I watch a soap opera. I haven't missed an episode since July of 2000. It all began the summer that Jeremy and I were married. I was the secretary at an elementary school with one month off in the summer. Jeremy was going to work at an office back then and I was home alone with a newborn kitty (bottle fed her too). We called her our honeymoon baby. Anyhow, I joked with Jeremy that since I was now a housewife with no job for a month I should start watching a soap opera. I picked The Young and the Restless to watch. I was hooked within a week.
I have some OCD tendencies. Once I start something it's hard for me to stop until the task is completed. Well, there is no end to a soap opera. So here I am years later (EIGHT years! woohoo!!) Watching what I refer to as "my show". Admittedly, I'm a week behind. I record the shows on the DVR and watch in the evening when the kids are in bed. I learned long ago that it is a futile task to watch anything with dialogue while the children are awake.
With all that out on the table I feel the need to complain about my show. It's very boring lately. They've gotten rid of all my favorite cast members. For any of you fellow Y&R watchers, do you miss Larry, Ryan, Tricia, old Victoria, Old Colleen, and Nate? Where is poor little Nate. Probably off brushing his teeth somewhere. I am glad that they ditched the original Gloria as quickly as they did. Poor Joan Van Ark. She needs to track down her plastic surgeon and beat him/her senseless. Odds are him, why are the majority of plastic surgeons male? If I have to see one more second of Victor speaking fake French to that Amazon woman Sabrina I'm going to lose it. "Mon petit croissant, blah blah blah". I can't blame him for leaving Nikki though. She's had a bad attitude for over a year now. I'd like her to find out that David Chow is no good and have Larry Warton come back and sweep her off her feet, hahaha. Then maybe she would be somewhat more human.
I woke up this morning and realized that Jeremy and i forgot our 8th year wedding anniversary yesterday. We were so busy doing things with the kids we just forgot. We had even made plans earlier in the week. Oh well, at least we had fun as a family :P
Emily is loving the pool we got. Audrey took a day to warm up to it and now she is enjoying it too. Molly LOVES the pool. I put her in a little floatie boat and she bounces her way around the pool.
I'm tired and can't remember anything else I want to say.
Every time I see fluorescent lighting it reminds me of the time that Jeremy and I spent an evening dropping fluorescent light tubes down our trash chute to our apartment complex. For some reason maintenance had left a box full of used tubes in our balcony laundry closet. Trash had been collected that morning so the trash bins were nice and empty. We lived 3 stories up and the trash bin was at the basement parking level. We had so much fun dropping those bulbs and listening to the crash into the trash bin. I guess Jeremy and I were easily amused back then. Hell, I wouldn't mind busting up a few fluorescent bulbs right now.
Soooo, this is the summer that I have to prove I am a social being. I'm pretty sure my neighbors think that I am quite anti-social. What they don't understand is that when we moved into this house I was 6 months pregnant and crabby. Crabby because I don't do pregnancy well. So, 3 months after moving in I was pregnant any more, but I had a newborn. Newborns make it hard to go to last minute gatherings planned by your neighbors. THEN, surprise!! I found out I was pregnant again. Crabby Pod Woman was back in town.
So now, I'm not pregnant and Molly is hardly a newborn. I'm ready to be social. I'm not very good at throwing parties because I'm never convinced that anyone is having a good time. I am good at conversations around a fire. I grew up on campfires ever Saturday night during the summer (sometimes in the middle of winter too, this is California). I might be using the word "campfire" loosely as our firepit growing up was an old Weber kettle grill. I decided to be a little more classy and purchase an actual fire basin for my fires. Then I went not so classy and decided to track down some free wood instead of paying $250+ for fancy schmancy firewood that I could have delivered.
See, I don't just like to burn wood. I like to BURN wood. I go through lots and lots of wood in one evening. I've been trying to make some money by selling things that I make and also selling things that I don't need anymore. I think people are in the same position as I am lately, trying not to spend on "extras" so it's been hard for me to get enough money to buy the wood. Then I remembered there is a box company down the street that always has a bin off the sidewalk that is full of scrap pieces of wood, free for the taking.
This morning I loaded up the girls and was about the head out the door on my wood gathering adventure when Jeremy got caught up in my excitement and decided to join us. Leaving the house before a shower is big stuff for Jeremy. He had no idea what I was talking about, "Box Company?" "Free Wood?" "How does that work". Such a doubter my husband can be. We found the place and I ran over to the bin used for scraps and there was all the wood I could ever want. THIS was the kind of wood I grew up on too. So nostalgic a feeling it was to see. My dad was always building things in the garage and he always had a nice stack of scrapwood around.
I dug right in (almost fell in the bin in fact) and started collecting wood. After a couple of trips to the back of the van Jeremy asked if we had collected enough. I gave him a dirty look (not really) and told him he could sit in the van but he wasn't going to ruin my wood collecting efforts. After a few more armloads I decided I wouldn't bogart the whole bin on my first trip. I gave each of the girls a chunk of 2X4 as a prize from our adventure and we drove back home. Kids are so easily impressed.
I'll be stopping by our neighbors' homes this weekend to let them know we will be having a campfire every Saturday night and they are free to come by and visit. If any of you are in the area and would enjoy some nice campfire conversation and a few smores feel free to drop by :)