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An Englishwoman in Michigan


Friday, May 09, 2003

Quiet day today. Went to work as usual this morning. It was raining pretty hard, but it brightened up throughout the day. Went to a friend's house yesterday afternoon. They have a nice house with a pretty back yard which is all fenced in - quite the perfect little playground for children, so Ben had fun with his friends Jake and Aaron. It's kind of make me decide that next time we buy a house it'll have to have a fenced in back yard. That way Ben can't run into the street like he can in our subdivision. Our house is located on a corner lot and fences are not allowed. Now, some folks have invisible fences to keep their dogs from running away - could we possibly put in one for Ben? I don't quite like the idea of a collar around his neck, so I guess that's out of the question.

Wednesday, May 07, 2003

Not much going on today. Watched Dr. Phil on TV this afternoon. America's worst spouses. There was one couple where the wife was supposedly America's worst slob. It reminded me a bit of when Mum comes to stay with us - she always complains about the mess (ok, I'm exagerating (sp?) a little, but she does occasionally say that I don't pick up after myself. Mum, you should have seen their house ! Then there was another couple where the husband wouldn't get rid of an old leather recliner in their living room, so they got a free room makeover. Hm, now let's see. What can I write to Dr. Phil about to get a free makeover of something or other in our house. Eric and I do have different opinions on what colors to paint the walls in our house. He wants to go with color - I, on the other hand, prefer neutral colors, preferably white. Dr. Phil, can you help me? Of course, there was more to the show than what I've just mentioned - the above doesn't sound too bad, does it? It's becoming a habit of mine to watch Dr. Phil at 3:00pm and Oprah at 4:00pm. Ever since I started working part time (mornings only) I've become a Phil and Oprah fan. But these happy days will soon be over. As of June 1 I'll be a full time employee once again. My workload is getting bigger and my boss is practically pulling his hair put (or rather what's left of it), so I can't leave him hanging now, can I! Well gotta go. Ben's screaming at me to start Blinx on his/Eric's X-Box, so I have to try and find something else for him to do since I don't know how to hook the damn thing up. Ta-ta for now.


Tuesday, May 06, 2003

Had to keep Ben home today - he woke up with a croupy cough, but it seems as the day progresses he gets better and better. Now he's watching a Tigger movie, lying on the couch, legs crossed, munching on an apple. I think he's finally got to the age of realizing that being "sick" means he can stay home, not have to go to school and order his parents around to bring him drinks and food. Think again my little bundle of horror, think again.

Just read that Matthew is planning yet another trip to the U.S. without a layover in Detroit. Oh well, he's only my brother WHO I HAVEN'T SEEN IN OVER 2 1/2 YEARS and don't you dare tell me you don't have any vacation Matthew. 6 weeks in Germany vs. the 2 lousy weeks we get over here ......although it was my choice to move over here in the first place I guess :-( Just remember, our X-Box awaits you......

Well, I have to go - Ben is calling for his slippers (now where have I heard that one before?). The only thing missing is a little glass of brandy in his one hand and a pipe in the other.

Sunday, May 04, 2003

Ok. It's been over 2 months since I last blogged and there's no excuse for it. Hopefully this time I'll stick to it, so here goes ...... Matthew, I'll leave it up to you to decide whether or not to "announce" to everyone that I'm "back". So, what's happened in the last 2 months? Not much really, apart from having to live 5 days without any power at home. Parts of Michigan were struck by a severe ice storm a little while back which resulted in down power lines, trees, etc. It was a mess. We ended up buying what seemed to be the last generator in Michigan, but we couldn't figure out how to hook it up to the furnace, so the last two nights before the power came back on again we moved into a hotel. Everything is back to normal now and it's good to know that we have back up in case the power goes out on us again. Due to the power outage our sump pump quit working too, so we had to deal with a flooded basement. Thank goodness we had sump pump insurance (whew!). These past few days we've acted as though we've won the lottery and went out and bought a digital camera and yes, I finally gave in and let Eric buy the X-Box he's been wanting to get for ages. And who's been playing it the most? Ben of course. Then Eric and then if I'm lucky enough little old me. Last night Eric didn't come to bed until around 2:30am and right now Ben's glued in front of it and I have to be the "bad" parent and have to drag him away for his bath. Are there any cooking games out there??????

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