Monday, August 20, 2012


Today I had a half-day of work unexpectedly!  Last night there were system updates and this morning the system never came back up.  We can do our jobs to a certain point without the internal network working.  We hit that point just after 9 a.m. today and there was no guesstimate to when things would be up and running so we got to go home!  This is the first time in over two years of working there that the system has been completely down, cash registers and all, so it was like a "snow day" for us :)

I enjoyed getting home in time to sit with the kids for breakfast.

Yes, I let Amelia have a cupcake for breakfast...

Since I was home with Jason today I took the opportunity to go through Amelia's closet bins/dresser to figure out what she needed for fall/winter.  Guess what?  She needs nothing!  Last winter she was between 3T and 4T so we went with 4T in case she grew more that winter not realizing that they'd still fit this winter - score!  At this point I'm guessing Joe won't need much, if anything, but his clothing situation will take me longer to assess so I saved that for another day.

Another big accomplishment that I made today was this:

Yes, a clear kitchen table is a big accomplishment for me.  For the first time since we moved in there are not bills or papers or coupons or bags or anything else sitting on the table!  This feels so, so good!  I am determined to keep it under better control from here on out.  What I really need is a better system to keep bills and such in order.  The kitchen table doubles as my desk so it is a clutter magnet.  I have a few ideas that might help - the question is will I enact one of them before the clutter builds up again?!

I'm so glad I got this extra time at home today!  I got a few things done and I got extra time with the kids :)


  1. Amelia had cupcakes for breakfast???

  2. "God! I have to cook breakfast! Boom!!" I turn around. The first one down was the four-year-old.

    The child looked lovely. Cute little face, clean. Hair in little braids, little things, you know. "Good morn', Daddy." And I said, "What do you want for breakfast!?"

    The four-year-old has the ability to see through and find the wrong thing. The child saw through my body what was behind me.

    She saw the chocolate cake. She said, "Can I have the chocolate cake?"

    And I said, "Chocolate cake, where?"

    She said, "Chocolate cake behind you."

    And I looked... and there was chocolate cake! The child wanted chocolate cake for breakfast! How ridiculous! And I said... and someone in my brain looked under chocolate cake and saw the ingredients: eggs! Eggs are in chocolate cake! And milk! Oh goody! And wheat! That's nutrition!

    "What do you want?"

    "Can I have some chocolate cake?"

    "Chocolate cake coming up." [imitates slicing sound] Sliced it for her and served it.

    "Now, you need something to drink with the chocolate cake, something breakfast... grapefruit juice!" So I give the child a glass of grapefruit juice and chocolate cake --- nutrition.

    Eggs, milk, and wheat in the chocolate cake. And... I didn't
    have to cook. And the other four came downstairs. And when they came downstairs... Those of you who have children, you've seen them come downstairs for school. [imitating sluggish children] And they got to the kitchen. [imitating sluggish children] They saw the four-year-old eating chocolate cake. And they said, "Dad! Where did she get the chocolate cake?"

    And they went to the child and said, "How did you get chocolate cake?"

    She said, "Dad give me chocolate cake!"

    And they looked at me and said, "Father... could we have chocolate cake?"

    And their father said, "Chocolate cake coming up!!" Four slices --- [imitates slicing sound] --- and grapefruit juice! And five children sat at breakfast and the morning music was playing [imitating bass guitar] and they were eating chocolate cake and singing songs to me: "Dad is great! Give us the chocolate cake!"

    And we had a ball until... she came down like this. [makes angry face at audience] And when she saw what the children were eating... [when his wife sees that he has given the kids chocolate cake for breakfast] I've always heard about people having a conniption, but I've never seen one. You don't want to see 'em! My wife's face... split! The skin and hair split and came off of her face so that there was nothing except the skull! And orange light came out of her hair and it lit all around! And fire shot from her eye sockets and began to burn my stomach! And she said, "Where did they get chocolate cake from?!?"

    And I said, "They asked for it!!"

    And the children, who had been singing praises to me, lied on me, and said, "Uh-uhh!! We asked for eggs and milk, and Dad made us eat this!!!"

    And my wife sent me to my room, which is where I wanted to go in the first place. So you see? We are dumb, but we are not so dumb. It takes great thinking and work to keep from working.

  3. Girl I hear you about clutter!! My pile of ..."I don't really know what this is but I better hang onto it until I can think without a crying baby and chatty toddler filling my ears" is always moving. My husband announced this weekend, "We need to get you a filing cabinet!" But, I think that would just make me keep random papers we don't really truly need. Blah

    1. I thought a file cabinet was an answer too but now the pile of papers to save has moved to the top of the file cabinet vs floating around the house!!!! As you fear, it does make you keep even more. Cleaning out the file cabinet has been on my to-do list for quite some time now, ugh. I've gone paperless on some things which has helped a bit but I just need to get myself more organized so I can go completely paperless and help eliminate some of the problem at it's source!!!