Christmas Lights

7 Nov 2003 In: Days Go By

Yes, Christmas lights…
We put some in Elijah’s room tonight, around the perimiter of his ceiling. He’s in there watching them now in awe. They are really cool lights though, because they have about 18 different speeds and settings. I don’t know how long it will last (him enjoying them tonight) though. I’m afraid he’s going to be up really late tonight again. Last night I was out at Steve’s family’s house and ended up being there until after midnight, working with Elizabeth to try and figure out her schedule for this coming spring semester. We did a pretty good job though I think – she got into one of the two honor’s classes she wanted – long story. The only other one she didn’t get into was her science class, because it was full. So she picked something else today when she registered.
I would like to take some classes… I want to take a web design class, and some Bible classes, and I need to learn Spanish. But I guess I will have to wait until next summer or fall after I can try and get federal money again. Last time I applied, they denied me – why I don’t know – I mean, I got money when I lived at home with my parents, but Steve and I make less than they do, of course – so you’d think I’d get at least something. I think it’s that whole marriage penalty thing… But I will apply again after we get our next tax return – cause now that Elijah is here, everyone says I should get something. I can’t afford it if I don’t get some federal help – & that’s just the way it is.
I am trying to get into manage my domains at enom… not working… hmmm… I just hate that when you register a domain they don’t tell you what your login info is for managing it. Not that I am wanting to transfer it or anything, I love CyberPixels, but I just want to be able to manage it if the need ever arises.
Boy, Elijah is being awfully quiet – guess I’d better go check on him… I hope he’s asleep so I can go to bed, too, lol….
Not asleep, arg – still laying there kicking and watching those bloody Christmas lights! I guess I’ll just wait until he starts crying, then I’ll go get him and hopefully that will mean that he’s tired and ready to sleep. I have had the worst day for getting him to take a nap today. At least five times before Steve came home, I would have him asleep, only to lay him down and have him wake up. He finally slept for like a half an hour when I lay down with him on my chest on the couch. But as soon as Steve laid him in bed – he was awake again.
My parents were here not too long ago with my sister and one brother tonight. They picked up their trailer. Last night, Steve went to get rid of the trash he had in it (we burn our trash at his parents’ house) and he got a flat on it on the way out there – Elijah’s crying now…. – 15 minutes later – he’s asleep now, hopefully he will stay that way. Last night he actually slept 6 hours! The night before was 8 and the night before was 6! Maybe we’re on to something? Knock on wood…
So what was I talking about? Oh yeah, so Steve got a flat on his way out there on the trailer – I came later and did not even see him. He musta pulled off the road good. I don’t really know though, because I haven’t had too much time to actually talk to him since then. Cause then we were at his parents’ and he and Chris had to go get the trailer with a spare, and then he came home before me and went to bed, then he left for work and I was still sleeping, then he came home and we prepared for my parents coming down. So they took the trailer with them. Nice to not have it in my backyard anymore…
Well tomorrow I was wanting to go to this sale at Concordia Publishing House that someone told me about. But Steve has to go cut wood in the morning and the sale is downtown (I mean downtown St. L) and from 8am-2pm only. It’s their annual warehouse sale or something. So he told me to get someone else to go with me. Arg. Lol. But I did call C, but she wasn’t home. So I left a message but G was on the internet so I don’t know if she tried to call or not. I guess I need to give her my cell phone number. I will try and call her in the morning. We are probably going to do something next Saturday too, though. I want to go downtown then, too; I want to go to the Hard Rock Cafe and maybe the arch or something.
But anyway I guess that’s all… I need to get some sleep if I want to go to that thing tomorrow….


5 Nov 2003 In: Days Go By

So what – yesterday it’s in the 80’s and today in the 40’s & 50’s? What’s up with that? I guess that’s Missouri (Misery) for you.

I picked up Elijah’s three month pictures today – they came in a whole week early! I am pretty impressed here with Walmart (we went in Perryville). The only problem I’ve had is that the disk was messed up. My replacement disk is the same way, but they also GAVE me two prints (3.5×5″) each of the ones we didn’t order – and I don’t think they’re proofs, exactly, because they’re just as good quality as the other prints that we did order, which by the way, is pretty dang good. So I’m not that upset that my disk has the pictures whitewashed, etc, because I just scanned the ones the gave me then. I think the one pic of him is a little blurry, the one with the cloud background, but it almost seems purposeful – maybe it is? So I will definitly go back there this month for his four month photos. You get a lot for your money. The pics are at a-elijah.htm.
I liked the work at Olan Mills, but they are just too dang expensive. And they make me want to cry, too, because they print out this whole big package by default and then if you want to buy the whole thing it’s like $160 or something. I ust can’t afford that – certainly not every month!! So there we got our free new baby package (8×10, 2 5×7, 8 wallets) and then later bought one more 8×10 (for twenty freaking bucks). Sears was okay but I was not happy with them because she did this enhancement thingy on our favorite photo, but didn’t tell us when she took it. Then she told us later that it was going to cost an extra $5.99 PER SHEET that we ordered of that photo!! We only went there because we had a new baby thing for no sitting fee. Then as I looked at the other prints, that we did not order (also seen on the above page) I realized that I did not really like any of them too much, just the two that we ended up ordering. Plus, normally, if you go there, they are more expensive… We usually go to JC Penny’s, for the last three years anyway, for our yearly pics. So I plan on going there the beginning of Dec for all three of us. But for the baby alone, I think I’ll stick with Walmart.
Other than that, my day has been pretty much as usual…
I did not go to church tonight because, well, I don’t think I could have been ready to leave on time, and it was only business meeting tonight. Mom called later and asked me if I’d been there, and then said that business meeting was still going at 8:00 when she left! It starts at 6:15! And someone told her that they still had like 6 committees to go! I think they were going over the yearly budget tonight. Yes, I know I should be involved in all that – but I trust everyone – and I’m there so much that I think I can use the break every month. If something comes up that I’m really concerned about or involved in, I’ll go. Or if Sheila needs a ride to PowerUp or something… which I guess she didn’t go tonight either… she didn’t say anything about it to me when she was online earlier….

I can’t remember my Yahoo security key… so naturally, I try to get another one and it asks me “What is your favorite city” and tries to tell me that I answered this question on sign-up. Bull crap. I wouldn’t pick a dumb question like that that I would not remember the answer to. So I couldn’t remember that either, so it locked me out and is now telling me that I have to call them to get a new security key. So the stupid person I am – I suddenly remember, I’ll bet I put it in that Code Wallet program on the Pocket PC. I did. But now it still won’t let me in, now that I have the correct code, either. @#$%(*&@^!@*&^$((#$(&@#*( Do they want my money or not!? For crying out loud. Would a hacker or other person of immoral senses be seriously trying to order only 5 photo prints on my account? No, only a picture freak like myself would pay shipping on an order that small. GRRR ARRG.
Did I mention that the call is long-freaking-distance? They’ll probably put me on hold for two hours, too. And I won’t be able to do anything that requires a secure log-in until I call them. AUGH.


Well anyway, I hear the X-files coming on so I guess that means it is getting late. I am once again going to reset the time on this thing so that it goes on the right date instead of the next day :-) I like that I can do that, heehee. It’s actually 12:06am….
Oh, by the way, and knock on wood – Elijah slept 8 hours last night!! Hallelujah!!

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4 Nov 2003 In: Days Go By

I can’t believe it – it’s November and I’m wearing shorts. How special.

moiI'm Valerie and this is where I talk about random things as well as what interests and keeps me occupied: photography, digital scrapbooking, crochet for fun and sale, Origami Owl (see below), or whatever else I feel like! I'm the mother of two, including a preemie who's now a toddler diagnosted with apraxia (of speech), a wife of one, and a second generation homeschooler.

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