Man this month has felt so long. I’m ready for a new one.

My cousin Rhonda says Grandpa is looking good. Praise God, because I was playing Worst Case Scenario in my head and it was no fun. Since the little one has no passport, the only option would be to drive to Canada. And a road trip just the two of us did not appeal to me at all!

Needless to say, it has given me the kick in the butt to finally apply for his passport. I’ve had the application sitting on my counter for a few months. We’re going to go take the picture today.

Haven’t done much this week. Worried about Grandpa, Elijah had a fever off and on for 2 days (probably tooth related), Miles got another tooth. Yesterday we went to Nature Center, and Elijah was not interested in paying attention at all. But he still likes gymnastics. Monday will be his last class, so we will have to talk about whether we will sign him up again.

Have I mentioned how excited I am that Twin Peaks is finally being released on DVD (October 30)? We’re talking the whole series, plus pilot, plus extras! The only downside is the price. I gotta save my pennies. But in honor of that, I’ll close with a quote from it.

Sheriff Truman: Jelly donuts?
Dale Cooper: Harry, that goes without saying.

In God’s Hands

Okay, so here’s the situation.

My Grandpa is in the hospital and had surgery today. As I understand it they couldn’t do the surgery they wanted, so they had to go to plan B. He is currently trying to recover, but they don’t have a room for him. There is someone else ahead of him waiting on a room. I picture an episode of House when the girl had to have a lumbar puncture in a hallway because there were no rooms.

This is the quality health care Michael Moore is trying to sell you. 🙂

Sigh. Just keep my Grandpa John, and the family in your prayers.

**Updated at 9pm**
Grandpa has a room in ICU and is recovery. Mom says his color looks okay, he was sleeping so she didn’t speak with him. Keep praying.

The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

Elijah must have Daddy’s holiday spirit, because the last two weeks he’s been asking when we can get a Christmas tree. Those who don’t know, I’m married to a loony who sings Christmas songs year round. God bless him, he’s a good man, I can’t help but love him (looniness and all).

It’s official, Kevin & Alison are moving here! They’ll pack up their life in SoCal and move here in November.

A new store opened up at Southlands, The Cookie Company. So I went to check it out yesterday, buying 4 cookies in an attempt to get an idea of what they offer. The lady even threw in 3 day olds for free. They were all tasty, so I will definitely go back, as well as hype it to the locals. The store originated in Nebraska, this is it’s first location outside of that state.

In tv news, Psych is done until January, Burn Notice isn’t coming back until next summer, and House is back on Tuesday. The BN finale was really good, it’s going to be a long wait. If you didn’t see it this season, you should try and catch the show. I think Mike would like it, it co-stars an actor he likes, Bruce Campbell. But mostly people watch it for Jeffrey Donovon who is awesome (and easy on the eyes)

I’ll close with a quote from Burn Notice.

Sam: Here ya go, Doug: my lucky vest.
Michael: It’ll look great over my shirt.
Doug: Thanks.
Sam: It’s a little worn, but it’ll do the trick.
Doug: Are these bullet holes?
Sam: Yeah, I broke it in for ya

Man Survey (Stolen From Amy)

1. Who is your man?

2. How long have you been together?
12 years

3. Dating/Engaged/Married?
Married 10 years

4. How old is your man?
Big 3-0

5. What’s his middle name?

♥You or your man♥

1. Who eats more?
He does. I eat smaller meals.

2. Who said “I love you” first?
Eep, I don’t remember. Maybe me.

3. Who weighs more?
He does, by about 30 lbs.

4. Who sings better?
Me, but he ain’t too shabby.

5. Who’s older?
Me, by 3 months (to the day)

6. Who’s smarter?
which one has a PhD? You tell me. 🙂

7. Who’s temper is worse?
ha ha, I pick him.

8. Who does the laundry?
ha ha ha, lucky me.

9. Who does the dishes?
Usually me.

10. Who sleeps on the right side of the bed?
How do you decide which is the right side? If you are looking at the bed, it’s me.

11. Who’s feet are bigger?

12. Who’s hair is longer?
Me, by a long shot.

13. Who’s better with the computer?

14. Who mows the lawn?
Boy’s work, Geoff does it.

15. Who pays the bills?
We pay bills? Geoff does.

16. Who cooks dinner?
We take turns.

17. Who drives when you are together?
We take turns with that too. Depends on where and how far we’re going.

18. Who pays when you go out to dinner?
Geoff, unless he’s holding the kids.

19. Who’s the most stubborn?
Me, I think.

20. Who is the first one to admit when they’re wrong?
Me, I think.

21. Who’s parents do you see more?
Geoff’s, but we only see our parents once or twice a year.

22. Who named your dog?
No dog yet, but Honey Cat already had a name and it suited her.

23. Who kissed who first?
He kissed me first.

24. Who asked who out?
I think I prompted him to ask me.

26. Who’s more sensitive?
He is, I’m a robot.

27. Who’s taller?

28. Who has more friends?

29. Who has more siblings?
We each have one sibling.

30. Who wears the pants in the relationship?
He does, but like Amy says, girls pants are nicer.

Yay, and Ugh

Let’s get the Ugh out of the way. I’m super tired, I have been for days. Haven’t been getting enough good sleep. Miles has been waking up at 4am, and he’s hungry. Add to that a few nights of not getting to bed before 11:30am, and it makes for a run down Mommy. Now I have a sore throat, and it’s either

A) a result of not enough sleep or
B) allergies.

Let’s talk about Yay. Kevin & Ali came out to visit this weekend. I had to keep that secret until they told their folks (a few days before they came). I think they had a great time. Reason for the trip? A possible job transfer for Kevin. So now we’re praying the two of them take the plunge. Kevin was totally in love in Colorado (who wouldn’t be), and Ali even got some possible job leads. Also, they have another friend who lives in Denver. Pretty exciting stuff.

Geoff needs lodging for his California trip next month. For dates or to offer him a spare bed, contact him. Or even if you want to join him for a night out to Vegas.

I’m hoping to add pictures on Shutterfly today or tomorrow. Amy & I are meeting up this week for alone time, no kids! And I have errands I want to do this week.

I’m going to close with a quote from 28 Days.

Betty: Tonight’s lecture: “What’s wrong with celebrating sobriety by getting drunk?”

Dee Dee Dee

That’s the sound of life going along.

Last week, we went out to the Nature Center again. It’s becoming a regular Thursday for us. On Saturday the boys and I walked up to Southlands, and Geoff met us there after his run. I was able to get a new pair of jeans, since I only own two pairs of pants. I’m down to my smallest size ever (as an adult). I can’t explain it. Breastfeeding and exercise. I’m donating all my old clothes to the Denver Rescue Mission. I hope that I won’t ever get that big again. I am holding onto my maternity clothes though. Just in case.

For lunch on Saturday, we attempted paninis. Yumm-o! Some chicken & provolone on french bread. All it needed would have been pesto to be divine.

This morning, Elijah had his first gymnastics class. I’ll try to get some pictures next week. Wasn’t sure how it would play out, and now that I know, I should be able to snap a few next time. He spent a lot of time running around, and we’ll practice some of the things he learned. It’s pretty laid back, only 8 kids in the class.

I’m going to close with a quote from A Bug’s Life. I nearly have it memorized.

Rosie: So that’s how my twelfth husband died. So, now I’m a widow. Well, I’ve always been a black widow, so now I’m a black widow widow.

How Are You?

We’re okay. I was super angry the rest of that drive home, and maybe for 10 minutes after that. Mostly because I felt like there was nothing I could do to this guy’s driving record. Geoff said even if we took him to small claims court, the only witness was a homeless girl, and the judge would say, “why would he be backing up when he’s pulling a trailer?”, and my answer would be “EXACTLY!”

So Steve McQueen has only sustained a bent license plate frame. It all happened so slowly. It was much scarier this winter when I drove Gary into a snowbank during the blizzard season.

Elijah has a cold, so we’re trying to hang out here and keep his germs confined. If he’s better by Thursday, we’ll go to the Nature Center.

Geoff bought his ticket for Erich’s wedding in October. I so wish I was going too, but there is no money for that. I know the family (i.e.- Kroliks) will take good care of him. Now will I survive 5 days as a single mom of two?

I’ll close with a quote from Wild Wild West.

Artemus Gordon: Oh, look. My auxiliary tool kit, I forgot all about it. It must have fallen out of my pocket.
Capt. James West: Your pocket? Why wasn’t it on some spring-loaded contraption that shoots out your ass?
Artemus Gordon: That’s the first place Loveless would have looked.

Dear Idiot

An open letter to the idiot from Ohio who doesn’t know how to drive.

Dear Sir,
Thanks for visiting Colorado. Did you have a nice visit? I can see you drove a distance to get here, going so far as to pull your trailer too. Did you know that you need special mirrors to see past your vehicle as well as your trailer? Did you know that you are to NEVER back up when you are pulling a trailer? Were you aware you were so caught up in your conversation/your radio/whatever that you didn’t hear me blaring my horn at you?

Thank you so much for backing your trailer into my car. Thank you for startling myself and my children with your careless driving. But most of all, thank you for not even bothering to see what damage you did to my car. You just continued your trip on your merry way.

Incidentally, you have dented my front license plate, and I have recorded your license plate number. Not really sure what I’m going to do with it, perhaps send a letter to your state police letting them know you are out there driving, giving the people of Ohio a good reputation.

You suck.

Angrily Yours,
Melissa Armstrong


So I’ve been slacking on blogging because the home laptop died. So it cut my time on the computer by half. a good thing? maybe, but I feel like I’m missing things I was able to do before.

Anyways, here’s what my week looked like. Monday was supposed to go to the dr, and having it get cancelled 45 minutes beforehand through off my whole schedule for the boys. Elijah didn’t nap as planned, it took me 2 hours to convince him he had to. Kinds stressful. Wednesday we had Miles’ dr appt and my rescheduled appt. Elijah spent Miles’ appt at Marian’s and had a blast. Thursday we went to Monkey Bizness with Amy & Caley, instead of the Nature Center. Monkey Bizness is like an indoor gym, a big room filled with inflatable obstacle courses and bounce houses.

Playing with Caley

This weekend we have no big plans, Geoff has to work on Monday. Otherwise, I’d love to get down to Colorado Springs or Manitou Springs. I may settle for a trip to Peet’s in honor of Peet’s founder, and Starbucks influencer, Alfred Peet who passed away this week.

I’m gonna close with a quote from Red Dwarf. In honor of Miles, who has given me the gift of a 4am wake up call two days in a row.

The Cat: You’re thinking negative. Think of all the glorious and wonderful possibilities about having children.
Lister: Like?
The Cat: Like when they grow up and leave home.