Friday, December 30, 2005

Presenting... Inky!

Chris finally came home from Indiana this evening. It is so good to have him home! It was a very relaxing Christmas week though ;)

He got a "mousey" cage from us for Christmas last week. This evening, we went out to buy his "mousey". He wound up choosing the cutest baby gerbil ever.

Her name is Inky :)

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Whoa! I'm getting Married!

I've been looking at Memphis and Tennessee in general on the internet while we are so slow at work this week. I think we've got the beginnings of a honeymoon planned, and I think we may have the date of April 28th picked out for our wedding. I'm really excited about it now. I don't know what made me turn the corner, exactly, but it was powerful to imagine myself and Dennis in the places I was seeing on the screen on our honeymoon :-D Yea!

Monday, December 26, 2005

Mmmm, long weekend!


I could stay home with Dennis forever. *sigh* I love being in love :-D

Sunday, December 25, 2005

I'm Dreaming of a Slushy Christmas

Well, it is partly white, anyway.

Merry Slushmas, everyone!

Friday, December 23, 2005

Christmas #3

We had a nice Christmas morning this morning before work. I think Santa did well this year!

Dennis and Chris met me at work for lunch. We went out to the good Subway on Page. It was very nice to see them. Chris left with his Dad for Christmas. We won't see him again for a week. I sure will miss him :(

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Sixteen Candles and Playing Santa

Today is my little sister's 16th birthday. We went to Litchfield to eat dinner with the family. The Ruby Tuesday up there is pretty good. Beth got her driver's license today, and she drove by herself for the first time. We just got back home, and now we've got to go play Santa. Our wacky schedule this year has us doing Christmas morning tomorrow before I leave for work.

I also found out today that my boss will not let me work off my three hours of vacation, and I am probably not going to get paid for the twenty minutes of overtime I put in yesterday. She said that I would have needed to arrange for that before hand. I shot back a slightly unprofessional reply that there was no way I could have, since I did not know I would be using my vacation time until the following Monday, and that I WOULD be paid for my extra time. If this job gets in the way of my ability to be a good fiance and mother, it is doing me no good at all. I am sacrificing a lot to work this kind of job instead of chasing my real career all over the place. I'm really upset with the whole thing. I'm positive that the only way to "win" is to lie. That makes me really angry. I guess it was all by the book, and I guess I should have known when I took a job that required me to punch a time clock. I'll probably be angry all over again when I get this check on January 6 and see that I am not being paid either. What burns me the most is how they preached on and on about their flexibility during my job interview. Yeah, right.

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Christmas #2

We had Christmas with Dennis's family today. We have to spread everything out on the years that Chris is with his Dad for Christmas. We had a great time!

They also got a new Christmas puppy. He does not have a name yet, but he sure is cute:

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Another Party

We've been partying down at work this week. We had a bridal shower for one of the women who just got married over the weekend. I made my meatballs again, by request! I also threw in a pan of home fries. I'm glad I did, because the two vegetarians at work didn't have much else to eat.

Looking at her beautiful wedding pictures got me a little bit excited about my wedding. I spent some time looking at possible honeymoon destinations online when it was slow.

Monday, December 12, 2005

Some Vacation!

I found out this morning at work that my company is forcing me to use three of my vacation hours for my daycare debauchle on Thursday. Had I known that I would not be able to use my last 2 1/2 hours of sick time, I would have sent Dennis instead. Wonderful! I sure do wish she would have told me this up front. Now I know that if any other emergencies come up, someone will always, always be sick... This is going to put me just a few hours short of a full week for my honeymoon in April.

We had a baby shower for one of the women at work today. My department went in together for a bogger gift, and it was really a hit! I'm glad it worked out, since I was the one who first suggested it. *whew* I also cooked my meatballs. Dennis was not sure that they would go over, but everyone gobbled them up. There were only six left, and I gave them away for someone to take home. *whew*

In other news, Chris started his new afterschool routine today! We did indeed switch daycare providers. I don't know that they believed we would. It was "fine with them" anyway. I hope the new place works out, they seem very nice - at least so far...

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Mastodons, Giant Sloths and Cub Scouts, OH MY!

The Cub Scout Den went to Mastodon State Park this afternoon.

Look out!!!

Friday, December 09, 2005

The Spelling Gene

My son has a spelling gene.

He was the last boy standing at his school's spelling bee today. He got "fourth place" although they don't really award anything for being the last one not in the top three.

I'm so proud!

I do not know where he got the spelling gene. I'm thinking we must have switched babies in the maternity ward...

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Can I get a do over?

It was not a good day.

It snowed.

Work was very slow.

Chris's daycare called at 12:30 to let me know that they were not going to run their van today, so they could not pick him up from school.

What exactly is that that I am paying them quite a bit of money to do?

Instead of being frustrated, I just simply said, "Well, I'm glad we've paid you for this service" and hung up. Another of the daycare workers (Miss Mary from Just 4 Us on Highway 94 if you are keeping score) called me back at work to tell me some more reasons why they just couldn't possibly run the van today, and just basically bawl me out. I told her we'd had quite enough of Just 4 Us, thank you, and to please never pick my son up again. To which she said, "That's fine with us."

Apparently I was paying them not only to not pick up my son, but also for their incredible tact and inspiring customer service skills.

After leaving work three hours early, I arrived at Chris's school to find every other daycare fan in the area patiently waiting in line to pick up their charges at the end of the day.

I have had lingering anger all evening, to the point I think I understand what makes people go "postal" a bit too much. I need some tea and a sleeping pill. Or just a cigarette. Fifteen months is not enough time to kill that craving.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

As Promised...

My First Fake Tree:

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Ray Family Christmas Party (Christmas #1)

The annual Ray Family Christmas Party was held today in Bukner Hill.

Chris had a blast running around with his cousins. Dad and Dennis mostly sat around talking about guns. Beth was trying to be cool. I ate too much :)

Best of all, Santa came, and brought us all a little something.

Saturday, December 03, 2005

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like...

You know ;)

I finally bit the bullet and bought a FAKE Christmas tree. It is just OK. I don't *love* it, but it isn't horribly disgusting and trashy either. I miss the smell of a real tree so much! I do not miss stepping on pine needles. I also bought Bing Crosby and Elvis Christmas CDs, so now I have something to listen to while I tell my family to stand back and quit helping trim the tree!

Today Dennis is out on his own, running around in the cold woods with guns and Koby. That means I am online Christmas shopping till my credit card runs out, at least. I'm shocked and amazed at the overcharging for shipping! Now I know how everyone makes up their great "online price breaks." *cough*

The tree is not quite finished, but pictures will follow shortly.

I'm also going to ride the wayback machine to October and backBlog like crazy trying to get back to the Future. Ah, Saturday home alone!

Friday, December 02, 2005

It's been going around...

10 Random things about me you may not know:
1. I am a perfectionist.
2. I like to plan ahead.
3. I listen to rap and booty dance when I am home alone.
4. ONLY when I am home alone!
5. I do not like to sing in front of Dennis.
6. I haven’t shaved my legs this week.
7. I am putting on weight.
8. Work is the only place I ever wear makeup.
9. I did not want to have children.
10. Dennis and I are not going to have any.

9 Places I've visited:
1. House on the Rock, Wisconsin.
2. West Virginia.
3. Disney World.
4. A Reanissance Fair.
5. A club called “The Other World” that used to be on Delmar.
6. New Orleans.
7. Ames, Iowa.
8. Daniel Boone’s home.
9. The top of the Sear’s Tower.

8 Ways to win my heart:
1. Be genuine.
2. Be caring.
3. Show compassion.
4. A devistating kiss.
5. Cracked sense of humor.
6. Try hard.
7. Be honest, even if it hurts.
8. Cuddling.

7 Things I must do before I die:
1. Give my son my very best effort at motherhood.
2. Travel – everywhere.
3. Marry Dennis.
4. Figure out my relationship with my Dad.
5. Make a friend.
6. Move to the country.
7. See Chris as a happy, well-adjusted adult.

6 Things I'm afraid of:
1. Losing someone I love.
2. Alienating someone I love.
3. Getting angry and doing something dumb.
4. Getting old without grace.
5. The dark.
6. Little ankle-biter dogs.

5 Things I don't like:
1. Gassy foods.
2. Snot.
3. Dog breath.
4. Human breath on the back of my neck.
5. Snobby people.

4 Ways to turn me off:
1. Holier-than-thou attitude.
2. Judging me without knowing me.
3. Pretention.
4. Treating me like a child.

3 things I do every day:
1. Hug Dennis and Chris.
2. Brush my teeth at least three times.
3. Drink two cups of coffee.

2 things that make me happy:
1. Spending time with Dennis.
2. Being outside.

1 Thing that is on my mind right now:
I have a headache that I really want to get rid of quickly.