Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Which one?

The Polack decided he wants to go to the World Famous San Diego Zoo
because it sounds way more awesome than just going to the boring San
Diego Zoo.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Seeger's Fortune

"You will earn a lot of money."

We aren't going to add the "in bed" to his fortune.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Random Thoughts

1. It's been a crazy morning. I started my day at work hearing that the school The Polack teaches at had a shooting. Yikes. After searching the internet for news, I found out the shooting took place at the middle school, not the high school - in a different building that is a few blocks away. Whew. (For me, of course, not the students, families, and teachers of the middle school.)

2. The building I work in is celebrating diversity day today. I'm out of the loop so I don't know why but I have heard there will be a horse in the building. We'll see if it's true. I can't imagine that's allowed so maybe it will only be outside.

3. Things you can find in my building on a regular basis... Captain Kidd's cannon from his pirate ship along with some of his treasure, a 20 trillion Zimbabwe dollar bill, and dead bodies for the cadaver lab.

4. I really try not think about the fact that there's a cadaver lab a floor below me.

5. I have been visiting the vending machine way too much lately. We usually have a community bag of M&M's in the office that my co-worker rations out to us. But no one has bought a new bag recently (and I bought the last one so it's definitely not my turn). She did show my a surprise today though. She brought in a bag of Reece's Peanut Butter eggs. Those are like my all time favorite Easter candy. I'm just sitting here waiting for her to offer one to me.

6. I was at the Indianapolis Children's Museum earlier this week for a press conference (regarding a partnership between the museum and one of our faculty members). It reminded me that it's been awhile since I've taken the boys there. I totally need to do that soon. In fact, Seeger doesn't even remember the place so that tells me it's a must see soon attraction.

7. When the Polack and I were driving back from the Lake last weekend, we passed this crazy house along the highway that has a petting zoo, bouncy house rentals and U-Hauls. The Polack claimed he saw a camel but I didn't believe him and told him it was probably a Llama. He swore it was a camel because it had two humps. Well, driving on the way back from the museum Tuesday, I saw the camel too. He was totally right which means I was totally wrong.

8. My hair is getting really long. It hasn't been this long since I was a kid. I like it but I keep thinking about getting it cut. Only because it can be a pain to make it pretty. I've been wearing more ponytails lately because I get tired of messy with it. But I think I'm getting too old for ponytails. Elizabeth recently asked what age does a woman start wearing a paintsuit to her own wedding. (For the record, I think she can always wear a dress.) So my question is at what age does a woman need to stop wearing a ponytail?

9. I finally heard back from the Polack. He's safe and sound and on lockdown at the high school. He said he's stuck in a room with his repeaters. (His least favorite class.)

10. I'm going to San Diego next week for donor visits and to oversee an alumni reception. The Polack is on spring break so he's tagging along. We're trying to fit in some time with his family who live in the area. I think it will be a fun, yet exhausting trip. I purposely scheduled my flight to come back to Indy on Friday so I have the weekend to recover. I always struggle with the jet lag on return trips from the West.

I'll leave you with this lovely image. I'm still waiting for mine!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Tan Lines

Do you see the tan lines on the referee? I think he probably had a
nice spring break. It's not the best picture but just below his shorts it's white knees before hitting tan calves.

It's 33-18 with a minute to do in the game. Nick's team is still

Monday, March 21, 2011

Come On

Seeger and I danced to this song while getting ready for the day.

In other news, my camera is officially dead. I can't remember if I mentioned that but it was run over. By my car. That I was driving. It looked okay when I rescued it but it wouldn't turn on. I was hoping it was because the battery died but nope, it's because it had a 5800 lb. vehicle on top of it. I bought it last May so it wasn't quite a year old.

Also, my almost 90-year-old Grandma who lives alone and gets around very well on her own had a stroke on Friday. I spent the weekend at the hospital with much of the family. If she makes it out of the hospital she likely won't be able to return to her home. I hope I'm wrong about that.

What a bummer of a post.

(I titled this post as I was thinking of GOB. Hopefully my AD fans out there know what I'm talking about.)

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Bass Master

I spent the day at Cameron Memorial Hospital in Angola, Indiana. I thought this magazine was an interesting - unique - choice for a hospital waiting room. But then I realized I was in Stueben County, home of 101 lakes.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Random Thoughts

This post should really be titled "Update" but since I didn't post random thoughts last week, I'm doing double duty.

Hmmmm... I'm not sure where we left off.....


Last week was pretty normal EXCEPT when the Polack went to do laundray we realized our dryer wasn't working. Argh! We have a nice washer and dryer but when we moved into the apartment, we found out they only have electric dryer hookups. Our dryer is gas. So the Polack got on Craig's List and we purchased a cheap electric dryer to get us through the next year. Except it hasn't been year. That darn $30 dryer only lasted about 9 months. The nerve! So we spent Thursday evening at the laundromat. It's not so bad there - you get everything done at once and it forces you to fold your clothes straight from the dryer - but it cost us about $10. We still have 16 weeks left of apartment living (but who's counting?) and I'm not too excited about shelling out $160 for laundry.

Since we were up late on Friday - we HAD to watch Survivor when we got home from the laundromat - so I didn't get much else done. Like packing the boys for their trip (more on that in a minute). I knew I had to get the packing done by the next day but I volunteered to help chaperone a field trip for Nick's class PLUS I had to work. (That stupid job - always getting in the way.) So I decided to take the day off. This allowed the packing to occur, the field trip, and I was able to get the boys out of school early so that we could make the drive north in time for our dinner date.

The field trip was really, really fun! Fourth graders in Indiana learn state history. When I was in fourth grade in northeastern Indiana, we learned about James Whitcomb Riley and Gene Stratton Porter. Here in the south central part of the state, the students learn about T.C. Steele. We went to his former residence which is now a gallery and has 255 acres of walking trails. It was really pretty and I loved his impressionism pieces. I'm totally taking the family back there for a picnic in the spring.

After the field trip, I pulled Seeger out of school early so we could hit the road. We had dinner plans in Lafayette. We had a few extra minutes so we visited the land. So much had happened since I was last there. There was a big hole in the ground for the basement and they had started outlining it in cement. Our contractor was there so he gave me the run down. Nicklas really enjoyed seeing the cement being poured. (Seeger stayed in the car so he could watch a DVD. LAME!) After that, we drove to Martinsville to pick up the Polack (who was at work) and head to Lafayette. We had planned a weekend for the boys to spend with their cousins so we planned a dinner meet up with the family to do the kid exchange. Nicklas chose the spot - Arni's. Not my favorite but I do love their salads. We had dinner, sent the boys off with their aunt and uncle, hit the liquor store and then headed to the south side of town for Poker Night. Poker! Yay! It was a big game and good crowd. I really, really, really enjoyed seeing all of our friends again. I miss them! I wish they would all move to Bloomington with me!! It's not going to happen but a girl can dream.

The next day, the Polack got up really, really early to travel with his Dad to Washington, Indiana. An IU basketball recruit plays for their high school so the men decided to check him out during a tournament the school was hosting. They left at 6 in the morning so they could see the 10am game. The watched two more games and didn't get home until after I was asleep that night. The Polack tried to get me to come but I wasn't really interested in watching three high school basketball games played by people I don't know. (Or getting up at 5am.) He tried to entice me with a visit to the Washington Quilt Shop (it's supposed to be huge and awesome) but that wasn't enough for me. I chose to stay in Lafayette where I had breakfast with two friends, lunch with another friend, and dinner and games (Blokus and Yahtzee) with another friend. It was a really nice day for me and I needed some friend time.

It was the beginning of Spring Break for the boys so we had arranged to have them spend the week with their grandparents, once they were finished with their cousin's weekend. On Sunday, the Polack and I got up and packed - after I watched Marley and Me because the in-law have CABLE and I got sucked in. (We haven't had cable in a long time!) We packed the car and headed back to Bloomington ALONE (except for Freddie) and it was strange but a teeny tiny bit nice. We stopped a Culver's for lunch (I needed my Culver's fix!) and took our time getting home. We decided to try one of the stops on my Roadside America app. We decided to check out Gravity Hill. It was a fun little detour. Then we stopped by the land again before heading home.

When we got home, we worked out, did some upacking, had a nice dinner (just the two of us!) and then we took a nice walk. We stopped at the Bakehouse for dessert (red velvet cake - yum!) and went to Target to window shop. It was a nice day with just the two of us.

Just a couple of notes... apparently, I ran over my camera on Saturday. I'm not sure how this happened but I think it fell out of my purse Friday night, landing under my car in the driveway. Saturday, I took off for breakfast and when I returned, I saw the camera in the driveway. It looks okay but it won't turn on anymore. Boo! They need to make otterbox's for cameras!

Monday morning, I was awoken very early by the Polack. (He leaves for work around 5am every morning. He's crazy I tell ya!) Remember how I picked up the Polack on the way to Lafayette on Friday? We had forgotten to stop in Martinsville to get his car. Doh! It was super early and the Polack said I could sleep until 6:30 but then I'd really need to get up and take him to work. But of course with the time change, it was really 5:30 and I wasn't feeling well so I told him to go ahead and drive to work himself. (I think I just needed my beauty sleep.) I did eventually get up and ended up taking the bus to work.

It's just the Polack and I this week except he's leaving for Lafayette on Wednesday after work for his annual March Madness festivities. I'm a little bummed I won't be able to join him for random times throughout the two days. But it's okay because my mom is coming to visit. She'll spend Thursday through Sunday with me. We have a wedding quilt to make for my cousin who is getting married in June.

I think that's all for now. Hopefully this update was enough to tide you over until my next post. I do still have some photos to share (pre driveway incident) so I'll get around to doing that one of these days. Enjoy your week everyone!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

And Nobody Got Hurt!

We had another shout-out from Mrs. D'Eliso. This time it was Nicklas. She had each fourth grader create a power point slide on a favorite book for the school's Read Across America celebreation.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Oh, What a Night

This is my evening. Whew.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Random Thought Friday

I didn't get around to posting yesterday but never fear, don't shed a tear. (Like how I can rhyme?)

1. Yesterday I spend a few hours volunteering at the Indiana Heritage Quilt Show. I've never been surrounding by so many quilted jackets. For the record, I don't believe in wearing quilted clothing. Those jackets were freaking me out.

It was nice though to see so many quilting ladies with smiles on their faces. I did enjoy that.

2. I'm going back in a few hours to volunteer again. And this time, I will actually get to go upstairs and see the show.

And the vendors.

3. Last night, we took a family walk to Jiffy Treet. We were planning to go home after ice cream and watch Wednesday's Survivor when I realized that it was THURSDAY and Nicklas hadn't practiced any spelling for the week. So I suggested we do that instead and I was hoping he'd say, it's okay I'll watch Surivivor and practice in the morning. And even though that's really what I wanted to do (because no parent enjoys spelling with their kids), he said, yeah, we should skip Survivor. How did I raise such a good kid who clearly chose the right path when I was headed down the wrong path? I'm petty lucky.

Side note - the Polack got a burrito instead of ice cream at Jiffy Treet. It was so very wrong.

4. The Polack has been sending me cute, romantic poems all morning. They all start with Roses are Red but the endings are different. He just sent one with the second line saying Tulips are Tangerine. I'm very impressed with his use of tangerine.

5. My brother who started a blog but only posted one thing on it is coming to visit for Little 500 weekend. Seeing how's I've never been to the race, I'm really looking forward to it. Although, I think he's more interested in other weekend activities.

6. Must find a babysitter for Little 500 weekend!!

7. Seeger's class is celebrating Dr. Suess's birthday. He took in his favorite Dr. Suess book (that's not packed away in storage) Wacky Wednesday. He also took in his "S" pillow that Mia made him for Christmas.

8. My work project with the most famous US Surgeon General is back on. I hope it goes well!

9. I'm so glad it's Friday. It's been a long ass week at work.

10. The Polack and his friends are all super excited that it's March. They're like little kids at Christmas. Only I think they enjoy March Madness even more than Christmas. It's pretty easy to get caught up in their excitement.

Happy weekend everyone. I'm headed out to see my mother-in-law at the quilt ahow and tomorrow my mom is coming to visit. The boys have a play date and we have only one scheduled activity. So it should be a good weekend for the Kubatski's!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011


Mike's worst - dealing with students skipping class
Seeer's worst - kinda homework
Nick's worst - late dinner
Natalie's worst - too busy at work, feeling buried
Mike's best - family dinner out
Seeger's best - lots of stuff, getting book Big Nate, that's not all
bit that's the best one
Nick's best - winning the basketball game, getting a new book, and
family dinner
Natalie's best - making good progress with a particular work project
and family dinner