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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Proud Potato!!!

My Potato Wedge stood tonight, and walked.
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Stress Sickness

Today just isn't a good day. I'm so stressed out, I just feel sick. Of course, I'm just trying to keep everything I'm feeling closed and bottled up inside because Jeremy is stressed out, too. I know I can be very snappy when I'm stressed, and I've been working on that as well. An episode of Malcolm in the Middle keeps popping into my mind. Malcolm trys saying nothing negative for a time to see where it gets him. It actually gets things going pretty good for him. That is until he spits up blood from a bleeding ulcer that's developed as a result of witholding his sarcasm and bits of corrective information.

My apartment is too small. I despise it. The apartment manager is hateful little woman who lacks any sort of compassion. The Audi is still out of commission. I've been unemployed since October. Every time I think things may be getting better, something comes up. Almost got a job that would have been great for our situation, but as I was getting interviews set up, I lost my cell service. No job. Money sucks. Or maybe it blows... away. Seems like there is never enough. Not seems. There really isn't. We're surviving, but I wouldn't call it living. To live, we'd have to ignore responsibility.

The depression keeps cycling. Even when I'm not totally stressed. Some days are just so awful for me. I can't cope with life. I just want to curl up in bed, cry, sleep, and do nothing else. Most days it's hard to drag myself out of bed. Somedays, once I do I can trudge through the day. Somedays are good. Somedays I'm just not getting out of bed except because I simply have to, and then I'm running on minimum capacity.

Right now I'm thinking about everything I have to do this weekend, and with the way I'm feeling I feel like what the hell was I thinking? I was thinking my baby girl is turning One! So much to do. One large purple kangaroo cake to feed 20+ people, plus a small cake for Potato. Plus we're grilling, at the park, which not everybody was keen on. Tough for them. Plus this, plus that, etc. It better be sunny, or I'm murdering a meteorologist, and I don't care which one. It doesn't feel like it's been a year since the midwife put that baby girl on my chest and my Potato raised her head to look up at me. It's gone by way too fast. On the other hand, I think of how much she's grown, how smart she is, how funny she is, and about how excited she is going to be when her own personal cake is set before her to enjoy as she sees fit. She's such a silly baby. She makes me laugh with her love of all things feet. She loves shoes, socks, playing with her toes and sucking on them. She even occasionally attacks my feet! She bosses her siblings around, despite being the runt. She's constantly into everything, and wants that keyboard now! And I need to go charge video camera batteries, and digital camera batteries.

I'm now going to go distract myself with something crafty and put a blade to good use. No pics for now. Maybe later.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

The Unofficial Beginning to Summer!

It's Memorial Day weekend. As in, everybody get the heck outta Dodge and clog all major highways to reach some destination greener, cleaner, and away from home. Unfortunately, the only reason I was leaving town was to take two of my kids to go have their visitation with their father. No getting out of town for me this weekend. Jeremy has to work. Miraculously though, he actually gets Memorial Day off. The first time in 14 years due to the fact he works retail.

I-90 through Snoqualmie Pass was crammed. When I called to tell my ex we'd be late, he calls me back and says the Department of Transportation website said the back up was from mile 44 to mile 62. Well, the DOT wasn't sitting at mile 37 in stop and go traffic, and hadn't been since mile 34. Pisssh.
Miles Ahead.
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And Miles Behind.
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My Zoo-tots. Yes, I pilfered my children's Sonic kids meals. I'm a bad person.
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Miss Potato was feeling pretty cranky cause she was hungry, and the bottle was no longer acceptable to her. But mini oreos however were acceptable!
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Pix & Bear were happy with juice since they'd eaten dinner already.
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We finally approached Summit at about 8pm, which is when we should have been reaching Ellensburg another 60 miles away.
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After we reached the other side of the Summit, we decided to stop at the Price Creek rest stop. Apparently so did everybody else who lacks the capability to pee in the trees without piddling on themselves. It was a quite a line of folks, considering the number of guys I saw get out of their cars to water the shrubbery. People were lined up into the parking area, and a high percentage of the parking spaces were filled.
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We didn't make the drop off point until 9:45. The ex even drove further west to meet us at Elk Heights so we didn't have to drive to Ellensburg. We made it home just before midnight. Little Potato was so grateful to be out of her carseat and into her crib. We're not picking the kids up til Monday, so it's going to be more of the same in reverse. Yippee. Ick.

Yesterday Potato and I just ran errands. So many loads of laundry for six people. Again, she spent most the day in her carseat. She was so---- angry every time she got put back in it. She would build up for a scream, and I would have to clap my hands in front of her face to get her to breathe before she started turning blue. Talk about dedication to getting your point across. I think she gets gearing on it so hard, she can't figure out how to start up breathing again. It's kinda interesting to watch. I've never had a kid do this before. Usually I count to five, and the scream lets out. Not her. That would be her Daddy's temper. Not good.

This morning, Potato announced she was ready for the day after sleeping in til almost 9. Her dad went to get her from her crib, and called me in there. The little Sweet Potato was so proud of herself. She'd started her diaper change. Diaper off, baby and bedding a mess. Ugh. Another trip to the laundry mat. We also went to Michael's. SO much of their scrapbook stuff is on clearance. It was hard not to start filling a cart. I'll drag Jeremy in there tomorrow and reason it out with him. lol I've decided that for my birthday this year, I just want gift cards to Michaels and Artco Crafts. I want card making supplies and fabric to start making vintage pinup dresses. Artco has this adorable cherry fabric I think will be perfect for a swing dress. And another fabric for an apron. So many desired projects. So little money.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Zoo Days

Wednesday was Tacoma Free Day at the Point Defiance Zoo. So after Potato's appointment, we headed out to the zoo. It was completely necessary. We would have gone even if it was raining. In March, Qannik, the younger and smaller of the two belugas became sick. The doctors caring for him just weren't able to help him get over it and he died. Beethoven, the older and much larger beluga whale, is doing fine. Unfortunately, Tacoma will be losing their playful friend. Beethoven is being moved to Texas in June to take part in the breeding program and to be around other beluga whales.
Here's some pics of Beethoven and Qannik from previous years.
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And here are a few pics from our visit this year. We always start with the Kids Zone. They have a little playground. It's also where they keep goats, lemurs, and meerkats. The indoor viewing area of the meerkats was closed for repairs, which means the spiders and some snakes were missed.
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Next were the fish and sharks. Potato LOVES this area. She has a great fascination with aquarium life. It's definetly her favorite part. Marine biologist in the making perhaps?
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Nemos!
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Here sharky sharky sharky...
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Let me ride it!
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Next was the Indian Sanctuary. The tigers were lounging up in the shade, under the trees, behind the tall grasses. One did finally emerge, but she stayed up in the shade. One of the zoo employees showed us a ball that they had played with for about two hours when they were two months old. I think Potato wanted to take it home.
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We moved on to the penguins, which Pix was very excited to see. Potato held on to the rail and leaned over as far as I would let her. Then she didn't want to let go! I think she wanted to join in their play. Bear preferred to maintain possession of the zoo map and navigate our adventure.
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Bear however did pause for a pose with the bronze statue of Dub Dub, the harbor seal that lived to be 33yrs old and was part of inspiration for building the zoo.
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We then moved on to the main purpose of our visit. I explained to the children how there was only one beluga now, and that this would be the last time we'll get to see Beethoven before he goes to Texas. It's unfortunate, since the whales are a big reason we go to the zoo.
Beethoven doing his usual circling about.
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One of two seals residing with the beluga.
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I think Bear's favorite part was the walruses.
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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Sonic Boom

Some months ago the Tacoma metro area got their first Sonic franchise out in Graham. The place has been busy ever since. Crazy busy. Going there for dinner is pretty much a bad idea unless you are willing to wait quite a while. We went for lunch yesterday. They had four rows that were each about 5 to 6 cars deep in the Staging Area. Thankfully, all those cars were for drive-thru. Insane. It would be nice if the employee asking you Drive-Thru or Stall would explain the wait is longer for drive-thru. Who goes to a drive-in to go through the drive-thru? It kinda defeats the purpose and blows the experience.
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I've never been to Sonic. Jeremy has since he has stepped foot in Cali before. He had a serious hankering for cherry limeade, but deciding what to eat without ordering one of everything was a bit of a test.
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Thankfully, he was able to make a decision with the double cheeseburger. Of course he got his Cherry Limeade. He even resisted getting a milkshake.
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I love their alternative additions for kids meals! The kids got grilled cheese sandwiches and bananas. Yum! Bear ate his banana before even touching his sandwich. Such a good boy. Pix was able to decide quickly she wanted a cherry slushy drink. Bear took a while though. There were so many choices!! Finally, he decided on Blue Coconut. I don't think he was disappointed.
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I decided to go with the old standby of a bacon cheeseburger toaster, my all time fave no matter the situation. It was so good, and then I bit into the onion ring they put on it, and it got even better! lol The onion ring just really makes it. Mmmmm. I wish I'd gotten onion rings instead of chili cheese tots. The chili left something to be desired, like something more than colored mush. While my boyfriend is a sucker for cherry limeade wherever he goes, my weakness is strawberry. I wasn't disappointed.
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Of course, Miss Potato does not tolerate not having her own food. She doesn't eat baby food. She looks at us like we're stupid and hiding the real stuff. So, we don't even bother. She eats everything we do, mostly. So Miss Potato got tater tots. She loved tearing them apart and tearing into them with her six teeth.
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Afterwards, we ventured over to Joe's, formerly known as G.I.Joe's. They're going out of business and everything is clearanced. There isn't much left, except for little stuff. Jeremy really wanted to check it out though. So, he got some fishing stuff, and found a really good Kershaw electric carving knife for cheap. He tells me it's really good. I don't really know. I don't play with electric knives. I figure I shouldn't push my luck. I however was able to finally replace my WSU Cougar shirt after 10 years of not having one.

Then we moved on to dinner at Rory & Dianna's place. I found out Shantelle had taken the invitation to Potato's birthday, ripped it in half, and stuck the kangaroo in her binder cause she liked it so much. The little dog that Potato once started out absolutely terrified of is now her best friend. She follows that dog, pets and pulls on him, and gives him kisses. She's even started playing with him with his toys.
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I really think her favorite thing of all though is the way Dianna spoils her. For example, with pudding....
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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Whoops

Ok, so daily blogging is a problem. But my internet was out for the past week. It's good to go now, and running fast as every. I've even been able to flex my photobucket stash.

So, here is what has been going on the past week or so. I'll start with Mother's Day. Jeremy had to work opening that morning, so it was just the kids and I until later in the afternoon. They presented the little planters they had made the day before, and Jeremy brought me a hanging basket of pretty little purply blue flowers on his lunch break.
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After he got home from work, he told me we were going out for dinner! Anywhere I wanted. Even if it's my day, I still take into heavy contemplation how much whining there will be about the menu from the wee people. The Rock it was! I love the pizza there. Especially the Bat Outta Hell. It was perfect, being just hot enough to still get all the flavor without burning the freck out of my tongue. The kids split a kids cheese pizza. Miss Potato was quite delighted with the brown sugar mozz bread we got as an appetizer. Jeremy's ex-coworker, Susan, now works at The Rock. When we got the bill, I was blown away. Cheapest we've ever gotten out of there. It's good to have connections!! Thanks, Susan!
Bear dancing to the tunes blaring out while we wait for seating.
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Pix and Jeremy working on their Sodoku.
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Potato quite enthralled with her coaster, wondering where food is.
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Jeremy no longer believes in our regular camera unless his phone is dead since it has a 5mpx kodak on it.
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The week then went back to being miserably rainy. So not much went on during the actual week. I did take the time to finally clean up and organize my desk.
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The resulting project was doing up the many invitations for Miss Potato's 1st birthday! I was pretty happy about this, since there were many invitations to be sent, and I was doing them by hand. Though I know some of the people I invited can't make due to other things, I still made and sent them courtesy invitations.
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While I worked on invitations, Pix and Bear worked on finger painting.
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On Saturday, we traveled across the Narrows Bridge to Gig Harbor for a family event. I exclaimed excitedly the location of a previous Ren Faire as we passed by the open field. After attempting to recieve directions from Jeremy's father, the phone signal cut out. I am suddenly enlightened as to where my boyfriend learned how to give directions. They do it more like typical women, with land marks and confused approximations of surroundings. This drives me nuts beyond belief. This is why we have street names and mile markers!! I'm glad the signal cut out, because I was on the verge of hanging up and Jeremy wouldn't take the phone just because he was driving. Thankfully, Jeremy was able to reach deep into the recesses of his memory and got us there directly. No wrong turns or long detours.

The older girls got a blanket so they could have Potato on the grass. The kids hogged the baby time the whole time.
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Jeremy's dad (wrist surgery), Jeremy's mother, two of Bonnie's boys, and I don't know the other 2 guys names.
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Jeremy's cousin Mikki, Jeremy, his sister Brenda, his brother Chad, and his nephew Bubbs.
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The older girls then decided, after the baby was taken inside, that it was time to swing the younger children in the blanket. Jeremy helped so there was less bottom skimming ground action.
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On our way home, we drove by an impromptu car show that was happening. We had to stop. Summer has officially begun!!

The 56 BelAir. Pix is naturally drawn to the 55-57 BelAirs. That's my girl!
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The 57 BelAir two door convertible.
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This guy had owned this vehicle for quite some time. Since the early 70s if I remember right.
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An time somebody would leave, they would revv real loud and everybody would give a whoop and hollar. Miss Potato joined in on this. I'm so proud. *tear*
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