Monday, April 24, 2006

don't worry ... i'm still here

hi all-- it was a busy week for us. jason had the week off from work for school vacation and he did a bunch of stuff around the house while i was at work and evan was at daycare. i even had to work an extra day to go to a meeting on worcester. so it's felt like a long week to me. the weather was fantastic though, minus the weekend which wa a wash... well needed, but a wash out.. in fact it's stlil washing out and it's monday. they say it'll stop, that the rain will turn scattered, but i don't know.

we turned a section of the driveway into a patio by moving the fence. we really wanted to make a patio with paving stones or a wood deck in that spot. but we're just too poor to do that. so we've got the driveway patio, which is fine until someday we can build a deck. for some reason one of teh previous homeowners decided he needed a driveway that could hold a convoy of about 10 cars on his little plot of land. last year we knocked off 8 feet of the driveway and we trapped 10ft intothe back yard and that still leaves us enough room for about 5 cars... 6 if they park on the grass. i don't know what they were thinking... perhaps they had parties all the time.

so i went to the rabies clinic and it went fine and not terribly long... the cat was suprisingly good too. she didn't bite! she bit a vet tech once a couple years ago, so now i warn them. our cat is prissy an ddoesn't like anyone touching her she doesn't know. so evan missed teh aprty next door... i'm not heartbroken... i wasn't at the clinic that long, but evan fell asleep while i was in there and he was in the car with jay. he didn't wake up till almost four, so that worked out perfect. on friday while we were planting stuff int eh garden, linda was bitching about having about 20 4-year olds at the house.. and all i could think was "you're the one who invited them all lady" i bet she was annoyed that the party had to be inside b/c of the weather... anyone who'se been in a house around here, knows that accomodating that many kids isn't easy. no open floor plan houses here that's for sure. i must say that ray did a great job cleaning up the yard in anticipation of the kids having to play in it... part of me felt bad though when i only saw 3 or 4 cars at the house. linda said that she was gonna ask the parents to stay with the kids and that means there were only a couple kids there. oh well

crap i've got to run and wake up the undead... i mean the 2 year-old

Friday, April 14, 2006

i'm back from the dead

i feel like i haven't blogged in forever! but it's really only been a couple of weeks. i do often hav e afew minutes to check up on other people, and this past wedsday i felt like i needed to blog, but didn't have anything useful to report.

that is... until now...

first off... our pc is back! thank god. i sure did miss it.. not that the laptop wasn't good.. it was perfectly fine. but i found it to be so much more distracting to have that around the house b/c everytime i would walk into the kitchen to do, say the dishes, i would think.. oooh... i'll just check my email... next thing i know it's been an hour. some of you are probabley thinking... "why didn't you just put it on your computer desk?" well, we don't have a flat panel monitor, so there's just no room for some day we'll have one! (i hope)

we ended up bringing our pc to the computer fix-it place on campus to see what they said was wrong with the stupid thing.. theysaid it was teh motherboard.. what?! it was brand new.. so we sent the motherboard back to the manufacturer, and they sent us a new one.. and now our pc is super happy! :) only we have to reinstall everything first.

also i'd like to report that the grass in the backyard has sprouted.... this is exciting news b/c we weren't sure if the frost this past week killed the grass seed.. apparantly not! we've had nothing but trouble trying to get grass to grow after the knocked down the ginormous shed that looked hideous the summer after we bought the house. so we seeded a couple weeks ago when i twas super nice thinking we were safe... we limed and put down fertilizer.. we tilled the soil to loosen it up see as how we have mostly clay soil here in gfield.

i've gotta clean up the house for this weekend.. but in all honesty i'm sick of cleaning. i've been doing allt he cleaning and laundry for the past couple weeks.. sure jason works full-time and i don't.. well who said taking care of a young child isn't work... i only work out of the house 3 days a week. so my guess is that he expects me to do most of the cleaning b/c i'm "home"... even though he knows that when i'm "home" with my son.. i'm often not home.. running errands, going to playgroup and playdates and what not.. then we come home and he wants to play outside, or we go inside for lunch and i put him down for a nap.. but that's often not until 1pm or later.. and then jays home at 3:00 usually.. so where is "all this time" i had while i was home.. whatever i'm just ranting now.. it's not like he gets angry over the mess i don't clean up... but it would be nice if he could clean up some... and he will.. and then i won't do any of the cleaning for a couple weeks b/c he's doing it, and then he gets it's this unintentinal cycle that happens with us..

on a different note..

here's something i got from email.. and if you live in MASS you'll love it.. and if your from out-of-state, consider yourself warned:

1. A right lane construction closure is just a game to see how many people can cut in line by passing you on the right as you sit in the left lane waiting for the same drivers to squeeze their way back in before hitting the orange construction barrels.

2. Turn signals will give away your next move. A real Massachusetts driver never uses them. Use of them in Boston may be illegal.

3. Under no circumstances should you leave a safe distance between you and the car in front of you, or the space will be filled in by somebody else putting you in an even more dangerous situation.

4. Crossing two or more lanes in a single lane-change is considered "going with the flow."

5. The faster you drive through a red light, the smaller the chance you have of getting hit.

6. Never get in the way of an older car that needs extensive bodywork. Massachusetts is a no-fault insurance state and the other driver has nothing to lose.

7. Braking is to be done as hard and late as possible to ensure that your ABS kicks in, giving a nice, relaxing foot massage as the brake pedal pulsates. For those of you without ABS, it's a chance to stretch your legs.

8. Construction signs warn you about road closures immediately after you pass the last exit before the backup.

10. Never pass on the left when you can pass on the right.

11. Speed limits are arbitrary figures, given only as suggestions and are apparently not enforceable during rush hour.

12. Just because you're in the left lane and have no room to speed up or move over doesn't mean that a Mass driver flashing his high beams behind you doesn't think he can go faster in your spot.

18. It is traditional in Massachusetts to honk your horn at cars that don't move the instant the light changes.

19. Seeking eye contact with another driver revokes your right of way, except in Boston where it acts as an invitation to duel or play chicken.

21. Remember that the goal of every Massachusetts driver is to get there first, by whatever means necessary.

22. Real Massachusetts female drivers can put on pantyhose, apply eye makeup and balance the checkbook at seventy-five miles per hour during a snowstorm in bumper-to-bumper traffic.

23. Real Massachusetts male drivers can remove pantyhose and a bra at seventy-five miles per hour in bumper-to-bumper traffic during daylight hours (who would want to at night?).

24. Heavy snow, ice, fog, and rain are no reasons to change any of the previously listed rules. These weather conditions are God's way of ensuring a natural selection process for body shops, junkyards, and new vehicle sales.

By the way: Don't ask what happened to numbers 9, 13-17, or 20 (they have been consumed by the Big Dig)...

Wednesday, April 5, 2006

we just got bitch-slapped by mother nature

just when you think spring is here for good, and winter is down the shitter until november, we got snow... last week was absolutely gorgeous! sunny warm in the 70's it was pretty much perfect except for the lack of rain... march was the drieston record for almost a hundred years. we're getting rain this week, which is fine, great in fact- we're trying ot grow grass (again). and then it goes and snows yesterday. WTF! thankfully gfield isn't getting the snow this morning that the rest of the valley is.. they've got about an inch and upto 3 inches in the mountains... ha ha suckers...

why does mother nature have to do this to us? atleast it wasn't a blizzard like that one back in '97 on april fools day. mom and i built a snowman that was taller than us... (but we're not that tall.. i max out at 5'5.5") but it was alot of snow to say the least. but i digress. can't our new england weather make sense... just once during a season change over... i don't think that's asking too much.

so the time changed this past weekend, and for the first time that i can remember we forgot to change our clocks.. oops.. we slept through church. well not entirely, but church was already a 1/2 hour in, when we realized what happened. lol... it was bound to happen to someone. i just hope evan adjusts with the time this spring. last spring he didn't.. no matter how hard i tried to shift his sleeping an hour, it didn't work and he jsut did everything later. i just have to make sure he keep getting up when he needs to in the morning, and not let him sleep in too long. i wake him up at 7. we leave at 7:30 when i have to work. today i don't have to work. i'm spoiled and only go to work 3 days a week. but many of your are parents and know that when your home with the kids,that too, is work. and as T pointed out the hubbies don't often realize that they should pitch in with the chores without be asked. so there's all that stuff too that they expect to be done. although my husband realizes that i get done what i can and only expects a super clean house when we're having company... :) i've almost perfected teh whirlwind cleaning job... the only problem is the computer sitting on the table that gets my attention whenever i walk into the kitchen... someday our pc will be fixed and the puter station will no longer be the kitchen table.
the hard part is trying to clean the house when evan wants to go outside and play. he's not old enough to let him out to play on his own so i have to go out too.

aww man, i spoke too soon.. it's snowing... i see flurries! ugh... that's new england for you.