Wednesday, January 31, 2007

One of our favorite moments

I couldn't get this video to post from The Google, so I'm posting the link. I think the quality is better if you minimize your browser window.

It's a video of when Hayden was much younger playing indoor soccer. The first part is a bore but it's the ending that Ray and I find amusing.

I treated myself to sonic this morning and liked how they had hung up OU and OSU banners all over the place. I wondered if Sonic restaurants in the other states were participating in this type of advertising.

And some pics from our drive home from school and work today. As you can see, the snow has returned and it's likely, that so have the school cancellations.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

I need Spring to get here

I’m needing to lose a few pounds (A few, yeah.. right) so I’m cutting my food intake when I can. It’s hard, especially in the evenings when the family is having popcorn and other things that have an aroma that fills the house from corner to corner. I don’t do diets. They just don’t work for me and they leave me filling dissatisfied which in turn makes me want to eat. I cut back on the things I eat normally. I had a fairly good day yesterday which means that I kept my food intake fairly low. But only because I skipped breakfast, which I know is not healthy, and I was away from the house all evening. So far today, no breakfast again. I’m having pizza for lunch and hopefully I don’t overdo. I don’t want to bore you with this, so enough about this issue.

Hayden had "In-house" yesterday at school which is what they call detention. It was only in the afternoon and was handed out for allowing a fellow student to cheat off one of his worksheets that was done in class. He read a World War II book and actually enjoyed that part of it.

Dylan had to go to school at about 6:30 this morning to start the soccer team’s two-a-days. So stupid. Why can’t they just stay longer after school?
I talked to Tanya last night about some questions that I had concerning his enrollment into college. That was very helpful... thank you. Hopefully this won’t feel so overwhelming when Caitlin gets to this point.

Looking forward to going to Phoenix for President’s Day weekend. It’s a soccer tournament in a warmer part of the country. Which makes me fantasize about Spring and how it feels when that first warm breeze comes in and you feel re-energized. Please let Spring come early.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Go Hillcats!

Dylan accepted a scholarship and signed with Rogers State University today. He will be playing soccer for the Hillcats this Fall. We went to the high school today and he, along with 4 senior girls, sat at a table and signed their papers while getting their picture taken. Then all the parents were asked to step in for a photo moment. It's nice how big a deal they are making for these kids. And where was my camera at this time? Conveniently at home.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Maybe Not EXACT Words

My boss at work must really wonder some days why he hired me. I've made him laugh just a couple of times and yesterday was one of those times. But he was probably laughing AT me.

I had to interview our client to ask him questions that were submitted by an Attorney for the other side. Then type in the answers to this Interrogatory and I got stumped on how to spell a word. That made me wonder if we should really answer what the client's response was word for word or make it sound more professional. So I went back to my boss's office to ask him.

"I'm typing this Interrogatory and I need to know if you want me to use the client's exact words or if I should re-word it to make it sound more professional."

"Exact words are fine."

"Then I need to know how to spell wuss"

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Wish I was in Maui.

I have a new reality show on MTV called "Maui". First show was not too bad, but too early to tell if it's a hit for me! Might be too slutty/horndoggish.

And NO SNOW today! Yes!
Warm air from the south helped to keep our temps us and all we ended up with was some rain and maybe a tad bit of sleet. Happy Happy Day.

A change in topic

There must be more to blog about besides the weather. But with round after round of wintry weather pounding this area, it seems to be the main focus. I must have more to talk about.

So....In other news:
Ray is leaving for Aberdeen Scotland today. Hopefully, air travel won't incur any delays and his flights will remain on-time. I had forgotten he was leaving until he came home yesterday with stuff from work and I quizzed him about it. He'll only be gone a few days; very short trip for the distance he's flying. UPDATE: Flight cancelled.

I was vacuuming yesterday and noticed an unusual amount of airsoft bullets in my bedroom, which is also a very unusual place to find them. As I continued to vacuum, I noticed they were sprayed about all over different parts of my room and then it occurred to me what had taken place. Grrrrr......Someone was so busted! So, I had that someone pick up these little bb's in everyone's room since they were everywhere. That must have been some shootout. He did have an accomplice, but his involvement was more like one pull of the trigger. So now, all guns have been locked away for awhile until my children learn how to respect property. Now he's asking for the video camera back. As if!! Hayden doesn't have a clue sometimes.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Ice Storm Events

I don't want to forget some things about this winter weather, especially things that I've never encountered before so I want to post them here. Afterall, this is the only journal that I keep of my daily memories and it's more for me than anyone.

Like my experience driving on this ice. I've driven after snow storms and I know what to expect. But an ice storm is a bit different and offers obstacles that I haven't dealt with so much. The roads are much more slippery than I've ever seen and I had times when I was right at the point of my car being at a complete stop only to have it slide sideways if I was on a slope. This happened twice. I had a friend ask if I was scared when driving on the ice. No, not really was my response. If I start to slide, I just say "Wheeeeeeee" ..... no worries.

The birds are definitely slower, or more stupid, or starving to death....not sure which. I had one time when driving down the road that a flock of birds didn't leave their buffet on the road in time to miss getting hit. I struck at least 4 of them. It looked like a scene in The Birds where they are all over your windshield and all sides of your car. Very interesting week.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Sights around Claremore

You might not be able to see it but the roads are packed with ice.

This is the main street here in Claremore.Some "snow" piled up after the trucks cleared the parking lots.
View of the streets as we ride along.
The young citizens of Claremore having fun while school is out.

Sleet is more fun than snow

The kids enjoy sliding on the sleet a lot more than playing in the snow.

The Hills

The new season of The Hills started last night. I'm so excited!! It was good, but the shows are just never long enough. Can't wait for next week's episode.

Is it time to go back already?

School is still out for the kids and that makes it a little bit difficult to go back to work today. But back to work, I must go. At least I'm going to attempt it. If the roads give me too much trouble, then I'm coming back home and crawling under a blanket.

Mojo tried to kill himself yesterday and out of all the ways to take yourself out, he chose electrocution. He wasn't successful, thank goodness and I bet he won't be playing with the vacuum cleaner cord anytime soon.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Kakuro, Monk and the family

Mojo was taking a little nap yesterday. Not a pose that we've seen before and not one that we need to see again.

It's been a good weekend. Relaxing and hanging out with the family.

Today I plan on doing a load of laundry, endulging in some Kakuro and hopefully something productive around the house. A Monk marathon is on today so any free time I have will be watching him.

Friday, January 12, 2007

Here we go again.

This is all too familiar from just this past November. This is exactly how the last snow storm started that left about 8 inches of snow. What you see here is sleet accumulating on the houses and in the yards and a layer of ice forming on everything. In November, we ended up with too many inches of snow on the ground for longer than I would ever want. But so far they aren't predicting any large amounts of snow. Just a winter ice storm with "some" snow. Hopefully, I won't have pictures of snow to show off.

Right now we have ice covering the sidewalks, roads and anything else that gets in the way. The schools are closing early and I'm getting ready to go pick up the kids. We are loaded up with groceries from my shopping trip yesterday, so we are fully stocked and ready to be stranded this weekend. Actually sounds kind of nice.

Edit: Here is what we are living with for the next few days if not the rest of the week. The temps are below freezing at least until Wednesday so this ice will be staying around.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

And also...

One thing I forgot to mention in that last blog that was a little strange... when we started playing the game, Cody was fully dressed but at the end of the game I noticed he was only in his underware. I guess with all that jumping around, he must have gotten hot and decided to cool off. And I swear we weren't playing Strip Outburst.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007


I played Outburst with the boys today and although it was fun, it sure was trying on my patience. Hayden and Cody are bundles of energy operating in fast motion. Hopping around as they shout out answers, grabbing the card to be the first to see the words on the card, "woo hoo"... followed by jumping around and knocking the timer over. I'm sure it's hard for them to completely enjoy the game when their mom is irritated at constantly resetting pieces up that they've knocked over, but whew!! I'm exhausted, but at least I had some quality time with the boys. Dylan included, which was nice.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Starting my resolutions

I walked 2 miles yesterday and could easily have done more. That's what having a partner to walk with does for you. Time goes by quickly and its enjoyable. And luckily this morning, no soreness. Ok, it was only 2 miles, but when you haven't seriously walked in a long time, you wonder about the after effects. The only after effects that I want is for weight to come off my body.

If I could just give up food entirely, it would be easy to diet. But, it's not like quitting smoking or drinking where you can go cold turkey and still be able to survive. Food is something you battle everyday, several times daily and for the rest of your life. How many dieters would like to be able to go cold turkey when dieting? I'm not obese but I've been overweight to my standards several times. I've always said that dieting is the most difficult thing I've ever accomplished. I completely understand the struggles some have with it.

So, walking is the easy part of it all and I look forward to the next time.

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Things Getting Back to Normal

Caitlin and I were in Norman today for one of her soccer games. It was very one sided and we won with some absurd score like 12-1. She was very sore from her first week of high school soccer practice starting up this week, but played well.

I'm starting to feel better after being sick this past week and I couldn't be happier about that. Maybe now I can get some things done around the house.

This may or may not amuse you but Ray & I found this quite funny that Cody tried using a big word today. Ray had asked him about a key chain flashlight that he was playing with. Wanted to know where Cody had gotten it from.

Cody: "Well, technically..I look for things on the ground at school."

Ray: "Technically?"

Cody: "Yeah, I don't know what that means."

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Hoping for better days

Yesterday was one of the most boring days at work. Probably didn't help that I still consider myself to be sick and just wanted to be home watching tv from my bed. I don't even think he needs anyone to work on Wednesdays but here I go to another day that promises boredom. A person can only handle so much scanning and shredding before the suicidal thoughts start to emerge. Think of the money he would save by not having to pay me for that day every week. I've thought of it many times. Maybe things won't be so bad today. Or didn't I say that yesterday?

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

New Year, New Start

My new year starts quickly as I'm off to work this morning. Only two days this week so it shouldn't be bad. At least that is what I'm telling myself as I head off to work with my newly acquired cough.

My resolutions for the new year are the same as most everyone else.... to get healthier, eat better and hopefully to lose weight. I'm getting to be quite the little piggy these days and it needs to stop. Unfortunately I'm already using my cough as an excuse to not be outdoors to walk. Wish me luck on the start of my 2007 resolutions.