My job


It’s also colder than hell, so you get a variety.

This is week 15 or so of 56 hour, 6 day weeks.  Sometime in the near future… February or so probably, what with returns… it will go back to 40 hour, 5 day weeks.

I’m trying to remember what that feels like.

But the up side is all the overtime is paying for Havoc’s braces.

Photos of the month

I’ve been working 56 hour weeks.

And that will continue through Christmas, with the possibility for 10 hour days to become 12 hour ones.

Not looking forward to it.

This is the over crowded warehouse

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There is so much paperwork/data entry in this job.

Which is sort of my thing. I admit, I kind of love paperwork & data entry.

And I get lots of physical exercise

So it’s a good job for me from that perspective.  But I am really hating the hours right now

In other news DH & I went on a date night and about 90 minutes into it Havoc sent us this photo:


Last thing we said to them before we left was load the dishwasher & run it.

But there wasn’t enough dish detergent so they topped it up was Dawn dish soap.

We weren’t even mad.

After all they had run the dishwasher.

And the floor needed mopped anyway.

What were we off doing?

I was getting this:

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My newest tattoo. 3 years in the making.  I was supposed to get this for my 45th birthday.

In 2012.

Long awaited changes

These guys have been around this holiday weekend.


Contractosaurs (and boss).

We had some work that needed done but really needed a few days available to make it happen. I’ve been working so much overtime that we’ve had to wait until this weekend to do it.

The boys moved into separate rooms ages ago this year & at the time we promised both of them they could repaint their rooms.

Havoc’s was white with a definite pinkish tint to it and Mayhem’s was the darker red & blue that they had chosen a few years ago for the room they shared.

Then we promised them we would repaint when they got back from summer camp in June.

Then we promised they could paint their rooms when we got back from Wheeling in July. 

Then August sort of got away from us.

But they were really very patient about it. They’ve lived with us all our lives. They know how these things go.

Still, at last the weekend arrived and we began painting.  This is the color Havoc chose.


A nice soothing blue.

This is Mayhem’s color


Otherwise known as “DAYUM SON! That’s a bright orange!”

Havoc’s went on with one easy coat of paint with primer.  Took a little over half a gallon of paint by the time we had done all the touchups.

Mayhem’s though… well, lets say the paint with primer is great for covering light paint but fairly worthless at darker shades. After two coats on most of the walls, using all of the gallon of paint, the walls were orangish with a slickly green undercoat.  Another gallon of paint got the walls not going to be covered up by bookshelves just orange.

When we go to paint over that room in a month or 5 years or whenever, we will just prime the walls first and then use the paint plus primer over it.

Probably we should not have taken advice from the contractosaurs.

Summer Scavenger Hunt

My photos so far:

1. A bouquet of flowers


2. An ornate door knocker. Its not really ornate, but I encounter so very few door knockers this is probably the best I can do


3. A person walking a dog (or other animal)


4. People playing a board game or card game

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5. Architectural columns


6. A metal bridge


7. A turtle – or a reasonable facsimile thereof. I use this as a paperweight at work


8. Someone "plugged in" to social media. My parents, husband & sons at breakfast, everyone on their phones or tablets

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9. A tent or several


10. A college or university


11. A cellular tower or television satellite dish.  The first is looking down from the top of the 280ft tower. The second is a tower. My husband climbs towers.


12. A public restroom, bathroom, or toilet


13. A merry-go-round or carousel

We missed the county fair so the opportunities for this have vanished

14. A traffic signal


15. A flag pole with at least three flags on it

Still looking.

16. A panoramic view, taken while standing someplace high in the air. Taken by the tower climber


17. At least two people wearing matching outfits or uniforms. The first are my sons & nieces and the second is a team at Beast of the East

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18. An overloaded truck, car, bicycle or other vehicle

Still looking

19. A ticket booth. They sell tickets for the tour bus here

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20. A natural body of water


21. A photograph of you with a sign reading "2015 Summertime Photography Scavenger Hunt". Note: you may not use a substitute for this item.


Alternative A: People eating outside


Alternative B: Someone holding an umbrella


Alternative C: A rocking chair. Disassembled. I spent two weeks inspecting a few hundred of these things.


And for old times sake here’s what the dinos & clones have been doing.

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For more photos check out the links at Gallo Organico

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