December 31, 2007

ecological footprint

I did this quiz the other day very worth it! It measures your ecological footprint - give it a go!

My results -

Although I'm happy that our family has a smaller footprint than most in this country I am also sad to see that is still too large of a footprint. I hope to make huge changes toward the good in this aspect soon.

Still no holiday pictures yet - but will be soon =)


December 29, 2007

hair color

oh yeah gotta remember - I colored my hair today. tried natural medium neutral blonde, Nice -n- Easy. DIDN'T WORK! I colored my hair back in Sept. black with blue tinting/highlighting. It looked great! So went about 4 weeks ago and got another cheapie black at Walmart, still looked OK but not exactly the same but figured oh well.

Ever since then, every time I wash my hair purple stuff washes out. Now I know it happens for the first couple washes, but every time?! I got sick of it and figured I'm done! Went and bought the above mentioned color - figured I'll go back to natural and just do highlights here and there.

It didn't work except on my roots! AGHHHH! And I mean not even a little bit! And it should of!

I swear to never again by cheapie hair color no matter what!

had to stick this in here so I'll remember later exactly what day I did my color last LOL!



Ok first off let me say sorry for all the quizzes but I just love going and messing with them! Second I know I owe an update to what the hell we've decided to do move, stay, etc. and that's below. And last I'll tell all about our holidays. This will be a long one folks!


Well we've decided EXACTLY what we're doing. I've waited to say anything because every time I do something happens and we don't do it! Here's a rundown of the why -

  • Fulltime RV'ing - a no go. This was a hard one to let go of because of all the fun opportunities it held for the whole family. But this was part of the reason why we said no - no privacy for us grown folks! Plus it's real hard for me to think about spending so much money on gas when there is so much out about how we are running out of affordable oil (well any oil actually!). And a side note I would probably go insane because of the inability to be a packrat in such a small space!
  • One in a million land - a no go (I guess). <-- see that! I still can't let go of this one! I really, really want to be on my own land doing my own thing so that I can plan for years down the road not just the here and now. It's just too much for us to try to take on right now money-wise but still a possibility for in the future (this land or other land). We just have to come up with more money (more knowledge won't hurt either!).
  • THE PLACE - a no go. Our offer was denied. Then we did the unimaginable and contacted our bank that is about 90 miles away from there for a loan. Initially they said "yes we cover that area" - to turn around AFTER we filled out a application to say "oh we don't cover that far away". Oh the place is still there but we can't get it. See look here.
  • Staying here - NOT AN OPTION!! - I refuse to continue to pay for this place any longer! I've found out in the last few months that not only is there years of back taxes owed on the land (which I figured), but there are back taxes owed on the mobile home - like more than 10 years! - AND - this mobile home has NEVER been registered to this land! That means the county can reject it when it is registered or in the least require it to be brought to the county & city codes for mobile homes! That will be thousands of dollars! Not including the taxes and repairs already needed! I cannot afford to spend that amount of money on a piece of property where I will NEVER be happy and where there are no decent jobs for Darkside!
  • Staying in IL - not an option. After the problems we've had here in IL with the courts over homeschooling and custody it was a gamble coming back here, I don't want to tempt fate! Plus, most areas of IL use a electric co. called IL Power or at least it used to be called that, but anyway there isn't any possible way for us to get an account through them. Somehow (well actually I know how long of a story) we have a $3000 bill that encompasses a few family members all in one. There is NO way I could come up with that kind of money to move into rental. Especially when there still wouldn't be good job prospects!
  • MOVING TO QUAD CITIES, IA - not an option. My brother & sister-in-law wanted me to do this. Considering I can't even stand to talk to them (or my mother) on the phone for longer 3 months without a blow-up fight - I don't think moving up to where they would be in my face everyday is very smart. Plus, that's too close to IL for my liking. And they are up there struggling - that's like jumping out of the frying pan into the fire - right?
  • Moving to Des Moines, IA - trying to stay away from this one! Some friends of ours want us to do this. We even went up last June to "see" how it was. With this trip we decided if we can avoid it we will - at almost any cost! LOTS of job prospects, but too many people and WAY to crowded for our tastes. Plus once you get there, get that good job, rent that apartment - you have no money left to save for that place in the country. Rent there for a nice apartment in a nice area for a family our size with pets (next to impossible to find this place - btw!) is going to be at least $700! That better be one good job if you hope to ever save any money! But this may be our only option depending on certain factors. We really would like to live closer to our friends though - we're bestest buds =) We miss them since they left in 2005.
  • Some where else in IA - this is the one we chose! Read more below =)
We decided that if we picked some where near Des Moines, yet far enough away to not affect rent prices, that it may just work! The town we picked is Oskaloosa, IA. It's about 60 miles from Des Moines, close enough to visit but far enough away to lower rent (to about $4-500 a month). There are still some things we need to check out about the town like - jobs within the co. Darkside works with but in the facility there, actual rent fees by calling land lords, and ........... well that's it actually =) We've been meaning to call the offices there for Darkside's job but put it off for the last couple of days. I think we'll wait till after the new year holidays. Same for the apartments there too - waiting I mean.

So there it is. Now watch something happen! Oh well we're flexible =) Maybe we're meant to go to Des Moines? I keep dragging my feet on it but that don't mean it's not meant to be. Fate is a fickle mistress that way.


But on to our holidays.

Well I didn't send anything I had ready to my brother or sil - we got into it on the phone before Christmas, told ya I could stand them for long! LOL! I'll just keep adding to it for next year! Some of the things is from last year anyhow. Eventually I'm just going to have to send it regardless because I hate holding on to things. Might have to before we move!

Sent off 2 packages and a card to our friends in Des Moines. They got there in time and they loved everything! I had alot of fun at the expense of them - I LOVE GAG GIFTS! I had more than one in their boxes =)

Got the church presents and cards all done in time, everyone loved their gifts. They also gave us gifts too, which we loved!

Darkside's work party went very well and everyone loved their gifts. The peanut butter balls that I did for the food contribution went over really well with them too. I would of made Darkside do them but I owed him because last time pb balls were made here he did all the work.

The kids all were good enough this past year and Santa visited. We didn't have an extravagant Christmas in the form of gifts, but each gift they received they loved and really wanted. The main gift from us was mp3 players for the 3 older ones and a play laptop for #4. And we had #1 pass his old mp3 player down to #4 - so now everyone has portable music that doesn't cost me money continuously!

I spent a total of $250 on Christmas TOTAL! And $200 of that was on the kids. I am so happy that everything didn't go over board! Last year I think I spent about $450. Next year I plan to spend less - maybe like $100 total! Wouldn't that be great!

I'll post some pictures tomorrow - it's super late! I HAVE to get to bed!


December 22, 2007

the EX

I've been meaning to post something on here for awhile but things have been TOOO hectic. But this one HAD to be posted!

Every year I get a smooshy and start feeling bad for Darkside's ex and how since she's a bitch she don't get to see her son - #1. So I usually send a Christmas card with a copy of our christmas picture in it.

So this year I go to find out where she's living and realize that nothing is popping up when I do a basic white pages search. Damn! But I figure oh well, we're going to be moving up to Iowa in 50 days (more on this later!) we'll just call her.

I've had her cell phone number memorized for forever so - I spend the next hour talking Darkside into calling. I had to BEG! He hates talking to her cause she always causes problems. But he knows that #1 needs to see how she is so when he grows up he won't blame us for sheltering him (crazy but true!).

So he finally calls........

No answer! And the voice mail recording doesn't sound like her at all! He even calls back a second time so I can hear the voice mail recording!

So I figure I'll just give google a shot - never know what you'll find there. How true that was tonight!

That CRAZY woman actually let people know she is crazy! She told the news people in Cedar Rapids that her cat detected carbon monoxide gas and saved her & her boyfriend's life! No I am NOT joking!! Here is the clip -

this is just over the top for her!

I can't really think of any more to say! If you want to see the whole story just google - oreo the cat Cedar Rapids, IA.


December 8, 2007

female problems

Well after my appt. I was a little depressed. If you don't want to read about female problems don't read any further!


I was going to the dr cause of not having "my visitor" (here out labeled "mv") for the last 3 months. No I am NOT pregnant - believe me I've tested! But I have PCOS (poly-cystic ovarian syndrome), have had for years, but it's never been quite this bad though.

So I went to the dr and they do a yearly - OH YEA! - and she proceeds to tell me afterwards - "Anne there's not a whole lot we can do, we're already doing what we can here. You really need to lose some weight and we'll get a ultrasound ordered up for you now so we can see how things are doing inside. But if that's looking ok then you may need to face the fact that your ovaries are just too filled with cysts." So I say ok, but what do you mean too filled? Like it's too late - without a MAJOR body size change? and she says "well yea, but don't worry we'll also send you to a gyn/ob or a fertility specialist to get an idea of what they think too"

Ummm.........ok. Thanks so much for a mood lifter - NOT!

So I've already known that I won't be having 13 kids by 40. (not do it and stay healthy!) That's ok I can handle that - not what I "wanted" for my life but who can really call that?

But NO MORE BABIES!!! That I don't think I can handle! AT ALL!

I know I at least want one more - well I shouldn't say that - I at least want 13 by 40 but........ if I only had one more that would be fine. If I have 3 more that's ok too! I'm not a stickler on details just an rough idea - lots of kids! I only picked 12 when I was young because -

  1. I was 12 when I decided this
  2. when I said it to adults it shocked them
  3. all the good stuff comes in a dozen - ya know FOOD! - eggs, donuts, cookies ....
I changed that number to 13 when I started going out with Darkside. He had #1 so once I knew we were going to be together forever then I instantly changed the number to 13.

So...... this morning I had my appt for my ultrasound. Got to bed somewhat early last night, bathed and all that but we had bad weather yesterday and last night so.... I knew it was a big chance of whether or not I was even going to be able to make it out of the house (I hate wintery roads!). So I get up this morning and go to do morning duties (ya know!) and low and behold "mv" came!

I had to look twice I was so shocked!! 3 months of no "mv" and today of all days! OH THE IRONY!

So I called and re-scheduled it for next week.

And now I'm back to waiting.

with "mv".

Now don't get me wrong, I AM one of those weird women who actually like their "mv" so I'm happy (jubilant, ecstatic, all but shouting it to the world!) but why right now?

so I wonder is it a sign?

probably not.....

but I can hope, pray, and dream!

ok gotta go to bed been a very long day.

ps - sorry for all the details but I feel better now =)

December 3, 2007


Well today was a shocking day to say the least! Well actually a shocking night really.

Tonight after Darkside got home, #1 was taking a shower (he always stays up late). Well since we heat with the wood stove the far ends of the house get kinda cold especially when in the bath. So to help out we have a small heater in the bathroom & we try to dry clothes in the dryer to add heat.

Well thank goodness he pays attention! Darkside & I were sitting in the living room busy doing things online and all of the sudden there's a top half of #1 nude & wet hollering out the bathroom door "DAD, GET IN HERE QUICK!!!" So Darkside goes running in there.

Now I would have but I was figuring it may have been one of those father-son things so I waited.

Till I heard "and I seen it on fire" - WHAT?!

I didn't care what was going on I was in there! HAHA!!

Well I guess he looked over and seen the back of the dryer on fire so he ran to tell us without even getting a robe! Which is surprising on it's own HAHA! (He's a teenager after all.)

The cord for some reason shorted and caught fire. Thankfully we caught it before anything else caught fire! Since we live in an older trailer that is a sure way to lose everything (a fire).

But on the other hand - with xmas in less than a month there's no extra money for a new dryer. We can't even ask the father-in-law cause he's already helping with xmas =( And anyone with 4 kids, 3 cats, and 2 dogs knows that any laundry or food device is a necessity HAHA! Most definitely!

Oh well we've already strung up the clothes line inside and will get by somehow. There is a laundry mat in Whitehall (3 miles away) too. We've already took down the outside clothes line or I'd put them outside HAHA! I know it sounds crazy but my fil does it - has done it for the last 10 years. But he's stubborn too!

Did you know that he's the only person I know that has an electric bill of less than $50 a month year round? And the company he has is notorious for high rates too! Yep, one stubborn man!

shoot, I just noticed how late it is and I have an early appt in the morning!
gotta go!

December 2, 2007


Still busy here =) been making pages for a brag book for my sister in law - it's her xmas gift!

I'm such a freebie hog! I've been at a MILLION blog d/l'ing this and that - I think I'm addicted! LOL! This one here caught my eye - here and it's a really neat idea!! But not really what I'm needing right now so I HAVE to pass - REALLY! My computer has threatened to throw a fit if I save anymore LOL! (not really but....)

We've also been crafting alot here too. I am starting to make socks for the kids. I got one done today - yep just one! Those suckers take a bit to knit when your doing other things. Plus I'm doing it with a knitting loom so that may be why it takes longer. I don't know how to actually knit but with a knitting loom I do A-OK! I learned from this site which has AWESOME videos!

ok that's all for tonight! I'm late for bed!