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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Too Tired to Care

Just one of those weeks. Too much going on, so I'm drained.

Pirate Munchkin started kindergarten this week. There were two classes, and of course we ended up with the teacher with the really long last name. Oh well, she's nice, and I think she'll be a good teacher. Munchkin is coming home with great stories about all the things she's learning. She's already made some new friends. Next week's challenge? HOT LUNCH!

Surfer Pirate may be getting a raise!!! We hope to hear about it within the next few days, but it looks pretty promising. That will make life a lot easier around here. And they'll finally be paying him what he deserves.

Meanwhile, I'm officially looking for work. I got a referral for a job with an RV company, and I'm pretty hopeful about that one. Supposedly, they're pretty flexible about hours, and I'm even thinking of looking into telecommuting with them. That way, I could work there while Pirate Munchkin is in school, and work at home the rest of the day. But considering I haven't even had an interview yet, I'm sort of jumping the gun. Keep your fingers crossed for me.

For those who haven't yet discovered the joys of Facebook, I have to put my little plug in for it. I've been on there for about a year and a half now, and the thing I have discovered is that finding long-lost friends is like Christmas!! My senior year of high school, I was going through a pretty tough time. I had two main friends who got me through it. They were my strength and kept me sane. I lost contact with both of them due to my first marriage. (The ex was very jealous, and both of these friends are male.) I had hoped to see these guys at our 10 year reunion, but no such luck. I managed to track down one of them a couple of years ago through one of his relatives, and I've enjoyed having him back in my life. But I've still had kind of a hole in my life from my other missing friend. Last week, I saw that I had a friend request on Facebook. There he was!!! I was so excited I was practically bouncing! I was stunned to find out he's been back in town for a couple of years, and acutally lives pretty close to me!!! We were able to get together and do some catching up. I'm just so thrilled to have these two great friends back in my life. Isn't the internet great?

Monday, August 24, 2009

Pirate Family Drama

I did not sleep well last night. Pirate animals of all shapes and sizes were making noise, making messes, licking, etc. to the point that I couldn't stay asleep for more than 10-20 minutes at a time. I eventually moved out to the pirate couch and ended up with a sleep mask AND earplugs! It was bad. Around 5:30 or so, I finally slept deeper, only to be awake again at 7, and 8. After the 8:00 period of crabby wakefulness, I slept pretty well until 10:30.

Anyway, what woke me at 8 was Pirate Munchkin playing in her room. Apparently she had Black Beardette (our youngest pirate cat) in the room with her because all I could hear was giggling. The giggling continued until I heard an "Ouch". Then more giggling. I figured things were fine and went back to sleep.

When I finally got up, I was faced with a very sad and sullen 5 year old. Very seriously, she said to me "Mom. I have something to tell you. Black Beardette hurt my feelings. She broke my heart and my spirit." Of course, this must be taken very seriously! When asked what happened, Pirate Munchkin told me that she didn't pick up the cat or anything! Black Beardette came up to her and scratched her on her face ALL ON HER OWN!! Pirate Munchkin got a hug and a kiss, and Black Beardette got a mild lecture on being nice.

Pirate Munchkin has been told repeatedly not not pick up Black Beardette. She's the only cat that isn't declawed, and she still has sharp little kitten claws. Pirate Munchkin loves the cat more than just about anything. She got the lovely trait (from her mother, I had the same problem as a kid) of loving animals to the point of torture. Needless to say, when Black Beardette gets picked up and she doesn't want to be, she responds with her claws. Telling Pirate Munchkin to quit picking her up doesn't seem to work, so I just let natural consequences take place. I have a feeling that's what happened this morning. And because of the giggles that followed the ouch, I feel pretty safe that Pirate Munchkin's heart and spirit are just fine! :)

Thursday, August 20, 2009

My Pirate Heros!!

I can't even begin to express how happy this makes me! The geniuses who came up with International Talk Like a Pirate Day have written a new book! I cannot wait to read it!! Check out their website here.

And don't forget, International Talk Like a Pirate Day is September 19th!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Puppy Love

It just has to be said. Pirate Puppy purrs when he gets snuggles. At first, we thought he was growling, but he doesn't show his teeth. When you get really close to him, and give him hugs and kisses, he lets out this low growl sound. Very weird.

I haven't decided on Pirate names for the other pets yet, but the dogs are Pirate Dog, Pirate Puppy, and Pirate Wench Puppy. Pirate Dog is 6 or 7, we're not sure. He was a pound rescue dog. Pirate Puppy is MY baby, and while he's only 6 months old, he now weighs over 60 pounds! And he's not done yet. We estimate he'll be around 160-180 by the time he's done! Pirate Wench Puppy is my husband's dream dog. She's 9 months old and is madly in love with her human daddy. She even sleeps between us on our bed!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Big Changes

Lately, I've discovered many long, lost friends through the power of the internet. I have found that my friends who have blogs are the ones that I feel like I've been able to catch up with the most. So, for my friends who would like to catch up with my family - as well as new friends who are just getting to know me, I'm going to give up some anonymity and make this blog out to be about my real life.

I also have learned how precious these blogs can be considering I recently lost my dear sister to cancer. Her blog is a great comfort to me as I go back and re-read her entries.

Don't get me wrong. Any weird news articles and dumb criminal stories will continue. They are some of my favorite humor afterall! And pirates continue to be a great source of entertainment for me. They will live on forever!

Anyway, so I'm in my early 30's. A newlywed of 10 months, and blissfully happy about that! My husband is a California surfer who has been transplanted far from his beautiful ocean to the land-locked state of Montana. I have a precious 5 year old daughter through my first marriage, and a very special little step-daughter. We have our own household zoo that despite our efforts to maintain a control on the amount of animals in the house, it keeps growing. Mostly because my husband and I are both fierce animal lovers, and our home just isn't complete without them. I'm sure our little furry (and non-furry) babies will be great sources of entertainment as I write this blog.

So drop anchor me hearties, and I shall summon the cabin boy and we will splice the membraine together!