Saturday, May 30, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
I didn't cry when they called Jamie up to get his graduation certificate; nor did I cry when they called him up for certificates for Safety Patrols and Strings. However, when they showed a slideshow of pictures from the entire year, with him looking so little at the beginning of the year, and pictures from the end of the year where he looks so much more like a young man, I had to look up at the ceiling and chant under my breath "do not cry. do not cry. do not cry." I managed to hold it together through the ceremony and the meet-and-greet afterwards. But when I got to my car, I put my head down on my steering wheel, and had a little cry. Seems like just yesterday (literally!) I dropped him off for his first day of Kindergarten, and today he's graduating to go on up to middle school! Sniffle, sniffle, sigh.
Well, here we have episode # 511 of how the new place is coming along. I now have a permanent crick in my neck from standing on a step stool and taping the walls right next to the ceiling. All the tops of the walls are taped, so ceiling painting can finally commence tonight. I know, I know, it sure did take me long enough. I put Jamie to work taping off the molding at the foot of the walls so that will be one less thing we have to do before we can start priming the walls. He actually did a fantastic job. He got mad at me last night because I ran out of tape before I ran out of wall to tape off, so I went to where he had been taping and stole some of his tape. Then when I said I was going to let him paint a few stripes on the ceiling, he got over being mad. We have to go get more tape at Home Depot so that Jamie can continue taping what he can reach while I get started on the ceilings. Someone is supposed to come over tonight at 7 to look at some furniture. Honestly, I'm not holding my breath on that one. I've had waaaay too many people tell me they're coming at such and such time and they never show up, don't respond to e-mails I send or phone calls. I have found that the people who are the worst about it are under the age of 27; the older people who I have talked to show up when they say they will, and if they cannot show up or don't need it anymore, they call or e-mail me to let me know. I have noticed a definite generational difference in how courteous people are! Anyway, I'm off to finish my coffee then get ready for Jamie's graduation. Jamie already informed me that if I cry, he'll be "mortified" (his word). At least I know he's got a great vocabulary.
Oh, and BTW, he still has straight A's. I'm so proud!
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Anyway, I have to tape off the bedrooms and bathroom still tonight, but they are small rooms, so I fully expect to at least get the ceiling painted tonight. While I'm painting the ceiling, I'm going to have Jamie tape off the trim. That way, tomorrow night, when the ceilings are dry, all I'll have to do is tape off the ceilings and I can start priming the walls. Hope to have the whole house painted by Sunday, so then we can spend the rest of the week packing. Friday night, the tech will come over for us to load the truck of all but the air mattress and cot, then Saturday early we'll throw the last little bit in the car and truck and head out.
I'll be glad when this is all over with!
FYI - tomorrow is Jamie's 5th grade graduation. I'll be sure to post pics tomorrow if I get a chance. If I don't have time tomorrow, I promise to post them soon.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
The rest of this post will be dedicated to the bedrooms of the new house, and the heart attack I had over the weekend regarding the price of paint. Ai yi yi! Yes, the landlord is going to reimburse me, but DAMN paint is expensive! I'm looking at about a $200-$300 investment, and that's just for the low end stuff. But paint is a necessity. This house is ugly, and I will go batshit insane (to steal a phrase from Suze) if I have to sit in my living room and stare at shit-brown walls. (Upon close inspection of the walls over the weekend, I've decided they aren't pretty enough to be chocolate brown. Instead, it looks like shiny poo has been smeared all over the place. I refuse to sit and look at poo all day!) So, since the investment is more than I thought it would be, instead I'm painting the whole house one color and all the trim a bright white, then as I have money I'll add the accent walls in one room at a time. It won't be as pretty in the meantime, but I'll be there two years. I think I'll live. Besides, even the one color I choose to paint it will be soooo much better than poo. I don't like feeling like I'm sitting on the inside of a dirty diaper.
Anyhoo, here's pics of the smallest bedroom, which will act as our office/music room/playroom/guest room, as the need arises. Normally, I would like this pretty shade of yellow; however, it is too yellow for the tone of the rest of the house, so it will be painted over, as well.
Friday, May 22, 2009
The hallway will probably be a slightly lighter shade of whatever color goes in the bathroom, (since the hallway is so small), well.... maybe. That one wall between the doors to my room and Jamie's room is crying out for some artwork, pictures of Jamie, maybe a tall bookshelf, SOMETHING right there. It's such a natural focal point that I want to take advantage of it. I only have the one picture of the hallway; it was so teensy, I didn't see much point in getting it from several angles. It's basically just big enough to turn around in and decide which door you want to enter.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Now, here's a question for all my faithful readers:
I'm leaning toward natural tones, like beiges, cremes, sage, brown, etc. Jamie and I have a debate going right now on whether we should paint each room in different colors that complement each other(which looks really lovely but can get expensive), or if we should paint the whole house all the same wall and trim colors, then paint two walls in each room an accent color (which all happen to complement each other and look really lovely, but winds up being less expensive). So tell me your thoughts. What do you think we should do?
Monday, May 18, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
Before you ask, "Why don't you just stay in your current house?" The answer is, it's too big for two people and two dogs, I'm throwing away money in many ways by renting this house: heating/air conditioning such a large space (even with vents closed in the rooms we don't use), paying rent for 1600 sq. ft. of house when we'll do just fine with about half that, the unused rooms, the huge task of cleaning so much space... you get the idea. It's wasted money. Sure, it's great to have an extra bedroom and bed when you have company come, but - barring tragic family circumstances and the sorting out of boucoup crap due to said family tragedy - we typically don't need two extra bedrooms. We have a couch that folds out into a double bed, and we also now have an air mattress, so we should be able to keep company fairly comfy with less than four bedrooms.
Anyway, a house came up for rent down the street from Jamie's elementary school (which also happens to be really close to 95% of his friends). And the rent is $225 cheaper a month than I'm currently paying. But, there's all kinds of people with appointments to go look at the house on Saturday and Sunday. So, I scootched to the head of the line by asking to see it today, right after work. The lady brought the application with her, and after looking over the house top to bottom and making notes of many many things that need some TLC and attention... I filled out the application.
It is almost half the size of the house we currently rent - 3 BR, 1 BA, 1 car garage, 894 sq. feet. The rooms are tiny, the previous tenants scribbled all over the doors with Sharpies, punched holes in the doors, took doors off hinges, and for some unknown reason painted the living room chocolate brown. It looks like somebody poured old Hershey's syrup all over the walls and let it dry there. I love chocolate, but not chocolate-looking walls. The fence needs repairing in several sections, the carpet is trashed in part of the house, the closets have those awful metal bifolding doors with the funky slats on them, the yard has barely any grass, they left DEER ANTLERS in the back yard, for goodness sakes! This house was darn near pitiful.
But. BUT! It has potential. Yes, it's small. But that means that the insulated curtains will work better at keeping out the heat, and the a/c and heating will be less expensive. The rent is MUCH less expensive. A new coat of paint, steam cleaned carpeting, and some new tile in the kitchen will go a long way to make the house cute. Plus, the owner has agreed to consider a 2 year lease, which means she can't jack the rent up on me next year, and it's near 95% of Jamie's friends, still less than 5 minutes from my work, and is just down the street from a public park with basketball goals and a baseball diamond on one side, and his elementary school on the other. True, he won't be actually attending this elementary school next year, but he can still go up there and play on the playground and the soccer field. And the street dead-ends at the park, so there is very little traffic. And, it has some really large, nice shade trees in the front and back, where my current house does not have any shade in the front, and weirdly placed shade in the back.
One big drawback about moving now is that I'll be (temporarily) paying rent on TWO houses, because I can't break my lease. They are way more strict about it down here than they are in back home. But, my current rental company will waive the remaining two months on my lease if someone else rents the house before my rental term is up. If I've already paid that month's rent, they'll give me a prorated rebate. And, by moving during summer, it increases the chances that someone else WILL rent the house before my term is up at the end of July.
So, I went ahead and gave my current company notice that I am not renewing the lease and will be vacating the property before the term is up. I also told them that the house will be ready to show to prospective renters by June 15. This presents a bit of a problem, though, as the house is a. freaking. mess. This semester kicked my butt, so the house looks like crap. I need to do some major trash hauling, and some series going over what I have. See, if we're moving to a house half the size of this one, I have a lot of stuff to get rid of. I'm thinking garage sale, a LARGE garage sale!
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? Not that I know of. My parents needed another "J" name for a female, and needed a "D" name for the middle name so that all the kids would have the initials "JDH" - so Jennifer Dawn it was.
2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED? last night
3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? It's okay. It can get sloppy, though.
4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT? turkey breast.
5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS? Yes, I have three boys, Jamie, Ziggy and Buddy. Only one is my biological child. Guess which one?
6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU? Probably not. I'm a little psycho sometimes.
7. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT? Ummm.... Yeah!
8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS? Yes.
9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP? Not even if you offered me a million dollars.
10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL? Generic maple and brown sugar frosted bite-sized wheat cereal.
11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF? Never
12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG? Physically or mentally? I think so, or at least, I hope so.
13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM? Ben and Jerry's Dublin Mudslide.
14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE? Their eyes.
15. RED OR PINK? Depends on what mood I'm in.
16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF? my temper.
17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST? my mom
18. WHAT COLOR SHOES ARE YOU WEARING? black soccer slides
19. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE? banana
20. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW? The scanning electron microscope pumping down
21. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE? purple
22. FAVORITE SMELLS? fresh brewed coffee
23. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE? my brother
24. DO YOU LIKE THE PERSON WHO SENT THIS TO YOU? Absitively posolutely
25. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH? soccer, figure skating.
26. Hair Color? brown, black, red and gray.
27. EYE COLOR? blue/gray/green, depending on my mood
28. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS? no way
29. FAVORITE FOOD? California roll sushi
30. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS? Happy Endings
31. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED? Kim Possible: So the Drama (I was watching it with Jamie)
32. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING? bright green
33. SUMMER OR WINTER? Winter!
34. HUGS OR KISSES? I'll take either
35. FAVORITE DESSERT? cheesecake
36. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW? Danse Macabre by Laurell K. Hamilton
39. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD? words
40. WHAT DID YOU WATCH ON TV LAST NIGHT? Nothing
41. FAVORITE SOUND? Jamie's giggle
42. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES? both
43. WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME? San Antonio, Tx
44. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT? I've got a few.
45. WHERE WERE YOU BORN? Defiance, Ohio
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
At one time, it was important to me for Jamie to see me graduate. It was important for him to see all my hard work pay off. It still is important, but Jamie's safety is more important. So now I think we aren't going to attend the graduation ceremony. We can take the money we would have used for gas, food and hotel, and instead do something together to celebrate that weekend. I'm still hoping we can go to Disney World to celebrate - I just don't know what to do about the dogs. The main problem is not Ziggy, but Buddy. I'll think on this more, and get back to you.
Monday, May 11, 2009
…was not exactly the best day I’ve ever had. Through convoluted circumstances, we wound up having a friend of Jamie’s spend the night Saturday night. We all stayed up way too late watching cartoons and such and playing Monopoly, so I wanted to sleep in Sunday morning. Unfortunately, instead, I got this about every 10-15 minutes:
§ “Mom, can Jackson and I eat ____________?”
§ “Mom, can Jackson and I go outside and play with ______________?”
§ “Mom, can Jackson and I play with _________________ in the living room?”
§ “Oh, sorry, happy mother’s day, and can Jackson and I watch __________________?”
§ “I’m hungry, can I fix ________________?”
Over and over again, in an endless loop, starting at 7:00 a.m. After the fifth or sixth time of him waking me up, I sat up, grabbed one of the many pillows next to the bed and threw it at him. After that, he got the hint and left me alone until I was ready to get up on my own. I mean, for Pete’s sake, they’re 11! They should know how to keep themselves entertained and not keep waking me up for permission for things that they know perfectly well if it is or is not okay to do while I’m sleeping (food is always okay, playing with toys quietly or watching approved TV channels in the living room are perfectly okay while I am sleeping, while going outside is definitely NOT okay if I’m asleep. Jamie knows this. So I woke up grumpy.
Then, we took Jackson home and headed for Starbucks for a little treat to celebrate the day. We were supposed to go out to eat to Jamie’s favorite place (Incredible’s Pizza, which has a giant game room and go-karts, putt-putt golf, skeeball, bowling, etc.), but my professor was supposed to post my exam yesterday, and I really wanted to get it done over the weekend so I wouldn’t be mentally fatigued from work before starting the test. So we waited around all dang day… and waited…. And waited…. No exam.
Around 8 p.m., I decided that – hungry or not – Jamie needed to eat some supper. We both go into the kitchen, and while I’m digging around for something to fix out of the freezer, Jamie moans a little bit, then projectile vomits all over me. Nice.
I get him (and me) cleaned up, then I run to the store for Gatorade, Sprite, crackers and soup. Get home, fix him some good old chicken noodle and crackers, then get him settled into bed. Check the computer, STILL NO EXAM.
By this time, I’m tired, cranky, and too darn tired to take the exam anyway, so I get ready for bed. Get e-mail notification on my phone (that wakes me up) that the exam was finally posted – at 11:30 at night! Then I get teed off, because this creates an unfair advantage for the students who don’t work full-time, because they effectively get more time to finish the exam than those of us who do have kids, families and full-time jobs (and there are quite a few of us in that class). I go back to bed, but I’m so mad about the test situation that I toss and turn for a while before I can go back to sleep.
So, my mother’s day wasn’t spectacular, but at least I got to spend it with my kid (sick or not).
Friday, May 08, 2009
Hope you enjoy! Jamie is planning on sticking with the violin and looks forward to having Mr. Prado as his orchestra teacher in middle school next year. As Jamie says, "Yay! I get to be an 'orch dork' next year!"
Thursday, May 07, 2009
Oh, and for those of you who hate HFCS but don’t like Mountain Dew, there’s also Pepsi Throwback, using natural sugar. Enjoy!