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Monday, October 25, 2010

October 25th 2010

Hello....I am back! I went to South Dakota to watch my brother and sister-in-laws girls for just a couple of weeks.  It was so much fun! I had only been gone for about 3 weeks and already the girls had grown. Time goes by so fast! The baby, Claire, was rolling over and almost crawling and Zoey, the two year old, went from telling everyone "I need to" to asking "why"! Why?...."hmmmm...beacause I said so?!"  Well, that response doesn't work so well with Zoey, I found out she will just use it against you later.

So, I was eating dinner with Zoey and she wanted Ketchup for her fries so I got her some. She asked why I wasn't eating any.  I explained that I did not like Ketchup.  She asked why? I told her because I just didn't like the taste. She persisted and said "you need to try it." I said "I have tried it, but I didn't like it." She kept on...."just try it, just try it!" I asked her why it was so important for me to try it. She told me "because I said so." So I ask you, how can I argue with a two year old who has just used my words against me.

My stay in South Dakota was shorter this time, which I think made the return home a little easier. No tears just hugs and kisses!

I am not very good about flying (motion sickness) so, I take Dramamine when I fly. This time, however, I thought I packed one, but alas I did not have one. I asked my sister-in-law and she said she had some older non-drowsy Dramamine I could take. I was relieved. My plane was due to leave at 9:00 pm so I took the pill at 8:00 pm, an hour before the flight just like the directions recommend. By the time I boarded the plane I was feeling a little tired. My first thought was, Hey she said these were non-drowsy! I got on the plane and a nice little old lady who had never flown before sat next to me. She was very sweet and wanted to talk. I on the other had, started to feel soooo tired and I just wanted to sleep. The plane started to spin a little and then when the plane took off the motion started to make me feel queasy. At this point I was thinking I definitely took something other than Dramamine.  The cute little old lady kept talking and I am not sure exactly what I she said to me or what I said to her, but I remember thinking she's so cute and wanting to pet her head. Two hours later, when we landed, the daughter of the little old lady told me I made her mother's first experience on a plane a great one! Whew...made it without petting the old lady's head, I thought! We must have had a great conversation, I just don't remember any of it!
My boyfriend Richard picked me up at the airport and the pill I took started to make me feel worse. I couldn't lift my arms, my speech was slurred, and I remember my boyfriend telling me when we stopped for a soda to walk straight or they wouldn't sell me anything. By the time we got home, about an hour later, I was done. I don't remember much of anything. I woke up in my pj's, but I couldn't tell you how I got there. So I guess the moral of this story is I need to call my sister-in-law for more of those pills!

Thursday, September 9, 2010


This cartoon is loosely based on the escapades of my niece Zoey! Hope you enjoy the humor!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Day One of the Adventures of Stormy

Well, my brother says Hello. So, hooray for speech therapy.” ~ Emo Philips

Today is day one of blogging! I am not an experienced writer, but I have a 15 year old daughter who loves to write and, without a doubt, she will be editing these blogs over my shoulder!

Let's see....where to start!  Lets just jump in with a current situation!

I quit my job a year ago to start a photography business. I thought I wanted to take studio photography pictures out of my home, but that turned out not to be the case. I found out I really do not enjoy setting up stilted studio photography shots or dealing with customers. So I decided to change my mind, as I always do, and just sell my photographs on various sites such as Etsy, Bonanzle, and eBay. Shameless plug here: 
( http://www.etsy.com/shop/RickStormPhotography and http://www.bonanzle.com/booths/positively_inclined ) Turns out it is harder to be an Artist than I thought!  I keep going anyway just for the love of the game!   

Bills keep piling up, so I have been selling all of my possessions on eBay to keep afloat! My boyfriend says I should be careful or I will find myself putting my last pair of pants on auction! I'm afraid he may be right, but I keep plugging along and trying to sell my photography. I am thinking of returning to work after a whole year of what I like to call "the extended vacation where I went broke".

These days I am only looking to pay off my school loans, (BFA $36,000.00...lifetime of debt Priceless), pay the regular day to day bills and send my kid to college so she too can be up to her eyeballs in debt! I'm not looking forward to going back to work, but sometimes you have to do the necessary things in life to get by.

So that brings me to my next adventure...Nanny! I just returned home from South Dakota about 2 weeks ago from being a nanny for my little brother and sister-in-law's 3 children. They have conflicting jobs, so they wanted a family member to watch their kids. Since I am "between jobs" at the moment, I volunteered to help them out, for a fee that is. The set fee was $700.00 for the month of August. Sounded good to me since my income has been 0 Zip Nada for awhile now. Pretty good gig I thought. They have a 3 month old, a 2 year old, and a 9 year old. Easy stuff right???....No.... that is where you would be wrong!

The 9 year old was a breeze, only a few fits here and there. The 3 month old slept most of the time, but only if you held her. It was...you guessed it...the 2 year old that was the problem. Wow, it has been 13 years since I have been around a 2 year old and I was not as prepared as I thought I would be, luckily I had episodes of the Super Nanny on hulu to review and put into action! I would like to take this time to say "Thank You Super Nanny"!  
When I first arrived, the two year came running up to me with a sweet little grin and bouncy brown hair. She threw her arms around my knees and said she was so happy to see me. Hugs ensued as my sister-in-law and a bundled up baby came bounding from the house. It was a happy day! That was day one!

Day two and on: ...I would wake up to a sometimes naked 2 year old bouncing on my bed yelling "wake up...wake up".  She would always start the day with a smile and a good attitude, but by the time I would get to bottom of the stairs, she would turn into her alter ego "Fi Fi" and all hell would break loose. Her favorite phrase when she would break something or I would tell her no was, " I NEED TO".  I never quite had a response for that one....Now I have thought about this phrase for awhile now and I think she is on to something. I am going to try it at home and at my next job! Just to see if I get away with it!

All in all the experience was fun! I have volunteered my nanny services to go back again on Sept. 12 until Sept. 26th. I will be reporting my progress on a day to day basis while I am there! Since I survived a month of craziness last time, how hard can two weeks really be???  I guess we will find out!

Well, I think I have given you all enough to process for now...after all tomorrow in another day entirely!
Check in daily for more fun and adventures with Stormy.

There's no such thing as fun for the whole family.  ~Jerry Seinfeld