Some days.

Working backwards:

Lili got through the written portion of the Spelling Bee today and advanced to the oral rounds. I knew there was going to be a problem during the first part when the “Pronouncer” horribly mangled a number of perfectly common words, completely undermining the process. They even had to strike two or three words from the written test because his pronunciation was so horrible. It was worse in the orals. She got three out of six right there, but my opinion is that she might’ve gotten at least one more correct if the *#^$#* had any kind of spoken-word skill. RACHEL RAY in her worst days didn’t mangle the English language this bad.

Oh, you bet your sweet ass I’m going to be calling someone about this…

Besides that, though , she did great, we had a wonderful time, and she was cute as a button. I’ll upload a picture as soon as I get around to finding the cable for the camera.

I have many plants starting to sprout now. That makes me happy.

Down for the count, and then some…

I got SOOOOO sick, had to go to the doctor and everything, and then as soon as I was vaguely healthy again, I had to hit the ground running:

I reorganized the house almost completely:

* The DVDs have their own shelf.
* The piano switched places with the school room shelf.
* The stacking cabinets aren’t stacked anymore and sit in front of the window.
* The table is where the stacking cabinets were.
* The clover table is in the alleged dining room.
* The tubs are all in boxes or the shed.
* The blonde coffee table is on the end of the couch.
* The bakers’ rack in the cubby is now sitting in front of the window in the alleged dining room and holding seedling trays and gardening stuff.
* The cubby now hosts all of the coat racks AND coats (and gloves and hats).
* The cubby also holds the box of not-often-used kitchen stuff.
* Several boxes of stuff were taken to Goodwill.

And that’s just for starters.

Other things going on:

* I get to go see the endocrinologist on Tuesday.

* Lili is going to be in the District Spelling Bee on Wednesday.

* We have to paint Nana’s room before her dresser gets here this week.

And much, much more. The Trinary Healing thing is beating me over the head again, and the case studies are crawling out of the woodwork. And, the time is rapidly drawing near when it will be time to start renovating the kitchen. The only thing keeping me from starting right now is the cold (have to be able to open the house up to get the dust and fumes out).

I thought I was supposed to be taking it easy…

Motivation? Where?

I should totally be cleaning house and getting ready for tonight…

(In related news, if I didn’t manage to get ahold of you prior to today and you still wanted to come over to Yule dinner, please call my cell or the house so I know how many I am feeding.)

Daniel is PISSED. I can’t find the little baby clippers for his nails, so I put his mittens on him, and now he can’t toss his binky out of the crib. I’m also making him lay down over THERE to maybe get a little more used to it so that I have a scoche more time to work without a baby on my chest, and he is quiet the opposite of pleased with it.

Boy, howdy.

And I’m a big meany-head for letting him cry a little bit. Eventually, he’s got to learn how to comfort himself at least a little. It’s absolutely heart-breaking.

Nana is working on stockings, I’m gearing up to pre-prep the dinner items, and hopefully we actually get the vacuum back today. I realized yesterday that I have almost no desire at all to clean the living room if I can’t go all the way and make the floor nice and pretty, too – and after paying something like $600 for an awesome vacuum cleaner, my carpets should never look less than spectacular.

I am SO not getting all my holiday knitting done on time, so for those of you on the list, please be aware that it’s all going to be Belated. Hell, at this point, I think I might get Nana’s special knitted thing done in time for her birthday… (and that’s more to do with the ambitiousness of the project than time constraints, actually).

Lili got into the Spelling Bee! That’s going to be interesting since she’s not going to be in school at that time… The kids’ last day of school is January 18th. They’re so damned bored waiting around for other kids to get the clue – not to mention going over material they mostly already know – that the most merciful thing to do is pull them out of their misery and hope that the home structure keeps them interested. Gods know it’s got to be better than what they’re subjected to right now.

It’s not horribly awful and bad, but it has the intense potential of getting that way. I’m not willing to sit around and let my kids be another social experiment gone horribly wrong – we’re going to do it the right way the first time. Rar.

Okay, I’m done kvetching. Are you coming over for dinner?