Saturday, November 25, 2006

Lazy Saturday

Saturday afternoon and I know there are a million things I should be doing, like housework, but here I sit looking for things I can do from my comfortable chair here.
I did manage to make a few online purchases for Christmas so I can cross those things off of my list. And Sara and I got her college loan application filled out and submitted for her next (and last, yipeeeeeeeee) semester of college. I can't believe it is finally here. Her final semester of college. Graduation is only a few months away now and I couldn't be more proud of her. The past 4 years has flown by, that's for sure. It hasn't been easy. This young lady has had nothing handed to her, by any means. She has had to work and work hard for everything she has accomplished, but she's doing it with style and grace.
We have been researching the different Anthropology/Paleontology job programs offered at some of the larger Museums throughout the East Coast and it would be awesome if she can get into an Internship at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC this summer. She feels that is where she will be able to make the most of her degree, and even if she starts out just doing displays and research, the experience alone would be worth it.

I can't tell you how much I needed this 4 day weekend. I have been putting in 11-12 hours a day at work for the last couple of weeks and I really needed several days in a row to just chill. I can see a permanent indentation of my butt on my sofa cushions but I don't even care. LOL I've caught up on the tv shows I've been sleeping through thanks to some CBS shows being on On Demand. Survivor is getting really good...I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy this season when they started out but there have been a lot of twists and turns this season and a few really interesting characters. I've missed the Amazing Race the last couple of weeks so I need to catch up on that, and I saw the last 2 episodes of Jericho yesterday. I really have enjoyed that one this season.

I suppose I should get out of this chair and get something done around here. Those dishes aren't going to wash themselves, and I really need to grab some groceries at the store.
I hope everyone is well and having a nice weekend.

Be back soon.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Yes...I am still among the living

Just a short post to let you all know I am still alive. I haven't had much time to play online the last couple of weeks because I am spending more and more time at work and once I get home, I am pretty much fried for the night. Last weekend Cal and I decided we both needed a mental health weekend so we holed up at my house where it is quiet most of the time, with some booze and movies. Two days of relaxing was just what I needed. He's been working nonstop as well (he works for the State Liquor Commission...YAY all the Captain Morgan I can drink!) and he won't be seeing the light of day much either now that the Holiday Season is upon us. On Sunday, all of the kids came over for dinner. We had Chicken Broccoli Alfredo with garlic bread and then played cards until the football game came on. Within 10 minutes mostly everyone was snoozing on the sofa and loveseat. I think the Bears won the game but I slept through most of it. It was really nice to sleep in on Monday morning, but now the party is over and it is back to the grind. 10 to 12 hour days are in store for me for the remainder of the week.
I hope you are all having a good week. Time for me to take my tea and head for the sofa. Hugssss

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Good Morning

A good Sunday morning to all. I slept in this morning, until 8:15. That is great for me since I am normally up before the crack of dawn. I did stay up until midnight or so but a solid 8 hours is good for me!
Had fun playing NTT last night with Marvin and Kerry. Thanks always do a SUPER job. Tori it was great to see you in chat, I had not had the pleasure before. It was a really good game, pretty close all the way down to the wire. But voodooman pulled off a great win, wtg voo! It's been several weeks since I've been in chat long enough to play and after I got the kinks out of my typing skills (or lack thereof) I managed to stay in marvin's box all night! WOOOOHOOOOO
It's been another week of long hours. I hope I can keep up the pace until Christmas anyway. The paychecks are awesome! If I can manage to not burn out, I should be able to get all of my Christmas shopping done entirely on Overtime money and not have to dip into my savings, which would be awesome since I need all of that to pay my property taxes. That bill came in Thursday and nearly caused a stroke. Last spring my property was reassessed and that brought my property value up considerably. However, that also means I will be taxed at a higher amount. AND, to top it off, a new middle school is being built in town and the cost of that construction is reflected on this tax bill. It figures that the new school proposal would be approved after my kids are out of the public school system! I've been seriously thinking about selling my house and moving. There are many pros and cons regarding this decision, so I am thinking about it very, very carefully. It is just very scary to take on a new endeavor especially with only one paycheck as my only means of support. I haven't had a mortgage payment in 9 years, I live quietly and within my means but still struggle, primarily since I am helping my daughter with college. She works a part time job to help out but she is still dependent on me for a lot. Her father's assistance has been sporadic at best. (That $200 he gave her 3 years ago for books really made a dent in the tuition woes!) OK time to get off that subject. Anyway...a lot to ponder in the coming months. Graduation is 6 months away, perhaps I will have some clarity by then.
It's sunny and bright outside today but a bit chilly. All the trees are bare now around the yard, a reminder that winter isn't far away. Brrrrrrrrr.
Enjoy your Sunday, everyone. Hugssss