Hello, hi, hola....shouting out to you all on this very dreary Sunday afternoon - however, the New York Mets' 12-2 start to the 2018 baseball season has me smiling even if the weather is not.
At least it's not snow, right? Happy to report that we haven't seen any of that in over two weeks. Looks like spring has finally sprung and the underboob sweating and rash season is upon us all! (If you're a woman, you'll definitely understand this.) J is already trying to convince me to install the air-conditioners but I feel that it's still too early for this. I have, though, agreed to let her put the ceiling fan on at night. Aren't I a doll?
I do have some life updates, though. Not many, but some.
The daughter's "boyfriend" (yes, you may picture me with the quotations again!) is now just her friend. Apparently, she made the mistake of telling her father about her "boyfriend" during one of their (usually chaotic) dinner conversations and he immediately insisted that she 'downgrade' their relationship to just 'friends.'' I have to say that I'm not upset about this. She did her share of pouting over it, but now that the heartbreak is over, she's back to face-timing and chatting with him, same thing she was doing when he was her "boyfriend." When I say she should just be friends, I get an argument, when he says she's going to just be friends with him, she complies without hesitation. Go figure.
On the same topic of my daughter, she's now "friendly" with that snooty problem child that she's been having issues with since the start of this school year. So, I'm sure this means there will continue to be drama. It just seems drama FOLLOWS this kid around. I try to avoid it at all costs; I LOATHE drama and I just don't have the patience for it.
One of my baby nieces had a hospital stay over the weekend. She was admitted on Friday night with a fever and pneumonia. My niece is the only child of two medical professionals, so I'm guessing there is never a shortage of germs in the house. My brother-in-law is a Pediatric Dentist and constantly has his hands inside the mouths of germy children and my sister is a Physician's Assistant and works at a hospital. (Ironically the same hospital my niece was born in and spent the weekend in.) Fortunately, she had two days of IV antibiotics and she's hopefully going home today.
Saw my nephew and my other infant niece yesterday, at his birthday celebration. Was nice. Of course, now I see less and less of Oompa; but in a way, that's also an equivalent of a drama-free visit.
My mother certainly has her hands full now, with the "younger" grandchildren, and my daughter has resorted to eye-rolling at the mention of anyone in my family, not limited to Oompa. She's in general annoyed with my mother, because Oompa doesn't see much of her (or any of us) anymore. It's not entirely my mother's fault, because we DID move two hours away from the rest of them, but a large part of her absence these days is due to the arrival of my two new nieces. My sister who is a PA enlists in Grandma's Babysitting Service two to three days a week and whenever she's not with that sister, she's with the other one. Doesn't leave much time for her to spend with us. So the daughter is in part, jealous, but she's also UIW (Under the Influence of the Wasband) and a lot of damage has been done because of his mouth. He makes a career out of saying that she is "dividing" our family, giving the ones who live closer priority. I know, this is not fair at all, but I'm tired, I've no longer got the energy to combat the bullshit that comes out of his mouth. And so whenever I see him during a kid swap, a quick hello and goodbye is best. My children are far too impressionable and they unfortunately adopt HIS unreasonable way of thinking more often than they make decisions on their own. This isn't an update; it's something I've known for too long a time, now, and something I don't have a clue how to fix.
Little side note: it's taking me a very long time to type this. I have a cat who insists that I don't give him enough attention during the course of one day. He's being very demanding and whenever I look busy, he jumps onto my keyboard and insists I drop whatever I am doing until he's finished rubbing his (adorable) face against mine.
I'm almost down a total of 24 pounds, will have a more accurate number in the morning. Being Sunday night, it's nearly time for me to take my weekly laxative/cleanse pill before the morning weigh-in. I will be doing that soon, then will watch the Walking Dead with some bathroom pauses, thank heaven for TiVo.
For a little while, we're finished with Friday night bowling. We didn't do as well as we'd hoped, but there's always next year. We will just be bowling on Mondays for now, until that league ends and we start summer bowling. One night a week for the summer; we've got some mini-plans and both my kids have birthdays over the summer, as well as my son's high school graduation being right around the corner (yes, NOW I feel old!) which means at least three backyard parties are in my future...
Leading me to the last thing I'll mention for now - my need to clean up/beautify my back yard. The people who lived here before us had a pool. They apparently took out the pool (we never saw it), leaving us with a bunch of rotted wood that was built into the ground (it bordered the area that used to be the pool) as well as a lot of areas in the yard that are lopsided or otherwise uneven, terrain-wise. I just dropped a little over a grand to have the tree people come cut down some trees that were dangerously close to the house as well as pull up these unnecessary slabs of wood that are no longer purposeful, then they removed a bunch of other debris from the yard and used their Caterpillar to try and flatten the terrain out some, but it still needs more work before I can consider hosting any parties in the near future. Soon as it gets a little warmer (today was in the 40's) I will be out there trying to finish the job and will soon be seeing about some grass acquisition. Right now, the yard is nothing to look at - there is a little fire pit off to the side, but the rest of it is a beige rock and dirt mess.
Anddddd that's it.
In a way, I'm guessing it's a good thing that I don't have much to report. Whether that means life is going well or it means I'm just boring right now is debatable. I guess this makes me human, we all have our boring moments, right? Right?
Hoping everyone else's life is boring right now, too. Sometimes no big developments are enough to call it good news.