Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Blame Courtney

I found this on her blog, so blame her!

You Have a Choleric Temperament

You are a person of great enthusiasm - easily excited by many things.
Unsatisfied by the ordinary, you are reaching for an epic, extraordinary life.
You want the best. The best life. The best love. The best reputation.

You posses a sharp and keen intellect. Your mind is your primary weapon.
Strong willed, nothing can keep you down. Your energy can break down any wall.
You're an instantly passionate person - and this passion gives you an intoxicating power over others.

At your worst, you are a narcissist. Full of yourself and even proud of your faults.
Stubborn and opinionated, you know what you think is right. End of discussion.
A bit of a misanthrope, you often see others as weak, ignorant, and inferior.

Sunday, January 29, 2006


Sorry gang -- January just isn't my best month of the year. Yesterday I faced my fears and entered Connor's room -- UGHHHHHHHHHHH. We helped him clean it but OMG was it horrid. He trashed it again today, so he got to cry while I gently lectured him about it as I helped him pick it up. Honestly, it's a 10x10 room -- this isn't this hard! I didn't do much of anything this weekend, I was fighting a headache/migraine so I just lazed around. I am soo glad Tuesday is payday.

I am about 5 challenges behind on my favorite scrapbooking site, and I hope that I can get motivated to catch up soon. Charles' birthday is this Thursday, so I've got to fit in shopping Tuesday or Wednesday around cub scouts & fellowship night. My mother-in-law is coming up on Friday, and Duncan has a pack meeting/pot luck Saturday night, so it's another busy week. I am desparate for a hair cut, and for my W2!

Hopefully I'll feel more like writing this week.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

More Blog Nonsense

I was... =)

You Are Likely a First Born

At your darkest moments, you feel guilty.
At work and school, you do best when you're researching.
When you love someone, you tend to agree with them often.

In friendship, you are considerate and compromising.
Your ideal careers are: business, research, counseling, promotion, and speaking.
You will leave your mark on the world with discoveries, new information, and teaching people to dream.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

What Scrapbook Supply Are You?

I got this from Jen's Blog...
You are Fibers!

Fun and crazy at times. You are a warm fuzzy kind of person. You run around getting things done but still find time for fun! You have so many diverse interests that it is often hard to pin you down to any one thing. People love your friendly attitude and carefree ways. You often brighten other people's days. But Fibers Beware - Sometimes people don't take you seriously because of your happy-go-lucky ways. Sometimes you find yourself feeling left out from decision making that could directly affect you. Even though you like to be happy and cheerful, make sure others know that you can also be serious and in tune with reality.

What scrapbooking item are you?
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Sunday, January 22, 2006

1/22 -- Much Ado About Nothing

We had a rainy, dreary weekend! It started Friday with Duncan's cub scout pack meeting. I was so tired, I didn't want to go anywhere, but I wouldn't have missed it for the world. Comfort's mom called about an hour beforehand to let us know he was running a 103 degree fever and wouldn't make it. So we headed to scouts, signed Duncan up for the scout sleepover at SciWorks in March, and sat down for a long evening of awards. Duncan got his last two progress beads and a belt loop, and then he got his bear rank -- this is what they've been working towards all year, and why we were all so sad Comfort couldn't make it.

Saturday I found out Comfort had been hospitalized Friday -- he had an infection around his insulin pump site, so I went over to the hospital to see him, and to ensure Judy had a chance to get a break if she wasn't comfortable leaving him. We really didn't do much of anything Saturday, except I sat down to watch the Miss America pageant on CMT and knitted Connor a scarf.

So here comes Sunday -- again, very blah day. We were mean parents, and deprived our offspring of TV & computer privileges until they made a reasonable attempt to clean their rooms. Connor spent 5 hrs in his room rather than clean it. Duncan passed inspection in about 40 minutes! I did my grocery shopping, and took a nap. Comfort was released today so he should be back in school Tuesday or Wednesday.

Have a good week folks!

Saturday, January 21, 2006

The Power of 4

Ok, Briana tagged me.

4 jobs you have had in your life
1. P.E. Department Assistant in college (made copies, answered phones)
2. Programmer for EDS
3. Sr. Quality Assurance Analyst at Wachovia
4. Worked for #3 since 1990

4 Movies You Could Watch Over and Over
1. Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan
2. The Mummy
3. Hunt for Red October
4. The Thirteenth Warrior

4 Places You Have Lived
1. Lynchburg, VA
2. Lordstown, OH
3. Grand Blanc, MI
4. Winston-Salem, NC

4 Shows You Love To Watch
1. Survivor
2. Project Runway
3. America's Next Top Model
4. Law & Order

4 Places You Have Been on Vacation
1. Myrtle Beach, SC
2. Maggie Valley, NC
3. Cruise to the caribbean
4. Jamaica

4 Websites You Visit Daily
1. Scrap Addict
2. Gullum's Thugs
4. USA Today

4 Of Your Favorite Foods
1. Steak
2. Chocolate
3. Pizza
4. Crabmeat

4 Places You Would Rather Be Right Now
1. Beach
2. Napping
3. Watching my kids play outside (it's rainy)
4. At a crop

4 Bloggers You Are Tagging
If you are reading this, have a blog, and haven't done it, consider yourself tagged!

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Catch Up!

I'm so sorry! Life caught up with me this past week, and computer time
just wasn't in the picture.

Our MLK day weekend was very busy. We left Sunday morning for Charlotte
to visit Charles' family. Sunday afternoon Charles' sister Susan & I
took the kids to a local kids/science museum, Discovery Place. Duncan &
Connor had a blast. I think Connor's favorite two things were the
rainforest room and the water play table, not necessarily in that order.
Duncan liked it all I think. I ran out to Michael's and used my 40% off
coupon to buy a knitting loom and some yarn. I had seen someone with one
and wanted to try it. After dinner at my mother-in-law's house, we headed
to Gastonia to visit friends Penny & Jim. Their youngest is two months
old and shares Connor's birthday. Jasmine has changed alot since we saw
her at Thanksgiving. We got interested in the Serenity TV series/movie
and stayed WAY too late at their house. I arrived at Penny's house with
maybe an inch of a scarf done. I left with 2/3 of a scarf done!

Monday brought the real reason for our trip to Charlotte -- I had gotten
Dot, Duncan & I tickets to see the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats play the New
Orleans Hornets that afternoon. Unfortunately Dot wasn't feeling well so
Duncan & I went alone. We rode the Charlotte Trolley into downtown,
which was alot of fun. It dropped us right at the door of the arena.
We were there as part of a group supporting Chris Paul, who plays for the
Hornets. We got free T-shirts and mardi gras beads. I was quite
tickled that the Hornets stomped the Bobcats. Afterwards we stayed to
hear Chris talk for a few minutes to the group, then rode the trolley back
to our car.

Our Monday ended with dinner at iHop, and a drive home. I was exhausted,
and have stayed that way all week. I did finish my scarf on Tuesday night
in front of the TV, and have now started on one for Duncan at his request.
Last night we went to fellowship at church, where they had a program that
included a magician/ventriloquist. Both kids enjoyed that.

So that's what you have missed. Sorry to alarm anyone. I do try to put
at least a picture a day on weekdays to my photo blog -- if I'm not posting
here you can always check the photo blog to see if I'm still alive and

Sorry about that!

Eeek -- I didn't mean to go a week w/o posting. I'm about to dart out the door to work, but in response to the kind comments, I'm fine (other than a mild cold)! More tonite!

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Is it too much to ask?

I went to bed really early Wednesday -- I had taken some analgesic for my back and was just dead tired. So when Connor wiggled between me and Charles at 2:50 a.m., I just got up -- I'd had almost 7 hrs sleep... and thought I'd have some quiet time on the computer. (Charles reformatted his Tuesday and we hosed something and now can't get it to do ANYTHING)

So here I am blissfully eating potato chips, drinking diet coke, reading blogs at 3:20 am, and here comes my husband... is it too much to ask that when you get up for some quiet time in the middle of the night that you get left alone? Can we say co-dependent??!!

Wednesday, January 11, 2006


Chris Paul played with the Hornets last night, so it looks like he'll be
playing Monday -- YIPPEEEEE! I was really bummed about the possibility
of him not playing Monday. Of course anything can happen between now and
Monday, but things are looking up!

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Can I Skip Winter?

Ugh -- I hate my back some days -- I get knots in my neck and shoulder muscles and they can be almost crippling sometimes. Can I just skip January & February?

Duncan had cub scouts tonite -- he has completed his Bear Badge requirements, and it will be awarded next Friday! I'm so proud of him. He hasn't had great days at school so far -- his teacher tells me he is rushing through his work and not doing it right, even when he knows how to do it. Any suggestions ladies?


I am sooo bummed! Chris Paul plays for the New Orlean's Hornets in the NBA -- I work with his mother. She got a group together a while back so we could see them play the Charlotte Bobcats on Monday. Chris injured his thumb this week and is expected to be sidelined for two weeks... WAAAAAAA. I'm still gonna enjoy the game, but I am soo disappointed!

Five Weird Things About Me

Courtney tagged me, so I guess I have to play!

1. I used to study ballroom dancing. Sometimes I have the picture of an elephant in a tutu, but I really really loved it. Maybe when my kids are grown I'll have time again.
2. I have a needle phobia. Blood and guts doesn't bother me, but whip out a needle and I hide!
3. I love disco music... I still listen to a ton of it. I even had a disco Christmas album for a while.
4. My favorite season is fall, not spring. I just find it peaceful and inspiring.
5. As messy as my house is I can be very particular about how my desk & scrapbooking stuff is handled. I want it EXACTLY where I put it. Maybe it's a control issue?

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Mundane Thursday

Thank you Courtney -- yes today was better! Just a few twinges from my cheek after yesterday's dental work. I am so relieved to have it behind me. I had a bunch of meetings again today, but they weren't as bad as yesterday. My neck muscles have been bothering me a little this week, but so far aleve & tylenol have kept them from bothering me too badly.

My brother and his wife welcomed their fourth child this week -- I was so excited to get to see pictures sent by my day yesterday. They are expected home from the hospital tomorrow. WooHOO!

Charles took the car back by the body shop today, and they fixed all the wiggles & rattles and the sensor problem -- I am soo relieved. I really was afraid it was going to be something major again. Connor's twice-a-week speech therapy starts tomorrow. My only major to-do remaining is to find Charles a new psychiatrist.

Sorry that I don't have anything terribly witty or profound to share this week -- I have been busy printing from my new photo printer, and hope to get a bit of scrapbooking done this weekend, so maybe that creative time will inspire me here as well?

Wednesday, January 04, 2006


I'm so glad today is OVER. Wednesday is always my longest day at work --starts with an 8:00 am meeting. Today I had meetings scheduled straight to 3pm with only a lunch break. I left at 3pm to go to the dentist. Two fillings done, reasonably painless, but now that the novacaine is wearing off my cheek is s-o-r-e.

Dinner at fellowship tonite was very bland and ... well, not my favorite. I substituted as the choir mom for Duncan's choir. We had about 15 minutes to go when one of the girls, Rachel, started throwing up. Bless her heart -- she's such a dainty young lady and was NOT happy about this.

Then we got home and the kids were acting up -- I've taken a dose of aleve hoping it helps me til my cheek gets over the shots. Hope everyone else had a better day!

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Back to Reality...

Sigh... back to work, etc... it seemed like such a long day today at work. I got alot done, but not enough. Tomorrow I am in meetings solid from 8am - noon, and then 1pm - 3pm. And I have alot of other stuff to get done!

It was a better evening on the home front -- my Christmas present arrived and I love it! I printed ALOT of pictures to scrapbook -- I can see more photo paper in my future shortly. Duncan had cub scouts tonite -- we have one more achievement to complete and he'll get his bear badge on 1/20! WooHOO. Charles took him tonite so I could play with my new toy. Judi (Comfort's mom) commented on how much better Duncan's current dose of medication is working. Ms. Rudy (our den leader) has a ton of neat things planned for the boys this spring.

Tomorrow brings the return of Fellowship night at church -- I'm not positive the kids have choir practice, but I think they will. I know they are looking forward to seeing the Tomihiro children. I watched Mad Hot Ballroom tonite (in from Netflix) -- it was good, but not quite what I expected. We have a fun afternoon planned with Comfort & his family on Sunday afternoon, so it's shaping up to be a busy week.

Monday, January 02, 2006

Thoughts for 2006

So many people say they don't make New Year's Resolutions because they never keep them. I try to make resolutions that will grow me and stretch me, not break me. If you don't have a goal, how do you know where to go?

So here's some of mine, in random order.

  1. Yell less. I really don't like me when I yell.
  2. Drink more water. I always feel better when I drink enough water.
  3. Scrap at least 104 pages for my books this year. Last year I made my goal, but alot were in gift albums.
  4. Take a family vacation.
  5. Enroll both kids in some sort of extra-curricular activity this year.
  6. Have less scrapbook supplies at the end of the year (be a user, not a collector).
  7. Continue to work on spending more time in church related activities.

I'm sure there are more things I need/should be doing, but these are reasonable goals for me.

Duncan came home on Sunday -- he had a marvelous time with Dot Dot. He demolished his art treasure chest from Aunt Susan & Uncle John -- used every bit of it up. He got to spend Saturday with Susan & John's other nephews -- Hunter & Blake.

Charles and I had a chance to get out and see a movie on Sunday -- The Chronicles of Narnia. It was good -- I'm so glad we went to the 1pm show -- the theater was a zoo by 3:45! We got our car back from the body shop, except the sensor which determines if the tailgate is shut properly isn't working, so it has a return trip in it's future. I am glad to be done with worrying about someone else's car though. Driving around in an almost brand new car gives me "new car envy" and that is NOT good on my budget.

My Christmas present should arrive via UPS tomorrow, so I'll be looking forward to getting off work. Duncan has his first den meeting of 2006 tomorrow, so it will be a busy day.

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Happy New Year!

Wow, it's 2006 already. We had a very quiet New Year's Eve. Connor watch "March of the Penguins" (in from Netflix) all day long, but went to bed gracefully at 7:30 p.m. We had steaks and baked potatoes for dinner, then watched some Law & Order: CI episodes. I had menstrual cramps really bad so I went to bed at 11:00 and slept until this morning. How utterly boring. =)

Hope everyone has a wonderful New Year. Duncan comes home from Dot Dot's today, so we'll start our year off right.