Tuesday, January 31, 2006
When I picked up my son from the extended day program at his school, I searched for his name in the book to sign him out. Only I couldn't find it. Because I was looking under my MAIDEN name. Which I guess is understandable since I've only been married for nearly 10 years.
Monday, January 30, 2006
It is telephone numbers and passwords and user names crowding out everything else. Home numbers, business numbers, cell phone numbers, pediatrician, day care, direct line to the elementary school's principals office. Then the fiasco we call 'internet security'. Each website has their own special little rules for user names and passwords.
User name must contain one uppercase letter, at least two numbers, must be longer than eight characters, and rhyme with xylophone. The crazy ones at work are the worst and they expire what seems like every other week. It took me 15 minutes trying to think of a new password that I wouldn't forget in the 2 seconds it took to write it down.
Invalid password. That has been used before.
Invalid password. Not enough characters.
Invalid password. Not enough numeric characters.
Invalid password. You misspelled.
But I won the battle, with ScrewYouPasswordMonster1234 finally accepted.
The Inn is located outside Kyle, Texas, which used to be a quaint, sleepy little town. Not anymore- new developments are everywhere. The town is located off I-35, close to San Marcos. It seems eventually Austin and San Antonio will connect.
Saturday, we drove through Wimberly, visited a winery in Driftwood, drove around Canyon Lake and headed back for the delicious gourmet dinners at the Inn. Sunday morning we hiked around the property after breakfast and then shopped at the outlet mall in San Marcos and finally headed back to reality.
Two nights of uninterrupted sleep, fancy meals with adult conversations, and reconnecting- everyone needs a place like that to escape.
Sunday, January 29, 2006
He did complete it yesterday and I will send a letter to the teacher explaining it is his folks that are deficient. He's only in kindergarten and his parents are already screwing up his life.
Wednesday, January 25, 2006
Tuesday, January 24, 2006
Monday, January 23, 2006
Still not sure how he found out about it, but I sure wasn't dishing any details.
The kids seemed to have a great time. Between temper tantrums anyways. Between no naps, not being able to freely express themselves (i.e. scream) and the 2 am crying fit after the boy wet the bed, I'm glad to be home and glad to be at work.
It wasn't all bad. At lunch Saturday, the radio the restaurant was playing kept cutting in and out. The boy started up an impromptu game of freeze. We found a play area at the mall and the kids had a great time running around. The boy talked to some other boys his age briefly. When asked what the conversation was about, he answered that they wanted to play a game, but spoke Spanish. He couldn't understand what they were saying.
Saturday evening we took the kids to the planetarium at Texas A&M International University. Didn't know that A&M had a branch in Laredo, but obviously they do. The schedule on the website said it was about Saturn. Turned out it was a techno music laser light show. Not quite what I had in mind, but the kids insisted they enjoyed it.
That night, when we got back to the car, I was trying to buckle the girl into her car seat. It was dark, so I asked hubby to turn the overhead light on. He said it was out. The boy then stood up and said- maybe it's a clap on and proceeded to clap to turn it on. No, it didn't come on, but we got a good laugh out of it.
Both kids had a chance to sit in the cock pit and push a few buttons. And they got a real charge out of hearing their dad on the PA system while in flight.
Tuesday, January 17, 2006
Hubby flew in yesterday evening to help contribute to the local economy. Our tally from last night- he was down $90 from playing craps, but I made $45 at Carribean Stud. We each had a beer, so that comes to $22.50 a beer. He flew back this afternoon and I think I'm done gambling for this trip.
Friday, January 13, 2006
This evil machine arrived Wednesday on my front porch. I bravely stepped on. Hubby and I then had a good laugh at my expense. Next was his turn. Same reaction. The next morning, I woke up 45 minutes earlier to get my run in before work. The next day, hubby went for a jog, rode his bike, and lifted weights. We'll just call it a $99 wake up call.
Thursday, January 12, 2006
Wednesday, January 11, 2006
Even the commercial breaks are now a commercial- "and now we break for the Ford moment". People are tattooing their foreheads for advertisements. And now, a town in Texas, has renamed itself Dish, Texas.
How much could I get for naming my kid James Coney Island?
Tuesday, January 10, 2006
The contract for the mobile home park was finally signed yesterday. Now we're scrambling trying to find suckers to lend us money. Before the contract was signed, my stress level was about a 4 on a 1 - 10 scale. Stays pretty much in that range, with sharp peaks in the morning or if the kids get sick. Today it's a sustained 7 or 8.
Planning for something, low stress. Actually doing it, major stress.
Monday, January 09, 2006
So, Saturday we packed up the bikes and the kids and attempted our second family bike ride. The first being in our neighborhood, which with cars, sidewalks, curbs, and stop signs did not go very well. On the unobstructed bike path, the boy did great! We rode 6 miles Saturday afternoon and went back Sunday morning for another 6. The wind had picked up Sunday, so it took some coaxing to get the boy to finish Sunday, but he did. The girl kept herself entertained on the back of my bike by singing about the color of my shirt. It was all very enjoyable and we can't wait to do it again.
Thursday, January 05, 2006
Tuesday, January 03, 2006
The holidays are over and it's back to the grind as usual. The days of rolling out of bed at 7 to turn on the computer to start working are over as well. Sigh. It is nice to see my coworkers again, rather than just on instant message.
It looks like we've come to an agreement in the negotiations on a mobile home park and we're meeting to sign the contract on Friday. I am a little nervous as it is something I know nothing about. I imagine there's no better way to learn then when your entire future's on the line. Heh.