Friday, September 24, 2004


Yesterday, I decided to buy bulbs to plant for the spring. I spent three hours yesterday digging up my yard and I have about 4 or 5 more hours of work today and I'm feeling the pain this morning, lol. I got daffodils, crocuses, and lots of tulips. The pain will totally be worth it when they come up next year. I can hardly wait, lol.

I also drove around and took some early Fall pictures. I guess the locals hate that around here, lol, people pulling off to the side of the road to take fall foliage pictures. But oh well. I don't care. I plan on taking pictures of all the different stages of the seasons here. The trees are already amazing. I don't know if it's just because we haven't seen Fall in about 6 or 7 years or if it's just Vermont, but some of these trees look like they're on fire they're so brightly colored. It's not even peak leaf time yet.

We had the girls' Open House last night. We talked to both of their teachers and toured their classrooms as well as the Library and Music Room. Their school is really big. I didn't realize that until we walked around it yesterday. Both of their teachers told me that the girls are doing great in school this year. That's such a relief for us to hear, lol.

Well, that's it for today. Hopefully, after I get done planting my flowers, I'll still be able to move enough to update tomorrow, lol. Later.

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Car Foibles

I discovered two things today while out running errands. The first has to do with coming home from my friend's house Saturday night. As I was driving along, the minivan in front of me came to a sudden stop and I could see a skunk rolling around underneath their van. The skunk, narrowly escaping death, looked me dead in the eye, then proceeded to run in front of my car and into the brush alongside of the road. The smell was atrocious and....has lingered as I found out this morning. (I was busy playing slug Sunday and Monday) Big ugh!! I'm not sure what to do about the smell, so if anyone has any suggestions, I'd love to hear them.

Then this afternoon, I was at the Shell station getting gas. When I opened up the gas door I heard this "plop" sound. I looked over at the ground to see a large toad writhing on the ground in front of my tire. It was all black from car and road dirt and flopping around on it's back. It was absolutely disgusting. I had to back up when I was ready to leave to avoid further smashing it under my tire. C said that I should've just run it over and put it out of its misery, but I couldn't stand the thought of toad guts all over the car. EEEWWW!!

Great News!!!

We found out this morning that C got selected for Staff Sergeant!! Woohoo!! He'll probably pin it on in February. Oh, that's E-6 for yous that don't know. This is a great pick-me-up for us. It's been a rough month around here. But, YAY!!

Saturday, September 18, 2004

2 Posts in One Day. Don't Get Used to It.

I just had to say that I ended up hanging out at a friend's house tonight. I just got home actually. We had a great time commiserating together. Sometimes, there's nothing like a fellow RD wife to get you through the day, lol. Plus, our kids play really great together, so they all keep each other entertained.

C should be home shortly, but who knows anymore. He's bringing a buddy with him to stay over cuz they both have to go down to Mass. tomorrow to get their butts chewed. Misery loves company I guess.

And that's definitely that for today.

It's Saturday. What're you doing?

Big fat zippo on our end. C working the entire weekend, I'm chatting with a friend online, and the girls are playing Mario Cart on the GameCube. Yay! I think I might get out of the house and go to a friend's today. It's dull sitting at home all the time. I get bored a lot more often since I don't have any school work to keep me busy. I like having the time off, but miss it at the same time. Know what I mean?

The girls are doing good. School's going great for them. They're both doing really good this year. There's no school on Monday for a work day thing,so they have a three day weekend. Yay for them.

C and I are fine. He has work but nothing's new on the front. However, I got some really good news this week. My sister is going to have a baby! I'm so excited for her. She is due May 17th. My little sister, awww. Lol. I can't wait.

So, that's that for now.

Saturday, September 11, 2004


How is everyone choosing to remember September 11? It's pretty basically just a day of reflection for me. Remembering where and how I heard the news, how I spent that day and the days following, etc. We're not doing anything specific such as festivals and things like that that other people are doing. I do plan on putting candles in the windows though. C had to leave first thing this morning for an overnighter with his poolees, so he won't even be here. The girls don't even remember it or understand much of why this is a special day in our history. But, even going about our day like normal, there's a nugget of gloom in the back of my mind like a shadow hanging over the day. ANYway...

I hope everyone takes the time to remember those who died on September 11th and those that risk their lives everyday to try and ensure something like that never happens to the United States again.

Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Sept 8

Happy Birthday C

Being Old

Today is C 27th Birthday. He had to work, is in fact still at work, but doesn't have to go down to Mass. tonight, so at least we'll get to see him at some point today hopefully. Like I already said, we don't have anything special planned. It's hard to plan something when he works every waking hour of every stinking day, but whatever.

Today, I watched my friend's daughter for her and negotiated my babysitting contract with the neighbor, lol. I have a pretty good deal where that's concerned so it's all good.

The girls both had good days at school. They both had gym today. Nothing exciting where they're concerned. If, however, anyone has tips on how to make kids clean their rooms, it'd be much appreciated. I swear, I'm one minute away from boxing up all their toys and giving them to some charity.

It's been a relatively boring day. It's raining, of course, and it's supposed to get worse since what's left over of Frances will be here soon. I guess this is the third wettest summer on record according to the local weather people. Woohoo. How nice for us.

Anyway, that's that. Until next time...

Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Little Wishes

So, anyway, last week was dull. I like dull weeks. Besides family crap rearing it's ugly head, things for us here in Vermont are going good. I still think that someone should invent a filtering device for phones and make them sorta like e-mail. I'm thinking something like having a subject line. When someone calls, they have to state their business into a recorder type deal. Then when the phone rings into your house, you can hear what they want before you allow their call to come through. If it's your pesky friend that needs a babysitter for the weekend, you can just hit a button that says you're not home and you'll get back to them. Then, you mysteriously never get the message. If it's a friend calling to say they're paying back some money they owe you, you can answer it cuz that's a cool call. If it's a bill collector, you can hit a button saying that they've called the wrong number, lmao. Something like that would make my day.

Well, now that I'm done dreaming, how was everyone's holiday weekend? Three day weekends are great. It's nice being able to sleep in for a few days. 6:30 is really early in the morning, lol. C had Sunday off and we spent the day being slugs around the house and then grilling out dinner.

C's 27th birthday is tomorrow. We don't have anything planned. I think he's supposed to take a kid down to Mass so we might not even get to see him. I'm not sure though. The girls are more excited about his b-day than he is, lol.

So, that's it for now. Hope everyone is doing ok.

Friday, September 03, 2004

The Famous Bus Incident of 2004

I was finally able to talk to someone at the school about what happened. The girls' story turned out to be true, lol. They got into trouble for "singing and giggling" on the bus. Apparently, there is a no singing rule on the buses even though this isn't listed in the Bus Rules handbook. Whatever. There isn't anything that's going to happen to them, they were just told to stop. However, the reason for the crying turned out to be the 7th grade girl harassing them. She's been reprimanded and told that one more incident will result in her not being allowed to ride the bus anymore. How completely retarded is this whole thing? I'm just glad it's done with.

As for other news, C still working the fair. It totally sucks. He didn't get home till 1am this morning, then had to get up at 4am to be in Massachusetts this morning. What a crock of bull. He's worked that stinking fair everyday except for one. That's another crock of bull if you ask me. Sometimes, and this is one of those times, I'm just not willing to make excuses for why RD sucks. There is none for why somebody is only getting 3 hours of sleep a night.

The girls and I haven't had anything exciting happening lately aside from the bus deal so that's that.

Families...Have you ever wondered what is "normal" when it comes to families? I think you could look at mine and C from any and every angle and still not find one iota of normalcy. Yesterday, we were thrown a curve ball where this topic is concerned so any good vibes and/or thoughts you all would like to pass along would be really appreciated. TIA.

That's it for today.