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I'm a single mom with two great kids living near Dallas, Texas. This is my life; day to day things that are probably only important to me. This is my record of my ups, my downs and the road that I've taken along the way. For whatever reason YOU'RE here, I hope you find something you can enjoy and/or relate to. God bless.

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Thursday, October 05, 2006

Fall Break

The boys and I are on Fall Break this week. Somehow we've managed to stay busy doing very little. I don't know how that happens, but it does. We can't really afford to take a vacation with the divorce and all, but we've been entertaining ourselves.
Yesterday we cleaned out the garage. We had thrown away everything that wasn't of use anymore about a month ago, so all we basically did was take everything, yes...every single thing (except the spare fridge), out of the garage, sweep and clean the garage and then put everything back in a rearranged and orderly state. It could pretty much be a guest room now (and no, don't take that as an invitation), it's that clean.
The boys and I have decided that once a week, one of them will have 'their' day. One week we will have a 'Casey's day', the next a 'Charlie's day'. Putting to use some of the things I learned at the Parent Seminar. The boys need to have the focus on them and not on the divorce. I try to do that 99% of the time, and to me, I think we're doing okay. But, one thing I learned at the seminar is that even at their age, they're not only children of a divorce, but children...period, and they need to have life revolve just around them sometimes. Anyway, their day could be what we watch on t.v. (together), or have for dinner (together). Yesterday, after cleaning out the garage, it was Charlie's 'day'. He wanted sushi. Casey and I hate (though I don't think that word is quite strong enough) sushi. However, it wasn't about what we wanted yesterday.
There are about 5 - 6 sushi restaurants within a few miles of us, and a new one just opened down the street, which is where Charlie wanted to go. Charlie wanted to sit at the bar, or whatever that area is called that goes around where they prepare the raw, disgusting food. I can't prove it, but there is just something in me that yells "unhealthy" when I see raw meat piled up on top of rice. Casey and I searched and searched for something that was cooked on the menu, and finally had to ask for help. The short version of the story: Charlie had a huge and filling meal....Casey and I, not so much.

For those of you who might be thinking of going back to college or have kids going to college in the next few years, I wanted to tell you about a place on the web where you can fill out your information, profile and such, and it will keep you informed about any scholarships you might be eligible for. It's at www.fastweb.com, and it will inform you about any scholarships that you'd qualify for and keeps you updated on when their deadline is. It's an awesome site for anyone needing financial help with an education...and yeah, that would be us. Casey has his heart set on going to Texas Christian University, $32,000 a year, folks...$32,000 a year! So, pray for many, many scholarships to come his way.

Thanks for all the sweet comments on Butchie (she is NOT posing for kittie porn, you goof's, she's just naturally appealing). She is the sweetest kitten we've had. She loves to be loved on, our kind of cat! However, let me make this perfectly clear (*tom*), she is our last cat. Well...at least for another 11 months. :)


Anonymous 3carnations said...

That's a very nice idea, everyone having "their day".

$32,000 a year? Are you sure that's to ATTEND their school, and not what they pay to WORK there? =) Yikes. Best of luck with the scholarships.

9:32 AM  
Blogger kathi said...

carnations ~ oh, I'm sure...I just about fell out of my chair when I saw the cost. Seriously outrageous.

9:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sushi? Gross, sorry I dont eat sea food or non cooked food. But like you said it was Charlie's Day, how have you guys been? Enjoy your fall break because I dont get a vacation till next year. Have a great day and tell the guys I said hello. And yes you kitty is so cute


9:38 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Thanks for the link Kathi...as you know it will probably come to good use arounnd here also. Here's wishing lots of $$$ for my son-in-law...ummmmI mean Casey.

Anytime you and the boys want to come this way and clean my nightmare of a garage, just let me know. I'll be happy to feed you. Something different for every one even. lol

Loves ya'!

1:26 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Oh! And...


Although I do lean towards the cooked sushi....but like some of the raw. :-)

1:27 PM  
Blogger HuneeB said...

I love Sushi but it is an aquired taste :) Having a special day for each of them sounds wonderful. I hope that you take time out as well to have your day...

3:01 PM  
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3:01 PM  
Blogger HuneeB said...

silly blogger...double comment :)

3:02 PM  
Blogger Casually Me said...

Aren't all tastes acquired? Yup, college is expensive...but most get through it and only owe student loans for the next 20 years or so...

8:05 AM  
Anonymous steve said...

I have 2 in college now.One is in her last year of nursing at UT Tyler and the other is in her first year at CCCC....I feel your pain. We are very lucky we have been able to get some scolarship money and my wife puts her money towars the rest.We also have one that just started the 9th grade who is set on UT Austin so we have started saving for that as well.

8:19 AM  
Blogger ~Deb said...

I knew I loved Charlie! A musician and a sushi lover! GO CHARLIE!!! Listen, sushi screams out PURE RAW PROTEIN! It spells out H*E*A*L*T*H!!! Believe me, you can get MORE bacteria in salad than you can with sushi- at a reputable place. Sushi is not only healthy for you as far as protein, but in raw salmon, the white little lines in it (fat) is called omega 3---which coats your heart in a healthy way—which can prevent heart attacks. SO GOOD FOR YOU! Seriously. Now, for me, the thing that gets me is the salt. I blow up like a fricken tick. There are some fish like caviar (fish eggs) and soy sauce for dipping that are just too salty for one’s taste. But, you can always get the tempura dishes which are…hmm…not as good taste-wise. Just my opinion.

Also, if you notice, sushi is very addicting—that’s why people are obsessed with it. I hear it’s even considered an aphrodisiac! ;) Eat up!

10:55 AM  
Blogger Anne said...

Fall break? I never had a fall break when I was in school?

I will be ready to move in the garage in about 2 weeks. I will need your strong handsome boys to carry boxes and things. Wait..did I misunderstand? :)

I like the day for each of ya'll. I think there should be a Kathi day too though.

12:02 PM  
Blogger sassinak said...

word to the kathi day!

also? what happens in eleven months?

5:39 PM  
Blogger Shawn said...

I hate SUSHI...yuck....seaweed makes me want to throw up.

A friend of mine attended TCU for a year. No wonder she's complaining about her student loan debt.

Whew! I don't know if I have the patience to give someone a whole day dedicated to them...I'm a little too picky to grin and bear it...

7:18 PM  
Blogger Rose said...

I like that-everyone having their day.... and I'm on fall break right now, first time in 23 years.

12:06 AM  
Blogger Heart Of Darkness said...

I too end up doing a hell lot while on vacation (having time off doesn't mean having time off, does it?), but this last time, I just relaxed. Yet, I somehow ended up loosing a few good pounds since I was running up and down stairs all day... vacation, huh? ;D

10:02 AM  
Blogger samuru999 said...

Hope the Fall break time together
was great! We don't have that here
in CO.
I think you should have a Kathii day too!
College is so outrageuosly costly!
Even going instate is crazy now!
My son is looking into scholarships also.
Lots of luck to you!
Have a great weekend togerher!

10:07 AM  
Blogger blkbutterfly said...

just passing through...
glad to read that you and the boys are doing well. i wish i could have a fall break!
i like the idea of having days for Casey and Charlie. i agree you should have a kathi day as well!

as for sushi... mmmm mmmm good! and it's very good for you as well.

college is quite expensive. student loans are the worst. i read a very interesting article in TIME about colleges and how it's important for kids to think outside of the box when selecting a college and to consider it more of a research project than a competitive process. perhaps Casey could be persuaded to also look at other schools that are just as good (if not better) than TCU and are a tad cheaper.

12:18 PM  
Blogger mr_g said...

Fastweb is your friend. I used it through grad school (credentials and masters)and still owe a boatload of money...but it all works out in the end. Good luck with everything.

2:16 PM  

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