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About Me

Name: Elleoz

From: Fort Mill, South Carolina, United States

I am 32 years old and have been married for 6 years. I had two children under 2 (hence the blog name), but now they are actually 3 and 2. Maybe it is time to change the blog name? Drama Queen is 3 and Wildman is 2 (15 months apart to be exact). I have a Bachelor's Degree on Criminal Justice from Applachian State University (Go Apps!) and have been at my current place of employment for going on 7 years.

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    Wednesday, January 31, 2007
    Student Loans Killing You Too?
    Me too!

    I have approximately $60,000 in students loans to pay off before I die. I know, terrible isn't it. And I'm not even a Dr! I just went to school way too long and borrowed way too much money. I knew that I was going to have to pay them back, but the reality wasn't in my face at the time. And it sure was nice to gegt a refund check of $2000 twice a year. PAR-TAY BABY!

    But now that I have been out of college for several years, paying them off is kicking my ass! One thing that has helped me though is student loan consoldation.

    If you are looking to find an easier and less painful way to pay off your student loan debt, you need to look into Federal Student Loan Consolidations as an option. I did, I am am so glad.

    Now to just win the lottery so that I can pay them off before the year 2036 (and no I am not kidding).

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      posted at 1/31/2007 09:10:00 PM

    Holy shit batman! It sure is cold as hell out there!

    I know that it is winter, but I live in the South people. We aren't supposed to have Winter Weather Warnings!

    weather.com - Local Severe Weather Alerts Details

    They are calling for 1-2 inches of ice! It is so totally going to suck. I know that here are people that live in areas that get snow and ice all the time but we are not used to this and I am freezing me ass off here! I am dreading going to work tomorrow. The people here CAN NOT drive in winter weather. Do you know what they put on the roads for ice and snow?


    All that does is make dirty snow. And the last time that they called for something like this we got close to 18 inches here. Not that snow is bad, but ice just sucks major ass.

    So keep me in your thoughts tomorrow as I try to get to work. Maybe they will all be wrong.

      posted at 1/31/2007 09:03:00 PM

    Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?
    As you may or not know, I mess up alot. I also send a lot of email cards. One of the best sites out there, is www.egreetings.com. They have anything and everything that you could be looking for. And their animated cards are the best out there. All new customers get a free 30 day membership. After that it is only $13.99 for an entire year. This means unlimited ecards to all your friends and family for an entire year.

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      posted at 1/31/2007 08:30:00 PM

    Tuesday, January 30, 2007
    Psycho Bride
    HAve you seen the You Tube video of the bride cutting her hair? How f*ck*d up was that? I got a little crazed on my wedding day too, but get a grip lady! Click here to see it. I would post it here but damn Google blogger whatever won't let me.

      posted at 1/30/2007 04:14:00 PM

    Wanna Go To Disneyland?
    I know that I will take the kids at some point to Disneyland. The question is when? I think that they are too young right now and I want them to remember it. I don't think that I can stand it more than once. I went when I was in the 8th grade and that was enough for me.

    I know that we won't have to worry about where to stay though. AM's brother lives in DeBary FL, which is about 30 minles or so south of Orlando. FL I think. They keep saying that they are going to move here, but I don't see it happening anytime soon. At least I hope they don't move until we have made our little adventure into craziness anyway.

    And I can't believe the number of people that are moving there. We have talked about it, but I can't live anywhere there isn't a least some change in season. Apparently a large number of Brits are buying houses in the area? Who knew? I guess it is warmer there or something.

    Are you British by chance? Please tell me the appeal. Then check out the link so see available Orlando properties. Your wish may come true!

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      posted at 1/30/2007 01:54:00 PM

    Monday, January 29, 2007
    Sincerest Apology
    I have hurt the one that I love the most in the whole world. And I am so truly sorry.

    When I started blogging, I never expected for anyone to read my inner most thoughts. The entire reason I started was to give myself an outlet in which to vent and get it out of my system. I don’t have any friends, so there is no one to talk to when I am upset, sad, and/or pissed. Talking (or in this case blogging) is the way in which I collect my thoughts and try to rationalize and calm myself down. Most of the time I am just raging and it truly means nothing. However, those of you that read what I write don’t know what is fact and what is just incoherent bullshit. This is my own personal made-up world. In my mind, they are just words but words can cut like a knife and leave scars that are difficult if not impossible to heal.

    During the process, I few started reading. I think there is a handful out there that read me on a regular basis. One of my newest readers is my husband; otherwise known here as Alpha Male. While I never openly invited him to read my blog, I never tried to overtly hide it either. He knew I blogged, and once I started doing PayPerPost.com I had to write from home so he saw it.

    And he read every single entry (to include comments). While writing my inner most thoughts and spewing forth my frustrations for the world to see, I never took into account how he would feel if he ever read my words. Words that were about him. And my words ripped his heart in two. Something I never-ever wanted or intended to happen. As much as he drives me crazy, I love him more than I ever thought I could ever love another human being (my children excluded of course). I am by no way perfect, and have many more faults than I would like to admit. More than is probably healthy. But the things that I said about him were unfair.

    He is a good man. No…he is a GREAT man. The best man I have ever known in my entire life. And I totally take him for granted. Since the start he has been the most generous and loving man that I have ever known. He will give a stranger the shirt off his back, and he would lay down his life for those that he loves. I so wish that I could be more like him. For as much as I would like to say that I am the same way, I cannot. I would rather live in my own little world. I am selfish. I am a bitch most of the time. I will admit it, and I am not proud of it. That’s probably why I don’t have any friends.

    Everything that I have today is either directly (or indirectly) because of him. My financial stability, my job, my house, my beautiful children. EVERYTHING. I literally owe him my life. He has been the most supportive person in my life and is always there when I need him. He spoils me rotten and he so totally deserves to be treated the same. And I have failed miserably to this point. He has repeatedly put up with my shit and still given me everything that I have ever wanted. Anything I have ever wanted he has provided, even if he had to do without. But I seem to only see when I don’t get my way.

    For all the negative words that I have spoken about him here, to date there is not one positive word to show how much he truly means to me. Not one, and that is wrong on so many levels. I can only imagine how hurtful that was. He deserves more respect that I have shown him here. I didn’t realize that I was so harsh and I apologize. I regret spilling my thoughts out for strangers to see. I am so very, very sorry. I wish that I could take back all the hurtful words ~ undo the pain.

    This is my feeble attempt to rectify the situation. To say I am so sorry for all that has been said and done. I want the world to know how much I love and cherish you. How much I am truly sorry that I have not been the wife you want and deserve. How wonderful, loving and caring you are. How you are the best father any woman could ever ask for. How I couldn’t live without you.

    I love you more than you could ever know Alpha Male. Even though I have a really shitty way of showing it. I hope that someday you can find room in your heart to forgive me. I am sorry that it has taken me so long to find the words to say I am sorry. Nothing I can say can adequately express how sorry I am that I hurt you. I know this won’t take back all the hurt, but I hope it is at least a start.

      posted at 1/29/2007 12:38:00 PM

    Ice Ice Baby
    Are you a hockey fan? If so, you need to check out the NHL Forum. I absolutely love hockey, even though I know very little about the sport. We don't have a professional team anywhere close to where I am, but we have a decent minor league team (Charlotte Checkers). I have been to a few games and have really enjoyed myself. I definaltely would rather watch hockey than soccer.

    At the NHL Forum you can learn all kinds of things about hockey. Already a pro? Talk the talk with other fanatical hockey fans or declare the ultimate team. Whatever suits yor fancy they have it there.

    I am hoping to catch a Carolina Hurricane's game while I am in Greensboro in March. Should be fun for all. What other sport is it encouraged to knock someone's teach out with a puck? Whoo Hoo!

    Who is your favorite NHL team? Who's going to win the Stanley Cup this year?

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      posted at 1/29/2007 12:29:00 PM

    Thursday, January 25, 2007
    Just For You Erin!
    Ok, so not everyone watches the greatest soaps on the planet. They watch the other shows. General Hospital to be exact. I never understood the attraction, but to each their own right?

    My Nanny used to watch General Hospital ever single day. I don't think she missed a day ever. Wouldn't she have loved to go to www.soaps.com and read all about her stories without having to watch them. But then again she couldn't even work the VCR :) My Pa-paw still watches them to this day.

    But for those of you who do watch the other soaps, you can check out the things you missed without blinking an eye. Catch up on all the adulterous affairs and incestuous rendevous till your little heart is content.

    And Erin, now you have one more site to read. haha!

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      posted at 1/25/2007 10:05:00 PM

    Atlantic City Here We Come
    Alpha Male, FIL, MIL and I are headed to Atlantic City tomorrow evening for the weekend. It is going to be colder than a witches titty Friday and of course I don't have a real winter coat. Hopefully I won't be bored out of my mind.

    I don't have much money so I think that I am going to bring the laptop, Season 6 of Dawson's Creek and The Divinci Code to keep me company. Maybe I can actually finish the book on this trip. I have only been reading it for almost 3 months now. I am a slow reader anyway, and then when I never get a chance to read it takes me forever to finish a book.

    Speaking of reading. I found an awesome website for those of you who love to read, but are on a tight budget. It is called Book Mooch and basically it is a book swap. All you do is list the books that ou want to trade and pay shipping when someone wants it. That's it. You put up a wish list and they contact you when something you want is available. I haven't traded anything yet, but as soon as I get through with the books I have I have a big list ready.

    If I decide to take the laptop I will try and update you on my weekend. If not, have a great one. Stop by my renter one more time before he makes his grand exit won't you?

      posted at 1/25/2007 09:53:00 PM

    Happy Valentine's Day for the geek in you
    I just bought a new lapto. A Toshiba Satellite. I mostly bought it for work (of course they aren;t paying for it though) but it sure is nice to be able to sit and watch TV from the comfort of my own bed. Now to get DSL and I would be set!

    I am planning on using my laptop at least once a week at work to transpose notes at a weekly meeting I have to attend. I am the scribe and it was a waste of time to handwrite all the notes and then go back and type them out.

    So now I am in search for the perfect flashdrive. I can't connect my laptop to the network so this is really the only way to go. I think I found just the right place. At www.Pexagontech.com they have bunches of personalized flash drives. Custom laser printing is free with your order. How cool is that?

    I think I am going to get a 1 GB personalized thumbdrive for that awesome price of $18.99 in hot pink. WHOO WEE! Won't I be a hot mamma! I definately am going to pick something bright so that I don't loose the thing.

    So if this sounds like something you would do, go get ya one. Be the coolest geeky girl around. I'll be right there with you.

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      posted at 1/25/2007 09:34:00 PM

    Wednesday, January 24, 2007
    Are You Young & Restless?
    Ever since I can remember I have watched soap operas. Especially the CBS ones. Those include The Young & the Restless, The Bold & the Beautiful, As The World Turns, and Guiding Light. I used to tape them daily and watch them religiously. I even went to far in college as to plan my classes around the ability to watch my soaps. I am not kidding! I had class everyday from 8 am until 12 pm just so I could be home in time to watch them all.

    Now that I work full time I rarely get to watch them. There is no sense in taping them bacause I don't have time to go back and watch them later. But now I don't have to! I can simply go here and catch up on all my shows. How great it that !

    Now to find somewhere to read them without getting into trouble at work!

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      posted at 1/24/2007 01:56:00 PM

    I'm a Slacker
    Sorry I have been MIA lately. Not a whole lot going on at the moment that is all that exciting. Not to mention that I have been swamped at work right now. As soon as I get these reports done, I promise I will be back spreading my good cheer again.

    Until then...please check out my renter over there in the right hand corner. He is only here for a few more days, and I can't say that I have been all that attentive. Sorry bout that roomie! So go show him some love!

      posted at 1/24/2007 01:39:00 PM

    Sunday, January 21, 2007
    Gimme Your Stuff!

    Gimme Your Stuff

    While randomly browsing other people's blogs, I found this really cool site. It's called Gimme Your Stuff. Basically, it is an international swap.

    What's it all about?

    Welcome to Gimme Your Stuff, the cultural exchange blog where you can swap items of significance to your area with items from others around the world. A conduit for many an international cuisine to change hands. A place where you can trade a newspaper from South Africa, or a CD from Finland. A place where we take no responsibility for anything anyone else does. A place where we are Changing the world with other people’s stuff.

    I thought it would be fun to try it out. I love getting stuff and others cultures so why not! If you are interested in doing the same, check them out and sign up!

      posted at 1/21/2007 10:07:00 AM

    Friday, January 19, 2007
    You Ready For This?
    Wow! What a week this has been! Soooooo very glad it is over.

    I haven't mentioned it before (I don't think-if I did sorry) but Alpha Male and myself signed up for a weightloss program through our work for the next 10 weeks. It is called York County Shrinkdown. Really anyone in York County can participate, but through our work we get extra incentives if we do certain things. Things like go to lectures and exercise. They assign points for each activity and at the end you get you name in a drawing for $100 and other cool prizes if you have enough points. The actual county program also has contest too. Winning stuff and getting healthy is cool dudes! Each Friday you go to the local Y and they weigh you. Simple enough. I think I'll call my Friday weight loss posts.....Freakin'Friday.

    Well, when I weighed in at the beginning last week I was 271 (OUCH!).
    Today when I weighed in...................................................... 267.

    FOUR POUNDS PEOPLE! (and that was WITH Aunt Flo too!)

    And that was just from watching what I have been eating and walking 1 mile two of those days. Just think what I could do if I actually tried. YEA ME!!! But I know that it won't be that easy every week. I.must.work.harder. But I was so excited. I am seriously thinking about joining the Y (no member fee this month and no contract). However, my work has a workout room that I can use for free so I am considering just using that to save money.

    Tonight AM and I did a Walk Away The Pounds. We walked 2 miles in 30 minutes. Man, I am tired now. haha In a little while I think I might shower and watch Step Up. I am all for the mindless teenage drivel.


    Last night Drama Queen wanted Maw-maw and Pop-pop to come over so we let her call them while we were eating. She did the funniest thing. For some reason, she thinks that people can see her through the cell phone. So she proceeds to hold her meat from the hamburger helper (I know- so healthy) up to the screen of the phone and says" See Maw-maw I am eating my burger!". AM and I thought we would die we were laughing so hard. And she was dead serious too.

    Tonight we through DQ's diddy's (aka pacifiers) away. I know she is 3, but she was still taking them at night. She hasn't had one at day care in over a year, but I just couldn't deal with the whining. AM and I had all that we could take. Over the last several days she has been whining and crying for it incessantly all day and night long. So, it was time for them to go. We bagged them up and made her throw them all (5 - gasp!) in the trash. She cried for a little while when we first put her to bed, but so far so good. Of course I jsut jinxed myself by typing this though. I have a feeling its going to be a long weekend :(


    I called Bart's new owner this afternoon. I just had to know how things were going. She absolutely loves him. He now sleeps in the bed with her and has free reign of the house during the day while she is gone. She says he doesn't mess in the house while she is gone, but he won't go potty for her outside. I am sure that it is just a phase and he will be fine. But she said other than that he is such a sweetheart. I am glad to know that I found someone that could love him and take great care of him. Now if I can just talk AM into letting me get a cat :grin:.


    Alright, I typed a novel. I need to take a shower. I may have a glass of wine before bed. Make myself so relaxed that I pass out :) Sounds like heaven.

    G'night everyone!

      posted at 1/19/2007 09:13:00 PM

    Meet My New Renter!
    After a record 7 offers (yes, I know I get excited easily) I finally decided on Taking A Sanity Break. He is a hoot and a vet to boot! Hey, it's Friday people. If nothing else, I think this place could use a little testosterone and a male's point of view.

    So get to click'n chicken! Tell him I sent ya! Who knows, maybe you'll see a guest post :)

      posted at 1/19/2007 10:53:00 AM

    Wednesday, January 17, 2007
    Goodbye sweetheart
    It is with a heavy heart and many tears that I report that I found a new home for Bart. In the short time that I had him I grew very attached to him so it was very hard to see him go. But I think that he will have a wonderful life with the lady that took him. She is older and all her kids are grown so it will be just the two of them. That is really best for him since I couldn't give him the attention he so deserved and craved. He just wasn't the right dog for us, but I can rest easy knowing that Ms. Elyse will love him like he was her baby.

    I hope you are happy little buddy in your new home. You were such a sweetheart and I'm really sorry it didn't work out. I will check up on you. Be a good boy.

      posted at 1/17/2007 08:45:00 PM

    Tuesday, January 16, 2007
    New Year? New Phone?
    At the beginning of each year, I find myself itching for the latest and greatest of whatever is hot right now. the newest trend seems to be cell phones. Heck, they aren't your Mama's cell phones anymore. They do it all these days. There are so many cool, new cell phones out there and I would love to have one of them. I remember the days before cell phones (wow I'l old!) and then the bag phones and those huge grey blocks that were the greatest thing ever at the time. Boy when they came out with a flip phone version I was so excited.

    Todays phones have GPS, MP3 players and more! It's crazy! And at www.wirefly.com you can get them all at incredible prices. Stop in and compare phones and plans. I know that I would so get the Chocolate if I had verizon. But unfortunately, I have a city phone and it is with Cingular so I am stuck for now.

    But that doesn't mean that you can't live it up and get you a cool new phone for the new year. Bring 2007 in with a bang!

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      posted at 1/16/2007 09:34:00 PM

    I have been thinking about the Bart situation all day. I really don't want to give up on him yet. AlphaMale and I talked about it a lot today and there is a glimmer of hope that maybe things will be ok. We are definately going to weigh our options. We both agree that his main issue is socialization with other people, especially AM and the kids. We both want a family dog, so if we can find a way to fix whatever is going on in that brain of his that he won't listen to AM then I think he might be a good dog for us.

    I made a call and Michael at www.betterdog.com is going to come over and evaluate us and Bart. He is a professional dog trainer in the area with excellent recommendations. I don't know if I am going to use his training services, as he is expensive ($75 per session) but I definately value his opinion. It will be nice to have another person work one-on-one with Bart and let us know what his problems are and give us some solutions. It will be interesting to see what he says.

    I'll let you know what he says. Hopefully he can guide us in the right direction.

      posted at 1/16/2007 09:27:00 PM

    Feel the Burn Baby!
    How many of you resolved to lose weight in the New Year? I know I did. Alpha Male and myself have signed up to participate in a local weight loss challenge with our work. It is a great idea, but I had forgotten how hard dieting and losing weight is. No matter what I do it seems like I am hungry all the time.

    I am considering using a natural solution for fat-burning supplement called dynathin. You can read all about it at their site http://www.dynathin.com . It sounds like a great product. They claim that there are no harsh side effects and it burns fat by boosting your metabolism. Whoo hoo! Jump start me baby! I think my metabolism is going backward at this point. I am willing to try anything to get this weight off again (within reason of course!).

    Have you tried it? Ever heard of thier product? What do you think?

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      posted at 1/16/2007 09:16:00 PM

    I'm So Torn
    As you know I recently got a puppy. I am ashamed to say this but I think I might have made a mistake. I really don't think that he is a good match for my family. He is a perfect match for me, but that is the problem really. He wants nothing to do with anyone else but me. When we decided to get a dog, it was with the understanding that it would be a family dog. But Bart won't let AlphaMale do anything with him. Bart will let him pet him, and will sometimes play with him but that's where it ends. He refuses to walk on a leash for him (he goes well for me) so AM can't take him out for walks. This weekend we took the kids and Bart to the park for a walk. He is afraid of everyone (people and dogs alike). We also let him out at the end of Drama Queen's birthday party and he didn't warm up to anyone over the course of an hour. I just don't know what to do.

    I feel so guilty. I love the little guy I do. He loves me like no other dog I have ever had. Almost to the point of exhaustion. If I am not in his sight at all times he acts miserable. And the kids aren't really into him. They aren't really scared of him anymore, but they don't interact with him (as he doesn't interact with them either). I feel bad about him being in a crate all day while I am at work. And when I am home, it is so diffucult to juggle providing care and attention to both the puppy and the kids. We bought a kennel for outside, but he hates it out there too. He will whine and cry off and on the entire time he is out there.

    And I can't help but worry that it will always be like this. Our plans were to basically take the dog anywhere and everywhere that we go. That wouldn't be an issue if I could leave his sight, but I just can't imagine taking him to NY this summer and having to deal with him and the kids camping for a week. I think my main problem is his inability to bond with anyone else in the family. If I was single, he would be perfect. However, I am not and that won't ever change.

    The thought of giving him away brings me to tears. On one hand I really want to keep him. He is almost housebroken (he will not mess in his crate, and will go to the door when he wants out provided you take him out immediately). Alot of the issues can be corrected with training, and I know that. But his personality won't change. The breeder instilled this insecurity in him. When combined with the tendencies of the breed, I just don't know if I am the right person for this puppy.

    I also know that I didn't remember how much work and money went into having a puppy either. I like my independence, and having this puppy is like having another child. And due to his anxiety, I can't leave him with a family member if we went somewhere that we couldn
    t take him. Which means that I would have to board him. And I don't really have the money to do that on a regular basis either. I'm not sure that I was ready for that. That is selfish I know. I think that is why I feel so bad. He is a good dog and he deserves a happy and loving home.

    I know the longer I keep him the harder it is going to be on both of us. And you know that just as soon as I get so frustrated with him that I can't stand it, he is a good boy and does something cute. So what should I do? What would you do in this situation? Ever had anything like this happen to you before?

      posted at 1/16/2007 10:52:00 AM

    Saturday, January 13, 2007
    Silly Dog
    As you know, I recently got a puppy. He is so sweet, but the goofiest thing on the planet. His favorite thing to do now is to sit and chew on his dog tags all day. And he will run around in circles chasing his tail till he gets dizzy and can't walk anymore. Maybe I should tape it and send it to America' funny animal videos or something?

    He is a different dog now that I got him neutered. He no longer cries all the time when I am not with him and he doesn't have to be with me all the time in the house. It is great! Hope it stays this way!

    Do you have pets? What do they do that is so funny? Got any funny cat videos or funny dog videos that you would like to share? If you would like to see some that others have submitted, check out the links above. Animals do the darnest things don't they?

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      posted at 1/13/2007 09:46:00 PM

    Friday, January 12, 2007
    You're 3!? It Can't Be!
    Happy Birthday Punky!

    I just can't believe that she is 3 years old today. It seems like just yesterday that I was sitting at the movie theatre with my Jumbo Sprite. Little did I know that 18 hours later you would come into the world. The most perfect little thing that I have ever seen. The best thing that I have ever done in my whole life. All 6 pounds thirteen ounces of you.

    You still are my little princess and you always will be. Just last night you stated that you had to go potty, but insisted that I stay out of the bathroom so you could do it yourself. My heart burst into a million pieces. For the little baby that is no longer "my baby" and for the big girl you have become. You never cease to amaze me with your inqusitive nature and crazy sense of humor. Only you could make bodily functions cute.

    I hope you have the best birthday a little girl could ever have. Full of love, toys, and cake! Can't forget that cake, you have been asking for it for almost a week now.

    I love you more each and every day!


      posted at 1/12/2007 03:41:00 PM

    Wednesday, January 10, 2007
    Hey You! Over There!
    As many of you probably know by now (and if you don't, prepare to be educated) this week is National Delurking Week. According to my site meter there are plenty of you that pop in and never say hello. I know that I am not jump-up-and-down-exciting but oh how I enjoy knowing that you are out there.

    So stop in, sit for awhile and say hello! I promise if you do I will do the same (and I don't bite, I swear!)

      posted at 1/10/2007 01:09:00 PM

    What the HELL did I do?
    Don't get me wrong. I LOVE my puppy, but he is driving me crazy!

    I knew that house-breaking wouldn't be an over-night thing and I was/am ready for it. What I didn't consider was the severe separation anxiety that he has. He is terried of me leaving his sight for even a minute and it is about to get on my last nerve.

    He is crated during the day since he isn't housebroken yet. I hate leaving him in there so long, but I don't really have a choice. I am sure that he cries and whines most of the day since I know that he does it when I put him on the porch, confine him to the kitchen, or in the crate for even a few minutes. But what am I to do? I can't leave him loose in the house or he will never be house-broken. He doesn't mess in the crate, so I don't think that it will take a considerable amount for him to get the point. After I know I can trust him I will let him loose in the kitchen while we are gone. But until then....

    The thing that is driving me absolutely freakin mad is that he cries and whines all night long. I am telling you, this dog has become so attached to me that he can't stand to not be by my side all the time. I love that he loves me and he is such a sweetie pie but enough already. For 3 nights I was up every hour telling him "no" and "hush". Anything and everything that I can think of short of throwing him outside. Last night I broke down and moved the crate into our bedroom at 1 am. I didn't really want to do that, but it was either do that or go absolutely loopy!

    He did better and only whined a little bit and then slept until 5 am when AlphaMale woke to for work. I have been getting up at 5:30 to take him out (but of course most times he won't want to go until about 15 minutes later after I am freezing my ass off!). So I guess that is what we will be doing from now on. And no, I will not be letting him sleep with me in the bed. 1) AM won't allow it and 2) from everything I have read that doesn't really help the situation. I don't really mind that he sleeps in there except that his crate is big as hell, but I guess it is a small price to pay for sleep right?

    But now AM is mad at me. See at 1 am I was sick and tired of being woke up and having to fuss at the dog. I tried to ignore him, but when he gets so loud that he is literally shaking the house something has to be done. Earlier I cleared a spot so that I could move him in there if I needed to and I thought that AM understood where I was putting him. Evidently, in his sleep induced stupor he didn't remember and I got really snippy with him (I'm really sorry about that by the way). Lack of sleep makes me a very NOT nice person. I was told that I had until Friday to find him a home. We had an "understanding" that this dog was not going to make me a raving bitch or I couldn't keep him. I didn't mean to snap. It's amazing what a few hours of sleep can do to a persons attitude.

    So hopefully I can keep Bart, find a way to make AM happy, and stop the crazy dog from freaking out on me all the time. And tomorrow he gets the snippy snip so he should be in a realy good mood. Maybe I will ask for some doggy prozac or valium while I am there :)

    Ever had a dog like this? What did you do?

      posted at 1/10/2007 12:43:00 PM

    Sunday, January 07, 2007
    Meet Bart!
    I want to introduce the newest edition to our family.

    Bartholomew Zachary aka Bart

    He is a 5 month old CKC registered Bichon/Schnauzer puppy.

    He seems to be adjusting to life with us. He follows us around everywhere, but is very hesitant to come to us. He is still very timid and afraid of people on general. He came from a breeder who is solely in it for profit so he wasn't socialized at all.

    But he is really sweet and absolutely loves the kids. Now is we can just get the kids to love him. They are still afraid of him, especially when he tries to play with them. He especially loves WildMan.

    Uh oh...gotta go. He just peed on the carpet! UGH!
    Isn't he a cutie pie!

      posted at 1/07/2007 10:55:00 AM

    Friday, January 05, 2007
    Look at me! Look at Me!
    I am soooooooooo excited! Remember when I told you my little home away from home was getting a makeover? Well here it is! Do you likey?

    Many MANY thanks to Susie at bluebird blogs! She is great and reasonable too! I know I about drove her crazy with all my nit-picking but I think it came out great!

    If you too are looking for a facelift-check her out! And tell her I sent ya!

      posted at 1/05/2007 10:49:00 AM

    Thursday, January 04, 2007
    Vegas Baby!
    I don't know about you, but I absolutely LOVE Las Vegas! I'm not sure what it is exactly (other then the casnos!) but it an amazing city. The lights, the cheap food, the great shows, celebrities galore and the debauchery of it all! If you have never been there I totally recommend you go. It is one of those places that everyone in the US should make a point to go to at least once in their lifetime. There are even plenty of things to do with the kiddos.

    If I was a millionaire I would definately move there. I can tell ya I don't see how anyone could be bored in the city. Many people move to Vegas chasing the American dream. If you are looking to rent a home to just get started this or this is an awesome place to start your search.

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      posted at 1/04/2007 08:21:00 PM

    My New Obsession
    I am totally an obsessive/compulsive person. Almost everything I do has a rhyme or reason behind it and I have daily routines that if messed up in anyway drive me crazy. This mentality carries over into almost everything that I do. It is an inherited sickness, my father has it (but 100X worse than me).

    Once I get it in my head that I want something I obsess about it, research it, and think about it non stop until I get it.

    The newest thing is the acqusition of a new dog. Alpha male has dog allergies as most of you who have been reading awhile remember. I had to give my dog away in August due to his allergies. We both have commented on how much we miss having a pet. Up until the recent berak-in scare, we were going to get a cat. But now we feel that we would feel safer if we got a dog.

    The only problem is finding one the won't totally distroy my husband's allergies. the majority of the dogs on his "can have" list are froo-froo dogs such as poodles, Schnauzers, etc. I have always wanted a little "froo-froo" dog, but we have always bought mutts.

    Well I stumbled across the "hybrid" dogs and I think I found the one I want. I am totally in love with the Schnoodles and the Bichpoos. I found a breeder about an hour from here that has them for really reasonable. $250 for the Schnoodle and $100 for a Bichpoo (he's a little older). Since they are a hybrid they are considered healthier and have the qualities of both dogs, which I really like. And since they are both on AM's list of hypoallergenic dogs, I think he shouldn't have too many problems with his allergies. So hopefully I can convince him to go and look at him this weekend.

    I am not totally looking forward to house breaking a puppy, but I so miss having a puppy that I can sit and cuddle with. And I have always wanted to be one of those annoying people that take their dogs everywhere with them. I have never had a dog that I could do that. All of mine were either too big or got car sick to easily.

    So keep your fingers crossed for me! Which one do you like better? Do you have any pets?

      posted at 1/04/2007 08:04:00 PM

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      posted at 1/04/2007 10:15:00 AM

    Tuesday, January 02, 2007
    Mr. Telephone Man
    With the holidays over, it is time for us to get back into our routines. Unfortunately, the holidays were crazy for us and I was unable to make all those long distance telephone calls that I usually make to wish my family and friends a Happy Holiday.

    Now that things have slowed down for me, it is time for me to let my fingers do the walking. I think that instead of using my cell phone and killing myself with over my minute fees, I am going to use Pingo this year. Pingo is a unique prepaid calling card service that allows you to call virtully anywhere in the world not pennies. I have a friend who lives in the United Kingdom, and with Pingo the calling card rates are less than $0.02 a minute. Got a friend in Zambia? It's only $0.09 a minute!

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      posted at 1/02/2007 04:10:00 PM

    Today is Monday...or is it Tuesday?
    Today was my first day back at work in over a week. I must say that I did get some work accomplished, but not a whole lot. I am just not motivated today. My head hurts and my neck is stiff. Not to mention it is nap time. Or at least it has been nap time for the last week and my body is screaming for a little shut-eye on the comfy bed.

    But alas, I am here. At least for a a few more minutes. I have to leave a few minutes early so that I can pick up some pull-ups for the dear, sweet, I refuse-to-pee-on-the-potty girl. What's another $15 out the window right? It is only money.

    Is it bad that I can't wait until 8 pm so that I can go to bed. Geez I am an old fuddy-duddy now. Turn 32 and life turns to pot.

    Anyway. Have a great evening everyone. How was your first day back?

      posted at 1/02/2007 03:57:00 PM

    I Got A Little Change in My Pocket
    How many of you received money for Christmas and it is just burning a hole in your pocket, just waiting to be spent? I know I do. I think I can honestly say that I am a shop-oholic. I love to buy things and of course I rarely have the money to get what I want. Those really fun things like stuff from Best Buy or Target.

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      posted at 1/02/2007 03:47:00 PM

    Monday, January 01, 2007
    I Always Feel Like Somebody's Watching Me
    Well, apparently someone would really like to get into our house. While we were away at Cherokee last week, someone tried to break into outr house. They didn't get in, thank goodness, but it still has me concerned.

    When we got home I noticed that there was an eaten apple core by the reindeer outside the house. Strange, but it shouldn't be there. We don't live in a neighborhood so there is no reason for anyone to be throwing apples in the yard. We live a good 100 feet from the road. But I didn't think too much about it at the time. When I went to the store a little later I noticed that there was a large dent in the door knob.

    When I got hoem I mentioned it to Alpha Male. Upon further inspection, it was obvious that someone tried to pry both the front and back doors open. Of course we have double key entry deadbolts so that was a no go, but it still scared the heck out of me. We have windows right on the deck, so if they really want in there is no way to stop them.

    So now I am paranoid. We have the house locked up like fort Knox at night and are sleeping with the bedroom door open so we can hear better. We are considering a seciruty system and are also looking into getting a dog too. Ever since I had to give Shorty away I have been uneasy about not having a dog around. Even if we end of getting a little froo-froo ankle biter. At least we would know if there is someone outside.

    I can't stand not feeling safe in my own home.

      posted at 1/01/2007 10:06:00 PM

    For The Seamstresses In You
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      posted at 1/01/2007 09:44:00 PM

    Happy New Year!
    I hope that everyone had a great and safe New Year. I still can't believe that it is 2007 already. Craziness!

    What did I do? Alpha Male and I watch World Trade Center, watched the ball drop, and went to bed. Aren't we just party animals! WHOOOO!

    But it beats what we did last year. Last year I think that we were in bed by 9:30, bums that we are. This afternoon we just hung out and researched puppies and played with the kids. It looks like we are going to get another dog, even though AM is allergic. Now to find one that is mostly hypo-allergenic so he can breath. Any suggestions?

    Other than that it is boring around here. We have to go back to work tomorrow after being off over a week. I am totally not going to be motivated. And I need to catch up on everyone's blogs. I only have them bookmarked at work so I can't visit them when I am home. Guess I need to do something about that huh?

      posted at 1/01/2007 09:38:00 PM


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