Monday, January 14, 2013

2013 So Far

  Well, we're 2 weeks in to 2013 and my resolutions are...well, they're coming along is what they're doing. I added a resolution to be more patient with my children and not raise my voice as much. That one I'm doing much better on. Anytime I feel myself start to get impatient and start to get upset, I stop for a second, take a breath, lower my voice, and talk slower so I keep calm. My resolution to get my organized and be a better housewife is the one that I'm still working on. This will be one I have to work on the entire year, I know.  I made some great progress the first few days, then I majorly slacked off for a week. Yesterday, I started getting back on the right track.

  I'm committed to taking 30 minutes, first thing once L is off to school, to do dishes or straighten up. This week, since I'm playing catch up, will require more than 30 minutes, but I know myself. If I force myself to do nothing but clean when I first get home, I'll do like a room, maybe 2, then I'll burn out. I'll sit down to "take a break" and then I'll never get back up to finish. So I'm making a deal with myself.... I'll do on and off cleaning throughout each day. Today, for example, I'm focusing on the kitchen. I did a load when I first got home, then sat down on the computer. I'm getting ready to go unload the dishwasher and do another load. Then I'll sit down. Frequent breaks are what work best for me.  I wish that wasn't the way I was wired, but it is, and it's best if I recognize that and do something that works for me.

  Okay, so on another note, my best friend is about 7 months pregnant, which means I'm going to be an "aunt"! She's having a boy, I'm super excited to meet him! She came over to hang out the other day and little man decided to go ahead and move for me. Since we're not having a baby right now, I have to get my baby fix anyway I can. Hubby always groans whenever I'm around a baby or pregnant woman, because it makes me want another one so bad. *Sigh*

  On another note, if you don't know, I currently have 4 tattoos. When our tax return comes in, Hubby and I will be going to get new tattoos. It's been years for both of us (he has 1), and we've actually each been considering getting a sleeve done. This new ink will be the first of many. We're each doing a geek/favorite things mural. So I'll have Firefly, Star Trek, Merry Gentry, Anita Blake, and many more themed tattoos for mine. I'm so excited!

Do you have any tattoos? 
How are your resolutions going so far?

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

2013, Here We Come!

Good morning! I hope everyone had a great New Years Eve. For our family, it was simply a nice, quiet night. We picked up a couple bottles of sparkling apple cider (yes, we're old haha), had some dinner, and just relaxed. Drew and I made it until midnight, barely, thanks to these colds that just won't let go.

After thinking about 2012 and previous years, I've made some resolutions, though I'm not one to usually do that. I've decided to try to get more organized and proactive in 2013. I'm one of those people who can organize things like no other, but can't KEEP them organized. I'm also really bad with the housekeeping. We certainly aren't living in an episode of Hoarders or anything, but I want to get better with keeping our house so we're ready for visitors at anytime. I'm working on doing a major deep clean for the start of the new year, but, to prevent myself from getting extremely overwhelmed and then not doing it, I'm going slow. I'm working my way through the kitchen, then the living room, bathroom, etc. Once everything is cleaned and organized, I'm going to work on keeping it that way.

In other news, we have new members of our family. Inara, Shepard Book, Wash, Jayne, Simon, and River. They're fish. L (Boy) LOVES fish, he'll sit in front of a fish tank and stare at it for like 30 minutes, which is a very long time for him. We decided it might be really fun to have some fish and, once we figured out we'd be getting a decent sized tank, we decided the whole family would get fish. The cats are completely fascinated by the tank. Our kitten, Drogo, will stand on the back of the closest kitchen chair just staring (and trying to figure out if he can jump from the chair to the bar). Even our older cat, Leesi, has taken to sitting there, staring. It's actually kind of funny to see.

Okay, well I've got some cleaning to do, so I'll say good bye for now.

What resolutions, if any, did you make for 2013?

Friday, December 28, 2012

Mussings and Memories

This morning while driving Hubby to work, I noticed the field across from his office had a layer of frost on it. I was instantly transported back to grade school, on those cold mornings when we'd look for any way to get warm. We'd see a frost covered field and it became an ice skating rink. We had a very large field, so there'd be 20-30 kids running and sliding on the grass.

As the weekend approaches, we're all in different stages of winter crud. Girl is, hopefully, on the downswing, while Hubby, Boy, and I are all just starting to get sick. I had hoped Boy and I could get away without catching it, but he's all stuffed up and coughing, and I've got a nasty sore throat, I'm stuffy, and, if I still had tonsils, they'd be swollen.

We had plans this weekend, hopefully we'll all feel well enough to continue them.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Holiday Madness

Well, we've survived Christmas. I know New Years is still coming up, but that's not a big holiday for our family. Hubby and I may grab a bottle of champagne, or a foreign beer, or a 6 pack of hard cider, don't know. We've got a friend who's got something going on, a party/auction of sorts, but I REALLY hate being out on the roads on New Years Eve, so I'm not sure if we'll go.

Anyway, so this Christmas was actually a bit tamer than previous years. We had Christmas with my grandparents last week because that's when my dad was in town. He's very rarely ever in town and it's been about 4 years since he's been here near Christmas, so Grandma made sure we celebrated Christmas with him. He and my step-mom may be horrible parents to me (that's a whole 'nother post), but the one thing I can say about them, is they are pretty good grandparents.

My ex and I share Christmas with my daughter every year, he'll get her in the morning one year, and the afternoon the following year. This year he got morning, so we didn't really do anything until she was coming our way. We packed everything up, grabbed her, and headed to my mom's house. My mom, my step-mom (my mom's wife), and my sister were all there. I'll admit it, I'm very much about the traditions I grew up with, and it's very hard for me not to see my mom on Christmas, so I always try to spend some of the day with her.

Our day over there was fairly uneventful, with the exception that a cold/fever my daughter had been fighting the day before decided to come roaring back. We did stockings and presents, had our traditional taco dinner, then just kinda hung out, talking, watching the kids play with their new toys, and watching the new movie my daughter got. She wound up falling asleep curled in my lap, which was both heartwarming and heartbreaking. Heartwarming because it's been quite a while since she's fallen asleep on me, and heartbreaking because I could tell she didn't feel well.

We got home and started opening all the packages. I think it's time for me to go through all the toys in the kids room and clean out the toys they don't really play with any more. We'll donate the good ones and get rid of the broken ones or ones that are missing lots of parts.

Hope your holidays were just what you wanted them to be.

Friday, December 21, 2012

And that's a wrap

Got the phone call today, the one letting me know my assignment with Amazon had ended and I was no longer needed at work. I'm a little disappointed that I didn't get converted (hired to be a direct Amazon employee), but I'll definitely try again next year.

I'm going to start job hunting again, seeing if my temp agency has anything, or, if now that I have recent work experience, I'll be able to get a permanent job somewhere. I won't be starting anything new until the kids are back in school, that would just kill me with exhaustion.

Obviously, the extra paycheck will be missed, which is why I'll be continuing the search. I'll also miss a few of my coworkers, I'm kinda sad I  didn't get anyone's number while I had the chance.

The two positive I see, for the moment, both have to do with sleep. The first is, I can actually get some good sleep and help limit this overwhelming exhaustion I feel. The more sleep I get, the less caffeine I need to consume, which means some things will go back to not hurting. Ladies, you should know what I mean.

In the meantime, I'm going to enjoy the fact that the world didn't end, spend some extra time with my family, and maybe even sleep in!

Friday, December 14, 2012

A sleepy update

It's been a bit since I posted anything, but that's because the last 3 weeks or so have been very crazy and very exhausting. I started a new job working in an Amazon warehouse during a graveyard shift. This means my day is very long, with very little sleep, and waaaay too much caffeine. Here's an example of a typical work weekday...
6:30 am-Get everyone up, dressed, and ready for school/work. Make breakfast for all, and pack Hubby's lunch.
7:30 am-Out the door to the bus stop
8:00 am- Boy is on bus, time for me to go to bed.
10:30 am-Wake up, get ready to go pick up Boy from bus. Get him lunch, and get him ready for a nap
Between 11:30 am and 12 pm- Get Boy down for nap, spend a few minutes on the internet to make sure he's actually laying down and not playing.
12:00 pm-Back to sleep
Somewhere between 1:30 and 3:30 pm- Boy wakes up from nap (if he actually slept), so I wake up. Mess around online, spend time with Boy, get dinner ready, if I'm up early then take shower for work.
6:15 pm-Head out the door, swing by QT for large fountain energy drink (Rooster Booster), drive to work
7:00 pm-Sit in break room, drinking energy drink.
7:30 pm- Shift starts
6:00 am- Shift ends, hurry to car and hurry home so I can get everyone ready.

On weeks I'm working overtime, I don't get out of work until 7:00 am, which means I'm hurrying home to meet Hubby and Boy at the bus stop so Hubby can get to work on time.

On a normal 40 hour week, I have three days off, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday. For a 50 hour week, I work Sunday, too. For a 55 hour week I'm working until 7 am, plus my Sunday shift. For a 60 hour week I go in from 2 am-7 am on Sunday, go home, then come back at 7:30 pm, in addition to my regular days working until 7 am.

Since I'm married and have kids, on my days off I do try to get a little extra sleep, but refuse to sleep the day away so I can actually spend some time with my awesome family.

Hubby has been amazing during this time. Usually, the majority of housework and child rearing fell to me since I was staying home and he was the one working. Since I'm now working, too, and an odd schedule at that, he's taken to getting things done and taking care of the kids more. He makes sure I get that extra sleep when I can and, even though I can barely hear them when I'm sleeping, he's really good about trying to keep the kids quiet when I'm sleeping, even taking them to the playground in our complex.

The only guarantee I have is that I'll have this job up until Christmas, after that I could wind up being let go or wind up being asked to stay. On one hand, I'm really glad to be working again and I've met some truly great people, not to mention the money is really nice. On the other hand, I'm not sure if I could keep up this schedule for a long time. The best hope is, eventually, we could get Boy in to a daycare/preschool for a couple of hours after he gets out of school. Our major hope is that someday I can have a more normal day time job, but I'm thinking that probably won't be a possibility until Boy enters kindergarten.

Anyway, spending some time today catching up on housework and the like (it'll be a BIG caffeine day for me) so this weekend we can spend some time with the family. Going to my grandparents house on Sunday for an early Christmas since my dad will be in town.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Busy weekend

This weekend has been kinda busy, hopefully it'll quiet down and become calm tonight. Yesterday, Hubby and I decided we didn't want to be inside, so we took Boy to the zoo (Girl is with her dad this weekend, celebrating her birthday). It was a beautiful day yesterday. We're members of our zoo, so we get in an hour early. We got to the zoo at 8 am, it was cloudy with a slight breeze, and kind of chilly. Once we got inside, Boy took off running, basically leading the way through the zoo. The day warmed up a bit, but still kept cool, which made it perfect zoo weather.

We have 2 traditions when we go to the zoo. The first is we ride the tram tour thing (you get in a tram, and they drive you around the zoo to look at the different areas and hear facts), the second is the kids take a ride on the carousel. We always save the carousel for last, so after we grabbed a snack, we went on our tram ride and, I swear to you, we must have had a polygamist family on the train. There was one guy, like 6 or 7 women, and something like 15-20 kids...and the kids all looked alike...and all looked like the guy. It was interesting, to say the least. Even if they weren't polygamists, it was an interesting group.

Today, we went out to have breakfast, went grocery shopping, then ran to 2 other stores trying to find any Hostess products (which was pretty much a bust). Got home, put all the groceries away, cleaned out the fridge, cleaned the kitchen, then cleaned the rest of the house.

Now, I'm sitting here, trying to stay awake, and deciding what to do with the rest of the day. Oh boy. I'm sure you loved to hear me ramble on about my day, I just know it :). Did you do anything interesting/fun this weekend?