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ddavis860
10-12-2009, 08:29 PM
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~The Daily Grind~ 10/13/09

It's Tuesday!! I have today off!!!!


My List for Today:

Caffeinate http://i38.photobucket.com/albums/e147/ddavis860/smiley/smiley_drinkcoffee.gif This repeats every day!!

DIS :surfweb:

Find a good medieval crown on eBay for Halloween

Stay on points!

Weekly Home Blessing... Didn't get blessed yesterday...

:laundy:

365 pic...

Work more on Paper Mountain

Dinner.... Fish and sompthin I guess

Have a Day Everyone!! :teeth:

morgansmom2000
10-12-2009, 08:51 PM
I'm off too! PrincessM has a half day. I'm planning on sewing and working on Mt. Washmore. Depending on how much sewing I get done, I may work on PrincessS's scrapbook.

Dinner is going to be mushroom and turkey sausage risotto. One of my faves!

Hope everyone has a great day.

StitchIsOurHero
10-13-2009, 04:53 AM
Deb & Jennifer--can I be at both of your houses for dinner?? Sounds yummy!!

I'm having that back-from-vacation thing where I'm so tired and feel overwhelmed by how much there is to get done. . .but I'm not really motivated to do any of it!! Anyone else have this problem after vacation?? And then I start thinking. . .if I don't do it now, it's about to be Thanksgiving, then Christmas, blah, blah, blah!! And then my head explodes!! Ok, one step at a time here!!

Here's my list for today--I've got lots I need to accomplish, but this is all that'll probably get done:

1. Up
2. Caffeinate
3. Empty dishwasher
4. Pack stuff to take to Mom's
5. DS up
6. DS to mom's
7. Work--to do list for there!!
8. Parent conferences 3-5
9. Pick up DS
10. Frozen meal for dinner
11. Fold laundry
12. DH--change cat litter
13. Organize pictures from 1st 2 sets
14. DH--pick up next set of WDW pics
15. Get another DVR'd show out of the way
16. Go to sleep sort of early!!

Everyone have an awesome Tuesday!!

DisneyIsTerrific
10-13-2009, 05:15 AM
SIOH, it is hard to get back in the swing of things after vacation. Good luck!:hug:

I'm off today too!!!

My day:
DS up and off to school
Laundry
Finish kitting up paper bag album kits
Make birthday card for my mom
Cut shapes for floss tags on Cricut
Kit up floss tag stuff
Bag candy corn to use as Bingo markers
Finish making the Goof Troop t-shirts for next week
Finish stitching piece for an exchange
Make list of what I need to take with me to Myrtle Beach
Come up with some game ideas for 45 women to play
Dinner - we'll have breakfast - pancakes & sausage/bacon
Watch DWTS
Try to stay awake waiting for DS to get home from rehearsal (opening night is on Thursday so rehearsals are late this week!!!!)

Have a wonderful day everyone!

rlovew
10-13-2009, 06:26 AM
Good Morning!

SIOH- hope you can get back into getting things done.

Today:
PO- lyric and cd
school
lunch w/ child from church at school
pull paper for next 2 swaps
finish getting things organized to post SS
dinner- either It sausage or chicken
walk -6 pm

Rebecca

joyah
10-13-2009, 06:32 AM
Today lets see there's that word falling from the sky. WOHOOOOOO Plowing money will hopefully be coming soon.

I have to go to the bank deposit and cash check
Post office (crossing fingers for refund from ins overpayment)
BJ's
Shaws
Help mom pick out new laptop.
boys from bus
home night yeah!!!!!

morgansmom2000
10-13-2009, 07:08 AM
Eeep, it's that white stuff? We just have rain, but it's COLD out!

PrincessM is off to school, I'm going to go make some eggs for breakfast I think. Stephanie's breakfast for dinner made me hungry for eggs.

PrincessNancy96
10-13-2009, 07:16 AM
Mornin'!!!
I heard about that funny stuff falling from the sky.. YUCKO! The only advantage to that stuff is the fact that those that can plow bring in extra money for their families!!!! :)

SIOH, make your list!!! You can handle it all!!! It'll be okay!!!

Today:
morning list
school to work
post office
grocery for milk (I think it would be cheaper to invest in a cow!)
home for a quick snack
pick up kdg child
home
empty dishwasher
balance ckbks
pay bills
lunch
scrapbook 2 weeks of 365
kit more pages together for weekend
call and get PJ's driving test arranged
elem homework
DS13's homework
drive to sectionals for DD
sectionals
bring DD home if no awards; if awards have DD call me when they get back to school
home cook dinner
dinner
everyone to get laundry to basement for tomorrow



I know there is a ton more but I need to get to school to work!

ZeroToHero
10-13-2009, 08:44 AM
SIOH - I heard you had a good vacation - glad about that! But I agree, it doesn't help getting back to real life.
DIT- Can I come over your house for dinner? Mmmm, pancakes and bacon.

Today:
Up
Breakfast
Post Office to send out Lyric Swap
Honors General Meeting - We're presenting to all the kids today. I think I'm the only one actually putting things together though... sigh. We're trying to figure out things to do, and I feel like I'm the only one who has been pitching ideas that don't have to do with underage drinking. :headache: Sometimes you just want to smack sense into people.... :teeth:
Class
Second class cancelled!!!! Wooooohoooo!
Work for more hours now.... oh well. More money!
Home, homework & dinner

PinballFamily
10-13-2009, 09:24 AM
Come up with some game ideas for 45 women to play


I'm running out now to the doctor's, but when I get back, I'll tell you about the super-fun and *insanely easy* to do/plan/organize games we've played at parties we've had. (Z2Hs high school and college friends think they are a scream!!!) The two or three best ones I'll tell you about work for little kids up through senior citizens and are for groups as small as 5-10 or even 50... They're also different - so perhaps few - if any - of your women have done them before...

TinkerBean's been here for many of our parties, so she can weigh in too on the "fun factor"!!!!!

Gotta go - will post again later!

DisneyIsTerrific
10-13-2009, 09:46 AM
I'm running out now to the doctor's, but when I get back, I'll tell you about the super-fun and *insanely easy* to do/plan/organize games we've played at parties we've had. (Z2Hs high school and college friends think they are a scream!!!) The two or three best ones I'll tell you about work for little kids up through senior citizens and are for groups as small as 5-10 or even 50... They're also different - so perhaps few - if any - of your women have done them before...

TinkerBean's been here for many of our parties, so she can weigh in too on the "fun factor"!!!!!

Gotta go - will post again later!

Thank you so much! I some how became game coordinator for this group and have been doing it for about 6 years now and I'm running out of new ideas! They are a fun group, but they don't seem to like games where they have to think or move!:lmao:

I created a Fall/Halloween bingo game for them about 8 years ago and we use candy corn for markers. They love that and they want to do that one every year. I switched it one year and made a beach themed bingo (we're at the beach each year), but I about had a riot on my hands. They like the fall one and they made me promise to bring that one back the next year. I think it's mainly because I didn't think before I put the words in the columns and they like it when I call out "I - Nuts" or "O - Bats"!:rotfl2: You'd think everyone would be used to it by now, but we all still laugh when I call them out!:rotfl:

bigbabyblues
10-13-2009, 09:57 AM
What's all this talk about stuff falling from the sky? I certainly hope the clouds have dandruff......I'm not ready for any white stuff. I guess I should get ready, it was mentioned on the weather last night.

My list today:
check on laundry that didn't get finished yesterday
DH to take grandpa to dr appt 2 hours away
attempt to pick up around here for at least 15 minutes (most of the stuff left is DH's, and I don't have a clue what he wants done with it)
Take back the two job applications I picked up yesterday
locate the Spiderman costume DS6 wants to wear for Halloween
find something for a quick/easy dinner
pick boys up from school
two soccer games this evening, hopefully DH will get back in time from dr, because he's the coach

Steph

tinkryansmom
10-13-2009, 10:05 AM
Mornin' All!!

Let's see...what day is it?? Tuesday right??

DD up, dressed, fed and off to the bus with MIL
Little DD up, fed
DIS
Dishes
Laundry -
Go get mail
Haircut 2:30 - stylist cancelled yesterday
Call and talk to different builder rep - this is getting old and frustrating
Maybe go to builder office
Mop floors
Dinner - hmmm - something with chicken and a crockpot
Parents Club Mtg at 6:30


Rain is falling!! They are now saying 2-5 inches. Flash flooding. Not likely here but more in the fire areas.

SIOH - I feel like that alot of days! And not just after vacation! I hope you hit your groove soon!

Nan - Good luck to your DD!!

PBF - Good luck at the Dr!!

Everyone enjoy your days off!! Have some fun today!!

PinballFamily
10-13-2009, 12:04 PM
I'm back - the dermatologist froze three thingies off of my face - how attractive! - and I asked my primary care doc for a referral to a neurologist since I'm sick of being loopy and forgetful and distracted and disoriented since the car crash/concussion.

The candy corn bingo game sounds SO fun! (I think if we changed these games, Z2Hs friends would revolt, too - they've really come to enjoy them!)

So - I'll tell you about the two party games I immediately thought of sharing with you and how we've done them (at Christmas parties) - ways you could easily change them for your holiday/location will be pretty obvious. I've got lots of other games we've done at other holidays, but these are kind of the top two, and the ones best for large groups. One takes about 5-10 minutes total to play and the other sort of goes on while the party/event is going on.

They don't really have names - so bear with me...

Game #1 - I suppose we call this the "Reindeer Game." It is great as an ice-breaker and/or first activity of an event as it just sort of happens while the party is going along.

We got 9 little (3" high or so) hard plastic reindeer figures (AC Moore?) and hung a tiny name tag around each one's neck with a pipe cleaner- "Dasher," "Dancer," etc. ("Rudolph" got his nose painted red with nail polish!!!) and hid them all around the party room(s) before the guests arrived. All were in plain sight - guests didn't have to pick up or move anything to see any of them - but some were more obvious than others. (If they even notice any at all, early-arriving guests just think the reindeer are part of the party decorations.) After all the guests arrived at the party, each one was handed a piece of paper listing all the reindeer names with blank space next to them (but plain paper would work, too) and a golf pencil and told to "find the reindeer" and scribble a few words about where each one was. First one to find them all calls out "I've got them all" or something like that -- to great groans from the crowd! - and then announces where each one was. This game is hilarious - and it is almost *more* fun to watch the players and the different strategies folks use to hunt down the reindeer. This would be very easy to adapt to different holidays, but our reindeer get pulled out and re-used every year!

Game #2 - I think we just call this one "The Paper Game."

When we're ready to play, each participant gets handed one sheet of 9x12" construction paper. (I just got a pack of all-green sheets from a local school/craft supply store and now have a lifetime supply!) Everyone stands in a circle facing each other - and is told to hold the paper behind their back. When the organizer says "go," the participants are told to tear the paper into a christmas tree shape - but keeping it behind their backs at all times. (Again, hilarious to watch!!!) After a few minutes, folks will finish up and the game ends when everyone is done. At that point, everyone holds their finished creations in front of them and popular vote of the players determines the winner(s). Some trees always look awful (but are funny!) and others turn out to be amazing works of art - you never know! Again, this could easily be changed to use for birthdays or any holiday and you could have a judging panel or not.

Good luck with the party - hope one or both of these work for you - or maybe other DIS folks! We've done them with both young kids and DHs co-workers and groups of many different sizes.

ddavis860
10-13-2009, 12:04 PM
Wow, it's 1 already!! Why does time go so fast on a off day?

I did 2 loads...folded, not put away yet...

Changed the dinner menu...DH's request... Now steaks, baked sweet potatoes, cauliflower mash...

Dessert Punkin Smash... it's a crustless pumpkin pie. Never tried the recipe, so I'll report back if it's good or not...

OK, back to the grind...

bigbabyblues
10-13-2009, 12:11 PM
I don't know where the time goes, Debbie, but I haven't accomplished much of anything today!

Steph

PrincessNancy96
10-13-2009, 12:34 PM
I don't know where it goes either..but it sure doesn't seem to work to my benefit today!! :)

I did however pay the bills and find out that we eat out WAY too much..and that has to stop! That is just nuts what our eating out bill was! Unnecessary! The only advantage is that I don't have to buy much at the grocery this week....but it's money still out the window instead of drawing interest!

ddavis860
10-13-2009, 12:43 PM
Yikes Nan, don't you hate that?

rlovew
10-13-2009, 12:44 PM
Time easily gets away doesn't it!

Nancy I am with you on the eating out it costs too much- I can't imagine taking your crew out to eat!

Rebecca

PrincessNancy96
10-13-2009, 01:06 PM
I kid you not.. in 2 weeks we went thru 200.00!!!!! Now, $50.00 was for DS9's birthday...so it was budgeted...but 150....plus I had already bought a good amount of groceries!!! That is just nuts... it's costing us now about $25-30 per place if we eat out w/ the 5 of us...bring in the stepsons and it runs about $50 a place! :faint:!

I'm done! Done! DONE! dONE!

DisneyIsTerrific
10-13-2009, 01:15 PM
PBF, thanks for the games. I'm pretty sure I can alter both of them to work for our group. I appreciate the help!!!

I agree on eating out costing so much. We do that way too much too. I've been doing better lately because I started making a weekly menu and trying really hard to stick to it.

PinballFamily
10-13-2009, 01:35 PM
PBF, thanks for the games. I'm pretty sure I can alter both of them to work for our group. I appreciate the help!!!

I agree on eating out costing so much. We do that way too much too. I've been doing better lately because I started making a weekly menu and trying really hard to stick to it.

You're welcome! The Xmas game themes are so easily switched out for pumpkins, birthday cakes, or whatever. TinkerBean, Z2H and I have almost had "Depends Moments" (!) while watching otherwise oh-so-cool teenaged guys wandering around our house moaning things like "Prancer - where are you?" :rotfl2: Sometimes, people collaborate while others guard their finds carefully, and sometimes people give up early, but there are always a few diehards who can't quit until all are found...but it is always a hoot!

I do weekly menus, too. It helps a lot with the grocery spending. We do the "envelope method" for our spending - it really helped us with the eating out bug. We try to put a fair - but grinchly - amount into our "Entertainment" envelope every two weeks on payday (that's where our eating out/take-out $$$ comes from) and when it is empty...oh, well..."turn your attention to the lovely freezer and pantry!!!" We've cut back to Chinese take-out to once every two months or so (from about once a week), no pizzas except the ones we make ourselves, and we go out to eat as a family about once every two months for a birthday or special occasion. And like PN, those are specially budgeted for. Good luck!

PrincessNancy96
10-13-2009, 01:42 PM
I have weekly menus but some games ran over and some days were bad w/ homework, I blame myself..dumb! dumb! dumb!

tinkryansmom
10-13-2009, 01:43 PM
Add me to the eat out too often! I too have been trying to cut it down and get back to the weekly menu - that really does help.

I am in awe of the Pinball family for doing strict enveloping. This month I am trying to not put anything on credit cards - I took an amount of cash out of the bank to cover groceries, Target and incidentals. Other things have to be approved of first.

At the the power bill will go down with fall moving in around here! Our vehicle gasoline bill always kinda stinks since we live 2 miles from the county road and 20 minutes to any town. Takes alot of gas just to go get the mail! So I don't.:rotfl:Bills and catalogs can wait for me. But gotta go get it today - my tassimo coffee is in there!!! (have to have priorities!!):lmao:

PinballFamily
10-13-2009, 02:12 PM
I am in awe of the Pinball family for doing strict enveloping. This month I am trying to not put anything on credit cards - I took an amount of cash out of the bank to cover groceries, Target and incidentals. Other things have to be approved of first.

Oh, but it is a sad, sad day when the "Scrapbooking" envelope is empty :sad::sad::sad: !!!

(That always seems like the day that TinkerBean calls and says 'Hey, watcha doin'? - aka our code for "Let's do the Mike's, Jo's, and ACM loop!")

I used to be the queen of the debit card and DH was always pulling $200 out of the ATM - and then had nothing to show for it - until we started the envelope thing. It took some major-league getting used to, but it still warms my little heart when I hear DH say, "I need to buy X...what envelope should the money come out of?" He was, shall we say...a reluctant convert...to the cash only plan. :hug: But it does work for us - and the kids are into it too. Woo woo! Good luck with your new plan!!!!

ddavis860
10-13-2009, 04:42 PM
Way to go PBF! Enveloping really makes you think. I did it for a while (DH made me...I was kicking and screaming all the way!), and when it's cash, you do a double take! Debit cards are so fast and easy, almost not like money at all...

And, I so have to get back to making menus! So far I have Monday is pasta, and Friday is chicken wings. I also need to have recipes that I can premake while cleaning up the night before, and then DH puts in the crock-pot before he goes to bed in the morning. How great is it to know that dinner is cooking all day, and ready when you are?

And have to have fish at least once a week...it's supposed to keep Alzheimer's (old timers) away. My problem is I never know how many for dinner on a given night. Some nights it's 2 and other's it's 6 or 7...sheesh... makes for lots of leftovers, I don't want o be caught w/o enough food...

ddavis860
10-13-2009, 04:44 PM
I found a great mediveal circlet on ebay...and a cape, and a poison ring...

Happy Halloween for me :teeth:

PinballFamily
10-13-2009, 06:12 PM
TinkerBean just called to remind me of the *funniest* game we've EVER done at a party. During this game, when we were watching, we were literally crying with laughter and holding each other up! This was at one of Z2Hs birthday parties a couple of years ago...it probably isn't appropriate for your ladies' group, DIT, but maybe you or another DISer could use it for a different party... We did it outdoors, as it can get a bit messy, but a broom kept handy would work as long as you don't do it on a carpeted floor.

We call this "The LifeSaver Game":

Pair off all the party guests using whatever method you wish. Have each couple stand and face their partner and ask them to decide which is the "sticker" and which is the "stickee." Give each pair one wrapped roll of fruit (not the mint) LifeSavers. Yell "go." The first couple where the "sticker" sticks ALL of his/her Life Savers onto the face of the "stickee" wins! The entire roll of them have to be stuck on to win - sometimes...:rolleyes1 some fall off and have to be retrieved and put back on! Licking is totally allowed (and kinda necessary!).

Lisa
10-13-2009, 06:56 PM
I'm the only one who has been pitching ideas that don't have to do with underage drinking. :headache: Sometimes you just want to smack sense into people.... :teeth:

This is why you are one of my favorite college kids. :thumbsup2

Dessert Punkin Smash... it's a crustless pumpkin pie. Never tried the recipe, so I'll report back if it's good or not...
You know how we are about pumpkin anything here, you must let us know how it turns out and share the recipe if it was good.

I have weekly menus but some games ran over and some days were bad w/ homework, I blame myself..dumb! dumb! dumb!

With the crazy sport schedule your family has, it is any wonder you have time to eat home twice a week.

Our downfall is DD. For the three of us to grab breakfast, coffee and juice, it is almost $15, for one of us, it can easily run $4-6. I never realized how much I spend there until I stopped going as much:eek:

PBF, your parties sound like a hoot. :dance3:

My to do list:

Put wood in the wood stove. Yes, it is that time of year again.
Write in DD's communication book
Empty dishwasher
Put a load of laundry away, one in the dryer, and fold a load.
Call pharmacy to reorder prescription, automated reorder system down though and pharmacy not open yet.
Get DD up and ready for school
Work
Fax docs down to the credit union
Call DM husband
Caffeinate
Recover from DH calling me to tell me he was at the hospital for an x-ray.:scared1: He had a dr appt to have his elbow looked at, our dr. sent him straight to the hospital to be xray'd :eek:
Meatloaf and baked potatoes for dinner.
Dr. appt for DD after school.

PrincessNancy96
10-14-2009, 06:31 AM
Lisa, what did the dr. say in regards to DH's elbow?
Is this related to his splitting wood the other day?

party of 3
10-14-2009, 08:26 AM
i must confess that we do the envelope thing too! every week i do the same thing with our checks. this envelope for this, this for that.....blah blah blah......but it works for us. i have though lately been using my card and that needs to STOP!!!!!!!
and the menu planning thing was so my thing. but it seems over the summer i have slacked off and having a tough time getting back into it. MUST DO THIS!