Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Random Venting So My Brain Doesn't Explode Post

Have you ever had one of those days when you had so much to say but you didn't know how to say it? My brain is on overload, I'm tired, my legs hurt, the weather turned cold, and I have five gazillion things to do before Friday. I'm having loads of company for the weekend, and Brandon doesn't get home until Saturday --and now I'm thinking it would be nice to just skip April altogether.
So, I'm gonna make this post a random one, okay? Just to get the overloaded brain some respite:

*My oldest daughter is turning 8 --since it's an even year, she gets a friend party. I asked her to think of what she'd like to do (what theme she would want) and she came up with the best idea! Her birthday is the day before Earth Day, so she wants to do an Earth Day party. We're going to buy flower pots, decorate them (that was actually bythelbs' idea), and then plant flowers. Then the girls can take them home. That's it! Flower pots and cake/ice-cream/gifts. I'm so proud of her for coming up with something so unique and fun.

*I'm almost 24 weeks along now. It's strange, because I feel the baby moving around constantly now, but I keep forgetting how big I'm getting. And I'm starving! I can't stop eating. I need to slow down at least a little bit so I don't gain TOO much weight this time around!

*#3 is finally registered for Kindergarten! Yay! They had a new rule this year that the kids couldn't even be put into the system until ALL their immunizations were done. I had no idea that could be done before they are 5 years old --why didn't they say anything? So, yesterday, I took #3 to get his shots. He was not happy about it and I had to physically hold him down so the nurse could get the shots in his thighs super quick (she was fabulous, btw). He cried and screamed, but when it was over, he was just fine. Me, on the other hand? I couldn't stop crying! I cried the whole way home. Just holding his body down KNOWING it was causing him pain was enough to open the floodgates of tears. Plus I'm hormonal. And I love him.

*I'm so nervous for the piano recital on May 3rd. I hate it! Every time I have a recital, my students somehow become the biggest slackers. It doesn't matter how much time I've given them to learn the songs or memorize; it doesn't matter how much I emphasize the importance of such an event --every time (every time!) I have at least 5 or 6 students who humiliate themselves. Sure, they do great all the rest of the year, but put "recital" in front of a song? It's like a subconscious alarm goes off and they turn off all effort.

*A friend of mine I haven't seen in YEARS drove up to my house the other day to say hi! It was so awesome to see her! Even better, she reads this blog --isn't that crazy? I had no idea. So, here's a shout-out and hello to Amber M.! Hello! :)

*I'm very excited and mostly terrified of the new Critique Group I was asked to join. It's Thursday night, and I have the chapters printed out (9 copies!), ready to go. But I'm so nervous! And shoot! I haven't got a sitter, yet...

*What the heck am I going to do about the lawn? I cancelled our lawn service for financial reasons, but our sprinklers aren't working, there's no WAY Brandon can do the lawn this summer (what with school and work and callings and travel) and I'm going to be a little too pregnant for it...but what else can I do? And who do I hire to do the sprinklers? And how much will that cost? And what do I do about the lawn? Do I hire a neighbor kid to do it? Do I just put on my big girl panties and do it myself? Oh, if only our children were old enough to do it themselves...

*We did the Easter FHE Monday night --and it went really well! I had forgotten about these FHE kits I had made in the last ward we were in, but I found them when we cleaned out the office. I was so happy! The Easter one was all ready to go. The kids loved it and took turns holding pictures and opening the eggs. Did you have an Easter FHE? What did you do?

*My calling is so frustrating. I spend a lot of time editing and putting together a fabulous newsletter for the ward, right? It comes out twice a month, so I am thinking about it a lot. Then I pass it along to the distributor who prints it and gives it to the boys in the ward to pass out. That's it. That's all this calling entails --printing and passing. And yet month after month after month it doesn't get done --and if it does? Never on time. Never. And so, all of my work is usually wasted. This time? It was done a WEEK late. If that --I don't even know because I still haven't gotten my own copy! I shouldn't vent about this here, but I'm just tired, that's all. I've spoken with the Bishopric about it, but nothing has changed, so I just do my job, and pass it along. It doesn't help that this person refuses to take phone calls from concerned neighbors who never get their newsletter --so I'm always flooded with phone calls (as is my assistant editor). I just don't know what to do anymore. I think I need to pray about it more...

*There's so much more to talk about. Like the stuff I need to clean, and the shopping I need to get done, and our vacation next week, and how my Burt's Bees lotion from my SIL (thanks, Bren!) works so much better on my sunburn then cheap aloe vera sticky gel --but I'm sure I've already bored you all to tears (if you even read this far, eh?). So, I'll just stop there.

Do you need to vent or get stuff out? You are welcome to do it here --go for it! (Just maintain a sense of decorum and respect, okay?)


Anonymous said...

My middle name is decorum! Snort. I actually don't have anything to vent. I'm feeling pretty mellow at the moment. But give me a minute, I'm sure I'll think of something.

Julie P said...

Don't you love those brain dumps? Have fun with your company! We have family getting here Saturday, for a full week, and we are all crazy sick, which = dump for a house & cranky inhabitants. Woot.

Two and Two = Family said...

oh Cheryl, i shouldn't have said anything about the for yard work, i would offer my kids, but we don't have a yard, so they would probably kill yours (good ole' townhome living). As for the sprinkler...doesn't Jill's husband do something like that, or he use too??? (Not sure why I think that, but...)

What is FHE? It's been a while...we do it on and off, but you have inspired me to do something on Sunday, but my kids will throw the pictures at each

We are going over to Dad's on Saturday and the whole fam damily will be there...and I don't have to do anything but show up with plastic eggs filled with candy...and i found a bucket of 36 already with candy at Sam's Club...

It least it isn't raining yet, and thta is a good games tonight!!!

Kim said...

Well I wish I had something to vent I am too tired! Oh I thought of something I have to go to the dentist in 3 hours....yes I am counting down the minutes too! The anxeity of it all! UGH! You are an amazing Mom! Once my kids get past 2 I make their dad take them for shots, I just can't do it, I cry and weep and make a bigger stink than they do! When Matt takes them they put on a tough act and no crying occurs! I have even made Matt take the day off before to get it done! Bridger had to get his done yesterday too, poor kid he is behind on his shots because when he was little he was sick EVERY month! Ok well I guess my tired brain has rambled enough, it wasn't venting but tired brain ramblings are fun too! LOL!

Amanda D said...

I allready vented to you and I'm feeling much better. Thanks. :)

As for you calling, I know it's frustrating; but sometimes we have to let things go that we can't control and let people do the best they can in their callings.

We did an Easter FHE too. It was one my mom made up a few years ago where each egg has something in it that has to do with the crucifixion, and then the last egg is empty like the tomb three days later. I don't know if the kids heard a word of it, but I did so I'm calling it good enough.

I hope you get the chance to relax before life gets extra crazy!! Ooh, good luck at the critique thing Thursday. That sounds so cool. I can't wait for details.

blogging and bliss~ said...

Venting is sooo very good for the soul. I don't have much sick baby last week has led to nasty dirty house this week and a few days of not working hasn't helped.... So dirty house laundry Easter everything I am taking the day OFF! Maybe I will face all those chores tomorrow~

hayngrl101 said...

Hi Cheryl,

I love your birthday party idea. Its soo perfect!! The girls will love it!

As far as the sprinklers are concerned, I vote for calling in the hometeachers. That's what they're there for, right? I'm sure if they can't do it for you in Brandon's absence, then they surely could find someone else.

Regarding the lawn? Isn't there some kind of way to work lawn care over a summer into some kind of Eagle Scout project? Once again, I say (DON"T DO IT YOURSELF!!) call in the hometeachers... or the bishop... they can have the ym in the ward come and help every now and again, right? Its all about service. Those who serve receive blessings and those who ARE served also are blessed (beyond the cut grass).

So. Rest easy, make a few phone calls, and then blog about it tomrrow.

Hugs, hayngrl

Nancy said...

I just found out about the 5 year old kindergarten registration thing. I have to go to county. Excellent. Are waivers just not possible anymore in this district? I've been catching up on your recent posts...did you go green from living in that other state or have you always been green? Just curious.

Cheryl said...

If you go to the county health dept. you can actually get a waiver there. That's what I heard today!

I'm not really "Green". That's the thing. I'm aware and try --but I'm definitely not what environmentalists would call green because first of all, I'm about to have my fifth child (that SCREAMS non-environmentalism!), and I don't buy into the trendy green stuff. I don't care if the polar ice caps are melting. I don't care if there's a hole in the ozone layer. I do care about rain forests and whales, but what am I gonna do? I just try to be the best I can be with what I have --limited water, limited gas, limited lights, lots of recycling and re-using, etc.
Oh, but you asked if it was because of CA? No, not really. I had already started doing this stuff before we moved there. :)

Long enough answer, eh? Sorry!

flip flop mama said...

I'm annoyed because my mom won't let us do one measly load of laundry at her house so I can cloth diaper this kid. Instead she would rather I pay $30 bucks a week for a diaper service. It's driving me crazy.

I'm taking Boogers to get her shots today. Hope it goes okay.

Anonymous said...

I was going to vent yesterday--I had a really hard day, but I couldn't think for the life of me what was so hard about it, except that it just felt harder than usual. But I'm not really feeling it today.

It's true, bythelbs' middle name really IS Decorum. It's not a bad name, actually. You should consider it for the baby.