Friday, February 26, 2010

Feel Good Friday!

Well its Feel Good Friday over at The Girl Next Door Grows Up.


So I thought I would list some things that made me feel good this week.

  • My son had a book project due today, which I found out about on Wednesday.  He worked on the project, and needed no help!  He typed a bunch of information about the book, and made a big poster board with his book summary and some beautifully drawn pictures.  He didn't ask for any help - I was so proud of how he took the initiative and responsibility to get this done on his own.
  •  Along those same lines, my daughter completed her spelling assignment on her own, and presented it to me Thursday morning.  She did a fantastic job - so creative!  Again, I was so proud!
  • Sunday, my son and I spent the afternoon together.  We went grocery shopping and out to lunch.  It was a wonderful time, and the perfect start to the week.  Just some Mommy/D-Ro time!  I loved it!
  • This morning, my daughter got up and the first thing she did, was kiss me and tell me she loved me!
  • We had very little snow this week and we actually saw the sunshine a couple of days here in the Burgh!  What a nice change!
Have a great weekend everyone!

    Thursday, February 25, 2010

    I had an affair...

    Not THAT kind of an affair!  You people need to get your minds out of the gutter!  I would never have THAT kind of an affair!  My husband and I have a deal - whoever leaves has to take the kids - therefore nobody is leaving.  We will remain together in spite of each other (just kidding).  And as I told the Enginerd - I don't want to have sex with anyone - it's nothing personal against him!

    Back on topic...  I cheated on my hairdresser!  (gasp!)

    I have been going to the same hairdresser off and on for about 20 years.  I have naturally curly hair, and it really seems to be a talent to be able to cut that type of hair.  My hairdresser saw me through the 1990s when I had gi-hugical hair!  He saw me graduate from college, and get my first job.  I have a serious relationship with this man! 

    He has always done a great job with my hair.  However about 6 months ago, something went wrong.   You need to know that I can't stand it when my hair is not perfectly even on either side of my face - I NEED symmetry!  Seriously, my eyes are highly calibrated and I can detect if things are off even a micro-fraction of a millimeter.  I thought maybe he just had a bad day, but a couple of months later, the same thing went wrong! 

    I talked to K-Lo, my 7-year-old daughter about this a couple of weeks ago.  Oh the drama!  "What do you mean you are leaving Bill??  I luuuuv him!  Can we visit him?  He is one of my cuties!"  K-Lo has a thing for older men, and she has this group of older men that she calls "her cuties".  This group includes our hairdresser Bill, my BFF Emilio, Steve Martin, and her Uncle Dwightie.

    So Tuesday I went to a new hairdresser, Tammy.  I popped an extra Prozac that day so I would remain calm.  And I am so happy to report that she did a FABULOUS job! She made my week!

    So now I need to leave Bill, and it is stressing me out.  Maybe I will just pop an extra Prozac for a few more days until the guilt wears off.

    Tuesday, February 23, 2010

    Monday, February 22, 2010

    Update on meeting with the VP

    Well, I met with my Engineering VP today about the Senior Managers position.  He did urge me to apply after he informed me that I "freak out" all the time, and we would need to work on that.  Of course, I told him that based on his other direct reports, it appeared as if he encouraged "freaking out."   That went over well.

    Anyhoo,  the job is going to suck royally!  Seriously, I am afraid I would HATE it!  It is all process related.  Meaning, he wants someone to define our processes and compile data, and prepare status reports.  YUCK!  He seemed very surprised that I was hesitating to apply.  He also told me they had already interviewed an external candidate who was just "too obnoxious."  WOW!  I am feeling really encouraged about how they are screening candidates!  I ended the conversation by telling him that if I were to apply, one of the main reasons would be because I am really REALLY concerned about him hiring a moron.  (I didn't actually say moron...  wait a second, maybe I did.)

    As Emilio pointed out to me, now I MUST apply.  Because if I don't, it will appear as if I have no career aspirations.  But honestly, I really have no career aspirations, especially if I am not going to be able to freak out at work anymore!  I am now actively trying to get one of the other project managers to apply for this job.  I would work for either of them, and one of them would be perfect for this position!

    So I will keep all of you posted.  I will probably submit my resume.  I will have to go through a whole series of interviews with people I work with every day.  It should be very entertaining.

    Sunday, February 21, 2010

    I am so honored!

    The very lovely Susie from {Not Quite}Susie Homemaker has honored me with an award:



    Thank you Susie!  I love your blog!  The rules to pass along this award are:

    •Be polite, say thank you to the blogger that gave this to you & give 'em a linkback.
    •Pass it on to about fifteen other beautiful bloggers that you've recently discovered.
    •Link 'em.
    •Notify 'em.
    •Say seven things about yourself
     I have 5 blogs I am going to pass this award to:


    I enjoy all of your blogs - You are all truly Beautiful Bloggers! 

    I am not a very interesting person, but here are 7 things about me:

    1.  My favorite food is Heinz ketchup.  Love that stuff on everything!

    2.  I love TV! My favorite shows are House, CSI, Criminal Minds, anything with the FBI, The Housewives of New York City, The Universe, The Deadliest Catch... I could go on and on.

    3.  I  have become a Pittsburgh Penguins fan in the past several years. My son and I like watching the games together. And we have been totally into the Olympic Hockey games!

    4.  I married my high school sweetheart.  We have pictures of us together at the prom.

    5.  My first job was as a Christmas gift wrap girl at the big blue Sears in East Liberty, which is a neighborhood of Pittsburgh. My Dad wanted me to wrap all of our Christmas gifts at home, and I didn't want to because because I wrapped gifts all the time at Sears. So he brought all of the gifts to Sears for me to wrap them there.

    6.  I whistle all the time. Everyone I work with knows I whistle. My husband hates it! I have been whistling for a really long time, and I have been told it is completely un-ladylike, which makes me do it more!

    7.  I grew up in a funeral home. According to my husband, that has contributed to my very warped sense of death (not sure what he means when he says that). It was just kind of normal to have a body in the house, and I didn't think much of it if I needed to barge into the embalming room to ask my Dad something or get him to sign a note for school, or whatever.

    Thanks again Susie! You made my day!

    I am really in a rut....

    This is going to drone on and on.  So if you are easily bored, you may want to leave now.

    I usually have something upbeat to post, but not today.  I have felt really down for the past week or so.  I am not sure if it's the weather or my hormones or what. I finally finished a little project at home that I have been working on for some time, so I am hoping my mood improves from that.  I just don't feel like doing anything.  ANYTHING! 

    Now there is a new position posted at my company that I am contemplating, and I feel so unsure of myself - I just don't know what to do, and it is tearing me up.

    When I started at the Asylum, we had a Project Management Office (PMO), and the Manager of that office hired me.  Through a series of reorganizations, that position was eliminated, and now I work for an engineering director.  My previous manager is still at the Asylum, and he has been promoted, so he is doing well.  I liked my old boss, I like my new boss - no complaints there. 

    Now there is a position posted for a PMO Manager, and I just don't know what to do.  I love managing projects!  And right now I have two gentleman who report to me, and they are just awesome!  Why are they awesome?  Because they are so self sufficient that they manage themselves!  I don't have to worry about them!  They get me involved when they need someone to fight a battle for them, and they just don't have the time.  Perfect for me!  But this new position will have all of the Project Managers reporting to it as well as a few others. 

    Honestly I decided a long time ago that I wasn't necessarily interested in moving up the corporate ladder.  I like to say what I think!  I like to be a part of the engineering teams that get the products into production!  I like to push my project teams so make stuff! 

    Why would I even be interested in this new position? Well, I am very concerned about who may be hired for this new role.  I want a manager who is going to push for me, my projects, and all of the other project managers;  I do not want a pushover who is easily bullied.  I want someone who is going to promote Project Management throughout the organization.  I KNOW that I can do that!  But at what cost?  Will I still be able to manage projects?  I am not sure.  What if this role takes me away from working closely with the engineers?  More importantly, what if I am really NOT strong enough to lead at a higher level? 

    My BFF Emilio and I have talked about all of this.  He thinks I need to have a plan for how to "fix" things.  I am not even strong enough to tell Emilio my ideas for how to "fix" things at the Asylum for fear that he will think they are terrible!  And I have another dear friend at the Asylum who has already told me she doesn't think I should go for this position because it will take me away from what I really like to do. Honestly, I don't believe that is why she is dissuading me - She would report to this new position, and we are friends.  For a variety of reasons, I don't think she wants to report to me.  But all of this makes me more unsure.

    I am going to meet with my VP of Engineering tomorrow to talk a little more about this position.  Please keep me in your thoughts.  I really need to summon some confidence before that meeting!

    Wednesday, February 17, 2010

    The Sunshine Award

    I was very excited when Mary at The Mommyologist and Mrs. Bliss at Housewife Bliss awarded me my very first blogger award!


    Thank you so much Ladies!  I read both of your blogs every day, and love them! 

    The rules for accepting the Sunshine Award are as follows…
    1. Put the logo in my post or within my blog.
    2. Pass the award onto 12 fellow bloggers.
    3. Link the nominees within my post.
    4. Let the nominees know they have received this award by leaving a comment on their blogs.
    5. Share the love and link to the person who gave you the award!

    Now, I get to pass this award on to 12 bloggers who bring a little sunshine to my day!


    Thanks to all of you!  I enjoy all of your blogs!

    Tuesday, February 16, 2010

    Signs Signs Everywhere are signs....

    My BFF, Emilio and I went out Friday night for some deep conversation.  He asked me if I believe in signs - as a matter of fact I do!  His question got me to thinking about signs my daughter has sent me in one way or another during her young life.

    My daughter is a little pistol.  She is full of energy and she has a good time wherever she goes.  Rules seem to be mere suggestions to K-Lo.  The kicker is that she is only 7, so sometimes the signs I am being sent are a little unnerving.

    We had a wonderful babysitter for our kids when I went back to work.  She is our-Martha!  We love her!  she is absolutely the kindest, most wonderful lady, and she treated our children as her own.  K-Lo was the flower girl in our-Martha's sons wedding.  She is so dear to us.  But I think K-Lo was really going to be the one to put her over the edge.  K-Lo spent time in timeout at our-Martha's every single day.  In 5 years, I think D-Lo was in timeout less than 5 times.  But for K-Lo, it was every single day.  At one point, she finally learned to stop talking back, and just started rolling her eyes at our-Martha.  Incidentally I have no idea where she gets that eye-rolling thing ;-)  Eye-rolling had to become a time-out offense.  Can you imagine having a 2 year old roll her eyes at you?

    K-Lo was a bit of a climber, not as bad as some stories I have heard, but she did like to crawl up on chairs by herself.  Imagine my surprise when she is at my out-laws and I get there to see her up on the picnic table dancing around the umbrella pole.  Hmmmm - what is this sign telling me??

    At 3 years old, we already had to explain to her about a penis and a vagina.  She has a brother who is 16 months older - clearly their bodies are different, and she noticed right away.  So we explained at a very high level that boys have a penis and girls have a vagina.  We also told her that she really should not talk about penes (I bet you didn't know the plural word for penis!) and vaginae - this is a private subject ,and we shouldn't throw those words around.   After that whenever she would get really mad, and she didn't think we could hear her, she would whisper "Penis-Vagina".  This was her little 3-year old version of swearing.  Nice!  It took awhile to break her of that!  What is this telling me??

    On another occasion when she was three,  she and her 4 year brother and 4 year old cousin Zack were playing.  Zack was staying over that night, and the 3 of them were having such a wonderful time.  The Enginerd told them it was time to get their jammies on, and before we could get in there to supervise, there stood Zack naked from the waist down.  Our sweet daughter looked at him and said, "Zack - why is your penis so small?"  Poor Zack!  Poor Zack's Dad!  I am hoping this is not a foreshadowing.

    On her first day of kindergarten, I sent this adorable little girl to school with cute little braids in her hair.  She looked so angelic with her blond hair and blue eyes.  I was a little worried that she would have some separation anxiety.  When she came home, I asked her about school, and she said everything went well.  I asked if she missed me, and she said that she didn't.  I asked how all of the other kids did on their first day, and she said, "Everyone was crying for their stupid mommies!"  Wow - she is heartless!

    At 6 years old, she knows that swearing is not allowed even though I swear like a sailor and make no apology for it.  So one evening at soccer practice, she is having a really bad night.  She is hungry, grouchy, and sweaty, and she really has no tolerance for anything or anybody around her.  I am trying to talk her down and just keep her level until I can get her home and slip her some Benadryl feed her.  She looked at me and said, "Mom - I just want to swear right now!".  Me too!

    The Enginerd and I have discussed our darling daughter - what to do with her - that sharp tongue, the need to speak before considering the consequences, her raging temper.  I have already warned all of her friends moms - oh she's cute now, and they need to remember that when the girls are all teenagers and we are bailing them all out of jail because they listened to K-Lo!

    In all seriousness, K-Lo has the self confidence I didn't develop until I went to college.  She's is so bright and funny and she can talk to anyone.  I hope she keeps all of those traits through her teen years and into adulthood. 

    Monday, February 15, 2010

    Mathematics

    I am married to an Engineer.  I have a degree in Engineering as well, but have forgotten everything that I learned in college (except of course how to do no-handed shots).   The Enginerd has informed me that there is a very small window of time each month when I am actually not opposed to having sex.  He has calculated this period of time using the following formula:
     
    This formula boils down to a 36 hour period of time each month.  He tracks this time religiously!  He can pin point the time within +/-30 minutes, and he lets me know when it is coming, just so I know he knows.

    Ironically, this month the time fell right on Valentines Day morning.  So he had a lovely Valentines Day.  

    Now we are back to having hall sex which is where we just say "F-you" as we pass each other in the hall.  He is already calculating next months time.

    Happy VD everyone!  

    Friday, February 12, 2010

    5 for Friday

    Hi everyone!  TGIF!!!!!  Although I don't know why I am happy about that - the kids haven't been in school for a week, and guess what - Monday is Presidents Day, so they won't be going back until Tuesday.  GRRRR!  My morning was hellish, so as I was driving into work, I was thinking about all the things I hate.  Nothing like that subject to prompt a little road rage!  Anyway these are the things I hate on this Friday morning:

    5.  I hate grounding the kids.  It is more punishment for me than them honestly.  To be clear about Da Rules at our house, we posted them along with the consequences for breaking them on the refrigerator and each one of us signed.  They were reviewed and explained in detail.  But little Satan could not help himself this morning, and now he is grounded.  Tomorrow is going to suck!

    4.  School cancellations - I am so sick of school cancellations.  And when all the other districts are canceling, our waits, which makes it very difficult to make plans.  And another thing - WHY DON'T THEY HAVE SCHOOL ON MONDAY????  Apparently, Monday is a "Staff Development Day for Teachers", but no school for students.  Why not make TODAY the Staff Development Day??  Am I speaking totally foreign?  There is no reason those teachers should not be at work today?  The roads are clear and the rest of the world is working!!!!  Please don't misunderstand, I love my childrens' school - I really do - and they have some really awesome teachers (who should be at work today!)

    3.  Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and all of the whining Pittsburghers.  YOU VOTED HIM INTO OFFICE!   Your streets are not plowed and he is a 26 year old moron and YOU VOTED HIM INTO OFFICE.  Honest to God, I think you could put a monkey on the democratic ticket in Pittsburgh, and he would be elected. 

    2.  The Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) at school.  Is there a reason that the PTO meetings are always during the middle of the day, instead of in the evening?  They have conducted one evening meeting, to which I went, and I actually found it very informative.  Apparently they didn't like the fact that some working mom's showed up, so they have never done that again!  I spat on them!

    1.  Senior Citizens on the road.  Why must senior citizens choose to go out during the peak traffic hours??  They have all day!  Go at a different time - You cannot possibly need that much bread and milk!!

    Tonight my BFF Emilio and I are going out for drinks.  This has been a long week for both of us with all of this snow.  So we are going out for some girl time, even though Emilio is a boy and he is not gay.

    I wish all of you a great weekend!

    Monday, February 8, 2010

    We survived the Snowpocalypse!

    Well we dug out of the snowstorm, and now the kid are enjoying a couple of days off of school.  Actually I did no digging - I would prefer to hibernate for the entire winter, but the Enginerd and the kids work all day on our driveway.  I thought I would share some pictures.

    This is the view from our back door onto our deck.  I know we are supposed to have the awning taken down for the winter, but we never have.  It was here when we bought this house, and we never knew who to call.  We are now waiting for it to cave in from the weight of the snow.  The Enginerd put some supports under it to try to keep it from ripping off of the house

    This is a picture when we opened our garage door after it stopped snowing on Saturday morning.  Notice, the cars in the driveway and not in the garage.  Grrrr!  We have a 2 car garage and there is crap on either side and in the middle with a path to each garage door.  We have never parked a vehicle in this garage, and I suspect we never will.


    Finally after shoveling and plowing all day, my son was king of the hill.  He was having a great time wearing his Dad's snow shoes. 


    I finally ventured out of the house for the first time this morning.  Our municipality, Murrysville, PA did a fabulous job of cleaning off the roads.    But I must say that people just need to SLOW down!  The roads are pretty clear, but every now and then, 2 lanes narrows down to about 1 1/2 lanes.  There really is no need to fly like a bat out of hell and put everyone on the roads at risk for an accident!   Fortunately I don't have any reason to go into Pittsburgh because everyone and their brother was bitching about the road conditions in the city. 

    As there is another snow storm headed this way, we went to the Big Bird (our local grocery store which is really called Giant Eagle) tonight for bread and milk.  I don't know what it is like in other parts of the country, but in the Burgh, when there is snow coming, you go get your bread, milk, and toilet paper whether you need it or not!

    Tomorrow will be a super fun day because I will be attending our 2010 company kick-off.  Oh they are pulling out all the stops on this one - the Asylum is having an all out affair at the Doubletree hotel to celebrate 2010.  They were so sure we would all flock to this meeting that it is mandatory.  I am sure I will have lots of fun things to vent about tomorrow.

    Friday, February 5, 2010

    The 7 words You Can't Say on TV

    The Enginerd recently hung some shelves for me in my craft room.  He gets out the level, the stud finder, all the tools.  He is really very handy, so I can trust that these shelve will never come down.  One thing I have noticed about the Enginerd is that whenever he is building something, or doing anything with tools, the quality of his language declines and its like listening to George Carlin spout all of the words that cannot be said on TV.

    The Enginerd definitely has his little chain of words when he is using tools - it goes something like this jesus- christ-a fuckin-son-of-a-bitch.  When he gets really aggrevated, he throws in a little C-U-Next-Tuesday.  It is actually really very funny because typically he doesn't swear alot.  I swear alot.  In fact my son told me that if there was a contest in the third grade for whose Mom swears the most, I would win hands down! 

    Shift gears - we were at Disney a few years ago, and honestly it was the most awful trip.  The lines were long, 3 rides broke down (one while we were sitting on it).  The kids really did not enjoy it, and we won't go back.  In the middle of all of the frustration at Disney, I can't remember the exact context of the quote, but my adorable 4-year old little blonde blue eyed angel said,"jesus-christ-a-fuckin-a-rich".  I looked straight at the Enginerd!  There was no denying it - she was definitely quoting him!  Well it was one of those moments that you want to totally crack up, but you can't!  K-Lo actually repeated this phrase a few times, when we finally told her she really can't say that in public. 

    As the Enginerd was hanging those shelves for me, and he was mumbling his swear rant, I thought of that moment at Disney and it cracked me up all over again.   Fortunately I haven't heard K-Lo use that phrase again.  Although now she is smart enough to not let me hear her say it.

    Wednesday, February 3, 2010

    My crazy prego sister...

    The minor surgery went well yesterday.  The actual procedure took about 15 minutes, which was fine with me.  The cyst was on the back of my head on the right side.  My son was extremely disappointed that I didn't bring it home - I asked if I could have it, but the assistant said No.

    While I was in surgery, my sister texted me, so the Enginerd responded to her and told her I was in surgery.  Apparently I had forgotten to tell her that I was having this cyst removed.  She is pregnant so of course she went nuts, freaking out.  "Is it serious?  Why didn't she tell me?  How long is the recovery time?  blah blah blah"

    I am actually loving watching my sister slowly lose her marbles with this pregnancy.  It has been very therapeutic for me seeing her slowly descend into insanity - and the kid isn't even here yet!  ha ha!  After my second child, I was a wreck, and my sister was quick to point it out.  Well what goes around comes around, and this whole pregnancy experience for my sister has delighted me and the Enginerd!

    Don't get me wrong, I am soooo excited about having a little nephew!  I am equally excited that my sister will soon understand what it feels like to have no control anymore!

    All of you Moms know what I am talking about.  You first lose control of your own body.  After I had my kids, I broke out in hives for several months, and my very thick naturally curly hair went straight and fell out in handfuls.  Plus my skin is very inelastic - I have lots of stretch marks and...  well you all know what I am talking about - I don't really need to get into those ugly details.  

    Your time is not your own.  Everything starts to revolve around feedings and naps.  Then you lose control over your sleeping habits.  You no longer sleep through the night because there is activity all night long - first with those late feedings and then there is the teething.

    You think you will control your new little bundle of joy, but really they are in control now.  I have 2 very strong willed children (don't we all?).  My son wore pajamas for an entire year every day - every day was Jammie Day for D-Ro.  And there was a time when the little girl would only wear pink.  How could I squash these attempts at individuality?  I have bigger fish to fry than what they are wearing.  In fact, at one time, K-Lo wore a pink wig everywhere we went - she loved that thing!  ha ha!

    I am sure you are reading this thinking, "what the heck did you expect?"  Honestly, I was really stupid, and didn't know what to expect.  And I suspect my sister is just as clueless.  So all of these changes are really going to take a toll on her (and I secretly LOVE it).  Once she just resigns herself to the fact that she is no longer the boss, she will be fine.  

    And she will realize that it is all worth it in the end!  (I keep telling myself that, as I sit in the corner, rocking back and forth, and banging my head against the wall.)

    Tuesday, February 2, 2010

    I love this blogging thing!

    Hello everyone! I have to tell all of you that I am loving this blogging thing! And thank you THANK YOU for all of you wonderful kind comments!

    Today, I am going to the hospital for a minor out-patient surgery. Seriously, I did everything I could to make this a major in-patient surgery but no such luck. I was so looking forward to some drugs to knock me out, and then more drugs to numb the pain, and then an overnight stay just to be sure everything was ok...  I have a cyst on my head that has grown to the size of a walnut or so. After 25 years, I have decided to have it removed.  It has really lost its purpose in life - when the kids were little I told them it was the eye on the back of my head and that was how I always knew what they were doing.  But they stopped believing that some time ago.

    On the bright side, my Mother-In-Law is coming over to get the kids up and on the school bus today. Can you see me doing my happy dance?? My husband and I are driving down to Pittsburgh for the surgery. I am actually looking forward to sitting in traffic! My normal commute time is about 15 minutes, which is definitely not enough time to let me unwind down before I get to work. Today will be a refreshing change.

    Anyway, I wanted to give everyone something fun to look at today, and this is it:



    This is the most fabulous, delicious dessert!  My son and I recently made this together and it was absolute perfection!  This was a recipe from Taste of Home magazine.  I have removed the "nutritional" information.


    Chocolate Cookie Cheesecake
    Ingredients
    1-1/2 cups cream-filled chocolate sandwich cookie crumbs (about 16 cookies)
    3 tablespoons butter, melted
    4 packages (8 ounces each) Kraft Philadelphia® - Cream Cheese, softened
    1 cup sugar
    1-1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips, melted and cooled
    3 teaspoons vanilla extract
    4 eggs, lightly beaten
    20 chocolate cream-filled chocolate sandwich cookies, coarsely chopped

    Directions
    In a small bowl, combine cookie crumbs and butter. Press onto the bottom of greased 9-in. springform pan. Refrigerate while preparing filling.

    In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in chocolate and vanilla. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Fold in half of chopped cookies. Pour over crust. Sprinkle with remaining cookies. Place pan on a baking sheet.

    Bake at 325° for 50-60 minutes or until center is almost set and top appears dull. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight. Yield: 12 servings.


    Chocolate Cookie Cheesecake published in Taste of Home February/March 2009, p54

    Monday, February 1, 2010

    Manic Monday

    Now for the real reason I started this blog - to vent my frustrations and rant about whatever I feel like in an attempt to stop screaming at everyone all the time.

    We all had a good weekend at my house; everyone got along; played some Beatles Guitar Hero; visited a friend; worked on a project for my sister (details about that in a future post); out for a quick bite last night; shaved the boys heads; all-in-all a good weekend.

    Then Monday morning hits - Satan and Lucifer woke up and Lucifer is a complete bear!  These are code names for my lovely children D-Ro and K-Lo.  I swear I do not know what I am going to do with that girl once she hits puberty - her emotions are all over the place now and she is only 7! You know that little nursery rhyme, "there was a little girl who had a little curl right in the middle of her forehead.  And  when she was good, she was very very good.  And when she was bad, she was HORRID!".   Other than the curl, this little diddy describes K-Lo perfectly.  She can be the sweetest most delightful child.  However, when she is in a bad mood, look out.

    I had just gotten out of the shower, when I heard a high pitched scream and then crying.  K-Lo had bitten D-Ro!  WHAT?!?!?!?!  Oh My Goodness!  She is 7 for heavens sake!  Why is she biting?  I have no idea, I thought we had nipped that in the bud when she was 2.

    I do not spank the children, not because I am morally opposed mind you.  I just do not hit them hard enough (according to the Enginerd).  It really doesn't do anything when I try to spank.  Please don't leave comments telling me how wrong spanking is - I don't agree, I won't agree- and if I could make it work, I would certainly do it.  But I would much rather scream - I know I know - screaming is no better - whatever!  It makes ME feel better - back to the reason I started this blog.

    Anyway, D-Ro has quite a bruise where K-Lo bit him.  I was absolutely furious.  So furious I couldn't even scream (now that is mad!)  After I bit K-Lo back (hey it worked when she was 2), I sent her to her room, and told her that she is now grounded for the week. GULP!  No TV, no computer, no leaving her bedroom...  This is going to be the worst week of my life!  I told her she needs to find a better outlet for her anger and frustration - like writing in a diary or starting a blog. 

    Of course, K-Lo wanted "the week" defined more clearly, "does that include next Saturday and Sunday?"  she asked.  GRRR! 

    Please think of me this week.  Please send happy and encouraging thoughts my way.  I just increased my meds, and I simply cannot go back to the doctor so soon requesting another dosage increase!