Monday, April 12, 2010

Happy Monday.

Is there anything happy about Monday's? Really?

I'm sort of in a stunned state of disbelief right now. Just before I took the boys to school this morning, I was searching through our DVR to find a cartoon for them to watch. And we had about 30 hours of extra recording space.

Which was odd.

Usually we have about 10 hours of space on the DVR at any given time. So I figured Hubby must have erased some of his shows and started checking to see what was gone.

And my heart stopped dead in my chest.

All my Burn Notice episodes from Season 3 had been erased.

Now, this was obviously not the work of Hubby. He enjoys living. He likes to breathe through his nose, not a tube. So he would never be foolish enough to erase 16 episodes of my favorite show.

This was obviously the work of our crossed-signal perpetrators somewhere in the neighborhood. Somehow they were able to get into our DVR and erase stuff. Which we've had the same thing happen to us. Finding recordings that we certainly didn't program, so we've erased them.

But amazingly enough, I'm not completely losing my mind over this. Hubby's calling the satellite company (AGAIN) today. We're going to see if they can fix the problem.

And I have it on good authority that the Season 3 DVD set will be released about the same time Season 4 begins. So I'll be able to buy them soon. That's probably the only thing keeping me from going crazy. And the fact that I think I might know who the "fiends" are (a couple who just had a baby and who I really, really like). So I'm doing my best to keep my cool.

Wish me luck.

Hope you all have a good week.


Friday, April 9, 2010

Hey folks.

Running a little late this morning, but the Princess is being a royal pain in my backside. She has figured out how to unlock all the doors in the house, both interior and exterior, and finds nothing wrong with bolting out the door anytime the fancy strikes her.

So I've been paying extra close attention to her whereabouts at all times, because you never know when she'll decide it's time to go outside, whether I'm there or not.

I'm also a little annoyed (actually jealous, as in green as a John Deere tractor) with my family right now. Last weekend I found out they are headed to Texas this weekend to go to an Australian Shepherd dog show.

Which is fine. I wasn't interested in that part of the weekend. I don't have a dog, don't particularly want one at this point in my life, I'm having a hard enough time keeping a husband, 3 kids and 2 fish alive, thank you very much.

They mentioned going to the outlet malls to do some shopping. That tweaked the jealousy monster a little bit. I'm not big on shopping most of the time, but I have a specific fondness for outlet malls. But money is tight for us right now, like it is for a lot of people, so I let that one go, too. No need to put myself in a position to be tempted to spend money we don't have on things we don't need.

They brought up the possibility of going into Dallas to see a museum. Nobody mentioned the specific museum and I didn't ask. The museums I would want to see are definitely NOT the same ones they would want to go to, so I didn't think any more about it.

But the thought has been on my mind for months about going to see the filming of "The Good Guys" a new TV show set in Dallas that is being created by the same guy who created Burn Notice.

Now, if you've had a conversation with me in the last 9 months, you know I have become a complete BN fanatic!!! And I've been eagerly awaiting this new show, too. If it's even half as good as Burn Notice is, I'm gonna be hooked for life!

So I mentioned to mom on the phone this morning (completely joking, in no way serious) if they had a chance, they should stop by Fair Park and see the filming of "The Good Guys."

And she says, "Well, you know, I think that's where the museum is that your sister-in-law wants to see."


"You're going to Fair Park?!"

"Well, maybe. We haven't really decided yet."

"M-o-m!!!" (Imagine lots of long, drawn out syllables like a cranky teenager.)

"Good grief, we probably won't even see anything."

"The whole freaking area is the studio, Mom. They set it up that way. They're parked under the freaking Ferris Wheel."

Which I have no idea if that's true or not. I know they're shooting all over the city. I know they are using the fairgrounds as their main studio location, and I know they have one of the main characters living in a trailer parked beneath the Ferris Wheel. However, the likelihood of them being there this weekend is slim to none.

So after talking me out of my hyperventilating-hysteria that I was going to miss the opportunity to see them filming the new show, Mom promised to call if they see anything at all.

I insisted on pictures and lots of details, no matter how trivial. I hope they get to see everything, meet all the cast and crew, and can come back and tell me all about it.

In my dreams.

Hope your weekend is wonderful. Have fun.


Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Hey everyone.

Busy morning.

We had t-ball practice Monday night and then came home to practice catching some more. It was the twins' idea, not mine. But I stood outside in the wind and dust chasing after misdirected tosses, and am proud to say they were able to catch quite a few throws.

This morning we (the Princess and I) are on our way to a friend's house to work on a gift basket auction for our writer's group. So if I can guilt any of you into ordering one . . .

We're putting them on Ebay in hopes of getting more bids.

And again, if I can guilt-trip anyone into bidding, please remember it's for a good cause . . . helping poor, starving, deprived artists *sniffles and blubbers* who could desperately use the help.

Okay, melodramatic moment over.

We have practice again on Friday and most likely a busy weekend ahead.

And I'm off. Hope the rest of your week goes great.


Monday, April 5, 2010

Hello all.

Wow, it's been a hectic week. T-ball games (pre-season), T-ball practice, school, Easter weekend, etc.

And it feels like the next week is going to be worse. Practice tonight, practice Friday night, possible games this week (still not sure when exactly), writers group activities (gift basket auction, officer meetings, book signing for a visiting author, planning fundraisers for the next couple of months), and the list seems to go on and on.

Not to mention the NEVER-ENDING pile of laundry that only seems to grow with each passing day. I was joking with my brother and his wife over the weekend that the mythical monster in the dryer who eats all the socks? Well, I think he's been showing up in my dryer and puking up all those extra clothes, leaving me even more laundry than I know what to do with.

But other than that, we're good. It's good to have the kids busy because it keeps them out of trouble. And it keeps me out of trouble, too.

Hope you all have a wonderful week, and I'll check in on Wednesday (if I don't forget again).


Monday, March 29, 2010

Hello all.

We had a busy weekend, and it seems like we are going to have a busy week as well.

Tonight we have t-ball practice (which has been cancelled twice because of weather), and tomorrow we have 2 games.

I also have 2 Parent/Teacher conferences tomorrow night. So it is going to be interesting to juggle the kids and games, but I think we'll manage.

Then we have a short week, as the kids are out of school on Friday. We will be headed to Mom's house for Easter Weekend, and hopefully the weather will be decent so they can have fun.

But mostly we're just trying to mentally prepare for the onslaught of T-Ball season. It will be interesting to see how the boys play this year. And how the parents handle the tense games. My view is they are little kids and are supposed to be having fun, win or lose. And we've been on both sides of that equation. Their first season, they didn't win a single game, but they had fun.

The next couple of seasons, they've played better and won lots of games, and they also had fun.

But the parents got a LITTLE intense. Myself included. So this year I am determined to stay neutral, no matter what happens. (And all you people who KNOW me, stop laughing!) Trust me, compared to some parents on both sides of a game, I am the picture of calm and serenity.

I'll keep you updated on how the season is going, since it will be taking over our lives as of today.

Have a great week.


Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Well, I'm not sure what I want to write about this morning. The boys are off to school and Hubby is off to work. The Princess is being quite patient (so far) and watching cartoons.

I am working on critiquing a manuscript for a friend. Things are relatively calm at the moment, and I gotta say, it's a little unnerving.

I've gotten so used to the screaming, running, fighting, and general chaos in our house that when a peaceful moment descends I find myself scrambling to figure out what to do with myself.

Totally random thought just popped into my head: I absolutely love Netflix. I got to watch "Julie & Julia" last night, and it was very cute. The night before I watched "Lost in Austen" which is about a young woman in London who is completely in love with the book Pride and Prejudice. So when fictional character Elizabeth Bennett appears in her bathroom and sends the girl through a door into the world of Pride and Prejudice, she royally messes up the course of the entire novel.

I have been able to catch-up on a ton of movies I haven't had the time, money, or energy to see in a movie theater or to rent from a store. It's just nice to have a movie mailed to me, or to be able to watch them on my computer.

And that's it. Random thoughts are over. I've gotta get back to editing. Have a great rest of your week.


Monday, March 22, 2010

Good morning, everyone.

I hope your weekend was wonderful and your Monday is off to a good start.

My Monday is off to a fabulous start. THE TWINS ARE IN SCHOOL TODAY!!!

Spring Break is over!!!

The boys had a fantastic time with Mimi and Papa Max at the start of the break, there were a few questionable days in the middle of the week when I didn't know if we were all going to survive, and the last several days at Grandma Linda's house were terrific!

Grandma has a new puppy, Molly, and the kids just love her! The puppy chased them, they got to chase the puppy, she licked their hands, faces, and toes, and they all had a great time running wild in Grandma's newly fenced-in backyard.

Until the freak blizzard blew in. But of course, my children weren't about to let something as trivial as 50mph winds and stinging snow stop them from frolicking outside. They tromped in and out with the dog, burying themselves in drifts and having an all-around great time.

Before the snow they also got to visit with family, play at the park, visit their uncle at the fire station, and played until they all dropped from exhaustion.

Mommy included.

So that was our week. And now I'm off to catch-up on housework.

Have a great week.