Monthly Archives: May 2006

HOT!

The weather is finally hot!  I love it.  I do have to admit though, I caved and turned on the air conditioner last night, I can stand the heat when I'm awake, but when I need to sleep I can't deal with it very well.  I slept like a log last night, it was wonderfully cool in the house, and wonderfully warm outside…

Meg and I went to the Temple yesterday.  It was a pretty large session for our little bitty Temple, 16 men and 27 women.  We women rock!  I was a little annoyed that Meg didn't take one of our family names, she got dressed and was gone to the endowment room before I got dressed, so I didn't get a chance to give it to her.  I have about 5 couples now that are ready for sealings, I'm so excited!  I've got some more names I have to get ready to submit and I need to get going more often.  Lots and lots of work to be done. 

The kids that drove me nuts in Primary are gone, they moved to their new ward this week.   Actually it was pretty quiet in primary today, in spite of the fact that 3 new kids moved in!  Blessed silence – and reverent children.  Imagine! 

Dad and I went to the cemetery on Friday.  It was Grandma Erikson's 97th birthday.  I kind of forced dad to go, I know he doesn't get out there very much.  Mel still hasn't put the vase back in the headstone.  She probably hocked it or something knowing her.  It would be nice to have it put back, but I doubt it'll happen.  I didn't stop to get flowers, I was hoping that someone would be selling them near the cemetery, but they weren't.  I was going to go to Hy-Vee, but dad wanted to get to the cemetery, so we didn't have any flowers.  After we went to the graves that are all close toether (Great grandma and grandpa Albright, Myrtle, Aunt Esther, Uncle Joe (who died waaaaaay before I was born, he was only 23) and Uncle John, I took dad over to where Uncle Art and Aunt Bee are buried.  He thought they were buried in California, but lo and behold, they're here.  I'm going to have to get a copy of Uncle Art's marriage license or something, I have no idea what his middle name was – something with a D – David maybe? I can't think of anything else. 

When I took dad home after going to the cemetery Adam was out in their garage but he wouldn't talk to me.  Guess Mel is going about spreading her propaganda still.  It's funny that she can talk to my kids and fill their heads full of bs, but I can't talk to her kids.  That's okay.  Someday they'll grow up and see her for what she is, just like I see my mother for what she is.  I'm sure we'll have a relationship some day.

Had some health scares with Amber's husband a few weeks ago, but I'm very happy to say that they're both doing great and getting ready to move into their new house!  Yay!

I got some new Netflix this week – a couple disks of Dead Like Me episodes.  Good, but I want some real movies!  I'll have to go in and change my queue.  I do have Flight Plan to watch also, maybe I'll do that tonight.  Alan and Pat came over the other night for dinner and they brought Wallace and Gromit – something about The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.  It was hysterical.  So funny that I went to eBay and bought a copy since I couldn't find one here in town anywhere.  I hadn't ever seen any Wallace and Gromit before, what a crazy show – I'm hooked!

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Thoughts for the week

Children (especially as young adults) can be selfish pigs.  Should have raised dogs.

There is an evil curse upon me that absolutely defies my will to exercise.  This curse took the form of Reebok shoes this weekend which gave me serious bruises in my instep from a walk.  Bad, nasty shoes have gone to live at grandma's house.  She wanted them!

Everyone should get their pets from shelters and sanctuaries – they bless your life.

I miss Grey's Anatomy – how long until the new season starts?

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Finally Friday!

This is Steve's last Friday off.  He's been taking every Friday to use up his vacation before the end of the fiscal year.  It's over.  He's off at the dentist now to get a tooth filled – haha!  I had no cavities!  Who cares that my teeth are yellow and ugly, at least they have no cavities!  Yeah, right. What I wouldn't give to win the lottery and get veneers, but that's ain't gonna happen.

I started working during the day yesterday.  Do you realize that people are actually up and moving at 8 a.m.?!? I was shocked!  I seriously think the last time I was awake at 8 a.m. I was getting ready to go to bed!  Today by 9:00 I was up, had eaten breakfast (blech) and was getting ready to go for a walk.  Don't worry, I'll be sleeping on the sofa by 5!  I have a doctor's appointment this afternoon to go to, or else it might be earlier.  Without going into too much detail, let me say that Premarin cream is the best thing on earth!  Who knew? 

I did go to bed last night, but I watched some DVDs and still didn't get to sleep until nearly 1.  I watched the pilot of Dead Like Me and then I watched The Notebook.  I started to watch Flight Plan (or is it Flightplan?  Whatever.) but I was watching it in the bedroom and the first part had subtitles, which I couldn't read from the bed and I was too lazy to move closer every time they used them, so I decided that will have to wait until either: a) I'm watching it on the big screen, or, b) Steve is in the room to read it for me.  Probably tonight.  I have Pizza Rolls.  Yes, I did just go for a walk, but if I don't eat dinner, can I please eat my Pizza Rolls?  I'm thinking I'm not too fond of this background, too awfully girly girl for me.  And way to pink, but I didn't like anything else either.  Oh, to be computer literate and design my own. 

Matt turns 23 tomorrow, I can't believe it.  Where did 23 years go?  My head still feels the same as it did 23 years ago, my heart feels the same, we're not going into what the body feels like… I just can't believe 23 years have come and gone.  When I was 23 I got pregnant with Meg.  And when I was 25 (Meg's age now) I had 1 child and another on the way!  I can't see either one of my kids married or even settled down at this age.  Things are a little different. 

Dad lost his cell phone yesterday, can you believe that?  I thought we have to have that thing surgically removed from him some day and he managed to lose it!  I'll have to call his house phone later and see if he found it.  Amazing. 

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Blech

I feel pretty much like crap.  This has been going on for about 2 weeks and I'm sick to death of it.  I just feel like someone used me to scrub the kitchen floor, complete with wringing me out.  Every joint in my body aches,  muscles ache like I'm coming down with the flu or something, temperature on some evenings, and the left side of my face is numb again.  I'm guessing that this is a flare of my MCTD and fibro combined.  I'm tired of fighting this.  I surrender. You win fibro monster. 

Luckily I got my Netflix order yesterday and since today is my Friday I just might take to my bed and watch movies the rest of the night.  After I clean the kitchen that is.  The missionaries were over for dinner last night and I made chicken enchiladas.  You know I'm the only person who can clean the kitchen around here, right?  The kids might as well move on back home, they sure couldn't mess the house up any more.  And to think I was looking forward to just me and Steve living here so the house wouldn't get so messy.  Yeah, right.  I feel like I shouldn't complain about things, but the other morning I got up (closer to noon, I was still working nights) the dog food bucket was on the counter with the lid off, Charlie's food was on the counter with no lid (canned dog food), and the milk was still sitting out.  For at least 4 hours that milk had been sitting on the counter.  What in the frigging heck is so hard about picking up after yourself?  I've asked him time and time again to just rinse the spoon he uses to get Charlie's food out of the can and set it aside to use for the other 3 meals.  Oh Heavens no, we must use a new spoon every time.  And then a new spoon to stir it up!  Consequently there is never clean silverware in this house!  We're only 2 people for pete's sake!  Augh! 

Yeah, chalk this all up to feeling like poop.  If I had energy, I wouldn't even care.

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The End of the Week of Mindi

Well, my celebrating is done for the year!  Next year I will be 49.95!  LOL.

Mom and Bob had dinner at their house tonight so we could celebrate Mother's Day and my birthday all at one time.  It was really nice, except the weather was too cool to eat outside, although I don't think we had any sprinkles during the time Bob and Steve were cooking. 

I got up this morning and Steve had gone to the store and gotten orange rolls for breakfast.  Meg spent the night last night so she eventually got up and had some too.  She left shortly after that to go to her ward and I went back to sleep with my Very Good Friend, the heating pad.  This cold damp weather totally stinks, I'll be glad when spring gets here and stays here! 

Before Church Steve and I took Charlie Brown to the vet.  The sore he has on his back has still been draining pus and blood, so we wanted Dr. Jesske to take a look.  He's the one who knows Charlie the best, so I felt better having him take a look at my pupper.  He just gave us a prescription for another antibiotic which is supposed to work better on skin, so we'll see how that goes.  He doesn't want to incise it because Charlie's skin is so bad and he sure doesn't want to cause any more problems! 

We got home just in time for me to get ready for church and then get going.  Since it was Mother's Day the priesthood took over the primary for us, so we actually got to go to Relief Society – what a treat!  I really enjoyed going, although the topic was a little gloom and doom – or maybe I just felt that way after the past couple of weeks, but it was about death and the resurrection.  Don't get me wrong, I don't think the resurrection is doom and gloom, but I've had enough with people dying lately.  I'm still wishing I could go to Arizona, but since the funeral is today, I don't think I'll make it.  I just can't imagine how hard things are going to be for K.  It was tough enough being a single parent with 2 children at 26, let along being a widow with all the baggage that entails.  It will be so hard, I hope she knows that we all love here, all us crazy gals from LDSW. 

I didn't stay for SUnday School or Sacrament – I really hate the reverse block, I'm never going to get used to it.  I came home and got ready to go to Mom and Bob's for dinner.  Bob and Steve cooked hamburgers and hot dogs, Amy brought cantaloupe, there was tomatoes, chips, Fritos, dip, deviled eggs, and of course birthday cake!  Chantal made my birthday cake and it was so darling – it was a huge layer cake, frosted purple with white squiggles (isn't that a technical cake-decorating term? LOL) all over the top.  She had even gone out and got a little ceramic Eeyore and Winnie the Pooh block that said, "Oh bother" to put on the top.  It was so cute.  Maybe sometime later this week I'll figure out how to put my Flicker Widget on and then I can show you! 

Steve got me a Willow Tree angel – I love angels.  It's holding a puppy, and I think it's so cute.  Mom and Bob got me some dishtowels, and the neatest angel from Branford Exchange – To My Precious Daughter.  Which of course brought me to tears, I love them both so much!  And Mom got me 3 really cute strawberry canisters for the kitchen from "Country Living" magazine.  They are so darn cute!  Sue and Smitty and the girls gave me a new outfit, really cute – I think Sue's finally given up on trying to get me to wear shorts – egad!  So they got me a really nice T-shirt and some capris.  Amy and Mike and the girls gave me a cookbook from Gooseberry Patch, one of my favorite online stores.  Matt gave me a $25 gift card to The Afternoon at the local mall.  I love that store it's very eclectic – I can spend a lot of time in there! Missy paid to have my hair redone last week, so that was my present from her.  Dad and Pam gave me a state quarter necklace, it's really neat.  It has a gold plated Nebraska quarter on a really pretty silver chain.  I'd never seen one, but I like it.   Mom was really worried that there wouldn't be enough room for everyone, but Matt couldn't come, Smitty didn't come, so it was Mom, Bob, Steve, me, Meg, Dad, Pam, Mike, Amy, Madi, Lydi, Gabe, Sue, Jackie, and Mikayla.  Not too bad at all.  Missy and Garry came later, along with AJ and Emily. 

It was really fun – until I all but missed the season finale of Grey's Anatomy!  Most everyone was still there and I could't hear a word!  That was a little frustrating – okay, it was a lot frustrating.  Hopefully tomorrow night which is the second half of the finale, I'll be able to catch up with what I missed tonight.  It looked really, really good, what I could hear of it!  Season 2 DVD comes out in September, so even if I miss the summer reruns, I'll have it then. 

Okay, it's almost 5 a.m. and I'm so tired I can't see straight!  Forgive the terrible spelling! 

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On a lighter note…

Meg graduated from Iowa Western with her Associates degree in the arts today.  I'm so proud of her for finishing the job!  She starts school on Monday for the summer semester and when she finishes all she can at IWCC she's planning (at least at this point) to continue at UNO!  Yay Meghan! 

We bought her the Trivial Pursuit on DVD Pop Culture 2 edition. Cool – except how to they expect people to KNOW some of this stuff?  I hate sports, and music other than country isn't my strong suit.  But it was a blast plyaing tonight.  Meghan won, BTW.  Darn! 

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Karen

My friend's husband passed away last week.  I haven't written anything, because I didn't know what to say.  I was shocked, to say the very least.  Brian had some health problems, but no one should be a widow at 26 with 3 small children.  It's so unfair.  I wanted to go to Arizona just to show my love and support for her, and I can't go.  That totally frustrates me.  Renee found a relatively cheap airfare, but I just can't swing it right now.  Plus, it's Mother's Day weekend, and my birthday is on Sunday, and I have to work Sunday night through Thursday and the funeral is on Monday.  Kind of pisses me off.  I'd like to be there to be supportive of someone who I really care about (even though we've never met).  Life sucks sometimes.  For all of us, for different reason. 

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