Tuesday, April 6, 2010

THAT kind of neighbor, Toilets, Accidental Brunette-dness and the RD

We are THAT family. For the past six weeks or so, our neighbors have been very patient with us. Every time we pull into our driveway, the theme from Sanford and Son plays. We have had up to six toilets in our yard at one time. In addition to this, because we are under construction and building out the garage as a bedroom for the two younger boys, everything that was formerly in the garage has had to find another temporary home. Thus, we have an elliptical machine, skate boards and ice chests on my front porch and a six-piece Pearl drum kit in my shed.

And at one point, the bench seats from my old Suburban were leaning against the front gate.

Obviously, we never parked our cars in the garage. Yep. THAT family. I am ever so glad we don’t have a homeowner’s association who gets wigged out over that kind of thing. And that we have neighbors who either are just oblivious or kind…

And now, for the big reveal, I believe the time has come to answer the elusive question…what is UP with the toilets?

Well, what is UP, is the UG (or Underground Student Ministries) at Soul Rio is participating in World Vision’s 30 Hour Famine on April 23-24. Our students will eat at lunch time on Friday and then begin a fast that will last until 6 p.m. on Saturday evening. During that time, we will grow closer to God and one another, worship Him, play some games, do some community service and raise funds and awareness for world hunger. If you’d like to donate to World Vision and our 30 Hour Famine efforts, you can do so here.

So, the toilets you ask? What’s up with the toilets? Well, our group has come up with six very special pieces of yard ornamentation, or…decorated potties.
We are flushing out hunger! For only $15, anyone can have one of these special potties delivered to the yard of their choice in the Albuquerque-Rio Rancho metro area. Boss has a birthday coming up? Recognize him or her with a potty in their yard. Want to show your brother-in-law’s HOA some real love? Plant a potty…For those who live in the area and want to insure against having a potty planted, we can handle that too, for a small fee. Toilet papering did not work out well for me. http://alertandorientedx4.blogspot.com/2008/10/pride-goes-before-fall-pt-1.html So now, I am just toileting. As an incentive for the students to raise money, I have told them that if they raise $10,000 (yes, five zeros) they can do what they will with my hair….shave it, Mohawk it….personally, I am lobbying for purple dreadlocks. Which brings me to the next update…

I am now an accidental brunette. Even if a box has the same name and same number (like, 7A for example), different brands produce different colors. I am here to tell you that L’Oreal Superior Preference Dark Ash Blonde and Garnier Dark Ash Blonde are two entirely different colors. Does this look like ‘blonde’ to you? I think I may like it. Most people seem to. Or are at being polite and telling me it looks good. I’m taking a vote. What do you think? I figure there is at least a slight possibility that it may be hi-test green by the end of the month, anyway….so….

March has gone out like a lion, and April, having blown in like one (and still blowing gale-force) is bring us the next edition of Lidna’s Random Dozen. Post your answers and link on up.
1. Define a great relationship.
A soft place to land. Where someone knows you well, and loves you in spite of you. Celebrating each other’s differences, while rejoicing in your likenesses.

2. Why is it called a "drive-through" if you have to stop? (Real question: What was the last food/drink you purchased at a drive-through?)
Um…hate the drive thru…would almost always, now that I don’t have toddlers, prefer to walk in. It’s usually faster. Most recently got a Dark Cherry Mocha with the last of my last Starbucks gift card. Hello? If you are reading this blog, Secretary’s Day is rapidly approaching (or as we in the profession prefer to call it “Administrative Goddess’ Day”). And I am out of a Starbucks gift card.

3. As I type this, the Butler Bulldogs are getting ready to play in the NCAA championship game. Every Hoosier is hysterical about this except me. So in honor of the Bulldogs ... what is your favorite breed of dog? (I tried.)
Yorkshire Terriers. And Silky Terriers.

4. If you had to move to a state besides the one you currently live in, where would you move?

5. If you could change anything about the way you were raised, what would it be?
To have more self control.

6. Who's the funniest person you know?
My second son, Caleb.

7. Did you get enough sleep last night?
Nope. But apparently most other people didn’t either, as most of them were late or just plain blew off staff meeting.

8. What's the first thing you thought about this morning?
Oh, crap—staff meeting.

9. Grilled or Fried? –HONESTLY
I love fried…but lately have been partaking of grilled or broiled exclusively. I am on Phase I of the Curves weight management plan. This week I am allowed only 1200 calories a day. Waiting anxiously for Phase III…it goes up to 2000. Yay for 2000!

10. Are you afraid of the dark?
Not anymore, but I used to be. I used to pull the covers up all the way over my head and was afraid to move in case the mean nurse/monster/cruel lady would see me. Now I’m afraid only that I will stub my toe or trip and fall if I have to get up in the night.

11.When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A stewardess. I actually worked a couple of flights, but found out I much preferred the ground crew aspect.

12. If you had one word to describe yourself , what would you choose?

Please write your post, come back after you've published it and link up so that others can come and visit you. Be sure to visit and encourage a few other people, too. It's the NICE thing to do!

Oh, and for Happily Ever After, the LOST episode? This post is already too long. So after I’ve processed the whole Widmore/Hawking/Faraday/Hume/Milton thing I may come back with something. Until then…Charlie wants to show you something (evil grin).


Kate said...

Great answer to #1! And I LOVE silky terriers too!!

Mary said...

Dark cherry mochas: They are THE BEST! One of my sisters-in-law has a yorkie named Rufus. Such a cute little dog!

SouthLakesMom said...

Love the toilet fund raising idea, but glad you're not next door to me!

Good luck with moving to Phase II! Ironically, my word verification is "fries"

Jill said...

#7 and #8 made me laugh. And I love the way your hair looks! Honestly! It certainly beats purple dreadlocks.

Joyce said...

I liked the way you described #1..great answer!

Hoping you hit Phase '2000' soon : )

Enjoy your day!

Pamela said...

Great list. Colorado seems to be a popular choice.

kara with a k said...

Who are they kidding, dark ash blonde? Nah. But I think it looks good on you!

And love, love, love your answer to #1.

I look forward to reading what you post about LOST. Just an amazing episode all around.

Kathy said...

Hi, I enjoyed your answers, but the post with the toilet and the "stuff" all around your house was even better! LOL I think we've all been there at one time or another! Have a great day!!! Kathy

Pam Ponder said...

great answers your dog is so cute, a stewardess I always thought that would be fun too but I have never flown so how would I know, it just looks good on TV

Nel said...

Great answers! I really liked #1. Thanks for sharing!

until next time... nel

Beth McC. said...

Love all your answers! Your answer to number 1 was fantastice! Thanks for sharing and I love your blog!

KrippledWarrior said...

I am personal friends with one of the co-founders of World Vision. Dr. Rufino Macagba. This is a fine organization and a fine man.

Mocha with Linda said...

Dear Administrative Goddess,

Loved your answers and I hope you get your Starbucks card!

(And it's a travesty that immediately after typing "Starbucks" I have to type "hated", which is the word verification word for this comment!

My ADHD Me said...

Hi there! I've been lacking at blogging but am trying to get back.

This is just part one of my comment because I am sure to forget what I want to say before I finish. So...This is the Pre-Random Dozen comment.

First of all- Your Dark Ash Blond STRONGLY resembles my Light Ash Brown. So Of Course I like it! (haha). Regardless in about a month you will not only be wishing for it but you might even be wishing for Purple Dreadlocks!! I cannot wait to see the pictures AND I have to say you are a VERY BRAVE WOMAN!!

So glad you are going with toileting instead of TPing! I do remember THAT fiasco!!

OK, I am going to read the rest of your post.

My ADHD Me said...

You DO realize that that mean nurse/monster/cruel lady/etc is still there. She's hiding in your closet just waiting for you to turn off the lights.

Ok, that wasn't very nice.
They're gone.....(check under the bed just to be sure!)

#12. Impulsive!! WONDERFUL!! I have another sister!!

Deb said...

Sanford & Son...that made me laugh out loud :)