Thursday, April 3, 2014

Conversations with Zach {Random Puppy}

Mom, I woke up this morning with a random puppy in the living room.
(Random Puppy?)
(How do you wake up to a random puppy?)

You can't have a pet!

I think it's Geno's.  
Him and his girl broke up and he has class. LOL
(Love the grammar).

Who is Geno????

One of my friends.

He should have asked, don't you think?

He probably asked my roommate.

It's your apartment.  
If the puppy ruins anything, you are responsible.
He could pee on the carpet.

Already did but I cleaned it up. 
Calm down Mother.
(Calm down? Seriously?)

You need to take paper towels and step
 on them to really soak up the pee.

Yeah, it was just a little and I stopped him.

You realize puppies like to chew things up.
You have watch him.
I caught him a few times.
(Oh boy!)

Do you think I can take him in the car so I can
 go through drive thru?
(Now this is a cute question.)

If you don't have a dog crate, then yes, take the puppy.

He is a cute puppy.
Looks friendly too.

Doesn't bark or anything.

What does Geno plan on doing with the puppy?

He's coming back over to chill.
He's not just going to make it live with us.
(Make it live with us??)

He's probably going to try and give him away.
So this is the last time I'll see him probably.
(The word 'probably' is used to freely in this conversation).


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Conversations with Zach {Mailing a Money Order}

Since Zachary has moved to go to college, he has been asking questions with things he hasn't dealt with before. 

For example, Zachary had to mail a money order.  

**ring a ling**

ME: Hello

Z: Mom, a bank charges $5, $10 or 10% to send a money order.

(I have to give him credit for attempting to figure this out before he called me).

ME: Zach, it should only be a couple of dollars.

Z: I looked it up on the internet.

ME: Zach, I think you were looking at money markets.

Z: Isn't that the same thing.

ME: (Shaking my head) No honey, it's not.

Z: Oh.

ME: Go to the post office and get a money order there. It will cost $1.25

Z: Ok, how do you know?

ME: I looked it up on the internet.

**ring a ling**

ME:  Hello

Z: Mom, how do I fill this form out?

(like I can see the form thru the phone)

ME:  You have to put sending address and return address.

Z: Where?  Oh never mind, I see.

Z: Do I need an envelope?

ME: To mail it, yes.

Z: Do they have envelopes at the post office?

ME: Go to CVS and buy a box of envelopes.

Z: Ok

**ring a ling**

ME: Hello

Z: Does CVS sell stamps?

ME: You can ask the check out clerk for them.

Z: There isn't any other way?

ME:  Zach, you can't buy stamps off of a shelf.

**ring a ling**

ME: Hello

Z: Do I put the envelope in the mail box or give it to the guy behind the counter?


ME: Zach, it doesn't matter. Just as long as you have a stamp on the envelope.

Z: oh yeah, a stamp.

How will I survive his college years?


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

What is your story?

People come and go in our lives.  Whether it be a fleeting moment, a season or a lifetime.  They can be young or old, rich or poor.. it does not matter… somehow they have touched us.

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What one question would you ask everyone you meet?

I would ask "What Is Your Story?"  
Everyone has their own unique story.  
There are billions of people in the world, and no two people are alike. 
Look around you.
The lady who delivers my mail or the grocery store clerk has a story. 
The kid buying candy out of a vending machine has his own story.  
The woman buying a bridal gown has a story.  
The man on the park bench reading a newspaper has a story. 
People who you pass by every day has a story.

Not only people you briefly see, but people who have come and gone in your life.
What are their stories? What led them to you?

I'm not talking about what you do for a living, how big of house you have
 or how many cars you own. 

I want to know about YOU!  
Where were you born and raised?
Do you have brothers or sisters?
What makes you smile? 
What is your biggest fear? What are your dreams?

I'll go first.
  • I was born and raised in a small town near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 
  • I have two siblings, one who lives near and one who lives far.
  • The warm sun shinning on my face makes me smile.  Chubby little toddler hands holding mine makes me smile.  Seeing my children smile makes me smile.
  • My biggest fear is drowning.  When I was around eight years old, I was scared to go under the water in a pool. My father's solution of solving my fear was to hold my head under the water.  Needless to say, that terrified me even more.
  • My greatest dream is to travel to Europe. More specifically Scotland and Ireland.
Your turn.
  • Tell me about yourself and join us at Tuesday Coffee Chat.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Longing for Spring {Sunday In My City}

 Yes, I think Ellie Mae is tired of the piles and piles of snow we have gotten the winter.  
We are both looking forward to spring arriving soon!
Thanks for stopping by and taking a look at my city.
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Thursday, March 20, 2014

New Job

Brandon has worked at the ice rink for three years as a Skate Guard.  
The rink is a half hour away and he doesn't earn enough money to pay for the gas.
 The hours Brandon works aren’t much because public skate is only open on the weekend and the shifts have to be coordinated around his hockey schedule. 

Brandon has decided he wants a car.  
The only way to get a car is to save money.  
The only way to save money is to earn money.  
The only way to earn money is to have a better job.

Having come to that conclusion, Brandon now officially works at a local pizza shop.


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Spring something on Me {Wednesday Hodgepodge}

1.  Thursday marks the first day of celebrate would you rather plant a garden or go for a walk in the woods? Would either of those activities be possible on Thursday where you live?
Cucumbers from last years garden crop.
Tomatoes from my garden summer 2013.
Both.  I enjoy nature and I feel at peace when I am digging away in my garden.  As of now it's too cold to begin the garden.  If you bundle up warm enough and are a brace soul, then yes, a walk in the woods would be nice.

2. When did someone last spring something on you? (or when did you last spring something on someone?)
The first thing that comes to mind isn't something I did or someone did to me.  My best friends husband surprised her with a trip to Italy this summer for their wedding anniversary.  How cool is that??!!

Speaking of BFF… she gave me an iPad.  She spoils me!!
Speaking of being spoiled…the coach of Brandon's hockey team is planning a couples overnight trip (unknown destination) for himself, his wife, Todd and I.  It is a way of the coach thanking me for all the help I gave him by being the Team Manager during the hockey season.

Anyone else feeling generous enough to spring something on me, go ahead!  =D

3.  We often think of spring as a time for new beginnings. What's something you'd like to start doing this spring?
Walking, walking, walking.  Breathing the fresh air.  Feeling alive!

4. Where do you like to sit in a movie theatre? When did you last sit there, and what were you watching?
I love going to the movies.  I like to sit closer to the front, but not too close to get a crick in the neck.  The last movie I went to was on Christmas Eve.  Two of my sons and I went to see The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug.

5. When you meet someone for the very first time, what do you want them to think about you?
No matter how many times people say "Don't care what they think"…. Deep down I really do care what people think of me.  

6. March is frozen food month (yes, really!). Besides ice cream (gotta make you think a little) what's your most often purchased frozen food item?
Pizza and chicken wings.  Although I only have one growing boy left in the house, those purchases have been cut down.

7. What's something you avoid?
One particular person comes to mind.  I'll leave it at that.

8. Insert your own random thought here.
Yesterday was Adam Levine's 35th birthday.  
If you'd like to see Adam in his birthday suit, (rated R+) you can go to the following links:

I sprung my Hodgepodge on you.  
You are welcome to join us.
Happy Wednesday!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Put an Irish Hat On {Sunday In My City}

Getting ready for our St. Patrick's Day Party by making hats for the class!
Thanks for dropping to take a view of my city.
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