Another Post About The Heap, er, I Mean Jeep

It’s back to school around here and that means we are back to answering to that darn alarm clock.

I hate my alarm clock and I hate the back-to-the-grind schedule. We lay out clothes, pack snacks, and place the backpack right next to the door so that our morning routine goes smoothly.

I am counting down the weeks until Summer.

And I count down the hours until the weekend.

Because the weekends mean family time with my three favorite fellas!

On Saturday, I accompanied this guy,

on a little ride in this,

We tested the waters

and drove through this

and barrelled right over top of these

with ease.

I looked over at McDaddy’s seat and saw what I thought was a leaf,

And then I squealed when it did this, because it hit me that no, it was not a leaf.

So yes, I squealed on a trail ride during another offroading extravaganza, yet again.

And then I smiled.

Because I got to spend the day with these guys,

And that works for me!

Visit We Are THAT Family to see what works for others!

Using My Charm

I was recently contacted by CSN Stores about the possibility of reviewing a product or hosting a giveaway. As I have mentioned before, they have over 200 stores and offer just about anything you or I or anyone else for that matter could dream of. They offer thousands of products ranging from rugs, luggage, glassware, furniture, lamps, and dutch ovens. They even have an entire site of pressure washers.

In the near future, I’ll be reviewing another great product.

And maybe, just maybe, I’ll use my charm to persuade the folks at CSN provide a second for a give-away.

Head over to my Review Page to find out more about the product….

What I Learned This Week

Guess what I learned this week?

What’s That?

Oh, you want a list? Okay, um, sure.

1. Well, for starters, I learned that it really makes no difference what kind of shoes I’m wearing. I am simply a klutz. Period. End of story. Except it’s not the end of the story because the truth is that I can slide down a hill whether I’m wearing flip-flops or tennis shoes.

2. Next, I learned when you get the bright idea to go nosing around a big, fancy neighborhood, you should pay attention to the roads you are driving on or else you might end up driving in circles for twenty minutes trying to find your way out.

3.  When you are in Slowes, er, I mean Lowes with your two sweet boys, you should be aware that there are many, many things to divert their attention from staying with you. AND, if by chance your child gets separated from you, even for a mere few seconds, you can bet the whole episode will teach him (them) a very important lesson.

4. The next time you run across a blog give-away, you should most definitely sign your name on the dotted line because you could win a Razor Rip-Rider, four marble racers, a lifetime membership to Clickin’ Moms, and a $25.00 gift certificate to Chef’s Requested in a matter of months.

YEE-HAW!

5. According to some joker on The View, deep conditioning is the most important thing for great hair. He advises, “Don’t just plop the conditioner on top of your head and rub it in because the body of your hair needs the conditioner way more than your roots do.”

6. With the proper motivation, it is totally possible for two determined gals with a truck-load of ambition and a truck to “waller” a lift-chair into the back of the truck and out of the truck again upon arriving at the destination. In fact, they could start their own business.

7. According to another joker on The View, ‘the cupcake business is dramatic’ – well alrightythen!

Can you tell I’m writing this post while watching The View?

8. Baked ziti is a hit around here. If I had any sense whatsoever I’d fix it every. single. day. because the kids love it!

9. You can put just about anything in the washer. So far today, I’ve washed three pairs of tennis shoes, a DS case, a backpack, and a hat.

10. Everybody Loves Raymond is still one of the funniest shows on TV. Especially Ray’s daddy.

Who knew I knew so much stuff?

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Cheaper Than Therapy

On Monday’s, I play a different kind of gig around here and tell you, my loyal readers about some things I definitely did not do.

It’s way better (and cheaper!) than therapy and the way I see it is, if I’m going to do dumb stuff, why not share my dumb stuff?

Y’all know I’m crazy, right?

It was not me who came thisclose to letting out a big-ole squeal in the middle of the preaching at church last evening because the stupid underwire in my bra broke through the cloth and jabbed me in the armpit. Not me, because first of all, I don’t squeal.

Ahem.

I did not get all teary eyed during an episode of Undercover Boss last night. I’m not really a crier and I am definitely not an emotional person.

Oh my word, I love that show.

I did not accidentally steal a data cable from a hotel thinking that it actually belonged to McDaddy.

Oh shoot, y’all, no I did not.

I am not the queen of returning merchandise (that does not hold up to normal wear and tear) and I do not have two pairs of shoes ready to be returned.

I am not  at this very minute trying to figure out how in the heck I could have a stupid fever blister on my lower lip at the end of August.

Nope, not me.

Have a great week, y’all!

Minding Your Business

Google sends quite a bit of business my way.

I am easily entertained as I read the searches that send people to From Inmates To Playdates. And what better way to entertain you, my loyal readers (all eight of you!), than to share those searches. I’ve picked a few to share this time.

Get a load of these…

Knoxville, Tennessee arrived from search.yahoo.com on “What I Learned At The Funeral Home” by searching for can anyone watch an embalming process.

  • Hello, Knoxville! I’m not sure if just anyone can watch an embalming process because its not for just anybody. It takes someone with a lot of quirks a strong stomach to watch the process. It also helps if you have a friend who is a mortician. Good luck with your future funeral home endeavors. I’d love to hear what you think.

Laurel, Mississippi arrived from google.com on “Wow! That’s weird. – From Inmates to Playdates” by searching for i tried to remove milia from my face and there is a deep bleeding hole.

  • Laurel, Mississippi, I’m glad you’re here but I’m not glad to hear about your problem with the um, deep bleeding hole . Wow, that’s a new one. It’s not everyday someone announces they have a ‘deep bleeding hole’ just before arriving at FITP, Inc. I must admit that using that milia tool didn’t appear to be too difficult and definitely not that dangerous. I’m sorry to say there’s probably not too much info around here to help with the deep bleeding hole but hearing about yours will definitely cause me to rethink using the tool on my self someday. So thanks so much! Good luck to you!

United States arrived from bing.com on “Letters To Crazy People – From Inmates to Playdates” by searching for crazy jeep people.

  • Those crazy jeep people are just that – CRAZY. They get their kicks by driving through creeks, over rocks, and straight up hillsides. They are serious about their jeeps and loyal to their peeps. Oh, and with my level of crazy, I fit right in with them.

Elk City, Oklahoma arrived from google.com on “What I Learned At The Funeral Home” by searching for grossest part of being a funeral director.

  • What’s up, Elk City? I have no idea what the grossest part of being a funeral director is because, um, I don’t happen to be one, but the grossest part of the embalming process was definitely aspirating the internal organs with a trocar. If you’re interested, you can certainly visit John T. Google to find out more about that, because there are very few people who want to hear about the actual details of the embalming. Thanks for stopping by!

Fpo, Armed Forces Pacific arrived from google.com on “Today on Guantanamo Bay” by searching for no vacancy windward brig GTMO.

  • Fpo Armed Forces Pacific how goes it? There was no room in the inn when I was on Guantanamo Bay back in 2009, because either 1. they have very few jail cells, or 2. they have way too many criminals on the island. Either way, I sure hope you don’t have plans to end up in the brig any time soon. I speak from experience when I say jail is not a place you want to be. Trust me on this one.

Middletown, Delaware arrived from us.yhs.search.yahoo.com on “Feeding Me A Line!” by searching for you sold me a line this time.

  • Hey Middletown! You have to be very skeptical about anyone who sells you a line because people will tell you anything. You’d be better off to take your money and run. But hey, thanks for popping in on me and my little blog.

Until next time… 

Google away y’all!

The Great Outdoors

For this week’s You Capture challenge, we had to go outside and get creative.

So, instead of the ceremonial pictures of my sweet boys, I thought I’d change things up a bit.

This little feller poked his head out of the grass and I snuck up on him from behind. IF he would have decided to jump while I was all “National Geographic Photographer” on him, you probably would have heard me squeal no matter where you’re located.

Because. I. hate. frogs.

Actually, I’m not a fan of anything that makes its home out of doors, but frogs are way up there near the top of my list.

Just under birds.

I snapped about 14 pictures of this booger trying to get all creative with the macro setting, but I never got it to come out just the way I wanted.

Oh Nikon.

You are calling my name.

I’d love to take credit for these beauties, but alas, they are not mine.

Because beautiful flowers require watering, and well, that’s something I neglect to do when I have flowers.

Lazy, much?

While I have no earthly idea what my child is doing, I couldn’t resist this picture of the sun shining betweeen the trees.

And no picture of the great outdoors is complete without a picture of the sky.

You knew that was coming, didn’t you.

If you are by chance the owner of this car, can you call me, please? Mkay. Thanks.

Head over to I Should Be Folding Laundry to see some more of the great outdoors.

NEXT WEEKS CHALLENGE: Mornings

I was going to write about thirteen things that give me the creeps, but then it dawned on me that its likely y’all don’t want to hear about things that give me the creeps, SO, I thought instead I’d let this post serve as a brain dump. That will be a fine end to a long day.

So, in all of  its unedited glory, here are thirteen random things that are rolling around my head today.

1. I have the distinct feeling that my beloved iPhone is dying a S-L-O-W death. It is doing things. Scary things. For instance, when taking the phone away from my ear to hang up after a call, the screen goes completely blank. So blank in fact that the red ‘END CALL’ bar does not show up at the bottom of the screen which means, obviously, that I cannot end phone calls. This happens about every fifth call or so. For some reason when I answer the phone, the caller cannot hear me until I say hello again. Like I said, slow death. I am trying to prepare myself for the possibility that some morning I might wake up to find that it did not survive the night. That will be a sad day indeed.

2. Before the school year started, I had a rational talk with Alex about his morning moods. We spent many a morning last year engaged in battle because something was not going his way. While I can certainly sympathize with throwing a fit when not getting ones way, it gets old very quickly. Plus, I don’t want Stevie’s day to start out that way. So far (three mornings) he has been as pleasant as pleasant can be. I’ve only had to remind him two or three times that ‘we are really working on our morning moods this year, remember’ and without missing a beat, he gathers himself and away we go. It makes my heart smile to know that we are at this point in our relationship because there was a time.

And I’ll leave it at that.

3. When I was in the bathroom gathering the laundry earlier today I noticed the carnage. Apparently the Little Einsteins toothpaste decided it might be fun to pick a fight with my two boys. There was toothpaste on the counter-top. Toothpaste on the toothpaste basket. Toothpaste on the door facing. And enough toothpaste to last the next month on the toothpaste lid. There’s a whole lot I could say about that with the first thing being, “HOW IN THE HECK DID THEY GET TOOTHPAST ON THE DOOR FACING?” The other thing that I have to ask is, “What in the heck is this stuff made of?” It’s like dried plaster once it sits out in the open air for a bit. It took me a good five and a half (I know it should be five and an half, but that’s just not natural for me) minutes to clean the darn toothpaste off of the lid.

[Note to self: Have a talk with the boys explaining the correct procedure for dispensing toothpaste so as not to cause a ruckus in the bathroom.]

4. Stevie is playing baseball on the Wii. The animated version of Derek Jeter is not not nearly as hot as the real version.

5. McDaddy is currently on an airplane flying toward LaGuardia. He left early Sunday morning and after travelling with him for much of the summer, I’ve missed him lots more than usual. I’m glad he’ll be home tonight.

6. While shopping at Kohls today, I saw a tee-shirt with the golden arches on it. It said, “McLovin”. I was thisclose to purchasing the shirt for McDaddy.

7. I recently discovered that the jail where I used to work now has a facebook page and a twitter handle. Would you believe that both the facebook page and the twitter stream  provides mugshots of each and every person incarcerated at the jail and is updated every 15 minutes. I was a bit shocked to discover this information. Needless to say, I ‘followed’ and ‘liked’ both pages.

8. Have you ever been bored out of your mind ran a toothpick under the keys on your laptop? I was surprised at the amount of stuff (in my case, hair) I found lurking under there.

9. I love Big Brother. I’ve been a fan of the show since the very first season. This season, my favorites are Hayden, Enzo, and Matt. I’m still perplexed about why Brenden would fall for the likes of Rachel. McDaddy has long said that I wouldn’t last a week in the Big Brother house. Still, I’d love to give it a shot.

10. Stevie is having a great time in second grade. I’m thrilled that he has a great teacher and several of his good buddies are in his class. I know it sounds so cliche’ but time is whizzing right past me.

11. I’m hearing a lot of hub-bub about pretzel M&Ms. Me? I’m not a big fan of pretzels and quite frankly it doesn’t get much better than the peanut M&M for me. So, they can keep the coconut, the pretzel, and any other M&M they want to throw out.

12. I am so thankful for the break in the weather. The morning grass is covered with dew, the afternoon sun is refreshing, and the humidity seems to be but a distant memory. I love everything about fall except for the time change. I don’t like the fact that it gets dark so early.

13. McDaddy is planning an off-roading extravaganza on Saturday. I have agreed to go with him. Hopefully I won’t act like a crazy person this time.

But I make no promises where me and the crazy are concerned.

Happy Thursday, y’all!

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Crazy Is As Crazy Does!

I have a truck-load of quirks.

Still, I do my best to be organized and on top of my game.

That doesn’t however mean that I am always on top of my game.

Probably because I have a truck-load of quirks.

Sounds crazy, yes?

Which means that in an effort to keep the house organized and the contents of my crazy brain straight (a big job if you know anything about my brain), my quirks, cause, in the words of Thomas the Tank Engine, confusion and delay.

For that reason, I have some highly effective (for me, at least!) tips for keeping myself organized in spite of my quirks. With a side of crazy [tips].

And because there’s probably at least one other crazy person out there, I thought I’d share these highly effective tips.

1. I keep a running list of passwords for web-sites that I visit that require a password. I call it “Keys To My Kingdom.”

2. Because I never know when the crazy is going to hit, I carry a small notebook in my purse to jot down blog post ideas.

3. When I finish a roll of paper towels, I use the cardboard tube to store plastic grocery bags. The cardboard tube will fit perfectly under the seat of your car.

4. For blood stains, I pour peroxide on the stain and it will slowly pull the stain out of the fabric.

5. When folding laundry, I also upload pictures to photobucket. That way, I don’t feel like I’m just waiting around on photobucket to do its thing. I can fold at least three or four shirts during the upload and edit pictures in between sorting socks.

I was a multitasker before multitasking was cool.

6. I keep a calendar on the wall in the kitchen, a calendar in my purse, and a calendar in (on?) my iPhone.

You talk about crazy. Keeping three calendars is whats crazy! Especially when they haven’t been synched for weeks.

And yes, I do say “is what’s crazy” in real life.

I’m just keepin’ it real.

7. When cleaning windows and mirrors, I use white vinegar to eliminate streaks.

8. I clean out junk baskets frequently. There’s a good chance I’ll find something I’ve been searching for.

9. I make purchases for my church and the PTA. I immediately write my name and the organization on the reciept before placing it in the pit that is my purse. If not, it could get thrown away with the smashed bank suckers and gum wrappers.

10. I keep a pack of thank-you notes in the console of my van. While waiting in the school pick-up line, I use the time to write out thank you cards or notes.

That’s all the crazy for today, folks.

Head over to We Are THAT Family for some more crazy.

More Medical Drama

Y’all know I love a good story.

Especially one that involves some sort of medical drama.

If you’ve been around here for any length of time, you know that I have a had more than my share of medical drama.

Remember the time I had a kidney stone?

And a stroke?

Then, there was the post about the heel spurs.

And let’s please not forget about the disastrous IUD and it’s effects on my blood pressure.

And then of course, there is the Great Ear Infection of 2008. Which actually evolved into the Great Ear Infection of 2009.

And then the Great Ear Aggravation of 2010.

Fast forward to Friday afternoon.

On Friday afternoon, the boys and I set some sort of record as we visited two doctors and got an x-ray all in the span of 90 minutes.

While we were on vacation, Stevie jumped out of the pool and darted up the [wet, concrete] steps.

Within seconds, he let out a squal that made the hair on the back of my neck stand straight up at attention.

I just knew he had busted his head open.

As it turns out, he slipped on the wet, slippery steps and went down on his left cheek.

By the time he got to me, he had a knot on his cheek and it immediately turned blue. Hours later, his eye was black. (This in addition to the other black eye he received at the hands of a cousin, or a shuffleboard stick, or maybe even himself. We’re not real sure how it happened, we just know he spent pretty much the entire week with two black eyes.)

On Thursday, I noticed the bruise was still pretty pronounced with a possible indention in his cheek. I touched it to discover a pea-sized knot just under the skin.

Cue the dramatic music.

Then, he proceeded to tell me that he couldn’t sleep on that side ‘because his cheek hurt too bad’.

And, it was in that second that I kissed “Mother of the Year” goodbye.

Sheesh. Where in the heck have I been that I didn’t know my sweet boy had a knot on his face that was at least three weeks old?

I called his Doctor and just as I suspected, she wanted to see him.

After examining him, she sent him directly for an x-ray citing a possible hematoma, or chipped cheek bone.

Nice.

Then, just after the x-ray, I had an appointment with an ear/nose/throat specialist in an attempt to get to the bottom of my ear drama.

After shoving some sort of suction thing half-way down my ear canal, Doc flipped the switch and for a few minutes I struggled to keep myself still, because, you know, I don’t do well with loud noises and suction things in my ear canals. Then, he flipped another switch and the suction thing blew air and cream and whoknowswhatelse into my eardrum.

Then, he diagnosed me with eczema of the ear.

Yes, you heard me correctly.

Eczema.

Of the ear.

As one might imagine, eczema of the ear is about as aggravating as an indecipherable captcha. Ohmygosh, I HATE those.

I was given a new tube of cream and sent on my way.

Basically, I learned when a child has an injury, it might be more serious than you think which is a very weird thing for me to say, because drama, self diagnosis and I are very good friends. And I usually have the kids diagnosed with some rare skin condition when in reality it is nothing more than a bug-bite.

And then, there is this ear condition that had me convinced after two years that um, I had a bug crawling around deep in my ear canal.

I’m telling you folks, the crazy runs way deep.

Just like  the itch.

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Ok, I think that’s all.

Second

It seems like just a second ago, I was feeling you kick in my belly and wondering what you would look like.

It seems like just a few seconds ago, you and I were ironing out the whole breast-feeding deal and coming to a conclusion that yes, yes indeed, we can do this thing.

It seems like a second ago, you were climbing into bed with me and daddy.

It seems like a few seconds ago, you were riding around in your cool car reciting the Liberty Medical Diabetes commercial, word for word.

It seems like a second ago, you were a sweet two year old who knew the makes and models of most cars on the road.

It seems like a few seconds ago, I was changing your diaper.

It seems like a second ago, you were off to your first day of pre-school.

So, how can it be that today is your first day of SECOND grade?

Here’s to a great year in SECOND grade, big boy.

Remember to always do the right thing even when no one is watching.

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This post is linked to Not Me! Monday,  because I most certainly did NOT tear up a second time today just thinking about this.