Thursday, October 30, 2008

This face is not smiling

Earlier this week, TB came home from school and started telling me about the "smiley face" chart his teacher is using at school. The basic concept is that you start the day with 3 faces, for each time you break a rule, you lose a face. For each face you lose, the punishment becomes more severe. It starts with a warning, then lost recess, then a trip to the principal. This is the first I heard of it, no indication from the teacher of exactly how the system worked or anything. When I grilled TB about the details, I was told that there are no warnings, just "stop talking, take down your face" and that they lose faces for breaking different rules throughout the day. So they could lose a face for talking and another for not lining up at recess and a third for running in the halls.

I emailed asking the principal (I didn't have the teacher's address) about the system and he sent the email to the teacher and advised me to discuss it with her. We had conferences tonight so I talked to her about it. She explained that the kids do get warnings, in fact several. TB's day goes much like this:

TB sit down
TB stop talking and do your work
TB get off of Girl Next Door's desk and do your work
TB you need to be quite and pay attention to your work
TB get off of GND's desk and do your work. You need to take down a smiley face.

My other issue was that part of the reason that he is unable to sit down and pay attention is that he is crazy active and doesn't get enough recess time (through various reasons that aren't totally in the schools control) so their solution to his inability to sit still is to make him sit still longer. Hmm, doesn't make a lot of sense to me. I talked to her about it and explained my reasons for feeling the way I do. I also told her that I didn't have any solutions for her and I know that sucks to bring a problem and not have anything to offer to solve it. She told me that what she has done in the past is to have kids who are breaking the rules do something physical during their punishment time. She will have them walk laps or do jumping jacks or something that keeps them moving. Although using activity as a punishment brings up a whole 'nother set of issues, I'm much more concerned with taking away any kind of activity because he can't sit still.

Overall, the conference was good. TB can't read, he can't write, he enjoys math, he doesn't have much self-control, he prefers to talk to express his ideas, etc. All stuff I've seen at home. All stuff I've been told at every meeting last year. All stuff I already know. So at least there were no surprises. This is the most I've talked to her all year. She seems sort of opposed to chatting in the morning when I'm in there and I'm being a big slacker about volunteering this year so we haven't had any conversations. I did ask her to email me when he loses the smiley faces so I know when it is happening, why it is happening and I can talk to him about it, at the time that it is happening. It doesn't do me a lot of good to tell him, 2 or 3 weeks later when he gets around to telling me, that he needs to pay attention in class.

I also got a bunch of his writing samples. I need to talk to him about them because I can't read most of what he wrote. At least this year, he is including pictures so I have half a chance of figuring them out based on that. The ones I could figure out were super funny. Like the one that said "we went to the library and my mom's car got hit" and the picture is of a person standing by a car holding a card in his hand. We are betting, since they are by the car, that it is the insurance card that was exchanged LOL

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Halloween Quiz

Your result for How Long Would you Survive in a Horror Film?...

Hero/Heroine

56% chance of survival!


This character is usually female, tall, dark haired, and virginal. The heroine is never a part of the scene with the requisite horror movie nudity, and she uses her wits to defeat the monster/killer in the end, though, of course, he never really dies. She is the person that will undoubtedly last through the whole movie, because she is probably the first character introduced and the only one with unabashedly perfect moral values and in immense force of will. However, if brought back in a sequel her acquired knowledge of said villain may get her killed (See: The Horror Aficionado).





Heroes/Heroines you could learn something from: Ben, Night of the Living Dead; Peter, Dawn of the Dead; Laurie Strode, Halloween; and Ash, Evil Dead I, Dead II, and Army of Darkness.



All possible results:


Jock/Cheerleader


The Black Guy


The Horror Aficionado


The Hero/Heroine


The Killer



Please remember to rate, but more importantly, please message me if you've found any blatant errors (especially with the results page and links). Thanks!

Take How Long Would you Survive in a Horror Film? at HelloQuizzy

Monday, October 27, 2008

Kick's in Springfield

Yesterday, we went to Kick's in Springfield. I was fully prepared to hate it because it is one of those places where you have to pay, individually, for everything you do and I hate that crap. I was pleasantly suprised once we got there. For startes they offer several package deals, including $10, $20 and $30 dollars, at a discount or you can buy an hour of unlimited play. For us, the by the hour deal was the best deal at $16.99 per kid for an hour of everything they wanted to do. Instead of hauling around handfuls of tokens, they give you a swipe card, that you swipe in the reader at each thing and it deducts your money or activates the game if you have the unlimited. Then, when you win tickets, you feed them into the counter and swipe your card, which records your tickets right there. The major drawback to the swipe card system is that you can only swipe once every 60 seconds. This is designed to prevent sharing of the card but causes problem with quicky games. MT likes the games of chance, where you put money in, the light goes around and you hit the button to stop it. It takes all of 10 seconds for her to play, then she had to sit and wait for the card to reactivate.

In addition to the video games, they also have bumper cars for older kids (TB did great at them but MT was a little too small to be able to drive them), go carts that kids as small as 42 inches can be passengers in (they have to be 54 inches to drive but as long as there is an adult driving, they can ride along), laser tag and mini-bowling. While we were there, the mini bowling was down so that was disappointing.

The games were your standard ticket games for the most part. They had some "drop the token" games which MT loves and took me a while to figure out how to use with the swipe card. There are a couple of token machines that you swipe the card and they dispense tokens for those games. Very handy! I was really impessed with the amount of tickets the games paid out, as well. Skee ball at somewhere like Chuck E Cheese will pay out 3 tickets for 150,000 points where these paid out 20 for 20,000. MT won 150 tickets on one drop on the ball game! The other part of the games were heavy on shooting games and racing games. MT couldn't manage those (although she tried) but TB loved them.

In addition to all the games and attractions, they have an all you eat buffet. The food is "fine". Nothing spectacular and kind of expensive. It is 10.99 for adults and 9.99 for kids. The thing about the kid's meals is that with the purchase of their meal, you get a free $5 of game play. The food was fairly kid friendly, with fried chicken, pizza, chicken fingers, and ice cream. However, it wasn't that good. We all got full but I wouldn't get the buffet again.

All in all, I would give 3.5 out of 5 stars and we will be going back again.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Column Up

Yesterday, I was asked if I knew all three types of columns. I knew one and when I couldn't come up with the other two I felt dumb. I was assured knowing one put me ahead of game but I still felt dumb. So I'm polling you all.

Without cheating (no looking up the answer), do you know all three types of columns? You can just poost yes or no in the comments since I don't want to spoil it for anyone else :)

Friday, October 24, 2008

Shake shake shake your body

Tonight was the retro dance at school. Pictures all around!

I got the kids to pose as soon as we walked in the door

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MT found some big girls to dance with

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One girl really got along with her.

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Then she found a little girl to dance with

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and pose with

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Then she was all alone in her dancing

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The son of the student services coordinator at school, all pimped out

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Mr M and his son.

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Working the hula hoop

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MT finds yet another little girl to dance with

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Doin' the limbo

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TB posing

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Don't mess with the girl at the sock hop. She might just be a biker chick in disguise.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

You are screwing with my childhood here

We went to Texas Roadhouse the other night for dinner. Tb said that was where he wanted to go for his birthday so we did. Those of you that have been know, they play nothing but country music there. And they play it way too loud. Seriously, I shouldn't have to bellow to be heard by the people at my table at dinner. Anyway, we got in the car to leave and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts were on the radio when we got in the car. MT relaxed into her seat and sighed, saying "finally, some good music" LOL

TB always wants to "rock" when we listen to music. I have a couple of old CDs that I made a while back titled oh so inventively "rock mix" and "rock 2" so I decided to pop them in. Last night, we were on the way to PTA and TB asked to "rock". I put in "rock mix" and started skipping around to see what was on it. I came across "Bohemian Rhapsody" and let it play. TB told me that it "didn't rock". The net song up on the disk was "1979" by Smashing Pumpkins. Not one of my favorite songs, but fairly iconic of my high school days. I was listening too it while he is yelling from the back seat "change the song". I told him no, it was a rock song. His response? "This song does not rock, in fact it sucks"

This was my YOUTH dude, you will listen to the song and you WILL like it. Then the song ended and "Rat in a Cage" came on and he decided that that was acceptable and rocked just enough. How very lame!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Political Propaganda

If you have a child in a Champaign county public school (not just unit 4, but all of Champaign county) or will have a child in a Champaign county public school, you should check out theChampaign County Class website for information about a referendum on the ballot to increase sales tax in Champaign County. Most of the districts are planning to use the sales tax increase (which applies to all people shopping in the county, not just homeowners like property tax, includind all the students at the U of I) to decrease property taxes so the increase should even out for homeowners. Champaign is planning to build a new school in Savoy, increase seats at one school and remodel all of the older schools to bring them up to current standards. They are planning to make them more energy effcient (sp?), which will save money in the long run.

Many schools in this district are so far behind the times that this something they really need. I urge you to vote yes to supporting area schools when you cast your vote on Nov 4th.

Back to your regularly scheduled drivel, thanks for reading.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Rock on sister

video

Surprise

MT to TB: Hey, I got you a birthday present
TB: You did? What did you get me?
MT: I can't tell you. It's a surprise.
Me: good job MT, don't tell him and ruin the surprise
MT: Well I don't know what it is so I can't tell him but even if I did know, I wouldn't tell him.

For Rogers and Harley

Since we talked about the 80s coming back, here is MT doing her best to keep them alive

Friday, October 17, 2008

Why?

Why is it that I'm completely fine with Sesame Street and the Muppets but Yo Gabba Gabba creeps me the hell out? They are all just giant dancing puppets.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

STFU

Not your business, thanks.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Reading you the riot act

When I was a kid, we learned to read in late first grade. I remember learning to read and I didn't feel like I was getting beaten about the head and shoulders with it. It was a struggle, but it was ok. I was ready to learn to read.

Now, they expect kids to come in to K already knowing their alphabet, how to write their names and the sounds the letters make. They start the first day of school with sight words and it just gets worse from there. By first grade, they are getting math work sheets EVERY SINGLE NIGHT plus 7 or 8 books they are supposed to read per week. IMO, this is way too much. TB isn't ready to read. He will occasionally ask what words are or what something says, but overall, he couldn't care less. The only time it concerns him is when he is playing a video game that requires reading. And then it doesn't stress him too much, he either skips the reading and muddles about on his own or he switches to a game that doesn't require reading. What does stress him out is being forced to read books that he has no hope of reading. He struggles and stumbles and take 15 minutes to read one book. It is horrible and leaves us both frustrated and angry (although I try not to be angry at him, more angry at the system that requires 1st graders to be able to read those things).

My form of protest for awhile was just not to do it. I was making him do the sheets that came home, we were doing the sight words but I was passing on forcing the issue of the books. I've decided that isn't the best idea anymore and have change my protest plan. Instead, I'm done with the sight words. I made fancy flash cards and everything but I refuse to do them anymore. Done! Next is the homework situation. He will have to do something every night. He can do the math sheets (which he really seems to enjoy and totally gets the concept, way better than I did/do). The math is basic addition and subtraction (although today, they solved for freaking X in a basic addition equation) with some money and time telling thrown in. The alternative is that I can read the books to him. He isn't capable of reading the books they are sending home and pushing him to read them won't help him. I've told his teacher repeatedly that he isn't able to read those books, yet he gets them so I'm done fighting it.

This might make me sound like a bad mom who doesn't care about her kid's education and that's ok with me. I'm also ok with him being labelled as "behind" because of his lack of reading skills. I'm not ok with the developmentally inappropriate curriculum that so many schools follow. I'm not ok with children being forced to do things they aren't ready for, to suit some test. I'm not ok with children's natural talent in one area (for example Math) being squashed in favor another area (like reading). Obviously, there are way more things that I'm not ok with than things I am.

Finally!

tooth 2 is gone

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Tooth Fairy stop here

Not the one that has been loose forever but at least one is gone

MT being MT

Yesterday morning before school
MT: I don't want to go to school
Nonni: Why not?
MT: My mommy does fun stuff without me while I'm at school. I miss so much
Me: Uh, dude, I'm coming home and cleaning the house, if you think that is fun, then have at it
MT: No way Jorge (because she thinks that is the saying LOL), I'm going to school, cleaning sucks!

Yesterday at school
Me: I love you
MT: I love you too
Me: Have a good day
MT: K
Me: Have fun today
MT: K
Me: Be nice to your friends
MT: sighs oh Mom!

Today at the library MT was playing with a puzzle. A little girl came over and started alternating between trying to play with it and trying to take it away. Mt covered it with her hands and said "no thanks, I'm playing with this right now" (aside: maybe preschool has started doing some good since she didn't scream or try to hit the girl with the puzzle). The got up and came back a minute later with her mom.
Crazy mom: you need to share, you are being very rude
MT: Leave me alone
CM: shocked and appalled "that is very rude, you need some manners"
MT: Don't you talk back to me! I said LEAVE ME ALONE.

The mom walked away, flabbergasted. I decided that MT had pretty well handled it and left the mom alone. Besides, my reponse would have been just as grouchy and probably much more foul than MT's so I left it alone LOL

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Stupid Halloween

I know that statement comes as a surprise to anyone who knows me and knows that Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday. However, it is specifically about an issue that I'm having right now.

I'm smart when it comes to Halloween costumes. Every year on Nov 1st, I head for Target and pick up next years costumes at 50%. It makes my kids pick costumes a year in advance but they seem ok with it thus far. So last year, TB said he wanted to be a ninja. I bought the black ninja costume and hung it in the closet. In the past year, he has developed his Star Wars obsession and asked to change to Darth Maul. Hey, no biggie, Darth Maul looks sort of like a ninja so we can make the costume work, I just need a mask. I went to both the Halloween stores that have sprung up in town to no avail. I went to Dallas and Company which has everything you could ever need for Halloween. They had a mask but it was adult sized and it was $25 dollars. Plus, it was full head, over the neck mess and TB said it hurt to pull it on and off. I don't really want to pay $25 for something I'm going to have to "make work" I started looking online and found a website that sells nothing but Star Wars costumes and they have the mask. They have child sized and they have 2 options. One is full head and is like $13 dollars plus shipping. The other is a half face (thus not as hot and sticky in case this warm weather holds) plastic mask for $8 plus shipping. Either is doable and I'll have RF look at them when he gets home to see which he thinks. He is the other Star Wars fan in the family after all.

While I was there, I was looking at some adult costumes for me. TB has mentioned that he would like to have me dress up as someone from Star Wars and I'm not opposed to that, if I can find something cheap enough. I was looking at Padme because she is Luke's mom and TB is talking about being Luke next year (I'd like to get RF a Vader costume and convice MT to be Leia but that is more than a little nerdy LOL). My question is, why does EVERY SINGLE woman's costume have to have a "sexy" option? Can't an woman want to dress as a nurse or a referee or a devil or a Star Wars character without wanting to look like a whore? Second question, why does the woman's sizes only go up to 16 (Queen Amidala's goes to 20 which is a little better), when the male characters go up to a 46. Leia only goes to 12 for crying out loud. I realize that Carrie Fisher was a giant crackhead and super skinny while playing Leia but I want to know why Luke and Han (both trim, nice looking guys) could be worn by guys the size of my brother, who is pushing 300lbs. Talk about unrealistic.

I wear a 16 or an 18, depending on the cut. The Padme costume is too clingy to make a good costume but I'm not thrilled with being Amidala because it is a big heavy costume. I always have issues with available sizes of women's cloths but this is irritating me beyond the typical irritation. If I can't find fat girl costumes on the web, where am I supposed to find them at?

Friday, October 10, 2008

Picture this

So I'm not so good about actually getting the pictures off the camera in a timely fashion. Since I got around to it tonight, you get a random picture blog from a couple of events we recently went to.

N, showing off her black teeth from the awesome black icing

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G, showing that it is possible to eat black icing without too much mess
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P and P showing their black tongues
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Evan showing that is absolutely possible to eat black icing while making NO mess

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Flynn says "freaking crazy paparazzi

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J passed on the black icing cake and is bright and shiny for it

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MT showing us how black icing SHOULD be eaten

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The dads proving once again they really are just big kids

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Toddler show choir. They couldn't get a place in the parade this year but next year for sure.

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MT and "her boys" are ready for some parade watching and candy gathering

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PG is ready for the parade and candy too

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TB ran into some girls from his class and their brother. He was so happy to have big kids to watch the parade with

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Looseyfur and Xman are prepped for the parade

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The cheerleaders stopped right in front of us to perform a routine

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Thursday, October 9, 2008

This sucks

It sucks that, despite having a nice day off of a school and the weather being beautiful, we couldn't play at the park. Not for lack of trying mind you. We took the kids to the park this afternoon where they ran and enjoyed themselves, and miracle of miracles managed to play together well, with no fighting. Unfortunately, our fun was interupped by the God awful Pirate bugs. Although I must point out that pirates don't bite so they totally misnamed. RF and were hanging out at the picnic table and we made it almost 45 minutes before I couldn't take it anymore. So we are back home, stuck in the house, watching TV instead of being out enjoying the weather. :( I wish it would frost one night, like tonight to get rid of them and then go back to be decent daytime weather.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Really?

I was joking the other day about being a slave. I told RF the definition of slave was someone who does all the work and gets no pay. Sounds like a SAHM to me! So tonight, I finished reading to TB and as I was leaving his room I said "Goodnight, I love you" he responded with "goodnight slave" "Whatever dude" so he said "fine then, good night, handmaiden" Really? WTF Where did he ever hear that at? :)

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Good doctor, bad guy

So TB woke up this morning complaining that his chest hurt when he took a breath. To the doctor we went, to make sure it wasn't bronchitis or anything serious. MT was also complaining that her ears hurt so we took her too, just to make sure. We went to CC but were told, as usual, that peds likes to see their patients so they got us in with a new doctor, Dr Porter. If I didn't already have a doctor that I liked, I would switch to her in a HEARTBEAT. She was super. She laughed and joked with the kids, answered all their crazy questions (you all know the kinds of wacky stuff my kids come up with) and gave them both medicine to help, even though neither needed antibiotics. TB got but on Albuterol and Pulmacort with the nebulizer because of his history of lung issues and wheezing. MT had fluid in her ears but it wasn't infected yet so she has some decongestant, although no where seems to carry it so CVS has to order it and it will be in tomorrow.

Then, we went to McDonald's for lunch (after I spent all morning cleaning, I so didnt' want to mess with lunch). While we were there, the kids were running across the room and pretending to run into the wall and then falling down. Apparently the guy that works there didn't know they were pretending and was freaking out. He kept saying "stop, stop that, quit doing that". Of course, my kids barely listen to me so they weren't paying him any attention at all. They played for awhile and some other kids showed up and they were all playing, very nicely, together. They were sitting at one of the unused tables and after a bit, MT started shoving the table around and banging it's legs on the floor. I told her to quit and she did. Instead she (and a couple of the other kids) starting banging on the top of the table like a drum. They were all laughing and having a good time. All of a sudden, this guy just SCREAMS at them to "STOP IT" and the stormed out of the door. Pardon me? You don't get to yell at my kids. RF immidiately got up and went to find a manager. He told him what had happened and was told "they were very sorry and someone will talk to him" which basically means, "sucks to be you dude, if you don't like it, don't come here anymore". As we were leaving, the guy came out and glared at me. I didn't say anything but if he ever says another to my kids again (we see him there pretty much every time we go for lunch), I won't remain so quite!

MT is feeling the burn after a long day of cleaning the house

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Career choices

TB said to me the other day, just out of the blue,
"It sure is too bad hobos can't afford cable" I told him that it sure was too bad and asked why he though that. Then he said "well, because they must get really bored sitting around doing nothing all the time. They can't afford a Wii or a DS or anything" Um, yeah or food or shelter or stuff like that.

Apparently, that conversation came because he told my mom that he didn't want to go to school, he just wanted to stay home and play video games. She told him that if he didn't go to school and get educated, he wouldn't be able to get a job so he could afford video games and told him that without school, he would end up a bum. So he has been going around asking people what bums CAN afford to buy, so that he can make an informed choice about hobo-hood as a potential career choice. Apparently we have done a fairly decent job of making it sound like a bad choice because he hasn't complained about having to go to school since then. :)

Monday, October 6, 2008

Duck and Cover

On the way to pick up TB from school, an emergency alert test came on the radio and MT promptly dropped her head to her knees and put her hands over her hand. Then she yelled "It's a Penguin alarm! Get down, people, get down!" Once it was over she sat up, wiped her forehead and proclaimed "whoa, that was a close one" ROFL

yesterday was hair cut day at casa de Freak



TB got his hawk tidied up as well and RF got shaved bald. Only MT gets a picture though because her's was the most drastic. She has been fighting getting her hair cut for awhile and finally I just did it. She keeps talking about how much she likes it now that it doesn't get tangled anymore.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Party time

October starts birthday season in our house. TB's birthday is October 19th, but we end up celebrating more of the month than not because of all the parties we have. Yesterday was the first one of those parties. We had his friends come to a pool party at the Aquatic Center.

The party went really well. As well as any gathering of lots of people can go. We got to the pool about 2:10 for the 2:45 party. The girl at the desk told us that people that had the room before us were still up there but they had the room until 2:15 so it wasn't a huge deal. We started carrying stuff upstairs, only to find out that they were just finshing up their food and hadn't even done the cake yet! We gave them until 2:20, when we told them that we really needed to get in the room get set up so they needed to get a move on. The mom came downstairs to find me and wanted to know if we were swimming first or going to the room first. I told her that we were going to room first, because even if we weren't, we needed to get it setup for when we were up there. By this time, it was 2:30 and things needed to get DONE! The guard told me then that if we needed them out, to let the head guard know and they would get them out. I went and got the head guard and she told them to book outta there, as they should have done on their own. They decided that they could have their cake sitting on the bleachers but they acted all upset that we wanted them out at the time they were supposed to be out. As soon as the last kid was through the door, I was in starting to set our stuff up. They came in and asked if we wanted them to clean up and I said of course I did, I would just work around them. Duh!

By then the guests started arriving and we got them in the pool with my dad and brother, while RF and I waited for additional guests. Once everyone got there, I got in the water with the kids, where they swam until about 3:30, when we called them for cake.

The cake was a little DIY because there was not a Star Wars cake to be had in this town. We had Walmart (who makes some darn good cakes) make a cake with black icing and orange writing and border. We had some Star Wars figures that we were going to wash and stick on the cake but Obi-Wan was missing his lightsaber so I went to Toys R Us to find some figures that we could use. I ended up finding the Obi-Wan and Anakin from the Mustafar battle, which was what we were trying to re-create with the black and orange. I set them up so they looked like they were battling and then stuck the darth vader candle holder on the other corner (it was a DV figure and the red candle went in his hands like his light saber).

TB asked if we could do presents as soon as we came upstairs and I agreed that once the cake and icing were everywhere, I didn't want the presents in the middle like that. So he opened his presents first and he got some really awesome stuff! He got 3 Lego Mission sets, all three were different, which is amazing. He also got a Star Wars Clone Wars clone trooper set, and a fighter ship. Then he opened a present that had two of the Clone Wars figures in it. As soon as he pulled them out, I started laughing. They were EXACTLY the same Mustafar battle figures that I bought the day before to put on the cake! No biggie though, we took them back today and exchanged them for 2 different figures (a light up R2D2 and a battle droid). Then we moved on to the cake.

We sat the cake in the middle of the table and sang to TB and then moved it to a side table to cut and serve. I pressed Frank, Missy's husband, into service as the cake delivery guy while mom cut and I scooped. The kids all dug in with wild abandon. The black icing made a CRAZY big mess. I took several pictures of the kids smeared in black icing, sticking their tongues out to show how black they were, etc. They thought it was pretty awesome :)

Once they were done with the cake, they went back down to the pool to wash the icing off. They swam until about 4:30, when most of the kids started trickling out. We rounded up TB (MT fell in the pool and hurt her toe and went home with my mom early) and made him get dressed and came home.

After we left, RF went to the doctor. He told me he didn't feel great at the party but he hung in there to help out. I figured he had bronchitis since I had it and Quigs has it and Looseyfur and Xman have an unspecified "respritory infection". Strangely enough, he came home with Strep. Boo! He was banished to his room for the rest of the night because I don't want that crap!

Saturday, October 4, 2008

You're getting the boot

Back in June, we went to Turkey Run. While we there, my mom stepped off a rock and wrenched her ankle/foot. She limped around on it for awhile but it never seemed to get better. Around the middle of August, she got a boot put on it. Before then, she saw the docs at Convient care, her doctor and a podietrist. While she wore the boot, it was better but when she took it off, it hurt just as much to walk as it did before.

They wanted to do an MRI on her foot to see if she tore the tendon but because of bullet fragments in her chest (she was shot, accidentally, when she was a child), they couldn't do it so they decided on a CAT scan instead. She got her results back yesterday.

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She gets to wear the cast for 3-4 weeks. The worst part is that she can't walk on it AT ALL!! They gave her crutches but because of her carpel tunnel surgery 3 years ago, she can't bear that weight on her wrists so she got a scooter instead.

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The kids think it is awesome and she told them that they could have scooter races in the parking lot next week.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Phone home

On Tuesday, we decided it was time to renew oue contract on our cell phones. It was almost up and my phone was having trouble holding a charge so it was time. I spent a lot of time researching and looking to see what phone I wanted. I finally decided on the LG ENV2 because it had an outside keypad but also had a full QWERTY keyboard for texting and it was internet enabled. I don't like touch screen phones and I don't like the exposed QWERTY keyboards on the Blackberries. So Tuesday, we went out there and renewed the contract, upgraded to the data plan (that ended up costing the same as keeping our old plan and adding internet to one phone and we ended up with 200 more minutes a month) and brought our new toys home. I was sick so I didn't play with it much, but I did try out my internet. Unfortunately, it didn't seem to work right. I wanted internet on my cell phone specifically so that I could check my email, check blogger, check meetup and play on facebook. The Env2 wouldn't open anything except Gmail. Weds, I took the phone back to Verizon to have them fix the problem. It turned out they couldn't because the phone didn't have a full html browser, only having web 2.0 :( I told the girl what I wanted and she pointed me at the Voyager. Sadly, it has a touch screen, which I don't like. Not every person that wants to get on the web with their cell phone wants an iClone so I'm not usre why that is all they make. Unfortunately, for a full html browser my options were limited to that, the Dare (what RF got) or one of the Blackberries. I decided to get the Voyager but was told they were out of stock and we would have to go back the next day (Thursday). I agreed and went home and took a nap :)

Thursday morning, I felt a lot better and while we were out running errands, I had RF call to see when they expected the phone in. We were told the truck came in about 1 and that the phones would be inventoried and ready to go by 3. I picked TB up at school, picked up his party supplies for his party this weekend and then stopped by Verizon to get my new phone. I went to customer service and told them I wanted to exchange the phone and the girl looked at me and said "the truck just left, it will be another 2-3 hours before they are all checked in sorry, you'll have to come back then" I flipped. I told her that I would not be coming back in 3 hours and that I wanted my phone NOW. I bitched about how it was the 3rd time in three days that I had been in trying to get a phone that I could tolerate and raged at RF about how stupid the whole mess was. The girl said to me "well it isn't MY fault the truck was late getting here" ARRRGGGHHH!! So the wrong thing to say, lady! I wheeled around on her and told her that it MIGHT not be her fault but she CERTAINLY didn't have to make it MY problem! She walked away from the desk at that point and came back a few minutes later with a phone. She said "He agreed to pull one off the truck in this case even though it messes up our inventory" I think she expected me to feel bad, but all I said was "great, thanks so much"

She tippy tapped on the keyboard for a few minutes then said "you understand, you will have to pay the difference between the 2 phones" I scowled and said "yes, I understand that I have to pay the difference. I don't like it because honestly, I don't like the new phone, I want the phone that I picked out to be able to do the things I want it to do instead of being crippled by your God awful software, but I do understand" She ignored me and kept tapping away on the keyboard. Finally she looks up and said "I applied your business discount and you will actually get money back but you won't get a mail in rebate" I told her "that is great because mail in rebates are a pain in the neck anyway, thanks so much for all your help" The whole time RF is standing by telling me to be reasonable, and to calm down, etc etc etc.

So I got the fancy pantsy phone, for $80 less than I would have paid for it if I had got it in the first place. I took it home, played with it a little, managed to get on most of the websites I wanted to get on, made some calls, sent some texts and finally got around to entering my contacts. I got up this morning and tried to hop on one of the sites and the phone crashed. It shut down completely and then restared fine. I tried getting back on the net and it did the same thing again. I tried *228 to update it, shut down, restarted, etc. Nothing. I told RF that he needed to take it back to Verizon and get them to fix or replace because if I went, blood would be shed. He took it, they said that they had problems with it in the older versions of the phone and replaced it. They transferred my contacts, pictures and videos for free.

I found out that some of the stuff I want it to do is impossible. I can't access the links on Facebook, so I can't play any of the games :( I can log into meetup and I can check my email via the phone mail servers, not the Gmail webpage and I can get google and blogger and it is going to be ok. I still don't like the touch screen, not sensitive enough, too precise but tolerable. I'll deal with it and I've decided to keep it. I got new ringtones (the defaults SUCK SUCK SUCK) and got them assigned (my default is Star Wars, my mom's is Indiana Jones and RF's is Batman. Can you tell the kids had a hand in picking out my ringers) and I'll get used to it.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Barking mad

So, long time, no post. Sunday, I started getting a sore throat. Sinus drainage and all that. I popped some Sudafed and Tylenol and was fine. Monday, the throat got worse, as did the sinus pain. I upped the Tylenol and Sudafed and drank my weight in liquid. Tuesday morning, I woke up coughing some but the sore throat was mostly gone. It was a lovely barking sound that indicates croup. I get croup every year, sometimes 2 or 3 times a year. I'm completely used to it and there is nothing I can do about it. 4 days getting worse, 3 days getting better, over and done. Rest as much as you can, frink plenty of fluids, etc.

As the day wore on, I got worse and in a hurry. We went to Verizon to get new phones (more about that later) and I was flat exhausted. I came home and layed down and felt like I was breathing through a wet washcloth. In addition, I almost completely lost my voice. I put some Vicks on and layed down with a heating pad until it was time to pick up TB from school. It was the only way, I could breathe even a little bit :( It took all the energy I could muster to get out of the van and walk up to the school to pick up TB. We went home and I layed back down because I was dying. However, this felt different from my usualy croup. When I get it, I never lose my voice and I have never had more problems breathing when laying down. I also never wheeze and feel like I'm breathing water.

I decided I need to find out for sure that it was something different and the doctor confirmed that I did not have croup, I had bronchitis :( So I started Zithromax Tuesday night. I took 2 pills, some cough meds, Sudafed, Tylenol, ran the humidifer, ran the Sudacare plug, slathered myself in Vicks and slept on 4 pillows so I could actually breathe. Weds morning, it more Zithromax, lots more Sudafed and Tylenol and I felt much better. Since worn out and not 100% but good enough to go back to Verizon and exchange my new phone for an internet enabled phone that actually GOT on the internet! They didn't have the phone so I came home and took a nap.

Weds night, I went to book club and came home and collapsed. Today, I feel even better. I ran around and went shopping, bought MT some new pants. Looked for some Xmas presents, bought TB's bday present, bought the party supplies for Saturday, raised hell at Verizon (can you sense a theme here), and went to see the Marching Illini play. Now I'm watching TV and getting ready for another early night.

I'll blog more about the phone stuff later. Maybe even from the phone! :)