psyche29: A brown eye with rainbow eyeliner all around it (rainbow eyes)
Seriously, this winter has just been hanging on and hanging on. It's been Spring for a month and we've had snow several times since then.

Which, yes, I know is fairly common around here, but still. I love Winter, I love snow, I love the cold - but even I have my limits. I am ready to stop putting on socks every day, and to stop wearing a bulky coat.

This was Wednesday morning where I live. )

Just. Yikes. NEED SPRING, PLEASE.

I haven't posted in a while - last time, I left y'all with woe about our car. Things are better now, I'm just finally taking a moment to post.

Car and California. )

Foooood. )

What is the world coming to? )

Haircut! )

OK, I think that's it for now; I will have to come back with pictures next time from California, and of my hair. I hope y'all are having a nicer warm-up for Spring than we are (I know, Wisconsin, believe me - I know), and hopefully I will be back here more often to post. XD.
psyche29: A brown eye with rainbow eyeliner all around it (woodland creature)
1. I have been absolutely terrible about commenting lately; please forgive me. I have, however, been reading updates and keeping up with things with all of you.

Odds and Ends. )

11. I think that's all for now. ;)
psyche29: Tea in a white cup and saucer, sitting on a pink placemat (tea)
1. First things first - I'm kind of surprised no one had anything to say about my last post. If you simply missed it but are reading this one, I would really appreciate thoughts on the previous one.

2. It was such a fabulous weekend. The weather was absolutely gorgeous, and we were kid-free till Sunday afternoon. Hubby and I had ourselves a day-long date on Saturday and it was perfect. We had an early lunch, did some shopping, just drove around for a few hours, did a little more shopping, took in a movie, had a late dinner and went home. MAN, did I love Saturday.

3. The movie we saw was Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, and it was very good. I love the books, and while obviously stuff had to be cut out for a movie, and of course they messed crap up, it was still very good, and made hubby want to read the book. Excellent. I also loved being able to prod him along through the movie, to be able to see a scene spread out and be able to say, "OK, what do you see a lot of? Who do you think they'll meet here? What do you think is happening here?" It was really fun to watch things click for him with just a word here, a prod there.

4. Cut for pictures! )

5. Speaking of this Saturday, Valerie and Bailey are visiting with baby Phoenix. They'll arrive Friday, and we'll probably see them Saturday or Sunday. I'll have to try to take pictures - for having a stupid name, the kid is way cute, and happy, too.

6. Big Bang Theory tonight - yay! XD.
psyche29: A brown eye with rainbow eyeliner all around it (together)
1. Not too much today. Yes, again. And yes, I am aware that I am a boring, boring person...

2. S'ketti tonight at Bunny and John's. Bunny makes the best spaghetti. Wait, scratch that - Bunny makes the best food, period. I'm pretty sure she's fed me crap I wouldn't touch with a ten foot pole if I knew what it was. And she lies when I ask her what stuff is, too. Woman knows how to work me, what can I say?

3. Karen's birthday was yesterday (the 23rd). Party tomorrow evening for her, so baking a cake tonight since Mom asked me. German chocolate - yummo. Dad's birthday today, called and wished him a happy one.

4. Mikey is currently serving punishment for the crime of the summer, committed last night. He's grounded from video games, we've taken away all snacks, he doesn't get a fan for his room this weekend, and we made him stay over at Bunny and John's tonight instead of giving him the choice. His crime? Last night (thank God it was dark), Matt stepped out on the balcony. Mikey, thinking he was being funny, stepped up behind him and YANKED HIS PANTS DOWN. Underwear and all. ... Hilarious now, yes, but last night? Ohhh, not funny. I've never seen that kid start crying so fast in his life. Didn't even have to touch him, he knew how much trouble he got himself into.

5. Watched that new GForce movie on Wednesday, a pre-screening for which Matt won free tickets. It was amusing here and there, but I'm glad we didn't pay for it.

Saw Get Smart the other night, though - that was a really great movie. Have to pick up my own copy.

6. Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, 'What! You too? I thought I was the only one.' C.S. LEWIS.
psyche29: A brown eye with rainbow eyeliner all around it (where the heart is)
Just had to share again. ;)

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On a completely separate note... Where the HELL did this cough come from?!

I had a sore throat for two days - Tuesday and Wednesday - and then nothing yesterday, and now I've got one of those "I'm getting better" coughs, the ones that are mostly dry coughs, but the tiniest thing can trigger it and it hurts a little because you're doing it so much.

Can Spring please just pick a temp and stay there, for shit's sake?!

That is all.
psyche29: Tea in a white cup and saucer, sitting on a pink placemat (tea)
She'll be here next Wednesday morning, along with her hubby, Bailey.

She sent me a picture in email today. She's about six months along, due end-of-July-ish. She is WAY bigger than I was thinking, but cute:

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And holy crap, her chest is HUGE. I know it's supposed to do that, but it's disconcerting when that's not the way they looked the last time you saw her.


Just thought I'd share. :)
psyche29: The teeth of the Monster Book of Monsters, text "Good Books Don't Bite" (good books don't bite)
1. Saw Monsters VS Aliens today. Not a bad movie at all. I'd probably even see it again. And I LOVE that Real D 3D stuff - nowhere near as hard to watch as the old 3D stuff.

2. Picked up Graceling today, which is on my list of stuff to read. And, of course, found something else to read that ISN'T on my list, so I have to add it. How is it that this list keeps getting bigger and bigger?

3. Also, how is it that I have more books on my list than I can reasonably see being able to actually read within a year, yet my child abhors the very thought of reading a book? He thinks they're boring!! Seriously, WTF, mate? I can't even...I mean, HOW??!!

4. Since I'm on the topic of books...I want a Kindle. It's my dream gift. You guys, it holds books. Entire books. Lots of them. At once. I could carry my entire library everywhere. ... Of course, it would never replace the feeling of pages in your hand, that lovely new book smell (or even that OLD book smell!) - but for the purposes of travel and for people like me who have to go to work every day? Incredible. It even has a basic web browser (simple pages, text) and unrestricted access to Wikipedia - you know, my source for just about every-damn-thing.

5. Heard today, Amanda was approved, so she'll officially be living with us. XD.

6. Matt got a G1 phone today. *sigh* He's fully aware that if he starts mooning over another new phone anytime within the next year, maybe even two years, I am going to rip off his arm and beat him to death with it. I suppose I should thank the God of tech geeks that his phone number didn't change, yeah? *rolls eyes*

7. That is all.
psyche29: Tea in a white cup and saucer, sitting on a pink placemat (tea)
1. WOW, I've missed rather a lot. Work keeps me swamped, unfortunately. I miss you all.

2. On the work front - I am still unbelievably bogged down with stuff to do, but the last few days have made it seem like there might be a light at the end of the tunnel. You know that time early in the morning when no one is awake and you're unsure whether the world is still turning because all you can see, all you can hear is the nothingness of silence and sleep? And then just there, far off in the distance, you realize there's this faint glow spreading along the horizon, the one that isn't really rays of light and can't even accurately be described as light. But there's that faintest ghost of a shimmer, and you know the sun will be absolutely glorious this morning - that's the kind of feeling I've had the last couple days. And I'm a little lighter for it.

3. My youngest sister, Amanda, has decided she'd rather live with us than with her best friend's parents. So on Saturday, we took her to the apartment place to apply, since she's over 18. And they were having an open house, so she (we, actually) didn't have to pay an application fee, which was extremely nice. And if she's approved - which shouldn't be a problem - she'll be entered into a drawing to win a $500 visa gift card and another to win an iPod.

4. We've decided mostly that we're going to let her and Mikey have the bigger bedroom, which isn't too big a sacrifice because both the rooms just seem huge to us. But this way, they'll be able to have two twin beds instead of bunk beds, which is good because Mikey HATES climbing up into that thing, and Amanda sure won't climb up every night. And I can't really blame either of them for it - I was never a top-bunk kind of girl.

5. We'll be moving bits and pieces here and there beginning next Wednesday, when we get the keys, but the big exodus will be mostly over Easter weekend. I have that Friday off and more people seem to be available for then. Anyone nearby who is willing to help is more than welcome.

6. Apparently, I am turning 31 on Sunday. Surely that can't be right...where does the time go?

7. I have made no progress on my list of books, except to add a few to it. *rolls eyes* I can't wait for all my various days off, I am going to lock myself away for a while and just read. Voraciously.

8. I've been wanting to write lately, too, but there's that time commodity problem, like with the reading list. I just try to sneak in whatever I can, but I'm suffering withdrawal symptoms.

9. Speaking of writing...ANGEL. Should I have gotten anything from you yet besides the outline you originally sent? I haven't seen anything, and I'm not sure if you just haven't sent it or if I didn't get it. Let me know. :)

10. Day off tomorrow today. *sighs and grins, relaxing into pillows*

11. Song meme swiped from [livejournal.com profile] coonassblondie. List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they're any good, but they must be songs you're really enjoying now. Post these instructions in your Journal along with your seven songs. Then tag seven other people to see what they're listening to. You know me, I rarely tag. Do it if you wanna. XD.

My seven, in no particular order:
1. Little Wonders - Rob Thomas
2. In Time - Robbie Robb
3. Love Like This - Natasha Bedingfield ft. Sean Kingston
4. Gotta Be Somebody - Nickelback
5. The Rainbow Connection - Dixie Chicks
6. Hot N Cold - Katy Perry
7. I'm Yours - Jason Mraz


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So.

Feb. 25th, 2009 07:37 pm
psyche29: A brown eye with rainbow eyeliner all around it (harder to breathe)
1. An apology to my F-List. )

2. Still gotta go see a few places. Will be checking out Beth's place on Saturday if I can arrange it, and maybe a couple places elsewhere, too. I'll keep you informed.

3. It was nearly forty degrees today. Enough snow was melted that I could see patches of grass in several places. Tomorrow, however, we're supposed to get between five and eight inches more, with winds gusting at up to 30 miles per hour. *rolls eyes* I know I love winter, but even I have my limits. I suppose, though, that March isn't "in like a lion, out like a lamb" for nothing. *sighs and digs out paper for a letter*

"Dear Wisconsin: Eight inches of snow and ridiculous amounts of wind might be coming your way. Just a heads up. Stay warm. Love, Minnesota."

4. One of my sisters keeps turning up the heat in the house. We've been sleeping with the windows open each night because somehow, after we've turned it down, she sneaks around and cranks it back up. I'm trying to decide whether we just keep leaving the windows open in our room each night and put up with it till we move, or if we should get a dummy box so she thinks she's turning it up but really isn't. *rolls eyes again*

5. Tonight and tomorrow we're moving my grandma out of assisted living and into a nursing home. Her memory is at the point where she can't remember where her room is after she eats, and so she just goes into whatever room happens to be at the place where she decides she's walked far enough. She's been discovered in other people's beds, in other people's easy chairs, etc. And she is a lifelong member of the "never wear underwear" club, but has very dry, always itchy skin, so she's been caught - several times - just lifting her dress wherever she is and scratching at her belly. Which, of course, is a couple eyes full and a half. She'll be in the memory ward at the new place, so she won't be able to wander off, and they'll be able to give her the attention she needs there. So while a little sad, she's as amusing as ever. :)

6. Don't you hate it when your fingernail breaks way far down, and part of the skin of your finger rips off with it and it bleeds like a stuck pig? Because I do.

7. You know what? I don't think I have a seven. Sorry. Guess I'll just say I hope you've all had a good day. ;)

EDIT: 8. I lied. There's something else. I wanted to give a warm, if a little belated, welcome to [livejournal.com profile] superbeffie.
Welcome!
I look forward to getting to know you better, Beth!


9. OK, I'm done for real, now. ;)
psyche29: A brown eye with rainbow eyeliner all around it (Default)
Lots of stuff to put in here, now that I have a few minutes...

First things first - my baby sister graduated! YAYAYAYAYAYAY!! Click to see her! )

We've had some interesting weather lately - not this weekend, thankfully, but the last two weekends we had some nasty-looking clouds, heavy rain and hail and tornadoes. Check out this wicked sky! )

And of course, I've a pic of Mikey and Matt, goofing around in the Dollar Store:
I love the serious look on Mikey's face:
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Not too much else going on right now. Getting closer to our camping trip - looking forward to the time off and seeing a state I haven't yet seen, but still rather apprehensive about the "camping" part. I suppose I'll be able to say I've at least tried it, right? *sighs*

Here's a personality test thingy I swiped from...several people, actually: My personality type: the good-natured realist

That one was pretty close, but I also thought several of this one's characteristics applied to me: My personality type: the harmony-seeking idealist. Take the free iPersonic personality test!

And last but not least, a meme I swiped from [livejournal.com profile] fredchikk:

Step 1: Put your music player on shuffle.
Step 2: Post the first line from the first 40 songs that play, no matter how embarrassing.
Step 3: Strike through the songs when someone guesses both artist and track correctly.
Step 4: Looking them up on Google or any other search engine is CHEATING!
Step 5: If you like the game post your own.

It was actually 37, but I hate odd numbers for memes (Yes, I'm anal-retentive.), so I upped it to 40. Step right up, test your song knowledge! )

OK, I think that's just about everything for now...

Oh, wait...the mall nearest to where I live has been reinventing itself lately, and this weekend they've had a carnival. So we took Mikey and Amanda today, and they had a blast - except for "The Zipper." Mikey's usually pretty good about rides and loves going on them, but he was screaming his head off on the Zipper. And when he and Amanda got off, he looked a little shell-shocked and clung to me (but I must point out he didn't cry), and Amanda was laughing her ass off, trying to tell me in between gasps of laughter, "He was yelling, 'MOMMYYYYYYY!!!'" Highly amusing. XD
psyche29: A brown eye with rainbow eyeliner all around it (tiny hero)
Guess who has a new home as of Saturday. )

Amanda's graduation is on Sunday; today is her last day of classes. And even knowing it's her last day, she looked me dead in the eye this morning and said, "I still wish I didn't have to go." *LOL*

Mikey had his field day yesterday. Matt went and took a bunch of pics, said he laughed so much. I saw some of the pics, haven't cropped them yet. Mikey signed up to run the 50-yard dash - which he did while looking around aimlessly at everything, and then lost spectacularly. *giggles* He also signed up to do hurdles. Hurdles! *LOL* Not real ones, those are too big for third graders, even some of those monster sized third-graders. No, there were plastic bars stuck into small orange cones. And Mikey cleared one of them...knocked every single one of the others out. *snorts out a laugh*

You're probably thinking by now that my child is hardly a candidate for Athlete of the Year...and you'd be right, in all fairness. But I have to give him major kudos; one, for trying something he thought might be fun, even though he didn't think he could do it, and two, for doing an excellent job in the ball toss event he signed up for. According to Matt, he redeemed himself for the hurdles and the dash by out-throwing nearly every other kid in his particular group. XD

Not too much else is new...or interesting enough to jot down. I only have a few pics from last Sunday to share, I'll stick 'em under a cut. Pics from Sunday )

And how's YOUR week been?
psyche29: Emma Watson with her head to the side and mouth wide open in a laugh, text "laugh" (laugh)
A few weeks ago, we went to the Sesame Street exhibit at the Children's Museum - took several pics, these were some of the best: Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street? )

This last week, Amanda's Animal Behavior class had their last project. They had to get into groups of two or more (Amanda, being the quintessential people-hater she is, was in a group of two), and each group was given a baby chick. Their task for the week? Teach the chick to perform a trick. At the end of the week, they were able to keep the chicks if they wanted. I work with someone who owns a hobby farm and she may be able to take the chick, so Amanda brought it home.

She and Matt made me hold it - after which I washed my hands in scalding water (farm animals, remember?) - but it IS really cute, and it's noisy.

Until now. )

Is it wrong that I adore it when tiny things curl up to sleep on my big man? XD
psyche29: A brown eye with rainbow eyeliner all around it (Way Truth Light)
Haven't got a lot of time, but wanted to get this down before I forgot.

Weekend was all right - I've definitely had better, but it wasn't completely without redemption.

Weekend Happenings )
psyche29: A brown eye with rainbow eyeliner all around it (glow)
Tagged by [livejournal.com profile] herminia several days (weeks?) ago:

A) List seven habits/quirks/facts about yourself.
B) Tag seven people to do the same.


Hmm, let's see... )

Not too much is new or exciting recently - work has calmed down a bit, I don't feel so disgustingly rushed. Which is definitely a nice thing. I've had several weekends where I haven't had to work at all.

My lower back on my right is absolutely killing me - I can hardly move, so I'm icing it and moving around as little as possible. Hopefully it'll clear up soon.

Amanda is done with high school in just over a month, her last day is the 29th of May - everyone rejoice, for real. *LOL*

Mikey's got some standardized testing thing today and tomorrow. Hopefully he did what we said and concentrated - guess we'll find out later.

OH! I'm so pleased, we did our taxes and discovered that we're getting a MUCH bigger refund than we thought. We were expecting a total of maybe $200 after combining federal and state - but it will end up being nearly $1500 when all is said and done. DEFINITELY a good thing.
psyche29: A brown eye with rainbow eyeliner all around it (woodland creature)
You know, I'm getting to that point where the whole "gain-an-hour/lose-an-hour" thing is getting very old and very annoying. It messes me up and makes me tired. Just give me my damn hour and leave it alone for the rest of eternity, OK?

More on life, the universe and everything... )

Watched Transformers again last night before bed. I don't know why, but I am completely in love with that movie. XD

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