Monday, December 28, 2009

Quiet Christmas

We had a lovely, quiet, very low key Christmas this year. Christmas Eve dinner was canceled because the extended family wasn't feeling well, but we decided to visit anyway. I'm kind of glad that we didn't stay too long with the myriad of coughs and sneezing that was going on. Jackson started with a runny nose yesterday and Casey's not feeling to great. I also think that Lily may have picked up a bug at her other grandma's house. I have been lucky enough to escape what has now been dubbed "the Plague part 2" for now. I'm crossing my fingers that it stays that way.

Sometime this week my dad is coming up to haul some crap out of the 24th street house. Today he was going to visit his old friend of his that he's known since they were knee high and in britches and then I think he's planning on coming up tomorrow. Sometime this week I'd like very much to get Casey out of the house to watch Avatar. I don't really see it in the cards unless my mom can watch the kids, but I'd like to try. Maybe on New Years day? Hmmmm....

Not much else is going on. It was a very quiet week and I see this week being exactly the same. Quietest holiday I've ever spent, that's for sure. With all the snow on the ground, I find myself yearning for those vacations to Panama my mom and I used to take. Someday we'll get back there... ;-) Looks like it's going to be somewhere in the 90s there today. Winter, I'm definitely tired of you already... All this snow just makes me want to curl up into a ball and not move. Luckily, I have plenty of reading material.

Merry belated Christmas, everyone! And an early Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 10, 2009


This morning when I woke up at 5:15am, I expected to see a bit more snow than I did. The accumulation was about the same as last night, but the temperature had definitely dropped far below what it was yesterday. I was hoping that winter would do what summer did and quietly sneak up on us, give us a couple of brutally cold days and then be done with it. Unfortunately, I have this sinking feeling that it's going to be the opposite. Winter didn't come in quietly, it came in and smacked us in the face with a windchill of -10.

I find myself suddenly VERY glad that I bought new fleece lined gloves last week along with one of those mad bomber style hats. I also wonder if Casey will be working today. He normally doesn't work outside when the windchill is this bad. Unless he has indoor work, I hope he stays home.

Did I mention it's freakin' cold outside?

This morning I have to go to court for "Immediate possession" of the S. 24th street house. And then, depending on whether or not I want to freeze my ass off, I have to run over to the S. 24th street house and take some pictures of the mess that the people left there. Casey was over there yesterday and he said that it wasn't very clean at all. I'm really not looking forward to going over there at all, but it must be done. I have to be prepped for the next court date in which I get to go say "Give me money!" Likeliness that I'll get any money out of these people is slim to none, but yeah... We'll see.

For now I'm off. I must find clothes for today, take a shower and get dressed. Then, must get the kidlets up and ready to go. Fun fun fun! How I loathe going out in the cold. I really need to move to Texas or some place equally toasty.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009


I am blogging from the mac book. I don't know what I did or how I did it but the secondary monitor is working again. I don't know if it has to do with the fact that I unplugged everything and then reconnected it, but something happened and the secondary monitor is working. This means that I can now sit at my desk once again and play on my own computer as opposed to using the Mac Pro, which frankly, was spoiling me.

Now, if only I could find my library card, I'd be set...

Monday, December 07, 2009

Her Grinchiness

I think I'm done with the day. It's been nothing more than a bad day and I'm ready to be done with it. I woke up this morning in a good mood. Got up, was mildly coherant, exchanged pleasantries with the husband, had some coffee and then went to kick Lily out of bed. She was in a horrible mood and didn't want to get up. I told her that being tired was not a good enough reason to miss school. I'm thinking I should have gone with Lily's instinct: STAY IN BED!

Lily was an absolute bear and proceeded to throw a temper tantrum. I then grounded her and informed her she'd be going to bed at 7PM. Yep, that made her really happy! (That was sarcasm, by the way.) After that, she finally got up and got into a better mood. I eventually dropped her off and that was when I saw that I had a voicemail. It was the tenants at the 24th street house informing me that they were moving out and that they would like to know where their washer and dryer were. I proceeded to go over there and they informed me that the neighbor had seen me over there with a clipboard for like an hour on Saturday and they were basically accusing me (5 foot nothing me) of stealing their washer and dryer. I politely informed them that I had not been to the house since I drove by on Tuesday after they were served eviction papers to see if they were in the process of moving out and secondly- Why the hell would I even do something so completely ludicrous? Why would I want their p.o.s. washer/dryer? I've got my own, thanks. Stupid people.

I look forward to getting the keys back from them tomorrow and then I look forward to going to court on Thursday regarding late fees, rent, etc. I am not going to play nice with people any more. I highly doubt they're going to find anything cheaper in South Bend.

After stopping at the 24th street house I headed to Walmart. It was on the way home from walmart (while driving 10 miles an hour) that I slid while turning onto another street and struck another car. The cop said it wasn't anyone's fault, it was road conditions. It's the first accident I've ever had in the 16 years that I've been driving. Knock on wood, there. I'm grateful that no one was hurt. I did do $2500 worth of damage to my car, though. I wonder how much damage was done to the other lady's car. She was rather nice and didn't yell or anything. That made me feel much better. The cop was super nice, too. He told me for 16 years of driving and this being my first accident, I was doing pretty good and he wished his own kids had that record.

I ran and got two estimates under the instruction of my insurance agent. Tomorrow I submit the police report and then I'm going to attempt to get things going by tomorrow afternoon so I can have my car back as soon as possible. It's still going to take a week to get it done, but yeah... I'm happy with that.

I just wish this hadn't happened this close to Christmas. I hope tomorrow will be better.

Friday, December 04, 2009

Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!

Usually sometime in December I get bitten by the snow bug and begin a whiny chorus of "Why isn't it snowing yet?" Usually a day or so after I do this the sky opens up and it dumps on us. I won't be doing that this year. In fact, I really don't feel the need to. Why? Because it is 27 degrees outside and it snowed, sideways today! Big fluffy flakes! Thankfully, none of these big fluffy flakes are sticking to the ground but it snowed and I am now feeling all warm and fuzzy and full of the holiday spirit! And I'm seriously contemplating putting a pair of Uggs on my Christmas list.

The Monday following Thanksgiving (which was absolutely slothful and wonderful and full of family warm fuzzies that I can't even begin to express how fabulous of a time I had) I took to the task that was loading my Christmas playlist into the IPhone. The week before, however, I was yelling at the neighbor kids, telling them that they would be banned from my house if they sang anything resembling a christmas song in my house prior to Thanksgiving (they tried... and they failed! Why? Because I made them sit on the porch! Cold is punishment enough says I!). Now, I'm running around singing all the inappropriate lyrics to Jingle Bells (batman smells!), Deck the Halls (with gasoline) and Rudolph (LIKE A LIGHTBULB!!). i also find myself wishing that Tom Waits would release a Christmas album. How awesome would that be? His gravely voice singing Frosty the Snowman! Yes!!! David Bowie could provide accompaniment!

Now, I must go pick up the kids and annoy them with Bob and Doug Mackenzie and prepare for our shoot tomorrow. I swore I wouldn't shoot in the cold, but apparently that's not stopping Casey. I bought myself one of those mad bomber hats and gloves today just for the occasion. Woot.