Thursday, April 26, 2012

The Numbers

Let's talk about some numbers, shall we?

My little blog had its 20,000th visitor yesterday.  Thanks, Mom and Dad for checking on my blog several times a day and inflating my visitor numbers.  I really appreciate it.  And to my three other regular readers....I love ya! 

Harry has driven to school 3 times and back home 2 times.  I am still not breathing when he leaves the house.  It is hard to hold your breath that long.

I am down 21.5 pounds today.  I need one more pound by Saturday to stay on track for loosing 2.5 a week!  Doing a shake day today and heading to the gym shortly to make sure I hit that goal!

My little Chip will be crossing into double digits in 26 days.  The big 1-0!  I am not handling this well at all.  Seems I have some emotional issues about my children meeting expected milestones in their lives.

I am working 1,000,000,000,000 hours a day.  At least it feels like I am.

Astro will be 8 years old on Saturday.

That is all the numbers I can think of for now....hope your Thursday is awesome! 

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Big Day

Harry passed his driver's license test on Friday....the lady who evaluated him for his test said that his parallel parking was brilliant.  Nothing like ten evenings and 567 practice attempts to make you brilliant at parallel parking!  Slam dunk!

So, this morning he grabbed his keys, listened to me lecture him for five minutes...don't be in a hurry...don't listen to the radio today...the sun will be in your eyes on the way to school so use the visors...park way a pull through so you don't have to reverse after school...lock your truck...don't lose the keys...don't be in a big rush to get out of the parking lot after school, let it clear out a bit....I love careful....buckle out for all the other idiots on the road....bye.

The door shut.  I stood at the window and watched him drive away.

I wept. 

Wasn't it just yesterday that I was in the hospital parking lot, trying to strap that little seven pounds of joy into a car seat?  The car seat swallowed him whole.  I couldn't believe they just let us drive off with him.  That beautiful baby. We didn't know what in the world we were doing.  I remember pulling up to our house that day and it was all decorated with balloons and streamers.  We carried him into the house and gave him the tour of the house...ending in his sweet Winnie the Pooh nursery.

I wept that day too.

Then, opening your heart to let more love in than you even knew was, letting go enough to let  him be his own person.  A little independence.  A lot of responsibility. 

I miss him already. 

Thursday, April 19, 2012

I Thought Parallel Parking Was Hard....

We woke up this morning and there was some tension floating in the air.  Harry was scheduled to take his driver's license test this morning at 9:00 a.m.  He was a little nervous.  Rightly so, getting your license is a big deal.  We left the house at 8:25, did a quick parallel parking warm up in front of the house.  Did great!  Good boost of confidence.

Arrive at the DMV about 8:40 and finally found a parking spot. The place was packed.  We walked in and there were no less than 100 people in the lobby and a long, long line formed for the information desk.  I asked a nice stranger that looked like she had been there a while what the process was.  She told us to get in line at the information desk and they would assign us a number.  Great. 

There were probably eight or so people in front of us and after about 30 minutes we reached the information desk.  I made small talk with the lady behind the desk, just trying to elicit a smile.  It was not an easy task.

She looked over our paperwork and holds up this piece of paper with a gazillion lines on it and says "Did you fill out this log?"   I said "No, I filled out this log?"  Holding up the driving log we had kept with dates and hours driven.  She said "Oh, well you have to fill out this one too."  Me:  "Oh, okay." 

So, with Harry's help, we lean up against a wall, because interestingly a room full of 100 people filling out paperwork, there is only one desk space that is about eight feet long.   It takes about 10 more minutes to fill out the log and I am just making up dates and times as I go.  I have to sign my name about 30 times.

Once that is done, we get in another line for the new drivers who are testing and wait again. 

Time passes slowly in the DMV.

We finally make our way to the counter and the girl takes our paperwork.  She says "You only filled out the log for the driving instruction, you didn't do the other side for the dates before he got his permit."  Me:  "Oh, okay let me do that."   Inside my head, I was not so civil.

I jot those down so fast and furious, again just making up stuff because I can assure you I have no idea when I went over Car Safety or Making Cautious Decisions with Harry back in March of 2011.

Surely we are almost done and can get on with the actual driving test....

I thought parallel parking was hard....filling out the paperwork and waiting was brutal!

Then she drops the bomb "You were supposed to arrive an hour before your appointment time to take care of all of this paperwork and now you have missed the opportunity for your son to drive.  He will not be able to test today.  You can either make another online appointment.  The next one is about 20 days out, or you can come any day for a first come first serve place in line.  Those folks generally start lining up at 6:30 in the morning and when we open at 7:30 we can give you an appointment time for that day.  They fill up fast, so plan accordingly."

I could have screamed.  

I won't even tell you about the look of devastation on Harry's face.  It was one for the record books. 

So today was an epic fail.  So dang aggravated.  I didn't know you had to be there an hour early or I would have been.  I love early.  Early is my favorite.  I thought 20 minutes early was great! 

I guess we will be camping out in the DMV parking lot tomorrow morning in hopes of securing an appointment.  Wish us luck, please! 

Hope your day has gotten off to a little better start than mine!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Marked Another One Off The List

Several good things have happened already today!  First, the scale was so nice to me and it showed that I am down 20 pounds this morning!  It has been just seven short weeks and I am so happy with my progress.  Yea for 20! 

Also, this morning I tried my first Spin Class!  It was hard and I think I liked it.  I will let you know for sure once I get some feeling back in my lady parts area!  YOWSER!  I don't think my legs hurt nearly as much as the other sensitive areas.  Unfortunately I did forget to bring my gel seat cushion so that certainly didn't help with my seat situation.  The instructor, Lori, was awesome!  There were only three of us in the class and she was able to give us some good instruction and guidance.  My good friend Connie was one of the three so I was really just worried about embarrassing myself in front of one super fit chick named Holly.  She was awesome at spinning and was totally ripped!  I only screamed out "Good Lord, how long IS this dang song!!!" one time, so that wasn't too bad!  I think Spin songs are like six and a half minutes so that was an adjustment.  I sweated profusely.  All good.

I came home and got to mark #30 off of my 50 Things To Do Before I Am 50 list!   That makes sixteen I have done.  Only thirty-four more to go!

Also on the good list today...Harry cleaned his own bathroom like a pro and Chip took to vacuuming like I was paying  him.  He was under all the furniture, sucking up lost ping pong balls and spider webs, crawling all over the floor.  It was awesome! 

Much more to do today, but I just had to share while it was still fresh!  Hope your day has been awesome so far!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Ten Random Tidbits

I am super, duper is a little summary of the goings on around here till I can get caught up.

1.  Chip is doing safety patrol for the first time today.  He was thrilled.  He said "I am not going to say Have a Nice Day, I am going to say Have a FANTASTIC Day!"  He may be the best safety patrol FBE has ever seen! 

2.  Only six more days till my Harry takes his driving test.  In the last few days he has run a red light and taken a turn so fast I thought his truck was on two wheels.  It is going to be fine.  It is going to be fine.  It is going to be fine. It is going to be fine.

3.  We haven't done our taxes yet.  Can you say procrastinators?

4.  Today celebrates twenty one years of married life.  Wow.  Does anyone have a medal for us?  Trophy?  Something?  Anything?   We dated for almost eight years.  Does that qualify us for something? 

5.  Big, giant proposal is officially kicking my butt.  It is hard.  I seem to have a constant headache centered over my left eyebrow.  Does that mean something?   Is only my left eyeball stressed? 

6.  I am down 18 pounds!  Woo Hoo!

7.  I am taking my first Spin Class tomorrow.  Oh boy!  I can't wait to come home and mark #30 off my 50 Things To Do Before I Am 50 List.  It has been a while since I have crossed through one.  Could Yoga be next?

8.  I am going to see a Carol Burnett show next week.  It is called Laughter and Reflection.  I bet I am going to do some of both.

9.  Last Tuesday was the three year anniversary of Louise passing away.  I miss her.  Terribly.

10.    Tonight is the big school fundraiser. I am volunteering in the food booth for two hours, but I am not in charge of anything.  I think I might actually enjoy that! 

Hope your weekend is outstanding! 

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Weekend Update

After our late night adventure with the Spurs the rest of the weekend was action packed as well.

Got a workout in...focused on arms with a little bit of legs thrown in.  I may have a new little tricep muscle popping up that I am enjoying very much.  I can flex it for you if you want me to.  No?  Okay, I will just flex it for myself.  I followed that up with a massage that was INSANE.  Felt great.  Main focus was to try and get some good blood headed to my sore leg.  It worked too!  Leg feels so much better.

I was down 16 pounds at my 6 week weigh-in!  Woo Hoo!  I snuck briefly down to 17, but that was just a quick flash in the pan that I expect to reappear in the next day or so!  It's a marathon.  A long marathon. A life long marathon.  That is long.  Not getting bogged down by the stupid scale if I can help it.

After that healthy start, I headed to the ballpark to watch Chip's game.  He played the undefeated Twins and sadly, they are still very undefeated.  Those boys could hit and pitch.  It was a tough game.

On the upside, the weather was spectacular!  So spectacular that after the game I took Chip swimming at our awesome neighbor Karen's pool.  Chip swam with his buddy Pootie for hours.  They had a ball.  I read a book by the side of the pool.  Also, an excellent way to spend the afternoon.

Then it was a grocery store was packed like it was Thanksgiving.  Made cupcakes for Easter and a Raspberry Cheese Ball.  Ordered up pizza for the small herd of kiddos at my house, cleaned up my kitchen for the zillionth time and then collapsed into bed.


I have to download some Easter pictures from my camera, so I am going to wrap this one up and will post about Easter tomorrow!

The Clampetts See the Spurs

The Clampett's kicked off the holiday weekend with a trip to see the San Antonio Spurs.  We got some awesome seats on the floor.  I mean ON THE FLOOR!!   Front row, no one in front of us....feet were on wood.  It was very cool.  And very free!  And excellent.  

The basketball was pretty good too!   Those boys are athletes.  No doubt about that.  There were some spectacular shots that made me me scream out with the rest of the fans.  Unbelievable.  

Here are some pictures from the game. 

The Spurs blew the Hornets away!

It was a great game and fun night...only marred by a traffic jam caused by a car accident on the way back home that delayed our arrival by an hour.  Ugh.  It was a late night for all.

More to come on Easter weekend festivities!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Macaroni and Cheese

Harry is growing like a weed, but still weighs nothing.  Seriously, I am not even sure the scale can pick him up.

I'm kidding.  I think he is actually over 100 pounds these days, but when he turns sideways you can barely see him. For real.

His main food groups are:

Chocolate Pudding Cups
Fried Rice
Macaroni and Cheese
Lucky Charms
Ramen Noodle Soup

With this diet, how does he possibly grow?  Is there any nutritional value in any of this junk?

So since I have been seeing Chad "Mr. Knowledge About the Human Body", I have kind of overhauled all the food that comes into this house.  I am buying Whole Grain Goldfish, which Harry says taste awful.  I haven't been making Fried Rice at all.  It is made with SPAM people!  Chad would not approve of SPAM.  He still has Lucky Charms and Pudding which is apparently how he is surviving.

The other day I bought a box of Organic Macaroni and Cheese.  He saw it in the pantry and went crazy.  Come on Mom, we have to draw the line somewhere.  Please don't make us eat this nasty substitute for real Macaroni and Cheese.  Now mind you, his idea of real macaroni and cheese is Kraft Mac and Cheese in the blue box. 

Not the spirals, not the Sponge Bob shapes, not Extra Cheesy, not Thick and Creamy....just regular, plain Mac and Cheese with the orange powder.  And don't even think about Velvetta Shells and Cheese....absolutely wouldn't touch it with a ten foot pole.  Or homemade...get out of here.

So, Harry went off on a comical rant about how our food stinks and eating some organic macaroni and cheese was where he was going to have to draw the line.  We were rolling in the floor laughing.  I thought Chip was going to bust a gut. 

Last night I had mercy on him and made Fried Rice for the first time in six weeks.  He devoured it. 

Then a strange thing happened.  He was crawling on the kitchen floor reaching way behind the refrigerator and I asked him what in the world he was doing.  He looks all sheepish, smiles at me and pulls that organic box of mac and cheese out from behind the refrigerator.  HE HID IT FROM ME!

I was shocked.

He said he was desperate.

I said:  How bad can it be? 

Stay tuned....I will report on the answer to that question when I serve it up for dinner!

Have a great Wednesday!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Parallel Parking and Other Good News!

Harry is driving us everywhere and all over the place these days!  In fact, Sunday we went on down to the DMV and let him practice the dreaded parallel parking.  Let's just's a good thing we have some time to practice.  The parking area is set up with two yellow poles that look metal, but are actually some kind of foam.  The idea is that you have to parallel park your car between the poles.  When we pulled into the parking lot there were several others cars lined up to practice.  I guess when the place is closed on the weekends that everyone heads over there to give it a whirl.  We laughed and laughed at the poor sucker going before Harry.  Then Harry gave it a shot and it didn't go exactly as planned.  We pulled back around and got in line again and watched a couple of other up and coming drivers.  At Harry's next turn, Hubby jumped out and switched places with him to show him how it was done.  He clobbered the front pole.  Parallel parking is stupid.  Harry tried about 10 or 15 times and finally got that truck whipped into a spot.  He went around to try one final time and got completely jacked up.  We will be spending some significant time in the DMV parking lot next weekend I am sure.  Chip is calling Harry "PP" now for Parallel Parking.  It is not intended as a compliment and it is not taken as a compliment.  

The next thing we need to work on is direction.  Yikes! I think the kids in Harry's generation are constantly looking at their phones or other electronic devices and never actually looking out the dang window.  No matter how familiar the starting point or destination, that poor kid has no idea on earth how to get there or how to get back home.  It's like it is a new city for him.  I have a feeling I will be getting lots of calls once he is out on his own trying to find his way home.  

I am down 15 pounds this morning.  Woo Hoo!   It has been a little over five weeks since I started following the advice of Chad "Mr. Knowledge about the Human Body".  I am feeling great with the exception of my stupid right leg.  That little pulled muscle I had a few weeks ago reared its ugly head and it is hurting again.  Just going to have to work around it, I guess.

Chip is officially one of the few and the proud.....the "Safety Patrol".  The 4th graders have taken over safety patrol as the school year comes to a close to get some practice before they do it full time next year.  Chip's first Friday rotation will be on April 13th.  But in the meantime, he is getting such a kick out of pulling up at school and seeing his friends opening doors and waving cars through.  This morning we got his friend Tyler as our door opener.  I hear Chip say "Thanks Tyler" and they are both grinning like cats.  As the door shuts I hear Tyler yell down to the other fellows that are opening doors "Hey!  I got Chip!" It was so cute.

You remember our lizard?  Perhaps, you will also remember that we have to feed him live crickets.  We keep the crickets in a little critter keeper cage and since Christmas that has worked great.  This last batch of crickets I bought are Harry Potter crickets.  They are just walking right through the dang plastic case, I think.  Every single time I turn around there is another cricket on the floor.  I keep catching them and putting them back in.  I have turned that critter keeper over and over and over, looking for some way that they could be getting out and for the life of me I can't find any opening that would allow it.  Some how, some way, they are still managing to escape.  I almost feel like someone is playing a joke on me.  Very perplexing!

It is going to rain here today.  At least that is what the weathermen are predicting.  We need one good hard rain to knock the rest of the pollen out of the trees so it will stop covering every single surface outside.

Bob is going to be released from Physical Therapy soon because he has made great strides with his new knee.  He has to continue his exercises at home and is still in a bit of pain, but apparently that is going to continue for some time.

Lana has some kind of weird eye condition going on that is causing her a great deal of pain.  She is putting drops in her eye every hour on the hour and it does seem to be helping.  I got an email from the both of them about their conditions and it was titled something like "Your Parents Health Update".  I need them to both get well so they can come to Texas for a visit.  Time to paint something!

Bible Study yesterday was terrific!  If you have never done a Beth Moore Bible Study, you should really do one.  She is so easy to listen to and explains things in ways that really make sense.  I have so many "AHA" moments that I generally just sit there with my mouth hanging open and my head nodding up and down.  Yesterday she was talking about faith and how you have to believe, even when you are going through a fiery trial, most especially when you are going through a fiery trial.  She said there are only really three outcomes.

  • Scenario A - God delivers you from something.  You get to avoid trouble, tribulation, pain...whatever the hardship might be.  The tumor your doctor thought for sure would be malignant comes back benign!  The outcome:  Yea God! 
  • Scenario  B - God delivers you through something.  Maybe your tumor is malignant, but there is treatment.  So, you have to go through something hard, but He is there with you and on the other side of that trial you are going to be changed.  You are hopefully going to be changed for the better.  Stripped of more of what binds you, relieved of more of the silly, insignificant garbage we surround ourselves with.  Able to focus on the important things in life.  The outcome:  Yea God!  
  • Scenario C - God delivers you to something.  Maybe you don't get your cure, maybe you don't get better or well or survive, and honestly there is going to be some trial or hurdle that is going to be our last trial.  We are not living forever.  Even so, when it is your last get the best outcome of all!  Heaven!  Eternal Joy!  The outcome:  Yea God!  

Life is filled with trials and hard things because we are constantly growing, learning, changing, evolving.  Hopefully, into people that are more filled with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control.  Every trial or difficulty is a chance and an opportunity to be a better person.  I like that.  I think that makes hard things in life a little easier to face.  Not woe is me....but WOAH is me!  This trial may be hard, but regardless of the scenario I am going to have a Yea God moment when it is over.    

Well that is all for now!  Got to jump on a teleconference and get focused on my work.  I spent yesterday battling to just get one thing marked off of my work "TO DO" list and it was a miserable fail.  Not today!  Today I am going to be productive with a capital "P"!

I hope your day is fabulous!