Saturday, October 15, 2011

Happy Saturday!!

I went to Walmart early this morning...lol...something I TRY NOT to do...But I heard that they were having their lay-away plan again..Just for the Christmas season..sounded good to me..I thought that if I went early, picked out what I wanted, it wouldn't take me too long to deal with the lay-away process..
I asked one of the sales associates what items would be accepted on lay-away..she told me toys and electronics...Good, works for me..lol...

I spent an hour looking at toys, reading what toys do and trying to figure out what each grandchild might REALLY like..This is NOT an easy task..at least for the boys..Destiny is easy to buy for..anything girly...

I found a the things I wanted for her..found a couple of items for the boys and then went over to electronics to get the Wii game that Cameron wants..as the girl was walking over to the case with me, I mentioned that I was putting these items on lay-away..She then informed me that it didn't start until MONDAY...lol..so here I am with a cart full..

By this time, there were long lines at the check-out..I wasn't sure I wanted to deal with that, but I also didn't want to go through the hassle of putting all of these items away..So, I decided to just purchase the toys now and be ahead of the game.

Now I have to find a place to put all of this stuff...lol..my apartment is lacking in closet space..

I will write down what I have for each child and try to keep track of everything and how much was spent on each...

Last Sunday I painted my living room...AND I had everything cleaned and put back in place by the end of the evening...I have two walls in the kitchen that I have to finish..I wasn't thinking about needing Semi-gloss paint for them..

Now for the bad news...our new part time account manager is not able to work right now.
She left a message at the office Tuesday morning saying that she had been in an accident the night before and would be having surgery.. She said that she didn't have her work phone at the hospital but one of her kids would answer it..
That is all we knew...for the next few days, I called her personal phone and the work phone. I wanted to tell her daughter how to transfer the calls to my phone.

We couldn't get through to either phone..We didn't know if we should be overly worried or upset that we didn't know what was going on...

I am now in charge of the restaurants again...I just felt sick knowing I would have to deal with them again...It's just too much...
Already I've had one night of being out at 2:00am until 6:00am..and every night, I have to be up and on the computer checking that everyone is checked in...they start checking in at 2:00, then 3:00 and then 6:00am...I don't know when I'm supposed to sleep..

On Friday, Andora sent me a text message that she had surgery and part of her spine was crushed..very close to paralyzing her..I thank God that that didn't happen..She went home on Friday. Recovery time is 6-8 weeks..

I don't know what will happen from here..that I am leaving up to my boss..

Well, time to take a nap...lol...I take it when I can get it:)

Saturday, October 8, 2011

"On the bridge" at the AMC Theater in Chicago...
Some of the people involved in making this documentary happen..The producer, director, and a
couple of the people that were brave enough to step forward and share their lives...
I can't even explain the emotions that came with seeing my nephew, Jason Moon on the screen. Hearing his songs that come straight from his heart..

Everyone has their own views on war...Everyone should see this film..We must realize that we don't always see what war does to our soldiers..If they are lucky enough to even come home..
They may have all of their limbs..They may look like they're fine...Well, some of them aren't..and we can't "see" it...

We have lost thousands of men and women to suicide because they can't live with what they have seen and done..they Don't get the help that they need to move forward in life as a civilian..
And it's a SHAME!!! Shame on our country for not doing whatever they need to do to help our soldiers when they need it the most...

It's been ten years for this war....ENOUGH!!

When I was a bartender, there was a great gentleman that served in Vietnam...When he had a few too many and the conversation went in a certain direction, he would go on and on about some of the things that he went through..he never got too graphic, he would always say, "you wouldn't believe it if I told you"..
There were some bar patrons that would say, he needs to get over it...There was no sympathy to what this man had been through..or say that he just needs to stop drinking...so easy to have all of the answers when YOU haven't been the one to face war first hand...

War does not affect all people the same..I understand that..but we as a country need to make sure that the very people that put their lives on the line for us are taken care of when they come HOME....

One of my nephews songs is titled "Trying to find my way home"...I hope and pray that one day, he will find his way home:)

Friday, October 7, 2011

Monique in her dorm room..I wasn't sure if I posted any pictures of her move in day, so I thought I would post at least one of them:)
Go Marquette!!
She is finding it very interesting to have a room mate..lol...My daughter struggles to pay tuition and get Monique some extra's...such as some of the goodies that she likes..she took a stack of disposable bowls, spoons and cereal and some munchies for BOTH of the girls to enjoy...
Moniques room mate comes from Chicago where both of her parents are engineers..They put $100.00 on account for their daughter to use as she needs...the girl brags that she has only used $20.00 of it...
Well, The girls parents sent her some organic apples and she told Monique that they are her favorite and she didn't want her to eat any...THAT did not go over well...lol...
They ran out of milk and this girl won't even buy that...
Anyway, Monique is sure getting a taste of how different people can be..She is a giver...Even if someone else is eating up all of her favorite munchies...lol...

Tomorrow my daughter Shannon, Monique, her boyfriend Brian and I are heading to Chicago for the day...
My nephew Jason is in a documentary that was produced by a french director...It's about post traumatic stress syndrome..which my nephew has..
It is in Chicago's 47th film festival...
This film will break your heart..it will also allow you an inside view of what war does to some people...
If it comes to your area, PLEASE go and see it...

We are going to go down early so we can take the water taxi to Chinatown..do some shopping and go out for lunch...
It's supposed to be in the high 70s low 80s...PERFECT for a day out and about town...

Work has been calm..I'm loving it..I do have to replace one of my workers, so next week I will have to do some training..but for the most part...it's okay:)

I painted my hallway...as little as it is..I used the left over paint from when I did my bathroom..
It's a fairly dark green..but I like it..
Next I have to work on getting my living room and kitchen painted..I'll probably go with a very neutral color..I really would like to do something like a darker gold..something like you would find in the Caribbean culture, but I think that would be a bit much for an apartment..lol...

I'm still having a problem with Carlos' daughter returning my calls and texts about getting Mason..I sure don't know what the problem is there...It's really too bad because Mason is the one to miss out on doing some of the things that I'm doing with the other grandkids...
But I can't fight this one for too much longer...

Well, that's about it for now...as warm as it is today, I stuck a sheet of chicken thighs in the oven with some barbecue sauce on them..it's smelling pretty good in here...I better check them..

Have a great week-end:)

Friday, September 23, 2011

TGIF......

I always look forward to the week-ends..as most people do..
Lol..its seems funny now, because it wasn't that long ago that I didn't get a reprieve from work even on the week-ends..lol..
I am totally enjoying it now:)

I wanted to get back in the routine of getting one of my little grandkids on the week-end..so I sent a text message to my step-daughter Melissa a message on Wednesday asking if Mason would be able to spend Saturday night with me.
By Thursday, I still hadn't received an answer so I sent her a message via facebook...Still haven't heard back from her..
I don't get it..I have tried for so long to get close to her.Even as far back as when her father and I were together. She just won't allow it to happen..I have faced that, but that doesn't mean that you can't be polite.
She never replied to me when I asked if Mason could go to the Dells with us..
I sent her a text last week asking for ideas for Christmas. She did answer that one...
I just don't get it..I may never get it..I could have worked on getting one of the other kids this week-end if she had answered my text..Oh well, there isn't anything I can do about it right now..It is what it is and I can't change this one:)

I'm going to my daughters house tomorrow to pack up the things left over from the rummage sale..Then we're going to pack away all of the camping equipment.It shouldn't take us too long..

Last night I changed my living room around..I was tired when I was done, but it looks nice..and now I have a place to put my Christmas tree:) Trying to plan ahead here..lol..that time is going to come REAL fast..

I'm thinking about getting the paint to do the living room..I may even start it this week-end..

Well, guess that's it for news here in Germantown...
Hope everyone has a nice week-end:)

Sunday, September 11, 2011

9-11-01


It's been an emotional day for me..I've been taken back to what I was feeling ten years ago when I heard of the first plane hitting the tower...
It seemed like such a horrific accident...and then to see the second hit and we KNEW it was not an accident..All I could do was stand in front of the tv and say "Oh my God"..

Now today, watching the people read off the names of the loved ones lost, I find myself once again feeling so many of the same feelings..
Seeing some of the young kids is the hardest..one little girl said she never got to meet her Dad because she was in her Mommies tummy when it happened..Seeing so many last names that are the same and knowing that there are families out there that lost more than one loved one that day..

I think they have done a beautiful job with the memorial site...

I did see one thing that bothered me..(and maybe it shouldn't have) There was a woman holding an American flag and a Mexican flag together...it didn't make sense to me..this memorial isn't about what your heritage is or was..The United States of America had been attacked..THAT is the only flag that should have been held on this day..(just my opinion,,and I don't mean to offend anyone)...

God Bless America and prayers to all of the families!!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

I've been busy getting things around the house straightened up...Mostly the file cabinet and closets..
I had paperwork in every drawer you could think of..A lot of times I run into problems because I need to find a place for just ONE piece of paper..lol..not sure what to do with it, so I stick it in a drawer..lol..
I have vowed not to do that any more:) I cleaned out the file cabinet and set it up with more hanging folders..One will hold miscellaneous items..
I was able to free up one drawer in my dresser..Of course, that is already being used for clothes..as it should be..lol..

Tomorrow we are celebrating my girlfriends birthday..at her house..with her husband being in charge of the grill..I made brownies today, and baked beans..tomorrow morning I will put together the veggie tray..
I used one of those magic brownie trays...OMG..that was a royal pain..it will go into the rummage pile after today..Definitely not worth the trouble to use..

Tonight I am going to watch Big Brother and go to sleep early..tomorrow, I'm going to just relax and enjoy the company of good friends..

Wishing you all a relaxing extended week-end...

Friday, September 2, 2011

It's been a long week!!

I'm so glad that the week-end is here..."And" it a three day week-end at that:)
It's been a long week of training people, covering for people that don't have any work ethic, getting keys back from people that no longer work for us...

The good news is that for most of the week, I have been home by 10pm..(I only had one night that I didn't get home until midnight)..
I can deal with most anything if I am able to sleep thru the night...it has been a slice of heaven...lol...

My daughter and I had our rummage sale last week..and we made $200.00..Trust me, I did not think we would do that well...We're going to have it again..not sure if we will bother this week-end..a lot of people head out of town..we'll see how we feel in the morning..It has given me incentive to go thru more around here and get rid of things that are not being used..less clutter is always a good thing...

I have a TON of paper work to go thru..all of the miscellaneous items that you cant throw out but aren't sure where to store it..I'll have to organize my file cabinet..I dread this job..paperwork always seems so darned overwhelming to me..Although I do like it when I can actually find what I'm looking for..More incentive to get it done:)

Guess that's it for now..I'm tired and I think I'll go watch tv in my room..

Have a happy and safe Labor Day Week-end!!