Thursday, June 28, 2007
Today is the first day of Summerfest in Milwaukee. I can't say that I am too excited. Although it is meant to be a whole lot of fun I have to say that I have never really had a great time there. The food at the festival is always great, I will admit ,but it is just way to difficult to try to enjoy eating in the crowds.
Here are some reasons for my lack of excitement.
1. It's too damn crowded.
2. Too many drunks, I mean really drunk drunks.
3. Too many macho guys getting in fights.
4. People from everywhere descend upon our beautiful city only to abuse it and act like idiots...and pee everywhere.
5. It's too damn crowded.
6. Even if you go to see an act, you are lucky if you can actually see or hear the act that you want to...(excluding the Marcus Amphitheatre of course).
7.If you have to drive through the city like I do, you will get really frustrated by the massive amount of cars with drivers that have no clue as to where they are going.
8. My neighborhood gets trashed.
9. Did I say that it's too damn crowded?
10. Even if you don't drink, you'll definitely smell like you've had more than your share by the time that you leave.
Again, this event is supposed to be fun. It is a blast for a lot of people but I can't nor did I ever get into that type of fun. How much fun is it to get stepped on, sworn at and have tons of beer spilled on you? In the past I have been burned by cigarettes, soaked by beer and punched, just by walking through the crowds. One of my sisters was slammed up against a brick wall once and her only way out of the situation was to punch the drunk woman who squashed her. My sister would NEVER punch anyone. I never liked dancing on picnic tables because they are too wobbly and you might get pushed off of one of those as well.
I guess that I have come to realise that if you really want to enjoy the event without worrying about the condition that you will be in when you leave is that you just have to be drunk. No thanks.
But even if you don't drink and want to brave the crowds go ahead and enjoy what the festival has to offer. Originally it was meant to be a lot of fun without all of the riff-raf behavior of today.
side note: just in case you are wondering...
yes I do like to have a good time
yes I do have a drink from time to time-I just don't get drunk for the sake of getting drunk, to me, that's just stupid.
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
I haven't had time to keep up with the news but I did manage to learn that our Paris Hilton was released from jail yesterday. Boy, I'm glad. Now , I can move out of the country. I just don't get it, she is an heiress, right? So why didn't she have a driver or someone drive her for her late night burger that landed her in jail. And if she was driving on a suspended license, that is even more pathetic. The most pathetic thing about the whole story is that she received so much media attention regarding the jail sentence. It's a shame that our media focuses on our celebrities so much, even when they are criminals, when there are truly tons of other news events happening in our country and across the globe that warrant more attention than this pathetic heiress. So, I will stop giving her more air time now.
I do want to mention that now I know how to make naughty kids...just don't pay any attention to them. As we have been so busy with the move my answer to any of their requests has been, "not now", " maybe later" or " just watch some TV." It saddens me to have done that, but the last few days have been chaotic. Izabella and Foti are fighting constantly. Now Foti has learned that biting his sister could get him some attention, negative attention, but attention nevertheless. What also doesn't help is that the kids have almost no toys to play with and our house is nearly empty. Luckily, my sister, Joanna, had them for a little while on Monday as well as our neighbor, Lisa. And Lisa, is SO wonderful that she brought over her daughter's play kitchen and a whole basket of toys for them to play with until we leave. (What will I do without her?)
Since things have slowed down a bit I have been able to sit and read with them and even enjoy lunch with them again. I am the type of mom that will let dust bunnies run free in my home before I will let my kids down. Yeah, I know, where am I moving? The country where everyone constantly sweeps their balconies and clean is never clean enough. Anyway, back to what I was talking about... Having been so busy makes me realize just how important it is to have the time to spend with your kids and that it has put into perspective (once again) just how lucky I am to have the opportunity to stay home with mine. The next time I want to complain about how tired I am or how unappreciated I feel, I will think about how sad they have been without me doing what I normally do.
Sunday, June 24, 2007
Friday, June 22, 2007
For those of you that know me well, you will probably know of whom I am speaking about, but for the purposes of this blog we will call him N. Before I go into what he is up to now I will give you a list of idiotic and nerve-wrecking behavior that has impacted my family and my every last nerve.
-First, he decided to move to Milwaukee because his mom knew my mother-in-law...not my husband. (can you see where this is headed?)
-He arrives and we drive him around town to look at apartments, nice apartments. He rejects every one of them and finds his own rat hole, complete with drug addict neighbors, the kind that knock on the door for a dollar or two from time to time....and then he complains about it.
-He didn't take a shower for his 1st week here, because he couldn't figure out how to work the shower. Sister-in-law showed him how to TURN THE FLIPPN' HANDLE.
-skip ahead a year or two because some of it might just seem too unreal....
-My husband goes to Greece to visit his family and N. wants to send something along for his mom. He comes over with an antique SILVER TEA SET and a leather trench coat, I am not kidding. It put my husband's suitcase over the weight limit.
-He decides to move to another big city in the U.S. and dares to ask us if we know anyone there that can help him. I stayed out of it. But, my husband gave him a name of someone. He moved there, rented an apartment, rejected a job that our acquaintance offered him and moved back here less than a month later only to arrive at our doorstep needing a place to stay. My son was only 1o days old.
-I will skip another year...
-He buys his mother a curio cabinet because it's a " good deal". My husband has to go get it with his truck. My husband asks how N. is going to send it to his mom. Hmmmmm....he didn't think of that.
He hangs on to it for a year or so and decides to move to another city. He puts the cabinet in storage. (is this still a good deal for him?) That city didn't work out for him either so he comes back here 2 weeks later.
After we tell him that we are moving back to Greece for sure he is struck with a great idea, he can put his mom's cabinet in our container. Never mind that she doesn't live where we are going, but at least it will get to Greece. Hubby tells him that we'll take it only if it fits. N. thinks that it will fit for sure because it's a container, hell if you can fit a car and the contents of a 3 story home into it, surely there will be room for one more piece of furniture. Ever since his great idea he has called every week to talk about it, you know, so we won't forget. Tomorrow my husband will go get the dang cabinet, so it will be here when the movers come and we seriously don't think that it will fit. My husband told him that it is the LAST thing to be loaded and if it doesn't fit...N. will have to figure out how to get it back to his apartment without his help. It's all so annoying.
I feel bad ranting about this but when does it end? I do realize that he is really good to our children and he thinks the world of us, but how doesn't he know that what he does is just out of control? His mom is wonderful to us also and I think that she feels bad for us having to deal with him. I can't wait to see how this turns out. ARRRGGGH!!
Thursday, June 21, 2007
I called the police and they told me to just look at the note that she left on the car to verify that everything seemed legitimate, as well as leave a note in the case that the owner of the dented car needed a witness. I think that it's a shame that the police don't want to respond to situations like this anymore. So, I wrote a note and shoved it through a crack in the window. I will probably get a call in the morning.
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
It was REALLY hot last Saturday at Dominic's party but we had fun anyway. The kids got to play on a water slide so they were fine. The adults started looking at the weight limit of the slide so that we could get some relief also. The temperature was in the lower 9o's (F) and it was extremely humid as well. It's been the same since then. Too hot to do much outside.
Saturday, June 16, 2007
Next, I transferred all of the food from the upstairs fridge to the downstairs fridge. I found some pretty interesting mutations in there! Ever seen a cucumber that's been pushed to the back of the fridge about 2 months ago? Yikes! It's funny because before I had kids there was almost nothing in the fridge, but now there is always so much that I often forget that I have something , because it's in the back, so I buy another one. For instance, I had 3 bottles of mustard, 3 half used jars of salsa(one just opened yesterday)-(another one opened last week), 2 little plastic limes (lime juice for guacamole) and lots of yogurt that was well past its expiration date. I am a scatter brain so I wasn't surprised. It's a shame that I ended up throwing out a lot of food, but I can't exactly give away a half used jars of things like jelly or olives.
I packed a few of the children's favorite books into suitcases and put the rest into boxes for the container. We will stick with library books for the next couple of weeks. I also have to make sure that we don't have any outstanding late fees at the library! Gotta tie up those loose ends.
I did all of that plus the normal daily things like taking care of the kids, cooking and doing laundry. I am completely exhausted and yet I can't sleep. I am really looking forward to getting some rest on the beach!
Friday, June 15, 2007
I turned around and she came into the kitchen wearing a strainer on her head. OK, it wasn't technically a pot but it was hilarious. She was singing
"pothead, pothead I'm a pothead!" Foti soon joined in. Then I had both of my children singing the little verse. Ay!
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
I will need to figure out where I can take the kids to do fun things. I don't have a problem with that here because the list of things for kids to do is endless. We do something extra special at least once a week. The museum has free admission for Milwaukee County residents on Mondays, the children's museum, local pet shops, the library and our local parks are all on our list of favorite places to do fun things. We visit the zoo monthly. The kids never tire of that! I think that it will be fun finding the fun things to do together in Greece because I will be discovering new things along with them.
There is also one thing different that I just have to mention. I am so not looking forward to this part, especially as an American, but here it is...you can't flush toilet paper down the toilet. Yes, there it is. I remember the first time that I visited Greece with Kosta and he told me that I couldn't flush the paper in the toilet. I must have looked like a deer caught in headlights. I was grossed out and I still am. I have spent the past 2 years teaching Izabella that the paper goes in the toilet and now I will have to teach her that it goes into the waste basket next to the toilet. She is in for some confusion now! :) This part of my life is probably going to be the most difficult for me to cope with because it's just stinky. I will manage and I will get over it. Yes, I change diapers day in and day out but it's a totally different thing. There is really nothing like American life and its conveniences especially when it comes to the bathroom. We love our clean, potpourri filled bathrooms and that is all there is to it. It is obvious since I started writing about how differently things will be done in Greece and my mind kept bringing my back to the bathroom issue.-Aside from that, there are so many welcome changes. The holidays, the "misi-meri" (aka siesta), the food, the passion for life, the weather and the scenery. I can't wait to see how things will unfold once we get there and get settled.
Saturday, June 9, 2007
Wednesday, June 6, 2007
Monday, June 4, 2007
Although I will miss the plethora of chain restaurants that we have here in America, I am truly looking forward to eating out in Greece. There is nothing greater than having fresh fish at a taverna that is seaside. Or how about coffee at a small cafenio on top of a mountain? For those of you not familiar with Greek cafenios click on this link, it is a perfect example of what I am looking forward to.