ss_blog_claim=cd46ef178142ba5c793d6628c487d5ef The Stuff I Think: September 2007

Sunday, September 30, 2007


I'm amazed at how many movies have been made about this tragedy. I'm currently "watching" one from 1996 that has Peter Gallagher, Tim Curry, and several others in it. It's like watching the James Cameron one with different actors. There are only so many different ways to tell this story! Granted, I'm intrigued by the whole ordeal and I've done a lot of research on it, but geez! Talk about beating a dead horse! I don't want to bust anyone's bubble if they haven't seen ALL the movies, but....the ship sinks....every time. Sorry.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen Things about Rebecca

Here is my first Thursday Thirteen in a LONG time...not sure how I kept NOT doing it, but I did. Anyway, my daughter's 5th birthday is next Wednesday and her party is next Saturday. So, here is my list of 13 Things I Have To Get Done By Party Time:

1. Finish buying all the cake mixes and icing mixes I'm going to need to make a 3 tiered cake AND cupcakes for her class on Wednesday.

2. Get gift cards and certificates to PetCo and Choices (a store down the road that has adorable dog clothes and accessories).

3. Go to Choices and get one of those cute little doggy birthday hats for the puppy.

4. Get a kennel for the puppy so Excalibur will let her into the party.

5. Finish up her gift from my grandparents (she's getting clothes, which they have given me the money to purchase).

6. Write her story and get pictures together for her "Celebration of Life" at her school.

7. Bake cupcakes (that'll happen on Tuesday)

8. Bake cake (that'll be on Thursday)

9. Decorate cake (which will happen on Friday)

10. Make goody bags

11. Buy streamers to decorate party room

12. Charge camera batteries

13. And, most importantly, pick up the puppy!! If I forget THAT, my baby will have no gift from Mommy and Daddy!

So, there you's going to be a busy week for me!

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Friday, September 21, 2007

I LOVE This Movie!!

I'm sitting here, on a Friday night, alone, watching Forrest Gump for about the MILLIONTH time! I OWN this movie on DVD, for crying out loud! I just can't get enough. Everyone needs a Forrest Gump in their life. Where's MY Forrest? You know, that person who will love you, no matter how badly you mess up your life? Jenny totally didn't deserve Forrest! But, the fact that he loved her unconditionally, for as long as she lived, no matter how high she was or what mess she made of herself, is absolutely precious. It was like he was too naive to see what she was. But, that's beside the point. The point is, I LOVE this movie! A sequel to that movie would have made a killing!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Birthday Progress

Today, I got the deposit put down for her party. We got the go-ahead on bringing the puppy in for the party, so we're good to go! That was the hold-up. I didn't want to have her party there if they wouldn't let us bring Piper in, because that's her gift from us, so I wanted her to get it AT her party. So, had they said that we couldn't have her, then we would have had to have moved the party to the park, which is where we had it last year. I really didn't want to have it there again, but I would have! But, as it turns out, they said that, although their policy is "no pets", they'll make an exception for her birthday party, just as long as the puppy doesn't touch the floor. No problem there. We'll leave her in the kennel and if she comes out at all, I'll make sure that one of us is holding her.

So, having done that, the only thing I lack in immediate preparations is going by Office Depot tomorrow to have holes punched in the invitations so I can put the ribbon in and then getting the invitations sent. Then, I'll be done worrying about it until closer to time, when I'll have to decide if I'm going to MAKE the cake or BUY a cake. Time will tell on that one!

Monday, September 10, 2007

Just Thinking

I'm watching this Lifetime movie (yeah, I know....I was asking for it) and it got me to thinking. The movie is called Custody and it's about this little girl whose mother died when she was younger and, since then, she has been raised by her dad. They're incredibly close and she's a happy, well-adjusted teenager. In walks this other man. Turns out, he was married to her mother a long time ago (which the girl didn't know), and he is her father. He left her mom when she got pregnant. Anyway, so he's rich and wants to "get to know her". So, she starts spending time with him and begins to like him....that is, until he petitions, and wins, full custody and moves her to California. It's then that she realizes that he's too busy for her and she wants to go home to the man who has been her "daddy" for as long as she can remember. I can't tell you how it ends, yet, because it's not over.

Anyway, what I thought about is this. I wonder if it's selfish to ALMOST wish that I had another man who would step up and be my biological father. Not that I didn't have an AWESOME father, because I did. It would just be really great, at this point, to have another chance to have a dad. But, because my mother was only married once, to my dad, and I am his biological child, then I'll NEVER get any more parents. But, it would still be interesting to get to start over.

Okay, so the movie's over and the biological father just decided that the best thing for the girl was to let the other man have her, since he's been her dad all along. Sweet ending. Happy ending. That's the stuff that fiction is made of.

Monday Yuck!

Today was supposed to be Alyssa's first full day of school. Last week was just orientation, so it only lasted an hour and a half. So, today, she was supposed to go from 8:30 until 11:30...but she's home sick. Go figure. She spent a grand total of 6 hours around other kids last week and picked up a cold. So much for breastfeeding for 20 months and cooking vegetables and administering Princess vitamins! Apparently they don't help much! Luckily, it doesn't seem to be a BAD cold...just enough to where I thought it better to let her miss one day of school. She only goes 3 days a week, so her next day isn't until Wednesday anyway, so she'll have today and tomorrow to rest and recover and she should be good by Wednesday.

Sunday, September 09, 2007


I feel a little rough today. Alyssa is coming down with a cold (hopefully a mild one) and I just don't feel good. I don't have any symptoms, really, other than just tiredness and a less-than-great feeling in my stomach, but that stomach thing is a regular occurance for me and not likely anything major. I'll be fine. I just worry about Alyssa. Her school handbook said that a child who hasn't been in daycare and such can be expected to have between 15-20 colds during their first year of school. That's more than a cold a month! She's going to STAY sick! I'll never see my daughter without the sniffles again! I'm not liking this school thing AT ALL!! I'm seriously considering home schooling her.

Saturday, September 08, 2007

My Saturday

This day started out not-so-great. I had to get up at 5:00am for a reason that I can't talk about right now because it will just "re-tick" me off! Suffice it to say that SOME of us mothers take responsibility for our own kids and some don't!

After that, and a nap, Alyssa and I went over to Petco to browse. She likes to look at the different animals and I was trying to nonchalantly check out the puppy things. My plan is to give her a gift card on her birthday and then we can go with her to take the puppy to Petco so she can pick out the essentials for her and "buy them herself". I thought it would be more fun that way, since pets are allowed to go into the store! I'm really beginning to look forward to this puppy. She's adorable!! I just hope I don't lose my religion trying to housebreak her!

Friday, September 07, 2007

Almost Time

My best friend leaves tomorrow for her long-awaited trip to Europe. I just hope she's able to see and do all the things she wants. She's been researching the sights and attractions for MONTHS now and probably has a long list of things to do. For instance, she told me that she wants to get a picture of a red phone booth in London and maybe check out a few london bars. She should definitely check on to see where she should and shouldn't go, being as she'll be a foreigner and isn't remotely familiar with the countries she'll be visiting. Besides London, she'll be going to Belgium, France, and possibly Italy. She'll be going all over! She definitely needs some hints on places to see and things to avoid!

Monday, September 03, 2007

Mixed Emotions

I am such a sap! I'm sitting here, at 8:31 on Monday morning, Labor Day, and I'm bawling like a newborn! Why, you might ask? Because, attached to my left arm is a beautiful little 4 year old girl, who will be starting preschool tomorrow. Now, I realize that for some of you, this seems silly, because it's only PREschool and she's just going for 3 hours a day, 3 days a week! But, to me, it's HUGE! That means this is the very last day that my daughter won't be classified as a "student". From tomorrow on, she'll be in school August-May, not including major holidays and weekends. She'll have homework during those months that I'll help her with and then I'll watch as she deserts me to go play with her little school friends without even saying "thank you". All this will take place until she's at least 18 (hopefully older, because I want her to go to college). So, today is the last day of my daughter's "babyhood" and I'm not sure I can stand it!

Sunday, September 02, 2007

I'm a Bloody Target

I'm a target for all the bad drivers in Monroe! A few months ago, I was driving down the interstate, minding my business, and some "girl" in a white SUV decided that, rather than waiting for me to pass by, she would just merge in on top of me! And, if that wasn't bad enough, she just drove off! I had to call the cops and they tracked her down. Crazy, right? So, Alyssa and I were in a shopping center a week or so ago, shopping for a bird feeder for her school, and while we were there, I decided to stop by Spoiled Rotten, which is a store with grossly overpriced, but adorable, clothes for kids. As I was pulling out of the parking lot, Alyssa jumped up and said she had forgotten her purse in Spoiled Rotten. Granted, there was nothing IN the purse, but I remember a time when I left a Clifford the Dog sticker under a rack at Fred's and my mother wouldn't go back and let me get it (understandably so). I remember being crushed and devastated at the loss of my sticker and I vowed that, if there were any way possible, I would always return to try to find anything my child left in a store. So far, in my daughter's 5 years, I have had to go back to McRae's for a toy phone, SteinMart for a purse (different purse) and Wal-Mart for....something....I can't even remember what it was. Anyway, long story short, I pull out onto the road and then loop back into the parking lot to go back to Spoiled Rotten to get the purse and as soon as I got in, someone hit me! Luckily, he was very nice about it, admitted his fault and gave me his insurance info. It didn't do any real damage, though, and Greg said we wouldn't even bother filing it or fixing it. It just scratched the paint a biggie! But, I am such a target!!!