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03-20-2009, 06:41 AM
Happy spring Chicks! I think we actually have to wait another couple of hours but I will be in yoga so I'm celebrating now.

Ruth - Did those dogs get you up early again?

I hope to get back later if it's a slow day at the office ;) Enjoy your spring day

03-20-2009, 06:57 AM
You beat me! I was cruising for spammers as I do like spam for breakfast. I got the dogs up this morning. Jazz was still zzzing with his nose to the kitchen door when I came down. I had a "nuit blanche" and finally just got up. Today may be a nap day.

I can't believe it's the first day of Spring and it looks like Spring outside! Usually we have a huge dump of snow on this date. I keep wondering if it's holding off until April but am crossing my fingers that it's really an early Spring.

Time to vacuum as the doggage have started tracking in garden crud - little bits of leaves and twigs. I should cut down and vacuum the dogyard garden in the fall, I guess. :lol: I'm pretty sure I still know how to vacuum - Donna is away this week. I still have some snow in the dog yard so can't start clean-up out there but can do some things. I plan to be outdoors at least an hour today - it's time to get the house smell off me, as my Dad used to say.

Hope we all have a lovely first Day! :encore:

03-20-2009, 07:09 AM
Good morning chicks!

Cyndi - glad the yoga is enjoyable for you again. Hope it's slow at the office ;).

Ruth - I'm thinking it's a nap day for me too!! Hope you enjoy the first day of Spring!

Me - this is wrong...I woke up at 5:15 on my day off!! Finally gave up, the brain wouldn't turn off. Figured I'd have an hour of quiet to myself before having to get DS up for school.

We're not moving...yet...declined the seller's offer to rent (they wanted too much for it!!). My landlord didn't care when I move out, so we're just going to stay put until we sign the sell papers. So, now I have a 3 day weekend without plans!!

The DH and I might drive up to the rails-to-trails (pennsylvania grand canyon) and go on a run today. Our other option is to go antique store shopping. We rarely get a nice block of time off together! (he's playing hooky from work today...he's "sick", don't cha know?) We then hope to throw things in a vehicle and rent a state cabin for the weekend. Doesn't that sound wonderful for the first weekend in spring??!!

Hope you have a fantastic day!

03-20-2009, 08:19 AM
:yawn: :coffee: Good morning and happy SPRING! :flow1: :flow1: :flow1:

I woke up at 4 to poke Jake awake, as his alarm didn't go off, then fell back asleep and woke up at 5, then closed my eyes for another minute, and woke up at 6:15! :eek: I must have really needed the sleep, I guess. ;) But now I'm running behind and there was a lot I wanted to get done before I head over to Cindy's.
I was supposed to have the morning off, but she called last night to say Maggie was sick again. This time it's a stomach virus. The poor wee girl has sure had a time of it this year. :( So I'll be getting over there early since Cindy has a full day of appointments scheduled. ;)

little chick
03-20-2009, 09:00 AM
:sunny::sunny::sunny::sunny:HAPPY SPRING:sunny::sunny::sunny::sunny:

Good morning Chicks, yeah spring has sprung. The sun is shinning here but they are calling for rain later today and I think tomorrow as well. Which reminds me I need to go buy a new mop I broke the handle on mine yesterday. I mop all the time between the kids, dogs, one outdoor cat and the hubby my floors are always yuck....

Cindy- thanks for starting us up this morning. Enjoy your yoga class.

Twynn- I am soooooo jealous of your week end plans. Hope you have a great time together.

Ruth- Good morning, i hear ya on the crud I have driveway crud. :D hope you don't break your mop.

Cottage- Poor Maggie, hope she is feeling better soon. Hope you don't have to rush to much this morning. I hate rushing it makes me stress out. Have a great day.

Me- not much need to get the house work done and some laundry. We have a benift for a friend of DH tonight so we are going out. Seems weird to go out and have a great time while raising money for the poor thing who is at home dying. There is nothing that they can do to save him. It is so sad he is only around 50. Such a nice guy and a good friend of DH. Well I must dash and get my stuff done. Hopefully naptime will be a good one and I can pop back in.

03-20-2009, 09:12 AM
I am still fighting this bug. Yuck! Cottage, I think I caught Maggie's bug. Now that I've got it, you can tell her to let it go.

Going to the bank to drop off our construction loan package and hoping the thing appraises. *gulp*

Twynn, your seller was brave to let you rent. I wouldn't have accepted his offer either. Let him sweat the mortgage payments for a bit. If he's getting cash from you, where is his incentive to move this along?

Little Chick, I have a mild mopping obsession. How do you get the mop clean after you're done? That's always my dilemma. So I end up replacing mops every three months or so. I may consider Swiffer but don't trust that to really get the floors clean. Sometimes I take old towels and just scrub them on my hands and knees but my back takes a beating from that.

To those who follow and those before me, hope you have a glorious day.

Winter is officially over!

03-20-2009, 09:43 AM
Thanks for starting us up, Cyndi! Enjoy yoga!

After several gorgeous days, Mother Nature celebrated the first day of Spring with...snow. :p That's okay--we have sunshine and there's nothing that can get me down on the first day of my favorite season! :encore:

Ruth, I love the "house smell" line. I agree! :lol: about vacuuming the dog yard. We'd have to vaccum the neighborhood! Hope you have a great day!

Sounds like a great beginning to Spring, Twynn! If you're near the PA Grand Canyon, you're not too far from me. :) I've never been, though. I hear it's beautiful!

Poor Maggie and poor you, Cottage! :p You are so flexible...I'd go mad with a position like that, but I'm so glad you're there for the girls. :hug: Hope your weekend is more relaxing!

LC, I'm so sorry about DH's friend. :hug: But I bet it makes him feel really good to know so many people are getting together to support him! Too funny about the must really use it a lot! :lol:

Sorry you're sick, Diva! Wow, I feel bad about my lack of mopping. DH usually does it and only after I pester him and threaten to do it myself. We might mop once every 2 months or so? :o

I'm at work today--my boss is away on vacation--but tonight is free, which is nice. DH and I are going to have leftovers and perhaps a movie night, after we go to the gym, of course.

Did yoga last night and was dismayed to find it was the only teacher I can't stand. She's really poor at describing and helping people into positions, she has us go from one position to another that is totally different without any motions in between, and, worst of all, she is loud and bright and perky--kind of like an aerobics instructor--and she will NOT shut up, even during relaxation time! It's like taking yoga with Paula Dean on a mix of espresso and crack! :lol: Oh well, next time I'll remember to look at who's teaching before I go in.

:flow2: Enjoy this first Spring day, chickies! :flow2:

03-20-2009, 09:51 AM
Good Morning!

First thing this morning, Auston asked, "Is it spring yet?" Disney channel is talking about spring today. I told him that today is actually the first day of spring. His little face brightened up and he said, "Let's go to the POOL!" It's 47 degrees. :)

Cydni: Have fun at yoga! I would love to take a Jazzercise class first thing every morning. Morning exercise is the best!

Ruth: I had a friend who would call and say, "Let's blow the stink off!" when she needed to get out of the house.

Twynn: Your weekend sounds wonderful! I hope you have too much fun.

Cottage: Cindy's house needs Lysol! Bless Maggie's heart!

Little Chick: I'm sorry about your hubby's friend. I guess celebrating his life is the best thing that can be done. Enjoy your evening, even though it's bittersweet.

Diva: Feel better soon!

Hope everyone has a great spring day. Maybe you can find a sunny spot to enjoy your lunch. :)

Laurie said: loud and bright and perky--kind of like an aerobics instructor
OMG, Laurie, you described me! Maybe that's why I don't teach yoga. :D

03-20-2009, 10:25 AM
Chelby, what is ETA?

After POW, I'm afraid to even guess. I'm sure Zeff will know.

Estimate Time of Arrival is all I can come up with.

03-20-2009, 10:37 AM
ETA: Edited to add. I had to ask, too. :) There is a list of acronyms in the 'sticky' section.

03-20-2009, 10:39 AM
morning all i'm waiting for that 40 degree weather to get here...right now its 9. planning on going on a long walk to celebrate the first day of spring

03-20-2009, 10:41 AM
9 right now? Girl, you need to move SOUTH! :)

03-20-2009, 10:45 AM
9 right now? Girl, you need to move SOUTH! :)

lol it gets to warm there. anything over 70 and i'm dieing...although this time of year might be good

03-20-2009, 11:10 AM
lol it gets to warm there. anything over 70 and i'm dieing...although this time of year might be good

I love 90 degrees! If it's less than 40, I stay in the house. I complain if it's less than 60. :dizzy:

03-20-2009, 12:27 PM
90 is wonderful as long as it isn't too humid. 100 gets a bit hot and I just want to hang in the pool. Right now it is 55 but it will be in the 70's now that the cold front went past and dropped us down from the 80's.

Today is the last day of Spring Break and Brian has friends coming to spend the afternoon here. They are brothers (12 and 14). With either it is calm. With both it gets crazy. Oh, well, I only have one teleconference this afternoon and I can probably stay on mute for most of it.

Time to go mop the floor ;)

03-20-2009, 03:07 PM
ugh. DH is pissing me off. My mom is coming into town tomorrow and I have all this crap to do around the house and in the yard and what does he do? Plan a man-date for tonight and also wants to take DS1 to the park tomorrow morning (something which I usually wouldn't mind..until I figured out that he's meeting a buddy of his at the park and they will talk and talk until one of them realizes that DS is no longer in sight). I asked him to stay home and help out around the house and he said "what does you having things to do have to do with me?"....arseface....the fact that he pulled up weeds and they are still in a pile in the middle of the backyard despite me telling him three times to pick them up, an outlet needs to be replaced in the guest bathroom and I've told him twice to replace it (even went to lowe's and bought the darned receptacle and placed it in the guest bath - to which he asked why it was so urgent "not like we use that bathroom much anyway"....although we're having a houseguest for a week who might appreciate having an outlet that works in her bathroom).

Plus, who wants to stay home and do chores while hubs is out playing video games? He said "but the new levels came out today and I just *have* to play friend will be so disappointed if I can't play with him"....what the crap, you're 30. If only I had time between changing diapers and doing dishes and laundry to putz around for hours at a time.

Men. He is so lucky he's cute. Although, the longer that he stays away from home, the longer his to-do list gets. I don't feel like folding laundry? Oh, Alex can do it *writes on list*...assembling the most annoying shoe rack in the world? Sure! He'll *love* to do it.

Oh, how he will regret telling me to "just make a list, I'll do it when I get home"

03-20-2009, 03:14 PM
Zeff - maybe we can send our DH off together to some kind of boot camp?

03-20-2009, 03:15 PM
He is usually really good....but sometimes he is just clueless....

It is a good thing today is his gym day. I would much rather vent and get on with it. If he was home, this would just start a big fight.

03-20-2009, 03:52 PM
My wonderful hubby informed me one day that since he paid the bills, everything in the house was my job. You can imagine how that went over. If it's his job to pay bills, it's my job to make them. How 'bout a pedicure and a new dress? ;) I said this somewhere before... People, men especially, think that SAHMs sit around having play-dates, eating bonbons and watching Oprah. Whatever!!! We work our bottoms off -- and the pay sucks!

You are right, Zeff. It's better to vent here. A big fight never makes anything better. Passive aggression makes things better. :D

03-20-2009, 03:59 PM
Oh my. DH learned awhile back to not even approach that subject with me. Until school starts in the fall, he "works" for maybe 2 hours a day...most of that "work" is spent bs'ing with his dad about different cases. He tried to do the old "I bring home the bacon..." schtick and I cut him off mid sentence and told him that if he was going to complain about having to work "so hard" that I would gladly trade with him. Just one morning like today and he would be back at work and helping out around the house when he got home.

:lol: at you making the bills if he is going to pay them! A pedicure sounds lovely...I had contemplated getting one today but DH has a tutoring appt. right after my hair appointment today and someone needs to watch the kids.

As much as I love my family, I can't help but think back on how easy my life was when I was single.

ETA: Chel, play-dates are not fun at all. DS1 has play-dates all the time over here and his friend's parents don't really understand the "rules" of play-dates. They are early showing up and late picking up, they don't help clean the house after their kid destroys it and I can't tell you how many times a parent has dropped the kid off and told me that they are probably hungry so a snack might be in order. Oh really? You couldn't have fed them before this hour long play session? *eyeroll*

03-20-2009, 04:43 PM
Jeff actually does work hard to 'bring home the bacon'. I would just like for him to appreciate how hard I work. I don't contribute money to the household, but am absolutely a contributor to the family. Who else is going to pick up his <bad word> socks???

Auston is having a playdate today. His cousin, Shepard, is here. They are both 5, and it's much easier than it was when they were 3. They both wipe their own bottoms. :)

03-20-2009, 04:52 PM
So, there is light at the end of the tunnel? I was hoping so.

So....I have a hair appointment at 3. One that I have had been trying desperately to score so I could have a trim before my mom came in town and my stylist has been full -- there was finally a cancellation. Yay! Well...I've known about it since Monday and DH has known about it as well. I reminded him of it last night and again this morning. Is he here to watch the kids? Nope. The salon is 20 minutes away and it's 8 minutes to 3. Thankfully I've never had to cancel or miss an appointment or I would be charged for the service.

I'm going to cry I'm so upset.

03-20-2009, 04:59 PM
I'm so sorry, Zeff. That happened to me once. I took the ring-o-fun (exer-saucer) and the baby to the shop. He watched me get my hair done.

03-20-2009, 05:13 PM
Ha you gals are funny. Sorry the men are being buttheads. Just remember, they can't help it, it's the mommies that ruined them...
DH and I both work so neither one can say we are the one that pays the bills. But I still end up doing most of the work around here. He takes care of the cars, cuts the grass and takes out the trash, but then his time is his own. I refuse to make him lists. Nobody makes a list for me or tells me when the laundry needs to be done, so why should I make one for him? It would make me feel like his mom, or a nag. That's probably why I end up doing most of it. He'll see me cleaning the bathroom and say "I would have done that, why didn't you tell me you wanted it done?" Hello, am I the only one the can SEE the pee on the toilet seat? For 20 years my friend has been telling me I need to get over it and just make the damn list. I guess I'm as stubborn as he is blind.
Hey, why are you guys making me feel angry with DH? I was feeling pretty :val2: before I read this thread!

Sadly my mom is not feeling well and has canceled pizza night. Sad because I feel badly for her and want her to feel better of course, but mostly because the kids usually spend Friday night with her and I was really looking forward to grownup time. :( Now I feel very selfish.

Cyndi, you must have been busy today after all - Happy Spring to you!
Ruth, had to google that Nuit Blanche. That's a new one on me.
Twynn, did you get your outing?
Barb, thank goodness for that mute button!
Stay warm me4life!
Feel better diva!
littlechick, your outing tonight does not sound like fun, but I'm sure your friend will appreciate the effort. It must be very hard on your DH.
cottage, hope little Maggie is feeling better.
Laurie, sorry about your non-relaxing yoga experience!

So, I've got the evening at home and I'll try to get ahead on some weekend things. Lots going on tomorrow, with horseback riding lessons, Girl Scouts activities, my niece's birthday party, and our XBox LAN party at the town hall. I've got to go shopping for refreshments to get the kids through the night.
Have a fun Friday night.

03-20-2009, 06:39 PM
Hi Chicks :)

Schmoodle - It was crazy from the minute I got in until the minute I convinced the two remaining people we should close ;) Sorry about your night, I thought it really was a date (apparently I have Friday night brain and it's not working well. ignore me)

Funny thing about all the DH slackers out there - chores are divied up around here too. I'm the person who does most of the cleaning, gardening, and cooking (that's because I prefer my own cooking) and DP does the mowing, the network & tv stuff, and deals with service people and the landlord because I get cranky. We each do our own laundry. I'm sure it occurred to someone that mowing is only necessary a few months out of the year while cleaning.....That occurs to me frequently.

Laurie - Both my yoga teachers are focused on form and centering. I would be unhappy too.

Hope all the sick Chicks and family and friends are feeling better now.

I'm going to hop on the treadmill for a few to unwind and to work off the unmentionable treat.

03-20-2009, 07:22 PM
Robert never used to do much around here. It's a lot easier for me now. I know if I want it done that either Brian or I are going to do it or I'm going to pay someone to do it. Right now I do our yardwork and clean the pool and everything. I spent so much time resenting that he didn't do stuff while I was the one that worked that now I have so much less resentment.

It's been a noisy afternoon here. They got me to play with them on an auto racing game on the Wii but I'm just not very good so they are now playing by themselves. Brian is having a good time and that is what is important.

03-20-2009, 08:15 PM
Cyndi, you are wrecking my fantasy of finding a nice girl to settle down with one day. I've always wanted a wife. I guess it just comes down to picking (or training) the right girl or guy.

03-20-2009, 11:25 PM
DH made it up to me by taking me to a nice dinner. Wine and dessert included.

I won't even go into what we had - it was total food porn. He did manage to dig himself about halfway out of the hole.