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End of November stuff

December 1st, 2006 at 03:37 am

Well, still trying to heal and get through the pain. Healing is hard with three kids on hand. They had a half day of school yesterday, got out early today because of snow and will be off tomorrow because of the weather! Then... the weekend. No rest for the weary! My DD1 has been awesome and helpful. You never know what you will get with those teenagers! DD2 is laying low, but DD3 has been a spoiled menace.
It has been sleeting and pouring ice for the last 4 hours here. Glad we still have electricity! The snow is supposed to start after midnight and come down in about a 6 inch amount. Yee haw, no more 70's!!
Paid bills today. Got the check from our old escrow account with the old house loan company, but I have to make sure that someone is paying the real estate taxes! This happened to us once before when we switched loans and I had no idea no one paid till the state came a-knocking! So this time I will cover my rear and find out who needs to pay!
Friends of ours braved the horrible weather and brought us a delicious dinner for the family!! They are so kind! Any ideas for a thank you I can give them?

Still Alive!

November 29th, 2006 at 04:07 am

Can you believe it? I had major sugery this morning, they outpatiented me this afternoon and I sit here gallbladderless and emailing this evening.
Pretty painful, but not uncontrollable. Had extreme naseua from the Vicadan. Will probably stop using it tomorrow and switch to Tylenol.
So far, so good. Pray for good healing!

The Big S Day!

November 28th, 2006 at 05:23 am

Hi guys!
Tuesday is the big surgery day! Be sending good thoughts and hopefully I will be home quickly and safely! Bye bye gallbladder!

No Snow :-(

November 27th, 2006 at 05:42 am

I was going to come on the blogs and say, "hey, anyone see snow yet?", but then I start reading and I AM SO JEALOUS! How am I going to get in the Christmas spirit with these 70 degree temps? We were sweating on the roof while we put up the lights! The kids have been running around in shorts and flip flops! Yikes! I guess I'll have to say, I'll enjoy it while it lasts! Thursday is supposed to only be in the 30's!

Happy Turkey Day!

November 23rd, 2006 at 03:52 pm

Hello all!
Happy Thanksgiving!
To all cooking - don't forget to take it easy! Our big boy is cooking as we speak!
To all eating - take it easy! Don't forget a nice walk before that nap!!
To all - don't forget to give thanks and have fun! Have a special day!

Proud of ingenuity!

November 23rd, 2006 at 03:33 am

I was trying to jockey the table around to fit my lovely family (kids will have to go at another table this year!) What makes it challenging, is that most in my family are larger people and we can not cram everyone into such tight quarters. Our dining room table only came with one leaf and despite all attempts, I could never find another leaf to add to it. So I presented this problem to DH who took it upon himself (with gentle nagging) to rig something. Lo and behold, the keyboard shelf from my daughters trash picked desk, happened to fit the spot almost perfectly! A little duct tape, a table cloth and viola! A larger more comfortable table for all - free!

It's done!

November 22nd, 2006 at 06:09 am

Mission accomplished! I ran out today after I went on a field trip with DD3 and I finished the Christmas shopping!! Woo hoo! Now, DH still has to pick up some things, but my part is done! And wrapped! So I am on target to get "Christmas done" before "s" day! (Surgery!)
I know it sounds pathetic, but I am looking forward to resting! I am one of those people that always has to be moving! (I get it from my mom!) So this will force me to lay back and relax, read and watch TV or even movies!
I am really touched by all the people that have offered help and food! So nice!
So cross your fingers for a quick, easy surgery and a recovery time that can be s t r e t c h e d for relaxing!

Wrap it up!

November 20th, 2006 at 04:56 am

Getting ready to go downstairs and wrap as many Christmas presents as I can. I am almost done shopping. With the surgery coming up, I really want to have Christmas done! Still need some more gift cards for people. I think I will make my husband buy for his mother. I am stumped on her. (We have good years and bad years!)Off to work like Santas good little elf!

Lets talk turkey!

November 18th, 2006 at 05:35 am

Okay, I went shopping for the magnificent bird yesterday. I had my additonal $10 off coupon, with an extra $5 off coupon.
How much is a turkey going for in your area? I purchased a Honeysuckle for .67 a pound (with an additional $50 purchase). Anybody else?

Can you stand another list?

November 17th, 2006 at 05:55 am

I got here late in the game, so you may all be tired of reading these.
Here's my contribution to the cause:

1) Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday!
2) I can vibrate my eyes.
3) I am the youngest and spoiled!
4) I do not have one best friend.
5) I HATE cooking dinner every night!
6) I drive better backwards than forwards!
7) I graduated with a 2 year associates degree in 18 years.
8) I went to 4 colleges before completing my degree.
9) My family is my life.
10)I love playing bunko with my friends.
11)I have been on the local news twice (NOT for committing a crime!:-)
12)I got to see Pope John Paul II
13)I was engaged three times before I got married (saved on the divorces!)
14)I can not eat lettuce (hopefully after the surgery I will be able to!)
15)I have been to Canada and Mexico.
16)I love having parties!
17)I do tons of volunteer work.
18)I am basically shy, but you would never know it.
19)They say I saved my husbands life when he had a heart attack.
20)I am basically easy going, but don't ever tell me I CAN'T do something!
Update:
21)I am a recovering neat freak.
22)I would love to go to Hawaii!
23)I get horribly sea sick and can't even sit and look at the water.
24)We are going on our first cruise in March!:-o!
25)My favorite food is mashed potatoes!

Not sure if this gives any insight to myself, but hope you found it interesting?

Fighting the demon update and others

November 16th, 2006 at 05:38 am

I called Citicard to beg my case today, of the late payment and charges they gave me. Instead of being 0$ they said I owed 308.00. I begged my case, waited on hold for a long time and finally they came on and said they would take off $175. I took it even though it is still a rip off.
Went Christmas shopping today (trying to get it done before surgery!) I spent $290 at Wallie World. I did have a $25 GC from My points. I did a lot of stocking up too of heavy items (cat litter, dog food, laundry deterg...etc) since I won't be able to lift for a few weeks.
Weather here is miserable, cold and rainy!
DH grumbling again about me getting a FT job. I just don't think I will win this fight.I guess it will be time to quit my dream job (as a SAHM) and contribute to the budget! Will try to put it off till February! Or maybe March after our cruise! :-) Cross your fingers, maybe a miracle will happen!

Caught in the demons web

November 14th, 2006 at 07:06 pm

Yes, we are talking the EVIL credit card demon. As you know we refinanced to consolidate. The title company disbursed the checks to pay off the credits cards, to us, BUT in the CC name, so we had no option, but to send the payment to the credit card instead of using the electronic payment. So the payment to Citibank was late and they immediately slapped us with a 32% interest so instead of ending with 0, we have a $232.00 balance. Will try to call them to beg our case. Very tiring. Will let you know how it goes!

Cheap Cardinals

November 12th, 2006 at 09:02 pm

Forgot to mention that - Hooray!! The Cardinals are the World Series Champs! Wooo Hooo! Yippeee! Underdogs Rock!!!:-)
Anyway, just had to celebrate a little! We spent many happy evenings, cheaply! watching our favorite team on TV! Even the girls curled up to watch! Inexpensive family fun with an awesome result!

I'm baaacccckkkkk!

November 12th, 2006 at 05:15 am

Oh yeah! Thought I was gone eh? No, just hiding. Okay, not really. I have been sooo busy lately, it is all I can do just to fall into bed each night. That and the fact that DD1 has been using our computer while hers is offline, does not make for quality computer time!
Ummm....highlights;
*Got loan, still waiting for all payments to go thru so I can really plan the budget.
*Took the nice family trip to Chicago - great time!
*Did some redecorating and entertaining already! Holiday season starts early!
*I guess the big thing is my gall bladder tests did not turn out good, so I will be having surgery (look out it looks like it is going around on the blog!!) on November 28th to have it removed. Cross your fingers it can all be done laproscopically as I have lots of scar tissue.
*Trying to get Christmas shopping done before surgery. Outlook on this is good! I think we can get away without too much damage this year!!Waiting for Mypoints Walmart card to come! Every little bit helps!
*The girls are doing great! The older two will be in a show at school next week. Looking forward to a quiet week!
Hope to get back to you soon! :-)

The waiting is finally coming to an end!

November 3rd, 2006 at 06:04 am

We will be closed and funded on Monday for the loan! Yeah - finally! Now I can pull out the numbers and rework the budget! I can finally set some goals and really start working toward paying everything off! What a load off!