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Thursday, June 30, 2005

Time to Break Out the Popcorn

I swore up and down that I was going to spend my days off accomplishing something around here. I was going to do the cleaning that Ed hasn't gotten to. I was going to do some scrapbooking. I was going to read. Did I do any of these things?

Of course not.

What I did accomplish was sleep (a LOT), and lots of quality time with Ed and the girls. I was finally able to catch up on some movies that I missed out on during school.
Closer, Lost in Translation, In Good Company, Sideways, and Life Aquatic.

I liked each of these movies in very different ways.

Closer delved into the complexity of relationships, but in a raunchy, dirty way. Yes, I like raunchy and dirty sometimes.

In Good Company was cute. I don't have much else to offer about this movie. It was good in that "I don't want to have to think while watching this" kind of way.

Life Aquatic was just plain different (my kind of movie). I loved it because I never knew what was going to happen next. It was funny and strange and crazy all at once. I loved the cinamatography, even if they did use cheap special effects.

Lost in Translation was one I loved. I sat through the whole movie wondering what, if anything was going to happen between the two main characters. The writing in this movie was great. As much as it is driving me crazy that I don't know what Bill Murray whispers to Scarlett Johanson at the end, I thought it was an interesting touch and made for a great ending.

Sideways was another great movie. I won't go into this one mostly because I need to get some sleep before I have to work tonight, but it was wonderfully written. Thomas Haden Church was absolutely perfect for his role. Ed and I burst out laughing quite a few times during this one.

All of this movie watching has gotten me in the mood for more. I have missed out on so many over the last year and a half. Does anyone have any suggestions on movies that have come out lately? Or, do any of you know of a really great Indie movie that didn't get a lot of publicity but made it to the video stores?

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Oops

Never again will I work five 12 hour shifts in a row, then stay up until 10 p.m. (after getting off at 7 a.m.)on the last day. I slept for 18 HOURS STRAIGHT.

The whole point was to be able to wake up around 6 or 7 a.m. and be on a day schedule on my 4 days off (as opposed to being up all night, then sleeping until 4 p.m.) This obviously backfired. Live and learn.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

I Have Issues

I am the world's worst shopper when it comes to buying for myself. I can easily drop a hundred or two on the girls, but when I have money that was given to me to spend on myself, I just can't figure out what to do with it.

For my birthday this year, I ended up with about $250 in cash. I have bought things, only to suffer from buyers remorse which causes me to return the item(s).
This happens to me every time.

I have really been wanting a Palm Pilot with a color screen. My old one is broken, and I can't stand stand looking at a black and white screen. Instead of just buying a new one, in my mind, I can't justify dropping that kind of cash on one thing for me. Instead, I have bought a few trivial things, and of course a few new toys for the girls.

As always, the money will dwindle to nothing and I will have no idea where it went. This is only the beginning of my shopping issues, but I will save the rest for another day.

Last night, Ed told me that from now on, whenever I get money, he will take it away from me, and buy me something that he knows I want. I'm thinking that might not be such a bad idea.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

What Am I Going to Do With This Girl?

The other day, Ed and I were babysitting the children of our good friends, John and Karin. Since I had to work that night, and Ed still had errands to run, we put them down for a nap so that I could get ready for work. Anna was swimming at her friend's house, so we put B, who is 4 yr. old in her room.

I decided to take a bath so that if any of the kids woke up, I would be able to hear them. I left the door to my bedroom and bathroom open for that purpose as well.

I shouldn't have taken for granted that I would hear Anna's noisy bedroom door opening when Ben woke up. As I was laying back in the tub, relaxing with my eyes closed, I heard a little noise. I opened my eyes to B standing outside of my bathroom door staring at me with a shit-eating grin on his little face. I quickly covered up and calmly told him to go to the living room and I would be there in a second. He just slowly sauntered off with the grin still on his face. That evening I told John and Karin what had happened and we all got a good laugh out of it.

The next night, John and Karin babysat for us. Karin later told me that Anna had gotten even for me. B was changing clothes or something and Anna walked into the room. She gave his penis a weird look, reached down and tagged it, then walked off without saying a word.

I do believe it's time to discuss boundaries with that girl.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Early Morning Ramblings

Yes, I am still alive. After we got back from our trip, I started working the 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. shift. It has taken quite a bit of getting used to, especially since I am now sleeping during the day. The downside of working 12 hour shifts is that I only have about 2 hours per day to spend with Ed and the girls (on the days I work). The good part about it is that I only work 3 days, then I get 4 off.

I could go back to working during the day, but there are several reasons I won't for now. First of all, I LOVE the night crew. We laugh....a lot. Working is much more enjoyable when you like the people you work with. Also, the pay is much better (especially on the weekends). Finally, nights are much more laid back. It's a lot easier to do my job when I'm not having to work around 15 family members in a tiny hospital room.

For those of you who don't know, I am a nurse tech on a neurology unit. Basically, I do some of the procedures nurses get to do. Since I have not completed nursing school yet, there is still quite a bit I can't do (such as give medications, insert IVs etc). Until last month, I was a nurses aid which was a position in which I mainly wiped a lot of booty and served as a gopher. I like my new position much better.

Today, Ed and I are taking the girls to see Madagascar. In the meantime, I will be praying for the strength to not beat the dozen or so kids that will inevitably drive me absolutely nuts during the 2 hours or so we will be sitting in the theater.

Girls of Summer

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Wednesday, June 08, 2005

It's Good to Be Home

Well, we are home, and we survived.

We made it through 48 hours in the car with 2 kids without killing either one, or each other. Give me my freakin cookie...I earned the damn thing. The first 24 hours (the trip to Indianapolis) was driven straight. No stopping to sleep, just alternating short naps and driving. Let me tell you people....do not attempt this. The trip home was a little more sane since we stopped at the half-way point and spent the night in a motel (NEVER AGAIN Motel 6...you nasty, nasty, tiny, smelly-roomed bastards).

If you have ever seen Shrek 2, you are familiar with the scene in which Shrek, Fiona, and Donkey are traveling to Far Far Away to meet Fiona's parents:
Donkey: Are we there yet?
Shrek: No
Donkey: Are we there yet?
Shrek: No
Donkey Are we there yet?
Shrek and Fiona: NO!!! (and so on, and so forth...lots of whining about being bored and the trip taking forever from Donkey, more yelling from Shrek and Fiona).

Just replace Donkey with Anna, Shrek and Fiona with Maria and Ed...PRESTO...you have the last 3/4 of the trip there and back.

I shouldn't complain. 48 hours of travel time in a car is quite a bit for little ones to handle. All in all, the girls did pretty good. The fact that Cassie decided that she wanted to pee every hour on the hour, whether or not we were anywhere near an acceptable restroom was slightly annoying (don't get me started on nasty public restrooms. If you ever want to torture yourself, attempt to get a 2 or 4 year old to go to the bathroom without touching A SINGLE THING, but since that was the worst we dealt with, I think we came out quite well.

Unfortunately, my grandmother passed away before we left which is why there was such a rush in getting to Indianapolis. The funeral service was absolutely beautiful. My grandmother was honored as she should have been. She was a remarkable woman who lived her life as all of us should.

I got to see tons of relatives and they finally got to meet Cassie for the first time, and to see Anna for the first time since she was 6 weeks old. We really need to travel more.

I will post more later along with the obligatory pics. For now, I am going to shower the road nastiness off of me and get some sleep.