Welcome to my little world! My name is Donna and I'm the mother of one very spoiled kitty named Clarice. I was a banker for over 20 years but now I'm a SAHM and loving every minute of it. I'm a super, huge Bon Jovi fan and an avid cross stitcher. I love decorating my home with flea market finds, primitive style items and vintage items. My hubby says if the last three generations threw it out as trash it'll end up in our house as a decoration.

Friday, December 17, 2010

One of those Grinchy Moods

Don't you just hate when you get into the bah humbug frame of mind this time of year?  I swear some days I should just pull the covers over my head and not subject everyone to my moods.  I don't know why but today everyone that spoke to me was in danger of losing their heads!  Clarice has been thrown out of the tv room twice tonight and now she's rattling the doors trying to get back in but she's used her Get Out Of Jail Free card today.  She's taken to clawing Mark's chair when she thinks we're not playing enough with her and I've just reached the end of my rope.  We've fought a lot about declawing her for months but if she keeps this up I might lose the battle.  Last night she slipped past Mark when he went outside to feed the boys and we didn't miss her for about 10 minutes then we started tearing the house apart trying to find her.  I kept asking Mark if he was sure she didn't get out but he insisted there was no way!  I went outside called her but no Clarice.  At that point Mark was starting to panic when he saw her hiding in the planters down below the deck.  She's gonna be the death of me yet!  She's never been outside unless she was on a leash so it was a moment of terror when we were trying to catch her.  Two overweight adults running thru the yard in the rain in the pitch black trying to catch a black cat was quite a humorous scene...too bad there wasn't a video camera catching it because we'd probably won America's Funniest Video show.

We're shorthanded and the super brite powers that be sent out packets (and I do mean packets) of account information to customers and they are freaking out!  This is worse than when we failed and I honestly didn't think it could get much worse than that.  And this is priceless.....but one of the disclosures states that we'll be charging "dormant" fees if you don't use your account or maintain a certain balance and guess what.....no one bothered to check Georgia State Banking laws and we can't do what they told customers that we'd be doing.  Last week in class when they reviewed the disclosures with us, I asked if anyone checked the law because I didn't think that was correct.  Still no one checked so I did a quick google search and there it was!  WTF!  I brought it to senior management's attention yesterday and still no one has acknowledged it.

We've still got to finish some last minute shopping tomorrow so I certainly hope my mood improves.  We're still pondering what to get the dads and just can't think of anything.  I'm usually full of ideas but drawing a complete blank for this year.  Maybe something will pop into my head tonight in my dreams.  Hope all your shopping is done and if not that you don't cross my path tomorrow...LOL!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Merry Holidays

Time just seems to fly by this time of year but this weekend I have put on the brakes and enjoying just some time at home.  Mark's been in meetings since Wednesday so he's been in and out but mostly out.  I've just hung around in my jammies playing house, cross stitching and reading every one's blogs.  It's been a glorious day!  I've played with all my latest goodwill treasures and re-arranged things.  It's such a relaxing activity for me even if it does mean 100 trips from the basement to the upper rooms.  I wonder how many calories I've burned off today?  Maybe it's enough to cover all the cookies that I've snacked on all day.

We had a Christmas party Thursday night for all my employees and spouses.  We actually went to eat at a local Italian place then back to our house for dessert.  It was a nice time and very low stress for me.  I only had to make 3 kinds of cookies, 2 cakes and  I bought some candies which is a lot less than I'd have to do if I'd cooked dinner.  Whew!   Clarice entertained everyone by climbing the Christmas tree and tearing around the house.  She's gonna be the death of me or more than likely Mark since he encourages her to climb the tree.

We made our arrangements to go home for Christmas and I'm so excited.  We've not been home since this time last year and can't wait to see everyone.  The kids are growing up so fast and by March they will all be teenagers...where has the time gone?  It seems like just yesterday that Zared was born and now he's in college.  I miss all them so much and will try to cram in all the Auntie time they will allow me this year.  I know I'm not as cool as I used to be to them but sure hoping I can bribe them into spending some time with their old auntie!   It's been a rough year so I'm really looking forward to just being home with family.  Mark tells me that it's the year that we're suppose to stay with his folks but I'm pushing for a hotel again.  We've done that a few times and it's much less stressful for all of us if we stay in a hotel.  there is one just right down the road from my folks and we can come and go as we like but still have some alone time.  I love his folks but it's stressful when we stay with them.  just for the record, marrying an only child is not all it's cracked up to be....there are no kids running around, animals just 4 adults struggling to find stuff to talk about.  That sounds bad and I don't mean it to be.

Well enough for now because I really need to go forge for something to eat for dinner instead of cookies.  happy holidays and hope you all have your shopping done.  I sure don't!