Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Bread and pasta...

We here at September Acres have been on a new eating plan (not really a diet, just trying to eat healthier) for about 4 months now. My husband was diagnosed with sleep apnea back in the spring and had gained a bit of weight. Wanting to get some of the weight off he consulted his personal doctor and his friend, N (who is also a doctor) and came home with a list of what he wanted to eat. Just for the record, these are things I have been telling him for year (although I am not a doctor). The following has been removed from his diet and our home:
  • Soda (and all other caffeine)-we generally didn't drink soda but I did buy him a 6 pack of Dr Pepper a week to take to work. He only drinks water now - and the occasional Michelob Ultra- gone are his weekly nights out with the guys at his favorite watering hole.
  • Bread - in all forms except for Ezekiel bread and 100% whole wheat bagel thins (by Thomas's - very tasty).
  • Pasta- in all forms. That's been a tough one since we ate pasta about 3 times a week before - I've had to come up with new menu ideas. No more spaghetti here!
  • Ice cream - we now only buy frozen yogurt for a treat.
  • Candy - & most other sugar.
  • Chips - although I didn't buy them much before - maybe a bag a month.

Those are the biggies. We buy virtually no processed food - we didn't buy a ton before but now it's pretty much non existent. My husband has lost a little over 20 lbs. Me? About 6.

So, the point of all that (there had to be a point, right?) is that LM got invited to stay at her friend's house overnight last Friday. Her friend's parents were going out to eat and wanted to make sure that it was okay for LM to go. Of course, it was. LM found out they were going to Italian and she said "Oh, good, I can have bread and pasta"...

Friday, August 27, 2010

Great deal...


Last weekend we headed out to Dillards to find sheets for our new bed. No luck on the sheets but check out this lovely cake stand I found tucked away on the 70% off rack. I fell in love with it when I saw it and I was more in love with the price :$5.79! There were lots of great deals on that rack. We also scored a large white stoneware platter for $9.00.
Make sure you check out those racks in the corners at the end of the season. Bargains abound and it reinforces my motto: You never need to pay full price for anything!

Head over to the Shabby Nest for Frugal Friday.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Nice...

I try to be nice. I REALLY do! It seems that I have a short fuse for incompetent (for lack of a better word) sales clerks at stores that start with a K.

Today LM had early release from school so we went shopping for a birthday gift for the party she is going to on Saturday. We found the gift, card and a few other can't live without things for home and headed to the register. I am notorious for getting in the wrong line. I picked a line with one lady in it. Thought that was safe. Well, not really. The clerk proceeded to chat away with the customer (I believe there is a fine line between being nice and chatting too much) in front of me then finally gave her a receipt. The paper was all curled up like ribbon on a gift and the clerk said 'oh, I hope I don't run out of tape.' I should have bolted then.

Now, anyone who has worked with cash register tape (for that matter, anyone who has shopped) knows that the tape will turn a color (usually red) on the edges well before it runs out. That's the sign to change it ASAP, right? At the very least she should have changed it when it was all curled up, after her last customer.

Well, you know what happened next. She rings up my stuff and low and behold she runs out of tape when the store name was printing (on the tippy top). Of course, she has no clue what to do now (don't they train people on this?) Luckily, the customer behind me also was an associate and told her what to do. Apparently you just can't reprint it (what? It's 2010 K...)

The clerk tells me it is being reprinted in the back and someone will bring it up in a minute (more like 10). She apologizes as she is putting the new register tape in which takes all of 30 seconds.

I am then asked to come to customer service to wait for my receipt. When I arrived at CS the phone rings and Tiffany, the CS clerk, asks 'how much was your purchase again' (this information has already been relayed to her a couple of times). That's when I blew. My exact words were 'why is this so difficult' (not much help, I know)? Luckily a young man who may have been an assistant manager came over and offered to go get the receipt from the back (we all know how far it is from the front to the back of these stores).

LM asked what happened. I diplomatically told her that the sales clerk was lazy and didn't do her job so we were being inconvenienced. 'Oh' she says and goes back to looking at a rack of DVD's.

The clerk must have said 5 times that she was sorry. I am always at a loss as to how I should reply to that: 'oh, no problem.' That's no good since it IS a problem. OR 'that's okay.' Doesn't work either since it's not okay. So I just smile and nod.

I have to say I felt much better when LM suggested we go out for frozen yogurt. That made it all better and the frozen yogurt clerk was very nice....

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Design on a dime...

My friend M and her husband are redecorating their house. As in they have torn out all the tile, carpet and counter tops but have yet to pick out the new tile or paint yet. Yikes!

She called me this afternoon after my friend E told her I was the one to talk to about decorating and picking out paint colors. I have to say I was quite flattered. Of course, my husband said he should help her since he was instrumental in picking out everything in our house. HA! M said I could come over and do a 'design on a dime' thing for her.

I am quite excited to be offering my assistance to her. I think it will be fun. We are going over tomorrow after dinner. I am sure my hubby will end up talking to M's husband about cars or something. Hopefully, anyway.

Maybe I should take some paint swatches with me...

Monday, August 23, 2010

Update...

to the post below regarding not being welcome at school.

LM's teacher said she would pass my concerns on to the principal. I really expected that to be the end of it. Well, this morning at 8:13 am I got a call from the principal. She was very nice and said she wanted us to feel welcome and that yes, we could enter the school after the bell rings as long as we enter through the gym or front office. Frankly, I don't see why it matters since the kids are leaving from all the doors, not just those two. At least she cleared that up.

We had our volunteer training this afternoon and it went well. Most of the people there have been volunteering for years so it was short and sweet. Three of the nicest teachers in the school did the training which certainly made it pleasant. We are getting our own name tags this year instead of having to put 'visitor' stickers on.

We have been super busy here with home projects. My husband installed new interior doors which I am still painting, along with the baseboards. I hope to have some pictures to share soon. We also got a new bed - a king. We used to have a queen. So along with the new mattress we also needed new sheets, mattress pad, comforter, comforter cover, dust ruffle, pillows - it seems endless! Again, I will share pictures once the headboard arrives. I also want to paint LM's room since it hasn't been painted since we did her nursery. She wants pink and brown which I love. The plan is to do one accent wall brown and the rest pink. Pictures will be coming on all that too. So, hopefully in a few weeks I'll have posts with lots of pictures.

Until then, you know I'll be deep in paint...

Friday, August 20, 2010

Not welcome?

Well, here we are, the end of the 3rd week of school for the 2010-2011 school year. I may have mentioned last year that they got a new principal. Looking back, she really didn't do much to mess up the wonderful school we had. Had, as in it's no longer that way. I don't think the kids have noticed much (except for the fact that there are no chairs in music this year and they have to sit on the floor on assigned 'stars' made out of paper and stuck to the floor with duct tape. At least they still have music.) But life for the parents has changed drastically.

First off, the vibe I and other parents are getting is that we are not welcome in the school. Like physically not welcome in the school. There is much to go into and I will save you all of the details but we have been told in not so many words that we are not to go into the school to pick up our kids or to speak to the teacher. This may seem the norm to some of you. If so, I would love to hear from you. But in the past our school has been very welcoming and warm. We have been encouraged to come in and observe in any of the classes when we felt the need or desire.

I was told today that I could not go in the school after the bell rang. By the janitor. Even though the principal told us at our back to school rally that we were welcome in the school after the bell rings. That didn't sit well with me and I spoke to LM's teacher about it. She agreed that the school no longer had the warm feeling and she was depending on the parents to let her know so she could relay our issues to the principal.

Our school district only provides school buses to the middle school students so most parents are at the school daily for drop of and pick up. I know that if we had buses we would not have these same issues but I am not sure we would have the parental involvement that we have either.

Next week we have our new volunteer training. This is the first year for it so it should be interesting. After that we should be allowed to volunteer, I think. I'll find out more on Monday. Maybe it will be a more welcoming environment when we're volunteering not just walking through the hall for 3 minutes of the day. Don't you know I'll keep you posted.

Part of me wants to keep pushing the issue. Part of me says I have done my part, expressed my concern and it is what it is. I am sure I will do the latter. I have been on this planet long enough to know that some things just aren't worth a confrontation.

So, you moms, teachers and former teachers out there... do you feel welcome at your kids schools?

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Babysitting?

I am watching my friend E's son, C, for a little while so she can take her other son to the dentist.

LM's friend S called a bit ago to 'talk' (yes that's starting already!). I told LM to let S know that C was over playing and she would call her back when he left. This is how she interpreted it:

"S, I can't talk right now. I am babysitting C so I'll call you back when he goes home."

Alrighty then...

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Zoo...

Our trip to the zoo this summer...
Looking for adventure.
In a dinosaur egg.

Mama and Baby.


Carousel Ride.



Time to go. With a memento, of course!




Friday, August 13, 2010

Edward Scissorhands?

Last weekend we decided that the bushes that line our driveway needed to be trimmed. We borrowed hedgeclippers from a friend and my husband started clipping away. I didn't realize how big they'd gotten until I started filling the trash cans and bags. And of course we decided this needed to be done on a day that turned out to be 112 degrees. Of course!
My husband made it about 3/4 of the way down the driveway. He stopped after he cut 3 extension cords. Tripped the breaker 3 times. He was hot and done. Headed off to Ace to pick up 3 plugs so he could repair the cords inside. In the A/C. Fun times.
I told him he was no Edward Scissorhands and should not give up his day job....

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Date Night...


You know you've been married a long time when your date night is spent at Lowe's!
LM stayed with her friend S the other night so off we went to Lowe's. While we were out of town my husband put in new interior doors (pictures later) so we needed to get some paint (he stopped at installing the doors since he 'doesn't paint'.) I kind of mentioned that once I paint the trim in the halls we should probably paint the walls in the hallway too. I threw out a few color ideas: white, tan/taupe, a creamy yellow. He suggested blue. I almost died! I had never thought to paint the hallway blue. We picked up a few samples and are in the process of making a decision. I am not totally sold on the blue but it's only paint and can be painted over if it's not right.
Next date night? Home Depot maybe??

Friday, August 6, 2010

Back...

Since I am the only one up now I thought it a good time to come back to the blogging world after a small summer break. While it is technically still summer, and it was 114 today, summer is officially over at our house. LM went back to school on Monday. I have yet to figure out why they go back so doggone early but it is what it is.



We had a good summer although it seemed REALLY short. Really, really short. But we did pack in a bit of activity.




  • LM went to Sea World with her Brownie troop.

  • My hubby and I went to see Rick Springfield (and just for the record, he did not think it would be fun to go on the Rick Springfield and friends cruise this fall - darn!)

  • We went to No. Ca. twice to see family. The second time my husband, cousin, dad and I went to a couple wineries for a little wine tasting. When we got back to our hotel my cousin and I proceeded to quickly fall asleep and have little naps - too MUCH wine, perhaps?

  • LM, my mom and I left the bay area and headed East to hit every Mc Donald's playland in the west, I mean towards Salt Lake City. We stopped at Donner Lake and Virginia City (where the highlight was the huge candy store) and stayed the first night in Reno. Then we headed out to the big town of Elko after lunch in Winnemucca. Interesting thing about Nevada: there are casinos at the truck stops and signs on the highway that say something like 'if you hear gunshots call the police'. Guess that's the wild west for you. We stayed in Elko one night and then we were off to Salt Lake. We stopped at the Bonneville Salt Flats which was really neat. Once in Salt Lake we went to the zoo & Chuck E Cheese (which was really the only thing LM wanted to do!) We decided to go to the zoo on Pioneer Day, a state holiday which commemorates the entry of Brigham Young and the first group of Mormon pioneers into the Salt Lake Valley. It seemed every family in Utah was at the zoo that day. It was, quite frankly, a ZOO. But we had fun, rode the train & carousel and saw the new baby elephant. A fun vacation for sure.
  • We went to Las Vegas twice - both quick trips but fun.
  • And we spent lots of time at the pool trying to stay cool. Just like everyone else in the country this year, I think.

Now we are back home, back to school and somewhat back into a routine. I have been working some for my hubby since his secretary is on maternity leave. I am hoping she comes back but will know for sure next Friday. I have my fingers crossed!

I am the PTA secretary this year and so far so good... but it's only a week into the school year. Talk to me in May.

I am in a quandary about what to do about LM's CCD classes. There seems like there will be a conflict this year with her mass attendance and our travel schedule so I am off to talk to the head of the religious ed department next week to see if we can work something out. It's always something, isn't it?

I will slowly be working my way back to blogging regularly, I hope. I hope to show you some projects and pictures soon too....