Sunday, August 5, 2012

Family, Food, Finances & Fun

Where to begin? My title wasn't really that good and may not necessarily be indicative of what I have to say, but I couldn't think of anything better. And the title fairly well sums up my life on any given day-my family, who's eating what when, the financial aspect of life (especially here lately) and the fun we have...

It has been a week of good news-my friend Nora and her husband Josh found a new house in North Carolina. They are getting transferred there from Beaumont, CA (what a change!) and were out house hunting. Beautiful home-I hope they will be very happy there!

Jason & I started thinking about vacations for the kids and we were going to take them on one for their Spring break in March 2013... but after doing the planning and everything we have discovered that there is too much to do in the time that would be allotted to us! So we are going to wait until summer of 2013 and take them right when they get out of school. Its a surprise for them-and I'm not mentioning it anywhere in a public forum. If you want to know, private message me or text me. Keeping it hush-hush; lets see if we can do it for a year, shall we?

I posted on FaceBook earlier about listening to certain music that you love, but shouldn't listen to, because of the effect it has on your brain. Y'all know what I'm talking about?
For me, its anything by Sponge. It makes me restless-makes me want to travel, to move; it makes me almost unhappy with my life, the things in it and where I'm living it.
I don't know what the connection is, but its somewhat annoying-usually I am very happy with my life, the things in it and where we live it.
Today I started wondering if I have been barking up the wrong tree lately. I had started looking at/applying for jobs in other parts of the country; wondering if maybe there is more opportunity there than here. But most of those are coming up dead ends. I got a couple of nibbles before, but that was all they were. Little nibbles. Nothing helpful.
Jason has a potential line on some stuff through his work-room for advancement and all like that. Maybe even transferring to Huntsville. I might could live in Huntsville... I've always really liked the city. My favorite thing- I love the view of the mountains when you first come in to Huntsville on 72.

We saw a house the other day that had three bedrooms. I think it is going to turn out to be a little rich for our blood... The house itself is a little small; and I think we would still be cramped.

We saw a house just yesterday that  has an interesting story...

A few weeks ago, Roger came to us and said he had a friend who's brother had a house for rent on the corner of Smith Street here in Florence. Said he'd been trying to sell it, but it had sorta gone to pot and wanted someone to fix it up for  reduced rate. We found what we thought was the house and looked at the outside. Not bad.
Roger talked to his friend and it turns out it wasn't the house he thought it was. The one his friend's brother is selling is on another part of Smith Street.
So today, Roger went to the house we were looking at originally and started nosing around. The next-door neighbor came out and asked him what he was up to, so he explained the situation. They had an extra key and let him & Jason in to look around.
Turns out the owner has been trying to sell the house, but took a teaching job in Oklahoma and has been living there for the last two years. The yard has gotten overgrown, there's trash in the garage and the storage building, the pool(!) is all  yucky & slimy. Also, it needs a new central air unit.
Those are the downsides.
The upsides-it has a beautiful kitchen with a breakfast nook, 4 bedrooms, 2 1/2 bathrooms, a playroom and an indoor laundry room.
It needs some cleaning on the inside, but it was really nice-I was impressed with how few dead bugs there were (after apparently being shut up for 2 years) and how good it smelled.
It is sort of a raised-ranch style; the kitchen and living room are on one level, you go up 1 step to two bedrooms and a bathroom; and on the other side of the house, up half a flight to two bedrooms and a bathroom. At the same place you go up half a flight, you can go down half a flight into a finished basement room. Behind that room is a laundry room with more storage. I like the indoor-laundry thing, as well as the enclosed room that's underground. Safety.
The yard has a gazebo-thing and the aforementioned pool.

Next-for anybody who didn't know; Mimi is currently away at Diabetes Camp, but she will be coming home on the 14th. Home. To Alabama. I'll save the long ugly story from here; but it was.
Jason still has to go to court for Lizzie, but we think that one's in the bag as well; given that a) we already have Mimi and b) apparently Becky's had some not-so-savory activities here recently. The courts don't like to separate blood siblings, either. We're not worried.

So what else? I have decided that as of tomorrow, I'm jumping back on the exercise bandwagon. I have a Denise Austin DVD that sounds good and I'm going to once-again give up drinking soda. Other dietary changes to follow... it should be somewhat easier with Mimi back here. Unlike some folks, we try to tailor our meals around what she can & can't have. We're also going to be working on portion control.

Love to all Who's, near & far...

Saturday, April 14, 2012

I think... therefore I have a headache...

"Childhood is not from birth to a certain age and at a certain age, the child is grown and puts away childish things. Childhood is the kingdom where nobody dies." -Edna St Vincent Millay

So how does this apply to every day life? As parents, are we fully aware of our children's childhood? Aware to the point that they are having a good childhood regardless of what we have for them to do or the way we push them in school/sports/home? I personally enjoy reverting back to my "childhood" when I play with my kids-granted, their toys are a hell of a lot cooler, but I still have some of my old toys and I share that with them. My big girls were gifted all of my Barbies & Barbie stuff (with the exception of two dolls and a handful of clothes) and Alex was gifted my My Little Pony stuff (with the exception of a couple of things). I still have my Dream Dancer and my Baby Skates, and yes, I enjoy playing with them from time-to-time, thank you very much.
When you play with your kids and/or with their toys, does it make you feel like you're young again? Like you'll "never" get old and die?

First, a bit of family-type news.
Bub seems to have stalled on the potty-training, but that's as much our fault as it is his. We're not very strict with him about it.
Alex is playing soccer and loving it! She is doing well, too. Both Mimi & Liz played soccer, so there must be something in those Garner genes.
Lizzie got glasses, but you'd have to be blind (excuse the pun) to have not seen that one coming!
Mimi got an insulin pump; her start date is May 07. I still have mixed feelings about this.

I'm looking forward to this being a somewhat relaxing weekend-last weekend was ridiculously busy so I'm hoping this weekend is the antithesis of that. Although it already started with a run to Home Depot at 8am because Jason went outside to see why the dryer wasn't working and lo & behold, discovered a bird's nest in the air hose. We also needed a new toilet seat because *somebody* cracked the old one. Jason is currently at Thornton Chrysler getting the new tires put on the truck.

Rant one-I have no problem with people who need to use medication to encourage their weight loss... but you're sorta missing the point if that's the first place you go, and you continue to eat the way you did before you started taking the medication. Change your eating habits, get some exercise... if absolutely none of that works, then try a medication if you need to... but ffs, don't keep eating the way you always did while taking the medication. Any doctor worth his salt won't keep you on it forever and if you haven't learned any healthy habits you will balloon right back up again, dumbass.

Rant two-I'm sick of people's stupid excuses. If you forgot something, say that... don't make excuses for why you didn't do it. Or, if you forgot because it isn't that important to you, say that... again, don't make dumb excuses and apologies. Just be honest, ffs.

Rant three-Having things "conveniently work out" so that you look like you care oh-so-much more than you do. You got fuckin' lucky. Don't make it any more than that, because it isn't, dammit.

Rant four-Leopards don't change their spots. Want different spots? Find a different leopard.

Rant five-Serial "like"-ers on FaceBook... especially those who continually "like" things of their friends with whom they no longer have a real relationship. I'm not talking about folks who both like & comment and are trying to keep the friendship alive; but folks whose brains are firing a few synapses short... I'm actually thinking of a certain person in particular, and she has always been a few neurons short, but whatever.
And in thinking about it, I realized how much this could apply to me and a certain friend that I almost never talk to. I'd like to think our relationship, however, is stronger than that and blame business and life on the fact that we don't talk as much as we used to anymore. I actually sorta wish I knew one way or the other...

The weather of late had been bothering me too-fortunately now its warm again and going to stay that way. The week of 90* and then into the 30's overnight... like to killed me. I was talking to one of my coworkers not that long ago and she chuckled when I said that I liked warm weather because none of my joints hurt. True story-arthritis and cold weather suuuuuuck.

Hmm... what else... I got verbally attacked the other day for answering what I thought was an honest question. Silly me. Oh well, "to forgive is divine"... or something.
On the same note, I also love folks who jump to conclusions without knowing the whole story. At that point I can only hope that when the story is told to them, they change their opinion.

I'm trying to work on some stuff that will change me for the better, but hopefully will change our whole situation and make life better for the kids and our family. I have worries and stress about it, but I can't help but wonder why it wouldn't work out since it is actually a rational, more-than-theoretical way of thinking.
And I came across an old blog the other day where I promised a friend something... maybe through my current avenue I can not only do for myself & my family, but keep my promise.

And last, but not least, I don't guess...