Monday, February 16, 2009


i started this post tonight as a real debbie downer. i was complaining about all the had gone wrong with my day and i was starting to sound like a grade-a spoiled brat.

SO, i decided to turn my frown upside down....with an even better post!

without further ado...drum roll please...

the 10 things i'm negative BUT...positive about right now...

1. my dog threw up all over my carpet this weekend. three times. you know why? he got into the trash and found my can of grease...ewww. BUT...this did force me to clean my ca
rpets (twice, because, EWW, gross) and clean up around the house.

2. kyle went to portland for two weeks for work. so we'll miss one of our weekends together. BUT...when he comes home next friday we are going to be in manhattan to volunteer for the BGC casino night! i'm so excited to see all my old buds
from work i can hardly stand it!

3. it gets harder and harder every weekend to say good bye to kyle. BUT...he is dissatisfied with his boss/place of work right now (no, that's not the positive thing...sheesh, what kind of a person do you think i am!), so he applied to a few places this weekend and already has a phone interview! keep your fingers crossed, we may be living in the 'ta sooner than we expected! (which was!)

4. i don't care or know how it happened, but someone
deleted some of my drawings. i don't think it was on purpose, but i was mad about it. BUT...the guy i can't stand is gone for two days on a trip and i don't have to listen to his crap for two blissful days!!

5. i'm totally swamped at work. BUT...i'
m extremely lucky to have a job right now. like REALLY lucky. i have a couple of friends who have been laid off due to the economy. YAY for living in the wichita bubble where everything is always honkey dory!

6. i got my bonus today at work. it was about half of what i thought it would be. BUT...see above. i should just be happy i got one at all!

7. i spoke to my mom on the phone, i'm not getting as much in taxes as i thought i was. BUT...i reminded her we c
ould claim my moving expenses and all the money it took for me to find a job when i graduated (i don't even want to tell you the amount it was that much i had to spend) and the rebate increased! i guess interviewing in tulsa, st. louis, KC and many other places did pay off in the end!

8. my dog keeps barking at something outside and it's giving me a raging headache. BUT...i should be glad he loves me enough to bark at everything that comes within 3 feet of me. AWWW...

9. when i was doing my yoga dvd earlier, both my cat and my dog were all in my face, the WHOLE TIME. totally messing up my chi. for reals, animals, can't a girl get some peace and quiet to "work out"? :) BUT...i
should be glad that i have such great animals that want to be near me all the time. they can't help it they are so adorable i have to stop the dvd to play with them for a few minutes.

and finally...the real kicker...

10. i was in a horrible mood to start off with this morning. my mom and aunt moved my grandparents into assisted living this weekend. i can't believe that my grandparents are going into that stage of their lives. it just feels like there is no going back for them. my grandmother keeps getting out of the little house they have in manhattan (she has alzheimer's) and my grandpa can't find her. luckily they have great neighbors who help her out, but it was too much for everyone to handle. so they are settled into an apartment with assisted living where she will be monitored with an ankle bracelet (stylish). BUT...i'm glad that my grandparents h
ave lived such a wonderful life. they have four kids, 11 grand kids and i think we are up to double digits in the great-grandchildren. they have lived to the ripe old ages of 94 and 91 and i wouldn't put it past them to live much longer than that. i also love that my grandfather and i exchange emails often and that he can always put a smile on my face. i love that kyle and he can sit in the corner of a room for hours and talk about farming, gardening or just sit in silence and enjoy each other's company. i know i'm a better person for knowing this two wonderful people and that no matter what they have made a lasting impression on me. i love them both! (even crazy grandma when she pees in my mom's shoes...another day perhaps...)

and just to tickle your funny bone. here's a picture i sent my grandpa to cheer him up today. this is my cat, moe, sitting (YES, SITTING) up against my dog, nelson. too cute for words. awww...da brudder's lub each odder! (catie's cutsie talk translation...awww...the brother's love each other!)

moe says, "what the deuce are you looking at? ain't you never seen a cat sit up afore?" :)


  1. What a cute post! I understand getting frustrated and down on things and I HATE getting that way. It always seems to make things worse. I think it's great you can find the positives amongst all of it. I'm glad you like the 101 in 1001! My friend mentioned it and it took me forever to try and come up with 101 things! The end of my list started to get silly with things like "highlighting my hair" but man there's only so much you can accomplish in just under three years! I hope you are able to complete your list! :)

  2. I love the tone of this post. While ranting and complaining can be cleansing, finding the silver linings is SO healthy.

    I can mostly relate to your feelings about your grandparents. None of mine are in "homes" yet, but they're getting close. Lots of's so weird to think of them getting older and passing on. The pasing of time is not always easy.

  3. I can relate to the grandparents topic. It's tough.

    That picture of your cat sitting is HILAROUS! It totally made my morning!


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