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Bouncing Back From Depression

I've been pretty depressed lately. Monday I hit my all time low, which coincidentally was also my dad's birthday. Needless to say I'm sure I'm on his not favorite child list as I forgot to call him I was so depressed. This whole two mortgage thing with no contract in site is really frustrating. Especially when lots of other houses on our block are selling. Our house is really very lovely, just no pool. It has a really flat backyard perfect for putting a pool in though.

Anyway, on Monday, Mom called to make sure I didn't forget to call Dad and tell me she read my blog over the weekend and sent me an email about it. Sorry, Mom, I still have yet to check my emails to see what you had to say. Mom told me I needed to bury a statue of St. Joseph in the yard to get it to sell quicker. Wish I knew that sooner. I was going to wait for her to mail me hers, but yesterday I got really mad at myself and wanted to do something to improve my situation, so I found the nea…

Please Don't Talk on Cell Phone in Ladies Room

To the person who was talkingon their cell phone in the ladies room:

I have realized today that I cannot pee when you are talking on your cell phone in the ladies room. Considering that I can hold an entire conversation with another live person (live as not on phone not opposite of dead) while in the ladies, I do not have issues of talking while peeing. I just think it's rude to talk on the phone when there, and I cannot pee knowing you are having a personal conversation with someone I don't know who can hear me if I manage to pee. I left the ladies on my floor and went to the one on the floor below. BTW, I also washed my hands in both ladies' rooms, so they are very clean now.

Thank you.

The Mommy Job

I was reading over at DaMomma about setting boundaries and about how that makes for happier children, and I had to put my own two cents in as I completely agree, but boy is it hard work! Tom and I have been working very hard with Phoebe ever since she was little at providing boundaries and a common parenting front. This is one of the reasons I'm very proud of our parenting skills, and think we should have more to practice on!

I'll never forget the first time Phoebe tried to play both parents. She's a very smart kid when it comes to getting what she wants. She must've been about 14-16 months at the time. We came home from work/day care and she was sitting in her high chair playing while I made dinner. Tom hadn't come home yet. She asked me for a cookie and I said, "No, not before dinner." Tom came home from work about 10 minutes later, he picked her up and they kissed and said hi to each other. She immediately asked, "Cookie?" This was t…

Future WNBA star in family (1); Appts to see house for sale (2)

I don't think I've mentioned yet that I think I have a future WNBA star for a daughter. Not that she's great at shooting a basketball yet, but at 5 1/2 she can dribble the ball and walk very quickly and keep it going the whole time. The reason I bring this up is that at her school this week, they are allowed to bring in something special from home each day. Yesterday's theme was an outside toy. She immediately wanted to bring her basketball. When we get home from work/school, it's one of her favorite things to do to grab the basketball in the garage and start dribbling it around. We're getting a basketball hoop for our driveway sometime in the summer. Then the real fun will begin.

The driveway at the new house is getting its official pavement today. They came really early of course, and I wasn't completely ready for the day yet. I was not in a great mood last night and kind of took it easy. AF started yesterday evening. Thank God, because I was r…

We Have Grass! (I Mean Hay!)

The grass seed at the new house with a hay overlay was put down yesterday. They are watering the lawn for me until it grows right. I picked up two 100 ft hoses and sprinklers last night on the way home and left them outside as requested, but they didn't use them. I'm waiting to find out how long they think it will be until I need a service to come and start cutting. They also planted the neighborhood trees on our property too. They look really nice. I still need to call the landscaper today and let him know that we are not avoiding him, just waiting to find out when we'll be able to not need to pay the mortgage on the old house. Still waiting for a new contract to come in. I hope it's a good one and that it is soon.

I cleaned downstairs a bit last night. I'm trying to get my weekly cleaning done during the week, so we don't have to do it on the weekend. I'm managing to keep up with laundry by doing some every day, so that helps. I also washed the …

Dreams and Other Updates

Had a so-so weekend. Ended up going to New Jersey too much to see DH's family. I think even he had enough on Sunday after all day Saturday. We were able to get the elliptical machine setup in the new house and we bought a shredder so I can clean out old bills and receipts that we don't need anymore. We also cleaned out all of Phoebe's room at the old house, boxed things up and brought them over to the new house. I now need some bookshelves in her closets in her playroom to put all this stuff away!

I've been trying to sleep normal hours for the past week, going to bed at a decent time, and of course that meant a return to dreams. The night before last I dreamt that I was flying. I'm not quite sure what that meant, other than I remember picking Phoebe up and flying her somewhere in the dream. I don't remember any other details.

For those that were looking for the website where you can read the new Bridget Jones Diary posts that are in the Independent, here …

Beautiful Day

What a beautiful day! The temp is currently 79 and we're driving to NJ right now to put our niece on our phone plan since we have minutes to spare. She's graduating high school this June. We're also going to stop by one of Tom's brother's house to see our new niece that was born this week. I know I forgot to mention here. I guess I'm getting immune with all the babies that are due lately I just don't seem to find that exciting anymore, other than K & G's baby due this fall.

We are really enjoying the kitchen at the new house. We had strawberry crepes for breakfast. I haven't made crepes since before Tom and I were married and we lived in Philly. I still had good wrist action and they turned out great. Tom also made a fantastic cream cheese filling with stawberries. Very tasty.

I Got My Bridget Jones Fix!!!

I knew that Helen Fielding started writing her new Bridget Jones column in the Independent again back in August, but I couldn't find out where I could read it without having to either sign up for a subscription or pay for the individual articles. I know have found a website that has them all, and I've caught up-to-date on the new stories. I don't know why I'm such a Bridget junkie. I think mostly because I've married an American Mark Darcy/Mr. Darcy. It's almost like research into my DH. Unfortunately, Mark Darcy isn't in the new columns as much as I'd like, but the story line is awesome. I'm still hoping for a twist of fate that the DNA testing office was incorrect and that the baby will be Mark's and not Daniel's.

It's Gonna Be OK, It's Gonna Be OK

Phoebe's been having a hard time riding her bicycle on the very mild inclines and declines in our new neighborhood. She's afraid she can't get pushed off to start. She's afraid her brakes won't work enough when she's going downhill, as she doesn't like to go fast yet. Sunday night when I was walking her home for dinner from a friend's house she was visiting and trying to get her to stay on her bike instead of walking it, I heard her repeating this over and over, "It's gonna be OK. It's gonna be OK. It's gonna be OK." I think she said it about 10 times. I didn't say a thing to her about it. I thought it was a great idea for her to be saying this and didn't want to embarrass her.

We're having a hard time getting her up in the morning, which makes it really hard for me to get to work at a decent time. So last night, I was talking to her that we needed to make sure she goes to sleep at a decent time and that our new …

Long Weekend Updates

I took the day off Friday to unpack some boxes. I didn't really think about it until that morning that I had no meetings and should get some stuff out of the way around here. We have furniture, but lots of boxes to unpack, and still some more things to box up at the old house.

I also went to a chiropractor for a first visit on Friday. I'm really glad I went. There was no adjustments that visit, just X-rays and an assessment. I get to hear the analysis of my situation on Wednesday and I'll get my first adjustment then. My neck and my lower back have been killing me the past few months. Between the stress of moving and lack of yoga now that the gym at work is closed, I've been very cranky and sometimes downright angry. I don't like feeling that way.

I'm really tired now, so you'll have to excuse if this post sounds pretty lackluster, but there's been so much going on around here. Saturday, Phoebe and I went to her ice skating class while Tom conti…

We Have Furniture!

The moving company came on Monday and we got all the furniture moved. It is so nice to have our refrigerator, washer, and dryer. One of the first things I did was a load of laundry. Of course, we needed to replace the plug on the dryer with a different kind, because no matter what kind of plug you have on your dryer, if you move, you'll need a different one. So Monday involved two home improvement store visits. I made one during the moving people's lunch break after the furniture was out of the old house. I went to Lowe's to pick up a hose for the ice maker on the fridge we were moving. Then after they left, I went to Pyle's to pick up a new dryer electric cord for DH to install.

Tom walked into the kitchen two nights ago, and noticing our fridge in place where the hole was in the cabinets and the family room furniture on the side and exclaimed what I've been thinking, "Wow! We live here!"

Phoebe's been having a good time playing with the two ne…