Monday, April 23, 2012

New Motto

I have a new Motto that I've been chanting this weekend.  "We'll figure it out."  There are tons of changes going on in the household, things that are so unsettled, I am not going to put them out there just yet.  Know that they are good ones, for good reasons.  Not without their own drama but with the attitude of "we'll figure it out" in place, the drama will be ok and worth it.

I was run out of my living room this weekend by the Boys.  AZ's son came for a visit and Jakes was here this weekend.  I got up late Sunday morning to find every sittable space in the living room taken up by boys, even AZ and Jaxon were taking up space.  I laughed over it and went back to bed with my book for a while.  It was nice to have a full house this weekend.  I'm hoping for more of the same in the future.


Jakes and I went to see The Lorax in 3D Sunday afternoon.  It was a perfect rainy day for it.  Jakes loves the movie.  I napped.  Like I said, Perfect!


The Parents are coming home from Camping today.  They were on vacation away from us but I still heard from Dad each day they were gone.  Um, the reason for vacation is to get away, so leave me alone!  Enjoy your time away from us.


I'm a little disgruntled with life in The Compound at the moment.  Dad and Renie have taken it upon themselves to make sure Kathy gets lunch and dinner each day.  They usually go out to the local diner for both meals.  When Dad and Renie go away, that responsibility seems to fall to me.  I don't know when it was decided that I would babysit Kathy when they go away.  And why me?  None of the other tenants of the Compound seem to be elected to babysit Kathy.  Dolores does volunteer and I appreciate it very much.

Also when Dad and Renie are away, everyone comes to me for handyman stuff.  Like Dolores's cable box had water in it and she didn't know where it was coming from so she asked me up to check it out.  We found out that the water was coming from the cable itself and there wasn't anything I could do to help her out with it.

Then Dad texts me to make sure the trash cans are put out for pick up today.  Really?  Do you think you should have made arrangements for someone to do your job before 10 pm the night before it had to be done?

I guess I just want to live like a regular tenant, pay the rent, say hi in the yard and maybe share a cook out once in a while.  I'm suffocating here.  Might be time to move and see what's out in the world.  Guess I'll have to talk this over with AZ and see what his plans are.

Have an application due on Thursday so I have to get started on that.  Have a good week everyone!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Fragments, on Friday no less

Tomorrow is a full moon and that means the crazies may come out.  One of the counselors at work is experiencing the effect this morning.  And her group hasn't even started yet.  Its going to be an interesting Friday at work.


Speaking of work.  I wrote an application for a wonderful program that was a total of 34 pages.  It had to be 25 pages MAX, with point reductions for each page over.   Of course, once I took out the instructions (as allowed) I was only at 30 pages.  With lots of help from my boss and some careful analyzing of the information, I was able to get it down to 25 pages!  Woo ho!  Off to the bosses for one more review.  When they got back to me, they wanted stuff added in and now I'm at 26 pages.  Grrrrrrrrrrr    So today is going to be looking at it again to pare it down.  I am over by only about 2 inches.  This is the worst part of my job, I think.  There is so much to say but I have to say it with fewer words.



We are going to have a full house this weekend.  Jakes is scheduled to spend it with me and AZ's son will be staying with us as well.  Should be interesting since our boys have never met each other.  They are both teens but SO different.  I'm sure it will work out just fine.  More on Monday.



AZ is a pretty good person.  He does laundry and shares his Reese Cups.  It was a good evening. 



Dad and Renie hit the road in The Thing this morning.  Heading out for Harper's Ferry for the weekend.  I'm hoping they have good traveling and good weather.  I don't think its going to be all sunshine and roses this weekend but they will have shelter and company.  I know they will enjoy themselves.



Jakes texted me last night and was arguing with me over where to have dinner tonight.  Really?  You're going to argue with me?  Over the text?  Why, oh WHY?????  Wonderful Teens.



Well, I'm off to find 2 inches in my application.  Have a Fabulous Weekend!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Dinner on the Susquahanna River - WW

Jakes and I had dinner on the Susquahanna River last Friday night.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Time is Flying

Did you know there is life outside of a computer?  For a long time, I didn't!  And that's when I blogged everyday and read SO many wonderful bloggers.  I just don't have the organizational skills to be able to work full-time, enjoy life outside of the computer AND blog.  WOW, who knew?

Anyway, a quick update.....

Jakes is doing well.  He got a VERY good report card AND was outlining things he's going to do to improve those grades as well.  I checked with him to see if the things he's struggling with should be addressed with the child study team or if its just things he has to work on himself.  He thinks its just him and he wants to work on it on his own.  Good deal!  He knows to let me or his dad know if there is a need to involve the CST.  I am so proud that he's taking the initiative to work on things without me or his dad having to fight with him over it.


The Scentsy business is going well also!  I got a promotion!  And have had several very successful parties!  I just closed out a basket party yesterday.  It was so much fun!

There are lots of new products out, like the Layers Fragrance line.  There are wonderful bath and shower products as well a lotions and body butters.  Even products to help with your laundry smell nice!  In May there will be a completely NEW line of products that I am going to be TOTALLY addicted to!  YUM!  I can't wait to get my new products to see what its all about!



Jakes told me that his father is getting remarried at the end of April.  I kinda created a little drama for myself over that news.  Not that I want him back in ANY WAY EVER.  I am a guess the best way to put it is, disappointed in myself because I haven't moved on.   I feel as though he's "won" the break-up because he has been in a relationship with this woman for quite a time now and has moved on enough to be ready to marry her.  Me?  I haven't really had a relationship since the break up and still live with my parents (sort of).  For many years after the break-up, I played the victim and then devoted myself to Jakes and his issues.  What do I have to show for it?  Nothing.  A child who doesn't live with me and a good friendship with AZ.



Dad and ESM are heading to Harpers Ferry this weekend.  Its looking like lovely weather for the trip.  I know they will have fun!  In May, they will be taking the camper and Kathy to FL for a visit with Kathy's daughter.  Mel (another compound resident) and I both said "PARTY!" when we heard they were leaving.  HA!  Kathy wasn't as amused.



AZ has been fishing and job hunting.  Not much luck for either.  I was SO hoping for fish for dinner last night.  sigh.  Had to settle for steak instead.  AZ cooked dinner and cleaned up!  WOW!  I could get used to being spoiled like that!



Neicy and I went for a bike ride yesterday instead of a run.  We both commented how easy riding the bikes seemed to be.  Of course, because we have conditioned ourselves with training for the 5k.  We were talking about running and on the opposite days riding the bikes, just to be doing something each day of the week.  We'll see how that works out with life intruding.


Well, that's the quick update.  Time to write the grants.  Need Money!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Running

Saturday was the BIG day.  The 5k I've been training for since February.  The day dawned sunny and windy with a little chill in the air.  Once we got moving the chill helped.

Jakes was cold while we waited for the start.

I gave the camera to Jakes for still pictures but he thought it would be better to get videos.

We warmed up and started out.  It was a lovely run through a path over the dunes and the marsh.  We did make it into town for a portion of the run. I started out running and quickly moved to walking.  I wasn't trained enough for this event. 

I finally got to the last mile or so and gained a partner.  He had already finished and came back to pace and encourage other runners.  He was a big help!  I thought I was the last runner in the pack but with my Pacer's help, I was able to find the strength to pass two others.  YAY! 

My final time was 40:40.  (See a pattern forming?)  I was 7th out of 10 in my age group and I was NOT the last runner coming in. 

Neicy, who is much better trained and has competed in numerous other races had a final time of 30:31.  I was only about 10 minutes behind her. She finished 41 out of 105 people and I finished 71 out of 105. I'm impressed with myself!  She placed 2nd out of 9 in her age group.  Way to go Neicy!  Next time I'll be right there with you!

And for those of you who want to see something scary:

video

I did it!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Birthday Celebration

My Compound family and I went to the Cheesecake Factory for my birthday dinner.  That would have been wonderful enough, just celebrating and sharing the good times together.  But Daddy had other ideas.  When his youngest sister turned 40, they messed with her a bit.  Daddy liked it so much, he got everyone in to mess with me. 

It started with this but wrapped up:

Daddy got into the spirit of things and handed each present to me in a particular order.

There are 40 presents in there.  All 40 items are silly things like rubber bands, envelopes, crackers, you get the picture.


All of the things contained 40.  So there were 40 rubber bands, 40 envelopes, and 40 crackers.  Even 40 pieces of toilet paper!  That's going in AZ's truck for a fishing emergency.



Eventually, I got to the end of the 40 presents and Daddy presented me with the final one.  It was wrapped REALLY tight with lots of tape!  Thanks, ESM.  Can you guess what it contained?  40 one dollar bills!  Woo ho!  Pay day!

Then it was time for desert.

Cheesecake of course!

Jakes asked the wait staff to sing to me and they wrote on my plate.  YUMMY!

I have to tell you, turning 40 was so much fun!


Thursday, April 5, 2012

Hope

Such a short word. Such a powerful word. Such a hard thing to believe in.

I consider myself an optimistic person, I try to see the good in any situation. Yes, I may wallow for a bit, but that's normal.  You have to take time to process things and see which way is up.

With all that I've been through in my 30's, I have very high hopes that my 40's and later will be a wonderful time in my life.  I've learned so much in my past, I don't want to say it was worth it, but how else will you learn?  By living with the good and living through the bad.

I will continue to live with hope.  Hope for a good life and hope for the strength to live through the bad.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

April is Autism Awareness Month

I'm sure you can change "Autism" to any other disability and it will be true!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Its Been A Good Day.....

My day started with this



Have no idea who did it, but I love it!
Wish I'd gotten honked on my way to work though....

When I got to work, I found this:

The girls I work with are SO wonderful!
They even gave me a card for my 90th b-day. How sweet!

Here's a close up of the balloons....

How CUTE!!

And a ribbon to wear all day long!


We are going to celebrate with the Compound Family at the Cheesecake Factory for dinner.  YUM! 

I haven't stopped grinning all morning!