Tuesday, September 11, 2007

And the tears fell

When I got to work today I arrived to find a note on my desk. "The Monday Nite league didn't pay their lineage. Sorry." So I call the league secretary at her office. Yep she forgot to pay. After a brief discussion I came to a conclusion she was not going to make it a priority to get the check to me. So I volunteered to drive across town to pick up the check. I was a little peeved since I had so much to do, but figured I'd get it out of the way. As I was pulling into the main part of town above main street I saw a small plane just flying above the power lines. I recognized the plane as being one of our local realtor's personal plane. The plane has the stars and stripes of our flag on the wings so its easy to recognize. Anyway I slowed the car down thinking he was trying to make an emergency landing or such but then quickly accelerated so he wouldn't land on top of my car. I lost sight of him as he flew over me and I looked at an approaching driver's face to see what their reaction was. I didn't see horror just curiosity. I looked ahead down Main Street and could see a multitude of emergency lights flashing. My first reaction was OMG! What has happened?. Then I noticed a small group of people standing along Main Street, a cowboy stood with his hat on his heart. I have been so busy with work and keeping up with the boys and the Hubster I haven't read the local paper since this last May. I didn't know our little town was having a remeberence for 911. As I reached the tail end of the procession of emergency vehicles I was a little confused as to whether I should follow or pull off. They were traveling at less than 5 mph and so I judged that I could pull off on a side street and get ahead of them farther up. Well I wasn't successful and ended up sitting at a stop sign as they crawled by. My heart started pounding as I'm thinking if I didn't have to get this damn check I could be getting my work done. Like an idiot I hadn't put the money bag for the bowling alley out and she wouldn't be able to open without the keys or money. Also I had to pick Dean up at 12:30 to take him to preschool and pick him up again at 3:30. With all that interruption I didn't have time for another delay. As I was watching the ambulance, fire truck, various law enforcement pass by I recognized pretty much all of them. I noticed there were not a lot of people standing along Main Street and was saddened this little town of ours wasn't out in force. I thought to myself how hard this day must be for them and silently said a prayer to bless them and keep them safe. Finally I once again pulled in behind them and crept down Main Street. As we were exiting the city limits I was getting agitated that they were continuing their procession. I mean, I'm in a hurry. I looked behind me and saw a couple of truckers and thought I bet they're getting as agitated as I am. I finally resigned myself that they weren't going to pull over. I glanced at the clock it was 10:12. As I continued to drive I began to relax and I observed how shiny the firetruck was and how the deputy's vehicles looked freshly waxed. I realized they all had taken so much time and pride in getting their vehicles ready. I began to feel pride. Pride for all these people whom I know not for their badges but for their spouses and children I know or how some of them I remember from when I was a child. I was no longer tensed for confrontations with disgruntled employees, I didn't have to listen to employees personal problems or how they didn't feel good and didn't know if they could finish their shift. I didn't have to think about how I was going to get the restaurant out of the red every week. I didn't have to think about where I can buy gaming machines at a reasonable price. I didn't have to think about whether the new bartender I hired is really a meth addict like I've been told after I hired her. I didn't have to think about how I'm going to get the scorer monitor in the bowling alley fixed without having to dismantle it and send it out to be repaired. I didn't have to think about why the bedspreads I ordered for the motel 5 weeks ago aren't here yet. Before I new it I felt something on the front of my neck and went to swipe my blowing hair from my neck. My hand came away wet. I had tears rolling down my face and neck. When did I become so numb to my own feelings that I don't even feel my tears upon my face. I watched the procession turn off the highway and as I watched them I felt the need to acknowledge them. I wanted to honk my horn and wave my arms out of the window and shout my gratitude to every single soul in that procession. I didn't though because I didn't feel it would be appropriate. When I left work I was so angry that because of someone elses forgetfulness I had to interrupt my day. As I reached her office she met me at the car apologizing to me for interrupting my day. I grabbed the check from her hand and I thanked her. Because of her I experienced one the most special moments of my life.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Time for a Change

I was in the mood for some changes. I wanted to lighten things up and hopefully make it easy to read. I think I'm happy for now.
I have been on vacation for the last week and I really haven't done anything noteworthy. Which is just the way I wanted it to be. I did however mess up my chance for the mother of the year award again. Awhile back I got a letter from Steven's school announcing whom his 2nd grade teacher would be and when school would start. Grades kindergarten through 2nd grade start after Labor Day while the other elementary grades started on Monday Aug. 27th. I absolutely love that he starts after Labor Day. On Tues the 28th Steven had a meeting with his teacher to see what levels he is in for math, reading, etc. So I got the twerp ready to meet his teacher by scraping a summer's worth of dirt from his body and off we go. I proudly walked in the front door of the school and before me stood a sign. The sign read "1st and 2nd grades start school August 29th!" Aw sh*t! My heart instantly plummeted. We were planning on going to the big city on Wed the 29th to go school shopping. I have gotten some shirts off ebay for school clothes, but I had no pants for him what so ever. And I had no school supplies, backpack, etc. Well this wouldn't have been a big deal if I lived in a town that had stores that carried any of this crap. I must of had a look of disbelief on my face because the school secretary approached me and asked me if she could help me. As I re-read the sign for the seventh time it dawned on me..Steven is going into 2nd grade and last year.....I turned to the secretary
ME - "I thought school started after Labor Day for 2nd grade?"
HER - "No. Just kindergarten starts after Labor Day."
ME - "So last year 1st grade started before Labor Day?"
HER - (with questioning look)"Yes."
ME - "Okay thanks!"

People! Last year I took Steven to school for his first day after Labor Day! . I did the whole production...first day of school picture...escorted him to class...made a production of showing him his classroom! I feel like such an idiot. I bet his teacher thought I was a real treasure. First lesson of the school year, do not skim read a letter from the school. So anyway Steven started school on Wed the 29th. See what a nice picture I took of him on the actual first day of school. I am amazed at how grown up he is starting to look. Definitely not a little boy anymore. sniff.sniff. I did find one pair of pants that fit him thank goodness. However that backpack...empty. I sent a note telling his teacher that he would have school supplies after we went shopping. Yep makin' a good impression right off the start. Go Mom!
We are off to attend our County Fair in a couple of hours. The boys are anxious to get going so they can go on the rides. Hubster is not looking forward to going on the rides..hee. Me? Can you say cotton candy?

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Not sure what these are but they're pretty!

Just What I Needed

Hubster woke me up this morning with a smile and a plan. While I was sleeping in, he was busy packing a cooler and converting coffee cans into buckets. Buckets? For huckleberry picking of course!

Hubster thought of everything! Including a batch of homemade Kahlua which went down rather smoothly. Made huckleberry picking even that more enjoyable. Bears! Psshaw! After three glasses I could have taken any bad ass black bear down just with my everclear laden breath. Well thats what I was hoping, because I sure as hell couldn't have ran from one.

The boys had a blast. They tired of picking huckleberries fairly fast, but soon discovered mountain climbing. Steven discovered sliding down a hill with big rocks jutting out is not an ideal situation for a little boy and his family jewels. He recovered though with a hug from Mama. While the boys were doing their thing, Hubster cooked us up some hot dogs on the portable BBQ. Amazing how a hot dog tastes so much better when your up 6300 feet in the mountains compared to sitting around the kitchen table.

After we had lunch we headed back down the mountain to a waterfall. I am absolutely terrified of heights so it drove me nuts when Hubster and the boys were standing at the top looking down. But I managed to edge close enough to the abyss to get this shot. It really was beautiful. We went farther upstream and the area just above the falls was just like a postcard scene. Of course Fudge decided to go swimming then which scared the hell out of me as she chose to swim right above the falls. I had visions of her getting caught in the current and being swept over. So the postcard setting was momentarily disturbed by my hysterical screaming. Damn dog. Anyway we frolicked(hee...love that word) for about an hour in the creek. I found some rocks for a border I'm hoping to use on a rock patio area by our deck. I am a rock hound. Anytime Hubster and I have gone camping or any activity in the mountains I bring back rocks. I've even got Hubster bringing me rocks when he goes fishing or such. Dean was bewildered as to why I was making everyone carry rocks. He reminded me we have plenty of rocks at home in our driveway and that I didn't need to bring home more. Hubster told Dean to be thankful they were rocks we could actually carry and didn't require a hoist. I did once make Hubster go retrieve a rock I fell in love with that required a motor lifty thingy. He wasn't too thrilled when it bent the tail gate. But I know he thinks of me everytime he shuts the tail gate now.

Monday, July 09, 2007

Happy Jo I Am NOT.

I absolutely hate scorching heat. We have been experiencing 100 degree weather here in Montana for the last week and I'm getting mighty pissy. Well maybe pissy isn't the correct term since I'm getting too damn dehydrated from this frickin' heat to be pissy. Anyway you get the point. It isn't helping that my car's ac isn't working and the central air unit to our house has bit the dust. So the only time I get relief is at work where the damn ac in my office sits about 5 feet away from me and blows directly on my left side until my arm literally aches. I have to leave it on because it helps cool the kitchen for the restaurant. So I suffer so the cooks don't keel over from heat exhaustion. I may be pissy, but I still have heart.
We did however purchase one of those 16' pools from wally world a couple of weekends ago. So that helps when I can find the time in between work, the kids, the Hubster, cooking, cleaning and whatever the hell else is going on. Plus sometimes I feel so damn hot and sweaty it sounds like too much of a hassle to change into my swimsuit.
The other problem with the heat is what to make for dinner. I never thought I'd say this, but I'm getting sick of BBQ. I guess I need to check the Internet for some new recipes.
Speaking of new recipes, I need a new diet. I have gained 18 lbs over the last two years and boy oh boy do I feel it. Towards the end of the day I walk like a little old lady. Today at work I had to go out to the motel to talk to one of the maids and she was working downstairs. I literally stopped at the top of the stairs and considered not going down them because I knew I'd have to come back up them. People I'm 42! 42 years old and I'm having thoughts like this. Sad.
I feel like I'm stuck in this vicious struggle against myself. I'm intelligent and I know how I should be eating. So I go shopping and I buy fruits, vegies, lean meats, whole grain bread and I bring it home, put it away and to tell you the truth I don't know what my problem is. But come dinner time I'm so damn tired and stressed from work that I don't want to chop vegies or even cook for that matter. So I go the easiest route and we order out. And the thing that really pisses me off is I know if I ate healthier, I'd have the energy. Why do I do this to myself?
Well since I'm such a bundle of joy, I'm going to cut this short. I'll try to get a picture of the boys and the pool one of these days. Take care.

Friday, June 01, 2007

Update on Fudge

Thought I'd post an update on Fudge. She is definitely growing.

She is being typical of her breed and loves to dig and chew. Something that hopefully as she gets out of her "teen" years she'll quit. LOL! I know how naive of me!

Swing Batter Batter

Tournament this weekend and baseball is over for the year. Big sigh of relief. Steven played coach pitch this year and did really, really well. I believe this kid will excel in whatever he desires. I admire how in control of his body he is. He didn't get it from me thats for sure, coordinated I'm not. Dean decided he wanted to wait until next year to play tee ball. I hate to admit I was relieved since I'm not looking forward to running one kid here and the other kid there. Oh the joy I see in my future.

Today is the first day of summer vacation for the boys. Can we say happy mama? Oh yeah very happy mama. An extra hour of sleep in the morning. No mad dash from work to meet the bus every afternoon. And happy little boys. I'm always shocked when I hear parents say they dread summer vacation. To me it means less stress. The only thing I dread is the extra laundry. The boys love to run in the sprinkler and play in the dirt which makes a lovely mud mixture. Plus they do this to several outfits during the day. Oh well it used to be I couldn't get them to keep their clothes on when they went outside. I don't know which is harder to clean..clothes or this.... Two summers ago Dean appeared at the door like this. As you can tell in the background we hadn't started landscaping so they had no grass to romp and play. Dean found the next best thing...a mud hole. Thank goodness he stood at the door and called for me to come look instead of running through the house to find me. Dean got introduced to the "hose down" and apparently didn't care for being sprayed with cold water since he's never went mud bogging since then.
We don't have any major plans for the summer. No trips planned as of yet. We'll be going to the river to swim this year though since our lovely city decided to close the pool for the whole summer to make repairs. Dean was on the waiting list for swimming lessons the last two summers and he finally was enrolled in the class for this summer, but now with the pool closed that is a no go. Hubster and I have been teaching him ourselves the last few years, but I wanted him to take lessons from someone certified. Steven has had two years of lessons and is a good swimmer. But I will definitely be keeping a close eye on both of them near the water. It makes me nervous thinking of how many families will be making the river their swimming hole. Hubster and I grew up swimming in the river and know where the strong currents and undertows are located. But I'm afraid new comers to the area will not respect the river and by summer's end there will be a drowning. We have been thinking of getting an above the ground pool, but they are pretty spendy for what we want. So I guess I'll start setting aside money and plan for next year.
Well I'll close this for today and hopefully now that things are settling down around here somewhat I'll get another post in before two months fly by. Hope this finds all well.


Thursday, March 22, 2007

Oooh LalaLaQuinta

This past weekend I took my first day off since November. Being it was my birthday I somewhat felt entitled to a day of my own. A month ago I booked a room at the LaQuinta for a family get away. I called the hotel a couple of times to confirm our reservation fearing that something would get screwed up. I had it in my head that since I was so looking forward to this mini vacation that some catastrophy would occur and prevent me from going. The weekend bookkeeper that I'm training, (by the way the same lady I've been training since November), got sick with the stomach flu on Thursday. My first thought when she called me was not sympathetic, it was more of a hurry up vomit and shit all you want for the next two days, but do not fuck with my weekend. She called late Friday night and assured me she was feeling better and I could go. Good girl!
Saturday morning as I'm doing my last minute packing the phone rings. The Hubster grabs the phone and looks at the caller ID. I could tell the way he tossed the phone on the bed like it was infested with cooties that it was work. At 9:00 am during the breakfast rush the restaurants assistant manager walked on the job. Thankfully the kitchen manager was there making corned beef & cabbage for the Saint Pattys day special, so she had it covered but was upset and needed to vent. Okay crisis averted, trip is still on. Yahoo!! Half an hour later I stupidly answer the phone without looking at the caller ID and it is the assistant manager calling to cry on my shoulder about why she felt she needed to walk out in the middle of her shift. Waaaa..Boohoo...whatever. Do not fuck with my weekend. Finally we are on the road to freedom. The boys were beyond excitement to get to the hotel to go swimming and order pizza. Someone at school had told Steven that you could get pizza delivered to your hotel room. He could hardly wait to see an actual pizza delivery man. Can you tell we live in the sticks?
Anyway we arrived safely and got checked in to our room. First on our agenda was to go visit Hubster's brother and wife since we hadn't seen them since Thanksgiving. We had a nice visit and just as we were getting to go Steven runs to the bathroom. I thought what a good boy to go potty before we leave. When he came back to the car he was white as a ghost. He informed me he had just gotten sick, but he felt better and just wanted to go back to the hotel so we could go swimming. On the way to the hotel, he threw up in a bag twice. He spent the rest of the afternoon and evening sick. Hubster took Dean swimming for a little while, but otherwise we spent the evening watching crappy tv. We did order pizza and Steven did manage to get up out of bed to witness the miracle of the pizza delivery man. Steven didn't partake in the pizza so I knew he wasn't feeling any better. Since tv was so sucky we were all asleep by 10:00 pm.
At 4 o'clock in the morning I awoke to Steven whispering in my ear that he felt much better and was ready to go swimming. He had heard Hubster tell me earlier that the pool was open 24 hours and didn't quite understand why I didn't want to go swimming in the pre-dawn. I just got him settled back in bed when Dean woke up sobbing "I peed! I peed!" Neither of my boys has had trouble with bed wetting so I don't know if being in a strange room was the problem was or what. So I got him cleaned up and stripped the bed and got both the boys settled back down for a little more snooze time. During all of this Hubster is quiet. I'm thinking is he getting sick now or what. After a few prodding questions, come to find out after the boys went to sleep the first time, Hubster had been putting the moves on me by giving me a back massage and I fell asleep. Uh.. oops sorry dear. After this revelation I go into the bathroom to discover you know who has come for the monthly visitation. Figures. So I go out for a nice drive in the wee hours of the morning to purchase some feminine products. Not many people shop at 5:45 am so I didn't have to deal with rude people which was good since I could have easily gone on a hormonal rampage. Of course with me walking around with tampons and pads in my basket probably clued people to get out of my path now that I think about it. Or it could have been the bed head...or the flannel pj pants. Oh and I didn't brush my teeth. On a bright note I did get to see a beautiful sunrise though.

We ended up going to the pool at 9 o'clock and had a great time. We had the pool all to ourselves so I could relax and not have to suck my stomach in which is always a bonus. I purposely didn't use my self tanning lotion before the trip with the idea I could blind strangers with my lily white legs and through the tears in their eyes I would look fabulous. As soon as we were sufficiently pruned and sanitized from the chlorine we headed back to the room. Steven finally got to eat a piece of pizza and kept it down. After packing up we checked out and went shopping before heading home. The weekend was definitely not how I envisioned it was going to be, but I honestly wouldn't change a thing. I got to be just me. Not a bookkeeper, not a manager..just me. I got to be mom and the wife. Just what I needed. Not a totally satisfied wife since somebody, yes you Hubster, had to give such a relaxing massage. For future reference Hubster...stimulate don't soothe.

Monday, January 08, 2007

I've Been Licked...

Since about last May I have had the "pleasure" (snort!) of dealing with 2 girls at work I call the Spoons. You know the kind, always stirring the shit pot. They treat work as there gossip place and customers are just annoyances that get in the way of causing trouble. The kitchen manager would get on them time after time but they always seemed to cry and sweetie pie there way out of getting fired. Okay I have to give the Spoons names in order to continue. The first utensil is one of those not so good looking girls whom believes she is very attractive and that every male wants her. She is married mind you but as she so often reminded everyone "shes not dead." I have several names I'd like to call her but I think "Skank" shall suffice. The second is very well endowed in the chest region and has a humoungous pile of frizzy blonde hair. I reference the blonde because this is her biggest self defence mechanism in her tool box. She is notorious for saying very innocently "I didn't know that." Like if you were to say to her,

"You didn't rotate the salad bar items last night and you put the fresh stuff on top of the old and we had to throw out all of it."

"I didn't know I was suppose to rotate it."

"You were told the very same thing 2 days ago"

"I didn't know you meant all the time."

So she shall be named "Bimbo". It didn't take me long to figure out Skank and Bimbo. They like to stir up shit because that shit would distract others away from their shit. Their only problem was that I didn't fall for it and that made me the enemy. For most of the summer I butted heads with these two, but once the busy season peaked I mostly just had to pressure them to keep there hours down. I don't want to give the impression that it was always tense with them, I actually still had conversations with them and they still came crying to me when they had a bitch. Bimbo I knew had a deep hatred of me, but I felt if she could be pleasant so could I. Skank would come into the office quite often on her shift and tell me stories of her life. So it was an easy truce you could say....until Thursday night. My bartender in the lanes was ill and even though I had spent all day in the office I was the only one available to work. A married couple we have working for us were on shift in the kitchen. I've had my ups and downs with them also, but they have come to despise the "Spoons" because of their work ethics and gossiping. Anyway husband comes over to the lanes and tells me he has something he needs to tell me. He tells me that when Skank was helping break him in that she regaled him with stories of things she did to people's food when she doesn't like them. I, ranking number one on her list was a frequent victim. Supposedly her favorite thing to do was to lick my cheese she put on my sandwiches and hamburgers. I order club sandwiches quite often, a sandwich that does not require the cheese to be heated. I thanked him for the information and waited until he was out of sight to start convulsing with dry heaves. If only I was brazen enough to post her picture, you could understand how disgusting the image of this skanky, meth pocked bitch licking my food brought to my mind.
The new kitchen manager whom was hired last month was appalled when I informed her the next morning. Since it was payday we decided to call her and Bimbo into the office when they came in. Bimbo was present when Skank told husband about this. Skank and Bimbo were also in trouble for telling a customer how they wouldn't eat at the restaurant because the food sucks and the prices are way too high two nights earlier resulting in a loss of 5 customers walking out. Skank denied licking my food and became so enraged that the manager had to walk out of the office in order not to slap her. I sat behind my desk and watched her antics while visualizing snapping her neck. I think she saw it in my eyes, because she left. Bimbo shows up 2 hours later, acting all innocent. We get her in the office and she laughingly says that husband had misunderstood Skank and it wasn't my food she was licking it was a fellow workers she was doing it too. Thus confirming, that yes Skank is tampering with food. Did you hear the axe fall? Bimbo also confirms that she and Skank have told people not to eat at the restaurant, but she will not do it again. "I didn't know that would hurt business" At this point neither one of them has been fired. Upon further discussion, the manager concludes she will be firing Skank, but not Bimbo.
The next day Bimbo calls the manager to find out if she still has a job. According to Bimbo, Skank is quitting and wants Bimbo to quit with her. The manager tells Bimbo that if she can do her job and not cause conflicts that she may stay. Bimbo says she agrees to behave on one condition. That condition is that if I have anything to say to her at all that I am to do so through her attorney. Okay then, that should work just peachy! The manager told Bimbo that was a prime example of starting conflict. Bimbo says maybe she should find another job, the manager agrees. Skank calls and asks if she should consider her job gone, ummm...yeah. So Skank and Bimbo are no longer employed with us, but living in a small town does not relieve me of having to deal with them. They'll just go to another shit pot and commence stirring.