yesterday's activities

pygmalion

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Yesterday: 1) Snooze a lot. 2) Nail down DS's school schedule for next year. 3) Have an apoplectic fit.

Sorry to belabor DS's school schedule, btw. I wasn't actually expecting it to become a topic of conversation, but, since it did, I figured full disclosure was warranted. I hate it when people give you teasers online, then don't close the loop. lol.

Teaser person: My husband did the most amazing thing, so I made him chocolate chip waffles for breakfast.
Me (in my thoughts): What! What did he do?!? Don't leave me hanging!

So now the entire internet knows, in excruciating detail, what classes DS will take next year. Sorry for the overshare. lol. (btw I misspoke. His school does not require all students to take a foreign language. On the "minimum" graduation track, no foreign language is required, which I think is a crime. But I digress.)

Apoplectic fit because DS has an English assignment due Monday. He received this assignment on January 8, the first class session of English this year. He had a month to do it. More accurately, 34 days. It's a fourteen page, in depth analysis of a magazine article. Fourteen pages of participial phrases, infinitive phrases, etc. IOW not exactly riveting for most people, but still. Required. (And a fine requirement, too, as it's related to SAT writing prep.)

He started it at 6:30 last night. Then he had the nerve to give me sad puppy eyes when I refused to help him with it. No. No and no. I am not going to spend Saturday night diagramming sentences unless I'm the one earning a grade for it.

I suspect I'll get more sad puppy eyes later today, when he has to finish it himself. Maybe next time he'll know that when a teacher gives you a month to complete an assignment, that's a pretty good clue that you need a month to complete the assignment.
 

pygmalion

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Oh yeah and I left out shopping.

Nothing noteworthy other than the fact that DS is sleeping enormous amounts and eating tons of food these days. I can't keep enough food in the house. (Maybe I should send him to NURDRMS' garage this week? lol) I think a growth spurt is in the offing. It is mind boggling how much the boy eats.

Seriously. I went grocery shopping for the week, then brought him lunch from Wendy's as a treat. A grilled chicken sandwich. Large chili. Orange drink. Frosty. He ate it all. I took a two hour nap. While I was asleep, he plundered my grocery stash and ate a bag of jerky, two snack bags of Doritos, a 12-ounce bag of sour apple slices, and an entire family-sized bag of Chex Mix. He basically ate all the salty the snacks I was planning for him to have all week in one two-hour period, as an after lunch snack. *shakes head* So I guess that's it until next week. No more salty snacks. He can have all the apples, carrots and celery he wants, especially since that's all we have left. :)

ETA: I forgot to mention that he'd already had a huge breakfast -- Two or three scrambled eggs, five pieces of bacon, apple slices, two oranges, orange juice, whole milk, whole wheat toast, apples, celery, carrots, strawberries, and yogurt. I kid you not.

While I was out shopping, I also bought office decorations from the dollar store. Giant, pastel colored tulips and butterflies made of felt. I made a command decision and left the Easter eggs there. Two reasons: One. Not everybody celebrates Easter. Two: All this decorating can get to be a pain. I want decorations that are going to last a while, for a change. I want something that's going to last until it's time to put my summer 'fun in the sun" stuff back up.
 

fascination

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nurdrms...you are a champ.....have to say that if I was a party to celebrate my own promotion, there would be caterers, and the decorators and dishwashers would not be me...you are mighty...and don't even get me started on managing to get a child to wash the car
 

fascination

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on the quantities that young men consume...when we had our exchange student, between he and our son, they would eat 4 pizzas a day and that was just snack time...Thank God they had no interest in breakfast on school days and bought their lunches, but on the weekend it was impossible to keep them fed
 

pygmalion

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on the quantities that young men consume...when we had our exchange student, between he and our son, they would eat 4 pizzas a day and that was just snack time...Thank God they had no interest in breakfast on school days and bought their lunches, but on the weekend it was impossible to keep them fed

If I didn't see him eat all that food, I wouldn't believe it to be possible.

I don't mind his eating so much, since he's tall, on the thin side and muscular. Obviously, all those calories are going somewhere. I'm going to work on raising his awareness of what he eats, this year, though.

For example, I think he should be more aware of just how much sodium he took in yesterday. I limit the number of sugary and salty snacks I buy for a reason. And big bacon and egg breakfasts are a once a week treat. Kinda defeats the purpose if he consumes thousands of milligrams of sodium in one sitting then expects me to replenish his supply.

I also encourage him to get lots of exercise. He takes an hour to hour and a half walk/run every day, which is good. Sadly, however, it makes him even more hungry. :D
 

pygmalion

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nurdrms...you are a champ.....have to say that if I was a party to celebrate my own promotion, there would be caterers, and the decorators and dishwashers would not be me...you are mighty...and don't even get me started on managing to get a child to wash the car

My thoughts exactly. If I were getting that lofty a promotion, I can guarantee you I would not be spray-painting tulle. I'd be getting a massage and a mani/pedi while somebody else turned my front lawn navy blue. :D
 

NURDRMS

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My thoughts exactly. If I were getting that lofty a promotion, I can guarantee you I would not be spray-painting tulle. I'd be getting a massage and a mani/pedi while somebody else turned my front lawn midnight blue. :D
Ok, well, I AM having the main meal catered and a bar tended for me during the party, but the Air Force Academy's ballroom (absolutely gorgeous, 2200 person ballroom, BTW, with a floor that has no seams!) is 'self-help' which means I am responsible for all set-up and clean-up. So am buying various beverages to provide my nieces and nephews as well as brother and sister in exchange for them helping me with the 'self-help.'

Bottom line, and I think I've mentioned this several times before, husband is the WORLD'S CHEAPEST MAN and would have had an absolute hissy fit if I'd hired all this help out. Never mind that my first month's salary increase would have paid for it...
 

pygmalion

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Ok, well, I AM having the main meal catered and a bar tended for me during the party, but the Air Force Academy's ballroom (absolutely gorgeous, 2200 person ballroom, BTW, with a floor that has no seams!) is 'self-help' which means I am responsible for all set-up and clean-up. So am buying various beverages to provide my nieces and nephews as well as brother and sister in exchange for them helping me with the 'self-help.'

Bottom line, and I think I've mentioned this several times before, husband is the WORLD'S CHEAPEST MAN and would have had an absolute hissy fit if I'd hired all this help out. Never mind that my first month's salary increase would have paid for it...

On the other hand, you will have some priceless memories and probably some funny stories that will last you and your loved ones a lifetime.

Make sure to get a picture of your blue and brown striped lawn. That will be wonderful in a photo album, one day. :)
 
Yesterday:

Went to the gym for a small pyramid session on the treadmill, followed by some core exercises. Played a bit of Runescape, had lunch and watched Scotland beat Italy at rugby while updating an MSc-dissertation-swamped friend by text message every time something happened. Watched the first half of the France-Wales game, then went out with DP to see Strictly Come Dancing On Tour. Ate junk food and had a great night. Brilliant show. :D
 

danceronice

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Went to the ER and now have a work-restriction order (boss is NOT happy. I hope she understands that with that, she cannot legally fire me and also that every single person at the hospital with access to my records knows where I work and why I was in there. If she agrees to 'let me go' so I can collect unemployment, fine, if she fires me for missing work because of a medical emergency, I'll bring in a lawyer. My employers all seem to forget, I have more money than most hourly wage slaves and won't hesitate to use it....) Hopefully the job fair for the new casino will pan out--I could LITERALLY walk to work and it's going to be more a cafe, and I 'd rather talk to customers anyway than be on a line.

ER doc's opinion, btw, was based on the odd hives pattern (all where my work clothes, stored in the moldy basement, touch my skin) and the amount of wet and moldy wood from various sources I was handling/breathing in, was it's occupational dermatitis, so I'm on prednisone, Benadryl (H1 blocker) and Pepcid (H2 blocker.) He also suggested since we get the wood from a variety of commercial orchards, we could have a lot with dried, dead poison ivy on it, it could be mold from the water leaks in the basement, but that I need to stop handling it until the hives clear. And of course breathing smoke from the lumber-yard cedar planks is not helping. At least they're better today. With my allergies, though, once they get rolling they're hypersensitive for days.
 

ChaChaMama

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@DOI--I hate allergies. I don't get the hives kind, but I do get the runny nose kind in spring and fall. I have several relatives with severe food allergies of the "and then they stop breathing" variety, so I guess I got off easily, comparatively. (One aunt is allergic to tree nuts, but not peanuts; her daughter is allergic to peanuts, but not tree nuts.)

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SATURDAY:
7-something--Up. Not ideal, given that we had dress rehearsal Thursday, I did the show last night, and have another show tonight. I feel fine at 7:30, but I don't want tank to hit empty right as we go to take the stage for the show.

9--Call parents to arrange meet up time.
10:30ish--Leave for meet up.
12ish--Drop off Child with parents.
2ish--Back in town. Run three errands.
Come home. Start a stew going in the slow cooker for Sunday's dinner. It should be done right around when I come home from tonight's show. How's that for an efficient plan?
3-4:30--Much needed nap!
4:37--Up. Omg! Got to get going for gala!
The cast generally wears black with red accents. Alumni are wearing red. Seniors + I are also allowed to wear red for the Saturday show only, so I wear my red Xscape mermaid cut evening gown. I love this dress. It is very figure flattering.

5:20--Arrive at Gala with amazing Edible Arrangements basket and get a sea of hugs from alumni. Hug, chat, and catch up with many friends!!! People there include the 2005, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 directors, plus several producers. (The 2004 director is not there, though. I'm a little worried. I don't think I mentioned this, but she called me earlier in the week. She is a community member, not a college student, and probably in her 60s or possibly even 70s and she has been quite ill.)
Reporter from local newspaper interviews me.

6:40--Hustle over to theater. Get ready for show! Lots of compliments from castmates on the red gown. Someone says I'm like Beyonce. I wish! But I say thank you, because that is really, really nice!

7:30--VAGINA MONOLOGUES 2013!!!
It goes really well. I did "Happy Fact" with the 2008 and 2011 directors. We also silent auctioned off the moans from the monologue "The Woman Who Loved to Make Vaginas Happy" and the alumni rocked the house!

Home. Pick up t-shirt from last year I have been holding for an alum. She does glass-blowing and she showed me photos of some of her pieces...including some erotic pieces.

Accidentally stayed up until almost 1 AM coming down from the successful gala/performance high, looking at photos, etc. :) :) :)

What a night!
 

danceronice

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glad you have some relief and some legal protection
Prednisone is almost worse than the hives, but at least it's not 200mgs/day this time (I did that when the ITP flared--sometimes I felt sicker than before I was in hospital.) And there's a job fair coming up so maybe I can get a job walking distance at the new casino where I won't feel like my boss hates me and I have to sell out everything I ever knew about food safety to keep a job...
 

pygmalion

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Prednisone is almost worse than the hives, but at least it's not 200mgs/day this time (I did that when the ITP flared--sometimes I felt sicker than before I was in hospital.) And there's a job fair coming up so maybe I can get a job walking distance at the new casino where I won't feel like my boss hates me and I have to sell out everything I ever knew about food safety to keep a job...

I'll keep my fingers crossed.

If there's any justice *after you get a new job* your boss will get found out and shut down. What you described is really scary and, to be honest, a little surprising. I guess I'm naive. Or maybe I've been lucky. Where I work, there's a cafeteria that's bigger than many restaurants. I could give lots of boring examples, but suffice it to say that it's obvious that food safety is a top priority for them. The rules are there for a reason. It amazes me that there are people out there who blatantly ignore the rules and get away with it. Blech.
 

3wishes

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nurdrms, CONGRATS, and I love the mere thought of a blue lawn! lol.
sidenote: The Air Force Academy venues are marvelous...although...I don't know of any catering service that does not do set up and tear-down inclusive of garage removal. Could be a regional location thing.
That said, ENJOY every moment,,,,savor the photos and stories....and, as well, you may want to cut a piece of the Blue Tulle for a scapebook so you can laugh later at how it came to be.
Yesterday - - started a new routine for my so called "at home" life. Difficult to do when 70% of my time retired so far has been traveling! lol.
Call from ex-co/worker who drove me nuts and to distraction for 25 years.
Begging me to come downtown - there is something for me. NOPE, not doin' it.
Silence.
Lots of silence.
Former co-worker, "I'll come to you then"...then there is the hook "I'll meet you social dancing at >>>>>"
OK, your on. Met co-worker at social dance - she gave me a huge huge I meet huge poster sized envelope.
OH MY, a resolution signed by all Council Members and electeds and in print is my career. wow.
ok, so....maybe I should have driven in and attended Council to be awarded this,,,but we had way more
fun trying to Salsa dance and catching up with each other.
During that time, 4 people came up to me, all previous retirees, whom neither one of us knew at all, from the City....and inquired about the Resolution....and off we went....had a blast.
Up to step-dad's house, at his request - to bring groceries and such.
End up in screaming match with him the first five minutes in his house.
I knew it was coming, and he definately lit my match, but that's ok - Held my ground,,,,dug in my heels and did not give up or give in.
The other few hours with him were good.
He had snow in his front yard, which doesn't happen often and it was a nice change of pace.
DH calls, home from Charlotte, tired but quite happy from the experience.
Homeward, note new snow and that looney criminal is still on the loose with a million dollar reward - thoughts go to "he's probably not in the mountains anymore"...
Decide to go free-skiing this week after all the electronics arrive.
New snow, mid-week, no traffic....perfect....gotta make the plans.
 

3wishes

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nurdrms, CONGRATS, and I love the mere thought of a blue lawn! lol.
sidenote: The Air Force Academy venues are marvelous...although...I don't know of any catering service that does not do set up and tear-down inclusive of garage removal. Could be a regional location thing.
That said, ENJOY every moment,,,,savor the photos and stories....and, as well, you may want to cut a piece of the Blue Tulle for a scapebook so you can laugh later at how it came to be.
Yesterday - - started a new routine for my so called "at home" life. Difficult to do when 70% of my time retired so far has been traveling! lol.
Call from ex-co/worker who drove me nuts and to distraction for 25 years.
Begging me to come downtown - there is something for me. NOPE, not doin' it.
Silence.
Lots of silence.
Former co-worker, "I'll come to you then"...then there is the hook "I'll meet you social dancing at >>>>>"
OK, your on. Met co-worker at social dance - she gave me a huge huge I meet huge poster sized envelope.
OH MY, a resolution signed by all Council Members and electeds and in print is my career. wow.
ok, so....maybe I should have driven in and attended Council to be awarded this,,,but we had way more
fun trying to Salsa dance and catching up with each other.
During that time, 4 people came up to me, all previous retirees, whom neither one of us knew at all, from the City....and inquired about the Resolution....and off we went....had a blast.
Up to step-dad's house, at his request - to bring groceries and such.
End up in screaming match with him the first five minutes in his house.
I knew it was coming, and he definately lit my match, but that's ok - Held my ground,,,,dug in my heels and did not give up or give in.
The other few hours with him were good.
He had snow in his front yard, which doesn't happen often and it was a nice change of pace.
DH calls, home from Charlotte, tired but quite happy from the experience.
Homeward, note new snow and that looney criminal is still on the loose with a million dollar reward - thoughts go to "he's probably not in the mountains anymore"...
Decide to go free-skiing this week after all the electronics arrive.
New snow, mid-week, no traffic....perfect....gotta make the plans.
 

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