Monday, October 29, 2007

It's offical, she is old(er)

It's over. We had Queenie's birthday party over the weekend. It's official. She is now 16. Scary really if you think about it. Now if I tell her she can't do something I'm sure to get,

"But Mom, I'm 16!"

I can hear it now. I can't wait til she gets her license, it will get worse I'm sure.

Just in case you were wondering what people give as a gift to a 16 year old, it's money. They don't want anything that is not cheap any more. They have moved up to the expensive gift phase. Unfortunately this phase never goes away. We got her a letter jacket. I was very impressed with myself. She mentioned that she wanted one AND I remembered. Then I went to order it without having her try it on. This was scary. What if I got the size wrong? I tried on 2 sizes & picked one hoping for the best. We are close to the same size so that helps. The jackets are in stock but they send them out to have the stuff sewn on. Like your school patch & any letters or numbers you might have. Queenie earned her numbers last year but of course I couldn't find them so I just had the school thingie sewn on. You can also have their name embroidered on. I didn't do that yet.
Getting a letter jacket is so different now. I got mine in the late 70's. I bought the jacket & the school patch & sewed them on myself. Now they send them out to do it. It does look much better though. They are A LOT more expensive too.

She loved the jacket, was very surprised AND it fit! Score 1 for Mom! I wasn't quite sure what I was going to do it it didn't fit. I have no idea if they exchange them or not. I already had stuff sewn on it too. But thankfully I didn't have to worry about it. This will also be her winter coat. So I killed 2 birds with 1 stone. Yea me. Hopefully she will be able to wear this for 3 years. Which means I don't have to worry about buying her a winter coat for 3 years. At least that is my plan. Hers might be different. But I hope not. For the amount that I spent on this jacket she should wear it the rest of her life! I took it back today to have it sent out AGAIN. This time they are going to put her name on it. I didn't do it before because it wasn't sure where she wanted her name to be. You can have it small on the front or big on the hood. She picked hood. Hopefully it won't get really cold & snow before I get it back.

I scored really big with the birthday gift. Now I have absolutely no idea what to get her for Christmas.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Mom I have to pee

The Princess went on her first field trip today. I don't know what part she was more excited about. The actual trip to the Pumpkin Patch or the ride on the school bus. I was just excited that she was going to be gone from 9:45 til noon. Is that a bad thing? I had an appointment to get my hair colored & I was very excited about that. I had the multi colored look going which really isn't a good look for me. Brown & gray( more gray then brown because I've waited so long) just isn't the look I was going for. Because I don't work OUTSIDE the house(I work my tail off INSIDE the house) I don't keep up my hair maintenance like I should. I think if I had a job where people actually cared what I looked like I would do it more often. My kids could care less what I look like, unless I am out in public with them. Most of the time they are just fine with my multi colored two tone hair. All they care about is do we have any food in the house. Not just any food but the "good stuff" like Ho Ho's, cookies, you know, good food. Did I wash their favorite pants & what's for dinner. One of my lovely children actually told their father that I didn't do anything all day but clean & do laundry. Good to know I'm appreciated isn't it?

My hair was done in plenty of time. I even had time to chat with a big person. All by myself too! That doesn't happen very often. Usually my conversation with a big person goes something like this:
Me: Hi, how are you?
Them: Great! It's been a long time since I've seen you.
The Princess: Mom, Mom, Mom, Mom, Mom
Me: shhh, Just a minute, Mommy's talking.
Them: Wow, she is getting big.
Me: Yes she is, she goes to school now.
the Princess: I'm a big girl.
Them: Yes you are
The Princess: Mom, Mom, Mom, Mom
Me: Shhh, Mommy's talking
The Princess:(spoken at the top of her lungs) But I have to make poop.
Me: Nice seeing you, gotta run!

Almost every big people conversation that I have gets killed because my kid has to poop or pee. That is a real conversation killer right there. It's also something that can't wait. By the time they announce that they have to go, it's almost to late. Then you have to make the mad dash to the potty which is always as far away from you as it can get.
When Smitty was potty training we were remodeling our house & were always in Wolahan's. Smitty loved that place because they gave you popcorn when you came in. I hated shopping there because EVERY TIME we went in there he had to go potty. But he had awesome timing. The bathrooms were in the middle of the store AND they were locked. Who locks bathrooms? He would wait until we were as far away from them as we could get then he would announce that he had to go. Then I had to make the mad dash to the front of the store to get the key(usually attached to a HUGE piece of wood) and pray that I could get the key, make it to the bathrooms, unlock them & get him to the potty before it was too late.

Whoever decided to lock the bathrooms in stores obviously didn't have kids.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Terrorists got nothin' on Mom's

I watched an episode of Law & Order SVU last night. At least I think it was last night. This week has kind of been a blur. Anyway it was about how they used torture to get info out of people. I got to thinkin' about that. The terrorists got nothin' on a Mom. Mom's perform & receive torture every day. We have all heard these lovely words come out of our kids mouth. "Your gonna make me do/eat/wear that? This is torture! Here are some forms of torture that have been known to work with kids. You new Mom's might want to print these out.

1. Make them eat ALL of their dinner. Even the 10 spoonfuls of cottage cheese THEY insisted they wanted AND put on their own plate.

2. Insist they take a shower/bath, even if they already took one this week.

3. No you are not wearing the dogs collar to school even if everyone else is doing it.

4. Make them walk to school. After all we had to do it & it was 5 miles & uphill both ways, remember?

5. Pick out your clothes AND make your lunch BEFORE going to bed, not 5 minutes before you have to leave for school.

6. Make them turn down the volume of the music so that only they can hear it. The entire neighborhood doesn't want to listen to that!

7. They should carry their dirty clothes all the way to hamper, which in our case is right outside her door. But apparently it's too far.

8. Make them go to bed a a decent hour. This is a goodie!

9. Wear a winter coat in the winter & shorts in the summer.

10. And lastly my favorite. Get up when your alarm goes off.

These 10 things are guaranteed to torture your child. AND the best part is that you can't get arrested for this type of torture. It sneaks in just under the law.

Here are some forms of torture that us Moms go though everyday.

1. Eating most meals cold.

2. Making sure the kids are dressed for the weather but forgetting to put on your own winter coat/boots/shoes. I have been known to go out in slippers because I was so busy dressing kids that I forgot to put my own shoes on.

3. Going without a shower because there just isn't time for one today. Having this happen several days is in a row is a bad thing.

4. Knowing exactly what time Clifford/Dora/Blues Clues comes on but having no idea what time your favorite show starts.

5. Going without because one of your kids or the husband needs something.

6. Pushing a 5lb-10lb(or more) baby out of a hole the size of a pea. nuf' said.

7. Carrying 1 toddler, 7 bags of groceries & 2 gallons of milk into the house at one time because you only want to make 1 trip and you KNOW you aren't gonna get any help.

8. Showering with 1 or more kids. When was the last time your loving husband took a shower with a kid?

9. Never going to the bathroom alone. Or if you do manage to get in there alone you get a kid pounding on the door yelling,"Mom what are you doing in there?" "Can I come in"?

10. Having to hide in the laundry room with the door shut & the light off just so you can be alone for a few seconds before they find you.

11. Going through every kids name, the husband & the dog before you get to the right one you are yelling at.

The list goes on & on. These are just a few. Remember & enjoy.

I'm gonna go hide in the laundry room for a few minutes.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Queenie will be 16 in a few days. I'm not quite sure how it happened. One day I was giving her a bath in the tub with her brother & now she's turning 16 & driving. And she won't take a bath with her brother any more either. But that's a good thing! At least she showers regularly. For lots of kids showers are optional. So is changing clothes. I still have 1 kid who won't change clothes unless he is reminded. I won't mention any names, ok Spike? I wouldn't want to embarrass anyone. Hehehe! I don't have that problem with Queenie. She can change clothes several times a day. And when she takes them off she wads them up nicely & tosses them in a pile on the floor. This pile then gets walked on for about a week or until she runs out of clothes. Then she tosses EVERYTHING in the hamper Everything on the floor is dirty whether it has worn for 2 seconds or not. Face it, it has been walked on all week. It must to be dirty.

I just e-mailed the family about the party. I love it that I can contact almost everyone in the family by e-mail. The only ones I can't get are the parents. I don't think they are going to get a computer just so I can e-mail them. They like it when you call them anyway.

I always have a problem when planning birthday parties for my kids. If I have 1 party, it's a biggie. 44 people if everyone shows up. But then it's done & I only have to make the house "party clean" once. If I do 2 parties. One for my family & then one for the other side I have to have the house "party clean" twice. Having a clean house is not a bad thing at all. I actually like it when it's "party clean". That usually only lasts for a day or 2 around here. Sad really. Then I have to decide whether or not to feed everyone an actual meal or just cake. Do I have it in the afternoon or evening? If I have it too early in the afternoon then the Princess doesn't get a nap. Not a good thing. If I do it late in the afternoon then we end up eating cake for dinner. That's not always a bad thing. I love cake. But when you are 3 you shouldn't eat cake for dinner because that will be the time the teacher asks you to announce to the class what you had for dinner last night. Cake is not the appropriate answer.

This is way to stressful!

So what it boiled down to is we are having 1 family party & I am feeding them a meal. It will start around 3ish so the Princess will at least get a little nap. Now all I have left to do is let my cook know the menu that I have decided on & tell my maid that the house MUST be squeaky clean by Sunday. *sigh* I forgot. I had to downsize. I let them go. Guess it's up to me to do all the work. Why is it always me? Oh I remember.

I'm the Mom, that's why.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Bailey the Wonder Dog strikes again

The Princess was sick last week. guess who has it now? Yep, me. It's a doozy too. Snotty nose, sore throat, the works. Nothing like trying to function while sick. Cause all Mom's know we don't get to go to bed & get better. We have to suck it up & trudge on. Any other members of our family get to go to bed when they are sick. There is a unwritten rule somewhere that says that Mom's have to work while sick. I would really like to know who wrote that rule. I bet it was a guy.

Bailey the Wonder Dog has been at it again. This morning the Princess & I had a few errands to run. Since the dog was passed out on the couch downstairs I left her there. Big mistake. I walked up the stairs & the Princess says, "I hope Bail didn't eat anything." Can you tell it happens a lot? As I come up the stairs I notice a big brown spot on the carpet. Crap! I know she ate something but at this point I'm not exactly sure what. I did take a roast out of the freezer this morning & put it in the sink. I was praying that WAS NOT what she ate. As I move into the living room I notice another large brown spot on the carpet. This one has brown powder in it. What did she eat? And there is was....... the 10 lb family size can of Swiss Miss Hot Chocolate. Well maybe it wasn't 10 lbs, but it was the big one. She didn't eat the whole can either. She left me some. Wasn't that nice of her? The kids wouldn't notice if I put the dry stuff in another container & told them it was hot chocolate. **Insert evil laugh here**
I did the proper thing & threw it out, all of it. Now I have to try & figure out how to get brown stains out of "not brown" carpet.

The darn dog has been very busy lately. Thursday when I went to pick up the Princess from school she ate quite a few crayons. Yum. When I picked up all her "treasure" from the yard on Friday I noticed quite a few piles were sprinkled with pretty colors. On Saturday Pookie brought home a dozen long john donuts. We ate a few out of the box. A few hours later I noticed that the box wasn't all the way shut & went to close it. Nothing in it. She was very neat about eating them though. She left the box on the table so we didn't even think she did it. The box was licked clean. Not even my kids do that. Eating that many donuts gives the dog diarrhea, don't ask how I know. Ever try picking pudding up out of the yard?

I think whenever we leave the house the dog is going to have to be crated. She has proven that she can't be trusted. I'm starting to worry that she will eat the couch next.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Goodbye Optimus Prime

My beloved grand child Optimus Prime went back to school yesterday morning. I miss him terribly. I did get pictures though. If I could figure out how to post them here I could show you just how cute & plastic he looks. Ok I think I added a picture. Yea me!


Yesterday I tried to fix an ongoing problem that I have been having with my e-mail. I can e-mail anyone but my school district. For some reason they are not receiving any e-mail from me. It isn't just me either. It is other people with the e-mail. Our District's Tech Dept says that it is on my end. Because I NEED to be able to contact the teachers by e-mail(way easier then the phone) I decide to see what I can do to fix it. It's gonna be harder then I thought. First I try to go to the yahoo website & do a live chat. That guy was useless. He had no idea what I was talking about & kept asking me the same question over & over. Hung up on him.
Then I called the AT&T Internet Service number. This guy tells me that it on the District's end & that they have me blocked. Told him several times they didn't. I don't think he believed me. He passed me off to Yahoo Tech support. They told me it was AT&T's problem & promptly passed me back. Now I'm getting dizzy from all the flying around I'm doing.
The next guy says that he will try to get a 2nd level tech support guy to talk to me but he needs to get approval first. I am on hold for at least 10 minutes & he comes back & says 2nd level can't help. Apparently this is not a important enough problem for them. Then he tells me to see if I can receive e-mail from the school. I hang up & call my contact person at the school, get proof that I can receive but not send & call them back, praying that I will get someone that I can understand. I have a hard time understanding people who have thick accents. And lets face it, most of the people who answer phones anywhere I happen to call have thick accents. It's just my cross to bear. I get lucky & get a nice woman who understands what I am talking about AND I can understand her. She is very helpful & once again tries to get me 2nd level tech support. It worked this time. Tonya was very helpful. Although my problem did not get fixed she at least figured out where the problem was & it was not MY fault. It is with our districts provider.

Now we wait.

I am on a "Mission from God" to get this fixed. It got personal after the 3rd person I talked to couldn't figure it out. It only took 7 people to figure it out AND I spend most of my day on the phone. Of course I had nothing else to do. House is squeaky clean, no laundry pile taking on a life of it's own, no dishwasher to load. None of that stuff. HA! While I just sat on my rear in front of the computer playing solitaire the house just fell apart around me.

I hate it when that happens.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

I'm a Grandma!

Yesterday Spike made me a Grandma to a 10lb plastic computer baby. My "Grandchild" will be a guest in our home til Friday. The baby is designed to help stop teen pregnancy. All my kids have had one. And so far none of them are parents so it must be working. We did have a VERY hard time convincing the Princess that it wasn't her baby. She just was not buying the fact that it was Spike's. When you get the baby it comes with a car seat & a diaper bag. You must change clothes & keep a record of when you do it. Good thing I didn't have to write down every time I changed one of the babies clothes. Sometimes I just got a clean outfit on & I had to change them again. There just wasn't time to write anything down. This baby is an older model. They have new ones but I have been informed that the girls got those. The new ones come with a bottle(with a computer chip in it) & 2 diapers that are chipped too. So they KNOW if you change the diapers. I thought the new babies sounded like more fun. The old babies have keys that they attach to your wrist with a hospital like bracelet. When Smitty did it he was not in a sport at the time so he could not remove the key from his wrist so someone else could babysit. Spike is in a sport so his bracelet slips off so someone else can watch it. When the baby cries you have to put the key in its back & hold it there(literally) until it laughs. Then you can take it out. You never know how long it will take either. Smitty had to do all the baby care on his own because he couldn't take the key off. This meant showering with the baby sitting on the toilet. And yes it did cry while he was in there. So he had to get out dripping wet & put in the key. He was not happy when he finally got to finish his shower. I told him,

"Welcome to my world"

I have showered many times with a baby or 2 in the bathroom. I also have showered with up to 2 kids in the shower with me. Big fun.

I forgot the most important thing. He named him "OPTIMUS PRIME"
I'm so proud.


Did you know that a National Guardsman actually changed his name to Optimus Prime? I found that out when I googled it this morning to find out how to spell it. He legally changed his name on his 30th birthday & now it's on everything. His driver's license, his military ID & & his uniform. Wouldn't you love to be his kids? You could say, without lying, that your Dad is Optimus Prime!

Monday, October 15, 2007

Mommy, I'm sick

The Princess is sick. Not exactly sure what she has but she has something. On Friday she puked a few times. Once all over herself, me & several blankets & the second time in her car seat. Two really good places to puke. She hates to puke. It scares her. It scares me too. I don't know anyone who actually likes to do that. Enough about puke. Moving on. On Saturday she was just fine. You would never know she was sick the day before. That's a kid for you. They can bounce back like a super ball. Remember those?

On Saturday because she wasn't sick I had to go, sorry I GOT to go watch Spike's football playoffs. We drove 1 hour away so we could play against the other team from our town. That made sense didn't it? With all the parents/fans that went we probably spent about $1000.00 in gas getting there so we could watch our hometown teams battle it out for 3rd & 4th place. We took 4th. Granted it was at a nice field with a concession stand & everything, but I didn't need to drive all that way for popcorn.

Saturday night the Princess started to cough. Not a good cough either. It was the barking kind. That kind is never good. I had a bad feeling about that cough. Sunday she was not doing good, but took a good nap. Sunday night she spent most of the night in my bed not sleeping. On the plus side she woke up with a dry pull up. At least there was 1 good thing about last night. This morning I decide to call the Dr. I have to wait until 9:00 to do it because I never have good luck leaving a message with the answering service. I call at 9:00 & get the voice mail at the Pediatricians office. Ya gotta love it. They make it so hard to talk to a real person any more. I left a message & then decided to harass them(I mean call) every half hour if I haven't heard from them by 9:30. While I am on hold with the appointment desk(for the first time) my talking call waiting informs me that the Dr's office is calling. Love call waiting. Talking call waiting is even better cause I can decide if I want to answer the phone or not. I chose to answer this one. She got an appointment for 11:00 today. The Dr. informs me that what she has is viral. What that translates to is there is no good drugs for it. We just have to tough it out & if she is not better in a few days call her. Great. And for the record today sucked. All she did was cry & make me lay by her on the couch. I felt awful. She didn't nap either. Poor thing. I hope she has a good night. I don't know if you caught the part about how she spent last night in my bed NOT sleeping. That means I didn't sleep either.

This not sleeping thing is just one of the perks of being a Mom.

Friday, October 12, 2007

My Things

The Princess goes to Preschool 2 times a week. Just like any other kid starting school we needed to get a few school supplies. Lucky for me I had everything she needed. When shopping for school supplies I always buy a lot of everything. The same notebook that is .10 in July(when they start all the school supply sales) will be $2.99 in December. I always buy in bulk. Now the Preschool list is much shorter then a regular supply list. We needed:

1 box of crayons
1 pair of blunt scissors
1 paint shirt
1 box of Kleenix

Of course EVERYTHING had to have her name on it. Yep that meant all the crayons too. Since I have done this 3 other times I knew just how to do it. I use return address labels. I have a lot of them because I am always getting them free in the mail from some organization or another. I don't seem to use them that much any more either. I do most things on the computer now.

When we get to school on her first day I take her supplies & put them in her cubby. When I pick her up I notice all her supplies are back in her bag. I told her she could leave them at school & her answer was "No I can't. These are my things."

Thursday I drop her off & put her "things" away again. When picking her up there they are back in her bag again. This time I go back in & put them away. Then I get to listen to her cry all the way home because she misses her things. Especially her scissors.
She is now sobbing,"I need my my my scissors!"

Trying to explain to her that her things need to stay at school is like talking to a wall. Or like talking to one of my other kids. She is learning early. I thought I actually had a shot with this one too. Tuesday when I drop her off I put away her things yet again. Pick up time rolls around & this time she only has the crayons in her bag. Yea! We might be getting somewhere. Fast forward to Thursday pick up time & there they are again. All her things are back in her bag. She is having a really hard time leaving "Her things" there! Separation anxiety? Who knows.
I tried having the other kids explain that they keep their things at school but she isn't buying it.

So On Tuesday we will once again try to leave her "very special things" at school. She just now informed me that she can't leave them at school because "They are very special to me Mom."

Wonderful. I have a kid with a school supply fetish. I suppose it could be worse. She likes school & is very happy to have me leave her there. I have seen other Mom's peel their kids off their legs telling them they will have so much fun they won't even miss Mom. Yea right. At least she is not like that!

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

I'm back. Did ya miss me? We had a wonderful time camping. Usually, I mean sometimes, nope what I really mean is ALWAYS when we go camping on Columbus Day Weekend it is cold. I have never had to use the air conditioner. Furnace yes, air no. It was around 90° the whole weekend. Which was great really. But we always bring a lot of wood for camp fires. We can't camp with out a HUGE fire. It's just wrong. We had 6 pickup trucks full of wood & our rule is to never bring any wood home. If we brought it we have to burn it. Someone always brings something to sacrifice to the fire God. This year it was me. I brought 2 old kitchen chairs & a really old saw horse. Usually we need the big fires for warmth but this year we just needed them for the ambiance. We seem to get bigger every year. This year there were 7 trailers & 32 people. Our circle around the fire was huge this time for 2 reasons.

Reason #1. There were 32 people, duh!
Reason #2. It was too hot & we couldn't stand to be near it, but had to have a fire because we brought all that wood!

We have certain things that we do every year while camping. First we make a Jack-o-bob. He is an old uniform stuffed with leaves. His name is jack-o-bob because the uniform has Bob's name on it & he has a pumpkin for a head. He is a guest around the fire all weekend. This year the Princess & a few other little ones got to make him. Apparently the older kids are too big for this now. They must of really grown up because they made him last year!

We also have a book exchange. The women who go camping love to read. We all bring our books that we have already read & put them out on a picnic table. This year we had 2 picnic tables. We all go through & pick out what we want. Then we tell everyone else in the campground to come & look. One of us takes the leftovers home & gives them to the library or something.

Then there is the potluck dinner we have. It is usually on Sat night but this year we had 2. Saturday & Sunday. It was yummy. There is always so much food too. You never go hungry when camping. I think I spent around $6000.00 on food this year at Aldi. The loved me in there! Didn't want to run out of food. What would happen if we had to stay an extra day or something awful like that? I can't have us starving out in the middle of no where(actually no where is about 10 minutes from town). What if we couldn't get to WalMart? We could starve. That's why I had to spend all that money at Aldi. It was for my families safety. I wonder if I could convince Pookie that's why I spent all that money at the scrapbook store. You think he would buy it when I tell him it's for my families safety? Probably not. Might be worth a try though.

We did have a lot of fun. Then we had to come home. That's the bad part. Packing up to leave. We camp about 1 hour from home & I drove the Tank pulling the trailer so Pookie could let Queenie drive home. Better him then me. Give me the trailer any day. Once home the unpacking of the trailer starts. I hate that part. It always takes we weeks to get all the stuff out of there. And I never seem to get it all. I always seem to forget something food related in there.

Some important things to remember:

Spaghetti O's don't freeze well. Well they actually freeze just fine, but you can't eat them after that.

Cans of Pepsi explode when frozen.

Fruit snacks that have been frozen never taste quite the same.

These are things that the normal person would not do more then once. Especially the frozen Pepsi. I have left Pepsi in the camper over the winter several times. Not one of my better moments. But I'm sure that will be the one I am remembered for.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Out of office

Tomorrow I am going camping. The whole family goes camping on Columbus Day weekend. It's a tradition. It's everyone's favorite trip, but it's also the last one of the season. After this the campers get put away for the winter. Kind of sad really. So because I am leaving tomorrow I have been running around like a mad women trying to get ready. It's not like I didn't know this trip was coming. It comes at the same time every year. But I also do this every year too.

A few weeks ago the fridge in my trailer broke. I ordered parts but of course it still doesn't work. So I have to use coolers this year. I haven't had to use a cooler while camping in years. I think I forgot how. Tomorrow while the Princess is in school I have to buy ice. Lots of ice. Pookie is coming over on Saturday morning with Spike & Queenie. There is too much going on on Friday night for them to come then. Queenie has driving lessons & Spike has football practice. My kids are really messing with my social life, such as it is. Good thing the campground is only an hour away. If I forget anything I can call him & he can bring it, IF he remembers.

Because I am leaving Thursday with the Princess the other kids will have to get themselves up & to school all by their little selves. I am a little worried about this because I have to wake them up every morning because they either sleep through their alarms or shut them off. Pookie is gonna have to call them in the morning just to make sure they are up.

I am going to enjoy 2 nights without most of my family. I am really looking forward to it! AND I don't feel bad at all! What I am really going to enjoy is sitting by the fire while Pookie has to do all the chasing around to pick up kids. I usually do all the picking up . I leave extra early(without the Princess) & bring a book to read. It's pretty much the only alone time I get anymore. Now that the Princess has to shower with me EVERY morning I don't even get the shower to myself.

I just figured out how many campers we will have this year. There will be 7 trailers & about 27 people. I am really looking forward to it. The weather is supposed to be in the 80°'s. I plan on spending a lot of time in my lawn chair. So until Monday I will be out of the office, so to speak.
Hopefully I will have some good stories for you.

Enjoy your weekend!

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Walking alone

Today I finally got some alone time. The Princess started preschool today. She was gone from 10:15 to 11:50. I decided that while she was gone I would walk at our park. I did a Alzheimer's walk a few weekends ago. I walked 3 miles & I liked it. So today while the Princess was at preschool I walked 2 miles. I am very proud of myself. I hope I can do this 2 times a week. That's my plan anyway, but I have a feeling that it won't always work. It will be too cold(I hate being cold), we will need groceries, I will need a nap, you know, important stuff like that. I put on my IPOD & a cute little necklace thingie that holds a bottle of water & off I went. I learned a few things today. The first being I am not in good shape. I do need to lose a few pounds so maybe this will help. The second is I don't do hills very well at all. I have never walked the path at our park so I had no idea there were that many hills on it! I was really huffing & puffing by the time I got to the top of the first one. I was hoping there would be oxygen stations at the top of each hill, but there wasn't any. I guess it wasn't in the budget. I'm gonna have to go to the next town meeting & suggest that. There are quite a few hills on that trail. Hopefully I will get better at this. AND keep it up. That 's the problem right there. I always have these great ideas but my follow through sucks. What I should do is take Bailey the Wonder Dog with me. Lord knows she could use the exercise too. Might actually stop her from eating everything in sight. Maybe she would be so tired from all that walking that she would sleep the rest of the day. Hmmm, this could work!

I'm off to fold laundry. Apparently no one in this house knows how to fold. We can all however live out of a laundry basket. Some day that just might come in handy.