At Least I Showered

Now that I’m driving again (and I shouldn’t actually be driving till after Wednesday) the past two days have been OMG-Kill-Me-Now hectic. I try and sleep after I drop the boys off at school and Mario’s left to work, so I get at least two extra hours of sleep (from 9am till 11am) but I totally skipped my nap yesterday. John and I went to the bank, to get milk at the corner store and to pick up his paycheck at work (which wasn’t ready, grr). Picked up Jaylen, came home and got everyone else in the car (Mom and Alaethia) and left to town.

We were supposed to get a “price adjustment” at Circuit City, where we bought our laptop. Since Best Buy had the exact same one for the same price and had instant savings instead of a mail-in rebate, they told us to take the ad in and we’d get the $130 in cash, at the store. We go, and what happens? The laptop isn’t the same dontch’a know? All the specs are the same, looks exactly the same but the model number’s off by two letters. I thanked the girl that was helping us for wasting half an hour of my life and we left. To Target (where I saved $2 on Huggies diapers–oh yeah!) where I returned a curtain rod I’d bought on Sunday and some Link Sys thing we didn’t use. We went to Wal-Mart afterwards where I got a new curtain rod I’d seen (but still not too happy with) and undies and sports bras, since, for the life of me, I can’t find about half of my old underwear O_o.

We rushed home and got Mom, Jaylen and Alaethia off since we had to pick Eenan and Brandon up from school and there was no way we’d all fit. We go home, Eenan does his homework and we go back to town so we could give Gramma a visit. We hadn’t seen her in almost 3 weeks!

I was feeling the effects of skipping my morning nap; I was literally nodding off at the wheel, which I never do, no matter how tired I am. We get to Gramma’s and she’s just in love with Alaethia. We arrived just as they brought her her dinner and she said she’d forgotten how hungry she was now that Alaethia was there. She said she’s got rosy skin like her :). We sat around and talked for a good while and then we left home before it got dark since I’m having a harder and harder time seeing when its dark. This time John made me laugh the whole way home, so the endorphins or whatever was floating around my body helped wake me up. I stopped to make our storage unit payment and then we really went home.

Alaethia was a doll and let me bathe the boys without a problem. Mario called to tell me he was on his way home (two hours earlier than usual) so we could put the bunk beds together. I’d been calling around looking for prices on twin mattresses and had little to no luck. Most places were closed. Mom comes over to watch the kiddos for us while we went to Wal-mart, since we were going to exchange the bunk beds we got at Kmart for less expensive ones (the exact same ones). We ran into Paul and Norma and their kids, which was a huge coincidence since Paul had just called that morning. We talked for a while and then decided we’d leave straight to Kmart to get the bunk bed mattresses they had that went with the beds.

We get there and it’s probably one of the worst customer service experiences we’ve ever had. Omar, the guy I spotted and asked for help left us standing there like idiots for 40 minutes while he “checked” if they had the mattress. Everytime we’d ask if he was almost ready, he’d give us the run-around and would say that yeah, they were bringing one out. We’d had enough, so we left.

The boys had eaten at home, but we were starving (all I’d had for lunch was a bitty cup of mac-n-cheese and a green apple). We stopped at Burger King, where they welcomed us with, “Welcome to Burger King. Can you hold on, please?” and never came back. So we left that place, too. We ended up going to McDonald’s and I actually ordered a quarter pounder with cheese meal. We get home and Mario scarfs down his food and so do I. We ate at the couch while we watched The Guardian and when we were done and Mario was taking our trash to the trashcan I tell him, “Man I was hungry. Did you notice I actually ate my fries?” He says, “Yeah! I thought, ‘Since when does she order a quarter pounder?'” It was delicious I have to admit. I’ll try not to make it a habit though. Don’t want to gain all my pregnancy weight back XD.

Today was just as hectic. I know I forgot details from yesterday because I could have sworn I did more shit than that. We went to sleep late last night since we watched the movie and Alaethia woke up twice so I got mmmm, about 5 hours of sleep. I dropped the boys off, made Mario breakfast and after giving Alaethia a bottle and eating some Cheerios, I snuggled up with her in bed and we fell asleep till 11am. It felt so darn good to sleep. I picked Jaylen up while Mom watched Alaethia (bless that woman) and from then on I had stuff to do, like go to Mary’s to get copies of the mail-in rebate papers and receipts, bought the mattress for Eenan’s bunk bed ($99, best price and it’s not too crappy) then we rushed back, picked up the other two kids then went to the bank to withdraw money. Poor Vito was in a car wreck this morning. Apparently, the truck that hit him was transporting illegal immigrants and they fled the scene. Left the truck there, but they ran off. There were choppers patrolling the area and everything. Vito was fine, thank goodness, but his car’s a total loss. We all pitched in some money so he could get himself a little car he’d seen for $500. I felt more than obliged to help; he’s always helping us out, whether it be rescuing us when one of our cars breaks down or picking up the kids for us when we desperately need it, he’s there for us.

Mario had me mail off some speakers to his Nino, Jorge, and I mailed off the rebate. I hope I did everything right and that we actually receive the rebate. Rebates make me nervous, like I’m never going to see the money.

I got to bathe the kids with no problem, cleaned up a little, folded clothes and did 3 loads of laundry and even got to make dinner while Alaethia slept. I got the dishes ready to wash and got the cups washed and rinsed and then she woke up. And stayed awake. Mary called around 9:30 asking if I’d do her the favor of dropping Noelia off in the morning around 8:30. I was pretty bummed I wouldn’t be able to sleep, but all was forgiven when they took Alaethia to their house for a bit so I could take a shower. I thought I was going to have to go to bed stinky since it’s Tuesday and Mario’s having a night out with the guys. I hope the boy went to Jorge’s to get his cellphone. He left it there when we went over Sunday night.

Now that I’m clean and Alaethia’s actually sleeping I should get to bed. Life’s pretty much back to “normal” now that I’m pretty much back on my feet. My Snuggle-Bug’s got a big day tomorrow: a doctor’s appointment. I’m a little nervous that she might have to get immunizations. I can feel the lump in my throat already.


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