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13th birthday

Saturday was my oldest daughter’s 13th birthday.
We had a swimming party.

Music + swimming + friends + cousins + pizza + cupcakes + ice cream + later on a movie +slumber party = FUN!

My mom called her from China. She had reception on her cel phone.. amazing, I think!

Ragu

Tonight I had my first experience with canned spaghetti sauce as spaghetti sauce. I’ve used it before as pizza sauce, for eggplant parmesan or chicken parmesan, even for baked ziti. But never for spaghetti.

It wasn’t so bad. Not the same as Mom’s homemade sauce, but great for a quick dinner.

Thursday Thirteen

13 things about Titanium

1. My sister & her family are moving here next week.

2. They are buying a house 5 miles away from me.

3. It’s been a really long time since I lived close to either of my sisters. I’m looking forward to it.

4. This week at work has been very busy & stressful. Instead of working with the 2 facilities I normally work with, I’m doing billing for 2 hospitals that are completely new to me, since several people are out on vacation this week.

5. My kids are finally getting a little bored with summer & are starting to seem a bit happy about school starting next month.

6. I’ve gotten all the younger two kids’ school supplies.. and saved quite a bit of $$ by shopping the sales.

7. I’ve gotten basic supplies for junior high daughter’s classes. We’ll pick up the rest after she is given the list on the first day of school.

8. Did you know that baby carrots fit nicely inside a human child’s nostril? I had never thought about it.. until it was demonstrated for me last night. I’ll never look at baby carrots the same again.

9. Oldest daughter will be 13 on Saturday. I still am not grasping that I will have a teenager by the end of the week. Seems strange to be old enough to have a teenager.

10. Dobby has begun to learn a new song. We’re working on the opening of “Dixie.”

11. Oldest daughter wants another betta (fish) and a rabbit for her birthday.

12. She just told me that she’d also like a turtle. Do you buy turtles at petstores?

13. If my kids (especially oldest daughter) had their way, we’d have an entire houseful of animals living with us.

The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!

letters to the ex

This afternoon, I mentioned to the kids that I thought writing a letter to their dad every couple of weeks would be a good idea, since they don’t see or don’t talk to him very often. I talked it up.. saying how it would be good for him to know about their lives…. their friends, school, grades, activities, interests.. what they’ve been up to.. and that maybe he’d write back. They love getting mail, so that would be a great thing!

The resistance came out in force… they said they don’t want to write to him.. that he doesn’t even know how old they are or what grades they’re entering in school this year. I told them that this would help remedy that problem & might foster a better relationship between them.

What’s sad is that the ex lives only 6 hours away. Until 2 years ago, he lived 1 1/2 hours away & still didn’t see them very much. He has never chosen to exercise his every other weekend visitation because he said it’s just not convenient for him. Yep. He chooses to not see them. Oh yeah.. he has excuses and to hear him tell it, he’s a great dad who just cannot get away to see his children who are out of state.. but the out of state kids feel rejected by him & are upset.

I’m not sure if I should push the issue or just let it go. I was hoping that in time, the kids would have a positive relationship with him. I know it’s up to him to build the kind of relationship he wants with the kids.

It’s heartbreaking to see, though.

I see/hear about so many non-custodial parents who would love to have more time with their children but the custodial parent won’t allow a minute extra. Non-custodial parents who are willing to travel halfway across the country after having major knee surgery to pick up a child on the court ordered date without even knowing for sure if the custodial parent will have the child available. And here I am, wishing my ex cared enough to make an effort.. to call.. to see them once a month or every 6 weeks.. something.. anything… if he cannot make it happen every other weekend.

In the past, I’ve met him halfway with the kids.. but after having to wait on him for 2 or 3 hours each time, I quit offering to do that.

Now, however, his wife is in Iraq & he doesn’t have a car big enough for 6 kids to ride with seatbelts. I’ve let him come here with their three children to stay in my home & spend time with the kids.. but it’s not worked out so well & it’s not an option any longer.

Anyway, I don’t know what else to do. I feel sad for my children and angry that my ex doesn’t care enough to bother.

I usually don’t think about it much. It doesn’t effect our family as much as it used to right after the divorce. It’s been 5 years & now this seems normal to the kids – to live with me & to not see him.

Dark Lord

For a couple of weeks, I’ve been looking for a book that the library says I have. It’s called Dark Lord and is listed on the library site at $26.95 to replace.

Wanting to find it and avoid paying the $26.95, I asked the library to do a book trace, as I was certain I did not have the book in my home any longer. And, I didn’t want to pay $26.95 if I could get the same exact book at a bookstore for around $5.00… as it is a paperback, afterall! BTW, I keep my library books in a bag when they’re not being read so they don’t get misplaced.. have learned that lesson the hard way, believe me.

So, last night I decided I was tired of messing around with this book. I am ready to have it off of my account at the library. I looked at amazon.com to see how much I can find a book called Dark Lord for & vow to have it shipped & take a copy in to the library as a replacement.. and save $20.00 in the process.

Christine Feehan has no books called Dark Lord… only Dark Prince.

I look at the library website at my account to verify that the book’s title is really Dark Lord. Maybe I have it mixed up and it’s Dark Prince. The author’s name listed for the book is not Feehan, but Luceno.

What?? What is this? Not Feehan? Have I been looking for the wrong book all this time?

For the past week or so, I’ve been moving furniture, looking under my bed, in dresser drawers (not sure why a book would be in there.. but you never know with kids where things will turn up), in closets, in kitchen cabinets, to no avail.

I go to at amazon.com again, search for a book called Dark Lord by Luceno.
Guess what? It’s not the book I thought it was. It really is a hardback book worth over $25.00. It’s a stinking Star Wars book that my son finds in 5 seconds on his bookshelf.

It’s going back to the library.. TODAY! I’ll have to pay a $3.00 late fee, since it’s really overdue.. but I’ll be saving $22.00 over the price to replace it!

UGH! I really hate when I do things like this.. and it seems to be happening more & more lately.. as Rachel can verify. Must be the fact that it’s really hot outside.. and that summer has been going on for endless ages. Perhaps my brain is just tired.

Radio Disney

If you have been listening to Radio Disney this afternoon, you may have heard my daughters. Youngest daughter called in to request a song & oldest daughter was squealing in the background. Actually, they were both squealing. They’re thrilled to have been “on the air.”

China

Mom is leaving for 3 weeks in China today as a delegate for a student ambassadors group.

A few weeks ago, she came home from 3 weeks in Europe.. one week in Italy, one week in France and one week in Spain.

For the China trip, she’s had to have a slew of immunizations (including typhoid) and must take malaria prevention medicine for most of the trip and for a while after she gets home. The disease/immunization part of it is a bit scary…. but I think visiting Xian, Beijiing, Shanghai and other cities that I cannot remember right now, will be amazing.

Seeing photos & hearing stories of the latest adventure is always fun.

webrings

This morning I joined the Oklahoma Blogs webring, as I was born in Oklahoma, live in Oklahoma, have lived here for most of my life, and am a blogger…. I fit the requirements. πŸ™‚

After that, I was thinking about other webrings that might be fun to surf or to join, if I share the same interests. So I spent the past half hour browsing through webring listings. I’m amazed by the variety. Subjects that I’ve never thought about have webrings with hundreds of members. By the time I got to listing number 500, my eyes were starting to blur. No more webring searching for me right now.

Are you in any webrings? Do you read blogs of others in your webring?

who’s the bomb?

Yesterday at work, Rachel, a coworker, was really happy about something she had done in the new computer system we’ve recently begun using. She said, “I need a sign that says, “Rachel, you’re the bomb.”

So, our supervisor, Chandler, said that he’d get her a sign when he went to lunch.

When Chandler got back, he told Rachel that when he’d gone to get the sign made for her, they kept having to send it back. For almost an hour, the strangest thing kept happening. Each time the machine was programmed to print “Rachel, you’re the bomb,” it came out with the words, “Chandler, you’re the bomb,” printed on it instead.

He said it had never happened in that shop before & all the employees were dumbfounded by this. Their machines must have somehow reprogrammed themselves & changed the name.

Until the machines are fixed, it looks like Rachel will have to wait for her sign.

Very interesting, eh? πŸ™‚

(names have been changed to protect the guilty)

who’s the bomb?

Yesterday at work, Rachel, a coworker, was really happy about something she had done in the new computer system we’ve recently begun using. She said, “I need a sign that says, “Rachel, you’re the bomb.”

So, our supervisor, Chandler, said that he’d get her a sign when he went to lunch.

When Chandler got back, he told Rachel that when he’d gone to get the sign made for her, they kept having to send it back. For almost an hour, the strangest thing kept happening. Each time the machine was programmed to print “Rachel, you’re the bomb,” it came out with the words, “Chandler, you’re the bomb,” printed on it instead.

He said it had never happened in that shop before & all the employees were dumbfounded by this. Their machines must have somehow reprogrammed themselves & changed the name.

Until the machines are fixed, it looks like Rachel will have to wait for her sign.

Very interesting, eh? πŸ™‚

(names have been changed to protect the guilty)

Things I’ve overheard in the past few hours

(As La Bamba came on Radio Disney)
A: I love this Hawaiian Chinese sounding song!
B: It’s Spanish.
A: Oh. Yeah. Whatever. (continues to sing song)

B: It’s just natural flatulence.

B: Mom! She gave me a wedgie!

A: When I wore red shorts & they got wet, it turned my socks red. I should try that again, it was cool.

B: Nobody wants to hear Zac Efron singing on the radio.
C: Then I must be NOBODY, because I do.

B: TACOS! I love tacos! Can I help?
B: Look at how big this bowl of grated cheese is.. and it was only half the block!

A: It’s just a butterfly.
C: Butterflies can be very vicious (said in a very serious tone of voice).

A: They’re eating flapjacks. (referring to actors in Tuck Everlasting)
C: They’re pancakes.
A: They look like the same thing to me.

Sissy Spacek: Let’s not let conversation ruin a perfectly good meal.
(Tuck Everlasting)

C: (laughing) Just let me go home.. go home to me bloody father.
A: I cannot believe you just said that.

C: That guy is scary looking. (referring to an actor in Tuck Everlasting)
A: Yeah. He needs a facial.
C: He needs a haircut.
A: And a facial. And maybe plastic surgery too.. to make him look friendlier.
C: What’s with you & the facial?
A: I just like saying it. Facial.

A: They’re always wearing the same clothes. (again.. actors in Tuck Everlasting)
C: Who?
A: Them. Right there. How do their clothes always look clean if they always are wearing them?
C: Must be when they go swimming.
A: At least their underwear probably gets washed.
C: Ewww.

C: How tall is the Eifel Tower?
A: 6,152 steps.
C: Is that over 20 feet?
A: Duh.

A: Do you think they eat cheese?
C: Good grief! Everyone eats cheese except people who don’t like it!
A: Maybe they don’t eat it if they’re lactose intolerant.
C: What’s lactose intolerant?
A: Makes them have gas.
C: Yuck.

B: Do you remember who your school cafeteria manager was in 1977?
me: No.
B: Why not? It’s right here in your yearbook!
me: Sorry. I just don’t remember.
B: well.. it was ____________.
me: Thanks for the reminder.

I’m feeling quite educated after listening to my children these past few hours.

These days, I’m easily entertained.. can you tell?

Things I’ve overheard in the past few hours

(As La Bamba came on Radio Disney)
A: I love this Hawaiian Chinese sounding song!
B: It’s Spanish.
A: Oh. Yeah. Whatever. (continues to sing song)

B: It’s just natural flatulence.

B: Mom! She gave me a wedgie!

A: When I wore red shorts & they got wet, it turned my socks red. I should try that again, it was cool.

B: Nobody wants to hear Zac Efron singing on the radio.
C: Then I must be NOBODY, because I do.

B: TACOS! I love tacos! Can I help?
B: Look at how big this bowl of grated cheese is.. and it was only half the block!

A: It’s just a butterfly.
C: Butterflies can be very vicious (said in a very serious tone of voice).

A: They’re eating flapjacks. (referring to actors in Tuck Everlasting)
C: They’re pancakes.
A: They look like the same thing to me.

Sissy Spacek: Let’s not let conversation ruin a perfectly good meal.
(Tuck Everlasting)

C: (laughing) Just let me go home.. go home to me bloody father.
A: I cannot believe you just said that.

C: That guy is scary looking. (referring to an actor in Tuck Everlasting)
A: Yeah. He needs a facial.
C: He needs a haircut.
A: And a facial. And maybe plastic surgery too.. to make him look friendlier.
C: What’s with you & the facial?
A: I just like saying it. Facial.

A: They’re always wearing the same clothes. (again.. actors in Tuck Everlasting)
C: Who?
A: Them. Right there. How do their clothes always look clean if they always are wearing them?
C: Must be when they go swimming.
A: At least their underwear probably gets washed.
C: Ewww.

C: How tall is the Eifel Tower?
A: 6,152 steps.
C: Is that over 20 feet?
A: Duh.

A: Do you think they eat cheese?
C: Good grief! Everyone eats cheese except people who don’t like it!
A: Maybe they don’t eat it if they’re lactose intolerant.
C: What’s lactose intolerant?
A: Makes them have gas.
C: Yuck.

B: Do you remember who your school cafeteria manager was in 1977?
me: No.
B: Why not? It’s right here in your yearbook!
me: Sorry. I just don’t remember.
B: well.. it was ____________.
me: Thanks for the reminder.

I’m feeling quite educated after listening to my children these past few hours.

These days, I’m easily entertained.. can you tell?

Thursday Thirteen

13 things about Titanium’s universal remote

1. Tonight, the batteries mysteriously fell out of the tv remote.

2. When youngest daughter put them back in, they got put in upside down. Oops!

3. When this was discovered, enough time had passed to make the codes no longer worked to operate the tv, vcr and dvd player.

4. I tried to figure it out with a friend, but I was not able to get it programmed.

5. Then I found this site with directions.

6. Here are the directions (for safekeeping).

7. Instructions for how to use the CODE SEARCH button to set up the television:

8. (A) Manually turn the power to your television set ON.

9. (B) Hold down the Code Search button on the remote for 2-3 seconds until the light on the remote stays on.

10. (C) Push the TV button on the remote.

11. (D) Point the remote at your television and slowly press POWER until the television turns OFF.

12. (E) Press the ENT button on the remote. (It is under the number 7 button).

13. That’s it! Worked like a charm. All three devices are working with no trouble.

The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!

spat the dummy

I saw this phrase, “spat the dummy,” on a forum that I belong to & am dying to use it in a conversation.

The person who posted it, said that it is an antipodean (she’s in New Zealand) phrase meaning to spit out your pacifier in readiness for a tantrum.

I’ve seen 60 of these movies… what about you?

Saw this on teflonjedi’s blog & thought I’d give it a go.

Supposedly if you’ve seen over 84 movies on this list, you have no life. There are 164 movies total. Mark each you have seen and then repost with how many you’ve seen as the subject:

(x) Rocky Horror Picture Show
(x) Grease
( ) Pirates of the Caribbean
( ) Boondock Saints
( ) Fight Club
( ) Starsky and Hutch
( ) Neverending Story
( ) Blazing Saddles
( ) Airplane
Total: 2

( ) The Princess Bride
( ) AnchorMan: The Legend of Ron Burgandy
(x) Napoleon Dynamite
( ) Labyrinth
( ) Saw
( ) Saw II
( ) White Noise
( ) White Oleander
( ) Anger Management
(x) 50 First Dates
(x) The Princess Diaries
(x) The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
Total: 4

( ) Scream
( ) Scream 2
( ) Scream 3
( ) Scary Movie
( ) Scary Movie 2
( ) Scary Movie 3
( ) Scary Movie 4
( ) American Pie
( ) American Pie 2
( ) American Wedding
( ) American Pie Band Camp
Total: 0

(x) Harry Potter
(x) Harry Potter 2
(x) Harry Potter 3
(x) Harry Potter 4
( ) Resident Evil I
( ) Resident Evil 2
(x) The Wedding Singer
(x) Little Black Book
( ) The Village
(x) Lilo & Stitch
( ) Leroy & Stitch
Total: 7

(x) Finding Nemo
(x) Finding Neverland
( ) Signs
(x) The Grinch
( ) Texas Chainsaw Massacre
( ) White Chicks
( ) Butterfly Effect
(x) 13 Going on 30
( ) I, Robot
(x) Robots
Total: 5

( ) Universal Soldier
(x) Lemony Snicket: A Series Of Unfortunate Events
(x) Along Came Polly
(x) Deep Impact
( ) KingPin
(x) Never Been Kissed
(x) Meet The Parents
(x) Meet the Fockers
( ) Eight Crazy Nights
( ) Joe Dirt
( ) KING KONG
Total: 6

(x) A Cinderella Story
(x) The Terminal
(x) The Lizzie McGuire Movie
(x) Passport to Paris
( ) Dumb & Dumber
( ) Dumber & Dumberer
( ) Final Destination
( ) Final Destination 2
( ) Final Destination 3
( ) Halloween
(x) The Ring
( ) The Ring 2
(x) Surviving Christmas
( ) Flubber
Total: 6

( ) Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle
( ) Practical Magic
( ) Chicago
( ) Ghost Ship
( ) From Hell
( ) Hellboy
( ) Secret Window
(x) I Am Sam
(x) The Whole Nine Yards
Total: 2

( ) The Day After Tomorrow
( ) Child’s Play
( ) Seed of Chucky
( ) Bride of Chucky
( ) Ten Things I Hate About You
( ) Just Married
( ) Gothika
( ) Nightmare on Elm Street
(x) Sixteen Candles
(x) Remember the Titans
(x) Coach Carter
( ) The Grudge
(x) The Mask
( ) Son of the Mask
total: 4

(x) Bad Boys
( ) Bad Boys 2
( ) Joy Ride
( ) Lucky Number Sleven
(x) Ocean’s Eleven
(x) Ocean’s Twelve
(x) Bourne Identity
(x) Bourne Surpremacy
( ) Lone Star
( ) Bedazzled
(x) Predator I
(x) Predator II
( ) The Fog
(x) Ice Age
( ) Ice Age 2: The Meltdown
Total: 8

(x) Independence Day
( ) Cujo
( ) A Bronx Tale
( ) Darkness Falls
( ) Christine
(x) ET
( ) Children of the Corn
( ) My Boss’ Daughter
(x) Maid in Manhattan
( ) Frailty
( ) War of the Worlds
( ) Rush Hour
( ) Rush Hour 2
Total: 3

( ) Best Bet
(x) How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
(x) She’s All That
(x) Calendar Girls
( ) Sideways
( ) Mars Attacks
( ) Event Horizon
(x) Ever After
(x) Forrest Gump
( ) Big Trouble in Little China
(x) The Terminator
(x) The Terminator 2
(x) The Terminator 3
Total: 8

( ) X-Men
( ) X2
( ) X3
(x) Spider-Man
( ) Spider-Man 2
(x) Sky High
( ) Jeepers Creepers
( ) Jeepers Creepers 2
( ) Catch Me If You Can
( ) The Others
(x) Freaky Friday
( ) Reign of fire
(x) Cruel Intentions
( ) Cruel Intentions 2
( ) The Hot Chick
(x) Shrek
(x) Shrek 2
Total: 6

( ) Swimfan
( ) Miracle
( ) Old School
( ) The Notebook
( ) K-Pax
( ) Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
( ) Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
( ) Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
( ) A Walk to Remember
( ) Boogeyman
( ) The 40-year-old-virgin
total: 0

Grand total: 60

On the movie meter, I guess I have a life. πŸ™‚

Silly me, thinking I don’t have a life b/c I’m always with
the kids, doing kid things and watching kid shows/movies.