Tuesday, March 31, 2009
The weather has been horrible here. I know there are people just praying for rain, but we are ready to ship it away. This is the first time in a long time I've been really concerned about paychecks and finances. It isn't feasible for me to go to work b/c the cost of child care is crazy here. I am currently employed by the Jefferson ISD as a substitute teacher, but after some figuring and thinking, it just isn't working well. I only get paid once a month. I have to pay the daycare weekly. By the time taxes are taken out and the daycare is paid, I'm lucky to come home with 45-50 bucks a day (if it's a teaching job, less if I'm just an aid). So I've only worked one day, when Mikie was home and was able to keep Lane. The rain has been so bad here the last 3 weeks. Mikie has worked 4 days in 12 possible work days. I try not to stress over it b/c I know it isn't good for me, or the baby and it's not as though Mikie can help the weather. I just hope, and pray that the weather gets better and he's able to start working again.
On to a happier note, we were finally able to put the new flooring in a couple of weeks ago. We had started our addition a year ago this past january. We first started by removing the deck. Two weeks ago we had vinyl floor put down in the new addition, the kitchen, bathroom, hallway and laundry area. I'm so excited to have real floors again. The house is almost presentable again! We still need to put down new carpet. That'll be next on the list! I also want to paint the panneling that is in the living room and hallway. My hope is that it will help to "lighten up" the rooms. That wood panneling just makes it feel so dark!
I have been doing a lot of reading again lately. I read "wizard's first rule" by terry goodkind. This is not normally a book I would pick up on my own, but was recommended to me by my hubby. There is also a mini-series "Legend of the seeker" currently airing on Fox and WGN and it caught my interest. The book was amazing. There are 12 (I believe) books in the series. I plan to pick up the next one in a few weeks. I'm currently reading the Flynn Brothers Trilogy by Heather Graham. The first book, "deadly night" was great! Heather Graham always manages to grab my attention and keep it!
My knitting has been a bit slower. It's harder to lay down and knit I guess, even more so when you're supposed to lay on your sides. I'm working on a few sections for oddball charity blankets. They will be donated to Linus Project in Longview, Texas. They will be used for CPS, Casa and local hopsitals, wherever the demand for them is.
I started feeling the baby move about a week ago. It was around week 17. I will be 19 weeks on Thursday. Almost half way! I don't remember Lane being so low! I feel like this skittle is kicking me in the bladder and the hip! Ahh. It's not hard enough for Mikie or Lane to feel yet, but it wont be long.
We hope to do a sonogram at the end of April/beginning of May. We have to pay for it so we are waiting until 22-24 weeks so we can have the best chance of finding out what we're having! I'm hoping for a girl, but my mother tells me I deserve all boys. Gee thanks mom!
With that, I'm going to go lay on the couch and watch the new nora roberts movie I DVR'd from Saturday, Midnight Bayou! I will try to update my blog a bit more often :)
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
...Or Max as we call him. He is a 3-4 year old, rusty colored, neutered male. He was given a clean bill of health today at the vets. He weighs 9.8lbs! He's a very sweet cat and stands his ground against our dogs. They cut is nails way back today so he wouldn't snag things anymore. His nails were so long! He adjusting well to our family and we're really looking forward to getting to know Max more! We adopted him from Petsavers in Shreveport!
Here are the 3 items I plan to donate to Best Friends! The first pictures is an acrylic oddball pet snuggle. The 2nd one is a cotton oddball pet snuggle and the 3rd is a parrot sweater! The first two were knitted on by other people as well. It will hopefully be used to warm the floor of a kennel for a pet! Hopefully it might be able to help a pet who is sick or in need of special attention. Something they might be able to bond to and call their own in their time of need! The parrot sweater I knitted up in a few hours. Hopefully it will go to help a parrot during the stressful time to keep them from plucking feathers! It's very bright and colorful. I need to try and find a couple big buttons or something of that sort to help distract them!
I plan to mail this box out when I return from San Antonio! I hope it goes to help a few pets and also warms the hearts of the volunteers/workers of Best Friends!
Monday, March 2, 2009
Next week Lane and I are headed to san antonio for their spring break. It will be a nice week that we can spend with my mom and sister (and dad for part of it) with them at home. It will probably be one of the last trips I make there until after I deliever. When I get back I will have a doctor's appointment that following Monday (16w4d).
I feel pretty good these days. The nausea is mostly gone, but I find myself really tired. By 8 or 9 pm I'm ready for bed. I feel like such an old lady! LOL. My hubby usually stays up and games (something I've done VERY little of lately). I usually curl up in bed with a book or a netflix movie until I can barely keep my eyes open! I wish the DVR was in the bedroom. I have such great movies to catch up on, but no desire to sleep on the couch!
I am almost done with a parrot sweater! I am hoping to ship it and 2 pet snuggles to best friends this week or next. I hope the donation will help out and I hope it will warm the animals it goes to.
The weather is finally warming up! I'm so glad it'll be close to 80 by the end of the week. It makes me remember why I'm happy I left virginia! We are also getting new vinyl flooring put in the house after I return from SA!!! I'm so excited. We've been saving and saving and put ALL of our tax return money away! We will be paying CASH for the vinyl flooring and have almost half of what we need to do the new carpeting in the whole house too! I'd like to wait until I've had time to paint a few rooms before we put the new carpet down, but there is a light at the end of the reconstruction tunnel!
I'm off to bed. It's 15 minutes to 9. Little old lady I seem to be!!