Tuesday, March 24, 2009


Man oh man, one minute it's the start of spring break and the next it is all over except all the cleaning up. And boy there is some major cleaning up to do. With the number of children(I hold back from calling them animals) in our family it sure does not take long before the whole house looks like it took the brunt of hurricane Katrina!

Do not get me wrong, we had a great week. A busy, almost non stop week, but busy busy! We did do some family things together but mostly went off in pairs and trios doing different activities. Because some of you may catch on to locality or more I will keep the details to myself. However, I wanted to share a little moment.

One of the boys who is part of the younger group of siblings is really into board games. He is smart and can catch onto things quicker than most his age. But enough of my bragging on his intelligence. One quiet evening he asks "why don't we play games as a family?"

OUCH! That hurt really bad. I had no answer for him. We used to love playing games as a family. I know me and spouse always enjoyed good games with family and friends. There were stretches of time where we and the now older group of kids would stay up into the wee hours of the morning playing games.
Bonus points to anyone who can identify this game!

What has happened to us? Is it the television and the video games that has divided and stolen the few moments we have together as a family? My son has embarrassed me. I have fallen down as a parent where I could teach good values to ALL of my children in playing games as a family. I can teach them how to win without gloating, and how to lose without throwing the game pieces or flipping the game board. I can teach them how to work together as a team and the possibilities are endless.

I think the Family game night is about to be resurrected at our home!

So what games are good for the whole family? Or should I play different games with different age groups? What the crap was I thinking, it should be easier!

Okay, here is where I need all of your brilliant comments:

  1. What games do you remember playing with your family?

  2. What games do you play with your family now?

  3. What games should I stay away from?

  4. Am I crazy? Maybe you should keep this answer to yourself

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Time management?

So, I am way way behind on everything I thought I was going to have more time to do.

When I was first laid off I thought I would look at the bright side. At least I would have time to do some of the things that I really never had time for and squeezed in when I could.

One of those things was blogging. I really thought I was going to be spitting out at LEAST one a day and spend time keeping up with all my blogging pals. Alas, it has only been a little over a week and I have nothing to show for myself. In fact I am already late for the interview which is overdue, and have not even updated the playlist with the awesome requests I have gotten in comments and in email.

I even had another post all thought up about how I was gonna spotlight Ronda from Ronda's Rants and how I was lucky enough to win an ipod through our promotion of Sara Nelms. I was even going to write about how I blindfolded her so she has no info on me! lol

And then there was all the organization I was going to implement but never had time for. I guess I simply thought that I would spend all the time I normally spend at work doing stuff I wanted to do. BOY was I wrong. I think I have had less time for me this past week than I did when I was working. Cannot explain how that happens and looking back, don't seem to have anything to show for my time either. Go figure.

I guess I will just hope that I can get a handle on my time management skills and improve.

So this week is Spring break for all my kids(HELP!) no, seriously we want to do "stuff" but what to do on a small budget (emphasis on small). Kids were not keen on laying in bed all day and watching movies. darnit! Any good ideas out there?

Have a great day stalkers!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Creating a Playlist

So all you crazy music lovers out there in bloggy blog land, I want to know what your listening to. Well, actually what I want is a little more complicated. As many of you may already know I have quite the diverse playlist here on this blog. The reason is I enjoy many different types of music.

Other than vulgar and obscene music, I probably listen to everything out there. And have listened to a lot of it for quite some time now. I have posted in the past about my belief that life has a soundtrack. There is a song out there for everything you have ever gone through. And there is probably a song out there for everything you will ever go though in the future.

Some songs set the mood or inject zest and happiness. Some music we simply enjoy and many years later appreciate even more because along with that song we associate the memories we created with the music.

So back on point here. I try and change up my playlist here and there and have it on shuffle so you as visitors should not have to hear the same songs EVERY time. But there is one flaw with this. Okay, at least one flaw. And that is it is the music I picked.

I just assumed everyone would like what music I picked. And then I visited somebody Else's blog. And the music was just hideous. I mean it was so bad that if there was an Olympic event for exiting a website I could have beaten the world record. Well, I exaggerate, but the point is I didn't even stick around to leave a comment.

So that got me thinking, a scary thought in and of itself, and I figure you guys, my readers, should have some say in the playlist.

So there it is......your assignment............tell me what song or songs you want to hear or like to listen to. If there is an artist you want me to pick something by that is okay too.

I am looking forward to your input and hopefully it will be up soon.

Have a great day Stalkers!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Read anything good lately?

Well, as alluded to in my last post I am now a part of the next published unemployment statistics. No fan fare and no crying. (okay, maybe a little crying)

So, now I have a little time on my hands and want to fill the void. I will update my resume. I will dedicate a portion of time every day to finding a good job. But there is still going to be those extra minutes every day that I need to fill. Even after all the extra cleaning that could be done, I need something to stimulate my mind.

So what's everyone reading right now? Is there a good book that I may not have heard of yet? I do love to read and usually am in the middle of reading 2 or 3 at a time. But I am now finishing my last book and while I am never against reading certain books again, want to find a "good" read that is new.

So help me out people, or I just might end up going crazy! And you do not want that, trust me!

Have a great day!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Blogstalker Interview: The Sequel?

Well, I started this year wanting to post way more often. It worked for awhile and I have really enjoyed all of your great blogs. Then the first of this week rolled around and I found myself looking ahead at a future that is so not what I wanted it to be. I will probably blog around this issue soon enough but because the reality has not completely set in yet, I have been taking some me time and, well, just been stressing way too much. Please do not take my absence from stalking your blogs as anything more than some reassessment of me time.

Okay, now that is out of the way, I was just wondering if my fellow stalkers out there wanted to know anything more about little ole moi? Last year we played around with an interview that I thought went pretty good and I did have some good questions submitted. Read it here. So, with some new stalkers in the mix and maybe some new questions from some of the true blue, I wanted to ask whether or not I should conduct another interview or not.

So let me know and vote on the right(under the player)

If you would like to see another interview I will need to know what questions you want to be asked of me, the Blog Stalker. There are no rules except that I get to have the final say on which questions to use. Be creative and maybe you will learn something more about me. Some regular readers of this blog swear they know things about me and probably guard this information (or not).

I do hope everyone is doing well and will be visiting your blogs soon!(I hope)

Have a great day!

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