Loading up the trebuchet for June

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To toss this month:

- People who do nothing, contribute nothing, offer nothing, yet have the audacity to complain about progress and/or results.

- People who tell me what I can and cannot write about on my own personal website.

- Having to work as much as I do just to keep my head above water because of what is happening to this economy.

- People who only act like family on holidays or whenever presents are involved.

- The obsession with Michael Jackson. Sure, he was a great songwriter and performer but he also molested young boys so as the mother of sons forgive me if I'm not blaring "Thriller" or crying over the memorial video marathon on the cable stations. I'm mourning for the innocence of those kids.

- Sam's not having lemons yesterday.

- The guilty feeling I got upon finding Liam's Nintendo DS, apparently put away atop a bookshelf weeks ago as punishment, after scolding him for losing it.

- High-maintenance people.

- Not having the money or the time to take a vacation. 

- Silence when there's too much to think about.

- The work that goes into making your kids' childhood idyllic.

- Those who sell synthetic faith.

Things I would not toss:

- The faith my kids have in me.

- The faith I have in myself, when I have it.

- The support of family, friends, and people who read and/or listen.

- When the heat recedes a bit, dips into the 80s, and is joined by a good breeze.

- My hammock.

- Convincing my kids to nap with me in said hammock.

- Watching Ewan get upset because the earthworms he caught are always trying to run away from him, he says.

- Zia's on the Hill who recently treated me to a fantastic chicken spedini meal. I went by myself after a radio appearance for Party at Berra Park at the owners' invitation. I sat by myself in the corner of the room, stuffed my face, and caught up on my email.(Thanks Mike and Kory!)

- My Palm Pre.

- The release I feel after a good venting.

What's aggravating you or lifting you up today?

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The email I got from our priest. Honestly, when are we going to be able to find a church and attend it without drama occuring at some point?

My two year old's poopy diaper. I swear I could use these as some kind of chemical weapon against the terrorists.

My horrible body self-image. Also my laziness which keeps me from feeling good about myself in the first damn place.

Things I would not toss:

My two year old's sweet, pudgy, tanned little elbows. Also his wiggly toes.

The way my four year old tries to have a British accent when reading "Going On A Bear Hunt". Seriously, it's hilarious.

The wonder I feel when realizing my nine year old is shooting up like a reed, and getting long and lanky and has no more pudge on his elbows, or wrists...they grow up fast.

Aggravating me:

My stubborn, stupid unwillingness to go to bed before 3am.

Related, my inability to function before 10am.

Lifting me up:

Coffee. :-)

Conversations with my 5-year-old daughter.

Good writing and acting on my favorite TV shows. (Hey, it's the little things, right?)

To Toss:

- a $2300 car repair bill when me and my new husband are barely surviving on one income

- the overwhelming amount of work (and hours . . . and creativity . . .) I'm putting into my job.

To Keep:

- The knowledge that better things are ahead

- Michael Jackson's music (totally not convinced he molested children)

Things that are uplifting me:

I am on vacation @ the end of the week.
I am going to the movies with my mom tonight. :)
My new house is really starting to look like our style and feel like home :)

Things that are aggervating me:

My husband and I have been searching for a church for a long time, and we haven't found anything that we feel comfortable with. So hopefully that will change soon.

Oh my, just in time for the flinging to commence!

To fling:

The state of California and all of its self-inflicted budget issues.

The Govenor of above state for spending the education funding when he promised he would never touch it.

The massive layoffs because of this stupid ecomomy.

The Bernie Madoffs and his ilk for helping themselves to the bailout cookie jar.

Rising gas prices for no apparent reason.

Bill collectors that harras me for one missed payment (my mistake) and their kind.

Not flinging:

My wonderful son who just graduated from high school and for hurdling over all of the academic obstacles in your way. I couldn't be more proud of you.

My wonderful boyfriend who loves me unconditionally, for this is something very new to me.

My best friend who is about to be married to the woman of his dreams. This was a long time in coming and I am so very happy for you both.

For still being employed by our local school district, we all came together and saved each others jobs in the wake of no money.

For my health and the roof over my head, for God and my family.

To toss:
My shirt--literally. I had the ink cartridge in one hand, the phone on the other as I explained that the cartridge didn't work, could they please send a new one. Then the cartidge spilled ink all over my favorite tank top.

To keep:
It's my last week at my current job. It's time for a change, so I'm moving back to my home state and taking my Texas boyfriend with me. We have a week between ending our jobs and loading up the U-haul and it promises to be a week filled with family and friends.

Fling, fling, fling into the infernal pit, to be feasted upon by worms and vile crawing things with sharp pointy teeth with lime juice dripping from the fangs as they burrow:

1. Having to work on the weekend because nobody else knows how to do it.

2. Express Scripts. I pay a fortune for "coverage", only to find out that a 90 day supply of medication OFF the insurance costs less than a 30 day supply ON the insurance. That, my friends, is messed up.

3. Feeling fired and useless at Church, not getting to teach teenager Sunday school since some bat-guano woman decided to tell people that I'm "not safe around kids".

No fling:

1. Getting samurai movies on DVD for my birthday and Father's Day. Watching a guy totally kick the butts of twenty nobuseri bandits with nothing but a wooden sword is just nineteen pounds of pure cool.

2. Invites to 4th of July parties, with ribs and cobbler and fireworks. Nothing like loading nine racks of ribs in my Dutch oven and blowing everybody away.

3. That feeling of pure relief when stepping into a swimming pool when the air feels like a hairdryer in a hot bathroom.

4. Substitutes on my morning radio who do a better job than the person they replace. Seriously.

Things I wouldn't mind flinging

1. The HEAT- I'm holding that great, big bloviating volcano, Al Gore and all his bombastic hot air personally responsible for the uptick in the temp.
2. Conakry- an interesting looking word that I found in Webster's New World College Dictionary 4th edition while looking for the proper meaning of the word "bloviating". Conakry is the "seaport and capital of Guinea on the Atlantic Ocean: pop. 950,000"
3. Not having a full time job and not getting enough hours at my part time job.

4. Roman Catholicism, the papacy, and Vatican City. I'm not too keen on Luther, either, but at least he nailed it with the whole "95 theses" thing.
5. Nancy Pelosi, except for her face. Why waste perfectly good plastic? Can you spell L-E-G-O-S?
6. Transformers 2, stoner moms, Jim Crowesque robots, Megan Fox, and her dumb ideas, but not her hotness.
7.Sometimes feeling helpless in a world gone completely to the dogs and the sense of powerlessness of not being able to do much about it.
8. The fear of our country going down the Roman road of Perdition.
9. Power-seeking politicians hellbent on taking us down that road.
10.Not yet being bitten by a radioactive spider. I'm still waiting...

Things I wouldn't fling
1. Most conservatives and many liberals.
2. Those who question Obama's eligibility to be president (I'm a birther).
3. My immediate and extended family and my mom's bizarre obsession with roosters. I can count about 12 rooster knicknacks in my kitchen/dining room alone.
4.My insanely mad juggling skills.
5. Christianity, Jesus Christ, C.S Lewis, Charles Spurgeon, the Protestant Reformation, (maybe John Calvin, I'm really iffy about him).
6.Sweeney Todd, Les Miserables, and Fiddler on the Roof. All good movies I have seen this year, but nothing beats the Pirates of Caribbean trilogy.
7. Very lucid dreams of flying, but not waking up with all my limbs asleep and falling on the floor.
8.Subway, eat fresh. Hardees, eat sloppy. Zombies, eat flesh.
9. The giant groundhogs in my backyard that bark and growl at me when I chase them.
10. Thinking up certain nouns to launch in an imaginary trebuchet on your blog!

toss it:

-my parents' horribly messy house that i'm living in for 2 weeks.

-the 4am wake up from a baby who isn't used to sleeping here.

-the fact that may parents' dog bit my son & my mom acts like it isn't a big deal

keepers:

-the fact that i'm leaving my parents' house to get my own house in arizona with a pool

-catching up on some creative projects b/c i'm not in charge of the house for a month

-hanging out with my best friend before i move back to arizona

-did i mention the pool that will be mine next friday?

I'll keep:

joy at not packing lunches for the next 12 weeks, picking fresh strawberries with the kids and then eating an entire basket full, rainy afternoon naps on the couch, and tequila.

To the curb:

guilt for the above.

TO TOSS:
-When waking up at 5:50 means I overslept :(
-Hot weather; I've had enough
-Living in a 75 year old house that needs repairs daily!

TO KEEP:
-Neighbors who care enough to organize block party
-Girlfriends who make all of lifes problems better
-Michelob Ultra Tuscan Orange Grapefruit beer


Aggrivating
-People who don't want or don't deserve children that get them while my husband and I have two miscarriages.

-They way my in-laws take advantage of my sweet giving husband.

-The lack of standards within our choir, and our choir director playing favorites.

Lifting me up
-As always my husband who would do anything for anyone before himself, and not complain.

-My casual friend Dee, who was put through hell last year, and is continuing to deal with the aftermath but always takes the time to let me know she is praying for me.

-My dogs.

Michael Jackson certainly led a bizarre, sad existence offstage, but he was never convicted of child molestation. Only God knows what Michael did or didn't do in his personal life. All we know is what we've read and heard in the media, and the media sure isn't God.

Tossing

Incompetant people/self important people - many times same thing

The stupid scale

Procrastination

US obsession with celebrities


Keeping

The scale - 15 lbs down is a start

My family - consistent and level headed

My job - I'm lucky to have one

ps side note, MJ may not have been CONVICTED of child molestation, but he definitly had CHILD PORN in his home.

To Fling:

my inlaws

the economy (looking for job can't find one)

my daughter for not listening to me and now we have 7 puppies

Not to fling:

my kids (inlcuding the above daughter)

my husband

my friends for being there when I need them

toss: Too many to mention.

keep: Hope.

Toss ...
-big ego's on small people.
-drama queens.
-heat
-crushed ice 'cause it melts to quickly and waters down the darn drink
-sissy plastic cups the also cause the ice to melt to quickly and waters down the darn drink.
-any vehicle that begins with "U" and ends in "Haul"
-no adrenaline when adrenaline is called for
-N. Korea
-Snakes
-Mowing the yard

Don't Toss ...
-The Amazing Elle (my granddaughter)
-The Soon To Be Amazing Paisley (my granddaughter 7/9ths done)
-The Deadliest Catch
-Rhon-Duh the motorcycle
-Vanilla Coke without melted ice watering down the darn drink
-Pizza
-Cheeseburgers
-Ceiling fans
-AIR CONDITIONERS

Fling:
- Sunburn on forearms, forehead, and scalp from Nashville Tea Party yesterday.
- Jim Cooper, my US Rep, who voted yes to Waxman-Malarkey cap-and-trade bill.

Not fling:
- 2007 Ford Echo, which I bought last Saturday. Cap-and-trade THAT, Coop.
- The Dave Ramsey financial plan. I bought my Echo with CASH. New car and NO PAYMENTS, baby!
- Yesterday's Tea Party and all who organized, attended, or just honked as they drove by. What's a little sunburn? :)

Oh! How can I pass up an opportunity to vent?

What is eating me up?
- The DMV for allowing me to drive all the way there with a crying baby to find it is closed on Monday's. Yes, its my own fault...
- The Great Indoors for continuously messing up our order on the new master bath we apparently needed. Delays, delays, delays, and more money.
- The weather lately, for threatening to rain more often than not, but not actually raining.
- The sinking feeling I have each time I think about returning to work post maternity leave.
- The weeds...

And the don't toss list ...
- My wonderful 2 month old who's napping in his my little lamb swing and passing gas. Just a glimpse at him makes all the "what's eating me" completely irrelevant.
- The way my son starts to panic when I make him stop eating long enough to burp.
- The way I laugh everytime my soon assumes his pooping position.
- The nice weather we've had the past week, since it never did rain.
- The new hose we have to water the plants since it hasn't rained.

Imagine what

Fling this current administration & anyone who voted for it, far, far away.............

DANGIT! I meant Ford EDGE, not Echo. Errr.

just the thing I blogged about a moment again...this cooling weather, eating my morning meal on the deck listening to the sounds of nature makes me realize today is a day we can all say--God is good!

Cause last week, that heat, felt like the devil had a hold.

Not to fling:

my husband coming home for a visit from Iraq

To fling:

American Airlines for not playing nice because my husband is not "military" even though he is embedded with the military and is in just as much danger when I am trying to change his flight arrangements because they company changed his leave dates. OOOOOOHHHHHH can you say tranfer umteen million times and even though we have tickets without restrictions wanting to charge us out the wahoo to make the changes............FAIL

just the thing I blogged about a moment again...this cooling weather, eating my morning meal on the deck listening to the sounds of nature makes me realize today is a day we can all say--God is good!

- The way I laugh everytime my soon assumes his pooping position.
- The nice weather we've had the past week, since it never did rain.
- The new hose we have to water the plants since it hasn't rained.
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-Pizza
-Cheeseburgers
-Ceiling fans
-AIR CONDITIONERS
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