Friday, February 26, 2010

The Week That Was

That was the week that was. The last week has been very busy for Ben as he is managing the new Rice-A-Roni website and they have changed a lot of things, including the deadline date so he has been late back from work for most of the week. He is hoping to get home earlier tonight. He is expecting to work tomorrow and also Z has been banging on about "Family Fitness Night" at his school which is tonight. I think he wants to go as someone has told him he will get a goodie bag at the end of the night. I am not sure if this is true or not but he is expecting it so he wants to go. Not sure if he totally understands that he will have to do lots of activities before he gets any rewards!

Z is really coming on with his reading. He is bringing home a zip-lock bag with a collection of reading books in it. He has to read at least one each night. He is getting more and more confident with his reading and when he is reading aloud the change in his accent becomes more obvious. Instead of saying 'and' he is saying something more like 'aynd'. I haven't escaped the accent change either. I have heard myself saying yo-gurt rather than yog-urt. I have not yet said tomayto though but I am sure it will come.

Following a recommendation I have arranged an appointment with a pedicatrician for both Z and K on Tuesday. I need to arrange Z's last dose of Hep B vaccine and K needs to have a scan of her kidneys to check them. She also needs to start the course of vaccines she needs for starting school in the Fall. (I haven't told her that so don't you go telling her!) The registration day for Kindergarten is on March 17 so I hope to have started the vaccination course before then. I need to find a Doctor (Primary Health Care Physician) for myself soon as I have a prescription I got in the UK that is almost finished.

K has worked out that her birthday is getting close. Can't quite believe she will be 5 in April though. She is getting very girlie and I think I will get her clothes for her birthday. She seems to like glittery, flowery, floaty and pretty things. She has developed a liking for accessories and asked me for a stage so she could sing and dance. (She wants to be Hannah Montana) I signed both the kids up for the Marsh supermarket kids club as you get a free birthday cake and other treats and rewards.

The weather is starting to improve here and according the the Weather Channel the highs at the end of next week will be around 6°C instead of the -16°C we have been having! Yay! Spring is on its way!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

911 What's Your Emergency?

I don't remember the first telephone call I made. I will remember the first call my daughter made without my knowledge. It was last night and I was watching "The Wedding Singer". The kids were in bed. Z had a bedtime story but K didn't. She requested one later but we told her she could have a story in the morning. She seemed OK with that idea and off she went back to bed. Next thing I know is that I am hearing a man's voice coming from the children's bedrooms. She has only gone and taken the phone from our bedroom and called someone. I took the phone and hung up as I thought she had just pressed some random numbers. Then I look in the call history for last call made. It was to 911. The phone then starts ringing! It was 911 checking that we were all OK. I spoke to K and stressed to her the importance of not calling 911 unless it was an emergency and that she really shouldn't use the phone without me or her dad knowing. I thought that was the end of it. It wasn't. This morning she managed to get through the screen lock on Ben's cell phone and get to the emergency calls option! Is she trying to tell us something??

Friday, February 19, 2010

The Ellen Show on Twitter

A while ago you may recall that I got all excited as I got RT (retweeted) on Twitter by Tom Cruise and he started following me.

Now I am all excited as I have had a DM (direct message) from The Ellen Show! I had tweeted something to her and she sent me a message back. OK so it was probably people on her show and not actually Ellen DeGeneres but still! Not only did I get a reply but she is following me now too!

I am all giddy like a school girl. I admit I am easily excited but there is absolutely nothing wrong with that! I love Twitter.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Before Here

I used to pretend to be a writer. I attempted to write a book. I got just over half way through it but stopped. The inspiration just seemed to go away. Maybe it was due to trying to move abroad.
Ben asked me last week what I wanted to do, for a job/career. The only thing I could think of was write.
Not long after that an idea sparkled its way into my head. All I need to do now is grab it before it sparkles away.
After all, writers write.

Ladies Night Party

On Friday I went to a party at Sian's house. The invite stated that it was a 'ladies night' party. That could mean anything but I am game for a laugh so I agreed to go. I even agreed to let the sat nav lady direct me. We don't have the best history and I don't entirely like the tone of her voice!

Ben got back from work and I got ready to go out. I hadn't been feeling all that great during the week and I had what I thought was the beginnings of impetigo. (This has subsequently been treated by an over the counter remedy and has almost gone completely. I think I may have been lucky and caught it early when it was still just a cold sore)

 I set out in the car in the direction of Sians house. At least that is what I hoped. I've been to her house before but when I am a passenger in a car I don't usually pay a lot of attention to the direction we are going or notice any landmarks to help me get there again. I am good at noticing smoke coming from the vehicle I am in though! (see previous posts) I also had the added disadvantage that it was dark and that didn't help me at all. I also quickly realise that snotty sat nav lady is being very quite. She isn't speaking to me. I only hear a ding every so often telling me that I am to turn at that precise moment! So I have to look at the map and then try to read the street signs so I know when to turn. Thankfully I arrive in one piece and not stressed at all. I have taken a bottle of wine with me but I won't be drinking. If I drive I don't even have a mouthful of alcohol. It is just not worth the risk.

Anyhoo, I get out the car and head into the house. I am the first guest to arrive and the only other person there, besides Sian, is Sue who is doing the party. Once I see the display it becomes apparent why it is a ladies night and not for men and kiddies! UK readers, you probably know all about Ann Summers. This party was an American equivalent, it was a Pure Romance party.  Sue was the lady doing the party and she was setting up whilst all the guests arrived. Some of the women there I had met before, some I definitely hadn't met and some I was not sure if I had met. I am not good with remembering names and faces so if I meet you again and seem a bit clueless then I apologize in advance.

The wine bottles were opened and the socializing and chatting began. What was really good about Sue is that she mingled with the guests too. She chatted to everyone and I think that helped the evening. (She may have met a lot of them before so knew them, but I have never noticed party hosts like her chat with guests like that before)

When it was time to begin we all sat down and Sue handed us all a brochure, a business card, a bit of paper towel and order form. She then came round the room again with two small cases. One had pens in it and the other had small penis pen toppers. (We would be using the pen toppers later!) The first thing that is done to break the ice, not that it needed breaking, was an alphabet game. Sue held up a card with a letter of the alphabet on it and we all had to shout out things that began with that letter. Things that were in theme with the party. The person who got the most won a prize. Melissa won that and I think she got a lipstick in the shape of a penis. Sue then started going through the brochure and showing us certain products and what were the uses/benefits for each one. If there was a lotion that was smelly then we put it on our right arm, if we were to taste it we were to put it on our left arm. At one point there was one product that we dipped our penis toppers in and put on our lips! (We had the paper towels to wipe off our arms.)

The wine was flowing freely and the women were laughing hysterically at points. Once the demonstrations were over we could go into the dining room to place our orders privately if we wanted and take it away at the same time. (I didn't order anything)

I stayed for a while longer and chatted with some other people before I headed home again. It was supposed to snow again and I didn't want to risk losing control of the car on a slippy bit of road. I said my goodbyes and left to drive home. I managed to drive home quite easily. This was helped by the fact that it was very late and hardly anyone on the road. I did manage to miss my exit on Keystone though and ended up on US 31 and had to turn into where Marsh supermarket is so I could turn around! I got back to the apartment just before midnight and went straight to bed.

I had a great time and it was a brilliant laugh. I met new people and had a very entertaining evening. If you, my lovely readers, are in the US and would like to place an order through Sue then her website can be found here.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Valentines Day

It was never like this at school when I was a kid. If you were lucky you might get 1 or 2 cards that had been made during art class. Here in the US it seems to be a different kettle of fish. Z came home with the class newsletter last week saying the children could give out Valentines starting from Monday and if they were then they should give one to everyone in the class. They were not to write their names on the envelopes only who from on the card. There are 24 children in Z's class (including him). I was dreading buying 23 individual Valentine cards so was relieved to see a box of 32 when I was at Kroger for only $1.99! Turned out they were not actual cards, more like little postcards and did not have envelopes. Z was very good and sat at the table and wrote his name on 23 cards for his classmates.

Today they had Valentine parties at school and he came home with a 'party bag' full of Valentines cards and candy. Some kids had suckers (lollipops) attached to their cards and some had little bags full of candy attached! The bus driver even gave him a packet of candy as he got off the bus. (The candy is a bit like dipdab)

 Both Z and K got Valentine cards in the mail yesterday from Granny and Poppa McNeil. They are the grandparents of the family I stayed with in Michigan when I was an exchange student in 1994-95.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

A Quick Hello

I have just been looking at my stats and wanted to say hello to my visitor who is in South Dakota.

"Hello there, hope you're well and thanks for your regular, almost daily, visits"  :)

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

atCarmel.com

My blog has it's very own RSS feed over at the atCarmel.com website. oooh! :)
I am going to try to contribute some stuff to the newsletter/magazine that goes out. I have joined the writers community groups on the website and will check to see if there is anything I can write about for them.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Super Bowl

Congratulations to the New Orleans Saints on their Super Bowl win. You played a better game than the Indianapolis Colts. Enjoy Mardi Gras this year New Orleans. I am sure it is going to be awesome this year!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

More Snow Coming

We are due to get a load of snow on Friday. Better get the Superbowl Sunday snacks in soon then! (Although need to wait for Ben to get home from work before I can get out in car)

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

LOST is Back!

One good thing about being in the US is that a lot of TV shows I like are on now and I don't have to wait for them to be shown on UK television, usually Sky.

Tonight LOST is back for its final season. Some questions are going to be answered but I bet there will be a lot of stuff that won't be. They have said there will be no spin offs or specials. Once this season finishes then that is it.

Bring on 8pm for the 1 hour recap followed by the 2 hour season opener!

14 year olds & Green Cards

Did you know that you need to get a new green card when you turn 14? Do you know the reason why? No really, I'd like to know why. ...