Tuesday, September 15, 2015

For Today... 




Outside my window.... It is fall in Florida.  Yesterday morning was the first morning where it did NOT feel like a sauna when I stepped outside.  Today is rain, rain and more rain.  It doesnt look any different for the next couple of days either.  I dont mind.  I really think I could live in Portland.

My Saturday Sky


I am thinking... too many thoughts.  They are keeping me up at night and I dont like that.  I'm also waking up with more headaches that last the entire day.  I dont like that even more.  Where do we live in Nov?  Can we afford it?  What is the budget?  Keeping up with the schedule for theatre and band  (each kid is in a different cast AND band right now) plus sorting and saving and And AND...... I'm not overwhelmed (yet) but I need to make sure to add in some stretching exercises and walking.  I need to include some quiet time for me if I'm going to survive this.  And I WILL survive (cue Gloria Gaynor).  I'm stubborn like that.


I am thankful... for the little things.  A car charger for my phone.  A sleepy purring cat on my foot (that would be Theo).  Excedrin. 


I am wearing... a big t-shirt and tan shorts


I am creating... still working on the back of the sweater. I think I have another inch before i start the neck decreases.   I also finished up the alterations on the last band uniform.  SO glad that is done!  


I am going... to update my agenda after I finish this post.  Schedules keep changing and I want to be sure I don't forget anything.


I am wondering... what some people are thinking when they renovate a house.  I looked at a rental yesterday that had a 8' x 16' master bedroom (you could only fit a single in it but it had it's own bathroom) and if you wanted to load the dishwasher you had to open the oven first.  


I am watching... I'm on season 7 of M*A*S*H on Netflix.  And I watched something last night that I've NEVER watched before.  Dancing With The Stars.  I dont like reality tv (and I consider DWTS to be reality tv) but there was nothing else on.  It wasnt bad!  Not sure I'll watch each week, I usually just wait until the next day to see who was voted off, but I was impressed with some of the ppl on there.


I am hoping... I find a nice place to live.


I am hearing... the news.  Nobody else is home.  


In my kitchen... I am roasting a chicken for dinner.  Normally I stuff the cavity with a mixture of worcestershire sauce, bbq sauce, garlic and olive oil.  Today I decided to switch it up and used lemon juice, thyme, sweet basil, olive oil and an onion.  We just finished it (because my post has taken me all day) and it was GOOD!


A favorite quote for today...




One of my favorite things AKA Hemi's Corner...




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Friday, September 11, 2015

Some Days....

This post has turned into a bit of a rant so feel free to enjoy kitty pictures scattered between the rant and go straight down to the sweater shot!

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How is your Friday going?  I've had to stop looking at all social and news networks because between the anniversary of 9/11 and the Syrian refugees, I started my day crying.


Sadness turned into aggravation when I went to the school this morning.  I had a PTO meeting scheduled, the first one of the year.  Usually those meetings are jam packed with all the parents that want to help and by the 3rd meeting, it goes back down to the same handful of parents who help every year.  Today was the exception.  We had 9 people show up.  I think the issues with the new principal have gotten around and nobody wants to be bothered with him.  His actions are borderline fraud, but he's feigned innocence which has kept him out of trouble.  Lets just say he's not supportive of the PTO and would prefer if we didnt exist.  He's gone as far as to say most middle schools dont have a PTO, it would be fine with him if the current PTO dissolved.  It wasn't pretty.  It's my last year here, yet somehow I became the Treasurer.

My favorite part of the day?  When I was eating lunch while on the computer approving a proof for some lanyards for next week's open house when my phone started ringing.  As I stood up to get it, my hip hit the 44oz Diet Coke on my night stand and it fell top first on my power strip, the one that holds the plugs for my phone, the computer and my Ott light.  Frustration kicked in at this point.


Regardless of the huge stain on my carpet or the possibility that my power strip wont work, I still had a productive day.  Meetings attended.  Orders placed.  Groceries bought and put away.  A feeling of accomplishment has kicked in AND I'm smiling as I read this;  it's been such a ridiculous start to the day and it's not even 4pm yet!!  And I've run the gamut of emotions.  At least I've landed on happy!!

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Now that THAT is off my chest, lets look at some sweater progress, shall we?



I am *this close* to finishing the back.  Another 4" of arm space then I start the neck decreases.  I have to pay attention at this point which is why my pace has slowed down.  I'm worried for when I start the front since the first few stitches involve a cable pattern.  This means I REALLY need to pay attention if I want to avoid the frog pond.  Not a vacation spot I want to visit.


Thursday, September 03, 2015

Midweek Update

School has been in session for less than two weeks.  In that time we've had school pictures,

11th grade.  Why yes that DOES make him a Junior in high school.

8th grade - last year of middle school

schedule changes requiring not one but two trips to the guidance counselor,

football games



and band practice.



 I've finished three band uniforms



and teamed up with some other PTO members to butt heads with the fairly new principal.  It's gonna be a fun year!

We've also started theatre with rehearsals on opposite days of marching band.  Auditions have been completed and parts assigned.

All of this while planning around the chance of a tropical storm.

Bits of Erika coming to visit

I'm keeping myself sane by working on my sweater.  I *should* be organizing and packing non essential items, but where's the fun in that??  I want to enjoy the quiet of the house when I can.  I'll be posting pics soon.

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

How Bad Could it Be??

Baby Girl has been experimenting in the kitchen with new recipes.  She loves to play but she is MESSY!  I try to get her to clean as she goes, but that doesn't always never works.  I have a couple of friends tell me that I should make a rule,  if she doesn't clean up, then she can't cook.  While it adds to my workload, I can't bring myself to do that.  There will be enough time for her to clean when she moves out.  Meanwhile I want her to experiment with different recipes and not worry abt the 3 pots she uses for pudding.

Which leads me to my post.  She made an Indian Pudding (didn't keep the recipe, it was NOT good!) that required her to constantly stir the milk.  While she stirred the milk, the bottom of the pot burned. I could NOT get it clean, even after soaking it for a couple of days and  then scrubbing.  Fast forward to yesterday.  I google *how to clean a burnt pot* and it said to boil some vinegar in the pot, add some baking soda (it will bubble) and after it cools, it will be easy to clean.

My reality:


The good news is not only is my pot clean, but so is the stove!!