Time For Tricks and Treats.

So, what kind of candy do you pass out for Halloween?

I have yet to buy any. Not that I haven’t wanted too, but if I don’t wait until the very last minute it is gone and I just end up going out and buying more, at the very last minute.

Last year there were only a handful of houses in our neighborhood that were finished and occupied. This year there a quite a few more but I still have no idea how many trick or treaters we will have. I know there are quite a few kids that live there now but who knows how many will be out.

Noodle has requested lots and lots of Skittles. She would also like Blow Pops.  (That way she will like what is left over) This morning I decided to take my chances and stop by Hell Wally World to pick up the snacks for Noodle’s class Halloween Fall Party tomorrow and see if I could find candy while I was there.

(As a side rant, we can not call it a Halloween party. I am sure that would be right up there with worshiping the devil, especially at Most Holy Dollar.  Nor can we have any “sweets”. Not a cupcake, not a cookie, not a piece of candy, not a drop of anything but water or 100% juice. This dumb ass rule is held effective from bell to bell. I will be standing outside the classroom door handing out candy as they go home for the day. Pick your battles big wigs).

I looked (one of the downfalls to waiting until the last minute) and could not find Skittles or Blow Pops.  So I picked up the 6lbs. can of nacho cheese and 4 bags of chips I needed for tomorrow and scooted right on out the door.

I decided I would swing by Wal Greens, sure that they would have both kinds of candy. Indeed they did.  I had a small case of sticker shock when the bag of suckers was $6.99. No, it was not a super sized bag.  They stayed right where they were at.  I just couldn’t make myself spend that on a bag of candy.  (Shut up. So what if I will stop at Tar Jay on my way home and buy 3 bags at $2.00 each. Its different. Totally different). 

If we can’t find candy tonight I can always hand out left over nacho cheese. Makes you want to come to my house doesn’t it??

 Um so yeah, what kind of candy are you passing out again?

Do You Think She Needs A Dowry?

Noodle informed me on our way home this afternoon that Boy A had Boy B ask her if *gasp* she “wanted to go out” with Boy A.

I asked her why Boy A didn’t ask her himself. It seems Boy B needed help with homework and Boy A offered to help Boy B but he would “owe him a favor”. The favor it seemed was asking my girl to go out with him.

There does not seem to be a clear cut answer as to what “Going Out” means these days but as of right now, Noodle hasn’t met a suitor yet who meets her expectations. 

Thank you Jesus for that.

All About You

As seen over at Vixen’s.

So I really want to know more about all of you. Answer the questions in the comments and if you want, try this over at your place.

01) Are you currently in a serious relationship?

02) What was your dream growing up?

03) What talent do you wish you had?

04) If I bought you a drink what would it be?

05) Favorite vegetable?

06) What was the last book you read?

07) What zodiac sign are you?

08) Any Tattoos and/or Piercings? Explain where.

09) Worst Habit?

10) If you saw me walking down the street would you offer me a ride?

11) What is your favorite sport?

12) Do you have a Pessimistic or Optimistic attitude?

13) What would you do if you were stuck in an elevator with me?

14) Worst thing to ever happen to you?

15) Tell me one weird fact about you.

16) Do you have any pets?

17) What if I showed up at your house unexpectedly?

18) What was your first impression of me?

19) Do you think clowns are cute or scary?

20) If you could change one thing about how you look, what would it be?

21) Would you be my crime partner or my conscience?

22) What color eyes do you have?

23) Ever been arrested?

24) Bottle or can soda?

25) If you won $10,000 today, what would you do with it?

26) What’s your favorite place to hang out at?

27) Do you believe in ghosts?

28) Favorite thing to do in your spare time?

29) Do you swear a lot?

30) Biggest pet peeve?

31) In one word, how would you describe yourself?

32) Do you believe/appreciate romance?

33) Favourite and least favourite food?

34) Do you believe in God?

35) Will you repost this so I can fill it out and do the same for you?

Good and Bad

Things that suck….

  • One of us forgot to pay the water bill last month. I had to spend 30 minutes on the phone this morning promising the water company that I did indeed pay it on line Thursday and they should have it Monday. I am sure they hear that the check is in the mail all the time.
  • Other than school uniform skirts, there has no been no laundry done at Casa de Mar for about 2 weeks. That would explain why I am wearing socks with shamrocks on them today. We will be playing catch up tomorrow.
  • I was attacked by a mosquito and have bites all over my neck and a few on my lower back. They itch like you would not believe.
  • I had a piece of cake for breakfast and it was way too sweet. Noodle was smart and turned me down when I asked her if she wanted a piece.
  • We didn’t have much money invested in the stock market but what we did have is down by about 25%.
  • Right now it is absolutely beautiful outside and I am stuck inside. At work. No fair.
  • The house across the street from us is WAY less money than we paid for ours.
  • I just checked our cell phone bill on line. We went over by 250 minutes last month.  Oops.
  • 2 people who I would never expect to “put the screws to someone” did just that. They both were pretty much caught in the act and I am shocked to say the least.
  • I have a sore throat.
  • I can’t find a set of keys that I have looked all over for. I am wondering if I threw them away.


Things that don’t ….

  • Egg Nog milk shakes are back
  • I bought my first Christmas present for this year yesterday. I love Christmas and can’t wait to decorate for it. Last year was a little crazy with moving and all and we barely put the tree up.
  • It is finally starting to cool off here (If you consider 85 cool)
  • I don’t have to cook for Thanksgiving. Woo Hoo!
  • Tonight we are having our annual Pumpkin Carving Party with homemade pizza. I can’t wait.
  • Tomorrow we get to sleep in.
  • Some friends just found out a birth mother selected them to parent her baby! Squee! More baby love.
  • We had my favorite Mexican food for lunch today.
  • Gas is $2.79 a gallon here and steadily dropping.

To Judge or To Protect.

This morning the kids had mass at school. As usual, Mama B, my mom and myself were hanging out in the back row. (That is where the good Catholics sit you know, ha!).  There were 4 or 5 empty rows between us and where the kids sit.  A man wandered in who just didn’t look like he belonged.  Let me make a side note here – the demographics of the schools boundaries are less than stellar.  I truly feel the students are perfectly safe (or else my sweet Noodle would not be there) but I would not want to hang around too much after dark if you catch my drift.  He sat down in the pew ahead of us and was extremely fidgety. After a few minutes he moved back to the pew we were in and leaned over and asked my mom if she had any aspirin in her purse. She  told him no. Mama B then dug some out of hers hoping he got what he wanted and would go.

I assume he went out to get a drink to take the aspirin. Then he was back. Back in our pew and sitting closer to my mother.  I was starting to get a bad feeling.  For those of you who are not Catholic, we stand up and then sit and then stand and then kneel an awful lot in an hour time span. He wasn’t even following along. We would kneel, and he would stand up.  We would stand up and he would sit. The sign of the cross was just more than he could  grasp  it seemed. Then he would go out and come back in, and then go out and come back in again.  Each time he came back sitting a little closer and closer to my mom. By the time it was time to go to communion he was about as close as he could get without sitting on her lap.

I high tailed it over to get in line behind Noodle’s teacher ( a man) and whispered in his ear to watch the  guy as he was giving us the creepy crawlies.  I darted out of line and pushed my way into another line behind the principal and whispered to her to come to the back of the church and help watch this guy.  I am usually not one to worry too much about homeless people. We get a rather large number of them at the shop and for the most part they are harmless. Hungry yes, harmful no.  But again, something was just not right in this situation.

The principal and I went and sat at the very back of the church and just watched the guy.  We waited for the recessional and just watched.  The the church has 2 big sets of double doors with a brick pilar between them.  After what seemed to be an eternity he finally wandered outside. Then back inside and then outside again. He was walking between the doors in a circle like it was a revolving door he was stuck in.  We were watching him like a hawk. (Myself, the principal and the 3 male teachers). No one had a good feeling. There were kids all over the place making their way back to the classrooms. Someone finally asked him if he needed some help.  He said he was hungry. They directed him over to the St. Vin cent de P*ul  building.

After we made sure everything was ok (he was were he need to be and all the kids were back in the classrooms)  the Catholic guilt kicked in.  My favorite priest told me one time, that there is no such thing as Catholic guilt just so you know, yeah right buddy.

Was I wrong to assume that this man “didn’t belong” because of the way he looked or because of his actions? Was I right to let the Mama bear come out and instantly want to protect 450 kids, mine being one of them? Was I wrong to assume that he may be trying to steal my mother’s purse? Should I have known that he was hungry and offered him some money so he could get something to eat? 

 Ha! To be told Catholic guilt doesn’t exist. 

Bacause you can never be too careful, I would take the same course of action over again if the situation ever came up again.  You can’t judge a book by its cover but a mama bear knows when she needs to protect her cubs and that is just what this mama bear was doing.

Au Natural…

crazy hair 004 Today was crazy hair day at school. Poor Noodle has hair as straight as straw and it just doesn’t do much. It does “rat tail” very nicely though. This morning it was fun. Tonight not so much when she will have to wash it. The things a girl has to do.

Lets Get This Over With

blog 010 This is ONE day worth of election mail. ALL of this was in our mailbox today! A few  of them are duplicates as the Hubs and I each needed a copy it seems. Time for change? You betcha. Lets get this over with!