Tuesday, December 30, 2008

technical difficulties

The addhousewife is currently experiencing technical difficulties.

Before our trip to Ohio, our computer died. It's older, so it will cost as much to fix as to buy a cheap-o low end model and we'll probably come out with a better computer.

But we're also being good little Dave Ramsey followers and waiting til we have the cash in hand to get the new computer...which means I'll have very limited (read: library time) access for the next little while.

Ohio is COLD. But, D likes it and wants to add it to our list of possible places we want to move to when we get to that magic "everything paid off but the house" point. We've had a good time visiting Boonshoft and today we went to the National Air Force Museum. Both places were very neat, tho my energy level went very quickly.

We may be home by this weekend, but that's still up in the air. D wants to go home a bit early so he can take care of this ticket he got. It's not a legitimate ticket and he can prove it, which is always a bonus. The ticket was for driving without a license. He had a license; it was expired. BUT he has 60 days from the expiration date to renew the license without getting a ticket. The ticket was written within his grace period, so it's not valid. The officer should have never written the ticket. But, this is a loophole in the law that most people won't even investigate and they never point out the grace period unless you ask. He took a day off to take care of it, but it wasn't in the system yet. The next time he went, they were closed for the holidays. *sigh*

Saturday, December 20, 2008

ho ho hoooly cow! it's 80 degrees!

Christmas in Alabama! It was 80 degrees yesterday. Today mid 70s.They "say" it's going to cool off by Christmas in to the upper 60s, with a few days a bit chilly. Still, no white Christmas for us. That will make us really appreciate our drive to Ohio next week :)

Saturday, December 13, 2008

sick sick sick

I'm sick of the cold.

I'm sick of feeling sick.

I'm sick of work. More specifically I'm sick of the garbage associated with being the manager. I want to be just the photographer. I don't want to deal with all the other stuff involved. No, I take that back, I'm just sick of one person and I'm really wanting to tell that one person exactly what I think of the way this person is doing, or rather NOT doing, her job.

I'm sick of missing special events of my kids because I'm working.

I'm sick of not having enough hours in the day to work, clean the house and most importantly, spending time with my family.

Sorry for the downer post, but this is the place where I'm supposed to make all my confessions. And, I confess, I'm just not feeling very Christmas-y right now because of work related issues. It's sucked all the joy right out of my life. It's just one person who is creating way too much drama. :(

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

jelly bean testers

Here's a confession...I love jelly beans. Jelly Beans and licorice are my big weaknesses. My kids also share my fondness for jelly beans. My favorite is buttered popcorn. It took one of my friends to convince me that the buttered popcorn jelly bellies weren't going to kill me.

I've taken to buying the bags of belly flops at the dollar store because they are so much less expensive than buying a similarly sized bag of jelly bellies. Belly flops are irregularly shaped or colored jelly bellies.

I was at a store last week looking for a small treat for one of the kids and came across Bean Boozled. These are similar to the Bernie Botts beans they had for awhile in that there good flavors and nasty flavors...except with a twist. You can't tell rotten egg from the buttered popcorn.

Naturally, I bought a box and gave it to the kids because they will eat just about anything and laugh about it.

This led me to thinking...who taste tested these things? I mean, who in his right mind would eat something that quite possibly tasted like vomit or skunk spray? How many taste tests would one have to endure before getting to the right combination? That person must have a stomach of steal. I feel like I'm going to wretch just thinking about that poor taste tester.

Sunday, December 7, 2008


I love my job. We have the funniest things happen. These are just a couple of the funniest stories of the season...

A mom brought her two daughters in and pulled them aside, like many parents do, to go over the list. We like to eavesdrop so we can give the big guy a heads up on some of the unusual requests. This time, we got a big giggle...mom was heard telling the girls: "Do NOT ask for boobs!"

It's pretty common for the kids to be scared. We're good at our job and have a system set up. Santa hides behind the chair and the kids never have to see him. He comes around the corner with a present and we snap the picture. Kids aren't scared and the parents have a non-screaming Santa picture. This particular little girl was beaming on the chair while she was holding a present. The parents agreed to seeing how she'd react to Santa. This little girl was TERRIFIED! I'd say PETRIFIED, but that would imply she was too scared to move. She jumped over Santa's footstool and took off running, leaving her shoes behind!

At the end of the day, sometimes it's slow and the kids can have more time with Santa than is typical. Two tween girls came in with mom and were completely hamming it up, doing silly poses, pretending to steal Santa's gifts. One did the classic "Lucy" wail face and the mom asked "Where did you learn to make that face?" and she said "Have you ever heard of the show 'I Love Lucy'?" Oh boy...