Jul 20, 2014

Adventures talks dirty.

I won't lie.  I do use foul language.  Anyone who knows me well enough, knows that I don't use it all the time, but mostly, it is the fastest flying words that might pop out when I get hurt.  (I don't curse at people.)  So, this morning, I was doing my 7 1/2 year olds hair.  She asked me, "Is "screwed up" a bad word?"  I told her that in our home, it is, however, I know that I have used it in front of her.  I told her that I switched my verbiage in recent years to try to say the word "wonky," instead of that term.  She said she didn't know, and I told her that she should always ask if she is not sure.

I took the conversation a step further.  I asked her to tell me all the bad words she knows.  I told her that she would not get in trouble, but I wanted to know what she really knew.  I was blown away.  First, she reluctantly told me the ones I knew she would, like "fat, stupid, dumb."  I pressed her further for words that were "REALLY" bad.  She thought and thought, and could only come up with one.  I wish I was kidding.

Wait for it…..


She then added, "I have heard you say that a lot, but I know how bad it is and I would NEVER say it again.

To which I THOUGHT TO MYSELF,  "Well, fuck me!  I'm not as shitty a parent as I thought I was!"

Jul 19, 2014

Adventures plays the lottery.

This is the sort of silliness that happens when I try to sell my house.  First, our friend and agent of Better Homes and Gardens, Stacy Benson, listed our home this past Thursday.  Twenty-four hours later, we had two showings and 2 investor offers, sight unseen.  (I listed on some free sites as "For Sale By Owner" without any success two weeks prior to signing up with Stacy.)  We gathered the dog and got in the car and sat in our neighbors driveway, down the street, for the first showing.  I was on my way down there again for the dinner-time showing when my next-door neighbor graciously offered for us to just stay with them.  After hearing all the good fortune we had with the potential sale of the home, and the freaking out I was doing over the fact that there were few homes available for us to consider in the price range we were looking at,  she suggested that she gift me three dollars to get two lottery tickets- one for Friday and one for Saturday.  She asked that I remember her in the moment of winning.  I found a dollar as I was heading into the store, and bought an extra dollar ticket for the drawing last night.  I kept the ticket that had the number three as it's "mega ball."  Three is my number.  I dropped the other two tickets off with her, and trust that she will "remember" me when "we" win.  Well, turned out, my three ticket WAS a winner.  And here is what happens…. 

To answer your question.. yes, I will continue working. I am certain my coworkers would miss me, but I would miss the work. (I mean, I truly do have the best job in the world. I am a wife and mother.) And I will keep my second job, because that is really fulfilling for me. Shay just woke up. I told her the news. She said, "You're kidding me. We are going to have to do it again." Well, yes, I was considering turning it in for another ticket. This time, we might make even more money. Like, say, two dollars.
I don't want to flaunt this, but I won the lottery last night. (I don't generally play, but I knew it was going to be a good dollar spent. I was really lucky yesterday.) And well, it paid off. I won- a dollar. Please, I tell you this to share in the joy, but I can not help you or buy you a new E.T. poster. I don't even think I can get you a New Kids on the Block poster. Maybe a garage sale wire hanger, but I can not guarantee it. We will not be doing interviews today, as the lottery office is closed until Monday. I did verify that. Thank you in advance for your multitude of congratulatory well wishes on our new life. (P.S.) I have to share half of my winnings with a neighbor, and she does not wish to be bothered by media or my crazy family. Yes, we have already had this discussion. It was the responsible thing to do. — with Kris Tuttle Groover.

Jul 10, 2014

Adventures is selling!

For sale, by owner, with help from a little blog.  Anyone interesting in buying our sweet home we renovated last year?  We are looking to move about 15 minutes from here, and need to sell our home first.  We have had it appraised, asking less than the appraisal price, and believe it is priced to sell.  Thank you for your interest and for sharing the listing!

This is a three bedroom, 2.5 bath, 2 car garage, privacy fenced in back yard, a short walk to one of the two neighborhood pools, tons of kids live on our street, sweet neighbors all around, and great schools!  (We homeschool now, but both kids were in the elementary school and I spent a ton of time volunteering there and loved the teachers, staff and the families we met while there for two years.)  A year ago we had the downstairs renovated, and installed speakers into the walls and had a special built in for a flat screen T.V. installed, over the gas log fireplace.

The garden now has a very well established fig bush and 3 large, fruitful blueberry bushes that provide lots of fun for the kids to pick, and for some interesting bird watching in the summer.

Here is a link to the free listing I was able to make on Zillow.


 Doing our best to accept that G-d's timing for our heart's desire might be lined up now, and not spending much money to see if we can sell it.  If it is meant to be (for us to have a small home with a basement, in the area we would like to settle into) then it will just happen.