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Thursday, September 30, 2004

My Red Headed Step Child

I am only watching the one year old today. I think he is going to drive me nuts. When he doesn't have anyone to play with, he likes to wander the hallway crying. He won't play with any of the cars and he won't ride around on Clifford the Dog like he usually does when my son is around. If he is not whining in the hallway, he is standing next to me starring. If I play with him on the floor or give him some toys to play with, he ends up laying down and falling asleep. If I don't immediately wake him up, it's messes up his afternoon nap. What am I going to do with him? This happens every Thursday and I need to come up with something to appease the boy so I get through my daily household responsibilities without him under my feet. Any ideas?

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Blogger Guru said...

I say, "Give him liquor". That usually knocks a kid right out.

October 02, 2004 8:03 AM

 

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President Bush on Dr. Phil



I watched a great interview today on Dr. Phil. He and his wife Robin had the privilege of sitting down and talking to President George Bush and First Lady Laura Bush. I thoroughly enjoyed watching this fantastic interview. The Bushs shared how they met and what it was like raising twin daughters. He and his wife were so laid back and it looked like they were really comfortable talking. President Bush really made me feel proud that he is running our country. I hope he will be able to stay in office for four more years. You can check out the entire interview here.

Dr. Phil will be interviewing the Kerrys next week. In all the teasers I have seen for the upcoming show, the Kerrys look very nervous and uncomfortable. It should be an interesting show, to say the least. Tune in next week for my comments on that interview.

As Dr. P would say, "Thanks for being here."

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Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Wasted Toilet Paper

Warning: What you are about to read may shock you. Use extreme caution when dealing with this news. Content may be harmful if viewed. If you are allergic to gripes about ghraper, please discontinue reading.

Yes, it's true. I have a gripe against my hubby. He is well aware of this gripe and he is cool with me blogging about it. It's about his use of toilet paper. It might be silly of me to be upset over wasted paper, but if he would use it like a normal person, we would save millions of dollars a year in toilet paper costs. Whether it's going to the bathroom or blowing his nose, he seems to use massive amounts of paper. Blowing your nose should take two squares, but he uses at least eight every time. Instead of getting the snot out like a normal person, he twists up half the paper and shoves it up his nose hoping to snag something. If he would just wrap the paper around his finger and then pick, he would save not only paper, but time and energy. I can't seem to get this through his head.

Then there is his use for potty time. Anything more than four squares to wipe is just wasteful. Wasteful must be his middle name because he hits the paper, watches the first square hit the ground, and then tears that section from the roll. He then rolls, not folds, that piece into a ball and attempts to use a quarter of the available paper. He does this at least five times per bathroom use. We go through a roll a day. Crazy! Crazy, I tell ya!

I have talked to him about this waste of paper. His excuse stinks like, yup you guessed it, poop. He said growing up his dad would only let him and loelsh use a certain amount. They had to use four squares, then hold them in half, fold in half again, and fold in half for a fourth time. My hubby said now that he is out of his dad's house, he wants to use as much paper as he can. Okay, let me get this straight. When he was living with his parents, it was not okay to waste money on buying toilet paper, but now that he is buying his own paper, out of his pocket, it is okay to waste as much as he wants?

Am I just being insensitive to his toilet paper needs? Do I need to just shut my pie hole and let him use as much as he wants because this is his house? Does anyone out there agree with me? Please let me know if I am going crazy over paper. Life is so grand.

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Blogger loelsh said...

LOL!!! I'm sorry, but I must agree with "G" on the twisting of paper to stick up the nostril. If you do it right, you can get it much farther up your nose than by merely putting the paper over your finger. Your finger will only go up so far. Sometimes those pesky boogers like to stick way up in there and there's no blowing them out. Ya just gotta twist, stick and pull!!

September 29, 2004 9:59 PM

 
Blogger kljokjjlkjlk said...

This is hilarious!!!!!!! I couldn't stop laughing. I say, if his idea of a blissful life is using extra toilet paper, then he is indeed an easy man to please and count your blessings. Ask yourself, is anal retentive hyphenated? lol lol lol.

September 29, 2004 10:10 PM

 
Blogger ghraper said...

Wiping is the last thing I want to do "half-a**ed".

September 29, 2004 11:43 PM

 

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Tuesday, September 28, 2004

World Vision

I got this crazy letter from World Vision today. They might be a great organization who help people around the world, but I actually laughed when I read how they are trying to get donations. They sent me a packet of pumpkin seeds telling me to sign the back and send it back to them with some money. World Vision will then send the seeds to a needy family in Africa.

Okay, okay. I don't understand. Why send me seeds that I will just throw away when they can just send the seeds directly to Africa. Are they trying to make me feel guilty if I don't put the seeds to good use and send them back? What a crock! I would think that there would be a better way to ask for donations. They already have several professional singers who promote this organization, so why waste the seeds. Just crazy I tell ya! Life is so grand!

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Eternal Security

I had a wonderful time with my friend last night even though she ripped me a new butt hole (to quote an old co-worker of mine). We had a long talk about how I was rebelling against God. I am going through an adolescence period with the Big Guy up above right now. I don't understand some things going on in my life, so I like to blame God. It's not right, but I would rather point my finger at Him than on myself.

Any way, my friend gave me some good advice on how to deal with the sin in my life right now. With my rebellion, I am not talking to God as much, so I am not confessing my sins as I should. She really got on me for not praying. Then she said something that I don't agree with. She said she was worried that if I were to have a car accident that night and die instantly, that I wouldn't end up in Heaven. She said my unconfessed sin would prohibit me from spending eternity with God. I told her that I am a Christian going to Heaven when I die and once saved, always saved. I also said that just because a person sins, it doesn't mean that they will automatically go to Hell if the sin is not immediately confessed. I then asked her what would happen if she had a little bad thought right before her death. Would that mean she will go to Hell. I said, no, of course not. She said that she could respect my opinion, even though she didn't believe in it. We kind of moved to another subject by then, but I wanted to blog about it and back my belief up with some Bible verses.

First off, check out Luke chapter 15. Jesus is telling the Pharisees three parables. In each parable, something is lost or astray and then is found or returns home. Take, for example, the story of the lost son. It tells how a son left his father to explore what the world had to offer. Even though the son left to do his own thing, he was always his fathers son. Nothing would change the fact that he belong to his father. If the son would have died doing his own thing, he would still be his father's son. I can't emphasize that enough. I am that lost child right now, doing my own thing, out of God's will. But that doesn't change the fact that I am still God's child.

Here are a few more verses that deal with the subject:

John 10:28-29 And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father's hand.

Rom 8:38-39 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

By dying on the cross, Jesus paid and forgave all of our sins that we committed in the past, present, and future. I may not be following God's will right now, but I know for a fact that I am going to Heaven when I die. I have been a child of His since I was 5 and I always will be. Nothing will change that fact!

Tell me your thoughts about eternal security. Do you believe in it? Why? Do you have any comments about the verses I used and do you have any favorite salvation verses? I would love to hear anything you have to say about this subject. Thanks.

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Blogger ghraper said...

You're 100% right about eternal security. Amen.

It's awesome that your friend cares so much about you and sees a need to help and encourage you right now.

The John 10 verses are an excellent example to back up the fact that there is eternal security. The Romans 8 verses also show us why(because of His love) we have eternal security.

Some of my favorite reassuring verses about salvation and eternal security are on the "Romans Road to Salvation"

Romans 3

10 As it is written: "There is none righteous, no, not one;
11 There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God.
12 They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no, not one."
13 "Their throat is an open tomb; With their tongues they have practiced deceit"; "The poison of asps is under their lips";
14 "Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness."
15 "Their feet are swift to shed blood;
16 Destruction and misery are in their ways;
17 And the way of peace they have not known."
18 "There is no fear of God before their eyes."

23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
24 and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.

Those verses show that everyone's a sinner.

Romans 6:23

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

This one tells us what sinners deserve.

Romans 5:8

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Salvation comes from what he did; not what we do.

Romans 10

9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

13 For "whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved

The only thing required of us for salvation is to accept the free gift.

Romans 5:1

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ

How can we have peace if we're not sure of our salvation?

Romans 8:1

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.

Once we're His, we're His!

To quote some lyrics from one of my favrite songs:

Not because of who I am,
But because of what You've done,
Not because of what I've done,
But because of who You are,

Who Am I - Casting Crowns

We didn't do anything to get saved. What makes us think we need to do something to stay saved? If there is something we could've done, then Christ's death was in vain!

If she uses that unnecessary fear of losing her salvation as motivation to keep her prayer life strong, and her "sins to confess" list clean, then more power to her.

Sorry for the long post, but that's something I feel strongly about.

September 29, 2004 12:53 AM

 
Blogger Drifter said...

So....lets say you accept Christ when you are 13 years old.....and then 15 years later you intentionaly kill someone.... you still going to go to heaven?

Sounds like the best thing to do is to make sure that all young impresionable children accept Christ before the teen years and later...when the world is not as black and white...and we develop into who we eventually become and the world is a more complex place.

At that rate...perhaps even Madaline Murry O'Hara might just be in heaven then...I hope someone got to her when she was young and explained to her that she needs a Savior...and that she accepted Christ!!!

I mean...if you think about it....if a gay, boy killer (Jeff Dalmer) can make it in.....who can't?

This eternal security thang sure sounds interesting!!!!

September 29, 2004 5:03 PM

 
Blogger ghraper said...

Statistically, if you do not recieve Christ as savior by age 21, your chances of becoming saved decrease from then on out. As for Madeline and Jeff, Christ died for ALL!

September 29, 2004 9:48 PM

 

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Monday, September 27, 2004

Shopping With a Great Friend

I am so excited today. Not only do I get to do my normal mommy night of clearance shopping, but I get to hang out with a great friend of mine. We have been really close ever since high school. Because our Senior class only had eight students, we all became great friends and she and I became the best of friends. We try to keep in touch and it's awesome that we live only five minutes away from each other. She is also my scrapbooking buddy but recently I haven't been able to see her every often. Scrapbooking parties are few and far between and I haven't been attending very many of them. So, I can't wait to spend some time with her tonight.

We are going shopping at my favorite clothing store, Dots. Nothing in the store is over $15.00 and I always find great deals in their clearance section. I usually spend an average of $5.00 and walk out with three pieces of clothing a week. Last week I found four dresses to wear on the cruise and I only spent a total of $10. How great is that!

Afterwards we are going to Dairy Queen to buy our last Mocha Moolatta of the year. It will be my last cheat food till the cruise. I will definitely have to work off the 590 calories of this yummy dessert by taking a long walk tonight. I will still gain 10 pounds eating it, but it's proof that life will always be grand.

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Blogger Drifter said...

Enjoy getting your "Shop" on.....

The guys are gonna go eat mexican @ ElChico...I think...

Enjoy your last "cheat"...vacation is right aroud the corner...and I KNOW you will wanna look your sexy best!!

September 28, 2004 12:43 PM

 

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Blogger's Studio Results

Check out Guru7777. He posted his answers to the 10 questions that James Lipton asks his guests at the end of each "Inside the Actor's Studio" show. I am copying him by doing the same thing on my blog today. You should to, if you know what's good for you.

1. What is your favorite word? Please
2. What is your least favorite word? Wait
3. What turns you on? Love scenes
4. What turns you off? Disrespect
5. What is your favorite curse word? Junkie Whore!
6. What sound or noise do you love? My son's singing
7. What sound or noise do you hate? Whining
8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Professional Pastry Chef
9. What profession would you not like to do? Pickle Tester
10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? You have done well, my daughter. Welcome home.

This blog entry was made possible by the contributions of the maker of Guru7777, who urges you to post a blog everyday. Thank you.

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Blogger Guru said...

[quote]This blog entry was made possible by the contributions of the maker of Guru7777, who urges you to post a blog everyday. Thank you.[/quote]

Truer words were never typed. If you are gonna have a blog, update that mofo! People might just be addicted to it. You could be causing them severe withdrawal pains. Just update. It's not too much to ask.

September 27, 2004 5:56 PM

 
Blogger ghraper said...

So does the phrase "Please Wait" make you feel indifferent?

September 27, 2004 8:20 PM

 

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Sunday, September 26, 2004

Demolition Man



I love the movie Demolition Man! The action is great and you get to see Wesley Snipes as a bad guy. There are so many well known actors in this movie: Sylvester Stallone, Wesley Snipes, Sandra Bullock, Benjamin Bratt, Denis Leary, and Rob Schneider to name a few. I love the little snipets of comedy throughout the movie. Here are some of my favorite movie quotes:

Lenina Huxley:Look's like there's a new shepherd in town.
Lenina Huxley:Chief, why don't you take this job and shovel it!
Lenina Huxley:Looks like you met his meat. You really licked his a**.

Lenina Huxley: Let's go blow this guy.
John Spartan: Away! Let's go blow this guy _away_!

For those of you tired of my movie reviews, to bad! Get used to it! I love watching and writing about movies. I can quote lines from a movie I saw last night or even ten years ago. I can also place a song from the radio to it's movie. I don't even pay that close attention to the movies I watch. It's not like I try to memorize scenes, it just happens. Are you the same way? Leave a comment and tell me about it. Later.




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Roswell



There once was a tv show that I wouldn't miss for the world because it's characters were not of this world. I am talking about the show Roswell. I was, and still am a huge fan and I love the fact that Jonathan Franks, aka Number One, directed several episodes. It was a great show and I was so disappointed when it was cancelled. I am better now that I get to see the show every week day at 4 on the SciFi channel. If only someone would re-air episodes of The Adv of Lois and Clark, I would be a very happy woman.

Roswell Plot Summary: Bizarre things start happening in the little New Mexico town where flying saucers -- oops, weather balloons -- were spotted in 1947. Cut to 1999, when a cute high school student saves the life of a teenage waitress. Surrounded by cliques of clever, angst-filled classmates, the two form a bond that threatens the survival of a secret universe involving superhuman powers, a yen for hot sauce and an alien gene pool.

If it wasn't for the main character, Max, I wouldn't have even given the show a chance. If a show doesn't have a good looking male, I don't watch it. Smallville-Tom Welling, Roswell-Jason Behr, Adv. of Lois and Clark-Dean Cain, Star Trek TNG-Wil Wheaton. Shows have to have a cute character to draw me in. You know what it's like all you Kristen Kreuk and Marina Sirtis fans. For those of you who missed watching Roswell, I left you a couple hot pics.

For the girls.


For the guys.

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Blogger brent said...

WOAH, who's the blonde? she's ridiculously hot.

September 26, 2004 12:55 AM

 
Blogger Trinity13 said...

That's a picture of me! Just kidding, that's Katherine Heigl who plays Isabel Evans on Roswell. She has more sexy photos on Goggle, but I liked that one the best.

September 26, 2004 8:24 AM

 
Blogger Trinity13 said...

Sorry, silly me and my stupid mis-spellings. It's google not goggle, of course. Carry on.

September 26, 2004 12:32 PM

 

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Regis Philbin

Attention everyone! I just saw a commercial for a new CD that Regis Philbin just put out. This is a must have!!! Check it out at www.regiscd.com. You even get a free picture with your order. WOW! I will put in my collection next to my Kathie Lee Gifford CD. Life couldn't get any better!

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Saturday, September 25, 2004

My Son's Special Day

It finally happened! After 8 hours of working with my son, he peed in his potty! There was quite a celebration after it happened. We got out the party hats, noise makers, and balloons and had a lot of fun partying. Thanks to the one on one work my hubby did with our son, the boy is now wearing big boy pants. Let's hope it lasts longer than a day.

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Friday, September 24, 2004

Shopping

I love finding deals. I had a great time tonight at Schottensteins buying clothes. I found men's clothing from $1.00-3.00 and children's outfits for a $1! I have finished Christmas shopping for four children with all the deals I found tonight. I also bought some baby cloths that I don't even need right now just because they were a $1. I have a bad habit of doing that. I have 4 storage containers under my bed and 2 containers in my closet filled with kid's clothing. Everything in those containers I bought for $3.00 or less. I love having new clothes around in case someone has a baby or is in need of a certain size. I refuse to look for cloths in a consignment shop because I end up spending over $3.00 for a used outfit. Why would I do that when I can buy a brand new outfit for a $1.00?

When ever I go to a store, I head straight to the clearance section. I hate looking around in the non-sale priced clothing section. It just doesn't make sense to pay full price. I don't pay full price for anything. I won't buy a grocery item unless it is on sale and I won't go out to eat without first looking for a coupon. I'm crazy like that-or does that make me a smart shopper? You tell me.

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Blogger ghraper said...

You girl, are the Albert Einstein of shopping! I can't believe you got $320 worth of stuff for less than $40. That's outrageously cool! Thank you for hookin' us up once again.

September 25, 2004 12:32 AM

 
Blogger ghraper said...

Also, thanks for the sweet shirts you bought me. I love 'em!

September 25, 2004 12:33 AM

 

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Learning New Things

I love learning about new things. When I worked outside of the home, I constantly wanted to learn about all the ins and outs of my job. My co-worker would teach me things about the job that I really didn't need to know at the time. Learning new things gave me a better understanding of my job and it was nice showing people that I already knew how to do something.

Since I am a stay at home mother now, there is not a lot of new experiences with my boys. I have babysat since I was 10 so there is nothing new that comes my way and I tend to get bored easily. This is why I like having something new to tackle and learn. Take crocheting for instance. I went over to my grandma-in-law's home today so that she could teach me. Why would I want to learn crocheting of all things? Just so I can say that I know how and to be able to prove it. I have a long list of things that I have always wanted to learn and crocheting was on it.

Here is a short version of things that I would like to learn about or master sometime in my life:

1. Water skiing
2. Chess
3. Speed reading
4. Car repair/maintenance
5. Computer programming
6. Driving a standard
7. Drum playing
8. Cart-wheels
9. Spelling correctly
10. And sign language to name a few

There is well over 100 things in my list, but if I am not able to accomplish them all, life will still be grand!

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Thursday, September 23, 2004

Bueller...Bueller...Bueller

I heard that you were feeling ill
Headache, fever, and a chill
I came to help restore your pluck
'Cause I'm the nurse who likes to...

Ahhhh, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, what a classic. I remember watching it when I was a kid. The movie has some great lines! Check them out here. It's one of my favorite movies from the 80's and it's a most see! One of my favorite lines is said by Ferris... Pardon my French, but Cameron is so tight that if you stuck a lump of coal up his a**, in two weeks you'd have a diamond. Funny, funny. Life is grand when Ferris Bueller's Day Off is on TV.

The sportos and motorheads, geeks, sluts, bloods, waistoids, dweebies, dickheads, and Trinity13... they all adore him. They think he's a righteous dude.

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Blogger Guru said...

I love the movie, too. Too bad he grew up and married Sarah Jessica Ugly.

September 24, 2004 5:48 AM

 
Blogger Drifter said...

and as I have stated before....it is her ugliness that makes her so cute....okay....and her body is rockin too!!!

September 24, 2004 1:02 PM

 
Blogger Trinity13 said...

Um, she's ugly. My best friend's sister's boyfriend's brother's girlfriend heard from this guy who knows this kid who's going with a girl who saw Sarah Jessica's ugly face last night. I guess it's pretty serious.

September 24, 2004 3:42 PM

 

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Another Thursday

Here it is again, a nice and quiet Thursday. I need to go to my favorite grocery store, Aldi, where I save so much money. I haven't been able to go for a while since my schedule hasn't allowed time for me get over there. Since the store closes at 6:30, I would have to take my three boys with me during the day. Because I only have one baby today, it seems like the perfect day to get over there.

I love being able to leave the store with a over-flowing cart and having only spent $40.00! The only negatives with going is that they usually don't have anything name brand, you have to pay for your cart, and you have to box your own groceries. Besides those little inconveniences, Aldi is great! It is wonderful for people with a limited budget. But enough about Aldi.

I will actually be able to take a nap today! I am feeling pretty exhausted right now. I started my day early by going to my autistic boy's house and I watched him from 6:45-8:15. I will be going over again tonight and working from 6:30-10:30. Then I am back over tomorrow morning. It sometimes wears me out, but it is definitely worth the money. I love being able to contribute to the bills with earning money watching him and the other two babies. I know that I was appreciated by my hubby when it was just me at home watching our son. But, I really feel valued now that I am helping out with our monthly outgoing payments. It makes me feel great inside knowing that I am a stay at home mom with three good paying jobs. It's worth me being a little sleepy to have that feel good feeling. Life is grand!

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Doing His Neo Thing

Smallville was awesome tonight! Clark, or should I say Kal-el, was flying! Not a bird, not a plane, but Neo...I mean Superman...I mean Clark. In the Matrix, Neo's flying was labeled as doing his Superman thing. Tonight Clark looked just like Neo in the air. Same lift off, same style! Seeing him fly was like eating a chocolate Matrix cake programmed by the Merovingian, if you know what I mean. Life is grand!




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Blogger Guru said...

It made you have an orgasm? THAT, my friend, is "Must See T.V."

September 23, 2004 6:23 AM

 
Blogger Drifter said...

What an awesome eppy!!!!!!!

September 23, 2004 7:41 AM

 

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Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Fat Monica



I am thinking of changing my Trinity picture to a fat Monica Geller picture since I look more like her. I noticed the similarities between us as I watched a Friends episode on TV last night. Fat Monica is still cute, but she has two chins and is a little pudgy around the middle. I do have some other things in common with her besides how she looks. I love Chandler, I love to cook, and I love to keep things clean. Monica and I also love to play hostess. Our friends meets at our home to be well taken care of and to have a good time. Both fat Monica and myself feel like a skinny woman trapped in a fat suit. Oh well, life is grand.


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Blogger Guru said...

While you do have some very serious Monica characteristics, you don't look a THING like her.

September 22, 2004 1:23 PM

 

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Crazy Meijer Guy

While I was at Meijer tonight I noticed an employee following me. A few weeks ago this same employee came up to me in the produce section and commented me on my legs. He said he couldn't help but notice them and wanted to know how he could get his calves so muscular. I simply told him that I walked every night in my neighborhood. I give him a little show of my so called muscular legs as I got my tippy toes to get a produce item and then I walked away. I could feel him looking at me as I got further away from him.

That being said, tonight I went to Meijer to get some bananas, which are in the produce section. I got this feeling that I was being followed and sure enough I notice him coming up to me. He asked me how the walking was going and I said it was going great. Then I left very quickly! It's nice to be complimented but this guy really freaks me out especially since he likes to stare at me and follow me around the produce section. Am I being paranoid? I know this guy is just trying to hit on me, but he needs to notice the ring on the finger or else I will give him the finger! Let me buy my groceries in peace!

By the way, life is grand!

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Blogger Drifter said...

You were looking at buying some banana's!!
Perhaps he wanted to see how you tested them for....firmness!!!!


Now THAT wood be worth watching...for sure!!!

September 22, 2004 3:00 PM

 

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Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Potty Training Time

A time comes in every child's life where he or she learns how to not crap in their pants. The time is now for my two year old son. I have been to lazy or to busy to train him in the past, but I think he is old enough now to learn. I love just being able to change him and not having worry about trying to take him to the bathroom so that he doesn't wet himself. Doesn't sound like good times to me!

I also wanted his dad to help me since they have the same plumbing. This Saturday is the perfect day to begin since there is no OSU game. We are going to use Dr. Phil's training method and if we do it correctly, then it should take just a day. Dr. Phil is the man! He actually went into a home of a mother had been attempting to potty train her four year old son for a year and a half. The doc went in and trained the boy that day! From that day on the child hasn't worn a single diaper. He is completely trained to use the potty. We plan to do the same thing for my son. No, we are not bringing Dr.P personally to our home, just his advice. You should check it out here.

Do you have any personal experience with potty training a toddler? Please leave your story or even some helpful advice for my hubby and I to use this Saturday. If it's not to much trouble, please keep me in your prayers. I need plenty of patience and sanity this Saturday and the weeks to follow. Life is grand!

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Blogger loelsh said...

Just keep in mind that the boy from Dr. Phil was 4 years old and not 2 and a half, and his mother had already been working with him for quite a while on it. So he already had the idea in his head. I wish you the best in this new and exciting adventure!! Just don't be too disappointed if it doesn't happen in 1 day. These things usually don't happen overnight, but here's hoping it does for you. Won't be too long before I'll have to do the whole potty training thing again. This will be a completely new experience for me since I'll be training a boy this time. Oh the joys of parenting!!

September 21, 2004 8:07 PM

 
Blogger loelsh said...

BTW...Potty training is grand! heehee
Lo

September 21, 2004 9:22 PM

 
Blogger Trinity13 said...

Hey, do you think it is to soon to start potty training him? I know the girls were what, three before they were completely trained? The last thing I want to do is rush the boy. I don't really want to start so soon, but I feel as though I should. Honestly, too soon?

September 21, 2004 9:53 PM

 
Blogger loelsh said...

No, it's not too soon. The girls were completely potty trained by 3. By 2 1/2, they were both using the potty for #1. The most difficult problem was convincing them that going #2 in the potty was WAY better than #2 in their pants.

We're no Dr. Phil, but it went in stages for both of them. Of course, we didn't spend a day to do it either.

September 22, 2004 6:40 AM

 
Blogger Guru said...

DOGGONE IT! That last comment was mine. I just didn't sign Lo out first.

Guru

September 22, 2004 6:42 AM

 
Blogger loelsh said...

No, I don't think it's too early. In fact I think it's a good time to start. He's old enough now that he can control those muscles and recognise when he needs to go. I am no expert, but I have successfully potty trained 2 children by the time they were each 3. By their 3rd birthdays, neither one of them were still having accidents. And like Guru said, it will most likely take longer for him to be completely trained going #2. But I don't think it should take long for him to get #1 down. He's a bright boy. He can do it!!!

September 23, 2004 5:24 PM

 

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Monday, September 20, 2004

What Matrix Persona Are You?

You are Trinity-
You are Trinity, from "The Matrix."
Strong, beautiful- you epitomize the ultimate
heroine.

What Matrix Persona Are You?

Did you have any doubt?

Try to dodge this quiz and I will make you "...sample this!"

Don't be afraid anymore. The Oracle told me that you would fall in love with a quiz and that that quiz...that I loved would be the one and only quiz to take today. So you see, you can't be dead to taking quizzes. You can't be...because you love quizzes. You hear me? I love you and you love quizzes.


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September 20, 2004 5:11 PM

 
Blogger Guru said...

I am Neo. Without cheating, I swear!

Check my blog for the results.

September 20, 2004 5:14 PM

 
Blogger ghraper said...

That is so funny. Very clever!

September 21, 2004 12:49 AM

 
Blogger ghraper said...

I took the quiz 3 times. The first time, it said I was Trinity. The second time, I changed a couple answers to my second choices, and it said I was Trinity. The last time, I changed to my third choices, and it said I was Agent Smith. Go figure.

September 21, 2004 1:05 AM

 
Blogger loelsh said...

I was Trinity.

September 21, 2004 10:26 AM

 

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Like Father, Like Daughter

Let me say this right up front, I love my father. I don't like all the decisions he makes or the advice he gives me, but I love him. Than being said, I have picked up some silly habits of his. Don't get any nasty with this, but he and I always have to be playing with something in our hands. His favorite items are silly putty and legos while I like playing with my clothing or a blanket. If I am sitting down watching a program on TV, I will usually have the draw string of my shirt, the edge of a blanket, or even a toy in my hands. I can't just sit there and enjoy myself unless my hands are busy. At the dinner table, my dad and I both play with something, anything available on the table. Even now as I sit here thinking of the next sentence, I am playing with my ring. I'm crazy!

Another annoying habit I picked up from my father is the B.E.'s head nod. I used to get so irritated talking to him because he would nod his head the entire time. I am not that bad, yet. He also nods his head while watching sports. If there is a good play, he nods his head. I have noticed that I do the same thing. Whenever I go to a sporting event, I nod my head when I am happy with a play. I don't do it as much when I watch sports on TV, good thing, but I am still young.

To the people out there who know me, do you notice these crazy habits of mine? Please leave a comment and tell me what you think. If you didn't realize I did these things, I guarantee the next time you see me, you will notice and be annoyed. Sorry, but life is grand in that way!

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Blogger Drifter said...

I will watch for these habits.

Life IS grand!!!!!!

You are a Blog Hog....twice a day!!!!! Yeah baby!!

I will call whenever I will be very late... or unable to make a game...promise!

Keep up the party snacks...and keep rubbing those lucky nuts!!!

September 20, 2004 3:42 PM

 
Blogger ghraper said...

I love the little pieces of your parents that come shining through in you. Everybody has their inherited quirks. I should know.

September 21, 2004 1:08 AM

 
Blogger loelsh said...

ghraper, don't you mean those "lovely little nuggets" about her? You're slipping. I'm disappointed.

September 27, 2004 8:47 AM

 

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Early Voting

I was watching a news program last night and they mentioned how in some states people were already voting. Ohio is one of those states. I guess I didn't realize that November 2nd is the cut off date to vote. I never thought that you had the option to vote two months before the election. People here in Ohio are able to vote without seeing a single debate between the candidates. You can't change a vote made in September if there is a surprise in October. Don't get me wrong, I am not against this if you vote for Bush. I am a Republican! I will always be a Republican and I will always vote Republican! But there are ignorant people out there who are voting early for Kerry. Two-sided Kerry might/will change his stand on something in October and the people who have already voted for him might regret giving him their early vote. There is an interesting article I found here that talks about it in more detail. Check it out!

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Blogger Guru said...

Astute political commentary, Mrs. Neo. Nice to see that you are a well-rounded person.

September 20, 2004 6:37 AM

 
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GO BUSH!!!

September 20, 2004 10:51 AM

 

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Sunday, September 19, 2004

My Favorite Nieces

I got to have some girl time last night! My favorite nieces spent the night with me. I helped them with their baths and then we all put on fake tattoos. It was so much fun! This morning, I have chocolate doughnuts or Smore cereal to choose from. What child doesn't like a jump start of caffeine loaded chocolate in the morning? I think I might also curl their hair this morning like I typically do when they spend the night. Gotta run, I hear them stirring in the bedroom. Nieces are grand!

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It sounds like you had as much fun as the girlies did!

September 19, 2004 3:27 PM

 

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Staying Up Late

I have a terrible habit of staying up to late. I get to involved in a movie or even channel surfing for that matter. I am still awake watching Benny and Joon of all movies! I watched the first five minutes and so I now have to see how it ends. If a movie captures my attention, I have to watch it till the credits role.

Do you know how many times I have stayed up to see The Breakfast Club or Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead? To many to count! I just get sucked in because I love watching movies. The only way to tell if they are good or not is to watch them, which is what I am doing now. I should be okay tomorrow though. I think six hours of sleep is plenty. If I sleep any more than that, I tend to be cranky because my body is used to a lack of sleep.

The movie is over now so it is time for me to go to bed. I hope nothing good is on tomorrow evening so I that can get to bed at a decent time for once. Oh well, life is grand!

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Blogger ghraper said...

What dedication! I can't stay awake through a movie I want to see, even in the middle of the day. Occasionally, I can stay up til the wee hours surfing the net, but that's because there's some interaction involved. I also can say, I haven't seen most of the web before.

September 19, 2004 3:25 PM

 

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Saturday, September 18, 2004

Forgetfulness

What is it with men and their ability to cancel or change plans at the last second? Okay, okay my hubby and I open up our house every Saturday for the OSU game. I buy the food during the week when it goes on sale. Why do I hear the day before that oh, by the way, two men might not be here for the entire time. It's an OSU GAME! What fan in their right mind would miss a game? And my cooking? Crazy!

One of the guys isn't coming till five because he has to work. That's a good and valid excuse but it didn't even cross his mind to tell me he would be late. Another guy is doing house work for his wife, coming over, and then leaving at 5:30 to go play Euchre. Euchre! Instead of the game!!! He can't even tell me if he is staying for dinner! I didn't find out about all this info till last night.

Why not let me know as soon as possible so that I can plan? Is it because men tend to be forgetful, like my hubby is. Is it because men usually have a one tracked mind and just don't think sometimes. To all the men out there, if you change your normal football plans at your friend's house, please tell your friend's wife.

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Blogger ghraper said...

Watch 'em show up next week, forgetting that it's a bye week.

September 19, 2004 3:20 PM

 
Blogger Drifter said...

Okay...I'm a duffus!!!

Having said that.... I will be sure to let you know whenever I will not be able to make a game.... or will be late.

The grub was fantastic.....

September 20, 2004 10:08 AM

 

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Friday, September 17, 2004

Background Noise

It was extremely dark this morning as my alarm went off. It was then that I my ears picked up the sound of the rain hitting the roof. I had to sigh to myself because I just wanted to go back my sleep. I sleep the best when it is raining outside. I also sleep well when I have the fan going, the baby monitor on, or even when someone is snoring. When my hubby isn't snoring, it takes me longer to get to sleep. A woman who likes the sound of snoring, imagine that! I hope it rains to tonight so that I get a good night sleep. To everyone out there in the real world, sleep tight and don't let your wife bite.

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Acts of Service

Tomorrow is yet another gathering at my house for the OSU game. Don't get me wrong, I love entertaining, especially when it is all guys. I love cooking for them and refilling their glasses and plates. With men, they don't feel obligated to help me out, which I like. I love being able to single handedly take care of my guests. Being able to do things for them makes me feel good inside and lets them know how much I care for them. It also keeps me to busy to focus on the game, which tends to stress me out if the Buckeyes are losing. It is well worth the work when I receive their compliments.

Tomorrow will be no different as I have bought chips and salsa, will pick up pizza, and will make some chewy candy cheerios. I will also probably make some of my famous no-bakes. What man doesn't like those? I hope it all tastes good. Let me know if this menu sounds disgusting or if I should change any of it. I would love to read your comments about it. If not, life will still be grand.

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Blogger Guru said...

Chips and Salsa - $4.25
Pizza - $9.99
Candy Cheerios - $2.14
No Bakes - Priceless


GO BUCKS!!!!!!!!!1

September 17, 2004 2:19 PM

 
Blogger Trinity13 said...

Trinity's good food, it's everywhere you want to be.

September 17, 2004 2:56 PM

 
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A Woman's Oil Change Experience

It used to be that I would take care of the house and my husband would take care of my car. He was supposed to put gas in her, take care of the oil changes and maintenance needs, and wash her. With his up and coming part time business along with a full time job, my hubby doesn't have the time needed to accomplish these responsibilities. I don't blame him though. I would rather him make money then have to worry about my car.

I finally grew up a few years ago and started pumping my own gas. It is only till recently that I have taken care of the oil changes. I have done it twice by myself and each time the workers treat me like a child. I have gone to the same place ever since I could drive. Today three separate workers asked me if I had been there before. I said yes of course. I then took a seat to wait. One of the mechanics approached me with my car's air filter. He got down on his knees to show me how dirty it was but he talked to me in a slow, loud voice. He spoke as though I didn't understand english. I got the vibe that they like to sucker woman into things that they don't need for their car. You wouldn't see him getting on his knees to talk to a male customer. He also wanted to replace three other items that would have rung up to over $90 in charges. I didn't even need two of the items for another 10,000 miles, but he insisted that I should have them replaced that day! He was trying to take me for a fool, but I told him that I would take care of the items personally. Personally meaning that I would ask my husband in person to take care of them for me.

The mechanic went back to work on my car and finished. I paid using a coupon and I was outta there! That's one thing I won't have to worry about for another 3,000 miles or 3 months. Oh well, life is grand!

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Blogger ghraper said...

sorry

September 16, 2004 11:23 PM

 
Blogger Guru said...

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September 17, 2004 6:11 AM

 
Blogger Guru said...

G, why are you apologizing? At no point in that entry did she blame you.

As a matter of fact, it seems that all she will be requiring of you is a possible air filter replacement and some other light auto work (in 10000 miles!).

The rant was more against the chauvinist a-holes at the oil change place.

BTW, Trin, I would suggest against going to that place again. Other places have coupons and don't treat women like idiots.

Even more fun would be to stop the guy mid-sentence and point out that he wouldn't talk to a man like that, so he should quit being a chauvinist, stop trying to bilk you for your $$$, and go do what you came to have done, AND NO MORE!!!!

An optional route would be to place your foot in his behind perpendicular to the opening. Your choice. You could even holler out, "Dodge This", as you planted your boot in his anus.

Just a thought.

September 17, 2004 6:12 AM

 
Blogger Trinity13 said...

Thank you guru for your words of wisdom.

I should go to another oil change place! Just because my family has been going to the same place for years, doesn't mean that I have to continue going.

Oh, it wasn't his anus I was thinking of kicking when he was crouching down next to me. Need I say more?

September 17, 2004 8:57 AM

 

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Thursday, September 16, 2004

Relaxing Day

I have it really good on Thursdays. For one, my son spends every Wednesday night with my mom, his grammie. It is a good weekly bonding time for them and it allows me to work an out of the home job of providing care for an autistic boy. I go over to his house on Thurs and Fri mornings and get him ready for school. It's good money, it teaches me patience, and its nice to get out of the house for a little while. I also don't babysit my 10 month old on Thurs and Fri. So, the only one I have today is my one year old and he is only here till 1pm. He is a good baby, but he doesn't like playing by himself. He is always following me around the house as I do my cleaning. He's my little shadow. After he leaves, I have to do my wifely duty and mow the grass. I won't let me hubby do it. I enjoy mowing to much to let him take a turn. It's good exercise and it gives me a great sense of accomplishment when I can look at a freshly mowed lawn. I really need that exercise right now as I am trying to lose a little more weight before the cruise. I would love to lose 20 more pounds in three weeks. I probably won't eat anything the week right before the cruise so that I can have some breathing room in my formal dresses. I will keep you updated, if you care. Oh well, life is grand.

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Blogger ghraper said...

Glad to hear you enjoyed your day. Thank you for mowing the lawn; it looks vunderful!

September 16, 2004 6:02 PM

 

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Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Restless Times

I am feeling so restless today. I don't have any major projects coming up or any activities that need planned. I have kind of felt restless since I finished decorating and organizing my house. When my husband and I first moved in, there was so much to do. There were a lot of white walls that needed my attention. It has been five years since then and the house is completely decorated. Every room has been painted, papered, or both.

I live in a smaller house, so I have organized and re-organized to make everything fit. I will sometimes reorganize my cupboards just because I am bored. Don't get me wrong, watching three boys can be very time consuming, but I have organized their schedule around my day to allow for cleaning. I don't usually have a lot of cleaning to do since I keep up on it, so I have times were I don't know what to do with myself. During these times, I get very restless. Blogging helps relieve this problem, but if I sit at the computer long enough, I am back where I started-restless.

Maybe today I will take down all my crystal, wash it, and reorganized it. Even if I do that, it will take me an afternoon and tomorrow I will have nothing to do again. I could go through all of my vhs tapes and see what can be thrown away. I might go to grandma's and help her organize her house. Grandpa and she moved from a home with a basement to an apartment. She has been wanting me go come over and help her get things situated. That means loading up three small boys to go to her house, but it would be worth it to help her out while relieving my restlessness. Oh well, life is grand!

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Blogger ghraper said...

Maybe we should move into a nice big older house with plenty of space to put things and some new decorating challenges too. It would be hard to leave our cozy little home, but the thought of new projects to tackle and room to stretch out in is exciting! The only down-side would be the actual moving process. Remember when we moved in here, it was the perfect house for us, and we supposed then, that we would only live here five years or so.

September 16, 2004 6:09 PM

 

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Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Trinity Quotes

I thought that I would leave you with a few of my favorite Trinity quotes tonight. Enjoy!


Trinity: My name's Trinity.
Neo: *The* Trinity? Who cracked the IRS d-base?
Trinity: That was a long time ago.
Neo: Jesus...
Trinity: What?
Neo: I just thought... you were a guy.
Trinity: Most guys do.

Neo: What are you doing?
Trinity: I'm going with you.
Neo: No you're not.
Trinity: No? Let me tell you what I believe. I believe that Morpheus means more to me than he does to you. I believe if you are really serious about rescuing him, you are going to need my help. And since I am the ranking officer on this ship, if you don't like it... I believe you can go to hell. Because you're not going anywhere else. Tank, load us up.

Trinity: Neo, I'm not afraid anymore. The Oracle told me that I would fall in love and that that man...that I loved would be the one. So you see, you can't be dead. You can't be...because I love you. You hear me? I love you.

Persephone: ...just a sample.
Trinity: How about you sample this? [pulls out her gun]


And my all time favorite quote:
Trinity: Dodge this.

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Third Day

I love the band Third Day. The band members really have a passion for sharing the gospel through their music. Even at their concerts, they tell the crowd that they are not at a concert, but at a church worship service. Whenever I am in a terrible mood, all I have to do is put in one of their CDs and it lifts my spirits. The Third Day Worship album is my favorite. The CD plays a variety of fan favorites. It includes live and new acoustic versions of the songs. The only problem I have with the band is the fact that they will be touring here in Columbus the week I am on my cruise. I haven't missed a concert of theirs for five years! It is a tradition to go with my bestest high school friend and her hubby. She and I are the real fans and our hubbies come along for the ride. It's no fair! I am going to miss them this year unless I go and see them perform in Cleveland. Even if I do go, my friend won't come with because she is able to go to the Columbus show. I will miss her and her singing along to the songs. I know we are trying to save money for the cruise, but this is one concert that I just can't miss!

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Monday, September 13, 2004

Bikini

I just bought my first bikini tonight. I spent $2.00 for it at Meijer this evening. It is really cute and the bottom half is a pair of tight short shorts. It covers a lot of stomach, but it still shows some belly. I bought it to wear on my up and coming cruise. I heard that on cruises you will see a lot of foreign, overweight woman wearing them. I guess it is a pretty common occurrence to see a 300 pound woman walking around in a little string bikini. Yuck! I have lost a little weight and I figure that if I am to ever wear a bikini, this would be the perfect time. I should look really great and maybe skinny compared to the other foreign woman on the cruise. Plus, it will only be seen by three people that I know, my parents and my hubby. Hopefully they won't make any weird faces at me when I have it on. Oh well, life it grand.

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Blogger ghraper said...

Only two bucks? that's like $1 per piece. I can't wait for the cruise either. Maybe you could wear your 'kini around the house between now and then. You know...just to try it out 'n stuff.

September 13, 2004 10:44 PM

 
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Hubba!

September 20, 2004 10:10 AM

 

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Scrapbooking

I just got an email from my cropping consultant about a scrapbooking party this Friday. I am not sure if I should go. I played hostess to some football fans instead of going to the last party. I just can't seem to get into cropping any more. I did fine when I was working on my mother-in-law's memory book. I came to each party focused on her and I poured my blood, sweat, and tears into each page. I went through a wonderful healing process while working on the book. I am now finished and I had switch my focus on my next book, my son's album. I have to be in a completely different mind set. I can't seem to even finish a page of his book. I am not sure if I should go and waste my time and the time of my consultants. Plus, I have to pay to go and when I don't get anything accomplished, it is a waste of money. I would rather spend that time and money on my son instead of working on a book about him. I know he would appreciate that more. Oh well, life is grand!

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Blogger Guru said...

If you can give it the focus, by all means go this Friday. But, you made the right decision about last Saturday. Us hard working sports fans need the TLC that only some potato soup can bring us. Rock, rock on.

September 13, 2004 6:08 PM

 
Blogger Guru said...

Oh, and BTW, your MIL Scrapbook kicks major boo-tay.

September 13, 2004 6:09 PM

 

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Back to the Daily Grindstone

Well it's Monday again. I didn't sleep well because my two year old wouldn't go to sleep in his bed. I decided to bring the boy to bed with me and told my hubby to come and get him when he was asleep. My hubby fell asleep on the couch, so my son slept with me all night. How fun! I just love sleeping next to my child who rolls around and plays with my lips. Sometimes I think he only loves me for my lips.

I am watching two other little boys today. One of them I call my red-headed step child because he has bright orange hair and I have watched him since he was 4 months old, so it feels like he is one of my own. He will be two this December. He is a very well behaved child, but he doesn't know how to play by himself. He likes to drag all the toys to me and leave them at my feet. He is a fun one to clean up after! The other boy will be one in October. This one fusses at every loud noise, but he knows how to play by himself.

I like having three boys because they can play together with the same boy toys, but I get girl withdrawals. I love doing little girl hair and them doing mine. I can't wait till I have a little girl of my own and I have so much girl clothing already. I will buy any outfit that is less than a dollar, whether I need it or not, but that is another blog.

Well, I gotta get ready now. I have on coming at 7:45 and one at 8:15. Life is grand.

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Blogger Guru said...

You know. While you are waiting to have the bun made and put in the oven, I happen to know of two girls that you could borrow for girl crap practically any time.

Just a suggestion.

September 13, 2004 6:07 PM

 
Blogger loelsh said...

I second Guru's comment!

September 13, 2004 7:14 PM

 
Blogger Trinity13 said...

This Friday sound good?

September 13, 2004 9:03 PM

 
Blogger Guru said...

You can't do it Friday. Scrapbooking, yo.

September 13, 2004 9:41 PM

 

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Sunday, September 12, 2004

Grandparents Day

I didn't realize that today was Grandparents day. I don't feel bad about forgetting this special day, even though we went to lunch with a set of them. Let me tell you why. I made up for it by getting this particular set both a Fathers and a Mothers Day gift. I kind of feel like I am now responsible for celebrating those days with them. Since their only child passed away this year, I wanted to step up and fill part of that role for them. I am more than happy to do this for them because I know they miss their daughter very much. I too miss their daughter, my mother-in-law, very much and it is an honor and a privilege to take these parent celebrating days on my shoulders. To all the grandparents reading this, Happy Grandparents Day. Get sloshed!

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Blogger Virgin

Yes, it's true. This is my first blog post. I love reading others peoples blogs, so I decided to have one of my very own. I really don't care if no one reads it. If you do, please tell me thoughts and comments and I promise not to share with anyone. By the way, get used to the sarcastic comments because as everyone knows, sarcasm happens.

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Blogger ghraper said...

Very nice. I see you chose the red pill. I look forward to reading your future entries. Plus I love you in black leather.

September 12, 2004 12:35 AM

 
Blogger Guru said...

Well, Trin, welcome to Blogger.com. We all know sarcasm happens. In fact, I wish it would happen a little more. I'm going to put you to the test. If you post regularly (not like your hubby) and with high quality, then I will link you your blog from mine and send you masses of readership (or Mark).

Be interesting.

September 12, 2004 8:56 AM

 
Blogger Trinity13 said...

Oh wow! If you could do that for me, I would be the happiest woman in the blogging world! To be linked to guru7777's blog, it's... it's a dream cum true! I get excited just thinking about it. Thank you! Thank you! I won't let you down.

September 12, 2004 7:37 PM

 

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