Saturday, December 30, 2006


Since I have been doing graphic design work, I've found an AWESOME place to find colors. This place is not your typical locale. But, colors do work in this facility. That would be your local home do-it-yourself store. For me, my favorite place is called Lowe's. Because they have an AWESOME selection of paint samples, from all the brands they sell. Plus, you can see what colors will work well with others, etc. AND, you get samples! Yes, those samples are used to pick paint for interior, exterior, furniture, etc. But, I like the colors to help me with my design work.

Sometimes, I like to scan in the colors to find them on the color wheel of Photoshop, etc. So, when my next template comes out, it will include colors from a set I found at Lowe's. I'm working on it now, so watch soon!

Love to all,
8^ )

Friday, December 29, 2006

Today and Tomorrow...

So, I'm getting the house ready for the onslaught of little girls. If everyone comes, I've invited 10 girls for Cassi's party. We've got a cake ordered. We're going to order pizza and stuff when the girls arrive.

Today and this evening, I'm finishing getting the house ready. What's going on tomorrow? Yes, Cassi is having a party. Tomorrow, December 30, is Cassi's 7th birthday. My baby is getting OLD. She was an unscheduled Y2K baby. Typically, she's been sick on her birthday, but the last couple years she hasn't been sick at all. When she was born, there were A LOT of complications. Somehow, sickness seemed to show up every year on her birthday. This year has been the first year in a few that she was sick just before her birthday.

My child is asking to be able to play with one of the computers. Right now, my desktop and laptop are in the office. Rob's desktop is attached to the living room TV. It's been fun because we got the TV tuner for the desktop and have been running the cable directly through the computer. I've been able to record my shows and watch them later. Even better than DVR. This came in VERY handy when I did my last paper for my Gender in Comm class.

With all that said, I've got to go finish some dishes, clean off the dining room table, and get miscellaneous stuff ready. I've got TONS of blankets, pillows, etc ready for the girls who don't have any. Plus, right now, I'm listening to the Rocky Balboa soundtrack. It's VERY good. I'll bring my iPod out in the living room and attach to a set of speakers to listen to while I'm working.

If I don't blog again until the weekend's over, you all understand. We're not doing much for New Year's. Don't have the money and don't know where to go anyway. I'm not a big drinker, and haven't been since I stopped traveling for E&Y (used to drink 1 margarita a night when I travelled). AND, for those of you thinking, she must have been a drinker, I've never been DRUNK. We'll probably head to Mom and Dad's, eat, and crash for the night because of the drunks on the street. Plus, Monday, Mom's got her usual pork roast for dinner. Rob's excited because he gets saurkraut (yuk!).

Love to all,
8^ )

A Week...

Well, this has been a week. There was sick kid, Christmas, sick kid, Rob off work, sick kid. Did I mention Cassi was sick?

It has been a crazy week. Starting last Friday, Cassi went to Pa's for the weekend. But, she had to come home Sunday 'cause Santa was coming here to bring her her goodies. I told her we made our final phone conference with Santa while she was gone. We're in the 21st century, gotta get with the times with Santa, folks. Since we're mom and dad, we've got the special 800 number, direct line to Santa. If we didn't have our phone conference, Cassi might not have gotten ANY gifts from Santa this year.

Over the weekend, just the THOUSANDS of other crazy last-minute shoppers bought out last-minute gifts. Can't help it with all the bills and his pay day is the 21st, just before Christmas. I was able to get for myself this AWESOME 2-cup coffee pot. It's from Black N Decker. You can make one 16-oz cup of coffee (or my fave, tea) on one side or two from both sides. Rob suggested getting a coffee bean grinder and buying some coffee, but I'm NOT QUITE READY for coffee. I only like coffee occasionally, which is why a grinder and beans would be good. But, I LOVE it for my chai tea and other loose-leaf teas. I'll DEFINITELY be getting more of that.

We get a call Saturday that Cassi is sick, but Pa and Nana will still keep her until Sunday and bring her home. She started running a fever, etc. But, she came home Sunday tired. I made a roaster chicken, taters, veggies, and had left-over home-made bread. MMMM-MMMM!

Daddy had to work Sunday and Monday night. Because he had off for Thanksgiving and will have off for her birthday and New Year's, Christmas, he was NOT!

While Cassi was gone, I wrapped all of our presents for Cassi (and the other gifts for other people) and hid them. Since her room is right across the hall from us, I didn't want her hearing the wrapping paper. Plus, because of our house, we've got a basement and more storage. So, after daddy went to work and Cassi went to bed, I went to my secret storage spot and pulled out the presents. Daddy wanted Cassi home to be able to open gifts with her Monday morning, after he got home from work and before he went to bed.

Monday morning, boy, did Cassi get a haul. Santa was VERY GOOD TO HER!

She got (let me see if I can remember everything):
  • a scooter
  • a doodle bear (it's a bear you can marker on, then wash it and do it again)
  • books
  • play dough
  • Twister
  • a purse (one for mommy & one for Cassi that are the same large & small)
  • Disney Monopoly
  • Playstation 2 Games including Barbie & the 12 Dancing Princesses, Guitar Hero II, and a few others
  • a play cheerleader outfit
  • a Dora sleeping bag with cushion that transforms into a chair
  • a fleece blankie with the Disney Princesses
  • a set of 6 Disney Princess barbies (see a theme here?)
  • a baking set with chef's hat (I really wanted that for me)
  • oh, that's right, 2 doodle bears
  • Bugs Bunny & Casper cartoons

I think that was it. But, this wasn't all from Santa, mommy & daddy got her a few of these things too. I also gave her today a t-shirt from Cleveland State University. When I took my trip on the bus down to OSU, they gave everyone a shirt. I took the smallest size, which seems to be a good size for a night shirt for her!

Then, we got out stuff together to go to Pa and Nana's. Because she was going back for the week, she never brought her clothes home. So, more goes to their house. Rob says, "Why don't I get dressed and come with you to their house. I can open presents with you guys, then sleep in the side bedroom (Cassi's room) until it's time to eat and go to work. I'll be closer to the clinic."

Not a bad idea. He works in Cleveland. Mom and dad are in Cleveland. Good idea. She got lots of stuff from them too. Slippers, one pair for home and one for there. Pajamas, which were originally labeled for Marie (huhh? Marie was already there and got her goodies). We got a new electric blanket. Rob likes to turn the thing on ROAST. Yep, we've had one for years. He burned out the last control. Hopefully, since this one is electronic, that he won't burn it out. Bea, Grandpa Dave's girlfriend (and so to be wife), gave all of us gag gifts. For Rob, he gave him an elf's costume. I told him he needed to wear it to work OVER his scrubs since he wears all white to work. It would have been HILARIOUS.

We ate din-din around 3pm. Rob wanted to get up to eat with us, but I didn't even attempt to wake him up. I let him sleep til 5pm for him to eat, shower, and go to work. He said he had to fight to stay awake (a thumb up his butt because it was so slow).

So, Cassi stayed and I came home alone. But, while Cassi was gone, I got some much needed quiet and extra sleep. Because Tuesday, we did our "after Christmas/Pre-Spring Cleaning" in the basement. We have always WANTED to clean up our basement. Now, with the babies gone, we did it. The garbage will NOT like us again as we started the cleanout before Christmas. This week, they got pipes, old doors, and wood from the basement. Next week, they're getting everything else. You would have thought we were moving in or something.

By Wednesday, I had to take Cassi to the doctor. She was getting a rash on her stomach and back. According to the doctor, because of her running a fever, the rash might have been caused by the virus. (note to all moms out there reading this) Because of all the SICKNESSES going around here, I'm surprised she stayed healthy as long as she did. We thought maybe chicken pox or measles. This would be a great time to get them as I've still got 2 weeks off before starting back to school on the 16th.

But, she went BACK to Pa's Wednesday night after taking her first dose of liquid Z-pack. She was SO mad that it wasn't her "good" medicine. Yesterday, we get this call from Pa because she won't take her medicine. Well, Rob and I were at Patty's new house, giving them their Christmas gifts. I tell him to tell her that we would come get her because she's not taking her medicine; daddy would kick her butt and STILL make her take her medicine. (R-rated quote here) Pa says, "You had better take your medicine because daddy's gonna come, kick your ass, and still make you take your medicine. So what are you gonna do?" They called back a little later, saying she had taken her medicine. Plus, because she wasn't taking medicine, she didn't get to watch TV.

But, she stayed until today. She got to go to Chuck E. Cheese's today too. I can't believe how tired I've been. I think that newspaper class really burned me out. I'm really glad I decided not to take it this semester.

More info to come...

Love to all,
8^ )

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Cool Title...

Okay, I love to browse upon my friends' Web sites and find cool stuff they've done. Well, here's another cool one. My ex's wife had on her site about creating "Your Peculiar Aristocratic Title."

Well, here's mine:

My Peculiar Aristocratic Title is:
Her Noble Excellency Cathy the Calm of Middle Witchampton
Get your Peculiar Aristocratic Title

And, if you don't like your's when you create it, you can always try again. This one took me 3 tries. I like the idea of being part of "Middle WITCHampton."

Love to all,
8^ )

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Cassi and Group Make Gingerbread Houses...

As promised, here are the pictures from yesterday. Not bad pictures from a cell phone. Remember, just single-click on the picture to view it at its full size. Then, click your browser's back button to come back here.

Love to all,
8^ )

Yesterday and Today...

Yesterday was just AWESOME FOR ME. First, I had number-crunching to do for school. Because it seems that it fell to the two of us, Dan, the treasurer and me, the vice president, we were closing up everything from our Secret Santa event. What I did was take all of our numbers, put them into a spreadsheet and have Excel process all the numbers. It really made it easy for me to finalize the paperwork for the company. All I have to do now is write a check when we go back to school to pay them for the products that the kids brought. Well, we didn't make much money at all, but the kids had fun because they were able to purchase some nice gifts to give for Christmas and the prices were reasonable for them. Next year, though, we are probably going to raise the prices slightly more than we did this year. The money goes back to the kids at school anyway for events and projects they do. Plus, we're currently trying to raise extra money for Smart Boards. They are awesome. It's like have a GIANT computer screen as your chalk board. If I remember, I'll write more about the Smart Boards here.

But, since I was at school, I had lunch with Cassi. During lunch, we had to (oops, I had to) fill out invitations for her to give out to the girls in her class. Her birthday is on Dec 30, which is a Saturday. Last year, we did "make your own pizzas." This year, we'll probably do that, plus have a sleep over. So, (shhh, Rob doesn't know this yet), but, we'll probably have a house full of girls, like 10 of them, plus Cassi. Hmmm, trying to figure out where we're going to put all these girls. I think we'll end up moving furniture to use the entire living room space (minus furniture) for them all to sleep in the living room. I think for next year, we'll try to get the basement finished as a giant play room.

So, after lunch, I found out they hadn't made their gingerbread houses yet. I offered and was gratefully accepted in helping make the houses. It was a DEFINITE plus because 6 of the kids in the room were home sick. YEP, something crazy is happening with the kids getting sick and dropping like flies. It's this CRAZY weather. It's all because Vegas Princess has our snow in Las Vegas.

(and the cold too)

At least with cold weather, all these ugly bugs would go away!

But, what we did was use milk cartons (again, remember we used them to make log cabins). It seems that milk cartons are so versatile, but I digress. There were 2 of us parents in the room. We got the opportunity to make the houses for the kids who were sick. As of today 2 were still there as the kids were too sick to come to school.
We used graham crackers and vanilla frosting to keep the crackers on the house. Along with that, we had sprinkles, gum drops, gum "leaves," round mint candies, candy canes, gum (the chewing kind they used for doors), necco wafers (yummy), etc., etc. But, I forgot to bring my digital camera. I did have my cell phone, which I always carry. I walked around and took pictures of the kids. I'll post a second posting with the pictures. They had so much fun and so much of a mess.

Today, I spent most of the day running around, doing things at school. At first, I had to just drop Cassi off and come back home. After Rob got home from work, he tells me he needs help getting gifts together from our Watkins stock for the girls at work. So, I help him and get back to school. Finalized crunching the numbers, brought our gifts for Cassi's regular teacher, special ed teacher, and the crossing guard at the intersection to the school (who's always so friendly and helpful to everyone). For the party, I made (last night), berry rice crispy treats. This was my first and probably only time for the treats. It is SUCH A MESS! But, the kids enjoyed them. I also brought bags of animal cookies and juices. It was a good thing I brought them because the other kids weren't there for the parents to help out. I'll make sure we do something extra special for the Valentine's party in Feb.

Cassi is now out of school until Jan 3. What will I do with her for all that TIME? Tomorrow, she is going to Pa's until Sunday. Trying to talk with him on the phone, and trying to get him to understand WHY she had to go to his house. Finally, I said to him, rather loudly, since Cassi was sitting right next to me, "Daddy and I have to have our FINAL phone conference with Santa to go over his list to make sure he knows that Cassi was good or bad or inbetween. Plus, she has to come back Sunday night because she needs to be sleeping here when Santa comes. And, daddy wants to help her open her presents Monday morning, if she gets any." Working for the hospital, Christmas Eve night and Christmas Day night are both work nights for Rob. He gets extra pay, along with a bonus for working. Then he's off for the entire week, until Friday. He says he wants to have the basement ready for them to play when the girls come, but I wonder if he realizes HOW MUCH work there is to do in the basement to get it ready. Okay, I guess I've got 4 days and nothing else to do.

WRONG! But, for the party, I will get it ready. Even though it's the basement and can be cold, I've got a heater I can bring down to the basement for them to keep warm while they are playing.

With that, I'm going to go. Yep, I know it's 9:34pm and not on a school night, but I'm ready for bed. I'm beat!

Love to all,
8^ )

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Fall Grades & Spring Semester...

Okay, the results are in! My journalism class - named: Lab Newspaper 1, I got an A-. I can't believe I didn't get an A. But, I did flub a little, but I figured I had done more in the beginning, but with scheduling coulding keep up with the same amount of work all semester. Guess it figures I can't be perfect 100% of the time. Plus, not sure if it matters that I decided I needed to take 2 English classes in the spring, instead of the Lab Newspaper 2. But, I'm drained from the amount of work we had to do. I REALLY think the class could have been 8 credits all by itself, with the amount of work I did. I could have been there everyday and still not gotten everything needed done.

My Gender in Communications class. This was the one I REALLY stressed out on. As of last Friday, I was waiting on 4 grades to figure out what I would get. Out of 7, I had 3, 2 tests and 1 term paper. So, with so few, I had no idea where I was grade wise. Hoping that my 2 papers turned in would be graded, I was disappointed to know that they weren't done. I was also waiting on that test, along with an attendance/participation grade. The faculty had until yesterday to input the grades. By 10pm, this grade was not posted. But, low and behold, Rob checked for me overnight, to let me know my grade this morning.

Sadly, my overall GPA has gone down. Before this semester, I was carrying a 3.57 GPA (out of 4 points). My new overall GPA is


Okay, before anyone complains, this is still WAY better than my grades for my Associate Degree, which will not be mentioned here. But, I should be able to do better than I did. I just had such a difficult time with the Gender in Com class. I will re-evaluate my needs for upper level credits for the other com class. You see, for my degree, I have to take 1 African American Experience and 1 Diversity class. I believe this class covered the diversity requirement. But, for my degree, I also need 42 upper level (junior and senior level classes). If I can get by without the upper level com for African American exp, then I'm takin' an easy class, something that will help me get my GPA back up.

So, for Spring! I'm now able to look at the books for my 2 classes. For spring, I'm taking my Technical Writing class, that is only available in the spring. So, this time was IT! I'm required to get 2 books for class. It appears they might run me about $150 total, but for 2 books.

My other class is the Creative Writing Workshop on Poetry. Ooh! I get the opportunity to write poetry for 16 weeks, with the same professor I had for creative writing last summer. I'm so EXCITED! With the excitement also comes disappointment. I need 10 books! Okay, so the class is 16 weeks, but TEN (10) books? At this point, I don't have pricing on them, but my guess is around $150 for them as well. I get to be CREATIVE! I know a few of you out there who read my blogs will enjoy my creativity come spring.

With spring semester, I've got 3 semesters, plus 1 class left. I'm taking my English Senior Survey the very last, with taking the class by itself, even if I have to pay out of pocket for the 1 class. I want to be the best in the class and focus on it. Plus, it will be the VERY LAST class I take before my degree! And, you can better believe, I'm WALKING DOWN THE ISLE to get my degree! I know I've got a ways to go yet, but I've already got my list in mind to invite watch me walk down the aisle to get my degree.

With that, I'm going to close for now. I'm going to see what my poetry books might cost through amazon to get an idea so I don't up and have a heart attack when I go to buy my books!

Love to all,
8^ )

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Music Video Site

A while back, Sarah McLachlan was on one of the morning news shows. On the program, they mentioned a Web site where you could find her music "stripped." At first, I wasn't sure what they were talking about, but investigated.

There is a site: Stripped Music, where musical acts have been recording and posting their music, free of the "story" and "hoopla" associated with a music video. I've been hooked ever since.

Especially, since my all-time favorite country artist has a few of her own videos there. Yep, Reba!

So, stop on by to see if any of your artists are there!

Love to all,
8^ )

Cassi's Picture w/ Santa

Okay. Here's an official picture. I like this one the best, and I took it. It's more of an action photo with Santa and Cassi discussing her options for Christmas presents.
Love to all,
8^ )

Monday, December 18, 2006

It's Official...

I've been able to fix my template. I had a few problems with the old template:
  1. I wanted to add my links to my blogs for everyone to reach from this page.
  2. I wanted to add my blog friends links so others can see who I read on a daily basis.

The problem was, with Blogger Beta, I was unable to hard-code these items in. But, the pretty thing about Blogger Beta is, these items are "elements" of the template being upgraded. I know MANY of you are not liking Blogger in Beta. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!

So, as you see my blog now, you'll find my blog links, my blog friends' links, and my seasonal template. The difference now is that I don't have separate sections for archives and recent posts. They changed it to more of a table of contents looking outline, which I rather enjoy.

But, to keep me correct with my template, I've got a "secret" blog that I'm using for template creation before going LIVE here. You can find it if you want through my profile. This blog will stay this way for a while.

The only bug, is where the blog post title doesn't want to left justify. But, maybe I'll try to center it.

Love to all,
8^ )

P.S. We took Cassi to see Santa. For those of you who know the Cleveland area, we took her to Great Northern Mall, which is in North Olmsted (between Cleveland and Elyria). This man is AMAZING. He's been Santa for more than 25 years. We just couldn't stay away. We've taken her here many times over the past 7 years she's been around. I'll add the picture tomorrow, after I review the best picture (their's or mine).

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Generic Template

Thanks to Vegas Princess. I knew there was an issue, but I thought it was me. Until I can fix it, I'll go to the generic template.

Love to all,
8^ )

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Are we here yet?

As Cassi said as we frustratedly waited in line to get in at Blossom Music Center.

"No. We're not there yet. But, when we get there, I'll tell you we're here," I told her back.

From Elyria to Blossom Music Center, it's an hour drive, across the turnpike. We have been so busy today, with Caroline here. We went to Wal-Mart, Burger King, and played. We had dinner (besides a snack at BK).

Rob had the smart idea to take the drive to Blossom. Blossom is known for being a wonderful outdoor concert venue. During the summer, the location is the home of the Cleveland Orchestra.

But, during the winter, from about 11/16 until 1/16, the drive-thru is turned into a winter wonderland, filled with lights. I'll add my better photos tomorrow.

The link to the center is at: Blossom Music.

They do have a video of the displays. The kids ABSOLUTELY loved it. The cost to drive through? $12.50 (but a $2.50 discount made it $10) The only problem was that everyone else wanted to drive through too. So, it took us an hour to get about 5 miles off the highway to the center.

Yep, I think it was worth it in the end because the kids enjoyed themselves. After, though, we had to stop and potty, snack, and refill the gas tank to drive back home.

Now, the kids are laying on the couches, watching TV before falling asleep. And, I'm wide awake. Gotta love insomnia, but also my left shoulder hurts.

Ever since I moved here (13 years ago), I've had nothing but trouble with my left shoulder. Okay, everyone can laugh at my expense. I sneezed so hard I pulled my should out of the socket and pulled the muscle. (here's your cue to laugh horrendously)

I'm gonna close for the night. I've also got a headache. AND, I think I'll tell the kids it's time for bed, but I also want to have my round on the blogs before bed too.

Love to all,
8^ )

Reply to my Last Post...

Because my friends are so kind and reading the BIBLE-length post I added yesterday, I've got my comment to their comments, but thought it would be better to ad as a post.

Yes, life has been CRAZY. Now that I'm on break, it's going to be equally as crazy. This week, I am working on making presents for family and friends. I'm making music CDs and such. Yesterday, I got my tax paperwork together. Plus, I've got my basement to finish cleaning and reorganizing. Since my babies are gone, I've got to finish cleaning. Plus, since we took down walls in the basement, there's old wood that needs to go out to the garbage.

Last week, we went and stocked up our kitchen. I couldn't believe how bare the cupboards were. So, we went to 3 places, Gordon Food Service, Sam's Club, and Aldi's (low budget, but good food store). At Gordon Food Service, we purchased a 25-pound bag of bread flour. First problem, how the HECK am I to store this amount of bread flour? Luckily, I was in Tupperware once. I used to sell and have LOADS of Tupperware. Can't believe how much stuff I got when I sold. Anyhoo, I found enough Modular Mates to fill 3 rectantulars and 2 ovals of all varying sizes. Today, Rob and I put together a recipe that makes 2 loaves of white bread. Will see how it goes.

Cassi has a friend coming over this evening for a sleep over. As soon as she gets here, we'll be baking the afternoon away, watching movies, and generally playing. This is her first sleep over and has been excited since big brother does stuff and she hasn't been able to do anything.

I've got a roast on in the crock pot. Got it ready this morning and will be cooking all day. Can't wait until it's the "break apart with fork" tender enough to eat. Just the way MOM makes it! Sorry, Marie, no leftovers for you. But, any juice I will save to make home made beef stew since the juice become stock.

I've got my laptop to work on over break. Since I moved my iPod to my laptop, I've got to finish setting up the music and recreating my playlists and what music I actually WANT on the iPod.

I've got a project to work on over break for one of the communications professors. After she found out the class I presented/taught at the last career week, we are working on a 3-class session to teach the COM 101 students about online portfolios. Even though she can't pay me, I explained to her this is an excellent opportunity to get experience. Plus, I can use her as a reference for future employment, which she agreed 100%. My goal over the break is to get the 3 class sessions laid out, along with the research info to give her.

Okay. Gotta go for now. Ever the BUSY one. I've got a friend, Patty, the one I talked about setting up her house network, who is equally as busy. I always wondered how she could do it and she's got 2 kids! I understand how she feels, as probably all of my fellow blog-friends who have hubby, kids, work, etc., etc.

Love to all,
8^ )

Friday, December 15, 2006


Okay. I've been REALLY bad at submitting posts. But, after you read the BARRAGE of stuff I've done over the past two weeks, you will definitely understand.

First, last week was HELL on wheels. The week started with just a couple of us parents setting up the school for Santa's Secret Shop. Because I am the Vice President of the PTO, I feel it's my responsibility to be where I need to be WHEN I need to be there. So, Monday, we spent a few hours in the afternoon setting up. Tuesday and Wednesday was shopping days for the kids.

Remind you, through all of this, Cassi has ice skating lessons Monday night (which was colder than "Hell" freezing over), Rob working at night so having to get dinner cooked for him before he leaves for the Cleveland Clinic, and my school on Monday-Wednesday-Friday (which this was the last week of classes).

Monday night, after Cassi goes to bed, and Rob is off work, I sit on my computer and type of price cards to be placed in front of said goodies at the sale. Plus, I type up goodie list that we TRY to get the kids to use to determine how much of the stuff we sell. Gotta love it when you're anal-detail oriented, like I am.

So, Tuesday, we weren't ready because of last-minute arranging of goodies because there's 2 boxes of stuff not even on our lists. We have to come up with pricing for the items and labels for the tables. AND, all I kept hearing from the moms was, "well, we did it like this last year." or "all you have to do is punch the number on the bottom of the box into the register and it will bring up the price."

I was so ready to just up and leave. I was sick of these parents. #1. We are not running it like last year, because we went with another company. #2. You can't just type the number into the register because the register isn't programmed. Anyone want to spend the time? Didn't think so.

All of a sudden, it appeared that Dan, the treasurer and I were put in charge of this thing. Also, we had been told that last year, kids came through a couple at a time, which sounded like a good thing to me. Not to many kids at once. NOPE. Didn't happen either. It was a free-for-all, and more than one class came at the same time. This will NOT happen next year. By the end of the day, I was ready for a FEW bottles to drink (and I'm not talking about baby bottles of milk!). But, the principal was really good. My major problem was we needed someone to direct the kids and teachers through the process and no one was available to do it. I couldn't because I was managing the cash register and the rowdy kids because it was a slow process.

I couldn't wait to get back to college on Wednesday! Being away from the kids was a dream. Goals for next year: 1. get the price list early enough from the company and get it electronically, 2. if the items aren't on the full price list, don't sell it, 3. have more people setup and work with the kids, 4. more control over the inventory.

But, the rest of the week was the usual craziness of school, Cassi & school, and Rob & work.

My sister, Marie, came into town over the weekend and brought Joe with her. They worked on grandpa's computer and spent time with family. Cassi was very upset that Marie didn't stay at Pa's house like she usually does. She doesn't understand that Joe is uncomfortable sleeping in the house with mom & dad.

Saturday, I took a school trip to Ohio State University (info located in a different post). All I can say here is, "What a Campus!" Wish I had gone there when I was single and had an opportunity to be away from home. But, that's another life away.

This week was finals week for fall semester. Monday was for the journalism class. And, even though we didn't have a final, we did have the paper to produce and get to press. Plus, it was Cassi's last skating lesson day. So, even though they could have used me at school, I had to leave at 4.

The main reason for this is because I had to take Rob's car to work, my brakes (gotta spell it right) were shot. Even though Rob stayed up all night working, he stayed up all day to replace my brakes and get Cassi from school. By the time I got home from school, they were both sleeping. Rob didn't get up until 8, I think, because I think he ate dinner and went back to bed.

Tuesday, sheesh, I can't remember what I did Tuesday. I know I didn't go to school, but not much of anything else. I know Cassi and I watched X-Men 3, started watching X-Men 2 in bed and was asleep by 8:45 and slept until 8 the next morning. All I really remember was being so tired.

Wednesday, I went to school to deliver newspapers, clean up the news room, and get my copies for personal file. I'll get my Web site updated soon with all of this semester's newspapers I had the joy of reporting for, laying out, and editing. After school, I had a PTO meeting, along with getting food cooked for Rob before going to work.

Yesterday, was just a plain mess. My friend, Patty, needed major help with her new house. They got the keys and were ready for moving in. Hubby had trouble wiring her rooms for technology. Because Rob knows how to do this, and he asked me to come, we ened up spending the day in Medina, helping get the rooms wired. She had 6 of her rooms with Cat5 jacks put into the walls. Yes, with wireless, you don't need this, but she wanted it just in case. In the basement was a panel for hard-wiring to the wall. It took Rob just about all day to figure out: 1. which wire went with which room and 2. the exact wiring from jack in room to punch-down panel in basement. I actually had to leave once to come back from Medina to my house in Elyria to get supplies, kid, and food.

But, I went ballistic when we got home because this morning was my final exam in my Gender in Communication class. I really needed to finish studying but didn't get any chance because when we got home, realized that Cassi had lots of homework that we didn't do in Medina. So, instead of me, I helped her. This morning, I was up at 6 to get the last of my studying done before the test. Again, I don't know how I will do on the test. My hope is for a C on the test. But, I don't know about my final grade. Out of 7 scores to make up my final grade, I know 3, which doesn't help me figure out if I'm going to get a C or not. Everyone pray for me.

With that, it's 4:35 pm East Coast Time. Child keeps begging me for din-din. I'll post my story about OSU after dinner.

Hope everyone doesn't go cross-eyed reading ALL of this.

Love to all,
8^ )

Sunday, December 10, 2006

My Trip to OSU!

This was a VERY interesting trip. Because one of my friends from news class really wanted to go to Ohio State University for our basketball game, I decided I would go with her. One of the other guys was going to go and backed out at the last minute for work. Even though my sister was coming into town for the weekend, I was going to be kid free (at Pa's) and hubby free (at work), I figured it would be fun.

First, we decided we would drive ourselves. I told her I had no problem driving because I'm a driver. At the same time, the campus activities board had rented a big bus to drive anyone down. So, in the end, we decided to take the bus. We wouldn't have to drive at all.

Also, because we were going for class, and the sports information director told us we could get press passes, we arranged for press passes. When we got to the campus, I couldn't believe how LARGE the campus is. If I had had the opportunity to go to OSU, I would have taken it.

But, we arrived at the arena, with the bus driver telling the traffic people that she had "members of the press" on the bus. It made us feel kind of important. They hustled the bus to one parking lot right near the arena. After we got off, we saw a sheriff (or may state police) going to the bus. Come to find out that he wanted to make her (the driver) move the bus. By no means would she move the bus. She had "members of the press" inside, who needed to come back and forth to the bus if needed. He told her if she stayed with the bus, she could stay.

The game was very exciting. We started up in the Press Box. I couldn't believe how high up we were. With my vertigo and all, it was rough for me, but I overcame it. We went down to the floor, interested in finding out if we had a space on the floor as well. It would have been nice, but no. There were places for The Plain Dealer reporters, who, incidentally, never showed up. Being down there would have been nice because we would have had a better chance at action photos for our news stories.

After taking a peek at the men's roster, come to find out a junior player is from my high school. Good 'ol Northern Burlington Regional HS in Columbus, NJ. Got to go meet this guy to see how he ended up in Cleveland! I've since read that he's sitting out this season because he's a transfer from St. John's University.

But the game was very exciting. There were spots of green dotted all over the arena, even though we were in a huge sea of red (or scarlet)!

In the end, we lost the game by 21. But, that's not bad for playing against #4 OSU. It gives the men good experience.

After I got home, I stopped at my mom's house to potty and get a snack. We really didn't eat dinner. I had lunch on the way to the bus, but only had the snacks they gave us on the bus. Cassi was so tired. So, I finished the pizza from dad and went home.

And, that was my trip to OSU!

Love to all,
8^ )

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Seasonal Templates

I've FINALLY figured out how to change my template. At least, most of it anyway. So, I will work to update it seasonally.

Right now, you'll find Christmas stuff here. Since I don't want to be PC (politically correct) AND we celebrate Christmas in my house, my blog will be Christmas-themed until the New Year.

Watch for my next change, which will be Valentine's Day!

Love to all,
8^ )

Saturday, December 02, 2006


I can't add pictures. Nor, can I format and edit fonts, sizes, etc. It almost seems like this is in HTML mode only. Hmmm. Is it because of these UPDATES they've been doing lately?

I'll have to watch as I have more pictures to share and others to add commentary to that I want to wait until my blog screen for posting goes back to normal.

Love to all,
8^ )

Update: Ah Ha! I just had to clean out my history of internet explorer junk. Now, everything is happy and back to normal. But, now I'm not ready to add more pictures, etc. Oh, yeah. I'll do the one post earlier today that started all this. You'll see.

A Best Friend...

I'm looking for a best friend. With my schedule, it has been very difficult. Someone to like me who I am. Someone to like my child and not mind them tagging along. Someone who doesn't care that I'm married. This person can be male or female, close or far. Close would be good as I would like to go out and do thing, but mostly because I want someone to share secrets with (he he!).

If you're not a Disney movie watcher or someone with kids, you might not know the song I'm about to share. The song is Shoulder to Shoulder by Carly Simon (another of my all-time favorite female singers). It's from Pooh's Heffalump Movie, which Cassi appears to be watching right now in my room.

Shoulder to Shoulder

Lyrics by: Carly Simon
Music by: Carly Simon

We stand shoulder to shoulder
We see eye to eye
We dive deep under water
We jump high in the sky

We stand shoulder to shoulder
We stand side to side
When one of us gets a tiny bit tired
One gives the other a ride

I've never had a best friend before
So I can't be sure what it feels like
But I think it feels more like this
I think I feel more like myself
When I'm with you

Finding, losing and finding
Losing and finding
Making a bond that is strong
Building a house for our friendship
Breathing a breath for our song
For our song

Can you be my friend? (Okay, I wrote this primarily because of the song, but I would LOVE to have someone I can call my best friend. I have LOTS of good friends, just not any who I can tell EVERYTHING to and not be judged. MARIE, you don't count!)

Love to all,
8^ )

All My Children...

No, not the soap opera, my babies.

This is Patches, the mom to the next three. As much as Marie wanted her because she loved Marie, she loved anyone who came into the house. I think it was primarily because she wanted to be outside.

This is Fluffy. She was one of the two larger babies. She appears to have the calico coloring and long haired. She always loved it when I brushed her. Plus, when I slept with two pillows, one above the one I used, she would sleep above my head on the extra pillow. Now that pillow is empty.

This is Smokey. Even at five months old, she was the smallest of the four kittens. She still cried for mommy. I really think she still needed her because of how small she was. She was forever getting under our blankets or jackets in the living room to keep warm, and find a warm spot to take a nap. Here, she has craweled into my fleece jacket for a nap.

This is Tiger and the only boy who remained in the brood. Big brother was adopted. But, he filled brother's shoes quite nicely. He always knew when I was on the laptop, desktop, etc. He especially knew if I was printing. He always wanted to lay on my boobs (must have thought they were his sleeping spot), left shoulder, or on top of my office chair. Plus, because he still had claws, he never fell off when I leaned back. He was my "big baby."

Finally, this is Charlie. No relation to the other cats. We had her the longest, originally coming to us from a farm across the street from where we used to live. I knew she had come from that farm because of other "farm cats" that looked like her. She ended up gaining so much weight after Patches arrived. I think she thought that if she didn't eat and EAT, she wouldn't get enough. I don't think she really wanted to share. Or, when Patches came, she might have known that Patches was pregnant. But, she was so huge when she left. I just hope she found another good home.
Okay, this will be the last set of pictures of the kids.
Love to all,
8^ )

Friday, December 01, 2006

I'm a Libertine...

Okay, I took that survey that is listed on an earlier post. It basically said that I'm a Libertine. I also mentioned that I wanted to look up what Libertine meant, as the description needed further definition in my mind. So, I looked it up on Wikipedia (an awesome source for generic info). Here is what it said:

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Libertine has come to mean one devoid of any restraints--especially one who ignores or even spurns religious norms, accepted morals, and forms of behavior sanctioned by the larger society. The philosophy gained new-found adherents in the 18th and 19th centuries, particularly in France and Britain. Notable among these were John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester, the Marquis de Sade, and Aleister Crowley. "Libertine," like many words, is an evolving one, defined today as "a dissolute person; usually a person who is morally unrestrained."

(So, maybe I'm just like to GET AROUND.) There are a number of things I like to do that would describe me as "unrestrained." Oh, there's so much I would like to say on this topic, but I'll just leave my thoughts to myself.

Libertine is a negative term, derived by John Calvin, for opponents of his policies in Geneva, Switzerland. This group, led by Ami Perrin argued against Calvin's "insistence that church discipline should be enforced uniformly against all members of Genevan society."[1] Perrin and his allies were elected to the town council in 1548, and "broadened their support base in Geneva by stirring up resentment among the older inhabitants against the increasing number of religious refugees who were fleeing France in even greater numbers."[1] By 1555, Calvinists were firmly in place on the Genevan town council, so the Libertines, led by Perrin, responded with an "attempted coup against the government and called for the massacre of the French ... This was the last great political challenge Calvin had to face in Geneva."[1]
Les Liaisons dangereuses (Dangerous Liaisons, 1782), an epistolary novel by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, is a trenchant description of sexual libertinism. Wayland Young argues that "…the mere analysis of libertinism… carried out by a novelist with such a prodigious command of his medium… was enough to condemn it and play a large part in its destruction." (Young, 1966, 246) (See Libertine novel)

Maybe, because I am a Libertine, I played a part in the destruction in certain relationships in my life. Hmm, but, I didn't know I was doing this. Maybe I should change. Nah! I like who I am. If those people in my life don't like me who I am, they can leave. I can always find others to be in my life. Oh, but do I want a "mid life crisis!" Maybe it would make my life easier!

Okay, so who can I seduce????

Love to all,
8^ )

One Word...

I stole this from Lynda who stole it from Megan who stole it from Chatty. You can only type one word. No explanations.

Yourself: Cathy

Your Partner: Rob

Your Hair: fro

Your Mother: Mary

Your Father: Charles

Your Favorite Item: iPod

Your Dream Last Night: love

Your Favorite Drink: Dr.P

Your Dream Car: SUV

Your Dream Home: ranch

The Room You Are In: dining

Your Ex: Jason

Your Fear: loneliness

Where You Want to be in Ten Years: working

Who You Hung Out With Last Night: Cassi

What You're Not: Perfect

Muffins: blueberry

One of your wish list items: money

Time: none

The Last Thing You Did: drive

What You Are Wearing: t-shirt

Your Favorite Weather: spring

Your Favorite Book: sci-fi

Last Thing You Ate: donut

Your Life: boring

Your Mood: eh

Your Best Friends: few

What Are You Thinking About Right Now: stuff

Your car: Focus

What Are You Doing At The Moment: Soaps

Your Summer: busy

Relationship Status: married

What Is On Your TV: soaps

What Is The Weather Like: blustery

When Is The Last Time You Laughed: morning

OK, I did it. Not sure what this means about me, but I like it. It was REALLY hard on some of these not to put down more than one word. At those points, it took a minute to figure out the best word.

Love to all,
8^ )

I FINALLY tracked myself...

Today, was the sixth edition of our newspaper for the semester. Every two weeks, I have travelled the streets of CSU to deliver the newspapers to my appointed locations. By the way, my locations grew over the past month, so I am going to more stops.

So, today, I decided I wanted to try to track the number of steps. I just took the wonderful, ever-helpful digiwalker on my right hip. After tracking, I've got 2080 steps, almost 1 mile for my steps. I've actually got 3 separate runs to make. And, why shouldn't I get the most, I've been the circulation manager for the entire semester.

So, I've still been walking and exercising, but more slowly than the summer and early fall. With my up coming schedule, my walking schedule will be full again.

Love to all,
8^ )