Thursday, May 28, 2009
1. Chocolate chips- really, who can live without those?
2. Baked Beans- my hubby really hates them (Beano alert!) but the kids and I love 'em. A little brown sugar and ketchup and they are perfect.
3. Mixed greens- we eat them at least once a week and it's the one thing I can usually convince the kids to eat that is good for them. My go-to veggie, you might say.
4. Soup- though we've been blessed this year with little to no sickness, I feel like bad mom of the year if I don't keep at least two cans of chicken noodle soup on hand for any colds or upset tummies. Because the moment I run out, everyone will get sick.
5. Sugar- ok, another bad mom of the year thing, but we go through at least a gallon of homemade sweet tea a day so gotta have that sugar available. Plus all the baking I do. See why I keep greens on hand? :)
6. Juice- if the kids ain't drinking the sweet tea it's the juice they finish in a day. I always buy the 100% juice so I don't feel so bad. And sometimes it's the only fruit they get if I don't hound them about it.
7. Rawhides- remember Anubis? Well, another interesting fact we discovered is that if he doesn't get rawhide to chew, he chews things he shouldn't.
8. Olives- for some reason, we use a lot of olives.
9. Cereal- I never knew how much cereal kids could eat. Especially the sugar stuff. Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
10. Salad dressings- a must have dressing according to my middle daughter- Buttermilk Ranch. She dips everything into it. So healthy!
11. Ketchup- it's my ranch dressing!
12. Puddings- if I'm not making Fluff I'm making Chocolate cream pie. They are my backup desserts for any sweet tooth cravings.
13. Paper towels and toilet paper- those huge "larger than me" sized packs you get at Sam's or Costco's. You would not believe the amount paper products used by this family. I really should buy stock in the darn companies. After all, I do support them!
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
1. Attend my son's graduation from pre-school tomorrow (insert tears of joy here)
2. Take my oldest daughter to a sleep over tomorrow night.
3. Host my middle daughter's sleepover tomorrow night.
4. Get groceries for said sleepover.
5. Pick up daughter number one from the sleepover and drop off daughter number two's friend from the sleepover.
6. Go over plans for mulching the front of our house with the hubby. Try to calm him down when he sees the cost. Once he is calm, maybe buy some of the materials we will need at Home Depot, Lowes or Walmart.
7. Prepare my middle daughter for a field trip tomorrow for a Ducky tour in Pittsburgh. Brown paper bag lunch and comfortable clothes.
8. Water my garden. It hasn't rained here in 5 days.
9. Go to the library. I just love that place!
10. Remember to tell daughter number one to find the two library books of hers that are due, before she leaves for her sleepover.
11. Take daughter number one to a birthday party on Sunday. Buy a gift for the birthday girl between now and Sunday a.m.
12. Put together some kind of picnic like meal for Memorial Day and put out our flag.
13. Squeeze in some time to read, bake or quilt. Yeah, right...
Monday, May 18, 2009
"I'm delighted. Any chance to go aboard the Enterprise."
Thursday, May 14, 2009
1) Favorite song- Rikki don't lose that number by Steely Dan. No matter how many times I've heard that song since I was little, I still love it.
2) Favorite book- The Bible is always my main read but I love Intensity by Dean Koontz. There are not a lot of books that keep me on the edge of my seat or stick with me that much, but that one did.
3) Favorite movie- It is close between Spiderman, The Mummy and the Bourne series. On most days, Bourne wins.
4) Favorite food- Chocolate (and yes, it is a food!)
5) Favorite place- Virginia. Wow, big surprise there
6) Favorite season- Autumn- it gets cooler, the holidays are close and best of all, the kids go back to school!!
7) Favorite dog- Cocker Spaniel. They love to eat, sleep and be cute. My kind of dog!
8) Favorite day of the week- Friday. Oh yeah, I survived another week.
9) Favorite T.V. show- Star Trek, the originial, TNG and Voyager. Beam me up, Scotty!
10) Favorite color- Blue
11) Favorite hobby- reading and quilting. Ok, that is two, but if I want to relax it's reading, if I want to be creative, it's quilting.
12) Favorite holiday- Christmas. All the eating, visiting, time off work and routines, music, beautiful lights, and giving presents. Most of all, people seem nicer to each other. I wish it was like that all the time.
13) Favorite thing to do when I have spare time- Bake. And eat it, of course!
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
"The avocado is a food without rival among the fruits, the veritable fruit of paradise. "
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
While we were in on vacation in Williamsburg a few weeks ago, my husband received a call on his cell phone. Nothing unusual since he never seems to be off work completely! However, this time he would not tell me if it was work or personal. Ok....I figured if it ended up being important, he would say so. I took the kids and continued shopping while he went outside to take the call.
A few minutes later he came back. I took one look at his face and knew something was up. He quietly told me that he had been called for an interview in Martinsville, VA. Oh, I made such a fool out of myself jumping up and down with excitement! His first call in hundreds of resumes sent. I couldn't believe it.
After spending a good portion of our vacation looking up Martinsville and researching the company, we got home and my husband had his phone interview. When he called me afterwards, he sounded a little cautious. He said it went well, but he had questions about how the company was surviving with so little money coming in and the fact that they admitted they were having trouble retaining employees. Well, we still wanted to wait to see what happened because the company said they were still interviewing other candidates the next day. But when my husband received a call the very next morning before work even started, he was quite surprised. They were calling to offer him a second interview, saying they wanted to bring him in and begin to introduce him to everyone, basically hiring him on the spot. My husband not only wondered what had happened to the other candidates, but thought the whole process was moving a little too fast. Before he agreed to the second interview, my husband asked about salary and benefits. He was told with some reluctance that the company could not pay him nearly what he makes now with his main job (not very much, let me tell you) let alone meet his income from all three of his jobs. Plus, medical insurance was going to be over $1,000 a month for our family. There was no way we could afford to pay that amount on that low of a salary. After we talked about it, we decided to call them and turn the job down.
We are seriously blessed that we are not desperate for a job like some people in this economy, but I was still so disappointed. I'm beginning to wonder if I'll ever get to live in my home state again. It was very hard to make that last call to say no.