Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Ah, What A Busy Month!

Oh. Em. Gee.

Long day, here.  Actually, now that I'm thinking about it, a long week.

We're in the middle of Girl Scout cookie season here, which as you all know is a Big Deal - it kind of consumes the thoughts of the adults involved from late December until... well, until we finally unload that last box of cookies we ordered for cookie booth sales.  Could be February, or could be March... or it could be that come May we still have some we're trying to GIVE away.

 Don't get excited... it's never Thin Mints.  It's always that year's 'misfit cookie' like the unfortunate Shout-Outs last year, or (I'm predicting) the new Mango Cremes this year (they have been unfortunately described as tasting like a) air freshener or b) hand lotion).  Not a winner.  Somehow I have a sneaky suspicion they will be the ones that get unloaded on our unsuspecting military overseas via Operation Sweet Treat.  Hey, don't blame me... I'm in the 'hand lotion' camp, and wouldn't feed them to my dog.

Cookie booths...we have a ton, and they are nearly every weekend starting last weekend, until we collapse, run out of cookies, or both.

So besides that, I had my Scentsy launch party last weekend, and did pretty darned well, I think!  I already earned the 'Shooting Star' award (after 11 days - and only 4 days with my kit in hand), and can't wait for the new catalog items to be available in March!  :)

As I mentioned before, I'm homeschooling Annalise, and it's going well!  However, we visited the doctor and found that because of her meds (they kill her appetite), she's only gained 2 lbs over the last 3 years... so we felt it necessary to try to find a new medication that will be effective, but allow her to gain weight.  And it's happening in the midst of all this other stuff, so it's a bit challenging.  I really have to watch her closely and evaluate her... keep tabs on her appetite, intake and weight as well as the overall effectiveness of her meds.  It's a good thing she's home with me so we can do this properly!  She seems to be flourishing in the homeschool environment, though... I have noticed such a difference in her demeanor and attitude - all positive.  And her studies are going well, too.  :)

I've gotten back into my quilting lately, and have done two baby quilts for my nephew and great-nephew arriving within the next month.  It's a veritable boy extravaganza!  I will post pics as soon as they are sent off to their new owners.  :)

I'm back in school too, and exhausted tonight... long day, and long class this evening.  It's a three-hour class, but she almost never keeps us for the entire time.  Well, tonight she very nearly did, and I was dead on my feet by the end.  Boy, this getting old thing is GREAT!  /sarcasm

Aside from that, I am still trying to train our newest dog, who is just out of isolation from heartworm treatment. (Not our fault!  She had them when she was picked up by Animal Control.)  In addition, we have recently acquired the following:  a hamster (yes, again), four hermit crabs, and an anole (little lizard).  This is in addition to the two dogs, cat, and turtle (the hissing cockroaches have left the building - more about that later).  I'm up to my eyeballs in animals.  I think my kids have more pets right now than I had throughout my entire childhood.

You're probably wondering about the cockroaches, right?
I had been telling my husband for months "I think a couple escaped in the garage.  I saw one on the landing, and I'm pretty sure I found cockroach poop."  His response?  "Oh no, there aren't any loose out there.  That was the one Anna lost, and it got put back in its cage - it's all good."  I wasn't buying it.  At all.  I believed whole-heartedly that a couple had gotten loose, but he wouldn't hear it.  Until about two weeks ago....

You see, my husband got a great new little car (a Fiat Abarth) that he loves, loves, loves.  And apparently he wasn't the ONLY ONE who adored it.  He brought it home, and about a week later called me driving home from work.  He says "I just nearly had an accident driving down the interstate.  I thought I saw something moving, and guess what I saw on my dashboard?  A HUGE freaking hissing cockroach.  The damned thing is sitting on my arm right now.  It must have gotten into my car from the garage."  Ha!  Vindication!

Or, so I thought.  But he still maintained that it was a fluke, and that no drastic measures were necessary.  (I was of a completely different opinion, and have been for some time... he has intervened and stopped the executioner's axe (aka: me) on several occasions.)

And then it happened AGAIN.  (Bwahaha!)
Same scenario... only that time he agreed that they had. to. go.  So I committed mass bug-murder - I froze those little suckers solid and disposed of them.  (Hey, I looked it up - it's the most humane way for them to go).  I'm NOT sorry to see the back of them.

So.  Yeah.  The last couple of weeks have been busy and eventful, with very little real 'free time'.  But what little free time is available, I have used to discover a show that I absolutely LOVE!  Downton Abbey.  If you haven't seen it, do!  The first season is on Netflix, and it's so worth it, especially if you have a fascination with English nobility.  :)  Great show!  (Death to O'Brien, the loathesome bitch!)

And now I will end this, because I'm tired, and my glass of wine is starting to make me feel deliciously fuzzy around the edges.  Ahhh....

Goodnight to all!  (Assuming anyone is actually reading - ha!)

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