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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

25 Random Things

1. I gave birth to a 9 lb. 5 oz. baby girl naturally. Also did this with a 8 lb. 2 oz. baby boy. Decided with the 3rd one I didn't have to be a martyr and suffer and had the epidural...probably didn't need it though, he was only 5 lbs. 8 oz.

2. I am a photography junkie. I take pictures of everything. Thinking about spending way too much on a new FABULOUS camera since Madison broke mine a couple of weeks ago.

3. I really want a dog.

4. I think I want another baby. I really want a girl, but I know that I'd end up with another boy.

5. I am allergic to most antibiotics. I am a doctor's worst nightmare to treat.

6. Speaking if doctors. I don't do well with medical stuff like blood and all that good stuff. I almost pass out whenever I get an IV or my blood taken.

7. I love car trips- even to just drive around doing nothing.

8. I'm almost 33 and I still love New Kids On The Block. Especially Donnie. I have loved him since I was 12 years old.

9. As a teenager I wore enough black eyeliner, black nail polish and the occasional black lipstick for 5 girls.

10. I really want to go to Hungary and see where "my people" are from.

11. My favorite food is Fattoush with feta and Hummus. I could eat it every single day.

12. I call Elek, Monkey and or Belly and he answers to both.

13. Sometimes I think I want to be an art teacher.

14. I could spend a fortune at The Children's Place.

15. My favorite movie is Amelie. It's French and all sub-titled and drives my husband crazy.

16. I'm just a tad sarcastic.

17. I have a thing for color...I love it and my favorite changes often.

18. I have listened to my current favorite song "Crayola Doesn't Make A Color For Your Eyes" 15 times today.

19. I miss my stay at home mom days.

20. I love thrift stores.

21. I sleep with my right arm above my head. As does Elek.

22. I am usually reading at least 3 books at a time.

23. I am a stickler with grammar and spelling.

24. I am the most non-athletic person you will ever meet and I am totally uncoordinated. Madison and Ian are total jocks. I know they don't get it from me.

25. I spend far too much time on the computer. Facebook especially sucks my time.

Monday, January 26, 2009

OK, here's one. When my kids ask for something (you know, any present...toys, pretty much anything they see on tv, etc.), I do not tell them "Sure! Just put it on your birthday/Christmas list!" even if it is something I would never ever get, just to avoid pouting. They are not completely appeased, and even a little thrilled by what a cool mom I am, and by the time the actual holiday rolls around, they have not forgotten about 90% of the crap they wanted. It's not awesome!

I did not race home and do my taxes and have them e-filed four hours after getting my w-2's, having decided that Uncle Sam could now pay me so I could pay everyone else. I did not do the happy dance when I saw that I got an extra deduction for Elek courtesy of the stimulus incentive that was issued last year.

I was not tortured for more than a week while my almost 12-year-old daughter was grounded from all electronic devices. She did not spend the entire time moping around the house, staring at me, whining to me, & making me feel more like I was the one being punished by this grounding. She is too sweet to ever act like that! Thank goodness, huh? Otherwise, I may have felt ten more gray hairs pop out this week!!! And we all know I'm waaaaay too young to have any gray hairs.

I didn't just drop a knife almost hitting and cutting my foot.

I do not hate Mondays. They are the greatest day of the week.

I do not watch The View because I enjoy seeing women bicker.

I am not watching The Maury Povich show right now and so I am not learning about who the baby daddy is of this woman who has already tested over 8 men but she is SURE that THIS one is the father because there is nobody else it could possibly be. And it does not make me feel quite a bit better about leading my simple little life. (Yes, I know that I shouldn't be watching this trash...I was flipping channels.

"A Hard Knock Life" from Annie was not running through my head as I swept and scrubbed the kitchen floor. I did NOT dance at all, because that would just be cheesy.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009


Just to let you know I've updated my Project 365. That's all. Thank You.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Presidential Inaugurations That Became Historic For Less-Than-Flattering Reasons

1. The longest inaugural speech in U.S. history was given by President William Henry Harrison, clocking in at one hour and 45 minutes. Harrison delivered the long-winded speech during a snowstorm and without an overcoat, circumstances that are often blamed for his untimely death by pneumonia. However, it wasn't exposure to the elements that really caused his illness. It was actually a common cold, caught weeks after the inauguration, which turned into pneumonia and was likely worsened by the hectic schedule of a newly elected president who had no time to rest.

2. President Andrew Jackson, regarded as a "man of the people," had to flee through the back door of his own inaugural reception in 1829 when the crowd crashed his party. Thousands of supporters came to the capital for the inauguration, and though some came looking for jobs, most came to support Jackson and cheer their new president. After his speech, however, the crowds swarmed the reception, mingling with government officials and generally regarding the house as theirs. Mud was tracked in, china and glasses were broken, and the crowds only left when the refreshments were put on the lawn outside.

3. On the day of Richard Nixon's 1973 inauguration, Pennsylvania Avenue was dotted with sick and dead pigeons. At the president's request, the inauguration committee spent $13,000 to spread a chemical bird repellent on the tree branches along the parade route to deter the pigeons. According to the Washington Post, the chemicals in Roost-No-More were supposed to cause the birds' feet to itch so they wouldn't roost in the trees. Unfortunately, the birds ate the repellent, causing them to get sick and die along the parade route.

4. After criticism for his first inauguration in 1981, which cost $16.3 million for nine white-tie balls, President Ronald attempted to scale back the budget and have a more "for the people" celebration. However, the budget ballooned from $12 million to $20 million, and there were 10 balls instead of nine and two galas instead of one. Apparently, "scaling back" meant that the balls were black tie instead of white and the entertainment was less high-brow than at previous events, according to the Washington Post.
5. After the north wing of the Treasury Building proved too small for President Ulysses S. Grant's first inaugural ball in 1869, a temporary structure was built in Judiciary Square for his second inaugural ball in 1873. Unfortunately, the structure had no heat or insulation, so guests danced in their coats and hats to stay warm in the minus-4-degree temperature, according to the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Events. Making matters worse, the food was cold, the hot chocolate and coffee ran out and the poor caged canaries -- used as decorations -- froze to death.
6. The weather was so bad at Abraham Lincoln's second inauguration that pedestrians who could not swim were urged to stay away from the muddy, rain-soaked streets. According to the Washington Post, the great poet Walt Whitman actually referred to the rain as "slanting rain, full of rage." It was definitely not a nice day for a parade.

7. For Richard Nixon's second inauguration, Vietnam War protesters dragged around a 25-foot-long rat made out of paper and chicken wire. To the protesters, the rat was symbolic of President Nixon. It was part of the largest Inauguration Day protest in U.S. history, with more than 25,000 protesters. Interesting, then, that according to the Washington Post, the ceremony went well and was "unmarred by any serious incidents."

8. Ulysses S. Grant's first inauguration in 1869 ended with fights in the coat-check line and many guests abandoning their coats and hats due to an extremely long wait. The Washington Post reported that the coat check was staffed by illiterates who were unable to read the claim tickets, which surely slowed down the line even more. A similar event occurred at the end of the evening of a 1989 inaugural celebration when Republicans actually stormed the coat check of the Texas State Society's Tie and Boots ball, later referred to as "The Bastille Day Coat Check Affair."

9. At the first inaugural ball, held for James Madison in 1809, it reportedly got so hot inside the hotel that revelers broke out windows for ventilation. Madison's wife Dolley must have been quite warm, herself -- she was wearing a gown with a long velvet train and a Parisian headdress decked out with feathers and white satin.

10. All dressed up with no place to go, Woodrow Wilson refused to have a ball for his 1913 inauguration because he considered it inappropriate for such a dignified and solemn occasion. His wife Ellen, on the other hand, had no such feelings. And unfortunately for her, she had already purchased a gown for the affair.

Monday, January 19, 2009

It wasn't me who sent their daughter upstairs at 11:30 Saturday morning to see if their 8 year old brother was still breathing considering we had not seen him since 10:00 the previous night.

Wasn't me who just wrote that horribly run on sentence above.

I was not thrilled at all that we didn't have school Friday because of mega below 0 temps. Why would I want to stay in my p.j.'s all day?

Which I didn't do. Stay in my p.j.'s that is.

Also, wasn't me who stayed in their p.j.'s all day Wednesday, most of Thursday, most of Saturday, all day yesterday and so far all of today. (I've been sick people...I have showered and put fresh pajamas on.)

I certainly didn't take a nap on Sunday because I was so tired while Elek slept for 3 hours....no, not me I would of certainly cleaned the bathrooms, finished the laundry because I definitely manage my time better than that!

I do NOT get irritated every. single. time. they mention on the tv that this Presidential Inauguration is a major event in history. Isn't every Presidential Inauguration?

I was not the mother to sit and listen to my baby boy fuss a little, thinking he was unhappy that we had blocked him out of the kitchen, nope I wasn't the one who finally stood up and looked to find out that said baby boy actually had his head stuck between the laundry basket(used to block him) and the wall.

I am NOT sitting here with a sick one year old on my lap trying to type a not me monday post while he tries to keep my attention on him…

I did not threaten my two oldest that I would lock them in their rooms if they didn't stop fighting.

I did not stalk the UPS guy several days last week waiting for 2 packages.

Boy, I sure didn't do a lot of things last week.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

This picture has nothing to do with the post, but he's just too cute.

Still feeling lousy. Coughing, sore throat, general achyness. I did make it to Wal-Mart today because I HAD to get groceries. There was NOTHING left in the house and it was far easier for me to go out than to give Michael a list and have him come home without half of it because he couldn't find it.

We ended up having to take Elek to Urgent Care on Thursday night. He was coughing non-stop and spiked a 102 degree fever. He's got bronchiolitis and is back on the nebulizer 3 times a day and has to take steroids too. Thankfully though he had been antibiotics (not penicillin though, because guess who's allergic to it like his grammy and mommy?) for an ear infection and it stopped the bronchiolitis from going into RSV. He's still fevery and whiny, but the cough is much better, praise the Lord! If you would will you pray for him.

Continuing to work on my Project 365. Even with a broken camera. If I want to zoom in, I just have to stand closer to whatever or whomever I am taking a picture of. I haven't had a chance to upload anything. Hopefully I will soon.

Well, I'm off to get these kidlets to sleep. They're driving me nutty...lol.

Thursday, January 15, 2009


I'm currently looking something like this, possibly worse. (This photo was not taken today) I have a fever, sore throat, body aches, etc. etc. I should be in bed. Unfortunately I have a 1 year old that is currently coughing up a storm thanks to his lovely sinus drainage. I'm telling you, we're falling apart around here.

Monday, January 12, 2009


I've been coveting this for some time now.

Since my less than a year old camera is broken, I'm thinking I need it.

(Just don't tell Michael how much it will cost.)

Ahh, it feels to good to be able to be so honest with you guys. About the things I totally did not do. Of course, if I did do all sorts of terrible and embarrassing things, the likes of which I will list later in this post, I sure wouldn't blog about it. But see, since I don't, I feel comfortable sharing with you.

It wasn't me that woke up with pink eye this morning. Also, not me who is completely thrilled to not be able to go to work today.

Wasn't me who spent the last week planning the "perfect" birthday party for a 1 year old who could have cared less.

It's not me who has a baby man who we found out is allergic to penicillin like his mommy and grammy.

It's not my almost 12 year old daughter who would rather be with her friends instead of her family. It's not me that this totally bothers.

It wasn't me who reacted strangely calm when my favorite daughter broke my camera about an hour ago. Totally didn't yell or anything.(The 2nd camera she didn't break in 1 year.) Wasn't me who then walked upstairs and sobbed about a camera.

I do not have an unhealthy obsession for reality tv. I do not know more about the Top Chef contestants or the Real Housewives of Orange County than I know about current events. I can not believe I just admitted that....well, admitting is the first step in recovery.

This week has not been one of those weeks, where I just wanted to pull the covers over my head & make pretend that no one needed me.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Sunday Seven

Elek's first birthday party!

Monday, January 5, 2009

Meet Steven

Steven is one of "my kids". (By "my kids" I mean one of the kids who goes to the school I work at.) He is one of those kids who is always happy, always greets you with this huge smile. He is the only 5th grade boy who hugs me every single day. On Christmas day Steven helped the lives of up to 50 people by being an organ donor.

Three days before Christmas Steven was at his dad's house and somehow strangled himself with a bungee cord. No one is sure how. It's still being investigated. Paramedics were able to resuscitate him. They took him to the hospital, he was declared brain dead 3 days later. His Mom and Dad did an awesome thing by donating his organs.

I went back to work this morning. It was very hard. I glanced into his classroom this morning and could totally picture him sitting at his desk. As I saw his classmates entering the building knowing that they had no idea what had happened, I couldn't help but think that within the hour their entire lives would be changing. Gone would be that invincibility that kids often feel.

Please pray for this family.

(Sorry this is all over the place...not exactly something easy to write about.)

And without further ado...

I did not just google to make sure I spelled 'ado' correctly, because I am not a person who is 1. that anal, and 2. that much of a freak about grammar/spelling. (I LOVE Google. Google is our friend.) I do not have a problem being wrong.

I do not get highly incensed about people who fail to use at least a MINIMUM of punctuation or grammar in their writing. I do not resort to name calling regarding such person's intelligence because they can't even use a period. Not even one!

I did not thoroughly enjoy the last 2 weeks off and try to figure out a way to do it all the time.

I did not cook dinner in my crock pot 5 times in the last week. That would be beyond lazy.

I did not wait until the last weekend of my vacation to be the most productive! Not me! I used my time off so well and got so much accomplished!

I did not cry my eyes out the day my baby turned one.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

get to know me in 2009

1. Do you like blue cheese? i'm allergic to it...so that would be no

2. Have you ever smoked? unfortunately yes

3. Do you own a gun? no

4. What flavor of Kool-Aid was your favorite? berry blue

5. Do you get nervous before a doctor appointment? yes, i hate anything medical

6. What do you think of hot dogs? okay every once in a while

7. Favorite Christmas movie? The Christmas Story

8. What do you prefer to drink in the morning? oj

9. Can you do push ups? nope and i don’t want to either

10. What's your favorite piece of jewelry? my earrings that were grandma's

11. Favorite hobby? photography

12. Do you have A.D.D.? no

13. What's one trait you dislike about yourself? i don't tolerate people very well

14. Middle name? joyce

15. Name 3 thoughts at this exact moment. ian is driving me nuts with his drumsticks, i should eat lunch, and i have a headache

16. Name 3 drinks you regularly drink. water, diet pepsi and diet cherry pepsi

17. Current worry? actually i'm not really worried about anything currently

18. Favorite place to be? at home with my family

19. Who did you bring in the New Year with? i was passed out in bed all by my lonesome

20. Where would you like to go? hungary

21. Do you own slippers? yes, but i don’t wear them

22. What color shirt are you wearing right now? gray u of m hoodie (i don't even like u of m...i'm a state fan)

23. Do you like sleeping on satin sheets? no, yuck

24. Would you be a pirate? ARRRGHGH matey

25. What songs do you sing in the shower? i don't sing in the shower

27. Favorite Girl's Name? melora

28. Favorite boy's name? macaulay

29. What's in your pocket right now? nothing

30. Last thing that made you laugh? watching elek doddle around here

31. Best bed sheets as a child? holly hobbie

32. Worst injury you've ever had? broken toe

33. Do you love where you live? it's ok, i want to move though

34. How many TV's do you have in your houses? too many

35. Who is your loudest friend? i'm thinking sherri

36. How many dogs do you have? 0...i'm working on it though

37. Does someone have a crush on you? i would assume michael

38. What is your favorite book? the bible and the catcher in the rye

39. What is your favorite candy? laffy taffy

40. What is your favorite Sports Team? anyone that my kid is on

41. What song do you want played at your funeral? honestly haven't given this too much thought

Friday, January 2, 2009

Happy Birthday Baby Man

It's hard to believe in one year you went from this...
to this....

Elek, you are our little joy unexpected. You bring more happiness into this family than you could ever know. Happy First Birthday Belly, we love you!

Thursday, January 1, 2009