Wednesday, March 30, 2011

I'm ready for spring, and decided the only way to get it here faster was to buy sandals.  I ordered these and will see how these fit when they get here:

I tried to accomodate the wedge trend with mom/old lady comfort sandals (all the better to chase the Dynamic Duo in) and, of course, black to match everything in my closet.

No idea what the boys (or I!) will wear for Easter.  I'll probably dig a dress out of the closet, if the weather is nice.  If not, pants and twinset like every other week.  I really don't care for the Gymbo, Old Navy, or Children's Place spring lines this year.  Crazy 8 had two vests I liked, but sold out in the sizes I need.  I cruised ebay and it jogged my memory of some things I previously bought for the boys.  I'm going to check - hopefully tonight - to see what fits Robin, then try to buy Batman the larger size. 

I went awhile without shopping and now I'm snapping things up right and left. 

The teacher I lined up to watch my kids for a few months can't do it, so I'm scrambling to find someone else.  The school principal has a list and made a recommendation (which I find odd, because our other two schools refused to refer someone in case there is a problem.)  I called the woman but she is, of course, at work.  Left a message and hope she'll call me back. 

Traffic has been a nightmare lately.  Not helped that I'm driving the wagon into work these two weeks while my mom and The Spouse share the sedan.  Don't get me wrong.  I *love* the wagon and would drive it daily if it weren't for fuel economy concerns.  But as I sit and watch every tourist stop and stare at each individual cherry blossom, I can't help but think about how much gas I am burning.  Still cheaper than riding metro.  You hear me metro?  I'm referring to your suckiness.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Found this in my magazine at lunch and ordered it this afternoon.  I couldn't resist.  $50!!

You know you want one:

Just a typical weekend...

Friday -
-Picked up dinner
-Washed all of Batman's linens and cleaned his room for my mom's arrival
-Got kids fed and in bed.
-More laundry

Saturday -
-Picked up mom from airport
-took kids to consignment sale at local church, karate and soft play class, and home for lunch/nap.
-woke Robin up after an hour and took everyone to a birthday party.  My kids were horrible.
-Left kids at home with my mom and went to Costco
-Walked in the house and smelled poop.  Mom's nose was blocked and couldn't smell the diaper.
-Unloaded car, then took kids to grocery store and Blockbuster.
-Mom wasn't feeling good and went to bed.  No problem, because The Spouse will be up any minute.
-Any minute.
-Any minute.
-Sent Batman to wake up his dad.
-Any minute.
-Discovered Robin playing in dirty dishes in sink. Did dishes. 
-Any minute
-Go upstairs and tell The Spouse to get his ass out of bed and help me with his children.
-Start making dinner.  Robin asked me for a spoon.  Sure, kid, knock yourself out. 
-Turn around five minutes later to find him sitting on the kitchen table, eating a pan of brownies with the spoon.
-Hear the shower turn on.
-March upstairs, barge in the bathroom, and scream that him taking a shower does NOT help me with the kids.  "But your mom is here."  Dude, she's asleep.  and her being here for two weeks doesn't absolve you of taking care of your kids.  Fucker.
-I make dinner, I eat dinner alone.  Kids aren't hungry (Batman) or filled up on brownies (Robin).
-When The Spouse eventually emerges, I tell him that I'm done for the day and he can get his kids ready for bed.  He gave them baths and put on pjs, then went to work while I brushed teeth and read stories. 
-Batman was so excited that Mimi was here, he couldn't sleep.  Even though he wanted to sleep with her, he kept bounding in and out of the bedroom because he couldn't calm down. 
-Sweet Jesus, he finally fell asleep around 10:30!!

Sunday -
-Only to wake me up at 6:30 a.m. Sunday morning to ask me where Mimi was.  I don't know kid.  Lay down.  You have 30 minutes left. But he flipped and flopped and kept me awake.
-He left, and the dogs barked.  I let them out so Mom could put them out.  She put them back in my room and they quietly woofed every five minutes to tell me to get up and feed them.  Fuckers.
-I got up at 9:30.  Mimi had told the kids that we were going to have a rest day at home, so no church. 
-And then she went back to bed, leaving me with two young hyperactive boys cooped up inside because it's cold and snowed the night before.
-They fought.  And whined.  And broke the dog/baby gates that keep Robin out of the kitchen.  Robin put all the dog toys in their water dish, then mopped the floor with them.  Then got food out of the fridge and pantry for Sally.
-I did more dishes, cleaned up the mess, and yelled at everyone.  Even Batman who broke the gate in the first place.
-The Spouse came home and I screamed at him as he walked in the door because he threw a bunch of wet towels on top of clean folded laundry and left it to ferment in Robin's room. 
-Robin spilled his milk all over the table, himself, his food, chair, and floor.  I did not yell, but stripped him down, got him more food, and cleaned up the mess.  Then I put him to bed, hopped in the shower, and went to Chili's for maragaritas by myself.
-I did wake my mom up and put her in charge of the kids while The Spouse slept.  See, I'm a responsible mother!
-The hostess at Chili's was incredibly rude.  I sat down in the bar area and she very rudely kicked me out, telling me it was reserved for a private party.  Then, after I waited for a table, she very rudely told me that she made a mistake and I could sit in the bar.  I went back to my table and she flung I menu down.  I looked up at her, glared, and said in my meanest mommy voice, "I am having a very bad day and I need to you be just a little bit nice to me or I am going to cry, do you understand?  Good, because you haven't been nice yet.  Are you my server?  No, Ok, why don't you leave me alone now."  I said basically the same thing to the waitress and she was very sweet to me after that.  I sat and read my US Weekly and tipped well.
-I went to the mall and returned some stuff I bought for the Dynamic Duo, then tried on clothes.  OMG, am I unhappy with my body.  I bought a few things that were on sale at Penney's because I needed some new larger clothes and didn't want to pay a fortune for them.  I need to go through my closet and get rid of anything I owned before I had the kids.  I bought four tops and a jacket to add some color and variety to the current clothes that fit me.  I really needed to update the wardrobe and get some things that flatter my curves.
-I went home in a better mood and played with the kids for awhile before making dinner. 
-Watched the new Karate kid with my mom and went to bed.
-Everyone managed to let me sleep through the night.  Miracle.

-Got the kids to school, ran home to meet the handyman and get him started, then went to work.
-Peace and quiet...aaaahhhhh....
-My mom has bronchitis, but is ok to pick up the kids this evening.
-Salmon for dinner tonight.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Surely make you lose your mind...

A quick rundown of life in the fast lane:

-I have lined up a teacher at the kids school to bring them home on evenings The Spouse worked the night before.  He's not getting enough sleep and it's affecting everything.
-It's very sad I have to hire a babysitter to watch the kids after they have been in daycare all day.
-I'm trying to line up a service to mow the lawn every other week.  I'm checking with neighbors and trying to get a group rate.  Waiting for an estimate now.
-Cannot understand why The Spouse is so opposed to me paying people to do things that benefit him...
-I called a handyman to look at our living room ceiling where the bathtub leaks into it.  For five years...
-A coworker is going through a tough situation.  I don't want to blab about it here, because I learned my lesson about being a ginormous douchebag (I hope) and am trying to edit myself on the internet.  But this will afftect my job/life/stressload in either the short or long term, depending on what exactly is wrong and the end decision.
-So, either way, I lose.  But so does this person, so I cannot be selfish about it.
-But I am.
-My mom arrives on Saturday for 2.5 weeks, which is a long time.  She's coming to help, and we certainly need help, but 2.5 weeks!?!
-The Dynamic Duo start their new weekend classes on Saturday.
-And we have a birthday party that afternoon.
-Which means I won't get a nap on Saturday, and Robin won't get much of one either.
-The Spouse lost the cap on his front tooth.  It's going to cost nearly $3,000 to get an implant, which won't be ready for another month or so.  There goes our flex fund for the year.  Not his fault, but ouch.  For him and our finances.
-I need to file our taxes and fill out paperwork for my business loan.  But I simply don't have the energy or motivation. 
-I am my own worst enemy and block to my professional success.
-Posh Spice is having a girl, after three boys.  I'm terribly jealous.  And wondering if they did IVF to try to get the girl she wanted?

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Calgon, take me away!!

1) I caught Robin's cold because he coughed in my mouth for three days.  I'm a solid 4 on an illness scale of 1-10.  I can still work and do all my normal stuff, but it takes a LOT of effort.

2) We had family photos for the church directory last night.  I look really fat.  I know I have gained weight.  I see it, I know my clothes don't fit.  But, damn, seeing my fat face on film really sucked.

3) Photographer was able to get a GREAT photo of Robin, which is really hard to do, so we ordered photos of the dynamic duo.

4) I'm fat because I eat too much and don't exercise, but mostly because I don't sleep through the night.  Ever.  I try to go to bed earlier, and limit the stuff I force myself to do at night (dishes, laundry, de-cluttering) but I get woken up about four times a night, then I'm exhausted the next day.
5) I need to make some decisions about my business, but I'm too tired to get into it now.  And too overwhelmed with life in general to make the decisions and do the legwork.  I just want it done.  D O N E.  Done.

6) I'm so overwhelmed right now, and considering calling my mom and begging her to come help for awhile, but afraid that her being here will irritate me more than trying to do it all on my own.

7) The Calgon yell does not work for shit.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Last night, we took the superheroes to get their feet measured and hair cut. The Spouse was in A Mood and told me, "I had things I planned to do tonight, can't you go some other time?"  I responded, "Oh, because of all the quality time I'm spending with the kids lately?"  The snippy tone and dirty ass look I suppose reminded him that I worked all day, unlike some people, and have had the kids all weekend on my own.  (The Spouse works many long and bizarre hours and hasn't been around much in the past nine or so months.)  So he wisely loaded up the kids and we went to the mall, to Stride Rite and Cartoon Cuts. 

I usually cut the kids hair at home.  (Hair would have been my back up profession.  I played with my Barbies hair until, oh, maybe last week.)  We expected Robin to fight like a wildcat, like he does at home when I try to cut his hair.  It was the first time we've taken Robin somewhere, and only the third time for Batman. Nope, sat quietly and watched the Lion King.  $40 for the two boys.   I need to buy some large clippers and maybe a new DVD, and I'll see if that distracts Robin the next time he's due for a trim.  I can't shell out $40 for the boys for haircuts every 6-8 weeks.  That's more than I spend on my hair in a year. 


It's a math thing.