Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Even better......

Parking lot Wi-Fi! Heck yeah--pull up in front of Panera and you can sit in your warm car and internet for free. Man, I love technology more and more with each passing day!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

I can't think of a title.....

It has just occurred to me as I am sitting on my couch, in my jammies that I haven't gotten out of all day and researching plastic surgery that it would be way more beneficial to get off my butt and go to the gym. That would mean that I was at the gym now and therefore not writing this enlightening blog entry. See, I am far from happy with my current state yet apparently not enough to do anything about it outside of purchasing Spanx to wear 24/7. I'll get a mani and pedi tomorrow. Maybe that will help.


I have strep. Yeah, I know, shock and surprise that Anne is sick. I have been illin' since Thursday and went to the doc yesterday. I had developed quite the relationship with the Chloraseptic spray and decided that I should probably see a physician about it. I have antibiotics (or steroids as Steven calls them). He has become so versed in medications he asked if I got something for yeast. What a man. For the proverbial icing on the cake, I woke up at 645 with a migraine and an Isaiah that was still in the bed. I got the pleasure of taking not 1 but 2 kids to school this morning and having to put gas in the truck to ensure that kid #2 actually made it. Nothing says aggravation like fueling in the freezing cold, in your jammies and flip flops. Thankfully, Arissa was too into the Christmas music to notice that she should have been embarrassed at the site of her mother.


Heather was here this past weekend. We ate at Big Ed's and pimped out my Christmas tree and did a table scape:

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Yup, I am in love with my decor. I am thinking the tree might have to stay up all year!

Don't forget the service for World AIDS Day.
Please take a few moments on Dec 1 to pray for those living with HIV/AIDS, even if you don't think it affects you or anyone you know.


Happy Decorating,
Anne

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Thanks for Giving

thanks for giving me a new day
thanks for giving me shoulders to lean on
thanks for giving me healthy children
thanks for giving me a man that is a rock
thanks for giving me tears to cry
thanks for giving me courage
thanks for giving me strength
thanks for giving me weakness
thanks for giving me grace
thanks for giving me another year


thanks for giving me____________________(your turn to fill in the blank)

Be thankful for all you have and all you don't have. There is a reason and a purpose for both. It is not yours to understand but His to reveal.

Anne

Monday, November 19, 2007

The one where I loose it....

Warning: Don't read if you are looking for an upbeat, humor filled post. It ain't happening.

I feel like crap and I am so tired of it. I have been in a pretty good funk for several days. Nothing makes me happy. Everyone and everything annoys me. I hurt. I am tired. I am exhausted. I have been snippy. It's amazing that my family is still around and not seeking refuge at Granny's or a local hotel. Can't say that I would blame them. Although it would just make me mad and give me something else to be annoyed about. I was more than a little short with Steven tonight and he disappeared into the bedroom. I stayed downstairs then decided I should try to be nice. I came up and he was asleep. He heard me come in and woke up. He threw back his covers and told me to come on. He read my mind; he knew I needed a hug. I crawled into his arms and I lost it. I laid there and cried and cried. He held me and let me. He didn't say anything; there isn't anything to say anymore. I know what he is thinking and how he feels. And I realized something. I am SO DAMN MAD and I have a right to be. I try to be strong and take it all in stride but lately it would seem that I can't catch a break. All I want is one freakin break every now and then. This whole thing wears me down so far that when I look up I can't see the top. I know all the good stuff--that I have a kick-ass husband, equally awesome parents, sisters, friends. I know that in the grand scheme of things how lucky I really am. But tonight, I don't feel so lucky. I feel cheated. And it's not fair.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

It's a TRAVESTY I say!

Can you believe that Starbucks, home of the $5 latte, charges you for Internet access? That while you are at Starbucks you can get a signal from Arby's that would appear to be free but doesn't stay connected for more that 5 seconds? That you get a strong signal from McDonald's but they want to charge you too? They sell gallizions of $1 icky burgers a day and they want to charge you for Internet access?? Did none of the aforementioned establishments read the part of my blog last week that clearly stated "and free Wi-Fi to all"? I think it goes without saying where I will be spending my Wednesday nights..

On a serious note, our house has had a rough week. Steven can't seem to get enough sleep. I woke up with a migraine yesterday and stayed in bed the whole day. Isaiah is dealing with grief issues as a child he attends school with was killed in a tragic bus accident. Isaiah seemed to be dealing with everything fairly well until he went to school Monday. Apparently, seeing his teachers and classmates in tears was more than he could take. The situation is made worse by the fact that his best friend was the child's boyfriend and his best 'girl' friend was very close to her also. So, not only is he having to deal with the death of a child only a year older than him but he is also having to deal with his 2 best buds being so sad. Tomorrow is the funeral and I will be taking Isaiah. He has never gone to a funeral before but felt like he should to support his friends. Arissa has had a really bad hair week. It has been raining and her hair is like chia hair in this weather. She did wrap up her speech therapy on Monday. She picked out some nice gifts for Ms Linda and wrote her a nice card thanking her for her help and that she is glad people can understand what she is saying.

Thank God tomorrow is Thursday, then comes Friday then its SATURDAY! Besides the cheer banquet I am so in the bed or hot tub all weekend.

J&K+8 was great fun....roll over to Carol's blog for a summary.

Peace, Love and FREE Wi-Fi to all-
Anne

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Wi-Fi What?

Um, yeah I have no idea what Wi-Fi is, how it works or what those letters even mean. I do know that I love me some free Wi-Fi at Panera. Where else can you enjoy a tasty bowl of warm soup on a cold night and surf the 'net with total strangers milling around? What a concept! This sure beats my old routine of killing-time-on-Wednesday-night-while-the-kids-are-at-church which always involved spending money. By spending money I mean spending way more than the $5.31 I just paid for my soup and soda. I feel way important sitting with all the cool laptop peeps. I just hope no one is reading over my shoulder and I have to seek exile from Panera jokes.

I still feel like death on a cracker, for those of you that were wondering. I worked Monday for a whopping 3 1/2 hours. I slept ALLDAY yesterday and I mean ALL day. I worked from 9-12 in the office today then from 1-6 at home. Tomorrow is a refresh day. Heather is on her way as I speak for a visit. I am hoping her visit will help my disposition. I managed a shower yesterday. First one since Friday. Gross, I know. Guess what? I really didn't care. Steven told me I should get in the shower. I asked why? I just showered Friday. He laughed hysterically at me. He is used to it by now...he married a babe that showered, shampooed, shaved, applied make up, all that make you pretty stuff. He has ended up with a flannel jammy wearing greasy gross hairy person. That makes me think...could that be the reason he went to midnights?? FYI-the midnight shift is kicking Steven's butt and taking names. He is one sleepy dude. He hates the hours. He told me after his first shift that he was ready to go back to days.....that doesn't sound too promising does it?

I am SO EXCITED to be going to see Jon&Kate Plus 8! I loves me some JK+8 and to think they are going to be here in little old Knoxville! Kathy has already got us seats to see them Saturday night at a local church. Mom and Carol are coming too....wonder if Phillip will be a joiner? I think it is the lure of seeing real life TV stars that has me over the moon. In case you are living under a rock these days and haven't been enlightened to JK+8 you can click here: http://www.sixgosselins.com/. Now, if we could get the Duggar 19 to come to town I would be satisfied.

I suppose I should go get Isaiah. He probably wouldn't appreciate standing out in the cold while his Mom is still at Panera using a feature that she doesn't even understand....

Peace, Love and free Wi-Fi to all-
Anne

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Halloween and Stuff

We had a great Halloween. Arissa was Queen Elizabeth and Isaiah was a motor cross racer. We had our usual crew (us and Kathy's kids) plus some new friends. We had 10 kids total. Kathy and the other moms took the kids from door to door while Momma, Daddy, Steven and I stayed behind to mind the bonfire and pass out candy. I think the group was gone about 45 minutes to an hour and then the fun really began--weenie roast and Smores! The kids had a great time and everyone had a full belly and a marshmallow face.

Queen Arissa


Motor Man Isaiah

I worked only Monday, Tuesday and Friday this week. Most of the time just getting ready to go somewhere is absolutely exhausting. The more I let myself get worn down the worse I feel. That is when I actually hurt and nothing makes me feel better but sleep. I am trying to maintain some amount of normalcy and still take care of myself; a difficult balance!
Steven begins his midnight shifts tomorrow night. He has been trying to get his clock headed in that direction all week. The true test will come this week. I think it will all catch up with him mid-week. I pray that he easily adjusts to this new schedule.
As you can tell, we had a pretty boring week. Around here, we like boring!
Anne