I let Max outside this morning and he let out a loud bark... I looked out and saw Baby Kitty standing there with him... Baby Kitty spent last night roaming the neighborhood... upon further evaluation of the backyard, he spent the night covering up Max's piles!!!
As he was working to cover the dog doo, I can only imagine what was going through his head...
"Dogs are such filthy animals"
"I can't just lay out here all night without doing something"
"Maybe if I do something nice and selfless they will let me back in"
"I miss my nice soft bed"
"Boob is getting too much sleep tonight because I can't torture her from out here"
"Workin'! Workin' for a livin'!"
"Maybe the grass isn't greener on the outside... actually, there isn't any grass out here at all..."
I've been noticing for a couple of days that games keep disappearing off of my phone... that wouldn't be a problem except I am enjoying playing Solitaire and this Jewel Qwest game both of which have disappeared more than once...
Well, I guess that I might as well admit that I may be a bit slow to connect the dots... you see, I let Sean play games on my phone... I have for a really long time. Anyway, he's three and I never suspected him as the one that is responsible for deleting the games. Today I realized that he IS the culprit! He has added and deleted a whole bunch of games and by 'a whole bunch' I mean at least 7 or 8 at about $8 or $9 a pop! Aargh!
I got on the phone to Verizon and pleaded with the unforgiving, non-understanding lady on the other end of the line... finally, she said she would give me credit for one of the downloads. Wow, thanks. So I hopped on my soap box and told her that there should be a better system for downloads... for pete's sake, I don't even know how to delete things off of my phone... how in the world does my three year old know how to do it?!? I continued... you should be asked 'are you sure you want to delete this' before you actually delete the application.
Much to my chagrin, the lady said that you are prompted with that question and apparently Sean knows how to answer it correctly... again and again.
I hung up in dreaded anticipation of this months cell bill.
We went to Sean's preschool graduation tonight... he's in the 3 year old class so he wasn't graduating tonight, but that didn't mean that he wasn't going to be involved in the graduation.
All of the kids sang a couple songs... their teachers made sure to recognize each child individually by giving out special awards taylored to each child. One student got an award for being the 'best listener' or for being the best at 'coloring in the lines'...
Then they read one 'for being the best storyteller'... it went to Sean. I can't say that I'm surprised.
I forgot to mention that when we were at my brother's family night Sean was playing with my phone... he does that a lot and it doesn't really bother me... until now!
He was taking pictures on it and for some reason I felt compelled to go through the picture gallery and delete the ones of hands and ceilings... and me half naked walking out of the bathroom after taking a shower! Oh... The... HORROR!!!
I don't let my husband take half naked pictures of me let alone my three year old!!! Well, I don't let my husband take pictures... but apparently my three year old has... I'm embarrassed and no one else even saw them!
I have always had a thing for picking up penny's... I do believe in the 'find a penny, pick it up' thing (unless the penny is in a public restroom or really gross looking). Well, on our trip to Rhode Island, we all stopped at Walmart to pick up a few supplies to take back to our hotel room...
We were on our way out of the store and crossing the parking lot when I happened to see a penny... I told Sean, "Look a lucky penny!" Sean bent down and picked it up.
About three feet later, "Oh my gosh, another lucky penny!" Apparently I had said that with a little too much excitement because that's when Uncle Kenny added...
"Look Sean! A lucky ciggie butt!" He was pointing at a cigarette butt that had been discarded on the ground a few feet away... we couldn't just stop there... all of a sudden Uncle Mike exclaimed...
"Look! A lucky dollar!" I looked his way and noticed the dollar on the ground. Seriously?!? That's too cool... then I watched him pull a second dollar bill out of his wallet and toss it next to the first one... "Look! Another dollar!"
If that wasn't enough, then Grandma took her purse off her shoulder and tossed it onto the pavement... she said with sincere excitement...
"Look! A purse!" By this time the boys were just staring at them because they didn't understand the level of humor that was being spewn all over the Walmart parking lot...
OK, lesson learned... I'm a bit too excited when I find a discarded penny on the pavement.
Grandma finally was able to get someone to confirm that a hotel had one room left and they were going to send a shuttle... it was to one of the Quality Inn's in the area. Beggers can't be choosers, right?!? We waited for a little while longer and the shuttle pulled up... the guy got out and confirmed that he was going where we were wanting to go. We got in.
When we got to the hotel five minutes later, he realized we were at the wrong hotel. There was a bit of a language barrier and he didn't understand us and we didn't understand him... they guy felt bad, so he started driving us around to the area hotels to find us a room. By the time he found us one it was about 11:30 p.m. (still no dinner)... it was a supposed to be a nice hotel, but it was a smoking room... the silver lining was that it was one hotel away from a Ruby Tuesday's. Dinner!
Check in was fast and yes, it was a stinky smoking room... but I was only going to be there about three hours before I had to get up and leave for the airport. We raced to Ruby Tuesday's hoping to find it open... and it was! We ordered take out and drank a beer while we waitied... the boys hung out in a booth and ate macaroni and cheese. Yes, I got the 'you have two kids in a bar... at 12:30 in the morning' looks.
We got back to the hotel around 1:00 and ate our 'dinner'... We figured out sleeping arrangements... Grandma and Grandpa got the bed (they paid for the room), Ethan got the little bunk thing by the window, and Uncle Kenny, Sean and I shared the stinky couch. We did NOT open the sofa bed for fear of what might have been inside.. I think I made it to bed around 1:30 to have my alarm go off at 3:00 a.m. This sucks! I was already running on limited amounts of sleep due to Sean's snoring, but this was getting ridiculous.
I got up and took a shower... and put on my clothes from the previous day (forgot to say that we didn't have any of our clean clothes because nobody knew where my luggage went). I got the boys 'up' and put their clothes on and packed our carry ons... we were ready to go.
Grandma helped us downstairs and I carried Sean. We were three minutes late for the 4:00 shuttle... so we waited untile 4:30. I had orange juice and felt hung over due to the lack of sleep... Ethan was slumped over a chair asleep and I was holding Sean. This was certainly not 'fun'. The guy that was driving the shuttle was really nice, so that was a bright spot. I said goodbye to Mom for the second time and prayed that I actually had tickets waiting for me.
We got dropped off and the boys managed to walk into the airport and up to the ticket counter... we had tickets and the seats were all together. We made it through security without any problems and found our gate... I was scared to say that things were going well...
Our flight boarded on time and the weather was good. We got on the plane bound for L.A. and the boys passed out! I managed to get in a little sleep between head bobs... it was a long and bumpy six hour flight. With my eyes closed, I imagined we were driving down a dirt road! Oh well, can't complain because we got in forty-five minutes early because of the wind! The boys got 'wing' pins and were thanked for how good they were... they were awesome! I told them that they could get the flight simulator they wanted... and a pony!
We got into LAX with no problems at all... I had to laugh because I didn't get into the top three for that Flo thing, but God still managed to get me into L.A. regardless... I'm telling you that he has one heck of a sense of humor! While we were there, I headed to the customer service desk to find out about the vouchers (that's what the guy said to do). The lady at the desk couldn't find anything attached to my (massive) file about any vouchers... I was going to have to call customer service again! A 'quick' phone call to them and the guy said that he was going to email them to me right now! Yeah! We hung out there until we hopped on the last uneventful leg of our trip.
We arrived in Albuquerque a few minutes ahead of schedule becaue of wind... the bumps on this leg were a little scarrier because it was a little plane... and they made us all sit in the back part of the plane to distribute the weight... which was unnerving. Needless to say, I prayed more than usual on this flight! We arrived and I made bets with the boys as to whether or not our luggage was waiting for us...
Not suprised to find the luggage carousel empty! Our luggage was not waiting for us... anywhere! Filed a claim and raced off to Ethan's soccer game.
I've got to say that for as much inconveniences that were thrown at us the last twenty-four hours of our trip... I probably would do it over again. It was great seeing everyone together. The boys had so much fun with Uncle Kenny and Uncle Mike. It actually was a alot of fun joking about how we all went to Rhode Island to see Mike and he was the only one getting a good night sleep that night!
All I've got to say is... life is always an adventure... and I've got plenty of lemonade if anyone wants any!
P.S. We got our luggage today...
P.S.S. I've got to call on the travel vouchers as they only emailed me one $250 rather than three $150 ones...
After we said good bye to Uncle Mike and Grandpa Weber, we headed to the other side of the airport to find my gate... I walked right by it and ended up back tracking. On the sign it said that there was a 5:30 departure for our flight to Dulles... I checked our tickets and double checked the board... I told Uncle Kenny that they must have screwed up and made a mistake... our flight wouldn't arrive in Dulles until 8 minutes after our flight from Dulles to Albuquerque was supposed to take off!
Aargh! I got on the phone to a fairly incompetent United customer service representative... there wasn't another flight out of Providence... in fact, he said that there wasn't any other way that I would be able to get home today unless I wanted to rent a car and drive to Boston! By this time I was getting tick'd... he said that the delay was due to mechanical difficulties and that he would offer us $150 travel vouchers for each ticket... that made me feel a little better. What to do?!? I decided to ask him if there was anyway to get on Kenny's flight to Chicago... we could stay with Aunt Ally and him. That would make lemonade out of the lemons that were being tossed at us! Nope! He told me that there wasn't any room on the flight to Philadelphia... finally decided to take the flight to Dulles and beg Aunt Anne to completely inconvenience herself by picking us up at 7:30 and dropping us off at 4 a.m. God bless her, she was more than happy to do it! Then we would fly from Dulles to Denver and then Denver to Albuquerque on Saturday.
Eventually, a gate representative showed up as I still didn't have printed tickets of the change... while she was working on printing things out, I decided to ask her about Kenny's flight to Phily with US Airways... she told me that there WERE seats on the flight! The gate guy that was there worked out the details and switched us over to Kenny's flight... the boys were thrilled! We were going to get to see Aunt Ally! They radio'd the ground crew and told them to move our luggage over to the other plane.
By the time we worked everything out, it was time to head down to Kenny's gate... things were looking up! How nice that we are getting a free visit out of this?!? So were headed to Phily and then to Chicago O'hare... then tomorrow at 9 a.m. we were flying out to Denver and then down to Albuquerque. Perfect! We would even make it to Ethan's soccer game without a whole lot of hassle!
Unfortunately, when we switched our tickets, Sean, Ethan and I ended up getting split up... they were able to get us close (Seats A and C and then D across the isle) so the gate lady told me to use seat D as a bargaining chip... and that is just what I did! I sweetly told the woman that was sitting there that I was more than willing to let her sit in between my children but I didn't know if she would really want to babysit them... needless to say, she was more than willing to move!
So far so good! Life is giving us lemonade! The plane took off and as usual the boys were wonderful. Things were going great... until we hit some turbulance. The hour and a half or so that the flight was supposed to take seemed a bit long... the captain came over the speakers and let us know that due to a thunderstorm, we had been circling just outside of Philadelphia and he was waiting to hear if we were going to be diverted to Atlantic City or Baltimore... crap! We were going to be in the air quite a bit longer.
Finally, after about an hour of running cirlces (and seeing the same rainbow three times!) we were cleared for landing... we were going to make our connecting flight to Chicago! Yeah! Oh, but wait... the airport was gridlocked because of the storm. When we landed, we 'parked' and sat for about fifteen minutes... finally, we started moving towards a gate... but wait! We were turning around... false alarm! We ended up sitting on the tarmack for another thirty minutes!
Somewhere in all of this, I connected with my mom... she said that she and Gerry had been sitting on the tarmack for almost three hours!!! What?!? That's crazy! Where was she?!? She was in Philadephia!!! That's even crazier!
Finally we were moving towards a gate... the gate just a couple away from our connecting flight's gate... we hurried into the terminal just knowing that our connecting flight has been delayed. I mean, if we couldn't get into the airport let alone a gate, how was anyone getting out?!? What?!? The waiting area was empty! This is insane!
The line for customer service was even more insane... probably at least two and a half hours long! I came up with the brilliant idea to go down to the ticket counter and talk to someone there. In the rush to the counter, my mom called and let me know that her flight out of Philadelphia was cancelled... they were stuck here.
We got to the counter and watched a very angry lady yell at the people behind the US Airway desk. Unfortunately for me, the lady that was getting yelled at was the one that was going to be helping us... crap! She's not going to be in the mood to bend over backwards for me... and she wasn't. She switched Kenny's flight for tomorrow, but I would have to call customer service (again) because I was a United customer. I called JD to let him know what was going on... he was supposed to be getting into Albuquerque at 10:30 p.m. I told him we were stuck in Philadephia... he told me he was stuck in Jacksonville, FL because his flight was cancelled! Great!
I called United customer service for the second time... the guy on the phone told me that there was nothing that he could do and that I would have to talk to someone at the United ticket counter... fine. So, I asked the lady at US Airway where the United ticket counter was... she said it was closed! Great. Checked it out anyway (it was quite a hike) and she was right... it was closed. By this time, it was 8:30 or so and we were soooo hungry. We hadn't eaten anything since around 1:00... thank God the boys were being so good!
I called United customer service again for the third time... it took about 45 minutes and I think I was on hold for 30 minutes of that... I could hardly hear the guy when he did patch back in because we were now hanging out next to the pick up area with Grandma and Grandpa trying to figure out a strategy for the night. Finally, after my phone almost died and I had to steal some power from Kenny's laptop, the United guy came back on the line... he gave me my options and they all sucked! I wanted to cry! The only way to get Ethan home for his final soccer game was to take the first option... the flight out of Philadephia at 6 a.m. to Los Angeles and then to Albuquerque by 3:53 pm. Just enough time to get to Ethan's game... sold!
He was emailing me my confirmation... I told him that was great because I wasn't going to be able to get it. At least at that point I had a flight. Now it was time to focus on dinner... we had already gone out of security, so since none of us had any tickets, none of us were headed back through security and this airport didn't have food options outside the secure area... crap!
My mom was working very hard to find us a room... apparently there were a lot of flights cancelled and there were a lot of stranded travellers in need of rooms... I think I need a little sugar with all of these lemons?!?
Uncle Mike's Naval Officer Development School graduation celebration started out on the right foot...
Wednesday morning the alarm went off when it was supposed too... the boys got up in a good mood and we got the truck packed... we headed off to the airport without a glich! Check-in and Security went well... except for the fact that they pulled a blade out of my purse (small multi-tool) and large bottles of lotion and hair stuff (threw those in last minute and forgot about the 3 oz. rule). The boys were complimented while we were waiting and JD was thanked by a couple people for his service (Sean was wearing a USMC shirt that struck up conversation).
We boarded the plane and the boys were invited into the cockpit with the pilots... they were even offered to say something over the speaker... that was pretty cool! We got our seats and everything went smooth. We were up in the air and landing in Dulles, DC before we knew it... our 40 minute lay over was perfect... just enough time to grab take out and get on our puddle jumper to hop to Rhode Island.
We landed in Providence with perfect aircraft precision. Nothing to complain about. The boys were wonderful and our family was waiting for us... in the bar. This was the first time that everyone was together in quite awhile... and by everyone, I mean Mom and Gerry, Uncle Mike, Uncle Kenny and Dad. The boys were so happy to see everyone! We got the rental cars and headed down to Newport...
Drive there went well, check-in to the hotel went well, the rooms were nice... we met up with Michael and grabbed a quick dinner at a really good local brewery. It was fun! Afterwards, I dropped Mike off on base and the rest of us headed back to the hotel and went swimming. We had a great day! The only problem I had was Sean snoring through the night... I think he must have sawed down half a forest! I did manage to get a couple hours of broken sleep because I sandwiched my head in between two pillows... I have issues with hotel sleeping, so this was a severely desperate attempt to get even the smallest bit of sleep. That was the only glich in the trip so far, so we were doing really well!
Thursday we woke up late and grabbed breakfast. Afterwards, Mom and I headed to base to get Mike and Dad, Gerry, Uncle Kenny and the boys headed off to fly a kite on the beach... again, we were having a great time. We met up with them at the beach and took some pictures. Then we checked out the harbor and had a drink on the pier. Great day... great time with family!
The family reception was really neat. Uncle Mike looks great in uniform! The boys had fun and they met a couple new friends. After the reception, we went back to the hotel to go swimming and chill out. We had to get to bed a little earlier tonight because we needed to be up and out of the hotel at 7 a.m. to get breakfast and head to Uncle Mike's 9 a.m. graduation. I think we finally were ready for bed around mindight, but by that time Sean was already snoring! Graciously, Uncle Kenny volunteered to take him back to his room and let me get some sleep. About two hours later, Kenny was back with Sean. (Grandpa Weber and Kenny realized that Sean was up and crying when Grandpa woke up because Sean was pulling on Grandpa's toe!) I can't complain, at least I got two hours of sleep as Sean snored until 5:20 when my alarm went off!
We all got up and got everything packed. It was nice having so much help carrying the boys out. After breakfast, we headed to the base for Mike's ODS Graduation... it was really neat watching the formality of a military graduation. Everyone had a really great time... except the female officer that passed out in the middle of it and landed on the floor (she was okay). When the ceremony was over, Mike packed up his stuff and we headed off in the direction of the airport.
The trip up to the airport was a quick 30 minutes and we were all still to early to check in, so we decided to grab some lunch in this little town just a few miles from the Providence airport. It really turned out to be a very nice day!
Back at the airport, check in went well, security went well... everything went well. Mom and Gerry were the first ones to fly out around 3:00 or so... the rest of us weren't leaving until about 4:30. We all hung out in a Dunkin Donuts to pass the time (we needed to be close to coffee). Sean was sneaking around taking pictures of everyone with my little camera... then I heard 'smack' and 'I'm sorry Mommy'... he had dropped the camera and bent the retractable lens... crap! I would normally be happy about a broken camera, but I really liked that one... oh well. (This explains why the pictures stop here) Dad, Uncle Mike and Uncle Kenny hung out with the boys and I until around 4:00 and then Dad and Mike headed off to their gate... they were flying back to Detroit on the same flight. I was glad that Kenny was going to be able to hang out with me until our flight to Dulles left at 4:30... so far everything was going smoothly... so far...
We came home from the R/C air show on Saturday and there was an overnight FedEx envelope sitting on the mat in front of the door... it was from Progressive. There was a letter inside from both the CEO and the sweepstakes company letting me know that they were glad to have me in the Top 10, but I was not going to be one of the three... of couse, my initial reaction was one of disappointment... and then the wonderful reality sunk in with the following thoughts:
1) I won't have to figure out how I am going to get to California for their predetermined six days with two boys... I won't have to juggle schedules or pay for extra tickets or fly my mom out here to go with me because JD won't be able to get work off...
2) I won't have to worry that they are going to put the six days in the middle of our vacation home to see family and friends...
3) I don't have to get permission or have my words edited to fit the way someone else thinks a conversation or interview should go... I am back to being myself, not a clog in a system...
4) I know that nothing comes free and that the things that mean the most are the things that you work for in life... I'm not a contest winner, I'm a resume builder and a pavement pounder... if I'm going to get anywhere, it's because I did it myself...
5) I am Mommycomedy first and foremost... my kids come first and I don't have the time to be selfish and senseless and run all over the place because someone told me to do that... I mean, if I am going to run all over the place someone is going to pay me some darn good money so that I can take my kids with me!
6) and the ultimate thing... this just wasn't part of my plan...
Seriously, I thank all of you for voting for me and believing in me... I have a feeling some of you are going to be more 'let down' than I am at this point. I uploaded my video not thinking that it would go anywhere... and then it did. Pretty cool. It was a neat experience and I had fun...
I think that for now I'll stick to what Albuquerque has to offer me. My goal in January was to get on In Plain Sight... I can check that off my list. My new goal is a tie between being involved in a scene where something gets blown up... or a speaking part... I'm just getting started.
The balloons aren't flying today... we've got strong wind advisories, high fire danger and gusts up to 50+ miles per hour... and to make things even better, the guy who was supposed to come out and hook up our swamp cooler cancelled. I feel like I'm back in Michigan without any way of cooling my house... at least ther...e isn't any humidity! P.S. Anyone want a dehumidifier?
We checked out the local Albuquerque R/C Clubs Family Day today... it took us forever to find the field, but it was worth it! Ethan has outgrown his Air Hogs and has wanted to try something new. The gentleman on the right was the override pilot for this flight... but he let Ethan take over to fly a couple loops! It was really neat and Ethan had a blast! Cool thing is, if Ethan wants to learn they will teach him for FREE on their planes... now that's awesome! The got to try out a flight simulator and have officially put it on their 'I really want this' list...
I was putting Ethan to bed tonight and he asked me what that thing was called that he saw at the R/C air show... I didn't know what he was talking about at first... 'You know, mom... that computer thing' The flight simulator? 'Yes, the flight simulator... I'm going to dream about that tonight!'
Guess I need to figure out how we are going to work one into the budget...
ABC has put up their first blurb about their new TV series Scoundrels which airs on June 30th... this is the show that I have been working on... I appear in a couple of the first episodes as a police officer... pretty much the only female police officer.
In Plain Sight Season 3 Episode 6 aired last night... I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to find me!
Here I am at the photo counter at Costco (in the inside out sweatshirt)...
It's me again in the TV's... didn't know that they were shooting that... then again, it was 3:00 in the morning, so I was pretty tired!
"No, I don't think we should buy that big screen TV... we were here to get photo prints..."
Look, I'm a bank teller... that's me in the center.
My hands are doing the typing...
In Plain Sight has called me a couple other times... once for a teacher and this last week for an Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent... unfortunately, they couldn't use me because I have been 'in the scene' of another IPS episode. They are sticklers for making sure that the show maintains a sense of realism... can't wait to see what I get to do for them next season!