Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Blah Tuesday

Not much going on today. I had an interview this morning that took all of 10 minutes, to have him tell me that I was a bit overqualified for the position, but we'll see.

I also realized that I don't have many pictures of me with the kiddoes (mainly because I'm always the one behind the camera and I seem to have hit a plateau on losing the baby weight which makes me feel insecure lol), so I went a bit camera crazy. I don't have the time to upload them all, but here's a couple. :-)

Monday, August 25, 2008

Introducing Ryan Scissorhands....

So, I wake up this morning (at 4:30 again...ughh) to see this:

I yanked his hands away, left the room for 5 minutes to get a bottle, come back, and this is what I found:

Hard to see it, but there are four separate gouges on his forehead. Sheesh

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Grumpy McGrumperton

...or as he's mostly known, Ryan, is the most fussy, grumpy baby I've ever seen! Ughh. He seems to be outgrowing a little of the stomach problems he's had. He still has some, but not nearly as bad. It's just that now we're entering the "I've figured out what puts me to sleep, and I'll be damned if I'm having it!" phase. Yeah.


On the other hand, a few weeks of spending a lot of time at his daddy's house, seems to have turned Dalton into a little angel when he comes home. lol Go figure.

I am ECSTATIC about being able to sleep in a little tomorrow! Yay!!! I still have to be up by about 7:30am or so, but after a week of getting up at 4:30 to be on the road by 5:45, 7:30 is a real treat! lol Not much on the schedule for tomorrow except to turn in my timesheet for last week and to prepare for an interview on Tuesday, so I'll probably be a bit bored. Who knows?

Friday, August 22, 2008

So tired!

I promise I'll blog more soon, but honestly, nothing much has been going on.

I've been working a temp job this past week for Deep South Crane & Rigging doing some miscellaneous admin stuff. (The same company that lost 4 of their employees to that horrible crane collapse last month at Lyondell.)

By miscellaneous, I mean BORING! I know someone has to do it, and I'm being paid to do it, but I am completely overqualified for filing and copying! Granted, that's not ALL I've been doing....but that's pretty much what I spent the first couple of days doing.

On a side note, what the F is up with the weather this week!????!! You'd think Fay was over us and not Florida! I've spent the whole week getting up at 4:30 in the morning to TRY and avoid the rain, fight rush hour traffic, and take the kids up to my mom's. She lives WAY up on the north side off 290 and the Beltway. Ughh.

Let me tell you, fighting the waterfall from the sky sucks. Doing it while going 2 mph on 610 sucks harder. Doing it while on some back road with huge potholes and splashing through puddles the size of a lake while being 15 minutes late just plain sucks donkey dick.

Graphic, I know. Gets the point across!

Well, that's all for now. I'm sure I can find the time this weekend to update you properly, but right now, I'm exhausted and thinking about heading to bed. Or maybe to con my husband into rubbing these giant knots out of my back.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

To my child.....

Again...not sure who wrote this.

To my child.....

Just for this morning, I am going to smile when I see your face and
laugh when I feel like crying.

Just for this morning, I will let you choose what you want to wear, and
smile and say how perfect it is.

Just for this morning, I am going to step over the laundry, and pick you
up and take you to the park to play.

Just for this morning, I will leave the dishes in the sink, and let you
teach me how to put that puzzle of yours together.

Just for this afternoon, I will unplug the telephone and keep the
computer off, and sit with you in the backyard and blow bubbles.

Just for this afternoon, I will not yell once, not even a tiny grumble
when you scream and whine for the ice cream truck, and I will buy you
one if he comes by.

Just for this afternoon, I won't worry about what you are going to be
when you grow up, or second guess every decision I have made where you
are concerned.

Just for this afternoon, I will let you help me bake cookies, and won't
stand over you trying to fix them.

Just for this afternoon, I will take us to McDonald's and buy us both a
Happy Meal so you can have both toys.

Just for this evening, I will hold you in my arms and tell you a story
about how you were born and how much I love you.

Just for this evening, I will let you splash in the tub and not get

Just for this evening, I will let you stay up late while we sit on the
porch and count all the stars.

Just for this evening, I will snuggle beside you for hours, and miss my
favorite TV shows.

Just for this evening when I run my finger through your hair as you
pray, I will simply be grateful that God has given me the greatest gift
ever given. I will think about the mothers who are searching for their
missing children, the mothers who are visiting their children's graves
instead of their bedrooms, and mothers who are in hospital rooms
watching their children suffer senselessly, and screaming inside they
can't handle it anymore, and when I kiss you goodnight I will hold you a
little tighter, a little longer. It is then that I will thank God for
you, and ask him for nothing, except one more day.............

For all of us with sons...

My mom sent this to me when Dalton was born. Apparently, my mamaw had given it to her when Alex was little. I'm not sure who wrote it, so I can't give credit...

You were six months old and full of fun,
With the blink of an eye, you were suddenly one.
There were so many things we were going to do,
But I turned my head, and you turned two.
At two you were very dependent on me,
But independence took over when you turned three.
Your third birthday, another year I tried to ignore.
But when I lit the candles there weren't three, but four.
Four was the year that you really strived,
Why, look at you now, you're already five.
Now you are ready for books and for rules.
This is the year that you go to school.
The big day came, you were anxious to go.
We walked to the bus, going oh, so slow.
As you climbed aboard and waved goodbye,
I felt a lump in my throat and tears stung my eyes.
Time goes so fast, its hard to believe
That just yesterday you were home here with me.
And tomorrow when the bus brings you home
and you jump to the ground,
You'll be wearing your cap and graduation
So, I'm holding to these moments as hard as I can,
Because the next time I look, I'll be seeing a man.

Friday, August 15, 2008

New phone :-)

I've got a new phone now. Don't worry, I still have the same number. It's a Chocolate, and it's a royal pain in the ass. lol And I especially hate the fact that I can't bluetooth all my ringtones over to it! I'm guessing that since it has V-cast on it, then it blocks all other ways to get music. lol

Texas school district to let teachers carry guns

I read this story under yahoo news, and I'm not entirely sure how I feel about it! I don't think I would be comfortable allowing my children to be in a classroom with an adult who is carrying a gun. For SEVERAL reasons:

1.) What happens if that teacher is an idiot and leaves it where a child can get to it?

2.) What happens if a teacher goes postal? Hey, it's happened in other professions.

3.) What happens if that teacher forgets to turn the safety on? I'm sure your imagination can supply plenty of outcomes from that.

HOUSTON (Reuters) - A Texas school district will let teachers bring guns to class this fall, the district's superintendent said on Friday, in what experts said appeared to be a first in the United States.

The board of the small rural Harrold Independent School District unanimously approved the plan and parents have not objected, said the district's superintendent, David Thweatt.
School experts backed Thweatt's claim that Harrold, a system of about 110 students 150 miles northwest of Fort Worth, may be the first to let teachers bring guns to the classroom.
Thweatt said it is a matter of safety.

"We have a lock-down situation, we have cameras, but the question we had to answer is, 'What if somebody gets in? What are we going to do?" he said. "It's just common sense."
Teachers who wish to bring guns will have to be certified to carry a concealed handgun in Texas and get crisis training and permission from school officials, he said.
Recent school shootings in the United States have prompted some calls for school officials to allow students and teachers to carry legally concealed weapons into classrooms.
The U.S. Congress once barred guns at schools nationwide, but the U.S. Supreme Court struck the law down, although state and local communities could adopt their own laws. Texas bars guns at schools without the school's permission.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Dumb asses and then

I was going through some of my older blogs on myspace and found a couple that sort of relate to how I feel about recruiting at the moment...seemed a bit appropo with the job hunt and all...and since they about made me die laughing all over again, I figured I'd share. :-)

Ok, people. We ALL know that occasionally, you need to get a new job. It happens. For all kinds of reasons. But PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE put a goddamned phone number, and a WORKING one at that, on your damned resume. I think if I have to e-mail one more idiot letter (seriously, it's saved in my documents as the "idiot letter"), that says, "You applied...didn't leave a number...we need that", I think I'm going to scream. Or maybe I just won't contact you at all. If you can't provide a way for a company to get a hold of you, you're too stupid to have a job.
And, SERIOUSLY, if you live up in the freakin' Woodlands and don't plan on relocating or commuting, then for god's sake, DON'T apply to a company on the freakin' SOUTH side of Houston. You're wasting my time. I would rather spend the 5 minutes I'm wasting with you on someone who actually lives in the area.
Another thing, if the ad says in big, bold, capital letters, "DO NOT SEND ATTACHMENTS; THEY WILL NOT BE OPENED, then DON'T DO IT. Good lord people, are you BLIND??? I'm tired of turfing resumes because they're an attachment and not copy/pasted. Sheesh.
Also, if the freaking ad says in big, bold, capital letters, "ENTRY-LEVEL," that means that the position is entry-level. I don't CARE if you have 50 years experience in whatever it is you did with your career. It's ENTRY-LEVEL. I'm not gonna offer your ass the salary level you want. Apply somewhere you'll be happy with the pay. Don't waste my time. Or yours. And of course if you are fresh out of school, no ACTUAL experience, been leeching off mommy and daddy your whole life, and your only job was at Blockbuster part-time while you were in school, I'm NOT going to offer you 75K. Are you out of your MIND??? Come back when you've got something to bring to the table.

But I swear to GOD if someone calls me ONE MORE TIME with
Them: "Hi. I'm calling about the entry level marketing ad online...What's the job?"
Me: " tell me..WHAT ad are you calling about?"
Them: "the entry level marketing one"
Me: Uhh...okkk...I think you already have your answer, but in case you missed it..the job is MARKETING"
Them: Do I have to come to the office everyday?
Me: No, sir, we're going to call you at random times during the day, make you spin in a circle, pick your nose, stand on one foot, drive around town for a few minutes, and go home. Then tomorrow we'll make you come in so the manager can make sure you don't have any MORE of your brains leaking out or drool on your shirt.
OR: (and I ACTUALLY have heard this one!)
Them: So, what do the women look like there?
Me: We're all 300 lb, cheeseburger-addicted with a flatulence problem and sweaty armpits...good lord sir, are you TRYING to get slapped with a SH suit BEFORE you get hired??

Yeah, well I think this served to entertain me more than anyone else, but for those of you who do the same thing I do...I'm sure you get


I have been seriously crazy-busy this past week! As most everyone knows (Ok, have to interrupt...wouldn't ya know it...apparently my nail polish was still tacky, and I just messed it up by typing! *Sigh*)...ok, now after that brief message from our sponsors...

As, I was saying, as most everyone knows, I've been papering the town with my resume. It's totally time for something new! Well, since last Friday, I've had 5 interviews. I'm not entirely sure how it's all going. Strangely...I seem to be overqualified for a lot of positions...go figure! lol It's a nice situation to be in, I suppose, but there was one interview that I definitely was NOT overqualified for, but if they offered it to me (won't know anything until next week), I'm not sure I would accept. It's a great company on the 11th floor of some huge building off of 59 and Shepherd, but the company concept goes over my head! Which, of course, understanding it isn't necessary to what I would be doing, but I hate working for a company, and not being able to describe it to other people.

The company I interviewed with this morning was great, actually. Again, it's in an industry that I have NO familiarity with, but at least I UNDERSTAND what they do! It doesn't pay a whole lot to start, but I would have increases once I proved my ability to perform. If they offered me the position, I would take it, though. They're international, continuously expanding (which means STABILITY!), and everyone there is friendly! I will NOT work for or with someone I do not respect or who does not respect me. I don't have to like them to be able to work with them, but it sure does make life easy!

Tomorrow morning, I have an interview for a recruiting position with a college. I have to admit, I'm a bit nervous about that one. I'm a little burned out with recruiting. I've been doing it for close to 8 years. It's old to me. However, it is with a different company, so I would expect that it would be different in ways that I may like. The salary is extraordinary ($65K/year), and I defnitely qualify since I have both recruiting and sales experience, but I'm still not sure I would take it if offered. Yeah, I know! What??!! Turn down $65K???!! Am I NUTS? a nutshell...yeah.

I know what I need to make to live, I know what I need to make to be comfortable, and everything else on top is great! But, if I'm not happy where I am, I'm in no better of a situation than I am now. I would rather not wind up quitting after a few months. To me, making less money, but being HAPPY is more important! I see it as if you're making a ton, but miserable, then you're no better than a prostitute. You're basically just selling yourself and your happiness for some extra money.

I agreed to meet with them though to discuss the opportunity, and I will listen, and at that time make a decision on whether it's something I could see myself doing or not. So...we'll see!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008


Dalton spent Saturday and Sunday night with his grandma and grandpa, like he pretty much does every weekend. My mom woke him up from his nap and asked if he needed to go potty. So, still half-asleep, he got up...went into the bathroom...opened the linen closet...and peed into it!!!!

I wanted to laugh so BAD when my mom told me that, but I didn't want Dalton to think I was laughing at him! Poor kid. lol Hey, what can you do when you're still half-asleep?? I guess she was lucky he didn't poop in it!!! lol

That's something I'm going to put into his baby book and tell ALL his girlfriends about when he's older! :-)

Monday, August 11, 2008

7 hours of sleep!!

Woo hoo!! Ryan slept for 7 hours straight last night! He's slept through the night a couple of times in the past couple of weeks, but it's still nice to get that many uninterrupted hours of sleep!

We're still working on getting him to sleep through the night at least two nights in a row, but we're getting there! lol Last night, I wound up having to cheat a little anyways. I went to bed around 8pm since I hadn't gotten ANY sleep the night before, leaving Dean up to take care of Ryan. I woke up about 1:30am hearing Ryan screaming his head off, of course. Turns out he had been screaming like that since I went to sleep. Poor Dean. lol I finally just took Ryan and laid him in bed between us, and he went right to sleep! lol

I guess he just needed his mommy. lol :-) Now, a little over an hour since he woke up in the first place, where is he now?? Asleep. Again. lol

Friday, August 8, 2008

What the hell??!!!

I read this story on yahoo. What the hell is with stupid people??? Seriously! I am AMAZED that this kid is still alive, much less that her mother actually made it to adulthood with such a retarded grandmother around! This woman should be shot!

MARATHON, Fla. - Authorities say a grandmother was arrested for driving around the parking lot of a Marathon grocery store with her 3-year-old child sitting on the roof of the car.
Monroe County Sheriff's Office deputies were called to the Publix store Tuesday and arrested a 54-year-old woman after she was driving around with her three-year-old granddaughter on the roof of her car.
The grandmother was released from jail 15 hours later.
The woman said Thursday she would never let anything hurt her granddaughter. She says she was driving at "snail-speed" and holding the child's leg.
Authorities say the woman told police she was giving the child some air and letting her have fun.
She faces charges of child abuse. The child is back with her mother.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Some new pics of my little one!

I'm getting camera I swear that Ryan already flinches when he sees the camera coming.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Ryan's injury :-(

My poor baby got his first boo-boo last night! And it was a hell of a boo-boo too! Dean had him on the bed with him, but had his hand on him pretty much the whole time. He moved his hand to grab something, and Ryan chose that particular moment to lunge forward...and rolled right off the bed!

Keep in mind, my bed is an 8" Tempurpedic mattress. We have it on a regular foundation AND another foundation to give it height, and it's STILL only 2 and a half feet off the ground! I never would have figured that the fall from that distance would hurt him! I heard him scream and ran into the room. He kept screaming for an hour. By that time, I had compressed pretty much every inch of his body to see where the pain was coming from. It sounds horrible, but the only way to tell where a baby is hurt is to find the spot where they scream the most when you touch it. I kind of determined that it was his left leg, from his knee to his toes. By that time, I was already suspicious that he had at least one broken toe, because they were bright red and swollen. So, off to the ER we went.

This is the 2nd time we've gone to Christus St. John's since Ryan was born. The first time was when he pulled out his umbilical cord and it wouldn't stop bleeding. Both times, I was extremely impressed by the reception. I've always liked that hospital more than any others...ESPECIALLY Clear Lake Regional (I wouldn't take my child there for anything. He'd probably die if I took him...they're that horrible!). But Christus St. John's has always actually cared about the person they treat. Their bedside manner is incredible. The first time, we took him there, he was only 11 days old, and they got him in within 5 seconds of getting there. This time, we waited a little longer, but the ER was empty...seriously, we were the only ones I wasn't really worried about him catching an illness from someone else.

The doctor came in within 20 minutes of being there, took a look and thought that 2 of his toes were definitely broken and possibly his leg, too. I thought my heart was going to drop into my stomach! They got some x-rays done, and that was pretty horrible too. They made me hold his leg down, which I can understand since he wasn't being still, but it made me want to bawl! Anyone with kids will understand that!

The x-rays came back ok on his leg; it was just bruised. The bones on his toes are still too tiny to show up very well, so he was having a hard time telling how badly they were broken, but he verified that they were. He thinks Ryan just hit the floor at the right angle to hurt him like that. :-( We have to follow up with an orthopedist to make sure his toes don't heal the wrong way.

Right now, my little baby is in so much pain. All I can give him in Tylenol, and it does seem to help a little, but he's been a really unhappy guy today. :-(

Monday, August 4, 2008

Dalton's "Trumpet"

My oldest child is developing both mine and his father's musical abilities! Yay!! He's never really been interested in music until lately. Before, if you tried to sing or dance, he'd yell at you to stop it! "Stop singing mommy! No!" Seriously. lol Every once in a while you could get him to dance with you, but rarely. He's always watched "Little Einsteins" on Disney in the mornings which deals exclusively with classical music by famous composers and teaches kids to recognize melodies. He LOVES it, and another of his cartoons on PBS, "Caillou," has an episode where they make drums and maracas. He insisted upon making his own drums (his dad was a drummer) and that made his dad really proud! lol

Well, today, Dalton sees my clarinet laid out (I haven't played in over a year), and takes an immediate interest. He proclaimed it a trumpet, and immediately picked it up. lol I told him it was a clarinet, he repeated the word, and said, "'s a trumpet." Then he put it in his mouth and blew through it. To my SHOCK, he made it squeak VERY loudly! The clarinet is NOT something you can pick up and just blow through it to make a sound! You have to have an embouchre and actually focus the air through the instrument. And he did it! lol I was SOOOOO proud of him! I can't wait until he's big enough for his fingers to fit the keys, so I can teach him to play! :-) Hopefully, he doesn't choose the drums (which would be to his dad's delight! lol).

The Hunt Is On!!

I have decided to look for another job! I am so SICK of being taken advantage of on a daily basis! I have nothing against Dot; I love her to death on a personal level, but it's always something. She either piles work on me and expects me to do it for way less than it's worth per week, or even -gasp!-for free!!! Yes, sometimes she thinks that she can make me do all kinds of work and not pay me! I guess she expects it as a favor or something. Oh, and half the time, I can't even get her to pay me either on time, or at all! This time, she's 2 MONTHS behind on paying me! So, I called her every day for weeks and weeks, and am I paid?? Nope. She's given me less than half of what I'm owed. Sucky part is I've told her over and over I have bills to pay.

Now, I'm stuck with a brand new car and extra bills associated with it, and now I just may have to relinquish it, because I can't get a freaking paycheck to pay the lease on it! Ughh! Not to mention all the OTHER bills we have! Dean's great and all, and busts his ass, but he can't pay all the bills by himself. And he shouldn't have to. I have never been so frustrated in my life. Well, I take that back. I'm sure I have, but at this moment, it's making me want to cry. I can't even sleep.

I'm hoping to find something in my field. Unfortunately, those jobs are highly competitive and are filled very quickly, and you practically have to have a master's degree to qualify over another person. Ughh. Well, I've already applied to a dozen or so, so we'll see if I get any bites. lol At this point, I'd be happy doing something I've never done! As long as it's not fast'd kill myself first if it came to that! lol