Bullet Sunday #16

It’s been a while since I’ve done a Bullet Sunday and there’s so much random stuff going on I figured it was fitting to do one today.

  • Last weekend the sun was shining, it was close to 80 degrees outside and we had a BBQ. This weekend we’re taking pictures of the snow that fell. SNOW. In April. This just isn’t right. It wasn’t a lot of snow and it’s gone now but still. Snow? In April? Unheard of around here.

    Snow that fell April 19, 2008

  • Today’s the day we get to go to JCPenney and to have them correct their mistake. I have to quote Jeff in the comments on that post because he gave an awesome suggestion for how to handle it:

    Jeff on April 20th, 2008 at 7:29 am

    (((RING))) (((RING))) (((RING)))

    Tracie: “Hello, Store Manager? Yes, I’d like you to send someone out to the house to finish the job that your sales clerk didn’t.”

    Store Manager: “Well, Ma’am, I don’t think I can do that.”

    Tracie: “I’ll come to you, then. I’ll be the one with the flock of kids running wild up & down your aisles of nice, light-colored, ladies springtime outfits with triple-scoop chocolate ice cream cones.”

    My kids are usually well-behaved in stores. (I say usually because sometimes when their dad is with them they are less well-behaved because he’s a big dopey kid himself who doesn’t see anything wrong with running up and down the aisles.) But in this case, I think Jeff’s idea is a good one. Don’t you?

  • Today is also the day we will finally replace the stupid vertical blinds that plague our back patio door. I can’t stand them anymore. Though I do think I’ll be in for disappointment. I’m pretty sure the curtain I want will have to be ordered. *sigh* I also want to look at installing some motion sensor lights for our driveway. Our old house had them and I miss being able to turn off the porch light but still have those come on when we came home or when someone comes over.
  • I haven’t updated on my health lately so here’s quickie: I’m doing OK with the Diabetes and my BG levels are pretty under control. I have a doc appointment coming up soon’ish and I’ll find out how my cholesterol levels are. I know he’s going to want to put me back on the Lovastatin and I’m not looking forward to that battle with him. Weight-wise I’m still stuck in the same rut (lost 50 pounds, gained back 10 and have plateaued).
  • I changed up the site design here at spacytracie.com a bit. The basic template is the same but I’ve taken out the colors on the sidebars and changed up the fonts a bit. I also created a graphical logo for the header and a favicon. I think this is easier on the eyes and a bit less busy. What do you think?
  • Who watched Battlestar Galactica? I don’t want to say much … but OMG! Just.. OMG! What a totally messed up episode. OMG! … lol

[tags]bullet sunday,diabetes,living with diabetes,cholesterol,battlestar galactica,vertical blinds,jcpenney,wordpress template,site design[/tags]

Several fooled – two not


There could have been more fooled (like those who didn’t comment) but of the ones who commented either via email or in the comment section of yesterday’s post, several of you were completely fooled, one not fooled at all, and one questioning.

For the record, I am NOT (I repeat: NOT!!!!!) pregnant. It was a joke. My apologies to those who almost fainted. 🙂 Even if I wanted to be pregnant (which I don’t, believe me), my poor diabetic and abused body couldn’t handle it. Not right now. And not ever again. We have been officially done making babies for a long long time now. My “baby” is now seven years old and I believe we have brought enough children into this world. 😉

My little prank gave poor Jack a heart attack. He was completely fooled, totally wigging out, and practically looking for any cheap flights out of town! I can’t really blame him. He had a vasectomy almost seven years ago so he had a few reasons to be concerned. 😉 Sorry honey!

I don’t think I’ve gotten anyone that good since this Big News post four years ago (posted on April 1st, of course) that had several calling us in a panic.

What??? Montana?? NOOOOOO!


There were so many good pranks going around yesterday I just had to join in. A few of my favorites:

Bringing in the New Year with Scattergories

How did you bring in the New Year?

What I thought was going to be a nice, quiet, maybe even boring night at home turned into a mini party. Kayla came over, as did Kevin’s girlfriend. Combined with Melissa, Casey, Cody, Jack and I, we had a small crowd. We ended up playing Scattergories and got so into the game we almost missed the ball dropping! At literally two minutes to midnight I glanced at the clock and shouted it was time to make some noise, so we threw down our pencils and grabbed some pots and pans just in time to watch the ball drop, then we headed outside. Brrrr!

I have heard Scattergories was a fun game but I’ve never played it before. It’s a blast! Playing Scattergories with children is interesting as well and can get goofy. For example, when our letter was ‘T’ and one of the categories was “Things you keep hidden”, Jack put down, “Tiny Ninjas“. I challenged this and was voted down. Then Kayla put down Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for things in a suitcase… and I was once again voted down on that challenge. I still don’t think those were acceptable answers but whatever. 🙂 The children thought otherwise.

Neon Underglow There was a point where the category was car parts and I had a hard time with this one as the letter was ‘N’. I got nothing on this, but Casey and Melissa smoked us by putting Neon Underglow and Nitric. I would have had one if the letter was ‘C’; Corvette accessories. Oh well. We played several rounds and didn’t go to bed till at 2:30 AM. (Do you think that neon stuff would look good on a minivan??)

This morning (read: “noon”) Jack and I made a big breakfast to start off our New Year that consisted of pancakes, little sausages, and turkey bacon. Then… we played more Scattergories. Now we’re about to take down all of our Christmas lights and tree. It’s time to get things back in order.

Speaking of Jack…. he’s been spotted writing an actual post over at jackntracie.com. I suppose it is time to dust off the cobwebs and start posting over there as well.

I hope your New Year’s day was as fun and enjoyable as ours has been so far.

[tags]Scattergories, new year’s feast, breakfast, family games[/tags]

Wrong Number

Me: Hello?

SomeDude: Hi! I’m calling for Sarah. Is she available?

Me: I’m sorry. You have the wrong number. Can I take a message?

SomeDude: Sure. Please tell her.. wait.. what?

Me: Huh?

SomeDude: Is Sarah there?

Me: I just offered to take a message, didn’t I? *laughs* Sorry, I have work on the brain. There’s no Sarah here. Therefore I should not offer to take her messages.

SomeDude: *laughs* It’s ok. You have a great day.

Me: You too. Bye

True story. Happened just five minutes ago. I’m a dork.

[tags]wrong number[/tags]

Happy Halloween!

I love this time of year. Halloween to me signifies the beginning of the holiday season; my favorite time of year.

Happy Halloween! Every Halloween I have the day planned just so. When the hubby gets home we have a big dinner. The kids will eat less candy with full bellies, right? RIGHT? We start the trick-or-treating early and we’re home in time to inspect all the candy, throw out the crap and joking hazards, then snuggle in front of the fire while we watch Halloween shows. Sounds perfect, doesn’t it?

Scary Door It’s never quite happened like that. Last year I remember requesting to get off an hour or two early from work and being told “sure if it’s not too busy”. Of course there was some crisis and instead of getting off early I worked more unpaid overtime (this was pretty much a daily occurrence). Then had to race around the house as we slapped together our costumes, find the flashlights, and made sure everyone was going to be warm enough. We headed out the door an hour behind schedule with no dinner yet. This meant constantly taking candy away from poor Cody who was hungry and could not resist the temptation of carrying around a bag full of yummy treats. We raced around the neighborhood only to find many were already out of candy, then had to race across town to drop kids off and pick others up from their Halloween activities. Ended up grabbing some fast food along the way and got home in time to inspect candy, brush teeth and off to bed… exhausted.

Halloween KiddiesThis is pretty much how we’ve spent our last several Halloweens. Not this year! I have a much less stressful job so far. I’m off for the day and as soon as I hit publish for this post, I’ll be laying out the costumes, finishing the laundry, then preparing dinner. This just may be the year we get the Halloween we always plan and wish for. I’ll let you know how it goes tomorrow.

How do YOU like to spend your Halloween?

By the way, if you’re looking to kill some time and want to play a Halloween game, Jack shared this with me today: Halloween Hangman. Be sure to have your speakers turned up. This is a fun one!

[tags]halloween, trick-or-treat, happy halloween, halloween fun, halloween plans, halloween hangman[/tags]

It's been one of THOSE days

It’s been the kind of day where at 4 PM you’re wondering if it’s time to put the kids to bed yet.

It was the second day on the job for me. I made the mistake of logging in a half hour early, before I rubbed the sleep out of my eyes or even had a cup of coffee. My co-workers saw me on and it was training time! Right then and there. I learned a bit more about the systems and procedures and it was all good, but it meant that I was distracted as the kids walked out the door to get on the bus for school.

As a result, Cody forgot to get his lunch into his backpack, or his school books for that matter. In fact all he managed to get into his backpack was his sister’s Gameboy. I noticed the lunch and books sitting on the counter.. The books were just reading books and he had money in his lunch account, but I didn’t find out about the Gameboy till much later when he was home from school.

After work I got busy cleaning the house and doing some laundry. I always hate it when I get behind on cleaning/laundry because the whole family seems to take advantage of the mess. What’s one more sock on the ground? Who cares if coats are hung up. It’s easier to wear when it’s on the floor of the closet, right? The recycling papers and plastic I asked one of the boys to take out last night made it as far as the laundry room garbage. They didn’t think I’d notice if they stuffed it all into that tiny garbage and carefully covered it with a piece of paper. Finding various clothing items including MORE (how is this possible??) socks, toys, cups, spoons behind the couch was only adding to my joy.

When the boys got home from school, I promptly reminded Cody about making sure he had his books and lunch as I went through his backpack to see if he had homework. Right away I find some watercolor paints and an “FYI” from his school. This is Cody’s first ever FYI. (FYI’s are when you do something wrong at school that parents need to be notified about.)

As I read it he was standing there, head down but looking up at me with sad guilty eyes. He took his sister’s Gameboy to school, and the aid found him at recess trying to paint it black with the watercolors. His story was his sister didn’t want it anymore and he felt it should be black (it’s pink). The note also said they were sending home the Gameboy with Casey.. but Casey did not have it. This resulted in a quick call to the school, a chat with the principle, then me running to pick up said Gameboy before Melissa noticed it missing. Fortunately the black paint came right off with zero effort.

As I am writing this, my best friend in the world somehow just knew I was having one of THOSE kind of days and shared with me this video. I laughed my ass off. It was exactly what I needed to lift the mood I was in. Thank you, Cathy-friend. I love you!

[tags]rug rats, calgon take me away, The Mom Song, William Tell Overture[/tags]

Thursday Thirteen #10 – Favorite Posts

Posting a Thursday Thirteen on Wednesday seems to be the thing to do? Or maybe all those who post them on Wednesday live in Australia? Who knows… but I’m going to try it. You watch.. I’ll be thinking it’s Friday all day tomorrow.

Thursday Thirteen
Thirteen of my Favorite Blogs Posts

Cody seems to come up a lot on my blogs. If only I had kept my blogs around from the days when my other kids were younger! I’m sure I could have written a book by now. Kids are funny. But so is my husband which I think rubs off on my kids and it makes for some interesting times, I tell ya.

  1. Why, Cody? Why? – Cody teaches mom to have LOTS and LOTS of patience.
  2. “I want a Cody. Not kids, just a Cody.” – Co-worker expresses his wishes for his very own Cody.
  3. “I’m SO Clark Griswold!” – Guess who said this? It wasn’t me.
  4. Casey’s First Typed Letter – Casey discovers Notepad
  5. Kindergarten Woes – How Cody felt about Kindergarten.
  6. Blueberries – This will NOT be Jack’s favorite post.
  7. The Cell Phone Saga Continues – Why you should never never never let Jack borrow your Cell Phone.
  8. How Cody Deals with his absent Mommy – If this doesn’t make a mommy melt, I don’t know what will.
  9. Who knew?? Cody discovers what goes well with a cough and a sniffle.
  10. Cute, and infuriating – Yep, that describes Cody.
  11. The Phenomenon – The children are out to get us. Or drive us mad. Maybe both? We should get some revenge by buying Lion King tickets and going without them. *cackles wildly*
  12. Life Father Like Son – Where Cody shows who’s side of the family he’s going to take after.
  13. Hero – Casey is Little Jack’s Hero

Links to other Thursday Thirteens: jenn | Lori | Malcolm | Lara | Cecily | RObyn | marcia v.

[tags]Thursday Thirteen, Thursday 13, TT13, Codyisms, funny posts, funny family[/tags]