"Great spirits have always encountered opposition from mediocre minds. The mediocre mind is incapable of understanding the man who refuses to bow blindly to conventional prejudices and chooses instead to express his opinions courageously and honestly." -Albert Einstein

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Checking in...

Hiya kids;
I'm hating how long it's been between posts, this is NOT the direction I'd hoped to be going with this, but alas, School started up and until I'm past the next 14+ weeks, I'm not likely to get to post nearly as often as I want.
I miss you!!
As much as I want to write something fresh and original for you, I will probably be cut-and-pasting some, just so you'll know I've not forgotten or died. ; )
I'm hopeful that when the rest of the Pell grant comes in, I'll be able to use the cash to purchase a tiny little Netbook. This will make my life-as a student/blogger extraordinaire-SO much easier. Things at home are going along...Hubby si wonderful, boys are healthy and growing, Kittehs...well, yeah, the newbie is growing a LOT. I'll try to get another picture of her up for you before the babies come. Which reminds me, I need to Google the info about how to tell when she's ready to pop...AUGH! I've never been a midwife before!!
Love to you all, and Hold on-regardless of what you're going through right now, remember, this too shall pass.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

This one's from ME. (Too many cut & pastes, huh?)

I'm almost out of library time, but I had to write this down before I forgot it. I wanted to post about Hoarding. This term hasn't always been, it seems to have leapt into conversations just in the last few years. I can see where many other diagnoses would apply to this one (What IS Hoarding, technically??), but several years ago I had a brush with my own undeniable Hoarding tendencies.
When I was a child, we had a cat, Kitty, and she was my best friend through a lot of craziness and tears. Then in high school, my Bff and I adopted a pair from the Humane Society, and things were GOOD. Baby & Bruno were awesome and they kept our family balanced for many years. Then, eventually I was the ADULT in the home, and the pet decisions fell on me. I had Twiggy (tabby cat), who'd joined up with me in Florida, and come back up north with the boys & I. Then I got a job at the local Animal Clinic-perfect for an animal lover, right?! Um, not so much. I learned WAY more of the behind-the-scenes goings-on than I really ever wanted to know. I understand that anyone who deals with health issues, in general, has to develop a thick skin in order to handle the potential emotions that result from such close proximity to their patients. I learned a great many things there, that I'm glad I know. I was able, for example, to give Twig a "Sub-Q" shot once, and I do NOT like shots. (No one was injured, fyi)
I also learned that one of the side-effects of working in an animal clinic is the addition to your critters at home. (Enter Lacey.) So there were 2 cats. Lacey, btw, became my absolutely bff-maybe even moreso than any humans, but can't say for sure.
Things were good with 2 cats, myself, and my 2 boys. We moved into a house (rent-to-own, supposedly), so we got another cat. (Hopi) You see where this is going, right?
Ok, so it became fairly obvious to me that I was entering the CRAZY CAT LADY zone. I decided that if I was going to continue collecting cats, they'd need to stop being the living kind.   
SO, I began collecting porcelain cats, wooden cats, and generally whatever kind I saw that warmed my heart and was not BREATHING. It worked for a while. Then we moved and I packed up most of the collection.
Long story short, The Big Guy and I achieved the 3 cat mark just a week ago today. SIGH. Yes, they're wonderful, YES, I adore them and all of thier little quirks...But fer cryin' out loud, we live in a TINY apartment!! So, without further adeu, I will show you the little beauty that schmoozed her way into our hearts last week. (She was dumped off, apparently. IDIOTS)
I named her Perty, because, well, you'll see. The eldest boy calls her Lollipop, because I referred to her being a munchkin at first, and, you get the connection (Lollipop Guild).  Just ignore the colored-on arm by her head. The Big Guy IS the one who brought her in, and she appears to be a seriously Man's cat. LoL

"come hither", right?!

How are things shaping up @ your place?

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

A Top Ten List : )

Hello, all! I was running through my email in order to get to actually WRITE something here, and I came across this list on one of my favorite sites (http://www.momswithadd.com/), and thought I'd share it with you.
Depressing? Maybe a bit. Encouraging to know you're not the only one? Yes, I think so.

Top Ten New Year's ADD Resolutions
  1. I will check the pantry before buying a 10th bottle of Ketchup.
  2. I will check my shopping list before heading to the mall so I don't buy my husband slippers, gloves and scarf instead of the wallet he asked for (this really happened- talk about holiday distractions!).
  3. Next time I lose my keys, I'll first look in the freezer before calling a family Code Blue.
  4. I will make an appointment with my hairdresser before my roots reach my shoulder.
  5. I will remember to get my kids' ADD meds refilled before their Finals, band concerts and grandparents' visit.
  6. I will write down where I park next time I shop at the mall.
  7. I will remember where I wrote down where I parked (mental note: ink on skin works well for this)
  8. I will smile when I get an invitation in the mail for a wedding, dinner party, shower, etc. instead of immediately freaking out that I have nothing to wear.
  9. I will cook at least one meal per month without completely destroying the kitchen.
  10. I will look at my mail before throwing it into the garbage so I won't have to embarrass myself for the no-shows at doctor appointments, school events and important meetings.
P.S. I didn't yet acquire the Netbook I was hoping for, for Christmas, so I'm still unable to r-e-l-a-x and write my thoughts much. It will happen, but just not now.
Love and hugs~
Per #7: DON'T you judge me for using my PALM (get it? Palm?!) Pilot!
 Hee hee I crack myself up. But yes I usually have something important written on me.