Thursday, April 28, 2011

My Computer Doesn't Like Me

Arrived home after a long day, grabbed the mail, and headed into the house. Opened a bill found in the aforementioned mail only to see....

"Your payment is late."

Say what?

I know I paid it. Two weeks ago.

What's the deal?

Checked the online bill pay system only to find out that the bill was right and I was wrong.

Yes, indeed, I had not paid it.

Puzzlement ensued. How on earth did I manage to do that?

I immediately scheduled a payment but continued to be confused. What did I do?

An hour later, it hit me.

Earlier this week, I discovered that I had paid another bill twice in two weeks.

I'll bet the two payees are back to back on my pay list....which would mean I was a dope and clicked on the wrong one. Therefore one got paid twice and the other not at all.

Pulled up the bank account again to check my theory and discovered.....

My theory was correct.

However, I also discovered...

I just made the same mistake again. The payment I just scheduled an hour earlier was for the wrong one again.

One bill has now been paid three times and other one not at all.

And I can't cancel the payment.

Yay for me.

Either I'm a dope or my computer doesn't like me.

I'm blaming the computer.

Go with me.....

Monday, April 11, 2011

Stupid Answer?

I'm sure you've been there. Probably done that. You know what I mean. Been asked a dumb question which then deserves a rhetorical answer.

Things like....

(while watching me make spaghetti for dinner): What are we eating tonight?

Uh, chicken?

(pouring rain outside): Is it raining today?

Um, of course not.

It's sunny.

(snowing): Do we need to wear boots? Nope. Be cold and wet.

(while AG has a snack): Can I have a snack too?

Nope! Only 7 year olds can have a snack today.

(while watching me make cookies): What are you doing? Uhhhh.....eating cereal.

You get the picture.

So tonight, Abby said to me.....

"I don't like your stupid answers."


Well mom, when I ask, "Can I color (when AG is too) and you say NO, that is a stupid answer."

Nope, that is a rhetorical, don't ask mom because it's dumb, kind of answer.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Spring Break 2011

The words “spring break” bring to mind sandy scenes, cool water, sun, surf, and so much more.

In the past few years, we have been to Gulf Shores, Charleston, and Panama City Beach.

Not this year.

This year brought us many wonderful things…..

Season passes and a first trip to Six Flags

But that wasn’t the best thing.

A lost cell phone at Six Flags but replaced with a borrowed one from older sister.

But that wasn’t the best thing.

Lost title issue fixed so a new kid car finally arrived.

But that wasn’t the best thing.

Sleeping late, taking naps, and being lazy.

But that wasn’t the best thing.

Going bowling one day….

But that wasn’t the best thing.

Having daddy home for much of our time off….

But that wasn’t the best thing.

Getting the rack and pinion fixed in my van….

Now that was the best thing!

Such simple things make me happy.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Is the Joke on Me?

I confess…it’s been fourteen months since I've had diet coke which, much to my dismay, I cannot drink.

I confess….it’s been fourteen months since I've had caffeine.

I confess….it’s been a month since I've had any sort of soda at all.

So, what do I drink during the day?

Water, water, water, and at times, a Minute Maid juice.

You know, the fake juice. I don’t like real juice. Blech.

I returned from Kroger today with a 12-pack of orangeade, a 12 pack of lemonade, and a 12 pack of Coke Zero (not for me!).

As Dave unpacked the boxes, I heard him say, “Huh. I’ve never seen that before.”

I went out to investigate and found….

In one 12-pack, we got 11 cans of orangeade plus one can of….

Seriously. You're kidding me?

I now have a can of Diet Coke with Lime that I cannot drink.

I’m thinking this whole thing was one huge Diet Coke conspiracy trying to lure me back in.

Guess the joke is on Diet Coke.

I never liked the one with lime.

So there.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

We Faced the Inevitable

Well, we tried to wait. Tried to put it off. Kept giving excuses. But finally bit the bullet today. After all, the big kids had the same experience at the same age.

Yep, we took the girls to Six Flags for the first time.

The double trouble duo has been to Disney in Florida, California, and Hong Kong but not Six Flags just thirty minutes away.

Guess we are sorry parents.

We bought our season tickets, downloaded at home, and trucked off to a day of wonderment.

Let me just say….our day started and ended with roller coasters. Yay for the mother figure of the family who detests such rides.

But we tossed in lots of other rides too including mom’s favorite….the log flume. Lines were short, crowds were minimal, and the day was beautiful.

Abby loved driving mom around…..I was ordered to sit in the backseat.

My attempt to get a picture of Anna Grace driving was cut to the quick by my crazy driver who kept jerking me from side to side…

Both girls wanted to ride…

which meant I had to go too.

I. Hate. This. Coaster. It's an out and back, wooden coaster with lots of hills and drops.

But I went for the sake of my children. Next time, someone needs to chicken out so I can be the martyr who can stay behind. Or, I need a big kid to go instead of me. 'Nuf said there....

Moving on...

C’mon already. Let’s get this started.

How high are we going?


Anna Grace wanted to try a loopin’ rollercoaster so we trekked our way to that part of the park. Abby said there was no way she was getting on it (yay for mom!) so we stayed behind and waited patiently.

Just a few minutes later, Anna Grace appeared in all smiles….

She survived the Mind Bender and loved it….which means that I cannot take her to the park without another big person since there is no way I am getting on it.

The funniest thing though??.

She called it the Mind Blender!

Hence the reason I will not ride it.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Riding to School....

For some reason, I thought it would be so nice to have both girls together with me in the morning to head to school. I must have been delusional when I thought that.

For two years, I’ve only had Anna Grace with me. She sat quietly and listened to music all the way there. She must have been storing her extra energy for her teacher……but I digress.

Anyhow, toss in Abby and……all the way to school, I hear…..

Where is that bus going?

Who is driving?

Look, I see a red car!

Why are you stopping?

Why are you turning? The light is red.

The sign says 55. Are doing that?

If you turn here, you will see Kroger.

I went there for a field trip.

Green, go mom!

Why aren’t we going?

Tell those cars to hurry up.

Look, there’s Chick Fil-A.

Can we go there?

Why not?

Turn here mom. This is the road to school.

Why is it so dark?

Are you being careful?

Stop sign. Stop!

Is that Catlan’s neighborhood?

I think that car is going to my school. Whose car is it?

Park here, mom.

Look, I see (insert teacher or assistant).

The longest fifteen minutes of my life.

And I get to do it again on the way home.


(note: and this routine has not changed in the past 140 days of school.....)