Sunday, November 30, 2008
I've enjoyed my Thanksgiving break, but I'm ready to get back to school. Only 3 weeks to go until vacation for Christmas. But what a busy time it will be.
Must go unpack and make dinner. Have a safe evening and stay off the highways for heaven's sake. They're nuts!
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Keith and I had a nice lunch with a friend of my from high school. We met up at the Cheesecake Factory. We had a yummy lunch and a nice time chatting and catching up. Thanks for lunch, Dave!
I have made a bit more progress with Xmas shopping. We are hitting a different Target tonight in search of "Heart of Gold" Care Bear and jewelry boxes.
We go back home tomorrow to get ready for school. We've got 3 full weeks until break. Those weeks include 2 days of testing, 2 days of holiday "rotations," and 1 field trip. Hooray! Of course there are also 3 (or more) grade level meetings - you know my feelings on those!
TTFN! (Ta Ta For Now! from Tigger via Disney.)
Friday, November 28, 2008
We've gotten them each a few Hannah Montana dolls, a Barbie with convertible, and a Barbie "Diamond Castle" doll. I've got some leads of a few games too. Katy wants a jewelry box and Erin needs one too. I can't find a nice (but inexpensive) one anywhere.
As much as I love this time of year, save me from the headaches!!!
What do I get the girls?!?!?!
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Time to get crackin' - I mean cookin'!
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
All of these, in light of recent events, are just perfect for me. I totally understand them and can I identify with them. What a life I'm living. :)
We went to Ikea today and bought NOTHING! I'm so proud.
We went to a brand new Super Target to scope it out for Friday. Oh boy! What a nice store. I can't wait to go shopping. I'm excited about getting my hands on the paper flyers tomorrow!
Gotta go work on the turkey. It may get injected or brined tonight so it can be ready to go!
Let me be the first to say, "Happy Turkey Day!!!"
Oh lawsy, that sounds like a bad greeting card.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
*Yawn* Good thing posts for NaBloPoMo don't have a length requirement! I'd fail miserably. If you want more to read, go check one of the GREAT, FANTASTIC blogs in my sidebar. I love those ladies!
Over and out.
Monday, November 24, 2008
**blog edited to delete info**
Send more chocolate!
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Anyone got any snazzy ideas for keeping track of books I've read? Christmas is coming you know... If there is a neat gadget, I'd LOVE to have it!
Saturday, November 22, 2008
I've enjoyed posting our cruise journal. I hope you've enjoyed it. I'll edit it in the coming days to get in the pictures that would not upload. Now, I can move on to blogging about my life...
On the home front, things are going well. Keith has been very supportive during all this craziness. The girls are being relatively sweet to each other too. Bonus! No one is sick either (yet.) It has been at least 2 weeks though, so someone will be getting sick soon - just in time for Turkey Day.
My granny has been moved to a skilled nursing facility. She'll be there for 2 to 4 weeks while they decide what to do next. She will not go home alone again. Which makes me sad, but at the same time, relieved. We all knew this day was coming. And she knew too, even if she doesn't want to admit it. I wish I could see her or talk to her. Maybe soon!
I'm beginning to plan my attack for Black Friday. I can't wait. I hope to get all of Santa's work done then. I'm looking at getting the girls each an MP3 player, a couple DVDs, and a few Barbie-type dolls for Katy. She's been asking to play with Erin's, which hasn't been happening. :( I'm also going to stock them up on art supplies, either from the teacher store or from Crayola.
For Christmas, I hope to NOT get sick, I hope to get a new set of sheets for our bed, a new comforter, and a few new pillows. I'm really enjoying my sleep time these days, can you tell? I'd also like to get a Rubbermaid 24 piece set from Walmart for myself. It'll be on sale for $7 on Black Friday!! :)
I hope to get my parents and my granny (maybe) a digital photo frame - Walmart will supposedly have a really cheap one on Black Friday. We'll see.
Off to read my book!
Stay warm! (since it was 19 degrees here this morning and is currently only 40 here now! It is too early for this!!!!!)
Friday, November 21, 2008
Keith and I shopped, sat in Deck 5, and sat at the back of Deck 9. The weather was turning rainy. We got the girls and went to lunch.
I had a burger, the girls had nuggets, and Keith had Spaghetti Zia Teresa (spaghetti with mushrooms and meatballs.) I had a delicious chocolate cake and everyone else had ice cream. While enjoying our lunch, we saw many lightning flashes and bolts. Very cool.
After lunch we checked the water slide but it was closed – bad weather. We went to the cabin for a rest. Katy refused to be silent but did manage about 20 minutes of fairly quiet resting. Then we took the girls shopping. Both girls picked out t-shirts and glass fish.
We took them back to the kids club at 2:00. Then we returned to the cabin to begin packing. We picked them up at 3:30 to get ready for the Talent Show!
**It has taken over an 2 hours to upload the video of Katy. I've given up for today. Better luck tomorrow.**
After the show the girls and Keith went to the pool. I showered and dressed. The kids showered and dressed too. They went to the kids club for dinner again. Keith and I enjoyed a peaceful last supper. J I had Mango Cream spiced with Ginger and then a Prime Rib. I also indulged in 2 chocolate melting cakes. Keith had the Caesar salad, the salmon, and 2 dishes of strawberry ice cream. After dinner, we went to the musical show. It was ok – 50s and 60s music. Not in the main lounge and not so loud. Then we went to the room and changed. Then we finished packing and put the bags out.
We went to have a snack and write a PAPER copy of the journal. The laptop was already packed. We got the girls around 10:00 and went to bed! We had a very enjoyable time on the Carnival Glory! We hope to be back soon.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
**I had an AWFUL afternoon at school. I am just devastated by events there. I'm posting the journal but do not have the emotional energy to post pictures at this time. I'll edit this weekend and post them. Sorry for more wordy stuff and no pretty pictures!**
After breakfast (the usual), we dropped the girls off in the kids club at 10:00 or so. Keith sat in the shade and I sat in the sun. At one point, I went to peek at the girls. They were fine. Later, Keith checked the time and swore it was 11:30. I went to get the kids but it was only 11:00! I let them stay and went back at 11:40. After picking up the girls, we went and changed clothes. We went for lunch in the dining room. Keith and I had fish and chips. It was ok. The girls had pizza and nuggets. They had ice cream for dessert and I had lemon mousse. It was strange but good. After lunch we went to the cabin. I read while Keith rested. Katy and Erin wrote in their journals and did cursive. They started to fuss about 1:30, so I made them clean up and lay down. We rested until 1:45. Then I got up and took the girls back to the kids club. They love it there. I did some window shopping for souvenirs and then went back to the room. Keith and I had a little “Mommy-Daddy” time. *wink* We went for drinks and snacks before getting the girls.
We spied on
Service seemed slow, but we still got out at the regular time. I had the Chilled Creamy Bing Cherry Soup, Chateaubriand, and Baked Alaska. The girls had nuggets and vanilla ice cream. Keith had the salmon again with a Caesar salad and baked potato. My food was just delicious. Just have to remember how to cut that meat so it is nice and tender. Yum! After dinner, we returned to the room to change. Then we went to play Monopoly. Keith went out first, then me. The girls continued for a while. Eventually, Katy would have won, but they called it a draw. We returned to the room at 9:20. Our towel animal was a cute little bunny. We snacked and went to bed around 10:00pm. We had meant to go on the galley tour today. It was at 10:45 – but we missed it. Then, we found out that it had been cancelled. Oh well. A good day at sea!
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Today we arrived in St. Maarten. But before arriving, Katy woke up SICK! She woke up about 5:30 to get a drink. While getting a drink, she pottied. While sitting on the potty, she puked. Everywhere. Keith got her off the potty so she could puke in the toilet. Then he called me. I came in and helped get Katy into the shower. After cleaning her up, we re-dressed her in a fresh shirt and panties. I got dressed and took Katy and my book and a Sprite on deck. The time was 5:40. As we came out on deck 9 we saw the sun was coming up. We took a bench seat in the 9
The Cruise Director, Butch, came on at 7:30 (!) and announced that we were docked in St. Maarten and anyone who wanted could go ashore. Soon, Keith came back and asked if he should go rent a car. I said, “Ok.” He came back at about 8:20 and we were all still snoozing. He had rented a car for about $45, which, with taxes etc. came to a total of $72 at the end of the day. We all got up and dressed. Katy was dragging but a dose of ibuprofen stayed down. She ate some dry Cheerios and drank some water. I had my usual of 2 croissants and a bowl of Froot Loops.
Keith had a (really crappy) map. After loading the car, which was nicely close to the dock (thank you!), we used said crappy map to navigate our way through
We drove on up the main road and finally found signs. We went through a private community to find the public beach access. Keith walked out and immediately we noticed that this was a more liberal beach: the first woman we saw was topless – and very tan! It all looked wonderful… until
As we had enjoyed the view we noticed a point in the distance with many breakers and a nice view. We got in the car and headed out. Keith really wanted to find that point. After a false start we finally got there. We drove through some really poor parts of the island. We saw many children walking home from school. We finally got on the right road to the point. When we arrived, it was incredible. The whole area was submerged under a few feet of water. There were several islands within walking distance. You just got in and walked around. Keith is the only one of us to go. The pictures are amazing.
After spending some time here, we continued around the bend. We saw some amazing scenery. I wish we had been able to get better pictures, but there was no where to stop along the way. We climbed a huge mountain/hill. The view from there was extraordinary. At one point, the pavement again ran out. We picked our way through and kept going. Once we got on pavement again, we went downhill. We found the main road and headed back toward
When we first arrived, there was a taxi driver eating his lunch in his cab. The girls got slathered with sunscreen and began playing in the sand and rocks. Keith went in straight away while I sat and enjoyed the scenery. After the taxi man left, I went in the water with Keith. There were some NASTY rocks right at the breakline. Keith helped me over them and we went out a little deeper. It was lovely. The water was so blue, the plants so green – just beautiful. It was our own private beach! Eventually, I wanted to go back in. Keith was going to pick me up and help me when – bam! A wave threw him off balance and he dropped me. I fell on my back, into the water, right over the rocks. I got water in my nose, but didn’t swallow any and didn’t loose my hat or glasses. Keith got me a towel and some water. All was better. It came time to leave. The girls each choose a couple stones to keep. We packed up and headed back to Philipsburg. We found a parking space this time, but the post office was too busy. Keith said we should just buy souvenirs at the port. We stopped for gas - $5 a gallon, cash only – and headed for the port. We unloaded the car and while Keith returned it, I packed things up. Katy was crashing fast by this time. I got things squared away by the time Keith came back. He offered to take Katy and the stuff and wait on a bench. But Katy wanted to shop too.
So I took Katy and Erin to the Duty Free World. We managed to find a few things. I got pencils for my kids (a whole buck each!), a penny bank, 2 decals, and a license plate for each of the girls.
We arrived in our room and dumped our load. Waiting for us were invitations to a reception for past guests tomorrow night. Also waiting were Carnival Glory pins for each of us. The girls were overjoyed. We tossed Katy in the shower and then dosed her with medicine. She got tucked into bed while the rest of us showered. While Erin and Keith showered, I super quick wrote postcards to the girls’ classes, Lulu, and my class. After his shower, Keith dressed and took all the post cards and headed off the ship. He was able to buy stamps and mail them at the pharmacy in the dock area. Sweet. I showered and got dressed. Katy fell asleep for about 30 minutes.
The girls came with us to the dining room. I ordered the Farfalle with
Before heading back to the cabin, we stopped by deck 4 to search for photos. No luck. We returned to the cabin and began getting ready for bed. We brushed teeth, tucky wucked, and finished the journal. Katy had been pretty perky but was now feeling bad again. We didn’t give her the antibiotic this morning – I was afraid of making her puke again. And this evening, I forgot until after she brushed her teeth. She is now complaining of a hurting stomach, sore throat, and _____(choose an ailment). Hopefully she will fall asleep soon and won’t get up until morning. *Yawn* That’s it for today, I’m pooped. This has been the craziest day yet!
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
**Pictures would not work. I'll try again later. Use your imagination. All 0 of my loyal readers.**
**Insert a beautiful picture of St. Thomas port here.**
**Insert a beautiful picture of St. Thomas port here.**
Today we arrived in
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I changed into my suit and
**Insert yet another gorgeous beach picture.**
He dropped us off and we headed in. A short walk down a path led us to the most beautiful beach. The sand was nice (if short) and the water was amazing. We found a shady spot under a tree and spread out the blanket. Erin and I were immediately ready. Katy sure perked up when she saw the ocean. We played and swam until almost 3:00. We met a nice couple from AZ/CA. They were staying on the island for a week, at the resort there at
*Insert - Yes! - another wonderful beach picture here.**
We got the girls in the shower first. Katy didn’t get all the sand off the first time and had to go back in. Then, once they were dressed, they laid on the bed. After a snack, they played the quiet game. Of course, they both fell asleep. I’ll declare them both the winner and give them each a dollar. That was our agreed prize for the winner. Of course, it is really Keith and me who are the winners – we get some peace and quiet while the girls take a snooze. After the girls fell asleep, Keith headed up on deck. I’m writing in the journal. The current time is 5:10pm. The girls have been asleep since about 4:45pm. Ahhh! Bliss!
9:47pm: I woke the girls up at 5:35. Katy was feeling awful and I forced her to let me check her temp. She had a fever of 102! Obviously, no kids club! I took the girls and we tried to find Keith. We couldn’t and came back to the cabin to try to have him paged. I called the purser and they wouldn’t page him. Only in medical emergencies will they page. So, I said my daughter has a fever and I need him. The purser asked in a really nice but firm way for me to take her to the infirmary. As we were getting ready to leave, I put notes on the door. And as I did, who should I see walking down the corridor? Keith!
We went to the buffet for dinner. I had some turkey, rice pilaf, and dinner rolls. I also had 2 bowls of the chocolate melting cake. It was really melty tonight. Keith had fish, chicken parmigana, rice, and apple pie. Katy ate a bit of turkey.
As we were walking forward,
Monday, November 17, 2008
Today was a day at sea. Keith rose early again. The girls and I slept in until about 8:00. We had breakfast and wandered the ship. The girls talked about going to the kids club. But when we stood there to drop them off, they changed their minds. (
The slide was very twisty and ends in a little splash zone, not a big pool. Sweet! :)
They loved it and did it until it was time to get cleaned up for lunch. I sat in the Old Glory atrium and read my book for an hour or so. Then I went to the port talk on
It was tasty – but wasn’t just vanilla cake. It has strawberry layers too. The girls didn’t like that of course. But Keith seemed to and I thought it was pretty tasty. Almost immediately, Katy fell asleep – by about 8:45 or so.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
But after some meltdowns by Katy, we gave up. We did go through the Straw Market – were hoping to get out of the rain but the roof leaked. Oh well. Saw lots of neat crafts and it drove
The Queen’s Staircase was amazing. It was carved out of a solid chunk of rock. There was a water fall too. Katy bought a snow globe near the fort.
We changed and cooled off. We got a drink on deck and went to a sit down lunch. I had a cheeseburger and Keith had a Philly cheese steak.
Then we tried to meet the Capitan, but he was gone. We had a very nice dinner. I had the Strawberry Bisque and a Chicken Breast with a baked potato. Keith had stuffed mushrooms and a Chile Relleno, but he was disappointed. Erin and Katy had nuggets and pizza – AGAIN! After dinner, we DID get to meet the Captain. Then we walked a bit and decided to drop some things off in the room before going to the show. After changing seats, we settled in. The show was colorful and interesting, but TOO LOUD!!!! Why do they think that loud equals good? I may have to fill out a comment card about that!! Keith and Katy left early. I stayed a few more minutes with
Saturday, November 15, 2008
We got up this morning at 7:30. I showered while Keith made coffee. The girls got up and showered while I went to the car for socks and to dispose of the dirty clothes. I tried to call my mom, and it was a debacle. We had “breakfast” and loaded the car. After attaching the luggage tags to the 5 pieces of luggage to be checked, we were ready to go. I waited FOREVER for the lady at the desk to print me a receipt, but she was too stupid to do it. After giving up, we hit the road at 9am. Katy had a meltdown about 20 minutes later when her beach ball went into the WAY back. We refused to let her unstrap to get it and she cried for a while. We stopped for breakfast at Burger King.
I had a hard time after we got on the boat. It was much more crowded than I expected, HOT, and I didn’t know where I was going. Embarkation was a breeze, all things considered. We had a short delay at security as they searched my rolling cart and
Friday, November 14, 2008
We left school at 12:00 to go home. We had the car packed and loaded by 1:00. We hit the road to
Thursday, November 13, 2008
I got news last night that my grandmother is in bad shape. She is in the hospital with pneumonia and heart and kidney failure. Looks like I may be traveling next week.
I'll update as necessary. Hopefully I won't miss any days posting. :)
Here is something pretty to enjoy: tomorrow starts the cruise journal!!!
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
No other excitement around here today. Just waiting on the next person to get sick. We've all been well for about a week now. Should have someone run a fever any day now. :)
Must go enter grades into the online pain in the butt system. Must eat some chocolate too :)
Only a few more days until I start posting about our cruise! Here is another photo to whet your appetite!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
So, to add some cheer to our lives as we approach Thanksgiving, I'm going to be posting 1 day each day from my cruise journal. We departed on a Friday and returned home on a Saturday night. So, beginning this Friday, I'll post the day's journal AND pictures.
Of course, this benefits me in multiple ways: I don't have to scrounge for something to post about, I get to edit and publish my trip journal, and I get to scroll back through HUNDREDS of photos and relive it. Hooray!
I'll leave you with a teaser. Something to look forward to!
Sunday, November 9, 2008
(also got a chocolate brown pair)
The colors look different, but they are actually identical. The chocolate brown pair is delicious but not listed online. The pants are truly the most comfy I've worn in a LOOOONG time. They wash well too. I got the dark pair today but bought the tan pair about 3 weeks ago. They look great right out of the wash but I usually give them a light pressing. I'm excited about having these 3 items for the upcoming holiday season. I think I'll look quite put-together!
The rest of the day was spent in relaxation with bursts of work. We cleaned both the girls rooms. They were bad, but not as bad as they've been in the past. We've taken a picture of both rooms and it is going to get printed and taped to the door. From now on, their rooms MUST be cleaned to that standard before bed each night. And as far as standards go, it isn't incredibly high. The shelves are still a mess but the floor is CLEAR! I don't want to have to be one of "those" parents who make all sorts of rules for TV and computer... but I will if the bedrooms don't start staying clean.
I've got to run - lots to do to get ready for a Monday. Hope everyone has a GREAT week. Enjoy Veterans' Day on Tuesday, whether you work it or not! Call a veteran and say, "Thanks!"
Saturday, November 8, 2008
DH: Anything else I can do for you?
Me: Nope, I'm good.
MG (from the dining room, where she is setting the table): Yea! You can give me a back massage!
Then she struts into the kitchen and says, "I could really use one!"
Cracked me up - was one of those moments that made me grab a pencil and write down EXACTLY what was said so I'd remember for posting :) You know, it is a good thing she is a sweet kid. Otherwise her kind of smarts could turn reallllly evil, if you know what I mean! :)
Friday, November 7, 2008
Then we went and strolled through Walmart. After that we chatted in the parking lot while waiting for them to finish scouts. All had a nice evening.
I'm still full. *burp* 'Scuse me. I can't wait to do it again in 2 weeks. Hope the girls don't find out! :)
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Anyway, I promised a picture and a funny story, so here ya go. I'm tolerating my slow computer to be able to do this, so you HAVE to read it and laugh. :)
One day, in August, MG was playing outside. All of a sudden, she came into the house hollering for me. I came running, asking what was wrong. All she said was, "Come see, in my garden!"
I grabbed the camera (because, hey, you never know!) and this is what we saw:
I have other, even more impressive pictures of it. It/They was/were perched on the back of a droopy sunflower. They were really quite large - the sun flower was the size of a lunch plate and the bugs were easily the size of my index finger. MG was fascinated of course. To this day, we don't know what they are!
Other than evil and nasty looking! *shudder*
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Instead, let me share a picture.....
Oh, wait, I can't. I'm not on my computer.
I would tell a funny story, but it isn't funny without the picture.
I'll leave then, with a promise of BOTH a funny story AND a picture to go with it tomorrow.
Ok? It is the best I've got!
Unless you want to join me for a trip to Wal-Mart later :)
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
Enjoy! The girls are already thinking about what they will be NEXT year!
Here is a picture of our pumpkins too. Mine is the scary, pissed-off looking one on the far right. He was completely cheesed off about how goofy and happy the other pumpkins were looking. Keith said it was actually quite hilarious in the dark, alone - My pumpkin looked like he wanted to tear the others apart. :) Go me! I usually don't succeed in making a scary pumpkin. They usually look dopey :)
Sunday, November 2, 2008
I ended up taking MG to the ER last night. She projectile vomited all over the bathroom - 3 different times. Poor kid. Poor DH. He cleaned it up while I dressed MG. We got through the process fairly quickly. They diagnosed her with a viral upper respiratory infection. Then they tried to dose her with a pill of Zofran (a strong anti-nausea drug). But she couldn't swallow it and puked up even more. So then they gave her 2 shots of the same drug. She was a trooper though. We came home and tried to get her settled for the night. She slept (finally) in the recliner. She coughed and hacked periodically. I was worried she would puke some more. Ugh. Thankfully she didn't.
Now, I've got to go find some breakfast and get some papers graded for school. I'll be glad when I'm feeling better. I see a nice nap in my future this afternoon. And some time reading my books. And time getting together a book order for school. And trying to talk to my buddy on the phone. That ought to be an interesting conversation. :)
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Here is proof:
See you tomorrow!!