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domestic disasters Archives · Ryder Family Farm- Southern Illinois Produce & More
domestic disasters Archives · Ryder Family Farm- Southern Illinois Produce & More
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A mothers dilemma: Keep sleeping or wash off the sour milk?

I know this is just one of the many dilemmas I'll have to face as a parent. This one is significant because it's the first one, you know a milestone. So humor me okay? Babies vomit. Mine in particular loves to be at the breast 24/7 which inevitably leads to overeating, which in turn results in an overly full stomach and projectile vomiting. Awesome! She's shot vomit everywhere exactly 3 times. Once from her swing on to the floor. Once while cuddling me in bed, it went right down my shirt, arm and all over my side of the bed. Then this morning we were both back asleep after a long early morning feeding when she began to quietly fuss...

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Um, did someone die in this house? Man it smells! (Evansville rental home search continues…)

I am going to be honest, this home hunt thing has really made me a downer lately. I know how boring and blah the posts have been and I am trying to not go on and on about the same crap, it is just hard to swiftly change perspective when nothing is actually looking up or improving. We looked a two other home possibilities today and both were basically a waste of time. One was decorated like and also smelled about as good as a nasty no-tell-motel room. You know the cheap indoor/ outdoor carpets in the most disgusting color and the wafting cigarette smoke/ someone died in this place smell? Yep, that was the first place we looked at. We literally walked through the living room, in one bedroom and we're...

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Critters are everywhere! What is that in our wall?

You know we always have crazy eventful times with animals around here right? I mean all of our pets come to us by some sort of fate. They dart in our front door or are starving in a hole by the sidewalk when we walk by. We are suckers, we just can't walk by and leave them be dealt with by someone else. We feel all guilty and bad...

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Cat poo, candles and flaming tales. More pet madness to share!

You know how sometimes when you do something you get this flash of disaster scenario warning you of the what-if's? I got one right as I was lighting a candle in my stinky bathroom. You see I was drawing a bath which is an immediate invitation for one of my cats to take a giant steaming dump and leave it uncovered in the box for my enjoyment. Nothing is more relaxing than a nice warm bubble bath and the aroma of steaming cat turd right? WRONG! So I am lighting a few candles to make it smell better before I get in to the tub. I set one on the back of the toilet and was about to walk away when I realized the lit candle was right next to the economy...

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House floods and hair dye…

I am one of those 20somethings who already has gray hairs, yep it is true! Actually it is a chunk of gray hairs, kind of a streak on my right side right near my hair line. I usually dye my hair with the intent of covering the gray I have tons of hair so I usually need 2 boxes of dye. Unfortunately, dye is expensive and these days we are scrounging every penny we have for our $10,000 move. Lately this has prevented me from enjoying the luxury that is coloring my hair...

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Beer fest in flagstaff and the regular domestic disaster before moving

N got tickets to beer fest through his work and was super excited to go. He is afterall a beer lover/ homebrewer so this event was right up his alley. Me, I am not a fan of beer but I figured getting out of the house and having some alcohol might not be a bad idea. We headed to beer fest at about 4pm yesterday after a super productive morning and afternoon. The thing about this town is that people are just "different" here. At bars and similar community events people just dress up like it is halloween, maybe I am just out of the loop or something but I think dressing up randomly is kind of odd. Anyway, people were out dispite the rain. They were dressed in their oddest...

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Yuck, I made "cowboy coffee" this morning…

So, we got this new coffee maker because our old one was like 10 years old and it took several hours to brew one freaking pot of coffee. It was evaporating the water before it managed to drip through the system and onto the coffee grounds. N's birthday is coming so I thought getting him a coffee maker would be a nice early birthday present for the whole house so I cruised on over to amazon.com and got a programmable coffee maker that arrived in no time. Since N is away on business I have been the coffee maker and I suck! Well actually the filters suck.. We had all these cone shaped natural filters for our old coffee maker and for this new coffee maker we need the white basket type...

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WTF, the shower curtain is making me crazy!

The rental we are in right now strangely enough came equip with shower curtains. When we first moved in the shower curtains wreaked of urine and the house hadn't been thoroughly cleaned so we contacted the rental company and they sent out a house cleaner. The house cleaner who barely spoke English told me they don't clean shower curtains. Since the shower curtain came with the rental it must be returned with the rental when we are done, that means I had to deal with it! I read somewhere that throwing the shower curtain in the wash would clean it right up so I tried it, the nasty urine smell went away! Just a few days ago the smell came back (no we aren't peeing on it!) so I went to work...

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Just got electrocuted but I am feeling good..

Yep, you read it right I just got electrocuted but I am feeling good! I spent the day getting ready for our competition tomorrow. My students and I have been working hard to get ready for another performance this weekend that leads up to our state championships. They are doing some amazing work and I am very pleased. Sinagua winterguard 2008 practice footage Sinagua winterguard 2008 practice footage I was trying to burn a new music cd for the performance since the cd we used last time apparently had some issues playing in their cd player. I used a windows vista computer last week to burn the cd as opposed to always using my windows xp computer (grrr Microsoft makes me mad sometimes!). Anyway I went to plug in my cd player to...

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Working on the Nissan Maxima…

As some of you already know, our car died last week and we had planned to work on removing the alternator this weekend. I have never worked on a car before but we didn't let that stop us.We had our little manual for the job, it showed photos and directions for getting the tasks accomplished so we bundled up. Headed out to the freezing garage to shuffle boxes and make room for the car, we didn't want to work on the car in the snow. Once we made room for the car we put it in neutral and used another car to push it into the garage. We spent about 1 1/2 hours trying to get the damn car on the jacks so we could get under it.. Nothing we tried...

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Don't pour bleach on bunny pee! (or any pee for that matter)

Ugh, my nose is burning and it's cause I had a temporary moment of stupidity. We are moving in 15 days and I have an ongoing list of crap to accomplish. Today it was sweeping/ cleaning the wood floors and cleaning bunny's cage/ mess. Oh and I was supposed to find the Nissian repair book so we can see how to remove the alternator from the car. I didn't get around to taking care of bunny till after dinner. I made meatloaf for the first time tonight and it turned out good, then I was unusually tired and achy so I procrastinated some more and watched TV. When N headed back to work I forced myself to take care of bunny's mess before I took a bath. We put "potty pads" down...

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New stove should be here soon..

Thanks to everyone for all your concern! Our stove is toast, the firemen told us to make sure they didn't try to have us use it again. Here is why:     We called the rental company we are renting this place from, the scheduled an appliance guy to come out this afternoon to take the burnt stove away and to bring us a new one.Also, we contacted our gas company about unusually high gas bill we got and they are sending a technician out to do a gas audit, to try and find the culprit of our dramatically high gas bill. So today is the day of technicians! I have to knock out 4 purses today to add to the 12 I have completed thus far...

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They say misery loves company….

… and I believe it is true. The thing that bothers me most is people who are bitter or angry and insist on trying to ruin everybody else’s day. Yesterday was my day off and I was set on trying to enjoy it despite all the things that weigh on me. I garden when I want to relax or to have some personal time so when I got home from teaching I went to check on my garden. I and was starting to clean the kitchen with the back door open. The cats were laying outside in the sun and then I heard these rustling bags outside. I have to keep an eye on my cats because sometimes they jump the fence, so I poke my head outside to see...

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Random musings…..

Tuesday is my birthday and my family is coming to see me for the weekend. Today was one of my "almost days off" so I tried to get some house cleaning and straightening done. One of my main focuses is my bulb garden. I have been watering the flower beds and trying to get all my outdoor furniture/ areas cleaned and ready for use for this weekend. I simply cannot wait for my bulbs to bloom...

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I am appalled!! Continuation of: "This holiday weekend sucked!!"

Continuation of: "This holiday weekend sucked!!" Over the last week I have had some significant car drama. My car was revving out of control on the way home, I almost had a major wreck. You can read the initial post here. So my car was towed to a mechanic near my parent's home down in New River on Tuesday. I got a call today about the status of the car… It's drivable and the transmission is okay despite my throwing it into park while it was moving. Whew! Turns out the major issue that caused the car to rev out of control was the fact that the previous mechanic (R&A Imports in Flagstaff, AZ) used zip ties to secure things after he had taken things apart. Something came loose the night I...

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This "holiday weekend" sucked!!

Sometimes I just hate holidays!! I am usually working on holidays which means I am waiting on other people, ensuring they have a wonderful time and all that… Holidays mean overly excited people who are usually also very picky and impossible to please.. I am sure you can already tell that my holiday weekend did not go that great. I went down to Phoenix for my brother's graduation. We are so proud of him, we went out for ice cream to celebrate and then we went to the Scottsdale courthouse to take care of my other brothers warrant. All that went fine and it was nice to see the family. At about 7:30pm I was heading back up the hill to flagstaff. I had planned to head home at right about sundown...

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