Saturday, June 6, 2009

Such a Busy Life

I know, I has been a while since my last post. I actually wish I could say that I have been too busy to post. Well, I have been busy, but not enough to use as an excuse.

The kids only have 3 days of school left...we are all so very excited about that. This means I don't have to pack any more lunches for almost 3 months. I absolutely hate to pack lunches. Jared is going to start running Cross Country for 7th grade in July. I think he will do well if he stays with it. Emily will be trying out for Volleyball for the 3rd year in a row, let's pray she makes it this year. If not, God love her for her perseverance.

Larry had been laid off for a week so far. In that week, he has cut the grass...well, that's it, he has cut the grass. Okay, I'll let him off the hook since he was sick for 4 of those days. He also cut the grass at my cousins lake house too...that took him 3 hours.

I have also been sick...Larry and I both had some upper respiratory thing going on...still lingering around. So, every time I cough, I pee a little bit. I know...TMI (as my kids would say).

This weekend we are having a garage sale...I am actually sitting at it right now. Haven't been to busy today, but did well yesterday. Then, after I planned our sale, we got a flier in our paper box Wednesday that our neighborhood is having their annual garage sale next weekend. I was waiting to hear about it, but never did. So, I think I might just leave my stuff up for the week and open again next least for one day to see how that goes.

Well, until next time, let's hope it's not so long between posts...I will be busy laying in the pool, catching some sun...anyone can come join us anytime.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

So much for a safe internet...

Well, I guess we all want to say it will never happen to us. Well, now it has happened to me. Last month there was a charge on my Citi Mastercard bill from United for $672.70...then 2 days later there was a credit from United for the same amount. I should have called then, but didn't because it was credited. Then today, I go online to check out my statement activity and there was over $300.00 in unauthorized charges. WTF! I called and cancelled my card. They are going to send me a form to fill out to send back with my next statement so I can dispute these charges. I have a feeling I have a long road ahead of me until this is all taken care of. Shoot me I need anymore financial worry!

Wish me luck...

Thursday, April 30, 2009

A Trip to the Zoo

Today was the sixth grade field trip to the Akron Zoo. The weather was a bit rainy, but for the most part, it was a nice day. My group of kids was really well behaved. I was responsible for 10 children. 9 of which were not mine. It's hard enough for me to take care of my own children, and even harder to watch 10 of them as they run through the zoo. They were really good with staying together. Thanks, kids.

A newer student to our school, Nyjay, a boy from Baltimore, was in my group. He is such a character. He wore his cowboy boots to the zoo. He told me he and his mom are big fans of country. So, he and I were singing "These boots were made for walking" as we walked through the zoo. He is actually a good singer. I think he could be a good politician and may be our 2nd black president of the United States.

Glad this is probably the last field trip I will have to chaperon during the kids school career...why don't I just say no? Maybe it's time for another parent to take a turn.



Congratulations Emily on running your first track meet. I am proud of you, even if you aren't proud of yourself. 17:46 in the 100 is not a bad time for your first meet. You will only get better.

Time Well Spent

Last weekend was my time away with my besties and my favorite cousins. We went to A Crop for All Seasons...a scrapbook retreat at a bed and breakfast in Norwalk, Ohio. The facility was very nice...a bit warm, but very pretty. And the food...OH MY GOSH...absolutely to die for. We ate so good, the food was so delicious. If I could have one thing in life, (besides more money), I would want someone to cook for me and my family the way we ate last weekend.

It was nice to spend time with everyone again...even though I didn't get to sit next to Emily. The laughter was abundant, and the scrapbooking was plentiful. I did get a lot done. It's always worth going away just to get stuff caught up on.

Can't wait to do it again!

Practical Joke

A few weeks ago I went with several other girls to a conference for Ohio PTA in Columbus. The conference itself was, well, just okay. The two seminars that I attended were informative. The company I was with was fun. I really enjoyed their company.

Kelly Jo Howdyshell Phillips tried to play a practical joke on Lisa, Donna and I. Long story short, her and Amy threw towels out their window (the first one being accidental)...when they went to go down to get them, we threw water on them...they had a maintenance man with them and he got wet. I know, sounds like spring break all over again! So, Kelly paid him to come to our room to tell us that all of us had to leave the hotel...we were getting kicked out. Well, I didn't believe her from the start, but Lisa started packing, especially when she looked out the hall and all of them had their luggage in the hall ready to go. I still wasn't packing. Anyways, I was right, Kelly was playing a joke on us. I did get a set of salt and pepper shakers (stolen from a room service tray) from Kelly as a peace offering. Thanks Kelly, I do like them!

All in all, we had a great time. But next year I'm staying on another floor!

Until next time...

Monday, April 13, 2009

Pretty Flowers

Pretty flowers, but the vase has a lot to be desired! Larry brought me these daffodils from his parents house when he was there this week. He usually cuts me some every year from their yard. He didn't have anything to put them in, so he put them in this really nice Campbell's Tomato Soup can. Actually, I thought it was really clever. I was just happy he thought of me and brought me flowers.

The Price to be Beautiful

OMG...I cringe when I have to pay $12.00 for a haircut for myself. Saturday, Emily and I went to Famous Hair, a place you think would be inexpensive, to get our hair cut. Emily also wanted to have her hair highlighted. Okay, she hasn't had it done for over a year since you went back to her original color. So I thought, what the heck,why not? Well, I'll tell you why cost me $77.00. Yes, you read that right. Granted, her hair is super duper thick and she had her whole head done, but her hair is short right now. Are you kidding me? These highlights better last a long, long time! Next time we are going back to the Aveda School. Yeah, they take forever, but it is a lot cheaper.

Anyways, she looks adorable, but I still wouldn't say it was worth it.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Bats in the Cave

This weekend was full of long hours, seeing old friends and customers, doing what I love best, tons of laughter and looking for bats in the cave.

I was asked to work as a camp counselor @ the 4th annual Cord Crop Camp in Aurora. This was bitter sweet for me, but I was glad I had the opportunity to work with Amy and Stephanne again. They are such a crack up.

Seeing my old customers...with this I mean previous, was so great. It was nice to catch up with all of them and to know how much they miss the store, Jenn and I and the other girls.

Sitting Saturday night in the lobby with the rest of the camp staff was a lot of fun. We laughed until we peed. Well, maybe only I peed a bit! Margie told us about the haunted house she lives in...I would have moved out along time ago! Michelle was falling asleep at the table. I think she even walked back to her room with her eyes closed. Terri was barely awake after teaching the same class 6 times that day. The stories were fun, but spending time with everyone was even "funner". Sorry Ruthie that you missed out on all of it, but I'm glad you feel better.

One of the funniest things that happened this weekend was when Amy walked up to me when I was getting ready to do my daily demo and asked me if she had any bats in the cave. I laughed so hard...I almost peed again. (she wanted to know since she just blew her nose if there was anything left in there). I had never heard that before.

One of the issues this weekend was the customers from the NE Ohio stores that had been closed. Amy was concerned for them, that they don't have a store to shop at any more and wanted to reassure them that they were welcome and we were glad that they came to camp. As Amy put it, she wanted to address the "elephant in the room". I told her to stop talking about me like that!

All in all, we had a great time. I am glad I decided to take Amy up on her offer to work and get paid "a dollar a pound" which I was paid way too much since I don't weigh that much. I am glad I met new friends from Cord that I hope to see again when I come with my friends from here to scrapbook with them down in Columbus.

Monday, March 23, 2009

A Busy Week Ahead

How did I ever have time to work? This week is so busy for me, if I did still work, I would have to take vacation to get everything done.

Today, I have a meeting with all of Jared's teachers and principal to see what we can do to get him the help he needs to survive the rest of his school career. He is getting very frustrated with things that he is giving up. Then, I have to go back to the school to pick Jared up for an orthodontist appointment. Then, back to the school for a third time to pick Emily up from track practice @4:45pm. Tomorrow, I have meetings all afternoon for PTA. Wednesday, Emily and I go to the dentist in the morning.

In the meantime, I have to finish samples for this weekend. I am working @ a big scrapbook getaway for Cord...the company that I used to work for. So, Amy asked me to do samples to help sell a product and also to demo alcohol ink. First, I have never used it, so I watched videos and had my friend, Linda show me how to use it. It really is easy, but i think the chemicals have affected my allergies, because now I feel like I am getting sick. I really don't have time to get sick.

I truly am looking forward to this weekend. 3 days of fun! Well, actually, a lot of work and long hours mixed with some fun. I am really excited to work with Amy and Stephanne too! I haven't seen them for so long.

Well, off to the showers...I probably won't have time to post again this week since I leave Friday morning, so I will update you all about my weekend when I get back and catch up on some sleep.

Until then...

Friday, March 13, 2009

Track Shoes and Crutches

On Monday, Emily came home and told me that she needed track shoes with spikes to run track. Okay, for one thing, like she really needs a new pair of shoes, and another, it's just something that is a bit much for our budget since I am not working and Larry is laid off every other week.

On Tuesday, she told me that there was a mandatory meeting that night for all spring sports. She knew the week before, but forgot to tell me. So, we go to the meeting, then we went to buy her track shoes. Well, she found a pair that wasn't too high in price. They were $60.00. I told her she had to run and run fast if I was going to buy these shoes.

On Thursday, Emily came home and could not put any weight on her right foot. Oh, great...first thing I thought of was there goes my $60.00. Then quickly after that, I asked her what happened. She was running sprints and heard a "pop" in the front of her ankle. OUCH! She was in a lot of pain, and at 9:15 p.m. she still couldn't put any weight on it. So, I took her to the ER. I was afraid it might be fractured. Well, it's not, just a bad sprain. Sometimes a sprain can be worse than a break.

So, she is now on crutches for a week or until she can put weight on it. She is afraid to try, so this might take awhile. She is determined to start running track again as soon as she is able to. She even said she is going to "work extra hard" when she gets back. Good for you Emily!

See you at the meets...

Cavaliers Game

Saturday March 7th brought us another day at the Cavaliers game. Larry, Jared, his friend JD and I went to the game. The game was really good...never once were the Cavs behind in the game. The boys really had a good time. Even though they had a guy next to them...he was probably in his late 20's who was trying to fix them up with some girls in the next section that were a bit to old for them. This guy...he had a bit to drink, but he was really nice to the boys. He talked to them about sports and school and the game. They pretty much missed the entire 3rd quarter of the game talking to him. At the end of the game, his wife was really apologetic for him, but he truly was fine. (and good looking too!)
Here are a few pictures from the game...
This is the actual view from our seats. We were 3 rows from the top of the arena. I did not know that's how high they were when we got the tickets. We have never sat that high. And let me tell you, I was a bit afraid when I had to walk down the steps. Jared said he thought they were the best seats because he was able to see everything from above. That is what it felt like, we were sitting above the court. Maybe next time we will get seats on the jumbo-tron. I think they can actually fit a few chairs up there.

A few pictures of Jared and JD...

They bought matching hats and foam fingers.

The boys laughed the whole way is always fun to listen to kids in the back of the car when they are talking and goofing around. It probably didn't help that we stopped half way home and they got a bottle of orange crush and a candy bar. Just what they needed...more sugar.
Until next time...

Friday, March 6, 2009


This week was full of fun and adventure...well for me at least...being unemployed means doing anything out of the house is fun and adventurous.

Emily started conditioning for track on Tuesday. She was a little sore, but not to bad she said. They ran a lap around the track on Thursday, and she came in last out of about 45 girls. She was fine with that...not having run track last year, she was glad to have made it at all. She will improve as time goes on.

Thursday, NYAJ and I went to a scrapbook store in Alliance in the Carnation Mall called "Scrapbooks by Lisa". I have been there before, but this was Jenns first time. I think its a nice store...a lot to choose from. And since we have no other stores in our area, there is nothing else to choose from. We then went to lunch at Applebee's and had a delicious lunch and chocolate desert. After, I remembered there was a store in Louisville, not far from where we were. It is called Memory Manor. It is a very small store with a lot of stuff in it. There is a nice selection of clearance paper there. I would go back, but not make a special trip there.

Today, I met my friend Linda for lunch at Antone's for their lunch buffet. Being Friday and during lent, it was a fish buffet. OMG, the food was so good. Linda was sharing some of her unused paper storage containers and some ribbon, so I got them from her there. Thanks Linda for sharing. NYAJ and I really appreciate you thinking about us.

So, that was my exciting week in a nutshell. And, Larry was off all week, and we didn't do anything! Well, he did take me for ice cream today after I got back from lunch. Mmmmm!

Tomorrow we are off to Cleveland to see the Cavs game. Larry got tickets for Christmas, and Jared is taking his friend JD. We always enjoy a good Cavs game. I will let you know how it goes.

Until then...

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Pop Up Her Nose

So, today Larry, Emily and I were eating pizza, wings and salad from Alfredo's and Emily was having fries and a chocolate frosty from Wendy's...she dips her fries in her frosty! (Jared was down his friend Brian's house). Anyway, Emily asked her dad if she could have a sip of his Mt. Dew...usually a sip to her is a super large gulp, so as soon as she put the bottle up to her mouth, both Larry and I both yelled (jokingly) "that's enough". Well, that's when it happened, Emily started laughing and she got Mt. Dew up her nose. We all know how that feels, YUCK. This was her first experience of having pop up her nose. We laughed so hard as it was running our of her nose. At least her sinus' are now clear!

Friday, February 27, 2009

Meetings, Breakfast and Slumdog

For being unemployed, I sure did have a busy week this week. Monday night I attended the Founder's Day dinner for PTA. It was @ the Fifth Season banquet center, and the food was delicious. The best part was the PTA mom who came dressed in a corset and short, and I mean short, netty kind of skirt. I really felt under dressed. And, she sat right next to the principal. I wondered why he didn't stand up all night.

Then on Tuesday, Emily and I had a meeting for Freshman scheduling. I cannot believe she is going to be a freshman already. She is taking a packed schedule, including honors social studies. She is really excited, and I am really NOT.

Wednesday afternoon brought another PTA meeting, this time for the Arts and Science Fair to be held in April.

Thursday, I picked up my Aunt Diana and went to breakfast and to the bookstore to find another good book to read. She recently lost my uncle, but she has been keeping herself busy. I was lucky to get a few hours of her time! It was nice to spend time with her.

Thursday night, I had a meeting at the kids school for the Ohio Achievement Testing to be held in April. I thought I could get a few tips for Jared to have a little bit of an easier time testing so maybe he will be able to pass this year. I did get some really good websites that he can do some practice tests on. If anyone needs them, just let me know.

Today was the last of the busy week. I babysat little Emma for awhile, then Larry, Emily and I went for fish. I don't know why I love fish so much more during Lent. It was really good too.
After dinner, my neighbor Barb and I went to the movies to see Slumdog Millionaire. It was so good. Now I know why it has received so many awards. I highly recommend anyone who hasn't seen it to go.

Tomorrow I am meeting up with NotYourAverageJenn in town at the bookstore to hang out for a little bit. It is one of our favorite places to go. We both love to read and exchange books with each other. She is also lending me her camera so I can take pictures at Frank Ohl Intermediate School next week for their talent show. And my kids don't even go to that school anymore. Some day I will learn at say NO.

Well, until next time...

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Too Much Chocolate

So Valentine's Day came and went. I had a nice day with Larry, Jared, Emily and Emily's friend, Kelly. We all had lunch at Applebee's, then off to Barnes and Nobel we were. The kids all got books they were wanting. Then we were off to the mall. Emily wanted to go to Hot Topic to get a hoodie...whatever. It actually is nice. When we got home, I gave the kids their Valentine's Day presents from Larry and I. We don't get them much, just something little and a box of candy.

So, that leads me to my next story. We were upstairs watching Nights in Rodanthe when the dog disappeared. This is really unusual for him, as he is usually attached to my side wherever I am. So, we called for him and he came running from the basement. He laid with us for awhile and watched the movie, then he disappeared again. He came again when we called him.

Around 10pm, Jared went down to his friend, Brian's house. When we returned at midnight, I was up in bed reading. He came running from the basement to my room to tell me that he knew where Jack was when he disappeared twice that night. Jack had smelled Jared's candy in the basement, covered with a blanket, and he ate the ENTIRE box. Yes, the entire box. The funny thing is, he actually unwrapped some of the Hershey Kiss' and miniature Reese's cups. There was foil all over the basement.

Well, I was so afraid he was going to have to go to the bathroom all night, but he didn't. But when I let him out of his crate this morning, he was so full of energy. I have never seen him like that before. He went out with Larry for the newspaper and ran and ran and ran. At first I didn't feel sorry for him when he first did it, I felt sorry for Jared because Jack ate all of his candy. Then around 1:30pm, he threw it all up. Yep, foil and all. My poor puppy. Okay, so now I feel sorry for him a little. Then around 7pm, he threw up again...more foil. I can't believe it had stayed in his system for so long. He seems fine now. I sure hope he has learned his lesson.

So, now I have to buy Jared another box of candy. This time he won't keep it under a blanket in the basement.

Until next time...

Monday, February 9, 2009

The Dog

Why is it that nobody, and I mean nobody can touch my feet, but the dog can lick them all he wants!

Sometimes I think I can let Larry rub my feet because they hurt so bad, but as soon as he touches them, I am freaking out. But Jack can just lick and lick and lick, and it doesn't even bother me.

I would rather he lay on my feet to keep them warm, but his warm tongue will do in a pinch.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

I was told I have to do this...

So, my bestie, NYAJ, told me in not so many words to "update your blog". Okay, I will do whatever you want me to do when you use that tone with me!!

I would update more often, but my life is boring. Yes, being unemployed sucks. I don't have much to do but cook dinner, do laundry, pack lunches and get the kids on the bus. I have applied for a job with the school system, but I have to wait to be approved by the Board of Education. Then, it will only be on a sub basis as a para-pro or maybe work in the cafetaria. I am babysitting baby Emma one day a week for about 4 hours. That does break up my week a bit.

My Emily is going to be 14 this Thursday, February 5th. Can you believe it? The time goes by so quickly. She is having some friends over Friday night for a sleepover and then they are going to the mall on Saturday to do some shopping. We are going to dinner at Caraba's Thursday to celebrate Emily and Lynn's birthday. This is a yearly tradition. I'm not going to tell you how old Lynn is, but she is one of my dearest friends from middle school!

Well, NYAJ, here is your update...I will post again when I have nothing else to tell you!

Until then...

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

All of the Rumors

So, as many of you know, General Motors is laying of even more employees in April. Our plant in Lordstown is going down to one shift. Larry still isn't sure if he is safe. They haven't announced the "cut off" date. Meaning, if you were hired by a certain date, you will probably be safe. Larry's hire date is 3.30.95. All we are doing now is praying that he will continue to work. I can't imagine things getting any worse than they are right now. He did go back to work this week (a week before all of the other people on the line). He is a coordinator and they are supposed to be reconfiguring the line and combining jobs, but yesterday, he said they did absolutely nothing. Way to go them to just stand around and do nothing when you are trying to save money. Sounds like a swell idea to me!

On another note, I started babysitting for my friend Kelli yesterday. I will continue to do so 1 or 2 days a week. Her baby, Emma is 5 months old. She is so stinkin' cute. And such a good baby.

I also go this Thursday for my federal and state background check so I can be a para-professional sub in the Austintown School system. Once I am approved by the board, I can sub as an aid or even in the cafeteria at any of our schools. I am hoping I can work a few days a week.

I also wanted to congratulate AbsolutelyFelicious for getting her new job at Lake County Children and Family Services (I hope that is right). Her first day was yesterday. I hope it went well being the "new girl", and I hope you didn't have to eat lunch in your car or by yourself!

Well, keep us in your prayers.

Until next time...(and I hope it's with good news)

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

A Time to Laugh, A Time to Cry

This weekend was a very busy, emotional weekend. My Uncle Tony passed away on Thursday after a long time of being sick. He was 71 years old. He was my godfather as well. We spent a lot of time with my Aunt Diana and my cousins over the past several days. Two of those days of which we made five, yes count them, five, photo boards of pictures of Uncle Tony from when he was a small boy until just recently. There we tears shed while we were looking at gobs and gobs and gobs of photos. They were tears of sadness and tears from laughter. Gina, Celeste, Aunt Diana and I laughed until we cried more than once. Looking at the old pictures where the funniest. The ones of the boys...Celeste thought they were having an identity crisis...some of them looked a bit feminine. Then there was her husband Jack with him "man perm", and the one of Anthony with "man boobs". The best one was of Anthony's birthday when he turned either 5 or 6 and we couldn't figure out who the other kid was in the picture. Well, it turned out to be me! My parents always had my hair really short, and I couldn't even tell myself in the picture. This long process helped me to make the decision that I do not want photo boards at my funeral. Looking at the old pictures and reminiscing was great, but I don't want anyone to have to do a collage of my life.

So, things will get back to normal for my family soon, Uncle Tony will be missed a lot, but he is in such a better place. And some day all of us will meet again. So in the mean time, wake up in the morning with no regrets, love the people who treat you right, forget about the ones who don't, and believe that everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said life would be easy, they just promised it would be worth it.

Until next time...

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Well, that sucks

Yes, it really does suck! Today, NYAJ, absolutelyfelicious, my cousin Emily and I were supposed to go to Archivers in Fairlawn to scrapbook for the day. Well, it was canceled due to the snow that has piled up since yesterday. Actually, they closed the store @ 1pm due to the weather. On Friday, we were all still planning on going, because we never get the amount of snow that they say we are going to get, well, this time, I think we got more. And according to The Weather Channel on my iPod touch, we are having a winter weather warning!

So, now my goal for today is to upload all of my recent pictures to Shutterfly and scrapbook the rest of the day. It is now 2:39pm and I haven't even started. That is typical for my day. I did start making homemade chicken noodle soup though.

Emily and her friends, Sami and Megan were outside for awhile and played in the snow and even took a walk in the woods up to the park and back. It is actually a beautiful day out...if you don't have to drive in it. Larry did have to go to his parents and bring in wood from the garage for them and he said even the main roads are bad...and he loves to drive in the snow.

Well, off to get something done....

Monday, January 5, 2009

Back to Real Life

So today the kids finally went back to school after being off for a long Christmas vacation. Emily was glad to go back, but Jared wasn't so thrilled. As soon as he walked in the door after school he said he didn't like school...because he got a lot of homework on his first day back. Sorry Jared, that is the way it goes when you are in sixth grade.

Larry and I took down all of our Christmas decorations today. I never let them up this long, but since we were away for a few days, it put us a few days behind. I love decorating for Christmas, but when it is all taken down, that is a great feeling too.

Larry if off for most of the month due to the General Motors layoff. I told him that we can either get a lot of things done while he is off or he is going to drive me nuts because we will be spending so much time together. So, check back at the end of the month to check on his status! I think he will survive.

Well, I'm off to make chicken quasadillias and rice for dinner.

High School Musical...the ice tour

Troy actually took his shirt off for a brief second...I can't believe he did that in front of so many children. Sorry, Gina that you missed it. Your sneeze had really bad timing.

Anyway, the show was really good. All of the girls liked it. Emily and I and her 2 best friends, Kelly and Tiffany went along with their moms, and Jared and his "friend", Alyssa went too. Jared says he didn't really like it, but I thought it was more of a "girl" thing. He did have fun with Alyssa though.

Afterwards, we met Kelly's dad and big brother, Steven, and Larry for dinner at Quaker Steak and Lube for dinner. Today is Steven's birthday, so they came along to celebrate that. Happy Birthday Steven.

I'll post again soon...

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Our Recent Visit

We just got back a few hours ago from Cincinnati. We were there visiting my big brother, Raymond, my sister-in-law, Danyal, and my niece, Rachelle. We got there around 4:30 Friday after a 4 1/2 hour drive with our 22 pound dog, Jack riding on my lap the ENTIRE time. The ride did seem to go rather quickly. The weather was nice and the sun was shinning part of the way there. This is to be expected since we live in Ohio...mostly gray skies!!

Once we got there Raymond made us dinner, some delicious pi aha with chicken, shrimp, sausage, and mussels. It was really good, except for the mussels...sorry Ray, but yuck. Thanks for a good dinner though. We had an enjoyable night just catching up and having our Christmas together. Thanks for all of the presents. Emily and Rachelle got to spend a lot of time together. They were mostly on their own computers, but they were in the same room holding conversation at the same time.

Breakfast was good too...Danyal made us pancakes and eggs...yes, you eat them together...first a pancake, then an over easy egg, then another pancake, and you top it with syrup. I have never had that either. My dad used to eat it like that, but I always thought it looked gross. But let me tell you, OMG, it was so good. I can't wait to make it at home. Yes, you too can try this at home!!

The ride home today was a bit longer than getting there. We stopped a few more times to let the dog out. And of course we had to stop in Columbus so we could go to my favorite scrapbook store in Polaris, Scrapbook Art. I had to twist Larry's arm a bit to take me there, but he finally gave in. I got some good stuff, I just hated to pay full price for it.

Now it is time to get ready for bed. None of us slept well last night. I don't sleep well when I'm not at home, plus Jack was very restless and was growling and barking at something part of the night.

Tomorrow, we are off to see "High School Musical" on ice. Emily and I along with her 2 best friends and their moms and Jared and his "friend", Alyssa. I'll let you know how it was.

Until then...