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#121 of 137 Old 02-26-2014, 03:24 PM
 
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My husband is a chronic Devil's Advocate. What grade is your son? I Homeschool my 3 sils, 12, 10 and 7th grade.

Welcome to the thread, apeydef!

Today I actually had my devotions before the little one woke up. I hope it continues.
Did dishes from last night
Started washing some random things
Checked my email and Pinterest
Made a really tasty gluten free cake for breakfast, Pinterest find. Hi, my name is Tracy, and I'm addicted to Pinterest and I sometimes eat cake for breakfast. But it was an Apple Cider Donut Cake, that makes it okay. Right?
I talked to my sister and Mom while I made that
Got some letters ready to mail
Checked on some ingredients for new (Pinterest) recipes over the next couple weeks
The girls came for school, we had cake and coffee
I invited my other sil over to share (I have a LOT of sils) along with with her toddler and just walking boys
Did dishes when they all left
Lay down for a long nap with the baby, though my body isn't used to coffee. I didn't sleep much, so I made a grocery list text, then text people old pictures that were on my phone. Lol
Changed a diaper, threw those in the wash, smell amonia in my bucket. Grr

Now I'm wasting time when I need to be doing my grocery list.

Still need to
Heat up, eat and clean dinner when hubby gets home
Make his lunch
Finish diapers
Get my grocery list and stuff for shopping together
Sleep

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I like this thread! I'm gonna join in if I may, it's motivating !!

 

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I don't know how motivating you'll find walked-the-dog-again, but here goes:

 

- took mother to her house for a day of purging

- picked up a prescription for her

- took recycling to the dump

- home, tried on three dresses I had ordered that showed up this morning, rejected all of them

- hung out online

- took a few things out of the basement for recycling

- walked-the-dog-again :-) 

- moved trash and recycling out to the shed

- picked up mother

- dropped a carton off at Goodwill from her place

- came home, washed the half-dozen mason jars I gleefully skimmed off her donation box

- got the Dresses That Failed packed up and by the door for their trip back to J. Peterman

 

meowmix, your bad dog fascinates me, can you tell us more?


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Ok here goes today! Warning it was very unproductive but fun!!

-got up and fed baby, made dd breakfast and got her off to school.
- came home and did some laundry and updated my thread I am head of. (TTC The one thread)
- made ds breakfast and did dishes
-showered, got dressed and baby dressed
- met my grandma for lunch, shopping and coffee (fun day)
- picked up kids from school
- got a pizza and went home and fed them all.
- folded towels and put away
- more dishes and did dd laundry
- kids ready and off to bed
- now picking up and ironing
Now I hear the baby crying greensad.gif still wakes 2-3 times per night at 16 months ugggg!!!!

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- home, tried on three dresses I had ordered that showed up this morning, rejected all of them

- got the Dresses That Failed packed up and by the door for their trip back to J. Peterman

 

That sucks, and I'm doubly disappointed for you since they were J. Petermans! I thought you couldn't go wrong with a Peterman number... and I have extreme anxiety about ordering clothes online. I just hate clothes shopping more than almost anything. I like getting new clothes, and even browsing them online, but when it comes to that whole try it on and evaluate thing - UGH!!! I just couldn't go through the online ordering, trying it on at home and hating it, then having to ship and back and do it all again - I guess I have a band aid complex about clothes shopping - just rip it right off! 

 

Today - should I even bother stating the obvious about work? This job is eating me alive. I feel like I'm involved in some kind of trench warfare, and no one gave me a weapon. All I have is duct tape and paperclips to fight with. 

 

Anyhow, aside from all that 

 

- Printed some coupons. 

- Ordered a $5 for $10 Whole Foods Groupon. 

- Bought my monthly transit card for March. 

- Emailed with a friend. 

- Picked up Portillos for dinner. 

- Gave Little Man his bath, and had a massively good time letting him do huge splashes while pretending to be the wind. I got soaked and we had to wipe down the entire bathroom after, but it was loads of fun. 

- Laid out my clothes for work tomorrow.

- Did more office work... grr. 

 

Now I'm putzing around. I should put the finishing touches on my shopping list and organizing my coupons for shopping tomorrow, and then I think I'll go to bed and read. 


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That sucks, and I'm doubly disappointed for you since they were J. Petermans! I thought you couldn't go wrong with a Peterman number... and I have extreme anxiety about ordering clothes online. I just hate clothes shopping more than almost anything. I like getting new clothes, and even browsing them online, but when it comes to that whole try it on and evaluate thing - UGH!!! I just couldn't go through the online ordering, trying it on at home and hating it, then having to ship and back and do it all again - I guess I have a band aid complex about clothes shopping - just rip it right off! 

 


 

 

It was actually a good thing -- they were the wrong size (that's right, blame the dress, haha), and one style wasn't formal enough for the event.  In the past, I'd think I had to make do rather than holding out and continuing to look for something I really liked.  So I asked for an exchange on this one and will let you all know how it works out:

 

http://www.jpeterman.com/Grecian-Goddess-Dress

 

And good luck with work, that sounds just brutal.  :(


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It was actually a good thing -- they were the wrong size (that's right, blame the dress, haha), and one style wasn't formal enough for the event.  In the past, I'd think I had to make do rather than holding out and continuing to look for something I really liked.  So I asked for an exchange on this one and will let you all know how it works out:

 

http://www.jpeterman.com/Grecian-Goddess-Dress

 

And good luck with work, that sounds just brutal.  :(

 

Oh, I love that dress! I hope it works! It has a very Downton Abbey, lovely elegant look. And now I'm going to get sucked into browsing the J Peterman site!


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Ok here goes today! Warning it was very unproductive but fun!!

Now I hear the baby crying greensad.gif still wakes 2-3 times per night at 16 months ugggg!!!!

 

Your day sounded productive!  When you have a child that doesn't sleep through the night, ANY accomplishment that happens can be counted as having a productive day!  My son didn't sleep through the might until, wow... maybe he was 4 or 5 and old enough to bribe.  Not a very mothering.com thing to do, but I was exhausted.  His baby sister was sleeping better than he was!  

 

Maria- I call her nonobadbordercollie or THE bad border collie totally as a term of endearment.  I saw this I think it was maybe a Far Side comic.  Two dogs were sitting there and one dog says to the other "My name is nonobaddog.  What's your name?" So I always call my dogs nonobaddog.  I also used to call my babies affectionately "Bad baby!"  Cleo, the border collie mix, is gleefully awful, though.  She barks and growls and is very expressive when she is playing.  Other people think she is being fierce or fighting.  But she's just noisy.  She also harasses the cats, eats shoes and homework, herds any toddler that comes into our home (she follows them around and watches them closely and, if they get too rambunctious, she snips at them!  oops) and half the time when I call her she stares at me with her tiny little border collie eyes and I can see her mulling over whether or not she will listen to me.  She's a teenager dog, about 11 months, now, I think.  I have always wanted a border collie so, even though she is a mix (border collie/golden retriever), she does act a lot like a collie so I call her my border collie a lot.  She is currently harassing my newfie and, everytime he lays down, she jumps all over him and gnaws on his ears, etc, until he sits up.  She is totally bad (in a good way!).  Everyone loves my newfie.  Not everyone loves Cleo. Some people find her overwhelming and noisy.  She also gets my lazy newfie moving and playing, she greets me every morning like I am the most fantastic thing on earth, she ADORES kids- especially DD1, she gets me out and walking and her zest for life is contagious.  :)  I suffer from moderate depression so I find her utter happiness to be very motivating. She is also definitely my dog.. follows me and is attached to me.  That was a totally book about my dog.  I'm totally one of THOSE crazy animal people.  heh


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I don't know how motivating you'll find walked-the-dog-again, but here goes:

 

- walked-the-dog-again :-) 

 

 That made me LOL!  At least maybe it wasn't "talk the dog into not being scared of her scary dog dish again"?  lol!

 

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Yesterday was busy, I think:

*Throughout the day I did approximately 9 billion loads of laundry.  

*Put ear ointment in the newfie's ears.  He has an ear infection right now.  :(

*Had the girls help me tidy up the basement and I vacuumed it and vacuumed the stairs that were so hairy it looked like the dogs and cats had shed themselves a friend on each step.

*I worked for what seemed like hours (oh, it was hours!)

*Went out and bought bedding for the rats and obscenely expensive dog food

*Got my next semester textbooks from Amazon!  One of them is "Death, Society and Human Experience".  I anticipate that class will be somewhat depressing.  

*Drank coffee, ate chocolate and read about homeschooling from books husband picked up at the library

*Greeted son, wondered where his friend was.  Sorted out that miscommunication (friend was supposed to come over.  Ended up rescheduling for today)

*Walked the nonobadbordercollie with my friend.

*Greeted girls from school.

*Got somehow sucked into watching 30 minutes of Charlie the Unicorn on my friend's Ipad with the girls.  I have a love-hate relationship with Charlie the Unicorn.  heehee..

*Folded more laundry than I think clothes we own.  My kids wear like the same thing every day.  How on earth could we generate SO MUCH LAUNDRY? :lol

*Went out to dinner at a place that is donating part of the bill to son's middle school.  

*Came home, tucked kids in, started dishwasher, watched House of Cards (I am catching up on the season and it will be a LOOONG wait for the next season to be on Netflix.  Sigh)

*Went to bed!

 

Today I am getting my hair done!  Excited.  I try to go every 3-4 months.  It's definitely been closer to 4 months.  It's looking pretty scraggly and washed out right now.  

Maria- that dress... it's gorgeous!  I hope it works out for you!  I. too, would struggle with buying stuff online.  I hate trying things on, hate shopping.  Consequently, all my clothes are from Target and I pretty much wear jeans and tshirts or sweatshirts all the time.  I live in flipflops in the summer and my Uggs in the winter.  heh.  


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Kind of self-indulgent today, but made a dent in things too:

 

- up overnight wearing my empath hat for DH -- work stress kept him awake

- slept in a little

- went to library and picked up a book on hold

- shipped back those dresses I'm returning

- stopped at post office to mail a couple of bill payments for my mother

- walked-with-dog . . . it was in the 20's and windy, she couldn't be happier

- dug around for books online, filled a Powell's wish list until I expected my computer screen to bulge out towards me

- cut kielbasa and summer squash up into leftover chicken stock; soup for dinner

- purged a bunch of old greeting cards in our sideboard drawer

 

Evening with dog, library book, DH.


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Tough day yesterday

*Did some homeschooling research in the morning (Son wants to homeschool NOW)

*Went to a therapy appt

*Did more homeschooling research.  Wrote some emails.

*Went to my hair appt!  New hair and added a blue streak!

*Walked into chaos... son and friend playing video game loudly, DD1 angry over homework, DD2 and friend being hyperactive and asking me 30 billion questions

*Helped DD1 with homework.

*Dealt with DD2's meltdown about having to wait to use the computer

*Got angry at all the kids for making messes they weren't cleaning up

*Made dinner late.  Everyone complained about what we were eating (vegan coconut curry dish I personally love)

*Odyssey of the Mind meeting downstairs and I worked for an hour.

*Got angry again that kids were not getting ready for bed, decided media was a big problem in our house right now and took it all away (I more lectured than got angry and decided not to take their input in this situation, something I usually do).

*Was upset that we could not collaborate on this, talked with my husband about it for a while.  Decided we would all change our habits, especially while kids were awake (husband also has a problem with just doing his own thing on the computer.  I have slowly gotten rid of my habit unless the kids are at school or in bed)

*Watched House of Cards and went to bed.


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YesterdayI basically did my two week shopping, put her down for a nap, arranged flowers I got for my sils 18th birthday, then spent the evening next door celebrating.

Today, not much.
Did my devotions, interrupted by the baby, she's 15 1/2 m and had to sleep skin to skin for bed and naps. She's a light sleeper and constantly checks if I'm there. I'm napping with her now.
Sneaked out of bed for about 30 min, finished my Bible, did a bit on the pc.
Decided to make St Patricks Day decorations instead of enter receipts in my book
Dealt with her all of a sudden being whiney, she's cutting another molar, so working on 3 at the moment.
Did school with the girls
Checked email and Pinterest
Listed some stuff on Craigslist
Worked on the decorations, hubby will think they're stupid. That's what he gets for not being Irish. Lol
Now nap is about over, I think. It's about 2 hrs, she rarely goes beyond that by far.

Still need to:
Make supper
Make his lunch for work tomorrow
Wash his laundry
Work on my decorations IF she lets me
Crochet her longies
Order some diaper covers
Put away her prefolds that have been in the dryer since Wed night
Go to bed a bit early to prepare for time change

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Easy-going Friday here. Our servers went offline at work around 1:00 this afternoon in order to be moved to a new location, so I was able to catch up on some lower priority work, which was a nice change of pace. 

 

After work - 

 

- Called my bank about my debit card pin - I entered it incorrectly yesterday, locking it.

- Went through the mail. 

- Made dinner. 

- Tidied the kitchen. 

- Put away some of bulk shopping from last night that I was too tired to put away yesterday. 

 

Just going to relax tonight, and maybe watch Vikings with husband. 


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Oh no!  Poor guy.  I hope he is feeling okay this morning.  DD2 got the window slammed on her thumb last night (accidentally) and it was all huge and swollen.  Weekend for injuries.  I guess you didn't need stitches for your thumb then and, well, at least spaghetti sauce is red?  :)

He's better now, thanks. It helps that he didn't ride his bike as much yesterday and today. Legos are soooo fascinating!

 

Ha ha, yes, the spaghetti sauce was red and I didn't get any blood in it. I needed my husband to help me stop the bleeding, and thanks to him we didn't go to the hospital and I took our children to Mass.

 

Today we finished moving out of our old house. We did the walk-through with the landlord and my husband will give him the garage remote and housekey in the morning. Boy we have a lot of boxes now. We could have paid him to haul them away for us, but my husband didn't want that - we've already spent so much working on our new house - so my mother-in-law and I brought the boxes here along with a few odds and ends.

 

I proofread a magazine a couple of nights ago. It sure felt good to do it all in one night. I do that once a month now and the editor gives me a subscription in return.

 

I did so much walking today with cleaning out our old house that I'm ready for bed. Goodnight, ladies!


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We are homeschooling starting Monday!  Phew, I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed by that, but it'll work out.

*Saw one grumpy 12 year old off to school

*Baked a bundt cake with butternut squash I had in the fridge

*Saw girls off to school

*Worked for a while

*Met husband for lunch

*Worked for a bit more

*Met one happy 12 year old home from school.  He is happy he isn't going back.  The change in outlook and mood since then has been amazing.

*Walked the nonobadbordercollie

*Met the carpet guy who quoted us on recarpeting the upstairs

*Carpet guy kindly helped me load cases of cookies into the car

*Husband home to help me load table into the car

*At girl scout cookie booth for 2 hours.  (omg, it was COLD!  We had lots of sympathy purchases.  lol)

*Home and husband cooked dinner and son and DD1 made dessert!

*Ate dinner, built a fort in the living room

*Watched a movie

*Kids camped out in the fort and husband and I retreated upstairs to fufill our House of Cards addiction.

 

It was a good day!  (Notice I think I did no housework.  lol)


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Little Man and I did the circuit today - 

 

- Stopped at the bank to deposit a check and get quarters for laundry.

 

- Went to Target. Did a missed coupon adjustment since the check out lady on Thursday didn't ring through one of my $2 off Starbucks coupons. Found a few things on clearance - 2 packs of Dawn dish soap were marked down to $2.48 and I had two 50 cents off coupons, so I picked up two - making each bottle just $1! Also picked up some Up&Up colored pencils for $0.48 with a mobile coupon, to put in the school supply donation bin. And I treated Little Man to a new wooden train. 

 

- Went to Dollar Tree to pick up two papers for coupons, as well as 2 West Soy soymilks - free with $1 off coupons. Those are going into our food pantry donation box. 

 

- Went to Hobby Lobby to troll clearance - still a few Valentine's day things at 90%. I found a bag of glittered hearts "vase fillers", some outer space themed card decals, and 2 glass cupid votive holders - all for $1.50! Would've been about $15 full price, so quite a steal. Was hoping St. Patrick's day stuff would be marked down further than 30%, but not yet. Maybe next weekend - I've got my eye on a wooden "lucky" sign that's priced at $10. I'd be willing to pay $5 for it, so I'm hoping it's still there when they go half off. 

 

- Went to Lowes for paint sticks for a garden project - the guy there was so nice and actually gave me 20 when I told him what I wanted them for. Score! 

 

- Picked up a prescription at Walgreens. 

 

- Put gas in the car. 

 

- Came home and gave everyone lunch and spent a bit of time chatting with husband before he left for work. 

 

- Put Little Man down for a nap, though he doesn't show any inclination to actually sleep...

 

- Sorted the inserts and coupons out of the paper, set the rest of the paper aside to use as scrap or to cover the table while doing paint projects. 

 

- Put away the shopping. 

 

Now I'm just going to try to relax for a little while. Hopefully Little Man actually naps. This afternoon we'll likely bake some cookies, and do watercolor paints. And I have to clean, because my in laws have invited themselves over for lunch tomorrow. Then probably a little office work while I watch the outdoor hockey game on tv tonight, after Little Man's bedtime. 


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Great saturday!

 

*Made the homemade poptart recipe and they were a hit!

*Swept the living level and vaccumed the stairs, generally tidied up.

*Vacuumed part of the upstairs and helped son clean his room

*Took son out to exchange sweatpants and also got myself a pair of workout shoes on clearance.

*Chatted with friend at son's lax practice for a bit (it was COLD again!).  DD1 and DD2 had Odyssey of the Mind meeting.

*Came home to another friend over to pick up girl scout cookies.  She had her great dane with her.  All the dogs played (great dane and a newf with a hyper border collie mix playing is a lot of dog in one place!)

*We were all hungry and it was later, so we all went out to get a late lunch with the kids (and DD1's friend, who was over)

*Started chicken in pot to simmer for dinner

*Dropped DD1's friend at home and took the kids to the library.  Got a million books for son to see what piques his interest.  Girls already know what interests them and so their list was smaller.

*Had a beer and chatted about economic fallacies and bad parenting with husband as we chilled by the fire and the kids read books.

*Made chicken enchilada things with the cooked chicken

*Ate dinner, took DD2 to her friend's house (like practically next door) for a sleepover.  Chatted with the parents (DD2's friend's mom is my best friend) about oil paints and a painting the dad and DD2's friend had just finished (it was really good!)

*Came home and finished watching a show about climbing K2 with the other kids.

*House of Cards... bed!


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Hi, everyone, just a reminder that March happened and we started our new thread:

 

http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1398365/march-2014-already-what-did-you-accomplish-today

 

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Empty-nesting SAHM to DS1 (1989), DS2 (1992), an underachieving Bernese Mountain Dog (2006-2014), and an overachieving mother (1930).  Married to DH since 1986.
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