Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Why?

It's 11:37PM and my son is still awake. What's up with that? I'm ready for bed!

My kids love me!

They really do love me! The girls played nicely downstairs while I slept. The baby, although he woke up around 7am, he talked for a bit and then went back to sleep until 10:00am! What a nice treat for this mama! Then we ran around doing our grocery shopping and they were so well-behaved. I think I'll keep them.



Here are my savings for the week:

Store #1
Total amont: $84.24
Actually paid: $38.61 55% savings

Store #2
Total amount: $146.95
Actually paid: $0.00 100% savings
(Total after coupons was $64.18 and I had $120 in gift cards that I received for free by filling prescriptions at their pharmacy).


Tonight I will be attending a memorial service for a little girl, Brittany who passed away last week from a brain tumor. Please keep her family in your thoughts and prayers.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Hello KU!

Hello to my KU friends! Thanks for checking out my blog. I hope you enjoy it. I write pretty frequently, so check back often. (And leave a comment or two...hint, hint!) I love my friends in my computer!

My punishment

This is the pill I have to take twice a day. Yeah, that's a quarter. (My stupid camera phone won't take a clear shot.) And my shoulder is KILLING me. Stupid shot! STUPID CAT!!!!!

Thursday, July 26, 2007

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

Today, that saying applies to me. After dropping the girls off at Vacation Bibile School, I thought I would check out the Grand Opening of our new Palais Royale. Nothing spectacular, but I did get a free cook book for being one of the first customers. As me and Baby G were leaving, this tiny kitten comes flying out from inbetween the cars in the parking lot. A lady comes by and says, "A car almost hit that kitten!"

Well, being the good samaratian that I am, I decided I would save the kitten from being squished by a car and take it to a vet so they could take it and find it a home. The little kitten was FREAKED OUT hissing and stuff at me. With the help of the lady, we kinda corned the kitten and I went to grab him. (Yes, it's a him. I checked.) The thing went CRA-RAZY!!!!!!! It bit and scratched me like I was trying to torture it. I got it into a hold so the damage would cease. The lady ran into the store to see if they had an empty box that we could put the cat in. So as someone is going to fetch a box, I'm holding this crazy kitty in front of a store with a baby in a stroller. Let's just say, I got quite a few strange looks. The nice lady returned with a box and we got the kitten secured in the box.

I got Baby G loaded up in the car and then put the box in the car. We headed over to the nearest vet's office to hand the kitten over. En route to the vets, I had to call the hubby of course to let him know what was going on. Being the sweet and concerned man that he is, he started to flip. "Did it bite you? Do you think it has rabies? Don't surrender the animal to anyone! We have to have it checked for rabies! There was a cat on the news that had rabies a few days ago!"

Rabies? Man! Should have thought of that before I decided to play the role of animal rescuer. So I get the vet's and tell them what happened. They can't take the animal, but told me "You need to get to a doctor right away if it bit you! Cats have all sorts of nasty bacteria in their mouths and you could get a serious infection!"

Dang! I just can't win!

So they give me directions to the nearest animal shelter that can quarantine the cat for rabies observation. I check my watch. I'm pretty sure I have enough time to get over there, drop off the cat and get back to pick up the girls from VBS. As I'm driving, I call the hubby again. "Honey, can you check the shelter website to make sure they are open?"

"Tuesday thru Saturday 1pm to 4pm."

It was 10am.

Turn around.

I get home and set up a place for the little guy to stay. Luckily (not really sure if I should call it that) we had a ferret cage. Don't ask...I know we have WAY too much crap! And no, we've never had a ferret. I attempt to coax the beast into the cage from the box with no luck. I grab one of hubby's leather gloves and grab him. This kitty is mean and WILD!!!! But no more wounds! Woohoo!

So now I'm waiting for my doctor's appointment to make sure I don't have rabies or some weird bacteria that lives in cats' mouths. And all I was trying to do was to save a little kitten from being hit by a car.

UPDATE: I went to the doctor and got a presciption for antibiotics and a tetnus shot. I think it was the least painful shot I have ever had. The nurse was really good. I barely even felt it. Although, I know my arm will be hurting in an hour or two. I also called animal control and filed a bite report. Now I'm just waiting for them to call me back, so I know what to do next.

UPDATE #2: Animal control came and picked the cat up. He will be in quarantine for 10 days to check for rabies. Then he can be adopted out. I got my meds and a $60 gift card to the supermarket (I filled them at the pharmacy there). I love prescription coupons! It's like free money!

Monday, July 23, 2007

The End

I got my book on Friday night at midnight. I got a couple friends to come with me too! It was so fun to see everyone dressed up! After getting home, I read until about 3:30am. Then Saturday, I didn't get a ton of reading time because we were running around with the family running errands. But after we got the kids in bed, I read from 9pm until 6am Sunday morning and finished. What a masterpiece! JK Rowling has created a series that is so amazing! She ended it well, and I can't wait to reread it! I'm just waiting for my eyes to uncross and get caught up on a little rest before I start up again. The only thing I will say is that not as many known characters died as I was expecting. Bonus!

UPDATED: Here's a pic of me and my friends that were oh-so-kind to join me. Thanks gals!

The End

Friday, July 20, 2007

If I'm M.I.A.

It's because Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is coming out tonight at midnight, so I'll be reading like crazy!! This was the scene this morning at my local Barnes & Noble Bookstore. We waited in line for about 1/2 an hour to get our bracelet for picking up the book tonight. I can't wait!!!! I should be in the first group to get the book though. There were already people dressed in their finest Hogwart's attire. I'm not really the "dressing up" type, but it is fun to see others dress up.

So here my advance apology for non-blogging that may (or may not) occur due to the reading of book 7. You can always browse through the Oldies but Goodies section (my old posts) if you're really needing a muggle fix. For I will be with Harry.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Without drugs

I am very ADD and therefore, not usually very productive without one of my little friends, Adderall or caffeine. Today, though, I was stimulant-free AND productive. Yay me!

I woke up, fed the kids and made myself breakfast tacos. Not as good as Taco Cabana's breakfast tacos, but I have 3 dozen eggs that I have to use up (eggs were on sale this week). I washed all the dishes, even the big stuff like cookie sheets that usually sit in a rinsed-but-not-washed state on my counter for a minimum of one week. Why is it so much hard to rub a little soap on the cookie sheets and then just be done with them? I don't know, but there is just something in me that says that cookie sheets have to sit and cure on the counter for a little bit. But now they are clean and put away.

I decided it was getting annoying not being able to walk into the food closet. Yes, I have a food closet. It's not a pantry, as I already have one of those, but indeed, a closet. So all of my cheap and free food got a little organization and order. Check it out:




Pretty spiffy huh? I even cleaned out under my kitchen sink. I won't even tell you how many boxes of dishwasher tablets or bottles of Dawn I have. Needless to say, I won't need to buy either of those for probably at least 5 years. Maybe my cleaning supplies wouldn't last so long if I actually used them. What a thought! And so now, they are all ready to go for when the moment arrives when I'm ready to use them.

After organizing, I took the kids to the library where the girls got their very own library cards. They were so excited. I even cooked dinner...with dessert! I cooked barbecue ribs, rice, beans and brownies. It was all delicious!And while dinner was cooking, I did a little exercise on the Wii. I love that thing! Yeah, I know it's a sorry excuse for exercise, but it's better than nothing!

So here's a little pat on the back for me for having a productive day all on my own. No Adderall. No Dr Pepper (or any other soda for that matter). Now I have to stay up late reading Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince. I have to get it read before Friday night's release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Time for some speed reading!

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

The Birthday Girl

Today is B's birthday. She is 5. For real (as she's been asking all day). She had a fun day. Nothing too exciting. The main thing is is that it was a whine-free day!!! Maybe that was her 4 yr old phase. I guess we'll have to wait and see.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Stupid Technology!

So we had one of our ever-so-fun thunderstorms Saturday night. We got everything unplugged. We learned the hard way you have to do this around where we live or you lose stuff to electrical surges. But the cable still got zapped. :( So we are without cable TV and internet. Big bummer. Right now, I'm highjacking someone's wireless network. (Shh! Don't tell!) So I am apologizing in advance for my lack of blogging.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

I've Converted

I was in the market for a new laptop. I really don't too many fancy things with my computer, but I still wanted a fancy laptop. I was shopping through various PC laptops and had decided I would probably get another IBM. But then my sister kept raving about how much she loved her MacBook. So when she came down to visit, she brought it with her. I tried it out. The temptation had begun. I needed more. So we stopped at an Apple store so I could try and look impressive with my computer lingo and questions. (Were you impressed Suzi?) After thinking it over long and hard (okay, so only a couple hours), I decided I would become a Mac person. I got the thumbs up from the hubby to get it while I was on vacation. It did make me a little nervous spending that much money without the man with me, but I did. Yay me! So far, I'm loving my MacBook. It's fun & fast. It's definitely different than my PC, but I like to learn new things. So much for my computer addiction! I had been doing so well too. Now at least I have a good excuse for spending an obscene amount of time on the computer.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

A Muggle's Review


Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix was PHENOMENAL!!!!!! The new screen writer, Michael Goldenberg, did a fantastic job on adapting a 800+ page book to a 2 1/2 hour movie. I was very nervous that it would be choppy like the last movie, but it flowed beautifully. They did a wonderful job covering a bunch of details by delivering them visually. The soundtrack was subtle and let the story shine through. The kids are constantly improving in their acting abilities. The adults were great as usual.

Dumbledore, played by Michael Gambon, was better than Goblet of Fire. I really liked the overall feel and look of the movie. I think I just like David Yates as the director. I'm so excited that he will be directing the Half-Blood Prince as well.

Imelda Staunton did a spot on performance of Doloris Umbridge. She was just as I imagined. They even included her obnoxious little kittens in her office! Although she didn't "hem, hem" as much as I would have liked, I was still able to hate her as much as I did in the book.

One thing that I was disappointed on was the lack of screaming. Harry is very angry in the fifth book, but in the movie Daniel Radcliffe played Harry a more quite angry than shouting angry. It definitely could have used more shouting matches. Oh well. I guess we can't have it all.

Order of the Phoenix is probably my favorite book of the series so far, and now my favorite movie of the series as well. I am thrilled that they were able to do an outstanding job on the movie. Two thumb WAY up from this gal!

A New Favorite

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix was PHENOMINAL!!!!!! The new screen writer did a fantastic job on adapting a 800+ page book to a 2 1/2 hour movie. I was very nervous that it would be choppy like the last movie, but it flowed beautifully. They did a wonderful job covering a bunch of details by delivering them visually. The soundtrack was subtle and let the story shine through. The kids are constantly improving in their acting ablilities. The adults were great as usual. Dumbledore, played by

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Tonight's the night

Some friends and I are heading to the midnight release of Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix tonight at midnight! I can't wait! Get ready for the review tomorrow!

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Back to real life.

Whew! What a fun week! The kids and I are back home after a week of visiting my family. It was busy, but fun. We got to do a lot of things despite the nasty weather. I'll put together a little slide show of pics and post them later. One cool thing that came out of the trip was a new computer for me. I got a new MacBook. I'm liking it so far. I just have to get used to the differences and figure out the best way to get all my stuff on the new computer. So now, I have a TON of cleaning to do....mainly putting away all the stuff from our trip. Why is it that it takes awhile to recover from being out of town??? Oh well!

Okay, here are 3 slide shows. For some reason, they get stuck. Just move the little bar down a bit and it will run again. The first one is made up of a hodge-podge of shots. Number 2 is our SeaWorld trip, and #3 is our Chuck E. Cheese trip:




Monday, July 2, 2007

Heading to the 'hood

My sister, who you will probably be reading a lot about this week, is from NYC. So of course, she's in-the-know about fashion and all that jazz. I, on the other hand, am COMPLETELY clueless! Let's just say that the majority of my wardrobe consists of either hand-me-down stuff that I have aquired or second hand garage sale items. I'm cheap. I would like to claim the title "frugal", but let's face the facts here. I'm cheap and clueless. So my sister had heard of a new clothing line by Sarah Jessica Parker called "Bitten". The whole idea behind the line is fashionable clothing at great prices. Nothing in the the line is over $20. And you can only get Bitten at Steve & Barry's which is a clothing mega store I knew nothing about....until today.

While were visiting the fam, we looked up on their website to see if there was one in our area. Lo and behold, there was. But it was in the hood. We were a little nervous to venture to the not-so-nice part of town with just the 2 of us and my 3 kids, but with the posibility of fashion at a great price, we decided we were willing to take the chance. We drove over there and it was definitely a scary neighborhood. The store was in an old Wal-Mart building. We parked, made sure anything that looked like it might be worth busting a window for was hidden, grabbed the kids, locked the doors, and proceded into the unknown. What awaited us was a wonderland. Thousands of square feet of shopping bliss! The clothes were so cute and super reasonable. We cleaned up to say the least! So now, with my sister's help, I have a few new items that had tiny price tags. LOVE IT!

Travelling

My sister arrived very late on Friday night. Saturday morning, my sweet husband packed up the car (including a wheelless trailer) with all of our stuff. The sis was convinced it was the whole house, but I know for a fact it was not the whole house. But travelling with kids, and especially a baby means packing a TON of junk!

We left just in time to grab a few breakfast tacos before they stopped serving them and hit the road. We hadn't even left the city limits when we faced the ominous black stormy skies. We pulled over and jammed everything that was on the wheelless into the SUV. Not an exit later, the sky began to fall. Did we have good timing or what?!?! Luckily, the storms were patchy and we didn't have to travel in a constant rain. We made it to Dad's house intact. Now it's time to par-tay!