I’m outing myself this year

Posted On September 30, 2009

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Normally, I don’t do this, but this is priceless.

Random Tuesday Thoughts: Bear is a Zombie

Posted On September 29, 2009

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I know Keely will never visit us now…  She doesn’t like zombies.  She is a zombie-ist.

* Bear’s jaw is fractured.  It was fractured when he had the wisdom tooth removed.  It is now ripping a hole in his mouth near his tongue as the dead piece of bone necrotizes.  I bet it feels like a pixie tickling the inside of his mouth…

* I fell down the stairs the other day.  I landed on my left hip.  My right hip is hurting.  Stupid body, can’t even figure out where the pain should be.

* I have been wondering lately, what makes pop tarts so delicious.  I think they put addictive properties in there.  We go through about 4 boxes of pop tarts on a good week.  On a bad one, its more like 6.  Now, if I could only make the poptarts have more vegetables in them…

* Taking a week off of work is incredibly boring.  Especially when you are told to rest.  I can’t sit still for that long.  I don’t care how bad I feel.  Sitting still for more than 24 hours drives me completely batty!

* Economic analyst are saying that about 7 million people are going to default on their home loans.  I am grateful yet again for having a job and having a home.

When germs attack…

Posted On September 28, 2009

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This morning, The Mother Hen woke up feeling really under the weather.  She lost her voice and just sounded terrible.  She asked to have her temperature taken.  So, I went into the hall closet where I was sure that I had put the thermometer away from last week when I was sick.  I didn’t have my contacts in and after a few minutes of searching, I decided that I needed my glasses to continue the search.  After grabbing my glasses, I looked in the closet again.  I couldn’t find it.  So, I looked in the bedroom, the bathroom and even went down stairs to look in the living room and the downstairs bathroom.  I still couldn’t find the thing.  In my search, I woke up Bear and he started looking too.  He couldn’t find it either.  Just when I was about to give up, I looked in the hall closet again.  It must have been the fifth time this morning that I looked, and there it was. Staring at me, in the face.  The thermometer.  I think the germs moved it and are just messing with my head.

Random Tuesday Thoughts: Plague!

Posted On September 22, 2009

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It’s Random Tuesday Thoughts again.  I am too tired for this.  Go see Keely.

* I am sick again!  Seasonal flu with a rebound sinus infection.  I love m immune system.  It rocks….

* Bear is pretty sure that he has a bone chip stuck in his jaw where they removed his wisdom tooth.  I tend to agree with him.  So, he is going back to the dentist.  After this experience, I doubt I will ever get him back to the doctor unless he has a sucking chest wound.  Even then, I might still not be able to convince him.

* The girls are settling into their new schools.  They have friends, homework and projects.  The schedule is good for them.  And I think getting some time away from each other is mending their relationship with each other.  Over the summer, they were just getting over-loaded with each other.

* The weather around here has been nutty.  It was barely 70 degrees last week and now it is up to 85 degrees.  This is just not right!  I want jacket weather darn it!  If I have to be sick like its the Fall, I want Fall weather!!

I am going back to bed….  I am too tired for this.

“You know that when I hate you, it is because I love you to a point of passion that unhinges my soul.”

Posted On September 18, 2009

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Julie De Lespinasse said that.  And I have always thought it was true about hate.  Without passion there is not hate.  But, I have often wondered if it is possible to live without hate.

As a general rule, I don’t like people.  I dislike them passionately.  You could even say that I hate them.  Despite my mistrust of my fellow man, I am trying to make sure that the girls don’t learn to hate people from me.  I really don’t want that for them.  Hating someone is exhausting.  It takes a part of your soul and twists it up.   But how do you teach your kids not to hate when you do?  How do you keep them from those feelings when you have them yourself?  I am not sure that I will ever have an answer to that.  But, I am working on it.  And I will continue to work on it.

Feed them, and they will tell you anything

One of the things that is really important to us, is having dinner together as a family.  Whenever possible, which is most days a week, we sit down and have dinner together.  It gives us all a chance to catch up on what is going on in our lives.  Forms can be signed, homework can be discussed and plans can be worked out.  It is time we dedicate just to the Tribe and it is something that we do not budge on.

What I didn’t realize though waas that sitting down and watching TV or a movie together can have the same effect.  The Mother Hen, The Show and I really enjoy The Gilmore Girls.  I own the DVDs for all seasons but the last.  And The Mother Hen has been watching them in marathon form when she is finished with her homework.  Last night, I sat down and watched it with her.  We commented on the show and talked about life in general.  I learned a lot about the way she thinks and sees the world last night.  I am looking forward to watching another episode with her tonight.

People scare me

Posted On September 16, 2009

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People scare me.  As a general rule, large groups freak me out.  Most people I come into contact with, think this is silly of me or that I am just being paranoid.  These people obviously don’t pay attention to the news.

To all those who think I am overly paranoid about people in general, I give you PETA’s chicken museum and the women of The Colony (except John C’s wife).

(Disclaimer: I have nothing against chickens or museums for chickens.  I just think we should focus on feeding people in our own backyard and that little thing called health care…)

Random Tuesday Thoughts: My Own Worst Enemy

It’s that time again.  It’s Tuesday.  It’s Random.  It’s time to go see Keely, bring back coffee…

*“It’s no surprise to me, I am my own worst enemy.”  Because every now and then, I don’t realize I have a sinus infection and it kicks the crap out of me…  I am feeling much better now, but man, did that thing kick my butt.

*Bear’s dry socket is all cleared up.  He is eating regular food again.  I have never made a man so happy by preparing a box of mac and cheese as I did last Friday.  He would take a bite, grin and say “food” repeatedly. 

*The Tyrant has been playing with my Living Dead Dolls lately. She has been asking me to play with her.  She will pick out a “mom”, a “dad” and a “daughter”.  And I get to play the “daughter’s friend.”  They spend the night at each other’s houses, watch tv and eat souls.

*The Mother Hen and The Show have been extra grumpy since school started.  I think it is because they have to go to be before 3am.  But, I am not sure…

*I had a strange dream the other night about buying skirts.  Lots and lots of skirts, that were long and flowing.  I hate skirts.  I think I need to go get checked for a concussion.

*The first week of football went well.  I have watched more TV in the last 4 days that I have in the last 6 months.  Its nice to find my inner couch potato once more.

Parenting Style

Posted On September 14, 2009

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I found this parenting style quiz at Parenting.com.  Take it for yourself.

Here are my results:

Shaping Their Character:

Laissez-Faire – You fit the classic laissez-faire parent profile; you think it’s important that your kids develop and grow in the way that they choose, and you don’t want to set any kind of expectations for them. You may hope that your children learn from your example, but you’re not interested in spelling out behavioral guidelines or forcing them to follow rules. And when it comes to family decisions on everything from vacations to deciding on a name for a new baby brother, it’s essential that your kids’ views are taken into account.
  
Making the Rules:
  
Authoritative – When it comes to setting rules and expectations with your kids, you’re the grownup and you know what’s best. And since this is the case, it’s not really necessary to always explain the logic or rationale behind your rules and expectations. you’re also scrupulously fair: you do your best to apply your standards equally to each child. Parents who take this approach believe that it’s important for parents to make decisions for their kids and that, generally, rules and expectations shouldn’t be open to discussion.
 
Enforcing Dicipline:
 

  

Firm but Fair – You’re firm, but fair. In general, you take an assertive approach to discipline. You think it’s best, since being direct lets kids know what’s expected of them. At the same time, parents like you indicated that children should be allowed some room to be free and explore; you’re happy for your kids to experiment and take chances (within reason), as long as they respect and obey their parents. There’s no purpose served by being overly strict.
 
This actually sounds a lot like me.  So, take the quiz and see how accurate it is for you.  It is definately eye-opening and it really makes you think about how you raise your kids.

WSM’s Got Talent!

Posted On September 11, 2009

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Well, actually, I don’t.  But I was hoping that the headline would grab your attention for a moment at least.  I have never been considered the best at one thing or another.  I generally fit right in the middle when it comes to sports, video games or other contests.  I can in-line skate well and I do think I may be better than average.  But, beyond that, I can’t really think of anything.

When I asked someone what talent I had, in their opinion…  I was told “You are great with computers!”  I never really considered that a talent though.  I mean, yeah I am better than average in some areas but in others, I am completely lost when it comes to computers.  I can’t design a circuit to save my life, but I can reboot someone’s computer from mine.  So, I guess that is something. 

I think the problem is that I never settle.  I am always trying to learn something new and I am always trying to be better.  My theory with computers or anything else is, if I can do it, someone else out there can do it better.  I wonder what this is teaching the girls.  Is it sending the message that I want to send?  Should I spend more time acknowledging my own talents to help them acknowledge theirs? 

I am not sure that I have an answer to those questions.  I do want them to know what they do well but I also think that a person should always spend time trying to learn more.  I believe that the more you learn, the more you understand.  And the more you understand, the better off you are.  I hope that is the message that I am sending.  I hope that they are not reading my lack of settling as though I feel I am not good enough.

(This rambling introspective is proudly brought to you by The Spin Cycle and the letter C.)

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