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An Englishwoman in Michigan


Saturday, February 08, 2003

Mum, you'll be glad to hear that I just cleaned out our Tupperware cupboard. Now you can easily find matching lids and bowls. Wuhoo. I've also had a day of cleaning, so everything has been put away nice and tidy. Perhaps your visit changed my old habits of not picking up after myself. The only thing I'm not looking forward to is ironing Eric's shirts. Yuk. Well, now. Ben just jumped on my lap and wants to play games. He already spent a couple of hours today on Eric's lap looking at dinosaurs, so I'm going to have to gently tear him away from the computer in a minute.

Friday, February 07, 2003

Slow day at work today and then another slow drive home in the rush hour due to the snow storm that took us all by surprise. Within minutes everything was covered and I just about slid into the McDonald's parking lot. Every time I go through a fast food drive thru I swear to myself that I'll never do it again because my order always gets messed up. Today for example I asked for the 2 cheeseburger meal and apparently they thought I had said #2, the cheeseburger meal, so instead of two cheeseburgers I only got one. Then I always have a hard time understanding the person taking my order. Today I had to ask her 3 times to repeat what she had said and I finally realized that she wanted to know if I was ordering the Cheeseburger Happy Meal for a boy or a girl so that she could give me the appropriate toy. When Eric came home I complained to him and he said "that is exactly why I don't use the drive thru". So I'm glad to know that it's not just me. Watched the Michael Jackson special last night and now I wish I hadn't. He's such a weirdo and what the hell is he doing practically strangling his son with that stupid veil? Someone needs to take those children away from him. And with regard to not having any cosmetic surgery except his nose ........ yeah right. He obviously hasn't looked at himself in the mirror lately.

Tuesday, February 04, 2003

Just got home from work. Ben's watching his favorite movie "Land Before Time" (about dinosaurs of course), so I thought I'd spend a couple of quiet minutes blogging. As soon as we got home he said "get my birthday balloon down". Not "PLEASE get my birthday balloon down". Since when do kids order their parents around? Anyway, the helium filled balloon his Gran bought him before she left had floated up to the ceiling and he couldn't reach the string that was attached to it. So I quietly corrected him and got the balloon down. It'll be fish sticks and tater tots for dinner tonight, not a 3 course meal like Mum always prepared for us when she was here. The fish sticks and tater tots all go in one pan in the oven for about 30 minutes and voila - ready. Hopefully once I start working part time next week I will have more time to prepare more healthy meals for my family. It seems as if everyone I know is getting sick over here after we came down with a stomach bug a few weekends ago. I wonder if it at all has to do with stress?? I wish we had more than 2 weeks of vacation over here. I've been with the same company for over 5 years and I only get 3 weeks after I've been there for 7 years! So, all you Europeans out there who have over 4 weeks a year - think yourselves lucky! Ok, I know, I CHOSE to move over here. Nobody forced me. But come on. 2 weeks?????? Well, Ben is bugging me to make him dinner, sigh, so I'd best get going.

Monday, February 03, 2003

Talked to Mum this morning, but she did sound very tired, so hopefully we'll be able to chit chat on Sunday. Glad to know she's back home safe and sound.

The weather was very gloomy today and on the way home it started to pour with rain which will wash away the last of the snow. Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow so that means 6 more weeks of winter! Ben's bugging his Dad in the living room to get Mom off the computer so that he can play with it, so I'd best let the little man have his way or else he'll start rolling around on the floor screaming at the top of his lungs. Little devil - he's just like his Dad.......

Sunday, February 02, 2003

Well, just got back from taking Mum to the airport and by now she's already in the air on her way home. Boy, are we going to miss her! The house seems empty without her, so here's hoping she'll come back again soon. We love you Mum!

I don't really feel like writing much today, so I'll sign off until tomorrow (perhaps).

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