The Big DumpTruck

Throwing Little Thought Pebbles at Your Windshield Since 1996

Month: August, 2003

Quote of the Night

“Nature’s bounty gives me gas.”

– Mandark, from Dexter’s Lab

Real life quote of the night:

“Remember tomorrow when we’re cranky that it’s because we haven’t gone to bed yet.”

– Junior, from my house

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Cut it Out, TimeLife!

Man, I keep seeing the commercial for “Worship Together” – the best of modern Christian music. I know what you’re thinking, but hey, remember, I’m a big Michael W. Smith fan. And there are always my Veggie Tales CDs. Anyway, I don’t want to get locked into a music club, especially not a Contemporary Christian one, but I really want those two CDs for $10. Every song snippet in the commercial has grown on me. Amazing stuff.

Anyway, I’m going to try to avoid going to timelife.com until this urge passes.

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Enough Already!

Okay, I just have to cut down on the caffeine, kids. Today’s tally:

Mowing the lawn (front and back)

Washing the wood floor in the living room

2 loads of laundry

What the hell is my problem? Can’t I just goof off or something? What kind of example am I setting for the boy?

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Well, I’ve Seen Worse

I was feeling pouty today so I treated Junior to a copy of Stitch, the Movie to cheer us up. I went into this expecting the worst, and it’s not the worst so I’m actually happy. Man, I love that Lilo character. She’s my favorite Disney female after Mulan. Maybe tied with Dori from Finding Nemo. Oh Oh Oh, and Boo from Monster’s Inc. Okay, those are the top ones though.

If this all works out, maybe I can convince Junior that for our next vacation we should go to Hawaii instead of Florida/WDW.

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What Got Into Me?

Well, wasn’t I productive today? We got up, headed to the post office, then the grocery store. Then I washed all the floors, read some of my mail, then decided if I cleaned out the spare bedroom, I could move some of the toys up there. I’d rather them be upstairs than in the basement right now (I’m already heating the upstairs – last year I think my increased heating costs were related to junior playing with his computer down there).

So now I’m wiped, and I’m STILL waiting for people to call me back. I’m assuming that I’m not going to be doing any visiting with my family today, given that they’ve all disappeared off the face of the earth. Sheesh, you’d think they had their own lives or something.

p.s. The lawn in the back yard is mocking me. I won’t give in and mow it. I won’t.

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3 Daze

No, I don’t have special plans, thanks for asking. Again. And again. Listen people, how exciting do you think my life is? I took Wednesday off to go to an amusement park, isn’t that enough? You can’t get blood from a stone, and you can’t get wads of cash from my bank account.

Okay, kidding, but geez, at least 5 people have asked me that today.

“No, I’m a big loser. I have a week’s worth of laundry to wash because I’ve been gone almost every night this week learning how to bandage around embedded objects. Oh, and if you get a pencil in your eye, even though I know how to stabilize it, don’t bother asking me to because I’m just going to block my ears, close my eyes and sing “la la la I can’t hear you”. Gah. The 3rd degree burn portion of the Red Cross video was meant to give major nightmares. People, please…if you are working the fry machine, just do us all a favor and keep your arms out of it. Thanks.

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I Give You the Moon

Here ya go…more later, I’m late… (no, just late for work)

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In Retrospect…

I think the temporary tattoo I bought yesterday is too big. Actually, the one I’d picked out was little, but the guy could only find the big one in all the drawers, so I said fine. It’s a lovely moon, sort of astrologically in nature, even though I’m not into that stuff very much. It just seemed better than the Chinese character for “anger” or “lunch”.

Junior got Spongebob and wanted it on his hand. If we all thought like kids, we’d only have tattoos on the backs of our hands. Do they ever put them anywhere else without prodding from an adult?

I got mine above my ankle, cause that’s where all the cool girls get theirs. Actually, I look at it as paying $4 to have some guy hold my leg and rub lightly. It was almost a date!

So this thing should last 2 weeks if you don’t do anything. From experience, I expect it to look decent for a day or so more. But it’s bigger than I feel comfortable wearing out in public in places that are not amusement parks, you know?

When I get home I’ll take a picture of it with the digital camera for all of you. And then I’ll rake in the hits from the foot fetishists looking for the words “ankle tattoo” and “man holding leg”

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Oriented

Last night – CPR from 6pm to 10pm. So far I’m certified in Adult and child, tomorrow night (6 to 10 again…yuck) we do infant and first aid. Feel free to NOT need CPR around me, although I do feel strangely powerful with these skills. I just don’t want to have to ever use them. I think fear kept me from ever taking a CPR course. I didn’t want to have to do it in front of everyone. Fear of screwing up, etc. Well, the two people I was paired with actually made me look like a professional EMT, if you get my drift. If I ever pass out from choking, please God let someone else know how to handle it.

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This morning we took Junior to Kindergarten orientation. We met his teacher, and it turns out I know her…after her whole presentation to us, I did that “You look so familiar” thing. When she said she graduated in 82 (from my high school) I placed her immediately – she’s one of my cousin’s closest friends – they all graduated the year ahead of me. I don’t think I have the yearbook from that year or I’d find her to show Junior.

I was completely overcome with emotion this morning during the orientation, and not for the “normal” reasons. Walking into that building just ripped my heart right out of my chest and put it out for everyone to see. Oh my GOD it’s just the same in so many ways! And stupid things like walking into his room and realizing that I was only a year older than him when I first started at that same school – his room was my first grade classroom, and the coat hooks in the hall are the SAME ONES FROM WHEN WE WERE THERE! I mean, these are original, my GRANDMOTHER may have used one when SHE was his age too. The school was built in 1894. Looking at it as an adult I’m in awe of these ornate tin ceilings and all the woodwork. As a ex-student there from 1971-1977, I wanted to run around screaming and pointing to things. “That’s where the piano used to be!” “I know what that big vent up there sounds like when they let the chain go to close it!” etc. etc. Totally wasted on Junior. And it just kept hitting me over and over again, in so many little ways. Hell, 6 years of your life when you’re 12 is half of it. I spent half of my known life at that point in those rooms, 5 days a week. And I hadn’t been back in about 25 years (my sister was there for two years after me, so I may have gone in at least once in that time).

So anyway, I really don’t think it was me being emotional about him not being my baby anymore (I’ve been fairly depressed about that all summer, it’s not like it would just hit me this week all of a sudden.) But oh my God, being in that school…wow.

Anyway…I had already taken today as a vacation day and earlier this week I’d been telling Mr. Dump that I was considering taking Jr. to Canobe Lake Park (medium-sized amusement park less than an hour from home…I LOVE this park) because we hadn’t been yet this year, and I love amusement parks, plus I figured kids would be starting back at school, so maybe it would be a good time to go. Then this morning I was thinking I should stay home and get some work done, so it was probably good that I hadn’t told junior anything. Well, we all went out to breakfast before the orientation and Junior starts with the “Mama, remember that time you took me to this place…blah blah blah….” it takes me a couple of minutes to realize that he’s describing…Canobe Lake Park. I swear to you, I never ever mentioned anything about it to him. Mr. Dump just looked at me, shook his head with a look that said “He may look like me, but he’s so you.”

We both came up with the same place? Must be an omen! So we spent the day up there, stayed a little TOO late, of course, and I just got back at about 9pm. I’m wasted. If I didn’t plan to keep this note as a record for my “Junior files” I probably wouldn’t have stayed up to write it. Sun and hot and walking for 8 hours and I’m ready for bed.

So that’s our day. Oh, really ODD thing…I realized that I made the exact SAME mistake last year, thinking that the kids starting school would make the park attendance light. I just checked my blog archives, and while I missed a day of posting, if you read the ones for 8/27 and 8/29 , you’ll see that it’s when I went to the beach and Canobe Lake. That’s right, the Wednesday of last year, which would have been the 28th. Basically the SAME FREAKING DAY. Oh, and last year we ran into my sister’s neighbor up there around dinner time. Around dinner time this year? We met HER OTHER NEIGHBOR. I swear to God, it was actually almost spooky. I mean really, are the odds that low? She only has two real neighbors (one to the left and one across the street/to the right because it’s a cul de sac). Gee, maybe next year my sister will make it! Oh wait, he’ll be in school all day next year. *pout*. Well, hey, it is open from noon to ten until after labor day.

Someone just remind me next August to not go up there THIS week? Thanks.

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Snacky Snack?

I’m in a hungry kind of mood. I hate that. Actually, I’m taking a first aid class from 6 to 10pm so I figure anything I eat now will count toward my food requirement for getting through the evening. What the hell was I thinking? And it’s 6 to 10 again on Thursday! I hope to heaven there’s a chance that we’ll get out of there early. I mean, I’m just not used to sitting in a class for that long. What if I get those blood clots like you get from sitting long periods of time? Someone will have to do first aid on me!

I also was turned away from trying to donate blood today. I’m bummed. I was just a little too anemic for them. Actually, he said my numbers weren’t low enough to qualify for anemic, but they were low enough that I couldn’t donate. Boogers. I need to be better about my multi-vitamin, and maybe I’ll treat myself to some red meat more often. Maybe a little more spinach and green beans and I can make another try next time they’re here. They come at least once every two months.

I used to be fairly anemic years ago, but I thought I’d gotten it under control. Well, at least I tried to donate, right?

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