Monday, April 27, 2009

Mom of the year

So, today I earned the mom of the year award. I know what you are thinking, Susan, mom of the year? Let me tell you about it...

I got out of the doctor appointment and went to pick up the boys. Joe was doing pine needles at a home in Show Low and he took the boys with him. They mostly played around while he worked, but they were getting hungry and tired. When I got there, I had to take their car seats out of his truck and put them in my minivan. As I was transferring car seats, Joshie was playing in the van. I finally got all the seats in, got the diapers changed, and got the boys buckled into their seats. Then I shut the door. BIG mistake.

Joshie had locked the doors while he was playing. There were my keys, in the ignition. There were the boys, locked in their car seats. And there was our extra key, back at home, 10 minutes away. Good thing was that I had cracked open the back windows and it wasn't a hot day.

Our only solution was to have me drive Joe's work truck back to the house to get the extra key, and then drive back. So, there I was, all dressed up for work, complete with earrings and necklace and driving the work truck, piled high with pine needles. I must have been quite the sight. Quite the paradox.

Yeah, mom of the year.

Update on my eyes

I had to go to the doctor today. Not my fave place, but what-ya-gonna-do? Here's the scoop:

The chemical (which is contact enzyme solution) gave me chemical conjunctivitis. That will go away in a few days. But when I was trying to wash out my eye, I scratched it. He gave me antibiotics and sent me on way.

Glad to hear that my vision will not be affected.

Sunday, April 26, 2009


I did something yesterday that I have never done in my 18 years of wearing contacts. I ran out of my big bottles of saline, so I started to use up the travel bottles of saline. I used up the first travel bottle the other day, so Friday night I opened another one. When I put my contacts in Saturday morning, my eye exploded in PAIN!!!!!

I had to force my eye open to pry the contact out. I thought that maybe I had gotten some soap on my fingers, so I washed again, and tried again. OUCHHHHHHHHH!! OMG, if I cursed that would have been the time.

I rinsed my eyes and put Visine in. Then I inspected the travel bottle a little more carefully. It was a travel bottle of enzyme solution. I can't believe I did that.

But here is the problem, my eye is still in pain and that was about 34 hours ago. The white part of my eye is pink. The hazel part of my eye is green. And it still hurts. Did I tell you that it hurts? I am going to pray for healing tonight and if it's not better by tomorrow morning, I will go to the doctors. I hate going to the doctors. Please pray for healing on my eye. I don't mind looking like a freak, but I don't want damage on my eyes.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Joe's update

Joe went to his monthly appointment with his Kidney doctor this week. A few weeks ago he had swollen up so bad he had to go in for a special appointment. His sugar levels were out of control. This week, his levels have returned to normal. We are grateful for this news as many of his family members have diabetes and we are just not ready to face that right now.

However, all the pills (and he is taking a lot of them) are not working on keeping his kidneys in check. He is still having swelling. The doctor is giving him 2 more months on his current pills (transplant meds) and then he moves Joe to chemo meds. The doctor has warned us that the chemo meds would zap his energy and make him lose his hair. I don't care about the hair, so much, but the energy thing will be hard on us both.

I can't tell you how happy we are that we have insurance and a doctor nearby to see Joe. Thank you Lord.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Yard Sale Saturday

I love doing yard sales. I make money (yeah!) and I clear out my garage. I usually plan them around the first of the month, so as to attract the most customers. Two weeks ago, I had taken a day off work to do my yard sale on Friday and Saturday. We found a couple of years ago that Fridays are the best in our town. But, it just so turned out that that day the winds were over 50 miles per hour. Absolutely no way you could do a yard sale in that weather. But, I enjoyed the day off.

This weekend, Joe says to me at 6:40am, "let's have a yard sale today." I was planning on having it May 1st (again, hitting the first of the month), but I figured, what do I have to lose? My goal is to have everything outside and be up and running at 7:00am. I did it! But I didn't have any change. Gotta have change. I sent Joe to Wal-Mart to get a pack of gum and $50 cash back in ones and quarters. Good thing I already had my "shopping bags" ready to go.

Our neighbor is a professional Yard Seller. He buys storage units and has yard sales to sell the stuff. He makes good money that way. He averages about $1500 from each sale. I have learned a lot from him. Well, this weekend, he was having a yard sale too. I like teaming up with him because he has good signs on the highway and people around town know him and know that he has good stuff. Turns out that another house was having a yard sale as they are going through a foreclosure and needed to sell EVERYthing! We called in our "mulit-family" yard sale to tRadio and we got TONS of traffic.

The morning was freezing. Literally freezing. About 26 degrees. But, by the afternoon, I was hot (65 degrees).

Mission accomplished?..... Yes! I got rid of a lot of little stuff. We are going to pull everything else out of the garage today and mop the floor (I know, a little anal, but with snow all winter, it needs it) and rearrange.

Oh, and the money thing.... for 7 hours of sitting and chatting and eating, we made $200 exactly. Not bad for a Saturday.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


It's funny how school districts operate. On one hand, they tell you how they have no money and they must lay off scores of teachers. On the other hand, they are asking if you want to go to trainings. I guess it's one of those "use or lose" funds, so... "sure, I'll go!"

I am in Phoenix right now. Enjoying a night with my colleagues and then training tomorrow.

Next week, I am in training 2 days.

I love being a teacher.

Friday, April 10, 2009

A Big Step For Me

This marks a big step for me.

Every 3 years for the past 15 years, I have moved. I moved back to LA for 3 years to go to community college after doing one year in San Diego. Then I moved back to San Diego for 3 years to finish college. Next, I moved to Yosemite to live a dream and stayed for 3 years. Joe and I then bought a house and moved to Oakhurst and lived there for 3 years. Do you see a pattern yet? 3 years, 3 years, 3 years, 3 years, and now we have lived here for 3 years.

Joe wanted to move to El Paso to be closer to family, but you know how I feel about the matter. I LOVE where we live now. I love my students. I love my neighbors. I can go on and on. Well, last night, we officially took our house OFF the market and have decided to stay. The first time in 15 years, I will stay put for longer than 3 years. I am so excited.

Locals, let's get together. Let's do more game nights. Let's do more play dates at the lake. Let's do date nights. I have tremendous babysitters 5 houses down, who are twins, and they love the boys. They can watch your kids too.

Birthday Surprise

So, I won't lie to you. Money is tight. I don't expect (or even want) much for my birthdays anymore. I guess that's a part of growing up. But, I do like to go out on my birthday. Who wants to cook dinner after working all day on their birthday?

Luckily, my birthday fell on a Thursday this year and our favorite restaurant has a dollar menu on Thursdays. The waitress overheard that it was my birthday and brought me fried ice cream. I LOVE fried ice cream but never get it. Well, that's not so special because most restaurants will give you a free dessert for your birthday. Here is the special part:

While we were there, one of the waitresses was celebrating her birthday too. They had ice cream cake and chocolate dipped strawberries. I love ice ceam cake. I don't like cake, but something about ice cream cake is amazing. Yumm. I was shopping this weekend and priced the ice cream cake in town at $16. Way too expensive. Besides, we don't need a huge cake sitting around, taking up room in my freezer, and getting me fat. The waitress shared her cake with us and gave us strawberries too. So sweet!

So, my whole birthday celebration cost $13 and I got exactly what I wanted. For the locals, the restaurant is El Farol in the old Johnny Angel's building. Good food and great service.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Coffee in Bed

This weekend was relaxing and Joe and I were justing laying there. Joshie came in and was resting with us. We were joking around and told him that he needs to go to the kitchen and bring us coffee in bed. So cute!!!!!!!! He ran off and we heard banging around in the kitchen. We play imagination games all the time, so I thought he would come back with a little plastic cup and say it was coffee. No. He ran back and brought us coffee alright. The whole coffee canister! Too Cute! Remember, he's only 2. Such a cutie!

Finally gave in

So, I finally gave in. I have tried to keep a "Better Homes and Garden" feel for the house for years now. It was easy when it was just Joe and me. Then Jack came. Still, it was easy before he could walk. Then Josh came and I can barely keep the countertops clean.

My table has been a showpiece for many years. You know, if you've been over for my countless cookie parties, potlucks, game nights, Thanksgiving dinners, etc. I love the wood and I love decorating it. I polish it at least once a week. My boys have begun to mark it up lately. I don't mind so much, as I feel a table with marks adds character. But, the character has been coming faster than I anticipated.

If I ever did cover it, it was with a cloth tablecloth only. Vinyl would have looked tacky. Usually though, we just used placemats (cloth, again). Clean, clean, clean. This weekend, I bought a vinyl tablecloth. I am in the Easter mood and wanted something cheery. I LOVE it! The boys can't scratch my table. It was super easy to wipe clean after they ate. Jack even spilled some juice and it didn't go in the crack. I just wiped it up.

I can't believe I fought vinyl tablecloths for so long. I am going to buy one now for every season. Too cute. As Martha Stewart would say, "it's a good thing."

where Glory meets my suffering