Thursday, December 30, 2004

Couldn't Live Without

Here it is, my I couldn't have lived without this in 2004 list.

1.) Hubby. Otherwise I'd be completely insane by this point.

2.) The Brat. AKA: Big Z. He's a BIG, huge, major help at home. Especially now that I'm preggers. Couldn't do without him!

3.) My parents. For coming to get me that time when I had that flat in the middle of town--on a day when there weren't any stores open that sold tires!! And, that nice stranger who stopped without provocation to help my dad get the jack positioned right under my car.

4.) My Neopets.com buddies, and fellow members of The Never Realm guild. You ladies rock! Here's to another year of virtual venting and mischief in '05. Muahahaha!!

5.) Christine Feehan's Dark Series. A woman can never have too many tall, dark, and yummy Carpathian males to read about. *dreamy stare* More tall, dark haired men with accents please!

6.) A credit card.... which we had no choice but to use to buy groceries with for about 6 months so we didn't go hungry.

7.) eBay

8.) Low Carb ice-cream.

Looking Back...2004

Well, I will say this year didn't exactly go as planned! How things can change in so short a time! Let's see some of the family highlights of 2004...

January 2004: Hubby is working on again/off again construction, and I'm fretting about turning 29. My goal for the 2004 New Year is to lose weight.

February: I start on the Atkins diet and drop 9 pounds in the first 2 weeks. Hubby is so floored, he starts on Atkins too. He is now unemployed, so our finances really take a beating. We are living off of my meager savings, while waiting for him to go back to work... but the economy is so horrid, there's no where else for him to go.

March: Big Z goes in for his school exams. He is homeschooled, but has to go to the local public school to take the exams. This means he is forced into a classroom with the same kids that bullied him years before...the very reason we took him out. Regardless, Big Z scores a perfect 99.9% composite average, which is a PERFECT score. :-)

April: Still on Atkins, have lost around 20 pounds. Hubby decides to make a career change. He begins working at DG for a measly $5.35 an hour. We're making roughly $120.00 a week.

May: To stay above water, Hubby and I consolidate all of our bills, including his truck and our house. Very nerve-wracking for me. But it works out for the best. Hubbys wages combined with my savings and prt time work, keeps us from going under. Hubby also begins a streak of promotions.

June: I'm relieved school is out.

June/July: Hubby is moving up, and things are starting to look more promising for us. Also, I've lost 30 pounds on Atkins! I'm only a few pounds from goal!

August: Uh...wait, my period doesn't come this month, and I'm having weird cramps when I go to sit up in bed, or if I turn too suddenly. Misery! :-( Go to Grandma's to have my hair streaked, and am up all night with terrible cramps. Big Z turns 13 this month. 13!!! My birthday is this month too, and I turn 25! Oh, right, okay... 29, then. *grumbles*

September: Paranoia sets in. Still no period. Maybe I'm eating too many carbs and need to cut back? Big Z's school season restarts! 7th grade.... *_* He also has a girlfriend now.

October: Surprise! We have a baby on the way! *faints* I never would have expected this. Not in a million years!

November: Hubby is a manager of his own store in a location he hates. Our finances are mostly back to normal--much to our relief.

December: Because the baby is coming, hubby does an even trade, and gets rid of his truck for a family car. *sigh* We are now "sedan" owners. Oh my. Who'd a thunk it? This is the first X-mas in 2 years, that hubby is employed this time of year. Usually the construction starts slowing down, and lay-offs begin. I am GLAD he is out of it!

Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Xmas was...

It was a good Xmas this year. Hubby was off of work, and not worried about getting laid off, which is the first in a long time. Mom and dad came over around 10 am, and opened gifts. I bought dad a leather motorcycle jacket and I thought he'd bust a gullet when he opened the gift. He went bananas!! Gift giving stopped for no less than 20 minutes while he and all the rest of us preened over his new gift. ^_^ That was the best part of the whole day!

As for me, I got lots of horror DVDs and the new Velvet Revolver cd.

17th Week

I'm now in my 17th week of pregnancy. *_* It's going by so fast!! Next Saturday I'll be heading into my 5th month. I'm starting to show now, and will soon--very soon--be needing maternity jeans. My regular GAP jeans are starting to leave lines on mah belly...

Anyway, I went to Walmart and tried on several prs of maternity jeans today and found the 8/10s to be a comfy fit. I wanted to put a few pairs on layaway, but the freaking people working in layaway left me standing there for 10 minutes while they ran in and out, ignorning my presence. I finally went to a friend in the electronics dept to have them call someone to layaway, and she kindly told me layaway would be closed until after January. Well, there was no fucking sign in the layaway dept, and you would think that with all the workers going in and out of layaway, one of them would spare me the 10 seconds it would take to say "We're closed until January". But oh no, that would simply be too polite. It's much nicer for them to just leave me standing there ringing the damn bell for 10 minutes. Assholes. I doubt it will do a lick of good, but I wrote a long complaint letter to Walmart's main office. Forget Walmart. Next stop, Target...

Friday, December 03, 2004

War!

The latest Neopets.com war is going on, and I'm only up to 71 points. That bites. Everytime my Neopets step into the battledome they end up getting Hoochie Coochies. Then it takes the healing springs cow forever to heal them again. Gah! Creator GodAdam, this is the worst war ever. You suck! I want all my codestones back that I put into training for this war. *raspberries*

Computer Blues

Hubby crashed the computer again a few days ago. He woke me up at around 4 am to tell me before he had to leave for work. He was really freaked out about it. I was too tired to care, and told him not to worry about it. The computer is practically on it's last leg anyway. Anyway, I checked it out later that morning and discovered he had contracted some kind of virus, so I said to heck with it.

Instead of just repairing, I just reformatted the whole stinking hard drive. It wiped out EVERYTHING. Pictures, text docs, viruses, everything. Yay! It took me a while to get everything reinstalled and the comp back up, but now the annoying error messages are gone. The worst trouble I had was reinstalling the modem. I had to put it in and remove it 8 times. No kidding. I will never, never, never-ever buy another US Robotics product again. The included software was a hassel, and was a chore to use--it installed a control center first, which is difficult to navigate, and doesn't even install the stupid modem. You then have to go to RUN: and manually install the modem. What's the point in the control center then? A rotting piece of useless, space eating software. Gee, thanks US Robotics! Next time I'll pay 5 times as much and go for a REAL modem.