flu and fell back asleep on the couch."

I figured I might feel better after taking one of my medications... So around 7, I took my lamictal. I began to feel a little less dizzy and shaky around 9pm. I can not wait to go to take my other med, go to sleep, and wake up feeling OKAY in the morning. Then I get to pick up after two days of no one picking up after them self. WOW its amazing what two days can do to a house. Must make the house into a nice cozy home again tomorrow.

I talked to my aunt Dawn tonight on the phone for over an hour. Its nice to talk to someone who understands what it is like to suffer from depression on the same level as myself. I discovered that we are on two of the same medications too. That's always interesting to see how medications affect other people. I told her how I used to take all three of my medications at night, and now being off Zoloft and on Effexor, I was told to take it in the morning and how I never remember if I had taken it that day or not. She mentioned that I should write it down. That was one of those DUH! moments that takes someone else to point out for you. I write EVERYTHING else down on my calender... why not what time I take my medication that day??
So tonight, to help me better remember to write down when I take my meds, I cleared off two days worth of soda bottles, cereal bowls, and other miscellaneous crap that collected on top of my ginormous desk calender. Turns out, tomorrow is "Computer, and book check out" so I threw Caitlin's library book on top of her coat, which happens to be on the floor of the entry way.

Oh I hope after taking my medications at the right time tonight and tomorrow help my day go better! I feel like I completely missed two whole days...

Monday, January 15, 2007

Caitlin says

Caitlin "Zoe, I don't like when you hug me because your hugs are too cuddly"


I guess I posted about the snow too early. This morning when I got up and took the dog out, there was about an inch of snow on the porch, two or three on the steps. Another five on the sidewalks, totalling maybe 5 or six around the cars (since I didn't shovel there the first couple of shovelings)

Okay I think it is time I made a New Years Resolution or two.

1) Stick to my schedule. Cleaning, sleeping, living. Flylady has really helped me out in the past, and I need to stick with this.

2) See no. 1

Ok what other intellectual thing can I add to my blog today... hmm

We got a computer from Tonys brother who got it from someone who got a new one. I can totally see why they got a new computer. This one has a hard drive so small, it goes by MB. LOL crazyness! I might have to use some of the money we got for Christmas from our TFMR buds to buy the kids a new hard drive. Now I just have to find a small, yet not too small one for cheap.

Ok time to get dressed and off to work... er well home... to clean n stuff.. See no. 1

Sunday, January 14, 2007


Look! Look outside your window! OK maybe just MY window or well IOWAS windows, but hey! There is snow! Not a LOT, but SNOW. Maybe three or four inches of fluffy white snow! Hooray for snow! SNOW SNOW SNOW!

OK. That was fun... Now what?

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Sick Kiddo, Cold weather, Snow

So last night I thought I was dreaming when Caitlin got sick. Turns out it was not a dream, and poor Caitlin was actually puking. :( Poor kiddo... Oh and now she says she can not eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches since that was the last thing she ate yesterday. This morning, I get to clean up the aftermath of her being sick. Its almost 10am, and she is still sleeping... My poor kiddo

So it was very cold yesterday. The temp never made it above 9 (F). Our poor furnace was on almost none stop yesterday. Darn drafty old house! Oh well.. we will get that taken care of soon. I did spend a few bucks on caulking when we first moved in. I caulked around all of the inside windows except the basement. And that must come next. It is freezing down there. Must warm it up.

This morning, I slept in. The kids slept in. Weird. I didn't get up until 8:30. When I did get up, I took the dog out, and it was snowing, and accumulating fast. I would love to take the kids out to play in the snow, except Caitlin is sick, and its still only 5(F) outside. So we will sit inside and watch the snow fall. Hopefully it will stick around a while after it warms up a bit.

Ok time to go play with photoshop!

Friday, January 12, 2007


Who said it could be this cold outside?? BURRRRR *shiver*

Its been between 1 and 9 degrees (F) all day. That doesnt include the bone chilling wind that keeps popping up!

Caitlin says tonight "Its going to be warm tomorrow, mom" I said "what makes you think that??" "Because I have school" ... "Tomorrow is Saturday, Caitlin"

Tomorrow will be one week since I started Effexor. I am still unsure if I am just going thru withdrawels from the Zoloft, or getting used to the Effexor, or both. I definatly dont feel like I did before I started the Effexor though. That is good.

Thursday, January 11, 2007


Ok so I am supposed to give these new pills a while before they will work. Im feelin kinda ... well... its hard to explain. Im not going thru what I was while on the Zoloft, so thats good. Feeling like that isnt good. And I dont want to go into that.

Just thought I would update. Not sure what else to say... Course I could say that I had a mania induced cleaning session the other day. That was fun. Four straight hours of nothing more then cleaning. I did everything from picking up around the house, to vac'ing the floors, sweeping, mopping, dusting, laundry, dishes (well the dishwasher did them), cleaned the counters... and other cleaning things. LOL

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Oh yeah...

So.. Last night when Zoe went to bed, she was wearing her pink footie pajamas. This morning, she came down wearing her dora night gown. When did she change her clothes?? Cuz when I saw her at 10:30pm, she was still wearing the footie pjs. Weird.

Im not sure what was going on in the pretty princess castle room last night, but neither of the children wanted to sleep in there. I found one kid in bed with me, not sure what time that was, or when or how she went back to her own bed. I found the other sleeping on the couch when I was moving around.

Guess What?

It is Saturday.

I remembered to take my new meds this morning. Im supposed to take this one in the morning. I hope I continue to remember because I usually take them all at night. Wish me luck!

Hmm what to do to day... I think we are working on cleaning up the basement again...

Friday, January 05, 2007

Its Friday!

The last day of the school week, the first day Tony has off from one job, the day I finally was able to talk to my mental health specialists nurse. I have an appointment on Feb. 15th, but I have known for a long time that I need something different. This just isnt working out. After calling yesterday, today when I called, I told them "I really need to get in sooner..." She checked the other doctors schedules then offered the nurse of my drs voice mail. I left a message, she called me back then asked me a few questions, said shed talk to the dr and call me back. She did a couple of hours later, I wasnt expecting a call until hmm 5ish? lol So YAY! For me! New med! Effexor...

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Happy New Years!

And all that stuff...

Im not going to make any new years resolutions this year. I failed miserably at last years. I did not stick to my schedule, causeing much chaos for my family. I guess you could say that I sort of did the visit more of the family thing by moving to Mason City, Iowa, since the girls have great grandmothers in Iowa Falls. I have yet to go there. I failed to keep up to date with my scrapbook group, and other clubs because of moving, having no internet on my computer, then my computer blew up. I dont think I will ever be able to "relax and enjoy life" because I am always stressed and tense.

So I guess in a round about way, I have not taken any steps to better myself or life.