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January 2, 2004

Interesting Quiz

"God will not suffer man to have the knowledge of things to come; for if he had prescience of his prosperity he would be careless; and understanding of his adversity he would be senseless."
You are Augustine!
You love to study tough issues and don't mind it if you lose sleep over them. Everyone loves you and wants to talk to you and hear your views, you even get things like "nice debating with you." Yep, you are super smart, even if you are still trying to figure it all out. You're also very honest, something people admire, even when you do stupid things.

What theologian are you?
A creation of Henderson

January 4, 2004

Lots of snow

It FINALLY snowed enough to count. I think we have around a foot although the wind has blown it around so it's not deep in some places and very deep in others.

We took the kids and the dog out to the big hill at the lake. I wish I'd had my camera. The snow on the hill was deeper than Dozer is tall. He would be totally swallowed up and then explode out of it in a poof of snow. I don't know how many times I had to trudge down the hill to rescue Ben. Emily fell victim to cold toes so we had to leave early. Got home and held her for over an hour while she cried. Guess the fashionable socks aren't real warm. I found her a pair of 20 below snow boots on ebay. Luckily I sold some jeans last week and had just enough in my paypal account from that to pay for her boots. Next time we'll be prepared to stay all day. It's been over twenty years since I played in the snow all day. I'm ready.

The kids are staying later than usual so I need to get moving. They want lasagna for supper. I am so tired that I can barely keep my eyes open so better get that started before my brain gives out.

January 7, 2004

Tae Bo is kicking my butt

Tae Bo for butts and abs = Yeeeee-oowwwwwww!! I have read some reviews where people say the can't stand the grunting and groaning of the people in the videos. If you put any effort into it at all you can't help but groan.

The kids did a set last weekend. Emily was awesome at it and wanted to keep doing it all day. C. had to call it quits after about ten minutes. He's not real flexible. Little Ben did about five minutes and fell on the floor into a position that can only be described as a frog that has been flattened on the highway. He said "Is this guy trying to kill us?? I think we could die in the night from this."

Every time I hit that "AAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRGGGGHHHHHH!!!" point I think "I could die in the night from this."

January 11, 2004

Go Packers!

That's all.

January 17, 2004

That gun can't shoot far!

The five year old is teaching thirty-five year old how to play 007-Night Fire. It's pretty dang funny. A month ago he was saying to Christopher "Walk in front of my gun so I can shoot you!!!". Now he's like an old pro teaching his dad. He even remembers which weapons have good range.

I am so tired. It seems like I've been in the kitchen all day either cooking or doing dishes. This afternoon Todd's sister and brother-in-law came down for late Christmas with the kids. After they left I made calico beans and corncake for Todd and chicken strips for the kids. Now I just want to go to bed but I'm afraid it's too early. Hopefully Emily's nose won't be quite so stuffy tonight and the boys won't bail out of bed at the butt crack of dawn.

Oh Lord, I just directed Todd through a short section of 007. I must be tired.

January 18, 2004

Tough Call

Colts vs. Patriots. Hmmmmm... I've never liked the Patriots. I don't have a reason for that. However, as I can remember my ex has said "This is the year of the Colts". When they get this close, his head swells. God knows he needs no help in the big head department.

Go Patriots!!!

January 19, 2004

Just another manic Monday

I got three hours of sleep before my nose decided to clog up and run all at once. My boss is right; kids are walking petri dishes. Due to even more sleeplessness, I'm crankier than normal and Todd decided to split hairs over garbage.

It's just a wee bit above zero and I knew there was a ton of garbage to get to the curb. We go through a bag of trash a day when all the kids are here. Amazing. Anyway, I asked if he could get it on his way out to work. Now, when you ask him to do something, you must follow up on it because he will never divulge whether he actually did it or not. So I asked, "Did you get the trash?" I put out two cans. "What about bags?" I put out the cans. "Are there any bags that I need to get?" I SAID I GOT THE CANS! THEY ARE AT THE CURB! At this point I'm mad and I think I said "Do you need a f-ing psychologist??? I didn't ask you about the cans! I asked if there are bags I need to get!!"

Ugh!! It went on from there but you get the drift. After 3-1/2 years of this, I'm quite convinced that he does it to push me over the edge. You know those people who answer a question with a question? He does that too.

My boss, being the man that he is, will also gauge my mood and poke at me accordingly all freaking day. MEN!!

Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go carry out the rest of the trash.

January 20, 2004

Gonna get political

First off, if anyone is inspired to comment on this, keep in mind our 9 year old daughter reads this from school and no, I cannot block an entire IP range just to keep her out. That being said, I've just about had it already with the presidential process and the fallout. I don't remember this much bickering and backstabbing and name calling in the 80's or 90's. Maybe I just pay more attention now that I'm older.

Anyway, I am registered as an Independent. I have Democratic leanings but not enough to tow that party line. I abhor practically everything Republicans stand for. I have some Republican friends whom I love to the moon and back but I do NOT discuss politics with them.

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January 24, 2004

Always on a merry-go-round

Now, in addition to the round and round about getting a roof, I'm going round and round trying to eat healthier. Healthy food costs more so I need to go to Des Moines for groceries. Don't have the money for gas to go to Des Moines to get cheaper food. Have to keep eating crap that is cheaper and available here. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

While balancing the checkbook this afternoon, I did a comparision of the past twelve months to the twelve months previous to that. We paid over $1500 more in gas even though I drive less. We paid over $3000 more for groceries even though I used to get my cigarettes at the grocery store so in my bookkeeping they were counted as groceries. In the last year I've saved over $1000 by not smoking so technically the groceries are $4000 more. Our real estate taxes and insurance and health insurance also went up by larger than expected amounts.

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January 25, 2004

I need to get out more

Found this on Metafilter

create your own visited states map
or write about it on the open travel guide

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January 26, 2004

Backing up the things I whine about

Insurance premiums are zooming upward.

Another worm

Big worm spreading fast. As always, keep your virus software uptodate and be careful with attachments. I've gotten this one 32 times in the last hour and a half.

January 27, 2004

Well it's 40 below

The wind chill is anyway. I hope my car doors aren't frozen shut again.

I managed to walk 30 minutes on the treadmill yesterday morning and 45 minutes last night. The majority of that was at my 3.5 MPH pace so of course I hurt my knee. I was on it when Todd came in from work and motioned for him to look at the console to see how far I'd gone. I told him my knee was hurting and he said "Maybe the answer is to stop??" No way! When I first hauled that treadmill up here from my aunts house, I could walk five minutes, then a week later I was up to ten, then stalled at twelve minutes for the longest time. I am trying to work up to an hour at a time and you can't work up to anything by being a quitter. I think my knee pain is an old leftover injury from high school. I was running hurdles and missed one. Got a knee full of that crushed cinder block they used to put on outdoor tracks.

Anyway, gotta go warm up the car if I can get into it. Have a great day!

January 28, 2004

Oh I like this...

From my Daily Inspiration email

Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions, they become habits. Watch your habits, they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.

---Frank Outlaw

January 31, 2004

Absolutely insane

"He fired at them, sure, but why did they have to fire back?" Amy asked. "Sure, they needed to protect themselves. But it didn't seem as if anybody got hit. . . ."

Maybe no one got hit because they fired back and dropped him?? Stories like this make me too mad to think!

You don't know squat!

Christopher just said "You don't know squat!" and Ben said "Sure I do. This is a squat." and proceeds to squat.

"Benjamin, it's just an expression."

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