Thursday, February 11, 2010

The Dishwasher

October 4, 2009, Mrs. Landlady, “Tammy that is a very pretty shade of nail polish.” Tammy, “Thanks, I don’t often paint them I am always washing dishes.” Mrs. Landlady, “Why, is something wrong with the dishwasher? “ Tammy, “Yes, it just does not wash them. Even if I hand wash them and just rinse them in the dishwasher, it does not work right. I cleaned out the hoses, they are all clear. It is draining fine. It just doesn’t work.” Mrs. Landlady, “ I will try to find someone to come look at it or I will get you a new one.” Tammy, “Thanks.”

November 4, 2009, Mrs. Landlady, “Tammy I just wanted to let you know that I will be getting you a new dishwasher my son just has to go up there with me to pick one out.” Tammy, “ No problem, Next week is fine.”

December 4, 2009, Mrs. Landlady, “I am sorry Tammy.” I heard they were going to go on sale sometime soon I will get you a new dishwasher this weekend and have them install it next week.”

January 4, 2010, Tammy, “What about the dishwasher Mrs. Landlady.” My son told me the government is giving out energy rebates on them. I will get you one from Lowe’s tomorrow, but they want $80 to deliver it!”

January 28th… phone call from Mrs. Landlady’s son, “Tammy, I just wanted to let you know we decided to keep the new dishwasher and give you mom’s old one. It’s here at the house if you want it. I am sure you are tired of washing my hand with five kids.”

February 4, 2010. Tammy and Kevin at Landlord’s house to pick up HER OLD DISHWASHER!!!! UGH (recovering OCD here). Tammy, “ Could you take a little off the rent for us dong all of these repairs for you?” Landlady, “HAHAHAHAHAHA, I understood you are very handy like that……” Check please!

Update: Old dishwasher uninstalled… other old dishwasher installed! Check. A screw did manage to come up during removal of the old pump to put on the other old dishwasher because this house did not have the correct plumbing………. And hit Tammy in the E – Y – E – B – A – L – L!!!! OUCH, still blurry four days later!!!!!

(BTW. . . in case you missed it… Mrs. Landlady is so NOT my favorite person right about now! LMAO!!! Good Old dishwasher though!!! YAY!
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Which one of you

Get in here! All of you. Which one of you took by batteries out of my camera? I get to play judge and jury and hear five different cases of – how “it could not possibly have been me, Mom. I saw (sibling’s name inserted) take it!”  One of you just has to speak up right now. You do NOT want to mess with me today. Fine then, GO CLEAN YOU ROOMS!

Later that night while soaking in the tub I realize. CRAP, I did it, I took them! I forgot I took the batteries out of my camera to see if my recorder still worked.  Now I get to go apologize to five kids (Lessons in humility.)

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Coming Clean

“Okay honey. I am, oh so, so sorry. I promise I did not intend to betray you or lose your trust! I lied to you. I admit it. I am sorry.”

I just was so, so excited I managed to gather my strength this morning and step onto my elliptical machine. YAY, I have been trying to get in the habit of it since I got it. I have no doubt whatsoever I can, it is just when. I was sick for about 6 weeks. My asthma was acting up. I could NOT possibly start an exercise routine now. I have to be healthy first. LOL. Nope, I won’t put it off any longer. I got on it this morning and I did twenty minutes! I did not think I could, it has been so long. And I am so out of shape. I have not yet gotten my strength back then the baby, cancer and cancer treatments three years ago! I had lost it all… got back to a size six after four kids, yes I did! Woohoo me!


I got on it this morning, hon, and did twenty minutes. “Wow hon. That is great. I don’t think I could have done ten minutes myself right now. My knee is acting up.” says the hubs. “You did great!” That happened a couple hours ago. But honestly I just cannot take the guilt any more!!!
I admit I was dishonest. SHEESH! I just cannot live with myself knowing the truth. I admit, I was only on it for 18 minutes and 43 seconds. I exaggerated! "I could not take it anymore honey, I apologize, I just HAD to come clean."
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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

HI my name is Tammy, and I am an OCD Dropout

“Hi, My name is TAMMY, and I HAD OCD. At one time. Many people, honestly, did not know I had Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. I hid it.” --- yes, that was me. I had my Tupperware with neatly typed labels piled high in about half my kitchen. I had beans, elbows, rice, yeast, even onion soup mix and Kool-aide tucked away neatly in the cabinets. Then there were the can goods. OMG!!! They were categorized according to food groups, then family, then variety, then size of can to the very brand name marked on the can, labels positioned correctly (of course).

Immaculate. That was me. Really! You may not have noticed that I always rinse off my own personal dish, cup, mug (compulsively) before I dish my own food. I know it is clean (I washed it). I just have to. And, it has to be this mug or that one those others just don’t feel right in my grip or on my lips. Those mugs over there? They just are not right. Plastic/acrylic cups?  Especially with dairy products? That is just N.A.S.T.Y.   And glasses? I have to have a straw… (A bendy one you know) and not milk because plastic and milk? Wait we already talked about that!  Straws are made of plastic now so straws are NOT allowed in milk! bluck. (Yes indeed I do realize they come OUT of a plastic jug, duh.)   If that ice falls forward on my nose again and splashes up my nose I think I will just breathe it in and drown finally.  My forks you ask?  They cannot be inside out. By that I mean it could not have been molded in on only one side (like most ALL cheap brands, we are cheap folks too). They have to feel solid and weight proportional, duh. (I have ONE fork I use, and yes, the kids all know it is MY fork!)  But the tongs absolutely MUST line up and be at the right curvature, of course!  My silverware drawers were TO DIE FOR.  You would have been very jealous of those (for that I am sure). Paper plates, styrofoam cups and even plastic disposable silverware? I never, ever take the top plate, even if they are upside down, nor the top cup, the plastic ware gets washed though.

Other oddities are: sock selection, oral hygiene, bedding, bathtubs, towels, candle wax, stationary supplies, and hotdogs to mention a few!  Well, to make a long story short (too late for that) I dropped out!  Yes indeed, I just gave it up!   Cold turkey!  Yup.  When I got a divorce and got pregnant and then cancer all in one year, I gave it up.  Yes, I am not sure what happened.  I guess I got tired.  Now I am a full-time working (exhausted) mom to five full –time and one (sadly) part-time stepdaughter.  I am simply too tired for OCD anymore.  If you really look though, just pay close attention and watch me, you just may still catch on to a few of my secrets I still have.  Psst… don’t look!  I still have many. I tell you about them all of the time. You just do not notice. LOL!

Any how. Where was I going when I started this? Oh, yeah.

Number 1: We finally got a new (to us… remind me about the Landlord experience last week)! I drank a glass of milk tonight! (Without a rewash!!!!)

Number 2: I got to take an uninterrupted bath tonight! Seriously Mom of six, from a 17 year old down to a 3 year old, I said UNINTERRUPTED!!!!! Woo Hoo!!! (I did neglect to tell you that I scrubbed the tub for an hour before I could possible get into that nasty germy tub….. and I will do the SAME hour of scrubbing tomorrow night too… yes, even if no one steps foot or bootie in it until I do next!!!!!! Whew. I am glad I got THAT out of my system. Shh, don’t tell anyone. It’s embarrassing! So, where was I? Oh, yes. Hi there my name is Tammy and I am an OCD dropout.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Random Facts 5

The electric chair was invented by a dentist.
The human heart creates enough pressure when it pumps out to the body to squirt blood 30 feet.
The male praying mantis cannot copulate while its head is attached to its body. The female initiates sex by ripping the male's head off.
The most common name in the world is Mohammed.
The name of all the continents end with the same letter that they start with.
The name Wendy was made up for the book "Peter Pan."
The Pentagon, in Arlington, Virginia, has twice as many bathrooms as is necessary. When it was built in the 1940s, the state of Virginia still had segregation laws requiring separate toilet facilities for blacks and whites.
The shortest war in history was between Zanzibar and England in 1896. Zanzibar surrendered after 38 minutes.
The strongest muscle in the body is the tongue.
The word "lethologica" describes the state of not being able to remember the word you want.
The word racecar and kayak are the same whether they are read left to right or right to left.
There are two credit cards for every person in the United States.
TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters on only one row of the keyboard.
Women blink nearly twice as much as men.
You are more likely to be killed by a Champagne cork than by a poisonous spider.
You can't kill yourself by holding your breath.
You share your birthday with at least nine million other people in the world.

Friday, February 5, 2010


Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon.

~Doug Larson

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Life Quote

"Life is not the way it's supposed to be. It's the way it is.The way you cope with it is what makes the difference."

~ Virginia Satir ~

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Random Facts 4

More people are killed by donkeys annually than are killed in plane crashes.
No word in the English language rhymes with month.
Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intravenously.
On average, people fear spiders more than they do death.
One of the reasons marijuana is illegal today is because cotton growers in the '30s lobbied against hemp farmers, they saw it as competition.
Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 or older.
Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.
Right-handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left-handed people do.
Shakespeare invented the word "assassination" and "bump."
Some lions mate over 50 times a day.
Starfish haven't got brains.
Stewardesses is the longest word typed with only the left hand.
The ant always falls over on its right side when intoxicated.
The average human eats eight spiders in their lifetime at night.
The catfish has over 27,000 taste buds.
The cruise liner, Queen Elizabeth 2, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns.


"Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones. When you have finished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake."

--Victor Hugo