Tuesday, August 26, 2014

*tap tap tap* Is This Thing On??

So I've been radio silent for 2 weeks but it feels more like a month.  Too much is going on and I'm really really tired.  Work is good, but it takes it's toll.  It takes up time and brain power, both of which I don't have much of.  We also had car issues (finally fixed) and house issues (thought we might have to move AGAIN, the thought of which literally made me nauseous).  Those are also fixed.  The IO is not well, but he can work so we are thankful for that. 

SO much has happened that it will be easier to show you in pictures.

The only time I can get a picture is when he's asleep.  He's melding in with the rest of the cats very well

Last hurrah before school stared.

First day as a Sophomore. 

First day as a 7th grader.  Princess is ready to join her.

One of the charity blankets I've been working on.  I took a pic just before I mailed it.

It's been a bit warm.

Cats don't care about bills.

LOVE this haircut!!  I can see his face again!

The band is back in action!!!  Went to our first game last Friday.

This lasted for abt 30 seconds.

Mother & son fun while geocaching.  We were happy to not only find the cache but to see the HUGE spider before we walked thru his web.

I have been too tired to knit which is not a good thing.  I need it to de-stress, but by the time I get to sit down and do it, I'm too tired.  I've been playing a lot of games on Facebook.  Hopefully you all have been well and having a great summer.  One day I will read blogs again. 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Clearance is my Kryptonite

I love a good deal.  Give me a coupon or a clearance sale and I'm all over it.  Combine the two, well no words can explain it.  Its a great way to save money, but also a hard way to say no to some great deals on things I don't necessarily need.  Then again it IS yarn and that is a necessity in the grand scheme of things. 

Case in point.

I'm working on a charity blanket and amazingly enough I had no soft acrylic to add to it (none that would really match anyway).  So I ran into JoAnn's to get a skein of red.

However they were having a clearance sale on yarn that I can use for hats and kitty blankets and maybe even a blanket for us! 

This is what I came home with.

More than I bargained on but its really pretty

and I have something in mind for all of it.

That was a week ago.  I cast on for a blanket for us and I started thinking that even though I'm using the bulky yarn, there's not much in that skein.  Maybe I need to try another JoAnn's to see if I can get more of it.

After school shopping yesterday I stopped into another JoAnn's to look around.  The yarn that was on clearance that I wanted for my blanket was NOT on clearance at this JoAnn's!!!  UGH!  It's also normally $8 a skein for not that much yarn.  However they DID have yarn on clearance that was NOT on clearance at the other JoAnn's.  I came home with this.

Yarn for hats for both Baby Girl and #1 Son, and sock yarn.  Cuz everybody knows sock yarn doesn't count as stash, ESP when you get it on clearance.  I showed great restrain as well because there was a LOT more I could have gotten. 

If I gotta work, I gotta keep me in fiberly goodness.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Playing Catchup

I've been working for 3 weeks now.  I love getting a paycheck but I'm not loving having to show up at an office every day.  Plus each week has been set as a different schedule.   First it was 9-2.  Then it was in at 9, out at 12, in at 12:30 out at 2, in at 2:30 and out at 5.  It was the week theatre camp and band camp overlapped and just about killed me.  Then I worked 12-5.  I learned something those three weeks.  I can't go back to full time work in an office and I don't like working 12-5.  My schedule will stay at 9-2 once school starts.  This is the last week of summer vacation and the kids will spend most of it sleeping.  I can't say I blame them since they are both totally exhausted from camp. 

Theatre camp went really well, Baby Girl did a great job and had so much fun!  They ended up having 7 performances in 4 days (which explains the exhausted child) but she would do it again in a heartbeat.  Remember how I said I *might* let her do Grease Jr in Jan??  PS both #1 Son and Baby Girl are signed up for it.  It is the slowest time of the year and if anything it will show them that doing theatre during the school year is harder than they think. 

Meanwhile here are a few pics of Baby Girl in Aladdin Jr.

Finding out Jafar will marry Jasmine

AHH Aladdin saves the day!

But first, let me take a selfie!

These are the ones I took from my seat which aren't the greatest, but give you an idea how much fun it all was.  There are better ones on Flickr from one of the parents, but if I wait to go thru them all to post here it will be 2015.

My favorite one of them all??

She took it backstage just before curtain call. 

If I was a better blogger there'd be many more posts, but I can tell you this;  come back in a couple of days and I will have some stash to share......

Monday, July 28, 2014

Life is a Cabaret

Last summer Baby Girl really REALLY REALLY wanted to do theatre camp, but since it was the year from hell there was no way I could swing it.  Then I learned they had scholarship programs.  I applied and we only had to pay a 1/3 of what would normally be the tuition.  This has been a WONDERFUL thing!! 

She is having a blast and will be performing Aladdin Jr this coming Thursday - Sunday.  What is cool abt summer theatre camp as opposed to normal theatre during the rest of the year is they get add'l classes; tap, backstage instruction, theatre makeup.  Baby Girl does NOT like tapping, but she DOES like theatre makeup.  It's been something she's been interested in since she was three and she loves the creativity that comes with theatre makeup. 

The first time they had this class she walked out like this.

At first I thought she fell off the stage (this is a big worry of mine since she's a bit clutzy), but then I remembered the class and I realized it was makeup. 

The second time she looked like this.

It was monster day and she decided to go for a zombie look.  Her friends thought she was a vampire due  to the white makeup, but I thought she looked like a diseased homeless person.

The last one I didn't get a shot of, but think Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas. 

And yes SHE did this to herself, nobody did it for her.  I think she did a great job and has a talent for this.  With Orlando so close by she could easily get a job for any of the shows in the theme parks or performing arts

She is part of the ensemble of the musical, but she does have parts where she comes out and fan girls over the princes vying for Jasmine's hand in marriage and she sings with two other girls so it's a semi-solo.  She really wanted an actual character, but she is really happy that she got a lot of extra parts to play.  She's on stage for most of the performance and is having a ton of fun.  She REALLY wants to continue this when school starts but I told her no.  Between school work and band, there is no way she'll be able to do it all.  Well she probably could, but it would stress her out and I know the enjoyment level would go from having a ton of fun to obligation status.  I *MAY* have her participate in Grease Jr in Jan when it's not as hectic with band but I haven't decided yet. She has no idea I'm considering it or else I would never hear the end of it.

Being a mom = making the hard decisions.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

A new member of the family

So I'm back at work, trying to get a schedule down (which will be hard until the kids are back in school), running to Tampa TWICE (abt a 2hr drive one way), and just trying to keep up with all that I have already so the plan is to simplify.


HA!!!  I laugh in your general direction!  Last Monday when I picked Baby Girl  up from theatre camp I got bamboozled into this.....

Let me introduce you to Theo, the theatre kitty.

He was dumped over a 6' fence of a theatre mom who can't keep him because she has 2 dogs and a 20lb cat that wants nothing to do with a small kitten other than to make it an appetizer. 

She brought it to the theatre and we brought him home.

He is adorable and everybody loves him. 

We took him to the vet on Tues (I wont even discuss how long we were there waiting, but it was HOURS) and we found out he is in great shape for being a stray. 

No ear mites, no worms, no major dirt.  He did have some fleas but we took care of that. 

Everybody else is getting used to him.  Hemi and Theo seem to be forming a special bond (I can see a boys club starting) and last night Theo tried to snuggle with Hemi.  Hemi's not ready for that yet, and Theo looked SO sad, but today Hemi went up to Theo and they sniffed noses.

Princess will tolerate him (like she does the rest of the cats) but she's avoiding Baby Girl.  Lucy wants nothing to do with him and has found a hiding spot in the house.  I have little pity for Lucy since she is the one that chased Tiger away.  She'll just have to adjust. 

Why doesn't Hemi want to snuggle??

Thursday was our first trip to Tampa to visit a friend of #1 Son's.

We left after work and met them at a mall.  She was visiting her grandmother in Naples and we decided to meet half way (Tampa).  What moms wont do for their kids.

Friday I took off from work (I'm there less than 2 weeks and I'm already taking days off, but that goes under the flex time I requested when I started) and went with a friend of mine and her daughter and #1 Son back to Tampa for an outdoor concert called Warped Tour. 

Its an all day outdoor concert of abt 20-30 bands that play on 4 different stages. 

Definitely an interesting day.  Saw lots of strange people, there was mud everywhere (almost fell  into some when my flipflop got stuck) and it was HOT! 

But the kids had a blast and we stayed until security told us to go home.  Our cool cred just rose by a LOT!!

Meet Jason.  He has his own YouTube channel and is quite popular.  I call him Cotton Candy Head.

Yesterday was sleeping in but by noon we were out shopping for Baby Girl.  She needed a few things for theatre and of course we ended up getting things for school (which starts in 3 weeks).

Today is a band meeting and tomorrow starts band camp.  It's the week where both kids' activities overlap.  This is where #1 Son's Band camp overlaps Baby Girl's theatre camp and I'll be driving back and forth while working.  Plus Baby Girl has her performances this week AND I'm helping out by making cookies and volunteering as an usher.  (she is there on scholarship and parents are STRONGLY encouraged to volunteer if they want the scholarship in the future.)  My coffee pot will be humming this week!!

There is no rest for the weary.  I am going to try and add some more posts that will pop up thruout the week so I'm not totally radio silent.

And I've decided I need to invest in Starbucks because at the rate I'm drinking this stuff I should be getting some return!!

So what's new and exciting in your life???

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Weighing the Pros and Cons

As I've mentioned before, I've been trying to find a way to make some extra money.  I've looked online, I've looked in the paper (NOBODY posts in the paper anymore!) and I've contacted my old employers to see if there was anything available.

Thursday around 3pm, one of my old employers contacted me back telling me there wasn't any admin jobs available, but things were constantly changing and they would let me know if anything opened up.  An hour later he wanted to know if I could come in to talk the next day. 

I started yesterday.

So YEAH I found a job!!! but now I have to go to work.

I have had a lot of mixed emotions about going back into the workforce.  Am I capable?  Yes.  Do I want to be tied down to a specific schedule?  Not really, but legitimate work-at-home jobs are hard to come by.

I made a mental list of pros and cons to mentally work my way thru this.

Pro:  there will be more money during the week to alleviate some of the stress from the IO.
Con:  I have to go back to work in a structured environment.

Pro:  the job I'm at allows me to be flexible.  Right now I'm working around Baby Girl's schedule for school and they will allow me to change it again once school starts (this was a BIG plus)
Con:  no matter how flexible they are, I still have to show up for work.

Pro:  it will force me to be more organized
Con:  we are setting up a schedule, but past experiences have taught me that I still need to be on top of things. 

I've gone to work the past two days and I have to say it hasn't been horrible. The mornings are a bit stressful since I have to have stern conversations with myself, but it was easier today than yesterday.  I figure by the time I get my first check I'll be very happy showing up for work!!   And I'm working with a lot of people I've worked with before so it's not like I have to start fresh with people's personalities, etc. 

Two questions that stand out the most during our conversation:
"Are you bored?" (uh, NO)
"Do you want to work part time or full time" (I want flex time)

I have no idea how this will affect my blogging, but I'm going to try and keep at it.  In fact I have sock progress!

sock for my nephew, just about to start the heel

sock #2 for me half way thru the foot.

And while I missed posting this on Saturday, I still wanted to post it today.

If you look close you can see another rainbow above the first.

I will be posting soon abt Baby Girl's experiences in Theatre Camp, especially the stage makeup classes. 

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Simple Woman's Daybook


Outside my window... hot.  we've been getting rain pretty much every day, but it's not the cooling rain you get up north.  It's the steamy rain that can make it feel even worse.  Right now it's 88 but feels like it's at least 100.  My phone says the realfeel is 104.  I am in my room with the drapes drawn.

I am thinking... I need to motivate myself to get more accomplished.  However the heat really zaps any energy I have and makes getting going a hard task.

I am thankful... for central air.  I will be thankful for that for most of the summer.

In the kitchen... I made some banana muffins with some questionable bananas.  They didn't make us sick but they were definitely OFF. 

I am wearing... tan shorts and a purple tee.

I am creating... I have started my nephew's socks and so far so good.  They are striping more than I thought, kind of spiraling down the leg as they stripe, but you don't notice that unless you follow the stripe.   The other sock has sort of stopped mid foot.

I am going... to update my resume.  It's really sad looking.  I've been home  with the kids for so many years that most of my job experience is OLD, but I do have skills that can be utilized.  Part of the problem is that I really don't want to go back to work and magically hope that all the bills will be paid and I wont have to worry.  Then I get the mail.  Or band fees loom.  Or my son eats almost a pound of ham for lunch leaving little for the rest of us.

I am wondering... how long it would take me to learn quickbooks.  I've been seeing lots of opportunities to work from home using that skill. 
I am reading... Castle and The Mentalist fanfiction.  It's not a book, but it's perfect for late night reading.

I am hoping... that one of the side projects that the IO is working on will break.  He's got plans to turn some of his ideas into reality.  If he stays focused on it, I think he could do it.

I am looking forward to... cooler weather (is it too soon to be saying this??)

I am hearing.... the bathroom fan.  That's it.  Baby Girl is in Theatre Camp and #1 Son is still asleep.

Around the house... ~sigh~ not much.  I blame the heat.

I am pondering... that even though money is tight, I still have a roof over my head, electricity, water and food.  We could be SO much worse off.....

A favorite quote for today...

One of my favorite things  AKA Hemi's Corner...
the collage of Hemi that #1 Son made for my phone

A few plans for the rest of the week: We are already starting band booster meetings (apparently the high school has them all year long) and there is another car wash scheduled for this Saturday. 

A peek into my day...we've been trying to geocache some in the afternoon but it has been SO hot.  Plus the sun is really bright and I have a hard time reading coordinates on my phone.  I think we need to wait until 6 or 7pm to try it again. 
There you go!  Not as detailed as I usually get, but I really need to tackle something of importance today.  And I think the heat is starting to affect my brain.   Here is your link to follow if you want to play.