Archive for August, 2007

August 29, 2007

Yesterday I was all shiny (no make-up) and whiny (bad personality) and today I’m all itchy (need lotion, now!) and bitchy (lack of sleep). I don’t feel “down” exactly, just bored. Craving excitement, craving FUN!!!
How boring am I, that at 35, invited to a wine tasting party tonight and all I can think is “mehh….”
And a list of difficulties:
1. It’s a school/work night.
2. Um, dinner, who would make dinner?
3. Kids, those darn, pesky kids, who would take care of them?
4. My hair looks like crap today.
5. Ditto to my face….
6. What to wear?
7. I’d have to drive, all the way to Peoria and back….

So, I guess while I say I want to have “FUN” I also want it to be effortless; a super-FUN event at which I could have stringy hair, casual clothes, a babysitter, food, and a built-in excuse to take tomorrow off work.

Any suggestions?


Just call me Ellie Mae

August 23, 2007

Due to various unfortunate circumstances, we lived several places in the first 5-6 years of my kids’ lives. In my daughter’s mind, though, they have all merged into one experience.
In kindergarten her teacher had them draw a picture to compare and contrast two things. She chose “where she lives now” compared to “where she used to live.” Her “now” picture had a house with a tv and heat. Her “then” picture had a house on wheels, bugs (we once lived in a house that had ants in the spring and wasps in the summer/fall) and no heat (she actually wrote the words “no heat” on the house).
I just about died. I’m sure her teacher thought we moved to Princeville from a bug infested trailer with no electricity.

It was worse, I think, than the time in preschool when her teacher asked “what does your mommy do?” and Reagan responded “She watches Law and Order.”

Is that a threat or a warning?

August 21, 2007

Me: “Bye you guys, I love you”
Reagan: (in monotone, with a dark expression) “That’s what you say now, just wait a couple of years.”

Book selection #1

August 17, 2007

Hi. Hopefully everyone that wanted to join the book club received an email from either Laura or myself.
The first book is “The Devil in the Details” by Jennifer Traig.
The first meeting will be in September, possibly the 21st.

Last night Reagan and I went into Peoria to run errands. She wanted to purchase food and a ouija board for a slumber party she is throwing tonight.
The conversation we had about it is classic Reagan:
Me: Why do you want a ouija board?
Reagan: Well, we want to talk to Elvis. Oh, and Ashley’s grandpa. He’s either dead or in Florida.

Indianapolis Trip

August 14, 2007

My friend Laura is running (okay, possibly, depending on the health and welfare of her feet) a marathon in October in Indianapolis. I promised I would attend to cheer her on. Of course, if she can’t run, we’ll still go and I’ll help her drown her misery in alcohol and barbituates. Okay, I’m kidding about the barbituates. Indianapolis, here we come….

In preparation of our little trip I’m doing some tourist related research into “what’s goin’ on” in the Greater Indianapolis area… some ideas:

1. “The German Expressionist Era” at the Indianapolis Museum of Art:
“Approximately 50 early 20th century woodcuts, lithographs, etchings and drawings from IMA’s permanent collection are highlighted in this exhibition.”
Nothing says “Woo Hooo!!! Superfreaky Fun!!!” like early 20th century woodcuts and lithographs.

2. And while we are there we can view “The Hats of Africa.” Hopefully we can try one on; I can imagine some wonderful photo opportunities will abound.

3. “Let’s Get it On” No, one weekend with the lovely Laura isn’t going to cause me to switch teams; it’s a show featuring the music of Motown.

4. “Autumn Celebration, featuring bonzai” will help round out our multicultural weekend. Do the leaves change on those little trees? (Hey if it wasn’t in Karate Kid, I don’t know.)

5. “Lenape Camp Highlight: Tomahawk Throwing Contest” Yes, I’m known for my good aim, due to my stellar vision, and would rock at this contest. Plus it allows you to “step into the world of fur traders.” (but didn’t I already address that in #3?

6. “The Vienna Choir Boys.” Because we love to hear little boys sing. Especially when they wear silly hats.

7. “Indianapolis Symphony Northwest Airlines Pops Series: Broadway Star Linda Eder” Airlines are known for their primo entertainment, aren’t they?

These are just a few of the fabulous events we might be partaking in during our little trip. Of course, if anyone has any other suggestions for restaurants, sights to see, etc, in the Indianapolis area, they would be greatly welcome.

August 13, 2007

Friday night we went to Red Zin, unfortunately, Carl Bopp, piano player extraordinaire was not in residence.

At Martini’s I asked the “band” (two guys named Kevin and Dean?) to play “Short People” in lieu of “Happy Birthday” to my dear friend Laura. Now when anyone asks I can say we are both “in our thirties.”

Saturday we bought a new dining room table and chairs. YES! No more the “outdoors is indoors” look, defined by replacing our old, broken dining room chairs with lawn chairs. I feel like a “real” grown up. I mean, we actually bought furniture. New furniture, from an actual store.

Sunday life decided to bite us in the ass with the advent of a now leaking water heater. Why does this always happen? Any major purchase must be accompanied by an unexpected expense…

Oh, and my aforementioned friend, Laura, is wanting to start a book club. So far we have 7-8 members and hope to get around 10. The current members are all women (mainly 30-somethings) from the Peoria area. The books will mainly be modern fiction novels, with a few possible non-fiction books and we will meet once a month. If anyone would like to join please send me an email at: jenjw4 at

Oookie Day

August 10, 2007

Things that are wrong with today:
1. My hair is flat.
2. My desk is a mess and getting messier.
3. The afternoon feels like one big “blaaaaahhhhhh….”
4. I just found 4 seperate opened packets of splenda on my desk. Do I throw them out? Do I keep them for future use? If I keep them, how do I store them?
5. Those are the kinds of questions that have punctuated today and made it such a big “blaaaaahhhhhhhh….”
6. Everyone is making mistakes on their time sheets, and really how does one say “no decimals, only fractions” in Spanish?
7. We are going out tonight and I have nothing to wear.

Oh, yeah, we are going out tonight. A Birthday celebration galore for Laura. Dirty Monkey’s. Carl Bopp on piano (we hope)…. The day is looking up.


August 10, 2007

Yesterday afternoon I had a doctor appointment in Peoria, at 3:00. I left Princeville at 2:00-ish and, arriving “in town,” realized I had 15 minutes to spare before my appointment. I decided to run into Linen’s and Things and buy a birthday present I needed for today (happy birthday Laura!). Imagine my surprise, when walking by the register, who would be in line but, um, my boss. She said “Hi?” At which point I proceeded to stammer….. “on way to dr’s office” “extra time” “not really using my sick leave, to, (gulp) shop at the mall…..” “really, on my way to the doctor” “extra time.” I am sure all of my stuttering, gulping and shifty eyed looks, were the classic signs of lying. (But, I wasn’t, really! Really on my way to the doctor! I promise.)

Tanny McBoobtown

August 8, 2007

Last night I went to a party, with my husband.
Social occasions tend to make me nervous.
To make matters worse:
It was at my husband’s boss’s house.
Two dozen people who all know each other, but that I have never met, were scheduled to attend.
We were providing the food: fish tacos, salsa, guacamole, black bean salad, fruit salad and mini oreo cheesecakes.
Talk about a triple whammy.
But it was fine. Better than fine.
I had fun.


Reagan called. She had skidded out on gravel (on her bike) and skinned her hands and knees. She was bleeding and crying.

I felt awful. I felt like I should have been there.
Luckily she is fine, gauze covered, but fine.

Productive uses of my time:

August 6, 2007

1. Ordered my vegetarian friend MarySue the best product ever: bacon salt! Yes, bacon flavored salt. Salt that tastes like bacon. Could anything be better?
2. Ordered my daughter a new pair of Heely’s. Hopefully she won’t break an arm like her cousin Forest did.
3. Debating with sister #3 whether sister #2 got a boob job when she had her tubes tied.
4. Reading about Lollygaggin’s wedding. Wish I could have been there, but I am busy preparing to make fish tacos for dozens of people (with side dishes… I’ve been doing lots of shoppin’ and choppin’)
5. Investigating important events in history.