Just A Little Self Reminder...

One of the problems/issues I tend to have in regards to posting regularly and such is the fact that I will have something to share, something I want to blog about but I don't have the time to do it right that moment, and then I completely forget what it was. That or I will jot down notes here and there on a piece of paper, and yep, can't find that darn piece of paper anywhere.

So today, instead of putting my thoughts on paper to lose somewhere, I am going to live my future posts that I need, or more so, want to do right here on my blog. This way I can get my much needed work done (has to be all in by 5pm CST today...end of the Month...) And then later I can do all the other wonderful things that need be. So here goes...

My "To-Do" (Later) List.....

  1. Book Review on I Love You More...
  2. BZZZ Agent...
  3. Nana's stinky attitude (done)
  4. Post to wahfacts blog...(done)
  5. Connecting WAHM's Message board (I'm the Moderator for the Ameriplan folder) probably should get a little something posted about us right?(done, yet it is an ongoing issue that should be placed on my daily to do list also.)
There is most likely more, but I won't waste any more thought and time on it now, I can always add to it as the pop in mind.

(This is just one little thing I am trying in order to fight my procrastination dilemma.)

Update on My Search for a Wii...

Okay so I had my little ranting moments today, and all for good reason I believe. And I still can't believe that I am so determined to get one of these simple games for my kids that I am doing the searching and investigating that I am. I am also starting to see how great it is that I am actually doing this blog. In a few years when I look back on today I'm sure I will roll my eyes and say to myself, " can you believe that you did that?"

Anyhow, what I found out today was this...apparently Nebraska is one of the places that tends to have a terrible shortage on items such as the Nintendo Wii. Because in one of my ranting sessions, and pleading with everyone I know online to help me find one, I get a response that changes everything a bit. In Michigan it appears that they don't have the shortage issue? Interesting isn't it?

I also must have been thinking crazy a bit because I actually sent a message to a complete stranger on ebay in hopes that he would feel sorry enough for me and be willing to sell me a Nintendo Wii outside of the cut-throat auctions on ebay. It was a long shot, but I figured what the hay, not much to lose.

I ended up getting a better response then I was expecting. He says he may just be willing to do that, what was I looking to spend, and he would see what he could do. When it was all said & done, we didn't actually do a deal. But he did give me some really great pointers on how to get one.

According to him, Wal-Mart receives shipments about twice a week. And if I just keep calling frequently, I should be able to catch one sometime between now & Christmas. He also explained some of the reasons that it is costing them so much on ebay. With the high cost of gas, along with ebay fees, shipping & insurance fees, paypal fees and all that it takes to get them out there, I guess I can understand a little bit.

Either way, the majority of my previous rant concerning people jacking the price up more than double the purchase price, actually resulted from a search on craigslist.org. And yes, it was in Nebraska, thought I would give it a shot and I did find many people who had Wii's to get rid of. And I think the cheapest one I say was $400. That's what gets me. And they are local or very short driving distance, so there aren't any of the other fees involved and they are still asking that sort of price for this. That is what is outrageous to me.

Either way I think all will work out well. Actually a team member of mine, who happens to live in Michigan, and will be going out shopping tonight or tomorrow anyhow, she is going to keep her eyes open and hopefully we will get one that way if needed. This way I can pay that $250 it costs, plus tax and then shipping. It just may be the best way to go.

Wow, that was definitely longer than I had hoped....again. I will keep you all posted in regards to the craziness that is brewing around here.

The Greed...

I must admit I am feeling just a bit frustrated with how the whole Wii search has been going. Therefore I apologize in advance for the up and coming rant that is about to ensue.

Now I completely understand the idea behind supply and demand. But that still doesn't make it fair. And personally I just think it's all about the greedy getting all they can from us little people. Why you ask do I feel this way? Let me tell you...

It has become clear, or at least I finally see some of the larger picture of it all. I understand that they simply do not produce enough of the stinkin game (Wii) to keep up with the demand of it all. That being said, there are so many people that simply go out, and do what ever they have to in order to purchase each and everyone of the Wii's as soon as they hit the floor. I mean they don't need 10 systems for themselves. They simply are out to purchase them for $250, then turn around and push them on the internet for $400, $500 and more.

I refuse to give in to anyone trying to do this. To me it's just plain old stinky greed. And don't get me wrong, I know that we all need money in order to live, and yes money is great, but to take advantage of someone else to do so is just not right.

Therefore I will continue my search for a Nintendo Wii for my kids for Christmas, but I am boycotting any individual who is trying to sell me a system for more than twice it's purchase price, along with the 15 other systems they have already sold in the past week.

Everything happens for a reason. And if we were meant to get a Wii, we will get one. Patience is the virtue of all happiness.

See I've helped ease myself back into reality. Speaking your mind and getting it out there really does help.

P.S. If you happen to know of anyone or any store with a Wii in hand/stock...I would love it if you snatched it up for me and let me know. lol

This Is Just Absolutely Awful...

I am not one to post much about current events and such, but this is just so terrible that I feel I need to share my thoughts on it and hopefully if anyone ever thinks of raising their hand to a child, especially in such a forceful and evil way, they will think about what the end result could be.

Many of you may have heard the story already, it's about 'Baby Grace' and you can find the ABC Story here. It truly makes me feel sick to my stomach that a mother could let this happen to her child. If you have not yet heard of this story, here is just a brief summary, it's hard for me to even try to explain and I was not even personally involved, oh it's just awful.

It happened in Texas, Houston I believe. But long story short, if you want the details, you can read the story. A mother, who is 19 and her husband, 24, of which she met on the internet and moved to Texas with in June, beat the little 2 year old girl to death in July mind you. They hid her body in a shed for some time, then put her in a box and dumped her in the Galveston Bay. All of this supposedly because she would not say "please" and "yes sir?"

And even if the mother is claiming in her story now that it was him that beat her little girl, I believe that she is just as much to blame, even if she didn't lay a single hand on that girl. (Which I highly doubt.) But she stood by and let it happen and did nothing to protect her. She didn't call an ambulance when her baby stopped breathing, or when she was thrown across the room and fell on her head.

You know my Sissy just turned 2, and I can't even begin to imagine how awful that was for that poor little girl. She was 2 for goodness sake. She shouldn't be proper and polite, she is still a baby.

I could go on and on about all the things that are just plain wrong, and how this is something that should never happen to anyone. But all I'm going to say is this...if anyone ever gets to the point where their child is annoying them so badly that they feel beating them is the answer, I assure you it is not. And I'm sure, regardless of how evil any person is inside, this mother is never going to be able to get over the fact that she watched her little get beat to death and did nothing. That memory is permanently embedded in her soul, never to be forgotten. All it would have taken is a simple phone call. That's it. Who cares if they would have gone to jail from the marks already left on the poor child's body. That child would still be here, and I'm sure their time would have be not nearly long enough in the county jail. I pray that they sit and rot with the constant memories of what they did forever. It's just something you don't do, hurt an innocent child.

There is always help if you need it, all you have to do is ask.

Just a Couple Things To Think About Today...

Why do they put Braille on the drive-through bank machines?

Isn't it a bit unnerving that doctors call what they do "practice?"

Why don't sheep shrink when it rains?

Why are hot dogs sold in packages of 10, while the buns come in packages of 8?

I know there are lots and lots of things that just don't make sense, not always logically anyhow. So what else you got? Anything?

Just For Today I Will...

The daily topic to journal about today over at Mayas Mom is this...Just for today I will...and I have a little poem that I have had on my wall forever and it is titled Just For Today. How perfect does that fit? So here goes...

Just For Today...

Just for today I will live through the next 12 hours and not tackle my entire life's problems at once.

Just for today I will improve my mind. I will learn something useful. I will read something that requires effort, thought and concentration.

Just for today I will be agreeable, I will look my best, I will speak in a well modulated voice, and I will be courteous and considerate.

Just for today I will not find fault with friend, relative or colleague. I will not try to change anyone but myself.

Just for today I will have a program. I might not follow it exactly, but I will have it. I will save myself from two enemies- hurry and indecision.

Just for today I will exercise my character in three ways. I will do a good turn and keep it a secret. If anyone finds out it doesn't count.

Just for today I will do two things I don't want to do, just for the discipline.

Just for today I will be unafraid. Especially will I be unafraid to enjoy what is beautiful and believe that as I give to the world, the world will give to me.

Wordless Wednesday

It's Almost 2am...Why do I do this?

I have a tendency to get so deeply involved in what I'm doing that I lose any track of time. As we speak it is almost 2am CST and I have decided that before I go to bed I need to post a little something here on my blog.

Tomorrow, or actually, today...is Nana's birthday. I can hardly believe that she is 7 years old. Time does fly by. I can still remember when she was just a little, innocent, quiet girl. That has all been lost, nah...she is still my love and my life.

As for Thanksgiving, we lived through it. It actually went by without any major family disturbances and everyone got along pretty well. We ate lots, and watched some movies, and just hung out at my aunt's house.

And then it was Black Friday, day of the wonderful sales, and crazy people who get up and stand outside in the cold, just to see what sort of deals there are to be had. I admit, I was one of those crazies, but it was worth it. I have pretty much all of my Christmas shopping done, all I need is a few little odd and end things for the stockings. Oh, and the Wii...silly me can't read I guess because the ad I was looking at, the whole reason I was venturing out that morning, well it happened to be for Thanksgiving day? Oops...oh well, K-Mart is suppose to get a shipment of them in tomorrow, I mean today, and I am hoping to get one then. If not, I suppose there's always ebay.

Back to our experience with the Friday morning shopping madness. So my sister and I ventured out to ShopKo at 4am. We stood outside in like 10 degree weather, and even witnessed a woman in front of us have a diabetic seizure and fall over and hit her head on the concrete. All of this so that we could get our hands on an mp3 player, well actually 3 of them, for only $20, regular price $70. So I freeze my rear off, outside for like 45 minutes, and when we get inside and make our mad dash for the items on our list, I'll have you know, there were no more mp3 players. How could this be? The stinkin store only had 6 total. SIX! Now what was the point of even advertising that??? Oh, I know, so that silly people like me will line up at 4 in the morning, and then purchase other items as well, because you have to make it worth the while.

Either way, we did get some great stuff. All of the kids got 2 items each for gifts, we bought like 20 DVD's (I have a huge collection of dvd's, I can't help it...) Anyhow...I also got a new vacuum, a memory card, and I'm thinking that's it. But I only spent roughly $150, so not bad.

I'm just glad that I'm done shopping so soon. I am usually the last minute shopper, desperately trying to find that much needed item. But not this year, this year I can relax and enjoy myself. We even got the Christmas Tree up and decorated, and the presents are wrapped as well. (Oh, minus one that Sissy decided to open today. Luckily it was only my nephews and we can fix it. )

What to get your kids for Christmas?

I love Christmas, well for the most part anyhow. Family gatherings tend to not always go so well, and having the family that I have, too much time together is never a good thing. Other than that, I do love the holidays.

I especially love getting gifts for everyone, especially my kids. I know that they probably have way more than enough toys and gadgets already, but with all the new stuff that they are constantly coming up with...I'm like a kid again myself.

I have decided that this year however, instead of getting them a whole swarm of different things, I am going to get each of them one really good gift or at least a themed set of stuff that works together. (If that makes any sense at all?)

For Sissy, who just turned 2, and at her check-up appointment, the doc says she needs to be on a bit of a diet? I know she's a big girl, but honestly a diet? She weighs 41 lbs. Her sister was that big at like 14 months. And you have to realize that this little (big...) girl, at 2 years old, wears a size 9 shoe. Even the kid at Foot Locker said he had never seen a girl so young with such large feet. She is definitely a force to be reckoned with.

Anyhow, since we are suppose to do all that we can for this weight issue...I have decided that she is going to get the Fisher Price Smart Cycle-- It's a stationary bike, a learning center, and an arcade all wrapped into one system that you simply plug into the tv. How inventive is that? And it's not too terribly priced...just under $100.

As for Nana, I'm not quite sure what I'm going to get for her. She will be turning 7 at the end of November, but there's not much that she voices her opinion on, except for the fact that she thinks she needs a cell phone. You have got to be kidding me, a cell phone in the 1st grade?? I may consider getting her an iPod of her own, beings she is constantly taking mine, and you know having all those cartoons and goofy kid stuff that is flowing out of my iPod on an ever growing basis, it would be nice to have an all adult version for myself again.

And Beaner...the 8 year old, 3rd grader, who at this age is all about stuff that can put a damper on your pocket. He had decided some months ago that he definitely wanted a 4-wheeler for xmas? Seriously?? I have no idea what these kids are thinking? Anyhow, his dad states that he can get them at wholesale anyhow, so he begins to think it's a possibility.

But recently he has been focused on wanting a Nintendo Wii. I mean who doesn't want one of these bad boys. I guess when you think about it, it would be beneficial to the whole family, I mean it is a game that makes you have to get up and move. Definitely a possibility. Just a little set back at the price tag on this item, which can range from $300 and up.

I'm curious as to how others do their gift buying as well? Do you go all out and spend way more than you know you should? Do you have a set number of gifts that you get each child? Or is it just a simple last minute...oooh this looks neat...sort of thing?

It Never Fails...

It seems like every time I try and throw a Birthday Party for one of the kids at my house, in comes the drama. I'm not sure why? Maybe it's something about my home? Maybe there is some sort of spirit lurking around that refuses to let us have just one peaceful get together?

As you may or may not know, Sissy turned 2 on Saturday. So I decide that I will invite just the immediate family, with the holidays right around the corner, we will be seeing enough of everyone else. So I invite my parents and their spouses, Sissy's dad and his brother and cousins, my sister and her kids, as well as a friend of mine. Nothing too big, I was simply cooking some lunch & we would have cake. All started out okay, but it wasn't long before someone had to start in. You see, my sister tends to be a little loud and sometimes yells a lot. It's something we've all come to expect and ignore. But my step-mother decides to get all pissy about something and start in with my sister, then leaves outside and walks to the store, refusing to talk to anyone. I'd like to point out that my daughter was the one who just turned 2, regardless of how others were acting.

But it wasn't only that, my mother decided that there was something else that was more important to do then showing up at her granddaughters birthday party. They had to go "scouting" for prime hunting ground. I mean seriously?

And this isn't the only party that has ended up so. I won't go into much detail, but a few years ago, when we decided to have my nephews party here at my home, it got a tad bit nastier. That party ended up in someone going to jail, due to someone getting "accidentally" stabbed in the hand, and all of this was because people were arguing over who was going to take care of my nephew. (Mind you, neither one of those people was his mother??)

So needless to say, I don't think I will ever have another birthday party here at home. Why take the time to get everything ready and clean up, when we can just go to Valentino's or something and let them do all the work.

It's Here!

Well my laptop arrived this morning! In fact, this post is being done using that there laptop. I am so excited! I don't even know how to use it completely, but I have got the wireless connection up and going, and I've got the basics down, so we are good to go.

The freedom is awesome. I'm actually sitting on the sofa as we speak. Something that I have never been able to do before.

I'm not going to go on and on about this. Just had to let you all know that I did it. It is Christmas in November!

I Can't Believe It's November Already...

Well Halloween has come and gone. That wasn't so bad. I was planning on posting some pics of the kids in their costumes, but that is gonna have to wait until I get a chance to upload them.

You know, my youngest will be turning 2 this Saturday. It doesn't seem like she should be getting so big already. Last night she had so much fun trick or treating. I think she snuck away and ate a little too much candy however, because around midnight or so, I was still online (of course...) and I heard her downstairs as she started crying a little. When I go down there to see what was the matter, she is sitting straight up in bed saying "more candy, more candy." I told her no more candy Sissy and she laid right back down and went to sleep.

While we are talking about Sissy, she has been exceptionally naughty lately. She doesn't try to deny it either. If we say, "who did it?" She tells us, "Sissy did it." We say, "who's naughty?" "Sissy naughty," she says. I can't get mad at her though, I mean she's only being an adventurous toddler.

Her recent doings have involved painting herself with white-out. (BTW...that stuff is really hard to wash off of skin. Don't try this at home!) She has also taken upon the art of coloring on the walls. (Good thing it was a dry erase marker, it wiped off rather easily.) She also likes to prove her point that if she can't have it, then no one can. If one of the older kids leave their drink or what not anywhere she is able to get to it, she will take it upon herself to have some. And what do the older one's do when they see this? "Sissy...NO..." And yep, Sissy dumps it over spilling it all over the floor.

I'm glad that I'm not a person or a mother who worries too much over spilled milk. They are only little once, and when she is grown, none of this would have mattered anyhow. Spills can be cleaned up, and washed away. It's time that can't be taken back.