Sleeping feels so good when the weather gets just a bit nippy.  All snuggled up in a warm, cozy bed.  Wish I didn’t have to get up.  Wouldn’t it be nice to snuggle up in a cozy bed and sleep through the winter?  Wake up to spring with all the cold and snow behind you.

I’ve been sick for a couple of days and all I want to do is sleep.  It started Monday with the stomach and has progressed to include headache, nausea, general aches and pains and diarrhea.  Seems to get worse as the day moves along until, by the time I get off work, all I want to do is go to sleep.  Woke up this morning with the symptoms gone.  Hope I’m finished with it.

I was supposed to go out with the Sistahs Monday evening to a nice Cuban restaurant but, by the time I got off work, I could barely make it to bed.  Yesterday morning, I felt a lot better but got sick again as the day went along.  Nothing much has been happening except dealing with it.

Tomorrow, DS goes back to court.  I had him ask his attorney if I should go but he said it wasn’t necessary.  I’ve got so much going on I’m going to skip it.  His attorney says nothing is going to happen tomorrow except for touching base with the judge and it’s a bad time for me to take off work.  Gotta get a lot crammed into this short week.  I could tell the judge about some of the crap going on but they probably won’t even ask.  No one seems to want to hear about it and DS knows just as much as I do.

 

28thSeptember

Short week ahead

Busy weekend but now it’s back to work.  I went to a birthday party for Sistah Pam Saturday.  Lots of good food and good people.  It’s actually her birthday today and some of us are going to a Cuban Restaurant to celebrate this evening.

Spent yesterday doing lesson plans for the upcoming week so I’ve got it covered.  We’re off Friday so it’ll be a short one.  The kids are actually off Friday, Monday and Tuesday but teachers are only off Friday.  I have a couple of ideas for what I’d like to do.  Maybe paint the living room…DS and DH will be driving to Olathe, Kansas (wherever that is) to deliver a Super Beetle Amp they sold on e-bay so I guess they’ll be gone Friday and Saturday.  What I’d like to do is check into a hotel with a couple of good books and a great restaurant.

DS and DIL go back to court Thursday.  I don’t know if I should go or not.  Everyone seems to think this is just a “touch base” kind of appearance and nothing is going to happen.  I’d have to take off work in able to go.  I guess I should ask his attorney if there’s any reason for me to go.  I may need to save that sick day for another mammogram instead.  I got the results and they want me to come back in for more tests.  It’s kind of irritating.  I’ve had a breast reduction and they’ve asked me to come back in the last two times I had a mammogram because of some scar tissue that shows up on the X-rays.  I know that’s what it is but I can’t take any chances so I’ve got to make another appointment to get it checked and that means more time off work.

 

Evidently, I don’t know what a nerd is.  I wore a long, frumpy gray pleated skirt, a baggy white blouse, socks and orthopedic shoes.  Plastered my hair flat but coaxed a cowlick to stick up right on the top and sprayed the Hell out of my hair to get it to stay that way.  Got  a pair of black framed glasses and taped the nose piece.  Finally, I did my best to create a unibrow and topped it off with RED old lady lipstick. That’s what a nerd wears, right?  Most of the other teachers did their hair in cute little ponytails or pigtails and went with the “cheerleader look”.  They wore knee socks and short skirts or jumpers and plastic jewelry.  They looked fresh and cute and I looked like an old battle axe teacher.  The guys got it right.  They went with suspenders and high water pants and waistbands halfway up their chests.  What does a female nerd look like, anyway?

Today is Spirit Day.  All the kids dress in their class colors and there’s a pep rally the last hour.  Makes it pretty easy to figure out what to wear.  Tee shirt and jeans.

DIL’s boyfriend came back.  At least, that’s what the kids say.  Jake told me that he was supposed to pick them up early yesterday.  I started racking my brain for the correct response.  I mean, what am I supposed to do if some guy shows up to pick up the kids?  If I refuse, I know it’s going to get ugly and I don’t want to be accused of not releasing the boys when I’m supposed to but, on the other hand, if I release them to some guy I don’t even know and something happens, I could and would be held responsible.

I called the caseworker.  First time I’ve ever talked to him and he said, “Oh, that’s between you and Stacy.  Just call her and make sure it’s okay.”  I said, “I don’t have a phone number for her anymore.  She gave me her mother’s phone number but I don’t think that’s going to help.”  He said, “Well, just give her mother a call and ask her to call you if she wants him to pick them up.  I’m not at the office right now but I don’t think it should be a problem.”  I said, “The court charged me with taking the kids everyday and watching them until Stacy gets off work so she can pick them up.  I’m not comfortable with releasing them to someone I don’t know.”  He said, “Well, like I said, that’s between you and her.  You need to talk to her about it.  Feel free to call me if you have anymore questions.”  Yeah…sure.  Luckily, she showed up at the correct time to pick them up.  Pulled up in the drive and sat there waiting for them to come out.  I guess I should have gone out and talked to her about it but I was angry and didn’t think things would go very well.

 

24thSeptember

Revenge of the Nerds

Today is Nerd Day.  Shouldn’t be too hard to dress for that.  Find a couple of hairpins, a plaid skirt, socks and tennis shoes.  Use a pair of those big, Dollar Tree glasses.  And, considering that it’s still raining, that should just enhance the look.

Got some bad news yesterday.  ESS (Extended School Services) provides for extra tutoring for students who are failing classes.  We work with small groups of kids, usually 6 to 8, after school a couple of times a week to help them get back on track.  I do ESS for an hour and a half on Wednesdays and Fridays after school.  Got the word yesterday that the funding was cut by 40%.  Now the teachers are going to have to work with larger groups, cut the time to 1 hour once a week and it will only run for 3 weeks out of each six week grading period instead of six.  That means my little “bonus” pay just dropped from 3 hours per week to one and I’ll be working with ten to twelve kids.  Oh, wait, it’s less than that because I will only be doing it in three week intervals instead of six.  I guess my bonus just went from 3 hours each week to 30 minutes.  And the cuts just keep coming.

Crap…the cat just threw up.

23rdSeptember

Dress Up Day

It remains to be seen…if I’ll dress up.  This is homecoming week at school.  Monday was jeans and school tee shirt.  Yesterday was “your favorite decade” and today is dress up day.  I’m cold and it’s been raining since yesterday evening.  I don’t really feel like dressing up and then wading out to the car while trying to keep an umbrella from inverting in the wind and blowing away.  Thunderstorms and dress up do not go together.  In fact, the satellite signal went out around 7:30 and didn’t come back on all evening.  I missed Hell’s Kitchen and The First 48.  Boo!  I guess we’re going to have to have a service call.  We lose the signal everytime it rains and a lot of times when it doesn’t.  I suspect it’s the neighbor’s tree but I don’t know what we can do about it.  Finally gave up and went to bed at 9:30.

Got the doctor thing over with.  All the parts seem to be in the right places.  Mammogram, pap smear, blood work.  I’m supposed to go back in a couple of weeks for a bone density scan.

I didn’t sleep well.  I felt cold all night.  No reason for me to be cold but I was anyway.  I pulled a blanket on the bed and woke up feeling hot and stuffy.  Took the blanket off and woke up cold.  Turned the thermostat up and still felt chilly.  I think it’s just all this rain because the temperature in the house is right where it always is.

6:30 a.m. - Okay.  I gave in.  Dressed to the nines and heading out into the downpour in custom made dichronic glass necklace and earrings, black dress pants, black heels, black blouse and black and white jacket.  Let’s see how it holds up in the rain…BTW, I had to use a safety pin in the waist of the pants because they’re TOO TIGHT if I button them.

22ndSeptember

Ughh…Woman stuff

I have to leave work 20 minutes early today to see my GYN.  It’s been a year and a half and she’s not taking no for an answer.  Is it my fault it’s hard to get in there?  Who ever heard of a doctor whose latest appointment is 2:40?

On the DIL front…DGS told DS that “Mark moved out.”  DIL’s phone is disconnected and she told me to call her mother if I needed to get in touch with her and her mother would let her know.  Guess he got tired of paying her cell phone bill.  Interesting.  Her boyfriends usually last at least six months.  This one only made it four. 

I’m sure she’ll have another one lined up shortly.  She’s never taken care of herself.  Much less, the kids.  She’s pretty good eye candy.  In the year and a half when we went through this before, she moved in with FOUR different guys.  Of course, in the current situation, no one was willing to admit that she was living with him in the first place so they probably won’t see him moving out as a problem.  I told the caseworker but the caseworker asked her and she denied it and that was the end of the story.  I don’t know why he moved out.  I’d like to think that someone actually found out and told her he had to go but I suppose he just got fed up with her and left.  I’d love to have been a fly on the wall in that house.

Nothing else going on.  DIL says she has to work late all this week and can’t pick up the kids until 8:00 each evening so I worked with Jake on his homework yesterday afternoon while DS played with Scout.  Jake had a note in his agenda book from his teacher that he hadn’t written a story on Thursday, another on Friday and he wouldn’t be getting recess until they were turned in.  He had math homework, too.  We got it all done so he’s heading to school this morning all caught up but, again, DIL didn’t make him do it on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.  I wanted DS to write a note in his agenda book saying, “I’m sorry Jake got so far behind.  He should be caught up now.  Please let me know if he gets behind in his homework again.” but he wouldn’t do it.  Doesn’t look good that DIL is letting him get so far behind in school but I guess the important thing is to take up the slack and make sure it gets done.

Guess I’d better head to the shower.  Considering that I’m visiting the GYN immediately after working 7 hours, shaving my legs is the least I can do.

21stSeptember

I think it might rain…

 I think it’s gonna rain.  I know it did last night.  It poured from around 6:00 until I went to bed at 10:00.  The satellite TV went out, came back on, went out, came on, went out and finally stayed out around 8:45.  We’re going to have to call them.  The last couple of months, it seems like the TV goes out whenever it rains.

I got some cleaning done this weekend.  Not a lot but it’s a start.  Totally scrubbed the living room and hall.  Cleaned all the pictures, washed the walls, shampooed the carpets, washed all the windows inside and out.  Of course, washing all the windows pretty much guarantees a storm will follow and splatter them up.

I haven’t written much about the DIL thing for a while, Beerab, because it’s just a long and irritating battle.  We go back to court on October 1.  The new caseworker doesn’t do much.  At least he’s not a lying, conniving, totally biased diva like the other one but he doesn’t seem to want to get involved with anything.  About visitation…he says he’d prefer that DIL and DS work it out on their own.  DS has decided that’s not going to work so we’ve made up our minds that we’ll have to let the judge set visitation.  It’s been DS picking up the kids at school at 4:00, getting them to my house at 4:30, and having to leave at 5:30 Monday through Friday for a month or so.  Friday, DIL annnounced that she’s working different hours this week and she won’t be able to pick them up until 8:00 every evening.  She said she’s working Saturday too and “he’ll have to watch them”.  I told her he couldn’t watch them on Saturday and she said, “Well, I have to work.  He’s got to.”  I said, “He won’t be in town Saturday and he won’t be able to.”  We left it at, “Well, talk to him because I have to work.”  I tried to call her Saturday to tell he said there’s no way and her number was disconnected. 

I think it’s going to be a long haul.  Right now, she’s still in a pretty good place.  I’m afraid she’s probably going to be good for a while now, she’ll probably get custody and then she’ll start playing her games again in six months or so.  I try not to dwell on it but it’s always in the back of my mind and I wake up almost every night thinking about it.

Enough, I’ve got to get my shower and try to round up some rubber ducks to follow me to work.

I’ve GOT TO CLEAN house this weekend.  My house is gross.  Seems like I just don’t feel like cleaning anymore but it’s got to be done.  Everywhere I look, I see dirty walls, dirty carpet and dust an inch thick.  Well, maybe not an inch thick but it’s getting there.  I’m even considering painting.  I’ve been putting it off for a long time.  Planned on doing it last summer but then all the DIL crap came up and consumed my summer break.

DGS, Steven, is participating in an awareness walk for the Brain Injury Institute of Kentucky this morning.  That pretty much forces me to get dressed and get out of the house early so I can drive him to Bellarmine University.  Guess I’ll go pick up some cleaning supplies while he’s walking and try to make some progress today.

Today is DGS Jake’s birthday.  He’s ten years old today.  We have a few gifts and some cake.  Not like in the past when we’d have a big party for him but he’ll only be here from 4:30 to 6:00 this evening and DS has to leave at 5:30 so there’s not a lot we can do.  Hope he’s not disappointed.  Here’s a picture DS took with him last week.

I’ve been really busy this week.  School and watching kids.  We’ve had a houseful this week.  Work is going well but I’m still glad it’s Thursday.  Nothing going on after school today so I get to hit the door running after the bell rings.  Yay!!!

8:40 a.m. - We’re doing statewide testing today.  I’m working with an ECE student who gets a reader assigned to him.  That means I read the questions and he writes down the answers.  This particular test is called “On Demand Writing” which means I read a scenario to him and he has to write a response that addresses the issue.  It took me five minutes to read it to him and now he gets to have an hour to write his response.  My job?  Just sit in the room and be supervise.  We have another hour before the kids are released to go back to class so I guess I’ll just sit here and play ketchup!

14thSeptember

Up and at em!

Lazy weekend.  I worked on my computer almost all weekend.  Only went out a couple of times.  I got my lessons for the week all written and posted online and explored the grade/attendance program I talked about last Thursday.  Also downloaded a free program to use with my students in web design and played with it a little bit.  Oh yeah, colored my hair pink/purple.

The weather was gorgeous so I went out to the spa a couple of times.  Fall is definitely in the air.  DH and I were planning to go to our place in Florida the first week in October when I have a long weekend but we rethought it and decided not to go.  It would be really pushing it since I only have Friday, Saturday, and Sunday off.  Still, I’ve got a sleeper sofa, a dining room table and four chairs, and five cabinets that NEED TO GO.  They’re in my way and I’m tired of looking at them.  Guess it will have to wait until Thanksgiving break.

I bought a “Power Red” color for my hair and it turned out pretty bright.  I can’t decide if it looks more pink or purple.  That’s okay.  I like it and know it’s going to fade pretty quickly.  The reds always do.

DH wanted a casserole for dinner last night but he was torn between hot chicken salad and a hashbrown casserole so I made a combo.  Guess you could call it a hot hashbrown chicken casserole salad.  It turned out good but my stomach is being a bit rebellious this morning.  Sometimes it seems like the list of things I can’t eat is beginning to outnumber the list of things I can. 

A couple of friends were supposed to meet us this weekend for dinner and a movie but they called Saturday and invited us to their house for a cookout instead.  Long drive each way so we didn’t go.  It felt good to just hang out at home.

I always get a bit of a shock on Friday mornings when the alarm goes off and I roll over and find DH in bed.   He’s been working four day work weeks for a couple of years and it still throws me.  “Whoa!  What are you doing here?  Shouldn’t you be at work?”

“It’s Friday.”  ”

“Oh, yeah…you don’t have to drag your butt out of bed like the rest of us.”  (sigh)

Yesterday was busy.  Sistah Pam came out to the school to work with our teachers all day.  She got into it with Pitiful, Arrogant, Upchuck Lowlife.  He got so mad he had to walk away.  She says the “L” should be for lazy.  I’ll go along with that.  At any rate, I was pretty busy all day and didn’t get to spend much time with her.  She brought some oatmeal raspberry bars, brownies and some peanut butter goodies that involved whole grain cherrios and the goodies went over really well.  After school, she hosted a PD for teachers around the district on working with the grade/attendance program our district uses.  This time, I actually got to participate and learned a lot.  Folks were still hitting me up for help with little things but it didn’t take very long to help them and I got a lot done.  Today, I’ve got to finish transferring all my students’ grades to the program we learned about in the PD and then I can use it all the time.  It’s one of those “use it or lose it” deals and I’m finally in a position to use it everyday and get familiar with it.

Today should be a fairly easy day.  I have my classes and I have to work on laptops but nothing else is hanging over my head.  I’ve got to stay an extra hour and a half to do ESS after school and then I’m off for the weekend.  Maybe I can actually get to snuggle my hubby instead of jumping up to the alarm and saying, “What are you doing here?”

6:10 a.m. - Ya gotta love Fridays.  It’s only 6:10 and I’m ready for work.  Jeans, plain white tee, denim jacket and pink tennis shoes.  Don’t know who decided Fridays should be laid back but I’m all about that!

10thSeptember

Sleeping Beauty

Six and a half hours of great sleep!  Went to bed at 10:30 and slept great until I got up at 5:00.  It always feels so great to sleep this time of year.  Just cool enough to enjoy snuggling under the covers but not really cold.  I wanted to hit the bed early but got caught up in So You Think You Can Dance and Glee.

Today’s a busy one…We have a coffee cake session going on all day where teachers can come to the library to enjoy some coffee cake or cookies and learn about a particular topic.  Today, it’s the grade/attendance program our school district uses.  Sistah Pam is coming out to our school today so most of the burden will fall on her but I’ll help out as much as time allows.  First period, I have to work with a new teacher in her classroom.  Second period, I’ll be helping with the coffee cake session, third and fourth periods, I have classes and last period, I’ll be coffee cakin and working on laptops.  After school, I’m attending a PD Sistah Pam is presenting from 3:00 to 5:00.  I’ve worked at least two hours over every day last week and everyday this week.  Next Monday will be a regular work day and it almost feels like a day off is coming up.  To be able to actually get off work at 2:30!

Think I’ll make it a point to get to bed by 9:30 tonight and enjoy some of that great September sleeping.  Hard to do with the new fall shows starting.  Maybe I shouldn’t even look at the TV schedule tonight.

9thSeptember

Sleepless in Kentucky

What’s it take to get a good night’s sleep around here?  I went to bed at 11:15 and woke up at 12:30 to an annoying little tune that sounded like a cell phone ringing.  Woke up DH and we started investigating only to find that he had somehow set an alarm on his cell phone.  His “wake-up” call interrupted what had been a deep sleep up to that point.  DH woke up at 3:30 to get ready for work and couldn’t find his keys.  The resulting “search and find” only took five minutes but involved turning on lights and rummaging around the bedroom until he found that he’d knocked them behind the dresser while trying to deal with the unrelenting “alarm” at 12:30.  Dozed off again only to jump out of bed at 4:15 from a crack of thunder that threatened to split the house wide open and let the downpour wash us all away.  When my alarm actually sounded at 4:45, I had to pee so bad there was no hope of waiting it out so I gave up.

Busy day today.  School, followed by an extra hour and a half of ESS, followed by an evening of making coffee cakes for school tomorrow.  Maybe I can get it all done fairly early and make an early night of it.

8thSeptember

Back at it!

I was just sitting here thinking, “Ughh…Monday…” and it occured to me that it’s Tuesday!  Short week ahead.  Yay!

DH and I hit the road for the weekend.  Went up to Horseshoe Caseno.  We didn’t spend a lot of time in the caseno (bad word…gotta spell it wrong or it won’t go….which is crazy…) We pulled into the RV area and set up for the weekend.  Made a few trips inside and came out ahead about a hundred dollars but mostly just relaxed in the RV.  I rented three movies, State of Play, New in Town, and The Women.  State of Play was pretty good and New in Town had a few moments.  Watched the pilot of Glee again.  I really like the pilot and hope the show is as good as all the hype.  Read an entire book, Her Mother’s Shadow, and ATE.  Came home rested and ready to do it all over again.

So, guess I’d better begin with a shower.  By some miracle, weight is still holding at 183.

I should have been an attorney. Really. We went to see the new one yesterday. The meeting went well and then it came down to the discussion of her fee. How much do you think a good custody attorney makes these days? Did you say $15,000?  Excuse me, did you say FIFTEEN THOUSAND DOLLARS????? Oh, and don’t forget the $250 per hour for court room appearances on top of the flat rate. Damn! At least, she thought we should hold off for a while. She said this is going to be a long, drawn out process and we should stick with the do-nothing we have for now. She had some good advice for the time being but it’s too involved to go into at the moment.

I’m so glad today is Friday. Yesterday was a killer. I raced home from work, dropped the boys off and then DS and I headed downtown. It took forever to find a parking place close to the attorney’s office but we made it by 3:30. We spoke with her until 4:45 and I had to be back at work by 6:00 (all the way across town). Got on the expressway and sat in traffic forever. By 5:30, we had totally given up on getting DS home so we both went to school. Finally arrived at school at 6:10 and had to run in and get ready for Open House. I had several parents come in and we were tied up until almost 8:00 before I finally got out of the building.

DH has suggested a road trip for this weekend. Sounds good to me.

3rdSeptember

Krazy Daze

Tried to post earlier but the site was down.  Now it’s back up but I don’t have much time.

Crazy day today.  Work, first potluck of the year, my students are frantically trying to finish their projects for Open House tonight.  Run out the door at 2:30, take the twins home and pick up DS to be at the new attorney’s office by 3:30.  Meet with her and then it’s back home to drop off DS and off to school for Open House from 6:00 to 8:00.  Krazy…

On a happy note…weight is at 182 today.  It feels so good to be losing again.  Ironic that I was struggling last spring with all the chaos at work and couldn’t wait for summer break so I could live the healthy life.  The summer was a disaster and now I’m finding it easier to stay on track with school being back in session.  Chaotic but structured.

2ndSeptember

ZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Woke up and it was 30 minutes later than I usually get up.  Don’t know what happened to the alarm.  It looked like it was set right but it just didn’t go off.   Yeah, I took Tylenol PM.  Two nights in a row.  I’m surprised I even woke up.  I was definitely manufacturing some z’s. 

Weight is at 183 this morning.  Down another half pound.  Now all my blogging time is gone and I have to get ready for work.

1stSeptember

Non-habit forming

Tylenol PM. I could learn to love the stuff. I usually sleep about 7 hours on a work night but that’s interrupted by three or four trips to the bathroom and sometimes one of those trips will leave me lying there staring at the ceiling. Tylenol PM pretty much guarantees a good night’s sleep but I don’t like to take medications and consider it an occasional “treat’. Took a couple last night and didn’t wake up until the alarm went off. How good is that? Lying there with the window open during one of the few nights you can do so here in Kentucky. Snuggling up under a blanket for a few more minutes before getting up to a crisp morning and taking my coffee to the spa before getting ready for work. DH says I should take the PM stuff every night. Don’t know about that. Doesn’t sound like a good idea.

On other things….Weighed in at 183.5 again this morning. Happy about that. Doublechecked on the appointment with the new attorney and discovered it’s not today but Thursday so we have to wait a couple more days. I discovered that the “documentation” I’ve been keeping since DIL was granted temporary custody is 10 pages long. Should give her some interesting reading.

4:00 - Doing well today!  Eating healthy and keeping up.  Home for 45 minutes and then back to school for ROTC Booster Club meeting.  Guess I’ll stop at Subway after the meeting and get a sub for dinner.