Monday, September 29, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
BUT, I love a clean house! Having 3 dogs, I need to vacuum often. And, I do...I have a good vacuum cleaner (Riccar), so the floors usually look good. But, man...I really don't like to dust. This kinda falls into the "I want it done this way" area, though. When I get around to dusting...I DUST! Everything gets wiped off/dusted/washed and everything is moved. So...it takes a bit of time. Ya know? And, because it takes so long, I put it off...making the job take more and more time the more time is between dustings. Ya know?
I've been trying to organize my life here at home. Trying to make a plan for how to get done what I need to get done...and still have time to do the things I want to do. Okay...so yeah, I only work part-time. But, by the time I get home, it's 2:00...I need to potty the dogs, talk on the phone, check my email, and then eat lunch. Usually, it's almost 4:00 when I sit down to eat something. I usually eat my big meal then, so it takes time to put it all together...and to eat. But, surely, I have 15 minutes a day. Even 30-60 minutes that I can spare? Yes, I do!
At any rate. I was reading someone's blog (wish I could remember whose it was!) and the FLYLady was mentioned. AH-HA! I remember her! Back in the late 90's/early 2000's, she was quite the phenomenon. Apparently, she still is! She is all about decluttering, conquering CHAOS (can't have anyone over syndrome), spending a little time each day decluttering...having a routine...cleaning your kitchen sink every night...etc., etc. If you're not familiar with her way of doing things, be sure to click on her picture!
I'm going to follow her plan and see how it works for me. Babysteps. That's all...just one step at a time. The first step was cleaning my kitchen sink. Gosh, it sure does shine!!! The second thing I did was to begin working on my 'control journal'. Tomorrow is another babystep.
I'll keep you posted on these babysteps...and how I feel about the Flylady's way of doing things.
Have a great weekend!
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Check out the eyelashes on the little princess...
She loves having her picture taken...
Thursday, September 11, 2008
I have a few pet peeves....okay, quit laughing...really, quit laughing! I'll 'fess up...I have a LOT of pet peeves. But, I'll do you all a favor and limit the list to my top 10.
1. I work at the University of WI Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. You would not believe how many people mispronounce the word 'veterinary' (as well as the word veterinarian). There is an 'e' between the 't' and 'r'...which makes it vet-er-i-nar-y, etc. NOT vet-ri-nar-y. It probably is about my #1 pet peeve...I feel that you should really know how to speak the language of the career you're in. Ya know what I'm saying? Which leads me to my second pet peeve.
2. Having a conversation with someone who continually asks, "do you know what I'm saying?" or "do you know what I mean?" after every other sentence. Makes me want to scream, "Gosh, no, I don't..."
3. I drive several miles each day on country roads. What is it about some people...I'll be driving along (always at or above the speed limit) and a car will pull out in front of me...and I'll slow down and patiently drive slower while they are getting up to speed...I'll look behind me and there is NO ONE behind me! Couldn't the person have waited another few seconds and then pulled out...I don't get that at all.
4. People who talk on their cell phones NO MATTER where they are...for instance, at the grocery store! I understand if you call someone because you need to know something about what you're buying, but do you need to have an entire conversation while doing your grocery shopping? Can't you call them back? I don't take my cell phone with me every place I go...who needs to talk with me so urgently that it cannot wait??? What did all of these people do before cell phones?
5. Why do people buy cars without blinkers? I thought cars automatically came with them, but apparently not! Isn't that considered a safety feature? To use your blinker to signal the person behind you that you are going to turn? Thus, avoiding the possibility of a rear-end collision?
6. Ending every sentence with a question mark. "Hi, my name is Jacque?" "I'm going to the store?" "I'll be going to bed soon?" Especially when they drag out that last word and the voice goes up an octave at the very end. LOL...seriously irritates me. Got that?
7. The phone ringing during the last 10 (or less) minutes of my favorite show.
8. Answering the phone with, "Hi, what's up?"...can't I be calling just to call...do I need to have something 'up' to call?
9. using all lowercase letters when typing. because, why? is it difficult to hit the shift key? i type so much that it's an automatic thing for me...it's difficult for me to not hit the shift key.
10. Improper use of apostrophes. For example...it is can be it's. That's the only time...when you are meaning, it is. NOT for when you mean its owner. There is no apostrophe. And, speaking of apostrophes...not every word needs an apostrophe when you make it plural. 'all of our car's are blue'...huh? You know what I'm saying?
I'd like to know what some of your pet peeves are...care to share them with me?
Monday, September 8, 2008
What, you're asking, is the 'deal steal'. Another term often used is 'deal of the century' or 'got it for a song' or something similar to that. I made 'deal steal' up, after considering calling it the 'steal deal'. haha. Thinkin' it sounds better to say 'deal steal', but enough of that.
So. I'm working my way around to the thread, when I see a sign that reads, "60something...maybe 66? % off". I quickly made my way to that aisle and saw a bunch of stuff. Yup, just stuff. Meaningless 'why would you want that' stuff. But, I spied this great piece of something...metal and other materials, but mostly metal. I immediately grabbed it up, thinking that it would be the perfect 'other side of my hearth' piece! It was $34.99...well, that was the original price...it was marked down to $7.00. WOW, you say! But wait, it gets better! After I found and selected my thread (yup, just one spool...for $3.99...good thing Hobby Lobby is on my way home, hey?), I found the 90% off aisle. Just by chance...actually, I had been looking for it and finally found it.
Here it is...
What do you think???
I'm one of those who doesn't buy something until it's absolutely essential, so then I don't usually get whatever it is on sale. Therefore, finding this 'deal steal' is especially exciting!
I'm thinking I might become famous for coining the phrase 'deal steal'...what do you think?
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Friday, September 5, 2008
We watched 2 movies that weekend, "The Bucket List" & "Lions for Lambs". Both good...both worth watching.
Shopping was on the schedule for Saturday. But first, Tag needed a bath. He has allergies, so bathing him with hypoallergenic shampoo every 6-8 weeks is what I do. Helps his skin stay calm.
We met another of her friends, Rhonda, at the Red Lobster. Rhonda and Julie have Golden Retrievers in common...she's a very good friend to Julie.
Sunday was the big moving day. Julie stored her belongings in a storage unit when she moved to Durango last year. She is now in her own apartment...so she needed her stuff!!! Rhonda helped...she really packed it in!
I told Chris that I wouldn't give out his phone number...he's afraid that others will call on him to help move things. If ya don't know how to get in touch with him, you cannot ask for his help, right? HA! Actually, he's a board-certified veterinary dentist...works at the vet school. He's a really nice guy. When he helped Julie move out of her apartment, he told her that if she needed help moving her furniture out of the storage unit into a truck, to call him. Now really, what kind of foolishness is that??? He knew how much stuff she had, cuz he helped move it all in there! He probably thought she would forget his offer. LOL...apparently not, hey??? He did a really great job...this moving thing could be his second career!
Almost done! WOW...I cannot believe how much stuff they crammed into that truck. The guy in the red shirt (Tim) is married to the blonde (Jody) who has her back to the camera. She is a pharmacist and worked with Julie at the vet school.So, here's the motley crew...all done. YAY!!!
Later that day, Kim came out for a short visit...and Julie trimmed collie feet.
We spent a quiet afternoon and evening. Julie was up and out the door early on Labor Day! (This photo...Julie's actually driving...the truck is actually moving...just the wrong angle, I guess.)
BYE! Be safe!
I miss her already.
PS She made it back to Durango safe and sound and is (mostly) all settled in her own apartment with Manley and the 2 K's (Kisa and Kalista, her 2 pixiebob cats).