Archive for May, 2008

Holiday Weekends

I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend.  I left work later than usual Friday, so got home later than usual.  After experiencing some miscommunication between my son’s father and stepmother, the weekend was on!

Saturday morning dawned too early. I had to get son to Calhoun to meet his stepmom for the weekend drop off.  Before meeting her, even though I had already fed him, an hour later he was hungry again.  No big shocker, he is a teenage boy after all.  Bottomless pit and all that.  So, I stop in the McDonald’s right off the exit that we were meeting.  We were a little early, so that is why I went ahead and stopped.  The drive thru line was almost out of the parking lot onto the road, so I opted to go wait inside and order.  Of course, the restaurant was packed as well.  I chose a line to stand in and settled in for the wait.  There were about 4 people in front of me.  I happened to be paying attention when the woman 2 in front of me tried to pay with her plastic and was told that they couldn’t accept plastic at that register, only cash.  I don’t carry cash often and in this day and age of the quick pay, I use my plastic.  A. Lot.  So, I moved to another line at the end and had to wait again.  When the cash only line was relatively empty, I looked at the cashier and stated that they needed to put a “cash only” sign up, as I had waited in her line and then had to move.  She looked at me and told me they weren’t allowed to.  Huh?   Then, we went to meet the stepmom who arrived very promptly on time.  Now, I was under the impression that they were keeping son until Monday afternoon.  That is what his father and I discussed.  Son is out of school for the summer so could have stayed even longer if he had so desired, but Monday was the day decided.  Stepmom arrives and says “His dad said we’ll meet tomorrow at 5, is that okay?”  Huh?  “I was told Monday afternoon”, she again repeated tomorrow at 5.  I agreed.  I don’t know why we even bother to play this visitation game.  His dad always works and never spends much time with him when he is there.  Very frustrating.

I got back to town and thinking I had planned a pedicure appointment with a neighbor, she bailed.  That opened my morning right up.  She was having a birthday bash that afternoon/evening so she needed the time to get it together.  No problem.  I went home and played a little Mario Kart on the Wii to pass the time until the BBQ at my parent’s neighborhood pool.  As I was walking in, a friend was walking to get some stuff from his car.  My friend’s always have good beer, so a couple of hours of good BBQ, good beer and good conversation. 

I arrived back home about an hour before my neighbor’s party started, so I booted up the Wii again.  It’s just a tad addictive.  I love it.  I moseyed over to the neighbor’s house for a little bit, but I had plans that evening.  I was taking a friend of mine to see The Kids in the Hall.  OMG, I laughed so hard my cheeks hurt.  Those boys were so very good.  If you have a chance to see them, you must.

 (Bruce McCullough, Dave Foley, Scott Thompson, Mark McKinney and Kevin McDonald)

Sunday was pretty uneventful.  Rescheduled pedicure, drive to pick up the boy and then out to an impromptu cookout.  Monday I cut the grass.  Too much fun.  Hope yours was as fun as mine!

Blech

That is how I feel today.  I have all these different things that I have thought about posting, but just haven’t had the energy.  I think part of the “blech” that I am feeling is that I am disgusted with every aspect of me right now.  Work, relationship, parenting, home, etc.  You name it, I am disgusted. 

I am making some changes to rid myself of the disgust.  I am focusing once again on losing the weight that I so desperately need to get rid of.  Not a man, just me.  I look at pictures of myself or walk by a window and see my reflection and I am disgusted. 

My house is a mess, my yards are a mess.  I don’t know why I ever purchased a house on an acre of land with no love of yardwork in my blood.  It takes everything I have just to get out and cut the grass.  This is what awaits me when I get home:

That is just the backyard!  I have vowed to buy a riding mower this season, but I just don’t have the $.  I told my friend that I was going to do that and she said “You should keep the push mower, I would”,  to which I replied, “You don’t have to cut it once a week for the next 4 months”.   My girls love it though, so I am doing right by them.  Girls = canines.

As for relationship, I am trying to break away from someone who is not so great for me.  I think I love him, at least that is what I keep telling myself.   We have known each for over 20 years, but we just can’t seem to get it together to be with each other at the right time in our lives.  I know that makes no sense, but I am not prepared to jump into the explanation at this place and time.  I would just like to have a real boyfriend.  Not one on the periphery of my life.  One that is fully involved would be nice.  I am not looking to get married.  I have been single for the majority of my life and I am able to support myself and son financially.  I own my house, I own my car, I make all my bill payments with no help from anyone else.  But, at the end of the day it should would be nice to go home and have someone other than a large dog attacking me with love. 

Oh well, if the powers that be see fit to send someone into my life, then it will happen.  Until then, I just get a little sad about it at times. 

So, that is just part of my malaise.  At least school is almost out and I won’t have to crack the whip in the mornings to get my teenager to move so I can get to work on time. 

Hope everyone has a marvelous rest of the week!

Belated Happy Mother’s Day

Greetings all!  A belated Happy Mother’s Day to all you moms out there in internet land!

I took a weekend off from the cyberworld.  No particular reason, just didn’t wanna.  Anyway, how was your weekend?  Mine was pretty uneventful.

Friday I had dinner and drinks over at a friend’s house.  Her children and my child all go to school together.  I knew that my son had gone over after school.  I had a stop to make on the way home, so I called their house and told them I would be over to pick him up in a bit.  I was told there would be margaritas waiting for me.  Yum.  It was quite tasty and kicked my ass a little.  I think it has just been too long since I drank some hard liquor.   I followed up with some Pale Ales.  Very tasty.  Surprise cookouts and time spent with good friends, a great way to start the weekend!

Saturday I had volunteered for a music festival at son’s school.  He is in the band and so I feel obligated to help out.  I asked him if he was planning on going with me Friday evening, to which he answered “Yes!”.  I thought there may have a been a girl involved in that decision, but he explained to me this weekend that there were no girls that he liked and I should not even entertain teasing him about it.  I promised that I wouldn’t.  My fingers were crossed.   We were supposed to be there at 7:45am.  It took a long time to get him up and functioning.  The shower part was easy, he got right up when I told him to hit the shower and start getting ready.  It all fell apart when he had to find socks to wear.  I don’t know where they all go.   We finally left the house with about 5 minutes to get there.  Needless to say, we didn’t make it.  Coffee for me was much more important.  Besides, I was only 5 minutes late and I called and said I was running behind.  So, we sat at the school and checked in bands and choruses until close to 1pm.  All I could think about was that the yard needed to be cut.  It takes a good 2 hours to cut just my backyard.  Push mower.   Urghhh.  I am so buying a riding mower this year.  A friend told me I should keep the push mower.  I told her it was easy for her to say since she didn’t have to cut it once a week for the rest of the summer into the fall.  She agreed.    So, I finished the yard and then made the son go out and cut the front.  My Mother’s Day gift was that I didn’t have to pay him to cut the grass.  What a nice boy.

Sunday dawned and I discovered that son had left the gate to the backyard open.  It was a mistake and I should have checked on Saturday that he had actually closed the gate, so I suppose we are both at fault to a degree.  The only way I discovered that he had left it open was when my doberman came walking up to the front door to be let in.  At least she came back and didn’t wreak havoc all over the neighborhood.  She would have attacked with kindness anyway.  Glad I took her to the vet on Friday for shots! 

I also knocked out some serious sides to take to the parent’s house for the Mother’s Day cookout.  I made potato salad, cucumber salad and I marinated some al dente asparagus spears in some garlic herb dressing mix.  Very tasty.   Got to the ‘rents house and ate then headed out to see Iron Man.  You must go and see this movie.  It was so good.  Be sure to sit and wait until after the credits roll.  There is a little teaser at the end of the credits.    Oh, before I forget, my lovely son who I adore, managed to sneeze his gum onto my arm along with a load of spit and then sit on my sunglasses in the car after being told to not sit on the sunglasses.  Ah, motherhood.  I wouldn’t trade it for anything.  Hope everyone had a happy day and has a great rest of the week!

 

Cruddy

I came home from my chaperoning trip sick with some type of crud.  Ewwww.  Sleepy.  Nothing to write. 

Have a happy weekend everyone!

Look who we saw this weekend!

OMG! I am currently on a band trip with my son’s school band. More on that tomorrow or the next day. But, look who was staying at the same hotel as our school group. No, no one famous, just some wee folk who were all dolled up.

We don’t know if any of these girlies placed or not. One of the other chaperones was with me when I took these pictures. She looked at the little blonde girl in the third picture said “You know who she looks like?” (I think we all knew who she was about to say) “JonBenet Ramsay”. Eep.

More on the trip this week. Have a great end of the weekend!