Sunday, May 30, 2010

If you know me, you know that I'm not particularly fond of public displays of emotion.  Or at least my own public displays.  I'm just not really the type of person who talks about "feelings", especially bad feelings.  I really hate to look that people give you when you tell them that something awful has happened to you. 

So what I'm about to write is difficult for me on several levels, but I'm going to post it, if only to avoid future awkwardness. 

Right now, my father is in the hospital.  He fell down and hit his head.  The doctors did surgery to relieve pressure and all that.  It's been a long time since my father was really healthy and it seems that this was really the final straw.  He is hooked up to a ventilator and feeding tubes and what the hell ever else they hook you up to now a days.  It was his wishes, however, that these sorts of things not be used to prolong his life, so it will all be removed in the next day or two.  There is little to no chance that he will ever improve, so we are honoring his desires.  I don't mean to sound callous, but please do not offer prayers that he will get well, because, quite frankly, I can't hold on to that sort of thing.  I may not talk about my feelings, but I am the sort of person who needs to deal with them.

So, that is what it is.  There will be a memorial service held on Saturday and then on Sunday my husband has to leave for a month long business trip.  Just dealing with the physical logistics of getting everyone where they need to be at the right time is overwhelming. 

So I'm offering fair warning that things will likely be a bit morose here for a few days.  But I'm not one to dwell, I will muddle through this.  I will take comfort in the life that my father led and the support of my family. 

Maybe take a little break from reading my blog for a few days if you don't want to hear the depressing crap....but come back, because I promise to have some fun stuff soon.....if not for you then for myself.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

My Imaginary Friends

I have the tenancy to quickly form deep, meaningful relationships with people....wha- No! Not real people, ugh. They are so unpredictable and way. I'm talking about fictional people. You know, the kind who are infinitely entertaining, yet require absolutely no input on my part.

Some of my more intimate fictional relationships have involved Harry Potter, SpeedRacer and Theth Dr. Who. I have watched all of their stories evolve and have wished for only one thing. I just wanted them to be happy. To settle down, have a few kids and lead a nice quiet life.

I haven't finished with Buffy yet, but I find myself hoping beyond all hope that she and Angel will find a way to be happy together. Of course if that doesn't pan out I will do the same thong I did at the end of the Series of Unfortunate Events books, make up my own, more acceptable ending and substitute that one for the "published" ending. That's the beauty of having fictional friends, if they disappoint you can just rewrite their stories.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Post it note Tuesday!


Monkey Minute


5 questions.....Here we go...

Have you ever peed in the shower/bath/pool?
 Yes, with the exception of the bath....though in retrospect, I probably peed in the bath as a child.  I just don't have time to take baths anymore.

What is your biggest pet peeve?
Self important idiots

What's the story behind your blog title?
I'm a housewife, but frankly I'm really crappy at it....for example, my bathrooms are a mess (3 little boys level of mess) but am I cleaning them right now...nope, blogging....

What is your definition of success?
What??  I thought that these were supposed to be easy....okay.  Success is doing your best at something you love.

If you were famous, what would you want to be famous for?
I am a scientist (by education only, I haven't worked outside of the house for almost 4 years) so, naturally, I want to win the Nobel Prize.  Currently I'm working on a bacterium that digests oil and can be used to safely and inexpensively clean up oil spills.  And by working on, I mean that I think it would be cool to do, not that I'm actually performing any sort of science to make it happen.

Hey Yinz, don't forget to check out my design site for $5 buttons and $12 summary homepages....all proceeds go to the monkey fund!!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Just a quick thought...

Today, on the day after my Penguins have been eliminated from the Stanley Cup finals I have a thought.

When I was pregnant with my second child the Steelers won the Superbowl.

When I was pregnant with my third child the Steelers won the Superbowl and the Penguins won the Stanley cup.

If I were to get pregnant again, it is possible that the Pirates could actually take the World Series??

Just a thought.....

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Supah Busy and a Supah Challenge....

This is a post from my design blog, but it's important enough to be said twice....

Whewww!!! I have been BUSY. In case you haven't heard, I have been working on redesigning Supah Mommy's web site.

I realize that I may be a bit biased, but I absolutely LOVE IT!!!  So much, in fact, that I almost changed my name and kept it for myself.  Unfortunatly, Supah knows my name and where I live, so I gave up the goods.  Here is a preview, but you really have to visit the web site to see it in all of it's glory...

I had such a great time developing this site and I learned a ton of new tricks that I'm just itching to put to good use.  I'm offering TWO great specials for the rest of the month....

But first, a story.  Some of you may have heard of Little Monkey:

Is she not the cutest thing you have ever seen? Sadly cancer is a cold hearted bitch and doesn't care how adorable you are.  Last week Monkey was diagnosed with neuroblastoma.  As you can image this is a horribly emotionally trying for her mom and dad.  The financial strain of caring for a child with cancer doesn't end with medical bills...there is additional time off of work for the parents, the cost of travel and hotel accommodations for treatments, the cost of additional childcare for Monkey's two amazing sisters....the list goes on.  To add financial turmoil to the situation would be untenable.

Since we in the blogosphere are NOT all about talk we are banding together to help Monkey and her family through this difficult time.  If you would like to donate independently Ian will have the details up soon.  If not, here are some special offers to sweeten the deal.....

#1.  Half off the price of a Summary Homepage.  One of the coolest things about Supah's page is the summary Homepage.....a little snippet of her last few blog posts in one convenient location.  Normally I would charge $12 to add the code for this upgrade, but until June 25th I will do it for only $6.....AND if you choose to pay the full amount ($12) I will donate the WHOLE amount (all $12) to the Monkey Fund.

#2. $5 buttons!!!  Okay...that's not a discount, but if you purchase a static (not animated) button before June 25 I will donate the $5 to Monkey.

I am officially issuing the following CHALLENGE TO SUPAH......

Whoever raises the MOST MONEY FOR MONKEY will have the privilege of posting a FULL SIZE photo of the other IN FULL HIGH SCHOOL FIELD HOCKEY GARB on their blog.  **Throwing down the gauntlet...**

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

What I didn't mean to say

I am not a particularly socially savvy person. My internal speech monitor lacks the ability to formulate socially acceptable speech, and as a result I usually say exactly what I'm thinking. As a result I often try not to open my mouth since that is the only way that I can be sure not to stick my foot in it.

This affliction is a double edged sword. On one hand I say exactly what mean, even if it is a socially questionable statement. On the other hand, I mean what I say, so you can be pretty sure that I'm not lying to you.

Sometimes I worry that when I do speak up people think that being insulting or snarky. Really, I'm just not smart enough to pull that sort of thing off.

So in an attempt to disspell the rumor that I'm a snarky bitch I'm going to tell you what I DIDN'T mean to say.

When I asked a Twitter friend "Can Mormons use alcohol based hand sanitizer?".

what I DIDN'T mean to say was "You Mormons are so crazy that I bet you don't even use alcohol hand sanitizer."
what I DID mean to say was "I heard on NPR that some Muslims don't use alcohol based hand sanitizer and because I always need to know everything about everyone I'm wondering if Mormons can use it."

When I told my neighbors friend, who had just told me that he works for the Heritage Foundation, "I know what that is, I listen to NPR."

what I DIDN'T mean to say was "Oh....lookie me...I'm so smart because I listen to NPR."

what I DID mean to say was "I've heard of the Heritage Foundation and how cool is it that you work someplace mentioned on NPR?"

So, Next time we have a little chat remember that I'm totally transparent...I have no deeper meaning.

By the way... Down there where it says posted from my iPhone. I'm NOT saying "I have an iPhone nee ner nee ner nee ner".

What I AM saying is "I wrote this using my thumbs on the tiny screen of my iPhone because I have three kids and rarely have use of both hands."

- Posted by Krista from my iPhone

Saturday, May 1, 2010

10 random things

1. My cat caught a bird and brought it into the house. I was both awed and horrified.
2. My son was one of two kids in his class to have his art exhibited at the pyramid art show. I was both awed and horrified.
3. At the art show I saw a neighborhood woman who has 6 kids and is apparently expecting a 7th. I was both awed and horrified.
4. On a related note, my hubby got a vasectomy on Wednesday. He is doing remarkably well.
5. I'm beginning to worry that I have a serious coffee addiction. When i get my first hit in the morning I look like a junkie from intervention who has just shot up.
6. I've really got to get it together for boy2's birthday party.
7. Summers coming, that means that it's time to start thinking about hair removal. Shudder.
8. My oldest son's head my explode if my husband doesn't bring home an ipad tonight. It's not looking good...I'm getting the mop.
9. I'm glad I can't remember when I was teething cause itvreally seems to suck.
10. ** UPDATE** No need for the mop, my husband got the Ipad.

- Posted by Krista from my iPhone