February 2007


saturday I had my hair cut. cheryl took a good 9 inches off the length. I was ready for a little change; been feeling a tad bit dumpy lately. cheryl fussed at me for letting my gray come in so thick. I told her I was tired of coloring it. she cocked her head, put her hand on her hip and asked me if I was tired of looking young, too. that girl knows how to cut me deep.

after my hair cut, I did some grocery shopping. when I brought the groceries in, I was only home for about 30 minutes, but still, isn’t that enough time for him to notice?

kris & I picked up mandi (who said “cute haircut” when she got in the car) and the baby, and we grabbed jessica from work and took her to lunch. as soon as we slid into the booth, jessica said “mama, you went to see cheryl! it looks so cute”.

when I got home that evening, after more shopping, rich was on the couch, sick.  I went out with my friend Cris – which turned into just a short dinner since I needed to get back home to baby my sick hubby – and she noticed right away.

granted, they’re all women, and we notice these things, but you’d think the man who lives with me would see some sort of change.

he was sick all weekend, so I cut him some slack, but today he went to work. I colored it while he was gone, just to temporarily disguise the gray.  he’s not all the way better, but better enough that I’m getting a little peeved that he hasn’t noticed yet.

on a side note, I’ve been telling him for a month (since I saw the preview on apple’s site) that he’s gonna take me to see ‘wild hogs’ this saturday, with dinner at the new pf chang’s before hand. atleast once a week I mention this upcoming date night. so, imagine my surprise when, last week I told tony that he was gonna go to nana’s because his daddy is taking me out…rich says “do I know about this?” !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have maintained for years that he doesn’t listen to me. I’m sure there’s a reason for that-maybe I talk too much, maybe I talk about things not worth listening to, maybe I speak at a pitch not audible to the human ear-but still…this comment just proves my point.

fanny flagg’s saran wrapped naked lady gave me the idea of drenching myself in his mountain dew, or smearing oreos all over my skin. but what stops me is the fear that instead of catching his interest, it will really gain his pique, as he wonders why I wasted all that dew and oreos…

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last night, I was struck by just how blessed I am. madison wanted to stay and eat supper with us; I told her that we eat alot later than what she’s used to. mama has supper ready by 5:30; we eat around 7, when rich gets home. tony always eats a little mini-meal of snacks when he gets home from school at 3, because he eats lunch at school at 10:45 so he’s ready for supper when he gets home.

last night I fixed salmon patties, which everyone here loves. madison and clem were both here, so it was a big family meal. since it was so late, madison had to get home as soon as she finished eating, so she could get ready for bed.

usually when I take her home, I just wait until she gets in the door and then I turn around and go home. last night, I walked her in so I could carry the mail. when I went in, the baby was awake, so I took her from mandi and snuggled and kissed her for a little bit.

when I left, I noticed how clear the sky was, and how warm it was. that’s when I felt blessed. a beautiful night, a baby’s love, and my family at the end of my driveway.

who could ask for more?

the high today is predicted to be 73 degrees!! it’s like a heat wave!  I am so looking forward to getting back to normal temps (50′ and 60’s)  instead of the freezing 30’s and 40’s. it’s enough to tempt me to shave my winter legs and polish my toes.

a friend of mine emailed me this little funny and I thought I’d share it.

dear tech support,

last year I upgraded from boyfriend 5.0 to husband 1.0 and noticed a distinct slow down in overall system performance–particularly in the flower and jewelry applications, which previously operated flawlessly under boyfriend 5.0.

in addition, husband 1.0 uninstalled many other valuable programs, such as romance 9.5 and personal attention 6.5, and then installed undesired programs such as NFL 5.0, NBA 3.0, and golf clubs 4.1. conversation8.0 no longer runs, and housecleaning 2.6 simply crashes the system. I’ve tried running nagging 5.3 to fix these problems, to no avail. what can I do?

signed, desperate

dear desperate,

first, keep in mind that boyfriend 5.0 is and entertainment package, while husband 1.0 is an operating system. please enter the command “http: I thought you loved me.html” and try to download tears 6.2 and don’t forget to install the guilt 3.0 update. if that application works as designed, husband 1.0 should then automatically run the application jewelry 2.0 and flowers 3.5. but remember, overuse of the above application can cause husband 1.0 to default to grumpy silence 2.5, happy hour 7.0 or beer 6.1. beer 6.1 is a very bad program that will download the snoring loudly beta.

whatever you do, DO NOT install mother-in-law 1.0 (it runs a virus in the background that will eventually seize control of all your system resources). also, do not attempt to reinstall the boyfriend 5.0 program. this is an unsupported application and will crash husband1.0.

in summary, husband 1.0 is a great program but it does have limited memory and cannot learn new applications quickly. you might consider buying additional software to improve memory and performance. we recommend food 3.0 and hot lingerie 7.7.

good luck, tech support

today, mama received this email:

dear aunt nan,

hi! I’m joining in the american heart association’s jump rope for heart event at my school. I will be jumping rope to help the american heart association raise money to fight heart disease and stroke. can you help me by making a donation? thanks!

the american heart association’s online fundraising website has a minimum donation amount of $25. if you want to donate less, that’s okay. you can just send the check right to me and I’ll make sure the american heart association gets it. either way is fine with me. I will just need to have the donations in time to turn in on feb 22. thank you so much.

love, her name (….’s daughter)

now, the thing is, this kid is about 10 years old, and mama has probably only ever seen her 4 or 5 times; the last being about 7 years ago. which would explain why she had to identify herself at the end of the letter by telling mama who’s kid she is. is it just me, or is it weird to send money requests to someone you don’t know?

I HATE. HATE. HATE. fundraisers. I have never liked asking people for money, even if it is for a good cause. the boys are supposed to sell popcorn every year for scouts. a percentage of what they sell goes toward their camping fees. and of course they have lame prizes; although the kids think they’re cool.

the elementary school does a big fundraiser every year, with alot of pressure put on the kids. they have a company come in with big inflatable things in the gym, for kids who sell atleast 8 items each. this really irks me for a couple of reasons:

  1. the items are not cheap, like an average of $12. so for people like us, who hate to ask others to buy things, it would cost us an arm and a leg to purchase the 8 items ourselves. in this instance, I broke down and had tony approach people at church. this was difficult for him, as well, because he’s so shy, even though he knows all of those people.
  2. there are lots of people at our school who have 2 or more children. you know how difficult it is to sell for 1 kid, let alone 2 or 3?
  3. they do the inflatable party during the school day, so the kids who didn’t sell enough-or any-have to watch the kids who did, leave; then they get to listen to how much fun it was when those kids come back to the classroom.

they appeal to the kids for these things, and I know it’s so the kids will appeal to the parents, but I just don’t think it’s right. the children suffer when the parents won’t or can’t sell things for them. and then how does that make them feel? I’ve already told you how I feel about kids learning early on that life isn’t fair, it really does bother me.

when the kids come home with some sort of fundraiser, I just order a couple of things and send them on their way. I used to give mama the opportunity to order, but now she’s got 3 grandkids in school, so I hate to ask her to contribute to the cause. I won’t ask the other grandparents, because they live 3 states away, and I don’t feel comfortable with that. all of the friends and neighbors have their own kids and grandkids asking them, so…if it hadn’t been for me hating for tony to be one of the left-out kids-and the fact that it would cost me a pretty penny to order enough on my own-I wouldn’t have taken the order form to church.

so, what does the ‘f’ stand for? no, not that word, I don’t say that word anymore, and I try not to even think it. but in honor of this post, I did think of some f-words that could be arranged to fit the feelings I have: frivolous…frightening…forceful…feeble…fissure…flinch…floozie…flush…folly…freak…frenzy…friction….frown…FUDGE…fussy…futile

ringo in the clothes basket, originally uploaded by hockamama.

notice the claws…he uses those on me every time I pull a piece of clothing out of the basket to fold. see how closely he’s watching me? it’s mildly unnerving, knowing that he’s just waiting for me to grab a sock. his crooked whisker is a perfect indicator of his personality

waffle and her balloon, originally uploaded by hockamama.

dixon gave jessica some roses and a couple of balloons. by bringing them into the house, she forfeited her right to keep the balloons. this one now belongs to waffle, and the other one cannot be found…

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