Tuesday, October 30, 2007

The cavies

I took the cavies (guinea pigs) outside Monday afternoon. It was nearly the last nice day temperature-wise that we will be having until spring. I left the female in the box but took the male out and fashioned a harness out of yarn. He didn't try to escape, just huddled down in the grass for awhile. Then he figured out that he was huddled on grass and started munching.

The female's name is Mercedes Cow. Don't ask. I have no idea how Cayla came up with that name. I just call her "Momma" because she's going to be one. I didn't put her in the grass this time, just had the whole box in the yard.

The male's name is Pumpkin. I can at least understand the logic of that. I'm usually slightly bothered by red-eyed animals, but somehow his eyes don't bother me. I love this picture. He was feeling a bit more adventuresome, sniffing around and so on. He's checking me out - or at least checking out the camera.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

This past week

It's been surprisingly peaceful. Kent returned on Oct. 20. He had been e-mailing me and I decided to see how it goes. He's been back a week and we haven't had any arguments. He even went to church last week, although he wasn't feeling well this morning and he and Amanda stayed home.

He brought back two guinea pigs - more correctly called cavies. They are, yes, a male and female, and yes, she was already pregnant when he brought her. The family he was staying with didn't want them any more.

They are currently in a large plastic storage box with holes in the lid. During the day, if Cayla's room gets hot, I put the box on her bed and have the fan blowing on it. It cools it off without directly blowing on the box. We're planning to get a cage this week somehow. I am going on a trip to Omaha - work-related - and might try to visit a pet store there. The options here are pretty limited.

I'm considering going with a cubes and coroplast-type cage. We can build it ourselves and design what we want. I'm not sure where I can get the Coroplast, though.

Saturday, October 20, 2007


I don't wanna go to work
I gotta go to work
I don't wanna go to work

'Nuff said.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Because I am the Mom song

I got the link to this video on a forum I frequent. I watched it and when it was done, said "That was awesome!" Big smiles still.

Edited to add: That was Anita Renfroe, BTW.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

A strange day

It's been an up-and-down day. I've basically been on the go since 6 a.m. and even missed my usual morning (making up for staying up too late) nap.

Cayla had to be at school at 7 a.m. to catch a ride for a field trip. We nearly missed it - she got in the last van. Some of the vehicles were pulling out as we approached. I think they could have handled that a little better - here comes another kid for the trip, let's leave so we don't have to take another one. ???

Amanda and I went to McDonald's to get an Egg McMuffin and hash browns for Mom, and hash browns for Amanda, then headed over to Mom's. We waited there until about 7:45 a.m. and then took Amanda to school. I told Mom that I wanted to drop the snow tires off at our storage space (I'm driving a car that belongs to someone else, might be able to buy it, but there were snow tires in the trunk taking up all the space). After dropping off the snow tires, we headed over to my work so I could pick up my check.

When I left, a co-worker was taking a plastic barrel of old papers out. I asked him if those were headed for the trash. Yep. So I ended up with two stacks of discarded newspapers that will help Tonya B. pack stuff to move. I wouldn't have been in the right place at the right time - or had room in the trunk - if I hadn't removed those snow tires.

I took Mom to the radiology department for a chest X-ray ordered by her physician's assistant. She had an appointment on Wednesday, mentioned shortness of breath and an appointment at the Heart Clinic next Tuesday, but the P.A. decided not to wait. So, Mom had to get the chest X-ray this morning.

After the hospital, we went to Wal-Mart. Mom stayed in the car and I got a few items. Toilet paper - we were on nearly our last roll. Something for lunch for each of us. Two small sampler boxes of Russell Stover candy for Mom. Then I took her home. I remembered before I left town that I needed to put gas in the car, so I filled it up.

I went home and ate, relaxed for a bit, then changed and went to work. Work was like the weirdest. I restarted my Mac and all I could get was a screen that told me I needed to restart my Mac. In four languages: English, French, German and Japanese. Molseed confirmed the Japanese. I had to use another computer for a couple of hours until Rex could fix it.

I worked on the Sunday Lifestyle section until 3:30 p.m., when I left to pick up Cayla. They didn't get back from the field trip until 4:15 or 4:20 p.m. Cayla and I went to Wal-Mart to get stuff for supper and I took her home. Since I was so late, I didn't take time to eat, just dropped her off and went back to work.

More weird stuff. Phone calls: one guy wanted to know if the NASCAR picks was still on the Web site because he's been doing it for a long time but he can't find it now. I'm guessing that it was dropped when we went to the new Web site or it's on a different page or something. I don't know (or care much) because I'm not interested. Another phone call: Somebody didn't get his Freeman Journal (this was around 6:30 p.m. - long after the office closes there). I suggested that he call tomorrow during the day, and in the future call by 4:30 p.m. to be sure to get someone in the office. The weird thing is that the Webster City number (Freeman Journal) went to The Messenger phone system. That can't be right.

Oh, yeah. When I got back from taking Cayla home, my PC monitor was just black. I restarted and it went through the scandisk stuff, but went back to black. I told Rex about it, but when he went over there, it was fine. Go figure. I decided that the Twilight Zone must have relocated over my desk. Rex suggested it's been there for some time (thanks a lot!). Whatever.

After work, I did some more shopping, including a purchase that I didn't want to make but figured is kind of necessary. I knew I had to buy minutes for my Tracfone, but how much? I couldn't remember how much I needed to get a certain number of bonus minutes (200 to get 50). I decided on the 200-minute card for $40 because it was $10 more than the 120-minute card, so an extra 80 minutes for $10.

When I got home and went to the Tracfone Web site to enter the code, I got 450 minutes total: the 200 I bought, the bonus 50 I expected and a bonus 200 I didn't expect. I think they might have done this before - it seems familiar now that I think about it. But anyway, I've got 7 hours and 30 minutes of talk-time now for the price of 3 hours and 20 minutes. That was a nice surprise.

Now, tomorrow ... I need to do laundry, go to work early if possible, pick up the girls (or just Cayla) to spend the night at Donna's, and I don't know what else. I wanted to help Tonya with the packing and stuff, but if I don't do laundry, I won't have anything clean to wear to work. Oh, unless I do the "wear my Sunday clothes because I didn't have time to wash" thing. That might actually work.

Anyway, I should try to get off the computer and go to bed. After all, I missed my nap today. ;-)

Monday, October 8, 2007

freaky dreams

I may have mentioned that I take a nap in the morning on weekdays. I get home from work late, have a hard time just going to sleep and so I stay up late. I have to get up early - 6 a.m. - to get the girls off to school. I stay up til 8 and usually go back to bed for a couple of hours. And I dream.

Friday morning I dreamed that Kent came back from Kentucky - where he swore he was going to live, leaving us here with no vehicle. Well, in my dream, he came back and took the girls out of school for the day and he was on the computer. Then someone from American Family showed up with two checks made out to Kent and me, as compensation for the Escort, which was wrecked Oct. 28 of last year. Kent insisted that all the money was his because it was "his" car, so he took the checks and left as I hollered after him, "good luck signing my name to the checks!"

This morning, my dream started off really weird. There was possibly a TV show or something. I wasn't quite in the action. There were four people living in a house: an older guy; an older woman who was possibly the housekeeper or something, not a relative; and two young adult males, probably 20-22 years old. One of the young guys was really into fires and the other was obsessed with water. Someone sent the fire guy a fire horse. It looked like a real horse with white coloring and black socks, but the fire guy was going to light it and watch it burn.

Then the older guy brought home two things: one was supposed to be a cat fryer, only it wasn't really, but I wasn't going to watch whatever it was, and the other was a cat aquarium. That was a C-shaped aquarium with a background. The cat can get into the middle part and watch the fish from inside, like a capital D. The water guy really liked that.

At some point here, I dreamed that I woke up on the sofa and Kent was already at home, on the computer. I didn't think that odd at first, but suddenly realized that he wasn't supposed to be there.

Then I had to return the van I'm currently driving and someone was going to give me a stove, so I had to go to our storage space (which in my dream looked totally different). I found a desktop computer at the storage space with a note from Kent saying it was a gift from someone. I got a text message from the person he's staying with saying that Kent took a laptop and accessories when he left. But this was a desktop, so I didn't know what to do. My cell phone is a prepaid Tracfone and I've got less than 20 minutes, so I was trying to find out without using too many minutes up. Then I looked out and saw Kent across the street. I tried to get an explanation from him but I think that was the point where I woke up.

So, those are a few of my freaky dreams lately. I think the part about the people living in the house could be worked into a story, possibly. I signed up for NaNoWriMo again, so I've got to start planning. Nov. 1 comes very quickly.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

So, he left. Now what?

It's been in the works for some time. Kent decided he "had" to leave, to move to Kentucky. He planned to stay with a family down there. He "had" to have the truck, our only vehicle, because "how am I supposed to get around?" (Ummm, that would really apply to me, since we live outside Fort Dodge and I've got to get to work, church, grocery stores, etc.)

So, he left Thursday evening. He drove down, knowing that I had a borrowed vehicle I can't keep for more than a few days (that was a very lucky break, at that). He arrived Friday and e-mailed me that he was there.

He e-mailed me Saturday that he wants to come back and I'm to wire him $150 when I get my next check.

Excuse me?

I have suggested that I can pick up an application for him to Section 8 housing or an apartment building that is for elderly and disabled people. I do not want to live with him again, and I don't feel obligated to do so. I think that by basically abandoning us he has lost any rights to live with us. Even if he "changed his mind" right away.

So, that's where we're at right now. I've got to go make something for the potluck between conference sessions, and get the girls up to go to church. I would stay home and catch at least one session online, but there is someone I have to talk to there today.