Reduce, Reuse, Recycle or more like reuse, recycle and reuse again

The title of this post might lead you to believe that I’m gonna discuss how to be good to planet Earth. But you’d be WRONG! I don’t really care about the planet. I kid, I kid. I care a little. Ok, so really this is an idea that I picked up from Enna’s blog and specifically her post “Pork from a year ago”. It got me thinking that I should reminisce about the past some more and maybe share with you good folks a few of my posts from the past. Sort of like ghosts from the past. But less ghostly. It only took me months to complete. Heh.

Now, are you starting to get the tie-in with my title? You all have brains, I’m sure I don’t need to explain it anymore. Reading through these old post also reminds me that there once was a time when I actually wrote posts with a central topic, a beginning, a middle, and an end. Oh well. Life is busier now. And I don’t have as much time to focus on my writing.

I’ll start this out with a post from my other blog that I seem to have forgotten existed until a nice person commented on this post about growing up. The scary thing is it was from nearly 3 freakin’ years ago. Holy mother of —. THREE years. And the angst that I was feeling then has multiplied by infinity. You can do the math.

This post is one in which I frustrate my daughter. Mwahahahahaha. I’m so glad I get to torture her every now and again.

Still haven’t figured out how to keep everyone from yelling at each other.

How about this… mommy has a tantrum the likes of which no one has ever seen before. I still haven’t gotten my time out.

Bedtime = funtime or not really. Although I must say, it is getting a smidge easier since Pumpkin is getting older.

In which I have to have the talk with Honey bunny.

I need a wife to do my laundry cause I really don’t like to do laundry. But then who in their right mind likes to do laundry?

Thanks for listening (or reading, if you must be technical),
Ciao

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Random Tuesday Chronicle

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I think… that is to say… I’m pretty sure it’s Tuesday today. Yep, according to my calendar, it’s Tuesday. September 22. Now actually, Tuesday NIGHT cause it’s taken me all bloody day long to finish this post. But I digress. In one week and one day it will be FECKIN’ October!!! Oh, yeah, and today marks 100 days left of 2009. Just thought you might like to know that little tidbit of info. PLUS! Reading Small Town Mommy’s post for RTT it was brought to my attention that today is the First day of Autumn. Well isn’t that interesting? Considering it is nearly 100 degrees here today.

Ok, so I was laying in bed last night trying to go to sleep but I kept thinking about all the Random Tuesday brilliant topics that I wanted to include for the week. This was problematic for a couple reasons: One – it made it extremely difficult for me to fall asleep and two – I didn’t write down any of these so-called brilliant topics. Bet you can guess what that means… yep, forgot ’em.
Which means, you’ll get what you get & you’ll like it. Heh.

Since we’re having a bit of heat wave this week, we’re planing to go boating on Thursday. I’m very excited about this because we’re going sans gremlins! Woot! Why am I so thrilled about the fact that the gremlins won’t be there? Cause then I don’t have to act like a parent. You understand what I’m saying, right? We can listen to music that would be entirely inappropriate if there were children present, I won’t have to watch my language, if I wanna have a beer, then I can, there won’t be any need to monitor the gremlins actions while on the boat, no whining about when it’s their turn to go inner tubing… just to name a few.

My wakeboard video! The last time we went boating we had our gremlins & a gremlin friend. While out, we videoed them inner tubing as well as us wakeboarding. All this nonsense leads me back to my wakeboard video!

Yes, not only is this a video of me wakeboarding, it is also my creation! Mwhahahahahahaha! The husband showed me how to use Windows Movie Maker & I am now MASTER movie maker. This might be a small exaggeration. But I’m pretty impressed with myself. I made a title intro, added music, and slowed the speed/repeated the last few frames. See for yourself – oh, and please excuse the wonky camera angles and all the bouncing, Honey bunny was doing the video recording:

We’re talking about having a costume party the weekend before Halloween which is cool because it’s been a couple years since we had one & now that I’ve gotten my girlish figure back (after 6 years, two pregnancies, and 4 years of working my ass off – literally) I’m all about awesome costumes! The husband generally doesn’t like costumes… he always jokes about wearing a suit & tie with a brief case as a costume because he NEVER wears that sort of thing, therefore making it a costume for him. But! Luckily he still has the costume he wore at our last party so he’ll reuse that. The reason you need to know all this is because I’m deciding on my costume based on his costume so we can be all matchy matchy. Although it won’t totally be matchy matchy… his costume is the King of Hearts (of course when he wears it he has PANTS on) and I’m considering a Queen of Hearts much like this or possibly like this one.

My book club meeting is next week. As in SEVEN days from today. I’m not done reading the book. That’s not to say that I’m not enjoying the book… it’s actually quite good. It’s The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. Ummmmm, yeah, 560 pages. I’m on page number 336. I’ve got a lot of reading to do and not a lot of days to do it in and a very full schedule for the remainder of the week. Wish me luck. And the thing is that I’ve had the book for a month already. Guess I’ve been procrastinating because I kept thinking I had soooooo much time to read it.

Despite the heat, you can tell the season is changing. When it’s dark by 8:00pm at night, you know the weather is gonna start cooling down. What I like about it getting dark early is less arguing at bedtime. No more, “but MOM! It’s still light outside! The sun is still up” What I don’t like about it getting dark early is that I feel like it’s later in the night than it truly is. Such as right now. It’s 8:33pm. However, it’s so dark out that is feels as if it’s 10:33pm. Probably it’s just me.

Thanks for listening (or reading, if you must be technical),
Ciao

Mr. Sandman, bring me a dream, or at least less arguing at bedtime

Bedtime is such a pleasant time in our household. Bwhahahahahaha. No, not really. It is, and I’m sure this comes as no surprise to you, a challenge. As it probably is in your household as well. I’m guessing. But I suppose I could be wrong. Maybe it’s a breeze for you. If it is, then DON’T tell me. I wanna keep believing that I’m not alone in this nightmare.

Anywhoo, with two gremlins at two diverse age groups with two different bedtimes, it is quite a bit of work. But perhaps I’m making this harder on myself than necessary. Let me explain… right now I begin getting Pumpkin ready for bed at roughly 6:30pm. This includes bath, getting pjs on, teeth brushing, reading a couple books, back rubbing for a minute or so, hugs or three, kisses, more hugs, and more kisses, a cup of water, a trip to the bathroom. More water. Now take all that and times it by two because at approx 7:45pm I’m doing this same thing all over again for Honey bunny. Only with fewer books (since she can read on her own) and less help with the putting on of pjs and teeth brushing because really she’s nine. She’s been doing this for awhile.

If I just put them to bed at the same time it probably wouldn’t be as bad. Or I could be totally deluding myself.

Honey bunny would whine & moan & stomp & whine (yes, I wrote that again intentionally), oh and let us not forget the backtalking! and attitude! about going to bed so early if I switched her bedtime to match that of Pumpkin’s. On the other hand, if I allow Pumpkin to stay up until Honey bunny’s bedtime, then I’ll end up having to deal with an extra extra grumpy little gremlin come morning.

As it is right now Pumpkin ends up staying awake until after 8pm because of all the activity that is still taking place throughout the house. She’s in and out of her bed nearly a half dozen times before she finally settles down to sleep. RIDICULOUSNESS! And there is only so many times I can say, “Pumpkin, get back in bed!”

I don’t know what to do. I feel like I’m being manipulated by my 4 year old. Actually, I’ll say it, I am being manipulated by my 4 year old. Sheesh. But what the hell am I supposed to do – tie her to the bed? I’m kidding. I have only thought about doing that a couple 1,000 times, I wouldn’t really, actually, *in fact* tie her to the bed. Do you think that would work? Still kidding. Heh.

What to do… what to do. I’m too tired to keep fighting this battle. I want to go get some sleep at some point before midnight! And I want to do it without arguing, fighting, crying, and whining & that’s all on my part.

Thanks for listening (or reading, if you must be technical),
Ciao