Sunday, July 29, 2007

I'm sure there's an alterior motive.....

Conversation with Richard today:

Him: "Hon, let's rent some movies this week to watch together when I'm off."

Me: "OK, but you know that you and I don't agree on movie choices AT ALL. What the heck are we going to watch? Chick flicks?"

Him: "Sure, if you want. Whatever you want. I just want to sit down with you and enjoy a good movie."

Me: "Oh please. At the end of the movie, you'll stand up and say, 'We wasted two hours on that?' I know you too well."

Him: "No I won't!"

Yeah right. Anyone want to make bets?

I wonder what he wants. ;)

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Weekend funny.....

***I know you haven't heard from me in a while. I'm sorry. I've been swamped with choreography and other things. I'll update more this week. Promise!

First-grade teacher, Ms. Brooks, was having trouble with one of her students.

The teacher asked, "Harry, what's your problem?" Harry answered, "I'm too smart for the 1st grade. My sister is in the 3rd grade and I'm smarter than she is! I think I should be in the 3rd grade too!"

Ms. Brooks had had enough. She took Harry to the principal's office. While Harry waited in the outer office, the teacher explained to the principal what the situation was.

The principal told Ms. Brooks he would give the boy a test. If he failed to answer any of his questions he was to go back to the 1st grade and behave. She agreed.

Harry was brought in and the conditions were explained to him and he agreed to take the test.

Principal: "What is 3 x 3?"

Harry: "9."

Principal: "What is 6 x 6?"

Harry: "36."

And so it went with every question the principal thought a 3rd grader should know.

The principal looks at Ms. Brooks and tells her, "I think Harry can go to the 3rd grade." Ms. Brooks says to the principal, "Let me ask him some questions."

The principal and Harry both agreed Ms. Brooks asks, "What does a cow have four of that I have only two of?"

Harry, after a moment: "Legs."

Ms. Brooks: "What is in your pants that you have but I do not have?"

The principal wondered why would she ask such a question! Harry replied: "Pockets."

Ms. Brooks: "What does a dog do that a man steps into?"

Harry: "Pants."

Ms. Brooks: What starts with a C, ends with a T, is hairy, oval, delicious and contains thin, whitish liquid?"

Harry: "Coconut."

The principal sat forward with his mouth hanging open.

Ms. Brooks: "What goes in hard and pink then comes out soft and sticky?" The principal's eyes opened really wide and before he could stop the answer, Harry replied, "Bubble gum."

Ms. Brooks: "What does a man do standing up, a woman does sitting down and a dog does on three legs?"

Harry: "Shake hands."

The principal was trembling.

Ms Brooks: "What word starts with an 'F' and ends in 'K' that means a lot of heat and excitement?"

Harry: "Firetruck."

The principal breathed a sigh of relief and told the teacher, "Put Harry in the fifth-grade, I got the last seven questions wrong."


Thursday, July 19, 2007

Fashion meltdowns.....

Yesterday and today, I've had a 2 year old that REFUSES to wear her own clothes and throws a FIT when she can't wear her 6 year old sister's clothes. I can tell that there will be some tough years ahead. *sigh*

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

It's the little things.....

While fumbling around on Yahoo's Music Launchcast, I found an awesome radio station. If you scroll down here, look under "More Genres" and click on "Classical Crossover". Love it! Pure bliss after the day I've had! :)

Men need periods. Period.

Can't they have one? Just one? That's all I'm asking. Maybe then they would be a lot more understanding and sympathetic toward women.

I just woke up from a two hour nap because I'm having a miserable day and the first words out of Richard's mouth were, "Why don't you get up and get dressed so we can all go out to eat?"

Um, no. Not today buddy.

So he took himself to the grocery store. LOL!

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

This is scary.....

I just printed out the 1st Grade school supply list.

1st grade!!! Why does that seem so *old*?

More hometown observations......

-I found out that the gym that I used to teach at now has Body Pump! I'm speechless. Will wonders never cease?

-I'm still 100% convinced that the mall in V-town is ghetto. I took Kyra in there on Sunday. We walked in, got what we needed, and walked out. Their idea of a "food court" is just scary. (My apologies to those of you who actually like that mall.)

-HEB Plus is the devil. They have waaaaaay too many things in that store.

-Speaking of HEB Plus, I think everyone in the damn town was there on Sunday afternoon. I HATE seeing people that I know. I NEVER made eye contact and shuffled in and out of aisles just to avoid them. It worked! :)

-One of the people that I saw was my old Spanish teacher who busted me for cheating during my freshman year of high school! LMAO!

-With all of the rain that they've gotten down there, the mosquitoes are HORRIBLE. Oh, and does anyone remember the mosquito sprayer trucks that the city owned that would come and spray periodically? Are they still around? Because if they aren't, then they SHOULD BE!

-Note to the weather lady on the weekend hometown news: YOU SUCK! The weather forecast doesn't consist of the words "uh", "um", or "oh". You need to practice in front of a mirror during the week!

-To be honest, the weekday weather lady wasn't much better. *sigh*

-My dad said that they have people float in and out of that news station on a regular basis. They don't stay long.

-Except for this person. He's been there FOREVER.

-Oh, and one person that does ROCK that works there is Shawna! Love her! She's married to an old classmate of mine.

-I remember when Riverside Park was nice. It seems so "run down" now. The duck pond is still there, but I miss the train that used to run through the park. Ahhhh....the good 'ol days!

-It's weird, but the town seems like a "stranger" to me now. I've been gone for so long and so many things have changed. I don't think it's grown that much people-wise, but I do think that there is a bigger demand now for the more "upscale" businesses like Home Depot, Starbucks, Olive Garden, Best Buy, etc. It's just weird to see them all there now.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

And I almost fell off of the table.....

This morning, I went to the doctor and he agreed to have another blood draw! YAY! This is good news! I really want to see what the acupuncture has done since I started taking treatments. We talked a lot about acupuncture and he's not opposed to it at all. He said that in about 35% of patients, they report 100% improvement with their condition. He said that another 30% of patients report 50% improvement. The rest saw no improvement. He used to work with the chiropractor in the office where I'm taking acupuncture and he said that he saw "amazing things" while he was there. WOW. I guess sometimes Western medicine and Eastern medicine can live together in harmony! LOL!

We talked a lot about thyroid and what my worst symptoms were. I said that they were fatigue and the fact that my moods were so erratic. Then he said, "Well, sometimes fatigue can be caused by a lack of exercise." OMG! I almost fell off of the table. I assured him that I get PLENTY of exercise.....more than most people! LOL!

So we'll see what my TSH level is. A "normal" level is .5 to 5. When I was first diagnosed, my level was 6.95. I felt horrible. A month ago, it was at 2.3 and I still didn't feel good. This time, I'm hoping that it's closer to 1. I think I'll feel my best when we get it closer to 1. I hate that it's such a broad range. Someone might feel great at a level of 2.3. I didn't. Everyone is different. That's why it's important to see your doctor if you feel bad and INSIST on the correct treatment. Or you can be like me and say, "Screw the whole thing" and seek healing elsewhere. I thank God for the person that walked into my life and convinced me to give Chinese medicine a try. :)

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

So *that's* what it feels like.....

My acupunturist recommended that I take ginseng on Friday. He said, "Give it 5 days and if you don't feel any better, then increase your dosage." I'm already taking 3 tablets twice a day! LOL!

I think today the ginseng finally kicked in. I had more energy today than I have had in months! Usually when Maeve naps, I nap. Not anymore.

I told Richard today that this stuff is like a miracle drug. It's made me think a heck of a lot clearer too. I just feel normal. I feel like myself again. Of course all of this could change tomorrow. But today was a good day! So I'll take it!

I'm off to wind down with a bath. The relaxing music, candles, and bath salts are calling my name! LOL!

Yet another Kyra gem.....

I'm blogging about this because I want to document somewhere that she said this. It was so funny!

Conversation with Kyra this morning:

Me: "Kyra, let's go to HEB Plus this afternoon while Maeve is napping (Richard was here sleeping too) because I want to look for some herbs."

Kyra: "Mommy, what are herbs?"

Me: "They're like really good, natural medicine."

Kyra: "Well, the word 'herbs' such is a gloomy name for medicine!"

Gloomy? LMAO! She's so clever! I couldn't dream this sh!t up!

Monday, July 09, 2007

This n' that.....

-We got MORE RAIN last night. I really think I need to build an ark! LOL!

-We also have tomatoes coming out of our ears! (not really) We have A TON of them! Richard can't keep up with making salsa! LOL! Anybody want some? 'Cause we have plenty!

-We have so much trash to be picked up this week because THEY PICKED UP TRASH ON JULY 4TH! Can you believe that? Who does that? I thought that everything would just slide a day last week. I was wrong! Weird!

-I got NOTHING done while the kids were away. I was so lazy. I almost feel bad about it! LOL!

-My favorite part about them being gone was being able to sleep in. Ahhhhhh! Why do my children get up with the chickens anyway? I can put them to bed at 9 or 10 and they'll still be up by 7. Ugh.

-My hair is still falling out. And that bothers me. :(

-On a positive note, my acupuncturist suggested that I get some ginseng for energy. I got a bottle and woah, what a difference! Next we'll work on my mood! ;)

-We are taking a little mini-vacation this Friday through next Tuesday. We'll hit up La Grange, East Bernard, and Victoria. Oh, and Richard will hit up the bays! LOL!

-I'm in choreographyland again. This time it doesn't seem so hard to learn. I think it's because my brain is working better. Thanks Mr. Thyroid!

-Speaking of thyroids, I'm going to the doctor on Wednesday morning to have my TSH level checked. I'm nervous about that because it hasn't been that long since I had my level checked and I know that the doctor will be very skeptical. My acupuncturist recommended that I have my level checked since we've done 3 weeks of treatments now. Now, my doctor here used to work with the chiropractor from that office, so I'll mention his name and see where that takes me. Wish me luck!

-I'm also nervous because "that time of the month" is coming and usually that's when I feel HORRIBLE. I'm anxious to see what this week brings. I think if it's a good week, then I'll know that the acupuncture is helping.

-Zoe is getting on my nerves. She's so darn sneaky. I have to outsmart her. She can't go #2 inside forever! Richard suggests just leaving her outside. LOL! Nope, I don't think that'll work!

-Richard bought Kyra some workbooks from Half Price Books and she's been working on them constantly since she got home. She loves to learn....even in the summer! ;)

-It's quiet. Maeve is napping. Ahhhhhh......

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Richard's birthday: the celebration.....

On Friday night, we met some friends from Houston at Baby A's up in north Austin. This is a fairly new location and it was fantastic! They also had their neighbors down with them and the neighbors met up with some family, so we had quite a dinner with strangers. But it was fun!

Richard's friend Jason was planning a party for tonight (Saturday night) for his wife, Kimberly. It was to be a surprise. Jason wanted Kimberly to think that they were going to Z-Tejas to celebrate Richard's birthday. So, when they arrived, she was SHOCKED to see all of their family and friends waiting for her! I was even more shocked because on the menus, Jason had them put, "Happy Birthday Kimberly and Richard!" What an awesome friend! Richard was treated like royalty too. He loved it. What was a huge surprise party for his friend's wife was also a party for him! Kimberly had birthday on the 5th. We've celebrated their birthdays together a few times....but nothing like this before!

We had THE BEST food. We had pleasant conversations with people that we had just met. I even exchanged email addresses with a girl from Austin that we sat by. Who knew complete strangers could be so much fun? We also got to meet and sit with Kimberly's parents. I must say that when Richard and I grow old, I want to be like them. They are so lively and energetic! They are VERY sweet people.

The quote of the night came from Richard. He said, "This is the BEST birthday I've ever had!" Everyone signed the menus for him and Kimberly. Complete strangers signing and saying the nicest things! I told Richard that even if he never sees some of them again, he'll always remember how he spent his 30th birthday!

What a night! But I'm ready for my babies to come back tomorrow! I miss them! I can't wait to see them!


Today is my hubby's birthday! He's 30 now! He finally caught up to me! ;) Yes, he was born on 7-7-77. Every time I pick up a prescription for him, they always ask for his birthday and when I tell them, someone always has to comment about it. Usually I get, "Oh wow!" or "How lucky is he?" We didn't win a huge jackpot in Vegas when we went, so I wouldn't say he's that lucky. LOL!

I just read an article that said that 40,000 couples will marry today. That's up from the usual 15,000 that marry on any given Saturday. I bet those people really had fun coming up with stuff to plan their wedding. Like I bet some deliberately had 7 bridesmaids and 7 groomsmen. I bet a lot will marry at 7pm. Some brides will probably go all out and have a 7 tiered cake. Some brides probably chose 7 types of flowers for their bouquets. You get the idea.

I read that a couple in Victoria didn't ask for gifts. They asked for lottery tickets (which personally I think is kind of tacky). I guess they think that they'll get lucky today of all days. And if they don't win today, then they never will! LOL!

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

My "other" dog.....

Calli (Lisa and Nate's Yorkie) has been here with us since Friday. My dad brought her up here with him after Lisa went to Rockport. We are taking her back home today. Calli is a wonderful dog and we love her to pieces. She fits right in and is never any trouble at all. What made me laugh this week is that we've discovered that she's VERY protective of Mia! Zoe will start trying to play around with Mia and annoy her and Calli will chase her down and give her a piece of her mind! Mia NEVER sticks up for herself and lets Zoe walk all over her, but not Calli! Zoe will leave Calli alone 99.9% of the time because she knows that if she doesn't, she'd better watch her ass! LOL!
We are off to *try* to have a nice July 4th in St. John. We are going to Lisa's in La Grange tonight. I will come back sometime on Thursday. The girls will be with Lisa through Sunday! How about that? I get me some peace and quiet later this week! YIPPPPEEEE!
Everyone stay dry! *smooches*

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Get out!

Today I was in Old Navy without the kids and witnessed the complete meltdowns of two children. The first was from a little boy that must have been a little older than Maeve. I saw him in the store for a while and he was a terror. He kept yelling and kicking and screaming. I overheard whoever was taking care of him (couldn't tell if it was his mother or his nanny/babysitter....she truly looked young) say, "You sure are being mean today!" Um, RED FLAG! He must have heard those words because from there it totally went downhill. He was kicking her, screaming, laying on the floor, etc. It was bad. She continued to shop and keep her cool all while he was screaming and carrying on. I kept thinking, "You need to get him out of here woman!" Nope. Clearly, there were stares from other people. She did end up buying something and yes, he remains screaming at the top of his lungs at the checkout line. Ugh. FINALLY, the girl left and was carrying him out of the store like a sack of potatoes. I refuse to call her his mother because I'd hope that his mother wouldn't put up with that nonsense. But she might have been his mother. I don't know.

Tantrum #2 came from a little girl that was with her mom and they were checking out ahead of me. The little girl wanted a mini football. Her mom gave it to the cashier to scan and she had a fit! OK, first off, I have always explained to my girls that yes, the cashier will take it away for a bit and then you'll get it back. That seems to make the process a lot easier. This mother didn't do that. Then after she did check out, the little girl was still there kicking and screaming on the floor and the mom is like, "Bye! I'm leaving! Are you going to stay here?" Geez! Take your kid already and get the heck out of here!

Apparently there were a lot of tantrums in Old Navy this weekend. The girls at the front talked of some really bad incidents that happened yesterday. And one woman told them, "Sure makes you want to use birth control, huh?" OMG! I just laughed. Too funny!

My rule of thumb is that if my kids EVER did that in a store, we would drop whatever we had in our hands to buy and leave immediately. I don't tolerate behavior like that at all. Luckily, my kids are good in stores and I can talk sense into them pretty easily. We ate out last night and they were perfect. Honestly, it's all about making them understand where they need to act appropriately. And if little two year old Maeve can understand that, then anyone can! It's not the kids' fault, it's the parents'.