Friday, July 22, 2011

Back to Life!

Hi all! Long time, no writing. I got to start driving again last week and that's all I've been doing. I missed it SO very much and so happy to be able to again. I will never take that for granted again!

Not sure if I mentioned that we got a new puppy. She's an English Bulldog and we named her Bailey. She's adorable and so far, so good.  I have no idea what I am doing as far as training and raising a puppy but I am trying. For the most part, the kids are helping out. We'll see how long that lasts for.

My sister made her move to Nashville for her promotion. She's been gone for a week and it feels like forever. I miss her. Steve and I are going with our BF's to visit in September. Seems like a lifetime away. BUT--the boys get to go visit her in a month!!!! My mom is taking all of them for a weekend to go see her. They are SO excited!!!!

Our big Cooperstown trip is approaching and that should be interesting. Steve found out he cannot get out of work to go with us. So, it's just my mom, the boys and me for 12 days, in a car, traveling around. Good times. The team and their coaches stay on the property of the park in a cabin. So...each of the parents are responsible for bringing items the boys will need in the cabins. I am bringing a couple cases of water and a sign reminding the boys of what they need for the games before they leave each day, since no mom will be present. I bought foam board and giant letters and borders to make a really pretty sign.  Andrew laughed at me since I have ZERO artistic ability. My mom laughed saying that no one will read the sign anyway.

While at Target yesterday, during my time of purchasing my said art supplies, a woman walked into the store. I want to preface this by saying, here in the Chicago area, the heat index was about 110 degrees yesterday.  This woman, wearing her sleeveless, Ralph Lauren t-shirt dress, felt the need to also wear her pink, Ralph Lauren sweater tied around her shoulders to complete the outfit. Really? 110 DEGREES.  I get she was trying to make a statement. I think it was a stupid statement but I think the dress alone would've covered it.  Why on Earth would you wear the sweater tied over your shoulders???  Then again, why am I letting this bother me so much? I have no answer to any of these questions.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Enjoy the Silence?

No, not today. Not right now. It's just my new puppy, Bailey, and me at home right now. We've been home together, with no one else, for over 2 hours now. And, I'm losing my mind. She's been super. Ate her dinner, pooped outside on our little walk, we played and then she fell asleep in my lap. She finally flipped over to the floor and now, here I am. All by myself. And, truthfully, I hate it.

I've been "trapped" inside this house for the last several weeks, almost daily. Could've been worse; it could've been the whole 6 months. So, for that I am grateful. But, this last week is driving me insane. The clock seems to stand still....days have felt like weeks and it feels as if Wednesday is never going to get here. All I do is laundry and straighten up and sit on my laptop. (Oh, and wash dishes and load and unload the dishwasher several times a day.)

Both Andrew and Issac have games tonight that I am missing. Andrew is up in Highland Park; Issac is in Evanston. I got Andrew a ride to and from, so Steve took the little guys to watch Issac play. It was too hot and humid to take Bailey with to watch. She can't be in the heat for too long. And, she was still a little jumpy from this mornings storm so I didn't want to leave her alone. Steve just texted that he's going to take the boys to Poochies for dinner after the game. Guess I'll wait for Andrew to get home and we can decide to either eat whatever is here or order a pizza.

Nothing good is on TV. I already caught up on Keeping Up With the Kardashians.  All my other shows to watch are on the upstairs DVR and since Bailey isn't fully trained yet, I don't want her upstairs on the carpeting.  Nothing in the house looks good to eat. I just want out of here. The next 36 hours may kill me.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Pet Peeve

I have many pet peeves but, this past weekend, one of mine was in full light and it drove me crazy!!!!!!
Steve and I see a movie almost every weekend. (usually with our best friends, Tammy & Mike, but they were picking up their daughter from overnight camp) This pick was "Larry Crowne" with Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks. (a cute movie and I love both actors!) We always arrive at movies early so that we can get the seats we want, get snacks and get settled. I am also a fan of "The Twenty" which is 20 minutes worth of fun info and upcoming films. (This is before the actual movie previews, when the lights are dim.)

In our usual fashion, we arrived. Steve went get snacks and I went to get our seats. We always need an aisle. Steve sits in that aisle seat. I sit next to him. We like to be mid-way up in the stadium seating.  As I got to our theatre, there was a line already--a big line! The movie showing before ours began to let out. It looked like the nursing home let out their patients for an afternoon. They cleared out. (slowly) Then we all proceeded in. Steve had already met me in the line. We weren't able to sit in our usual section. We were a little further down than we normally like, but it was very crowded. The theatre filled in very quickly.  The lights dim, and suddenly another swarm of people pile in. Um...did you not check the movie times before you left the house??????? Do you think those of us who are already seated really enjoy you climbing over us? Do you think we enjoy you asking us if the seats next to us are taken while we are trying to watch previews?  Better yet, if there is one seat empty, do you think it's polite to ask those of us already situated to move down so you and your friend/spouse/date can sit in our aisle??? Do you think that when you stand at the bottom of the stairs and look up and see that all the seats are taken that by walking up the stairs 2 will magically open up or fall out of the sky? And, yelling down the stairs to where your friend/spouse/date is waiting is super annoying to the rest of us. More annoying---when that person yells back up the stairs. If you two want to talk, go outside! Here's an idea: planning to get to the theatre a little bit earlier. Then, you will get what you want.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

A BOOM 4th of July

I hope everyone had a safe, fun filled holiday weekend. For the most part, we did. Saw a couple of movies, kids played in several baseball games, I worked a wedding, we saw (and played) with fireworks, and Simon broke a window. Typical weekend around here.

We really had no plans for the 4th of July. Jordan texted Saturday that he was holding his annual party at my parents house to eat and watch the fireworks. I originally had said we'd attend. Then, I started thinking that it would be all of Jordan and Jenna's friends AND all my BOOM co-workers (who I have missed so much!!!) and maybe bringing the kids wouldn't be the best idea. Jordan & Jenna both convinced me yesterday that we should just come anyway. And, Karolina was bringing her red velvet cupcakes---how could I pass those up?!?!

We arrived at the house (my parents were not home...they went to a different party) and all was calm. We sat around eating and just hanging out and it was very pleasant. I was so happy to see all of my friends from BOOM! I haven't seen them in weeks and it was so nice to be with everyone!! Someone found leftover fireworks and sparklers from last year's party in the garage and so everyone began to play. And, being that I am so NOT the mom of the year, I let all the boys play with them as well. They only held sparklers. And, they stood at a distance while all the grown ups lit the fireworks, but no one lost any limbs and fun was had by all.

The kids started to play catch in the backyard on the lawn and I warned them that it was a bad idea. But, as it always is, no one listened to me. Catch was going along just fine until we heard a giant BOOM. We thought it was a firework but, alas, it was not. It was my old bedroom window...shattered. Simon had thrown the ball at Andrew and it went over his head and oops....there went the window. I froze as I had never broken a window as a child. (I was a good kid.) None of us broke windows on the house as kids. (Then, Jordan reminded me that he and Lance had broken the kitchen window once. The garage window they broke 3 times. But, placing a basketball net right above the window may never have been the best idea. Now, that there are no kids living in that house, my parents had glass blocks installed.) Then, I started yelling at Simon. He just looked at me, calmly, (in true Simon fashion) and said that Andrew should have caught it.  True, but perhaps you SHOULDN'T HAVE BEEN PLAYING IN THE YARD!!!!!!!!!!!  After some yelling, Simon finally began to cry. Steve, of course, comforted him by telling him it was an accident and no big deal. REALLY???????

I decided that I better text my father and let him know what happened. He was always the calmer one in these types of situations. He just asked how it happened and if it only shattered the storm window or did it go thru the house. So, I ran in to find that, no, it did not go thru the inside glass (PHEW!) it was just the storm window and screen.  I tell my dad that I will have the window replaced. He then texts back and asks if the glass fell and broke my mom's new plant. Clearly, he told her what had happened because I highly doubt he even knew that a plant existed under that window. I told him no glass fell; everything was trapped in the screen. Then, he asked if I yelled at Simon in front of everyone. Um, YES. I asked how pissed my mother was. He said she was upset that I yelled at Simon in front of everyone and embarrassed him. WTF???????????? She was NEVER worried about me being embarrassed in front of people when she would scream bloody murder at me! Normally, I would now go off on a tangent about Halloween 1989 (or was it 1988??), but I have sworn I would not repeat this story again. Just know that my mother never worried about my embarrassment.

The rest of the evening went along just fine. We saw various suburbs fireworks. But by 9:55pm, Morton Grove's STILL had not started and my kids had had it. So we left and saw a few fireworks as we drove home.  Sigh. Just another typical holiday. I start driving in 8 of the first things on my list....sitting at my parents house while I have the window replaced.