Monday, August 27, 2012

Random Munching

Here's a question. Why is it that every year there are hurricanes in Florida and every year the news here shows desperate homeowners filling sandbags? Can you not save your sandbags from the last 97 hurricanes and use them again? It's not unlikely to happen, in fact you can be pretty sure it will. Personally I think I would use decoratively colored sandbags and make them part of my landscaping. Also, I think every house in Florida should have wheels. Miami mansions included. Drive that sucka on out.

I make grandmas cry. Apparently with just a wave of the hand or a tilt of the head. My mother is freaking out that we put Teena on Concerta. She is with the Scientologists (I'll be expecting the 3am visit, lol) on the whole issue (even though she is Catholic), and she cried at the horror of the choice I made. The Husbands mother got pissed off with me over a non existent slight and took it out on the girls with some nasty comments. I called her out on those  comments and she had to repeat them for her son and husband to hear. Then, she cried.

Genea is rockin' it this summer. I was able to find and schedule her for schools and camps and such for most of the school break. Having a routine has made an enormous difference. Yet, I find myself feeling guilty. Like, she is a messed up kid who needs help and I should be helping her, not sending her away. Also the relief from her chaos is lovely and I cannot pretend otherwise. Of course she is having fun and enjoying it and it is helping her immensely. My mom saw her launch a level 2 tantrum this weekend (scale 1-10) and said to me.... "do you drink? Or do drugs?" ha ha. NO, I don't, because I need every brain cell on full alert. I can't let some of them relax!

Now we are in that last week before school starts and all the kids programs are over. Sweet mother of xanax.

Am I the only one who had an epic WTF moment watching the opening of the Olympics? Maybe since England has a much longer history than America they needed to take longer. Or something. I really liked China's opening. Having said that, I'm sorry y'all, so very sorry, but the Olympics are boring. Watching paint dry boring. Pluck your leg hairs by hand boring. Sheesh. They took America's Got Talent off the air to show it all and now that it's back I'm lost. I really like the opera singer with the crazytown eyes, I hope he wins.

If school doesn't start soon I'm going to call up the Vatican and request an exorcism.

I got older.

Genea's psychologist was pregnant. She planned to have the baby early July and take 6 weeks off to be back mid August. She wound up getting assigned bed rest in late May, cancelling all of our June sessions. I took it upon myself to carefully schedule a shit load of appointments around her estimated return. A few weeks ago I got a call saying she would not be back until September. Oh, and her first available appointment would be September 17. Now I'm all for attachment, for the love of cabbage I am ALL FOR attaching with your baby and all that business but come on!  Strap that baby on and hie thee to your office! I seriously hope it's all great with her baby and nothing went wrong, on the other hand had I known it would be a 4 month break I would have sought help in the middle.

I've noticed several new people have wandered in lately. HELLO NEW PEOPLE! I'm happy to have you!!!

The Mother In Law is on her way tomorrow for a visit. A week long visit. Right. Yes, for those of you on facebook, we were just out in New Mexico to see them in July. No, it doesn't make sense so don't bother looking for the logic. Just listen for my screams. Or hers.

Our cat got out overnight and in the morning we found huge tufts of hair on the ground. We were devastated, and planned how we would tell the kids and such, assuming he had been attacked by another animal and killed. We (I) found him that afternoon hiding in the yard, not responding to us, lethargic and hungry but unharmed.

That's about it.

Except for some totally unrelated cuteness I am sneaking in here simply because I want to.


Genea wanted a short hair cut and so they cut a LOT of hair. People in the salon were passing her chair and pointing at the 3 inch pile of hair on the ground.


Went to Green Meadows, a sort of petting farm, with my mom, sister and her 4 kids. Teena in the kitty pen, finally trapped one. I LOVE kitties! I would have 100 if I could afford a professional litterbox cleaner (as well as a "next to the litterbox" cleaner. sigh. )!



23 comments:

  1. You know what happens when you don't post for awhile? Your kids get really big! Wow!

    And about the camps - you ARE helping Genea, by understanding what she needs and finding a way to get it for her. If she's doing well at camp and you're more sane that way too, then you are doing a great job.

    And about the hurricanes - totally with you on that one.

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  2. hahahahahahahha

    puh-leeeeeeeze write more! I miss your sense of humor so much.

    mansions on wheels, that is so funny. and yes, the sand bags and the lumber too! why are they always running out and buying more? Why don't they have shutters like in ye olde days?

    miss you!

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  3. New post, yay!!! And what a previous poster said-- the girls got big! Pleeeeeeease post more!

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  4. Nice to hear from you...I agree with Deborah totally about the camps. You are helping her.

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  5. I am feeling exactly the same way about summer and order and schedule and such. The idea of sending my child AWAY is horrific, but keeping him home is not the domestic idyll I'd envisioned. Schedule is so alien to my nature that "You've got to be kidding? Didn't you just EAT?" is my mantra. I don't know why they don't want dinner at 9 p.m. - it works for me, especially if we just make dinner dessert, being that we had lunch at 4 or roundabouts. I like the idea of one extended meal throughout the day. Salad at 11, savory foods at 4 and dessert at 9. Why the heck NOT? Zhen whines around like I'm killing him. If he doesn't get something between 5 and 6 to put ketchup on he becomes a real drag on the general mood. But,everyone else seems more or less fine with my idea of summer meals, depending on the day. Anyway he was whining so much tonight I was really thinking I should have put him in camps or something rather than let him play 8 hours of video games a day.

    I miss your blog so much I can't stand it. Maybe you could inspire me to put some humor in MY blog! What do you think? I'm sure you could do it....even with my subject matter! In fact I MYSELF could do it, if I could just be regularly following my muse (you) on a more regular basis. Thank you.

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  6. I miss you here and in real life too, march is to far away.

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  7. love when I see you have written! I too would like a professional litterbox cleaner. and a butler.

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  8. My husband would totally have dozens of kitties if not for the litter box, too. And I admit that our little boy kitty, Milo, has converted me to full on cat lover myself. I love it when there's a new post from you!!! But I'm so curious about what your MIL said to the girls (yes, I'm a nosey Nelly).

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  9. I too have missed your posts!

    I thought I was the only one who thinks the Olympics are super boring! I so rarely get to even look at the online TV guide main channels that when AGT came back on, I didn't know. I wondered why it had disappeared. Maybe I can find it and get back in the habit of watching it. I'd probably like freaky-eyed opera singer, but one of my teens has a major crush on him so I cringe every time he comes on screen and she squeals.

    Missed you!
    Mary

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  10. Just saying hi, and nice to see an update from you. I've sort of weaned myself away from blogging, but I always enjoy your posts!

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  11. OH that was a great post. I could relate on the mother in law issues. AND......therapy, I think we will be there soon. I hope we can find a good therapist. And yes, what is up with the southern states, sandbags should be able to be re-used. We started school 2 weeks ago and have a new school and new special ed class for our 8 yr old. It has not been pretty. I really want to send my kids to camp next year. I think I will do it. I need some respite. Glad you posted. Good luck with the mother in law visit. SO glad it's not me. How is the concerta working out for Teena? Mine are on focalin.

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  12. OH that was a great post. I could relate on the mother in law issues. AND......therapy, I think we will be there soon. I hope we can find a good therapist. And yes, what is up with the southern states, sandbags should be able to be re-used. We started school 2 weeks ago and have a new school and new special ed class for our 8 yr old. It has not been pretty. I really want to send my kids to camp next year. I think I will do it. I need some respite. Glad you posted. Good luck with the mother in law visit. SO glad it's not me. How is the concerta working out for Teena? Mine are on focalin.

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  13. Four days late. I'm ashamed.

    It struck me a couple days ago that we didn't go to the lake. I'm so sorry! I don't know what happened. Really. Don't. know.

    So, um--maybe next year?

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  14. yay you blogged.

    agree on the sand bag thing. or like why don't they raise the city up? i'm sure some smart engineers could figure it out, right?!

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  15. Good Crap I miss you face! and your voice..and your writing.
    <3 you, that is it...and damnit I need to read you more!

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  16. Love Genea's haircut! Cute!

    With you on the sandbags. :)

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  17. Hi Essie! Just found your blog when I was looking for adoption blogs, and I really do like your writing style. I really love the thought of colored sandbags as part of the landscape. Your life story is so interesting. I work in adoptions, and also have two good friends who worked for several years in Ukraine before coming back to the States. Not sure if you've ever had vareniki? Thanks for your blog. I hope you end up writing more!

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  18. They probably don't save sandbags because they tend to get soaked in filthy, bacteria-laden water that contains a goodly portion of sewage. That's my guess, anyway.

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    It's about my family and my life as a mother to 8, six adopted children and 2 biological children. I don't have any followers yet so i'd appreciate it if you'd follow it and/or pass it along to others. Thanks!

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  20. Just as I find your blog, it appears you decided to stop blogging months ago. My loss. Your journey, what I've read today, has been fascinating. Well, of course, much more than that. You have strengths of humor and character. Hope things are working out.

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  21. I am missing your blog! I hope you're all well and enjoying life.

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