Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Wish I May, Wish I Might...

I wish:

1. My husband had a job he loved.

2. I knew enough or brave enough to make wise investments.

3. I had a house

4. I spent my time more wisely

5. I had more energy.

Monday, July 25, 2005

The Organic Rebellion

This is for all you Star Wars Freaks out there. The Organic Rebellion . My boys were quoting it all yesterday.

Dance Puppet, Dance

Isn't marriage funny. You take two people with different backgrounds and you make them live together. In this process of living together, ideally, we are supposed to foster a relationship of cooperation, love and communication, but somewhere along the way we learn what buttons to push to get a desired reaction. Take my marriage for instance. If I want to set Tim off I start talking about my birthday this year or my lack of wedding photos. If he wants to set me off when he goes to bed he will take the nicely folded laundry that took all day to fold and just needs to be put away, and either shove it over to my side of the bed and turn off the light or he will put it on the floor and turn off the light before I get in there. It drives me nuts. In his defense this hasn't happened for a long time and it wasn't a recent incident in my marriage that brought this post on. I have noticed however, as I was preparing this post, that this extends to other relationships as well. What is this base desire to manipulate the other person into feeling fear, anger, lust and How do we rise above it?

Saturday, July 23, 2005

Tan Lines or No Tan Lines?

Last night I was putting on self tanner because:

a. Who has the time to lay out all day to get some colour?

b. I no longer have the body nor the privacy to lay out all day to get some colour.

c. The evil dragon, Skin Cancer.

d. All of the above

The Answer is d. As I was putting on my self tanner I was wondering "Where do I stop?" Do I stop at the knee or my thighs. Should I do my stomach and should I make tan lines or just do my whole body? I know what I am. What are you? Tan lines or no tan lines?

I'm Tan lines mostly because I'm lazy and I can't reach everywhere.

Friday, July 22, 2005

The tortoise and the hare

Sometimes I feel like the tortoise and the idea of a mortgage is a hare. Yesterday the banks raised mortgage rates for both the 5year closed and open mortgages. Not that I am prepared to buy a house but I feel like the opportunity is passing me by. Each month I put money in my "house fund/ emergency fund" Twice it had been depleted because of emergencies. At the rate I'm going I don't ever think I will own a house. I just hope that "Slow and steady wins the race" is true. I can't help but think there is something else I should be doing or could be doing to make my dream come true.

10 Reasons You Should Not Attend HFPE.

For those of you who don't know I am Home Family and Personal Enrichment Leader for our ward. I was doing an idea search and came across this. I would have linked you to the site but I haven't figured out how to do that yet. This is from I'm not clever enough to come up with my own.

10 Reasons NOT to attend Enrichment Night!

1. My house is a mess! I would rather stay home and clean.
2. I attended Enrichment Night in 1997. Why do I need to attend another one?
3. I don't like having 2 hours away from the house every month.
4. I couldn't possibly take a night off from watching my favorite TV shows.
5. I am so gifted in the "spiritual" department. I don't need to learn anything.
6. I don't like getting together with sisters of the same religion.
7. I don't like learning things like how to use time more wisely, tips for FHE, $ management, etc.
8. My kids and/or husband love me to spend all my time with them and not have any outside interests.
9. I would rather talk with telemarketers than with the women at church.
10. I have all the confidence I need! Why would I want to develop more?

Monday, July 18, 2005

Super Charged Over A Surcharge.

As of today I have spent a grand total of 2.5 hours trying to correct an over charge on our phone bill. Most of the time was spent being on hold. Why did I stay on hold that long? You would too if you were over charged $125.06. The first thing wrong is they didn't bundle the package. Next they charged us for calling our home, then they charged us for the phone that was supposed to come free, Then they charged long distance fees on phone calls that were not long distance. Tim and I had to go through every single item on the phone bill and calculate the overages ourselves. On top of that for 8 days they tried to charge in full. When I called the first time they said it was a bundling error. The second time It was a prorating error. After all the correcting the customer service agent said "Now that we have this corrected, would you like to set up an automatic withdrawal?" I calmly said no. Like I'm going to set up an automatic withdrawal so I'll have to spend more time getting my money back. Yah Right! I strongly suggest that everyone go through their bills and find out what you are really paying for.

Saturday, July 16, 2005

Batman Begins and Ends. YES!

Dakota's Birthday just finished. I think I did quite well if I so say so myself. We had a Batman party. I served the kids lunch and then we had bat man training school. We learned the stance for hand to hand combat. Then we threw some pretend punches. It sounds a little violent I know, but my house was too small for 8 kids 6 and under to be running around, besides they were not throwing the punches at each other. I had planned some inside games because we were experiencing scattered showers but that idea went out the window when I heard how loud it was inside my tiny apartment, so we went outside during a break in the rain. After the hand to hand combat training, my husband pretended to be a bad guy. The boys had to get past him by any means necessary. They loved that too. They went inside and decorated their own cupcakes as a reward for graduation from batman training school. Then we opened presents and played with the toys. All in all I think it went pretty well for flying by the seat of my pants. At least it shows that I am flexible, but I was glad to see it end.

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Less is not more.

For years now I have noticed that at the time of Stampede intelligent, beautiful women who "work hard for the money" have used those 10 days as an excuse to dress in the fashion of a less respectable profession. Women, who under normal circumstances, are dressed in business attire, for some reason dawn black bras with white lace shirts or wear next to nothing all in the name of western wear. As if putting a cowboy hat with their outfit makes it western. When has that ever been western?

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Cool Hand, Puke

Caution those of you with weak stomaches don't read.

Those who know me know that somehow I manage to steer any conversation to the art of puke. I am greatly versed in the topic of the "technicolour yawn". I know what things really hurt to throw up, and many other aspects of puke to graphic to mention. However there is one aspect my child Ethan has experienced that I have not. Puking in your bed and sleeping in it. Gross!

All of that aside I gotta say that puke from your kids must be different than puke from anyone else, because I have been able to deal with it with such grace and composure . Something that would have triggered a barfaramma to rival the one in "Stand By Me", has not because its my children. They need someone with a cool hand to deal with the puke.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Blog, Blog, Blog, Blog, Blog

I have a list of certain blogs that I read and you aren't writing what's a matter with you. Its almost like waiting for the next Harry Potter to come out. This is almost like an addiction. Thanks to Nicole for finally updating hers. She had 3 new entries. Good girl:) A special mention to Darcy who always manages to post. Keep writing.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

New Name

I just came up with a new Name for my blog. Before I change it tell me what you think.

Alyson's Adventures in Wonderland.

There is NO Free Lunch People!

Maybe because I am in such a grumpy mood right now, I would like to blame it on PMS but its not the right time. Boy are you are in for a gripe session. I am sick and tired of people who feel entitled, that the world owes them. I have a son that feels he is entitled to ice cream despite previous warnings on behavior. I personally know others that feel entitled to a standard of living that is higher than most just because their parents have it,and feeling they don't have to work for it. There are others who live by the dole and vote according to the social programs that are offered at this very moment despite the immoral and unscrupulous manner the party conducts themselves. ( Can you tell I live in Canada). GET REAL as if the new government would remove ALL of those programs after they got in office. Then there are others who do a little work and expect every thing for free at the same time rejecting any other form of help, so they could get it for free. Just one word of advice don't tick me off after a 6 hour trip, with the kids, that was supposed to be fun but was mostly full of whining and fighting.

Ok the trip wasn't that bad. We did have some fun, but I am TIRED!

Sunday, July 03, 2005

Dynamite is not "The Bomb", it is a bomb!

Last night my husband and I watch the movie Napoleon Dynamite. For those of you who don't know this movie listen up because I can save you $4.00 at your local video store. For those of you who are already familiar with the movie, all I can say is I'm sorry.

I'm sorry that last year when Tim and I were actually in Preston Idaho we had an opportunity to see this movie for free. That way I could have let you all know and saved you even more money. We decided not to see it because we thought it would be a low budget crappy movie with poor acting, but with all of the rave reviews (from people I know and respect) and awards, I finally decided to rent it.

I've been told that I need to see it more than once to enjoy it, but considering that was 2 hours of my life that I will never get back, I don't think I'm going to watched it again. I must be completely out of it. I imagine this movie is like smoking. How you ask? You have to try it enough to push past the disgusting after taste to enjoy it, by then you are addicted. Its not good for you and neither is this movie.

I'm sorry for being so harsh because although I didn't like it, one good thing is no nudity or profanity.

Saturday, July 02, 2005

Just bought groceries and there is nothing to eat.

The plan was to have chicken tonight but I didn't look at it before we went grocery shopping. Its rotten! We bought burgers but since we are going to have some of those tomorrow we don't want any tonight. Beef overload. I think I'll go open a can of something. It will just be hard to cook it on the BBQ. I don't want to use my kitchen because I just cleaned it. Lets hear it for poor planning.