Archive for April, 2009

choctaw is on fire.

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

Grass Fires

Driving home from work today I saw lots of smoke very close to our home.  After dinner I took some movies back to Blockbuster and saw lots of areas being evacuated in our area.  There were sheriff’s standing in the front of Blockbuster on radios.  My brother and his family were evacuated from their home.  Bailey’s friend’s home was burned.  Emelia’s friend from school’s home was burned down. 

Matt and Bailey sprayed the roof for a while, they keep showing homes that have burned down from flying embers…

The kids are afraid to go to sleep.  I’m going to check the smoke alarms and go get some work done!

saturday stuff…

Saturday, April 4th, 2009

Dad’s brother Bill died today.  I remember spending weeks at a time in the Summers at Bill & Jean’s house with my cousin Janet.  They live in a small town that was safe enough to walk to the public pool three times a day and to the store.  We would eat, swim, eat, swim, eat and swim more.  So much fun.  What I wouldn’t give for a week like that now.  You take those carefree times for granted when you are free of responsibility.  Too bad.  My aunt Jean is a retired 2nd grade school teacher and is seriously one of the sweetest ladies… reminds me a lot of Matt’s grandmother (Marmar). 

We’ve had lots of things to get done today.  Matt did some maintenance on my suburban.  We planted our seedlings in the square foot garden… and I had noticed the bathroom in our bedroom had some kind of water leak so Matt removed the toilet, found the problem, and after many trips (made by me) to the lumber store is fixed.  Matt got the yard mowed too. Very productive day.  Me & Izzy are under the weather today but still plugging along.  I got a call from Sean (the oil guy I work for) telling me that 35 spill plans are due by the end of the week.  After almost being sick, then hyperventilating, I have wrapped my brain around it and it will be fine.  I hope.  This on top of cads and topos for each of those 35 all in one week!!!!  I also have billing to do for about 30 other facilities in Kansas so I’m thinking I will get zero recreational computer time next week.  UGH.  I hope I can get it all done.

Our church is having a play tomorrow.  Amanda, Bailey and Emelia are all in it.  I look forward to seeing it!  I imagine it will be work right after church.  I made a batch of chili and spaghetti today.  The spaghetti will be lunch tomorrow with garlic toast.  I also made another big batch of brocolli, cauliflour salad.  We had frito chili pie for our meal today.  I’ve been eating one meal a day lately… I bought some peanut butter cookie dough from a girl at church so I scooped out a pan of cookies and topped each with a hershey square of chocolate.  I’m skipping the cookies, but they look delish.


We are officially on strike watch tonight at midnight.  It’s rumored they will call a strike (AT&T/Matt’s employer) tonight.  I’m not worried.  I just really hope they resolve the contract negotiations quickly and everything works out.  Like always I know everything is in God’s hands and He takes care of us.  I think to strike now with the current economic status would be crazy and frankly if I were CEO of ATT considering his ridiculous salary I would want to stay off the radar! 

That’s all for now, what’s new in your world?

fave five…

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

Still crazy busy… but a girl needs shoes!

Here’s two faves from this week (both from Payless)…


2. and these…



They are both really cute on and with the prices at payless plus a 20% off coupon… you can’t beat it!

3. Matt and I got gyros to go and ate at the park at the picnic table again this friday evening before walking.  I have a cough and just wasn’t hungry but Princess & Matt managed to eat my dinner too.  It was a perfect evening for a walk and mom and dad showed up and we walked with them another lap around the park.  It was nice.

4.  ER.  I was sad to watch the last episode last night.  UGH.  I heart that show.

5.  Laura!  I got to catch up with my dear long time friend Laura at lunch today.  I have really missed her! 

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project management certificate

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

I’ve been reading information about St. Joseph University Online Management Certificate Program. They have a Project Management certificate program… It’s pretty cool, you can learn to be a more effective project manager in just 24 weeks. The course work is reading, lecture notes, videos and discussion questions. This program is supposed to help you be a leader or manager in any size company. The online certificate claims to improve your chances at better jobs and also more money. The most appealing thing to me about the course is that you can continue working in your job and taking care of your family while working on the course.   I think it is definitely worth checking out!

stop this crazy ride…

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

No… I enjoy the ride, it’s just busy.  I took Izzy with me to work yesterday because we were preparing for some out of town work and I needed to be away longer than the usual couple of afternoon hours.  We were able to get several things done and today I am left here with tons of work to keep busy with.  Izzy did good with me and I think enjoyed the change of scenery.  Today was pt conf. day so I went and finished up things and raced back to enroll bailey in HIGH SCHOOL!  Yikes! 

We took a brisk walk at the park after dinner.  Don’t think I need a diet supplement.

Did I mention I have tons of work to do?  To begin with I have to figure out some billing stuff since I am now the sole book keeper.  Somehow the funds were deposited into the operating account only and I paid out a lot of things from the expense account.  So, although I completed a signature form it hadn’t been posted as of today and I couldn’t tranfer funds.  That’s my priority for first thing in the morning.  UGH!  I have to drive to the bank across town to also make another deposit and do some other business things… and then spend the afternoon trying to process my first spill plan all by my little self.  I have about 100 to do… in the next two weeks.  They are 20 pages each.  Can you say PANIC?  I am about there…not to mention I have to do the cads and topos for each facility (100).  I am considering hiring amanda to do cads and bailey to do topos, but am not sure training them would save time in the long run?  I’ll have to just do what I can do.  I also need to go back to the office and get the files sorted out while “he” is out of town for the week.  This is just the tip of the work stuff… I hope I can keep up and get it done.  More than that, I hope I can do a good job and keep it all together.  It’s slightly distracting all the other things going on called LIFE so I really have to make myself concentrate.  I didn’t exactly ask for this new responsibility, it sorta just happened and I will do my best to rise to the occasion.  Matt’s employer (ATT) is having contract renegotiations now, and there is a pretty big possibility of a strike in the near future. 

So, that’s what’s going on here…

monday monday…

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

I’m awake before six a.m. watching Amazing Race tivo’d from last night before I hit the ground running!  Lots and lots of plans for the day!

Amanda, Mom, and I went shopping (quickly) Saturday for a prom dress… We found a really pretty purple one and purple shoes and then some nice spring dresses for awards assemblies and senior breakfast…  While checking out (Macy’s) I was quickly perusing a sale rack and found a beautiful black short formal that was just very basic and nice looking.  Amanda tried it on and it looked so good on her we got that for under her grad. gown.  We’ve received her announcements, but the white cap and gown (for valedictorians) have yet to be delivered.  It was a big relief to find so many pretty things Saturday. She feels ready for the next couple of months now. 

The diet & exercise are going great.  Don’t think I need a diet pill. I made the most delicious glazed ham for dinner last night.  Did I mention it was delicious?  I also wrapped frozen corn cobs salted in foil and stood on end in baking dish to bake with the ham while we went to church.  They were so good and tasted roasted.  Definitely easier than the boil method and tastier than the microwave.  I just remembered I forgot to cook the fresh asparagus… oh well, there’s always tonight. 

Speaking of tonight, I plan to have leftovers but add some baked potatoes and the asparagus.  I made a big batch of this salad Saturday and have been hoarding it all weekend with my meals.  It’s my favorite…

1 pkg. dry ranch dressing mix with 1 c skim milk & 1 c mayo, blend well & refridgerate

1 head cauliflour

2 heads of broccoli

several green onions

2 cans sliced black olives

I cut just the florets off the caul. & broc. and chop the green onions, add drained olives and then cover with dressing and stir.  Refridgerate to let the flavors blend.  So good!

I plan to roast chicken with carrots and potatoes tomorrow, and then make beans Wednesday with the remaining ham.  Thats as far as I’ve thought out the week. 

I have to work later today and have tons of things to do, it’s going to be a crazy busy week. 

Some things to remember from this weekend…

Matt spoke at the men’s dinner Friday night…. I heard he did a good job, I wasn’t there since it was a men’s dinner and all.

Isabelle had a good weekend, her pressure spot is just almost gone.  I got the fixed afo in the mail and will put it on asap! 

Bailey spent most of the weekend sick in bed… he was dizzy and had a headache.  Hope he feels better today!

Emelia got to go to Incredible Pizza with the kids from church yesterday.  She had a blast. 


Is it not annoying that 60 minutes runs into the AR time and if you tivo it you miss the last 20 minutes of the show????? UGH.  I’m just glad I also recorded cold case just in case and guess what?  I’m now watching the first 20 minutes to cold case to see the last 20 minutes of Amazing Race.  I heart tivo.  You can watch an entire hour show in about 20 minutes tops.


Happy Monday!