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Monday, August 12, 2002
Are you planning on doing anything in remembrance of September 11, 2001 on the one year anniversary?
I think I will have my site closed with only a candle burning. At home tho we will take time to remember and say a prayer for all that were lost and their families.

Today is the first full day of school for Chantaye and I dread it, she's looking forward to it but she doesn't have to drive 20 miles surrounded by people that should never have left home.lol I'm sure I'll be back tonight with my *grumps* about all the wonderful drivers :)

posted by: Aretha @4:00 a.m.

By Aretha

Tuesday, August 13, 2002
What is one of your best characteristics?
I'm gonna have to go with the fact that I stand up for myself and others. I used to be extremely quiet and would never think of standing up for myself so this is one that I am proud of. It's not always pretty and alot of people might think it's a bad thing, but I like it lol

Well we did the school thing today, Chantaye still wants to go back to her old school, but they don't have a spot for her so she has to stay where she is. I finally got the supply list when I dropped her off and even tho this school doesn't ask you to bring enough to supply the entire county I still got ticked! She wanted special little pooh folders and pooh pencil bag to match the new back-pack, well on this list they only want them to have PLAIN folders and a plain old-fashioned pencil box. Do these people think I'm made of money or have nothing better to do than hang out at wal-mart all the time? It's not that we can't afford to go get these things, but it just "irks" me that what we got isn't going to be good enough and that she can't have what she wants. I'd say within a weeks time I'll end up having a nice chat with her teacher, I told Greg I'm gonna end up sending a note with her telling this teacher that I bought what the child wanted and that's what she's going to use. I mean they have put so many limits on what they can wear and everything I think she should at least be allowed to have a few little things. I don't know what we will do in winter, they added a new rule this year, sweaters and sweatshirts can only come to the waist of the pants and no longer, I hate to tell them but the first time they send her home over this they will not be happy with me...they are famous for sending kids home because of stupid stuff like this lately, my cousin was in high school and he got kicked out for like 3 days because his collar had a danged pin-stripe on it! So I can't wait for them to suspend 'Taye for her clothes ;) Well I'm off now to try and get all the crap together for mornin oh joy :)

posted by: Aretha @1:00 a.m.

By Aretha

Wednesday, August 14, 2002
What is your favorite kind of music?
Country..is there anything else lol

Today is Chantaye & Greg's birthday but because he had to work tonight we won't get to have the little birthday thing until this weekend, so it's been pretty quiet today.
I don't cook very often so I plan on cooking Greg a special dinner this weekend to let him know just how wonderful I think he is.

There's no school the rest of the week thank goodness...that big 127 corridor sale is going on and its on the main highway I usually take to get into town, but since it's been here all week I've had to take back-roads which adds about 5-7 extra miles each way..ugh talk about annoying.

Mmm...I'm Cinderella!
Which Disney Princess are You?Find out!

posted by: Aretha @ 8:45 p.m.

By Aretha

Thursday, August 15, 2002
I got to sleep in today which felt really good after doing the school thing all week. I am definitely not a morning person.
I changed the graphics on the entrance page again, using Grace's little cuties.
I'm not in a real happy mood about a few things today, but I won't go into that here...
Greg did manage to cheer me up a bit before he left for work, I don't know what I'd do without my little sweetie :)

posted by: Aretha @7:35 p.m.

By Aretha

Friday, August 16, 2002
It's been another stormy day here and from looking out the window I don't think it's over yet. I haven't been real ambitious the past couple of days, I had planned on "trying" to make a little blog person for my blog, but everytime I open PSP I just can't seem to get motivated. I did make a blinkie-linkie thing since my friend Suzanne asked if I had one, if you would like to use my linkie just click on it to pick it up.

I think I'll go crochet while I listen to Greg snore, bet ya'll thought I was gonna say some nice piece of music lol, but as long as I'm not trying to sleep it is kinda nice to hear him simply because he's finally home :)

posted by: Aretha @5:07 p.m.

By Aretha

Saturday, August 17, 2002
Friday's bloggin theme.....Who is your favorite cartoon character??
This one is too easy...Snoopy! lol

Well I'm late as usual getting to post, but today was kinda busy. We went car shopping today to see if I could finally make up my mind...I've been trying to decide since the end of June what I want.
I've pretty much decided, I think lol. Have ya'll drove one of the new Altima's..the ones with the 3.5?? Oh my heaven's let me tell you! I've got a big truck now and kept saying I would never have another car...but I have changed my mind! As soon as I got behind the wheel I was in love! Oh the power..let me tell ya...Greg ran it up the interstate, little goofball didn't even put it in overdrive and he hit 90 in nothing flat, so we got off I-40 and I got behind the wheel at the gas-station, now mind you I was determined to hate this machine lol but when I stepped on the gas talk about an amazing power surge :) so I jumped on the interstate and ooooh put those people to shame lol I didn't go as fast as Greg did but the looks from the other people were well worth it lol.
So now as soon as he gets the forms from Nissan he can order the one I want.. I can't wait!! I'm just glad we won't have to bother with a salesman when we get the car...the guy at the dealership today rubbed me the wrong way..standing over there actually arguing with me about which color I wanted and whether or not I want leather..ugh made me want to smack him lol
Well I'm off to do some nightly reads :)

posted by: Aretha @5:07 p.m.

By Aretha

Sunday, August 18, 2002
Don't you just love the little Bloggin' Buddies bears I found at Donna's? They are just too sweet :) Thank you so much for sharing your talents Donna!

Not alot goin on here today other than Greg and the kids tryin to drive me totally insane lol. Bubba has been as whiny as a 2 yr old today for no apparent reason other than to annoy me.
Men just kill me.... if something gets lost well then no doubt the wife should know where it is or why it went missing, even if she never even saw the item in question. I'm assuming most men are like this and not just mine. I just had to tell him I'm his wife not his mommy or his keeper, he was on his way thru the bedroom door when I said that, he literally froze in his tracks and I do believe it dawned on him what a putz he was being lol. Yep I said putz, that's what he calls me from time to time...it's a grumpy old men thing, he's a schmuck and I'm the putz depending on who speaks or thinks first lol. I get a big kick out of arguing with him except when it's over something stupid like tonight.
Well I'm off to straighten the house, get the school stuff ready for mornin, catch up on my daily visits and HOPE I can catch a decent nap so I won't oversleep again :)

posted by: Aretha @5:07 p.m.

By Aretha

Monday, August 19, 2002
By Aretha
What did you do this weekend?
Well since I've already told most everything I did, the only thing left is that I actually did something constructive lol We cleaned the house up a bit Saturday night and then Sunday night I cut my hair, which I had been putting off for weeks, isn't my life just full of excitement lol

Here it is 5 a.m. and I'm still up grrrr. I dozed off for a max of 2 hours last night, but thanks to my mind working over-time on absolutely nothing lol and my crazy dogs barkin at whatever was in the shadows I never could go back to sleep. I have to hit the shower soon and then start gettin the kiddies up so I can get 'Taye to school on time. Ya know they really should have a school schedule that "works" for night-shift parents. I can never go to sleep like "normal folk" cause I'm so used to Greg's hours that when morning gets here and it's time to start the day I'm ready for bed.
While I was sittin here I really tried to think up somethin to do other than crochet so I was gonna go tinker in psp..ha! I opened it up and just sat here staring at a blank screen never even opened a new canvas. I'm no artist by a long-shot but talk about a block..please mine is like a blasted blockade.
Well I reckon I've rambled enough guess I'll go see what's not on tv for the next hour or so.
Hope everyone has a great day :)

posted by: Aretha @5:00 a.m.

By Aretha

Tuesday, August 20, 2002
By Aretha
Do you have any collections, and if so, what are they?
I have a good sized collection of Precious Moments. I am rather picky about the pieces Greg buys me, I like for the piece to speak to my heart :)

Good news....no bad notes today lol. It's been a regular ol day here rather peaceful and quiet.
The drive in this morning was pretty un-eventful and 'Taye was ready to go in by herself, but I found a way around that since she's still nervous and I am too cause they go thru the school then out a door and down a breezeway to a gym with no supervision. The day is sounding too good so far huh lol that's what I thought too. The alarm woke me up to go get 'Taye well don't you know I fell plumb off the couch and dang near killed my fool self, it's just great to be me lol
I have discovered I am apparently an idiot magnet rotf cause let me tell you if there's an idiot on the road they will find me. How do people get drivers licenses anymore? I mean for Pete's sake! it's like driving with who's who in mental illness anymore! yes, I know I fit right in that category too lol I just can not get over some of the stupid things I see on the highway. I did end up with a good cackle tho, on the way home we have to pass thru the disctrict school zone for where we live, anyway the deputy is still out there directing traffic, you could tell he wasn't real thrilled about being there, well just as I got even with him he had this look on his face like he was just hoping someone would run him over, I couldn't keep from laughin poor guy I felt kinda sorry for him wonderin if he realized he looked so pitiful lol. Kinda funny how the morning deputy actually seemed to be enjoying himself both times I passed him, course now he looked good enough that he should've been enjoying himself lol. oops did I just say that? I know I'm married, but I ain't plumb dead yet rotf.

posted by: Aretha @4:45 p.m.

By Aretha

Yesterday started off pretty good, I was awake, in a good mood, and kinda hyper... but of course the day did not end so good. I was checking 'Taye's backpack after school and I found a note from the teacher, now I had asked and she said she hadn't been in any trouble, anyway, she sees me pulling out this note and she gets this look like uh-oh busted...I asked what's this the only answer I got was I didn't want you to see that I wasn't gonna give it to you. Well that was enough to tell me it wasn't going to be a note she wouldn't get punished for. Now mind you this is only the actual 4th day of school... here's the note. "Chantaye decided to give herself a haircut this morning. I have her scissors in my desk now." Oh I am still fuming over this! The child is 8 years old for pity's sake, is she ever gonna outgrow this?!?! She did the same blasted thing about a year ago. Why did she do it? I asked her a blue-million times and so did Greg she just gave us that "you're stupid look" and when she would answer it was I don't know. I found the scissors we got her still in the back-pack so this makes me think she's been holding out on her teacher argh! Then while Greg was getting ready for work she was in her room making all kinds of noise and told Greg no it wasn't her it was Angela doing it all. Well I told her she was grounded for 1 week for the hair business and when she lied trying to get the baby in trouble I told her she blew it and there was another week. I swear this child will be the death of me yet, and if I do manage to survive it I can't stand the thoughts of teen years. I know I'm not a perfect mother, but I try to teach my kids right from wrong but where did I go wrong with this child that she thinks its ok to lie? Sorry this wasn't a better post, but this was my day.
posted by: Aretha @2:00 a.m.

By Aretha

Thursday, August 22, 2002
It's been a pretty quiet week here, haven't done alot really except try to nap and take 'Taye back and forth to school. I did manage to update a few pages last night, added some new gifts to my Secret Sister page and added a gift page, something I had been meaning to do for quite awhile.
I know this is a rather short post compared to my usual rambling, but got alot on my mind so I will let ya'll off easy and not write a novel lol.
I'm off to do my nightly reads. Hope everyone has a great Friday :)

posted by: Aretha @7:50 p.m.

By Aretha

Friday, August 23, 2002
Today was pretty hectic, we were cutting it close getting to school this morning. It seemed that none of us could get it together, we are a wild looking bunch dragging out of here in the mornings lol. After Greg got off work we had a ton of stuff to get done and we had to hurry since he had to go back to work tonight. Don't really have alot to ramble about got way too much on my mind.
I'm off to have a little quiet time...shh dont let the kids hear that or they will get stirred up lol
Have a wonderful weekend everyone :)

posted by: Aretha @7:50 p.m.

By Aretha

Sunday, August 25, 2002
It's been a pretty dull weekend here, the only thing I've done is redecorate the blog yet again. I look forward to next weekend when I can have some time away from the computer completely and be with Greg, we don't have a sitter for the kids but Greg always manages to make me feel better about things when we're together. There hasn't been much time for us this weekend my little sweet-pea is sick and has to go back to work tonight so now I'm counting the hours until next weekend.
Hope everyone had a good weekend and has a good week :)

posted by: Aretha @12:40 p.m.

By Aretha

Monday, August 26, 2002
Oh oh Blue Monday lol, sorry couldn't resist. It's been a pretty decent day until I picked 'Taye up from school. Now you tell me... if there are 2 lanes one to turn left and one to turn right if you want to be in the left shouldn't you get your big butt there BEFORE you're at the stop sign? Ugh! whoever this ignorant woman is almost took out the whole front of my truck..she was drivin a smaller older buick type car so it wouldn't have hurt me as bad as her but dang! is a big truck that hard to see especially when it's right next to you? Ya'll think maybe I should give up drivin since I seem to find all the "loose cannons"? lol

I've just got to share 'Taye's little comment this mornin.. on the drive in she mentions something about when shes a teenager I told her not to even talk about that day! I'd be in the nuthouse for sure then...her rather solemn reply is what's a nuthouse? you mean there's a house somewhere made of nuts? you mean like the squirrels eat? i could've died laughin at this child, I mean what a mental image huh..a house not made of bricks but acorns lol.

I got my very first blog award today from a very sweet lady. Thank you so very much Storrmey! I am very honored :)

I'm off to make sure 'Taye gets her homework finished so I can catch up on my reads I'm running terribly behind as usual. Have a great week ya'll :)

posted by: Aretha @4:27 p.m.

By Aretha

Tuesday, August 27, 2002
It's been another fairly boring day here. I don't think I will ever be a morning person, there should be a law against having to get up that early. All 3 of the kiddies were unusually quiet on the drive in this morning, then out of nowhere, Angela (my little entertainer) barked and dang near scared the living day-lights out of me lol.
Oh, brace yourselves.....no idiot driver stories today lol.
I'm still way behind on my nightly reads, but hope ya'll will forgive me I'm trying to fight the flu or old age or something lol and I promise I will get by to see everyone real soon :)

posted by: Aretha @10:50 p.m.

By Aretha

Wednesday, August 28, 2002
Today was just another boring day. We didn't do the school thing today, 'Taye was still feeling a bit feverish and after being in trouble yesterday I thought it best to keep her home until she felt better, even tho she would argue with a brick wall that she's not sick. I can almost hear some of ya'll thinkin, uh-huh we know you just didn't want to get up lol, well you're close :) when I got up I was staggering around like I was 3 sheets to the wind, and call me crazy (shush lol) but I thought it might be a good idea to spare the county me being on the road for one day ;)
Julie asked if I had shot a hole in the floor yet..so I thought I would answer it here, no hon haven't had to go that far, I do believe the *problem* got the little gift I left ;)
Tami, the cold is tickin me off lol I've been taking Nyquil and instead of making me sleep it makes me hyper grrr, Greg on the other hand can just hear the word nyquil and he's out cold lol
I got to rock my baby today, ok I know that doesn't sound like a big deal lol, but she doesn't like being rocked very often now she'd rather be off running, but when she decided she was done being mommy's pet she sat up and decided to poke around and see if mommy has an "off-switch" lol. She calls her belly-button an off-switch, daddy has a bunch of off-switches all over, even his toes lol, but she's puzzled cause mommy doesn't stop like daddy does ;)
Well my couch is calling my name so I think I shall answer it, have a good one ya'll :)

posted by: Aretha @9:30 p.m.

By Aretha

Friday, August 30, 2002
Happy Friday ya'll! Brace yourselves I'm hyper lol I actually slept last night, I dozed off around 6:30 and managed to sleep pretty much solid til 6:30 this mornin! I can't remember the last time I slept that much oh it felt so good :) Well let's see now what happened today... no idiot driver stories to tell so that's always a good sign lol 'Taye managed to get another note sent home, but we were just discussing it again and I do believe I've figured out WHY she messed up today... I told her that the next time there was a note I would come and spend the entire day at school with her, hoping to embarrass her, well she just reminded me I said that with this look on her face, I can't explain the look but.."By George I think I've got it!" lol
We're supposed to go for a drive tomorrow to look at a new town we are considering moving to, Greg was looking online today and found a web-site with some info about the town and get this they still call it a Grammar School, so he called the school to ask about dress codes and what-not they can wear overalls and everything! yes this is a big deal lol especially considering how bad things have gotten here. I do believe I embarrassed him a bit tho... he asked the lady how many kids are in first grade she said 13!!! when he repeated it busted laughin, I just couldn't help myself, course the lady heard me and that got her tickled too lol and omg... the principal is the mayor! how cute is that lol I do believe we've found the perfect place! Oh another MAJOR plus... they don't have the "special kids" in a separate area, they have them in a regular class which I think is absolutely wonderful. Some of you know and others don't so I will explain why this is so important to me... Our 5 year old Bradley has cerebal palsy and tho it is only minor here he would not be allowed to be with the other kids he would have to be in another area and we have taught him that he is no different than anyone and I don't think it's fair for them to be treated differently. eek sorry bout that I'm off the lecture stand now lol

Hey Kate if you read this honey I've been trying everyday to sign your guestmap or tag-board and it won't let me click on either :( Everyone thanks for asking about my little one :) she is lots better she's back to drivin me nuts and gettin in trouble... all is well lol ;)
Well I'm off to try to get a chance to catch up on some reads now before Greg gets back with the movies. Have a great weekend ya'll!! :)

posted by: Aretha @6:00 p.m.

By Aretha