City Council & More

I plan on running. If you know me, you’re probably aware of this fact. I find it odd that everyone keeps warning me about all the traffic tickets and other harassment I am likely to receive once the “people in charge” find out that I’m running. While I’m not blatantly advertising yet, I’m not keeping it a deep, dark secret either.

I do really wonder how “they” will accomplish this harassment, but I do not doubt that it’s possible. There are any number of things that can happen and would not look really suspicious. I will say that I’m getting nervous about running. I don’t believe that a person not “in” will make it, but I want to do good for the community and will try my best.

Erich has matured so much in the past year or two. He still has typical kid moments where he acts out tantrums, but not nearly as bad. Also, he will sit down and listen to reason most of the time. He seems to be interested in baseball a bit. He wants to play catch all the time, even in the house. I try to get outside with him at least a couple of times a week to just play catch in the yard. To be honest, I think I enjoy it as much or more than he does. I still need to get a new glove though.

Amaya is still a ding-bat. She is very creative, and is constantly playing with her toys, but just comes off as out there sometimes. As a parent, I look at her and know she is really intelligent, but she comes off so airy. We just got her ears pierced last Friday. Tuesday this week she lost one, but dad made an emergency trip to the evil Wal-Mart and mom got them put in so that we don’t have to get her ears re-pierced. She’s so proud of them and has to show everyone.

This city perturbs me greatly

The city council has made (or not made) some decisions recently that have ignited my fire. The biggest example is leasing a home to the City Manager for 18,000 over 3 years. That’s not horrible, it’s kinda cheap but I could let it slide. The BS part is that he gets 10,000 back if he makes un-named and non-priced “improvements”. I mean, provided he doesn’t hurt the house and plants a shrub he’s “improved” the home. I’m fuming over that one.

Erich and Amaya got some clothes from Aunt Diana yesterday that she bought on a whim. They were both thrilled and had to show me when I came home for lunch.

Work is the same old stuff for now. Everyone’s healthy and enjoying the summer so far, that’s always a plus.

Tomorrow, tomorrow…

I get to go to the dentist at 7AM. That’s gonna come waaaaaaaay too early. Not to mention going to work after. Thank goodness it’s just for a cleaning and checkup. Hopefully they won’t have to numb me up for something. I can just see going into work drooling.

Work’s still going well. More and more I hope that Alltel does keep a call center here. They seem to be a fun and growing company that treats their employees well. We shall see how things go.

Off to bed now that the kids are asleep. Oh the joys of going to the dentist…

Grillin’ n’ Stuff

Not really much stuff, but there was lots of grilling.

The Jaycees were grilling in front of Kroger today. I didn’t make it at 10 to help get initial supplies, but I was there shortly after. The guys had already started the grill, but forgot coolers. Luckily I had two sitting in storage. So once I got there we got ice, pop, and assorted meats. Then we had fun supplying Kroger shoppers with hot dogs, bratwurst, and hamburgers. Typical grilling fare.

All in all, it was pretty successful for our first attempt at grilling for the public. I left after a few hours when some more guys showed up to help. I went to Denny’s with Em when she came to see how things were going. The kids had a great time eating and having fun with their dinosaur-shaped chicken tenders. I still don’t know what part of the chicken that comes from, but the kids didn’t seem to care.

Then when I came home we rented a carpet cleaner. I feel so lucky that I am cleaning all the carpets in my house. They needed it, but it’s not the funnest process in the world.

Panini’s and Poo

Yesterday for lunch I had a panini. It was a first for me, and I have to say I liked it. Maybe I’ve lived a very sheltered food-life, but you couldn’t tell it from my waistline. The panini as I had it was made of toasted bread, cheese, and sliced turkey. I believe it was something I shall try again.

Out of the blue yesterday I stopped drinking pop. No particular reason and I didn’t decide to stop. I just did. I’ve been drinking water and one 12 ounce can of pop. I drink the soda first thing in the morning as I don’t like coffee much and everyone else doesn’t like tea. The caffeine helps get me going and then wears off by the time I get to work. So far I’m feeling better and think this could have something to do with it.

In the past 24 hours I have seen at least 4 seperate people take their dogs to the park/playground up the street and let the animals poo there. It’s disgusting. My children and several others from the neighborhood play at that park and these people let their animals poo there for them to walk through. If even 3/4 or or so of the people picked up after their animals I don’t think I would find it so appalling. It just upsets me that so many people can be so disgusting.