Friday, October 31, 2008

Mixed Signals

WTF people? There is this commonly known guideline wherein if you are not handing out candy on Halloween, TURN YOUR PORCH LIGHT OFF. How hard is that? Don't decorate with zombies and jack-o-lanterns, leave your lights on, and then NOT answer the door! My feet hurt from walking past 40 empty, foreclosed houses and when I see a door that should be putting out I don't want to waste steps to it just for a tease.

Not to mention the way all the churches are screwing up a perfectly good holiday. Harvest? No thanks. I want skeletons and Oingo Boingo and chocolate.

Monday, October 27, 2008

You know you're getting old when...

You know you're getting old when the editions of children's books you read as a child are listed as "vintage" on Etsy.

When working on a video for my son's school the other day, we decided to use Whitney Houston's Greatest Love of All as the soundtrack. One of the assistant teachers didn't know what we were talking about. Uggh.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

To File or Not to File

In my first Poverty Party post I mentioned that my husband and I may [have to] decide to file for bankruptcy. The need to make a decision is pressing down upon us more and more every day.

Without getting into specifics of my income and the amounts of my bills, the remainder of said income after all the bills that should be paid are paid is $220.00. The operative word in that sentence is “should.” I juggle which bills to pay each month in order to hang onto about $1000 for groceries and gas during the month. Whether that is enough for a month's worth of food and gas for a family of 4 is another conversation all together. I have a unique living arrangement that allows me, when absolutely necessary, to skip my rent. However this is not a good long term solution and is terribly unfair to my landlord.

So, it looks like the decision is to file for bankruptcy. Now to look for a lawyer.

Friday, October 17, 2008


Deedee = DVD

What doing? [with shoulder shrug, hands out, palms facing up] = What are you doing?

Shoose = either juice or shoes depending on context; it's impossible to tell which based solely on pronunciation and the child is obsessed with both!

Core = pen, crayon or marker, but usually marker

Nobook = notebook

Boos Coos = Blues Clues; there is no combination of letters in the alphabet that could illustrate the way he says Curious George.

I you = I love you

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

I shall call him Gunther and he shall be mine and he shall be my Gunther. Come on, Gunther. Come on, little Gunther… Ow. Bad Gunther, bad Gunther!

This may be the most depressing thing I’ve ever read, or rather the fact that I am a [less than] proud owner of one is depressing.

I toyed with the idea of repeating the word silently to myself as a deterrent every time I wanted to eat something I shouldn’t, but I think that might make me want to kill myself. So instead I will name it and repeat that name to myself as a slightly gentler reminder. Starting tomorrow. Today I need chocolate.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Party with Bossy

Georgia from I am Bossy is throwing a year-long Poverty Party in the spirit of getting out of debt. Now this is a party I can get into. My current credit card debt stands at about $27,687. HELLO!

This mountain of debt was created through years of using credit cards as life preservers toward the end of the month. And maybe one or two impulse buys. I’ve mentioned my Etsy weakness already.

With the high cost of childcare and painful credit card payments, I’m barely scraping by. The husband and I have actually started discussing bankruptcy. On that issue we are torn, each of us switching sides on the argument every time it comes up.

Very appropriately, today’s fortune cookie said “A problem clearly stated is a problem half solved.” Cool, so here’s my problem. I don’t have enough money to pay my bills. Now what?

Monday, October 6, 2008

A Time for Everything

My father-in-law, Don, passed away at 1:20 AM on October 4 at 77 years old. He is survived by his wife, three children, five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and their respective spouses.

I've been asked to speak at the funeral. Here's draft one. Imagine it in my best Tina Fey as Sarah Palin voice.

This man, who I have the privilege to call my father in law,
This man could teach a MULE a thing or two about stubborn.

He could teach a fish to drink and teach a sailor to swear.

He also taught us all about dedication. Honor. And Hard Work.

And when I say dedication and hard work, I mean when you break your pelvis or cut off your finger on the job, you don’t leave until someone is there to cover your post. Tough as nails? No, tough as Don.

He could fix just about anything around the house himself; and I’m personally grateful that he taught his son to do the same.

As a fellow Libra, he taught me that it’s okay to want what I want, the way I want it. Let it never be said that Don wasn’t particular.

He taught me to stand my ground, even when standing up to him.

He taught my children that they are loved no matter what. Even when they get into trouble.

He taught us that love and family can weather any storm.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Update: Give me strength.

I failed. I am weak.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Give me strength.

I will not buy anything on Etsy this month.
I will not buy anything on Etsy this month.
I will not buy anything on Etsy this month.
I will not buy anything on Etsy this month.
I will not buy anything on Etsy this month.
I will not buy anything on Etsy this month.
I will not buy anything on Etsy this month.
I will not buy anything on Etsy this month.
I will not buy anything on Etsy this month.
I will not buy anything on Etsy this month.