Sunday, January 28, 2007

Ok, I have to explain a little bit about these pictures. I got an email from Larry commenting on one of my stories in which I was sporting the sweatshirt above. He asked if I could take a picture of myself wearing it, and if he could put in on the website, along with my Grambo story (look back in October of this year). So I told Dion that we had some work to do. First I stood by the chalk drawing of the cast from Good Fellas, but that looked odd. Ahhem...Ok, so Dion kept taking picture after picture saying things like, "Pretend your Jack Bauer! Now be really happy! Ok, no be really happy but not so funny looking!" And so on and so on. I posted 4 pictures out of the 7 or 8 that Dion took. I posted the one eyed one because when Dion saw it he said, "Oh my God, Bayyy Beee! Ruth!". If you are not of our age group, that might not make sense. But I will explain. There is a character in the movie Goonies named Sloth. He has some issues, one of them being how his face looks. I started laughing so hard that I cried a little tiny bit, but I can't say that I disagree, which is kind of sad. So I had to post that picture, embarrassing as it may be, but for you, my devoted readership group, my friends who I know will NOT print the picture up and be mean (Charlie).
Now, Larry, here's for CANNOT use the Sloth picture, and probably shouldn't use the one where I am sad (Dion made me sad after the funny looking comment). Feel free to pick from the other two. I will find you if you use the Sloth one....ok, I won't, but I will be very very sad. Thanks again for your email, it made my night!

Saturday, January 27, 2007

SNL - Two A-Holes at an Adoption Agency

It's sad, but at the same time kind of funny, that there are people like this out there. These two have become one of my favorite sketches on SNL. They never break character, which is insane!

Vagino & Ear Confection

Claire talk for "diarrhea" and "ear infection". You have to be on your toes in this house if you want to understand what is going on.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

A Sure Fire Way to Clear Your Sinus

As you all know it is the season of colds, allergies, sinus issues, ruptured ovarian still hurts. I have been known to go to desperate measures to try and get the pressure out of my sinus cavity, the latest being buying tube socks and rice. You all know about that, right? Back in, oh, about 1992 or 1993, my mom was working in a department store and she came home with the "Bed Buddy". Great name, huh? Well, it was this tube of fabric with mysterious healing beads in it. All you had to do was put it in the microwave to heat the magical mystical wonderful beads and then place the tube of fabric on whatever area that hurt on your body. This was before the whole aromatherapy idea became really popular, but that didn't stop the creators of the Bed Buddy from advertising how great the aromatherapy was for you. I would use the Bed Buddy on days that my sinus kicked my butt, and yes, it did help. I have had the Bed Buddy since then. It has gone to college with me, to Madison, to the Dells, and to Minnesota. Dion knows that when I pull the Bed Buddy out, things are serious. The Bed Buddy is lost, and my sinus issues have been bad. I made my own Bed Buddy with the tube socks and rice, because those magical, mystical, healing, aromatheraputic beads...yeah, rice. But I digress.

Here's the actually story that inspired this post. Dion had gone upstairs to see why the girls were so quiet (quiet is always a bad sign). He was greeted by Nadia who was covered in toothpaste....Aquafresh, in case you were wondering. Huh. Toothpaste. Not a good sign. He went into our bedroom because apparently that is the room where they like to cause the most damage. He saw Claire, who looked up at him with her giant blue eyes the only way that Claire can. I was called up at this point. I went into the bedroom and looked around. There was some toothpaste on the door frame, the wall, Nadia (of course), the nightstands, the floor, and the closet doors. Minty. Fresh. No cavities in our room! But the smell that hit me more was that of good old Vick's Vapor Rub.

I took a deep breath, thinking I might as well try and clear my sinus cavities while I was at it. Dion noted that there was a little of the "rub" on his nightstand and quite a bit on the outside of the jar. Odd. The jar was almost empty, where did the rest of the "rub" go? Did Nadia eat it? You might laugh at this, but that child is motivated by food. We told her to pick out a toy and she went for the granola bars. She likes her "eats". I asked her if she ate it, thinking, ER, here we come (again). She said no. Interesting.

I went down to the kitchen to get some paper towels and such, and then I saw her. Now, imagine, if you will, Rod Stewart's hairstyle on......a........CAT!!! Yes, my friends, on Girl Kitty. Her head and her back looked like she got into the hair gel and made a nice mohawk for herself. Except the thing was, Girl Kitty doesn't know how to put hair gel in her fur, and I am pretty sure she doesn't know what a mohawk is, let alone how to make one. When I was young and stuffy, I loved having the "rub" put on my chest. I loved how it smelled, and the magic it worked on my congestion. What I didn't love was getting it off of my skin. It's some kind of grease base which means water didn't do much for it. So here we are with greasy "rub" on the cat, and in case you didn't know, cats bathe themselves, they don't actually have to get into the tub to get clean, and if you did put one in the tub, they probably would get mad at you. Maybe even give you a hiss or two. I took a wet wash cloth and tried to get it out. No go. I ended up putting a little dish soap on a wash cloth a few days later and got a lot of it off, but her fur remains quite a bit greasy. She could be a T-Bird..... well, if she were a boy she could.

Now I walk through the house singing Greased Lightning when I see her. Some day she will be back to her normal self. But in the meantime, if you are stuffy, come on over to our house and have Girl Kitty sit in your lap for a while. That will clear you right up in no time.


Just had to tell you that Dion made dinner tonight (well, ok, he does every night) and he made Ginger Carrot Soup. Ummmm.......yeah, that was so good that I had 2 bowls, even though after the first one I was very full. I could not help myself. It was good, darn it!

The Flaska Family at Fairview For the Fourth Time in 5 Days

Yes, that's right. I said it was the FOURTH time I was at Fairview this week, and actually, I will be there tomorrow too. And why was I there? Let me tell you...

Claire got up this morning pushing a 104 degree fever. She sizzled. I had to go to work because I had yet done any of my job since I have been either subbing or spending time in the ER. Dion had to stay home. We are on the "Go to work every other day" plan I guess. Anyway, Dion set up an appointment for Claire because, well, like I said, you could have cooked an egg on her forehead.

I love her doctor, who happens to live down the road from us. We wave at his home when we pass it every day. He is very soft spoken, and has a way with kids....hell, he's the Kid Whisperer. One time I saw him take Nadia from my hands when she was a baby, and he whispered to her and bounced her....she fell silent. I was in awe. He looked in her ear and said it still looked angry. Then he looked at the other ear and said that it was rather infected too. The Zithromax did nothing for her. Zip. Nada. Unless of course you count an extra ear infection, then hell yeah it did something.

Now we are on round two with Amoxicillian with the hopes it will get those ears where they belong. Then he wants to see her in 3 week to see how they are, and if things are not going so well, we are going to talk about tubes for the poor girl.

Would all of the darn germs out there just go and die?!? Please?!?!?

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Ok, A Little More Info

As I stated to one of my die-hard readers, I was not in any condition to explain all the funny things that happened yesterday, because well, I cried yesterday and I didn't feel like writing things that were funny. I am still sore today, but I think I can talk about my experience in a funny light not.

So the ER doctor we saw yesterday gave me some writing material. Now, don't get me wrong, I like him, he was very nice, but when Dion and I are in stressful situations, we grab on to anything that might make us laugh and go with it. If you watch the show House MD, you will know what I am talking about. If you don't, you might as well skip over this part. This doctor reminded me of House with his scruffy face, pretty blue eyes, and kind of out of sorts hair. We talked for a bit, and I found that he didn't have House's personality, but rather, was kind of laid back. He ordered a urinalysis and we were going to go from there. He left the room and I looked at Dion.

Me: He reminds me of a slow House.
Dion: Yeah, we should call him Dr Doublewide.
Us: Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha
Dion: Sorry. Maybe we should call him Dr. Shack instead.
Me: Ha ha ha hhhhh....OWWW!

Time passes and Dr Shack comes back and starts to offer us different ways of testing. He said an xray would show a bowel obstruction (great...that would be wonderful) but was limited with showing other things. A CT could be done but that was "invasive because you have to drink contrast and you have IV contrast too", or they could do an ultrasound. We went back and forth and around to Dion, and finally I said we should do whatever was going to show us the most information. As far as CT's go....bring it on. I have had many in my lifetime and to me, that is a lot less invasive than a doctor using a marker on my body to show me where my new nipples will be. Dr Shack left the room and Dion and I had the following conversation

Dion: I felt like we were supposed to pick which test to do.
Me: Seemed like it, but I think he was just telling us every test they could do.
Dion: I don't know, he seemed pretty sad about the thought of you having to have a CT.
Me: Yeah, that was odd.
Dion: I bet he cries when he has to tell people they have to have surgery.
Us: Ha ha ha ha (Me: OWWW!!!)

I have to give Dr Shack kudos for yesterday. He was very reassuring that nothing as far as cancer goes was found. He reassured us quite a few times, and for that alone, I am grateful. Anywhere you go for health issues, you are going to have a bad experience or two. I don't care if it's local, or at Mayo, or any other place. That is just part of life. What I will say though is that I am so happy with the care that my kids and I get when we go to our local clinic/hospital. I have met a lot of really neat people, and because of our numerous trips, know a lot of the wonderful staff.

So that were some of the lighter stories of yesterday. Dion and I were even able to get something to eat together, which hasn't happened in a while. You know, life is pretty darn good.

Monday, January 22, 2007

I Spoke Too Soon

I think I mentioned that Claire was in the ER for an ear infection this past Saturday. I don't think I mentioned that she had a 103.2 degree fever, which is kind of scary since she didn't feel as warm as she had earlier. Anyway....

This morning, as I was snoozing my alarm, I was debating on if Claire was ready to go back to daycare or not. She still looked pretty punk, and had woke up a few times in the night. At about 6:40am I decided that we'd stay home. At 7:15 my tummy started feeling a little funky. Nothing major, but something to note. By 7:20 I thought I may throw up, but it really didn't feel like the flu. It was different. By 7:30 I was moaning and walking funny. At times I was on all fours crawling to get Claire her breakfast. By 7:45 I called Dion to come home, there was no way I would make it through the day alone.

We were at the ER within an hour, both of us thinking that my appendix was going to be removed. They started an IV and drew blood and made me pee in a little cup. After I had tears rolling down my face, they gave me a shot of Tordal in my IV. Within and hour I was feeling better, but still had to have the dreaded CT scan with contrast...oral and through the IV. Yuck. I did my duty of drinking all the junk and went back for the scan. They were going to check my pancreas, liver, kidney's, and whatever other organs live down there too.

I got back to my little room and they said it would take about a half an hour after I was back in the room for the test to be read by the pathologist. A half hour went by. Then 45 minutes. Then an hour. At this point I was thinking bad thoughts, such as, obviously it is something that will kill me fast, but my niece will most likely be living with us this summer so the girls would still have another female in the house...yadda yadda thoughts. I guess it made me realise that there are still some feelings somewhere in me where that damn little cancer thought hangs out.

Anyway, the Dr came into the room and said all of the organs looked ok. My liver had some fatty spots on it from chemo, but nothing to worry about. S-----I-----G----H!!!! What they did find was that there was fluid just hanging around in my abdomen for no good reason. Just floating around like it belonged, not knowing that it didn't belong. In fact, it had lost its way, for he used to reside in an ovarian cyst that made a home on my ovary. Unfortunately for me (and the ovarian cyst) it had decided to rupture. Pop. Bang. ARRRGGGHHH!!!! Commence fluid into the belly.

I have gotten some Tordal pills for home, which is where I am now. I haven't had to take another one, but it's nice to know I have them. I am starting to get a little tender again, so it may be time to pop a pill. I am going back to work tomorrow and life will be back to normal again. Or, at least as normal as it gets around here.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Welcome to The World of Sicko's

Not that people in my house are perverts or anything, but someone always seems to be sick in this house. Dion was sick before, Claire had the flu for New Year's, if you remember. Nadia has the cough that just sounds nasty. Then, on Friday, in between my spilt shift, Claire got sick again. Not the flu, but when I came home her eyes were bloodshot with heavy lids. She had acquired Nadia's cough, was quite warm and said she hurt all over but mostly her head and ear. Great. Her ear. Again. She just had an ear infection last November and here we are again. We tried the common meds, they didn't do much, so Claire and I were off the the ER last night. She go some numbing drops and antibiotics for her ear infection, and seems to be doing better today. Not quite 100%, but she's getting there. She's fighting with Nadia, so we know she's feeling better.

I on the other hand am still fighting some sinus stuff. On Wednesday or Thursday (I can't remember which) I fell asleep at 8:30pm. I have been pretty much useless this past week, and the bad thing is that I have to sub for the next 2 weeks. There's a light at the end of the tunnel, but when you don't feel well, that light is pretty darn dim.

Claire wants to play something on the computer with me, then it's time for naps so I must go. We are getting a little snow today though. It looks rather pretty.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

I've Been Tagged!

I have been tagged by Shari someone who reads my blog and vice versa. I am supposed to write 10 things that describe my style. So, here we go.

  1. Ying Yang. By this I mean that for some things I am very go with the flow, for other things I get a little worked up. If you ask the teachers that I see when I work, they would say that I am very mellow. If you talk to some of my friends, they would say that I am going at a high speed constantly. Very intriguing, I know.
  2. Comfort. It's all about comfort, baby. I have never been the type of person who would buy uncomfortable clothes simply because they are in style. Flannel and fleece, all the way.
  3. Humorous. I try to provide a little bit of comic relief when possible. Life is too short to not laugh often.
  4. Intuitive. I am trying to be a better reader of people.
  5. Repetitive. My poor husband. I tend to repeat things. Over, and over. I tend to repeat things.
  6. Childish. I was asked yesterday by one of the kids at work if I liked being a grownup. I thought about it for a bit and said sometimes. She asked when that was, and I said I can have cereal for dinner whenever I want. Then she said that I should just be with them (the kids) always. I thought that wasn't a bad idea. They help me to remember what it's like to be a kid, and what they have to deal with in their little lives.
  7. Sentimental. I save a lot of things. I have every little note that Dion wrote to me, every card he has given to me. I kept part of a tree bark from a walk I took when I was on my breast cancer retreat. I have photos from long ago, I have letters mailed to me when I was in grade school. I have every hospital band I have gotten, every balloon deflated and put away from all of my cancer crap. I have a lot stuff, which makes it frustrating for others when we move.
  8. Realistic. While sometimes I float around and hope for things to happen, most of the time I know what is realistic and what is not. Most of the time.
  9. Grunge. I am grunge at heart. I will always like listening to Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, and such. I believe that is why I like flannel shirts so much too, besides the whole comfort thing.
  10. Edgy. This is compliments of Dion. I asked him what is my style, and that's what he said. I think I will let him explain... ...Dion here - I explained it as Sue doesn't take any crap. She will call you on something if you are wrong for example or trying to get away with something. I don't know how else to describe it. Not passive would be another way I guess. Bye now :) Sue here again...hmmm...I guess he is right. Except there are some people who think they can pull the wool over my eyes, not knowing that I know way more than they give me credit for. I just let them do that because either I have to, or if that's what makes them feel like they are big and powerful, so be it. It's sad, really.

So I guess that's it. I will have to tag some other people, but for now I have to finish my lucky charms. Who will be tagged? Tune back in to find out....

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Poor Stephen

As you may or may not have noticed, I took Stephen Lynch off of my blog. Sigh. Not because I don't love him anymore, I do, I really do, but I was informed today that a friend could not get on my blog at work because of some naughty things on my blog. If you read my blog on a regular basis, you know that I really don't get into the naughty stuff, until I posted Stephen. And while yes, it was one of his "cleaner" songs, it still was powerful enough to cause my blog to get blocked. So, with that in mind, Stephen, I still love you, but I had to make a choice here. Keep you or allow my readers to kill some time at work.

Read away you people who are supposed to be working, read away.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Slip of The Tongue

I went to Mayo today to get my study shot. It is pretty exciting because I get to visit with Hope as we have scheduled our appointments to overlap. While we were be waiting to be called back, we were chatting with Paul who makes appointments. I mention him because he is pretty darn funny and I like talking to him. Kari, who had a baby 5 months ago, was also there visiting on her day off. Kari had brought the baby in so we were ohhh and ahhh-ing over the baby until we were called to the chemo room. When that happened, we made our way back and passed the first chemo room, where Bert yelled out, "Oh oh! Here they are! Here comes trouble!" We laughed as we do every time. But what doesn't happen all the time is the following....I'll set the scene, Hope and Sue are walking by, Hope in the front, Sue walking behind. Hope yells out.....

"Yeah! And we had the baby!!!"

Now, as a nurse there, you would know that we were talking about Kari's baby, and the fact that we got to see her. If you were someone in that chemo room, you may have thought differently. It may have been something like this....

"Poor girls, lesbians and they BOTH have had cancer!"

bub rub and lil sis

OMG!! Too sure to watch the top notch demonstration of the Whistler Tips at the end. Why would something like this drive people nuts? I have to admit though, that bub Rub kind of makes me laugh.

Monday, January 15, 2007

A Joke From a Kid At Work

A child is learning how to speak and to do that he goes with his dad to the airport to watch the planes take off. He learns how to say "take off".

Then he goes to the zoo and sees a zebra, and learns the word, "zebra".

Then he goes to the hospital up in the labor and delivery and learns the word "baby".

They go home and the mom asks the child if he learned any new words today. He said "Yep, take off ze-bra, baby."


Side note...Dion barely cracked a smile. I thought it was kind of funny.

I Guess By Warning They Meant

3-4 inches...nothing impressive, but at least you can't see our grass anymore.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Hot Dog, Hot Dog, Hot Diggity Dog!

Not only is it finally snowing, we are under a winter storm WARNING!! Maybe 6-8 inches by the time it is all said and done. Rock on!

Saturday, January 13, 2007


Sometimes when I figure new things out, I go a little posting videos to my blog

Friday, January 12, 2007


One of my favorites

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

You Had To See This Coming

100 Things I Hate (in no random order....BETH)
  1. Everyone's favorite...nails on a chalk board
  2. Going to the dentist (no offense Dr Wadkins)
  3. Stubbing your pinky toe
  4. hangnails
  5. Wearing dresses
  6. Even more, wearing's cruel and invented by a man I suppose
  7. Lack of financial freedom
  8. The Dragon Lady..should be #1
  9. Whining
  10. After shampooing, having hair stuck on my fingers
  11. Any type of seafood....smell AND sight
  12. Throwing up
  13. Adriamiacin
  14. Fissures
  15. IV's
  16. Food stuck in my teeth
  17. How big my feet are (10-10 1/2 if you were wondering)
  18. My broken ice scraper...not that it matters
  19. A sneeze that goes away before you can get it out
  20. black licorice
  21. Being crabby, knowing it but not keeping it under control
  22. Captain Morgan...the Captain was here one too many times
  23. My luck...if it wasn't bad I wouldn't have any
  24. Being far away from close friends
  25. Headaches
  26. Slivers
  27. Finding out you have a paper cut after you start using Purel
  28. Pepsi
  29. My weight gain
  30. Menopause
  31. That I suck at spelling
  32. Hard core rap
  33. That we can't afford a cooler way of transportation
  34. Bone spurs
  35. Just when my nails get long, I bite them all off again
  36. That we don't have snow
  37. The term "bump" when someone is pregnant
  38. Spam
  39. Idiots
  40. Closed mindedness
  41. That I can't pull off "Oh snap"
  42. That doctors are looking more and more like Doogie Howser
  43. Cat food (see post Sonofa Sonofa Sonofa)
  44. That I can't sleep at night
  45. Slow people in the left lane
  46. People who have nothing but negative things to say to you
  47. Puffy, fluffy, lacy stuff
  48. The movie Wicker Man
  49. When the kids stay up late messing around
  50. The stuff you have to drink for a colonoscopy
  51. Head on apply directly to the forehead Head on apply directly to the forehead
  52. Getting stitches removed
  53. Chicken loaf...ask Dion about that crap
  54. People who talk loudly during a movie
  55. That when a family show is going down the pooper, they add a new kid to the script
  56. Sinus problems
  57. When songs are stuck in my head
  58. Polly Pocket's shoes
  59. Lower back pain
  60. What garlic and onions do to my digestive system
  61. Adults who still act like they did when they were the "cool ones" in high school
  62. Feet
  63. Care Bear theme song
  64. The fact that my favorite slippers now make my feet stink.
  65. Our cable company...does anyone else have to take out a loan for service?!?
  66. When kids leave stuff in the sidewalk and you have to go around or over it
  67. Those phones that stuck into people's ears...kind of gross
  68. Not being able to sleep in
  69. When the girls act up in public
  70. Waiting for Idol to start
  71. Not finding what I am looking for
  72. Parents who think their child does no wrong
  73. People who mess with my kids...get in their personal space, etc
  74. Not knowing
  75. Yeah, but....
  76. Those blue headlights on cars
  77. That I can't just live on marshmallows
  78. Having choices taken away
  79. When I say, "They'll get theirs" and they NEVER do
  80. March 17th, 2004
  81. High humidity
  82. Painful wind chills
  83. Tornado warnings
  84. Walking in a car dealership lot and no matter how much you say "just looking", they follow
  85. eBay outbids at the last minute
  86. Things that make me say, "That is so simple! Why didn't I think of that?!?"
  87. Being late
  88. Others being late
  89. Bratz...dolls, shoes, house, babies, whatever
  90. Commercials I don't get
  91. Not knowing the name of a song and/or artist
  92. People who play games, and I'm not talkin' board games
  93. That I can't remember dates for American historical events
  94. I am unable to complete things when I get scared or nervous about my lack of knowledge
  95. My follow through sucks (I think because of #94)
  96. Bad fortune cookie fortunes
  97. Reading directions
  98. Letting go
  99. Realizing the next day what you should have said when you were fighting with someone
  100. The conversations I have with myself all internally..I wonder sometimes

SNL - Homelessville

And here he is...JT!

Why I Love Brandy

For those of you who don't know, Brandy and I lived together for one glorious year my senior year of college. We laughed, we cried, we watched the movie Friday over and over, not even sure some times how it was on. I decided this year for Christmas, along with our normal gift exchange, I would throw in a tin full of, well, mostly not so high quality stuff the only our local Salvation Army would have. Now, I am not putting down the Salvation Army, I find a lot of clothes there that I like and that are in very good shape. Great. My secret is out. Anyway, since Brnady LOVES Justin Timberlake. And when I say loves, I mean, watch out if you are with her and he happens to be crossing the street. Guarntee you get plowed over. I found some old magnets from his boy band, so I had to get those. A micro icescraper made for, I think, your eyelids, a bell that I actually thought was pretty and other things. Among the high caliber items was an owl perched on a polished stone with it's wings out. Taped to that gift was "Tag! You're it!" Little did I know what Brandy was capable of. She sent back what you see in the picture. Notice the fine photo of JT's face. Now, to explain the rest...
Did you see when JT was on SNL? Man, it was too funny! He did a really good job. One skit was JT was competing with a Santa Salvation Army worker (ironic, I know), but was dressed as a cup of soup, hense the Campbell's soup logo. And and of his little ditties in the skit was, "Givin it up for Homelessville", which is taped to the owl's, I mean JT's, wing. He had his beat box set up and everything, and changed some lyrics of your basic dance club music, and the skit was born. It may or may not still be on YouTube, you can try looking. I just had to share my laugh..hard laugh...of the day.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Ah Yes, #^@%@^!

Sonofa Sonofa Sonofa


Whew. I feel a little bit better. I feel a lot better than I did about an hour ago. But not better than I did abut 2 hours ago. You see folks, life is just full of ups and downs...Cherry filled Hershey Kisses...up. Toast.....up. New comments on my blog....WAY up! Post nasal drip...down. Reruns of a show that I thought was a new episode....down. Forgetting a load of clothes in the wash...down.

These are just a few examples of some of ly ups and downs. There are many more, but we don't have the time, energy, or space for them. But I will update you on the most recent, biggest, stinkiest down as of late. And when I say as of late, I mean about an hour ago. Let's go back to 2 hours ago, when life was hunky dory.

Claire and I were on the couch watching a movie, Nadia was engulfed in the recliner. Everyone was covered by a blanket, enjoying the new movie. Of course I was hoping they would fall asleep because they have felt that it's been ok to stay up late, messing around in their rooms. I knew when Claire came into our room after 11:00PM we were going to have issues. Anyway, aparently, I was the only one who fell asleep. Because you see, I woke up and thought, "'s rather quiet and no one but me is sleeping." Not good.

I made my way to the dining room, which connects to the living room on one end, the kitchen through one doorway, and the laundry room through another, which connects to the kitchen. It's really one big circle, if you will. I take a step....crunch. I look down to see cat food on the floor. Not one piece, the area rug was littered with it. Crunch crunch crunch (that's me walking into the laundry room). I gasped. I looked down the little hall to the kitchen. I gasped again. I went back through the dining room, down the hall to the stairs. I take a deep breath and look up. GASP! No no no no no....I head up the stairs and at the top...GASP! Holy hotdogs Batman! I go back downstairs to find my kids...meham ensues. They are taking a break right now from cleaning, but will be finishing soon. I think my blood pressure has come back down, but I'm not sure.

And the million dollar question of course is, how much cat food was dumped. Well, I filled the two little bowls this morning, so that amount minus the 18 POUNDS that was in the rest of the bag, and there's your answer. I told them that I was going to take the money out of their piggy banks to buy more food. Then there was crying. This had better be the biggest down of the day, preferably the year.

I am sorry for any misspellings. Spell check was not working, and I am not going to find a dictionary right now.

Sunday, January 07, 2007


Where is all of our Minnesota snow?!? Why can I still see the grass, which by the way, we might have to go out and cut since the snow is supposed to be covering the fact that it was way too long in the fall. I don't want the MN cold, just a little snow to go sledding...or if you are from the area...sliding with. Is that so much to ask for? Have you seen that on eBay there are come people from Colorado that have sold some of their snow from their storms? The last time I looked, one of the auction total was over $30.

I was tempted.

P.S. For a second misspellings.

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Wandering to No Where

Have you ever felt that way? Like you are just moving around this earth with no set purpose, no set goals? And having absolutely no idea where to find such things. I wish someone would say to me, "Ok Sue, here it is. You should be doing such and such right now." Isn't it funny how this whole country is based on our freedom and rights as people, and here I sit (and I am sure I am not alone on this one) wanting someone to just tell me what to do. Tell me what I would have to do to be happier. Not only that, but how is that attainable? Yikes.

I guess I still have a few tricks up my sleeve, but you know me...I hate to wait. But...sigh...wait is what I will do. For now.

P.S. A new world record. I did spell check and nothing came up misspelled! Well, "Ok" did because they want me to cap the "k" but I refuse. That'll show 'em!

Ice Cream

Dion was sick this week, so I thought as a nice gesture, I would buy him some yummy ice cream...Brownie something or other, knowing how much he likes brownies. He was finally feeling good enough to have some last night. I just asked him how he liked it, and his reply was......

"It was a little too dry."

What the hell does that mean? How is ice cream dry?

Friday, January 05, 2007

100 Things I Love

  1. Dion
  2. Claire
  3. Nadia
  4. The rest of our families
  5. The smell of baby lotion, Baby Magic to be specific
  6. Hearing laughter
  7. Diet Coke
  8. Mushrooms
  9. My friends
  10. My Name is Earl
  11. The Office
  12. Crying because I laughed so hard
  13. The Internet
  14. writing
  15. reading
  16. blogging
  17. Peeps--the marshmallow treat, not peeps as in people
  18. Netflix (do I get a cut of the money for saying that?)
  19. Flannel...pants, shirts, sheets
  20. How Dion's tongue sticks out when he concentrates
  21. How Claire does that same thing
  22. Penny slots
  23. Trying new products
  24. Having those products work
  25. Rotating my shampoo and conditioner
  26. Watching movies
  27. Music
  28. Chris Daughtry---awesome cd, by the way
  29. Kids and what they say
  30. Fishing
  31. The big ass fish I caught in FL
  32. Holiday smells
  33. Our comforter, but Dion ix-nayed it :(
  34. Snuggling with the girls
  35. Not killing plants
  36. New shoes
  37. New wool socks
  38. Thrift stores
  39. Pot roast with potatoes, carrots, and onions
  40. Hot chi tea
  41. DVD players for the car
  42. My mp3 player
  43. Walmart
  44. Steve & Barry's
  45. Slippers
  46. My oncologist
  47. Both surgeons
  48. Saying whoooo whoooo!
  49. People who can pull off saying "Oh snap" because I can't
  50. Our house...most of it, we need a new kitchen floor
  51. Willow Tree figures
  52. Precious Moments
  53. The Muppets
  54. Getting mail, except bills
  55. People who make me laugh. Hard.
  56. Skating...old school...roller skating, 4 wheels and all
  57. Hoodwinked...great movie, you should see it
  58. Pinching Nadia's bubble butt
  59. Our cats, except when Tater climbs the Christmas tree...he got halfway up this morning
  60. Milk
  61. Grape juice
  62. Veggie subs from Subway
  63. The fact that I used to be a Sandwich artist
  64. Marshmallows
  65. Frosted Mini Wheats
  66. Sleeping in late
  67. Massages
  68. Learning new things
  69. Burping
  70. The smell of a new book
  71. My faith
  72. Sponge Bob...leave me alone
  73. When my onc says, "Everything looks great!"
  74. When people fall or trip, as long as they don't get hurt
  75. Garlic
  76. When the house is clean...bwahhh ha ha ha haaaaa!
  77. Foot rubs
  78. Book stores
  79. Alone time
  80. Naps
  81. Hats, but I look dorky in them
  82. Cell phones
  83. Proper English
  84. Yahoo Answers
  85. Projects the girls make for me
  86. Gym games at work
  87. Very superstitious people
  88. Sledding
  89. Toast
  90. Camping
  91. Scratching an itch until it hurts so good
  92. Peeling things, sunburns, etc
  93. Dodgeball---Olga...too funny
  94. Gushers
  95. That I am almost done with this list
  96. Shooting stars
  97. Guitars
  98. Chocolate
  99. Number 99
  100. Being done with this!

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Down By the River

We are trying to sell our van, in fact, we have been for a while, but I think with the gas prices being high for a while, we have not been successful. Imagine my joy and excitement when we get a call tonight from a woman who is interested. Dion handles the phone call, and after a while came into the kitchen and said, "She's looking for a van she can sleep in".

You mean, down by the river?

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Next School Year

I know it is a little early to be talking about next school year, but the girl's preschool just had registration this week. Because Claire's birthday is late in Sept, she will be doing another year of preschool, which is fine with me. I would rather her be one of the oldest in her class then youngest. So, Monday, Wednesday, Friday Claire will be going to school, and Tuesday and Thursday, Nadia will be going to school. I am wishing myself luck in keeping up with their schedules, as many moms have done before me. Yikes.

Hey, do you know what I saw the other day? I saw a guy wearing sky blue sweatpants that had jean material pockets sewn onto them. It looked kind of funny, and was certainly nothing I had seen before, but apparently they served their purpose.

I could use a nap. I slept horribly last night, not to mention that I had a hard time going to sleep in the first place. Toss, turn, toss, turn. That was my whole night. I think my brain is swimming in the deep end of the pool right now, and is getting tired. Next month is my 6 month check. That might be playing a part in my mental unsettling, which is normal, but I will be happy when it's done.

Ok, I am going to bust a move.....whooo whoooooo! Later.

Monday, January 01, 2007

Happy Pukey New Year (part II)

I vaguely remember posting this exact same title last year. We in the Flaska household are all about consistency. Claire had the flu, but luckily it was only a 24 hour bug. She seems to be fine now, which is good. No one else got sick (knock on wood), which is truly a miracle.

You will be happy to know that I have figured out a large part of working my mp3, and in fact I am sitting here typing away listening to music. It can get distracting, since I tend to bop around while listening to music, but I can deal with that. I am trying to spare Dion by NOT singing out loud.

We had a nice Christmas. My brother John and his daughter Kelsey came up. Between John and Dion cooking, we dined quite well. But, one of the highlights of the visit is that Kelsey spent a lot of time with us. More than ever before, and I have to tell you, she is wonderful to have around. She's going to be 18 this month, and is going through the college search. One of which is in the cities, and after talking, Dion and I told her that if she wants to stay with us while she goes to school, she is more than welcome to. She's such a good kid, so smart, so pleasant, I miss her.

I am back to having a nasty case of eyelid twitch. I try to look in the mirror to see what it looks like, but that's hard to do when it's twitching all over the place. Then to top things off, i had to go in last night because of all things I have an ingrown hair! Huge! Gross! But when it started being encircled by a red patch, I gave in. I had tried things at home first, but they failed. So I got an antibiotic and it is actually looking better today. I also used a heating pad for as long as I could. Aint life grand? But, I was the only one at the ER so I was in and out in no time. I really thought there was going to be some lancing done, but thank God there wasn't.

Well, I guess that's it for now. I am sure more fun stuff will come up, oh, I forgot, it finally stopped raining here and we got about an inch or two of snow. Where's our winter?!?!?