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Oh Man! and Other Stuff

I hate it when the boss-man calls me Thursday afternoon to tell me that he has a big project for me to work on Friday.  Fridays are usually my catch-up days and I almost always finish up early so I can start my weekend a little sooner.  I already had my day’s list of things I need to do in my head.  Looks like I won’t be getting them done after all and I won’t be going home early. Blah.

Zach loves to go around and say “oh, man!” and every time he does it I crack up.  I know I gush about him all the time on here but he is just so cute I can’t help it.

We’re taking Zach to the circus this weekend.  We went last year, but he was a little young to really appreciate it much.  Hopefully this time around will be more fun for him.  We’ll be sitting up front instead of way up high where we were last year so he should be able to see really well.  Anybody wanna take a guess what pictures I’ll be posting on Monday?

Anyone have any fun weekend plans?

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Caffeine. The gateway drug.

This week at work has been frustrating.  No matter how well I plan out my day, I still can’t manage to get the things done that need to be done.  Part of that is procrastinating on my part.  Part of it is that other people have plans for my day that don’t include the plans I have made.  I’m getting frustrated both at myself and at everyone who is demanding that I do their work rather than my work.

Add this to the fact that I’m rather sleep deprived due to a certain little someone that has suddenly decided that he doesn’t want to sleep through the night and my frustration level escalates even higher.

In an effort to combat this frustration, I’ve been doping myself up on caffeine and chocolate, a deadly combination.  The liquid caffeine is in the form of calorie-free pop, but the Dove chocolates I have been inhaling are not so calorie-free and I can’t seem to keep my hands off of them.  I may need an intervention soon.

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All In One

Hmmm…it’s been a little quite around here the last couple days.  I guess I figured with the posting not only once, but twice this weekend I could take a break or something.  But really, it was just because we had no internet at work for most of the day yesterday.  Turns out there was some kind of power surge or something that actually made it through the surge protector and totally jacked up our router and switch that connects us all to the internet and our file server.  I did have a bit of a breakdown when I discovered I couldn’t check my e-mail though.  That was rough. 

I think I finally have a plan in place for Zach while his Day Care Provider is on maternity leave.  I’ve mentioned before that the in-laws are coming up for three weeks.  If I manage to make it through those three weeks, I’ll still have at least a week and 1 day before day care opens back up (if the delivery goes as planned with no complications).  So, being that my mom and I both still have some vacation time left for the year, we are going to split the time up and each take a few days off to stay with Zach.  I think my mom is going to try to get my Grandma to come up for a few days during that time so that she can spend some time with her also.  If the maternity leave ends up extending past that I still plan on lining up alternative care.  I’m sure I can find a day care center or home day care that will take a drop-in for a couple days.  I may have to pay a small fortune, but after skipping 4 weeks of paying for day care I think I’ll be able to afford it.

Sunday afternoon we were supposed to go to a birthday party, so we came home right after dinner at my dad’s instead of hanging around and visiting.  I put Zach down for a nap and Hubby decided to nap too, so I took the opportunity to spend a couple of hours by myself on my computer.  I downloaded a digital scrapbook kit from Designer Digitals and created an invitation for Hubby’s 30th birthday party that I am throwing for him next month.  I wanted to get the invitiations out early because most of my friends tend to have pretty busy schedules.  I really love how the invitiations turned out.  I e-mailed them yesterday morning (before our internet crashed) and have gotten several compliments.  I wanted to post it here and show it off, but I’m too lazy to black out the address and personal info.  It really got me wanting to work on some digital scrapbook pages though.  I downloaded several free scrapbook papers and kits that I found while looking for just the right thing for the invitation.  Now, if I could only find the time to work on it.

I’m really looking forward to this weekend.  Not only is it a 3-day weekend, but Hubby and I have committed to cleaning the house from top to bottom and cleaning up the yard (as long as the weather cooperates).  That may not seem all that exciting to some, but it is for me.  With the little guy clinging onto my legs most of the time it is pretty difficult to get even the simplest of cleaning tasks done.  And the yard?  It has been really needing some work since early summer.  But, Hubby said that he will help get it done this weekend so that we can have Monday to relax at home with nothing to do.  The absolute only way I can completely relax is if the house is clean.  Otherwise I sit there thinking about all of the things I should be doing instead of what I am doing.  Plus, that should leave us with only a quick run-through the house to do before the in-laws show up two weeks later.

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The Plant Guy Hates Me

At my office we have this guy that comes around once a week and takes care of all of our indoor plants.  We have some really nice plants up at the front of the office to greet people when they come in.  Plus most of us have a plant or two in our offices to spruce things up a bit.

When my Grandpa died last winter, I was offered a plant that had been sent for the funeral.  I accepted the plant knowing that I definitely do not have any kind of green thumb.  I had already killed the plant that I was given after my other grandfather’s funeral.  It lasted almost a year, but between my cats eating the leaves and me forgetting to water it, it was just destined to die.  Even knowing all of that, I figured I would give it another try.

This time around, I figured I would take the plant to my office so that it would be out of the cats’ reach.  Knowing that the plant guy would come around once a week made me feel pretty safe.  I figured if I did try to kill it, maybe he could stop me before it actually died.  So, after a couple of weeks of forgetting to bring it every day, the plant finally made it to the office and I found a place to proudly display it.  It really does make my office look a little more homey.

Since I am way back in the back of the office hidden away, I made sure to tell those that were in front to send the plant guy my way when he came in so that I could tell him about my plant.  He came in the following week and took a look at my plant.  He said that it needed to be re-potted with a larger pot and some better quality soil.  I told him that I would try to do that and he left…without watering my plant.

The next week, I waited and waited for him to show up and he never did.   When I asked around, I was told that he had already been there.  He didn’t come back to my corner at all.  So I asked them to make sure that they sent him back the next time, thinking that maybe he had just forgotten.

So I waited and waited.  Week after week I waited for the plant guy and he never came around the corner to my office.  I still hadn’t re-potted my plant because I don’t know what in the heck kind of soil to buy for my plant.  I was waiting for the opportunity to ask him, but he never showed his face.

Finally, in June, my mom asked him to come back here because my plant wasn’t looking so hot.  I had actually been remembering to water it, but apparently that wasn’t enough.  My plant is a needy plant.  So the plant guy comes back to my office and we discussed the whole re-potting thing again.  He offered to bring me in a catalog where I could pick out a new pot and said that he would pot it for me.  I was perfectly fine with that.  I would rather pay him to do it than try to do it without killing my plant.

Guess what?  He never showed up again.  I’m still waiting for him to pop his head around the corner.  I know he’s in the office once a week.  All of the other plants in the office look fabulous.  Mine just looks totally ghetto.  Don’t believe it?   Here’s a picture.  Just ignore the ugly boxes in the background and the stacks of papers waiting to be filed.

 Proof of my not green thumb

Those leaves?  They’re supposed to be standing up, not drooping down like they have a bad hangover.  It really was a beautiful plant when it was younger, before I got my hands on it.

I am seriously beginning to think that the plant guy just doesn’t like me.  I don’t know any other explanation for his total disregard of my dying plant.  Really, what did I ever do to him?  I was even going to pay him just to re-pot my plant! 

Zach is so lucky that he is human and not a plant.  Who would have ever thought that a baby would be easier to take care of than a plant that doesn’t even move? 

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One of the things that came about this weekend is that I am getting a new computer at work.  It’s not really a new computer, but a hand-me-down from my boss that is about a year old.  But, the exciting part of this is that not only am I getting another computer, the new computer is a laptop, which means I can work from home a little bit easier when necessary.  I don’t see any working from home happening any time soon, but it will be really great whenever I have to stay home with Zach or there is a big snowstorm or something.  Or, you know, when I have another baby and need to go on maternity leave again.

My mom and I have been pushing laptops for a while and trying to warm boss-man up to the idea of being able to work from home more.  A while back we thought we might have him convinced, but that went by the wayside.  Now, all of a sudden, he purchased new laptops for himself and my mom over the weekend and is passing his down to me, so we’ll all be mobile now.

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