Monday, September 25, 2006


usually we only have a humming on the phone line after it rains, but now it won't go away! it doesn't help that these phone lines were put in in about 1978. i'm usually lucky to get a 26k connection. starting about wednesday, i could get connected, but after about 5 minutes would get disconnected, and it would re-dial in. starting on saturday, i couldn't even get connected at all the humming was so loud. i called at&t this morning and they are susposed to be out tomorrow. it's on their side of the line, i checked the lines in the house and they're fine. i hope they just replace the old lines coming into the addition that we live in. it's not like i'm expecting fiber or anything... just newer than the craptacular lines we've got.

did great at the county fair. won 1st place on the zucchini bread, 2nd on a purse i crocheted and felted, and 4th on a pic of jack.

well, guess that's all this week... stay tuned...

feel free to comment...

Sunday, September 17, 2006

the beat goes on...

typical week around here... us all running around like chickens with our heads cut off.

i got voted president of the PTA like organization at my girls school. sapulpa didn't want to pay the $150 a year to use the PTA name, so sometime in the mid 80's they came up with their own for all the school sites. TAPS or Teachers And Parents of Sapulpa. you can only do two terms in any office, so since the last president had done her 2, and i was vice last year i got the top job this year. i also do the yearbook for the school. grades pre-k - 5. this will be my second year doing it, and it's a lot of fun. i do it all on computer, no real cutting a pasting. last year's was great.

glad the cooler weather has showed up as of about 9am this morning! this last week was just nasty. i mean, i wasn't as hot as it could have been, like it was this summer, but we'd had a break and then all of the sudden temps at 95 again! yuck! since the first day of fall is this coming weekend i hope the nasty 90's are gone for the season... but this is oklahoma and we've had the upper 80's in november. and then the whole next 6 weeks after that is a total deep freeze with temps in the 30's and lows at night at just too damn cold. this is a weird part of the country. but that's why i like it.

shopping again yesterday. this time i had a $20 chili's gift card to use. so, we dropped some books at the library in tulsa, ate, and went to promenade mall. the candy store beckoned... i dropped $17 in there (had to stock up on big hunk candy bars, this is the only local place i can find them. i bought 4 at $1.50 each.) and another $20 at walden books. the new captain underpants book just came out and my 9 yr old just loves that series, and i got a maryjanice davidson i didn't have in the undead/wyndam werewolf series.

today we went bowling after cleaning the office. i bowled an 87... yuck. mom bowled a 114. my 9 yr old got a 68 and the 7 yr old got a 47. we don't bowl much, but it is a fun way to pass a rainy afternoon. bowling is on the pricy side, i spent almost $18 on shoe rental for 3 and one game. i'm gonna need to dig up some coupons or something...

no news from the ex-bestfriend front. she's pretty good at holding a grudge... and she can be vindictive... so i'll just let sleeping dogs lie. she'll see what happens when she goes to recert for food stamps... he'll be back in school and she'll be in the workforce whether she likes it or not. they don't let you live and not work if you are able anymore. i'm very conservative, if you haven't already guessed. no work, no eat! people shouldn't be able to sponge off the government. either be a productive member of society or get out of the gene pool so we don't have you breeding off anymore like you. can't stand leaches... can you tell!?

yeah, well, busy week ahead... more than usual... stay tuned...

Sunday, September 10, 2006

modern ending of a 27 yr friendship...

Sent: Mon, 4 Sep 2006 6:59 PMSubject: coat for j***
got back from pearls. she gave me a boys london fog coat, i think size 7 or 8. it looks like it would fit j***. it's dark green and brown. i'll try to drop it by this week, when's a good time?
ttyl, vbffae- ******
Everything is dangerous to your health,So quit worrying about it!

Sent: Monday, September 04, 2006 8:32 PM
Subject: Re: coat for j***
Would you believe this is the THIRD time I'm trying to compose this email???? I never thought I would miss AOL but Juno internet sucks #@###@@!!!!!!! I officially signed off on aol Sat. but this is only temporary - we're getting DSL on the 16th!!! Att/Yahoo is finally available here so dad signed up & even ordered a modem that will allow multiple computers to connect (you can even use it for wireless). I can't wait!
Anyway...about the coat - great!!! I bought one on clearance last year, but the smallest they had was a 10-12 & it's still too big. He wears a 7 in shirts (a 5 in bottoms - I dunno why, but boys' pants seem to run really big. Mom bought him some size 7's & they look like they would almost fit G****!) Whenever you wanna come by is fine, just let me know ahead of time to be sure we're home. I gotta go mail a package sometime in the next couple of days & we'll prob do some shopping sometime this week.
School - yes, he still loves it, but.... we are now homeschooling! For about a week & a half I guess. I had signed up for an immunization exemption because I don't agree with some of the crap they wanted to stick in my kid... all those shots made him sick & there were just more & more & I really think it's overkill. Anyway, well the school had no problem with it, but the school nurse decided to make waves & the exemption wound up getting kicked back by the state health dept. They said my reason for not wanting them was medical & needed a doctor's note. *sigh* The lady at the school wanted me to re-file as a religious exemption , but you have to have a member of clergy & anyway it was just going back & forth & so I just pulled him & started teaching him at home. He's doing an online program for reading & phonics - he has lessons every day & I invested in a stack of really great workbooks & stuff - the same kind of stuff he was bringing home from school. We have school every day (including today, I saw no reason not to) & he's doing well. His favorite subject is math, which surprised the heck out of me. The math worksheets in the kindergarten workbooks are way too easy for him, so I got a first grade book. The only downside to homeschooling is not being around other kids, but... you can't have everything. I found an online group of homeschoolers in Oklahoma & there a ton of resources online & even through the state dept. of education.
Anyway... well, he did got to school long enough to catch a respiratory infection (naturally). We didn't have a doctor anymore since we haven't been on Soonercare in forever, so I had to hunt one up that would take a new patient with no insurance (dad let me use the credit card) & wound up going to see Dr. Ho. He charged me $84 just for an office visit which was less than 10 minutes & during which he only listened to J***'s chest & looked in his ears! Anyway we got 3 prescriptions (one was samples, the other two cost me $30 in generic) one of which was the antibiotic he needed. Whew! He seems to be pretty much getting over it now (at least I *really* hope so... he's hardly been coughing at all today).
Oh - one other little tidbit - On the Virtual Villagers website they now have a teaser - "Coming this winter... the saga continues!" Hmm..... & I noticed a lot of people posted on the message board that they were pretty well annoyed with how the game didn't have any real ending.
Anyway, I guess that's it for now. Lemme know when's a good time for you to come by & we'll work it out! & thanks again about the coat! :)

Sent: Tue, 5 Sep 2006 5:49 PMSubject: Re: coat for j***
ok, i'm going to lay into you a bit now. no, there are not too many shots! i don't think there are near enough what with all the damn mexicans coming in without any shots and sending their kids to school with ours and all. hell, i think they need to re instate the small pox shot. the girls got every one (except that rotovirus one, cause they wern't in daycare), and sure they may have ran a temp and been fussy and had a runny nose... but it's sure better than getting the killing nastyness that the shots prevent! and that whole autism thing is a big load of bullshit! i think that one has to do with some DNA marker they haven't identified yet. i over looked you keeping him out of pre-k cause of the full day thing, but if you don't stop mollycoddling j*** he's going to turn out like f-ing james k.!!!!! it's nice that your parents helped you out and gave you a reprieve on not having to support yourself when he was young, (more than my parents would have done, there would have been an adoption), but it's time you got on with your life. get training if you need it, you won't have to pay for it. if i didn't, you surely won't. other single moms can do it and so can you! i believe in you! even if you don't sometimes, i think. sure, you've been dealt a sucky hand what with tommy and then billy, but gads, you can't let that dictate the rest of your life! you can't let other people ruin your life. you have to pick yourself up and get on with it! you're smart! you can do whatever you want! other moms have had it worse than you, and they pick themselves up and just do it. i well know that you don't like being told what to do, i've known you for more years than i care to think about, you're like the sister i never got, we've been through everything (and i do mean EVERYTHING) together. i don't think that you'd let anyone else tell you what i have. you'd shut them down before they could start. but, it has to be said. i'm telling you this because you're practactly my sister and i love you! i want to see you make more of your life and not just drift from day to day...

ok, done with rant.

it will have to be next week before i can get over there with the coat. wednesday is wash, thursday i've got an appt. at DHS, and friday i've got to clean a house with mom in the morning before class. only this last semester and i'm done, then it's off to the work force. where i can hopefully get a nice job that pays about 30k a year.

ttyl, vbffae- ******
Everything is dangerous to your health,So quit worrying about it!

my parents are behind me 100% about the shots. i don't tell you how to raise your kids (ie what's up with the hubby who gets drunk & doesn't work? and why can't they go trick or treating? you went EVERY year until you were 13! & if *** isn't going to work why don't you??? your house is held together by dct tape, ******!)I know you are a very opinionated person, but you can't expect everyone else to live their lives according to YOUR opinion. I do what I believe is best for my child, sorry to burst your bubble, but what YOU feel is best doesn't come into it. and what the hell does Tommy have to do with this anyway??? You are way too controlling, ******. You think you should decide what is best for everyone & they should just go along with it.

Please don't bother about the coat. We can live without it & I don't want you to come over. Please don't call me either. I've put up with a lot of crap from you over the years but this time you've gone too far. You can go off & live your perfect life - beer cans & duct tape included, blissfully unaware that your life isn't perfect and you don't control the universe. Plus I don't want J*** expose to these ideas you have about how screwed up he must be just because his father isn't around. (I guess it could be better - his father could be laying drunk with a cigarette on the coach all day - yee-haw) I've known this was coming for awhile.

- M****

so, yeah... guess that's all. that's my week. stay tuned...

Sunday, September 03, 2006

i love fall... and eddie izzard...gross fridges

glad to have the cooler weather! it's nice to walk out in the morning and not be met with a steam bath! now, i go out and just stand in my tank top and panties first thing in the morning with my coffee and just enjoy the view and the wonderful feel of the morning. the great thing about living in the country is that i can stand on my deck in my tank top and panties and no one sees me...and if they do... they're trespassing! the only time during the year that i can see another house from my house is when the leaves come off the trees, then i can see my parents house about 1000 ft. away, through the woods on the other side of the pond. i do love privacy. we lived in town for over 2 years after we got married in a duplex, the only upside i could see the town living was pizza delivery. i was happy when this house was done enough to live in and we could be in the woods. i do not like living so close to people... it's just not natural! how those people in europe do it, i've no clue. they all live in high rise apartments and similar type housing, the only people who live in the country are the rich. but that's what you get when you have socialism or should i say soft communism... i love living in this country, thank you very much! glad i got born here!

so, on to the eddie izzard... i love eddie izzard! he's the funniest comedian there is! if you haven't seen any of his stuff, you must now take yourself over to netflix and put him in your queue. his bit on flags and how europe took over the world in "dress to kill" is sooooooo true! his take on history and life in general is just a total laugh riot.

life around here is in the groove that i like. on a schedule! the first two weeks of school went by so quickly. my oldest is losing teeth like they're going out of style. she's got her 12 year molars coming in 2 yrs early and has lost the canine and the molars behind them on the bottom. i don't know how she's chewing anything! she's got the front 4 teeth on the bottom, space where the teeth are gone, the two molars behind that and then the new molars coming in! she looks funny! she's got 12 teeth in her tooth jar how. her sister has 6. they both have one of those little pimento jars to keep lost teeth in. i don't eat pimentos, but the jars looked the size i wanted, so i bought the jars and threw out the contents. did that to get small juice glasses too. bought that cheese spread that comes in the little glasses and threw out the contents. that stuff is nasty, but the glasses are just the right size. i'm not one of those butter bowl, pickle jar savers! but if i see a glass container that i can reuse, i'll buy the product for it, even if i don't like it.

i throw out butter bowls, they are not tupperware! you can go into people's fridges and never find the butter! just lots of science projects! my mom cleans houses, and over the years there have been about 4 really nasty fridges. the worst was so gross that by the time she was done with it, they had maybe a 1/4 of what they started out with. you can die from food poisoning, you know! some people don't think about this. they just eat, and don't seem to connect the dots when they get food poisoning a lot. take out food has about 24 hours to live before it needs to get tossed in the trash.

i found a really neat science experiment in my mom in laws fridge once. it was in a bowl, partly covered with foil, i think it was some can soup heated up... maybe. anyway, there was red, orange, green, blue, yellow, and a purplish color of mold growing on it. the fuzzy kind, all the different colors were a different patch. i think back and wish i had had a camera to preserve the moment.

or the bag of goo in one of mom's cleaning jobs pantry... it used to be potatoes! she left a note and said there was a stink in the pantry and if we could please find it. i found it... and about threw up from the site and the stench! i didn't know potatoes did that.

ok, enough of the grossness.

yesterday we went shopping on the 71st street parking lot. for those of you not familar with tulsa, this is the area of 71st street between memorial to garnet. we had a plan, we entered the area from the south up memorial, turned right on 71st and went to old navy, bed, bath and beyond and then ate lunch at on the border. this was all in the same parking lot. then we took a right out of that lot and went to linens and things. from there we took a left and went to hobby lobby and gordmans. then we wound around in that parking lot to get to the light signal by comp usa across from lowes. we went left again, under highway 169 and went to super target. we went to the east end of that parking lot and went right (south) on garnet to 81st, where we went right and got on south bound 169 which turns into the creek turnpike which we took back to sapulpa. it's best to never back track on that street. never. and never, NEVER, try to make a left turn without a left turn signal. i mean this! trust me!

ok, well, i've rambled a bit here, so i'll go. stay tuned...