Things keeping me busy these days…

  1. Taking orders for the middle school yearbook
  2. still organizing my basement
  3. taking pictures for middle school yearbook
  4. walking 4 miles a day
  5. MITIprayer group for middle schoolers
  6. MITIprayer group for high schoolers
  7. teaching 2nd graders Religion to prepare them for Reconciliation in January and First Holy Communion in April 2007
  8. preparing for Christmas
  9. stressing over taking two classes in Spring
  10. chauffeuring my two children to: lacrosse practice, dance lessons, twirling (baton) lessons, guitar lessons, and scout meetings – at least football and cheering are over!

Not to mention:

  1. maintaining the house – keeping it clean
  2. prepping dinner every day – tricky when afternoons are hectic!
  3. keeping up with the laundry – why does it mount up so much?
  4. clearing out my junk e-mail – not to mention the regular mail
  5. arguing with asinine customer service reps at credit card companies that seem to charge me late fees when – of all things – I am early with my bills!
  6. stressing over paying said bills! (usually between the 20th of one month to the 10th of the following month! – which gives me 10 days to breathe easy, except of course if I am PMS-ing at that time!)
  7. referee-ing my children when they act up – not often but usually during those 10 days as stated above!
  8. washing dishes that accumulate in the sink during the day – at least 3 times I am standing there (no – I don’t have a dishwasher – I AM THE DISHWASHER!)

Why does it seem to be so much more than it does when you write them down! I don’t feel like I have 10 minutes to myself, yet when reading this over, it appears like it can all be done in a few hours! I guess the running around takes up most of the time – and energy!

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Attention Lost Fans…

I found this to be interesting!

It is the Top 50 Loose Ends on Lost. It is on another site. IGN is the name and they discuss video games, television, etc.

It will take a while to read, so sit back and enjoy!

I want to take time to smell the roses… among other things.

My life is rushed Way2Much.

I want to slow down and do some enjoyable things.

But first I need to take care of important matters such as organizing my basement and getting rid of all the items my family no longer needs.

When all that is said and done:

  1. I wish to read a book – finish it and read another – etc, etc.
  2. I wish to put all my puzzles together. I am in the middle of a puzzle of Jesus Christ.  I have Christmas themed puzzles and Thomas Kinkade puzzles as well.
  3. I wish to plant and maintain a vegetable garden.
  4. I wish to expand my flower garden.
  5. I wish to work on my scrapbooks.  I want to make my own fabric covered scrapbooks as well. 
  6. I wish to work on a room dedicated to arts and crafts and get back to my artistic nature. (been lying dormant for far too long)
  7. I wish to go on a long bike ride or for a walk every day.
  8. I want to spend every morning at the beach – just for a few hours to start the day peacefully walking along the shore.
  9. I wish to take a cooking class and learn different meal solutions, even those out of the ordinary. I am tired of the same old routine.
  10. I wish to get back to baking all those tempting and delicious cookies and desserts I used to prepare.  (I need an oven first!)

These are just a few of my many wishes.  Tell me what yours are! We can dream together! (sounds like a singles ad – doesn’t it! – this is FAR from it – I am happily married  8)

Top Ten Things I Learned Over the Weekend!

  1. My 95 year old great-aunt is stronger than I.
  2. My great-grandparents on my mother’s side fled their country due to religious persecution.
  3. Actions indeed speak louder than words – but words can hurt – a lot.
  4. My husband thinks my daughter needs a bra – (duh he doesn’t realize she already wears one!)
  5. My parents think I am grossly overweight – well I already knew this but boy did they drive the point home this time.
  6. Things can happen right under your nose – like a Siberian Husky sneaking out of the garage while I am on my hands and knees pulling weeds and my nieces and daughter are playing on the lawn!
  7. My father does not find it humorous when he tells me I should cut my meal portion size down to half of my “normal” portion and I clarify that to mean eating only half a bag of Doritos!
  8. Hospitals don’t really want you resting comfortably! They want you awake and feeling every bit of pain possible!
  9. My son still possesses the knowledge of how to work a hospital bed – something he “learned” when he was 2 years 9 months old while visiting me and his newborn sister!
  10. No matter how bad I ‘think’ I have it, there are people worse than me such as “Jean” who is so confused, lost her keys, wants to die, and just wants to go home. (She lives in a nursing home, doesn’t have keys).  She broke my heart, asked me for help and for the first time – I felt completely helpless except to tell her that we will find them, why not relax and I am sure someone will come back with her keys!

Top 10 (and then some) Things I miss about my Grandparents

Inspired by one of my brother’s comments on another post, I compiled a list of items I miss about my grandparents. My father’s father passed away when I was 5, so there isn’t much I remember about him – sad to say.

  • Grandma is my father’s mother.
  • Sito is my mother’s mother
  • and grandpa refers to my mother’s father.
  1. The way we used to walk on Sito’s back and hear her let out a big burp.  We used to fight to get to her first!
  2. Playing Basada and 4 Kings. Learning to play solitaire – pyramid, clock, 4up 3down, and others. (taught by Sito and grandpa)
  3. Watching Grandpa lurk at the buffet tables.
  4. Checking to see if Grandpa was still breathing on the couch or chair in which he fell asleep on.
  5. Hearing “Who put you hear?” or my favorite, “where’s you fah-ther?” when I would walk into Grandma’s house.
  6. Watching grandma piece together a jigsaw puzzle (I still can’t believe you got rid of all of them without consulting me!)
  7. Grandma beckoning me to the kitchen to show me her “surprise” she made JUST FOR ME! – breaded chicken legs! (this happened every visit!)
  8. Screaming “Sito’s here” and running down the stairs to greet them.
  9. Going in Sito’s bag to see what ‘goodies’ she stole from the restaurants for  us! (usually consisted of hard candy, some wrapped – some unwrapped!)
  10. Collecting pennies for Sito!
  11. Plain and simple – both grandma’s and Sito’s ethnic cooking!
  12. Grandpa’s patience in trying to teach me Arabic! (never learned – I could be making a billion bucks if I could only translate those jack-asses tapes.)
  13. Sito’s calls to put “said” channel on to watch “—-“
  14. “Puss puss” and Sito’s method of seeing if a cat was Catholic!
  15. Running around the table while grandpa chased me and my brother for fighting with one another – ok so this only happened once, but it’s stuck in my mind forever.
  16. Sito telling me that sex was overrated – not in that exact way, but message was loud and clear!
  17. Being taught how to crochet by Sito and having the needle being grabbed away from me while scolding me that I was holding it wrong! (To know Sito is to know she didn’t mean this in a negative way!)
  18. Just hearing the name Benjanie (sp?)
  19. Grandma tasting the tomato sauce and dumping more salt into the batch!
  20. Sito’s booties and shamrocks.
  21. Grandma’s frustration when I couldn’t understand what she was saying.
  22. Grandma and Sito “conversing” with one another at holidays. I am still wondering if they understood what the other was saying – I think they were having 2 entirely different conversations – (I also think they were discussing what a wonderful granddaughter they both had AKA me!)
  23. Grandma in her rocking chair sitting by the window.
  24. Grandma complaining about all the music Aunt L was playing and the big parties she had (sad to say they were all in her imagination)
  25. Sito taking out her teeth at night!
  26. Grandma INSISTING you have a meat-a-ball or a sauseege when you walk in. If you just dropped by to say hello or bring her something – you must sit and the whole refrigerator is emptied and you MUST eat or you offend her! She sits at the table and watches you and smiles. (Her little heaven on earth)

These were not in any particular order – just as they come to mind. Hope this got  you reminiscing about your own family times spent together and more importantly that they brought a smile to your face. I will add more if more come to mind.