Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Not getting much done!

Update in bullet points- cuz my brain is fried from lack of sleep and I can't form my thoughts into paragraphs...

  • Nikki and 2 of my 3 grandkids from her arrived on Saturday. 
  • Marie has been as unpleasant to her as she can possibly be.
  • I'm sad my girls do not understand what being sisters means.
  • It is slightly funny watching them try to "out- mother" the other one though.  Nikki AKA the voice of experience keeps telling Marie AKA the newby what to do and not do and Marie is then even more bound and determined to do exactly the opposite of what has been suggested.
  • They both text me to complain about the other one in a way that screams "pick my side mom cuz YOU and I are perfect but my sister is a doodie head"
  • I am playing Switzerland.  I chose no side.  I just sit back and watch the show and pray that someday they appreciate each other.
  • My apartment is a WRECK. 
  • My 3YO Granddaughter is a bit of a terror.  I hate to say that but it's true.  It's a good thing she belongs to me and therefore I love her (I have to, right?  Kidding! I kid!of COURSE Grandma loves her!) otherwise I probably wouldn't choose her.  She's the most destructive little person I've ever met.  You can't give her anything or she breaks it or destroys.  Give her a drink- she'll dump it.  Give her a toy, she'll break it.  Give her a balloon, she'll pop it.  Tell her no and she does it anyway. Tell her to be quiet and she yells.  Tell her to walk she runs. Lord help us all. I hope she out grows this.
  • Baby J is sick.  He's just been to the doctor and has a script for antibiotics.  Please Lord let them work fast.
  • I didn't sleep a wink- literally- not one wink last night.  Marie had to work and that means the baby is mine and boy is he sick.  Fever, snot, gagging up mucus, diarreah...my poor grandbaby is a mess.
  • I was either rocking, walking or soothing him all night long.  K held on as long as he could telling me "go to sleep I'll watch him" but it was all words as he was half snoring as he said it LOL.
  • I've got pics to share - Baby J in his spidy pajamas -from last weekend before he came down with this bug...
  • And the other 3, JT who is 3, HK who is 6 and of course baby CJ who is 11 days old today!



  • I can't think of anything else LOL.  Bye for now!

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

My newest Grandson


6 lbs, 1oz.  19 inches long.  Born on 9-1-12 we are very happy to say he is healthy and my daughter is doing well now.  She had him on "moving day" so they will come this weekend instead.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Time is ticking down!

I will have an overly full apartment very soon.  I'm filled with a mixture of anticipation and dread.  Probably 70/30.

OK.  Updates:

  The dishwasher job doesn't start yet... K got offered a job at a call center but the job K got was a scam.  He worked there a day and said it seemed very shady and over half of the people he spoke to on the phone said it was a scam flat out and hung up so he didn't go back.  He said something about this was for Internet ads.  The ones you click on and the folks they were calling were ones who had put in their phone numbers and then decided to back out or click the X out.  The ads saved the information and K's "job" was to call and offer them the product they clicked on for wayyyy cheaper than the Internet ad was selling it for.

He's now working asking people questions for taking surveys- the kind folks sign up for to get paid for taking surveys so it's not cold calling or anything.  He calls them and asks them a few questions to see if they will be offered the survey and if they answer the questions "right" they get to take the survey.  He said it sucks but it's a job.   The call center is as big as our bedroom and there are 8 cubicles in the middle of the room that's where he sits LOL.  This job is through a temp service so it's not permanent and it's part time.  It's also a lot closer being in Richardson TX as opposed to the scam job which was in Mesquite.  We live in Dallas right on the Carrollton/Addison TX boarder.

The job sucks for me because I have to let him drive to work and so I have to take the bus home and ride with all of the creepy bus people.   Thankfully it's only a short ride but I feel like such a loser standing by a bus stop LOL.

Jacob is doing well now that Grandma has given up getting him to sleep alone.  I couldn't take it anymore and so against my better judgement he is in bed with me on the  nights his Momma works.  I HATE that she started co-sleeping with him from birth as it makes it 10x harder on a caregiver (in this case Grandma) to deal with the child.  I roll blankets up and form a border around him so he can't be rolled over on and he can't roll out of it either but it leaves Grandpa and I hanging on the edges of our side of the bed trying to sleep. 

Nikki has done the same annoying back and forth discussing of her move her that Marie did and that she did before she came the last time.  First she has a ride, then she doesn't, then she does, then she doesn't then she maybe does again.  Rinse, lather, repeat.  K will go get her if he has to but we aren't trying to be all that easy since she needs to learn to sleep in the beds she makes.  She's due to have the baby soon.

And well that's all of my news.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Grandma here is TiReD.

I am no longer the only employed person in the house!  Marie started working on Saturday- night shift as a CNA 10pm till 6am.  I am glad she's working.  Not really enjoying the whole "baby doeesn't sleep thru the night" thing though.  I'm exhausted.  Last night was night one.  Saturday they had her work 2-10.  I'm paranoid over every single sound- trying to keep this child alive and un-smoothered you know.  He tends to like to cover his face with blankets.

Marie co-sleeps with him which drives me insane.  But I can't convince her it's not safe because she's already decided it is.  I, however, refuse to co-sleep with a squirmy baby so I made him a bed.  Ok.  It is a box.  Yes.  A box.  But it's big and roomy and I put padding on the bottom so it's comfy.  K and Marie said it looks like a dog bed.  I don't care.  It is safe and warm and he slept pretty well in there even if I didn't sleep well.  He squeaks a lot and makes other baby noises I'm not used to so just about every 15 minutes or so I found myself rushing from my bed to his box...er um, I mean...to his bed to save him from choking, suffocating and crib deathing only to find him sound asleep and in no danger.  Between him actually waking for a bottle and diaper and me hearing things I haven't actually slept much at all. 

K got a job too.  It's not much, it doesn't pay shit.  But it's a j.o.b. and that's what he needs right now.  If he can physically do it...it's a dishwasher position.  Part of the problem he has is that it has been so long since he's worked that even that is holding people back from hiring him.  Nevermind he had to recover from a major illness and all.  All they see is no employment from basically 2010 till now save for 2 months as a truck driver.

Nikki has discovered that her best friend in the whole wide world is throwing her out on the 1st- some friend huh?  The friend, friends sister and Nikki were supposed to share this 3 bedroom apartment with their various kids.  Best friend also moved her baby's father and his friend into the mix. Neighbor complained and somehow Nikki got voted off the island.  So.  Guess where she plans to come???  No. Don't guess.  I'll tell you - Here.  Yes.  To my 588 square foot apartment.  I looked up the square footage the other day.  It's less than I thought LOL.  Oh boy are we gonna be living like hillbillies or what? November 22 is the day my lease is up.  That's moving day.  God willing.

588 sqare feet.  Containing me, K, Marie, Jacob, Nikki, Jamie & a newborn who the hell knows what she's going to name him.  Depends on who the daddy is!!!  Oh yeah I said that too. We've got front row seats to a regular Maury Povich episode in the making.

Well I'm gonna get off this thing and go get on something else. 
TTFN :-)

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Work Sweet Work

Today is going to be a good day.  I have high hopes for it.  K is headed to the doc this morning for another blood pressure check, Marie and Jacob are going with so they can sign up for the medical program that Parkland offers so he can get his 4 month check up and stuff.  It's not the best medical care, IMO, but it's adequate and free for her since she isn't working yet.

Jacob is fussy, we think his ear is hurting him.  The last doc visit he had they said he was teething already and told us to watch for his ears since they can get infected from teething.  I've never heard that but what do I know?  I had babies 20+ years ago LOL.  I feel ancient when it comes to baby knowledge.  We have some homopathic ear drops we've used plus a little tylenol that seems to help him feel better but it will be nice if she can get him checked out today.  If not we will probably go to the ER just to make sure he's OK if he's not more like his happy self today.

It's been pretty nice so far having them with us.  I think K is getting on her nerves a bit but I also know she's PMSing and what man doesn't get on a woman's nerves when that happens LOL.  But she's not saying anything she knows what she signed up for.  We won't have a 2 bedroom apartment until November and until then we all must share the same space and that means going to bed early and getting up early as I do because I have to be able to work.  We are all in bed by 9-ish, willingly, as I am up making breakfast at 7:45 am.  Anyway it's been nice, she picks up the apartment and has been a real sweetheart having dinner ready about the time I come home.  I don't ask her to do that, she just does it and that is what is extra nice about it.

Work was slow on Sunday.  I threw my back out last Friday while filing and it was still kinked up on Sunday so I only managed 1/2 of a shift.  It's better now but I'm feeling the financial pinch from my lost hours already.  We do have a bit of a break coming soon, Marie applied for food stamps and was granted them so they are going to give her $398 a month until December (or till she finds a job) and that will definately help all of us out.  As of now I'm still the only one working.  They are both hard on the job hunt though.  I think she screwed herself by coming early and not finishing out her last couple of days at her previous job.  They put her down as terminated because of it.  Add to that her arm and neck tattoos and she isn't exactly the 1st person most companies out here will look to hire.  Her tattoos aren't offensive but they are BAM in your face on her arms and neck and I told her they'd cause her problems and not to do it but I'm not glad to be right about that.  Now she's seeing the hard way that I was right, this isn't podunk town where the job candidates are few, this is Dallas, where there are thousands of people looking for work.  I think she needs to cover them, I read that Sally Hansen spray on legs has been successful in covering some tattoos and so I think I'm going to buy her a can and see if she wants to give that a shot.

Well, I just got into work so I'd better get to it.  Talk to you soon!