Wednesday, September 24, 2008

My Weekend.....Part 2: The 4-wheeler ride!

Saturday morning I sat in the kitchen (in my PJs no less!) talking with DBF's parents for about 45 minutes before he finally got up. His parents and I just talked about everyday job, their farm, my pets, their animals, etc. I showed them pictures of my pets and my house that were on my camera. There was no awkardness at all. DBF got up after his dog started whining in her crate to go outside. Then we all sat and chatted. Family friends came over to visit and I got to hear stories about DBF hunting as well as just more chatting. Later DBF's aunt and uncle came over, we talked for awhile and DBF suggested that he and I go out on the four-wheeler.

Now I must admit that I've NEVER been on a four-wheeler in my life. DBF has scared me half to death in his Celica so I wasn't sure about riding on the back of his 4 wheeler. DBF knew this and told me that he'd be careful and not go very fast. I felt very uneasy at first because I kept feeling like I was going to fall off and he kept reassuring me that I wouldn't. My feet barely touched the footrests! The first thing we had to do was get down his parents' gravel driveway......I hung onto DBF for dear life! LOL DBF turned and said "now I know you really don't like going on rides"....(I'd told him I don't like roller coasters and rides like that). He kept the speed around 10-12 MPH (I kept peeking over his shoulder). Another scary part were curves....once I thought we were going to go left and we went right, and I thought I was going to fall off because I leaned the wrong way. Then I discovered what's worse than going downhill......going UP hill! I thought I was going to fall off the back! Most of the time, I had my face buried in his back with my arms wrapped so tight around him I nearly lost circulation just praying that I could stay on the ATV.

So he takes me to see an old cemetary on his parents' property and his aunt and uncle's place up the mountain above his folks. Yeah, mountain! It seemed like no matter how high you went, there was always someplace higher. Next, he asks if I'm alright if we go on the paved roads because there's a log cabin he wants to show me. I agreed. Then he tells me that he knows that the ATV will go 60 MPH! I tell him "not with ME on it!". He laughed and said he wouldn't. So we're on the road and there's not much of a shoulder and a embankment of trees to the right. I'm leaning towards oncoming traffic (not much traffic) because I feel like I'm going to fall down the hill of trees. He finally realized that we're too close to the edge. He starts talking to me more so I relax more. The cabin was BEAUTIFUL! Wrap around porch, isolated but not really far from the main road. He said that it was about $200,000 for the land and cabin.....some doctor from out of state owns it. Nearby was a old stone fireplace and an old outhouse. I wish I'd taken my camera, but I was more worried about just getting back in one piece...not getting picture! On the ride back, we talked the whole time so it went quick and I wasn't so nervous. His dad joked later that when we left we were going so slow that he thought we were on a lawnmower! LOL (Little does he know that riding lawn mowers scare me even more than ATVs!)

Next post(s) will be about the horses, dinner w/ the parents and the last day. And if my computer will co-operate a picure of DBF!

My Weekend at the Farm....

This past weekend, DBF and I went to his parents' farm about an hour or so from Lexington, KY. I had been looking forward to it, but of course I was nervous. This was my first time meeting his family. Once we got there, however, the nervousness went away quickly.

When we arrived, his mom came out to greet us. Then it was feeding time for the animals. DBF and I went down to the pasture with her to get the horses (Charlie, Baby and Sable) to the barn. She showed me how to keep from getting stepped on and asked me if I was okay around horses. I've been around horses just a little, but I had no fear of being around them. She also showed us was had been added to the barn. Next, it was time to feed the goats. They have a lot of baby goats, but I'm not sure how many. It was fun watching them play with one another. After the goats, we went to see the 40 chickens that were just little chicks in July.

After all the animals were fed, it was time for us to eat. DBF always brings Chinese food from the town were his parents used to live. He says they can't find good Chinese food in the small town where they now live. His dad teased me a little about being from Indiana, but DBF had warned me that he would. DBF said if his dad doesn't tease you, then he doesn't like you. We spent the rest of the evening talking.

The next morning, I got up at around 9 am. DBF had not come out of his room yet, but I could hear his parents talking in the kitchen. I went out to join them.......more about his parents, four-wheeling, horse back riding and a picture of the wonderful DBF in my next post!

To be continued......................

Monday, September 8, 2008

Speaking of LOVE..............

Love was the topic of conversation last night between DBF and me! The stinker waited until I said it first, but I had a feeling he felt the same as I did. We both wanted to say it before he left for Labor Day weekend at his parents 4 hours away, but we were both afraid to freak out the other one. I'd been feeling it for a week or two, but what really made me realize it was him going away for the weekend. He'd told me before that when he goes to his parents, he likes to "draft" behind semis to save gas. Of course, being a worry-wart like I am, all I can think of is DBF doing that and the sami making a quick stop and turning his Celica into a convertible. I told him that much, but didn't come right out and tell him I loved him. He told me that he loved spending time with me, but not he loved me.

Knowing that he's been divorced and feels like he failed at marriage, I was afraid I would scare him away by making him feel I was pushing for a commitment or it would be too soon for him. On Friday night, however, we had a important talk about some other things so I know that things were getting serious between us. Plus, he's already invited me to his parents farm in a couple weeks to meet them. Last night, I just couldn't wait any longer! It drove me nuts to talk to him every night that I didn't see him and not tell him "I love you" at the end of the phone call. So I just did it.

I've never felt so comfortable with anyone in my life! I've only been dating him for six weeks and I've only known him for ten weeks, but it feels like I've known him for years. I only wish Mom could have met him.....but at least she knew about him.

I love FREE!

In these days of rising prices, it's great to find a good price on anything. However, my favorite price of all is FREE! Before going onto the the MSN money messageboard (specifically the Grocery Challenge thread), I rarely if EVER got anything free. Now, however, that is changing. In the past week I have gotten at least 8 items for free! I actually MADE 50 cents on each of the Colgate toothpaste by using a $1.50 coupon and getting $2.00 ECBS back.

Here's how I got so much for FREE!

Loreal facial cleanser 5.99 at CVS - $1.00 Q = $4.99 and got 5.99 ECBs back
Dawn HandRenewal on hidden sale at CVS (thanks to GC for telling me!) 99 cents - $1.00 Q
Colgate Toothpaste 2 at $2.99 at CVS - $1.50 Q each = $1.49 and get 2.00 ECBs
Cover Girl lipstick on BOGO sale at CVS AND I had a BOGO Q so I got $19.98 for FREE!
Cottonelle TP 4 single roll pack (2 packs) 99 cents each at Kroger - 2 50 cents Qs that double = FREE!

Most of this will be for my personal use (stockpile), but the toothpaste and toilet paper will be used for HBA Christmas baskets for friends and family.

Friday, September 5, 2008

School's Back in Session!

In my town, school started on August 4th. I'm a Pre-K assistant for the third year and I believe this is going to be the hardest year yet. For starters, there are only two assistants instead of three. One quit in May to get a job with benefits and she's not going to be replaced. Secondly, out of the 26 students about 16 of them are new to the class. The kids that were with us last year are not strong role models so they can't show the new kids what to do. And finally, we have three boys and one little girl that are physically agressive. The boys are insubordinate as well. We can tell them to stop doing something and they'll look at us and do it anyway! The three of them together just egg each other on to do more mischief.

We've had to completely redo how we do the "centers". We can't do whole-class activities because the kids get out of control. Art, music, Spanish and PE (all of which we assistants are in charge of) are crazy and out of control because the kids just won't listen. After 3 weeks of school, we are finally able to get half of them to line up quietly.....last year that only took a week!

I think all three boys are going to be referred for behavioral problems. Hopefully, the behavior specialist can give us some strategies to help us. It's going to be a LLLLLLLLLLLLOOOOOOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNNNNNGGGGGGGGGGGG year!