Saturday, May 31, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
So finally I went in today to get it switched over. I can't get my kids enrolled for school next year without it, and frankly, I need them in school! Last week when I was at the library, I found out where the closest DMV was, found out what I needed to bring, and so I planned for today to be the day.
I got up early and got the kids ready. I know from experience about government businesses. My time is definitely not of importance to them. I didn't want to wait around all day. Anyway, I gathered all my documents: Social Security card, birth certificate, current license, and current electric bill to show proof of residency. That's it. Good to go.
I got the kids buckled up in the van and got myself situated, put the key in the ignition and......
Darn it all. The battery is dead. I looked up, and noticed the overhead light is on. One of my kids is in a lot of trouble!! This is the third time in a month this has happened. Both times previously, Heath was right there. Today, he was not.
So I put the car in neutral, pushed it out of the garage, wiggled Heath's car perpendicular to the van in the driveway, and popped the hoods. I spent the next few minutes going back and forth between vehicles, adjusting the jumper cables, starting the cars, revving the cars, getting them unhooked and back in an appropriate parking position, and then heading out to the DMV.
I was quite pleased with myself, since it was the first time I had jump started a car completely by myself!!
When I got to the DMV, I walked up to the lady and told her I was new to the state and needed a new drivers license. She then asked me questions like she was challenging me. "Did you bring your birth certificate?" I answered yes with a smile on my face. "Did you bring your social security card?" Again, yes (still smiling). "Did you bring your marriage certificate?" Uh...(trying to smile). Apparently, even though I have my social security card with my married name, it is different than my birth certificate. Therefore, they need to show the document that changed my name. Now, didn't I already do that when I got my new social security card? What about my current license? That has my married name on it too. I've also got a military ID. They don't just give anybody one of those without wanting your whole history and about three different types of bodily fluids. Good grief! It's already in the system Lady!! But, apparently because South Carolina has such state pride, they need to see the evidence for themselves. So with an annoying glance back at the lady, and biting my tongue so I don't tell her that her makeup job really sucks, I get the kids back in the car, go back home (which isn't just a jaunt down the street), get the dang marriage certificate, almost lock my keys in the house, drive back to the DMV, and when she sees me, she asks (somewhat mockingly) "Got it all, this time?"
I bite my tongue in an effort not to speak my mind about her makeup again.
I was pleasantly surprised, however, when it only took about 30 minutes (and 25 bucks) to have my new license, still warm, in my hands.
Long live South Carolina Pride! (said with the utmost respect and sarcasm)
Saturday, May 24, 2008
I made an apron!! I had a few questions in some areas but after a few phone calls, I was able to understand the instructions. It's cute. Too bad you can't see it.
Kolby has a real problem getting into food. His excuse is always "But I am hungry, momma!" I wish he would understand that if he only ate the meals and snacks I give him, then he wouldn't be so hungry! It is really getting to me! Kolby has his little hiding spots where he takes his stolen food. He's clever, but predictable. So yesterday, after making cookies and giving some to the kids, I walked in the kitchen to put another batch in the oven and found some of the cookies missing. I looked, and found Kolby hiding behind the couches, looking proudly stubborn. I made him give me back the cookies. Guess where he had them? Crumbled and smooshed in his front pocket, just like Napoleon Dynamite had with his (tater) tots. I tried not to laugh. I talked to him again, rather sternly, about stealing food and how it makes me really sad. "Why do you steal food??" His reply was rather point-blank. "Because I am Kolby, momma!"
Well, I guess I can't argue that.
So Heath and I have tried very hard to get the computer working. He has called me at night and walked me through a few things. None of them worked. We think it's hopeless. It's really too bad.
In the meantime, I am limited to my library visits. Or rather, the kids are limiting me. We can only last so long being respectfully quiet in the library. I read two books in two days. I think the next step is cleaning my house from top to bottom.
This Memorial Day weekend had me thinking about last year at this time. We had gone camping with three other families for the weekend. We went to a place in California that we hadn't camped at before. It was lots of fun, but apparently I was allergic to the entire campground or something. My throat closed up as soon as we got there and I lost my voice. My eyes started itching and watering and one of them got really puffy and closed up. Also, at this time, I was wearing my glasses in preparation for my Lasik surgery that I was getting the following week. Turns out, because of that allergic reaction, I had to postpone that surgery three more weeks. I was so bummed.
So, those of you that are camping this weekend, have a great time. I hope you don't get any reactions. Gas prices jumped up from my last post. It's not at 3.81/gallon. If you travel, hope it's not too far! See ya on the flip side.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
I hate this. I miss you all. Don't forget about me!
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
The reason why I am babbling on, is that I really feel a pull to do something about this. Maybe I should try a young adult book...I don't know. My mom and sister have told me I should write a book about being a mom and all the crazy experiences you go through. But if I keep this blog up, there'd be no reason to buy the book! Everyone could read everything here.
Sorry. Just something on my mind right now. Do there happen to be any children's book Publisher's that read my blog? I think I'm looking for the easy road instead of diving into the world of rejected authors. I don't want to be rejected.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
For my new blog audience, the poster in the blog title was given to me by my sister as a joke; she was re-creating one of my birthday presents from my youth. It's a poster about having self-confidence. But, alas, it is part of me, and it's the reason I named my blog Just Because I am Me.
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Friday, May 16, 2008
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Hmm...boring...bore...snore...More? No thanks.
I really don't know what I am doing. I'm going to ruin the totally fun, outgoing, creative, and sometimes a little too informative persona I have happening for me that I've worked so hard to manipulate for you.
So do you want to hear a story from my childhood? Perhaps a love-gone-bad relationship I've had? How 'bout something that I can laugh about now, but years ago it was tortuous? Well....I'm trying to think of one to tell you, but my mind is a blank. See? I'm totally boring.
Man. I'm gonna go read a book or something.
Monday, May 12, 2008
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Saturday, May 10, 2008
2 garlic cloves
1/4 cup precooked bacon
2 cups potatoes, peeled and diced
Enough water to cover potatoes 1/2 inch
3 chicken bullion cubes
pepper to taste
One bunch of Kale
1/2 cup heavy cream
Brown sausage and garlic and onion. Remove from pan. Add potatoes and cover with water. Add bullion cube. Boil until tender. Add sausage mixture back to pot. Add pepper and heavy cream. Heat through and then remove from heat. Add chopped kale. Serve.
See! I told you it was easy. This soup tastes so so so good. I hope you will try it.
Friday, May 9, 2008
Then after a bowl of tasty fruit salad, they cleared the tables and had the girl's paint our nails. Kamy chose the color and, uh, artfully painted my hand/nails. She actually didn't do too bad for her first time. I just smiled and told her what a good job she was doing. I still haven't removed the nail polish, although it is driving me crazy. I don't like nail polish on my fingernails. Anyway, after she did mine, I did hers. She wanted blue sparkly nail polish. When it was still wet, she just had to go to the bathroom, so most of it got wiped off, but here is a picture of our snazzy new nails.
Then, yesterday, Keaton came home with a cookbook made by the kindergardeners. Each kid contributed their own recipe. This is Keaton's:
Chocolate Chip Cookies, by Keaton
"Get 5 sqirts of whipped cream, then put 1 carrot and 7 chocolate chips and put it in a spinny bowl. Stir it with a spoon. You just put it in the oven for 30 minutes. I usually like to eat chocolate chip cookies because they are tasty. Mmm mmm mmm!"
I love what the kids did.
Thursday, May 8, 2008
And to leave you with a little picture, the other day Kamy wanted me to take her picture with her standing over me, and she said "This is how I will look when I'm old like you, momma!"
Monday, May 5, 2008
Oh, but he sure can sneak food if he is hungry. It doesn't matter the punishment he gets. If he wants something, he'll do it and accept the consequences. STUBBORN! Now where did he get that from?
Saturday, May 3, 2008
So it's going to be a quiet weekend for us. Tonight Heath is going on his first "Guys Night Out". He got a call last night. They are all meeting at the theatre to watch RoboMan or Iron Man, or whatever that new movie is. So hope everyone has a great day!
Friday, May 2, 2008
Darn it all! She is a smart cookie. This calls for drastic measures.