Busy, Busy, and then more Busy Weekend

Monday, July 27, 2009

I think I need another weekend just to recover from this last one! Friday I went to Woodland about 10:15a to go pick tomatoes, then had to pick Sierra up at the clinic from Lydia. We headed back to Sac to drop the tomatoes off at my house, then off to lunch and pottery painting. We had a ton of fun painting then had to rush out of there and back to my house to get Tate, who wasn't home and missed the boat because we had to be in Woodland before 3p so Emiley could get to her class. I picked up Kelsey and we all went over to my mom's for swimming. After swimming, the girls played at my mom's for a while, then Kels was ready to go home, so I dropped her off at Em's and I was home around 7:30p. Needless to say, I was a little pooped by the end of the day and passed out on the couch around 8:30, then was in bed by 9a. I think I was also wore out from my new 9/80 work schedule.

Dogs woke me up about 6:30a Saturday morning, I let them out, but of course couldn't get back to sleep, so I read a bit and after letting them back in and feeding them, I was trying to go back to sleep, but every time I got close, one of them would fart and wake me up because it was so nasty! LOL! I finally got up around 8:45 because I had to get the kitchen cleaned up to can the tomatoes and I knew Corrie would be there at 10a. I had to run to the store to get some lids and something for breakfast, and was back in time to get the tomatoes going before she got there. The next few hours were a blur of tomatoes, skins, steam and just heat. We had lunch at Sammie's and made a trip to Thrift Town when one of the batches was processing. We finished about 4:30p, and being all hot and sweaty, decided to go to Woodland to swim! Getting back to Sac around 7:30, starving for dinner, we went to Sandra D's and ended up waiting about 20 minutes for a table, then it took probably an hour to get our food. Our waitress was really nice about it though and said if we wanted dessert or anything it was on her. So when she came back after we were done, and asked about dessert we said we were too full, but thank you and she said that our meal was on her and thanked us for being so patient, so we got free dinner!! WHOO-HOO!! We finally got home around 9:30 or so and I crashed on the couch and was in bed around 10:30p. Good lord, one more day, can I rest yet?

Up at 7:15a on Sunday, wasn't even sleepy at this point. I let the dogs out into the back yard and went to watch them and play with Woody and his new toy. I ended up getting my camera and taking a video of it because it was so funny! (See below for video) Watched some TV, but was feeling restless at this point because I had been so busy. Around 9:30, I went to check on Tate and he was kind of waking up, so sat and talked to him a bit, then he decided it was time to get up and go do stuff. There were errands to run and stuff to do! Off to 99cent store for fruits and veggies. I found bags of jalapeños and boxes of liquid Certo, so I figured that was fate telling me it was time to do jalapeño jelly. Next was Save Mart for $0.77/lb beef ribs for smoking then to Smart & Final for jars. While at Smart & Final Lisa called and asked what we were up to. Zachary wanted to go to breakfast at Eggies, but Lisa said they can't do that without Aunt Jenny & Tate! So, it was brunch at Eggies. Phew, I'm really tired now! After brunch, got home and made 2 big fruit salads from the 99cent store fruit then started in on the jalapeños. Two hours later, I finally had my jelly done and cooling and I was done and ready to cool. Tate had been running all over the damn house. He fixed the flat tire on my bike, plus polished it up real nice, got the ribs going on the smoker, removed the front porch step, transplanted one of the camellia trees and other general house upkeep. We ended the day with amazing ribs and watched 'Taken'.

So, in summary, I need another weekend to recover!

Hell Week

Monday, July 13, 2009

This past week has been a nightmare. Maggie was missing the entire week, so my time was spent posting missing flyers on craigslist, and going to the city pound in hopes of finding her. I posted flyers in the neighborhood and Tate was doing circles on his bike in hopes of finding her. There were a few phone calls and a couple emails that I appreciated, but were not our girl. In addition to being worried sick about Maggie and wondering if we were ever going to see her again, I had a cold that was draining every last bit out of me. All I wanted to do was sleep, so finally Friday I gave it up and just went to bed when I got home and slept for 2 hours snuggling with Buddy and Woody.

Finally on Saturday morning I got a call around 9am that they had seen her in their backyard. Apparently, this is the same place that saw her when she originally got out on the 4th, but they thought she was gone and hadn't seen her since then. She had been hiding in their backyard in a small hidey-hole and wouldn't come out. I was over there in a flash and once she heard my voice, Maggie came bursting out ever so happy to see me. I was never so relieved in my whole life. She is much skinnier than before, but other than that, she is in good shape and we are so happy to have her home. I was sure to give her a stern lecture, then just kisses, hugs and love!

Now that hell week is over, I begin another form of hell week. I start my new work schedule: 7a-5p. I'm working a 9/80, so I'll have every other Friday off, which until I get used to long days is going to suck, but having those 3 day weekends will be nice.

Flying Times

Sunday, July 12, 2009

The Summer is half over and as I look back, we do have some good stuff to show for it. The weekend of the 4th of July, Tate and I traveled to Arizona and met his high school buddy there to spend the weekend on a houseboat on Lake Mohave. Needless to say, 109 degree heat on a fairly un-airconditioned houseboat was a little warm. But day 2 I spent in the lake and that made all the difference. Meeting Mike and his family was a lot of fun. I have to admit that I was nervous about spending a weekend on a small houseboat with 6 other people that I've never met before, but I had chatted with Mike some on Facebook and knew that he was pretty laid back.

Lots of swimming and general lay-about behavior summed up the trip, then Tate and I made our way back to Las Vegas. We decided to take a different road back so we could drive over the Hoover Dam and that was a lot of fun, but then we got to Vegas. *sigh* I wanted to drive the strip since I had never really been to Vegas before and thought we might as well since we had several hours until our flight left. I made the decision about half way down the strip that I really have no desire to come back and "do" Las Vegas. It really isn't my kind of place with all the people and the noise. Driving the strip left a bad taste in my mouth, so we stopped at the "World's biggest gift shop" and had fun just roaming around there looking at all the crap. Then we were hungry so we found the tiniest little Mexican place and had a great lunch. The old rule stands true, if the Mexicans eat there, then it's gotta be good. I don't even think the cashier spoke English, it was that authentic! LOL!

After our early dinner, we headed for the airport to return the car and just wait out the time before our flight left. Well, when we got to the counter to check in, the guy there told us that our flight had been delayed by a half an hour - great! By this time I was so tired that all I wanted to do was just go home and be in bed knowing that I had to be at work the next day. Waiting in the airport, my dislike for Vegas continued. It seemed scuzzy to me and run down. But we waited it out and were home around 11:30p.

Now, coming home was another gem. When we got home, Maggie was no where to be found. We had left our neighbor, Patrick, in charge of the animals and I think he just didn't have the experience with animals that we thought he did. Maggie had gone missing on the 4th and now coming home on the 6th, she was still not home. This sent me into a tizzy of worry and concern. Not to mention that it seemed the boys had been in their kennels all day with no water or time outside to do their business. I was not a happy camper, but knew that I couldn't do anything until the next day and had to get some sleep or I would be a bigger basket case the next day.

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