Friday, June 27, 2008

Feeling better

Getting better sleep and my blood sugar is under control. I feel better than I've felt for a long time.

I'm eating Just Corn mixed with some Just Peas, and some pumpkin seeds. It's kind of like my own little self designed trail mix.

I must work on my bras today. I am checking them for fit, and making modifications. I'm also about to rework a bathing suit top pattern to make my own bras. I'll report back when I get one made.

I went to a baby shower last night. I won some candy by being the first to answer the clues. First one: Hospital Bill, answer: 100 Grand (I got a pack of 8 small 100 grand candy bars), second clue: Hospital Accountants, answer: Nerds. I now had 2 candies, and was the envy of everyone in the room. I laid back a bit, then came up with the Snickers answer for the clue : baby giggles.

This was a double diaper shower. Both women are having girls, so being the girly shopper I am I bought them each two cute onesies. One said "I was born to be adored", and the other said "When God Made Me, He was just showing off".

Both moms have other daughters. One has a six year old who is so happy that she will have a baby sister. The other has 4 year old twins, plus a 2 year old, all girls.

The shower food was terrific, and I tried to avoid the sweets, but gave in at the last minute. Oh, well. I could have done worse.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Happy Tuesday!

I feel pretty good today. The weather is nicer than ever, with temps in the 70's, so it's time to get out and do some gardening. See ya!

Monday, June 16, 2008

Fat Wallet

If you order stuff online a lot, you would definitely want to check this out. It gives you rebates on online purchases for a number of merchants.

In the past week, I've earned $6.74 on just 2 orders, and I know I've got more coming from another recent order on HSN. As soon as you have $10.00 in your account, you can request your check.

It appears to be fairly simple. Just use the FatWallet website to get to the merchant, and click on the rebate or coupon, and it takes you to the merchant's site. Then you just place your order as usual.

Has anyone else ever tried this? I order from, Roaman's, and The Woman Within quite frequently. As a matter of fact, I ordered a couple of jumpers and skirts for me and my DD, and the jumpers only cost $2.83 on clearance, and the skirts not much more than that. To receive a 4% rebate after that is remarkable.

The jumper is long, in a denim jacquard and it is nice, especially for the price. I threw it on over a nightshirt yesterday to go out to return a movie. It is handy.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Tongue in Cheek

Sometimes I say things I don't mean literally, as kind of a habit. Last Wednesday I was helping a 10 year old girl make a skirt. It was a church project and I gladly volunteered to help by bringing in my sewing machine and helping the girl, Dimitri, a very bright child, to make her skirt.

In talking to the young woman who works with these girls every week, I said I "inherited" lots of fabric from my MIL. She asked me if MIL has passed away, and I said no. I then realized how flaky that may have sounded, but it seems I have always used that term to describe my receiving that rather large stash of material from MIL.

Perhaps I should change my habits. I hate to be misunderstood.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Applied for a job

And I have low expectations, because I have not worked in 19 years. The companies I've worked for all those years ago either don't exist or have changed names. I haven't kept up with that. I did manage to find my old boss' phone number on the internet. I didn't call him and give him a heads up, though. I mailed my application in to the place downtown where they accept the job applications for Frederick County.

It's a part time 20 hour a week job with weekday daylight hours, which is what I want in a job. It pays $13.14 an hour. I guess I'll be lucky if they even consider me at all. I do have the right kind of experience, but it's old experience.

We have been able to make it on DH's salary, and I have other things I could try to make a small amount of cash, including writing stories for this one web site that pays for the traffic you bring to the site. I will be working on that tomorrow, plus I have a few things to sell on Craig's list. In the meantime, DH has been working overtime. His overtime is flexible, too, and he makes time and a half.

Happy Friday the 13th, everyone.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

19 Years and a tag

I've been married for 19 years to my sweetheart. If it weren't for him, I'd probably be an old maid. I'm not sure what I would be doing, but I know these past 19 years have been a change of direction for me. I have had the opportunity to become a mother. We have a wonderful kid, who really gave a great talk in church this past Sunday. I am so very proud of her. She is humble, and a really nice young lady.

The marriage has been a good one. I was not unhappy being single, most of the time, but I never knew what I was missing until I got married.

Now, on with the tag:

The rules:

a. Link to the person who tagged you.
b. Post the rules on your blog.
c. Write six random things about yourself.
d. Tag six random people at the end of your post by linking to their blogs.
e. Let each person know they have been tagged by leaving a comment at their blog.
f. Let your tagger know when your entry is up.

Julia tagged me

1. My hair is naturally dark brown, but I've been dying it a few shades lighter for the past year or so. I mostly use Loreal's Excellence, but bought a different brand this past purchase. Now I'm almost afraid to use it because I chose a blonde shade. The chart says it will dye my dark brown hair a light brown like I have now, but I don't have a lot of faith in those hair color charts.

2. I just started using insulin for my diabetes this past month, and every time I tell someone, they express their sympathy. I don't think it's necessarily a bad thing, just a necessary inconvenience to help me manage my disease.

3. I've turned into an insomniac and I don't like it. I sleep with a CPAP machine, but my sleep schedule is off, so I tend to sleep during the day. I took a sleeping pill the night before last and was almost rested when I arose yesterday, though not quite. I still have to work at it. I didn't sleep much last night and didn't take a pill.

4. It seems like I spend my life at the grocery store lately. We always need something, and milk is used up quickly here.

5. One of the reasons for number 4 is the cookie eaters - DH and DD. They must have milk with their cookies. I might buy some extra gallons today to put in the freezer just to have it here in case I don't want to go to the store. I'm thinking 6 gallons - 3 to use, and 3 to freeze.

6. Another reason for milk usage is I've been making ice cream in our Cuisinart Ice cream maker. It's great to have homemade ice cream. I've even used Xylitol sweetener to make frozen yogurt, and DH didn't notice any difference in taste. I have made a tasty strawberry ice cream using half and half, a cherry vanilla using whole milk, a banana rum raisin using whole milk, and a banana rum yogurt, using mostly yogurt, with alittle whole milk added. It has all been good eating.

I break chain letters all the time, so I'm breaking this tag because I think I've done this same or similar meme before, and I don't want to have it come back to me again, lol.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

My Singing Debut

I've always been shy, so it was a little out of character for me to volunteer to sing solo. My church had a talent show Friday night, and I had decided to get up and sing two of my favorite songs. I know all the words to these songs, but I printed the words out anyway, because I knew I would be too nervous to remember them.

The first song was "Dream A Little Dream of Me", made famous by Cass Elliott. I was going to sing a solo for that one, but my DD wanted to sing with me, so we did. There were about 50 or so people out there in the gymnasium. I had decided to sing ac capella. As we started, DD had a little false start, and corrected herself, but when I looked up, I could see one of the teenage boys smirking. I know he doesn't like her, but it was still rude of him.

As we sang, our voices became stronger. Our voices are very similar. We did not try to sing in parts, though. After that song was over, we had nice applause, and then I sang "Mercedes Benz", a song that was made famous by Janis Joplin. I told the crowd this, and that I don't have a Janis Joplin voice. I felt confident singing this one, and was met with applause.

Of course, every act was met with applause. There were two 5 and 6 year olds doing ballet for us, and a teenaged girl doing her more advanced ballet. One child was terrific on the drums. It seems he is a prodigy - he picks up everything very quickly.

One of the numbers that I enjoyed was "Henry the 8th", where the audience joined in on singing the chorus. It was fun. My one friend brought her needlepoint pictures, which were very beautiful. She has had a lot of medical problems, and also a great deal of time waiting in her vehicle for her teen aged children when they went to the mall. She has had difficulty with her legs, so she would stay and needlepoint.

DD drew a picture of the three of us taking a walk. It is a cartoon character style, somewhat like anime.

At least 5 people complimented me on my singing, that night and on Sunday. I guess I did good. Now I'm thinking of looking for open mic nights at my local restaurants - there are two here in Frederick. I don't know yet if I feel brave enough for that. I want to go scope them out first to see how it works.